Return to the Workout

According to my records that I have written down in a notebook it appears that the last time I actually worked out was back in August which is close to 3 months ago. I figure that with my fasting blood sugar numbers over 100 and my body weight over 190 lbs. it is high time I got back on the horse.

I stopped working out because I was having problems with my gut but with a slight increase in eating healthy carbs and a probiotic I have been having less problems than before. Another reason why I stopped is because I was taking the routines too far towards competition. It is so easy to get caught up in always trying to out do the last workout and at my age (55) my body doesn’t have the same healing power it used to.

As I move into the world of the morning workout I have to be very mindful of the fact that I am working out for just one reason and that being just getting a mild amount of exercise each day. I am not trying to build muscle, I will not have the need for protein supplements, and I will not be competing with previous workout numbers. I will be performing cardio to keep my heart healthy and resistance exercises to maintain muscle mass and bone density.

Of course I would love to burn fat but I know that fat burning is more about diet, meal timing and fasting. The workout is simply the motivation for these three.


I have designed an excel spreadsheet with a routine schedule for a ten day period. It includes 5 resistance daily routines for each muscle group along with 5 cardio routines. Once I complete the ten routines I simply start over again. This means that with resistance exercises I shouldn’t be working more than 3 muscle groups per month.

I have set up the resistance schedule for 2 sets of each exercise, however I will be working just one set for the first month or so. Cardio should never move past 30 minutes and I will slowly build up to that starting today with a 15 minutes walk.

So today I did my first mile and although it didn’t feel like much I know that it was actually enough for the first day. During the first 15 minutes I cranked up the speed gradually then dialed it down for a 5 minute cool down period.

Progressively I will slowly reach a point where I get to a fast 25 minute walk with a 5 minute cool down. Yes, today is day number one and I welcome the workout back into my life.

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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10 Responses to Return to the Workout

  1. kkeevins says:

    Impressive — damn it!!!!
    You always put me into competitive mode, Bill. 😂😩
    –Kathy from:

  2. I am so glad you are getting back to exercise. It is wise of you to take it slow and steady. My blood glucose levels are up a bit too and I like to read how you are doing in that area. I will look forward to seeing your numbers come down.

    My latest number was 6.3 in the Canadian system, which is about 115 American. My doctor is considering putting me on a third Metformin pill.

  3. gitfitsite says:

    Back in the saddle again, clip-clop, clip-clop…

  4. geekkat says:

    It’s so hard not to get into that mode…good luck!!

  5. vishal4u says:

    All the best friend 👍👍

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