And yet another day where I seem to be going in the wrong direction. My weight is up another 2 lbs and my blood sugar is once again above 100. I am not going to stress over these figures though, I am going to simply stay on course and wait for things to turn around. Today is a rest day and I have decided to take one every third day. My new workout schedule looks like this: Day 1 – Cardio, Day 2 – Strength Training, Day 3 – Rest.
Why am I changing my routine again? One of the things that I have learned over the past year is that after working out hard I end up with a certain level of inflammation. Although this inflammation is small and necessary in the healing process of overworked muscles it is still inflammation and if left unaddressed can become the cause of all kinds of other problems. It can show itself as sore joints and weight gain and the only cure is rest.
Thus far I have approached this problem in many different ways from reducing the intensity of my workouts to taking off several days at a time to heal. Of course this is all an experiment and I am hoping for it show some signs of success. I don’t know how it will play out, but as I am still striving to understand my body, I believe that it should prove some positive results.
Yesterday I worked out like a beast and actually lifted heavier with almost double the reps on each set and it felt easy. I was working a muscle group (arms) that I didn’t work for over a week and that rest period showed positive results to overall gains in strength. But the results of that workout showed up this morning as fluid retention in the form of my bodies healing mechanisms to repair the damaged muscle tissue that I tore. The answer to this is rest.
This new routine will actually afford me almost 72 hours of muscle rest before I work those muscles again and start the healing process. After the early morning strength training workout I will have the rest of the day, plus a day of rest and a cardio day before I hit the next muscle group hard. Other than legs all of my strength training workout sessions somehow involve the same muscle groups to perform. While I do rows for my back, I am also using biceps and triceps to accomplish the row. Rest is mandatory for the healing process.
As always, I will just keep on keeping on until I reach the point of totally understanding how my body works for me. I am convinced that both strength training and cardio are very important tools necessary to overcome the problems with Type II Diabetes, but these two will not work without proper rest.
This type of inflammation is natural as the body is continuously healing damaged cells, but there is another cause for inflammation in our food choices. I am not going to get into all of causes because books have been written about them, but for me the devil is grains. There is enough scientific evidence available now that all you have to do is google grains and inflammation to view enough articles about all of the negative effects and causes of disease involved in the digestion of grains. As far as I am concerned anyone suffering from Type II Diabetes should never eat any type of foods derived from grains.
I will be working hard on correcting my diet and will share many posts in the future with an emphasis on the foods that should be included and taken out of a Type II Diabetics menu choices. I will work hard to take the daily meal menu I place on the bottom of each post and try to make it more specific and much more clear as I continue to learn more about the food.
Blood Sugar- 109, Weight- 178.6
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Ribs, Squash
Dinner- Steak, Salad