My Low-Carb Progress Update — November 2008 — With Pics

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I’ve been writing all kinds of posts about my favorite low-carb subject…dealing with our emotional and thought life concerning our nutritional lifestyle choices.  I suddenly realized that I hadn’t posted an update of my progress for those of you who are curious to see if I’ve lost or gained weight, or just maintained.

I’ve now been commited to the low-carb nutritional lifestyle for a total of seventeen months [started July 2007].  I started out at my highest lifetime weight of 288, which is a lot for my 5′-8″ height.  As of today the scale is reading 228.  That’s a total of 60 pounds gone!  That’s a total of 45 dozen donuts GONE!  That sixty pounds was like carrying a large child around all the time.  And I can tell a big difference.

But the pounds gone are only part of the benefits I’ve realized from the low-carb nutritional lifestyle.  There are health benefits and then there are just some practical benefits and advantages that one doesn’t often think of.  So, I’ll try to give you the short list so I won’t bore you to death.

Health wise, indigestion, gas, bloating and acid reflux are now practically non-existent.  Maybe that’s TMI, but the fact is, low-carb is just the healthiest way of eating for the digestive system so far as I’m concerned.  My blood pressure is coming down as more pounds come off and I hope to be completely off BP meds one day.  And my feet and ankles no longer ache like they once did.  I can now walk as far as I want to without getting short of breath.  I sleep better at night.

But here’s my list of a few of the other benefits that I really never considered when I started my weight loss.

  • I can now easily fit into a restaurant booth.  I hated the embarrassment and stares of disgust.
  • I can get down in the floor and play with my grand kids.
  • I can ride the rides at amusement parks without the embarrassment of not “fitting in the seat”.
  • I no longer have to shop at the “Big & Tall Men’s Shop”.
  • Donut shops no longer get most of my hard earned bucks.
  • It’s much easier for me to do my job — I’m a plumber and plumbing is never in easy places to get to.

I’m not done yet!  Probably the biggest benefit that I’m enjoying, which took me totally by surprise, is the fact that my world no longer revolves around food!  To be totally honest, I never really believed this was possible.  I’d heard folks say they didn’t think about food that much, but I didn’t really believe them.  But recently it just hit me one day that my thought life no longer was consumed with the thought of food.  I was no longer planning my next meal or snack before I finished the one I was eating.  I was no longer planning my next binge.  Visions of donuts and other sugary carb-laden treats were no longer dancing around in my head.  I suddenly realized that I was indeed free from my sugar addiction…that it was indeed a real possiblity.  Folks, you gotta’ realize I had a decades long sugar addiction.  But the fact is I’m free from it and you can be too.

I’ll write more about the sugar and carb addiction later, but I just wanted you to know how happy I am with the low-carb nutritional lifestyle regardless of all the naysayers out there.  They got here just a little to late to convince me that it’s unhealthy or doesn’t work.  Here’s a couple of pics…a “Before” and a “During”.  I’ve still got a goal of losing another 40 pounds and I’m not setting a target date to reach that goal.  Losing at a little slower rate than I expected has actually worked as an advantage to help me turn low-carb into the lifestyle that it is.

July 2007

July 2007

November 2008

November 2008

OK, for those who are wondering about what I’m doing standing in front of a donut shop in my “During” pic, this was taken on my birthday.  Some of you might even recognize this as being in Gatlinburg, TN.  We were out with some friends and I just had to have a pic in front of this sign to post on my blog.  And, NO, I didn’t eat the donuts, but I did buy a couple of new coffee cups.

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Krispy Kreme Tries to Fill the Donut Hole

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Pray tell what is the Former Donut Junkie doing blogging about donuts?  You’re probably sitting there mumbling, “I thought you had abandoned those evil sugary treats, so what’s up with this?”  Let me just assure you that I DO NOT eat donuts anymore!  They are indeed a thing of my past.  But I still read the news.  And I just couldn’t resist blogging about Krispy Kreme’s latest effort to pump some life back into their dwindling sales and profits.  Yes, the big KK has went in the financial hole big-time over the last several years.  Not because they didn’t have a great tasting product, but because, believe it or not, some Americans are finally starting to cut back on sugary treats.  They are seeking “healthier” snack alternatives, whatever that might mean.

According to this MSNBC article Krispy Kreme is going to try to improve slumping sales by, get this, adding soft serve ice cream to the menu!  Oh my gosh, KK execs must have been inhaling something.  You don’t have to be smarter than a fifth grader to realize that if the trend is for “healthier” snack alternatives you wouldn’t add ice cream.  And besides, soft serve ice cream is what I call an “ice cream like substance”, composed of who knows what kind of chemicals.  It’s the lowest price range ice cream out there, so how is “less-than-a-buck” ice cream going to fix all your financial woes?  They’re not even smart enough to copy their biggest competitor, Dunkin, and add “healthier” alternatives such as low-fat muffins, egg white flat-breads and such.  And even though those things aren’t really healthy, you can slap a “healthier” sticker on them people automatically believe it and buy into it.  Sucker!

I know you’re wondering, “is the Former Donut Junkie hoping they’ll go busted?”  An emphatic no.  You need to understand first of all that I’m not anti-business, so that means I never want to see a business go belly up.  And besides, if all the donut shops in the world closed their doors tomorrow, it wouldn’t stop the sugar addiction.  I know all too well.  If one sugar source dries up simply switch to another one.  Even outlawing unhealthy foods in America is not the answer to the obesity problem.   And even if that were possible, who’s gonna’ decide what’s to be outlawed?  The government?  The same people who invented the “Food Pyramid” that’s pretty much done us in?  I don’t think so!  That’s been a big part of our problem here in America is that the government has tried to get involved and mandate health and nutrition, when the fact is, they wouldn’t recognize good nutrition if it ran over ’em on a John Deere tractor!

Anyhow, enough of my zany, home-spun, redneck philosophies.  The whole point of the post was just to rant about the state of how most Americans are so deceived about what good healthy nutrition really is.   I was one of ’em for half a century.  Like I said, this blog has to have a certain amount of useless drivel, so here’s my quota for this month!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Your Mom Called…She Said to Be Sure to Eat Breakfast!

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OK, it wasn’t actually your mom who called and said to be sure to eat breakfast.  It was actually a blog post by Dr. Michael Eades, bestselling author of Protein Power, entitled More on Protein for Breakfast.  He cites a study  in the British Journal of Nutrition which basically concludes that eating a protein rich meal for breakfast reduces hunger the rest of the day.  Wow!  Our moms have been right all along!  And of course those of us who are living the low-carb nutritional lifestyle know that a protein breakfast keeps the hunger pangs at bay all morning.

Of course you already know how much I loved donuts if you’ve read my story or followed my posts here.  I could easily eat as many as half dozen donuts for breakfast and be ready for more by mid-morning.  It didn’t matter if it was donuts, bagels, muffins, oatmeal, pancakes or any other sugary carb-loaded fare, I was always hungry within a couple of hours.  But after eating the low-carb way for a short while I realized that my bacon or sausage with egg breakfast would run me for four to six hours.

But don’t take my word for it.  If you’ve ever even remotely thought about doing low-carb but just can’t make up your mind, allow me to suggest starting off by eating a low-carb breakfast for a couple weeks.  I believe you’ll experience the most satiety of any breakfast you’ve ever tried.  You’ll surprise yourself that you will be able to make it all the way to lunch time without raiding the fridge or vending machine.

And check out Dr. Eades blog post for all the details on this study and for his comments as well.

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

How Many Donuts Have You Lost?

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If you’re trying to achieve a weight loss goal then you need all the encouragement you can get!  That encouragement could come from a weight loss buddy, a friend, a spouse or coworker.  But you…yes, YOU…should be your most fervent and loyal cheerleader.  And if your not, then you should be!  That’s right, remember that old saying, “he who does not toot his own horn, gets not his horn tooted!”  I’m not 100% sure but I think it may have been Bill Clinton who coined that phrase.

I thought it would be fun to let our imaginations run wild here for a little bit and come up with some encouraging, humorous, light hearted ways to express our weight loss.  It kind of gives us another view, somewhat more realistic, something we can actually relate to.  For instance, as you’ve already read here at Life Without Donuts, donuts were the Numero Uno culprit for me taking on my round, rotund shape.  I even considered entering the ‘Michelin Man Look-Alike Contest’.

So, I said to myself, “self, lighten up here…this ain’t rocket science.”  As my slightly warped thinking kicked in, it suddenly clicked that I could, and really should, express my weight loss in…DONUTS!  That’s right, when talking to my friends about weight loss I could tell them I’d lost 459 DONUTS, instead of 51 pounds.  A little humor goes a long way you know.  And you don’t have to write me and tell me just how little humor this is, ’cause I already know.  So, humor me just a little bit and hear me out before you start spouting lame cliches like, “he sounds like his butter done slipped off his biscuit”, or “his porch light is on, but there ain’t nobody home.”

So being the arithmetic giant that I am, I discovered [read — made up] an equation to express this complex expression.  Now I’m gonna’ make this a ‘word problem’ like I mastered in the second year of the fifth grade.  If Johnny wanted to take a pound of Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts to his teacher, and he knew that each donut weighed 52 grams, how many donuts would Johnny have to buy?

Johnny looked on the internet and found out that there are 454 grams in each pound.  This is where ‘gazendas’ come into play.  He says 52 ‘gazenda’ 454 about 9 times, rounded off.  And donuts will most definitely round you off.  Now he knows that he needs to buy 9 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts in order to take his teacher a pound of donuts.  If you haven’t noticed Johnny is a gifted and talented child.

What does all this mean you ask?  Well, for me it means I’ve lost 459 [about 39 dozen] Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts at this point.  Did ya’ hear that…459!  Somehow that just sounds better than 50…pounds.  It just sounds more flashy, more meaningful, more…well, actually more silly…but who gives a rip.  After all, donuts are something I can really relate to.  It’s a number I can get my Formerly Donut Stained Fingers around, if you know what I mean.

So, what about you?  What can you relate to?  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Klondike Ice Cream Bars or Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Rolls?  Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, Tiramisu, Cupcakes?  What are you waiting on…express yourself…in terms you can relate to.  Let me give you a couple of examples.

1 pound=27 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

1 pound=7 Klondike Ice Cream Bars

1 pound=3 Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Rolls

You get the idea.  You’re welcome to use one of my examples, just pick your prior ‘poison’, search out its weight, do the math and have a laugh or three along the way.

So lighten up a little…this ain’t rocket science!  This is about enjoying the journey to improved health…and…well, mental sanity.  I look forward to hearing from all you Former Junkies out there!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie