Friday, October 28, 2011

Salad...Salad....and More Salad

Just finishing up another day on The Cheat Day Diet.  Started with a Mucsle Milk and some almonds.  From there I had three different meetings at three different restaurants and thus three different salads.  I had a chop salad at one spot hold the dressing.  A Chinese chicken salad at another spot, and finally a roasted veggie with chicken breast at the last one.  All in all it was a great day for the diet and I managed to squeeze in two Veggie juices.  I didnt make it to the gym but at least I got my hour yoga class in which was particularly strenuous today.  Okay time to get some sleep and get ready for the weekend.  Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


So today my low carb odyssey contained edibles purchased at no fewer than 4 restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores.  I started my morning with a Muscle Milk and then promptly went to Starbucks to get my decaf coffee and my almonds.  Ran around and took care of some business with my next meal being a chicken and quinoa patty at Stout Burgers and Beers.  I took care of some more business before running into the gym for an hour and then grabbing dinner at Birds, an amazing little restaurant on Franklin near to Beachwood.  I had a half chicken all white meat with a double side of steamed vegetables.  Back to the office for a couple of hours and then a salad from Wholefoods containing spinach, cucumbers, chicken, sunflower seeds, broccoli, and artichoke hearts.  12:30 and im about to call it a day.....a long long day.  See you guys tomorrow.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Cheat Day Diet in Full Effect.....Starting to Notice Results

I finished up another week on The Cheat Day Diet and I can honestly say its starting to show.  I probably heard on three or more occasions this weekend that I looked like I had lost weight.  I was also at a birthday party and happy to see that I definitely looked thinner in the pictures.  Im sure that the addition of extra vegetables specifically all of the juicing is having a really positive effect.  Had a fun day today and squeezed in some very enjoyable meals.  I had chicken tacos which were amazing, and went to Jamba Juice and got one of their delicious smoothies.  I also went to Starbucks and had one of their egg white and turkey bacon muffins.  I have to say that it was amazing, not something that I would eat during the week because of the carbs but still a healthy quick option.  Well back to work, finishing up a lease for Stout Burgers and Beers!!!!  Part III coming soon.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Cheat Day Diet goes RAW

Cant even begin to explain what a crazy couple days its been.  Ive been up at 7 and coming home every night around 10 pm., and even with this schedule my to do list grows longer every day!  The Studio City Stout Burgers and Beers continues to come together and downtown and Santa Monica appear to be coming more of a reality on a daily basis.  With all the craziness the last couple of days its no wonder that eating has become a lessor priority.  Today I found myself sitting at 4pm trying to grab my first bite of the day.  Unfortunately for me no sooner had I sat down than an irate client called demanding to meet with me!  I survived the day sustained by only a couple of large green salads 2 chicken breasts a bag of raw almonds split through the day and my trusty vegetable juice.  Today I redefined low carb dieting with literally the only carbs I consumed being in the form of vegetables and almonds.  This is exactly the type of day that The Cheat Day Diet was created for.  When your simply too busy to eat and the only thing that gets you through the day sometimes is the thought of the stack of pancakes that Im going to consume on Sunday.  Well happy dieting everyone.....Talk soon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Starbucks vs Coffee Bean for The Cheat Day Diet...Low Carbs with a twist.

Okay so first of all I woke up this morning and saw that my blog had been viewed 13 times since yesterday.  So whoever my readers are, thanks for following my rambling at The Cheat Day Diet its very encouraging. 

Had to take a road trip to San Diego this morning and I had to make a decision between Coffee Bean and Starbucks.  This particular blog is concerning the food options as my coffee decision is going to have the same nutritional value at either location.  I went to Coffee Bean first to peruse their low car options.  first thing I noticed was a lack of Kind Bars.  They are one of my favorite snacks, no more than one a day and always first thing in the morning.  The almond variety are relatively low in carbs the majority of the bar consists of almonds and other nuts.  They had a couple of bars called Pure Organic which was a nutritionally sound product but had between 26 and 30 grams of carbs, too many for my low carb  diet.  They also had Knudsen cottage cheese and Greek yogurt prepackaged with sides of fruit.  I suppose in a bind I would but one of these and not eat the fruit sides.   The final item I examined was the Coffee Bean trail mix which I was shocked to see had 50 grams of carbs per serving, simply not an option.

My next stop was Starbucks.  They had the same cottage cheese and yogurt options and to my delight they had a variety of Kind Bars two of which were fairly low in carbs.  Starbucks also had single serving packages of roasted almonds which are a perfect snack for the carb conscious among us. Based on the almonds and the Kind Bars I would have to give the edge to Starbucks although this little comparison made me realize that both establishments could offer another low carb option or three.

Well back to my crazy day scouting for a project in San Diego.  Once again thanks to my readers whoever they might be!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Funday....Not for me just...Its just Monday part 1

Meetings all day.  Investors, potential investors, landlords, potential landlords, I know it sounds like fun and games right?  All about Stout Burgers and Beers, luckily since I spend so much time here I get to eat lots of arugula and quinoa patties.  Im looking forward to opening the other locations so I can travel around and eat at the various locations.  Made it to the gym and I'm excited to get back to yoga tomorrow. Im going to look into getting one of those commercial grade juicers, I really notice a difference when Im getting those extra veggies in.  Well until tomorrow, have a great night everyone.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just got home From Universal Studios what a cheat day!

Just got back from Universal Studios and lets just say I pretty much ate everything in site.  i started with Dippn Dots ice cream, polished of a pretzel, ate some nachos, and drank a squishee or two.We went on The Mummy Ride (my first time) if you have not been yet its really really fun. Went to Starbucks on the way home and had a Chai Tea Latte, soooooo good not low carb but thats okay for today.  Going to kick back watch a movie and eat some pizza.  Gotta work all day tomorrow on Stout location number 2.  Have a great night everyone.

Making my cheat day Saturday...Heading to Universal Studios!

Heading over to Universal Studios to play tourist and wander around the park eating amusement park food.  This is going to be one heck of a Cheat Day.  I'm really planning on doing some damage on this Cheat Day, hopefully all of the walking around will mitigate the damage I'm about to do.  See you guys later, Simpsons here I come!

Finishing the day st Stout Burgers and Beers

As this day draws to a close I find myself back at Stout Burgers and Beers grabbing my chicken and quinoa patty with avocado on a bed of arugula.  Its crazy at 330am there are still quite a few people here grabbing food after their big night out.  Looks like everyone had a good time!  Well drive safe everyone get some rest its been a long long week.  See you guys bright and early tomorrow.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Back to Starbucks for my Low Carb Breakfast

So I started the day out with my Americana and almonds at Starbucks.  Then 20 minutes sitting in one of the chairs and people watching.  Its really amazing how diverse our country is I truly think that in a few short moments at Starbucks I saw people of every color, shape, and size.  Im convinced its one of the things that make this country so great.  Okay back to the expansion of Stout Burgers and Beers, big meetings today!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Celery kale parsley Lemmon ginger

Yes that's the ingredients i'n my juice that I'm anxiously awaiting. Eating carbs only one day a week leaves me dragging a little and my afternoon juice seems to be the best possible cure. Another low carb day almost i'n the books and one step closer to cheat day which I'm spending at Universal Studios. Can't wait for the Amusement park treats. well back to work and another client trying to wrap the day up with a positive note.

Yoga Low Carbs and Stout Skinny Style

So had another great day today.  Managed to squeeze in two sashimi salads Stout Burgers and Beers skinny style and even a beet, celery, parsley, lemon and ginger fresh squeezed juice.  I also managed to not only do yoga but also crammed in a 45 minute workout.  Another long day as usual but lots of progress on the restaurants so Ill take it.  Also finalized our idea for our new restaurant which will be a Cajun Bistro.  Ill fill in more details over the next couple of weeks as the concept develops.  Have a great night everyone.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Good end to a solid week on The Cheat Day Diet

Went to a local sushi joint and had some hot green tea, miso soup and a sashimi salad.  This was pretty much a perfect ending to the week.  Yoga class at 11am and breakfast scheduled for 8am.   I know I have been threatening this for a while but this week Im going to get some before pics and do a sixteen week before and after, I think I need the little extra motivation to push myself over the top.  Goodnight everyone.

Starbucks and My Low Carb Journey

We have a catered event today at Stout Burgers and Beers.  As usual I'm running around with no time at all to eat so I popped into Starbucks to see what I could grab on the go.  Ended up leaving with a decaf Americano a little half and half and roasted almonds.   Not the most nutritious meal I can imagine but at least keeps me going till I can grab a salad or some veggies at another spot.  they have some interesting pre-packaged goods there now also specifically a protein box that looked promising Ill check next time I have some time.  Will try to get some pics from event, have a great day everyone.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Still doing that Low Carb Diet.

So Ive been pretty consistent with the diet  over the past few months.  Throw in a couple of extra cheat days but nothing too damaging.  I got engaged which was exciting and continue to try to expand my Stout Burgers and Beers chain (by chain I mean one now but a soon to be chain).

I started Yoga two weeks ago which has been amazing and has already alleviated some of my older sports injuries.  Ive cut down the gym to 2-3 days a week but ill get that back up in the next week or so.  I think from a consistency viewpoint The Cheat Day Diet is continuing to allow me to maintain my weight, not feel like I am missing out and enjoy cookies and pizza once in a while!!!!