Aug. 28 Menu and Events (Day 2)

I love this refreshing coleslaw recipe, so I had to make some today! recipe

I have had a few friends ask me to keep track of what I’m eating. I don’t mind doing that.

Some weeks might be harder than others for me to post faithfully due to scheduling conflicts, but I will always, always journal here, minimally, to keep track of my intakes (accountability keeps me going).

First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge.

Now I am putting on my stern no-no face and waggling my mom finger at you to tell you to do your thing. I am radically happy to provide some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid food-a-titian). You really are on your own amazing journey, and I’m here with you to cheer you on and hand you your socks back when you jump out of them for joy at your weight losses.

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Tuesday, August 28

I ate this:

Breakfast: Diet Coke. Bacon.
Lunch: Awesome salad (recipe coming tomorrow) + bacon. Diet Hansen’s Root beer.
Snack: Bacon + Diet Coke + I grabbed 2 blueberries for something sweet. And I accidentally licked my finger when I had molasses on it. *sigh*
Dinner: Zucchini spaghetti, meat sauce, a bite of low carb cole slaw, a bite of the lunch salad, spinach and tomato side salad with Ken’s Ranch Dressing. More Diet Coke and One more Hanson’s Diet Rootbeer.

Notes: I worked on so many recipes today, so I’m sorry I’m not sharing those recipes quite yet, but they’ll be up this week, just in time for Labor Day Weekend! I am running the final numbers and doing some added edits. I am really excited to bring these recipes to you. They’re all so delicious.

I exercised:

Treadmill: 15 minutes on an incline of 5.

Today I learned:

Success comes one day at a time.

Today I remembered that I have a nightshades intolerance, as I typically feel pretty narky after eating them. Thankfully, with food journaling, I at least knowing how far I was set back in carbs. And it was an eye opener. In the past, I would have mentioned potatoes in my head and rationalize them as an “almost induction-friendly” veggie, knowing full well that even carrots aren’t included in the staunchest version of Atkins.

Knowing I ingested 33 whole carbs (not net) was a moment when I said to myself, “Wow. Not only are you really almost allergic to potatoes, they are for either a semi-annual event or for closer to goal.”

And of course I know that, but it’s funny what the brain rationalizes at times, especially when you’re really hungry.

So, yay for food journaling. I am going to keep this up.

Remember: It takes 21 days to make a habit. What habits are you bringing into your lifestyle a day at a time?

Pictured right: Simple blue cheese dip

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  1. Dreariest Jamie, have you considered wrapping every veggie….in bacon?

    Just a thought!


  2. Kathy Fuller says

    Drinking water in place of regular Coke.

  3. I would love to food journal, however I have not found a way to make it convenient for me. I discovered that I am not very good at fitness/food tracking apps on my Iphone. How do you journal your food intake? Do you have a favorite way or suggestions? Thanks for all you do!

    • Helga, I have a really fun little notebook and a pen I’m starting to use as of today. I am a hands on person. I love Fitday, but at the end of the day, I really like putting pen to paper. I just need a Hello Kitty pen…

      • punkptamom says

        I’m like helga,too. Actually, i am pretty overwhelmed with the amount of tracking food /fitness sites I have bookmarked just read and understand. let alone actually use.
        Maybe i should start out with pen and paper,too. I am practically a Luddite

  4. I ate:
    omelette with spinach & soy chorizo & monterey jack
    Wasa fiber crisp bread with butter
    Decaf with half and half

    handful of Sungold cherry tomatoes

    sandwich for lunch:
    tuna w mayo on a collard green wrap


    well, let’s just say that things went completely smoking haywire. went to the gym. blood sugar was 125 before I headed in, which is a little low before a big workout, so I popped 4 grams of dextrose and decreased basal insulin delivery by 10%.

    after 15 minutes of weight training and 45 minutes of water aerobics, I couldn’t even see straight, my b.s. was so low. I mean, it was tragically low, call-the-ambulance low, shaky low, frantically searching my purse for more dextrose tablets low. I took in about 30 grams of carbs treating that hypoglycemia. It was BAD.

    Then I was still ravenous and still shaky, so I ate two bags of peanuts (8 net carbs), headed home and had a second dinner:

    2 thighs with balsamic/mushroom
    1 cup unsweetened soymilk
    1 oz fresh mozz

    Unnnh. It was more food than I normally eat, for sure—i’m typically on a 30-40 carb/day diet. But I don’t care. My weight is more or less where I want it to be, and my goals now are to keep my exercise up and my diabetes stable. So the #EpicFail of the day wasn’t the added food; it was the hypoglycemia, which was followed by hyperglycemia (typical) this morning, as my b.s. was 220 at waking.

    F it. It’s a new day. Diabetes, you’re just a scampy little pony that I’m going to ride like a scampy little pony.

  5. Do you find that drinking diet colas harm your weight loss? I LOVE diet mt dew and really have no problem with giving up EVERYTHING except my diet mt dew! BTW I RE started today thanks to you! 🙂

    • It really depends on the sweetener and if it makes me more hungry. It also depends on the sweetener. Dr. Atkins recommended only a handful of servings of sweetener per day. I find that Splenda makes me more hungry than aspartame, but too much aspartame causes nerve problems for me. It’s kind of a lose/lose. I am weaning off, however!

      • I have decided to just conitnue drinking my beloved Dt Dew and use a trial and error method! HOWEVER drink more water!!

  6. Does any one know how many calories and carbs to subtract from mcd’s and burger king and all the rest?

    • I mean for the buns, lol

    • I thought I heard someone the other day say to figure the buns at about 38 carbs, but I think it depends on the number of slices of bread in the sandwich and the size of the bun.

    • For McD’s the counts are:
      Regular bun = 28 grams carbohydrate
      Sesame seed bun = 33 grams
      Big Mac bun = 40 grams
      Premium bun = 51 grams

      For Burger King:
      Whopper bun = 45 grams
      Whopper Jr bun = 24 grams
      Hamburger bun = 25 grams

      Both McD & BK have ways to look up their foods’ nutritional values and customize them so you can see the counts you want. I subtracted everything from the sandwiches I looked up on their sites to get the bun carb counts.

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