My workout yesterday was pretty extreme as I worked my shoulders pretty hard. I had the strength and energy of a bear as I anticipated pushing every single exercise to the very limit that my muscles could stand. I honestly believe that adding in the one rest day after a day of strength training then a day of cardio was a wise decision as I am feeling more energy during my workouts and both my body weight and blood sugar numbers seem to be dropping.
My meals yesterday were questionable as I had a protein shake after the workout with some vitamins that I started taking each day. I was hungry at work in the morning and ended up eating a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese. For lunch I had a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato. Dinner I drank 3 bottles of beer and two small slices of Papa Murphy’s pizza. WTF? After eating so many carbs I anticipated both my weight and blood sugar to be high this morning.
After a hard core workout I am just hungry but need to find better food choices to fill this hunger. I am working on it. The one thing I did notice with eating bread three times yesterday was that I experienced very healthy bowel movements. This is an indication to me that I am not eating enough fiber and this is where I need to find the solution to fill this void. There is only so much salad a man can eat and other fiber filled foods can cause much gas which is accompanied by gas pains and running to the bathroom during the course of the day. One of the items I was looking at is the sweet potato. As I am keeping my protein intake at a minimum of just around 70-100 grams per day I don’t think I need to go past that, but it is the carbohydrates my body is calling for after an intense workout. I will have to learn how to fill the gap for the calling of energy foods after a workout as the body certainly needs just enough to metabolize the foods that I eat. On the other hand eating too many carbs can send my numbers the opposite way as it raises the insulin response.
There seems to be a direct response between the use of glucose in the cells and the desire to supply more glucose to the blood stream. In other words, when I work out hard I am causing the use of the glucose in the cells to become depleted of thus causing the desire to supply more to the blood stream to refill those cells with glucose. The hunger I feel towards carbohydrates is the response my body is sending out to eat more. As long as I can fill this void of the demand without going overboard it may be beneficial without causing harm. Although I did eat more carbs yesterday than normal it seems that my cell’s demand was in direct relation to what I ate.
This theory makes me believe that it is through strength training that reduces blood sugar at a better rate than cardio. It’s all about supply and demand. Without the demand we end up with too much sugar sitting in our blood and slowly getting metabolized into fat. With the demand in place the sugar has somewhere to go to be used up as fuel. This gives me reason to make all of my strength training session intense and I will push each one to the very limits.
Today I decided to do the same with the cardio workout. I brought my time up to one whole hour, walked 4.04 miles and burned 465.3 calories. Kicking ass and taking names. I have decided that with the one rest day it gives me the freedom of taking these work outs to higher levels.
Blood Sugar- 94, Body Weight- 184.2
Distance- 4.04 miles
Time- 60:00 minutes
Calories- 465.3 burnt