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Old 01-19-2011, 05:25 AM   #31
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:57 AM   #32
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You're doing great!
Thanks! BTW I made coconut bark last night, had some this morning it was delicious. Brought a piece to work. I think I'll forego the wax paper next time, some of the mixture got underneath the wax paper and suddenly became part of the treat... YUCK!
I used the recipe on the low-carb recipe section, just a small batch with 3 tblsp coconut oil and 2 tblsp cocoa, 2 packets stevia and some chopped walnuts. Might make a much, much larger batch soon.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:56 AM   #33
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Nice!! I bet if you use some cooking spray on the pan, you won't need the wax paper.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:18 AM   #34
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Yesterday's foods-
B: sausage, salmon & cream cheese
L: small chunk of ribeye steak, brussel sprouts, bell peppers & cream cheese, a chunk of coconut bark, later 2 of those atkins frankenfood candy bars, some pork rinds
D: 2 pieces of coconut bark, lamb chops, celery & cream cheese

Seems like I've had a lot of fiber lately (the frankenfood candy bars have a good bit) and that's reflecting in the weight, although some of it might be triggering me, who knows...
I might have to clean up the faux-sweets for a week and see how it goes if my weight doesn't dip below 250.0 again.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:04 PM   #35
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alright, I have a sneaky suspicion this coconut bark I've been making is stalling my weight loss. Yesterday evening I weighed in around 252, tonight 254... I noticed the coconut bark is really causing some amazing cravings, it did at work and it is tonight (and after eating 2 pieces, I feel different... something more like what I felt when I ate carbs all the time, not as calm in the head)

What a shame, maybe I'll have to switch the ingredients around, or maybe it's the sweet flavor that's doing it. Who knows. I'll quit eating it for now and revisit it sometime later. By then I'll have received my candy bar mold so it'll be more fun
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:12 PM   #36
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Yes, I was wondering if the same was true for me. I'm packing a little more on the scale tonight (I usually weigh at night and in the morning; at night so that I can see what I'm in for in the morning). I'm thinking it might be a calorie issue for me...

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Old 01-20-2011, 06:21 PM   #37
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Yeah it seems awfully suspect that this morning, after eating my coconut bark (at 10AM!) I was gobbling up pork rinds like they were going out of style, and after eating some coconut bark tonight after dinner, I had to go back to the fridge and get another piece some half hour later...
Reminds me of my eating habits when I was a carboholic, in other words. Not sure if insulin has anything to do with it but the indulgent flavor definitely hit my brain like an addictive drug.
I threw out the last piece I had and cleaned the container. Eating clean from now on.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:06 AM   #38
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Hmmm, 0.4lbs lower than yesterday, maybe I am on track after all!
I don't think I've had enough fiber, that might be partly why I'm above 251...
Alas, eating clean today.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:41 AM   #39
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Did 15 minutes of mild exercise on the elliptical this morning, and I noticed something I never quite noticed before--that "fruity" ketone smell on my breath mainly when I exhaled through my nose. Interesting. Random side note it smelled exactly how my wife's breath smelled when we first met... I guess she was losing weight pretty fast then too!
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:49 AM   #40
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Interesting indeed. I notice a metallic taste. Good for you for getting in the exercise already!
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:11 AM   #41
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Interesting indeed. I notice a metallic taste. Good for you for getting in the exercise already!
I do get the metallic taste almost all the time. Yeah I think this was a good workout, might be worth doing that more often if it helps... and this time using my heartrate monitor watch + chest strap to help me keep my heartrate in the "fat burn" range.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:03 AM   #42
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YEAH! Woohoo definitely back on track in a big way. Looking forward to those 240's...
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:08 AM   #43
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:16 AM   #44
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Ugh, had some kind of "cajun chicken" at a food court joint (couldn't help it, was out and about, thirsty and hungry) and I know it had sugar in the sauce... it wasn't that much sugar but oh man I had carb crash the whole way home. Just coming down from it and reentering ketosis, 'cause my normal energy levels are coming back now.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:01 AM   #45
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Wow! Wonder how it dropped that quickly? It's a new low!
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:46 PM   #46
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Just did a low-and-slow roast on my new Big Green Egg today for the first time. Almost 7 hours in at ~200-250F for a 4.5lb pork shoulder roast and it was overdone, thought it would take 9 hours due to a "rule of thumb" I read somewhere online, so I didn't check the temp with the meat thermometer until ~7.2 hours in and it read 195F (170F = done).
It was a little tough on the outside but still DELICIOUS and melt-in-your-mouth. I ate a plate (1/2 pork, 1/2 sauerkraut) and then tried to eat another plate of the pork but couldn't touch it after 2 bites... I was STUFFED! And almost sick with the "ate too much fat" type of feeling. Yum. Lots of pork left for lunches this week!
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:23 AM   #47
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yeah um, whooshie last night (decaf coffee... argh... when will I ever learn?) and major dehydration due to all the sweating I was doing from home improvement work (installing a new range hood, and doing it right... probably a 2-man job but I did it by myself)
alas, I don't hate seeing the 240's!
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:08 AM   #48
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Yesterday morning I was badly dehydrated, this morning not so much. So I've lost 1 pound in 2 days. Not bad!
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:04 AM   #49
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:28 AM   #50
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NOT dehydrated this time! Wow. No woosh either, so I'm not entirely sure how it got that low so quick...
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:07 AM   #51
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Just started playing with a piece of free software that comes with Linux called Gnuplot, it's an extremely flexible plotting application.

I now have it plotting my weight every day as I update my weight notes, and here's the current image:
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:21 AM   #52
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Excellent! I use a basic Excel file, and I love manipulating the data into visuals like that. Awesome progress!
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:58 AM   #53
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woohoo! yay for shoveling snow... Funny enough my back is usually pulled after that, but I feel fine!
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:06 AM   #54
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mmm I gotta say that Big Green Egg is awesome... cooked a ribeye last night that I split between my wife and I, it was fantastic. Seared a bit too long on each side (under direct flame ~2in above the coals), then raised up on the half-moon grid (an EGGcessory for it lol) and cooked the rest of the way with dry mesquite chips smoking it.

This morning-- 2-egg omelette with mild cheddar mixed in, a few pieces of smoked salmon wrapped around cream cheese and some ricotta cheese spread overtop the omelette. Yum.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:13 AM   #55
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I'm going to have to look up this Big Green Egg. I've never heard of it!

And I hear ya about the snow shoveling. I did it for two hours yesterday....no problems at all. My back was a little tight last night and my shoulders felt like they had been worked, but it was a normal "workout" feeling.

And wow....you're going to see the 230s in no time!
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:22 AM   #56
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Ya the BGE is a bit spendy for a grill/smoker but it really is a do-everything device (grill, smoker, wood/charcoal-fired oven) that lasts a long time (supposedly) -- a big, well, green egg (kamado-style grill) made of the same ceramics as the space shuttle's heat tiles, so it's insulative and lets you control the temp very well (you can sear steaks at 700F or run it down to 200F, crock-pot temps, but with soaked wood chips added to smoke the food). Uses charcoal, so it's not as simple or easy to clean & operate as a gas grill, but I'm a friggin' pyro so I don't mind that
Also it demands the Natural Lump-style charcoal, not the cheap briquettes, and I have firsthand experience that briquettes don't work very well in that grill... the natural lump stuff is much better. Definitely a "gourmet" barbecue appliance lol.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:52 AM   #57
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Carrying a lot of food, I guess... plus last night I had scrapple with eggs (I think scrapple has cornmeal in it), it'll drop back down eventually.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:08 AM   #58
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Coming back down...
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:12 AM   #59
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:13 AM   #60
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Over in the Boot Camp Charlie thread, Chasingbulk made a good point that it's best to compare your lowest weight in a week against the lowest weight in another week. To that end, I charted my month's progress using Japanese Candlestick charts, like what stock chartists use to understand the wild price fluctuations in securities.



Under that visualization strategy, the weight loss pattern looks more dramatic as the "highest high" of last week is over 3lbs lower than the "highest high" of the previous week, and the "lowest low" is over 2lb lower than the "lowest low" of the previous week.

That paints a much more encouraging picture, beyond the simple Monday-to-Monday perspective which would show me having lost just under 1lb this week. I'm going to look at it from the candlestick chart perspective to truly rate my progress.
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