Water. About 6 weeks ago I started having a really hard time getting through my work outs and I was having headaches off and on for about a month. The temperatures here in Utah had gone up and it was super toasty. I felt completely spent after about 15 minutes and like I could throw up (not that I ever did) and sometimes dizzy by the end of the sessions. I could hardly run when I’d worked my way up to being able to easily run about 4 miles no problem (at a slow speed but consistently none-the-less). I got tested for glucose issues, iron deficiencies, I knew I wasn’t prego, and nothing showed up on a thyroid test.
Finally one of my trainers asked about my water in take and we realized I was way way way low on what I really needed. After I started making myself drink regularly which honestly sometimes meant I looked at the clock said oh crap and chugged my entire water bottle I felt loads better. Apparently a common rule of thumb for non-active people is half their body weight in ounces of water where active people should be closer to their body weight. I haven’t gotten all the way to where I should be but I’ve been trying to make sure I drink 4 of my 16 oz bottles full of water before I go work out and then I drink a couple during my workout and at night and that has made an incredible difference.
Plus I noticed that once I was drinking more water it was way easier to keep within my calorie goals before that my daily average was pushing 1700 calories and I didn’t try to do anything but drink more water. I’m assuming it’s a combo of being full on water and no longer mistaking thirst for hunger.
I’m 5’5 but have a small frame
Calories ave. 1391 cal (1600 cal)
Carb ave. 131g (200g)
Protein ave. 61g (70g)
Fat ave. 70g (58) Ugg way over on fat again
(goals are in the parenthesis)
W Bike 60 minutes (run drills were canceled)
H Swim Drills
F Did only half of my weights and then biked for 20 mins
S Swimming 45 minutes
S Day Off
M Strength and Conditioning class at WMI
T Biked 60 minutes (smashed my toe by dropping a jar on it so I didn’t want to run and aggravate it)