Friday’s photo shoot at Dekka South went very well. While it started considerably later than expected, it was a lot of fun overall, we were treated to ten female songwriters who sang about some very interesting topics. I will start editing those photos tonight or tomorrow so I can get them delivered and posted to my portfolio site. I am glad that I ate such a large but late lunch on Friday as that held me over until Saturday morning, unexpectedly. However, due to the shoot and general lack of moving around, I ended up losing only half a pound between Friday night and Saturday morning. I attribute this to two things, both of which were preventable by me. I definitely felt a bit bloated when I went to bed Friday night.

    1. Poor hydration strategy
    2. Bloating due to liquid retention from #1

Normally, keeping hydrated during my shoots is not a problem because I am either moving a lot and have down time between artists to grab some water or a beer or I am on a modeling shoot where I can interrupt the flow of the action at my whim to take a drink. Around 95% of the time, I am fully in control of my ability to get something to drink but when in small venues like Dekka where the activity taking place is something people are usually quite concentrated on, a lot of movement interrupts the flow of the event and causes undue commotion. Imagine a wedding photographer endlessly shooting a bride and groom while they are saying their vows, but moving from side to side quickly and getting in everyone’s way. Yeah, that is how it is at these small artsy shows. Since I had only a large coffee and half of a 20 ounce bottle of water all night, I went to bed on Friday with some unnecessary water weight on me. The rice I had probably had something to do with the water retention as well but I have no definitive results to back that up. I simply know that bloating occurred and I was not happy about it.

Saturday was a lazy day, spent recouping from the night before while my girlfriend worked. I woke up weighing in at 205lbs which was a bit disheartening but I expected it given my lack of hydration the night before. I did not let it get me down, after all, I have made good progress over reformulating my diet and nutrition intake lately and there are bound to be ups-and-downs while I get everything sorted out. Or so I thought until we went out for a light lunch at Pei Wei Asian Diner. I ordered something that sounded splendidly awesome: minced chicken with cool lettuce wraps. And it did taste great, the lettuce was a crispy serving utensil for the delectable chicken, garlic, water chestnut, and mushroom pile sitting in front of us. Then I found out the caloric value of just half of what was on our meager plate:

    Minced Chicken w/Cool Lettuce Wraps (sauce not included): 310 kcal per 1 serving

310 calories for two to three slices of iceberg lettuce and a smattering of chicken+garlic+chestnut?! That’s insane. What the hell is in this to make it so calorie heavy? And how many calories does the sauce, slathered all over the chicken, have? My main course was the Japanese Chile Ramen with rice noodles rather than egg noodles and it was equally calorie-heavy: 540kcal per serving. How much of that is a serving? I have no idea, their nutritional info just says “serving”. It was good and I ate the whole thing so my intake for one meal tipped the scales at just under 1,300 calories. According to MyFitnessPal, that was over 2/3 of my entire day’s calories in one meal, which sucked. So instead I just had a delicious rib eye and some turnip greens for dinner. That gave me some good brain fuel to mess with my new B&N Nook Color all night and root it, adding the Android Market and Amazon Appstore to it. When I awoke Sunday morning, I had packed on a full pound from Saturday’s gut-busting excursion, so I ate light (eggs, steak, broccoli) for the rest of the day. Despite that, more bloating occurred.

I just spent the last week eating nothing but steaks, eggs, bacon, and vegetables and the only weight I gained the entire time was the two days I introduced a carb into my diet. I am definitely starting to believe in the Paleo diet ethos now, it proved its worth by melting weight off of my body in just a few days. While I am not eating strictly Paleo — that has caused some unnecessary stress in my household — I am closely following a synthesis of the Perfect Health Diet and the 4-Hour Body. Say what you will about Tim Ferriss and his endless self-promotion but in all honesty, the diet information in his book is fairly sound. He developed a Paleo diet all his own and has it highly tailored to his needs and its adaptability works. I have implemented some of his recommendations into my diet and the results are already there. Of course, it does not hurt in any way that the two diets I have mashed up are Paleo-based. Some would say I should attribute my weight loss to running but since I have logged only three runs this month totaling less than 8 miles and 1221kcal burned, I have hardly burned enough calories through exercise to single it out as the major cause.

Now that Tuesday is here and my momentary weight backsliding under control — weight was up to 207lbs yesterday morning, down to 204.5lbs today — I have my last run of the week to hopefully log today. I may or may not run as our local World of Beer is having a special Unibroue beer night tonight and I love their beer so I may just skip out and go drink some beer tonight instead. Will that cause more bloating? I do not know and really, I will not worry about it too much since I have drastically cut back on my beer consumption.

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