Monday, February 12, 2007

Calories eaten yesterday: 1577
Fat: 69g (41%)
Carbs: 64g (17%) :(
Protein: 117g (31%)

Calories burned in exercise today: 112

I didn't see anything about rain on the forecast, so I didn't take my umbrella into San Francisco with me today. It began raining partway through all my running around. I ducked into a drugstore and bought an umbrella. That kept me dry while I finished my errands and enabled me to walk to work from the BART station. During the walk the rain stopped and the sun came out. That was my only exercise today.

I got another check today from the property Dad gave me. Instead of depositing it to my IRA, though (like I'm supposed to, but haven't done lately), I put it into my savings so I can put it toward my vacation in July. I'm planning on cashing in some comp time to get some money for vacation, too.

I also got the check from Mom today for my teeth whitening. I called the dentist and set up the appointment for March 2, my first free Friday. Soon my pearly whites really will be pearly white. :)

My latest medication prescription from Canada came today. I see when my doctor called in the prescription he gave me 400 pills (300 remaining now) so hopefully I won't have to see him for a while. Awesome! Here's an example photo of my pills. Sometimes they are oval and sometimes they are round. Click to enlarge:


I get the generic, which is not available in the U.S. A three month supply from Canada only cost me $69.21! :)

I need to cut back on the carbs I'm eating. I've been tired lately, and strangely, I think it might be because my carbs are too high. Generally speaking, the lower my carbs are, the better I feel. So I need to work on that. I think the simplest thing to do is cut out my cold tea each day, and cut out tomatoes on my salad. I'm not cutting the cottage cheese even though it's 8 carbs because I want to see if it helps me build and maintain muscle. Besides which, I need a natural source of calcium since I don't drink milk (due to the sugar content of 12g a cup).

A word on diets and drinking, as it seems there is some misunderstandings. When I say "pina colada" I don't mean those sugar-filled, insulin-elevating things that most of the world calls a pina colada. I use low-carb pina colada mix put out by Baja Bob. It has 1g of carbs and 7.5 calories per ounce. After adding rum and ice, two large glasses run me about 330 calories and 9g carbs.

Compare that to 9g of carbs and 77 calories per ounce in a regular pina colada; an 8 oz. can will run you 61g of carbs and 526 calories! Yike!

Wine, as you may know, is naturally low-carb - the yeast eats most of the sugar in the grape juice, leaving 1g or less of carbs per ounce. (Dessert wine is the exception.)

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Anonymous said...

You might consider plain yogurt instead of cottage cheese. The bacteria turns a lot of the carb into lactic acid and the longer time you heat it the less carb it contains. You can buy a yogurt maker but Dana Carpender has written that she uses a heating pad to make hers.

Anonymous said...

Hi V,
Just wanted to check that out.I found it varies with different makers due to types of milk etc..: Sheep, Goat, Cow etc. Best to compare and see the differences and what works best for you. Thanks anon. It made me look. Generally Victoria researches very well. She is right on with her support foods. In this case, for muscle support. She received the tip from a female body-builder.
The Greek cottage cheese was an alternative as I found, and may try myself.


Q: Some bodybuilders eat cottage cheese for its high protein content, but I prefer yogurt. Is this a reasonable substitution?

A: Yogurt is an excellent bodybuilding food, as long as you don't depend on it as a principal source of protein. Many bodybuilders count on cottage cheese because it provides a good hit of protein in a nonmeat form. Yogurt does not deliver quite as much protein. One cup of a popular brand of plain nonfat yogurt has 120 calories, 13 grams (g) of protein and 17 g of carbohydrates. A cup of nonfat cottage cheese contains 160 calories, 30 g of protein and 8 g of carbs. Cottage cheese is obviously superior in terms of providing more protein and fewer carbs, but the simple carbs in sweetened or fruit-added yogurt make it perfect as part of a healthy breakfast or posttraining meal. Plus, yogurt has many other bodybuilder-friendly attributes.
Hope this helps!!
Arthur of Auld. =-)

Anonymous said...
They talk here of low-carb life with associated bodybuilding problems .


Lady Atkins said...


I'm banned from that forum. I wouldn't go there if I could because frankly, anyone who bans me isn't worthy of my thoughts. It's their loss, but I can't read the link you posted.

Anonymous said...

The labeled amount of carbs in commercial yogurt is the amount that is in the milk before it is cultured. If it is cultured for 24 hours there is almost none left and it tastes pretty sharp without flavorings and sweeteners added. Commercial yogurt probably has 2/3 - 3/4 of the carbs listed on the label, provided we are talking about plain yogurt and not one with things added.

Lady Atkins said...

Thanks for the info. I've always wondered how to count commercial yogurt. I knew it was less than the carbs on the label, but I wasn't sure how much less.

Still, the cottage cheese is higher in protein, which is what I'm after at bedtime. One cup of the brand I use has 26g of protein. The yogurt I use is less than half of that.