10-24-14 – Friday – The Paleo Coach

I picked up a good book on Kindle called “The Paleo Coach” by Jason Seib. I am just about a quarter of the way into the book and I already can’t tell you how much I am inspired. Besides the paleo diet and exercise, Jason also discussed the way we think. It seems that the way we think about our lifestyles is more important than the diet and the exercise. I am not going to give it away, but I highly suggest purchasing his book. And as it turns out, Jason’s gym is only ab out 5 miles away from where I live. Excellent!

So yet another screw up last night. I still had a few pieces of chocolate left over and I gobbled them down during the Broncos, Chargers game on Thursday Night Football. The results are in the numbers not only for the game, but in my morning glucose reading. I feel like Phillip Rivers this morning.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 126, Weight – 173.6

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10-23-14 – Thursday – Stay Focused

Not much to say this morning. I did great eating paleo yesterday, my sugar is down. Finger is still bandaged up and there will be no workout again today. I have to just stay on track and stay focused.

It is so easy to get off track, especially when you have an injury. During these times it is even more important to stay focused what you are eating because for the body to heal it needs good nutrition. Keeping carbs extremely low is just as important as your body has no outlet to burn calories as it would during a daily workout.

4:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 110, Weight – 174.0

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10-22-14 – Wednesday – You got your good days, and you got your bad days

Yesterday was not a good one. I ate like crap again, I almost chopped off my fingertip and I got a new homeowners tax evaluation showing that our property taxes are more than doubling next year. So you got your good days and you got your bad days.

So yea, I was working in the gardens yesterday cutting down excessive growth for year and cutting it up to spread out in the raised beds and ended up cutting the tip on my left index finger pretty deep. I elected to go with no stitches and instead cleaned and closed the wound myself with wound closing bandages. It worked out well, but I have to be extremely careful not to allow excess activity with that finger for about 5 days. I have had long history of healing quickly and am sure that this won’t change as long as I am healthy. I am typing in slow motion without the use of that index finger, but it is not that bad. Lesson to be learned – Always wear the proper gardening gloves when doing anything in the garden.

This also means that I will not be working out and will try to keep my blood pressure low until the wound properly closes. This also means that I will have to keep a very close eye on my diet and make sure that I restrict any type of carb other than fresh vegetables. I will start taking vitamins again today.

Like I wrote in yesterdays blog, we are saving a lot of money by refinancing the mortgage and I had that wonderful feeling like we are getting ahead of the game. The news we received yesterday about the tax increase kind of let me down the road of returning to reality. It always seems that as soon as you think that you are getting ahead of the game there is always something that comes up and knocks you back. The simple reality is that life will always throw curve balls at you and sometimes you simply have to take an overall look at your situation. The tax increase will not break us or set us off track. There are so many other changes that I made in a positive direction like quitting smoking. That act alone will pay for a whole year of property taxes. And there were many other positive changes we made that better our lives like moving from New Jersey to Oregon. The tax increase is small compared to all of the positive things.

I ate like crap yesterday I suppose because I was feeling sorry for myself. How stupid is that?

4:30 AM – Blood Sugar – 130, Weight – 173.2

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10-21-14 – Tuesday – 6 Months Smoke Free

Despite the fact that my numbers are high again this morning, today there is cause to celebrate. Today marks my 6 month anniversary of that day I decided to quit smoking. I can’t even begin to describe just how much better I feel. Gone are the days where I had to try to sneak off somewhere to light up a cigarette and hope that I don’t get caught smoking in an area where you are not allowed to smoke. No longer do I have to worry about if I stink of tobacco smoke. I haven’t had a headache since I quit and I don’t cough anymore. I don’t think about that thick pasty layer of nicotine building up inside all of the parts of my body, nor do I think about the negative effects that it has on my cellular activity.

Yes, I am smoke free. I am working out, eating right and I look good and feel good. Based on the current price of a pack of these nasty little devils I have saved over 2,400.00 dollars. This was money that stayed in the checking account and helped us fuel a refinance on our home. Yes, yesterday we applied for a refinance on our current mortgage. The house increased in value by 15% in just one year, we are getting a rate of 3.1% and have reduced our time from 29 years to just 15 years. We will no longer be paying 193.00 for mortgage insurance each month and our new payment is only around 130.00 more each month than our current payment. This will also speed up the process of paying of this loan as we add extra funds each month. The only downside is that it is costing a few thousand dollars in fee’s, but they are tax deductible.

So getting back to those high numbers this morning… Excellent workout yesterday, sausage and eggs for breakfast, squash soup and salad for lunch, fried chicken, cauliflower, green beans for dinner. Followed by 4 bottles of beer. So I am looking at the soup, the fried chicken and the beer being the problem. Let’s see if I can do a little better today and just keep on keeping on.

5:30 AM – Blood Sugar – 128, Weight- 174.4
Bowflex – BACK
Rowes – 155/155- 25, 20, 26
Pulldowns – 155/155- 25, 25, 20
Reverse Fly’s – 40/40- 20, 20
Situps – 40, 40, 40, 40, 40, 40, 40 = 280

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10-20-14 – Monday – Another day passes with too many mistakes made

Crazy screwed up day with eating yesterday. Way too much protein for breakfast, potato chips for lunch, pot roast and multiple root vegetables for dinner and all finished off with a few beers and a super sweet treat. Oh yea, and no meds. On the good side, I spent some really good quality time with family.

I suppose that I could use that old excuse that life just gets in the way, but the bottom line is that its all about not staying dedicated to the cause. It is so easy to forget about what is really important and putting that priority first. I want to win the war on Type II Diabetes and I know that I will, but making mistakes like eating a killer sweet desert and forgetting to take medication just doesn’t cut it. I don’t want to wake up to see my morning glucose reading at 126. When this happens I know that the sugar in my blood stream is causing all kinds of havoc in my body.

Oh well. Lets get past it and move on. My right ear is still having problems, but it seems that my energy is restored. I should take a day off from my routine but I will not. My body is screaming for a good workout.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 126, Weight – 175.6
Shoulder Press – 130/130- 12, 15, 12
Front Raises – 40/40- 15, 16, 15
Side Raises – 40/40- 15, 15, 15
Shrugs – 155/155- 15, 15, 15
Situps – 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35 = 420
TREADMILL – Distance- 2.63, Time- 40:05, Calories- 430.5, Weight- 176.8

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Native America before European Colonization

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Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: James O’Keefe at TEDxUMKC

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Go for a walk

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10-19-14 – Sunday – Reading the body and going with the energy

It is Sunday and this morning I awake feeling very little energy. I felt this way yesterday too yet I pushed through a bowflex workout, as today I pushed through a cardio workout. I am having difficulty hearing out of my right ear, there is no pain, but I feel a certain amount of pressure. I believe that I may have some kind of infection in there.

I am thinking about the last four or five days and how I botched up the paleo way of eating. I ate a stupid cookie on Thursday, while eating lasagna on Friday. I have also been eating oatmeal before my workouts in the morning. I know these acts have taken me out of ketosis, but after feeling like I needed energy I turned to carbohydrates. I believe that this may have been a mistake and just listened to my body and not worked out, or simply limited the workout to the energy that I was feeling at the time. I noticed that the same weight that I have been pushing up for weeks now felt so much heavier and that should have been an indication that I needed to limit the workout and not feed into my ego that wants to see a bigger chest in the mirror.

I will get back on track with eating correctly today. Once again, my total carbohydrate intake should be down near 35 grams and these carbohydrates should come from only natural sources. As we made our typical trip to the Saturday Morning Market yesterday I feel something very personable about picking out fresh vegetables that will soon be prepared with love and become a part of me as I consume them.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 117, Weight- 173.0
Treadmill – Distance- 3.70, Time- 1 hr, Calories- 405.3, Weight- 173.0

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10-18-14 – Saturday – Re-examining Simplicity

As time is going by I am slowly realizing that being, “Simple Living Over 50″ isn’t as simple as I thought it would be. Of course my life is 100% simpler than it was before we moved to Oregon, but it still takes hard work and dedication to reach certain goals. I am winning the war on Type II Diabetes and that certainly is not easy, and each month we are getting closer to reaching our goal of being completely debt free, and that too is not easy.

So it is more about the journey. I have put an excellent plan in place that will get us to the next level and each day I simply play by my own rules. I don’t spend money on anything I don’t actually need. I utilize the surplus at the end of each month to pay down certain debts and track my progress. It is all working out pretty well other than those surprises every so often. But sometimes it seems a lot more difficult than I initially thought it would, but I do believe that I create my own problems. When I look at the progress that has been made so far it makes me happy. I am finally building the garden that I always wanted. I am in good shape, I eat great tasting healthy food and have time to spend in nature. I have finally kicked that nasty habit of smoking and I am practically stress free. It really is a simple life and I enjoy it immensely.

Most of the food we purchase we get locally through either the Saturday Morning Market, local farmers or local butcher. We are no longer battling the supermarkets with their inferior food, noise, long lines and parking. We have the opportunity for good conversation with interesting people who love being a part of nature as much as we are. We know that when someone is putting their love into a product that love is actually tasted in the foods they grow, and we do taste the difference.

I suppose that in each of our heads we always picture something else other than where we are. But the truth of the matter is that where I sit right now is where I am and I love being here. Everything is great, and it really is a pretty simple life.

4:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 112, Weight – 172.4
Bowflex – CHEST
Bench Press – 155/155- 20, 23, 20, 11
Incline Press – 155/155- 14, 14, 16, 10
Decline Press – 155/155- 14, 15, 13, 11
Fly’s – 80/80- 13, 14, 13

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