The Incredibly Shrinking West Coast

Last modified on February 15th, 2011

Right before I left on my big adventure, almost everyone in my family was talking about going on a New Year’s diet. Years ago I was having trouble dropping a bit of weight, so I tried the Atkin’s diet when it was all the rage, and lost so much weight that it wasn’t even funny. Since that time I’ve studied up on why low carb diets work and have to come the one conclusion that refined carbohydrates are pretty evil. So while I’m not as lean and fit as I once was, I try to stay away from anything that causes big spikes in blood sugar and insulin, such as sugars, starches, flours, etc.

My mom started a diet in January, and as of last night she’s down around 10 lbs. My brother in law started a low carb diet, and he’s down around 14 lbs since January. My sister also has been riding the low carb gravy train, and she’s down 14 lbs last time I checked. Their friends are also doing a low carb diet, and I heard her one friend is down 20 lbs or so. Also, my buddy Duncan is on day 7 or so, and I think he’s down almost 10 lbs already.

So everyone back home appears to be shrinking away!

I’ve actually found it rather difficult here to watch what I eat. The super markets don’t really carry a lot of variety, and most of them are heavily based on bread and pasta. Other then steak, most restaurants are fairly carb heavy as well. But despite that both my pairs of jeans are looser than they were when I arrived, so I think I’ve lost a few pounds for sure.

But, congrats to everyone back home who is gradually shrinking away!

6 responses to “The Incredibly Shrinking West Coast”

  1. Amanda and I are doing pretty good I am around 18 now and Amanda is at 16 I think Nicole is at 24. I have 20 more to go so we will see what I look at when you get back. I can see my toes now. Awesome lol

  2. Duane Storey says:

    That’s great! Another 10 or 15 and maybe you’ll be able to see your dick again!


  3. Duane Storey says:

    But that’s great Andie, keep it up – I’m proud of you guys, it’s hard to stick with it.

  4. Thanks Duane. It is great. I feel fabulous…no more tummy aches. I saw an interesting thing on a talk show this morning too. Apparently in the west our wheat products have approximately 60% gluten where in other parts of the world they have more natural uses with grains and maintain a 10% gluten in their products. This apparently is why so many of us are having difficulty with the wheat and why we are getting fatter too! Course anytime you can add more vitamin colorful vegetables to your diet you win! Plus, eating out is killing us all! Fast food is the dealth of many.

  5. Oh I would of been offended if the person slingin the dirt used his lol. Don’t worry was able to aways see my dick all good.

  6. Val Storey says:

    Thanks are right it isn’t easy.. My thing was the 10 pound that I’m there..I am anxious to go the distance.

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