Happy Sunday, peeps. I finally broke through my plateau! I lost 2.2 pounds this week, bringing the total lost to exactly 12.0 pounds – my next mini-goal! My goal was to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks and I’ve done it 4 full weeks early.
What’s my next goal? I will lose a total of 25 pounds in 6 months. So, I need to lose 13 more pounds by August 5, an average of 0.68 pounds per week. Easy!
I’m not sure I should call this a recipe, because I think you should make it to taste. I call this my Ugly Caprese Salad because I was too hungry to make it pretty for the picture. This was actually the best caprese salad I ever had!
- Good, ripe tomatoes
- Good fresh mozzarella
- Fresh basil (not optional)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- Slice tomatoes however you’d like them. I like them in 1/4 inch thick rounds.
- Sprinkle tomatoes with a little salt.
- Slice mozzarella about the same thickness you sliced your tomatoes.
- Chiffonade (roll the leaves up like cigars and slice thinly) basil.
- Arrange all three on the plate however you’d like. Traditionally the tomato and mozzarella slices are stacked, i.e. tomato, mozzarella, tomato, and so on.
- Sprinkle on balsamic vinegar. If your bottle is anything like mine, be careful–I basically dumped a bunch of vinegar onto my salad because it came out of the bottle too quickly. Luckily, I really like balsamic!
- Sprinkle on a little olive oil if you’d like. I did not, but after I inhaled my salad I thought that a bit of olive oil would take it over the top.
This can be made as a one-woman salad or a family meal, but it should be served immediately. If you want to test out the salt, basil, balsamic, olive oil ratio before making a big one of these as a meal or side dish, make yourself a little plate of it first and adjust as needed. Enjoy!
This is a lower carb version of my Coconut Milk Low Carb Shake. This makes a thinner, less sweet shake, so feel free to put less coconut milk in if you want to keep it thick and add some sweetener if that doesn’t cause you to stall. Make sure to adjust the carb count accordingly.
4 net carbs
3T ground flax
1/2 cup unsweetened refrigerated coconut milk
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
1 scoop zero carb protein powder
4 ice cubes
- Drink it.
After worrying that my weight loss was too fast, I added in a few foods with higher carbs to try to slow down. It worked–I am exactly, to the ounce, the same weight I was last weigh-in. Sheesh.
I’m slightly discouraged. I know I’m not supposed to lose every single week until I hit my goal, but to stall so early is unfortunate. I have 51 more pounds to lose.
My next mini-goal is to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks, and I’ve already lost 9.8. I need to lose 2.2 pounds over the next seven weeks. I know exactly what to do. This week, I will continue to focus on eating properly and drinking enough water. If I haven’t started losing again by next Sunday, I may have to cut out caffeine completely or cut out some of the foods I added back in.
Caffeine is known to cause stalls in low carb dieters, although it never affected my weight loss before. I may have to cut it out to see if that helps. There will be tears. From me, and quite possibly from the people around me while I go through caffeine withdrawal. Let’s wait and see what happens this week before I do anything rash, like quit MY ONLY VICE.
As promised, below I am listing the vitamins and supplements I purchased to fill in the gaps in my daily multivitamin and protein supplements. My goal is to replicate what Dr. Atkins considered vital, except for a few supplements he suggested specifically for conditions I don’t have or supplements that have been recently proven not to work.
Disclaimer: I am an Amazon associate, meaning I would get a nominal amount from Amazon.com if you purchased the item I link to; however, I have no affiliation to Walmart.com. I did not buy these for myself via Amazon.com or Walmart.com so I could make money. I picked these by determining the best price while retaining quality, and took a chance on a few brands I’ve never heard of due to some great reviews across the web.
|Acetyl L-Carnitine plus Alpha Lipoic Acid
||2 capsules twice daily with food
||1 tablet daily with food
|Evening Primrose Oil (GLA)
||1 softgel twice daily with food
|Flax (ALA, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid)
||Bob’s Red Mill
||3T ground in daily shake
||1 capsule daily
|Omega-3 (EPA, DHA)
||1 squeeze pack daily
||1 capsule daily with food
||1 tablet daily with food
||1/2 teaspoon mixed in water