Challenge Update & Day 7 Low Carb Meals


 
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We’re kicking off the 2nd week of the Low Carb Challenge today! πŸ™‚

It’s time to Weigh In. Here’s the Week One Weigh-In Thread in the challenge group, or if you’re following along outside of the group, simply log your weight and measurements today – and note your progress.

I would love to hear your update, so leave a comment with the amount of weight and/or inches lost during week one. πŸ™‚

We also have a new Mini-Challenge this week! See below for details.

My loss is 3.6 pounds for week one, with a lot of bouncing around on the scales. That’s totally normal of course, and weeks 2 and 3 are even worse. You may notice “holds” on the scale, or even slight fluctuations in your weight, as your body adjusts to the initial weight loss the first week or so.

The key is not to do anything drastic when your scales seem to be stubborn (or possessed, lol). Just keep doing what was obviously working for you – or go back to that if you changed anything. Give your body time to adjust and catch up. The weight loss will kick back in! πŸ˜‰

Challenge Details | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

Day 7: Sunday’s Low Carb Meals

My low carb breakfast yesterday was my usual: 3/4 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 4 small diced strawberries. (6 net carbs, 88% healthy fats)

Healthy Low Carb Breakfast

For lunch I just had an easy snack, what I call a healthy “fat bomb”. πŸ™‚ It’s 1/4 cup pecan halves and .81 ounces of Colby Jack cheese (off the block). It doesn’t look like much food but it’s high fat, so very filling: 291 calories, 1 net carb, 88% healthy fats.

Easy Fat Bomb - Healthy Low Carb Snack

My low carb dinner was take-out from the Gondola Pizza & Steak House restaurant. It’s called Philadelphia Chicken on the menu: grilled chicken topped with mushrooms & mozzarella (I got mine without sautΓ©ed onions) and broccoli/cauliflower on the side. Delicious!

Low Carb Meal from Gondola Pizza & Steak House Restaurant

That usually makes two full meals for me, but I ate it ALL. πŸ™‚

I also ordered a second take-out meal to eat today.
That’s what I call “grocery shopping” lol.

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Sunday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary

Here’s how & what I track, and how I get Net Carbs in MyFitnessPal.

Calories: 1731
Net Carbs: 22
Total Carbs: 41
Protein: 93 Grams
Macro Ratios: 71% Fat, 23% Protein

Exercise: 90 Reps on Ab Carver Pro
FitBit Steps: 1,945
Water: 32 ounces

Starting Weight: 154.6
Current Weight: 151 pounds
Weight Loss (so far): 3.6 pounds

I also had two pieces of sugar free candy yesterday, which you can see in my MFP food diary above. It is full of “sugar alcohol” (which you also subtract to get your net carb count) so it’s only 1 net carb for two pieces.

When you feel like chEATing, but you don’t…

Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy

 

This week (Week Two) in the “Get Lean For Summer!” Low Carb Challenge we’re doing a FUN mini-challenge. πŸ™‚ It’s called 3IMAX, which means: Three Ingredients Max. The goal is to eat no more than three ingredients per plate (meal or snack).

See: The 3-Ingredients Rule for details & meal examples.

This cuts out any processed foods with lots of ingredients on the label, including bars & shakes and sugar free candy. It forces you to really analyze what you’re eating. It also forces you to make better low carb food choices, as you’ll want to pick the 3 highest quality foods for your plate. Plus it makes it A LOT easier to track! πŸ™‚

I don’t personally count real butter, mayo, coconut oil, or salt in my “3 ingredients” when I do 3IMAX. Those are “freebies” on the list.

If you have any questions about the mini-challenge this week, let me know!

How did you do on Day Seven?

Leave a comment below, and let’s do this together!!

I would also LOVE to hear your week one results. πŸ™‚

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. You can subscribe by email below to get my Daily Food Diaries throughout the Low Carb Challenge sent straight to your inbox. That way you’ll never miss great (easy!) low carb meal ideas. πŸ˜‰

 

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32 Responses to Challenge Update & Day 7 Low Carb Meals

  1. Tracey Gemperle says:

    I am so happy a friend introduced me to your site! I was trying to trudge through a super long Atkins book and not doing very well d/t all my questions until I found this! Thanks for making it so simple, and fun, and ‘do-able’. I love reading all the comments and getting ideas for new foods I wouldn’t have thought of. I’m down 6 pounds (first 2 weeks on my own, last week w/ you)….though went up over the weekend as I ‘cheated’ w/ queso/chips and a few mimosas at a brunch. In all honesty, it didn’t taste as good as I thought it would, and my stomach hurt after. Back to it! And making my shopping list as I go through all the suggestions.
    Question….do you use the keto sticks? Do you recommend them? (the sticks you pee on to make sure you are in ketosis)

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m glad you joined us, Tracey! πŸ™‚ I haven’t ever used the sticks or strips, but I can easily tell when I’m in ketosis. I just FEEL it.

      Kudos on 6 pounds lost in the first 3 weeks. That’s great progress!! I totally understand the “it didn’t taste as good as I thought it would” – been there, lol. It’s sad how disappointing it is! πŸ˜›

  2. Elizabeth Muehlbach says:

    So, I weighed this morning. First time since last Monday morning. I went from 177.4 to 174.2. My problem is that I get so discouraged when I don’t see a huge loss after a week of struggling, you know. How do you NOT get discouraged when it comes off so slowly? How do you maintain enthusiasm for another week and then another week, etc? Totally open to advice,

    Libby

    • Lynn Terry says:

      You did great, Libby! A 3.2 pound loss in a single week is GREAT! πŸ™‚ That’s almost exactly what my loss is. You honestly don’t want to lose much more than that in a week, but rather lose it naturally at a consistent pace.

      You’ll lose slower at under 200 pounds than people who have much more to lose, too.

      What is it you’re struggling most with? You shouldn’t be hungry at all on a low carb high fat diet. You can eat as much as you need to stay emotionally and physically satisfied, as long as it’s 20 net carbs a day or less and within your macros. There are tons of super low carb food options to choose from!

      I maintain enthusiasm because I gain MUCH faster than I lose. πŸ˜› If I’m losing at all, I’m happy. If I’m even maintaining my weight I’m pretty pleased, lol – I am a seriously slow loser usually.

      Check these 4 points with help losing faster: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/5093/not-losing-weight-eating-low-carb/ and let me know if you have any questions. Cut out any bars, shakes, cut down on cheese & cream cheese. And take the mini-challenge this week – it helps A LOT! πŸ™‚

  3. Justine says:

    Drumroll. ……I LOST 5 POUNDS!! Woohoo! I am super ecstatic about this. I know this probably won’t be the case every week but I’m gonna damn sure try to make it as close as possible. My meals yesterday were:

    B:BPC, 3 eggs scrambled with 1oz of colby jack cheese
    L: toppings off of 2 slices of pizza
    D: ham and cheese ROLLUPS
    S:diet dr pepper, 1/4 LCT pecan peanut butter bar

    Not a super healthy day but things could’ve been worse. Onto week 2….good luck everyone!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Way to go, Justine! πŸ™‚

      Yes, the first week you lose best. Then week 2 and/or 3 you might see the scales hold, or fluctuate a bit – just remember that’s totally normal! It’s your body adjusting to the shock of losing so much the first week, in such a short time. πŸ™‚

      Keep doing what’s obviously working!

  4. Diana says:

    Yikes! I gained 1# but I’ve been doing this awhile and know this is not necessarily a set back. I’ve been loosing slowly since Jan.4th and have lost 6# but I’m not looking for “fast”.
    but want to look better on the beach this summer. I stopped using My Fitness Pal for some reason but yesterday started recording my meals again after seeing your emails encouraging people to use it. I fixed Salmon for dinner last night and put a little bit of basil pesto on top of each filet and it was WONDERFUL! Since it contains good fats I thought it would be ok but would it be considered an “item” on the plate since it does contain almost a gram of carbs?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Diana,

      I think you’ll lose weight even faster now that you are tracking again. πŸ™‚

      I am not super strict about the 3IMAX rule always, so I wouldn’t worry about that bit of basil pesto – just enjoy it!! And of course log it. πŸ™‚

      While tracking now, make sure you are getting at least 70% of your calories in healthy fats. That’s what helped me start losing again, and losing faster!

  5. Glynda says:

    Lynn, Thank you so much for all tips and advice. God bless!

  6. Kim Szakacs Martin says:

    I don’t know where else to make this request, but would like to request reinstatement to the Facebook group page. I regretfully was blocked from the facebook group yesterday when I posted a link on the page which included a salesmall pitch that I was unaware would post as such, or perhaps it was due to unrelated content. When I tried to remove the post once I realized it was posting like that (w/ sales pitch), it was already too late, because it serned like I was immediately blocked.

    I want to submit a plea request to rejoin the group, it was a great source of inspiration, information and sense of community for me. I know I was following at least 30 different threads, because there was just so many informative posts. I promise not to post any questionable links or unrelated content, if you will allow me to return to the 90 day challenge lchf group.

  7. Joyce Lilleboe says:

    Iam so close to give up and go back to counting calories, I did the keto sticks again and still nothing. but my fitness pal says 68% fat and 8%carbs, scale says nothing , keto says nothing, and measurments say nothing, So week 1 nothing.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m back from camping and while I had a very hard time tracking, I did not cheat at all!!! I’m so proud of myself! Everybody else was enjoying mixed drinks and I was drinking my water or another cup of coffee. Bleh. I’m kind of sick of coffee now! Oh no!!! I’m not sure if I’m down or not, but I did not gain. My stomach was in a bit of distress yesterday (I tend to not be very regular away from home especially when camping…. so I’m hoping now that I’m home I can be a little more normal. I have a feeling I’m down from last Friday – I’m definitely down 2 lbs from last Monday (whoot!).

  9. Shirley smith says:

    I have a problem with constipation when I’m seriously doing low carb. Any suggestions?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Shirley,

      First, make sure you are tracking and that your fat is at least 70% and your protein is only 20-25%. Choose healthy fats that have real nutritional value: pecans, walnuts, avocado, egg salad, tuna, salmon, etc.

      I am much more “routine” when I eat low carb, and have that problem when I do NOT eat low carb, lol. It’s funny how we’re all different!

    • Tracey Mack says:

      Hi Shirley, I had the same problem during my first 2 weeks. I’ve discovered that I have to make sure I eat a cup of steamed broccoli with butter everyday to make sure I get my fiber everyday (and stay low carb). Since I started doing this I have become regular again. I hope you find what works for you. I tried the Metamucil capsules (which worked) but I did not like taking 20 pills a day! uggghhh!

    • Justine says:

      Shirley, I notice if I eat more fats (fry my eggs in butter, bulletproof Coffee, cook my meats in butter, eat pecans…etc) I tend to become more regular. I was eating a salad every day for lunch and figured I’d be regular from that but it was the complete opposite for me. So it varies for everyone I think. Hope this helps and good luck!!

  10. Joann says:

    Back from Vegas yesterday. I was up 5lbs. Boo. But hopped right back on….and hoping the weight leaves fast. I can’t wait to kick it into high gear now…..

  11. Dayna says:

    Hi everyone! So I had a reality check today. I went to Applebees to get my favorite salad. The Asian Chicken salad. I figured I would get grilled chicken and ask for none of the crunchy noodles. I asked for the nutritional information when they handed me my menu, so I could log everything correctly, having no clue that the salad had 96 carbs!!!! Holy Moly! Must be the salad dressing! To think for years I have eaten that salad thinking it was LCHF. Yikes! I had a bacon burger (naked) instead. Lynn, how do you track restruant food when they give you the info only for the food as prepared. How would I track that burger, would I just guess at the weight?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Dayna,

      Great question! First, I always look up the menu and nutrition facts online before I go out to eat, that way I know exactly what I’m going to order when I get there. πŸ™‚

      For tracking, I track the individual food items I eat. Sometimes I have to ask how many ounces the salmon or burger is if it doesn’t say on the menu (they don’t mind!) – or I just guess if I’m pretty sure or close. You can see that in my own food diaries.

  12. Geri says:

    Hi Lynn! I discovered this woe and you last summer…I appreciate your site so much and love the pictures of your food! I had a great start with almost 4 lbs lost, but I caved in Sunday. It was my little girl’s birthday and we splurged! It made me realize how celebrations revolve around sweets and lots of them! I am a sucker for all things sweet, especially donuts and cupcakes. This woe has shown me that I can train my tastebuds so I’m not craving sweets as badly…it is so challenging when there are celebrations! I know you recommended to log everything first to see before I eat it, but I reason that it’s just a little bite…and I can always resume the LCHF tomorrow. Thanks in advance or any tips!

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