June 2014 archive

Mid Week Positivity

This week I’ve felt loads better I must admit. Yet again I’ve tried so much harder, tried new recipes (which always boosts my mood) and spent time properly talking to people I wouldn’t normally talk to. All of this has really lifted my mood and made me feel more positive about the coming days and the future. Sure there are still moments where I hesitate and think ‘what if…?’ but I’ve managed to pass that and think more about the present moment.

It makes a difference being able to stay positive most of the time, it means more good days than bad days, which obviously means getting closer to my goal! 

I am doing this purely for myself, to get a better quality of life and for a better future for myself. The last thing I want is to not be able to live my life to the fullest because I’m overweight or I’m so self conscious of the way I look. It’s not a good way to live, so why should I have to live like that? The answer is I won’t compromise my life in that way.

I started a new job this week and I’ve already agreed to work all kinds of hours so coffee is officially my new best friend to get me up early for the gym. Wish me luck!

So here’s another progress picture, the first was taken at the beginning of March and the second was taken this morning. I’m not going to lie I was quite disappointed as I couldn’t see of much of a change as I thought I would have. However, I went to the gym after and did a HIIT workout. I cam out feeling better and more determined! Roll on tomorrow!

Adele's Journey

Cauliflower Pizza

After I tried cauliflower rice yesterday (and loved it!), the next thing to try was obviously as a pizza, it didn’t turn out quite how I expected but I did follow the method exactly so obviously I will next time! It was still good, what I was able to rescue…anyway, this was way tastier than the rice as there was a bit more to it so definitely try this one.
Ingredients:
½ Cauliflower
A handful of mozzarella
1 egg
1 garlic clove, crushed
Pizza sauce/tinned tomatoes
Any toppings you like
Mozzarella for topping
Method:
Preheat the oven to 220c and put the baking tray in to let it get hot. Grate the cauliflower, or blitz in a food processor, so it resembles ‘rice’.  
 

Put in a microwave proof bowl, top with a plate and put in the microwave for 4 minutes.

Tip it out onto a clean towel when it’s done and allow it to cool down.

Put it back into the bowl with the mozzarella and garlic, stir it all together and then add the egg and mix it in well. 

Lay it on some greaseproof paper in a round pizza shape.

Put this onto the baking tray and pop back in the oven for 10 minutes. Take it out after it has bronzed a bit.


Put on the sauce, toppings and cheese and put back into the oven for roughly 6 – 8 minutes, or until it looks how you prefer your pizza.


Take it out and enjoy!


 
If anyone wants to give me any new recipes to try, I would love you forever!
Adele's Journey

Egg Fried Cauliflower Rice with Vegetables

I’ve never been a big fan cauliflower but today I fell in love with this recipe, it’s delicious. Honestly, if you’re going to try something, try this recipe!! I was really hesitant to try this one, what if i didn’t like it?, was it really all what it was made out to be? and yes, yes it was.

100% credit needs to be given to Caitlin and Susie for recommending this.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
½ a cauliflower
½ a chilli, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
½ red pepper, diced
2 asparagus, chopped
1 egg
2 tbsp soy sauce

Method:
First either grate the cauliflower, or more easily, blitz it in a food processor.

Then put it all on some kitchen roll to absorb some of the moisture. With the chilli and olive oil, put the cauliflower in a wok and cook on a medium to high heat for roughly 4 minutes to allow for it all to cook through. 


Add the soy sauce, pepper and asparagus to the mixture and allow to cook for a couple more minutes. 


Make a well in the mixture and add the egg to the well, allowing it to cook through slightly. Mix in the egg through the rice and vegetables and cook for a couple of minutes. 


Serve and enjoy!


Tomorrow I’ll be trying cauliflower pizza, which I’m looking forward to now!

Adele's Journey

A Quick Update

Last week I confessed that I had had a bad week, cheated on my diet and promised to try harder over the next coming days, and that I did. I haven’t cheated on my diet and I’ve actually been to the gym, a much greater success than the week before. I’ve been told this week that I look skinnier as well which is a great compliment that I will never get tired of hearing! However I still feel like its not enough, obviously I know I could have gone to the gym more and stayed for longer when I did go and that will be my aim for this week. I never really know which equipment or machines to use in the gym though, to maximise weight loss (any advice would be greatly appreciated).

It’s tough sometimes, I could have 1 or 2 great days that are really productive but after that I could end up having 2 or 3 really awful days that seem hard to get out of. I’m sure I’m not the only person that has this problem, and as these other people, you feel like you’re the only person that this happens to, in that sense I guess we are not alone!

I’ll keep this short and sweet and stop complaining now! I’m getting up extra early tomorrow to go food shopping and to the gym, starting the week the right way!!

Adele's Journey

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