[The previous post on this topic stated what I am planning to do. Having a bit of a problem getting started, though.]
Day 1, Sunday, August 4, 2013 – 209.8
With family about on the weekends it is always tough – and I think I have a bit of a getting used to the notion of ‘dieting hard’. We had some kids over and I was designated to go to Papa John’s Pizza for 2 pies for the gathering. I only had Papa John’s pizza once before and something in their ingredients sent me on a ravenous 3-day eating binge, so I am more wary of Papa John’s than any other pizza.
I did not have any – well, I did, if 3 bites late in the evening count, and it was dutifully recorded as a 1/4 slice.
When I got the pizza I also picked up a 24 oz Dunkin Donuts caffeinated coffee – my total input of caffeine for the day. My energy levels are beginning to return to some semblance of normal WITHOUT 4 times as much coffee as it used to be. I have even gotten used to having no coffee in the AM. Even more interesting: I’ve noticed that drinking coffee in the evening actually causes insomnia now! I used to be able to drink a pout and usually fall asleep right after.
I am beginning to react to coffee like a normal person. For the current diet experiment I am not going to throttle back on the caffeine any further – I’ll chill at the current level until the 30 days is up then decide if I want to take it down further.
While a nice day, I committed to do some cleaning in my basement, which has become like The Portrait of Dorian Gray of basements. My daughter and threw away years, if not decades of stuff that was once too good to throw away, but at 50, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life as a curator of my past life. So out went VHS video tapes I’ll never watch, obsolete gadgets i’ll never use, and even a useless shower radio given as a gift that has hung around for nearly 20 years.
It was mid-afternoon before I ate. i did have decaf coffee with cream, but no solid calories. The pizza was tempting me so instead I had some peppered salami with 2 ounces of cheese on top. I layered the salami on a plate and put a chunk of raw milk cheddar cheese on top and nuked it in the microwave until it melted, then threw oregano on top.
My daughter asked: “Daddy – is that your pizza?”
I hadn’t thought of it like that, but I suppose she was right. It was my substitute.
It was much better hot than cold. I ate it with a fork and the raw milk cheddar was mild enough to work in the dish. Simple and fast – and so good I made myself a second plate immediately after.
I haven’t quite got the hang of the ‘not eating when not necessary’. Yeah – it was low carb, but the first plate was for hunger and the second for fun – my first flub.
In the evening my wife cooked delicious stuffed squash with pork and boneless short ribs with daikon radish. Both low carb, but again I ate too much. I must find out her short rib recipe – it was too good and a 7” long chink of daikon radish is only 8 net carbs – and tasted like chunks of potato – I have to experiment with this more.
I also drank a LOT of seltzer. As mentioned, I have given into the MiO ‘water enhancers’ and it sure does make me drink more. I must have guzzled down 2 liters during dinner. I have to be careful here and limit this. It’s a double-edged sword: it beats coffee as I am avoiding stimulants and does get me to drink more water, but I want to keep it to a minimum as the ‘oral fixation’ allure that sweet crap can trigger is just replacing one bad habit with perhaps a lesser bad habit – and this time I want to ditch as many bad habits as possible – not replace them with others.
Alas, the same flub as before – nothing high carb – I just ate too much.
Later I was looking for sweets and avoided the cake and other goodies and went for some sour cream with a few drops of vanilla and a few drops of Splenda.
All-in-all not a bad day from a low carb standpoint, and I did meet my goal of 70% or more calories from fat, but I’ve got to lower the overall intake.
Fat: 239g (74%)
Net Carbs: 53g