Archives for: February 2005, 26
Two completely unrelated events last night made me think of the Blood Type Diet.
Team Impact is a group of strong men. They are strong in two areas: they are body builders, and they are strong in their faith in Christ. They were at our church last night breaking blocks of concrete, bending steel rods, and talking about how Jesus has changed their lives.
One of them was telling how he got interested in body building. He said he was the smallest, skinniest kid in his class. He said he was "bones wrapped up with skin." He started out trying to do a few sit ups and push-ups because he wanted to look like a strong man. He worked hard building and strengthening his muscles. When he was 19 he won an Arkansas teen bodybuilding contest.
The thing that caught my attention was when he said it took years to get that first layer of muscle. I am very bony above the waist. I carry all my fat below my waist, and ironically I find it easy to build muscle in my legs. But my arms, neck, and shoulders are "bones wrapped in skin."
For a year and a half I have been trying to create some muscle in the upper part of my body. I can do a respectable number of knee push-ups for the first time in my life. I can't do a real push-up, but I'm getting closer. Now when I flex, I can see a tiny bit of muscle movement.
Hearing this strong man from Team Impact encouraged me. If it took a guy years of perseverance to build the first layer of muscle, I mustn't be impatient. My goal is not to be a body builder. I would just like to look nice in a v-neck sweater.
The second event that made me think of the BTD occurred on the way home from church. I had eaten my dinner early before we left for Team Impact. My husband and daughter took one car home to eat their dinner. I took the other car to the grocery store. As I shopped, I got hungrier and hungrier. I was thinking of all the things I could eat as a snack when I got home. At the same time I knew that I had already eaten plenty for the day, and that I it wouldn't be healthy to eat again at 10:00.
This became a real battle inside my head. I felt hungry, but I knew I didn't really need another meal. I wanted a snack (healthy of course), but eating late at night is not healthy and tends to add fat. I finally resolved not to eat, but to fix myself something good to drink. I fixed green tea with mint and added some vegetable glycerin and Â¼ teaspoon of glutamine powder (Dr. D'Adamo's recommendation for Type Os craving carbs).
It satisfied the hunger feelings. But the best part was not feeling sluggish when I woke this morning as I would have felt if I had given in to a late night spread.