It has been a very positive week overall. I have my glucose numbers in the mid 80’s, I finally got notice that I will be going back to work next week and I have confirmed that the most recent changes in my workout routine seem to be the answer to the problems I was having with Type II Diabetes. So there is just one area that I am not so happy with and that is the fact that my overall body weight is increasing.
I am not working out so hard that I am building muscle so quickly that my body weight increases, but I am also not burning crazy calories on the treadmill either. Six months ago I would have looked at this as a problem with my workout routine, but seeing things with clearer eyes now I know it is the diet. I certainly don’t need all of the protein that I am currently consuming each day, but I also need the feeling of being full to satisfy me. I know the answer but I have done nothing to actually get it set in motion. The answer is vegetables.
As I spent two whole years of my life as a vegan I certainly know how to eat vegetables, yet I have been so reluctant to set it into motion. In fact I have a beautiful spring mix and a cucumber sitting in the refrigerator for since last weekend and never raised an eye to making a salad. I don’t know why, but that has to change. I went to the Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market yesterday and found a beautiful bundle of Asparagus and a bag of baby spinach. These will be consumed with dinner this week and that is wonderful, but every single lunch I eat from this point on must have a salad, and it will. If I am too lazy to put one together, then I will find an alternative like purchasing one at the local grocers, but either way it will be done.
There is another area that one of my readers brought to my attention that I have completely forgot about and that is bone broth. There is nothing healthier for the gut than a cup of bone broth each day and this too should become part of my arsenal at least every other day. It is easy to prepare and store in the fridge, and it is easy to bring for lunch because it can be placed in a simple travel mug and heated later. Here is a link to one of my favorite articles on Dr. Mercola’s website about the benefits of bone broth. And another benefit of bone broth is that you can simply add your favorite vegetables and reap the benefits of both by creating a wonderful soup. It’s a plus, plus.
Another suggestion from a reader was using an app on my cell phone to track what I eat each day. At the end of the day I can view the totals of just about everything I have put into my body. I like this idea, but have been reluctant to undertake it yet, but after looking at the simple meal plan I have created each day at the bottom of my posts I am starting to realize that there just isn’t enough information to make proper adjustments in my diet. It should be easy by simply stating that I will only eat from certain food groups each day. Any food I put in my body will be as close to being pure and clean as I can possibly obtain. Easy, right? We all know that this is never the case because if it was we most of us would be at our ideal body weight.
After working hard all week with the new workout regime I think that a day off is well in order. My body has been sending me messages since I got up this morning that I need a day off. Just a little discomfort in my hip and ankle that tells me to lay off the cardio for a day, and a slight pain in my shoulders letting me know to spend some time at rest is enough for the beast in my to calm down.
Blood Sugar- 85, Weight- 172.0
NO WORKOUT TODAY – DAY OF REST
Breakfast- Bacon & Eggs
Dinner- Burger, Salad