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.