So, I've been having a hell of a time feeding the machine
I'm running 5 miles a day every morning.
Commuting on my all-purpose bike (set up for tris) 8 miles round trip.
3 days a week I am now up to 27 miles round trip.
2 days a week I am adding another 1 mile sprint at the mid point of those trips (bricks)
I'm adding swimming again here in a week (pools finally opening again) which will consist of:
2x 350 meters a week to start.
Also, I've added 1 day a week climbing and 1 day a week tai chi.
I'm eating like a PIG, and can't seem to come anywhere near the 2,800 calories I need
I don't want to eat like crap, and to make matters worse (or harder really) I'm down 13 lbs. (201 now) and know that my caloric requirements are actually lower than 2,800 now (I think).
I'm eating, just as a general example, today's intake:
2 spinach salads (with cholesteral free-lactose free cheddar cheese 3 tbl spoons) and salsa
2 1/2 bowls of grape nuts with skim milk
1 tuna sandwhich on whole weat bread w/ mustard
24 unsalted almonds.
2 fig newtons
64 oz. of water
'some' watermelon (didn't pay attention)
taco salad (my special recipe - boiled chicken with fresh japalenos, spinach, cholesteral free-lactose free cheddar cheese, habinaro peppers, hot lime salsa and onions.) The cool thing about this salad is, no matter how much you 'think' your going to eat, there is no way you can eat even half without the peppers catching up with you making it a slow and 'portion controlled' meal.
2 bowls of grape nuts
2 fig newtons
128 oz. of water
Anyhow, I keep calculating that I'm not eating enough.
Beyond that, I'm eating the 'three meals' and snacking about every 2 hours in between. What this ends up meaning is that I wake up at 4:30 a.m. - run until 5:30 a.m. and eat, then eat again at 7:30 a.m., et al until I get home after work and my final 4 mile ride home and eat again at 11:30 p.m.
So for example, instead of eating 5 times a day I end up doing:
6 a.m. (post run snack) - usually fruit or oatmeal
8 a.m. breakfast - fruit and grapenuts
10 a.m. (salad or fruit) spinach or banana/apple
12 noon lunch - chicken or tuna/smoked ham
2 p.m. (snack) almonds or trail mix
4 p.m. (snack) banana/apple
6 p.m. dinner - grape nuts
9 p.m. (snack) - almonds or fruit
11:30 p.m. (post ride snack) - spinach salad
So my concern is that I'm eating too much, ultimately, but not enough. If that doesn't confuse you. Anyhow, anybody else have this problem? Solutions?