Slow and Steady Every Day Keeps Diabetes (and flab?) Away


I’m about to start running again… after months of little foot-to-pavement action. I’m a bit anxious. Not because of the hip, back and shoulder pain that will accompany me most of the way and then greet me at the finish line (I can deal with those well enough), but because I get frustrated when my body refuses to go as fast as my mind wants it to. I know how silly that sounds, but what can I say? I am who I am, I like all of me—even the annoying bits.

Perhaps “truly running” is a somewhat of an exaggeration, for I was told (I hate that phrase) by my torturer doctor to alternate between walking fast and running slow, for a few weeks. I’m to increase the duration of the exercise, s l o w l y, as time progresses.

I enjoy working out… as long as that translates to running and doing calisthenics while listening to a dark and bloody tale—nothing makes my blood pump faster than to read about a terrible person getting his skull crushed. Hey, we all have our issues. But in order to do the walk/run bit correctly, I must time it. I will have to interrupt my story every few minutes, and I just know that it will get on my nerves. Suppose that I’m doing my walk/run thing while listening to Pre-Chaos:

Walking…

When the flesheater saw Luna, he flung what was left of his victim against the—”

Beep, beep, beep! Resets watch. Running…

 “…fifteen-foot brick wall that fenced the Drake estate. She shot the tall man twice in the chest and once between the loose white curls that hid his eyes. The bullets—”

Beep, beep, beep! Resets watch. Walking…

“…didn’t make him stagger.

Luna saw a blur before her back hit the ground. Her head didn’t meet concrete, but her elbows left skin on the pavement. The impact knocked the—”

Beep, beep, beep! Resets watch. Running…

“…gun out of her hands. Sucking in air and willing away the pain, she jumped back to her feet, pulled her—”

Beep, beep, beep! Resets watch. Walking…

“…blade, and stood with her legs shoulder-width apart.

Fangs and claws went for her face. Her KA-Bar went for whatever came close to its seven-inch blade. A shriek left the flesheater’s lips, as one of his arms hit the sidewalk with a thud.

Luna was ready to—”

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep… Magaly smashes the freaking watch against a rock and screams, “Freedom!!!” over and over and over... until dogs start howling and joggers run away in fright.

A tad melodramatic, huh? Well, a good friend told me that we all need a “mental health day” every now and then, so let me have mine. I’m sure that two or three months from now, I’ll tell you that I adapted to the timed walk/run annoyance. Until then, don’t get too mad if my Facebook updates project a lot of clock and slow running disdain.

I’ve been applying my doctor’s “slow and steady” advice to other aspects of my physiological health. For instance, three months ago, I started consuming less refined sugar. I figured that it would be a good thing to do, considering that diabetes lurks on both sides of my family. The same goes for obesity and heart problems… Anyway, I’ve gone from 3 tablespoons of sugar a day (with my coffee) to 1.5 tablespoons.

I’m also happy to announce that I’ve been good to my tummy, and my lovely gut returns the favor. I drink my coffee, eat my mangoes, sunflower seeds, broccoli, raspberries, oranges, steel cut oats, white flesh sweet potatoes… and the relationship between my digestive system and I stays smooth (yeah, I can be a bit gross, too).

And I’ve been drinking water! Regularly!! WoooHooo!!! Hm, I’m doing better than I thought in The MFE’s Mind, Body, Soul 90 Day Challenge. I guess that I’ll continue to take things one step at a time. Who knows, I might even start enjoying the taste of water by the end of the event… Okay, that’s just nonsense. Water drinking and I will always have a love-hate relationship—I’d love to like to drink it, but I hate it.  

So… would you like to go for a timed walk and run, my Wicked Luvs? 
Not a rum, Debra, “a run.” Bring your own swords!

46 comments:

  1. So put the sliced pineapple in the water jug; you know you'll drink it down...

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    1. How many swigs until I get to the pineapple? Yum! And the watermelon? And the peach...? I shall be doing some slicing...

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  2. Tip for imbibing water, drink it warm to hot. It's easier for your body to absorb, it's more pleasant, and it's good for your kidneys.

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    1. My mouth, mind and kidney seem to be agree on something--I hate cold water. I drink it at room temperature, sometimes lukewarm...

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  3. I am not alone! After months of procrastination and very strong resistance towards exercising, I finally started a morning routine of 6 abs making, leg muscles shaping and waist size decreasing. It is too hot here to have a morning run, so I suffice by staying in my room and adoring my new body in the mirror (LOL). I also cut on sugar, but I CAN'T leave coffee..(see my recent post :)
    So I am very glad that you take care of your health, Magaly. You shall, so we.
    Stay fit and happy! HUGS!!!

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    1. No better reward than to look at oneself on the mirror after a few months of disciplined exercise. Yay hotness! Hugs right back at you ;-)

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    2. Hotness in what sense - weather or me?;) hehe
      have a wonderful day, Magaly!

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    3. You made me giggle! Have a wonderful day, too ;-)

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  4. I'd go for a rum with you every day. ^^

    Being patient clearly is not one of your strong suits. But I can relate. With the barefoot shoes you are supposed to build your mileage from scratch, starting with max. 10% of what you did before and increasing by 5% every week. What can I say? Before I did 5K, and after two weeks running with my Vibrams, I am at 2.5K. Let's hope my knees and ankles are just as stubborn as the head...

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    1. You can have a rum after our next 5K, I'll like a beer.

      "Patient"? What's that? Sorry, can't wait until you tell; have things to see, people to do ;-D

      Be good to your knees, hon. Or they'll remind you later.

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  5. Because of deterioting knee caps...I can't run...sigh! So I walk fast and do my beat!
    Yes it can be annoying but at least we know our limitations. That is huge...and water...well it can get to you. I use Crystal Light Peach Mango when water starts making me gag! LOL! And I went from sugar in coffee to Stevia...love the stuff. Sugar in coffee not a problem now.
    BE well dear one....keep your focus on!
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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    1. Peach mango sounds delicious... I might cut some slices of the real thing and then gobble them up ;-)

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  6. I don't like the taste of water...especially city water...either. I slice whatever citrus I have and put into the water in a big jug in the fridge. I like Gaia's suggestion of sliced pineapple in water. Have you tried Stevia in your coffee? I use honey in mine, and since it's the only sweet I have I don't feel too bad about it.
    The watch/timer does sound like it will need to be smashed before long. Keep on keeping on, hot witch.
    Oh! And I love your little ninja turtle. Raf was my favorite and I had aspirations of marrying him when I was a kid.

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    1. New York City has nice tasting water. I began to re-appreciate that after I came back from the Midwest (the water tastes like crap there). You know? I'll get some kiwi, pineapple and peach... I must.

      Don't remind me about the damn timer. I want to smash it right now lol

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  7. Hmm, your healthy post makes me feel like I should be doing better. Since Whiter and Lighter I have not been good at taking care of myself, neither my body nor my mind.

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    1. Your Whiter and Lighter got me started this spring, so thank you for that. And just so you know, since your assignment, I drink wine as an occasional treat--not my usual a glass before bed routine.

      Let me know if you get back to it. We can cheer each other up ;-)

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  8. I should be doing some regular exercise, but don't seem to get to it...having Hubs home all the time doesn't help as he likes to sit in the chair or if we walk, we stroll...He just got some vein repair completed, so soon we will be walking faster...hopefully...
    Yes, smash that timer, it would interfere too often with the rhythm of the story...
    As they say, put some citrus in your water...will make it seem like a treat...
    Enjoy your walk/run...slow at first and work up to all that blood pumping running...other ways of getting blood pumping should be used as exercise also...

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    1. I understand the Hubs, and you are a sweetheart for going at his pace. When I had the accident that ruined my hip, running was just something that happened to other lucky people. It was so difficult on me... to go from running 3 miles under 21 minutes to barely being able to walk was very hard physically and emotionally. My best friend would go on my walks with me, and thank goodness he never took offense when I glared, grunted, and rained profanity on everything around me, including him.

      So many people have said about the citrus that no I must cut something up and drawn it in my water. And about "other ways of getting blood pumping," how do you think I keep this physique without running? I do it hard and often :-D

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  9. Thanks for the shout-out, LOL! No, you won't see me on your running route!

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    1. Heck, I don't want see me on my upcoming running route lol

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  10. I would not remember to check my clock (also, can't wear one as they either stop or slow down once I put them on). Would it be possible to guesstimate time via landmarks (pass that building time to walk, cross this street time to run). Deteriorating knees prevent running as well. However, am thinking I will try to schedule surgery this early fall to replace the left one. Until then, stretching & walking help.

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    1. Maybe once the time from walking to running increases, I'll be able to do landmarks. For now, the ratio 1:2. It will drive me freaking insane.

      I hope your knee gets what it needs... soon.

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  11. I understand the frustrations of getting back into an exercise routine after a long period of time. I just did my first set of pull-ups since I was 14! lol. Im with you with the water thing. I avoid it likes a disease carrying rat. Anyways, I offer support and some advice with the water thing. If you Mix coconut water and lemon juice with your NY water, it will be heavily concentrated in electrolytes. I personally do not like coconut, but its good for you. Did I hear someone mention rum? ~Dragon

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    1. I drink quite a bit of coconut water. You see, I drink a lot of fluids and fruits. Sadly, it doesn't replaced the clear nastiness, um... fluid of life ;-) I have more than a few kidney stones in my past, so I need to drink the damn water. As for electrolytes, my diet is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorous... and so on, so I'm cool with that.

      And yes, someone said rum, I'm pretty sure it was Diandra ;-D

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  12. I've never been able to run for the entirety of my life. I was born asthmatic and have had a ton of other issues that prevent me from actually running (joint deterioration, torn cartilage, etc) but I can walk really fast without too much pain. Slow and steady has never been my thing either. I want it done, when I want it done. And that's all there is to it lol I'm a stubborn, stubborn Taurus. Like you, I hate water. Although I will agree that NYC water is the best. I can't drink it cold either. I'm going to be trying the sliced fruit in water thing too as I'm also helping my parents overhaul their diet and try to get them to embrace a little more healthy living.

    Good luck lady!!

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    1. Ouch.

      I started the sliced fruit in water bit already, And I've drank a whole lot of water already! Yep, I will do anything to get to the cherry at the bottom ;-D

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  13. One time I ran two miles and I felt like I was going to die, and I know there are things I need to do to better my health, but even with this knowing, I find it so hard for this Witch that I am to change, perhaps I'm just a bad Witch.

    As for water, I like squeezing a half a lemon or lime in it from time to time.

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    1. The first time I ran three blocks without stopping, I felt like someone had ripped my lungs out, set them on fire, and then shoved them down my throat. It was a while before I got used to running.

      I like lime in my water ;-)

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  14. 3 TABLESPOONS of sugar A DAY!!!!!....I don't have that much a week and am as fat as a well fed rat!!! No fair :(...and my insides are only happy with a supply of fresh meat daily (put that knife away). And just to keep it sisterly...I HATE drinking water too, only like sparkling mineral water, and that doesn't come out of our taps :D XXX

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    1. I should probably point out that I'm one of those lucky people who dislike most junk foods. I don't really enjoy potato chips or pizza, for instance. I don't eat a lot of meat, perhaps once or thrice a year, so... maybe that's it. But when it comes to sweets, world beware!

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  15. Magaly, just an FYI on the diabetes part of your post; I don't know what you know and/or don't know about nutrition and diabetes but I'll throw this out there for you and your readers who may not know, if you have diabetes or you're trying to keep it at bay, sugar is not you #1 enemy.... Carbohydrates are!!! All Carbs turn 100% into sugar in your system, which mean if you have diabetes or you want to keep it at bay it a low carb, high protein diet.

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    1. It works a bit different for everybody. But yes, complex carbohydrates turn raise glucose levels rather quickly. It is the reason why I avoid bread (I eat it for my birthday as a treat ;-) I don't eat all kinds of beans or products containing white flower. I tend to go for resistant carbs like green peas, oats, lentils, bananas...

      Thank goodness, I'm not a diabetic. And I work hard (most of the time) to keep it that way. Sugar is my vice--I LOVE the damn thing! Which is why I try so hard to find a balanced relationship before my love kills my arteries ;-)

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  16. You are so cute! I was laughing through this entire post! Good for you with the sugar! I am proud of you! My mom has a sweet tooth. If she had to pick between a nice meal or a nice dessert, she would pick the dessert! LOL! Not me, I want the meal! Oh, I have to e-mail you!! Hugs ;o)

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    1. Your mom and I would get along famously. We can survive on desserts and sweet fruit. Yum! A balance diet of chocolate, caramel and such ;-D

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  17. LMAO!!! Oh Magaly, you crack me up! I wish I had your energy and determination. You Go Girl! I have to admit, I am a sugar addict and so was my Mom. I battle my sweet cravings daily... ALL day, and usually give into it in the evenings, so any healthy eating habits I manage to do during the day, is reversed each night LOL

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    1. Sugar is just too sexy and delicious to put aside. And it doesn't fight clean, for it's always sitting around looking all delicious and whispering, "Eat me, you know you want to." I'm not all that good at saying no *sigh*

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  18. Way to go, Magaly! I love the feeling that my body weight is under control. I don't enjoy the exercising but I guess the pleasure at the results outweigh the irritation with having to work out. And anyway it means I can eat chocolate - and frozen Greek yoghurt - which I have just discovered!!

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    1. Frozen Greek yogurt and fruit is pure delight. And chocolate... well, chocolate is divine.

      Our reasons for exercising are very similar. I workout harder, so that I can consume more yumminess. It makes perfect sense to me ;-)

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  19. Do you have a smartphone? Download the Zombies Run app it makes the whole running/walking thing fun.

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    1. A smartphone on one of my runs would last about... hm, 5 minutes, maybe. If I'm having a really good day...

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  20. Yup... not much of a water drinker here either! I'm different though... I have to have it ice cold! But its one of those things I'm trying to change too! Slow and steady seem to be my pace at this point too! Only 30 more days to go! LOL!

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    1. The first 30 days of the rest of our lives. I've been doing really well with the water (with a chunks of kiwi in it). I'm kind of proud of myself. One wee step at the time ;-)

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  21. I have to drink water because I'm prone to UTIs. If I don't, I pay the price and it's a painful one. On the other hand, I can't run across the street, let alone run anywhere else. :P

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    1. UTIs aren't fun. Some of my kids (in Marine Corps Training) used to get them and would cry like babies. No fun.

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  22. I had some strawberry infused water at a hotel over the weekend...and it was surprisingly good! I made a gallon with some less than perfect berries yesterday and have been smiling since :)

    Cutting sugar (and simple carbs) is the only thing that maintains my weight easily...the exercise is more effective for me when I do both.

    I would think all the sex you have would be exercise enough ;P

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    1. I've tried water with orange, peach, mango, pineapple and kiwi, the latter is my favorite. I've been good about carbs and sugar, I hope to get better. And yes, there is always the healthy sex ;-D

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