Friday, April 29, 2016

4/29/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 30

Greetings all,

A gain on the scale, woe is me (?)......I don’t think so!!! What did I get myself into (?)…..PuRe SeReNiTy! Oh, I forgot to mention: I decided to list the posting in the order they were posted. So on most days the “weigh-in” will be the first post. Yes, my oh so little mind is always changing…….go figure! HA! Let’s not forgot your next edition of (Blast from the Past):

Original Stardate: 7/30/2010
Just another day in (ZC) Paradise. I still feel a wee bit under the weather. I would say that I’m more than 50% back to normal. 

My spirits are high. My energy is also much better. I have a short day today. I have worked late a couple of times this week, so I can make it up by leaving early. Maybe some good R&R will do me good. 

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda this weekend. DW is off, so we will probably spend some time strolling down the waterway or take a nice walk on one of the many walking trails through the woods.

No cravings, no cheats, no tummy troubles. Just the way I like it. I will just keep plugging away until I go where I need to be.

(ZC) No Surrender No Retreat

Cheers

260/244.6/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):7
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Original Stardate: 7/30/2010
I got off work early today. On my way home I decided to make a quick stop at HEB to see what the Hunting looked like. I was able to Bag a nice small meaty fatty slab of Beef Ribs. They had a lot of meat and fat. For under $2.00 lb. So since I got home early I decided to slow cook the ribs in the oven for my second meal later in the day. They came out so tender I could pull the bones right out without effort. 

It felt good just to jell at home. It was pretty quiet. DW is at work. I almost fell asleep. I did not want to fall asleep because I would be up all night. Today was a good day. I still feel a little loopy. I can’t wait for that to end. 

Wow, my Journey is getting real interesting. Every day is a learning experience for me.

(ZC) No Fear

Cheers

Observation:
A little weight gain…..been there, done that………no big deal….right? Feeling loopy? Who talks like that anyway? HA!!! Look at the timeline (yes, I am speaking to you). This Rookie started on EASY STREET for the most part………..but started to run into trouble………lots of uncomfortable trouble. 

It’s amazing what a positive attitude and outlook can do:

“No cravings, no cheats, no tummy troubles. Just the way I like it. I will just keep plugging away until I go where I need to be.”

“Wow, my Journey is getting real interesting. Every day is a learning experience for me.”

Those two Rookie statements said it all. How could I restate that? 

Have a healthy day my Family and Friends. Stay the Path! Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Lock and Load

Cheers,

Dave

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

4/27/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 29

Greetings all,

Here is a couple of responses to my last post back in time. Your next installment of (Blast from the Past) or “Time Machine”:

Original Stardate: 7/29/2010
I still have that awkward feeling in my gut. It is not as intense as it was yesterday. I have not been eating real fatty beef. So I know that it is not nausea. I have never had this feeling in the past. 

My spirits are better. My energy levels seem to be higher. Today is going to be a good day. Tummy trouble free and Cravings free so far. 

(ZC)ers Tired and True

Cheers

260/244.4/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):6
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O


Original Stardate: 7/29/2010
Heidi this is my last stand. I have tried the whole gambit of diets. I have to stay focused and dedicated. If this WOE does not work for me, I will have nowhere to go. Worst case scenario I would go VLC and wait to fail…………..NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need to: Stay Strong and Live Long; Battle On; Keep On Keeping On; or whatever it takes. I cannot fail. I refuse to FAIL. I thank God that my determination is good for something.

I don’t care if the weight comes off fast or slow, just as long as it goes. I’ve waited this long and now I have found (ZC) and I’m here to stay.

Thanks for stopping by. I really ADMIRE YOU. Struggles are not fun and are always present a good excuse to fail…………….But You Stay Strong.

(ZC)ers Fighting the Good Fight

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/29/2010
Hey there Sharon, no it’s not an empty feeling. It’s so hard to describe. Almost like a light pressure combined with a mild upset stomach. I feel this way even after I eat. It is becoming milder. I guess if I had to relate to it I would say it was like when you have the big “D” and have to sit on the pot for long periods of time. But it’s much milder than that combined with slight pressure. I’m guessing that it’s my body adjusting. It just a tad uncomfortable. 

(ZC)ing with those who CARE

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/29/2010
Another day in the life of (ZC). I hope this week gets me back on track. I sort of feel misaligned. I know I will get there when the time is right.

I am interested in making Ryan’s Burger Bowls. Tweaked a little so they can be disposable (fast food). I'm really happy to keep my menu simple and limited. It helps me to keep on the straight and narrow.

(ZC) = HOPE 

Cheers

Observation:
Can it get any worse than this??? Up and down the scale, Weird icky feeling in the gut (not the big D)…YIKES!!! Well, I tried to describe the pain I was going through at the time. I contribute some of that to my gallbladder being removed. Does everyone with that condition go through that? I don’t know and it may be different for someone else. Wow, I was able to put my determination to good if not GREAT use: I WOULD NOT QUIT! 

It is easy to quit, but you have to know what you want. At that time I knew that I did not want to quit, therefore I dug in deep into all I knew and kept on my Journey through Zero Carb. I guess you really want to have something so bad that you are willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goal. 

I described it pretty well to Heidi:
“I need to: Stay Strong and Live Long; Battle On; Keep On Keeping On; or whatever it takes. I cannot fail. I refuse to FAIL. I thank God that my determination is good for something. I don’t care if the weight comes off fast or slow, just as long as it goes. I’ve waited this long and now I have found (ZC) and I’m here to stay.”

Here to stay indeed! Was it easy to go through this? No! So what! I don’t pretend to know what goes on with other folks here or anywhere, but for me life has been a struggle in one form or another. I learned long ago to “GET OVER IT” and do what needs to be done to achieve my goals. I don’t always succeed in everything I do, but I will know that I gave it my best and at the end of the day I could not ask more than that from myself or others.

Have a healthy day my Family and Friends. Keep On, Keeping On and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er I’m a BELIEVER


Cheers,

Dave

Monday, April 25, 2016

4/25/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 28

Greetings all,

This Rookie just took another GIANT STEP BACKWARDS? Your next edition of: (Blast from the Past):

Original Stardate: 7/28/2010
I had another restless night. I woke up a couple of times and did not sleep well. My energy levels are low. I had to stay an extra 2 ½ hours over my regular quitting time at work for a meeting yesterday. I had to struggle to keep my eyes open. 

My spirits are still in check. I am going to make the most of it. I hope we have a slow day (right). Wishful thinking never hurt anyone.

My weigh-ins have gone a little whacky, lately. No big deal. I still have a little trouble determining if I am really hungry. I usually just wait until my tummy rumbles.  

No cravings for carbs, no cheats and tummy troubles are just about gone (I hope). 

I hope everyone has a great day.

(ZC)ers, Predators Elite 

Cheers

260/245.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):5
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Original Stardate: 7/28/2010
I had another o.k. day. It was pretty fast paced at work. I feel a bit strange. What I mean by that is like I can feel my body change. I don’t know if that is a good description. I almost feel sick but not quite like sick. Mostly in the abdominal area. It just feels awkward.

I'm glad to say that I have not had any cravings for carbs. When I see my peers eating that junk, I just want to preach my point of view. I just back off. I have already explain the basic concept of (ZC) to them and it’s really no use at this time to go any further.

Tummy troubles seem to be at bay. I don’t think that I could ever go back to eating my former way. Knowing what I know now. It just does not interest me. Although I have not been on (ZC) long, it feels long. I don’t know why I feel this way.

All these strange feelings both physical and mental. That’s a little scary.

(ZC)ing Through Strange Times

Cheers

Observation:
A GIANT STEP BACKWARDS INDEED??? I QUIT!!!

Sleeping troubles……..not good. Low energy………really not good. An awkward almost sickly feeling in the tummy…….undetermined. Getting a little timid talking about (ZC)……….not good at all. Trouble determining if I am really hungry……time to panic. Mental and physical feelings are a little scary…..red alert, red alert! Oh my! Time to throw in the towel. Bring on the Boston Crème Pie…….right

A GIANT STEP BACKWARDS INDEED??? 

GET OUT OF HERE!!!

Spirits are in check……good. No cravings for carbs……great.  Weight up and down a pound or so…..who cares (again). No cheats…….outstanding. The big “D” a thing of the past……stupendous. After all the questionable issues, this Rookie is still positive on the Journey his has chosen!!!

Look-it: at the end of the day it may have only taken just one negative thing to give up and throw your hands up and give up on (ZC). Everyone’s Journey is different in one way or another. It is the same in one way or the other. At this point on my Journey through Zero Carb I was about a month and a half or so. New, real new……….but DETERMINED!!! 

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. The choice is yours……it always has been and always will be. Keep the Faith and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC) No Doubt 



Cheers,

Dave

4/25/2016 - Big Inspiration.........

Greetings Family and Friends,

Recently I wrote about an email I received that prompted me to leave my captors on that Flying Saucer and come back to Earth and continue with my postings......... Well, I received permission from the author of that email to publish it here. So, here it is in it's entirety. I found it really touching coming from someone that I don't know. So, in the email I am labeled an "Inspiration" from this oh so kind person, I have to say that Hui is an INSPIRATION to me!

An email from Hui Lin Chua:

Hi Dave,

I'm Hui Lin from Singapore and I just want to thank you for being such a huge inspiration! Barely anyone has heard of LCHF here, much less ZC. All we have is one FB group for LCHF and they keep posting stuff about vegetables.

I was on lchf for about a week or 2 and giving in to sugar and carb cravings every few days, especially when I'm stressed. When I came across your blog and learned about ZC, I knew immediately it's the solution for me. Today marks the 3rd week of ZC for me and I've not given in at all even though my favourite poisons surround me at home. Even yesterday when I was feeling depressed, all I did was to eat a little more feta cheese than usual rather than caving in. 

I've read every single post in your blog and really miss your updates. Denis' insights are really great too. He made me switch the way of viewing ZC. Originally I started ZC because I wanted to lose some weight, though I'm not overweight. But I realized how essential ZC is to our health after reading his posts. Plus there's so little information pertaining to ZC online. The stuff I read from his posts made it easier for me to explain to others why I'm on such an "extreme" path.

Beef is really expensive in Singapore, but I've developed quite a taste it for it, especially ribeye! I've resorted to buying frozen ribeyes to keep my costs down, but even frozen ones are difficult to find. Really envious of how cheap beef is in US. And there's no way for me to grill meat since most of us stay in highrise buildings. I pan fry my steaks instead and even the frozen ones turn out great. Or maybe I just like ribeye a lot haha.

I miss reading your blog so much that I'm thinking of starting all over again. 

Once again, thank you for being such a huge inspiration! Please start posting soon again!


Cheers,

Hui Lin

Wow, that was a great email. I get emails all the time asking for advice or making private comments that some folks don't want to post on the blog. This one stuck out and I wanted to share it.

Stay tuned for my next posting of "Blast from the Past" tonight! Have a great day my Family and Friends. Battles are won daily, yet the War still rages on. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er The Power Within

Cheers,

Dave

Friday, April 22, 2016

4/22/2016 - Blast from the Past - DAY 27

Greetings all,

Great to be back posting y'all! Without delay "Blast from the Past":

Original Stardate: 7/27/2010
I ended up eating Ground Chuck for all my meals again today. It was a little different than eating Steak and Ground Chuck or just Steak alone. It was much easier to eat. It was fast to heat up in the micro. I can get used to it real easy. 

I had a nice long talk with one of my other sisters about (ZC). Like the first one she was concerned about how healthy eating mainly meat would be. I explained all I could and referred her to this site. She seemed a little more open to this WOE than my other sister. 

I’m very happy with my Journey so far. I am confident that I’m on the right path.


(ZC)ing and loving it

7/27/2010 (some forum family love)
Cindy: "Love catching up in your journal - a true ZC warrior. I am sure your mortal combat will end in a victory for you!"

Thanks Cindy, I am a (ZC) warrior. Want to join my tribe? LOL

(ZC) Warriors’ Tribal Council

Cheers

Original Stardate: 7/27/2010
Today I am feeling better. My spirits are o.k. Although I did not hit the hay until just a little before 11:00 pm, it was a pretty sound sleep. It’s kind of funny in the mornings; I go to the porcelain throne and wait, and wait and wait to no avail. That will be something that will take some time to get used too.

My energy is a bit low. I continue not to have cravings for carbs or the need to cheat. So far the Ground Chuck seems to agree with me. It’s pretty convenient and easy to eat. I just garb the end of the patty with a napkin and munch.

When eating at a restaurant, I haven’t ordered a bun-less, veggie-less burger yet while on (ZC). So far I have ordered Steak. That always hits the pocket book pretty hard. Sometimes I forget to ask if the steak was marinated and if so with what?

I hope that whomever struggles out there in (ZC) land, rather they are” Experienced” or a “Newbie”, continues to keep their spirits up and remain focused on the “Golden Ring”.

(ZC) the other WOE


Cheers

260/244.8/185
Overall health (1-10):8
Energy level (1-10):5
Cravings: None
Today's Menu: Ground Chuck, H2O

Observation:
Ahhh toilet troubles. Jeez I am surprised I spoke of it. OK, I am blushing. One day it won’t stop the next it won’t come out. Hahaha!!! Low energy at the moment. Nothing much to worry about. Ground Beef is doing well, but I do now remember eating a bun-less burger just before the wedding I went to at the start of (ZC), so that was a little mistake (please forgive me) Oops!!! Still explaining my new (WOE) to yet another family member. 

Now this Rookie is doing his best to show some support to others by encouraging all to keep focused on the ultimate (ZC) prize! I have to say that Ground Beef or Chuck or whatever is your favorite is a true friend to a (ZC)er. It is oh so versatile and user friendly. OK, now I saved the best for last. Some support or what I call “Forum Family Love”. Hey sometimes it comes in the form of “Tough Love” and sometimes “Soft Love”, but at the end of the day it is well intended “Love”. Don’t take offence, just run with it!!! 

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

(ZC)er TRUE LOVE

Cheers,

Dave

4/22/2016 - Bright Lights.....Weird Noises.....Where am I?

Where am I??????? 

The last thing I remember is that I was going to post "Blast from the Past -  Day 27" and with the blink of an eye I went from 2/3/2016 to 4/22/2016? WTF or Where's The Fruit??? Fruit (?)...YUCK!!!!

Wait a minute......... I think I remember little green, no....... little grey men. Yes, now it is a little clearer. I was frozen in place. I could not move or speak or, or, or.............. anything.

There were bright lights all around me.............and weird noises like humming........more like mechanical...............then......... No!!! Not the probe!!!! OK........no probe WHEEEEWWW!!!!!!!!! I lucked out on that one!!!

And now I am back with lost time. Lost indeed!!!

Lost, but not Forgotten.........I HOPE. Hahaha!!!

No Excuses...........

I got this very touching email a few days ago and will share it with you when I get the nod form the person who sent it to me. 

So stay tuned for another episode of "Blast from the Past" tonight. Check your local listing for time and channel. 

Have a wonderful Zero Carb day. Live Long, Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er The Final Frontier


Cheers,

Dave
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