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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!

Weigh-in #10

28 Jun

Ok. So I wasn’t enthusiastic about that whole protein week/veggie week. I prefer having a little variety in my meal plan, so I’m back to counting calories.

Latest weight : 112 kgs (247 lbs)

Current weight: 112 (247 lbs)

Total loss 0 kg (0 lbs)

Workout: Only a one-hour workout. Busy week :(

Food: staying at 1400/1500 cals a day.

Status: No loss no gain, not happy not sad!

Weigh-in #9

14 Jun

This week I’ve gone with a high-protein diet.  I can’t see major changes on the scale, but I do feel like my muscles are getting stronger (even with no significant exercise).

Starting Wednesday, I will be going into a veggie/fruit meal plan with a limited protein intake.

Latest weight : 113 kgs (249 lbs)

Current weight: 112 (247 lbs)

Total loss 1 kg (~ 2 lbs)

Workout: None in the last week. I will be going to the gym tonight.

Status: I can see a pattern in the weight loss. I just need to work on my immense un-motivation to workout!

Who’s awesome??

10 May

Moi! Of course. Although I wasn’t that awesome two hours ago.

Yet another horrible day at the office, that has made me realize that working with and for dumb people takes tremendous effort. I came home cranky, tired and dragging a migraine. That’s when I made a terrible mistake…I dropped by the bakery next door and gotten myself a cupcake, which was a really bad idea considering my excellent behavior during the day. To add insult to injury, I went home, made myself a latte and wolfed down the cupcake that I first sprinkled with shredded coconut.

In my defense, this was not entirely my fault, I also blame this faux-pas on that very special time of the month that makes us ladies a powerful magnet for all things starchy or chocolatey… or both. *Delusional, much?*

After all evidence disappeared (most probably in my hips and thighs… Forever!), I was all set to get into a dusty corner and wallow in my miserable lack of control. But then I had a stroke of genius. I decided that even though I had been bad, I would get to the gym for a quick 20 minute session,  it couldn’t hurt right? So I got into the gym and kicked some serious sweaty ass (and got mine kicked in the process) for close to an HOUR!!! The guy who was training us even congratulated me on my dedication to the workout! It boosted my morale big time. I’m sensing that I’ll be soon developing a teacher’s pet complex.

Ok, I’m off to get my oil portrait done or something. ‘Night peeps!


4 May

Tomorrow, I will exercise harder. Tomorrow I will eat right and not be tempted.

Today was good but tomorrow will be flawless!


5 Apr

Despite this week starting as shitty as a diarrhea explosion, I’ve had a tiring but great week-end. Here’s how it went:

I headed to my hometown on Friday to attend my mom’s friend’s daughter’s bridal shower. And yes, you’ve guessed right, I don’t know the bride, but that’s how we roll ’round here: we don’t know the happy couple (only their mom, or dad, or aunty), but we still go and have ourselves one heck of a good time!!!

Set off on a road trip with my dad on Saturday. Picked up my sister on the way and we went to Marrakech for a friend’s wedding.

I took the chance to go to Majorelle Garden, which belonged to late YSL. Such a beautiful, serene place. I used to think it was an overrated tourist place, but was very pleasantly surprised (there were still lots of tourists)! I took lots and lots of pics.

I had so much fun at the wedding. The music was crappy (in addition to the bride’s sister and cousin thinking it was time for them to launch a singing career), but the food was good (I enjoyed every single bite of that pistachio nougat) and the opportunities to mock random people with my sister were aplently.

I have two more upcoming weddings this week-end. Hopefully the music will be great and the food crappy (for my own sake).

Epic lunch

31 Mar

My colleagues planned lunch at a restaurant that has a beautiful sunny terrace. So I had to choose between hindering my diet plan, or hindering both my vitamin D intake and my social life. I chose to go and monitor the meal!

I did succeed to stay within my calorie range, but I have a feeling that copious amounts of water and tea are going to be consumed instead of dinner.

I had a small smoked salmon salad, olive bread and creamy tandoori chicken with a side of hash brown. And it was glorious!!

Stay tuned. An epic battle will ensue tonight between me and my fridge!


28 Mar

After my last post, I was feeling down as ever. I met a friend later in the day for coffee and we had a great talk. He’s one of the few people I can really talk to about everything. He encourages me and truly believes that I will be whatever I want to become (regardless of how crazy my dreams are). That chat lifted my spirits up!

I still spent the week end in a slightly confused, I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life kinda state.

By Sunday, I realized that things will never get crystal clear and that doing nothing will not get me anywhere.  The future is foggy and that’s ok. I might never get an epiphany about how I can realize my dreams, the best thing I can do is follow my heart and hope for the best!

In other news: disastrous is a word I can use to define this week end food-wise. I’m not going to say much about this one, but I’m not proud of my choices. I’m back on the wagon today!

Happy Monday!

To the death!

23 Mar

Yesterday I came home to find that the roommate had randomly gotten me this:

I was like: “crap oh crap! not now, not this!”. For a minute there, I considered eating it up to make it disappear forever and ever from my life. Well, at least that’s what old me would have done. Instead, I thought: “Alright Sarah, it’s not a miserable piece of (yummy yummy) chocolate that will make you sway. You’re stronger than this!”. And, to make it harder, I’ve challenged myself to keep it in my room, in plain sight and not touch it. We’ll see who wins. Oh and yeah, I might have some masochist tendencies haha!

Food was great today and I didn’t get any bread (haven’t even felt the need to eat it). The less carbs the better!

My delicious lunch:

And the even better dinner:

Nighty night!