Yesterday I started a 17-Day Mini Challenge with very specific goals. For the first 9 days, now through August 16th, I’ll be eating by the 3IMAX rule – and exercising every single day. That’s it. Nothing overly complicated. Very achievable.
In my post yesterday… I screwed up on my starting weight (lol). I’m starting off at 157.2 pounds – again. 😐 That really irks me, that I put back on the 5 pounds I lost during the last mini-challenge. 😛
I’m feeling determined. I think sometimes you just have to get pissed off enough at yourself to really DIG IN and make things happen.
I decided to rearrange a few things in my kitchen, and also clean out my refrigerator. The bars and “low carb snacks” got put away in the back of the cabinet. Those were my downfall the last few weeks. I also tossed the ice cream that somehow made it’s way into my freezer (I have other people in and out of the house).
Then I took stock of what I had, and decided to cook the fresh yellow squash for lunch – so it didn’t go bad, and go to waste. I had 1 serving of Captain D’s green beans leftover from my take-out the other night, so I ate those with the squash. I need to get some groceries, for sure. I’ll work on that this week…
THANK YOU for joining me on this mini challenge.
YOU are what keeps me motivated and on track. More often than not I’m home alone and eating alone, and even when I’m eating with Ricky – well, he loves me just the way I am, at any size. I’m SO glad we have the support of our community here and that we’re doing this together! 🙂
Day One Low Carb Meals & Macros
For breakfast I had my usual “low carb cereal” which is 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese, and 2 (very small) strawberries. (5 net carbs) Normally I use 1/3 cup pecans and ONE strawberry, but I was pretty hungry yesterday.
For lunch I made seared yellow squash and green beans.
The squash was just salted and fried in olive oil. A total of 8 net carbs.
This was quick & easy – the green beans are leftovers from my Captain D’s takeout. The squash was a garden-fresh gift.
I used up quite a few carbs on breakfast and lunch – plus my ridiculous amount of coffee 😛 – so I had bacon & eggs for dinner.
Ricky came over, and we had talked about going out to dinner but we decided to stay in for dinner & a movie. He makes good bacon & eggs. 🙂
It was later (dark) before we ate, so the picture isn’t great – but at least you can see it, lol.
Speaking of, I follow a lot of other low carb blogs and Facebook Pages, and I often wonder what they REALLY eat. All I see are magazine-style pictures and fancy recipes for the most part. Those are nice of course (and pretty!), but you would have to LIVE in the kitchen to eat like that. Right? Ack!
Oh! And because dinner was late, I did have a snack earlier: 1/3 cup of pecan halves and some colby jack cheese, sliced off the block. Cheese is one of those things I usually “guesstimate”, but I have the new handy dandy Ozeri Food Scale now so I decided to see how much an ounce or two of cheese REALLY is. 🙂
I really love the scale. It’s lightweight, and small too so it doesn’t get in the way on the counter, but it’s perfect for measuring foods quickly & easily. I’ll show you the rest of the stuff I got from my Kitchen Wishlist in a new video soon, so stay tuned…
My Day One Workout
If you’re reading this note by email, you can’t see the video below – so click here to watch it on YouTube. I used my Gazelle Edge for my workout, which is great for those days you just want to plop down on the couch and watch a show or something.
It’s lightweight enough that I can move it from room to room, and often move it in front of the TV and workout while catching up on a favorite show.
Today Ricky and I are going to take the boat out so I’ll get my exercise water skiing and swimming. 🙂 My favorite! We both fell asleep on the couch after watching Lucy (which was a great movie!) so since he’s here… I talked him into making sausage & eggs for breakfast this morning. 🙂 He loves to cook (THANK GOODNESS, haha) and I get him to go ahead and make all of the sausage… so I have “easy leftovers” to munch on later in the day or the next morning.
Here’s how my macros worked out yesterday:
The one main thing that eats up my carb count every day is my coffee. Right now I’m using Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Hazelnut Powdered Creamer, which is 1 carb per TBSP.
Obviously I’m going to have to give that up for the “zero carb” part of my 17-Day Challenge, so my goal this week is to start weaning myself off of it. I’m going to start tomorrow by cutting my serving in half, and work toward letting it go.
I’ve been wanting to “go black” for a long time, but I really LOVE my creamy coffee. I used to use HWC (heavy whipping cream) with Splenda but two things happened: I wanted to quit the Splenda, and one day my HWC got all thick and globby and totally grossed me out. And that was the end of that 😛 lol.
I may go back to HWC for the “zero carb” week though. We’ll see…
What about you? How did your Day One go? Leave a comment and share your meals & macros, and the workout you did yesterday!
p.s. We’re in the middle of a Low Carb Challenge on Facebook right now too. You can join in anytime, though! It’s a great group for support & motivation, creative recipes, low carb food ideas, etc. Click the link below and join us if you haven’t already:
See you there!