Shrug Soreness and New Career Path Opportunites

OjVeNI am feeling pretty beat up this morning after working shoulders yesterday and really feeling sore from doing heavy shrugs. This was the only exercise that I did not reduce the weight on because for me it seems to be such an easy exercise to perform. Apparently my muscles don’t agree. LOL. I will get past this and do appreciate the feeling that my body feels like it has been truly worked and I am also thankful that I have the ability to perform such a task.

I started protein supplementation yesterday with a protein shake in the morning to start feeding those muscles that I am working. All problems that I had that one day with IBS have seemed to have passed and since I started doubling up on probiotics each day things have returned to normal. I feel good, I feel strong and ready to work towards the best I can be.

180f39e2-98d8-46ae-82e2-579e0146d4d3On the work front a new opportunity has presented itself to me in the field of housing. I was approached with the opportunity of working as a Code Compliance Inspector in the City I work for. Although it is just a limited term position that will end on June 30th of next year the city is hoping to get the funding to make it a permanent position. Even if they don’t it still gives me exposure to the opportunity to learn something new and I can work towards getting certain certifications that could fuel a whole new career for me. I am very excited as I will have new goals to work towards. Patience and perseverance while performing the best job you can in a current position have always been my means to allowing new opportunities to come my way. Nothing is written in stone yet so I will keep my fingers crossed as I start to study the things I need to know for this position.

Blood Sugar- 101, Weight- 180.8

Distance- 1.34
Time- 20:38
Calories- 152.8

6:00 AM – Oatmeal, Banana
9:00 AM – Protein Shake
12:00 PM – Ribs, Cabbage, Carrots
6:00 PM – Chicken, Salad

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I am the “T2D Warrior”

spartan_warrior_by_robicomicsToday is shoulder day and as it has been 5 weeks since the last time I did any type of weight bearing exercise with my shoulders I have to remember to not overdo it. The shoulders are one of the area’s of the body that is highly susceptible to injury if you push them too far. I remember just a few years back I suffered from a lot of pain in my right shoulder and my doctor referred me to start doing shoulder exercises. After just a few weeks the pain was gone and after a year my flexibility finally returned. So these exercises are important, but I always have to be mindful that just one wrong move and I could cause an injury that could take a long time to heal.

I have made the decision to push forward with this new 6 month mission and take it as far as I can and see where I end up. Of course there are always limitations protected by warning signs that I have to be aware of, but what is a man if he doesn’t put his best foot forward. As a battle rages inside my body in attempts to break it down I must assume the warrior role to fight with every ounce of energy to push forward toward triumph. As a man would always fight against any invader trying to come into his home to cause harm to his family why should it be any different when it comes to his own body. The weapons I choose are healthy foods and exercise to strengthen the stronghold on the healthy cells in my body to overcome the one’s that wish to bring me harm. I will feed only the positive and starve the negative in both my body and mind to accomplish this mission. I am the “T2D Warrior” and there is nothing that will stand in my way as I march forward to become the healthiest human being I can be.

As I continue to march through my 50’s I will be preparing my body to take on any new challenges that should come my way and keep my body in top form to meet any new enemies head on and right now is the best time to mark my line in the sand. The process of aging will change certain physical features of this warrior but will never break my spirit. I own this body and if you think you can break it them you certainly have another thing coming. The key to fighting any disease is to fight, fight and fight some more. You have to use every weapon in your arsenal that you have available to win the battle. You have to be brave and unshakable and never allow the enemy even the slightest thoughts of victory.

God has granted me all of the tools I need to fight any battle that may come my way and I have no excuse for not utilizing them. There are always mental enemies I will meet along the way. Those who will choose to try to convince me that I am less than my abilities and to them I say, “Get out of my way and sit back in your reclining chairs as I take on the enemy in the front line of battle”. This isn’t just a battle for myself but a battle for all of the loved one’s in my life who depend on my survival to keep the family unit healthy. It is in the very nature of all things good that I live on for many years to come and allow my spirit to spread throughout this world to encourage all that passes my way to battle all evil and negative things in that exist.

If you too come to understand that while there are many things in this world that you cannot control, the one thing that you do have control over is your own being then I encourage you right now to take charge. Get up out the chair you are now sitting in and stand tall. You are an incredible human being with abilities far beyond your beliefs. Whatever challenges you have in your life right now I know that you have all of the tools necessary to fight. Don’t ever give up without a fight. The battle will always rage on in all of our lives but it is the few who have the courage to face these battle head on. The answers are out there just waiting for you to seek them out and the strength is within in you waiting to be released upon the world.

Yes, Billy is in High Spirits today and staking a claim on his own health for I am a Warrior.

Blood Sugar- 111, Weight- 180.0

Shoulder Press- 260- 15, 15
Front Raises- 70- 15, 15
Side Raises- 70- 15, 15
Shrugs- 310- 15, 15

6:30 AM- Oatmeal, Banana
9:30 AM- Sardines
12:30 PM- Pork, Butternut Squash
6:30 PM- Cornbeef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potato’s


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Sometimes the Best Advice Comes from Those Who have Walked in My Shoes

IMGP3646After a good strong workout yesterday I have decided to allow my body to rest today. The days that follow weight lifting sessions after having a long time off can be tough and proper rest is mandatory to repair muscle fibers which are damaged and need repair. Today is certainly one of those days. The human body is capable of doing some pretty remarkable things when challenged, but always requires the time to recover. I did continue my cardio schedule this morning but only did enough to keep my blood moving throughout my body although I certainly could have taken it a lot farther.

I have made the decision to keep up with cardio activity every other day and simply deal with issues of IBS with an aggressive nutritional approach. For now I am going to double up on the product “align” that I take each day, cut out all sugar products and concentrate more on eating more primal. I need more natural fiber in my diet coming from dark leafy greens and just a little bit of healthy meats. Carbs can come from whole sources like all of the varieties of sweet potatoes but I need to cut out the manufactured crap like pasta. It’s time to practice what I preach and stop this weakness I feel at times to eat garbage. Yesterday was the first day I snacked on sardines and found it both delicious and satisfying. I screwed up at lunchtime with adding to my healthy lunch an order of taco’s with rice and beans and as I still had 1 scone left in my bag of bad tricks I certainly consumed that also. I believe that if it weren’t for the fact that I ate these things my blood sugar would have been under 100 this morning. Instead I am looking at a 112 this morning.

I spent a great deal of my day researching IBS and managed to gain much knowledge about it, however the best advice I found came from my readers. People who have gone through the same issues I now face. I want to give a shout out to Sandy Journalized, Ferocious Cantaloupe and Living a Sustainable Dream for their support and wise words.

One important thing that I learned is that IBS is has a major contributor called stress. I don’t think that I am experiencing much stress in my life right now as I have changed so many things to reduce it. But then it came to me. Exercise is physical stress. So just as important as it is to keep my body healthy it is just as important to keep my gut healthy so it can endure this form of stress.

So many times in the past I have blamed high blood sugar on inflammation after a good hard workout but am coming now to understand that although the workout does cause inflammation is the lack of treatment to that inflammation that is the problem. I must be vigilant in drinking enough water, eating a banana and keeping my body nourished with healthy protein to address this issue. When I see higher blood sugar numbers than normal the day after a workout I have to stop freaking out and learn to understand that it is just temporary and will come back to ground zero once the healing process has taken place. So I will continue to workout and work on my gut health. These two have to go hand in hand as the body works as one. When one area suffers the whole body and mind suffer.

Blood Sugar- 112, Weight- 179.6

Distance- 1.10
Time- 17:32
Calories- 123.5

6:30 AM – Oatmeal, Banana
9:30 AM – Sardines
12:30 PM – Burger, Salad
6:30 PM – Chicken, Spinach, Sweet Potato

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Mayo Clinic – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In my pursuit of trying to figure out these symptoms of IBS I keep experiencing I have found the best information thus so far on the Mayo Clinic website. The only reference I could find about the interaction of exercise and IBS is that exercising is good for IBS.

Mayo_Clinic_Wellness_Solutions_for_IBS_hero_imageThe Mayo Clinic defines Irritable Bowel Syndrome as:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.

Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.

Jumping right to “Lifestyle and Home Remedies” I discovered:
In many cases, simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome. Although your body may not respond immediately to these changes, your goal is to find long-term, not temporary, solutions:

Experiment with fiber. When you have irritable bowel syndrome, fiber can be a mixed blessing. Although it helps reduce constipation, it can also make gas and cramping worse. The best approach is to slowly increase the amount of fiber in your diet over a period of weeks. Examples of foods that contain fiber are whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. If your signs and symptoms remain the same or worse, tell your doctor. You may also want to talk to a dietitian.

Some people do better limiting dietary fiber and instead take a fiber supplement that causes less gas and bloating. If you take a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil or Citrucel, be sure to introduce it slowly and drink plenty of water every day to reduce gas, bloating and constipation. If you find that taking fiber helps your IBS, use it on a regular basis for best results.

Avoid problem foods. If certain foods make your signs and symptoms worse, don’t eat them. These may include alcohol, chocolate, caffeinated beverages such as coffee and sodas, medications that contain caffeine, dairy products, and sugar-free sweeteners such as sorbitol or mannitol.

If gas is a problem for you, foods that might make symptoms worse include beans, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Fatty foods also may be a problem for some people. Chewing gum or drinking through a straw can lead to swallowing air, causing more gas.
Eat at regular times. Don’t skip meals, and try to eat about the same time each day to help regulate bowel function. If you have diarrhea, you may find that eating small, frequent meals makes you feel better. But if you’re constipated, eating larger amounts of high-fiber foods may help move food through your intestines.

Take care with dairy products. If you’re lactose intolerant, try substituting yogurt for milk. Or use an enzyme product to help break down lactose. Consuming small amounts of milk products or combining them with other foods also may help. In some cases, though, you may need to stop eating dairy foods completely. If so, be sure to get enough protein, calcium and B vitamins from other sources.

Drink plenty of liquids. Try to drink plenty of fluids every day. Water is best. Alcohol and beverages that contain caffeine stimulate your intestines and can make diarrhea worse, and carbonated drinks can produce gas.

Exercise regularly. Exercise helps relieve depression and stress, stimulates normal contractions of your intestines, and can help you feel better about yourself. If you’ve been inactive, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you exercise. If you have other medical problems, check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Use anti-diarrheal medications and laxatives with caution. If you try over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications, such as Imodium or Kaopectate, use the lowest dose that helps. Imodium may be helpful if taken 20 to 30 minutes before eating, especially if you know that the food planned for your meal is likely to cause diarrhea.

In the long run, these medications can cause problems if you don’t use them correctly. The same is true of laxatives. If you have any questions about them, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

This full article can be found at: Mayo Clinic IBS

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Can Cardio Exercise Causce Flair Up’s with IBS? and Arms, Arms, Arms.

man-stomach-acheI went slightly beyond my targeted amount of cardio yesterday on the treadmill. While I was aiming at just 20 minutes I found myself going an extra 5 minutes as it felt really good. But Houston there is a problem. Both Saturday and yesterday I did cardio and both days I suffered once again from IBS. While not working out for 30 days and taking a probiotic I had absolutely no problems at all until I start walking on the treadmill. I am having problems trying to understand this and will have to do some research. I know that there are foods that I must learn to avoid while others I need to ad to my diet and this I will be working on.

I think that in the mean time I am going to stick with weight lifting for now and see If I end up with the same problem. If not I may just lift weights for another 30 days before I reintroduce cardio to the routine.

My blood sugar is down to 93 but my body weight is up 2 lbs which indicates to me that I am retaining water. This is a normal state after a workout and I will have start getting used to it. The important numbers to watch are simple as I will keep an eye on my waist size and how my pants fit me. Right now my size 32″ pants are fitting slightly tight and I will look forward to them feeling a lot more comfortable over the next several weeks. I did well with my diet yesterday except for one little I had with a couple of scones in the morning.

I am doing a reduced workout with my arms this morning by dropping the weight about a quarter of the max I was performing before I took the 30 day hiatus. I am 2 sets to just 15 reps each. It is hardly a challenge but I know that if I don’t do it this way I will suffer in the morning. Once again, baby steps. I did have a slight challenge with hammer curls and but settled for less reps rather than reducing weights.

As I am working through these drills I am starting to feel that overwhelming feeling of pleasure once again as my body is responding to the workout with the reward of endorphins.

Blood Sugar- 93, Weight- 180.2

Bowflex- ARMS
Curls- 160 lbs- 15, 15
Hammer Curls- 140 lbs- 13, 12
Tricep Pulldown- 160 lbs- 12, 12
Dips- 310 lbs- 15, 20

6:30 AM – Oatmeal
9:30 AM – Yogurt Banana
12:30 PM – Steak, Broccoli, Salad
6:30 PM – Burgers, Salad

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Silent Mornings

4994648569_12cd56e314Here we are at 4 AM writing and preparing for another 20 minute walk on the treadmill. I do love getting up so early in the morning when all is quiet in the world. There is a certain stillness that allows my mind to be calm and relaxed and I find it is the best time to write down my thoughts. Although I still feel time constraints as I know that soon I will have to prepare for work and take on all of the challenges that the day will bring these few hours in the morning are precious to me. It’s just me, a cup of coffee and my computer. Occasionally I will hear the sound of the ice maker dropping another square of ice in the freezer or a passing car in the street, but for the most part it is silent.

There is something uniquely special about the sound of silence that allows for thoughts and idea’s be born and I know that when they arise in my mind I must write them down somewhere. Too soon will the day start and erase all of those silent dreams that form in my mind. In my minds eye is see myself sitting on a park bench next to a tree and starting off into the haze as the sun is preparing to show it’s bright face to the world once again. Peace, love and tranquility fill my heart and I know that today just as wonderful as the morning silence I now sit in.

Sunday was a day filled with yard work as I pulled the plants from my raised bed gardens, recycled the roots and cut up the leaves to cover my beds to feed new plants in the spring. It is fall and after reaping the fruits of my labor with enough vegetables to feed a family it is sad to see my gardens baron once again. It is natures cycle which of course is the very same cycle that dictates my very own being and each season must be welcomed as it brings about certain joys of the time. It is the natural world we live in and this world is a mastery since prehistoric times. There are many things we can change in our own lives as mankind continuously improves upon our living conditions, but the one thing that does not change is nature. I find as much comfort in living in this natural world as I do in the early morning.

I did well with both my exercise routine and diet yesterday other than the dinner menu changing to lasagna. Although I just ate a small amount the late carbohydrates were enough to raise my blood sugar slightly. I probably ended up converting a small amount of those carbs to fat, but after a physically challenging day in the yard my body also welcomed those carbs in the lasagna. Again today I will be mindful to not go overboard on the treadmill and know when enough is enough. I will also be mindful to think about each and every mouthful of food I take into my body to chew it properly and keep it within the limitations of my own bodies need for nourishment.

Blood Sugar- 102, Weight- 178.6

Distance- 1.85 miles
Time- 30:00 minutes
Calories- 204.1

6:30 AM – Oatmeal
9:30 AM – Yogurt, Banana
12:30 PM – Steak, Broccoli
6:30 PM – Lamb Chops, Salad

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I’m Back in the Game

With just one day of a little bit of cardio I can already see the benefits of exercise as my blood sugar is down under 100, once again and my body weight has dropped over a pound. With just 20 minutes of cardio I felt more energy during the day and less desire to eat crappy foods.

Today I am breaking into weight bearing exercises and as usual I am starting off with chest exercises as they are my favorite. As I am doing this routine while I am writing this post I can already feel levels of anxiety and stress melting away. I have greatly reduced the maximum amount of weight I am using substantially to avoid any type of injury or over training. I want to work these muscles not injure them. It’s about toning up, not bulking up. Although I feel that I can do more reps on each set I am limiting them to a certain amount as all I am trying to do is wake up muscles that haven’t worked hard in over a month.

Over time I will slowly bring both the weight and reps back up to where I am starting to feel a certain challenge in the muscles being worked, but I will not go past that.

My diet yesterday went well other than one stupid donut I ate that I found calling my name when I stopped at the supermarket to pick up a few things for dinner. Yesterday was the first day I had any kind of incident with IBS and although it was minor I am discouraged that it even happened. I certainly hope that exercise is not playing any role in this, but I will keep an eye on it.

I always like to set certain times on missions like this and this one is certainly no different. I will be working this mission for six months and my goal is simple. I want to maintain my morning glucose reading on an average of under 100 while burning about 10 lbs of body fat and increasing muscle density. I will work hard, but never hard enough to be overworked. My diet will fluctuate by the seasons but will try to stick to locally grown foods as much as possible. I will however keep my carbohydrate level slightly above 100 grams per day and although I know that I can burn more fat more quickly by reducing my carbs I will settle on burning the fat slowly. The point here is simple, as I work with weights I know that my body will demand energy which I will provide with healthy carbs. This will prevent the demand during the day when it is easier to find garbage to satisfy my appetite. I will find two days during the week to practice intermittent fasting and they will be on my cardio days to challenge my body to burn more fat.

I will post pictures of each individual body part I am working at the beginning of this 6 month journey and again at the end to be able to visualize my progress. I will also try to keep strict numbers each day and once again post the foods I intend to eat each day which will be followed up the next day with a success or failure to follow that schedule.

Blood Sugar- 97, Weight- 178.4

Bowflex- CHEST
Bench Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Incline Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Decline Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Flys- 160 lbs – 15, 15

Meal Schedule
7:00 AM – 1/2 cup oatmeal, yogurt
11:00 AM – Bacon & Eggs
6:00 PM – Chicken, spinach, sweet potato

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More Mass Shootings?

Screen-Shot-2015-10-01-at-5.06.09-PM-800x449I have really been trying so hard to avoid writing this post but have decided that I must get these feeling out of me in some constructive way.

A few days ago we suffered yet another mass shooting in one of our educational institutions and as much as I try to avoid the negativity of this event it keeps coming back to haunt me. This is another event in the long string of events that have plagued our country in such a way that I have made a conscious decision to try to avoid area’s where young people gather.

There are so many who are pointing blame on so many things right now from gun rights to mental health programs, but as I think about the my own life as a youth and the lives of those who I knew growing up there seemed to be a common denominator that kept us all in check. It was simply fear. I feared getting my ass whooped by my father or someone else father if I should do something wrong. I feared the police and the thought of going to prison, and of course I feared God as I knew in my mind that doing something crazy like mass murder would lead me to an eternity of pain and damnation to hell.

Our youth today fear very little as it is the parents who actually fear going to jail for spanking their children when they do wrong. Even working in the Prison system I watched as many of America’s children celebrated the fact that they are doing State time and will be honored with making it to the next rank in the street gang they are a part of. Most of our children are growing up without the fear of God as most believe that is just a story told by a few old men thousands of years ago and it is just fiction. But even in a free society there have to be not only lows in place to protect the innocent, but also laws that are based upon a common level if fear if they are broken. This is the moral factor of any country and even dictatorships only manage to control there populations through the act of fear.

It seems that somehow we have elevated the reward system but taken away from the system of punishment. It is an has always been about pain and pleasure. People do the right things to feel pleasure and when they do the wrong things they know to expect the element of pain. When these rules are learned at an early age it sets guidelines in what we understand as the lines that can or cannot be crossed.

Too many children today spend far too much time unsupervised as parents scramble each day to spend 14 hours of their days trying to make a living. With a new fear of going outside to play they are driven to seek out other pleasures of things they find on the internet, music that teaches bad behavior and virtual reality games that become more reality to them than reality itself. But still we teach them that having a good eduction will help them to reach a happy level in life so they go off to our colleges and borrow more money than we did to purchase our first house only to graduate and not be able to find a job. The problem now is that it has become so prevalent that they know this fact even while they are still in school.

There are many people who will disagree with me with all of these things, but this is just my own personal opinion about what I see is really going on in our great country. I welcome all responses and idea’s whether you agree with me or not. The answer has to start somewhere or else our country will continue on the same path it has been recently going over the last decade.

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pacemaster-platinum-pro-vr-treadmill-reviews-consoleToday I get back on track with getting back into shape. My plan is pretty simple as over the next two weeks I will slowly perform light exercises each day until I return to a point where I am comfortable that I am not overdoing it. This slow change will also include my diet as each day I will make small changes to reach a point of eating a healthy diet once again.

I have learned through the act of “Getting Back”, so many times before that the body has to be re-introduced to changes very slowly and brought up to speed with caution. Just a little bit of progress each day leads to reaching a state of success versus trying to jump back into a routine where we last left off which usually leads to a lot of pain and eventually failure.

I will start today with just 20 minutes on the treadmill and over the next several weeks will get back to a point where I am doing 30 minutes just past the point where I start sweating. I will adjust my diet slightly to eliminate excess carbohydrates and try to get back to under 100 grams of carbs per day. I will also dedicate 2 days per week to intermittent fasting and will decide which days are best when the day comes. My goal is simple as my body weight is at around 180 lobs right now I want see the scale shine the number 170 on me brightly in the morning. How long will this take? I don’t know and it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am back in the game and performing those things each day that will get me there.

Tomorrow I will start my weight lifting routine and this also has to be done at a slow rate. I am not a professional football player and I will have to be very mindful of this fact. I will not be working out to develop massive muscle growth, rather just maintaining the growth that I have right now and challenging muscles every other day to stay strong which also inspires bone health.

There is such a fine balance in committing to all of these things and it is so easy to get off track by my own emotions at times. I have to learn to set these emotions to the side and be happy with the fact that I am simply performing all of the steps each day to keep my level of health at a range of fitness.

If you noticed I haven’t mentioned a word about my blood sugar. This is because I know that by doing all of the right things my blood sugar will move into a normal range and it will be the actions I take each day that are more important than the results.

Blood Sugar- 112, Weight- 180.4

Breakfast- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
Lunch- Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich
Dinner- Lamb Chops, Spinach

20 Minutes

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I Am Ready to Workout Once Again

tumblr_n2c3q3N7ds1qd45ayo1_1280I have pushed the envelope of relaxation and preparing to start my workout plan once again tomorrow. I will dust off the bowflex and dust off the treadmill and will be back on track once again. I feel my body getting soft and my joints yearning to be worked and with this I am also ready to get back on the same positive track with the foods I eat. I little snack here and some extra carbs there are starting to take their toll.

This feeling I feel right now is the breaking point. It is the feeling that I can either keep doing what I have been doing for the last 4 weeks and start a trend that will lead me back to destruction, or I can just step back into the game. Off season is over and it is high time I become not just the player on the field but the star.

I know what to expect with the aches and pains for about 2 weeks and I know that my body will try to resist my efforts, but I will push forward and return my body to the level of physical fitness I know it deserves.

I don’t regret this time off as I was working to remedy problems that I was facing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but this too I have conquered and I am ready to move on. One of the good things about taking some time off is that my body will reset almost like rebooting a computer. Muscles will once again be excited by the lifting routines I push them through and will continue to rebuild in a whole new way. My lungs will learn once again to expand and contract far beyond the normal breathing that I do each day and my body will fill with healthy oxygen to nourish all the cells of my body. I will see my body weight slowly drop as body fat is utilized as fuel and muscles become more carved when I look in the mirror.

So let me get through this Friday and wake tomorrow to a brand new day on Saturday morning. The sun will shine as brightly as the inspiration I feel in my heart.

Blood Sugar- 112, Weight- 181.2

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