Day 6: home cooking and nasty chocolate

Thought I spotted this on facebook, and though how very true for me at the moment.

When you stop doing things you don’t want to do and fill your life with things you enjoy, this is exactly what happens. I have stopped wishing my life away waiting for the weekend, and look forward to the time I have at the end of each day. 

Today a very interesting thing happened the nutrition department. We both got up early and did some training. When in town we decided to treat ourselves for excellent progress this week. The thing is, we hated the treat!


Breakfast: small porridge, apple
Lunch: shared a single serving of mince and nachos. & ice cream desert.
Dinner: remainder of casserole with home made (brown) pilau rice. Small piece home made pie.

Exercise: 1 hour singles row, fast flowing tide today.

An incredibly odd thing happened when we were out at lunchtime and decided to have a desert. It would usually be something we absolutely loved. Today it tasted sickly, quite honestly. Hubby didn’t even finish his chocolate desert, which is unheard of.

Yuk desertWe both said we felt awful and bloated afterwards. neither of us expected that, and it just goes to show how much of an addiction sugar and chocolate is. It’s hard to give it up at first, but trust me, it won’t be long before you’re saying yuk!

By by dinner time we were still feeling a bit .. Hmmm… So I used two large side plates that we have, and plated up a small portion of the remaining casserole along with my first attempt at home made pilau rice.

There are many different ways to make it, and the Schwartz seasoning I used to get isn’t available here so I had a stab at making it myself.

Brown rice pilau style

I boiled our usual brown rice. I don’t use proper measurement to be honest, I filled the pan with two loosely measured small handfuls, then added

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

I stirred the spices into the boiling rice then let it simmer for 30 minutes. That was literally it! Hubby says he liked it, and it tasted like pilau rice! Excellent!

Plated on a smaller plate made it look just like normal.

I did also make a home made bacon and egg pie, which we will use next week for lunches, to save eating too much fast food on the hop. We had a very small slice of this also. I am of the opinion that if you deny yourself you will want it more, so although all of our diet isn’t squeaky clean, it’s a darned site better than normal!

My row today was another good one. I went nice and early before the masters usually meet. I was actually just coming in as they were going out, and as usual was asked, was I wet? Cheeky toads! I made it up to yesterday’s turn point 7 minutes faster so carried on up river a bit more. The water wasn’t mirror flat like yesterday, but it was still beautiful. I am feeling more confident for sure. Although I would probably be rubbish in the placings, I think I have the confidence to enter a singles race now at least!

Big news!

I have entered a triathlon! No, not challenge Wanaka, another one, Sovereign triathlon at Wanaka. The individual standard distance is New Zealand’s world qualifier, of which there is only one, not like the UK’s 3.

As I cannot run, my hubby is doing the run and we entered as a team. It’s the day after the Big Ruby, which is 3.8km, but both are just for fun. I haven’t raced just for fun before, it’s quite liberating! I shan’t be racing the Olympic distance swim and bike, but it will be nice to get my Tri shoes and P2 out for a change, and I get to see some of the mountains! I up just hope I’m not too slow!

Excited, can’t wait!

One Comment on “Day 6: home cooking and nasty chocolate

  1. Pingback: Day 7: week 1 weigh in results | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG

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