Day 49: Week 7 Weigh In, Low Carb Blueberry Waffles & Easy Low Carb Dinner


 

 

Happy Monday! πŸ™‚ It’s Day 50 of the Spring Low Carb Challenge, and we weigh in every Monday morning. If you’re participating in the low carb challenge Facebook group, you’ll find today’s Week 7 Weigh-In thread here.


My current weight is 147, for a total of 7.6 lbs lost in the last 7 weeks.

I fixed the Low Carb Waffle Recipe in yesterday’s post, by the way. πŸ™‚

I had those for both breakfast and lunch, so I’ll show you how that turned out – which was delicious! The raspberries were definitely the culprit. πŸ™„

I cooked again for dinner too. Twice in one day, lol – that might be a record for me! πŸ˜› haha

I went over my carb limit though, having so many veggies for dinner – after the higher carb waffle experiment in the morning. But that recipe can definitely be tweaked to reduce the carbs…

Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 49 of the β€œGet Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s not too late to join us if you haven’t already!

Day 49: Sunday’s Low Carb Meals

I woke up determined to MASTER the low carb waffle recipe after totally blowing it the day before. πŸ™‚ Figuring the raspberries were the problem with that recipe, I used frozen blueberries instead this time.

Berries are a great addition to a healthy low carb ketogenic diet, by the way. They are not technically a fruit, and are very low carb when used in moderation.

Frozen Blueberries - Berries are a great addition to a healthy low carb ketogenic diet!

That’s my handy dandy Ozeri Kitchen Scale that I love so much! πŸ™‚ And yes I measured AND weighed my berries, to make sure I was getting exactly 1/2 cup (which is 70 grams).

Frozen Berries are easier to slice & dice, plus you can just take out the amount you want to use without every worrying about the batch going bad on you.

Of course, dicing that many itty bitty blueberries was A LOT of work πŸ˜› lol.

Dicing Blueberries for a Low Carb Recipe

I mentioned I used 1/2 cup of blueberries, instead of 1/8 cup – which made the recipe much higher in carbs. It was delicious though. πŸ™‚

(Next I want to try Cinnamon Pecan Waffles!)

I still don’t have any cooking spray, and I really like the buttery taste of “real butter” on my waffles, so this time I just buttered the griddles lightly.

Making Low Carb Waffles

I made a larger batch, but it didn’t seem to come out as “more food” – which seemed odd. Anyway, the ingredients for this batch of Low Carb Waffles was:

4 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese
4 Large Eggs
1/2 cup (70 grams) Frozen Blueberries
Real Butter

They came out to less than 4 carbs per waffle, or 6 net carbs for 2 waffles, because that batter only made five waffles.

I discovered that filling the waffle iron more helped too. I used close to (but not quite) 1/2 cup of batter per waffle. They turned out beautiful. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Blueberry Waffles

I had two of the waffles for breakfast, and froze the rest of them. I just put wax paper between each one and put them in a container – then in the freezer (once they were cooled off of course).

Low Carb Blueberry Waffle Recipe

I had them for lunch too. I just popped two in the toaster when I got hungry again. Easy! πŸ™‚ I don’t use syrup or anything, and they were fabulous just like they were.

Low Carb Waffles

 

I decided to cook again for dinner. I had Low Carb Stuffed Mushrooms leftover to enjoy, and vegetables sounds GREAT with those! I had Pictsweet frozen green beans and yellow squash, which was perfect.

Pictsweet Low Carb Frozen Vegetables

I love frozen vegetables, by the way. As a single woman it’s hard to use up fresh produce before it goes bad, and I don’t cook often enough for that either -lol. But it’s nice to take out what you want and cook it. Or sometimes I cook up plenty so I have leftovers to eat – that’s always nice too.

I cooked the squash in olive oil over medium heat, lightly salted:

Seared Squash - Easy Low Carb Side Dish

Here’s my dinner. My low carb stuffed mushrooms look funny in this picture – I squished them a little putting them on my plate, lol. Anyway it’s 4 stuffed mushrooms, 2 servings of seared squash and a serving of green beans.

Easy Low Carb Dinner

This was SUCH a good meal! The sausage & cream cheese were amazing flavors with all the veggies. πŸ™‚ What a great combo!!

Low Carb Foods

Like I said, the amount of berries & veggies yesterday put me over my carb limit for the day, but it was a healthy food day – and surprisingly low calorie.

 

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Sunday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Foods

Tracking Macronutrients (Simple Explanation of Macros)

How To Get Net Carbs in MyFitnessPal

Calories: 1288
Net Carbs: 30
Total Carbs: 36
Protein: 49 Grams
74% Fat, 16% Protein

Exercise: Ab Carver Pro, 100 Reps
FitBit Steps: 2,317
Water: 48 ounces

I had to FORCE myself to do my Ab Carver workout again, but I had a little “motivation” to do it. I’ll share a picture with you below (ugh!) to explain…

 

 

I laid in the sun for a little while yesterday. It was beautiful here in Tennessee with warm sun and a nice breeze. I don’t lay out much or for long, but sunshine is good for the soul – and the body! πŸ™‚

I’ve lost a lot of weight, but my body still needs A LOT of work.

I’ve been examining that lately. While I was hardly dressed, I took a few photos from different angles, mostly to document “where I am now” in the process of getting in shape. Here’s just one of those photos:

Skinny Fat

 

Confession: This was the most flattering of the photos I took yesterday. Ack! Someday I’ll reveal the others, because it was shocking – even to me. And I see myself nekkid every day. πŸ˜› I was embarrassed to even share THIS one with you.

At least it inspired me to get off my a$$ and do my Ab Carver Pro workout. πŸ˜›

On one hand, I’m REALLY proud of how far I’ve come and how hard I’m working to get in shape and improve my body. On the other hand it’s kind of sad that I’m still bulging & squishy in the hips, thighs and midsection. And under my arms, etc etc.

Like I said, that was the most flattering of the shots I took.

I was “hanging out” everywhere – lol.

We all look best laying flat on our back! πŸ˜‰

It’s good perspective. It’s good motivation too. I look SO much better than I did a year ago. And I can look back on these photos in 6 months and 12 months, and SEE the difference. Because I aim to make a BIG one.

That does help – seeing a physical difference in yourself through photos during your weight loss journey, because it’s often really hard to see in the mirror.

I had a brief moment of discouragement over it, but that was quickly replaced by determination and motivation. I refuse to give in. I am REALLY challenging myself to get tone and lean and in AMAZING shape this year!!

Yes it has taken me a long time just to get “skinny fat” πŸ™„ …

You can read about my weight loss journey here and see some before & current pictures. I look a lot better in clothes. πŸ™‚ Thanks to Spanx half the time, haha!

I’m sick of being flabby. I’m tired of “sucking it in.” I’m OVER being embarrassed to wear a tank top (or lift my arms when I am wearing one) much less a bathing suit (!!), and I’m ready to DO something about it.

I can’t be hard on myself though. Well, I can. But it doesn’t help me to think about where I screwed up in the past, how long this has taken me, how far I still have to go, how much sooner I COULD have gotten in great shape, yada yada yada.

All I can do is wake up today and accept where I am NOW, and push myself HARD to get where I want to be…

So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

How are things going on your end?

What workouts are you doing, and what are you eating??

Did you weigh in today? πŸ™‚

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. I have weighed 147 for 4 days in a row now. My weight loss is painfully slow for this challenge. πŸ˜›



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30 Responses to Day 49: Week 7 Weigh In, Low Carb Blueberry Waffles & Easy Low Carb Dinner

  1. Billie Crane says:

    My waffle iron is coming out of the cabinet this week for sure!! I see a couple comfort dinners in my future!

  2. Penny says:

    I don’t own a waffle iron, so I tried making these as pancakes. FAIL!!!! What a big mess they were. I have tried this type of pancake before and mine never look anything like the pictures, Just a big pile of mush. They don’t taste bad, but when a girl wants pancakes this just doesn’t work πŸ™ I tried making them with strawberries, fail, I tried making them with no fruit added, fail. What am I doing wrong? Lynn you say you can’t cook or don’t like to? You should be me, I could burn water somedays πŸ™‚

  3. Diana says:

    Thanks for sharing your meals and pic with us, I think you look amazing by the way and I’ll take your belly please πŸ™‚ I agree with you on the pictures. Man, every time I see a pic of me, I’m like holy moly…that’s me!!! I don’t notice it everyday looking in the mirror, although i feel it in my tight clothes and see the number on the scale, but when I see a pic it really hits me hard :'( Ive gotten really good at taken selfies at an angle to make me appear thinner, when in reality im not :/ And im just really sick of that ya know!!! And my mother-in-law was born with a camera on her hip, so its hard to avoid her forever lol. You really encourage me EVERYDAY when I read your post Lynn. Your real and I love that about you. I need real and simple in my life!! Im going to start your 3Imax today and get healthy. My goal is to get off my cpap machine for sleep apnea and to be the best healthiest me I can be….and damn it I want to rock my bathing suit this summer :)))

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Diana. I really AM proud of how far I’ve come. I’m also disappointed about not being further along. Such is life and human nature – and typical head space on the weight loss journey. πŸ˜›

      That was a GOOD picture, by the way – lol. My mid section is still a serious problem area. As are my inner thighs, hips, underarm area, etc. Ugh. It feels SO hard or SO far away some days. *sigh*

      Here’s the picture of me that really hit me hard. And of course if I sit up, it all hangs over. πŸ™„ lol – UGH.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      The 3IMAX rule is SO great for faster weight loss, breaking a stall, and just for FEELING better even. πŸ™‚ You’ll love it! Here’s the link for anyone that wants to check it out: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/6064/3-ingredients-rule/

  4. JoAnn M says:

    I Will be making the waffles today. If they work, I will be making a bunch of them for a motorhome trip into the Rockies. When we travel I like to have pre prepared light foods in the small freezer. I really don’t like to cook when traveling.
    There is a version of pancake/waffles that I used to make and I am anxious to try this variation with your recipe. Instead of berries and sweet I will add green chile and cheese. (Garlic salt, cumin,enchilada seasoning too ) it is really very good with salsa.
    Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your blogs.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      That does sound good, JoAnn! I like easy stuff for traveling: almonds, walnuts, pecans, cheeses, etc. Those crustless quiche breakfast muffin things always look good too – I really want to try making those soon!

  5. laura says:

    Hi Lynn,
    Have you ever tried shirataki noodles? They have no or low carbs and ive heard they taste pretty good. I’m thinking of trying them.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I haven’t tried them, Laura. I think you have to rinse or wash them pretty good to get the smell or taste off of them – something funky about them otherwise, I’ve heard. Let me know what you think if you try them!

      I prefer “Zoodles” made out of Zucchini πŸ™‚ See: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/3892/zucchini-pasta/

    • Kris says:

      I like the Nasoya Pasta Zero Plus Shirataki and have used them in many recipes, they are often found in the produce department and kept refrigerated. You drain them and rinse them before use. Don’t taste or smell funky.
      Did not care for the Miracle Noodle brand. Even with extensive rinsing they still smelled funky but with pesto did not taste bad. These are not refrigerated at least at the market where I purchased them. There are many more variations of this brand.

  6. Liv Witherow says:

    I also have problems with the pancakes (not so much with the waffles). I have started to add 1 Tbs coconut flour to my receipe. The carb count is a little bit higher, but the stay together better when I flip them. I cook them on my griddle at 325F. If I cook them on higher heat they get to brown before they are set enought to flip. My husband love these. I use the Fiber Syrup Gold that I order from Netrition.com. Only 1 carb per serving for the syrup.

  7. Barb says:

    You look great Lynn and a very brave soul to share your picture! The crepes sound yummy.

    I know you’ve been LCing for awhile and wanted to ask about your energy levels. The longest I have made it on LC was 6 weeks and I was always tired. Right now I’m past the 2week mark and have that same tired feeling. Last time I tried taking some vitamins, upping my sodium and nothing worked. I want that energy that so many people rave about while on LC. A sample of today’s foods which is typical: B 6 slices already cooked bacon from SAMs,2 over easy eggs cooked in butter and 2 turkey sausage patties. L onions sautΓ©ed in butter and olive oil with grilled chicken and an avocado with sour cream. I get in lots of water and get a decent night sleep. Around 2-3pm I could take a nap (but don’t have time) and just feel tired the rest of the afternoon

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Barb πŸ™‚

      My energy is great usually. I’ve been doing a lot of walking, hiking, caving and fun adventures lately. That does wear me out lol, but I have the energy to do it! πŸ™‚

      How are you tracking? I assume you are getting 20 net carbs max, and at least 70% of your calories in healthy fats?

      I haven’t been sleeping very well lately so my energy has tanked the last few days, and I’m also stressed / upset – which adds to both (sleep problems AND less energy). There are so many variables I guess, in addition to your diet.

      I do often rest at least 20 minutes, if not a full on nap in the afternoon – but my schedule allows for a split like that. Meaning if I want to sleep 5-6 hours at night and 1-2 in the afternoon. That works better for me energy wise.

  8. Justine says:

    Shooot!! I’ll trade ya bodies…lol. You look fabulous Lynn. So I’m feeling tons better today woohoo. And I’ve ate 3 meals finally. Lol. I did weigh myself and I gained a pound back, go figure. I’m back on track after being sick and am ready to get things rolling again.

    • Justine says:

      I did make stuffed meatballs last night for my family and had them today for lunch and they were delicious. And even better they were 0 carbs!

      Stuffed meatballs
      1pd ground beef
      1 egg, lightly beaten
      Garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
      2 mozzarella string cheese cut into 6 pieces each
      1 cup original pork rinds crushed (I used these in place of breadcrumbs)

      Mix beef, egg, pork rinds and seasonings
      Take about 2tbls worth of meat and form a ball
      Make an indentation with your thumb and place 1 piece of cheese in it and form the meat around it to form a ball
      Line baking sheet with Parchment paper and bake at 350 for 30 mins

      You could serve with tomato sauce or without. They’re delicious either way

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Those sound delicious, Justine. πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

      And thank you. πŸ™‚ I am happy with the progress I’ve made. And encouraged to FINISH this journey. Some days I have to force myself (lol) other days the motivation comes easy. πŸ˜›

      But gosh darn… I can’t quit now. I’m close to being able to KNOW what it feels like to be in amazing shape. Still a ways to go, but closer than I have ever been in my entire adult life…

  9. Lidjea says:

    CW-154
    SW-161
    GW-145

  10. Lisa Wells says:

    If this were my pictures in a bathing suit and I told you I was down from 200 lbs what would your comments be to me? Would you still think EHH? You are an inspiration to many people and I hope you are able to see yourself through others eyes. You have done an awesome job committing to this woe and inspiring others with an outlet for support, education and positive feedback. Way to go girl! YOU LOOK MARVELOUS!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, Lisa. πŸ™‚ I agree, and I do feel proud of my accomplishment – and encouraged to see it through to the end (and to maintain!).

      But I also want to talk openly and honestly about the FEELINGS and the mindset throughout the journey, because that is such a big part of what holds us back… or what pushes us forward… or what gets us STUCK.

      It helps a lot to talk it out and to share, and to discover so many of us go through similar issues and thought processes.

  11. Kristi N says:

    Those blueberry waffles really stayed in the back of my mind today. I wanted a bedtime snack as I hadn’t eaten many carbs today so I made a half batch of your recipe and tweake it a bit adding a pinch of salt, 2 pinches of bakin powder, a splash o water and 1/2 tablespoon each of oat fiber and almond meal…. I also used whole fresh blueberries because they needed to be used… YUM!!!!! It made 3 and I had 2… My non low carb son sniffed out I was making something and I offered him the leftover one and he really liked it. Really hit the spot… Thanks for getting me in the kitchen to have a low carb treat and not heading off for crap at the convenience store!

  12. Pam I says:

    The waffles look delicious, thank you for the recipe. I don’t have a waffle iron-what is the brand you use?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Pam – it’s just a small waffle iron, nothing special. Just pick one that’s simple to use and easy to wash, and the size you want. πŸ™‚

  13. Mary says:

    I didn’t see the exact directions, only the ingredients, so let me ask questions in hopes that I don’t have a waffle fail! Did you beat the cream cheese and add beaten eggs to it or add one egg at a time and continue beating? I cannot wait to make these! By the way, I have to say that you look fantastic and I look forward to reading your emails that I receive. Keep up the good work!!

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