Feed the Beast

Today is the last day of the second week of the Beast Mode workout and I have to admit there were days where it was hard to get started, yet I pushed through with all of the energy my body could muster. My early morning glucose readings are still a lot higher than I am comfortable with, but I am noticing that my body weight is starting to drop slowly which also means that I am burning fat.

1214395With a struggle for much needed energy to push through these heavy routines I am starting to look into eating a little bit of carbs just before my workout assisted by a little protein. So what I have in mind is a half cup of old fashioned oat meal, a banana, and a protein shake 30 minutes prior to working out. Then within 2 hours post workout I will eat my typical breakfast of eggs and sweet potatoes and another protein shake. I will start this on Monday which will be the last week of the Beast Mode Workout. I will monitor my glucose closely during the week to see where it takes me. I will not be anticipating anything and don’t know why I will be choosing to do this other than I feel I need more energy for my workouts and the opportunity for muscles to replace glucogen and absorb needed protein. I feel as though I must feed the beast.

I don’t know if oatmeal is the right option as I have been trying so hard to avoid grains, but it is easy to prepare as I can make it on the weekend and place it in small containers to be microwaved during the week. The banana’s are one item that I heard should be avoided with Type II Diabetes, but most studies don’t include those of us doing Beast Mode Workouts each morning. Just because I am choosing to up my daily allowance of carbohydrates I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t still believe in a low carbohydrate diet. For most people who don’t put themselves through these types of extreme workouts eating low carb is just fine and if I decide to workout less I will certainly lower my carb intake. Driving large muscle groups to the point of muscle break down requires energy and carbohydrates are the fuel that body needs to make it happen. I do feel that this will also cure me of those crazy hunger pangs during the course of the day.

I know that I have a great deal of followers who are in both in the fitness and medical professions and have given me great advice in the past. I am curious to get your feedback on taking my carbohydrates up a notch.

Blood Sugar- 121, Weight- 179.4

Shoulder Press- 280- 20, 25, 23
Front Raises- 80- 24, 24, 24
Side Raises- 80- 22, 20, 22
Shrugs- 310- 24, 22, 20

6:30 AM- Breakfast- 2 Eggs
8:00 AM- Protein Shake, Banana
12:30 AM- Lunch- Salad
6:30 PM- Dinner- Chicken Caesar 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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6 Responses to Feed the Beast

  1. jncthedc says:

    Post workout glycogen replacement is best achieved by taking a banana, oatment and protein shake and consuming it within 30-60 minutes post workout. The sooner the better. You will get a spike in insulin response which is supposed to drive the protein and other nutrients into the cells. My concern are your receptor sites. High intensity frequent workouts drive more sugar into the blood. They also increase stress hormones (epinephrine and cortisol) which can increase insulin resistance reducing the receptor sites available on a cellular level. If your uptake is poor (insulin resistance), you will not receive the benefits you’re looking for and can further increase blood sugar levels. If you find this happening, you will want to modify that workout. You need to get sugar out of that diet. That is the #1 concern I have for you.

  2. Reb says:

    You’re so motivated and I so admire that! I won’t attempt to give advice because I’m so new at this.

  3. Maryanne says:

    Your pictures that accompany the blog make me smile (and laugh!) This one and the Batman one are epic!! 🙂

  4. Tessa says:

    As for the banana I was told I could eat a small one or a half banana and that is what the hospital gave me at breakfast, half a banana and I was on a diabetic diet. but you are right they are high in carbs I do tend to avoid them most of the time. Right now I am having terrible leg cramps. They aren’t helping though.

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