Weekly Weigh-In: 5/8-5/16

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I always see weekly weigh in's on Instagram and it made me obsessed with looking at peoples progress! One thing I would love is to see a more in-depth post about them and what people did / thought / ate for that entire week to lose or gain that extra weight. I also would like, for myself to have a trail to look back on my progress and see where I started.

So here is the first official Weekly Weigh-In!


5/8/18

301 lbs 

5/16/18

295.5 lbs


Total: 5.5 lbs lost in 8 days! 

My everyday food goals:
Net carbs: 20g
Fats: 124g
Protein: 100g
Calories: ~1600


Let's take a look at what my days have been like! 

5/8/18


Breakfast: 1 Overeasy Egg w/ Tabasco

Snack: Light & Fit Greek Yogurt

Lunch: Taco Bowl

Snack: Adkins Shake

Dinner: Taco Bowl

Snack: Peanut butter

Net carbs: 34g
Fats: 116g
Protein: 129g
Calories: 1766


5/9/18


Breakfast: 2 Overeasy Egg w/ Tabasco

Snack: Light & Fit Greek Yogurt

Lunch: Taco Bowl

Snack: Adkins Shake

Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast

Snack: Premier Protein Shake

Net carbs: 34g
Fats: 104g
Protein: 185g
Calories: 1880

5/10/18


Breakfast: Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites & Cold Brew w. SF Vanilla

Snack: Redbull

Lunch: Parmesan Crisps

Snack: Atkins Shake

Dinner: Outback Sirloin w/ 2 Side Salads w/ Blue Cheese 

Net carbs: 52g
Fats: 92g
Protein: 98g
Calories: 1345

5/11/18


Lunch: Bun-less Burger w/ Bacon & Blue cheese w/ side salad

Dinner: Pizza & Drinks for a friends bday

This day I was unprepared and also was limited on options. I don't like to log these days because I don't want to feel guilty when I was having a great time with a friend. 

5/12/18


Another wash of a day. I actually didn't eat anything this day. I was doing my first wedding photoshoot for some family and I was super nervous. I ended up injuring myself anyways so it was just a bad day in general. 

5/13/18


Another wash! I didn't have groceries and was still feeling like crap from the day before but I did have coffee from starbucks while I grocery shopped later that day in target.

5/14/18


Didn't log this day but I promise I won't have much of those. I know it was an on track day just like 5/15 but I don't want to give wrong info! 

5/15/18


Breakfast: 2 Overeasy Egg w/ Tabasco, Sausage Links & Coffee

Snack: Light & Fit Greek Yogurt

Lunch: Taco Bowl

Snack: Atkins Shake

Dinner: Pinwheel Steak 

Net carbs: 20g
Fats: 108g
Protein: 117g
Calories: 1564

5/16/18


Breakfast: 2 Overeasy Egg w/ Tabasco, Sausage Links & Coffee

Snack: Light & Fit Greek Yogurt

Lunch: Taco Bowl

Snack: Atkins Shake

Dinner: Pinwheel Steak 

Net carbs: 20g
Fats: 108g
Protein: 117g
Calories: 1564

Exact same meal! I like repetition because its easy. It doesn't get too boring for me because I always switch up dinner!

5 CHEAP LOW CARB / KETO TACO BELL OPTIONS

Thursday, May 10, 2018




Alright, alright. I know meal prepping is the 'best' way for keto but sometimes I forget to buy enough food or I am lazy. All around me is fast food and I can't get the exact nutritional values from a sit down restaurant. Instead, I have been getting creative. Bun-less burgers just don't fill me up sometimes and my love for tacos are truly missed. So I have been playing around with things from taco bell to make them have less carbs. Here are five low carb / keto options I have made.

1. BReakfast 'Bowl' - 5g net carbs

How much?
$3.00

What to order - Grande Scrambler Burrito

Ask for:
-No Tortilla (Can ask them to put in a bowl or do it yourself)
-No Potatoes
-No Nacho Cheese

What you'll get- 
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cheese, Pico de Gallo & Sour Cream. 

Additions:
I like to add in their chipotle sauce which adds 1g of carbs. 






2. Mini Skillet Bowl - 4G NET CARBS

How much?
$1.00 - 3.00 

No Meat - $1.00
Sausage Crumbles- +$0.50
Marinated Steak- +$1.50


What to order - Mini Skillet Bowl
Ask for:
-No Potatoes

What you'll get- 
Scrambled Eggs, Nacho Cheese, Pico de Gallo. 

Additions:
You can add Bacon, Sausage Crumbles or Sausage Patty for no extra carbs. Marinated Steak adds 1g of carbs. 




3. Power menu BOWL - 6G NET CARBS

How much?
$5.50

What to order - Power Menu Bowl
Ask for:
-No Black Beans
-No Rice


What you'll get- 
Fire Grilled Chicken, Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Lettuce, Avocado Ranch Sauce. 

Additions:
You can change Chicken for Marinated Steak for 1g extra of carbs. 
Seasoned Beef adds up to 4g more of carbs so if you have enough room to add them it is also a tasty alternative. 




4. Spicy Tostada - 11G NET CARBS

This one is more Low Carb rather than Keto 

How much?
$1.00 - 3.00

No Meat - $1.00
Chicken- +$1.30
Marinated Steak- +$1.50
Seasoned Beef- +$0.60

What to order - Spicy Tostada
Ask for:
-No Beans


What you'll get- 
Cheese, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Red Sauce, Creamy Chipotle on a Tostada Shell. 

Additions:
You can add Chicken (0g extra) or Marinated Steak  (1g extra). 
Seasoned Beef adds up to 4g more of carbs so if you have enough room to add them it is also a tasty alternative. 
Sour Cream adds 2g of carbs (you can switch it for red sauce which is 2g of carbs)






5. Tacos - 2G NET CARBS (per taco)

This is a personal favourite!  

How much?
$1.30(per beef taco) 
$5.00 (for 4 beef tacos) 

What to order - 4 Hard-shell/Crunchy Tacos
Ask for:
-A bowl and spork if travelling but I use what I have at my office


What you'll get- 
Cheese, Lettuce, Seasoned Beef. 
Put the insides of the taco in a bowl et voila! 

Substitutions &Additions:
 Chicken instead of beef (5g of carbs total & 310 cal for 4 tacos)  +$1.30 per taco
Marinated Steak (8g of carbs total & 330 cal for 4 tacos)  +$1.50 per taco
Sour Cream adds 2g of carbs & 20 calories per taco
Chipotle Sauce adds 0 carbs & 30 calories per taco
Guacamole adds 2g of carbs & 35 calories per taco



MOZZARELLA MARINARA CHICKEN BAKE

Sunday, May 6, 2018

First things first, I am not a chef. Up until this past year I basically only could make mac and cheese. When I started doing Keto I had to learn how to make meals on my own. So with my very limited budget and new health goals i have been trying every which way to be creative with food. So many recipes call for so many ingredients which cost way to much. I have made it a mission to try and find the cheapest options while still indulging in some of my favourite foods.

This is one of the first of my budget friendly recipes that I made. It is so simple and tastes SO DAMN GOOD.
Finding a low carb marinara was hard but a cup of this Classico Tomato and Basil was perfect for the recipe! 1 cup is only 5g of net carbs! 

I get my chicken breast from Costco! There is about 16 breasts for $20.00. It kept me going for like 2 1/2 weeks! 



After pouring over the cup of marinara I took 6 slices of fresh mozzarella and layed it over the chicken and peppered it. I buy pre-sliced mozzarella from target but it is cheaper to cut your own. (I am just lazy.)

                            



Et Voila! The finished product. I am in no ways a food photographer but I promise it will get better every time. This recipe turned out so good! i just kept it at 375 degrees for 45 min. No broiling or anything! I am kind of afraid of the broiler to be honest. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Let me know what other recipes you would like to see. I can also dabble in the vegetarian/vegan side of keto too. Let me know your thoughts! 









A BROKE GIRLS GUIDE TO KETO

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


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Are you someone who loves to make excuses for not following through losing weight too? As a student, renter and worker of 2 jobs I currently could write down every excuse I could to eat junk and not to care about my health at the moment. Last year I lost 50 lbs with doing keto and it was great. Life caught up with me and a few things fell in my path. Instead of getting over them I decided that I was going to let these minor inconveniences ruin it all. (more on that another time)  With keto being more popular now I see so much misinformation being passed around. With having success with keto I thought I might put all this information I have to good use!


KETO AND LOW CARB ARE NOT THE SAME

I see people everywhere saying they are doing keto but eat way too many carbs to get into ketosis. For low carb the percentage is 40% Protein, 30-40% Carbs & 30-40% Fats. For keto it is around 25% Protein, 5% Carbs & 70% Fats. 

KETOSTIX


One thing that I don't see being mentioned anywhere is measuring your ketones. There is a great article by KETO SUMMIT which helps you identify what optimal ketone level is for you. To measure my ketone level I use KETOSTIX but if you look on amazon there are so many more options available as well! 

RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH

I did so much research before starting keto. The best information I received was from the free course given by KETOGASM. It was so useful and I always look it back over whenever I have questions about anything. Here is their FREE COURSE.

FATHEAD DOUGH IS YOUR LIFESAVER

So fat head dough is basically used to curb those cravings for any bread item. I don't know how anyone can live without it. Let's face it, pizza is god-sent and I don't think I could ever live without it. Here is a great fathead dough/pizza recipe from LOWCARBYUM


PINTEREST IS YOUR BFF

Honestly, I don't know what I would do without Pinterest. They have everything modified just for you. You can find things like keto chicken fingers, keto mozzarella sticks, keto cheesecake! Pinterest will give you so many options to keep your meals not boring. 

RECIPES DON'T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE

At the start of keto I kept trying to do these complicated and expensive recipes. I realized that I don't need to spend 100$ a week on groceries to keep up this new lifestyle I took on. Basics like chicken dishes and thinking out of the box gave me everything I needed. I now spend $50-$60 a week on groceries and love the extra money I have after!


This is just a place for me to journal my journey through this process. So hopefully this will help anyone else out there as well!