Saturday, January 30, 2016

1/30/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 25

Greetings all, 

The next days will be interesting on how this rookie handled some trying times. “Blast from the Past” :

Original Stardate: 7/25/2010
My night started out good, but then around 2:30 am I had some minor stomach cramps. I did not feel well. So I got up and drank some water. The cramps were not severe, but were uncomfortable. I did not sleep well for the rest of the night. Around 6:00 am this morning the cramps went away. I don't feel rested. I have a lot of things to do today and I won't be able to take a nap. I guess I will be going to sleep early tonight (?). 

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/25/2010
I made my famous lasagna for my DW, I had enough ingredients to make a second one slightly smaller. I called my friend (the one that was recently married) and told him he had first dibs on the second one. He said that he was on the way. He has been boasting to his new bride about my lasagna for the longest. I hope it lives up to its name. 

My spirits are better now that the day is wearing on. I ate this morning about 7:30 am. I would usually be hungry by now, but I have no appetite. Maybe it had to do with the cooking. The funny thing is that when I cook something that is not (ZC) it feels funny not tasting my creations. Cooking non-(ZC) does not bother me at all. If DW does not believe in this WOE it’s her choice. She does not have an ounce to lose so she probably thinks her diet works fine for her.

I never mentioned this before, but I was taking a low dose BP med before I started (ZC). My Doc told me that I have been borderline on the high side and finally prescribe me low dose meds. I stopped taking the meds about two months ago, roughly one month before (ZC). We bought a home BP machine yesterday and today I check myself after I ate and it read 115/79. Boy is my Doc going to be shocked especially after I tell him that I quit the meds a while back. I’m not going to have my next annual checkup until late December. I usually go late August, but I want to see if I can reduce my weight a bit more before I go. The last time I saw him I think I was at about 245 lbs. 

I am not looking forward to doing some yard work in a few hours when it cools off outside a bit. I guess I can always put a load of cloths in the washer. 

I ended up finding a small stash of flash frozen steaks in the freezer. So I may have a little more steaks to eat before I go on my GB tour. 

No desire for carbs, defiantly no desire to cheat. 

(ZC)ers do it better 

Cheers

260/244.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):7
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
To start off with a slight increase in weight. OMG it’s panic time………..not!!! On the second post I talk about stomach cramps. Not good, but not a giant killer either. OK, now some good news. Blood Pressure is way down and I am ready to show my Doc what a proper diet can do. YES!!! He almost crapped himself when I told him that I had been off the meds for months and that I had been eating a High Fat Right Protein diet. Well I am getting ahead of myself. That posting will be in a few months. So the stage is set: lack of sleep, stomach cramps and a weight gain. What will this Rookie do??? Stay tuned for your next installment of “Blast from the Past” and find out……….OK, a little hint. It will get worse before it gets better.

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Battle On!!!

(ZC)er “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”-Winston Churchill



Cheers,

Dave

Thursday, January 28, 2016

1/28/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 24

Greetings all,

 Alright is that crickets I hear in the background??? HA! Without delay my next installment of “Blast from the Past” :

Original Stardate: 7/24/2010
I had a real nice day. I made a nice breakfast for my DW. We then went for a nice walk along the Waterway and then Market Street. We took a ride on the trolley and spent some time at a real nice upscale market. I stared with drool at the aged beef case. 

We then did some grocery shopping at Wal-Mart and Kroger. I picked up 10 lbs of Ground Chuck (80/20). I got a real good deal at Kroger on the GB for 1.65 lb. I usually pay 2.00 or a little more normally. It comes in a 5 lb tube. When I got home I made 30 ¼ burgers on the outside grill. I’m in the process of flash freezing them as I type. 

DW asked me to make my famous Italian Lasagna for tomorrow. We bought all the ingredients that we did not have on hand today. I have to admit that I still enjoy cooking. I could care less about the dish, I just like cooking. Among my crowd I’m the “MAN” when it comes to the kitchen. I always get rave reviews from family and friends when I host dinner parties. I just love to cook.  

Now cleaning is another story.  

(ZC)ing my way through Life


Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/24/2010
I was TOAST yesterday after I got off work. I ended up crashing out around 7:30 pm or so. It was a hectic week not only on (ZC) but at work. I will try to use this weekend to refocus what works for me on (ZC) and fight the temptation to experiment (my turkey experiment). 

Steak, GB and H2O are my friends, no need to break up the “Terrific Trio”. 

My “tummy troubles” seem to have settled for the most part. I occasional get them, but with less ferocity. It’s hard to get use to not having to go to the “Water Closet” as often as I use to. I always feel that’s something’s wrong with me instead of “hey stupid, this is the way it’s supposed to be (duh)” 

I got up super early today because of all the rest I got last night. I ended up eating twice yesterday. Late morning and again just before I left work. I felt a little hungry just before I knocked out, but I was too tired to get up to eat. I wasn’t starving or anything so I just crashed.

My spirits are soaring once again, thank God for weekends. I probably have enough steak supplies to last for about three days, then I will grill up 5 lbs worth of GB (80/20).

All in all this has been a good Journey for me. I don’t give up easy. I don’t run when faced with the enemy. I hold my ground and fight. 

No Cravings, No Cheats No Way Jose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(ZC) Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow 

Cheers

260/244.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
I mentioned being very tired the day before and that I had a hard week. Tummy Troubles are almost a thing of the past. Again with the “experiments” lol!!! At this point I am trying to focus on basic eating: the “Terrific Trio”= Steak, Ground Beef and H20. I have to say up to this very day I still cook SAD for those in my household that eat it. I always try to tweak the recipes to reflect lower carbs. I know for some here that may or may not be acceptable, but they do not live in my shoes and what they do in their households is their business not mine. I actually said that in one breath. Hahaha!!! 

This Rookie still understands the “Power of Preparation”. Make and store food ahead of time, instead of making “Cheap Excuses” of why I cheated on my way of eating. I have to honestly say that looking back on this post I really love the following statement I wrote: “. I don’t give up easy. I don’t run when faced with the enemy. I hold my ground and fight.” FIGHT INDEED!!! 

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Stand your Ground. Don’t give back an INCH. You have fought too hard to gain it. Keep the Faith and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er The Cutting EDGE


Cheers,

Dave

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

1/26/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 23

Greetings all,

Now this is an interesting few posts. I had one post on this day and three responses (from me) to comments made by members. The topic of discussion if “Artificial Sweeteners”. I kept a coffee cup full of Splenda packets on my desk for the longest time to test my resolve. Without further delay my next installment of “Blast from the Past” :

Original Stardate" 7/23/2010
Thanks Heidi, I used to think (AS) were God’s gift to LC & VLC. All those possible recipes!!! What a big disappointment. They are so quick to put a sugar fix on the market to make money and not give a rats butt about the people. Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

That’s the past and I’m here now and forever.

(ZC)er for life

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/23/2010
Wow-zers Deanie, I never heard that someone could smell splenda or any sweetener through packets. As far as scents are concerned, they don’t bother me. I do like the scent of fresh coffee in the morning. It does not incite me to grab a cup. When I get to where I need to be I might visit that area and see how my body reacts to it, but that’s a long way from now.

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/23/2010
Amen sister Cindy………….a Blessing indeed. I actually keep that poison pill on my desk as reminder. Every day I look at it and say to myself “never again.” 

So for right now I am locked in Mortal Combat with that pile of Splenda. Someday I will toss it. 

"Never again will I touch artificial sweeteners and I will try to educate my patients as to the very important reasons why” 
- Dr. Richard J. Sabates, M.D-

Original Stardate: 7/23/2010
I feel like I’m getting back into the grove of things. My spirits are much higher than yesterday. I was able to fall asleep around10:00 pm. I forgot to set my alarm last night, but I managed to get up at exactly 4:30 am. I’m hoping for a much slower day at work. I still have not cravings for carbs, or any desire to cheat.

I used to drink coffee most of the morning and sometimes most of the day. My coffee was full caffeinated, HWC and Splenda or flavored syrups (hazelnut or vanilla). I used to drink a couple of cans of diet soda (diet Dr. Pepper or diet Coke) daily at work. At home I would drink mostly generic crystal light (store brand) or Arizona Green Tea SF (powder mix). I would drink very little H2O. I practiced this up until the day I started (ZC).The only thing I tried on (ZC) was hot green tea for about a week (to sub coffee) and that did not last long. 

So, I had a lot of (AS) on a daily basis. I was able to go cold turkey. I have truly been Blessed that I have not experience cravings for (AS). I have a coffee mug on my desk full of Splenda packets. They look as attractive as pencils.

(ZC)er

Cheers

260/245.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
I tried to find the actual photo that I posted of the Splenda in a coffee mug on my desk that I originally posted, but could not find it. That thing sat on my desk forever (locked in mortal combat). Until (ZC) I never realized how much (AS) consumption I had be downing. Wow, I guess I was a junky. YIKES!!! I now drink coffee in the morning, plain black, but a lot less. I now enjoy the natural taste of coffee and realize that good coffee has a certain taste without all that CRAP mixed in. Every blue moon I will have a little HWC as a special treat with my coffee. I guess it is just for a little change.

 One thing for sure is that now I can taste the natural sweetness in water and even of all things lemons and limes. Once at a restaurant I was drinking water with a twist of lemon and almost spit it out thinking it was lemonade. I know that I have documented it several times in my (ZC) postings. Hey, I am not knocking green tea. I like a cupper every now and then as well as many other types of hot teas especially in the winter. My favorite all time hot tea is Earl Grey. AND being from Texas…..well I drink plain brewed iced tea more so when eating out than at home. 

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. We win Battles every day, yet the War still rages on. Battle On!!!

(ZC)er All NATURAL 


Cheers,

Dave

Sunday, January 24, 2016

1/24/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 22

Greetings all,

I hope all is well with everyone. Your next installment of “Blast from the Past” :

Original Stardate: 7/22/2010
I think that turkey really through off my eating cycle. I did not eat until late morning and then just before I got off work. I thought I would be finished for the day, but I got hungry around 7:30 pm. I really don’t like eating too late. It makes me feel a little uncomfortable. 

Today was an overall moderate day. Energy was so/so and my overall spirit was good. Boy I wish I could relive last weekend!!!!

I really need to stay on the straight and narrow. No more experimenting with other protein. Steak and GB for me. Since I got such a good deal on my last HUNT, I will be doing just steak for the next few days. Then I plan on just eating GB for a week to see how it works on my weight loss. 

(ZC) Lifer

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/22/2010 
This is a much better day. My spirits are in check. No cravings for carbs. I actually made some turkey thighs in the oven yesterday while I was grilling the beef. I tried to eat some turkey and it grossed me out. I managed to eat the skin off the four thighs, which was nice and crunchy. I just could not eat much of the meat. That was part of my great experiment of using turkey as a sleep aid. Needless to say it was a big flop. 

Oh well, this morning seems to be a little slower than yesterday. I was able to conduct a meeting with some of my staff. This really helped me with stress. I ended up staying an hour and a half over my regular time yesterday and then shopped for steak, which brought my spirits up from a hectic day. The highlight of yesterday was cooking the beef on the grill. 

(ZC) for life!!!

Cheers

260/247/185
Overall health (1-10):7
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
OMG!!! I really don’t remember actually trying the “TURKEY SLEEPING PILL” Jeez!!! What was I thinking? HA!!! I actually like Roasted Turkey on Thanksgiving and Smoked Turkey on Christmas. I rarely eat Turkey in-between. I think I read somewhere that the Turkey sleeping deal is just a “Tall Tale”…..I dunno??? Why do I like Experimenting? Was that a rhetorical question? OK you twisted my arm: I like Experimenting because it goes with my investigative background. I guess. I also like to put my armature scientist cap on too. I love to see how things work. I state in one of the posts “No more experimenting” Now that was a big fat WHOPPER! Hahaha!!! I gotta tell ya I just can’t help myself in that department. I guess as long as I don’t do any harm it’s OK. It looks like my Spirits are well at this point and I am trying to get back on track with my eating with Steaks and Burgers. Will I keep that promise? Stay tuned and find out with me as we take a trip with a “Blast from the Past”.

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends, Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er I’m a Believer


Cheers,

Dave

Friday, January 22, 2016

1/22/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 21

Greetings all,

Weekend coming and I  am Happy, Happy, Happy!!! My next installment of “Blast from the Past”:

Original Stardate: 7/21/2010 Meat Pics
Well as the day drug on I began to feel better. For a moment I thought I might go home early. Now I feel pretty good. I was running low on beef. I went to H.E.B. I found a pack of Rib eyes on sale for $3.77 lb and some boneless beef ribs for $1.77 lb. These boneless ribs just looked like strips of beef roast. I tried some and they were good. I cooked them al on the outside grill.

Well, tomorrow is another day. I think I should get some rest.

Cheers


Original Stardate: 7/21/2010
I feel a little groggy today. My great experiment of not resting when I got home yesterday did not work. I got less rest and still stayed up late. I kind of discussed this with my best friend last weekend and he suggested melatonin. It’s supposed to be natural, but I’m not the type of person that runs to pills to solve issues. My friend said that he has always had trouble sleeping and it works for him.

I wonder of the myth about turkey is true. I could eat some turkey instead of steak or GB for my last meal of the day (just a thought). 

I also feel a little queasiness this morning, I ate some real fatty beef yesterday at home and I think that triggered this feeling. I was o.k. last night, but this morning OUCH!!! I know this will pass with time. 

I had a wacky scale jump this morning (Oh My!). No Worries. I compare my weight drop like the Stock Market ups and downs, but continually going down.

I hope I feel better later. If I could I would go home now, but my Indians need a Chief. So I must Carry On!

I hope everyone has a great (ZC) Day!!!

Cheers

260/247/185
Overall health (1-10):5
Energy level (1-10):5
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, GB, H2O

Observation:
OK, first of all as usual with multi-posts the last one will be the “technically” the first one so don’t get confused if I talk about morning and evening in the wrong sequence…………OK, now I am confused!!! Go figure!!! Now on with the Observation: Rib eyes for $3.77 lb. Can you believe that? Jeez I hope you enjoyed the pics. Later this day I was feeling better from not feeling too good from the morning. I had a nice little jump on the scale, but did not panic. I had confidence that no matter what, if I stay true to (ZC) I would eventually continue on the weight loss trend. My effort to skip my early evening nap backfired and I got even less sleep which may have contributed to my morning illness. I ate some fatty meat which at that time still made me feel a little queasy at times. I almost laugh at my thought of eating Turkey to induce natural sleepiness instead of turning to sleep aids natural or not. To be clear I laugh at the Turkey bit and not about the pills. I avoid pills of any sort at all costs.  

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. No, Surrender, No Retreat and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er  The Price for LIFE



Cheers,

Dave

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

1/20/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 20

Greetings all,

What a Glorious day indeed!!! I hope all is well with everyone. I am once again living the DREAM! Your next installment of “Blast from the Past”:

Original Stardate: 7/20/2010
I had a very stressful day at work. We are super shorthanded and I have to wear many hats. My employees are very difficult and add to the stress of the customers. So far the stress has not had any noticeable effect on my WOE. I still do not have any cravings for carbs and no desire to cheat. 

I have been thinking about adding biking or hiking to my weekend activities. I play a little tennis and maybe I should just focus on improving my game. OR better yet I should just continue to catch up on some rest, like I have been doing lately. I think I will pick curtain number four for now.

Good Steak, Good GB or whatever makes you happy.

(ZC) for Life

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/20/2010
I’m feeling o.k. today so far. I still can’t manage to go to sleep earlier than elevenish. My energy levels are a bit low (lack of sleep). Almost every day when I come home from work I feel like I could almost collapse. I usually get home and lie down for a while and sometimes I take a short nap. I’m going to try to stay up today and not rest when I get home in the effort that I will be tired later on and sleep early. 

Other than that my spirits are good. This WOE is becoming more of a routine instead of something that I have to plan daily. The way I think about (ZC) is more effortless than in the beginning. 

Cheers

260/245.5/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):6
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, GB, and H2O

Observation:
Right off the bat I have to admit going through these journal posting is a little embarrassing for me. Why? Because I do find more than a few misspelled words. Yes, I do correct them before posting here if I find them. OK back to the Observation. Well I do find a small discrepancy on the weight loss. Here I have posted 245.5 lbs and the last posting that includes a weight-in is at 245.0 lbs. So just a little off in the timeline, but really close.  OK, at this point I have a lot of stress at work, but it is not driving me to overeat or to dive into a bucket of ice cream to woe my sorrows. 

Then I almost make a Rookie Mistake and start to consider on adding exercise to my new way of eating. Why a mistake you say? OK in my oh so little opinion, I feel that newbies who are not already in some type of exercise or sport should wait and focus on the eating part of this (WOE) and get it down right for the long run before introducing another life changing aspect to their life. Hey it is just my opinion. As you see in the post I decide against it and pick rest instead. 

Speaking about rest, my very next post that day describes not getting enough sleep. This is a lifelong problem for me that is not diet or (WOE) related. I describe energy problems associated with lack of sleep. I continue to have a bad habit of taking a nap when I get home on most days and then not being able to go to sleep at a decent time so that I get up at 4:30 AM with decent rest. Still I can find myself falling asleep as late as 1 or 2 AM. 

Next this Rookie is starting to realize that this (WOE) is becoming a true way of life instead of a planned event. Also though tired, I am getting an overall feeling of Well-being. This I describe as my “Spirits”. Ahhh and I can see where I am starting my (almost famous) signature tags: “ZC for Life”. Why is this important? Because at this point in time I am accepting this new (WOE) as my lifestyle and not just “testing the waters”. I feel that it is becoming part of me and this is my way (no matter how weird) of personalizing it. Hey I am weird like that!!!

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

(ZC)er for LIFE


Cheers,

Dave

Monday, January 18, 2016

1/18/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 19

Greetings all,
It has been a joy sharing my past experiences with everyone and I hope it has at least touched someone out there. Your next installment of “Blast from the Past” coming right at ya:

Original Stardate: 7/19/2010
So far so good. I’m still fighting the good fight with no end in sight. 

I still want to laugh when people ask me to send them a link about the “diet” so they can lose a few pounds. It seems that some people can’t grasp the concept of a WOE for life.

This is the start of week five of (ZC). I really don’t plan on changing things up too much. For now it looks like the basics (beef and water) works for me. I might change the way I cook the meat. So far I have been cooking my steaks and GB on the outside Q. I actually have not gotten tired of that flame broiled taste of the grill. So on second thought I might just stick with the Q for now. 

If it’s not broke why fix it.

Another Great Day in the Life of (ZC)!!

Original Stardate: 7/19/2010
Hello there Nikki, thanks for the compliment and welcome aboard. I feel that although I’m a “newbie” in the world of (ZC) I’m an old hand in the world of change. I can adapt to change with the best of them. Fortunately this change is a Joy. I’m losing weight, making my body healthy and learning a whole new prospective on my WOE. 

When it comes to (ZC), change is good.

I look forward to reading about your journey as you experience (ZC).

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/19/2010
Thanks Mel, I try to keep it one step at a time. For me “Failure is not an option.” Besides the tummy troubles, it’s been a pleasant transition. What more can someone ask of a WOE. My choices are Rib eyes and GB, or GB and Rib eyes. Hmmm….. Let me think. By limiting my choices I have gained total control. So easy even a Texan can do it. 

Thanks for stopping by. Words of encouragement mean a lot even when it seems like you have got it together.

Cheers

Observation:
Well I can honestly say that the timeline is still a little off because I found a double post under this date “19th” and the “18th” so I left one out. I have 4 post for this date. Also I do not see a weight-in for this date which must mean another misalignment. No worries, these little timeline “hiccups” are real close and should correct themselves soon. OK, enough with the drama and on with the 

Observation: Two 
Of the three posts are response to Nikki and Mel. This is the first Nikki out of two maybe three that I knew in the past on this forum. Mel? Well he is a legend around here and there is no need anything further except” “Pass the PUCK” Ha! Actually he is good if not GREAT person that I have the privilege to say that I met in person at the San Antonio Meat-Up a few years ago among many other fellow (ZC)ers, but that is another “Blast from the Past” that will come later. Dave the “Observation” please! Sorry, got off track. Anyhow….I would get these request to give me the “link to the diet”….good grief!!! At this point it is around week 5 on this (WOE). I am adjusting to the basics: Meat and Water. I have always loved the “Q” and at this point enjoying it very much. So this seems to be a “coming out” moment for me. I am really grasping the benefits of all things (ZC). I make a comment of an easy transition except for the dreaded “Tummy Troubles” or “Rumble in the Jungle” Hahaha!!! Rib eyes……………need I say more??? OK, if you insist: at this point I realize that limiting my food choices at an early stage in this Journey really helped me focus. How hard is the choice: burger or steak? Limit your choices and gain control. Good of not GREAT advice for “Newbies” from a “Rookie”. Need I say more? OK, I can see that I did not fool you this time. 

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Make it Simple, make it Forever. Most of all stay in the Fight and do what’s Right and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er The Eyes of Texas are Upon YOU

Picture source: www.heartoftexascowgirls.com

Cheers,

Dave

Saturday, January 16, 2016

1/16/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 18

Greetings all,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. The next installment of “Blast from the past includes 4 posts. Wow, I bet you did not see that coming. HA! WARNING…oohh that felt cool to write or did it?? OK, no real warning just an observation: The last post does not match the rest of the post. It seems to be a day off. So her we go:

Original Stardate: 7/18/2010
Thanks Charles, I can only contribute my success to the abundant information and resources provided to me by this forum and my sense of self determination. Years ago I thought “why not (ZC)?” I was not personally aware of all the research that was already out there. I did not know how healthy it was and to tell the truth I did not want to be a guinea pig (in my mind). I guess I got too comfortable with the successes with LC and VLC. I just could not figure why I ultimately failed on those diets. Had I known the science about this WOE, I would have jumped right in. So now I know and this is the case here and now for me.

I can't thank you enough for this Forum. So here is a big Texas THANK YOU!!!!! 

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/18/2010
Incredible! That’s how a good night sleep is to me. I slept in again today. Such a lovely phrase. I feel rested, relaxed and just……….GREAT. If I could go to sleep between eight and nine during my work week, I would feel much more rested than I usually do. Unfortunately that is something I cannot manage to do. I imagine I could take sleep aids, but that’s not me.

I weigh myself every morning not just to see if I lost weight. No, no, no, it’s a double edge sword. I am trying to be scientific about it. I am trying to see if something I ate or the amount of water I drank or the time I eat or drink affects the way I lose weight. If I think something I did out of the ordinary the day or night before shifted my weight positive or negative, I will make adjustments and see what I get. Until I feel more stable, I will continue down this path. It works for me.

I hope everyone has a great, great (ZC) day!!!

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/18/2010
I ended up going to the movies with my best friend today (DW worked). It just grossed me out at the orgy of people from all walks of life that gorged themselves on HFC soft drinks, candy, hotdogs, popcorn and all the other usual suspects. 

What grossed me out the most is that I would have joined in the frenzy just a few years ago. I used to always like the smell of fresh popped popcorn, because it reminded me of my grandfather’s theater that I used to work at in the summer when I was a kid. Today the smell was masked by some nasty smelling “fake buttery” topping (YUK). 

We went out for a cocktails and dinner. My friend had a beer and I had my sparkling water. We both ordered the Rib eye steak that came with two side orders. I looked at my friend and told him to choose four because I would not be eating any. So he had his Rib eye steak and four sides and I had my Rib eye steak neat. It was about 12 oz and was more than enough for me. I explained (ZC) to him and he seemed receptive. I have known him for almost 40 years and he has always been very supportive in all my ventures. 

Unfortunately it rained all day and we were not able to enjoy sitting outside by the waterway. It was good to spend some time with my best friend. We haven’t had time to chew the “fat” for at least three months. Before I got married we would meet for coffee or meals at least 2 to three times a week if not more. 

Today was fun and relaxing. I hope everyone had a good day. BTW we saw “Predators”, it was o.k.. I guess. 

Cheers


Original Stardate: 7/18/2010 (timeline is a little messed up, sorry)
I ended up staying home all day. I’m going to meet my friend tomorrow for that drink by the waterway. I did not eat much today. I ate steak twice, once around 10:00 AM and the other around 7:30 PM. The steaks I eat are always cut in half. They average 5-8 ounces each. I tried to drink to thirst. The only thing is that I feel thirsty often. Instead of drinking a whole glass of water, I fill the glass a fourth of the way. Still no cravings for carbs or any cheats. I rested a lot today. I find myself having to go to the Water Closet less often lately. 

Although I have lost some weight (over 13 pounds). I don’t feel like my appearance is much different. The only exception: I think my face may have lost some of its swollen look. I didn’t measure anything before I started this WOE. I think my cloths may be fitting a little better, but it’s hard to tell since they were tight to begin with. 

Another Great (ZC) day gone into the pages of history on my journey to this WOE. I thank God for the strength, conviction, and overall well-being that I have had the fortune of during this transition.

Cheers


260/245/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
Special Note: I think I goofed on some of the dates when I achieved this Journal and it appears that some of the dates are a little out of line (sorry about that). So if you read on some posted 2-4 posts on the same day and the timeline is a little off just think “This is coming from Dave” Hahaha!!! Observation: OK this lad actually had in mind something that resembled (ZC) in is oh so little mind, but was scared to attempt it. I gave “Gratitude” to this forum and rightfully so. Again I note how sleep plays an important role in my wellbeing. Next I describe my “Daily Weight-ins”: I put on my oh so little scientist hat and try to make sense of this (at the time) new (WOE). Hey folks this is the way I looked and still look at (ZC) to keep me interested and informed to the best of my limited ability. Then I go on to describe my experience as a new (ZC)er at the movies. Aaahhh……. Surrounded by all those tons of carbs. I go into detail about the “eating frenzy” and how that not too long before that I was right there with them stuffing my oh so fat face too. YIKES!!! I had dinner with my best friend and explained (ZC) to him and ever since then he has been very supportive. Lastly, the last post is somehow not the right timeline, anyway it looks like now I finally correct myself on H20 consumption. I think I went a little too far and over analyzed that who deal. At this point I notice my face starting to thin-out a little, tight cloths fitting a little better and overall satisfaction with the new (WOE). I mention losing over 13 pound, but according to the stats I lost 15 pounds at this point. 

Have a Healthy day my Family and Friends. Sorry for the extra-long and confusing post. Live Long, Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Leap of FAITH


Cheers,

Dave

Thursday, January 14, 2016

1/14/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 17

Greetings all,
Your next installment of “Blast from the Past”:

Original Stardate: 7/17/2010
I believe my start date for this WOE was 6/21/2010 if I recall correctly. It’s almost a blur at this point. I guess I don’t want to look at the past anymore (when it comes to eating), especially before this WOE. The main things I don’t reflect upon are the struggles I went through on LC and VLC. I had great success followed by devastating failure. Yo-yo, roller coaster, ups and downs or whatever anyone wants to call it. I have learned my lesson and I will never ever go back.

Monday should complete 4 weeks of (ZC). 28 days of delight. But I’ll celebrate Monday; I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I will focus on today. 

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/17/2010
Another start of a good day in the life of (ZC). No cravings for carbs (Hurrah). I caught up on some sleep and I am feeling good. No tummy troubles for the last couple of days. That’s always a good thing. 

Today I plan on meeting one of my best friends for a drink by the waterway. My drink will be sparkling water. I have read here and there about folks on this forum that partake in a little spirits and claim that it does not affect this WOE for them, but I would not want to experiment with that until at least I made it all the way to where I need to be. I have not been much of a “drinker” but, I like an occasional glass of wine. Maybe I’ll order a glass of HWC lol.

Cheers 

260/246.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
Well at this point it looks like my “Tummy Troubles” are all but gone. I talk about drinking alcohol and at this point I did not touch the stuff. I do admit at this time I do have a glass of dry red wine on certain occasions, but I do go several months without a drinking alcohol. I have not had a drink at this time since May at my Graduation Dinner and before that I really can’t remember. I am just glad that I do not get obsessed by it or go on a binge. I lived with an alcoholic in the past and at an early age I was “Scared Straight” way back then. I still love to drink fizzy water as a treat with a twist of lime or lemon when out. In the first post I mention “YO-YO” dieting with other woe. I am so glad those days are behind me. I am also at the time of the posting getting really comfortable with (ZC). Hey I was still testing the waters and still not 100% sure if I could hang the “Veterans” of this forum for the long run. In past post you can see me write “I will continue with this Journey” or something to related to that. Thank GOD I stood strong and let (ZC) take over. 

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. It’s all about the “Choices” we make. I try hard as hell to make the best ones possible concerning my Health which in turns means my WOE. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Good TIMES


Cheers,

Dave

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

1/12/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 16

Greetings all,
Sorry for the delay. It is so strange how this next postings describes what happened to me. It is now 2:35 AM my time as I type. Anyhow I will explain more during the “Observation”. My next installment of “Blast from the Past” or Deja Vu: 

Original Stardate: 7/16/2010
I guess so far I have been pretty fortunate. One of the three big chain stores usually has some type of steak (Rib eye, NY strip or T bone) on sale for just under $4.00. If it’s not in that price range then its "Hello" GB. BTW I sometimes can find a good deal at the "Mark down" section.

"My favorite Aggie joke? I'm sorry I don't understand the question" -Singer Lyle Lovett - Texas A&M class of 1979


Y'all come back now 

Original Stardate: 7/16/2010
I got up today feeling good. I have tendency to stay up too late. I know how important sleep is especially on this WOE. I have been like this my whole life. That’s why I have gravitated to the second shift on most of my past jobs. I can stay up late and sleep in. That is all in the past. I have an early first shift job. I get up between 4:15AM and 4:30AM and still find myself struggling to go to sleep early. Usually after two or three days of little sleep, I’ll crash out early and catch up on some sleep.

I hope everyone has a Great Day!!

Cheers

260/247/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):6
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak,GB, H2O

Observation:
Wow this is creepy: I stayed up too late the few nights before and “YES” when I got home yesterday I “CRASHED AND BURNED”!!! I still go through these cycles. Hey I can have a week or so of good if not GREAT sleep, but then again with cycles. So you will see me post “I had a great night sleep” or “I got up feeling great or rested and so on” I Tell You What: while I was on a steady weight loss “trend” I noticed the most weight loss when I slept a good night’s sleep and the least or no weight loss on the nights I sleep less. This happened for the most part. OK as far as the meat or should I say Beef is concerned it has went up quite a bit. I almost never see the better quality Steaks on sale for $4 or less bucks as I saw in the past. It must be the sign of the times. So more Brisket and Ground Beef or Ground Chuck for me. Hey it’s all good!!!

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Rest is oh so important for us in general. I hope everyone gets enough or at least tries too. Live Long, Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Worry FREE



Cheers,

Dave

Sunday, January 10, 2016

1/10/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 15

Greetings all,
Well this is a nice couple of posts with some turning points. Your next installment of “Blast from the Past”:

Original Stardate" 7/15/2010
I have been very fortunate not to have any cravings for carbs. I can’t imagine how hard it is for those who do on (ZC). I did have cravings on LC and VLC and untimely failed. It's a whole different situation on (ZC). On LC or VLC you have the "Franken Foods" to buy time until you fail.

Wow, what a day. I must be on some kind of “Protein High”. I would have to say that this must be my best day yet on (ZC). Not just the weight loss or no cravings for carbs, but just a sense of well-being. If I could bottle it I would be a Billionaire. 

Meat supplies were getting low so I ended up buying a family package of Rib eyes and a 3 lb tube of GB (80/20). I cut the steaks in half, made twelve meat patties and grilled it all on the outside grill. I flashed freeze them and stocked up the freezer with convenient source of protein.

Cheers


Original Stardate: 7/15/2010 (second post, same day)
I finally got to get some rest last night. Spirits soaring high!!! I actually ate more than the day before. Sometimes it’s hard for me to tell if I’m hungry or if I am just getting false readings. I don’t think I need to wait until I start to feel my stomach rumbling? Right? 

Anyway for some reason I’m in a real, real good mood toady. It seems like sticking with GB and steaks works well. I don’t have all those choices to ponder over and I can cook massive amounts on the “Barbie”.

I found a real good deal for Rib eyes, bone in, for 3.97 lb. at a chain store called H.E.B. I know my DW is real concerned about the red meat consumption. I was mostly a big chicken fan most of the time we have been together. Although I know that she feels that my WOE is not balanced and unhealthy, she has backed off with her "balanced meal" sermons for the mean time. 

I hope everyone has a great (ZC) day.

Cheers!!!


260/247/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, GB, H2O


Observation:
OMG! It looks like I am experiencing my first (ZC) high!!! Yes, a feeling of satisfaction of “Well Being”. I mention the “Franken Foods”….YIKES!!! I Tell You What: it is oh so easy to get caught up on those things. Some of us are programmed so DEEP that it is almost impossible to understand the “Beauty and Simplicity” of all things (ZC). That’s why I repeat so many times throughout my entire Journal “How easy it is”. Some folks may get a little ruffled with that, but it is usually the ones still trying to hang on to the past and recreate it. Hey I have been guilty of that, thank goodness I came to my sense. Yes, the old “Flash Freeze Method” It has saved me time and time again. At this point (DW) is still not on board with my new (WOE), but has backed off a little. Best of all the another day in the “Weight Loss” column for me.

Have a wonderful day. Keep the Faith and Always Battle On!!!


(ZC)er Get into the GROOVE



Cheers,

Dave

Friday, January 8, 2016

1/8/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 14

Greetings all,

I really like this particular set of posts. Nothing too special, just a snapshot of a “Rookie” getting a grip on things and staying strong on (ZC). Now for the next installment of “Blast from the Past”:

Original Stardate: 7/14/2010
Today was a little different. My hunger has really dropped. I ate my first steak (5 oz) at 8:30 AM and my second steak (5oz) at5:00PM. Usually by now I would have eaten three times. I used to be a big cheese fan and now I can take it or leave it.

No cravings for carbs so far (that’s a good thing). I’ve been explaining (ZC) to family, coworkers and friends. I don’t believe in hiding my WOE. I tell it like it is. As a matter of fact: twice I have eaten a steak wrapped in a napkin during meetings with other supervisors and my boss. The meetings are informal and we often eat. So I sat there with my steak wrapped in a napkin chomping away. Hey, when you’re hungry you’re hungry.

So far I have cooked meals for my DW that are anything but (ZC) and it does not bother me. I baked some sour cream orange muffins (from scratch) on Sunday for her. The only thing I liked about the muffins was the smell of the fresh orange zest as I grated the orange.

This is only the start of my fourth week on (ZC). I feel that my journey has been relatively smooth. If it wasn’t for tummy troubles (trying not to be graphic) about every other day, It would be close to ideal.

At this point I think of (ZC) at the moment and not beyond. This keeps me STRONG.

Original Stardate: 7/14/2010
Today I am little more rested, feeling good in the hood. The scale did not budge (no big deal). For some reason this morning I remembered a plaque on my first boss’s desk that stated “Today is the First Day for the Rest of Your Life”. I kind of relate that with my day to day life and effort with (ZC). I still have not had any cravings for carbs. I try to keep a positive attitude about it. The transition was easy (to me), but the day to day reality is just that: day to day. 

I hope everyone has a great (ZC) day!!!!!!!


260/247.5/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):7
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
Well this Rookie is starting to feel the effects of (ZC) in the sense that his hunger pattern is changing. From the start I don’t hide my new (WOE). Heck I am proud of it. I really don’t care what others think. Like others that live with family members that are not (ZC)ers we are sometimes in certain situations. First of all I am the main cook in my house. So yes, I do cook what the rest of the family eats. They are not interested in (ZC) and I was not going to tell them “Fend for yourself”. It’s a personal choice just like Religion and Politics. Someone else’s beliefs does not offend me as long as it is not immoral, unethical or against the law. We can still be Friends if not Best of Friends. As far as I am concerned this is not for debate, it is again a personal choice. OK back to the observation: being around and cooking non-(ZC) foods does not bother me in the least and does not tempt me one bit. Moment by moment….Day by day for the most part this got me through those first weeks on (ZC). One last note I mentioned that I did not lose weight and it did not faze me at all. Numbers on a scale don’t scare me a bit. It is just a measurement in time. 

Well my Family and Friends keeping focused and positive………not panicking……..and not looking too far ahead or over analyzing a situation kept and keeps me STRONG! Never Surrender, Never Retreat and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er A Place in TIME



Cheers,

Dave

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

1/6/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 13

Greetings all,

I hope y'all are enjoying the series. Here’s your next installment of “Blast from the Past”:

Original Stardate: 7/13/2010
My food consumption was off today. I usually don’t get hungry until about 7:30 AM or 8:00 AM or a little later. Then I get again hungry around 2 :00 PM. Today I was hungry in the morning for the first time on (ZC). I’m sure it has to do with my lack of rest last night. I don’t think it had to do with the yard work yesterday. I will sure go to sleep early tonight. I think that will get me back on track.

I passed by the break room this afternoon and it reeked of Ramen noodle soup. It made me nauseous. I almost had to dry heave. I have a pretty strong constitution, but smells have always bothered me, but not to this extent. The smell of any kind of food never gave me problems unless it was spoiled beyond belief. 

I am a little behind on my water. I opened my fourth liter just a few minutes ago. By now all four liters would be gone. I think I just want to go to sleep and start this day over again lol.

Original Stardate: 7/13/2010
Today marks the end of week 3 that I have been on (ZC). My spirits are high starting my 4th week of (ZC)!!!!!! No carb cravings so far. On LC and VLC, I would be struggling at this point with endless carb cravings. I did walk by our file room office and the aroma of the coffee station did spike my interests. I always thought coffee smells better than it tastes. No big deal. By the time I entered my office (next door) the interest was gone.

I decided not to make any more (ZC) recipes at this time. The creativeness in me works a million miles a minute thinking of variations of (ZC) food that I can create. Although I find it interesting, I need to refocus my efforts to adjusting to the (ZC) lifestyle. After I get to where I need to be, I may revisit that area. So, no more Oopsie Rolls, (ZC) Moussaka or anything else other than the basic meat (Steak, GB and H20) for now. I just bought some Mascarpone cheese and was planning to make Prosciutto Roll-ups. I guess DW can help me out in that department.

I stayed up way too late on the forum reading last night. I wake up between 4:15 AM-4:30 AM M-F (my work week). This place can get addictive. Needless to say I did not get enough rest (my fault).

260/247.5/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):5
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, H2O

Observation:
OK three weeks down and it looks like I have lost 12.5 lbs. No too shabby if I should say so myself. At this point I am still on the H20 kick (Jeez). Let’s see my hunger was off….what could it be… I bet it was the Moussaka. OK, at this point this (ZC) rookie understood “No more (ZC) recipes” He will stick to the basics. Good for him or should I say GREAT for me! Let’s face it sometimes “Rookies” or “Newbies” make it hard for themselves needlessly. I started down that path but at least at this point I “Pulled the Reins” or as they say in Texas I “Cowboy-ed UP”. Will I make needless mistakes in the future??? Let’s see together on the next episode of the “Life and Times of a (ZC)er: a legend in his own MIND” Hahaha!!!

OK that was too much fun. It is nice to look back at your past and be proud of good decisions and poke a little fun at it too. 

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Always remember it’s never too late to realize mistakes and make adjustments.  Live Long, Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Pure Serenity


Cheers,

Dave

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

1/5/2016 - Hanging Tough, Staying Hungry

Greetings Family Friends and Those who may wonder here by some other avenue!

Hanging Tough, Staying Hungry................

What in the heck does that mean anyway??????

OK: To Me, Myself and I (he's taking crazy again). Yes, yes I am, but in a good if not GREAT way. OK.........back on to subject on hand....subject? On hand? Oh, RIGHT.....Hanging Tough, Staying Hungry means to me that I am a Rocky fan thanks and have a great day!!! 

Look-It: those words mean a lot to me, like staying in the game sorta speak. When I started this new Lifestyle change things were touch and go. I knew the basics and went for it. That was back in June of 2010. Wow, where did the time go? I was oh so determined to make this work for me and I did it. Yes, I did with great success. So did I lose the passion? Did I forget where I started oh so many years ago? It could be easy.......right? I mean I had the success and that old life is behind me.........right (part 2)? 

No my good if not GREAT folks. I can never forget where I came from, I can't lose the passion that got me where I am today. I must always stay in the "Fight", the "Battle" or call it whatever makes you happy! I must Battle On each and every day. Why? A three letter question that means so much to ME. I don't know about y'all but I have been overweight for so many years that I don't ever want to go back. I live in a world surrounded with the things to make me fail and I refuse to give in aka No Surrender, No Retreat!!!

Like "Rocky", when I started Zero Carb (ZC) I was the underdog. The odds were against me. No one I knew thought I would be successful. Most thought I was crazy............. well I am a little crazy....... Crazy like a Fox!!! Ha! I snuck that one in. See I told you I was a little ............ OK, back on track or not! 

Believe me my good people I don't take this Lifestyle for granted. I am thankful everyday for it. I follow the basic mantra (mostly):

1. Eat when hungry

2. Drink when thirsty

3. Two doughnuts a day will keep the doctor at your house full time

Oh, just for get about that third one.

One major thing I found out when I started (ZC) is that I need to stop when I am satisfied. No need to over indulge just for the sake of it. Yes, I could stuff my face silly and not gain or just gain temporarily, but why??? Hey I am just speaking for myself.

 Yet, for those seeking to lose weight: My little (2) two cents: follow rule #1 and #2 above and stop eating when you are satisfied. That's how I did it. Will it work for you? I think so, but everyone has to know their own limitations. Like I wrote yesterday "Listen to your Body". That's it for today. Tomorrow I will post another episode of "Blast from the Past: DAY 13 of my epic weight loss Journey through ZERO CARB as I do every other day. Epic??? Well I had to HAM it up a little. Hahaha!!! Hmm, Ham roll ups with a nice mayo with a hint of garlic and a couple of chunks of Zero Carb Cheese and some.............. Sorry, I just got carried away! 

Have a great day my Family and Friends. Battles are won daily, yet the War still rages on. Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Eye of the TIGER


Cheers,

Dave

Monday, January 4, 2016

1/4/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 12

Greetings all,
Your next installment of “Blast from the Past”. I hope you enjoy it:

Original Stardate: 7/12/2010
Well, doing the yard work was not too bad. My energy did run out quicker than before (ZC). I had to skip the edging and some weeding. I drank plenty of water. One strange thing is that I weighed myself after I took a shower this evening and weighed the same as this morning instead of the usual 1-2 pound increase. I guess I lost some water weight.

My appetite is really decreasing. I don’t get hungry as often as before (ZC). This is a good thing. I will trust my body to tell me when it needs nutrition. I’m sure some folks would be concerned about this, but I’m not. 

I can’t wait till I start my day tomorrow, because it will be another week down.


Original Stardate: 7/12/2010
I got to sleep in again today. My energy levels are good. I’m sure I’m going to take a beating later when I do some yard work. I’m going to pace myself in order not to burn out. It’s very hot outside today.

Yesterday I went shopping at the grocery store and for the first time I felt nauseous walking through the bakery department on my way to the Meat Section. I used to love to walk thru the bakery, eat a few samples (cookies, croissants, and the other usual suspects). I felt like Superman being zapped with Kryptonite. Thank God I for the Meat Section. I felt better after spending some time there looking for sales and markdowns. I ended up buying Bone-in NY Strip Steaks for $3.97 a pound. This was my second stop for the day. At the first store I bought the ingredients for the Moussaka and some Mascarpone Cheese.

I was able to get a free Blood Glucose Test at my first stop. They give them free every second Saturday of the month. My reading was “91” and that was after I ate earlier that day. I also bought a 5 lb tube of GB (80/20) and used three pounds to make twelve (12) ¼ pound patties. I cooked the patties on the grill outside along with the steaks (which I cut in half). I then flashed freeze all the meat and put them in zip lock bags back into the freezer. It’s great to have these babies readily on hand. They taste as fresh as the day I cook them when nuked IMO.

260/247.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, (ZC) Moussaka, H2O

Observation:
It appears at this time that I am still suffering from some degree energy loss. I am sure that this varies from person to person. This is just my experience. I am also noticing that my hunger is diminishing. It is oh so important to “Eat when hungry” and I got it. When trying to lose weight you will really reap this reward by “listening to your body”. I make a comment about energy levels being “good”. This reference is when I wake in the morning. Thus means a good solid sleep. Remember these “double posts” are inverted because the stats are on the first post, but I wanted them to be the last post here. Did I confuse everyone? I am still a little confused about the timeline of when I made the Moussaka, but it looks like it was on this day. Oh and I mention my famous “flash freeze” method that I will explain in latter posts. I Tell You What: I used to love walking through the Bakery on the weekends and scarfing up all those free samples……….Jeez!!! I also give a few tips and tricks of how I prepare my food for future use.

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Keep the Faith and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Hanging Tough, Staying Hungry




Cheers,

Dave

Saturday, January 2, 2016

1/2/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 11

Greetings all,
Your next installment of “Blast from the Past” includes my almost famous (ZC) Moussaka Recipe. While it is not exactly Zero Carb, it is within the limits of what we are allowed to eat here. The whole recipe is about 18ish carbs from the dairy products used according to “ND nutrition facts” you may come up with something different. It yields nine servings for about 2 carbs a serving.

Original Stardate: 7/11/2010 
I have to say that the Moussaka came out pretty good IMO. I use to make this LC. I simply removed all the LC items (veggies) and it came out better than before. DW did not care for the LC version, but really like my (ZC) version. The following are the pics then the recipe:




(ZC) Moussaka

Ingredients

4 Oopsie Rolls
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 T. garlic powder (or 1 T minced garlic)
2 lb. ground chuck (80/20)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 T butter (glass 8x8 glass baking dish)
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 cup heavy Whipping cream
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Ground Beef mixture
In a large skillet, Add ground beef, oregano, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Brown evenly.

Topping
In a medium mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, heavy whipping cream, salt and paprika. Add eggs and blend together.

In a buttered glass 8 X 8 baking dish, layer Oopsie Rolls on bottom (they will overlap), then ground beef. Pour ricotta cheese mixture over layered ingredients. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Place Moussaka in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 6 servings and serve warm.

I ate it with a nice lamb shoulder chop (medium). The Oopsie Rolls really helped to keep the bottom in place. This was my first time making the (ZC) version and I was pleased.

Sharon F, I hope you get a chance to try it. I also think I got my pic size is under control. The first time I posted pics they were too big. Then I adjusted them and they looked too small. I think these are just right. I guess this recipe could be posted under "Meat", "Cheese" or "Oopsie Rolls".

I hope that anyone who tries it will enjoy it as much as I did. Opa!!!!

Original Stardate: 7/11/2010
I still get “tummy troubles” almost every day (nothing chronic), but I don’t let it get me down. I just chalk it up as part of the process. One day the rumbles will tumble and my “tummy troubles” will fumble.

Thanks for the compliments; I try to be a positive person in a negative world. I truly believe that anyone can achieve almost anything if they are dedicated and focused on the objective. Take care “Stay Strong and Live Long”.

I got to sleep in today and I feel recharged. I had steak and eggs this morning for a little change. I am almost out of beef, so I plan to do some shopping today. Tomorrow I will make Lamb Chops and my version of (ZC) Moussaka (Chreiázomai mia ev̱logía). I plan to buy some GB and steaks if I can find some on sale or "mark downs". I hope everyone has a great (ZC) day.

260/248.0/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Steak, Egg, GB, H2O

Observation:
I see in my second post I talked about making the (ZC) Moussaka on the next day, but according to my archive I made it the same day. I have a couple of posts for the next day that don’t include making the recipe. So I must have made it later in the day. I know for sure that I post the next day about eating the recipe, but I will just leave it as is. In retrospect I probably should have held off making it while trying to lose weight. Ahh the tummy troubles….well it looks like they are still there. I still want to attribute them to the removal of my gallbladder. Jeez and my weak attempt to rhyme or was that rap?? Hahaha!!! I tried to keep positive and strong during the “break-in period” and I prevailed.

Have a healthy day my Family and Friends. No Surrender, No Retreat and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er The Time is NOW



Cheers,


Dave
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