We’re three weeks into the 2018 90-Day Low Carb Challenge already and it’s time to weigh-in again…
It’s never too late to join us by the way, so feel free to jump in now if you haven’t already. 😉
You’ll find the Week Three Weigh In at that link in the Facebook Challenge Group, or you can comment here on this post if you’re not participating in our Facebook group.
Weight Loss Talk
Almost daily I see people get discouraged about the weight they’ve lost.
Wait… that doesn’t make any sense! 😉
It’s true though. As an example I’ll get a message or a reply that says, “I’m up a pound this week” and when I respond I hear something back like, “I lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks.”
It’s easy to focus on the one or two pounds you gained, instead of the 20 you’ve lost, or lose sight of the awesome progress you’ve made.
You should know: It’s totally normal for the body to “hold” (or for your weight to even fluctuate slightly) after losing weight so fast in the first week or so. Your body has to adjust to the loss. It’s part of the normal weight loss trend, that’s all!;)
It’s #2 on this list of 4 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight (or losing weight “fast enough”).
Weeks 2 and 3 of the Low Carb Challenge are difficult or frustrating for most people, because it’s a normal adjustment period. The key is not to do anything drastic or start changing everything up – but simply to keep doing what was obviously working so well for you in the first week or so. OR, if you HAVE changed anything, to go back to what was working great.:)
Two Easy, Delicious Low Carb Dinners & Simple Sides
As usual I’ll share what I’ve been eating lately, so you can see my low carb meals and MyFitnessPal logs for fresh ideas & examples.
In my last low carb food diary I was snowed in and tried out a variety of low carb recipes & ideas. There were a lot of cookies, waffles, candy & biscuits last week, lol – all low carb of course!
Speaking of cookies, if you read my last food diary the Peanut Butter Keto Kookie might have been out of stock if you clicked on those. Update: They’re back in stock, and a fresh batch is ready to ship out. 😉
Here’s what I ate over the weekend, including two very easy (but delicious!) home cooked dinners with simple low carb vegetable sides…
My Low Carb Meals on Saturday
I had my favorite healthy low carb breakfast: 1/2 cup of pecan pieces, 1/4 cup of Daisy brand cottage cheese and 4 diced strawberries:
That was actually a late breakfast, then I had an early dinner.
I found a great meat sale at the grocery store so I picked up a variety of meats – including Eye of Round Steak – which I had no idea how to cook. 😛
I found this Braised Eye Round Steak recipe online and just modified it a bit. Or simplified it, actually.:)
Here are the ingredients I used:
I melted 2 TBSP of butter in a non stick skillet and added minced garlic, then turned it up to medium high for a few minutes to sear the meat.
I made a strong serving of Smoky Beef Bone Broth (using 3 scoops instead of 2) and poured that over the Eye Round Steak, covered it and turned it down – then let that simmer for a full hour. With my fingers crossed.;)
I had some frozen cauliflower, so I cooked that – then mashed it with an old fashioned hand masher. I added butter, salt, sour cream and a bit of shredded cheddar.
This was my first time making mashed cauliflower and it came out delicious! 🙂
The Eye Round Steak came out delicious and tender too. 🙂
I was worried it would be tough, but simmering it for a full hour worked! It would probably do very well in the slow cooker the same way.
Which made me realize that the Keto Bone Broth would be MUCH better in my pot roast and other slow cooker recipes than packaged seasoning mixes.;)
I poured some of the broth over my mashed cauliflower too. It made a VERY easy meal that was serious comfort food and really good. I cleaned my plate… Yum!
Later that night I had some peanut butter topped with sugar Chocolate Syrup for a quick snack/treat.
That peanut butter & chocolate bumped my carb count up to 24 net carbs for the day, but that’s not too much over my usual – and it was totally worth it.;)
My MyFitnessPal Diary for Saturday
My Low Carb Meals on Sunday
I was on the road Sunday morning so I grabbed 60 grams (2 servings) of pecan halves and made a “Coffee Keto Shake” using the Keto Shake Mix with hot coffee to take with me:
On the way back I decided to get some exercise, but grabbed lunch at McDonald’s first – thanks to their All Day Breakfast menu. 🙂
I got “3 sausage patties and 3 round fried eggs, please” and ate it at the park before my hike.
Aaron met me out there and we hiked one of my favorite trails: Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park which has several waterfalls and great hiking trails. 🙂
I had to work Sunday evening so Aaron came over made dinner. He’s a BIG fan of Hunter Gatherer Pili Nuts, so he sauteed those in butter with riced broccoli & cauliflower.
The Pili Nuts add such a nice buttery crunch to cauli rice!
The main dish was Parmesan Chicken which you can coat in mayo, but this time we used Primal Foods Avocado Oil Ranch instead, then coated it in fresh parmesan.
You just bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, and it comes out perfect. 🙂
If you want GREAT parmesan chicken, my favorite way and top recommendation is to use Chipotle Lime Mayo instead. 😉
We topped it with a bit of organic salsa:
We both agreed this was the BEST meal we’ve had in awhile. 🙂
Aaron loved the mashed cauliflower too – that was the first time either of us had tried it, even though I see it around the web all the time.
It’s such an easy low carb side, and NICE change from just the usual steamed cauliflower!
My MyFitnessPal Diary for Sunday
I had peanut butter & chocolate again that night.;)
On Monday I had leftovers from the weekend, and also did more Low Carb Waffle & Muffin Recipe experiments. 🙂 I’ll HAVE to sit down and share all of those recipes, ideas & photos with you, because they were AMAZING!
I’ve been really tied up with work lately though so I’m short on time and running behind, which is why it was SO nice to get outdoors and unplugged for a hike for awhile on Sunday. 🙂
But stay tuned – I’ll get those waffle & muffin recipes to you ASAP.
You’ll love them!! We did. 🙂
In fact we just tried ONE MORE pancake & muffin recipe tonight, and I think it was the best batter yet – or maybe the second best. I’m looking at a very strong tie between two of the recipes, lol…
How are things going with you?
Don’t forget to weigh-in here, or in your comment below…
Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)
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