I’ve been waking up hungry in the middle of the night. Famished actually. I try to ignore it and go back to sleep, but end up tossing and turning all night long.
Ever since February, I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds. [click to read how] I don’t need to lose weight for aesthetic reasons – I think my body looks fine at 144 lbs. However, my quest to run faster includes getting below 140 lbs.
I have lost just 4 pounds since February. I am sometimes hungry between lunch and dinner, and sometimes hungry at bedtime. “Be Hungry” is my weight loss mantra. Just a little hungry.
My “litmus test” size 8 brown slacks, which I purchased when I weighed 135, fit me well right now…with no muffin top. Back in February, I could barely button them. So, I must have lost more than 4 lbs of fat, and gained alot of muscle. I have been working hard trying to become a better climber on the bike, and that has given me stronger hips and quads. I am proud of my rock hard quads!
Since stepping up my training, tho, I’ve had this problem of waking up in the middle of the night hungry. It happens on days where I’ve had a long 2+ hour workout. I count my calories, estimate expenditure, and try to eat a little less than I need. On those long workout days, it ends up that I should be eating 3500-4000+ calories. But I simply cannot eat that much. Well, if I munched out on ice cream and cookies, I’m sure I could. But that won’t help me achieve my goals, will it? So, on those days, I just eat wholesome foods until I am satiated, and don’t worry about balancing the calories in / calories out equation. But then I wake up starving hungry! View my nutrition graphs and daily nutrition log at beginnertriathlete.com.
Last night, I put a bottle of Boost on my night stand, and when I woke up at 4am hungry, I drank it. That changed my hunger level from Famished to Very Hungry. Enough to get back to sleep!