Fitness Rule #1. That's the start of me measuring. The goal this week is to loose 6 pounds. I've written it on a sticky note and put that sticky note on my computer monitor. My hope is that the sticky note will help me stay focused. Like a laser beam. We will see how it goes.
08:40 - Snick. Beep. 130 mg/dL. People with diabetes and the diabetes "educators" will tell you that there are "no bad numbers - no bad blood glucose readings." They say that any reading is not good or bad but "just information" so that you can make a decision about managing your blood glucose. OK whatever. I say that's crap. 130 mg/dL is a bad reading first thing in the morning.
If that's your "no bad number" every morning of your life, you're going to die sooner and have more complications and more serious complications and enjoy those more serious complications sooner and longer than you would if you had had more good numbers every morning. No fooling. A good number is better than a "no bad number" for sure. I think you can judge good and bad by the results they produce. Again, measure what's important.
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Fitness Rule #2 - Diets don't work. Lifestyles do.
Cabbage Soup Diet, The Cookie Diet and lately I've been enjoying the Wienie Wrap Diet at Maverick most mornings, much to the chagrin of my wife. I guess you can diet for a while or do a diet for a little bit, but long-term, diets don't work. The only thing that I've seen diets accomplish is to line the wallets of their inventors with crisp dollar bills. Even so, we are drawn to diets like a moth to a flame.
If you want lasting health and weight control, you will need to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Sorry there are no shortcuts. A healthy lifestyle takes time to develop and I don't think it's natural so it will probably take some work. A healthy lifestyle adheres to one of my favorite principles: "a little plus a little." Big, radical, sweeping change may be exciting or fun for a while but it doesn't work long-term. Especially with diets. Slow, methodical, well thought out progress will be your key to success.
Change has to happen slowly. It has to seem natural. It has to feel natural to your body. Anybody can loose weight quickly by doing or eating just about anything. Or maybe I should say BUY doing or eating just about anything. But your body will fight back and you won't be successful unless the changes you are making are something you can stick with long-term.
If you have to completely overhaul your pantry, or go to the store and buy a bunch of stuff that you've never had in your pantry before, you're probably dieting. For lunch I'm going to have a vegan, chia, hemp, whey protein isolate shake with freeze dried bitter melon standardized extract, psyllium husk fiber, pickled avocados and fresh hand-picked goju ryu kata berries. Not really. I'm just kidding. Do you think I could do that everyday? Could you? Does that sound like a lifestyle or a diet?
12:57 - Snick. Beep. 130 mg/dL. What the heck? Another bad number. Lunch is 2 panko breaded oven fried chicken tenders with a slice of mozzarella (it was going to be 2 slices of mozzarella but I put one back) and 2 Tbsp of salsa, 1 cup of steamed broccoli florets, 7 raw baby carrots, 2 Tbsp of blue cheese dressing and 5 units of NovoLog insulin. Half way through my lunch, I realized that I really only needed one chicken tender so I put one back to eat later. Diet? No. Lifestyle. I can eat like this and put stuff back the rest of my life.
17:22 - Snick. Beep. 103 mg/dL. Better but not great. Someone without type 1 diabetes might have sucked down an energy gel or two or three and still have been able to make it home with a blood glucose reading of 83 mg/dL. I don't consume a thing and my result is telling me that I didn't ride very hard and I knew that while I was doing it. Dinner is the chicken tender that I put back at lunch with the mozzarella and the salsa, 7 steamed baby carrots and a heaping cup of steamed broccoli topped with Italian dressing and Tony's. I also had a 1/4 cup of homemade macaroni and cheese with diced ham and peas and 4 units of NovoLog insulin. Tonight I didn't put anything back. In fact, I snuck over and took a couple extra bites of the mac&cheese. Whoops! What a backslider.
23:32 - About 2 hours ago I ate a bowl of freshly popped popcorn. Now as I head off to bed, I am injecting my 15 units of Lantis insulin. This is the basal stuff. It takes the place of my pancreas basically and helps my body process blood glucose all day tomorrow. You might be reading this and think OK nothing too outrageous here and you would be right. Frankly that's the point I'm trying to make as I share Fitness Rule #2 with you. A little plus a little. Diets don't work. Lifestyles do.
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