I had a crazy work day (more about that tomorrow!), but once the clock hit 5:00, I was ready to go on a bike ride with Megan.
The first three miles of my rides (and the last three) are always really slow and crush my pace because I weave through a commercial area and a busy street to get to Meganâ€™s apartment.
Together, we ride to my secret spot behind the Orlando International Airport where there are almost no cars.
However, as you guys know, there is always interesting wildlife! Today, we spotted a deer and an armadillo. I had to get off my bike for a photograph of the â€˜dillo! He was very brave and didnâ€™t run away until I started to snap this photo!
We did 18.5 miles in 1:30. Pretty slow, but as I said, six of those miles are very interrupted.
Two-a-days make me SO HUNGRY. I always get asked how many calories I eat, and although I give a range (1,800 to 2,400 typically, but it can certainly be higher on intense workout days), it really depends on my workouts and my hunger levels. I donâ€™t count calories, I just â€œcheck inâ€ with my body every few hours to see if Iâ€™m hungry or not. Especially because Iâ€™ve been training so hard, the answer is usually YES! :) Once Iâ€™ve determined Iâ€™m hungry, I try to decide what type of snack would fulfill me (mentally and physically) and fit in with the rest of my eats â€“ for example, if Iâ€™ve been lacking fruit, I might have peanut butter and a banana.
After calorie counting for so many years, it was hard to retrain myself to just listen to my hunger cues, but itâ€™s worth it because I donâ€™t have to count anything and Iâ€™ve maintained my weight.
I had my two normal mid-afternoon snacks, an orange:
And a Glo Bar:
But around 4PM, my stomach was GRUMBLING again. So, I listened to my hunger (it was saying â€œCARBS!â€) and responded with a big bowl of cereal:
Post-ride, I had a simple but filling dinner:
I had two cups of potato soup (from Wolfgang Puck) and a grilled cheese and steamed asparagus sandwich:
Off to watch Sixteen and Pregnant â€“ my newest trashy TV obsession!
Do you eat according to your hunger cues or do you follow some sort of â€˜plan?â€™ What works best for you?
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