October 31, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I went with Cookie Dough syrup in the BulletProof coffee today, as a change.  My order of new syrups is delayed so switching them up as I’m able.  Today it calculated as 1g carbs.

  

 

Snack Pt. 1:

I was manning a table downstairs all through the lunch hours, delaying mine, so I scarfed down this little snack before heading down.  A beef stick and a cheese stick, coming to 2g of carbs.

  

 

Lunch:

While sitting for my two hours, I lamented that I would not have a chance to go to Jimmy John’s as I could use that treat today.  I’d been told that they wouldn’t deliver as far as my office and decided to do an order and test that.  Happily surprised, the order went through and I got my meal delivered right as my table shift ended.  I got the Country Club, which is ham and turkey together.  Even better, I had a bag of pork rinds I could substitute for chips.  The meal came to 6g of carbs, all from the Unwich, although I’m not sure from what since there’s no fiber.  I enjoyed it anyway and will have the lunch I had brought tomorrow.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2:

Having sat and stared at a table of candy for two hours, including regular versions of the peanut butter crunchy ones, and knowing I had an evening of candy ahead, I got my fix out of the way through the afternoon.  This came to 14g total carbs but net carbs are probably only 1-2g due to all the sugar alcohols.

  

 

Dinner:

I had a good turnout of trick-of-treaters and had to pause the cooking of my sausage several times, but I finally got it done.  I figured I’d keep it simple and try to counteract the sugar alcohols.  I also had a bottle of the Hint water, to which I added some additional flavoring instead of just sweetening it.  Apparently a hint of flavor isn’t enough for me, it just tastes watered down, so I’m trying different improvements.  This meal came to 3g carbs.

  

 

Summary:

My macros aren’t too bad, each within a couple percent of the ideal.  Also, my net carbs are less than the 24g total carbs due to at least 12g of sugar alcohols.  Overall, I did well on the carbs and macros today.

I had wanted to get my cardio in while at work but never got the chance before the weather turned in the afternoon (didn’t have a chance then either) so when I got home, the first thing I did was go walk and get in my timed cardio for MPC.  My times were essentially worse than last time but I was in a hurry to get out and do it and get back home before trick-or-treaters arrived so I likely didn’t apply myself as well.  I also did a slightly different route so I’d finish closer to the house, putting my last section in a different area of the neighborhood than usual.  Even so, together with all the walking around I did at work, I met and passed all my goals, earning the green screen of happiness and accomplishment.  I also finally did a screenshot quick enough to get the confetti on a section.  🙂

    

 

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

As usual, I started my day with some BulletProof coffee, with hazelnut syrup.  It was a perfect way to start this chilly morning (on the train) and 0g carbs.

  

 

Lunch:

I had a busy middle of the day so I didn’t have lunch until after 1.  I was also really feeling that 2pm slump so, even though I brought a drink, I bought a zero calorie soda that I did drink throughout the rest of the afternoon.  I had that with the fish and green bean salad I had brought for my lunch.  Lunch came to 5g carbs, 2g of which are fiber, leaving 3g of net carbs for this meal.

  

Snack:

My day was pretty slow and I spent most of it doing filing or paperwork type activities (snore) so I decided to try some new sugar free chocolates I had bought (the gold ones) along with a few favorites.  I actually didn’t eat the strawberry or mint chocolates so my actual carbs are slightly less that what I scanned in (I’m tempted to eat them now but have already brushed my teeth thankfully).  All these chocolates came to 29g total carbs; the four gold ones were 22g carbs, 21g of which were sugar alcohols.  I didn’t take pictures of the other labels but I expect they’re similar so there’s probably 2-3g net carbs in this.

  

 

Dinner:

I had a meeting about an hour after I got home from work so in the between time I threw a pork loin in the oven with some seasonings and then let it sit on warm while I was gone.  Once home, I steamed some broccoli and added butter and cheese.  I actually drank water with the meal and had the Powerade while at the meeting but included it in the pic.  Dinner totaled 7g carbs, 2g of which were fiber from the broccoli, leaving 5g net carbs.

  

Summary:

Due to all the sugar alcohols, my carbs are high today at 41g total carbs.  My macros are also off, with carbs being almost as high as the protein and fat still in the highest percentage as it should be.  As the three main meals came to 8g of carbs so I’ll guesstimate 10g net carbs for the day, which is a significant difference from the total carbs.

I got in all my steps just from walking to an from the office and train station and the walking I did in the course of my day so I was impressed and happy with that.  It was really late but I also got in my muscle building exercises for MPC.  My number of reps within each set didn’t really increase much over last week but I felt I was more able to accomplish each of the exercises and they were less painful than previously.  With the month changing this week I’ll be trying to transition to the next modification for some of these in order to continue challenging myself.

    

October 29, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I had signed up for an early morning hike today and got up in time to make this BulletProof tea.  I went with the Cocoa Mint flavor and added some of a coconut oil and ghee mixture I have along with some Sweet Leaf vanilla drops.  It came out pretty good and I drank it on my drive to the preserve for the hike (it was dark until I got there thus the late pic).

  

 

Lunch:

On the way home I stopped at the same Whataburger and got two chorizo and egg breakfast taquitos they’ve been advertising, without the tortillas.  I’d only drank half of the soda I got last night so I had the other half with this meal.  They’re very accommodating about putting things in trays and I think I may have gotten extra because I put the filling in my low carb tortillas and they were overflowing.  This meal came to 17g carbs and, like yesterday, the tortilla is really only 5g net carbs, bringing the meal to 8g net carbs.

  

 

Snack Pt. 1:

As it’s the end of the week I decided to loosen the reigns a bit and have a Know cookie with some sugar free chocolate frosting I had bought to go with a cake mix that came in my last Keto Krate.  It was really good, especially the fudgy cake frosting, which I hadn’t had anything like in a while.  On the down side, this little snack was 58g of total carbs.  The cookie scans as 42g total carbs but is really only 4g of net carbs.  The 2T serving of frosting was 16g total carbs, 10g of which are sugar alcohols and 1g of which is fiber, leaving 5g net carbs.  This brings this meal to 9g net carbs.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2

I took another nap, having been up late and then up early.  It was a bit late by the time I awoke and I wasn’t feeling a whole other meal.  I went with two servings of peanut butter and worked hard to pull out about 1T at a time.  This comes to 12g of total carbs, 4g of which are fiber, leaving 8g net carbs.

  

 

Summary:

My macros are terrible today due to all the high sugar alcohol foods I had.  My percentage of carbs is higher even than my protein, which is not good.  My fat percentage is on point but the rest is out of whack.  I know my net carbs were only 25g, once all the fiber and sugar alcohols are subtracted, rather than the 87g total carbs shown.  That’s still over my daily goal and, while not bad as a one-off, definitely something I need to ensure doesn’t become a habit.

My morning hike went above and beyond my step goal for the day.  It was supposed to be a group but ended up just me and the leader and she hikes there regularly and was moving quite fast.  It was a good workout to keep up with her even if today was my rest day.

    

October 28, 2017 Food &Activity Log 

Breakfast Pt. 1:

I started the day on the run, going to an early morning community yoga session, so I grabbed a little can of StumpTown coffee and added some vanilla to be able to drink it on my way out (no time for a pic).  No carbs for this meal.

 

Breakfast Pt. 2:

Right after yoga I had to run home and change before heading across Ft. Worth for an intro class on wildlife rehabilitation and was actually a bit early.  It was held in an REI, which shared a shopping center with a Whole Foods.  I’d only been in one briefly years ago so I went to find something for breakfast.  I wasn’t surprised they had a coffee bar but was surprised they served BulletProof coffee, making my decision easy.  I got one with the collagen added, as I do so at home, and with some sugar free caramel.  As far as I can tell, 0g carbs for this meal as well and got me through the 2-hour class without my tummy grumbling.

  

 

Lunch:

After the class, I went back to the Whole Foods to see what new low carb items I could find and try.  I got a few things but didn’t find as much as I had hoped.  One of the items was some pimento cheese made with Gouda so once I arrived home, I made myself a couple of wraps using it, a tortilla, and some lunch meat.  It was really tasty, as were the BBQ pork rinds I added as a side.  This meal came to 16g total carbs, 13g of which came from the tortilla.  This brand of tortilla is really only 5g net carbs so the net carbs for the meal should be 8g.

    

 

Dinner:

After a nap I took a walk to get the rest of my steps and get in some time toward my active recovery aerobic exercise (since the yoga didn’t count as cardio).  Afterward I went and got gas and stopped at Whataburger on the way home.  I got the bacon cheeseburger without a bun, as pictured below.  I liked that they included a cup of mustard, which I was able to spread among the lettuce and get a bit with each bite.  This meal came to 5g net carbs.

  

Snack Pt. 1

I had also purchased a wedge of “Red” Gouda at Whole Foods which, according the the label, is a young Gouda.  I was itching to try it so I cut off a bit of it and some of the other Gouda I’d purchased earlier this week.  I’d cooked this sausage earlier to have with eggs so heated it up as well.  Only 1g of carbs for this delicious snack and the young Gouda cheese was quite good.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2:

I was up a bit late due to the nap and pulled out a serving of gummy bears to snack on as I caught up on some DVR’d shows.  These came to 22g total carbs (although scanning as the wrong item) but the label shows a serving as having 25g carbs, 27g of which are sugar alcohols.  I’ll go with 0g net carbs on this meal.

  

 

Summary:

My net carbs today are about double my daily goal, at 43g of carbs.  Between the 10g of fiber and sugar alcohols from the tortilla and the 22g of sugar alcohols from the gummy bears, the net carbs come down to 11g.  That’s not bad overall and brings the carb percentage into line.  My fat percentage is a bit high and protein a bit low but they’re in the correct ratios.

I passed my step goal for the day, thanks to the shopping and evening walk.  It was my active recovery day for MPC and I took a yoga class which definitely felt like a workout to me.  I also tried to make my evening walk a bit vigorous (but not overwhelming) in order to get in the aerobic exercise for the day.

    

October 27, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

Back to the usual BulletProof coffee for breakfast today, this time on-the-go as I drove into work.  I went with English Toffee syrup today and the meal came to 0g carbs as usual.

  

 

Snack:

Today Chevy was sponsoring free Fletcher’s corn dogs to celebrate their centennial.  Fletcher’s is known for being served at the Texas State Fair so a group of us from work walked a few blocks downtown to get some.  As is was a special treat, I did make my first bite with all of the batter and then after that peeled off the batter except for where the strip of mustard was.  I couldn’t find anything in MFP for one without the batter so I entered it as eating half of one since most of the carbs would come from the batter.  It was worth it for the fun experience with my coworkers.  This one snack, though, came to 28g of carbs.

    

 

Lunch:

Due to the snack so soon after finishing my BPC, I didn’t eat lunch until after 3pm.  I had pulled a serving of Chicken, Sausage, and Mushroom casserole from the freezer and had it with a bottle of Hint flavored water.  This meal came to 8g of carbs, 2g of which were fiber, leaving 6g of net carbs.

  

 

Dinner:

I went to a game night at a pub tonight and ordered this Chicken and Vegetable skewer meal, without rice and with extra veggies instead.  I also had three Vodka & Diet Cokes which were small glasses and mostly ice (which is why I got more than my usual 2 max).  The drinks are 0g of carbs and I found the closest match in MFP for the meal, which still only came to 6g of carbs, two of which were protein.  I feel like it was likely more carbs than that due to the tomatoes but I shared some of the zucchini with fellow attendees and after the corn dog I’m not stressing a few missed carbs anyway.

  

 

 

Summary:

My carbs were well over my goal of 20g today, due to my unexpected but intentional decision to enjoy most of a corn dog.  Altogether I ended up with 42g of carbs, which is still under 50 and within the low-carb range, and 14% of my caloric intake, which is well over my preferred 5%.  My protein was also higher than it should be and the fat well under where it should be.  They are all still in the correct proportions though, with fat being the highest and carbs being significantly lowest.  The important thing is that I got back on track after the high-carb snack and will stay on track tomorrow and onward.

On the plus side, I went well over my 6,000 step goal and didn’t even go out of my way to intentionally gain steps.  Our group walked to get the corn dogs that morning and a coworker and I went for a walk during lunch (my usual to and from the train station and work all at once).  Also, in the afternoon I rented a bike in order to get my cardio in and we walked down to a large parking lot so I could ride my 1/3 mile sets without interruption of streets and traffic lights.  I think I did well for it being my first time on an actual bike in many years (decades) and I did each 1/3 mile between 2:11 and 2:38 minutes.  This is definitely over last week’s times that were in the 1 minute range but that was on a stationary bike so I feel like this week’s times are more realistic for actual bike riding as opposed to spinning the pedals as fast as I can (with resistance).  I’m mostly glad I didn’t fall off/over at any point.

    

October 26, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

 

Breakfast:

Surprise, actual food for breakfast today.  My local discount grocery got a bunch of boxes of these in and I bought two so I had to try one.  It was actually pretty good, even my brother liked it, and the whole cup is only 2g carbs.  What I got was only the Meat Lovers but they have two other flavors as well.  Also, they cook in the microwave in just a couple of minutes.

    

 

Lunch:

Surprised again, for lunch I decided to have BulletProof Tea.  I have a nice selection of teas and decided the Sweet Cinnamon Spice flavor would fit the fall season nicely.  I quite enjoyed it as it had a mellow flavor and was distinct from all the coffees.  Still 0g carbs as well.

  

 

Snacks:

I also bought some new Gouda cheese at the discount grocery yesterday and, before I went back today for a huge box of Halloween candy, I wanted to try it so I’d know whether to get more or not.  It wasn’t bad but also not the best I’ve had so I decided the two chunks I’d gotten yesterday would be enough.  I was able to find out it was Finlandia brand and came to only 0g carbs.

  

 

After getting the batch of Halloween candy I came back home to do some searching for a dental and the goodies everywhere were wearing on me so I decided to have a little chocolate and peanut butter.  Portion control on peanut butter is what always gets me so I broke off half a serving of the chocolate and just scooped a little off the top of the jar to go with each piece.  This worked pretty good and I kept myself to one loop with the spoon to smooth things out at the end.  Altogether this snack came to 16g total carbs, with 6g from the peanut butter, 2 of which are fiber, and 10g from the chocolate, 5.5g of which are fiber and another 2.5g are sugar alcohols.  This snack should come to 6g net carbs once those are deducted.

  

 

Dinner:

Having had a higher carb snack and not being super hungry, I decided to go with some meat and cheese roll-ups, spread with mayo, with the last of the dill pickle pork rinds.  It was easy to make and filling.  I used two different cheeses but didn’t notice that they had much of a flavor impact.  All this for 0g carbs.

  

 

Summary:

I think I did fairly well on carbs today, with 18g total carbs and only 8g net carbs, due to the fiber and protein in the chocolate and peanut butter.  Both are within my personal goal to stay under 20g of carbs each day.  My macros were also pretty close to their goal percentages, with fat just slightly high and protein just slightly low.

I walked a little later than usual, waiting until after my mom called since it was so windy out.  I did my usual route again and this time MFP only counted 9 floors of stairs so I’m not sure what’s up with it.  Once I got home I did my strength building exercises for My Peak Challenge and either stayed the same or improved my number of reps within every exercise.  On some of these, I think I may have plateaued and really can’t do any more within the 30 second set while till keeping good form and doing the exercise right.  On others, I can definitely keep improving though and I am doing modified version of many of these exercises right now so I can move up to more challenging versions when I’m ready.

    

October 25, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

BulletProof coffee again, of course.  This time I punched it up a little by adding half a scoop of some low carb White Hot Chocolate along with the Cookie Dough Torani syrup.  It makes the BPC a little creamier and sweeter and more like a hot chocolate.  It does also add 2g net carbs but worth it as an occasional treat.

  

 

Lunch:

I had solid meetings from noon to 2pm so while I was listening to one I fried up some sausage and cut up my last 2oz of the smoked Gruyere cheese.  I also had a bottle of pear flavored water, with a little sweetener added.  This meal came to 8g of carbs, mostly due to the cheese.

  

 

Dinner:

I had pulled from the freezer a serving of the Tamale Skillet Pie and, as I needed something quick and easy this evening, went with that for dinner.  As it has a low carb cornbread base, it was my highest carb meal of the day, with 12g of carbs, 6g of which are fiber, leaving 6g net carbs.

  

 

Summary:

Today my protein is low and fat is high but they are still in the correct proportions.  My total carbs came to 21g, close to my daily goal of 20g.  Plus, 6g of those were fiber, bringing my net carbs for today to 15g.

Today was my active recovery day for the MPC plan I’m following so I was supposed to do a cardio activity of my choosing for 15-60 minutes.  I found a class to try out but still walked my neighborhood as I wasn’t sure what to expect.  MFP originally loaded with 14 floors but then changed to 4 and I’m not sure why as I walked my usual route except the last street, which does have a pretty big hill but not 10 floors worth.  I had also made a quick trip to a grocery store and got some steps in with that as well.

The class I went to was called FX FIT Strength & Tone.  FX is the name of the gym and we essentially moved around for cardio while doing various weight moves with either hand weights or a “Sand Tone stick”.  It was nice and repetitive for each move and I felt like I decently got the hang of it for it being my first time.  I’m also pretty sure my arms aren’t going to work tomorrow and I did have to abandon the weights towards the end (if I’d realized it was almost the end I may have pushed through).  It’s held pretty late in the evening for me but think it’ll be okay on Wed. as I work from home Thu. and can sleep in a bit.  I do plan to go back but definitely not this week.

    

October 24, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

It should come as no surprise that I had BulletProof coffee as my breakfast today.  I was up a few hours before having this at around 10am.  I used the Hazelnut syrup today and realized all of my bottles are getting towards the low side so I ordered some more this evening.  Stay tuned for some exciting new flavors.

  

 

Dinner:

A lot of low-carbers practice intermittent fasting, where you don’t eat all day and essentially eat all your carbs, calories, protein, etc. in one meal, usually dinner.  It’s not something I intentionally set out to do but I also don’t stress when  it happens, such as today.  After my BPC I wasn’t hungry until right before I got off work, which is when I needed to go do my walking and cardio.  For some reason walking always makes me forget my appetite and I’m not usually hungry when I’m done, even if I was before.  When I got home, I cooked this fish and mixed up the green bean “salad” and still didn’t really feel super hungry when it was done.  The one serving of green beans (1/4 of the bag) was 5g carbs, 2g of which were fiber.  Those were my only carbs for the day so they were super low.  Having eaten so little, though, everything is low and MFP got after me for my calories not being enough.

  

 

Summary:

As I said above, all of my macros, carbs, fat, and protein, are low today due to only having the one meal.  Looking at the macros, the fat is a bit high in relation to the other two since I had both the BPC and some mayo later.  They are in the right proportions though.

When I got off work I went out to walk the neighborhood.  Another front had come through so it was actually a really pleasant walk.  As I was taking my screenshots, though, I realized I was about 200 steps of hitting my goal so I had to walk a few loops inside the house to make sure I got there.  A lot of the streets have some decent slopes to them but it always surprised me when it calculates to going up 14 floors.

As part of my walking I did my cardio for the MPF plan I’m following.  This time I pushed myself a bit and jogged the short ends of the blocks (about 2 houses worth) within each segment and walked fast for the rest of it.  This definitely helped improve my times, with each section taking between 4:42 to 5:16 minutes as opposed to the over 6 minutes for each set the last two weeks.  I will try to continue the occasional jogging and hopefully will be able to extend my jogging abilities.

Lastly, I tied for first yesterday on meeting/surpassing my step goal.  Both myself and another in the group got 130% of their goal steps (although their goal was surely much higher than mine).  I’m taking and celebrating every achievement I can get to stay motivated to keep getting more.

    

 

October 23, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I was running slightly behind this morning and so instead of adding my butter and coconut oil separately, I added two tablespoons of a ghee and coconut oil mixture I had bought, along with the usual collagen peptides and some sugar free Hazelnut syrup.  As you can see, it didn’t incorporate as well as usual and didn’t seem as creamy as usual, probably due to not mixing in, but wasn’t too bad overall.

  

 

Lunch:

I was fairly busy at work today so I didn’t eat until almost 1pm.  I had grabbed and brought what was left from dinner a few nights ago, just some ground turkey, with some seasonings and such, with some riced vegetables.  It seemed like the flavors had soaked in a little more and was pretty good.  I drank on the Powerade for the rest of the afternoon.  With all the fiber in the riced veggies, this came to 9g of carbs.

  

 

Dinner:

With taking the later train in and then riding the train back, plus a stop at CVS to pick up a prescription it was 7pm by the time I got home.  I didn’t feel like putting a lot of effort into anything so I just cooked some sausage and rolled it up with some cheese in a large tortilla.  I finished off the flavored sparkling water I had begun yesterday also.  This came to 17g of carbs but the tortilla has 8g of fiber, which makes the meal 9g net carbs.

  

 

Summary:

My macros are a bit off today, with both carbs and fat being high and protein being low.  With 25g of total carbs, I’m over my daily goal but 10g of that was fiber, bringing my net carbs to 15g.  Most of the carbs came from the tortilla (13g total and 5g net) followed by the riced veggies that were with the ground turkey.

I did great on my steps today due to having to do a bit of walking around in my building in addition to my walks to and from the train station and work.  I tried to take the stairs whenever I had to go up or down just a few floors so that helped as well.  I just checked the app and also met the calories burned goal which makes me want to do 10 minutes of cardio just to meet the goals in every category again (which is good that I even want to do that) but it’s bedtime and probably not a good idea right now, lol.

Today was muscle work for the MPC plan I’m following and I improved the number of reps I was able to do in each 30 second set for every exercise.  Lunges continue to be my worst and I’ve always struggled with those; they’re especially difficult after having just done squats.  I’ve improved even in those though, which is the important thing.  It’s great that the program has you track because I don’t really feel like I’m getting better at it but the numbers show that I am.

Finally, I got the notification today that I won the “Weekend Warrior” challenge in my Fitbit app.  I think it was only me and one other person but it’s the first time I won a challenge so I was quite pleased, especially since I hadn’t gone out of my way to accumulate steps but just got them in the course of this last weekend’s activities.

    

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.