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Day 759 – 100 Days Weight Loss WhatsApp Challenge

Sorry but no more new Challengers after Thursday night (16/3). We now need to concentrate on preparing the 28 who have signed up.

Anyone who has been following my blog knows that as my marriage unexpectedly exploded in 2015, and I saw myself facing the divorce from hell throughout 2015 and most of 2016, I continued to try to lose weight, albeit taking a very long scenic route and being on the diet on and off and off and off and off and on and off and on and off!

I’m sick of suspending life to climb on and off the diet wagon.

I’m good with weight maintaining because I actually enjoy low carbing and exercising, but I need to get to a comfortable weight first and I’m far from where I need to be.

Sadly, all the on and off and on and off and back again and off again mean that I have made little progress in the last six  months.

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And so, I’ve decided to do something different…

Something I have never ever done before…

I’m going to go on a 100 Days Challenge of staying on my diet 100% with total accountability and total commitment.

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This time though, I will be doing it with a bunch of other people.

And so, two days ago, I posted on Facebook and Instagram inviting friends, family and complete strangers, to join me in this challenge.

As of right now, 26 awesome people have taken up the challenge to change our lives together in 100 days.

If you would like to join us, send me your contact details on my Facebook or Instagram or email me.

Start Date: Monday 20th March, 2017

End Date: Tuesday 27th June, 2017

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Day 743: Meals for One – Instagram it.

Last night, one of my closest friends who lives in the States asked who eats all the meals I post on Instagram as she was curious whether I do that much entertaining.

I replied that I post low carb, low calorie (200 to 300 calories), healthy dinners I cook for…myself. I said that I still wanted to have lovely dinners, the sort you would cook for/with a partner, even though I am single and live on my own.

Being single and living on my own does not mean that I should resort to TV dinners or sad looking supermarket meals for one.

Following our discussions, I had time to think about this and as minor as it might sound, I am proud that I have not given up on life or gone for easy options when it comes to eating for one.

I love food…therein lies my problem with weight. And I love experimenting with food. I am proud that I have continued to do so.

But why one earth should lovely dinners be confined to only those who are coupled up? What’s next? Transform myself into the stereotypical spinster (what an ugly word) surrounded by countless cats?

No way.

Self love is about being kind to myself and doing those things that give me joy, which include cooking, and having delicious, sometimes elaborate and interesting home cooked meals…for one.

In other news, following my latest restart on my diet, as of this morning’s weigh-in, I have lost just over a stone in 8 days; 6.6 kg. Now, if I can lose 3 more stones, I will probably be done with this diet quest…

Please follow me on Instagram, belleslowcarbworld  where I post photos and recipes of of my low carb, low calories and healthy dinners.

Below are photos of some of the meals from the last week. Click on the photos for recipes.

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Belle’s Spicy Chicken Burger – Cambridge Step 2

My husband (DH) had our favourite pork and leek sausages for dinner and I wanted something vaguely similar and so I made this. It was absolutely delicious. If you don’t like spicy food, use less chilli. The measurements are all for Step 2 and it was so plentiful, I couldn’t finish it!

You are of course welcome to share but please acknowledge sauce source by posting a link to my page.

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Preparation time: This was very quick to make but I chilled it for two hours to harden, so allow extra time. If you’re short of time, you can ditch the chilling but I find it helps, even if you chill for just 10 minutes.

Ingredients

245 g chicken breast fillet
25g of leek
Handful of fresh herbs (I used potted basil, mint and thyme but you can of course use dry herbs)
I clove garlic
Tiny fresh ginger (be careful with garlic and ginger as carb content. I weigh this as part of my 80g)
1 fresh Thai chiili (use less if you don’t like chilli but don’t forget chilli helps to increase metabolism)
Tiny bit of cayenne chilli (I didn’t really need this but it added colour)
Tiny bit of paprika
Pinch of lo salt
Tiny bit of allspice
Tiny bit of nutmeg (I only added this because the ingredients on DH’s sausages included nutmeg)
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Method

*Raw chicken can cause food poisoning. Please wash hands and all equipment very carefully*

1. Cut chicken into tiny pieces (I did this as wasn’t sure whether my blender would mince chicken. It did.)
2. Chop leek, garlic, ginger and herbs into tiny pieces.
3. Combine chicken with chopped vegetables, all ingredients and blend until smooth.
4. Mould into burgers onto a plate – I thought of moulding into sausages but given low fat frying, decided burger shaped would be easier to cook.
5. Cover plate with cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for an hour and probably up to 24 hours.
6. Heat a few squirts of fry light on a good non-stick frying pan using low to medium heat. Use a bigger pan than I did!
7. Cook for about 8 minutes or until done, flipping each side every two minutes. Mine were cooked after 6 minutes but I allowed extra time given raw chicken ingredients.
8. Serve with 50 g of salad or vegetables