Saturday, January 31, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 7

7 days down and feeling really proud of myself. I had a very exciting day. First of all I got some really good rest last night. I went to sleep at a better time and got up at 6:30 this morning, then I went back to sleep for a couple of more hours to finally wake up at at 8:30.  The little extra sleep felt good. A few minutes after I woke up a friend called me and said that he was going to be teaching music lessons at a local music store and would be free for a lunch at 1 pm. I told him that I was avoiding carbs and that if it would be OK to eat wings. He was good with that. I decided to fix something to eat, So I ate a typical breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausage. Then I took care of some things around the house and before I knew it, it was time to meet my friend for lunch. I was not really hungry. I picked him up and we went to Buffalo Wild Wings and split a 20 piece basket. I told the waitress that I did not want any sauce on my wings. No big deal, they came as I wanted and were really good as is. My friend was very supportive. I drank plain ice tea and water. All in all it was a great day. We had a sunny morning then an overcast afternoon. So far I am holding strong. No cravings at all today. I had small drop on the scale today as well. I guess that is about it for today.

Morning fast: No morning fast today

1st meal:3 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, 6 oz of pan sausage, coffee and water

2nd meal: 10 large wing portions, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
258 lbs

Friday, January 30, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 6

I can't believe it's been 6 days without a cheat. I can't remember the last time I went 6 straight days without eating intentional carbs. Some foods will have trace amounts of carbs and that does not bother me. I really want to thank Denis, Teri and Tom for their great advice. If my weight goes up or down at this point it is no big concern. I know in the big picture my body will naturally adjust to it's proper size. I just need to finally get rid of the carbs and condition it to a healthy state. I look at it as if my body is beat up and it is in the healing process. It will take awhile for the process to shift in a positive way. In the meantime I will not get discouraged if I do not see weight loss. Believe me I have a whole different attitude than that of the past. You could say that my views about zero carb have matured. This is not a race and I will get there when my body is in the right condition to get me there.

I like my eating patterns right now. My morning fast is not really all that new. I really don't like eating in the early morning. If I am hungry in the morning I will eat. I really don't know if black coffee is really affecting my addiction to carbs. I might think of lowering my consumption of it, but I don't think that I will ever really consider giving it up totally. I know that I will not give up iced tea. I do drink it plain without anything added to it. I will consider not weighing myself. To tell you the truth it does not discourage me at all. In fact seeing that I am somewhat stable is really good. I have been gaining weight at a rate that has made me really concerned. My main concern is breaking down and giving in to an impulse to satisfy an unexpected carb craving. I did not have any cravings today. I am also considering just eating beef in one form or another during the work week and eating other proteins on the weekends such as chicken, seafood, pork, eggs and so on. I have decided that while technically dairy is somewhat accepted with the zero carb way of eating, I will stay away from it except in the form of butter. I do enjoy a bulletproof coffee every now and then. These things I limit to eating on the weekends and see from there. I think this is good start. At this point going strict water and beef might push me too hard. No change on the scale at this point. That's it for now.


Morning fast: water, ice tea and black coffee

1st meal:14 ounces of medium well pot roast

2nd meal:14 ounces of medium well pot roast

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
259 lbs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 5

It feels good to get another day without carbs over with. I got some good rest last night. My stomach feels good. I hope I have seen the last of the runs. No change in weight, but I do feel like my clothes fit just a little better. I had a small test at work today. A lady was retiring and they set up a big cake and a lot of high carb snacks like chips and cookies. I was invited several times to go and get a slice of cake. I just said no. Then I gathered my things to leave for home and while walking down the hallway right in front of the door leading to all the carb goodies two ladies standing at the entrance of the room invited me in to have some cake and punch. I polity explained that I was trying to lose some weight and one of the ladies said if I didn't want cake that I was welcomed to some punch. I just smiled and said no thank you and kept walking. I was glad to get out of there. I can imagine how miserable I would had been if I would have broken down and ate the cake and drank the punch. This may seem like a trivial event to most people, but it was a milestone for me. Again no real weight change on the scale. I am really happy to be moving forward. That's it for now.

Morning fast: water, ice tea and black coffee

1st meal: about 14 ounces of medium well pot roast

2nd meal: 16 ounces of chicken wings

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
259 lbs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 4

Today was another tough day for me. I got some sleep but not enough. Tonight I will sleep like the dead. Everything started good this morning. I ate my first meal a little earlier than I anticipated. That was nothing much to worry about. Work was uneventful. I was good and hungry when I got home. I made some bacon, eggs and pan sausage. I felt confident that the diarrhea was over with and I did not plan on eating any of the pan drippings like I did last time. This is where things went wrong. A little after I ate my stomach began to rumble a bit and I had some slight cramps. It was nothing overwhelming, just more annoying. I thought to myself that I knew better than to jump into another greasy meal so soon after recovering from my bout of diarrhea yesterday. At the moment I feel OK after a few trips to the restroom. I am hoping for a more peaceful night. My stomach is still a little queasy at the moment. Just a minute ago I actually had a brief moment of wanting something sweet. I just laugh at myself and thought no way am I going to do something like that. Not after suffering these last two days.  I can't believe it is almost the end of day 4. Like Teri, Denis and Dave have advised me I know that I am adjusting to the change and that weight loss is not a big concern. I really just want to level off and start to enjoy all the benefits I remembered having in the past few tries at eating zero carb. I know I will get there one day at a time. Also I am drinking more fluids to balance out my trips to the restroom. No change in my weigh in this morning. That's it for now.


Morning fast: water, ice tea and black coffee

1st meal: about 14 ounces of medium well pot roast

2nd meal: 3 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, 8 oz of pan sausage

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
259 lbs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 3

Today was a little rough. Not on the eating part. It was the physical part. Later yesterday after I posted I began to feel nauseous. I think I can contribute that to the amount of fat I ate at my second meal. If that was not bad enough I had diarrhea most of the night. This resulted in very little sleep. I did not mention yesterday that I did not get much sleep because of the excitement of everything going on with starting this diet. After I got home today I made some chicken salad from some left over chicken. It was a combination of light and dark meat and mayo. It was plain and good. I grew up eating chicken salad and really enjoy it. The only real thing missing was the green onions. I would had put some in, but I was all out. After I ate I laid down and fell asleep. I just got up before posting right now. I am glad that I did not sleep until the morning and skipped posting here. This journal is very important to me. I am approaching zero carb in a different light and a different understanding thanks to the advice of Dave and all the reading I have been doing. I will probably stay up for a couple of hours  and prepare for tomorrows meals as much as I can, then catch up on some much needed sleep that I have missed the last two nights. Besides feeling tired everything seems alright. I was so tired today at work I did not have time to crave carbs. Just joking. I noticed a nice drop in weight. I am sure that that came from having the runs all night. That's it for now.

Morning fast: water and black coffee

1st meal: about 14 ounces of medium well pot roast

2nd meal: 16 ounces of homemade chicken salad

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
259 lbs

Monday, January 26, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 2

Today was a pretty good day. I managed to make it without cheating. I weighed myself to find out that I gained 2 pounds. That did not discourage me and I will continue to weigh myself every morning for measurement of my weight. As long as I eat the right way the weight will come off. I ended up fasting in the morning drinking water and some black coffee. I work very early in the morning and did not feel hunger until around 11am. I made some pot roast last night and had it for my first meal. I was surprised how long it held my hunger. I had some errands to do after work and did not get home until around 5:30 pm. I cooked some ground beef in a pan. I just crumbled it. I added two slices of bacon. I put the meat into a bowl leaving the drippings and juice in the pan and added butter. I fried two eggs easy over and then dumped the whole thing on top of the meat. In retrospect I could have eaten a little less for my second meal. At least I could have skipped the eggs. The ground beef was about a pound more or less. I told a lady friend at work what I was doing and she was very supportive. She knows that I have been trying zero carb on and off. I think I overate a little tonight in fear that I may have some carb cravings. Now that I have eaten the meat, eggs and fat drippings, I feel really full with no desire to eat anything more at all. Dave once told me not to be afraid to overeat in the beginning of zero carb and that things would balance out. I have been down this road before and know the drill and have been successful for a decent amount of time. I do understand what I need to do. The problem is following through with it. Today was a good day and I will take it at that and wait for tomorrow. Thanks again for the support.  That's it for now.


Morning fast: water and black coffee

1st meal: about 14 ounces of medium well pot roast

2nd meal: 1 lb of crumble ground beef, 2 bacon strips and two eggs

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
262 lbs

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 1

Hello everyone,

I am excited that Dave and Denis gave me another chance to use this zero carb blog to journal my experience on zero carb. I am not going to dwell in the past. Dave spoke to me about a subject that Denis wrote to him. About my failure to acknowledge my carbohydrate addiction. Denis is totally right. I can't move forward with that in the background. As anyone knows carbohydrates can be very addictive. I have spent the last couple of days trying to flush them out of my system by eating just beef and drinking lots of water. I really don't know if that will help, but it makes me feel good about the effort and a realization that carbs are killers. While I was off eating zero carb I ate lots of carbs. I would go back and forth eating carbs, then not. This combination backfired on me. I have now gained so much weight that I am miserable. As of today I weight 260 lbs. I am so ashamed of myself. Every time I would go off eating carbs I would load up on that last day thinking this is it, never again. With that justification I would eat carbs until I felt sick. Again I would justify it by telling myself it was the last time I would eat carbs. I feel so stupid with the way I would rationalize my addiction. I am praying that enough is enough. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am not just saying it. I really feel tired all the time. I am out of breath, all I want to do now a days is just sleep. I am so fat that my clothes don't fit right and I am ashamed of the way I look.

I plan to take it day by day. The only thing I will plan in the future is my preparation of meals. Dave has drilled it into my head that if nothing else, prepare meals ahead of time. Have plenty of zero carb friendly options available. He also said that being hungry is not a sin. If I find myself in a situation of eating carbs or no food, choose no food until I can find something friendly to eat. No excuses. This will be a challenge for me. Yet I am determined to give it my best shot. I am at rock bottom and have no where else to go. Dave wants me to have a simple format of what foods I ate and approximately how much. I told him that a daily weigh in would not bother me and would help me. I know that weight goes up and down and I not concerned that I will get discouraged about the numbers. I have always like the idea of a morning fast and do not get hungry until later in the day most of the time anyway. I guess I will mirror a lot that Dave did while he was losing weight. From what I read it agrees with me. I do like coffee and plan to drink it as I do know in the morning. I drink it black without anything in it. I will try to post everyday. That is it for now.


1st meal: 3 eggs, 3 bacon strips and 4 oz of pan sausage

2nd meal: 14 ounce ground chuck patty grilled

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
260 lbs

Saturday, January 24, 2015

1/24/2015 - A New Year, A New Start for All

Greetings all,

I hope all fares well with you and yours. I have to say that Denis has been doing a spectacular job at informing us on how healthy a Zero Carb diet can be by contrasting and explaining different views. I could not done a better job. To that I can only be in his debt.

2014 was not a really good year for me. Not in the realm of Zero Carb, but in my personal life. Lots of things have changed for me or are going to change. And like most of us we don't like change. Is the change good, bad or indifferent? Maybe a little of all of thee above.

OK, enough of that and on to more positive things. Hey this blog is about the positive experience of Zero Carb and the power it gives you. Power you say? Yes, POWER........real POWER!!!

Where has Dave been? What the heck is he talking about??? Has he finally gone off his rocker??? Off my rocker indeed!!! Also who said that?? Cyber Mom are you poking fun at me....again? HA!!!

Look-it: This Lifestyle is very important to me. It has saved my very LIFE. A few years ago I was on my way to a lot of bad health conditions such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Depression. The Zero Carb Diet or should I say Lifestyle changed all that for me and more...much, much more!

That being said I want to introduce an old friend of this board. He has been around and has struggled with his weight and needs help. He has tried Zero Carb and failed at least a couple of times. He even tried the Five Bite Diet and failed. Failure is not the end of everything. That is only if you stop trying. When you ultimately give up forever and cave in......well you have indeed failed.

OK, now for the old friend: you know him as Connor MacLeod have been coaching him as well as others through email and he wants another chance to document his Journey through Zero Carb here. As in the past he feels that it will aid him by doing so. How can I say no? As long as he honestly tries to do what is right, he will be successful. I told him not to be too fancy. I told him to post everyday if he can. Even just a sentence or two. He should put what, when and how much he ate. Also I want him to report his weight loss, either everyday or week. A Journal is a tool to reflect and rethink. So daily weigh-ins are not bad unless you get discouraged easily. It worked for me, but not everyone.

Although there has not been a lot of commenting going on here, I know a lot of you veterans are still around from the emails I get from you. Denis is in a class of his own and like me does not require or pursue fanfare of any sort. We feel an obligation to report what we know about a subject that we feel passionately about and that has had a personal effect on us. I am sure that Denis would agree to some extend if not fully on my statement.

So for Connor I give you this chance here to help you reach your dreams of good if not GREAT HEALTH.

Connor heed these words of wisdom:

Stay Strong, do not give in or up. Do not bend or break. Everyday is important. There is no such thing as a "Cheat Day". Feel passionate about this Journey. Be prepared every single day, if not...then improvise. There is never an excuse not matter how hard you try to convince yourself to go off the path. As in the past we have been in constant communication recently going over the tools for success. As I expressed to you, the greatest tool is always staring right back at you in the mirror. Determination and the lack of excuses will Win the Day for YOU!

Here is a little something to rekindles the emotion that I feel about this Lifestyle:




It's been a long road, getting from there to here.
It's been a long time, but my time is finally near.
And I will see my dream 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. And no one's gonna bend or break me.
I can reach any star.
I've got faith.
I've got faith, faith of the heart...........

I have to say that I love that song and the words really describe for me and many others the struggles we go through and the determination that we have to conquer them. I can't help but to feel up lifted every time I hear that song and read those words. Connor live that theme and you will be invincible!!!!

For many of us weight has been a life long problem. Zero Carb is not only a Diet, but a Lifestyle change. It will benefit anyone overweight or not. As my Good if not Great Friend Denis has shown there is so much more to this Lifestyle other than weight loss. You get abundant great HEALTH!!! It's never too late to rekindle that spark. If you have been on Zero Carb like Denis and I and stayed on the path: I Salute YOU! If you have fell by the wayside: I extend my hand to you and encourage you to dust yourself off and Battle On!!!

OK, back to Connor. I will set him up today and we should expect a first Journal entry tomorrow at the latest if not something latter today. No luck is needed Connor. Just follow the path to Great Health via Zero Carb and nature will take care of the rest.

One last thing: While Denis and I do not need feedback on our posts we understand that your appreciate the information provided by us, it would be nice for some of you to give Connor a little encouragement as you did in the past every now and then.

Have a Great Zero Carb day my Friends and Family. Live Long. Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Hear the CALL



Cheers,

Dave


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