I’m into week three with XLS-Nutrition and incorporating two shakes into my day as meal replacements. I’d love to say the weight’s dropping off- but the truth is, at the moment, it isn’t.
I’ve found it absolutely ‘wow’ that it’s not resulted in weight reduction. I’ve deliberated on it and still can’t come up with an answer. Because the truth is, I have made lifestyle changes- maybe not enough- but I have made enough changes to my regular routine that I would expect it to be reflected on the scales.
And oddly, whilst I could be completely disillusioned by not loosing weight, I’m honestly not. Yes, it has led me to a few poor decisions, but because the majority are good, I’m ok.
The changes that I’ve made so far are simply about tweaking my routine- exercise and diet.
Exercise-wise, it’s huge progress for me, but it’s probably just brought me up to par with others. I work away a lot. So now, rather than catching the tube to work from my hotel, I walk. This can be up to four miles a day. When I’m just going into the office, I’ll get off the tube a stop earlier. When I’m at home, I make sure I do the school run. For me that means walking to school, it’s not far but it ‘every little helps’.
Meal-wise I’ve found it really easy when I’m away from home to change my decisions. I went out with friends in London and instead of going for the halloumi or a burger, I tucked into the chicken and mixed beets salad and really enjoyed it. When I took the children out at the weekend and we decided to try Zizzi’s. And I was surprised to find myself leaving some of the Super Zucca Salad because I was full.
And I’m making everyone at work laugh my trying to increase my liquid intake. I now sit at my desk with a massive cup of tea, a pint of squash, and a bottle of water. Whilst I try to sit through back-to-back conference calls. I’ve been reassured my bladder will adjust to this change- for now, I’m the cause of humour. Although saying that, I’ve also grown to know who, when they start talking, offers enough time for me to run to the loo and back with anyone knowing I’ve gone. Nuff said.
There are however changes which I know I need to make which aren’t as easy. I’ve decided wine and beer are my real downfalls. I’d hate to think I’m a raging alcoholic, but if I go out with friends it’s either pale ale or savignon blanc. On a Friday evening, if we’ve had a good week, I’ll often find a bottle of prosecco in the fridge. I’ve also decided, unhelpfully no doubt, that there are some things I’m not willing to compromise on. So, in a bid to change I’ve moved onto spirits. Hoping in their own way, they’ll help my calorie intake.
The other change we’ve made is our Saturday night takeaway. This is a family thing. Fortunately we live in a place where it’s near-impossible to get deliveries. But we do have a fantastic pizza place. And it became part of our routine.
In a bid to get better, I moved onto the chicken tikka kebabs as a better alternative. But I couldn’t help but think that it would be better if we made them ourselves. I could improve the balance of salad and meat, and I would now that I was using ingredients which are as healthy as they can be.
So, with no weight loss to share, I thought instead I’d share our Saturday night fakeaway. And fortunately, it’s a recipe which the whole family will sit down to enjoy whilst hypnotised by Ninja Warrior.Whilst the chicken has the longest preparation time, I’ll start with the accompaniments.
Raita, salad and pittas
I prefer pittas, I think the children would prefer wraps. Either way, opting for a wholemeal option gives a little assurance this is good for you.
Both me and Mr J prefer to add lots and lots of salad into our pita. For us, we use lettuce, cucumber, tomato, spring onions and peppers.The raita is the thing which makes it for us. For me it lifts the chicken, as Mr J adds chili into his it cools it down.
Half a cucumber, chopped and squared
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 lemon, juiced
400 mls fat-free yoghurt
And I just combine them all and leave in the fridge for a few hours. Stir and serve in a dish.
Whilst the chicken doesn’t look great in the preparation stages, all five of us are agreed that the end result looks and tastes fantastic.
To make the marinade I use:
2 tsp garam massala
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1tsp of grated fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
150mls low-fat natural yoghurt.
All of the ingredients are combined in a plastic, air-tight container.
Cut into small chunks 4 chicken breasts and combine into the marinade.
Lay the chicken across a piece of kitchen foil and grill on a low heat. Turn at least once, and remove once browned and cooked thoroughly.
Toast the pittas.
Add salad, chicken and raita.
Disclosure: I am participating in the XLS-Nutrition Boost Buddies programme. All views and opinions contained are my own.