TTBW P1 W1D4 Daily Log

Note: I’ll be splitting my daily workout plans, nutrition logs and notes off from more general article posts from this point forward. This should make it easier to participate in various blog carnivals without confusing new readers with my esoteric workout note abbreviations in my post titles. 😉


I got my gallon of water in yesterday and have gone down yet another pound in water weight, LOL. I’m at 141.6 this morning, down from a challenge starting weight of 145.4 this Monday. Unofficially, then, my goal for this four weeks is to get down to 138 territory.

I did get to the gym last night to finish off my remaining 30 minute exercise obligation with 15 minutes of intervals on the stationary bike, and 15 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. When I got home, I had my planned soy milk + protein powder + cocoa shake and 1/2 oz. of walnuts, and munched on the last of the homegrown longan fruits my parents gave me instead of DH’s processed snacks in the pantry (chips, cereal, granola bars, etc.)

I had a tough time falling asleep last night, probably because I was wired from my evening cardio session. I fired up Microsoft Money and looked at our budget for a bit (discovered an error in one of my scheduled bills and fixed it), then fretted for half an hour when I realized that my plants (including two fruit trees in pots) were probably dying from lack of water since this past Saturday DH had removed the soaker hoses on the timer we had set up to water the side yard. I’ll have to get up an extra 30 minutes earlier in order to water the plants myself until we figure out a better way to water the plants.

I managed to complete a 30 minute YF cardio workout, including the Physical Challenge assessment, but I did not get my swim in due to time and illness constraints. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hop into a cold pool while I am still sick with this cold. I will sub Kempo X or Powerstrike tonight to make up the exercise minutes since I will get home too late to use the community pool.

Last night’s food temptation at work was Chinese takeout from Citrus Garden. I took a look at what had been ordered, though, and nothing would work within my nutrition guidelines. The people in charge tend to go with the popular dishes like General Tso’s or Orange Chicken, sweet and sour pork, and other entrees that I know from my days working in my dad’s restaurant are deep-fried twice and then drowned in sauces made from a lot of real sugar and corn starch. I passed it all up with a small pang of regret and had my planned grilled fish tacos and salad dinner.

My cholesterol reading from my last blood donation was a high (for me) 201, and I am determined to bring that down to at least 170 by my next donation date in about six weeks. That means very limited amounts of trans and saturated fats and deep-fried foods, even in my cheat meals. I am apparently not one of those people who can eat like crap and not have it affect my physical test results, even though I may not notice any outward effects. Chris, however, can eat giant burritoes from Moe’s and entire bags of high-sodium tortilla chips smothered in cheese all day long and still test out with a cholesterol reading of 125.

Grrr….

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WORKOUT
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– Yourself Fitness Physical Challenge/Cardio (30 min)
– Powerstrike or Kempo X (30 min)

Calories burned (Polar HRM): 238 for YF segment; remaining workout total TBD

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NUTRITION
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M1: 40 g oatmeal, 40 g raisins, 3 egg whites, 1/2 c. sauteed spinach
M2: Blueberry banana soy protein smoothie
M3: 4 oz. coconut chicken (from Quick Time Meals), 1 c. asparagus veggie mix, 3/4 c. cooked rice
M4: 1 pear, 3 oz. tilapia filet
M5: 1 corn tortillas, 4 oz. tilapia, 2 T. salsa, 1 c. asparagus veggie mix, 1 peach
M6: 1 c. light soy milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1/2 oz. walnuts

Stats: 1625 calories (49% carb/ 35% pro/ 17% fat ; 27.1 g fiber)

2 thoughts on “TTBW P1 W1D4 Daily Log

  1. Maggie, just be aware that cholesterol levels are known to fluctuate seasonally:
    http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/dc/caz/card/chod/alert07152004.jsp
    http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v53/n5/abs/1600761a.html
    The articles indicate that the changes “aren’t that dramatic,” but I found that when testing in mid-winter, my cholesterol can go as high as 240 mg/dL. Summers it’s down to 180 or so. I am extremely skeptical that this is related to seasonal changes in diet or activity , since I track my diet using fitday and there seems to be no correlation between my macronutrient intake or exercise levels and my total cholesterol readings. I’m a lean person, and I exercise regularly. While I do indulge in junk food all year round, I find it hard to believe that the Christmas cookies are responsible for my increased cholesterol in the winter time.

  2. Hi Maggie!

    First, thank you for the hugs on my blog. I love hearing from you 🙂

    Second, your cholesterol. What part of that cholesterol is LDL and what is HDL? Do you have that data? You could have high good cholesterol (HDL) and low bad cholesterol (LDL) which would still drive the total number up. Find this out and let me know.
    I too have high total cholesterol, but it’s because my HDL is 90, while my LDL is 70. That’s VERY Good.

    :em47:

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