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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 5

Weigh-in: 132.0 lb

Judskii Progress Week 5

This is my “I just shovelled my driveway for nearly two hours by myself” look. Looking at this picture, I’m noticing that i think I actually have a pretty bad pelvic tilt. I wonder if this is why my back has been hurting for the last month and a half-ish.

Lost 0.4 lb from last check-in. Tiny progress is still progress! On Friday, I was actually sitting at 129.8lb, which was nice to see the scale under 130, but then of course, the weekend came and we went to a buffet for a friend’s surprise birthday party. To prepare for my  inevitable overindulgence at an asian buffet, I prepared by eating a very light lunch – a small salmon steak with a side of broccoli florets and snap peas.

It was another bad week of not bringing my lunch, so I ended up going out for lunch basically every day. Fish and chips (I flaked off most of the breading and didn’t have much of the fries because I ran out of ketchup. Yep, keep those justifications coming.), Tucker’s Marketplace for a birthday lunch (I stuck to a lot of roast beef), burritos with a 2-for-1 coupon with a friend (I ate half for lunch and half for dinner). Not to mention the Superbowl snacks of puff pastry, wings, and copious amounts of beer. I just love indulging too much. Suffice to say, I started my week off limping.

This week though, I made a big pot of chili. At only approx 240 calories/serving, it’ll be good to last me through the week for lunches. I’m also vaguely cutting out starchy carbs because I find that to be the most effective way for my body to cut the belly pudge.

Judskii Chili

Spicy Fucking Chili

Servings: 9 || 240 calories – 14.2g fat, 5.9g carbs, 20.8g protein – per serving

  • 1/2 purple onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 box of mushrooms (I used portobellinis)
  • 900g lean ground beef (only because it’s cheaper than extra lean and I couldn’t find ground turkey)
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1 package of chili seasoning (you can also make your own, but they were on sale for like 50 cents)
  • 5 scotch bonnet peppers**
  1. Roast your scotch bonnet peppers in the (toaster) oven at 425 degrees fahrenheit  until blistered. I just leave them in until I’m ready for them. Cooking is a fluid, adaptable dance.
  2. Cook the onions and garlic in a small amount of olive oil on medium-high until the onions start to turn translucent.
  3. Dump the ground beef in and brown it.
  4. Dump all your chopped veggies in with the chili seasoning. Let it keep cooking until it gets all liquidy.
  5. Now dump your tomato paste in it and mix it all up real good. Turn the heat down to medium-low.
  6. Now, take your scotch bonnets out (not with your hands) and remove the stems. I blitzed them in my magic bullet with some water and dumped the mixture right into the pot. WARNING: Do not put your nose into the empty cup afterwards because it will burn. Learn from my mistakes.
  7. Mix everything together. Cover and let it simmer on low for 3 hours.

*I do not like beans but I’m sure you can add it to your chili if that tickles your fancy.

**Also, 5 scotch bonnet peppers is REALLY spicy. I only put that many in as a mistake. I asked a friend who works with hot peppers often how many I should put in. I sent him a picture of my container. He said half. I put in five. He meant half a pepper. However, the spice is not intolerable. Next time, I’d probably put in 1 or 2.

Thank you for reading. Hope you all kick ass next week!

Progress posts every Monday.

Diet Progress: Week 4

Weigh-in: 132.4 lb

Judskii Week 4 Progress

What a terrible yet delicious week it has been, and it shows! I only got to hit the gym twice this week (once in some random Goodlife in Scarborough). We got hit with a nasty snowstorm today and somehow I made it to work on time. Got a third “workout” if you can call it that when I tried to pull into the driveway but couldn’t, so I had to shovel all the snow myself and worked those obliques hard! I don’t know if I was just having a good day last week, but I seem to be bulging every which way today! It’s discouraging, but we must keep pushing through!

Weekends with boyfriend and outings always mess up my diet though. Saturday, we had some awesome xiao long bao (soup dumplings) with some other not-low-cal Chinese food. On Sunday, we went for hot pot. I can never say no to some delicious hot pot. It’s delicious, and not totally unhealthy! Although, I probably ate more than I should have of that fatty fatty lamb.

Xiao Long Bao Dim Sum

Xiao Long Bao Restaurant at Brimley & Huntingwood

In terms of meals this week, I wasn’t able to do a whole week prep. On Monday, I grabbed some emergency soup and emergency protein bar from their respective stashes. Tuesday night, I made some awesome low-cal tuna salad and ate that for lunch for the rest of the week.

Judskii Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of low sodium flaked tuna, drained
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • Quarter of a red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp hot mustard (I used Keen’s)
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt

Mix all the ingredients together. Makes 4 servings. 133 calories – 4.6g fat, 5g carbs, 17g protein.

I topped a toasted slice of PC Multigrain Rye  and 15g of mozzarella to make a yummy tuna melt for 253 calories (9g fat, 20g carbs, 23g protein).

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Putting Up Money for New Years

The New Year inevitably brings resolutions, and more often than not, that resolution involves eating better, getting healthy, hitting the gym, and losing weight. I guess this year is no different. I always say that I don’t believe in New Years resolutions because that just sets you up for stopping with it’s no longer the “New Year” and also because I make these kinds of promises to myself throughout the year. However, it does help that around the New Year, there are a surplus of friends that will rally around you to help you reach your goals.

In the last year and a half, I effectively (and voraciously) gained 20lb. That’s 17% of my body weight. So, back in October, I joined a gym again, but made no progress on weight loss. Luckily, two different groups of friends rallied and we all made a pact to lose some weight together!

The first group are actually my boyfriend’s friends, but we’ve all become great friends. One couple is getting ready for their wedding and hope to lose the weight for this special moment in their lives and a few other friends wanted to join as well because the prize is a weekend trip to NYC! The goal was to lose 20lb each, and if we attained that in 6 months, then we can go for a short vacation. However, I didn’t think I would be physically able to go back down to 118 lb, because I think it’s too skinny for 5’7″. So we decided on losing 40lb as a couple, because in the 4 years we’ve been together, boyfriend gained a whopping 50lb. It’s time for a change.

The second group of friends are the Belly Monsters. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know who the Belly Monsters are. A group of food lovers and great friends. We eat, laugh, and chat every day. We engaged in a “Diet Bet” wherein you have to lose 10% of your bodyweight in 6 months. We each put up $50, and at the end, if you reach your goal, you get your $50 back; if you don’t, you forfeit the money and the winners split the pot. I figured, since I’m super set on going to New York, this one will be easy peasy, and it’s so much fun to have more people help and support you along the way. We all give each other advice and encouragement. You can follow the Belly Monsters Diet Bet with the #BMD2015 on Twitter and Instagram. Give us a shout!

So far, it’s been almost a full month and my first two weeks were awesome!

Starting weight – 138.8 lb.

Progress

Week 2 – 136.8

Judskii Diet Week 2 Progress

 

I didn’t get a chance to take picture right at the beginning, so this is week two. This is so difficult for me to look at. Every day for the last year or so, I look in the mirror and I get sad that my belly bulges. That I don’t fit into my pants. Actually, about two months ago, I had such a bad reaction to pants that I vowed never to wear pants again. And I haven’t actually worn pants to work since then, except for when I have to as part of my retail uniform.

Week 3 – 132.2

Judskii Diet Week 3 Progress

 

Week 3 was beastly. I lost 4 pounds, I feel great, and best of all, I’m seeing progress! Hitting the gym three times a week, working my strength training weights back up, hating cardio, the whole bit! I’m hoping to start biking when it gets warmer to replace that damn elliptical. Weekends are particularly difficult because everyone just wants to go out to eat. Basically to prepare for restaurant food, you need to barely eat all day and then order the salad, which is probably like 800 calories anyway.

From these two progress pictures, I learned that I need to take the same photos in the same pose. I felt the underwear picture was too scandy and the tights maybe didn’t show enough, but I don’t have any tight pants, so I’m at a loss.

However, 5 months and 10 more lbs to go! Boyfriend has lost 5.5 lb so together, we’ve lost 13 lb. Let’s get this $50 back and get to the NYC Pokemon Centre!

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