This week seemed to just blow by and I find myself sitting here on a Saturday morning once again. Today will mark the completion of the first week of practicing this new workout plan that I have put in place and I am proud to say that I am already seeing progress. My body weight has decreased almost 4 pounds and my morning blood sugar tests have come down under that 100 mark and sometimes even in the 80’s. I am already starting to feel healthier and stronger although I feel more tired in the evenings. The good thing is that I am also sleeping better at night because of it.
The total round of this routine where I get through all exercise takes two weeks, so at this point I am just half way through. With continued efforts both on exercise and mindful eating I look forward to where I will be next Saturday.
What I am seeing thus so far is that my blood sugar numbers are lower after the days where I am walking rather than lifting. I will keep a closer eye on this and consider blending in just a ten minute walk before lifting weights on my lifting days.
Practicing control over the food I eat each day is getting easier, although I have cheated a few times. The difference is that instead of cheating with a donut I am cheating with a yogurt, piece of fruit or an all natural health bar. I have found that KIND bars are my favorite. Other days having a cup of hot tea is all I need. During these times I think to myself about what I just ate during my last meal and conclude that it was enough. I realize that what I am feeling about wanting to eat a snack is not real hunger and I am able to brush the thoughts from my mind. This is working well for me and I have also found that moving after a meal can help. A few times this week at work I felt this way and decided to walk up and down three flights of stairs to get my blood moving and found it to work well. If I am at home I can always take a walk or hit the treadmill for about ten minutes.
I have been lifting very light for my capacity while doing higher reps. This will probably change over the next 6 months to where I will lift heavier weights and less reps, but for now it is important to get my muscles out of “couch potato” mode and bring them back slowly to a point where I risk less of a chance of injury. I see too many people start a new workout routine and go into it too hard and end up damaging a joint or muscle. Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to working out.
So, overall I am pleased and proud of my small accomplishments that I have made each day during this week. I can give myself a good pat on the back and tell myself, “Stay strong, and move on”.
For those of you reading posts I write like these one’s, I don’t want anyone to think that I am teaching a lesson. I am certainly no expert in the fields of diet, nutrition or exercise. These posts are my way of writing things down for my own self encouragement.
Blood Sugar- 88, Weight- 189.3
Curls- 45/45- 20
Hammer Curls- 45/45- 20
Tricep Pulldowns- 35/35- 30
Dips- 220- 20