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A Day in the Life…

“Looks like you’re not doing slow carbs anymore? How did it work for you? For a while? Not at all? I’m just considering trying it. It’s an approach to eating I think I could live with – especially if I have the cheat day they recommend in the 4-hour body. I’ve tried lots of things that don’t make much diff to my weight but never gone fructose-free. I thought what the heck maybe that’s worth a try. Love your blog. “

Thanks for the email! No, I’m not really doing the Slow Carb Diet anymore. Honestly it did not work for me. I did it for a few weeks but did not see any weight loss or body changes. In fact, I gained about a pound or two. Michael, on the other hand, dropped a lot of weight doing the diet. He lost about 25 pounds and looked great. He felt great, too. I think this diet can work but it’s an individual thing. It just didn’t work for me.

That being said, we still do a lot of the components from the Slow Carb Diet. For example, we eat the breakfast, we’ve added more beans to our daily diet (which works great) and we’ve reduced our carb intake. Instead of having lots of carby foods with dinner (potatoes, rice, bread, etc) we skip that and have a protein with a salad and a veggie as a side dish for dinner. It’s much more satisfying and I feel healthier eating that way.

Here is a standard day, including foods, now:

6:oo a.m – Alarm goes off. Some days I bounce out of bed, other days I fall back asleep and groan and moan about getting up. I shower, dress, eat breakfast with Michael.

–>Our breakfast is the Slow Carb breakfast because it worked really well. It was fairly low in calories but really filling and kept me satisfied for hours. Our breakfast is scrambled eggs with beans and turkey sausage or bacon. Lots of protein! 

7:10 a.m. – Drive to work. If I’m biking to work the schedule is different.

7:25 a.m – Park car and walk about 1.5 miles to work. If it’s raining I will skip the walk.

8:00 a.m. – At work I make my 1 cup of coffee in a French Press coffeemaker. I store my coffee creamer at work. It’s saved me a ton of time, money and calories making my own coffee.

10:30 a.m. – I eat a snack on my break. This varies day to day and depends greatly on the season or what I am training for.

–>The usual is some kind of fruit: apples, oranges, cherries, grapes, plums, etc. Or I will have some cottage cheese.

1:00 p.m. – I eat lunch and go for a walk during my lunch break.

–>Lunch varies. It could be leftovers, soup, salads, sometimes sandwiches but not often. 

3:30 p.m. – Try to avoid snacking on candy from the Candy Room at work!

4:00 p.m. – I eat a snack if I’m on my way to the gym after work, or biking home. Again, the food I eat for a snack varies on what I have, what I’m craving and what I’m training for.

–>Sometimes it’s cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or hummus and carrots, other times it might be an English Muffin with butter. It all depends.

5:30 p.m. – If it’s a gym or swim day, I work out.

7:00 p.m. – Eat dinner with Michael at home.

–>Our standard dinner now is a protein (pork chop, steak, salmon, shrimp or chicken) with a salad and steamed veggies on the side. 

So in some ways we are still doing some of the Slow Carb Diet but I just could not give up fruit or dairy from my diet. Basically, there are a lot of different programs that you can do to start to lose weight and there are several that will work. You just have to choose which one works for you.

QUESTION: Have you tried the Slow Carb Diet? What were your thoughts? Do you still do it?

Almost Back to Normal

Sunday morning Michael’s family left to go home to Texas and we went out to breakfast with Jeremy. I’ve been wanting to try Hash for breakfast for a long time.

It’s a restaurant in Sellwood that seems to always have a packed restaurant. Since it was so early, we were able to get a table immediately. I got coffee and they brought scones with applesauce to the table. It was fantastic.

I wanted some eggs because it had been awhile since I had my usual breakfast. I got the omelet with Canadian Bacon, sausage, spinach and goat cheese. It was AMAZING! One of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. The service was great too. I really enjoyed my experience at Hash and will definitely return to try other things.

My omelet came with fresh fruit (watermelon and blueberries) and brioche toast with freshly made raspberry jam.

I told Michael we need to recreate my omelet sometime. The crumbled Canadian Bacon and goat cheese were a fantastic combo. Originally the omelet came with truffle cheese but I asked for the goat cheese instead since I’m not a fan of mushrooms. The word “truffle” just turned me off. The goat cheese, however, went perfectly with it.

Michael got the steak, hash and poached egg dish and he said it was one of the best breakfasts he’s had in a long time too.

After breakfast I went to the pool for the first time in about a week.

It was such a wonderful, relaxing swim! I felt great in the pool and then I spent a long time in the steam room relaxing. It felt good to almost get back to “normal” after a whirlwind of house guests, trips, day trips, and lots of eating out. 🙂 Jeremy is here for another week before heading back to Ireland.

I really enjoyed having Michael’s family visit. I like them a lot and always have a great time with them. Texas women definitely have a “look” and I will admit that I felt like a big, frumpy cow next to them. It was a little uncomfortable…I’m a really casual dresser. I try to be feminine and try to wear skirts and dresses when going out, but I definitely don’t have a “look”. I also feel like I’ve gained 20 pounds in the last 5 days of over-eating. NOT looking forward to the August Weigh-In.