So I’m settling into this diet more and more and starting to feel less of the effects of low carbs already. I’m not completely over the hump yet, but compared to day 2, I’m much more awake overall, feel less crabby, and generally feel happier.
No, I’m not perfect yet, mainly because I’m still struggling with variety of food choices and figuring our what is best. Lunch will always be the hardest meal for me since I prep my meals and take them to work with me (the disadvantage of where I live is it is too far to drive home to cook lunch). Breakfast variety must get better. I cannot eat eggs everyday and expect to stay sane!
And today was definitely an exception-to-the-rule type of day. I overslept. As in, my alarm was set for 5:30am, I don’t think I heard it, and slept until after 7am. That’s never a good way to start the morning, much less when you have food prep to do. Needless to say, my P90X yoga session had to get put on hold until the afternoon.
But I survived and got things pull together well.
After yoga this evening, it was time to do something I’m trying not to do: Track calories. But more than tracking calories, I needed to see where my carb in take was. The Primal Blueprint calls for 50-100 for “effortless weight loss” and 0-50 for faster weight loss on a limited basis. I figure I’ve been playing near the 50 mark and possibly below, but wanted to make sure. So I tracked. Here is what all I had today:
Lunch: Around 3 cups of homemade chili with 1/8th cup of cheese, and somewhere between 1-2 servings of pork rinds.
Snack: 1 gala apple with around 1 tbsp almond butter
Supper – 9 oz ribeye with a cajun butter sauce on top, with some veggies cooked in a bit of butter (pictured at the top of this post)
My totals look like this:
So, 59g of carbs falls well into the range. I was shocked at the protein intake of 176g. My goal for protein should be much lower (.7-1g per pound of lean body mass, which means 152g should be my max). I guess 24g over is not too bad.
There is still one major obstacle I’m going to have to face: Kicking my workouts up a notch. Sure, Plyo X was tough, and it took a toll on my with my second day of low-carb. But I’m going to have to work harder overall on getting more workout in (with the blessing of my therapist, of course). Tomorrow is a therapy day, and then Friday will be a doubles of sorts (Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X in the morning, therapy in the afternoon). I’ll up my carbs slightly that day, and probably increase my overall intake as well. I may need around 2,300 calories that day to make it.
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