Sunday, January 20, 2013
I slipped quietly off to enjoy traditional holiday fare...and promised myself that my Jan. 19 birthday was the cut-off on that reckless behavior.
I did try to maintain some sense of portion control. I didn't count carbs...I ate them morning, noon, and night. I enjoyed them. On some levels. But my body didn't enjoy them.
One of the first things I noticed was my return to being achy and stiff. That only took about 24 hours. Increased Carbs = Increased Stiffness
Then of course was the weight gain. SIXTEEN (yes 16) pounds total since mid-December. About 10 lbs. of it right in the first week. Which tells me it is water gain, and probably goes hand in hand with the achy/stiffness. My body just doesn't like carbs. I theorize, from what I've read, that it is a general reaction to vastly increased insulin levels. My blood sugar only rises slightly. But my weight and pain level increases DRAMATICALLY.
So, yesterday was yesterday, and today is today. Back to the reality that I MUST eat for my health, not for my carb-lovin' sweet tooth.
Before 1 month carb binge: bp 120/64 After 1 month carb binge: bp 134/89
Before carb binge: resting heart rate: 62 After carb binge: resting heart rate: 84
Before carb binge: pain level: 0 After carb binge: pain level: 5
Before carb binge: weight: 189 After carb binge: 205
Was it worth it? No...I don't think so now... But back in December, with visions of sugar plums dancing...seemed like it was.
Back to very controlled carbs, adequate protein, ultra nutrition, lots of water, sunshine and exercise.