Day Four: Half Way There

Day Four was a little different. First, both Michael and I were commuting by bike to work so neither of us wanted a huge breakfast. Second, I will admit I’m getting burned out on salads for lunch AND dinner. I need to figure out other options.


2 scrambled eggs (instead of the 3 egg whites and 1 egg)

2 slices of bacon

1/2 a serving of black beans

It was the perfect amount pre-bike ride. But I ended up being hungry earlier once I got to work. I ate breakfast at 6:30am.

Calories:  340     |     Carbs:10 g     |     Protein: 23g     |    Fiber 0g


String Cheese

Raw Almonds


I ate my snack at 10am because I was really hungry. The breakfast was smaller and I think getting in my workout before work made a difference. I was concerned I’d be hungry since we had a “light” breakfast before the ride so I brought the string cheese just in case–thank goodness! I was glad I had it.

Calories: 245    |     Carbs: 7g     |     Protein: 12g     |    Fiber 2g


Salad – spinach, chickpeas, broccoli, chopped peppers, celery

With canned Albacore Tuna

I was starting to feel a little burned out on salads but I brought another one for lunch on Wednesday. This time I topped it with tuna.

The salad was filling. I ate it at 12:30. If I continue this eating plan after the 7 days I would alternate lunches with salads, lentil soups, and other things so I don’t burn out on the same food.

Calories:  292     |     Carbs: 32g     |     Protein: 23g     |    Fiber 11g




This snack combo worked well on Tuesday before I went to the gym, so I did it again before I rode my bike home.

Calories:   116   |     Carbs: 11g     |     Protein: 5g     |    Fiber 3g


6 ounces New York Strip Steak

Caesar Salad


2 glasses red wine

Michael and I both had equally crappy days. Mine may have been worse simply because I spent most of it crying. I don’t want to get into it but lets just say that had I NOT been on this diet, I would have TOTALLY resorted to food therapy (i.e. LOTS of wine and LOTS of chocolate and the tastiest, fattiest Mexican food I could get). Michael even offered that as an option. He said we could bag the diet and just go out and get a greasy cheeseburger with lots of bread and fries. I was tempted but I said “I’ve made it all day eating on the Plan, I’m not going to ruin it now with only 5 hours left of today.” As a compromise, we went out to dinner to Stanford’s Restaurant.

I ordered the small Caesar Salad (NO CROUTONS!) and Michael got the Wedge Salad with blue cheese and bacon.

I am happy to say that we did REALLY well ordering at the restaurant and sticking to the Slow-Carb/Four Hour Diet. We maneuvered through the menu options, both of us pining over the bread basket or onion rings, and zeroed in on what we could have. The salads were 100% on the plan. So was the wine. I even did a bunch of research beforehand and found an interview with the author of “The Four Hour Body” explaining why red wine is ok. He explained that it had less sugar in it than white wine or beer and it was released slower into the system. He also described beer as being the equivalent as eating a donut (sugar wise) which was pretty shocking yet believable to me.

Michael and I decided that we would order the 12 ounce New York Strip steak and split it–so we each had 6 ounces. It came with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. We asked the waiter to substitute extra asparagus instead of the mashed potatoes and he agreed. It was so tempting though…garlic mashed potatoes….mmmm! Then the waiter asked if we wanted the cheesy bread with our dinners. HELL YEAH we did! But we didn’t. NO bread. NONE.

The dinner was awesome. I love the steak. The Peppercorns were spicy and the Cabernet glaze was amazing. The asparagus was good too, although I wanted a few more. I am super happy that we were able to get out of the restaurant with a yummy dinner that was 100% on the diet. Plus we have half a bottle of wine waiting for us on our “Binge Day.” 🙂

Calories:  990    |     Carbs: 9g     |     Protein: 67g     |    Fiber 4g



Calories:  2,202    |     Carbs: 119g     |     Protein: 137g     |    Fiber 22g

I’m really happy that we were able to go out to dinner on a Date Night and still stay on the diet. I also noticed that Wednesday was the first day of the week where I went over 2,000 calories. I blame the wine but it was VERY needed last night! Plus I worked out twice, which meant I was hungrier than normal.

QUESTION: How do you order at a restaurant when you are trying to stay on a particular diet?

12 Responses

  1. Nicely done!

    Can you stir fry some veggies or roast them instead of salads? That’s the only way I can think to mix that up. It’s been so cold here still that salads do not sound tempting, but hot roasted veggies do!

    Way to stick to plan!

    We go out so very little but now I try to look up the dishes beforehand and check out the points. Often I see how many points are in things and decide to stay home! (Ok, that’s only happened once)

    1. The thing with lunch that makes it difficult is that neither of us really want to reheat food. I ate my chicken cold on the salad today (which was tasty). But the idea of reheating roasted veggies sounds kinda gross to me. We do eat steamed or roasted veggies with dinner though!

      Once you guys come to Portland I think you’ll want to eat out a lot. 🙂 There are so many yummy places!

  2. Sorry things didn’t go well for you today. Great job on staying on plan, though! I am so glad you didn’t give in and ditch the diet.

    You could do a quick soup with roasted veggies for lunch instead of a salad. Just roast up extra at night. Blend some with chicken broth for a quick soup. You could heat it up in the morning and put it in a thermos if you don’t want to reheat it.

    Nice bike commute earlier, too.
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    1. I’m not too concerned about the sodium. I know how high restaurant food is but if I only eat out once a week max, I’m not too concerned. The rest of the food I eat doesn’t have much salt in it…

    1. So far so good! I am really jonesin’ for some chocolate though!

      We got the Tribe Hummus from Costco. I like it alright. It’s rather plain but it comes in serving size packets for 100 calories. I prefer the Sabra (sp?) brand with the different flavor mix-ins though.

  3. I do not blame you for getting tired of salads at lunch and dinner. Salads are one of those foods I verrrrrry quickly tire of. They can just be boring.

    I’m putting together a portland reader/blogger dinner and wanted to invite you. If you’re interested, could you email me at I couldn’t find your email on here (just the contact form). Thx!
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