Slow Carb – Week 3

The overall feeling for the week was discouragement. After my week 1 cheat day I went up a pound and one half, but to begin this week I shot up almost three and a half pounds! Gaining that mount of weight after one day was a blow to my excitement over eating beans, veggies, and sometimes meat for every meal. By Saturday I dropped back down to 217, which was a pound and a half lower than the beginning of the week but still higher than my second week low. I was very tempted to throw in the towel, but thanks to my very supportive fiancee and roommates who would love to point out my lack of commitment I pressed on. I knew that a week like this was coming, and I am  still down from my original weight and losing it faster than my goal of 2 pounds a week!


Another issue that cropped up last week was the stove at my house broke, which added fuel to the fast food desire fire. I was able to get it working after a few days

The food journal will be regularly updated again, but due to the discouragement merely eating the beans, frozen veggies, and chicken took the dedication I had reserved for snapping photos. I am looking forward to Week Four’s results. I am still very impressed with Slow-Carb and have much more energy than when I ventured into the Paleo-sphere.


Slow Carb – Week 2

Well, this post is a bit late, but that is okay! Right? I would say that this week went really well! After my cheat day last week I went back up to 223.4 lbs, but ended the week at 215 lbs. That brought my total weight loss to 12 lbs!  Here is a chart of my progress.


Something I have noticed is that my appetite had declined. The first week, I would make myself huge salads that currently would take me two sittings to finish. Adjusting to a shrinking stomach is encouraging, but slightly frustrating when I am preparing food.

A key component of the slow carb diet is eating the same basic foods over and over again, which I thought would be extremely boring and one of the most difficult aspects of this diet, and I was not wrong. It is definitely a challenge. However, eating a few basic foods takes the guess-work out of preparing breakfast foods especially, so no more grabbing fast food on the way to work. A breakfast tip that Ferriss has is to eat 30g of protein within the first 30 minutes of being awake, and that not something I have down yet. Jumping out of bed and running down to quickly make some eggs and lentils is not yet programmed habit. Recently getting my 30g of protein has been happening within the first hour, but definitely not the first 30 minutes. Hopefully, this week I’ll be able to get that 30 in 30 back!

Cheat day was a bit crazy this week. I went a little too far in eating what I wanted and felt sick all of Sunday.Here is a breakdown of that day:

  • Breakfast: eggs and lentils
  • Snack: Donut and milk
  • Lunch: 6″ turkey sandwich w/ mayo and mustard with soda
  • Dinner: Teryaki Chicken with fried rice, yum-yum sauce, and zucchini

For future weeks I will definitely get that weekly calorie spike, but maybe not quite as cheap Teryaki take-out kind of calorie spike. Overall, I would say I am very happy with my results! My clothes are fitting better, people can tell I’ve dropped a little weight, and I feel so much better!

Slow Carb: Week 1

I finished week one of Slow Carbing, and I have to say I am quite happy. Before my cheat day I dropped from 228 to 222.2. Not sure what to expect by loading up on veggies, meat, and beans (so many beans), I have to say that it is not the most “fun” diet, but it does seem effective. Granted it is way too early to completely judge SCD, but I’m still very happy with what has occurred so far.

Here is a graph of how my weight changed from 1/25 to 2/2: Week 1 SCI am aware that the current trend in weight loss will not always continue, but so far so good! Sticking to the plan is fairly easy because of the allure of cheat day at the end of the week. The middle of the week is definitely the most challenging when it comes to cravings, but the promise of cheat day is quite motivating. Now, there were no pictures uploaded from my cheat day because I simply wanted to enjoy the food. After a week of eating salads, chicken, eggs, beans, mixed veggies, with no dressing, sauces, sugar, white carbs, etc. I enjoyed the following:

  • Breakfast: Orange Juice and Eggs
  • Lunch: barbeque from a local BBQ joint (Poke-E-Joes) and a sweet tea
  • Dinner: Pizza

That sounds like a horrible way to lose weight! Drinking a lot of water on cheat day helped prevent me from going completely nuts, but still losing about 5 pounds the first week is not bad for having BBQ and pizza. The day after cheat day however was not a pleasant one, with an upset stomach plaguing me for the vast majority of the day. Sunday, I ate fairly light compared to my previous slow carb days. This was a great start to this weight loss journey, and it was a great confidence booster, and I really feel like I can do this! To make my cheat day more effective and to minimize the release of insulin I am planning on using the tips from this sheet this upcoming Saturday, especially the grapefruit juice and muscle contractions.

Overall, I am quite pleased and ready for this week!

Slow-Carb Diet

When attempting to change how I eat I need a battle plan. How will I be eating? How much? Do I need to count calories?However, I am not smart enough to come up with a plan myself. I am more than willing to admit that the science of weight-loss and health is not a language I speak well. I dove into Paleo before and had a lot of success with it, losing about 20 lbs. However, going full-hog I eventually burned out and reverted back to my old eating habits and gained about 30 lbs. How to combat the yo-yo? The way of eating that Tim Ferriss recommends in The 4-Hour Body is the Slow-Carb Diet. There are a lot of Ferriss haters on the internet. The most common complaint I have read about him is “he is probably the most narcissistic person…”. Well, he definitely is, but the Slow-Carb diet makes sense to me. Here are the rules:

  1. Don’t Eat “White” Carbs: bread, rice, breaded fried food, etc.
  2. Eat the Same Few Foods Over and Over Again: by using a list basic food there are many combinations I could have, while sticking to the basics.
  3. Don’t Drink Calories: only water, coffee, and tea with no sweeteners
  4. Don’t Eat Fruit: ’cause fructose and other ose’s
  5. Take One Day Off Per Week: go crazy

Now, Ferriss tries to science his way into explaining how a cheat day is crucial for weight-loss and he may or may not be right, but it got me thinking. Having a cheat day after 6 days of healthy eating could definitely have an impact on my desire for those foods I normally crave when I swear them off cold turkey. I will be sharing how my Slow-Carb adventure is going. but for now definitely check out my food journal. You can find it next to the Archives (click on the folder at the top-left part of the page), or head over to my Flickr. “The road goes forever on, and there are many paths to tread.” I am taking a path of my choosing. Thank you for continuing on this journey with me.

Grocery Store Trip 1/26

One of the tools that I am using to help develop healthy and frugal grocery habits is posting the items from my grocery trips and their cost. I am hoping to stay conscious of what I am spending on food and encouraging myself to cook for myself instead of going out to eat. Also, I am hoping to include pictures of my hauls in upcoming trips. Another note, recipes for the slow-carb diet will be happening as well.

It is possible to eat well, frugally, and lose weight and I am determined to make that happen!

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey – $2.99
  • 1.5 lb Chicken Breast – $2.64
  • 5 lbs Chicken Thighs – $6.68
  • 2 lb Pork Loin Chop – $3.77
  • 3 Dozen Eggs – $3.99
  • 1 lb Lentils – $1.49
  • 2 bags Mixed Fancy Frozen Vegetables – $2.48
  • 2 bags Mixed Frozen Vegetables – $2.00
  • 1 bag Frozen Peas – $1.00
  • 2 bags Spinach – $3.38
  • 3 Bell Peppers – $4.79
  • Raspberry Lemonade Packets – $2.19 (will be phased out)
  • 2 Cans of Tuna – $1.38

Total – $38.78

Concerning Habits

Why another health and personal finance blog? I would love to tell you that this blog is very different from all the others you have read on the internet, but to be perfectly honest I am not a seasoned blog pro so I have no authority to make that claim. My life has been going through some transitions and right now is an excellent time to throw myself at achieving goals that will help me grow and develop. I want to be free of the $26,511.17 of college debt I have hanging around my neck. I am getting married later this year and I would love for my wife and I to spend as little time as possible shackled by debt, so that we can freely pursue our life together. She has debt of her own. I’m sure eventually that’ll work itself into this blog, and this blog will chronicle our journey out of debt. There are many plans and strategies for getting out of debt. Dave Ramsey recommends using the “debt snowball” and pay off the smaller loans first and use that momentum to continue to pay off debts until you’re debt freeeeee. Another strategy is to pay off the loans with the highest interest rate first, so that the long-term total you’re paying is lower. Budgeting and creating a plan is usually something that excites me, but tackling my debt has been so intimidating that sitting down and implementing a strategy is scary! I have been making the basic regular payments toward my loans, but have had no real game plan to get that number as close to zero as possible. By the beginning of February, I am hoping to publicly share the strategy I have for the next several months.

I discovered that I am really motivated by posting my successes but especially my failures on social media when trying to adopt new habits. Recently, I have been using an app called Buffer to help me get out of bed earlier. I had developed a horrible habit of sleeping as long as possible before heading into work. By scheduling a post to go out every morning to Facebook saying that, “I decided to sleep in and since I did I am willing to pay people over PayPal or Bitcoin 3 dollars,” has been plenty of motivation for me to get up and delay the post to the next day.  I learned that trick from the Listen, Money Matters podcast. Through that podcast I discovered Tim Ferriss, and his book the Four-Hour Body. I have been longing to treat my body with dignity and respect that it deserves, but figuring out how to start and what to do has always been a huge barrier. Weighing in at 5’10” 228 pounds I am not a picture of fine health. Getting down to a healthy weight of 170 pounds is another goal. I have other shorter term weight goals, which I will be writing about but 170 is the ultimate goal. Regularly exercising is a practice that I have been slowly forming and would like to continue to see develop into a full-blown habit. Eating well, and using the Slow-Carb Diet, to drop down to an appropriate weight is a positive change I am making toward that weight-loss goal. That battle will definitely be logged and shared on Concerning Habits. Listening to podcasts by successful entrepreneurs has motivated me to pour a lot of energy into my finances and health, and I hope that this blog and the accountability of sharing my progress with others will help that willingness to fight to continue.

How to be frugal, sustainable, and healthy is a dream of mine, and is something I see reflected in Tolkien’s hobbits (the inspiration for the title of this blog)  Recording my journey with my college debt, general personal finance, and health and sharing it with you is a huge motivation to actually take on these behemoth-like, but conquerable enemies, so sustainable healthy living can actually be something I practice day-to-day. I am honored that you are reading this, and I hope you will stick around a bit. I know that this blog will develop and (hopefully) get better! So, the journey begins.

~ Micah W.

“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the week with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world”
Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring