Oh my gosh, I sighed to myself, "How'd i get back here?" It was a sign! A sign I really needed to really look at...but I was too tired, so I simply just parked it on the couch.
Something was wrong again!
I spent years on that couch, eating and grazing and doing nothing really but probably reading a book or watching TV. I was too tired to do much else. Eating and Binge watching...nothing really...
Definitely something was wrong!
Recently I've been back on the couch, I noticed it a month ago. I spent the whole weekend there. Tired, and bored. I did need rest, my weeks are jammed. But the fact I gave in so quickly was not a good sign. 2 weekends on the couch...almost 3 weekends on the couch, when we started training for a 50mi ride to prepare us for our 100mi ride.
On that ride, I went metabolically from lowcarb, (sugar burner) to keto (fat burning metabolism). I rode on an empty stomach a 50mi flat training ride. It was hard and it turned into 60mi. The demand of the ride used up any lingering or stored glycogen and then shifted over to my fat stores to keep up with the demand of this 5 hr ride. I've been on a ketogenic diet for 3+ yrs. Making the shift is easy, but I wasn't trying and I sorta just stumbled back into ketosis.
I wasn't hungry during or after the ride (a sign of fat burning). I pushed dinner off because I was not that hungry (a sign of fat burning). The next day I found control and food was easy...(that's a sign!). I tested my ketones and sure enough I was back. Ketosis is a metabolic state where you burn stored fat or dietary fats FIRST for fuel, instead of carbohydrates. We only have two fuel systems Carb-driven (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes or sugars and all fresh veggies and fruits) or Fat-driven.
It's been 13 days and I am OFF the couch! I was home all afternoon yesterday taking a "rest day" from fitness. I've been swimming on M/W/F and going a long distance (that's a sign!). I'm out the door shortly for a Family 50mi ride. I needed to rest up for today and I looked at that couch and thought to myself,
"THE LAST PLACE I WANT TO BE...IS THERE!"
I had slipped back to the couch because I'd slipped back to being a "sugar burner" who doesn't eat sugar. My energy was low and I had to supplement with coffee often (that's a sign of sugar-burner). Today I'm back in fat-burning mode. Food is quiet and easy!
I constantly see people shuffling along, overweight and or obese. They look like just simply walking is a struggle. My heart always breaks. I see young people who are ALWAYS tired. We're ALL SO TIRED...ALL THE TIME NO MATTER HOW MUCH SLEEP WE GET....It's our American food and eating culture. I see people limping with neuropathy. I see people looking so defeated and tired. I WAS ONE OF THEM and it would be SO MUCH WORSE right now if I'd not gone LCHF. Today I will be riding down the Silver Comet Trail training for the ride of a lifetime. My 26 yr old will be trying to keep up...(She's tired)...My husband will be nowhere in sight (miles ahead of us), He's about to turn 62 and has been keto for 2+ yrs, and He will be flying along on his bike!
That couch is the last place we want to be!