Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Disney Diet - 5 Pounds in 5 Days!

Some of you may know that I spent an extended Columbus Day weekend with my family at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. We stayed at the new Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. It seems that Disney is building resorts faster than we can stay in them, but we are certainly trying our best to keep up. Our next trip will probably be at the new Tree-house Villas at Saratoga Springs.

This trip, though planned, essentially destroyed Week 6 of The Cure. Not only did I abandon The Cure during my vacation, as you can see from the post title, I found a new diet. Unfortunately, the pounds went on and not off. The good news is that nine days later, most of the weight I put on has already come off, with the resumption of Week 6. My goal is to continue this week as Week 6 and then report my "final" weight and measurements early next week.

I also just received my blood lipid panel results back, which will be the focus of one of my next posts. The results are as expected, as is my physician's reaction.

For those of you who are interested, this is a sample of what I ate to gain those 5 pounds:
  • Tutto Italia, Epcot - The best lasagna I've ever tasted, with samplings of two different gelati: Gianduja chocolate and zabaglione (don't ask).
  • International Food & Wine Festival, Epcot - Pork Skewer from Brazil; Beef Skewer from Argentina; a chicken dish from China; Beef tenderloin and sweet potatoes from South Africa; and Chocolate-Milk Creme Brulee from France.
  • Yak and Yeti, Animal Kingdom - Kung Pao Beef and rice
  • Whispering Canyon, Wilderness Lodge - The Canyon Skillet, an all-you-can eat pile of spare rips, BBQ chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, corn bread, corn on the cob, beef brisket, and pulled pork. I followed that up with a S'More Cheesecake.
  • Ohana, Polynesian Resort - The Ohana all-you-can-eat breakfast: eggs, bacon, Mickey waffles, sausage, fruit, muffins, and more.
  • 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian - An all-you-can-eat buffet with just about anything you can imagine.
  • Chef Mickey, Contemporary Resort - All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
In addition to those meals, there were other "quick service" meals that I didn't keep track of. All in all, I think temporarily gaining 5 pounds to eat like that is a small price to pay. In fact, I wish I'd spent more time in World Showcase sampling the international foods.


  1. At least the weight is coming off!

    I found you through Jimmy's blog. Congrats on the weight loss. My dh and I just started 6W cure this Monday. We've been suffering w/back pain. Did this bother you in the first week? I thought I'd have headaches from lack of coffee, and I did, but this back ache thing is getting old.

  2. I used to suffer from severe back pain, but that was when I was about 240+ pounds. I haven't experienced any pains at all since starting The Cure, not even the caffeine-withdrawal I was expecting.

  3. I think cholesterol is a symptom of an issue, rather than a cause. After starting a low carb diet, my LDL quickly fell from around 240 to 140, after a couple of months, along with 60 lbs of my weight which fell to around 185. Now, a year later, my LDL has continued to fall to 111 on the last measure, with my total cholesterol at 191, HDL at 60, and trigs at 100.

  4. Thanks Mike. I think it's our mattress and lack of caffeine and aspirin!

    Also, thanks for putting that cholesterol calculator on your blog. I'll be getting mine checked in December. If it comes back "high", I'll have this to fall back on.