Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week 9 update

I am back with my diet update for last two weeks,  last to last  week went quite hectic at work and tiring so no time to update my status on blog.I checked my weight for week 8 , it was stable and for last week update I lost a pound  😀 yay! something going down on weighing scale, it was pleasing for my eyes !  and it was raining cats and dogs last week so not possible to go outside for long walks , I am trying to catch up during my daily walks .

I enjoyed making smoothies for my breakfast, used different combinations , they were all great , do try out some:

Kiwi, banana,yogurt, nuts, honey .

Mango ,yogurt, honey.

Pear ,Mango ,Yogurt.

Strawberry, banana, yogurt.

Some  pictures from  last week :

 

The third picture is a dal(lentils) soup with vegetables and some indian spices.

The fourth was our weekly sweet reward 🙂

the fifth one are baked red and green long peppers stuffed with rice,herbs and some minced meat.

Sixth one from our  smoothies.

Seventh is grilled chicken marinated with chicken tandoori masala, boiled eggs and steam vegetables with some beans and herbs.

the last one was whole wheat brown pasta, it was so heavy ! a little was enough to make you full.

 

My last week’s goals  , this week’s goals are same as well :

  1. Calorie intake 1400 calories .
  2. reducing bread from  lunch and dinner.
  3. Handful of nuts everyday.
  4. Adding more greens to my dinner  plate.
  5. My dinner calories target is 400 calories.
  6. Continuing my daily and weekly walks of 10 km.
  7. 15 mins stretching exercise every morning.

apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

no soda and colas and junk food

Replaced my morning sandwich  with smoothies.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Green tea after dinner.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in morning .

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :http://silverthreading.com/2016/02/15/mindful-monday-healthy-living-mindful-walking/

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Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week 7 update

Hello my lovely friends,Hope you are all doing fine . I am back again with an update from my Diet Plan and Weight Watching. I have not posted anything lately on my blog . Firstly , forgive me for being lazy and secondly I was sick last week,  that means it was a no diet week , only sleeping and resting at home . I  had a flu , thanks to my sinus and this cold weather , that also means I didnt go out much on walks.

Last two weeks I didnt follow my diet plan , only took care of  eating healthy , as a result my weight had no changes. Since I was home , I tried quite many recipes , Will post soon  for now pictures only 🙂

Frankly speaking I was bored  from 6 weeks  of Dieting and recording my calories, the weight was reducing slowly but my motivation was losing faster. The break helped me to overcome my laziness and negativity. I thought about why I am losing motivation ? , may be I am trying to lose weight faster without doing much efforts  or I lost my focus of eating healthy and staying healthy. Losing weight was not my sole goal, eating healthy , more natural food  and achieving a healthier lifestyle were also on the list. They just got lost in obsession of weight loss.  Losing weight is game of patience, slowly and keep doing the small little things that you are doing and it will come .

I also  tried to cook lebanese food and algerian food last week  ,

some pictures for you:

Tli Tli : is an algerian dish, looks like orzo pasta ,difference is  it is steamed  rather than normal pasta  which is boiled  .It is eaten with a sauce of meat and vegetables and some boiled eggs on top. Yummy 😛

Hummus ( paste of boiled chickpeas with herbs, olive oil) is a good and healthy option for dips and lebanese bread is also light and less in calories. I am using hummus as dressing for my salad .it is a good replacement of creamy dressings.

Mutabbal( mix of grilled aubergines  with yogurt )  can be eaten like spread in sandwich or just like that with bread.

Crepes were the sunday breakfast, love it with different toppings of fruits and jams.

Egg baked inside bread, topped with some cheese and herbs.

My ginger tea helped my distress soul in cold.

  this week’s goals are  :

  1. Calorie intake 1400 calories .
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner .
  3. Handful of nuts everyday.
  4. Adding more greens to my dinner  plate.
  5. My dinner calories target is 400 calories.
  6. weekly walk of 10 km.
  7. 15 mins stretching exercise every morning.

apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

  • started smoothies for breakfast.
  • Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.
  • no soda and colas .
  • Dinner latest by 7 pm .
  • Eating more vegetables .
  • 3 fruits daily.
  • no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.
  • Green tea after dinner.
  • Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in morning .

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

(http://silverthreading.com/2016/02/01/mindful-monday-healthy-living-the-8020-rule-other-healthy-diets/#comment-30654)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week 6 update

 

I am back with my diet update for week 5. Last week  , I was indeed a bad student, I couldn’t control much on my calories this week. I will blame the cold weather for my binging 😉  I ate outside one time and  mostly cooked at home . The calories target of 1400 cal was missed  few times .Sometimes it was less and sometimes more than 1400 cal , but good news is I still managed to shed a pound in spite of my carelessness , my body is now getting active and increasing its metabolism.

Tips :

  • Maintaining a diary for calories intake helps a lot to keep a check of food consumed.
  • Adding some spices makes boring food interesting. Try out your cooking this week.

Some  pictures of the cooking done this week except the donuts .

 

A good idea for lighter dinner, 3 pieces of  medium sized vol au vent with homemade vegetable sauce makes 400 calories.

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Recipe : https://fromworldskitchen.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/dinner-ideas-vol-au-vent-with-red-sauce/

You cannot indulge much into pizza except for a while it was a month already without pizza so we baked at home, 3 slices of homemade pizza are enough for  reaching 450 calories.

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Pizza Recipe : https://fromworldskitchen.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/some-paneer-pizza-tonight/

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Okra  Recipe : https://fromworldskitchen.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/bhindi-masala-do-pyaza-okra-indian-style/

fourth pic is pumpkin puree indian style with indian bread ( Recipe  coming soon )

fifth pic: minced meat with grated cauliflower cooked in indian spices ( Recipe  coming soon )

One donut  for a sunday breakfast doesn’t hurt, you can eat it guilt free 🙂

My last week’s goals ( the ones marked red are missed goals) , this week’s goals are same as well :

  1. Calorie intake 1400 calories .
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner and lunch.
  3. Handful of nuts everyday.
  4. Adding more greens to my dinner  plate.
  5. My dinner calories target is 400 calories.
  6. Continuing my daily and weekly walks of 10 km.
  7. 15 mins stretching exercise every morning.

apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

no soda and colas and junk food

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Green tea after dinner.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in morning .

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

(http://silverthreading.com/2016/01/11/mindful-monday-healthy-living-make-life-changes-to-help-you-achieve-your-goals/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week 4 and 5 update

I started my Diet from Dec 2015 , the first two weeks  were to balance my food intake and adapting my habits to cooking/eating more healthy food. The initial two weeks were no weight loss and no weight gain weeks.The last two weeks I had lost 2 pounds in total, It’s not much but it is great feeling to see the scale meter coming down rather than going up as was the case from past few months.

The last two days of Dec and first two days of January, I couldn’t help myself to stop cooking and eating outside 😀 Holiday time . I ate and slept and ate again, went shopping  and dining . Although I tried to check the calories limitation not to exceed the level of 1800 cal, at which I do not gain any weight according to my BMI . I enjoyed my break from diet and also my  favorite food.

Some pictures from long weekend ,

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My this week’s goals  :

  1. Calorie intake 1400 calories .
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner and lunch.
  3. Handful of nuts everyday.
  4. Adding more greens to my dinner  plate.
  5. My dinner calories target is 400 calories.
  6. Continuing my daily and weekly walks.
  7. 15 mins stretching exercise every morning.

apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

no soda and colas and junk food

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Green tea after dinner.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in morning .

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

http://silverthreading.com/2016/01/04/mindful-monday-healthy-living-setting-realistic-goals-for-2016/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week3

Today is my third week of Diet plan and weight watching and I am here with my update about last week . My week went quite good with all calories intake noted down carefully in my excel sheet reaching target of 1400 calories and sometimes even lower until i arrived weekend it was all good . I couldn’t control much on eating outside 😦 but  I tried to compensate  by walking  10 kms during my weekend.The goals were successfully accomplished almost until friday 😉

The good news is I lost some weight(1 pound)  even though it is not much in spite of my rebellion to my diet but I am happy for now 🙂

My last week’s goals were  :

  1. To bring down my intake from 1600-1700  Calories to 1400 calories .√
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner and lunch. So Instead of eating two slice of bread for lunch and dinner  . I would reduce to one each meal.√
  3. To include Yogurt in my meals. In India we make a salty yogurt dip called Raita. (You can add grated cucumber or small pieces of  tomato  with some salt, cumin powder or other spices of your choice in a low fat yogurt) .It makes a good side dish.√
  4. Handful of nuts everyday.√
  5. Adding Salad to dinner every day.  √
  6. My dinner calories target is 300 calories  . (couldn’t keep everyday)
  7. Adding walk to my routine.Currently I am walking to metro station everyday  which is 1.5 km . I will add 500 meters more to my everyday walk. I will get down a station before  and will try to walk down home.√ (even walked extra more than my goal , yay!)

This week’s goal are same as last week except I will avoid  much cheating.I will keep the cheat day limit to  1800 Cal which I  can compensate with my walks.

I am  expecting to reduce 2 pounds in this week ,apart from above goals I am also doing following as my routine:

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more green vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey.

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

http://silverthreading.com/2015/12/21/mindful-monday-healthy-living-choose-your-eating-battles/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Plan and Weight Watching-Week2

 

So Today is my second post on this topic and it is my update about how my last week of weight watching and healthy eating went . It is my weekly journal to keep track of my food activities 😀 , I was expecting last week to go a bit hard but it went quite smoothly. To my surprise I  didn’t feel much hungry after switching to healthy eating, my appetite is reducing slowly and I feel full which was not the case before. I have to admit I did cheat on sunday, cooked my favorite food and enjoyed , although I took care of portions. I also ate some chocolates which is inevitable in this festive season but the good news is my weight is stable and also I feel less bloated now.

Keeping a diary to record your daily meal and how much calories intake, helps a lot. It is bit of more work in the first week but from second week you will start remembering how much calories are in 1 apple or orange or 10 almonds by heart 😀

My Last week’s goals were :

  1. To bring down my intake from 2100-2200 Calories to 1600-1700 calories , to stabilize my weight.  √
  2. Cooking interesting but healthy food according to my required  calorie intake .√
  3. Adding Salad to dinner every day. ( This I couldn’t do all days)
  4. My dinner calories target is 350-400  . √

so I had easy goals for my first official diet week just to bribe myself  for dieting 😉

This week’s goals would be a level tough .My plan for this week :

  1. To bring down my intake from 1600-1700  Calories to 1400 calories .
  2. Cutting carbs from Dinner and lunch. So Instead of eating two slice of bread for lunch and dinner  . I would reduce to one each meal.
  3. To include Yogurt in my meals. In India we make a salty yogurt dip called Raita. (You can add grated cucumber or small pieces of  tomato  with some salt, cumin powder or other spices of your choice in a low fat yogurt) .It makes a good side dish.
  4. Handful of nuts everyday.
  5. Adding Salad to dinner every day. (pending from last week 😉 )
  6. My dinner calories target is 300 calories  .
  7. Adding walk to my routine.Currently I am walking to metro station everyday  which is 1.5 km . I will add 500 meters more to my everyday walk. I will get down a station before  and will try to walk down home.

I am  expecting to reduce few pounds in this week and I am also keeping up the changes in my routine as I mentioned in my last post  :

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more green vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey.

 

Below is link  from Colleen on her site about  her weight loss journey and some great health tips.I am sharing my every week’s results with her to keep us  motivated.If you would like to join us  , just ping back to her post below and keep sharing your results :

http://silverthreading.com/2015/12/14/mindful-monday-healthy-living-food-journals-breakfast-the-silver-way/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Plan and Weight Watching

All my lovely Bloggers, I haven’t been posted much on my food blog lately, my apologies for that and  the reasons are : my new found hobby for writing comic strips ( that was an excuse :P)  , Now the serious one, I have been planning and watching my Diet, didn’t cook anything special lately . I know it’s boring ! especially for a foodie like me ,I am struggling with my weight for few months, I was always on the upper boundary of my BMI range considered to be a healthy person still , it came up with few extra kilos in beginning of this year  and I thought of doing diet  many times, tried for  a day or two and gave up . Now it is 8 kilos up 😦  alarming situation .

Giving up carbs completely or switching to strict diet routine , my body cannot adapt quickly, I need to think of pattern that my body can respond well. I  have started  with a slow but a lasting  approach , by making changes in my food habits first and  then cutting down my calories. I have started logging my food intake and the calories I actually need for my sedentary life of sitting in office 9-5 routine. It was to my surprise that I am eating 400-500 extra calories everyday without noticing which is actually causing my weight gain.It was in form of biscuits, chocolates , sweets and bread in sandwiches.I don’t drink much soda or artificial juices so that is already a good thing.

I am taking up my goals on weekly basis. Few changes that I have bring in from past two weeks :

Stopped taking sugar in my tea and coffee everyday.

Replaced my morning sandwich  with boiled or scrambled eggs.

Dinner latest by 7 pm .

Eating more green vegetables .

3 fruits daily.

no white bread , brown or whole wheat bread.

Drinking a cup of warm water boiled with cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey.

My plan for this week :

 

To bring down my intake from 2100-2200 Calories to 1600-1700 calories , to stabilize my weight.

Cooking interesting but healthy food according to my required  calorie intake .

Adding Salad to dinner every day.

My dinner calories target is 350-400  .

Below is link for some health advice from Colleen on her site about healthy eating and weight loss journey.

Mindful Monday on Silver Threading.com )