I seem to have found a balance and my blood sugars are settling down to a normal range. The funny thing is that I have been continuing to eat a few snacks during the day that I am not supposed to be eating like bread and sometimes a cookie after lunch. It has been 4 days since I exercised last and still my numbers are dropping and I really can’t account for the positive changes. My body weight has been staying steady between 173 and 175 but I really do miss the workouts. What I have noticed though is that when I stretch I don’t feel that stiffness in joints and I am thinking that maybe that stiffness was an indication of continued inflammation what was built up in my joints that I was simply recognizing as muscle growth.
If all of this is true and I feel that it is maybe when I do return to the workout plan it may be beneficial to workout every other day to allow my body to heal for 24 hours after each work out. I mean it is true that as we age we certainly don’t heal as quickly as we did when we were younger. Yes, maybe at 54 I am not supposed to building muscle at the same rate that a 24 year old does. If this is the case I will miss the gains and challenges of lifting just a little heavier, or longer sets each time I pump up those weights.
I have always been a strong competitor and love the idea of progression, but could it be that my competitive edge could be causing my body to break down and actually cause more damage than good health? It hurts me to think this way as I do like to win. The truth of the matter is that maybe I am not winning at all and there really is no competition here. Yes, maybe, just maybe it is time to take it down a notch and simply find joy in this wonderful life I have been given. I am not saying that I will give up exercising, I just need to realize that I am a little older than I think I am.
Isn’t this the case for all of us over 50 people? We think of ourselves as the same person we were at 35, but when we look in the mirror we don’t always see 35 in the reflection. It is hard thing to admit to ourselves because hey, “You are only as old as you feel”. Last year has brought 4 grandchildren into my life, I have the wisdom now that carries me through with the abilities to make smart decisions based on past mistakes. When I was 20 years old any 54 year old represented an older person. Now I am that older person. Turn the page and start writing a new chapter. I am not sad about this at all, just awakening to the facts that guide me through this life of mine.
Blood Sugar- 81, Weight- 174.0
NO WORKOUT TODAY
Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Steak, Broccoli Raab
Dinner- Chicken Kabobs, Zucchini