Fast Day 71: One and Only!

Tues 11 March 2014

Break- 6.15am – total 147c

  • 103g fig = 76c
  • 1/2 pot Chobani Greek Yog- apple & cinnamon = 71c

Lunch- 1pm – beans – total 148c

  • 111g celery = 16c
  • 250g black eye beans = 290c
  • 8g garlic = 11c
  • 115g onion = 34c
  • 2 tableS olive oil = 242c

593 / 4 portions = 148c

EXERCISE:  2 hr walk

Dinner – 8pm – cajun gumbo- total 204c

  • can chopped toms = 108c
  • 100g red lentils = 296c
  • 300g black eye beans = 348c
  • 214g okra = 66c
  • 1 1/2 tableS Gravox Roast Meat gravy powder = 13c
  • 11g garlic= 16c
  • 150g frozen sweetcorn = 117c
  • 182g celery = 27c
  • tableS avocado oil = 120c
  • 175g onion = 52c
  • 185g broccoli = 62c

1225 / 6 portions = 204c

Fast Day 71 total = 499c

Lunch was tasty- sweat/lightly fry onion n celery for 10 mins, then add onion sage and garlic and cook for a few more minutes, then add some water and simmer for 2 mins- yum!

It’s a stressful week this week and I freely admit that I struggled today- wanted food so bad!!  Was probably a good thing we went out for our walk straight after work cos otherwise I’d have raided the cupboards/fridge and ruined my Fast day for sure.  The walk was lots of fun, in the National park with the boyfriend and a friend, although by the end my muscles were extremely achey!  Would have been easier with more food in the belly, but hey ho, luckily I made the dinner Monday night so could heat it up as soon as we got in! 🙂

This’ll be my only Fast Day this week.  The boyfriend is finishing up his PHD this week and I know I won’t manage another successful fast day, too busy, too stressed- I don’t want to set myself up to try knowing that this week is not the right time for me to Fast- I’d only fail.  So just the one fast day this week then, but that’s ok, we’ll see about next week.





Fast Day 69 and 70: Bad blogger!

Sorry, bad blogger this week- did 2 fast days and then ran out of time and energy to type them up, so there they are:

Fast Day 69:  Thurs 6th March


  • 100g mango = 65c
  • 53g Gippsland yogurt = 73c


  • 39g fresh medjool dates (2) = 108c


  • 1 x ryvita = 40c
  • 60g avo = 96c
  • 57g cucumber = 8c


  • 1/2 pack Slim Angel Hair fake noodles (shirataki) = 10c
  • 100g broccoli = 34c
  • 50g frozen sweetcorn = 39c
  • 20g Lee Kum Black Pepper sauce = 26c

Fast Day 69 Total = 499c

This fast day was relatively easy compared to the one I did Sunday.  We were just hangin round the house on Sunday so all the food was calling to me!!!!!!!! 😦


Fast Day 70:  Sunday 09 March 2014


  • 181g fresh figs = 133c


  • 1/2 pack Slim Angel Hair fake noodles (shirataki) = 10c
  • 100g frozen sweetcorn = 78c
  • 10g ‘cream of’ powder mix = 32c
  • 14g Mae Plot red curry paste = 16c


  • Jamie’s onion soup = 210c

Fast Day  70 total:  479c

Lunch was yum, I made a “creamy” thai noodle soup, without all the fat- was really good.  Perhaps a little bit too much curry paste though as its a strong paste and it was quite spicy!  Still my fave meal of the day though, felt naughty but it really wasn’t! 🙂

So yep, I managed two this week, just about, by squeezing in my second fast day on Sunday.  Tuesday was pancake day and we had friends round for pancakes so had no time to plan a fast for Wednesday so it had to be Thursday, then hating to Fast on a Fri I decided on Sunday, although that was tricky too, but I survived!


Fast Day 67: Soupy day!

Tues 25 Feb 2014

Lunch – 1.45pm – beany soup = 218c

  • 53g onion = 15c
  • 5g teaS pork fat = 45c
  • 175g okra = 54c
  • 43g celery = 6c
  • 42g pork leg (roasted at the weekend!) = 60c
  • 300g black eyed beans = 348c
  • 3 cups bean broth = 339c
  • 2g cornflour = 7c

874/4 port = 218c

EXERCISE:  1 hr 20 min walk in National Park

Dinner – Onion Soup plus fruit n yog – total 278c

  • 164g leek = 100c
  • 5 sage leaves – 1g = 3c
  • 3 clove garlic – 12g = 17c
  • 418g white onion – 2 = 125c
  • 418g red onion – 3 = 150c
  • 33g shallots – 3 = 23c
  • 15g butter = 107
  • 2 tableS 30ml olive oil = 264c
  • 1L bean broth = 452c
  • 1L veg stock (Vegeta powder- 2 teaS = 6g) = 7c
  • 4g cornflour = 14c

1262 / 6 portions = 210c

  • 110g nectarine = 48c
  • 15g Gippsland yogurt = 20c

Fast Day 67 Total:  496c

Only managed one Fast Day last week- oophs – need to make sure I do my two this week- no failing this time!

Soaked some black eye beans and cooked them Monday morning, so that’s where my bean broth came from.  Was awesome, my bag of dried beans made so many portions- think I put about 6 bags of 250-300g each in the freezer- so much more economical than cans!  More time consuming of course, but if you do up a whole bag on one go and portion it out and freeze, it’s really not that much of an effort.  The remainder of the bean broth will be put into the paella on Wednesday night

The onion soup was a Jamie recipe (  tweaked a little bit, and minus the cheesy toast as it’s for fasting.   Hadn’t made it before, does bubble/simmer away for quite a while when you’re softening the onions, but that means delicious flavour.

So yeah, it’s a bit of a soupy day really, oddly just how it turned out when I was going through cupboards and doing my thrifty thing with what needs using up etc.  Feel like we ate a lot over the weekend (had a friend for dinner, it involved having cheeses n crackers, pork leg roast, milky potatoes, and a Nutella cheesecake….) so I wasn’t hungry this morning at all so figured I’d skip breakfast as the whole point is you’re supposed to eat when hungry right?  Wasn’t hungry.  Anyways, just meant that I cou;d have the extra cals with dinner if I wanted, which I did, got a tasty dessert.

The walk was really nice again, the National Park- went with the boyfriend this time.  He’s in the closing stages of finishing his PHD and I think the fresh air did him lots of good, cleared his head n refreshed him! 🙂

Am glad we went out straight after work cos I was having food cravings!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fast Day 65: survived, although I may need to go to bed early to stop myself from eating more!

Thurs 13 Feb 2013

Break – 6.15am –  1 polenta muffin & milk = 171c
Polenta muffins
  • 7g garlic =10c
  • 2g chilli = 1c
  • 40g red pepepr = 12c
  • 66g zucchini = 10c
  • 21g spring onion = 6c
  • 265g wholemeal self raising = 879c
  • 175g polenta = 591c
  • 1 teaS baking powder – 5g = 0
  • 250ml skim milk = 88c
  • 2 teaS apple cider vinegar = 0
  • 100g butter = 715c
  • 1 egg = 69c
2381 / 17 muffins = 140c per muffin
  • 90ml skim milk = 31c
Lunch – 12.45pm –  total 181c
  • Woolies fresh soup 300g pot- Thai red curry = 181c
Dinner – 7pm – noodles – total 148c
  • 1/2 pack Slenderslim Angel Hair pasta = 10c
  • teaS canola oil = 41c
  • 10g Amoy Sichuan spicy noodle sauce paste = 27c
  • 150g frozen mixed veg = 69c
  • 250ml diet coke = 1c
Fast Day total 500c

Yeah, yesterday…. I’d have been fine if it was anything but zumbarons (macarons) and a zonut (cronut)- seriously, there was cheesecake on Tuesday at work that I passed up despite it being for Jan and Feb’s birthdays (which includes my own!!!!!!!!!!), and there were cookies too yesterday which I would have been able to resist because I have resisted them before- but zumbarons?  That’s like the one thing I couldn’t have resisted!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh well, was so amazingly yummy though so am not gonna complain too much.  It kinda messed with my dinner plans as today was supposed to be a feast day so I was going to do paella, and since I’m new to meal planning I was a bit distressed at having to rearrange my plan, but we had food enough for tonight so I will just be doing the paella on Friday instead, so not a huge deal in the end.

Struggled this afternoon, the leftover cookies and macarons were calling to me, then I had to go to the supermarket after work to pick up some flour…. omg, all the food was calling to me, the crisps, the cheese, the crackers….. somehow I managed to walk out of there without all those things for which I am pleased.  I did however have to hastily rearrange my cals for tonights dinner so that it was quicker to cook (ie frozen veg instead of chopping fresh) cos I needed to eat as quickly as possible so that I didn’t do anything stupid like stuffing my face with naughty foods!  Seemed to have worked, although I may need to go to bed early to stop myself from eating later on…. we’ll see!

Fast Day 62: not too shabby!

Tues 4 Feb 2014

Break- 6.15am – total 225c
  • 20g oat bran = 74c
  • 200ml skim = 70c
  • 2 dried apricots – 19g = 59c
  • 5g chia seeds = 22c
Lunch – 12.45pm – total 109c
  • Tamar Valley greek yog pot – Raspberry = 82c
  • 90g watermelon = 27c
Dinner – beany broth – total 166c
  • 1 cup bean broth (used calories from beef broth) = 17c
  • 10g pork fat I’d saved (used butter calories) = 73c
  • 100g cooked black beans = 132c
  • 100g pearl barley = 127c
  • 100g frozen sweetcorn kernals = 78c
  • 5g garlic = 7c
  • 2g chilli = 1c
  • 121g celery = 1c
  • 100g frozen veg mix = 46c
  • 2 cups water, 2 bay leaves, teaS rosemary, teaS mexican spice = 0
499 / 4 portions = 166c
Fast Day 62 total:  500c
Slightly odd lunch, but who says you gotta have sandwiches or play by the rules?  Food is food, and yogurt and fruit has lots of good nutrients so I don’t mind that my lunch was kinda weird today.  Savoury is prob best, but it filled me up so doesn’t matter too much!
Now, my beany broth soup I am especially proud of!  The only fresh veg we had was celery, 1/2 a red chilli, 1.5 lebanese cucumbers, an aubergine and some cherry tomatoes.  Well the cherry toms n cucumbers are for snacks, and I wasn’t sure what to do with the aubergine (or quite what possessed me to buy it Friday at the supermarket….) so I was basically working with celery here! Also in the fridge was 2 portions of black beans that I’d soaked/boiled up on Friday (1 portion went in the freezer for another day), and just under a cup of my beany stock too, so I decided to make a soup with them as they needed using up too!  Raided round the freezer for some frozen veg, and in the cupboard had some barley, so I made a very filling and nutritious soup with what originally seemed like nothing-  the portion sizes are quite large too!  Fried the chilli n garlic n veg for about 10 mins, added the spice/herbs and stirfried for a couple of mins more, then added my stock, extra water, beans n pearl barley and simmered away for about 30 mins- easy peasy. 🙂
After making this yesterday I decided to go through my recipe books to find something nice to use my aubergine in, as it’s not something we usually buy!  I think I originally bought it because I have a jar of tahini that I have no idea what to do with, and I do like baba ganoush…. so with some of the aubergine I might make a little pot of tasty dip.  But for most of it I am thinking a tomato-y ratatouille type bake with cheesy crispy breadcrumb topping.  Whilst scavenging for the soup I noticed a bag of bread crumbs I’d whizzed up n frozen and since we don’t really eat schnitzel type stuff didn’t know when on earth it was gonna get used- is just sitting there in the freezer hogging up space- so this is perfect!  One of the ratatouille type bake recipes I found had butterbeans in.  Which I don’t have.  But I DO have 2 cans of chickpeas.  For this dish I will have to purchase 2 items – 1 x red pepper and 1 x onion – which I think is not too shabby considering it’ll feed us for at least 2 nights worth of dinners and will use up loads of other foodstuffs in the kitchen!
AFTER THIS I chopped up watermelon for my snacks/lunch, and then chopped up the rind to start my watermelon rind jam.  After chopping up small you cover it with sugar and leaving it overnight in the fridge to go all goopy, and when I checked it this morning it had indeed gone goopy n liquidy.  Just finished dinner now, so let the jam-making begin!  I’ll let you know how it goes- the boyf will have to be the taste test guinea pig, which am sure he won’t mind! 😛

Fast Day 60:

Tues 20 Jan 2014

Break – 6.15am – total 97c

  • 100g Chobani 2% fat Greek yog = 69c
  • 50g blueberries = 28c

Lunch – total 111c

  • 1 x ryvita = 40c
  • 30g Willowbrae chilli marinated goats feta = 58c
  • 41g carrot = 13c

EXERCISE:  30 min swim

Dinner – total 277c

  • 1/6 portion gumbo = 210
  • Chapati 1/16th portion = 65c
  • diet coke = 2c

Fast Day 60 Total = 485c

Gah, I just wrote this out n then for some reason it didn’t save and published an older version.  Poop.

Anywho’s, there wasn’t too much to talk about tbh.  Fast Day was alright.  Tired for my swim, but still managed 30 minutes so was ok, and had leftovers waiting for me when I got in, so I didn’t have to wait too long for food. 🙂

Fast Day 59: Nope, I still don’t like miso soup!

Mon 20th Jan 2014

Break- 6.45am – total 80c

  • Tamar Valley greek yogurt – 125g pot = 80c

Lunch – total 114c

  • 1/2 cup Miko Instant Miso Soup- Green Onion = 16c
  • 1 x ryvita = 40c
  • 30g Willowbrae chilli marintated goats feta = 58c

Dinner – cajun gumbo + chapati – total 304c

  • can Homebrand chopped toms = 108c
  • can Annalisa butter beans = 314c
  • 100g lentils = 296c
  • 50g pearl barley =63c
  • 1 x beef oxo cube = 17c
  • 145g onion = 43c
  • 11g garlic = 16c
  • 100g frozen sweetcorn = 78c
  • 110g okra = 34c
  • 110g frozen mix veg = 46c
  • 100g frozen peas = 94c
  • 25g spring onion = 8c
  • 148g carrot = 47c
  • 147g courgette = 23c
  • 82g red pepper = 25c
  • 139g broccoli (inc stem/stalk, not just the head) = 47c
  • 4g red chilli = 1c
  • Spices:  black pepper, cajun spice, sweet paprika, cayenne pepper, pinch cinnamon = 0

1260 / 6 portions = 210c

  • 200g wholemeal plain flour = 678c
  • 100g water = 0
  • 3 tableS canola oil = 365c

1043 / 8 portions = 130c / half (ie 16th portion) = 65c

  • diet coke = 2c
  • 40g grapes = 27c

Fast Day 59 total = 598

Didn’t feel overly hungry today, but I did have a little wobble at lunchtime.  Had a riding lesson in the morning, and when I came back it was lunch time, and I decided my low cal lunch would be miso soup.  This is the second time I’ve tried miso soup, and nope, still don’t like it, only managed half a cup…. then was like “arghhhh what do I eat!?” and was so tempted just to pig out cos I couldnt figure out something tasty and low cal.  Luckily I thought for 5 seconds, and realised the dinner I’d planned (gumbo) I’ve cooked LOADS before, so I looked on here for some gumbo days, and noticed they’re all under 300c, so I used 300c as a stand in for dinner (was wayyyyyyyyyyyy less in the end!) and worked out I had a decent enough amount of cals left over to have feta on ryvita for lunch- yum! 🙂  Am so pleased I didn’t flake out again like Friday, I’d have been so annoyed with myself.