Week 3 – Day 7

Can’t believe I have just about completed three weeks of low carb eating.  I have felt completely satisfied and have been able to turn away from the high carb sugary stuff with no problems.  Weigh day tomorrow!!

Last night with our Young Women group we made yeast dough with them which was turned into cinnamon buns, pizza rolls and buns.  The cinnamon rolls smelt amazing, but I didn’t have any of it.  There was plenty to take home.  My hubby is away right now, so I didn’t being any home.

Daily Total:  22.5 Carbs / 1,478 Calories

Fitbit:  5,612 Steps / 7 Stairs

Breakfast 3.6 Carbs

2 Jalapeno and cheddar cauliflower muffins (they are all gone, so I am going to have to make some more, they are so-oo good), 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Jalapeno and cheddasr cheese muffins

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

Morning Snack 2.8 Carbs

1/2 cup sliced peppers, 1 Tbsp Renees Southwest Ranch Dip

Lunch 4 Carbs

Slice of flax pizza (that is all gone too and I really enjoyed it)

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

Afternoon Snack

3 Celery Sticks, 2 Tbsp Boursin Cheese (Boursin cheese which I love has only 1 Carb!!!)

Dinner 6.8 Carbs

Grain Free Nacho Pot Pie, 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber

Nacho Pot Pie

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

This was so good.  I know this is something I will make again and again.  I found the website www.beautyandthefoodie.com yesterday and found some great looking recipes to try out.

Dessert 3.4 Carbs

Raspberry Dessert Bar, 1 Tbsp Whipping Cream

 

 

Double Success today – Week 3 – Day 6

I scored twice today!

Score to me – trip to Costco and I did not sample one single thing. They pretty much had a buffet going on there and nothing!!!!!

Score to me – attended my daughter’s bridal shower this evening and there was some pretty yummy looking food. I took a few small pieces of cheese and other best looking option were some small slices of sausage and a couple of pickle slices. I cannot believe I managed to pull that one off!!!!

I am running a little late this morning, so this is going to be short and to the point ……

Daily Total: 15.1 Carbs, 1730 Calories

Fitbit: 6,446 Steps / 7 Stairs

Breakfast: 1.9 Carbs
2 Scrambled Eggs, Protein Shake (1 cup Almond milk, scoop of whey protein powder)

Morning Snack 2 Carbs
Atkins Endulge Caramel Nut Chew Bar

Lunch: 4.1 Carbs
Paprika Chicken Drumstick (leftover from Sunday), 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 2 Tbsp three cheese ranch dressing

Afternoon Snack 1.4 Carbs
Slice of Sausage, Spinach and Feta Bake

Dinner 4 Carbs
Slice of Flax Pizza (leftover from Saturday)

Evening Snack 2.1 Carbs
1″ cube of cheddar, few slices of sausage, couple of dill pickle slices

Week 3 – Day 4

Such a beautiful day today.  I managed to get out for a short walk and enjoy a little of the sunshine.  Met my daughter at lunch time and enjoyed an hour sat in the sunshine.  Another good day, although my carbs were a little lower than I like them to be.

Total Carbs:  16.9 Carbs / 1,901.9 Calories

Fitbit: 7,542 Steps / 11 Stairs

Breakfast 3.8 Carbs

3 Johnsonville breakfast sausages, Jalapeno and cheddar cauliflower muffin

Jalapeno and cheddasr cheese muffins

Click on picture to link to recipe at I Breathe I’m Hungry

I am seriously loving these!!!

Morning Snack 4 Carbs

1/2 cup Anti Pasta Salad

Lunch 4 Carbs

Another piece of that delicious pizza with the flax meal bases!

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

Afternoon Snack 0 Carbs

Cheese Stick

Dinner 1.7 Carbs

Dinner plans changed at the last minute, so I decided to try the flax burger buns.  I divided the recipe into 4 bun shaped rounds and baked for 10 mins as instructed.  The intention being each piece would make 1/2 burger bun.  Anyway I decided to try each one as it’s own burger bun, they actually cut in half really good.  Didn’t break at all when filled with my burger contents.  I didn’t even make a salad to go with it and I was plenty full enough.  Great recipe.

I love the Salmon Burgers you can buy at Costco, when I checked the package they are 0 Carbs!

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

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

So I made a Salmon Burger, filled with lettuce, cheese, sliced avocado, and mayo.  Yummy!!  I can see this is going to become a firm favorite this summer.

Evening Snack 3.4 Carbs

Still had some of the raspberry dessert bar left over from yesterday, so had that with a small dollop of whipping cream.

 

 

 

Week 3 – Day 3

The weekend is never long enough in my opinion.  Sunday is always a difficult day food wise, we have Church at 1pm, so most of the time I don’t eat lunch and by the time we get home it is almost time for dinner.

Daily Total: 15.1 Carbs / 1,044 Calories

FitBit: 5,153 Steps / 15 Stairs

Breakfast: 3.1 Carbs

Breakfast:  2 Johnsoville Breakfast Sausages and another of those delicious Jalapeno and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins.  These are seriously yummy!

Dinner:  9.6 Carbs

Chicken Paprika Drumstick, 1/2 cup green beabs, 1/2 cup coleslaw, 2 cups of spring mix, 2 Tbsp Ranch Three Cheese Dressing

The Chicken Paprika was very good.  We have several people for dinner, so I also made regular Barbecue Chicken as well.  The low carb  version was very popular.  I was hoping to have some of the low carb chicken as leftovers, but it all got eaten!

Chicken Paprika recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Dessert:  2.4 Carbs

Raspberry Cheesecake Bar, 1 Tbsp whipping cream

 

 

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

 

 

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