January 15, 2012 7 Comments
Today began with our usual Sunday breakfast, bacon and scrambled eggs. I fry the bacon and daughter #2 scrambles the eggs. Usually I have a grapefruit half, but since today was a low-carb challenge I had eggs on a portobello mushroom instead:
Daughter #1 reminded us that we didn’t get to go Geocaching last weekend, so we decided to try to find some locations nearby. It was another beautiful sunny day, and I was glad that we were able to something active but not strenuous outside.
For dinner I decided to try a new recipe for roasted chicken from AllRecipes.
Juicy Roasted Chicken
- 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
- 1/2 cup
- 1 stalk celery, leaves removed
Of course I used butter instead of margarine. (duh!)
Organic red cabbage was an impulse buy. The color is so pretty! This is braised red cabbage with vinegar. I thought it tasted like the cabbage you get at a German restaurant. No one else I the family liked it though. If any of my local readers would like to try some, I have more than I can eat!
Day 14 Journal
Success Score: 7
Sweet Spot Calculations
Total calories: 1614
Fat 103.6g 58.2%
Saturated Fat 29.4g
Carbohydrates 82.1g 20.5%
Protein 85.1g 21.3%
Areas to improve: increase protein
Worst part of the results: although I easily kept the carbs <100, my stomach is already growling for a bedtime snack, so I’m not encouraged about intermittent fasting.
Best part: fiber at 26.5 grams with no grains or psyllium
Comments: I am supposed to fast from dinner until as long as I comfortably can tomorrow. I may last another 20 minutes.
Comments: I was going to do strength training since I missed all of last week, but my back was pretty touchy today so I went with the rest day.
Daily energy levels: 2
Hunger level between meals: 4
Satisfaction with meals: 10
Struggles with Primal efforts: intermittent fasting
Benefits noticed from primal efforts: doing more activities as a family
Daily highlights: finding the first geocache
Daily needs-to-improve: I felt I did well today. I’ve been keeping my carbs a little over 100 since I’m not going for fat loss, and that’s why I think I’m not ready to fast. Realistically I may never be able to fast with my history.
Week 2 Reflections
I feel that I am doing better this week with interacting more with the family and interacting with friends outside of just e-mail, Facebook and Lose It. I’m still struggling with limiting electronic media, but I’m making an active effort not to check my computer and phone constantly. Both Saturday and Sunday I was able to spend some time outside. For me the diet is the easy part of it. I haven’t craved any processed food or grains. Eating whole food tastes great and makes me feel better, so it hasn’t been a temptation to eat outside of the plan. I wish that my back would get better so that I could do more of the exercise component to the program.