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Exercise Week Ending July 25

I still only made it to the gym twice this week. My bad. Wednesday, July 21 On Wednesday I had a thorougly unremarkable workout. Did the usual sets, yada yada. So I thought I might describe some of these swimming strokes for you instead of just repeating the standard routine. “Easy breastroke” that I do during my warmup set means I don’t push myself very hard. After all, it’s a warmup, right? I do a standard breaststroke with a frog kick, but keep my head above water the whole time. The “easy backstroke” during my warmup is actually a technique I learned back in middle school when I was on a synchronized swim team one summer. Your legs...

posted on: Jul 27, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

A Tale of Two Test Strips

A week ago I posted about how disappointed I was when my blood glucose readings went back up to about the same levels they were before I started the The UltraSimple Diet. I had just re-introduced corn as part of the gradual phase-in of possible allergenic foods when it happened. Well, I also used up a batch of test strips for my diabetes glucose meter at about the same time. When I rooted around in the drawer for a new batch, I found two. One of them was the new blue type, the other was older. I decided to use up the older ones first. Makes sense, right? Yesterday I remembered this and thought, okay, I’m going to...

posted on: Jul 21, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending July 18

Wednesday, July 14 My sets went faster today, and I needed less rest time in between. So to compensate, I added a lap in Set 4. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes. I had some problems with this set as I had a mega splasher in the next lane. About 2/3 into my first lap I ended up coughing and sputtering for a bit, so it wasn’t a solid, non-stop two laps. Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 5: 1 lap hard crawl,...

posted on: Jul 20, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

After the Meltdown, What?

A few days ago I had some disappointing blood glucose readings and kind of melted down over it. (If you missed the post, you can catch up on it here.) There are three measurements I’m mostly interested in right now: blood glucose, weight and inches gained or lost. In past years I would have only cared about weight, but now I’m more concerned with the glucose readings. After all, the object of this whole effort is to reverse the diabetes and regain good health. Weight loss is a side effect of getting healthier. So I was totally ecstatic when I got some incredibly low glucose measurements during the active week on the UltraSimple Diet. Most notable were the...

posted on: Jul 14, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon and I Don’t Think I Want to Get Back On!...

It’s been a rough week. Since my recent posts about my results from the UltraSimple Diet here and here, the ride’s been a bit bumpier. Some of the downsides: Having problems sleeping again Gained back half a pound Blood sugar readings back up to where they were before I started the whole program My stress levels are through the roof I’m an emotional wreck Some of the upsides: My brain is still unfogged I still have some energy Since my last posts about the diet, I’ve started the process of reintroducing possible allergenic foods. Food Allergies On July 4, I enjoyed corn on the cob at our cookout with friends. I even threw caution to the winds and...

Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon and I Don’t Think I Want to Get Back On!
posted on: Jul 12, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending July 11

Because the exercise logs have become so repetitious, I thought I’d combine them into a weekly review instead of day by day. So, for a fresh start, here’s what I did for exercise the week ending July 11, 2010. The early part of the week was a bust. I had several scheduling conflicts which kept me out of the pool until Friday. Friday, July 9 Because it had been a week since my last exercise, I was swimming a little slower and needing a little longer to recover between sets. I also found all the lanes in use, so I had to share a lane with another swimmer. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest...

posted on: Jul 11, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Notable Quotes

“The average mineral content of vegetables – like cabbage and spinach – has gone down more than 80% in the past 50 years.” Dr. Al Sears ___________________ “If you want small, tight lungs and decreased cardiac output, then keep jogging. But if you want the kind of longevity and heart attack prevention that comes with bigger lungs and a stronger hear, then shoot for an oxygen debt each time you do an exertion period with PACE.” Dr. Al Sears, P.A.C.E. The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution ___________________ “Unhealthy food is cheaper because our government’s policies support its production. We’re spending nearly $30 billion a year to subsidize corn and soy production. Where do those foods go? Into our food supply...

Notable Quotes
posted on: Jul 8, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 15

So here’s the question: can swing dancing qualify as exercise on the PACE program? I didn’t swim today because I knew I’d be going to the dance. I love to dance — my husband not so much. Over the years we’ve attended the occasional swing dance because several of our kids are really into the swing scene. In fact, when she turned 16 we threw a swing dance party for our youngest daughter. The occasion this time was the imminant departure of our son, who’s moving in a few days to Los Angeles. Since this was to be his last swing dance here in Orlando, we surprised him by showing up with a cake and other party goodies....

posted on: Jul 2, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

What Has Entrainment Done For Me Lately?...

Do you want to enjoy all the physical benefits of deep meditation without the hard work or learning curve? Entrainment is the solution. I discovered entrainment by accident. I clicked on a link in an email from a medical person. The link was to a company called Holosync, which was willing to mail me a CD so I could try their product. It sounded interesting and potentially helpful, so I signed up. I was so eager to try it I wished they had an immediate download – I didn’t want to wait for it to come in the mail. When I tell you what was going on in my life, you’ll understand why. I Was a Mess Diabetes...

What Has Entrainment Done For Me Lately?
posted on: Jul 1, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama