While we’re gearing up for this new mini-challenge to start on Tuesday, I kept thinking these last few days that I’d love to have an off plan food or two before we kick-off.
I think that’s normal. First, because we can justify anything we want in our minds, lol. And second, because the rare indulgence now & then doesn’t affect your health & weight loss nearly as much as your usual everyday lifestyle.
If your everyday lifestyle is one of indulgence, that’s a different story. Even indulging once or twice a week kept me from seeing any real success before. I could never get and stay in ketosis long enough to make a real difference.
Anyway, I decided I could go 20 more days. 🙂 It’s just 3 weeks! I find that easy because I’ve been eating on plan (healthy & low carb) for over 100 days straight now.
Being that consistent for that long takes away any real cravings, which is a plus! Actually that kicked in way sooner, within the first few weeks of the last challenge.
While those thoughts were dancing through my mind, I woke up yesterday to a 2 pound loss on the scale. Then another half pound loss this morning!
I was staring down at my lowest recorded weight since going low carb more than 5 years ago… 141.8 pounds.
That number freaks me out. I’m now below what I thought was my “goal weight.” None of my clothes fit me anymore. But I’m not as “skinny” at this weight as I expected to be.
I realized at least part of the reason why: I’ve shrunk 2 1/2 inches in height since the last time I weighed 142 pounds! That happened sometime in my 30’s for some weird reason. It stumped my chiropractor too, lol.
I’m also older now (43 instead of 29) and not in the same physical shape – meaning, 141-142 pounds looks way different when it’s more fat than muscle tone. 🙂
That’s my MAIN goal this year, by the way: “getting in amazing shape” (fit/tone) so it’s time for me to REALLY step up my game! I can’t wait to see what that FEELS like. 🙂
Note: That was after my scales NOT moving ALL last week. It really pays to wait out the stalls & holds and weird fluctuations, and just see it through!
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Here are a few EASY low carb meal ideas for you, then after that you’ll find some tips & helpful information to prepare you for the Summer Low Carb Mini-Challenge that starts tomorrow…
This is what I ate over the weekend, basically just three different meals – plus I made up some low carb bread so I’ll give you the recipe for that. It’s so easy to make!
Let’s start with this beautiful BBQ Kentucky Legend Center Cut Pork Chop I made on Saturday. 🙂 They are pre-cooked so it only takes about 8 minutes to heat/brown it on both sides. I made Pictsweet Italian Pole Green Beans to go with it.
I used the Guy’s Sugar Free BBQ Sauce that I got in my Keto Krate on this pork chop, and it was amazingly delicious!
I wasn’t sure how a sugar free bbq sauce would “cook” – meaning, would it stick to the meat?? But it did! 🙂
I fell in love with the BBQ sauce, lol. It was SO good, so next I’m going to make BBQ Cheeseburgers with it. I’ll probably mix an egg and a handful of spinach into the hamburger meat, then fry it in the BBQ sauce so that it crisps / caramelizes to the outside, and top it with a favorite cheese. (Why the spinach? Because I love to “sneak spinach” into anything I can! lol…)
Spinach makes your hair grow faster and look healthier. 😉
Speaking of spinach, another EASY rich & delicious low carb meal I made and ate this weekend was chock FULL of spinach! I called it “oven stew” and you can find the recipe here: Easy Healthy Low Carb Oven Stew Recipe
I made up a huge pan of that so I would have plenty of food on hand through the weekend. And I still have about 1/3 of it left 🙂 lol. That makes low carbing so easy!
Another meal you’ll notice I eat a lot (as in: DAILY) is what I call “Low Carb Cereal” – basically just pecans, cottage cheese & berries.
I only use Daisy Brand cottage cheese (if you compare the label to any other brand on the shelf, you’ll see why!) and I only use 1/4 cup in my bowl, which is half a serving. The nuts & berries really take over the texture & flavor. 🙂
My usual mix is: 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup cottage cheese & 4 small diced strawberries. Sometimes I had 1/8 cup (17.5 grams) of blueberries too, so it’s 5 or 6 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
Pecans are the lowest carb highest fat nut on the list, so eating this daily helps me get healthy fats in for the day – easily. 🙂 Pecans don’t stall my weight loss at all, unlike some other nuts. I’m losing weight consistently eating this almost daily…
Easy Low Carb Bread Recipe
I got this super simple recipe from my mother more than five years ago, and it’s remained a favorite and a staple in my low carb lifestyle.
Everyone loves it! Especially the variations like Low Carb Sausage Biscuits or these beautiful low carb biscuits made with leftovers. 🙂
The low carb bread is SO easy to make. The recipe is very versatile and forgiving so feel free to use a different kind of cheese, make garlic cheese sticks, etc.
I used 1/2 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour but I usually use a whole cup. Plus 2 eggs, 2 tbsp melted butter & a 6 ounce bag of finely shredded parmesan. (Using half the almond meal still worked and lowered the carb count A LOT.)
I melt the butter, stir up the eggs, and mix it all together with my hands or a spoon. Patty it out on parchment paper whatever size and shape you prefer. Bake at 350 and flip to lightly brown both sides. I’m not sure how long it takes to cook them. It depends on the size you make anyway. Just keep an eye on them!
The carb count depends on the size & number and exact ingredients you use. I count the bag of Shredded Parmesan as 6 carbs, and some people don’t – or you may use a different cheese or brand. Use the MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator to get accurate carb count & macros for your batch.
I made some up last night to eat with the rest of my “oven stew”. 🙂
I made them really small, and got 16 pieces out of the batch, so those came out to only half a carb each, or 1 carb for two. 🙂
LOL, messy! And yes, my clothes are falling off of me at this point. 😛 That’s a good problem to have though! I hope my easy low carb meal ideas help YOU have the same problem. 🙂
Preparing For The Summer Mini-Challenge
1. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. This is the only true weigh, as your weight fluctuates 5 pounds or more throughout a single day.
2. Set up MyFitnessPal and record your weight there, and also log all of your meals.
This is how I have MyFitnessPal Set Up To Track Net Carbs.
That only works online, not on mobile/tablet.
3. Take body measurements as well, and record those in MyFitnessPal too.
Sometimes you’ll lose more inches than pounds, and it’s another great way to track your progress!
4. I’ll post a weigh-in thread in our Low Carb Challenge Group, and send you the link in the morning. Keep an eye out for that if you’re participating in the Facebook Group. 🙂
5. Read the Low Carb Mini-Challenge Details
6. I highly recommend you take a “before photo” today. Even with a short challenge, you should be able to SEE a difference in yourself… and you’ll regret not having pictures to compare! Sometimes the scales may not show much loss, but comparison photos tell a different story. 🙂
Have you decided what ONE thing you’re going to give up for the next 20 days, and which exercises you’ll do? Are you prepared with groceries or meal ideas for the kickoff this week? On Tuesday morning I’ll give you the weigh in thread link, and I’ll also give you some easy home workout ideas for the challenge too…
For some ideas, read this Healthy Low Carb Swaps post.
I’ll be making a “healthy swap” myself, exercising DAILY, and sharing my low carb meals and food diaries with you right here throughout the challenge. Stay tuned for the “Day One” post tomorrow, and let’s DO THIS. 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions!
I always look forward to hearing your thoughts & comments…
p.s. This was a long post but I hope you picked up some useful tips, easy low carb food ideas… and a little motivation! So many new people have joined us for the Summer Mini Challenge so I wanted to share some helpful tips & ideas with you as we kick this challenge off! 🙂 *cheers*
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