Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, 30 November 2012 - 131.2 lbs

Girl on a Donkey by Fernando Botero, 1959

131.2!! Down 1.2 lbs from yesterday and a new all time post-boot camp low. Marvelous.

DOWN MY GULLET THEY WENT:

protein drank! (after working out my leg meat)

2 eggs with full fat cream cooked in bacon grease with full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of bacon

giant mug of cinnamon gingerbread flavored coffee with full fat cream and 2 packs of sweet & low

monster salad (romaine lettuce, tomato, boiled egg, turkey, full fat sour cream ranch dressing -- couldn't even finish this mofo!)

couple forkfuls of raspberries and strawberries

Hasn't happened yet, but I'm going to Rumor's Cabaret tonight and I imagine I'm probably gonna have a few drinks. Gonna try to keep it low-carb beers (Michelob Ultra if they gots it), but can't make any promises. Hopefully I don't eff away my new all time post-boot camp low too bad! Have a bueno weekend, amigos!

Oh! And do yourself a favor and listen to a little Chris Isaak! I can't believe I'm just now realizing what a treasure this man is! A FREAKIN AMERICAN TREASURE. I feel my whole life has been a worthless, pointless waste up until today. I wish I could rewind my life and discover Chris Isaak when he first started crooning. Who knows where I'd be today? Hell, I'd probably be at my goal weight.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 132.4 lbs

Oil painting of Divine as "Babs Johnson" from John Waters's 1972 film, Pink Flamingos. Title unknown. Artist unkown (but maybe Amy Balot? She's the one selling it on Etsy.) I've heard Disney based their portrayal of Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid on Divine. I can see it.

Exact same weight as yesterday. Marvelous.

I think this is the first time I've ever weighed the same two days in a row. Fascinating, eh?

I ATE IT:

2 eggs with full fat cream cooked in bacon grease topped with full fat sour cream and salsa oh god i love this meal

2 slices of bacon

protein drank! (after working chest, tri's, shoulders, and a little abs)

monster salad (romaine, tomato, boiled egg, turkey, full fat sour cream ranch)

handful of berries (the rasp and straw type)

handful of nuts

German wine chocolate barrel thing

Too busy for the article spoon-feed tonight -- hopefully I'll have time this weekend.

Here's a pic from a couple weekends ago of my work buddy, Singh, and I at his house (he's the one who made all that curry I was eating a while back).

























Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 - 132.4 lbs

Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time by Salvador Dalí, 1939

Up 0.4 lbs from yesterday. Marvelous.

I CRAMMED THESE ALL IN MY FACE HOLE:

white chocolate flavored coffee with cocoa, full fat cream, and coconut oil

2 eggs with full fat cream cooked in bacon grease, with full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of bacon

handful of mixed nuts

protein drank (after working back, biceps, forearms, little bit o' abs)

handful of raspberries/strawberries

monster salad (romaine, tomatoes, 2 slices of bacon, turkey meat, full fat sour cream ranch dressing)

handful of nuts

German chocolate wine barrel candy thing

Before we proceed with the Great Fidelio Article Spoon-feed, I found a short video (less than 3 minutes) that is worth a gander that speaks to the whole Keys-fat study fiasco we've been talking about the last couple days. It's actually a brief clip from the movie, Fat Head, about which I will have more to say later. If you dig the clip, though, and think you might like to watch the whole film, a link to it is to your right under the "CLICK 'EM ALL" heading.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 - 132.0 lbs

Truth by Michael D'Antuono, 2012

Down 0.4 lbs from yesterday and at a new post-boot camp low. Marvelous.

I SWALLOWED THEM ALL:

white chocolate flavored coffee with coconut oil, teaspoon of cocoa, and full fat cream

2 1/2 eggs cooked in bacon grease, w/ salsa and full fat sour cream

2 1/2 slices of bacon

handful of nuts

turkey and havarti and full fat sour cream ranch dressing eaten all willy-nilly like

a piece of chocolate with wine in it. Some German stuff Heather brought home from the store. Yum.

'nother handful of nuts

handful of raspberries and strawberries with a splash of full fat cream

So Yahoo Health posted an interesting article yesterday called Cholesterol Myths that May Surprise You, and I was indeed surprised -- not at the myths that were busted, but rather at the happy realization that more and more mainstream news sources appear to be finally getting wise to the information those in the HFLC community have known about and been discussing for years. Good for them. Hope this stuff gets out to the folks who need to hear it.


THE GREAT FIDELIO ARTICLE SPOON-FEED, PART III
(Part I, Part II)

Well, that was quite a cliffhanger we left off with yesterday, eh? So let's get right to it. What are we to make of Dr. Keys's findings? Well, we should probably consider all the data, and not just that which Dr. Keys chose to publish. To the left are the six countries Dr. Keys used to illustrate the correlation between dietary fat and heart disease mortality. To the right are the twenty-two countries for which the relevant data was available for Dr. Keys to pick and choose from -- and pick and choose he did!

Click me and I get bigger.
So what can we glean when taking into account the data Dr. Keys didn't? Here's a couple items that jump right out at me:
  • Mexico ate THREE TIMES the fat Japan did, yet had LOWER heart disease mortality.
  • The US and Sweden ate roughly the SAME amount of fat, yet the US had DOUBLE the heart disease mortality.
  • Chile and Israel ate roughly the SAME amount of fat, yet Israel had over FOUR TIMES the heart disease mortality.
  • France's intake of fat was slightly MORE than that of Australia, but Australia had over SIX TIMES the rate of death by heart disease.
  • And here's the big one: Finland had TWENTY-FOUR TIMES the heart disease mortality of Mexico, despite similar fat intake.
Folks, these observations are not mere insignificant anomalies; they are findings that fly directly in the face of Dr. Keys's hypothesis and critically undermine the good doctor's credibility. But even if all we had to go on were the six countries focused on in Keys's study, it is important to remember that correlation does not imply causation. Yet despite the challenges and skepticism from the scientific community that greeted Keys's paper, the media and the American Heart Association took his conclusions and ran with them and never looked back.

And here we are sixty years later...

Bonjour to whoever's dropping in from the land of wine and cheese! Bienvenue!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, 26 November 2012 - 132.4 lbs

The School of Athens by Raphael, 1509-10

Down 0.2 lbs. Marvelous.

items inserted into face hole today:

white chocolate flavored coffee w/ cocoa, full fat cream, and coconut oil

2 slices of bacon

2 eggs & full fat cream cooked in bacon grease, with full fat sour cream and salsa

handful of nuts

protein shake (after working out legs and doing a little cardio)

salad (turkey, romaine lettuce, full fat sour cream ranch dressing [hope to add some avocado and tomato to the mix once we've done some grocery shopping])


THE GREAT FIDELIO ARTICLE SPOON-FEED, PART II
(Part I)

Breakdown of the Men's Health article Saturated Fat: What If Bad Fat Is Actually Good For You? continued: So given the examples of the Masai, the Samburu, and the Fulani, it might be worth asking where and when the whole "saturated fat = heart disease & obesity" belief came from in the first place. Ancel Keys is his name, and data manipulation is his game!

In 1953 Dr. Keys, a physiologist, published his (what would prove to be highly influential) study he titled, "Atherosclerosis, a Problem in Newer Public Health." In it, he looked at the fat intake and heart disease mortality of six countries (the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Italy, and Japan), and found that the higher a country's fat intake, the higher that country's rate of heart disease.

Here's a graph of his findings. Look at it. LOOK AT IT. 

Have you looked at it?

"Goodness gracious, Butch! And you're actually advocating eating this stuff?! Look at the graph, man! LOOK AT IT! It's all there in black and white! The higher the fat, the higher the deaths by heart disease! Please, for the love of Pete, change your crazy ways! Here's a nice bran muffin for breakfast and some tasty granola for a snack! Put down those bacons and eggs and full fat creams! YOUR HEART IS CRYING OUT FOR MERCY!!!"

How will Butch weasel his way out of this one? What can he possibly say in response to the cold, hard data staring him right in his devilishly handsome face? 

Tune in tomorrow! 

(Or, you know, read the article...)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday, 25 November 2012 - 132.6 lbs

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian, 1523-24

Down 1.8 lbs from yesterday. Marvelous.

chocolate flavored coffee with tsp cocoa, full fat cream, coconut oil

2 slices of bacon

2 eggs w/ full fat cream cooked in bacon grease, topped with full fat sour cream and salsa

worked out chest, shoulders, and triceps

protein shake

salad (romaine lettuce, turkey leg, full fat sour cream ranch dressing)

Doesn't sound like a lot, but I had to struggle to get that salad down. SOOO FULLL!!!


THE GREAT FIDELIO ARTICLE SPOON-FEED, PART I

If you read the Men's Health article I posted yesterday (Saturated Fat: What If Bad Fat Is Actually Good For You?), God bless you. I hope you found it as fascinating and revealing as I did, and you needn't bother with the rest of this. What follows will just be a recap / highlight reel for your less adventurous brethren and sistren. You are excused to participate in a wholesome, fun activity of your choosing.

As for the rest of yous, on we plow: The article begins describing the Masai, a nomadic tribe in Kenya and Tanzania, who subsist largely on a diet of fat (half of it saturated), consisting of red meat and whole milk. All told, their diet is no less than 60% fat. Scientists were baffled to discover that the Masai, eating this fatty, therefore obviously "unhealthy," diet, nevertheless were as lean as African tribesmen and enjoyed "some of the lowest levels of cholesterol ever measured and were virtually free of heart disease."

fatasses
Wait, what? HOW COULD THIS BE???!!!!1!! They must have some sort of freak genetic mutation protecting them against what nutrition experts have assured us is certain death from heart disease or other weight-related illnesses -- or so researchers surmised. But when a group of Masai men were moved to Nairobi and fed a "more modern diet," their cholesterol "skyrocketed." What's more is that similar observations were made of two other tribes, the Samburu of Kenya and the Fulani of Nigeria.

It is apparent that the experiences of these tribes flatly contradicts what we "know" about saturated fat's role in heart disease and obesity....

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday, 24 November 2012 - 134.4 lbs

The Russians by Tara Marynowski, 2006

Down 3 lbs! Yay fasting! Not as much as the 4 lbs I lost from 5-6 Nov (and then without the benefit of fasting, even), but hey, I'll take what I can get.

Anyway, I decided to end my fast with a workout, so I had a go on my back, biceps, and forearms. Then had

protein shake

bowlful of chicken curry

cup of toffee gingerbread flavored coffee with full fat cream and 2 packs of Sweet & Low (I usually avoid sweeteners, but I always try my first cup of new coffee flavors the way God intended.)

Then I got bored and was feeling energetic so I decided to go to the gym again and did a little ab work, then a little treadmill and stair master (I did 20 flights).

Haha. I honestly did 20 flights just so I could post this. 
Dear God I am a loser. A LOSER!!!

Then I came home and had another bowl of chicken curry.

And that was it. Surprisingly, after fasting all day yesterday, these couple meals along with the protein and the coffee totally filled me up.

So I came across a really well-written article on the Men's Health website, and I thought it was worth passing along, especially since the belief is so widespread that a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol just has to be bad for your heart. Check it:

Saturated Fat: What If Bad Fat Is Actually Good For You?

I know that half of you who click on that link will close it once you see the length of the article and the absence of pictures (and the other half won't click it at all), but since I believe the article does a good job at dispelling a lot of myths and is well worth the read, I'll attempt to boil it down to its essence over the next several posts. For now, I'll just leave you with the article's sub-subtitle -- see if it gets your mojo rising: "For decades, Americans have been told that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease. But there's just one problem: No one's ever proved it." Oooh! Doesn't that sound fascinating? Guess we'll have to click on the link to find out where they're going with this!!!

Or just take the slacker's route and wait till tomorrow. Slacker.
For decades, Americans have been told that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease. But there's just one problem: No one's ever proved it

Read more at Men's Health: http://www.menshealth.com/health/saturated-fat?fullpage=true#ixzz2D6vb5qn2
For decades, Americans have been told that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease. But there's just one problem: No one's ever proved it

Read more at Men's Health: http://www.menshealth.com/health/saturated-fat?fullpage=true#ixzz2D6vb5qn2

Friday, November 23, 2012

***Wheat: The Unhealthy Whole Grain***


Heather and I just spent an hour watching this video on this lovely Black Friday morning, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who considers wheat "healthy" (which would probably be everyone). In this lecture, Dr. William Davis (cardiologist and author of Wheat Belly) describes in fascinating detail how wheat has changed genetically since humans started eating it thousands of years ago (the wheat eaten today ain't what the writers of the Bible were chomping on) and explores wheat's role in obesity, appetite stimulation, blood sugar spikes, and inflammation. I wish I had taken notes so I could really sell it to you and give it the glowing recommendation it truly deserves, but alas....

Suffice it to say, if you are overweight or suffer from joint pains, diabetes, bloating or water retention, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, acid reflux, bipolar disorder, ADHD, restless sleep, or schizophrenia, watch this video when you have an hour to spare. Chances are good that everything you believe about wheat is wrong.

Friday, 23 November 2012 - 137.4 lbs

 "Good Mourning / Black Friday" - Megadeth, 1986

I'm gonna have to drop an IOU into the 'cray cray' jar this morning, because I put on 4 whole pounds in 24 hours and that's just straight up CRAY CRAY. (Heather hates it when I say 'cray cray,' so the 'cray cray' jar (theoretically) awaits my $1 payment every time the phrase escapes my meat hole -- which is often. Thank bob I never carry any cash on me.)

Anyway, the plan is to fast today to hopefully put a dent in these 4 pounds. I might have some coffee (minus my usual fatty accoutrements), but that will be it. No exercising aside from walking (of which there will be a lot if I get roped into going shopping with Heather).

If you put on more than you wish you had yesterday, consider giving fasting a go: "How Fasting Aids Weight Loss" - MarksDailyApple.com

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday, 22 November 2012 - 133.4 lbs

Roman goddess Abundantia holding a cornucopia - Abundance (Abundantia) by Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1630

¡Feliz Día de Accíon de Gracias, amigos! ¡El gobble, gobble!

coke, plates and plates of turkey, croissants, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, apple pie w/ cool whip, etc

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 - 134.0 lbs

A very scientific experiment.
 "So, you're gonna try protein shakes again, huh?"

"Yep."

"You do remember what it did to us last time, right?"

"Yeah. Stalled our weight loss pretty good."

"That it did. Thinking things might work out differently this time, eh?"

"Well, I'm going to run an experiment for three days or so and see what happens. If the results are the same as last time, I'll take away the protein and see if our weight loss resumes. If it does, I'll stay away from the protein shakes until we've hit our goal weight."

"Oooh. Experimentation! How scientific of us! We'll be controlling for variables, I presume."

*blank stare*

"You know, not making any changes to our diet, exercise routine, et cetera, so we can attribute any variations in weight to the protein with a modicum of confidence?"

*blank stare*

"Goddamnit, Butch."

chocolate flavored coffee with full fat cream, coconut oil, and teaspoon of cocoa

2 eggs w/ cream cooked in bacon grease, covered in full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of bacon

plateful of ham and turkey

protein shake

2 chicken drumsticks

bowlful of baby spinach with full fat sour cream ranch dressing

handful of nuts

worked out legs, little light cardio

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 133.4 lbs

YOU!!!

Up 1.2 lbs! Rage face. I'm not blaming the protein just yet, but I'm not liking what I'm seeing. I'll try the protein again today and tomorrow, but if the the weight keeps crawling up, eff it!

Today I opened wide and received 

chocolate flavored coffee with cocoa, full fat cream, and coconut oil

2 eggs with full fat cream and full fat cheddar cheese, cooked in bacon grease, topped with salsa (all out of sour cream, but Heather's going to the store today)

2 slices of bacon

protein shake

baked chicken thigh

cooked onions

boiled egg (curry style)

bowlful of baby spinach with full fat sour cream ranch dressing

handful of nuts

worked out chest, triceps, shoulders

bite of Heather's meat and cheese sticks

a couple sugar-free chocolate toffee squares. okay, four.

G'dday to whoever's stopping in from New Zealand!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012 - 132.2 lbs

New low!!! Only by two-tenths of a pound, but I don't give a crap. I'll take it!

Today I opened my cake hole wide for:

chocolate flavored coffee with teaspoon of cocoa, coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of full fat cream 

2 eggs with full fat cream cooked in bacon grease, with full fat sour cream and salsa

3 slices of bacon

worked out back, biceps, forearms

post-workout whey protein (Tried drinking this stuff before and my weight loss stalled. But a recent meta-study extolls the virtues of protein supplementation, so I figured I'd give it another try and see what happens.)

baked chicken thigh

bowlful of baby spinach with full fat sour cream ranch dressing

Edited to add: Upon waking up in the middle of the night, I had a case of the munchies and indulged myself. Had a small handful of nuts and a couple pieces of salami and havarti. Yums.


From the Mailbag!
Is mere calorie restriction what's really behind your weight loss?

Good question. Let me tell you this up front, though: I don't really buy into the "calories-in vs calories-out" theory of weight loss. I'm no mathmagician, but I think Gary Taubes makes a pretty convincing case against the idea in Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It. The content of the calories and their affect on insulin have more bearing on weight loss than some arbitrary total number of calories consumed in general. 

I don't count calories, so I don't really know how my caloric intake stacks up against what I "should" be eating. I've taken the low calorie approach before, and while I did lose weight, it wasn't very easy for me, and nowhere near as easy as HFLC (high fat, low carb). When eating HFLC I don't count calories, I feel full when I'm done eating, I don't feel weak or starved between meals, and I love the food I eat. For me, the low calorie approach was the opposite in every respect.

It's worth pointing out that although my list of foods every day may not look like much, fat is 9 calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and protein are only 4. My coffee, for example, usually has about 2 tablespoons of full fat whipping cream in it. That's 90 calories right there (80 of which are fat). The coconut oil I add to my coffee is another 120 calories -- the same as a serving of Special K (all 120 calories of coconut oil are from fat). As someone who has tried the Special K diet, I'm here to tell you my morning coffee keeps me sated much longer than a bowl of cereal! (In fact, sometimes when I come home at lunch time I'm still full from my coffee!) The full fat whipping cream, full fat sour cream, and bacon grease I use for cooking are not low calorie foods, and I use them all generously. But I honestly have no idea what number of calories my meals add up to because it's carbs I watch, not calories. And the most important thing is that the food eaten on HFLC is filling. The only time I ever felt full on a low calorie diet was if I saved my allowed daily caloric intake for a single meal. On HFLC, I'm full when I'm finished eating. Every time. And it's from eating foods that I actually enjoy (as you might be able to tell from the repetition of my daily menu).

But let's say my calories do add up to be roughly equivalent to what we would find in a low calorie diet: it's entirely incidental -- a welcome side affect of eating foods that keep you feeling full by not causing insulin spikes, unlike carbohydrates. In the article I linked to a couple days ago (and linked to again just now, as it happens), Gary Taubes addressed this aspect of low carb dieting: 
[W]hen the American Medical Association released its scathing critique of Atkins's diet in March 1973, it acknowledged that the diet probably worked, but expressed little interest in why. Through the 60's, this had been a subject of considerable research, with the conclusion that Atkins-like diets were low-calorie diets in disguise; that when you cut out pasta, bread and potatoes, you'll have a hard time eating enough meat, vegetables and cheese to replace the calories.
That, however, raised the question of why such a low-calorie regimen would also suppress hunger, which Atkins insisted was the signature characteristic of the diet. One possibility was Endocrinology 101: that fat and protein make you sated and, lacking carbohydrates and the ensuing swings of blood sugar and insulin, you stay sated. The other possibility arose from the fact that Atkins's diet is ''ketogenic.'' This means that insulin falls so low that you enter a state called ketosis, which is what happens during fasting and starvation. Your muscles and tissues burn body fat for energy, as does your brain in the form of fat molecules produced by the liver called ketones. Atkins saw ketosis as the obvious way to kick-start weight loss....
When I interviewed ketosis experts... they universally sided with Atkins[.]
More can be said about this, but good gravy look how long I've already carried on for! More later! Auf Wiedersehen!

Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 132.6 lbs

I had to weigh myself three different times because I couldn't believe it -- after eating all that curry and kheer and ribs & chicken (both topped with a sugary bbq sauce), I managed to only gain 0.2 lbs! Is it possible that my HFLC way of eating has turned my body into a lean, mean, metabolizing machine? Well yes, yes it is. I was planning on fasting today to jumpstart the weight loss I thought I would have to make up, but it turns out that's not necessary. Which is a good thing, because I was hungry this morning.


I worked out my legs and did twenty minutes of light cardio. When I was on the treadmill listening to AC/DC Live, I was reminded that at one time in my life I used to think that if you chose to exercise or play sports or otherwise engage in an activity carrying the slightest amount of risk on a Sunday, that you would have a greater likelihood of being injured due to the Holy Ghost withdrawing His protective powers from you for breaking the Sabbath. This belief was reinforced when a boy from my ward broke his leg (or knee?) when playing a soccer game on Sunday. Well, I'm relieved to inform you I completed my exercise routine unscathed. Better luck next time, Holy Ghost!

I think I might have even been listening to "Who Made Who"

Anyway, here's what I shoveled down my gullet today

2 eggs with full fat cream cooked in bacon grease, with full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of bacon

chocolate flavored coffee with teaspoon of cocoa, coconut oil, and full fat cream

4 ribs (leftovers from last night's dinner party)

2 chicken drumsticks (ditto)

Guten Tag to whoever is reading this in Germany!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 132.4 lbs


Okay, so I don't really believe in Satan -- which is to say, I don't believe Satan even actually exists. (And, yes, I realize I erroneously equated Satan with Lucifer over the preceding two posts, but I was raised Mormon so gimme a break.) So when I'm doing my whole "Hail Satan!" thing, that's just me funnin witcha. "But, Butch! The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist!" Pssh. That's not so great a trick -- leprechauns, unicorns, dragons, Zeus, and fairies have all done it, too. Big whoop.

So anyway, down another 0.2 lbs today! Unfortunately, I imagine this new low will be short lived since I'm eating with some friends tonight, and the menu will be decidedly not low carb. Ah, well. It's been a good week and you gotta live a little.

Here's what I crammed down my pie hole today:

2 eggs with full fat cream cooked in bacon grease, topped with full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of bacon

chocolate flavored coffee with tsp of cocoa

baked chicken legs

chicken curry

egg curry

pork ribs

kheer (sweet rice pudding stuff)

worked out chest, triceps, and shoulders

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday, 16 November 2012 - 132.6 lbs


I'd like to take a moment to thank my filthy and horrible master Satan for making this moment possible: 132.6 LBS!!! Woohoo! This is officially my new lowest weight since June-ish of '06! feelsgoodman.jpg

Here's what I shoved in my mouth hole today:

chocolate flavored coffee with full fat cream and coconut oil

2 eggs with a splash of full fat cream scrambled in bacon grease, topped with full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of bacon

baked chicken thigh

bowlful of baby spinach with dressing made of full fat sour cream and ranch mix

handful of mixed nuts

worked out back, biceps, forearms

Since the HFLC way of eating (that's High-Fat-Low-Carb for you Texans) goes against conventional wisdom and that government food pyramid thing and is counter-intuitive in a whole lot of other ways, I thought I'd start sharing links periodically to hopefully give an idea of the research and reasoning that sold me on giving HFLC a day in court. Here's an interesting article that appeared in the New York Times, written by Gary Taubes (the science writer who authored the bestselling books Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It) called, "What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" He examines the roles of dietary fat, carbohydrates, and insulin in weight gain, and what we have come to believe about them (often in the face of little, or even contradicting, evidence).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday, 15 November 2012 - 133.0 lbs

133!!! This is only the second time I've been this low since leaving boot camp in June '06 at 130 lbs. Crossing my fingers and praying to my dirty god Lucifer that I can break on through to the other side come tomorrow morning's weigh in!

pumpkin spice flavored coffee with full fat cream and coconut oil

2 eggs cooked in bacon grease, topped with full fat sour cream and salsa

2 strips of bacon

baked chicken thigh

bowlful of baby spinach with dressing made from full sat sour cream and some Hidden Valley powdered mix stuff

handful of nuts

worked out legs

FYI: Sharon Osbourne lost 28 lbs eating low carb. One time her husband tried to bite the head off a bat and it bit him on the tongue.

And I'd do it again, too. It's my freakin head we're talkin about here, man. I need that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 133.8 lbs

Woohoo! Down another 0.6 lbs! Oh my, I am just wasting away!! (Did I mention that 30" waist jeans fit me again? Well, sir, they do.) My low carb, high fat menu today consisted of:

Gingerbread cinnamon flavored coffee with a spoonful of coconut oil and a couple tablespoons of full fat cream

2 eggs with full fat cream scrambled in bacon grease, covered in full fat sour cream and salsa

2 slices of the fattiest bacon in the world

handful of mixed nuts

a bite of havarti (it was stuck in an empty plastic container Heather wanted to wash and I straight up ate the crap out of that crap)

baked chicken thigh

loaded cauliflower (mashed cauliflower with sour cream, cheddar cheese, butter -- full fat varieties of each, of course), and a slice worth of fatty bacon cut up and sprinkled on top. would've put chives on there too but ain't got none.

worked out my chest, shoulders, and triceps.

Did someone ask what does Rei Kawakubo look like? Here you go.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - 134.4 lbs

YOWZA!!! Down 1.2 from yesterday! Deserving of an all caps 'yowza' with three exclamation points? Nah, probably not. But, still -- happy to be losing still! I didn't work out today because it's my chest's turn but it's still sore from last time I worked it. Plus it's good to rest every once in a while, according to some people who probably know more than me or who are just lazy.

Anyway, gonna streamline this today:

white chocolate flavored coffee with full fat cream and coconut oil

2 eggs cooked in bacon grease, covered with salsa and full fat sour cream

2 slices of the fattiest bacon you ever did see

handful of nuts

couple slices of havarti and salami

small bowl of sugar-free jello with whipped cream (sugar free, duh)

onions and bell peppers cooked in butter (then I put more butter on em once they were on my plate    because I like butter)

baked chicken thigh w/ low carb gravy made from the fat that cooked out of the chicken and a little bit of corn starch

another handful of nuts

Because every entry needs a pic, here's one of Faith No More in their underwear -- except for Jim Martin (their guitarist) who thought the idea was dumb and was irritated with the photographer for being a douche to Puffy, the drummer (crouching in front).



And here's a live performance of their cover of "I Started a Joke" --


Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012 - 135.6 lbs

Yesssss. Down 1.4 from yesterday. Celebrated by killing off what was left of the chicken salad and having a handful of nuts, a small piece of salami and havarti, and some chocolate flavored coffee with some coconut oil, coconut milk, and cocoa powder thrown in (tasted like a Mounds bar, only not as sweet, chocolatey, coconutty, or good). Not much of a celebration, really, seeing as how I would have eaten exactly all that anyway. But I like to put exciting spins on things. Like, in a minute, I'll be taking Boscoe on an "adventurous and titillating" walk through the neighborhood. See how that makes for such a much more thrilling read? We like to give our readers their money's worth here at Fidelio.


Pug was walked. Went to the gym. Abs, cardio. Came home and had 2 eggs + coconut milk cooked in bacon grease covered in sour cream and salsa, 2 slices of bacon, a handful of nuts, one of those beef/cheese snack things, a couple slices of salami and havarti, and a cup of cinnamon gingerbread flavored coffee straight up with no accoutrements added. Sometimes I like my coffee like I like my president.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012 - 137.0 lbs

I almost always put on weight during the weekends. Eating more, eating later in the evening -- what can you do, amirite? After dinner last night, I ended up with a case of the munchies and had some nuts, some hot cocoa Heather made for me (sooooo good!), a little bit of gelatin, some strawberries and cream, and I think that was it. But eating it all right before bed probably wasn't the greatest idea I've ever had in my life. Weighed 137.0 when I woke up this morning.

Had a huuuuge breakfast. I was hungry, girl! After my pumpkin flavored coffee with coconut oil and whipped cream (sugar free, of course), I had 2 eggs with cream cooked in bacon grease smothered in sour cream and salsa, 3 pieces of bacon, a couple forkfuls of chicken salad, a handful of nuts, some raspberries and strawberries with whipped cream, and a cup of gelatin (sugar free) with whipped cream. It was all sooooo good. More carbs in a sitting than what I aim for, but, hey, gotta live a little, right? I mean, it's a three day holiday weekend, so it's all right to go a little cray cray. Not straight up cray cray, now, but just a little cray cray. Like, not cannibalizing, necrophiliac, Dahmer cray cray -- but maybe coprophagic, dress up in woman's clothing, shave your head up to the crown to make room for your eye make-up, Divine cray cray.



Then after whatever I wrote last, I had a couple more bites of chicken salad, a slice of extra sharp white cheddar, another handful of nuts, then I had a nap. Then when I woke up I went to the gym and worked out my back, biceps, and forearms. Came home and had a single bite of Heather's salami, a cheese and beef stick Jack Links snack thing, then a cup of chocolate flavored coffee with a teaspoon of cocoa, a dollop of whipped cream, and two packets of sweet & low (I usually try to avoid the artificial sweeteners, but we were just talking about allowing the cray cray every now again, yeah?)

Dollop is a dumb word but I like using it and I don't even care. 

Then I went to town on the chicken salad, had a heaping spoonful of salsa because it's so dadgum good, then had a handful of nuts. Will I be down tomorrow? I think, yes!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012 - 135.8 lbs

Cuddles at her debutante ball, on the arm of her chauffeur, Heintz
It's November 10th! I'm sure no one reading needs the reminder, but on the off chance someone out of the loop stops by, it's the 31st anniversary of Cuddles's Debutante Ball!!! Happy Anniversary of that, everyone!!! (Cuddles being the character played by Edith Massey in John Waters's 1981 film, Polyester, of course -- which I'm sure you all remember for its genius "Odorama" gimmick where movie goers were given scratch n' sniff cards so they could experience the smells in the film right along with its characters! Absolute brilliance is what that is.)

Front and back of the original 1981 "Odorama" card.


But on to news of a more somber note. I'm up again today -- 0.6 lbs from yesterday. Lotta good giving up dairy did me. On the bright side, I'm gonna bring dairy back. Which I already have. For breakfast, cooked up 2 eggs with a splash of coconut milk in bacon grease, covered em in sour cream and salsa and THEN I ATE THEM.

With 3 pieces of bacon.

But before I did all that, I actually went and worked out. Legs. I hate legs. The pain, the exhaustion, that rubberiness, the inability to conceal moans and whimpers of agony when climbing stairs in public places. Also did a little core and some worthless cardio.

I was telling Heather that my recent weight loss stall has corresponded exactly with my weight training, and she said maybe it's my body retaining water to nourish my thirsty, growing, soon to be massive muscles. And something about electrolytes. I don't know, but it sounded good. I hope that's what it is, because, man, it is irritating to stop losing weight at the exact moment you start exercising to accelerate weight loss. It's just all so stupid.

Anyway, took a trip to Bellingham so Heather could return some glasses and buy some stuff from Bath & Body Works (not gonna lie, that soap smells really good and I'd like to drink it up and probably would if I knew it was carb-free). On the way home, I had one of those Jack Links meat & cheese stick combo pack thingies. When I got home, I had a handful of nuts and a couple bites of the chicken salad I made yesterday to tide me over till dinner was ready. When dinner was ready, I ate it. It was a cabbage soup made with celery, onion, carrot, chicken and beef bouillon, and delicious, nutritious full fat SPAM. Oh, and cabbage.

(The spam pull tab came off the top before it was opened, and Heather threw a fit like a little titty-baby. God, what a child.)

Here's the original theatrical trailer for Polyester. I highly recommend it, but you won't like it. Trust me, you won't. But you should totally watch it, anyway. The movie, I mean. Also, the trailer, which is right here: