Wed, Jun 11, 2008
why am i starving?
It’s only 11am and I’m about to gnaw my leg off.
Since waking up at 7a I’ve had two handfuls of cherries, a ziplock bag of grapes and strawberries, a fat-free yogurt, a scoop of high-fiber cereal, a large green apple, a toasted nuts & cranberry Luna Bar and a mini Milky Way. WTF??
It’s just so hard to carry chicken breasts and eggs with me to the coffee shop help but Im not getting enough protein, huh?
In one word? No.
In many words: at least not for me (please to reference here blah blah blah).
Once upon a time MizFit would eat cereal & fruit for breakfast and be freakin STARVING an hour or so later.
She’d grab some fruit, feel satiated for three to five seconds & then BAM would be ravenous again.
The moral of our story? Not enough fat & not enough protein makes MizFit an ornery, snacking, always hungry, WriterMama.
My answer to you (and what you intuited anyhoo) is the same. The sugars in the fruit and fat free yogurt would spike my blood sugar enough (even with the fiber from the cereal and the complex carbs/some fat in the bar) to give me the munchies QUICKLY.
My suggestions range from the “Yeah, um, NO. Only you would do that” (Ive heard it all before from friends/clients) to the “ok, that mightcould be palatable.”
They also range from the more Hungry Girl-esque (because we are talking portable protein!) to the even this blogger might approve.
When I did the work from Starbucks thing I would pack a cooler in the morning mainly with protein. The carbs—and good ones—are readily available so I usually didnt bother bring them with me.
I’d grill chicken the night before, wrap it in tin foil, and eat it straight from there.
Like a chicken-sicle (I think this one falls under only I would do).
Id bring envelopes of no drain tuna and plop it on top of salads or, more usually, eat it with a fork out of the package (Id like to clarify that this one I would do OUTSIDE of aforementioned Starbucks and brush my teeth afterwards).
You could bring slices of (hormone free antibiotic free *wink* ) deli meat with you? half a somekindaprotein sandwich using good complex carbohydrate lumpy bumpy grain-y bread?
I think I recall, emailer, you previously saying that you do bring oatmeal in a rubbermaid container to the coffee shop and add hot water.
Have you thought about bringing protein powder too? I did this frequently and it made a world of difference with regards to how long the oatmeal ‘stuck with me.’
With the many protein powders available (from soy to veggie options) you should be able to find one you like and which agrees with your body (how is *that* for delicate phrasing?).
I would also often make a protein shake EARLY in the morning, freeze it, plop it in my cooler and by the time I was ready to eat again it had thawed enough to be thick yet drinkable. You could do the same thing with a smoothie adding in some extra protein powder when you blend.
We’ve established Im a beef jerky fan, but if you dont do beef there are some interesting varieties available now—everything from turkey to salmon.
We’ve also established Im a fan of the PB2 powder (and peanut butter but that can get exceedingly messy in a cooler. take my word for it.). Im wondering (Sagan?) how that might work merely stirred into skim milk for a protein boost.
The eggs you mentioned? I never did it —-but now that I ponder I really could have seen myself bringing a few hardboiled eggs along (which would, again, necessitate the cooler).
Bottom line: Not interested in looking like the (a? who can say) MizFit by hauling a cooler? Try packing your bag with cheeses which dont need immediate refrigeration (string cheese can hang in there for a while. As can the laughing cow wedges and ‘hard’ versions), bring the protein powder for your oatmeal, some nuts, a frozen smoothie, or —if youre feeling particularly devil may care–1 grilled chicken breast to eat as a ‘sicle.
MizFits? I know you have some ideas/thoughts/tips. Please to hit us up in the comments!
can you suggest a beginnerbeginner routine for weight training? I know I should be doing it … I want to do it … and yet I don’t ever do it because I don’t know what I’m doing.
OK, keeping in mind I hath no idea what your current fitness level is or physical limitations might be here’s what I would suggest:
Full body routine.
start off twice a week (remember, we are setting ourselves up for success!) doing only two sets per exercise at a weight where you can complete 12-15 repetitions the first set without struggle and 10-12 repetitions the last set and feel *challenged* but not in pain.
What should you include in this routine?
1 exercise for chest.
1 exercise for back.
1 exercise for biceps.
1 exercise for triceps.
1 exercise for shoulders.
2-4 for your legs (depending on time available and your current fitness level. Im being deliberately vague as I do not know from whence you’re starting—but this will give you a sense of how to set up your program.)
As you become more fit you can increase your workout to three times a week (never on back-to-back days) and, as your fitness level increases still, you may wish to break down your routine into an upper body workout one day and lower body/shoulders on another.
The upper body workout would resemble: 2 exercises for chest (a pressing movement and a fly movement) 2 exercises for back (a pull down movement and a rowing movement) two for biceps and two for triceps.
The lower body workout would thoroughly work your legs and also include exercises for all three heads of your shoulder.
You also asked in your email about books which show exercises so you might get a better idea of how to execute them (disclaimer: I tend not to adore books which tout themselves as weight training for women. In my opinion we dont need to train differently than men (Anne? thoughts?) and it simply exploits women’s fear o’the bulk for financial gain. Long way of saying MizFits PLEASE to chime in here!)
Im old school. I like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book because, while I dont wish to look like he does, the explanations and photos are immensely helpful. I also find Bodybuilding for Dummies gives clear, concise, bottom-line suggestions for how to devise and stick to a weight training plan.
There are many, many books out there so Id definitely suggest hitting a book store and looking through a few until you land upon one to which *you* respond.
Alright boisterous members of the Bumbling Band—have at it in the comments!