It hasn't bothered me that my weight loss stopped. In my first year on the BTD my weight dropped below any ideal weight I had ever dreamed of.
It does bother me that the muscle building that was once so noticeable seems to have stopped also. It's pretty obvious why. My body has become accustomed to the amount of exercise that it found extremely challenging 16 months ago. I hardly notice 1 and 3 pound weights any more. I can do more than 25 repetitions with 5 pound weights without feeling a burn in my muscles, though the 5 pound weights do still increase my heart rate.
There are parts of my arms and legs that are still not as firm as I'd like. To start building muscle again, I'm going to have to up the ante on exercise. I really wanted to join a gym, but after pricing the ones reasonably near my house, I've decided that none are within my family's budget. I'm going to have to do this on my own.
Today I ran at the park with the hill. Instead of climbing over the top, I ran all the way up the path. I could feel it in my legs as I ran. If I can feel it in my muscles tomorrow morning, I'll know I'm on the right track.
I've just downloaded the Royal Canadian Air Force XBX program for women (http://www.statesa.com/gettingfit/5bx.php). Heidi has recommended it to several people in her columns. It is designed to improve muscle tone, not to build muscle mass. That is what I want.
I came across an interesting statement on the website where I downloaded the Canadian Air Force program. "When you do some exercise your body doesn't start burning fat before at least 20 minutes. That's because it burns first the glycogen from liver and muscles and then carries on with the deposits of fat." I don't know if that statement is true, but I usually exercise 30 - 40 minutes. That would mean that I'm only getting 10 to 20 minutes of actual fat burning. I guess I'll need to up the ante on time as well.
Yesterday five of us took two short hikes in the Hill Country. One was to a moss covered grotto. The geology of the area was fascinating. It was also interesting how the plant life on the canyon rim was totally different from the plant life below under the ledges. The second hike was to a pool at the base of a waterfall. We had barbeque for a picnic by the pool. Then we climbed back behind the waterfall. I hope my pictures capture the beauty of the place.
Bread is such a big deal to Os. How many blogs have I written about not eating bread in a sandwich or substituting different flours in bread recipes? How many e-mails have I gotten from those of you who miss bread? Wheat bread makes us gain weight and makes our stomachs hurt, yet we yearn for it.
Today in church we sang a song. Part of the words were:
"This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me"
I thought about how when he was tempted Jesus quoted Moses saying, "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."
For this O, the best bread is not wheat to put in my mouth, but the Word of God to hide in my heart.
Tonight was the Fall Festival at our school. It's past 11:30, and I've been on my feet since 6:00 taking yearbook pictures and collecting tickets at the moon bounce. I'm tired! So this will be a short blog.
I had already planned to eat my dinner before we left, my usual strategy for gatherings where I know that junk food will be the only food available. (Tonight I had left over pumpkin, turnip greens with grilled onions and tuna) My husband worked late and planned to pick up a sandwich at Subway on the way home. The surprise was my daughter's strategy. She used to love all of the carnival food. But tonight she said, "I was helping with posters for the concession stand. They don't have anything that's good for me. I'm going to fix myself some dinner before we go."
Outwardly I was calm. "That's cool," I said. Inside I was leaping up and down saying, "Yes! She's getting it, she's taking responsibility for her own blood type diet, and she's only 15."
If there is any place where we can accept, even celebrate differences it should be the Blood Type Diet website. Not only do you find four totally different diets, but different subgroups under each of the four.
It's been interesting to me, as I've read posts on the BTD Forums how even within the same blood type different people feel quite differently about foods. For instance someone had bought liver because it was supposed to be good for her and she wrote asking how to cook it. I replied with how I fix liver & onions. I would put my liver & onions up against any restaurant, but she fed it to her dog! In the same thread there were Os who loved liver and Os who couldn't even stand to be in the house when it was cooking. We're different.
Someone posted that they made fries from beets. A few years ago I would have thought that was really weird, but I eat fries from jicama and fries from sweet potato all the time, so why not beets? So I tried beet friesâ€¦onceâ€¦that was enough.
There was a thread on the best way to cook winter squash. I like butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash baked whole in the oven. When they are soft, I cut them, scoop out the seeds, season, and serve. I think cutting the squash in half first and then baking it dries it out, but lots of people wrote that they preferred that method. Our tastes are different. Last night, I decided to cook a pumpkin in the oven. I learned that pumpkins are different. Pumpkin cooked in my pressure cooker is smooth and creamy. Pumpkin in the oven is stringy. Different types of squash even cook differently.
There are many absolutes in this world; issues that are black and white. But taste in food is not one of them. I may blog about something that you try and don't like. That's ok. We can both be the same blood type and have very different tastes. You may even like beet fries.
Before I started the Blood Type Diet, my husband had been eating a cardboard breakfast cereal because it was high fiber and was supposed to be good for him. OK, it wasn't really cardboard, but that's what he told me it tasted like. When I compared the ingredients with Type A food lists, it wasn't good for him at all! It had several avoids and not many beneficials. I bought a cooked cereal that was wheat free and had lots of Type A beneficials. The first day he tried it he smiled and said, "I want this every day."
I should not have taken him so literally. Now after having that cereal 4 days a week for almost a year and a half, he is burned out on it. I'm now cooking oatmeal for him two mornings a week, cooking the former favorite one morning, and giving him what I fix for my daughter two mornings. (He's on his own with
Type A cold cereal for weekends!)
My daughter has never liked cereal - hot or cold. She likes pancakes, waffles, muffins and other pastry type breakfasts. I have been adjusting all my old health nut breakfast recipes to be Type A recipes for her.
My old favorite carrot cake recipe called for whole wheat flour and wheat germ. I didn't see how I could make enough changes for it to be good for Type As and still taste good. So I went in quest of a new recipe.
I found one that had potential. I liked it because it had 4 eggs and pineapple. I substituted 1 cup rye flour, 1 cup spelt flour, and Â¾ cup kamut flour for the 2Â¾ cups wheat flour. I cut back on the sugar and baked it as breakfast bread. Both my husband and daughter loved it. The irony is that my husband hates carrot cake, but he liked this.
The next time I make it, I want to use more beneficial Type A flours. I'm thinking 1 cup rye, 1 cup oat, and Â¾ cup buckwheat. That would still be neutral for me in case I wanted a piece for a snack. I'll put the whole recipe on TYPEbase4.