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

Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Steak, 1/2 Baked Potato, Salad
Dinner- Eggplant, 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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7 Responses to The Balancing Act

  1. James says:

    I occurs to me that you seem to know what works and what doesn’t. For awhile, you were losing weight and your blood sugar was spot on. I’d suggest you go with a winner, the routine that works, and stop tinkering under the hood (if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor).

  2. jncthedc says:

    If you enjoy the heavier lifting workouts, have you thought about including a 1X/week heavy workout. This type of workout will provide maximum recovery and may reduce the sugar and carb spiking. Just an idea to consider.

  3. So you are saying that you find the slower you do a work out the more gain you get from it? I have been doing my exercises properly but at a pace so as to keep the heart rate up so wonder it the slow and steady would be more beneficial for me as I want to burn fat and build /tone muscle more than anything else?

    • The slow and steady creates less of a demand for carbohydrates for me. When I lift to hard or go past 2 miles on the treadmill my blood sugar drops during the day. When this happens I turn to carbs or sugars to get it back to normal but also create a vicious cycle between highs and lows and in the process also have those extra carbs turn into fat. So cutting back fixes this problem, but is a hit on the ego as I love to work out like a beast and see quick gaines.

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