High Carb Issues

Good morning friends,

Today is Thursday, my favorite work day of the week because well, it’s the end of the work week.

Yesterday I had a moderate/high carb day since I had done 2 low carb days back to back and had legs scheduled in the afternoon.

Why in the world did I feel MORE hungry? Not sure. Maybe my body prefers low carb and higher fats. Or maybe it’s just because it was the middle of the work week and I was tired. Sometimes when I’m tired I get hungry too.

Speaking of tiredness, my sleep cycle has improved dramatically since I started carb cycling. Usually I only sleep 3-4 hours a night because I just can’t fall asleep at a reasonable hour. Now I’ve actually been appropriately tired at night and I go to bed. On Monday I went to sleep around 1030, and Tuesday I fell asleep in my chair around 9, got up 940 to do a few things, then I went back to bed a little after 10. Crazy!

So what did I eat for moderate to high carb day? It wasn’t too crazy, what I would normally eat 2 weeks ago!

Breakfast: Frittata, overnight oats with peanut butter


 That coffee was FREE by the way! My chief resident treated me, just because 🙂


Small apple. How cute! My sis brought these back from a mini vacation.


Lunch: Turkey meatloaf (lower carb), spaghetti squash, asparagus, mushrooms with sriracha. Oh and a side of almonds 🙂


Pre-gym snack: 1 buttered popcorn rice cake with a spreadable laughing cow Queso cheese. 1 serving of caramel rice snacks

Because I’m stupid I forgot to take pictures of my dinner. I had about 3 ounces of chicken breast (that’s all I had thawed and I stole it from Thursday’s lunch), and a HUGE salad with grilled veggies on top. Then bad things started to happen…. well not BAD, but I ate way over the amount of calories I anticipated. All “healthy” things. But cottage cheese lead to 2 low carb brownies, which led to half of a greek yogurt, which turned into a protein shake and then almonds. I know you are probably thinking girl get a grip, it’s not like you ate fried chicken. Well my tummy disagreed. I felt way too full and then uncomfortable. I haven’t felt that way in a while. I think it was the dairy, I know better!

I attribute this to high carb day, I was actually HUNGRIER all day than I have been the past 2 days doing low carb. My body was craving “junk” so I had to settle for “healthy junk”. What’s that they say? The more you eat sugar the more your body craves it? Well we all know complex carbs turn into sugar, and that’s why my body wanted the bad stuff.

So today I planned on going moderate carbs again, but I think I will just do oatmeal in the morning (I have a long OR case- my body will need it), then cool it the rest of the day. This carb cycling is a journey and I love learning how my body reacts, it’s science. I’m a nerd and I love science!

I had the craziest work day yesterday, busy all day, but luckily not the rip your hair out busy! Just never really got to sit down, other than shoving food in my face. I was more than pleased when 4:30 hit and it was gym time!


That would be my luggage in the background 😉


This is how I looked all day… wow that hair has some MAJOR issues. I swear at one point one of the surgeons looked at me like “girl you have a situation, you need to fix that”, at least that’s what his face said!

I did a leg session and it was pretty fierce for a short period of time. My cardio was just 25 minutes on the spin bike.

  • Dead lifts, 135 lbs, 8 reps x 3 sets
  • Leg presses, 180 lbs, 10 reps x 3 sets, then 270 lbs, 8 reps x 3 sets
  • Squats, 40 lb bar, 15 reps x 4 sets
  • Good Mornings, 40 lb bar, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Plie squats with 35 lb kettle bell, 12-15 reps x 4 sets
  • Small Box step up with backwards leg lift (40 lb bar). 8 alternating reps x 3 sets, then 1 set of 10. For two sets, end with 10 pulses up on each side. THESE ARE INTENSE! My heart rate was through the roof. Basically bar is on shoulders, step up on the box and do a leg lift with the other leg (works the booty, hamstring, and low back). Step back down and alternate to other side.
  • Plie squats on toes, 10-12 reps x 3 sets
  • Calf raises on small box, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Side squats on small box, 40 lb bar, 15 reps x 4 sets each side. To work the inner thigh more, place one foot on the box, toes point to the side instead of facing the mirror. Killer 🙂


I wish I could’ve told future me not to eat that darn dairy!


 Love my new nikes! So colorful 🙂


Thumbs up for a good mid week leg day

At home, Phoebe had the Wednesday Spazzies. This happens every Wednesday. She get’s VERY hyper because she’s been alone for 3 days straight for most of the day. Thursday morning I always tell her “okay Phoebe last day, then it’s me and you girlfriend!”


My little world. 

So that was high carb day. Success in the gym, post dinner fail. Oh well, my body probably needed the extra calories!

I leave you today with this…


 YES. That is a DOG wearing goggles. Totally made my day on the drive to the gym after work!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  1. Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne

    Hahahaha I love how the dog is looking straight at you too! And I thought I was going crazy, carbs do that same thing to me! I have to watch how many I eat or I end up eating way too much junk! And it doesn’t help when I’m tired either, I just crave carbs even more. That’s how my hair looks every Monday, and I swear people stare at it all day haha. Yay for your Friday! I bet Phoebe is super excited 🙂

    1. Katie

      That dog totally was! He was straight chillin’ so funny.

  2. Amber

    That turkey meatloaf looks so yummy. I’ll have to look over your website for the recipe =)

    1. Katie

      I don’t have it posted! I’m saving it for my cookbook 😉

  3. Brittany @ Barr & Table

    It’s so interesting how changing up your diet, even a little, can have such an effect on how you feel! Are you following a particular carb cycling program? I’ve started looking into it a little bit in hopes that it might help with some cravings. I’ve been trying to up my healthy fats a little the past couple days to see how that goes!

    1. Katie

      No program. I just googled carb cycling one day, calculated my needs and I’m going from there. Seeing what my body likes and dislikes. My post “Is butter a carb” explains how to calculate it.

  4. Kristen @ Medium Roast

    Oh my gosh, doggie goggles. That just made my day.

    And I am so guilty of eating more on days when I’m more tried than usual. It never helps, either. It just makes me more tired and feeling guilty. The trick for me? Just get more sleep. If on having a job was a bit more flexible about that.

    Love the colorful shoes!

    1. Katie

      Yes I should’ve just blogged and then gone to bed, oh well. It’s not like I went crazy

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