We just kicked off the 2018 New Year Low Carb Challenge and I’m SO excited about my goals this year! 🙂
At this point in my low carb journey it’s less about weight loss now, and more about improving my overall health.
That includes fat loss and muscle gain, and my full body composition. And also about healthy food choices, or healthier options.
My goal: to become the happiest, healthiest version of myself. I also want to feel strong and lean, and get in the BEST shape of my life this year. ♥
Everyone’s goals are different. When I first started, all I cared about was losing weight. The number on the scale was my driving force. And that’s okay! I think we all start there.
My hope is that my experience through my own weight loss journey will prove helpful and inspiring to you as you focus on YOUR goals this year.
I do still have a little body fat to lose…
I weighed in for the Low Carb Challenge yesterday at 140.8 pounds. This morning I woke up and found myself back in the 130’s – at 139.6 pounds. 🙂
I took a picture – and made it a little “artsy” for you.:)
I do have two scales. The scale I’m standing on is a standard digital scale (I like this one!). The one on the right is a full body composition scale – which gives me a much better overview of my progress than just my weight.
So that’s my weigh-in and MY goals…
I look forward to hearing about yours! 🙂
Here are the Low Carb Meals I’ve been eating lately. I’ll include my MyFitnessPal Diary for yesterday below too so you can see a live example of that.
Pecan halves are my go-to low carb snack because they are very low carb and very high fat, and a healthy real food you can easily grab & go – or eat at your desk.
One of my favorite low carb meals is this simple “cereal” combination:
1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand 4% cottage cheese and 4 small diced strawberries. It comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fat.
Cheesy eggs is another favorite because it’s simple, quick to make and very low carb. 🙂 I scramble 4 large eggs in a tbsp of real butter, and add 2 ounces of colby jack cheese cubed off the block.
That usually makes two meals for me.;)
If I’m out & about I’ll grab sausage & eggs from McDonald’s. I say, “3 sausage patties and 3 round fried eggs please.” Or you can get the Sausage Egg McMuffin when they’re on sale (I ask for no cheese) and just toss the bread.
Their cheese is 2 carbs per slice.
This weekend I decided to mix things up a little and make a “blueberry breakfast cake.” I used a low carb yellow cake mix by Good Dee’s Mixes and added frozen organic blueberries.
That turned out delicious. 🙂
I don’t cook a lot. I tend to make very simple meals, or just throw together whatever I have on hand. I did make Low Carb Spinach Biscuits this week though. 🙂
I used those to make a “turkey sandwich” for dinner the other night:
It’s such an easy recipe and so versatile! You can add anything you like.
And some I ate warm with cream cheese spread on top:
This low carb dinner is cauliflower rice sauteed with Spicy Chili Pili Nuts and grilled chicken, with roasted broccoli:
I love cooking with Pili Nuts. 🙂 They’re a big soft buttery nut wild harvested from the Philippines and they really bring cauliflower rice to life!;)
I usually make enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day when I do cook, which was the case with that meal and also this one:
Chicken broth is ideal when you have the Keto Flu too, which is common around Day 3 after you start a low carb diet.
From the same company I’ve been making “Hot Coffee Shakes” with their Keto Shake Mix. It’s been entirely too COLD here in Tennessee to drink a cold shake, so I mixed it with hot coffee instead of water or almond milk. Delicious! 🙂
It works great as coffee creamer too, but blending it for a few seconds makes it nice and frothy. 🙂
I had two Keto Shakes yesterday actually, both with hot coffee. One vanilla and one chocolate. The Vanilla Keto Shake mix is 1 net carb for a serving, and the Chocolate is zero net carbs.
Here’s yesterday’s MyFitnessPal diary where you can see both Keto Shakes, and I finished my spinach biscuits with cream cheese on them for lunch:
I couldn’t sleep last night so I got up and had a quick snack of some low carb cereal (dry) with a ChocZero dipping cup. 😉
Here is how I get a net carbs column in MyFitnessPal. I use the free version of MFP with that free plugin. It’s easy to set up, but it only works online in Firefox or Chrome – not on the mobile app.
I have some more shrimp in the freezer so I’m going to cook that up tonight along with some roasted cauliflower and spinach.
I’m thinking I’ll roast the spinach and cauliflower together with olive oil & garlic, and just sear the shrimp in a non-stick skillet real quick. 😉 Easy!
You’ll find LOTS more low carb meal ideas in my low carb food diaries here…
How are things going with you?
I hope this note finds you motivated, inspired and EXCITED to kick off this new year on the right track. Here’s to taking daily action toward being your happiest, healthiest self this year! 🙂 *cheers*
Questions / Comments? Let’s chat!:)
p.s. You probably noticed my coffee creamer in the MyFitnessPal log above. I’ve been using the Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Hazelnut Powdered Creamer (1 carb per TBSP) in my coffee for awhile. I’ve been testing the Vanilla Keto Shake as coffee creamer instead, because it has MUCH better ingredients and it’s even LOWER in carbs. 🙂
We’re discussing Low Carb Coffee options here on my Facebook Page. Join us!
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