I’m almost embarrassed to share my low carb meals & macros from yesterday with you.
Don’t worry – I’m already holding myself accountable for this one. Grr!
I’ll tell you where I screwed up, WHY I screwed up, what I’m doing about it – and what YOU should do when you find yourself in this same situation…
I have what I call a “carb budget”, which is 20 net carbs a day max. This not the first time I blew my carb budget. It happens. It shouldn’t I guess, but it does. 😛
This is what you do when you totally blow your carb budget:
Eat SUPER CLEAN for the next 3 days.
That means super low carb, only real food, and shoot for 3 ingredients or less per plate. No bars, no shakes, no fancy recipes, no products full of ingredients you can’t pronounce – just real food, real simple, and really low carb.
My Meals & Macros For Monday
Let me just go ahead and tell you the downfall… I had Atkins Bars and Quest Bars in the house. I don’t have anything against either of those, except I usually only eat Quest Bars in maintenance mode (they tend to stall my weight loss).
Atkins bars don’t affect my weight loss at all, but I know they do for some people. Anyway, I don’t know why I ordered them – knowing I’m bad to “overeat” them when I have them around. 😛 So that was a big part of my “macro meltdown” yesterday…
I started the day off having my usual coffee and grabbed an Atkins bar – just because they were in the house and it was super convenient.
I only ate about half of it when I realized I would rather have some “real food”. So I chopped up the other half of the bar and put it in with my usual “low carb cereal”: 1/3 cup pecan halves, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, and 2 strawberries:
I stir that all up together and it tastes like cereal. 🙂
With the Atkins Bar, plus the extra strawberry (I usually only add one), my breakfast came to 8 (EIGHT!) net carbs:
That’s almost half my 20 net carbs for the day! 😯
My next big blow came at lunchtime…
I had a Small Wendy’s Chili in the refrigerator – leftover from when I got two the other day (so I’d have an extra one, lol). I normally only eat this on the VERY rare occasion because it’s much higher in carbs than I prefer (15 net carbs for a small):
I was in “clean out the refrigerator” mode, and hated for it to go to waste. So I let it go to MY waist. 😐 It’s a relatively low carb food, so I easily rationalized it. Anyway, add in the sour cream packet I added to it… and that was 17 MORE net carbs. GEEZ.
That put me at 25 net carbs already for the day, which didn’t even include my 8 coffees. *sigh* I decided I should have a ZERO CARB dinner. I made a quick tuna salad: tuna, mustard, mayo & dill relish (no carbs).
I got hungry again later, and grabbed a Quest Bar – again, just because it was handy. And then I was hungry again before I went to bed (which was a bit late) and grabbed yet ANOTHER one. The Mixed Berry Bliss bars are 4 net carbs EACH – so that added another 8 to my total. Ack!
Add in my coffees and I totaled out at 41 net carbs for the day – and 1,681 calories.
NOT ideal, and definitely NOT my usual.
It’s easy to over-do it, even on “low carb foods”, if you’re not eating REAL FOOD and keeping it super simple…
On a positive note, I did get PLENTY of water in yesterday. 🙂 I’ve been doing better and better with that. But… I’m having a bit of a problem with my water bottles:
Given I really “blew it” yesterday, I’m taking my own advice and eating super clean (and super low carb) today. I also put away the few bars that are left, and decided to break the habit of reaching for those. They really are a “crutch food” for me. And there’s no more chili hiding in the fridge either. 🙂
Stay tuned for much better low carb food diaries the rest of this week…
Your turn! What did you eat yesterday, and what was your carb count for the day??