Hunger + insomnia, my two worst pals
May 27, 2014 6:43 AM Subscribe
I asked this question
about two months ago. This is me again now. What are my next steps?
posted by so much modern time to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For about three weeks, I had a very good run where I was managing my blood sugar very well, and I was actually sleeping through the night.
Recently, I tried to do the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge, and it completely screwed up my metabolism. (Don't do it.) I gave up after just two days, but the hunger and insomnia have stuck. It's been about a week now, and I am desperate to sleep again.
I learned a few things in between my previous question and this one:
1) I started adding a lot more protein to my meals: my fridge is now stocked with chicken breasts and fish.
2) I started eating back my exercise calories.
3) I started tracking my calories and realized that I was often eating 400-500 calories less than I needed.
4) I used to take 10mg of citalopram for anxiety, but after my previous post, I decided to quit in case it was making me hungry and put on weight. Nothing has changed, except that my stress levels and anxiety levels are way higher.
5) I can't cut carbs, they are what make help me sleep.
So here's the thing: I am eating back my exercise calories. My Basal Metabolic Rate is 1686 calories, and exercise usually adds another 300 or so. (I track all of this on My Fitness Pal.)
What I do for exercise:
1) Bootcamp 2-3x a week, includes strength training and a lot of HIIT.
2) Jog for about 30-40 minutes 2x a week.
3) Every day I manage at least 10K steps.
4) I hula hoop for 15 minutes a day.
5) Sometimes I'll bike to and from work, each way is 8 miles and I do them on separate days so I am not biking 16 miles a day.
And I still haven't lost any weight, I'm at 5'1", 133lbs, 23% body fat. I'm not gaining muscle, though I definitely look more toned in certain parts of my body, like my arms. I'm just stuck.
What should I do next? I'm planning on making appointments with a dietitian and a sleep specialist today when the offices open, but I expect to wait weeks before I see them.