Sunday, 20 October 2013

Weight loss Update (the week of noodles) + Cherry and Coconut Oatmeal

Clearly updating regularly clearly isn't my forte so today you're getting a long one! Regardless, I'm eating well (most of the time) and shrinking nicely as my weight loss ticker down the bottom of the blog will show you. But just in case you're into the figure here's my progress (I try not to weigh myself too much)

Pre juice fast- 89 kg
Post juice fast- 81.5 kg
Eating again after juice fast- 83.1 kg
9/10- 82.4 kg
10/10- 82.1 kg - down 1 kg in a week. Nice. Slow and steady wins the race.
12/10- 81.5 kg- back to my end of juice fast weight in 9 days, very happy with that.
20/10/13- 80.8 kg- down another 700g I'm loving that things are keeping on moving down. 

I'm so excited at the prospect of being in the 70's again! And I'm officially half way in my weight loss journey! wheeeee 18.2 kg down from highest weight, 16.8 kg to go till I'm at a healthy dr suggested weight (granted my perfectionist self still wishes to be 15 kg down from that but we're drowning her out with yummy food and smiles)

I've been eating foods that nourish me and enjoying it. I've been eating until I'm full and having desserts and savouring the treats I love. Having said that the week before last I did overdo the rice noodles. I enjoyed many noodle stir fries, noodle soups with nut or seed butter based sauces and lots of veggies. To the majority of the world this would look like a 'healthy' diet... to me I seem to get stuck on the fact they have very little nutritional value and I find them addictive... still, working on the positive mindset here- I'm getting in lots of veggies and fruit and not going hungry yet losing weight and that my friends, is the grand plan. 

I've been trying to remember to photograph things on my phone but when I'm hungry my mind is on food and often I forget. I made a batch of mixed grains (brown rice, buckwheat, millet, amaranth) and used them for many dishes over the week like this one with zucchini, mushrooms, peas and an asian vinegar/tom yum paste sauce. I also made a version with Indian curry paste which was divine too. Not very inventive or pretty but it's the kind of thing I eat on a regular basis. 
I also made a delicious green smoothie packed full off spinach, banana, blueberries, cinnamon and brown rice protein powder which lasted me three meals.
And made some kale chips with mixed herbs... yeah, I ate about 3 big bowls of them- it's just kale!
I'm not usually a breakfast person, I favour juices but there are times when something more substantial is needed. I made some scrummy cherry and coconut oatmeal the other day and it's good enough to share. I hope you enjoy it too!

 Cherry and Coconut Oatmeal
Makes 3 serves
1 cup steel cut oats
1 jar/ 2 cups drained sour cherries 
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1.5 cups coconut water
1.5 cups sour cherry juice
  • Add all ingredients to a pot
  • Bring to boil
  • Reduce heat and continue to cook until all the liquid is gone and oatmeal is soft
  • Enjoy!

I made a mexican-ish salad for lunch today, raw corn, avocado, coriander, lettuce, carrot, celery. Needed a squeeze of lime but I didn't have one. Still great. I've been going well with my veggies but I've been leaning towards lots of raw veg sticks with hummus rather than my usual salads. I've been making hummus regularly to keep in the fridge for when the nibbles hit- I made a batch with smoked paprika today, yum!

As far as treats go I've had the week of rice noodles and eaten out a few times. I shared a small serve of sweet potato fries with a friend because I've been wanting to try them forever. I'm not sure if I prefer them but they're comparable to the regular ones... and still deep fried. I had some Singapore noodles at Indochine, a local asian place, which tasted amazing but I could feel the salt and oil... still as far as treats go it could be worse.
We also went out to Kunis in the city after my gallery opening which was lovely. I got some greens and mushrooms in broth and the yummy tower of walnuts, miso and greens.. and some rice to go with them because there was no way they were filling me up!
In other news I've been happily distracted by the fact I got a bunny! His name is Tux and is too cute for words so enjoy some photos :) (apologies for phone quality)
And then there's the panda...yep, I finally cracked and bought a little white and black suzuki swift.
I've been applying for lots of jobs trying to get one for next year which will make the car a necessity. I've done pretty well staying away until now, this is my first car at 25 yrs old...I chose a little one and won't be using it much so I'm trying not to feel guilty about killing the world. 

There's my update! If you have any questions I'm more than happy to answer as always other than that I hope you're all well and happy :)

Love and Smiles,

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