Well yesterday was a pretty exciting day as I was blessed with time spent in nature. It started out with finding a beautiful heirloom tomato which we quickly converted into a beautiful BLT for lunch. Then I found four of my favorite heirloom tomato plants at the Saturday morning market. So yesterday I finally got my raised bed gardens started for the year. There is something so romantic about spending time in the garden and I spent a few hours planting all of my finds. Besides the tomato’s I planted cucumber, yellow squash, green squash, broccoli and lettuce. I also put in 4 marigold flowers to assist with bug control. There are still a few more plants I want to put in the gardens but have not found them yet. Gardening seems to be a real comfort zone for me and one of the simple joys in life that I can experience right in my own back yard.
I am changing my plan to alternating weight lifting with cardio every other day. I believe that this would give me the opportunity to dedicate myself a little more to each type of exercise while still maintaining enough rest between them. There is a certain level of inflammation in the body from working out too much and I am starting to believe that I need to spend a little more rest time between body building exercises as I have reached a point where I am really starting to challenge myself with the weights. The inflammation comes when the body is constantly trying to repair muscle tissue that is being shredded from intense workouts and without proper rest I am just defeating the purpose of the workouts. It is important to remember that no workout plan is written is stone as it is important to change the workout with the needs of the body.
Although I fasted for 18 hours yesterday my weight has gone up slightly and my blood sugar is a little higher this morning. The only thing I ate yesterday that was out of my diet plan was two small pieces of bread for lunch when I made the BLT. Dinner was a small bowl of beef stew followed by some strawberries. I am attributing the higher numbers to inflammation as I am also feeling a little burnt this morning and the fact that I slept 8 1/2 hours which means that my body is calling for more rest time. So today I am taking a well deserved day off and not working out at all. I am leaving my body to rest today and will resume the schedule tomorrow morning with the new changes I have set.
Blood Sugar- 119, Weight- 183.8