So yeaterday was definately a challenge with all the food and cake around. I managed to stay strong despite people asking me to eat a few things Im not supposed to.
Feel good and I can see in the scale I’ve come down. Clothes also feel food in my body. Had quite a few compliments yeaterday which felt great.
Good luck everyone with the week ahead. Stay strong.
- 100g skinless chicken breast
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- dash of cloves
- dash of allspice
- dash of cinnamon
- salt & pepper
In a small bowl, combine the cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt & pepper, and stevia.
Rub the seasoning mixture on the chicken and place in a hot, non-stick skillet with the lemon juice.
Grill until cooked through. Serve with a side of sautéed apples (optional).
Counts: 1 protein portion, 1 fruit with apples
Phase 2 Smokey BBQ Sauce
- 170g tomato paste
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup water (depending on consistency)
- 1 tablespoon onion, diced small
- 1 teaspoon onion salt
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Liquid smoke to taste. (you can get this at Woolies)
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Stivia, to state
Add all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10min on low. Stir frequently. Store remaining sauce in a glass bottle in the fridge.
Hope these recipes come in handy. Will try and post some more.
Have a great weekend everyone.
I’m remaining positive after yesterday’s disastrous weigh in. Weekend is approaching, and I’m a bit scared. It’s my husbands birthday bash at our place and we have 16 + guests coming over for a braai. I’ve decided to make my husbands favourite, traditional apple cake, peppermint crisp tart and a chocolate cake. Planning to make this tomorrow night with the help of my girls. They will certainly keep me in check – so no licking of bowls etc.
What I have done already is planned what I’m going to eat for the evening. It’s going to be a 100g chicken breast nicely spiced, which will be put on the braai, and I will make myself the normal 120g salad with NO EXTRA TRIMMINGS. Its going to be hard, and I’m going to have people asked me just to try things here an there, but I’m mentally preparing myself for that, and what I’m going to say to them. This 300g loss of yesterday, is NEVER happening again! NOT on my watch!
For those of you that struggle with water, and would like to drink something with a little flavour at night time with dinner, these are perfect. There is 0 calorie in these bottles of sparking flavoured waters form Woolworths – and they are the bomb. I usually drink these when we have a braai, or if we’ve been invited to a braai.
They come in the following flavours : Mulberry, Apple, Blood Orange & Sage, Rose, Ginger & Lime, Strawberry & Mint, Litchi & Ginger, Coconut & Pineapple. (1.5L is R12.99 and 500ml only R7.99)
Definitely worth giving it a try. My favourite is the Coconut & Pineapple.
O.K, so I’ll admit that I’m a bit nervous for today’s weigh in. Especially knowing that the scale hadn’t moved in week 3 (LIKE IN AT ALL). Made me question why I was depriving myself if I wasn’t seeing any results. This of course led to the occasional cheat. Not like a slab of chocolate or a big bag of chips or anything, but like the extra 30g protein (because I couldn’t be bothered to cut my steak smaller and because I was starving), and small baby potatoes (3 to be exact). Also had a small slice of vegetarian pizza – yes I know, please don’t judge. It did taste absolutely delicious though.
But like I said in a previous blog I wrote, If you practice your cheat “muscle”, it becomes easier to cheat. Rather sojourn from cheating, as it throws you completely off your journey. Don’t live with regret. This is a once in a life time opportunity that will never come our way again. Make the most of it, even though it’s damn hard. Practice your strength “muscle” instead. Kudos to those of you that haven’t fallen off the wagon. I really take my hat off to you guy’s. Keep going strong!
Losing weight is incredibly personal, and sometimes the pressure to be “body positive” is just as tough as the pressure to look a certain way. It’s a lot to balance.
But achieving balance between self-confidence, body positivity and weight loss is totally possible as long as you keep a few things in mind. Most importantly, the changes you make inside will be more dramatic than those outside, because weight loss needs to be something you do for you, for the right reasons. These tips bellow have come in handy for me as of recent and it’s thanks to my fellow contestants support and positivity that has made me realise this. Love you guy’s……
1. Be Kind To Yourself – (thank you Danielle)
You can find negativity in literally ever single corner of the world, so there’s no sense in harboring it within yourself. Do whatever it takes to get you in that confident space and stay there. Get in a good space where you love yourself and make that space your top priority. Always remember that you’re not losing weight because there’s something wrong with you (trust me, there’s nothing wrong with you!).
3. Throw Your Scale Out The Window (thank you Danielle, Daleen, Nadia, Colette, Nicky & Yvette)
Numbers lie. They’re bigger jerks than those hungry magical bears in your head who want you to fail at diets. And they’re one more thing you don’t need to torture yourself with. Your weight will fluctuate day to day, based on weight loss, muscle gain, hormones — even how much you have to pee. Focus instead on how you feel and how your clothes fit. If you must weigh yourself, do it bi-weekly like we do at weigh-ins, not once per day.
4. Then Throw Out The Fashion Magazines While You’re At It
When you’re trying to do things you know are healthy for you, it’s tempting to start thumbing through magazines for tips on how to do it. Without a good dose of media literacy, you’ll be exposing yourself to pages of models and marketing, some of which is designed to make you feel bad about yourself so you’ll buy stuff.
5. Make Peace With Exercise (thank you nurse Liana Hanekom – Skin Renewal Clinic Willowbridge)
If you hate dragging yourself to the gym, then don’t. If going to the gym makes you uncomfortable or self-conscious, there’s no law that says you have to go. There are a million ways to exercise that don’t feel like a ton of work. Some might even feel like fun. Go dancing, hike in a pretty place or swim around at a water park. Find something that makes you happy so you will look forward to doing it.
7. Focus On Other Things (thank you me)
Centering your life around a food, weight, and body obsession is no way to live. We’ve been blessed by being chosen as a contestant for the Slender Wonder Challenge to obtain a healthier u. So don’t let this opportunity slip through our fingers.
Also, if you are the type to get preoccupied (like me) then lean hard on your hobbies and your friends/contestants.
So today officially marks week 4 on our eating plan.
Started this morning positively. The firm kick up my own but seemed to help. I’m going to keep focused and stay motivated, even if I don’t see the kg’s moving in the right direction. I’ve decided to renew my commitment to myself and my new changing body week by week. I believe if I do this, I’ll control my eating week by week, and not be focus on how long I still have on this challenge. I’m taking baby steps, and setting myself small achievable goals weekly.
Here are a few ways to stay on track with your weight loss goals:
1. Remind yourself every day it’s a marathon
If you tried to sprint a marathon full force you would never make it, so to apply the same mind-set to maintaining weight loss is not only silly, but a set up for failure.
2. Keep track of your nutrition when you feel you’re losing your grip
Eating too much or eating too little are both equally the nemesis of maintaining weight loss. The best way to combat that war is to keep track of your nutrition when you feel most out of control. Weather using Anytime Health, a manual journal, or any other options documentation is a perfect way to gain knowledge as well as steer you back to “true north” when you need it most.
4. Keep a tangible calendar on the wall so you can “X” off days
Visually seeing your “checklist” being marked off, feeds the part of the brain that wants to list accomplishments and will keep motivation high as well as serving a daily reminder of the lifestyle you’d like to lead. Eventually it will become habit and can always be done again if needed!
4. Memorize this phrase, “No thanks, I just ate.”
When you’re trying to make better choices regarding eating, it’s easy to get bombarded with turbulence over, “you can have just ONE” or “I heard not eating can be BAD for you” when in reality they just want you to join in on the fun. When you say “No thanks, I just ate,” it cuts down on the need to defend yourself BIG TIME.
6. Drink as much water as you can
Not only will you stay hydrated but your body will be running on all 8 cylinders keeping you constantly tuned up.
7. Ask yourself “Will I be happy with that decision an hour from now?”
Odds are the answer is no and it helps to focus on the outcome rather than the instant gratification. If the answer is yes, then that’s what you should be doing! Self accountability at it’s finest.
8. Establish an accountability buddy
It helps knowing that someone else understands the struggle of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having an appointed friend you can call or text in that moment of weakness can do wonders for talking yourself off the ledge. Even if you don’t call/text it’s a great tool just knowing you can.
9. Get rid of all your bigger sized clothing
You don’t need that safety net anymore and when you have no choice to get back on track unless you want to buy a whole new wardrobe, it can be motivating to get back on the health wagon.
10. Never give up on yourself
You’ve got to want it more than anything because anything can stop you.
By the sounds of it most of us are finding this harder as the weeks go on. I’ll be honest and say that I havent been an angel either. Its been HARD, REALY HARD! Its my personal view/opion that most of us can deal with the quantities of food, but we long for more variety. The “healthy” kind like mushrooms, peppers, berries, fat free or low fat milk, beetroot, humus, tzakziki, avo – and boy oh boy the list can go on. Just to make our meals a bit more interesting.
I long for the day we are able to add more variety to our food. For me I know I wont feel as tempted with other foods then.
In saying all of this, I have given myself a very serious pep talk today. I’ve reminded myself again why I’m doing this and why I need to stay focused. I’m not perfect, and I cant say 100% that I’m not going to fall of the wagon again, but the most important thing is that we realise what we’ve done wrong and pick ourselves up again and move forward.
All the best with the week ahead everyone, and with the weigh-in’s that lie ahead.
Weekends are always a little more difficult than during the week as there is no real structure, and more socialising – which means more temptation for most.
Here is a recipe to hopefully keep you guy’s & gals inspired over the weekend.
Remember to make the right choices.
Have a magnificent weekend ALL!
Hi my name is Juliet Kriel and I’m 42 years young. I’m currently working as an Executive Personal Assistant in Cape Town.
I have a wonderful husband to whom I’m married to for 16 years. We have two beautiful daughters Zoe (16) and Hannah (12).
My family is extremely active, and love their sport. Over the next 12 weeks I’m determined to loose the weight so that I can be active with them.
I’m not only doing this for me, but for my family as well.
Looking forward to a journey of a life time!