Day 1

Weight: 194.1 pounds
Chol: 199 mg/dL
Trig: 210 mg/dL
HDLC: 37 mg/dL
Chol/HDLC Ratio: 5.4 H
LDL: 120 mg/dL
Non-HDLC: 162 mg/dL

Changing my way of eating last October I have already experienced the benefit of a whole-plant diet. The biggest change to date has been the 23 pounds I have dropped. That by just changing my diet, I had not been including exercise in the program. My blood results confirm a 64 point drop in cholesterol, a percentage my physician said I would never see. From this point on I want to drop my weight to 175 pounds, while increasing my daily exercise and seeing a further drop in my cholesterol to a total of 150 mg/dL.

I feel like I cheated by giving myself a 2-month period in which to get acclimated to this way of eating. I am glad I did give myself this time frame as I now have a better understand of this lifestyle change. As I official begin ‘Day 1’ I have that nasally feeling I am getting a head cold, hopefully that isn’t the case. In general I am in good health, previous problems I had with ongoing migraine headaches have subsided and the weight loss has helped with my foot problem.

I am currently on no prescribed medication, as I took myself off my Lovastatin back in August, 2011, one month after my physical because I did not like the side effects and didn’t want to depend on medication for the rest of my life. While I haven’t consulted my physician yet I am planning on doing that as soon as I can get in, which will probably be during this first week on the program.

Walking 20 minutes at work
Rowing 30 minutes on a Bowflex Revolution

Slice of whole wheat oat bread
1 1/2 cup oatmeal with honey
Decaffeinated green tea

The “OLT” or onion, lettuce, tomato sandwich with black bean spread on whole wheat pita bread.
Cup of potato leek soup (leftover from a few nights ago)

Bowl of couscous salad (containing red onion, tomato, cucumber and apple cider vinegar)

Bean & Vegetable Chili
Slice of whole wheat oat bread

Daily Synopsis
Not much of a change for me from my daily routine seeing that I have been eating this way since October. I did have to break my 30 minute workout into three 10 minute sessions. Hopefully as I move forward during the remaining days I will be able to break it into two 15 minute session or even going the full 30 minutes. I will also need to add a snack during the morning.

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