4th Low Carb Month: Zero Progress

If you haven’t already read my latest blog post you can check it out here. With that all going on I definitely didn’t do that hot this last low carb month. The stressful pregnancy and then my miscarriage was just too much. I only logged for about the first 10 days of the month and then fell off the wagon. All of the Halloween candy was really tempting too. 🥺

Instead of losing weight this month the scale went in the wrong direction. I started month 4 down 20lbs and ended down 15lbs 🙈. I’m hoping this 5th month I can get back on track and hit 20lbs again and then 25 by Christmas, maybe. We all hit roadblocks but getting back on track is what counts! In times of struggle, I find it best to focus on things I can control. To avoid getting consumed with depression, I’m focusing on Thanksgiving (we’re hosting), my upcoming 2nd craft fair (Nov 30), and getting my low(er) carb lifestyle back on track!

I have a round of healthy groceries set to be picked up today through clicklist and have planned our meals for the next bit. We’ll have twisted chicken chili (my fave chili recipe), pork chops with roasted veggies, burgers with zucchini fries, and spaghetti squash casserole. I’ll share some of the recipes in my next blog!

This last month I did make a super yummy sweet red chili that you should check out in the meantime. Make sure you use all 4lbs of meat! I used angus and it turned out great. I do recommend seasoning the meat a bit more while you cook it (some salt, pepper, & garlic) to give it some more flavor. Also, instead of Navy beans I used two cans of black beans.

We’re all human and acting like this last low month didn’t happen would be a lie. I fell off but am determined to get it together again! More to come ✌️

Weeks 1 & 2: Healthy Eating Kick off

Okay so our first two weeks of *lower* carb eating are in the books. I’m down 5.5 lbs and I am stoked! Keep in mind I’m aiming to eat less than 100 net carbs a day so I’m not starting off going cold turkey or anything crazy. Depending on how I like this first month I might change my goals a bit for next month.

When we got home from vacation we had a whole menu planned. ➡️ Yay clicklist!! ♥️

  1. zoodles with homemade spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, and toss salad
  2. homemade pizza
  3. steak with cauliflower mash and asparagus
  4. greek chicken thighs with zucchini fries and green beans
  5. breakfast sandwiches with homemade low carb everything bagels
  6. berry shortcake (because what menu is complete without something sweet?!)
  7. and last but not least, peanut butter and chocolate keto fat bombs for a snack

Zoodles with homemade spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, & toss salad

For the zoodles, we used a frozen brand the first night and made our own the next night. The frozen ones (Green Giant) ended up being mushy, in my opinion. They’re also expensive and had hardly any in the bag. When we made our own the second time we wanted spaghetti we just used our spiralizer and cooked them with a little olive oil for a few minutes. They were fresh, had more bite to them, tasted better, and the serving was better. Plus they cooked up so easy. When we cooked them we used two small zucchinis and it made 2 decent size servings.

The spaghetti sauce was super easy and we prepped up a bunch of it. I used this recipe and made a few batches. For every batch I cooked I added in 1lb of browned and seasoned ground beef. The sauce was yummy and I was able to freeze some jars of it! So, whenever we want spaghetti sauce I just thaw one, microwave and go.

Yay leftovers ♥️

The garlic bread was killer. Totally recommend this recipe. It’s super simple but takes a bit more time than cooking the zoodles so start it first. We made it each time we had spaghetti ✌️ and it was worth it. Be careful not to roll too thin as it will cook super fast. Its still good thin but just don’t want to burn it!

Homemade Pizza

We made two pizzas so far (both the same since I prepped so much extra bacon/veggies the first time); they were pepperoni, bacon, green pepper, onion and cheese. For the crust we used this recipe. If I can figure out how to package/freeze them I’d like to make more crusts ahead of time. The crust held together well and was super flavorful – we added some garlic powder to it as well. Totally recommend. Plus ➡️ it was really filling.

Steak, cauliflower mash, & asparagus

The main thing to call out about this recipe is the Green Giant cauliflower mash. You can buy it premade and frozen and it’s super easy and yummy! Sprinkle some extra cheddar (all the cheese 🧀🧀🧀) and serve. I always buy these already since they’re healthy and easy.

Greek chicken thighs, zucchini fries, and green beans

Oh my goodness. Easiest chicken ever. We had something similar at my uncle’s in FL and modified it (since we’re lazy and don’t always plan far enough out). All we did was put the chicken in a big Ziploc full of Kraft Greek salad dressing as marinade for 8ish hours and then tossed it on the grill. So delicious. Go Uncle John.

I have yet to make the zucchini fries but still plan to. We ended up just roasting the zucchini and eating that because I was too lazy to do the whole recipe for fries that particular night. BUT my original fry recipe is still saved so I will try it and report back!

Breakfast Sandwiches

For these weeks I made two bagel recipes. The first was good – dense and filling but still yummy. I’d eat a half with my breakfast since they were so filling. Here is the recipe for those.

The second recipe I made was super different but claimed to be fluffier so I was intrigued. The recipe says you can use another ingredient in place of one in a few places and I did that since I didn’t have the whey protein isolate and xanthan gum at the time. These bagels came out nothing like the pictures 😂 and tasted like super bland bran frisbees. I haven’t even eaten a whole one yet, just tasted it. I tried to eat one for breakfast but hated it. 🤦I’m going to give the recipe one more shot now that I have all the ingredients but ugh 🤷 Hopes are low for these. 👎

Berry Shortcake with Homemade Whipped Cream

This recipe was a no brainier from my Keto goddess of a cousin. She served it when we were at their house so I knew it was good. I made my own whipped topping with heavy cream, powdered erythritol, and vanilla extract and for the cake I used this recipe. Then to serve I added a 1/4 cup of blueberries/strawberries over top. So good and definitely hits the spot for my sweets weakness.

Lastly, the Keto Fat Bombs

These babies were so easy but were a total bust. I plan to modify the recipe and try again. Here is what I made this time. They came out looking just like the picture but have hardly any peanut butter taste. It’s just like a faintly peanut butter ball with coconut oil and cheese. I also think 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to melt was overkill. I’m thinking next time I make these I’ll do more peanut butter (or add in some PB2) and use less coconut oil.

More to come as we venture into the back half of the month and try more recipes. Can’t wait to see how the next few weeks go!