It has been some time since I have been committed to any type of routine exercise as I have been busy with trying to find balance in my diet. I suppose you could say that I found many problems with trying to do both as hunger increases with the increased amount of burning calories that happen during exercise. After many weeks of trying different approaches I believe the answer is starting to come to life as I notice my blood sugar continue to drop for the last 5 days. This morning was the first time I noticed numbers under 100 as I felt great joy after reading it.
I am finding more success by reducing my meat intake, increasing my vegetable intake and also reducing the total amount of calories I put in my body each day. A small bowl of muesli type cereal with my favorite berries and coconut milk for breakfast, a small lunch of most of the things I like to eat for lunch and about half the amount I normally eat for dinner seems to be leading to more energy and lower blood sugar. Because I am not exercising I do not get those hunger pangs during the day. This combination seems to be working well for me and my body weight has stayed steady without any substantial increases or decreases.
Knowing that exercise is an important part of a healthy life I will soon be introducing it back into my schedule but will keep a strict limit on the amount I do. Although I love lifting weights I know that it can progressively lead to the bodies demand for more protein and foods that convert to sugars. Walking is healthy, but too much can also lead to the same. These two things I must learn to keep at a minimum while rediscovering other types of exercise that are also beneficial to health. The one that I have been trying to wrap my brain around is yoga.
As I am already practicing meditation and mindfulness it seems almost natural to include yoga into my daily practices. So I am thinking about a 1 hour class on the weekend and full practice of the movements I learn throughout the week. I understand that yoga is less about exercise and more about opening up different parts of the body to allow healing and also introducing a form of natural energy to the body and mind. I will be searching locally for a yoga practice that I can make a weekly part of my life and will try to discover and practice all it has to offer. This has been on my mind for a long time and I believe that I am finally ready to accept it into my life for both reasons of personal health, personal balance and personal energy.