|Taken at the Football for Yuppies Mixed Cup 16 Nov. My team |
were champions for the Division 3 plate!
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!).
- Curried Waldorf Salad (New York Times Recipes for Health)
- Spinach Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Feta (same source)
- Spinach Salad with Seared Shiitake Mushrooms (you can tell I really love this Recipes for Health site, although I'm doing this with Arugula instead of Spinach)
- Spinach, Corn and Cucumber Salad (Cooks.com)
What salad recipes are your favorite? Do share!