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Monday, August 29, 2011

One Month Down

One month since the cathetrization and 3 full weeks of training. I need to focus more on the zone 1 work. Total time in zone 1 was only 44 minutes. On the plus side, I exceeded Zone 2 work by over 2 hours and cut my zone 3 work in half.

Splurged and laid out $20 for a couple of pieces of Alaskan Salmon, but to tell you the truth I might just like our Lake Erie Walleye more.

I was a little disappointed with last weeks weight loss total of 1.6 pounds so I wanted to step up the workouts a little bit. I added 3 cycling workouts to the daily walks.

Weekly Summary:

Total Exercise Time: 8 hours 15 minues
Zone 1:....0:43:49
Zone 2:....5:17:57
Zone 3:...1:28:44

Total Miles Logged: 43.87
Calories Burned: 4,183
Weight Lossed: 2.8 pounds (193.2)

Next weeks goal: Improve Zone 1 work.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Exercise Program in Full Swing

Been on the Ornish Diet for three weeks now with pretty dramatic results. Weight at time of heart catheterization was 211 and at the start of this week is down to 200. Well on my way towards my goal of 39 pounds in 13 weeks..

My program calls for 5 hours and 10 minutes of exercise per week split into two heart rate zones. Zone 1 is low intensity walking at 60-70% of maximum heart rate(98-113 bpm). Zone 2 is moderate intensity of 70-80% MHR. Since my first goal is weight loss the program calls for 2 hours per week in zone 1 and 3 hours and 10 minutes in zone 2. Zone 3 80-90% of MHR is will come into play in phase 2 of my program.

Fell a little short in zone 1 work with only 53 minutes of my 120 minute goal, but came a little closer to zone 2 goal with 2 hours and 45 minutes being only 30 minutes shy of my goal. Zone 3 which isn't even part of this program accounted for more than half of my exercise time.

Overall thou, I'm pretty happy with the results. Six hours and 27 minutes of exercise with 3,194 calories burned on the week.

Weekly Summary

Time by Zone:
Zone 1... 53:36
Zone 2... 2:44:34
Zone 3...3:38:10

Miles Logged: 26.42

Weight: 196 -1.6 pounds this week.

This weeks goal: More zone 1 & 2; less zone 3.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dr. Bhakta

Met with Dr. Bhakta today and got great news. He reviewed the transcript from the catheterization and the previous stress test. I've been walking 3-4 miles per day for more than a week now and sticking to the diet. Dropped the weight from 211 to 200 and feeling great.

Along with my test results, I gave the doctor a copy of my spreadsheet of my workout log. Since the stress test showed plenty of blood getting to all areas of the heart he felt it was perfectly fine for me to resume playing baseball He said that playing ball was less stress than the walking I've been doing. I was so happy to get that news, I forgot about asking him if it was OK to do the horizontal mamba again.

Dr. Bhakta was very familiar with the Ornish diet and thought my course of action was a good one. He also said that bypass surgery did very little to reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack. He told me of a recent study where half the patients received bypass and the other half were treated with drugs. Incidents of heart attacks were nearly identical in the two groups.

An echo-cardiogram was ordered and it was agreed we would review progress after 90 days.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Test Results in

Met with Dr. Patel today to review the results from last Thursday's catheterization. Test showed 60-70% blockage in the left main coronary artery. We discussed options and he felt that bypass surgery was my best option. I asked him if he had ever heard about Dr. Ornish's reversing diet. He didn't and his main concern was that the type of plaque I had was a softer plaque that could break loose and cause a heart attack.

In discussing the diet and medication option, he felt that most people don't have the discipline to follow such a stringent diet. He doesn't know me! After all I was so obsessed with running in high school that I had a streak of running at least 2 miles per day with an average of 6 miles per day over a 800 day period. That's not missing a day in nearly 3 years, rain, snow, blistering heat and numbing cold.

He prescribed a beta blocker to lower my heart rate, aspirin and cholesterol lowering medication and was ok with waiting a couple months to see what affect the diet, exercise and medication program has.

I was leaning toward taking the doctors advise and scheduling the surgery and even went as far calling the Cleveland Clinic to get on the schedule, but told the Doctor I wanted to get a 2nd opinion and asked him to refer me to a good cardiologist. He recommended Dr. Bhatka at UH Geneva. Appointment next Monday.

Ok to start walking, but no sex or baseball. Bummer, the team was starting to win and I was really zoned in at the plate.

We've been on the Ornish program for almost a week now. Did cheat a little bit when we shared a grilled chicken breast in a salad. It's not too bad, grocery shopping takes a lot longer because we find ourselves reading the labels on everything. Pretty shocking that crap I've been putting in the temple all these years.