Turning over a new leaf

I can’t even remember when I started this blog, I was mainly using it as a tracker.  I started to follow the Simply Filling method of eating and had much better success with this than counting points.  The only thing I did find was that all the low fat product did not really satisfy my appetite.  Then I just seemed to plateau after a lot of reading I decided that I would concentrate more on the sugar and carbohydrate content of food.  I radically reduced my sugar intake and started using full fat products and I felt more satisfied and basically healthier.  At the beginning of this year though some changes in family circumstances led me to go back to old habits and turn to food for comfort.  On Friday as I got ready for work I pulled something out of my closet that I had worn in December last year and it was a little tight!!!  So I realized that I had to go back to making some healthier choices.  That little inner battle went on as one part of me said “why not wait until after Christmas”, but I went out and got some “low carb” food choices.

So here is what I have had today :

Breakfast: 331 calories/ 0.8 Carbs
2 eggs, scrambled with butter and 1 oz. cheddar cheese

Snack:  60 Calories / 0 Carb
1 string cheese

Lunch: 232 Calories / 3.9 Carbs
Chicken Salad – This came from Linda’s Low Carb.  I made up 1/2 the recipe, there is still some left for tomorrow.

Snack: 110 Calories / 1 Carb
1/2 Atkins Bar

Dinner: 290 Calories / 6 Carbs
6oz Fish, 2 servings of Summer Blend Vegetables, 3 tsp butter

Snack: 180 Calories / 21.7 Carbs
3 Candy Cane Cups

TOTAL CARBS = 33.4

NUTRIENTS:  60% Fat / 28% Protein / 12% Carbs

Well, I am a bit disappointed I ate those Candy Cane Cups.  I spent most of the day out of the house, so I managed pretty good.  I even took the grandchildren to Tim Horton’s for donuts and I didn’t get one!  But later in the evening a dish of candy kept calling my name.  My absolute upper limit is always 40 Carbs, so I was still under it, but they could have been healthier carbs i.e. more vegetables!!!!

Now I need to get my head around increasing my activity levels too.  I need to get my Fitbit charged up and set myself some fitness goals.

June 4 – Weigh Day

Today I was down another 1.2 pounds for a total of 10.8 pounds in 4 weeks.  I am thrilled particularly as I with my daughter’s wedding approaching (actually today!!!) I have eaten out more than normal.

Week in review

Friday May 30th – Busy day, went out for my daughter’s “hen” night and didn’t record my carbs for the day.  Although I did make good choices.

Saturday May 31st – My Birthday – out for dinner with friends, again did not record my carbs but made sensible choices.

Sunday June 1st – 15g Carbs / 1,864 Calories

Monday June 2nd – 13g Carbs / 1,138 Calories

Tuesday, June 3rd – 17.9 Carbs / 1,563 Calories

Wednesday June 4th – Attended Awards Dinner with my hubby, didn’t record but made good choices

Thursday June 5th – 11.4 Carbs / 1.433 Calories

Week 4 – Days 4 and 5

I had my grandchildren overnight on Monday night, so no computer time on Tuesday morning. So here goes for two days worth of meal plans.

DAY 4

Daily Totals: 13 Carbs / 1138 Calories

Fitbit: 8,249 Steps / 8 Stairs

Breakfast 3 Carbs

Bacon and swiss quiche

I had another piece of the bacon and Swiss Quiche that was already made and waiting in the fridge.  I have really enjoyed it this week.

Morning Snack 0 Carbs

1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk.  When I first started the low carb eating and stopped with milk and replaced it with Almond Milk.  I thought it was just okay.  I am now starting to really enjoy a glass of it.  This morning I was reading the benefits of drinking it on their website.

• 30 calories per serving
• Absolutely no added sugar
• 50% more calcium than dairy milk2
• Excellent source of vitamin E
• Absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat
• Free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG
• Verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program
• No artificial colors, flavors or funny business

Almond Milk

Lunch 2 Carbs

My husband and I popped home in the morning to do  little yard work.  He painted the fence and  I mowed the lawn.  So lunch was pretty much a grab and go thing.

Atkins Daybreak Cranberry Almond Bar
Cheddar Cheese Stick
1 cup of Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk

Afternoon Snack 3 Carbs

Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Nut Bar

Dinner – 5 Carbs

Taco Salad

Click on picture to take to recipe at Linda’s Low Carb Menus

Taco Salad – The taco meat was enough for two nights for my husband and I, so we can have taco salad again tomorrow.  I made his with some tortilla chips.

DAY 5

Daily Total 17.9 Carbs / 1,563 Calories

Fitbit: 10,919 Stes / 6 Stairs

Breakfast 3 Carbs

Bacon & Swiss Quiche, 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk

Morning Snack 0 Carbs

Cheddar Cheese Stick

Lunch 5.5 Carbs

2 Tuna Muffins , Everyday Easy Salad

Tuna muffins

Click on picture to take to recipe at Linda’s Low Carb Menus

Everyday Salad

Last night while making dinner I made up and cooked the Tuna Muffins for lunch.  Really easy to put together and very yummy too.  I forgot to make the Tartar sauce to serve with them.

Afternoon Snack 1 Carb

Atkins Endulge Chocolate Candies

Dinner 8.4 Carbs

Taco Salad, No Bake Jello Cheesecake, 1 Tbsp Whipping Cream

The Weekend

I had a really busy weekend.  I was barely in the house all day on Saturday.

I am petty sure that I managed to stay within my carb count, although I didn’t actually record anything.  I am stating to figure out what I can and what I can’t have.  Lifetime choices made today instead of weight loss choices.

On Sunday back to recording everything ….

Daily Totals 15 Carbs / 1864 Calories

Breakfast:  3 Carbs

Bacon & Swiss Quiche

Bacon and swiss quiche

Click on this picture to take to recipe at Linda’s Low Carb Menus

Lunch: 1 Carb

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I made the grain free sandwich bread recipe that I had found at Beauty and the Foodie.  I made 4 slices in a 8 x 8 pan.  Then I used two of the slices with some cheddar cheese to make a grilled cheese sandwich.

Dinner 8 Carbs

Swiss Mushroom Chicken, Bacon Green Beans, Broccoli Crunch Salad – all very family friendly recipes.

Dessert 3 Carbs

No Bake Jello Cheesecake

 

 

 

Week 4 and we are off ….

I am still sat here trying to figure out my carbs for yesterday. I know I definitely went over. I was out for dinner for my daughter’s bachelorette evening.

We had two appetizers ..

Deep fried panko crusted pickles. Roasted garlic and chipotle dip. – I had one just to try!

Lobster, artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese. Pasta chips. – Again I had one just to try!

 Louisiana Burger

May 30 – Weigh Day – 2.2 Pounds – Total 9.6 Pounds

First things first – it is weigh day ……. 2.2 pounds for a total of 9.6 pounds in three weeks. I am beyond shocked. It goes against all my ideas of what I need to do to lose weight. My calories are up, my fat content is up, my carbs are down and I am losing weight. Hurray.

Week Three Review

Day 1 – 18.7 Carbs / 1,997 Calories

Day 2 – 16.8 Carbs / 1,578 Calories

Day 3 – 15.1 Carbs / 1,044 Calories

Day 4 = 16.9 Carbs / 1901 Calories

Day 5 – 15.1 Carbs / 1730 Calories

Day 6 – 22.5 Carbs / 1478 Calories

Day 7 – 12.1 Carbs / 1455 Calories

Week 3, Day 7

Somewhat of a hectic day. Didn’t actually get to eat my dinner until around 9pm Thank goodness for leftovers!

Daily Total: 12.1 Carbs / 1,455 Calories

Fitbit: 4,774 Steps / 8 Stairs

Breakfast 0 Carbs
Egg in a Hole

I spotted this recipe yesterday when I was looking for something a little different for breakfast.  We always called this Eggy Bread.

 

Egg in a Hole

Click on picture to take you to recipe at Beauty and the Foodie

The recipe makes two slices of bread using golden flax meal.  So I used one for breakfast and kept the other for a snack later in the day.

Lunch 2.1 Carbs
Flax Burger Bun, 2oz Tuna, 1/;4 Tbsp Mayo

I spotted a leftover Flax Burger bun in the fridge before leaving for work, so cut one in half and had with some tuna mayo.

Snack 1 Carb
Slice of Grain Free Bread, 1 Tbsp Boursin

I took my leftover slice of bread to work and had with some Boursin cheese.  I think the bread would have been better toasted to have with the cheese.

Dinner 9 Carbs
Grain Free Nacho Pie, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Nacho Pot Pie

Click on picture to take you to recipe at Beauty and the Foodie.

Raspberry Cheesecake Bar, 1 Tbsp Whipped cream (my last piece!!!)

Raspberry Dessert Bar

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