When Scales go Up

analog-bathroom-scale-vector-10046755I feel good and my blood sugar has pretty much been staying under control, but I have noticed that I am putting on weight. In fact in the last two months I have gained 10 lbs. So the question is, What do I do about it? The way I figure it I have two choices here, I could increase the workout program and risk the possibility of causing inflammation again, or I could decrease the amount of food I am consuming… But there is one other option. I could safely increase my cardio by taking a 20 minute walk after work each day. The reason for this is that I believe that it wouldn’t cause inflammation in my body because there would be a 12 hour window between cardio sessions. I vision that it would increase my energy level slightly after sitting all day as long as it doesn’t interfere with my sleep pattern. I am going to give it a go and see what happens.

With heavy lifting I know I am increasing muscle density which leads to overall increased body weight, but by looking in the mirror and see that I am losing muscle definition I know that I am simply storing more fat. I have increased my carbohydrate intake slightly at dinner time to provide enough energy for a good nights sleep, but maybe I need to reduce that amount also.

So basically I have two different changes to make. Decrease carbs and increase cardio. Let’s do it.

Blood Sugar- 94, Weight- 174.0

Treadmill- 20 Minutes

Bowflex- LEGS
Squats- 310 lbs – 15
Calf Raises- 310 lbs – 17
Situps- 25
Leg Lifts- 15

Breakfast- Spinach Omelet
Lunch- Burger, Salad
Dinner- Fish, Salad

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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12 Responses to When Scales go Up

  1. PigLove says:

    It is such a hard place to find that fits everything – low blood sugars, body still feeling good and the scales going down or staying in the same area. My mommy fights this battle as well. Shakes piggy head – the scales are winning these days. Good luck my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  2. Have you tried intermittent fasting. Works like a charm 😉

    • I do it for 18 hours on Saturday and 18 hours on Sunday. During the work week it is a bit tough because I don’t want my numbers going too low. I really think that it’s a matter of getting back into nutritional ketosis by getting my carb intake down to around 30 grams per day again for a few weeks. It gets my fat burning engine going.

  3. Lety C says:

    Good luck! It is so difficult to find a balance!

  4. James says:

    I was doing so well in my weight loss program and then yesterday’s “cheat day” killed, so I know about scales going up. Back to the grind today.

  5. jncthedc says:

    Just a thought,
    You mentioned eating out since starting work. Is it possible your salt intake has increased causing your body to retain water resulting in weight gain? I wouldn’t think that water would be 10 pounds worth, but between salt intake and possibly miscalculation on calorie intake the combination might be a contributing factor. Sometimes we also need to let our bodies metabolism re-regulate itself to function properly. If we frequently adjust food calories and exercise, your body doesn’t have a chance to do its job. The concept, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” can create a little mayhem resulting in metabolic imbalance.

  6. educater21 says:

    Your thinking is similar to mine. I keep a rigid check on my weight as well but my routine is not as intense as yours is. I like and agree with the comment on intermittent fasting. I also agree with your decision to incorporate more cardio after work. Looking forward to reading of the results. Thanks for the insights into your schedule and the thought processes which justify your actions.

    • Your welcome. I enjoy posting about this journey and I am certainly glad it help. By the way I am still reading your book as I have been balancing and juggling quite a few things recently.

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