Heart rate around 70: Nope. Eight hours of sleep: Nope. Temperature of 98.6: Nope. Thank goodness. 3/12/09 after working out at the gym (and driving home) my temperature was only about 98.4 F. I did 5 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of weights, 10 minutes of cardio, then 15 more minutes of weights. This was more and harder exercise than I’ve been doing in a long time, so I got a good 9 plus hours of sleep that night. I won’t say how much the “plus” was. N.B. By “cardio,” I do not mean what most people do. I do not mean I “jog” or “run” at a constant pace the whole time. Ugh. I gave that up long ago. I mean I change my pace from slow run to run to slow run to fast run to walk to medium-paced run to fast run, etc., randomly. Or semi-randomly: I usually go for periods of 10, 15, 30 or 60 seconds. (I try to follow the “power law” distribution, which Art DeVany mentions a lot.) I’ll call what I do “interval cardio,” which is more like what one would do playing soccer, tennis, or basketball. 3/13/09: I worked out 35 or 40 minutes: 10 minutes of “interval cardio,” then 25 or 30 minutes of weights. On these two days I had a temperature of 96 or 97 soon after waking up in the morning, from over 9 hours of sleep. On both these days I had a decent, late breakfast (fruit, meat, nuts) and then a big salad (mixed greens, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, olives, nuts, cheese, olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, meat) after working out. Since I don’t have all that nasty flour or sugar in my diet, my insulin level should not get jacked up. I don’t believe the sugar/fructose in the fruit affects my metabolism and therefore my temperature much. I suspect that the simple carbs in beer could do so — I know that in times past I would have trouble falling asleep if I had beer too soon before going to bed, on a day when I had worked out hard (ran for miles or worked out at the gym) in the evening. My metabolism would be on: go. I would be too “wired” to sleep. 3/14/09 my temperature was 97 F at noon. No workout today; just a few push ups and some ab exercises at home. 3/15/09 at 1:55 PM: 98.4 F after working out for 45 minutes: 5 minutes of “interval cardio” and 40 minutes of weights. The workout got the heart rate up and put sweat on the whole front of my shirt — more so than even my 3/12 workout had. Made it home in a 10 minute trip, weather outside 50 F and raining. I had had a good breakfast around 9 AM of half pound or so of ground turkey, half an avocado, some grapes, and some nuts. 3/16/09, heart rate about 59 bpm just before noon. It might have been very slightly elevated because I had recently finished breakfast (half avocado sprinkled with olive oil, half a cantaloupe, and some nuts), had a good workout yesterday, and had been working out more than I had in the past three months; it seems plausible that my body would be working a little harder to get nutrients to the muscles, organs, and skeleton — though I’d have to find out from a scientist who would know such a thing, if that really happens. Activity: horse back riding for two hours today but no gym workout. Temperature at 12:35 PM: 97.8 F. 3/17/09, pre-work out (2:45 or 3 PM): 97.4 F. At around 4:30 PM, after working out for 40 minutes: 98 F, which was after driving the ten or so minutes home, but pre-shower, which would have cooled me off a bit. Light breakfast around 9 (just a handful of pecans and a handful of blackberries) and light lunch around 1:30 (about 30 or 40 grapes, half an avocado, and some pecans, walnuts, and Brazil nuts). Workout today of 5 minutes of “interval cardio” followed by 40 minutes of weights (some squats (with dumbells; bringing dumbells up to shoulder level, then letting them down slow, to work the arms), clean and jerks, jump squats, pull-ups, dips, curls). At 8:18 PM, my heart rate was 54 bpm going by an online clock. This was an hour or so after finishing a good dinner: small serving of green beans sauteed in olive oil and garlic; ribeye steak (one pound plus); some Double Gloucester cheese, pumpkin seeds and pignoli with green tea for an after-dinner snack. I had counted a 60 or 61 bpm in the morning.