I decided to quit being lazy and go back to the exercise program I adopted when I discovered my high cholesterol in college. I was working as an intern at the Cardiac Rehab Center when I tested out at 279. I was a rather odd case in that I had very high cholesterol but I had extremely high HDL (good) levels and when I was given a MAX VO2 test, I came in at around 65 which is the same level as elite cyclists (which are the most fit athletes.) I took Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s aerobic points system and vowed to lower my cholesterol. (Incidentally, it was Cooper who first coined the term ‘aerobic’) I worked at it mainly through cycling and the result in a couple months was a 202 level.

Here is the plan. (I realize that these points will mean nothing to many of you, but I am posting them mainly so that I can have them handy when I need them.) If you are at all interested in getting into shape, I recommend checking out any of the books by Dr. Cooper and getting after it.

Week
Distance
Time
Freq/Wk
Points/Wk
1
4.0
20:00
3
10.0
2
4.0
18:00
3
11.5
3
5.0
24:00
4
19.0
4
5.0
22:00
4
21.3
5
5.0
20:00
4
24.0
6
6.0
26:00
4
27.2
7
6.0
24:00
4
30.0
8
7.0
30:00
4
33.2
9
7.0
28:00
4
36.0
10
7.0
27:55
4
36.1


I will post my week-to-date Aerobic Points totals instead of minutes of exercise.

Here are the totals for the day:
Total Calories: 1,936
% Fat: 26%
% Carbohydrates: 36%
% Protein: 38%
Weekly Aerobic points: 4

Tonight I made a great baked garlic chicken breast. It was a really tasty and healthy recipe. I made three slits in the top of the chicken breasts and laid in slivers of fresh garlic. I seasoned it with red and black pepper and baked it together with some red potatoes sliced thinly and seasoned the same. It was darn good. The only thing that would have made it better would have been some fat free cheese melted over the top after it was about half done. Some swiss would have been excellent. I will have to look for that – certainly they make fat free cheese.