Yes, very badly. I'm trying my hardest not to go into a depression because I can not put on my running clothes and go for a jog. The weather is perfect for it.
I'm angry some days that I broke my neck and it's still not fixed, I doubt it ever will be. I have loads of motivation even after 4 years since I was forced to quit.
Exercising is very addicting once you really get into it. I must compromise and ride my stationary bike at a slower pace. I started doing squats, but I help pull myself up with a tball bat, when hitting the tennis ball for the dogs. Even then, I barely can hit the darn ball hard, so they get their exercise.
Since I bought new baby chicks last week, I've been going up and down the stairs at least 50 times a day. Last year I lost weight when I bought the first set of chicks. I'm always worried about them, so I keep an eye on them frequently and cleaning up after them. Oh, btw, my legs are killing me from going up and down the stairs so much.lol. You'd think after a week it'd be better.
Well first I'll tell you why people get so tired on extreme low carb diets. During times of starvation the body will suck up just about all the stored glucose it can from stored muscle glycogen for energy and then turn to catecholamines norepinephrine(aka noradrenaline) and epinephrine (aka adrenaline) for energy.
I don't have to tell you what a rush adrenaline can be but it doesn't take long before it starts to tax the central nervous system and wear you out. Any free glucose is burned up in the liver fueling skeletal muscle and then the body turns to stored fat and free proteins in a process called glucogenesis (turning fat/protein carbohydrates into glucose). Though ketosis and glucogenesis are fail safes to keep you alive they take more energy and tire you out more than having a fresh supply of gasoline in the tank.
Typically you can survive for three days on no food before the break down of muscle takes place and then for a month thereafter. It's fatigue from the body's systems switching over from digesting glucose to everything else that can make you tired and cranky, though many scientists are believe that these behaviors are due to a "sugar addiction" and not behavioral b*tching. And yes, I use controlled fasting as my technique most of the time. Once I got used to it I could workout in a completely fasted state after about 24-48hrs and smash any record.
The fat gain from alcohol is an interesting topic in itself. Alcohol contains seven grams of carbohydrates per gram and yet despite being considered a sugar is metabolized in the liver like a poison first and foremost before any other nutrients. This slows metabolism up to 73% (I checked last night before a drink) and then settles around the hips and stomach much in he same way large doses of sugar will do to the response from insulin. And this fat storage will stay there until body fat levels are low enough for that lt reason tobe gone. Some people think at that stage with insulin being better tollerated and hormones in ballance you can keep from getting fat storage in the same place more than others, but know that in women there's a ticking timb bomb. That's right, after a certain age you stop just getting a fat @$$ an get fat everywhere.
What I find odd, is that when I took out most of my carbs, I didn't crash or give up. I replaced what i was eating with other things, and didn't completely cut out all carbs (this just leads to going backwards with my diet) but I've found that I feel much healthier and better off not having the heavy weight in my stomach after eating, or that overly full feeling despite my portion control.
maybe I'm just strange. but I lost my weight by cutting out breads and potatoes. -shrug-
Drinking is a whole other thing. I looked up what I drink, said white russians are about 888 calories or something like that, a piece. however, I still drink them, regularly, and still lost the weight, so who knows?
I would think wine would be a healthier drinking alternative, to my choices of liquor, and maybe limiting it to one or two glasses not daily would be acceptable?
My lifestyle is pretty healthy...but this damn health issue set me back. If felt SO GOOD to go on that bike ride yesterday and work in the yard and in my flower garden
Tomorrow Hubs and I are going on a hike. Alone I am excited. It's his 3 days off (sat, sun, mon) and I'm feeling more active.
Food wise, I'm very particular because I am feeding my family and don't want to feed them any crap. But I also don't want them to hate healthy foods (like kids will do) so I make kid friendly meals but healthy. hA! It's a lot of fun to tweak recipes. My oldest is vegetarian (since birth) so it's a challenge that I enjoy.
But yea, I don't ever talk about being on a diet...especially in front of my girls. We just eat and they learn about portion size, serving size, listening to their bodies when they're full, etc. I had a HORRIBLE upbringing with food. HAD to finish my dinner. HAD to eat 3 meals a day. Sometimes you're just not hungry, ya know?
My mom was a fanatic with health foods. Always had a balanced meal, but my relationship with food and my body image wasn't good. I was anorexic for about 5 years in my teens/20s.
Yet, as I type this, my 3 year old is munchin her chocolate bunny Hey, it's easter...chocolate bunnies are a must.
Another question, if I quit drinking wine all together, will the fat on my midsection lessen?
It would help to quit drinking all together, but realistically you're not going to want to quit a "feel good" thing. So there are two choices, either saturation or control. Since saturation is a slippery slope into alcoholism and only makes this matter worse (I just lost a friend to liver and kidney failure), we'll take some steps to drink less.
Everything I find on drinking and fitness says that it me you fat one way or another. It triggers appetite more than soda, slows metabolism, and is stored via hormones on the stomach and hips. BUT I found some steps to combat this. You'll want to keep an eye on how much you drink anyways, but now measure it and cut back to 10oz or less a night. Every 5oz glass of white wine is about 100 calories and 13g empty carbs. As always drink plenty of water before hand but consider having your metamicil at that time. When you get hungry you'll need to take your time eating. After a lot of studies science has found that greasy salty disgusting Taco Bell is craved for the fat and salt content, this has to do with alcohol being an irritant to the stomach and dehydrating you, so you crave salty goodness.
The bodybuilding rule fore drinking is "one and done", one two hours or longer before or after exercise with somewhat healthy food. I like to mix vodka into a storebought cold protein shake for a healthier twist on the White Russian (With ABB it's ~360 cal) and pretty good. But I make a terrible alcoholic. I get drunk off of three drinks and suber up to quick for it to be cost effective.
Eesh, Oldgirl. That would be rough especially with his health issues.
Did he bring them for you or for him? Thankfully, my husband doesn't have a sweet tooth. He just brings me treats once in a while.
He brought them home for both of us, but I said no thanks. It makes it really hard to lose that last 10 pounds when he's always bringing stuff like that home. Sometimes I can resist and sometimes I can't. Knowing that I'm going to be accountable here tomorrow is helping me to resist.
The worse part though is worrying about his health. It hurts to see someone you love slowly killing themselves. I lie awake at night worrying about him. I've lived with this long enough to know that he has to want to want to do this himself; I can't make him.