Day 16 Alternatives Found

As the title suggested, I’m finding some alternatives for what I’ve been craving which is STARCH and CARBS!!!!!!!   So yesterday I had interrupted my typing of the information so that I find some healthier alternatives to what I was craving and boy did I have to do some real hard looking.  I went to Mark’s Daily Apple site to try and find some alternatives and I searched the cookbooks dealing with Primal Blueprint to see if there was some sort of substitute and found one.  I’ve been really craving mashed potatoes and found a meal where it mentioned taking cauliflower and blending it down to the consistency of mashed potatoes so the idea was there in my head and I had some shopping to do so that was what I did after I got off of work.

I should have walked yesterday but that didn’t happen.  So this morning I wake up and after spending an hour trying to go to sleep I finally get to sleep only to wake up a few hours later to the sound of neighbor dogs barking and for a few moments I thought it was my dog barking so I was startled out of my sleep and was out of bed in a flash.  I realized that it wasn’t my dogs barking so I got back into bed and went back to sleep.  I’ve been so tired with only about 4-6 hours of sleep for the last few days and I tried to go back to sleep after waking up at 0730 hours.  So that lasted until about 0900 hours this morning when my mechanic called me and told me that I had a cracked distributor cap and went on and the long story short is basically replace parts and do a tune up so I told him to do it because I needed it for my baby truck.  Yes it is a baby truck because it is a V6 and not a V8.

So I’m up and then my mother tells me that her remote control for her cable box is out so I have to quickly hop in the shower, as I’m drinking my coffee and rush out and take my mom to the cable store, run and pick up coffee and hope she doesn’t have to wait too long for me and then come home and fix lunch/dinner for myself.  I had a hankering for fried chicken and with the oat flour, cauliflower and turnips I bought hopefully will be a nice substitute for hash browns or at least I’m hoping that will work out but that will happen another day, ran out of time today.

So went home and cooked fried chicken and made mashed cauliflower only instead of using regular flour I used oat flour. It gave it a different taste and texture and unfortunately it absorbed too much of the grapeseed oil.  So let me get right to it when it comes to my eating.  First I’m a bad person, I had bought some Girl Scout cookies and had to try a few.

2 Dulce de Leche cookies  – 10 g

3 Tag Alongs – 20 g

3 Savannah Smiles – 14 g

So as you can see I’ve already done quite a bit of damage so let me to ahead and account for all of my other bad stuff.


BREAKFAST:  coffee, 2 slices of bacon – 2 g

LUNCH:  fried chicken breast w/mashed cauliflower – 26 g

DINNER:  friend chicken breast w/mashed cauliflower – 26 g


Okay well I’m pushing my count but I’m coming up with 98 grams of carbs per day.  Not bad but I could have done better but at least I’m killing my craving for foods that are bad for me.  Of course I would have been better if I hadn’t had the cookies but after just a few I felt sick.  Maybe lesson learned.

Maybe I should step on the scale again because I went from 204 to 207.8 on the scale today.  Not very good at all.

Was hoping to go walking after work but I’m actually quite tired so I think I will try to call it an early night and maybe try to get to sleep before 0300 hours in the morning.  This lack of sleep if killing me.  But at least tomorrow I get my truck back and it will be nice to be in my truck.

Now the VW Golf is nice but it has bucket seats and I have large thighs, have always had large thighs since I was a kid but boy howdy does it make it uncomfortable to drive sitting in those seats.  Back to the broad seat of my truck tomorrow.  Ohhhh life in the luxury seat….not but I can pretend!


Day 10 and on the road

Okay just as the title suggests, I’m on the road and I really haven’t been on the road, literally on the road driving long distance in several years.  I think the last time was 2010 and let me tell you I really, really hate driving especially the route that I was driving today.  However things were a little bit different, it turns out that all of the construction that I had to go through the last time I traveled on the same route has finally changed and it turns out that most of the highway has been fixed and is nice and relatively new, relative because I’m not sure when the work was completed.

So woke up and hit the snooze alarm once and then ended up turning off the alarm.  I got up thinking a quick shower and then I would be on my way because I did most of my packing the night before…..  WRONG!   Just as I was getting ready I realized that I had to wash my hair which is no easy task because I have a whole lot of hair and it is about mid breast level and believe me when I say that it is no easy feat to wash my hair.  Once that was done I then had to go about putting all of the stuff in it before I wrapped it up wet in a clip and started gathering stuff for my trip.

I had been dreading the whole drive for the last few days but my mechanic told me that I should put more miles on my truck which is nearly 20 years old so I double checked with him and although he said he could not predict what could go wrong he said as far as he could see everything should be good to go.  So go I did and I added a quick 275 miles on my truck bringing it closer and closer to 200,000 miles but still got a way to go.

So I’m ready to head out and it is about noon so I stop by a local fast food restaurant and grab a burger/fries and a drink.  I ate the burger right away because I was really hungry but only had about 7 of the fries and of course had all of the diet drink.  I don’t like to drink water too much while driving because for some reason it really makes me go more frequently.

The drive was enjoyable except for the last 50 miles when I hit traffic and rain, I hate driving in the rain.  So stressed out from that part and got in to my brother’s house which meant that I had to go to the back door and use my key to get in meaning I had to try to avoid walking through a small patch of mud.  I only worry about the mud because my brother has a light colored carpet and I didn’t want muddy footprints all over.  Unloaded my truck and then headed off to the Senior Assisted living facility where my friend is.

After a few minutes I went in to see her, don’t know what I expected to see but I was kind of shocked to see her so weak.  I have always seen her so spry and active and although I know that the bronchitis took its toll on her I still was a tad bit shocked.  What really made me smile was that she was still sharp and quick witted which made me smile and feel good.  How is it that I came to see her and hope to make her laugh when she turned it around and made me feel good.  I really love that woman.

Then we went out and had tacos and a few chips for dinner.

So I don’t know what the carb count was but I would pretty much guess that no matter what it was, it put me over the 100 gram count.  That is one of the problems with being on the road, you really can’t plan for doing something or at least I can’t plan.  Oh sure I try to do something good but most of the time I don’t follow through on eating good while on the road so it will be an ahh forget about it type of day.

GOOD:  visited with sick friend, enjoyed my family’s company.  Having a good day even though I was driving long distance.

BAD:  What I ate and not eating very well.  Short broken sleeping.  Driving long distance.

Well I’m sort of mixed up in the head right now because I’m tired due to a lack uninterrupted sleep, one of these days I will sleep 8 hours but usually I only get that when I’m sick.  Oh yeah, well got caught in the rain when my made my pit stop…you know bladder run.  So was wet then and then the cold of the rain sunk in, got rained on going into the senior living facility and going in and out of a store all still staying a bit wet and with of course no jacket.  But I’m not going to buy a jacket because I have about 10-12 jackets that are all hanging up in my closet back home.  See how smart I am by remembering to grab one.

I used to enjoy driving and being on the road but when I started making really long distance trips that were 968 miles and it took about 18 hours or sometimes longer to make and I used to do it usually once or twice a year, I got burned out.  So I’m not keen on driving because of those really long road trips.  Most of all what really bugged me was the fact that my dogs used to always say that they would take their turn driving but would they do that…..NO!  Those lazy dogs, Catcher and Slider would always promise to help driving but in the long run they would just lay down on the back seat and go to sleep.

Wow, now that I think about it, this is the first trip that I’ve made by myself in 17 years.  Kinda missing my co-pilots but I guess they are with me in spirit too bad their spirit couldn’t share the driving.  I miss my girls and I’ll miss my friends, shedding hair, dog slobber and their love they gave me.