Most of you have probably seen my story - Mark front-paged it today. I want to give a report on what my blood sugars have been looking like today, as well as what kind of exercises I did today.
I don't have a kettlebell or a set of clubbells, nor do I live in an area where I can go out and find Heavy Things to lift. So instead I'm making do with the weights I can find at home, at least for now. I have two 16-ounce water bottles; full, they weigh a pound each. I also have two 1-liter bottles; full, they weigh 2.2 pounds each. Finally, I have two 2-liter bottles; full, they weigh 4.4 pounds each. Right now just the one-pound bottles are hard enough for me to lift for the number of reps I need to do, but I'll work my way up to the others as I go.
I'm using a modified version of the Tabata method, with some additional ideas from Dr. Bernstein's "Inverted pyramid" method, where you work the muscles when they're tired and keep working them in decreasing weights until failure. I can't get up from the floor on my own yet, so abdominal crunches will have to wait until I'm lighter, but I'm doing squats, basic arm work, and chest work while standing holding a one-pound water bottle in each hand. I work up a sweat!
On the days I'm not doing lifting, I'm doing about twenty minutes of aerobic dancing - not high-impact, though. Just enough to get my blood pumping.
The one issue I'm having with exercise right now is that it spikes my sugars. No matter whether I'm doing aerobic or anaerobic exercise, I can count on my sugars being elevated for several hours after I work out. It's very frustrating.
I've also discovered that I can't handle any carbs at all until after two p.m. So I can't do like Mark does and have a big-ass salad for lunch. I have a small salad with dinner; anything more, and my sugars go kaboom.
I know it won't always be this way, but it's frustrating.
I'm also worried about kidney stones. I know exactly what that feels like, not because I've had one, but because I had a congenital kidney blockage when I was a kid and there was a very distinct sort of pain that went with it, and when we finally got a doctor who knew what he was doing, they thought it was a stone at first. They figured it out when I was 18, so I had plenty of experience with it. I hadn't felt it since surgery 20 years ago removed the blockage, but I'm starting to get twinges again, in the same kidney. I'm wondering if it's kidney stones, and that has me a little worried. I'm taking an extra 200 mg of potassium citrate every day, to try to stave that off, but I've only been doing that for about a day.
Anyway, suggestions on these two issues would be helpful.