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Indian coconut chicken curry … and losing 4 kilos!

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This week is my third week in trying to lose weight and I can safely say that I’m on track!

I had my second personal training session on Friday and it went quite well. I’m doing a circuit type thing where I change from the step machine to the cross trainer and back again. Then I get to put the gloves on a do some boxing, which I really enjoy. I didn’t feel sick or anything this week, so I was rapt!

One thing I have learnt over the past two weeks is that tracking what one eats is absolutely critical in this whole process – and was something I have never done when trying to lose weight in the past. It makes you think about what you are going to eat – and budget your points for special occasions. It’s this budgeting setup which makes you feel as though you aren’t being totally deprived of the food you love – and are in total control.

I can have a drink of coke – but at 5 points for a small glass, is that really the best place to invest them? It’s a questions I find myself asking myself multiple times a day. I haven’t let coke pass my lips for three weeks now – so I guess the answer is no. I was a very addicted coke drinker – I’m so proud of myself for giving it away! It’s a very big deal for me and I’m more than happy to pat myself on the back for it 🙂

However, when I ask myself if it is worth investing points in risotto – at a whopping 18 points for the dish I made last night, many would argue that with only 38 points to spend during the day, that it’s not worth it. But, it’s one of my favourite things, and so it was a real treat. The best part was that I could have that treat within the points system and without the guilt of feeling as though I had fallen of the weight loss band wagon. No self-loathing thoughts flying around in my head meant I felt good about the choice I made, satisfied that i got to eat something I adore and proud of myself that I ate a small portion and still felt satisfied. I’m not here to give Weight Watchers a free ad- but I wish I had taken the plunge with it sooner. But, there’s no room in life for regrets!

As for the scales – well I haven’t posted an updated weight since I divulge my starting weight, which was 111.7kg. Well, as of this morning, I am 107.7kg. I have officially lost 4 kilograms! To some people it wouldn’t be much – to others, like me, it means A LOT! I’m on track and loving the food I’m eating.

Next week’s challenge is to up my exercise. I have been flat-out over the past few weeks, but I am committing next week to go to the gym three days per week. I’ll be going it alone on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6.45am – and then on Fridays I have personal training with Mr C.

But the best part of this whole process has been the people who have rallied around me. My mother is full of compliments and insists I am looking fab! She has also stocked her fridge with bottled water, rather than cans of Pepsi for when I come to visit. Thanks mum!! The girls at work have put up with me rabbiting on about personal training and why I am enjoying my new way of eating (and also my wedding plans) and they haven’t even told me to shut up yet. They are too sweet! My future mother-in-law has made sure I am accommodated at all meals with low-fat options and fruit salad. Thanks Sandra! My future sister-in-law has also joined me in this new way of life and it’s wonderful to have someone to compare notes with. A buddy is very important 🙂 My friends through Facebook and emails have been so sweet and always encouraging. It makes a hell of a difference and makes me feel as though they are behind me and that I’m not alone.

But, I can’t go past Matty. He’s always there to encourage me and celebrate with me when I reject the offer of a biscuit or run out of the bathroom jumping up and down saying “I’ve lost 200 grams … woo hoo!!” or I ask “this skirt is loser than it was last week, can you tell?” He’s also eating more vegies than ever, which aren’t really his cup of tea, with little or no complaints and ensures he doesn’t eat too many unhealthy foods around me – he knows it’s mean. It’s his encouragement which will keep me inspired for the long-term and I know he’ll always be there – no matter what happens. That’s why I’m marrying him, after all 🙂

So anyway, with all those thank yous you’d think I’d won an Academy Award – so let’s get on with the food!

This coconut curry is a WW recipe – and while I was skeptical about using fake coconut milk – there was absolutely no need. I couldn’t tell the difference!! This recipe makes 4 serves (small ones, obviously). However, because this recipe is only 5 points per serve – I had enough points to enjoy two serves. Love the flexibility! I also padded this meal out with cauliflower and beans, which weren’t in the recipe. However, most vegies, except potato and corn, have a zero points value – so it’s a great way to bulk up a meal. Cauli is great with curries, so it was scrumptious! This recipe called for curry powder – but I decided to use a paste, which is points free. I just can’t follow a recipe without making changes!

Also note the rice in the photo below has taken the shape of a love heart. My measuring cups are this shape (to help me cook with love LOL), and so acted as a mold for my 1 cup of boiled rice. See, portion control can be romantic 🙂

Indian coconut chicken

 

  • I tbs of olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger,  grated
  • 3 clove(s) fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp of chilli flakes (if you want some eat)
  • 1 tbs of Sharwood Korma curry paste
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 3/4 cup(s) chicken stock
  • 1 handful of green beans, trimmed
  • 10 cauliflower flowerets
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 560 g lean chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup(s) Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk, Light and Creamy, Coconut Flavoured
  • I handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • Lime wedges to serve

Method

Add oil to large, heavy based pan and add onion and stir-fry over medium heat for 1 minute or until softened.

Reduce heat to low, add ginger, garlic, chilli, curry paste and flour, stir-fry for a a minute or two to cook the paste and cook out the flour.

Add stock and sugar, cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken, beans and cauliflower. Cover, cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Stir in milk and coriander and heat through without boiling. Serve with lime wedges.

I had enough points to add a cup of basmati rice – and for me – this was the perfect meal. This one is officially a new staple.

Have you road-tested any “diet” recipes that really impressed you? Share your secret, low-fat ingredients in the comments section below. We all need a bit of healthy inspiration!

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