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Body Work: Week Six Journal and Summary

There's a sordid tale of food and inactivity at the end of this week, a natural byproduct of a trip to the Disneyland of food that is my In-laws' house for a four-day visit. Nevertheless, my average weight for the week was down a bit and my total weekly exercise (cardio) was only down by 15 minutes from last week. This week also occasioned my first foray out of the basement to substitute a run for one of my roller rides. In short, I was slow, and it hurt way more than it should have at that pace, but it was a good wakeup call nevertheless. Back on the righteous path for week 7!

Week 6 Summary:

Goal: Lose 30 pounds, from 224.17 pounds down to 194.17 pounds by the week of June 1, 2011, calculated using 7-day average weight.

Average Weight:  211.6. pounds, down 1.89 pounds from 213.49 pounds last week.
Average Body Fat: 27.87%, down .23% from  28.1% last week.

Weeks until Goal:  11
Progress toward Goal: 15.4 pounds out of 30 total to lose; 51.3% of goal.
Pounds to Lose: 14.6
Pounds to Lose/Week to Meet Goal: 1.32

Total Exercise:
180 minutes on the rollers,  45 minutes running. 15 fewer minutes of cardiovascular exercise than last week’s 240 minutes.

Day 36:
Monday, March 14, 2011. 213.2 pounds, 28.1% Body Fat

45 minutes on the rollers. Heart rate was hard to follow- I had readings from the 60’s to the mid 140’s, but felt like I was working as hard as yesterday. I found out at the end of the ride that I had the chest strap on upside down- can’t believe that would cause such weird readings, so I’ll probably replace the sensor battery at some point.  I had a little knee pain yesterday in my right knee-right below the patella. I raised the saddle a bit more and that seems to have fixed it.

A bowl of steel-cut oats with brown sugar (about a cup and a half, cooked.) Leftover chicken and mashed potatoes for lunch, about a cup and a half in volume. Penne with meat sauce and riccota/mozzarella for dinner, two cups, a big spinach salad of the usual type, 6 (!) Lindt chocolate balls.

Day 37:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011.  211.8 pounds, 28.1% Body Fat.

45 minutes on the rollers. 145-155 BPM, a little mellower than yesterday, but flipping the monitor right side up got me more consistent readings.

The usual oatmeal. A big hunk of buttered bread. A burger on some more of the same bread, a handful of olive oil roasted potato wedges (let’s call it 1.2 potatoes) and a giant pile of steamed broccoli with a tiny bit of butter and lemon. Water like always, but I was really dried out after my roller session.

Day 38:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011. 210.6 pounds, 27.7% Body Fat.

45 minutes on the rollers, 160-165 bpm for the most part.

Food: Oatmeal again, with a a few pecans in addition to brown sugar and cinnamon. Tea and water. A Chicken breast cut up and breaded in panko and Thai sauce of some sort, a large fistful of steamed green beans, a big salad with berries, oil and vinegar, pecans and feta, a slice of pizza. Water like crazy.

Day 39:
Thursday, March 17, 2011. 209.0 pounds, 27.4% Body Fat

45 minutes on the rollers, 140-150 BPM (air in the tires reduced resistance from last night.)

Oatmeal for breakfast, just like yesterday. A big chef salad (ham turkey, bacon, lettuce, hard boiled egg, vinaigrette, etc. A handful of nuts. 12 oz of corned beef, carrots, a small potato, cabbage, two little buttered rolls and a half slice of Irish soda bread, two servings of brownie pudding with ice cream.

Day 40:
Friday, March 18, 2011. 211.4 pounds, 27.7% Body Fat.

45 minutes running, heart rate 140-174, mostly in the low 160’s. I was surprised at how strenuous this felt compared to riding the rollers, but my weight doesn’t work against me on th rollers. 4.31 miles, !0:29 pace and I could not have managed much faster.  It was good to do though, and makes me want to integrate more running into my cardio workouts.

Two poached eggs over Italian bacon on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce. Three little sandwiches with turkey and ham, mustard and mayonnaise, about like one sandwich. One banana. Another handful of nuts like yesterday. Baked scallops and fish with buttered breadcrumbs, mixed mashed root vegetables and green peas. Two cream puffs with whipped cream filling and chocolate sauce.

Day 41:
Saturday, March 19, 2011. 211.4 pounds, 27.8% Body Fat.

None. Very, very sore from the run. Like walking down the stairs sideways using the railing sore.

Two small sausage patties and some scrambled eggs with cheese in an English muffin, a bunch of honeydew, and two cinnamon rolls. Another cinnamon roll, what turned out to be about three servings of potato chips (480 calories, dang.), and a tomato sandwich with mayonnaise. Several chicken cutlets, garlic bread, spaghetti with alfredo sauce, roasted tomatoes with breadcrumbs, salad with creamy Italian dressing, and chocolate souffle and brownie pudding with ice cream.

Day 42:
Sunday, March 20, 2011. 213.8 pounds, 28.3% Body Fat.

None. Still very sore from the run on Friday.

One English muffin, two slices of Italian bacon, two poached eggs, and most of a lobster drenched in hollandaise sauce. A chicken cutlet sandwich on white bread with an obscene amount of mayonnaise. Half of a large bran muffin with raisins. A handful of steamed green beans, a cup and a half of cooked whole-grain penne with meat sauce and ricotta, half of a breaded chicken breast with Thai sauce of some sort. Four Lindt chocolate balls, one Lake Champlain Chocolates Truffle, and four Dove chocolate hearts.