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Salad girl

February 28, 2008 1 comment

spinach.jpgMy word – I made myself a delicious salad for lunch today.

See, if you know me, the words “delicious” and “made by me” shouldn’t go together, but I’ve been braver lately, using myself as a guinea pig as I tested various salads.

I never thought that I’ll be the gal who wolfs down a big heap of salad for lunch. I was a rice, fried food, pasta kinda gal.But after suffering sleepy afternoons thanks to my carbo-rich lunches (and breakfasts) and suffering diarrohea and (cough) gas problems immediately after eating white bread, I ditched white rice and white bread and began eating salads – reluctantly – for lunch.

In the beggining, my salads were made from a handful of leaves from the RM7 bag of “ready-to-eat” salad greens from the supermarket. The only thing I did to “spice it up” was to add pumpkin seeds. Ha.

Well, lately I’ve been experimenting with different ingredients and tried my hand at creating healthy dressings, something which I’ve not bothered with before.

Here’s the salad that got me so happy:

Spinach-asparagus ginger salad

Spinach leaves, diced
cashew nuts, grounded
onion, sliced finely
asparagus, stir-fried (with water)

The dressing, which is awesome (I got this recipe from a cookbook):

Ginger dressing

5cm ginger, finely grated
1 teaspoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of sugar

I’m not really good at cooking the protein part of the salad yet (though I’m improving), but I discovered that this salad goes super with sweet sour chicken or sweet chilli chicken. Um.

I thought the spinach leaves will be really bitter, but with the dressing, the spinach was crunchy and surprisingly flavourful. I think the salad will do really well ith a handful of black grapes too.

And the surprising thing about it (or maybe unsurprising) is how full I feel after the meal.

My next experiment will be Asian Seaweed Salad. Stay tuned!

My wake up call

February 27, 2008 2 comments

Reading Kery of Color Me Fit’s post about her wake up call got me thinking about mine.

Ironically, my wake up call came when my sister began her emigration process to the United States. The whole thing shook me up because she was changing her life. I wasn’t. I know that I’m unhappy the way I am. At 88kg, I’m the fattest I’ve ever been. I know this cannot continue, especially since my mother is a diabetic and my father is a potential diabetic (he’s boderline).

But my wake up call didn’t spur me to change my life over night. I could feel that “click” inside, but I changed my life slowly – almost inch by inch – since late last year.

First, I changed my eating habits. I ate salads for lunch instead of the usual mixed rice I get from downstairs. I immediately felt an improvement in my moods and was more alert during the afternoon slump periods of 2pm – 4pm. This motivated me to eat more salads and improve my salad-making skills. (My first few salads were godawful.)

Then came the exercise. I got myself a stationery bike and began pedalling while watching TV, which worked beautifully for me.

Then began going to the gym more often, taking more Bodypump, RPM and Body Combat classes … things were looking up.

Until I got this nasty, nasty cough which morphed into pneumonia. Lasted a month, sapped my energy and I didn’t exercise for a month because I was too sick to do so. My eating habits didn’t go completely off the rails, but it was barely hanging on.

I have to bat away the super vicious critic in me who keeps whispering, “You have failed. Again.” And tell myself that it’s just a bump in the road and I just have to pick myself up.

So I’m doing so again. Slowly, one step at a time.

Today I made a pact with myself that if I can stick to a regular exercising and eat healthily 70% of the time, I’ll reward myself with a personal trainer.

This year, I swear, will be the year I lose at least 10kg. It’s time to get serious, it’s time to reclaim my life and it’s time to take control and live the life I want instead of watching from the sidelines, hiding in my fat suit.

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Rejoined the gym

February 27, 2008 Leave a comment

I rejoined my old gym. Didn’t like my new gym much because the whole “atmosphere” was too masculine, if that makes any sense. But I half regret my move because I thought I could’ve saved money. I’m so weak when it comes to salespeople – all I wanted to do was ask my how much the joining fee was. Agh.

One thing I enjoy about going to the gym are the classes. I don’t like the machines, consider them a horrible chore. But classes? Fun. I miss Body Pump for one. And I’m thinking of at least taking one class a week (go slow, go slow!).

Now that I have a stationery bike at home, I don’t have a single excuse for not working out.

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My diet personality

February 5, 2008 Leave a comment

I took this Diet personality quiz and here are my results:

Your eating personality is Hearty Portioner

Hearty Portioners put too much food on their plates, usually finish it and feel stuffed. You eat quickly and really aren’t sure what constitutes a normal, healthy portion of food. Part of the problem is that restaurants serve such large portions of food, and you see others clean their plates just like you do. You want to be able to enjoy eating, but without overeating.

Your exercising personality is Rain Check Athlete

Rain Check Athletes are busy people who would like to work out if they only had the time. You’re tired of canceling workout dates and accumulating more rain checks. You’re frustrated because exercise is important to you but you just don’t know how to fit it in. The most exercise you’ve had lately is running to catch a bus while holding your umbrella. Does carrying an umbrella count as resistance training?

Your coping personality is Self Scrutinizer

Self Scrutinizers overemphasize the things they don’t like about themselves and underemphasize the good stuff. You feel ashamed of your body which impairs your feelings of self-worth and your social life. You know being so down all the time isn’t a good thing but you’re not sure how to stop the negative self-talk that keeps you there.

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