Day Eighty-one (T, 110322) — This Week’s Experiment: Whey Powder for Breakfast

So yesterday’s goof becomes today’s experiment.  (Isn’t that one of the main ways science grows? ;-))

Sunday night, I was really tired from performing my friends’ wedding and getting home late.  The kids were good but taxing and I went to bed without doing all the stuff I usually do to get ready for the morning and the coming work week.

One of those Sunday night rituals is preparing 5 ready-made breakfasts that I can pop in the microwave and eat.  (I get up around 5 or 5:30 and clanking dishes around that early tends to wake the kids and my wife . . . none of whom are generally in a good mood at that time of day.)

I make a great big pile of scrambled eggs, a whole roll of breakfast sausage, maybe some bacon, and I open a large can of refried beans.  Each of the five containers gets a bit of each food (usually 2 sausages or 2-3 bacon).  Now I am ready for the week and can have a good meal to start the day.

This week, because I was discombobulated, I had no breakfast ready yesterday and, rather than skip the meal entirely, I drank a double serving of my whey protein (180 calories, 40 g protein, 4 g carbs).  I ended up eating lunch at 1:30 PM when I usually eat around 11 or 11:30 AM. I hadn’t felt hungry all day (plus I was busier than normal so my mind was occupied).

This unexpected result in hand, I decided to try this for the rest of the week and see what happens.

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Another change this week, following Suzie‘s lead over at Waste and Taste, I am going to start posting my nutrition intake using SparkPeople.  It’s free and easy. I’ve been using it to hold my low carb / slow carb recipes for a long time.  Now I’m going to use it to add nutrition totals to my food diary at the bottom of each post.

One thing to keep in mind: their nutrition info is great but the food profiles often do not track sugar separately.  Unless you use the detailed nutrition report, and unless you adapt it to include the stats you want to see, the basic nutrition chat shows only total carbs and not how much sugar is in the food.

I sometimes end up creating my own versions of foods in which include the number of grams of sugar in the sucrose counter. Yes, I know not all sugars are sucrose but most dietary labels don’t tell you the exact amounts of each type of sugar.  I do this as a shortcut to help me count overall sugars within the total carbs I eat.

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This morning was  my seventh Workout A (lats/biceps and shoulders).

(1) Close-grip pull-down × 130 pounds

I hit 7 good reps (5/5 count). Next time: 140.

(2) Machine shoulder press × 100 pounds

Failure came at 4 (!) reps this time.  So I lowered the weight to 90 and did three more.  Next time: 100 lbs.

Next workout will be Workout B (chest & legs) on Friday.

I am going to put my workouts into a spreadsheet and talk about my results on Occam’s Protocol tomorrow.

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Breakfast: protein drink x 2, water, AGG

Pre-meal Damage Control: Exercise? yes — Grapefruit Juice? no — Cissus? yes — Lemon juice? yes

Lunch: 10 Hooters naked hot wings, a bit of ranch, water, AGG , Cissus

Post-meal Damage Control: Exercise? yes

I wasn’t sure how good or bad my meal at Hooter’s would be so I played it safe and did my damage control.  Looking back, I don’t think it was necessary but better safe than sorry this time.

Dinner: Taco salad, tuna salad, one each

Other food throughout the day: black coffee, kombucha

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