Thursday, May 17, 2012

Headed in the right direction (Week 4 ~ Day 7)

Okay friends... I'm getting really excited to weigh-in tomorrow because I'm finally headed in the right direction.

I weighed myself this morning and had to call my husband in to see the number on the scale which I will share with you tomorrow on my official weigh-in day:)  I can't say enough that sticking to the 15/6 (sugar/carb serving) is key.  That's what Jorge has been saying all along :)  Honestly, the only change I made this week was (#1) To commit to tracking my sugars and carbs and (#2) To stick to the 15/6 guideline - No...... Matter..... What.....!!!  I'm commited to doing whatever it takes.

I'm tracking my food in My Fitness Pal and it does take a few minutes but the effort is worth every pound I'm losing.  If I have a food I want to indulge in, I figure out how to make it fit into the 15/6 (with no more than 5/2 per meal).  Seriously, that's all I've done and the weight is actually coming off. My go to dessert almost everyday has been the crunchy almond butter (2TBSP) and Redi-Whip (2 TBSP). 

My girlfriends took me to Macaroni Grill last night to celebrate my birthday. It took a little effort and a few minutes to pull up the online nutritional information before I left, BUT I went there prepared with what I was going to order.  I have to tell you that some of the items I would have normally considered ordering weren't low-carb.  I was surprised. Glad I looked before I went.  No matter whose birthday it is, the five of us always order one dessert to share. I ordered the Lemon Passion Cake and had 1 super small bite because I knew my entire meal so far was only 0 sugars 19 carbs (1 carb serving).  

Here's what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast: My morning shake; Herba Mate chocolate tea

Snack #1: Handful of macadamia nuts

Lunch: Chicken breast, Gouda cheese, 4 baby dill pickes, almond butter, redi whip

Snack #2: Handful of macadamia nuts

Dinner: (Macaroni Gill) Ceasar Salad with Shrimp, 2 Goat-Cheese Peppadew Peppers, 1 small bite of Lemon Passion Cake

Hope everyone has a great BFC day!!  I'll be back tomorrow with my weigh-in.


  1. HI Kim - just found your blog :-)

    1. I'm so glad you did :)

      Thank you for the encouragement you've given to so many in their weight loss efforts. BFC Bloggers are the BEST!! :)

  2. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! As you found with your ordering food, you can have most anything, just a little bit! And eventually you will find that you don't even need a little bit of really sweet things. You will feel empowered!!!
    I have crunch peanut butter almost every day. I love the taste and the crunch. I love crunch things period!
    Happy Birthday and I wish for you a new year of successful weight loss:)

    1. Hi Kay, so funny you used the word "empowered". People keep asking me how I can eat like this. They say, "don't you miss such and such?" or "how can you avoid all grains?". I keep telling them that I feel "empowered" now not deprived.

      I now know I just can't have certain things and instead of focussing on that I focus on what I can eat and I've found some great recipes for things that keep me super satisfied (like homemade ice cream, chocolate macaroons and chocolate protein bars). Thanks to all the blogs, I've also found some great ideas for eating (soup in my Vitamix, zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza crust).

      I started a blog so I could join all you BFC bloggers – you’ve all been a great help to me so far (I’m down 23 pounds today) – yippee! Please join me there at (notice what I called my blog?? It just made sense to me).

    2. Thank you Kay! Tonight, for my birthday dessert, my husband is making brownies with his new brownie pan (the one that makes all the edges crispy). I plan to have 1-2 bites and that is it. Someday I will figure out some lower-carb desserts that will satisfy a crowd but right now I didn't think they'd all want almond butter and whip cream for dessert (well my kids and husband would, but not sure about everyone else) :)

  3. Happy Birthday Kim! My bday was May 10th.

    I found out pretty early in my BFC days that I couldn't tolerate even the 6 servings of carbs. I would do the 3 day Extreme plan and lose weight and as soon as I went back to 15/6, 2 pounds would pop back on.

    After a lot of reading (about our hormones - insulin and particularly leptin) I decided Jorge's Fast Track guidelines may serve me better. So I basically eat very little sugar a day (less than 10 grams) and I keep my carbs under 100 grams a day (many days under 60 grams). I’ve read that when you are leptin resistant (which I’m sure I am/was) the lower you can get your carbs for a while the sooner you may become leptin sensitive again (and ideally, burn fat while you sleep – who wouldn’t want that??). I track everything in MyFitnessPal and it's working for me.

    Glad you found what's working for you. Doesn’t it feel great when you feel like something has just “clicked”?

    1. Gosh ... I feel like a stalker (lol) ... I just read this over at Mark's Daily Apple and it fit in perfect with what I was just trying to say. I’ve heard this from several sources (Dr. Michael Eades of Protein Power is another one). Point being, to see faster results get your carbs down even lower :)

      “Typically, (if you are at an ideal body composition now) I use a rule of thumb that 100-150 grams of carbohydrate per day is plenty to keep you out of ketosis (and ketosis is NOT a bad thing) but away from storing the excess as fat if you are the least bit active. Don’t forget that your body can make up to 200 grams of glycogen from fats and protein every day, too. On the other hand, if you are looking to lose body fat, keeping carbs to under 80 grams per day will help immensely in lowering insulin and taking fat out of storage. On the other other hand, if you are insistent on training hard for long periods of time, you would add more carbs (say, 100 per day extra for every extra hour you train hard). It becomes a matter of doing the math and experimenting with the results.”

      Read more:

    2. Happy Be-Birthday to you too, Trina! :)

      (Don't feel like a stalker - like you, I LOVE researching, and also love the tips and advice from fellow BFC'ers). That's what it's all about, doing this together and supporting one another. I love Mark's Daily Apple. I have all of his books and visit his website regularly. In looking over My Fitness Pal, I realized that the last four days my daily total carbs were pretty low at 46,46,49,& 64 and I lost 3.4 lbs in those 4 lbs. I didn't plan to keep them low, but was totally full and satisfied with my meals. Those carb counts included things like Doritos and Flatbread. So yes, we can have our favorite things if we watch our portion sizes. Thanks for the info. Have a great BFC weekend! :)

    3. I really believe the carb count is the "holy grail" of weight loss. Once I reach my ideal weight I'll increase them a bit like Mark says but for now I keep them low (and since they are in everything you really have to track them). My Fitness Pal has been a big help with that.

      One more tip I'll impart - I recently read that you are best to do any exercise after your last meal of the day. I'm done eating everything by 7 pm and then I take a 45 minute walk. Since I started that the weight is dropping off. The theory is that the walk will help burn any sugar you did eat (and even veggies have sugar) and allow your body to burn more stored fat while you sleep.

      I’m going to post a yummy cookie recipe that I’ve been using for a treat. Even my sugar eating friends/family like it. It’s a chocolate coconut cookie (so you have to like coconut). I’m also going to post (soon) a recipe for a homemade chocolate protein bar that is fantastic. You won’t believe it’s good for you.

  4. Thanks for the information Trina - I may try the walks after dinner and would LOVE your recipes (and YES, I LOVE coconut)!! Thanks for sharing and have a GREAT weekend :)