08-27-14 – Wednesday – Just Thinking

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So another day without a workout and I am still making it. Yesterday I had so much energy at work it was ridiculous. I believe that it will only take a week to reset and be ready to hit the treadmill once again. My weight is going up slightly each day, but nothing to alarmed at. The key here is to learn to take it down, relax and just enjoy life.

I have been thinking a lot about my upcoming project of square foot gardening. Having the ability to grow my own organic produce will be a delight next year. I may even start taking some gardening classes this winter to learn more about growing in the Pacific Northwest. I have also thinking about reducing my workout week to just 3 days per week. I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far as to getting into shape, but lately I have been thinking that I may be overdoing it. There have been signs that I must question as to whether it is just aging or is directly related to my workout patterns. I have noticed that I have been getting pimples on my body in the area’s that I just worked, and my libido was decreased slightly. I will speak with my doctor next week about these issues. I have also thinking a great deal about the plant based diet and going back in that direction.

Although I have striven for years to live each moment of my life in the now, I know that I struggle. I believe I need to find more time for meditation. I think that I will start steering my reading time more towards reading about the subject. I think I am going to stop dictating my diet on this blog, and just start eating consciously each day. I know what I can eat and when to eat, so there really is no need to write these things down.

Blood Sugar – 105, Weight – 174.8
(NO WORKOUT TODAY)

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08-26-14 – Tuesday

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It is going to be interesting watching my numbers over the next week without the daily workout. I believe that they will confirm that the daily workout is one of the key factors in keeping the type II diabetes in check. Yesterday I did continue the protein supplements only because I worked out the day prior and still have muscle demand for protein. But today and all the way up to next Monday I will leave them out of the diet.

I can feel my chest and arms calling to me to workout. It is a funny feeling like my body expecting to hammer out another challenging routine, and it is hard not to do it. I am not only giving my body the rest it needs, I am also breaking a cycle. When I return to the workouts it will feel difficult once again like it did months ago.

4:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 119, Weight – 174.6
(NO WORKOUT TODAY)
6:30 AM – Cottage Cheese, Blueberries, Strawberries
6:40 AM – Meds
8:30 AM – Banana, Oatmeal, Yogurt
12:30 AM – Soup and Salad
6:30 PM – Scallops, Tomatoes
6:40 PM – Meds

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What is Sustainability?

SimpleLivingOver50:

Great post Jessica.

Originally posted on Jessica's Wanderlust:

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We live in a world of excessive consumption, unnecessary production, that is completely full of man-made waste. Currently we are taking more resources from the earth each year than she is able to reproduce which means that sustainability has never been so important as is it right now.

So what does sustainability really mean?

The dictionary defines sustainability as the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed. In environmental science sustainability refers to the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

It’s currently estimated that 50,000 different plant and animal species will become extinct in the next decade – the destruction is so relentless that 60,000 plant species could be lost by 2025! Just to put that into perspective for you that is 25% of the worlds total plant life. Just imagine the effect that will have on…

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Paralyzed By Doubt? 5 Ways To Live A Life You Love

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

BY REBECCA BUTLER     AUGUST 1, 2014 

Fear and doubt are sneaky. They’re forms of energy constantly attempting to capture your attention. The thing is, what we focus on is what we grow. So if you want to change your environment, your career, your relationship, your approach to abundance — if you’re looking to transcend your current circumstances and rise to the next level — here are a few tips to help you do so.

1. Practice radical belief.

Along this path of life, we often encounter challenges and hardships. We’re meant to experience contrast. Contrast helps us determine our preferences. Without it, we would be lost. But often, instead of using contrast as inspiration, we attach things to it. We make decisions because of our experiences and decide that we aren’t worthy of our dreams or that we aren’t capable of them.

This is absolute fiction. If we…

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08-25-15 – Monday – Training Week Off, Time to Heal

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I have made the decision to take off one week of training. This decision is very difficult as my workout routine has become a part of my day like the morning sunrise. I noticed yesterday that the glands around my throat are getting swollen, which has always been an indication to me that I may be getting sick. I am flying out Thursday to see family in Denver, Colorado and it is important to me that I am not sick during this trip. I will try to get as much sleep as I can this week, drink plenty of water and allow myself the time to heal. It is also a good time for me to adjust my diet to more plant based, and take in as much nature into my body to strengthen my immune system. I will resume training next Monday after I return from Colorado.

As I went out to the garage this morning it seemed so so strange to just walk past the treadmill and bowflex knowing that I will not be using them for a week. They have become such a great part of my morning routine that it almost feel personal that I simply walk past them.

Holistically speaking, I am out of balance and need the time to find that balance and readjust. I will take time to relax and meditate to rediscover those things that have been lost and bring them back into existence in my life. It is a time to start drinking herbal tea again and eating the harvest of nature’s bounty. It is a time to read, discover, learn and enjoy. It is a time to heal.

4:30 AM – Blood Sugar – 120, Weight – 173.2
(WORKOUT WEEK OFF)
6:30 AM – Cottage Cheese, Blueberries, Strawberries
6:40 AM – Meds
8:30 AM – Banana
10:30 AM – Protein Shake
12:30 AM – Salad
3:30 PM – Protein Bar
6:30 PM – Chicken, Green Beans, Corn
6:40 PM – Meds

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08-24-14 – Sunday – Getting back the Spark

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My desire to work out each day is diminishing and I don’t have the same enthusiasm that I did when I first started this mission. I am still a good year away from reaching my ultimate goal of building the desired muscle and reducing body fat enough to feel like I am in the best state of health I can be. I think I need some type of spark to get me back on track. I am going through the motions each day and giving all I can to each workout, but the excitement just isn’t there like it used to be. I am hoping that after I see the doctor next month I may be able to get that spark back again. In the mean time I will just keep on keeping on.

Back on the rack and hitting it hard this morning. Trying so hard to build the wings of an angel and create that V shaped upper body.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 107, Weight- 174.0

5:40 AM – Bowflex – BACK
Rows – 155/155- 24, 28, 28
Pulldowns – 155/155- 28, 26, 24

10:00 AM – BLT
10:30 AM – Meds
2:00 PM – Cottage Cheese, Strawberries, Blueberries
6:00 PM – Fish, Corn on the Cobb
6:15 PM – Meds

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Annual Dahlia Festival – Swan Island Dahlia – Canby, Oregon

                                                          Annual Dahlia Festival.
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Today we went to the Dahlia Festival here in Oregon. It was amazing seeing dahlia’s for as far as the eye can see. Of all of the things to forget before leaving the house, I forgot my camera. I took these shots with my cell phone.

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08-23-14 – Saturday – Gardening Day


Along with taking a an exercise day off yesterday I also decided to back away from the protein bars all day. I did drink the protein shake, however. I just figured that without the workout, the protein would be simply going nowhere. I also ate a very light lunch, but did mess up with 3 tacos for dinner last night. The results this morning are a direct reflection of what I did yesterday. Blood sugar is over 100 and weight dropped to under 173. I think I may follow this pattern of reduced protein for a while and see where it goes.

After having a good run this morning I feel great.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 107, Weight- 172.8
6:30 AM – TREADMILL – Distance- 3.61, Time- 52:15, Calories- 501.0, Weight- 172.2
10:00 AM – BLT
10:15 AM – Meds
1:00 PM – Chicken Breast, Cole Slaw
6:00 PM – Fish, Beets
6:15 PM – Meds

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08-22-14 – Friday

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I slept in an extra hour this morning with intentions of taking a day off of working out. I have been feeling like I need it for several days now and decided that my body needs rest on this Friday. My glucose is over 100 again this morning and I believe that it is due to the fried crab cakes I had for dinner last night. While Sharon cooked the crab cakes I made cabbage cooked with bacon and butter. Not the healthiest way to cook good food, but it sure was delicious.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 107, Weight – 174.0
(NO WORKOUT TODAY)
6:30 AM – Cottage Cheese
6:40 AM – Meds
8:30 AM – Banana, Protein Bar
10:30 AM – Protein Shake
12:30 PM – Crab Cake, Cabbage
3:30 PM – Protein Bar
6:30 PM – Tacos
6:40 PM – Meds

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08-21-14 – 4 Months No Smoking

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It has been 4 whole months since I quit smoking and I feel great. I seems like so much longer, almost like years have gone by since I even given thought to a cigarette. I cannot honestly say that my addiction to nicotine has ended as I continue to vape, but in time even that will come to an end. It certainly is not causing any damage to my body like cigarette smoking did and each day that goes by I am getting healthier.

I celebrate today and mark it as another step towards perfect health.

4:30 AM – Blood Sugar – 97, Weight- 173.8
5:00 AM – Treadmill – Distance- 2.53, Time- 36.19, Calories- 361.0, Weight- 173.6
6:30 AM – Cottage Cheese, Blueberries
6:40 AM – Meds
8:30 AM – Banana, Protein Bar
10:30 AM – Protein Shake
12:30 PM – Hamburger, Hotdog
3:30 PM – Protein Bar
6:30 PM – Crab Cakes
6:40 PM – Meds

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