Change In Line Up

What can I say, I’m stuck on baseball sayings.  Yes I’m still on Plan 66 but there were some changes in the line up this weekend as well as for the next few days.  So let me go back and recap if you don’t mind…and even if you do mind you can’t stop me now cause I’ve already done it.

So with just 66 days to go before I do an early birthday celebration by going to Europe.  This time in Europe I’m doing more countries, last time I did Spain and Portugal although I only touched on a few cities, then I went to the Rock (Rock of Gibraltar), so technically I went to 3 countries.  This time I’m planning on going through 5 countries if things work out right.

On 2/22/18 I stepped on the scale and grabbed a hold of something to keep me from passing out.  My weight was 222.8 pounds.  That is about what I weighed when I last went to Europe and I decided something had to change, namely me and my weight.

Look, I know I should have started sooner but sometimes procrastinating can be useful and in this case it was very useful because it caused me to look back at what was happening to me as I diet.

I lost weight doing Primal Blueprint but it eventually came back, I lost weight doing potatoes and lost weight but it came back.  Well of course it came back, I was going back to my bad eating habits which benefited no one but retailers/fast food places.  I liked the rapid weight loss in potatoes but 2-3 other times I started it again only to see that after 1-2 days on the potatoes, I struck out and ended up falling off the potato bandwagon.  I just couldn’t repeat the success I had the first time and I couldn’t figure out why.  Okay so I still can’t figure out why I couldn’t make it so I decided to try Primal.

I began Plan 66 doing basic Primal Blueprints.  I had a quick 1 pound weight loss on the first day but then it slowed down to about 1/2 pound a day and a touch of weight gain.  I found the reason for my weight gain was that I was not drinking very much water and had a couple of diet sodas.  I was sticking with things and then something changed…..there was a change in the line up.

I knew that I wasn’t losing enough weight to keep me happy and satisfied to stick with this diet so I decided that I would look into the potato diet so see if I could just stay on it for a few days to increase my drop in weight and/or add a potato to decrease my appetite.  Then I came across a potato diet that was rather different from the Potato Hacking that I had done previously.

It was advertised to lose 5 kg or less in only 3 days.  Okay so my curiosity was up and I opened the link.  It was a very simple potato plan it just had me eating potatoes and yogurt.  What the hell was that all about, so I read it once, twice and then went on to another link.  This link also talked about dieting with potatoes only on this plan you could add butter/oil or things like that on only a portion of the potatoes.  Yet something kept me wondering about the 3 day plan so I returned to look at it again.

In the past I had bloated out when eating yogurt so I started looking at the different types of yogurts and fat content as well as no fat content.  So I looked up what some of the best yogurts were for losing weight and I decided to look at my local grocery chain but had to go to a higher end store to find a particular yogurt.

My cart had potatoes and several cups of yogurt and so I went up and checked out and then prepared for the next day when I would start my quick interruption of Primal.  Then a phone call sort of interrupted things but at least I started my p/y (potato/yogurt) diet that morning which consisted of a boiled potato and a glass (cup) of yogurt.

As I stated my plans were interrupted because my brother who had been down in South Africa for almost a year came back to the States and back to the state and was on his way to see us but he didn’t think he would be there in time for lunch so we should eat without him.  Wrong, things went faster than he expected and so we went out for lunch.  We went to one of my favorite Mexican food restaurants and I couldn’t resist, I had my cheese enchilada plate, then we came home and I had to get ready for work but I hadn’t boiled any potatoes for my diet.  I forgot that I was only supposed to have 2 yogurt cups for dinner but instead I had chicken fingers w/BBQ sauce and some yogurt.

The next day I was late getting up and had my breakfast of potato and yogurt and then for lunch I was to have 2 potatoes and managed to eat one potato but couldn’t eat the second one and before I had my yogurt my brother said we were going out to eat.  I could have refrained from ordering but I went ahead and ordered Tacos al Carbon which is basically two beef strip soft tacos in flour tortillas, lettuce, borracho beans, lettuce&tomato as well as rice.  I finished one taco, 2 spoonfuls of beans and most of my rice part of lettuce & tomato but saved my guacamole for take home.

The next morning my brother was already gone back to stateside home and I had breakfast which was tacos and guacamole.  Lunch wasn’t much better and dinner I made fettucine noodles with butter and seasonings.  Boy was I miserable.  It felt like a stone in my stomach and so I did something that I knew I shouldn’t do but I took a laxative.

So you’re wondering what is wrong with taking laxative, well let me tell you that it cleans out your gut of the good bacteria.  I spent part of the night sitting on the porcelain throne (if you know what I mean) but felt so much better when I got ready for bed.  Only problem was I couldn’t sleep and it was 5 in the morning before I was finally able to get to sleep.  Woke up at 11:30 this morning so at least I got some sleep.

As you can tell I definitely had a change up in my eating line up.  Well now comes the news you’ve been waiting for…what was the end result of making poor eating choices?  It seems that I’ve lost 5.1 pounds in 12 days.  Now that may not seem like much but after the horrible eating that I did three days in a row, I’m surprised that my weight isn’t over 225, but it isn’t.

When my brother came in, my weight was 219.7 pounds that morning, after bad eating the next day I had lost 0.6 pounds.  That is what I had been losing while on Primal.  The next day after trying to eat better on the p/y diet for almost half a day, I lost 1.3 pounds.  I know talk about a shock to the system!  So after bad eating on Sunday (Day 11) I lost 0.1 pound and that I’m sure is thanks to taking a laxative although in the past I would weight more than the day before.

Okay another change in my line up, is that for the next 3 days I’m going to try the p/y diet and see if that can’t help kick start my weight loss and then return to eating Primal.  Hey I miss my steak and meat and eating plain potatoes is BORING!!!  But we’ll see how things go when I do the p/y for 3 days.  I don’t want to abuse it so I’m looking for when I could next go back to something like this so I can keep fooling my body into dropping more weight.  I don’t want my scale to stagnate, I want it to move a pound or two each week.

The only other thing I can say is the fact that I haven’t gotten out and exercised either at the gym or gone riding.  Right now I’ll focus on trying to stay on track with p/y and I’ll see what happens from there.

Just in case you can’t tell, I’m happy about still being on the losing side of weight despite my sudden change in line up with my brother coming in from his stateside visit.  So I’m jumping up and down mentally and hoping these next 3 days won’t be too bad on me.

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Plan 66 after a week

Okay so I just finished a week with Plan 66 and it is good and then not so good.  It was a good start with losing 1 pound on the first day but then only 0.5 pound then a 0.3 pound loss followed by a 0.5 gain, then a 0.5 pound loss.

This is a good start because in total for the first week of being Primal on Plan 66, I’ve lost 3.7 pounds.  Yes that is good but of course like everyone else, I want rapid weight loss and want to have my old body back.  BUZZZZ  Wrong thoughts like this are harmful.  This is going to be a big challenge for me because despite my best efforts there have been times when I’ve gone over 50 carbs per day but I haven’t exactly been strictly counting so I’m sure I’ve come close to 100 carbs.  I only exercised one time which was when I had the 1.7 pound loss.

I haven’t bothered to take my measurements although when I put on my work pants on Monday which was day 5, I found my pants were fitting kind of loose and it really surprised me.  It makes me wonder what the heck is happening with my body.  I know I’m slowly losing weight and I know this is what everyone wants but they also want fast results.  I should be happy with the 3.7 pounds loss so far but I’m not.

I’m thinking about trying to do a week of potatoes or maybe just a few days to shake up my body and see how it reacts.  The only possible draw back to this is I really like exercising in the gym on the recumbent bike because it is helping build up my endurance for my recumbent trike riding in the streets.  Unfortunately because I don’t know how far I can ride, I’m hesitant to try and go out to any of my long distance riding routes.

<Left Field Time> I don’t mind getting passed up by faster bicycles (I sort of do but I’m not out for speed, yet) and considering it would take several of their light weight bicycles to equal to the weight of my trike, plus there is my added weight so I have given up worrying about people passing me.  I just don’t know if I have the stamina to go for the 30 mile ride that I’m used to doing.  Lately I’ve gotten used to just taking my time and now worrying about my time out but I’ve got to pick up my pace faster than 7-9 mph because if I’m ever going to finish my trek across the country then I need to strengthen my legs, my arms and especially my lungs. <Returning to main idea>

So why bring all of this up right now?  As I said before I’m seriously thinking about doing potatoes for a few days to help drop some rapid weight but then I should not exercise when on this diet.  Maybe I could get away with 1-2 times a week riding the recumbent?

I need to start doing planks and did them a few weeks ago and I felt the pull in my bas.  No I do not nor have I ever had firm abs and that is not what happened.  I could feel the muscles deep down trying to hold my abs taunt but now that I haven’t used those muscles my flabby tummy is sticking out and sagging really badly.

Perhaps I should continue with the plank exercise and maybe just doing my usual 30 minutes on the bike in the gym.  But maybe the following weekends will be nice enough for me to go riding and somewhere else other than the city streets or even the overcrowded city park trails where no one obeys the rules and it always leads me to having a horrible ride.  So maybe not the trails but some other paths.  Too bad I don’t wake up early enough to ride the trails before everyone else gets on the trails.  It is hard when you don’t get to bed until 3 in the morning.  Oh well I’ll keep you updated and let you know if I do the potato thing for a few days and then return to Primal.  I’ll keep you posted.