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.

stinky tofu

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

 

 

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