Diabesity Challenge Day #25 – The Great Slow Down

Quote-63Slowing down my daily pace seems to be creating positive changes daily end results. I am finally back below 100 with my morning fasting glucose test and my body weight has dropped about a pound. Just making the decision to split up cardio and strength training to every other day is making a difference. Another one of the benefits to this is that I am feeling less stressed in the morning to try to get both done before I have to get ready for work.

I also made another critical decision yesterday to slow down my pace at work. I am taking my time and giving my full attention to each individual job rather than trying to rush through it to get to the next case. The funny thing is that at the end of the day I ended up making the same daily progress I would have if I had tried to race to the finish line. I am also driving comfortably to and from work and not stressing out about rushing to get to either place.

stressedThere is enough stress in the world around us where we certainly don’t have the need to create our own stress. For some reason those driving forces that exist in me tend to lend a hand in making me believe that I must constantly push just a little harder each day. What I have learned is that when I am in this state of constant progress I am missing out on the very things that bring us great joy. The little things in life. Sometimes my attention is too focused to the point that I lose sense in the world around me. The sound of the birds singing is silenced, I am blinded to the beauty of noticing a beautiful garden, and I lose my sense of taste for good food because I am rushing through my meal.

Life is definitely way too short to be living on our own rollercoaster’s and not giving heed to this beautiful world we live in. Most of the stress we feel each day is stress we create in our very own minds. I have spend many years un-learning many bad habits that I have developed over my lifetime like sugar, tobacco, and anger issues but it is self created stress that still haunts me and I will be putting my best foot forward to try to be mindful to not get caught up in entertaining such thoughts of competition.

I experienced a much better day yesterday with allergies at rained in the morning. I didn’t practice a fast yesterday other than 12 hours as I ate a bowl of oatmeal at around 6:00 AM. Lunch was chicken, pea’s, sweet potato and broccoli at noon and dinner was a small piece of chicken farm with broccoli. I ate more at lunch than I did at dinner. On the way home I stopped at a nursery and found the green bean and pepper plants I needed to complete my garden. I will plant them Saturday morning.
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Blood Sugar- 99, Weight- 184.6

Treadmill
Distance- 1.81 miles
Time- 30:05 minutes
Calories- 196.2 burned

Situps- 100/100- 25

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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9 Responses to Diabesity Challenge Day #25 – The Great Slow Down

  1. Great post! Glad to hear slowing down a bit has been helping. Your description of putting stress on yourself and feeling that you have to push harder every day pretty much describes me in an nutshell as well. Sometimes we really do have to take time to stop, breathe, and realize that we don’t have to set the pace of life to be 1,000 miles an hour. We can slow down, take our time to do things at our own pace, and it won’t be the end of the world. Our bodies will definitely be thankful for it.

  2. Midlife Man says:

    Good advice and reflections on stress management. Many people believe stress exists outside of ourselves but as you note, it is a feeling that is internally generated and can be controlled and reduced through our own thoughts and actions.

  3. This is exactly what I need to do at work: focus on one thing at a time and not get stressed. If I accomplished that I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the day I had been more efficient, not less, than when I’m trying to do 5 different things at once and keep skipping between them and forgetting where I was. It’s hard learning after a lifetime of telling yourself to push harder, do more, faster etc., but it’s necessary.

  4. New Journey says:

    I need pictures of the garden please….I so miss messing in the dirt….LOL I am learning a whole new way of living down here in the desert…life stops in the summer, or so it seems…you really only have one goal all day here, keep cool…LOL exercise is hard…I have no desire to go to the gym, your already hot and sweaty!! I am getting a lot of pool time in the evening and working out there…but its not enough…your doing really well…nice when the numbers start to fall…I look forward to the fall when I get to play with the plants…get a couple of tomatoes and some squash in the ground….LOL really hard to wrap your head around it all…LOL and by all means….slow down and smell the roses…life goes by to quickly as it is……how’s that new baby and mama doing?? kat

    • I have a few more plants to put in the ground this morning and I will take a few shots. The baby is doing better at 7 lbs. but coming home is still about 3 weeks away. Mama seems to be doing better also.

  5. ahitchon says:

    I love that you said stress in something inside our own minds!! 🙂 Sometimes taking a moment just to realize a simple thing like that can really make a huge difference. Thanks for that! Reading your post helped me take my slow down moment of the day and I really appreciate that! 😉

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