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I really struggled the first few months of this year, due to being sick with a lingering flu and a new medication that caused weight gain. Ugh! 😛 I’m off to see my doctor this morning, so I’m hoping to finally get WELL.
I’m not sure what my starting weight is this Monday morning, as I’ve been off schedule and didn’t sleep enough to get a true weigh-in. But my weight on Sunday morning was 146.2 pounds – so we’ll just go with that for now. 😉
I am SO glad to be off the med that kept me from getting and staying in Ketosis, and hoping (FINGERS CROSSED!) that I can finally drop this 10 pounds that creeped on over the last three months. That’s been so frustrating.
Here we go then, together, hitting our goals HARD for the next 90 days… just in time to look and feel AMAZING all summer long! 🙂
I’ll give you a quick photo tour of all my low carb meals for the last three days, to give you some easy low carb food ideas – including a GREAT new recipe you’ll LOVE…
Friday’s Low Carb Meals
I started my day off simple: 1/2 cup (60 grams) of raw pecans.
That comes to 2 net carbs and 420 calories, so its a very LCHF food that fills you up – but it’s super portable and not messy. Which is why I *love* pecans for a quick meal/snack on the go, in the car, or at my desk. 🙂
My low carb lunch WAS mess, lol – or looked messy at least. 🙂
It was delicious though! This was leftovers from my low carb meal at Ruby Tuesday: tilapia, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, parmesan cream sauce…
We served it with roasted vegetables with a little low carb rotini pasta mixed in.
I loved it, and cleaned my plate. 🙂
NOBODY else at the table liked it though – just to let you know;) lol.
Peanut butter in my dinner was definitely an odd experience 😛 but I *did* enjoy the meal. If you get the Keto Krate too, have you tried this yet??
Saturday’s Low Carb Meals
We had a big hike planned for Saturday, so we had a quickie fast food breakfast that morning. I had “2 fried round eggs and 2 sausage patties, please” from McDonald’s:
We packed light for our hike but I knew we’d have to feed 4 while we were on the trails, so I packed lightweight nutrient-dense high calorie foods in our packs.
Our awesome low carb lunch spread on top of Horsepound Falls included: raw pecans, Cello Whisps, seasoned beef & beef jerky, Pili Nuts, an LC Snack Pack, salami bites, string cheese, Rawxies Smoked Paprika and cocoa roasted almonds.
That made for 4 HAPPY hikers after a strenuous trek. 😉
We had to make dinner for four when we got back too, and I *knew* we’d be totally wiped out after THIS particular hike, so I had a quick & easy low carb meal in mind…
It started with a huge pan of roasted veggies, which made for a super fast but delicious low carb side. The broccoli was frozen, the green beans and zucchini and cherry tomatoes and garlic clove were fresh. It was all doused in olive oil and garlic powder real quick – then you bake it at 375 until desired doneness (lol).
Here’s what it looked like before it went in the oven:
I love my veggies roasted CRISP but for the men we didn’t cook them as long as usual. They were more “sauteed-like”, without having to stand over the stove. 🙂
I had pulled out chicken to thaw before we left, with intentions of making that popular low carb parmesan/mayo chicken recipe you see all over the web.
Except I wanted to make it with a little KICK. 🙂
We used the Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo and Parmesan, baked that for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, then topped the breasts with Organic Tomato Basil Sauce & mozzarella – and stuck it under broil for a few minutes.
It turned out DELICIOUS! 🙂
You can see the nutrition facts & ingredients at these links:
Of course my friend Caroline was doing the cooking. 😉
We only had 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds) so she butterflied them in halves to make four. This quick “throw it all in the oven after FAST prep” meal fed all four of us really well!
Caroline is an executive chef and caterer, by the way. 🙂 We calculated that this beautiful low carb meal came out to around $3 per plate.
Sunday’s Low Carb Meals
Caroline got up the next morning and made one of her famous GIGANTIC omelets for breakfast. 🙂 This big beautiful ham & spinach omelet fed all four of us!
I had about half my serving for breakfast (below) and the other half later in the morning after everyone left.
Once the house was quiet I settled into dishes, laundry, editing the photos from our hike, and prepping my work for the week.
I had my favorite “low carb cereal” for lunch:
1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese & 4 small strawberries. That comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fat.
For dinner I just finished off some of the hiking foods we brought back with us: Johnsonville salami bites, Pili Nuts and the rest of the Rawxies Smoked Paprika:
I absolutely LOVE Pili Nuts! They were a HUGE hit on the hike too. 🙂
Check out EatPiliNuts.com to learn more about them. They’re an amazing nutrient-dense food, and buttery soft!! If you decide to order some, use coupon LOWCARBTRAVELER (all caps) for a special discount from me to you. 🙂
Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Sunday:
Net Carbs: 21
Total Carbs: 36
Protein: 69 grams
79% Fat / 16% Protein
Water: 52 ounces
I got an AMAZING workout on our hike this weekend. 🙂
I use a Fitbit Charge 2. The “floors” are calculated as 10 feet of climbing UP (only) – not down. So we did well over 1,000 feet of inclines on our hike. And again, that doesn’t include any of the climbing down that we did.
We had such a GREAT time on our group hike. 🙂
Not only did we hike HARD over crazy terrain, we also did a lot of climbing on our off-trail adventures. It was an amazing day!!
You can see a fun photo tour of the hike here:
I’m planning another adventurous “outdoor workout” (hike!) on Wednesday. I’m aiming to get my body back in amazing shape during this challenge! 🙂
I’m also hoping being OFF the meds will help me get back into ketosis so this weight will melt back off of me during this challenge. 😛
Wherever you are on your own health & weight loss journey… we’re all in this together. Whether you have more than 100 pounds to lose, you’re currently in maintenance mode, or you’re struggling through a plateau – I’ll be right here with you every step of the way!
How are things going for you?
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Are you feeling MOTIVATED and excited about reaching your goals?!
Leave a comment & let’s talk. 🙂
p.s. They’ll be shipping the April Keto Krate box soon! I can’t wait to see what we get this time. 🙂 🙂 Are you signed up to get one? If not, you should try it out!;)
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