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Written by: Ric Swann
7/30/2009 10:27 AM 

 Joined the fitness center at Mercy Medical Center last week. Today will be the 5th workout. I went through the metabolic testing a month ago and found out a better, more efficient way to spend time in the gym. I was also given a basic workout plan for 12 weeks. I am attempting to follow this and get the most out of the workouts. Today I am working with weights and doing a cardio workout as well.

Every other day will be just cardio. So far so good. I was extremely sore after day one, but as the week has gone on it's getting easier....well not easier but at least I am getting in there and getting the time in.

I am going 5 days a week for the next 12 weeks and hope that together with the diet, I can lose the last 30 pounds and reach my goal. I may not reach that goal in the 12 weeks, but it will be a good start.


I also spent a night last week at the Eastern Iowa Sleep Clinic. Finally a medical procedure that fell perfectly into my usual daily routine. :) I checked in around 7:30pm, and was up and out by 4am. I think I slept correctly. It's quite a process. All manner of electrodes are attached, and your breathing and heart rate are monitored.. Plus YOU are monitored throughout the night. I don't have the results yet, I will get those through my doctor in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I won't have sleep apnea, but if I do, I am confident that a good program will be set up to help. The staff there was great and very informative and my experience was great.


 

We spoke with Amy Hall from Joslin Diabetic Center at Mercy Medical Center this morning, she again focused on diet and what to eat and what not to eat. She is a dietician and Joslin and the first person I met when I began classes there.

It may seem that a lot of our discussion centers on eating better and diet, and it does. The truth is the better I eat the better I feel. It is a daily struggle. If you are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes as I do, diet is important to your overall health. Joslin has a lot of information to help you make better choices with your diet. Unfortunately there are no short cuts. Lean meats, fruits, veggies and whole grains. Limit carbs too. And watch portion sizes.

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