DAY 2 of slow carb diet menu – NO HEADACHES!


Goal 180 25 25% 45% 40% 50
5/7/2023 Su 200.7 29 36.6 43.5 36.9 60 202
5/8/2023 M 199.6 29 36.6 43.5 36.9 60 202
5/9/2023 T 196.4 29 36.6 43.5 36.9 60 202

What is the 4 hour body diet? Tracking data, not just weight!

I’m actually enjoying tracking all this data – it’s easy with the Renpho smart scale and app. I got my real numbers when I weighed myself this morning before my shower. Whew – my body fat percentage is 36.6%, so it’s between my guess of 30% and my end-of-day measurement yesterday of 39%. Per the 4 hour body book my goal as a woman is 25%, so I have a ways to go.

Cold turkey off sugar without headaches

Finally feeling close to my normal energy, I’m almost back up to speed from the flu, and still absolutely no headaches from going cold turkey on sugars and carbs. Not only that, but I’m not craving sweets, either, something else I’ve always had to deal with on other diet plans. My weight is already dropping dramatically, but we all know that’s often from water weight and to not take it too seriously. I’m fine with slow, gradual, steady weight loss and improvement in my numbers over time. So I won’t freak out if the weight goes up and down here or there, as long as I’m making progress over time.

The power of momentum

But I will say that having immediate success is a huge motivator. I’ve noticed in the past that if you can get into the forward-moving momentum of any weight loss plan, it gets easy to stay on it and keep riding that wave. Getting started is often the hard part, and Tim Ferriss in his slow carb diet book (4 hr body) actually talks about reaching that inner place energetically where you’re ready and motivated to focus on real change.
The power of momentum works the other direction as well – most of us have experienced that when we start to cheat a little, it can often snowball into a full day of cheating and then giving up on the diet.

So I want to focus on the forward momentum and ride this wave. Having a fast improvement in numbers right away is a powerful motivator, for sure. It feels darn good!

Lunch at a cafe

Today I met with my writer’s group at a local cafe. Thankfully their simple menu included Chef’s Salad. It was very good; I had it with Ranch dressing. No beans for lunch today.
TWEAK: I didn’t bring my sweetener with me, so I ordered a medium Americano with a Tablespoon of whole cream and sugar-free coffee syrup (caramel). It was pretty good, but I disliked the sugar-free aftertaste.

TIP: Always carry your natural sweetener with you.

Can I do minor tweaks with slow carb diet recipes?

I want to know if I can follow the 4 hour body slow carb diet with minor tweaks here and there – will it still work if I’m sometimes not 100%? We will see. Some diet plans like Keto and Paleo didn’t seem to work for me if I wasn’t following all the rules 100% (or 98%) of the time. So this factor – aka REAL LIFE – will be a part of my 4 hour body review.

Supper: fast low carb recipe

For supper I tried out a recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (a great basic cookbook to have and should be in everyone’s kitchen). This was super fast and easy to make as well as being a healthy low carb recipe (aka slow carb recipe). I tweaked it a little from the original.
Mexican Pork Chops

Serves 4.

  • 4 pork chops (ideally 3/4″ thick)
  • black pepper
  • cooking oil for high heat (avocado, macadamia, peanut, etc.)
  • 1 15-oz can of beans (black, red kidney, or pinto beans)
  • 1 cup salsa of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Several sliced pickled jalapenos (optional)
  • Plain yogurt or sour cream (optional)
  1. Take four pork chops and rub black pepper onto them, then fry in hot oil over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes per side. Remove and drain fat.
  2. Into the same skillet pour 1 can of drained beans. Add 1 cup of salsa. If you have it, throw in some fresh cilantro or parsley. I also threw in some sliced pickled jalapenos with a little jalapeno juice.
  3. Add the pork chops back to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes or until no pink remains in the pork and the juices run clear.

Serve topped with dollops of plain yogurt or sour cream if desired.

This was quick and easy and we enjoyed it very much. I’ve noticed that the Better Homes and Gardens website has a LOT of awesome-looking recipes for bean and meat dishes, so I’ll have to explore there, too.

My sweet ender

I was wanting a dessert tonight, so I scooped about 3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt into a bowl and added monk fruit sweetener and a little lemon extract. Stirred it well and enjoyed it with a small spoon to get lots of yummy sweet scoops. It was very good and hit the spot for an ender. Since I’ve just come off of antibiotics, I’m focusing on getting as much plain Greek yogurt into me as I can. The Tim Ferriss slow carb diet also recommends probiotics. I could have added real lemon juice or peel, as Tim does recommend citrus like lemon water, especially on Binge Days.


How Salmon Rushdie “Satanic Verses” influenced Game of Thrones

As a writer, I read far and wide. I read so many various types of things (as well as watch many shows and listen to podcasts), that later I might vaguely recall an interesting detail, but not remember exactly where I read or heard it. Writers often read widely, and our creative minds then take disparate elements from everything we’ve experienced in life to create new ideas. Most of the time this is done unconsciously – it’s our funny, creative minds at work.

Salmon Rushdie Satanic Verses

Recently a funny thing happened. I had finally gotten myself into The Satanic Verses enough to keep reading it – I’d tried previously, but had trouble getting used to Salmon Rushdie’s style of writing, which is very good, but very different – he’s extremely loquacious. All of these extra words were forcing me to slow way down while reading his novel, which was an interesting effect and a welcome one. I was struggling to get into it, when I skipped ahead and speed-read a few sections, to try to see if it was worth the extra work. I also happened to be re-watching the Game of Thrones HBO series at the same time. And suddenly my mind started picking up on several similar particular details between the two stories – this was like finding hidden “Easter Eggs.” There are too many of them to be coincidence. Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses was published in 1988. George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire was published twelve years later, in 1996.

A Game of Thrones – A Song of Ice and Fire

I propose my theory that George R R Martin read and was influenced by Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, in his writing of A Game of Thrones book series, albeit unconsciously. This is a guess on my part, my opinion, I have no idea which books George R R Martin has read. The Satanic Verses is not listed as one of George R R Martin’s favorites or recommendations. But I will go over the various detailed similarities I found in Salmon Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, some of which are very strong, some general or a real stretch, and let’s see what you think. When put all together, I think it makes a strong case. I’ve googled this, and no one else seems to have picked up on it. (Maybe it’s all in my mind…)

Game of Thrones Design

I found twenty correspondences between the two very-long stories:

  1. In overall story design, we have the similarity of both stories taking us all over the world to various cultures. In The Satanic Verses we go from the icy and snowstorm peak of Mt. Everest, to the ancient villages of the Arabian desert, to the busy metropolitan cities of London, Bombay and New York. In GoT it is all set in the same time period, but we go from the frozen north wastes beyond the Wall to the Arabian and Egyptian-like culture and cities in the far deserts to the east, to the busy, dirty, metropolitan cities on various continents.
  2. In both stories we have, right from the very beginning, characters dying or being killed regularly throughout the story in dramatic ways. More so in A Game of Thrones.
  3. In The Satanic Verses, in the sections about the ancient city of Jahilia (Parts II and VI), there is strong female character, Hind. She is a strong and beautiful, a seeming ever-vibrant queen-like figure (the Grandee’s wife, and generally the real power behind the Grandee, who rules the city), living in her high, majestic palace overlooking the city of Jahilia. Just like Cersei Lanister, who is actually a queen.
  4. Hind’s heraldic sigil is a red lion.
  5. When Hind’s husband describes his marriage, he says “We are a good pair, ice and fire. Her family shield, the fabled red lion, the many-toothed manticore…” [Italics mine] Of course, in Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire the story refers to Daenerys Targaryen and John Snow as the pair of ice and fire – the love interest. And Cersei Lanister’s sigil is a golden lion on a red background. But there are several other comparisons between these two interesting ladies, Hind and Cersei, as you’ll see next.
  6. Incidentally, the name “Circe” is mentioned in The Satanic Verses twice, referring to the ancient Greek tale of Circe the powerful enchantress, who turned a group of men into pigs.
  7. With Hind it is well-known (by her husband and the entire city) that she sleeps around with many men, especially younger men, even though she is married. Sexually scandalous, like Cersei.
  8. In The Satanic Verses, there is a religious temple which is Hind’s symbol of power, she is associated with it (a temple to a goddess and other deities). In one scene in Part IV, near the end of her story, Hind watches from a tall tower in her luxurious palace as this temple is destroyed by her enemies – signaling the end of her power and influence. In A Game of Thrones, also near the end of her story, Cersei stands in a high tower in her luxurious palace watching the destruction of the large city temple, destroyed by her own nefarious plans, because the temple power was threatening her own and had become her enemy. In this case the destruction of the temple was victory for the queen, not her defeat.
  9. When Hind realizes her power is over, she realizes “I may not be able to reverse the flow of history, but revenge, at least, is sweet.” She puts all her focus on revenge. Cersei is known to do the same – always after revenge, especially after she loses her three children.
  10. Near the end of the entire story, as he is becoming unhinged, Gibreel with his powerful magic trumpet Azraeel, causes great destruction with fire in the city – setting fire wantonly to buildings, things, people. Daenerys does the same with her powerful dragons – this is a turning point, the moment where she starts to become unhinged inside.
  11. Gibreel, one of the main characters, develops a god-complex more and more, becoming mentally unstable near the end, believing he really is the arch-angel Gabriel, doing God’s bidding. Daenarys suffers a similar inner journey, believing only she knows what is truly good and right – she starts developing a god-like complex and is just starting to become mentally unhinged at the end of her story. Both characters die at the end (yes, I know the game of thrones HBO series departed from the books actually written by George R R Martin in their later seasons).
  12. From The Satanic Verses, Part II: “Hamza, understanding that the night will be full of terrors…” Sound familiar? From Game of Thrones HBO series (and in the books I presume): “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”
  13. In the Arabian city of Jahilia, there is a festival night where everyone wears masks. Some young men take this opportunity to attack and kill their enemies while masked. In Game of Thrones, in the Arabian and Egyptian-style city of Mereen, wealthy young men form a group of assassins who wear masks to attack and kill their enemies.
  14. In Part V of The Satanic Verses, the word “imp” is repeated many times, especially by the character Sisodia, who stutters (which stutter Salmon Rushdie uses for his own diabolic purposes – brilliant!).
  15. There is a whole section in Part VI of The Satanic Verses which is all about a brothel and the whores who live there. There are many scenes in A Game of Thrones novel series set in and around brothels and whores.
  16. The female brothel-keeper in Salmon Rushdie’s Satanic Verses hides behind a black curtain. It is revealed that she is an imp – only three feet tall. GoT has a very famous imp main character, we all love him! By contrast, Tyrion Lanister doesn’t hide, but is in prominent circles, in the public’s eye by the end of his story – although he begins by spending most of his time in the brothels!
  17. In Part III of The Satanic Verses, we meet a female character who is “six feet tall, straight-backed, her hair hacked short as any man’s…” Just like Brienne of Tarth in GoT! Only in the first instance, Rushdie’s character is an old lady with this description, well past her youth of striking beauty. Brienne of Tarth is in the prime of her life – beautiful and powerful and tall.
  18. In Rushdie’s novel, there is a beautiful young lady with ice-white hair, who is often referred to as the “ice queen.” Of course, Daenarys Targaryen also has ice-white hair, and is also referred to as the ice queen – both for sometimes the same reason, that they are ice-cold towards men.
  19. These last two are a little bit of a stretch, but still. In The Satanic Verses a main character is called “Mahound.” Similar to “The Hound.”
  20. Here’s for a real stretch. In Gibreel’s angelic POV, he seems to be above the world sometimes, when he dreams, seeing things from an angel’s POV. Similarly, in the opening credit scene of Game of Thrones HBO series, we are looking through a POV of someone high above, looking at the world below, peering through and adjusting an eyeglass, etc. Like from an angel’s POV, above everything, seeing everything.

George R R Martin Homepage

Of course I don’t see anything to prove this on George R R Martin’s homepage, in the Game of Thrones HBO series, watching the game of thrones online or reading George R R Martin’s books (of which I’ve only read Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire so far). My own creative mind just happened to make these connections this past summer. Funny how our minds work…

You can Watch the Game of Thrones Online

or on TV and also read Salmon Rushdie Satanic Verses. Can you spot these and maybe more hidden Easter Eggs? What do you think – are there enough clues here to make my theory seem plausible? Or is this all nonsense and am I totally full of it? Leave your comments below – I’m genuinely curious.


The Best Glasses Cleaner Cloth

I have to mention here Norwex’s amazing glasses cleaner cloth. It far outranks any of our other microfiber glasses cleaning cloths, even the one from the eye doctor!

Glasses Cleaner Cloth

You would think this is a simple thing. But I have so many various glasses cleaning cloths, from a variety of sources, and none of them were working very well. I just got new glasses, and I want them to be as clean every day as possible. Not only was I having a hard time keeping them clean, but I hadn’t figured out a way to always have a glasses cloth handy when I need it. So then I end up using my t-shirt, not the most ideal solution.

Other Glasses Cleaning Cloths

I’d been needing one badly. Already my glasses cloth from the eye doctor was causing smears instead of cleaning – it was also covered with dust, which I couldn’t figure out, since I use the cleaner spray they gave me along with their cloth every morning.

I had to finally give up on that little black useless cloth. So then I searched for and brought

out my bigger, light-blue Costco microfiber glasses cleaning cloth. It definitely worked better than the little black one, but I still found myself spraying and wiping and wiping and wiping to get my glasses smear-free.

I have other various glasses cloths, but they are work about the same, which is, not very good.

Norwex Glasses Cleaning Cloth

The Norwex glasses cleaning cloth is much larger, like a little scarf with pretty and unusual designs on it. It actually looks nice. It comes with a clip so I can have it always attached to my purse. This has proven much handier than I thought. I basically have my purse with me anytime I go out, so I don’t have to use my t-shirt or blouse anymore. I keep my purse in my bedroom on the main floor of the house, next to our bathroom, so it’s easy to step in there anytime I’m at home to give my glasses a quick clean.

The best thing about them? They work perfectly without any special glasses cleaner spray. I don’t need that anymore. I just use my Norwex glasses cloth, and my glasses are cleaner and clearer than they’ve ever been. It’s quick and easy and works amazingly well.

I even had my husband try it with his thick lenses, and now he seeks my purse every day to clean his glasses off with this superior cleaner cloth.

The Norwex Optic Scarf comes in seven unusual prints, including a military camouflage print with a heavy-duty carabiner clip. You can find them at

If you prefer a smaller glasses cleaner cloth with a solid color, Norwex offers their simple, light-blue optic cloth. This one is smaller than the others and does not come with a clip. NOTE: this one is not for use on anti-glare surfaces, it could wipe off the special coating.


After trying many glasses cleaner cloths over the years, I’ve found the Norwex Optic Scarf glasses cloth to be the best, hands-down. It’s easy to have with me everywhere I go, it’s stylish, and I no longer need a liquid glasses cleaner spray. That’s one of the things I love about Norwex products – they’re top quality, while simplifying my life with fewer things