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Every once in a while, I have what I affectionately call a “bottomless pit” day. This is a day where I can put ANY teenage boy to shame with the amount of food I can consume. Seriously, I can eat double what I usually do and I simply can’t get myself full. It’s the most frustrating thing ever.

I’m sure it has SOMETHING to do with being hypoglycemic, but I have no idea what. Even calls to “nurse lines” leaves me, and the nurse on the other end, clueless. Are you eating healthy stuff? Yep. Are you eating carbohydrates? Yep. Are you eating fats and proteins? Yep, same diet as I do every other day and it works just fine then. Do you feel any different or like your blood sugar is low? Nope, I just can’t get full.

I understand there are factors, such as lack of sleep and stress, that can leave one feeling like they aren’t as full as they are, but I haven’t found any correlation to this either.

Oh, and the next day, I won’t have gained weight which I guess is the one bonus.

Anyone else have these? Anyone have any thoughts?

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I’m an efficient person by nature, but I realized something recently about my workouts: I choose the classes I go to because I not only get my training in, but because I also learn a new skill.

  • From martial arts I learn self-defense, self-confidence, body-mind connection, etc.
  • From Zumba I learn to be a better dancer
  • From yoga I learn balance and flexibility
  • From Pilates I learn better posture

All while getting my daily workout in.

I’m not saying the other classes aren’t good or that I don’t do the traditional weight-training/cardio, but why not kill two birds with one stone?

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Someone doing yoga with the Dead Sea in the background

Dead Sea yoga by Ian Bothwell from flickr Creative Commons

 

A couple of years ago, I took a yoga class from the self-proclaimed “least flexible yoga instructor ever,” which gave me comfort since the friend I took it with might as well be Gumby.
During balance moves, the instructor (who also admittedly struggled with balance) told us the trick was to focus on some unmoving point to maintain balance. The more I practice yoga, the more I find this to be true. If I focus on another student and they start to falter, so do I. But if I pick something unmovable, such as a mark on the floor or the base to a stand of weights, my ability to balance increases significantly.
One particularly insightful morning last week, I was finishing my karate circuit training workout with some yoga and it occurred to me that, within this simple yoga rule is a powerful life lesson: if we focus on things that center us, we have a better chance of staying balanced.
This could be major truths, which in my life include the existence of God, faith in humanity, the need for hope, etc. But it could also be things like family, friends, children. It could also be moments, such as a warm breeze making the leaves on the trees sing with it’s presence.
Whatever it is, take a few moments today to contemplate what centers and balances you in your life.

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I walk up to a counter of a Schlotzsky’s at an airport. After learning a few weeks ago that there are 690 calories in one of their salads, I checked Fitness Pal and came to the conclusion that their medium shaved turkey sandwich minus the mayo is a better option. But it’s still too high in carbohydrates and calories. In reality, I can only eat 3/4 of the sandwich. No problem, at the counter, I ask for the sandwich to be cut in 4ths vs. 1/2. They look at me a bit strangely, but I’m nice and gave them a good tip, so they agree to do it for me. I’m watching as they make it and they forget. I nicely ask again. They apologize and cut it into 4ths.

It takes some getting used to to ask for accommodations especially if you aren’t very assertive, but I’ve found if the request is reasonable and I’m really nice about it, people are happy to do it.

I got on the plane and ate my 3/4 of a sandwich, throwing the other 1/4 away.

What’s your quirky requests? How do you make it work when it comes to portioning your food, protein, and carbohydrates correctly?

For more travel tips, visit these posts:

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

Traveling healthy, packing for a day of errands

Maintaining your weight while on a cruise

 

 

 

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