November 7, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I had a late breakfast today and went ahead and made breakfast tacos, eggs, ham, and bacon wrapped in a tortilla with cheese.  Delicious.  I also had a bottle of flavored water, which I drank throughout the rest of the morning.  This meal came to 19g total carbs, 8g of which were fiber from the tortilla.  The ham calculated to 5g of carbs, which seems a bit high for meat.  Altogether, this meal came to 8g net carbs.

  

 

 

Snack Pt. 1:

Rather than lunch, I heated up a piece of the cake I had made (I’ll probably have to freeze a bit of it) and topped it with a serving of frosting.  The cake scanned with 2g net carbs and the frosting with 16g total carbs, 1g of which is fiber and 10g of which are sugar alcohols, leaving 5g net carbs.  This snack came to a total of 7g net carbs.

  

 

 

Dinner:

The highlight of my day.  My brother woke up and decided he wanted to order pizza.  I looked up the flavor he ordered in My Fitness Pal and with the toppings only, each slice came to only 5.4g of carbs.  He ordered the thin crust, of which I ate the toppings off three of the little squares.  I still counted it as two whole, regular slices to be on the upper side.  I had him order naked wings for me, which calculated with 5g of carbs for the 8 wings.  With them I had a combination of the new low carb BBQ sauce I got in my last Keto Krate and Bleu Cheese, which have always been a favorite combination of mine.  I topped it off with a Zevia Cream Soda.  This is the most indulgent meal I’d had in a while and it was pure heaven.  Altogether it came to 19g total carbs, which is pretty much my whole goal for the day but was so worth it.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2

We ate dinner a bit early and I really didn’t need any additional carbs but old habits die hard and after the pizza and wings I was craving a dessert.  I decided to try the little peanut butter bars with actual peanut butter, which was okay but not as good as I had thought they’d be.  The candies scanned in as 0 net carbs and the peanut butter had 12g of total carbs, minus 4g of fiber, leaving 8g net carbs for this snack.

  

 

Summary:

I’m over on pretty much everything today, especially carbs.  If I’d known my brother was going to order pizza I definitely would’ve planned ahead and not had carbs for the two prior meals in order to stay on track as much as possible.  MFP calculated 68g total carbs for today and my math shows about 42g net carbs, which is more than double my goal for each day.  The important thing will be to get back on track tomorrow and not get derailed.

I didn’t make my step goal today.  After working all day I had a dentist appointment and got home as it was already turning dusky.  I managed to get the front yard mowed before it got too dark as my active recovery day activity.

    

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 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 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 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 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 12, 2017 Food & Activity Log

Breakfast:

I decided at the last minute to go into the office for a meeting.  I didn’t have time to do any prep before heading out.  Once I got to the office I stopped at our cafeteria and got a coffee.  I added a FatCoffee packet and some sweetener to make it a BulletProof coffee.  The FatCoffee does have 2g of carbs, so this was higher than my usual BulletProof coffee but much more convenient.

  

 

Lunch:

I typically work from home on Thursdays, which is BBQ day in the cafeteria at work, meaning I usually miss out.  So the main perk of going in was I got to get a BBQ plate for lunch.  I had hoped for pulled pork but the options were chicken, sausage, and brisket.  As I had chicken twice yesterday and sausage can have added fillers, I went with the chopped brisket.  The best side options (besides salad, which I’ve also had plenty of) were Turnip Greens and mixed vegetables.  The mixed veggies were too soft so I only had a few bites.  I did eat most of the greens and all but a few fatty bits of the brisket.  Altogether this came to about 6g of carbs, mostly because I didn’t eat much of the corn and carrots.

  

 

Dinner:

After such a large lunch I wasn’t too hungry so I just cooked some sausage and ate that with some Gouda.  This came out to 10g of carbs, due to the brand of Gouda.

  

 

Summary:

Wow!  I think this is the first time I’ve ever been exactly equal to my goal percentage with all of my macros.  I totaled 18g of total carbs for the day, half of which came from the Gouda.  Despite the veggies, MFP doesn’t show any grams of fiber.

Today was my Active Recovery day for MPC, meaning I was supposed to do a 15-60 minute cardio activity but nothing was specified.  I got home early enough to mow my back yard, which took about 25 minutes.  That and the general walking associated with being in the office helped me reach and pass my step goal for today.  I’m still really sore from the strength building day on Tuesday and am not looking forward to doing it again tomorrow but moving around today did really help.