Day 78: Low Carb Challenge Food Diary



Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 78 of the “Get Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s NEVER too late to join if you haven’t already!

Note: I haven’t set a date for the next 90 Day Low Carb Challenge yet, but the group stays open & active year round. Join in and stay tuned!!

I mentioned yesterday that my scales haven’t moved in over a week.

I’m still 144.8 pounds this morning, but I feel like my scales are going to move again any day now. 🙂

Waiting out these “holds” and slight fluctuations has been the KEY to my success with this low carb challenge.

I’ve only lost 10 pounds during this challenge (so far), but that’s GREAT given I’m so close to my goal weight – and my clothes are literally hanging off of me at this point. 😛

I have some ideas for getting the scales to move a little quicker, so stay tuned to see what I do. 🙂 I feel like I have a cold coming on though, so I may have to ride that out first, or maybe it’ll pass quick. Either way, I aim to finish this challenge STRONG! 🙂

Day 78: Monday’s Low Carb Meals

I made a HUGE batch of Seafood Spinach Dip over the weekend, so I’ve been eating that for days – lol. The other night I crumbled up my low carb bread with it and baked it in the oven. That was DELICIOUS! You’ll find both recipes here – for the dip AND the low carb bread.

Anyway, yesterday I had the dip for breakfast (lol) with crisp cucumber slices:

Low Carb Dip with Cucumbers

Then for lunch I had my favorite “Low Carb Cereal” – 1/2 cup crushed pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese and 4 small diced strawberries. That comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats, and it’s a nice crunchy/sweet mix of very healthy foods!

Healthy Low Carb Foods

By evening I wasn’t feel well. That’s when I started feeling like I may have a cold coming on. Joe invited me over for dinner which was SO nice, given I didn’t feel like cooking – or eating dip again 🙂 lol.

It was a really simple mix of chicken breast with broccoli & cauliflower, baked with “Campbell’s Cream of Chicken with Herbs” soup. Absolutely delicious! That really hit the spot. 🙂 I didn’t eat a lot because I wasn’t feeling well, but it was SO good.

Easy Low Carb Dinner

He saved the labels for me too. 🙂 That was super nice, hey?! The cream of chicken w/herbs condensed soup is 9 carbs for 1/2 cup condensed (or 1 cup made).

It makes me want to check out other “cream of” soup labels to find the lowest carb count. Spread across a whole dish or recipe it comes out fairly low carb!

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Monday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carbs Food Diary for LowCarbTraveler

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Calories: 1333
Net Carbs: 23
Total Carbs: 31
Protein: 74 Grams
70% Fat, 23% Protein

Exercise: None
FitBit Steps: 2,632
Water: 72 ounces

I may have overestimated on the dinner. I don’t think I had 3/4 cup of veggies or 1/4 cup of the sauce. And I didn’t finish my last coffee – or even half of it. But close is good enough. 🙂

Here’s a picture of my “baked bread & seafood dip” that I mentioned having the other night. You’ll find both recipes here – for the dip AND the low carb bread.

Low Carb Casserole


I have a house full of food at the moment, which I am NOT used to. Joe brought me some fresh yellow squash from the Farmer’s Market, I still have some dip leftover, and he sent me home with a dish of the chicken & veggies.

Hmm, I may bake the squash with the dip and fry smoked sausages to go with it. 🙂 I have a whole cucumber and half a second one… I could make cucumber and salami sammiches, and cucumber salad too.

I bought a lot of groceries last week lol. It’s easy enough to freeze the meats, but as a single woman eating most meals alone that makes me feel a lot of pressure not to let anything go bad before I can eat it. 😛 That’s what I love about frozen berries and frozen veggies. I can just take out what I want and there’s no stress over it spoiling.

Cooking, shopping, meal planning & meal prep all takes SO much time. Which is why I usually eat out so much, lol.

How are things going on your end?

Are you feeling MOTIVATED? Are you happy with your weight loss so far? Are you struggling to stay on track? I’d love to hear from you!

Lynn Terry,
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8 Responses to Day 78: Low Carb Challenge Food Diary

  1. Barb says:

    WTG Joe! He’s really scoring some points! Lol

    I was doing well but fell off last Thursday when I got sick. Some type of stomach bug which has gone thru my whole family. I was better by Saturday but failed to get back on plan. Yesterday involved a trip to Sonic and a shake. There I was back to old habits already. The shake made me feel like crap physically and mentally. Today I’m back on plan. Just had some bacon and eggs!

    You know what really scares me though is maintenance. Am I going to be able to eat like this the rest of my life? Will I be able to indulge in a treat occasionally and not let it derail me? Not sure why I’m thinking about this as I still have about 40# to go! One day at a time I suppose!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      He IS scoring points, lol. And we’re both slimming down A LOT since we met two months ago with all of our “fitness adventures” and healthy eating. 🙂

      A stomach bug is the worst. Ugh! I’m so glad you’re over that. And I’m really glad you’re back on plan today. 🙂

      I used to really struggle every time I ate off plan – getting back on track, I mean. I finally BEAT that during this challenge. It took me getting seriously consistent for long periods of time. Then when I did allow myself an off plan day… I didn’t even enjoy it and was more than happy to be right back on track the next morning.

      The longer you eat super low carb (20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum) the less you’ll even WANT off plan foods, and the more your body rejects it when you do. Just start with committing to 30 full days without going over 20 net carbs… 😉

      I’m on Day 79 as of today and there were only 2 times in that many days that I ate something off plan – once was a cookie (totally not worth it, it tanked my hike!) and the other before that was 2 off plan meals – a planned day – and it wasn’t even enjoyable.

      I’m leaner, stronger, happier, and more committed than ever. 🙂

  2. Kathy Williams says:

    Another idea for that cucumber. Slice thin and mix with sour cream, the heavy black pepper – so heavy it looks almost black & white. Let it chill for at least 1 hour. Heavenly. Doesn’t sound like it would be, but it is so good and so refreshing in the hot summer.

  3. Betsy C. says:

    I hope you feel better soon. Summer colds are no fun. I am looking forward to your ideas for getting the scales to move a little quicker. I am still 15-20 lbs away from a healthy weight and I’m losing at a snail’s pace (but staying true to 1200 calories and under 20 total carbs a day). I expected it to be this slow as I got closer but not this far out. My measurements are not changing any faster. 🙁

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, Betsy! I’m feeling better today so far. Well enough to get out for my weekly hike at least. 🙂 And my scales dropped almost half a pound this morning!

      Sometimes it helps to increase your calories off and on, with healthy low carb foods of course. I’ll increase carbs to 25-30 some days too, again with vegetables and low carb foods. Being TOO consistent with your numbers seems to encourage those “holds”, although I’m not 100% sure why…

      Anyway, some things to try – First cut out any bars/shakes or other processed foods (including processed meats) and cut out or cut down on: cheese, nuts, cream cheese & dairy – heavy cream etc.

      If you haven’t tried 3IMAX yet, that’s a great stall breaker! It’s basically just “3 Ingredients Max” per plate or meal – keeping it super simple with real food and very basic food combinations:

      And last but not least… wait it out. 🙂 My scales didn’t move for the last 8 full days. They went up .2 pounds, then (finally) dropped .4 pounds. Small amounts but I can FEEL a nice difference with that half pound loss! And my overall long-term trend has been weight LOSS. 🙂

      It IS tough when you’re closer to your goal weight. Definitely more challenging!

  4. Betsy C. says:

    Glad you’re feeling better and will be up for your weekly hike. Yay for the half pound loss!
    I’m not doing bars or shakes, but I do occasionally do processed meats, such as Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausages (only one). We usually have those once a week because they are so easy and we love them. We have very little cheese, nuts, or cream cheese, although since I’m doing intermittent fasting a few days a week, I’m having cream in my coffee on those mornings only. Otherwise I drink it black. I think most of my meals are 3IMax compliant. We eat very simply. Eggs with sausage crumbles and a bit of cheese for breakfast; chicken or egg salad with lettuce and a few grape tomatoes for lunch; protein and one veg or salad for dinner. I”m going on vacation in a week so I expect my weight loss to stop for the week or so we will be gone, but I hope to at least stay level while we’re going. I will probably drink some red wine but continue eating low carb. Wish me luck!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hmm – how are you tracking? Are you getting 70% fat or more every single day? If not that’s what I would focus on. And if so, try going to 80% fat.

      How long have you been doing intermittent fasting? I would try doing higher fat and even higher calories on and off instead, just for one week, and see if that shakes things up a bit. 🙂

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