Monday, November 18, 2013

Week 3

Taken at the Football for Yuppies Mixed Cup 16 Nov. My team
were champions for the Division 3 plate!
Week 3 of the great Health Escape starts in a few minutes. So far it's been pretty cool. It's only been a few days but already I've been noticing more chin definition (LOL) and better, more rosy complexion.

The challenge is still,  to exercise at least three times a week considering my weird schedule and tendency to sleep late (add in a surprise insomnia attack early last week, ugh.) But I've still been able to do five sessions in the first week and four this second. Let's hope it's not a decreasing trend!

Food-wise, I've been sticking to the plan of eating  complex carbs, lean proteins and good fats with every meal most of the time. I like Jillian Michaels' Slim for Life principle of 80/20 eating -- eat super healthy 80% of the time and give yourself a break 20% (although in my case, that 20% is not just indulgence -- it's also for the days when you're super hungry and the only choice available for you at this moment is not-so-healthy! Like kwek kwek at the MRT stations hahaha).

Jillian Michaels has a suggestion that also makes a lot of sense: instead of having a cheat DAY that you look forward to all week and when it arrives pig out like there's not tomorrow, she advises having a cheat MEAL -- just make sure that the next five meals you have are healthy. It's a lot more workable, right? Especially when I've been eating healthy all day and get invited to a dinner at, say, a super cheesy and greasy Mexican joint, as long as all my meals the next day are OK, I'm in the clear.

Food takes a lot of planning though, and I really need to psyche myself up when I do my weekly grocery list and menu. I need to make sure the salads I prepare, for example, won't go to waste if they're unconsumed after three days or so. So our dinners are usually these healthy salads, and I make baon the leftovers for a couple of days. Less food waste, and my husband gets to eat healthy with me too!

Here are a few of the recipes I've tried this past couple of weeks. When I think salad kasi usually I'm like, ugh, lettuce again. But I've discovered alternatives to lettuce salads. They're relatively easy to do and they taste reaaaaaalllyyy good (I promise!).

What salad recipes are your favorite? Do share!

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