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First Day of Low Carb Working

And let me tell you – low low carb is just not for me.  At least not while I’m a working woman.  I couldn’t focus, couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t think.  I guess I didn’t notice it (or it didn’t happen) over the weekend.  But today it took me HOURS do to anything.  I took like all day just to book a plane ticket.  I barely got any work done.  And I quickly decided that I just can’t do this right now.  I’m a task lead at work.  A lead engineer and a project manager.  I cannot spend all day in a fog.  A fog that was deepening as the day went on.  So I grabbed a kiddie cone and a bottle of h2o (I don’t work near any stores) and housed that cone in the parking lot.  I honestly didn’t know how I was going to get home if I didn’t get some sugar in my system b/c I was so out of it, I was disoriented and a little woozy.  Not good.

So that ends induction – 2 days in, ha.  2.5 really.  I decided that the low carb is good, I did feel GREAT the first two days (or because I was at home and relaxing I didn’t realize how slow I was), but I need to add back fruit ASAP.  I need to just eat clean, not low low carb.  I had a few more carbs at dinner and I feel normal again.  I’m going to just try to focus on clean carb sources instead of eliminating them almost completely aside from veggies.  Good experiment and good lesson learned.  I can lower my carbs, but just not to that extreme.  I’m still really struggling with diet and how to eat balanced and clean and I’m a little frustrated that this wasn’t an answer for me.  But I do know that eating the same stuff while having more fruit should solve the problem and that’s what I’m going to try the rest of the week.

Today other than that whole thing was fine.  I did workout this am – just a dance workout, no bodyrock.  I was feeling kind of flat this AM but really needed to move so that fit the bill.  I also have a really sore bicep (yeah, just one).  I’m not really sure how that happened but straightening my arm hurts.  I also have 2 bruises on my arm that I cannot identify so I’m assuming the left side of my body got beat up by my right in my sleep last night.  Anyway the point is that for the next few days no bodyrock – just cardio.  I’m not sure what I did to my bicep and that makes me worried.  So I’m going to chill out on the strength training and focus on cardio for the next few days.  Hopefully it’s just sore from cutting the grass (I use a trimmer instead of a real lawn mower so it’s possible it’s sore from holding it up for a while?) or awkward sleep.  But the bruises and the soreness are so odd that I would rather be safe than sorry.  I haven’t done a body rock workout since last Thursday and this set in today, so whatever it is, it’s not from exercise.  Hopefully a day or two of babying it will solve the problem and I’ll be back to bodyrocking soon.

Induction Week 1 Menu

Okay – it’s official – I’m doing Atkins.  Why?  Because the more I researched low carbing the more I realized that it was a better choice for me right now than what I am doing (floating aimlessly on the healthy eating seas).  I need some structure right now and this is it.  I am not doing the ketosis sticks or any of that…just aiming for eating healthy meals with a meat and veggie base.  I am following the Atkins induction food list to craft these meals.  I’ve been wanting to kick gluten and sugar and processed foods out of my diet for months now and kind of not sure how to do it.  Well this is definitely one way to move towards that goal.  

So, with that said, this is my induction week 1 menu.  I am assuming this actually should last more than a week considering I’m just cooking for me and some of these will be multi-serving meals. But I was more worried of running out of food and not knowing what to eat – so I made sure to have a few options for everything.  

Mexi Pepper (from Atkins induction meal plan online)
Scrambled Eggs with a solid veggie base

Hamburger Stir Fry
Tuna Salad

Catfish with caprese salad
Pork Chop sauteed with bell peppers and onion on a bed of greens

Deviled Eggs
Atkins Shake (I have the coffee caramel ones)
Veggies + blue cheese dip
Roasted Turkey + Provolone

I will grab some bars later this week so I have them for my trip this weekend. I debated the shakes, but I do love a good shake or smoothie and in a pinch, I wanted to have something acceptable on hand that I could grab and run out of the door. I may not drink a single one – but I wanted that safety net since my schedule tends to be a little crazy. The only processed foods I have this week are the shakes, the blue cheese dressing (I have researched recipes and may start making my own at some point and I bought the brand with minimal ingredients), mayo (I don’t really want to make mayo…I’m not sure I even like it as I’ve been team Miracle Whip my whole life), and pre-packaged tuna. I bought organic where the option was there and worked with the budget.

I tried to make a plan for the week that is easy to follow and I think I have. All the recipes look yummy and it’s all food I actually like to eat. I haven’t decided fully if I’m doing a week, a month, or forever on Atkins. But I do know that I need to make a change, so here I am.