Day 81: Low Carb Weight Loss SUCCESS



Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 81 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 start date for the next 90 Day Low Carb Challenge yet, but the group stays open & active year round. Join in and stay tuned…


It took me a minute to process what my scales said this morning:

“You’ve lost even more weight.”

143.6 pounds. Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. It’s rare for my scales to move 3 days in a row, or move down at least. 😛

I’m tripping over my weight loss this week, and my current weight of only 143.6 pounds… This is a new all-time low for me since going Low Carb more than 5 years ago.

I’m seriously committed, and seeing GREAT results!! And I’m really excited about finally getting in AWESOME shape – that’s my number one goal and top focus.

I’m averaging about a pound of weight loss per week, or just over 3 pounds so far for the month of June. My scales will “hold” or even fluctuate for more than a week at a time, but over the last 82 days – looking at the more long term trend – I’m easily losing a pound a week!

That’s encouraging. 🙂

Powering through “the stalls” has REALLY made a difference!

Here’s what I ate yesterday…

Day 81: Thursday’s Low Carb Meals

My healthy low carb breakfast is 1/2 cup (60 grams) crushed pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 2 small diced strawberries and 1/8 cup (17 grams) diced blueberries = 6 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.

Healthy LCHF Breakfast with Pecans & Berries

Yes, I weigh AND measure my food. 🙂 I use this Ozeri Kitchen Scale.

For lunch I had my low carb bread with cream cheese & sugar free preserves…

Easy Low Carb Bread

The low carb bread is super easy to make. I used 1/2 cup almond meal/flour + 2 eggs, 2 tbsp melted butter & a 6oz bag of finely shredded parmesan. I usually use a whole cup of almond meal/flour, but I cut that in half to lower the carb count – and it still worked just fine. 🙂 Mix it all together with your hands or a spoon and patty out on parchment paper. Bake at 350 and flip to lightly brown both sides.

The carb count depends on the size & number you make, and the exact ingredients. I made 15 smaller “biscuits” this time and they are less than 1 net carb each.

I had some summer squash that Joe brought me from the local Farmer’s Market, so I decided to use that at dinner.

Fresh Yellow Squash (Low Carb Vegetables)

Yellow squash is about 3 net carbs for 100 grams according to the USDA Nutrient Database: That’s best place to look up foods without labels, like fresh produce or berries you pick etc.

This is where my little kitchen scale comes in super handy again! 😉

Remember that Seafood Spinach Dip I made recently? I had just under 3 servings left (less than 3/4 cup) so I cubed up the yellow squash and mixed it together, and made a “Low Carb Squash Casserole” out of it. 🙂

It was fabulous! It was FULL of shrimp, squash & spinach:

Low Carb Squash Casserole

YUM 🙂 I meant to make two meals out of that, but ate the whole plate -lol.

I had a full day yesterday, and a LONG one…

I got up at 4am and was up until 1:30am, so I did have a quick snack before I went to bed last night – just some almonds & mozzarella:

Low Carb Snacks : Almonds & Mozzarella

Obviously a much longer day meant more meals, and higher carb count than my usual 20 net carbs/day… but that seemed to work out just fine given my scales keep moving down. 🙂

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Thursday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carbs Food Diary

Calories: 2014
Net Carbs: 36
Total Carbs: 53
Protein: 70 Grams
79% Fat, 14% Protein

Exercise: Ab Carver Pro (60 Reps)
PLUS: 10 Tricep Dips
FitBit Steps: 3,231
Water: 40 ounces

I did my Ab Carver Pro and Tricep Dips last night, but I’m also testing out this new (very interesting! lol) core workout…

Trying A New Core Workout...


Stay tuned… I’ll share the workout details with you, including video. 🙂 🙂

I admit I didn’t watch my carb count yesterday.

I go through these weird “I don’t really care” phases. That’s usually when I eat whatever I want, but this time I find myself only eating low carb foods. That’s a first!

It just hits me every now and then, where I get tired of crunching numbers and tracking and such. And weighing, and thinking about food, and thinking about any of it at all. 😛 I need to cut that out, seriously, but I’m REALLY pleased that I’m not eating junk food like I usually do when I get in this kind of mood!



Less than 10 days to go in the current challenge!

I can hardly believe it… This challenge has changed me in SO many ways – my usual habits, backtracks, etc. Being consistent and powering through for this long (more than 80 full days) has really worked some magic on me. 🙂

** Let’s finish this thing STRONG! **

How are things going for you?

I always look forward to your thoughts, questions & comments!

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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20 Responses to Day 81: Low Carb Weight Loss SUCCESS

  1. Michelle says:

    Hey Lynn,

    I just started the keto diet myself, and I’m on day 5 and already noticing great results. I found your site after searching for blogs about LCHF diets, and really appreciate your updates. I wanted to write quickly and just say that I know the feeling about getting tired of always tracking everything you eat. I’m definitely the same way, but writing it down keeps you accountable. It’s cool that your mind has shifted into choosing LC foods even when you’re not “watching” what you’re eating. I’m still in the initiation stage and have to remind myself to push through and from what I’ve read, the cravings go away and decisions get easier. So, thanks for sharing your perspective and keep it up!! Congrats on all the loss.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Welcome Michelle 🙂 And thank you!! You’ll be SO glad you did this for yourself. It’s the BEST thing I’ve ever done, and I know you’ll feel the same way!

      I agree that tracking keeps you accountable. My trick is to log EVERY food (even just a bite) BEFORE I eat it. That not only holds me accountable, it makes for more “mindful eating” (rather than mindless eating) and gives me an opportunity to change my mind about getting or making it, lol.

      The cravings and even your appetite DO go away. It’s a great thing! 🙂

  2. Barb says:

    Lynn, I really needed to read this today. I got off track last week from being sick, got back on and then fell back off again and am now in the “I don’t give a crap mode”. My mind had gone to the “there is no way you can eat LC the rest of your life so you’ll end up losing the weight eating LC but won’t be able to maintain it so you better figure out how to be a normal eater and just eat things in moderation”. I’ve tried so hard to be an intuitive eater but it seems like sugar trumps all and sends me into the I don’t give a crap mode. Ugh I’m so sick of this freaking weight loss roller coaster ride. Why does it have to be so hard? Sorry to vent here but I’m just really frustrated with myself and those around me would probably send me to the looney house if they knew how my brain functioned! Lol

    Glad to see your scale going down! Great job! You deserve it!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Barb,

      I know that roller coaster all too well. I’ve been on it myself – and it sucks. I had moments where I was just “happy to be fat”… except that I was miserable about it.

      I thought the same thing: why does this have to be so hard?! It turns out, it’s not hard at all. It’s actually EASY – but I was MAKING it hard. That’s what I realized about myself anyway… and what I’ve seen & heard from so many others too.

      Powering through, sticking it out, committing to it (regardless of my stubborn scales, lol) has made ALL the difference in my mindset – and in my resolve.

      I feel GOOD, both mentally and physically, the best I’ve ever felt in my life!! It’s so worth it. Everything changes when you stay on track consistently. And I mean *everything*. It does get easy. 🙂

  3. Cindi says:

    Congrats, Lynn, on your successes! I agree being committed and sticking with this WOE is the way to go…for me at least. I lost 74 lbs. in 18 months and 18 days and have kept it off over a year. It does get easier, but I still have to make conscious decisions every single day. I’ve tracked, weighed and measured foods since the beginning and still do when I’m home and have my tools. Eating out is harder to judge, but I have a good idea and do my best. I don’t do “cheat” days but occasionally plan to eat higher carb. I still avoid bread, pasta, high carb veggies for most part, and my personal demon–sugar. Although I have kept the weight off, I have a new challenge and that is loose skin hanging. My waist measurement has actually increased because of the skin that’s gone south. So frustrating. I walk every day and am wondering if more weight-bearing exercises are the answer. I just turned 69 so…I may have to accept it’s there for good unless I opt for surgery. Any non-surgical suggestions? Love your blog. Catching up with you is a highlight of my day. Keep up the great work!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Wow, Cindi – 74 pounds!! Way to go 🙂 🙂 That’s amazing!

      I agree with you that every day, no every BITE is a conscious decision. This has been very good for me in terms of becoming a mindful eater, whereas before I was definitely a mindless eater. 😛

      I’m not sure what to do about the excess skin. I have a few “problem spots” but I’m waiting it out to see just how bad they are. I know others have talked about the surgery, but that may be something to Google and research – as far as natural methods or things to try. I would love to hear what you learn and/or decide!

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I am loving your blog and Instagram posts. You’ve become my go to resource for all things keto! I’m new to this lifestyle, this is only my first week. I completed a round of HCG and transitioned into this per my physician’s recommendation. So far, so good. However, I keep reading conflicting info regarding counting calories. My MD says not to, but it’s difficult for me to get my head around that. I’ve always counted calories! It is somewhat difficult to reach my 70% fat while eating 1200 calories daily. The scale is slowly moving down. I’m also walking 2-3 miles a night. I’m only 5-8 lbs away from my goal. What are your thoughts?

    Thank you !

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Jessica 🙂 Thank you!!

      Do not count calories. There’s a science to the way eating low carb / high fat works, and it has nothing to do with calories. Look how high mine are!! lol – Read this: That should help. 🙂

      The last 10 pounds are the most challenging. And then you want to maintain your weight loss. Don’t waste all your effort. 😉 Fortunately eating low carb is so good and so easy so you can do it long term. I’m in my 6th year. 🙂

  5. Adrienne says:

    I just started this challenge today, but I have been doing this seriously for the last 2 months. I’m 51 and have had gastric bypass surgery 14 years ago, 240 was my presurgery weight, lost 100 lbs and over 10 years have managed to gain 30 lbs back, 8 weeks ago at Dr’s office I weighed in at 196! My Dr was not happy and told me it was time to do something. He told me to start something like walking 30 min a day. I bought an exercise glider that day, Oklahoma this time of year makes it too hot to get out and walk, anyway long story short, I’ve been gliding and walking in the evening and low carbing. Today I stepped on the scale and I’m at 180! I have about 30 lbs to go but it’s a start! Needed a challenge and saw this, so here I am! Happy to be amongst support!

  6. Kathy Kerr says:

    Lynn you are a blessing in my life. I have had so many ups and downs. Since this past Sunday, I have lost 10 pounds and back on track thanks to your motivating daily reports. Just wanted to thank you and pray you continue with your guidance.
    Thank you so much,

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you so much for your note, Kathy. It’s comments like yours that motivate me to keep this going… on the days when I need it most. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re on an “up” swing right now! I’ve had a lot of ups & downs too, so I know how that is…

      I know I always feel best in UP mode. Happy, motivated, strong, confident… I don’t know why I ever let myself slip out of that. 😛 Hardly ever anymore, which feels really awesome – better than I’ve ever felt in my life. 🙂

  7. pat says:

    WOW Lynn! That is great! You should be so proud! I find summer to be easy for dieting and yet challenging… Easier because I do not crave mac & cheese or potatoy stuff, BUT harder as well because I really, REALLY like my summertime alcoholic cocktails! In particular Margaritas or Cosmos! And those both have so many carbs & sugar! And of course the BBQ’s and all types of summer foods…

    So my question to you, HOW do you keep on doing it? I go a few days and then I lose all control and listen to those voices in the cabinet and let it all lose! Is there hope for me? I do love your fav low carb cereal with Daisy brand cottage cheese and pecans!


    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Pat 🙂

      “HOW do you keep on doing it?” – for a long time, I gave in, gave up, got back at it, gave in, got back to it, gave up, started again, etc etc etc. I finally got tired of feeling miserable with myself. I wanted to get lean and in shape REALLY BAD – more than I wanted another quart (or two) of ice cream (in one sitting, lol).

      Some days it’s a struggle. I talk about that here a lot. I’ve been very open with how hard it is sometimes, and how much easier it’s gotten since I STOPPED giving in. The longer I stay consistent, the more it’s just coming EASY. 🙂

      • Lynn Terry says:

        Plus I finally just got MOTIVATED by having a tough talk with myself about what I REALLY wanted out of life. And it wasn’t french fries and ice cream. 🙂

  8. Marti says:

    Just wanted to agree with everyone else and say I look forward to your posts everyday. They are very helpful and so motivating!
    Also, to everyone who is struggling (we’ve all been there), I want to confirm what Lynn said about it getting easier as the days go by. I made up my mind January 1st, 2016 that I would lose those stubborn 30 pounds I’ve carried for to long. I lose very slowly and honestly, the first two months were he**! But then an amazing thing happened as my appetite disappeared and my cravings are GONE! This way of eating has become a habit and I’ve lost 24 pounds!! My advice is keep it simple and the weight will come off. Just keep going!!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, Marti 🙂

      Congrats on losing 24 pounds and getting SO close to your goal!! That’s so inspiring, and such good words of wisdom. 😉 I love the “keep it simple” concept!

  9. Penny says:

    Can you tell me what the nutrition info is for the LC Parmesan Biscuits? I am making them today and I wanted to put the information in myfitnesspal. I have looked, but I only see the carb count. Or do I only need to be concerned with the carbs? Thank you!

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