Saturday, July 19, 2008

DOWN A LITTLE

My weight is down a little.
My waist is down a little.
My mood is down a little.

I am discouraged with the progress (or, more appropriately, lack thereof) in healing my Achilles tendons. They haven't been getting worse, just not better. My physical therapist is abandoning the ASTYM for the present, since it doesn't seem to be helping, and doing more ultrasound treatment and physical realignment of the foot and ankle joints. My podiatrist is going to cast me for orthotics at my next visit. This is a good thing. I've thought for years I could benefit from custom orthotics; just never had a medical excuse to get them. "Well, you've got one now," said the podiatrist.

I feel a little negative about having had to drop back a level in the Hundred Pushup Challenge. I wanted to be at the TOP level. I wanted to be Super-Jock Granny right from the get-go. However, I did more pushups than called for, my last session: I was caring for the little son of our managers, had forgotten my printed-out pushup schedule, and "wung" it. Sets went like this: 25, 18, 18, 15, 20; then got ambitious and did another 20, then another 21.

Weight and waist: Since I'm not doing any endurance training, I've gone to low-carb. You read right. Actually there's news splash lately that the medical profession is acknowledging more and more that in fact it may be healthy. I was on it before the most recent study was published last week so I feel I've one-upped the media. I've been doing some studying and believe there's a lot of information supporting the safety and efficacy of restricting carbohydrate and acquiring a greater percentage of calories from protein and even fat, even saturated fat. Not Crisco, but I'm eating butter and whole eggs and bacon and beef. Imagine. Even though I'm as concerned about cholesterol as weight (actually, more so), what I've been reading about the interaction of carbohydrate intake, insulin, and glucagon in fat storage and conversion has me fairly convinced that the higher-fat, lower-carb nutrition will have a favorable effect on my lipid levels, which I will have re-checked in a couple months to see. In the meantime, after about 10 days I'm down 6 pounds with an inch off my waist.

Hope all is well for everyone!



7 comments:

EboR√Ęguebi said...
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bunnygirl said...

I'm sorry you're seeing such slow progress on the tendons. It seems tendon problems are always tricky and take what seems a long time.

Are you taping them at all for extra support? That's what I would probably do, using kinesio tape.

Losing Weight: said...

Keep your head up and keeping moving forward toward your goals. In my book, you are a "Super-Jock Granny" already! :o)

Marshamlow said...

What a great deal of success you are having. It is inspirational. For me the low carb diet is hard to sustain. I get mean too. And then when I cave in and eat carbs again I go way overboard for a very long time. Like a rabid dog. When I am doing low carb though I have a ton of success with weight loss and even energy levels are better. There seems to be a switch in my brain that goes, enough, and then I have to have some carbs. My advice would be don't go too low on the carbs or you might undo yourself. Or maybe it is just me.

What works for me best is limiting simple sugars, but not the complex carbs or the fiber. But, when I say works for me that is entirely relative as I am currently not in a position of being in good condition just on a journey there, kinda close to the start line of the journey. Happy weekend.

Kewl Nitrox said...

Thank you for the excuse to keep eating butter and whole eggs and bacon and beef. =)

Dee said...

I have plantar fascitis (probably misspelled) and I have worn orthotics for a number of years. The wearing of these 80% of the time has totally gotten me out of pain. Also, I have been restricting my carbs but mainly by eliminating sugar and wheat flour. I am still eating oats, brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn. I have had some weight loss, and I don't have those cravings for carbs with eating the alternatives. And I think you are a pretty super granny too! I am trying to get where you are!! You continue to be an inspiration to me.

Jade Lady said...

Great news on the weight front! Can't believe u dropped that much! I could only dream...