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21 January 2014

Fast Diet - Week 13 - #LoseDayTuesday

I can't believe its week 13 of the 5:2 Fast Diet!! To find out more about it, read my original post here

Thirteen weeks, and whilst I've had some good weight loss, I'd like to see more! My original end point was my 30th birthday, but as that goalpost comes hurtling towards me next month, it seems I need to reevaluate my goals. In general I am happy that I am back to the weight I was at 3 years ago when we first got to the UK, but I want to get back to "wedding weight" now! Its funny, I caught up with a friend last week that I hadn't seen since July and I realised that I had lost 8kg since then (18lbs). So whilst I get myself down about these last few kilos that are taking their sweet time to vacate the premises, when I reflect on the bigger picture, its's really good and I need to focus on that more!!

I've had a bit of a flip-floppy week again with some migraines and emotional eating situations that I wish didn't happen. As much as I generally don't emotionally indulge as much these days, there are some situations that only a hot caramel creama will soothe! But Fast Diet days looked pretty tasted this week too, I got a little more creative with my calories!

Lunch - Roasted Rosemary Veggies

I was craving something warm and decided to break out of my soup addiction, so went with roast veggies instead! This was such a satisfying afternoon lunch and surprisingly, kept me full for quite a while.

meg-made: Fast Diet recipes Roast Vegetables
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Ingredients and Method

135g pumpkin (butternut squash) 
65g zucchini (courgette)
95g red capsicum (red pepper)
Sea salt

Combine all ingredients and bake in a moderately hot oven (200C/400F) for 45 minutes until crisp on the outside and soft and comforting on the inside!

Dinner - O'Kelly Salmon

It was hard not to want to cook this one as soon as I saw a photo, it just looks so pretty! I still haven't mastered salmon and seem to cook it too quickly and get the little white bits appear (any tips??) but aesthetics aside, this was delicious and a massive dinner!

meg-made: Fast Diet recipes  O'Kelly Salmon
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Recipe from Mimi Spencer HERE.
Snacks - Gingerbread Cottage

Sounds too good to be true...yeah it kind of is! This was a bit of creative name for cottage cheese sprinkled with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, but hey, if it makes you more excited about a low calorie snack on a Fast Day, then creativity be mine!

meg-made: Fast Diet recipes Gingerbread Cottage
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Simply combine 1/2 cup of cottage cheese sprinkled with a dash of each of the spices, to your liking!

Drinks - Just water, of different temperatures

I had a stonking big headache all day long, so just kept drinking and drinking and drinking! I feel so very lame for saying so, but I really "Shook things up a little" by altering the temperature of my water today. Boring? Yes definitely. Effective? Actually yes! At its most basic, ice cold water tastes different to room temperature water, but it is also suggested to slow your rate of digestion down too, so its not entirely crazy to reach for a few glasses of warmer water throughout the day (particularly at meal time).

Total calories for the day = 490


I love my Reformer Pilates class. Even when I go to my class with very heavy feet and a heavy heart, I always bound out of the class filled with energy and a clear and settled mind. And then for the next three days, I have gloriously aching muscles, in places I never knew muscles existed! 

In addition to my Reformer Pilates class, I went for a few decent walks (with the pram) and continued my planks! 

My 30 to 30 Plank Challenge was gaining momentum, and then I had my form corrected, and so had to re-start the momentum with a new (and improved) form!! I'll be posting on my technique training session with one of the UK's (and the world's) most qualified coach, who just so happens to be my cousin, Joanne Elphinston. 

Weight loss?

Total loss to date = 3.4kg (7.5lbs)

Come on Meg, what's going on!?! Cue Snoop Dogg.... Drop it like it's hotttttttttt... I really want to drop another kilo before I wrap up my 20's, so for the coming week, I'll track each day and see how close I am hitting the 2,000 calorie suggestion. Surely that's where the other calories are hiding!! 

Goals for the coming week

My goals for this coming week are:
  • Continue Plank Challenge
  • Track calories each day, not just Fast Days
  • Get to the pool and do some laps again, I've missed it over the past few weeks
  • Research some more migraine-fighting foods to try 
So a few things to work on this coming week, but all in all, I am really proud of my progress. I don't think of myself as devastatingly unfit anymore, and I really enjoy that confidence. 

For a lot of new joiners to the Fast Diet, it's now most likely around week 3, I'd love to hear how it's going?? Any meal suggestions that are delicious and filling that you'd like to share? I am in a bit of an experimental cooking phase now so would love some new ideas!!!! 

And its my Mum's birthday today, so Happy Birthday Amma, we hope you feel better quickly! xx

Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Emma! Not all in the 14 weeks of Fast Dieting, but I'm still proud that I have been able to get my pre-baby body back, but now for the other few lingering kilo's that can only be attributed to the Heathrow Diet!!! xx

  2. Looks like you are on track, great plank tips, thanks. Have you tried upping your NEAT I started this after christmas, I re watched Michael Mosleys 'Truth about exercise' that features NEAT and HIIT. I have always done some form of interval training since my cycle racing days but never really considered my overall non exercise activity. So now I set my iPhone on a 20min alarm and get up stretch and go up and down a flight of stairs, it has worked a treat I have hit my target weight and switched to 6:1

    1. Congratulations James!!! Yay for you reaching your target and being in the maintenance zone! That's fantastic, good on you! I am definitely curious to get stuck into the Fast Exercise principles, I really do want a little more results before I go to maintenance. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have a re-read too and get started on phase two! Congrats on your results, that's awesome! :)


Thanks for your comments, I SO love hearing from you! xx Meg