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Monday, October 10, 2011

Not too shabby for a couple with deranged metabolisms

Gotta brag a bit.  On Saturday afternoon my husband got the bug to rent a log splitter so we could split the remaining wood from last year.  The hitch sleeve was rusty so it took a bit to even get the hitch on, but by 3pm we had the splitter and went to town.  Had built a small pile in a couple hours then showered and went out with friends.  I thought for sure I'd be sore yesterday but not really.  We gave the neighbors a break and didn't start until noon (plus we didn't want a visit from the police!).  We worked for about 5 hours (not constantly).   

The big pile ... around 7' high x 12 x 10'

The splitter from atop the woodpile

The splitter by the remains of the pile, we hoped to finish this pile up

The wood from the last half of that pile.  We fell about 6 logs short but were just too dog tired

We've both been significantly overweight in the past and are in our late 40's.  Neither of us "exercise" consistently.    I refuse to believe that I'm broken despite the fact that I am not able to lose the last pounds.  Still, at times like yesterday when I look at what I can accomplish, somehow that scale doesn't speak so loudly.  I did half of the work including loading some of those huge rounds (maple, oak and ash) onto the splitter and tossing pieces atop the pile.  Twas quite a workout.  I feel GOOD.  And we'll be toasty warm this winter ;-)  There will be plenty of little workouts getting that stuff stacked properly.  Wheel barrow sprints up the little hill ... yay!

23 comments:

Tsimblist said...

It's my experience that muscle soreness happens two days following the rough workout.

Diana said...

I have a broken metabolism, somewhat high blood sugars (insulin issues?), and I managed to lose 20 pounds while eating carbs (136 pounds today).

How'd that happen?

Quarrel said...

At least you're not so broken that you're looking at those logs as calories your body won't get to burn this winter keeping you warm :)

Good job. I've always worked at a desk, yet there is something rather satisfying when pushed to do manual labour (after the fact anyway!). Not that I'm looking to change to do it everyday.


--Q

Tonus said...

@Tsimblist: that is my experience as well.

I had noticed the use of the term "deranged metabolism" recently. I am wondering if it's different from "damaged metabolism" or if it's simply a different word for the same imagined condition. Perhaps the idea is to create a whole family of terms in order to make the concept seem much more developed.

Evelyn has a deranged metabolism, Diana has a broken one, and mine is "slightly loopy."

Thomas said...

I dropped my metabolism on the concrete the other day and broke it. No worries though, a little glue and some tape and I'm good to go.

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

And the levity continues! Thanks gang :-)

Thomas, that magic putty or whatever it is called (that you can get at any home improvement store for a fraction of the cost) works well. 8)

I would love to think that I got somehow "sick" and then got fat, but that's not how it happened. I count my blessings that I didn't become diabetic (although I may well have been? who knows). It is sad, I also count my blessings lately that I didn't look to the internet for LC advice/help back in 2007. I don't think I'd be where I am today.

And yet I still eat what most would consider low carb. Go figure.

Sanjeev said...

Thomas said...

I dropped my metabolism on the concrete the other day and broke it. No worries though, a little glue and some tape and I'm good to go.
_________________________
ROFL

were your fingers slippery from carby syrup?

Be sure to use low carb glue too.

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

Hey Sanjeev ... I wonder if paste is low carb ... or Elmer's glue! Maybe eating that deranged a few metabolisms ;)

Kindke said...

The obese are not so limited in thier physical activity potential as they are in the sexual attraction appeal,

the latter is where the majority of the problem lies,

duh

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

Sorry I don't float your boat Kindke. Tis not my problemo.

Diana said...

Guys, for anything broken or damaged use duct tape. Ah, duct tape. Is there ANYTHING it can't do?

It doesn't work for deranged though.

Seriously, I do wonder how I've lost weight although slightly insulin resistant. Isn't that against the dogma?

cwaiand said...

kindke

what a retard comment from a typical low carb retard.

i,m digging your retard replies over at hyperlipid.eat 5000 calories in the absense of carbs and magically gain no fat.sheez

Sanjeev said...

> I wonder if paste is low carb ... or Elmer's glue! Maybe eating that deranged a few metabolisms ;)
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IFF you're not carbophobic, you can fix your metabolism and make papier mache with the kids at the same time ...

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

Ah cwaiand, Kindke is just suffering from dysfunctional brain mitochondria.

Sanjeev, wouldn't making papier mache with the kidlets be too much like exercise?

Diana said...

Funny you should mention papier mache. I used to make a lot of really cool things (I wouldn't call them art, just cool things) with papier mache.

I was also a dogmatic low carber.

Correlation isn't causation, I know.

But still.....

(My birth certificate PROVES I was born in NYC. But I could have been born in Honolulu.)

Tonus said...

I do think that many obese people wish to lose weight in part because they want to improve their appearance. Which is why so many of them who start LC become discouraged when they stall so far short of their goal, and become even more discouraged when they're told that they've gone as far as they can because if you can't lose all of the weight on LC then something is wrong with you.

Then they're told to be Happy At Every Size, unless they decide to try and find another way to lose weight, in which case they are told that they lack sex appeal. Or something.

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

Hey Tonus, you forgot the cheating angle. You're probably not sticking to the diet because you're a hopeless addict.

Kindke said...

Carbsane no need to be so touchy, my comment was a general statement that directed at everyone. Lets not be naive, people want to slim down so they can get a better mate, very rarely are they concerned with thier health parameters.

cwaiand

I know your very clever, you must be to keep making all this clever posts and your baseless insult, so you shouldnt have too much trouble explaining what part of my comment was "retarded", and why it was so.

garymar said...

My metabolism simply marches to the beat of a different drummer.

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

Kindke, I think if you re-read your comment you'll see how it came off directed at me. But while we're on the topic, there's NO way I could have done this when I was obese. My "before" pic is of me catching my breath after bending over for a bit planting peas.

@Tsimblist: I did get that delayed soreness a bit more yesterday, but surprisingly not too bad! It was worse that it's still a bit warm and I have a zillion little bruises up and down the forearms -- I've always bruised easily so just carrying the big logs, everywhere a bump/edge hits leaves a little mark -- this makes for a few strange looks.

I like that take garymar!

Lerner said...

the soreness (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness aka DOMS) generally comes the very next day in someone who is very out of shape, but it gets delayed to day two in somebody who's in better shape. So I'd guess you must have been exercising lately. If you repeat the splitting this weekend, you'd probably get no soreness.

This relates to the 'good soreness' which is something you can be proud of, as opposed to a bad injury.

If you do it every weekend for a year, you'd likely get a big visual difference in before/after. Also, your pile of wood would be one mile high. :)

Taking antioxidants might help, but only very little. There's also debate about whether or not to actually avoid antioxidants post workout - because the ROS might be critical in signaling the body to build more muscle there.

For those wanting to improve muscle strength without hard exercise, there is something intriguing called KAATSU training. E.g., you cut off blood supply to the arm with a cuff or belt, then do some quick exercise with rather light weights. The benefit approaches that you'd get from hard exercise. The mechanism isn't known for sure: ischemia, hypoxia, ROS. HGH etc. It is being increasingly used in hospitals (elderly, trauma victims, etc) for those unable to exercise in the regular way.

It is apparently safe (i.e., no VTE) when executed properly.

Here's a Japanese girl demonstrating:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuHcVFyMN7E&feature=related

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

Copying for bentley who is having log-in/posting issues:

Carbsane no need to be so touchy, my comment was a general statement that directed at everyone. Lets not be naive, people want to slim down so they can get a better mate, very rarely are they concerned with thier health parameters.


Yeah, I actually didn't read that as a personal dig at all though in hindsight I can see how it could be taken that way. I disagree on the specifics though. I already had my mate and wasn't shopping for an upgrade. It's the loss of power and status and the VERY different way that people in general from the gas station to HR respond when it is gone. I remember precisely the day and hour I knew I needed resolution. I dropped something off for my husband at work and overheard an incredulous "THAT'S his WIFE?!!!" Can we say sob all the way to the spa?

Here's where it gets tricky though. Even a person who is not insulin resistant will have the appetite suppressing effect of ketosis doing something like Atkins. That makes it easy to believe that low carb works for the reason IT SAYS it does. Which leads people to believe that the problem IS carbs. So obviously anything NOT carby should NOT cause weight gain....[insert picture of low carb cake with sound of buzzer] wrong.

That's the problem with faulty mechanism. Personally, I suspect that carb foods tend to have higher reward value in general even when they are plain. Maybe not exactly the same for every person but in general. I also suspect that may be why people report feelings of "hunger" and dissatisfaction/insatiability when they are consuming adequate cals on a "low fat" diet and why they are so subject to binging. If they are remaining lit up like a christmas tree it will be a very different experience than the indifference low carbers who do NOT use candy cigs often report.

I think there is something to be learned from low carb, but unfortunately it isn't what the low carb experts insist that it is. When they are finally forced to skulk into the shadows once more I'm concerned the stigma caused almost entirely by their unwillingness to see what's under their nose will be a hinderance to just how helpfull the low carb process SANS wrong dogma [which can easily lead to ED imo] could be. If they were looking for that "lit up" response rather than the carb count after establishing a baseline of what "normal" feels like in response to food they'd know much better what to be carefull with and thankfully it's pretty hard to make religion out of something that can be highly subjective.

Evelyn aka CarbSane said...

I think there is something to be learned from low carb, but unfortunately it isn't what the low carb experts insist that it is.

True ... so true.

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