Thursday, March 31, 2011

3/31/2011 - Daily Update - Taking It Easy

Greetings. My Spirits and Energy are good.

I am taking it a little easy y'all. The healing continues to run smoothly. Things are coming around. I am not 100% yet, but I am getting there.

"Take Me High, Take Me Low. Take Me Where I Want to Go. You cant't Take my Joy from Me. Since I found Serenity."

I tell you a something I found a little interesting: Well I was on this Men's Health website and read an article named "The 9 Healthiest Canned Foods" or similar. Anyhow, I thought to myself "OK here we go with the fruits and vegetables.Well I would not have believed it myself unless I read it. So here are the candidates:

  1. Canned salmon 
  2. Canned pinto beans 
  3. Canned tomatoes 
  4. Canned smoked mackerel 
  5. Canned sardines 
  6. Canned kidney beans 
  7. Canned pumpkin 
  8. Canned clams 
  9. Canned chicken 
Well I thought this was just great. Why? Jeez just look at all that protein. No it is not canned Rib eyes or Ground Beef or even Beef Brisket. You just have to agree that a non-zero carber would pick 5 out of 9 choices to be protein. Well at least it took me by surprise. Like I said I was expecting just fruits and vegetables. Hey not one fruit listed. I know it is not much, but it is a start. 

Another article I read was talking about fat composition. Back in the day the doctors would say if you have a certain "fat" shape example Pear shape or Apple Shape you were prone to certain illnesses. Well I read were that was wrong and that being FAT or OBESE is the cause of a lot of illnesses. Well double DUH. I think some of these scientist have nothing better to do. Jeez!

Yes my Friends and Zero Carb family. Being pear or apple shape is not your worries. It is all the dang FAT hanging on your body that is unhealthy for you. Wow, that did not take brain surgery. INCREDIBLE!

Again, I am no nutty professor but you just gotta use common sense.Being FAT = UNHEALTHY PERIOD. 

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

(ZC) Baby Steps

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3/30/2011 - Daily Update - Up For Another Round

Good Evening All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are getting there.

My healing is going very well, it seems everyday I feel less and less pain. I haven't had pain killers since Sunday. I stopped taking Advil today. I can even move my thumb a little without a lot of irritation. Yeeeaaahhh!!! Man does that make me happy or what? HA!

Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to take a moment to once again stress the importance of Hanging Tough. I tell you sometimes when folks are Zero Carbing for the first, second or third time it can be an experience. Dave what kind of experience are you talking about? Jeez O Pete is that Teri I see there asking such a super duper question? Yes indeed it is. Hey should I expect any different from my Cyber Mom?  Well Teri and the rest of you fine folks let me elaborate...... Did I spell that last word right? I guess so because it is not underlined in red. Duh? Dave get on with the story will ya. Alright already, wow I sure have a tough crowd tonight...... lets see theres one, two, three....... uh....uh....well I guess you can call three a crowd. Wasn't that a show? or was that Three's Company? Sorry, hey I am weird like that don't you know? Anyhow, now this is for real: Zero Carb can be quite an experience let me tell ya. You have to be prepared Mind, Body and Soul. If you are missing one of those components, well lets just say it isn't going to be pretty.

Discipline can carry you far when Zero Carbing my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Is it enough? Can you win the day with just discipline alone? Sure. How about the long haul? Well I am not so sure about that. Hey everyone is different, but for me...well lets just say I needed to be completely ready for Zero Carb: Mind, Body and Soul.

Dave's Mind: "Oohh that might get a little scary lol!" Hey who said that? Gaby? is that you hanging with Teri again? Well anyway I have to say Zero Carb was a big step for me. I was and am still quite the novice at Zero Carb. Mentally (hush Gaby) this was a "Leap of Faith" for me. The unknown. Whew, but what was I to do? I was down and almost out, but not just, not just yet. I had the Strength to force myself off the canvas and back to my feet for one last stand, similar to that "Rocky" clip I posted on the 28th. Yes I was battered, beat down like a 2nd rate boxer, out matched and out gunned. I went down over and over again. I kept coming back up to my feet. I tell you my friends and I say this without jest: this indeed was a do or die situation for me. Failure was not an option. If I went down again..... well in all honesty I don't know if I could have made it. No I just don't know. In my mind I burned the idea that I will go for broke. I would give it all I had no matter what, no matter how, it just did not make a difference. This was it period.

Dave's Body: OK I will nip it in the bud. SSSHHH please be nice y'all! OK Then. Wow was my body ready for a change or what? The poor thing has been through thick and thin........... Alright more thick than thin. Hey I am a realist. So let me say this body was oh so ready for the challenge. It has been beaten up so badly in the past that it became numb. So what's another round gonna do? Could it get any worse? Well yes it could. Did it? I am happy to report a big fat NO! So far I am making it. The old body has been reborn and is getting stronger every day y'all.  

Dave's Soul: this can be a touchy subject for some. Not for me. I am a believer. Hence: "Keep the Faith!", "Keep On Keeping On!" and "Fight the Good Fight!" OK I got " Battle On" from Xena: warrior princess. Hey three out of four ain't bad. Don't laugh or go ahead. It is good for the soul. Did you ever wonder why I try to get a little giggle out of you. Well there was the answer ..... I think.....I mean I know. So there you go. Hey y'all when I report about "My Spirits"...... hey you guys and gals are a bright bunch I am confident you catch my drift.

I will tell you something that I have never mentioned before, well maybe not in this much detail: My Friends and Zero Carb family you just don't know how many times I was so disappointed in myself when I failed over and over and over again trying to lose weight. No you just don't know the times I spent in anguish, in total disappointment at the person that I was looking in the mirror. The pain. The suffering. The tears. Yes the tears. I would asked myself  while looking at the mirror: "Why Me?", "Why Me?"...... of course I never got answer or did I?

Let me tell you good folks: I have a "Will of Steel" (Mind); I am "Up for the Count"  (Body); I have the "Faith of a Child" (Soul). This is who I am. I need all of these to work in harmony to succeed on Zero Carb. Heck if I combine all these things and apply them to daily life situations......... I can be invincible.... well at most I would have a fighting chance to say the least.

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

(ZC) Still Standing


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3/29/2011 - Daily Update - Ready for Battle

Hello. My Spirits and Energy levels are on the climb.

My hand is healing really well. Still a bit tender but doing well. My Dear Wife did acknowledge that she thought my wound would heal quickly due to my consumption of Beef. Go figure. 

Over the weekend I caught a health show on Fox News. Several subjects were talked about. A couple caught my undivided attention. Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld was a guest on the show. He is an elderly old school doctor. What he said surprised me. He stated that you don't need to take a Multivitamin. He stated that you should be able to get all your nutrition through a balanced diet. OK I know. His interpretation of a balance diet is different than mine: = Fat+Meat+H20= Balanced Diet. Hey at least he wasn't pushing the pills unless you had a major deficiency in a certain area.

Next subject Coffee. Well the Dr. Rosenfeld discussed a new study about how drinking coffee was health. This particular study was done with women. Yes, it was positive and was related to cancer. When asked how about men, he replied that the official study would come out at a later date, but the results were basically the same. Well Dave why are you interested in that? Good Question Sharon. She is smart and cute to boot. Anyway I am interested because like I revealed a few posts back, I have been drinking plain black coffee for over five months and it did not change my weight loss. It does not give me headaches, make me dizzy or anything. I have gone several days without it and suffer no withdrawal. I still enjoy the taste and I will continue to drink it. I have posted before there are too many Pros & Cons studies out there to really know who to believe. I just found it interesting that this Doctor stated it.

So I am planning to go to The Woodlands Art Festival on April 9th. My best friend should be attending the event with me. My DW went with me back 2008 and did not care for it and does not want to go back. Worse case scenario I will go by myself. I had a ton of fun the last time and I went and I am sure this one will be better than ever. 

I am rolling with the punches that life throws at me. I won't let mishaps get me too down. I love this way of eating and the New Life it has opened for me.  

Keep in the Fight, Stay Strong and always Battle On!!!Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family.

(ZC) Never a Dull Moment


Monday, March 28, 2011

3/28/2011 - Daily Update - The 14th Round

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy Levels are better.

Hi all, I tell you what: I just came back from ZIOH. Wow is not a worthy word to describe the out pouring of LOVE at my Journal. Many members came by and wished me well on my hand injury. I swear it really choked me up. Folks from all over the world wishing me well and cheering me up. So nice, so nice and wonderful indeed.

I decided to forgo the Weekly Update this week. I have not weighed myself for a couple of days and I am not enthusiastic about doing so. Why? I dunno. I do care, but I just don't feel it. STRANGE.  So much has happened so fast that I am a little off center, I guess.

How about the hand Dave? Well duh, I should have addressed this earlier. Sorry. It is doing rather well. I took my last pain killer yesterday morning. Instead I am taking a high dose of Advil for the mean time.The pain has subsided greatly. I don't remember if I mentioned which hand was injured. FYI it was the left hand. I can move basically all my fingers on that hand without much irritation. Now that is not the same with the thumb. Now if I move it too much it will irritate the wound. So typing is actually not too bad, hence my posting. That's a good thing. I got tired of typing with one hand, which surprisingly I can do with little effort, It just takes a long time.

I do want to also thank the folks that posted the their well wish towards me and my injury. So a Big Thank You to: Teri, Sharon and Gaby.

Things will get back to normal soon. I will keep Fighting the Good Fight. Like I previously posted: Down, But Not Out!!!

I will continue to Fight, I may Stumble, I may Fall flat on my Face. I will get up and continue to Fight. I will Continue to Battle. With Every Ounce of Strength in my Whole Being: I WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION!!!

This is how I feel when times get me down. I am so inspired by this scene. Especially at the1.00 mark. Watch it and see if you are not Moved. Please click on the YouTube link and see.

(ZC) It An'it Over, Till It's Over


Sunday, March 27, 2011

3/27/2011 - Daily Update - Wounded Warrior

My Spirits are just OK today. I was really hyped about the Dallas Meat Up. I spent time and money in prep for the trip. I purchased a new "Fitted Shirt". I purchased a new pair of really nice "Flat Front Dress Slacks". I took the slacks to a tailor to have them hemmed so that they would not be too bunched up at the legs.

Most of all I did not get to meet some really special folks at the Meat Up. There were some really nice folks that went who have posted some really nice things on my Forum Journal at Zeroing In On Health. I may never get the chance to ever meet them again and tell them "Thank You" in person. I also did not get the chance to meet up with my friend before the Meat Up.This really saddens my HEART big time.

I feel so STUPID. Why? Well we do not have all day do we? So instead of listing the endless reasons I will get to the point. I use my cell phones GPS for directions when traveling out of town. It worked great when I went to the San Antonio Meat Up. The problem with my phone's GPS is that the screen for me is a little too small and I have to wear my reading glasses. Well as I was going to input the address of my friend that I was going to visit and the restaurant I could not find my glasses. It was getting a bit late and I wanted to program the GPS before going to sleep. I was planning to leave no later than 7:00 am so that I could get there around noon or so. Anyway I ended up going to CVS and purchased a pair of reading glasses for $28.00. I thought they were a little expensive, but they were good quality. I only need the lowest power (1.00). They make a world of difference. So when I got home I needed to take the tag off. Well these glasses did not have that thin plastic tag. Oh no, they had a thick locking ripcord type of tag. So did Dave grab the scissors and cut them off. NO! He grabbed a Steak Knife. I held the tag with my forefinger and thumb. STUPIDLY pointed the knife in the downward position. I had to apply a lot of force because of the thickness of the cord. I ended up nicking the side of my thumb and the knife went straight down the saddle between the thumb and forefinger. It took me by surprise. I did not feel anything at first.  Then boom the pain shoot all the way to the elbow.

I ran like a little kid to my wife, who is a health professional and she treated the wound. I have advanced first aid training, but I can't come close to matching my Dear Wife. I told her my symptoms and she recommended going to the Minor Emergency Clinic. At first I did not want to go. Then about an hour later I gave in and went. After the exam the Doctor told me how lucky I was that I did not do any major damage. He said that the cut could have crippled the use of my hand if it varied just a little. How Stupid did I feel? Need you ask? One of the ironies is that I used to teach Safety Training.

At the end of the day I was in a hurry to get things done and ignored simple safety precautions that would have saved the day. Foolish Behavior or should I say FOOLISH STUPID BEHAVIOR.

I will stop taking the pain killers today and see how I feel. I can tolerate a lot of pain and in the past I have refused pain killers and bared the pain. The last time I did that I laid in the ER for around six hours with excruciating pain. I gave in, took the meds and the pain was gone in a short time. As strong as I am or want to be, I have my limits.

I will be honest and tell you that I was almost in tears. Not for the pain in my hand, but the Pain in my Heart. The whole trip down the drain for...............


Saturday, March 26, 2011

3/26/2011 - down, but not out

this will be short. i had an accident last night and suffered an injury. it was very painful, but not too serious. i ended up staying home and missed the meat up today in dallas. i am rather sad because i was really looking forward to it. i am taking pain killers and driving is out of the question.


Friday, March 25, 2011

3/25/2011 - Daily Update - Weekend Warrior

Good Day. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

I have a nice weekend trip to Dallas on Saturday. It will be a day trip. So a lot of driving. Hey that's OK. I will meet a lot of folks at the Meat Up that I have never met in person as well as a few others I have the pleasure of meeting again.

Hey I will take this road trip to do a lot of Deep Thinking. I will have a total of around 7 hours round trip to ponder on all types of things. Yes, Zero Carb will be among them. Yes, a lot of things indeed. So, am I obsessed with Zero Carb? ....... well ..... to be honest I dunno. I might just say no. I might just say yes.

So what is on "your" mind today? I gottcha with that one lol. You were not expecting that, were you?

OK y'all here I go: gottcha again. Hey I like to be silly sometimes. No really I was just thinking about the wonderful comments I get just about everyday. It kills me when folks like this morning say "Hey skinny". My first reaction is the think "Yeah right" when it should be RIGHT ON!!! Hey I am not skinny by no means. Less heavy would be a better description.

I have not been to Dallas in a long time. It is a nice city. When I was much younger I used to party at a place called "Dallas Ally" it was a lot of fun.

I tell you everyday I am thankful for this journey that I am on. I am thankful for the health, peace and overall wellbeing that I enjoy. I can only hope that this spark of life never runs out or dims. That will be a sad day indeed.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. The Beast is Yet to Come. Battle On!!!

(ZC) On the road Again


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Blackened Fish and H20 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

3/24/2011 - Daily Update - Old School Medicine

9Greetings. My Spirits and Energy Levels are good.

Well do I have a surprisingly nice story to tell. Yesterday I was in the hallway just in front of my office door. Which is by the way on of those dutch doors ya know the ones that open at the top and you can close the bottom. Anyway I was walking towards the door and entered my office as this gentlemen that works for a different department stopped by the door and said "OMG have you lost weight!" then he said in a lowered voice "What type of surgery did you use?" I told him that I would not desecrate my body with invasive surgery to lose weight. Well just before I had stepped out, I had popped my first meal of the day in the microwave. So I told him "Hey it is easier to show you what I am doing that has helped me. It might gross you out." So I walked over to the microwave and took out my steaming bowl of cubed Fatty Beef Brisket and walked over to the door and showed him. Well he thought it was some sort of beef stew. I told him that it was brisket swimming in tallow. He did not understand what tallow was and I explained tallow is to beef as lard is to pork and then he understood. Then he saw several chunks of fat and asked if they were cauliflower and explained it was fat. I briefly explained the Zero Carb concept and to my surprise he agreed.

Now that is only half the story. This is where it gets interesting: Now keep in mind this gentleman is in his early to mid 60s. he told me back in the 1960's he had an elderly Uncle that had problems walking. He would shuffle his feet. Nothing worked for him and he was destine to end his days in that condition. Well he told me that his Uncle ended up going to yet another doctor for help. Well did he get help or what?? Let me tell you the following shocked me and I will tell you why later. Back to the story Dave we are waiting patiently! OK already, I swear you folks can get might pushy around here. ANYWAY: Now the next doctor he saw put him on "The Steak Diet" for 7 or 9 months (I forgot sorry). The instructions: "Eat Steak only. Eat all the fat and gristle. Do not eat the part that has part of the blue ink stamp. Do not eat anything else what so ever" Wow, this blew me away, I mean it blew me away big time y'all! He then went on to say that his Uncle had a total recovery. He felt so good that he came out of retirement and took a Watchman job that required him to do a lot of walking. Just a special note: I failed to ask him what exactly did his uncle drink during this time.

So Dave please tell us WHY did it shock you. Think of it. The Steak Diet. Wow why has this been so low key. Why in the HELL are all these medical types so in denial. I tell you what: This story came out of no where and that was the nicest part of it. I did not expect it. It may not sound like much to an Non-Zero Carber, but to us it is indeed nice to hear.

I hope you enjoyed that little conversation that I had with that Gentleman. I know I did. The Wonders of Zero Carb will never cease to amaze me. Well only a couple of days to my "Meat Up" with my Zero Carb Family in Dallas. OOHH Brazilian. I can't wait. I just love Beef grilled on the open pit. YUM!!!

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

(ZC)ers Defenders of the Truth


Overall health (1-10):10
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3/23/2011 - Daily Update - Going Through the Motions

Greetings. My Spirits and Energy Levels are still in flight.

Well I have a big weekend coming up. I will have the privilege of of "Cutting Meat" with  my Zero Carb Family. I will be the Road Warrior and do a day trip to Dallas. I will meet up with a Friend in the afternoon then join my Zero Carb family to eat. Wow two weekends in a row of nice dining. Hey I could get used to that. Hahaha!!!

Have you ever thought about your daily activities. Are we just going through "the Motions"? Well food for thought. For me, I have to say everyday is another adventure so to speak. Why? My little mind is always thinking, thinking and thinking again of what is going on around me and now that I am a (ZC)er I look at things diffidently. I try to look at food as fuel and move on. Since I love to cook this will more than likely never be my reality. Jeez.

So I Tell You What: If you are out there trying Zero Carb or thinking of trying Zero Carb what are you willing to do? Some folks around you may say "It's not Safe", or "It may Hurt you". So what do you do? Just go through the Motions? Is OK just enough? Well it's not for me. I want more and more and more. I can't get enough. I'm Telling You I need continue to seek, grow, and become so much more than I am now. I am learning with everyday things around. I'm Telling you "My eyes have seen the Glory". In the past my eyes were not clear. My life was just a day to day thing to do. Yes, going through the motions. How sad, how sad indeed. You just don't know my Friends and Zero Carb Family how my Life has been impacted with my new zeal for what is around me. I feel like a foreigner in a strange land. I am discovering or rediscovering the beauty of life.

I am willing to do whatever it takes to continue this Journey. I may make mistakes. I may stumble. I may fall. I will never ever give up or give in. NEVER!!! OK is not enough. I do not want to ever think back : What if I have given everything to be successful instead of just going through the motions. No not I. So at the end of the day what is Dave willing to do? I will go all the way. No regrets, no not this time. Not one more day.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Make your Stand!! Make it Count!!

(ZC) What IF


Overall health (1-10):10
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3/22/2011 - Daily Update - Opinions, Everybody Has One or Two

Greetings. My Spirits and Energy Levels are soaring!

Well did I have an active night or what. First of all let me say Thank You to the folks that have dropped by and left positive comments. It is always appreciated. You know I purposely left the comment section of this blog open to anyone who wanted a voice to be heard. You can post your comment in total anonymity. I don't require you to revile anything what-so-ever. Why should I? I live in a free country and that is my practice. I have nothing to hide. I am here posting here because I have total control of what I say. I don't have to worry about offending other members because I am the only one here. I could add up to 20 other members on this Blog if I wanted too. Like if someone would want to join. Right? I believe that any owner of a forum or blog can set their own rules on how they want their site ran. It is theirs and folks that share it should respect the rules or go else where. Why stir the pot. Why be the black sheep.  I have total Freedom here and here is where I will post my Journey. I don't have any constrains. I promise that I will be positive and supportive to all. It is jut my way. Is this weird in today's society? I think Not.

So I went a couple of rounds with "Poster without a Name". It was really no contest.  Did you notice on the first comment the intentional pushing to see if I would trash out ZIOH. Wow, what a pot stirring son of a gun. Then the deal about the profits. Jeez Dave is selling .... is selling ....... uumm ... let me see.... oh my gosh nothing. How hard is it to see on this little blog that all I have done is give my story and a few step by step recipes at no cost. I would go broke if I tried to sell them lol! Then "Poster without a Name" got fired up and tried to play the victim. Jeez I am so blind that I can not read your first comment. Give me a break. I really did not mean to come down too hard on "Poster without a Name" (sorry) but he/she set it up for themselves. At the end of the day all this pot stirrer had to do was read. It was just a couple of posts down on the same page at the time. How easy was that. The audacity "I just wanted to know?" Please O please go ask your daddy for a quarter and go play games elsewhere. Go bug someone else who thrives on that sort of nonsense.

If you haven't noticed by know you never will. I am a simple person on a mission to better health. I am a positive person with a complicated past that now seeks only peace and harmony. I have had my fill of negative people who want to make controversy out the smallest things. WHY do they do that? Please don't waste my time. I rather spend my time "Q"-ing another delicious Fatty Beef Brisket don't you know?

I just want to Chronicle my Journey through Zero Carb. This is my Life Saver. This is what turned the tide for me. This gave me a second chance at life folks. I'm telling you I was on the road of no return. My weight was out of control. I was able to put a halt to the out of control weight gain by changing my Way Of Eating period. I am a living testimony to Zero Carb. I will carry the torch, I will raise the banner, I will sing the praises of the benefits that can be shared for all. No special pill, no exercise required,  no nothing, Just Eat. Come on. How easy is that? If I can do it anyone can. I am no special prodigy. I am just a simple person on a mission.

Thanks "Poster without a Name" for todays talking points. Hey give credit where it is due is my motto.

Have a Great (ZC) Day My Friends, Zero Carb Family and Hey even "Poster without a Name" if thats his/hers bag. Live Long!! Be Strong!! Always Battle On!!!

(ZC) Stirring the Pot
Overall health (1-10):10
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Monday, March 21, 2011

3/21/2011 - Weekly Update - Back in the Battle Days

Great Day All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are quite nice.

Today marks my 9 month anniversary on Zero Carb (YES).

Today marks 39 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 11/1/10=213.6lbs 11/8/1 =211.8lbs 11/15/10=207.4lbs 11/22/10=???lbs 11/29/10=206.8lbs 12/6/10=204.4lbs 12/13/10=202.8lbs 12/20/10=199.4lbs 12/27/10=197.8lbs 1/3/2011=196.8lbs 1/10/11=196.0lbs 1/18/11=195.0 1/24/11=194.6lbs 1/31/2010=193.8lbs 2/7/2011=194.0lbs 2/14/2011=194.0lbs 2/21/2011=194.4lbs 2/28/2011=191.8 lbs 3/7/2011=189.8 lbs 188.4 lbs 3/21/2011= 1.87.8 lbs

I have a nice steady strong flow of energy today. Feeling really good or should I say great. Yes, great indeed. I had a most glorious weekend. It was a good combination of work and play. Americas was excellent. My Mum really enjoyed the food. Did I tell you about the Pork aka Carnitas. Pure heaven on a plate. The Pork is deep fried yet the centers almost melt in your mouth. The food in general is lightly seasoned and not a single dish that I ate was over slated. None. My Mum made the exact same comment about the food. She is basically a LCer to a VLCer. She kinda goes back and forth with that. She is not interested in Zero Carb and probably never will.

We had a grand time shopping. I got a few things myself. I bought a fitted long sleeve button up shirt. It was nice to see the fit was "Right On". I have had recent trouble finding shirts that fit good around the chest. If the fit is good at the chest, the shirt is was too loose are the tummy. It gives an appearance that is not too flattering. Hey I am not slave to fashion, but let a (ZC)er have a little fun shopping lol! Yes the fit was nice and it made me feel like a million dollars (US). HA!

Did Dave eat seconds at Americas? Yes I did. Did you really need to Dave? No I didn't. Then why O why? I dunno I just did. In my defense I took it easy and did not get a full second plate. I only served 1 Carnita, which is cut up into large cubes and a small serving of ceviche which is made here with no veggies just marinated fish shrimp. Yes it has some onion and parsley in it for flavoring. One small slice of beef tenderloin I would guess 4 oz. Yes I am busted and disgusted lol!!!

I really was expecting a slight gain today and to my surprise I held steady. Yippee!!! Well I feel great, I am charged up and I can't wait to just see what the next second brings Me.

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

(ZC) Eat, Eat, and Eat Again

Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Sunday, March 20, 2011

3/20/2011 - Daily Update - Zero Carb, Zero Worries

Greetings Friends and Zero Carb Family. My Spirits and Energy levels are high.

Wow, today my energy is really buzzing. I think I am going to start my own energy company. It will be called Dave Lighting and Power or maybe ZC Lighting and Power or maybe.............. Like anyone cares lol!

So today I pick up Mum to spend a little time. As soon as I post this entry I will be off. We will start the day at ..... OK let me control myself ...... Americas for Sunday Brunch. OMG I am so excited. Hahaha!!!! I had such a great time eating there for my birthday last month. Yes I will take pictures and I will post them. Well I just know today will be a one meal day. Lots of protein ready to be eaten is a short while. HA!

Then late we are going shopping for .... I dunno I guess whatever. I just want to spend time with my Mum. I have not had some good quality time with her in awhile and I an excited. We always have a great time together. These are precious moments that I want to spend with her. Long ago I decided that the time I spend with my Mum would be positive. I avoid all and any confrontations with her. My Dad has been departed for quite a few years now and she is the only parent left. I want nothing but good memories with her and I don't ever want to put any stress on her. She has had a hard life and I want to give her all the peace that  I can.

I continue to grow and learn with Zero Carb. It has given the strength and will to do things I thought were lost forever. It has given a sense of peace and harmony that I am able to share with others: friends and family alike. You just don't know or do you. Well I hope you do. OK enough with the "DO's."

Have a Great (ZC) Day My Friends and Zero Carb Family. Pick your Battles, don't let them pick You!!!

(ZC) Do you hear Me, Do you Care

Overall health (1-10):10
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Beef, Pork, Seafood, Black Coffee and H20

Saturday, March 19, 2011

3/19/2011 - Daily Update - Time Marches On

Good Day. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

Hey back in action. I took the day off yesterday to do some deep thinking. I am here and here I am to stay. I   am not going anywhere. I have a way to go on this Journey and I will continue to chronicle it here.

For certain reasons in the past I was a little careful on what exactly I would post here because it was basically the same post that was at the forum. I won't rehash old wounds, but lets just say "to keep the peace" I often edited out certain subjects to avoid upsetting certain folks. The more I edited my posts the more it weighed on me. Hey this is "my" Journey I will chronicle it the way it actually happens. I live in the "Real World" where real things happen everyday that interact with Zero Carb. I had situations at work, home and social gatherings that I would avoid to post in order to once again "to keep the peace".

 Well those days are behind me and I feel free to "Be ME". No more "Bizarro World" for me. Yes, I am referring to my Journal not the Forum. I will post real life events without the edits. I just might rename this Blog to "The Chronicles of David Uncut". Hahaha!!!

Did I go on a tangent or what. Jeez, alright already. Take a chill pill Dave. There I go again talking about "Dave" as he was another person and that laugh. Scary to say the least. OK I have to come clean and admit that I caved in and ate a Snickers Candy Bar earlier today. It was just one of those mini type about a third of the regular size. Hey these were my all time favorites and my (DW) bought a bag last night I just thought well just a bit wouldn't hurt................not!!! Did I have you going or do you know me all too well?

I am a little tired after busting my butt outside doing yard work. I plan to enjoy myself outside on my back patio enjoying my little water features and a nice CIGAR. I used to like to drink an Amaretto in a brandy glass when I smoked a cigar. I don't crave that at all now. I could imagine a nice espresso or a cup of plain black coffee. Some folks are uptight about folks drinking coffee. I'm not. Why? Because I have been drinking it for the last five months and it has not change my weight loss. There are too many studies listed Pro and Con  and I am not going there. Why did I not reveal this before? Go back to the towards the top and reread. Enough said.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb family. The Battle Continues!!!

(ZC) One of a Kind


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Bacon, Eggs and H20

Thursday, March 17, 2011

3/17/2011 - Daily Update - New Territory, New Low

Breaking Through. My Spirits are good. My Energy levels are higher than high! No cravings, cheats, or tummy troubles.

Another surge of energy flowing through these old bones. Another Spark of Life. I Live Another day. Yesterday I was feeling a little ...... well it is hard to explain. A little deep might be a good word I guess. Sometimes I have to sit back a evaluate and reevaluate things. I love Zero Carb I can't ever imagine ever changing this way of eating for anything else ever. 

Yet sometimes I feel like I need to pull back on chronicling this Journey. I almost feel like I put too much Heart and Soul into it and sometimes it drains me. I am not much of a social bug outside my tight net group. You can pretty much see that the vast majority of  my posts pertain to the subject: Zero Carb. 

I will be honest to say there are times when I have said to myself this is it. I will no longer post on a regular basis, I will pull back for awhile or just drop off the radar altogether. Wow, I don't like feeling this way.

Today I had an all time low on Zero Carb = 187.8 lbs

Have a Great Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Keep on Keeping On!!! Live Long!! Stay Strong!! Keep the Faith!!! Battle On!!!

(ZC) Black and White


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket, Blackened Fish and H20

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3/16/20111 - Daily Update - What's in a Word

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

I slept so early yesterday that I ended up waking early and stayed up all night. I feel well rested, but the day is still young lol. I will be OK as far as rest is concerned. I plan to do a little yard work when I get home, but now I don't know. Time will tell.

I still have not bought my eBooks. I had some trouble trying to order them online. I will try again when I get home today. I am determined an when I set my mind to something I usually get it done. It is a little frustrating to say the least. 

Today I bounced back to my all time low on Zero Carb. I really don't want to go through the "Bounces in Onces" deal. I know for me it is part of the process, but still..............

I have been thinking, ot oh!  Well I have been doing some deep thinking (red alert). OK I get the message already. Like I was saying I been thinking deeply about myself as a person. I asked myself a simple question: How can I be a better person. Wow, did that open the door. I know that I am a better person physically due to my weight loss. That I can give thanks to Zero Carb. That's all good, but what if anything else? 

I have had my personal Zero Carb Blog since December. Maybe I can be more proactive and do a little more education rather than just my Zero Carb experiences. That would be a good thing. I am already posting my Zero Carb experiences on a non related website in their health section by invitation. I just feel like I should be doing more. 

Have a Great Zero Carb Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Live Long!! Be Strong!!

(ZC) Can you hear me Now


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

3/15/2011 - Daily Update - A New Beat

Bring It. My Spirits and Energy levels are stepping up. No cravings, cheats or tummy troubles.

What is Love? Ha! What is Love Indeed. Look in the mirror and ask that question. Can you look in that mirror and say "I love you"? Oh, what is Dave talking about? Has he blown a fuse or needs some winding. HA! No, I just wanted to make you think. I wanted to make you think just for a split second of "Love Yourself First".

Wow, Dave how greedy is that? Are you crazy? Crazy...crazy like a fox. Hey I just want to throw in that old saying because I thought it sounded corny. Go figure. OK back on track. I have posted in the past that I do Zero Carb for Me, yes little old me. Hey this message is for the ones out there struggling, trying, fighting, battling with whatever it is that is getting in your way of Zero Carb. Put that doughnut down and go Kiss the Mirror and thank yourself for doing it. You are damn well Worth It. Yes, I meant darn lol.

I was drowning in my own blubber not too long ago, well to a degree I still am, struggling to keep my head above the waves. At one point I thought I saw some debris floating by and I clung to it. I kept afloat for awhile and got comfortable with it. I thought I was out of danger and stopped looking for a way out. Floating was fine. Why not. Well, you guessed it or did you? Yes, you did. The thing I clung onto broke apart and I was drowning again. I went under twice, Jeez what am I to do? Then off in the distance I saw an island. It was small, but it was land. "Land ahoy Captain!"

I only had one thing to do. What? I mean what was that Dave? OK duh! GET THERE! Hey I have already gone down twice and I am struggling just to keep afloat and you want me to swim that distance to get to that island. Maybe I will just find another piece of debris and just hang on for awhile. It work for in the past. Well for a little  while.

No my Friends and Zero Carb family. Go the distance. Make it to the island. Go down deep inside you and grab that thing that makes you Great. The thing that makes you Wonderful. Now go to that Mirror and Kiss yourself.

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

(ZC) No Holding Back


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Monday, March 14, 2011

3/14/2011 - Weekly Update - Cross That Goal

Good Tidings All. My Spirits and Energy levels are good. No cravings,or cheats. Minor tummy troubles.

Today marks 38 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 11/1/10=213.6lbs 11/8/1 =211.8lbs 11/15/10=207.4lbs 11/22/10=???lbs 11/29/10=206.8lbs 12/6/10=204.4lbs 12/13/10=202.8lbs 12/20/10=199.4lbs 12/27/10=197.8lbs 1/3/2011=196.8lbs 1/10/11=196.0lbs 1/18/11=195.0 1/24/11=194.6lbs 1/31/2010=193.8lbs 2/7/2011=194.0lbs 2/14/2011=194.0lbs 2/21/2011=194.4lbs 2/28/2011=191.8 lbs 3/7/2011=189.8 lbs 188.4 lbs

I crossed out my Mini Goal and added another one. My next Mini Goal will be 179 lbs. Wow that number is mighty low in my eyes. Why? Not to long ago I had reached an all time high on weight of 280 lbs. The next Mini Goal will equal a 100 pound loss. Wow, in some countries that is a whole other person lol!

I ended up working the yard yesterday and over did it. Jeez am I sore. I almost called in and stayed home to recuperate. I really hate to miss work. I rather save that time off and enjoy a nice vacation. I don't accumulate much time at this particular job. I have been here over five years. I have had perfect attendance for all five years.  

So in the back of my mind I'm still thinking about the 179 lbs. Hey it's just a number...... yeah just a number. Well I have not seen that number since high school. I was a totally different person then. Actually I sorta feel that I am going back to that direction. At that point in my life I had not experienced a lot of things and I was very open minded. Then I grew up and ...... lets just say that I had more life experience than I care to mention. 

I need to get on the ball and buy those books today. I let other things get in the way on the weekend and did not do it. After work I will definitely buy and start to read the books. I have kind of sold myself on purchasing the eBook form. I enjoy the freedom of reading from the laptop screen, especially now that I have my laptop cart lol.

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

(ZC)ers Battle Tested Warriors


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Sunday, March 13, 2011

3/13/2011 - Daily Update - Take A Stand

What Can I Say? My Spirits and Energy Levels are indescribable!!! No cravings, cheats or tummy troubles.

I am so excited about the resurgence of Zero Carb in my Life. It has never really left me , but I did go on a "Bounces in Ounces" period for about three weeks or so. Although I have been back on the move it has been a bit slower. Hey I am not complaining it is just an observation.

I listed as "Today's Menu" Bacon, Eggs and Fish yesterday, but I could not eat anymore after my first meal. I anticipated that my second meal would be Fish, because I have been eating two meals a day pretty steady for a good while. I simply did not get hungry a second time yesterday so (DW) enjoyed the pan fried Blackened Tilapia I rustled up. I enjoyed the Bacon and Eggs so much I ate it again today. I had 4 over easy eggs and four rashers of Bacon (no sugar & low sodium). I feel well satisfied. I will not anticipate if I will eat another meal today. If I get hungry I will eat. If not I won't. Wow, isn't that easy! Thanks Zero Carb.

I Tell you what: I am just chilling out typing away and posting at my various places and enjoying Life. I am also watching my all time favorite Star Trek movie The Voyage Home. I will definitely go out and enjoy the nice weather today and pick up some more fish. Why fish? It’s a religious thing for me.

Today I had an all time low on Zero Carb = 188.2 lbs

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

(ZC) Stand by Me, Stand Together


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):11++
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Bacon, Eggs, ???and H20

Saturday, March 12, 2011

3/12/2011 - Daily Update - The Great Divide

Let the Hunt begin. My Spirits and Energy levels are climbing. No cravings, cheats or tummy troubles.

Just another outrageous beautiful day in The Woodlands Texas. OMG you would not believe it. I can't believe that I am not taking a stroll by the Water Way right now instead of being indoors. Well, I will remedy that really soon lol!

On my way home yesterday I went on the hunt at HEB to find some carnivore delights. I stalked down a 13 1/2 pound Fatty Beef Brisket. Yum. As luck might have it I picked some tracks of a familiar prey that I have not encountered in awhile. As elusive as the prey may have been I was able to zero in and score a direct hit! YES! I found boneless chuck roast on sale for $1.97 lb. Hhmm I thought "Hey these look like giant steaks." I started to think (Danger,Will Robinson) these could be cut in half and I would have 1 lb steaks. How simple was that? So that is what I did. I ended up with eight 1 lb to 1.3 lb steaks with lots of lovely fat ready for the grill and to be flash frozen for emergency food. Of course I will enjoy at least one for a meal. I will grill these on the morrow. I will cook these babies on my "Q" with lump coal mixed with Hickory wood. OMG I can't wait.

These are picks of my Hunt:

So I ended up with these 8 steaks ready for duty. Lots of glorious fat as you can see. I have not had a chuck steak in a long time. I used to eat steaks well done and to me chuck steaks were too tough. Now that I cook my steaks anywhere from medium rare to rare, I feel that it won't be as tough. Hey there is only one way to find out and I guess I will just have to suffer and do it. Hahaha!!!

I grow stronger and more confident in the Art of Zero Carb each day. The Energy surges through my body and gives me the strength I need to work and play. I never felt like this through out my years eating SAD even at a younger age. I would hate to think what I could have done with the benefits of Zero Carb at a younger age. I was pretty good at combat in my early years. I think I would have much more effective with the energy and strength that is growing in me now.

I can't stop thanking this way of eating (WOE) for giving a new life, renewed strength and the lust for life that was once lost. I have now found it and I will not let it go. Great times have just started for me. I have just begun to reap the rewards of my new life. I'm telling you this: I will never ever go back, NEVER!

Today I had an all time low on Zero Carb = 188.8 lbs.

Have a great (ZC) my Friends and Zero Carb Family. The time is now, every day in delay is Wasted. Be Strong, Live Long and always Battle On!!!

(ZC) Stuck like Chuck


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Bacon, Eggs, Fish and H20

Friday, March 11, 2011

3/11/2011 - Daily Update - The Game Plan

Greetings from planet Mars. My Spirits and Energy levels flying high. No cravings, cheats or tummy troubles.

HA! Greetings Indeed. What can I say energy burst like bolts. This is definitely a high energy toe tapping foot stomping day y'all. So I have the ear buds on and jamming to Haddaway "What is Love?"once again. Hey it is high intense and long play.It also reminds of some old school days. I am feeling really Great!! I wish YouTube had a loop built into their player. When it comes to music I have always listen to the beat. I almost always ignore the lyrics. It is not on purpose. I think it has to do with dancing. I have posted before that I just love to dance. I guess that just draws me to the beat. Go figure.

Yesterday I called a couple of book stores for the two Gary Taubes books and they were out of stock. Well that is not good and good at the same time. Not good because I wanted them lol! Good because maybe the "Message" is getting out. Hey that is indeed a GOOD thing. I pondered about buying them in eBook form. I was hesitant at first, but now I think I have convinced myself to do just that. So tomorrow I will purchase them and start to read and discuss them here. It should be interesting. Hey at least it will provide some talking points. Sometimes I feel like a crop dusting pilot flying my bi-plane in the jet age. I need to get up on the info and spreed the word. Just providing an example of doing it successfully is not enough. I need to make this blog a little more educational. I am sure to learn a lot.

Its all good to share. I am happy to try to promote this way of eating (WOE) for the good of all who wish to venture down this path. It is healthy and natural. Believe me if it were not I would have failed long, long ago and would be on the road to 300 lbs +. Instead Zero Carb has given me a second chance to enjoy life. 70 lbs and holding so far and waiting for more to come off and it will. I am totally confident and committed to this life style.

Have a Great Zero Carb Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. It's never too late, the Battle still rages and reinforcements are needed. Battle On!!!

(ZC) Help is HERE


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):11
Rocky Stage: Won't Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Fish and H20

Thursday, March 10, 2011

3/10/2011 - Daily Update - There is No End

Good Tidings. My Spirits and Energy levels are good. No cravings, cheats or tummy troubles.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. So what is a Zero Carber to give up for Lent? Well if I ate dairy I could give that up. If I ate pork, chicken or seafood on a regular basis I could give that up. Wow what a dilemma! Well in reality food does not have to be the focus. So I will give up writing in this blog..........NOT!!!

Actually I will give up watching TV in the evenings when I get home. Instead I will open the Good Book, read and meditate. For me, that's a Good Thing.

I tell you what speaking of reading, I will purchase today a couple of books by Gary Taubs called "Why We Get Fat: and What to do bout it"and "Good Calories Bad Calories" I have heard nothing but good reviews about both of them. So I will read these books and as I do I will comment everyday on the section that I read. This should prove interesting. This will be fun and informative. 

I am still enjoying everyday that I have the privilege to wake up to. Zero Carb has been a true blessing for me. I love the Life that I am living. My outlook on Life has done a 180. I am Free, I am Refreshed, I am Strong, I am a whole New Person. I am more than sure by the time I lose all my weight it will be more that 100 pounds from my highest of 280 lbs. Unless I bulk up on some muscles I can't see being over 180 lbs. This is just how I feel I could be wrong, but time will tell the truth My Friends. Yes indeed! 

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

(ZC)er to the Finish


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):9
Rocky Stage: Getting Strong Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

3/9/2011 - Zero Carb Supplemental

Hey I just had to share this. I was watching Star Trek Enterprise. OK you may be thinking "Oh no Dave is a Trekkie. I just knew he was not normal." Well that was not what I wanted relay. I just really noticed the theme song and it was awesome. Just awesome. Now this is the part I'm talking about:

It's been a long road

Get'n from there to here
It's been a long time
But my time is finally near

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

'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

WOW, those word ring so true for me concerning my Journey. I have never even noticed until now. INCREDIBLE! It took me by total surprise. I think I am going to make this my new theme song. So I am corny like that. HA! 

(ZC) Reach for the Stars

Star Trek Enterprise


3/9/2011 - Daily Update - My Last Stand

Greetings All, My Spirits and Energy levels are great. No cravings, cheats or tummy troubles.

Every once in awhile I get on fire for what I believe in. What I really mean is that I get an extra dose of enthusiasm. I wish it was every day. Life has a way of putting distractions in my way. I don't know about you. Now at this point eating Zero Carb has become almost automatic, sorta second nature. So does that mean that I should not get fired up about it? So does that mean I should lose the passion that I have dear in my heart about it. No! A resounding no. I sit here thinking to myself what a joy this way of eating (WOE) has brought me. What a joy it is to look what I deem normal. I don't know your personal views about self image. I was huge. I mean really huge. I am only 5'8" and I topped off in weight at 280 lbs. You do the math. I can only speak for myself, but I tell you what: I look at the mirror sometimes and think? "Who is that guy?" Should I really say  "Where in the hell have you been all this time?" I have not always been that grossly overweight. I have went up and down the scale throughout my life, but after my late twenties or so my weight went out of control.

When I started this way of eating I told myself this is it. Failure is not an option. This is truly my "Last Stand" if should Fail, if I should Fall it would be devastating to me. I fight and I fight hard. I have been told that I should stand up and fight for what I believe in by those who don't really know me at all. Words are cheap. I fight with my actions and convictions. I fight for my very LIFE! I fight for my sanity. It feels damn good feeling damn good. Does that make sense? Well it does to me lol!

So for the rest of my life I will wage a campaign against those things that would keep me from living a "normal" life. I have won many battles, but the War still rages. I am a Zero Carber aka Carnivore living in a standard american diet aka balanced meal (SAD)  world. Hey I eat balance everyday = Meat+Fat+H20= Balanced.

Today I had an all time low on Zero Carb = 189.4 lbs

Have a Great Day (ZC) My Friends and Zero Carb Family. Fight for what you believe in through your actions and always Battle On!!!

(ZC) The Fun has Just Begun

    Yours truly at 280 lbs


Overall health (1-10):9
Energy level (1-10):10
Rocky Stage: Won' Be Long Now
Today's Menu: Fatty Beef Brisket and H20
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