Another day begun with BulletProof coffee, with Hazelnut flavoring/sugar free sweetener. I tried adding protein again, this time about a third of a scoop, and it didn’t work out as well. The protein didn’t really blend in and stayed a bit chunky, so each sip was followed by chewing. I was able to get most of it down but couldn’t finish it. There was 1g carbs from the added protein powder.
A coworker and I walked to the park across from our office and had lunch outside, which was a real nice break and change of pace. I had prepped this salad last night; lettuce, tomato, lunchmeat, and shredded cheddar. On the way out I raided the office fridges for dressing but went with some mayo and a touch of mustard instead as there weren’t any super low carb options. The meal came to 10g carbs, mostly from the tomatoes and cheese.
Snack Pt. 1:
With such a light lunch I had one of these Power Crunch bars in the afternoon. It was my first time trying the mint and so far all three flavors have been pretty good. They’re a little dry/powdery but compared to usual protein bars that are a tough, chewy blob, these are pretty good. There’s wafers in the middle with cream and covered in chocolate. It is a high-ish carb snack, with 10g of carbs and only 1g of fiber for the bar but still better than a normal dessert.
When I got home I first did my strength exercises (more later) and, after my snack decided to go with sausage and Gouda for dinner again (why mess with perfection). I had finished off the old wedge and the new one was a different brand, so this meal only had 1g carbs.
Snacks Pt. 2 & 3:
I’m what I would call a “gateway eater” I suppose; if I have one sweet thing it’ll trigger additional cravings for more sweets. That combined with it being Friday led to more indulgences than it should’ve. After my early dinner I had a Know cookie. If you’re doing low carb, these are literally the most cookie-like dessert I’ve had so far. The lemon one I had today was a little dry but the Double Chocolate and Chocolate Chip are both pretty good. The label shows 40g of carbs, with 26g of those from sugars but from what I’ve heard, it’s a low-glycemic sweetener that just doesn’t fall into sugar alcohols.
I’d fallen asleep by nine (party animal here) and woke up around 2am. After being up a bit, I had too much peanut butter and some Lily’s chocolate (also highly recommended). The peanut butter is the main contributor to the number of carbs I accumulated in just the snacks section and for the day, with 24g of carbs from just that (although 8 of those are fiber). That, together with the 10g of carbs from the protein bar, 4 each from the cookie and Lily’s added to 42g of carbs for snacks.
My carbs are more than double my daily goal of 20g but the percentage of carbs isn’t as off as I had expected it to be. This suggests I overate in every category and my calories being 1,100 over support that. I had 39g of fiber, so subtracting that from the total carbs leaves only 15 net carbs, which definitely sounds too low for what I ate. Luckily Friday is over and I’ll be careful to not be so strict during the week moving forward so those cravings don’t build as much and contribute to the overindulgence.
For the MPC (fitness) portion, I went into the office today, which naturally leads to much higher step numbers in the course of just moving around the building so I hit my step goal very soon after arriving back home. Taking the train, and the walk to and from the station and office, are main contributors to that. When I got home I did today’s assigned muscle building exercises and was delighted when I found they were different from Tuesday’s as those muscles are still sore from then. Today’s exercises worked different muscle groups and I can already feel the soreness in them. As before, each exercise has 4 reps of 30 seconds each, with 30 second breaks between. I was able to complete 4 of the Step-Ups per rep, 3 of a legs-only modified inch worm, and between 9 and 11 of the back saver (a modified situp where you just crunch in your legs) per rep. I also did 4 reps of a modified plank, holding it for 30 seconds. I really like that this program has different levels and modifications so that anyone can do something and, as I’m able to do well at one modification, I can then move up to the next to continue challenging myself.