Sometimes the Best Advice Comes from Those Who have Walked in My Shoes

IMGP3646After a good strong workout yesterday I have decided to allow my body to rest today. The days that follow weight lifting sessions after having a long time off can be tough and proper rest is mandatory to repair muscle fibers which are damaged and need repair. Today is certainly one of those days. The human body is capable of doing some pretty remarkable things when challenged, but always requires the time to recover. I did continue my cardio schedule this morning but only did enough to keep my blood moving throughout my body although I certainly could have taken it a lot farther.

I have made the decision to keep up with cardio activity every other day and simply deal with issues of IBS with an aggressive nutritional approach. For now I am going to double up on the product “align” that I take each day, cut out all sugar products and concentrate more on eating more primal. I need more natural fiber in my diet coming from dark leafy greens and just a little bit of healthy meats. Carbs can come from whole sources like all of the varieties of sweet potatoes but I need to cut out the manufactured crap like pasta. It’s time to practice what I preach and stop this weakness I feel at times to eat garbage. Yesterday was the first day I snacked on sardines and found it both delicious and satisfying. I screwed up at lunchtime with adding to my healthy lunch an order of taco’s with rice and beans and as I still had 1 scone left in my bag of bad tricks I certainly consumed that also. I believe that if it weren’t for the fact that I ate these things my blood sugar would have been under 100 this morning. Instead I am looking at a 112 this morning.

I spent a great deal of my day researching IBS and managed to gain much knowledge about it, however the best advice I found came from my readers. People who have gone through the same issues I now face. I want to give a shout out to Sandy Journalized, Ferocious Cantaloupe and Living a Sustainable Dream for their support and wise words.

One important thing that I learned is that IBS is has a major contributor called stress. I don’t think that I am experiencing much stress in my life right now as I have changed so many things to reduce it. But then it came to me. Exercise is physical stress. So just as important as it is to keep my body healthy it is just as important to keep my gut healthy so it can endure this form of stress.

So many times in the past I have blamed high blood sugar on inflammation after a good hard workout but am coming now to understand that although the workout does cause inflammation is the lack of treatment to that inflammation that is the problem. I must be vigilant in drinking enough water, eating a banana and keeping my body nourished with healthy protein to address this issue. When I see higher blood sugar numbers than normal the day after a workout I have to stop freaking out and learn to understand that it is just temporary and will come back to ground zero once the healing process has taken place. So I will continue to workout and work on my gut health. These two have to go hand in hand as the body works as one. When one area suffers the whole body and mind suffer.

Blood Sugar- 112, Weight- 179.6

Treadmill
Distance- 1.10
Time- 17:32
Calories- 123.5

Meals
6:30 AM – Oatmeal, Banana
9:30 AM – Sardines
12:30 PM – Burger, Salad
6:30 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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8 Responses to Sometimes the Best Advice Comes from Those Who have Walked in My Shoes

  1. Jo says:

    Eating well is difficult and takes a big commitment. You can!!!! Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  2. dcarmack says:

    I recommend the book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes to help you understand what your body does with the foods you eat. The problem is inflammation and blood sugar, and the results of real science can help you. Thanks for stopping by my page this morning.

  3. New Journey says:

    great motivational post Billy…thanks just at a time I needed it….so I am sure you wrote it just for me….LOL kat

  4. jncthedc says:

    It is admirable to see all the effort you apply attempting to discover solutions to your health concerns. Answers are usually found by combining various aspects in life. Your recurring theme around nutrition seems to be a hurdle interfering with your long term goals. You might be better off stepping back and reflecting and focusing on this one subject to see its impact on some other symptoms you mention including IBS, inflammation from your workouts, sugar levels, etc… The one scone, the lasagna instead of the regularly scheduled meal, possible alcohol consumption, etc… may be a bigger player than you realize. Sometimes the answer is as simple as BEHAVIOR. If you maintain a thorough food journal, I believe it may reveal some truths you’re unaware of. I hope this provides a perspective useful on your journey.

    • I know this deep in my heart and often have problems jumping around from one thing to the next. I just started reading a book called “Essentialism by Greg Mckeown” and started to learn how to move my focus into just one area rather than all over the map.

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