Preparing for the Christmas Feast

I have been back from my trip for 2 weeks now.  It seems like I never left.

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At work in the last few weeks, I have been given a task that actually involves me leaving the office and walking in the city for about 2 hours, three times a week.  I take this opportunity to walk as fast as possible. I need to burn as much as I can.  Wouldn’t it be great to lose 1.4kgs by Christmas?!!! and bring my weight loss down to 10kgs!!!  My best friend and cuz Benny said…YOU CAN DO IT!!!  and… I believed him.

Over these last few days, I have been to the movies, and feasted on popcorn and maltesers.  I can honestly say, try as I might losing weight,  I will never deprive myself of the amazing salty chocolateyness of this amazing snack.   I do not ever recommend depriving yourself of the things you love.  This is one of my tips in staying motivated.  Eat the things you love.  I find that as long as you keep yourself active then you do not have too much to worry about.

I have noticed if you tell people you are trying to lose weight, they usually try to help you out as much as possible.  Unfortunately this could mean that when you decide to eat something not that healthy that you love, you get a disapproving look or worse…a lecture.  Guilt is the absolute worst thing ever.  How can you lose weight, and keep it off successfully if you are being told over and over again that you cannot have this food?  I started to resent weight loss until I reminded myself that I can have this food, but in small portions.  I try to explain to this person, that its not the end of the world if I choose to have a few squares of chocolate, or an extra serving of custard.  Its a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet.

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I am excited to announce that I only have 0.3kgs to lose until I hit the 10kg weight loss mark.  So I have lost 9.7kgs!!  To all my friends and family I am sorry for the continued early morning weight loss dance, and for talking endlessly about my weight loss…actually I am not that sorry at all.   I have 2 days to lose 0.3kgs before Christmas.  I really think I can do it.  It doesnt seem that far fetch’d at all.  And so to Benny…thank you for your words of encouragement and for believing in me.  Do you know what this means?  Another charm on my bracelet!!!

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Over the next week I will be bracing myself for the Christmas feast.  Usually the season of giving means I give to my thighs, bum, and hips.  But not this Christmas!!  Small portions, healthy choices, a ton of gravy…and a lil pav…And a daily walk around the block.   For those of you concerned about Christmas weight gain I found the following tips.

Avoid overloading your plate by sticking to the following proportions:

  • Pasta and rice = fist-sized portion
  • Protein = palm-sized portion (not including your fingers!)
  • High-fat foods (e.g. cheese) = thumb-sized portion
  • Vegetables =  Have as many as you like.
  • Potatoes = One regular-sized spud. If you’re having mashed, follow the guide for pasta.

Please don’t forget to stay active.  A 30-45 minute walk each day will help to  burn that extra serving of mash you snuck in.

Also, here are a list of the kinds of healthy foods you can serve at your Christmas Feast.

Merry Christmas Readers!!

A xox

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Taiwan in all its Foody Goodness

I cant believe it has been over a month since I have posted anything!! What a crazy month it has been too.  So for the first 2 weeks after my last post I tried like crazy to drop another few kilos so I could hit my 10kg mark.  Unfortunately it seemed like I hit a plateau…until I gained 2 kgs!!!  What was I doing so wrong?? I still don’t know.

In my hectic weeks leading up to my first overseas trip, I can tell you I was running around like a headless chook trying to make last minute travel arrangements.

Finally I flew over to Taiwan and saw my family…all 4 of them…I cant even begin to tell you how much I love these people.

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Left to Right: Me, Eleen, Terry, Zai Zai & Jasmine

One of the first places they took me was the Shilin Night Markets.   This is the largest night market in Taiwan. Unfortunately I never got to take any pictures as my phone was in our apartment…charging…having taken soooo many photos previously that day.

One of the dishes recommended to me was ‘stinky tofu’  I didnt get an actual photo of it, but google gave me a picture which was exactly what I ate.  So may I present Stinky Tofu…It is called stinky tofu for a reason.  I was told that once you got past the smell, it was really good to eat.  I don’t think I could ever get past the smell.  It was well and truly stinky.

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I went to Taiwan with the attitude of not worrying about what I ate.  Try Everything was my motto.  I would go, have a good time, and continue with my regime when I got back.  So I did.  I ate up a storm!!!  Oodles and oodles of noodles, hot pot, and my favourite, Dim Sum.

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Hot Pot, with a plain and a spicy broth

Hot Pot is one of my most favourite meals to have.  So full of flavour!  They had shelves and shelves of vegetables, meats, seafood and herbs and spices to cook with. It was quite the sight to behold.   I could have spent all night chatting and eating, but alas, the restaurant had to close.

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LOOK AT ALL THE NOODLES!!!  You may think I am in no way encouraging healthy eating right now…and I totally agree with you.  This stuff was sooo YUMMY  So we had 2 servings of noodles, special fried rice, oyster pancake, fish balls, and soup.  I feel that in Taiwan,  I ate like a royal.

Finally on my last night, I had Dim Sum, made by chefs at the base of Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world.

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I actually tapped on the window so they could snap a shot with me…but they seemed too busy…except that one guy…right at the back.

I also helped myself to the Starbucks underneath the hotel. We don’t have Starbucks in Western Australia so I took full advantage of the bilingual staff and ordered many wonderful hot chocolates with soy.  SO YUM

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My first Starbucks Hot Chocolate with a special message

 

 

 

So how surprised was I when I got home and the first thing Mum asked me…Have you lost MORE weight??!!!!   Well I hurried for the bathroom scales, and to my surprise, I had actually lost 3kgs!!!!!! WHAAAAAAT???!!!!!  How did this happen??!!!!!  I ate soooo much!!!  Well it seemed that while I did eat quite a bit, I was also on the move quite a bit.  I was up and walking every day for a few hours.  No Wonder.  I was enjoying myself so much that I didnt even notice it.   I guess that is the secret.  Love the exercise that you choose.  You need to enjoy it so much that it becomes a pleasure, it becomes an exciting part of your week.

Everybody.  I have lost 8.6kgs.  I will never look back.  My secret, keep yourself busy as much as you can.  Go out, walk around shopping for a few hours.  Do something active that you enjoy.  1.4Kgs til my next charm on my bracelet.  I want to keep going.  I feel ultra excited about my result.

Here are a few more pics of my trip…

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-A xx