Friday, September 29, 2006

Chocolate Mousse - 6 net carbs per serving

Chocolate mousse is a quick an easy dessert. You can make different twists on this by adding various liquors.

Serves 4.

1 1/2 c. heavy cream
9 packets Splenda
1 t. vanilla extract (Mexican brands preferred)
1 T. Grand Marnier, Kahlua, or Amaretto
1/4 c. Hershey's cocoa (Dutch is preferred)

If you have a whisk attachment on your blender, use it. If not, regular beaters should be okay. Beat on high until cream thickens. Add Splenda one packet at a time. Add vanilla. Once mixture begins to thicken, remove 1 cup and set aside. Begin mixing again. While mixing, add liquor and cocoa. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat until thick. Spoon into 4 dessert dishes, add white whipped cream to top. Refridgerate for one hour. If not on a diet, I might recommend crumbling Oreos in the bottom of each dish, but we can't always get what we want now can we?

A Major Milestone

I returned from out of town and hopped on my scale yesterday. I now weigh 299 pounds. I'm under 300!

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Plateau?

I returned from a trip last night. This morning, I hopped on my scale to find that I've lost almost no weight in almost two weeks. I then proceeded to do measurements. Even though I haven't lost weight, my waste shrunk by one more inch and my hips by two inches. Also, my ketostix test showed ketones in my system which indicates that I am indeed burning fat. It appears that weight alone is a very poor indicator of fat loss. I suppose the lack of weight loss may be due to retaining extra water or perhaps the high protein diet has caused me to put on more muscle? Either way, I'm sticking with the diet and hope to see the weight coming down over the next few months.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Best Motivation

Many people are beginning to ask me if I have lost weight. Several co-workers are finding my success inspirational and following suit. This sort of feedback is the best motivation to stick with the diet. It feels extremely rewarding to hear people comment on changes to my looks.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Chicken Chimichangas - 6 net carbs per serving

This dish from South of the border is quick and easy. My wife and I had this for dinner tonight. The recipe was made up on the fly but turned out fantastico! Because it is so low in carbs, feel free to eat more than one serving. Recipe can be easily multiplied if you have company. While raw low carb tortillas are usually a bit rubbery, once fried in oil, they come out crispy and flaky. I recommend serving smothered in cheese sauce or red salsa (be sure to count the carbs). A wonderful side item would be guacamole on a small bed of lettuce. Stay away from the traditional Mexican sides of rice and refried beans.

Serves 2.

2 low carb wheat tortillas - about 5 net carbs ea.
1 can of chicken, 15 oz.
1/8 c. diced onion
1/8 c. red bell peppers (optional)
2 T. green salsa or 1/8 c. canned green chili peppers
1/4 c. cheddar cheese

Pour oil into skillet to about 1 inch deep. Heat oil on medium high. Next, drain chicken and mix with onion, peppers, and green salsa. Put half of mixture on center of tortilla each tortilla. Add cheddar cheese. Fold in ends of tortilla and roll tightly. Test temperature of oil by dropping in a small piece of tortilla or cheese. It should immediately bubble. Reduce heat to medium. Place chimichangas in oil, flap down. Cook a few minutes until the bottom is brown then turn over to cook the other side.

Take a Break from Your Diet

I know that I will be on this diet for six to nine months. As such, I thought it would be much easier if I allowed myself two days off each month. Yesterday was my birthday and a designated diet vacation! I indulged in Crispy Cream doughnuts, french fries, Mellow Mushroom pizza, birthday cake, and ice cream. Whatever nutrients I have been missing are hopefully replenished. I didn't "fall off the wagon". This was planned. Planning for days off, I think, is key to sticking with a diet for the long haul.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

End of Week 4 Results

Today was the end of week four. I have lost 27 pounds in under a month! During this time, I have dropped inches off of my hips and waist. Some of my shirts and pants that were tight now fit again. My estimated lean body mass has increased by 1 pound. This means that I have lost no muscle mass at all. My current carbohydrate intake target is between 35 and 45 net carbs per day. The goal is to get down to 240 pounds, my ideal body weight.

Detailed stats (end of week 4):
Total Weight: ..... From 336 to 308.6 pounds
Pounds of Fat: .... From 134.4 to 104.4
Waste: ................ From 56.5 to 53 inches
Hips: .................. From 54.5 to 53 inches
Est. Body Fat: .... From 40.2% to 34.7%