Mark was reading about Atkins and it was described as the "Starvation Diet." This is how it feels. You feel like you are starving but you are not hungry. Everyone I have spoken with about the diet has said the same thing. The first four days or so, you have a low grade headache and feel weak, but then you get over the hump and feel great as you lose weight.

Well, we made it to day four and have started discussing if we will quit the diet early and just try counting calories. We fantasize about pizza, donuts (I don;t even like donuts), and crackers. Last night, Mark pointed out that the net effect of this diet has been that he and I want different foods. I was craving chicken celery soup and he wanted chicken breast salad.

Luckily, we managed to compromise on grilled Ahi and this new veggie puree I dreamed up. Now, this is not a strictly Atkins initiation phase compliant recipe, but it is about 6 carbs per serving and a welcome break from boiled eggs, celery sticks and meat.

Recipe of the Day: Veggie Puree
1.5 cups chopped broccoli
1 dries red pepper from the Ristra
.5 cups chopped brussel sprouts
.5 cups grated cheese
salt to taste
1/4 stick of butter, unsalted

Boil the heck outta the veggies and drain them. Put them in your food processor, add the butter and cheese and puree. Salt to taste.

This dish made us so happy after eating all that meat in the last few days that we bucked up and watched some Soprano's on the 'puter.

Day 4 Summary
Consumed: two cups of coffee, 2 tablespoons cream, 1 bite of steak (1oz), 1 celery stock, 1 pork chop, 1 hard boiled egg, 8 tablespoons of sauerkraut, a shot of brandy (on the outside of the Ahi, 1 cup veggie Puree, Ahi steak grilled (about 6 ounces), 4 cups lettuce, 72 ounces fizzy water.

Calorie Count: This is approximate - 950.

How I Feel: Nauseous. Headachy. Lethargic. Weak. More energy after dinner.

How Mark Feels: Like I do.

Weight at 8pm: 162.0 pounds.

Work Out: 1 hour of Pilates - I could not hold certain positions at the end and got really sore muscles afterward.