Saturday, 29 November 2008

The Lady at the Chemist........

..............what a princess she is!

I had to stop off at my local chemist to quickly buy a few things. Maria, the pharmacy assistant who I used to see in there all the time when I first started this weight loss caper was on shift. I haven't seen her for ages.......

She did a double take when she saw me and just said "Is it you? Lucy, you look so beautiful. You are doing so well."

How gorgeous is that???! She made me want to cry!

I was frocked up and made up as I was on my way to a friends birthday and then onwards to a work function, so I was looking better than usual, but even so, it makes me realise that all this losing weight thing is really beginning to show.......


I then spent a gorgeous few hours with Cathy........who is one of the most generous spirited women I know. It was lovely. She has been, and continues to be, so incredibly enthusiastic and supportive of this journey I am on, and I feel so lucky to have her in my world. Even if she usually is too damn far away from Adelaide..........








Friday, 21 November 2008

Weightloss Self-Sabotage




Weightloss plateaus are common and a natural part of losing weight and getting fit but have you ever sensed that maybe you were holding yourself back and contributing to your lack of results?


Weightloss self-sabotage is something that most of us deal with and fail to address. Some of us aren't truly aware that we are doing it. We're confused that our effort doesn't match our results and have trouble figuring out how to get motivated to get off that plateau.


Some of us are fully aware but don't want to deal with what's really going on so we ignore things and figure it will solve itself.


Do you tell yourself that you're eating healthy when you know you're not? Have you made great progress but have lost control of your eating more often than you did when you started your weightloss or fitness program? Do you tell yourself that you've worked hard and deserve to cheat more than 3 times a week? Are you placing yourself in situations that guarantee you will cheat and not exercise? Do you busy yourself taking care of others or other projects so that you can avoid dealing with your workouts and your diet?


If you answered yes to any of these questions chances are you are self-sabotaging and bringing your progress to a halt. The reasons are many and vary depending on the person but can include:


Fear of how people will react to your success (especially friends)
Fear of higher expectations at work and at home
Fear of dealing with your demons and true feeling
Fear of being happier than your friends or family
Fear of how others will treat you.


The list goes on and on but you get the picture..................

Nothing to fear but fear itself.........



When you have a lot of weight to lose, it's easy to believe that your only battle is with fat. But there's more to weight loss than extra pounds. Especially when you're obese.


The truth is, it's a life-changing event. Obviously, there are physical, social and economic effects.


But often, your greatest enemy when losing weight is fear. You have to battle self-doubt. You have to deal with the pain of how cruelly people have treated you.


You have to confront all the hurts, fears, and agonies you've endured - and kept inside - possibly for years.


When you're severely overweight, many people treat you like you're stupid, lazy, even worthless. Some of the worst offenders have "MD" after their names.


Sound familiar?


I think many of us who are overweight know exactly what I mean. Experiences like that change you - even if other people don't realise it.


Many times, before you can succeed with weight loss, you have to conquer your fears and self-doubt. You have to learn to believe in yourself.


As you begin to lose weight, your body may change faster than your emotions can handle. So even though you want to lose weight, it's natural to fear it.


You may become anxious, filled with self-doubt, even develop irrational fears.


1. You've tried to lose weight so many times before, you can't believe it'll work now.
2. You'll have to give up all your favorite foods, possibly forever.
3. You'll gain the weight back.
4. You'll let other people or yourself down if you regain the weight.
5. You're not good at exercise or you don't want people to see your body when you exercise.
6. You won't be able to cope with problems if you can't have food.
7. You're overwhelmed by how much weight you have to lose.
8. Other people will react with jealousy, anger, or resentment.
9. You'll lose your overweight friends.
10. Other people will expect more of you after you lose weight.
11. You'll always have to be perfect - your hair, your clothes, everything.
12. You won't be able to cope with all the attention you'll get when you're thin.
13. You'll become attractive and sexy to the opposite sex.
14. You'll become one of the skinny people you hate.
15. People will still reject you when you're thin and you can no longer blame your weight for the rejection.


Of course, not everyone who has to lose weight develops irrational fears. Especially if your friends and family are supportive of your weight loss efforts.


But even then it's natural to feel self-doubt when you have a lot of weight to lose. And it's easy to let those fears or self-doubt sabotage your weight loss.


There's an old saying that sums up why so many of us are afraid of change, even when it's good for us: "It's easier to stay in a known hell than to risk an unknown heaven."


I think it's worth the risk.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Recipe Renovation..........

I have been craving Toad in the Hole SO SO badly.........so I decided to do a recipe renovation!


I'll be cooking this on Friday night as a dinner party extravaganza.......



Get all this:

· 125 g flour, (white)
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 large egg
· 300 ml skimmed milk
· 2 tablespoon water, cold (for batter)
· 350g 95% Fat-Free Thick Pork Sausage
· spray low-fat cooking spray
· 1 small onion(s), thinly sliced
· 50 g mushrooms, sliced
· 4 teaspoon gravy powder
· 1 pinch salt, for seasoning
· 1 teaspoon pepper
· 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
· 300 ml water, (for gravy)

Do this:

· Preheat oven to 210`c
· Put flour, salt, egg, milk and water into a large bowl. Using a whisk, beat together to make a smooth batter. Stand for 10 - 15      minutes.
· Put sausages into a non-stick roasting pan. Place in oven on middle shelf for 5 minutes, until very hot.
· Working quickly, pour batter around sausages and return to oven. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until risen and golden brown.
· Meanwhile, make gravy. Mist non-stick saucepan with cooking spray. Heat, add onion and sauté gently until golden. Add mushrooms and 300 ml (½ pint) water. Heat until simmering, then stir in gravy granules. Cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper and add parsley. Serve with toad in the hole.

Bloody Delicious Glass Noodle Salad....


This salad can also be made with cooked prawns or sliced cooked chicken breast or simply without meat at all. To enjoy the fresh flavours combine the ingredients just before serving.

Ingredients:

· 250g packet glass noodles
· 400g beef steak, grilled to medium rare
· ½ bunch mint
· ½ bunch coriander
· handful of small basil leaves
· 1 lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced
· 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
· 2 fresh red chilli’s, finely sliced
· ½ cup roasted nuts, roughly chopped
· juice of two limes (about 2 tablespoons)
· 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
· 1 tablespoon Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce
· 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
· lime wedges

Method:

Place the noodles in a large bowl cover with boiling water.Stand for 10 minutes. Use a fork to loosen noodles completely. Drain, rinse with cold water.
Slice the beef into very thin slices.
Pull the leaves from the mint and coriander stalks. Place in a large bowl with the noodles, cucumber, garlic, chilli and nuts.Mix remaining ingredients, whisk well to combine. Pour over noodle mixture and toss gently to combine.
Divide the noodle mixture amongst four deep plates, top with sliced beef and lime wedges on the side.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Chocolate Brownies........

I'll be honest, I am a bit over it all.

Just tired of thinking about food and exercise all the bloody time.

I just yearn, some days, to nip back to my old habits, curl up on the couch Andrew, with a bottle of wine and a bowl of Doritos.........





But I won't.

Anyway, as a result, I baked today.


A fat free chocolate brownie, which, dare I say, was bloody great.

Warm with 98% fat free vanilla ice-cream.......



Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:


2/3 cup apple puree
1 tsp vanilla essence
¾ cup caster sugar
½ cup self raising flour, sifted
½ tsp baking powder
2 egg whites, beaten
¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°c.
Spray a square non-stick baking tin (8 inch x 8 inch) with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mixwell.
Pour batter into tin and bake 20-30 minutes until cooked.
To test if batter is cooked, insert a toothpick. If it comes out clean, brownie is cooked.
Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes in pan.
Gently remove from pan; place on wire rack and when cool, sprinkle with icing sugar if desired. Cut into eight squares. Enjoy!


I also made a salad with broad beans (home grown out of our garden) which was pretty damn good too:

All this to go with good old fashioned family favourite.........tuna patties.........



Can you tell I am over it? So obsessing about food?!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Drink more water.............



Drink more water
Drink more water
Drink more water
Drink more water
Drink more water
Drink more water
Enough said.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Menu Plan Monday?


Monday: Thai Chicken Noodle Salad
Tuesday: Scratch
Wednesday: Greek lamb fillet & tabouli
Thursday: Beef Strog
Friday: Grilled Whiting and home made chips and salad
Saturday: BBQ
Sunday: Sweet & Sour Chicken