Scott asked about getting way under the hood, counting my food as well as my blood.
No, I have not gone to that detail. The food counting stuff sounds like something that would strike me as burdensome. Ironically, when I wanted a cheap small gram-scale for weighing bike parts, I compared ones targeted at foods vs ones targeted at coffee snobs. I never use a gram scale for food or coffee, but I have a gram-scale at arm's reach for bike parts. :) Regarding portioning and self-rewarding, I do know what you mean. I'm trying to be more mindful of the difference between "hunger" and "appetite" and "temptation". Like right now, I'm at my desk, and I can feel that my gut is 'not-full'. That feeling of an empty gut might have told me to eat lunch, but that feeling is not 'hunger'. I'm not feeling low-energy, or undernourished, or anything like that. The feeling is what I would call "appetite", like I feel like I could eat, but don't need to. So, I'll probably go 2 or 3 more hours before I take my lunch break. I never self-reward with ice cream or desserts anymore. My HUGE stress-adder is driving. If I have to drive for work related activities I tend to self-reward with pastry. The other self-reward I use sometimes is whisky. Another reward-replacement is that I never eat chips, but I do eat pork rinds (and nuts). I get blood work done during my annual physical, but I never remember what those numbers are. I do remember that my mom was relieved that my numbers resemble hers, rather than resembling my late father's numbers. Bill On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:38:52 AM UTC-8, Scott McLain wrote: > > Hi Bill, > Did you use a certain app on your phone to count carb grams? I am a > numbers guy as well. However, it may be better to focus on leading > indicators as opposed to just lagging. I also bought a cheep blood sugar > monitor and was taking my blood sugar every morning (after waiting 30 > minutes). Another leading indicator. > > My experience with EBDJ has been a big deal. The biggest change was to my > cholesterol. It is still generally high, but my HDL's have gone way up and > triglycerides and fasting blood sugar have gone WAY down. I don't have the > numbers quickly available to me or I would share them. > > I lost 15 lbs when I first when on the diet, but then gained it all back. > My job has been relentlessly stressful over the past year and a half and I > believe that is a contributing factor. I have a bad habit of rewarding > myself with food when life gets tough like I am some kind of dog. March > came in like a lion, but soon I will be commuting to work by bike most days > which helps burn off some Cortisol. > > Thank you for sharing. > > Scott > > On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 2:13:23 PM UTC-7, Bill Lindsay wrote: >> >> Over the last few years, I've been a reasonably low-carb person. I >> generally steer clear of pizza, rice, bread, but my discipline has been far >> from perfect. Things were working out fine, in that I wasn't gaining the 1 >> pound a year that people tell me I'm supposed to be gaining throughout my >> 40s. I've been holding at 180, which was acceptable but not ideal. This >> winter I decided: I've spent long enough treading water as a 180 pounder. >> I'm a 155 pounder with 25 pounds of unnecessary cargo. I decided I was >> going to drop 20 pounds, and this past week I've made it there, dropping >> below 160 for maybe the first time this century. There have been a few >> changes that might have contributed to success. I'm drinking a lot less >> beer, and a lot less booze in general. My exercise routine has included >> much more short and intense efforts as a coach of the high school mountain >> bike team. I've also done more to think about the way that I tend to think >> about food. Just like with drinking alcohol, I find that I have the urge to >> eat when I'm bored, or have downtime. I've tried to keep myself occupied >> more, and I've endeavored to break that mental connection so I don't start >> snacking every time there's a calm moment. >> >> A few weeks back I did a 200k with SFRandonneurs, and I really noticed a >> difference in my appetite. For the first time, I kind of had to force >> myself to eat. I had packed four Lara Bars for a 9 hour ride, and I went >> ahead and ate one at 50k, at 100k and at 150k, just because it seemed like >> a good idea to put some food in. I wonder if I've reached some level of >> fat-burning, and have largely broken the sugar-dependence where I don't get >> super ravenous. >> >> So, Winter is almost over and we haven't fought about EBDJ all winter >> long, I don't think. It's a datapoint of one but I'm doing fine with very >> little bread, rice, etc. I enjoy a cut up apple with almond butter for >> desert. I plop a huge scoop of coconut oil in my morning coffee. I'm >> eating lots of roasted veggies and raw veggies. I'll throw a fried egg on >> any meal. I eat lots of nuts and seeds. I make bacon on Saturday >> mornings, typically. My 34 inch waist pants no longer fit. I just bought >> a couple pairs of 32s and one pair of 30s. The 30s are snug, and I call >> them "the motivator" to get me the rest of the way to 155, where I'll >> probably stop and hold. Set a goal and make it happen. >> >> Bill Lindsay >> El Cerrito, CA >> > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "RBW Owners Bunch" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/rbw-owners-bunch. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.