The New Diabetes Workout Plan
This is the actual thing however and at this point I consider it a new plan because I have been on hiatus for about 4 months since my Knee Injury.
I honestly did not think the road back to healing would take so long especially since it was just a soft tissue meniscus tear but as with anything diabetes related, my healing process is kinda elongated. Even as I write this post, I am not 100% yet.
I cannot clearly point to any diabetes related nerve damage to the knee but I am pretty sure, that it has influenced my healing process it is the nature of diabetes. In the grand scheme of things though, I am just happy to be back to my work out plan and I will explain how I work around the Injury later.
Anyway while this my new work out plan, As I write this post it is not brand spanking new, I have been at it for about 2 and half weeks and I have already seen some results.
Work out Goals
As with any workout plan establishing some goals is always prudent to be able to track progress towards success.
- My number one goal is to improve my fitness, I have a plan to enter some cycling races in the upcoming season and for that I need to be fitter than I am now and that encompasses a few things.
- With that primal goal in mind, I have to accomplish a few things and one of those things is weight loss. If you understand anything about cycling then weight training plays a pivotal role when racing, in that the heavier you are, the more energy you expend and Hunter Allen, founder of the Peaks Coaching Group and coauthor of Training and Racing with a Power Meter says” ”Every extra pound you carry above your racing weight makes you 15 to 20 seconds slower for each mile of a climb.” Needless to say I am currently above this weight sweet spot..
- Secondary but equally as important is blood sugar control, my emphasis on secondary at this point is due to my fitness goals and not my general diabetes management.
- Healthier diet. To be perfectly honest, my diet sucks not for the diabetes management part but the fitness part. When I started tabulating my eating habits I realized that I am very much a social eater and it has been hammered in me to make sure I clean my plate. (More on this later as well) but at this point I have decided to keep a food diary and not just to track my calorie/ carb intake as well as my daily eating habits so I can get a tighter grip on them.
Work Out Results
Having been at this for 2 weeks or so, I have already seen some results which I will delve into deeper in upcoming posts but needless to say, I am somewhat happy with the direction of this plan.
- The Immediate result is usually blood sugar control.. Those of you who have started a workout plan before then you realize just how effective a workout plan can be on blood sugars. In the first week I was able to consistently drop my blood sugar levels 50-80 points, which did lead to some low blood sugar episodes because I wasn’t prepared but that was a good thing for me. Blood sugars also keep consistent ranges during the day after exercising.
- Increased Insulin sensitivity means I have to keep a better eye on those blood sugar ranges with temp Basals but it also means I am not using as much Insulin as I was using before.
- The validation for this new workout of mine is obviously weight loss and I am ecstatic to say that I have lost 12 pounds in the last 2 and half weeks..
- Secondary to that, I have Increased energy, better night sleep and many more that I can list.
All in all I am happy with the progression of this new workout plan. Any way Those Interested If you are interested, I will be going into greater detail about this exercise plan which is primarily responsible for my 12 pound weight loss in 2 and half weeks which I think is a pretty good starting spot.