Sunday, February 26, 2017
Anxious and Excited
Blood sugar was 84 this morning. Been going consistently 6 days a week to the gym, been eating super low-carb, and trying my best to rest and not get stressed out.
Hopefully that all pays off. Had a HUGE breakfast this morning yet not big enough to feel sleepy. I have to focus on the front yard this coming week. I spent a good chunk of energy working on my craft area this week and even did a small leather piece.
Overall I feel better, I sleep deeper, and my mind can think about things I just wouldn't think about like craft work, getting gigs, and doing home improvements. Hoping the mental energy turns into actual work. Wish it would warm up a little. I'm going to put in some sunflower seeds today and hope for the best.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Blood sugar was 85 this morning, weight was 153.4, 48.6 on the Vo2 Max, and waist is 37". I'm guessing with my weight stabilizing and waist decreasing slowly that I'm still losing fat. I've outlived my father, and I'm probably healthier than I've been in many years.
Things have been tight financially so I'm going to try and figure out how to increase my side-job effectiveness, leatherwork, knotwork, music, and facilitation.
I spent chunks of the week brainstorming cheapest ways to make things to sell and figuring out how to reinvest while paying down some debt. While it is stressful I think my parents would be proud of me.
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People seem to freak out a little when I talk about fasting so I'm going to stop talking about it. Overall I think it has been useful. Since we have had a guest the last couple of weeks it seems like my diet has lost some quality. It is mostly that we are eating less salads, and less fats. So I'm trying to get back on that track.
For my Jefito
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Breaking Fast early
I will talk to my doctor before doing a 7 day fast for semana santa.
Overall, things seem good. Just want to keep from overdoing things. Working out fasted hasn't been extra rough.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
My numbers today were 93 for blood sugar, 152.8 on weight, 129/82 and 70 pulse for blood pressure, and 37 1/2 inches for waist. Overall felt decent for the day physically. Was tough getting things to go smoothly as people were changing directions, or having miscommunications, etc.
My weight workout went well. I'm on day 2 of a fast and was worried that would be hard. I actually finished all three sets of each workout with 12 reps!
Leg Press 205
Abs machine 135
Back Extension 135
Lat Pulldown 110
Chest Press 115
Overhead Press 75
I know on the first day going up my form seems suffer a little bit. It seems to be fine by Friday (Saturday for this week) as I accustom myself to the weight. March 13 I'll go to sets of 10.
Then I may do a split routine. I keep bouncing ideas back and forth in my mind but I have some time to figure it out.
Adjusting to Life
One of the great things in my life is my family. My daughter picked up this table yesterday and dropped it off at the house while I was at work. I put it together and will be re-arranging her old room so that I can practice music, store magic cards, do leatherwork and rope work in one room. I guess that's my version of a man cave. I guess it will be for me similar to what the garage was for my Jefito.
I decided to fast Monday to Wednesday this week instead of the alternate day approach. If I don't make it to tomorrow at dinner I can still fast on Friday. My weight yesterday was 155.8 which isn't bad. Kind of tells me that I'm at a plateau weight wise. I'm fine with that since the weight isn't a goal. My blood pressure was 119/79 with a resting heart rate of 65. I'm expecting to end up close to 160 after I add some carbs to my diet. My fasting glucose yesterday was 85 mg/dL and today is 88. I'm not planning to check tomorrow morning, if I continue fasting I'll check the glucose before dinner.
My partner worries about my fasting. So here is what I told her about my blood work results for next week. If my A1C is above 6.5 then I'll continue to fasting 3 times a week. If it's between 6.0-6.4 then it will be two days a week. 5.5-5.9 and I'll go down to one day a week. Below 5.5 and I'll stick to intermittent fasting (daily eating with no snacks, especially after dinner).
From talking with my doctor friends it seems like the expectations are that I will be at about 7. We shall see! Going down from 9.3 is a huge challenge.
OK so here's what my wonderful daughter helped me out with. It's really hard for me to ask for help in general, much more so from my family.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Cortisol raises insulin, leads to insulin resistance, fat storage, etc. So I'm trying to breathe and think my way through this.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Before (August 2016) and During (Feb 2017)
My weight is 154.6 and was 155.4 last Saturday. Someone saw me last Friday and then this Thursday and said, "wow, you look different in that short amount of time." I'm hoping that means I'm changing my body composition some. Figure if I'm going through this, it feels good AND it is a lot of work, I should look "better." I know that's subjective and full of many negative things from a colonized society, yet there is something to even "looking healthier."
Tonight I'll post a "before" and "now" picture. Someone asked for one for someone else and I'm posting for my trainer who's father also has diabetes. If it is useful for others as well that's great.
Realized last night that if you ask me about my health, I WILL TALK ABOUT IT! I'm probably more excited than I'm letting myself know. Something taught me to stay subdued, who knows.
Finished a week at 8 on the resistance for the bike HIIT workout. Turned in proposals for presentations at the New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA) conference this year. Also trying to figure out how to have enough energy for rope work, leather work, music, playing magic, AND the rest of my life. Typing that made me tired so maybe it's not "just me." Maybe I do push myself hard.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Tomorrow I do HIIT on the bike. And hopefully I'll get some time to post some blood pressure, weight, and other numbers. Overall I'm doing well. Feel good most of the time and definitely less pain overall.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Post Valentine's Day 2017
I was at 155.4 on Monday and 38 inches on the waist. I took pictures and will post tonight along with other data. Eating out for 4 meals got me up to 160 last night and 157.0 this morning. Also more than 38 inches. I'll still post the pictures and not re-post when I hit those markers again.
It feels like I'm losing some steam and need to figure out what that's about. I know myself well enough that sometimes I set a goal and once I know I CAN make it I let it go. Part of my mind just wants to know I can do stuff and loses interests in actually doing it. I may need to change goals.
So anyone reading this with encouraging words, please post them!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Leg Press 200
Abs machine 130, only could do 7 on 3rd set
Back Extension 130
Lat Pulldown 105
Chest Press 110
Overhead Press 70 third set was 11 reps
I'm not trying to go up during the week. I'm just trying to get comfortable with 3 sets of 12 by the end of the week. I'll change in March and I have to figure out if I want to stay with this and do 3 sets of 10 or start doing a "split routine." A split routine is where you focus on different exercises on different days. There are two way splits where I would do routine "A" Monday and Friday one week, then routine "B" on Wednesday. The following week it would be routine "B" Monday and Friday, and "A" on Wednesday. Another option would be a three way split where each day would have its own routine.
I have time to think it over, and I sure will!
Monday, February 13, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Other things I do, for those who don't know me, I'm a musician and have two rehearsals and a gig today, do leatherwork, ropework, have a day job, and play lots of Magic the Gathering with my family.
I should have some time tomorrow to catch up on what's been going on.
Keep lifting! Keep HIITing! Keep Fasting!
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
I had called last Friday about my 99/69 blood pressure. I've been a little bit higher since. I'll continue tracking and checking and reporting in.
I'm continuing to workout, alternate day fast, and stay disciplined with my diet. Things have been busy and I've had some emergencies with family. Blogging will continue to the best I can. Thanks for your patience!
Sunday, February 05, 2017
More celebrating! 2/5/2017
My waist is at 38 inches today! So hopefully I'm getting rid of any fat around my liver and pancreas.
I'll get to have a ton of chicken wings or something today for sure!
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Fasting as ONE tool in dealing with Insulin Resistance
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
A new month
I came in below 160 today, that's three days in a row so there will be pics tonight. I don't know what I did with the tape measure so I don't have a waist measurement.
Here's a video that I listened to on the way home. I like how she presents intermittent fasting.