Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day 111: Wait a minute? I can have French onion chip dip?

Total weight loss: 20 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, May 5th

Yesterday was Sunday, and I did my usual work at the computer when I woke up. I caught up on the week’s web business invoices and records. I’ve never been a breakfast person. I have to force myself to eat before 3-4 hours have passed, just because I know I must to wake up my metabolism. However, Sunday’s I go easy on myself.

Brunch was at Pizza Hut. We had tried it for it’s keto-friendliness a couple of weeks ago, and it worked out well. I ordered the personal pan pizza, salad, Diet Coke deal for $6.99. I love building a big salad at the bar, and I topped it with creamy Italian and bacon bits. The waitress helpfully suggested that she’d ask for thick toppings when I told I’d be skipping the crust.

For dinner, I reheated the Indian Butter chicken.

I was trying to think of uses for the new cheese snacks, when it hit me! I can eat chip dip. It’s basically sour cream. So, we picked some up and I ate tiny little cheesy crisps with dip while we watched some tube.

Dessert was 2 squares of 70% chocolate topped with a tbsp of peanut butter.


Day 110: Surviving the disappointment

Total weight loss: 20 pounds. Today’s results: +4 pounds
Next weigh-in: Saturday, May 5th

Egad, that was a huge let down…a FOUR POUND gain?

I know it’s all water weight (I can feel it!), but PULEEZ, one bad dinner and a finger-full of donut creme shouldn’t cause that much weight gain!

I’ll keep on keeping on, but knowing I lost 27 pounds was so much more gratifying than a measly 20. Nothing to do but keep going (and drink LOTS more water).

I have to say, I was tempted to just go crazy and have something off plan for breakfast. However, how much off plan can one really go at breakfast? lol

I ate a cheese and onion omelet with a side of bacon and garnished with sour cream. It was really really good. It reminded me of a cheese pierogi. I’ll have to get that again soon.

So, the bad part is, I ate breakfast so late and we became so entrenched on working on the house repairs, that I skipped lunch. I know, this is probably really messing up my metabolism. If anything, the weight gain was from not eating enough regular meals, not from one big blow out.

For dinner, I made Indian Butter chicken. It is a meal that makes me feel like I’m cheating, even when I’m not. It’s just soooo good. Served it over a bed of cauliflower “rice” of course.

I’m just going to keep sticking to this plan. The pants are still loose. What have I got to lose?

Day 109: Drinks and appetizers – keto friendly versions

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th


I started the morning with low carb yogurt, and I had 2 Beddar Cheddar sausages for lunch.

After work, we went searching for a place to relax for drinks and dinner outside. It’s our favorite end-of-the-workweek thing to do. We went to U.S. 12.

I usually order the steak bites, but Rick pointed out the Mexican pizza on the menu, so I decided to try it. The waitress brought a huge 3-tortilla “sandwich” which sat on top of a bed of rice. The meat was some type of stew. NOT, what I ordered!

I was pretty hungry, but the vodka and Diet Cokes were helping a bit.

When I finally received the correct order, the pizza was pretty satisfying. Without the crust, it wasn’t much different from eating shell-less taco salad.

It was a nice end to the week, and I remained under carb count for the day. We had chocolate mousse at home for dessert…keto-friendly, of course!

Day 108: Dinner out – back on track

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

I forgot to show pics of my newest Netrition order yesterday. I bought 3 different kinds of cheese chips, plus some large Parmesan cheese crisps.

The crisps were the best, but all of the items were a bit pricy. I guess if you compare the 3 portions you get from each bag to the price of 3 portions of potato chips, they come out even in price. Maybe. They are a bit crumbly, but well-packaged. There just aren’t many of them. They taste about the same as the ones I make myself in the oven, but they are thicker and crispier. They make a great base for eating crab dip or other items usually eaten on crackers or tortilla chips.

By the way, the baked cheese “chips” are TINY. They would help assuage any chip craving, though.

To get back to my progress, I had a boring, but good day. I had yogurt for breakfast, almonds for a snack, a thick and yummy baconzilla with no bun for lunch, and a salad at trivia.

Day 107: Screwing up, part 2

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

Wednesday started with a low carb yogurt.

I came prepared for lunch, 2 beddar cheddars.

HOWEVER, there were lots and lots of leftover creme-filled donuts from a class at work. I didn’t want to cheat, but I wanted one bad. So I ate the creme out of the center of one and threw the donut away.

It was wasteful (except they were being tossed eventually, anyway) and I don’t know how many carbs it cost me. Have you ever tried to find donut creme in a nutrition chart?

This is the second time in two days that I have done something out of character on this plan. I generally just say no. I wonder what’s going on with me? Okay, my dad is probably dying, and I’m working on another deadline at my day job, plus running my web business, plus finishing up the home renovations with the sale looming (finally!) in the next couple of weeks. PRESSURE! But I’ve been under pressure before and haven’t succumbed to temptation. Hope I do better today!

Day 106: The unplanned cheat meal at my favorite restaurant

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

What a day! What a meal! What did I do!?

The day started as usual with a yogurt for breakfast and some leftover salad and almonds for lunch.

It was a busy day, and after work we were going over to pack up and loan our truck to Brandon and Lindsey so they can start moving up. We left work and started over, and I said we should stop somewhere for a drink and appetizer while we waited for them to get ready.

Our big mistake was stopping at my favorite restaurant: Mexican Fiesta

Here was my plan–get one margarita and eat about 6 chips and salsa

Here is the reality–ordered one margarita; however, the waitress pointed out that one was $7 and a whole liter was only $10!


I had nearly the entire liter, half an order of chips and salsa, 2 cheese enchiladas, and one beef taco.

And I was drunk, as well.

I guess I won’t go to my favorite restaurant unless it’s a PLANNED cheat day.

Day 105: Birthday cupcakes

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

Back to work on Monday morning after an early morning dental appointment. I wasn’t able to eat until noon due to a numb and sore mouth. I ate leftover broccoli hamburger Alfredo casserole. It had a lot more flavor on day two.

For a snack, I tried to eat some almonds, but it wasn’t easy, so I didn’t have many.

After work, we were supposed to go work on the house, but after receiving some bad news about my Dad’s prognosis, I just felt tired and out of it. My mouth still hurt, so I warmed up some casserole again. It was a nice comfort food, and I ate it while relaxing in front of the tv.

It was trivia night at Albert’s. I wasn’t too hungry so I ordered the low carb wings. The flavor is great, but I sure hate the texture of dark meat and skin. Rick insists that wings are white meat, but I know better.

It was Jim’s birthday celebration and–after staring at them for 15 minutes–I decided to take 2 small bites of a cupcake. That did the trick. I have no idea how many carbs. I’ll have to try to calculate later.

Back home, I had 2 squares of 70% cocoa with peanut butter.

Day 104: Pizza buffet on keto

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

Sunday morning, and I wasn’t hungry for breakfast. I worked on gathering 2012 business expenses into an organized binder. Yes, I can learn from last year’s tax mistakes. LOL

After bills, budgets, design jobs, and other fun paperwork, it was time to go work on the rental house. For brunch on the way, we went to Papa Elias’s Pizza Buffet.

I had a huge salad with Ranch dressing and about 5 pieces of pizza TOPPINGS. I felt really bad when they came to clear our plates and there was a pile of crusts on mine. It looked so wasteful, but a woman’s gotta do…etc. If anyone ever questions my behavior, I plan to tell them I have a flour allergy. LOL

We worked on installing doors again. What a pain.

Afterwards, we headed home. I wasn’t hungry because of the huge brunch, so I headed back to my office to list ebay items and work on ¬†catching up on this blog.

In the evening, I decided to try the hamburger/broccoli alfredo casserole recipe Brandon tried last week from Linda’s low carb recipe site. It wasn’t too complicated, although Brandon recommended using more heavy cream and 1 1/2 times the cream cheese. I did, and it was very tasty and I ate 2 servings.

I’ll take a picture of it when I heat it up for dinner.

For dessert, I made some chocolate mousse.

Day 103: Let the weekend begin!

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

Saturday morning began with a small breakfast of leftovers: the pizza squasherole with some almonds. I worked at home on the budget and some web design.

For lunch, we went to Del Taco. I must admit, after my bad weigh-in, I was a little frustrated. I ordered the mucho burrito and tossed the tortilla, but I was really really tempted to buy a churro. I thought about it, but decided that eating a cheat meal after a bad weigh-in is a bad idea. I need to thoughtfully, carefully, plan a cheat meal, or even a cheat day, not do it emotionally. I did have 4 of Rick’s french fries.

We worked on installing doors at the rental house, then went to visit my dad. It was late when we arrived home, and I, of course, had nothing planned to eat. I got out 3 pieces of sliced ham, spread cream cheese on them, and topped them with onion. I rolled each into a loose sandwich and that was dinner. Oh, I had some almonds as a light accompaniment.

Dessert was 2 pieces of 70% cocoa bar with peanut butter.

Day 102: Pizza “Squasherole” – and a bad weigh-day

Today’s weight loss: +2.5 pounds!

Total weight loss: 24 pounds. Next weigh-in: Saturday, April 28th

DAMMIT! Gained again!
Saying I lost 26 and half pounds sounds WAY better than 24. I’m guessing it was the 10 or so alcoholic drinks I had last week. They were no carb, but I think they play with my hydration and loss. I did have that one carb-laden muffin, and I skipped a few meals. All in all, I need to get back on track with some healthy eating.
Yesterday was Friday and the end of a stressful and depressing week. My dad is still in hospital, although he is doing better. Rick and I are also trying to finish up the rental house repairs so we can sell it and recoup our investment. I’m back at work, plus we’ve been doing brochures and business cards for our clients.
Enough complaining…yesterday, I wasn’t hungry for breakfast, again. I waited until around 11 a.m, then had 2 Beddar Cheddar smoked sausages.
After work, we went to see my dad, then went back to Albert’s to have some more drinks on the patio, but this time, I ordered the steak bites with teriyaki sauce. They were good, but the 2 wings with blue cheese dressing that Rick gave me were even better.
We didn’t stay late, since the weather turned overcast and cold. Since I’d only had 2 meals, I was hungry by 8 pm. Rick was eating little pizzas made on English muffins. I couldn’t do that, so I decided to improvise and create a meal that would appeal to my need for comfort food.
I heated a small portion of spaghetti squash, then layered it into a glass dish. I topped it with 1/8 cup of pizza sauce, a layer of grated cheddar/mozarella cheese, then a layer of chopped onions. I topped that with a few dabs of cream cheese and I baked it in the oven with Rick’s pizzas for about 7 minutes at 350 degrees. I think I’ll call it “pizza squasherole.”
It turned out pretty good, not great. I ate about 3/4 of it, then had 2 squares of 70% cocoa bar with peanut butter for dessert.