Wow! What a great start to the “Get Lean For Summer” Low Carb Challenge!! 🙂
It was great to hear from so many of you, and discuss some of the bigger issues with our food & weight loss goals.
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I woke up 1.4 pounds lighter this morning, which feels SO good! Even less than two pounds can make a huge difference, especially if it’s water weight. I feel less bloated and much better!
I’m pleased that I have exercised two days in a row – the first two days of this challenge. That has been such a struggle for me: getting in the habit, and MAKING it a priority. Seriously, it doesn’t take that long! 😛
Here’s what I ate yesterday, on Day Two of the new challenge. Then I have a few tips for you after that, to help you stay on track…
Tuesday’s Low Carb Meals
For breakfast I made sausage with cheesy scrambled eggs:
I measure and track everything! This was .53 ounces of colby jack cheese (off the block), measured and diced for my scrambled eggs. I use the Ozeri Kitchen Scale (cheap, small, perfect!).
I had a 3 hour nap (I have a very fluid schedule and work weird hours, lol). Knowing I was going out for a big yummy low carb dinner later, I just had an Atkins Bar and some water in the afternoon while I was getting things done…
That was my last Atkins bar. I was cleaning house: getting rid of the low carb junk food. 🙂 lol. I also had a serving (28 grams, 1 ounce) of Blue Diamond Almonds.
I went to O’Charley’s for dinner and ordered the Cedar Plank Salmon. Unlike most restaurants, their salmon is always fresh (never frozen) – and absolutely delicious!!
For my sides I ordered their Baby Green Beans and Steamed Broccoli.
Loaded Broccoli is one of my favorite low carb sides when eating out. I just order “steamed broccoli, loaded like a baked potato please.” 🙂
Yum!! I was only able to eat about half of my dinner. That was a HUGE plate of food, lol. I brought the rest home in a take-out box to enjoy today. 😉
My complete MyFitnessPal Diary for Tuesday:
Net Carbs: 16
Total Carbs: 22
Protein: 104 Grams
Macro Ratios: 75% Fat, 21% Protein
Starting Weight: 154.6
Current Weight: 153.2 pounds
Weight Loss (so far): 1.4 pounds
I wore my new spring heels when I went to eat last night. 🙂 They’re super comfy! They also lift me up about 4″, which is great for this short girl (lol).
I got them on 6pm.com
I find that dressing up really helps me stick to my goals. It’s way too easy to “eat bad” when you’re wearing your fat pants, or frumpy clothes (“my comfies” I call them!).
I suppose it has to do with looking better, which makes you feel better, and makes you want to look and feel even better. But there’s also the case of “dessert will NOT fit in these leggings!” haha.
Restaurant Tip: Look up menus and nutrition facts before you go out, and know exactly what you plan to order before you get there. This helps A LOT. 😉
Mindful Eating tip: Log your meals and snacks BEFORE you eat them. Log everything, even off plan food. Logging first gives you an overview of how it impacts your macros for the day, and if it’s a bad choice… it gives you a moment to pause and consider if you want to back out. I challenge you to “log first” for a full week!
I’m pleased that I got my ab workout in, and that I got even more Fitbit steps in than the day before. And yes, it is tough to pass up the rolls and the dessert when I eat at O’Charley’s. I already had more food than I could finish anyway though, and I just have to ask myself: Do I want that more than I want to be lean and strong?! The answer is NO. I’m keeping the vision of my “healthy, happy self” clear in my mind, with the goal to look amazingly great this summer!
How did you do on Day Two?
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