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You may have noticed that this is the picture from last week. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first reason is that I just plain did not feel like stripping down, taking photos and posting them today. While I love the accountability these posts are giving me, committing to a blog post for 365 days in a row is A LOT to add to my already full plate. I just needed a break altogether today. Therefore, I just enjoyed my morning coffee and some quiet time with the pups instead of having Jon photograph me, and then getting the pics stitched together, adding the text and then posting.
The second reason is that the scale didn’t move much over the last week. I lost less that a half pound (That is not to say that there would not have been differences in the pictures. My body feels different and stronger every single day) However, referring back to reason #1, I wasn’t concerned with the changes so much as I was concerned with taking a break. A half a pound it great to me! It is still trending in the right direction and is definitely not a reason to fret. A loss is a loss and I feel better every single day that I eat properly and get my body moving. In week 3 and week 4, I talked about the importance of not letting the number on the scale define you. There are so many other amazing little victories to celebrate as we navigate our way through this journey.
Instead of looking at half a pound as a negative, I choose to see it as a positive. It gives me to opportunity to look back on the past week, see what I could have changed, identify patterns that may have caused me to stall and formulate a plan accordingly for the upcoming week. This is precisely why I always talk about the importance of tracking everything.
Looking back over the last week, I would say that I probably ate too much cheese, didn’t get enough fiber, indulged in Quest bars too often, had too much sodium (in the form of my sunflower seed addiction) and I had a few glasses of wine. All of those things can contribute to a stall and I did all four in the same week. Onward and upwards. Here’s to a successful week ahead.
Wednesday 9/9 – Day 29 – Week 5 Day 1 Weigh In
Starting Date: 8/12/15
Starting Weight: 274 lbs
Current Weight: 258 lbs
Pounds Lost: 16
Pounds to Goal: 84
Goal Weight: 174
Goal Date: 8/27/16
Height: 5′ 9″
Today I am extremely grateful for my small, close knit circle of friends. I have always been a “quality over quantity” type of person when it comes to personal relationships. I have never had the high school friend hoarding mentality. I have gone through my fair share of heartache in the friend department over the years and I can honestly say without a doubt that I have all the right people in my life right now.
Like I talked about above, I needed a break from everything today. I should have taken the day off of work as well, but I didn’t. The silly part is that I work for myself and easily could have. Still working on that balance I am always talking about 😉 I did not work out today. I gave my body and my brain the break it so desperately needed.
What I ate:
For dinner, I ate an amazing steak salad. We skillet seared a sliced tenderloin steak with butter, garlic and herbs. It was so, so good. Then we added fresh bell peppers, avocados, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and chives. I topped it with the Balsamic Vinaigrette from The Primal Low Carb Kitchen. Here is a delicious steak salad recipe from my site – Balsamic Flat Iron Steak Salad.
Kicking the soda addiction – Many of you have stated that you are addicted to diet soda and are looking for ways to kick the habit. While I never really had a soda addiction and have never liked diet, I did used to drink soda on occasion. When the mood would strike, the craving was fierce. I HAD TO HAVE IT. It wasn’t often, but when it came on, it was intense. It took me a long time to realize that what I was craving was not the soda, but rather the carbonation. I started drinking sparkling water. I didn’t love it at first, but then in grew on me in a major way. Now, other than coffee and the occasional alcoholic beverage, it is pretty much the only thing I drink. I drink it all day long. When I want a little flavor added to it, I add different citrus essential oils or Slique Essence which helps keep the craving and needless snacking at bay.
Thursday 9/10 – Day 30
HOLY GUACAMOLE! 30 days in already. Can you believe it? I feel like I just started yesterday. It makes me think of the quote “A month from now, you will wish you had started today!” So, for those of you that are following along, getting ready to start and telling yourself all the reasons that you can’t, START TODAY and tell yourself that you CAN and you WILL. I will do anything I can to help you along on this journey. Are you in our Peace Love and Low Carb Friends Group? It is seriously one of the most positive and inspiring groups that I have ever been a part of.
Today I am grateful for my husband Jon. He is the most loving and supportive person I have ever known. He always has my back and is always my #1 fan. He makes me a better person. (as I type this, he is singing along to country music even though he hates it. Shhhh. Don’t tell him I told you)
Today I got a double dose of fitness. A nice walk to get our errands done and then a heart pumping sweat session in the garage. It was the kind of workout that really leaves you feeling like you accomplished something. When I finished, my 1st thought was “This is the kind of movement by body was made for.” The human body is amazing, isn’t it? I love our neighborhood. It is a very fitness friendly place to live. There are constantly people out walking, riding bikes, etc. Year round! We had a bunch of errands to run this morning and we walked to do all of them… Walgreens for razors and a Redbox, the UPS store to mail packages, the grocery store, and the dry cleaners.
2 Mile Walk
30 Calorie Row
30 Box Jumps
30 Power Cleans
30 Ring Rows
30 Abmat Sit-Ups
30 Air Squats
30 Dumbbell Strict Press
30 Calorie Row
Time – 19:07
What I ate:
I had my favorite post workout shake. It tastes like Captain Crunch cereal and I LOVE it. It is an awesome way for me to incorporate my daily Ningxia Red also. The serving size is just 2 oz and that only has 3 net carbs. 2 oz is all you really need. On intense workout days, I have two servings, one in the morning and one in the evening.
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
2 oz. Ningxia Red
8 oz. Coconut Milk
I love repurposing dinner leftovers into breakfast the next day. For breakfast today, I ate the leftover steak from last nights steak salad and paired it with 2 over medium eggs and a some leftover Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower Mash. It was so, so good. Breakfast does not have to be all about bacon and eggs. Half the time, my breakfast does not consist of typical “breakfast foods” I say, break the rules! Eat dinner foods for breakfast and lunch foods for snacks. Go crazy! 🙂
Friday 9/11 – Day 31
I love getting a nice sweat session in. It makes me feel accomplished and is an instant mood booster. You are only one workout away from a good mood. Truth! Tonight I got my sweated my uncoordinated butt off with my #girlcrush Chalene.
45 Minutes Turbo Fire Workout
What I ate:
This is one of my favorite super quick, easy peasy lunches to whip up. 1 can of tuna with fresh guacamole, mayo, bacon and black pepper. Mix it all together. So good! Sometimes I will eat it in a lettuce wrap.
Saturday 9/12 – Day 32
Today I am grateful for My friend Vanessa. You may know her as Healthy Living How To. She is just one of those friends that makes every facet of your life better.
Today was a rest day. It wasn’t a planned rest day, but that is just the way the day went. I spent my first few hours of the morning purging unnecessary things from my closet, bathroom cabinets, nightstands etc. It felt good to get rid of things I was likely never going to use again. I woke up feeling really good today. Good about my progress. Good about the changes I am seeing in my body. Good about life in general. This was my “feel good photo” Do you have a feel good photo? Post it on Instagram and tag me on it. Use the hashtag #feelgoodphoto
What I ate:
Tonight for dinner we had roasted spaghetti squash topped with my 3 Cheese Garlic Marinara Recipe. I only started eating spaghetti squash within the last couple of years. I had no idea what I had been missing all these years. So, so good. One of my favorite ways to eat it is with a lot of grass fed butter and a little garlic salt.
In the evening I was feeling a little snacky, so I made some cheese chips and ate them with guacamole. So good! It is so easy to make cheese chips. I just slice the cheese in small square, put them on a silpat and bake them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Why do I always feel like someone is watching me? 🙂
Sunday 9/13 – Day 33
Today I am grateful for fall weather. I love everything about the fall. The changing of the leaves, pumpkin everything, fires in the fireplace, football, cuddling up with my pups and a cozy blanket. LOVE!
Other than getting out for a walk, I did not get much of a workout in today. Today we watched the first Seahawks game and enjoying a nice relaxing day as a family.
What I ate:
I got some serious inspiration in the kitchen today. Garlic Chicken Alfredo Waffle Pizza…Yes, you read that correctly. Waffle pizza. I have been doing some fun experimenting with waffles over the last handful of months. If you own my newest cookbook – The Primal Low Carb Kitchen, then you have probably tried the Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches… Black forest ham, sharp cheddar cheese, avocado and an ooey, gooey egg, sandwiched between two low carb and gluten free waffle halves. Today was the first regular season game for my Seahawks. It was a morning game and I wanted to make us some low carb style game day breakfast eats. Pizza has come up A LOT in this house over the last week. Between myself, Jon and the kids, we have probably all mentioned it at least 10 times. I was initially going to make us savory waffles with cheese, bacon and eggs, but then pizza came up again! I already had the batter made, and that is when the idea hit me… Genius! Use the batter to make a waffle pizza crust.. Off to the store for toppings we went. My all time favorite pizza is garlic chicken with bacon and red onions. I used my Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce Recipe as the base. The end result was utterly delicious. It makes 4 personal sized pizzas, but honestly you could probably serve 8 people with these. They are very rich and filling. You can find the recipe – Here
Monday 9/14 – Day 34
Today I am grateful for all of you that are reading this. You are all beautiful, unique and special!
Today I really wanted to get my butt moving since I had two unplanned rest days. I hit 100% of my activity goal on my Polar by 9am. From there, I just kept going. It felt good to get a good heart pumping workout in… or 2.
What I ate:
I am pretty much hooked on this low carb/keto fettucine alfredo recipe. It is by the lovely Mellissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry. So, so good. You can find the recipe – here. The “noodles” definitely have an eggy texture. But not in that “I’ll die if I have to eat another egg” sort of way. This is one recipe you should definitely try.
Tuesday 9/15 – Day 35
Today I am grateful for my strength and resolve. Today marks the end of week 5 and I still feel as strong and determined as ever.
Today was all about relaxing my brain, keeping balance and fighting off stress.
45 Minutes Yoga for Weight Loss
What I ate:
Tonight I was going to make a taco salad. I took out the ground been and all of a sudden all I wanted was chili. I took my Slow Cooker Kickin’ Chili recipe and made it one the stovetop. Believe it or not, there are actually grass fed hot dogs buried under that chili. It was so good! Leftovers for days! Get the chili recipe – here
Week 5 is officially in the bag! Tomorrow marks the start of Week 6. Friends, I am in real need of a break and I am taking Week 6 off from blogging about my journey. I will pick back up on Week 7, Day 1. I just need some time to be… Committing myself to blogging 365 days in a row is A LOT. I just need a little more “me” time over the next week. We will catch up on Week 7 with some big news, big results and some giveaways for all of you!
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