What a week! I finally got a peek at the book after about 70 people had already gotten their copies. Luckily, there were no big mistakes and I think that CreateSpace did a great job of printing the books and Archangel Ink did a great job of formatting the interior. Hopefully the Kindle conversion will be done by this time next week and I can start promoting the book for real. I have high hopes that the potato commissions of the world will embrace The Potato Hack as a way to promote potato consumption.
I had a great time this week working with my little sister, Ellen, and my friend, Jeff, in setting up a Facebook Fan Page for the Potato Hack book and learning all about #'s and @'s and why it's not cool to send "friend requests" all 9,875 people in an FB group. Also, I started up a new blog, The Potato Hack, on Wordpress simply as a way to promote the book.
In honor of the book release, I decided to do a potato hack this week. At first to support my sis (who unceremoniously dropped out on day 2 with a cheeseburger!), and then just so I could get some good pictures of my potato hack dinners for Facebook.
I really never get tired of the potato hack, even though this is the first time I've done one in since last fall when I harvested potatoes. The potatoes I ate this week (about 15 pounds worth), I dug up last October and they have been in storage ever since. They are still rock hard, but showing signs that they are ready for Spring...I am too!
The result of my "for fun" potato hack was a loss of 5 pounds in 5 days. I hope that everyone who tries it sees the same results. I must say that Day 1 was a bit difficult because there was so much food around, and I even sneaked a spelt-coated chicken finger that first evening (shhhh!). Day 2-5 were uneventful, I was eating cold, salted, pre-boiled potatoes for lunch at work and a nice hot potato meal for dinner, averaging about 3 pounds of potato daily. Just salt and vinegar as spices, I used some chicken broth to make the mashed potatoes nice and creamy.
I noticed that I was sleeping more soundly this week and just overall felt great. I normally exercise daily, doing a variety of pushups, pullups, sprints, and squats. This week, I just walked 15-30 minutes a couple times each day, taking a "de-load" week for my muscles. From experience, I know that come Monday, I will be right back to where I was last week. Eating potatoes for a week does not "waste" muscle like some fear it might. If it does, it's negligible. Nothing compared to the "fat wasting" that goes on, for sure.
Things are getting exciting here in North Pole, Alaska! It stays light now til around 9pm. The birch trees will be ready for tapping in a couple weeks. The bee-man will be here soon. I need to start a new flock of laying hens this year, too.
I think with all the social media and the other blog operating, I will be changing this one back to the VegetablePharm and getting back to blogging fun stuff very soon.