My Story Featured In The Obesity Podcast

It was cool to hear my weight loss story, featured in the “Obesity: The True American Dream”
postcast
by Brian Greene. I’m happy I could help another person to make their first step towards losing fat.

Brian has found a great way for accountability, by going extremely public with his diet and workout journal. Listen to his story and get inspired!

What To Eat On Diet?

This dish laster me for three days for lunches! It was definitely more exciting to prepare and eat than a whey shake. You can approach to it as if it was a cooked salad: it’s made of zucchini rings and home made cottage cheese. Season with salt and pepper and roast in oven until soft (it might take a while - at least 40 minutes). You can pour it over with milk and egg mix and cook as a zucchini oven-omlet.
Before:

and after:

Another Random Meaty Salad

Spring is coming and the hot soup & heavy meaty meals season ending. I CRAVE for more leafy greens and vegetables in my food. It has been such a long winter and I feel the need to clean the pipes a bit :)

Instead of steaks I opt for salads. They are easy to whip up, using almost anything in my fridge and it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with those improvised recipes!

For the beef salad on picture, I chopped some fresh cauliflower, red bell pepper and salad leaves. I mixed it with some cooked beef and dressed in ricotta. Healthy and delicious!

Beef & Roasted Roots


Living with a big hungry cook poses a little challenge for my weight loss/maintenance efforts:

I like to eat.

He likes to eat.

I like to cook.

He likes to cook.

I like to eat lots of vegetables and dairy, little fat and no sugar. He likes to eat lots of grains, sugar and fat (but lucky for me - also vegetables, dairy, meats and all the healthy stuff).

I like to eat every few hours a small nutritious meal.

He likes to eat three big nutritious meals a day.

And we like to eat together.

It’s complicated to untangle the mess at first, but after a month of trial and error, I’m getting a hang of it. I’m now adjusting my meals to a “social schedule”. This means eating less often, but still never letting myself get too hungry, and concentrating on sharing and cherishing. It’s starting to become loads of fun walking around the market and planning the meals together, as well as making near-scientific experiments in the kitchen. Our favorite pastime at the moment is making cottage cheese and yogurt at home, as well as baking gluten-(and rice)free cakes.

As for normal meals, we have accepted that we don’t need to eat the same things. When I munch on boiled cauliflower (my big love and his big enemy) as a side to beef, he can easily down a kilo of spaghetti (his big love and my big enemy). Eventually the last 1/3 of any big steak travels from my plate to his on most occasions. I call it a balanced way of eating, distributed over two people across the week. Hehehe.

Roasted vegetables is a way of meeting on the common ground: it’s much less carbs than grains, no gluten and plenty of vitamins, plus enough fat from olive oil to fill your body’s needs. There’s no need to be afraid of a bit of olive oil if the rest of the dish is composed of lean beef and vegetables. It won’t make you fat and used moderately, will actually help you burn more fat. Beef itself is such a heavy protein load that you’re guaranteed to stay full. Combined with the high carnitine content, a good bloody beefsteak is a fat burning cocktail as good as any sports shake.

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Beef & Roasted Roots:

(for two)

2 big parsnips

1/2 big sweet potato

2×150g lean beef steak

olive oil

salt and black pepper

Roughly slice a few parsnips and some sweet potato. Lay them on an oven dish, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 220C for about 40 minutes or until soft. About 10 minutes before the roots are cooked, slap the beefsteaks between them and cook together until the meat is ready. If you like your steak crispy outside, fry it on the pan at high heat: few minutes each side is enough.

Before and After

Here comes… pamparammm!

I have lost a few kilos of fat and put on a few kilos of muscle, so the number on my scale show about 1.5kg drop since 2 months back, but my clothes are still getting smaller. Actually, I think I lost most of that fat in the first 3 weeks and have been in maintenance since then. Just need to keep going and stay stable.

I’ll do a better series of photos soon.

THE START (day3):

THE END (DAY 61):

I’m so happy :)

A Picture a Day: Day 60 - The Final Destination

The end! No more daily morning photos :) I have accomplished my mission and taken one picture every morning for 2 months. I will give you a “before and after” pic tomorrow when I’ll have more light… and soon I can have my “prize” or the professional photo shoot. I hope I’ll stay in shape, I really do!

From now on, I’m in the “weight maintenance” stage, I hope I stay there forever!

A Picture a Day: Day 59

Hmm, false alarm yesterday!
One day to go!
Yippiii! :)
Hihihi, it feels like freedom is running towards me - relieving but scary at the same time. After tomorrow there’s no need to take a photo every morning and be scared that I might have eaten too much the last night and bloated… but at the same time I wonder if I will be able to stay in shape without the daily acocuntability check.

A Picture a Day: Day 58

Umph, I feel I’m bloating up just in time for the finaly picture day. Not nice at all!

A Picture a Day: Day 57

A Picture a Day: Day 56

A bit more gym this week, although now that the mornings are so sunny and warm, I want to escape the indoors and run outside!
Thrifty as I am, I’m still determined to squeeze the last drop out of my monthly gym pass! I’m unable to motivate myself to use the treadmill, so I just pump the muscles and try to have more fun with the weights. Today I found another new exercise that I like a lot: one leg deadlift. Even without weights, this one is good. It’s meant for developing the balancing muscles.
I like. :)