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I Hear You, HORMONES

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I had a MUCH better today and I owe that to two things.  

  1. Staying true to the blog.  I‘m convinced that that one commitment made huge difference in my last weight loss attempt.  You know, the attempt where I actually lost 70lbs! For those of you who don’t blog I recommend spilling your guts out in a journal.  When you force yourself to admitted, observe and learn from your own behavior you can then truly move on.  There is almost something cleansing and forgiving about it.
  2. All of your kind words, observations, theories and recommendations.  They keep me going! They really do.  

So I hear you, more protein, more calories to account for my workouts and for as much as I don’t want to admit it, watch my cycle. You guys are right, a lot of my cravings are hormonal.  There is definitely a cycle there and apparently, we aren’t crazy (like my husband thinks I am).  I found this study from the UK that concludes….

Orderly fluctuations in eating and other measures of food consumption do occur during the menstrual cycle. Generally, there is an increase in energy intake and appetite during the pre-menstrual phase

Great, just great, like I didn’t have enough to battle on the weight loss front.

As for my goals today, I met most of them.  I drank so much water I spent half the day in the bathroom, which was good a weird way.  I ate tons of fruit and veggies and I followed my plan, giving me that “see I can do this feeling”.   The goal I missed was my 20 points but I’m not worried about it. . I’m really not trying to lose (except that those 2 clingy pounds I picks up on vacation) and  I’m not into starving myself.  I was hungry, stomach growling hungry, so I ate. I ate good stuff, not a sleeve of cookies or a full bag of chips but I ate.


Morning Scale Reading: 143.5 (I thought it would be much higher)
Food Points
Apple Pie Oatmeal (brought back an old favorite for this cold October day) 4
orange 1
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins 2
Butternut Apple Pear Soup with shrimp 4
8 oz lite flavored yogurt 2
apple 1
Chicken Noodle soup 4
Quick Sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin with a a Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge lean ham, turkey pepperoni, baby spinach leaves and mustard 4
bag of 94% ff popcorn 4
Total 26
Daily Activity Log
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There are 9 comments so far.

    Jennie

    October 30, 2007

    That soup sounds delicious! As I begin my weight-loss journey with WW, it feels incredible to have a resource (your blog) with which to turn to for inspiration. Best of luck to you on the last two pounds.

    Beth

    October 30, 2007

    You do know that they changed the point system right? (although you’re so small 20 points may be your amount but i doubt it!) You calculate out your points. (and you get more and don’t feel like you’re starving to death)

    1. Are you:
    a. Female – 2 pts
    b. Male – 8 pts
    c. nursing mom – 12 pts

    2. How old are you?
    a. 17-26 – 4 pts
    b. 27-37 – 3 pts
    c. 38-47 – 2 pts
    d. 48-58 – 1 pts

    3. What do you weigh?
    Enter the first 2 digits of your weight in pounds. For example, if you weigh 175, enter 17.

    4. How Tall are you?
    a. Under 5’1′ – 0 pts
    b. 5’1″ to 5’10” – 1 pts
    c. over 5’10” – 2 pts

    5. Do you spend most of your day:
    a. Sitting down (e.g. as a receptionist, bus driver, cab driver) – 0 pts
    b. Occasionally stiiting, but mainly standing? (e.g sales person, housewife, cook, teacher) – 2 pts
    c. Walking most of the time? (e.g. waiter, mailman) – 4 pts
    d. Doing physicall har work most of the time? (e.g. nurse, gardener, construction worker) – 6 pts

    Not sure how much extra you get once you reach goal.

    Anonymous

    October 30, 2007

    I really needed to see your post about hormones and eating. I recently purchased a half dozen donuts because I was hormonal and I just needed them. I ate one when I bought them and was very excited about starting my next day with one. My husband, trying to be helpful, snatched the box when he went to work early in the morning and when I woke up excited about my donut, it was gone. I just balled. I felt stupid afterwards for being so out of control, but as I tried to explain to my husband, when I’m hormonal, I’m not always rational.

    sabrina

    October 30, 2007

    I see that you have lots of recipes on your page and I was wondering if you have found a way to make a low fat coconut custered pie? I’ve been trying to but nothing seems to come out right. My low fat crust is way to dry and then custared just didn’t set right.

    anything you have would be a great help

    Emily

    October 30, 2007

    I don’t like the new points system…I get only 19 now : (

    weepopstar

    October 30, 2007

    Where Did you get 4 points for FF popcorn. Usually it’s 1 or 2?!

    Roni

    October 30, 2007

    Jennie – I’ll try and post it tonight!

    Beth – I know, I still tend to use the flat points. That’s what worked for me too lose. Plus I’m not really trying to lose anymore, I just use the points as a way to keep my portions in check. Have you seen my calculator?
    scroll down on this page….
    http://weightwatchen.com/2007/06/unit-calculators.html

    Anon – I hear ya!

    Sabrina – Sorry I’m not a coconut custered pie fan. Have you tried the WW boards?

    emily – I think you can still use 20. When I do the test I get 19 too.

    weepopstart – old popcorn post…
    http://weightwatchen.com/2007/02/popcorn-points-question-answered-i.html

    Anonymous

    October 31, 2007

    There are many physical, mental, and physiological benefits to regular exercise. One category of benefits is the impact that exercise has on many of your body’s hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers within your body that affect almost all aspects of human function:

    1. Growth Hormone
    – Stimulates protein synthesis (muscle tone/development), and strength of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
    – Decreases use of glucose and increases use of fat as a fuel during exercise. This helps to reduce body fat and to keep blood glucose at a normal level which helps you to exercise for a longer period of time. Release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland in the brain is increased with increasing aerobic exercise time, especially more intense exercise such as interval training.

    2. Endorphins
    – An endogenous opioid from the pituitary gland that blocks pain, decreases appetite, creates a feeling of euphoria (the exercise high), and reduces tension and anxiety.

    Blood levels of endorphins increase up to five times resting levels during longer duration (greater than 30 minutes) aerobic exercise at moderate to intense levels and also during interval training.

    Also, after several months of regular exercise, you develop an increased sensitivity to endorphins (a higher high from the same level of endorphins), and endorphins that are produced tend to stay in your blood for a longer period of time. This makes longer duration exercise easier (you’re feeling no pain) and it causes your exercise high to last for a longer period of time after exercise.

    3. Testosterone
    – An important hormone in both males and females for maintaining muscle tone/volume/strength, increasing basal metabolic rate (metabolism), decreasing body fat, and feeling self-confident. It’s produced by the ovaries in females and by the testes in males.

    – Females have only about one tenth the amount of testosterone that males do, but even at that level in females it also plays a role in libido and intensity of org*sms. Production of testosterone in females begins to decline as a woman begins to approach menopause and in males it begins to decline in his forties. Blood levels of testosterone increase with exercise in both males and females beginning about 20 minutes into an exercise session, and blood levels may remain elevated for one to three hours after exercise.

    4. Estrogen
    – The most biologically active estrogen, 17 beta estradiol, increases fat breakdown from body fat stores so that it can be used and fuel, increases basal metabolic rate (metabolism), elevates your mood, and increases libido. This hormone is at much higher blood levels in females, but the ovaries begin to produce less of it as a woman begins to approach menopause.

    The amount of 17 beta estradiol secreted by the ovaries increases with exercise, and blood levels may remain elevated for one to four hours after exercise.

    5. Thyroxine (T4)
    – A hormone produced by the thyroid gland, Thyroxine riases the metabolic rate (“metabolism”) of almost all cells in the body. This increase in “metabolism” helps you to feel more energetic and also causes you to expend more calories, and thus is important in weight loss.

    Blood levels of thyroxine increase by about 30% during exercise and remain elevated for several hours afterward – this period of time is increased by an increase in intensity and/or duration of exercise. Regular exercise also increase thyroxine levels at rest.

    6. Epinephrine
    – A hormone produced primarily by the adrenal medulla that increases the amount of blood the heart pumps and directs blood flow to where it’s needed.

    – Stimulates breakdown of glycogen (stored carbohydrate) in the active muscles and liver to use as fuel. It also stimulates the breakdown of fat (in stored fat and in active muscles) to use as fuel. The amount of epinephrine released from the adrenal medulla is proportional to the intensity and duration of exercise.

    7. Insulin
    An important hormone in regulating (decreasing) blood levels of glucose (“blood sugar”) and in directing glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids into the cells. Insulin secretion by the pancreas is increased in response to a rise in blood sugar as is often the case after a meal. Typically, the larger the meal, or the greater the quantity of simple sugars consumed, the larger the insulin response. This is another reason that it’s good to eat small frequent meals and to limit consumption of sugar and of processed bread, pasta and rice. The whole grain (non-processed) versions of those products are a much healthier choice.

    Blood levels of insulin begin to decrease about 10 minutes into an aerobic exercise session and continue to decrease through about 70 minutes of exercise. Regular exercise also increases a cell’s sensitivity to insulin at rest, so that less is needed.

    8. Glucagon
    A hormone that is also secreted by the pancreas, but it’s job is to raise blood levels of glucose (“blood sugar”). When blood sugar levels get too low, glucagon is secreted and causes stored carbohydrate (glycogen) in the liver to be released into the blood stream to raise blood sugar to a normal level. It also causes the breakdown of fat so that it can be used as fuel.

    Glucagon typically begins to be secreted beyond 30 minutes of exercise when blood glucose levels may begin to decrease.

    So, next time you’re exercising, think about all the wonderful things that are happening to your hormones. It might even make you want to do more exercise!

    To read on go to:
    http://www.webyaa.com/category/exercise

    David

    October 31, 2007

    In regards to the popcorn question, the 100 calorie mini bag is 1 pt for the entire 1.2oz (35g) bag cooked.

    I think this is the best deal in town!

    BTW – found this site today – I love it!

    David