P D E – Day 16

Okay so I’m not in that big of a rush today and I apologize for yesterday’s post where I slammed 3 days all together.  I know it was kind of bad on my part but I was in a pinch and still in a pinch because I’m letting outside things influence me, but that is okay because at least I’m handling them and staying true to this diet.

I should have woken up early this morning and taken my car into the shop but I turned over and said I would do it later.  So I slept just a little longer and then drove my car to the shop to get it fixed.  Hopefully they will have it ready in a day or two.  The one thing that I did get when I took my car to the shop was the opportunity to do a bit of walking.  It is about 1/3 mile from the garage to the bus stop so I did the walk and learned one thing…I need new athletic shoes because all I can say about my walk this morning is….OUCH!  I felt a lot of things that I wouldn’t have if I had shoes that were better but considering I’ve had these shoes for at least 3 years, it is time to get new shoes.

I also had a brief 1/4 mile walk from the bus stop to my house which wasn’t too bad, now I can say I got a little bit of exercise today.  Needless to say I was a bit nervous when it was time to step up on the scale but was very happy when it told me I was 204.6.  Yes I know it is not much of a loss, only 0.6 pounds but it is a loss and that is a big W in the loss column that I like to see but then I realize that I was wearing heavier garments than I usually wear when I weigh myself and then mother nature rang her bell.  So once things were settled and I changed into my usual style weigh-in clothes, I stepped up and was even happier with the result.  The scale showed I weighed 203.9 pounds, meaning I lost 1.3 pounds.  This is awesome.

There is another reason it felt so good, it was because I learned my mother who was trying this diet with me had to get off the diet because she felt faint.  But this morning she told me she lost 0.5 pounds which is good because it meant that she still lost weight despite having to get off the diet for only one meal.

Here is something that I firmly disagree with Penn on when it comes to losing weight on the potato diet, if you are taking supplements and medications, keep on taking them.  My mother I learned has a tendency to be anemic and unfortunately I noticed that I have that same tendency too now that I’ve gotten older which is a bummer.  As a matter of fact it was because I was severely anemic this summer that I had to stop riding my trike for fun and enjoyment.  I would get winded and out of breath just riding under 5 miles.

For those who think that is a long distance, it really isn’t for me.  During the summer of 2015, the farthest distance that I rode for the whole summer in one day was 84 miles, the next amount was 63 miles and then I would regularly ride 50 miles or close to that each time I went out for a ride.  I was fearful my BP was up so high that I was ready to stroke out.  Well my BP was up high but easily controllable and after some routine blood work was done, this was when I found out I was anemic.  Now that I think about it, it is what kept me from giving blood last year at DragonCon and getting an awesome shirt.

So if you take supplements, keep on taking them unless told by a doctor not to take them.  I’m still taking my iron, probably not as much as my doctor would like but I take them.  Yes I told my mother she has to take them too because the last time she started taking them she felt so much better and wasn’t exhausted quite so easily.

Now back to my regular ranting.


I’ve been looking all over the Internet for different people who have lost lots of weight on the potato diet and so far the only person to say much has been Penn but there was nothing really definite about his diet.  I got very tired of reading F this and F that and reading too much garbage about his personal life that I stopped reading.  Oh it also didn’t help that he had a habit of jumping all around to different points in his life to include before, after, during and before his diet.  See if you were confused about how that sounded then you can understand my confusion about his book Presto.

Like I said before, this is my Potato Diet Experiment, thus why I only use P D E in the title and talk about my days.  However, in so many blogs where they post about the diet they talk about boiling the potatoes and peeling them but I leave the skins on because I once heard that is where you get more of the nutrients.  But boiled potatoes is not my favorite way to have the potatoes.  I usually end up nuking them in the microwave because I’m in a hurry and I’ll eat a potato or two once they have been nuked, just cut them up and enjoy them.  I also noticed that several people on their own potato hack like drinking room temperature water, well not me.  I prefer cold water and the colder the better, I guess I can’t taste it too much but I like the quenching it does for my thirst.

So many people say that they find that they don’t need to drink as much water as the diet goes along but since I prefer my potatoes warm to hot, I drink lots of water to wash them down with and to also fill me up.  I’m not a cold potato fan, sorry but I like and prefer my potatoes warm.  Now I’ll eat them roasted in my airfryer, boiled, nuked as well as mashed but cold….oh no.

Today has been a good day for me and if I’m lucky then maybe my car will be fixed tomorrow and I’ll get some more walking in.  Right now driving my truck but the A/C is out and in Texas that is a very bad thing because it is still quite warm.

Doing happy dance mentally for my weight loss and my new weight low that I haven’t been since the early 2000’s,  because I can’t dance don’t ask me…  Can’t hold a tune either but I can play the radio really good.  Okay I’m outta here for the day and hope you are having a good day.

P D E – Days 13, 14 & 15

Yeah, I kind of forgot what I was doing this weekend and forgot to enter what happened and so I’m kind of making up for it now.


Day 13

So let me go ahead and get started about Saturday which was the 13th day of PDE.  So I got on the scale and was a little bit happier to see that my weight had gone down by 1.2 pounds, putting me at 205.2 pounds.  It may not seem like much but I figure I got one in the negative column again for the day.

I then took my blood pressure a couple of times and was sad to see that it was a little high but on the plus side, my pulse was nice and low, 68.  I was able to take one of my yellow blood pressure pills when I noticed that I had very few left and then I read that I would need to go in and see the doctor in order to get it renewed.  Doesn’t seem like much…right.

Actually I’m opposed to going and seeing the lady because I had told her that I didn’t want to do a particular procedure because Colonoscopies are not for me and there has not been any of that type of trouble in my family medical history.  So after she sent me in to do a second blood test, testing my iron level again and to see if I’m Greek (believe me when I say I’m not Greek nor do I look anything close to resembling Greeks).  Then she said she wanted to do an upper GI check as to why I had blood loss and because I told her for months I had consistent upset stomach and was eating TUMS like they were candy.  So I got to the specialist she sent me to and guess what….she had me going for a colonoscopy, so I had to make a co-payment to see someone whom I told that I was not going to have it done because that was not what the doctor wanted.  She showed me the order so I thanked her for her time and got off the examination table and seriously resisted telling her what she could do with my co-pay I had to make just to tell her that it wasn’t going to happen.

Okay but I really digressed there…sorry.  Any who, I’m going to take the strong dosage of my old BP medication and only take it every other day until my BP goes down or until I can get in to see a new doctor who will at least listen to me.

So now it is Saturday and I ended up taking my mother shopping and it ended up taking us longer than I expected so my other plans of prepping for the arrival of my Kona coffee went by the way side.  Oh in case I forgot to mention it, I had told you that I was running out of Kona coffee Keurig cups and not the blend stuff, so last week I ordered Kona coffee from Hawaii from a legitimate Kona coffee brewer but it was not due to arrive until Monday the 24th.  So now I realize I need to get the grind down right for the beans, yes I ordered beans for freshness, and then it was time to experiment with the amount to go in the paper filter/cup for the Keurig, but it was too late to be drinking coffee.

I wanted something different so I tried my hand again at the potato tortillas and I was evil by having a little bit of mild picante sauce with it for dinner.  It was a different change in pace and I was thankful for the change.  So I called it a night.


Day 14

So getting right to it, I stepped up on the scale and guess what…..  The Other Shoe hit the floor.  I had gained 0.2 pounds.  Now this might not have seemed like much but considering how hard it has been for me to lose any weight this week, I was very disappointed in myself.

Then another thing occurred.  You remember me talking about a weird slimy type of feeling in my mouth, well I had it again and then I realized it was from the potato tortillas because I had used potato starch to make the tortillas.  So no more of those things for the sake of my mouth and because it is my gateway for me eating things other than potatoes.

On a much bright note…well sort of brighter.  My BP was down quite a bit, 117.85 and my pulse was still low, 72.  That is about the best thing I could say about the day.

I started working on getting the grind right on my coffee bean and I thought I had it but no, I didn’t.  I had to grind it down a little bit finer than I expected which allows for the coffee to flow easier through the coffee.  I tried it and not only was the taste terrible but it was weak.  So I had to redo the grind and the amount packed into the K-Cup container.

But did I mention that on this morning I had the last of my Kona coffee K-Cup and I wanted to savor it but it tasted good and I drank it way too fast.  I wanted another cup of coffee and almost felt like crying because I know that UPS doesn’t deliver to my house until late in the evening so I know that on Monday morning I will have to drink the stuff I’ve been practicing on.  Yuck!  However, there is a big need for caffeine and tea just doesn’t do it for me.

Thankfully the slimy feeling ended quickly and my mouth felt normal.  So I definitely know what I should or rather what I shouldn’t have which are potato tortillas.

My mother always claims that she gets a good cleaning (if you know what I mean) when she eats sweet potatoes so she suggested I have one so I made a couple, having one for late lunch and the other for dinner along with a regular potato.  Unfortunately or maybe in this case, good thing, the sweet potato was too much so I only ate half of it and put the other half away.

When reading Penn’s book he said he ate sweet potatoes but Steele said not to eat the sweet potato when on the potato diet.  So I guess we’ll see tomorrow what happens.  Time to crash people.


Day 15

Why do my friends always think it is okay to text me in the early morning hours?  At least this time it was 7 in the morning instead of 4 in the morning.  I told her I would talk later but she kept on texting and finally after the fifth text message I wrote to her and asked her to please stop because I was asleep.  So she sends two more, the first apologizing for waking me and the second was to tell me to go back to sleep.

Luckily I managed to fall asleep for the last 1 1/2 hours before my massage appointment.  I did a bad thing, I got up and weighed myself, not waiting for the right time to weigh-in and was shocked when I saw that I had gained 0.8 pounds.  I was in shock but it is 2 1/2 hours before I was supposed to weigh and so guess what….I swore off of sweet potatoes.

So I finish my appointment and all of the moving of my muscles actually hurt a bit today and I’m hoping because I’m losing some of the fat that I had for extra cushioning.  He also worked on my knee which has been hurting and after the appointment is the best my knee has been feeling in a while.

Okay time to step up on the scale, knowing I will be very heavy, waiting for the shoe to drop.  Well it dropped but in a good way.  I lost 0.2 pounds which was how much I had gained eating the potato tortillas.  I’m still wanting to be at 200 pounds by Friday morning which is when I got to my convention but after how I struggled last week I’m beginning to wonder if that is every going to happen.  Oh please, oh please come on weight loss.

I’m going to do my best to keep losing the weight so I’m staying strict with plain black coffee, especially since my coffee just arrived today.  I’m going with plain potatoes: russet, Yukon, purple, red potatoes all without any thing on them…plain.

I’m sure I’ll never have such a rapid weight loss like I did on the first 5 days of the PDE and that is probably due to the fact that all of the weight lost was just water weight.  Although 13 pounds is a lot of water weight to lose, it appears to be the case.

So if I can at least lose 0.5 pounds a day that would be great but right now I’m 80 pounds over weight of my true desired weight.  But on a more practical side I’m only 75 pounds overweight of my secondary goal weight.  What the heck I’ll keep on shooting for the big loss.

I’m about to take an early exit from work and will have my dinner at home.  Guess what I’m having for dinner?????   POTATOES !!!!!

Guess since it early enough I’ll have some Kona coffee too.

P D E – Day 12

Well right off the bat I got up and although it was a bit early, I stepped on the scale and went into shock because I had gained 1/10th of a pound.  However, it was 3 hours before my normal weigh-in time so since I had a bit of time, I went down for an hour nap.  So when I got up it was about 1 1/2 hour before my usual weigh-in time but since I have to go out and take my mother shopping I got up on the scale and was kind of happy because guess what…..I broke the barrier and dropped below my past previous lowest weight.  So did I confuse you with those words, well allow me to mix you up even further.  I lost 0.8 pounds which put me at 206.6.

Yeah the weight loss is great and I love the loss, of course I wish it was more but hey, I’m below 210 which was my weight last Friday.  See I guess it is all in how you look at it, I’m 3.4 pounds lighter than last week but the sad part of it is the fact that it took me a week to get this way.  But on the plus side, I’m still loosing.

Now about that slimy feeling on my teeth, as I said in day 11’s blog, I finally got rid of the slimy feeling in my teeth just after midnight and things were still feeling okay but I could feel some of it trying to come back.  I kind of did a bad thing last night, I chewed some sugar-free gum but of course you end of swallowing some of what you chew and maybe that threw me off.  I know it seems as if I’m grasping at straws and guess what….I am grasping at straws.  I guess in the long run all that matters is that I’m losing weight.

So now let me share a bit of other good news.  I took my BP today not because I figured it would be down, hey it goes down when I take my BP meds.  I’m running out and the Nurse practitioner wants to see me but since we can’t seem to see eye to eye then I don’t think I’ll be going in to see her.  I have some stronger medication and I still keep hoping that I’ll be a little like Penn who was able to reduce and get off his meds.  I plan to start spacing out my medication to see if it is the diet that is keep my BP down or if it is the diet and the meds.

Oh yeah, so what was my BP you asked?  It is 120/86, which isn’t bad and I know that it is always hard for my diastolic to go down but it is going down.  What I’m really jazzed about is my pulse rate.  You see I’m almost always in the high 90’s or low 100’s for a pulse and yes I think it is partially due to my BP but now it is considerably lower.  I remember Penn also said that his pulse rate started to decrease and I’m hoping that this is what is beginning to happen to me.

So my weight is down a bit and I would love to take a day off but I’m scared to death about what might happen.  I never would have imagined me gaining weight so quickly so it makes me wonder if all of those 13 pounds I lost previously was all water weight.  I mean I finally see a little bit of success of weight loss in my face but it is not very obvious and so far no one other than my mother has been able to see any changes.

There might be a reason no one has really noticed any changes and that is because of the close that I wear to work and at home.  My uniform is a bit baggy and I wear my shirt outside of my pants.  I just noticed that my lower stomach doesn’t seem to stick out as much as it does normally but that might just be in my mind.  I think if I actually loose enough for it to be noticeable I will have to get a different pair of pants and a small shirt and tuck my shirt inside my pants but unless I lose more of my belly, it isn’t going to happen any time soon.

Wow I went off on a tangent but thankfully don’t plan to subject you to it.  I wish I could say if it really was my pants getting smaller but they were men’s uniform pants and I can’t remember the day I tried them on if they fit just right or were slightly loose and since they have a stretch waistband it hard for me to tell.  My shirt is big normally but that is because I don’t want to draw anymore attention to how large I am but maybe soon I will be able to go and buy a shirt that will show my body is a bit firmer than when I started this diet.

So now I’m on my Friday and I needed to mention that my mother was shocked by the quick weight loss and she read Penn’s book ‘Presto’ where he talked about his weight loss and so she was inspired to try and join me on this journey.  She didn’t lose anything after the first day (yesterday) but today she lost 1/2 pound.  It wasn’t that thrilling for her but the maximum she wants to lose is 15 pounds which means that she isn’t that overweight but enough that she isn’t happy.  So I think it would be bad for me to break my diet when she is struggling with a small amount of weight loss…wait a minute, I’m struggling too, so perhaps taking a break would not be a good idea.

Besides I know that I’m going to be breaking it for the weekend starting the 27th because I’m going to another convention and the ability to be able to eat potatoes does not look good.  I would have to find a place that would let me use their microwave…in a convention center…I don’t think one is available for the general public.  So what does that mean, I’m at the mercy of the vendors and yes I will try to eat a bit healthy when possible.  I would like to go to the convention and be at least 200 pounds but anything below would be like icing on the cake.

Time for dinner and unless something else happens, odds are that this is my close out for the day.

P D E – Day 11

Okay I know I’m a day late but at least I’m not a dollar short.  LOL!   Old joke, old mentally!  I got a little caught up in things yesterday and so I forgot to post what happened.  So I got ready to step up on the scale, I thought I would be at 207 or lower and be singing a happy tune.  That wasn’t the case.  I got on the scale and found my weight was only 207.4, which means I only lost 0.5 pounds.  Only half a pound!!  WTH!!!   Prior to this I had been losing almost a pound every day, so what gives.  And what the hell is this horrible film I keep feeling in my mouth even after I thoroughly brush my teeth?!!

To say I was a bit frustrated is an understatement.  But I need to step back and really think about this.  It only took one day to gain the weight probably because of my poor food choices so unfortunately it will take more to take it off.  Yet why I had a 5 pound weight loss after the first day is beyond my understanding and to be perfectly honest I don’t understand very much…I think?!!  Thought about banging my head into the wall with my frustration but then I thought about the headache I would have and then I would have to pay someone to repair the hole in the wall I had just created so I chose not to and to sit back and think about things.

One of the first things I thought about was the fact that I lost weight and didn’t gain any so I needed to be thankful for that small loss because any number in the “L” column (Weight Loss) is better than any number in the “G” column (Weight Gain).  So I lost 1/2 pound and it is better than gaining any and besides I’ve never seen this quick of a weight change except for when I was first on the Primal Blueprint.  But that was then and this is now, I’m still losing weight and that is what counts.

So now I have an inspiration or an idea of what I can do when I lose the weight but I’m afraid I’ll jinx it by saying it.  Oh what the heck, I’ll take a chance.  If I lose enough weight before March, this means that I might have enough time to make a cosplay outfit.  Sure I could make an outfit right now but the one I want to do would look so much better without all of the weight on me.  The one thing I like about most people at my Sci-Fi conventions I attend, they support you whether you have a super model body or a more shapely body; what seems to matter the most is you took the effort to cosplay.  I know when I used to go to DragonCon I was impressed with a lot of outfits but especially made an effort to try and take pictures of women who didn’t have super model bodies and did cosplay.  I’m impressed with someone no matter what the body shape who is willing to put themselves out there for display and support their fandom.

Okay so where was I…oh right here.  So I would like to cosplay but I would prefer to do it in a slimmer body.  I keep on thinking about Penn and how he lost his 100 pounds in 84 days and I think that was great and yes I would love to lose 100 pounds but I would be happy if I just lost 80 of those pounds.

Oh so guess what I ate for lunch, dinner and a snack….POTATOES!!  That is one thing I don’t have to worry about too much and so this diet is not only cheaper than any other diet I’ve tried, it is also the easiest because I just have to worry about making one item for my meals….POTATOES.

So I have a slight slime problem in my mouth going on and I look backed and realized that the days that I had the most weight loss were the ones in which I did not have any salt added to the potatoes and I realized that ever since day 7 I had started adding a very small amount of salt to my potatoes and that doesn’t help any in the first few weeks.  Then I thought carefully and remembered I had a big weight loss on the days in which I ate the purple new potatoes.  I’m not really sure what to call them but I bought them in a medley of small potatoes that I call new potatoes because they are small in size.  This means that they are on the eating menu for tonight’s dinner and we’ll see if anyone one or both of these changes will make a difference in the weight loss area.

It has been a weird day at work and carrying a bit more of a stress load than previously in the week but that is about norm for work.  As things get a bit closer to the weekend, the people get a little bit weirder and not in a good or funny way which only makes things a bit more interesting and keeps me more alert.

Time to wrap this puppy up and get out of here.

Thanks for hopefully chuckling along with me.

Oh late entry… I found that the slimy feeling I had in my mouth had finally faded at around midnight or shortly thereafter.  So my mouth feels so much better right now.

P D E – Day 10

So got some good rest but was feeling a bit anxious about my weigh-in, so let me just get it over with and tell you I lost 1.1 pounds.  I was a bit disappointed but then I had to mentally slap myself (if I would have done it in real life I would have probably hit myself too hard) and remind myself that it was a loss and that it can always be a big loss and to enjoy the fact it wasn’t a gain.  Keeping that in mind, I see that I’m only 9/10ths of a pound from getting back down to the weight I was last Saturday which was day 6 and my poorly chosen food selection day (cheat day).

Perhaps it would have been better if I had not taken a cheat day but I did and that is pounds on the body and time to get past it.  I’m still trying but I guess until I see the scale hit 207 or lower than I really won’t be excited.


Well last night’s experiment into making potato tortillas was interesting but since today was grocery shopping day I was able to return my russet potatoes that were still green on the inside and then pick up some other potatoes.  So I stepped up on the scale and little late but saw that the weight had not fluctuated so this was a good thing.

Back into the kitchen I went to try my hand at potato tortillas again only this time I would roll them out a bit thinner or at least I tried.  Turned out they stuck to everything which meant I needed to add more starch but time was now getting away from me…again.  So I made up some, nuked some potatoes and mashed a few others for my dinner tonight.

The tortillas still were a bit gummy on the inside but tasty but I’ve been kind of bad today and have used Kosher salt on a few things such as tortillas and when I mixed the hash browns into my mashed potatoes at work.  I got to pretend that the hash browns were really little pieces of cheese and it was a wonderful way to mix up the textures.  So this is something that I will probably do again.

On the way to work I ran by the grocery store and bought a ‘Reduce’ insulated mug and made a mad dash for work.  I cleaned out the mug and then filled my 32oz mug with cold water but since it had been in the car for a bit I figured it wouldn’t be that cold so I added some ice into my water.


To make it even worse, it hit when I was on the phone talking.  So what I’m saying is my mug keeps the water darn cold and the lid has closure spots for straw/sip openings so I can keep out annoying bugs we can’t seem to get rid of at work.  The ice is still there but I’m working it down with the constant open and close and refilling the mug.  I like my new mug.

Today is going so much better than my WUOWSOB (wake up on wrong side of bed) day yesterday and things are getting a little bit better.  Nah, it is much better today and I’m glad that I’m still losing weight.  I’m grasping for that silver lining and holding on with both hands.


If I’m lucky tomorrow when I step on the scale it will show me to be down to the weight I was last Saturday morning, I would hate to think I’ve slowed so much on losing weight.  Needless to say I don’t think I’m up for any cheat day any time soon.

P D E – Day 9

So have you ever woke up and think, ‘Wow, I had a good sleep and this should be a wonderful day!’, well that is exactly what I thought.  I should have climbed back into bed and pulled the covers over my head because today has been one of those: WOKE UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED days.

In case you missed it yesterday, I got woken up at 4 in the morning by my friends text messaging each other and not realizing they were sending group text messages, then there were the two cat fights happening right outside my window and birds fighting and being very vocal about it.  Well I got up and realized, that I had 9 hours of sleep and thought it was going to be a great day.  Boy was I wrong.

I stepped up on the scale and was hoping to see another good day of weight loss…wrong.  Trying to look at the silver lining of things, it was a .5 pound weight loss.  That is the least amount of weight that I’ve lost on any day in which I’ve been on the potato experience.  It got me to thinking what could be wrong but then I remembered I had promised to pick my mother up and take her to her retirees luncheon since she doesn’t drive.  So I got ready very quickly and got her to her luncheon only to remember that we still haven’t gone shopping for a replacement phone since she either lost her old phone or it is still in hiding.  Once I got back home I stepped on the scale and felt a bit of relief because I lost 1.3 pounds.  Still not as good as last week and I still haven’t lost the amount of weight I had gained from my one cheat day.  Still trying to look for the silver lining and the only thing I can say is 209 is just under the 210 amount and like I mentioned on a previous post it has been a while since I’ve been under 210.

Trying not to be disappointed because any weight loss is good although I wish it would be more, I decided to try one of the potato hack recipes which calls for making hash browns and to cook them in a ceramic pan and of course without any oils.  Well they didn’t state if the hash browns were shredded or cubed and shredded are my favorite way to eat them but there was just one problem, I only have a small ceramic fry pan but I figured I was only cooking a small Yukon gold potato, it should be okay, right?  WRONG!

Just as I started cooking my early lunch, my mother called and said she was done with her luncheon, so I came home and went to turn on the stove again but by this time the shredded potatoes were sticking to the ceramic pan and they looked anything but appetizing.  I couldn’t even flip them because one small potato was too much for the small fry pan so to remedy this I’m going to be buying a larger ceramic fry pan after work tonight.

So one potato hit the trash this afternoon and I cut up some more potatoes (red and Yukon) and tossed them in the airfryer.  I was really starting to sweat which was a bummer because I had already showered and was going to have to take another shower, so I wasn’t really paying attention to things and had been thinking about hash browns so I ended up cutting up the potatoes to hash brown size which were too small for my usual lunch.

Not to be wasteful, I put those aside after cooking and chopped up a couple of more potatoes and tossed those in the airfryer.  I wasn’t wasteful when I tossed the shredded potatoes because they were stuck to my ceramic pan which I had to clean up.

Finished cutting the hash brown size cut potatoes and put them aside because they were too small but still edible.  Put larger cut potatoes in airfryer and cooked those and then I sat down to eat my baked potato which was my last russet potato.  Lucky me, it was barely warm so I had to wolf it down because it was getting time for me to take my second shower and get ready for work.

Of course on the way to work several people run stop lights and stop signs almost hitting me and putting me in a not great mood while driving.  Thankfully I made it to work but I noticed one thing.  For the last two days I’ve had a film like feeling on my tongue which has probably been the root of me not being in a great mood today.

Now that I think about things maybe I have figured out things.  I have the film because,… well I’m not sure about why I have it.  I’ve washed out my drinking glass but it is still there.  I didn’t lose very much weight because my appetite is down and so I haven’t been taking in enough potatoes for my body to work well thus increasing my grumpy mood.  Most importantly is the fact that I haven’t been drinking enough water.  I bring a gallon jug to work and I only had 3 cups of water from it yesterday and didn’t drink that much at home.  At least now I can do something about it such as wash my cut and drink a lot more water today and eat more potatoes.  Guess I need to refocus my efforts on my eating and drinking habits.

On a sad note, I think the weird sensation in my mouth is based probably on my bad breath which is unfortunately a result of this diet.  This is done at different time so if I said this already please forgive me.  I’ve lost 3.5 pounds of the 5.5 pound gain.  I also learned that eating dairy can throw things off and so next time I’ll be sure to do my best to avoid so much dairy.  I may still need a bit for my coffee…but maybe not.

Holy crap, I forgot to tell you about my big experiment last night after work.  First I had to run to the store and pick up more potatoes, some potato starch and a large ceramic fry pan.  I had gone to the potato hack blog and read a recipe for potato pizza and I thought I might try to do something like that so shopping I went and got busy when I got home.

I didn’t use vegetable broth as suggested, only used water and at first it seemed to be working but as it puffed up in the pan it seems that it wasn’t quite cooked through enough.  Wait, that doesn’t sound good because you use mashed potatoes and mix it with potato starch and then flatten it.  Well it still puffed a bit too much but they were tasty and reminded a bit of Naan, which I happen to really like.

On the blog they put a pizza sauce but tomatoes and me don’t mix very well so I had to have some sauce so I opened a bottle of Pace Picante sauce my brothers had left behind, of course it was the hot and I usually like mild.  Just touching the tip of the potato tortilla (for lack of better description) into the edge of the picante sauce and my mouth felt like it was on fire.

Now just because I live in Texas it doesn’t mean I like country western music, I wear cowboy attire, ride a horse to work or talk with an accent.  Okay on the last part, I used to not have an accent but once I moved to Colorado for some reason I developed a Texas accent and haven’t completely eliminated it. I also can’t handle hot flavors such as jalapenos, peppers and all sorts of other spicy hot things…but I digress.

I couldn’t handle the hot picante sauce (yes I’m a wimp) so I opened a ketchup pack from Whataburger and used the ketchup to keep my mouth from bursting into flames.  The ice water helped a bit too.

My take from this is roll out the tortillas flatter, and get milder picante sauce.

P D E – Day 8

I’m sure that you’re probably a little sick of this blog and if you’re keeping up with it thank you, but it also keeps me in line and sticking to and staying onto my diet.

Well I would love to say that despite staying up a little late, up to 2 in the morning but I was so tired and I was sure I would have a great sleep.  Unfortunately things didn’t quite turn out that way.  At about 4:20am this morning my phone went off indicating that I had received a text message.  I didn’t acknowledge it quick enough and the notice sound went off again.  Well another person was responding and they forgot that the conversation was on a group text message started yesterday afternoon.  So each time it kept on going off making sure that I was awake.

Got up and finally they stopped texting, so then visited the restroom and went back to bed.  It only lasted for about an hour when I was awaken by the sounds of two cats fighting right outside my bedroom window and they got so into fighting that they hit my window A/C unit which definitely woke me up.  I was up for about 30 minutes and then I was able to fall asleep only to once again be awoken by fighting cats who of course again hit my A/C unit.  After a bit I was only partially asleep when the birds decided to fight for territory outside my window.

Needless to say I just gave up trying to sleep and got up and waited until my neighbors and all of the animals were settled down. Thankfully I was able to get about 4 hours of sleep and so then after I got through sleeping I decided to step up on the scale.  Based on what my weight was yesterday, I had a 2.2 pound loss.  It wasn’t as much as I had gained but at least I lost weight again.  After seeing how difficult things were when I had a cheat day, I will definitely do a lot more checking on what to eat during my cheat day.  I hated seeing all of that effort fall by the way side.

So still lacking in sleep, I’m at work and eating my potatoes.  Still not that happy with them so I think I’m going to have to make my own mashed potatoes…wait a minute, now I know what it was about the restaurant mashed potatoes that bothered me.  I had gotten used to plain mashed potatoes and in order to make them creamy, I would add water where they added milk or buttermilk.  Guess now I know why I was having major digestion issues.

I do know that I love having something warm in my tummy late at night to encourage me to sleep and so I remembered that my niece a couple of Christmas’ ago brought me some tea from S. Africa and I loved it but haven’t been able to find it stateside.  He is a Rooibos & Honeybush tea which definitely relaxes me so I had it here at work but am taking it back home with me to try and relax me before bed.

So unless something truly exciting happens later on, I’m signing off for the day.  I know I will be snacking on potatoes when I get home because I’m hungry right now despite having eaten a baked potato over an hour ago, but this is kind of normal for me.  I’m really hoping that I will get a solid uninterrupted long night of sleep tonight.  I will probably go spread some coffee grounds not far from my window to try and keep the cats away and maybe I can avoid cat fights tonight.

Wait, I forgot to give my other readings:    Blood Pressure:  125/83    Pulse 95.      I don’t mind the BP but it is getting help with my BP meds but I don’t like seeing the pulse so high.  I remember Penn said that his pulse rate dropped as his weight dropped and so maybe this will help drop my pulse rate too.

Yippy 2.2 lbs lost!!  A week ago today I got on the scale and was 9.8 pounds heavier.  Even now with the horrible weight gain from my cheat day I’m still at a larger weight loss with this diet than with any other weight loss diet.  I’m really happy!!!!!!