I haven’t slept enough (or well enough) the last couple of nights to get a true weigh. Between lack of sleep and muscle recovery from the crazy 4-hour hike on Tuesday, my weight is fluctuating up – but just slightly.
It will take a few days for my weight to pan out, which is fine.
It’s common to see the scales fluctuate anyway. There are so many variables that affect your daily weight.
But I definitely notice a “hold” or slight fluctuations after a big workout, when I’m sick, when I’m stressed, and for sure when I’m not sleeping well.
I’ll just give it a day or two and give you an update soon. 🙂
Of course my weight dipped down just before this, so the fluctuations are minor.
Here’s how I looked on Tuesday at my all-time lowest weight since going low carb.
I don’t feel quite that lean today, but that was a nice sneak peek to where I’m headed on this weight loss journey. Definitely encouraging. 🙂 🙂
I had a fabulous dinner last night!
I’m not sure how to track it, or if I tracked it correctly, but it was a new food experience and a lot of fun. I’ll share that with you, and would love your input…
Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 52 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 52: Wednesday’s Low Carb Meals
I had my usual low carb breakfast: 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy Cottage Cheese & 4 small diced strawberries = 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
Later in the morning I had a quick snack: 1/4 cup pecans and colby jack cheese. Just something quick & easy to grab on a busy day.
Later I had to run a few errands and grabbed a 1/3 Pound Low Carb Thickburger from Hardee’s while I was out. I order it plain with cheese and mayo, which makes it zero carbs (according to the Meal Calculator on their website).
I had another quick snack late afternoon. This time: 1/4 cup (1 ounce) of almonds and a colby jack cheese stick. Easy is good!
A Gracious Dinner Host!
I was invited to dinner last night. I’d never met this couple, they’re friends of a friend. My friend told them that I eat low carb and she replied “I’m not sure how low carb Gumbo is, but I’ll make a big salad just in case.” How nice is that?! 🙂
She’s from New Orleans, so the Gumbo was beautiful and amazing. It’s a dish she grew up with and makes often, an “all day event” event, so it was a real treat!
The salad alone was PERFECT (fresh, crisp, colorful – and simple!), so I would have been plenty content to just enjoy that – and the great company. But never having tried Gumbo before… I decided to have a small bowl. 🙂 Without rice, of course.
She was fun, and I really enjoyed getting to know her – and talking food. 🙂 I learned that the base is chicken broth, and this Gumbo had: chicken, smoked sausage & shrimp. It was slightly spicy, full of amazing flavors, and DELICIOUS!
There was 1/3 cup of flour used in the roux, but that was for the whole pot – which was a BIG pot. It was less thick and had more of a broth base. She also used Gumbo Filé (maybe half a tablespoon) as a thickener, but that has negligible carb count.
I wasn’t really sure how to log the Gumbo and the salad, so I made my best “guesstimate” based on a quick Google search and looking through a few entries in MyFitnessPal. We discussed it on Instagram here too. You can see how I added it in my Food Diary below. I figure close is good…
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Wednesday:
I really enjoyed having dinner with friends, and especially new friends. 🙂
Would YOU have eaten the Gumbo?
After seeing how simple it was, and smelling it (lol), and having a fun chat with her about the family recipe and the process of making it… I decided to have that small bowl with my salad. What a fun food experience!
My “carb radar” didn’t go off at all. I didn’t experience any cravings last night or this morning either. So I’m guessing it was reasonably low carb. Maybe higher in carbs than I logged it, but it’s hard to say – and I’m not overly concerned about it.
Now if I had eaten the rice and the cake, that would be a different story (lol).
She’s an amazing cook and a really neat person, which made for a fun evening. The dish inspired me too. I’m betting there are low carb recipes for Gumbo out there… I would love to research that and see!
I should clarify too – my weight wasn’t up today after that meal. It was up yesterday after the big 4-hour hike on Tuesday, and then the same again today. But that’s how my weight goes: down, up, down, down, up, down, down. LOL.
At least the long term trend is DOWN. 🙂
Thoughts on the Gumbo?
How are things going on your end??
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