A week ago I said, "[S]trangely enough, my appetite has decreased. Whereas I used to eat for energy, now I don't have that need. I thought my appetite would increase to replace the calories I'm using as I run, but I'm strangely less hungry! I don't know if that's good or bad, but I trust that my body knows what it's doing" (Rewarded Behavior Continues).
Umm... just kidding. Or... not anymore! I think it has taken several weeks for my body to adjust to this new running lifestyle. Maybe that no-appetite strangeness was a temporary transitional period while my body was adjusting? Now I'd definitely have to say I'm experiencing the opposite.
The funny thing is... I was never a breakfast person. In fact, I've never really eaten because my stomach told me to eat. I have nearly always eaten because my body told me to eat--because I needed energy. Reid's always been a breakfast-eater. He's always saying, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!" I've never really been very hungry in the morning. At least I didn't USED to be!
Now, I wake up (usually before my alarm! which is sooo odd because I've never been a morning person) with my stomach rumbling and desperate to be filled. I have plenty of energy, but my stomach wants to eat. Then a couple of hours after breakfast, it starts rumbling again! I've always been able to delay my lunch until 2:00 if needed, but now I'm starving before it's even 11:00! Then the same thing happens for dinner... hungry by 3:30 again! Sheesh! I think we're going to have to spend twice as much on groceries at this rate!
I am so glad I took up running, but it's definitely changed a lot of things. This former sedentary, hypoglycemic, energy-and-sleep-deprived night owl has been transformed into an active, energy-filled, and perpetually hungry morning person. I used to make fun of Reid for falling asleep at the drop of a hat in the evening. In the past, I could stay awake until 3:00 a.m. without the slightest problem. Now I'm struggling to stay awake if it's past 10:00! Sooooo bizarre to me! But definitely way better for my health and emotional well being!
How about you? Did you notice yourself changing the way you ate and slept when you became a runner?