Confessions of a Fat Girl 111: Planning…and a little bit of Salmon!

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11th May, 2010

This was my first morning of not having anyone to worry about but myself! JJ was nice enough to do the school run, and as I no longer have to think about how to keep my sister, Akwaugo entertained, I was able to really stretch and r-e-l-a-x! I postponed both my weigh in and gym sessions to next week. I need to rest abeg…make I no go quench!

Besides, I also need to go through our inventory with my sister-in-law and business partner, Ezioma, so that we can organize the phase 2 of this our business. Phase 1 was so successful that it would be a shame if we fail with phase 2!

As I pattered around in the kitchen, looking for something to eat, I realized one thing. Everyone wants to know the secret of losing weight. People even pay billions of dollars to doctors, nutritionists, weight loss centers and scam artists trying to find something that works. But the secret is planning. Simple as that! In a small block of time you can plan your meals and snacks, make your shopping list, plan your indulgences and plan your exercise for an entire week.

As human beings, we plan our leisure time, we plan our vacations, we plan to watch or record our favorite shows, we schedule work and appointments and pedicures, so why not take a bit of time and plan out your health goals for the week? I have realized the importance of making a week of menus with the shopping list, planning which days I will exercise, and which days to treat myself.

I’ve realized that the Internet is such an amazing resource for healthy recipes. The right Google search is sure to reveal more healthy recipes than one can cook in a lifetime. All you have to do is to find recipes you like, and you’re good to go!

Except when I am away from home, planning has become second nature to me, it’s a strategy that works. I have found that prior preparation prevents piss poor performance. By making planning a regular habit, one can change their life, change their body, and change their future.

Amen to that!

So, I decided to make a meal of fish and vegetables for lunch! A few months ago, I would have balked at such a boring, and obviously diet-y meal…until I found this awesome salmon recipe online!

I used salmon, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, and a marinade made from Thai sauce. I cut the veggies into 3-inch strips, cut the onions into thin half moons, and then placed them in a zipper bag. I then poured in enough marinade to coat them well. I then placed the fish into another zipper bag with enough marinade to coat it well. I refrigerated both for 1 hour, turning once half way. I removed the bags from the fridge to get the chill off, and preheated the grill on medium-high heat. I cooked the veggies in a grill basket, stirring occasionally for 12 minutes before putting the fish on. I placed the fish over direct heat, and cooked for 4 minutes with the cover closed. I turned and cooked it for another 3-4 minutes, with the cover closed. I moved the fish and veggies to a platter, and garnished with some fresh olives. Awesome.

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I never cooked salmon on the grill before and was so surprised at how juicy and flavorful it was. This meal was simple, fast, colorful, delicious and nutritious! Steamed jasmine rice is what the recipe suggested as an accompaniment, but I opted for basmati rice instead. And it was divine!!!

Chidera was in much better spirits when she left the house this morning, so I’m very glad about that. We haven’t talked any further about her decision, but there’s more than enough time to do that. I chose not to update Ogonna with her news, at least not until she returns from her honeymoon. By that time, we should all have a better idea of what the plan for the baby is…and we’ll go from there.

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Wedding Gowns 
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: My New Friend
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: Emotional vs Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Separation, Counselling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: Envy, Weight and Love!
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Have some fruit!
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: Homecoming
  103. Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Fever Pitch
  104. Confessions of a Fat Girl 104: Whodunit?
  105. Confessions of a Fat Girl 105: The Hypocrite
  106. Confessions of a Fat Girl 106: Message from Mom
  107. Confessions of a Fat Girl 107: Accountability & Responsibility
  108. Confessions of a Fat Girl 108: It’s for the best
  109. Confessions of a Fat Girl 109: Port Harcourt
  110. Confessions of a Fat Girl 110: While you were away

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  1. Hmm, Ihunna. You have kept me captivated for two days straight. I started the first episode just yesterday, and now I am here already?. And you have made my mouth water with all these your salivating dishes. I am not much of an experimental cook but now, I am so looking forward to trying new dishes. Thumps up to you??

    Back to my reading??

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