6.4 Pounds Lost – Week One, Low Carb Challenge (Food Journal)


We’re just one week into the 90 Day Low Carb Spring Challenge (feel free to join us anytime!) and everyone is reporting in with how much weight they’ve lost in the first week. Fun!

I lost 6.4 pounds in the last week myself, and this is GREAT progress for me since my hysterectomy just over a year ago. Ever since that surgery I’ve struggled to lose 2-4 pounds on and off at best.

Maintaining my post-surgery weight IS “progress” in my book considering it’s practically expected to gain a minimum of 25 pounds the first year.

I decided to do something a little different for this challenge though, knowing I really wanted to get the weight loss kick started again. I usually just stick to 20 net carbs a day, eating most of those in high fiber and/or green vegetables, making sure I include fat in my diet, and pretty much just keeping it that simple.

But this time I chose to make a few small changes: lower carb, higher fat, less “junk food” or products, and more “real food”. I also ate less cheese than usual. Zero real exercise lately by the way, and I haven’t been drinking water either. If I had to guess, I’d say the 6.4 pound weight loss had to do with the decrease in carbs and major increase in healthy fats.

As an example, I’ve been eating Pecan Halves for breakfast. I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, and this is better than a shake or bar for sure:

Pecans for Breakfast

A few mornings I had bacon and eggs instead, or just eggs (which are also a good source of fat), but that’s usually more of a “brunch” or early lunch for me:

Bacon and Eggs

There was a time or maybe two that I had a “junk food” snack of Vienna Sausages (yuck, I know, lol – but easy and low carb) which I dip in mustard and eat with a thick slice of colby jack cheese:

vienna sausages and colby jack cheese

I got take-out from a local restaurant that makes delicious (super tender!) grilled tenderloin, with a side of eggs (which were kinda yuck). I ordered more tenderloin than I could eat, and then snacked on it all day:

Grilled Tenderloin with Eggs

That’s what I call “drive-thru grocery shopping” ;-) lol. I did that one morning at McDonald’s too. I ordered two Sausage Egg McMuffins both with double sausage and double fried egg, and just ate on sausages and eggs all day. :P

I went over to hang out with my awesome fellow one night, and he made me a low carb dinner. How great is that?! He grilled ribeye steaks and mushrooms, and made a caesar salad on the side:

Ribeye with Mushrooms

I did get a second spoonful of mushrooms, but I went easy on the vegetables. And of course picked the croutons out of my salad. :D

He made another low carb meal for me this week too. YES he’s awesome! You gotta love a man who can cook, and one who’s willing to cook low carb just for you! ;-) This time it was grilled pork chops, green beans & mushrooms cooked over the grill in butter & garlic, with caesar salad:

Low Carb Dinner on the Table

Grilled Pork Chops with Green Beans

Back to my house, and it’s back to take-out! lol… One of my favorites is the grilled chicken and roasted cauliflower/broccoli from a local Greek restaurant:

Grilled Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower

Another favorite is the grilled salmon from the Japanese restaurant. I ordered double vegetables (mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli) instead of vegetables and rice – and an Avocado Salad on the side (mostly just for the avocado, lol):

Grilled Salmon with Avocado

With both take-out orders, there was enough to enjoy another meal or two out of leftovers. Outside of getting by on that, plus pecans and maybe a spoonful of peanut butter or cottage cheese here and there, I did have the Gorton’s (frozen) Grilled Tilapia a time or two:

Tilapia with Spinach

I had it without the spinach this week (that spinach is GREAT, btw!), and just with mayo on the side to dip it in:


So there you have it. I’ve been going heavy on the pecans, salmon, avocado, eggs (healthy fats)… and lighter on the vegetables, but still getting in a few good portions. No bars, no shakes, very little processed food (only the Vienna Sausages and that one bit of cheese with them). I am still drinking Diet Coke, and Splenda in my coffee, so that’s something to tackle next – along with adding exercise and water.

I’m craving salmon, avocado and mushrooms…
so I already know what my next take-out order is going to be. :D

My goal for this challenge is to lose 20 pounds by the end of June (if not before, which would be amazing!). It’s almost boat season again, and I can’t wait to get back out on the water ski! 6.4 down and I’m going to continue with the healthy fats – because that’s working for me, finally!

Want to join us for support, accountability and great low carb food ideas & recipes? Sign up at http://www.90DayLowCarbChallenge.com

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11 Responses to 6.4 Pounds Lost – Week One, Low Carb Challenge (Food Journal)

  1. Lynn,

    That looks like a fantastic menu! Since you’ve lowered your carb intake and increased the healthy fats, I’ll bet you’re not hungry as often. (Healthy) Fat is where it’s at. :-)

    Cheers!
    Scott

  2. Joan brown says:

    That’s great Lynn
    I’m going to try that and hopefully I can start losing again and break 240.
    You are so encouraging. You and the group.

  3. Louise says:

    Glad you’re doing so well Lynn! All the food looks delicious :)

  4. Thanks for this Lynn, just gives me some great ideas of what to get when I go out grocery shopping today. So far have done well just by cutting out all the starchy carbs but know that won’t last.

  5. Julie says:

    I know it’s
    None of my business but what kind of surgery did you have with the weight gain? I had a surgery two years ago and my weight has went up ever since. You don’t have to share. I just need support.

  6. Heidi Kane says:

    I am new to the sight, and computer illiterate lol, so I wanted to know how I can weigh in. I weighed 200.8 last week and now weigh 196.9. Congratulations on your loss by the way, and I love this web site!

  7. Sharon says:

    I’ve always wondered if I could eat low carb and use my HCG(injections). On Wed April 9th I weighed in at 193.2 gave myself an injection ate low carb and today two days later I have lost 5.6lbs weighing in at 187.6. Thank you ever so much. The foods are tasty and never hungry like when I was on the 500 calorie protocol.

  8. Sandy miller says:

    I’m trying to lose weight after baby but am on day 8 of no carbs and maybe lost 2 pounds if any! How did you lose so much!? I’ve been very good and excercising

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  10. Mary Pierce says:

    Hi Lynn,
    Just found your website while looking for a substitute for my usual Hazelnut coffee creamer… Going to try the Low Carb diet again. In 2000 I had some “life challenges” & in looking in the mirror realized I had medicated myself by eating 24/7, hitting the scales at 235 :( I decided if I was getting the “excess baggage” out of my life, I should rid my body of the excess pounds. Within a year I lost 83 lbs…. Yhee Haw! As we know life’s journey can make one weary… I’ve added 25 lbs & need to get my mind & body healthy again. THANKS for all the motivation & great info on your site, & I’d love to follow along & become a healthier, bodacious great-grandma.

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