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Diet stuff...

So sharona1x2 asked me to share some diet stuff with you, since she posted her very inspiring story about *her* weight loss today.

Almost 5 years ago, I went on a diet for about 5 months. I ended up losing 20 kg, which is around 44 pounds.

I held onto my final weight of 76 kg (167,55 pounds) for about two years. And started gaining, as my husband came back from rehab. Now I'm back up to 96 kg (about 212 pounds...). >.<

Now, after *trying* to get started again on a diet for the last year or so, it suddenly 'clicked' in my brain. I stood up from my reading on Sunday evening, walked to the cabinet and threw out all my chocolates that I'd bought throughout the last year. Then I cooked my first, healthy diet dinner in a long time.

I've always enjoyed this diet - which doesn't really have a proper name, since I got it out of one of the women's magazines back then, but I think it's along the lines of low fat - since the recipes are easy, fresh, can be made really fast and taste good. :) And there are even little "sins" allowed as in-between meals: sometimes a piece of pound-cake, sometimes a cappuccino with some small cookies to go with it, sometimes toast with butter, or fruits. You have 5 meals a day, and I always eat the warm meal in the evening...

sharona1x2 wanted to see some of the recipes. So I thought I'd post my dinner recipe, along with a picture. ^^

It looks a little strange, because I wanted to make sure I got it onto the plate without it breaking apart. I succeeded - mostly. ^^

So here' s the recipe - for one person, of course:

Slice and dice

1 zucchini (about 3,53 ounces)
1 tomato (also about 3,53 ounces)

Make the dices really small, then you have more substance, and feel like you're eating more. ^^

Beat together

2 eggs
2 teaspoons water (I use fizzy mineral water, because it fluffs up the egg mass when it's in the pan)
salt and pepper

I add some frozen, mixed, cut herbs (like parsley, thyme, rosemary, dill etc.) to the egg mixture, to make it taste more interesting.

In a separate bowl mix

1 portion plain low fat yogurt (I don't know what tins, cans, bottles etc. your yogurt comes in - just use the regular size, not large ones)
1 crushed garlic clove
1/2 packet of frozen, mixed, cut herbs (like parsley, thyme, rosemary, dill etc.)
salt, pepper

I add some curry powder and some Arabian spices to taste - but that's just my personal taste... ^^

In a Teflon pan, heat one teaspoon oil, and stir-fry the vegetables, until they're lightly cooked. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables, lower the heat and let solidify slowly. Do it slow, or it will burn on the bottom and still be soft and gooey on top.

Plate and eat together with the yogurt sauce. ^^


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds really good! Post more recipes, please?
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)

*You* don't need a diet! ^^
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHA. I do NOW. You haven't seen me post-severe depression, babe. Besides, any little bit helps. I'm not keen on biting the big one thanks to heart failure before I'm even 40.
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine *you* having gained weight! >.> You're probably weighing yourself with all your winter clothes on. ^^

Sure, I can continue to post the recipes. After all, there are four weeks, and three meals a day, worth of them. So that's... 84 recipes? :)
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hey, keep in mind even at a good weight I'm still actually 36-30-34 ... not a lot of waistline there. So when we met & I was 20lbs over what I should be, most folks can't tell because it's all at my waist, not ass/hips, and that's easier to hide. I don't start adding elsewhere until I'm maybe 40lbs over, and by that point it's like, woah, family mortality rates staring me in the face. Or the waistline, as the case may be.

So, yeah, definitely on the look-out for healthy & sane meals to make regularly, and get me (and the SO) back on healthy track.

84 recipes! Woo!
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Getting back on the healthy track was one of my motivations. Since my still-husband and I have decided to split, we aren't really eating together anymore, so I stopped cooking properly. Except on the weekends, when my daughter's home.

Which is wierd, because I *like* to cook. But I kept being totally uninspired. Now I know more or less what I'm cooking every day and look forward to doing it. And the recipes are really easy to make and fast.
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds super yummy! I might have to try it soon. I'll bet it's pretty low in calories. I'm in favor of anything that puts more veggies into my diet. ^____^
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
It doesn't say. The whole diet isn't about counting calories, but changing your eating habits. I'd say it's mostly low fat... I think...
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
As weird as this sounds, I have to count calories because when I 'diet' I tend to eat too little. That can slow my metabolism down too much, which in turns slows my weight loss.
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, I understand! Well, I assume that it's around 400 calories, since they always try to set up a day's recipes so that you end up with around 1000-1200 calories.
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Very cool, thanks for sharing!

I did Weight Watchers when Ana was a baby and lost 57 pounds (bringing me to 170) and although I've gained a lot back, I take comfort in knowing I didn't gain ALL of it back. Of course it's a constant struggle :P

How've you been? I've been random on LJ lately, and I feel badly seeing you're a new friend ^__^
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. ^^

I never did WW, because it would mean that I'd have to drive somewhere - and back then we lived *so* far out, that I *really* didn't want to drive around needlessly.

The reason I've gained it all back was mostly stress, the frustration with my husband and *that* whole situation, and not really watching out for myself. Now that things are finally moving ahead again, I feel ready to care for myself, again, too. ^^

Oh, don't worry about being random - I do that, too. ^^

I beat off a bad cold last week, though I did spend a few days more or less (in between work... ;) ) in bed.

Otherwise, I'm trying to keep ahead of the avalanche... ^^
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)

Ich kann's Dir auch in Deutsch abtippen. ^^
Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for this! I stepped on the scale for the first time in awhile and was shocked at what I saw (highest weight in my life ever). So I'm collecting recipes to encourage myself to healthier eating, and this definitely goes in.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
My pleasure. It's actually kind of fun to document my diet. I already photographed my breakfast, just have to find the moment to post... :)
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