November 8, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

The goal for today was to stay on track and get back to eating low carb.  After all I ate yesterday I wasn’t hungry for a while in the morning and didn’t make my BulletProof coffee until almost noon.  It was a cold, wet day today so this BPC with hazelnut flavoring really hit the spot.  0g of carbs as usual.

  

 

Dinner:

BPC is really filling so I wasn’t hungry again until after I’d gotten off work.  I had what I had planned to eat for dinner yesterday, a serving of chili with some riced cauliflower mixed in.  I had a small Powerade Zero with my meal, which came to 13g of total carbs.  Of that, the chili and cauliflower each had 2g of fiber, leaving 9g net carbs for this meal.

  

 

Snack:

Since I ate dinner so early I started feeling a little hungry again after 7.  I settled on some nice, 0g carb cheeses as I hadn’t added any to my chili as I had intended.  My brother and cat each ate a piece so I had slightly less than was pictured.  This snack came to 0g of carbs.

  

 

Summary:

As a switch from yesterday, today I’m well under my carb goal, with only 13g of total carbs and 9g net carbs.  My macros are close to their goal percentages as well, with protein slightly high and fat slightly low.

It rained all day today and, with highs in the 40s, I couldn’t bring myself to go out and walk.  Today was a muscle building day for my MPC program and I did complete the assigned exercises.  As it’s a new month I also ramped up some of them to the next level of modification.  On the ones I didn’t change I plan to add an additional rep.  I’m kind of surprised the step-ups didn’t register as stairs and the exercises in general didn’t register, since I was definitely puffing and working throughout.

    

November 5, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I stayed up pretty late last night, after having slept a good portion of the day before.  I currently still have a headache that was triggered when a front came through Friday afternoon, thus the lack of posting.  While I stuck to low carb foods, I did over-indulge in several of them (especially sweets).  Last night I did have some cheese to counteract the side-effects of all the sugar alcohols.  I also had some peanut butter.  I’m not sure if they should count towards yesterday or today so I’m including them here since I didn’t eat much after waking late this morning.

 

Lunch:

After I’d been up for a bit today I cooked some eggs with some ham and bacon and drank the second half of this flavored water.

  

 

Dinner:

For dinner, I kept it simple.  Just a couple of hot dogs with all the toppings.

  

 

Summary:

As previously stated, I still have the headache for day three now but decided to stop letting it control my life, since nothing I would take or drink would make it stay away.  Since I skipped some exercising on Fri. and Sat. I started today as my new day 1 and month 2.  I completed my muscle building exercises today and, as it’s a new month, I updated a couple of the exercises to more difficult modifications in order to continue pushing myself.  I also found I’d missed in week 3 where an additional rep was added so I’ve done that for the exercises where I’m not modifying.  I also went to a yoga class this evening.

That’s it for now, off to bed.

    

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 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 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 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 13, 2017 Food & Activity Log

Breakfast:

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.

  

 

Lunch:

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.

 

Dinner:

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.

    

 

Summary:

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.