Day 2 of low carbing and once again, bullet proof coffee. Went down better than yesterday’s, and it was very effective at keeping my mind away from the tantalizing garlic bread our cafeteria ladies were making for lunch. Oh that smell was too good, and even though my olfactory senses were trying to cause me to fall from the wagon, I persevered. Sheesh.
I weighed this morning. The numbers hurt me deep. 354.2 lbs. I have gained almost all of my weight back. Cutting that weight will be difficult, sure, but I can do it. I have decided, instead of weight goals on time limits (I will lose 10 lbs by the end of January!) I have decided to focus on goals I know are attainable:
Wow, time flies by and the world and life changes, but Just Chill Here is still here and it’s still my project. I come back to the site, a little over 6 months since the last update, and I am going to make a real effort to do some things that I want to do. No more forcing myself to write about things that generally do not interest me and no more feeling burnt out trying to keep some arbitrary pace. So my New Year’s plan is to use this site as a hub, or launching pad, or home, to house projects that I feel the desire to complete. That being said, I am going to cut to the chase on today’s post…
I have been working diligently on my newest project which is all about my vacation in Washington this summer. I needed a break, and wow, was a presented with an opportunity for that just now…
Want to know a few things about me? Okay! First thing I will share with you is that I am a member of a club called Swag Bucks. It’s a site where you get paid real money (pennies) to watch ads, take surveys, etc. etc. I do this often, and it has netted me a little bit of spending money here and there.
I am also on a diet. Well, right now I’m not because of returning from vacation and just failing to get back into the routine. The diet is a low carb diet that has netted me a modest bit of success. I enjoy the diet, but I do miss out on my favorite foods.
These two tidbits of information are merely frames for the discussion I am about to have with you about crazy things that people do that I falsely say “I don’t get it.” Because understanding this, knowing why, actually longing for this to happen would label me as some sort of social leper. (My political beliefs, vericose veins, out of control adult language, coarse sense of humor and general angry face already kind of establishes that).
Anyhow, if you want to keep reading I warn you now. I am going to probably write adult words that hurt your moralistic ear drums. If you can’t handle biblical words like damn, ass, and bastard – it only gets worse from here.
I love things that taste great. When I was younger, say, 16, I stepped into the realm of alcoholic beverages and discovered that I loved really cold beer – didn’t really have a preference. However, I have witnessed enough of my kin fall into the depths of alcoholism and from that, I managed to just keep the drinking casual.
I love sea food. In fact, sea food is my number one go to food for when I feel like I deserve a reward. Move over steak, chicken, salads and other types of food. I am interested merely in that delicious, succulent meat from the depths of the sea. There is a casino about an hour’s drive just south from my place called Lau Berge Du Lac, and it is a swanky place. With upscale gift shops, gambling, hotel rooms and a lazy river, it is a destination for vacationers.
However, as a local, I visit this place whenever possible for one primary reason: Le Beaucoup Buffet. Running around $30.00 a pop, it may be out of budget for a family of four, but for a couple? It’s perfect. If you want tasty food, it has it, but if you want lotsafood it definitely has what you want!
Excuse the occasional popping from my microphone, I am still learning the tricks of the trade here. In this official Just Chill Here video, I discuss the process of making a pork roast that is Weight Watchers friendly(ish). I made this pork roast to seal with my food saver so that I would have a meal in a couple of weeks when I start my diet. Why a couple of weeks? I’m a procrastinating fat man, that’s why!
The recipe is very simple and cheap. You will need:
A pork roast (Size does not matter)
3 Lbs of red skinned potatoes
2 cups of sliced carrots
1 cup of chopped celery
An onion cut into quarters
McCormick Pork Gravy Packets (I use these because they are so low in Weight Watcher points)
2 cups of water
Turn your crockpot on so it can warm up while you prep.
After you have chopped everything up, and your roast has thawed out, pour your gravy powder in and whisk in some water. Pour your celery and onions into the mix. Season your pork roast with whatever seasonings you like and put it in the crockpot. I change my seasonings every time I do one of these because I like to try out new flavors. This roast was seasoned with:
2 TBSP lemon pepper
1 TBSP kosher salt
1 TBSP crushed red pepper
1 TSP basil leaves
2 TBSP garlic
As you can see, I kept my seasonings all dry. No mustard or Worcestershire sauce (This roast came out rather delicious by the way).
Your roast is in, and you should give it 4-5 good hours of cook time. While this is happening, put your potatoes and carrots in separate pots to boil. In Weight Watchers, potatoes have points, carrots do not! If you are not worried about your weight, just toss the veggies in with the roast and save yourself the effort.
When I finished, I put 8 oz of potatoes, a half cup of carrots, a half cup of gravy, and 4 oz of pork roast into a vacuum sealable bag. This meal is 15 points, give or take. It’s pretty big too, and with the potatoes and carrots, you can check off a few of those daily vegetable requirements.
If you’ve seen a picture of me, or heard me talk about my extraordinary girth, you have probably ascertained that I am a fan of food. Not any food, mind you, I am a purveyor of fine tasting foods that make you fat. Not that I like being fat, I just love good food. Today I felt like paying homage to a hometown classic. If you are passing through Leesville, LA you may run into a steakhouse called Wagon Master.
It is a rough and tumble kind of joint. One of those places that people throw peanut shells on the floor (free peanuts, mind you), and the waitresses say “How can I help y’all?” The drinks are endless and they even deliver delicious, buttery, hot, soft rolls.
Food is a necessity to life, and to ignore that it can be an interesting topic for discussion would be folly. Especially since I am a fat man who loves food. I have some recipes to share, and this category was actually one of the central focuses of the original Just Chill Here.
Also in food, I may share videos on certain meals and I may write about food in the news. Like most categories, there are many things to talk about when it comes to food!