Challenge Day 5: Low Carb Foods


I had a lazy day yesterday. Well, with food and exercise I should say. I had a very productive day with work!

My weight is holding steady, I’m still at 152 pounds today. That can get discouraging when your weight goes up a pound and decides to stay there. 😛

You have two options: keep going and let your scales catch up, or throw in the towel and GAIN weight. The latter is NOT an option! Not for me anyway. It’s silly logic anyway, don’t you agree? 🙂

Below are my meals yesterday, Day 5 of the current Low Carb Challenge. I find that sharing my meals and exercise here with you every day really motivates me and holds me accountable to my choices. I would love for you to share yours as well. Try it! Comment with your own daily meals so we can do this together. 🙂

Challenge Details | Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four

Day 5: Friday’s Low Carb Meals

I had my favorite low carb breakfast again. I stir it all together and call it “cereal.” This time it was a bigger bowl: 1 cup crushed pecans , 2/3 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 4 small strawberries. (8 net carbs and 87% healthy fats)

Healthy Low Carb Foods

I ran an errand later, and picked up a low carb burger from Hardee’s (called Carl’s Jr in some areas). They got it right this time! Plain with cheese – which is zero carbs.

Low Carb Burger with Lettuce Wrap

I had also ordered a Big Hot Ham & Cheese (without the bun) so I heated that up for dinner. It’s 3 net carbs.

Hot Ham & Cheese w/No Bun

That doesn’t seem like much food, but my breakfast was VERY high calorie so the last two meals were later in the day. And honestly, I just didn’t have much of an appetite yesterday for some reason. I also felt really tired all day – with a lot of tension in my muscles from my workouts this week. 😛

Later I did have a quick snack: 28 grams (1 ounce) of Blue Diamond almonds (2 net carbs) and 2 pieces of Russell Stover sugar free candy (1 net carb). That was 3 net carbs total.

Low Carb Snack

You can see how my macros worked out for the day, and how I log my foods in my MyFitnessPal food diary below.

My MyFitnessPal Diary for Friday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary

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



Calories: 1852
Net Carbs: 20
Total Carbs: 39
Protein: 82 Grams
Macro Ratios: 78% Fat, 18% Protein

Exercise: None 😐
FitBit Steps: 1,593 😐
Water: 32 ounces

Starting Weight: 154.6
Current Weight: 152 pounds
Weight Loss (so far): 2.6 pounds

My food choices were not super healthy, but they fell within my numbers – and my macros worked out great. I prefer to have more greens, but some days it’s all about convenience… and just getting through the day. 😛 I’m disappointed I didn’t at least get a walk in too, but I think my body needed the rest. I’ll fix that today! 😉

I would love to see my scales move tomorrow! Because we ALL love it when the scales are moving in the right direction, right? 🙂 My brief “hold” the last few days has me extremely motivated to FORCE those scales to move, lol.

How did you do on Day Five?

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

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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19 Responses to Challenge Day 5: Low Carb Foods

  1. gigi says:

    Maybe you are having problems getting past your setpoint?
    How much have you lost since the beginning of your LCHF. Woe?
    Watch out for high Sodium foods from restaurants or fast food places. It’s all loaded with Sodium. Ham is very high in Sodium.
    You are doing so great with your meals. I bet you are retaining fluid. 🙂

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Gigi,

      I have lost 40-50 pounds. You can see my before & after pictures here: I got waylaid right in the middle of it all with an emergency hysterectomy and over a year of being sick before and after. 😛

      I haven’t been below 150 pounds in YEARS, other than a brief period back in January: My goal is to get and STAY under 150 while I work on my strength & toning goal. 🙂

      I think it may very well be water retention, probably due to muscle recovery, as I’ve been pushing myself HARD in my workouts this week!

      • gigi says:

        awesome job Lyn! You look great! 🙂
        I have a short term goal to get to 170. Then after i reach that i may try for 150.
        I weighed. 145-150 before i ever had kids. I want to get back to that. I a m 5’6 1/2. I was 5’7 but seems likebi shrunk. Lol
        I went from 340 to 190 now. I will ALWAYS. Have to stay on a low carb woe to maintain my weight too. I tried eating like other people and higher carb but it makes my. Scales go up too.
        I just had to accept that this is how it is. I can accept this now that i realise what my problem was. I cannot tolerate a high carb. Diet.
        I still have a way to go. I really hate stepping on the scale. When i lost the majority of my weight, i was onky weighing myself once a month. 🙂

      • Lynn Terry says:

        Thank you! I shrunk too! I used to be 5’7″ and now I’m 5 food 4 1/2 inches lol. And I lost half a shoe size!! 😛 Go figure…

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m not at all stressed about my weight “holding” for a few days. It’s completely normal after your initial weight loss when you go in (or back into) ketosis. I simply want to point that out in my posts here so that everyone realizes what they’re experiencing (or will) is normal too! 😉

  2. Kelley says:

    Just wondering why the hot ham from Hardees is 3 carbs when its just meat and cheese?
    Also, where do you go to get your information on food that you get from restaurants?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Kelley,

      Great question! Ham often has carbs, I’m not sure why – even packaged hams do. It could also be the kind of cheese they use.

      I check the website first for nutrition facts. Hardee’s has a meal calculator so you can remove the bun or any other items to get the carb count of what you order. Then I find an entry in MyFitnessPal that maches the correct nutrition facts.

      • gigi says:

        I think when they process ham they use sugar to cure it. It doesn’t list sugar or honey on all the hams but sometimes it will say honey cured or sugar cured. It is not the meat itself that has carbs but rather the ingredients that are used to cure it.

  3. Lisa People s says:

    I have lost over 100 lbs myself.. 117 to be exact …gone from 267 to 150. I would think a cup of chopped pecans was WAY too much! If you cut back there, you will have your calorie count closer to the 1200’range. I know it is a daily struggle, but so worth it! I have kept minecoff for 9 years! Good luck, and keep up the good work!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Kudos, Lisa – that’s amazing! 🙂

      I don’t usually eat a full cup of pecans. I was taking cold medicine yesterday (which could be why my weight is holding!! lol) and needed plenty on my stomach – because otherwise it makes me feel icky. Anyway, great point. 😉 *cheers*

  4. Justine says:

    Friday was a success. Getting closer to that dreaded weekend lol. Had a total of 7 carbs. Close to 70oz water.

    B:Coffee w/Hwc & sf davinci caramel syrup
    L:2 Oscar Meyer smokies smoked sausages w/mustard & pork rinds
    D: Philly sub w/o the bread, peppers, onions lol (Steakums, colby jack cheese & pickle )
    S: 1 serving LCT pecan peanut butter bar

    I made your pecan bars and they’re delicious!!!! I used sf caramel syrup and it was soooo good. Definitely will have a serving with coffee in the morning. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  5. Renelle says:

    HI Lynn,

    The question that I have after 4 days ( 6lbs down….YAY!!!) is that since yesterday I have moments that I am lightheaded..did this happen at all to you when you started??? And I was woken up the last 2 mornings with painful Charlie horses…. Is all this normal??

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