Thursday, August 25, 2011

One week in the books

The first week went better than I expected.  Total lost for the week was 13 pounds; I weigh 331.  My expectation was around nine.  I'm feeling great and am excited to have found something that works for me and is relatively easy for me to follow.

Of the things that I said I would try, I've only made one of them so far and that was garlic chicken.  It was something I just put together and it turned out to be pretty good.  The leftovers were good as well.  It was chicken, garlic (freshly minced), green pepper, red pepper and onion cooked up in some butter.  Next time I'll try to find a recipe, as it didn't have much garlic flavor.  The crock pot chicken will probably be made on Monday and left to cook while I'm at work.

I have decided to make a slight modification to the diet to cut back on the fat a little bit to see how that works.  For the past, oh, I don't know how many years, I've made peanut butter toast for breakfast.  It was quick, easy and tasted good.  Being on this diet has kind of forced me to put on my cooking hat, but I don't like to put it on in the morning.  What this means is that I'm getting tired of eating scrambled eggs for breakfast.  I'll throw in a protein shake once in a while made with a whey isolate.  It came highly recommended from a friend of mine who has also been doing a lot of research on diets.  That and some frozen berries should be delicious way to start the day.  JUGGERNAUT!

I'm getting fairly pumped up for the football season to begin.  It is the HUSKERS first year in the Big 10 and expectations are high.  The start of the NFL season is also upon us.  Our fantasy league's draft is this weekend back in the town where I started my first college experience -- Maryville, MO.  We are having our draft at the sweet Palms.

Another side note, I got some new glasses today.  I've been battling eye infections over the past couple of years, so I dumped the contact lenses and decided to see if that has been the cause.  So far, so good.  I like my new specs.  They definitely give me a new look.  I'll see if I can get an updated picture on my blog before the weekend is out.

Speaking of the weekend, have a great one!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Grocery shopping day

Monday I usually buy my groceries for the week and today was no different.  I had several new things on the list, including some things I had never before purchased nor did I think I would.  This included carrots and celery.  Also on the list was coconut oil, almond flour and almond butter.  The latter proved to be a very exciting purchase for me, as it is a very good substitute for peanut butter, which is something that I've had for breakfast since I was little.

On the docket to make and/or try this week:  apple chips, fruit crumble, nut flour muffins, chicken in the crock pot, garlic chicken and then making chicken stock from the chicken bones.  Stay tuned to see how these turn out.

This weekend will present a challenge for me, as I will be out of town overnight on Saturday.  It is football season and our draft is Saturday.  There will be lots of temptations, but I'm going strong and really no need to deviate.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Things I've Tried

Being on this diet requires a little more cooking than I typically do or like, but I'm determined.  Here are a couple of things that I've tried so far from the Live Primal Fuel and Recipe Book.

Primal Mayonnaise -- This is ok, but what good is it if you can't eat any bread.

Ranch Dressing -- No good.  Just my opinion, of course.  Coconut tasting "ranch" dressing doesn't cut it.

Turkey Chili -- Had this tonight.  Not bad.  Needs to be spiced up a little more next time.  Curious to try the leftovers tomorrow to see if it tastes better then, as some do.  I'll let you know.

Played poker, cash, at Prairie Meadows today.  AA < KK all in pre.  That pretty much sums up the session.

Three days in, on the fourth

Feeling really good.  I've been weighing myself every morning so far.

Saturday -- 339
Sunday -- 336

Doing the math, that's 8 pounds in 3 days.

I had one chicken breast for a late lunch yesterday and didn't feel hungry the rest of the day, so I skipped supper.  Burnt some asparagus on the grill, too.  If you do that, don't eat them, they really don't taste good.

Made a trip to Trader Joe's yesterday.  First time I had been to their store.  I had heard a lot of good things about it.  It seems like they have a better selection of fruits and vegetables than Hy-Vee.  Certainly more organic.  I bought some eggs from cage free chickens, a tomato, squash, some avacados and ground turkey.

This morning I'm sipping on a smoothie that I made with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, a little coconut milk and some water.  The coconut milk is pretty powerful stuff.

At about 6:30pm last night I had a pretty good burst of energy.  I had been putting off updating my EVO phone to the latest Android software, so I got it reset and put on a new ROM running with the Gingerbread code.  It does seem faster.  Anyway, thought I would throw in something not related to the diet.

Have a good Sunday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 1 results

I'm now into day 2, but had some good results in just one day.

I weighed myself yesterday morning to make sure I had an accurate record.  It was at 344, so I had gained a couple of pounds since last Friday, which figures as I indulged a bit before starting this diet.  My weight this morning was 340.  In just my first day I lost 4 pounds!  According to MyNetDiary, I consumed 2154 calories.  I don't expect to lose 4 pounds every day.  Perhaps it is my body adjusting.  I also am not going to weigh myself every day.  Each Saturday morning I plan on stepping on the scale.

I've felt just fine.  I haven't yet tested my blood sugar -- so I'm going to do that right now.  It is at 85mg/dL.  Glad I don't have to do that every day.  Just had a snack of almonds about an hour and a half ago.

My energy level has been good.  Haven't really been hungry or craving anything, but it is only the second day.  My friend reminded me that I am a JUGGERNAUT -- an unstoppable force -- and that's what I'm going to use as my motto.

I can do this.  No one can stop me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The diet and starting statistics

As you may have noticed on the "About Me" part of the blog (see the right side of this page), I'm going to follow the Paleolithic diet.  There are a couple of reasons that I've selected this particular way to eat.  First, it is low carb.

I'm diabetic.

That was difficult to type.  I wanted to do everything that I could not to get to this point.  This changes now.  Fortunately for me I'm not on any medication for that issue.  My goal is to remain that way.

Second, and lastly, it just makes sense -- eating only those foods that are created by the earth.  It is good for you and if there is ever a situation where something happens to our economy or society, I'm a little bit ahead of the game with respect to diet.

Statistics -- as of August 12

  • Weight -- 344 pounds (actual starting weight as of 08.18 7:30am)
  • Blood sugar -- 107
  • Blood pressure -- 120/80
  • Triglycerides -- 106
  • Cholesterol -- 156
  • LDL -- 97.8 (03.22)
  • HDL -- 24 (03.22)
  • HA1C -- 5.5
  • Medications -- Fenofibrate, Lisinopril, Amlodipine, Metoprolol

All cupboards have been cleared out and refrigerator is stocked with only what you can find on earth or make with those things found.

I'm not a green tea drinker, but that will also change tomorrow.  No more diet Coke for me in the mornings.

And away I go.

A New Journey Begins

Here it goes...

This is my first blog, my first entry, about a new journey I'm beginning in my life.  It is something I've wanted to do for a long time and something that I need to do -- extend the mileage that I have left in my body.  In other words, lose weight.  Specifically, a lot of weight.  My journey will be easier than others and more difficult than others.  I'm here to share these experiences in hopes of helping me more than anything else and to keep myself accountable.  I've tried this before and failed.  Failure is no longer an option; success is required.  Maybe, just maybe, if I can help someone else or provide motivation for one other person, it will keep me going, too.

Sometimes posts will be organized.  Other times they will be random.  You'll just have to check back often to see how it is going.

I welcome comments, suggestions, constructive criticism and thoughts.

Next up...the plan and beginning statistics.