September 21st, 2009
Apparently, I didn’t have a close look at the meal plan before rejoicing about how simple it was. If I had realised I had to start with a 3-day fruit detox, I probably might not have been as enthusiastic.
So, I spent the weekend chugging down cucumber, beetroot, celery and apple smoothies. It wasn’t bad in itself, as it was surprisingly filling, but having to drink this AND cook my family’s meals…hmm…that was another kettle of fish!
As I made our Saturday morning staple breakfast of fried yam and egg sauce, I knew that, if this my weight loss is to be sustainable, even our family menu will have to change. That, or I will have to convince JJ that it is time to get a cook. Because the temptation would be way too much for me.
Anyways, somehow, I was able to get through the weekend in one piece! The only downer being that I didn’t go for my estate jog/walk. I convinced myself that it was best to leave it till Monday. But this morning, 5am came, and I couldn’t bring myself to leave the house. With much resignation, I have accepted that that time is way too early for me, and I have decided to attempt it later in the evening. The thought of jogging around the estate in full public glare makes me cringe. But I just have to do what I have to do.
September 24th, 2009
It’s day 3 of the real diet (after the 3-day detox), and it’s going okay so far. The meal plan actually has foods that I enjoy! And the Nutritionist included some interesting recipes for cooking these meals in a healthy, but incredibly tasty way. The baked chicken recipe she gave me was to die for, and I can eat it all day, everyday. Even the lentil soup recipe (which I thought would make me throw up) has been surprisingly tasty.
I won’t be fair if I don’t share the chicken recipe. It starts with making the marinade of your choice, so I decided to go with chicken stock, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, lemon juice & zest, and lots of pepper, for mine. The next thing is to make small slits along the length of the chicken, to help the marinade penetrate. The marinade is then poured all over the chicken, which is then left to sit in the fridge for a day. After it has fully marinated, it is grilled/baked for 10 to 20 minutes. Pure perfection!
But I won’t lie though. The one thing I am still struggling with is exercise!!! On Monday evening, I decided to go for a jog/walk at about 6pm, when the sun had started setting. I tried not to pay attention to people walking or driving by, but that proved almost impossible. I was so self conscious, and kept on pulling down my tee-shirt to cover my bum. And after I was waved down by, at least, the 10th person (I didn’t realize I was that popular in the estate), I decided to just go back home. Another fail!
On Tuesday, I decided to go for the jog later. As soon as I had tucked the kids into bed at 8pm, I set off. Hmmm…bad idea! That was when I realized just how poorly lit the estate is. I was almost blinded by headlights, almost fell into a gutter, and saw a few too many dogs than I was comfortable with. By the time I got home an hour later, even though I had achieved more than the previous days, I was too traumatized from the experience, and knew I wouldn’t be repeating it.
So, here I am…Thursday…and with no plan at all. It’s looking like I might have to check out this gym JJ recommended. Maybe I might be able to start small…maybe it won’t be as stressful as I think. Whatever the case, it can’t be as bad as what I have experienced with my street jogging/walking!
September 25th, 2009
I’m a sugar addict, and my sweet tooth has been quite unruly in the past. So, I’m grateful for the fruits I have been allowed to snack on. My in-between snacks of oranges, pineapples, and watermelons, have helped this sugar craving, and have made it possible for me not to break down and eat a cookie…or some other sweet treat. I have also been allowed raisins with my nuts, which I eat and imagine I am eating the popular Fruit & Nut chocolate bar. Anything to help me cope…abi?
One thing I do miss is my morning cup of tea…sweet tea! I’m salivating thinking about this now. A few years ago, I stopped using sugar with my tea, and instead switched to the healthy substitute honey. However, I was consuming it in such copious amounts that I’m sure it had ceased being a healthy choice long ago. But, unfortunately, I’m not allowed any sugar in sucrose form for the first week weeks of this diet.
Anyways, it’s date night with my JJ this evening. It’s the first time I have agreed to go out with him in possibly over a year. I have been so ashamed of how I look, and also the fact that none of my nice clothes fit any more. But after a week of this new diet (and those 2 days of jogging), I have started feeling a bit better about myself, so I actually proposed the date. We’re going to see a movie…and possibly drinks afterwards.
Earlier today, I ambitiously tried on my size 22 jeans…but no show! Still as tight as ever! No wahala…it’s only been a week, and I’m sure I have made some progress. By Monday, I will have an idea how much weight I have lost, and by this time in a couple of months, I should be able to fit into even my size 20 clothes.
So help me God!
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