Day 19: Friday’s Low Carb Food Diary


My scales have been fluctuating between 149.4 and 149.8 for the last couple of days, but it hit me this morning:

I’m below 150 pounds!

As in, it’s going to stick. 🙂

That feels so surreal. It’s hard to wrap my mind around, actually. Unlike every time before, I have no desire to “tank it” (self sabotage). The only real desire I have lately is to work out… hard!

I think I’ve finally crossed the line. Or gotten serious, or something. We’re almost 3 full weeks into the challenge, and sticking it out day after day has really worked it’s magic on me!

I have to admit that Summer being right around the corner has me highly motivated. Not just to maintain a healthy weight, but also to tone up… so I can enjoy swimsuits and tank tops – with confidence.

I like that idea. A lot! 🙂

I didn’t eat much yesterday, but I ate what I wanted and when I wanted – and ended up with a higher carb day than usual.

Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 19 of the “Get Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s not too late to join us if you haven’t already.

Day 19: Friday’s Low Carb Meals

My day started off with my favorite low carb breakfast: 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 4 small diced strawberries. (5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats)

Healthy Low Carb Breakfast

I was tired in the middle of the day, still dealing with the whole “lack of appetite thing” too, so I just snacked a little. I had a sugar free chocolate pudding cup, and also a spoonful of peanut butter (2 TBSP). Then I rested in the afternoon for a few hours. 🙂

I finally got hungry late last night… and had a small chili from Wendy’s:

Wendy's Small Chili is 15 Net Carbs

The small chili from Wendy’s is 15 net carbs, which is really high for me… but it totally hit the spot!

I don’t feel like I ate enough yesterday, but I was tired – and busy – and just went with the flow. I also slept a lot and gave my muscles a break, so I didn’t get a workout in yesterday either.

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Friday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary

Macronutrients: How & What I Track

How I Get Net Carbs in MyFitnessPal

Calories: 1039
Net Carbs: 35
Total Carbs: 51
Protein: 39 Grams
70% Fat, 16% Protein

Exercise: None
FitBit Steps: 2,881
Water: 24 ounces

Starting Weight: 154.6
Current Weight: 149.4 pounds
Weight Loss (so far): 5.2 pounds

I have NO idea what I’m going to eat today. I have the same things in the house, and the same options around town, and none of them really appeal. I’ve just been eating whatever is easy and convenient lately, and eating the same things over and over takes the “thinking” out of it – which is nice. But I admit I’m getting a bit bored.

In other news… my roses are about to bloom. 🙂 Finally!

Spring Roses Ready To Bloom


I’ve only lost 5.2 pounds in almost three full weeks. That is seriously SLOW, even for me – lol. It’s because I’m SO close to my ideal weight though, so I’m going to focus on eating a healthy low carb diet… and on toning and working out.

I’m dangerously close to just being “skinny fat” lol. Yuck. 🙄 haha. This is the summer I’m going to be in amazing shape. I can just feel it! I’m seriously motivated and inspired – and anxious to see exactly what “lean and strong” FEELS like. 🙂

How is your weekend going?

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

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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29 Responses to Day 19: Friday’s Low Carb Food Diary

  1. Tammie says:

    I have been low carbing for about a year and a half now. I initially went from 218 lbs down to 155. Over the past 9 months my weight has creeped back up to 180. I was so frustrated with myself for gaining back all that weight back after losing so much. But the funny thing is I have continued to eat lower carb, not ever really going back to eating like I did before the weight loss, so my body has stayed at a lower size even though my scale weight is way up. Wierd but true. My exercise if choice is the treadmill, but love swimming when summer temps get here again. I can still wear my size 14 clothes, a little tighter but by no means unable to get in them. I follow your site and you have inspired me to buckle down and get back to my goal weight again this summer by cutting those carbs down to 20 again and keeping a good count of them with the app i use. I have lost 4 lbs this week and will continue to strive for that end goal of 140 lbs. I am 5’2″ and 52 years old, so not easy anymore. Low carb does work. I feel better and like I said, even though I gained back alot, my body is still thinner. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Tammie,

      Kudos for buckling back down! 🙂 Nothing feels better, don’t you agree? It totally lifts my mood! Congrats for the weight you’ve lost already too, what a BIG accomplishment.

      I’ll be 43 in a couple months, and post hysterectomy, so it’s much more of a challenge for me now than it ever was before. But SO worth it! 🙂 *cheers*

    • Shirley says:

      I understand your frustration…..I’m 74 and though I’ve lost 165 lbs. If you haven’t tried adding some healthy fats to your fats, (coconut, avocado and unsalted butter are all good choices) you may want to give it a try. I had been stalled for several months when I realized I had stopped adding coconut oil or unsalted butter to my morning coffee. I went back to doing that with a reward of losing 17 lbs. in about 3 months time!! (I would like to lose another 40 lbs. That would still leave me at an “unacceptable weight level according to the charts because I still carry all of the excess skin from my prior “morbid obesity”. That is estimated to be around 50 lbs).

      • Lynn Terry says:

        Hi Shirley,

        Does insurance cover the surgery to remove that? I ask because I don’t have insurance, and was curious about that. I think in some cases they do. Anyway, is it something you would consider, or no?

  2. Gigi says:

    You are doing great Lyn. I think you are definitely on the right track. Consistency pays off in the end despite what the scale says, we cannot give up
    I have been eating low carb for two years now but after i lost a big amount of weight i started eating healthy slow carbs sometimes but those days of adding more carbs caused a halt to any further weight loss
    Your challenge has gotten me back on track and I an ready to go for the finish line this time
    I know now that i will always have to do a low carb woe the rest of my life to maintain my goal weight when i get there
    Lyn you are close to the weight i want to be at. ..around 145. I have never really never weighed less than that as an adult. I do not think I’d look good any thinner
    Some people say i look good the way i am now. “Skinny fat” but i am not happy at this weight. I have a large frame and not petite
    The way i lost is weird. My upper body got thinner in proportion to my lower body
    I have a small waist but my hips and thighs are not. I lost a lot…even my chest. I wear a 36 C now. I used to be a voluptuous 44D. Lol. I did lose in my buttox. Lol. Nowadays woman want a big but. Lol lol. Not me.
    I guess exercise is the only way i can whittle my lower body to match my upper body
    I got into a ‘small” top but b usually wear a medium or large but large is usually to big
    Now my bottom half is a definite size. L. Isnt this crazy?
    But it’s good in a c way because i look way thinner than my weight…..yet still i am determined to break that scale and get down on my numbers. 🙂
    Lyn you are an inspiration to me!!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you 🙂 I think weight training is the best way to target your lower body, to tone and get lean in those areas. Cardio has never really done anything for me, weight loss or toning wise. Light weight work with your lower body would be the key I think!

  3. Justine says:

    I felt exactly as you did yesterday. Just was plain not hungry. Of course I made myself eat but nothing was satisfying. Yesterday I had:

    B: bpc, 2 boiled eggs, 1oz cheddar from the block
    L: wasn’t hungry and was still full from breakfast so I just had water
    D: 2 LC tacos, diet dr pepper
    S:4 LC peanut butter fudge (I was really craving something sweet)

    I had a total net carbs of 12 and my fat was at 82%. I only drank 40oz of water which is low compared to what I usually drink.

    If anyone’s interested in how I made the taco shells here’s the site I used

    • Justine says:

      I forgot to mention that I only put taco meat, sour cream and lettuce in my taco since the shell is made out of cheese I didn’t add any extra. I also used some taco bell mild taco sauce on top of my taco. It’s zero carbs and really kicks the taco up a notch

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Yum, I love taco salad – now you have me craving that! 🙂

      • Justine says:

        Mmmm. I love it too. And it’s so much more yummy with a taco bowl made from cheese. It’s ridiculous lol

  4. kathy says:

    Can you eat anything besides the cottage cheese?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Sure, Kathy – whatever your preferences. 🙂 There is low carb yogurt, I think Kroger carries one, and ricotta cheese, or a splash of sugar free coconut milk or Atkins Vanilla Shake…

      • Gigi says:

        Krogers has a low carb yogurt call carb mater. It only has 4 carbs per serving
        I personally prefer Light and fit brand of GREEK yogurt. It has 9 gms of Carbs per container but you just have to cut down on other carbs if you eat this brand.
        Creme cheese is low carb too —one ounce of creme cheese is only 2 grams of carbs
        I like to eat it with strawberries….3 ir 4 small strawberries
        I like dairy but it IS challenging to keep at 20 gms of carbs with dairy but it can be done

  5. Gigi says:

    You are still young!
    My oldest daughter is your age
    I am 63. Lost over 100 lbs at 61
    It’s never to late to get healthy and lose weight
    It’s the best thing i ever did in my life
    It will most likey add years to my life—-quality years now

    I have a thin friend who stays thin all the time but she does have to stay strict with her woe
    She put on 5lbs (wow right?) i kinda made it seem like ‘no big deal’ when she told me her concerns about her weight gain.
    She then explained to me that it was very challenging and difficult for her to lose these five pounds.
    I guess this must be true. The less you have to lose, the more difficult it becomes.
    Excuse me for not having sympathy for skinny people whining about a five lb. Gain. Lol…..jkng. (my sarcasm) 😀

    • Gigi says:

      P.s. And Lyn i was not referring to anyone here that only has a few lbs. to lose
      I was referring to people who have never had the problem of being obese that really have no idea of how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off
      I thought it was rather rude for a thin person to be complaining to me (who is still overweight) about a few lbs.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I love that, Gigi: It’s never too late to get healthy and lose weight. 🙂 And: “It’s the best thing I ever did in my life.” 🙂

      I totally understand being offended, or having a hard time sympathizing with your “5 pound friend.” At the same time, I learned a valuable lesson about this awhile back – from two people that struggle to GAIN weight, and the “skinny shaming” they go through… and just how much that affects their self image and happiness.

      We are all where we are, feel how we feel, and need positive encouragement. It’s hard to relate sometimes though, I agree – and found myself guilty of “skinny shaming” a close friend, which is when I realized just how “ugly” that was of me. 😐

      • Gigi says:

        Lyn you are right. I was just joking here about that and i never said anything offensive to my friend. I was more thinking this im my mind and thinking aloud to you.
        You are very wise. I know there are some skinny people that cannot gain weight and this is very distressing for them as well.
        I think overweight people get criticized most of all.
        I think i became numb after a while to all the stares and comments on my weight but deeo inside it hurt my self esteem badly
        People can be very cruel
        I do not want to ever be that person
        Thanks Lyn. 🙂

        • Lynn Terry says:

          I didn’t want to be that person either, and was mortified to realize I’d done it (poked fun) – in hindsight. Especially when I realized the impact it had. 🙁

          I think all people are criticized, or at least feel that way (or self conscious). It’s human nature. Too tall, too short, too thin, too big, too old, too odd, too poor, too rich, too black, too white, too young…

          When I was a young mother, I felt constantly shamed for it. Sometimes verbally, sometimes just with their eyes. I was always the youngest mother – at the moms club, at school functions, everywhere. I stopped going to church on Mother’s Day because I always had to walk up that long aisle to claim a plant for it… (the eyes, *shudder*)

          • Gigi says:

            Funny thing, when i had my oldest daughter, iin school, i was the youngest mother, by the time i had my youngest son at 43 and had him in school (48 by then) i was the Oldest mom of all. I got asked if i was his grandma often. I was mortified not to mention that my son probably was embarrassed too. 🙂

  6. Jody says:

    I want to know if taking amino acids will be a problem? I wish I had a coach close by. I think I’m eating the right stuff and I’m using the app you suggested plus the Atkins app. I’ve been eating low carb for awhile now, many months with zero weight loss. but didn’t realize the cheese could slow my weight loss down as in a dead stand still. I’m going to just eat what you do and see if it makes a difference. I need to lose about 35!lbs

    • Gigi says:

      I am not sure what kind of cheese you are eating but the lowest carb is the block cheese like Colby. And you have to count the cheese in your macros.
      Also, while some do not count calories but it. Does counto
      You might need to lower your calories or protein. Meat can be converted into glucose too.



    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Jody,

      In your MyFitnessPal app, what are your usual fat/protein ratios most days? How many months have been eating 20 net carbs/day consistently – and NO weight loss at all since the start??

      Check these 4 points: and let me know how I can help! 🙂

  7. Susan Graben says:

    For the past several years, I have been eating local honey regularly because it is a big help with my seasonal allergies. This year, because of the LC regime, I cut it out. I can tell such a difference allergy-wise – more sneezing, mild sore throat, etc. Is there any way I can work the honey back into my diet without it messing up my carb count?

    • Gigi says:

      Honey would more than likely take you out of ketosis. You might have to keep on on lower carb diet but it will not be ketogenic. Imho

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Susan,

      How much honey does it take, and what are the nutrition facts?

      I agree with Gigi that the natural sugar in the honey may make it difficult or even impossible for you to experience ketosis (fat burning mode), but I’d love to hear how much you need/use – and how many carbs are in that amount.

      • Susan Graben says:

        I take the honey (approx. 1 t. daily or whenever I remember to LOL!) for about one month before allergy season starts (usually in March here in AL). I put it in my tea, on toast (used to that is) or just by itself! That is about 6 carbs I think. I get only local honey as the pollen in it is what causes my allergies later.This year, with no honey, I am sniffling and sneezing regularly.

        • Lynn Terry says:

          I wonder if there is a sugar free supplement of some kind that has the same ingredients you get from the honey?

          Or if 1/2 tsp would work… ?

          I’m sniffling and sneezing constantly this season myself. :p I’ve just been dealing with that plus watery eyes and keeping tissues handy, lol. Blah!

        • Lynn Terry says:

          I’m in Middle TN, by the way. Where are you based in Alabama? It would be great to meet up for a low carb meal!

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