Hey y'all, no offense was taken here by me. I was out of line. No problemo.
To sort of change the subject a tad, I bought a heart rate monitor today. I've been reading Phil Maffetone. He's got very interesting ideas about maximum aerobic fitness and the heart rate you should do your aerobic training at. According to him, if I exceed my maximum heart rate (133), I turn off the fat-burning pathways and turn on the anaerobic, sugar-burning pathways. By exercising above my maximum heart rate, I actually sabotage both my fat-adaptation and the burning of body fat for energy. Not to mention my ability to improve my fitness. So now I get the whole thing about too much exercise can slow your weight loss.
I just put on the monitor and went for a little hike to a nearby hilly park. I can't get up to my max just walking, unless the hill is pretty steep. I have to run flats and downhills to keep my heart rate within my range.
It's all kind of exciting to me because after I hiked the PCT I kinda thought maybe I would do well in other endurance activities, like running. But I couldn't do any running after the PCT because of a) all the inflammation from too much hiking and too much crappy vegetable oil, sugar and flour and b) because I was too hungry. I gained all the weight back and more and then I couldn't do any running because I was too fat and even when I finally tried, I couldn't lose any weight because I had hosed my insulin sensitivity.
So now I feel like with the combination of the metabolic healing that very low carb gives me plus this whole MAF fitness/metabolic pathway stuff, maybe I really can become a runner after all. It's all kind of making sense to me and falling into place. There is a local 50 mile ultramarathon I've always fantasized about doing. Maybe I'll be able to do it next year. Maybe also this is that final piece of the puzzle for me in attaining that HSIS body along with my maximum fitness potential.