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Welcome to Sew Low Carb.  This blog allows me to journal my low carb Way of Eating (WOE) in order to keep myself accountable and on-track.  The easiest way to do so is on a blog so my gain is your gain, just not in pounds.

On this page, you will find daily food logs along with a reflection on the day, be it good or bad.  I also have pages for tracking my weight and good stock items for this WOE.

To view previous food logs, you can visit my Photoblog site.

October 22, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Lunch:

I’m not usually hungry when I first wake/get up and even on days I eat breakfast or have a BPC it’s usually not until late morning.  Today I decided to go shopping before eating in order to get ahead of the more crowded times.  Once I returned home, I made a meal of the last of the turkey pot roast I had bought and another 2oz of the smoked Gruyere cheese (it’s really good thinly sliced).  I also finished off the soda I bought from the store.

  

 

Dinner:

When I got home from shopping I pulled out some hamburger patties and buns to thaw and this evening made myself a double cheeseburger.  The burgers have 0g carbs and the buns scanned as total carbs, with 16g, but come to 0 net carbs.  They’re also very buttery and delicious, especially when toasted with some butter, lol.  I added mayo and mustard to the buns and cheese to the burgers plus a few pickles to top it off.  I really wanted some BBQ pork rinds to act as chips but since the dill pork rinds were open, I went with them again.  All this for only 17g carbs.

  

 

 

Summary:

My macros weren’t too bad today, although fat was a bit high and protein a bit low.  Also, the net carbs are really closer to 10g rather than the 26g total carbs.  Overall, a decent day.

Today I pushed my introvert self and went to a nature preserve for an hour each of yoga and hiking.  It was a lovely day and the yoga was great.  It’s my first time doing yoga with a live instructor (I’ve done it at home following videos a few times) so I was very pleased that I was able to keep up and felt relaxed and good when it was done.  We did the hike after and that, plus the shopping, put me well over my walking goal for today.  It was a great start to the week. Of course, today was my rest day and I ended up doing more than yesterday’s active recovery day, lol.

    

Progress Tracking – Fresh Start

October 22, 2017

Yay, progress to track.  I’m down about 3.5 lbs from last week, which is good considering I did have a few indulging days.  I think the extra physical activity is really helping and the more I do, the more I want to do.  I’m working on getting better with the eating each week and tracking in My Fitness Pal really helps me a lot.

 

October 16, 2017

Well, I’m exactly the same weight I was last week, lol.  On the plus side it hasn’t gone up any.  As I ate pretty heavy over the weekend I’m not too surprised but am more motivated to have a decrease come next week.


October 10, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been July since I did a post, it definitely doesn’t feel that long. I’ve been tracking my meals and working on being active most days but wanted to get back established in those routines before I came back to posting as it can be time consuming.

I’m ready now and it’s Happy New Year for me because I’m mentally re-committed, which is the important first step.  To help, I’ve joined My Peak Challenge, a nutrition and fitness plan that helps you work up to a personal goal, often physical.

As my day one, below are starting pictures and measurements.

 

Measurements on 10/10/17

Bust – 42.5 in

Chest – 40.5

Upper arm – 14

Forearm – 10.5

Waist – 42

Hips – 51

Midway – 47.5 (this is halfway between your waist and hips)

Thighs – 30.5

Knees – 20.5 (just above your knee, not the actual knee)

Calves – 16.75

This weight is with the above clothes, as pictured.

October 21, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

Today I decided to have so eggs and sausage for breakfast, with some cheese sprinkled on top.  Easy and delicious plus only 2g carbs.

 

 

Lunch:

I got a little peckish mid-afternoon but didn’t want a full lunch as I was going out for dinner so I had one of these protein bars, as I had discovered some new flavors on my last grocery trip.

  

 

Dinner:

I went to a local game night this evening and it was held at an Italian restaurant, greatly limiting my food options.  I didn’t want salad so I ordered this Chicken Florentine, which is chicken sauteed with mushrooms and spinach in a white wine cream sauce.  Instead of the usual sides of spaghetti marinara and a salad I requested the sauteed vegetables.  I found a few option for this in My Fitness Pal and went with one that totaled only 10g carbs for the chicken (I only ate half of the dish, so one breast) and 3g carbs for the veggies, as it was mostly squash.  I didn’t test my tea before adding sweetener and thought it was really sweet; when they brought the refill I could definitely tell that the first had been a sweet tea, so I added some carbs for that.  If not for the tea error, I’d have done great on keeping dinner carbs under control.  I also had a fun time playing Family Feud with the group.

  

 

 

Snack Pt. 1:

Once I got home from my game night, dinner was starting to wear off as we’d eaten first and played after.  To keep carbs low I had 2oz of the smoked Gruyere cheese.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2:

I was a bit buzzed from all the sugar in that sweet tea and also had a craving for sweets so I decided to try a couple of the sugar free items I had bought at Buc-ee’s last weekend.  The peanut butter bars were much better than the other brand I’d had and the gummy bears were very juicy and full of flavor.  I’m not sure why the gummy bears scanned as gummy peachies but they didn’t scan as net carbs, which is why the total carbs for snacks came to 29g.  Also, according to the label, an actual serving of the gummy bears has 25g of carbs but 27g of sugar alcohols, so not sure what that’s about.

  

 

Summary:

My carbs were super high today, mostly due to the sweet tea I inadvertently drank, at 40g.  Another 22g came from the gummy bears but 22 of that was sugar alcohols so they net carbs for those is only 1g.  Otherwise I think I did pretty good, especially on a day I ate out.

Today was my active recovery day so my activity today was to mow my front yard.  There’s a little bit of a slope to it so I got the three floors and 31 minutes of activity in.

    

October 20, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

This morning I had BulletProof coffee again, this time with Torani sugar free cookie dough syrup.  It’s even better when I add a half-scoop of cocoa but I didn’t today.  Only 1g carbs.

  

 

Lunch:

I’ve been having to fight some pizza cravings lately and it occurred to me that this new cheese with the tomato and basil might provide the right flavors to meet that craving.  I broke two slices into four pieces each and put a pepperoni on each, then baked at 400 for 5 minutes.  I’ve learned that the trick to getting them crispy is to just leave them in the oven at least another 10 minutes with it off and they dry out real nice.  This meal came to 2g carbs, all of which came from the ranch dressing.

  

 

Dinner:

When I got home from the gym I pulled out some ground turkey I had thawed and cooked it up with some sauces and seasonings before adding some riced vegetable mix.  I’d suggest a little more flavor, probably some more of some of the sauces or possibly cooking the veggies with some sauce prior to adding to the meat.  It wasn’t bad though and I have one serving left for another day.  This recipe came to 9g carbs once divided into 4 servings.

  

Snack:

I always seem to crave cheese after a meal that doesn’t contain any and not too long after dinner I decided to try out some Smoked Gruyere I had bought by mistake (had intended Gouda).  I sliced it thin and thought it was pretty good so I may buy more.  The down side is that it’s also 3g carbs per oz, which is pretty high.  I thought I had take a picture but I guess not.

As it’s Friday, I also pulled out one of the chocolate Know cookies as a treat.  These are great as they come to only 4 net carbs.  The texture reminds me of an oatmeal cookie, with coconut bits instead of oats but the flavor is all chocolate.  I heated it up a little and that made it more like a warm brownie, which was nice.

Later in the evening I was looking for a little snack but didn’t want any more carbs so I got a couple of slices of lunchmeat, some cheddar, and mayo.

  

  

 

Summary:

My carbs are a bit over my daily goal but at least some came from fiber from the riced veggies so I’m hoping my net carbs were a bit closer to the goal.  I was still on point with the percentage and in general my percentages were pretty good so I’m happy with that.

Today was a cardio day for the MCP workout plan and I was to repeat last week’s activity and try for a better time.  As I did the stationary bike last week, I went to the gym again today.  I did do much better, taking just over a minute to do each 500m segment, but am not sure if that’s due to better use of the equipment (as I did find a way to time the distance) or actually doing it faster.  After I met the goal and took a picture, I then went ahead and biked at a lighter resistance until I hit five minutes before doing the timed distance again.  In all I rode the bike for 20 minutes, after which I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes.  The down side of working in the gym is the boredom; you either look at the display on the machine or one of the 20 tvs lined up in front of you.  I much prefer walking around outside.  I also remembered to do the side plank this time (forgot it last week) so I have my baseline for that now as well.

    

October 19, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I switched things up today, not that you can tell.  I’d seen a cooking competition last night, Halloween based, that had horchata and I was in the mood for a Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce drink.  I enjoy the one they make so much I bought the sugar free version of the syrup but haven’t found it to go well with the butter and coconut oil so when I use it, I usually add heavy whipping cream instead.  I did that this time along with some almond milk.  The almond milk watered it down a bit so I added some more instant coffee, causing it to not come out at light as usual.  Heavy whipping cream has a lot more carbs than butter and oil, as does the almond milk, so today’s coffee came to 5g of carbs.

  

 

Lunch:

The down side of not doing a Bulletproof coffee with the fats is that by lunchtime I was actually hungry and HAD to eat something.  Of course, there was nothing ready to go in the fridge so I make a cheat version of this Spaghetti Squash Carbonara.  I already had this container with the squash so I added some bacon and shredded parmesan and microwaved and stirred.  I then added more parmesan on top and decided I needed more meat so I microwaved some of the turkey roast I had bought separately and added it on top.  I thought it came out really good and the saltiness of the bacon and cheese really helped offset the sweetness of the squash without having to add a lot of sauce.  I think I’ve made the actual recipe before as well, or one similar, and even my brother liked it.  I also had a diet soda to try and stave off the headache that was creeping up.  This meal came to 12g carbs, mostly from the squash and turkey.

  

 

 

Dinner:

Again, nothing really ready to go in the fridge and nothing in the freezer caught my eye.  Then I remembered my Know order had some with some “Slices”, which I hadn’t tried yet.  I pulled them out and made a sandwich, something I haven’t had for a while.  Nice and simple, with just mayo, cheese, and lunchmeat.  I had some of the dill pickle flavored pork rinds as my chips (although I just remembered my last Keto Krate came with some chips I could have tried).  The Know bread didn’t smell sweet but it definitely had a sweet overtone to it.  It had a good texture despite looking dense and heavy and the flavor was good too but the sweetness was a bit off-putting.  I think it’d be great as a toast or maybe with a PB&J though, so that’ll be the next attempt.  The Know slices scanned into MFP as net carbs, so the meal only came to 7g carbs.

  

 

Summary:

I was still playing catch-up with work and had another super busy and stressful day.  I had woken up around 4:30 last night and was instantly fully awake and my mind was already to work and everything I still needed to do.  After a bit I did fall back asleep but it wasn’t long before the alarm went off, definitely not enough to get caught up.

I got a lot of work done but didn’t have much chance to move around during the day and was still mentally exhausted by the end of it.  Rather than go walk, as it was a muscle/strength day, I took a nap and it was lovely.  It did put me a bit behind on my evening duties though.  I had a late dinner and then did the exercises.  I did a bit extra on the warm-up and cool down to make sure I did at least half of my step goal.  I also improved in pretty much every one of my exercises, getting on average one more rep per 30 second set.

Carb-wise, my total carbs aren’t super bad at 25g total carbs but they are over percentage-wise.  My ratios are still good though, with fat being the highest, followed by protein, and carbs being in the single-digit percentage.  I’m sure there was some fiber in the squash that would make the net carbs lower but, since the bread scanned in as net carbs I don’t know how much of the fiber came from it to subtract.

    

October 18, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

BulletProof coffee for breakfast today, with sugar free caramel Torani syrup for sweetening and flavor.  Only 1g carbs.

  

 

 

Lunch:

I finished making my chicken salad last night and also baked some cheese chips.  It’s the first time I’ve made chicken salad with chicken I cooked, I usually use canned chicken and occasionally rotisserie, and it was a little weird as chunks but had a good flavor.  The cheese chips came out nice and crunchy.  I had bought a new type, Jack cheese to tomato and basil added, and it was really good baked as a chip.  I’m looking forward to trying it as a slice on something as well.  The best thing is this whole, filling meal, was only 3g carbs.

  

 

 

Dinner:

By the time I got home I was very emotionally and mentally exhausted plus a bit physically tired so I just heated up some sausage and turkey and had that with some cheese.  What’s on the plate wasn’t near enough for all the meat so I did cut off some more cheese as well.  As this brand of Gouda was 3g of carbs per oz, as is the turkey, so they added up quick.  This meal, with the additional cheese, came to 21g of carbs.

  

 

 

Snack:

I had a rough day at work, after being in training all day yesterday I had twice as much to get done and everything was urgent.  Also, today was our birthday celebration for this month so I had to walk past a bunch of food I couldn’t eat all day.  By the time I got home I just didn’t have any willpower left so I indulged in more desserts than I should have but did manage to still keep it low carb.  I first had this Know foods donut, which is chocolate chip like many of their desserts.  I had some Lily’s chocolate chips that I decided would go really well and help the chocolaty-ness so I had a few with each bite of the donut.  Later in the evening I also had a pair of cinnamon Smart Cakes I’d had in the fridge and decided to round it out with the last of a Lily’s Blood Orange chocolate bar that’s been floating around.  All of this together came to 25g of carbs since they essentially all scanned as net carbs, with fiber and sugar alcohols already deducted.

    

 

Summary:

My carbs totaled 50g today, double my goal.  The macros weren’t too bad although protein was a little low.  As most of the items already scanned as net carbs, I’m not going to try to subtract fiber like I normally do.

On the flip side, today was my best ever physically and the first time I’ve met the goal in every category, thus the green screen.  I went into work today, so that always helps.  Then, we had a fire drill, meaning we had to take 8 flights of stairs down and leave the building, go across the street and down about a block.  When we went back in, some coworkers and I decided to take the stairs back up.  It took me a little longer than the others but I did go up all 8 flights and then later that afternoon I had a meeting on the 11th floor and walked up those 3 flights as well.  All of that added to my walk to and from the train station really attributed to to surpassing my goal today.

For MPC, today was my active recovery day and I was supposed to do something different than before, totaling 15-60 minutes of cardio.  I hadn’t intended that to be the stairs but I seized the opportunity when it presented itself.  I totaled 45 minutes of exercise/activity for the day.

    

October 17, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

After feeling sick to my stomach last night, and waking up a couple of times in the night with cramping, I took it easy this morning.  I wasn’t ever “sick” but also wasn’t hungry for a bit.  I decided to not go with BulletProof coffee and that solid dose of fats and instead just scrambled a couple of eggs and put some American cheese on top.  I also drank about half of a Powerade type sports drink.  This came to 2g of carbs.

  

 

Snack:

Mid-afternoon I still wasn’t feeling much like eating and still trying to ease into it so I had just some cheese, for 0g carbs.

  

 

Dinner:

After work I made a shopping run for tomorrow’s work birthday celebration and picked up an already-cooked Turkey Pot Roast.  I’d not heard of it before but it was with the rotisserie chickens so I decided to give it a shot.  I also had more cheese with it in the hopes my stomach issues won’t work it’s way down and cause more problems tomorrow.  They turkey was actually pretty good and this version of Gouda has been my favorite, creamy and a nice flavor, but also calculates with 3g of carbs per oz, which is a bit high compared to others.  I also had half the bottle of sparkling water to continue working on keeping my stomach settled.  This meal totaled 11g of carbs.

  

 

Summary:

Only 12g of carbs in all today, mostly due to eating light and sticking to meats and cheeses.  Most of the carbs came from the Gouda.  I did quite good on my macros though, which surprised me as I expected the protein to be too high and the fat too low.

I had an all-day training so was pretty much tied to my computer during the working day.  In the afternoon I got a decent headache but knew I needed to get in my cardio work and steps so I donned some shades and walked the neighborhood.  The cardio is 500m at close to maximum effort so, due to the headache, I walked quick rather than attempting any jogging.  Each of the three segments took between 6:07 and 6:39 minutes to complete, slightly longer than last week when I did try to jog for a bit on each.  I was actually super surprised that my thighs weren’t killing me again after the squats and lunges from yesterday, like last week, so that was a pleasant surprise.

    

October 16, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I was running a bit behind this morning and didn’t have time to make a BulletProof coffee at home and also catch the next train so once I got to work I bought a coffee and added some sweetener and a FatCoffee packet.  The FatCoffee was the Mocha Orange flavor and it’s quite tasty.  I nursed this most of the morning.  As before, only 2g of carbs from the FatCoffee packet.

  

 

Lunch:

As I took my time on the coffee and had solid call-in meetings during the morning I didn’t eat lunch until after 1pm.  I had prepped a salad last night, with lettuce, tomato, and chicken.  When I bought the coffee I also got a hard boiled egg and a packet of ranch dressing to add.  A coworker gave me some chunks of cheddar that I also cut up and added in.  I had brought a drink that I didn’t realize was an energy drink (0 carbs) and didn’t realize how much caffeine was in it until I spent the afternoon buzzing; will definitely be wary of those moving forward.  It had a good flavor though, for grapefruit.  The whole meal came to 11g of carbs

  

 

Summary:

On the train ride home I started feeling a little sick to my stomach and it hasn’t gone away so I’m skipping dinner and going to bed.  I did boil some eggs for my chicken salad so I’m hoping to have that tomorrow.

With skipping a meal, my carbs today are pretty good and my macros are decent too, although fat is a bit high and protein a bit low.

Having gone into work and walking to and from the train station and the office, I met my step goal before I got back home. It helps when I have the time to go up a flight of stairs and across the building to come back down on my bathroom breaks.

Once I got home I completed my strength building exercises, modified versions of squat, lunges, push ups, and pull ups. I improved in how many I completed each rep over last time so I’m happy about that. I’m pretty sure squats and lunges shouldn’t be the same day though, as I’m already sore and probably won’t be able to walk the rest of the week again.

    

October 15, 2017 Food & Activity Log

Breakfast:

I slept in today as it was my only chance to do so and I was up a bit late last night.  When I got up, I wasn’t hungry right away, having eaten late last night. Eventually I decided to go ahead and skip the BulletProof coffee for a change and made an omelette.  I cooked some sausage and heated some bacon while the egg cooked. I sprinkled some shredded cheese on the egg and flipped it to ensure the top side cooked. I decided to go ahead and add the toppings without flipping again, so the cheesy side became a nice, crunchy cheesy crust. I was going to add some sliced American cheese with the meat but went with Velveeta for the creaminess instead. I thought it came out really good and it was very filling for only 6g of carbs, mostly from the Velveeta.  I’ll add that it’s the prettiest and nicest omelette I’ve ever made as well.  🙂

  

 

Snack:

When the experimental bug hits it really takes off. I was browsing the fridge for a snack and saw some quickie cheesecake I had made, just cream cheese with some vanilla and sweetener whipped in. I thought with a little lemon extract that would make a nice icing for my Know lemon cookies, which are a bit dry.  Of course I had to try it and warmed the cream cheese mixture a bit to soften and stir in the lemon extract. I cut the cookie into quarters and heated it a bit as well. They went so well together I forgot to take a picture, lol. And the whole thing came to only 7g of carbs, which is high for a snack but not too bad overall, especially as the cookies are large and pretty filling.

 

Dinner:
I got hungry late in the evening and knew it’d be difficult to fall asleep if I didn’t eat. I wanted something light so I went with some meat and cheese roll-ups, with some mayo for the fats.  I’m out of nice sliced cheeses and didn’t want plain American so I sliced some Gouda onto one and cut a Sargento Colby-Jack stick into half for the other.  They both came out rather good, although the Gouda was too thick so it didn’t roll very well, lol.  I also prepped a salad for tomorrow’s lunch and cut up some chicken to make a chicken salad for Tue.

  

 

Summary:

After eating so much the last two days, I wasn’t very hungry today and ate pretty light.  Altogether I only had 14g of carbs, well within my goal and macros at 4% of my calories.  My fat was also by far the highest percentage, which is also good.

Today was my active recovery day for MPC and tomorrow was supposed to be a rest day.  Since I started on a Tue, I’m a little off kilter for my average work week so I combined the two in order to start the new week fresh tomorrow.  For active recovery, I’m supposed to do a cardio activity of my choice for between 15 and 60 minutes so I decided to walk my neighborhood.  This got me 50 minutes of cardio, especially going uphill, and my steps for the day.

    

October 14, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I got an early start today and made sure to start it with some BulletProof coffee.  I drove out to Tyler (about 2 hrs each way) for a Scottish Highland festival so decided to go with the Torani English Toffee flavor/sweetener to get in the spirit, sugar free of course.  I also put on these Christmas Jamberry wraps as they had a plaid/tartan look and I had no clothes that did.

  

 

Lunch:

After the festival, I met my aunt and cousin who live in Tyler for lunch.  The fish and sides were delicious and I was just as happy for the iced water and air conditioning as it had been hot at the event.  It’s well known that I don’t care for squash (barring spaghetti and butternut) but the sauteed zucchini and yellow squash was delicious and something I will definitely try to make.  I determined that it mostly tasted like butter, which was probably why I liked it.  The down side of eating out is you don’t know exactly what went into your meal so I had to find matches as I was able, causing this meal to total 15g of carbs. Note:  In the center of the fish you can see the couscous/rice that it was on top of and I avoided as much as I was able.

  

 

Snack Pt. 1:

Along the 2hr drive back home, I passed a Buc-ee’s.  If you’re ever in TX, I highly recommend it.  I bought some snacks and even some Christmas gifts.  On the remainder of the drive I had a few of the pork rinds and the sugar free saltwater taffy.  The taffy didn’t scan with net carbs which is why this “meal” contained 27g of carbs.

  

 

Dinner:

Once I got home from the gym (more later) and perused the fridge, I settled on the last unfrozen serving of chili and the spaghetti squash I had cooked for an early dinner.  I topped it with some shredded Parmesan.  It was really good and I plan to add some of the remaining spaghetti squash to the servings of chili that are already in the freezer.  This came to 14g of carbs.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2:

A bit later in the evening I thought of the Know chocolate chip waffles in the fridge and wondered how they’d be with some additional chocolate.  I fried this one in some butter and then settled on putting some sugar free chocolate syrup in each well and then covering it all with some regular sugar free syrup.  About halfway through the chocolate got a bit old so I also added dollops of peanut butter, which helped cut it.  Unfortunately, the waffles scan with total carbs, 20g, and the two syrups came to 8g with the peanut butter totaling 6g of carbs.  This meal came to 34g of carbs and wasn’t as good as in my head.

  

 

Snack Pt. 3:

I ended up staying up late and got hungry again.  To keep carbs down, I had more sausage and Gouda, totaling only 1g of carbs.

 

Summary:

With multiple items that had artificial sweeteners and scanning with total carbs, that number was very high for today, at 90g of carbs.  Only 13g of that was fiber, leaving at least 77g.  I could probably calculate the net carbs but won’t right now.  It was really nice to have a different type of treat in the taffy though and I still have most of the bag so I’ll do the math next time.

Even with going out to the festival and walking around it a few times, it wasn’t a large even and I was not near my step goal for the day.  Also, today was my cardio day and I was supposed to do a different cardio activity than last time.  As I don’t have any equipment, I went to the gym after I got home.  I did 3 rounds of 5oom on the exercise bike, taking around 2 minutes each time.  The programming on the bike was not conducive to timing a distance so I’ll try something different next time.  Once that was done, I switched to the elliptical and did 30 minutes in order to get in those additional steps.