Saturday, July 31, 2010

7/31/2010

This is turning out to be a good morning for me. I am almost 100% recovered from that strange feeling in my gut. My Spirits are soaring. I wish I would have slept in a little more. No cravings, no cheats thank God.


I think I may have figured out the up and downs and altogether slow down of my weight loss. Now this is just a Hypothesis. I figure that I have not been getting enough sleep. I have mentioned this in the past. But lately I have had less sleep than usual. I am going to really try again to make an effort to sleep a little more each night (no turkey experiment). I am planning to buy some melatonin this weekend. I'm not much of a pill popper, but I have to do something. I have no idea of the affects on me. I am willing to go that step to see if I increase my sleep and to see if it aids me in my weight loss i.e. the sleep.

I do have one big bad habit of eating too many Jelly Doughnuts late at night…………..NOT (LOL) . Truly, I sometimes wait until DW comes home from work around 7:30pm and wait to eat my last meal for the day with her. Even if I’m hungry before she gets home. I will put an Ax to that practice starting Monday, since she is off the weekend. I don’t like eating late because if makes me feel uncomfortable.

I hope that everyone hase a Great (ZC) day.


(ZC) “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean-


Cheers


260/243.3/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, Steak, Beef Rib, H2O

7/31/2010

Hello Caitlin, I can see a difference in my weight loss most of the time if I can get enough rest. The better I sleep the more weight comes off.


Thanks, it does seem that the stomach problems have finally subsided.

(ZC) Winning Battles, One at a Time


Cheers

Friday, July 30, 2010

7/30/2010


I got off work early today. On my way home I decided to make a quick stop at HEB to see what the Hunting looked like. I was able to Bag a nice small meaty fatty slab of Beef Ribs. They had a lot of meat and fat. For under $2.00 lb. So since I got home early I decided to slow cook the ribs in the oven for my second meal later in the day. They came out so tender I could pull the bones right out without effort. 

It felt good just to jell at home. It was pretty quiet . DW is at work. I almost fell asleep. I did not want to fall asleep because I would be up all night. Today was a good day. I still feel a little loopy. I can’t wait for that to end. 

Wow, my Journey is getting real interesting. Everyday is a learning experience for me.


(ZC) No Fear



Cheers

7/30/2010


Just another day in (ZC) Paradise. I still feel a wee bit under the weather. I would say that I’m more than 50% back to normal. 

My spirits are high. My energy is also much better. I have a short day today. I have worked late a couple of times this week, so I can make it up by leaving early. Maybe some good R&R will do me good. 

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda this weekend. DW is off, so we will probably spend some time strolling down the waterway or take a nice walk on one of the many walking trails through the woods.

No cravings, no cheats, no tummy troubles. Just the way I like it. I will just keep plugging away until I go where I need to be.


(ZC) No Surrender No Retreat


Cheers

260/
244.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):7
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/29/2010

Another day in the life of (ZC). I hope this week gets me back on track. I sort of feel misaligned. I know I will get there when the time is right.

I am interested in making Ryan’s Burger Bowls. Tweaked a little so they can be disposable (fast food). I'm really happy to keep my menu simple and limited. It helps me to keep on the straight and narrow.


(ZC) = HOPE 


Cheers

7/29/2010

Hey there Sharon, no it’s not an empty feeling. It’s so hard to describe. Almost like a light pressure combined with a mild upset stomach. I feel this way even after I eat. It is becoming milder. I guess if I had to relate to it I would say it was like when you have the big “D” and have to sit on the pot for long periods of time. But its much more mild than that combined with slight pressure. I’m guessing that its my body adjusting. It just a tad uncomfortable. 


(ZC)ing with those who CARE


Cheers

7/29/2010


Heidi this is my last stand. I have tried the whole gambit of diets. I have to stay focused and dedicated. If this WOE does not work for me, I will have nowhere to go. Worst case scenario I would go VLC and wait to fail…………..NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need to: Stay Strong and Live Long; Battle On; Keep On Keeping On; or whatever it takes. I can not fail. I refuse to FAIL. I thank God that my determination is good for something.

I don’t care if the weight comes off fast or slow, just as long as it goes. I’ve waited this long and now I have found (ZC) and I’m here to stay.

Thanks for stopping by. I really ADMIRE YOU. Struggles are not fun and are always present a good excuse to fail…………….But You Stay Strong.


(ZC)ers Fighting the Good Fight


Cheers

7/29/2010

I still have that awkward feeling in my gut. It is not as intense as it was yesterday. I have not been eating real fatty beef. So I know that it is not nausea. I have never had this feeling in the past. 

My spirits are better. My energy levels seem to be higher. Today is going to be a good day. Tummy trouble free and Cravings free so far. 


(ZC)ers Tired and True



Cheers


260/244.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):6
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7/28/2010


I had another o.k. day. It was pretty fast paced at work. I feel a bit strange. What I mean by that is like I can feel my body change. I don’t know if that is a good description. I almost feel sick but not quit like sick. Mostly in the abdominal area. It just feels awkward.

I'm glad to say that I have not had any cravings for carbs. When I see my peers eating that junk, I just want to preach my point of view. I just back off. I have already explain the basic concept of (ZC) to them and it’s really no use at this time to go any further.

Tummy troubles seem to be at bay. I don’t think that I could ever go back to eating my former way. Knowing what I know now. It just does not interest me. Although I have not been on(ZC) long, it feels long. I don’t know why I feel this way.

All these strange feelings both physical and mental. That’s a little scary.

(ZC)ing Through Strange Times

Cheers

7/28/2010


I agree with you Ryan. The Steaks and burgers I grill and flash freeze and mainly for work or a quick meal. They are very portable. I pop a Steak and or 2-3 patties in a sandwich bag and take them to work. All I need is a napkin to hold them. I have no containers or utensils to pack or clean. I usually eat them at my desk while I work. I supervise a fast paced organization and don’t have the luxury of a regular meal time. On occasion we have a slow day but that is the exception to the rule. I just love the taste of a flame grilled patty or Steak. I always have a ready supply of good protein to eat at a moments notice. I grill no less than 24 ¼ pound Ground Chuck patties and 4 Steaks in which I cut in half. 


(ZC)ers Lock and Load and Rock and Roll


Cheers

7/28/2010


I had another restless night. I woke up a couple of times and did not sleep well. My energy levels are low. I had to stay an extra 2 ½ hours over my regular quitting time at work for a meeting yesterday. I had to struggle to keep my eyes open. 

My spirits are still in check. I am going to make the most of it. I hope we have a slow day (right). Wishful thinking never hurt anyone.

My weigh-ins have gone a little whacky, lately. No big deal. I still have a little trouble determining if I am really hungry. I usually just wait until my tummy rumbles. 

No cravings for carbs, no cheats and tummy troubles are just about gone (I hope). 

I hope everyone has a great day.

(ZC)ers, Predators Elite 


Cheers


260/
245.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):5
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7/27/2010

I ended up eating Ground Chuck for all my meals again today. It was a little different than eating Steak and Ground Chuck or just Steak alone. It was much more easier to eat. It was fast to heat up in the micro. I can get used to it real easy. 

I had a nice long talk with one of my other sisters about (ZC). Like the first one she was concerned about how healthy eating mainly meat would be. I explained all I could and referred her to this site. She seemed a little more open to this WOE than my other sister. 

I’m very happy with my Journey so far. I am confident that I’m on the right path.



(ZC)ing and loving it

7/27/2010


Love catching up in your journal - a true ZC warrior. I am sure your mortal combat will end in a victory for you!

Thanks Cindy, I am a (ZC) warrior. Want to join my tribe? LOL

(ZC) Warriors’ Tribal Council


Cheers

7/27/2010


Today I am feeling better. My spirits are o.k. Although I did not hit the hay until just a little before 11:00pm, it was a pretty sound sleep. It’s kind of funny in the mornings; I go to the porcelain throne and wait, and wait and wait to no avail. That will be something that will take some time to get used too.

My energy is a bit low. I continue not to have cravings for carbs or the need to cheat. So far the Ground Chuck seems to agree with me. It’s pretty convenient and easy to eat. I just garb the end of the patty with a napkin and munch.

When eating at a restaurant, I haven’t ordered a bun-less, veggie-less burger yet while on (ZC). So far I have ordered Steak. That always hits the pocket book pretty hard. Sometimes I forget to ask if the steak was marinated and if so with what?

I hope that whomever struggles out there in (ZC) land, rather they are” Experienced” or a “Newbie”, continues to keep their spirits up and remain focused on the “Golden Ring”.

(ZC) the other WOE


Cheers



260/
244.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):5
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Monday, July 26, 2010

7/26/2010


Today turned out to be pretty good. Although stress at work is never ending since we are short handed and we are not able to hire anyone at this time. I’m trying to deal with stressful situations with a calm cool head. I don’t want anything to interfere with WOE.

I spent some time on the phone trying to explain to one of my sisters about (ZC). I passed on some info that I learned from here. I gave her the name of this site and told her to take her time and read. I told her that it was not a quick fix and that it was a WOE. Sometimes it hard to convince someone about (ZC) when they still think SAD is a healthy choice. My sister understands that LC and VLC is better than SAD, but I think in the back of her mind she believes (ZC) is unhealthy. 

I need to be the example for my family and friends. If I fail I not only failed myself I would be failing those who might give (ZC) a chance if I succeed. 


 (ZC)


Cheers

7/26/2010


As of today I have been on (ZC) for five weeks. Last week was a bit of a rough ride. It was mainly my fault. I have to remind myself:”if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” I’m optimistic that week six is going to be much better. I went up and down on the scale all week. I’m basically at the same weight as at the end of week four.

Although I have a small steak stash, I’m going to do Ground Chuck all this week. I continue to have no cravings for carbs, no cheats and an overall great prospective for (ZC). Tummy troubles are at the lowest ever (Yeah).

I’m a little tired today; I had to do some yard work yesterday. I waited till late evening to do the work because of the heat. It was still hot. I kind of pushed myself hard to finish as soon as possible. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

(ZC)ers Unite

Cheers


260/
245.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):6
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7/25/2010


I made my famous lasagna for my DW, I had enough ingredients to make a second one slightly smaller. I called the 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
7:30am. 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 once 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 be fore 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

Saturday, July 24, 2010

7/25/2010


My night started out good, but then around 2:30am 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 6:00am 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

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 Krogers. I picked up
10 lbs of Ground Chuck (80/20). I got a real good deal at Krogers 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

7/24/2010


I was TOAST yesterday after I got off work. I ended up crashing out around 7:30pm 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

Friday, July 23, 2010

7/23/2010


Thanks Heidi, I used to think (AS) were Gods 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

7/23/2010

Amen sister Cindy………….a Blessing indeed. I actually keep that poison pill on my desk as reminder. Everyday 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-



Cheers

7/23/2010


Wowzers 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

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 around 10:00pm. I forgot to set my alarm last night, but I managed to get up at exactly 4:30am. 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 use 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

Thursday, July 22, 2010

7/22/1020


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 7:30pm. 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

7/22/1020


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

7'22/2010


Well Mel, I gotta tell ya I needed a whole pack of toothpicks and a wheel barrel to cart my big BUTT to bed after that Beef fiesta. Ole!!


-Steak, it does a body good-


Cheers

7/22/1020


Hi Karen, I did not realize how much I love beef. All my life steak was something I ate on occasion to celebrate birthdays. But now everyday is a birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Cheers

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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 $3.77lb 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

7/21/2010

Hey there Heidi, I remember swimming and riding bikes for fun in my distant pass. I was actually a pretty good swimmer in my prime. Now I would feel like a whale in the water. Swimming is a nice low impact exercise that is actually fun IMO. 

Wow the queasiness can be a real bummer. It seems that large consumptions of fat kick it into high gear. I want to be able to handle fat, but it seems that I have not conformed to that yet. 

I’m so glad that things are getting better for you with this WOE. Thanks for stopping by.

BATTLE ON HEIDI!!!!


Cheers

7/21/2010


Hey there Heidi, I remember swimming and riding bikes for fun in my distant pass. I was actually a pretty good swimmer in my prime. Now I would feel like a whale in the water. Swimming is a nice low impact exercise that is actually fun IMO. 

Wow the queasiness can be a real bummer. It seems that large consumptions of fat kick it into high gear. I want to be able to handle fat, but it seems that I have not conformed to that yet. 

I’m so glad that things are getting better for you with this WOE. Thanks for stopping by.

BATTLE ON HEIDI!!!!


Cheers

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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7/20/2010

I had a very stressful day at work. We are super short handed 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 affect 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

7/20/2010

Hi Kelly, WOW you were at 260 and look at you now. Your 100% right, we are never ever going back to 260. 

I try to be conscious of others. I have had jobs in the past that were “Action Novel” material. It was way too much excitement for me, for way too long of a time. That was in my late teens thru my mid thirties. I finally decided to get civilized by getting my Bachelors Degree, a normal job and getting married before I turned 40.

The only thing that has not change is the way I treat people. I treat them with total, absolute RESPECT. So you might say that I try my best to be an old southern gentleman. 

Thanks for stopping by.



Cheers

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 everyday when I come home from work I feel like I could almost collapse. I usually get home and lie down for awhile 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, H2O

Monday, July 19, 2010

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 know.

If its not broke why fix it.

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

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

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

7/19/2010


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 look 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 12ozs 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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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 look 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 12ozs 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

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 can not 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

7/18/2010


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 10:00AM and the other around 7:30PM. 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 wellbeing 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

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 untimately 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

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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. Yoyo, rollercoaster, 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

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

Friday, July 16, 2010

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 my self 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

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
 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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 wellbeing. 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 3lb 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

7/15/2010


I finally got to get some rest last night. Sprits 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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

7/14/2010


Today was a little different. My hunger has really dropped. I ate my first steak (5oz) at 8:30AM and my second steak (5oz) at 5:00PM. 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.

Cheers!!!

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

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7/13/2010


My food consumption was off today. I usually don’t get hungry until about 7:30AM or 8:00AM or a little later. Then I get again hungry around 2PM. 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.

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 Rollups. 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
4:15AM-4:30AM 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

Monday, July 12, 2010

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.
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