Saturday, April 06, 2013
So I had something like the flu this past week. Not a full-on flu - at least I don't think - but bad enough that I felt crummy. So crummy, in fact, that I didn't feel like I could exercise. It was a struggle just to get out of bed, and for a couple of days there, I didn't even do that.
All the extra sleep did help me to start feeling better. But yesterday, I really had to force myself to lift weights. Afterwards, I felt pretty good - energized.
I wonder though... is it better to just lay around for a week, recovering from whatever illness? Or to just force yourself to exercise, even though it feels like it might kill you? Lol...
I'm not talking about trying to exercise while you're deathly ill, like with pneumonia. I mean exercising while you have, say, a cold. What do you think?
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Well, the other day, when I weighed myself in the morning, the scale said 299.5. Which was shocking, as I haven't weighed less than 300 pounds since I was a sophomore in high school. When I graduated, I was over 400.
The next morning, it said 297, so I guess I officially weigh less than 300 pounds.
I'm dumbstruck. I don't know how to feel. I mean, yeah, happy, but... shocked, more than anything.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
So down here in Texas, it got pretty warm today. I should *not* have been out in it for three hours, in the middle of the afternoon. I was drinking water and in shade part of the time, but... well, I won't be doing that again. Lol.
Only managed to lift weights two times instead of three last week, due to getting sick for a couple of days. But, I did lift this past Sunday, and I will again tomorrow (was going to today, but you know, the dehydration), and then hopefully a third time on Saturday.
I just read up on isometric exercise. Huh. Interesting. I might incorporate some into my lifting routine. I'm going to be changing the routine a bit. I have been trying to do 3 sets of about 15 on most of the exercises. Well, I've been reading it's better to do higher weight, lower reps. So I'm going to be trying that out.
Another concern for me, however, as a diabetic, is that exercising makes me pretty sick. I mean, it lowers my blood sugar pretty severely. Again, been reading about strategies for helping that situation on various diabetes forums, and I think I've picked up some ideas that will help. So I'm excited to try those out!
I'm going to make the following changes when I exercise:
1. Eat something with some carbs in it one hour before starting
I'm low carb (like, really low carb), so I don't really want to have
to add more carbs to my diet, but then again, being sick isn't working
out, so... whatever it takes!
2. Test my blood sugar before I start, half way through, and when I'm
This probably seems like a no-brainer to most people, but I'm kind of
stuuuuupid sometimes. Heh.
3. Split the workout (either lifting weights or walking) up into two
So when I lift weights, it routinely takes me nearly an hour and a
half. Not because I'm doing so many exercises, but because I'm not
able to get through them quickly. I don't rest for ten minutes
between sets or anything, but still. I'm going to try doing some of
the exercises early in the day, then do the rest later in the day.
4. Take some carby food with me when exercising away from home!
Like when I go for a walk, I'm generally gone an hour or more. So I
do need to take some food. People have recommended taking glucose
tablets, or an orange, or something like that. But those are too high
carb, for me, unless it's a dire emergency. Another low-carb diabetic
suggested cashews, and I loooove me some cashews, so I'm going to try
All right, so I hope everyone else was smart enough to stay out of the heat today, if it was hot where you live. =) :) ^_^
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I think I'm coming down with something. Yesterday, I barely did anything. I was just too weak and run down.
I was supposed to lift weights, and I didn't, so I felt bad, but there was just no way. And I didn't eat enough, either. Who likes to eat when they're sick?
I'm going to try and lift weights tonight, but then again, I don't want to impede the healing process, if I am really sick. I don't know how to tell the difference between allergies and colds. My mom suggested maybe it was both! Who knows?
Thursday, March 14, 2013
So I lifted weights yesterday for the first time in over a week. I only started lifting a few weeks ago, and then I overdid it and couldn't lift again for over a week. Wouldn't it be nice if recuperation went just a little bit faster?
Anyway, I'm really sore today. Tomorrow will be worse. Nothing that isn't bearable or anything, but it does slow me down a bit.
I guess I can list my routine here. Why not?
Squats ------------------ 3 sets, 15 reps, body weight only
Barbell Bench Press ----- 2 sets, 15 reps, 20 pounds; 1 set, 6 reps (trying to build up to a third full set)
Dumbbell Shoulder Press - 3 sets, 15 reps, 5 pounds (arms over the head very hard for me)
Upright Row, Barbell ---- 3 sets, 15 reps, 15 pounds
One-legged calf raises -- 3 sets each leg, 15 reps, body weight only
Crunches, legs on bench - 4 sets, 20 reps
So I'm looking to expand this somewhat. This has been my starter routine, and now, after over a month, I feel like I can add a few more things. That will be my project for this week!
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