I’m ba-a-ck!

Long time no blog, eh?

In case you hadn’t guessed, my New Year’s resolution/intention or whatever the hell you want to call it was a big, fat bust.

Which brings me to Labor Day … and a Sept. 8 re-launch into the land of low-carbing it. As I’ve often said, Atkins is the only diet I’ve ever followed where I can forget to eat. On other plans, I’m constantly thinking about my next meal and/or snack.

Not so when I’m doing the low-carb thing.

So on Monday, I hit up not one but THREE grocery stores — Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and Walmart — in preparation for Tuesday’s start.

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My grocery haul. Not included: The Atkins bars and shakes I bought for quick, on-the-go eats.

I boiled some eggs (which have already disappeared. Need to make some more.) I chopped jicama and cucumber spears. I whipped up some homemade olive oil mayo (using this recipe from Melissa Joulwan).

Homemade Olive Oil Mayo

Since the recipe  used a whole (small) bottle of oil, it’d probably have been just as cheap to buy mayo … but this stuff tastes so much better than the crap from the store.

Before I went shopping, I planned a rudimentary menu, with certain things on  the list for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

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Despite all my foot-dragging to get to this point, re-starting the low-carb plan has been easy. I (as always) don’t miss the pasta, bread and potatoes I’ve been OD’ing on for far too long.

Lunch the first day was pickle spears wrapped in ham and Swiss.

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I forgot how delicious — and filling — they were. You see I packed three of them, because I thought I’d be hungry enough to eat three. Stopped after two and was perfectly content.

This week has been about rediscovering old favorites…and trying new foods. I tried bacon-wrapped avocado fries one morning, just because I’d seen them all over Instagram and Periscope and they looked delicious. (You can find me on Periscope: @arlenehittle.)

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You can see them alongside this two-egg omelet topped with cherry tomatoes. They are pretty tasty, but in my quest to make sure I got crispy bacon, I might have let mine cook too long.

Ah well. There’s always next time, right? Because I’m back, and determined to take this weight off again so I can get healthy.

This morning’s breakfast was this “pumpkin pie” from the Paleo Mama.

2015-09-11 08.27.27 It’s topped with a tablespoon of coconut butter. Yum! I had to find a way to use up the rest of the can of pumpkin I opened to make a batch of Kerri O’s Paleo Pumpkin Spice Creamer.

Yes, it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte time at Starbucks. While I enjoyed the real thing several times last weekend, thanks to the “unlock the latte pass,” I needed to find a substitute starting Tuesday. I’ve been adding 2 Tablespoons of the creamer and some Splenda to iced coffee. It works — and keeps me from feeling deprived.

Not that I’ve been hungry much. It’s amazing how filling l0w-carb meals can be.

And I think I’m already noticing results. When I woke up in the middle of the night early Wednesday morning, I got out of bed without groaning and complaining about how achy I was. The achy feeling was GONE …

Things can only get better. 😀



3 responses to “I’m ba-a-ck!

  1. Congratulations! Good to hear the aches are receding. I think that is a sign of finding the right food for your body. The same thing happens for me when I am vegan. So, the question is, why can’t we stay true to our bodies when they are sending such clear signals?

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