Hi all! I’m hoping to post some more on the blog this coming week. I’ve felt a little bit uninspired because I’ve been doing a lot of staying indoors because of the cold and because I’ve been going through some trouble with my rescue pup that is taking up a lot of my time and energy outside of work. I’m hoping to type up a post about the issues I’ve been having with him and what I’m doing about it and also get back to posting a few times a week, but for now, please enjoy this recap of my second week on slow carb!
Starting Weight: 186
Last Week’s Weight: 179.8
This Week’s Weight: 178.0
Weekly Weight Loss: 1.8 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 8.0 lbs
As expected, my weight loss was in a normal range this week. Losing 6 lbs in a week, even if it was mostly water weight, felt pretty crazy during week 1, and I’m glad it slowed down. In my experience, the only weight loss that works long term is the slow, sustainable kind.
I kept it simple this week, frying 2 eggs, 3 slices of bacon, and then having some black beans and sauteed spinach. I wasn’t feeling as hungry as I was last week, so I didn’t feel the need to load up on egg whites in the morning. Friday morning, instead of black beans, I used some leftover mashed butternut squash. Really tasty and a nice change! Saturday morning, I went out to a diner. I had black coffee, an omelet with smoked salmon, capers, and sundried tomatoes, a side of steamed veggies, and, of course, a side of bacon.
I was all over the place this week. One day, I didn’t pack lunch, and a water pipe burst on the main street near the courthouse, so there were very few options for lunch. I ended up having a bag of cashews, which was not filling or fun.
Another day, I packed lunch but totally forgot to eat it.
Two days last week, I had ground beef with taco seasoning, black beans, and frozen veggies.
On Friday, I went out to lunch with my co-workers. I got the burrito bowl, which was shredded pork, chorizo, rice and black beans, salsa, crema, cheese, and guac. I asked the waiter to sub out the rice for some more black beans, and asked to leave out the crema and cheese. It was pretty tasty, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the chorizo.
Monday night, I had this black bean and salsa soup from Genius Kitchen. I subbed out sour cream and used vegetable broth instead of beef broth. It was a bean-heavy meal, but comforting and warm.
Tuesday night, I defrosted some pre-seasoned, pre-cooked chicken breasts, and had them with carrots, spinach, and a dollop of hummus. I’m not usually a huge hummus fan, but I’ve found that I’m enjoying different flavors now that I’m not really consuming any sugar. Things that once tasted bland now taste really flavorful.
Wednesday night, I had some ground beef with black beans, frozen veggies, and salsa.
Thursday night, I cooked up grass-fed burgers with a slice of tomato, an egg, bacon, and pickles, with a side of butternut squash mash. This was my tastiest and most satisfying meal of the week. I did, unfortunately, find out that my pickles had a ton of sugar in them! But I don’t think it made an overall difference.
Friday night, my cousin was in town. I had a Chipotle salad with black beans, pinto beans, steak, fajita veggies, mild salsa, and guacamole.
I felt better this week than last week. I still craved dense carbohydrates, but not nearly as much as last week. I also didn’t have quite as many headaches. Not sure if it’s because my cheat day made me feel super crappy, because I focused on drinking a lot of water, or because I focused on getting more sleep. But I did all of those things and it made the week a little bit easier.
I was also happy that, on Sunday, which was my cheat day, I was able to go out for my nephew’s birthday and not worry about what I had to eat. Having one cheat day a week makes this diet a lot easier, mentally, than the last one I did, which was just 12 weeks straight of healthy eating. It was really nice to just focus on talking to my family instead of thinking about the food I was missing or studying the menu for what I could eat. It was also really nice to eat some of the delicious cake my mom made J
Workouts (There is no working out required on this diet. I love to work out, however, and it definitely can’t hurt progress, so I document my workouts as well).
Monday: Rest day (slow 15 min walk with Brooks)
Tuesday: Blogilates video + yoga video + 20 min walk with Brooks
Wednesday: Crossfit workout @ Iron Strong Athletics + 30 min walk with Brooks
15 min AMRAP of:
9 deadlifts (100#)
15 box jumps (20″ box)
Finished 4 rounds + 2. Took it slow because I’m still nervous about box jumps. But I’m doing them!
Cash Out: 30 cals on the bike (2:38)
Thursday: Crossfit workout @ Iron Strong Athletics + 30 min walk with Brooks
5×5 front squats @ 105 lbs. This should have been very light for me, but I didn’t eat enough the day before, so it felt heavy. Also, I have to admit that eating low carb has never been great for my lifts.
10 min AMRAP of:
10 air squats
20 double unders
I’ll be honest, I did not keep track of how many rounds I did. My legs were so weak from squatting for the first time in forever that I had a lot of trouble with double unders, so I mostly focused on just not stopping.
Friday: 30 min walk with Brooks in the morning + 30 min walk with Brooks at night
Saturday: Worked out @ Planet Fitness with Pat because he has a black card membership. We really focused on going slow and having good form. We’ve never worked out together before, but it was really fun!
Seated Leg Press: 4×12-15 @ 110 lbs, 120, 130, 175 (big jump at the end, should’ve gone heavier to start with)
Leg Extensions: 4×12-15 @ 60 lbs
Seated Leg Curls: 4×12-15 @ 50 lbs
Seated Calf Raises: 4×12 @ 110-ish lbs (I can’t remember but I think this was what it was)
10 mins on exercise bike (30 second sprints, 45 second rests)
We spent a few minutes messing around with battle ropes and seeing how low I could get in a dip and still get back up (lower than I thought I could), and then we called it a day.
Sunday: 20 min walk with Brooks
I didn’t write down everything I ate for my cheat day this week because I think it kind of defeats the purpose for me. A cheat day, at least for me, is a mental day off. If I’m writing everything down, it’s not really helpful for me.
A few of my favorite things: A Boston Kreme donut, fried calamari, my mom’s cake, and a hot chocolate.