O. M. G!
Really? No WAY!
Ok, you get the picture, I am totally shocked.
The way things were going - I was expecting a gain of at LEAST 0.5kgs! AT the LEAST!
So, here I am, one day early weighing myself, expecting the worst and stocking up my "weight to lose AGAIN" pantry and what do I find?
Not only have I maintained - I've actually lost 0.1kgs - I know how insignificant that is - but it still translates to a deficit of 700kcals this week.
How did I work this out? Well it's rough but:
7,000kcals = 1kg fat (approx)
700kcals = 100g fat (approx)
Anyway, I've been having a full week of "Friday Night" because hubby is home and loves food and movies.
So at the end of my day when I've been good and tallied around 1,500kcals - he orders takeaway late night and we eat. I eat very carefully, eye-balling everything and counting it in my head.
But nevertheless I was always nervous because it doesn't have calorie counts on curry boxes!
Turns out, I was doing this so carefully that I was overestimating and went into loss this week.
So, naturally I'm happy because it means I don't have to go back to weight loss mode.
But I've learnt in the last 2 weeks how important it is to tweak the same menus you eat during weight loss only slightly to maintain. Never delve straight into all the denser foods without hindsight.
I've noticed feeling quite, BLAH whenever I've eaten denser foods these past few weeks and it's very...what's the word....refreshing being able to eat "normally" again.
I've also noticed that since reaching goal I've had the illusion of being hungrier than I am. Maybe due to work and life changes I'm going through I've been quite ravenous lately - and I find myself...making double portions with the intention of eating it all and then realizing it's too much and packing the other portion away for later.
Yesterday I had the most delicious lunch. It's a new recipe, but I may as well share it. So here's another entry for Ruby's Cook Book:
Lunch - Wild Mushroom, chicken and vegetable couscous.
Ainsley Harriott Wickedly Wild Mushroom Cous Cous - 1 packet
Mushrooms, sliced - 100g
Bird's Eye Steam bags - runner bean, peas and carrots
Garlic Salt - 2.5g or 1/4 teaspoon
lemon juice - 1 tsp
raisins - 10-15 small
Very Quick and easy - make the couscous according to instructions, which are just boiling water, emptying packet into a bowl and adding to it. Mix and cover for 5-6 minutes. The couscous will absorb all the water.
Meanwhile put the steam bag in the microwave to cook for 4 minutes. Heat a frying pan and add mushrooms - dash of water with garlic salt and raisins. Cover and steam until cooked through. Add more water to mushrooms if its drying up. Take the couscous which has now fully absorbed the water and add that to the pan, and also add the steamed veg - add a tsp of lemon juice, mix and cover to let the couscous fluff up further from the residual heat.
I think the couscous is a bit grainy and needs to cook further that's why I add it to the pan, but you can skip cooking it further if you like it slightly "al dente".
I had a leftover kfc chicken thighs which I just heated in the microwave and served on the side and it was gorgeous. If you have cooked strips of chicken you could add them in and heat through. This makes 2 portions so divide evenly and enjoy.
Breakdown calories per portion:
1 kfc chicken thigh (you'll have to figure out your own chicken values as this is high) 220kcals
Mushroom Couscous - 1/2 packet = 138kcals
Mushrooms sliced - 50g - 11kcals
steamed veg - 1/2 packet of steam bag = 20kcals