Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I'm feeling quite optimistic today. That doesn't happen very often. But, when it does, it's always a scary place for me. My irrational sense of superstition often rears it's ugly head whenever I start to feel too good about life.

And, while that may generally be a bad thing, I think it may also serve a purpose. The superstitious element is nonsense of course. But, slowing down and proceeding with caution isn't necessarily a bad move.

Let's get down to brass-tacks: My journey is in it's infancy. The small gains that I've made are something to be thankful for but there is yet much to do - in terms of my diet, weight and overall health, my psychological and spiritual status and just getting my life in order in general.

So, I'm here today simply saying this: I'm feeling better than I have in quite some time. I know that the recent changes that I've made have contributed to this. The improvements in my diet. The menu-blogging. The support of my wife and family. They're all pieces of a greater puzzle than just the low-carb story. It's a part of larger landscape that makes up my life. And, I feel like I'm inching closer to a better existence for myself and those whose lives I affect.

Nobody wake me up. :-)

Wednesday - December 3, 2008

10:30 am

+ one cup of "choco-coffee" - (two tablespoons of pure cocoa powder, one teaspoon of instant coffee, one packet of stevia + FOS and a few tablespoons of heavy cream)

11:45 am

+ a vanilla whey protein shake - (two scopes of natural vanilla whey protein powder, 4 oz of half-and-half and a packet of stevia + FOS)

2:00 pm

+ one chicken thigh

+ half-cup (fresh) homemade mashed cauliflower

4:30 pm

+ one cup of "choco-coffee" - (two tablespoons of pure cocoa powder, one teaspoon of instant coffee and one packet of stevia + FOS ... no half-and-half or cream this time)

6:30 pm (see picture on top of blog)

+ two medium tilapia fillets with a homemade lemon-herb butter sauce

+ half-cup homemade sauteed broccoli and garlic dish

+ half-cup homemade mashed cauliflower

10:30 pm

+ one Roma tomato (sliced), topped with sour cream and blue cheese

+ 5 slices of natural bacon

+ a glass of red wine

More to come ... I hope!


Vadim said...

Harry, bro you are the man! Those photos and menus look incredibly delicious. I have absolutely no doubt that you will succeed at your health endeavour. Your energy spreads to all of us. It trully is, I feel so much confidence in you and it radiates through your blog. I feel good vibes every time I read your blog. And I am usually very right, I dont think I can say very right, but what a hell.... I am usually very right, so there. I am falling asleep as I typeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. But again, keep up what you are doing and you will get to where you have never been sooner then you think!

sybil said...

Hi Harry,
I'll type quietly so that I don't wake you up. :)

Seriously, just keep putting together one day after another and you'll have great success! You're doing so well and isn't it great that you have the support of your family? That's a huge deal.

Thanks for your support.

Erika said...

Hi Harry,

YUM!!!!! How many carbs did just the fillet and broc meal come in at? Do you add sour cream or something else to your cauliflower? *drools in anticipation* ;)

NewVision said...

The pictures look great Harry. I'm not really a fish person, but that looks really good. The lemon herb butter sounds wonderful!
Your Menus look great. Keep up the great work.

Solshine said...

You so deserve to be in a happy place and I really think that the nutrition has a lot to do with it. You're eating well (and healthy) - it seems to be food you enjoy - throw the rest of the pieces into the basket and you've got a great package. :-) That's what I liked about Jenny Craig when I was on it - their mantra is "Food, Body, Mind". They realize weight is not just a food issue and really give you some great tools to strengthen every area of your life except the spiritual.

Right now it takes planning ahead as well as devoting more thought and time to things than we are used to or might like, but it will get easier. Something else to look forward to.

That tilapia looks great!

Harry said...

Thanks, Vadim!

Your support and enthusiasm, on your blog and in all of 'comment' sections has been a real blessing. I mean it.

Thank you, Sybil. Nice of you to visit quietly. :-)

Yes, I consider my wife's support to be an invaluable gift. She's the best.

My family have been encouraging me as well. That too helps.

Hello, Erika.

I'm not sure about the carb count. But, the broccoli and garic should be pretty low (under 5 grams I'm guessing). And, the cauliflower should also be in that range.

I keep the cauliflower dish very simple. Steamed cauliflower, cream cheese, heavy cream, sauteed garlic, salt-substitute and pepper. That's it!

I recently typed out my mashed cauliflower recipe for my mom. Let me know if you'd like me to post it on here for you.

Thanks, NewVision. Even fish-haters often like tilapia. It's not a very fishy fish, if you know what I mean.

Thanks for coming by, Solshine. I appreciate your kind words and support.

The tilapia was really quite yummy. I can't take credit for it though. My lovely lady made the fish. But, I did make the sides.

Thanks, to all of you, for helping to strengthen me on this day. I really, truly appreciate it! :-)