Friday, July 15, 2016
I woke early – typically what happens when I eat sparingly and low carb – and skip the wine.
The scale told me that I was 269.4. I’m OK with that – I have to be – there’s no arguing the scale.
People can change their diet and start exercise and take vitamins and probiotics and say they ‘feel great’ – but there’s few real hard measures. In comparison, the scale measures the Truth: does a particular diet work for me? It answers with a single number – no placebo effect to cloud the result.
I’m suspect of most magic potions that claim to do something. Snake oil is the main ingredient in an endless array of supplements that either claim to do something and do nothing, or worse, include ingredients that can make us sick.
I’m a student of history in this area and I’m reminded of what might be the best Wall Street Journal headline ever: ‘The Radium Water Worked Fine Until His Jaw Fell Off’ – the true story of a wealthy gentleman who drank radium because in the 1920s it was believed that small doses of radium boosted the metabolism and increased energy. He drank so much of this stuff that his bones were dissolving towards the end.
The larger point was a lot of people believed this shit at the time! Me, I’ve spent a lot of my life reading and studying beliefs and delusions – I’ve been drawn to the subject all my life – and there’s very little I believe – especially in the areas of health and nutrition.
I believe my scale though. It provides an uncomplicated truth.
My day was the usual coffee and Atkins shake in the am, then I had a working lunch at work. I had 1/2 a roast beef sandwich with extra mayo and then 1/2 of a turkey breast sandwich where I took the bread off and sliced up and ate just the meat.
There was a birthday and the first choice was The Cheesecake Factory.
Dum dum DUM!
That is NOT a good place to go if you’re on a diet. I was trying to remember what they had that I might eat and word came in – we’re going to Season’s 52 instead.
I’m not a big fan of the place because it’s a restaurant FOR dieters. The portions, while flavorful, are small and calorie-controlled. It is also expensive.
I was *very* frazzled after work and had some wine before we left. My daughter drove. I had a martini when there and as a meal had the mahi tuna salad which runs 380 calories as well as a few pieces of their ‘flatbread’ – long flat breads with various toppings.
I didn’t have any birthday cake.
I love the carb Manager app as it uses some food list that seems way more comprehensive and accurate than the loseit! app. I was able to find the exact foods from the restaurant.
The totals for the day were:
Net carbs: 107g