Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 8: Cost of Ownership of your Body

Just because you're alive does not mean you get to live for free.  Like anything, personal upkeep costs money and you may sometimes need to go to the doctor to get fixed. Even with great health insurance that can take a toll on the health of your wallet.  I don't go by the saying " you are what you eat" but your health is in what you eat and eating healthy has the stigma of being expensive, just look at this article "" and some of the comments.

Broccoli Vs. Peanut Butter.  Courtesy of

It is pointed out that eating lots of calories does not lead to great nutrition, those calories have to contain some important vitamins in them.  Think of it as watering down your gasoline, sure your car would run for a while and your gas gauge would read full but eventually it's going to break down..and long before the same car that puts in "pure" gasoline.

This link "" shows what 200 calories of each food looks like.  You'll notice that you need very small portions of the candies to get 200 calories while you can eat a field of carrots or Broccoli.  Taking the 200 calorie count to the next level is "My Money Blog" which shows what 200 calories costs.  I think the author does a great job in showing why people think that eating healthy is more expensive..but if you could somehow do an objective analysis of health then I think the chart would flip over and the fresh fruits and vegetables would end up on top.

Here are some tips for eating healthy on a budget.
  • Look for sales and take advantage of your freezer.  Buy in bulk!
  • If there is a buy one get one free sale, take a look at the expiration date, Karen and I bought 40 dollars in mixed nuts yesterday because they were BOGO and they don't expire until October 2012!
  • Use coupons!  You don't have to be an extreme couponer, but you can clip a few.
    • When you don't get a newspaper, go to the manufacturers website, many have printable coupons there.
  • Pay close attention to serving sizes, you would be surprised how little it takes to fill up once you get used to smaller sizes.


Karen did her first prescribed workout today!  I'm so proud of her and the progress she's making.  Her goal is going to be easily accomplished IF she keeps up with her diet and working out.  We are helping each other stay committed to this way of life (which may end up making us get committed).  

Strength: Back squat (65% of max x 5; 75% of max x 5, 85% of max x 5+)
100 air squats
50 DU -10 burpee - 40 DU - 10 Burpee - 30 DU - 10 Burpee - 20 DU - 10 burpee - 10 DU - 10 Burpee
100 air squats

Strength:   120 x 5; 140 x 5; 160 x 10
WOD: completed in 17:25


Breakfast (3 points): 3 HB eggs, cantaloupe, grapes, almonds
Lunch (3 points)     : chicken garden salad, strawberries
Snack(3 points)      : deli turkey, peach, almonds
Snack(2 points)      : protein, plum
Dinner(2 points)     :  Chicken, broccoli, cauliflower (some olive oil)

8 hours sleep +1
5 meals +1
<5 hours +1
Water +1

17 points on the day!

Week 1 review
Day 1: 18 points
Day 2: 13 points
Day 3: 17 points
Day 4: 15 points
Day 5:  7 points
Day 6: 10 points
Day 7: 13 points

+20 for 5 WODs for the week which gives me a total of 113 points.   


  1. depending on what font you read this in you might think the line "You'll notice that you need very small portions of the candies to get 200 calories while you can eat a field of carrots or Broccoli" says "candles" instead of "candies". This worried me at first then I realized that I barely ever eat candles any more anyway.

  2. I needed that laugh today at work. I wonder how many calories wax has in it...remember those wax teeth you got at Halloween?