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Is expired protein still protein?

Day 3
Weight: 134.9 (134.75)
BMI: 18.27 (Underweight) (18.24)
Wii Fit Age: 32 (29)
Amount of Time Exercised: 1:06
Wii Goal: 5.5 lbs away from goal (+5.7 lbs)
Notes: This morning I made a note to put food in my stomach half an hour before hopping on that white balance board I’m going to come to love/hate.  So I ate a protein bar… that was best before 09/09.  Does it still work if it’s 8 months after it’s best before date? It tasted fine, a bit chalky, but nothing terrible.  I always get to the last round on the basic balance test (you have to shift your balance to the blue areas and hold it for three seconds) and run out of time.  I’ll get you next time, Basic Balance Test! NEXT TIME! I unlocked 20 reps of Single-Leg Extension and Sideways Leg Lift.  I used to have a hard time keeping balance with these two exercises, but after doing all of these yoga poses and balance tests for the last two days, I can move on to 20 reps and it can become an actual exercise.  I also unlocked 20 reps of Push-Up and Side Plank as well as 90 seconds of Plank, but I’m going to stick with 10 reps and 60 seconds until it doesn’t feel like a challenge.
This is my updated list for today with the new reps in bold:
Torso Twist (6 reps) + Triangle = Waistline
Jackknife (30 reps) + Bridge + Spinal Twist = Abdominals
Lunge (20 reps per leg) + Warrior = Hips/Thighs
Single-Leg Extension (10 reps per leg) + Standing Knee + Dance = Hips
Sideways Leg-Lift (10 reps per leg) + Sun Salutation = Side Abs/Shoulders
Arm & Leg Lift (20 reps per arm and leg) + Shoulder Stand = Shoulders/Hips
Tricep Extension (20 reps per arm) + Palm Tree = Ankles/Back/Triceps
Single-Leg Twist (20 reps per leg) + Half-Moon = Side Abs
Rowing Squat (45 reps) + Chair = Abs/Thighs/Back
Single-Arm Stand (10 reps per arm) + Tree = Legs/Back/Abs
Push-Ups & Side Plank (10 reps) + Downward-facing Dog = Arms/Chest/Shoulders
Plank (60 sec.) + Cobra = Core
Best Exercise: Sun Salutation.  This felt really good to do and I could feel my whole body work at keeping my center of balance.  Usually it just feels like going through the motions.
Worst Exercise: Not so much the worst exercise, just boring: Arm & Leg Lift.  It’s 6 minutes of raising one arm and one leg while on all fours.  I should get a book to read while I’m doing that exercise.  It’ll make time go way faster I think.
What I ate and drank today:
One expired protein bar and a glass of water
2 glasses of water during workout
Penne with roasted vegetables, a glass of water for Lunch
Chicken, Rice, Yogurt, 710 ml bottle of water (again.  I accidentally ate my dinner as my lunch) for Dinner
2 710 ml bottle of water at work
I have tomorrow off from work, but not from this experiment! Stay tuned!
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Cashews = Lifesaver

Day 2
(Yesterday’s results are in brackets)
Weight: 134.75 (134.5)
BMI: 18.24 (Underweight) (18.21)
Wii Fit Age: 29 (35)
Amount of Time Exercised: 1:03
Wii Goal: 5.7 lbs away from goal (+6.0 lbs)
Notes: Oh good, I unlocked the 30 reps for Jackknife, 20 reps for Lunges, 45 for Rowing Squats.  Looks like I’ll be starting those tomorrow.  I forgot to eat something before working out and I was dying near the end of my single arm and leg raise, so I took a break at the half hour mark to grab something to put in my stomach before continuing.  Note to self: EAT SOMETHING BEFORE YOU EXERCISE.  All I could find was salted and roasted cashews.  Too bad they weren’t unseasoned, or I would of felt a lot better about eating them.  The important thing is that I didn’t die on my second day of the experiment.  I made it through the 60 second Plank today.
Best Exercise: Tricep Extension.  I really felt the burn today around my 7th extension in my right arm and around the 6th on my left.  It was great!
Worst Exercise: Dance.  I find it’s hard to keep my balance when I hold my back leg and stretch it out.  I guess it’s a practice thing.
What I ate and drank today:
1 cup of salted and roasted cashews
2 glasses of water during workout
Omelette with cheese, two slices of whole grain toast, and a glass of water for Lunch
2 710 ml bottles of water during work
Chicken, Rice, 710 ml of water, 4 pack of cookies, and a butter tart (there was a lot of leftover chicken) for Dinner
Tomorrow is another day.  Night!
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A four-week long experiment

The question: “Can Wii Fit make me stronger and more toned?”
The answer: “Give me four weeks to figure that out.”
It’s a lovely time of year for me once again.  I’m back in Toronto for the summer and I am working 40 hours a week as a Parking Attendant in the afternoons.  I am bored during the mornings before I go to work, so I have decided to do something about it.  I am going to do a Wii Fit Challenge.
For the next four weeks, Monday to Friday, I am going to work out only using the Wii Fit.  I used to do push-ups and sit-ups at home, however, I tend to lose motivation after a week of exercise.  The Wii Fit is a video game (which is a plus for a nerd like me) that works the body in many different ways so I can’t get bored easily.  I have read about other people using Wii Fit to lose weight and get in shape.  However, the story is a bit different for me.  Here are my goals:
1. To become stronger and more toned in my whole body.
2. To reach the BMI set by my Wii Fit.
3. To eat healthier (I eat a lot of junk food).
For my routine, I am going to do all of the Yoga and Strength Training exercises with Strength challenges thrown in at the 2nd week.  I am going to work out by using all the combinations used by Wii Fit for a full body workout.  The list is as follows:
Torso Twist (6 reps) + Triangle = Waistline
Jackknife (20 reps) + Bridge + Spinal Twist = Abdominals
Lunge (15 reps per leg) + Warrior = Hips/Thighs
Single-Leg Extension (10 reps per leg) + Standing Knee + Dance = Hips
Sideways Leg-Lift (10 reps per leg) + Sun Salutation = Side Abs/Shoulders
Arm & Leg Lift (20 reps per arm and leg) + Shoulder Stand = Shoulders/Hips
Tricep Extension (20 reps per arm) + Palm Tree = Ankles/Back/Triceps
Single-Leg Twist (20 reps per leg) + Half-Moon = Side Abs
Rowing Squat (30 reps) + Chair = Abs/Thighs/Back
Single-Arm Stand (20 reps per arm) + Tree = Legs/Back/Abs
Push-Ups & Side Plank (10 reps) + Downward-facing Dog = Arms/Chest/Shoulders
Plank (60 sec.) + Cobra = Core
Thanks to TheStarbird’s Wii Fit FAQ on gamefaqs.com
I will go through the list in order but start on the next exercise the following day.  For example, on the first day I will start with the Waistline and work through the training.  The next day I will start on Abdominals and so on.  Every day will begin with a Body Test and I’ll start and end my sessions with Deep Breathing.  In addition to working out, I am also going to track what I eat so I can achieve my 3rd goal.
Before I get to the first journal entry, here is what I look like now:
Chest
Legs
It’s Mii! (See what I did there?)
Let’s begin, shall we?
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