I’m Back in the Game

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

Bowflex- CHEST
Bench Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Incline Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Decline Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Flys- 160 lbs – 15, 15

Meal Schedule
7:00 AM – 1/2 cup oatmeal, yogurt
11:00 AM – Bacon & Eggs
6:00 PM – Chicken, spinach, sweet potato

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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7 Responses to I’m Back in the Game

  1. New Journey says:

    Good Morning….glad your getting your energy levels back…I forgot what energy was until I started loosing mass quantities of weight…LOL my husband asked me yesterday what I was going to be like in the next few months, in regards to my energy level, as he used to be able to out last me in yard work and house works…LOl I told him he will need roller blades…LOL I wish…..anyway as I read your post something creaped into my mind…the word enzyme kept nagging at me, perhaps I am wrong, but doesn’t your body release a different type of enzyme to protect itself from exertion, like in exercise….don’t ask Billy I could of pulled this thought from my arse, but I am sure I have read it somewhere…just a thought….or could of the IBS just been the nasty donut you ate..anyway what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t share my thoughts with you…glad your back at it and your numbers look fantastic!!! happy Sunday my friend…kat

  2. Brave shout posting pictures but it will be a fantastic result to see your progress mapped out like that.
    Good luck Bill.

  3. Mindy says:

    It may be easier for you yourself to have a pal or family member along with you the first several times so you get more comfortable with combining.

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