Saturday, April 30, 2011

4/30/2011 - Daily Update - The Ultimate Goal

Good Tidings. My Spirits and Energy Levels are good.

I would like to say welcome to all the folks posting comments. Your voice is important and educational. We all learn from each other. As you can see I share a lot. It is my privilege to write down the words. I just want to say Thank you. Reading your words gives me encouragement and belief that I am not alone in the world of Zero Carb. Again Thank You for sharing your comments on this blog.

I have had some nice feedback on some of the comments I have posted. The topic of "Compliments" has been tossed around. Yes positive compliments on my weight loss is very encouraging. At first I was overwhelmed with the compliments. I am still amazed that folks continue to make the compliments. I know that I continue to lose weight, but I do not see a big difference. Yet others do. That puzzles me.

One day the compliments will end. That is OK because it will mean that I reached my "Right Size" and have maintained it for a good while. That is my Ultimate Goal.I want to put the Dave of the PAST away forever.

There is a nice Christian song that mirrors my feelings:

I know the journey seems so long ,
You feel your walking on your own, 
But there has never been a step, 
Where you’ve walked out all alone 

There will be a day with no more tears,
 no more pain,
 and no more fears 

-Jeremy Camp-

Yes the message of the song is religious, but the message is strong to me. As I gain control over things that have keep me from being the best that I can be, I also have this pull to my Spiritual side that has been missing in my life. I am taking steps not just to get my body in the right direction but my very soul. I am a in the process to be Confirmed in the Catholic Church. 

This is my Journey. Everyone is different and I don't expect everyone to be like me or I them. We hold common ground in many aspects of our Journeys. Inner Peace, Harmony, A sense of Well Being, Energy and so on. Maybe even Spiritual. 

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

(ZC) A Better Place



Thursday, April 28, 2011

4/28/2011 - Daily Update - They Keep Coming

Good Day. My Spirits and Energy Levels are Steady Freddy.

Wow we have been getting our butts kicked at work. Customers coming out of the woodwork. I am short staffed which does not help. Do more with less? How about do more with practically none. Jeez!

Well I got the cooking bug today. I cooked an 11 lb Fatty Beef Brisket "oven style". I gilled six Top Sirloin Steaks that were on sale for $2.77 lb. Finally I grilled 5 lbs of chicken wings on the "Q". All this after work and after I had a meeting with my Deacon. I am planning to attend classes for my Confirmation.

I then did some light yard work. mostly watering the lawn. Hey I was a busy little bee. HA! What can I say? It is just another Glorious day in the life of a (ZC)er.

I was approached by yet another employee for a different section. She said "You are just disappearing away. Very nice indeed.

Have a Grate (ZC) Day My Friends and Zero Carb Family. Battle On!!!

(ZC)ers Elite



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

4/27/2011 - Daily Update - The Stranger You Know

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

Today was quite a day. I have been bogged down with work. Hey that is a good thing. Why? Because I have a job. Some folks are unemployed or may be facing unemployment. I thank the good Lord everyday for the blessings he has bestowed upon me.

I called my Mum today. She is in San Diego staying with my sister. My recent trip there was mainly to drop her off. We started to talk about food. BTW my Mum is a VLCer. Hey that's a good thing. Her health is pretty good. Before she started that way of eating things were not that good for her. Now her health is much better. I don't think she would ever become a (ZC)er. Anyway we started to talk about Oxtails. My good fried Teri aka Cyber Mom made such a delicious dish of Oxtails at a dinner at her home at San Diego on my recent trip. My sister was in attendance at the dinner and she was impressed. Now my Mum was telling me that she and my sister was thinking of making them. Well, now I have Oxtails on my mind lol!!!

So who would have thought Oxtails would be a subject of attention. Not me. I am telling you good folks that these little morsels are oh so good. I do plan to make some soon. How? I dunno. I just might have to contact Cyber Mom Teri for her recipe. Ha!

Just a small story: This morning I was getting off an elevator and saw yet another former coworker from another department in the distance and waved to him. He really did not acknowledge me. That made me feel strange. I have always had a pretty good working relationship with him in the past and this little occurrence was odd. Well we were actually walking the direction and I caught up to him at an entrance to a hallway and I called him by name and he look at me amazed. He said "Wow David, I did not recognize you. I thought you  were a lost customer wandering around." Well that made me feel good. Why? Because that explained why he pretty much ignored my wave.

These types of incidents happen more and more often. Long time customers are shocked to see my transformation or coworkers from other departments have to take a double look. I have to say that it is really nice. So yes, I am "The Stranger You Know."

Have a Great Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC) Step Out of the Shadows



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4/26/2011 - Daily Update - Nature vs. Man Made

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are high.

I am really feeling the Love pure out from the folks posting comments on this little blog. It appears lately that a few folks are stepping up and voicing their opinions or outlooks on things. I think that is great. Hey come join the party lol!!!

I was hungry so I polished off a bowl of Beef Barbacoa with some of that Jalapeño hot sauce. I am fat and happy at the moment HA!

I still have tons of yard work to do. Jeez. Hey I am just being ............ well just being.

I am in the middle of trying to plan my next vacation for late June - early July. Yellow Stone is in the cross hairs, but who knows. Other candidates include Las Vegas, San Francisco and the Grand Canyon. So it is nature or man made? I am leaning nature. Could you have guessed?

Wherever we go I just want to relax and take it easy. I just want to enjoy Life.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. No Surrender!! No Retreat!!

(ZC) It's Where the Heart Is


Monday, April 25, 2011

4/25/2011 - Weekly Update - Oops I Did It Again

Greetings All. My Spirits are high. My Energy level are Great!

Today marks 44 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 3/28//2011 =? 4/4/11= ? 4/11/11= 186.8lbs 4/18/2011= 187.2 lbs 4/25/2011=185.4lbs

Wow, an all time low and almost down to my original goal weight of 185.0lbs. Amazing. Amazing indeed. I am so excited. Zero Carb is working it's charm.


Good People: Lend Me Your Ear: Zero Carb works. 

All I Do Is Eat, Eat and Eat. Can it get any easier. Oh yeah I forgot: I also smoke big nasty Cigars and Drink plain black Coffee aka Java. 

Exercise .............. No. Not at this time. When I do plan to exercise it will be for toning and fun. Maybe some Tae Bo.

I am having the time of my life. Everyday is sweeter than the day before.

Do yourself a favor. If you are thinking about going Zero Carb and have not yet decided .......... just go to my photo page and look at the pictures. I am actually a little smaller than the latest photos there. This weight loss has really been much too easy. Why? Jeez their is always one in the crowd. Let me see did I recognize that voice (voices again?)? It almost sounded like Teri with her hand covering her mouth so that I would not recognize it. Good try Cyber Mom. OK I know she knows the drill, but for those who don't I would like to clear things up a little if I may thank you so much.

The Statement: Zero Carb is Easy. It is easy because =
  1. All have to do is eat
  2. No Exercise Required
  3. Food Choices are limited (real limited)
  4. Go back to number 1
"Can it be hard Dave?" I see Teri is trying to cover all the bases. To answer that question. YES.  "How Dave?" OK Teri time to take the hand off the mouth lol! Good question by the way. Well it is an individual thing. Some folks that to it like a duck to water. Some folks just can't get  with the program. Many fall somewhere in between. For me it was pain on my left side of my stomach for about six weeks or so. I have had my GB taken out and it seems to be a common thing among those who are like me. The pain was very bearable. The big "D" is another factor. I think it is because of the fat intake at the start of Zero Carb. Hey I went through that. I guess for some getting off sweets real or artificial can be a deal breaker. No problem with me. 

I have told others and I will repeat it here again. You have to be mentally prepared or you will fail. I have seen it too many times. You have to plan ahead aka food preparation. Scout out your area for food friendly restaurants and such. In time it will be all second nature. 

I have become Zero Carb. Zero Carb has become ME. We are one in the same.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Never say Die!

(ZC) Make it a Habit 



Sunday, April 24, 2011

4/24/2011 - Daily Update - Happy Easter

Happy Easter All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are on the Up and Up!!

What a beautiful glorious Easter Sunday y'all! I got some good rest last night. I slept in late. I made breakfast for everyone.

First of all going back to last night. I put the Barbacoa (Beef cheek) in the crock pot with garlic and onions and covered that baby up. This morning the house was engulfed in that heavenly smell of the cooked Beef. Now that is a way a Zero Carber should have wake up too. Forget the morning cinnamon rolls.

OK back to this morning. I scrambled up a ton of eggs, and pan fried some of the Barbacoa, just to give it a little different taste and to firm it up. For the SADers in the house I made them taos and for ME I served a nice plate of eggs and Barbacoa. I put some homemade jalapeño hot sauce that I made yesterday. It is just fresh jalapeños that I fire roasted on the BBQ yesterday when I was grilling my emergency steaks. I put the cook jalapeños in a blender and puree them with a tap or two of oil.

The combination of the Barbacoa, eggs and the jalapeño hot sauce is out of this world. I was in pure ecstasy lol! Now I have a 10 /12 pound  Ham Shank in the roaster cooking away to be devoured by all later today. What side dishes will I make for the rest of the house? I dunno.

Have a Great (ZC) Easter my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Keep the Faith, Keep On Keeping On and Battle On!!!

(ZC) A Precious Gift


Saturday, April 23, 2011

4/23/2011 - Daily Update - The Alpha, The Omega

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

I got up really early this morning and have already eaten at the time of this post. I ate an omelet. Yes Dave we all know what an omelet is, but what consisted of yours? Wow do I have a spunky group today or what? Let me see ........ uummhh ..... I think I recognized that voice (voices?) and it appeared to be my new and very young (ZC) friend Sara. Well Sara to tell you the truth it was rather simple. It was made of Steak, Bacon, Pan Sausage, and of course Eggs. I had one small steak left in my stash. I fried up a couple of Jimmy Dean all natural (right?) Pan Sausage patties and three Rashers of Center Cut Thick Bacon. I then put all the meats on a cutting board and chopped them up. I left all the fat in the pan from the meats fried earlier and chopped up one small green onion (oh my) and sauteed it. I whisked three eggs in a bowl and added fresh cracked black pepper and a tap of garlic powder. I divided the chopped meat in half and put half up for another day and put put the other half in the pan with the green onions (oh my part 2). I poured the egg mixture over everything covered it and waited a few minutes. I then folded it in half and voilà Omelet ala Dave. How easy, how yummy indeed.

I am on the back patio enjoying a cup of Java and a big nasty cigar listen to birds singing and a nice classical music mix on the boom box. At the moment I am listening to: Concerto For Two Violins, Largo ma non tanto JS Bach

Yikes!!! I am totally relaxed without a care in the world. Peace my friends, Peace. Get some. I promise you will Love It. Love It Indeed.

It is bright an sunny and cool at the moment. (DW) informed me that it was going to be a hot day. Jeez. I have tons of yard work today. Later I will grill up some emergency steaks and put some beef cheek in th Crockpot for tomorrows first meal of the day: Eggs and Barbacoa (beef cheek) for you non-Texan types.Ha!

Wow, I am sssooo relaxed I don't think I can get my lazy butt up lol. You know just sitting in the patio listening to nature with the classical music and looking at the oh so many birds and squirrels running and flying around just reminds me of the privilege I have of both worlds. I also hear the wind as it blows through the trees and the wind chimes singing their own songs. I gotta tellya I am in heaven right here, in my own little Sanctuary. Serenity at its best in my little world.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. The Best is Yet to Come, Hang Tight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)ers The First, The Last


Friday, April 22, 2011

4/22/2011 - Daily Update - Good Friday

Good Friday. My Spirits and Energy levels are great.

Today is Good Friday. A very important day for catholics like me. My meal today will be fish. I love fish. I just pan fry it with seasoning. That simple.

I have lots of yard work to do this weekend. I will get a jump on it today. I did a little earlier in the week, but oh well. I love my little corner lot and I am very happy with it. If I had lots of money I would just hire some company to clean up. I would do the planting and other fun stuff like that.

I want to plant herbs. I just might try that maybe. Rosemary is one of my favorites. My Mum used to have a large bush of Rosemary in the old days. Fresh Basil is another favorite. Hey I am a spice person and nothing is going to change that.

So what is Dave going to eat on Easter Sunday. A big fat old fashioned HAM!!! You know the ones with the bone inside. YUM!!!! Yes Dave the "Enabler" will be making all the trimmings for the SADers in the house. Such is life.

I just might get a wild hair and cook that ham on the outside Q.............not! Hey it's already smoked.

I would like to take this time to thank GOD for all the blessings that he has bestowed on me. I am truly blessed.

Have a great Good Friday my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Keep the Faith!!!

(ZC) Never Forget



Thursday, April 21, 2011

4/21/2011 - Daily Update - A Response to Pro(ZC)ac

Happy Days. My Spirits and Energy levels are in flight. 

Today marks 10 months of Zero Carb. Yippee for me!!! 

I got a rather nice comment from Pro(ZC)ac yesterday. My response was rather long so I decided to use it as my posting for today. Thanks Pro(ZC)ac for the talking points.

Pro(ZC)ac said...
I understand the dynamics of Zero Carb and I follow it...
Now it is on auto pilot...
I have found my groove...
I can conquer any and all obstacles in my way...
Thanks Zero Carb for the continuous gifts...

Where on God's green earth do you get all these ways of saying things? You could convince a mad cow to go on ZC if you wanted...

Strangely, even with all the success of ZC, I am loosing the motivation to convince people to try it. Which was not the case when I was doing LC and VLC... and both were not the good way to go. But now that it works 100%... really...

I sometime imagine how calm I would be in front of someone that would try to convince me to go back to eating carbs; this brings a lot of peace and happiness in my soul.


Dave’s Response:

Where do I get all these ways of saying things? Well to tell you the truth it comes from the heart. Just call me the cardiac kid. I sometimes have to dig deep inside of how I feel. Sometimes it’s easy sometimes it’s hard. I really don't know from day to day.

You know it's not hard to lose the motivation to tell folks about (ZC). Folks are so geared into thinking "low fat", "high fiber" or good old “balanced diet” that we are the odd balls. You can convert “lc” or “vlc” close to lf or “hf” because of the variety of foods you can choose from. (ZC) is a whole other animal no pun intended. (ZC) is what it is, no substitute. Folks see my transformation and still don’t get it.

So give up on them? That is a hard one. Defend myself? Hell No! I don’t need to justify my way of eating to no one. A BIG FAT NO! Why? Well ……… let me see ……… uummhh can I find some? Oh that’s right I have over 70 pounds worth of reasons why.

At the end of the day it is hard to keep preaching to an empty church. Yet …. Way back on the last pew there just might be that one person slouched down …………. way down wanting too, hoping too, but just needs that little extra word ………….. a word of Encouragement. A word of Wisdom. A word of HOPE.

That is why I keep this Zero Carb Blog going. I have nothing for sale. There is no fame or fortune connected with it. Just when I think of closing shop, I have to sit back and think “What If” yes indeed “What If” I reached someone. If I helped someone open their eyes to a world of happiness and peace. A world of eating the way it was intended for us to eat.

These are some of the many things that push me to Battle On another day.

Have a Great (ZC) Day My Friends and Zero Carb Family. No Surrender!! No Retreat!!

(ZC)ers Live to Fight another Day


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4/20/2011 - Daily Update - Getting It Right

Good Tidings. My Spirits and Energy Levels are surging y'all!

Lock and Load. Rock and Roll. Hey I am on fire this day. I feel well rested and eager to get on with the day. Today is a toe tapping day. Ear buds on and jamming to the dance club oldies.

Hey I am not an expert by far. I understand the dynamics of Zero Carb and I follow it. It is really easy. So easy I can do it. I have read from time to time about folks having great difficulties with (ZC) and I really feel sorry for them. I understand that at the start there can be some discomforts. Hey I went through them, but after a while everything fell into place. Now it is on auto pilot. I am not special by far. I just got with the program and Battled On.

When I was on LC or VLC I was always struggling, wondering and trying to figure out things. Worrying about food most of the time. Now it's no big deal No big deal at all. I have found my groove and I am running with it my friends.

Stay strong, don't let the little things drag you down. Be proud of what you are doing for yourself. I don't care at all what others think when it comes to my way of eating, no not at all. I tell you what: as I was walking down the hallway this morning to unlock the door to my office, a gentlemen that I used to work with in a different department was coming off third shift. He approached me and put his arm on my shoulder and said "I still can't grasp the amount of weight you have lost". You know that just made my day. Isn't it incredible? Incredible indeed.

I gotta tellya I am so happy with myself, with life in general that I feel that I have the power to do anything. I can conquer any and all obstacles in my way. I feel in control of my life and no one is ever, ever going to make me feel other than that. No Way. Thanks Zero Carb for the continuous gifts. They keep coming and coming without an end.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Stay in the Fight, the Fight of your LIFE.

(ZC) Is Just the Start



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

4/19/2011 - Daily Update - Now or Later

Great Day All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are good.

Well things seem to get better all the time. I feel a great sense of peace. I am so secured with my way of eating. I don't give it a second thought. I got a lot questions asked to me on my trip to San Diego by family. Everyone was amazed on how different I looked just from January. I mean I got compliments out the who ha!

I had a TSA screener take a double look from my passport picture from 2008. I told him "I have lost over 70 pounds" wow the look on his face was "Priceless". It felt oh so good or should I say great!!

I bought a book to read on the plane on the way back. Was it Gary Taubes? No. Was it related to Zero Carb in some manner? Not really. So what was it? "The Art of War". Why? Just because. Because? I dunno. I guess I always wanted to read it.

So anyone out there thinking about starting Zero Carb? Yes? No? Maybe so? It is so easy I would not have believed it. I wish I could have started it 25 years ago or more. Now is the time. It will never get better and may get worse. So the Later you wait, well lets just say it won't get any better. This is the way nature intended us to eat. Believe it or not. I can't see myself ever going back to SAD. No way.

Zero Carb has made me powerful. It has brought me Peace. It has brought me Joy. There is not a day that goes by that I don't receive a compliment from someone at work. Folks are just amazed at the weight loss and even more amazed at the way I lose it. Meat? Fat? Water? No way. YES WAY!!! All I have to do is look in the mirror. The Truth is There. Hey if you don't believe me just click on the photo page and see my pictures. They do indeed say a thousand words.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. No Surrender!! No Retreat!!

(ZC) Don't Hesitate


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

Monday, April 18, 2011

4/18/2011 - Weekly Update - Time for Change

Greetings All. My Spirits are high. My Energy level is OK.

Today marks 43 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 3/28//2011 =? 4/4/11= ? 4/11/11= 186.8lbs 4/18/2011= 187.2 lbs

I am up a little form my last Weekly Update. Not much at all. I did eat quiet a bit more than usual this weekend with the Meat Up and Birthday dinner back to back. No worries here. I had tons of fun this past weekend in San Diego. I ate like a King on Friday and Saturday.

Friday was the San Diego Mini Meat Up. Teri cooked up a storm.

Gaby, Dave and Teri

Lamb, Kobe Beef Burgers and Chicken Pesto Sausage

Cornish Game Hens

Oxtail ala Teri

Beef Rib Roast

Teri's "Circle of Life" work of Art.

The Best Dish in the House

Life just does not get better than this. We had so much fun talking and eating. Teri and her husband Bob were the best hosts ever. Gaby helped brighten the event with her positive attitude and insight. We were like old friends and family at a holiday event. I swear I felt as I have known these folks all my life.

That Saturday I celebrated my nephew's birthday. He was in town with his wife and son. His son happens to be my godson. The last trip I made to San Diego was for his baptism and birthday. 

I was staying with my sister. The whole purpose of the trip was to drop off my Mum to San Diego so she could spend some with my sister and her family. That Sunday we all went to church to celebrate Palm Sunday. After that I we went out to eat. I had Steak and Eggs. 

I Tell You What: I ate enough in those three days to last a week. I should be up 3 or 4 pounds lol!!! I did so much is so little time. A jam packed extended weekend indeed.

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

(ZC)ers Here  and There


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

Friday, April 15, 2011

4/15/2011 - Daily Update - Time to Fly

Greetings All. My Spirits and Energy levels are good,

In just a little while I will be airborne to San Diego. YEAH!!! I plan on having a grand time. It will be a very short trip and before I know it I will be back home. Hey I love my home too so that is defiantly a good thing.

It will be a very short trip. It is really to drop my Mum off. So by Sunday evening I will be right back home. The neat thing is that will will celebrate my nephew's birthday. He and his wife and son, which is my Godson will all be there. Let's not for get about the San Diego Mini Meat Up 2. So for a short trip I am getting a lot of bang for the buck.

I am just gonna try to relax and enjoy. I wish that I could sleep on the plan. I have flown quite a bit in the past and yet have I ever slept. Well what can you do. Ha!

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

(ZC) Gulf Coast to West Coast


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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

4/14/2011 - Daily Update - There Is Hope For Me Yet

Hello. My Spirits and Energy Levels are up, up and away!

I have to say Great Mood does not describe my feelings today. I feel great and optimistic that today will be a great day indeed. I anticipating my trip to San Diego. I can't wait to see my Godson. I don't have kids myself so I treasure the times I spend with family.

"Take me High, Take me Low, Take me where I want to go. You can't take my Joy from Me. Since I found Serenity."

It is strange when I reflect on my past eating habits. What shaped my way of eating at that time. I can tell you one thing: My Mum always tried to provide us with the most nutritional meals available at the time and within our budget. So yes she made to the best of her knowledge of balanced meals. She rarely served or bought what was considered and still is junk food. If my Mum was armed with the knowledge that she has today we would have been eating LC to VLC. She understands and practices it herself. I introduced it to her years ago when I stared it and she got on the band wagon and has never gotten off. She is at a good weight and for the most part pretty healthy. She is over 70 years old. 

So where did Dave go wrong when he left the NEST? Well I dunno. I really don't. Well ....... I guess I really do. I just did not care what I ate. I ate everything and anything really. Really? Uhhh ...... yest I just said really duh. Don't ask. Anyway I guess I just start to explore the horizons out there. I discovered Chinese buffets and that was no blessing. For years that was one of my main targets for eating out. In this part of the country where we have tons upon tons of restaurants in almost every variety available, eating out was only limited to your budget. Hell I used to find buffets under $4.00 all day long. Jeez what a nightmare.

Now, after wondering over 46 years in the wilderness the Good Lord has provided me with the path to a righteous way of eating (WOE).

"There is hope for me yet

Because God won’t forget

All the plans he’s made for me

I have to wait and see

He’s not finished with me yet"

~Brandon Heath~
Wait and See

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

(ZC) Take Me to a Higher Place


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

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

4/13/2011 - Daily Update - New and Improved

Greetings All. My Spirits and Energy levels are soaring.

I have got to say that I am very perky today! I have good vibrations flowing through this old body. I am really getting back into the Grove of things aka "When Dave Got His Grove Back". Now that's what I am talking about don't you know!!

Hey y'all I feel a good resurgence of Energy and Enthusiasm. Did I ever lose it? Well .......... no, not really ......... at least I don't think I did. I just feel a little more extra dedicate if that makes sense. OK I think I am going down a path that really leads to Where?

Now that I have confused everyone including myself I will move on. Hahaha!!! (that strange laugh again) (Oohh those voices again too). Yikes........... stop the madness already!!!

Yes, I was have a little fun lol. Ya know I'm Weird like that.

I guess the message that I am so desperately trying to convey is that my outlook and attitude is I guess for the sake of a better words are New and Improved.

How is that Dave? How is it new and improved? Where we getting "old and funky" all this time? Wouldn't ya know there is always one in the crowd and from the sound of the voice (voices??) I believe it is my old (ZC) family member Lisa Maree.

Well, before I answer her question I would like to say to her "Hi, how are you doing my friend and family member?" Furthermore "I hope all fares well with you." Now for the nitty gritty of the question posed. How? How indeed. Yes, some may call me crazy, .....crazy like a fox (ha I snuck that one in lol) but, I disagree (with the crazy part). Anyway I was off beat for awhile. I did not quite feel myself after the hand injury and missing the Meat Up in Dallas. It was like a double barreled shot to the gut. I did really feel off balanced.

Now that I have successful scared off half the folks that visit and comment here I will move on.

Well I do have to make a comment. I have recently noticed more folks commenting. That's a Good thing. It helps me keep enthusiastic about keeping this Blog Alive. To tell you the truth I am facing a time where I really want to spend more time alway from the screen and more time enjoying life, which includes nature.

 I do want to get a couple of dogs and when that happens, well lets just say I will be here much less and out and about enjoying free time with them on the nature trails, waling paths and along the waterway. It will be a good while before that happens. Speaking about dogs: My brother suggested getting two females and I totally agree. He has had dogs all his life and is well read and experienced on the subject.

Have a Great (ZC) Day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. No Surrender!! No Retreat!!

(ZC) Devotion


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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

4/12/2011 - Daily Update - Yesterday All My Troubles........

Top of the Morning All. My Spirits and Energy are "Sky Rockets in Flight!"

I gotta tellya I am feeling like a Million Bucks today! I got up with a Surge of Energy like no other. I am in such a great mood today, I don't think nothing can bring me down.

Now my little head is thinking how to cash in those million bucks? Hahaha!!! Right? Yeah Right.

So yesterday I went on the hunt at HEB. Well it looks like meat prices are slightly up in some areas and actually down in others. I bought my Fatty Beef Brisket @ $1.78lb down for $1.98lb. I bought a 3 pounds of Ground Chuck @ $2.66lb a little up. I don't remember the previous price, but I want to say it was cheaper. So there you go. Oh almost forgot I bought some fish. I can't offhand remember the name but it is a mild white fish that has the word stripped in the name. I know that I have not tried it before. I usually stick to Tilapia, but I wanted to try something new and it was only a little a pound I want to say $2.88lb.

I ended up cooking the Fatty Beef Brisket in the oven. I was temped to put it on the BBQ, but I got lazy. Oh well what can you do? This was a 14 pounder. I cooked it at 400 degrees for 4 hours to see how it would come out. I would have cooked it for only 3 hours in the past. Hey I like to experiment.

I did not weigh in this morning. Why? Because I have decided to only weigh myself on Mondays. I will continue to give my Weekly Updates on Mondays with the weigh in. I just don't feel the need to do the "Battle of the Ounces" or "The Bounces in Ounces" on a daily basis. I did use the scale to help me lose weight on most of my Journey. At this point I think I have it down on what to eat and how much.

I can't wait until Friday. Why?  Because I get to visit my family int San Diego. Well I should say both my families in San Diego. My Sister and her family, and my Zero Carb Family. The Best of Both Worlds. I am excited to see my Godson. YES!!! It will be an extremely short trip, but I need to save my vacation time for a little later this year. If all goes right we will visit Yellow Stone National Park.

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

(ZC) See Ya

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, April 11, 2011

4/11/11 - Weekly Update - Back in the Saddle Again

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy Levels are on the rise. 

Today marks 42 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 3/28//2011 =? 4/4/11= ? 4/11/11= 186.8lbs

Hey I am really trying to get back in the swing of things. I have all kinds of things going on on the home front that are pulling me in all kinds of directions. Hey that is OK, who doesn't? 

I had a grand time at The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival. I spent about 3 hours there looking at all the neat exhibits and things for sale. I listen to some really good music. I did not bother with the food. I ate at home before I left and got a bite to eat later in the day at home. No Americas Brunch after all. I end up doing some light yard work. I spruced up the back patio area. It really needed some Spring Cleaning. I need to weed out my poor little garden in the backyard. Jeez don't get me started on that. OK if you insist. I have a ton of leaves, pine needles and various tree debris to clean up. I have to approach it like Zero Carb, one day at at time. If I do a little everyday, I won't be overwhelmed on the weekend. So Dave has a date everyday this week with the backyard lol! I hope (DW) does not get jealous. Hahaha!!!

I am planing to keep pushing forward. Keep a positive light on all things. What else can I do? I am so thankful for this way of eating and all the joy it has brought me. I will continue to keep a good head on and give positive support to those who seek it. 

Today I had an all time low on (ZC) = 186.8lbs

Have a great day my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Keep On Keeping On and Battle On!!!

(ZC) How Low can you Go

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

Sunday, April 10, 2011

4/10/2011 - Daily Update - A Walk in the Park

Greetings All. My Spirits and Energy levels are good.

What a great day in The Woodlands. Dear Wife (DW) and I took a nice morning stroll around the huge pond across the street. There were plenty of folks fishing. It is supposed to be catch and release, but somehow I doubt that really happens.

I slow cooked Beef Cheek last night, I gotta tellya that is one of my all time favorites. YUM. In Spanish it is called "Barbacoa". I bought mines at Wal-Mart. One day I will do a Step by Step in the recipe page. After we got home from our walk I took the meat out of the Crockpot and pan fried it a little and then made some scrambled eggs on the side. (DW) opted to have a breakfast taco and of course I ate it as is on a plate. OMG it was sssoo good!!

Packeged (stock photo)

Ready to cook right out of the package (stock hoto)

Cook in the Crockpot and ready to shred and eat (stock photo)

So we ate and talked and had a good conversation. I did put a splash of hot sauce and chowed down like big dog.

We are now making a recipe from Linda Sue's Low Carb Recipe website. My (DW) loves her Orange Sour Cream Cakes. So I "The Enabler" am helping her make it. She is not much into cooking and it is second nature to me. We just popped them into the oven and they will be ready in about 20 minutes or so.

I ended up doing some yard work yesterday, so today I will stop by the Waterway and enjoy The Woodlands Art Festival solo.

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

(ZC)ers Eating Good in the Hood



Saturday, April 9, 2011

4/9/2011 - Daily Update - Winds of Change

Greetings Friends. My Spirits and Energy Levels are good.

First of all for those who did not read the "Open Comments" page, this is a response to Sara. It was so long I decided to use it as a regular post. Thanks Sara for the talking points.

Hi Sara, well thank you for your kind comments, I do have to say I am thankful for all the positive comments that folks have given me at ZIOH and here. It gives me strength to continue to write.

I really don't know much about your forum I believe it is DC if I am not wrong. BTW on my blog it is not taboo to mention them by name. This is my personal blog and no one should feel that they should hold back as long as you are respectful. Hey I don't bite lol! I don't have any personal problems with them and I am sure it is a group of decent folks trying to do their best for their health.

At this time I am only writing my daily updates here, where I have total freedom to write how I feel and how I interact with a family of (SAD)er's at home without having to worry about offending other members. I don't go out of my why to do so, but some are sensitive about certain issues and I don't feel that I should have to alter or edit my chronicles to avoid hurting their feelings like I had to in the past. I can write here and they can read it or not. It is their choice. The last thing I want to do is offend someone on the forum. I will only post supportive comments and give some general updates that are not posted here. They are my Zero Carb Family and for now I have no reason to withdraw my membership.

If I had more time I would post a lot more at ZIOH and I would consider joining DC to see what they are all about. For now this blog consumes much of my time. I still have not launched my Zero Carb Recipe Blog (sigh). That weighs heavy on my heart. So thanks for the invitation. It will be something to consider in the future. I am always interested in other points of views.BTW I did get your email in the past concerning this issue.

Now to other important things: I am very happy to read that you are also getting that feeling of Wellbeing. Isn't Grand!!

I will try to keep this place open. At times I almost want to just walk away and catch up on other things. But I won't. IF this blog just helps one soul, it is worth all the time and effort I put into it. I know it does not look like much, but believe it or not I put a lot of time into it and I am always thinking of ways to improve. That is my nature. Hey I am weird like that.

Sara all I can tell you is to read all you can about Zero Carb and make your own decisions. You have to convince yourself that this is the right path to health and once you accomplish that there will never be a need to get the "approval" of those around you that think you are an outcast for not eating (SAD). It is what it is. We are the weirdos to the rest of the world at least when it comes to our way of eating (WOE). Hey I am just weird all the time lol! Yes, that was a joke.

You along with many other good folks tend to humble me. I get all these nice things said about me and I feel that I don't really deserve them. Once again Thank you very much. Battle On!!!

Have a Great (ZC) my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Don't Delay, Give Your All Today and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)ers Ahead of the Curve



Friday, April 8, 2011

4/8/2011 - Daily Update - A Call to Arms

Good day all. My Spirits and Energy Levels are soaring.

Well I got the news a minutes ago that my best friend will not be able to go The Woodlands Art Festival with me due to some last minute work he was scheduled to do. Well what am I to do? Stay home? Mope? .............. What to do, what to do, what to do? Go any way? No.................not!

Heck yeah I will go by myself. I'm a big boy........ well not as big as a few months ago, but you get the message. I plan on having more fun than the law allows. I just don't know if I will go on Saturday or Sunday.

 Life is good, and it can be great. It is up to us to make the choices that will get us to that point where we want to be. I am not perfect by far. I have made many mistakes and will make many more, but I am confident that when it comes to Zero Carb that I a near to where I want to be in my endeavor.

Just embrace life and let it give you all the things it has to offer. I used to resist and shy away from doing what is right and going the easy route. Sometimes doing the "right" thing seems difficult or even boring. Hey I am definitely not talking to everyone, but we know who we are and we have the power to pull it together and get on with it..........we sure do.

I have a little work and a little play this weekend and I intend to live it to the fullest if that means to take a slow boat to nowhere or if that means to play a game of tennis. I just does not matter. JUST DO IT!

Have a Great (ZC) Day and Weekend my Friends and Zero Carb Family. Stay Strong, Live Long and Keep On Keeping On!!!

(ZC) Together we Stand, Together we Fall



Thursday, April 7, 2011

4/7/2011 - Daily Update - Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

Good Day All. My Spirits and Energy Levels are on the launching pad!

What a great day to live in the life of a Zero Carber. I left a comment on the Comments Page saying that I am amazed at the comments left there. Thanks again and feel free to Voice your opinions on anything what-so-ever.

I have a big, big weekend coming up. I will be attending The Woodlands Art Festival either Saturday or Sunday. I will find out this Friday.

I am really coming together y'all. Starting next Monday I will start posting my Weekly updates. I weighed myself today for the first time in awhile and I was pleased with the results. Sorry no previews. Sorry to be a tease.

Are you ready for some preaching? Well the topic of my sermon today will be the evils of Dairy. I gotta tell you did I have you going or what? Evils of Dairy?  Yes. Sermon...............not!

OK,  so I had a little fun. Hey fun is good. Try it. You will definitely like it or maybe even love it. HA!

Do I hear an AMEN?

I think Dave is on some kind of Loco Texas Juice (Those voices AGAIN!).

Getting back to The Woodlands Art Festival, I plan on eating at Americas for Brunch with my best friend if we go on Sunday. If we go on Saturday I plan on stoking up the grill and chow down on some steaks. Either way I will be eating good in the hood lol!

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

(ZC) More Fun than the Las Allows



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

4/6/2011 - Daily Update - Open to All

Greetings. My Spirits and Energy levels are great!

I just want to say Thanks to everyone that stops by and leaves a comment. It is nice to know that this little spec on the WWW is reaching someone and just maybe took a part to change someone's Life or help give that little extra push in the "right direction".

Hey I am just a common man on a mission. I am dedicated and focused on the issue on hand: MY HEALTH. That is it. Nothing special about that. I do what I deem right by Zero Carb and I have reaped the rewards. That simple. That simple indeed.

OK, no more preaching on not obsessing about what we eat. At the end of the day we all have to make that choice and I choose LIFE. It has to come from within to make any sense at all. You have to want it bad enough to look at it with clear eyes and say "enough is enough". Today Will Be the First Day for the Rest of My LIFE!

I gotta tellya that sometimes I read quotes that deliver such a positive straight forward message that they should be  read by those that need inspiration and those who appreciate positive messages. Here are a few:

“The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.”

“Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter. Don’t spend it by dwelling on unhappy things.”

"Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

I really enjoyed these quotes and thought I would share. I added a new page on the the blog titled "Open Comment" I get emails thanking me and asking questions. Hey I don't know a whole lot about much. So if you would like to post a message to me or just make a statement or simply say "HI", there is a new space for that. It can be about anything. It does not have to pertain to Zero Carb. Try it out. Shout a message to another person that comment like: Thanks for the info Pro(ZC)ac, Dave was lacking in that area lol! I don't mind. I only ask that folks be respectful. That's not much. Use it or not. It is there and up for grabs. It is a place where you can have a free voice.

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

(ZC) A Place I Call Home



Tuesday, April 5, 2011

4/5/2011 - Daily Update - Some May Ask WHY

Greetings. My Spirits and Energy Levels are High.

I feel Great! Was that Tony the Tiger? Life is Great. I get to start another Zero Carb Day without a care in the world about my Way of Eating (WOE). I am going to keep on pushing this message today and maybe the rest of the week about obsessing  about what a  Zero Carber should eat. Yes, I will be a broken record indeed.

Why? Don't get me started ....... or should I? Yes, yes I should. Look my Friends and Zero Carb Family this is an oh so important issue that can't possibly be discussed in one, two or even three or more postings. Why? Jeez not again with the "Whys". Yes again with the "Whys" because I will tell you why that's why. I think I just confused myself lol!

 "To the point Dave, why don't you?" OK y'all, pushy is not good. Anyway, OK. Eating is a major issue with us. Until you get the epiphany that it is second nature, like I posted before: like breathing or drinking a glass of water, you will be wondering about choices, types and ways to cook it and so on and so on. It can drive you Wild or Crazy. Take it easy there.

In a nutshell Zero Carb = Meat+Fat+Water= What you consume. Wow was that easy or what. Do yourself a favor. Eat fatty beef, Drink water and drop all dairy and salt at the start of Zero Carb. I am personally not in the ween yourself off camp. IMO go for broke. Change your Life. Give yourself a New Healthy Chance on LIFE.

If you can do that for (6) six months you will see results. What kind of results may vary.

  • Weight Loss
  • Inches Loss
  • Certain Health Issue Lessen or Disappear
  • The List can be Endless
The best result of all: An overall sense of Wellbeing. For me it is Peace and Harmony. I Love Life more than Ever. I Cherish each day. I Love Myself. Now I Can Love Others. I have the tools to do that now. Nothing fake, all real. All ME. (WYSIWYG).

So don't obsess over what to eat. Worst of worst it can drive you away from Zero Carb and back to your comfort zone of the not so wonderful world of carbs. Don't do that to yourself. Never.

See, I had a point somewhere in all those "Why's". Oh no not again lol! Look ........... I just want to make it clear that from my experience it is not worth wondering "WHY".

I'm no Nutty Professor, but I have common sense and so do you.

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

(ZC) That's WHY


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