Friday, November 28, 2008

Ημέρα 7

The day after Thanksgiving ...

Some good and bad things to report. I didn't sleep soundly. But, I think this is partly because I didn't take a sleeping pill last night. I've gotten into the bad habit of habitually using an over-the-counter sleep aid. One of my long-term health goals will be to rid myself of that crutch.

On the up-side, I woke-up pretty early and started working on my chores right-away ... instead of doing other things first. Also, I tinkered with my morning beverage of choice. See my menu for details.

Apart from that, I feel like I'm heading in a relatively solid direction. The foundation, under my low-carb feet, feels more stable than ever (if memory serves me). This can only be a good thing - provided that I take nothing for granted.

Friday - November 29, 2008

9:30 am

+ one cup of "coco-choco-coffee" - (two tablespoons of pure cocoa, one teaspoon of instant coffee, hot water, one tablespoon of coconut oil and stevia to taste)

11:30 am

+ a vanilla whey protein shake - (two scoops of natural vanilla whey protein and 4 oz of half-and-half)

2:30 pm

+ 4 turkey-broccoli "tacos" - (4 thin slices of turkey, a dollop of sour cream in the center and sauteed broccoli and onions on top of the sour cream)

5:30 pm

+ some market-bought prime-rib - my guesstimate: 4-6 oz worth

9:00 pm

+ approx. 4-6 oz of prime-rib

+ half-cup mashed cauliflower

11:30 pm

+ 3 slices of prosciutto

+ 3 oz of blue cheese

+ one glass of red wine

This is perhaps my new favorite snack. The flavors are truly something to behold - at least, according to my palate.

The odd thing is, in the past when I was a "carboholic", I would never have even considered this as a (voluntary) snack. Never! Now, I often prefer savory food selections over sweets. Go figure.

More to come ... I hope!


Anonymous said...

Hiya Harry, I put a little cocoa powder in my coffee yesterday, loved it!
I take otc sleep aids alot too. I have a hard time staying asleep.

Harry said...

Aloha, Sadekat.

Funny-thing, I had just posted a reply in your blog's comment section when I found your reply in my e-mailbox.

Yeah, staying asleep is the difficult thing for me too.

The heavier I am ... the more often and louder I snore. That's one of the reasons that I'm trying to lose weight. Both for my wife's sake (she deserves some peace and quiet!) and for my own health. Sleep apnea can be very dangerous and it can severely affect sleep quality and how you feel throughout the day.

If you discover an alternative to the OTC sleep aid, please let me know.

My first step, in trying to get off of the sleeping pills, will be to start exercing daily. Some people find that that helps.

One step at a time, eh?

Thanks for dropping by!

Vadim said...

Blue cheese with prosuto and a glass of wine? It is good to be king! Great selection of food. Harry I might steal soem of your idea. Not only have you been the most discipline out of the bunch, but I believe you are also the most creative in your food selection. I love the way you eat! It is reasonable, healthy and controlled.

NewVision said...

Hey Harry,
I'm just dropping by to see what you thought of the CO in with your Cocoa mix?
I'm trying it this morning with my coffee. Not too bad, feels like I'm having a treat. LOL. I hope it helps with your hunger. Their is a huge post about it over on the Low Carb board here is the address
Catch ya later.

Harry said...

Good day, Vadim.

Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I appreciate them.

I have a few confessions to make:

1. Last week, my wife was away on a business trip. Perhaps, you've heard of the saying, "When the cat's away ... the mice will play?".

Well, in the past, I'd often eat much more unhealthfully when I didn't have my wife to keep me (somewhat) in check. In fact, most of my meals would come from fast-food drive thrus.

2. In order to compensate for my wife's absence, and, in an attempt to comply with Jimmy's challenge ... I tried to really throw myself into this challenge.

As they also say, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop". So, I tried to stay busy, on this blog, at work, and preparing food and making sure our home was stocked with low-carb-suitable options.

Now, my lovely wife is home and I hope that things will continue of in a positive manner.

I'm really just trying to take it one day at time - like they say to do in 12-Step programs. There's probably some wisdom in that. And, wisdom is one thing I could certainly use more of.

I hope your day is going well. I'll swing by your 'hood later today.

Harry said...

Good day, NewVision.

I did indeed try adding the coconut oil to my morning "choco-coffee". I thought it tasted just fine. But, more importantly, I do believe that it helped to manage my hunger a bit better.

I'll need more trial-and-error to know definitively. But, I'm encouraged enough, by my first attempt, to experiment some more with the "coco-choco-coffee". :-)

I'm happy to know that you liked the combo too!

I hope your day goes well - low-carb-wise and otherwise.

See you around the blogosphere!