Monday, February 28, 2011

Lunch 2/28

My tuna salad concoction with tuna. 2 cups of baby spinach with greek dressing.

Off and Running!

So today marks the beginning of the third of week of my latest weight loss attempt and things are going swimmingly. I’m feeling good and not going hungry. I’ve lost 16 pounds and I still haven’t worked out. It’s pretty amazing to be able to do that and actually eat real food when I’m hungry.

Today also marks the beginning of work outs with my diet. My plan is to do 20 minutes on the elliptical after work today, Wednesday and Friday. I’m starting slow with it because I am unsure what the exercise will do to my appetite. Hopefully it won’t affect it much but we’ll see.

I’ve noticed a drop in my appetite lately. I’m not deciding to not be hungry I’m just not hungry and that’s a change from previous attempts. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about… On weight watchers points I can remember several times being out of points and still hungry. I had to decide to cheat, which makes you feel bad about yourself, or ignore the fact that I was hungry. Since I’m not counting anything there is nothing to “cheat” on if I get hungry away from normal meal time and since I’ve been eating the “right” foods I’m simply not hungry outside of meal times. I hope that makes sense.

So, right now we’re at 16 pounds lost in two weeks. Can’t wait to see where I am next week.

Breakfast 2/28

Two eggs and four sausage links.

Dinner 2/27

Let's just say dinner was not on the approved list and it was delish.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Breakfast and Lunch 2/27

Two eggs and four sausage links. Chicken enchillada with ceasar salad at Moms.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dinner 2/26

Grilled chicken legs and breast. Salad. It was a good night. Wrote yet another song. 

Breakfast and Lunch 2/26

Two eggs and four sausage links. Lunch was really just a snack with two pieces of cheese and a slim jim type thing.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dinner 2/25

I had exactly the same thing I had yesterday. I added a Reeces egg and an Air Head.

Breakfast and Lunch 2/25/11

Breakfast was three eggs scrambled and four pieces of bacon.
Lunch was two cups of spinach with greek dressing. My tuna salad concoction.

Dinner 2/24

I'm pretty sure wrote one of these for my dinner last night but it clearly didn't make it to the web. Ribeye with green beans and six olives. a cup of baby spinach with greek dressing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lunch 2/24/11

My tuna concoction with salmon instead of tuna. Two cups of baby spinach with greek salad dressing.

Breakfast 2/24/11

Two eggs and four pieces of bacon.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dinner 2/23/11

Man I'm pretty terrible at posting these right after my meals. Anywho. Ribeye, green beans, 6 green olives and about a cup of baby spinach with greek dressing.

Lunch 2/23/11

My tuna concoction(with tuna this time) and about two cups of baby spinach and greek salad dressing. Think I need to add a snack at about 11 am or add the third egg back at breakfast. I got very hungry at noonish but didn't have time to eat anything. Decisions decisions.

Breakfast 2/23/11

2 eggs with cheddar cheese and 4 strips of bacon. Thinking sausage may be in my future soon.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dinner 2/22/11

It was stuff that isn't on the approved list. Hmm.

Lunch 2/22/11

2 cups baby spinach and my tuna concoction. Well it was salmon instead of tuna this time. You know what I mean.

For snack I'm having some meat and cheese.

Breakfast 2/22/11

Two eggs and four pieces of bacon.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dinner 2/21/11

Ribeye with green beans. Then I went and bought a good case for my Alvarez.

Lunch 2/21/11

Tuna salad concoction with two cups of baby spinach and greek salad dressing.

Lunch 2/21/11

Tuna salad concoction with two cups of baby spinach and greek salad dressing.

Onward! Ho!

Man what a week I've had. Things have been a little hectic at work this week but I think I've handled the hectic with more poise than usual. Could this have something to do with the food I'm eating? Hmm? Does eating foods from the low carb "Approved Foods List" make you have a more even temperament? Good question don't ya think?!?

Here's what I know. Since last Monday 2/14/11 I have lost 11 lbs. That may seem like quite a bit to you but honestly I lost 13 or 14 pounds my first week on weight watchers a few years ago. There is a major difference between what I was doing with weight watchers and what I'm doing now though. My first week on weight watchers I walked 20 minutes every morning and then did a cardio workout 3 times a week for at least 45 minutes. My first week on the "Approved Foods List" I haven't worked out once!!! I have not walked, been on a bicycle, run on the elliptical, tried to kill myself with P90X, or done anything else outside of my normal routine. NOTHING! NADA! ZIP! Zilch! Zero! Are you picking up what I'm putting down?

How is that possible? Well I can't explain it but, everything I'm doing, I learned from this BOOK. Is one week enough to prove that everything Mr. Taubes or Dr. Atkins have asserted about low carb diets? No. And I'm certain they would both agree that one week is not enough time to prove whether or not this works. That being said I'm truly excited. This is working just like this BOOK said it would. I'm eating low carb foods and the weight is falling off all by itself.

Another thing I know. My skin feels healthier and is looking healthier than it has in a long time. I've been a body acne sufferer in a few places for a long time. I've been to Dr's and taken medicine and used weird smelling ointments and soaps with the same frustrating results of dieting. Short term success but long term failure. What if eating low carb cures acne? Wouldn't that be something?

Another thing I think. I'm pretty sure my resting heart rate is slower than it was at the beginning of last week. I'm going to start recording that in the morning and see if drops over time as well.

In short. I feel good. I'm lighter and smaller than I was last week. I'm still hopeful and I'm NOT HUNGRY and frustrated by my hunger like I was after my first week of weight watchers.

Bring it on week two.

Breakfast 2/21/11

Three eggs scrambled. Four pieces of bacon and 2 cups of warm chicken broth.

Lunch and dinner 2/20/11

Saul Good's chicken and waffles for lunch with Mom.
Waffle House for dinner where I had 3 eggs scrambled, 3 peices of bacon and two sausage patties. I had some sweet tarts at the theatre and two small bags of m and m's when I got home. I also had 1 small makers on the rocks in the evening. Slightly off the charts but no big deal.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Breakfast 2/20/11

Had two cheesesticks this morning for breakfast with some bacon. Wasn't very hungry though. I'm taking my mother out to lunch this afteroon and I'm totally cheating when I do. More about that tomorrow.

Woops 2/19/11

Totally fell off the map here on Saturday. I had my usual eggs and, thank god, the last of the turkey bacon. I had tuna salad and then salmon salad for lunch and dinner. Two cheesesticks for snack and a little bit of bacon. Spent most of the day playing the guitar.

Lunch and dinner 2/18/11

Tuna, mayo and dill pickle. Baby spinach with an orange pepper.

Steak, 6 green olives, baby spinach with greek dressing and a cheesestick.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Breakfast 2/18/11

3 eggs and four pieces of saddle leather aka turkey bacon. Yum.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dinner 2/17/11

Steak and salad with greek dressing. Six olives and a cheesestick. After that I played at the Jamily Reunion and had a blast. Too much fun. Got so many compliments.

Lunch 2/17/11

6 oz chunk light tuna in water, 2 dill pickle spears and 4 tablespoons of mayo. Also 2 cups of baby spinach with 1 orange pepper and greek salad dressing.

Snack 2/17/11

No snack today at all. Wasn't feeling hungry. Tonight will be a big test. I'll have to avoid bad food and alcohol at the same time. Test of manhood?

Breakfast 2/17/11

3 eggs scrambled and 5 pieces of turkey bacon. I'm not a fan of turkey bacon. Closer to leather than bacon.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

All meals 2/16/11

Breakfast : three eggs and 4 pieces of bacon.
Lunch : tuna and mayo. Cucumber and orange pepper with greek dressing. A cheestick and pepperoni.
Dinner: chicken and green beans.
Pepperoni and a cheesestick for snack.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dinner 2/15/11

Steak, cucumber, baby spinach, six olives and a cheese stick. Steak for dinner is always good.

Lunch 2/15/11

Tuna with mayo and baby spinach with a yellow bell pepper. Cheese stick for lunch and snack too. Sadly there was no yum yum milk.

Breakfast 2/15/11

Three scrambled eggs and four pieces of bacon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dinner 2/14/11

Bacon wrapped filet cooked on my new George Foreman grill. Baby spinach with greek dressing. 6 green olives. 1 dill pickle spear and 1 cheese stick thing. Also 2 cups of chicken broth. Drinking broth will take some getting used to.

I'm a cheater already.

I had a piece of chocolate cake and milk at work today. I'm okay with this because I was in great company.

Lunch 2/14/11

Tuna with four ounces of mayo. About two cups of baby spinach with greek salad dressing and one raw red pepper. I had a cheese stick thing about an hour before lunch.

Breakfast 2/14/11

Three scrambled eggs and four pieces of bacon.

Weight loss attempt number 378,461!

It's been almost two years since my last post here and I really didn't think there would be any more posts. My original concept for this blog was to document my weight loss when I was doing Weight Watchers and riding my bicycle. That didn't really work out. Weight Watchers stopped coming to the office and I stopped following the program.

I have read so many different things about dieting I couldn't keep straight about what the "right" foods were and what was wrong. Was I counting calories or fat? Should I be worried about sodium? Should I drink lots of water or will that make me gain weight? Eventually I felt so confused I just stopped paying attention to what I ate and focused on excercise. Guess what? That didn't work at all. I worked out four times a week and gained all my weight back.

That's the very condensed version of my life for the last two years. Lots of effort with very little reward. If you search the web you'll find a large number of stories very similar to mine. It's amazing just how small obesity can make a person feel and, until about three months ago, that's exactly how I felt. Small and defeated.

While I'm opening my soul for everyone I'm going to make another confession. I really like bike porn. Right about now I bet you're asking yourself what bike porn has to do with weight loss?!? Well it doesn't... At least not directly but bear with me. One of the places where I go to look at bike porn is the Rivendell Bicycle Works website. These are some fantastic and well respected people within the bicycling community and they make some of the finest and most useful bicycles in the United States. They have lots of bicycle pictures and stories as well as lots of advice on equipment etcetera etcetera. Grant, the guy that runs the place, has a blog where he posts information about various and sundry things pertaining to Rivendell. I read this blog pretty regularly and there was a post made there one day about a book called "Why We Get Fat!" Grant went on about how good the book was and how the author, Gary Taubes, debunked most of the modern "thinking" about diet and excercise and I got pretty freakin' curious.

I checked out Gary Taubes website and read this article and I was pretty intrigued. I couldn't help but see myself as one of the people in one of those studies. As matter of fact when I was a teenager I was part of weight loss support group for teens and parents that used the calories in/calories out method in conjunction with the low fat method to produce weight loss. Bottom line... I lost quite a bit of weight when I was teenager. As soon as the support group ended I put all that weight and quite a bit more back on. I really think that was the point where all the depression feelings that come with being obese set in.

Today as I'm typing this I have read and feel like I understand the concepts explained in Mr. Taubes book. Today I am starting anew using the advice from Mr. Taubes book as a frame work for a way of eating that will, at least if the assertions in the book are true, allow me to attack my weight problem in a manner that makes sense. Eat when you are hungry, and eat until you are full. I feel hopeful about this for the first time in a long time.

From this day forward I will post a description of every meal I eat everyday right after eating. I will post my weight weekly and photos monthly documenting my success or failure using Mr. Taubes advice. I don't know what's actually going to happen but, I believe that if I follow the advice in the book, the outcome will be a smaller, happier and healthier me.