Sausage Meatballs?

I recently tried turning the sausages from my Sausage, Chorizo and Bean Casserole into meatballs.  The process is actually easier for me than chopping them up and the result was much nicer.

I’ve updated the recipe at the bottom.  Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

Life! Don’t talk to me about Life!

Life! Don’t talk to me about Life!

Life is really really tough at the moment.  I won’t talk about why, but this is turning into the most difficult year of my life and I’ve had a few shitty years in the past.

When dieting, it’s so easy for life to get in the way.  Whether it’s a birthday, an office party, depression, stress, trips away, there’s always something lurking ready to sabotage your progress.

Last night I deserved a beer or two.  I really really deserved a beer.  Trust me, I earned those fucking beers.

My plan was a couple of beers, maybe 3 tops.  I knew though, that if I started the evening off with a beer, my Beer Demon would result in DRINK ALL OF THE BEER, OMG NO MORE BEER, GET MORE BEER, DO YOU THINK THAT HOMEBREW IN THE GARAGE FROM 2003 IS DRINKABLE?  So I stuck to my normal routine of wine with dinner, and then had some beers once I was settled in front of the TV.

You’ll be amazed to discover that the Beer Demon still visited, infact the bastard forced me to stay up way past my bedtime and decimate my supply of cold beer.  It was good though, I enjoyed those beers in a sort of “oops, there goes another one” kind of way.  Of course, my head didn’t thank me today!

Deep breath now…. I regret the beers.  There, I said it!  It was a slip that I shouldn’t have made, and whilst I enjoyed them, they weren’t worth it.  I’m mad that life got in the way and convinced me to sabotage progress that I’ve made.

I need to remind myself, I don’t deserve anything, I choose things, and last night I chose to be bad.

What do you do when life throws shit at you?  How do you keep it from interferring with your diet?  Tell me in the comments.

 

Adding to the Epic Weight Loss Spreadsheet

Adding to the Epic Weight Loss Spreadsheet

I use likwidtek’s epic weight loss spreadsheet at least daily.  The routine of adding my weight in each morning helps keep me focused, and the graphs and data are awesome for a nerd like me.

Within a week of using it though, I started making changes and improvements that I still use to this day.  I thought I’d document them for you, and if there’s any demand I’ll release my version for others to utilise.  In fact, I’ve been tempted for some time to turn the principles of it into a website, with more graphs and whatnot, so if that’s something that interests you, badger me and I might just make it.

So, here are my additions…

Columns

Stones and Pounds

As a Britain, we use a combination of metric and imperial, and as a Britain, we do it properly, so Stones are used instead of jumping from Pounds to Tons.  If nothing else it gives me extra areas where I can claim a win.  So I added a Stones column and a Pounds column, the main weight column is then auto calculated based on these values.

Delta

I constantly had to do the mental arithmatic to calculate what I’d lost on a given day (I weigh myself daily), so I added a Delta column that calculates the difference from yesterday.  This isn’t so useful for trends or anything, but it’s a time saver.

Total Loss

Just a running tally of starting weight minus today’s weight. It’s nice to watch this grow :).

Loss

I updated the existing Loss column so that in addition to the standard #faturday deltas, it also shows today’s.  Ideally I’d like today’s to be a delta against last #faturday, but my spreadsheet skills are sorely lacking so it just compares with last week.

If anybody can point me in the right direction, please let me know in the comments.  My current formula is below:

=IF(OR(B59="Sa", C59=TODAY()),IF(ISBLANK(D59),"",D52-D59),"")

BMI

BMI is widely accepted as being a really shitty measure of health and fatness.  However it’s widely accepted as the standard, doctors use it, and insurance companies use it, so meh, let’s all jump on the bandwagon.

I added a BMI column, which requires your height to calculate.  I found the various bands for Normal, Overweight, Moderately Obese, Severely Obese and Very Severely Obese, and I colour code based on those.

I’m really enjoying watching myself get ever closer to the Overweight bracket.

Other

Percentage to Target

Next to the “Pounds to go” cell, I added “% to target” and it’s corresponding “% to go”.  Without these figures, I’d never imagine that I’m over 40% of my weigh to my target.  Figures like these really put your progress into perspective.

Tape Measurements

I added a new sheet for tracking my body tape measurements, which I do each #faturday morning.  The data can only really be used to watch for trends because it’s so difficult to be precise with where you’re measuring.  Still, if the graphs all point down, we’re doing good!

Finally

If you have any suggestions, or you’ve made any changes you’d like to share, let me know in the comments.  I’d love to track more metrics and find more things that I can use as a win!

This isn’t a post about being fat, or losing weight.  It’s not about beans, lentils or chicken.

It’s just because after all the effort I’ve put into writing this blog, somebody showed they cared about the shit that spews from my fingers.

Thanks person that commented. Have an Internet fist bump from me 👊

Weigh yourself every day

Weigh yourself every day

In the 4 Hour Body, Tim Ferriss is very clear that you should only weigh yourself on the morning of your cheatday.  His logic, “that way madness lies” is an entirely reasonable generalisation.

I’m a bit of a rebel though, I weigh myself every day.  I’ve only skipped 7 days since I started slow carb back in March, I’m so anal about it, I’ve taken my scales to hotels, and even camping.

What can’t be measured, can’t be understood, so I measure obsessively.  I found that it was particularly helpful in the early weeks, especially when combined with the Epic Weight Loss Spreadsheet.  I weigh myself before my shower in the morning, and then update the spreadsheet at some point during the day.  This routine keeps my diet in my mind throughout the day and keeps me focused.

I’m fortunate that my weight loss pattern during the week is very very predictable.  Obviously I put on weight post #faturday, but I also put on weight on Monday as well.  Tuesday and Wednesday I lose and by either Thursday or Friday I’m back to pre-cheatday weight.  Friday and Saturday tend to be the days when I drop weight for the week.

Of course, Tim’s right.  For many people weighing yourself every day and seeing the peaks and troughs would be a real mind fuck.  I won’t lie, seeing a peak on a Friday when I’m on course for a really great week can be soul destroying, but I’m able to rationalise that as “eh, life, fuckit” and move past it.  So for me, the benefits of daily weight tracking far outweigh the infrequent downsides.

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