Food as Fuel
When I started on the journey that is this year, I thought I could just moderate my food, cut out the junk and go on my way working out and losing weight.
The truth is: I was wrong. In fact, in a later post we can explore how wrong, but this philosophy is what leads to yo-yo dieting.
What I needed was to completely rewire my relationship with food.
That begins by closely examining my relationship with food.
I was not your classic emotional eater.
Fight with boyfriend = eat.
Make up with boyfriend = eat.
Win = eat.
Lose = eat.
Not so much me.
I did enjoy the classic social nature of food.
I did like to go out to eat with friends and enjoyed commemorating my success with food.
I enjoyed my grandmother's baking.
But truly. Ehem, truthfully...I often ate because I was bored.
And not because I was alone and food was my only friend.
Bored with nothing to do and so eating filled the time.
The big shift came when more and more of my time was taken up by working out.
I simply shifted my bored eating time to my robotic work out time.
As this transition occured, I realized I didn't know what it felt like to be satiated.
That I didn't like the relationship I had created with food.
So, it and I started to change.
Working out up to 6 - sometimes 9 hours a day - you need food to fuel your workouts and your body.
Eating 5 small meals a day with a protein and carb at every meal required planning.
And so, I started to plan my fuel.
Which foods did I prefer at which meals?
Which foods were good right before a run or after a cross fit workout.?
Obviously, a dozen cupcakes wasn't going to get me through a work out.
Fried anything wasn't going to get me through a work out.
Running was best done on a protein shake.
Cross fit with a fruit carb.
Elliptical I could manage with egg whites and fruit.
Swimming was best done with a shake or right before my next meal.
Once I transitioned to treating food in a more fuel oriented way, it was significantly easier to see this way of eating as a lifestyle and not a change just for this year or this month or this leg.
Part of the journey requires you to ask yourself HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
Bad enough to change your entire relationship with food?
Bad enough to change food to fuel?