Week Two – It’s that time of the year

Christmas just ended and we are already a few hours into year 2018. It’s a time for celebration and resolutions! Like many of you, every year I come up with a thousand resolutions. Some yet to be fulfilled and some, have been forgotten 😜. I suppose its a norm to forget resolutions along the way. So, for a change, I am going to document my 2018 resolutions.

  • Lose 12 kgs (27 lbs) by June 2018
  • Learn a new language
  • Read at least one book a month (BTW, I only have like a few hundred books that I am yet to read. So, this resolution is a MUST!)

Honestly, just seeing the above list makes me nervous! I have to stay inspired and disciplined which is not an easy feat, but I am confident with all the support from my family and friends, I will pull through! Now, lets see how my second week was.

Meal Prep

This weeks’ meal prep was simple and easy. Here are the ingredients you need to meal prep your breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs

  • All you need is 6 eggs, 2 packs of baby spinach and one big capsicum, diced.
  • Crack eggs into a bowl and beat till it is well combined. Leave that aside.
  • Heat up a medium pan and add 1 tsp of olive oil (You can use a lil’ more oil if you want to).
  • Add diced capsicum and spinach into the pan and stir-fry.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once spinach has softened, lower the heat and pour in the egg mix.
  • Stir-fry until egg is cooked. Then turn off the heat.
  • Split into 5 portions and pack. Remember to keep it refrigerated until you are ready to eat.

Lunch – Stir Fried Chicken, Brocolli and Mushrooms

  • You need 4 medium-sized chicken breast, 300 grams of broccoli, 2 packs of fresh mushrooms, 2 medium yellow onions, 10 garlic cloves, 1 thumb size ginger and 3 large green chili.
  • Dice chicken into small bite size pieces. Marinate with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Slice mushroom thinly and cut broccoli into small pieces.
  • Mince ginger, garlic and chili together. You can opt to use a pestle and mortar as well.
  • Heat up a large wok/pan and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. To this, add the minced ginger, garlic and chili.
  • Add marinated chicken cubes and stir for 5 minutes. Lower the heat and leave chicken to cook.
  • Brown mushrooms in a separate pan with a dash of olive oil.
  • Add browned mushrooms to the chicken and combine everything together.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Steam or boil the broccoli in lightly salted water for about 5 minutes. Strain broccoli to remove all excess water.
  • Add broccoli to the chicken and mushroom. Stir-fry for a few minutes and take it off the heat.
  • Split into 5 portions and pack. Remember to keep it refrigerated until you are ready to eat.

    Snacks

    I try to keep snacking at a minimum and if I am really craving for something, I opt for fruits instead. Grapes, guavas and persimmons are some of my favorites!

    Grapes and persimmons! A perfect combination of sweet and crunchy treats! (Yes, that’s a Hogwarts mouse pad! Huge fan!)

    Intermittent Fasting

    Read an article recently about intermittent fasting and I decided to give it a shot. Just exploring a few additional options that could help me on this weight loss journey.

    Here is a little insight on intermittent fasting; It creates a calorie deficit state for our body and it also helps curb hunger (if you do it right). There are different types of intermittent fasting ranging from 16 to 36 hours. It’s dizzying to know you have to stay off food for 36 hours straight but fret not because you don’t have to go all day on an empty stomach. Help yourself to a cup of green tea or black coffee whenever you feel like it and remember to drink loads of water. Exercising on your fasting day is also encouraged. I have tried it twice in the last two weeks and it isn’t that bad. Seeing that it was my first time, it was challenging, yes. However, I still completed two full days of fasting (24 hours each). Once it becames a part of my routine, I am sure it’ll be easier for me.

    Click on the link below for a quick read on intermittent fasting:

    http://dailyburn.com/life/health/intermittent-fasting-methods/

    Workout Regime

    Christmas, New Year and the many celebrations in between did hinder my workout plans for this week. I only managed a 2 hour workout the entire week. Pathetic, as those 2 hours are equivalant to almost nothing. I admit I could have planned a lil’ better, especially this week. Afterall, the gym opens at 6 am and I could have completed my workout before heading off to work. I obviously prioritized sleep over exercise. I cannot afford to fail myself in the coming weeks and I realise I need to be very, very disciplined to ensure I workout a minimum of 5 hours every week. I hope I can make this happen.

    In conclusion, week two was amazing despite all the shortfalls as I celebrated the best days with my loved ones! Looking forward to a great 2018! Happy New Year and I hope this year brings you the best life can offer!

    “I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.”  Maya Angelou

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