jstanlick Posted August 1, 2019 Report Share Posted August 1, 2019 Life: Sometimes, you're just minding your own business and out of the blue, you get sucker punched (BTW - Who know pumpkin bowling was such a contact sport?). So, I've been sitting out of challenges a bit this year while I try to figure out what to do. But now, I'm out of the battle log and back into the challenges. I've spent some time trying to figure out where I wanted to go and rather than creating challenges with the same goals as the previous one, I just kept doing my thing and checking in on others. It has helped me figure out what I think I need to do to move forward. So, here goes. Goals: Cardio - 1 (at most 2) run(s)/week, 2 HIIT workouts/week Strength - 2 resistance workouts/week, may or may not be part of HIIT workouts. N=1 Experiment #1 - No food after 8 PM every day of the week. N=1 Experiment #2 -No food before 12 PM at least 3 days/week. Explanations: I need to let my heel heal. So, I need to cut back on the running. Hence the capping of the running at 2 rather than bringing the counting to 3. Thou shalt not count to 4 and 5 is right out. However, without the running, I still need something intense to burn the sugar out of the system. So, the HIIT workouts. As long as I'm not running, let's build a bigger furnace. While the resistance workouts themselves don't seem to burn through as much sugar, they do have better long term effects. More muscle = more sugar burned when it is brought to bear as well as when I'm just sitting on my ass. Plus, did anyone see Matt Fraser today with how easy he made those 185 pound snatches look after doing a bunch of rope climbs? My God! Those guys in his heat are all elite athletes and he put a ton of time between himself and the rest of the field on that Olympic lift. He made the other guys in his heat look like scrubs even though a bunch of them beat the previous heat winners' times. If you didn't see it (why aren't you streaming it while you're at work?), it's worth watching the 15 minutes it took him to cruise through those 4 rounds. Strength is just cool, that's all there is to it. So, why not try to get me some? Weird thing happened to me today. I didn't eat anything after 8 PM last night. Previous nights I did. My wake-up glucose number was 30 points lower than previous mornings. I'm gonna see if that helps keep those numbers lower. When I did eat something it was always something low carb. But, nothing at all is even lower carb. I am to find out if this morning was an anomaly, if it is something helpful, or eating wasn't what brought the numbers down. Fasting is something I keep wanting to get back to, but have been afraid to do with the diabetes and all. However, tons of good stuff happens to a body that's fasting, including increased insulin sensitivity. So, we'll start slow. If it works, then I'll try increasing the number of days per week in a subsequent challenge. If it doesn't, well then I can go back to a small breakfast in the morning. 7 Quote "You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." - Arnold Schwarzenegger "The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love." - St. Teresa of Avila Current Challenge: Seeks Balance | Battle Log: Ye Olde Battle Logge | NF Character: Public Profile | Strava Spoiler Recent Challenges: Switches Things Up | Vs The Hydra | Dawn Phenomenon | Finishing What I Didn't Start | Healing up | Getting off the Ride | New Horizons | More MetCons | Working on NEST | Ranger Brain | Answering Questions | Refines the Process | Goes Hunting | Kills Another Dragon | Refuses to Grow Old | Balance and Control | KISSes the New Year | Grinds Out 2016 | Keeps Doing His Thing | Keeps on Keeping On | Shifts to the Next Gear | Bounces Back | Keeps Head above Water | Sleeps Low | Kicks it up a Notch | Continuing the Path | Does What He Likes | Back from the Dead? Link to comment
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