Monday, March 18, 2013
Still not used to the daylights saving time switch, I got up late this morning. I hurriedly threw on a pot of coffee brewing, but still went out the door with frazzled fuzzy hair, no makeup and no breakfast. I sipped my coffee through the drizzling rain on the drive to campus, but I was dragging. Being a regular coffee drinker, I doubt caffeine has a stimulating effect on me anymore anyway.
During my first class at 8am, I copied notes like a zombie as I was not trying to process the information. I was transcribing, but not learning. We had a few in class exercises, and I stared at the problems like they were written in an alien language. I just wanted to crawl back in a warm bed for another hour. I contemplated skipping my next class.
I didn't really feel hungry. Not the way I used to know hunger. There wasn't a growling tummy, or overpowering fixation to eat something. I just felt like a pink Energizer bunny, beating the drum more slowly as my batteries died down. Ultimately, I think this is why calorie in-calorie out didn't work for me; if I ate fewer calories, my metabolism just shut down to operate on fewer calories. I seem to be a high efficiency, economy model rather than a calorie guzzler.
I dragged myself into the campus convenience store to find something to eat. I frowned at the options available: several varieties of potato or corn chips, candy bars, muffins, donuts, and breakfast bars. There was a ham and cheese croissant, but it was an oversized croissant. Even healthy snacks such as nuts were coated in sugar when reading the ingredient list. The only options left were beef jerky and a tuna salad kit with crackers. I didn't particularly enjoy the thought of chewing on leathery, dry jerky, so I opted for the tuna salad kit.
Popping open the can and using the provided spoon to scoop the tuna onto crackers didn't exactly make my mouth water. I was reminded of the movie "District 9" where the Department of Alien Affairs officer becomes a 'prawn', and is appalled to be eating cat food. The aliens loved cat food, but the human turned alien was less than thrilled. I wanted my own healthy, delicious breakfast, which I could have had if I woke up on time.
Even though my late 'breakfast' was less than brunch review worthy, it had the desired effect. I immediately felt revitalized, something my coffee failed to do. I made it to class more awake and alert. Perhaps my professor was dragging from daylights savings and lack of breakfast, too, because he ended class 10 minutes early.
This afternoon I'll be busy preparing my breakfasts in advance for this week: pastry-less quiches and hard boiled eggs. I need to roll out of bed earlier so this doesn't happen again, but if I had any eggs peeled and ready to eat this morning, I could have just popped one in my mouth.
Are you a regular breakfast eater? Do you find your energy drags without breakfast, too?
Sunday, March 17, 2013
A weird thing happened when I wrote yesterday's blog and said I wasn't motivated: I became motivated!
Yesterday my husband and I took a day trip up to Charleston. The weather was a gorgeous 76F with a cool sea breeze on the waterfront. We had gourmet burgers and a cocktail on a rooftop cafe with a beautiful view of the harbor.
Today I filled my raised bed garden with soil, and planted my salsa garden. I covered it with netting to protect it from birds and squirrels. I've discovered a new garden pest - neighbor cats! This morning I found the half eaten remnants of the catnip I planted for my cats. Some cat had a WILD party last night on our patio! I can't imagine how wired it must have been when it got home. I wonder if its owner got any sleep when the cat stumbled in stoned like a rock star!
Plants are waking up here in the south. My lettuce are already thriving, and I should be able to start enjoying them soon. I've started seeds for carrots and mini cucumbers. Little green sprouts from my asiatic lilies are popping up from their bulbs.
Maybe it was the smell of the sea or the warmth from the rays of sunshine, but somehow I felt invigorated. A little seed of motivation awakened somewhere in my soul. I wanted to run and jump and swim!
Summer is just around the corner. Wouldn't hurt to tone up a little bit, right?
Now that I don't have free access to a gym anymore, I have to tailor my 'workouts' to be almost pure body weight. I'll be digging up my Jillian Michael's vids, and I'll also do what I call a 'middle school PE' workout. Back when I was a kid, we were required to take physical education classes every school year. My school didn't have free weights or mechanical equipment. We did jumping jacks, jump rope, running in place, pushups, planking, bicycle kicks, and situps. I'll add a modern twist with a stability ball.
I really need my bike tuned up, but my schedule for this week is packed. If I can drop it off during the week, though, maybe I can get it back for the weekend!
This week I'll cycle on the low end of my carbs. I'll drop everything except protein and veg to get things rolling. Already got a good start on it today. Cheese and onion omelet this morning for breakfast, and an asian turkey salad for lunch. I'm making corned beef and cabbage tonight, and I have plans to make reubens in cabbage rolls tomorrow. Kinda like an Irish Spring Roll! Interesting fusion...I wonder if I could try wasabi in the place of horseradish - hmmm!
Ok, I'm ready!
How are you getting ready for summer?
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Over the holidays, I ate an increase of breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. Part of it was due to enjoying the holiday season, but it was also part of an experiment. I wanted to see how these things effected my weight.
It seemed like I was enjoying in 'moderation,' maybe one a day, but my weight made a slow creep upwards. I gained about 5lbs from November to January.
After the New Year, I eliminated all baked goods, and the weight came off. With the exception of the two month 'break,' I've been under 130lbs for approximately 1.5 years.
The temptation is to see whether I could lose even more weight. Could I go below 120? Maybe, but I probably won't. I'm not motivated enough to try. I'm happy enough with how I look and feel. My weight doesn't hinder or limit my activities anymore. My last physical came out perfect - normal blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, and triglycerides. These were all borderline when I was 140lbs.
I'll be 40 in a couple of years, and I know that my needs will change when I eventually get to peri-menopause and menopause. I'll have to learn a whole new set of rules.
It took me 10 years to figure out how to get where I am now. I'm hoping someone will figure out the next stage before I get there so I can ride their coattails.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Some people can eat breads, pastas, rice and potatoes without any negative effect. I envy the people who lost weight just counting calories (no matter the source) and exercising. For me, it wasn't enough.
While I was in Spain and France, I noted slim and healthy locals eating breads and pastries. In Korea, cups of rice were consumed with every meal. A person with no issue eating these foods might conclude these populations don't have weight issues with carbs, therefore there is no issue with carbs.
This is erroneous. These populations never gained excessive weight they had to lose in the first place.
From my personal anecdotal experience, eating a low to moderate amount of carbs in maintenance is not an issue. However, if I want to spur weight loss, then I need to cut it back.
I gained about 5lbs over the holidays eating breads, stuffing, and baked goods. To lose it, I stopped eating them. I ate only protein and veg.
Like many people, as a kid I could mostly eat whatever I wanted without too much thought about it. There was certainly a genetic factor, but what tipped me over the threshold was a period of metabolic abuse. I consumed excessive amounts of sugary sodas, margaritas, potato chips, french fries, hamburger buns, pastas, and desserts. Excessive amounts of sugar is toxic to cells. Insulin receptors become less sensitive, shut down or die. All cells become less sensitive as they age, but sugar overload accelerates it. Once you lose insulin sensitivity, it is gone forever. The damage is permanent.
The insulin receptors that go dormant can be revitalized with exercise and diet, but the damaged ones will never come back. If this gets bad enough, it eventually becomes pre-diabetes or diabetes.
The more insulin sensitivity you lose, the harder it is to lose weight and keep it off. This is a factor in why some people seem to have more or less problems with carbs than others. Some people will be able to resume eating a small amount of carbs after they reach their weight goals. Others have to eat lower amounts forever. It depends on the amount of cumulative damage.
I did enough damage that I cannot lose weight without cutting carbs, but I maintain ok. Personally, I cannot stay very low carb for a long period of time. There are drawbacks to a high carb diet that no one tells you about, and I'm not going to be one of those people who says there are none on low carb, either. Constipation and a potassium drop are two issues I get with long term low carb. I've found that carb cycling where I eat more amounts of sweet potatoes, rice, potatoes or fruit, then drop them off at intervals works best for me.
I will never again be able to eat as much pizza, burgers, soda or margaritas as I did in my 20s, but would I really want to? How much better off would I have been if I just ate unprocessed meats and veggies to begin with? Maybe I should have spent less time making fun of health nuts and joined them. I became one eventually anyway, and found I liked it.
Friday, March 15, 2013
This was a Box of Chocolate week - never knew what I was going to get. I think I got the vomit or earwax flavored one.
- Planned to work on my backyard garden project, and then got rear ended on Monday. Even though it was a 'fender bender', the total cost to repair was $585. Apparently my car has expensive paint. The other driver's insurance company paid for it in full, though.
- 'Zero Waste' March crashed and burned. I didn't process the leftover veggies from last week fast enough. I pickled some of the leftover snap peas, but the ones that didn't fit in my jar had to be thrown out. A handful of grapes didn't make it. Something went wrong with my batch of homemade yogurt, and I had to throw out the whole quart. No meat was thrown out. The drawer on my new fridge is doing an excellent job of keeping the temperature just above freezing. I have learned that most of my food waste comes from previous weeks, so maybe I'll spend more time on weekends clearing out old food before buying new food.
- Made a mistake attaching the landscape draining fabric to my raised bed garden. I accidentally attached it to the top instead of the bottom. DOH! One minute mistake, then an hour of pulling out staples and redoing it. Now there are holes in the top of the frame, but I'm not going to try to patch them. This is a temporary structure that is just meant to get me started this year, so I'm letting it go.
Today I think I'll stay indoors.
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