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DAY 247
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Friday, 2014-10-24, Day 247.

I unofficially weighed 111.3 kg (245.4 lbs). My BMI is 38.4. My fasting glucose level was 104 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 10.13 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £0.60, for a total decline of £46.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "You think you can explain these losses better than me? you be the spokesman and I'll ask the hard questions!"

Breakfast, 2 grams and 420 calories: 5 Banquet Brown 'N Serve Beef Sausage Links (0/300), 2 Timber Ridge Farms Scrambled Egg Patties (2/120). (yesterday's uneaten breakfast)

Total carbs so far today: 02 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 38. Total calories so far: 0420 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2320 and a BMR of 3472 calories.




DAY 246 (An Official Weigh-in Day)
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Thursday, 2014-10-23, Day 246.

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I officially weighed 111.6 kg (246.0 lbs). My BMI is 38.5. My fasting glucose level was 100 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 10.13 kilometers.

I have ridden 47.98 kilometers this week, not including today.

Weekly weight loss was .1kg (.2 pounds), for a total of 20.7 kg (45.6pounds) since the diet started. Only 38.6 kilos (85.0 pounds) to go.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.40, for a total decline of £45.60 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "The experts have looked at this problem from every angle, except a toilet's-eye view in the restroom, because that would be really, really gross."

Breakfast, 2 grams and 420 calories: 5 Banquet Brown 'N Serve Beef Sausage Links (0/300), 2 Timber Ridge Farms Scrambled Egg Patties (2/120).

This just in:

When I opened my microwave the next morning, I found the described breakfast still there, uneaten.

Lunch, 12 grams and 1126 calories: Chrystal Farms All Whites 100% Liquid Egg Whites (0/246.7), Sargento shredded Mozzarella (8.1/322.9), Hormel Crumbled Bacon (0/353.6), Mount Olive Hot Banana Pepper Rings (4/20). After Lunch Snack, 0 grams and 10 calories: Coffee, Creamer, Sweetener.

Dinner, 0 grams and 304 calories: Oscar Meyer Thick Cut Bacon. After Dinner Snack, 3 grams and 280 calories: Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar (2/130), Atkins Chocolate Candies (1/150).

Total carbs today: 18 grams 16 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 39. Total calories: 2141 1721 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2320 and a BMR of 3478 calories.

According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have lost 2.22 pounds since last Thursday.

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Gary Jordan: Dieting. (Are you shocked?) Dieting is on my mind. See, lots of posts have been about how I am stuck in the 240s, weight-wise. My niece, Karen, suggests I consider a different diet (than the modified Atkins, or low carb diet I am on.) I don't think I will. I think I'll just get a little tighter on that diet.

See, I woke up Tuesday morning weighing 242.8 and had several days of losing 0.2 to 0.4 pounds to that point. I was on track to break the 240 barrier in a week or two, no worries. Then for the rest of Tueday I ate 52 grams of carbohydrates and 2946 calories. Wednesday I woke up weighing 244.6 pounds. One reason for keeping a diet diary is to be able to identify causes of losses and gains. What would you guess was the cause of my gain?

Despite that cause and effect, Wednesday I ate 52 grams of carbs and over 3K calories. So I woke up today (Thursday) weighing 246.0 pounds. I wonder why? (No, I don't.)

I'm riding 10 kilometers on my bike - over 6 miles - almost every day, and it's stimulating my appetite. And That's Okay! but instead of lots and lots of healthy, low or no carb snacks, I've been self destructing., and I know it. I started the week with boxes of Breyer's Carb Smart ice cream bars. They are okay on an Atkins diet, or at least they are okay on MY diet. But NOT three at a time in one swell foop, which is why I don't have any left.

Let's look at today's lunch: Eggs, bacon and cheese. Well, eggs got carbs. So does eggbeaters. So I ate liquid egg whites, which have no carbs. Bacon has no carbs, but I ate Hormel's Pizza topping bacon crumbles, which got carbs, even though I had some bacon on hand. (Oops.) And I added cheese. I had a block of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar (no carbs) but instead I used Sargento shredded mozzarella (carbs, and oops again.)

I am Still Good! Including breakfast and the creamer in my one (1) cup of coffee*, I am under 15 grams of carbs and 1556 calories for the day so far, and there are no Atkins chocolate bars or Carb Smart Ice Cream bars at hand. That changes when I arrive home, but that's what discipline is all about. If I don't eat another carb before I leave work, I can have a Carb Smart Fudge Bar when I get home and not break 20 carbs. That's the plan. And in three or four weeks, I'm gonna shatter that 240 barrier.

Forever.

Gary Jordan: * Anyone catch that asterisk (*) above? That's for this footnote, which is to say that the cup of coffee was fully caffeinated. I'm allowing myself up to three cups a week if I feel like it and my heart doesn't make the borg implant (ICD**) shock me.
Gary Jordan: ** ICD stands for Internal Cardio Defibrillator. It also acts as a pacemaker, but I've never felt that function kick in except when they test it at the doctor's office. I HAVE been defibrillated (5 times!) one night because they set it a little low and I Had Too Much Coffee.

Karen Jordan: you can do this i have faith in you.

Gary Jordan: I had an Atkins Candy bar and Atkins M&Ms at home, 4 carbs total between them. 19 grams for the day. Lost 0.6 pounds overnight (unofficially, of course, it no longer being a weigh-in day.) OF COURSE I CAN DO IT! But I still gotta get 'er done.

Gary Jordan: Oh, Karen! I did better than I thought. When I opened my microwave to put in a plate for today's breakfast, I found yesterday's breakfast, uneaten. Probably not safe, being eggs and all, but I heated it and eated it anyway. (If I get food poisoning, that'll guarantee five pounds right there!) Oh, and 244.6 before the ride, 244.4 after. Unofficially.


DAY 245
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Wednesday, 2014-10-22, Day 245.

I unofficially weighed 110.9 kg (244.6 lbs). My BMI is 38.3. My fasting glucose level was 99 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 0.67 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.80, for a total decline of £47.00 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Mark Twain said, 'A gold-mine is just a hole in the ground with a liar at the top.' "

53°F, Cloudy Locations nearby are reporting rain. Wind: NW at 16 mph gusting to 21 mph. Rain earlier. Rain later. But no rain (ergo no excuse not to ride my bike) now.

I got on the bike. I started what could be any of several routes. I hadn't made it to the first corner and the wet wind was freezing me and the water in the seat's padding had soaked into my underwear's padding. At the second corner, I turned right instead of left, writing off all the routes 5K or longer. A few hundred meters later, I turned right again, heading for home in the cold.
Not even 1 complete kilometer! 0.67. "Around the block." The victory was that I got on the bike at all. Now I'm in warm skivvies and using up a box of Kleenex, with breakfast in the microwave.

Breakfast, 5 grams and 360 calories: Atkins Tex-Mex Scramble. After Breakfast Snack, 2 grams and 420 calories: 5 Banquet Brown 'N Serve Beef Sausage Links (0/300), 2 Timber Ridge Farms Scrambled Egg Patties (2/120).

Lunch, 10 grams and 650 calories: Atkins Chili with peppers . After Lunch Snack, 6 grams and 390 calories: Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bars.

Dinner, 8 grams and 520 calories: Atkins Swedish Meatballs (6/350), Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie (2/170). After Dinner Snack, 21 grams and 540 calories: Breyers Carb Smart Vanilla Bar.

Total carbs today: 52 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 38. Total calories: 2880 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2279 and a BMR of 3463 calories.


DAY 244
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Tuesday, 2014-10-21, Day 244.

I unofficially weighed 110.1 kg (242.8 lbs). My BMI is 38.0. My fasting glucose level was 97 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 10.13 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.20, for a total decline of £48.80 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. I hate the cherry creams, don't you?"

I rode 'Gary's 10K' backwards—well, not backwards on the bike—starting with the flatter territory to the east and still with bottomlands in the middle, but saving the biggest hills for the end. Thought. Iwas. Gonna die. Still finished under yesterday's time.

Breakfast, 5 grams and 370 calories: Atkins Farmhouse-style Sausage Scramble. After Breakfast Snack, 6 grams and 516 calories: Blue Diamond Bold Habanero BBQ Almonds.

Lunch, 7 grams and 460 calories: Stuffed Chicken Breast (3/420), Green Giant Just for 1 Broccoli, Carrots & Italian Seasoning (4/40). After Lunch Snack, 3 grams and 420 calories: Stuffed Chicken Breast.

Dinner, 7 grams and 360 calories: Atkins Sesame Chicken Stir-fry. After Dinner Snack, 24 grams and 820 calories: Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie (2/170), Atkins Chocolate Candies (1/110), Breyers Carb Smart Vanilla Bar (21/540).

Total carbs today: 52 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 37. Total calories: 2946 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2238 and a BMR of 3444 calories.


Map My Ride
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One of the things I like about MapMyRide.com is that it uses Google Maps. Zoomed in, I discovered that some of the points to which I'd mapped a ride didn't go all the way into a court or circle. When I ride into a cul-de-sac, I ride all the way around the widened-out part of the court (like the head of the Q-tip). Setting those points without zooming in, I apparently clicked several meters short in a lot of locations, which became obvious with zoom set to the max.

MapMyRide also permits editing. You (I) can fix your (my) mistakes.

So I fixed all my favorite routes, and a few meters short in lots and lots of places adds up. My 10 km ride (which I thought was 9.99 km) turns out to be 10.13 km. The 4.23 ride was actually 4.66. The 3.04 was 3.66. The 6 K was 6.5. I have been getting a tad more exercise than I was giving myself credit for!

Erin Kealiher, have I thanked you profusely enough for turning me on to this? For the rest of my FB and LJ friends, it works for walking and jogging, too.

Erin Kealiher: It is also nice to turn it on when you are parking your car in an unfamiliar city or area. It makes it very simple to get back to your car without getting lost since you can just retrace your steps
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DAY 243
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Monday, 2014-10-20, Day 243.

I unofficially weighed 110.7 kg (244.0 lbs). My BMI is 38.2. My fasting glucose level was 102 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 10.13 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £0.60, for a total decline of £47.60 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "We're still in the process of laying off all the dead weight."

It took me 34 seconds longer to ride 10 kilometers today than it took yesterday over the same course.1.45% longer. It was colder (59°F) and there was wind (SSW 11 mph), but there was wind yesterday, too. I did not note the direction or speed. Maybe I'm just a day tireder. That's as good a reason as any. It wouldn't be too difficult to pick a 10 K ride with far fewer hills, though.

Breakfast, 5 grams and 360 calories: Atkins Tex-Mex Scramble. After Breakfast Snack, 6 grams and 516 calories: Blue Diamond Bold Habanero BBQ Almonds.

Lunch, 8 grams and 606 calories: Stuffed Pork Chops (4.2/565.8), Green Giant Just for 1 Broccoli, Carrots & Italian Seasoning (4/40). After Lunch Snack, 4 grams and 566 calories: Stuffed Pork Chop.

Dinner, 2 grams and 300 calories: Atkins Chocolate Candies with peanuts.

Total carbs today: 25 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 37. Total calories: 2348 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2241 and a BMR of 3457 calories.


DAY 242
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Sunday, 2014-10-19, Day 242.

I unofficially weighed 110.9 kg (244.6 lbs). My BMI is 38.3. My fasting glucose level was 77 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 10.13 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £0.40, for a total decline of £47.00 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "A hundred years from now, nobody will care about this."

My bike ride this morning was over a route I've named 'Gary's 10K' on MapMyRide.com. I won't be adding any distance for a while, this is quite enough. Took me 39 minutes to complete, and was an excellent cardio-vascular torture session. It's mostly hills.

I finally ditched Queen's "Bicycle Race" earworm. For this ride, I had the rowing scene from Ben Hur. "We keep you alive to serve this bicycle. Peddle well, and live."

Breakfast, 5 grams and 370 calories: Atkins Farmhouse-style Sausage Scramble. After Breakfast Snack, 0 grams and 270 calories: 3 Sharp Cheddar Bars.

Lunch, 33 grams and 773 calories: Denny's Ultimate Skillet (28/740), Coffee (0/0) with Cream (5/33).

Dinner, 6 grams and 310 calories: Atkins Beef Merlot. After Dinner Snack, 2 grams and 300 calories: Atkins Chocolate Candies with peanuts.

Total carbs today: 46 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 36. Total calories: 2023 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2278 and a BMR of 3464 calories.


DAY 241
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Saturday, 2014-10-18, Day 241.

I unofficially weighed 111.1 kg (245.0 lbs). My BMI is 38.4. My fasting glucose level was 106 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 6.09 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.40, for a total decline of £46.60 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."

Breakfast, 0 grams and 859 calories: Center Cut Pork Chop (0/868.9). After Breakfast Snack, 2 grams and 220 calories: Atkins Chocolate Candies .

Lunch, 6 grams and 310 calories: Atkins Beef Merlot. After Lunch Snack, 7 grams and 190 calories: Breyers Carb Smart Almond Bar (7/190).

Dinner, 9 grams and 371 calories: Atkins Mexican-Style Chicken and Vegetables (7/360), Mount Olive Hot Banana Pepper Rings (2.1/10.5). After Dinner Snack, 7 grams and 190 calories: Breyers Carb Smart Almond Bar (7/190).

Total carbs today: 31 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 36. Total calories: 2139 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2264 and a BMR of 3116 calories.


DAY 240
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Friday, 2014-10-17, Day 240.

I unofficially weighed 111.8 kg (246.4 lbs). My BMI is 38.6. My fasting glucose level was 99 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 4.23 kilometers.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £0.20, for a total decline of £45.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Look! A large land crab! (runs away…)"

Breakfast, 1 gram and 160 calories: Atkins French Vanilla Shake. After Breakfast Snack, 5 grams and 330 calories: Atkins Crustless Chicken Pot Pie.

Lunch, 5 grams and 330 calories: Atkins Crustless Chicken Pot Pie. After Lunch Snack, 0 grams and 293 calories: Food Lion NY Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese.

Dinner, 9 grams and 371 calories: Atkins Mexican-Style Chicken and Vegetables (7/360), Mount Olive Hot Banana Pepper Rings (2.1/10.5). After Dinner Snack, 7 grams and 190 calories: Breyers Carb Smart Almond Bar (7/190).

Total carbs today: 27 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 35. Total calories: 1674 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2261 and a BMR of 3130 calories.


DAY 239 (An Official Weigh-in Day)
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Thursday, 2014-10-16, Day 239.

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I officially weighed 111.7 kg (246.2 lbs). My BMI is 38.6. My fasting glucose level was 103 mg/dL. I rode my bicycle 6.09 kilometers.

I have ridden 26.71 kilometers this week, not including today.

Weekly weight loss was negative, a gain of 1.3 kg (2.8 pounds), for a total loss of only 20.6 kg (45.4 pounds) since the diet started. Still 38.6 kilos (85.2 pounds) to go.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.20, for a total decline of £45.40 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "There is no reason to panic. We can get it all back while expending no effort at all."

Breakfast, 2 grams and 360 calories: 4 Banquet Brown 'N Serve Beef Sausage Links (0/240), 2 Timber Ridge Farms Scrambled Egg Patties (2/120). After Breakfast Snack, 4 grams and 100 calories: Breyers Carb Smart Fudge Bar.

Lunch, 4 grams and 320 calories: Atkins Chili. After Lunch Snack, 8 grams and 453 calories: Ribeyes, Mann's Vegetable Medley.

Dinner, 8 grams and 453 calories: Ribeyes, Mann's Vegetable Medley.

Total carbs today: 26 grams, compared to the 30 day average of 35. Total calories: 1686 calories, compared to the 30 day average of 2275 and a BMR of 3128 calories.

According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have lost 0.91 pounds since last Thursday.


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