Good Start

Okay so yesterday I broke down and had some baked Pita chips.  However, I did not go over my calorie count, I only ate 170 calories of chips but I couldn’t stop drinking.  No not alcoholic drinks, water and sugar free flavored water.  Believe me when I say it caught up with me.  Every time I started to lay down I felt like I had to go to the restroom and it happened for about an hour until I think I finally did my best to empty my bladder.

So that being said, I woke up closer to 9 in the morning rather than 8 in the morning and had my usual cup of coffee and took my pills.  Ya know your leading a dull life when you look forward to your cup of coffee and pills.  Okay so I only take blood pressure pill, a water pill as well as my nerve pill but still they have to be taken.

After finishing my exciting breakfast coffee, I changed clothes and went to walk the mall.  Oh wait I forgot to tell you about stepping on my scale.  Other than my scale crying out for mercy and for me to get off, I saw that I lost 2 pounds from yesterday.  Well that put a spring into my step while walking the mall and then exhaustion hit.  Well not really exhaustion, more of feeling sore.

I just bought some new shoes with new inserts which I had been wearing only these were new and were correcting the way I was walking.  It made my calves a little sore but a little bit of stretching when back at home really helped.  So I finished my walk and went to an auto place to see about getting my vehicle inspected but they said I would have to come back after 1 p.m. and then there were 2 people ahead of me.  I told him I couldn’t wait because I had to get to work in the afternoon and left.  So I drove to the store and while there I realized that I didn’t feel like working.

Yes I know we all get the feeling once in a while where we don’t want to go to work and it was hitting me hard.  So I finished shopping and went home.  I began to wonder something, when I used to live in the same county where the car is currently registered I used to have to get a special emissions testing done on all vehicles registered in that county.  Well I know we don’t have that restriction in my county so I thought I needed to see about possibly getting my vehicle inspected up there.

I wrote to a friend who lives in the same county and luckily found out just like in my county, I could go to a grocery store and pay for my registration there.  So I decided that I would take off of work tomorrow and go get my vehicle inspected and registered.  I had originally planned to spend the weekend but it turns out that they are predicted to have massive thunderstorms on Saturday.  Well only a 60% chance but that is a better chance of rain than where I live.

So I asked my boss and he approved and so I let the book-keeping lady know so she could mark it in her calendar and put in the paperwork so now I have the next day off.  My plan is to drive up there relatively early and get the vehicle inspected and then get it registered and hopefully I can then check into my hotel.  If I get it done earlier than expected then I will drop by the North location of the trike shop and try and get some more information about when my stuff for my trike will be ready to go so I can rent a big car and drive up there.

Wow, I forgot this is about my crazy dieting well I’m about to return to that information but today it is almost a carbon copy of yesterday.  As a matter of fact I’m going to be copying most of it and post it to today’s food information.  HOWEVER, there was a change, I found a new ice cream which I couldn’t resist trying and according to the label, there are 4 servings in the pint and each serving is only 180 calories.  So that is the only change.

As of right now, I just finished eating my dinner and OMG, I’m stuffed.  I’m beginning to wonder what in the hell was I thinking with all that I ate.  Oh wait I ate an extra steak finger so I’ll have to adjust my calorie count.  I may not have the ability to take in anything else except drink a lot of water which I don’t want to do.  Wait don’t get me wrong I want to drink water and would rather fill up with water but I also will have the problem of having to go to the bathroom too much which can be a bother when I’m having to do so much driving tomorrow.

 

Breakfast:

My coffee   – 100

 Breakfast total:  100

Lunch

1 Nathan hot dog/skinless – 160

2 tbsp Wolf Brand Hot Dog Sauce – 30

1 tbsp Mayo – 11

1/8 cup HEB Colby/Jack fancy shredded cheese – 55

1 slice Nature’s Own Whole Wheat bread – 10

1/2 serving Tater Rounds – 85

Lunch total:   351

Dinner

4 breaded steak fingers – 540

1/2 serving tater rounds – 170

Dinner total:  710

Snacks:

Blue Bell 2 step cookie dough ice cream – 180

Iced My Coffee – 100

Snack total:  280

 

Well things are looking mighty tight here, it turns out my total calorie count for the day is 1441, although it is not the full amount, my aim is to get less than the suggested amount.  I’m just hoping that the 2.56 miles that I walked earlier today will help considering how much I ate.  OMG I feel like I’m bursting at the seams.  I don’t think I want to eat this much at one time anyway….ever!

I’m just hoping that it will not stretch out my stomach too much.  I fear for tomorrow because I will be pretty much sitting down most of the day.  Oh wait, I forgot they have an exercise room at the hotel I’m staying at so I can go work out and then I can even wash my hair when I’ve finished working up a sweat.  So it will be hard tomorrow to watch what I eat but I want to be below 200 pounds by the end of the month and not be below by only 1/10th of a pound.  So I’ve got some work ahead of me since my weight this morning was 204.7 which was 2 pounds I lost from yesterday.

Doing happy dance again, maybe I can shake off more calories.  I wish!!!

See ya tomorrow!!

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CC Day 2

So this is the second day and just in case you didn’t read it on the other page, I didn’t have the protein shake with strawberries.  So I found I was tired when I went home and it was hard for me to resist grabbing a beer or making a mixed drink to unwind.  Believe me it was hard not to fall back on that bad habit.  I guess all of the stress from my job which I didn’t experience for 3 months due to the open heart surgery has hit me hard.  I’m trying to let it roll off me but it is not the easiest thing for me to do but let’s just say it is a work in progress.

So now back to important stuff.  So I stepped up on the scale expecting to see a big weight gain but instead I found I had lost weight.  Yes after stuffing my face and going over by 144 calories.  Guess the hard work on mowing the lawn really paid off.

Thankfully I finished the last bagel yesterday so I wasn’t even tempted to have it because I had too much to eat yesterday based on my calorie count.  So I started out with a protein shake for breakfast.  So now that I finished my protein shake, I had to get outside and finish mowing the last 1/2 of my yard.  The odd thing was that it wasn’t as hot today because I got out there almost 1 1/2 hours earlier than yesterday but I was so sweaty that I couldn’t even stand myself and was very happy to hop in the tub to clean up.

So before I go into listing my food I will say that I stepped on the scale again after showering and found I had dropped weight which of course delighted me.  It showed my weight had dropped to 202.8.  Okay it wasn’t as much as yesterday’s mowing weight loss but the way I figure it was because I didn’t have as much to mow.  At least that is my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

 

Breakfast:

Strawberries added to protein shake  –  218.5

 

Lunch:

Roast beef/cheese sandwich  – 167

1/2 Avocado  – 161

12 tortilla chips  – 125

Blue Bunny mini vanilla swirl – 140

 

Dinner:

HEB sliced brisket 3 oz – 220

Angel hair spaghetti w/butter – 100

 

Late night snack:

2 Vodka in diet orange sodan – 196

2 snack size classic hummus – 240

15 bakes Pita chips sea salt – 200

 

Okay so that is what I’m figuring I will be eating for dinner.  In looking at the count it is about 1091.5 which means I have a wee bit of room just in case I get hungry later.  This has been a very busy day at work and I might just use up the calories fixing something to drink later after work or else I just might have a bit more brisket other than the 3 oz listed on the package.

So until I check in next day I’m out of here to stuff my face after I handle this next customer and then take my meds.

Time out I went crazy after I got home and ended up having a double on the drink because it was a rough night at work, then I bought snack size hummus and Pita chips and sort of pigged out.

After all of my pigging out which seriously put me over the top on the calorie count which came out to 1,767.5.  I started out good but wiped out after work.

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.

Plan 66 Off To Good Start

Well just as the title says, things are off to a good start.  Thankfully I managed to lose 1 pound.  Now that may not seem like much but let me tell you my resolve was dearly being tested yesterday which was what….my first day of Primal Plan 66.

I had almost forgotten that one of my co-workers had talked me into going with her to see Jeff Dunham.  So I said okay and already paid her for the ticket.  The only think is that I didn’t realize she wanted to do the rodeo which was the venue where Jeff was performing.  So I woke up and rushed around, picking up my truck which just had a new headliner and sun visors installed.

My busy day started with picking up my truck, then taking my mother grocery shopping and the next thing I knew it was starting to rain so I called my friend and asked her if she still wanted to go and she said yes.  Unfortunately she wanted to do the whole afternoon at the rodeo.  Amazingly I managed to survive the rodeo and the reason I say survive is because I have a slight reaction to some of the critters in the rodeo.  Thankfully we didn’t actually go until the evening but since we were sitting up in the nose bleed seats, thank goodness for Jumbotron which is a huge honkin’ screen which allowed us to see what was going on in the area.

So why is it important to mention rodeo, well it was because I was really struggling to stay low on the carb count.  My friend had quite an appetite and like most people when it comes to tasting it is a wonderful way to see what you like.  I was guilty of doing a taste test of 2 dips but it was what I could taste on a pretzel.  I only taste tested 2 dips but then we came across a wine slushy sample.  Of course I had to try it.  It was good and I bought 2 packages of the stuff you mix it with to make the slushy and also bought a wine slushy and when I give myself a cheat time I will make a wine slushy.

A short time later after spending money, I figured it was time to get something to eat because I last ate at 7:45 a.m. and it was not around 4:00 p.m.  So we went in search of food, I hesitated because my friend had just eaten 2 hours prior but she said she was hungry so we went in search of food.  Earlier in the afternoon it had been very cold, windy and lightly misting.  We went inside the exhibit hall in time because for the next two hours it rained.

Now I don’t know how many of you have been to things like State Fairs, Rodeos, carnivals, etc., but the food is usually fried everything and wonderful tasting and terribly high in carbs.  But at that time I didn’t care and then I came across something called the Whole Hog, which was a sausage, pulled pork and bacon all on a 6″ hogie.  It was too tempting so I ordered one and asked my friend if she wanted to share some of my tater tots.

OMG the Whole Hog was awesome.  I put on a small amount of BBQ sauce since the pulled pork didn’t have any on it and then a touch of ranch dressing because they said the sauce was spicy.  Spicy and me are not good friends.  When I finally got my tater tots, they put chili and cheese on them because I had to wait too long.  We sat down on damp seats because it had been raining off and on the day before and it had rained just 30 minutes ago.  We were definitely cold as we sat there and ate, I only ate 1/4 of the tots.  I could not even finish the sandwich before I hit the wall, my tummy said I was happy and so I stopped or else my tummy would have made me regret it.

I grabbed a drink of water from a fountain, avoiding sodas and sweetened tea, and went back inside to wash our hands and thankfully the water was very warm.  It was a quick way to warm us up.

So we watched the rodeo, scratch that off my bucket list although it was never on my list, from the nose bleed section.  We were there before a vendor with beer and water finally came out way.  I paid $5 for a 20 oz bottle of water.  Yes it is highway robbery but when you’re thirsty it was worth it.

We were supposed to be done by 10:45 p.m. but Jeff went a little long as he introduced a new character and finally the show ended at 11:30 p.m.   Well since we got a ride to the rodeo, and my friend thought there was a quick in and out but I showed her no quick way in for her son to pull in and pull out of the area.  So we walked about 1/2 mile to my place of business where her son was waiting for her and I managed to reconnect with my phone.

It seems I left my phone in the car.  It was hell being without it…not really just a little bit odd.  It would have helped pass time while we waited for the show but I survived.  So we talked for a while with the overnight shift workers until traffic cleared up.  I was happy to be reunited with my phone and then I drove home.  I needed a caffeine shot before driving because I ended up walking about 4 miles at the rodeo and I was tired so slammed down a diet coke (yes I know I’m not supposed to have sodas) and went home.  I drank at least 32 oz of water and grabbed a strip of bacon and tried to stay awake.  I failed and crawled off to bed to try my new bamboo pillow.  I can’t say how I slept because exhaustion is a good way to insure I sleep soundly as well as the temperature being cold.

I was a very busy person yesterday and maybe that was why I lost 1 pound.  Hey it may not be much but it is a good start.

P D E – Day 23

I like the number 23 for some reason but today I got a good reason again to like it.  I didn’t lose very much weight from my eating yesterday but that is because I haven’t been taking in as much water as I previously did and I must admit to a small sprinkling of salt, about a pinch if that much.  However, I seem to have grown accustomed to drinking my coffee black; still a little bit yuck but I don’t think I will be putting much in my coffee when I’m not required to drink it black.

Well I stepped up on the scale this morning it showed I only had a 0.3 pound loss.  Yes I know it isn’t much of a loss but at least it was a loss and that is what I’m working for….losing weight and I really don’t want to find what I lost…LOL!  I think the moral is that I need to be more selective when I take a break from the diet but this time as I did my break I thought a little bit better of what I was eating on my first cheat day but the second day I was tired, exhausted and not feeling happy especially after my experience at the con.  So I ordered out and brought it home and ate all the wrong things but then as I told you took something to flush my system.

Perhaps I’m a little bit slower in losing on my first day back is because after the flushing I gave my system, it needed time to get the proper bacteria back into my gut so then I can get back on track to losing more weight.

Oh I discovered something today and I’m sorry I didn’t figure this out before.  So it is possible that my microwave is about to go out and it is okay because it is a touch over 20 years old; so the thing I noticed is that not all of the food is heated up equally.  So I took a russet potato, cut it in half, turned the cut half to the bottom of the wax-coated paper plate, then cooked it for almost 2 minutes, then turned it over and cooked it for shy of 2 minutes.  Well I noticed that it seemed sort of dry which meant that I probably nuked too much of the moisture out of it.  I hate dry potatoes so I took some of my water and poured over the potato half and then sort of mashed it down with my fork and did this a couple of times until it resembled mashed potatoes but left it in the shell of the potato skin.  I ate it (yes the skin too) and it reminded me of twice baked potatoes.  It changed up the texture a bit and that really was a nice change.

Now there aren’t really too many different ways to prepare potatoes plain except to boil, bake or broil and broiling doesn’t really turn out that well, most of the time the potatoes stick.  I use the microwave, boil them or use my airfryer but even that gets tiring…oh yeah I also blend them in mixer so they come out mashed.  So pretending that these are twice baked potatoes is the newest way for me to eat the potatoes and for now my brain is fooled and my taste buds only partially fooled.

So I was talking with someone about this and they were sad because they weren’t losing weight as rapidly as me.  I had to remind her that she only had 15 pounds to lose where I had 90 pounds to lose so yeah in the beginning the weight quickly disappeared.  But it has been a struggle for me, not so much this week as I started back on plain potato eating.

I’m sitting here thinking that if I hadn’t had that very first cheat day I probably would have lost more by this time but that is water under the bridge and I’ve lost those pounds.  Then I reached the 20 pound goal and made it but then allowed myself to have not 1 cheat meal but one whole day and one cheat meal which I split and ate at different times.  So if my final goal is to lose 90 pounds, with the 20 pound loss I would have only had 70 pounds to go but my 3.4 pounds put a damper on things but still I ate within reason yesterday.  As of today I have 72.8 pounds to lose and it may not seem like much but the more I look at it the more I realize that the last time I was down this much in weight was in 2000 when I went to Spain/Portugal/Rock of Gibraltar and I ended up losing 22 pounds in 17 days.  I was 16 years younger back then and despite eating whatever I wanted, I had kept it off for several months after my trip.

I know my goal is obtainable although it isn’t the weight I would like to weigh but I figured one step at a time.  I’m thinking about doing some light HITT cycling so let me explain in case I didn’t do it before.  I read that in order to decrease the size of one’s thighs, they should do HITT exercises and they said if doing it on the bike to keep the pedals spinning fast and not to be climbing hills.

Of course I nervous that this might make my muscles kick in and then I wouldn’t be allowing the potatoes to do their magic on my body but I really dread just sitting around and looking at how large my thighs have gotten.  So since I’m not so sure if I’m going to mess things up, maybe I’ll put off the spinning of pedals for a bit.

It may seem silly to you especially since I have such a long way to go but I think that I only have a little over 70 pounds to go and 70 is so much lower than 90 and although it isn’t much I feel as if this time I can make my goal.  I don’t imagine myself to be able to lose 100 pounds in 84 days like Penn Jillette, but I would love to be at my final goal weight by Christmas but I’m sure I’ll need a bit more time to hit my goal; however, it won’t stop me from hoping.

It is easy and sometimes I’m worried that it might be too easy for me so when I take a cheat day or meal everything will come back on my body.  For the first time in a long time I’m able to actually feel as if my work pants are too big but I’m wearing my new work pants because my old one split in the butt area.  Maybe that was another reason for me needing to go on a diet.

So I decided to start saving to buy a new recumbent trike besides still saving for my car.  I don’t plan on doing a loan for either one so that means I’m going to have to really save if I want the car of my choice rather than the car of my meager means.  Then I want to buy my recumbent trike that folds and has front and rear end suspension so when I finally am able to complete my ride I can do it a little bit more comfortably.  At least the trike will cost less but by then hopefully all of the bugs will be worked out and I will be significantly lighter and will be ready to use the trike to complete my trike journey.

Well back to reality, I did buy an aero press to make coffee and I like it because it will allow me to make coffee and/or espresso.  I don’t know if I want to try espresso right now because the truth is I don’t do a good job with espresso on other machines and I can’t seem to handle it nor can I seem to get it to come out with crema.  Any who I don’t really drink espresso straight, it is much too strong and I need add the frothed milk so I can handle the drink so it will be a while.  But then again I’m now drinking coffee black….maybe…not.

Okay time to go for now, so I’m very slowly losing weight, but still losing after my binge.  Time to pay for my taste buds’ pleasure.

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.

Day 1 of Challenge

So just like the title states, this is day one of the challenge and so I decided to do a few things, first off was to step on the scale. I had stepped on the scale last night after a day of just eating whatever I wanted and was a little sad because I knew I would be heavy but seeing the scale jump up to 218.9 was a big shock, no I take that back it wasn’t a big shock, I thought I would weight even more.  I think my only saving grace was the fact that I was sick previously and that might have kept down my weight just a tad.

 

Well I got  6 hours of sleep and yes I know that I should have gotten more but finally the sun came out and wouldn’t you know it was shinning right in my window despite the curtain covering the window, the sun found the one spot that wasn’t fully covered on my window so I guess it was the day’s way of telling me to get my fanny out of bed.  Now it was at 0830 hours and I’m sure quite a few of you are already at work and up doing something having been up for at least an hour but seeing that I work until 2300 hours, that is 11 pm for all you other people who don’t know what time 2300 hrs is.

 

So I get off at 2300 hrs which means that I must then drive home and around 2300 hrs is when a lot of people change to go to other bars or some people are heading out from private parties and more often they are going out to the outer area of the city which is the direction I’m heading.  But enough of that whining, I stay up after that and do not go to bed right away.  Honestly it is hard to just jump into bed  after getting off work, I know almost none of you go to bed right away after you get off work because you need to wind down, which is why I’m lucky if I’m in bed at 0200 hrs.

 

Okay enough of my whining, let me tell you a little bit of good news.  I got up and although my sinus problem is still with me, it is not so bad.  I got up and stepped on the scale expecting to weigh pretty close to my weight of 218.9 pounds but I got a huge surprise, I stepped up on the scale and was surprised to find that my weight was 214.7 pounds.  I know I couldn’t believe that somehow I had managed to lose over 4 pounds overnight.  It didn’t make any sense and I moved the scale all around to try and get a heavier weighing but guess what, it didn’t vary.  This was definitely a great way to start my 21 day challenge.

 

Yet I didn’t stop there, I realized that I needed to get up off my butt and do something so I went out for a nice walk.  Following along Mark Sisson’s way which is move slowly.  I wasn’t out to break some type of walking/running record, besides my days of being able to run/jog are over thanks to foot injuries.  So feeling good after my cup of coffee and following it up with a cup of water, I went out for a walk around the neighborhood and didn’t worry about time or how fast I was walking.  I then finished my walk and learned that I had walked 0.7 miles, which was quite enjoyable because I could breathe  without gasping for air.  I know that the allergies are going wild because the wind has picked up but I’m going to follow the advice of some of my co-workers which is to take a teaspoon of local honey.

 

Oh speaking of local honey, I went to the farmers market and grabbed something that is pretty local but because I live in a large city there is not any bee farms within the city but at least I’ve found some that is just about an hour or less away.  I’m looking forward to starting this regime so that the next blast of pollen will not stir up my allergies quite as much.  We’ve had problem with Mountain Cedar and although I’m not allergic to it, it has reached levels over 16,000 count so whether or not you’re allergic to that pollen, it still affects everyone.

 

So I’m working on doing things the right way.  I took my blood pressure and unfortunately it is rather high, so I took my medication and I think it will work later on in the day but I still need to go see the last doctor who gave me that Rx so that I have one less thing to worry about for the moment.

 

I pulled out my new gas grill and started it up and put some thin steaks on the grill and am using my grill mate which means that I’m cooking the steaks with indirect heat which I hope will leave them a little bit juicy but I also have to under cook them since I’m planning to take them with me to work and will need to nuke them, but I’ve got dinner all planned since I’ve just finished cooking some spaghetti squash and will include some broccoli for dinner tonight.

 

Right now I’ve got to sign off so I can finally get something to eat since I’m finally hungry and then I have to start getting ready for work.  I’ll be back soon to let you know how things are going.

 

So I got out my grill and cooked some thin cut steaks for dinner and for tomorrow’s lunch, as well as cooked some spaghetti squash and prepped some broccoli.  This is what I have planned for dinner tonight and I hope to make the other people at work a touch envious of my dinner.  The best thing about going primal on my eating habits is that I must admit my work lunch (actually it is dinner) always seems so much better than some of the stuff I would have to buy.

 

Sometimes time gets the better of me and I would have to resort to fast-food when I eat but being primal makes me actually plan ahead and figure out what I can eat and the best thing of all is that when I eat primal I do not get an upset stomach.  I have noticed that now since I have cut out night shade produce my digestion problems have dramatically reduced.  Come to think of it, I remember that I went through half a bottle of Tums in about a week just about the time my family was due to arrive for our Christmas celebration.  It was not because I didn’t want to see them, no I love seeing my family but we were rushing around trying to get everything ready in the house for their visit.  So between not eating right and the stress I guess that also lowered my ability to fight off the sinus infection.

 

Hopefully I will be able to try some meditation tonight and if not I will at least end the day with some relaxing deep breathing or at least breathing as deeply as possible to calm and even out the day.

 

RECAP –

So I got woken up by the sunlight streaming through the one crack in my bedroom window.  Not a bad way to wake up especially since I haven’t seen the sunshine in a couple of days.

Went for a short walk in the sun, taking things at a casual pace so I didn’t overtax myself and wear myself out so I can go to work tonight.

Grilled some steaks for tonight’s dinner and tonight I get to leave work a little early so I will try to do some meditation and/or deep breathing exercises to further relax after work.

Meals:  Breakfast – coffee w/cream; Lunch – Homemade chicken soup w/sandwich (yes I know not exactly following primal on the sandwich but it was only 20 carbs and I had to grab something quick); Dinner – thin steaks about 4-5 oz, spaghetti squash w/butter and broccoli.

Based on what I will be eating and have consumed, I should be well under the 50 grams of carbs.

So far things are looking pretty good and I’m a little tired because I’m not completely over my sinus infection.  But in the past eating primal and trying to be more active has always helped in the past.

 

So far Day 1 of the 2015 Challenge is looking pretty good.