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Hopefully this will be the month when I surpass my minimal adult life weight - 72.9kg
At the moment, after losing 8kg in two months on a mix of Dukan good habits, adding whole grain pasta and an odd treat, while keeping an eye on calories I’m at 74.5 and very proud.I really hope to reach my goal of losing about 3kg a month and reaching 65kg for the summer holidays.
How I look now -
And my look from visiting London Fashion Week:
I’ve been having these as a treat when I was trying to be reeeally good and stick to Dukan rules
Crispy almond cookies… mm… YUM!
I’m still hula hooping about an hour a day with this baby:
Ah! And one more diet super filler food:
http://mydukandiet.com/recipes/smoked-salmon-pancake.html Salmon fish cakes MMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!
A lovely recipe for something I have been making a lot lately and losing a lot weight without hunger:
I managed to lose a stone in January and though I know now it will be slower, I really hope to keep it up and lose a kilo a week. That’s my goal. But I think I’m really having quite a good balance lately. And I’ve been hula hooping every day, so my metabolism is up. Ah… I’d like to finally get to that weight that has been my goal since the start on dukan – about 65kilos and I actually think I might go to phase 3 of the diet then ( http://www.mydukandiet.com/dieting/consolidation-phase.html ) even though I’m no longer on ‘proper’ dukan. It’s a great guidance. Something you can always think about while choosing your foods.
(And my weight for now is – 75.6kg. From 82 at the beginning of January)
My new experiments in the kitchen are based around a mix of an omlette, the bran cake and a frittata. The one above is something I consider the Dukan Pizza
2 tbspoons of yoghurt
2 tbspoons of oat bran
1 tbspoon of cornflour
1 tspoon of baking powder
100g precooked chicken or chicken ham etc.
1 tspoon of sesame seeds
1 tspoon of grated hard cheese
4 cherry tomatoes
1 Babybel light
Spices: salt, pepper, parsley, italian spices and oregano
Put the eggs, yoghurt, oat bran, cornflour, baking powder, half of the chicken pieces and spices into a bowl for mixing. In the meanwhile put the other half of the chicken pieces on a non stick (big – it will allow the ‘pizza’ to be nice and flat) pan to let them crisp a bit. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl and pour it out onto the pan, covering the chicken. Put a lid on the pan and let the mix crisp a bit at the bottom. When the bottom is done, an the top still a bit liquid, on top, put tomatoes cut into pieces, thinly sliced babybel cheese, sprinkle with grated hard cheese and sesame seeds. All of that needs to be put under a grill (I just put the pan under the grill, with the handle sticking out, so there is no worry that the liquid top will spill) and just watch it get nice and brown on top. There isn’t a lot of cheese, but enough to give a fab aroma and crispiness on top.
And that is just one variation of it! You can make it without the bran, so it’s more of an omlette (you can add milk instead of yoghurt for extra fluffiness) or add spinach and the babybel directly into the mixture, to make it more like a traditional frittata. It is really a nice, rewarding meal in the evening.
I also love to make it with smoked salmon.
I had a lousy time at a Christmas party though. Everyone was eating and drinking, and I was just sitting there . I promised myself a bit of loosing on the diet for Christmas Day, but I didn’t want to brake the diet before that . Too loud to talk in the stupid pub and all this food. Gah. Sucks.
Sins: Chocolate mousse, half a Bounty, chocolate buttons…
Weight loss – week 12: 0.6kilos – 84.1kilos
This is something I worked out while dieting. It’s great for a moment of weakness.
Contains only 215kcal!!!
Ingredients: 100g of Wall’s Soft Scoop Vanilla light Ice cream
(140kcal, 3g protein, 19g carbs, 6g fat)
Over that, pour a 125g, fat free, peach yoghurt Activia or a taste of your preference (6g protein, 11g carbs) and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over it.
Chicken fried with egg + tomato soup
Bran cake with chicken slices
omlette with tuna
Sins: Chocolate Santa head
Because of the affair with the Santa head, I got quite frustrated with myself. Obviously, a slip up is NOT a reason to quit the diet, but it definitely does make you think. I do still get sweets cravings, especially working in a shop surrounded by Christmas sweets!
So in the evening I went food shopping, to get the same, standard boring things I’m already used to, eggs, meat, cottage cheese. I started walking around the isles and shelves full of things I can’t have. I started looking at them and realised that for the past two weeks I do cook, but it’s the same boring recipes over and over again. I got very lazy, so I figured I have to refresh my kitchen, try new things. Maybe my body was just craving something new. So I bought some things, I will explain:
1oog of ground almonds
100g of grated parmesan
200g grated coconut flakes
100g of sesame seeds
Ketchup and sesame seeds are allowed in moderation.
Almonds, coconut, parmesan – all have over 50% of fat, so it’s generally a no-no, BUT that’s why I bought them all grated of ground or something like that. They can magically make your cooking more interesting and it’s enough to use them like a spice to get their aroma – a bit, a flat teaspoon is enough.
If you do go down my path, you must know that it IS unorthodox! But I’m in day 213 now and it hasn’t hurt my diet, I still have the fist packet of almonds and coconut I bought, which means I don’t really use a lot of it, but at least I feel that I can if I want to, and it’s there . Especially the grated hard cheese, with an omlette ifs plain luxury! Those little additions won’t kill you or your diet but will definitely allow you to enjoy food more. Just stick to using a teaspoon every now and then.
So I also decided to try and cook more interesting things again. For dinner that evening I had: A bran cake with a teaspoon of sesame seeds, on that I put some tuna with tomato sauce and a bit of parmesan on top.
Of course it’s all in my head, but I felt a lot more satisfied
So for a lovely new recipe:
Mild chicken curry with sesame and coconut!:
about 400g of chicken breast
2 tablespoons of mild curry spice
A bit of piri piri (or chili)
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of coconut
5 tablespoons of fat-free yoghurt
Dice the chicken breast, put it in a bowl, add the spices, coconut, sesame and the egg, and mix it.
Put the mix on the hot non-stick pan. Keep in under a lid for about 10 minutes, mixing from time to time, when it gets nice and golden, put the yoghurt on top and simmer for another 5-10minutes.
There isn’t a lot of the coconut, but it really adds a flavour to the whole dish!
If I was on PV I would have added some cherry tomatoes
Another important note is that this is NOT a recipe for the beginning of the diet. This is for when you really feel tired, when you want to break the monotony! Because, at the end of the day, if you get miserable on the diet, you will not last!!!
And the scales reacted really nicely to all of this !
Weight loss week 11: 1.9kg – 84.7kg
4 chicken breasts
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
1 tablespoon of green peas (if you like to live on the edge, like me
1 medium red onion
Spices: salt, black pepper, piri piri, parsley, italian herbs, chicken spice
Chop the chicken breasts into pieces, sprinkle the meat with chicken spice and salt. Spray a big pan 3 times with spray oil (or use a non stick pan, OR one drop of olive oil). Put the chicken on the pan and let it fry for a couple of minutes.
Put the rest of the spices, half of the carrot pieces, stock pot, onion pieces and chopped tomatoes into a food processor and mash it up into a vegetable purree. If the chicken if getting nice and golden, pour the vegetables onto the pan. Add a few more carrot pieces and simmer it all under covering for a good 15 minutes (stir from time to time). Add the peas at the end as a final touch . VOILA!
I’m super-stuffed and I’m definitely doing this again.
It a portion for about 3 people, or 3 meals if you store it in the fridge.
I cooked for a friend of mine. I made her an omelette, chicken muffins. She liked them a lot. It’s good to see that it’s actual good food, not some diet awfulness which no one other than the person on the diet would eat.
Sample menu for the week:
Breakfast: Chicken muffins, hard boiled eggs, coffee with skimmed milk
Snack: Turkey slices
Lunch: Steamed haddock with joghurt
Dinner: Chicken marinated in yoghurt and curry
Desert: Quark with cocoa powder and sweetener (YES pls!)
My dream lingerie for when I can actually fit it and look good
You can get them at: http://www.lamagia.co.uk
I’m afraid that when I slim down, I might have to become an exhibitionist. I guess I believe in: “When you got it, flaunt it!”
On one of the days I bought a big amount of chicken, eggs, ham and spent over 2 hours in the kitchen but prepared a LOT of ready food, that went straight to the freezer, so it’s there when I need it It’s a really good way to save time – making in bulk.
2 knorr chicken stock cubes
2 litres of boiling water
Into that, put half a big onion shred into pieces.
Add some salt, some pepper, parsley, Italian herbs, pieces of carrot. Let it boil for about 10 minutes.
Add 2 tins of shred tomato pieces (2x400g) and two spoons of tomato concentrate. Let it boil and stir. After about 10 minutes, check the taste, if you wan to add any spices. At the end you can add some dried vegetable pieces.
And that’s it. Very nice, especially for cold evenings. Very filling, good with other dishes. Mmm. Nice and thick. What I also do is, sometimes I mix all the vegetables in a shredder, do it’s really small bits and the soup seems even thicker.
Once I also added sweet peppers and it was really nice, a bit like goulash.
Weight loss this week: 0.7kg – 86.6kg
Sins: Chocolate WW mousse x2
Breakfast: Bran cake with hard boiled egg pieces and ham + chicken with tikka spice
Lunch: Oven cooked haddock and ham
Dinner: Oven cooked chicken with sunny side up eggs
Dessert: Diet nutella pralines
I had quite a few horrific, very cold days at work. I was trying to keep positive though. Every time I started shaking from the cold, I told myself it’s good, that I’ll be slimming faster, cause my body’s burning more calories haha.
I made some coco with skimmed milk, cocoa powder and sweetener. It was so good I almost downed the whole glass in one go
I also noticed how at the beginning every day was a challenge. Now it became a routine It’s more like a lifestyle change that I feel very happy about.
Weight loss: 1.1kilo
I’ll start with a recipe, as this was the hit of my week and became a massive favourite of mine for months to come! I am also definitely keeping this recipe for after the diet. All my friends love them too. Eating like this makes you definitely feel like you’re not on a diet…
2 chicken breasts
250ml of low fat natural yoghurt
1 tablespoon of cornflour
2 table spoons of oat bran and 1 of wheat bran
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Spices I used: salt, pepper, a lot of chicken spice and italian herbs
(on a different occasion, for PV I added mashed sweet peppers or tomato to the mix and it was brilliant! )
Chop the meat into very small pieces. Mix all the other ingredients, add the chicken and mix it with a spoon. Don’t worry that the mixture is quite runny, it will get more solid. Put the mix into muffin silicone cases. You could technically use a different kind, but they easily slide out of the silicone, without using any oil.
Put the muffins into a hot oven (gas mark 6) for 45-60 minutes. They should be good when the edges get a little brown.
They look good and taste marvelous They’re good hot AND cold, so they’re a good simple snack on the go. Remember that you have the daily limit for oat bran in them!
If you feel lazy and don’t care about the shape of the food, you could just pour the mix onto a baking tray ( I recomend silicone once again) and just cut it into pieces when it’s done. I also like to put a bit of sesame seeds on top.
Sample menu from the week:
Breakfast: lots of chicken muffins, coffee
snack: 2 hardboiled eggs and cooked chicken slices
Lunch: Cooked chicken slices and roast chicken without the skin and wings
Dinner: 1 egg and cooked chicken slices
Preparing food upfront, so there is always a snack or a full lunch at work is not easy but you just have to find the time. I remember I always used to make up excuses for my junk food. That I don’t have the time to cook. Honestly, it’s not as hard as it seems, when you have a routine. And because I’m still lazy, I just make things in bulk and freeze it, so there is always something in the house when I’m desperate.
I went shoping for some lovely new clothes I HAD to. All that lost weight just yearned for new dresses! I also got myself a lovely recipe folder. With a cookies on it ha ha. I think muffins and cookies became my new obsession and because I can’t eat them, I surround myself with the image
I love it! It’s got plastic sleeves on the inside, so you can change the recipes easily or take them out, ut also, it has a flat part, so you can fold it like a bit like piramid and it stands on its own. Great in the kitchen, saves space.
In a month I lost: 13.8kilos! O_O Mindblowing!!!
I started looking through my closet and taking out stuff to charity shops. YES. NEVER AGAIN will I be a sie 18-20. How could I have even let myself go like that? :/
Weight loss in week 5 – 1.4 !!!!