Motorcycle Trip to Kernville

Weighed in this morning at 167 pounds, up two from Saturday.

I spent this past weekend on a motorcycle up to Kernville and back, about 500 miles of riding in all. I went with some friends, with the goal of riding Sherman Pass Rd, a narrow road that stretched over the southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

Following us was Tracy, a wife of one of the guys riding with us. She was following in her jeep, carrying a load of beer. The ride up there was blazing hot, and we were all sweaty and sticky. As ascended up the Sierra Nevadas, we found a shady spot by a pine tree, and drank down some ice cold ones. Temperature over the mountains was nice, probably 80s.

But once we got down the other side, it got hot again.

I posted some photos of the ride below.

But for the record, I ate and drank like a pig. I lost count how many beers I drank on Saturday, probably around 7 in all. I also had a margarita, and two cups of Jack & Coke. I managed to temper all that alcohol with a antipasta salad in the morning, some cookies in the afternoon, and then buffalo wings, and a plate of carnitas in the evening.

Sunday, I just had an omelette with fruit plus Diet Coke for breakfast. A couple bottles of beer in the afternoon, and then a chicken salad and a couple of margaritas in the evening.

I'd like to weigh in next Saturday morning at 163 pounds.

nine mile canyon road
Nine Mile Canyon Rd

harley davidson electra glide ultra classic
My bike on the right, Jack's on the left.

honda gold wing
Mike riding up ahead on Sherman Pass Rd.

drinking beer in a swimming pool
Me cooling off in more ways than one

Kern River Brewing Company
Ahh, beer!

hanging out at the front porch
Hanging out with my friends on the front porch, drinking Jack & Coke

caliente bodfish road
Caliente Bodfish Road

angeles national forest fire
Us riding down Pearblossom Hwy with Angeles National Forest Fire behind

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Zenergize Tablets make Vitamin Water

Weighed in this morning at 165 pounds, up from yesterday. And that was my goal for all this week, to hit 165 by this morning.

Yesterday was a non-diet day. I had a salad at Sizzler, consisiting of just spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, topped with salsa, and a plate of pineapple and tangerine slices. And a Diet Coke. I also had four bottles of water, and a bottle of Fruit2O. But I still ate 8oz of jerky too!

And then I did my usual exercises, 2-mile jog in the morning, 1-mile jog in the evening, and 2 sets of sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups. I continue to improve on the push-ups, I'm doing about 12 reps consistently, whereas I used to be only able to do 9-10 reps.. Sometimes I'm able to muster as much as 14.

Zenergize Tablets
Yesterday I bought a package of these Zenergize Tablets. These are tablets you drop into a bottle of water to add some flavor and vitamins. I figured it might be good since it only added 2 calories and 0.5gm carbs. I picked them up at my local grocery store.

Only problem, is that they made the tablet too big to fit in a bottle. However, I found that they break apart pretty easily. They fizz up like soda tablets. As for the taste, well these "Citrus" flavored tablets are ok, but not quite like the flavor of Tang, or orange Kool-Aid. Though still better than Alka Seltzer.

But they're packed with a lot of vitamins, which is something I need since the beef jerky diet tends to deprive me of those.

They also make a Green Tea variety which is said to help boost metabolism, so maybe I'll try that one next.

The Best Jerky for Weight Loss

Weighed in this morning at 164 pounds, down one pound from yesterday.

Stayed on the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 6.5oz of jerky, 3 bottles of water, 2 bottles of Fruit2O, and a serving of kefir. Did my 2-mile jog in the morning, 1-mile walk in the evening, and 2 sets of crunches, sit-ups, and push-ups.

I also did some yard work in the back, which was just cramming all the trimmings and pulled weeds into my green waste can. I had so much piled up in the back, that it'll take a couple of weeks before I can get rid of it all. Yesterday, I filled the can up to the top, and now I'll have to wait another week for the trash-pick-up to empty it.

As for which jerky is the best to diet with, just look at the nutrition facts label and pick something the lowest in calories. I'd recommend something at 70 calories or less per 1oz serving. Most of your typical grocery store jerky is going to be around 80 calories or higher, but there are 70 calories or less out there if you just take the time to read the nutrition facts.

I've seen jerky as low as 30 calories per 1oz serving, and that's just plain smoked jerky, with very minimal, or no sugar added.

Stick to "whole musle" jerky, these are slices of whole meat, as opposed to "chopped & formed", which is ground up meat. The ground up meat contains far more fat, tendon, ligaments, blood vessels, and who knows what else. And as a result, it's tends to be oily. Most jerky on the market, is whole muscle. But take a look at the product closely.

Turkey jerky is not necessarily more healthier. If you compare beef jerky and turkey jerky, assuming they're both made by the same brand, you'll notice they both have the same fat content, same calories, same carbohydrates, same sodium. If anything, the turkey is lower in cholesterol. The reason why turkey jerky and beef jerky have the same nutritional content is because beef jerky has most all the fat taken out, to where it's similar to turkey.

The same holds true with exotic meat jerky, like buffalo (bison), elk, or ostrich, they're not any more lower in fat, carbs, or calories.

Stay away from the teriyaki jerky if you can, it's just higher in sugar.

Sticking to the original (or plain) beef jerky is probably better. In fact, if you can handle hot foods, I recommend eating beef jerky with chile pepper seasoning, the more the better. The capsaicin found in chile peppers causes the heart to beat faster, burning more calories, and making you sweat.

There Are No Tips To Lose Weight

Weighed in this morning at 165 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Yesterday I stuck with the beef jerky diet, 6.5oz of jerky throughout the day, a serving of kefir, 3 bottles of water, 3 bottles of Fruit2O, and a can of Diet Coke. I did my 2-mile jog in the morning, a 1-mile walk in the evening, and 2 sets of sit-ups, push-ups, and crunches.

I also worked on my pool heater yesterday. My goal was to loosen the bolts that held the motor. They were rusted and corroded over from rats peeing on it. I had to go to Lowes to get a couple of tools, but I managed to get that sucker off. Unfortunately, one of the bolts snapped. Either way, the thing is off. Then I called the company who built my pool, to arrange for them to buy a new motor and get it installed.

Yahoo Health ran an article yesterday entitled, "Quick Little Tweaks to Lose Weight Faster", and I have to admit these days when I see titles mentioning weight loss tips, I can't resist.

So I click on the link to read, and pretty much all the tips seemed lame to me. Things like, "run instead of walk", "set a goal", "read the nutrition label", "read a fitness magazine", and "eat a granny smith apple".

Obviously, these are not really tips, this is just fodder to publish another fitness article so that schmucks like me will feel tempted to click through and view the ads.

But what this does tell you is that there is no magical way to lose weight, otherwise we would have heard it by now. Even with my "beef jerky diet", I'm still having to employ discipline to stay on this diet, and exercise everyday. And that's what weight loss comes down to. Do you have the discipline to stick to it?

Weight Loss Under Triple Digit Temperatures

Weighed in this morning at 165 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Same thing, stuck to the beef jerky diet, about 7oz of jerky. 4 bottles of water, 3 bottles of Fruit2O, and a serving of kefir. 2 miles of jogging in the morning, 1 mile of walking in the evening, 2 sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches.

And I did some work in the backyard, trimming my other bougainvillea, and pulling more weeds. Looks like most of backyard is done, I just have two Queen Palms that I need to trim, but will require a ladder.

Next up is my pool heater. It keeps breaking down. The problem is rats. They keep crawling up in there to nest, and as such gnaw on the wiring. This time, they pooped and peed all over the heater motor, and totally messed it up. So, I need a new motor. However, they peed all over the bolts that hold the motor to the heater. The bolts have corroded and rusted as a result, and it's very difficult to remove. I'm faced with the possibility of buying a whole new heater, just to replace the damn motor!

So, I'm going to work on it today and see what I can do to get those bolts off.

The temperatures here at my house are expected to get up above 100, I'm sure it'll sap some more energy from me, but maybe that'll be a good thing.

Keeping Focused on Dieting

Weighed in this morning at 165 pounds, down one from yesterday.

Yesterday I stayed on the beef jerky diet eating 7oz of jerky, a serving of kefir, three bottles of water, and three bottles of Fruit2O. I did my 2-mile jog in the morning, and a 1-mile walk with the dogs in the evening, and 2 sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches.

I didn't do any yard work yesterday. In fact, the whole day was spent in the office on my laptop.

Yesterday I had some people ask me about another website I publish on my local community. One guy I met while jogging stopped me to chat for awhile. He lives just a few blocks away and I learned that he and some other neighbors take it upon themselves to paint over graffiti. Another gal, a local realtor, asking about the website too, and then mentioned she wants to start a website similar to mine. Then I got some e-mails from other locals wanting to know if I was still alive.

They all tell me that they like the website and check it everyday to see what's new around town. My problem has been that when I do something, I lose track of everything else. It's not that I'm ignoring other things, it's that I just don't multi-task. I mean to keep everything going, but I'm just bad at managing stuff.

The other thing is that lately I've really focused on my exercise and dieting. Sometimes I sit here at my laptop feeling I want to get a membership at a fitness center, but I don't want to spend the money.

It's also apparent to me this dieting and exercise is something I have to do for the rest of my life. Last night, the urge to snack was quite strong. I managed to resist, but I did so by drinking some more lemon water. I wasn't necessarily hungry at that time, I still had been eating pieces of jerky all throughout the day. But things like ice cream, quesadilla, beer, kept dancing in my head.

Losing Weight with Yard Work

Weighed in this morning at 166 pounds, down two from yesterday.

And yesterday was a non-diet day again. I took the wife to our my favorite japanese restaurant and had sushi and sashimi, along with some eggplant, napa cabbage, mushrooms, and roasted bell peppers. Then washed it down with a few refills of Diet Coke. I was full when I left, but not stuffed, and that was all I ate that day.

However, I did start the day with a serving of kefir, and drank two bottles of Fruit2O and a bottle of water later on. And then the normal exercises, jogging in the morning, dog-walking in the evening, and two sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches.

Continued again with more yard work in the back, or actually on one side of the house where I have more weeds to pull and a couple of overgrown bougainvilleas to trim.

Those bougainvilleas are nasty due to their thorns. Perhaps more nasty than the pygmy date palms. The palms have some pretty pointy thorns, but their thorns are only at the base of the fronds, whereas the bougainvilleas have thorns all up and down the branches. After trimming one of them I noticed spots of blood on my arms and legs where I got poked and scratched.

"Yardwork" seemed to be the word for the day yesterday, as my neighbor to the left was in the backyard pulling out a forest of weeds, and my neighbor to the right was mowing the lawn.

During my evening walk, I saw him about to get started and said "hi". We got caught up on the latest news. He mentioned me having lost some weight, which I attributed to my exercising and dieting. I remember several years ago he and I looked at getting memberships at a gym, mostly so that we could play racquetball. I asked him if he was still interested, but said I probably won't look into it until the beginning of next year, and he seemed to agree that next year might be ok, acknowledging finances are kinda tight right now.

As I said last Saturday, 165 pounds is my goal for next Saturday's weigh in, and right now I'm just 1 pound away from that. But I think I have a better chance of hitting that goal, or exceeding it than last week, since I don't have any plans right now to go beer drinking this week. This next weekend I plan to take an overnight motorcycle ride with some friends to Kernville, where I'm sure I'll be packing in the beer and BBQ.

So hopefully I can finish this week on a good note.

Bar-Hopping and Dieting

beer at waterfront tavernWeighed in this morning at 168 pounds, up one from yesterday.

Yesterday was a scheduled non-diet day. I managed to hook up with a friend and we did some bar-hopping on motorcycles. Started out riding to The Waterfront Tavern in San Diego, supposedly the oldest bar in San Diego. I had two beers and a plate of carnitas.

Then rode up to Stone Brewery in San Marcos, and I had two more beers. Then we rode to Breakwater Brewing in Oceanside, and I drank one more beer. Then up the coast, turned inland and stopped at Hells Kitchen in El Cariso, and had a Sprite.

Later that evening, I took the wife out to dinner to Mimi's Cafe in Temecula, and I had a salmon salad with a muffin.

I still did some exercises yesterday, however. I started the morning with my usual 2-mile jog, along with a few chin-ups. And then two sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches. I did not do the evening walk however.

I'm going to stop doing to the chin-ups. Yesterday morning I felt my wrist aching, the one I broke a few years ago. I don't want to reinjure it. I'll have to find some other way to exercise.

Today's another scheduled non-diet day, and usually the day my wife and I spend together. I gotta stay focused on eating vegetables, or salads, and see if I can get some more yard work done later on.

Lost One Pound in One Week

Weighed in this morning at 167 pounds. Down one from yesterday, and down one for this past week.

I stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 8oz of jerky, 3 bottles of water, and two bottles of Fruit 2O, and a serving of kefir.

I did all the usual exercises, 2 miles of jogging, 4 reps of chin-ups, and then two sets of 30 sit-ups, 30 crunches, and 10 push-ups. I also did some more yard work in the back, but didn't get a whole lot done.

My goal for the past week was to weigh in this morning at 166 pounds. I started that week at 168 pounds, so it goes to show that losing two pounds in a week is not necessarily easy. I'm blaming it on the BBQ chicken pizza I had Wednesday evening. I should've stuck with the salad.

So, I think I'll make 165 pounds my weigh-in goal for next Saturday morning.

Today's a non-diet day for me, as is tomorrow. My plan was to jump on the motorcycle and ride somewhere. I'm having trouble finding someone to ride with today, so I'm not sure how things are going to go. It also started raining a little bit here in Menifee, CA this morning, but I think it's already blown out and moved north.

I went jogging this morning as usual. Running through the park, I noticed a group of folks doing push-ups and sit-ups and jogging. It looked they were part of an organized group. I was curious, because I might benefit from a little peer pressure to keep myself going. But I didn't stop. If I see them again next weekend, maybe I'll ask.

Plotting a New Jogging Route

Weighed in this morning at 168 pounds. No change from yesterday.

I stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday. I had 7.5oz of jerky, three bottles of water, two bottles of Fruit2O, and a bottle of Propel Water. I also had my serving of kefir in the morning.

Exercise-wise, all the usual stuff. 2 mile jog in the morning, 1 mile walk in the evening, and two sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches. I also did more weed-pulling and tree trimming in the backyard.

I also changed up my morning jogging route. It did it after a discussion with my wife. I was telling her about my progress with sit-ups and push-ups, and she blurted out about doing pull-ups (chin-ups or whatever they're called). I said I didn't have any place in the house to do them, and she immediately pointed out the chin-up bars in the park.

The park is just a couple of blocks away, and indeed there are chin-up bars there.

So I got on Google Maps and figured out another 2 mile route that would take me to the park half-way through the route. I did that route yesterday morning.

Sorry to say, I could only muster three chin-ups. But I guess I have my work cut out for me.

But after a week of doing push-ups, I've managed to progress to doing 12 reps, up from the 10 reps I was only able to manage when I started.

The sit-ups and crunches are a different story. I'm struggling with doing them properly. I keep finding myself using momentum to carry me upwards instead of using my muscles. I'm also doing cross-over crunches, where you touch your left elbow to your right knee, and vice-versa.

Funny, all this exercising reminds me of the time when I was just 5-6 years old. My dad would teach me about "calisthenics". Does anyone still use that word? He was still rather fit and trim in those days, and used to run marathons. We did jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, and went jogging together.

Boot Camp Drill Instructor Job

Weighed in this morning at 168 pounds, up two from yesterday.

Yesterday was my non-diet day. But I still did some exercising, doing my 2-mile walk-n-jog in the morning, and two sets of sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups. I also did more yard work in the back.

As far as food is concerned, that afternoon I did the salad bar at Sizzler's, a plate of spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, topped with salsa, and a plate of strawberries and pineapple, and a Diet Coke, nothing else. But that evening, I hooked up with some friends at the local tavern and had a couple of beers, along with four slices of BBQ chicken pizza, and shared some shepherd's pie.

The demon of gluttony was plaguing me the whole time at the tavern. I actually found myself letting a friend advise me what to eat, hence the BBQ chicken pizza. Otherwise, the good angel was telling me to stick with the grilled chicken salad.

I still had a good time though, which is what it was all about.

It's funny how when I get myself focused on weight loss, that I find other people focused on weight loss also. Somehow when our minds are keyed into something specific, we tend to look for others keyed into the same thing. One gal was telling me about the boot camp she goes to every morning. Another guy said he's trying to get himself back on a diet. And I have a colleague who's lost 50 pounds over the past couple of years.

A boot camp drill instructor sounds like an interesting career. That gal said she pays $100.00 to this person for an 8-week course. Basically, the instructor tells people to run over there, and then "gimme 20 push-ups", and then go lift those weights, now do 30 sit-ups, etc. etc. How hard could that job be?

Fruit2O Water is Not Bad

Weighed in this morning at 166 pounds, down one from yesterday.

And that becomes my lowest weight ever on the beef jerky diet.

Yesterday I did all the usual stuff, had 8oz of jerky, four bottles of water, two bottles of Fruit2O, and a serving of kefir.

I did my 2-mile walk-n-jog in the morning, and a 1 mile walk with the dogs in the evening. 2 sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches one in the morning and one in the evening.

I also did more work on the backyard, trimming one more pygmy date palm, but pulling a ton of weeds.

Despite my saying earlier that I didn't like the sweetness of the Fruit2O water, I actually asked my wife to buy another case. I tried a few other brands of fruit-flavored water, and I guess this has been the better stuff. I like the vitamins it offers, and it has plenty of electrolytes which I figure I'll need if my exercises and yard work continues to increase. And no calories.

I'm still drinking plain bottled water however. And I'm still squirting some pure lemon juice into it. When I've been writing my beef jerky reviews, I found the lemon water cleans the palate better.

I'm making today a non-diet day, since I had arranged to meet some friends tonight for some beer at the local tavern. So this afternoon my wife and I will go out for some lunch, and I'll be sticking to salad. Then it'll be back to more yard work, and the usual grind.

I also went through all my pairs of jeans and pulled out the ones too big for me. I still have several size 40s, along with a few size 38s and 36s. I tried some of them on for kicks, and they're way too big. I'm wearing size 33s right now. At my heaviest weight of 240 pounds, I didn't consider myself to be that big, but I still can't believe I used to fill out those size 40s!

My Clothes Keep Getting Bigger

Weighed in this morning at 167 pounds, no change from yesterday.

I stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 8oz of jerky, a serving of kefir, 4 bottles of water, 1 bottle of Fruit2O, and 1 bottle of Propel Water.

I did all my usual exercises, 2 miles of walking and jogging in the morning, 30 sit-ups, 30 crunches, and 10 push-ups, also in the morning. Then in the evening, another 30 sit-ups, 30 crunches, and 10 push-ups, along with a 1 mile walk with my dogs.

And I did more work in the backyard, trimming two more pygmy date palms, pulling more weeds, trimming more bushes.

Well, I'm hoping to weigh in tomorrow at 166, because tomorrow night I made arrangements to hang out at my favorite tavern with some friends for some brews. I'm assuming I'll gain a few pounds from the beer and water. So, I'm going to make tomorrow my non-diet day.

I tried on my size 40 jeans yesterday, and wow! I can't believe I was that big. I wear a size 33 right now.

I'm also noticing my size L t-shirts are a little more loose. I'm actually thinking of washing them all in hot water to get them to shrink up a little bit more.

I also find myself thinking I need to exercise. Whereas before, walking and jogging in the morning something I debated doing. Now, I feel as if I have no choice. If I don't exercise, I'll lose the progress I've made and gain my weight back.

But it makes me feel good exercising. After the morning jog, I take a shower, put my clothes on, and sit down in my home office feeling invigorated.

Exercising and Dieting Continues

Weighed in this morning at 167 pounds. Down two pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday, my wife and I had brunch at Onami in Escondido. It's a japanese seafood & sushi buffet. I had plate full of sushi and sashimi, and then had another plate of egg plant, mushroom, cabbage, and roasted bell peppers. I stayed completely away from their fried offerings. Oh, and a Diet Coke. I was full when I left, but not stuffed.

And I did my full round of exercises, starting with my 2 mile walk-n-jog first thing in the morning. And then 30 sit-ups, 30 crunches, and 10 push-ups. Later in the evening I also did my 1 mile walk with the dogs, and then did another 30 sit-ups, 30 crunches, and 10 push-ups.

In in the afternoon, I also did more work in the backyard, trimming another couple pygmy date palms, and pulling more weeds. I still have another six palms to trim, and yet more weeds pull, and more shrubs to trim.

167 pounds matches my lowest weight ever on this diet plan, and I think that goes back to last January. My goal for this week is to weigh in on Saturday morning at 166 pounds. So, one pound in the next five days shouldn't too hard, eh?

But I'm also pleased that I maintained my dietary composure over the weekend. I could have easily stuffed myself with chow and beer, but kept my cool, and ate more veggies.

Oh, as for the blood pressure thing, I measured it again yesterday, after we returned home from brunch, and it read 110/71, which is well within the normal range. So I think that really low blood pressure I had Saturday was due to a combination of dehydration from riding all day, and not getting enough sodium.

Weight Loss and Low Blood Pressure

Weighed in this morning at 169 pounds, up one from yesterday.

Yesterday was a non-diet day. Some friends and I rode our motorcycles for about 230 miles over mountains and canyons. We had lunch at Major's Coffee Shop in Pine Valley, CA. I had a chef salad, with salsa, and a Diet Coke. We also stopped in Barrett Junction and I had a beer. One guy ordered a rack of pork ribs and split it with everyone. So I had one pork rib, a piece of corn bread, and some BBQ beans.

At the end of the ride we stopped in Temecula and I had another beer.

I didn't exercise at all yesterday. I had intended to walk-n-jog early in the morning before the ride, but when I woke up I just didn't feel like going.

And when I got home from the ride, I went straight to the bath tub and soaked for awhile. When I got out of the tub and stood up to dry off, I got dizzy and my vision blacked out, but returned in about 10 seconds. That's actually common for most people, "orthostatic hypotension". But I got it more severely at that moment than normal. I laid down on the bed and rested.

Then I got up and pulled out our blood pressure monitor and strapped it on. It read "89/57". That's low.

I tried to figure out what might cause my blood pressure to go that low. I wondered if it might be low sodium. Since I had salad with salsa that day, a pork rib, corn bread, and some BBQ beans, and then beer. But I don't know. The salsa has a fair amount of salt in it, as does the corn bread and BBQ beans. But then again, maybe the sweat and peeing leached out the sodium.

Either way, I responded by breaking out a jar of pickles and a couple bottles of water, and I started feeling better.

I'm wondering if maybe over the course of several weeks, my sodium has gradually dropped. The US RDA for sodium is 2,400 mg. I typically consume about 3,000 mg of sodium the entire day while on my beef jerky diet. But with the jogging, other exercises, soaking in the hot tub, and peeing throughout the day, I'm losing sodium also.

Another thing, I used to drink V8 juice each day, anywhere from 1 to 2 cans, which is about 200-400 mg of sodium. I stopped doing that in lieu of drinking kefir the past few weeks. I had been drinking V8 for the fiber, but changed to kefir because it does a better job of maintaining regularlity, but doesn't have the sodium.

So proper sodium balance is something to think about.

Well, today's another non-diet day. I've been wanting to get some sushi!

Lost Six Pounds in One Week

Weighed in this morning at 168 pounds, down another pound from yesterday.

And with that pound, I reached my goal of 168 for this week!

Yesterday I was actually off the beef jerky diet, but spent it eating a salad at Sizzler's. I had spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, and topped it with salsa instead of dressing. Then I had several strawberries and a couple slices of pineapple, with an iced tea to drink.

Later in the evening I had 2oz of beef jerky.

To drink, just bottled water.

I also did my 2 mile walk-n-jog in the morning, and then another 1 mile walk with my dogs in the evening. I also did 30 crunches, and 30 sit-ups. And I even did 9 push-ups. Yes, 9. That was all my arms could muster.

That afternoon I also spent a couple of hours trimming more pygmy date palms, trimming some bushes, and pulling weeds.

Today is my non-diet day. I'm heading out on my motorcycle and going riding with some friends. I'm looking to getting another salad, but I'm sure there's a few beers headed my way, and who knows what else.

By the way, I'm still drinking kefir in the morning, about 2 measuring cups worth. I just kept forgetting to mention it in my diet logs.

So, my goal for next week is to reach 166 pounds. I'm hoping by the end of this month I can be 165 pounds. I would actually like to reach 162 pounds, but the end of this month I plan to ride up to Kernville with some friends, and I can totally see myself gorging on beer and BBQ. So, 165 it is.

Health Benefits of Beef Jerky

Weighed in this morning at 169 pounds, down another pound from yesterday.

Yesterday I stuck to the beef jerky diet, even though it was supposed to be my non-diet day. I had 8oz of jerky, three bottles of water, a bottle of Fruit2O, and two bottles of Archer Farms flavored water.

I also exercised, doing my 2 mile walk-n-jog in the morning, as well as an evening 1 mile walk, and I did 30 sit-ups, and 20 crunches.

AND, I spend a couple of hours trimming my pygmy date palms. I have still have several more to go through.

I think I'll spend today off the diet, as well as this Saturday and Sunday. But I'll still do the exercises.

That Archer Farms flavored water is pretty good. That's the store brand for Target Stores. It has no sweeteners, just water and fruit flavoring. But considering how good it is, it's still more expensive than just buying plain bottled water and adding a squirt of lemon juice. And the Archer Farms stuff has no vitamins. At least the lemon water I'm making has some Vitamin C.

As for the "Health Benefits of Beef Jerky", I'm always wondering why more beef jerky companies don't put more emphasis into marketing this. I'm documenting on this blog right now what it can do for weight loss. But it's also better than eating potato chips, cookies, candies, and Twinkies. It's also very low in fat and very low in carbs, and high in protein.

House of Jerky is one of the few jerky brands that actually puts some effort into touting the health benefits of jerky:

Sit-Ups Versus Crunches

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

I did my walk-n-jog this morning.

Yesterday, I stuck to the beef jerky diet, eating 9.25 oz of jerky, three bottles of water, and two bottles of Fruit2O. I also did an evening walk with my dogs, for about 1 mile.

I also started doing sit-ups in the evening. I've been doing them nonchalantly for about a couple of weeks, but last night I took on a more determined attitude. These are "sit-ups" as opposed to "crunches". Sit-ups is where you brace your feet and use your leg muscles to help pull your body up, whereas crunches you don't brace your feet, and use only your abdomen to pull you up.

With crunches it's very difficult to lift your torso up off the ground, I can only lift my shoulders. With sit-ups much of the exercise is felt in my legs, though I do end up feeling some burn in my abdomen too.

But I'll transition to crunches as eventually.

I'm trying to get that soft underbelly into something more trim and toned.

I even thought about doing push-ups, which I think I'll eventually do, but I'm just taking my time right now, getting myself used to doing a series of exercises every morning and night.

It's interesting that once I've gotten my mind focused on losing weight, it's starting to become natural to me. The laziness is the toughest part of losing weight, but if you can turn it into a routine, and see results, it becomes habitual and you want to keep seeing more results.

Fruit2O versus Water

Fruit2OWeighed in this morning at 171 pounds, down another pound from yesterday.

I did my walk-n-jog this morning.

Yesterday, I stuck to the beef jerky diet, eating 8oz of jerky, 3 bottles of water, and two bottles of Fruit2O water.

The "Fruit2O" is a fruit-flavored water, with no real fruit juice, no calories, no carbs, no nothing. Except however, it contains an artificial sweetener.

My wife bought a case of it for me to try.

There used to be a time when I wanted that sweet stuff. But now, after a couple of weeks of just drinking water, with a squirt of lemon juice, I don't like that sweetness, at least not in my water anyways.

Fruit2O has a nice fruity taste, I wish they could just use the fruit flavoring without the sweeteners.

Compared to plain bottled water with a squirt of lemon juice, the water seems to be more refreshing after eating a package of beef jerky. The Fruit2O feels like it has a thicker consistency, as if I'm gulping down sugar water.

But I do appreciate knowing Fruit2O has some vitamins added.

Of course, bottled water and a bottle of Real Lemon concentrate is far cheaper than Fruit2O.

Weight Loss Blogs

Weighed in this morning at 172 pounds, down one from yesterday.

I did my walk-n-jog this morning.

Yesterday I stuck to the beef jerky diet, eating about 12oz of jerky, and four bottles of water. I even did some cleaning up in the backyard. I need to do some weed-pulling today.

I've been perusing other dieting and weight loss blogs just to see what other dieters are thinking and writing.

First, it seems that 90% of weight loss blogs are written by women.

Second, not many of them track their daily weight loss efforts, rather they'll write about their lives in general, about their jobs, their boyfriends, or the often "a funny thing happened to me on the way to the forum" kind of stuff. It makes me believe they're not focused on losing weight, and only wishing.

But there are some that do notate their daily progress (or regress). And that provides me with some comparable data.

Third, a lot of these weight loss bloggers are downright down on themselves, sounding rather morbid, talking about how they're losing out on the joys of life because they're fat.

The reasons for blogging about our weight loss efforts could be many. I'm finding that it helps me keep focus on this diet plan. If I know people are reading this regularly, then I feel as if I should keep plugging away.

But then, I don't really know how many people are following me regularly, since I don't see many comments posted here, or familiar login names.

(That would be a hint to all you readers)

How to Lose Six Pounds in Five Days

Weighed in this morning at 174 pounds, up another pound from Saturday.

I did my walk-n-jog this morning.

So over this past weekend, I splurged. Saturday and Sunday each saw me consuming mass quantities of beer, though not necessarily stuffing myself with food. Hopefully my body is still trying to eliminate some water from all that.

So I need to lose six pounds in five days in order to reach my goal of 168 by next Saturday's weigh in. I plan to stick to the beef jerky diet as best as I can, but try to burn more calories. How? My backyard now has some serious weeds growing, and I need to prune the palm trees. It's been calling my name and I've ignored it.

And if you just happened to find this post through a Google search, losing six pounds in five days is not really that hard. That is, the body is capable of losing a pound of fat each day. You just have to limit the calories in versus calories out.

So to the newcomers to this blog, beef jerky is something to consider if you need weight loss fast. It's very low in fat, and very low in carbs. And because beef jerky is a lot of protein, it causes the body to metabolize harder.

Get two bags of jerky, (3 or 4oz sized bags), and spread the jerky out over a full day. Start with a piece as you're walking out the door to work, eat another when you get to work. Make it last so that you're finishing the last piece around 6:00pm. That's your only chewable food for five straight days.

In between the jerky, drink water. I like to squirt some pure lemon into the water, it'll actually aid in the digestion, and give it some flavor. You can buy a bottle of pure lemon juice at the grocery store.

In order to ignore the urge to eat, you have to keep yourself busy. Create a list of things to do to prevent yourself from thinking about food.

You'll have to exercise. If you can't handle running, just walk. Shoot for about 2 miles a day, and alternate between walking fast, and walking normal.

If you experience constipation, take fiber pills, or a fiber drink like Metamucil. Eating nothing but jerky will do that to you.

But don't do this diet plan for more than a week straight. Your body needs fruits and vegetables. After you've lost five or six pounds, mix up the dieting schedule with like 4 days a week of beef jerky dieting, and 3 days eating fruits and vegetables.

It's So Difficult to Lose Weight

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

I did my walk-n-jog this morning.

Well, blasted! I was trying to lose two pounds and reach 168 by this morning. Instead I go up three pounds. My wife made spaghetti last night. I had told her that morning I was going to be on my beef jerky diet. Yet, she cooked me spaghetti, and then brought up a plate of it to my office and waved it under my face.

Part of me was upset because I had told her I was staying on my diet that day. But the other part was sympathetic because it's not often that she's feeling well enough to cook. She has some serious health problems that usually leaves her exhausted or nauseated. So I know that she doesn't do this dash my dieting goals; she's doing it because she's happy to feel well, and cooking is one of her favorite ways to express that feeling.

I'd love to have her help me lose weight, by coaching me, or cheering me on, or doing something. I've asked her many times before. But she won't do it. If you knew her, you'd understand. She's very passive in that regards.

So I guess I'm going to have to go through another full week of trying to hit the 168 mark.

What really sucks about weight loss is that I can go five days straight of dieting, exercise, and managing my caloric intake, yet I can't lose a single pound. But just one plate of spaghetti, and I gain three pounds.

Today is another scheduled "non-diet" day, and the day I usually hook up with my friends and ride motorcycles. I'm going to try to stick to a salad, but I'm sure there's a beer for me in the near future.

Beef Jerky and Weight Loss

Weighed in this morning at 170 pounds, still no weight loss since Monday.

I did my daily walk-n-jog this morning.

Yesterday was my non-diet day. I had a large salad with fat-free raspberry vinaigrette dressing, and two beers. I also had about 4oz jerky as I was learning how to make my own. Then my usual swig of kefir and a Dannon Activia at night.

But I guess not having gained any weight from yesterday being off the diet is good. However, I'm still trying to hit my goal of 168 pounds by the end of this week, which is tomorrow!

Weight loss on a beef jerky diet is rather erratic. Some days I can lose up to 5 pounds, other days I gain 5 pounds. And then there are times like these where I sit at the same weight for a week or two. So it's still possible for me to lose 2 pounds today, and weight in at 168 tomorrow.

I was talking to a buddy of mine yesterday about my weight loss and my beef jerky diet. He thinks I'm already skinny enough. I said I want to lose another 20 pounds and reach 150, and he shook his head in disbelief. In college, I had actually weighed 130 pounds, and I'm still the same height, 5'8". So, I think 150 is not unreasonable.

Before and After Weight Loss Photos

Before photos (Scary)

April 2004 - 230-240 pounds - XXL shirt, Size 40 jeans

May 2004 - 230-240 pounds - XXL shirt, Size 40 jeans

June 2005 - 230-240 pounds - XXL shirt, Size 40 jeans

After Photos (not so scary)

August 2009 - 170 pounds - L shirt, Size 33 jeans

December 2009 - 153 pounds - S shirt, Size 31 jeans

Keeping a Weight Loss Chart

Weighed in at 170 pounds this morning, still no change.

I stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 6.5 oz of jerky, four bottles of water, a serving of kefir in the morning and a Dannon Activia in the evening.

This morning I did my walk-n-jog.

Actually, I had weighed in at 169.5 pounds if you want to get technical, but I opted to play conservative and recorded it as 170 pounds.

Hey check out my weight loss chart...

weight loss chart
I went through this blog and created a graph of my weigh-ins and plotted them on a chart...

  1. My goal is 150 pounds, the bottom line

  2. My starting weight on this diet was 220, but I didn't record the date of that weigh in, so it's not on this chart

  3. That long straight line towards the end is a period of six months when I stopped recording my weigh-ins.

Kefir Versus Yogurt

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

Yesterday I had 5.25 oz of jerky, along with about a half-bunch of grapes, three bottles of water, three cans of Diet Coke, and a chug of blueberry flavored kefir.

I did my walk-n-jog this morning.

Breaking across that 170 pound barrier seems tough. I want to say that I went through something similar last January when I hit the 170 mark.

I finally ran out of Dannon Activia, and decided I would try to find a store around here that sold kefir. Kefir is basically just like yogurt, which is what Activia is, except it contains more beneficial strains of bacteria. If you do some googling on "kefir", you'll find websites that makes all kinds of claims. I don't know if they're all true, but I wanted to give it try, particularly since my brother seems to be into the stuff.

Well, I finally discovered that Ralph's sells it. I couldn't find it at Albertsons or Stater Bros. It's the Lifeway brand, blueberry flavored. I tried a few chugs of the stuff, and it tastes exactly the same as Dannon Activia, and exactly like yogurt.

I'm gonna ask my wife to stop buying diet sodas, and stick to bottled water. We can get store-branded water in greater quantities, and still pay a lot less money.

I also did some googling on lemon juice as a dieting aid and found several sites claiming that it aids in digestion and causes the body to metabolize faster. I have some bottled lemon concentrate, and I'm gonna throw a squirt of juice into each bottle I drink.

Vitamin D Benefits

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

I stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 7.5 oz of jerky, two cans of Diet Coke, and two bottles of water, and a Dannon Activia.

I did my walk & jog this morning.

Eric Madrid MD is a friend of mine and he had his book published recently, Vitamin D Prescription: The Healing Power of the Sun & How It Can Save Your Life.

He says 80% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Our bodies manufacture Vitamin D naturally through exposure to the sun. And of course, most of us are not getting enough sun.

So I asked him how much should I be getting?

He says a minimum of 15 minutes a day, with arms and legs exposed, during the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm, which I presume is the maximum sunshine.

So anyways, I've been doing my jogging in the cooler morning hours, usually between 6:00am to 8:00am. So I thought I'd take advantage of this new piece of advice and start my walk-n-jog at 10:00am. I usually end up taking 30-40 minutes doing this.

And that's what I did this morning. It's quite a bit hotter at that time, considering I live in the inland area of Southern California.

Supposedly, maintaining a healthy balance of Vitamin D will decrease your susceptibility to cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and lupus. I don't have any of those diseases, so maybe I'm getting enough Vitamin D already?

He says to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D levels.

Lost Five Pounds in One Day

Weighed in this morning at 170 pounds. Down five from yesterday.

Crazy. I gained 5 pounds on Saturday, and then lost 5 pounds Sunday. Looks like most of that weight gain was water.

I did my walk & jog this morning.

Yesterday I stuck to what I said, and had a salad. Wife and I went to a Sizzlers. I took a pile of spinach, added about 10 cherry tomatoes, some slices of cucumber, and some broccoli, and topped it with salsa. Then I had about 10 strawberries, a slice of pineapple, and some more cumcumbers. And a Diet Coke. That was my meal for the day, except for some bottles of water throughout the day, and the Dannon Activia at night.

I've been using salsa as a salad dressing substitute. It's a lot lower in fat, and still has all the sodium that makes salad dressings so good. Sizzer's salsa is actually pico de gallo, it's just diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and salt.

But so far, I'm chalking up my recent weight losses to jogging in the morning. I'm estimating about 250 calories burned every time I go out. It's about 10 minutes of moderate jogging and 20-25 minutes of moderate-to-fast paced walking.

Gained Five Pounds Yesterday

Weighed in this morning at 175 pounds.

Like I said yesterday, I'll probably gain 5 pounds in beer.

At my friend's birthday party yesterday, I had four beers I believe, but three margaritas, and a shot of 100 proof tequila, and then hit my drunkeness for the evening. I chilled out drinking several fruit juices and water.

But I also breakfast that morning after my motorcycle ride, having an omelette, potatoes, and english muffin.

At the birthday party, I gobbled down three bratwursts, a hamburger patty, potato salad, several deviled eggs, some cookies, and chips.

But I think most of the 5 pounds I gained yesterday was from the fluids.

I need to stop drinking hard stuff. My body can't seem to deal with that anymore. When I hit the sack last night, my head was spinning, and I couldn't sleep at all. I felt like crap the whole night. So far, beer seems to be ok provided I stick to the lower alcohol beers.

I did my morning walk & jog today, hoping that would do something, but it didn't.

Today, the wife and I going out for brunch, but I think I'm just going to get a salad. I haven't had much veggies this past week.

Lose 7 Pounds in One Month

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

I stayed on the beef jerky diet yesterday, or kind of. I had a bag of jerky in the afternoon, and then a oatmeal raisin cookie in the evening, and my Dannon Activia. And then several bottles of water. It was actually cheating, since I consumed fewer calories than what my diet plan calls for.

But I just wanted to hit that 170 mark.

Hey! I hit my goal of 170 pounds by the end of the week, as well as the end of the month. I actually lost something like 8 pounds for the month. I did it mostly by sticking to the diet plan, which is about 3 bags of jerky a day (750-1000) calories, and some kind of fiber drink (two V8 Juice cans 300 calories, or one Dannon Activia 160 calories).

And then walking and jogging every morning.

Of course you need a lot of determination to resist the temptation of snacking or over eating. The determination is the tough one. It helps for me to keep my mind focused on other things. So, I make up a list of things I can do each day to keep from getting bored.

Beef jerky is not really all that critical, you can lose weight with any food, as long as you manage the calories in versus calories out. It's just that beef jerky helps out since a bag is pretty low in both fat and carbs.

Today's a non-dieting day. I'll be going out for a little motorcycle ride in the AM, and then hit up a friend's birthday party. I'll be consuming more than enough calories to make up for yesterday.

Oh, about yesterday, where I said that I could feel my pulse so much more easily now? I wondered if maybe my blood pressure is high. We happen to have a blood pressure monitor at home, and I took a couple of readings. The first came out 97/70, the second came out 97/68. That's within the normal range, though towards the lower end.

Ok, so my goal for next week is to reach 168 pounds by Saturday morning (assuming I'll gain 5 pounds of beer this weekend!)