I’ve made a few small changes and this weight loss thing seems to finally be working. I said in my last post that I recognised that I needed to make more changes to my lifestyle if I was ever going to see some results.
The first thing I’ve done is impose a no food after 7 pm rule. I’ve read about people having success with this strategy, so wanted to give it a try. It’s actually a big change for me. Even by European standards, we tend to dine late in this household..often not finishing our evening meal until 9.30 or 10 pm. It’s been a challenge to make this change, and I’d say I’ve had about a 50% success rate. Work and life often gets in the way, but I’m going to stick with to see if I can improve.
Another change is that I started wearing a pedometer..or as I like to call it a…I’ve got to get moving meter. It been a useful tool to gauge exactly how idle I can be. Spending eight to ten hours a day looking at a screen is not the way to have an active lifestyle…even if you do workout for 40 minutes a few times a week. Now a quick look at my pedometer tells me ‘I’ve got to get moving’ and it’s motivation enough to make me push myself away from the laptop and get out of a walk, or do the laundry and housework, or do anything other than work. I’ve made it to 10k steps a few times now, and I’m striving to make that level daily.
The third change has been to focus on getting five servings of fruit andvegetables a day. It’s helpful because if you are full of apples and bananas, you don’t have room for cheese and crackers. It’s that simple. I’d say I’m winning on this one about 70% of the time.
One bad effect of these changes is that I’m not filling out my food diary on the WeightWatchers website, something I used to be diligent about. I seem to be just a little too busy to sit down and do it now that I’m concentrating on getting moving. I have been keeping a running daily tally in my head, but I know that’s not good enough should I need to review things. I want to get back into the diary habit.
The tale of the scales
Good news here finally. Two pounds in two weeks, and you can’t ask for better than that, right? Also, I’ve finally reached my goal of losing 5% of my body weight…albiet a week late. Now onwards and downwards to 10% over the next six weeks. I am really quite pleased because this is the least I’ve weighed in about four years now and people are starting to notice.
This is one of my favourite WeightWatchers recipes. It comes in at 9 Propoints per serving and you can’t tell it’s ‘diet food’ in the least: Thai Green Chicken Curry
1 spray(s) Cooking Spray, Calorie Controlled
6 medium Shallots, peeled and sliced
2 clove(s) Garlic, crushed
500 g Chicken, Breast, Skinless, Raw, cut into chunks
5 stem Lemon Grass Stems, very finely chopped (or 2 teaspoon prepared lemongrass)
2 teaspoons (grated) Ginger, Root, (or 2 teaspoon prepared ‘fresh’ ginger)
400 ml Coconut Milk, Canned
1 cube(s) Stock Cube, Vegetable, dissolved in 150 ml (1/4 pint) hot water
4 teaspoons Curry Paste, all types, Thai Green Curry Paste, Mild
2 tablespoons Thai Fish Sauce
2 tablespoons Coriander, Fresh
1 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoons (ground) Pepper, Black (Whole, Cracked or Ground)
1 sprig(s) Coriander, Fresh, to garnish
* Heat a wok or large frying pan and mist with low fat cooking spray. Add the shallots, garlic and chicken and cook over a medium-high heat for 4 – 5 minutes, or until the chicken is sealed and browned.
* Add the lemongrass, ginger, coconut milk, chicken stock and curry paste. Stir in the fish sauce or soy sauce and coriander. Simmer for 20 – 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has reduced a little.
* Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with cooked rice or noodles (remembering to add the extra POINTS values), garnished with coriander sprigs.
(The photo shows this dish served with roti, and you’ll have to add the Propoints for those)