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Day 507 – Variety is the Spice of Life

Today is Day 15 of my 21 day challenge to stay 100% on my diet and I am thrilled to report that I have managed to stay on track every single day of the challenge.

Daily weight fluctuations meant a slight weight increase (o.3kg) today but I’m not overly concerned as I was 100% yesterday and the increase might have been spiked by unexpected hard exercising yesterday – I was late for an appointment and so I basically sprinted My body doesn’t like hard intensity.

Anyways, as of yesterday, I ha”d lost 5.9 kg in 13 days.

I have been experimenting with different foods. I tried to create a recipe for cauliflower cake, looked great, horrible texture and straight into the bin…

More successful is my black eyed beans savoury cake which I have made steamed or baked. This feels like a treat and not a diet.

Ingredients

80g black eyed beans – dried weight – soak for at least three hours

16 g of onions

Salt

Black pepper

Ground dried crayfish or prawns (optional)

1 boiled egg (optional)

Ground nutmeg

Spray light coconut oil spray

Cayenne pepper (a little)

Scotch bonnet pepper (a little) 

Seasoning cube of your choice. I use 1 teaspoon of Cambridge golden vegetable seasoning

 

Method

  1. Soak the black eyed beans for at least 3 hours or overnight if you can.
  2. Hard boil one egg. *Note for Step 2 Cambridge, the egg means excess of the protein allowance. Fine for Step 3.
  3. Cover the beans with water to cover the beans and add the beans and water to a blender and blend for about 3 minutes.
  4. To the beans mixture in the blender, add the onions, crayfish (optional), black pepper, cayenne pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, nutmeg, seasoning cube, and sprays of coconut oil.
  5. Blend all for another 3 minutes.
  6. Taste for salt. If you can taste salt, you’ve used too much. Add a little salt, if necessary. Remember you already have stock seasoning.
  7. Blend for another 1 minute and transfer to container.
  8. Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into containers, adding sliced eggs on top.
  9. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes depending on consistency of the mixture and depth of baking container.
  10. Use a toothpick to check if cooked. It should be dry when you get the toothpick out.
  11. Alternatively, place covered foil container in a steamer for 30 minutes. If steaming, ensure the water is boiling before you place the container to the steaming pot.\\\
  12. Enjoy\
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Day 197: Renewed Energy – Let’s Smash Some Lifelong Targets

The luxury of having toast and egg for breakfast as I have been doing on Step 3 (1000 calories) of the Cambridge diet has ended…for now.

Things have been a bit slow on the weight loss front, so I’ve decided to shake things up a little bit.

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Today, I have stepped down to Step 2 of the Cambridge diet, eating 810 calories daily which constitutes: three Cambridge weight plan products, 300 ml of semi-skimmed milk (I couldn’t stomach 425 ml of skimmed milk so worked out the semi-skimmed milk calorie equivalent), 80g of vegetables from a list of allowed vegetables and a measured amount of protein from an allowed list, in my case, usually 2 eggs or 245g of skinless chicken breast or 275g of white fish or 250g of seafood. To up my fibre intake, I use Cambridge fibre and I also start the day with a heaped teaspoon of psyllium husk powder which I mix into milk from my allowance, I tablet of canderel and some cinnamon powder which makes it a pleasant experience.

So here are some wonderful targets to aim for:

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Lose another 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) – 5 stone total loss (32 kg; 70.4 pounds)

Lose another 7 kg (15.2 pounds) – Lowest weight since I was about 20 years old!

Lose another 16.5 kg (36 pounds) – Lowest weight since I was 18 years old! This might be the target to end this journey on or one to hit and carry on until I can be called ‘skinny’ for the first time since I was a child.

I will treat today like Day 1 of my diet.

100% all the way.

Hitting the first of these targets will be totally awesome.

Nothing or no one, including myself should stand in my way.

No messing.

I can do this.

I can totally do this. 

i can do this every morning