Diabesity Challenge Weekly Progress

Weekly-UpdateIt has been a very interesting week in my world of the Diabesity Challenge. I have been working extremely hard each morning with the task of body building and the results are a mixed bag. My blood sugar has been staying at a higher than normal level throughout the week but as I am eating a bit more protein this is to be expected. The important thing is that my body is processing sugar more efficiently than it would if I weren’t working out at all but still eating the same diet. It seems that my body is adapting to the daily 5 grams of creatine I am taking each morning and I will continue this practice for the full term of 7 weeks.

I will also continue the heavy lifting for another 7 weeks then spend 30 days in shed mode, which simply means that I will continue lifting heavy but only do 1 set of each exercise and multiple body parts each day while practicing daily cardio. I will reduce my protein and carbs and work hard to burn fat rather than build muscle.

After 30 days of shed I will return to my heavy lifting routine for a full 8 weeks, creatine load (5g x 4) for one of those weeks and creating maintain (5g x 1) for the remainder before going back into shed. The second 8 weeks I will tweak my routine slightly to change the exercises for each muscle group slightly to attack different angles of the same muscles. As muscles have memory it is important to change things up a bit to create a constant challenge.

Using this new weekly model of documenting my efforts and results has made it much easier to concentrate more on the workout each morning rather than than writing. I can continue my workout at an even pace without leaving the garage after each set to write. I actually keep track of things in my notebook then add it to the blog when I get the chance.

Today I am celebrating the completion of the first 60 days of working this program and have documented some success with photos. I am not posting these photos but keep them in dated folders on my computer. I believe that this is a great tool for staying committed to working to make the next set of photos at 90 days even better. I don’t like to compare myself to other’s but I do enjoy making comparisons in myself. As a picture tells a thousand words I find the answers to things like… Am I building muscle? Am I burning fat? Do I need to concentrate more on specific area’s of my body? Do I need a haircut? LOL. Well maybe not… So what I see today in these photo’s is that I need to work harder on both chest and back exercises. I will continue working hard with the bowflex and maybe next heavy lifting cycle introduce dumb bell exercises into the mix. Another area is abdominals, but I know that this is the one area that is very difficult to find good visual results. I could have a rock hard belly but when it is covered with fat it is difficult to notice. It could take the full 365 days to get to a point where I see noticeable changes in these photos.
Blood Sugar- 111
Body Weight- 187.4

Creatine Maintenance Day 7 of 49
Bowflex- LEGS and ABS

Squats- 155/155- 15, 14, 12
Calf Raises- 155/155- 17, 19, 18
Leg Extensions 135/135- 15, 18,
Situps Bowflex x3- 3×9, 3×11, 3×8
Blood Sugar- 126
Body Weight- 186.6

Creatine Maintenance Day 6 of 49

Shoulder Press- 140/140- 15, 18, 17
Front Raises- 45/45- 12, 11, 12
Side Raises- 35/35- 13, 12,12
Shrugs- 165/165- 12, 15, 12
Blood Sugar- 119
Body Weight- 187.2

Creatine Maintenance Day 5 of 49
Bowflex- ARMS

Curls- 95/95- 15, 12, 10
Hammer Curls- 75/75- 15, 12, 12
Tricep Pulldown- 85/85- 14, 11, 9
Dips- 170/170- 13, 18, 16
Blood Sugar- 112
Body Weight- 187.0

Creatine Maintenance Day 4 of 49
Bowflex- BACK and ABS

Pulldowns Bar- 180/180- 12, 14, 11
Rows- 170/170- 12, 11, 10
Reverse Flys- 60/60- 12, 11, 11
Situps Bowflex Straight- 130/130- 20, 20, 20
Blood Sugar- 112
Body Weight- 186.0

Creatine Maintenance Day 3 of 49
Bowflex – CHEST

Bench Press- 340- 14, 15, 13, 12
Incline Press- 320- 10, 11, 9, 8
Decline Press- 340- 13, 12, 9,
Flys- 100/100- 10, 10, 9, 10

Afternoon Treadmill 30 Minutes, Level 36-Complete

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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