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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