Husband & Wife Weight Loss Competition

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Here's what I did yesterday...

Morning: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)
Morning: 1 small multi-grain tortilla (100 calories)
Afternoon: 5oz of beef jerky (400 calories)
Afternoon: 1 bottle of water (0 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)
Evening: 1 package, 170g, of blackberries (83 calories)
Evening: 1 dry pint of grape tomatoes (70 calories)
Evening: 1 medium sized grapefruit (70 calories)

Total: 863 calories

Exercise: none

The past couple of months my wife and I have been having a little weight loss competition. She's been shedding some pounds too. But not on a "beef jerky diet". She's not really on any specific weight loss plan, other than not stuffing herself. She just eats enough to satisfy her hunger, and then stops.

Otherwise, she still gets the burger, but usually only eats half. She'll make corn bread muffins, but only eats one. She'll get a 6 inch sub sandwich, and still only eat half. And to drink, all she ever drinks is iced tea, no sugar.

She seems to be dropping about 1-2 pounds per week, which is perfect.

In the past, she would eat a lot more. But she says doesn't really feel that hungry. But I noticed she also keeps her mind occupied on other things, so she's never really that bored.

Beef Jerky Industry Picking Up

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, down one from yesterday.

Here's what I did yesterday to lose that one pound...

Morning: 1 cup of kefir (110 calories)
Morning: 1 multi-grain tortilla (100 calories)
Afternoon: 7oz of beef jerky (560 calories)
Afternoon: 1 bottle of water (0 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)
Evening: 1 pound of strawberries (150 calories)
Evening: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 1,060 calories

Exercise: none

Beef Jerky Industry Picking Up

I don't have any hard facts on this, but it seems like the beef jerky industry is picking up right now. I'm seeing a lot of new gourmet brands hitting the market, as well as national brands. And I follow several brands through Twitter and Facebook, and I'm hearing them say that business is soaring right now.

That should be good for my beef jerky review blog, and perhaps this beef jerky diet blog too.

And I'm getting back into the swing of writing reviews now. Last Fall, I had tailed off writing them daily, and spent a few months writing only a handful. Right now, I have several brands of jerky to review, and I'm feeling eager to write reviews again.

Of course, it would be cool if these brands sent me free samples to review. Maybe I'll receive more samples if the industry is indeed picking up. Some brands are pretty confident they're jerky is the best, and they have no issues sending me jerky to review. Other brands already know they're product is weak, and I have never heard from them.

If a brand sends me jerky to review, I know they've sent me the most freshest samples. If I buy it from them, they don't know it's me, and they usually send me what's currently laying around. So to you brands out there, better get to sending your samples in!

Motorcycle Riding Helped Me Lose Weight

Weighed in this morning at 151 pounds, down one from yesterday.

I'm not sure how I managed to lose one pound yesterday. I spent the day with some friends, riding motorcycles to San Diego, and hitting up a few pubs and taverns along the way.

I had fish 'n chips, and I ate everything on the plate. However, I avoided the tartar sauce and ketchup, and used only malt vinegar. That cut off some fat and sugar.

But I had four beers throughout the day too.

I think it was motorcycle riding.

Yeah, as I've reasoned before, riding a motorcycle will burn off calories. In this case, it was cold throughout the day. Even though I wore a jacket and sweatshirt, my body was burning calories trying to keep my temperature at 98.6 degrees F.

Also, I rode my Yamaha, which does not have a windshield, and we did a lot of freeway riding too. That meant I had to use a fair amount of arm strength to hold on to the handlebars, as well as a fair amount of leg strength to squeeze the gas tank.

And then, I got back home around 9:00pm, and still spent a few hours on my laptop, which gave me some time to pee out the beer.

That, and I really didn't eat much else the rest of the day. So really, I didn't go overboard on the calories.

I Ate 34oz of Meat Yesterday

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds, no change from yesterday.

My wife and I spent yesterday at a local indian casino. We had the buffet, of which I ate down three 6oz New York Strip Steaks, 10oz cut of prime rib, and 6oz leg of lamb. That's about 34oz of meat! I also had a lot of chinese cabbage, some of it steamed, and some of it pickled as kim chee. I washed that down with a few glasses of iced tea.

Afterwards, I sat at a bar and played video poker for an hour with a glass of beer.

And that was all I ate or drank the entire day.

Plus I did no exercise.

So imagine eating and drinking all that, and not gaining weight?

What helped is that we got home around 6:00pm, which gave me plenty of time to pee out much of that iced tea and beer. Also, I avoided eating anything sweet. I stayed away from foods I knew had added sugar.

Today I'm supposed to go motorcycle riding with some friends to Shakespeare's Pub in San Diego. That place is known for its fish n' chips, of which I can vouch as being awesome.

Sugar Free Beef Jerky List

For all you dieters out there wanting to find a sugar free beef jerky, I put together a list of jerky brands containing no added sugar...

Beef Jerky

Turkey Jerky

Salmon Jerky

I'm constantly updating lists and reviews of sugar free beef jerky here....

http://www.bestbeefjerky.org/search/label/Sugar-Free

When I say "no added sugar", I looked for any ingredient that contained sugar...

sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses, teriyaki, worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, cane juice, corn syrup, and dextrose

The beef jerky products in the above link should be sugar free, but take responsibility for yourself to review the ingredients and contact the manufacturer to make certain for yourself that these are as sugar free as you require.

Water Gain as Weight Gain

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds, up two pounds from yesterday.

That breaks my string of four-straight days at 150 pounds.

Yesterday, I stuck to the diet up until the evening. Then my wife and I hit the local tavern, and a couple of friends met us there. I had three beers, and a large grilled chicken salad. I got home pretty late, around midnight, and hit the sack right away. So I never really had enough time to pee out all the water.

I think that's where much of that two pound gain comes from, the water from the beer.

I don't know what's in store for today, but I imagine I'll be off the diet. Though that's an oxymoron actually, I'm always watching what I eat.

Well I try to anyways!

Tumaro's Tortillas for Dieting

tumaro's tortillasWeighed in this morning at 150 pounds, that's four straight days of staying on my target weight!

My wife and I yesterday had lunch at a sushi restaurant. I loaded up on sushi and sashimi, and drank only unsweetened iced tea. Later in the day, I had a bottle of beer. Otherwise, that's all I ate. Well, except for the serving of kefir and a whole wheat tortilla in the morning.

Tumaro's Tortillas

Earlier in the week I bought a package of Tumaro's tortillas from Henry's Market. These are multi-grain tortillas, and part of Tumaro's "Low in Carbs" line. I bought the Green Onion flavor.

Previously, I had been buying whole wheat tortillas from Mission brand.

In comparison, the Tumaro's multi-grain tortillas taste strange. Mission has a nice flavor and soft texture with its whole wheat "Carb Balance" line. Tumaro's texture is not as soft.

However, in comparing the nutritional data, both Tumaro's and Mission appear to be about the same, with the exception that Tumaro's has 7g of protein, while Mission has only 3g. Also note, that Tumaro's tortillas are 39g in size, while Mission is just 28g. So, it's not a totally fair comparison. But nonetheless, most of the other nutritional data between the two, are to be the same despite that size disparity.

I think I'm going to stick with Tumaro's for now, even though they don't taste as good as Mission. Perhaps I'll try a different flavor.

Beef Jerky Makes Your Belly Flat

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Cool, that marks the third straight day I weighed in at my target weight. And yesterday was not a diet day, technically. I actually stayed on my diet regimen throughout the morning and afternoon, but went to the local tavern to hang out with friends in the evening. I had two glasses of beer and a chicken waldorf salad.

Now you might say that that's hardly breaking a diet, and perhaps you'd be right. But technically, I allowed myself to partake in the revelry, and I did, yet somehow managed to eat better and drink fewer beers.

Beef Jerky Makes Your Belly Flat

As for beef jerky making your belly flat, that's not me saying that. David Zinczenko, the editor of Men's Health Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, and the book series, "Eat This, Not That", tweeted out the following yesterday...

beef jerky makes your belly flat

And when he tweeted it, several of his readers retweeted it, and it grew some legs over the Twitterverse. The URL in the tweet takes you to an article entitled, "Best Foods for Every Part of Your Body".

Interestingly, the article does not even mention beef jerky, but does mention beef. I thought it was a cool tweet, because David has earned a lot of credibility as a weight-loss and diet guru, and with that one tweet he validated my entire blog!

Well, I don't see any signs of fat people running out to the grocery store to buy up gobs of beef jerky. But maybe I should give it more time!

Maintaining My Base Weight For Now

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, no change from yesterday.

I made yesterday a non-diet day. My wife and I went to Sizzler for lunch. I had the usual, which is the salad bar. I started with a salad consisting of spinach, tomatoes, cumcumbers, with salsa for topping.

Then I had a bunch of chicken soft tacos. Sizzler has shredded chicken, corn tortillas, and pickled jalapenos at their salad bar. And the location we go to in Lake Elsinore has Pico Pica sauce, which is more hot than other national branded hot sauces. So, I filled up on this.

Afterwards, we hit up a Henry's Market and I bought some more diet food. Among them was more kefir. I had stopped drinking kefir for breakfast because the kefir I found at other grocery stores in my neighborhood was all flavored, and contained sugar. So I found this unsweetened plain variety at Henry's. I tried it this morning, and the flavor was "ok". I like the probiotics in the kefir enough that I'll continue drinking this, and this unsweetened plain variety is lower in calories.

Well, I'm pleased I didn't gain any weight at least, despite eating a lot at Sizzler. But then, I didn't really eat anymore after that. I only had one beer, and a grapefruit the rest of the day. And no exercise, other than grocery shopping.

Today is effectively another non-diet day. I've planned to hit up the local tavern this evening. But that doesn't mean I'll be gorging during the day, I'm planning to stick to a low calorie day, but have a regular meal with beer in the evening.

How in the Heck Did I Gain Two Pounds?

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, up two pounds from yesterday.

So here's what I did yesterday...

Morning: 1 small veggie tray of carrots, peas, broccoli, w/o dip, (120 calories)
Morning: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)
Afternoon: 2oz of beef jerky (160 calories)
Afternoon: 1 bottle of water (0 calories)
Mid-afternoon: 24 almonds, 1oz (160 calories)
Mid-afternoon: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)
Late afternoon: 1 can, 6oz, tuna (180 calories)
Evening: 1 can of low sodium V8 Juice (70 calories)
Evening: 1 medium sized red grapefruit (70 calories)

Total: 900 calories

Exercise: I did 19 push-ups, and various weightlifting for the legs, arms, chest.

So tell me, how did I gain two pounds?

Well, when you consider I lost two pounds over Sunday after eating out at the buffet, plus two beers, and NOT exercising, I don't know.

The best I can figure is that on Sunday I lost water. Even though I had an iced tea and two beers, I still lost water weight. Whereas yesterday, I had 3 cans of V8 juice, and a bottle of water. Technically, what I drank yesterday wasn't that much compared to Sunday. And I peed several times yesterday. But that's the best I can figure.

The odd thing is that yesterday I told my wife I was two pounds below my goal of 150. So, I offered to take her out for lunch, figuring I needed to gain those two pounds back. But she didn't want to go out, instead she said she'd entertain the idea for today. But as it turns out, I somehow gained two pounds anyways, by staying home.

I Ate at the Buffet and Lost Weight!

Weighed in this morning at 148 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Well, this is probably the first time in a long time that I can remember that I lost weight over a weekend.

I started out yesterday morning by eating some carrot sticks for breakfast. Then a few hours later, my wife and I went to an indian casino for brunch. I had two large slices of prime rib, with 8 whole roasted jalapenos, and guacamole (I love to eat steak with jalapenos and guacamole!). I also had room for some chinese food, sauteed eggplant and chinese cabbage. With it I had one glass of iced tea.

Afterwards, I sat at the bar and drank two beers while watching the football game, and playing video poker.

I didn't eat or drink anything else that day. And I didn't exercise.

Even though I left the casino stuffed with food and drink, I suppose I still limited my calorie intake in that I didn't eat or drink anything else the rest of the day. I could have done so, but honestly I didn't feel hungry.

Here's what I think lead to my two-pound loss...
  1. I ate something immediately after getting out of bed (a handful of carrot sticks), to get my metabolism started.

  2. I ate again (the brunch) before completely digesting the carrot sticks. That kept my metabolism running the whole time.

  3. For brunch, I trimmed all the fat from the prime rib, and made it lean as possible.

  4. Each piece of prime rib was met with a slice of roasted jalapeno. The capsaicin in the chile pepper tends to raise your body temperature, which requires your body to burn calories.

  5. I avoided sweets, and stayed away from foods that contained added-sugar.

  6. The two thick slices of prime rib took a long time to digest that I didn't feel starved the rest of the day, and so I didn't eat in the evening.

The "X Factor" in this is the lack of cash. I went to the casino with only $30.00 in cash. I spent $20.00 on a poker machine, and $10.00 on the two beers. That prevented me from buying more beer.

I'm Not Sure How I Lost Two Pounds Yesterday

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday was a non-diet day, yet I still managed to lose two pounds. I guess that's good, that I can be off my diet, and lose weight. However, the reality is that I was still watching what I ate.

I started yesterday morning with about 3oz of carrot sticks. Then I hooked up with some friends to go motorcycle riding. A few hours later, we ended up at a BBQ joint, but I stuck with a cobb salad with pulled pork, and a beer. A couple more hours later, we ended the day at the tavern, where I had about 1 1/2 glasses of beer.

After my friends left, I started feeling hungry again. My wife showed up at the tavern by this time. I asked her if she was in the mood for something to eat, and she said "no". I guess that helped me, because I was caught between wanting to eat a full dinner, and trying to stick with my weight loss plan.

So, the weight loss plan won out, and I went home with her.

When I got home, I ate a grapefruit. And that was it for the day.

I had actually got home around 6:00pm. So I had enough time left in the evening to pee out what beers I had before going to bed. I think that's the biggest reason why I didn't gain any weight this morning, plus the fact that I was able to eat sensibly, and hold myself back (with a little help from my wife).

So how in the heck did I really two pounds, without any exercise, and still eat sensibly? I had to have burned 7,000 calories just to burn off two pounds of fat. But I also had to burn off what foods I ate that day. So I'm guessing I burned 8,000 to 8,500 calories that day. All I can say is "motorcycling".

It was cold that day, so my body was trying to generate heat to maintain proper temperature. I rode my Yamaha, which does not have a windshield, so I was constantly using arm and leg muscles to brace myself. Being exposed to the wind can also suck moisture out your body. And finally, when you're riding a motorcycle, you can't eat anything, so that took away opportunities for me to snack. Read more about this in an earlier article I wrote, "Riding Motorcycles and Weight Loss".

As for today, my wife and I are set to go out to one of the indian casinos, have brunch together, and watch the Chargers game.

Still Too Much Sugar in my Diet

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds, down one from yesterday.

Here's what I did yesterday to lose that one pound...

Morning: 1 small whole wheat tortilla (80 calories)
Morning: 1 package, 170g, of blackberries (73 calories)
Afternoon: 4oz of teriyaki beef jerky (400 calories)
Mid-afternoon: 16oz fruit bowl, apple, grapes, melon, pineapple (240 calories)
Mid-afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Evening: 1 package, 1 dry pint, cherry tomatoes (70 calories)
Evening: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 1,003 calories

Exercise: none

I think I'm starting to see the effects of sugar on weight loss. It's not just that sugar makes you fat, but it stops your metabolism from burning fat.

So yesterday, I had blackberries, teriyaki beef jerky, a fruit bowl, and two cans of V8 Juice. I still lost one pound yesterday, but it could have also been some water loss from all the beer I drank on Thursday.

The teriyaki beef jerky was a big contributor. The teriyaki sauce has a lot of sugar, and it contributed to 24gm of sugar in the whole bag. The two cans of V8 Juice has 22gm of sugar combined. I don't know exactly what the blackberries and fruit bowl contained, but probably somewhere around 30gm.

But fresh fruit and V8 Juice have so much more to offer in the form of vitamins and minerals, that I don't plan to stay away from those foods. I try not to eat anymore sweetened beef jerky, but the problem is that I've made writing beef jerky reviews a part of my business.

So, somehow I have to be more vigilant in the sugar I consume, and try to spread the fresh fruit and vegetables around more.

If you missed it, I published a new article on Weight Loss Blogger called, "Carbs Are OK, Just Not Sugar", check it out.

Making Little Changes to Your Lifestyle

Weighed in this morning at 153 pounds, up three pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday was my "off diet day". I hooked up with some friends and rode motorcycles. After dieting all Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I satisfied my BBQ-tooth with some spare ribs and tri-tip, along with some beans, cole slaw, and bread. I had a couple of beers to wash that down.

Then later on in the day, I stopped at my favorite watering hole, and spent the rest of the evening with several more beers. So, I'm figuring I have a lot of water pee out today. If my wife is feeling good today, I'll take her out for lunch somewhere.

Making Little Changes to Your Lifestyle

Blackberries have become my favorite snack foods lately. I've always liked fruits that end in the word "berry", but it seems now whenever I get the munchies, I reach for a package of blackberries.

It's not that this craving magically appeared, it's because I trained myself this way. I had done some research into the USDA Nutrient Database, and looked up every fruit that I would expect to find at a grocery store, and checked out which ones were lowest in calories. I found lemons, cantaloupe, papaya, blackberries, strawberries, and grapefruit.

Lemons were actually the lowest, but I don't want to eat pure lemons as a snack. And while I like cantaloupe, it's a pain in the butt to slice, and they hog up a lot of room in the fridge. Even papayas are sizeable too.

So I started buying up packages of strawberries and blackberries. Now, I keep several packages of these in the fridge. Anytime I start feeling hungry, I grab a package of these, instead of chips, ice cream, cookies, or something else fattening.

To sum up, what I've done is set myself up to win, at least with regards to snacking.

The fact that I now crave something healthy, low calorie, and zero-fat, is a change to my lifestyle that will help me manage my weight. And that's what you need to do so that dieting doesn't become a struggle.

And I haven't perfected this either. I still want to train myself to eat healthy when I spend time with friends. Yesterday, I should have ordered a salad. But that desire for BBQ was really tough. That's another area of my life I'm still training myself to change.

Changing My Weight Loss Regimen

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, no change from yesterday.

And here's what I did yesterday to maintain weight...

Morning: 1 small whole wheat tortilla (80 calories)
Morning: 1 package, 170g, of blackberries (73 calories)
Afternoon: 3.65oz of beef jerky (300 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can of diet soda (0 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Middle-Afternoon: 7oz of leftover Christmas ham (320 calories)
Middle-Afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Early Evening: 1 can of diet soda (0 calories)
Evening: 1 package, 170g, of blackberries (73 calories)
Late Evening: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 1,056 calories

Exercise: I did some weightlifting for the arms, chest, and shoulders, and I did 20 push-ups.

So I drank two cans of diet soda, and three cans of V8. I'm guessing I still have some of that water left in me.

Changing My Weight Loss Regimen

So for the past several months I've been dieting like heck on my diet days, and eating like a pig on my non-diet days. As a result, I've been having roller-coaster swings where I gain about 5-10 pounds over the weekend, and then lose 5-10 pounds over the next few days.

That's still unhealthy the way I see it. So, I want to come up with daily regimen where I can eat a little bit more food on the diet days, and not gorge so much on my non-diet days.

If you've followed this blog regularly, you'll notice that I've been consuming about 600-800 calories a day on my diet days. I want to adjust that to 1,000 calories a day. I want to make up the additional calories by eating more protein, and getting in an extra can of V8 Juice (for the potassium). I think that will help me build muscle mass.

Even though I've been walking about 2-3 times a week, and doing light weight lifting about 1 time a week, it hasn't really helped build muscle. At this weight of 150 pounds, I'm thin. I've probably lost muscle over the past several months. So, I have to work to get some of it back.

Can You Drink Beer And Still Lose Weight?

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday. Here's what I did yesterday to lose those two pounds...

Morning: 1 small whole wheat tortilla (80 calories)
Morning: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Afternoon: 1 package, 10oz, of diced melon mix (120 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can, 4oz, of smoked salmon (208 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Evening: 1 dry pint, cherry tomatoes (70 calories)
Evening: 6 small celery sticks with hot sauce (12 calories)

Total: 630 calories

Exercise: None, except if you count Wii Bowling as exercise.

The last couple of days I've been really craving a beer. I've held myself back quite well. I've been to the grocery store yesterday, and perused their selection of microbrews, and could have easily picked up a six-pack. But I did not.

So it's made me think about a way to incorporate 32oz of dark ales each day and still lose weight. 32oz of that kind of beer would amount to about 500 calories. If I add them to my daily weight loss regimen, I'd consume about 1,100 to 1,300 calories a day.

That's not bad, considering I burn about 7,500 calories a day, with my exercise, activities of daily living, and attempts to keep my metabolism running all day long. The alcohol in the beer, however, will slow that metabolism down, and there's not much nutritional value aside from B vitamins.

But 32oz of beer is also equivalent to gaining 32oz (2 pounds) of weight. Albeit it's only water gain. But I can pee it out each day.

On paper, it's totally doable.

But I guess I'm getting really tempted to get some beer if I'm actually thinking about how to design a "beer diet".

Eliminating Sugar From My Diet

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds, down three pounds from yesterday.

Here's what I did yesterday to lose those three pounds...

Morning: Two small whole wheat tortillas (160 calories)
Afternoon: 2oz of beef jerky (160 calories)
Late afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Early evening: 1 package, 170g, of blackberries (73 calories)
Evening: 1 can, 6oz, of light tuna in water (180 calories)
Late evening: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 713 calories

Exercise: I walked and hiked up some hills outside my neighborhood, about 3.5 miles.

Some of that weight loss was also water loss after having had four beers the day before yesterday.

I'm also doing better to reduce the amount of sugar I consume. So far this year, I've become much more aware of what foods contain sugar, and am opting to avoid them. I've stopped consuming the kefir, because it had sugar added. I no longer use ketchup, steak sauce, or BBQ sauce, because of added sugar. And when I go to the grocery store, I look for sugar in the ingredients.

But I have not eliminated sugar entirely. I still eat a fair amount of fresh fruit, but I have selected fruit low in sugar, such as blackberries and strawberries. And I'm still eating beef jerky, which a lot of contains sugar. But overall, I think I'm able to burn more fat by reducing my sugar intake.

Taco Bell's New Diet Menu Not Bad

Weighed in this morning at 155 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Well, I succeeded in weighing in this morning at the same weight as yesterday. That means, I was able to match my calorie intake with calorie burn. So, I'll be able to spend today and the next couple days trimming down to 150 pounds, my target weight.

I actually consumed very little during the first half of the day. I woke up, and ate a half-pound of strawberries. Then my wife and I went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and spend about 2 1/2 hours walking around. There are a lot of hills and canyons there, and you get some good exercise.

We came home, and I had another half-pound of stawberries, and some leftover smoked turkey from Christmas.

Then I hooked up with some friends over beer at our favorite tavern. I had three beers. Those guys had pizza, but I managed to keep off and not eat anything. But they left early in the evening, and I found myself wanting to stay out a little longer.

So, I stopped at a Taco Bell, and tried a few items from their new low-fat menu. Not bad, they taste just like the regular Taco Bell food. Then I stopped at another friend's house, and gobbled down a few chocolate-chip cookies and a bottle of beer.

I really thought the chocolate cookies was going to do me in. But it seems as if they did not.

Gained Two Pounds Yesterday

Weighed in this morning at 155 pounds, up two pounds from yesterday.

Well, I had anticipated weighing at 156 pounds today, but I guess a two pound gain makes me happier considering my day yesterday.

I started the day with my usual two whole wheat tortillas as my breakfast. Then I hooked up with some friends and we rode motorcycles. We stopped for lunch at Ramona Cafe, and I ordered a Chef Salad (which has ham and cheese on it) so I didn't necessarily go fat-free. But I stayed sugar-free, and put only salsa on top for dressing. To drink I had plain iced tea.

We ended the ride back at our usual tavern, and I ordered two beers. Nothing else to eat there.

However, later on I hooked up with my wife and we went to dinner at a Claim Jumper Restaurant. I ordered a rib eye steak with cheese-potato cakes, garlic bread, and another beer. I ate the steak, without steak sauce (steak sauces contain sugar). And I ate the garlic cheese bread. But I did not touch the cheese-potato cakes, and I avoided eating the fried veggies.

So, I think I mitigated my fat intake and sugar intake pretty well. It's tough to eliminate all fat when you eat out, but a lot easier to avoid sugar.

Today my wife and I plan to spend the afternoon at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, mostly to do some walking around the park. If we eat out anywhere, I'll go salad again. I may have a few beers tonight however. If I can weigh in Monday morning at 155 pounds, I'll be happy.

As Predicted I Lost Three Pounds

Weighed in this morning at 153 pounds, down three pounds from yesterday. And here's what I did to lose those three pounds...

Morning: Two small whole wheat tortillas (160 calories)
Afternoon: 4oz of beef jerky (360 calories)
Afternoon: 2 bottles of water (0 calories)
Evening: 1 dry pint of sweet peppers (100 calories)
Evening: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 690 calories

Exercise: I walked and hiked up some nearby hills, about 3 miles.

So I said in yesterday's post, I had hoped to lose three pounds by this morning mostly by peeing out all the iced tea and beer that I drank on Thursday. Hence, the three pound loss in one day was largely water loss. Of course that only proves the three pounds I gained on Thursday was mostly water gain.

So today I'm set to hook up with some more buddies and go motorcycle riding again. I'm still trying to stick to my goal to eat fat-fee and sugar-free for lunch, which means I'm looking at a salad with salsa for dressing. But I'll plan to have some beers in the evening.

I'm guessing it'll be another three pound water gain day today.

Oh, and speaking of salsa, I finally launched my new weight loss blog. Check out my latest tip on using salsa as a salad dressing...
http://www.weightlossblogger.org/2010/01/use-salsa-as-salad-dressing.html

New Years Weight Loss Resolution

Weighed in this morning at 156 pounds, up three pounds from yesterday.

So yesterday I did my motorcycle ride with some friends down to San Diego. We had lunch at Old Town Mexican Cafe. I managed to do well food-wise, eating a chicken-taco salad, but did not eat the taco shell. I used their salsa for dressing, and pushed the sour cream aside. To drink, I had two glasses of iced tea, no sweetener.

And I did not touch the chips and salsa either!

After the ride back home, we stopped at our favorite watering hole, and I had three and a half beers. I felt hungry by then, but didn't eat anything there, because all they had was pub food, much of it being fatty. So I told the others that I would be heading over to a sushi bar instead.

We all went there, and I had two spicy tuna hand rolls, and an order of tuna sashimi. I also had an iced tea, and another beer. And I also felt compelled to order more sashimi, but I decided to wait about 15 minutes first, and then decided if I was still hungry. I ended up not ordering anything else. I think by waiting, I allowed my mind to settle down, and lost that urge to eat.

All in all, I believe the three pounds I gained from yesterday is just water gain from the iced teas and beers. Beer itself contains only carbs, but no fat, and very little sugar if any at all. I'm going to spend today peeing that water out, and am looking to do some walking today also. I'm hoping by tomorrow morning, I'll back down to 153 pounds, which is what I was yesterday.

And overall, that's my goal this year. To be able to go riding with my friends, but control my urge to eat by eating low-fat, and as zero-sugar as possible. Whereas last year, I still ended up splurging on high-fat foods.

How to Lose Seven Pounds in Three Days

Weighed in this morning at 153 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Here's what I did yesterday to lose those two pounds...

Morning: Two small whole wheat tortillas (160 calories)
Afternoon: Three ounces of beef jerky (240 calories)
Afternoon: Two bottles of water (0 calories)
Late Afternoon: 24 almonds, 1oz (160 calories)
Evening: Five small celery sticks with hot sauce (10 calories)
Evening: Two cans of V8 Juice (140 calories)

Total: 710 calories

Exercise: I mowed the front yard lawn, then did some light weight lifting for the arms, shoulders, and chest.

Today, I'm heading out on a motorcycle ride to San Diego with some friends, for lunch at Old Town Mexican Cafe. I'm committing myself to eating a salad, with little to no fat, and nothing sugary. But I do plan to have a few beers later on in the evening. I fully to expect to weigh three to four pounds heavier tomorrow morning just from all those beers.

If you've followed this blog the past week, you'll know I started out last Monday morning weighing at 160 pounds. So that means I lost 7 pounds in three days, basically eating a smiliar diet all three days, and doing little to moderate exercise.

But while I made it sound easy, it's not. It takes a lot of discipline to control the urge to eat. Over those three days, I really really wanted to eat lots more than I did. But I kept true to my committment to stick to the diet, and bring my weight closer to 150 pounds.

Lima Beans and Ham

Weighed in this morning at 155 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Here's what I did yesterday to help shed those two pounds...

Morning: Two small whole wheat tortillas (160 calories)
Afternoon: Leftover lima beans and ham, two bowls (500 calories)
Mid-afternoon: One bottle of Fruit2O (0 calories)
Early Evening: One package, 170g, of blackberries (73 calories)
Evening: Five small celery sticks with hot sauce (10 calories)
Evening: One can of V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 813 calories

Exercise: I washed and detailed my motorcycle.

The leftover lima beans and ham was something my wife made the day after Christmas. She used up the leftover ham and carrots and mixed them in with some lima beans for a soup. There was about two bowls left. I'm not sure what the calorie content is for that, I'm just making a guess. But, it needed to be eaten before it went bad.

However, I was able to plan my calorie intake around that. I knew I'd be consuming a lot of calories and protein from the beans, so that I skipped the beef jerky for that day, and was still able to control my appetite and eat only low calorie snacks throughout the day.

As for exercise, washing and detailing a motorcycle doesn't sound all that strenuous, and I didn't think it would be either. But after I was done, I certainly felt like I had burned a lot of energy. I think it's all the bending over, crouching down, shining the chrome, and rubbing off the bug splatter.

Today I'm shooting for another diet day, hoping I can burn off another pound or two.

Weight Loss versus Water Loss

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

Here's what I did yesterday to lose those pounds...

Morning: One cup of kefir (110 calories)
Morning: One small whole wheat tortilla (80 calories)
Afternoon: 4oz of beef jerky (320 calories)
Afternoon: 2 bottles of water (0 calories)
Early evening: 10.5oz of cherry tomatoes (70 calories)
Evening: 5 small celery sticks with hot sauce (10 calories)
Evening: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)

Total: 660 calories

I did no exercise, except I changed the brake pads on my Harley.

Weight Loss versus Water Loss

Obviously, some of the three pounds I lost yesterday was from water loss. It's highly unlikely for me to lose that much weight in just fat. Considering it takes 3,500 calories to burn one pound of fat, I would have had to burn 11,660 calories [3,500 * 3) + 660 calories consumed yesterday].

Highly unlikely for me to have burned that much, considering I did very little exercise.

Last Sunday I drank an awful lot. I had four pints of beer, plus two large margaritas. So the next day, which was yesterday, I pissed much of that water out. And even then, I still drank down two bottles of water that day.

I imagine I lost two pounds of water, and only one pound of fat.

There have been days when I lost as much as five pounds in one day. That's obviously mostly water loss. That often happens during warm sunny days, when I'm out motorcycle riding. I will have pissed out much of that water, but being exposed to the sunshine, and exposed to wind from riding a motorcycle, I lose water from evaporation.

So if you managed to lose two or more pounds in a single day, consider that much of that weight loss was actually water loss.

Avoiding Foods with Added Sugar

Weighed in this morning at 160 pounds.

The past Saturday and Sunday were spent riding my motorcycle with friends and hanging out over beer and food. Sunday night I binged even more. In fact Sunday night, I felt quite stuffed.

So I told my wife I need to spend this week working off 10 pounds and getting back to my 150 pound weight.

Earlier I said that I'd make a resolution to eat more salads when I hung out with friends. Well this weekend, we went to places that didn't really offer salads, or otherwise offered only a small side salad. So I guess that's another challenge.

But I'm also going to make a resolution to avoid eating foods that contain added sugar. I want my body to burn fat for energ, instead of burning sugar for energy.

I was quite surprised going through my refrigerator and pantry to find out what all foods have added sugar, molasses, or high fructose corn syrup. I mean even ketchup has added sugar.

But I'm still sticking with fresh fruits. That's going to be how I get my sugar fix. I'm just going to avoid added sugar.

However, I'll have to stick to eating beef jerky, which some has added sugar. This is only because I'm still making a business out of writing beef jerky reviews.

Christmas Depression and Dieting

Weighed in this morning at 156 pounds.

I never really thought about it before, but during this holiday season, I found myself eating and drinking out of loneliness.

I'm married, and my wife and I love each other a lot. But we don't have any kids. And our families have largely moved away, or died off.

We do have lots of friends, but they all have their own families,and during Christmas they spend time with them.

So, I found myself feeling bummed out that my wife and I are largely alone during Christmas. I wanted to go out to my favorite tavern, sit at the bar. I had hoped that some friends could find the time to join me, but I found very few.

I could see how that feeling can cause other people to resort to food. For me, it wasn't that I wanted to eat to get rid of that feeling, it's that I just wanted to go out and enjoy company. And whenever I go out with friends, I always eat and drink. That's just how it is.

When you get to a point where most of your family is now out-of-state, or has died off, Christmas can get to be a bummer. I'm glad I have my wife, and she and I have spent a lot of quality time in the week that is Christmas and New Years.

But this past Christmas I learned how much I appreciate having friends.

So here's looking forward to a new year...