Lost 100 Pounds Snacking on Jerky

Weighed in this morning at 174 pounds, down two more from yesterday.

Yesterday, the diet consisted of 7 ounces of jerky, four cans of Diet Coke, and one Bud Light. I also walked the dogs for two miles.

I read this article yesterday about an ob/gyn physician who found herself overweight mostly due to snacking on cupcakes she buys from a vending machine. Her work was so busy and so stressful, that she became obese. But since then, at age 60, she retired and found her life more relaxing. She lost 100 pounds, snacking on better food.

And what's that better food? Apparently peanuts and jerky...

She smiled because she didn't crave the cupcakes anymore. When she snacks, she has peanuts or beef jerky.

Then she noticed packages of peanuts and beef jerky in that very machine, where they'd always been.
I had to share this because I've lost a lot of weight snacking on jerky also.

Calculating My Proper Body Weight

Weighed in this morning at 176 pounds, down two from yesterday.

Yesterday I had about 6 ounces of jerky, 3 cans of Diet Coke, and two bottles of Bud Light. That was it.

I also walked the dogs for 1 mile.

I've been rethinking my weight loss goal of 160 pounds. In talking to some other people who are around the same height as me, and in checking out the many weight calculators online, it seems my proper weight should be about 150 pounds instead.

For my height of 5'8", my weight should vary between 140 to 160 pounds, depending on how much muscle mass I have, and how stocky of a body I have. Since I don't have much muscle mass, and I'm of average build, I'm thinking I should be about 150.

But I think I'll do is get myself down to 160 pounds and reassess things and then decide if I really want to shoot for 150.

Christmas Can Kill a Diet

Weighed in this morning at 178 pounds. That's up about 7 pounds from my last report.

Christmas can really kill a diet.

Christmas day we enjoyed a big feast centered around a baked ham. The day after Christmas, I hooked up with a buddy, and rode our motorcycles to Oceanside for some pizza and beer. The following day, we had another big feast, centered around a roasted turkey, with our niece and her two kids. Then yesterday, we had some friends visiting, which called for another feast, but this time eating up the leftovers.

Four days of belly stuffing.

I started this month at 179 pounds. My goal is to finish it at 172. I had actually gotten down to 170 at the mid-point of the month, but gained most of that back. So now, I've got three days left in this month to trim off 7 pounds. It can be done, but really tough.

I haven't published many jerky reviews because of all the feasting we've been doing, plus the fact that I had been fighting the flu bug too. I hope to get things back on track now.

Tongue Sores Are From a Cold

It's funny, I noticed a vegan blogger write about this beef jerky diet blog of mine, seemingly worried that I'm not eating a nutritious diet.

Well, who on this Earth eats a 100% nutritious diet 365 days a year anyways?

But the blogger goes on to suggest that the tongue sores I got recently were from eating too much beef jerky. They were actually from a cold virus I had been fighting the past week.

The blogger said that they read my whole blog, but apparently didn't read the most recent entries.

Buffalo Wild Wings and Chili

Weighed in this morning at 171 pounds, up one pound from my last report Sunday.

Sunday I prepared a can of chili, with some salsa, cheese, and Cholula sauce added, and then used it as a dip for some tortilla chips. I also had a couple lemon bars that my wife made. Later that evening I ate some more baby carrots left over from Thanksgiving.

Monday I felt good enough to jump on my motorcycle to meet a buddy of mine. We took a short ride to a Buffalo Wild Wings in Murrieta. I gobbled down 12 wings with my favorite sauce "Asian Zing". I had two beers and a bloody mary. I also helped my friend eat down his plate of loaded nachos.

Today I'm sticking to the beef jerky diet.

Tongue Sores and Beef Jerky

Weighed in this morning at 170 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Actually, I drank a bottle of water about a hour before weighing myself, so I'm guessing I was actually around 169.

Still getting over my cold. Felt better yesterday, but was just tired and weak. I had a bag of Bridgford teriyaki jerky laying around, a 3.65 oz bag, and ate the contents. That was all I ate, aside from a quart of apple juice, and some water. I ended with the runs later on that night; I'm not sure if it was the jerky, the apple juice, or just the effects of the cold virus.

This morning, I feel a lot better. I still have some residual coughing, and those damn tongue sores. Those sores seem to increase the misery factor by two times. They made eating jerky rather painful, I think it's because jerky requires a lot of chewing. It also leaves a lot of meat fragments in my mouth, requiring the use of my tongue to clean them all out. I ought to get back into writing more jerky reviews, but I think I'll wait a couple more days.

Getting Over the Flu

Weighed in this morning at 170, down one from yesterday.

Was sick all day yesterday, and didn't eat a thing. I did, however, drink down two quarts of orange juice, and a quart of apple juice. Otherwise, my appetite just wasn't there.

Still kinda tired and weak, but the body is starting to feel better. My throat is still sore, I still have coughing attacks, but I don't seem to have the runny nose and watery eyes now. Need to get some food in me.

I still have lots of jerky here to eat, so I'm thinking of getting back into the swing of writing reviews. But right now, I'm still tired. And I just don't have the appetite for jerky right now. I want something hot. I keep thinking "breakfast burrito", and then going back to bed.

Laid Up In Bed

Weighed in this morning at 171 pounds, up one from yesterday.

Yesterday, that cold hit me the hardest yet. I was pretty much laid up in bed most of the day. I had some chicken soup around 12:00pm, and later on followed up with a can of V8. In the evening I had a full quart of cranberry juice, and later in the night, a full quart of orange juice.

Still feel crappy today. I probably won't be doing much.

Weight Loss with the Flu

Weighed in this morning at 170 pounds. Down three more from yesterday.

Yesterday, had 4 ounces of jerky, another 8 ounces of baby carrots, two cans of Diet Coke, and two cans of V8. This was all spread out over the day, to where I had 2 ounces of jerky in the morning, and two ounces in the afternoon. The carrots I had in the evening. I had one V8 in the morning, and the other at night.

That's three straight days of losing 3 pounds per day. My weight loss goal for this month was 172 pounds, and here we are half-way through the month, and I'm at 170.

I've been fighting off a flu the past few days. During these few days, I've been taking a lot of hot baths, trying to sweat out the virus. Sounds strange, but that was the remedy my mom always gave me when I was a kid. She'd dress me up warm clothes, put me in bed with the covers pulled over, and told me sweat, sweat, and sweat. And interestingly, it would make me a feel a lot better. But sweating in a hot bath doesn't quite seem to have the same effect. Maybe I gotta do it my mom's way.

Today is normally my non-diet day. I'd usually jump on my motorcycle and go riding with my friends. But I'm not feeling well, and it's too cold outside anyways. I thought about digging something out of the kitchen and splurging on food. Thought about eating some chicken soup too. But, I don't really feel like eating too much. Besides, I now have cold sores on my tongue.

Lose Six Pounds in Two Days

Weighed in this morning at 173 pounds, down three more from yesterday.

Yesterday, ate the remaining 3 ounces of that Pacific Gold American Style Kobe, and about 8 ounces of carrots and ranch dip. Also, two cans of Diet Coke, and two cans of V8. We still have lots of carrots left over from Thanksgiving, and by looking at them yesterday, they're starting to turn.

It's interesting how I could gain six pounds over Saturday and Sunday, and then lose six pounds over Monday and Tuesday. It seems quick weight losses are always possible after quick weight gains. In fact, I've never been able to lose that much weight in such short time unless is was after a similarly quick weight gain. There's still more to the science of weight management that I don't know about.

Looks like I picked up a cold, with a runny nose and coughing.

It's also cold and raining outside for the past few days. But I think I picked up this cold from a friend of mine on Sunday.

It's another beef jerky diet day today, but like I said, we still have more carrots to finish off, and I'll have to eat more before they all go bad.

Losing Weight with Refried Beans

Weighed in this morning at 176 pounds, down 3 pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday, all I ate was a can of refried beans, mixed with some salsa, Cholula sauce, and mozzarella cheese, which I then used as a dip for some tortilla chips. Then I had two cans of Diet Coke.

Received some meat sticks yesterday, this time from House of Jerky. I'm seriously tempted to include meat sticks into my beef jerky review blog. But at this point, I don't really have a clue on what constitutes good meat sticks from bad. I suppose I could just use my personal opinion, and then eat a bunch of meat sticks and refine it from there.

Still, it's kinda hard to fit the meat sticks into my beef jerky diet. If I did that, then I'd have to rename the diet to "meat snack diet". I dunno, that sounds too watered down.

Good news! A friend of mine says he found my camera. He accidentally took it home with him from the Christmas party, thinking it was his. We were all buzzed that night, so I'm surprised no one went home with wrong wives.

Lost my Digital Camera!

Weighed in this morning at 179 pounds, up 6 pounds from Saturday.

Saturday I attended a Christmas party. It was pot luck. There's was tons of diet-wrecking decadence there, stuff like tamales, enchiladas, pork ribs, pulled pork, cookies, chips, cheesecake. It goes on and on. I pretty much drank wine the night long.

Then on Sunday, I went back to my friend's house, he's the guy who hosted the party, and had some leftovers. Then I went to another friend's house, and ate some of his leftover macaroni & cheese, and watched a football game with him.

I couldn't believe I gained 6 pounds over those two days. I'm glad I didn't breach the 180 pound mark.

However, at that Christmas party I lost my digital camera. I use that camera for all my blogging. That means, I can't write my beef jerky reviews, because I can't take photos of beef jerky! My wife already planned to buy me a new digital camera anyways, but she won't let me have it until Christmas.

I'm thinking of using her digital camera instead. But since I don't have that camera's driver installed on my laptop, I have to download the photos on her laptop, and transfer them to mine. But on top of that, she has a totally different camera, and I don't know anything about its features.

I spent quite some time mastering my beef jerky photo shoots, working with the lighting to get bright-white backgrounds, and extremely still digital macro close-ups. I've been reluctant to practice with her camera, but I'm going to have to.

Bacon Cheeseburger Can Ruin a Diet

Weighed in this morning at 173 pounds, no change from the last weigh in.

Wednesday, my last report, it was supposed to be another beef jerky diet. But I ended up breaking it. What happened is my wife asked me to take her mom to the optometrist. So off I went. My mother-in-law ended up taking 2 hours in there. So to make it up to me, she offered to buy me a burger at Carl's Jr. I couldn't turn that offer down.

So I had their "Bacon Guacamole Six Dollar Cheeseburger", my favorite Carl's burger, with a large size Diet Coke. I still ended up having some jerky earlier that day, about 3 ounces of that leftover Buffalo Bill's Troi Oi Teriyaki.

I figured that cheeseburger would negate any potential weight loss I had hoped for, and sure enough, I weighed in on Thursday morning at 174, up one pound.

On that Thursday, I hooked up with some friends and rode our motorcycles to Enzo's BBQ in Oceanside, CA. I had the half-rack of St. Louis spare ribs, and a Diet Coke. I also had a beer later on that day. Then I came home, and ate the remaining corn chips and salsa.

Oddly enough, I weighed in Friday morning at the same weight, 174.

But on that Friday, I had only 1.5 ounces of jerky, two cans of V8, and one can of Diet Coke, as well as 8 ounces of baby carrots left over from Thanksgiving, along with some ranch dip. That brought me back down to 173 pounds.

Today, we're going to a Christmas party. It's a potluck, so there's going to be tons of food and drink there. It's going to be one of those parties that a dieter like me has to prepare for several days in advance. I had hoped to slim down to about 171 pounds by today, just because I knew this party would put a few pounds back on. We'll see how bad things turn out.

How to Make Your Clothes Shrink

Weighed in this morning at 173 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday I had about 4 ounces of jerky, two cans of Diet Coke, two cans of V8, and the last slice of my wife's apple-cherry pie.

Earlier, I talked about needing to buy new t-shirts since the ones I have are too big for me. But I decided to see if I could shrink my existing t-shirts in the wash. So I dumped several of them into the washing machine, and set the water to hot. Then I tumbled them dry, on hot, for about an hour. I tried them on this morning, and most do seem to be a little bit smaller, only because they don't look as baggy as they used to. They're still probably a tad large, but ok for now.

So, I think I'm going to stick with that. I only did it with my XL sized shirts. I'll probably do it with my jeans as well.

Big Bags of Jerky

Weighed in this morning at 175, down a pound from yesterday.

Yesterday, I had about 3 ounces of turkey jerky, and some leftover cherry tomatoes and baby carrots from Thanksgiving, along with a slice of my wife's apple-cherry pie. And 2 cans of Diet Coke.

The past couple of days I haven't written any beef jerky reviews because I was finishing up a couple of big bags of jerky. I still had a few pieces of the 16 ounce bag of Buffalo Bill's Spicy Snafu, and some left over of the 8 ounce Pacific Gold Turkey Tenders. So, I'll get back to eating new stuff today, which will likely include another big bag of something.

Eat, Poop, Lose Weight

Weighed in this morning at 176 pounds. Down one pound from the last report on Friday.

That Friday I had stayed on the beef jerky diet, and by Saturday morning, I got myself down to 175 pounds.

But on that Saturday, I did my normal round of eating. I had a breakfast burrito, a small caesar salad and medium sized pizza, with about 5 cans of Diet Coke. That sent my weight up to 180 pounds at Sunday morning's weigh in. That afternoon, I had a 1/2 pound cheeseburger, fries, a fried zucchini stick, two large coffees, and two beers.

I kinda surprised to weight in at 176 pounds this morning. I figured I would be up over 180, like 182 or 183. But I guess much of that weight gain over the weekend was liquid.

I also had a nice big poop Sunday evening. Maybe that's where all the weight was. I guess I was just full of s***.

Social Conformity and Weight Gain

Weighed in this morning at 177 pounds, up two from yesterday.

Yesterday, I had the fish & chips at Shakespeare's Pub in San Diego. Some friends and I rode our motorcycles there for lunch. I had the full dinner-size, everyone else had the lunch-size. I also threw down two beers there. The food is really good there, even the french fries are awesome.

From 2008-12-04 Shakespeare Pub


Later on, we stopped at Barley & Hops in Temecula, and I drank another beer, and then a cream soda, and helped a guy eat his pizza. And then there was the pretzels and hummus.

For the past few years, the people that I ride with have always commented that we're an eating club with a riding problem. They've all mentioned themselves having gained weight because of getting together and riding motorcycles. I've also gained weight, up until I started this diet.

It's the pressure (or temptation), of getting together with your friends, and having a good time hanging out. So when we're at a restaurant or bar, we all conform and order up some food and drink that would totally ruin our diets. It's the temptation of wanting to celebrate this friendship together, the comraderie, the brotherhood, of bonding together.

That's part of what makes it tough for people to lose weight; doing as your friends do, when in their company.

It seems like every diet plan ought to accomodate this. If a plan allows one to satisfy their urges to eat, drink, and be merry, it makes the overall dieting easier to withstand. Imagine me eating only beef jerky 7 days a week, and nothing else. I'd go absolutely nuts, and would find myself abandoning the diet.

Instead, I do four days on beef jerky, and three days resorting back to my gluttonous ways. In reality, those three days are not always spent gorging. Sometimes, I still eat moderately, or eat something low in fat. It all balances out over the course of a month to give me a weight loss ranging from 0-7 pounds.

I actually lose about 5.4 pounds per month since the 8 months I've launched this blog. There were a couple of months where I lost no weight, and some months where I lost as high as 7 pounds. I'm still giving myself plenty of opportunities to gorge on bacon, beer, pizza, etc. That helps to mitigate the desire to eat.

Fish & Chips Weight Loss Day

Weighed in this morning at 175 pounds, down two from yesterday.

That's my lowest weight since going on the beef jerky diet. Yesterday, I had 6 ounces of jerky, two cans of Diet Coke, and two cans of V8. I also snacked on some chips and salsa, but not much.

Today, some friends and I are riding motorcycles to Shakespeare Pub & Grill in San Diego for some fish and chips. The past few days I've been thinking about fish and chips, and can't seem to get it off my mind. So, I plan to eat enough fish and chips, probably more fish than chips, so that I won't have to think about it for awhile.

I also some television commercials last night for Budweiser's new "American Ale", and it looked so good. I'm not necessarily a Budweiser fan, though I've liked their Bud Lime beer. But, I'm also going to stop at Barley & Hops in Temecula afterwards and suck down a couple of beers.

Clothes Are Getting Too Big

Weighed in this morning at 177 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Yesterday, ate about 7 ounces of jerky, 4 cans of Diet Coke, 1 bottle of sweetened iced tea, and a slice of apple pie.

All of my XL sized shirts are too big for me now. I've seen some photos of me wearing these shirts, and they look baggy. While I would go out and buy new sets of shirts, I'm hesistant because money is still tight.

My heavy leather jacket is too big also, and buying a new one is out of the question considering the average price is around $200.00.

Someone needs to come up with a laundry detergent that causes cotton fabrics to shrink a full dress size.

The Apple Pie Diet

Weighed in this morning at 177 pounds, down two from yesterday.

Yesterday I had 7 ounces of jerky, along with 3 cans of Diet Coke, and a slice of apple pie.

It's actually an apple cherry pie that my wife made. She makes the crust without salt, substituting it with cinnamon. The crust doesn't quite have that satisfying taste compared to one with salt, but I don't necessarily need more salt anyways. It's the pie filling I'm mostly interested in.

That was actually the second consecutive day I had a slice of pie, and the second consecutive day I lost some weight. So now I'm wondering, should I start the "Apple Pie Diet"?

Well folks, my weight loss goal for December is to finish at 172 pounds. It'll be another tough one because we still have lots of Thanksgiving leftovers to finish, and I hate throwing away good food. I also have a Christmas Party to attend in the middle of the month, and of course my wife is planning another huge Christmas Day dinner. I'm not sure about New Year's Eve yet, but I'll probably be doing some drinking.

A Pound of Bacon is Worth a Pound of Cure

Weighed in this morning at 179 pounds. Down a pound from my last report.

For the month of November, that gives me a net loss of 6 pounds.

In the last report, I said I was spending this past weekend on a motorcycle camping trip in the Sierras. I went and a had great time. Kennedy Meadows is a beautiful area nestled in the southern Sierras, along Sherman Pass Rd. At this time of the year, hardly anyone goes camping up there. The three of us set up our camp, and didn't hear a peep out of anyone else.

That first day, I had some jerky, and probably ate about 4 ounces worth total. But I also had a bagel with butter, and what amounted to about 6 ounces of salami. I also had several handfuls of mixed nuts. I also had a couple of regular Cokes, along with three beers, and some Jack Daniels.

I also ate down an entire pound of bacon. I brought the bacon so that we all could hang them on the ends of sticks, and roast them over the campfire. But no one was interested. And this was Maple Sugar Bacon! I roasted one over the fire, and got it to where I like it, soft, chewy, at its height of flavor. The guys absolutely grossed out. Apparently, they like crispy bacon. I ate the whole package myself.

The next day, Sunday, I ate about 3 ounces of jerky, some more mixed nuts, and two bottles of regular Coke. Then we packed up camp, and continued on our ride up the Sherman Pass. I didn't really eat anything more on the trip, until I got home. That's when I had the leftover greenbeans from Thanksgiving, some celery sticks and ranch dressing, and a slice of apple pie.

To think that I could lose 1 pound after eating all that, I guess I'm ecstatic.


From 2008-11-30 Sherman Pass Ride (Steve's)


From 2008-11-30 Sherman Pass Ride (Steve's)


From 2008-11-30 Sherman Pass (Mike's)


From 2008-11-30 Sherman Pass (Mike's)


From 2008-11-30 Sherman Pass (Mike's)


From 2008-11-30 Sherman Pass (Mike's)