Tuesday, January 23, 2007

2 hours at the gym? Yep!

Calories eaten yesterday: 1961
Fat: 111g (53%)
Carbs: 49g (10%)
Protein: 135g (29%)

Calories burned in exercise today: 334

My weight is about 150. How the hell have I gained 5 pounds?!? I hope this is bloating because how can I have gained 5 pounds of fat?!? *sigh*

Brad took my boxes from work to home - the boom box I bought and the Netrition order that came in. He has keys to my house so all he had to borrow was the elevator key. I bought a bunch of low-carb pina colada mix, several packages of sugar-free chocolate chips (good for putting on low-carb ice cream and when I bake sugar-free cheesecake), and some Dixie Diner packages of low-carb pizza crust mix, donut mix, and devil's food cake mix (I want to make that one this coming weekend!).

Blood sugar the last two mornings has been totally normal - under 100. 85 yesterday morning and 94 this morning. How can my blood sugar return to normal so soon after surgery? It stayed elevated much longer after the toe surgery.

Spent an obscene amount of time at the gym - pretty good considering I nearly rolled over to go back to sleep! I was there 2 hours and did 45 minutes of weights, a half hour on the elliptical (the type with moving arms), and another 30 minutes just walking on the treadmill. Whew! Am I tired!

Bought more Dexatrim Max 2-O today. It's one of my favorite diet supplements because it really does help curb appetite (one of the few diet products that does anything close to what it claims). I bought some Creatine at the gym (Apex brand) and while the woman was getting it out of the locked cabinet I saw that the Xenadrine they had been selling for $40 was in the 1/2 price bin. Well, I can't turn down a 1/2 price sale, so I bought a bottle. It's almost expired, so I started taking it right away. They had two kinds; I got the NRG, which is the same kind I bought before.

Creatine is supposed to be good for gaining muscle, which is something I have a hard time doing. That's the same reason I'm taking the L-Glutamine. Both are supposed to help protect and build muscle mass.

Yes, I know diet pills aren't magic, but I could use a little help. I'm already eating right and exercising. I'm not expecting miracles.

Hmmm...Lord Chubalot brought up in a blog post that my gain might be from my birthday binge. He might be onto something. I went back in my FitDay journal. The last time I stepped on the scale was the morning of my birthday (January 11 - the day I binged) and I was 145 then. And here I am two weeks out and I'm around 150 (haven't taken an official weight, but I can estimate based on non-official weights). I have been strictly on plan since my b-day. Even when I go out to eat (like last Friday) I get Atkins-friendly fare such as a bunless burger and veggies instead of the potato dish.

Called Eleanor since she promised to take me out to dinner for my birthday. I asked about this Friday, but she can't, so we tentatively set it for next Friday. I think we are going to Quinn's Lighthouse. I can eat low-carb there just by doing some substitutions.

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Don Q. said...

I posted some thoughts in about your comment here. My basic thought is that you should try to give your body a break for a few weeks and then go back to your regimen. Hope its helpful.

Anonymous said...

Hey V, the alcohol could be part of the real weight thing here. Moderate it to see. B
Alcohol metabolism
Written by Dr Dan Rutherford, GP

When alcohol is consumed, it enters cells and is broken down into a toxic compound known as acetaldehyde. An enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) converts the acetaldehyde into acetic acid, which is non-toxic and can be readily used by your body to provide energy. (We all know acetic acid better as vinegar!)

Some people have an alteration, called a polymorphism, in the ALDH2 gene which renders the enzyme inactive and makes it impossible for them to convert acetaldehyde into acetic acid. Such persons should avoid alcohol, although they can enjoy the benefit of the antioxidants found in non-alcoholic red wine.

Alcohol, when consumed in excess amounts, has a wide range of ill-effects on an individual's health. Too much alcohol is toxic to vitamins and minerals and at high levels acts as an anti-nutrient. It has a high caloric value, hence the weight gain experienced when consumed in large quantities. It also causes low blood sugar levels and dehydration, leading to an increase in appetite and the classic 'binge eating' characteristic of a heavy drinking session.

Excessive consumption of alcohol on a regular and sustained basis has been linked to high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, birth defects, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Among drinkers that smoke these risks are increased.

Drinking alcohol in moderation, however, can convey some health benefits due to the level of antioxidants it contains, particularly in red wine and to a far lesser degree in dark brown beers. The antioxidants in red wine are called polyphenols, which help counter the impact of oxidative stress and probably confer a protective role against cancer and heart disease. However, this is only effective when keeping to the recommended levels of alcohol consumption per week. Binge sessions should be avoided - alcohol intake should be spread over the whole week.

The recommended consumption of alcohol per week is:

* no more than 14 units of alcohol for women.

* no more than 21 units of alcohol for men.

A unit of alcohol is defined as follows:

* 250ml (1/2 pint) of ordinary strength beer / lager

* one glass (125ml / 4 fl oz) of wine

* one pub measure of sherry / vermouth (1.5oz)

* one pub measure of spirits (1.5oz).

Alcohol metabolism - putting advice into action

* It is now possible to have genetic testing to determine whether you have the ALDH2 polymorphism. If you do then you should avoid alcohol.

* Drink all alcohol in moderation, avoiding binge drinking, and if possible take red wine in preference to other alcoholic drinks.

* Stick to the recommended number of units of alcohol per week: 14 units for women and 21 units for men.

* Always try and eat something either before or whilst you are drinking.

* If you have drunk large quantities of alcohol, drink plenty of water afterwards. This will counteract dehydration.

* Rather than drink coffee the morning after a drinking session, a breakfast consisting of carbohydrates (cereal and toast), a glass of fresh fruit juice and a cup of green tea should bring your blood sugar level up to an acceptable level and help to rehydrate your body.

Other articles on lifestyle management

* General lifestyle management

* Carbohydrates

* Fats

* Fibre

* Soya

* Water

* Caffeine

* Smoking and nutrition

* Body weight

* Exercise

Last updated 11.11.2005

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