Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Still Smiling in October

This month my focus has been on optimism and for the most part I have taken my own advice and using the 5 way to practise optimism to keep a smile on my face and look towards good results for my efforts.  So far so good… I am pleased.

I have been working out like crazy this month… The Captain and I are almost at the end of the 9th and final week in our Metabolic Aftershock workouts. This last phase has been especially hard and l have not been running at all between workout sessions.  The phase 3 MA workouts are very leg-intensive and other than walking on ‘off’ days, I thought it best to preserve our leg muscles for the workouts themselves.  I am not sorry the program will reach its natural conculsion at the end of the week. I have enjoyed it and found it very good for building up my should strength, as well as firming me through the middle along with my butt and thighs. 

And I have been doing very well in the eats department lately too.  I have finally ditched the Sugar Monster am enjoying some lower carb days again.  It really does suit me better – no cravings whatsoever, and I can even enjoy an occasional glass of red wine as long as I am having a protein/fat snack with it.  YAY!

I am not following any program in particular, although I have been reading a lot this week…

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Right now I am just watching my macros, keeping net carbs (carbs – fibre) to about  50g per day.  It is working very well for me and I feel great, have a ton of energy and am sleeping like a baby.

Low carb isn’t scary… or difficult. It just takes some planning. I am eating lots of leafy greens, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, zukes, etc… and somewhat limiting fruit, squashes, sweet potates, beats, peas, and carrots.  And of course I am getting lots of protein and ample healthy fat… that is the key to staying satisfied, for me.

I have been going through my own food blog We can begin to feed… looking for some of my favorite low carb recipes to make, too.  I thought I would share a couple of my staples with you here today.

The first is a lovely little Low Carb Flatbread… made from eggs and cooked cauliflower.  No, you cannot taste the cauliflower!  And these flatbreads freeze and thaw very nicely.  I always have some in my freezer and use them for quick sandwiches. You can use them open-faced or fold-over style too.  Love them.

Low-Carb Flatbread

And this next one if a special treat. It is my High Protein Angel Food Cake.  It is perfect for when you want a nice dessert or even just a ‘sweet’ with a cup of tea. The ‘sweet’ comes from the taste of vanilla protein powder in it… or you can add a bit of stevia if you use it and want a sweeter taste.  I made one up last night and we enjoyed  some of it with some whipped cream and a few berries.   I have also eaten it with some melted peanut butter drizzled over the top. Truly delicious.

High Protein Angel Food Cake

I plant to keep it up because I feel so good, and then once we get back from Vegas, delve more deeply into it… as well as start on a new exercise program.  Perhaps get back to some lifting… and running, of course.

Do you have a favorite low carb dish?  I would love to hear about it.


  1. I'm currently semi-low carb, mostly because I'm trying to avoid gluten while dealing with some GI issues, so that in and of itself cuts WAY back on my carb intake. I'm not counting carbs, but like you said, I'm feeling fantastic and sleeping like a baby! It's great!

  2. I love that you and the Captain workout together! That angel food cake looks delicious. The Caveman is a huge fan but stays away from the regular one. He'd love the protein version!

  3. I'm so glad that you've enjoyed the ME Aftershock program! I own it and have watched several of the videos, but haven't managed to really dig in yet. Can you take a few weeks break and start all over?

  4. Actually I just made a crustless quiche by Fitness Blondie which was awesome and filling!!! Low carb to boot!

  5. I need to work on practicing optimism. This time of year can be so tough as the days grow shorter. It sounds like you are on track with your healthy eating! :)

  6. OOoh high protein angel food CAKE!! Count me in! :)

    Tell me more about the ME programs. I subscribe to their newsletter but have never done one of their programs. :)

  7. That flatbread sounds awesome. I've tried doing tortillas with cauliflower. It seemed kind of labor intensive, the recipe I tried anyway. Definitely would like to experiment with cauliflower based breads more though.

  8. Nice job sticking with the Aftershock program. No low carb recipe suggestions but I'm sure you'll create a few.

  9. I'm glad you're finding a plan that's working so well for you! I wish I had some low-carb inspiration for you but I'm horrible at tracking anything other than the food going into my mouth :)

  10. The flat bread looks delicious! I'm happy to hear that you're finding a nutritional routine that's working for you - keep up the good work!

  11. I've always wanted to try that cauliflower flatbread. I've seen versions for Pizza crust too. I'm going to pin that recipe right now so I can find it when I am thinking about it again!


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