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Getting to goal, one choice at a time …

Not so bad

It’s official: Monday’s Best Body Bootcamp workout wasn’t nearly as hard as I’d feared it would be. In fact, for the first time since I started this fitness adventure, I did all three sets of every exercise.

Sure, I still had to use some of the modifications — but only for missing equipment. Not one of the exercises was too tough for me to do.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I had a heck of a time with the lateral shoulder raise when I upped the weight to 10 pounds. Since I was at the Boyfriend’s, I only had 3-pound weights and 10-pounders (The 2- and 5-pound weights are at my place. (Note to self: Pick up some 8-pound weights somewhere before next Monday.)

Something else that’s official: I’m a fan of the Smart Carb breads from Julian Bakery. The ad popped up on my Facebook page one day, and because I’m always looking for good low-carb products, I clicked. Intrigued by what I read, I checked the store locator — and found a store in Flagstaff selling the stuff.

Low-carb French toast topped with syrup and a little nut butter.

Off I went to pick some up. It’s not cheap, but I was feeling rich enough to buy two loaves. I got both No. 1 and No. 2 (cinnamon raisin). The cinnamon-raisin bread makes fantastic low-carb French toast. Each slice is 2 Net Carbs, so I estimate 5 NCs for two slices dipped in one beaten egg mixed with a splash of coconut or almond milk and a pinch of Splenda.

Delicious. And with the addition of some turkey sausage links (1 NC), it makes for a filling breakfast.

I also had high hopes for No. 1, which has just 1 NC per slice. But when I tried to use two slices as a “bun” for the burger I had for lunch, it didn’t work very well. The taste was okay, but the bread fell apart, making a terrible bun. It was also a little dry, even with mustard and mayo on my burger.

If I try to use it as a bun again, I’ll probably use just one slice for an open-faced sandwich. And I’ll have extra condiments on hand. I may attempt a grilled cheese sandwich, too.

Sandwiches might end up being a dismal failure, but I can still turn the slices into French toast!

Julian Bakery also makes several kinds of cookies — Cocoa Delight, Strawberry Banana and Ginger Spice — that are supposed to have 0 net carbs. I don’t see how that’s possible, but the next time I get an Amazon gift card, I’m definitely going to check them out.

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This entry was posted on April 3, 2012 by in Move It and tagged , , , , , .

Losing weight is easy …

... if you're in a coma, maybe. Most of us have to work at it — every day and every minute. It's not easy to make the right choices, to drink water instead of (diet) soda, pick the grilled chicken sandwich instead of a burger or choose to get up and get moving instead of lounging around in bed. After too many months of making the wrong choices under the guise of dabbling with paleo eating, I've re-joined Weight Watchers (online). My choices may no longer be low-carb or Whole30 or paleo, but the concept is the same: I'm still getting closer to my goal weight one choice at a time.

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