My scales are finally moving down again, almost a pound yesterday and another pound this morning, for a total of 8 pounds lost during this challenge so far.
I now weigh 146.6 pounds, which is an all-time low for me since going low carb more than 5 years ago. I haven’t seen the 140’s since I was around 30 years old, which was about 13 years ago!
While 8 pounds lost in 5 weeks may not seem like much, and it’s definitely slow, I can easily gain 8 pounds a week (lol)… and my weight loss is going to be slower and more challenging given how close I am to my goal weight.
Personally, I’m THRILLED. Still a little shocked at how I look and feel, and how baggy my clothes are on me 😛 but extremely pleased with my progress – and especially the fact that I have been consistent for 37 full days!! I’m even more excited about the exercise, and the fact that I’ve been working so hard to tone up my leaner body. I’m starting to FEEL results there too, which is so nice! 🙂
Right smack dab in the middle of getting on a GOOD roll with this challenge, and getting really serious with my health goals, I made a friend. We started out as Instagram friends, sharing our passion for pictures and moments. We quickly became adventure buddies – going on ambitious hikes and exploring the state together.
His name is Joe. Here’s a goofy picture of us hiking Lost Creek Falls recently:
As we got to know each other better, he took an interest in my health goals… in joining me, but also in pushing me harder, which has been really cool. So yesterday I invited him to try a photo he sees often on my wall, for lunch before our walk…
Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 37 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 37: Tuesday’s Low Carb Meals
I skipped breakfast and just had coffee in the morning. My appetite has been really low again lately! I finally had my usual “low carb cereal” around lunch.
I made two – one for me, and one for Joe to try. I used a little bit more pecan pieces this time: 3/4 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 4 small diced strawberries – for a total of 6 net carbs and 88% healthy fats.
Tip: I find it easier to slice & dice frozen berries while they’re still half frozen. I just thaw them partially for about 10 minutes at room temperature… then slice!
This “cereal” I make has become VERY popular. I get tagged in it on Instagram no less than half a dozen times a day by various people giving it a try – and loving it!!
This was the meal I invited Joe to try, given he enjoys my usual “keto snacks” I bring on hikes – like cheese, meat & cheese rollups, berries & nuts, etc.
He said the same thing I hear from other people almost every day: “I’m not sure I like cottage cheese.” I could tell he was a little concerned 🙂 lol.
The key of course is to use Daisy Brand cottage cheese, which only has 3 ingredients (one of which is salt). It’s a real food, and you can tell it in the taste. Other brands have a whole paragraph of ingredients/chemicals I can’t even pronounce!
That plus the berries & nuts, which are such a sweet/crunchy combo. Mmm. 🙂
He loved it. 🙂 Everyone that has tried it so far does!
I always stir it all up together. It reminds me of cereal that way. And with my breakfast I took my Hair, Skin & Nails supplement – because my hair has been falling out again lately. It does that sometimes, just a few times a year maybe and very briefly, but I find the supplement REALLY helps.
This was a HUGE meal, especially since I used 3/4 cup of pecan pieces instead of half cup, making it almost 700 calories. I also didn’t eat it until around noon, and it kept me full for hours – so I didn’t eat a whole lot later in the day.
Joe hunts, so on his way out to go turkey hunting he stopped by and brought me some venison to try. I haven’t had venison in years!! This was ground venison cooked in a light oil with salt, pepper & crushed red pepper. It was delicious! 🙂
I dipped it in Duke’s Mayo, and that hit the spot as a quick tasty dinner.
I grabbed this pack of peanuts to snack on later in the evening. It was only 4 net carbs for the whole package, and I didn’t feel like cooking (or eating a big meal either) so that did the trick to curb a little hunger.
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Tuesday:
Net Carbs: 16
Total Carbs: 30
Protein: 51 Grams
80% Fat, 15% Protein
FitBit Steps: 4,353
Water: 32 ounces
Joe snuck this shot of me getting a picture of our breakfast/lunch for you. Slim always likes to watch. 🙂 He was particularly interested in the venison photo, lol.
Those shorts… I haven’t been able to wear them in YEARS, and they were so big in the waist I had to “belt them up” just to keep them from falling off!
Gigi and I were talking here on the blog yesterday about weight loss goals, and about how you FEEL like the same person – or see the same person in the mirror – even after dramatic weight loss or physical change.
I still see the same woman when I look in the mirror. I have to actually look at photos to SEE the visual difference in my body, and it’s a big difference. But even that feels odd… looking at the before & now pictures, I mean. It’s hard to process in your head.
I’ve read a lot about this on weight loss blogs across the web. People reach their goal weight and ask: “Who am I now?!” It’s hard, having to face everything you thought would be “fixed” when you reached that ONE goal you focused on exclusively. Or not feeling comfortable in your own skin (or your new body). Or not knowing who and how to be – as a totally different person.
I think about that often myself.
Especially lately, now that I’m at an all time low on my weight loss journey. I’ve decided I am going to keep pushing myself more, and harder. I’m just going to get more active, try new things, stay in amazing shape, try new adventures for fitness.
I’m going to BE the new ME…
It’s starting to settle in, well enough for me to make plans like that, and that feels good. But I did go through a really weird phase of freaking out every time I passed a mirror, lol. Now I’m making it a point to stop and admire myself, accept the NEW ME, and embrace it as the new normal…
I still have a lot of work to do. I’m currently “skinny fat” with plenty of “pudge” on me still. I’ll get some current pictures, because I aim to have some AMAZING “after pictures” to share with you by the end of summer. 🙂
How is your week going so far?
I look forward to your thoughts & questions today!