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Surviving the Winter Months

I kinda wish I could hibernate. Just find a cave and sleep until spring. Like a bear. Fortunately, I have a coffee maker.

NaNoWriMo is officially over. I came in at over fifty-two thousand words — yay, I won. I also came in at approximately forty pots of coffee for the month. That’s a pot of coffee a day, and about two a day on the weekends. My water intake was drastically reduced. My cognitive functions, while held aloft by a metric crap-load of caffeine, might have been better off with some h20. My novel, ironically, took place in a desert and I felt as dehydrated as my characters. Maybe that helped, who knows?

My diet had remained consistent throughout the month. My weight loss has continued, which I’m thankful. The only speed-bump I encountered was a low budget, which meant I had to cut out some meals and snacking.
I had Thanksgiving with the wife and in-laws. It was pretty traditional. I didn’t have to avoid many of the dishes made. Everyone understands what I eat and don’t eat now-a-days. I told everybody to go ahead and make what they wanted. I knew that I could at least have a plate of turkey. But there was mashed cauliflower and brussels sprouts with bacon that my wife made. I even partook in the green bean casserole. The only thing I really avoided was the cranberry jelly and biscuits and I only had a small spoonful of my father-in-law’s stuffing, just to be polite. I even enjoyed a small slice of pumpkin pie for desert. I figured, Thanksgiving is really the only holiday that is meant for feasting. If I bend my diet one day out of the year, is that so bad? If I can ace Halloween, then I can deal with some sides on turkey day.

Now I’m headed for the Christmas holidays. I think I can get through it. Candy like peppermint sticks and gingerbread don’t really appeal to me, so as long as there is ham and turkey, I’ll be fine. Heck, it might be time to re-introduce the ancient tradition of have a Christmas goose this year.

The one day I will have to take a break isn’t December 26th, it’s the day after — my 40th birthday. The only thing I’ve asked for from my wife is a bottle of good single malt scotch and a cigar. I think I’ve read somewhere that scotch is comparatively low-carb and cigar smoking was never a habit I could hop onto, but I can enjoy at least once a year. I intend to be fully debauched by noon on that day, and blogging and tweeting as much as I can, possibly channeling the raving drunken ghost of Christopher Hitchens.

I have about four more months until I hit my year-long mark. While I don’t think I’ll reach that golden deficit of a hundred pounds, I’m not really concerned, as long as the weight loss chart keeps sloping downwards. I’m sure I’ll reach that goal before 2015.


Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado tuna salad

  • 1 can of Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • 1/2 cup of Pico de Gallo
  • 2-2 tsp of Mayo
  • 1 avocado
  • Salad Mix
  • Italian spice mix
  • Balsamic dressing

Chicken with Bacon Fried Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts

Chicken with Bacon Fried Brussels Sprouts

Box Quest (Part 2)

It turns out that plywood is more expensive than I thought. For about forty to fifty dollars, I could own a 4×8′ mediocre piece of 3/4″ plywood. So suddenly, my quest has dead-ended. Due to my lack of funds, I’ve resorted to monetizing some of my talents. Unfortunately, judging by the amazing lack of interest from people so far, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be profitable. I would, technically, make more money begging at an intersection.

I did find the cheapest option so far, a $25 wooden chair at Ikea. It looks pretty sturdy, although I would reenforce the legs with some more strips of pine. But, again, it requires about twenty-five dollars more than I have.

That said, I’ve started the 7 minute exercise routine without a chair or a box. I’ve resorted to use the stairs for the step-ups by stepping up past the first step, hitting the second, and coming back down. I measured it, it’s about 18″, which is about the seat height of a chair. I’m using the sofa for the dips, just because I can’t dip properly on the stairs.

It is a tough workout, and I can barely get through it all. I add on another minute of push ups and sit-ups each to make it a good 10 minutes.

I’ve also had to switch to tap water from filtered water and drop some food options (like nuts) at the moment until the situation improves. It’s not my preferred way of losing weight, but I’m not at the point of starving (yet). I have lost 3 more pounds since last week.

Italian Sausage with Homemade Sauce and Zoodles


Italian pepper flake sausage with homemade sauce and zoodles. I made my own low carb spaghetti sauce by winging it, and it was better than store bought!

  • 1/4 onion
  • Some chopped garlic
  • 1 Roma tomato chopped
  • Some chopped basil
  • Oregano
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Small can of tomato sauce

Saute the onion and garlic in the pot with some EVO until tender. Add everything else and simmer while cooking the rest of the dinner.

Supreme Pizza Frittata


pizza_frit-processSupreme Pizza Frittata

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Few (or a lot) cloves of garlic
  • 1 bag of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 bag of pepperoni (chopped)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 sm can of sliced black olives
  • 1 sm can of mushrooms
  • Italian Seasoning

Set oven at 400°. Scramble eggs, put aside. Saute the peppers, garlic and onions in extra virgin olive oil in the cast iron pan on medium high heat. When the onions are transparent, remove everything into a bowl. Spread cheese on the bottom so it covers, let melt a bit and put back veggies. Add pepperoni and seasoning. Add eggs. Let settle. Add tomato slices and a few more green peppers slices. Add more cheese, olives, and mushrooms. More seasoning.  Put in oven for 8-14 minutes or until egg is set in center.pizza_frit-CU

Grilled Tuscany Chicken with Avocado Balsamic Salad

Grilled Tuscany Chicken with Avocado Balsamic Salad

Grilled Tuscany chicken with avocado balsamic salad.