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Weekly update

23 Feb

I haven’t been following my diet properly this week. Will be getting back on the wagon tomorrow.

I’m on the brink of making a big decision, which might counteract another big decision I made a couple of months ago. This is kinda stressing me out.

Shaun of the dead is awesome and Pegg is the shit!  I can’t believe I put off watching it for so long.

Lightning bug is my current favorite app. I can’t sleep without it.

I got one of my favorite perfumes (Burberry) as a gift from my work colleagues.

My birthday dinner was great: there were good friends, there was dancing, and there was hazelnut cake.

One happy gal

 

Hits & Misses

9 Feb

This week’s misses:

– Falling off the diet wagon

– Guilt trips: food related and unfood related

– Boys. They suck (enough said)

– Snotty, arrogant, obnoxious clients who act like they actually own us

– Feeling lost and confused

– Screwed up sleep pattern

And hits : 

– Getting on the diet wagon again

– My family, which I’m VERY thankful for, despite how mad they drive me sometimes

– Sending a job application to that company that makes my eyes shine (fingers crossed)

– Early b-day presents: Owl ring and daisy earrings from my sisters + pink Ipod from yours truly to replace the one that got stolen (yay self-pampering! )

– Finding time to process my photos

– That amazing other client who writes her email in caps and adds way too many “!!!!” to thank us and express how happy she is with the new campaign

– Finally, this quote, which made me think and comforted me at the same time

Cruisin’

26 Jan

So Today was the first day of the loooong cruise phase ahead.

I started the day with a skim milk latte and oatmeal. I had missed vegetables so yesterday I prepared a huge zucchini stir fry for today’s lunch, with chunks of chicken breast,  onion, tomatoes and green hot peppers. It turned out very okay because I used too much lemon to marinate the chicken and the tomatoes made it more acidic. Needless to say, I left half of it, and was famished by 4.00.

To make matters worse, a supplier sent me chocolates for the new year, and it was all I thought about all afternoon.  I tried not to cave when I got the box home, but couldn’t help eating 4 chocolates. Afterwards, I felt guilty, disgusted of my self and decided I’d give them to my mother. It’s always a good strategy to get rid of the temptation.

To make up for my faux-pas, I’ll have to do two days of pure-protein. And hopefully this will not wreck my diet too much. Guess I’ll wait and see.

In other news, starting tomorrow, I’ll be adding a new recipe section to this blog. I’ll post hits (and probably misses) in the kitchen department. They will mostly be Dukan-friendly (duh!), but on special occasions, some may not be. So stay tuned!

 

Day 3 + weekend update

23 Jan

Dieting is no piece of cake (hah! pun). Everyday is a struggle, but for me it’s worse on week-ends. That’s when temptation strikes the hardest. Surprisingly though, despite my fear, this week-end went by like a breeze. I didn’t so much as wince. I looked it right in the eyes and kicked its ass (aaah these blissful beginnings).

Currently, my main intakes consist of lean ground meat, chicken breasts, eggs, fat free ricotta, plain yogurt, and Tabasco sauce to spice things up. And coffee. Lots of it! I’m also supposed to have oat bran, but I’ve mistaken it for oat flakes, which are apparently not allowed at this stage, so I haven’t been having that, until I find a store that carries it.

It’s getting boring. Only have two more days of this before the veggies (never thought I’d ever miss those!). But until I’m screaming at random people on the street, or crying hysterically in damp, dark corner, I know I’m fine.

Ok, I’m off to take care of some cheezy meatballs. And by take care, I mean mercilessly wolf down.

Nighty night!

False start

19 Jan

According to Dukan, one tiny lapse during the attack phase is like putting a needle in a balloon.

My needle today consisted of a few branches of cauliflower and three forkfuls of pepper salad. My mom’s friend invited me over for lunch. Her 75+ mom made the food, and insisted I try a bit of everything. She thankfully made roasted chicken as a main course. But as I discovered later, even with fighting off dessert, my diet day could not be saved :/

So, here’s take two on the Attack:

Here we go again

18 Jan

In the past few months:

– I moved three times;

– Changed jobs. And can now officially change my status to: Exploited;

– Made new friends. And lost one;

– Had my heart bruised a couple of times, and kinda bruised one in the process

…soooo, I’m back to square one in the weight department with freshly picked bad habits (damn you Milka Wafers) and healthy amounts of guilt.

Of course I had been trying to get back on the wagon but never for long unfortunately due to the factors (erm…excuses) cited above.

As of today though, a new diet plan has been set in motion: DUKAN

Below are my diet stats as per the official site.

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According to their predictions, I will be the proud owner of a new body on Oct 30th, 2012. So yay in advance for that.

Well, this is it for now, so…Goodnight, ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!!

Today, I’ve decided to be happy…

24 Jun

… because it’s Friday.

… because I’m going home to my parents and sisters this week end.

… because I’m back on track with my weight loss/exercise.

… because I also allow myself a treat once a week (welcome to my butt chocolate cupcake. Yes you too frosting ^^).

… because my hair is shiny, I smell delicious and my nails are neon pink.

… because of this song:

 

In the end, I’m happy because even though life is messy, and the future down right scary, a small part of me know that it’ll be ok.

What makes you happy today?

I got the blues

9 Jun

I don’t know what’s happening to me lately. I’m functioning well (as much as the usual anyways) throughout the day, but once home, it all crumbles down. I’ve had 3 crying bouts in the past week alone . Everything seems to be going ok on the surface but I feel so hollow on the inside it’s starting to scare me.

Maybe it’s the realization that I’m not even remotely close to where I thought I’d be by now, or the feeling of being torn between what I want to be and what I’m supposed to be… or something else entirely. All I know is that if this goes on, something not good is going to come out of it. Something is missing, or wrong and I don’t know how to fix it!

I’m losing myself…

Paris, je t’aime!

7 Jun

Paris Paris Paris… I loved it so much more this time around than when I used to live there a few years ago.  I caught up with one of my best friends,  roamed through the streets (yay workout), ate as if my taste buds were going to die soon, shopped like a mad woman (Sephora is my personal fantasyland), and just soaked in the awesomeness of that city. I was also lucky enough to have amazing weather during my stay. It was definitely the trip I needed to keep me sane.

Foodwise, I had the chance to relish in those pieces of heaven brought down by little harp-playing angels aka Pierre Hermé Macaroons. I tried 4 flavors: Rose, Jasmine, Matcha/Red beans/Azuki, and Olive oil/Vanilla (my favorite so far). Then, one night, we headed to a vietnamese restaurant with my friend. It was recommended by a colleague of hers as the best one in town. We got there, and it looked like a seedy little place from the outside, with an old neon sign and a guy in shorts and a big belly coming out of it. Inside though, it was packed with Asians, so we knew it was a good place. We didn’t know what to order so the lady who owned the place helped us decide. We shared spring rolls for an entrée. They were huge. We then got Bo Bún : a mix of veggies, vermicelli, meat, and chicken rolls. For dessert we had Che Ba Mau. The meal was amazing, and owner was so nice it definitely made it one of the highlights of the trip.

Oh and there was luuuurve (the ultimate cliché). Everywhere I looked, in the metro, on the street, waiting for my coffee order, I saw couples holding hands, kissing and or just standing there doing coupley things… and being gorgeous at it. If it wasn’t so damn glorious I would have unleashed my inner banshee and wallowed in the sorrow of lacking a Mr Flan.

Anyways, I’m babbling, here’s the trip in photos:

 

Sigh, this already seems to be a lifetime away…

Bonne nuit!

Weigh-in #8

7 Jun

Once again, I’ve drifted off from this blog because of the usual crazy work schedule. I feel like my head is going in all directions at the same time, but I’m slowly catching up to the normal routine (inner voice also says I need to get checked for ADD, and I think I should follow the advice).

Latest weight : 114 kgs (251 lbs)

Current weight: 113 kgs (249 lbs)

Total loss 1 kg (~ 2 lbs)

Workout: once in the last week – 30 mn on stationary bike.

Status: Decent weight loss considering my current life (and diet) pace.

p.s: and two (whole) weeks after my return, the post about my Paris trip will finally be up tonight.