I’m Getting Fat and Going Blind, But These Low Carb Muffins Were Great! :) lol…


Keto SnacksI lost 5.2 pounds this week! 🙂

I’ll share what I ate with a detailed photo tour of my low carb meals & macros, plus my MyFitnessPal diaries so you can see how I logged those meals.

And let me just say… thank goodness I’m ~5 pounds lighter this weekend than I was last weekend, because I’ve been gaining weight FAST lately. 🙄

Remember when my doctor put me on an antidepressant for problems with stress, anxiety and insomnia? Well that didn’t work (Celexa). I literally saw zero difference in four full months, even when he doubled the dose halfway through.

Ketosis and Antidepressants

So almost two months ago he switched me to Lexapro, and after a few weeks I woke up one day and DID feel a difference! 🙂 But I also started having vision problems too, which have gotten increasingly worse in short time. Meaning: my vision has gone to complete sh*t. I can’t even read speed limit signs at this point!

The first time I really noticed it, besides a few blurry vision issues here and there, or having a hard time reading the cable menu on the TV, was the last full moon we had – because I saw TWO moons. 😛 THAT was trippy…

Even more concerning to me though (lol) is that I cannot seem to GET or STAY in ketosis – so my weight has been fluctuating WILDLY over the last few weeks. 😐

I researched both issues, and it seems it’s definitely related to the Lexapro – which is the only thing new/different in my life (besides being fat and blind, lol).

I actually ate off plan a couple times to try to shock my body back into ketosis.

Zero luck with that.

Last Saturday my weight was way up to 149.8 (after being 134.8 at the beginning of the year). This Saturday – today – I was back down to 144.6 pounds, so I’ve lost 5.2 pounds in the last 7 days just eating low carb.

Weight Fluctuations

When you’ve been super lean… 10 or 15 pounds heavier, and water weight bloat, feels MISERABLE. 😛 Even though I’ve lost over 5 pounds this week, I haven’t had keto flu – and I can tell my body is not in ketosis.

Obviously I’m going to have to wean myself off the Lexapro and talk to my doctor, but in the meantime – ugh, this is just plain frustrating!

Anyway, to see what I’ve eaten this week to lose just over five pounds, you can see Saturday & Sunday’s meals here, and then Monday & Tuesday’s meals here.

And below is what I’ve been eating for the last three days… including some delicious low carb blueberry muffins I made this week!

Wednesday’s Low Carb Meals

For breakfast I had some pecan halves (1/2 cup, 60 grams) with 5 squares of the KZ Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar. YUM. That has to be the BEST low carb chocolate / candy bar I’ve EVER had. 🙂

KZ Clean Eating Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar - Low Carb, Keto and Diabetic Friendly

For lunch I had leftover grilled salmon & veggies where I went out to eat the night before, and only ate half my meal – because it was huge! 😛 I love grilled salmon though. Such a beautiful super food!

Grilled Salmon - Healthy Fat and Super Food

I had the leftover salmon, spinach & broccoli – and dipped it in alfredo sauce. 🙂

Healthy Low Carb Lunch

For dinner I had a quick & simple meal of 3 eggs scrambled in real butter, with cheese and a little salt & pepper.

My Low Carb Food Diary This Week

I had a late nap that day, so I was up really late… and decided to experiment in the kitchen in the middle of the night 🙂 with a low carb blueberry muffin recipe!

I’ve been curious if the New Hope Mills Low Carb Pancake/Waffle Mix that makes such GREAT low carb blueberry pancakes would work for blueberry muffins too.;)

Low Carb Blueberry Muffin Recipe

I made the pancake recipe on the back of the box for 2 servings and added 70 grams (1/2 cup) of diced blueberries, 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon, and 3 tbsp of the Coconut Goji PowerBlend (superfood!) that I got in my March Keto Krate box.

I’m having fun figuring out ways to add that into my meals. 🙂

I should have added some Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup I think, just to sweeten then up a TAD, but they still turned out great! I buttered up a muffin pan real good and baked them at 350 degrees until a toothpick came out clean:

Low Carb Blueberry Muffins

I’d like to try this recipe again with twice as much of the Coconut Goji and some vanilla extract and/or vanilla syrup. Or perhaps the low carb honey. And maybe some crushed walnuts or pecans too. The texture was great, but a little spongy – and would have been even better with more crunch to it. 🙂

Anyway, I had two of those muffins when they came out of the oven, plus EIGHT mugs of coffee (with Coffe-Mate sugar free hazelnut powdered creamer) that day.

It was a LONG day, lol…

Here’s how I logged my meals for Wednesday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary


Thursday’s Low Carb Meals

I got up on Thursday and had three of my LC blueberry muffins, with pats of real butter poked in the middle before I warmed them up. 🙂

Homemade Low Carb Muffins

I had a full day of consulting and appointments back to back, so I had to grab something quick for lunch. I had a snack pack of Blue Diamond Almonds (1.5 ounces) with 5 squares of the KZ Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar.

That is the most addictive low carb chocolate I’ve ever had, lol – YUM!

Low Carb Snacks - Sweet N Salty - Sugar Free Chocolate and Almonds

That night I had to go into the city for errands, so I had dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse. I started with their beautiful Wedge Salad, which was fresh and crisp and absolutely delicious! 🙂

Low Carb at Logan's Roadhouse - Wedge Salad

You can add on the Wedge Salad as one of your two sides for only 99 cents more, and I also added on a shrimp skewer. I ate the grilled shrimp and wedge salad – then brought the salmon & “loaded broccoli” home for leftovers.:)

Low Carb Meal at Logan's Roadhouse

Here’s how I logged my meals for Thursday:

MyFitnessPal LCHF Food Diary


Friday’s Low Carb Meals

For breakfast I had the last two blueberry muffins, topped chopped walnuts and “honey butter” – which I made by melting real butter and sugar free honey together. YUM! 🙂 That definitely made them even better…

Low Carb Blueberry Muffins with Walnuts and Honey Butter

I was out running errands around lunchtime, so I grabbed a Low Carb Thickburger (plain with cheese) from Hardee’s. I ordered it plain so it wouldn’t drip all over me in the car because I was driving & eating.;)

Hardee's Low Carb Burger

I headed out that night to go dancing, and grabbed another plain low carb cheeseburger from Hardee’s again, just because it was convenient & quick – and wouldn’t drip on my little black dress in the car. 🙂

Eating Low Carb On The Go

I also had five Michelob Ultra beers (2.6 carbs each) while I was out dancing. 😳

Those really added up on me, lol… Oops!


Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Friday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carbs Food Diary

Macronutrients: Simple Explanation Of Low Carb Macros

How To Get A Net Carbs Column in MyFitnessPal

Thursday night while I was in the city, I stopped by the Kroger there for some Halo Top Creamery low carb ice cream. They had a “$5 off 5” deal, making it only 3.49/pint!! The larger Kroger stores have the best variety and lowest prices on Halo. 😉

This store is a 2 hour round trip for me, lol – but so worth it! I got a few other things to try too, but haven’t had any of it yet. I thought I’d enjoy some ice cream this weekend though.:)

Halo Top Low Carb Ice Cream at Kroger


Here’s that dreaded high weight I hit so far in 2017. 🙄 That was really hard to see on the scales. I’ve worked SO hard over the last year just to lose twenty pounds, so watching my weight creep back up really really stinks. 😛

Weight Gain on Lexapro


Fortunately it’s coming back down now (my weight) but I think I’m going to have to ditch the meds in order to get back into ketosis and back down to my new low weight I worked so hard for.

On top of that I really MUST get back to working out, specifically muscle building and strength training. I got so sick during this first quarter so I haven’t been able to be as active as I was, and I’m losing all the muscle tone I’d worked hard for too.

That’s okay… I know what I need to do, and I’m ready to hit it HARD. 🙂

How are things going on your end?

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Don’t forget – we’ll weigh in again on Monday…

Leave a comment & let’s talk. 🙂

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler


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15 Responses to I’m Getting Fat and Going Blind, But These Low Carb Muffins Were Great! :) lol…

  1. Ariel H says:

    Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us. I can’t tell you how much I have related to your posts over the last few years and how much it has helped me. I hope this time I can help you!!

    I am going through a very traumatic divorce (aren’t they all?), I am about the same age as you and I also have two kids almost done with college and on their way to adult life. SO, we have a lot in common and I have also been suffering from depression and anxiety!

    First, I would highly recommend including therapy along with your treatment with the drugs. I have been going weekly for over a year and it has helped me get so much stronger and healthier mentally! It is so important to help with self shame, body image issues, and just stress in general.

    I was first prescribed Wellbutrin, which is the drug that is used in combination with others in the most recent weight loss drugs, so I figured…double bonus! However, I found it had limited effectiveness, even at increased doses. So I asked my primary care doctor if I could see the mental health nurse practitioner for advice. She listened to my story and immediately said, you need a combination of Wellbutrin and Prozac. This has worked very well for her patients like me AND almost always has weight loss as a side effect. The key is to be patient…I am three months in and just now seeing the loss begin. Appetite is down and I have the energy and desire to get more active getting to the gym and walking my doggies often (another love we have in common :)).

    I am still struggling with weight, I am up 25 pounds from my 10 year low this time last year, and I still had 25 more to go then. That being said , I am giving myself some time and staying low carb, but not very low carb/ketotic. For my past losses, very low carb was the key…and I didn’t go high fat. Thanks to you, I know I will get there some day.

    Thanks again!
    Ariel H

    PS I had to put on my reading glasses to write this 😉

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about that Ariel – and yes, divorce is TOUGH no matter the circumstances. My heart goes out to you. *hugs*

      Thank you for sharing your story too, and the great advice! I’ll definitely see what my doctor has to say, but due to the vision issues which are getting SO bad SO fast – and the fact that this seems to be common – I’m going to have to make a change, and fast. 😛

  2. Traci Murdaugh says:

    Hi lynn,
    Enjoyed your post today..well everday.. but i weighed in today…my last time was feb 18.(i dont weigh weekly, i prefer to use clothing to measure) when i know im working out daily cardio/toning/ treadmill/ eliptical whatever.. clothes fit better…then why on earth is my numbers on the scales NOT moving down?!?!!!
    Ive also cut out extra snacks, no baking, no SF candies, u have even cut down to 1 caffeine free diet coke in the evening… 1!!
    I check ketosis strips & no color other then trace.
    Now mind you, i began doing low carb since Nov 4, 2010 lost down from 245 lbs…im now 167.8 but have been this number for a year now…hello!
    So i guess just forget the scales & KEEP GOInG!
    So tell me thoughts!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Traci,

      How are you tracking? I ask to see what your fat/protein ratios are…

      • Traci Murdaugh says:

        Interesting. My macros are set same as yours.. however they are a bit lower…as far as what im eating vs what i should be eating.

        • Lynn Terry says:

          Should be eating, meaning what exactly? The only thing I watch is: 20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum – I ignore everything else. 🙂

          If your clothes fit better, it sounds like you are losing inches instead of pounds. With all that exercise/toning, I would guess adding lean muscle weight and burning fat – so you’ll be leaner and thinner, but the scales may not show much of a difference.

          I use a “smart scale” that gives a full body composition – so you can see body fat vs muscle weight vs water weight, etc and KNOW for sure: http://amzn.to/2mI5sac

          • Traci Murdaugh says:

            Thank you Lynn… what i should be eating meaning didnt seem like i was eating Enough on some days.. i will just keep on keeping on & go from there.

  3. Jill Daniele says:

    Hi Lynn!
    I was so happy to see that you had 5 Michelob ultra beers! Lol. I usually have the same & yesterday we were out on the motorcycle all day at several different places along the beach…Harley Davidson 1st stop (no beer) then off to the Salty goat (2 Michelob Ultras) then off to dinner at Texas Roadhouse (1 Michelob Ultra) then friends called & said meet us at Patches for live band…it was getting late & chilly on the beach & we were still on the motorcycle, so only (1 more Michelob Ultra) so I’m convinced by doing this almost every weekend is why I can get my weight to stay in the 140’s (I’m also using the excuse that I’m 51!!!) Thanks for keeping it real Lynn!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      lol Jill – that’s rare for me, and I’m a lightweight so that was over HOURS of course! It was a fun night though. 😉 Nothing like getting out and letting your hair down every now and then!

  4. Addy says:

    Love reading your blog! I’m have heart eyes all over those blueberry muffins!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      The low carb blueberry muffins were really good. I’m going to make them again with the ideas I shared. 🙂 It’s nice to have something on hand already made & ready to eat!

  5. Patricia L Clayton says:

    I really enjoy following you on social media. You’re so real and honest which is something many people don’t do well. I appreciate you tell it how it is and you share your struggles and disappointments along with your highs!!! God Bless…. P.S. There is one thing I’ve always wanted to know about you…your beautiful pictures, does someone travel with you to get some of those beautiful shots of you in different places, or are you just super creative with the camera?! Like a selfie stick or a flying hoverboard lol 🙂

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, Patricia! 🙂

      I do a lot of solo hikes & solo adventures, so I take a lot of those photos myself. Usually using the voice commands on my phone to snap the shot, and sometimes I use a small handheld remote (around waterfalls or anywhere else voice commands won’t work due to background noise).

      I hike with friends when I can too, when our schedules work out, and that’s always fun! And makes for easier photos. 🙂 I really enjoy getting out on my own some days though… just to think and unwind and ENJOY the quiet.:)

  6. nicole mckeage says:

    Hello, my name is Nicole and I am a 47 340lb woman, that has been in the struggle for YEARS!!! I have been following you on Instagram and have decided to try this way of eating. I have a goal set to lose some weight by July 22 because it’s my 30 yr class reunion!!!! I’m excited and SCARED all at the same time!!!! However, I’m in it to WIN it!!!!

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