Scott asked about getting way under the hood, counting my food as well as
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.
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.
> 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
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