How do you know when you've had a good workout? Can you tell when you're doing it, or done? Later that day? The next morning??
For me it's about 24 to 36 hours later that I'm acutely aware that I've really hit those neglected muscles. Monday night I took a rest day from running and hit up the weights. The one move that kills me EVERY time is walking lunges.
and, my hammies are definitely announcing their presence.
Apparently I hit up all the right areas!
Last night I had planned to run about 4 miles outside but we were having typical BC wet coast spring weather ... sunny one minute, torrential turn-on-the-windshield-wipers-full-speed-and-STILL-not-be-able-to-see downpour rain the next. Instead I turned to my trusty treadmill, and last night I was grateful to have it. I did 5 ten-minute intervals, way too fast for my recovering leg - but it felt fantastic. Actually my leg feels pretty good today. Or maybe just my ass is too sore to notice the leg pain.
Lately I've been struggling with late afternoon munchies. I think I'm eating enough throughout the day, but as soon as I get home from work I just want to eat, eat, EAT!
I've been making sure to have a late afternoon snack and also been trying to eat dinner as soon as I get home at 5:00. But the hunger is so strong (or perceived hunger???) that I end up eating something outside of my plan, and often it's not the healthiest (sugary cereal, peanut butter on toast, crackers, cheese, candy/cookies if I can find them...). Also, afterwards I end up feeling over-full, so I really don't think I "need" that extra food.
I'd prefer to save that "extra" to have after a workout. But what ends up happening is I feel so hungry, so I eat more, then I feel full and have difficulty exercising. Many times I have to postpone my planned workout to let my meal digest. I can't figure out why at this particular time of day my brain isn't registering that I've just eaten. If dinner isn't ready within 30 minutes (max) after I get home then I'll practically eat the cupboard doors. This week I have pre-made meals so all I have to do is warm-up and chow down - dinner in 5 minutes or less!
I have protein with most meals, a definite abundance of fibre rich foods (veggies, fruits, whole-grain foods), drink lots of fluids. I eat about every 3 hours. It can't be that my body needs this extra food because I'm not loosing weight when I eat this way.