An attempt at writing – and losing weight…

I’ve not written anything for the sake of writing in a long time, so this is an attempt to start doing that. This won’t be a long post, just a bit on my current efforts to get a bit healthier.

I’m currently 95kg; well over what I want to be, and it’s all beer-gut. I’m aiming to lose around 10kg, ideally before I go to Australia in March (and put it all back on!). I’d already decided to “do dry January” as December had been a pretty heavy drinking month and beer definitely accounts for too much of my calorie intake, but for Christmas I handily got a new book “Lean in 15” by Joe Wicks. I’m a fussy eater, but I’ve gone through and marked all the recipes I’m interested in trying out and there’s plenty in there. It’s got exercise suggestions too, but I’ve got another plan around that which I’ll cover in another post.

I spent about an hour preparing a few meals for the week, so far the recipes I’ve tried or have read to try out are:

  • a simple meatball recipe – which really was as promised; 15 minutes for a tasty meal (well, 2 meals – I froze one)
  • Peri Peri fried rice with garlic prawns – albeit I couldn’t find peri-peri spice in Tesco so I Google’d and improvised something along the right lines with paprika, oregano, salt, chilli seeds and cayenne pepper.
  • A steak burrito – though I found this a bit flavourless; going to add something more to it when I try again
  • homemade burgers with sweet potato fries – I’ve prepared and frozen two burgers, I’ll actually try this on Thursday

and the highlight for me; the Build up Bagel. This is sliced roast beef, poached egg, baby spinach and sliced roast turkey on a toasted bagel, with chipotle used as a spread on the bagel. I’ve had this for lunch several days in the past week and it’s really good. I don’t eat greens typically, so the spinach is a “new adventure” for me, but it’s not a problem. No wretching or anything. Here it is (it tastes better than it looks):

Om nom nom, bagel

There you go, a short post, but a post all the same.