Just Another Rainy Day

6782259385_cfd1bcfb1e_bWell the first day of a three day weekend has passed and we are praying for a little sunshine and warmer weather. It has been pretty gray here in the Pacific Northwest and although I am thankful for the water, I do miss the sunny days of Spring. Since I last posted anything about my gardens, which was about two weeks ago it has been cold and raining. I did plant 3 more heirloom tomato plants but will be digging them up and replacing them as the the continued cold mornings have pretty much destroyed them. The weatherman is calling for gray skies with temperatures in the low 50s once again and I have to say that I am tired of it now. Is seems much too long to wait for a sunny day as we are getting closer and closer the to month of June.

These thoughts I must keep in my head at the end of the summer season and we are making our plans to make the move to Florida. I am not one who likes sitting in the house for long periods of time and the Pacific Northwest just isn’t working out for me. It is not good for my spirit and it is not good for my health. Of course Florida with pose it’s own challenges, especially in the summer months when temperatures can get hot enough to call unbearable, but at least it affords me the opportunity to get out into the sunshine. I know that my landscaping with be much different there as lawns are very difficult to keep up with and require mass quantities of sunshine. Many of the homes that I witnessed there opted for just leaving the ground as it is, or planting wild flowers which I absolutely love. I have never been one who actually enjoyed having a lawn as the maintenance can be overwhelming. So as you can see, I really don’t have much to say today as I am just babbling on about thoughts of the weather here. Simple thoughts, yet filled with so much complexity I suppose.

My continued rest period has been showing great signs as my morning glucose reading is steady and body weight continues to drop. Although I am feeling the energy to workout today, I am going to take the rest period just one more day. If my body is not fully healed I could reverse the effects of rest by jumping into a workout.

Blood Sugar- 100, Weight- 171.6

Meals
Breakfast- Cottage Cheese
Lunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Dinner- Steak, Salad

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Objects of Desire

4The desire continues for that object that plays in my mind over and over again. It has been many weeks since I walked into the Apple store and witnessed the new high tech laptop. The young salesman was not pushy at all and explained to me all of the features of this device. I already knew I wanted this item and felt like I have dreamed about being a proud owner of an Apple computer. I am a writer, or at least wish to claim to be a writer as I continue to write posts on my blog each day. Does writing on an older Windows based system make me less of a writer? Of course not, yet there was just something very special about dreaming of sitting somewhere in nature with that bright and shiny, new Mac system.

Just two weeks of after tax salary could place this device in my hands. Oh, the excitement I feel deep inside of me just thinking about opening that box for the first time and setting up my new system. I see others who seem to burst with pleasure each time they lift the lid on their Apple notebooks in the coffee shops. Or is this just my own hidden desires of thinking about doing the same. People wait in lines to acquire these new devices when they are introduced into the world. Do they know something that I don’t? Is this device something that would make my life a little easier or more pleasurable, and would it make my daily computer tasks less stressful? I actually doubt it, yet I still want it.

Feelings like this throughout the years remind me that although the grass does seem greener on the other side, sometimes it simply is not. I remember staring into the window of that bicycle shop and working and saving until I was able to claim to be the new owner of the 10 speed bicycle, but soon learning that I enjoyed riding the old one more. I recently had the desire to become a ham operator so I studied long and hard, passed the test and purchased a small portable radio that now sits in my garage unused. If I think back throughout my life and track down every object of desire that I ended up making purchases on I don’t believe that any have panned out to meeting the expectation and the energy I put into acquiring it. What if today I had never made any of those purchases but instead had placed that money in a bank account earning interest? Wow, now that would be special. As I continue on my quest of reaching a point where all debt including my mortgage is paid in full I have to remain vigilant to my cause. Each month I have the real pleasure of seeing my debt reduced and savings go up and know that my decisions are making the progress I need to reach my ultimate goal one day.

So for today I will continue to pound away on the keyboard of this laptop that I picked up at a pawn shop and do the same thing I would do if I had purchased this new item of desire. What about you? Are there times in your life when those items of desire seem to come alive in your mind and you just can’t seem to stop thinking about them?


 

Today I will spend another day of rest and allow my body to heal and be restored. Since yesterday after a day of rest my body weight dropped 3.2 lbs. which is a strong indication to me that I was suffering from inflammation. I pushed a little too hard and too fast by jumping to a new summer routine and my body responded by believing that it was injury. I think I can still crank it up a notch, but it has to be completed with small steps. My blood sugar has also come down and by tomorrow morning I should be ready to resume my old routine of just 20 minutes on the treadmill and 1 set of resistance exercises.

Blood Sugar- 100, Weight- 172.2

Meals
Breakfast- FASTING
Lunch- 2 Egg, 2 Bacon
Dinner- Lamb Chops, Broccoli

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The Balancing Act

balancing-act-0013It is time to get back to the balancing game as I am slowly watching my body weight increasing way too rapidly and my glucose numbers are going up. This new workout routine I put together doesn’t seem to be working out as I am having problems during the day dealing with sugar lows. I have to admit that since I started it I have found myself reaching for things like cookies during the day to bring my sugar back up and this is not a good thing. My meals during the course of the day are pretty much in balance, but the extra demand I am having for carbohydrates due to more energy expended in the morning are causing me to go in the wrong direction. I need to go back to the less intensive workout and stay on a more slower and steadier path.

I went through this same issue not too long ago and found that slowing down the workout routine did wonders as it allowed me to burn fat, build muscle and yet keep my body weight and sugar under control. Going through sugar lows are an incredible driving force to overeating as the body sends strong signals to the brain that it is in a critical situation and needs energy quickly. Danger Will Robinson, Danger! And of course this restarts that roller coaster we tend to get on with sugar and carbs. Quickly up and quickly down.

Although the beast in me is totally enjoying the higher intensity workout, the logical side of me knows when it is time to take a step back. Once again, slow and steady wins the race. So today I am taking the day off from working out to quietly contemplate my course of action and will resume my mission tomorrow.

Blood Sugar- 114, Weight- 175.2

Day of Rest

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Steak, 1/2 Baked Potato, Salad
Dinner- Eggplant, Salad

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The Control Freak Inside Me

1001155One of the things that can drive me absolutely nuts at times is the fact that I am a certified control freak. No matter what I am doing in life there are always thoughts going stirring in my brain thinking about a better way of doing it. Even as I see others doing things these thoughts continue. It has made me what I am today, a real problems solver, a person who gets things done and also a pain in the ass. When we are working with others who are just happy with the way things are it can become somewhat of a conflict and can even take away from the whole team mentality.

On a personal scale it has allowed me have the ability to both track my own money and create budgets, control my blood sugar, and organize my life. I know where things are and where they should be placed and when I need to get somewhere I am always the first one there and always on time. But out there in the big, bad world I have learned that it is also important to try to turn my control freak off, or just simply silence it at times. The hard truth of the matter is that you really cannot control everything.

I know that I can control those things in my life that are important to me, but when it comes to things that I cannot control I really don’t like too much. This is one of the reasons why I have never taken to things like gambling or playing games of chance. Even investing money is out of my hands and my retirement plans are in the hands and fate of others who control them. I go out and drive to and from work each day and although I know that I am fully in control of my vehicle I still have to believe that others are doing the right thing. Unfortunately I know this is not the case as I see far too many getting into automobile accidents each day because they simply were either not paying attention or were distracted. What is a control freak to do though? I have created a defense mechanism where I always keep a certain distance from the car in front of me and am always alert to what other drivers are doing.

Yes, I am a total control freak, I don’t know how I got this way, but I am who I am.

Blood Sugar- 92, Weight- 174.2

Bowlfex – LEGS
Squats- 310 lbs – 15, 15
Calf Raises- 310 lbs – 15, 15

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Chicken Parm, Spinach
Dinner- Steak, Mushrooms, Salad

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams-and-VisionsThis morning I conducted a financial inventory and a 6 month vision based on current income and budgets. Making a move to a new location that is over 3000 miles away takes planning and strategy, but the first step is making sure that funding for this type of move is adequate. As long as our income remains the same and we continue to live as frugally as we have been I see the move being a great success.

As our lives are pretty simple right now I see that simplicity in Florida multiplied as we will have reduced our stuff even more than we have done in the past. Moving into a rental for a year and finding the perfect property to call home base is the plan for next year. With continued savings we will be very close to purchasing that home with cash, but even if we don’t we will be so much closer to paying off a mortgage than we are right now.

So each day passes slowly as we plot and calculate every penny towards our mission. We are continuing to work towards a dream of freedom. The dream of one day being completely debt free. The sacrifices we make today will pay off big time in just a few years from now and I can see it as clear as day. I see a RoadTrek class B RV sitting in our yard and us planning camping trips to destinations we have been anticipating visiting. I see us cutting back on our work schedules to maybe just 3 days per week with other days just sitting on the beach. And this is the true nature of making dreams become reality. All of those smaller dreams and visions of getting things accomplished like simply paying off a credit card are built around the same principles of making bigger dreams come true. We had the vision of living in the Pacific Northwest and with years of planning we turned that into reality and have absorbed all of the nature and beauty of this region of the country.

It all starts with a vision, a dream of finding the passion to get the ball rolling. This is the push it takes to start making all of the changes it takes to make that dream come true. And it really is all about passion. Even when a small small dream is met with passion and desire we soon learn that all of our energy and focus is soon directed at that dream and we will find a way to accomplish it.

Do you have dreams and visions that have yet to come alive? Or are currently working towards a vision you see? Even in hard times we must learn that if we simply stay the course and Keep on Keeping because it is possible to see our dreams come true.

Blood Sugar- 101, Weight- 173.4

Treadmill
Distance- 2.35 miles
Time- 36:46
Calories- 266.0

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Pork Chop, 1/2 Baked Potato, Green Beans
Dinner- Chicken Parm, Spaghetti

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11 Health Hazards of Sitting too Long

SimpleLivingOver50:

Get up and move that body.

Originally posted on Coffs Coast Health Club:

sittingpain-front-leadWe live in a time where sitting takes up the majority of our day, but could sitting too long be slowly crippling our bodies?

Even with a daily exercise regimen, researchers are now saying that sitting for a major part of the day may be deadly in the long run, and are even making comparisons like, “sitting is the new smoking.” Check out this peer-reviewed article for more information on sedentary living and our health.

ORGAN DAMAGE, ILLNESS AND DISEASE
HEART DISEASE

Did you know that people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease than people with standing jobs? When we sit, our muscles burn less fat, and our blood flows much slower than it should – this encourages the build-up and clogging of fatty acids in the heart. In fact, after just 2 hours of sitting, your HDL (“good”) cholesterol drops 20%!

DIABETES

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Benefits of weight training

SimpleLivingOver50:

Yes, lifting heavy things makes the journey so much easier.

Originally posted on AlexRaeFitness:

Okay, so one of the most common questions I get asked, or the thing that raises most eyebrows when I’m talking to new gym goers or people who come to me for advice about getting into shape in general is about the benefits of using weights; resistance machines, resistance bands, kettlebells, the list goes on!

It’s simple; adding resistance makes things harder. Told you it was simple! One of the main advantages to using weights or resistance machines is that you will be helping to develop muscle; now I’ve spoken to a lot of ladies – and some men and the first thing I hear back when I talk about muscle development is “I don’t want to get bulky, I just want to tone up”. Firstly you need to understand what ‘toning’ is – it is developing muscle and lowering your body fat percentage; now you can be almost 100% sure…

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You are on your own

SimpleLivingOver50:

Your life is your life.

Originally posted on The power of Quantum Thinking:

I was surprised to listen to her saying that they shouldn´t be together because they didn’t bring the best in each other. And I was surprised because I have heard that even from marriage counsellors, psychologists, doctors, lawyers and many other people who are supposed to be a little more knowledgeable.

Maybe that is why so many relationships have been and still are nowadays, doomed to fail.

You are responsible of your life, you are responsible to shine with your own light regardless of who you are with or what is going on around you.  You don’t depend on anyone else for that, you don’t need their permission, guidance nor anything else to be yourself. Please do not think that you need to “adjust” your personal brightness level to match the person beside you.  You NEED TO BE YOU.  You MUST be yourself.

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Listening to Your Body

listen-to-your-bodyIt feels really good since I have moved from 1 set of resistance exercises to 2. On the second set I can feel the blood rush to the muscle I am working and it is filled with warmth on the last rep to exhaustion. As I try to change up my routine every 3 months or so one of the advantages is that I am working muscles slightly different each time. I believe that with this new routine I will see great muscle growth over the next 3 months, and with the slight increase in cardio every other day mixed with more activity during the summer I may even be able to drop another belt size.

One of the things I have to be mindful of is that progress happens each day, but should only be measured over long periods. For me it is 4 times a year and balances with the natural rhythms of the seasons. I don’t have an exact date when I change up my routines as I simply feel those needs to change inside my body and respond to it. Like winter where bodies naturally try to store more fat to create an emergency energy supply to keep our bodies warm it is a great time to go with the flow and utilize that added energy to build muscle, but then as it moves into Spring and our bodies slowly start shedding the body fat we also assist with increased cardio. The Summer months are filled with activity and the workout becomes more of a balance between cardio and strength training and fall we continue that balance until our bodies move into winter phase.

I am no expert on this natural rhythm, but I do feel them and act appropriately to what my body seems to be crying out for. I am not a body builder, nor a trainer but I do know how to listen to my body despite the fact that I don’t understand all of the bio chemical things going on inside it. What is your body saying to you? Are you feeling hungry two hours after you ate? Maybe those waffles drenched in sugary syrup you had for breakfast didn’t provide your body with all of the nutrients it needs to work in top form. Maybe you have been eating all of the right things and the body is calling for a fasting period. If we all knew that just a small mixed salad each day added to a little bit of protein and a little bit of healthy carbs is all we need on a daily basis to get past those hunger periods and create a space where we can start listening a little deeper to those specific needs that our bodies crave. How about trying to turn off all of that outside noise and sitting in silence. You would be amazed at the messages you will receive by simply sitting in silence. Your mind will even create the vision of a healthier you and all you have to do is act on it.

Blood Sugar- 91, Weight- 172.4

Bowflex- ARMS
Curls- 170 lbs – 13, 14
Hammer Curls- 130 lbs – 15
Tricep Pulldowns- 140 lbs – 21,
Dips- 310 lbs – 18, 18

Meals
Breakfast- Cottage Cheese
Lunch- Halibut, Asparagus
Dinner- Pork Chops, Salad

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