Feeling a bit gross this morning!

I think I ate and drank too much last night.  My tummy feels a bit seasick- I have food and drink hangover- too much wine, too much good food!

We went to a friends for dinner, and we had cheese with crackers FOR STARTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  A seriously delicious double-cream brie on salty Ritz crackers that we/me demolished.  Followed by actual dinner- a creamy chicken casserole with roasted sweet & regular potato, and steamed veg.  And dessert?  A giant bowl of chocolate in the middle of the table…. topped up…. twice…..  Different kinds, milk, and dark,  including a very tasty Lindt dark chocolate ones with orange pieces in which was divine!  One bottle of white, one of rose, and then we polished off a red too….. between 5 of us….

The rest of yesterday was fairly well behaved, apart from my complete lack of restraint at dinner!

Break – 6.15am – porridge

  • 20g oat bran
  • 200ml skim
  • 10g choc coconut butter

Am snack

  • 150g grapes
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds, in tiny dash of avocado oil and sea salt

 Lunch-  1pm

  • Chorizo and veg frittata

PM snack – 6 small squares Green & Blacks Burnt Toffee chocolate – yum!!!!!!!!

Dinner – At Sam’s house….

Have my horrible meeting rescheduled for today- I figured I’d need some chocolate afterwards, not knowing I would be eating a mountain of the stuff at dinner!  Mostly I ate the good quality, fairly dark chocolate rather than the milk, so there must be some antioxidants in there somewhere…

Lunch was great, love me some egg frittata!  Every few weeks I cook one, and either have it for breakfast or lunch- as I mentioned, it’s great for using up leftovers in the fridge- leftover meat and any veg that needs eating!  Here’s my recipe, it’s super easy, and just adapt it to whatever you have to use.  I will put what I had this time, but it does vary depending on what’s in the fridge:

Egg Frittata

Serves 4

200C oven.


  • 5 eggs
  • Pot of low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 ¼ chorizo sausage
  • Mushrooms
  • Half a bag of spinach
  • Chives
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 red chilli’s
  • Sprinkle of onion flakes and smoked paprika, and dash of pepper
  • Low fat cheddar, grated, for topping
  • teaS olive oil


1)      Stirfry onion, garlic and chilli, till softened

2)      Add the chorizo, stirfry for a few minutes

3)      Add the rest of your veg, , stirfry for a few minutes

4)      Wilt spinach in your fry pan at the end.

5)      Meanwhile, in a bowl crack your eggs and whisk up, then add the cottage cheese and any spices.

6)      Pour veg into oven proof dish, and top with the egg mixture.

7)      Mix it all up so veg is all coated thoroughly

8)      Top with your grated cheese.

9)      Bake in 200C oven for about 40 minutes, till cheesy top is lovely and golden and to your liking!

Enjoy! 🙂

Whilst my frittata was in the oven, I did the pumpkin seeds.  Seriously, don’t chuck them away whenever you buy a pumpkin-  they’re high in zinc, magnesium and vitamin B – they’re tasty little powerhouses!  Simply clean them off, pat them dry, and stick in the oven with a tiny bit of oil and seasoning of your choice- easy peasy!  I just love using avocado oil and sea salt on mine, so I haven’t got round to trying any other alternatives yet, but I imagine cinnamon and a bit of honey/brown sugar would make lovely sweet ones, or you could add chilli or curry powder instead for a spicy kick if you prefer.  Roast them for about 10-15 minutes in the 200c oven, and you have a super tasty and healthy snack- not to mention THRIFTY, since they’d have only gone in the bin otherwise! Only just started doing this a couple of months ago, in my attempt to reduce our food waste, and it’s awesome, I always do this now whenever we buy pumpkins.


Today’s food will be a bit less naughty as we’re not out for dinner.

Break:  1 x wholegrain toast with peanut butter.

Snacks:  a few grapes and pepitas, feta and Vitawheat lunch slice

Lunch:  frittata and Chobani Greek yogurt.

Dinner is super quick and easy- will be egg and beans on toast as neither me nor the boyfriend can be bothered to cook tonight, nor do we have anything else in the house.  Might sound a bit weird, but I actually really love this dinner, so will be very nice! 🙂


Wed 29 May 2013– Fast Day 4: Wants me some chocolate!! :-S

Break – 6.15am – porridge – Total 144c

  • 20g Oatbran = 74c
  • 200ml skim = 70c
  • Cinnamon & ginger = 0

Lunch –  1.10pm – Soup – Total 156c

  • Woolworths Homestyle fresh soup pot (300g pot = 1 serve) – Beef and Vegetable-  = 156c

Dinner – 7.25 pm – Leftover Chorizo and Pumpkin Stew – Total 193c

  • Leftover Chorizo and Pumpkin Stew = 179c
  • 50g cauliflower “rice” = 12
  • Diet coke = 2

Fast Day 4 Total = 493c


My first day using one of my new shop-bought soups.  As we were out last night I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use one, as it’s not like I was going to bother making anything when we got back from the Thai meal!


Cauliflower rice, you probably gathered, is grated/food processed cauliflower, heated up.  Small white particles to trick me into thinking I have carbs whilst sneakily sneaking in more vegetable.  Is pretty good with curries, so I thought it’d be alright with the chorizo stew.  I actually have this “rice” frozen in the fridge/freezer – bought a whole head of cauliflower and quickly realised I’d never get through it all fresh as it was MASSIVE, so whizzed it all up in the food processor and froze it- now I have ready made stash of the stuff which is quite handy.

Did you also know you can freeze legumes like chickpeas, kidney beans etc?  Buy a bag of dried, prepare and boil up the whole bag in one go (cos you’ll never bother with dried beans if you do them portions at a time!), then freeze them.  Can be bunged straight from frozen into any casseroles or curries or stews.  Couple of weeks ago when I had a free weekend I did this with some mung beans and a bag of mixed beans – now I’ve got healthy proteins in the freezer ready to go.  Thrifty tip for you there! 🙂

11am – hunger pangs now!  Delightful hollow feeling in my belly….  Will try to fill it up with water and green tea!

11.52am – think it’s boredom-hunger.  This feels like the longest day ever, which is usually something that makes me want to eat!

1.30pm – Soup was nice.  Quite a decent portion size too, and a decent amount of meat in there- they didn’t stint like some soups do.  Hopefully will keep me  satisfied till dinner!

6.30pm – ok, cooking food (for the next day) that you can’t have a cheeky nibble of, that’s pretty tough, esp when it’s some amazing smelling chorizo!!!  Luckily tonight’s dinner is the leftover chorizo stew, perhaps the only thing that stopped me from scoffing some of what I was making.  I made a pastry-less quiche/frittata thing- is awesome for using up leftover veg- mine has some chives, sweetcorn, mushrooms and the chorizo in, plus a tub of low fat cottage cheese that needed using up, and sprinkled with low fat cheddar- yum!  Started making these when I did Dukan, but really love it, so have continued to cook it fairly frequently.  Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner- I often have it for breakie as it makes a nice change to my usual porridge! 😛


Its been Officially my hungriest Fast so far.  Although think it was more cravings, as what I wanted was chocolate- on more than one occasion did I fancy some, which isn’t really normal for me, and also didn’t happen on the other Fast days either!  Thought it was to do with today being especially dull at work, but then realised it’s prob because it’ll be my TOTM in a few days time (apologies for the too much info).  Oddly this makes me feel better about being “hungrier” today, in that it’s not the diet, it’s those crazy hormones!


ps.  Just ate dinner, and I’ve decided to rename it cauliflower “couscous,” as this is a more accurate description.  Name aside, fake carby goodness was yum! 🙂

Thai Feast! :)

Tues 28 May 2013 – Feast Day


Break – 6am – avo on toast/Vitawheat lunchslice cracker

  • ½ an avo on 1 small slice garlic & olive oil sourdough and 1 x Vitawheat lunchslice cracker, with chilli flakes and a squeeze of lime.
  • Small glass of milk.
  • Ginger & lemon tea with honey

 Snack – 10.30am

  • Few grapes (brought 100g to work with me in total) and a few cashews/pepitas

Lunch – 1pm  

  • 50g hummus with carrot sticks and celery
  • Pot of Forme low fat yogurt.

 4PM snack-

  •   Finished off the grapes (100g total) and a few cashews/pepitas

Dinner – 7.30pm –  Thai meal at restaurant – 3 dishes shared with the boyf, who has a mighty appetite (distance runner), hence 3….

  • Chilli & Thai basil chicken stirfry
  • Beef massaman curry
  • Garlic and pepper veggies
  • Some rice
  • 1 ½ glass of white wine


I swear, we’re don’t usually socialise this much- all our social events seem to have ended up being crammed into a 2 week period!!!  I really am testing 5:2 to the limit in my first weeks.  Is all a bit bad timing really but hey ho- at least I can fit my Fast Days around my socialising days, and doing the 5:2 should at least keep some of the weight gain in check, so if I do put anything on it’ll be WAYYYYYY less than it would have been without 5:2!  :-S


Tonight we went out for Thai.  Our friend who’s leaving (whose house we were round on Sunday for Leaving Lunch)- we met him at the boyfs running club, and this is the running club leaving dinner for him, so we wanted to attend.


I know you’re technically allowed to eat anything on the Feast Days, but we’re out for dinner at a friend’s house on Thursday night, will probably eat out Saturday night as we’re going to see the Vivid (light festival in Sydney), and might be doing dinner and a movie (The Great Gatsby) with a mate on Sunday too!  I felt a little restraint during the day would probably be a good thing, so I deliberately brought in a bit less/lighter food to work today.  Am I going against the point of Feast Days by doing this?  Am not sure, but I think it pays to be sensible about it.


1.30pm– omg that was the most ridiculous amount of veg sticks ever!  Had 2 large carrots, and a good 8cm of cucumber…. Urghhhh full up now, pretty much forced that down.  Oh well, maximum fibre for very few cals, so is all good I suppose, except for the now uncomfy full-up feeling in my belly…..  The problem is, if I didn’t eat all the carrot/cucumber at lunch time, when would it be eaten?  I hate food waste, and we’ve been trying to cut back on it recently, which is why I had avo for breakfast and dip for lunch- it needed eating!  Going to have to start being even more careful with portion sizes, especially if I start getting full more quickly.  Whilst I’m just starting out, portion sizes on feast days might be a bit hit and miss- don’t want to plan too little food and find I’m starving, but also don’t want to bring too much, cos I don’t want to feel like I’ve got to finish everything.  Eat till you’re full is what you’re supposed to do right?  May take a little whilst to get used to this “new” concept!


4pm– not hungry but ate the grapes and a few cashew/pepitas anyway.  The grapes need eating otherwise they’re going to have to go in the bin- got more at home in the fridge too- don’t know if we’ll get through them all before they go funny L


Dinner was tasty, and generally a very nice evening spent with some nice people.  Had a glass n a half of wine with dinner too, and ate heartily.  I did manage to stop before that hideous “oh my god I’m going to explode!” feeling though, so yey me!  This diet is great, no one would ever know I was on it, as it’s not stopping me from living life and enjoying food!

Weigh in: It’s a miracle!!!

  • Start Weight:  9 stone 8lb
  • Goal Weight:  8 stone 6-9lb
  • Weight this week:  9 stone 7 lb
  • Weight loss this week:  1 lb
  • Weight loss total:  1 lb

Hahaha, how ‘d I managed to lose any weight this week!?  One pound will do me just fine after the Feast weekend I’ve just had, very pleased!  Probly helped yesterday was a Fast day however…. still, yey! 🙂

Monday 27 May 2013 – Fast Day 3

Break- 8.30am – Porridge – Total 164c

  • 20g oatbran = 74c
  • 200ml skim milk = 70c
  • cinnamon = 0
  • lemon & ginger tea, with teaS honey = 20c

Lunch- 1.45pm – Baked beans – Total 100c

  • 100g Coles Smart Buy Baked Beans = 100c
  • pinch cayenne pepper = 0

Dinner – 7.30pm-ish – Pumpkin & Chorizo Stew – total 179c

  • 140g chorizo = 427c
  • 40g spring onion = 12c
  • 1 x can Woolworths Homebrand chopped tomatoes = 27c
  • 372g pumpkin = 193c
  • stock, with 1 x 3g teaS chicken stock powder = 6c
  • 1 x 6g garlic clove = 8c
  • 80g spinach = 16c
  • 1 x small courgette (zucchini) – top n tailed = 106g  = 17c
  • 4g coriander = 2c
  • 2g cornflour = 7c
  • generous sprinkling of smoked and sweet paprika, some onion flake & cayenne = 0

715 / 4 portions = 179c per portion


  • 80g red seedless grapes = 55

Fast Day 3 Total – 498c

Again a slight reshuffle with the calorie count.  Initially I thought I’d gone over today because the boyfriend wasn’t happy about me Fasting whilst ill, and insisted I at least have some manuka honey in my breakfast tea.  In the grand scheme, a teaspoon of honey wouldn’t make much difference to my calories, so I acquiesced and it seemed to make him happier about it today.

The way I looked at it though, being cold-y, I’m only sat on the sofa with the duvet, not doing very much, so it’s not like I’m expending a lot of calories today, so why not Fast when I’m not doing much except for sleeping, reading, and watching True Blood?

But in the end, when I cooked dinner it used less pumpkin than I thought, so I was under calories and I actually got to have dessert! 🙂

Again, I did not feel particularly hungry today, but that could be due to the immense amount of food eaten over the weekend…. Don’t think the scales will go the direction I want this week.  Regardless of what they say I still plan to look at the week just gone as having been a positive thing, in that I will have done my overall health good by having the Fast Days.  This weekend was a bit extreme in the amount of socialising we did, so the amount of food I ate wasn’t really a very “true” reading to what I normally do, so the scales might be a bit off as a result.  I dunno, we’ll see I guess.

Dinner was delicious, and the boyfriend enjoyed it too- definitely did not feel like “diet” food! 🙂  Recipe was from the Good Food website http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4824/squash-and-chorizo-stew – would recommend it!

Probably overdid the Feasting…

Well, that was quite a weekend!

Mountains of food has been consumed- bread, dips, tortilla’s, noodles, cheese, some chocolate (a Bounty, in case you’re interested), a fabulous meal out Saturday night at a Szechuan restaurant to celebrate our friends graduation.  The dishes just kept on coming, and both white n red wine was flowing!

Then Sunday we had lunch at a friends house- oriental salmon, kidney bean curry, home-made samosas and TWO different kinds of  desserts- bread and butter pudding, and an orange and almond cake…. and yes, I had a bit of each!!  Now feeling thoroughly guilty about all of it, and don’t see how I could possibly lose any weight this week after all that food.

Moment of truth will come either Mon or Tues morning when I weigh myself.  I am very nervous.  Hopefully won’t be too embarrassing!!!

Friday 24 May 2013 – Fast Day 2

Break – 6.15am – Porridge – Total 205c

  • 20g oat bran = 74c
  • 200ml skim milk = 70c
  • 10g peanut butter all swirled in = 61c
  • Plus, at the boyf’s insistence, I added a pinch of cayenne pepper as it is supposed to really help kill off colds quicker and stop sore throats.  Mmmmm, spicy porridge….. ps. I don’t count cals of spices, think that’s a bit OTT!

Lunch –   1pm – Sweetcorn Chowder – Total 114c

  • 50g spring onion = 16c
  • 300ml stock using 1 x 3g teas chicken stock powder = 6c
  • 52g frozen sweetcorn = 40c
  • 48g Woolworths Homebrand sweetcorn (because I ran out of frozen – basically 100g whatever corn you have) = 38c
  • 20ml skim milk = 7c
  • 2g cornflour = 7c
  • ½ teaS cayenne pepper = 0
  • 1 teaS fajita spice = 0

Early Dinner before I left the office – 4.10 pm – Roast veg – Total 60c

  • 10 cherry tomatoes = 40c
  • 14g mushrooms (chopped into very small pieces!) = 4c
  • 1 x 3g garlic clove = 4c
  • 20g pumpkin = 10c
  • 3g balsamic vinegar = 2c
  • Sprinkle of herbs & Cajun spice, salt and pepper = 0

Cinema Snacks – Total 104c

  • 25g air popped corn = 90c
  • Can Diet Coke = 2
  • 2 x tabs Wrigleys Professional gum = 12

Fast Day 2 Total – 483c

Iffy start to my second Fast Day – woke up with a cold.  Felt the first inklings yesterday, hoped it wouldn’t turn into anything proper, but woke up this morning with it confirmed.  Bugger.  That’s ok though, I took some Berocca, some Echinacea and decided to plow ahead with the Fast Day as planned.  Not sure whether that’s the best thing to have done, whether it’ll help or hinder my cold, or make the Fast Day harder, but I’d planned it all out so I was doing it regardless.  Cold be damned!  I may regret this later, but we shall see…..

Am under calories again, because I overestimated something, again- cornflour actually weighs like, nothing.  I budgeted for 10gs of the stuff to thicken my soup- haha, my soup would have been solid if I’d used that much!  Sadly as I’m not going home now till after the cinema I can’t eat the extra, but I suppose I did get to have some gum after my oniony soup, so that was a plus about being under cals!  Tomorrow’s Feast Day plans will make up for it I’m sure.  One of our friends is having her PHD graduation ceremony tomorrow, so we’ve got some peeps round ours first for lunch (think fresh sourdough, cold meats, tortillas and dip, and a roast veg/rice salad) and then after the ceremony we’re all going out for a slap up celebratory meal + drinks- yum!  Will be testing this diet to the limit this first week I think, as we’re round a friends for Sunday lunch too, and last time we were there his mum had very nicely baked us a chocolate pear torte.  Will be interesting to see what the scales say next week….

  • 10.38am – my usual snack time.  Don’t really feel that hungry, just mostly want an excuse to leave my desk for a while.  Maybe I will go check the post?
  • 11am – ok, bit hunger-gurgly now.  Nothing too serious though.
  • 1.40pm – had my roasted veg for my lunch instead of the soup.  Figured the soup would keep me fuller for the evening out, so saving that till later in the day.  Had lunch at 1pm, but didn’t feel especially hungry though AND despite eating almost 7 hours ago I didn’t inhale it like I thought I would.  Ate it quite slowly, fork down between bites.  Tasted really good.  Tums a bit gurgly now- surely my stomach can’t be wondering what food is already, so early on in the diet!!
  • 4.10 pm-  having my soup now and it’s really delicious!  Would love this even on a regular day, yumminy!  Nice big bowl should help me get through tonight.  Our mate’s pulled out, but we’re still going to the early showing, so have to eat before we go.  But boyfriend has decided to eat leftovers at the office rather than subject me to watching him eat restaurant food which is v nice of him, so that’ll make the evening much easier!  BTW, my soup was the recipe in the 5:2 book which is super easy:

Sweetcorn Chowder

* Serves 1. 114c

  • 50g spring onion = 16c
  • 300ml stock using 1 x 3g teas chicken stock powder = 6c
  • 100g sweetcorn =  78c
  • 20ml skim milk = 7c
  • 2g cornflour = 7c
  • ½ teaS cayenne pepper = 0
  • 1 teaS fajita spice = 0

1) Put sweetcorn, spring onion, stock and whatever spice/flavour you like- simmer for about 5 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, add cornflour to about a teaspoon of cold water in a cup or bowl, mix it up, and then add to the soup, stirring.

3) Once soup simmered for about 5 minutes, remove from heat.  Wait a few minutes to cool, then add milk- stir in well.

4) Blend to desired consistency!  I had mine chunky, was good! 🙂

All-in-all, really not a tricky day in the end, not like I thought it would be.  Felt pretty crappy by the time we got out of the cinema (Star Trek- awesome btw!) but whether that’s the cold or the fasting I don’t know.

Sat 25th May, Note:

*  Didn’t sleep v well last night, took me ages to get off to sleep, and my tum did gurgle a bit, but not sure whether the poor sleep was mostly the cold or the Fast.