Sunday, October 31, 2010

10/31/2010 Daily Update (BOO)

Great Morning!! My Spirits and Energy Levels are GREAT!!! No Cravings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles!!

So what in the heck is Dave doing up so early when he went to bed a little after 2am? Well I heard (DW) stirring around this morning getting ready for work and I could not go back to sleep. Actually I feel GREAT! I am way full of energy. I mean a real good Surge!! I thought I would sleep in today, but no. So I just might make a trip to my favorite getaway today a little later. 

I plan on doing some yard work later today. Fall is taking no time around here. I have tons of leaves and pine straw all over the place. Well I do have a ton of tress. (DW) tells me to hire some folks to do the work, but I rather do it if I can. I really don’t mind. It keeps me familiar with the landscape and I kinda like it in a weird way. This kind of cool fall weather suites me fine. Its those hot summer days of grass cutting that kills me. 

Well with my emergency steaks cook, plenty of Fatty Beef Brisket prepared for my daily lunches, all my cooking is done for a while unless it’s for (DW). Maybe I’ll bake her a surprise lol!! 

Well I had a really nice Move on the scale today. I thought for some odd reason that I would have a small bounce today but it was not up.

********************Another All Time Low On (ZC) = 214.6 LBS******************

Have a GREAT (ZC) Day!!!


(ZC) and the Beat Goes On


Cheers 

260/
214.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Saturday, October 30, 2010

10/30/2010 Daily Update

Howdy All. My Spirits and Energy levels are Good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles!!!

Well my buddy called me yesterday that something unexpected came up and we would have to make the Texas Renaissance Festival next weekend. Well with or without I will be there next Saturday period. So I slept in today instead. I did not grill yesterday. So I will do that today. I forgot to weigh myself first thing this morning like my normal routine. I ate a bowl of fatty beef brisket and then remembered about the morning weigh in. So I weighed myself anyway and still had a nice little move on the scale.

Have a Great (ZC) Weekend!!!

*************All time low on (ZC) 215.2 lbs******************

(ZC) Still Standing


Cheers

60/
215.2/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Rocky Stage: It’s So Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Friday, October 29, 2010

10/29/2010 Daily Update

Good Day All. My Spirits and Energy levels are good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

We are swamped today at work. I posted on another Journal that my boss brought in Doughnuts and Kolaches: Steaming hot and fresh. I did look at the Kolaches for a second and thought “No freaking Way”. STAY THE COURSE!!!
 

I can’t wait for the day to be over. I will be grilling more emergency steaks: Rib eyes and T-bones. My friend and I will partake in some that “Oh Yeah!!” along with some steamed Snow Crab. I can’t wait lol!! Tomorrow, like I have been harping all week, I will go to the Texas Renaissance Festival!!!
 

I cooked my fatty beef brisket in the oven, chopped it up and stored it in a large container with all the juices and tallow last night. I will make time to package and freeze them this evening.

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!!


(ZC) Joust Away

Cheers

260/
215.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: T-Bone, Rib eye, Snow Crab and H2O

Thursday, October 28, 2010

10/28/2010 Daily Update

Good Tidings All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are Good. No Cravings for carbs, no cheats, and no tummy troubles.

I got some good rest last night. I will be glad when the weekend rolls around. I am really looking forward to the REN-FEST. 

Today I took my last serving of Fatty Beef Brisket to work with me. So today after work I will head to HEB to bag a Brisket (under $2.00 lb), Rib eyes ($3.77 lb) and Snow Crab ($3.97 lb). I have a few clusters from the last sale. I plan to make some for my friend that will stay over Friday night so that we can make an early start to the Renaissance Festival. So firday night looks like Surf and Turf. I can’t wait lol!!!

(ZC) has been really Good to me. I am always Grateful for this Forum. Thank You: to all that have posted here. It is really appreciated. Battle On!!!

***********I hit another all time Low on (ZC) today: 215.6 lbs!!!!!*************

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!!!


(ZC) Theres No Place Like Home

Cheers

260/
215.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Rocky Stage: It’s So Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10/27/2010 Daily Update

Good Day All!! My Spirits and Energy Levels are through the ROOF!!!! No Cravings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles.

Wow do I feel bad. I would usually. Respond to those who so graciously posted on my Journal before I post my update, but in lieu of getting my Butt kicked in San Antonio for making those wait for my “Good News” I will post the Update first. 

Now I still might get a Good Thrashing, but here it goes anyway: yesterday I was collecting the clothes I gathered in my closet marked for donations. In one box I had six pairs of brand new pants that I had bought almost a year before I got married. That’s almost Ten Years Ago. Well throughout the years I have tried them “ON” every time I went on a diet to see if they would fit, but to no avail. This was totally “Heart Breaking” to me. When I initially bought them I could barely fasten them. I had started a diet, which one? Who knows I don’t remember. I do remember taking the pants to the tailor having them hemmed and then dry cleaned. On the Face you may be Wondering “What the “F” Good News?” ………….For the rest of the story tune in Later today……………..NOT! So for almost TEN LONG YEARS I have been Staring at the Six Pairs of Pants with Lots of Grief. I have never worn them. My Wife on Several occasions suggested that I donate them, But I refused. I tried them on about a couple of months or so ago and still they still did not fit. So, yesterday I gathered all the boxes and bags of clothes that we both were donating and I got a wild hair and thought to try on a pair one last time. To my amazement I could fasten the pants without a problem. Yes they are a little tight, but they FIT!!! I swear I was jumping up and down like “Rocky Balboa” at the Philadelphia Art Museum! This is a Great Milestone For ME. As far as the pants are concerned, they are a Docker type style. They are actually a much better quality than regular Dockers. The material and colors are real nice. The style is timeless. I don’t think the company that made them is still in business. The brand name is River Rain. So My (ZC) Family: This is a Great Victory For ME!!! 

So that was MY Great NEWS. IT means a lot to ME. So am I still Welcome to Meat Up in San Antonio? Lol!! I promise on my Honor :no more what until tomorrow stuff.


(ZC) Duck and Cover


Cheers

260/
216.2/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

10/26/2010 Daily Update

Very Busy Day…………My Spirits and Energy Levels are Great. No cravings for carbs, No cheats and No tummy troubles.

Odd thing today: this morning I really began to notice body re-composition. It appears that my legs from the thighs down have really leaned out quite a bit. I can see muscles that have been hidden for many, many years. It was really weird to see. I would take some pics, but I don’t want to scare anyone hahaha!!! Now I need to attack my middle section lol!!! Like I have any control over (ZC). I guess that’s the last place for the blubber to go. That’s OK. I have all the Time in the World!!!

I have a nice surge of Energy today. I’m Feeling good in the hood. I am looking forward to The Texas Renaissance Festival this weekend. If everything goes well this Sunday my best friend and I will go. Worst case scenario it will have to be the following weekend. That will definitely be the last chance to go. I have the tickets and I don’t plan on missing it.

I also was thinking about a hotel room for San Antonio maybe. I will probably just do a day trip most likely maybe UUMM I guess. I don’t mind a late night drive back to The Woodlands really. 

How low can you go? Do you really want to know?................YES I DO!!!!!!

*****Another All Time Low on (ZC) = 215.8LBS*****


(ZC) New Stride New Pride


Cheers

260/
215.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: It’s So Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Monday, October 25, 2010

10/25/2010 Weekly Update

Good day all. My Spirits and Energy level are Good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

Today marks 18 weeks of (ZC) and this is my Progress Report:
 

6/21/10=260lbs 6/28/10=255lbs 7/5/10=252lbs 7/12/10=247.5lbs 7/19/10=245.8lbs 7/26/10=245.6lbs 8/2/10=244.8lbs 8/9/10=240.6lbs 8/16/10=240.4lbs 8/23/10=239.8lbs 8/30/10=238.4lbs 9/6/10=234.2lbs 9/13/10=230.2lbs 9/20/10=228.8lbs 9/27/10=225.6lbs 10/4/2010=221.6lbs 10/11/2010=221.4lbs 10/18/2010=218.0lbs 10/25/2010=216.0lbs

Just another fun filled day in the Life of (ZC). For now I will stick to Fatty Beef Brisket (FBB). I am looking forward to potentially gong to The Texas Renaissance Festival next Sunday.
 

I ended up eating the two GB patties for my second meal yeaterday after busting my butt doing some yard work. Man they were Good. The “Q” can make just about any meat taste good IMO.
 

I am just happy to be on this Journey and waiting for whatever Life has to throw at me. At least on the eating front, (ZC) has me covered.

********** 44 Pounds of Blubber kicked to the Curb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a Great (ZC) DAY!!!


(ZC) The Coast is Clear


Cheers

260/
216.0/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Sunday, October 24, 2010

10/24/2010 Daily Update

It's a Beautiful Morning..........My Spirits and Energy Levels are UP there Y'all! No Cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

I had a nice nights rest. I feel quiet Perky. I am eager to get out of the house and to my "ME" spot. I hope to get out of here in an hour or so. I have totally exhausted my "Emergency Steaks". I have two heavy duty Rib eyes defrosted and ready to report for duty. I will grill them this evening. I am not really sure what I feel like eating today. I do have a pound of GB. I was thinking of making two half pound burgers and grilling them. It would not be like the Gruel. In retrospect I think what happened to me on the GB aka Gruel run, was that I let it sit in the fridge for the duration and it just got funkier as time went on. Maybe if I would place it in packs and freeze it I would get a better result like I am having with the Fatty Beef Brisket. Something to think about. Don't get me wrong. I am not a big GB fan. But it tastes just OK and can get me to where I need to be: Why Not. It is not going to be forever lol!!! I just might try a small test batch. I have to admit that GB seem to really work well as far as weight loss for ME!! Anyway it was just a thought lol!!!

********I had another All Time Low on (ZC) = 216.0 lbs********

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!



(ZC) Stay the Course

Cheers

260/
216.0/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: GB Burgers?? and H2O

Saturday, October 23, 2010

10/23/2010 Daily Update

Good Day All. My Spirits and Energy are Good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

Today was filled with a lot of excitement from the air show "Wings Over Houston". It was quite a drive from The Woodlands to Ellington Field, but well worth it. We ended up picking up (DW)s best friend and her family: hubby and two little ones. We all had a Blast. I thought the lunch was going to be Beef and Chicken Fajitas, but it ended up Being Smoked (BBQ) Beef and Chicken. 

The meat was OK but tasted a bit salty, so I expect water retention I guess. The Food was the least of anything. They had plenty of Spring Water. It tasted so nice and sweet. 
The show was Absolutely Awesome. My favorite part is "TORA TORA TORA" very real like bomb simulations being dropped by Japanese Zeros during this Pearl Harbor reenactment. I just love seeing all the vintage WW II aircraft in action. I was able to see just about any WW II aircraft that you can imagine. My all time favorites are the B-17 Flying Fortress and the P-51 Mustang. You could feel the Heat and concussions form the simulated explosions (smoke and fireballs). OH SO NEAT!!! Our guest were super impressed with the VIP Tent and all the Fare that goes along with it. We sat feet from the taxiway. All the planes returning from their act had to pass us on the way back to their hangers. This provided great photo opps. This venue had all kinds stunt planes, and demonstrations for most modren military aircrat. The Main Event was the USAF "Thunderbirds" WOW what a show of skill. We were there from around 8:30am to 4:30pm. It was mostly partly cloudy with some sun and blue skies. 


(ZC) From the Start

Cheers

260/
216.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Rocky Stage: Its So Hard Now
Today's Menu: Smoked Brisket, Smoked Chicken and H2O

Friday, October 22, 2010

10/22/2010 Dailly Update

TGIF………..My energy levels Surging like Crazy!!!!! My Spirits are good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no Tummy Troubles. 

I feel like I need Lead Boots to keep Me on the ground Hahaha!!! 

I tell you What: My Boss Brought in a boxes of my old favorites = Kolaches and Doughnuts. I just used to love the Kolaches with the sausage and cheese and the old fashioned Cake Doughnuts like the ones in WW II. So yes……………today some of my old Nemeses are sitting a few feet from me as I type (hot and fresh). So what am I to do??? Eye of the Tiger Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow is another big day full of Temptations. I will be attending the Air Show. I have ViP tent tickets full of Freebies. All the Beer, Carb loaded foods and snacks. I just love dark draft beer and yes it's a self serve free for all lol!!! My saving grace will be that they always have Bottled Water and the Catered Lunch is usually Beef and Chicken Fajitas with all the trimmings. So when I am in line I will point at the beef and say “More Beef Please”. No Worries………I will Stand Strong and Cry as others are drinking Beer around Me Hahahaha!!!!!!

This has been an eventful week for me. I am Glad to be here. I look forward to continue my Journey with (ZIOH) by my side. I contribute much of my success to this Forum. At this point I could probably wing it by myself……..But why would I? No!! No Way! I’m here to Stay!!!!

One more Good Note: I Hit another All Time Low on (ZC) = 216.6 LBS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a Great (ZC) DAY!!!



(ZC) Permanent Resident 


Cheers

260/
216.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10/21/2010 Daily Update

Good Tidings All…….I have a nice surge in the Spirits and Energy Levels Department. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

Wow, what a Nice response to the photos. Should I have expected less form this community: Not in your LIFE!!! 

I guess this would be the best time to announce that it has come to pass to leave this wonderful place and set off on my own……………..NOT!!! It is WAY TOO LATE. You folks are Stuck with Me lol!!! Leave Paradise? No Way, I don't think SO! I was lead here. Here is where My Journey with (ZC) began. Even before Membership, I read and followed the path and then Joined. 

One Day at a Time. It will be a Great day in the future to post “Before” and “After” photos. Now that is something to work towards and that will be a Glorious day. At that point the War will be Won for Me and (ZC) will be…………….Well what it always should have been in the first place: NORMAL. 

Today like every day I wake up ready for whatever challenges await me. I always pray for the Strength that I will need to meet the Challenge and defeat it. Sometimes I get beat down, but so far I have been given the Strength to Rise to the Occasion. 


(ZC) Rising up to the Challenge of our Rivals


Cheers

260/
217.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: Its so Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

10/20/2010 Daily Update

Another One Bites the Dust!!! Good day Al!! My Spirits and Energy levels are Good. No Cravings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles!!!

(ZC) Family, Below I posted some "Before" and "IN Progress" Pics. Don't laugh too loud, at least so that I can't hear it in The Woodlands lol!!!

Today I Hit another ALL TIME LOW ON (ZC)= 216.8 LBS!!!


(ZC) You Gotta Love It


Cheers

260/
216.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Rocky Stage: Trying Hard Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10/19/2010 Daily Update

Back in the Saddle Again………My Spirits and Energy are mighty nice. No Carvings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles!

Good Day All. I’m really happy to be here. I see we have been getting slew of new Members: NICE. After Work yesterday I ended up having a nice visit with my youngest sister. It was nice to see her, my Mum, her DH and my niece and nephews. I always have a good time playing with the kids. I talked to her extensively about (ZC) among other things. She is very open minded and seemed to grasp the core. Although I am 13 yrs older than her, it seems that we think on the same level to a degree.
 

I was listening to the “Rocky” theme again and realized there are actually two parts I can use to represent the start for (ZC) for Me. The first: “Trying Hard Now” and Second: “It’s so Hard Now”. I kinda like the first one better, but both represent my Journey thru (ZC). BTW there are Two parts to each stage for a total of three stages for a total of Six parts lol. Don’t take this too serious. Once again I am just having FUN with (ZC).
 

So far so good with the Fatty Beef Brisket Front. It tastes much better by freezing it in packs rather than having a large container in the fridge and eating from it until gone. If I ever get that food saver, I’m sure it will be better. For now this is not bad, not bad at all. As soon as I get low enough on FBB supplies I will Bag another one and cook it fresh.
 

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!!


(ZC)ing thru the Stages

Cheers

260/
217.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Beef Ribs and H2O

Monday, October 18, 2010

10/18/2010 Weekly Update

Rocky III………..My Spirits and My Energy Levels are Good. No Carvings for carbs, No cheats and No tummy troubles!!!
Today marks 17 weeks of (ZC) and this is my Progress Report: 

6/21/10=260lbs 6/28/10=255lbs 7/5/10=252lbs 7/12/10=247.5lbs 7/19/10=245.8lbs 7/26/10=245.6lbs 8/2/10=244.8lbs 8/9/10=240.6lbs 8/16/10=240.4lbs 8/23/10=239.8lbs 8/30/10=238.4lbs 9/6/10=234.2lb 9/13/10=230.2lbs 9/20/10=228.8lbs 9/27/10=225.6lbs 10/4/2010=221.6lbs 10/11/2010=221.4lbs 10/12/2010=218.0lbs 

FBB baby you know ME!!! (FBB)= Fatty Beef Brisket lol!!!

Well I finally got my bounce: YEAH!!! Why so happy about a bounce you may ask? Because it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Let me “Elaborate”: What you don’t know is that I went to the Grocery Store last night, HEB, to pick up a few things and noticed some big juicy T-Bones on sale and my eyes zoned in on some nice looking fresh Fatty Beef Ribs. WOW, I just had to have the Ribs. So I picked up a couple of packs. They were not too big. When I got home I fired up the stove and cooked them at 350 for 2 and half hours. I must have eaten about a third of the Ribs. (DW) and I were watching a movie in bed. So I took the Ribs on a tray, sat up in bed and made a complete PIG of Myself LOL!!! She kept looking at the Ribs and said “oh they look and smell so good, I wish I had not brushed my teeth.” Hahaha!!! I was fully expecting that my weight would shoot up a few pounds for eating so late, but it did not go up much at all. Let me take a breath. 

Yes I’m happy and excited. (ZC) has been a Gateway to a new fabulous Life. I tell you what: before (ZC) the weight was really bringing me down. My energy was crap. I hated to wear those tight clothes. I did not look forward with the prospect of breaking down to buying a bigger size to accommodate an ever growing girth. A little while back I posted that I went shopping for clothes in my closet. I had some shirts from a long, long time ago that were still too small and I was ready to donate or throw them away. Well for grins I tried one on and low and behold it fit nicely. Now I will go through that pile to see if I can salvage some more lol!!!

So YES, today will be “EYE of the Tiger” for ME. I just can’t Get Enough. Cross Out 219lbs? Not just yet.

Almost 4 months of (ZC) and a Solid 42 LBS LOST!!! 


(ZC) Hangin' Tough, Stayin' Hungry

Cheers

260/
218.0/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10/17/2010 Daily Update

Rocky: Retired. My Spirits and Energy Levels are good. No cravings for Carbs, No Cheats and Slight Tummy Troubles.

I had a minor bout with Tummy Troubles last night and this morning. Nothing Major and no Pain. I am having yet another LA Day (Lazy A$$). From the Moment I woke I promptly set myself up on the Patio. My setup: uncover the furniture, place out two folding tables: one in front of the chair I'm sitting at for my laptop and one to the left of that chair to hold H20 and ash tray if I decide to partake in a cigar, fire up the CD player with one of many Guitar Instrumentals, fire up the two pond pumps to let the small water fall and fountain run. Lastly plop my REAR in the Chair and Enjoy. I just love the Mixture of the morning Birds, Guitar music and the sound of the Fountain and Water Fall all together. NOW that is true Music to MY EARS lol!!! The Instrumental Music that I enjoy is from the Renisance Period and Spanish Guitar. I also enjoy some Modren retro type of music from two diffient Artist that used to perform together. They performed togher as "E Muzeki" their groups now are: "Wine & Alchemey"; and "Circa Paleo" I just love this type of music. Its a combination of Greek, Middle East, Renisance and others. Good stuff to mellow out to IMO. I came across them before the split up at the The Texas Renaissance Festival when they performed together as E Muzeki. They now perform there in their new groups. I can't wait to see them and buy a couple of new CDs.

I just finished my first meal of today: Rib eye with a pat of Butter. Yummy to the tenth degree lol!!! I do plan on some light yard work later today. Leaves are beginning to Fall.
 

I almost forgot: Now this morning was a sight to see. (DW) could hardly contain herself with the thought of eating that cake I made last night. When I got up she was scurrying around in the Kitchen. She had the cake on the island and "Ready for the Attack". Golly I just had to laugh at this full grown woman acting like a 5 yr old lol. She served herself a large portion and Baam it was gone. She was in pure ecstasy! Poor thing.
 

Have a Nice (ZC) Day!!!

For those interested or just curious these are the links to the groups. They have extended samples on all three sites.

Circa Paleo:
 http://www.circapaleo.com/

Wine and Alchemy:
 http://www.wineandalchemy.com/

E Muzeki:
 http://www.emuzeki.com/emuzeki.html


(ZC) Gonna Relax Now

Cheers

260/
217.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Rib eye and H2O

Saturday, October 16, 2010

10/16/2010 Daily Update

You are not going to believe this.................I didn‘t. 

My Spirits and Energy are still WAY up there. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles. 

I got some well needed rest last night. I Feel Great still does not give justice to the Way I feel. Let me see how about "Pep in my Step", "Perky" or maybe "Electric". OK lets combine them all and ADD some Rocket Fuel" hahaha!!! I am eager to get out the door to the Water Way: "Get there fast and then take it Slow" at its best lol. I don't want to waste a beautiful day indoors, "No way Jose" 

Lots of activity on the Forum yesterday evening. 

I will continue reading and posting via BlackBerry form the Water Way.

I DIDN’T BELIVE THE MOVE ON THE ON THE SCALE TODAY: 217.4 LBS

Oh I do expect an all Mighty Bounce. That comes with the Territory. My guts must be on empty lol. Is it time to “Duck and Cover”? Hahaha!!!

Have A Great (ZC) Day!!!


(ZC) BELIEVE

Cheers

260/
217.4/185
Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Friday, October 15, 2010

10/15/2010 Daily Update

Rocky part II……My Spirits and Energy Levels are still out of this World. No Cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

Yo (ZC)ers!!! I’m having another great day full of Energy. I can’t sit still. Best of all it’s MY Friday!!! I swear I was in a “Rocky” Land all day yesterday. I can’t count the times I listened to the original “Rocky” Theme song and “Eye of the Tiger”. Although I would say that I am a notch below yesterday, it still is way up there!! 

This weekend I plan to chill and also do some light yard work. I plan to be at my favorite Water Way getaway in the morning Just Relaxing and enjoying this cooler weather. 

So what has Fatty Beef Brisket done for you lately you might ask? Well let me Think. It has provided me with a good source of protein and fat for a very reasonable price (under $2.00 lb). It is oh so easy to cook, just season it lightly, place in a cooking pan, cover with foil, pop in the oven and Voila it’s done. It is not as bad tasting since I used my new storing technique and as a matter of fact I like it much, much more than GB. I guess that’s about it.

Oh yeah before I forget………………. It has helped me get to my ALL TIME NEW LOW of: 219.4 lbs


(ZC) Happy Days are Here Again


Cheers

260/
219.4/185
Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Thursday, October 14, 2010

10/14/2010 Daily Update

Twice as Nice….My ENERGY and SPIRITS are in Orbit!!!!!! No Cravings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles.

In freaking Creditable. I have such an Incredible Surge of Energy I can hardly contain MYSELF. Since I got up this morning I have been Charged Up. I AM PUMPED UP Y’ALL!!! 

I have been listening to the “ROCKY’’ theme all Morning on youtube. Actually I have been switching form "Rocky" to "Eye of the Tiger" back to back LOL!!! 

Could all this be from the Fatty Beef Brisket? Probably Not. It must be a combination of things. To tell ya the truth I Don’t Care. Why ask Why? I am just Thankful Hahaha!!! 

So if I were “ROCKY” what Stage would I be at? HHHMMM………......... I think I am at the “Trying Hard Now” stage. Lord Knows I have given All I’ve have to (ZC). I am totally committed (not in the Nuthouse way). Yes, this is defiantly the “Trying Hard Now” stage. Should I start eating raw eggs in the morning? Possible. Should I start doing One arm pushups? Only if I want a trip to the Hospital Hahaha!!! 

I tell ya I am having the Time of My LIFE. It is sssssoooo hard to describe, but if you could see the BIG SMILE on My Face it would tell ALL!!! 

My Next “ROCKY” Stage: "Getting Strong Now” when will that happen? Only (ZC) knows. 

I had a nice little move on the scale this morning. I will have to go back in my Journal, but I think it is close to my all time Low on (ZC). 

Friends , Family and Countrymen Have a GREAT, GREAT (ZC) DAY!!!


(ZC)ers Trying Hard NOW


Cheers

260/
220.8/185
Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):11+
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

10/13/2010 Daily Update

Fired UP!!! My Spirits and Energy are WAY, WAY UP!!!!! No Carvings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles. 

OMG I have a Rush of Energy this MORNING (YEAH!!!). I can almost feel the vibrations of all over. Euphoria at its Best. This is the most Charged Up I have been on (ZC) so far. "I can Climb any Mountain!" I hope this lasts all day lol!!!

Well I ended up using sandwich bags yesterday to pack my fatty beef brisket. I pushed out as much air as I could then placed the packets into a large freezer bag. I had cut the brisket into a little larger pieces this time. It was not by design. Anyway when I weighed 8ozs it didn't look right, go figure, so I made 10oz packs hahaha!!! So toady is my first day back on Fatty Beef Brisket for my to-go meal at work. I am almost at that point of nuking it. (DW) was present last night when I was packing it. She had came home from work and ate her diner: Cake and a Peach. She then said that the brisket smelled good. I told her to try some. So she did. She thought it tasted great so I served some on the side and she stood next to me at the kitchen island eating away. I just had to laugh inside. 

Have a GREAT (ZC) DAY Y'ALL!!!


(ZC) Something Tells ME I'm into Something GOOD


Cheers

260/
221.4/185
Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10!!!
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Rib eye and H2O

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10/12/2010 Daily Update

What an Eventful Day. My Energy and Spirits are Up. No craving for carbs, no cheats, and no tummy troubles!!!

How much is Dave eating: Inquiring Minds Want to Know lol!!! Now that’s a real Simple answer: Enough hahaha!!!

I have been accused of Starving Myself. That really makes me feel Sad. I don't like to have to Defend Myself for following what I thought was right on (ZC): Eat to Hunger and Drink to Thirst. I don't Anticipate Hunger. For Me it's real Simple: Tummy Rumbles = Time to Eat. After I eat I am fully Satisfied until my next encounter which may be later that day or the next day. I refuse to Eat when I am not Hungry and I am not going to practice that. I listen to my body. Is that somehow Wrong? Am I missing Something? I Truly and Honestly want to know. From what I have read I should be on the right track. Right???

One thing I can tell you is that at the point that I increased my Fat intake my hunger decreased. I assumed it was because of the increased Caloric intake. I try to stay away from Dairy and Salty foods because through Trial and Error I found out that these foods cause gains or slows down weight loss for ME.

Brisket: The Problem I had with it in the past was that it would sit in the Fridge so long, about a week or more, that it began to taste nasty. It took me about that long to finish it. Now I have a New and Improved way of storing it so that by the second or third meal it will taste almost as good as the first. I will simply make 8oz packs of it in sandwich bags and freeze them. 

I can’t and won’t Speak for anyone but Myself: I try to make (ZC) as Fun and Exciting as Possible. I do this through many avenues: Daily Weigh-ins, Trial and Error on certain (ZC) foods, Weighing and Packaging my meals for work and Most of all Keeping My Journal as Up to Date as Possible. I find this Fun and Interesting. It keeps me going Strong. I Love to wake up to another Great Day In (ZC) Land. 

I’m not Going Anywhere. I’m Here to Stay. (ZC) is my path to Healthy Living. 

And That My Friends and Family is the End of the Story and the Beginning to a Long and Happy Life.


(ZC) Need I Say More


Cheers

260/
221.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Chicken Thighs, H2O

Monday, October 11, 2010

10/11/2010 Weekly Update

Try, Try again……..Good Day All. My Spirits and Energy are good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

Today marks 16 weeks of (ZC) and this is my Progress Report: 

6/21/10=260lbs 6/28/10=255lbs 7/5/10=252lbs 7/12/10=247.5lbs 7/19/10=245.8lbs 7/26/10=245.6lbs 8/2/10=244.8lbs 8/9/10=240.6lbs 8/16/10=240.4lbs 8/23/10=239.8lbs 8/30/10=238.4lbs 9/6/10=234.2lbs 9/13/10=230.2lbs 9/20/10=228.8lbs 9/27/10=225.6lbs 10/4/2010=221.6lbs 10/11/2010=221.4lbs
I had an interesting weekend. I am glad it is over with to a degree. I just want to start this week fresh. Unfortunately I got up a little after 2:00 am and could not go back to sleep. So while my outlook is fresh my body is not. I did have some fun this weekend: Saturday night the weather was gorgeous so I lit the Tiki torches and (DW) and I sat in our covered porch / patio and enjoyed the night. Sunday evening evolved some rigorous yard work. I feel a bit sore. I really need to hire Nikki lol!!!

I have determined to go back to eating Fatty Beef Brisket. The Chicken Thighs were yummy, but are better suited for a weekend, not my weekly fare. So tonight I will slow cook the brisket. I still need to grill up the Rib eyes. I was way too tired after they yard work fire up the pit. 

Not a very good move on the scale last week. Overall I maintained my weight. I’m sure it’s a combination of the consumption of certain foods and some fine tuning going on in my system somewhere. 

I hope Y’all have a Great (ZC) Day!!!



(ZC) Fatty Beef Brisket Rides Again


260/
221.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Chicken Thighs, H2O

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10/10/2010 Daily Update

If I could do it all again...... My Spirits and Energy are good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

I wish I would have taken the advice of a wise member and just eaten before I went to Dim Sum. So what if I would be the only one not eating. It was not miserable, but not very pleasant and Salty. Anyway never again.
 

One interesting thing. We decided to go grocery shopping at a huge Asian market. (DW), MI and FI had a field day buying tons of cheap produce and other assorted items. They also hit the Asian bakery and Loaded up.

Not wanting to participate in ""Sacrilegious"" activities I wondered over to a corner of the store were a couple of guys had a food stand set up. It could have been straight out the Third World. They had: Ducks, Chickens and Strips of Pork tenderloin hanging from hooks cooked and ready for "Duty". Below the hanging meats was a steam table filled with an assortment of pure ethnic dishes. I could not recognize some of them. Not the typical fare at an Asian restaurant. All of this was interesting, but what really caught my eye was the Whole Pig that was being hoisted to the hook at the end of the line from other Meats. It had the look of being deep fried. I have been to other Asian Markets and have seen the huge standing ovens where these "Heavenly Bodies" are put in Whole and cooked (toasted and roasted). The outside skin is all Crispy. I ran over a few poor customers to look at the Pig. It was protected from "ME" by a Glass Case. As I stared at it I thought I heard angels singing in the background
 "AAAAHHHH" lol.

I told the little dude behind the glass "One Pound Please" while never taking my eyes off the Pig. He took his meat clever and sliced off the portion between the head and ribs. OMG there was no bone: Just Crispy Skin, a nice thick layer of Fat and Meat. I sampled a piece: Crispy, Tender and Delicious. The only downer is that it was a bit salty sorta like the Dim Sum.
 

Needless to say I ate all the Pork for my first meal of today. I feel like a I have retained a lot of water. No more Asian delights unless I cook them myself.

***Can any of you lend me an oven that will fit a whole pig and by the way can any of you donate a whole dressed pig hahaha!!! Right?***

No!!! I only smoke a small cigar once in awhile thank you very MUCH.

Well I think my Chicken Thigh run will end soon I have a couple of days of supplies left. I am defrosting a 10 Lbs Fatty Beef Brisket and will slow cook it tomorrow. I also already thawed out three Rib eyes that I will grill today for emergency food. I always cut these in half before I flash free them.
 

I had a upward move on the scale today: 221.8lbs. No worries.

Enjoy the rest of your (ZC) Weekend Y'ALL


(ZC) What's Old is New


Cheers


260/
221.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Pork, H2O

Saturday, October 9, 2010

10/9/2010 Daily Update

Good Day ALL. My Spirits and Energy are ok. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

I got some rest last night. I feel a little tired. I have a few things to do this morning. We will be leaving in a few moments to the Water Way to give (DW)'s aunt a small tour and then on with a few tasks and then to do some shopping at Chinatown then chowing at Chinatown. I will take some pics and post later.

I had a bounce this morning. No Worries. 221.2lbs.

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!!


(ZC) For Whom the Carb Tolls


Cheers


260/
221.2/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):7
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: ?, H2O

Friday, October 8, 2010

10/8/2010 Daily Update

This week went by so fast. My Spirits and Energy are Soaring. No cravings for cabs, No cheats and No tummy troubles.

I had posted yesterday that I would have a “Test of Will” last night. Well I was able to dodge the Bullet. I was supposed to go to a restaurant called the Cheese Cake Factory for Desert in celebration for a Birthday. I was ready to order a cool glass of water and smile as others participated in festive activities of an all Carb Massacre. I will have to admit that in the past I would have joined in the Melee. My favorite was the Pumpkin Cheese Cake with glazed Pecans. 

The Chicken Thighs came out really nice. I could not resist eating four of the Chicken Skins. They were crispy and delicious OMG. I could just eat a whole Stack of crispy chicken skins and be happy LOL!!! I will post a step by step on how I do this in the proper thread with pics in the future. 

One “Test of Will” I won’t be able to dodge is on Saturday. I will be going to Chinatown to celebrate (MI)’s birthday. We will be having Dim Sum. This was another all time favorite of mines. Before I got married, I would go almost every weekend for years to eat Dim Sum on Saturday s or Sunday s with my best friend. For those who have never eaten Dim Sum it is sort of like a Chinese Brunch, but not exactly. Its Lots and Lots of small specialty dishes and some familiar Chinese fare. My all time favorite was the stuffed fried taro root. I might break with the H20 and drink some hot flower tea. The only thing that I might be able to eat is the duck and roasted pork if available. They have these meats without the added red glaze. Most of the other meats are in some type of sauce and I will NOT go there. I will also look at the menu for alternatives. The traditional Dim Sum is served off of carts that are loaded with a variety of items and are pushed from table to table. It is a fun event. In the past my friends and I were about the only non-Chinese in the restaurant. It almost felt like being in a foreign country.

Almost forgot, I had a little move on the scale for a new all time low: 220.6 Lbs.

Have a Great (ZC) Day and Weekend Y’ALL!!!

(ZC) Ni Hao Ma

Cheers

260/
220.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Chicken Thighs, H2O

Thursday, October 7, 2010

10/7/2010 Daily Update

Happy Days are Here Again. My Spirits and Energy are Great. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and no tummy troubles.

So today is the third day eating Chicken Thighs. It is actually pretty tasty. I get a good amount of chicken fat from the Thighs. It is not as much as the GB, but close and it tastes so much better. I put a package to defrost and it should be ready for cooking this evening. I will just put it in the oven with some lite seasoning. 

I just might get a little crazy this weekend and make some Fatty Beef Ribs. I want experiment by grilling them over coal then finishing them in the oven so that they get fall off the bone tender. I will probably do this on Sunday. I found some Chuck Roasts on sale. I might just buy some and cut them into steaks.

More Good News Today I hit an all time low on (ZC): 220.8 lbs. 

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!! Time to EAT!!!



(ZC) The Saga Continues

Cheers

260/
220.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Chicken Thighs, H2O

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10/6/2010 Daily Update

HOWDY ALL. My Spirits and Energy are good. No Carvings for carbs, No cheats and no tummy troubles.

I have to say today is going to be a good day! I have a real upbeat aurora today for some reason. I don’t think anything could piss me off. I guess this would be a good time for someone to ask me for a favor hahaha!!!

(DW)’s Birthday is coming up. She asked me to make her favorite birthday cake: Pineapple Orange Cream. Despite (ZC) I love to Bake. It’s fun to me. I guess it's the final creation that attracts me. Besides the baking part of the cake, I love to decorate them. I guess you might call it a form of Art (not Food) LOL.
 

Today is my second day eating Chicken Thighs. I increased the amount from 8ozs to 12ozs. Just to reiterate this is just out of curiosity. I am really interest on how my system reacts to this amount. I try to have fun with (ZC). This is just my weird way of doing it. I will always eat when I am hungry. If I don’t that enough food to work, there is a handy Jack in the Box nearby standing ready with some pretty good Beef Patties.
 

Have a Great (ZC) Day Y’ALL!!!


(ZC) To Infinity and BEYOND

Cheers

260/
221.2/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Chicken Thighs, H2O

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

10/5/2010 Daily Update

What a day. My Spirits and Energy are O.K. No cravings for carbs, No cheats and Minor tummy troubles. I have a slight Queasy Feeling this morning. Hopefully it will pass soon.

Yesterday, all my Troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they're here to stay. I say “No Freaking Way!!!” Hahaha!!! Although it felt like a stun grenade got me, I was able to shake it off and advance with a new plan. At the start of (ZC) Chicken did not satisfy me enough to eat more than for one meal. So, now I will give the Chicken Thighs a whirl and see what happens as far as the weight loss is concerned.

The only reason I eat the same thing almost every day is for convenience. I have a long work week and I do not want to cook daily. I have a routine of cooking for one or two weeks at a time. The only exception I make is on the weekends to break it up. 

Have a Great (ZC) Day!!!


(ZC) Help is on the WAY


Cheers

260/
221.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Chicken Thighs, H2O

Monday, October 4, 2010

10/4/2010 Weekly Update

Greetings All, My Spirits and Energy are well. No cravings for carbs, No cheats and No tummy troubles. 
Today marks 15 weeks of (ZC) and this is my Progress Report: 

6/21/10=260lbs 6/28/10=255lbs 7/5/10=252lbs 7/12/10=247.5lbs 7/19/10=245.8lbs 7/26/10=245.6lbs 8/2/10=244.8lbs 8/9/10=240.6lbs 8/16/10=240.4lbs 8/23/10=239.8lbs 8/30/10=238.4lbs 9/6/10=234.2lb 9/13/10=230.2lbs 9/20/10=228.8lbs 9/27/10=225.6lbs 10/4/2010=221.6

I had a real pleasant weekend. It was a mixed bag of Rest and Activities. I had some good quality time with Mum. My thighs are still sore "ouch". 

I dropped off my Mum at my sisters home yesterday and my sister was having a small get together. My other sister was there that I have not seen in about month. She noticed a big difference in my appearance. Her husband was also there and was interested on how I lost my weight. So I gave him the basics of (ZC). He is an avid weight lifter and is pretty muscular though not leaned out. He asked what do I eat for breakfast and I told him that I don't have eating schedules anymore and that I only eat when I am hungry. He look amazed and said that should slow down my metabolism. I told him that I guess my metabolism must not know that "Rule". BTW while helping Mum, I looked through her digital camera and found pics form the 4th of July 2009. She had three good before pics of me. I almost wanted to gag. I would post them now, but I think they would be better in reserve for the "Before and After" pics when I get to where I need to be.

Well as a testament to (ZC) I showed the pics on Mum's camera to my sisters, Both BI (s) and another couple and they were in awe. The same BI I mentioned earlier also questioned me about my cholesterol because of my high fat intake. Whatever!!!

I was looking at my GB supply and it is rather low. I think I have about two servings left. I have a whole Fatty Beef Brisket in the freezer and might consider slow cooking it or I just might stick with the GB. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions lol!!! 

I am totally committed to (ZC), No Surrender! No Retreat! I have only Yet Begun to Fight! Though the War for my very Soul still rages on, I have Won many Battles. Throughout this Campaign there has been many Difficulties and there has been Pain. I have over come those obstacles and I am ready to Rise to the Occasion should they raise their heads. BATTLE ON!!! STAY STRONG!!!! LIVE LONG!!!


(ZC)ers Hear the Call, There's No Easy Way OUT

Cheers

260/
221.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: GB, H2O

Sunday, October 3, 2010

10/3/2010 Daily Update

Good Day All, My Spirits and Energy are good. No cravings for carbs, no cheats and slight tummy troubles. 

I am sore. Although I rested a lot yesterday I am sore form the yard work. I did a lot of squatting, so my thighs are extra sore. 

Today I will pick up mum to help her resize some photos for a memory book she wants to put together for a high school reunion. We will go out to eat brunch at the Gooses Acre. I know they have an omelet bar so it will be safe in that respect. I 'm sure they will have some other type of protein.

Great weather for the rest of the day. I will take a nice walk after brunch with mum on the Water Way. This has been a really great weekend. Too bad it has to end.


(ZC) I'm Walking On Sunshine


Cheers

260/
221.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):8
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: ?, H2O

Saturday, October 2, 2010

10/2/2010 Daily Update

Great Day ALL, MY SPIRITS and ENERGY are Up and Away. No Cravings for Carbs, No Cheats and No Tummy Troubles.

I had a wonderful time today. A real relaxing time. The weather is out of this world. I plan on being lazy for the rest of the day. Relax Relax Relax hahaha!!!

I also wanted to add the "Good News": I had another All Time Low = 221.2 Lbs.

I am inching closer and closer to my next Mini Goal. I also need to grill some more "emergency" steaks. I will probably go to Randall's and hope to find some "Managers Specials". I have had some luck finding good deals there in the past. 

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of this weekend.


(ZC) Greetings Friends


Cheers 

260/
221.2/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Emergency Steaks, H2O

Friday, October 1, 2010

10/1/2010 Daily Update

For all the Boo Hooing I did about the restaurant experience yesterday I received a big surprise this morning. I almost felt like Gomer Pyle “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” I would have bet a paycheck that I would have had a nice bounce this morning. 

Instead I had a nice move on the scale: A New All Time Low = 222.0 Lbs.

What can I say? What can I say? I am amazed how (ZC) is working for me. I shouldn’t be. When am I going to finally learn: Follow the Core Program and let (ZC) go on Auto Pilot? Geeeeezzzzzz!!!

Have a Great (ZC) Day Y’all!!!!!



(ZC)ers So Happy Together



Cheers


260/
222.0/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):9
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: GB, H2O
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