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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

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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

 

 

 

Busy! Busy! Busy! Week 3 – Day 2

 What a beautiful day.  Spent the morning prepping lots of lovely food for this coming week and then spent the remainder of the day in the back garden.  Had stones delivered to create edging along the back of the garden.  It looks really nice.  Also rented a power washer to get peeling paint off paint on the side fence ready to repaint it. Actually crawled into bed at 9pm because we were so tired.

Daily Totals 16.8 Carbs / 1,578 Calories

Fitbit: 6,473 Steps / 12 Stairs

Breakfast 1.7 Carbs

2 Johnsonville Breakfast Sausages, 1 Fried Egg

Lunch 4.3 Carbs

Jalapeno Popper Soup, Jalapeno and Cheddar Muffin

Jalapeno Popper Soup

Click on the picture for a direct link to the recipe on I Breathe I’m Hungry.

Made this delicious Jalapeno Popper Soup, nice size batch so there will be some for during the week too.  I love having leftovers in the fridge.  This soup is from Week 2 of the I Breathe I’m Hungry Menus.  They are so good.

Jalapeno and cheddasr cheese muffins

Click on picture to take you to the recipe on the I Breathe I’m hungry website

Also made the Jalapeno and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins.  I must admit Melissa’s picture above looked fantastic, but the riced cauliflower left me a little dubious!  But oh my goodness are these ever good.  I even had one for an afternoon snack too.  Looking forward to eating more of these during the week.  As a side note I love the smell of Coconut Flour.

Snack 1.8 Carbs

Jalapeno and Cheddar Muffin

Dinner 9 Carbs

Pizza slice, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, raspberry cheesecake bar, 1 Tbsp whipping cream

Click on picture to take you to recipe on I Breathe I'm Hungry website

Click on picture to take you to recipe on I Breathe I’m Hungry website

When I first saw Melissa’s picture for this recipe, the dark pizza crust did not look particularly appetizing.  But I know if I am going to change my eating habits, then I need to change my approach to cooking too.  A new product in my cupboard is flax meal and here was my first chance to use it.  This was delicious.  I am not a pizza fan really.  I don’t like the doughy crust.  This I liked.  Looking forward to leftovers of this! Family dinner tomorrow so I made Raspberry Dessert Bar for my daughter and I, together with Chocolate Raspberry Trifle for everyone else.

Raspberry Dessert Bar

Click on the picture to take to the recipe on I Breathe I’m Hungry

I decided I would have a piece of this tonight, I was keen to try it out.  Ooh this was good with a nice dollop of whipping cream on top.  Sometimes when I look a what I am eating, I wonder am I really trying to lose weight.  Two weeks and 7.2 pounds tells me it is.

The Journey Continues – Week 3 – Day 1

I just cannot believe how well I am adapting to the Low Carb Nutritional Approach!  I have been reading the Atkins book and at the beginning he stated that Low Carb eating needed to be called a “nutritional approach” and not a “diet”.  I think he is right, the word diet seems to set us up for failure.  When we got to our goal weight the “diet” seems to stop whereas a “nutritional approach” to eating is more likely to continue.

I went shopping straight after work to stock up with ingredients needed for some of the recipes I intended to try from Week Two of the I Breathe I’m Hungry website.

Week Two - I Breathe I'm Hungry

Week Two – I Breathe I’m Hungry

(Technically I am pretty pleased with myself I just figured out how to make a link to Melissa’s page for Week Two when you click on the picture above!!

This week there are some delicious looking recipes to try ….

Cream Cheese Pancakes – I made a batch of these last week, at the time I thought I wouldn’t make them again.  But as the week went on I really enjoyed them.

Jalapeno Popper Soup

Jalapeno and Cheddar Muffins

Flax Pizza – I decided my husband might not be so keen to try this as I am, so I bought a package of regular premade pizza bases for him!!

Paprika Chicken – this looked pretty family friendly.  I feed my family every Sunday – so I decided this would be okay for them too.  I can make potatoes/noodles or what ever for them and have cauliflower mash myself.

Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

Meatballs alla Parmigiana

Raspberry Cheesecake Bar – I noticed these on the Week Three menu plan and thought these looked great for dessert on Sunday

One of the things I love most about these food plans is that I can get lots of prep done in advance, so Saturday morning I will get them all ready for week.

Anyway onto today and how I actually did …  I had my day all planned out and then we unexpectedly went out for dinner.  I am happy with my choice.  I had a California Salad, it was basically a spring greens salad topped with avocado, diced tomato, diced cucumber and a grilled chicken breast.  There were also dried cranberries in there (score to me because I didn’t eat those.  There was a small pile on the side of my plate when I was finished!!  It also came with some garlic bread which my hubby ate!!  It came with some signature vinaigrette dressing, I guessed it would be sugary, so I asked for ranch instead.  I think I am starting to get the idea for how to work this for me.

Daily Total:  18.7 Carbs / 1,997 Calories

FitBit:  7,232 Steps / 7 Stairs

Breakfast 3.2 Carbs

2 Cream Cheese Pancakes, 3 Johnsonville Breakfast Sausages

Lunch 5.6 Carbs

2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup chopped cucumber, 4 Sundried Tomato and Feta Meatballs

Snack 0 Carbs

Chicken Drumstick

Dinner 7.8 Carbs

Grilled Chicken breast, 2 cups lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 1/2 cup diced tomato, 1/2 avocado, 2 Tbsp ranch dressing

Snack 3 Carbs

Atkins Advantage Coconut Bar

Week 2, Day 7

Looking forward to weigh day tomorrow to see my results and the start of Week 3.

I have been loving how easy my lunches are based on leftovers from dinner.

Daily Total – 24.2 Carbs / 1,587 Calories

Fit Bit: 10,343 Steps / 5 Stairs

Breakfast 3.2 Carbs

2 Cream Cheese Pancakes, 3 Johnsonville Breakfast Sausages

Snack 0 Carbs

Chicken Drumstick

Lunch 6 Carbs

Chili Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Dinner 11.2 Carbs

4 Sundried Tomato and Feta Meatballs, 1/2 Cup Anti Pasta Salad, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1 diced tomato, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Snack 2 Carbs

Atkins Daybreak Cranberry Almond Bar

 

 

Week Two – Day Five

Busy day at work, luckily when I came home prep for dinner was really easy.  At the weekend I prepared some things for the week, so I just had to open the fridge and assemble!!  I finally got my sewing machine out and started working on the flower girl dresses for my daughter’s wedding in 2 1/2 weeks time!!

Daily Total:  18.1 Carbs / 1,595 Calories

FitBit: 14,668 Steps / 17 Stairs

Exercise:  60 minute walk at 3 mph / 60 minute Zumba Class (I didn’t think I was going to be able to go to my Zumba class tonight, so I went for a long walk and then it turned out I could!!!! – lots of exercise today!)

Breakfast 1.4 Carbs

Sausage, Spinach & Feta Bake

Morning Snack 0 Carbs

Chicken Drumstick

Lunch 7.6 Carbs

1/2 cup Anti Pasta Salad, 4 Sundried Tomato and Feta Meatballs, 2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce, 2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing (I made up the Anti Pasta Salad and Meatballs at the weekend, so this was an easy take and go lunch.

Afternoon Snack 2.6 Carbs

1 cup Broccoli Florets, 1 Tbsp Renee’s Southwest Ranch Dip

Dinner 4.5 Carbs

Cuban Pot Roast, 2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 2 Tbsp Sour Cream (Again I cooked up the pot roast at the weekend ready for the week)

Evening Snack 2 Carbs

Atkins Endulge Caramel Nut Chew Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 2 – DAY 4 – HAPPY VICTORIA DAY

No work today hurray – Happy Victoria Day.

Victoria-Day

The really good news for me is that I survived a holiday with no slip ups.  I am really pleased with myself about that!  We went out for dinner and I made a low carb choice and we went to the movies and I had no popcorn!!!!

Breakfast 1.2 Carbs

2 Cream Cheese Pancakes, 2 slices of Bacon

Morning Snack 1 Carb

Atkins Endulge Chocolate Candies – These are perfect to keep in bag for those odd times when you want something quick and easy

Atkins                              ENDULGE CHOCOLATE CANDIES, 5.0 Each , Packs

Lunch 3.1 Carbs

Chicken Drumstick, 2 cups romaine lettuce, 2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing, Sugar Free Jello

Dinner 5.9 Carbs

We went out for dinner and I ordered a Chicken Caesar Salad, the meal came with two slices of garlic toast which I did not eat and I didn’t eat of any the croutons.  I counted for a chicken breast, 2 cups romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and 6 Tbsp Dressing.

Evening Snack 2Carbs

Atkins Endulge Caramel Nut Chew Bar

I must admit I notice that I have gone under on my carb count again.  Over the weekend I wasn’t having any of my snacks as vegetables which I normally do in the week.

Daily Total:  13.3 Carbs / 1,635 Calories

FitBit:  7,090 Steps / 13 Stairs

 

 

 

 

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