Always make sure you eat before a workout..
I made that mistake today. For some unknown reason, this morning I just jumped out of bed and went to the gym. My boyfriend and I had tons to do and I slept in later than I normally have been. Michael isn’t very patient when it comes to getting earns done and I was not going to miss out on the gym today.
I could not figure out why I was so exhausted. Then it hit me, I totally forgot breakfast. Which is strange because I am always hungry. I plan dinner the night before and even think about food all day long. Since I have been working out, I haven’t been so hungry. I didn’t have dinner tonight either. Today, I have eaten an apple, part of a muffin (Costco), half a BLT, fries, a little bit of cheese and a few tortilla chips. I have eaten roughly 1265 calories and burned about 510 calories at the gym. Not sure if this is good or not because according to myfitnesspal, my goal is to eat 1600 calories a day. Maybe today I just don’t need as much as I usually think I do. I have been drinking plenty of water, I think I have drank over 70 Fl Oz, yippee!
I wanted to research why my heart rate was so high at the gym today. I know that our bodies run off glycogen, which is a form of glucose stored in our muscle and liver cells. After our bodies burn through those stored carbohydrates, we will start feeling tired and maybe dizzy if there isn’t enough energy to burn.
Why does our heart rate rise more than when we eat?!
I’ve been looking it up, and according to http://www.med.navy.mil, “not eating before you exercise can be just as bad as eating too much. Low blood sugar levels can make you feel weak, faint or tired, and your mental abilities may be affected as well, making you slower to react.”
Well that doesn’t answer my question.. I was a little fatigued but not exhausted. I just noticed my heart rate was higher than normal. My boyfriend was explaining that because my I don’t have any carbs to burn, my body was using up the glycogen reserves, and because those are stored in my muscles than it has to work harder to burn?
Not sure if his logic is correct but it sounds good. If anyone knows, please let me know. I am quite curious. 🙂
Tomorrow is my yoga day! I am so consumed into yoga it’s ridiculous. The days that I do yoga are my favorite days of the week and I am so blessed to be able to be apart of the studio.. It really makes me excited to start teaching one day. I wonder how the teachers know what to say. Do the yoga instructors just go along with the flow? Memorize different pose sequences? Some of the teachers at my studio have such an intuitive teaching technique. It is extremely fascinating.
Breakfast- Banana, berries, yogurt, orange juice, hemp protein smoothie
Snack: apple and cereal bar
Lunch- Spinach kale salad, cheese and goddess dressing, PBJ, chips and salsa
Dinner- Spaghetti (maybe vegetarian and small portions)
Oh and I realized my username on MyFitnessPal is Aubrieana4Peace, incase you would like to add me. 🙂 I am pretty good about posting meals and commenting on friends acomplishments.
Until next time,