Today has been pretty basic, but interesting. Went to pick up hubby's truck form the dealership, and took my car in. The a/c system needs work, and the door seals along the top of the windows need to be replaced. Considering that it's a '99, and a convertible, it was way overdue!
I have been reading "The Schwarzbein Principle", which was written over a decade ago, by an endocrinologist who helps people "heal" their metabolisms. BS or not, I recognized some of the problems and issues she writes about, and it seems to dovetail into the PB with minimal tweaking.
Per the "SP": The two major culprits of not losing weight when you're making a concerted effort and eating healthily: insulin resistance and burned out adrenals, caused by years of low-fat/calorie yo-yo dieting. The general idea is that in order to get my hormones balanced and get my body to actually start losing weight, I need to- well, basically, keep doing what I am doing and make a concerted effort to quit stressing my body out. Coffee just snuck back in, so fine, goodbye coffee! (again) But I don't drink or smoke, and avoid sugar at least 95% of the time, so I have that going for me.
The hardest part would appear to be eating more balanced meals. I have been eating VLC and high fat for awhile, and saw an initial loss. After the first week, I flat-lined. Dr. Schwarzbein maintains that if your metabolism is damaged, you put undue stress on your body when you take things too low carb (guilty) or when you fast (also, guilty.) I am going to try bumping up my carbs a little with the occasional tubers and starchy veg, and see what happens. (Grains are also permissible on her plan, but obviously, I am not going to go there!) Oooh, and I'll add in small quantities of fruit again. 'Tis the season for beautiful, juicy nectarines, peaches, apricots and plums- the stone fruits are my favorites. I will just keep an eye on whether they trigger cravings for me and take it slow.
The planters on the porch are doing well. I have five ripe blueberries, about 10 blackberries still ripening, a ton of mint and assorted herbs, and lots of nice buds on the citrus trees, which look to be turning into something. I also planted the root ends of the green onions I got in my CSA box two weeks ago, and sure enough, they are growing fast! Several have produced inch-high green spikes already.
OK. I am off to do some Wii Walk It Out! I am shocked at what a good workout it is, actually. It's only been a week, and my legs are seriously firming up. Wooohooo!