This morning I ate twice, and I'm not talking about two snacks. I woke up at 5:00am, pulled on my running gear, popped a GU, and was doing a speed workout by 5:45am.
When I got home a little after 7:00am, I had my usual oatmeal (with fresh apple slices and cinnamon today; breakfast #1) and then jumped in the shower. On the way to work I was hungry again, and I knew my stomach wasn't going to be happy with only a banana, so I stopped for a whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese (breakfast #2). It's now 10:30am, the banana peel is in the trash and I'm already thinking about what to have for lunch. I'm hungry.
I had a meeting with Robin Thurston, the CEO and co-founder of MapMyFitness, yesterday. He was here to show me some new functions on the website, and I happened to notice he eats more than 3,300 calories a day (the site has a food log that keeps track of that kind of stuff). When I asked him about it, he casually shrugged his shoulders and said, "I workout a lot." He does—he puts in mad crazy miles cycling. So now I'm thinking I need to reevaluate my nutritional needs.
I'm at the point in my training where the mileage is creeping up, and my calories per day should be too. But it's hard to break out of the mindset that going over a certain number is wrong. (Remember, I write health and weight loss stories for a living.) I've talked to a nutritionist who recommended that I snack more. But I'm starting to wonder if additional mini-meals are enough. Maybe I should be doubling up on lunches and dinners too.
How many calories to you eat daily? Have you ever worked with a nutritionist?