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2nd MAF test

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

It's been just over 3 weeks since my last MAF test. I did have a significant improvement.

Mile 1: 4.3 mph
Mile 2: 4.2 mph
Mile 3: 4.0 mph
average pace: 4.16, average heartrate 133

My body has clearly adjusted to the lower carb intake (currently between 15-30 grams/day) and I hope that I can start adding a weekly long run and one sprint workout per week now.
I only have 7 1/2 weeks left until my half-marathon so this will be interesting.

  
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LEW0213 1/12/2013 10:18AM

    Good going there, gal. Running was never my thing unless I was on the back of a horse but I applaud you for what you are doing.

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    Wow, great work!

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    Awesome!

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-LINDA_S 1/9/2013 7:28AM

    Glad you're on track and things are going well!

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    Go girl, go!
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Should The Biggest Loser be named The Biggest Gainer?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Before all the Biggest Loser fans start hitting me over the head let me say this is not about Biggest Loser bashing at all, although sometimes this would be tempting.
As I have learned in the last year, many practices that people hear about on the Biggest Loser when it comes to diet I would seriously question, but it is hard to tell what is part of the ad for a diet food and what the contestants actually eat.
The show has appeal to a lot of people, and I have to admit that I still enjoy watching it, in particular now, that Jillian Michaels is back. We can legitimately question her kick-a$$ approach but I still get the sense that she cares about the contestants and will take care of them far better than some of the coaches in the last two seasons.
This is also not about the fact that many Biggest Loser contestants gain a lot of the weight back, this happens for the majority of people on most weight loss programs so this one is no exception but actually has better success rates than many.
Now to the real issue:
Is the Biggest Loser really mostly about losing weight? I am talking, just for the purpose of this blog post, about the results the contestants are getting, not the lifestyle changes they are making which are of course more important.
The weight loss numbers are often very large but what strikes me as just as important is the obvious huge gains in lean muscle mass. So while the numbers on the scales are advertised every week on the program, the gain in muscle mass is largely ignored until closer to the end of the season, when the increased muscle mass is becoming very obvious even to the casual observer. Even then it is not quantified on the show.
We all know, of course, that people on The Biggest Loser spend a lot of time exercising, probably at least 4-6 hours of some kind of physical activity on most days. This is the way to run a reality TV show and get results from one week to the next that will keep viewers entertained. And this is where the problem lies.
Many people now conclude that the weight loss goals on the show are attainable only for everyone who is willing to spend that much time exercising. THAT IS SOOO NOT TRUE. It only takes much more moderate exercise during the weight loss process, maximum of 1-2 hours of low-level cardio and some strength training with a little bit of sprinting thrown in for many, to get all the same benefits. Some people will even have to do a lot less when they first start out to prevent damage to their spine and joints.
But exercise is important. It is not just about burning calories but about all the other positive changes that occur in the body, most of them related to hormones that regulate sleep, energy levels, appetite and stress. Jillian Michaels herself made an effort to explain the basics of this in her book: "Master Your Metabolism". While some of what is in the book is now outdated by newer research the basics are still true: Exercise helps a lot to help our whole body function better. Building muscle, incl. healthy heart muscle, even at the level that is not visible for a long time under a lot of body fat, is a huge contributor to overall health, including both physical, emotional and mental health.
Therefore I want to argue that there is indeed a reason to watch very overweight people exercise. If all of the Biggest Loser viewers get out of their chairs even during the commercial breaks and move around a bit and do some exercise this can start good habits that continue on the other days of the week. We don't have to go for big numbers on the scale but be satisfied with the knowledge that our bodies are healing whenever we move.
So please join me tonight in checking out the show and seeing what they have changed. If they can make exercise fun for kids, then I'm excited about it, because this has the potential to change many lives for many years to come, if not then I may try to think of something more motivating to help the youngest of us who need positive examples.
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LILY_SPARK 1/14/2013 4:22PM

    I've never seen it but I hear/ read about people watching all the time. From what I gather, after the novelty of it, people actually get sort of depressed. I hear, 'I can't do that. They have ___ there and I never could afford it.'

I could take them grocery shopping and have better effect. I mean, that's snobby but just saying. If I controlled any of the food going into anybodies bodies? They be fitter.

Now, if I 'could' only control the AMOUNT I put into mine :)

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OMAHAMAMA 1/12/2013 9:02AM

    HOUNDLOVER1,
Just wanted to reply - thanks for the advice. As a matter of fact on my first weigh in from my 1 Week Paleo project, I lost 8 lbs! I used Sparkpeople to keep better track of my intake and stayed between 20-30 g of carbs. It obviously paid off.

I will start planning out a way to incorporate some exercise - I definitely want to change my fat to muscle ratio!

I don't know if you Pinterest or not but I have been posting tons of great low carb-Paleo recipes there to my Eat Like a Dinosaur board. I'd love to share it with someone if you're interested. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/9/2013 11:45PM

    Omahamama,
I have no way to contact you so hope you'll see this. Try to focus less on total weight but more on percentage of body fat vs. muscle. Gary Taubes is right that exercise by itself will not necessarily result in weight loss but it will change muscle to fat ratio.
You could also try to lower your carbs further if your weight loss has stalled. I decided to lower carbs down to about 20-30 grams/day right now.

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OMAHAMAMA 1/9/2013 9:51PM

    Just watched this great program on PBS about 10 weight loss myth/facts. Turns out - metabolically speaking - we burn FAR more calories post exercise than during. 3-4 times as much in the 12-24 hours post workout as during.

Now I have a quandary. I've recently gone Paleo and have been off of wheat (minus a few slip ups) for 7 months. I lost the original 22 lbs following a SP program and working out with mostly cardio and some HIIT. In the end, I plateaued and decided I needed to go low carb. So I read Gary Taubes' book and Wheat Belly too and did low carb for about a month. I lost 9 lbs in the first week - pretty encouraging - but it kind of stagnated and I lapsed after that.
Because according to Gary, exercise is great for building heart health and endorphins etc, but not so great for weight loss. Mainly, and I found this to be true in my own life, that cardio makes me HUNGRY!! So I quit working out. And...

...Have not lost anymore weight. Except that I've now cut out all grains from my diet and am definitely feel lighter. I'm doing my first weigh in on Saturday so we'll see if the Paleo program has made any difference. I'd like to work out to rebuild the muscle I've been losing but just can't figure out where to start. And I don't want to kick off a workout regimen only to have it mess with my metabolism, which is pretty much ruined after years of yo-yo dieting. I love eating all of the whole foods, and especially the feeling of being sated on smaller portions or needing to eat less throughout the day. It just seems that there is no one plan that works for more than a few months before the weight loss stops. (Including the "diet and exercise" plan - so no need to preach that old mantra). I've done so much study on the topic of diet and nutrition, blah, my head is spinning! I love your blog though - it's what turned my focus back to low carb which I feel is definitely the right prescription when you understand the science.

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-LINDA_S 1/9/2013 7:37AM

    I have watched all the past seasons but have vowed not to watch this one. I hate the blatant product placement, although I understand why it's there. and the relentless exercise often leading to vomiting, at least in the beginning. I wonder about those who do maintain their weight loss and how much their metabolisms are damaged to the point where they can eat barely anything unless exercising like crazy. Some of us just aren't suited to extreme exercise, and I'm one of them. Good point about the muscle gain. That's something I'm aiming at as my weight drops.

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KELTIC-CARA 1/8/2013 2:56AM

    I saw the first series when Australia did a version of it. OK but I have not watched it since, although I don't think it is a popular here as it is there.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 1/7/2013 11:28AM

    I have watched the program in the past, but not a big fan of it. The reason I guess being I am not a competitive person. Competition involves expectations. I realize competition motivates many people, my DH is competitive and I see the frustrations that sometimes accompanies it.

As far as exercise goes, I have always been a huge fan of walking, as it covers pretty much an all-in-one aspect. Especially at my age anyway. If I was younger, since learning more, I may feel different. But as a whole, I have really never been into strenuous exercise. So that along with not being a competitive type person makes my interest in the program on the bottom of my priority list.

I also question the lifestyle principle. After the program, it is a realistic way for those who complete the process? That is key to the term "life style"...permanently.

I just seen a local commercial for weight loss surgery on tv this morning that presented a former contestant that had gained back weight and opted for weight loss surgery.

As far as the title goes, even though the word "loser" applies to weight loss, I feel it carriers a more negative weight than positive. Guess it is all according to one's perspective.


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EJOY-EVELYN 1/6/2013 11:08PM

    While the first one or two Biggest Loser Challengers had my attention, they went the road of reality to the point I really didn't care for it any longer. They push hard for the sake of entertainment.

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FLAMENM 1/6/2013 4:34PM

    I think your suggestions are interesting. I would love to see the %fat loss and % muscle gain info.

I'm not a BL fan. Because so few people can have that lifestyle (exercise 4-6 hrs a day, have that many staff helping them out). Also, the few who seem to keep the weight off go into what I call the new "awesomeness" industry. In that they go into public speakign and say how awesome they are. Pay them to hear them speak.

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MYLADY4 1/6/2013 3:59PM

    I am a BL fan and have watched every season. I am curious to see how the deal with the scale and kids and how the measure sucess with them since it is still a game show. I think that this will be a very emotionaly charge season.

I agree with Allison and would love to see them base everything on the % of body fat lost, not just the scale number and show a little more about what they eat.

Should be interesting.

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MJREIMERS 1/6/2013 2:56PM

    Well said and much of what you said is very true! (Although, most won't even think of it!)
Most of us that have lost weight know how much hard work and dedication it takes. For those of us in maintenance, we know how much hard work, sometimes even more than losing, to keep the weight off and firm up!

I'd love to see your ideas added to the show, even though I don't watch it often. I wish I could do a "real" body fat calculation by a qualified person. It would be a great insight.

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HISTORYRUNNER 1/6/2013 1:53PM

    Really thoughtful post and commentary. Good ideas everyone! Now I'll have to watch to see how things go.

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RUSSELL_40 1/6/2013 1:00PM

    I agree with Allison. This would really help the ladies who may only lose 5 lbs in a week, but towards the end it may be 2 lbs of muscle gained, and 7 lbs of fat loss.

We live in a culture where women aren't supposed to be muscular, so I believe they tend to add a higher % of muscle on the show. Overall, by weight, they lag behind, but if you actually take the % of fat lost, they are probably higher than a lot of the guys.

It would be very interesting to get all 3 .. weight, fat % lost, and muscle % gained. Sam from a few years ago looked incredible, because he gained muscle while losing fat.

Maybe a combination of muscle gained/ fat lost would be a better way to pick a winner.

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MNJONES2 1/6/2013 12:46PM

    I watched one season BL and didnt care for it. I felt the "game" was very detrimental to the weight loss. That was several years ago -

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ALLISON145 1/6/2013 12:46PM

    I'm with you - I really wish they would do a body fat measurement each week (you know they have the tools!) so we can really see total weight loss as well as body composition... i.e., Bob lost 9 pounds on the scale this week, but that equated to a 1 pound gain in lean mass with a 10 pound fat loss. That would be awesome!

-Allison

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LINDAKAY228 1/6/2013 12:43PM

    I am a BL fan, although the last season really turned me off with all the drama. But I'm so hoping the editors have learned somethng and this season will be better. I don't usually watch it when it's on, but dvr it and watch it the next day. I can watch it then while exercising and also fast forward through commercials LOL! I often fall asleep early in the evening anyway, especially when watching tv. I'm really excited for the new season and think they have 3 great trainers. So glad Jillian is back. I'm also so interested to see how they work with the kids and how the kids do. I know they aren't weighing in on the show or getting eliminated, which I am also very grateful for since I think that would do more harm than good to teens. Especially as two of them are only 13. But I have a grandson who is going to be 13 in May who is a little overweight and loves to watch the show with me. I hope he will find it inspiring and help him to see kids his age make changes.

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MARTHAWILL 1/6/2013 12:33PM

    Although I have watched a few episodes, I have not become much of a BL fan. I always wonder who is going to be around after the contestants leave to yell at them and breathe down their necks. I'm also offended by how they are expected to display their bodies in the most unflattering attire for the weigh-ins because the show knows this attracts viewers. I know these contestants come on board knowing this was how they would be treated and likely desperation brought them to this point. There were times when I wondered if I needed this more "kick in the butt" approach but realized ultimately I need to give myself a "kick in the butt". I would be interested in seeing more long-term results from the BLC. This past week three successful maintainers were featured on Dr. Oz but I'm guessing they represent a minority. Time will tell.
Wish you well in your journey.

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Thanks for all the comments on my cheat day!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

To my surprise the scales were not up at all this morning. I'm not sure why, maybe because the cheesecake I ate (incl. about 15 grams of carbs from Xylitol) was something my body needed (well, at least the fat and protein in it)?
Maybe it's just confirmation that scales are a really a pretty inaccurate gauge and I just need a little more sodium.
Fact is I will never know and will therefore not try to overanalzye this. I do feel great this morning and agree with the comments that said that allowing no indulgences at all can set us up for trouble and obsessive eating patterns and sometimes even eating disorders.
We just have to distinguish what we cheat on. My cheat was overall fairly minor, not so much the portion size (2 slices of cheesecake), but the fact that it had no high-carb foods in it. Interestingly enough I have no appetite for the same cheesecake that my daughter is having for breakfast right next to me, ha,ha. But some veggies with bacon and eggs for lunch today emoticon
Breakfast will be another nice cup of decaf with lots of raw-milk cream. All is good!

I did have some thoughts about eating, weight gain and the Biggest Loser. But that will go in another blog right now. emoticon

  
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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 6:01PM

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UNIQDRGNFLY 1/7/2013 11:13AM

    I have found the same thing happens with me. At least eating this way our bodies are able to tell us what we truly need! emoticon

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EXOTEC 1/6/2013 6:32PM

    I've heard several times that low-carbers (and maybe Paleo sorts?) *need* extra sodium, perhaps up to 6000 mg per day. This just sounds outrageous to me, but I'm comparing it to the USDA RDA, and we know where that's gotten us before. Oddly enough, I have days when I crave salt so much I sometimes just eat a few pinches of it straight up. I salt everything - especially homemade stuff. The processed, maybe not so much (not that I eat all that much processed foods).

The cheesecake isn't really that bad. I make little mini cheesecakes, sans crusts of any kind, and I feel pretty good about "indulging" in those. It's just eggs and cream cheese, after all. I do put a little "cheat" on the top, sometimes a bit of spreadable fruit or a nut. I've been known to shave some dark chocolate curls onto them, but I'm not too much a chocoholic. I use a LOT of sugar-free flavored syrups (DaVinci). They come in every imaginable flavor. I even put some of that in my morning protein shake sometimes. As for the cheesecakes, I don't even notice the lack of a crust, they're so tasty with some of these syrups.

I'm on an egg binge lately too! Go figure. I've been scarfing down soft-boiled eggs like there's no tomorrow. And still losing weight! hehehe

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Somewhat of a cheat day

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I wish I could say that I had this planned, that I wanted to find out what I could get away with and still stay in ketosis. But that wouldn't be quite true.
I started by feeling I really deserved a sweet treat, so instead of ordering my regular decaf with half-and-half at the coffee shop I had a split-shot sugar free latte breve with caramel flavor. There was caffeine and sweetener in it, both things that I'm not sure my body does too well on.
Lunch was healthy and dinner was too. But after dinner I really wanted to try the low-carb cheesecake my daughter made. There was no sugar in it, but some Xylitol. After an hour I really felt like a 2nd piece and enjoyed it tremendously. So for better or for worse, I am going to find out by tomorrow morning how much effect all this had on my metabolism. The scales were at 132 lbs. this morning. I did not go over my allowed carb level by much, probably still under 40 grams of carbs for the day.
The reason for all those indulgences: mostly lack of planning to buy enough vegetables and make time for cooking combined with a longstanding habit of enjoying sweets. And sometimes I just don't want the work of cooking. The good news: I've really had enough of sweet things for a while now, and this is still far fewer carbs and sweet foods than I used to consume every single day of my life. If I feel I'm cheating when eating low-carb cheesecake and without eating any sugar other than what was in my blueberries I guess I'm still doing pretty well. emoticon

  
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MICHELLE8182 1/14/2013 12:00AM

    It sounds like overall your "Cheat" wasn't too bad at all. I keep some sugar free Popsicle in the fridge (they're really almost too sweet! But very low cal and low carb) and then a few pieces of sugar free hard candy (takes a long time to eat:) for moments like these - I go on sugar craving rampages and if I don't have something to take the edge off it'll be bad enough that I'll actually leave to buy something! More likely I'll scrounge up some honey or sugary cereal (not mine) and then it's so much worse than the Popsicle!

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MINIMEI 1/9/2013 10:17AM

    Sounds more like a well-deserved "treat" day!
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-LINDA_S 1/6/2013 11:11AM

    Doesn't seem like that much of a "cheat". Hope you find out that you can indulge a little once in awhile. Poor planning regularly does me in--you'd think I'd learn!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/6/2013 9:28AM

    I hope that your weigh-in works well for you. Sometimes it's important to take a moment of indulgence; too much deprivation can create a fierce appetite for subversion. Better to tame the appetite early with a smallish treat like you did! emoticon

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ERIN1957 1/6/2013 7:43AM

    I use to set myself a day a week for a cheat day. I haven't done it for sometime now. I am satisfied. Hope I can hang in there with making good choices for myself. You did what you chose and had within your limits and enjoyed. Isn't that pretty much a good thing...in all areas of our lives.

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JSTETSER 1/6/2013 6:47AM

    That sounds like a great cheat. I'm glad that you enjoyed the indulgence!
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DOVESEYES 1/6/2013 2:55AM

    I say have it if it is a small piece, as if you try to do without you will probably eat a huge piece.

You are in charge of what you eat.

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KELTIC-CARA 1/6/2013 2:34AM

    I consider cheat days - within reason of course - are good. It tests you of just how far you have come. For me I think, well I am not missing what I thought I was missing; or this doesn't taste like I remember, yuk. etc.

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WEARINGTHIN 1/5/2013 11:15PM

    Might be best to simply stay away from the cheesecake altogether, if you are trying to stay in ketosis. One thing you can have is whole cream (says whipping cream on the carton). Have it in coffee with artificial sweetener and it feels like a real treat. You can also put it in diet sodas, for an extra creamy boost. I've even enjoyed it in green iced tea. Just a suggestion. Glenn

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Making slow progress and staying on plan

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I've been running three times this week and done strength training 3 times. I was able to avoid Xylitol and have stayed around 20-30 grams of carbs/day.
No significant weight loss yet but I think my strength training is starting to pay off and my running feels better then a week ago.
Tomorrow is my day off from exercise. I'll go and watch the highschool swim team competition and maybe walk the dogs if the weather is decent.
We watched the movie "Shadowlands" tonight. I had forgotten how good it is, although it has a sad ending.

  
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-LINDA_S 1/5/2013 7:06PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up!

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ALLISON145 1/5/2013 12:58PM

    You're doing great!!

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WOUBBIE 1/5/2013 11:20AM

    Sounds like you're starting off the year strong. I've started in Neutral and really have to start putting my pedal to the metal!

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    Sounds like a great week!
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GETSTRONGRRR 1/5/2013 8:35AM

    Good on you! Stick with the plan.

What does Xylitol do to you carb wise?

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MILPAM3 1/5/2013 7:41AM

  You call this SLOW progress? You seem to be working the plan and working it well.
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FREELADY 1/5/2013 6:42AM

    Your focus inspires me!

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