Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26

Clearly I need to change something. Perhaps I need to revert back to potatoes for a week? I don't know. I did learn a secret to potatoes recently though. Put them in a ziploc bag and let them re-absorb their juice for better potato flavor. Something to think about.....

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24

Had a total relapse last night, left alone to my own designs. Not good, but not the end of the world. Got it out of my system I hope and today is a new day.

Had a little oatmeal this morning. Haven't actually cooked oatmeal in many years. It is the knife cut kind because the kernels aren't rolled and take longer to digest. (At least that's the intent.) I threw in an apple and cinnamon. Not bad, but not sweet at all. The apples were not overcooked, but no sugar added sapped the sweet right outta the apples. Next time I'll dice the apples, not cook them, but throw them on after the oats are done. The first half I ate was straight out of the pan. Not too bad. The second half, of one serving, I mashed up a handful of fresh blueberries & thew them in. Yumm!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 23


I received my new Bluetooth scale yesterday. I'll connect today and start using that tomorrow. I know, a scale, big deal. But if it helps simplify things, then I'm all in. It was $50 on Amazon and rated well.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22

Sadly, last night I broke and had some lunch meat. It was good. Thinking about it I like the texture and feel of meat. Greens are different. They have stiff spines and are stringy. I guess I don't like that it feels like they are not completely chewed, even though they are pulverized. Fruits may have different textures, but when chewed, texture is pretty consistent. It feels chewed. Greens don't feel chewed. Huh. But then what about seeds or nuts? They are not stringy, but slightly chunky and that seems ok. Interesting, because I have not thought about this. So I guess I need to get past texture issues in foods. There's still flavor issues too......

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21

3 weeks & 30 pounds. That's not bad! It'd be nice if it were a little more, but I'm happy. I wonder if I'd be at a little lower weight if I had more of the cold shock to increase heat production, use more calories, loose more weight. Cronise suggests a 5 minute cold shower daily. I ride in 45~50 degree weather on my motorcycle for 25 minutes, with a coat, weekdays. That's gotta be helping. I'm also keeping the house temperature down.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 20

I noticed something yesterday, today too: I feel pretty dang good! There were some days that I was fairly awful feeling. I didn't know what to expect. But now, all's good. I'm not always stuffed feeling like I was prior to this journey. (Though I did choke down a salad last night and felt quite full.) Even when I wake up, I don't wake up hungry. I don't feel anything. I had heard somewhere that hunger pangs were stopped while sleeping and now I believe it. In fact it takes quite a while, more than an hour, to get hungry. That's interesting to me. In Jillette's book, Penn said he felt great after about a week. It took me more than two and surprised me a little. I always thought I was early or the same as everyone on things like that.

So, yes, I choked down a salad, literally. I gagged on one bite. I don't know how to make a salad, I don't know what to put in it. The taste is just YELLING IN MY MOUTH. I'm not used to it and I don't think I like it. I'm not quitting, but just saying. There's gotta be a better salad somewhere out there though. I need to find it. I'm sure there's something on the internet. but I'm also considering getting one of those bags that are ready to go. But they are full of iceberg lettuce and it is missing some nutrients that other varieties have. Well, maybe it is better to start there and get used to that flavor before moving on. I don't know.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 19

First, AWESOME! #patmyback As I said, I had fears of staying where I was. I almost gave in. Almost. Second, I have not seen the underside of 300 for around 3 years. Before that I was crawling up to it for about 2 more. So, yes, I'm very happy. I know that I may wobble here for a while but that's ok. As long as I'm still  on the path. What i don't understand though is why my weight plateaus then drops 5 pounds in a day. But I'm no biologist. I bet I could use the interwebs to find out more.......

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18


It hasn't been a good morning only because I've been thinking about the "other" foods. Like we have some lunch meat in the frig and it *really* looks good today. I still have not had a second salad, for a second day. I'm just resisting it and I don't know why. Well, maybe I do. I love meat. I hate onions and beans, 2 major components of eating for life. I love fruit too and that's all I've had the past couple days but I know I can't continue, its not sustainable. I think it is showing in my leveled weight.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 17


Weight wise, I seem to have plateaued for a bit. I eagerly wait for it to break. I didn’t have a salad yesterday, only fruit. Could that be a problem? I suspect it is and have procured a few new additions to eat, so am hoping that I can follow through better. The greens I ate a couple days ago, I didn’t hate. But I didn’t like them either. They were odd, strange, different. I know intellectually, according to what I have read, that I’ll actually learn to like them. I just find it hard. I’m not giving up though. Still all in.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 16


I ate a salad yesterday and I didn’t die! Or choke, vomit or otherwise reject it. Well, I didn’t eat it all. I think I chose the loudest greens to eat and my tongue was crazy with the new flavors. It made my tongue feel, not tingly, but weird for a few hours after. Like a very long lingering aftertaste. Is that what I have to contend with? Even celery is loud and makes my tongue……. noisy for hours. Observations that are really cool: Motorcycle boots just slip on, not the fight they were a couple weeks ago. My m/c coat easily fits and I am not considering replacing with yet another size larger. My watch is loose and flops around, so I need to adjust the fit. (I like the metal bands.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Day 15


It’s time. Time to actually change my food. That scares me because I’m afraid to fail. If I can’t eat the greens, I have to go back to a SAD diet and the past 2 weeks is for nothing. I really wish I liked vegetables. Orange for dinner, apple for breakfast won’t fly.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Week 2

Day 8
I’m cold this morning and a little shaky. I hope it’s from the cold. Could be because I couldn’t sleep well last night too. I was playing around and pulled a calf muscle (I think) and it hurts all the time. Hard to walk too. Survivable, but it will make things harder to do today. Or, I guess I have an excuse to do nothing. But that’s no fun.

I went into work yesterday and noticed a little pep in my step that has been missing for a long time. Not that I’m down a great deal of weight, but I guess every little bit helps. I just noticed. I also noticed a little definition coming back into my feet. They were starting to look like glove-balloons, kinda swollen and all fleshy. But I could actually see contours of veins & foot bits under the skin. That’s exciting. :-)

Also cool is I checked my blood pressure. 117 over 71: Perfect! I’m on meds for high bp, but it has been higher while on them, like just a few weeks ago, it was over 126/92, or something like that. Now, I know I’m using an inexpensive bp cuff to check but it will have to do for now. Not sure I’ll check every day, but it is on my watch list to do in order to keep the bp in the normal range. Hopefully time to go see the doc again to get off some meds!

Day 9
Just didn’t feel well this morning, like I was sick. I ate a small-ish potato. It was all I could do to get it down. Not good. I know why teller called this the “Potato Famine”. But I don’t remember him having problems getting a potato down. I think I’m over-potatoed? Is that a thing? After eating it I felt a little better, but still sick. Then, I broke-I ate a small strawberry. Not -bad- for me, but not supposed to eat during the tastebud reset. It went down real easy and tasted delicious. I ate it too fast too. But for a few minutes, my stomach said “hey, what’s this?” and I felt better. So now what do I do. I’ll have a half of a small sweet potato and see how that goes.

Day 10
This morning I feel much better than the past few. Hungry, but I think that's all. That's a nice change! I like today's number too, but the goal is that will be common. :-)

I read a lot on the Thermogenex (Ray Cronise) site yesterday. He says “The Matrix” got it right,  we are heat machines. It makes a lot of sense when you consider the science behind it. Honestly I never understood how we burnt calories by just sitting around. And why doing some exercise only burns *some* calories. Why drinking cold water burns calories. We are a thermodynamic process. We are constantly losing heat or cooling to maintain a constant body temperature. That sales a lot of energy. And according to Cronise and others, it is how we were designed to live; to be cold. If you think about it, we live in a modern heated world. They didn’t a hundred or a thousand years ago. We fueled up in summer and did the best we could over the winter. And lost all the fat. So, live cold & thrive!?

Day 11
I wonder why there is an uptick like today. It is a little frustrating especially after yesterday doing nothing different than the previous  days. Don’t know if it is me or my scales, a cheap digital set, but hopefully tomorrow will bring better news.

I feel absolutely fine this morning, not even hungry. Something that I think Fuhrman said, along the lines of you don’t feel your liver, pancreas or pretty much any other other internal organ, right? So there is no reason that you should feel your stomach. That would be nice, except there is something telling when you are hungry or full, but I think he was talking about when eating don’t bust a gut. Just eat until full. And Cronise said it is ok to be hungry. It does not slow you, weaken you or otherwise hinder bodily functions or energy levels if you miss a meal or a day of meals. I guess I knew that, but the hunger pangs were so strong that I *needed* to eat to get through the day. Turns out it’s not a big deal to be hungry, for a while. (I could likely go for a couple months without eating and drinking only water and my reserves would take up the slack to keep the energy going.) Part of my reprogramming is to know it is okay to be hungry. It is actually not feeling that bad either, to be hungry. Just a reminder to eat.

Afternoon update: Disappointed by the morning weigh-in, I climbed on the scale again. 306.2.

Day 12
What’s with the scales? What’s with my weight? I don’t know. When I got up & weighed in, it said 315. I find that hard to believe. An hour later I checked I was 307.7. Like yesterday, what do I believe? It seems like there have always been weight mistakes with that scale, so I don’t know. Not sure I can afford a new one just yet either. So, for today, I guess 307.7 it is. :-/

Still working on what to eat next, but yes, I’m working on it. Jump right into green stuff or work my way in slowly. I don’t know. I need to keep going because I don’t want this first 2 weeks to be for nothing. The hardest part may be yet to come……

Day 13
Along with a change in food, I’m trying to maintain a little cooler than normal environment to live in. Shivers in the cold morning are a good thing! Just need to keep my fingers from freezing.

Day 14
The end of week 2 and I’m nearly out of potatoes. In fact, dinner last night included a celery stick with strawberries and breakfast this morning is an apple. I was really surprised at how big the flavor was of the celery. I ate strawberries after the celery and the strawberries could not overcome the flavor of the celery.  The apple this morning, eating as I write is awesome. Crispy and sweet! Lunch will be potatoes and tonight I’ll try more green stuff. We’ll see how that goes.

I think it is time to count calories and keep them to around a thousand a day. I hate counting calories. I don’t like measuring food all_the_time. I can’t do that for long. So, my goal is to only count until I get to my weight, or at least near, then stop & just eat.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 1

Day 1
10:43 am: Just finished my first potato on the first day of my new way to eat.

First, let me say that I hate eating. I know we need food, but when I eat, historically, I gain weight. I hate to eat. As seen above, I left being simply overweight long ago. Every day for just about the last 4 years the first thing I say is “today is the day” or “I have to stop eating”, something along those lines. I didn’t. It’s too hard. I knew it was just another path to failure.

So today is the day. I chose this date a couple weeks ago for no more reason than a day to start something. I saw an interview with Penn Jillette and I watched because it was about Trump and some other stuff. At the end of the interview he talked about his weight loss. I knew he lost a lot because I saw him in Las Vegas a couple months earlier. I was totally surprised and glad for him at the time, but never did any follow-up. I learned a little about him then, found & purchased his book. Turns out he lost over 100# in 3ish months and has kept it off over a year & a half.

I started doing research on what he did and have a few more books to read still. But, even though there is a lot more to learn and I don’t have the resources he did, I can go for it too. The first part is a mono diet based on, in this case, potatoes. PG said it is to do a reboot on his system and taste buds. That’s what I need. My taste buds are all screwed up! And, I can eat potatoes, I don’t mind them at all.

So, today I start. I’ve had a liter of water and 1 medium yellow potato this morning. I bought red, yellow and russet potatoes yesterday, I’m ready. :-) I know, simplistic but I gotta start. And, if I can reset my tastebuds so that I can open up to a variety of foods (I hate most vegetables, especially the green ones), all the better. I really need to, I really want to. I think it’s going to be hard. But: If it ain’t hard, it ain’t worth doing. If it was easy, everyone would do it. (Look around, no one is.)

Day 2
Yes, that drop was expected. They say the first 10 pounds come off quick and it is all due to water loss. I’m ok with that. Woke up grouchy though. Got plenty of sleep, but felt tired any way. Ok.

Yesterday actually went well. Drank 2.5 liters of water and ate 4 medium sized potatoes, 2 yellow, 2 red. They were good and I didn’t want any more. Already had one today. Not as big as yesterday and so far only .5l of water, but feeling a little hungry, still.

I got the book The End of Dieting, Joel Fuhrman yesterday. It is a little too veggie for me but I’m told he talks about the science of food and eating in it. Time to read that, for the end of potatoes. Why, you ask? They say many who drop the change in eating style is because they don’t know the science behind it. I’m hoping that 2 weeks of potatoes will reset my taste buds and eating a little green won’t be so bad. I hope…..

Day 3
Again, expected to lose 10# in the first couple days. I know it is a little like cheating and only water weight, but it is nice to see go away! I think I even *feel* a little smaller? Is that possible? I don’t know, but I’m running with it.

A little hungry as I have not had anything to eat yet, but I’m not starving to death. I went to bed hungry last night. Just a little. It didn’t bother me. Not because there has been this miraculous transformation, but I knew in my head that it was ok to be a little hungry. Went right to sleep as usual and had a good rest. I feel better this morning than yesterday morning too. I was a little grouchy throughout the day, but I just could have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed. Yeah, much better today.

In the shower I was thinking about one of the recommendations Penn said was required of him by Ray Cronise: A Withings scale. It connects to a phone app and can send an email to people watching you lose or maintain. Maybe I should get one than I wouldn’t have to remember my weight and it will track for as long as I have the scale. Prolly a good idea. There goes another hundred dollars.

--potato break--

I had plenty of water and some potatoes. I have decided I like yellow better than the red. :-)  No matter, they will all be consumed. Yesterday was my first test too. We went to a movie. There was popcorn and sody pop a-plenty. I was thinking “just one buttery kernel” in my best Homer Simpson voice, but no. Sorry Homer.

I also got through the first 2 chapters of the Fuhrman book. So far, so good. He said a lot of stuff that made sense and a lot of numberie things that are sad. Like over 50% of the US population is overweight/obese. Only 2% of the population on a diet will keep the weight off. If ya want to live to 90+ and be healthy, maintain a BMI of 22.5. General populations around the world that live into their 90’s have BMI’s of 19 to 24 (I think) and our USA BMI goal set by the USDA is 25. Even the government knows we are fat and is an enabler. Sad, because they know we can’t do it.

You know what else is sad? Our Standard American Diet-SAD. It’s made up of tons of added salt, oil and sugar:SOS. I love it all.

Day 4
Rested well, woke up no problem, rested. Yesterday, potato day 3, went off without a hitch, but I didn’t read any. I need to do that today. Not sure if I will, I’ll try, but non-food related turmoil today. My head is just not into making words.

Day 5
A pound! Perfect! Now, if I can keep that up for the next hundred days…… I’ll hit my target area, but not what my BMI weight suggests of around 150. I have never weighed one hundred and fifty pounds in my adult life. I perhaps passed it on the way up as a kid, but I have no idea when that was. Early teens I suspect. So when I look at a number like 150, I think that is just crazy. Is anyone at that weight at 5’-8”? No one I know except K-12 school kids. I do remember weighing 180 back in the navy, over 30 years ago. Then and in high school I had a waist size of 36. To me, just getting back into that size pants would be awesome and that’s my target. But I’m learning that is just an interest point along the journey. So, out of curiosity, my BMI then was 27.4. Today? BMI=47.9. I guess that’s a little high.

Yesterday was ok. Potatoes & water. Sounds like a prison diet. One of the potatoes I got, there was butter laying out on the counter from the kids. I really just wanted to give the tuber a little dab into it. No, I didn’t. I survived it. Other things in the fridge for the fam is looking good too. It needs to go away soon. It is, actually, albeit slowly.

Didn’t read yesterday but did listen to part of an interview with Cronise. Nothing new that I had not heard before from him, but I keep hoping. I need to get back to the Fuhrman book where there are hopefully answers to questions. Like, how many potatoes can I eat in a day? I’m eating until full, no more. That sounds correct from the Teller book. But what do I do after the potato stage? I know it is all plants. But how much? Which plants stuff? I hate beans and green stuff, but part of the reason for potatoes is to reset the tastebuds. I REALLY hope that works. It did for Teller, but he would eat anything. I’m historically a anti-vegan fanatic. Fruit and nuts are fine, but anything else except potatoes that come out of a garden I don’t like. Can I learn to tolerate them? I hope so. Because after I hit target it is essentially all I want of all plants.

But in a little more than a week, what do I do? I’m a little scared of that because I don’t want to fail on this. I NEED this to survive. I know Cronise has/had a program, that for what seemed like $10,000 he would guide a person through the transition to a new target weight. Could be more, could be less money, but I live hand to mouth. I don’t have Teller money laying around. So, I *really* need to get on the research and see if I can come up with a plan on my own. There are fruit diets out there and the obvious vegan/veg varieties. I’ll have to find what I can find on the web and cut out the SOS.

The other thing that Teller had on his diet was a team of other people as a support group. I guess I’m ashamed to let others know my details. Cronise says to tell no one because they will only want to talk you out of it- like they know more on their SOS diet. So, rock meets hard spot…. For now I hope.

Day 6
Huh. Well,  I did fell off yesterday, last night & when I got up this morning. I only ate around 700 calories yesterday.  So, just a thing I guess. As far as I know, this is part of the detox. Getting all the SAD addictive overdone SOS and other processed junk out of me. This is when most people quit. (The turkey lunch meat did look mighty tasty today.)

I thought I'd measure all my rubbers yesterday to see how many calories I am eating. A little low I think? I did read that around 1000cal is recommended for the weight loss period, which I am in. I’m thinking eating more at one sitting would be better. I remember reading that when you are no eating you are digesting and processing food. So many small meals is bad because there is less digestion and synthesis time.

Day 7
That’s better. That will happen from time to time, I know. I think this time was part of detox & getting used to a new eating style-better! Stomach felt weird again yesterday. Not sure how to describe, but it most closely resembled hungry. But even after I ate something it didn’t really go away, so I figured part of the transition. Still a little like that this morning, but I have yet to eat.

Speaking of eating, yesterday I ate a sweet potato. Man was it sweet! It was kinda overwhelming really. If you are a traditional Thanksgiving type that has the sweet potatoes covered in brown sugar and marshmallows (Ummmmmm), it tasted exactly the same! Without the added sugar! It was a total shock to me. And to be honest, it was too overwhelming and I tossed out about 20% of it. Too sweet.

I also had some tea. A couple cups of Oolong. Bitter, but a nice change.

Because it is day seven, this day marks one week. I don’t know what means in the long run, but I made it this far. From what I read, many don’t get past day 4, so I beat them. Many only last a week. I’ll beat them. I’m guessing that while they all knew they had to lose weight, they just weren’t “all in”. I have to be. I’ll be 58 years old in a month and a week. I never expected to be this old. My dad died of a heart attack at 52. I wasn’t sure if I would get past that age. Kinda has a lasting impact on a kid when your dad dies. His dad died at 62, I think, of heart related problems. That made me feel my entire life that my days were similarly numbered. But, I got past one, now to get past the other. I need to change.