Week #5: Almost Halftime

[Note: I was supposed to post this more than two weeks ago but I’ve been not feeling up to blogging much lately. Here it is anyway… once more with feeling! (Side eye)]

I totally went ham on pancake day and had pancakes for lunch and for breakfast the next day. I regret nothing cos it tasted damn fine, not gonna lie guys. Also shout out to Jamie Oliver’s pancake recipe, it’s pretty much fail proof. So on to the important part, I’ve actually lost some weight this week, hallelujah, another 0.8 lbs gone. Lets hope that actually stays off but I have been neglecting exercise so I suppose that’s not going to bode well for me… We’ll see!

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Week #3: For Cod’s Sake

This has not been a good week guys, I’ve gained back all the weight I had lost so I am up another 0.8 lbs taking it back to my original starting point. (This may or may not have anything to do with the McRib I had yesterday…) I’m not exactly over the moon about it but hopefully I can lose something this week! Upwards and onwards, right?

DAY #5

“Breakfast” 12:04pm – Cinnamon Porridge with Soya Milk (158 kcal)

I was meant to have this with bananas but I didn’t have any in the house, total bummer. It didn’t seem like a lot of food at all when I made this up and I tried to eat this as slowly as possible to make it seem like there was more to it but I didn’t do a grand job of that either. Though this is surprising holding me up for longer than I had expected.

1:00pmTea with Soya Milk (15kcal)

Super Late Lunch 4:55pm  – Moroccan Baked Eggs (170 kcal)

I’d be waiting all day for the boiler fixer to come round so that’s one of the reasons why I had an uber ate lunch and I’m finally not living in an igloo anymore! Hurrah. This was actually super tasty, though I didn’t have any ras-el-hanout on hand that the recipe required so I just chucked in a bunch of spices that I thought were kinda close to it, so I used black pepper, cumin, cinnamon and ground coriander. I ate this so quickly — as you can guess since I hadn’t eaten since 12. It was just what I needed to warm myself up and I love a runny yolk all creamy and delish! Though I wished I had chopped the garlic finer. Biting into garlic chunks is not the one.

Dinner – Cod Provençal (247 kcal)

So this is my first time cooking fish and I am strictly following this recipe with military precision because cooking fish makes me nervous even if it is just a fillet. The vegetables weren’t cooked enough for my liking and I wasn’t entirely sure the fish was fully cooked because it wasn’t opaque opaque and it was really soft but I didn’t make me sick so I guess it was actually cooked??! I didn’t finish the dish and there was a lot of left over onion and it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Bah. Disappointed.

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Week #2: Soy-a-hoy!

Hey guys, so who would of known, I’ve manage to stick it out for another week. WOOP WOOP. Maybe I am just too legit to quit. (Steady on now). In all seriousness though I can report that the previous week of my two day dieting resulted in a loss of two pounds. TWO WHOLE POUNDS. I’m pretty amazed by that but by no surprise it did come back crawling in the form of 0.8 lbs. You lose some and I definitely gained some, so there’s an effective weightloss of 1.2 lbs. Which I guess is not too shabs.

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DAY #3

Breakfast 11:30am Yoghurt with Banana and Pumpkin Seeds (164 kcal)

I learnt my mistake from last weeks dairy mishap, so this week I opted for an soy alternative and to my surprise it actually tastes pretty good, though to be fair I was had really low expectations for it. But it was lovely and yummy (even if it is more cals than the regular). Score.

12:30pm  Tea with Soya Milk (15 kcal)

Lunch 2:00pmChicken Salad (205 kcal)

They didn’t define what a ‘small’ chicken breast was so I may have gone over in cals with this dish but whoa-oh, not a lot I can do about it now… This is definitely better than the lunch I had last week. Though I did add Nando’s lemon and herb seasoning to the chicken because I had some lying around, not sure if that will add to the cal content or not, I’m hoping for not. I substituted the normal tomatoes for cherry ones, they are just so much more palatable! Though I did kinda ruin the dish towards the end by an accidental balsamic vinegar spill. Eek. But overall, a success!

Dinner 7:45pm Chicken and Veg Curry (341 kcal)

If really should read a recipe through and through before I start cooking, I added the yoghurt in too soon (but I feel it tenderised the chicken so it’s not all bad) and forgot to the mix the cornflour mixture into it before tipping into the pan so the sauce never got thick. In my defence I don’t think the recipe is written very clearly but that’s just my POV. Tasted better than I expected for a very soupy curry.

Treat 10:35pmHot Chocolate (60 kcal)

My hunger hasn’t actually been too bad today for reasons unknown but my stomach did start to rumble later into the evening and I was desperate for a chocolatey sugar hit.

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Week #1: Don’t Fear the Frittata

Welcome to the first installation of my diet diary! Party poppers popped and glasses clinked. So on my last diet conscious entry I didn’t specify how much weight I wanted to lose because at the time I didn’t know exactly how much I weighed so I didn’t know much I wanted to lose but behold the scale batteries have finally been replaced so I can start my journey. I’m aiming to stick to this diet for 12 weeks and attempting to lose about half a stone or 7 pounds and who knows maybe miraculously I’ll wake up at the end of this with an 25″ waist. (In my dreams). If you missed my previous post about why and what this diet diary is about, let me direct you here. I used the recipes from the BBC food which has all the calories worked out so this should be easy peasy to follow and stick to.

DAY #1

Breakfast 10am – Yoghurt with Banana and Pumpkin seeds (149 kcal), Tea with Soy Milk (15 kcal)

Yes, I woke up late today okay, don’t judge me. I actually didn’t hate this as much as I thought I was going to, I feared the natural yoghurt was going to have too much of a tang but it wasn’t too bad, I did cheat a little bit with an added teaspoon of honey. I noticed how slowly I was eating this too which made me feel fuller. Even if I did cheat. On the first dish. Then I had remembered that I don’t get on fabulously with yoghurt and that there’s a reason why I have soy milk in my tea and coffee. It gave me stomach cramps and worst. You know what I’m talking about fellow lactose intolerant readers.

11am -The first audible stomach rumble from a distance. I’m getting nervous now.

Lunch 1:30pm Garlic Mushroom Frittata with Salad (243 kcal)

The recipe preparation method for this was way too fussy. I was really looking forward to eating this but my cooking completely let it down, under seasoned, garlic not cooked enough and the accompanying salad with NO dressing whatsoever wasn’t exactly a joy to eat. I tried to eat all the cucumber but we just don’t gel, there’s something about the taste of it that’s just so odd, and it’s flavour is really strong for something that is meant to be mostly water. It made me appreciate the cherry tomatoes so much. I felt hungry whilst I was eating this and continued to feel hungry after.

Dinner 6:00pm Meatballs with Courgetti (219 kcal)

This has definitely been my favourite dish of the day — not that it’s hard to beat right now. I couldn’t stand this ridiculous hunger anymore and it was my mine prompter to start getting dinner ready. It was really straight forward to do, I managed to roll out 15 meatballs and after tasting the sauce I decided to jazz it up a bit with dried chilli flakes and lil bit of sugar, to balance out the sourness. I actually love the idea of making spaghetti from veg though I would thoroughly drain it before plating the sauce of top, a ring of orange water wasn’t the nicest thing to look at but at least it was tasty!

Snack 8:16pm – Ate the other half of the banana from this morning (approx. 45 kcal)

Treat 9:30pm Hot Chocolate (60 kcal) and Jaffa Cake (46 kcal)

I totted up all the calories I had consumed today and was desperate to look for something that would fill the remaining calories I had left (about 129), this was an absolute wake up call to what was available to me. I definitely wanted something ‘naughty’ and a sweet drink should sooth the beast that is my stomach, I went for the Options ‘Dreamy Belgian Chocolate’ and made it up in the biggest mug I could find, accompanied by a single jaffa cake. Did you know ONE jaffa cake contained 46 calories?!?! Yet they shout about the whole 1g of fat per cake. Pssh. I ain’t impressed. I ate this as slowly as I could, savouring every bite because at the time it felt like the most amazing thing to grace my lips but we all know it’s just a humble jaffa. In the moment I loved it as much as Homer loves donuts. Mmmmmmm donuts.

Onwards – I’M SO HUNGRY BEYOND ANYTHING. I am so ready for breakfast now. NOW.

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I am a Constant Craver


My relationship with food has more or less been the same my entire existence, I’ve never really been that girl who was obsessive with dieting or my weight because mainly for the first 3/4 of my life I’d been relying on my genes to take care of me and they did, in fact I was a scrawny child and my parents were keen to get me to eat more or I wouldn’t grow. (Asian family logic.) I suppose they were right in one way because I never got taller but I sure grew wider.

To be honest, I’ve never considered myself fat or even chubby, I thought I was just average but one day I did get an awakening when someone made a point that I looked like I had lost weight — but I wasn’t purposely dieting or exercising at the time. Though it was meant as a compliment, all I could think about was “how big did I look before?!” It was the first direct comment I’ve ever received about my body. It made me a gazillion times more self conscious and for the first time, made me look at my body in a different way, through the eyes of someone else. I constantly flip between having the body confidence of Hannah Horvarth/Lena Dunham and the drastic desperation to be a Victoria Secret runway ready. Which has made me a serial exercise and diet yo-yoer, not surprising when I could never commit to a stance on how I want my body to look and what I was happy with. (Which is probably more a self esteem issue than a weight issue but I don’t wanna go too off piste, I’ll save that for another day.)

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