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  • #16
    Around a year ago I came across a book (can't remember the title now) written by a woman who had lost tons of weight and then became a personal trainer. I really admired her work and she seemed very sincere about what she believed was the healthy way to live. At the end of the book, however, she finished off by saying that she believes she will just have to deal with being hungry all the time. She said that no matter what she did activity-wise or diet-wise, she still was hungry most of the day and was just resolved to live that way for the rest of her life. It was a bit depressing...

    I am also a follower of a fairly prominent Canadian coach who has helped numerous Olympians and bodybuilders get ready for competitions. He also has said that the human body is a machine and the hunger drive is just another feeling we have to get used to. He believes hunger is not a bad thing and said that society has turned it into something "bad" which is why everyone is always trying to "not be hungry." In turn, society encourages more eating by saying we need to eat snacks during the day in order to avoid being hungry. Here again, I was a bit saddened to hear this. Have I been socially conditioned to believe this also?

    I am questioning this because it seems like I am ALWAYS hungry. Regardless of the type of eating program I am on, I still manage to eat way more than I really need to. It is very frustrating sometimes. Does anyone else deal with this? What do you do that helps or do you just believe as the individuals mentioned above that we are just made to be hungry?

    Just Curious.
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    • #17
      The workout was not a very good one last night so I helped a friend with his workout instead of focusing on mine. As we trained together, I mentioned my energy level being so low and the fact that I fail very quickly when lifting. It has gotten to the point that I don't lift as heavy as I used to because if I do, I may fail right in the middle of a rep which is not a problem unless you doing squats or bench presses.

      We also discussed this insatiable appetite I seem to have so much trouble with. I told him that I enjoy eating paleo and don't want to give that up but some of the quirks I am noticing are becoming an issue for training effectively. I have also had more trouble with restless legs at night since starting the plan. He mentioned potassium and that the lack of carbs may be contributing to my inability to hold potassium. Funny thing is that potassium chloride (supplement form) is the only thing that helps my legs when they get out of control. He also said he had recently started taking beta blockers for blood pressure and that his doctor recommended eating coconut or drinking coconut water to help with the lowered potassium created by the diuretic.

      I LOVE coconut in or on anything. So, last night I had some coconut butter and it really helped fill me up. I am going to keep testing different coconut products and see how it goes...

      Intrigued.
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      • #18
        Things are better today. I think I have picked up a bit of a head cold but nothing serious. There are lots of viruses going around work lately so I have been lucky to only get this one. The workout was pretty good last night, shoulders can be a great metabolism boosting bodypart. I may change things up next week though since I am getting used to this split program. I have also reestablished my calorie set up and the coconut seems to be helping me stay on track. Although I am still hungry, it's doable not the overwhelming hunger that sometimes shows up especially after a hard workout.

        Today's workout - chest/triceps and ab/core. A little lighter and less intense since I am not feeling totally 100%...
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        • #19
          Great workout last night but it's time to change things up a bit so this weekend will be a revamping of my workout schedule! I am really excited because my strength is finally up and my weight is going down again. I am taking tonight off the training. My bench is up which made me feel GREAT. I can bench 100 lbs for 12 reps. Not to bad for an old lady... lol

          Happy Friday!!!
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          • #20
            Workouts were good over the weekend and I am getting used to the ketone-burning for energy which really helps maintain the diet. Plus - I hit 145 lbs this morning. YAY!

            Strange how everything is going so well but I keep waiting for the big blowout to happen. Over the past 8 years of trying to diet the conventional way, I would always hit a point of bliss (weight down, good energy, diet going well) and then all of the sudden have a MAJOR blowout. Reducing calories works for a very limited amount of time for me and then I simply can't do it any more. The hunger would get so overwhelming that I believe I would have eaten paint if it smelled like food. After losing a few pounds during the course of 3-4 weeks, I would have to give in. And it would get ugly. Then I would feel like crap and be right back where I started. It happened EVERY time.

            So I am now at the point where it usually starts and I am a little worried about it. Even though I don't have the cravings nor the manic hunger (which is great), there is still that little voice that keeps saying it's only a matter of time...

            I have to say that one major accomplishment was actually getting through the weekend without giving into carb temptations. That has NEVER happened, weekends are almost always when I cave. But it wasn't even hard because I have so many other things available to eat and I can eat them without feeling guilty.

            So I am looking forward to the holiday for once in my life because I know that I am going to be able to eat without feeling guilty and without the huge weight gain. Now that's something to be thankful for!

            Have a Great Thanksgiving Everyone and enjoy that turkey.
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