Friday, April 16, 2010
One way to tell if your metabolism is fast or slow is to find out if you are affected by the yo-yo occurrence.
One in every 14 people have genes for a fast metabolism whereas the others, such as myself, are among those of the 13 remaining that have a more sluggish metabolism. If that isn't bad enough, gaining weight actually increases the RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate).
Now here's something very interesting...for every 3 pounds of fat lost, the body will also lose 1 pound of muscle. Not only that, but the body burns about 9 calories less each day for every pound lost. That means that if I lost 20 pounds, 15 pounds would be from fat and 5 pounds would be from muscle. So if I lost 20 pounds, I would burn 180 calories less each day.
This is why exercise is important and why not exercising will cause the RMR to be even slower still.
Low calorie diets make things worse by causing the metabolism to drop even more. The body senses that there's not as much food coming in so it begins to automatically burn calories at an even slower rate. Moreover; just two days of a very low calorie diet will kick in the built in anti starvation defenses and it will become even harder to burn calories.
If a person goes on a really low calorie diet for a very long period of time, even vigorous exercise won't help a slow metabolism very much.
What this all boils down to is the yo-yo experience that allows us to lose a bit of weight on a new diet but also slows the RMR down causing a rebound to a weight higher than the one we began with.
My suggestion then would be to be born into a family with fast metabolism genes (good luck with that at this stage of the game) or try to rev up the metabolism you have.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I'm so grateful for the friends here in sparkpeople that don't mind reading and commenting on my 'whining' blogs. Even though I'm doing this for my own therapy, it's just so awesome that some people out there actually give a hoot! Thank you for that!
Most people don't want to hear (read) anything that isn't inspirational, motivating or uplifting. I however, live in the real world of hurt. Anyone wants to complain to me about something...I'm there for ya, because I understand.
I walked around the house pretty much all day yesterday without a cane. It was hard because of my left knee. Sometimes it doesn't want to straighten all the way and other times it won't bend without pampering. I can't imagine what's going on with that knee any more than I can imagine how therapy will help it without the doctor even knowing what the problem is. It still swells up occasionally too. It seems like the more I use it, the more it stiffens up on me. Does anyone out there in sparkland have a clue? I sure could use some input.
I have only just gotten my knee to let me walk with it without too much pain, but therapy for it is tomorrow. I hope it doesn't get worse again like last time.
I'm still determined to be walking without aid by July 4th. What I mean by walking is the ability to actually take a walk without the walker or the cane. You know, like most people walk! 82 days until July 4th!
I've been trying to keep our eating healthy and proportionate. I'm totally into whole grains, legumes and lots of vegetables and fresh fruit. Admittedly, I forget my fruit a lot of the time. But I'm working on that.
Yesterday for dinner I made RIGATONI the recipe follows if you are interested.
1 (8 ounce) package rigatoni pasta
2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans
1 can of diced Italian stewed tomatoes
1 cab if sliced mushrooms (I would have used fresh if I'd had any on hand)
2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 small onions, diced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
ground black pepper to taste
1. Cook rigatoni in boiling water until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
2. Drain and rinse red kidney beans; set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic, and onions with pepper and basil.
4. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, pasta, and beans, to skillet. Bring skillet mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until mixture is hot. Serve immediately.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
85 Days until July 4th!
When I first got up today, I was both surprised and amazed that my sciatica and my knee were both quite; meaning no pain. It lasted until I got out of bed, but it wasn't hurting me like it had been. I was and still am elated about that and I thanked God!
The more I did today the worse my pain got, but I plugged along doing things that HAD to be done. I fixed breakfast for us then started laundry (being careful not to pick up the laundry baskets) and then I began the task of cleaning my plant shelves that I have over my kitchen sink. I had to take off all the plants (mostly African Violets) and remove the shelves themselves so I could wash them. I also took the opportunity to wash the kitchen windows while I was at it. I can't get to the windows usually because of the plants and shelves.
For lunch today, I munched on cheerios. Poor choice, but that's all I could do because I was feeling the pain from all I was doing.
Dinner consisted of no-yolk pasta tossed with vegan Black Pepper Steaks and tossed lettuce salad with 1 tbsp of my no cholesterol low fat dressing.
I believe that I will reach my goal, to be walking unassisted by July 4th! I WILL do it!
I made some banana bread a couple days ago and it turned out very good. I have added the recipe to my blog because of several people wanting various recipes. If you like banana bread, you will like this. Its a nice rich full flavored banana bread and I was content to eat only 1 piece. I don't use butter on mine as some people do.
Moist Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe and Instructions:
Be sure to use very ripe bananas for this. Their skins should be mottled black and they should feel soft to the touch.
1 cup unsalted butter (I used oleo)
1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs (I use ENER-G egg replacer*)
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly grease two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
Beat together the butter, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the banana, honey and egg replacer, beating until smooth. Add the flour and nuts, stir until mixed. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and let it rest at room temperature, uncovered for 10 minutes.
Bake the bread for 50 minutes. Lay a piece of foil gently across the top and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 8 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a rack to cool completely.
*Tip: when using ENER-G egg replacer, be sure to prepare it as directed on package BEFORE you begin the rest of your recipe. Also, use room temperature or warm water and mix until frothy.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Yesterday was amazing! I hurt like the dickens but was able to amble around and even fix supper by myself! I made a simple vegetarian Black Eyed Pea Stew and it turned out delicious! I made each of us two small biscuits to go with the stew and was glad because they sure tasted like more!
I really enjoy baking goodies which was a real downfall of mine in the past; but now that I cook with whole grain flour and am practicing portion control, it's not so bad.
Cookies USED to be my big hang up. When the boys were here visiting from Alaska I made chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies for them and I was surprised that I could just eat one and not have the rest as I had before! What a good feeling to be over that HUGE hump in my life! There are still cookies in the cookie jar and if they don't get eaten by someone soon, I'm going to feed them to my birds outside! I'm hoping my brother will come over and finish them off. He LOVES my cookies and ate about 8 of them last time he was here. He's the thin one of us kids, he got the only thin gene in the lot I guess because my other brother and I both struggle with weight issues.
Yesterday for breakfast I made oatmeal waffles with left over rolled oats using my sourdough batter. I made one apiece and they were so yummy! I had a tiny bit of pure maple syrup with mine, about a teaspoon full because I don't like the intense sweetness of syrups. For lunch, I had celery with almond butter. I measured out 2 Tbsp of almond butter so I wouldn't over do. I also had an apple (not a substantial lunch). I got hungry early in the evening so we had an early dinner. LOL
I was feeling pretty good about my achievements while fixing dinner when the phone rang; it was the clinic; the doctor told me that my insurance won't pay for an MRI without me first having physical therapy on my knee! Aaarrrgggh! Now the insurance company knows about my knee which means I have to go to therapy for it! I didn't know the doctor was going to check on the insurance! What I said to her was that "I'd" check on my insurance and see if it covered an MRI! Which I had no intention doing unless my knee got worse.
Now here's the thing I don't understand; the x-rays on my knee showed no arthritis, no cartilage loss and no bone damage so that only leaves muscle, ligaments or tendon that is the culprit of the pain. Just how can they know how to treat a knee in physical therapy if they don't even know for sure what the problem is? Is it a pulled muscle? Is it a torn meniscus tendon? Is all the physical therapy the same no matter what the problem is? Oye!
Other than that call, I was pleased that my day went so well!
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