In The Slow Lane

So here I am, on day 15 of my personal bet and things are just as I stated above, I’m in the slow lane.  I’ve lost weight, gone back down to 215.7 pounds but that is all.  If I had really been focused on things I should have lost more weight since them, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve been fudging a little bit on things that I eat and drink.

My main problem is me giving up the sodas.  Yes I know how bad and harmful they can be to the body and what gross things are used to make them, but I’m kind of addicted to it and when I got get enough coffee in me, I tend to grab a diet soda to get me over that lack of caffeine.  I’ve also had to be careful because I can feel that my blood pressure is up and I actually need to get my shiny over to see a doctor but I always come up with some excuse or the other to avoid going to the doctor.  So I’ve cut back on the coffee and even on the lattes because it is causing my stomach to object, thus why I’ve started leaning back towards diet sodas.  I’m working on eliminating them but one thing at a time.

However, I do have some good news.  I have just discovered Jicama tortillas and primal magic wonder dough.  So what are these, well I’m glad you didn’t ask but I’ll tell you any way, so too bad.  Jicama tortillas are actually just the Jicama fruit and it is sliced thin enough and ready to eat.  I’ve seen them in the produce area of my grocery store before but seeing that I was determined not to have any bread this week, I gave in and decided to try them.  As I mentioned before they are ready to eat when you buy them in the store, only they are quite moist and luckily very pliable, only I really didn’t want soggy tortillas so I decided that I would warm them up and put them on a griddle and started to heat them up.  They shrunk quite a bit but did not brown very well, so on the next one I put a little bit of butter on the griddle and it gave a nice slightly brown marks.  So I used those and put turkey and cheese on them and ate them like a double-decker quesadilla.  One thing that surprised me was how sweet they tasted when I threw them on the griddle but still a touch sad that they shrunk.  But it had a slight crunch to them which was pretty good for me.  So I had those a couple of times this last week and I loved grilling them so that they were slightly sweet.

The next thing that I tried was the primal magic wonder dough which was done by Primal Girl.  She is a big success story on Primal Blueprint besides being a really cool woman.  She came up with a recipe for dough for us to use.  I had tried some other paleo dough recipes and found them rather lacking in flavor, good texture and they upset the heck out of my stomach.  So as you could imagine, I was a bit skeptical of her dough especially since you have to purchase the recipe for it.  So I tried it one time and it was okay but a touch heavy.  Then I made a tripe recipe and put it in the frig instead of the freezer which she says will keep it for a couple of months but I kept it in the frig and didn’t properly seal the bag so when I was ready to do something with it for this weekend….boom…mold.  No one to blame but myself for not paying attention to my food but that was okay because I found that it was a touch too heavy, probably a combination of errors on my part.

I tried the recipe for the dough this weekend and since I was using it the primal way I could put cheese in it but I changed up the type of cheese that I put in the dough and I adjusted the type of flour suggested by reducing it and adding in a touch of baking powder which I had hoped would make it taste lighter and not as heavy.  Thankfully it worked out that way and I had lighter rolls.  They were a hit that my brother and mother who were visiting tried them and took some home with them.  Then I even baked a couple of pizza crusts using this wonder dough and was very pleased.  Turns out the surprise visit from family made them believe that maybe I wasn’t so far off base when it came to eating primal.  So now with some simple tweaking I think I have adjusted them just enough so that I can use them in the manner in which she suggested such as pizza dough, little rolls, but I haven’t tried to make hamburger buns.  I’ve got something else in mind in lieu of hamburger buns…thank you primal blueprint.

So as you can see from the first paragraph, I’m off to a start but seem to be in the slow lane when it comes to losing weight.  That is okay because this week it is a loss and not a gain.

Today is my day to get off early at work but instead of going home early, I decided that I will go to the gym at HQ where I will do some weight lifting as well as go up and down the stairs, mostly up because that is a good exercise.  I don’t plan on running up the stairs, at least not right now, I will just walk up the stairs with my goal being to do the stair climb frequently and maybe soon I will not be breathing hard.  I know that I will be huffing and puffing by the time I reach the sixth floor.  Now I’ve done this before at HQ but when I did it then I climbed the stairs in the fire stairway and tonight I will be climbing the stairs that are in the main part of the building where there is air circulating.  The lack of circulating air wasn’t good for me and because they were a fire stairway it meant that the doors had to be closed for good reason.  Tonight I plan to lift some weights and climb some stairs with the extra time I will have from getting out early.  This is something that I need to regularly do so I will get the exercise that I need as well as hopefully energize me.

Oh yeah, I guess I should catch you up on what else happened besides talking about new discoveries I had this weekend.  So I’ve been avoiding eating bread except for this weekend when I made the wonder dough and had a pizza with it as well as rolls.  I didn’t get a chance to get out on my trike because they were talking about all of the big thunderstorms that would be coming our way, first they were saying it would happen on Thursday then Thursday night, then it was moved to Friday morning, then Friday night, then Saturday morning and then Saturday evening and finally they said it would just pass us by when Saturday evening rolled around.  We had a light rain Saturday night so I had to wait for it to dry up a bit before mowing the lawn.

Well I hadn’t realized just how humid it was outside until I started mowing the lawn.  I did the front with little problems but found that I was a bit winded.  I rested for a few minutes before starting on the back and found I was having to sit down every 20 minutes or so because I was breathing so hard and I could just tell that my blood pressure was up.  So what did this mean to me, it means that I need to start regularly exercising even if all I do is walk.  That is the reason why I realized that I’m in the slow lane and now I need to step it up, okay literal pun intended, so that I get back on track on losing the weight because I want my espresso machine and besides that I want to try and wear a costume for DragonCon this year.  I have two different ones in mind but none of them can happen unless I lose some of this weight.  So in a way I have two goals or should I say rewards waiting to happen for me if I lose the weight.

I’m feeling better about my plan and I hope that this is my renew my efforts to lose my weight.  Besides I’m tired of the seat belts fitting too tight when I’m not the driver of a vehicle.

So I just had my shocks replaced this week and my bank account said it is waving the white flag and asking me not to do any more heavy hits to it until next paycheck.  So when I had my shocks replaced I spoke with the guys about a problem that we noticed.  I will need to have more work done on the bushings, front control arm, steering column, etc, but it is not dire at this time as long as I do regular city driving.  Well that just sort of made me realize that I am at a point in my riding where I will need to be driving further and further out on my trike rides and it will be hard if I use my truck, so I’ve spoken with my brother and he is going to let me use his truck which is a V8 and a few years younger.  Besides he doesn’t have as much wear and tear on that truck as I do on mine so it will be nice to drive up those hills just to get to the point of where I need to ride and not crossing my fingers.  Sometimes I wonder why I got a V6 in my truck especially when I only had a 4 cylinder import truck the last time but then I remembered it was because I hated having to spend so much money on gasoline.  I was thankful for that V6 engine when gas prices got so high because it cost me a fortune to fill it up but now things a tad bit easier.  I still struggle getting up hills in my truck but I’m thankful every time I got to the gas pump.

Having to borrow a vehicle has made me do some serious thinking about getting a new vehicle.  I have a 1994 Ford Escort which I’m going to get all my fluids redone since it has been sitting for 3 years.  It was sitting because there was an air bubble in the transmission fluid and it was causing problems with my shifting, locking into gear when the engine got hot because the air bubble would trap it…. oh all that is important to know is that it made things difficult for me while trying to drive this vehicle.  Then I had other expenses on my truck so the truck came first and the poor Escort got left by the side but not for long..

Now I’m thinking about getting a new vehicle but one of the things that I will have to consider is my being able to pack my trike in the back of the vehicle so that means possibly an SUV type of vehicle or else one of the more modern station wagon type of vehicles.  I want to be able to take my trike with me where ever I go so I need to plan ahead on what I want to buy.  But that is a long time from now because I’m not rich and need to save my pennies for a new vehicle.  Maybe a new truck????

Okay enough ranting about vehicles that I can’t afford to get.  I’m looking forward to going to work out tonight, not a tough workout but I need to make sure that I get some iron pumped because I could not believe how hard it was for me to trip my bushes at my house.  So I’ve got to develop my arms so it won’t hurt so much the next time I have to trim the bush or push the lawnmower and maybe soon I can eventually start to do some pull-ups.  That is my goal but for now time to get some strength into my arms.

So on day 15 I’m on the slow track to losing weight but at least this week I’ve lost 2.4 pounds but it I count it from last week, it is a 2.6 pound loss.  Nah, I’m going to stick with the 2.4 pounds because that was my starting weight.  Just in case you can’t tell, I’m feeling a bit better about things and here’s hoping that I won’t let myself down.  Until next time…

Bump In The Road – Day 8

Well here I am starting the second week of my Personal Bet and guess what, not doing so great.  But to be honest with myself and you, I gained 0.2 pounds.  Now there is a very good reason for this, I was not eating primal on Friday/Saturday/Sunday and thus this is why my weight reflected this weight gain.  Although it is not much I’m still a touch disappointed in myself.  I can come up with all sorts of excuses as to why the gain, I ate wrong, I didn’t exercise and I had a couple of drinks to make me sleep on each of these nights.

Yes I have been having problems going to sleep at night and usually it is about 4 or 5 in the morning before sleep finally begins to hit me and then I get up about 4 hours later so I’m exhausted the whole day long.  I kept on hoping that my lack of sleep would catch up with me at night so I could go to sleep early and I usually would start out that way but then would wake up about 30 minutes into my sleep and once I’m finished with my business I can’t go back to sleep.

I discovered that despite the temperature cooling down with the rain that we have been having lately, it is still too hot in my bedroom and I was trying to conserve energy by not running my window A/C unit but that is an obvious flop.  I know that being hot is a part of the reason for me not sleeping very well and I proved it last night but turning on my A/C unit and after about 30 minutes I was able to go to sleep.  Now that I know this is a part of the trick then I will have to remember to turn on the A/C unit when I get ready to go to bed so that I can sleep.

As for eating, well I just got out of the habit of eating Primal, yes I knew better but it was tasty at the times when I jumped ship.

Now I know that by eating primal you do not need to rely on the exercise as a way to lose weight but it sure does help.  Well because I wasn’t eating correctly and having bread almost every day, it is no wonder that I gained back all of the weight that I had lost earlier in the week.  So moral of my story is to abandon the bread and figure out a better way to have something for lunch other than just making a sandwich.  See that was my downfall.  I guess I could have one if I was walking 10 miles a day but since I have to do other things such as work for a living my guess is walking will not work off the sandwich so I will have to slap my hands when it comes to making a sandwich.  That was mostly where I went wrong during the week and also on the weekend because I had sandwiches for lunch and dinner and then had a hamburger on a hamburger bun, which was a big no-no.

I would have loved to have exercised but the weather was not my friend, but now that I think about it…actually the weatherman/weatherwoman were not my friend.  They kept on predicting rain and thunderstorms happening and the weather in the morning would reflect this but then it would clear up in the afternoon just as I’m going to work.  So then I would plan to go riding the next morning when it would rain at about 2 in the morning and would rain enough to leave large puddles in the street and the ground pretty soaked.  I know that I should not be looking the gift horse in the mouth considering we are still in a basic drought situation but it sure is a bummer.  I need the roads to be a little bit dryer when riding and I really prefer not to ride during a thunderstorm.  Right now I’m driving for about 2 hours before I reach the city where I will be starting my rides and they have actually been getting the thunderstorms, something about them being in the hill country and more storms in that area.  I don’t know, I just want to ride.    Oh and in case you can’t tell, I’m hooked on riding on the open road, too bad I’m not rich so I could focus on only eating primal and exercising, then the weight would sure come off quickly.  Oh well.

Riding my trike is something that really relaxes me and I’m of course quite anxious to get back out and ride some more on the open road which is what I’ve been doing when I do my rides.  Sure there is a lot of traffic but because I’m not on city streets there is less traffic, even on the few times that I ride on the access roads of the Interstate Highway.  Heck even some of those roads are far enough away from the Interstate that I feel like I’m out in the country and considering the cities that I ride through are small cities.  Okay so maybe not so small but if you compare them to the larger urban sprawl where I usually ride you can understand the difference.  I mean it too almost 25 miles to ride from where I live to outside of the city limits and I ended up on the other side of one of the small neighboring cities.

I know that I can walk but I find that walking is boring because it is around the neighborhood and I guess I’m just sick of the neighborhood because it is the same almost all of the time.  Besides I like riding my trike because it is actually relaxing except when riding in the city streets where the majority of the people are relatively considerate, the other part of the people (maybe 45 percent) are real jerks and do their best to curse, yell, and almost hit me as I ride in the roadway.  Yes bicyclist/tricyclist have a right to ride in the roadway and most cities prohibit us from riding on the sidewalk stating that it is for pedestrians.  So wouldn’t you know, in looking ahead for the weather this week, it is predicted to rain again…this makes 3 weekends in a row.  Drats, I missed getting out on the weekend.

Oh well so much for getting out, now I just have to try and figure out how to be more dedicated to eating correctly and hope the best for exercise.

So this is a minor set back and I plan to make corrections to my eating

Day 2 Surprise

This morning I received an unexpected surprise and it was such a surprise that I felt I needed to share it.  First off sleep was not my friend last night because it was avoiding me.  I had just fallen asleep when about 30 minutes later something woke me up and despite trying several tricks, I was up until 0545 hrs this morning.  I managed to to sleep until about 0910 hrs this morning which really didn’t leave me ready for the day.

Remember me mentioning that I ate so much for dinner last night, well apparently all of the water that I was drinking helped keep things, if you know what I mean.  Well when I got on the scale this morning imagine my surprise when it showed that I had a 2.8 pound loss.  I know…. 2.8 pounds loss!!!!!!

So this was a great way to start of my day.  I made a latte and read a bit of the paper and then got ready to run a few errands, like getting some more coffee for my Keruig and other items and by the time I got back home it was time to get ready for work.

I managed to grab a sandwich, yes I know bad on having 2 slices of bread but I was in a rush.  So I put my dinner together and managed to make it out the door in time to get to work just on time.  Right now I’m going to take a quick time out and eat my dinner before it gets too late and then maybe I will have enough time to take a walk in the parking lot.  Depends on how busy we are at work.

TIME OUT !!!

I had dinner and it was okay, I waited about 40 minutes and I was able to walk in the parking lot so I walked a mile. I didn’t push myself on the walk I just took it easy and I noticed I was more out of breath because I was singing as I walked. Unfortunately I found out that once I got home I was hungry once again I don’t know what happened maybe because I didn’t overfill my lunch but I was hungry and so I grabbed some cheese to snack on.

I haven’t had as much water to drink as I did yesterday and because I had a late night snack I’m really anticipating maybe a pound or so to gain on the wait hopefully not but only time will tell I may not write in tomorrow since I have a lot of days to go so I may not be writing in every single day. Because there are so many days to this goal I mean that record everything happening everyday but I will at least keep up to date and we’ll see how things are going at least day two got off to a good start.

I will still have to remain focus if I’m to lose 30 pounds and keep it off.

Start of Personal Bet

Okay so here I go, this morning I got on the scale and knew I would be heavier than the 213.1 I was weighing on 3/24/15 but imagine my shock when 12 days later I see that I’ve gained 5 pounds, putting my weight at 218.1 pounds.  Wow, I was really, really shocked but in reality I knew I was gaining weight because my pants were not fitting as loose as they had been on the 24th.  But I had company return from out of country and they wanted to eat and for some reason my resolve went zip out the window.  So I ate and then last week we had people bringing sweets into the office and I didn’t resist and then I celebrated my mother’s birthday and we had chocolate bunnies (it was Easter Sunday), chocolate birthday cake and chocolate ice cream….oh yeah and peanut butter chocolate eggs.  What can I say, chocolate is the hardest thing for me to resist.

So if I continue to follow my goal, which to some of you may seem minor but considering my track record it will not be an easy thing for me to continue for 164 days or in this case now, 163 days.  Yes I know it is a lot of time between now and then but I have to maintain the weight loss which has always been a hard thing for me to do.  Sure I can lose the weight but I usually quickly slip up and start eating regular stuff which are usually carb heavy meals and yep, on comes the weight.  So the big test will be keeping it off, so if I lose my desired 30 pounds I have to maintain it.  I really, really want that espresso maker.  Besides if I get the machine it is not as if I’ll be going off of being Primal, I use good things for my espresso/lattes.

Okay so let’s recap…I ate like a pig and gained weight lots of weight, 5 pounds in 12 days which is way too much.

So here I am on Day 1 of my PB (personal bet) and having weigh-in, but I’ve yet to take my measurements which is something I will end up doing tonight and will just log that in my personal journal so I can see if I’m even coming close to making a difference.

Let’s see, I started out the morning with 4 strips of bacon (yum) and a cup of tea.  Lunch was brisket and mashed potatoes.  Dinner was a lot more brisket (served myself too much but still I ate it all), masked potatoes and green beans.  Oh yeah and my snack was a peanut butter Easter egg.  I know I’m pretty darn close to hitting 100 grams of carbs so I’ll just be more careful tomorrow and buckle down a little bit more on what I’m eating.

Don’t know if this counts any but I got up and walked a mile which is four times around the outer edge of our parking lot at the station which I did shortly after eating.  As I said earlier, I ate too much and was suffering so that was why I went walking.  Not happy with my eating habits on the first day but I just want to get most of the food left over for Easter out of the way, meaning the mashed potatoes.

I still need to go home and take a selfie showing my rolls of fat and hope that by the end of August I will be a little bit happier with how I look.  So this is it for the night, I’ve actually got to get back to work but at least I get to go home early tonight.  Maybe if I play my cards right, I can end up getting up early enough to take a quick spin around the area on my trike.  That will be something I can look forward to doing tomorrow.

Instead of posting a picture of what I used to look like, maybe I will post a picture of the espresso machine I want so I will have a constant reminder of why I need to remain focused on my way of living.    With that being said, I’m outta here and hope that you have a good night/morning/afternoon or whatever time of day it is when you read this.

163 days to go.

Personal Bet

Okay I know that I’ve been away from blogging and my apologies for those who were wondering if I fell off the face of the Earth or what.  Nope, the laws of gravity are still working and I’m still here.

While I was on my own for two weeks, I was going primal and only had one day of where I kind of just relaxed.  So what did I get for it, a .5 pound weight gain and an upset stomach.  Then things changed and I ended up falling off the primal train.  At least I can tell that there is a change in things from my being on the diet and not just the weight loss which was almost 7 pounds.  No I’m talking about a change in my attitude and how I felt.  I hadn’t noticed it times before probably because I was allowing other things to occupy the small space in my mind and it just grew out of proportion.  So I think I have that locked up into a smaller space and am tackling it a small bit at a time instead of letting it overwhelm me.

So as convention season rapidly approaches, I find that I’m still extremely fluffy, which is what my hair dresser says because she too is fluffy.  I like her saying that and no we are not fooling ourselves into thinking that we are in shape, we are fluffy and recognize we need a better shape.  Realizing what time of year it is, I’m beginning to wonder if I can even lose enough weight to make a difference for anyone to see.

Why is it important for others to see any weight that I lose, well it is because I like to see that I’m not the only one who notices.  So maybe soon I will stop wearing the baggy long hanging tee shirts so people will see my progress.

Oh, didn’t I say this before….oops, sorry.  I’m going to be going primal again, yes once again I’m going to be focusing on what I eat and hopefully this time I will be more successful in sticking to better eating habits.

Everyone says that you need a goal, something to shoot for so I’ve set one for myself which I will reveal in just a few moments.  Ohhh, teaser!

One of the thing that has been bother me has been my finances, oh sure I have money to pay my bills but wouldn’t you know it, just as I find I have some money to spare an unexpected expense comes up.  One of those expenses is my truck which is 22 years old this month which means it has been a work horse.  Everyone keeps on telling me to get a new car but what they fail to see is that I’m not putting out a monthly car payment which is great and has allowed me to get a few things, maybe a few too many things but at least I’m just barely above living from paycheck to paycheck.  But I digress….   As I was saying, I had an unexpected expense concerning my truck and this was just after I spent money to buy new tires and was about to replace my shocks when blam… major problems with my truck.  My brakes suddenly failed and I heard a horrible noise that I couldn’t pinpoint.  A big repair bill later, my truck is okay but I still feel that it is not running correctly, maybe I will finally get my mechanic nephew to look at it for me.

So I still need some work done on my truck and I need to put my 21-year-old car into the shop just to get it to start.  It has been sitting for 3 years and so I have to have all of the fluids replaced, especially the manual transmission fluid.  They had replaced the slave valve on my manual transmission only didnt bleed it right and the air bubble in the line froze up my gears.  When that happened I didn’t have enough money to put it back in the shop, so it sat and just as I was going to put it into the shop for them to fix it so it can run, blam more problems with my truck.

This is what threw me off earlier while I was being primal and although it was stressful while I was by myself, still stressed because of time, I stayed true to being primal.  Now everything caught up with me and I hopped off being primal but have decided on a new start date and a new goal.

Another thing I was stressing about was that I wanted to buy a new espresso maker because I have a very cheap espresso maker, but at the time I wasn’t sure if this was something that I wanted to do.  So then I watched a lot of videos and did my best with what I had to work with, Mr. Coffee burr grinder and DeLonghi EC15 espresso maker.  Well I knew that my grinder wasn’t very good, especially since it only cost $25, so I moved up to a more expensive grinder, a Rocky grinder.  So I bought this and just after I bought the grinder was when my truck broke down. I watched more videos to try and see how I could improve on my espresso skills and it seems that I just can’t seem to get it right, no matter how I make adjustments.

Seeing that convention season is almost upon me, I need to start saving up my money for the conventions that I’m planning on attending.  So once again I will be putting off getting my Silvia espresso machine but there is a reason.  You know how everyone says that you should reward yourself when you reach your weight goals and it should not be a food reward…well I’m skimming the surface here.  If I reach my weight goal then I will reward myself after my usual convention season by buying my Silvia espresso machine with PID.  Oh and if you don’t know what that is, it a not cheap espresso machine so I can make my lattes and the PID is a device attached to the machine so that it will give me more consistency as I pull my shots of espresso.  I figure I could use all of the help I could get thus why the PID.

So what is my goal?  My goal will be to lose 30 pounds by Monday, August 31st.  Why then, well that is when I leave for my favorite mad time adventure…..DRAGONCON!!!!!

I did a count of the days and since I will be starting on Monday April 6th since the 5th is my mother’s birthday and Easter with candy, I know I will not make it and my will power will down the drain.  So I will begin being primal on Monday, which means that I will have 148 days to lose 30 pounds.

Wow, that’s a lot of days and you might think why don’t I try to lose more?  Well the truth of the matter is that I’ve never lost more than 15 pounds and that was during a 21 days of being primal a couple of years ago.  The hard part will be maintaining the weight loss but my big hope will be to lose even more.  So why only 30 pounds, well that will put me under 200 pounds.  No I’m not up to 230 but I want to be a bit below 200 pounds and I want to be able to see the loss on my body.  Would I like to lose more, heck yeah and I’m hoping that I can continue to lose even more weight.  I know what weight I would like to be but the odds are not so great for me being back to my weight when I first started working in my line of work, which was 125 pounds.

Although based on most weight charts that would make me still overweight and close to being considered obese…but there was very little fat on my body.  That was when I was jo-walking 5 miles a day and really there was virtually no fat, you could not even pinch an inch on my waistline it was that .  No six-pack abs but they were taut.

So my personal bet is if I lose 30 pounds by August 31st, then I will reward myself by buying my Rancilio Silvia w/PID after I get back from DragonCon.

Like I said, it is a lot of days to lose only 30 pounds but the trick will be keeping it off.  One of these days I’m going to don a costume for DragonCon and may even wear a couple.  But I’ve got a lot of work to do until that time and if I get close to the weight then I will have to make a costume.  That is an exciting thing to look forward to and in a way it is another goal I can have.

Will this be the year that makes a difference?  I certainly hope so because I’m tired of taking my BP meds and I’m tired of feeling uncomfortable in my clothes and with myself.  Time to make the body fit my hair.