Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Back to Menus...

Yesterday's Menu:
First day back on track after a weekend carb binge.

-3 sausage patties, 4 fried eggs
-crackslaw
-2oz cheddar cheese
-diced chicken breast in romaine lettuce salad, shredded cheddar, caesar dressing

2 quarts water

Today I am dealing with a headache from hell. I get one every time I go off low carb and then get back on. It's my body getting back to burning fat instead of sugar. You'd think I'd learn my lesson and just stay on low carb.

Today's Plan:

-3 sausage patties, 4 fried eggs, coconut oil
-Low carb Thickburger from Hardees, coconut oil
-8oz cheeseburger, coconut oil

3 quarts water

That's right, bring on the saturated fat. I've got to get back to burning the fat.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Inferior organisms succumb and perish or are enslaved. Superior organisms survive, propagate, and possess.” — DARWIN.

One of the best books I've read over the years is Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard (who might have been Jack London). This book is pretty harsh and the sheeple should (and rightly do) stay far, far away from it. But it speaks to some, the Wolves Among the Sheep, and it's message is crystal clear and cannot be denied.

It seems whenever I let myself believe that life is all warm and fuzzy, reality steps in and smacks me in the face. Wake up! You know better!

So I'm re-visiting the book and will occasionally share some of it with you. For the weak, you better go elsewhere. For the strong, off we go...


THE VICTOR GETS THE GOLD

Virtue is rewarded in this world, remember. Natural law makes no false judgments. Its decisions are true and just, even when dreadful. The victor gets the gold and the land every time. He, also, gets the fairest maidens, the glory tributes. And — why should it be otherwise? Why should the delights of life go to failures and cowards? Why should the spoils of battle belong to the unwarlike? That would be insanity, utterly unnatural and immoral.

ALL ELSE IS ERROR

The natural world is a world of war; the natural man is a warrior; the natural law is tooth and claw. All else is error. A condition of combat everywhere exists. We are born into perpetual conflict. It is our inheritance, even as it was the heritage of previous generations. This ‘condition of combat’ may be disguised with the holy phrases of St. Francis, or the soft deceitful doctrines of a Kropotkin or Tolstoi, but it cannot be eventually evaded by any human being or any tribe of human beings. It is there and it stays there, and each man (whether he will or not) has to reckon with it. It rules all things; it governs all things; it reigns over all things and it decides all who imagine policemanized populations, internationally regulated tranquility, and State organized industrialism so joyful, blessed and divine.

Behold the crucifix, what does it symbolize? Pallid incompetence hanging on a tree.

Lo, I hear the fighters coming
Over hill and dale and plain.
With battle cry of ages
In a Rebel world again.

Who’d forge their swords to plow-shares.
Shall sweat in bitter yokes.
The free-born race and fearless
Must deal out battle strokes.


In the wars of the Great C├Žsar, and Grim Hannibal, in the times of Belzchazzar, the Pharaohs and all; the days of Rienzi and Roland the Bold; all banners were waving for women and gold.

It is might against might, remember, by land and sea, man against man, money against money, brains against brains, and — everything to the winner.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sad Day...

I had to make the most difficult decision of my life yesterday. I put down my 13 1/2 year old German Shepherd Freya. Luckily she was herself and vibrant until the last 24 hours despite her age and the suffering was short. Even as late as last week she was still chasing tennis balls.

I sit here going through my pictures of her and the sense of loss is so great. The memories come flooding back. The tears flow. The house seems so empty. Nothing will be the same. She is missed.




Thursday, March 26, 2009

Another 2lbs Gone.

Made the two pound mark last week. I've set that as my weekly goal.

Yesterdays menu:
-4 scrambled eggs with 2 hot dogs cut up and a little shredded cheddar cheese, coconut oil
-Hardee's low carb Monster Thickburger
-crackslaw, coconut oil

Todays Plan:
-4 fried eggs, ground sausage, coconut oil
-crackslaw
-8oz cheesburger, ranch dressing

I wont post the previous days menus. They are very similar except I ate 4 TB of natural peanut butter and a handful of pork rinds tuesday night after dinner. I was really bored.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse. Back to cold cloudy conditions. This after some 60-70 degree days. I changed the oil in the Harley, added some new parts and was all set to continue this and then... BAM! Back to reality. It's not June yet.

My German Shepherd Freya is sick today. She is bloated and listless. She can barely stand up and when she does she doesn't move very far. I have an appointment at the vet this afternoon. I hope it's nothing major. She is almost 14 years old and has fatty tumors on her side by her shoulders. The reality is she has lived a good life, been a great companion and when her time comes she will be greatly missed. I just hope now is not that time.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thought For the Day

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Vitamins and Pepperoni Pizza.

I thought I'd list the supplements I'm currently taking.

Morning:
Men's Multivitamin
Vitamin C
Vitamin D3
Chromium Picolinate
Krill oil

Before bed:
ZMA

Here's Friday's menu plan:
-ground sausage, 3 fried eggs, coconut oil
-pork chop, salad with caesar dressing, coconut oil
-low carb pepperoni pizza, coconut oil

Friday is typically pizza night here. I have a low carb version that just rocks. I skipped it last week in favor of just meat and the scale moved the right way. I'm kind of hesitant to add it back in my menu since it has pizza sauce and lots of cheese.

OK, I've just talked myself out of it. I'm going to have a 8oz cheeseburger and salad instead. I'll start adding in these types of recipes/foods down the road. For now I've got to stick with whats working. I'm shooting for at least another 2lb loss this week.

Mid Day Update: Went to Wendy's for lunch today. Had a triple, no bun and a side salad with ranch. Dinner will now be a leftover pork chop (called Iowa Chop around here), maybe a small salad and sf jello.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday

Another great day yesterday. The beauty of being in ketosis is the appetite suppression. It's hard to overeat when you're just not hungry. What a great feeling!

Today's menu:

-scrambled sausage, 3 fried eggs
-ribeye steak, 2 hard boiled eggs
-leftover pork chop, salad with caesar dressing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

IHOP on St. Patrick's Day? No Problem!!

So I told my kids they could pick the place to eat lunch on Tuesday. Of course they picked IHOP. Ugh! I love my chicken fried steak and pancakes. Damn, I've eaten a lot of those meals in my time. But I've been doing a super job staying on my diet the past week and a half and wasn't going to blow it just because I was surrounded by temptation. So I had a grilled chicken casear salad, one of my kids sausage links and some of her scrambled eggs. Piece of cake. Not literally. You know what I mean...

On a side note, the waitress had a pretty nasty cold and we had to double up on the hand sanitizer once we left there. Yikes. Speaking of colds, we have pretty much been a cold-free household this winter. Which hasn't been the case in previous years. I chalk it up to a good vitamin D regimen. Since last November I've been taking 6-8000 units of D3 and I found a vitamin D3 liquid that I've been giving the kids. Needless to say, we'll be doing this next winter too.

For more vitamin D info, Jimmy Moore has a good post on Vitamin D here and check out The Vitamin D Council's Website.

This is shaping up to be another great week. I'm thinking I could drop 3lbs this week. We'll see.

Here are the menus so far:

Monday:
-3 sausage patties, 3 fried eggs, 1TB coc. oil
-BK double stacker, side salad with ranch dressing
-a little steak, 2oz cheese, 1TB coc oil
-grilled chicken (3 thighs, 1 leg)

Tuesday:
-3 sausage patties, 3 fried eggs, 1TB coc oil
-IHOP chicken caesar salad (no croutons, of course), 1 sausage link, scrambled eggs
-thick cut pork chop, ranch dressing, sf jello, 1TB coc oil

Today's plan:
-ground sausage, 3 fried eggs, 1TB coc oil
-leftover grilled chicken, 1TB coc oil
-gr beef and sauteed cabbage or leftover pork chop

Monday, March 16, 2009

Very Good Weekend!

Here was my weekend menu:

Saturday:
-6 sausage links, 3 scrambled eggs, shredded cheese
-Burger King- double Bk Stacker, no bun of course, side salad with ranch dressing
-18oz sirloin steak, salad with ranch

Sunday:
-3 sausage patties, 3 fried eggs
-1 oz cheese, 12oz ribeye
-steak in a salad with caesar dressing
-beef jerky, 3oz cheddar cheese

There you have it. A great low carb menu. I lost 2lbs last week and hope to duplicate that this week.

Today's plan:
-3 sausage patties, 3 fried eggs
-Burger King- low carb triple stacker, side salad with ranch
-protein shake
-grilled chicken legs/thighs, steamed broc/caul.

That's right. It's finally grilling weather. With any luck I'll be firing up the Harley tomorrow too.

So it's spring break week and I told my kids we will go out for lunch every day this week. We have a couple of their friends here today so we'll go to a Burger King with a play area. I hope to mostly avoid the fast food joints this week but today is an exeption.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Click. Click. Click.

So, as I mentioned before I have a new German Shepherd puppy. Now it's been a long long time since my other German Shepherd was a puppy (13 years) and I am pretty rusty when it comes to raising a puppy (we do have a three year old Cavachon but I didn't really do much with her as puppy). Anyway, I've been brushing up on dog training and have decided to start clicker training. I hadn't used it with my oldest dog, Freya, but she had such a high prey drive that it was easy to use that drive in training.



Young puppy Loki doesn't have that intense prey drive but he goes absolutely nuts over a small piece of hot dog. Thanks Oscar Mayer. So that's the route I'm going to take. I'm heading to Petco today to pick one up. I'll post some videos to my youtube channel to show how we are progressing. And to show that I don't play favorites, I'm going to do some clicker training with the cavachon too.

On to the eats. Ate according to plan yesterday. I'm not sure about the carb counts since I ate at HuHot last night. I'm guessing it was no more than 30 grams though. I have to say I don't really enjoy eating out at places who don't list their carb counts. Are they hiding something?

Today's plan:

-3 scrambled eggs, small amount shredded cheese, 6 sausage links
-1/2 lb cheeseburger
-protein shake
-romaine salad with turkey breast, cheese and caesar dressing
-protein shake

Weigh in day is tomorrow. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Khakis??

Ate according to plan yesterday, including two protein shakes. 20 carbs.

Today's plan:

-3 fried eggs, 2 sausage patties
-protein shakes
-1/2lb cheeseburger, side salad with caesar dressing
-protein shake
-dinner at HuHot Mongolian Grill, I'll have mostly beef and broccoli with sesame oil

Time is short so I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Fight Club:

"You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jack Frost!

Yes, it's c-c-c-cold here today. Wind chills around zero. The wind was howling all night long. We have an ash tree out back that has a pretty nasty split and it has definitely gotten worse. This wind has it creaking pretty bad. I guess we'll have to cut it down before it splits completely and comes crashing down in our backyard.





Ate according to plan yesterday(minus the protein shakes). Carbs were right at 20 grams.

Today's menu plan:

-protein shake
-3 fried eggs, 3 sausage patties
-1/2lb cheeseburger
-protein shake
-crack slaw
-protein shake

The kids conferences went well. I learned my kids are super bright and really good readers. No surprises there.

Good ole' pharmaceutical drug companies. You can't trust them. I certainly don't! Here's yet another example of how it's all just smoke and mirrors. We are being fed a huge load of bullshit. Medicate this. Medicate that. Anything for a buck I guess. It's a sad, sad statement on mankind.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Biggest Loser.

Egads! Am I the only one who hates the way The Biggest Loser tries to keep you in suspense before cutting to a commercial? I am so grateful I have a DVR and don't have to play that game. That show could easily be cut down to 1 hour and we wouldn't be losing anything. I enjoy it but it's definitely NOT worth 2 hours of my life every week.

So, I stayed on plan yesterday and ended up eating 15 carbs. I didn't have any of the protein shakes. I include them in case I'm hungry between meals. On a bigger note, I had no diet soda yesterday. That's right, none, zilch, nada. For me that's huge. I've been known to suck down 2 or 3 bottles of Diet Rite a day. Although I'll admit that by evening time they sure didn't taste as good they did earlier in the day. So I decided to ditch most of the soda and crank up the water, which I had drank 3 quarts of yesterday.

Menu plan for today:

breakfast-3 fried eggs, 3 sausage patties
lunch-1/2 lb cheeseburger, small salad with caesar dressing
snack-protein shake
dinner-scrambled hamburger in broccoli slaw (also known as crack slaw, yum!)
snack-protein shake

Gotta go. Kids have conferences tonight.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Kenny Powers!

Is anyone else laughing their ass off when they watch "East Bound and Down" on HBO? That fucking Kenny Powers is hilarious! Now I watch a bit of TV, but there are really very few shows I enjoy, the same with movies, but this show is funny. You know what I hate, I hate those crime shows like "Law & Order". How fucking stupid are those criminals on that show. They always cave in like little pussies when the cops confront them with their theories. Who are the stupid people who watch these stupid shows?

Now I know there are lots of stupid criminals out there but they are the ones knocking over convenience stores and such, not masterminding some complex criminal operation. Just watch "COPS" sometime. Anyway, I could go on and on about the things I find wrong with the mainstream media, in fact the whole popular culture here in America, (can you say SHEEPLE?) but I'll save that rant for another time.

Ugh! I really like the idea of more evening daylight but was it ever hard to get out of bed this morning. I'm kind of a fanatic when it comes to sleep. My wife is always chiding me for being obsessed with sleep. Hey, I like my sleep. Anyway, with the time changing, I'm going to take this week off from weight lifting to allow my body to adjust to the change.

So I made Jimmy Moore's list of new low carb blogs. I've been enjoying his blog for quite some time. I really enjoy his podcasts. I often listen to them while I lift weights. I'm really looking forward to his upcoming interview with Jeff Volek. I read TNT Diet and highly recommend it. I think support is huge in losing weight, especially since it's a long process, and Jimmy provides a good service to other low carb dieters.

My Menu Plan today is:

breakfast-3 fried eggs, 2 sausage patties
lunch-8oz cheeseburger patty, small salad with caesar dressing
snack-protein shake
dinner-2 fried pork chops mashed cauliflower
snack-protein shake

On a final note, I have my first blog stalker(follower) and it appears he is pretty gay. While I am definitely not gay, I say to each his own and welcome to my world.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Another Spring Like Day.

I must go to Hardees too often. The girl working the drive up window recognized me by my voice and order today. I always get a low carb Monster Thickburger. Damn they're good.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

It's Been Awhile.

I'm still here. Low carbing and lifting weights.

I've had some major cravings popping up the past two weeks. I think I'm going to take today as a free day and just be done with it. Then get back on track and hit it hot and heavy after that.

I got a new German Shepherd puppy named Loki. Wow, I'd forgotten what a handful puppies can be.

UPDATE: I decided to not have a free day today. Especially since I've cheated twice in the past week. Ugh. Anyway, instead I will indulge in some legal lower carb food. So for lunch today I went to HuHot Mongolian grill and loaded up on beef and broccoli. It was good. I also bought some low carb no sugar added ice cream bars and will have one or two today.

I feel much better about this decision. Cheating just isn't worth it. It can easily get out of control and will only keep me from my ultimate goal of getting lean and ripped.

On a side note, it's 60 degrees here in Iowa today. Yeehaaww! Feels like spring.