Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Today's weight: 205.6

 Goal weight: 185

Blood Pressure: 118/87

Energy Level: 6

Well, here we are, the first of February already. Seems like only yesterday it was still January! The above photo is the bottle cap from the last beer in my refrigerator, which I consumed last night (the beer, not the bottle cap). That Samuel Adams Boston Lager was the last beer I'll have until March 1. That's right, no beer for twenty-nine days. Twenty. Nine. Days. That has to be some sort of world record. Should I phone the Guinness people? Whoops, better not. They might send over a keg of Stout!

Every day I'll be posting my weight, my blood pressure, and my energy level (on a scale of zero to ten, with ten being the most hyper obnoxious skipping-to-the-mailbox babbling idiot you've ever seen, and zero being dead). It's an arbitrary scale, completely subjective, but I think at the end of this it might give me an idea of my feeling of well-being on a day-to-day basis.

The diet I'll be following on this odyssey is basically from a book I read a long time ago called Fit for Life. There's a lot of theory discussed in the first half of the book, and a bunch of recipes in the second half, but what it all boils down to is the proper consumption of fruit and the proper combining of all other foods. Fruit is to be eaten only on an empty stomach, usually the first meal of the day. For lunch and dinner you can have pretty much anything you want, as long as it's properly combined. What do I mean by properly combined? Allow me to explain...

Proteins and starches should not be eaten together. If you want a steak, for example, you should eat it with a salad and a side of steamed veggies. No baked potato. If you want a baked potato, you can certainly have that, but you should eat it with a salad (or whatever kind of vegetables you want) and not with any sort of meat. Same goes with bread or rice or any other starchy food.

That's it. Pretty simple diet, huh? It's a healthy way to eat, and you don't have to go hungry. But will the diet, along with giving up beer for the month, help me reach my goal weight?

We shall see...

Oh, and here's what I'm eating for breakfast this morning. Don't you wish you had some?


  1. I'm rooting for you. The Fit for Life thing sounds great. The beer thing would be a piece of cake for me (mmm, cake) as I don't like beer anyway. (Don't hate me.)

    The cake would keep in me in trouble, definitely.

  2. Thanks, Wendy. I'm not a big cake fan, but I really dig pie. Maybe I'll have a piece March 1. :)

  3. Jude, I was on the Fit for Life diet for several months back when I was in the USAF in the late '80s. I loved it and felt great. I lost a little weight but not much since I was already in pretty good shape. Of course, if you follow the guidelines in the book to the letter it's a bit much - cereal without milk, for example. It's all about how you combine your food for the most efficient use by the body. A reasonable version of the diet is quite healthy and I felt great, had lots of energy, and lost a few pounds while on the diet.

    I need to get back on it and see if I can drop about 20 lbs I've put on in the last 5 years. Maybe I should go on a "no bourbon" diet since that's my poison of choice. Anyway, good luck!

  4. Thanks, Merrill. That's about the time I first heard about it, and I was in the Navy at the time. I think it's a healthy way to eat, and if you go off it for a day you can get right back on with no worries.