Below is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 15 of the Summer Low Carb Mini-Challenge so you can see what I ate and how the macros work out. Join in! Even if we’re in the middle of a challenge you can get signed up to stay in the loop. 🙂 It’s free and fun, and I’ll be kicking off a NEW challenge on August 1st so plan to join us!
I was NOT expecting this today.
I woke up this morning, stepped on the scales like I always do, and there it was:
I started this mini-challenge at 141.8 two weeks ago, so at 139.8 today that means I’ve lost a total of 2 pounds.
I’m averaging a pound a week of weight loss lately, very consistently. I consider this GREAT because of where I am, while others will most certainly experience more weight loss in the same amount of time. Why? Because I’ve been eating super low carb daily for more than 100 straight days, and because I’m so close to a goal weight.
The less you have to lose, the more challenging weight loss becomes. And I haven’t made any drastic changes to my diet like others did when they started the challenge.
Am I freaking out? Not as much as I expected I would. 🙂 I honestly thought it was going to be harder, or take me longer, to get into the 130’s. It’s also way below my original goal weight. Although I realized when I got into the 140’s (my original goal) that my 43 year old body is NOT the same at this weight as my 29 year old body (duh, lol)… and that I had more body fat to lose than I realized.
We’ll talk about that more in a second. First, here are my low carb meals for yesterday. I share my own meals with you here every day to show you how EASY this is, and so you can see EXACTLY how I am losing weight so consistently…
I didn’t cook ONCE yesterday. 🙂
Day 15: Tuesday’s Low Carb Meals
I had my favorite low carb breakfast: 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 4 small diced strawberries & 1/8 cup (17.5 grams) of blueberries.
It came to 6 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
I eat this breakfast almost every single day because it’s a VERY healthy combination of delicious foods, and because the macros are PERFECT.
For lunch I had a leftover take-out meal. On Sunday night I picked up two big take-out meals to last me a couple of days, which was a brilliant idea, lol.
This was a grilled chicken breast smothered with bacon and two cheeses, with roasted broccoli & cauliflower.
For dinner I went out and grabbed a Low Carb Burger from Hardee’s. I ordered the Frisco Burger “low carb style.” They have a “make low carb” button on the register, so you can order any sandwich and get it in a lettuce wrap.
I love the Frisco Burger. 🙂 That bacon, tomato & swiss combo is fabulous!
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Tuesday:
Net Carbs: 19
Total Carbs: 29
Protein: 80 Grams
72% Fat, 23% Protein
FitBit Steps: 3,626
Water: 40 ounces
So here it is. This is what I looked down at this morning:
I’ve had to remove my favorite rings, because they slide off my finger while I’m trying to type to you. None of my usual clothes fit anymore, so I ordered a few new things last week during the big summer clearance sale. I didn’t want to pay full price given I just ordered smaller shorts in early Spring and those no longer fit me anymore – at all. They are having an even bigger sale now so I’m tempted to get some smaller tanks & t-shirts and a few other items while they’re super cheap…
I can’t believe I made it to this point.
I know I’ve worked hard toward my goal, but mostly it just feels like I’ve been having fun and finally staying consistently VERY low carb. It’s not like I’ve been “totally consumed with dieting” or anything.
Getting this lean and feeling this great always seemed and felt like a purple unicorn. A goal, a dream, something I wanted, but something I often felt like I would NEVER achieve. There were many times I just took a day off, or a week, and curled up with a pint (or two) of ice cream and said “screw it.”
There were many times I said, “I’ll just try harder tomorrow.” FIVE YEARS worth of tomorrow’s went by. That’s what happens when you put things off until tomorrow.
I really struggled. I had to overcome my biggest demon: emotional eating. And I did. That alone is a bigger achievement to me than the weight loss itself.
I struggled with believing in myself, I struggled with self-sabotage and fear of success. Meaning: Who would I be if I weren’t struggling?!
Those are all very real issues, tough stuff. I get it. I’ve been through it all.
I still have a ways to go. I will stay on a ketogenic low carb diet for my health, to maintain my weight loss, and to stay out of chronic pain – which is something I dealt with for YEARS before going low carb.
I also still have a ways to go on toning. I’m 43 years old, and no matter how much weight I lose… this body needs some work. 🙂 lol – some serious work!
I should close, and go check out that sale. It’s 50% off with another 20% off if you order 5 items, which would be ridiculous to pass up! I love their basic tee’s and tanks, and they have jeans on that sale too. I’m definitely going to need new jeans!
How are things going on your end?
It’s day 16 today – did you exercise this week? What kind of low carb meals are YOU eating? Are you experiencing any challenges or struggles with your goals?
I always look forward to hearing from you! 🙂
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