Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all!
I imagine all of you have been on a holiday roller coaster the past few weeks. Endless parties, food, friends, family… this is definitely a recipe for “diet failure”. However, my attitude this time was relaxed. I gave myself these three weeks to enjoy everything, without guilt, and get back on track later...
Start: 73.1 kg
Goal: 50 kg
Current: 68.2 kg
This week, I lost 1.1kg (2.42 lbs) on phase 2. I introduced one whole grain carb for lunch or dinner. It was either Chapati (indian flat bread) or brown rice.
I attended a day long seminar on Tuesday and they provided Egg and Cress Whole Wheat Wraps. I had two of those for lunch. There was another sandwich, but it had something sweet in it, so I took a bit and decided to skip it...
Whoo Hooo!! I’m officially on Phase 2 starting today. I did my weigh in and I lost a whopping 3.8 kg (8.4 lbs) in 2 weeks. I feel lighter and my face is glowing, with all the raw veggies and the water I’m taking in. I weighed myself yesterday and I have lost an additional 100 grams, so no weight gain from the dinner last night! Yay!
I decided to take it slow, not introducing too many carbs. So, my breakfast, lunch and snacks were pretty much Phase 1 foods...
I’m finally on the last day of Phase 1.
We are meeting some friends for dinner today at a South Indian Restaurant and pretty much everything in the restaurant is “white” carbs. We South Indians are big on white rice and white carbs. I don’t want this diet to cause resentment, so I made a plan. There is one particular dish that’s my favourite. It is a chick pea curry with deep fried white flat bread (channa bhatura).
I had a nice bowl of salad before I went...
Phase 1 Day 13 was uneventful. I had a big bowl of salad for lunch. It is almost like a taco salad, but with just boiled beans. I put left over sour cream, guacamole and salsa on it. For snack, I had half cucumber and 4 walnuts. Breakfast was as usual tea and 1 egg with peppers. For dinner, surprisingly, I wasn’t too hungry, so I just ate half a bowl of salad.
Who knew salad could keep me full for hours...
After a little motivation from the support group, my rebellion subsided. I’m back on track and motivated. I also went shopping and restocked the fridge with vegetables. I realized that bell peppers are the key. If I have a lot of bell peppers in the fridge, the diet is easy. Otherwise, it’s hard. Funny, huh!
Decaf tea with cardamom
Egg with red peppers
Lunch & Dinner:
Taco salad made with lettuce, pinto beans, guacamole, salsa, s...
My rebellion is starting. I’m wanting to give up and stop the diet. I checked the scale today and it still showed 70, so I haven’t lost much in the past few days (or it could be that I was checking at different times). Anyway, this is the hardest part. I’m feeling deprived and wanting to go back to the old life style. I usually hit this bump and give up. I have to see how it will go this time.
- Decaf tea with cardamom
- Hard Boiled Egg
All the baking and cleaning flared up my back pain, so I was very unwell. I got up very late, around 10:30. Luckily, my husband got my daughter ready and dropped her off in the nursery, so I could rest. Since I woke up so late and stayed in bed for another couple of hours, my whole day was off.
- Decaf tea with cardamom
- 1 egg
Lunch & Dinner:
- I finally dragged myself into the kitchen around 2 and cooked Chock Full of Veggies ...
This is an Indian Curry that I converted into a soup, that is suitable for South Beach Diet – Phase 1. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of it.
- 2 Large Aubergines
- 1 Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (or use Tahini Paste)
- 1 Tsp Chilli Powder
- 1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Tamarind Paste (or use lemon juice as substitute)
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- Salt to Taste
- Pressure cook whole aubergines ...
Today is my daughter’s 3rd birthday and I baked a Banana Walnut Cake for her. I know it is banned in phase 1, but I had a small bite when she cut the cake.
Usually, I lick the bowl when I make the cake, but today I’ve not even felt the need to do that. I also did not get tempted when the sweet aroma of the cake came wafting through the house. I made a decision to have that bite beforehand and I did not feel guilty for it...