Saturday, February 28, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 35

I  had a typical lazy Saturday. I felt rested and slept in a little. I did a little housework and a little yard work. Nothing too stressful. I then went online a did a little reading and watched some movies. Later my friend came over and we went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. Of course I went for the fajitas. I ended up sharing a fajitas for two with my friend. We got a mixed platter of beef and chicken. It was a lot of meat. This friend is used to my eating from the past and recent change that he does not even bother to ask why. He just goes with the flow. Anyway I had a really good time. So far my body feels really good and my attitude is growing strong everyday towards this new lifestyle. No movement on the scale today. Nothing else to report. I always appreciate the support that has been given to me here.


Morning fast: water

1st meal: 3 eggs scrambled with 6 oz of ham, coffee and water

2nd meal: about a pound of beef and chicken fajitas mix water and ice tea

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

2/28/2015 - Do you remember ME..........I will remember YOU

Greetings Friends and Family,

Wowzers!!! This little blog has been churning and burning as of late. My Good Friend and resident science expert Denis keep this little blog alive with his sharing of his experience in forms of experiments and his ongoing research in all things Zero Carb. I can never ever thank him enough and I can never mention it enough. 

OK y'all, I will get to the point of this post. There was a point??? Yes, yes there was.....or should I say is a point. HA! Well, OK then here it is: I was working on a series of "Blast from the Past" on the ZIOH forum before it closed. I had taken a little break from it during the holidays and later discovered that it was not available. So I have been thinking.......yes we all know by now that could be DANGEROUS when it comes to ME...Hahaha!!!!

Now what was my point??? Ahhh yes I had a point indeed! I have decided to start that very series of "Blast from the Past" here. I get emails asking me questions all the time with various questions in many different past posts. So that being said I will start from the beginning. I have all the posts I posted at ZIOH from "Blast from the Past" and will continue it with new posts when it catches up. 

Oh, forgot to mention one little thing. This will be a weekly posting, not a daily post like I was doing at the former ZIOH forum site. I will post on Sundays starting this Sunday. So there you go! I hope you enjoy this series. For those who did not read that series, it will be a re-posting of my Journal from the very start followed by my thoughts of the post and some insight of what was going on at that time. I guess you can call it my Observation of what was going on at the time. 

Have a Healthy Day my Friends and Family. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Never Forget


Cheers,

Dave

Friday, February 27, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 34

Today was another good day in the company of many others I have had the fortune of having. I feel really good even though I had that little episode yesterday of a craving for carbs. I have been doing some reading recently about wellness. Not just in the eating part, but in the whole body part to include a sense of well being. I have read many times where Dave has mentioned this in his journal. He describes a spiritual well being. I look a it in my way as a sense of calm. Feeling good about myself knowing that I am on the right path. Almost at the end of my shift my manager came into my office and offered me and my coworkers banana nut bread from Starbucks. He a big bag full of individual bags of  slices. I was the first one he approached with the bag and offered the thing that I most wanted in the not so distant past. It felt good to smile and say no thank you. That act of defiance was a very proud moment for me. For my first meal today I ate a little more. I did not want a repeat of yesterday. I might not have needed it. I just did not want to take a chance. No movement on the scale today. I will meet a friend tomorrow for lunch. I don't know what I am going to eat. I think chicken wings might be a good bet. Just plain with a little hot sauce on the side for a little dipping. Or perhaps somethings else. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 18 oz burgers and water

2nd meal: 18 oz burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 33

I had a pretty good day. I felt real good most of the day and then had a bit of a let down. I had what I call a slight craving for carbs. I don't really know if I should call it a craving. The reason being is that I had no intention of eating anything with sugar or any type of starch. I just kept thinking about something sweet. Just weird. I think I was just hungry. Shortly after that episode I ate my first meal and it was gone. So to the best of what I know I guess it was related to being hungry. To tell the truth I did not feel any real hunger pangs. Nothing else too note worthy today.No movement on the scale. Thanks for the support and a special thank you to Dave for his coaching. 

Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 12 oz burgers and water

2nd meal: 18 oz burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND LOW-FAT DIETS INCREASE LDL-CHOLESTEROL OXIDATION AND SUBSEQUENT ATHEROGENESIS

I just finished reading a fascinating article about a study, properly done that is of ABSOLUTE interest for anyone on a “no fruit-no vegetable-high fat diet” which is, as you know, in line with our Zero carb diet.

This study, from Finland, was published in 2005 in a prestigious medical magazine “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology” which was also presented to the American Hearth Association.

To make it short, it is known that LDL-cholesterol (the lipoproteins that deliver cholesterol to cells), has an important role in atherogenesis if they become oxidized.  The mechanism being that when “bad oxidized LDL” are being pick up by blood macrophages (the body's “debris cleaning cells”), it makes these macrophages more prone to penetrate the arteries inner layers, cause inflammation and, with time and accumulation, cause artery blockage. 

In other words, oxidized-LDL do increase speed of atherogenesis. This “oxidation process” is caused by the oxygen in our blood and the more the LDL contains unsaturated fat, the more they are prone to become oxidized. Of course, you understand that if the LDL contains a lot of delicate unsaturated fat, it is because one’s diet must be full of them, principally from cheap vegetable oils. Inversely, LDL made up principally of saturated fats will become less oxidized.

Interestingly, when the LDL are exposed to high blood glucose (which will cause a “glycation” reaction), these LDL also become more prone to oxidation.

All this said, the study investigated how dietary intake of fat, vegetables, berries and fruit would affect the blood level of oxidized-LDL. This was done with a cross-over dietary intervention with 2 diets, both LOW in total fat but one with LOW vegetable content, and the other HIGH in vegetable, berries and fruit.

As the searches said so well “ One of the major and UNEXPECTED finding was that these dietary changes INCREASED the level of oxidized-LDL”, which is a bad thing. And this is when they compared these levels with the base-line diet of the subjects, which contained higher levels of saturated fats.

Their initial theory was that  “natural sources of dietary antioxidants” would logically increased circulation levels of the “antioxidants” and thus offer protection from oxidation.

Again very interesting, ALL previous studies done in humans using “antioxidant supplementations” showed they do not reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. And, as it seems, getting antioxidants directly from fresh plant material seems to offer no special protection.

Also, “suprisingly”, as they say, having a low-fat diets did NOT reduce the level of LDL. And more “surprisingly”, the low-fat, low vegetable diet folks saw their good HDL-cholesterol go DOWN (not good).

In addition of the increased levels of oxidized-LDL, the plasma levels of Lp (a) went up 7 % and 9% in both group in response to the low-fat diet. Lp (a) is known as an independant risk factor of cardiac problems.

The searches conclusions are the considered anti-atherogenic diet (low in fat, and high in polyunsaturated fat and naturally occurring antioxidants) DO INCREASE oxidation of circulating LDL and promote vascular inflammation and artery blockage.

Now, think about the millions folks that will have their vegetables alongside their meat today thinking this is the recipe to good health….

Denis










Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 32

One month down and a lifetime to go. I am getting really enthusiastic about this new lifestyle. I can't believe that I just did not grasp the importance of a change for life. I was too caught up in losing weight. Now things are different. Losing weight is very important to me, but I look at it as a consequence of a healthy zero carb lifestyle. I know I will get to my designed weight by following a strict zero carb diet without cheats. Dave has drilled over and over again that cheating or cheat days are a formula for disaster. I will not fall into that trap or that fantasy that I am immune to such things. I have failed in the past because I opened the door to a place where I had no business to go. I have a positive outlook now and I am determined to continue down this road. I did not go to work today. I had some personal business to take care of with a friend. I will not get into that part of my life here. I ate me first meal at a restaurant and another one at home . Thank goodness for the abundant tex-mex places to eat here. I can always depend on grilled beef, chicken, shrimp and fish at most of these type of restaurants. I stuck to beef fajitas. I asked the waiter how they were made. He said they marinade them in a little lime juice, salt and pepper. It was all good. I gave all the extras to my lunch mate. the lunch we had was a little early around 11 am. I was not very hungry later in the day and had the last of the beef ribs. No move on the scale and nothing else to report at this time. Thanks for all your support and thanks again to Monica and Dave for your comments and support.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 12 oz beef fajitas and ice tea

2nd meal:  8 oz of beef ribs, water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 31

Those grilled burgers came out great. I followed a recipe I found online from Emeril Lagasse. It was simple and I happened to have all the ingredients. I will list them here.

EMERIL'S BURGER SEASONING:2 ½ tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons table salt, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 teaspoons ground mustard, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

I cut and pasted it from the web. It was simple and tasted really good. According to the recipe you put 2 teaspoons of the burger seasoning per pound of meat mixed into it. I added a little to the top of the burger as it was cooking for a little added kick. Nothing note worthy at work today. I had a half day in order to go to the dentist. All my teeth checked out great. I did not have any cavities. Although I had some plaque build up that needs deep cleaning. I guess that's from all the years of eating starchy foods and not visiting the dentist on a regular basis. One of my new years resolutions was to start going for regular visits as I did in the past and not let the plaque get to this state again. I had a good day without any cravings for carbs. I really enjoyed the meals I ate today. Going all beef during the work week is good so far. I don't miss chicken or anything else. I know on the weekend I will be eating something different. I really like eggs a lot and enjoy them for a weekend breakfast. Along with some kind of pork. Usually bacon. I want to give bacon and pan sausage a little break for now and might entertain pork chops with my eggs. Maybe some ham. I don't know right now. Sorry for posting real late today. I have some personal things going on that has been occupying my time right after work. Thanks everyone for your support. No movement on the scale today.


Morning fast: water

1st meal: 8 oz of beef ribs, water water and coffee

2nd meal:  12 oz of grilled burgers and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 30

I guess I can mark today as 1 solid month on zero carb. I feel really good right now. I had no cravings for carbs and I feel rested. I had no major events at work today. Funny thing happened at home after work. I started to prepare my outdoor grill to cook a bunch of burgers. So I started my gas grill on high in order to clean it off and kill anything on it since the last time I used it. After I lit it up I went inside. As I mentioned yesterday the weather around here is getting bad. It is cold and wet. The temperature is dropping a lot. It is in the high 30's. I was determined to use my outdoor grill because I can cook a whole bunch at one time and I like the taste. After a few minutes I went to check it and start to brush it off only to find out I ran out of propane. I was really disappointed. First I would not get that great taste of an outdoor grill and second I had to cook many mini batches on my indoor mini grill. It can cook up to 4 large burgers at a time. It took me hours to cook the 6 1/2 pounds of ground beef. Also it there is a lot more clean up when cooking indoors. I also cooked my second meal of the day on the indoor grill. It came out good, but I was also planning to use the outdoor grill for that too. One good thing came of all this is that my house smells of grilled burgers. That should knock out any temptation of wanting to cheat with carbs. Another day down without incident. This time around things are looking up. I am just taking my time adjusting and appreciating this new lifestyle. My body feels good, really good. I even feel a sense of calm. I don't know if it is the diet or knowing that I have a positive direction in my life to finally get myself in really good health. Although I had no movement on the scale, I have noticed that my tight clothes are starting to loosen up a little. Thanks everyone for your support.


Morning fast: water

1st meal: 8 oz of beef ribs, water water and coffee

2nd meal:  14 oz rib eye steak and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 29

Today was a nice slow day for me. Carb cravings under control so far. I ate the last of my bacon and sausage for now. I will take a break from that for awhile. I will continue to eat eggs on the weekend. Starting tomorrow I will go all beef during the work week. I still have plenty of beef ribs for now. I will probably eat ribs twice tomorrow. I had planned and grilling some hamburgers today, but changed my mind. I might do that tomorrow. The weather will be getting nasty in the next few days so tomorrow just might be good for grilling. I don't have enough ribs for the week. I can always pan fry a rib eye stead if need be. I got a good deal on some boneless beef ribs. I think they are just beef roasts cut into large strips for the most part. I got them for 2.77 a pound which is cheap around hear nowadays. I know they might be tough, so I am going to research how I can tenderize them without adding any kind of starch. I am sure I will find a way. No change on the scale today. Nothing else going on right now. I am just trying to focus on this new lifestyle. It is easy to forget how narrow the road is on this diet. I mean that although the diet is very specific there is a lot of distractions out there tempting those of us that are weak. I can be that kind of person if I am not careful. Dave has told me over and over again there is no such thing as a cheat day. It only means failure and I will have to start again and the chances of success is almost gone. I am trying each and everyday to be strong. So far I have been very successful. I plan on doing this for life for my health and well-being. 

Morning fast: water

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

2nd meal:  8 oz of beef ribs and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 28

I got some nice rest last night. I felt rested this morning. I did some light house work for a little while. Those beef ribs came out great. They were fall off the bone delicious. They really filled me up. I did not have to eat a lot to get full. They did have a lot of fat which I ate. My hands were really greasy. My stomach did feel a little queasy for a short period, but it went away quickly. I had a regular zero carb breakfast today. Today was another lazy Saturday for me for the most part. My body seems to adjusting well to this new lifestyle. Someone posted a comment on my last post asking about why I did not eat low carb. I really don't know why anyone would ask that question on a zero carb blog. Dave took care of it for me. I had some movement on the scale today and lost another half pound. That sums it up for me. Thanks everyone for your support. Almost one month down and this time around I am taking it day by day and I am just grateful for a complete day without carbs in my diet.


Morning fast: water

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

2nd meal:  8 oz of beef ribs and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
252.5 lbs

Friday, February 20, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 27

Another really great day. It was really great that I was able to eat two rib eye steaks in one day. What really made my day was going to the grocery store and picking up some ground chuck and two packages of beef ribs. I was so excited like a kid on Christmas. I wanted the beef rib to come out really tender. So I emailed Dave and asked for some tips. He told me to slow cook them in the oven in cooking bags over night on the lowest heat in my oven. He also told me to put some spices if I wanted. So I put some garlic powder, onion powder and season salt. I put the beef ribs in a roasting pan on top of the rack. I will cook them several hours and see how they come out. I intend to grill up the 2 packages of ground chuck into several patties. I don't know how many they will make, but I am sure it will be a lot. I can then freeze them for future use. This the plan I have to start eating only beef during the work week. I plan on eating other types of meat on the weekend and eggs. No movement on the scale today. Thanks for all of your support. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 oz rib eye steak and water

2nd meal:  14 oz rib eye steak and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253 lbs

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 26

Today was a normal zero carb day. Second day all beef. Not bad. I am ready for the weekend. Although it is supposed to rain a lot, I still plan to do some outdoor grilling. Most likely hamburger patties. That rib eye steak was great. I don't know if I could ever get tired of that. So far my body feels pretty good. My stomach is acting great. It's funny how hard it is to get used to limited choices in food. I so used to eating a great variety of foods and now I have a smaller selection to choose from. It actually makes food shopping really easy. I guess old habits are hard to break. Passing all those isles in the store with canned, packaged and boxed foods feels strange. Let alone all that stuff in the produce area. I still like to go by the cheese section. I like cheese but I know that I need to stay away from dairy at least while I am on the weight loss path. I was on that special assignment today again. I'm on it every Tuesday and Thursday. So a lot of walking again. I actually like it. It is not fast paced or anything like that. We are for the most part moving around and documenting and conducting field interviews. It's a nice little break from the norm. No movement on the scale. I a looking forward to getting some rest tonight. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal:  14 oz rib eye steak and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253 lbs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 25

Today was a much better day. I got some decent rest last night and I took a little nap when I got home. I am feeling really good. I hate the fact that I had cravings for carbs yesterday. I am just going to have to deal with it. One bright note is that I have decided to go all beef and water during the work week starting tomorrow. First I thought of waiting until next week, then I felt that I could start sooner. So, I chose sooner than later. I guess eating that rib eye steak today pushed me in that direction. I will not be able to eat rib eyes all the time. I will try to find cheaper steaks, roasts and of course ground beef. I have been watching some YouTube on how to tenderize cheaper cuts of beef either by cooking it certain ways or processing it certain ways. I will post what I do when and if I go that route. I know Dave has coached me on some things he did. Maybe he can post about it and do some step by step posts on it. I might start grilling burgers in batches. I am getting a little tired of crumbled ground beef for the moment. So on the weekends for now I will still eat typical zero carb breakfast. I might substitute bacon and sausage with a pork chop with eggs for breakfast. No movement on the scale today. Thanks everyone.



Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal:  14 oz rib eye steak and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253 lbs

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 24

I had a lot of trouble sleeping last night. I don't see how it has anything to do with zero carb. This made of a long day at work. I was tired and sleepy all day. I am still working on that special project which actually helped. I was out and about with a team and visiting various areas of our facility which is really big. I guess that's good because it kept me awake and engaged. Zero carb for me is really a day to day event so far. One day I am riding high and the next is anyone's guess. I say that because today I had a little struggle with carvings. It was nothing real big and I handled it OK. I just thought by now they would be in the past. I don't know if it had any connection with the lack of sleep. I plan to get a lot of rest tonight. One good thing is that I took out one of those rib eyes to defrost for tomorrow. I plan to eat it for my second meal. I can hardly wait. I had kind of a reversal of eating today. I ate crumbled beef at work, then when I got home I decided to make a breakfast type second meal. No movement on the scale today. Thanks for all of your support. 

Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal:  3 eggs, 4 strips of bacon, 4 oz pan sausage, coffee and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253 lbs

Monday, February 16, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 23

I was off today as I mentioned yesterday. I had to take care of some personal business. I still got up early and followed my normal routine. I always drink a nice glass of water first thing in the morning. It refreshes me and starts the day off right.  Then I put my coffee on and start to get ready for the day. I treated today like a weekend day as far a food selection. So I ate a typical zero carb breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausage. I call it breakfast although I did not eat it at traditional time for breakfast which is the morning for most people. That's why I adopted 1st meal and second meal and third meal if necessary. One thing I have noticed is that I am getting a grip about not wanting to grab fast food when I am out and about like I did before zero carb. I am patient and wait until I get home or eat the food I pack. Unless of course I plan to go out and eat and then I do that as careful as possible in order to avoid a situation that I have to make choices that my jeopardize my new lifestyle. I dropped another half a pound for a total of seven pounds lost in a little over three weeks with very little effort. Thanks for your support!

Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 4 eggs, 5 strips of bacon, 6 oz pan sausage, coffee and water

2nd meal: 1 lb crumbled ground beef and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253 lbs

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 22

Today was a nice light rainy day. Now I wished I went out yesterday. That's OK, there should be plenty of great days ahead with spring around the corner. I actually got out of the house for awhile to shop. I found some good deals on some ground beef. I feel pretty good today with all the rest from yesterday and a good nights sleep. My energy levels are great. I actually found myself doing some light housework and even made a trip to the attic. Now that's a lot for me. I will be off tomorrow to take care of some personal business. My office is open for president's day, so I had to take a vacation day. Nothing spectacular to report. Just feeling good and adapting well to my new way of eating. No movement on the scale today. 

Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 4 eggs, 5 strips of bacon, 6 oz pan sausage, coffee and water

2nd meal: 1 1/2 pounds of rotisserie chicken salad and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253.5 lbs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 21

Today marks three weeks on the zero card way of eating. I am so excited that I have went so long with only minor issues. It was a really nice day outside, but I decided to stay in for the most part and rest. I have recently posted that I live a sedentary lifestyle. It's true I don't exercise much at all. I have tried things here and there in the past and recent past, but it never adds up to much. Right now the most important thing to me concerning health is maintaining a zero carb diet. If I have plans to exercise in the future it is way off in the distance. I am taking this one step at a time day by day. I don't want to jeopardize the progress I have made so far. Besides the few bouts with the runs a few incidents with cravings things are good. I really feel real good. I guess it could be described as relaxed. I am not worrying about what I am going to shove in my moth the next minuet or anything like that. I just eat my meals and move on. It takes some burden off my back. I not an expert on zero carb or anything like that. I know the basics and understand the concept and have seen great results. I am just focusing on the eating part and I am not going to get caught up the trace carb thing that some people get into when they go on this diet. I have read where they look at trace carbs in spices and other things. I guess they forget that those small things don't really make a lot of difference for most people. It's not like eating a bag of chips or a bowl of pasta. I think if you want spices on foods then eat them. I am taking baby steps. If one day I think of cutting back or eliminating them I will. That is so minor compared to getting on board full time with this lifestyle change. I do admire those who can eat just plain meat. I am not there yet or I don't know if I need to ever get there. All I know is that I need to stay on this path and become successful for the long run. No change on the scale and nothing else to report. I want to thank again Teri and Dave for coming by and giving me support. 



Morning fast: water

1st meal: 3 eggs, 5 strips of bacon, 4 oz pan sausage, coffee and water

2nd meal: 1 1/2 pounds of rotisserie chicken salad and water


Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253.5 lbs

Friday, February 13, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 20

I am quickly closing in on three weeks of my zero carb way of eating. I am feeling great. I have not had a bout with the runs in awhile. No stomach cramps or any other discomfort for awhile either. I had a very strange and wonderful day at work of all places. I was asked to work on a special project. It was related the one that I posted about having to do a lot of walking. So I was invited to a luncheon as a kick off event. At first I thought to myself that it was not going to be too much fun and I was concerned about the restaurant. Can you imagine if we went to an Italian restaurant? To my amazement we went to a Brazilian Steakhouse. OMG I was so surprised. What a turn of events. Everything was great for the most part. A few pieces of meat were a little salty. Other than that I was grinning from ear to ear. I have to be honest and say that this event really gave me a sigh of relief. For the most part everyone ate a lot of meat. Traditional Brazilian steakhouses have elaborate salad bars full of things you would not see in the typical salad bars at other steakhouses. This place was no exception. Yet the people that I was eating with continued to concentrate on eating mostly meat. There was about twenty of us and it felt great to be with a bunch of meat eaters for a change even if it was just for one meal. That meal has lasted me all day and I have no desire to eat another meal today. That's the end of a great day. I lost a half a pound on the scale. Thanks everyone for your support. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

Only meal: unknown about of many different cuts of Brazilian beef and water


Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
253.5 lbs

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 19

I was able to go back on my regular schedule without any problems. I found out that my homemade rotisserie chicken makes for good chicken salad. I just chopped up several thighs and mixed it with mayo and gave a couple of shakes of both onion and garlic powder. I also ate the chicken skins as I was making the chicken salad. It really came out good and was very satisfying. I did end up taking a nap after I ate. I felt a little drained after I ate. I had a very busy day at work. Today I was put on a special assignment and had to do a lot of walking for several hours. It was all indoors, but I am a desk jockey for the most part and I am really out of shape. I guess taking walks would be good just to loosen up. I don't really know. I do live a very sedentary lifestyle. It's been 2 1/2 weeks so far and things are looking good. Everyday I have to remind myself to stay strong and stay the course. It is easy to get side tracked when I see people eating things I used to enjoy. A quick cure for that is to look at myself in the mirror. That disgusts me enough to take a second thought of eating that mess and ruining my progress. I know for sure that in the past I remembered reading about other people that tried zero carb a second, third or fourth time had a lot of difficulty. A lot of it had to do with not losing weight quickly or not having the same will power as they did previously. I don't want t suffer any of that, so I look at this mentally as my first try at the zero carb diet. I put the past in the past except for lessons learned and move forth. I will also give this new lifestyle as much time as it needs to have to enrich my well being. I know weight loss will eventually come as a result of being honest and giving this new way of eating time to soak in and take over. No movement on the scale today, nothing else to report. 


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb of crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal: 1 1/2 pounds of chicken salad, water and ice tea

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
254 lbs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 18

I had a strange turn of events today. Late last night I received a call from one of my best friends asking if I would go with her to the take her in-laws to the immigration office for their naturalization interview. Originally her husband was going to go with them, but he got called into work on an emergency. He works in law enforcement so he could not refuse. So being a good friend I agreed to drive them over there. I did not know how long we were going to be there so I decided to eat my 1st meal of the day in the early morning. Then we went to the immigration place and took care of business, we were there for several hours. Afterward to celebrate the successful passing of the interview we went out to eat. I was skeptical about that event since I was not exactly involved in planning it. We ended up at a real Chinese restaurant, not one of those buffet places. I was a little worried that I would not find anything to eat and prepared to drink some ice tea until I got home. Then I discovered that they served some Japanese hibachi dishes. Chicken, beef or shrimp. To me that means grilled. So I thought the safest would be shrimp since I was afraid that they would marinade the beef and chicken with some starch and or sugar. When the dish came it was somewhat grilled shrimp stir fried with some veggies. It did not have a sauce, just the juice from the veggies. I asked for an empty rice bowl and picked out the shrimp and gave the rest to the others. It tasted good and did not appear to be marinaded with anything. Yes, I stuck out, but my good friend knows and supports my new way of eating. No one made a big deal or mentioned it. I then went home and decided to cook that chicken I bought yesterday in the rotisserie. So as I type another batch is cooking. No movement on the scale today. Thanks for your support everyone. 

Morning fast: none

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

2nd meal: about 8 oz of shrimp, ice tea and water

3rd meal: 2 leg quarters of rotisserie chicken and water 

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
254 lbs

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 17

Today was a much better day for me. Whatever I was going through yesterday is gone today. I feel much more positive with the road that is before me. Some of you have suggested that I eat only beef and water to one degree or another. I find it really attractive. I do like other protein besides beef such as eggs, bacon and chicken (wings and thighs). This is something that I need time to consider in order to make the right commitment. I don't want to start something half cocked and then fail for whatever reasons. For the rest of this week I will stay the course that I am on at the moment and take it into serious consideration over the weekend. Funny thing today I did purchase 4 packages of Rib eye steaks. They had two steaks in each package. I also bought 10 lbs of leg quarters. My intent with the leg quarters is to cook them in my rotisserie. Then freeze them individually back up meals. I will freeze the steaks raw and cook them as I need them. I dropped a pound on the scale. Nothing else to report.  


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb of crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal: 1 lb of crumbled ground beef , water and ice tea

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
254 lbs

Monday, February 9, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 16

I feel as I dodged a bullet. I was a little down today because of my episode yesterday for lack of better words. All day at work I felt a little depressed. I thought that I had passed that hurdle of cravings and then it hit home that I was not there yet. I did take into consideration what Dave commented on as far as eating only beef throughout the work week and maybe trying other forms of protein on the weekends. I went to the store on the way home to check mark downs in the meat department. I am sure some of you do that as part of saving a little money. This is one of the things Dave coached me about to do if I was feeling a little pinch in the wallet. He told me to work for it, meaning that I need to do what is necessary to be successful with this way of eating. I don't write about it much unless I score something huge. I didn't find anything big today. I did buy a 1 pound package of 4 grass fed hamburger patties. They were regularly 7.99 a pound and I got them for 3.50 a pound or half off. I pan fried them and ate them for my second meal of the day. They were good, but I did not see why I would pay the regular price for them. I understand the point that the meat is supposed to be superior. I did not taste anything superior about it. I am not downing anyone that can afford it and eats that type of meat. I am happy for you. Financially I can afford it occasionally and of course if I find it on sale or marked down. I took a little nap this evening and got up just a little bit ago. That is why I am posting so late. I almost got too lazy to post. I went up a pound on the scale, that's it for now.



Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb of crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal: 1 lb of grass fed beef patties, water and ice tea

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
255 lbs

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 15

This is the start of week three and though I am really happy about it I had a really hard time today. For some reason I got a really strong craving for carbs later in the day. I don't know if it was exactly for something sweet or starchy. I countered it by eating a ton of protein. Not really a ton, but a couple of pounds of baked chicken wings.  I ate the wings for my second meal. After that things seemed OK. I just felt real full. Something that I had not felt in awhile. Normally I eat my two meals a day and feel real satisfied without the need to have the full feeling in the stomach. After I ate the wings I felt really full and did not want to think about any kind of food at all. I had a lot of home chores to do today like cleaning and washing clothes. So that kept me occupied for the rest of the day. On a positive note I did see the scale move another pound down. That's it for now.


 Morning fast: water and coffee

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

2nd meal: 2 lbs of backed chicken wings, water and ice tea

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
254 lbs

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 14

Two weeks down, now that really feels like a great accomplishment to me. It was a really nice day in the morning so I decided not to spend the day inside. I went to a local park that had a some walking trails. Lots of people were out enjoying the great morning weather. After a few hours I came back home and had a traditional weekend breakfast of bacon, eggs and pan sausage. I also drank some water and coffee. So far my body has bee adjusting well, except for a few bouts of the runs. I have noticed that my hunger patterns are getting fewer and further apart. I need to take this one day at a time. I need to say that over and over again. I have made it through another day. I really want to be successful like Dave and Denis and many others out there. I just know I will make it this time and look back years from now and realize that this was the start of great things for me. For my second meal of the day I bought 1 lb of large raw shrimp and boiled them. I made a little dipping sauce of mayo and dill weed. It was really good and a nice change. I had originally was going to grill the shrimp, but then decided to boil them. No move on the scale today, that's it for now.


Morning fast: water

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

2nd meal: 1 lb of boiled shrimp with dill mayo

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
255 lbs

Friday, February 6, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 13

I felt a little  tired today. I woke up a few times during the night. Not related to zero carb of course. All in all an uneventful work day. I was talking with a co-worker about exercise. I asked her why she goes to the gym. She said she wanted to lose weight and for circulation. I told her that she could lose all the weight she wanted by changing eating habits. She agreed, but her version of that is to eat low fat and low calorie. A lot of her low calorie low fat food is extremely high carbohydrate. She has been struggling to lose about 20 lbs forever. Like most people she thinks what I am doing is very unhealthy. Right now I am really just laying low at work. I did try zero carb awhile back a couple of times and failed due to my own accord. So at this point I don't carry a lot of clout. I really have to show a major difference and carry it for a while to get some traction. Most people that eat zero carb know what I am speaking about when it comes to getting an honest opinion from co-workers. I plan to sleep in late tomorrow which is around 8 am for me. I want to get some rest. Then I have some things to do around the house. I ran out of rotisserie chicken wings today. I have made a little more crumbled ground beef. I will end up cooking something in bulk this weekend. I just don't know what right now. I like to eat typical zero carb breakfast on the weekends just to break it up. I almost forgot to mention that I had a small case of the runs much last night. Nothing major. After a couple of trips to the restroom it was all over. No movement on the scale today, that's it for now.



Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb pound of crumbled ground beef and water

2nd meal: 1 lb of rotisserie chicken wings , ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
255 lbs

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 12

Wow, today was the ultimate test for me.  Everything was going well then around lunch time a good work buddy that I have not seen for awhile because he has been gone on a special assignment showed up today and invited me to go out to eat at our favorite Chinese buffet restaurant. This place is not zero carb friendly in the least bit. I do know of some that serve a good amount of zero carb food, but this is not one of them. Don't get me wrong, before I went back to zero carb I would have jumped at the chance to go. So I told him yes I am free for lunch, but that I would like to go to a BBQ restaurant instead. I told him why and he was good with that without hitch. So I ended up eating 1 lb of moist brisket which means beef brisket on the fatty side. The meal was really good. The rest of my day went well. I did not have any cravings. No movement on the scale. That's it for now.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 1 lb pound of moist beef brisket and water

2nd meal: 1 lb of rotisserie chicken wings , ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
255 lbs

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 11

I got  little surprise today, I lost another pound. Week 2 is winding down fast. Time is just slipping by. Today was a good day for me. I felt strong all day long. It's good to have days like that when you start down this road. I'll take them when I get them. I have one more meal left of the medium well pot roast. I am getting a little tired of it right now. I think that's why my second meal of the day has been mostly other things besides beef. I do like my crumbled beef though. I cooked several pound of rotisserie wings this evening. That's why I am posting a little late today. I am looking forward to the weekend. I know it's hump day, but Friday can't get here fast enough. I sound like a typical employee. Nothing too special going on this weekend. I just enjoy time off from work. If the weather is good I will meet up with some friends and chill out a little. I am comfortable with my choice in food when going out so not to blow all the progress I have made lately. I try to keep myself occupied at work. That helps to keep the thought of foods I need to avoid off my mind. I say that because food is a big deal at work. Like tomorrow they are having a big deal with chili/cheese-dogs chips, nachos and sodas. I will be the only one not participating. That's OK. Most of my co-workers have weight or health problems of some sort. That's it for now.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 ounces of medium well pot roast and water

2nd meal: 1 lb of rotisserie chicken wings , ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
255 lbs

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 10

Day 10 almost gone and I am doing pretty well. I did get some cravings today. They were not strong and I was able to manage them. I have no idea what triggered them. That's OK. I just occupied myself with work and it passed. I see others indulging in carb filled meals and snacks and want to say something. Then I look at myself in the mirror and at my weight and think to myself that I just need to shut up. Maybe later when I really drop the weight I can give some advice. When people start to notice my weight drop they ask how I did it. That will be the perfect opportunity to speak with some authority. For now I will focus day by day. I know that I am speaking about things that may take a long time to happen. It just makes me feel like there is hope for me. No move on the scale today. That's it for now.


Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 ounces of medium well pot roast and water

2nd meal: 1 lb oven roasted pork, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
256 lbs

Monday, February 2, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 9

Day 9 nine down. It is great to have another day past and I am looking forward for the challenges if any of tomorrow. Most of all I feel peace this time around. This time around something seems different. I remember as a boy hearing that all good things come to he who waits. I just feel that this time around things are right. I had an uneventful day. I did not have any carvings for carbs. It almost feels strange not eating carbs. I have gained so much weight in the past year just eating blindly. Almost as a form of entertainment or killing time. Now it seems I have extra time on my hands. I find that odd. How could I have done that to myself. I did not realize the consequences of my actions. At this point I will move forward and learn from those mistakes. No move on the scale today. That's it for now.



Morning fast: water and coffee

1st meal: 14 ounces of medium well pot roast and water

2nd meal: 1 lb of ground beef in a bowl, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
256 lbs

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Connor's Zero Carb Diet Journey Day 8

Today was another good day. I also start my second week of zero carb. I stayed home and rested most of the day. I did some reading online and watched some TV. I was just being lazy I guess. I ended up staying up a little late last night so I slept until 9 am. I then made my first meal of the day of eggs, bacon and sausage. Somehow it seems to be tasting pretty good to me. Since I still had wings on my mind later in the day I ate about a pound of chicken wings that I pan fried with butter. They were real tasty. I sprinkled a little onion and garlic power along with black pepper and a little kosher salt. While I am talking about food I will add that I browned about 4 lbs of ground beef in a pan. I did saute some onion for flavor and a little fresh garlic for the same reason. I added again some black pepper and some kosher salt. I don't salt a whole lot. I never have liked my food salty. I just put a little suit my taste. I put the whole thing into a large plastic container for later use. Tomorrow I will divide it up into smaller portions and freeze them for future use. I don't like the taste of certain foods that have been in the refrigerator a long time. I did not have any cravings for carbs at all today. That really helps out and gives me a positive attitude. I had a nice little move on the scale as an added bonus for today. It moved 2 lbs. Tomorrow it may go up 3 lbs. At this point who cares. I am just trying to get my eating right to prepare my body for the long run. At the same time I am getting my mind focused on the big prize as Dave would say. Everyone I appreciate your support. I am in it for the long haul and I hope some of you join me along the way. So far so good. Things are looking up and I will continue to take one day at a time. That's it for now.

Morning fast: No morning fast today

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

2nd meal: 1 lb of large wing portions cooked in butter, ice tea and water

Start weight:
260 lbs

Current weight:
256 lbs
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