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Slow-Carb Diet Update–Day 7

January 16th, 2011


I think I’m going to start posting some details about the progress of my diet through the course of it as this sort of info might be helpful to others.   I had my 1st “bing” day yesterday, which is sanctioned by the diet.  I decided to try to go full bore and see how it effected me.  My breakfast consisted of:

  • waffles
  • fried chicken
  • 2x sausage & egg sandwiches
  • grits (didn’t like it, didn’t eat much) – how are these supposed to be eaten?
  • 2x 16oz glasses of sweet tea


As good as it tasted, it made me feel horrible for the rest of the day.  I had a headache and my body hurt.  It’s amazing how bad sugar is for you.  The evening was filled with more goodness including crab cakes, bolgogi beef, chicken meatballs, pan-fried mac and cheese balls, shrimp with bacon, sausage burgers, beer, wine, bourbon.   The results:




Now, if the diet works, by Tuesday I should return to my post-binge weight.  Sarah and I went to Safeway (how I hate that place) and I bought more veggies than I ever had before in my life.  Trying to follow the paradigm of “use bag of frozen veggies” just didn’t cut it and I need to get some variety.  So for lunch I had two “slow-carb” burritos that consisted of a large piece of lettuce, layer of refried beans, garlic pulled pork from last week, sautéed green beans/onions/garlic/spring onions, peppercinis, avocado, and habanero salsa (finally found a safeway salsa that I liked).  And it was really good – I didn’t miss the bread at all.  


I’m really enjoying the cooking that I’m doing for this diet, as I’m usually too lazy to cook.  I’ve found it’s been a lot better on the wallet but a huge pain in the ass to clean up.  The dishwasher runs like 2x/day now. 


And tonight – safeway had a great sale on Dungenous crab  — so I’m going to try to make a crab salad with homemade mayo (all the stuff in the store had some sugar added).   I’ll probably add some bacon to it as well. 

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My attempt at implementing Tim Ferriss’ Slow-Carb Diet

January 14th, 2011

I’ve been working too hard at graduating and a number of other projects where I found I wasn’t going to the gym nearly as much as I used to.  As a result, I started feeling unhealthy, but I also didn’t believe in dieting.  That was till I saw a blog entry on about Tim’s book, the 4-hour body.  It’s not a diet book, but rather a somewhat scientific look at how to hack many aspects of your body – and I bought his pitch.  It made sense to me, and it seemed like an approach that I could follow. 

The chapter that talks about the diet is essentially converted from this blog entry.  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I’m trying to be a bit methodical about the progress and want to document it.  Essentially, it’s 4 meals a day of lots of beans (I never want to eat beans again after this).  He also stresses keeping the meals simple (read: boring) and the same.  He argues it’s simpler that way.  Unfortunately,  following that advice will get me disinterested quickly from the diet.  I need variety.  I just finished cooking the garlic pork dish from this cookbook I found online.   

Anyhow, I’m doing pretty well though I accidentally violated one of the rules and had some fruit juice.  And I’m drinking some whiskey instead of wine right now (thanks diQ for leaving that bottle behind).  But so far I’m on track to hit my goal of 20lbs in 30 days.  I’m also following a regiment of a ton of supplements that he suggests – 13 pills a day no less at a cost of $75/month for the supply.  Normally I’m not into that kind of stuff, but there’s something cool about the thought of hacking my body, so I’ll give I a shot.  Here’s the data, though I started right after finishing 3 days of my unintentional food-poisoning diet which I dropped 5lbs over 3 days.  I’m actually less now than I’ve been in years.  I’m going to start weight training again after I hit 170, but my body puts on muscle fast and I don’t want to see my weight increase (it’s a motivational thing).




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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-10

January 10th, 2010
  • now on hold for 10 minutes waiting for #sonicnet — they should make it up by giving me a free year of service. #
  • @alderete brewing beer in the backyard — stop by if your bored. #


Twitter Updates for 2009-11-29

November 29th, 2009


A little bit steampunk

September 22nd, 2009


Anyone want to guess what I’m building now?

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Yet another hobby: Silkscreening

August 30th, 2009

I was in an art supply store with Sarah and came across some supplies for screen printing so I thought I would give it a go. Turned out that the instructions weren’t so great. As they say, third time is the charm – the first two attempts I had overexposed the screen. The instructions said 1.5 hours with a 150W bulb. Turns out that 20 minutes with a 75W flood light is all that is required. The paint also requires an iron to set, which is a technology I do not believe in. So I used my 1375W hot air gun, which seemed to work fine (I applied for 30 seconds vs. 3-5 minutes with the iron). I went with an homage to Team America.


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CO2 Sensor Distraction

August 21st, 2009

Many hours ago I got sidetracked and decided to build a “quick” Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor interface. The CO sensor is a Figaro TGS 2442 Carbon Monoxide sensor. It ended up taking much loner than expected to build – though most all projects take longer than expected. I am using the module in the bottom of the picture to power the device via a USB connector. The number of LEDs illuminated increase as the CO2 conentration increases. The measured values from the sensor are pretty meaningless as the device must first be calibrated using controlled CO concentrations which I can’t produce at home. As a result, I defined the CO level in my room as 1 LED. The goal is to migrate this circuit into my car and use it to gather geotagged CO data on the road using the car gadget that I recently mentioned.


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SF Kitesurfing Race in SF

August 8th, 2009

Bureaucratic Excesses

August 4th, 2009

I recently ordered 3 cups from a company. They were packaged well, but one of them still broke. I called UPS and they said they were going to send out an inspector to look at the $6 broken cup to file a report. I wonder how much money it costs UPS to send somone out to do an inspection? I can’t imagine it being less than $6.

I also contacted the company I bought it from, and they said that they were going to ship me a replacement. I’m not sure if their reply was a joke, or if they were taking the broken glass situation a bit too seriously — but I just received the package..


Yes, all that packaging for just a single cup. *sigh*

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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-02

August 2nd, 2009
  • Checking out the new Postbox email application – now supports add-ons like Lightning for calendaring. #