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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wednesday's chicken dinner

This cajun chicken meal came to around 500 calories. My chicken breast was a little larger than normal - about 175g, skin removed before coating with the cajun spice mix. We bashed the chicken breast so it was the same thickness all the way through, and fried on each side for about 4 minutes - obviously it will depend upon the thickness of the chicken. I had 150g of boiled new potatoes with a little butter and salt, some coleslaw and a corn cob. The salad was dressed in a little oil and seasoned before adding some parmesan shavings.  The whole meal took just half an hour to cook.
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Wednesday cheese & ham salad

For this 450 calorie dish, we used 60g of goat's cheese and divided it into 3 discs, wrapping each in some parma ham. I cooked this in a hot oven (200 degrees) for around 10 minutes. The cheese was nicely melted and the parma ham crispy. It was served on a bed of salad with a sprinkle of pine nuts.

TIP: Dress salad lightly with oil and season well. Watch out for the pine-nuts, as they come in at a whopping 175 calories per 25g!  Our sprinkle weighed in at just 5g each - costing us 35 calories.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Rump steak

Our dinner was a stir fry using rump steak. We had pak choi, egg noodles and an array of other vegetables.  It was extremely filling and came in at around 500 calories. Plenty of space for a glass of wine.

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Tuesday lunch - duck eggs with asparagus

Asparagus - again, as it's in season, and just so tender (and plentiful). Fantastic with duck eggs, buttered toast and a little green salad dressed in olive oil and seasoned.  A bit fiddly to coordinate, but worth the effort. Total time to cook was just 6 minutes... fast food eh!!
I preferred it this time without the cheese, as I could really savour the wonderful delicate asparagus.
Tonight we're either having a beef stir fry, or our favourite cajun chicken.

Losing weight eating the food we love!
REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - and we like to post our main meals to show you what we are eating. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about OUR UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how we have lost weight eating the food we love.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

When things don't go to plan....

The weather was glorious and we prepared for our barbecue.  An amble to the pub changed everything.  Saturday night became - curry night - and we really enjoyed it too.  It's not something we do all the time, but it was just right for the 'moment'.  We also felt we made some good menu choices too.  For the starter we ate tandoori fish (salmon) which was light and spicy, and for our main we chose a tandoori mixed grill with a dhansak sauce.  We had a naan bread and some mushroom rice. The tandoori mixed grill in particular is HUGE, containing chicken breast and lamb skewers, sheek kebab, and chicken leg. I'm not sure of the calorie content? But - more importantly - we SHARED the dishes. Despite sharing the food, there was quite a bit left over too.

Today, we had the barbecue we had planned for Saturday. All served with some grilled corn cobs, asparagus, and potatoes.  We estimate this to have been about 800 calories.

Had we been on a ''diet'', our Saturday curry would possibly have triggered the end of it. How often in the past have I blown the diet, then proceeded to devour everything in sight. Now, it's a different matter. Yes, we had a curry. That's fine, it's just us socialising and having fun.  We simply remind ourselves - we are not dieting - but tweaking our lifestyle which will allow us to enjoy life while losing weight.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Saturday's menu

With the sun blazing, it's obvious a barbecue will be happening later. We plan to have a meaty dinner, so lunch was to be a light dish. The weather brings out the asparagus. Like all vegetables in season, you can't beat the flavour. So what better way to eat this than with humble surroundings - poached eggs. We tried both duck and hen's eggs and I sprinkled a little cheese on mine. We preferred the duck egg for this dish as they were so rich and creamy and complimented the asparagus perfectly.

The dish, with a slice of toast on the side, was around 400 calories, which leaves plenty of room for later.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Friday lunch under 500 calories - salmon

I found some interesting cooked salmon fillets - thai style.  We added a few bean sprouts to our salad which we tossed in oil and seasoned.  The new potatoes with a touch of butter brought this meal to around 450 calories.  It'll keep us full until tea time.

As it's Friday and the glorious sunshine continues, a stroll to our local pub is on the agenda.  Dinner will possibly be the home made beef curry and rice from the freezer.  Being prepared is half the battle.  By making our own convenience food, we save money, eat well, and more importantly, eat the portion size we prefer to eat without any waste.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Cod and chips for 500 cals

This same meal at the fish and chip shop would cost around 800 calories. We were going to pick some up, but decided that as today was a 'good' day, we would make our own. We used 500g of Estima potatoes, and cut them into chips. These were then microwaved for one minute, just to start the cooking process. Then we coated them in a couple of teaspoons of oil and put them in the oven for around 40 mins on about 200 degrees C. The cod was about 150g each. We took the skin off and coated it with a light dusting of flour, then dipped in egg, coated them in fresh breadcrumbs and sprayed lightly with oil. The fish took about 10 minutes to cook in the oven.
A tasty alternative to the takeaway - deciding to make the effort and saving 300 calories was, for us, worth it. The fish was so light and delicate, and we think it's much lighter than fish from the chip shop.  It also tastes so much better than the frozen ready meal equivalent too.

Losing weight eating the food we love!
REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - and we like to post our main meals to show you what we are eating. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about OUR UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how we have lost weight eating the food we love.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Chinese pork fillet

This meal was delicious - and very low in calories. After our slow cooked belly pork cooked in Chinese spice (which was fantastic), we wanted to experiment with other cuts of pork. The pork fillet (tenderloin) is around 1 cal per gram.  It was also quite cheap at around £3 per 450g.

We smothered 450g of pork in hoi sin sauce, garlic, ginger and a little soy, marinated for an hour, then cooked in the oven for 20 minutes. The result was succulent and tasty - not dry at all. A good serving of stir fry veg, and the perfect meal was had. We would estimate this dish at no more than 450 calories.
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Monday, 21 May 2012

Home made lasagne

This is our home made lasagne. We made our own white sauce, which is much easier (and less calories) than a roux. Here's our recipe. This dish was less than 500 calories.

We went for our walk, met some friends along the way, and ended up .... in the pub. So you can imagine that this meal was very welcome by the time we got back!

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Simple lunch

Ham and egg salad with buttered new potatoes.  Delicious.  Great way to start the week.

Tonight we're having home made lasagne after a leisurely walk.  Making the most of the sunshine - which hasn't been around for some time.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Fennel, goat's cheese and asparagus salad

Our first fennel, orange and goat's cheese salad.  It was very refreshing and tasty. We love experimenting and trying out new recipes.
A couple of slices of walnut and sultana bread made for a perfect meal.
DRESSING:  The dressing was 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of orange juice, zest of half the orange, parsley and salt/pepper. We added a few chopped walnuts for crunch.
We would estimate the salad at around 400 calories and the bread 150 calories without butter.  After our afternoon tea and cake, we thought this rounded off our eating nicely.
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Sausage sandwich

Can't beat a sausage sandwich once in a while.  As we get to eat a full allowance today, we have room for this.
As you can see, nothing is banned on our weight loss plan. I remember 'dieting' and craving foods which I eventually ended up eating AS WELL as the 'diet' food. Why put yourself through a mediocre lunch, when you know you really want something else? I found my mind would niggle away at the thought of that 'something else' until I was driven to eat it on top of everything else.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Falafel wraps

We forgot to take the curry out of the freezer so, we thought we would attempt a FALAFEL recipe.  There are many recipes online to choose from.  I was quite surprised at how many calories there were in a can of chickpeas, but we decided to go ahead anyway.  Our recipe made 12 falafel balls and worked out at around 50 calories per ball.  We made some tzatziki - by mixing some chopped cucumber (not the seeds/skin) with some yoghurt and mint.
This vegetarian meal was extremely delicious and filling and we would guess one wrap with 4 falafel balls to be around 450 calories.  We'll see what happens to the leftovers when we get back from the pub.

REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - and we like to post our main meals to show you what we are eating. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about OUR UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how we have lost weight eating the food we love.
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Easy eggs

Another quick lunch as we were so busy.  Most people have eggs hanging around, and forget just how delicious omelettes are.  We had a mushroom and cheese omelette - with salad.  The mushrooms took the longest time to cook.
Using 3 eggs, this meal was around 350 calories.  This leaves us plenty of calories for the rest of the day... and the pub tonight!

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Lamb chops!

Now this didn't hang around for very long. We estimate this meal at around 500 calories. The lamb chops were fairly thick, and we cooked them for about 4 minutes either side. They were still pink in the middle, and we rested them for about 5 minutes, then put back in the pan briefly to warm through.
A really simple dish using fresh ingredients is about as good as it gets.  The sweetcorn added texture.

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Tuna salad 400 calories

Here's our lunch.  I was starving so had to employ one of my tricks to stop me nibbling as I was preparing the salad - chewing gum!!  It did the trick.

I grated 10g of cheddar cheese, boiled a couple of eggs and around 130g of new potatoes (with butter and salt).   This salad works out at around 400 calories and is one of our favourites.  By adding just a little butter and salt to our potatoes, we really enjoy the flavour.  Our salad leaves are coated in olive oil, salt and pepper which fills us up for much longer.  Using a little salt on our salad leaves seems to satisfy and take away any craving for salty food, such as crisps.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Crab salad

This was delicious.  We bought a whole crab and took out the crab meat.  We didn't weigh the actual meat.  I've looked up crab meat on the internet and it seems this is very low in calories.  We added some olive oil and seasoning to our salad.  We also added a little butter to our new potatoes (150g each).  I used some seafood dressing for the crab.

We guess this meal was around 350 calories. Because it was lower in calories than we would have liked, we had some cheese and biscuits. 

Eating plan for next few days

Here's what we've decided to eat for the next couple of days.  Today's lunch is from the freezer - and I'm having the lamb and pearl barley stew at under 300 calories:

Tonight we're going to have a crab salad, using a whole fresh crab and some local new potatoes.

Tomorrow's lunch will either be a tuna salad, or tuna sandwich - depending upon the weather.  Our dinner will be lamb chops, new potatoes and salad with parmesan.

Friday lunch may be eaten out?  But for Friday dinner, we're going to have one of our frozen lazy beef skirt curry meals (see recipe) - before we go to the pub!

Lamb and pearl barley recipe
I chopped up around 1kg of mixed root vegetables and threw them in a pot with some herbs (we chose thyme and rosemary), garlic, fried onions, tomato puree, chicken stock and some stewing lamb.  I then added some pearl barley.  We didn't use very much lamb, just enough to enhance the flavour of the stock.  I removed the lamb pieces and flaked off the meat.  The pearl barley thickened the dish perfectly. It was extremely tasty, and very low in calories.  Maybe not the prettiest dish, but it was warming, with subtle background flavours from the herbs etc, and very satisfying.  The pearl barley was delicious.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Home made turkey curry



1 x 5ml (tsp) of each of the following:

Coriander seeds
Fenugreek seeds
Cumin seeds
Fennel seeds

Dry the above spices in an oil free pan until you begin to smell the aroma and hear the seeds popping. This won't take too long. All the flavours will be released and the seeds can be either bashed or ground until you have a powder (this will keep for some time in an air tight container).

Next – dice about 3 medium onions and sweat in a little olive oil on a low heat – cook until translucent.  Then add a couple of cloves of crushed garlic.  Chop up one chilli (or more/less if you prefer) and add to the pan. 

In a separate saucepan, empty a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, a pint of vegetable stock, 5 ml of turmeric PLUS all the dry spices (above).  Then add 1” chopped ginger.  Add the fried onion mixture and simmer the whole dish for around 20 minutes or so.  

Now blend the whole mix.

Finally, add a small amount of honey to sweeten to your taste (we used about 20g).  Season with a good pinch of salt and black pepper.  Depending on what stock you use, will depend on how much seasoning you use. 

That’s the curry sauce – add whatever meat you want – in our case LEFTOVER TURKEY (we added about 400g cold turkey).  We will also fry off some more chunky onions and add this to the dish to give a bit of texture.

The above ingredients will make 4 good portions of turkey curry.  Allowing for a little cooking oil, the whole dish comes to around 900 calories; assuming this is divided into 4 very large portions, this curry works out at just 225 calories per portion!  Yet you wouldn't know it - as the flavours are just so fresh and intense.  We think this freshly prepared dish is so much tastier than anything processed!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Lemon sole - 350 calories

After a fabulous weekend and a few treats along the way, we're more than ready to return to our 'good' days.  We are still drooling over the extensive cream tea!  Part of our philosophy is to have what we want, and not to deprive ourselves of anything.  A little of what we fancy now and again is always good!  Today, after a filling crab sandwich for lunch, we were after something lighter for dinner.  This fish dish was fast food at its best.  Everything was in season and tasted fantastic.
Along the coastal walk, we found a fishmonger, and purchased some wonderfully fresh lemon sole fillets and a whole crab.  The freshest fish ever.  The owner's husband was out on the boat that very minute, fishing for his next catch.  What better accompaniment for our lemon sole, than seasonal asparagus, and locally grown new crop potatoes.  The potatoes took the longest to cook, the asparagus 4 minutes.  The fish was lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and lightly dusted with plain flour before being fried for literally a couple of minutes either side.

CALORIE INFORMATION:  Asparagus is virtuous, and 100g will set us back just 20 calories.  It's the same with the lemon sole, where a 130g fillet cost just 125 calories.  The 150g of new potatoes add 105 calories, and the butter/oil/light dusting of flour approx 100 cals.  Total for the meal is approximately 350 calories!  All that flavour ....  Where we saved calories was through not pouring the pan juices onto the plate.  If you added some lemon juice to the leftover oil/butter in the pan, this would make your sauce - restaurants will generally use a lot more butter than we did (10g).  I've allowed quite a few calories for the fat used in cooking but the reality was, most of them were left in the frying pan.  Over the next few days we plan to eat some meat free dishes, which are so much lighter and will put us back on track for continued weightloss.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Saturday plan

Last weekend was a meat feast, so we've decided to go for fish today.  As we are going to be quite busy, we're planning a prawn cocktail sandwich for lunch.  This evening we're thinking of eating one of our favourite's - seabream (Dorade).  We'll see what the fishmonger has to offer.  The seabream is irresistible - and packed full of flavour.  We estimate this dish to be around 380 calories! So there's scope for a dessert too. Here's what it looked like last time we cooked it:

We may have a starter, as we fancy some seasonal asparagus with a poached egg.

The seabream was simplicity itself, and very very satisfying.  Each fillet weighed around 100g.  We seasoned the fish skin with salt and lightly dusted with plain flour (tapping off the excess) before cooking it skin side down.  This gives it a nice and crispy skin.  Cook for roughly 2 - 3 minutes then turn it over.  Turn the frying pan heat off, and cook the other side for the same amount of time.  The whole process takes about 6 minutes.  We each had 150g of crushed new potatoes with butter and watercress.   A little butter and salt really does makes this delicious.  I only used around 10g butter for 300g of potatoes, and believe me, this was enough. There were a few broad beans on the side, and some chopped fresh tomatoes which had been warmed through.  I was quite impressed by the tomatoes as it added an acidity to the dish, which was quite nice.  Sprinkle with a little chopped parsley, add a few pea shoots and finish with a generous drizzle of good quality olive oil around.

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Friday, 11 May 2012

Pub grub!

We like to eat something before we head out to the pub.  This is where our freezer comes in handy - and we resurrect some home made chilli con carne.  We're having this with some mixed wild rice.

A pint of beer is about 280 calories.  Sobering thought.  But, as we are walking there and back - the long way tonight - we think the first beer will be  more or less free!

Just put 'chilli' in the blog search box and you'll find our recipe.

Love Friday - as we get to eat more.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Fleecing the freezer

We collect stuff in the freezer then forget it's there! Tonight I decided to make a meal of it.  Searching out a small lamb rump, a couple of sausages, and a meal was on it's way.  We shared our 'find' and created something tasty.  Some new potatoes with a little butter and salt, a little coleslaw and a salad with some parmesan was all it took to create a simple meal.
Calories?  We would estimate around 500-600 calories.  Enough to satisfy us at dinner.  With perhaps a few calories left over for something sweet.

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Beef & Onion baguette

What better way to beat the soggy weather while using up the Sunday roast.  I fried some onions in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil and used this as a hot garnish for our lean roast beef baguette.  A touch of salad, a sliver of blue cheese and we tucked in with a smile.  Weightloss doesn't have to be about eating 'special' foods.  For us it is all about eating what we love to eat - in the right quantities.  Making a choice to eat what we want first, then finding out how much we can eat.  By doing this, there's no deprivation and more importantly, no niggles at the back of our minds driving us to eat something to compensate for not eating what we really want......  We aim to eat up to 600 calories at lunch.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Simply tasty

A simple meal is sometimes the best.  This one certainly hit the spot.  With a few Maris Piper potatoes that needed to be used up, we decided to make our own oven chips again.  A short blast in the microwave before coating in a teaspoon of olive oil, cooking in the oven for 30 minutes was all that was required.

We would estimate this dish to be around 500 calories.  We added a thick slice of bread and butter to mop up all the tomato sauce!  Filling up is important - as it helps stop us nibbling unnecessarily later.

Find out how we lose weight eating all this wonderful food - see OUR UNIQUE METHOD.
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Good day lunch recipe

One of our favourite light lunches - packed with flavour yet so low in calories!  This time we added some roasted peppers for interest.  We had half a ciabatta each, and shared a whole mozzarella, some chopped cherry tomatoes, olives and salad.  To complete the meal we had a little pasta on the side and a dash of balsamic syrup.

Very filling, very tasty, very satisfying - at a very welcome calorie count.  We estimate this dish to be around 450 calories.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Roast rib of beef

This was the only evidence of the fantastic Sunday roast.  We intended taking a picture of our final meal, but simply forgot.  Roast potatoes, parsnips, a selection of vegetables, some yorkshire puddings and the tastiest beef ever.  After separating the fat from the meat juices, we ended up with a delicious and rich gravy.  Our guests ate everything - and we all went back for more!  There was cake to follow too, and we all tucked in with gusto.

Losing weight without feeling guilty about what we eat is just one of the secrets to our successful weightloss.  In the past when I have followed some diet or other to lose weight, I would miss out on occasions like this; believing I wasn't allowed to eat what everyone else was enjoying.  Not today - I tucked in like everyone else.  I stopped eating when I was full, as there was nothing driving me to overeat.  Today has certainly boosted our metabolism.  Perhaps a walk later if the weather permits!  

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

The mighty chip

I cooked myself some wonderful home made chips in the oven.  I used Maris Piper potatoes, and weighed out 220g.  Normally I would parboil for 5 mins, but instead, I put them in the microwave for a minute.  Then I coated the potatoes in one teaspoon (yes, that's all I needed) of olive oil (any oil will do) and sprinkled with salt.  These went into the oven to cook for 25 minutes on 200 degrees.
At just 230 calories - this is where my home made chip wins.  That's 230 calories for 220g of potato.  Looking on the back of a pack of oven chips, I can have 135g of chips for 220 calories.  The beauty of making these yourself is that a) they taste brilliant, b) you can have more c) you know the ingredients being used and best of all d) they are so cheap to make!!

Losing weight eating the food we love!
REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - and we like to post our main meals to show you what we are eating. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about OUR UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how we have lost weight eating the food we love.

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Cooked trout fillets

So this was lunch.  I used 80g of the cooked trout (100 cals), a side salad, slice of thick bread and a dollop of full fat mayo.  The salad was dressed with olive oil, and seasoned well.

An extremely filling lunch that set me back around 350 calories.  Plenty of room for something sweet with the coffee that followed.

The pack of cooked trout can be found in most supermarkets - shop around and you could purchase this for just £1.99.  If sharing, you may need to add some egg/cheese to bulk it out.  I ate 3/4 of the pack, and would have eaten the rest if I wasn't so full.

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Meals today

Bought some cooked trout fillets, and if I ate the whole pack (125g) this would cost me about 150 calories.  Add a couple of slices of buttered bread, salad and dressing and I reckon this will still come in at under 400 calories.  Can't wait.

For dinner I fancy some comfort food because the rain just won't let up.  Chips.  If I don't have time, I think I might find myself down the chip shop.  If not, I may make our fantastic oven chips.  I'll see what the day brings.  As this is supposed to be a 'good' day, I think the chip shop may have to wait - unless I can sneak in a walk to balance it out.  The weather is my guide!

After staring at a new low, and realising I have edged further away from a weight that was always difficult to break through, I'm really chuffed.  I'm now looking at a whole new weight range - not exactly new, but it has been years since I ever touched upon this.  It's exciting.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Lamb chops for tea and all that.

We are extremely pleased that the weight is still slipping off.  In fact, I found some old documents upstairs this morning - a few of my old 'diets' - the slimming club record sheets.  Looking through, it is clear that there was a 'sticking point' where I stopped losing the little weight I had lost and where my weight would bounce up from.  Bounce I did - ever higher.  Currently - without following a diet, but eating the way we do - I realise I managed to smash through that sticking weight (some time ago).  Better still, I've lost more weight and this is continuing downwards.  That's the reality for me.  I will continue our 4/3 eating regime until I've reached a level that I feel comfortable with, which I suspect is a mid-range healthy BMI.

My partner and I didn't realise when we started out with our weightloss idea that we would still be going along with it 15 months later.  Most 'diets' I tried unsuccessfully beforehand were generally no longer than 8 weeks at most.  We originally thought we would lose a stone, then stop.  But, we found our idea was so casual and easy to do that we just kept on going.  Because there is nothing we can't have, it's easy to keep going, and there are no restrictions.  The weightloss is little by little, sustainable and enjoyable and I believe because the weight sneaks down almost imperceptibly, that's where the magic comes in.  Weightloss is not readily noticeable, until a certain amount of fat disappears, then voila - the reflection in the mirror changes.  That happens in stages - we've seen it happen many times.  One minute the body feels like it fights to lose the weight, then we go down another notch on our belts, but the scales don't say anything, then finally the scales agree with the belt.  We can sense when this is going on inside.  We feel differently.  I love the fact that there are no restricted foods at all, so we are able to carry on our social life and join in with everyone else.  I've finally enjoyed eating foods I had forbidden myself for years - forbidden because someone said I shouldn't eat them.  We know what we love to eat - so we eat it now.  If you don't like a certain food, then don't eat it.  I can think of nothing worse than spending my calorie allowance on something I don't enjoy or something I'm told I 'ought' to eat and don't really want.

So what are we eating today?  Well, lunch was a corned beef sandwich, which I made at home.  If I was in a hurry I'd buy one.  Dinner is likely to be freshly cooked lamb chops with new potatoes, sweetcorn and salad.  What we sometimes fail to remember is that we are eating all this lovely food - AND - still losing weight.  So what happens when we reach our goal - we get to eat even more! Brilliant.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Cajun chicken salad

We used less chicken in this CAJUN CHICKEN SALAD. Slicing the chicken breast into strips makes it look more. This meal is under 350 calories. We were going to have a cajun chicken wrap, but the wrap on its own was 190 calories.  The new potatoes (with a little butter and salt) were much more filling and satisfying - they may have taken 20 minutes to cook, but that's not too long and we had the time available.
Simply season some chicken strips with cajun seasoning and cook lightly in some olive oil.  We mixed a bag of salad with some tomatoes, cucumber and red onion and coated in olive oil. Served with those wonderful Jersey royals.  All ready in about half an hour.  After our meaty Monday beef curry, this was a nice light alternative.

Losing weight eating the food we love!
REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - and we like to post our main meals to show you what we are eating. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about OUR UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how we have lost weight eating the food we love.
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