Vacation is Over and it is Time to Get Back to Maintaining Order

We arrived back in Portland, Oregon this morning a little after 2 AM and after drive home and getting settled in I didn’t get into bed until around 3:30 AM. Just 3 hours later and here I am wide awake and drinking a cup of coffee. I already ran out to the mailbox and brought in a pile of mail, and paid some bills. I went out to the garden to see how things were going and found that many of the plants have doubled in size. If they keep growing at this rate I will soon have a jungle on my hands. I have suitcases to unpack, laundry to be done and a trip to the grocer to get some healthy foods into the house for the week.

But 3 hours sleep? What the hell is wrong with me? I think that it is my overwhelming desire to maintain order that got me up and out of bed this morning with just a few hours sleep. It is probably this same desire that keeps me pushing ahead to try and become the healthiest I can be as I battle this glucose roller coaster. Over the past week I had plenty of time to think about all of the approaches I have taken over the years to keep my glucose in a healthy range and just like this morning getting out of bed after just 3 hours sleep, so too I think I need to settle down and relax a little.

Working my body in combination with eating a healthy diet has always been the key to living with Type II Diabetes. I have tried so many approaches that looking back in my journals makes my head spin. I can and will find an all natural approach to living a life of eating healthy, non-processed foods and a workout routine that doesn’t beat the hell out of me and drive me into a rage of hunger. For too long I have placed the simple act of walking on the back burner as I chose body building as an answer. Body building is important, but the act of walking every other day is just as important and I have to make it a part of my weekly routines.

So where am I this morning after a long 7 day vacation in paradise? Blood Sugar- 125, Weight- 182.4. I look in the mirror and see muscle mass that I have never had before and it looks good, but I don’t see the same tone that I noticed months ago when my body weight was almost 15 lbs less. I know that I am not in a healthy range of body fat ratio and with the added cardio I think I can turn that around and will see my glucose numbers also go down and return to normal. Starting tomorrow I am going to walk in the morning just as I had while on vacation. I will continue to work my muscles in a fashion that promotes muscle growth, but I will do it every other day. And for far too long now I have talked about developing a balanced approach to food, and will finally put it together and follow it by increasing my vegetable intake each day and balance my carbs. In the paleo community it seems that carbohydrates are pretty much demonized and while I was eating s strict style paleo diet I did lose a great deal of fat, but it also caused many digestive problems that I suffered. This would work for me if I were sedentary, but while I am being physically active carbohydrates play a significant roll in providing my body with the energy it needs to perform at top levels. I have to find that balance, and I will.

In the mean time I wanted to share my recent garden photos. It appears that I have a natural feast to be had right there in my little back yard. I have my day set out for me, but I promise that I will manage to get a nap in later in the day.

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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18 Responses to Vacation is Over and it is Time to Get Back to Maintaining Order

  1. New Journey says:

    Wow, your garden certainly is welcoming you home in abundance!! Sounds like your week of vacation was not only fun time with family but a good change for you…All the health journals and all the websites you go to, the first thing they preach is walk, walk and walk some more, whether its your heart, DM, or anything else that ails you….walking is the first step (no pun intended..LOL) you should begin with to change or help get healthy…hope you get that nap in…..don’t push to hard…Welcome back to the great northwest…..

  2. Wow! Your peppers look amazing!

  3. suzewannabe says:

    Wow! Look at all those wonderful happy plants and veggies!

  4. James says:

    3 hours sleep? Your body is used to a regular wake/sleep cycle and your internal “timer” said it was time to wake up. Crazy thing. What was it thinking?

    Great garden. If we went away for several days and came back, the only thing we’d find is that our weeds had doubled in size.

  5. Welcome back! Love your garden 🙂

    Your morning reading of 125 can be a result of the 3 hours sleep. It’s likely due to the dawn effect, I blogged about it last month.

  6. itsjusttoni says:

    Beautiful garden! Wish mine would grow like that!!

  7. Your garden’s looking great. You might be interested in ‘Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way’: I’m reading it just now at the suggestion of ‘Sir Consultant’ (a very important Dr whom I met when he was giving a talk on ‘The Health Benefits of Gardening.’

  8. Tessa says:

    Wow nice garden!

  9. savorystalks says:

    Hi! Love the garden pics! Looks really great! 🙂

  10. cvanhook says:

    I am so Jealous over the Beautiful Garden! PS: Welcome Back 🙂

  11. hsampson says:

    Beautiful Garden Billy!! Wonderful photos as usual!!

  12. Juliemason says:

    What a lovely veg patch you have – I am envious as I am remodelling my garden & only have tomatoes & beans this year, & they are in pots & growbags *sigh*… year………..
    Also remember that stress hormones such as adrenaline & cortisol play havoc with insulin production & blood sugar levels (caffeine has same effect – even in diet coke etc) so watch out for that – maybe build in some mindfulness, yoga or meditation into your day – that may have been a factor in your daily walks too, as walking gives you time to slow down, think & take in your surroundings – which is really what mindfulness is after all 🙂

    • Absolutely, I do still drink my 1 cup of coffee in the morning and being back on a work schedule doesn’t allow for that relax time I had while walking, but my body will slowly adjust. I really do wish I had the time for yoga as I miss it so much.

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