We are back home after a wonderful weekend away! We went to a farm near Vrede with friends and it was lovely.
I also managed to survive the weekend relatively unscathed. I had a few bites of things I probably should not have had on Saturday but other than that the weekend went well.
When we started the schallenge, they said that the programme is difficult to follow especially in social situations. It is also hard when your meal times are not really under your control. But I made the best of the situation and pre-packed 2 salads and a veggie pack to have with my meals. I also packed an emergency tin of tuna for a meal just in case which was quite handy as I ended up having the tuna with some salad for lunch on Saturday.
Something which I rediscovered due to the weekend away is vanilla Canderel. I bought it a couple of years ago but don’t always see it in the supermarkets and when I found it again, I thought I would give it a try and it was great!!
I usually have coffee and tea with some milk and no sugar but now due to the schallenge, I have had to make some changes as we are not allowed to have milk. So now I have plain rooibos (I just can’t face having normal tea with no milk) or black coffee. I have experimented with some sweetener in my coffee every now and then if I feel that I may need a bit of sweetness so this weekend I tried some vanilla sweetener. It was really such a nice change and I loved it! Really worth a try if you feel like a vanilla coffee ☕.
I also saw the following in a magazine which I think may also be perfect for the schallenge (especially since I do like an iced coffee every now and then).
I could not believe that that I had to open my second batch of pills tonight whilst I was prepping my pills for the week! It definitely shows progress and we only have 2 batches left!!
I hope my fellow schallengers had a great weekend and good luck for week 5!!
So glad that it is Friday!! I had my weigh in this morning and was pleased with my result. Now I must just stay strong this weekend!!
We are on our way and I look forward to relaxing this weekend!
Chat again Sunday!
I can’t believe these past 2 weeks have flown by as quickly as they have and now we are very close to weigh day again!! We are now nearly a third of our way through the challenge and just over 8 weeks to go!
My weigh in is tomorrow morning and it will be interesting to see what the progress has been the past couple of weeks. I saw quite an interesting little picture and hopefully it will be true for tomorrow ;)
I am very excited that tomorrow is Friday but weekends also come with a bit of apprehension, especially this weekend as we are going away to a farm in the Free State with friends! I have seen the yummy menu they have planned but I have already prepped my own food to take along. I know it is going to be tough but I think I am ready for this challenge! Guess I will just have to do the following:
There is also no signal on the farm which is fantastic! It is sometimes nice to be able to get away and just be disconnected from everything!
Something I have been thinking about is what is the first meal I am going to enjoy after the schallenge? Most of us are craving one thing or another. What are you going to eat on Saturday night, 21 April 2018? I am actually not sure? Maybe sushi, or pasta? Maybe even just a slice of toast with avo or a toasted cheese sandwich!! Definitely a cup of normal tea with milk! What are you thinking of having fellow schallengers?
So the past couple of days it has felt as though my weight loss has slowed down a bit. I think quite a few schallengers have been experiencing the same. And one can’t help but feel a bit despondent, forgetting how amazing one’s progress has already been!
And it just reminded me again that this is more than a weight loss challenge. It is actually a mental challenge with yourself as well, mind over matter. Every day you consciously have to make the decision to stay on track.
I must admit, the process has definitely been getting easier, especially when you compare it to the beginning of the schallenge. When you first thought, is that all I will be eating, now it seems normal. And even though I sometimes feel like something (I think we are all craving a bit of variety and some of the foods we have been deprived of), I have been able to say no (I have had a bite of something delicious once or twice, but I have thus far been strong enough to say no to any more and that little morsel just kept the craving at bay). I have actually always found it easier to not have anything than to just have one. That usually just opens the floodgates :). I guess it is true what they say about habits forming after a couple of weeks.
Tonight I have been feeling a little bit hungry for the first time in a long time, so I will just drink more water! I have definitely found that the lipo powder helps to give you that extra little boost! My first little bottle is nearly done, so will definitely have to get some more on weigh day this week.
In a way, I can’t believe we are nearly a quarter through the challenge!! So it is important to take it day by day and think of the reward at the end!
A final thought…
Hi there fellow schallengers
I have found some nice recipes to share:
- Gem Squash Souffle
+-135g Gem Squash (with skin and seeds)
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 clove garlic (I just used garlic salt instead)
1/2 cracker bread (crushed)
1 pinch dried thyme
1 pinch paprika (to garnish)
salt and pepper
- Boil or steam the gem squash until cooked and leave to cool
- Prepare the soufflé ramekin by spraying very well with non-stick cooking spray. Dust with the crackerbread. Refrigerate until use.
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Separate the eggs. Whisk the egg yolk. Remove the seeds from the gem squash and puree. Leave to cool completely (I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes).
- Combine the gem squash, egg yolk, garlic and herbs. Mix well to get an even, smooth texture.
- Whisk the egg whites until a stiff peak stage. Using a metal spoon, gently fold the egg whites into the gem squash mixture.
- Fill the ramekins with the mixture (I managed to get two ramekins from the mixture).
- Put the soufflé into the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 180C. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until it starts to brown. Do not open the oven door during cooking.
- Garnish with paprika or a fresh sprig of thyme.
- Serve immediately
(Source: Slender Wonder recipe book)
You could also try and make a cauliflower souffle instead of gem squash and steam and mash the cauliflower. I am sure broccoli would possibly work as well.
50g baby spinach
10 g onions or spring onions
30g baby marrows grated
1/4 chili seeded and diced
1 Egg (separated)
1 Egg white
Salt and pepper
30g tomatoes, freshly sliced
- Arrange the spinach on a serving plate.
- Apply non-stick cooking spray to a non-stick frying pan.
- Fry the onion until it starts to soften (I usually add some water as well).
- Add the baby marrows and fry until the mixture softens.
- Add the chili and cook until all the vegetables are done.
- Whisk the egg whites until soft peak stage.
- Season egg yolk with salt and pepper.
- Apply non-stick cooking spray to another non-stick frying pan and heat to between low and medium (I usually use the same pan that I have quickly washed)
- Gently mix the egg yolk and egg whites and cook until set underneath and a thin layer of uncooked egg on the top.
- Spread vegetable mix over the entire egg mixture.
- Once cooked, fold the omelette over.
- Place on top of the baby spinach and serve with fresh tomato slices.
You could basically use any of the allowed veggies in your omelette, I have made a mix of tomatoes and baby marrows as well and then served with a few leaves of rocket (i.e. used more veggies in the omelette).
(Source: Slender Wonder recipe book)
3. Apple Crumble
This is quite a nice recipe if you feel like a dessert and have saved your fruit and starch portion for the day
2 Provitas (crumbed)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Peel the apple and cut the peel into very small pieces. I usually take the peel along with the provitas and cinnamon and sweetener and mix it in my small food processor.
- Dice the apple in small blocks and place it in an over proof dish or ramekin.
- Add 1 tablespoon of water of Sprite Zero
- Microwave the apple for 1 minute on high (I did it for 1 minute and then another minute – check how soft you want the apple)
- Place the crumb mixture on top of the apple
- Place in a medium oven (170C) for 15 to 20 minutes
(Source: Slender Wonder website)
Some other ideas:
- I am thinking of trying to make a frozen yoghurt lolly with peach. I usually make lollies for my daughter with full cream yoghurt and mango or other fruit which I blend and then freeze. Will see if it works with the fat free yoghurt. You could maybe even make a type of frozen yoghurt ice-cream if you don’t use moulds.
- One of my new favourite meals is baby marrow spaghetti (about 100grams) that I steam and then add tomato sauce (I saw a recipe with tomatoes and onions and basil where you can make enough for a few portions or if I am in a rush, I use a table spoon of the Woolworths Basil and Tomato pasta sauce). I then add salt and freshly ground black pepper and some chili if I feel like it. You could also convert this into a main meal by adding your portion of feta as protein for the day. I usually then take a peach and dice it into blocks and add my allowance of fat free yoghurt and a little bit of cinnamon on top.
So it is Sunday and nearly the start of a busy week so I am going to make the most of today and just relax.
We went out last night and I was quite proud of myself as I managed to mostly stick to the plan! This was the first time I was in a social situation with friends (not at my own house) but I had my sparkling water (I probably should have taken another big bottle) and just tried to stay strong. I had packed my own salad in case I was unable to eat any of the side dishes, but there was a lovely big green salad which I ate and tried to avoid the no-nos (I may have had a bite or two of feta ☺ but skipped the yellow peppers). There was the most divine home-made bread and butter which I also managed to decline (the second time I have had to say no to this delicacy and I did although I was very tempted 😊 and had a tiny bite off my husband’s plate).
I saw an interesting article this morning but may interest other schallengers as well. I definitely think my fat accumulates on my belly and stress and related cortisol could definitely be a reason.
As soon as the schallenge is done, I am really going to try and stick to a similar plan that I am following now as I do think carbs are my issue.
Has anyone seen a nice recipe for tuna fishcakes? I want to try and make some this week so will also be having a look on the internet.
Have a great Sunday everyone!
So it is finally the weekend which is a good thing and a bad thing! The good part of the weekend being here is having 2 off days, the bad thing in terms of the schallenge is having 2 off days!! ;) But I am actually feeling good this week and my willpower is still strong. I am sure I will be able to resist temptation this weekend as well.
We had cake at work today and it was quite easy to say no! In the past I would have said “Yes, please” and have a tiny piece but I am really finding it easy to say no these days. Guess I must just stay strong and handle each temptation as it comes along.
I have been feeling a bit emotional today, both my parents passed away a couple of years ago and today was just one of those days where I just missed them. It could be because both their birthdays are coming up soon?
Work has been as hectic as usual, so hectic that I could only have my lunch later than normal but am still doing fine!
My message for my fellow schallengers this weekend is the following
Stay strong everyone!!
Today has been a good day again and I am thankful for that. I was reminded of a saying that I actually love because it is to true!!
I can’t help thinking back when I weighed what my goal weight is now and still thinking I am fat. And I guess what doesn’t help is when you know you are not eating right but you avoid the scale because if you don’t see the weight gain, it’s not happening. Until you take a chance and then you are another kg or 2 heavier and then you end up where you are now.
My fear was to enter 3 digit figures on the scale and for the past couple of months prior to the schallenge, I tried to lose weight but it was as though it was 2 steps forward and 1 step back. That is why I am so thankful for this opportunity to get my weight and health back on track. The plan really seems to be working for me and for that I am very thankful!
My name is Thea and I am excited to be a Slender Challenge IX contestant. I am married to Wayne and we have a 3 year old daughter.