With just one day of a little bit of cardio I can already see the benefits of exercise as my blood sugar is down under 100, once again and my body weight has dropped over a pound. With just 20 minutes of cardio I felt more energy during the day and less desire to eat crappy foods.
Today I am breaking into weight bearing exercises and as usual I am starting off with chest exercises as they are my favorite. As I am doing this routine while I am writing this post I can already feel levels of anxiety and stress melting away. I have greatly reduced the maximum amount of weight I am using substantially to avoid any type of injury or over training. I want to work these muscles not injure them. It’s about toning up, not bulking up. Although I feel that I can do more reps on each set I am limiting them to a certain amount as all I am trying to do is wake up muscles that haven’t worked hard in over a month.
Over time I will slowly bring both the weight and reps back up to where I am starting to feel a certain challenge in the muscles being worked, but I will not go past that.
My diet yesterday went well other than one stupid donut I ate that I found calling my name when I stopped at the supermarket to pick up a few things for dinner. Yesterday was the first day I had any kind of incident with IBS and although it was minor I am discouraged that it even happened. I certainly hope that exercise is not playing any role in this, but I will keep an eye on it.
I always like to set certain times on missions like this and this one is certainly no different. I will be working this mission for six months and my goal is simple. I want to maintain my morning glucose reading on an average of under 100 while burning about 10 lbs of body fat and increasing muscle density. I will work hard, but never hard enough to be overworked. My diet will fluctuate by the seasons but will try to stick to locally grown foods as much as possible. I will however keep my carbohydrate level slightly above 100 grams per day and although I know that I can burn more fat more quickly by reducing my carbs I will settle on burning the fat slowly. The point here is simple, as I work with weights I know that my body will demand energy which I will provide with healthy carbs. This will prevent the demand during the day when it is easier to find garbage to satisfy my appetite. I will find two days during the week to practice intermittent fasting and they will be on my cardio days to challenge my body to burn more fat.
I will post pictures of each individual body part I am working at the beginning of this 6 month journey and again at the end to be able to visualize my progress. I will also try to keep strict numbers each day and once again post the foods I intend to eat each day which will be followed up the next day with a success or failure to follow that schedule.
Blood Sugar- 97, Weight- 178.4
Bench Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Incline Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Decline Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Flys- 160 lbs – 15, 15
7:00 AM – 1/2 cup oatmeal, yogurt
11:00 AM – Bacon & Eggs
6:00 PM – Chicken, spinach, sweet potato