Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Weigh In # 3

Maintained at 113. 5kg.

Not surprising. I have been sick. Been unable to to exercise.
Still recovering from the Head cold - not quite sure when it will be safe to start exercising again.
A friend of mine exercised while she had a cold and she she got sick afterwards, don't wan to make the same mistake.

My favourite thing to eat when I have a cold / flu is an omelete with chillies and orange juice.
Got that for today.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Scales

Life is all about balance. My mom's favourite words to me were: Simone you need to find a happy medium. Her way of telling not to take things to their extreme.

When it comes to using the scale to weigh myself that is one thing I have great balance with. I only do it once a week. Now I like numbers I like working things out. Whenever I begin to make some healthy changes i start calculating the possibilities. Up until now in last ten years it has gotten me no where.
I see the scales as a little blankie for some odd reason they give a little comfort. I know I can use a measuring tape - waist measurement is a good way to measure weight loss and an important figure (88cm is apparently what we should aim to get down to). But as soon as I got a little extra money I bought a scale - LOL.

There are pros and cons.
if you can't resist getting on everyday , then I say follow the dietician's recommendation and get rid of your scale.
If you don't have money - don't bother - use a measuring tape instead.

I have a challenge. My husband is away for two weeks. I am on my own and need to stay motivated. I have a head cold and a daughter to look after. Easy to slip into doing things the easy way.
Yesterday I had to get our camera after dropping my husband at the airport but the shop was still closed. tesco was closed - only KFC and M was opened. so We went to Mac Donalds - I had the vegetarian meal with orange juice. Hows that for a balancing act - LOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weigh-In 2 and Confessions

I almost forgot that today was my weigh in day.

Happy to report that I down to 113,5 kg - YAY that is a lost of 1.5kg.

Confession - on Sunday I had KFC for dinner. The reason was circumstances we went for a walk in the mountains - up to the first contour. Then decided to visit an old lady and that took longer than we expected. With two hungry children and very little money we took the easy way out.
When we were driving to our walk I thought i was silly not take any snacks.provisions with us.
Next time I will be prepared!!


I walked for an 1hr10 today. My feet are sore - feel like blisters may develop (Might need to shoes). I felt physically tired but mentally proud of myself. Now that I have cooled down my feet are still sore but I have energy for the rest of the day.

I am now starting to work through the CHIP workbook. The first unit is on the topic of balance.
I am making to do list and at the very top I have included exercise. Last week I did exercise three times. This week I am increasing the intensity a bit.

Managed to spend almost £25 less on my food budget last week and hoping to do the same this week.

Here is a money saving alternative suggested in the CHIP program - Crisped Tortilla Chips.

VIDEO: Low Fat Baked Tortilla Chips

Crisped Tortilla Chips
1pkg 12 corn tortilla
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

Tasty baked lime and chilli tortilla chips you make at home.
Serve with your choice of dips and salsas.

Recipe provided by: Allrecipes


1 packet Corn Tortillas
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation method

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. 2. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangular wedges and arrange in a single layer on a baking tray. 3. In a spray bottle, combine the oil and lime juice. Mix well and spray each tortilla wedge until slightly moist. (Lightly brush on the oil and lime juice if you don't have a spray bottle) 4. Combine the cumin, chilli powder and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle on the wedges. 5. Bake for about 7 minutes. Rotate the tray and bake for another 8 minutes or until the wedges are crisp, but not too brown. Serve warm or room temperature with salsas, dips or guacamole.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Quote for the Week

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

By Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Weigh-In Day

I weighed in at 115kg / 253.5 pounds. I have remained pretty consist. Lets hope it starts a downward spiral and stays there.

Didn't have soup for supper this evening. My husband is the soup maker and has been working since early this morning and got interrupted with phone calls and crises on various fronts.
So I opened a can of tomato soup and popped some veggie fingers into the oven.

Water in take was low today, need to make some herbal tea to increase it. So hard when its cold.

Going to do some exercise with my daughter - DVD.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jump Start Report

About a month ago my husband and I did the JumpStart of the CHIP program.
Felt a bit hungry for the first two days and then it went well.
I was very proud of myself for giving up sugar and coffee for the week.
I know that I can do it.
However I am sad to report that we left things slip back to normal on that front. I didn't however feel the need to pig-out and I just decided to do more preparation for change.
Now that the time has arrive to implement some of the principles of have learned reading through the CHIP program.
I want to make a more permanent change this time. I feel that i have grown up knowing most of the right principles but always fallen short at implementation for various reasons.
The one thing that has attracted me to this program is the inclusion of bread. Bread is a staple in my diet. I have succeeded in reducing the amount (quantity) bread I eat but to almost completely cut it is extremely difficult for me.

You will notice that my menu plan for this week is totally vegetarian. I know and understand the merits of a vegetarian diet. I have always seen it as a good idea and once did it for 6 months until I was in an area where it became difficult. So I am yet to make a full commitment to a vegetarian way of life.
Coffee is another area in my life where I am not sure I can say that I am at the point of never drinking it.
So I am going to live with those two things as grey areas.

Tuesday will be my weigh in day.

Menu Plan for the next 4 Days

B - Breakfast, L- Lunch and S - Supper

Snacks: herbal tea (no sugar or milk), fruit and lots of water !!


B- Oats with Sunflower seeds and milk ( must admit that I put a tsp of sugar)
L- Salad & 2 slices of Bread
S - Potato & Beans curry with tortillas, Peas and Salad


B- Oats / Cheerios
L- Homemade Lentil Burghers with Bread and salad
S- Soup & Bread


B- Oats / Cheerios
L- Veggie Hotdog & Bake Beans with Toast & Salad
S- Split pea curry with rice (Bread for me as I don't eat rice unless its Breyani)


B- Oats / Cheerios
L- Banana on toast (using flora low fat margerine - not ready to leave just yet one small step at a time)
S- Soup & Bread