- Not avoided.
- Make you sweat.
- Burn more than you consumed.
- Are frequent.
- Release endorphins.
- Definitely call for a shower after.
I know my exact weight on the 5 November. I was going to a wedding that night and felt liked a blubberous whale crammed into the one outfit that still barely fit me. I decided to get serious with myself. Years of challenges left me “slightly fuller” than I was used to. A full knee reconstruction after a mountain biking accident in 2012 left me unable to even drive for 5 months let alone workout. It also left me around 5kg heavier. Then while still on crutches I started IVF. All those hormones, stress eating, bed rest, steroids and intralipids left me after another 5kg heavier again after 2 years. I finally fell pregnant but had many weeks of bed rest. Great for fattening me up. Now she’s 2 I can start fresh and get back to the weight I prefer.
I’ve been working hard. Today was the first big milestone. I’ve lost 10kg since that wedding.
Now for the weird bit. I wanted to double check my upper limit for the healthy weight range to set my next goal. Yesterday I was 2.8kg from it. According to one website that puts me in the “pre-obese” range. That was a bit of a shock after losing 10kg to think that although I’m so close to my upper goal I’m still somehow consider not just overweight but pre-obese. That’s a very tight range in my opinion. It’s funny how something like that can impact. It left me feeling terrible about my weight not proud to have lost 10kg. Thanks to that government website, who supposedly are aimed at promoting a healthy active lifestyle…. You nearly made me stress eat. The extra weird part was that other government websites didn’t classify me that way.
Anyway, I’ve done it. Lost 10kg!
Now to lose 2.4kg…and beyond. In my dreams I’d like to lose another 8kg, but in reality 5kg would suffice.
It’s less about putting out a huge variety and more about choosing what is not put out and knowing why.
I was feeling desperate for salt and pepper squid but that delicious deep fried treat is just a “no” on my diet while I’m trying to lose weight.
I looked high and low and found this recipe.
To sunmarise…. Slice chicken breast into thin strips. Place into a freezer bag. Top with flour (I used about half what they suggested), white ground pepper, salt, I used paprika and garlic powder. Fry in a smidge of olive oil.
I served it with Kale coleslaw from the bag at Coles. But I made my own dressing using lime juice, touch sugar and fish sauce to taste.
My older daughter works as a supervisor on the checkouts at a large grocery store. Just before Christmas a woman came in holding a baby. She had a modest selection of necessities but when the total came up she was just a tad short by the $2 it costs to buy milk.
The checkout guy removed the milk from her bill so she could pay the amount owing. My daughter noticed her colleague holding the milk and asked why. As the lady packed her goods from self serve, my daughter scanned the milk at another register (wisely getting her staff discount too!) took the money from her own pocket and paid for it. She handed the milk to the lady.
Apparently the lady thanked her profusely then with tears in her eyes explained that with Christmas financial pressures she wouldn’t have been able to even afford milk until her pay the next week.
Sometimes when I hear stories like this I am thankful that I must have shown enough kindness and spoken of being thoughtful to raise a young lady who can see a need and not hesitate to help someone.
I offer you my humble simple omelette dinner bursting with vegetables and taste. Bonus is you can add favoured vegetables for individuals. No oil needed as I’ll reveal my secret… A flat non stick sandwich press. True!
While you cut the vegetables let the press heat up.
Dice veggies and quantities of your choice from the following:
Shallots (if using onion fry by itself on the pan for a while until starting to cook)
Tomato (I prefer not to cook mine)
Low fat lunch meat eg ham, chicken or bacon (omit for vegetarians or to reduce calories)
2 eggs per person
Low fat milk (approximately 1/4 cup per person)
Grated low fat cheese (use sparingly as cheese is a higher calorie food)
If you like spray a sparing quantity of canola spray onto the now heated press. Add onion and capsicum (chilli if using). Top with zucchini then meat (if using). Now bring the lid down and wait around 3-5 minutes. All of the vegetables are able to be eaten raw so just cook until it is to your preference of “doneness”.
Meanwhile… Mix your eggs with the milk. You can omit the milk. For super healthiness omit one or both yolks (but it won’t taste as yummy). Add pepper if desired. If using vegetables only is suggest adding something salty to the egg mix: actual salt or a dash of soy sauce. If using processed meat omit the salt or it will be way too salty.
Now pour your egg and milk mix over the middle part of the grill slowly. My grill has a small lip which minimises any leaking. I then push the edges into the middle using a non stick egg lifter so they’re clear of the edge of the press. Let it sit momentarily to start setting. Once you can see it is firming up pull the lid down. If your non stick isn’t very non stick lightly spray with cooking spray (I don’t though).
Wait around a minute. Open to reveal your omelette. Now sprinkle with cheese (if using) and diced tomatoes (they warm up surprisingly well like this). Now carefully fold your omelette over and plate up your delicious quick dinner.
Be smart… For the last omelette grab 2 paper towels, run under water until damp. Place flat in still warm press to help clean it up for you.
I have also put spinach leaves on the omelette prior to folding for a burst of iron. Smoked salmon pieces are delicious too but beware that increases the calories.
60g icing sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
30g cream tartar
15g bicarb soda
200 degree oven
Sift dry ingredients. Rub in butter (I’ve done this using a good processor and it was fine) Mix egg and milk then add to dry ingredients. Roll in one direction until 2cm thick. Cut using scone cutter don’t twist, just push and lift. Brush with milk then bake on non stick flat tray or use baking paper if you like for 10 minutes. This recipe is a “secret” recipe that I listened to spoken verbally and wrote down.
Serve with tea and lashings of jam and cream.
3 years ago we had our 13th and 14th embryos transferred. I was doing hypnotherapy 3 or 4 times a day to try and battle my way through the early uncertain days. Days when every day is a step and all you can do is take it as it is.
I visualised the embryos attaching. The life force nourishing them. I imagined them growing. Living. My dream fulfilled.
3 years on Miss Bee chatters away playing.
We had a day trip to the beach yesterday. Miss Bee thought is was marvellous. Big sis had a ball and brought her BF along too. I took photos of it all. Daddy splashing in the surf with our excited toddler with big sis. It was her first encounter with the beach that she’d likely remember.
I took lots and lots of pictures. Water, sandcastles and fun. Then driving back it dawned on me. “I” took the photos while everyone else had the fun. When I was joining myself my phone was hidden in my bag. There are no photos of me with my family on our beach adventure. Nobody else took any photos. Not one. In years to come Miss Bee will look back on those memories and I will not be in them. It will be as if I didn’t even go, didn’t exist.
That makes me really sad.