Week 6 Weigh-In

Week 6 is over and I am down 1.7lbs, for a total of 6lbs.  After 2 1/2 weeks of being sick I am finally feeling well again…well, except for this lingering cough.

This week I am going to focus on exercising since I have pretty much lived on the couch the last couple weeks.  I am going to try to do 1 hour of cardio on 4 or 5 days and the other 2 or 3 days I will do a half hour of yoga or pilates.  I know that a lot of people give themselves a day or two of rest during the week, but I don’t do well with days off so that is why I am doing two or three days of a shorter, less intense workout.  When I take days off, I find it really hard to get back into the groove of things and since I know this I am just trying to avoid that problem.  I don’t know if this plan will work, but I guess I will find out.

In regards to my diet, I have now gone a few days without any diet soda and have not suffered any withdraw or cravings for it.  I don’t really crave breads, pastas, or potatoes anymore, but I am still craving sugar, which kind of sucks.  I have tried to make a couple treats with Splenda and liquid Stevia, but it doesn’t really fix the sugar cravings so I think I will just have to wait it out and hope the cravings go away eventually.

Sunday I am going to a Super Bowl party, but I am pretty confident that it won’t be a problem.  My mother-in-law is making a taco bar, so I plan on making cheese chips and having nachos instead.  We are also having plenty of low-carb snacks too, such as buffalo chicken meatballs, Italian meatballs, a summer sausage and cheese tray, and a veggie tray.  I think it will be easy to stay on plan with all the yummy low-carb food that will be available.

So, all in all this week went well and I am going into week 7 feeling better than I have in a couple weeks; hopefully it will go well too.

Low-Carb Snack Ideas

When you are on a low-carb diet it can be hard to think of snack ideas that meet the low-carb criteria.  Whether you want a sweet snack or a savory one, there are many snack options available for the low-carb dieter.  Here is a list of 10 sweet and 10 savory low-carb snacks that all come in under 10 g. net carbs per serving:

 

Sweet:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese topped with 1/4 cup raspberries (8.7 g. net carbs)
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt flavored with 1 Tbsp. sugar free DaVinci syrup and  topped with 1/4 sliced strawberries (2.35 g. net carbs)
  • 1 Sugar free Fudgsicle (4 g. net carbs)
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened cranberries and 1 oz. pistachios (7 g. net carbs)
  • 2 squares 75% cacao dark chocolate and 1/2 cup strawberries, halved (8.35 g. net carbs)
  • No-Carb Meringue cookies (0 g. net carbs)
  • 1 Flourless brownie (2 g. net carbs)
  • Sugar free jello (0 g. net carbs)
  • 1/2 frozen mixed berries topped with 2 Tbsp. heavy cream, whipped (8.13)
  • 1 Edy’s Outshine no sugar added Fruit Ice Bars (6 g. net carbs)

 

Savory:

  • 1/4 cup raw almonds (1 g. net carb)
  • 1 oz. Trader Joe’s Zesty Nacho Kale chips (8 g. net carbs)
  • 15 Pepperoni chips (bake pepperoni until crispy) and 1 mozzarella cheese stick (1 g. net carbs)
  • 3 small celery stalks and 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter (5 g. net carbs)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (0 g. net carbs)
  • 10 baby carrots with 1 oz. plain whole milk Greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 tsp. ranch seasoning (7.85 g. net carbs)
  • 1 tomato, cut into wedges, and 3 oz. canned tuna, drained and mixed with 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise and 1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard (2.5 g. net carbs)
  • 1/2 avocado topped with 1 oz. sunflower seed kernels (5.25 g. net carbs) 
  • 2 Tbsp. Wholly Guacamole and 1/2 red bell pepper cut into strips (3 g. net carbs)
  • Cheese chips (1 cup shredded cheese microwaved on a plate until crispy, then broken into chips) and 4 Tbsp. salsa (5.61 g. net carbs)

 

If you have a favorite low carb snack be sure to tell me about it in the comments.