Being Joshua

In pursuit of awesome

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So it's been nearly a month on the hack now. First the bad news, because I like ending on good news. I've had two planned splurge meals both Chinese Dim Sum, and I didn't go overboard, tried to be sensible. I also had one really weak day where I had both pizza and fried chicken, one craving led to another. I did have a couple bourbon and cola's, and an old fashioned one night. I always find myself in the mood for bourbon when the weather get's cold and my first "winter month" in Texas so it fit the bill. Given all that imperfect behavior, and it really is impossible for a human to be perfect. I've lost 30 pounds so far, yes that is 30 pounds in 28 days, I'm down to 455 pounds. So I'm really excited that this has worked so well. I'm enthusiastic to keep this up for a while more. The wife and I are experimenting with a couple Indian based recipes slightly modified a d if the loss keeps up with the additions in them it will be nice to add some more flavors to our meal plan.

In a general blog update. Given the rules of this diet I've not been starving myself like most of my friends who hear that I am dieting and my rate of progress. I installed a recipe plugin, so soon the blog will have some exciting content of what I have been eating. I can then prove I haven't been starving myself and been eating decent food.

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Following the Free The Animal Potato Hack diet for a week and a half now. Looking back is started at 486.8 lbs, at today's weigh in I am down to 469.4 Lbs, so nearly 17lbs in 10 days. I haven't added any extra activity yet. I've had 5 meals with a little added animal protein, some bacon, some pork belly and some beef liver (for it's super nutrient composition). I've had 4 glasses of soda. My meals consist of a potato or two worth of extremely low fat oven fries, mashed potatoes, hash browns, baked potato or a simple potato soup. After about a week on the diet my appetite changed pretty dramatically. I've only been eating two typical sized meals a day, and have men satisfied with that. I make sure to eat in the morning to avoid another health problem, and then I don't start getting hungry until late in the afternoon. I'm planning a day off from the diet, just one day tho, then right back on. I really want to see where this can go over a month. As soon as I find a recipe plugin for the blog that I like I'll get recipes in here for what I've been eating. That's all for now.

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Today begins a "year of hell" as I've dubbed it. What it means is that I've decided to make a lot of sweeping changes to my diet. I'm 485 pounds, and I need to be less. Don't get the wrong picture here; I'm not immobile, or can't dress or clean myself. My last few full blood work ups at physicals has been excellent, with a few vitamin deficiencies, one that is typical of being a ginger, low iron, and another my family struggles with low potassium. But I generally need to get to a more healthy weight.

I'm starting out doing the "Potato Hack" otherwise known as the French Fry diet from Free The Animal that got a lot of attention from the blog world. It's basically a Paleo diet hack. Read more about it on that blog, he's got some great explanations of the nutrient profile and how the potato is perfect minus vitamin A. The trick is that you can't eat enough heavy potato to maintain, the nutrients give your body what it needs to attack your fat stores w/out attacking your lean muscle mass. Supposedly the weight loss is 2-3 lbs a week at start and accelerates. I need to lose a lot, so we'll see where this goes. I just want to kick things off, drop a little of the extra, and pick up some energy to make it easier to get more active.

So today it's all potato all the time, the gist of the diet is 1 tsp. of fat per medium sized potato. After that as long as it doesn't add fat it's legal, and your fat can be creative like rendered bacon fat. Today, I've made a potato soup, my wife made extremely low fat mashed potatoes, and we're baking some potatoes (I'll post recipes later). Later I'm going to try a couple methods at making hash browns to find out the quickest way to make breakfast. This should give me a really good start on having meals ready to eat this week.

Now this doesn't sound so bad, so where's the hell? No soda, I plan on splurging on that just a little since my Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law got us a Sodastream for Christmas. Which it will be fun to play with fizzy water, but we got a couple of the naturally sweetened syrups that we'll finish but sparingly. Drinking mostly water, which also means a severe reduction in beer, from 3-6/week to 1-2/week if any. No sweets, candy, cake, cookies, ice cream no more. I will take the occasional day off where I can treat myself, like dessert on Valentines day is almost required to share with your loved one. And other reasonable things like I won't punish visitors that don't share the dietary restrictions I'm putting on myself. The "hell" will increase as I get more energy and add an activity regimen. My wife and I are already looking at places to swim for low impact activity to start and I'll be looking for more, like the gym at work and more.

I think this is enough of a starter post. I'm going to try to post 2-3 times a week detailing what I'm eating, my weight loss progress and what I'm doing too increase activity. More to come.

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Today's thought is about shopping and my approach to quick and easy deal hunting. It is that time of year where many people are shopping for others and taking advantage of deals for themselves. So many sales this time of year it will make your head spin, but it is important to comparison shop. Just recently I got a coupon from a clothing retailer that I frequently buy from, as they consistently have things that will work my hard to fit frame, currently both big and tall. This coupon was timely as I also needed to replace some socks. Well boys and girls, as you can already tell I didn't end up using that coupon. Now this only works if the item you are buying is not a store brand and is sold elsewhere. I simply put the product name into google and found other online stores selling the same product for less. Often times shipping will be more than at a big name retailer but at this new retailer but I still ended up paying less. There is no loyalty program worth not taking money out of your coffers to begin with. That's today's boring blog post.

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Ostritch Pillow

One of the Katamari Prince's cousins.

There's a kickstarter project out there for the Ostrich Pillow a innovative way to take a power nap.

From the kickstarter project page:

What is OSTRICH PILLOW? 

OSTRICH PILLOW is a revolutionary new product to enable easy power naps anytime, everywhere, OSTRICH PILLOW ‘s unique design offers a micro environment in which to take a cosy and comfortable power nap at ease. OSTRICH PILLOW has been designed to allow you to create a little private space within a public one, to relax and unwind. Its soothing soft interior shelters and isolates your head and hands (mind and body) for a short break, without needing to leave your desk, chair, bench or wherever you may be.

This is an interesting project not only because it looks like Katamari Cosplay, but because this can aid with taking much needed breaks away from the screens bombarding us with light as we toil the longer and longer days away.

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This prediction from the ITC is just as outlandish. According to Wired the ITC says, “What I see from Windows Phone so far is that they’re starting to roll out entry-level mass market smartphones,” Llamas said. “What’s iOS doing? They’re going to bring you an older iPhone for less expensive. Which one would you rather have: This year’s model or last year’s model?”
Source

I'll take last years original, than this years copy of last years device.

I would say the source article is missing some key points. If windows phones are going to come out at lower price points than current generation iOS devices they aren't going to be as feature rich, so last years iPhone may well compete against this years budget windows phone.

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