P D E – Day 22

This again is going to be a combination entry because I kind of fell behind due to the convention I attended.  It was a 3 day convention and I was disappointed all three days and yesterday I was working on composing a review of the con where I wouldn’t be rude but informative.

Okay so on day 21 I got on the scale and it showed I had gone back up in weight to 201.1.  Although it wasn’t bad I still had to think about my choices I ate the day before (day 20).  I had the scrambled egg sandwich and got home and made hash browns cooked lightly in oil, scrambled eggs and bacon and water.

The weight gain wasn’t too bad but it makes me wonder if anyone else has such an increase when they get off the potatoes and eat other foods or if my body is just weird.  I personally vote for weird.

So now it is Sunday and last day of the con and I start out eating potatoes and rush off to the con with my two bottles of water because I wasn’t planning on staying too long.  I just had a couple of panels I wanted to attend.  Oh well day ruined, late start but I will say this much about the guest, who was John Barrowman, he was the only bright moment in my day.  John was happy and full of energy as he came out and when they told him it was time to wrap it up, he objected.  He said was going to give his fans his full-time and he sent down one of his people to talk with the con people and guess who won?  John did, of course.  Everyone was cheering at the end of his panel and things were looking up.

Got in other line and was sad to learn the person I wanted to see wasn’t there.  Don’t know why, so I went to another panel that was starting at the same time so I go in the back door and guess what….No Guest!  I thought that I must have missed him only to have them say he was on his way.  His handler had forgotten to get him for the panel.  Sorry, I’m going to stop on that subject before I get upset again.  Anyway, got to see Mr. Peter Weller for a whole 15 minutes before they ended his panel while he was still speaking.  I’m stopping now again because ….  It was a waste of my money and the only good thing other than seeing Peter and John were the items that I bought from some of the vendors.

So now let me move on day 22 which is today, Monday.  I stepped up on the scale and no surprise, I had gained weight, my weight had gone up to 203.1 pounds.  I know exactly why he climbed so high.  I was upset and I didn’t feel like having potatoes again so I went out and got a Schlotzsky’s sandwich, chips and water.  Then I was really bad and had 2 scoops of ice cream with fudge sauce.

Did I regret what I ate…sort of.  I really liked the tastes while they were in my mouth and the sandwich was nice and warm in my belly but it was too much but still I had the ice cream which was good for the moment but then the moment was over and I felt ill.  Unfortunately I had to take a laxative to help flush everything out before I threw it up.  So this was the reason for my total weight gain for 2 days being off the diet to climb 3.4 pounds.

So I’m about to make coffee when they call me and tell me my truck is ready and they said they called Thursday but I never got the phone call, which was kind of odd but oh well.  So I walked my 1.25 miles to the bus stop and to the repair garage and got my truck.  It was nice to turn on the A/C in the truck and relax as I was driving and not worry about shifting.

Shifting is very important right now because my foot is killing me, don’t know if it is from having to press the clutch all the time as I was stuck in traffic on Saturday and on Sunday after the con.  I’m back in my work boots and I’m going to see how my foot feels tomorrow and if I’m still in pain I’m going to call my foot doctor and try to make an appointment.

Now here I am on Day 22 back to eating potatoes, okay put about or less than 1/16th of a teaspoon of salt on my lunch potato and mashed potato dinner.  I’m hoping it won’t be as hard to lose.

I’m still doing more searching on the Internet to find out how some of these people changed things from eating potatoes to regular eating when they had a cheat day or when they reached their goal.  I’m still very excited about my weight loss although I’ve gained a few pounds, I know it can come off and all I need to do is refocus my attention on potatoes.

Instead of regretting my cheat days and feeling like I’m in misery and having to get back on my potato diet, I’m going back to it knowing that it works for me and soon I will be under 200 pounds again.  I know I can do it because I did it just a few days ago.  I know that this diet, which is boring, works for me and that I can lose this weight and soon I’m going to help it along.

I know they say no exercise but I’m hoping to be able to do some very light cycling or walking.  I need to move my legs because once I get closer to my weight goal I will need to focus on decreasing my legs which means I will have to do HITT for my large thighs.  Okay now my thighs have always been a bit big because they are well-developed muscles but I learned by doing HITT for walking or for me via cycling, I think I can decrease my thighs in time for my next con in March.

March is only 5 months away and I’ve got to stay focused in order to lose the weight I want to lose.  I would love to be like Penn Jillette and lose 100 pounds in 84 days but he has been at it steadier than me and the goal might be a little bit harder for me but if he can lose that weight and he is a couple of years older than me, than maybe there is some hope for me.

I have a short term goal, lose the 3.4 pounds I gained and get back under 200 pounds.  My next true weight loss goal will be to get down to 190 pounds.  I’m confident I can do it because this is the easiest diet I’ve ever been on as well as the cheapest.  I’ve yet to feel tired or exhausted, sick or have sinus problem.  By increasing my water intake I find that my sinuses are quite so much of a problem and I can see a difference in my skin.

So I’m going to go for now and drink some more water while at work and then go home and think positive about today which has been crazy busy at work but guess that is what is making the time pass so quickly.

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P D E – Day 20

Yes I know I skipped a day but it will be made up here.  Let’s start out by say day 19 was a very busy day.  It was the start of the convention and at first I thought it was me that was feeling funky but nope, it was the convention that wacked me out.  I met someone I work with and all he did was follow me around like a puppy dog which bugged the crap out of me.  I didn’t mind seeing some of the stuff with him but he didn’t give any input into what he wanted to see but then again there wasn’t much to see since the only panels were private panels where you had to pay extra money or the 100 seats filled up before I even got to the door.

You would think that I would have been in a good mood because I was one pound away from my short temporary goal.  Oh yeah so I stepped on the scale in the morning and my weight was 201.0 pounds.  I had hoped to be down to 200 pounds but that didn’t happen…yet.  I want to stay on it until I hit 200 and then give myself a break before jumping back on the diet wagon.

So basically although I was anxious because I was one pound away, the convention did nothing to brighten my spirits.  I liked seeing a few vendors who recognized me from other cons and of course they loved me taking out my card and buying things.  I got home and my feet were aching.  I had just gone out and bought new tennis shoes and special pads for my shoes and wore them all day at the con.  Unfortunately my feet were still sore so I used a peppermint scrub on them and reduced some of the inflammation and cooled the heat in my feet.

 

Day 20

I was extremely anxious.  If I just wouldn’t have given myself that cheat day then I would probably already be down to my short term goal weight but no, I had a cheat day and a partial cheat night and I have been paying the price.

Back to stepping on the scale, I took a deep breath and stepped up expecting to see no change.  SURPRISE!!!!   I was down to 199.7 pounds.  I had gotten below the 200 mark.  At first I thought that this was the lowest I had been since the 1990’s but then I remembered I had gotten to 190 around 2003 only to remember my scale was broken so when I bought a new scale it showed I was only 205.  So I made it on day 20.

 

I LOST 20 POUNDS IN 19 DAYS OF DIETING !!!!!!!!

 

For me this is the first time that I’ve ever been successful at losing this much weight.  I’ve never lost more than 15 pounds at the very most but quickly gained it back.  I know I’m going to gain some back when I take a break but for now I lost a whole 20.3 pounds in 19 days.  This is incredible.

So I went off to the con feeling happy about my loss so I decided to give myself something different.  I scrambled some eggs and made a bacon/egg sandwich.  Yes I know bad for eating bread but I wasn’t going to carry around a baggie of cold scrambled eggs.  I didn’t even have time to eat them at home, so I made the sandwich and rushed off to the con so I could get good parking.  I ate half of the sandwich when I got to my parking spot, trying to savor the taste and texture and saved the other half for later in the con if I got hungry.

I got hungry later and enjoyed my lunch and drank lots of water but that was when I got home.  I wasn’t about to pay $4 for a 17oz bottle of water which was what they were charging.  I wish I could have run across a street vendor who was selling them for $1 and I would have bought one then.  So I drank the two bottles of water I brought and went a little thirsty.

Did I say I was disappointed with the con on Friday…well I figured it being Saturday things would be better….WRONG!  Saturday was a horrible day, nothing was done on time, they cut short the panels which upset the guests and attendees, in short, they did a terrible job which was bringing me down from my earlier high about losing the weight.

So rather than dwell on an unhappy subject, I’m just going to leave on a high note.  I lost 20 pounds in 19 days of eating potatoes and not doing any exercising.  Oh how I love the spud.

P D E – Day 18

Yes I know, you’re wondering what the heck happened to day 17, well I’m just going to incorporate it into this day’s ranting.  Guess I should start out by saying I stepped on the scale and was a little sad but only a little.  I still lost weight, only it was 0.8 pounds, which isn’t much but it is a loss.  So today on day 18 I stepped up on the scale and the weight loss was even less, it was only 0.4 pounds lost.

So it appears that when I took my big cheat day back on day 6, it snapped my lucky losing streak and my weight loss has never been as good since that time.  If only I would have known, then I wouldn’t have taken that cheat day but it did show me something, it showed me that if I could have ever made bad choices for food, I made it on that day.

Today after getting color renewed in my hair, I tried my cold brew coffee and I had used espresso coffee like someone had suggested, but I should have ignored them and followed my own lead by using regular coffee.  It was really strong and since I’m still drinking my coffee black, it was rough on the system and I only ended up drinking 1/4 cup of it.  So I made my regular coffee but I was so busy trying to get things set up for my dinner at work that my coffee had grown cold.

Of course I could have nuked it to warm it up but I live in an old house and none of the wiring has been redone so microwave plus coffee maker plus my airfryer and my television are all on the same circuit which would have tripped the breaker and it takes forever to get things up and running so I just drank my cool cup of regular coffee.

Yesterday I decided to experiment and create some steak fries in my airfryer because it doesn’t use any oil.  It took a little bit longer to cook them and then I had a problem with some of the thicker fries not being fully cooked and since I cut them, I’m blaming me for cutting them too thick on some of the fries.

Now today, I got out my madoline slicer and put the french fries blades on and after I finally remembered how to use the device and so I made quick work of the two potatoes I had washed.  Had to put the waiting french fries in cold water while I cooked some of the fries in the airfryer.  So you’re probably wondering why in the heck was I doing this?

Yesterday we ate some of the thinner french fries that I airfried and they were crunchy,… of course they needed salt but I had them without salt.  So today once I cooked them, the fries came out much crunchier so I took a bag of french fries with me, made some boiled potatoes and made some mashed potatoes.  So I’m set for dinner tonight, day 18 because on day 17 I didn’t take much for dinner.

Big drum roll please…so I took my boiled potatoes and since they had been in the fridge here at work, I only warmed them so they were room temperature and I found that they are not too bad to eat and that I can eat room temp boiled potatoes.

Now you’re probably wondering why this is important enough for me to write about, it is because the odds are not in my favor to be 200 pounds by tomorrow morning, so after talking with my hair stylist, she convinced me that I should stick to my potatoes and to prepare the potatoes just before I leave for the convention and then carry them in my bag while at the convention so if I get hungry I can eat a potato rather than having bad pizza, horrible convention hot dogs/hamburgers, stale chip nachos or overpriced water and sodas.  Instead I plan on bringing a bag of boiled potatoes and carrying in a collapsible water bottle so it can be refilled as many times as possible at water fountain.

You know, today is a really crappy day at work because all I have had are whiners and people who heaven knows how they even reached adulthood because they are all acting like crying babies.  As of this writing I only have 3 1/2 hours until I get off and can escape to my convention the next day.  Come on 11pm, you can’t get her quick enough.

Well I’m out of here before I pull my hair out after talking with people who should not have been allowed to have children because they never matured into adulthood.  Hey I understanding being young at heart but when they seem to digress back to teenage years, then I give up.  Thank goodness it is my Friday and on the real Friday I’ll be at the Con.

So I’m gone and time to do a stroll in the station to try and relax.

 

 

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.