My mystery pound came back off, which brings me back to 151 pounds – and 3.6 pounds lost so far in the first 6 days of this low carb challenge. 🙂
I’ll share my Day 6 meals with you below… along with a food confession. 🙄
I got a solid walk in yesterday too, which felt great! Slim and I have a serious pace when we walk. We’ve been known to pass joggers (lol).
My muscles are really feeling all the exercise this week. Especially my butt, thighs and calves. So today I’m going to focus on upper body and give those a break.
On with the photo tour of my meals!
Day 6: Saturday’s Low Carb Meals
I started the day by making my usual (favorite!) low carb breakfast. I only use Daisy brand cottage cheese because it has the best flavor AND it only has 3 (real food) ingredients. Every other brand I looked at on the shelf had a whole paragraph of ingredients I didn’t recognize. 😛
I also use an Ozeri Kitchen Scale to weigh & measure my food portions. It’s small, inexpensive, and super convenient for proper tracking! The blueberries I added to my breakfast yesterday were tricky. They required math (ack! lol). A serving size is a cup, and I had .35 ounces (less than half an ounce) – but you can see how I added that to my food diary below. I added it as “.05 of one serving” (as close as I could get).
My breakfast was 3/4 cup pecans, 1/3 cup cottage cheese, 4 small strawberries & .35 ounces blueberries. That came out to 8 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
I stir it all together and it’s a crunchy sweet mix that reminds me of cereal. 🙂 Delicious!! If you haven’t tried this yet, you definitely should!
I had a quick low carb snack before Slim and I headed out for our afternoon walk. Just 1.5 ounces of turkey rolled up with a slice of Colby Jack cheese.
I got a healthy low carb dinner from Applebee’s Carside-to-Go last night (take-out). It was grilled salmon, sautéed spinach & mushrooms. Mmm!
I special ordered that meal. Here’s how I called it in: “just plain grilled salmon, mushrooms & spinach for the two sides please.”
I struggled yesterday.
I could have easily caved the entire day. I settled on ONE splurge, and it was fried green vegetable 😛 lol. I had a small order (appetizer size) of green bean crispers from Applebee’s too. They are 28 net carbs. That was me making the smartest of bad choices.
This is tough for me to confess. Here I am leading the low carb challenge, and trying to help you all make GOOD choices through the first weekend of the challenge, and I caved and ate an off-plan food that didn’t fit within my macros.
I suppose I could have omitted it from this diary, but that didn’t seem fair.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has had a weak moment this week. That’s life. This is why it’s called a “challenge” – because it IS challenging. We’re going to screw up sometimes. The key is not to screw up TOO bad, and to stay on track otherwise. That’s not permission (for you OR for me), it’s just reality.
No I don’t think that was the reason I was down a pound this morning. I still went to bed hungry. 😛 Honestly, I think I would have seen a nicer loss on the scales if I had stuck to my challenge macros. 😐
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Saturday:
Net Carbs: 48
Total Carbs: 65
Protein: 74 Grams
Macro Ratios: 73% Fat, 16% Protein
Exercise: Brisk 2-Mile Walk
FitBit Steps: 5,797
Water: 32 ounces
Starting Weight: 154.6
Current Weight: 151 pounds
Weight Loss (so far): 3.6 pounds
I was still below 50 net carbs for the day, which is “low carb” by most standards. I regret my one bad food choice, but I’m not going to dwell on it. Guilt leads to feeling like a failure, which leads to discouragement, which leads to emotional eating. I ate fried green beans (at least it was a vegetable, lol).
Log it, live with it, keep on trucking <- that's what I always say. And YES, you should log off-plan foods. You should log everything you eat. It gets you in the habit of Mindful Eating (vs mindless eating), which is the key to taking control of your health.
Here’s a photo of Slim and I on our walk yesterday, and a photo of what he looks like after our walks. 🙂 lol. Poor guy! Great Danes have limited energy, and they’re good for maybe ONE mile tops. I have to encourage him the rest of the way. This picture made me realize I may be pushing him too hard – especially for his age (7).
I’m cringing as I hit publish to share this with you. I hope I didn’t let you down too terribly bad. I am not perfect. None of us are. That’s not an excuse, though. I feel like I’ve had a successful week regardless of that one bad choice, with many smart choices otherwise – and A LOT of exercise this week!
Onward and upward – er, downward on the scale. 🙂
How did you do on Day Six?
Leave a comment below, and let’s do this together!!
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