The shakes, weight and pre WOD/workout meals


Robin D

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For several months now, I've been having problems with my blood sugar dropping prior to my noon WOD/bike training workout. I'm not doing a Whole30 but I AM eating Whole30 like for about 75-85% of my meals throughout the week (on Friday and Saturdays I have a couple of beers at most and maybe a slightly non-compliant meal).

I have been eating a half an avocado and a hard boiled egg or some deli meat about 45 minutes prior to my workout, but I still feel a little nasty right around 12:15--sometimes I feel so bad I'm actually shaking a little, although that tends to go away later. Afterwards I eat some sweet potatoes/squash and then lunch, which is some sort of meat and 2 different types of vegetables. Oh, and I eat breakfast around 6:45 or so (sometimes I have to eat it in stages because of kid related commitments). Again, I try for the right protein/veggie mix.

The other thing I've noticed is that my weight has gone up ever so slightly (only 2 or 3 pounds but still....). I'm really confused by this as well, as I work out 6 days per week--3 days of Crossfit and 4 days of bike training (I do one two-a-day per week). I'm training for RAIN (160 mile bike ride across Indiana), so I've been increasing my mileage. I'm up to about 80 miles per week now.

My overall performance on my bike and my WODs has been pretty darn good (I rocked me some hand stand push ups and toes to bar yesterday), it's just that dip at 12 noon that has been tanking me some days. This doesn't happen at 3:30 when I work out, just at noon.

Does any body have any idea what could be going on? I've played with what I've eaten pre-WOD/workout but not had much luck.

Also, if I've posted this in the wrong area, I apologize!

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I guess I could be hypoglycemic. Diabetes runs very strongly in my family (my grandmother, mom, aunt and uncle are all Type II--my grandma, aunt and mom weren't/aren't overweight either) so I could have a tendency towards hypoglycemia. One of the reasons why I try to eat so cleanly is so that I can perhaps avoid Type II diabetes. I'm wondering if maybe I should eat an even bigger breakfast. Maybe by not eating enough protein at breakfast my blood sugar is playing catch up by 11:30.

I'm trying not to freak out over the weight thing. It doesn't matter right? RIGHT?!

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So even if my weight is fluctuating a lot but my clothes are actually fitting better I shouldn't worry right. I'm only seeing 3-4 lbs different but it's consistantly higher than usual. I'm buring about 3000 calories a week in exercise, I'm eating some more but not a ton more, that's why the weight gain is confusing. I feel like eating a little extra is okay given that I'm getting SO much exercise, otherwise I'll be starving!

Oh, and I more or less figured out my problem with the shakes I was having: I added some more fat into my diet, plus I changed when I eat breakfast. Now I generally eat around 7:45, followed by my pre WOD snack at 11:15. I think the slightly larger and later breakfast has been key!

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muscle does not weigh more than fat. 1lb of muscle weights the same as 1lb of fat just as 1 ton of cotton weights the same as a 1 ton of steel. The difference is that muscle mass takes less space in your body than fat does

Semantics...I see your point, but kinda demotivational phrased that way, no?

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