South Beach Steve Showcased

The big news of the evening is that I have been showcased on Louisa’s Weight Loss Diary.  Louisa has done a fantastic job putting together and interview and introduction to the South Beach Diet.  Do me a favor, if you are short on time tonight, stop reading my post and head on over and read her’s.  Please be sure and leave her a comment.

The next big news of the evening is that I walked this morning!  Woot!  I know it has been so long you all probably wondered if I had given up on it.  Well, okay, so maybe it hasn’t been that long, but it has been a week.  Let me tell you, it was COLD, but only when the wind was blowing.  When it wasn’t blowing I was terribly overdressed.  I only put in 2.3 miles and my pace was much slower than normal, but I did it.  I plan on walking again in the morning, even though it is supposed to be in the teens.  In addition, I have also done 20 push ups today – two different times.

Eating was very good today as well.  Breakfast was the typical apple with natural PB, but I also added four thin slices of bacon.  Lunch was a very small serving of white beans and a can of tuna.  I did have a few hot peppers for a mid-afternoon snack though.  Supper was the big meal of the day.  I had a large taco salad (no tortillas, of course).  It was delicious!  I am sure I will have a sf popsicle or some other snack before bed.

I ran across a story some time back about “brown fat“  It seems that this brown fat is not the same as the typical fat in our bodies.  In fact, if you are so blessed with higher than normal percentages of brown fat, your body has a higher basil metabolic rate.  In fact, jut 50 grams of brown fat can increase your basil metabolic rate by 20%!  Did you read that?  20%!  One thing this article leads me to believe supports a long-held theory I have had.  If a person is hot natured, they have a higher BMR.  I have always been extremely hot natured.  While I have also always been overweight, I have typically eaten tremendous amounts of food – amounts so large is usually shocks people.  This makes me wonder whether my metabolism is naturally higher.  If that is the case, how sad is it that I was so overweight?  Of course, that is just theory and coffee talk as I am never going to go to the trouble to find out, but it is interesting nonetheless.

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28 Responses to “South Beach Steve Showcased”

  1. Congrats on being showcased and getting out there for a walk in the cold! I am headed over to Louisa’s blog now….

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thanks Kat!

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  2. You are just getting more and more famous everyday. I checked out the post on Louisa’s blog and really enjoyed it. I also found out some things I didn’t know about the South Beach diet.

    I just requested two South Beach books from the library. Hopefully it will only be one or two days before I get the notice to come in and get them. Can’t wait!!!

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    I am anxious to see what you think about the SBD after reading the books. The Heart Health book is what sold me.

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  3. Wow! Congratulations to you. You totally deserve it. I’m so glad that you were able to walk! Great job.

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thank you Diane. I am not sure I deserve it, but I’ll take it.

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  4. You so much deserve to be showcased !!! A definate inspiration.Hope to meet you in person some day…. perhaps if your work brings you back to Bloomington IL again, I will buy dinner !

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thanks Ron. As I said to Diane, I am not sure it is deserved, but it is appreciated. I don’t know that I will go back to Bloomington, but I think I will get close enough to you for us to meet up.

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  5. Steve, I am on late so I will check out the interview tomorrow.. I go to bed early so I try to finish this up earlier than this. Congrats on getting back to exercise!!!! Yahoo!

    I first read about brown fat at least a couple years ago & then it was talked about again a few months back. They are still studying it but many believe as you wrote…. I think this kind of fits with my post for Wednesday about how 2 people can do the same thing but get different results! Again, on the same wavelength.. sort of!

    Looking forward to reading the interview tomorrow.

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Jody, I totally understand needing to get in bed. As I have progressed through this journey, my bedtime has gotten earlier, as has the time I wake up.

    We have been on the same wavelength all week. That must mean we both have some really important things to share this week.

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  6. Congrats on the feature!

    Walking in the cold is hard, at least for me. I don’t get as warm as when I run.

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thanks Lori. It is hard to walk in the cold, but not as hard as just getting up to do it. That is the worst part on a cold morning.

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  7. WTG on the walk and showcase!!
    I have always been hot natured as well…hasn’t seemed to help me any ;)
    We ate some of the same things today-taco salad…yuuuuum :) Do you eat Smucker’s natural PB? It’s delicioso!! And you crack me up with your hot peppers. I looove spic, but I can’t just eat as a snack!
    Have a good one :D

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thank you Val!

    It sounds like we were both on the same food wavelength today. I do eat Smucker’s Natural PB – it is the best one I have found. You would think there wouldn’t be that much difference in peanuts and salt, but there is.

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  8. Congrats! Nice job..

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thanks BBBG! I’ll have to check your site out tonight.

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  9. Glad you were able to get out. The other day it rained and I ended up doing a half an hour of bag work. The benefits of clearing a space in the garage!

    Read the interview and it was interesting to see a little about the meal preparation commitment.

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    I hope to get my garage clean enough to do some more things in there when it is raining. It sure would be nice.

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  10. good for you steve, glad you are getting some well deserved recognition.
    off to look up brown fat.

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Thank you Chris!

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  11. You’re right–that was a great interview! Welcome back to the land of the walkers, too! :) Though it is tough when it’s so cole, huh?

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Beej, it is tough, but it is worth it.

    Thanks on the interview comment.

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  12. I know a guy who can eat immense amounts of food without really putting on lots of weight. He’s certainly not a model, but he’s not obese either.

    The really odd thing is he will literally break into a small sweat when he eats ridiculous amounts of food. It’s like his metabolism starts to kick in almost immediately to start burning the food he’s eating.

    We’ve always joked he was some sort of alien, but maybe he just has a high percentage of brown fat.

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Paul, now that you mention this, I sweat alot when I eat. It has always amazed my wife. I don’t get it, but perhaps you are right, it could be metabolism. Of course, I again say, how sad is it that if I have good metabolism, but I was still so overweight?

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  13. I’ve just been reading the comments here and on Total Chunk and I’m so pleased that we’ve managed to cover some new ground for people! There is so much rubbish on the internet, it can be hard to get relevant information out about real people’s experiences and that apparently complicated-looking diets are actually manageable.

    We’re on a mission, let’s get the world healthy! lol!

    I’ve tried out your idea of preparing well in advance. I’ve spent the last 45 mins chopping veggies for a beef stew for tomorrow that should make 6 meals for me and Jonny. Not sure I could do this on a regular basis but now the pre-chopped vegetables in the supermarket that I would normally avoid are looking awfully attractive!

    p.s. brown fat looks very interesting, I’ll definitely read a bit more into it if I ever get the time!

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    South Beach Steve Reply:

    Louisa, I think it has been eye opening for some people. This is one more example of why people should always check things out themselves.

    I had to smile at the vegetable chopping. It isn’t fun, but it sure does make the rest of the week go good.

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