Weekly Review - 4 Dec 2016

Reader Discretion Advised: The following post contains discussions of bodily functions.

General note: in an effort to hold myself accountable, I'm going to start enumerating my strength, stretching, and walks, in addition to my runs.

Tuesday: Walked with my co-worker at lunch time. Went for a 26 minute run at the Y track in the evening. It was supposed to be 30 minutes, but I started feeling pain in my midsection, possibly due to the drawstring on my pants, and I couldn't correct it, so I stopped. The pain was not present during my 15 minute walking warm up or cool down.

Wednesday: Short walk near home at lunch time.

Friday: This week ended up as a bit of a wash, in terms of exercise. On the plus side, I think I've got my digestive system on the mend.

I'm working on rebuilding my upper body strength. I'd like to be able to do 10 full push-ups (all the way down, hold, all the way up, hold, no recoil), and 10 full pull-ups (again, no recoil). It'll take a while. When I was living in the mountains, my roommate and I installed a pull-up bar in the dining room door. Any time I walked by, I would hang off the bar, and in a very short time, I was able to do pull-ups for the first time in my life. I could never do them when I was in school. I can't do them now. I want that ability back.

Full Push-ups: 3

Saturday: Woke up feeling a bit off. I had treated myself to a cheat meal last night, and I'm apparently paying the price. I woke up feeling stumbly, almost like I was drunk, and had a painful bowel movement. If I had to fathom a guess, it was either the maltodextrin added to the crisps I had, or the chocolate with marzipan that I treated myself to. I'll have to re-test each of those individually in the future. Waaaaay in the future.

Or now.

Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate converted by enzymes from starch. It ends up as a chain of glucose modules. (The glucose is in a circular form, called beta-glucopyranose, apparently.) (Today I learned that glucose comes in many different forms.) Anyway, the chain can vary from 2 glucopyranose molecules to 20. If my understanding of organic chemistry is correct, when it's composed of 2 molecules, it's a disaccharide, and it shows up on the nutrition label as sugar. When it's composed of 3 or more molecules, it's either an oligosaccharide or a polysaccharide, and behaves in the body more like a fiber. It's hard to break down, and ends up surviving more-or-less intact until it hits the large intestine, whereupon the resident bacteria have their way. In my case, it appears to possibly have triggered a bowel movement, and it may have fermented into alcohol as well, though I don't have the tools to say whether or not it truly did, or if the drunk feeling I had this morning was due to blood sugar, or some other mechanism.

In short, I don't know for sure.

I do know, however, that I will stay away from maltodetrin and other forms of manufactured fiber for the foreseeable future. Inulin was already on my no-go list because it's almost always synthesized from daisies, often chicory or Jerusalem artichoke.