Baked Eggs

My first encounter with baked eggs was a few years ago on a brunch date. They were served in a flat, round dish; three eggs if I remember correctly. I actually didn’t try them at the time but I was intrigued and keen to make them myself. Using the ingredients that I knew; eggs, tomatoes and chorizo as my starting point I tried, tested and tweaked until I found a winning combination of my own.

My Aunty let me take over her kitchen to bake and photograph these. I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for quite a while now but I’ve learnt that baking eggs doesn’t work so well in our convection oven at home.

These little ramekins are low-cal and packed full of flavour. Full recipe at the end.

Preheat oven to 200C. Dice four medium tomatoes.

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Finely dice two cloves of garlic.

Cutting the ends off each clove and crushing them makes it so much easier to peel and dice them.

Spray your pan with olive oil and lightly fry the garlic until golden.

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Add your tomatoes to the pan with one teaspoon of cumin and a pinch of salt.

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Finely chop a small bunch of basil.

After ten minutes is up, stir in basil and chili flakes to taste then divide the mixture between four ramekins, discarding any excess liquid.

Measure chorizo (15g per serving), cut into semi-circles and place around the edges of your ramekins, then make a hole in the middle of each ramekin for your egg.

This would make a great vegetarian dish as well, sans chorizo.

Crack one egg into the centre of each ramekin.

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If you like the yolk runny keep an eye on their progress between 8-12 minutes; can you see how the whites are starting to cook from the outside of the ramekin? As soon as all of the white has actually turned white, wait about another minute and take them out. The yolks cook quite quickly at this stage but you want the whites to be cooked through.

If you take them out and the white is still runny or translucent, just pop them back in the oven for another minute. The yolk should have a light film over the top of it.

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Get your soldiers ready.

This ones whites cooked a little bit strangely so it was ready before the others but the yolk was still perfect and runny.

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Tomato and Chorizo Baked Eggs
Makes 4
Total calories per serving: 146 (without toast)

Ingredients

EVOO spray
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tsp cumin
Fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Chili Flakes and Salt to taste
4 Eggs
60g Chorizo, cut into semi-circles (15g per serving)
Toast

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and lightly fry the garlic until golden
  3. Add your tomatoes to the pan with cumin and salt
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for ten minutes
  5. After ten minutes is up, stir in basil and chili flakes to taste
  6. Divide between four ramekins, discarding any excess liquid
  7. Place chorizo around the edges of your ramekins
  8. Make a hole in the middle of each ramekin for your egg
  9. Crack one egg into the centre of each ramekin
  10. Place in the oven and bake for approximately ten minutes (see note above)
  11. Prepare your toast soldiers

Calorie Breakdown
As calculated to the best of my ability in the MyFitnessPal Recipe Nutrition Calculator.

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What do you think? Do they tick all of the right boxes?

Note: 12WBT has a Baked Eggs recipe with Spinach, Feta and Soldiers which I haven’t tried yet but it looks delicious as well.

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As for me, I’m going well. I should be posting an update over the weekend but in the meantime, bon appĆ©tit!

~ energyandEmily

Three Years

Yesterday, Hugh and I celebrated three years together with a picnic in the park. It was actually very sensible; we used a couple of 12WBT recipes, had some wine and took a few nice photos that I wanted to share just for a bit of fun šŸ™‚

I hope that you are all having a good week!

~ energyandEmily

This Chick’s Week Six

It’s been a strange week. I ended up spending most of the first half of the week sleeping; one day I actually woke up at around 2pm, felt tired and annoyed, and went back to sleep at about 8pm, missing my workout for the day. I did do all of my other workouts though but they were pretty much the only productive thing I managed to do until Saturday, and I spent most of the week stressing about how little I was doing, despite all of my grand plans for the uni holidays. I think that exams took more out of me than I was expecting.

However, I do feel like I have really gotten my stride back over the last few days and Week Seven promises to be much more productive.

Also I still managed some big positives for Week Six:

  • I lost 1kg in the Wednesday weigh-in this week! This means that I have reached my halfway mark and then some, which seems like perfect timing. I now realise that I was probably a little bit too harsh on myself in Week Five.
  • I have worn my high-top Converse out twice without jeans covering my legs up and I felt like I was rocking it!
  • My Monday run.
  • We had dinner with my family early in the week and made the Meat and Vege Lasagne and everyone loved it! I did make two, and theirs had a little bit of extra pasta/cheese but I still thought it was a little win that everyone loved the flavours.
  • Hugh was away over the weekend and I did my first solo SSS!
  • I may have stopped halfway through said SSS when the song “Footloose” started playing and danced all around the lounge room. It was great.
  • Afterwards I had a bubble bath, and used a mud-mask for the first time. It was a strange feeling when it went all hard but the skin on my face is all nice now. Also I think it was good for me to have some alone time for a night.
  • We bought a couple of non-stick pans last week and oh my gosh! Cooking has never been so easy!
  • Hugh skipped breakfast one day and was starving by the afternoon, insisting that he wanted to have KFC. All good, he can do what he wants. He couldn’t even finish his burger he said that it was so greasy and yuck! Haha!
  • I realised that I’m proud of myself, like I know that I have worked hard for my body/health and I feel like I would happily take a compliment with a smile and a, “Thanks! I worked my butt off for this!”
  • I tagged along on a shopping trip with my mum and her friend, I wasn’t expecting to buy anything but then I found the cutest jumper:

1045174_10201400497755883_263967048_nThe Zebras have little fringes that actually move around!

In other news:

  • I remember that I was feeling so drained at the beginning of my workout on Thursday that I actually said to Hugh, “My body feels depressed.” It was tough to push through but I felt better afterwards, and I actually think that workout was the turning point for my week.
  • I’ve noticed that I’m swimming in my clothes a little bit, they still fit but they’re a bit baggy. This is a good thing but I don’t want to get too many new things yet!
  • I did exactly 1 minute and 30 seconds of the planking challenge and then promptly forgot that it existed. I haven’t really been focused on the challenges for the last couple of weeks; I would like to give the Week Seven one a good crack but we’ll see.

Favourite Meals

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Chicken Tikka Curry with Cauliflower Mash times one million! We added a bit of Cayenne Pepper to the sauce which gave it a really great kick but overall it was just an absolutely delicious dish. We literally licked our plates/spoons/wok clean… hey! We are two mature adults… and no one else was around! We have customised it into this week’s menu as well.

We gave the Apple Tart a try; it was a nice little dessert (that photographed really well!)

week6-5Due to my lack of preparation I was left to create Saturday dinner with a mixture of unused breakfast items. These scrambled eggs were absolutely gorgeous. I used the Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus and Garlic Mushrooms recipe but exchanged the ricotta with feta, and parsley with coriander. I also ditched the second piece of toast in favour of smoked salmon; we had used all of our mushrooms for the lasagne without even realising! It was delicious and I am looking forward to trying it again with the correct ingredients!

Finale Party

Earlier in the week we checked flight prices to Adelaide; they were cheaper than we were expecting so we decided that we were definitely going to be able to go, booking flights and accommodation. Surprise, surprise, the tickets came on sale days later! THEN… I found my outfit!! I was going to start looking for it much closer to the date of the finale but I found it when I was with my mum and her friend and yeah!! I love it. It was good too because I tried on the size 12 and it fit quite well but some bits here and there were a little bit too loose. I then tried on the 10, a much better fit but now tight in a couple of areas which means that there is room for me to lose the extra few kilos! Mostly off my little front pouch.

I’m nervous and excited but also need to remember that there is still a lot more work to do, we’re only halfway through!

Are you going to the finale? I’m really looking forward to catching up with some of my fellow bloggers. Please let me know if you will be there!

Week Seven stuff:

  • Giving the Weekly Challenge a good shot!
  • Picnic with Hugh, celebrating three years since “making it official”!!!
  • Driving to, and hanging out in, Sydney.
  • Completing all six workouts – even though we’re on the road all day Friday!
  • Finishing off and sending my Pen Pal package.
  • A bunch of other random things.

We’re taking Cupcake Quiches and corn thins with us on our roadtrip, can you think of anything else we should take?

Lastly, I have a request… some time this week put on “Footloose” and have a dance!

~ energyandEmily

The Week That Wasn’t

Exams are officially over and The Week That Wasn’t is almost at a close.

This week hasn’t been so great for me, 12WBT-wise. I just wanted to put it out there.

I know that I’m not the only person on the 12WBT who has been pressed for time, or studying, but this week I just couldn’t find the time to exercise every day. I have been stressed and tired, and trying to make up for lost days by doing two sessions on other days has just left me feeling drained.

Also, on Wednesday night, Hugh’s close family friend was in town; a lady with whom I get along really well and someone that we haven’t seen in almost a year. We ended up booking a Chinese restaurant in China Town for the three of us; I wasn’t even planning to attempt to calculate every calorie at dinner because of how impossible that would have been. I decided that I would simply do my best to make good decisions and I had a very light-on day calorie-wise. I wasn’t as restrained as I have been but I was much more mindful than I would have been prior to starting the 12WBT. I did end up having a couple of glasses of red wine as well as sharing a dessert. The food was delicious.

We were invited out again the next night; Hugh went along but I declined in favour of study and sensible food choices.

So I certainly haven’t “fallen off” any bandwagons this week;Ā I’m feeling okay, just a little bit off my game. I need to stop thinking about what other people are defining as “good” or “bad” (as per Michelle’s latest video) and trust my decisions when I know that I have made them for a reason.

Anyhow, Beef, Pumpkin and Prune Tagine is on the stove, we have a day of food preparation planned for Sunday and next week I’m on holidays so there are no excuses. Oh! and I have fresh, dinosaur-popped popcorn to take to the movies tonight to see Gatsby. Which reminds me that I haven’t followed curfew this week either but I fully intend on carrying this week’s challenge over to Week Six.

My plans for the next few weeks are as follows:

  • Read as many non-text-book books as possible (including finishing ‘Lady in the Lake’ and ‘The TimeĀ Traveler’sĀ Wife’).
  • Cook lots of things and try lots of new recipes.
  • Take lots of photos!
  • Follow the 12WBT program to a tee.
  • Have a Doctor Who and a Grey’s Anatomy marathon.
  • Compile my Pen Pal gift.
  • Check out the Bikram Yoga studio down the road some time.
  • Set up a herb garden.

Hugh and I are also thinking about driving down to Sydney to stay over a weekend, and I will be helping my mum out at work a bit but what else can I get up to?

Any ideas? Do you have any hobbies?

Can you recommend any books to me?

~ energyandEmily

Week Four and More

My priorities have been shuffled around a bit this week; exam prep > 12WBT prep, which means that I have been a bit less organised than usual. I didn’tĀ not have timeĀ I just managed it a little less efficiently and had to work on getting the 12WBT to fit into my life (rather than the other way around) a little more than usual. There was a little bit of complacency still hanging around from Week Three at the beginning of the week but I’m feeling really good now. I feel like having to work things out on-the-go this week has helped me to realise that I have really taken on a new way of thinking.

My big positives this week:

  • I lost 700g this week! Bringing my progress tracker to a strange place where my stats are all in matching numbers… 4.4 loss overall, 6.6 to go and my weight is now 66.6.
  • Wednesday night meant watching State of Origin with my family; we’re not big into football but it was a good excuse to get together. I knew that they were planning to order pizza so I bought everything that I needed to make my Creamy Wholemeal Pasta Bake. I had accepted the fact that there would be pizza and that I would not be eating it but I had forgotten about soft drink, garlic bread, herb bread, apple pie, and biscuits with tea. I’m so comfortable around my family that I felt like I could have just joined them for a couple of slices, some garlic bread, and a drink and not even thought about.Ā Nevertheless, I persevered, thankfully my pasta bake, while a little bit bland, was quite filling and that’s all that I had for the night.
  • Hugh was away visiting his parents for a couple of nights during the week which meant that I had to do my first partner-less work out session. I know, have a whinge, right?! Most of you probably exercise alone everyday; but I don’t, and neither does my “inner teenager” who pulled a bit of a tantrum.Ā I decided to JFDI; I put together a little workout mix on the music-streaming website and busted that session out, singing (horribly) at the top of my lungs, and dancing between sets. It was actually crazy good to do a session by myself, it allowed me to realise how much stronger my body has gotten, have a bit fun and a bit of me-time as well.
  • This alone-time also lead me to try to do my first push up on my toes…followed by my second… then my third…
  • The Pen Pal Project sign ups closed last night with 20 participants!! Everyone will be getting an email with their pairing by Wednesday!

In other news:

  • We didn’t exercise on Tuesday; I came home from studying and made the mistake of casually lying down in bed. I fell asleep, Hugh joined me and we slept until 11pm, at which time we got up, ate toast and went back to sleep. Oh! But this meant that we could wake up at 5am to go on our first early-morning run before Hugh left for the few days! However, it also meant that I felt a little bloated for weigh-in, but if it affected the results at all it will all even out for next week. This time I didn’t make up for the exercise the following day because I figured that I must have really needed the sleep.
  • On Friday night Hugh was home again and was nice enough to make the Beef Fillet with Roast Pumpkin, Beetroot and Spinach for dinner while I was studying. He came into the study to let me know that dinner was ready, I quickly finished up what I was doing while he checked something on his computer, for literally 30 seconds. I walked into the dining room first and saw the cat (Hugh’s sisters but lives with us) eating something on the floor and I didn’t really think much about it until I looked up at the table and Hugh’s steak was missing!! The little bugger had jumped on the chair and stolen it! I actually still can’t believe it, I’ve never seen her do anything like that before. Thankfully, Hugh’s dad (who had come back with Hugh for the weekend) had friends over and they had just ordered pizza so he was able to have some of that instead but yeah, crazy!
  • Exams have officially begun so stress levels have been a little higher than usual but they will be over soon!
  • We didn’t exercise on Friday BUT…

BIG POSITIVE: This one deserved its own section. I was ready to write this post, tail between my legs, and tell you guys that I had only exercised three times in Week Four, but it was okay! I had an exam on a Saturday, I was tired, I had been studying, I was stressed, and I took some days off to get myself back together. All good! On the bus on the way home from my exam I decided that, no, it wasn’t all good, and that I would JFDI. I did my Friday session alone at home while Hugh was at work (second session by myself!!) with my singing and dancing, then we smashed out our SSS together when he got home (minus the hill intervals though) and went to bed feeling tired and sore but happy, and with my head more in the game than ever.

My Stats Update

I did my very first fitness test the Saturday before the round started so I decided to do my Week Four fitness test yesterday rather than earlier in the week as I wanted to properly capture the changes over the four weeks.

Firstly! Here are my updated stats:

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I ran for the whole 1km! I was so happy, and now I get to haveĀ a massageĀ sometime this weekĀ for completing my Mini Milestone! I don’t really know what else to say, I’m really happy with all of my time trials and still can’t believe that I can even do one push up on my toes, let alone 6! Also 6cm smaller on my hips and 5cm on my thighs is pretty awesome too, right? I don’t know really how to read these numbers but I can see that they are dropping.

Here are my first pictures from four weeks ago:

And here are my pictures from yesterday:

I’m really happy with the results so far and I can see lots of changes.

Week 4 Challenge: Try a NEW food!

I’ve already told you how much of a foodie I am and IĀ loved this challenge; I loved reading about what everyone was trying, and what they thought about the new foods, as well as trying new foods myself. I really enjoyed the new learning experiences even if I didn’t love all of the food.

This week, for the first time, I tried:

  1. Quinoa
  2. Pineapple with Cottage Cheese
  3. Short black espresso
  4. Dragonfruit
  5. Okra
  6. Lobok
  7. Persimmon
  8. Fresh pomegranate

And technically I also tried apple/strawberry puree, the combination of curried egg and peanut butter, peanut butter with cottage cheese on toast and tinned salmon for the first time too.

Oh! And the massive, purple thing in my photo last week was a Banana Flower, I was excited to try it but they go off very quickly and we just didn’t find the time early in the week. I tried to find them again at the markets but to no avail!

Here’s the photo evidence:

foodweek4-7299So Quinoa, or as I like to refer to it: “KeenWAHHHHH” (with accompanying karate hands) was interesting; I had a little bit of trouble cooking it at first and it tasted like… porridge, sort of? A little bland but nice as well. Also, overall the dish was nice but I might heat up the milk next time.

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foodweek4-7336I’ve tried both Cottage Cheese and Pineapple separately before but through my research for the Week Four challenge I re-discovered a little list called ‘100 Foods to Eat Before You Die,’ give it a Google if you’re curious!Ā Pineapple and Cottage Cheese, of all things, is on this list along-side foods such as Eggs Benedict, Haggis and Honeycomb. I thought that I had better give it a go. Ā My pineapple was a bit tart which I think threw it off a bit but it was nice enough. I might try it again one day with a sweeter pineapple.

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foodweek4--3I spent a few days this week studying at my favourite cafe – Ltd; a small espresso and brew bar in Fortitude Valley. My espresso was good, you could really taste the flavours in the coffee but at the same time it was like a punch in the face haha. I think I will stick to my usual flat white in the future.

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foodweek4-7402Firstly, I was surprised by the red centre as I was expecting it to be the white-centred variety, also I really couldn’t tell if was a little bit over-ripe or not but I gave it a go. I would really like to try it again to get a better idea of how the flavours change but it was like the texture and taste of a watermelon crossed with a pear but not sweet, and then so much like kiwi fruit because of the seeds. Really interesting but a bit weird.

Side note: Observe the glory that is socks with thongs! Judge all you want, I have warm feet, and I don’t get stuff stuck to my socks!

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Okay so we stir-fried the Okra and Lobok together in the Hoisin Beef Stir-Fry with Spring Vegetables, I wish I had taken prep photos of the Lobok but oh well. It’s those two, translucent semi-circles hanging off the Snow Pea under the Okra in the first picture. Also I honestly couldn’t taste anything when I ate it so I might have to give it another try sometime. The Okra however… someone told me that they hate it and that it’s slimy but I quite liked it. Imagine a red chili, sliced thick and cooked but with no spice. It had that same background flavour and a similar kind of texture but without the heat. Really interesting.

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Persimmon tasted like apricot and mango mixed together, and was quite mushy. I read somewhere that you can make nice preserves out of Persimmons, I’d like to give that a try one day.

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Pomegranate was really nice! You can only eat the juicy bit around the outside of the tiny seeds so there wasn’t much to taste at first. However, a good table spoon of juice was squeezed out of them when I scraped the seeds out with a spoon. It was like Cranberry Juice but sweeter and less dry.

foodweek4-7352Breakfast Crumble with Cinnamon Yoghurt. I just used regular muesli but I think it would have gone really well with a bit of a crunch. Nice, simple little breakfast.

foodweek4-7343Satay Egg, Carrot and Cucumber Corn Thins.

foodweek4-7371Late-night dinner concoction. It wasn’t bad but it mostly just tasted like Peanut Butter.

week4I really wasn’t looking forward to the tinned salmon after reading a few reviews; in the end it was like tinned tuna… but salmon. We decided that we liked the meal but that we would rather have tinned tuna.

foodweek4-7405Also! We finally managed a runny, boiled egg!!

Favourite Meals

There wasn’t any one meal that stood out as a favourite this week but I really enjoyed trying the Satay Egg, Carrot and Cucumber Corn Thins, Grilled Lamb with Pumpkin and Pine Nuts, Corn Thins with Mexican Tomato Salsa and the Beef Fillet with Roast Pumpkin, Beetroot and Spinach (sorry Hugh!). Ā Also the Breakfast Crumble with Cinnamon Yoghurt was nice for a quick and easy breakfast.

My goals this week:

  • Finish my exams!
  • In bed by 9:30 every night for the Weekly Challenge –Ā I’m not as excited about this challenge, I am honestly one of those people who just functions better at night but I will give it a good shot!

Can you tell me about some of your positives and negatives from Week Four?

Have you ever tried Dragonfruit, Persimmon, Pomegranite or Okra before?

What were your favourite meals this week?

Let me know!

~ energyandEmily

Week Three and Me

At the beginning of Week Three I was feeling… complacent, I think for the most part I just felt like I couldn’t beĀ bothered exercising. From browsing the forums and other blogs I know that I’m not alone in feeling like the sparkle has started to dull a bit. Regardless, I’ve pushed through, I did all of my workouts, ate all of my good food and I’m feeling a bit better now and ready to keep pushing forward.

A few tidbits from the past week:

  • 100g loss on the scales this week, I wasn’t too worried as I know that I have been sticking to the program but I did have to chase just a couple of niggling, negative thoughts away with a big, pointy stick.
  • It’s been a pretty rainy week here in Brisbane so we have done all of our exercises at home, surprisingly we didn’t even have to change to the “home” program. We have a good pole to do towel pulls on, stairs for low steps and a table for step ups, so yeah.
  • Subsequently, we discovered the motivational powers of music. Normally the only soundtrack to our workouts is traffic or my beautiful voice blabbing on about this or that thing. Exercise makes me really chatty for some reason, probably a combination of fresh air, energy and lots of thoughts. Doing the exercises at home we just had a “popular” soundtrack playing from a music streaming website and “Lose Yourself” by Eminem came on as we were about to start planking, an oldie but a goodie. About 30 seconds into our plank Hugh comes out with this gem, “Are you even planking? Oh, you normally complain more by now,” to which I replied “Sorry I’m just too busy singing.”
  • I found out that when Hugh was younger he called pickled onions “pickled yum yums.” Adorable.
  • Excuse me but when did we start doing 5 minute super sets? I do not approve!
  • We didn’t do any exercise on Thursday, it honestly just kind ofĀ happened.Ā I don’t even have an excuse for it but we ended up doing both Thursdays and Fridays exercises on Friday.
  • I went to the movies on Saturday night to see a special screening of Doctor Who. I popped my own popcorn and packed a punnet of cherry tomatoes to snack on! This was a big positive for me even though I had to useĀ our super weird dinosaur popcorn maker:

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  • I jogged non-stop for 5 minutes during a warm up! Up hills and everything. The program said that I could take breaks but I just wanted to keep going. Mind you, I was “jogging” at a snail pace at some points but still. I didn’t think I would be able to do it without stopping.
  • Hugh and I have started laughing and winking at each other during Sumo Squats – Pulses and Hamstring Curls – Bench. This has been highly amusing.
  • I visited Nandos for the first time since starting the program for my treat meal (my “last supper” for the program was Nandos if that gives you any indication of how I feel about it). I had a Classic Chicken Pita (Extra Hot – 326 calories), no drinks and didn’t even have one chip! It was ridiculously satisfying.
  • No Food Photo Friday for Week Three! Overall we enjoyed the meals for the week but they just weren’t overly photogenic (Dhal, anyone?). Not to worry though! I already have quite a few snaps for this week.
  • I set up a Pen Pal Project for 12WBTers!
  • I had my hair cut to clean up my messy little mane that you have all seen previously, I ended up with a new style that IĀ quite like.
  • I finally got my hands on Mish’s One Active hoodie (and proceeded to take selfies)!! I also picked up a new training bra/crop top, the red one, I really like the black one but this one looks so nice.

Week 3 Challenge: It’s time to STEP UP!

Monday: 200
Tuesday: 100
Wednesday: 200
Thursday: 0
Friday: 0
Saturday: 0
Sunday: 0

Total: 500/800

We really came out all guns blazing on this week’s challenge; at first we weren’t sure what the height of the steps were meant to be so we did our first 200 on park benches which hurt like crazy. Both of us were thinking “now THIS is a challenge.” Ā By Wednesday we were feeling pretty cocky about our numbers “300 more to go? What a cinch.” The no-exercise Thursday came and went, we were knackered after our big Friday and Saturday and we really wanted a proper break on Sunday. Excuses, I know. I’ll bust out those extra few hundred this week. We’ve also been avoiding those park benches, opting for this table on the deck which I’m surprised hasn’t broken on us:

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In the meantime, I’m really excited about the Week Four challenge! We were secretly hoping for a non-exercise challenge this week but also I’m a total foodie so I’m jumping at the chance to try new things. At first I thought it would be a little difficult to find things I haven’t eaten without resorting to eating brains or something but one trip to the markets on Saturday morning fixed that right up! Here’s my loot:

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You probably recognise a few of these things, “Is thatĀ pineapple?” I can hear you asking… I don’t know, is it? I have a few non-vegetable/non-fruit things to try as well. This is going to be a fun week!

Stay tuned!

Favourite Meals:

The stand out for the week for me was the Hoisin Beef Stir-Fry with Spring Vegetables, I ended up having it twice and I definitely plan on having it again soon. I was pleasantly surprised by the Apple Muesli, it wasn’t *amazing* but it wasn’t bad and it kept me full for ages after breakfast. We both really liked the Dhal, I noticed that there have been mixed reviews about it but yeah, the only thing I could say against it was that it really sits in your stomach for a while after… not necessarily in a good way. We had it with a warmed pita pocket both times which was nice, like having our own little naan bread. Lastly, we really enjoyed the Spinach & Two-Cheese Omelette on Saturday morning. However, due to our lack on non-stick pans at the time it was more of a “Mess of Spinach, Two-Cheeses and Egg” but it was still really nice.

I’ve mentioned it before but corn thins really are the best snacks, I was happy to see them featured a fair bit on this weeks meal plan.

My goals this week:

  • Keep on studying away – first exam this coming Saturday!
  • Try at least seven new foods for the Weekly Challenge!
  • Take lots of photos.

How was everyone else’s Week Three?

Do you have any favourite work out songs? Actually, if you run and listen to music you should look up Basshunter – Now You’re Gone. It has a great rhythm.

Have you taken your own snacks somewhere?

How did you go with the step up challenge?

Are you excited about trying new foods in Week Four?

~ energyandEmily

You Can’t Have Your Muffin

(…and eat it too.)

I was sitting at some tables waiting for my lecture to start the other day and I noticed that some muffins in a cabinet nearby were looking at me. They wanted to be in my mouth stat.Ā Ā I sat there thinking about those muffins for a while, andĀ I ended up playing out the following steps in my head:

  1. Make the decision to buy the muffin, get up and walk over to the shop (at the moment this is a pretty big step in itself).
  2. Ask for a muffin.
  3. Pay for the muffin (I almost put 2 and 3 together but I think the act of physically getting out your money and handing it to the person is crucial step. I know that it is really hard to say “oh actually, I won’t,” especially if that’s all you’re buying but it’s still a possibility).
  4. Take the muffin away, sit down with the muffin and decide “this is something that I want to do” and pull the muffin out of the bag (at this point you have the option to throw the muffin away).
  5. Look at the muffin andĀ really decide to eat it.
  6. I then picture myself eating the muffin, like actually visualise it, just a few bites. Thinking about exactly how it would feel/taste.
  7. Then I picture that I’ve finished the muffin, the muffin is gone, all that is left is a brown paper bag, a muffin liner and some crumbs.
  8. The evidence goes in the bin, I sit back down (where I am actually sitting at the time) and there’s no muffin.
  9. There’s no muffin, and maybe I would feel guilty, happy or nothing, this part is sort of whatever (though I think a lot of people focus on this part the most).
  10. My muffins’ friends are still staring at me but I have no muffin of my own.
  11. You can’t have your muffin and eat it too.

I’ve noticed that this is a fairly regular thing that I do. I don’t really know if it’s willpower or stubbornness but for some reason the thought of having to get through each of those steps to eat my muffin, only to have no muffin again in the end, is enough to keep me firmly in my seat until my lecture starts.

I do the same thing with that one thing that I have been craving from the store on the other side of campus. I want one so bad but I know I couldn’t make that walk.

As part of mental-health week (exams are coming up) there were people giving out lollipops at the entrance to the uni library. I was so ready to eat that little ball of sugar, I looked up the calories of my flavour and everything. Then I kept thinking about it; when can I eat it? In my lecture? On my way home? Should I carve out some quiet, alone time for me and my lollipop? I started thinking about how I would unwrap it, eat it and then have no lollipop anymore. I ended up giving it to Hugh. Stubborn? Or a weirdo?

Free stuff takes away a couple of steps, which is annoying. It’s interesting to think of these things as a step-process I think; if you think of shopping at the supermarket, you are already there buying your groceries, you’re still going to swipe your card or hand over your cash. The steps it takes to buy that chocolate/those chips/lollies are combined with the same steps that you are taking to buy healthy/every day foods.

I can relate this to our Kitchen Makeover pre-season task too; there is much more effort involved for me now if I want to have a block of chocolate. I would first have to mind-wrestle with myself, put some shoes on (and possibly change out of my PJ’s and put deodorant on), find my way to the shops and proceed with steps 2-11.

These steps don’t really stop me craving/wanting the particular thing but somehow I just can’t get my head around actually buying/eating it.

What have you tried?

What works for you?

I’ve heard of a few different strategies for dealing with cravings over the years. Apparently thinking about rainbows can make them go away?

Also don’t worry, I’m far from being a fully functional 12WBTer. I was going to be right on 1200 last night and then I accidentally ate an extra piece of toast with dinner because I misread the servings of the recipe; everything else was measured fine, what?

Also! Why has no one reminded me that corn thins are the tastiest snack ever?

What else are you hiding from me?

~ energyandEmily