Food Trip

We bond over food. We love checking out new restaurants, just for the fun of it.
Like many of our generation, we click before we eat. Sometimes though, we’re too hungry to bother.
We are not prolific food critiques, we’re just normal people who know good food. :)

Between the two of us, it’s the husband who cooks at home. Maybe someday I will too. But until then, I wouldn’t likely be sharing recipes on the blog. :)

South Beach Diet Recap

So it’s been a week since The Sexy Chef stopped delivering my SBD Phase One meals. How have I been? Pretty good, actually. So far, I’ve made myself proud for not totally slipping back to the way I was used to eating. First though, let’s have a recap of my two-week rations of South Beach Diet Phase One meals.

These are just a few of the meals I enjoyed for fifteen days (it’s supposed to be just fourteen but I was able to stretch it up to fifteen because of my irregular sleep patterns on the weekends). They rarely duplicated dishes, except for the shrimps which I loved, the breakfast omelets (that I did NOT like much), and the snack food. Most of the dishes were very tasty, and definitely filling. There usually is a meat or fish dish paired with either soup or a vegetable dish for lunch and dinner. There were times when the vegetable dish was a simple pack of greens (lettuce and very few cucumbers) but they did vary the dressing it came with. I loved the Asian dressing, but the balsamic vinaigrette surprised me; I loved it.

One of my favorite dishes is the Stuffed Sayote. It’s sayote stuffed with ground beef and some cheese. I would be lucky if I could reproduce that, and would appreciate anyone who can cook one up for me. πŸ™‚

I really appreciated the one dessert and two snack items per day that came with the meals. They were my go-to items whenever I had a craving, or was hungry before meal time. The chicken salad was a little too bland but not altogether that bad, while the tuna salad was usually too salty. Though very normal, and not so exciting, I actually liked the jello. For dessert they would also pack in some vanilla cream (not quite ice cream) and others like it. Not bad. For snacks, there would be kani, tuna or chicken salad, also a handful of plain peanuts or cashew nuts, and cheese wedges or strings. Sometimes though, munching on cheese got me more hungry than I was before opening the small package. πŸ˜€

But I know that, more than anything else, people are interested to know if I actually lost any weight. I did. It wasn’t as much as I hoped though. On the Sexy Chef website, they mention an 8-12 pound loss within the Phase One period of SBD. In my previous experience of doing SBD, that is accurate. This time though, I didn’t lose as much. I did lose 4 pounds, and I haven’t gained it back. πŸ™‚ What’s more important though is that I felt lighter a week into the program. My clothes also started to fit better. Oh, and I fit in a ready-to-wear dress that I bought in the department store. πŸ™‚

For the past week, though not strictly adhering to the SBD guidelines for Phase Two, I have managed to stay away from rice and bread. I had cake on my birthday, and again yesterday. But I don’t think I’ve had ice cream at all in the past three weeks. I have chosen to eat salad when possible. I am thankful that Kenny Rogers has healthy alternatives for people like me who need all the help they can get. How many times have I ordered this high protein meal? It comes with rice but Alfred takes care of that for me.

If I had money to spare, I would spend it on two more weeks of Sexy Chef deliveries. It’s just more convenient and I need not worry about avoiding unwanted food because I just focus on eating what they give me. Sadly, I do not have the funds for this. Being on the guided SBD has again given me the resolve to stay away from advertised top diet pills. I’m not saying they don’t work because there really are people who swear by them, but they’re just not for me. I think that diet pills only really work for people who don’t need to lose as much weight as I do. They can be more like maintenance pills, rather than the cure, if you know what I mean.

So this weekend will be spent planning the next two weeks: drawing up meal plans and listing what to get from the grocery or identifying where to dine when in the office or out and about elsewhere. This weekend too, I need to work more physical activity into my daily schedule. It’s the only way I can achieve my weight loss goals without completely starving myself. Besides, my recently bought comfy workout clothes are hardly getting worked out. Haha. πŸ™‚

My|Phone S-Phone

After only two to three months with my first Qwerty phone from my|Phone, I sold it to get another one. This one, a super girly version:

I love it. It’s cute and very small. It has Swarovski Zirconia for the buttons and the interface is loads better than the other myPhone handsets. I’m still getting myself familiarized with the features though. I swear to stick with this one for at least the next 12 months. Not because it’s expensive (because it’s really not), but because I really shouldn’t be spending like crazy as I’ve been doing this whole month! πŸ™‚

This photo was taken while we were having a break at Iceberg’s. Diet killer!

Oh, don’t worry about me! I haven’t fallen off the South Beach Diet wagon yet πŸ™‚ This huge serving of mango split (no bananas, but generous with mangoes) was what the boyfriend had. I was perfectly happy with my sugar-free chocolate cashew scoops:

I have to be honest though, I didn’t like it so much πŸ™ Oh well. One can’t have it all.

Magic number: 218

218 was actually yesterday’s magic number. A few days before that, it was 222. πŸ™‚

It’s now 18 minutes past 7 in the evening. I should be sound asleep because there’s work tonight. But, as it would be my first day back from my off, my body clock’s still off. It’s like this every week. And I’m really sick of it. πŸ™

What I’m not sick og though, is my diet πŸ™‚ Today’s lunch was particularly filling and tasty:

SBD lunch day 5

Fried bangus, tinola soup and ube pudding

I couldn’t help but swoon at the smell of the boyfriend’s lunch though: Lucban longganiza. I had teeny tiny bit just to satisfy my taste buds. A little cheat goes a loooooong way. πŸ™‚ Brekky was yesterday’s lunchmeat (was supposed to be a snack) with today’s tuna and hardboiled egg. Yum. Oh, I had buco pandan pudding too. Is this really dieting? There’s a funny dilemma tonight too. I don’t know whether to eat the day 5 dinner now, or have it for day 6 breakfast at midnight later? But that would mean I’d have an extra meal and two extra snacks for tomorrow. What a conundrum! Haha πŸ™‚ Β Ang laki naman ng problema ko, lol!

Last night’s dinner was so yummy too, promise! As soon as I opened the container marked Korean Beef Stew, I could smell it and it just intensified when I heat it in the microwave. The side dish was a cucumber salad that had a bit of sweetness in it. I’ve always liked having cucumber in vinegar, but this one was something else.

On Sunday, I was out with my girlfriends. I had to eat dinner at home though before meeting up with them. Good thing too because being full was the only way I could have resisted all those yummy food, including the cakes at the coffee shop we stayed in. I have pictures from there (of my friends, not of the cake!) but I’ve again no time to post those. Gotta hop on the Orbitrac again, I did 8 minutes yesterday! πŸ™‚

Today was a Full Day

How many hours can you actually fit into a work day? I have had such a looooong day. I don’t mean that to be negative though. πŸ™‚

I’m just dropping in to report that Day 2 food was so good. The only downside is that one of the snacks is just some cashew nuts. Not filling, so I was hungry for lunch earlier than what would have been optimal. Snack 2 was Kani salad. I feel like this will really work, especially once I start with the exercise/walking. I’ve set the start date for additional physical activity on Monday morning. This afternoon though, I did get to walk a bit. I still receive reviews of various weight loss programs, including those like this nuphedragen review, someone even mentioned that I try Maggie (or maybe it’s Magi), an appetiteΒ suppressant. Β I’m wary about taking any type of diet pills though, unless a doctor actually prescribes them to me.

SoΒ I had lunch at work which is not news, but since the boyfriend and I were going somewhere after my shift, he brought my dinner to me too. It was both yummy and colorful:

Fish Putanesca and Vegetable Royale

While I finished my shift and this filling dinner, the boyfriend was waiting for me at MIP – it’s a food/drinking spot right across our office building. One of our teams was there drinking and since he knew some of them from when he still worked there, he hung out with them and drank a few bottles too many. Lol. He took a photo of some of those left too, but I’m hesitant to post it! Haha. πŸ™‚

Today we also bid goodbye to Maxine and handed her over to her new owner. I’ve known him awhile and know that she will be in good hands. I also know that she will continue taking photos of kids, this time two little girls and their adventures!

With Maxine’s departure, can a new camera not be far behind?

His name’s ViKtor and he’s a Nikon D5000. We didn’t get time to get acquainted with him though. Alfred had to go home, and as for me, I had to blog. I’m sure ViK will get much exposure soon though. The loveteam of ViK and Deena. πŸ˜‰

O sya, matutulog na ‘ko!

Phase One-Day One 7/9

Tomorrow I will start on a brand new journey. I have talked about weight issues and my plans to lose weight countless times on this blog. I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve started out on a diet and exercise plan only to see it fizzle out weeks, or days later (maybe even mere hours!). Β I hope this is the last time I’ll ever have to say that I’m on a diet.

While I was out checking out ballpens and notebooks at the mall today, I received a call from The Sexy Chef confirming delivery of my Day 1 SouthBeach Diet Phase One meals tomorrow afternoon. I asked though if there was a possibility to squeeze me in today, not really expecting a yes. The lady called me back a few minutes later and said yes, they’d be able to schedule me for today after all. Just a little over an hour ago, I finally received a full day’s meals which I will actually consume tomorrow. That’s how the system goes: they deliver food scheduled to be enjoyed the day after.

Receiving the first delivery also means that I have given myself an (expensive) advanced happy birthday gift. I paid for two-weeks worth of SBD Phase One meals today. My bank account suffered a huge loss, but I hope that it means big gains for my health and well-being. πŸ™‚

The photo doesn’t really give you an idea of how the food tastes. I’m sure it’s yummy. I don’t know yet, I’ll only start eating them tonight (breakfast at midnight). But it really is a complete set already: breakfast, lunch, dinner, two snacks and even gelato for dessert. I will probably swap lunch for breakfast though, I’m not comfortable bringing soup to work as baon. I hope that doesn’t mess things up for the diet. I’m sure it won’t. πŸ™‚

They also handed me info on SBD and a list of foods to avoid, and a list of food to enjoy while on Phase One of the diet. It’s advised to eat only the food they supply, but they also gave a few suggestions on what to munch on or Β take in case there are hunger pangs in between meals. It will probably be coffee with low-fat milk and sugar substitute for me.

Aside from buying ballpens and a notebook (to accompany me in my new journey) at the mall this afternoon, I was actually there to buy comfortable clothes to exercise in. I bought a few shirts and a couple of stretch pants.

You see, my dad has kindly volunteered to walk with me. He’s going to change his walking schedule just to make sure that I do have some exercise each day. He’s probably more determined than I am to make this work. I am thankful for that of course. πŸ™‚ I haven’t decided yet what the best time for walking is, given my schedule. I’ll probably start with the Orbitrac the first few days and then go walking with that starting next week. We’ll see.

Perhaps now that I’ve put my money where my mouth is, now that I’m spending my own hard earned money, I will actually do what it takes to see the journey through. I’ve made an investment on my health. πŸ™‚

I did sneak in some non-health related shopping today though. I bought this cute pair of Grendha Jelly Slips:

Believe me, the photo does not do it justice. This pair was just so cute. It comes in violet and red too, but I’m not too bold as to get those. I need this pair! All my kikay shoes have given up on me. I think I’m too much weight for them to carry for so long. Haha. πŸ™‚

For those who read yesterday’s post and are thinking about helping out those babies, please go ahead and check out the links from the post. You may order your Breathe Hope bracelets directly from Mommy Tet, or the rosaries and bags from Hannah’s Multiply site. Speaking of bags, I was disappointed at not being allowed to use my own reusable shopping tote bag earlier. The bagger said that they are required to use the SM plastic bags. Not so bad I guess, since they are biodegradable. Still…

Oh, I stumbled on a site that sells portable oxygen concentrator, it got me wondering if those types will work for Baby Jon, or if they may be cheaper. They just look so portable and maybe with one like those on the site, they’d be able to take Jon for pasyal.

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