Monday, March 30, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 65

I ended up staying home today. I kept waking up last night every few minuets. I would look at the clock and see that only few minuets past by. That really sucked. I don't know what prompted that, but I did not want to go to work with that frame of mind. This has happened to me in the past every now and then. The last time I went to work with little to no sleep was miserable. My head thumped all day and I just could not wait to go home. So today I decided to let my manager know that I needed the day off. It was no be deal as long as my work is up to date and it was for the most part. Since I was at home I decided to eat another wonderful first meal of steak and eggs. That was almost worth staying home from work. I rested for awhile and finally got up around 9 am to make that fantastic first meal. Then I thought why not get some work done outside? It was really tempting to just stay inside and be really lazy like I do most Saturdays when I do not have anything really planned, but I got myself up and did some much needed yard work. I can never get enough time to get things done. I tell myself that when I get home I will do a little work outside in the yard, which sounds good in the morning. Then by the time I get home it's like maybe tomorrow I will do it. That reminds me of when I would say to myself I will start this diet tomorrow. So today I will drown myself in carbs. How crazy is that? I was just killing myself softly I suppose. I actually cut some grass, picked up a ton of several tons of leaves that still needing tending to and washed my vehicle. If that was not enough I swept and mopped the whole house and for the topper I washed and dried three loads of clothes. I worked really hard today. Maybe I should have just went to work. I was not that hungry around the time I ate my second meal. I ended up eating one of those amazing grilled burgers with some cheddar cheese. Delicious can't describe the taste. I mean it was really good. The good news is that I had some movement on the scale in my favor. I dropped another .5 pounds. Yeah for me. I am really tired and need to hit the hay. I should not have waited so late to post, but I ended up watching some news and then the final episode of the talking dead. Then I spent some time folding clothes too. Thanks for all your support and stopping by.


Morning fast: none

1st meal: four easy over eggs and 8 oz grilled roast, coffee and water

2nd meal: 1- 12 oz grilled cheddar cheese burger, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
250. lbs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 64

I had an unexpected visitor today. One of my old friends was in town and called me wanting to visit me. I was very happy and delighted to meet up with her. I've known her since we were kids and we where very close friends all through school. She ended up moving out of state, but comes now and again to visit family. I invited her to eat at my place. I just grilled a ton of food and thought she would enjoy it. She came over just in time for my second meal of the day. The really funny thing is that while she knew of my past efforts at zero carb and as well as my past failures, she did not question as to why the meal did not include anything else but meat. We just got caught up in conversation about anything under the sun. That was a good time. Now for the first meal of the day. That grilled roast turned into steaks were so good. I ate it with easy over eggs. I just cubed up the beef, put it in a bowl then laid the eggs on top. I then cut up the eggs and let the yolk run all over the beef. It was so good. I wish I could eat like that everyday. Isn't that what everyone says about a great meal? To top off my day I had another large package of ground beef and I made a huge meatloaf out of it. It was real simple. I just used onion and garlic powder, season salt and two large eggs. I mixed it up in a bowl and cook it in a Pyrex baking dish. I tasted it before I cut it up and stored it. It was really great. Now I have a nice little variety for the next week or so. Preparation is the key to success on this way of eating. Even just boiling a nice stash of eggs helps. I always want to have meat ready to eat on demand. I think everyone can benefit from that. I am getting close to reporting a positive movement on the scale. It is just not there yet. With all the great food at my house recently I did not even think of carbs in anyway. Another day down and a lifetime to go. I getting there. One day I will be there. I just known I am going to make it. Thanks for all your support.


Morning fast: water

1st meal: four easy over eggs and 8 oz grilled roast, coffee and water

2nd meal: 1- 12 oz grilled burger, several pork ribs, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
250.5 lbs

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 63

I felt like all I did today was eat and cook. I visited my family and we went to one of those fancy brunch type breakfast at the Marriott hotel. There was tons of all kinds of food. Most of which I could not eat. Yet they had a decent selection for someone eating the zero carb lifestyle. It was great. I ordered an all meat omelet with ham and bacon on the side. It was buffet style so I ate as much as I wanted. I did not need to over do it. I felt real satisfied with my big plate of food and did not go for seconds except for coffee. We then went to a park to walk around and let the kids in our family play. It was a great day to be out and around. I was with several family members which had kids that ranged from 3 yrs old to teens. It was a lot of fun. We stayed later than I anticipated. I got home a little late because I stopped at the store to pick up a few items. I am glad I did, because I picked up a medium size beef chuck roast that was marked down half price. It ended up being the catch of the day. It was really fatty almost like a well marbled rib eye steak. I butterflied it into two large thick steaks. At first thought I was thinking it would be tough. I got the coals running just when my friend showed up. I felt bad because I wanted the food to be almost ready when he got here. This guy is really cool and was just happy to be there talking away as I cooked. So I ended up using some cherry wood to add some smoke flavor to the food. The coal said all natural wood, but I did not really look hard at the bag to see what kind of wood. I was running to far behind to pay much attention. I cooked these huge grilled burgers, then I put a whole slab of pork ribs on the grill. Most grills have what is called a warming rack that sits above the main grill. I put the two inch thick homemade steaks there to cook. So when all the food was done we dug into a meat feast. I did not eat the ribs or homemade steaks. I stuck to 2 giant grilled burgers and added some cheddar cheese slices I found marked down. My friend was raving about the food. He told me the homemade steaks aka roast was just as good as any rib eye he ever ate. Of course I had to cut a piece off and taste it. I could not believe how tender it was. I did cook it rare and it was so delicious that I was disappointed that I did not eat 1 burger and a price of homemade steak. That's OK because I will be having homemade steak and eggs tomorrow for my first meal of the day. I will also have pork ribs for my second meal of the day. I plan on making some meatballs or meatloaf with another package of ground beef tomorrow. No movement on the scale. No trouble with being around tons of carbs at the hotel. It was just a great day. To tell you the truth I just got finished cleaning up the kitchen and started to write this post. I am really tired and I thought of just writing the post in the early morning. I then thought I would like to sleep in a litte to rest up from my full day. I am glad that I did not wait. Sometimes I will have to post a double post in one day. This time I was able to get it out. Thanks for coming by and all of your support. 

Morning fast: water

1st meal: meat omelet, bacon, ham, coffee and water

2nd meal: 2- 12 oz grilled cheddar cheese burgers, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
250.5 lbs

Friday, March 27, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 62

An end of a too long work week. I sound like a typical employee. I can't help it. I am in need of a long vacation. That won't happen soon. Everything went well at work. No doughnut offerings. Actually that is not exactly true. I was given a box of 2 dozen doughnuts. Believe it or not. I helped out a customer this morning that would have been turned away without my intervention. He was so grateful that he returned with the doughnuts. I just couldn't throw them away. I dropped them off at the employee break room and they were gone quicker than quick. I don't feel guilty about it. I did not even bother to open the box. I try to practice see no evil. I am getting strong, but I am not there yet and I will not tempt fate. Now to talk about some good food. I have two packages of ground beef that I plan on grilling on the out side grill. I also plan to grill a full slab of pork ribs. I will use coal again and might mix some of that cherry wood with some apple wood and see what flavor I get. I am using some hardwood coal that I believe is oak. I will check for sure and post it with the results of the grilling. I just know its going to be good. I am still on a high with my labs. I was so scared that it would not be as good as they were. Tomorrow is going to be a nice day for me. I get to visit family in the morning for my first meal of the day. We are going to a restaurant. I am not sure where, but breakfast is my most easiest meal to eat out. Eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, pork chops, steak and that is just on the top of my head. I will have a ton of food to chose from. Then later tomorrow my good friend will stop by for my second meal of the day. That will be grilled burgers and pork ribs. How much better can it be for someone living the zero carb lifestyle. The weather is supposed to be great to boot. No movement on the scale today. I am feeling good and secure at this point with my choice of zero carb. I am feeling the energy coming back. Before I started this lifestyle my energy was low. I was tired all the time and did not want to do anything but watch TV. Now my energy is creeping back. I am doing my chores around the house. I am excited about cooking again and I am planning some projects outside. That is all positive in my view. Thanks everyone for your support and stopping by to read my journey through zero carb.


Morning fast: coffee and water

1st meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, and water

2nd meal: 1/2 whole chicken/chicken salad, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 61

Now with 2 months down things feel so different. It is a matter of time? I don't really know. I guess you would call it a milestone for me. Not that I have went 2 months on zero carb only, but I have went 2 months zero carb with the right frame of mind. I know what I need to do and I am just going to do it. No excuses, no let downs, no way. I am feeling charged up and confident. Work was OK today. Nothing out of the ordinary happen. I can't wait for the weekend to come. I have some things to do outside. I also will have that good friend come by. It looks like we meet about once every 2 weeks or so. I plan on grilling a whole bunch of burgers. That will be my food for the weekend as well as the week. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I have a small victory and I am satisfied with that at the moment. I understand a carb craving can be at any moment. I know in reality that I am not there yet. I will keep working my way towards that goal. I will take it day by day. This keeps me focused and strong. I want more victories and I hope to get them. I want more milestones and I will work hard to get there. This is a promise I make to myself. I really want my health to be the best it can for me and those I love. No movement on the scale today. I want to give a special shout out to Denis, Sara, Anonymous and Dave for their comments of support. Thank you to all that come by to read and share my zero carb journey with me. 


Morning fast: coffee and water

1st meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, and water

2nd meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 60

Today marks 2 months of zero carb. I hope everyone s doing fine. First of all I must have still been asleep when I wrote my post this morning for yesterday. I posted that I ate chicken, but I did not. I got mixed up on what I was going to eat today. Sorry about that. I corrected the post and updated it. I did eat the chicken today and I did use the white meat for chicken salad. It was all very delicious. The cherry wood gave it a very nice and different taste. I have to do that again someday soon. Things were pretty normal at work. Everyone showed up and that helped for a stress free day for the most part. I will be working on a week long special assignment in another area starting the middle of next month. I got volunteered. That's OK. I don't mind exposing myself to new things. As promised below are my labs. I was a little scared about the outcome. Yet there was nothing to fear as you can see. Everything is within the normal range. My doctor was happy and I was ecstatic. 


My lab results:



No movement on the scale today. No cravings for carbs. Overall I am very happy with the way things are coming about. This lifestyle change is for the better. My last labs were horrible. Now here is the proof that zero carb can do miracles. Most people would have bet a paycheck that my labs would be the same or worst that my previous one. Now I can wave these results like a banner of hope. Thanks for all your encouragement and support. 



Morning fast: coffee and water

1st meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, and water

2nd meal: 1/2 whole chicken/chicken salad, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 59

Sorry once again for the late posting. I had a real busy day after work taking care of some private business. I did not get home until almost 7 pm. I ate then thought I would lay down for a bit before I posted. I ended up falling asleep until this morning. So like last time I will post again tonight as I usually do most nights. As for yesterday it was a really good day for me. I was well rested and best of all another day without cravings for carbs. I can't believe that it is almost two solid months. It seems only like yesterday that I started on this wonderful journey. I have read back in my journal from day one and see a great difference. I am adjusting well and feel really good about my experiences regardless if I went through a little growing pains or sailed through the day. I did  not eat the chicken yesterday, but I plan to eat it at home today for my second meal.  I might eat the leg quarter and wing, then make chicken salad out of the breast. No movement on the scale yesterday. I want to give a shout to Heidi for your very supportive comment. Thanks for everyone that stops by to read and give support!


Morning fast: coffee and water

1st meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, and water

2nd meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:


250.5 lbs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 58

The good news is that the almost .5 pounds that I gained disappeared. Work was a little hectic today. We had 3 call offs and one employee was on vacation making us really short. I ended up wearing many hats today. I guess I really earned my paycheck. As the day wore on things settle down a bit. I took my beef  back ribs to work. Now this is something that I would not usually take to work because it is really greasy and I tend to make a mess eating them. In my morning preparation at home before I left to work I deboned the meat. It was a little time consuming. The end results were great. Although we were busy I got to eat my first meal of the day without any interruptions. Nothing else to mention about my day at work. Another good thing was the weather outside was really nice so I was able to grill my boneless beef ribs on the outdoor grill. I almost forgot to mention that on the way home I stopped by a Kroger to pick up some bottled water and found a keeper in the marked down section of the meat market. I found one whole chicken regular price 1.16 a pound for .58 cents a pound. I was really happy to see that considering that I planned to use the outdoor grill today. I wanted to eat all beef during the work week. I am just going to have to make a little exception with this find. I did not want to freeze it because it was fresh. When I go home I took out the beef that I had in the refrigerator and laid out the meat on a big cutting board to let it get to room temperature. I then washed the chicken and cut in in half lengthwise. I seasoned it with garlic and onion powder. Then with a little salt and pepper. I also put it on a cutting board to bring it to room temperature. To be honest I ended up taking a little nap while waiting. I am trying to break that cycle because I want a good night sleep. If I take a nap after work I tend to stay up way too late. After a couple of hours I got up to check on the boneless beef ribs and the chicken halves. They were still a little cool. That's OK I don't need them to get all the way down in order to cook them. I know that the boneless beef ribs will cook rather fast because I want them a little rare. The chicken halves on the other hand need to be cooked all the way. Just about everyone knows that a chicken does not cook evenly. The white meat cooks much faster than the dark meat. So I used an indirect heat method to cook it at a lower temperature. I had a little cherry wood so I used a little to give it some extra flavor. The aroma was killing me it smelled so good. I ended up eating some fresh boneless beef ribs for my second meal of the day. When the chicken was done it looked a little like smoked chicken. The skin a real nice color to it. I wrapped the chicken halves in aluminum foil and let it rest for awhile. When it cooled down I used the same foil by cutting it in half and wrapped each chicken half in its own envelope. I then placed them in the refrigerator along with the boneless beef ribs in which I stored in a large freezer bag. Right now I have not decided if I will take chicken or beef to work tomorrow for my first meal of the day. As mentioned I had a small movement on the scale in the bonus area. I am feeling really good about my zero carb journey at this point. I feel that I am getting stronger everyday. I know some people out there may adapt to this way of eating much faster than I am. Please remember that I have failed twice because my approach to it was solely to a degree was to lose weight. This time around losing weight is a bonus, but my main goal to adjust to this way of eating for life. I like losing weight of course. It is not my main goal right now. It will come at the right time. I just want to focus on my health. Speaking about health I will post my lab results tomorrow. They came in and I want to share them with you. I really appreciate all of you that come by to read and show some support.


Morning fast: coffee and water

1st meal: 14 oz of beef back ribs and water

2nd meal: 10 oz of boneless beef ribs, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 57

I had a really good day. I slept in a little and felt real rested. I had a repeat of my first meal from yesterday minus a couple of eggs. It was more than enough. It was also very tasty. The meat is so rich and has a lot of fat. The flavor is so different. I can't really compare it with any other beef or meat out there. No it does not taste like chicken. The day was real nice I was out and about for awhile enjoying the great weather. I went to a park and sat around a little and enjoyed some coffee that I brought with me. Then I went to Walmart to buy some things. I did not find any mark downs worth buying. After shopping a little at Walmart I made one final run to HEB before heading back to the house. I found a great deal on several packages of beef back ribs. I bought 6 packages to be exact. After I got home I decided to make one of the packages of beef back ribs. I put some Cajun spices on it, wrapped it up in foil and baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 hours. They came out really tender. I had enough for my second meal for today and enough for my first meal tomorrow. Since I did not need to cook the boneless beef today, I will cook them tomorrow after I get back from work. Tomorrow is supposed to be almost 80 degrees without any rain. It will make great grilling weather. I felt really good all day. No cravings at all. I had some movement on the scale today. I gained almost .5 pounds, but it was not enough for me to change it. So I left it the same. I feel that it had to do with all that extra eating I did yesterday. I want to give a special shout out to Denis for his comments and support. Thanks everyone for your support. 


Morning fast: none

1st meal: 4 eggs, 8 oz of beef cheek, coffee and water

2nd meal: 18 oz of beef back ribs, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

3/22/2015 - Blast from the PAST - Entry #4 & 5

Greetings all,

Alright I thought I would combine the next two or is it three posts because they were at odd times. I have a short post before the wedding and reception, then I think I stayed up late and did not post the results of the wedding and reception until a day later than I had planned on. OK, now I am totally confused………..must be that half gallon of Blue Bell Triple Chocolate ice cream I just scarfed down……………….not!!! Yes, I was only attempting to see if you were still awake!!! 

Back to reality. Here is my next installment of “Blast from the Past” or Godzilla ate Pittsburgh. U mm….yeah I really don’t know where I was going with that one, but as it may or not, without further ado:


Original Stardate: 7/2/2010

I got up this morning a little late for work and found myself rushing out the door; I was not hungry so I decided to skip my usual breakfast of three eggs over easy and three strips of bacon. I usually start the day with a big glass of water, but I skipped that along with the breakfast. I have a 45-50 minute commute to work and because of the rain we are getting because of Hurricane Alex I was in a rush. I started to feel uncomfortable in the abdominal areas as I drove. I thought maybe my body is doing some kind of weird adjustments to this WOE. Once I got to my office I settled in and drank a large glass of water and immediately began to feel better. I still feel a little queasy, but a lot better. I'm trying to learn to eat only when I'm hungry convenient or not.

Observation:

At the time I associated my tummy troubles with skipping a meal. Was I right? Well looking at my post I can see that it may come into question that I might have been dehydrated. Or because I was late and bad weather conditions and so on and so on. To tell you the truth in retrospect I really don’t know. 


Original Stardate: 7/3/2010

At the moment I am getting ready for that wedding I posted about, I will upload some pics on the 4th. I am ready to make some changes that I will post on the 5th, which is my third week of ZC (started before I joined). I hope everyone has a great day!!!

Observation:

No real observation on the second small post unless you want to know how to put on a tux? Ha! OK I do have a little Wise and Sage advice to pass: Never eat yellow snow. OK, another wake up check. Ha! No really I do have something to say (imagine that why don’t ya) I did not post on the 4th because I was totally burnt out from cutting the rug (dancing for you young folks) at the wedding reception. Next post tomorrow will be a short post for the wedding along with some pics that includes one with me. 

Have a Healthy day my Family and Friends. Day by day make the right Choices and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Baby Steps

Cheers,

Dave

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 56

I ate too much today. Is that a bad thing? I feel a little stuffed or should I say a little too full. I don't feel bloated at all. I feel like when you drink too much water and can't drink another drop. This happened during my second meal. I will get to that in moment. First I want to talk about the beef cheek I cooked. It came out wonderful. I just seasoned it and wrapped in in foil and slow cooked it in the oven at 250 degrees over night. I guess it cooked for about 9 hours. I am sure it did not need that much cooking. I slept in this morning and got up around 9 o'clock. The meat was so tender it was unbelievable. I started to eat only 3 eggs with it then for reasons unknown to me I decided to eat 6 eggs instead. After my first meal I felt really good and went on about my day. I did a few shores around my house as I do on the weekends. It was raining off and on so I did not venture outdoors. I had defrosted some chicken thighs and some boneless beef ribs last night. I cut the boneless beef ribs in half because they are really long. I seasoned them up with garlic and onion powder. I added a little Worcestershire sauce. I plan on grilling them tomorrow on the outdoor grill. I might just use propane instead of coal this time. So the day went on fine with no hang ups. Later on in the day I lightly seasoned the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and cooked them in my rotisserie. After they cooled down to room temperature I rough chopped the meat add a generous amount of mayo and a little of whole grain mustard. I gave a couple of shakes of garlic and onion powder as well. I mixed it up really good and put it in the refrigerator to let he flavors mingle. I almost decided to add some boiled eggs, then changed my mind. Maybe next time. It had to be at least 2 lbs of chicken salad, maybe a little more. As the day wore on I was not really hungry at all after my first meal. I waited a little late to eat my second meal of the day. Then I got a little impatient and decided to eat before it got too late. That was not a good idea now that I have had time to think about it. Then I made another mistake in my opinion. I ate too much as I stated at the start of the post. I could have eaten half of the chicken salad and been satisfied. But I did not. I can't even ask why. I just did it. As I got to the halfway point of eating the chicken salad I felt good, as I as I ate three fourths of of the salad I told myself to stop. Then I reasoned that one fourth of chicken salad was not worth saving so why not just eat it and get over with it. Believe me this a a lesson well learned. This may not be a good point to bring up after talking about food, but the small bout of the runs I had yesterday are gone. To be clear, the mistakes I feel that I made was first not to consider eating one meal for the day due to lack of hunger and second not stopping after the halfway point of eating the chicken salad. No movement on the scale today. Thanks for all your support and have a good night.


Morning fast: none

1st meal: 6 eggs, 8 oz of beef cheek, coffee and water

2nd meal: 32 oz of chicken salad, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Friday, March 20, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 55

Today I ate the last of my grilled burgers. I bought a small package of beef cheek and will slow cook it tonight. I have read so many times Dave raving about it that I thought I would try it out. I know I have eaten it in the past, I just can't remember the last time. It must have been awhile back. Before I go to sleep tonight I will set it up in the oven. I will cook it at 250 for many hours. I will just add a little salt and pepper and wrap it in foil and see what happens. I will also defrost another package of boneless beef ribs to cook on the grill if weather permits. It has been raining for the last few hours and it is supposed to carry on tomorrow as well. I a have a couple of large ground beef packages, but I will keep them for later use. I have some chicken thighs, lots of chappell hill sausage and 1 whole chicken. I try to keep a well stocked freezer of meat. I also have some pan sausage and bacon I bought recently. For my first meal tomorrow I plan to eat the beef cheek and eggs. I have high expectations for it. I had pleasant non-eventful day at work. I was waiting for it to end all day. I know that sounds bad. I guess I got the weekend bug early. All day I felt really good and at peace. I did not have any cravings which is always a good thing. I felt relaxed and rested. I did a small case of the runs which has not happened in awhile. My stomach did not hurt, so I don't know what triggered it. I almost forgot the most important thing to report. I got a call from my doctor's nurse wanting me to do my labs all over again. She said that my labs were good for the most part. Only thing is that they were concerned about my kidneys. So sometime late next week or early the following week I will go back to do just labs. I looked online for my test results and none were there. I found that a little strange. In the past I could always see any labs that were performed on me. I will see in a little over a week to find out what's the concern. I am not going to speculate anything right now. No movement on the scale today. Thanks for all your support.



Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

2nd meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 54

Sorry for the very late post. I have been having personal problems not related to this way eating. I don't discuss those things here. Yesterday was a regular day for the most part. I ate my first meal at work as usual. Almost right after that 3 employees from another department that have worked with me on special projects came by an invited me to go out for lunch. At first I said no thank you I already ate. Then I thought why not? I really like that particular group of people and I would not mind getting out of the office to socialize a little. My manager is OK with that since I am always on top of my assignments. We ended up at a Taco Cabana. It is kind of a fast food Tex-Mex type of eatery. I ordered a large plain ice tea and sat back and chatted with my group. They all ate typical Tex-Mex fare of tacos and assorted other things. Unlike my pizza experience the day before I felt really conformable. I can only guess that just eating prior to going made a huge difference. One thing good about these type of restaurants is they have tons of grilled meat. I don't know if they sell them a-la-carte. The rest of the day was uneventful as far a zero carb is concerned. I won't bore anyone here with my personal drama. One thing though related to that personal drama is that it would never push me in the direction to eat carbs. At least not in my case. I will post latter today about the events of the day. I had some movement on the scale yesterday. I dropped another .5 pounds. A special shout out to Monica for her really nice comment of support. Thank you to all that come by to read and give support.



Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

2nd meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

250.5 lbs

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 53

What I thought was going to be another mundane day at work turned out to be a struggle for sanity. I know that sounds a little dramatic. Today started like any other workday. My manager asked me and another coworker to pick up some things for an employee appreciation lunch that he was sponsoring for my group. I usually do not make the run to pick things up for these types of events. The person I was going with always makes the runs with another guy who was not at work today. So I got volunteered by my boss. I really did not think anything of it until we made our final stop at Domino's pizza. Apparently my boss had already placed the order for 25 large pizzas and we went to pick them up after a stop at Kroger to pick up some plates, napkins, drinks and a few other items which was what I thought to be the extent of our trip. So we stopped at Domino's and pick up the pizzas. It still did not occur to me what was about to hit me like a hammer within a few minuets. Keep in mind we are in a company vehicle, a Ford Escape to be exact. So we put the pizzas in the back seat, because the cargo area had the other things we picked up earlier at Kroger. Within seconds the vehicle began to have an overwhelming powerful smell of pizza. Every breath I took was like eating a slice of pizza. The ride back to the office took around 20 minuets. All sorts of ideas went racing through my mind. I guess I was trying to justify idea of eating pizza. To be honest the smell of pizza was pleasant to me and I could imagine myself indulging in a few slices. When it sunk into me that I was willing to throw it all away for a simple moment of gratification, it sicken me. I have worked really hard to make it this far and am ashamed to admit of even entertaining the thought of committing such an act. Of course I had originally thought I would just scrap off the toppings of an all meat pizza. Somehow that would make it OK. As we unloaded the vehicle back at the office I came to my sense. During the informal luncheon I slipped out for awhile to reflect about the event. I was ashamed and proud of myself at the same time. Ashamed because I had several moments of weakness and proud because I did not follow through with it. Still the whole event was unsettling. No movement on the scale. I appreciate everyone's support.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

2nd meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers, 6 oz sausage and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

251 lbs

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 52

Today was a little stressful at work today. What could go wrong went wrong. Funny thing is I did not feel the need to compensate that stress with a quick high a from something sweet. I focused my attention to correct what was going wrong. I found that the energy I spent working for a solution distracted me enough to keep my mind on other things. For those who don't have or realize they have carb cravings my think this statement to be strange. I have to admit that like a druggie I would eat something extremely sweet to relive stress and to make me feel good. I could down a whole pint of ice cream or eat 3 or 4 pastries that had really sweet fillings. I would get a rush out of it.  Then soon after that my stomach would ache like hell. Then I would feel so guilty about it and would be full of regret. Now I handle stress differently. I try to get myself emerged with a mission to solve whats going wrong instead of trying to cope with it through getting a carb rush. I thought I would share that with you. No movement on the scale today. I want to thank Adam for his supportive comments. Thanks to everyone for your support.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

2nd meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

251 lbs

Monday, March 16, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 51

I had a very nice day at work. I was on one of those assignments that let me wonder about the facilities. While on assignment I met up with a friend that works in another department. We talked for awhile. I told him about my zero carb diet. He understood what I was talking about because I had told him about past attempts. He is also very supportive in the way that he does not criticize what I am doing. I took a couple those grilled burgers with me. They were really good and filling. I ate them slow because they were so good. I have not cooked on coal in a long time. So they had that really great outdoor flavor. I am tempted to take a small container of mayo to put on top of the burgers to give it a little more fat. My burgers are not really dry, but they could be a little more moist. It's just a thought. I don't know if I will do it or not. I really do feel more relaxed this time around. I am not worrying about anything else but the adjustment to this new lifestyle. I really don't know how long it will take. As far as I am concerned there is no time limit. Patience will aid me in this endeavor. Sure like other people I want to see results. That is only being human. I need to rise above that and wait. Too many times in the past I would get discouraged and give up. I can't do that this time. If I don't succeed I don't have anywhere to go. I don't want to make this sound like a do or die situation. I just can't see myself trying anything else if this fails. I have been around the world in the realm of diets. I can't seem to find what is right for me. My past attempts at zero carb have been the best of anything I have ever tried. So I will wait and continue doing this for the rest of my life. I know that sounds bold. I am all out of options. I either realize that I will be grossly overweight the rest of my life and reap the benefits of it in the form of bad health. Or I can be patient and adjust to this new lifestyle and reap the benefits of great health. I just want some peace in my life. In the condition that I am currently only brings me down. Movement on the scale today. I lost another .5 pound. Thanks for your support. Thanks for stopping by.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

2nd meal: 14 oz of grilled burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

251 lbs

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 50

I stayed up a little late last night and slept in a little. I felt well rested by the time I got up at 9:30 am. For me that is really a late start for my day. I really did not care. I had such a great time yesterday it was well worth it. I had a great first meal of the day consisting of eggs and grilled burgers, water and coffee. I felt real satisfied as I always do eating a great zero carb meal. People who don't practice this way of eating just don't know that you can eat a considerable amount of food without feeling stuffed. This way of eating makes you feel satisfied and energetic. One of the biggest benefits for me is feeling satisfied for many hours. I know that I probably could have just eating only one meal and not have eaten anymore and be satisfied. I am eating plenty right now in order to help me adjust and to help avoid cravings for carbs. I don't know if this approach for everyone. It seems to be working pretty well for me right now. I guess everyone has to find out for themselves how to adjust for this lifestyle. I am 50 days down and feeling confident and strong with this choice of lifestyle. I am considering to eat to hunger only. Which means to stop when I am satisfied. I tend to eat more right now. No movement on the scale today. I want to give a special shout out to Denis and Anonymous for their comments today. Thanks to both of you and all of you that come by to visit and read. 


Morning fast: none

1st meal: 4 eggs, 12 oz of grilled burgers, water and coffee

2nd meal: 8 oz of grilled burgers, 3 sausage links, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

251.5 lbs

3/15/2015 - Blast from the PAST - Entry #3

Greetings all!

OK, here is my next blast of the past. I hope you enjoy it and find something useful. 

Original Stardate 7/1/2010

Yesterday was a big challenge for me. I went out to eat with a good friend. He wanted to go to the Olive Garden. I thought "good lord, that's CARB city USA". I told him "No" because I eat ZC. He was pretty cool about it, so we ended up at a restraint called Fuddruckers that serves mega burgers (I don't know if it's a national chain in the USA) I had a 2/3 bun-less burger with triple cheese and a tall glass of H2O. My friend had the same burger made the regular way with fries and a large coke. He was amazed that I was only eating the meat and kindly asked if I wanted to order another patty. I declined because it was more than enough to satisfy me.

My next big challenge will be July 3 (this Saturday) when I attend a Wedding (the same guy I went to the burger joint with) and reception. He said that they will off two meat selections (Yum, Yum).


Observation:

I have to say that I was oh so proud of myself that day. Why? Look-it: I was a (ZC)er for a very short time and it would have been easy for me to just think “Oh I can just start again tomorrow”. I am almost certain that most of us have “been there and done that” if not on (ZC) most likely on some other diet. I just saying that for “ME”, “MYSELF” and “I”………….well I was proud that I stood my ground.  Ohhhh I did mention a Wedding and Reception…………..Jeez I was a bit skeptical………….Oops………that’s a whole other “Blast from the past coming soon to a theater near you. Please check your local listings and look for promotional discount tickets at your local………….Hahaha!!!!  OK I got carried away. No worries, I’m weird like that don’t ya know???

Thank God for burger joints. They have saved me so many times. For me Beef Hamburger patties always hit the spot and you can always add Bacon and Cheese. But stay away from the cheese if you’re trying to lose weight (a word from the wise). Hey I almost forgot your could always add some Mayo. I do sometimes if I feel like I need some extra fat. It’s a personal choice.

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Stay True, Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er True Through and Through

Cheers,

Dave

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 49

I had a really great day. I slept in a little and rested some more in bed. I got up at around 7 am and quickly wrote my post that I did not do last night. I explained why in my previous post. How about my doctors visit yesterday? It went better than I thought it would. This doctor was real laid back. He was a little older so at first glance I thought that I was going to have a hard time with him when I revealed my zero carb diet to him. To my surprise he was OK with it and even told me a little story some gentleman he know that went vlc and lost a lot of weight. We then discussed exercise. He had another story about that too. He told me of a person he knew that work on an oil rig in the Texas gulf and would gain weight while he was there. Although he would walk thousands of steps throughout the month. When the doctor asked why he thought he gained weight, the patient told him that they had a world class kitchen and most there ate for entertainment because they were bored. A couple of surprising stories. So I let him on that I was doing zero carb and he was OK with it. He did not tell me that it was dangerous or anything like that in the least. I also told him that I would like to follow up with him in about 3 months to see my progress and to do the lab screening again. He was good with that too. Now for today. As mentioned earlier I had a friend coming over today. I have known him for awhile. I have mentioned going out to eat with him in prior posts. He is real cool and just goes with the flow. I ended up grilling rib eye steaks, chappell hill garlic sausage and tons of burgers. I used coal instead of propane and the food came out beyond good. We had a great time talking and eating. I even brought out my rifles and we talk about them too. He is a fire arms enthusiasts and has done a little gunsmithing. He never complained once that there was no sides dishes. We just talked and laughed like we always do. Now I have a ton of burgers and quite a few sausage links to enjoy. I will freeze some meal packs of both. There is way too much to keep in the refrigerator. I don't like it when food starts to get that funny taste after a few days. So tomorrow I have a small job to do. Actually I should not consider it work at all. Now I am all rested up and stocked up on real food. I am very happy right now. No cravings and no movement on the scale. Thanks to all for your support. A special shout out to Denis for your comment. 



Morning fast: none

1st meal: 4 eggs, 4 strips of bacon, 4 oz of pan sausage, water and coffee

2nd meal: 16 oz rib eye steak, 1 sausage link and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

251.5 lbs

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 48

Sorry for not posting last night. I was so tired after the doctors appointment which was after I got off of work. I did not sleep but 2 hours before I got up for work yesterday. I don't know why I was so nervous about the doctors appointment. I did not eat anything at all before the appointment either because I had labs. When I got home I just ate and fell asleep until now. I will post again late today with post #49 and give more details about the doctors visit. As far as work yesterday, it was basically uneventful and went smooth except me being tired as the day wore on. I was getting really hungry too. I did not get off until 2:30 pm. That was actually a little earlier than usual because of my appointment at the doctors office. I was not tempted to eat before the appointment and did not cave in to a tray of pastries one of the vendors brought by as appreciation for a project my team work on for them. I ended drinking several cups of plain black coffee. I think that helped. I also drank several bottles of water. After the doctors appointment I went home and ate the last of my cooked boneless beef ribs. I still have another large package left in the freezer for another time. After I ate I thought I would just take a nap and then write my posting. So I laid in bed and started to watch a little news on my laptop and before I knew it I was asleep. I did wake during the late nigh to go to the restroom, but I was too tired and just shut down the laptop and continued to sleep until about 7 am. So I started to write this post right after I got up. That's it for now. More to come later today. I have a friend coming over for dinner. I plan to grill some burgers, sausage and maybe some rib eye steaks. Thanks for all you support and sorry for the late posting. 

Morning fast: lots of water and coffee

1st meal: none

Real 1st meal: 18 oz boneless beef ribs and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:

251.5 lbs


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 47

I can't believe that I did not title my last post. I realized it and updated the post with a post title. I guess I had too many things on my mind last night. I am really excited about my doctor’s visit tomorrow. No offense to any doctors out there, but I have been to some really good doctors with great interests with my health and then I have been to some that made me feel like a number. The doctor tomorrow will be someone that I have never seen before. So I will report my experience with him tomorrow. What is it with offices and doughnuts? I understand the correlation with cops and doughnuts. Today my boss brings these things to my office and again I say thank you, but I am on a diet. I have told him in the recent past that I am on an all protein diet and he just said OK with a little smile. I don't expect him to remember or care. Still it would be nice not to have these things waved under my nose. I am not there yet as far as not being tempted. That is just the truth. I want to be strong and think that there is no way I would stumble. Right now I just don't know day to day if I would actually give in to a moment of weakness. To change the subject, I just have enough boneless beef ribs for tomorrow. I will cook up a big batch of burgers and maybe some sausage on Saturday. Dave has told me that it is OK to eat sausage that does not have fillers. I am sure it has been mentioned on this blog that many of the small Texas sausage manufacturers make great sausage that is nothing like the national brands. They are made in small country towns and are really delicious. They are made in natural casings to boot. A real popular brand is chappell hill sausage made at Chappell Hill Texas which is not all that far away from here about 50 miles away. That would be a fun day trip. I believe they have a big annual festival over there. Their meat market has a variety of other meats as I have seen on their website. I had a move on the scale today. I dropped a half a pound. I usually report pounds lost and gained in .5 pounds. It is just easier that way for me. Thanks Dave and Monica for the extra support. Thanks everyone for visiting and reading. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 10 oz boneless beef ribs and water

2nd meal: 10 oz boneless beef ribs ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
251.5 lbs

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 46

I am almost out of boneless beef ribs. I am defrosting a few packages of ground beef burgers to cook either on Friday or Saturday. I will defiantly grill them on the outdoor grill. I really like the taste of burgers cooked outside as opposed cooking them inside. I did not get much sleep last night. I had a lot of things on my mind lately. Things I really can't discuss here. They are not related to this way of eating. They are more private in nature.  I used to take a small nap when I got home. Now I have been staying up until it is time to go to sleep. I am really tired today so I should get some nice rest tonight. This Friday I will get an annual check up which will include labs. I am not expecting any great results at this point. I will try to convince the doctor to let me take labs again in 6 months to see any difference. In any case I will go independently and get another screening. I really hate going for check ups. I don't like all that poking around. I guess I sound like a kid. I feel really good. The minor problems with my stomach are gone as soon as I woke up in the morning. I was really glad for that. So far I seem to be adapting really well. My frame of mind is right on target. I know I will be successful this time around. No movement on the scale today. I decided to eat the same about of boneless beef ribs today. It was plenty enough for me. Thanks again everyone for all your help.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 16 oz boneless beef ribs and water

2nd meal: 10 oz boneless beef ribs ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252 lbs

COFFEE AND THE ZERO CARB DIET

I want to make a comment about the “possible risk of coffee addiction”. Does it really exist? If yes, is it really serious? Anyway, it seems to be of a concern for many of us on Zero Carb.

First, and let make this clear, it is not because someone drinks coffee (or tea) that he will automatically get addicted to it. Addiction is much more complicated then that.

To make it simple, according to our actual knowledge, addiction is control by our genes, meaning we carry or not carry the risk in our chromosomes when we are born. Studies from the last decade have demonstrated that this “risk chromosome” can “express itself” from 0 to 100%, which can vary upon several: early experiences with the substance when the brain is not yet all develop, passed experiences, and of course, actual level of use of the said substance.

If “chromosomes” and “exposure” are both important, another serious aspect is the “addiction risk” of specific substances. For example, alcohol has an addiction risk of 27%, while cigarette has one of 18%. A strong drug like heroin is 92% while sugar is 11%. For coffee, sadly, there is yet no study done "on the risk". Interestingly, and a hot subject nowadays, is the addiction risk to cannabis: 3%. But this is another subject…

So what about coffee? Well there is a “big book” called DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and the last edition has NOT yet classified caffeine addiction as a problem. The DSM-5 is THE BIBLE of contemporary psychiatry.

And why this? Well caffeine is consumed daily by billions of people worldwide with very little to no health consequences for the vast majority. It is estimated that less than a tenth of one percent of the world’s population has any adverse reactions to caffeine. There is also little to no evidence that it is harmful to the human body when consumed in moderation or that it interferes with normal mental functioning and productivity.

Anyway, even if caffeine does have “possible” addictive properties, it doesn’t foster deep psychological and physiological dependency, as do controlled addictive substances.

Finally, and not the least, the “high” one may get from exposure to any substance is principally caused by a release of DOPAMINE in the brain. But we do not get this “dopamine rush” only when using ‘controlled substances”. Drinking a glass of water when really thirsty causes a dopamine rush. Having sex does the same thing; just as shopping and gambling may do for some folks. EATING A NICE PIECE OF JUICY MEAT DOES THE SAME. It is a “survival reaction” from our brain.

All this said, there is NO scientific proof the consumption of 2-3 coffees per day has any consequences on health; of course, if someone drinks 15-20 espressos per day, we are talking about another situation.

Clearly, the consequences of eating carbohydrates compare to consuming coffee are much more serious, especially if your have any risk of carb addiction and/or metabolic syndrome.

Anyway, coffee contains zero carbohydrate and this is exactly what we are looking for!!! Make your own conclusion.

Denis








Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 45

Lots of great comments of support today. I guess something good can come out of something bad. I want apologize if I offended anyone out there with my posting. It was not intentional. Like Dave described this is my journal of my zero carb diet and I must put down everything I feel that happened to me or how I felt about certain things. Mostly everything I write about is related to eating in some shape or form. Or it meant something to me to mention it. So this is what it is. I don't plan on changing anything. I will try to be positive unless something has got me down. For example today my stomach is not feeling too good. I don't have any idea why. It's not really bad, just not too comfortable. It might be just gas for all I know. Not everything we feel is related to our diet. I have been sick in the past for many reasons that I can't relate to my eating habits. Then again who knows. I am no medical or science expert. I understand the basic science of this new lifestyle I have chosen to follow. One of the main reasons for me is to have a healthy normal weight. We all know that being grossly overweight comes with a lot of medical issues. More so as you get older. Things were slow at work, almost boring. I have not had to go out on any special assignment as of late. I really like getting out of my area and visiting the other areas. I think the easy pace walking feels good. I had some movement on the scale today. I lost that half pound that I gained back. I had no doubt that would happen. It was just a matter of time. I know I have read where some people actually gain while in the transition phase of this new way of eating. That has to be mentally hard to cope with. I appreciate the support mechanism I have here. I went to the store on my way home and found that HEB had an inside sale for ground beef at 1.97 a pound. That is a really good price so I picked up 2 large packages. I am not sure what I will do with them. I just put them in the refrigerator for now. Tomorrow I need to decide how I will store them and if I will break them down to different amounts. That will depend on what I will use them for when it's time to cook them. Like eggs, ground beef is very versatile. I just might make a lot of burgers out of them and cook them on the outside grill. Then I can freeze and eat them as needed. I will make up my mind tomorrow. Thanks Ana, Bill and Anonymous for your support. It really means a lot to me that some people out there can relate to what I am trying to do to change my life. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 16 oz boneless beef ribs and water

2nd meal: 10 oz boneless beef ribs ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252 lbs
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