5 Pounds Lighter! 5-Day Low Carb Food Journal…


 

I just started another Low Carb Challenge last week, which started Wednesday July 16th.

Don’t worry if you missed the join date – the group is open & active year round and you’re welcome to join us anytime if you like. πŸ˜‰

Since the Challenge kicked off, I’ve lost 5 pounds lost in 6 days. Nice! People who are new to eating low carb, or not losing weight as quickly, like to see meal plans or food journals to get new ideas.

You can see Day 1 and Day 2 here. I woke up on Friday 3.2 pounds lighter after just 2 full days of eating LCHF.

I’m finally on the other side of the low carb flu too – which is a BIG bonus! πŸ˜›

I’m shooting for 70-80% in healthy fats out of my total daily calories, which I track (along with 20 Net Carbs a day – as a maximum) using MyFitnessPal with the Keto Hack. I didn’t have much of an appetite during the first week, thanks to the low carb flu, and you naturally eat less on a low carb diet too. I tend to “eat boring” when I’m at home – meaning, I eat a lot of the same foods over and over just because it’s easy. Easy is good. lol.

Again, I started last Wednesday and you can see Wednesday and Thursday’s Food Journal here. Here’s what I’ve been eating since then…

Friday (Weight 168.2)

  • 2 boiled eggs creamed up w/mayo & salt plus 1/2 cup of pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup of pecan halves, 1/2 cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese, 5 Sargento Colby Jack cheese cubes
  • (Frozen) Gorton’s Grilled Tilapia, topped w/fresh grated parmesan & mayo to dip it in
  • 4 Sargento Colby Jack Cheese Cubes & 2 fried eggs (used a tablespoon of butter)

19 net carbs, 80% Fat / 17% Protein / 4% Carbs

Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese

Saturday (Weight 169.2)

  • 1/2 cup pecan halves for breakfast
  • pulled pork, green beans & dill pickle slices (same for dinner)

14 net carbs, 71% Fat / 24% Protein / 5% Carbs

Pulled Pork with Green Beans Low Carb BBQ Take-Out

This was take-out from a local BBQ place.

I meant to order a “Pulled Pork plate with double green beans” – which comes as a sandwich, and I throw away the bun. They got my order wrong though and gave me two pulled pork plates, each with a single side of green beans. That suited me fine – I made lunch ANd dinner out of it. πŸ˜›

Sunday (Weight 168)

14 net carbs, 64% Fat / 31% Protein / 5% Carbs

Easy Low Carb Meal

Monday (Weight 167)

28 net carbs, 71% Fat / 23% Protein / 6% Carbs

Ham and Eggs

Tuesday (Weight 167)

  • 2 Mama Lupe’s Low Carb Tortillas, one with 3 cubes of Sargento Colby Jack cheese and one slice of ham, one with 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge and 1 Tablespoon of Mountain Berry Sugar Free Preserves
  • 2 boiled eggs creamed up w/mayo & salt + 1/4 cup of walnut pieces
  • 2 eggs scrambled w/ham & cheese
  • I slept 4 hours then got up around 11pm and had 2 boiled eggs creamed up w/mayo & salt + 2 slices of plain ham

21 net carbs, 77% Fat / 18% Protein / 5% Carbs

I warmed up the tortillas on a baking sheet in the oven (on 350) just for a few minutes. They were refrigerated, so I wanted to make them slightly warm, and melt the cheese on the ham & cheese roll-up.

Mama Lupe's Low Carb Tortillas


Low Carb Wraps

The Mountain Berry Sugar Free Preserves are delicious!! 2 net carbs per tablespoon. I used a full tablespoon on my wrap, but definitely could have used less. It’s very rich and flavorful – definitely a nice treat!

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I’m not a big water drinker, so I’m proud to add in that I’ve managed to drink a quart of water every single day so far. The only other thing missing from my daily lists above is the massive amounts of coffee (with heavy cream and splenda), which adds to the totals at the bottom of each list.

I’m now 167 pounds for a total of 5 pounds lost so far – as of Tuesday morning, that is. It’s 1:30am Tuesday night / Wednesday morning as I type this so I haven’t done my Wednesday weigh-in yet. Onward & upward! Er, downward – on the scale, that is. πŸ˜‰ lol…

You’ll notice my scales fluctuated a bit this week, and haven’t moved for 2 days in a row now. Does that mean I’m “stuck” or I’m “in a stall”? No. It’s actually normal to lose several pounds right away when you first start eating low carb (or get back on track) and then for it to pan out for a few days. This is your body adjusting to the extreme change, the loss in water weight, and it seems (note: this is not a scientific explanation, lol) your body waits a few days to make sure you’re serious. πŸ˜› Then things start right back up. Your body goes through a variety of cycles on a normal basis anyway, and ketosis is a new phase it needs to adjust to as well.

Keeping a journal really helps. I use MyFitnessPal. It really holds me accountable to everything I’m eating and drinking throughout the day, and at a glance I can easily see where I could do better or eat healthier or make adjustments.

Looking at my journal for this past week I know I need to add more vegetables and more variety. That, plus more food, will come easily now that I’m past the Keto Flu phase. I’m happy with the quart of water a day, I really enjoyed the beer and ice cream so no regrets there, and tracking my coffee… that’s something I need to work on. Cool.

Patience is important. People with more weight to lose will lose weight more quickly. Those with less weight to lose will find it more challenging. Certain dynamics and medical conditions make it different for each individual person as well. I lose slower since my hysterectomy last year for example, and actually have to work really hard just to maintain. The key is to love yourself, focus on becoming healthy and happy, and let your weight loss happen naturally in the process! *cheers*

About Lynn Terry

I love making the low carb diet EASY for people with a busy lifestyle (like me!) with my KISS / Keep It Simple method. :) About Lynn Terry: Host of the Low Carb Challenge

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11 Responses to 5 Pounds Lighter! 5-Day Low Carb Food Journal…

  1. Aisha says:

    Thanks so much for this Lynn! I get a little frustrated not knowing the cans & can’ts of this new lifestyle!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Aisha,

      It’s really easy once you get the hang of it – which should only take you a few straight days of eating low carb. πŸ˜€ Just look at labels, and Google anything without a label (like fresh produce, or restaurant items).

      The goal is to eat 20 net carbs per day. That’s Total Carbs minus Fiber = Net Carbs. Ideally your carbs will come from green/high fiber vegetables. If you track closely using the program/app/script that I use (also very easy to set up) that will help a lot! πŸ˜‰

      Let me know if you have any questions. Always happy to help!

  2. Linda Todd says:

    I have been using the low carb diet recently also. You make it seem so easy. I am trying really hard to cut and get the midriff tightened. Thanks for sharing these meals that generate low carb.

    Linda

    • Lynn Terry says:

      It really is easy. As you can see from my meals this past week, you don’t even really have to “cook” – which makes it nice on busy weeks, or when you just don’t feel like it. I also eat out a lot, as I’ve shown in a lot of my posts here, and it’s super easy to eat low carb on the go or while out with friends – which I love!

  3. Toni says:

    Hi Lynn Terry…
    I have found your comments and narrative so interesting and think is something I could do!!!!
    My question is this, I had kidney cancer six years ago and they removed my kidney. Can I do this diet w only one kidney and are there any precautions or things that I may have to do differently? I weigh 284 and this has affected every area of my life. It is an effort to do anything. So I need the support that this group and challenge seem to provide and I have a friend, Wendy, who started it with you July 16 and has lost 11#. I am so excited for her. So we could be support for each other as well. Thank you so much, Toni

  4. Toni says:

    I would love to join the group… I think it says I am pending. Thank you so much for both links and I am reading everything you and others are writing. I just know I can do this and this is the most positive I have been in years. Coming off carbs will be huge since I could live on bread and potatoes but I can do it. Especially w all the sharing that I have seen and I also eat out a lot.
    Thank you again!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Great! Between myself and two moderators, you’ll get approved for the private group within the day. πŸ˜‰ It’s a BIG change for almost everyone. But you’ll be amazed at how quick your taste buds change, and how it’s a natural appetite suppressant. πŸ˜€ See you there!

  5. Peggy Gibbs says:

    Found this in a very old post. I do hope the group is still active.

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