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The Year in Review

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Yes, people, I know that my scale reads about the same number today that it did in January 2012.

Anyone who's been to my SparkPage knows that I will take all the time in the world (at least, that is, all the time the Universe has allotted to me for my earthly life) to get this stuff right. I'm focused on mastering small habits and holding on to existing progress.

I'm like someone who puts her foot down on the ice at the edge of the pond and refuses to step even an inch further out unless she can stomp up and down on it without hearing so much as a creak.

So, the question is obviously not "How much weight did you lose this year, Woubbie?" but "How far out on that lake did you get and what did you learn along the way?"

I learned that:

~ like my Dad before me, I'm a great muscle-builder. The least amount of physical labor brings overnight changes to my muscles. This is a good thing, but makes my scale go up.

~ the way to lower my alcohol intake is still to start later in the day and gradually cut back on the alcohol content.

~ I still hate exercise for exercise's sake alone and probably always will. I DO, however, LOVE feeling more fit while getting real things done, like running to catch a bus or hoofing it up the basement stairs with a heavy container and not feeling winded or strained.

~ low carb will not kill me. Yeah, I already knew that, but unknowledgeable people still yammer about how bad it is for you and 18 months in I still feel great and have good health numbers. Just gotta put that out there!

~ little bits of carbiness don't make me as happy as they did even a year ago. My workweek M&M habit just doesn't have the flavor punch it used to so it's time for it to go.

~ there is a whole world of legitimate, scientific nutrition and metabolism information out there that I have just scratched the surface of reading, let alone understanding. But I have made a start and self-tested what I've already learned and it will only get better from here.

One of my favorite personal mottos is "Knowledge is Power". My interpretation of it is that if I understand a process thoroughly I never have to think about it much again, I just do it automatically.

It's like Algebra. If you understand on a fundamental level WHY you subtract on both sides of the equals sign sometimes and divide at others you never have to stop and think "Hey, do I divide or subtract here?" You just do it.

If I KNOW that eating wheat causes me to be hungry an hour later, and then sleepy, and then gassy after that, and then I will put on two pounds of water weight that day, and my sinuses will be clogged, then I can just stop eating it, because I already know that it makes me feel like crap. No further need for experimentation. Done deal.

Getting back to the lake analogy, the lake does not represent Life, nor is it a Journey of some kind. We can think of it as a representation of my Mind and Will. The solid places are the areas that are hard-wired to be a certain way. If I test those spots they hold up no matter how hard I jump on them.

So, if I avoid all grains and most sugar and starch my level of hunger and cravings is extremely low.

However, if I rely on eating low calorie and low fat foods it's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Very easy to fall through this thin ice.

If I try to stop drinking beer altogether I will probably binge within a couple of days - icy water here I come!

But if I take the longer road and wean myself I consistently lower my intake.

This is just me. I wish I were stumbling onto some kind of universal truth, but I suspect these methods simply don't work for all people.

So much for 2012 in review. What about 2013 and beyond?

Tomorrow, perhaps. Right now I'd better get something else accomplished for the day!
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    This is an awesome blog! I like the way you think. I too have a problem with alcohol.... I can stay away from carbs, no problem usually! But all it takes is a beer commercial, or a walk down the wrong isle at the grocery store and I'm sunk! I went almost 2 weeks without any, lost 7 pounds, drank tons of red wine (was only gonna have one glass) and 4 pounds came back a day later. Grrr....

    1888 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Love this blog Woubbie! You have fast become my 'low carb expert' haha You should make a career out of it. I love how you've spent so much time on researching you becoming knowledgeable. I'm trying to do the same, and making it a priority again this year.

    I'm also amuscle builder. I've learned to love and embrace that fact now. My numbers may stay the same or even go up, but if my body is looking fit and toned, who cares how much I weigh? Yayyyy for muscle! emoticon
    1893 days ago
    congrats on holding on to your accomplishments.... I feel the same way you do about low carb! I have sugar cravings pretty bad sometimes but I think it's more of a habit and self indulging boredom than it is a craving. Overall, my hunger levels are VERY low with what they used to be..... thanks low carb!
    1894 days ago
    /sigh. It's reassuring that at SOME point, the little bits of carbiness don't make you as happy anymore. Someday for me...someday for me...nice blog. I like your approach to change.
    1896 days ago
    Wonderful post and very inspiring. emoticon
    1896 days ago
    You make me smile.......
    1897 days ago
    Great observations and personal insights! I think the full effects of a transition to low carb living takes months, if not years, to fully change our bodies, especially on some of the deeper pockets of fat we carry. (That's just me....no scientific basis for it....yet).

    Can't add much to your plan for the beer.....hops, barley, hell even wheat if you're drinking a hefeweizen, all add up.....just track to make sure you stay under whatever your daily carb limit is.

    As far as exercise goes, I agree that workouts have to be enjoyable, or I won't do them. But if you're blessed with building muscle easily, to hell with the scale! Build up the muscle....it can only help with everything from clothes, to health.

    Here's to a successful 2013!
    1897 days ago
    Alliance Rule!
    Horde drool! And scratch! And lose body parts! And... well, need I go on?
    1898 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 12:49:14 AM
  • ALLISON145
    I agree with Boss. We need a low-carb, veggie-eatin', fat lovin', wheat-hatin' version of Spark to turn up. Go make that happen, GuildMaster!



    PS - For The Horde!!

    1898 days ago
    Thanks for posting Woubbie. Glad for your discoveries. You have helped me a lot this year and I know I can always count on you sharing the knowledge with me when I need it. I really appreciate you!
    1898 days ago
    Great post!
    1898 days ago
    "Do you track your body composition?" I did for a while back in the summer with a handheld monitor. I could see that the more active I was the lower the number was going but the reading was still pretty flaky. You could take 3 readings in a row and come up with a range of .5 BMI so I didn't take it too seriously. Enough to see that over the course of a month the trend was steadily down. I'm at the point where the way my clothes fit is a lot more meaningful to me than other numbers. I'm down almost a full pants size from last summer, even though the scale reads the same.
    1898 days ago
  • GLC2009
    great blog emoticon
    1898 days ago
  • BOSS61
    High time to launch and own a competing web site. You have this stuff down!
    1898 days ago
    Do you track your body composition?
    1898 days ago
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