I woke up today convinced it was Friday. Don’t you hate that? It was sprinkling a bit this morning and I was going to go to the gym and walk, but then I figured I wouldn’t melt and decided to walk around town. It was 35 degrees out, so I dressed for 55 and headed out listening to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Initial plan was for 2 miles, but it had stopped sprinking and I was in the zone, so I did the whole 5K loop before breakfast! Go me
I got home and made up some coconut flour waffles, which I enjoyed mightily with some coffee!
I read the news while eating, and a couple stories kind of annoyed me. The first one was about broccoli. Now scientists have fiddled around with broccoli to make it more nutririous. As if it really needed any help. Come on! Stop trying to turn real food into complete multivitamins. There is no one single super food out there and we need to stop expecting to eat 1 food item to get all our nutrition. Let’s not even mention the fact that this broccoli costs 1/3 more than regular broccoli – cause it has a health claim, you know.
Speaking of broccoli, I had some unadulterated broccoli with lunch today -
That flower-looking thing is an egg puff (cooked in the microwave) on top of a tortilla with laughing cow and hot sauce. Good stuff.
So on to the next rant today (I am on a roll, I tell you!). There was another article about how weight maintenance is hard (duh) and it is because of hormone changes from weight loss. I agree with that. The body wants to gain weight, not lose it biologically speaking.
Well, in looking closer at the study, the participants were put on a 500-550 calorie per day diet to lose weight (Optifast).
The scientists checked the blood levels of nine hormones that influence appetite. The key finding came from comparing the hormone levels from before the weight-loss program to one year after it was over. Six hormones were still out of whack in a direction that would boost hunger.
Well, duh – DUH!!! After 10 weeks of eating so little, why on earth wouldn’t your hormones be out of whack? No wonder they put weight back on. Starvation does not make a good weight loss program! It’s just starvation… period. (Heck, I eat 500 calories just for breakfast after a workout. ) This is one reason people fail at dieting. They completely restrict calories and types of food and expect that once the weight is gone, they can transition back to regular food and be okay. It just doesn’t work, people. If it did, these programs like Optifast would have cured obesity by now and we would all be singing its praises – and the company would be out of business.
Bodies adapt. They adapt to lower calories, to new foods, to exercise, whatever it is you throw at the body, it will become efficient in how it deals with it. That is survival. You have to work *with* your body and properly nourish it. You can’t beat it into submission without consequences. Weight loss maintenance is a lot easier if you respect the mechanism instead of mucking it up.
Whew…. I need something to calm me down. Good thing John brought me this:
He said there was a ‘secret ingredient’ in there as well.
A little after lunch, that cold drizzle turned to snow. Upstate NY isn’t like Colorado where snow can happen in September and then it will be 70 degrees again the next day. It just feels like winter here. By the time dinner time rolled around, it started to stick:
Normally I love the first snow of the year, but last winter was so bad I guess I didn’t quite get over it LOL! The snow didn’t stop me from making John take me out for my football dinner, though
We went to O’Tooles, where this weather was perfect for a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and stuffing!
It hit the spot. O’Tooles had their fireplace going and we could look outside and see the snow falling. It feels more like Thanksgiving than Halloween right now.
Here is the happy man shelling out bucks for dinner!
We stopped and got a sweet for dessert, too. I plated it up to show. A Reeses Pieces cookie. Yum!
Settling in for the night. I am not shoveling tomorrow. No matter how much snow – I refuse to shovel. Not to mention that the shovels are in storage…
Pink item of the day – gumball in a candy machine!