Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12/28/11 - Bi-Weekly Update - Dream a Little Dream

Greetings All, wow where did the time go? It has been a year since I created this Zero Carb Blog. It was a result of censorship at the Zero Carb Forum that I am still a proud member of at this time. I have no malice towards them. No, none at all. Why would I? Because of that forum and My own resolve, I have lost over a Hundred Pounds, yes folks that's over 100 pounds of blubber. Every place has rules and members should adhere to them or leave. As I have stated before: This MY Journal of MY Journey and I will give a Full True Account of it without any Censorship What-So-Ever.

Friday, December 9, 2011

12/9/2011 - Weekly Update - Going the Distance

Great Day All. My Spirits and Energy levels and good. No cravings, no cheats or tummy troubles.

Just a little flash from the past. Anyhow. I am pleased to report some minor movement on the scale. Hooray!!! Nothing big, but some is better than nothing.I am looking forward to this Christmas season. I have family that will be visiting and my international visitor that will be at my place on Christmas Day. I guess another round or turkey will be on the menu. This time we will have smoked turkey and a regular roasted turkey. I will brine the turkey to be roasted. I have heard of some pros and cons of brining pre-basted turkeys, but I will attempt to do so anyway.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11/29/2011 - Weekly Update - Twice As Nice


Greetings Friends,

I am very happy to report a most successful Thanksgiving holiday experience. I had the opportunity to celebrate twice. Once on Thursday and the following Saturday. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/16/2011 - Weekly Update - Polo Advetures

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are Great!

Last Sunday I celebrated my wedding anniversary. We decided to do it in a different way. What way is that? Well I had the bright idea of going to a Polo match. So I investigated it and found out that the Houston Polo Club was having there Season finally.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

11/5/2011 - Supplemental - Texas Renaissance Festival Adventure

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

My finger is healing rather quickly. Again I contribute this to Zero Carb.

Well let me tellya about my Texas Renaissance Festival Adventure. I ended up taking my two nephews. One is 16 yrs old and the other 13 yrs old. They were both well mannered and appeared to have a great time. The following pictures are the acts that we saw according to our schedule.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

11/3/2011 Weekly Update - Fat Again?

Greetings all, I had an accident Saturday and cut off a small part of the tip of one of my fingers. Not a whole lot was cut off, but it makes it difficult to type much. I am healing pretty well, which I can thank to Zero Carb. So instead of a regular post I will post a little more Fun Facts about FAT:
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

10/26/2011 - Weekly Update - More About Fat .... Sorta

Greetings Zero Carb Friends and Family! My Spirits and Energy levels are up and at 'Em.

Well I thought I was going to give a nice report today about my "Renaissance Adventure" this past weekend. So what happened ........... what happened indeed!! I went to the Festival, but had to leave early due to things I rather not talk about. Jeez what an excuse. It is what it is.

One bright point: I plan on giving it another try this coming Saturday. I will take my two young strapping tennage nephews and I plan to keep up with them lol! I believe that we will have a grand time. Neither of them have been to the festival  and it will be a new experience for them. Lucky for them they have a "seasoned Uncle" roaring to show them a great time. I will pick them up on Friday and we will set off early Saturday morning.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

10/20/2011 - Weekly Update - The Fat Renaissance

Greetings All,

I came across some really great information and thought I would share it. So without further ado:

"Most vegetarians will argue with you that most mammals eat a vegetarian diet and fare fairly well. They will tell you that gorillas can lift 10 times their weighton a diet composed almost entirely of plants while even the strongest among us can only lift 3 times their weight. What they haven’t figured out though is that the gorilla’s anatomy is much different than ours and also that gorillas, like all other mammals, really eat a high fat diet.

Friday, October 14, 2011

10/14/2011 - Supplemental - Don't Turn Your Back

Greetings Friends,

I am having a Great day so far. Zero Carb has never been better and my Spiritual Life is in full Bloom. Thanks to Zero Carb I have achieved a state of mental awareness like never before in my life. I am Focused and Mission driven. This includes all aspects of my life. I can only guess that the toxins that I have consumed over the last 40 years or so have dissipated to the degree that my outlook and attitude has changed for the good.

Monday, October 10, 2011

10/10/2011 - Weekly Update - Birthday Surprise!

Howdy ALL!!!

My Spirits and Energy Levels are at an all time High!

Well what did Dave do today? "Who cares lol!!"

OK I think I recognize that voice? (Oh no voices once again... just when I thought.....). Cyber Mom is that you? I better stop before the loony tune brigade shows up to take me away. Hahaha!!! That crazy laugh ........ Jeez I can't win today.

Comedy hour over and move on:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

10/4/2011 - Weekly Update - "TO BE" INDEED!

Greetings Friends! My Spirits and Energy Levels are Spiking!

First of all I want to thank all that responded in my last post.

"TO BE" INDEED!!!

I mentioned in one of my responses that I am starting to really like eating at home vs eating out. Sunday I grilled up a couple of Rib eyes for (DW) and I. We enjoyed the meal together very much. It always tickles me to see her tear up into a grilled steak. HA!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

9/28/2011 - Weekly Update - Time to Move On

Greetings all. My Spirits and Energy Levels are holding steady.

There comes a time in life where things are just not the same. Sort of a breaking point .......... I guess? Is this a good thing? Well .............. I just feel it is part of life. As I grow older and hopefully wiser I ponder upon these things.

I have made a major change in my LIFE. Two letters: ZC.

Monday, September 19, 2011

9/19/2011 - Weekly Update - Tee Time

Howdy Y'all! My Energy and Spirits are Steady Freddy on the Rise!!

Yes, my Energy and Spirits are on the Rise. I feel a nice steady flow of Energy since I switched back to my Fatty Beef Brisket. As far as my Spirits ............. well I have to say they have been pretty sky high all the time. No dips there. I Tell You What: I have move forward to get even more involved in that area. I am getting more involved to serve my Church. I don't know where all this is leading to exactly, but it is exciting to me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

9/13/2011 - Weekly Update - Zero Carb Diet aka WOE

Glorious Day All! My Spirits and Energy Levels are on the Rise!


My O My what does it take to prove Zero Carb is the right Way Of Eating (WOE) y'all? What does it take indeed.


Look at all these self imposed diseases out there:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Impaired functional status
All of this because of Obesity. Put the pie down; throw out the cake; flush the candy bar. Yes do yourself a favor and ditch these forms of poison. Yes I know because I was on that path just a little more than a year ago and now that I am a Zero Carber and over 100 lbs down I Feel GREAT! Healthy! Happy! Most of all.................................. THANKFUL!!! Thankful Indeed!

Friday, September 9, 2011

9/9/2011 - Supplemental - Things Stay the Same

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy Levels and Great.

I have been eating Ground Fatty Beef Brisket Patties for the past few weeks and I have to say they taste great. Yet I have some bit of bad news to report. After week two or so I began to get hungry later in the day.

My normal meal for several months have been Barbacoa Omelet for my first meal and Oven baked Fatty Beef Brisket. I almost never ever get hungry with these two meals. My analysis is that I am not getting enough Fat. I tried a similar experiment several months ago and the result was about the same. I thought things might be different now that I am near my optimum weight, but at last it has not. At least not for me.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

9/3/2011 - Another Response to Pro(ZC)ac: Ribs Indeed

Greetings All. My Spirits and Energy are good.

Pro(ZC)ac, my (ZC) Brother in Arms those ribs sounded Great! Where the Ribs Pork, Beef or some other type?

 BTW thanks for the talking points.

It also reminded me of a dish that I made so long, , long ago. It was at a time that I was going to college and I was a very poor (financially) student. I would hound the sales ads for specials. My Godsend at the time were Chicken Leg Quarters. I could find them on sale from 9 cents to 18 cents a pound. Yes I know the stories of these hormone infested .......... Oh well back to the story: My best friend and I were in the same boat financially. He also was in search of cheap eats. So we would both look for specials, buddy up and shop. We hook up at one apartment or the other to cook. 

By a stroke of luck I accidentally created an Oh So Great recipe. If I remember right:

1 ten pound bag of Chicken leg quarters trimmed slightly
2 cloves of fresh Garlic
1/2 medium yellow onion chopped small
2 T of any kind of oil
2 or 3 T of powdered Cayenne Pepper

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

8/30/2011 - Weekly Update - Lets Talk About Ribs

Hello All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are on the up and up.

Ribs ...... need I say more? Oh yeah, duh! What kind of Ribs? Right! Well lets see ....  I think I will talk about some real common Ribs in the United States, actually TEXAS! Hey we are like a whole other country. Well we were the Republic of Texas for a little while. Too Bad, we should have stayed ............... OK back to Ribs.

I was going to "Q" Sunday, but got side tracked. So what is a Texas (ZC)er to do? "Q" on Monday. What else? HA! What else indeed.

I like Pork Ribs, but I LOVE Beef Ribs. Yes, yes indeed!!! So I had three Racks of Ribs: two Beef (YES!!) and one Pork (yes?).

Next step: Lets talk about wood. Why wood? I am cooking on a propane grill, but I use a good old large cast iron wood chip box. Let me tell you good folks that cooking on propane grills, well it is just short of being better than broiling in the oven in my little old opinion. All you have to do is add a wood chip box to your propane grill and now ... now you have just made a Quantum Leap my Friends and Zero Carb Family yes you did, OK at least I did.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

8/27/2011 - Supplemental - More Motivation .... This Is Who I Am

Greetings Friends!

I have been thinking ......... that ........ well I want to put this in a way folks will understand and I am having a hard time y'all. Wheres' my  Cyber Mom when I need her? I know Teri would just say spit it out Hoss. Yes she is aloud to call me Hoss because long ago I made her an "Honorary Texan" she kinda sounded a little hillbilly at first, but then she mastered a great Texican accent. Yes indeed. Well OK I will spit it out: I am on many Journeys right now in my life, but my two main ones are my Spiritual Journey and my Zero Carb Journey. They have both change my life Forever. So I can't help to feel motivated by certain Christian songs that I can relate to for both Journeys. The words are of course meant for Christ, but at the same time for ME they also speak for the Journey that I am with Zero Carb. Very motivational.

Monday, August 22, 2011

8/22/2011 - Weekly Update - Blog Upgrade?

Greetings Friends, My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

Well how do you like “The Chronicles of David 2.0”? I just got tired of the old style of the blog. I feel that this one is a little more fresh and …...... well I dunno maybe the word is comfortable? I guess? I kinda like it. Kinda. Well no, I actually like it a lot.

So 2.0 usually means an UPGRADE. Hhhhmmm …........ Upgrade indeed! Or is it? Again: I dunno? Maybe ….. maybe I should just shut my big fat mouth and don’t promise something I can’t deliver. There is enough “Good Intentions” floating out there that never gets done and I should not be contributing towards it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

8/20/2011 - Update - He Who Fights and ..........

Howdy All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are good.

Lately at work folks have been approaching me and making the usual comments on my 100+ pound plus weight loss. I go through my usual spill of the Good, the Best and the Great of Zero Carb. So why do I bring this up? Why indeed. Because the other comment that has been on the rise is "I did not recognize you, I thought you were someone else." Yes this is not the first time I have heard this, but it is becoming more and more frequent. I think one of the first comments of this sort that has stuck with me is the comment made by my cousin at the family reunion just before I went to the Grand Canyon.

It dose feel odd to say the least. It really makes me think. Yes I know that can be dangerous. Hahaha!!! That laugh again Dave oooohhhh it is a bit scary. OK do I hear that drum roll......................

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

8/16/2011 Weekly Update – Digging IN


Greetings All. My Spirits and Energy Levels on the Rise. Carvings? Cheats? Do we even need to go there? Absolutely NOT!!!

So what is Dave up to on the (ZC) scene? Scene? (ZC) Scene? Is there such a thing? Well is there? You tell me. OK Dave you were the one that brought up this ….. Subject (?) or did you?

HA! Yes indeed! Why? Hhhmmm ………… you’ve got me there. I really don’t know why or do I?
Possible Answers:

Friday, August 12, 2011

8/12/2011 - Supplemental - Just Some Good Inspiration - That's All


The Story of my LIFE:
It's been a long road


Gettin from there to here
 It's been a long time
But my time is finally here

 And I will see my dreams come alive at night
 I will touch the sky 
And they're not gonna hold me down no more 
No they're not gonna change my mind

 (Chorus) 

 'Cause I've got faith of the heart
 I'm going where my heart will take me
 I've got faith to believe
 I can do anything
 I've got strength of the soul
 No one's going to bend nor break me 
I can reach any star

 I've got faith
 I've got faith 
Faith of the heart


Stay Strong and Always Battle On my Friends and Zero Carb Family!!!


Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzXEuVgfw28&list=PL725D29511795AC5D&index=2
(ZC)ers UNITED WE STAND



Cheers,
Dave

Monday, August 8, 2011

8/8/2011 - Weekly Update - Life Changes and Future Endeavors

Great Day All!! My Spirits and Energy Levels and through the ROOF!!!

I finally broke into my stash of Ground Fatty Beef Brisket Burgers. Lately I have been eating preformed 100% Ground Chuck patties that I bought on sale at HEB for $1.99 lb. I can tell a big difference between the two. I really like them both and to me they have totally different tastes. The best thing is that they are both GREAT. A Win, Win situation Jeez what a situation to be in. HA! One note the Fatty Beef Brisket burgers seem a little leaner than the Chuck. Less flare ups on the gas grill.

Friday, August 5, 2011

8/5/2011/ Supplemental - Blogger Ups and Downs - Again!

First of all I hope all are doing well. Second I am having trouble AGAIN with the Blog. I noticed a couple of days ago that my "Recent Comments" area has disappeared. The title is there, but I can't get the actual comments to show. I tried three different third part Widgets to no avail. Jeez ........ frustrating to say the least. Third I finally got "Jump Break" to work. Its the link that says "Read More". That way I can post a long posting with pictures and it does not take a lot of space. I can put more days on one page. All you have to do is click the title link or the "Read More" Link to read the entire post. This will help with faster page loads. I hope to slove the "Recent Comments" problem soon.

I thought I would post this entry I made on my Journal at ZIOH:

Monday, August 1, 2011

8/1/2011 - Weekly Update - Cruel Summer

Howdy All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are Great.

Jeez it has been a cruel, cruel Summer here. Hot, hot and hot. No rain in site. Yikes!!!

Now that the "Weather Report" is out of the way lets get some Zero Carbing going on Here Y'all!!! OK so what's the big deal Dave? Really? Hhhhmmm.............. Really? Really indeed!

"I don't know, but I've been told: Zero Carbing is good for the Soul!"

Good for the Soul? Really? (oh no not again) Really indeed! OK come on with it already. Yes good for the soul ............ well at least mine. I guess it's the way you look at it or in my case: the way I feel.

Hey y'all I do feel really Great Spiritually. I just feel released ........... released in so many different ways or should I say "Let me count the ways."

Could it have been all the toxins that have left my body? Possible. A good clean pure way of eating might just be the trick ............... well I should not describe as a trick so I will describe it as a TREAT!

Monday, July 25, 2011

7/25/2011 - Weekly Update - A New Adventure

Howdy Y’all! My Spirits and Energy levels are great! I am surging with energy y’all.

Wow, what a week, what a week indeed. There are a lot of things brewing at work. There are a lot of things brewing at home. Hmmm ……. It’s seems like I have the “Brew Factor” brewing here. So many projects, yet so little time.

Yesterday after church I went to have lunch at my new friend’s house. He is a nice chap that I met at my retreat a little while back. We ate T-bones and chicken grilled to perfection. He was amazed that I downed two of the three T-bones and two pieces of chicken. I would estimate that the two steaks alone were close to 32 ozs. The chicken was rather small. I was pleasantly full for the rest of the day and did not require a second meal.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

7/19/2011 - Update - Family and Good Times

Greetings. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

I had a very special guest this Friday and Saturday. I had another niece from San Diego visit. She is staying primarily with my sister, but spent the night over on Friday and visited most of Saturday. Unfortunately (DW) was scheduled to work on this weekend. After work Friday evening I picked her up and (DW). We all went out to eat. Where? Well she is a sushi fan and I took them to a real nice new Japanese restaurant by the name of Kita. Located in The Woodlands near the Water Way.


So did Dave find something to eat? Yes indeed. I had a NY Stripe Steak. It was only 6 ozs but hey I am not complaining lol. It was all good. The main thing is that my niece, (DW) and I had a great time together. We then took a ride on the Water Taxi. It was real nice. It was getting dark and all the trees on the banks were lit up. We then got off at the main entrance to the mall and we wen to the Cheesecake Factory for desert. I had a black coffee. No it's not the name of a new cheesecake for goodness sake. Yes I do drink plain black coffee here and there and it does not seem to affect my  weight loss. I have posted before that I started to drink plain black coffee awhile back. I also said as far as I am concerned it is not up for debate. To drink coffee or not to drink coffee that is the question: for me "to drink". Jeez Dave coffee and cigars? What next?

Friday, July 15, 2011

7/14/2011 - Update - Dave's(ZC) Grand Canyon Adventure Days 5 - 8

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are great.

So on with the trip. Next two days were very interesting and a lot of fun.

Day 5


Yes you guessed it again: another glorious day........because......... now all together now "Slept in late" YES!!!! Hey sleeping in late is a pure luxury for me. I wake up Monday thru Friday at 4:30 AM. So Waking up at 9:00 AM is really late. So we went to the breakfast buffet and dived in. I had a couple of heaping plates of Scrambled Eggs and Bacon. They were fresh and good. One problem. The resort was packed to the tilt. I mean crowded. That means crowded lines at the buffet and folks going the wrong way in the line. The Bacon and Eggs were at the end so I skipped to the front. A lady entered the line on the wrong end and almost knocked the full plate out of my hands and had the nerve to look at me like it was my fault. I said "Oh well that what happens when you enter on the wrong side" well she mumbled a "curse word" and moved on (in the wrong direction). I will give her a little room considering she was from a foreign country and may not be used to this form of eating. No worries. I just wanted to get my breakfast on. HA!!

Bacon and Eggs (stock photo)


After breakfast we started on our way for the third time to the Grand Canyon. We had planned to park the car at one of the many parking lots at the central location near the train depot and finish exploring the central area, then start our "Rim Hike" to Hermits Rest.



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

7/13/2011 - Update - Dave's(ZC) Grand Canyon Adventure Day 3 & 4 of 8

Good Day All. My Spirits and Energy level are great.

Day 3


A most glorious day indeed. Why? Well why not?. ...............OK Dave, that did not make too much sense. Did it? Yes, a little more fun or was it? OK, OK, OK ........ anyway it was a glorious day because I got to sleep in a little. This is the day that we took an old fashioned train ride from Williams Arizona to The South Rim Entrance of the Grand Canyon.

First we ate breakfast at the Pine Country Restaurant. I had The Meat Lover's Omelet: Bacon. Ham and Sausage. It was pretty good. It's one of those old fashioned Mom and Pop type of place. Then we went across the street to the Railroad Depot. They had a Wild West show for about 20 minutes. We then boarded our train for a slow scenic ride to the Grand Canyon. We had a personal attendant in the rail car that gave us a tour of our surroundings as we passed through the area. Then we had an entertainer play the accordion and harmonica for about a half an hour. the entire trip was about two hours long.

Wild West Show

Monday, July 11, 2011

7/11/2011 -Update - Dave's (ZC) Grand Canyon Adventure Day 1 & 2 of 8

Great day all. My Spirits and Energy levels are on the up and up.

Where to start? So many things, so little time.

First of all I will lightly touch on the Family Reunion. What a blast. Let me tellya that folks were totally amazed at my 100 lbs + loss. Wow oh wow. I had a cousin that actually started to introduce himself to me before he caught himself. Jeez!
Ready to CHOW

BBQ Pork, Chicken and Beef.

I had so much fun visiting with lots of cousins and their kids of all ages. We talked all night. I did not want to leave.

On to the Grand Canyon Trip:

It turned out to be an eight day trip. It was a lot of fun with a little challenging situations. I just stuck with my new Motto: "There is Always a Way, Always". I will break this down to four "Two Day" posts. It should be interesting or will it? Well I hope you enjoy my little report.

Day one:

We started out early around 5:30 AM. We ate breakfast at home. I had my oh so good Beef Cheek Omelet with Naturally Lactose free Gouda (Finlandia Brand).



Our first stop was Amarillo, Texas (600 miles +) home of the 72 oz steak challenge. If you can eat it all it is free. Hmmm............ I think that I could do it without a doubt. The only thing is that you have to eat some potatoes, salad and a shrimp cocktail along with the steak. I believe that is what it is or close to it. Anyhow Amarillo was just for a nights rest and on to the main destination. That evening we ate at a Chinese buffet located next door. Not a good choice by far, but (DW) was craving stir fried rice. Yuk to the tenth degree. Hey this is her vacation too and we can't just cater to me. They had some grilled chicken and boiled shrimp that I could eat. The chicken was plain without marinade. It was eatable. Hey I would have fasted before I ate an ounce of carbs. No freaking way. If worst came to worst I could have made a mercy run to a fast food burger place later for some hamburger patties "There is Always a Way, Always". We had a good nights sleep. End of day one.

Day Two:

We started out around 7:30 AM after my scrumptious breakfast lol.

This was the breakfast offered. Ohh mystery sausage. Well it was real greasy.

Yes, I went for seconds. The breakfast was included. It was OK. No big frill. I ate a lot on purpose in preparation for the next 600+ leg of the trip. I wanted to make sure I had lots of protein and eggs are light for me. I passed on the mystery sausage on the second round.

Our destination on day two was Williams Arizona. It is about an hour from the South Rim entrance. Why there? Why indeed. Because I wanted to take a train "side trip" to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Hotel was right across from the Railroad. We took a side trip to the "Meteor Crater". Pretty neat.



Well we got to Williams in the evening just in time for dinner. I foud a nice restaurant "Red Raven" and had a 12 oz Rib eye steak.


I requested lots of butter on top.

Don't mind the red-orange stuff. It was from the potatoes I gave to (DW). Just call me Dave the enabler lol. 

After dinner we walked around a little in the pristine tourist town of Williams and checked out the shops. We then settled into a very nice and comfortable bed. End of Day Two.

Well folks I hope you enjoyed part one of four. I left out all the driving stuff. At this point I drove around 1300 miles or so. Hey who's counting? I am on vacation y'all.

The next two days were interesting and a bit of a challenge or was it? Stay tuned for "Dave's (ZC) Grand Canyon Adventure" days 3 & 4.

Have a Great (ZC) day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. The Fun has Just Begun!!!

(ZC) It's Not Just a WOE, It's an Adventure

Cheers,

Dave

Sunday, June 26, 2011

6/26/2011 - Update - TURN OF EVENTS

Wonderful Day All! My Spirits have never been higher and my Energy High!!!

Well first of all I want thank Everyone that took the time to stop by and posted a comment. Also I want to thank the many of Y'all that took the time to Emailed me with comments of encouragement.

THANK Y'ALL SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!

You have all touched me in a very special way. YOU are part of my success and I will not forget. That is one of the reasons this Blogs continues to be here. I may not have the time to keep it up as in the past but for now it will live.

So what is the big "TURN OF EVENTS" Dave? Is that you I hear Teri? Yes I think I recognize that voice .....(voices?) ..... (no, not again!) ......... just when I thought ......... oh well. 

OK a little fun or was it? Fun indeed! Well you folks give the "Sound of Silence" a whole new meaning. Sound? What sound? Really? Dave?............

Dave has left the Blog ................... or is it his mind?

Enough HA! OK alright already ....... Jeez!!! 

The Turn of Events: this is not news that I have become a vegan or anything sacrilegious like that Oh My!!! No it is a turn of events concerning my vacation. We planned a little to late and I had a hard time finding lodging at Yellowstone National Park. What is a Zero Carber to do? Well keeping with the National Park theme we decided to go to The Grand Canyon National Park. It was actually in the cards the whole time and we initially leaned to Yellowstone. No Worries here. So I have been busy planning a last minute trip to The Grand Canyon. We will drive just like the plan to Yellowstone. 

We will spend a night in Amarillo Texas. It will be just a stop over to sleep over and a bite to eat in the morning. They supposed to have a full breakfast buffet included in the price. We don't plan on seeing any sites. After breakfast we will hit the road. My next big stop will be Williams Azizaona. This is a two night stop. This place is about an hour or so from the Grand Canyon National Park. Why there? Because it has a train that takes an nice slow ride to the Park. We will then spend the first day there and chill. Then take the train back in the early evening back to the hotel, spend the night and then go to the small resort in Tusayan Arizona. Which is around seven or so miles from the South Rim entrance from the park. We will spend two days there. Next we will leave and spend the night at Clovis New Mexico located just next to the New Mexico / Texas boarder. This is just a stop to sleep and eat. They too offer a full breakfast buffet. Then for a side excursion we will head to Fredericksburg located in the Texas Hill Country. My time line puts us there on July 3 rd. We will spend the night there and tour and eat and have fun. We will arrive on the 3 rd early enough to soak in some sights. On the Fourth of July we will do the same. Just chill and take in the sights. We will leave early evening and make as last quick stop to Driftwood Texas to visit the world famous "The Salt Lick" bbq restaurant. If we are not hungry I will phone in a large order to go. Then back to The Woodlands Texas. 

My Trip will be exactly Seven days long. I will still be off until the 11th  of July. I have plenty of house projects inside and out to keep me busy.

I plan on keeping a diary of what I ate and where. I will take as many photos as possible of the food and sights and have a big report posted at that time. I will take my laptop with me. I can't promise anything, but I will at least try to respond to any comments.

Well got to run. I still have a family reunion TODAY!!! I will report on that with some photos. Gotta Run Y'all!

Have a Great Day My (ZC) Friends and Zero Carb Family! Keep On Keeping On!!!

(ZC)er On the Road Again


Cheers,

Dave

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

6/21/2011 - Update -The Double Whammy

I have been truly Blessed. Today I celebrate two big events.

First: as of today I have been one solid year on Zero Carb. I have been strong and had Zero Cheats. Hey I am human and while some things looked good, smelled good, brought back carb infested memories of momentary pleasures .......... I stood my ground and resisted the temptations. I hope you don't mind that I am proud of myself. For me this is a big, big, big accomplishment.

I fought hard for every second, minute, hour, day, week, month  and year that I have held the line. Yes my Friends and Zero Carb Family. I have been here. I have been here standing guard. I have kept my shield up and my spear pointed towards the enemy. I did not falter in my duties. I did not let one of those bastards through the line. I was locked in Mortal Combat everyday and though there were times that I questioned my Resolve, I wondered if I had the Will or the Strength to carry on. I simply refused to go down. I found that ounce of Strength. That glimmer of Hope. Yes my Friends and Zero Carb Family, those were the things that made me Rise to the occasion and rally the the Will and Courage to "Stay in the Fight" and "Battle On". This is my Last Stand, yes I have said it over and over again. While many if not most of you are able to recover and start again if you should fall. I am not so sure of myself. I want to think that I could, but at last ......... that may not be a reality for me. I don't know and I sure as hell don't want to find out. So instead I muster all that I have inside and move forward. When pushed I push back harder. When tempted I use counter measures. When all seems lost, I find a way to win the day. I have too. I do not have a choice. I want to live a long and healthy life and this is the path that I plan to stay on forever.

Hey I heard a rumor that this bozo promised some update slash compare and contrast pictures. Well lets just see if we can do something about that.

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Second: I have been at or below my last Mini Goal weight and I am comfortable to "Cross the Goal". Yes my Friends and Zero Carb Family. That last Mini Goal is now officially HISTORY ... Gone ... Never to be seen again ....... Kicked to the curb ...... OUTTA-HERE ... SCRAM ............

So now I will set another Mini Goal of 169 lbs. Wishful thinking? I dunno. I originally thought 185 lbs would be a prime weight for me. Now??? Who knows? I don't. Oh yeah ......... I guess Zero Carb may have an inside track on that. YES INDEED!!!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I tried my best to simulate the "In Progress" pictures as close as possible to the "Before" pictures. Yes, I did call them "In-progress" because: "It ain't over until it's over". Guess what? IT AIN'T OVER ....... No not by a long shot. How low can you go? Do you really want to know? Yes, please!

What will another Year on Zero Carb bring me? Joy, Peace, Well Being, Great Health .............. I know, yes I will sum it up and say that it will bring me:

PuRe SeReNiTy

"Take me High, Take Me low, Take Me Where I want to Go .......... You Can't take my Joy form me, since I found  Serenity."

Have a great (ZC) day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Keep the Faith and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Can You Hear Me NOW

Cheers,

Dave

Monday, June 20, 2011

6//20/2011 - Supplemental - On the Horizon

Wonderful Day All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are High.

This is just a small note to inform all of the events coming tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. Why tomorrow? I guess so that I could write it three times in a row lol. No really because it will be my one (1) year anniversary on Zero Carb and I want to make a special posting for that celebration. The year has went by fast and well I don't want to go to deep in that conversation because I won't have nothing to write about tomorrow. See I got in again (YES).

I had a long chat with a new friend I met at the retreat. We went to Mass together yesterday and had a long conversation afterwards. He is a nice fellow and we get along well. We have eaten a couple of times together in the past. He is curious about (ZC) and has learned to accept my (WOE) without being judgmental. He is height and weight proportionate and has no desire to go (ZC). I am not going to push anything on him. All I can do is pass the word.

I have a Family Reunion to attend this Saturday. I assume there will be some shocked faces when they see me   minus 100 lbs.  Some have not seen me for at least that long or longer.There will be plenty of meat handy. I am thinking about making Beef Ribs. I know that someone is making Beef Brisket and Pork Ribs. The following Monday we will start our vacation to Yellowstone National Park. I plan on staying a couple of days in Colorado. Maybe Colorado Springs. I am not sure yet. On the way back we may hit the Texas Hill Country. I am not sure yet.

Well if any of you (Z)ers are in my path and want to do a "Mini Meat Up" Let me know. We will see what we can arrange. I am due for some time off to relax and reflect on all my life changing experiences I have went through this past year: Physically and more importantly Spiritually.  I really look forward to spend some special time with my (DW). Cozumel was the last time we spent some time away together for an extended time. That was last November. Wow, where did the time go? Were did it go Indeed.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Keep the Faith!!!

(ZC) Got Beef

Cheers,


Dave

Friday, June 17, 2011

6/17/2011 - Update - From Out of the Shadows

Howdy All. Great Day to be a (ZC)er. My Sprits are Soaring and my Energy levels are on the up and up.

Great Day Indeed!!! Wow what a response to the last post. Nice to see, as someone put it, folks come out of the shadows and comment. Very, very nice.  I want to thank all that commented. I am again very touched at the responses.  I am both honored and embarrassed once again.

I have to apologize about even having the thought of shutting down the Blog. No it will not be shut down. Yes I will post less because of time constraints. I am on a Spiritual Journey that will take precedence.  It has awakened in me and I will follow where it leads.  This is very important for me and I just know it is not a phase, but a lifelong pilgrimage.

What can I say? What can I say to a group of folks that showed so much love and kindness? I have never met you, except for Teri aka Cyber Mom, and yet you have taken the time to make such nice comments in response to a post. This is just a little spec in the huge cyber world. It is amazing that some folks from who knows where, from all walks of life come together to share some comments about a common belief. Now it is not such a small belief. Why? Well I will tell you what I think, that is if I have permission from my “Cyber Mom” lol!  OK, just being silly. Yes I will tell you what I think why this common belief is so important to me. Our common belief sets around the way of eating (WOE). Sounds small at first then …………. Eureka!!! Eating is LIFE!!!

Yes my Friends and Zero Carb Family this is a big DEAL indeed. Way of Eating sets off a whole chain of events. Mainly and Chiefly HEALTH. How simple is that? Even I can grasp it. Jeez! Those of you that have followed this Journey of mine from the start darn well know that I was on the path of destruction; a path of “No Return”.  I reached my highest weight of 280 lbs, brought it down to 230 lbs or 235 lbs with VLC then slid my way back to 260 lbs with no hope in sight. I discovered (ZC) while researching VLC, looking for recipes, looking for hope, looking for answers.  Thank goodness for the ZIOH Forum. Thank goodness for all the nice folks over there that are so supportive of me, especially in the beginning stages. Yes I did not ask for much help, but just the nice comments, the cheering on ……. Well that is a type of support on its own. So that is why I will not tolerate any bashing of ZIOH on my Blog. No, not at all. I may have a difference of opinion with some folks there, but I would be shocked if folks that visit here don’t have the same with me.

For those who do not know I will beat this drum once again. Some may think “Dave has dedication and has given his all to Zero Carb”. Well folks as I have stated on many occasions: This is my last stand. Failure is not an option. I cannot fail, I will not fail. I cannot afford to fail. If I should stumble, should I fall, well there may be no turning back for me. As strong as I may seem, as dedicated as I have been, I know my weaknesses. I truly admire those that are able to give it a second, third or more “Go”. You my Friends and Zero Carb Family are much more powerful than me.  I humbly bow my head and heart to you. 


Have a Great Zero Carb Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Battle On!!!


(ZC)ers From the Shadows we Rise
Cheers,


Dave

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

6/14/2011 - Update - Which Way

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

Is this my first day here? Well, I feel like a new member of some board. I don't know. Things are different for me now. I feel like a whole new person. I just do. Sometimes I am amazed at the guy staring back at me in the mirror. It has taken a bit of time for me to get used to the new me. I still have a way to go, but .............

So I had a lot of nice comments once again and I want to thank all. It is real touching that folks write such nice comments. A couple of folks indicated that they felt like I might shut down the Blog. I don't have any plans to do so right now. I am think of just slowing it down to a weekly Update like I had mention before ..... I think. Well anyway that just might be the route for me.

I did not like the pictures I took over the weekend so I am going to take new ones soon and post. It was way too sunny that day and the pictures seem bleached out. So I will try again.

I am still eating my staple of Fatty Beef Brisket and my new staple of Barbacoa Omelet with cheese. A big yum on that second one. I have not grown tired of it yet. It is a great mixture of flavors bursting in my mouth. Heavenly!

Funny thing ...... well not to funny. Yes OK it is funny. What is it? Oops. Well I received a real nice picture from one of the Retreat team members of my discussion group. I am in the front row kneeling next to three other guys. My wife took a look at it and said "you are not bad looking" I just stared at her in disbelief and said " Gee thanks" lol!!! She went on to tell me that I am somewhat attractive now that I have lost the weight. Oh brother! Again "Gee Thanks" Go Figure.

Well my Friends and Zero Carb Family I have a long road ahead of me on a new path. I am so excited. I am wondering where it is going to take me. Well I kinda know where I want to end up at I am just wondering about the actual Journey. Lots and lots to learn and experience. Wow I am on cloud nine just thinking about it.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Decisions, Decisions, Decisions


Cheers,

Dave

Saturday, June 11, 2011

6/11/2011 - Update - Day of Confirmation

Glorious Day All. My Energy and Spirits are In A Galaxy Far, Far Away............

Today I will be Confirmed in the Catholic Church. This is a big step for me in my Spiritual Journey. I will be lock for life. Yesterday my Dear Wife and I had our marriage valideated in the church. It was basically a full blown wedding ceremony without all the hype. The ceremony included all the steps and prayers of a regular wedding ceremony. My brother and his dear family were able to attend. I cooked a very nice dinner for all to enjoy at my home. He has recently returned from the Middle East. We had so much fun talking and eating and just enjoying time together. This was the first time he and his family visited our home since we moved here in 2008. We had a ton of fun.

My Confirmation is not until 7:00pm this evening and I have a little time to post and respond to comments from my last posting. It really touched me to have so many responses. Thanks to all.

I will try to get out of here soon and take some pictures in some of my new cloths. I was not able to buy a 'fitted shirt' yet. So I will do with what I have already purchased. I don't see a great deal of difference from my last update pictures when I was wearing size 36 waist, but the measurements tell the tale. I had a really nice comment left by Pro(ZC)ac on my Blog indicated that I might be looking at weigh as little as 160 lbs when all  is said and done. Maybe. I don't know. I was thinking maybe 165 - 169 lbs. It is only a guess. I really don't know.

Well as I indicated to Teri I have some more good news to post. Without Further Adieu:

I had an all time low on Zero Carb today = 179.0 lbs

This marks 101 pounds lost (VLC+ZC) total from my all time high of 280 lbs.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Fight for whats Right!!!

(ZC) The End Game
Cheers,

Dave

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

6/8/2011 - Update - The Journey Continues

Greetings Friends and Family. My Spirits have been lifted higher than high. My Energy levels are good.

Where to Begin? Where to End? Where indeed ………………………

First of all I know this Update is a little late. I have been going full speed since last week and have not stopped. My life is so filled with JOY and PEACE and HARMONY that I …. I just don’t know how to correctly describe it. So I guess I will leave it at that.

This is a most busy week for me. I just came back recently from a Spiritual Retreat that has changed my life forever …….. I am still on a high from that and I don’t want to come down. Time will tell. I know one thing: I will never be the same …. Never.

I have my last Confirmation class, this week, I will have my marriage Blessed by the church this week, I will be Confirmed in the church this week. Can I have an amen? HA!

The RETREAT

I won’t go into great details, but I have to say that I was humbled beyond all expectations. First of all we gave up watches, cell phones, i-pads and such in order to not be distracted during the time we spent together. It was a relief taking the leash off for this period of time. Every day, every hour brought us something good, something wonderful, something GREAT! If you are a Catholic or just interested in my religious experience at the Retreat and just email me and I will share with you. Let me just say this experience is just so overwhelming that I am for life a change man. I was already on a path in that direction. I give Zero Carb credit for clearing my mind and granting me physical freedom so that my spiritual being was free to soar without hinder.

*I was not able to take a camera, so I did not take photos of the food I ate*

The Setting

The Retreat is set deep the woods in and around Magnolia Texas. It was a very beautiful wooded setting with lakes, wooden bridges, abundant gardens and wild life in the form of ducks, geese, peacocks and other birds that I have no clue of what they were called, roaming the grounds. They were so used to humans that they did not run away. They just simply wandered around freely and undisturbed. This place had a feeling of Pure Serenity.

Food for Thought

I have to say these folks did their best to accommodate me. First of all I requested on the registration form that I eat only an all meat diet. This was about a month before the Retreat. Then about two weeks before the retreat a gentleman emailed me that inquired what foods would be appropriate especially for breakfast. I simply explained that I could eat any kind of meat that was grilled, baked, roasted, deep fried, pan fried and so on. I also want requested that the meat be free of any breading, sauces or gravies. I told them that eggs and a hamburger patty would be fine for breakfast.

Day One: Thursday 6/2/2011

At 5:30 pm I arrived at the church to begin processing in. I was the second to arrive out of around 38 Retreatants. Check in lasted for about an hour or so. We then loaded on the bus and took off to the retreat.
I would say it was around 7:00 pm or so when we arrived. We then went to the dining hall where they had a set up to make sandwiches. They had large aluminum containers with rolled lunch meats such as turkey, ham, beef and so on. As well as a variety of sliced cheeses and all the fixings. They also had a tray of assorted chips, cookies and cakes ….. oh my. I ate a couple of rolled up beef and turkey. I really was not hungry and should not have eaten anything. I estimated that I ate about 4 ounces of meat. After the meal we had a eye and heart opening experience that will follow me the rest of my days and this was just the start of one overwhelming event after another.

Day Two: Friday 6/3/2011

We were up very late the night before. If I had to guess I would say past midnight or near one AM. They woke us up I would guess around 5 AM. Let me step back a bit. We were instructed that at the first bell to get up and get ready. At the second bell to make your way with haste to the conference center and wait outside the doors. I shared a small cabin, actually more like a small house with five other Retreatants. I shared a room with an older gentlemen, he was a very nice and kind person. Well they had a little miscommunication with the bell ringer and the second bell was rung around 10 minutes later. I like to take my showers at night when sharing with others in order to have more time and privacy. So I lucked out. My group hurried to the meeting area only to wait around 45 minutes. It was really not a big deal. This is the first A.C.T.S. Men’s Retreat this church has held and small quirks are to be expected. To tell you the truth the rest of the time was perfect without flaw. They carted coffee for us outside until all showed up. We then had “Sharing”, prayers and singing in the conference area.

Just a side note: Similar to my experience while on jury duty, they had tons of packaged and fresh carb filled treats to snack on every day available in the conference room. I mean chips, cookies all and any type of candy available. Sorta like a vending machine that was free. They keep the huge bowls stocked. They also had a central area full of more snacks and treats.  I am so in tuned with ZERO CARB that this did not bother me at all. I never felt tempted or compelled to snack on those “things”. I dare not call them food. HA! What amazed me was the continuous eating of the Retreatants and other participants. In all there were about 85 of us at all times.

Breakfast rolled around and since we did not have watches I have no clue at the times we actually ate. Any way we were seated and the folks served us plates filled with pancakes, toast, scrambled eggs and bacon. They also had fresh fruit, muffins, brownies and so on. I told my server to take back my plate and take off everything except the eggs. I did not want to throw away the food. Hey I was worried a little because the eggs only looked like two and I had a feeling it would not hold me. Then an angel appeared with a plate tagged with my name on it. It was a two egg omelet with cheese. They also put a thick piece of ham on it. They told me the cheese was lactose free. I was very happy to get this meal and that they did not forget about me. I was suspicious about the cheese, but oh well.

Lunch rolled around after lots of activities. This time we were in a line cafeteria style. I was partnered up with one of the “servers”. Their job was to serve us in our needs during the Retreat. I was always served my meals and drinks the entire time. Anyway I could see that we were having beef and chicken fajitas tacos with all the trimmings. I warned my server that I was on an only MEAT DIET. Well I really don’t expect too much from folks who are not familiar with (ZC) or lc. Anyway he grabs a packet of flour tortillas. I asked him to put them back because I ate only meat. Then we approached the guy serving the beef and chicken and he puts about 3 ozs of each on the plate. I told him I ate only meat and he kinda laughed. I said “no really I only eat meat” so he put about an ounce more of each. Don’t get me wrong with all the sides and deserts I would have been busting my sides if ate SAD. I asked my server for a refill on the meat and he came back with about t 4 oz of each meat. I was satisfied with the portions and moved forward.

Dinner rolled around after lots of activities.  We were seated and the servers began to take plates of food to everyone. They ate hamburgers with all the trimmings and deserts that you could not imagine. Then a plate tagged for me promptly showed up with some of that thick sliced ham and a single burger. I would judge the burger to be around 5 to 6 oz and the ham to be about the same. I grabbed the butter bowl and took about half the stick and placed on my plate to my tablemates’ surprise. The burger must have been “ground round” because it was very dry considering it was a little pink in the middle. So I smeared the butte on top and ate. I was well satisfied with the meal. We had another activity that night, but not too late.

Believe it or not: I got a few stares about my way of eating, but after a brief explanation and the revelation that I have lost a total of almost 100 pounds (ZC +VLC) they seemed to understand.  I had different tablemates every meal so I did the explanation every time just for the sake of it.

Day Three: Saturday 6/3/2011

Breakfast rolled around after a nice rest. We went to bed a little earlier and slept in a little later. We had an extended event in the chapel before breakfast. Well while everyone was having French toast and other carb filled breakfast delights, I was served two easy over eggs and a hamburger patty. I ended up eating another chunk of butter to compensate the dryness of the meat. Hey I am not complaining at least it was good clean protein.

Lunch rolled around after tons of activities including confession and other spiritual experiences.  They served grilled chicken breast over a strawberry spinach salad. I received some sliced chicken breast. The meat was a bit over cooked and dry. Thank GOD for butter. I would say that I was served around 12 ozs of meat. I don’t think they understood that I did not eat all the sides or munched all day long at the conference room like all the other Retreatants and Servers. If I ate SAD I would have been bursting from the sides. There was tons of food, just not the kind I could eat.

Dinner rolled around after yet another full day of spiritual experiences. I swear the events built upon the other. Must when you thought you were at the top, you went up a little further. Outstanding! To my delight we had BBQ brisket. I got a nice size plate of sliced brisket. I would estimate about a pound and a half.  This had to be my best meal yet. The meat was tender, had some fat and tasted great.
We were told that we would not have a regular breakfast the next morning. They said that Danishes and drinks would be brought to the cabins. We were to leave that day in the morning and conclude this spiritual journey at Mass at the church. We would also have a lunch reception.

Day Four: Sunday 6/4/2011

This was such a nice day. We slept in a little and instead of the bell ringing we woke up to a group of strolling singers singing hypes accompanied by a guitar. They then carted Danishes and milk to the cabins. I look and thought “Oh well they forgot me”. I was not worried because I could wait until later or did I? Once again an angel came to my rescue. I server came to our door and asked for Dave. He left me two boiled eggs, hamburger patty and a slice of cheese. Wow, a really nice size breakfast compared to the others.  I was very grateful for this. I was very grateful for all the effort these folks made to aid me in keeping with my way of eating.

I weighed myself on Monday morning and to my surprise I lost another 1 ½ pounds while on the retreat and another ½ pound current for a total of 2 pounds lost since my last reported weigh in.

I had an all time low on Zero Carb today = 179.8 lbs.

Yippee!!! Should I cross out eh 179 lbs Mini Goal? No way Jose. It is too close to 180 lbs for that and then I need to stay at or under that weight for at least one week. “Dave’s Rule”.  Hey I will get there when I get there.

I hope you enjoyed my little “Big” Spiritual and eating Journey.

I plan to take new pictures Sunday after Mass. I will try to post them that day. Remember that yellow shirt that wrapped around me a little? Well I plan to do an update with that. I hope I can buy a fitted shirt for the Sunday photo shoot. I have bought a total of three new flat front slacks and a pair of black Jeans. I need at least one more pair of slacks and some blue jeans. I have also bought two new shirts. I believe they were size 15. I want at least three more shirts. I also need an new jacket or suit.  Any donations? Yeah right? Ha!

Sorry so long.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Family. Keep the Faith and Always Battle On!!

(ZC) Just when you thought it could not get any Better


Cheers,

Dave

Thursday, June 2, 2011

6/2/2011 - Update - Another Journey

Good Day All. My Spirits and Energy levels are flying Higher than High.

One note: I will not use “Daily Update” in the title of my posts because mostly they are not daily anymore at this time and may be only Weekly. I know I posted that I will give a daily menu and that still can occur in a Weekly Update. I will try to figure that out over the weekend and report next Monday.
I am on an all time Zero Carb high my Friends and Zero Carb family. Things are looking on the Up and Up. This evening I will embark on my Spiritual Retreat. I am a little nervous and excited at the same time. It will be an adventure. Well at least something new.

So how did Dave Celebrate his all time Zero Carb Low? One word ……………………….. SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just had to buy something. So I went shopping for some new clothes yesterday. I also got a haircut. My locks were too long. I let my hair grow out on purpose to see what a longer look would look like and when I saw myself in my recent photos I thought “OOHH…..Not” So I decided to cut the hair. I guess my long hair days are over. I tell you what: Believe it or not ……… in my young gun days I had my hair almost to the middle of my back. I wore it that way for about a year, cut it all off and then grew it back again to the middle of my back and kept it that way for about 2 ½ years. It was fun and crazy. Those were my young wild single days.

Back to the SHOPPING! Anyway I decided to reward myself for a job well done. At least that is what I told myself. So since I had already purchased some jeans this past weekend, I decided on a couple of pairs of slacks and a couple of shirts.  I had a lot of fun trying on different pants. Deep inside I kept thinking “These are way too small, they won’t fit” then once I put them on and fastened them “Shazam” they fit. I mean each and every time. Jeez why is that important ………. Important indeed, at least to me. BECAUSE I have that little voice in the back of my mind saying “Oh Dave these pants are miss labeled and are really a bigger size”. Hey that has happened to me in the past. I also bought a couple better fitting shirts. They were not fitted. I do plan on buying two to three more pairs of pants and a few more shirts which will include at least one fitted.  Why only one ($$)?

I will tune back in on Monday with a full report on the Retreat. I will take pictures of what was offered to eat and what I chose. This will be an interesting situation because it is totally out of my control. I did make a written request on my needs. So let’s see if “only meat” means “only meat” to others.  Yes I told them no “Breaded Meats”, “No Sauces”, “No Gravies” and so on.  It will be interesting.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Battle On!!!

(ZC) Enlighten Yourself
Cheers,

Dave

Monday, May 30, 2011

5/30/2011 - Update - Experiment Exposed Part Two: The Results

Now for the Rest of the Story:

Experiment Exposed Part Two: The Results.

Like I posted the last recorded weight was 185.2 lbs. on 5/2/2011. About a week later I started the "Experiment". I am comfortable enough with Zero Carb that I know that no matter the results Zero Carb would always bring me back to where I need to be if necessary. Well in this case there was no worries or was there?

Yes I weight myself here and there, but not everyday. At one point I gained a little, really not much. I almost always have a bounce after an all time low.

 I can tell you this: I just love the Omelet. yes I do. The taste to me is outstanding. I eat it nice and slow. Real slow. I enjoy each bit and make it last as long as I can.

Enough with the food Dave. This is the results part, so get on with it. Wow I here and obey. HA!

First I will let some Pictures do some talking:


I am happy to report an all time low on Zero Carb, but not only that. No Sir, No Ma'am. Not only did I lose weight. I dropped not one, but two inches in the waist. Y-E-S!!!! I now wear a size 34 pant. Jeez I have not worn that since High School. I went to a get together last night at my youngest sister's house. In attendance was my other younger sister (by 1 1/2 yrs)  and my older brother who just returned home form an overseas job in the Middle East.They all had their spouses and children present. All were in "Shock and Awe" at my weight loss. My sisters said "Enough Already" with the weight loss. They think I am too narrow. No not in the head, in the waist lol!

Ladies and Gentlemen may I have undivided attention Please. I am very proud to announce that I had an all time low on Zero Carb = 181.8 lbs.

I was hoping to having a "Crossing the Goal" ceremony for my 179 lbs Mini Goal, but what the heck. I will take this loss along with the two inch waist reduction. I tell you what: I know the day is coming for that and I am confident that it won't be too long. Hey I have Zero Carb on my side. What do I have to Fear. BTW this the lightest weight I have been PERIOD in my adult life. My weight graduating high school was at 185 lbs. I looked height to weight proportionate at that time. Granted I was much more muscular at that point of my life.

I will be on a Spiritual men's Retreat with my church from 6/2/2011 to 6/5/2011. I really wanted to start my old posting of daily updates with daily weigh-ins and menus like days of past on my Blog. I just might put that off until I return from the Retreat. I will start with that Monday on 6/8/2011 with a new Weekly Update and move on from there. I an also just considering the "Weigh-in" to be only on Mondays. I will still list my daily menu. I will see by then.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Battle On!!!

(ZC)ers The Beat Goes On

Cheers,

Dave

5/30/2011 - Update - Experiment Exposed Part One: The Food

Glorious Day. My Spirits and Energy Levels are sky rocketing to plant X with no end in sight! Happy Memorial Day to all that celebrate it.

Experiment Exposed. The truth comes out today:

  1. Was the experiment a success or not? 
  2. What was it all about anyway? 
  3. Do we even care? 
  4. Heck lets just forget the who thing and move on ..........  or not!

Well as I have posted it's really not such a big thing. I added some Zero Carb foods back in my eating regiment and changed my eating pattern.

OK Part 1 or the Food: for the longest time I have been eating my first meal of the day around 11:00 AM. My second meal of the day was around 6:00 PM or later. HHMM what to do? It seems my weight loss started to slow a little and I thought that I might just change the time I ate. Why? Well just because. No real reason why I just wanted to see what would happen. My last recorded Weekly Update was at 185.2 lbs on 5/2/2011. So for the last three weeks I have been eating at a different time.

Now Part 2 of the Food: It's all about the food or is it? Yes indeed the food. So what was Dave eating that was different than before? Well since you asked I will tell all (oohh, aahh) (whatever). I decided to add dairy back into my daily intake. WHAT??? Have you gone mad? Well not mad but a little Crazy ..... crazy like a fox HA! I got to use it again lol. I just wanted to see at this stage if adding dairy would make a difference. I also added eggs. Yes I ate eggs every once in awhile on the weekends, but now it would be an everyday thing. Jeez what else could I add to this mad mix? Well I did add one more thing. It was really not much, but I added 1 tsp of Heavy Whipping Cream to my eggs. Say What? Yes, I did. Hey it helps make a nice fluffy Omelet.

All right all ready. Now lets put this baby all together. Just about everyday for the past three weeks I have eaten an Omelet for my first meal of the day. What did it consist of? Well below is the listed ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 slice of Finlandia brand natural lactose free cheese (Swiss, Munster or Gouda)
  • 4 oz of Barbacoa (Beef Cheek)
  • 1 tsp of Heavy Whipping Cream

My second meal of the day is my old trusty staple: Fatty Beef Brisket. Could you have guessed? HA! What was the difference. Just eating it earlier in the day. I would say that I would eat my second meal of the day between 1:30PM to 2:30PM. So this meant taking two meals a day to work instead of one. Hey you do what you have to do to make it work. No excuses. 


I have to say that I did not care much for the Swiss Cheese. I am currently trying to finish a package at this time. The other two were a big hit. I will continue to eat this way for ............. I dunno. I will just have to see. I do enjoy to complex flavors and textures. I will just keep strolling along until I get tired of it or ..... well .... I just don't know. 

Well my Friends and Zero Carb family this concludes "Experiment Exposed Part One: The Food." I am working on "Experiment Exposed Part Two: The Results" at this time and will post it as soon as I am finished. Will you be disappointed? I guess it depends on how you look at it. I will post my current weight and up to date photos took just last night. So tune in later and get: The Rest of the Story.

You really did not think I was going to make this easy, did you? Just joking around. Because of the photo limits of the Forum (ZIOH) I had to break this down in two segments. Hey no big deal on my part. As a matter of fact it makes it a little more interesting. Yes? I guess so. Anyway I am working on it and I will post it soon. I promise. 

Have a Great (ZC) day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Fight the Good Fight and Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Prepared
 Cheers,

Dave
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