Diabesity War Day #21 – Gardening and a change in my Workout Plan

Vintage poster of Uncle Sam standing in a corner, a man and woman gardening in the background and a pile of vegetables in the lower right hand corner. The text reads: Uncle Sam says - garden to cut food costs. Ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., for a free bulletin on gardening - it's food for thought.

Vintage poster of Uncle Sam standing in a corner, a man and woman gardening in the background and a pile of vegetables in the lower right hand corner. The text reads: Uncle Sam says – garden to cut food costs. Ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., for a free bulletin on gardening – it’s food for thought.

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.

e00f60bc3f3a0a6d810392f1025892b1I 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.
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Blood Sugar- 119, Weight- 183.8

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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6 Responses to Diabesity War Day #21 – Gardening and a change in my Workout Plan

  1. Like you, gardening is my thing to do as well! It calms my mind. I can’t think of a better thing to be doing than tinkering with my plants, getting my hands dirty planting new ones, or just hanging around enjoying how pretty things are when they bloom 💐

  2. Deb Roby says:

    Girl, it’s almost like we are twins! But I think I’m older.

    Gardening calms my mind, and I believe there is something about the fresh air that heals.

    Like your workout plan, but remember to take 1-2 days a week for simple recovery. Gardening, slow walking, massage?

    Remarkably like you it seems as if no testing raises my blood sugar, which makes no sense…

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