Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Slow Carb thoughts - Part 2

Last night Erin expressed concerns for me being on this diet.   She's worried about me, and my previous post that stated that she was upset that we couldn't do the diet together was just me misreading the situation, something I do fairly frequently.

This morning I got an email from my ex-wife also concerned for me being on this diet.  

I am very blessed to have people concerned about what I'm eating, and even concerned that I'm choosing the wrong diet.

I woke up this morning with a killer headache, as bad as when I've had caffeine withdrawal headaches, in the past, only I haven't stopped drinking caffeine.  

The rest of this week I will not be eating the slow carb way.  I'll be out of town and know that I want to treat myself to a couple of restaraunt meals that include carbs.   I'm going to re-evaluate my food intake and maybe stop the slow carb diet.   I was always told not to give in to peer pressure, but my wife holds a lot more sway over me.

Slow Carb day 3

I had a decent night sleep.  I didn't get up until 6:45 this morning, I was hoping to be up at 6:20, but I was so tired that I started hitting snooze.

Breakfast - 7:20 AM
2 egg whites, 1 egg, a handful of black beans, about 1/4 diced yellow onion, a handful of spinach.   

I made myself a scramble.  I used more black beans today than yesterday.  Further reading about the slow carb diet says I shouldn't be snacking, and my nutty snacks are really high in calories, so I'd rather fill up more at my meals than be hungry between meals if I can.   I also am drinking coffee without creamer for the 2nd day.   Today I used a little more vanilla than yesterday and it tasted better.   I still added my Sweet and Low, I don't think I'll be able to get away from that.

Snack - 10:30 AM
I was still hungry around the normal time that I snack, but not as much as before.  I brought one hard boiled egg and a handful of baby carrots.  They did the trick and filled me up until lunch.

Lunch - 12:00 PM
I brought some of the left over chili from last night for lunch today.   It has more broth in it than the Cambpell's chili I had yesterday, but I didn't mind not having the crackers.  

Dinner - 7:20 PM
I was really hunger by the time I got home from work at 6, but I still had to make dinner.  Erin had marinaded some chicken breast, so I threw them in the oven for 45 minutes and cut up some veggies for a salad.   It had iceberg lettuce, spinach, red peppers, onion, black beans, kidney beans, about 10 almonds, and some Lite Western Dressing.  I ate the chicken breast on the side.   My wife concocts the best marinades, especially for a garlic lover like me.

The long amount of time between lunch and dinner is hard to do.   It seems like forever, and even if I bring a snack to work to have in the afternoon, I'm usually hungry enough at lunch that I eat it.  This was always the case, even before I started the slow carb diet.  It's only day 3, but my drooling over chocolates and other things that I can't have has already lessened, although I am craving a plate of Nachos from Moe's

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Slow Carb thoughts

As I started reading the 4 Hour Body I wanted the results he has been talking about and it excited me enough to jump right into the diet before I had finished reading about it.   At the least I will be eating more healthy than before, but I may not it quite right to start with.

My biggest concerns going into this is cutting carbs.   I am a carboholic.  There was a skit, I don't remember if it was SNL or MadTV, but it was about a carboholic who ate spaghetti sandwiches.   That could have been made about me without being a joke.   I could eat spaghetti with Garlic bread and potatoes.  So switching to a low carb diet is being a huge change.

Starting this was actually a big problem for my wife too.  She's upset that we aren't doing the same diet.   I'm all for doing the same diet, but I wanted to try this one.  She is mad because she doesn't want to do a no carb diet. And I think she's right that anyone can definitely lose weight with almost any diet.  And maybe I'm being duped by Tim Ferris and how he's able to sell the results in his book.   The only other thing I've read that made me want to try it as much as this is the Body For Life plan.   I loved everything about the Body For Life plan, except my body couldn't take the strenuous workouts that it called for, I broke down and couldn't make it 90 days.

The timing for starting the diet is odd, it may even be bad.   I decided that I wanted to start getting the benefits and weight loss now, even if i have to stop following it for a short time, I want to get in the habit of doing it.   I started on Sunday, but this week I'm going on a mini-vacation with my wife.   Three days on the road I expect that I'm going to break some rules.   I'm going to do my best to make good conscious choices, but most likely I will break the rules more than once.

Eating on the road is another concern of mine.  Every other Friday I drive to pick up my son and I'm gone for at least 4 hours after work, so I grab fast food on the way.   However the fast food places don't have slow carb options.  I read about a Chipotle diet yesterday that sounds like a good eating out option.  There is a Chipotle and a QDoba in town where I work, but they aren't good to eat and drive.  I'm still trying to figure out what I'll do on those days.   I may bring myself a second smaller meal to work and eat late in the afternoon before I leave, then find a good slow-carb option at a restaraunt a few hours later when I'm in the town where I pick up my son.

Slow Carb day 2

Yesterday I did finish making my pot of chili for today.   I also hard boiled 4 eggs.   I'm hoping the eggs work better as a snack for me, especially since I don't have a problem eating them without salt.

I had to be up and at work by 7 today, instead of my normal 8, after yesterday's big deployment.  I was up at 5:45 to get ready and make breakfast.

Breakfast - 6:20 AM
I had 2 egg whites, 1 egg, black beans, and half an onion. I tried making it like an omelette, but it fell apart a bit so I ate it out of a bowl like a scramble.  

I also tried doctoring my coffee different than normal.  Instead of using creamer I used a little bit of Vanilla extract and cinnamon for flavoring.  I still had to use my two pink packets of sweet and low.  I tried to go without it, but I really need the sweetness to get the coffee down.  This won't be something I'm able to do all the time.  I don't know that mentally I could drink the coffee this way without a lid.   However on work days I cover my cup and can maybe trick myself into believing that it has creamer in it.    Also when I have my second cup in the day I'll use creamer because I don't carry the other items to work with me.

Snack - 10 AM
I was hungry earlier than normal today.  I'm going to attribute that to my abnormal morning today.   For snack I grabbed 4 mushrooms,   Mushrooms take up a lot of space to pack, but don't fill me up a lot.  I also had 2 hard boiled eggs.   I was planning on keeping the 2nd for an afternoon snack, but I was too hungry.

Lunch - 12:30 PM
I brought a can of Campbell's Firehouse chili to work with me today.   It's not too expensive, it's pretty thick and it tastes good.    In the past soups have basically been a delivery mechanism for crackers.   Most of my soups end up being a crackery paste.   Eating all these soups without crackers is going to be a big change.    Heck the simple act of cutting out potatoes, bread, and crackers from my diet will probably save me a lot of calories.  The chili worked well for me for lunch.  The thickness of it prevented me from wanting crackers.  I also liked not having to pick out anything from it.

Snack - 5:45 PM
A handful of cashews and a few carrots.

Dinner - 8:20 PM
After work we had things to do tonight, the kids had Gymnastics and we had an hour drive we had to make before dinner.   I ate 2 bowls of chili.  I added a little shredded cheese to the first bowl, but my wife talked me out of adding any sour cream.

I didn't drink any soda today.  I had been drinking 1-2 cans a day.  At one point in the afternoon I craved it a little, but I didn't give in.

I'm not sure how or if sleep will affect this, but I went to sleep somewhere around 11 PM.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Slow Carb diet

I've been reading "4 Hour Body" by Tim Ferris.   Yesterday I decided to start the slow carb diet.   It turns out that most of my food is carbs, and although I don't eat lots of high fat food, I do eat tons of carbs.    This diet will definitely be a challenge for me.  

Without being sure how it will go my original goal is 2 weeks.   I want to do my best to stay on it for 2 weeks and post about it every day.

On Sunday I went to Flat Top grill for breakfast.  It is something my wife and I have both been wanting to do for a while, and I was excited that we were finally able to.   My first meal of the day however I broke the carb rule.  I had some potatoes, pinapple, and a mini-muffin.   The majority of my breakfast was an omellette with a lot of spinach, broccoli, black beans, and onion.  I had two turkey sausage links on the side.

I had to work on Sunday so lunch was going to be something easy, however, work didn't go the way it was supposed to and it dragged on from 1PM until 7PM.    My lunch ended up being a lot of snacking.   I ate mushrooms, and baby carrots with hummus.   I also had some lunch meat by itself.

Since work took so long dinner plans also did not work out.  Originally I was going to make chili for supper but we didn't have all of the ingredients.  Then by a stroke of luck we were invited to my wife's Aunt's house for dinner.  She is a good cook so I was looking forward to it, but work was not done yet.  Erin went without me.

I only snacked on things until after 7.   My stomach was growling hungrily at me, but I was too busy to take time out to make a meal.   I grabbed a handful of peanuts, cashews, carrots, and mushrooms trying to hold me over.   Finally I ate dinner.   I had a can of Campbell's vegetable beef, and I pulled out all of the potatoes. I think half of the content is potatoes.  Not surprisingly I was still hungry afterwards.   I ended up eating some more lunch meat.  

I definitely need to plan meals better.  With this rather drastic change in eating I don't want to leave it until the last minute to figure out what I can eat.   If I do then I'll be more likely to cheat and eat carbs.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Charter schools better than public schools.

I read on FoxNews another story about charter schools outperforming public schools.  By now the problem should be clear.  The way public schools are run does not measure up.   There needs to be changes and they need to happen soon.  

The no child left behind legislation has ruined schools.  Once the school is ruined enough it can be taken over by a private charter that does better. 

Don't wait for things to be ruined.  Fix them now.  Do things the way charters are doing them and make that the standard.   Clearly they have a proven method for performance.   If the no child left behind legislation actually stood for anything it would not only allow schools to change to the same model as charters it would force them to.   The numbers don't lie, there is a better way and it's being done in the same area with the same students and winning.