And again…

A note on the video above: If you want to discuss “immigration” from the point of view that you belong here and someone else doesn’t? Watch the fine song above and then STFU until you’ve been in a position where you will do anything to get yourself and your loved ones out of whatever hellhole you may be in and into the USA. If you disagree with me on this, then start tearing down the Statue of Liberty and admit what we’ve become…

My “dieting” has changed again. Never saw that one coming, huh? Gee, me either. I am now full back on Atkins, which is more or less exactly what I did 12 years ago to quickly lose 95 lbs. The end of that story is that I bartered all that weight and more back on in the process of quitting smoking. (“If you don’t go buy a carton of Marlboros, you can eat these 2 pints of Hagen Das!) It worked. 12 years w/o a single puff on a cigarette. Yes, I still miss it. But I will never smoke again. Probably. Be pretty goddam stupid to take it up after 12 years.

So, the VitaMix blender and the Omega Juicer go into storage for the foreseeable future. No fruit allowed, and I can’t stand Green Smoothies or veg juice without any fruit. For the foreseeable future it’s meat, eggs and vegetables for me. Coconut oil is playing a part.

Will it work? A huge difference between now and 12 years ago is that I’m shooting insulin now, and the Atkins diet is all tied up with insulin/insulin resistance. We’ll see. My blood sugar numbers have greatly improved in just the last 2 weeks. I was probably diabetic the last time I went on this diet, but it was undiagnosed/untreated. (Which is the kind of thing that happens if you live to joyfully and recklessly abuse yourself AND forget to go to the doctor for 25 years.)

Here’s how things stand right now. I hit a high of 302 lbs. a few weeks ago. At this weight I’m always up or down 6 or 7 lbs., which is probably water weight. So I’m calling my starting point 300, a nice round figure, so to speak. As of this morning, I weigh 286…so a solid loss of 14 pounds so far. I started the diet seriously 10 days ago, and prepped for it for a bout a week prior to officially starting.

I am using a Fitbit to track activity, and I’m getting into the logging and tracking aspect of thier web interface, which is impressive. I am also using a Withings scale, which measures both weight and fat percentage, then calculates BMI from those. Both will upload the truth to the net, so that’ll help with the lying aspect. “No, really, I didn’t cheat, I swear.” Sure. I’m NOT cheating. Not yet, anyway. Links to come when I have everything set up properly.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. — Jean Kerr


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