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Day 7: Carbs vs. Calories – Don’t Panic

Morning weight: 189.8 lbs. 

Daily feeling score: 8.2

Calories: 2191    Carbs: 35

Workout: N/A


I jumped up almost a pound! This is good. We said we would increase our calories and see if sustaining that keeps pushing up our weight. This entire experiment is to test this hypothesis. What hypothesis? That calories don’t put on the weight, carbohydrates do! The rules specifically stated that we are ok as long as we trend downward. I might spike up and down but as long as the trend is going down we are doing just fine. Just like the title says. Don’t panic!

My shorts that I bought when I weighed around 175 pounds are not unsnapping. They have a very weak snap and when I was weighing around 193 pounds they would unsnap all the time. This is a great feeling. A true benefit of dropping weight is that clothes that I have stored away may now fit! I know this is just 7 days into it, but I can already tell that this is working.

Feeling very good today. Might be the catching up on sleep. My daughter slept through the night. Thank goodness for rest!

Smile Often!


Morning weight: 189.0 lbs.  

Daily feeling score: 7.8

Calories: 2170    Carbs: 51

Workout: N/A


The question has been thrown out there… “You’re dropping weight but the calories you consume are also lower. Isn’t that affecting your weight loss?”  Today I need to get on track. Our victory only comes when I can prove that I may consume as many calories as I want but keep my carbs under a certain amount each day and for each hour. As of today I will increase my caloric intake significantly. I did that by shooting it up to over 2100. My weight should continue to drop as my calories increase.

My rhythm was a touch off today. I was kept up most of the night by a sick toddler. This had the chain reaction of later meals. Also my body probably didn’t have full work on metabolizing the nutrition from the day before. This is why this experiment is taking place. All of those variables affect weight loss and proper nutrition. It also helps to see how we “feel”.


Smile often!

Morning weight: 189.6 lbs. 

Daily feeling score: 7.4

Calories: 1604    Carbs: 50

Workout: N/A

Yes, you can have alcohol. I’ve had a good week aDrink the winend it’s Friday night! Cabernet wine has 3 carbs for every half a cup. If I drink the equivalent of a little more than two glasses then I should end up with only 6 carbs! Bonus points- because without all those extracurricular foods in our system then alcohol has a more potent effect on our system. We become cheap drunks ;-). Stay away from beer! It’s got a ton of carbs. Once I’m down in weight I’ll experiment with some low carb beers like the Ultra brand. My personal favorite mixed drink is the diet coke and Patron tequila! No carbs. You must be careful, though. If you order the drink mixed they may accidently give you a regular coke with Patron. Always ask for the diet coke with a shot or two on the side. Get it chilled! So good!

How do I feel? Pretty good for dropping this much weight. It’s been easy and steady. I’m not binging or starving each day. My blood sugar is controlled and stable. These are the keys to proper diet and nutrition.


Smile Often!

Day 4: Carbs vs. Calories

Morning weight: 190.4 lbs. 

Daily feeling score: 7.4

Calories: 1362    Carbs: 44

Workout: Chest, Hanging abs. 30 min.

The momentum builds

The momentum builds

Today was a good day because this is where I want to be with the limiting of carbs. A point where I don’t think about snacks or what’s for dinner. I’ve experienced this before and it comes after the initial two or three days when the body settles in and food becomes a side thought.

Tonight I didn’t have the normal cravings for food so I ended up drinking a low carb smoothie for dinner.  This is a nice snowball effect of eating low-carbs. The elimination of cravings and hunger encourages more low-carb eating—the momentum builds!

My feeling score went back up to 7.4. I had decent energy and a good workout during my lunch. This score may go up more if I could get a little more sleep. My daughter has been waking up several times during the night!

Smile Often!

Day 3: Carbs vs. Calories

Morning weight: 190.8 lbs. 

Daily feeling score: 7.0

Calories: 1782    Carbs: 65

Workout: None

Preparation is key for meeting almost any goal. Before I go out to dinner I decide and research what I will have before we leave the house. Of course I have a good idea of what has low carbs – at least I thought. Picking a place to have dinner with the family is a bit of a challenge. Especially when you don’t pick the place. We were headed to Luby’s. I knew that liver and onions should be a good choice. I quickly googled it on my iPhone for the nutritional numbers we care about and it all looked well. No more than 12 carbs!  But when I got home. Doh!

Assumed wrong!

A double check on my favorite nutritional website:, made me cry a bit. Apparently Luby’s mixes the liver and onion with syrup sprinkled with sugar. The carb count is 50g!? I gain composure and remind myself I got the Luan plate which is half the serving size. I also didn’t eat too many of grilled onions. The dinner is still a touch over 20 carbs. We will see what that does to us tomorrow with the weight.

What did I learn? Be more specific on what I look up on the websites. If there is a restaurant food they probably have nutritional information somewhere on the internet. Take the time to find it. Each place has their own secret recipes that may include tons of sugar or bread mixed in. Other restaurants that served liver and onions only had 3-7 g of carbs.


Smile Often!

It’s already Day 2

Morning weight: 191.8 lbs.

Daily feeling score: 7.2

Calories: 1747    Carbs: 44.6

Workout: None

Don't stop

Don’t stop

Some small cravings today. I wanted to snack on some popcorn or cashews after work and that would have been my normal routine. Kicking that bad habit for a while should adjust my body’s expectations.   The result- even less cravings later on.  I liked that I dropped a pound already. Caution! We have to remember that even if we go up and down in our weight a little as long as the trend is down with our weight that’s the small objective. This is what it’s all about. Each day dropping a little is better than the wild swings in weight. Control and knowledge about what spikes up the weight are keys.  Understanding what we can eat and when. Of course, people are all different when it comes to our weight. We won’t know unless we monitor and track. Keep it up!

I gave my day a 7.2. I did feel a little sluggish. This may have been the lack of sleep or thoughts of the job. I don’t attribute anything to the 44.6 carbs.

Smile Often!





Day 1: Carbs vs. Calories

Morning weight: 192.8 lbs.girlboxer

Daily feeling score: 7.4

Calories: 1905    Carbs: 62.6

Workout: Chest, hanging abs –30 minutes total


We now have data. I can start the graphs and charts soon. You may notice that I didn’t starve myself today. Actually, I ate well. I was not hungry. Even went out to lunch at Eatzi’s with an old friend. One mistake I made was drinking a breve latte from Starbucks. For the life of me I didn’t know a Grande breve latte had 20 carbs in it. I would have passed on if that were the case. But this is exactly why we want to do this!

How do I feel? Normal. 7.4 is not a bad score. I usually feel like that on average days.

By the way, bread and all of its family is off limits. Because wheat is very, very high in carbs. I won’t have any during this fight. Wheat Belly is one of my favorite books ( A discussion for later on).


Smile Often!

Carbs vs Calories


Tough fighters

Tough fighters

The gloves are on. The opponents are warmed up. Get r…e….a…d…y to… R U M B L E! The fight of the decade begins!….. Ok… maybe this isn’t about boxing. But it’s a match that’s important. The fight is Carbohydrates versus Calories. This is something I’ve wanted to prove for a very long time. The misconception is that calorie watching and limiting will drive a person’s weight down. You’ve heard it before. If I keep my calories below 2000 and I burn 500 then the math works out where a person will lose about a half a pound. No matter what side you’re on, in the end it won’t matter. I intend to provide solid proof that the better way is to watch and limit your carbohydrates. I will track, monitor and analyze the two fighters to see which one is the better fighter. I will journal each day and post it for all to see.



  1. Once a day One person- me will do a morning weigh-in.
    1. Why is this important? This will help determine.
    2. Provide daily feedback on what foods are causing spikes or the best weight loss.
    3. Motivates me to cut out more carbs.
  2. I will keep track of how many calories I take in and naturally how many carbs I take in. In addition I will keep track of WHEN I eat the calories/carbs.
    1. Why is this important? This is important because the body’s blood sugar level is affected by too many carbs consumed in a short period of time. My idea is to eat more than enough calories for an average adult male.
    2. The carbs however will be kept under a certain amount. Hint: No more than 12 carbs in an hour.
  3. I will also provide a score at the end of the day of how I feel. It will be on a scale of 1-10.
    1. Why is this important? It matters that the action of losing weight doesn’t cause mental or physical issues. I should feel better by losing weight and doing it the right way. That is the true test of any “diet”.
    2. The score is not one to measure if negative events happen such as the Dallas Cowboys or Rangers losing a game.
  4. Track the workouts. The physical activity will have some bearing on burning calories/carbs. I will only let you know of what workout I do and for how long. Note** I hate cardio workouts so it will probably be a bunch of free weight workouts that maybe burn a couple hundred calories.
    1. Why is this important? I want to prove that you don’t have to put in insane workouts to drop weight.
    2. There are a lot of racers, marathoners and pretty good athletes that are overweight. They run, bike, swim or whatever and are snug in their jeans!

Calories is the strong veteran. Carbohydrates is the sleek, new comer. Let’s find out which one wins.



Smile Often!

How often do you find yourself at some social get together and after 10



or 20 minutes you’re trying to find some excuse to leave. The invite came three weeks ago and you waited until the last possible moment to get ready and eventually show up. You really didn’t know if you wanted to go in the first place. But you’re here now! What to do? What to do?

Your indecision and wondering puts you in a negative light. Seriously are you that important where when you grace people with your presence they get excited.

5 Steps to fight the ambivalence in your life:
1) Make sure you know your social calendar. If you know you have a free night then accept the invite and go!
2) When you make the commitment then GO! Make it something you are 100% committed to.
3) Invite others to go
4) Stay for at least an hour or more!
5) Make it a point to talk to as many people as you can. You can ask questions can’t you?

Stand up … make a commitment… don’t be so flaky!

More antioxidants than strawberries, kiwis and tomatoes

Concentration of the the Day: We knew that strawberries, kiwis and tomatoes were very good sources of antioxidants.. but move over guys, there’s a new sheriff in town… Raspberries! More than 50% more antioxidant activity than strawberries, 3x more than kiwis and yes… 10x more than tomatoes!

* Red Raspberries almost have exclusive rights to ellagitannins (anti-oxidants) which are very good for combating free radicals.
* If you go to the health food store and purchase ellagic acid (a dietary supplement) then you are buying what comes from red raspberries.

* The anthocyanins give some antimicrobial properties to the red raspberry. This includes the ability to prevent certain bacteria and fungi IN the body– the ones that can cause vaginal infections and irritable bowel syndrome.

* The Juicing factor of red raspberries is around a 9.  NOTE: Watermelon is a 10 on the juicing scale because of the amount of juice you can get from it. A banana would be a 1 because you would not want to juice it.

* Research suggests (conducted on animals) that raspberries may have cancer protective properties. The raspberries work to inhibit tumor formation in various parts of the body, including the colon.

* Raspberries contain manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, folate, niacin and potassium. They have good fiber.

* If you’re a diabetic or hypoglycemic raspberries could help because they have minimal impact on blood sugars!

* Frozen raspberries have from a limited to no reduction in antioxidant activity. However, the vitamin C effect may be reduced by half.

* There is a 36% reduction in risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) by eating at least three or more servings of fruit per day. This is the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. This according to information contained in the  Archives of Ophthalmology.

Enjoy this delicious delicate fruit.  How easy is it to add a few to your salad, cereal, yogurt? How about just eat them by themselves?