Sunday, October 21, 2012

Not quite chilli con carne

So my usual bad planning for the weekend food wise meant we were probably eating out but around 4:30 decided to take lamb mince out of the freezer. At 6:30 I started looking for a shepherds pie recipe. Couldn't find that in Jamie's recipe book but found chilli con carne. I thought I had tin tomatoes definitely and beans maybe in the pantry.

Fried up 500g lamb mince til brown
Food processor chopped 2 small carrots and 2 brown onions, added 3 garlic cloves. Missing celery stalks. Added to mince. Was also missing capsicum.
Added herbs - celery salt, cumin, cinnamon, ground chilli, salt and pepper.
Found I had no can of tomatoes so used a small tub of tomato paste. Found I had no beans apart from a snack pack of chickpeas, kidney beans and corn. Added 2 cups beef stock. Let simmer for 30ish more minutes. Added hot cayenne pepper to give more kick.
Cooked up some rice.
Decided to make guacamole.
Mashed 1 small avocado, added 1/4 diced red onion, 1 garlic clove, tbl of lime juice, ground chilli, 1/2 tomato diced all mixed together.
Also served with a small dollop of Greek style yoghurt.

I wasn't sure if jase would like it, and whilst he missed out on the extra flavours of the guac and yoghurt he said it was ok. Good considering he thought he was getting shepherds pie. When he had asked what I made I called it "jen's surprise" hehe.

So I'm mainly writing up the post in case I need the ingredients again - although I seem to struggle with duplicating meals later on :)

Week planning wise is off to a bad start with no groceries ordered. I'm also out for dinner Monday night, will be late home Tuesday night. Whilst I have meat in the freezer the veggies are a bit lacking. Plus Tuesday is market day and I'm having a lunch out with the girls. Wednesday it's shut again. My toe is getting better but still sore and I'm supposed to be running 8 km in a weeks time. So really would want to get at least one more run in.

Not feeling the commitment to getting my exercise done either. Once you lose the habit it seems tough to get it back. Just excuses :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

And nope...

So after writing my plan and knowing what I had to do. I didn't do it. I've eaten my plan food and then some more. A mocha on Monday, a steamed custard bun today, squares of Lindt chocolate both days. Monday I didn't have the time to make my planned wrap and then I go leave my backup lunch of lasagna at home (was thinking of chucking it out as I needed freezer space and I'm not sold on the tomato soup sweetness). So it was in the fridge ready to go!

I didn't have the time as I had weird nightmares Sunday night and didn't sleep well. My sleep pattern is usually wake up middle of the night get back to sleep just before my early alarm would go off. I didn't workout when I got home as it was freezing riding home on the scooter so I focused on cooking dinner. Tuesday awake around 4am back to sleep after 5:30 - early alarm turned off. Get home can't be bothered, but clean up the backyard a bit and give my bearded dragon a short bath time. Cook dinner. Now lying in the floor with the dogs waiting for the rain to ease so I can put the cat in his enclosure.

I should go for a run tomorrow morning but made the mistake of looking at the weather. It's going to be 7 degrees at 6am. I'm going to boxing tomorrow night unless it's cancelled or I get a headache during the day. So will need to pick up my game Thursday and Friday too.

Was going to do the early morning sss on Saturday as I have a farewell thing to go to. But really I need to do another 8km run before then or that's what I should be doing instead of it. Need to get my body trained for that distance. 2.5weeks until race 2.

I hope I can get excited by the last month of this program. I don't feel like I've overly adopted new habits and whilst I'm still including healthy stuff in my diet, the crap is coming back!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halfway there

Week 6 was a little bit of a write off. The only exercise I did was my boxing class on Wednesday night and an 8.2km run on Saturday followed by a group workout (1097 cals woohoo!). Unfortunately our boxing instructor was a no show - and whilst we burnt 281 calories in 40 minutes. I managed to strain my neck resulting in another 2 day headache.

I mostly stuck to the food but went our for Japanese and glass of wine on Monday lunch, went out for a Thai dinner and had a waffle with strawberries, dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Week 7's meal plan really didn't excite me. After much procrastination I've done a custom meal plan for next week and custom exercise plan so that the dog comes for a run. It's not anything like the 5 day strength program I should be doing - its still being active :)

With summer looming I'll hopefully be able to start walking the dog after work and more strength workouts before work.

So I feel more on track than I did yesterday :)