Low Potassium During Dieting & Weight Loss

Weighed in this morning at 157 pounds, down one from yesterday.

I started off yesterday with my usual serving of kefir, and then a handful of montmorency cherries. Later I had 5oz of jerky. In the evening, I had about 8oz of baby carrots, plain, no dressing or any kind of topping. I drank down two bottles of water, and two cans of low sodium V8.

I think I'm going make V8 a normal part of my diet again. I need the potassium. From researching the USDA's nutrient database, it looks like four cans of V8 will provide about 100% of the RDA for potassium. I won't necessarily need to drink four cans per day, maybe two will be fine. I'm sure I can get potassium from other sources as well.

Potassium is needed for normal cell function, which also includes normal colon function, which I'm guessing may explain some of the constipation. I'm sure eating a lot of beef jerky also explains the constipation too.

And it looks like potassium is also needed to help restore energy back to the muscles. If you recall, I find myself exhausted everytime I exercise, and it's likely due to a severe potassium deficiency.

I'm also very deficient in magnesium, which is also necessary for metabolism and getting energy to the muscles. I have a friend who is a physician, and he commented to me that most people are deficient in magnesium.

My theory is that if I can get metabolism energy better, and get more energy to my muscles, I can exercise more, burn more calories, and be more fit.

So today I'm going to look at getting a multivitamin to take daily.

If you've noticed, I've also changed the beef jerky diet lately to where I'm eating a lot less jerky, and more fruits and vegetables. I think as I'm getting closer to my weight loss goal of 150 pounds, I'll be doing more of that. That should help get me more of vitamins and minerals I need.

Not Enough Sleep Leads to Lower Productivity

Weighed in this morning at 158 pounds, down a pound from yesterday.

I started yesterday morning off with a serving of kefir, and a handful of dried montmorency cherries. I had intended to get back on track with the beef jerky diet, but didn't. What happened is that I discovered a pound of beef top round in the refrigerator starting to go bad. I bought it last week to make jerky, but got hit with the flu, and never did.

So instead, I fried it up in a pan with some black pepper and canola oil. Then I added some tortillas, cheese and pico de gallo, and had tacos. That was all I ate yesterday. I added a few bottles of water, and 2 cans of Diet Coke.

But I also did my full round of exercises yesterday too, doing a 2-mile jog, sit-ups, crunches, push-ups, and some weight lifting.

Later that night, I attended an affiliate marketing meeting in Murrieta hosted by a guy who lives a few minutes away from me. He put out pizzas, a cake, and cans of soda. I found it rather easy to avoid the pizza and cake, but that's where I had the two cans of Diet Coke.

He mentioned suffering from a lot of headaches. He works from about 7:00am to about 2:00am. I told him to stop drinking coffee, sodas, and anything with caffeine in it. He needs to get a full night's rest. "No way", he said. "I'm too busy". So I told him he'll feel a lot better, and be more productive, if only he gets a full 8 hours of sleep.

But that's just how it is in the dotcom profession. Nobody gets enough sleep. I know, I used to be that way too.

At the meeting, I ran into a gal whom I had met a few years ago, and hadn't seen since. The last time we saw each other, I was a fat boy. So, she remarked how thin I am. I felt pretty pleased. I think she's the first person I've talk to thus far who has not seen me since I started the beef jerky diet. It's fun to hear someone express their surprise to see much weight I've lost.

Weekend Pig Out Ruins Dieting

Weighed in this morning at 159 pounds, up three from last Saturday.

I pigged out over Saturday and Sunday. Saturday the wife and I did some sushi and sashimi for lunch. We tried walking it off throughout a shopping mall. Later in the evening we took the motorcycle out to a brew pub in Oceanside and I downed a couple beers and split a pizza with her. Then off to a couple more pubs for two more beers. We finally ended the evening at Killarney's in Temecula, danced a couple of songs, and a had a bloody mary.

Sunday was easier. I hooked up with a friend, and rode our motorcycles around the area. I had some peruvian food, and a few refills of Diet Coke. Then we hit up a brew pub in Huntington Beach, and had another beer. That was all I had for that day.

I did some exercises on Sunday, but no jogging.

Clothes-wise, I'm now down to wearing only size "small" t-shirts. My pants are down to a waist size 32. That's probably the most expensive part of losing weight, buying new clothes.

But I'm getting to the point that I enjoy getting into smaller clothes. The last 15 years, I've been wearing such large clothes. I still have about 50 "XXL" sized t-shirts. Those years were spent trying to be modest and not advertising my big belly. Now, I just want to look like a physically fit guy.

Haven't Had a Hamburger For So Long

Weighed in this morning at 156 pounds, down two from yesterday.

Yesterday I felt good enough to get back into the swing of things and start writing more beef jerky reviews. But my wife wanted to us to eat out for lunch, since the flu bug that plagued us the last couple weeks prevented us from going out.

I ended up sticking to a salad bar, consisting of a large pile of spinach, about 12 cherry tomatoes, onions, all topped with three scoops of salsa. For my second trip, I had two scoops of cottage cheese, and three slices of pineapple. I washed it all down with two tall cups of iced tea.

That was enough to keep me feeling full for the most of the day. I drank down a bottle of Fruit2O in the evening.

I also jogged that morning, doing a mile, and then walking a mile. Then I did my full set of exercises, push-ups, crunches, sit-ups, and a variety weight-lifts for the arms, shoulders, and chest.

I was telling my wife how my food choices have changed so much. Whereas before we'd go to a buffet for lunch, I'd get fried chicken, mashed potatoes, pasta, meat loaf, ice cream, pizza, now I get spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, pineapple, cottage cheese.

I still want those other things, and I still love a bacon cheeseburger. It's just having lost this much weight, and exercised so much more, I feel a lot better inside, and stronger. It's like putting a greasy burger in me feels so backwards.

Today I'm in the mood for sashimi.

Trying To Get Back on Track

Weighed in this morning at 158 pounds, down two from yesterday.

Yesterday I still felt fatigued all day long, despite having taken naps and having eaten more. I wondered if maybe I was iron deficient. I remembered feeling this same way a few years ago after my motorcycle accident. My doctor discovered I was anemic, and said it's common for that to happen after a traumatic event like a motorcycle accident. So he put me on iron supplements in the interim, and eventually the body righted itself.

So I went to the drug store yesterday and bought some more. Today, things seem to feel better.

For food I started off with my usual serving of kefir. For lunch I had a small veggie tray of broccoli, tomatoes and carrots, along with a can of light tuna. I put some lemon juice and pepper in the tuna and ate it like that. In the evening I had 2oz of jerky.

For today, since I'm feeling better I had planned to write some jerky reviews. But my wife wanted to go out for lunch since the whole past couple of weeks while I was sick and she was sick, we didn't do anything. So that's the plan today.

Losing Weight Leads to Lifestyle Changes

Weighed in this morning at 160 pounds, up two from yesterday.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling better from the flu. The runny nose seemed to be gone, while the watery eyes and coughing was still there. But by later that afternoon the watery eyes was gone, and the coughing had reduced quite a bit. I still felt fatigued.

I was supposed to hang out with some friends at a local tavern that evening, and at the last moment I decided to do it. Later on that evening I actually felt pretty good, after a few beers, a salad, a couple slices of pizza, and a tall glass of water. That's largely what put the two pounds back on me.

This morning things feel better, though I still feel a bit fatigued. I really ought to just rest and regain my strength today.

You know, they say that the key to losing weight and keeping it off is to make lifestyle changes that lead to health and fitness. But I wonder if losing weight is what actually encourages you to make lifestyle changes. That is, I think most of us can't lose our cravings and laziness until we start seeing results from our diet and exercise efforts. Once the weight starts coming off, that's when we feel encouraged to pursue those lifestyle changes.

The more I've lost weight, the better I'm eating. I find it easier to order salads when I go out now. Contrast that to when I hit my highest weight of 240 pounds, and I made a choice to get back to my "normal" weight. I knew I had to make lifestyle changes to get there, but I was still unwilling to give up my burgers, pizzas, tacos, etc. I tried to find a way to lose weight while still enjoying burgers, pizzas, and tacos. I spent about 3 years doing that, and cutting back on little things like french fries, potato chips, and switching to diet sodas.

And it actually worked. I managed to lose about 15-20 pounds over those 3 years. That's a very minimal weight loss, but it was still enough to encourage me. And that's when I started the beef jerky diet.

It wasn't until I got under 200 pounds that I found it even easier to make more lifestyle changes. Once the pounds started coming off at a rate of about 5-10 pounds per month, I found myself wanting to exercise. I wanted to reach my weight loss goal badly enough, that I found easier to commit to lifestyle changes.

Now, I'm asking my wife to bring me back a small veggie tray for lunch when she goes grocery shopping, and I'll have her pick up some grapes or strawberries. I exercise everyday, and actually look forward to it, whereas before I would dread doing it. I rarely drink sodas anymore, it's mostly water with lemon, or Fruit2O, or iced tea.

I start the morning with a serving of kefir, a type of yogurt, said to be very beneficial to the digestive system. In the past that was food for healthfood freaks, but now I'm drinking it everyday.

I still drink my fair share of beer. But interestingly, I'm being told that dark beers are actually one of the most healthiest foods in the world to eat.

This decision to eat healthier only came after I saw significant results from my weight loss efforts. Had those results not come, I would have not made those lifestyle changes.

I Think I've Turned the Corner With This Flu

Weighed in this morning at 158 pounds, down two from yesterday.

Yesterday the flu bug seemed to hit me hardest. But it didn't seem to hit my appetite too bad. I started the day with a serving of kefir, and then had a can of chicken noodle soup. Later on, I had my wife get me a small veggie tray and some fresh pico de gallo. I also had three bottles of water.

I didn't exercise at all.

But this morning I woke up feeling better, stronger. It's hard to say at this point, I'm still coughing, sniffling, and getting watery eyes.

I'm supposed to go out with some friends tonight at a local tavern, but I don't know. I guess I'll wait to decide until later this afternoon, see how things feel. If it was purely about how I feel, I'd go. But, I don't want any of my friends getting the flu from me. So, if I continue to improve by later this afternoon, then maybe I've kicked it and there's no harm.

Losing Weight With The Flu

Weighed in this morning at 160 pounds, down one from yesterday.

Yesterday, I didn't feel good. It seems I caught the cold or flu that my wife had the week before. I started out with 1oz of jerky, but wasn't in the mood for jerky. I looked inside our refrigerator and found some leftover rice and refried beans. I took those out, along with some tortillas and cheese and made burritos.

I also drank down a serving of kefir in the morning, and three bottles of water, and a bottle of Fruit2O. I laid down most of the day.

However, I was still able to muster out some exercises in the evening, doing some push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, and some weight lifting for the arms, shoulders, and chest.

I'm just going to lay low again today.

Weekend Disaster Averted

Weighed in this morning at 161 pounds, up one pound from last Friday.

Over the weekend I actually gained a lot more weight. That Friday, I had almost stayed on the beef jerky diet, until I decided to call a friend and get together for some beer. So I chugged down about four bottles, and we chewed on some grapes and trail mix.

The next morning (Saturday), I weighed in at 163 pounds. And that day I got together with a different friend and we rode our motorcycles to this dealership for demo rides. But the line was too long, and we didn't want to wait. But they offered up hot dogs and lemonade, and so I capitalized. Afterwards, we stopped at Nessy Burger and I had a chicken sandwich. I got home around 2:00pm, and I jogged for a mile.

Then I got a call from another friend who invited me to hang with him at a winery to drink some wine and munch on some munchies. So I did that, and drank a bottle to myself. Later we hit up a tavern and I had a beer.

So the next morning, Sunday, I didn't even bother to weigh myself, worried I was going to see something like 165 or 166 or something.

But that day I got together with more friends and we all rode our motorcycles to Coronado, taking the long long way, up and down some mountains and through some canyons. We to Mc P's Irish Pub in Coronado around 2:00pm. All I had was a chef salad, which I only ate half of, no dressing just Cholula Sauce, and iced tea. And that was all I ate that day.

So, the net effect is that I gained one pound over the weekend. Not too bad I suppose. I think riding my motorcycle all day Sunday, and not really drinking much helped evaporate much of the water I had gained from the beer and wine on Friday and Saturday.

I guess my goal for this week is to hit 159 pounds by Saturday morning.

Changing My Exercise Schedule

Weighed in this morning at 160 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Yesterday, I did a partial beef jerky diet, eating 5oz of jerky. I started the morning with my serving of kefir and some grapes. Then throughout the day I ate two lemons, a bell pepper, and a jalapeno, which a friend had given me from his garden. I still have lots of lemons and jalapenos left over. I also had three bottles of water and three bottles of Fruit2O.

I also did my exercises, 1 mile jog and 1 mile walk in the morning, and sit-ups, push-ups, crunches, and some weight lifting for the arms and shoulders, all in the evening. And, I mowed and edged the front lawn too.

I'm still dealing with fatigue in the morning, preventing me from doing the full 2-mile jog. I going to try changing my exercise schedule so that I do everything in the morning, with the idea that this will give my body a full day to recouperate for next morning. Up to now, I've been doing the jogs in the morning, and then all the other exercises in the evening. Maybe that's what has made me feel tired in the mornings.

Remember those vitamin water tablets called "Zenergize" that I wrote about last month? I had said it tasted "ok". I've continued to take their Citrus variety, which they claim to be an immunity booster, and I think I'm getting used to the flavor. Originally, I thought they tasted something half-way between Tang and Alka Seltzer, and I think they still do. It's just that I'm tolerating it better.

Zenergize has a Green Tea variety, which they say is their metabolism booster. I already have plans to go to the grocery store today, so I think I'll try that one.

I Finally Reached 160 Pounds!

Weighed in this morning at 160 pounds, down one from yesterday.

If you've followed this blog for awhile, I mentioned last December trying to calculate my proper body weight. I originally figured 160 was an ideal weight, but then I decided to shoot for 150 instead. I said that I would reach 160, and then evaluate if I should stay at 160 or go with 150. I'm definitely going for 150.

In fact, I may actually shoot for 140. The reason why is that not too long ago, I was at a Sport Chalet in town, talking to a guy who's into fitness, and he weighs 140 pounds. He's also the same height as I am, and the same age in years. He looks thin, not anorexic, and he looks toned and fit. So I don't know, maybe I should be at 140. But again, I'll reach 150 and evaluate from there.

Yesterday, I stuck to the beef jerky diet, eating 6oz of jerky. I had a serving of kefir and a handful of grapes in the morning. The rest of the day I had three bottles of water, and two large cups of diet Coke. I also exercised, doing 1 mile jog and a 1 mile walk in the morning, along with sit-ups, crunches, weightlifting for the arms, chest and shoulders.

I mentioned doing only a 1 mile jog with a 1 mile walk in the morning. Yesterday, I didn't seem to have the energy that I normally have. A while back I mentioned cutting back on exercising due to being so tired. I'm wondering if the fatigue is due to not enough protein. I used to eat about 10-12oz of jerky a day, and gradually that has decreased to about 6-8oz a day.

I'll note however, that since that time I have also added kefir to my morning meal, which itself offers about 11gm of protein per serving, along with about 25gm of carbs. That's about the equivalent of 3-4oz of jerky. I've also added a lot more vitamins through the 2-3 bottles of Fruit2O a day (it's actually Fruit2O Essentials). So it's not necessarily that I've cut back on calories, though in total I probably have cut back a little. But I've also gained more in nutrition from the kefir and Fruit2O.

I don't know. Maybe I need to rest a little.

Oh, and note that I mentioned above having 2 large cups of diet Coke. I went out on that motorcycle ride later in the afternoon yesterday. It was quite hot out with temps at about upper 90s to lower 100s. Towards the end of the ride I stopped at a Jack in the Box, but all I had was the diet Coke.

Montmorency Cherries Fights Gout

Weighed in this morning at 161 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Yesterday, I stuck to the beef jerky diet, eating 6.5oz of jerky. I had a serving of kefir, a handful of grapes, and a handful of dried cherries in the morning, and then three bottles of water, and one bottle of Fruit2O throughout the day. I also did my exercises, 2-miles of jogging, sit-ups, and crunches.

As for those dried cherries, they're actually "Montmorency Cherries". I had been eating those off and on over the past several months. I got the idea from my dad, who eats them everyday. He says specifically Montmorency Cherries stop gout from forming. They won't reverse gout, only stop it from progressing. He has gout, and his father had gout, and his father's father had gout. So, I figure I'll be getting it too. They say eating a lot of red meat, and soda causes it.

I also bought a few hand weights, a #5, #7, and a #10, to do some different exercises.

Aside from all that, I didn't do much yesterday aside from sitting at my computer most of the time.

The motorcycle always beckons me to ride. I was tempted to ride out yesterday, but I think I may that do that later on today. It'll be interesting to see if I can go out riding without actually stopping to eat or have a beer.

Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days

Weighed in this morning at 161 pounds, no change from yesterday.

I stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 9oz of jerky throughout the day. I started the day with a serving of kefir and a handful of grapes, and drank down a total of 3 bottles of water and 2 bottles of Fruit2O all day long. I also did my exercises, 2-mile jog in the morning, push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches.

I got a little more work done in the backyard, picking up the rest of the tree trimmings and putting them into the green waste can.

I noticed the Google Ads on this website and one showing "Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days". I didn't click on the ad, but I did type in the address "lisaslogbook.com", and checked it out. It didn't provide any info on how to lose 30 pounds in 30 days. But what it did do was ask for my e-mail address. It seems the site only wants to send you junk mail on weight loss crap, probably acai berries, colon cleanse, or some other MLM con job.

After having seen what I've seen with my own weight loss, I think it is certainly possible to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, but there's no other secret to it other than burning a lot of calories, and consuming little. You have to exercise an awful lot, and eat foods low in calories, and perhaps take vitamins.

But it seems for every 100 ads that promise weight loss, about 95 of them don't provide any realistic help. They provide gimmicks, outrageous promises, and only leave you with less money.

I'm convinced you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days with this beef jerky diet. You just have to limit yourself to about 4-6oz of jerky spread out throughout the day from morning to evening, drink only water, and exercise, exercise, and exercise all day long. Do this for 30 days straight, no breaks, and it'll happen.

Lost Three Pounds in Four Days

Weighed in this morning at 161 pounds, down one pound from last Saturday.

Well, the truth is that I was actually up and down since last Saturday. Sunday morning I had weighed in at 164 pounds. That's because all day Saturday I had been out riding with my friends, drinking beers, diet cokes, and eating a salad in the afternoon, and carne asada tacos in the evening. I also mixed in some chips, salsa, and guacamole.

But I think that weight gain was mostly water from drinking all the beer and diet cokes.

Sunday I ate rather conservatively, going out to Sizzler with my wife and eating salad. I piled up a lot of spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and topped it off with pico de gallo in lieu of dressing. Then I had some slices of pineapple, and a couple glasses of diet coke. I actually didn't drink much that day, because I had gained weight on Saturday from mostly water.

Oh and both Saturday and Sunday I still did my exercises, 2-mile jogs in the morning, and several reps of push-ups, sit-ups, crunches.

The irony is that I went four full days (Thursday through Sunday) without eating any beef jerky, and yet I still had a net loss of 3 pounds. So once again, it proves the beef jerky is actually a small part of the diet. Otherwise, it's all about making the right food choices, controlling the urge to eat, and getting a lot of exercise.

But I don't want to down play the part about "controlling the urge to eat". It's obviously not something we can do easily. It took me a few years to train myself to avoid snacking. But the advice I can give someone on that, is to keep yourself busy. Create a list of things to do when you start feeling bored. I can do yard work, I can do exercises, I can ride my motorcycle, and I imagine there are things around your house that need to get done. As long as you keep your mind focused on something, you won't think about eating.

Anza Borrego Desert Hiking

anza borrego desert hikeWeighed in this morning at 162 pounds, down 2 pounds from yesterday.

Good news, I beat my weight loss goal for the week, which was 163 pounds by this morning's weigh in.

Yesterday I was supposed to be on the beef jerky diet, but decided to stay off.

Instead, I finally did some afternoon hiking. I went out to the desert, Anza Borrego Desert. I basically hiked up a wash. Actually, I drove my truck up most of the wash until it goes into a canyon, and gets too tight for the truck. Then I set out and hiked up the wash. Eventually, I get up to a mountain range, and then hiked up the mountains. I sat up there and enjoyed views of the valley.

But I still did a 2-mile jog in the morning before setting out.

All I ate yesterday was a serving of kefir in the morning with some strawberries. Then I had four bottles of Fruit2O (3 bottles before the hike, and 1 after). Then I had several grapes, and finally ended the evening with a bottle of lemon water.

That's pretty hardcore dieting and exercising for one day.

But I had a lot of fun hiking up the wash and climbing up the mountain. It reminded of the days when I was a kid and our family would camp out in Anza Borrego. It was pretty hot out there, but I don't mind the heat. It's that whole quiet and solitude of the desert that I like.

Gaining Muscle and Losing Weight

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

Yesterday, I did another partial beef jerky diet, eating 6oz of jerky, along with some strawberries in the morning, and more strawberries in the evening. I had 2 bottles of water, and three bottles of Fruit2O. I also did a 2-mile jog in the morning.

Today is a non-diet day, but I'm going to try for a salad and go easy on the beer. Well ok, I think the salad is doable, but I don't know about the "going easy on the beer" part.

It's funny, I just blogged yesterday that it's getting harder for me to lose weight, despite exercising more. I'll jog and jog, and do my push-ups and sit-ups, and for several days straight, no weight loss. But then one day, I'll lose two-pounds overnight. Go figure.

I suppose I could also be gaining muscle from the exercising.

Oh, a few days ago the wife and I shopped at Sam's Club, and I picked up a pair of size 32 Levi's for $14.00. And they fit good too. I still have a size 33 Levi's that I haven't even started wearing yet.

Cutting Back on Exercising

Weighed in this morning at 166 pounds, no change from yesterday.

I sort of stuck to the beef jerky diet yesterday, eating 8oz of jerky, plus a handful of strawberries in the evening. Then two bottles of water, and two bottles of Fruit2O. I also jogged for 2-miles in the morning, and did a set of push-ups.

So yesterday, I said a friend of mine gave me a bunch of vegetables from his garden, including several tomatoes, grapes, peppers, carrots, and cilantro. A few days ago, my wife and I bought some fruit from the grocery store, namely more grapes and strawberries. So now, I have to eat all this stuff. Good news is that at least it's not pizza, burgers, and tacos.

Losing weight seems to be getting more difficult to do now. I'm exercising more than ever, yet eating about the same as I have been since going on this diet, and yet it's still a struggle to knock off a pound.

Even though I'm exercising a lot more than ever, I've actually cut it back over the past week. Earlier, I said I was jogging three times a day, and two sets of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches. But I've found my body so tired, and everytime I went jogging, I felt so exhausted. So, now I've just been jogging in the morning, and just 1 set of push-ups, and I feel stronger now. That's still more than exercising since I started the diet.

I think I'm just going to leave it at that for awhile.

Destined for Bigger Things

Weighed in this morning at 166 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Yesterday I started out on the beef jerky diet, but ended up breaking it. That evening I went out for a beer just because I had been in the house all day long, and wanted to get out. I ended up at a local bar, and had a small order of cheese fries to go with it. Then later on, I got a call from a friend who offered me some vegetables from his garden, so I went over there and had more beer and some of his homegrown grapes.

I also did some exercises, with a 2-mile jog in the morning, and 1 set of push-ups, but that was it.

Working inside my home doing website work all day long, really makes me want to get out and do something. Most of my friends have kids, or grandkids, and always have things to do. Not having that kind of family frees me up, but only makes me yearn to do something. My mind is always thinking of jumping on my motorcycle and riding off for a long time, picking a road, and just going and seeing what's out there.

I feel as if this website work is just a stepping stone and that I've already run my course. I can feel this burning inside telling me to get going.

Sometimes I think about this stuff, and wonder if what I'm feeling inside is a calling. Maybe there's a reason why my wife and I never had kids. It's not like we haven't tried, and we exhausted all options, including adoption. But life kept throwing curve balls at us to keep us from hitting that homer. Maybe we weren't supposed to have kids. Maybe there's something else in store for me.

Blew My Diet Last Weekend

Weighed in this morning at 166 pounds, up one pound from last Thursday.

I had hoped to weigh in last Saturday at 163 pounds, but it didn't happen. I think I had weighed in at 167 pounds instead. And then Sunday morning, I was up to 170. Basically on Friday and Saturday I had gave in to my evil side and gorged on such delicacies as tacos, pizzas, beer, margaritas, and bloody marys. Fortunately, much of the weight gain was in water.

Sunday I did better, eating a smoked turkey salad with no dressing, just some pico de gallo and hot sauce, a few slices of sourdough and butter, and Diet Coke. I didn't drink much liquids that day either, since I was still doing fine eliminating it from the prior two days.

And I didn't exercise much over that Friday through Sunday.

So I guess I'm happy to have weighed in this morning at 166. I'm still going to make 163 pounds my weigh in goal for next Saturday.

I had got to thinking about doing some hiking this week. Years ago I used to do a lot of day hikes with a buddy of mine. We'd read books about interesting hikes in the SoCal area. After he moved up north, I kinda stopped doing it. I really love the desert, Anza Borrego in fact, so I was spending some time on Google Maps and Topozone, looking for some canyons accessible by four-wheel drive, and then take my pickup out there.

But it's pretty darn hot out there right now. Still, I'm tempted to go out there.

Increasing My Exercises

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

Yesterday, I stuck to the beef jerky diet, though not totally. In the morning, I just didn't feel like eating any beef jerky, so I had about a half-pound of grapes instead. But later on, the beef jerky started sounding good, so I finished the day with 8oz of jerky. Add to that a serving of kefir, 4 bottles of water, and 2 bottles of Fruit2O.

I did all the usual exercises, 2-miles of jogging in the morning, 1-mile of jogging in the afternoon, and another 1-mile jog in the evening. Two sets of sit-ups, push-ups, and crunches.

So if you've been following the blog daily, my jogging routine has increased to 3 times daily, once in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I'm really trying to burn the calories. I'm not sure by this point if this diet is more about the exercising than it is about the jerky. But, jerky still continues to be a major facet of the diet.

Yesterday, I also got in a bunch of free jerky from some manufacturers looking for reviews. That's good, because I was about to purchase some stuff online.

Is Beef Jerky Bad For You?

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

Yesterday I stuck with the beef jerky diet, eating 7oz of jerky, a serving of kefir, 4 bottles of water, and 2 bottles of Fruit2O. I did all the usual exercises, 2-miles of jogging in the morning, 1-mile walk in the evening, two sets of sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups. I also did an additional 1-mile jog in the afternoon. On top of that, pruned four of my Queen Palms.

I continue to see search queries from people wanting to find out if beef jerky is bad for you. So I wanted to address that with this post.

The answer is that jerky is not bad for you.

Beef jerky is just beef, with most of the water removed. Aside from that, it's like eating steak, with some seasoning and marinade.

The reason why some people question the safety of beef jerky is the artificial preservatives. Some brands of jerky still use preservatives. But yet, the preservatives used in jerky are very much the same preservatives found in other foods. If you eat bacon, ham, cold cuts, sausage, salami, pepperoni, you're basically eating the same preservatives found in jerky.

The two primary preservatives found in beef jerky is sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite. Both are found in a wide variety of processed meats, and other foods.

However, a lot of jerky brands have moved away from preservatives, opting to rely on salt and/or vinegar to kill off most of the pathogens, or produce dry jerky in a vacuum sealed package. The oxygen absorbtion packet found in jerky bags allow producers to eliminate preservatives, as well as some brands utilizing nitrogen-filled bags.

In terms of nutrition, jerky is very good for dieters. It's ultra-low in fat, and ultra-low in carbs. A standard 3.5oz package of jerky usually contains about 3gm of fat total, about 10-15gm of carbs total, and between 200 to 300 calories total. It makes for an excellent low-calorie meal.

So I wouldn't say beef jerky is bad for you, it's actually good for you.

Lost Three Pounds in One Month

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

For the month of August I lost three pounds. Not quite as much I had hoped to lose, but over the course of a month, three pounds is still a loss I suppose.

Yesterday I cheated. I was supposed to be on the beef jerky diet, which I had started out as. But I ended up hooking up with friend at the local bar for a cheeseburger, fries, and a small pitcher of beer. Afterwards, he and I rode our motorcycles to another guy's house and hung out over more beer.

I got home around 9:00pm and did some push-ups and sit-ups. Then I put on my jogging shoes and jogged for about a mile. I had jogged a couple miles earlier that morning, and had done another set of push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches.

The funny thing about that is that when I got home around 9:00pm, I felt as if I needed to exercise off that burger and beer. It was as if a guilt-trip had come over me. "Oh my God! I just had a burger, I have to exercise!"

I guess as I push on with my dieting and exercise, I'm finding myself getting more involved with it. I keep reading about it, and I keep measuring the cause and effect of certain foods, certain exercises, etc.

I'm at a point now where if I don't exercise all day, I feel like I'm ruining my diet.