After just 14 days of changing my diet according to the Whole 30 standards and starting a workout program I have been able to reduce my morning blood sugars to under 100 mg/dl. That’s right! This mornings reading was 98 mg/dl. This means for me that I am able to change the direction of my health in just two weeks with just a few lifestyle changes. This is incredible!
I know that I wasn’t supposed to weigh in until I passed the last day of this 30 day challenge but I have to admit that I cheated. I couldn’t wait any longer, so I jumped on the scale to see that I am down to 186.6 which is 10 lbs. lighter than I was just 14 days ago.
Not only I am I feeling lighter but my clothing is fitting much better. Just when I thought I would have to move up to a 36″ waist and purchase new pants I am now discovering that the pants I own fit perfect.
What exactly am I doing to make all of these changes? Well, I am following the plan pretty well. I haven’t yet explored all of the delicious recipes in the book, but I am following a pattern of eating grass fed, free range meats and eggs and just healthy green and multi-colored vegetables. I eat nothing between meals other than a few bottles of water and I am working out each morning and challenging myself to perform just slightly better than the day before without going overboard.
I am creating a daily routine that pretty much looks like this:
4:00 AM – Wake up, Coffee, email, check finances.
4:30 AM – Treadmill – Strive for a minimum of two miles
5:30 AM – Shower and prepare for work
6:00 AM – Bacon and Eggs
6:30 AM – Drive to work
12:00 PM – Lunch – Leftovers from last nights dinner
5:30 PM – Return home
6:30 PM – Eat dinner – 1/3 meat, 2/3 vegetables
8:00 PM – Go to bed
I do this each day and the only thing that changes is that I alternate workouts every other day from treadmill/cardio to bowflex/strength. On my strength training days I am shooting for either more reps or higher weights. I follow this same routine on the weekends but of course rather than going to work I am doing tasks around the home, out food shopping or discovering recreational adventures like hiking or at times just spending quality time with my wife.
Most of us are creatures of habit and I am certainly no different. Once I fall into a pattern of bad habits I find that the only way to change this pattern is by seriously shaking things up. My single strongest motivator is simply survival. I know that if I don’t take care of my health, my health will certainly take care of me by guaranteeing me a life of pain and frustration along with piles of medications and eventually an early death.
Another area of my life which is changing is stress. I have made the decision that life simply happens and most things are out of my control. These things I must simply let go of and find a way to deal with them if they affect me and other things that don’t affect me can just be pushed aside with a smile. I try to limit my exposure to the news and have discovered the joy of baseball once again. Yea, I am one of those Yankee fans and for whatever reason I thought that I didn’t have time to watch sports, yet alone participate in playing them due to a lack of time. This is ridiculous. It has been a long time since I have participated in any sports, but I believe it is high time I rediscover the joys of playing. So I will be looking for a local softball league or even a golf partner to get out on an early Saturday morning to play a round. I used to love to play tennis and basketball but it seems that at my age it is difficult to find any one else who plays at my age.
One of the greatest stress relievers is simply working out each day. Either by pushing up heavy weights weights when I feel stress or just starting the day out with a good workout I find that things don’t bother me as much. Even at work when I am challenged with something new I find that on those days when I have worked out my mind works more creatively and I feel less stressed by the challenge. Along with this I have also discovered that it is the simple things like working in the garden and being closer to nature can change the way feel and make you realize that many things that bring about stress are very small compared to the complexity and wonder of nature itself.
We humans are designed to eat healthy foods provided from nature. Our bodies are creatively designed to work, we thrive in groups, we love to play and in these combinations we discover joy. Is it any wonder that life seems just grand with a BBQ after a softball game? Sometimes we just have to get back to being human.