October 31st, 2009
I have to say! This week was a fantastic week!
I didn’t miss a single day at the gym, averaging about 130 minutes. And the change in smoothie recipe really helped boost my interest, so I actually looked forward to drinking it every day. I also made some minor taste adjustments to my meals (some chilli here, some ginger and garlic there), which made them more interesting as well.
By Friday (yesterday), I definitely felt better about last week’s fiasco. If nothing, hopefully I would have lost the weight I gained.
It rained cats and dogs today, so JJ and I couldn’t go for our Saturday morning run. But I didn’t feel too bad about it, as I was keen to try out one of the very many recipes my sister, Ogonna, had emailed me this week.
Ah, yes! My sisters! Trust Chidera to tell them all about my slip up last week. Amebo! I was so mad at her, because she knows just as well as I do how obsessive my sisters can be! On Monday, we had burnt the trans-Atlantic telephone wires with them calling, Skyping, texting, WhatsApping me almost round the clock…first of all to scold me, then to guilt trip me, and finally to bombard me with various suggestions to help keep me on track. Even though we all have the fat gene, my sisters had taken matters into their own hands years before, and have been able to keep their weight reigned in. My eldest sister, Ogonna, who is a medical doctor in the States, has been able to maintain her size 12 figure over the years, through an almost obsessive healthy lifestyle regime. My immediate elder sister, Akwaugo, was able to get down to an even smaller size 10…until her nasty divorce with her Nigerian-born New York Investment Banker husband, which led her down her own slippery slope. Yep, emotional eating does run in our blood. She ballooned up to a size 18 within a year, but soon was able to get a grip, and lost enough weight to get her down to a size 14, which she has maintained for the last 5 years.
A lot of times, I miss my sisters so much! Having them live so far away hasn’t been easy for me…especially with our Mom no longer alive, and our Stepmom being…well…our Stepmom. I know that if I lived closer to them, possibly in the States, I would have been able to get my weight under better control before now. But thank God for technology, which has made it easier for us to constantly be a part of each other’s lives.
But back to the chicken recipe Ogonna sent me. It’s a Thomas Keller (very popular celebrity Chef) recipe, minus all the butter! I also tried a brown rice medley recipe to go with it. Now that one I have to share!
So, I sautéed half a small onion in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, then added some diced, skinned chicken, and cooked it until it was crumbly. I stirred in a 3/4 cup of brown rice (half-cooked or parboiled), and then added about 1 and 1/2 cups chicken stock. As it cooked, I added small amounts of water until it was fully cooked. Brown rice apparently needs lots of water, and lots of time, to cook. Towards the end, I added diced bell peppers, carrots, and spring onions, and when the rice was fully cooked, I stirred everything in.
It looked, and smelled, so good…that by the time I was done, it was what everyone wanted to eat. I happily made more, and was so satisfied watching my family eat a good healthy meal!
November 1st, 2009
Today was another triumph for me…food wise. Again, my family decided to ditch their regular meals for my own healthier option!
Lunch today was baked pork chops, with roast potatoes, carrots, and apples. It’s a recipe from one of my favorite Jamie Oliver cookbooks, and by substituting all the unhealthy grease for healthier oil, the meal was transformed to a healthy one.
With the potatoes cut in wedges, I baked them in the oven (in pans thinly laced with olive oil), with the carrots, for about 25 minutes, before adding the pork chops and apples (also cut in wedges) to the tray. It was pure decadence, and even my Nanny, who refuses to eat anything that you can’t roll into a ball and swallow, almost licked her plate! Mission accomplished!
I enjoyed every bite of food I had this weekend. I don’t want to say this prematurely, but it almost feels like I have discovered the trick to eating healthy…at least for me. As long as I can keep my food exciting and tasty, but healthy, I’m able to eat without longing for any of my usual sweet treats.
Apart from the fantastic recipes I tried this week, I thank God for my juicer (I seriously could not live without this dream machine), my herbal teas (which the Nutritionist allowed me use as a substitute for my normal tea, but sweetened with honey though), and the baby carrot snack packs I found in my local grocery store…all of which helped curb any overeating!
I’m looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow…and to the coming month ahead. Weight loss is not my only mission for the month. My shop sales have been lower than normal, and I really need to get to the root cause of it.
But that aside, it was a fantastic week!!!!
Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
- Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated