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.
Griff, I don't know the answers for your questions but I just wanted to tell you that your story is inspiring and I wish you all the best. I saw your post on cc40's thread. I'm sure you'll have amazing results and I can't wait to see your before and after pictures too. Good luck buddy!
Hey, Griff, glad you made it here! I don't usually do much reading of people's personal journals, 'cause there's just too darn many of them. But I wanted to be part of the Welcome Wagon and throw some confetti around.
Breakfast: leftover sirloin steak, about 4 oz.
Morning snack: leftover baby back ribs, about 4 oz (no sauce)
Lunch: 2 no-carb burgers with cheese (and yes, I ate too much)
Dinner: Chicken with marsala mushroom sauce, 2 cups cooked broccoli with browned butter and mizithra cheese, salad with ranch dressing, no croutons
To drink: LOTS of water
Exercise: 20 minutes dance in the morning
My blood sugars were up yesterday. I didn't like it. And today they're up, too - but I didn't get much sleep, and that could explain it.
Today I had to get up early for church because I was an usher today, after being up until 3 a.m. for a party. I only got about four hours sleep.
Breakfast: three-egg omelette with cinnamon and pepper, 2 strips bacon
After breakfast, I took a six-hour nap due to being up way too late last night.
Snack (at dinnertime): Leftover pork and veggies
Dinner (at 1 a.m.): two eggs, two strips bacon, two sausage links, caesar salad without croutons
Exercise: None today; I was completely wiped out from the party last night (where I did get some exercise). Today was a rest day.
My blood sugars are back to "normal," mostly, since my nap. I think that I need to make sure I get enough sleep because when I don't, it shows in my sugars.
I was still tired this morning from the weekend partying, but I was at least functional.
Breakfast: two-egg omelette with organic pork sausage
Lunch: None, I wasn't hungry
Snack: 1/4 cup macadamia nuts and 1 strawberry - and a happy thing for me about that. I've been allergic to strawberries for nine years, and now I'm thinking it may have been a pesticide or something on the strawberries that caused the reaction, because I didn't react this time. Yay!
Dinner: Brussels sprouts cooked in bacon fat, and a center-cut pork chop with mushroom-red onion sauce and pie spices.
Exercise: I ran a bunch of errands, and in the heat, too. And because of the heat, my sugars have been running in the low 120s most of the day. They finally got down to 105 right around the time I started eating dinner. I'm still eating, so we'll see where they fall in two hours.
Total net carbs today: 20 - and that includes last night's midnight snack.
My Grok shirt arrived today, along with a copy of the Primal Blueprint. The shirt isn't big enough for me, yet, but give me six months.
I feel your pain on the kidney issues. I was born with hydronephrosis, and had surgery to remove most of my left kidney on my 1st birthday (1979). They left a piece about the size of a fingertip.
I was on medication until about nine years old.
Then, about three years ago, I went and had testing done for injured discs in my back and they found by mistake my kidney problems were back, in the same kidney. Surprise! It has expanded to twice the normal size of the healthy one and basically is like a bunch of grapes, lots of pockets, all full of stones, with a partial uretal blockage. Doc will be putting in a stent soon, I reckon, because it is just getting bigger and I can feel my kidney when I slouch to the left side.
I'd hate to feel what it is like to pass all those stones... I wish they would just remove it and get it overwith, but no!
When I was eighteen, they discovered that I had a congenital kidney stone - a warped place in the ureter. They did a partial urotostomy to remove it. I know exactly what kidney stones feel like!
Fortunately, the potassium citrate seems to be clearing that up without issue.
I feel your pain.
Breakfast: three-egg omelette with cinnamon and parmesan, 2 strips nitrate/nitrite-free bacon, 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Lunch: Ground beef stroganoff (success) with zucchini "pasta" (failure), 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Dinner: Broccoli beef made with ribeye steak, cauliflower "rice," 1/4 cup each strawberries, raspberries, macadamia nuts, 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Evening snack: 1 ounce string cheese, 1/4 Trader Joe's 73% dark chocolate bar
Exercise: 20 minutes dance
Total net carbs today: 41, but my sugars were lower and better controlled than yesterday. The coconut oil is miraculous.
I've also found a hiking buddy and we will try to go hiking sometime this weekend, maybe when my kids are here, if the heat lets up.