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Quite hot and humid conditions descended upon MKE over the weekend, and it’s supposed to be like this for a while…  really glad I got the window unit AC for the apartment on my way home Friday afternoon.  Installed it Saturday morning and I’m “chillin'” in my pad.

The cable/internet saga continues…   AT&T U-verse:  couldn’t be installed in my unit due to inadequate cabling/wiring.  DirecTV:  far too many idiots working for the company to actually pull off the deal.  Seriously, they had the most awful customer service I’ve ever dealt with.  If you’re in the market for this sort of thing, don’t even consider them.  So, it’s back to Time Warner cable.  They may be more expensive, but they’re at least capable of getting the job done.

Had one of the finest R/C races of my “career” yesterday at the amazing Leisure Hours Raceway near Joliet, Illinois.  What an incredible facility.  Qualified 2nd (by less than 4 tenths) but cut a great line through the first sweeper on the first lap and never looked back.  I can’t wait to race here again.  The speeds capable – even with a 17.5 – are awesome.  Watching Paul blast around the track with his 8th scale nitro was pretty incredible, too.  All in all, a great day for the Wisconsin contingent.

Diet…  well, it’s been over a while but my weight has remained around 190 despite the not-so-great items that have been reintroduced to my daily regiment since striking out on my own.  I’m not pigging down on too many carbs and sugars, so I think that helps, even though I still really haven’t gotten back into any kind of exercise routine.  I hope this lasts.

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Alone Again

Moved back into the Astor this weekend after about an eight year absence.

Feels good.  I miss the dogs… that’s about it.

Well, I’m happy to report that even though over 2 weeks have passed since my last entry, I successfully survived the diet and the “ramp down” period.  I’m actually about halfway through the 3 week phase where I’m still supposed to be completely avoiding carbs and sugars, but slowly easing into higher and higher calorie daily intakes.  I think I should be around the 1000 calorie per day mark (and I may be, on some days) but that was made nearly impossible with my work-related travel around days 33-36.  I was at the mercy of the breakfasts and lunches that were available at Epic (which were quite good, actually) leaving me unable to be too picky about the carb/sugar intake… and dinners where, though I could control what I ate, I didn’t try very hard to do so.  If you count the Outback steak house and BW3 as good choices, well… I’m in business.

Anyway, I’m still hovering right around the 195 pound mark and I couldn’t be happier about that.  I think my low point was on day 31, when I hit 192 pounds… and I was at 199 right after getting back from the aforementioned business trip.  My goal is to keep it in the low-to-mid 190’s, and maybe even creep into the upper 180’s if we ever start getting some weather that is conducive to mountain biking.  Now that I’m getting extra calories (above 500) on a daily basis, I have more to burn, and I’d like to get into some kind of exercise regiment.

The lasting effects include much better portion control – which I’d say is probably the #1 take-away from this diet.  I no longer gorge myself on food at every opportunity, and it now seems so ridiculous that it was my old way of living.  I find myself making more healthy choices, too – an apple or some nuts for a snack instead of chips, soda and candy bars – and eating very small dinners (usually just a salad) if I did have a “big” lunch.  This is great!!

Morning weigh-in: 194 pounds.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, and it’s so relieving.  Quite surprisingly, I didn’t experience my weekend plateau this weekend, and it’s been a steady drop of a pound a day for the last several.  I’m loving it because I really wanted to finish strong.  I might just reach that target of 188… I’ll have to see how the three post-HCG days of 500 calories goes for weight loss.  Supposedly, it’s a “stabilization” period but I don’t see how I can’t drop another couple pounds if I continue with such low intake.

So, just tomorrow and the next day to take the HCG drops, and I won’t have to obsess over those any longer.  I’m still really concerned how next week is going to be while at Epic training, right as I’m entering Phase 3.  I need to find a good no sugar/no carb restaurant somewhere in Madison at which to eat my dinners, which is pretty realistic given what a liberal spot it is.  I’m at the mercy of what they feed me for breakfast and lunch, however, and that’s what scares me…

Day 22 – YES!!!

Morning weigh-in: 198 pounds.

OK, a major milestone has been passed.  Of course, with only 6 days left in the HCG portion (and even considering the 3 additional 500 calorie days after that) I am having to be realistic about the fact that I’ll probably barely crack 190 – and get nowhere near my original goal of 180.  Oh well…  I’ll take it.  At this point I’d really like to end up at 188 because that would be a 30 pound drop since the beginning of this diet.  If I’m aggressive, and stick to the plan, there’s no reason I shouldn’t achieve it.

On the flip side, my wonderful Spring allergy season arrived right on schedule Monday when the temperatures soared and the sky was filled with whatever the random, unknown pollen trigger is that makes me mental.  So, back on the Zyrtec-D and I’m really hoping this doesn’t negatively impact my diet in any way.  But… the cravings are totally gone and I’m typically more than full feeling after every meal.  Mornings at work aren’t even hard to get through until lunchtime.  Got the “201 Maintenance Recipes” book today so I can start investigating all the tasty meals that can be whipped up starting on the 12th.  It will really be nice to have significantly more raw ingredients available to make lunch and dinner out of, and just being able to have breakfast again is going to be huge.  Hopefully I don’t get huge in the process!

Morning weigh-in: 200.5 pounds.

I’ve been hovering right around the 200 pound mark without dropping below it, causing a lot of frustration on this end, believe me.  Last 3 mornings have been 201, 200.5 and 200.5.  Just ridiculous.  I’ve been doing everything as perfectly as possible, but I think some of the elements (really hot days the last couple, causing a lot of liquid consumption and maybe I’m retaining it?) may be factoring into this stall.  I’m totally sick of the menu, too.  I’m still doing fine with the concept of eating the small meals and only taking in the VLCD-mandated 500 calories… and I’m not feeling hungry, ever, really.  It’s just that I’m so sick of these limited choices.  In addition to celery, I may never want to eat another cucumber again.  I’m seriously considering a total Adkins-style switchover for my last week of this diet.  One can only eat so many tomatoes.

So, eight more days of the HCG drops followed by 3 more days of this limited choice diet after that…  11 more days of these terribly limited food choices.  I don’t know how I’m going to do it.  I’m still optimistically holding out hope that I can crack the 190 pound mark, and I’m sure I’m just in a stall right now that will probably take off again tomorrow morning.

Morning weigh-in: 206 pounds.

I think I needed a short break from blogging about this, gives me more time to think and come up with clever things to say.  Unhappy to report that I’ve sort of plateaued since I last wrote…  actually, yesterday and today were the first true plateau days.  I only lost about a half a pound per day prior to yesterday despite how excited I was about it seeming easier to be on the diet on the weekends.  Good news is, five days of constipation just ended so I’m sure to be seeing better numbers on the scale at tomorrow morning’s weigh-in.  Obviously, it makes sense that if you’re not regular, the accumulation of daily waste is going to diminish your true loss numbers until you finally purge.

Tomorrow will be the halfway point of the VLCD (very low-calorie diet – the 500 calorie per day deal I’ve been on, commonly referred to as Phase 2) and honestly, it seems like an eternity.  Seems like an eternity that I’ve been doing this, and it seems like I still have an eternity left to complete.  The biggest change is that my enthusiasm for this diet is gone.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very dedicated to it and I’m pleased with the results enough to see it through, but that initial excitement I had the first week or so has diminished drastically.  Granted, going through a slowdown in the weight loss like I’ve experienced over the past few days can do that to you, but I know a big part of it is being completely bored with the food I’m eating, especially since so little of it is meat and so much of it is vegetable matter.  I’ve definitely realized that I am a carnivore, plain and simple.

I did some Googling to see if anyone had input on a mix of the HCG diet with Adkins concepts in order to boost the meat intake and lower the veggie intake, and there was a surprising amount of dialogue on just that.  Turns out  I’m not alone in feeling this way.  Most of these folks end up realizing that they’re better off with the prescribed diet as documented in my “Losers Manual” because it’s a more well-rounded diet similar to what you’d normally eat (just drastically reduced in quantity).  Many speak of going nutty due to the total obsession with cutting out carbs completely, so the few carbs I’m taking in via the “grissini breadsticks” and fruits are actually a good thing.  The vegetables I tolerate best are asparagus (typically paired with steak) and tomato (typically paired with ground beef), probably because I don’t have to eat too much of either.  They are both in the “1 cup” portion category, opposed to my least favorite of the veggies – celery – of which I must choke down a full 2 cups worth.  I doubt I’ll ever eat celery again after this diet is over!  I was also getting a little bored with just apples and strawberries, so despite a loathing of pulp that I’ve had since childhood (I only drink pulp-free OJ), I decided to eat an orange the other day and … it was delicious!

So, I’ll hopefully have some better news when I check back in, probably some time this weekend.