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Diet Progress: Week 10

Weigh-in: 128 lb

Judskii Diet Progress Week 10

It looks like my belly is finally disappearing. Excuse me while I cartwheel in joy! I find that meal-prepping is the easiest, fastest way for me to lose weight. I’m mostly tempted to buy and eat large amounts of food when  I don’t have food readily available for me to eat. When I make my lunches ahead of time (and make sure that I remember to bring them), I feel much more guilty going out to buy that burger.

I’ve also learned that after I devour whatever amount of food in front of me, I’m still starving! But accepting the fact that I’m actually full and making myself wait the extra 15-20 minutes to stop the ravenous eating mode does wonders. Half hour after I finish eating, I realize that my stomach is actually fully bursting with delicious proteins and nutrients.

9 more days till the beach!

Curry Chicken Vindaloo and Red Lentils with VeggiesI was craving Indian food all last week and it took all I had to not go get the $9.99 Indian lunch buffet up the street from my workplace. The pull was very strong, and the value!! It was hard to pass up.

This week, chicken breasts were on sale for mega cheap. I got all that chicken you see above (a good 5 large ones) for only $7.50! I also bought another tray and froze those. This serves as my lunch for the next week. Curry chicken vindaloo with red lentils and veggies.

  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • a handful of brown mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 4 cups of red lentils
  • 4 tbsp Patak’s Vindaloo Paste
  • Spinach
  • Salt and pepper

1. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts. Brown them in the pan and then set aside (they should still be raw on the inside).

2. Add to the pan your carrots, mushrooms, shallots, and garlic. Mix them around like you know what you’re doing.

3. When those veggies get a bit soft, add your tomatoes.

4. Add 4 cups of water, the Vindaloo paste, and your lentils. Mix them all up.

5. Add your chicken back into the pan and simmer, covered, until you’re pretty sure you won’t get salmonella. No one sees what I’m eating, so I just cut right into the breast to make sure. This took about 25 minutes. If you feel like it’s getting a little dry, add more water in. I think I ended up with about 6 cups of water in the end.

6. About 10 minutes before you think you’re done, add the spinach, and cover it back up so that it’ll wilt.

This meal was inspired by this pinterest post. I thought, yeah, I’m going to make that, and then proceeded to do something that kinda was like it, but not at all. I used veggies that I liked. I didn’t have an onion so that’s why I used the shallot.

The vindaloo paste was just purchased at a generic grocery store, and as such it tries to cater to a wider audience, meaning, it tastes nice and inoffensive. Definitely delicious, but lacks the deep flavour and is not very spicy at all. Still, I quite enjoyed my lunch this morning.

Because my chicken breasts were all sorts of different sizes, for calorie counting purposes, I divided the macros into the lentil & veggies mixture portion on its own and the chicken to be inputted into MyFitnessPal separately.

Vindaloo Lentil & Veggies – 9 Portions

279 calories / 3.3g fat, 44g carbs, 16.9g protein

Chicken was inputted into MFP as just plain chicken breast. – Per 160g

282 calories / 6g fat, 0g carbs, 55.2g protein

Progress posts every Monday.

 

Diet Progress: Week 9

Weigh-in: 129.0 lb

Judskii progress week 9

Oh my! I missed a week. It was the beginning of Daylight Savings Time and that’s why there is sunlight in my bathroom post-work on a Monday! Fantastic. I’ve lost 0.8 lb in the last two weeks, which is better than gaining! With my vacation looming in 16 days (!!!!!!!), I’ve become much more motivated to eat right, and have been doing well in the last two weeks. I think I only went to one buffet. I’m finally starting to see results, especially in my belly which I am most self-conscious about.

Judskii Week 5 week 9 comparison

 

It looks like I ate a gigantic meal in week 5. Except it’s a perpetual gigantic meal that keeps me hungry. I still can’t seem to drag myself to the gym to turn this flab to fab. I’ve just got over 2 weeks, and each night I go to bed early, thinking tomorrow’s going to be the day I go to the gym, and yet it doesn’t happen. Even if I get 8 hours of sleep, I’m thinking, if I don’t go to the gym, I can have an extra TWO hours. How do I break out of the cycle??

Judskii Food Week 9

This week’s lunch is actually super delicious. I took a chicken breast, butterflied it (cut it in half, lengthwise, but not all the way, so that it stays in one piece and opens up). I opened the breast, lay a slice of prosciutto inside with some old chedder, rolled it back up, and topped with salt and pepper, and baked until delicious.  With 125g chicken breast, 20g of prosciutto,  and 12 g of cheese (which is more than you think!) it only came up 300 calories! 48g protein, 0g carbs, 11g fat.

I paired this with some baked green beans. Veggies are super easy to make for me, and they’re so filling for a side with your lunch/dinner. This week’s green beans (about 3 handfuls) were tossed with minced garlic (3 cloves) and crushed chilis in oil (1 tbsp).  Only 50 calories per half cup.

Judskii Selfie week 9

I always loved the phrase “being skinny means you look good in clothes, but being fit means you look good naked.” While I’m not fit yet, I’m quite enjoying how I’m fitting into clothes! The red jeans that I had to put away a year ago have finally come back into the wardrobe. The shirt that I’m wearing here was bought for me by a friend about a year ago, and I could not for the life of me fit into it. I finally squeezed myself into it last week, and got so many compliments. I  was loving it! So even if sometimes I’ll feel discouraged, there are these little wins that keep me going!

Progress posts every Monday.

 

Diet Progress Week 7

 

Weigh in: 129.8 lb

Judskii Progress Week 7

What a stall, but at least I didn’t go up in weight. We are officially one month away until vacation, and I’ve gotta lose this pudge. It’s pretty frustrating when 1) I see no change in myself and 2) I throw away a week of clean eating by drinking excess calories on a night out. One night and I’ve got a stall.

I’ve got a pretty long lady cycle that I should be coming to the end of, and I feel like that (as well as the cheese and crackers) have got me bloated beyond belief.

(It’s probably the cheese and crackers.)

Hopefully, once my uterine lining sloughs itself off, I’ll actually see some real progress. Last time, I lost 4 lovely pounds.

As for this week’s win: I actually made it to the gym and pushed myself extra hard by adding weights to the benchpress. I usually do empty bar, but I huffed and puffed and was sore all over for the next few days. Gotta get strong arms to fly my first kite in California!

Judskii Lime Salt

I’m gonna call this stuff Lime Salt because that’s basically what it is. Introduced to me by my friend, Davindra (@1goatroti), I’ve become obsessed with this stuff. It’s super easy to make.

  1. Zest a few limes.
  2. Spread the lime zest out on a plate for it to dry out overnight.
  3. Crush the dried lime zest in with about 1.5x the amount in salt.
  4. Cut up some thai chili peppers.

I use this as a dip for strips green mangos as a low-cal snack. It’s sour, tangy, salty, spicy, and it takes me about 40 minutes of mindless eating for me to finish a half a mango. Super yummy! Though the salt is probably adding to my bloat as well. Perhaps I will increase my water intake further and just pee out the weight. A girl can dream!

Progress posts every Monday.

Diet Progress: Week 6

Weigh-in: 129.8 lb

Judskii Progress Week 6

I actually think the only time I’ve put this outfit on in the last three weeks is to take these photos. Every morning, I wake up to my workout alarm and say, “Not today, Gym. Not today.” In order for me to get to the gym by 6 (in time for a 1-hour workout), I have to be in bed by 9:30. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. I’ve got to figure out a better plan. It’s frustrating to see results on the scale but not in photos, but I do blame myself for that for not going to the gym. These muscles aren’t going to grow themselves, and I’ve really got to kick my own butt because vacation is in 36 days!

This week was actually great. I ate chicken and brussel sprouts for lunch most of the week, and on Friday, I was actually down to 127 lb. It’s the weekends that are killing me. Saturday was Valentine’s Day and boyfriend took me out to sushi buffet. I did my best to stick to just sashimi and proteins. Sunday, we had breakfast with his parents. Filipino food is especially full of sugars and fats and gluten. Sunday night, I worked the inventory shift at my retail gig, which means the company provided us dinner — pizza and candy.

Judskii Chicken Mealprep

This is what I try to do every week when prepping my meals. I basically buy some chicken breast (10$ for 5 breasts at WalMart) and bake them with different flavours, to make eating chicken breast during the week not seem so stale. The two on the top left have salt & pepper, basil, thyme, oregano, and hot sauce on them. Top two on the right are stuffed with mozzarella cheese, with tomato paste, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper to make some pizza chicken. The lonely one on the bottom is spread with Keen’s Hot Mustard with some shallots on top because my house has no onions. Bake them in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

I pair these breasts with whatever veggies I fancy having. This week is sugar snap peas from Costco. They are SO good. Veggies get roasted in the oven at the same time with just some salt and pepper, and a tiny bit of olive oil if I feel like it. Don’t EVOO the sugar snap peas. Do put it on broccoli.

Progress posts every Monday.

 

My Green Smoothie Variation!

Tired of my healthy blogs yet? Don’t worry, I’ve got a couple of restaurant food blogs coming up soon. My diet has loosened up considerably since I started, but I’ve lost a total of 10 pounds now! Yayyy.  It took me almost two months, but that’s because I pretty much stopped exercising about a month ago. I knoow, booo me. But, I have switched to a healthier (food) lifestyle. I don’t eat fast food anymore, and I’ve been drinking exclusively water for about two years now, save for the occasional tea or alcohol. But since moving away from Toronto, I don’t find myself drinking (alcohol) every weekend or every other weekend. I’m mostly a hermit.

I never thought I’d become one of those people, but I actually caught myself saying, “Ugh, is it organic though…?” the other day, and I found that weird. But I’ve been trying to buy organic food when my budget allows and when it’s available. I’m not too strict on it. I’ve heard people say that generally, the things where you don’t eat the peel (oranges, watermelon, etc) you don’t have to buy organic, but other things you should (lettuces, veggies, etc) or at least wash very very thoroughly before using.

So, in accordance with this healthy (food) lifestyle, I either have my oatmeal for breakfast or this smoothie that I’m going to share with you. For the last 2-3 weeks, I’ve been having this smoothie exclusively because it’s so darn tasty. This smoothie gives me tons of energy and usually keeps me full for 4-5 hours! I’ll have it in the morning before I go to work and then by the time my lunch break comes around, I’ll have just started to get hungry.

I first heard about green smoothies from one of my favourite vloggers, itsjudytime, on her daily vlog channel called itsjudyslife. Her husband, Benji, does a green smoothie/juice recipe on his channel, BenjiManTV. I made up my recipe by watching them make their smoothies, as well as doing my research on green smoothies (it supposedly makes your skin glooooow), and adjusting it to my own taste preferences. So without further ado, here we go!

Alright! This is what I put into my smoothie on a pretty regular basis. Well, except for the mixer.. that’s just what I use to mix them all together… jeez.

So I start off with half a banana (~50 cal.), as much spinach as I can fit (~10 cal.), and some almond milk (~25 cal), just so it’s not too thick. You can adjust the amount of almond milk to how thick or thin you like your drink. You can also substitute for water if you want to lower calories, or coconut water for a delicious flavour. I actually added fresh coconut water with some coconut flesh the other day, and it tasted super fresh! As you can see, after blending, the drink is a wonderful bright and alien green.

Please forgive my typography here. Next, I put in one stalk of celery and a few slices of apple in there (~15 cal.). I like to mix my ingredients in batches because it doesn’t overwork my magic bullet. If you have a full-size blender, it can probably handle all the ingredients in there at once, but I like how I just have to wash the “cup” I use after I’m done with it instead of a whole different container (I hate dishes).

Now this is where it gets… sludgy looking. I add in 1/4 cup of my frozen berries (~40 cals.) and 1/4 cup of my frozen fruits (~40 cals depending on the kinds of fruits). You can easily do this with all berries, or even no berries at all. I had a berries and mango mixture going on for a while. Yum yum yum!

I add some more spinach for good measure. A cup of spinach is only 7 calories, people! And you can’t even taste the spinach. You can also add kale, which is a known superfood, but I’ve never had kale before. Once, my brother bought me a spinach blend instead of just spinach, and it had radicchio and arugula in it. Usually, I love arugula, but I found its flavour in a smoothie much too overpowering.

I only add half a scoop of whey protein in to save calories. Also, if you follow my vlog, you will have seen that the first time I ever made a smoothie, I added a whole scoop, and though it made me very very full, I really disliked the sickly sweet flavour. I use the vanilla flavour from Kaizen 100% Whey Protein. For more information about protein, what protein he uses, and for more health and fitness information, check out my friend Edmond’s blog. Boy is cut as heck!

Here’s the nutritional information for the protein that I use:

So, half a scoop of protein is about 75 calories. You can skip it, but I feel like this is the thing that really keeps me full throughout the day. Though it’s a lot of calories for one ingredient, it keeps me from eating more later on. I mix everything up after adding the whey protein.

Next step you don’t really have to add, but I like to put in a third to half a package of plain oatmeal (20-25 grams) which equals 65-95 calories. I would usually add just bulk oatmeal but I had some packages leftover. If you’re watching your calories, I would exclude it, but I wanted to have more fibre. That’s about 25% of the reason. The other 75% is because with the berries, there are those really annoying raspberry/strawberry seeds that are left and you have to chew and get stuck in your teeth. So I add in the oatmeal (and shake, not blend!) so that I have something that I can chew and distract from the annoying seeds because I added the oatmeal on purpose. Plus, I like chewing something substantial in my smoothie. The best way to add oatmeal in is if your smoothie is relatively thick. If it’s too juice-like, it’ll just sink to the bottom. Ew.

So in total, this smoothie comes up to about 330 calories. About 250 if you omit the oatmeal, and 175 if you omit the protein too. Anyway, I like it because it’s healthy, tastes good, and you don’t even have to add any sugars because the banana, berries, and protein add enough sweetness. You even get some veggies in there without having to taste them! I completely recommend you trying it out! 🙂

How I Keep On Track

Another healthful bloggy blog! This one is about the apps I’ve tried and used to keep my eating habits on track. I’ve used quite a few over the years and they’ve always been super helpful in helping me lose weight. I am currently using Calorie Count and it’s the best one that I’ve found so far, so this post may be slightly biased towards it. I’m going to be comparing three different apps. They’re all available on both iPhone and Android, and if you don’t have a smart phone, they all have websites where you can track your calories, exercise, and water intake.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m a phone junkie, but I love having the apps on my phone so that I can input all my information as I’m doing it. It also helps with me being able to keep track of everything and not relying on my shoddy memory to remember everything at the end of the day.

The three contenders today are: Calorie Count, Lose It!, and MyFitnessPal.

All three apps are great (and free!), and it’s just my nit-picky nature that makes me choose Calorie Count. They all come highly recommended though.

  • Calorie Count has been talked about in Today, Self, TechCrunch, and PCMag.
  • Lose It! is so popular that it has it’s own book out and has been talked about in the New York Times and Macworld.
  • MyFitnessPal seems to be the most publicized, appearing in Today, the New York Times, BBC, the Guardian, USA Today, Marie Claire, Wall Street Journal, PCWorld, and more.

The Encourager

This portion of the app is meant to give you a support group to rally around and keep you motivated. As everyone knows, it’s always easier to diet when you have someone to diet with you because then you are held accountable by that person. For me, that person is this app because I’ll feel guilty if I type in a 1000-calorie meal into it.

If you’re dieting with friends, you can use the same dieting app and add each other as friends. This helps keep each other accountable, as well as celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

If you, like me, don’t have friends, this part of the app is completely pointless except in Calorie Count. CC gives you the published records of random users (who enable their feeds as public) and it’s just a feed of positive people accomplishing their goals. Not only that, but they’re real people who sometimes miss a work out, over eat their daily caloric limit, and ultimately, just completely relatable. Sometimes when I’m feeling the diet blues, I’ll read through these either for motivation or for commiseration.

Food Log

The food logs are pretty standard across the board. I like that CC gives you the carbs, fat, and protein breakdown at the top, as well as a grade for each food you eat. Some things that you think are healthy might actually surprise you with just getting a B rating. However, I give points to LI and MFP because they give you the remaining calories you’re allowed to eat at the top, which is really helpful.

Searching for Foods

Again, these are pretty standard. My only complaint is that the variety in LI and MFP aren’t as large as in CC. CC is partially user generated so it may be off, but a lot more brands are available. The information may be slightly less reliable, but as the great mantra of dieting goes: overestimate your calorie intake, underestimate your calorie output. Those are in my own words, but I’m sure someone out there has a more elegant way of saying it. A problem I noticed this morning is that I couldn’t find my Almond Breeze almond milk or my Whey Isolate in MFP, so there’s 150 calories that are unaccounted for because they weren’t available to me!

What I also like about CC is that if you’re easily obsessive and can’t find the certain food that you are eating, CC allows you to enter your food under “Custom Foods” and input all the nutritional information in, to keep your food analysis accurate. That information is then saved for the next time you eat it. I even put my special oatmeal from the last post into it. I’m not sure if it uploads that information so that other users can search for it though. If you’re using CC, let me know if you can find Judskii’s Oatmeal! in there. 🙂

Daily Nutritional Breakdown

I love this part. At the end of the day, it takes all the things you ate that day, and you can see what you’re eating a lot of, what you’re missing in your diet. What I like about it is that it doesn’t focus purely on eating less calories to lose weight, but also eating better and healthier for your body. You could be 700 calories a day, but 3x the sodium, fat, and sugar that you should, and that’s not going to get you anywhere.

I find Lose It! pretty lacking in this area, showing just the basics. CC and MFP break it down for you, showing quite clearly what percentage of your daily suggested carb/protein/fat/sugar etc intake you’ve already had, and how much you need for a balanced diet. Again, I’m slightly more biased towards CC. I find their information clearly laid out, the bar graphs instantly give you an overview of your day’s nutrients. MFP has the same information, but their pie chart is on a different page than the nutritional breakdown. Again, not a huge deal.

Activities Log

These are pretty standard. There’s not much difference, except again, I think CC has more choices and relatable content.

Weight Log

And last but not least, the weight log that allows you to track your weight from the beginning. This is the only place that  I really feel CC was lacking. It looks as though it was made only for people with large amounts of weight to lose, and it really only shows your trend after a long time of using it. That little dip at the end is after a whole month of me using it. Very disappointing.

Lose It nicely lays out your information as well as your diet plan at the top. The only thing is though, that it is not generally recommended for women to be eating less than 1200 calories a day in order to lose weight. CC doesn’t allow it, and the minimum setting you’re allowed to have is 1200 cal/day. For men, it’s 1500 cal/day. I mean, people are generally going to eat a little under anyway.

I feel like MyFitnessPal comes out on top with this weight portion. The layout is clear, you can see what you’ve lost clearly, without extra information above or below the graph, and you can toggle to see what you’ve lose in the last 1, 2, and 3 months.

And that’s all I’ve got on the subject. Choose the app that’s right for you. If you don’t want to be tethered by technology, whether it’s on your phone or the computer, you can always get one of those calorie counter books with all the nutritional information of most foods, and a dollar store journal and record your food there. It’s a great way to keep you on track, and you’ll be surprised at where most of your calories come from!

Some stand out points I’ve picked up during my journey are:

  • A cup of spinach (raw) is only 7 calories.
  • A medium banana is ~100.
  • A meal at A&W, I should have known this. I think I did, but didn’t want to admit it. A teen burger (500), fries (300), root beer (200). That’s 1000 calories in a single meal. QQ
  • Veggie soup is awesome (put that through an immersion blender and you’re ready for fall) and ridiculously low in calories. Allows me to splurge my calories on croutons and garlic bread to dip.
  • Make butternut squash fries (baked) because they are ridic low in calories and super duper yummy.
  • Counting calories may sometimes be tedious, sometimes fun, sometimes heartbreaking, but the results are always evident.

Hope you gleaned some good information from this post. 🙂

Cheers,

Judy

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