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What I do on Low Carb Days

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Well I figured I’d post a quick update because I always weigh the least on Thursdays. Today I got on the scale and almost all of my Florida Vacation weight dropped off. I was 244.5 lbs this morning. That’s really great but we have an upcoming weekend filled with things like Easter and family gatherings.

What I’m doing

Well I’m still doing this carb cycle thing where I completely limit my carbs and eat low calorie Monday – Wednesday. I’m very impressed how well this is working out for me. I do end up feeling kind of crappy with low energy by the time Wednesday night roles around.

I cant keep this up all week because life comes into play. The easiest days for me to structure my meals are these days because its the beginning of the work week and we rarely have plans. We can do all our food shopping and planning on Sunday. Its so much easier when everything’s already in the house and you know what your going to eat. Im really not suffering and happy with my food choices.

Ever wonder why Thursdays are sabotage? I haven’t mentioned this but we do a weekly dinner at my Grandmothers. She cooks really rich food and it always kills me!

Ideas of what I’m eating

Snacks:

If you looked at my MFP diary you’d see that I eat tons of quick snacks and pretty small or limited meals.

  • I bought a ton of beef jerky
  • Lots of Nuts
  • Polly-O Stings Cheese
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Breakfast:

  • Most of the time I skip breakfast otherwise-
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Coffee

Lunch:

I can get pretty creative with my lunches. Having easy to heat up frozen stuff in the  house keeps me on track.

  • Turkey Meatballs
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Salad
  • Salad with Tuna
  • Omelet with cheese

Dinner:

Dinner I get a little creative and I try to eat mostly protein and get in my vegetables. I try to really mix it up because its my main meal for the day. Here’s some ideas.

  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Fish
  • Pork Chops
  • Steak

Sides

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Acorn Squash
  • Salad
  • Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

This is at least the stuff I’ve been eating recently. I know some of these arent the healthiest options but I’ve been so busy lately. If I really need fast food I have the options of Chinese Takeout, Greek Salads or the quickest Boston Market. Usually I get whatever I want at Boston Market but the sides are important. Eat the creamed spinach and green beans and do your best to skip the corn bread!

I’m still keeping my calories below 1650 or around. This is pretty simple!

Check out last nights dinner!

Baked Chicken Thighs & Spaghetti Squash

Baked Chicken Thighs & Spaghetti Squash

 

 

Monday Weigh-In Week #12

These weeks are going by faster and faster and before I know it another Monday is here. The last weigh for week #11 was disappointing because I was finally making some progress before I went on vacation. I’ll announce my weight and than I can discuss whats going on.

Start of Week #12 Official Weight – 251.5

This week was a total of one pound dropped since last week. I’m glad it didn’t go up but surely I could have done better. This goes to show a week of eating like shit on vacation can have some lasting effects. All that hard work pre-vacation is down the drain until I lose these pounds again.

I did weigh myself through out the week and dropped into the 240’s again but no where close to what I weighed when I left. I haven’t been totally committed to eating good and having a hard time getting back to the routine I was in. My life has been very hectic with my business being really busy and our house in total dismay trying to get ready for this baby. These are some problems and then you add three our four family/friend parties in a week and its sabotage!

Moving Forward

I feel like I’ve been saying the same thing for my last 5 weigh-ins but I’m really trying to get back into a routine. We haven’t even done any grocery shopping since we got back from Florida last week so any food choices in the house are found deep in the freezer or we’ve done some take-out. I’m going to attempt to drop the carbs again Monday-Wednesday and watch what I eat the other days. That seemed to be working really good for me. I’m still using MFP as much as I can but when you go out to eat or pick on random stuff around the house its really hard to accurately log everything.

 

Monday Weigh-In Week #11

I passed my 10 week weigh-in because I was in Florida on vacation. Such a vacation that I totally forgot that I was trying to eat better and indulged in just about anything I could find. I was really nervous to get on the scale this morning and I really wish I didn’t!

Start of Week #11 Official Weight – 252.6

Now that’s a real buzz killer compared to my awesome week# 9 weigh-in! Its only my fault for eating the way I did but this isn’t such a diet as it i a lifestyle change. I tried to log my calories but when your eating out for every meal its really not possible nor does it make sense. Whats the point of logging a guess at the Golden Corral Buffet?

This isn’t so much a diet for m as it is a lifestyle change. I ate like shit for a week and now I’m back. I’m going to watch what I’m eating and get back into my groove. Hopefully I can easily slide back into the 240 range by next week.

I will leave you off with a view from our hotel room. The weather here in NY was terrible so it was nice to know we picked a perfect time to hang out in Orlando relaxing for a week. Amy and I had a great time and I don’t regret eating ice cream with her every single day! We even narrowed down our baby names!

Florida Vacation

Monday Weigh-In Week #9

Another week past and another Monday morning weigh in. Of course the weekend did me in even though I feel like I was an angel. Nothing too unhealthy or calorie loaded but I’m sure I hit the sodium hard.

Start of Week #9 Official Weight – 246.5

Its slow but its going! Another pound lost in one week. I really cant wait to start hitting those 230’s!

This week is an exciting week for Amy and I. We find out tomorrow what kind of baby were having. That’s right! Shes 20 weeks along. Neither of us care if its a boy or girl. All we want is a healthy baby.

Saturday we leave for our Florida vacation and as much as I’m looking forward to that my diet isn’t. Cant e a saint all the time.

Monday Weigh-In Week #8

Another weekend to sabotage my progress. Maybe if I switch my weigh-in dates to Thursday mornings Id be happier with the results. Its all basically relative because the goal is to weigh less all the time.

Start of Week #8 Official Weight – 247.5

Weeks Summary

That’s not terrible and its nothing great but I was more than 0.5lb down from the week before. The other good part is that I’m getting under that 250 mark and hope I don’t see that come around again.

I failed at my 3 week diet challenge but it doesn’t mean I’m a total failure. Starting today I’m going to kick it up again and do my best to eat clean and healthy. The gym has really been hard to get back to but I did Friday. It was torture and I forgot how much it sucks running on that treadmill. I did a full hour but couldn’t run the whole first mile in the beginning and most of the hour was spent fast walking.

I have two more weeks to try and drop as much as possible before the next vacation. This ones going to be a killer because were going to Orlando for a few days and Amy loves her treats like pancakes and ice cream. Hopefully all the walking around will help fight off some of those extra calories I take in.

I’ve been thinking a lot about switching my fitness to more weigh training. I wont burn the same amount of calories but maybe I can do it more consistently and not be so bored at the gym. Of course these are just thoughts but I really have to get off my ass and get back to the gym.

Treadmill Stats past week

In case your curious what that tough day back at the gym looked like after taking off for a while here are the stats. You can compare them to one of my other treadmill posts when I was really into it HERE.

2 Mile Time

2 Mile Time

 

3 Mile Time

3 Mile Time

 

Total Workout

Total Workout – 60 Minutes +cool down

3 Week Diet Fail

Its really sad to follow up my post of a 3 Week Diet Challenge with my 3 week diet failure! I was able to less for less then 5 days before I completely fell off track. The worst part is my weight seemed to be dropping like crazy mid-week and I’m sure I did some damage.

Full Failure

It happened Friday night…. A friend took us out to a really classy Steak house. I was peer pressured into getting some drinks with my friend but the 32oz Rib Eye was my fault. That and all the sides we got ala cart for the table to share. This doesn’t include the Sushi appetizer or the fact that they accidentally split Amy’s salad in half. It was really good food but totally not worth it as a cheat. I would have rather cheated with some Wendy’s and a milk shake. The only thing somewhat helpful was I went back to the gym the first time since California and burned about 800 calories on the treadmill. Still not a huge help.

This meal was grotesque and the total calories I logged on MFP were over 3,000!

MORE THAN I EAT IN ALMOST TWO DAYS!!!!

It continues Saturday

Saturday afternoon we joined some friends for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in a small nearby town. It started with a pretzel I split with Amy. After that we went to our friends house where they bought a bunch of pizza for everyone and I couldn’t help but eat three slices. This was our afternoon.

At night we went to a friends birthday party in a bar. Amy and i didn’t have dinner so we split a Sliders appetizers which wasn’t so bad but I followed it up with about 6 or 7 beers and a shot of cafe patron.

Sunday Funday!

Sunday wasn’t a total loss because I had a big bowl of strawberry’s for breakfast. Lunch time came around and we decided on the diner. I knew this was my last big meal of the day and decided on french fries and a cheese-steak sandwich.

Activity

Not only did I eat like shit this weekend but activity was at an all time low. We laid around on the couch, napped and watched TV. Amy says were taking it in before the baby comes but watching my Fitbit was getting me seriously depressed.

I’m sure my Monday weigh-ins going to suck!

All I can do is get back on track =(

 

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