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After summer update: -19 weeks and still -6kg

And also this summer has passed and it was great! Lots of little trips and lots of different food: from home made dishes in Costa Brava with some tapas here and there, to the amazing food in the mountains, with polenta and nice cakes, to greek dishes in the Cyclades Islands, with lots of fish and the fantastic yogurt to finally the aperivi in Turin and Milan, where I was for work but where I have enjoyed a lot the nights too.

So now let’s come back to the reality and let’s check the weight!!!! That was my worst nightmare during the summer…but still it didn’t stop me from eating and enjoying the holidays.

Now it’s time to take back a bit of the classic routine also in the kitchen, with salad for lunch and meat or fish with vegatable for dinner! Yes I need it! Some depuration it’s always good at some point, especially if in these monts the weight went a bit up and down!

Before to leave for the holidays I arrived to loose 6 kilos, but coming back from Greece I had 2 kilos more and the work trip in Turin and Milan wasn’t exactly what I was looking for to comeback in track.

Instead also with aperitif and having light lunches out, it seems I could loose again my 2 kilos… And this is weird! Maybe it happened for the amount of work I had to do and a bit of rush and stress that finally help to burn calories! Or is it just the effect of a missing fisical activity that make my mussels weight less??

For the moment I don’t know but tomorrow I will start again the gym too and we will see!¬†Fingers crossed for the challenge and lots of moral support to everyone is trying to comeback in the routine like me ūüôā

PS. Mamy e se la Grecia e l’estate mi avevano messo addosso i suoi bei 2-3 kiletti, ci credi che m’e’ bastato andare a letto senza cena due serate (non per mia volonta’ ma per disguidi con i supermercati e gli hotel Milanesi) per riperdere tutto! Menomale! Lo vedi che alla fine anche il lavoro ha i suoi lati positivi? ūüôā

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Almost half way there: -38 weeks and -5kg :)

Today i won’t post a recipe but just a little update for who is curious to know what is happening to my diet.

Normally it’s at the beginning of May that everyone starts to think again in diets and kilos: the summer is near, the cloths are less heavy, you bring back in your wardrobe the stuff of the previous summer… and there the scream…. “how is it possible i don’t enter anymore in my summer trouser???”

But this year thanks god i didn’t have to scream…i just had to buy new trousers!

Ok here are the results of my challenge until now:

In 2 weeks i will be at half of my challenge (70 weeks in total).

In this 33 weeks i cooked 62 recipes and i magically¬†lost … 5kg and 1 size!

I have to say i didn’t suffer too much, i have just been a bit careful in eating lots of vegetable and fruits and less pasta in the night preferring fish and meat. But of course i have still eaten all the dishes i cooked, i went to eat outside various times, i didn’t control myself in Christmas or Easter… so i lived a kind of normal life. In reality i’m also starting to think that some good days of great food it’s like a shock for the body after some weeks of diet… it’s like the metabolism is working more after receiving all this food. My unties was always telling me this! So finally having some good food for some days, it’s not a problem at all… and i’m the real prove of this!

The other thing i can add it’s that the GYM helps! This is the first year where i’m kind of constant and with a class ¬†twice a week and some good walk when i could, the kilos seems to have gone away without suffer too much!

However i’m still just half way from my real target and these will be the worst kilos to loose, but at least i’m already quite happy to don’t have any bad surprise this year! ūüôā Maybe the summer season won’t be so scary!

For all of you who are instead having this bad time of the year,(i understand you all i swear!) i can just tell you that are still missing 2 months (more or less) to the real holidays and it’s still possible to be lose 2-3 Kg …so just add some gym to your routine, walk, eat fruit and musley in the morning, salad at lunch and fish or meat with vegatable for dinner, but also cook a nice meal at least once a week and you will get there!

Good luck to everyone (me included)!

PS. Mamy oggi mi sono pesata e ho finalmente scoperto di essere a meta’ della sfida. Ho perso 5 kg dei 10 che avevo in mente all’inizio e ho ancora due settimane prima di raggiungere la meta’ dei giorni e delle ricette fissate. Non male no??? quindi a questo punto ho tratto anche delle conclusioni: 1) la costanza nella ginnastica ed in una dieta moderata portano risultati a lungo termine. 2) le mangiate megagalattiche natalizie e pasquali hanno smosso il metabolismo perche’ quest’anno non mi hanno creato nessun problema. Insomma se stai attenta prima e dopo, le mangiate ti possono anche essere d’aiuto!

The Crepes are allowed!(-6kg)

I keep on saying that it’s better to don’t force yourself to stick to a crazy diet , renouncing to everything. I really believe it’s easier to lose weight trying everything without exceed of course.

And i have never been so right as in this case: the crepes are definitely allowed!

Finally they are just a bit of flour, milk and 2 eggs for at least 20 crepes…so how many calories do you think they can really have??? Ok if you buy them outside with butter and lots of cheese, you can’t pretend to stick to the diet, but if you do them at home and you are careful with what you put inside, you can really enjoy them without any problem.

As you can see i went for : ham, mushrooms, courgette, 70 gr mozzarella and a bit of salt and pepper. Just with this few ingredients it was delicious, lighter than a sandwich and much more tasty! Very good.

If you don’t want the cheese you can even put an egg on top and it will cook nicely, making the crepe even better. Of course then the problem is if you want a sweet one, because i really don’t know what to suggest you… for sure no butter and sugar or nutella… maybe just a bit of honey?

PS. Mamy Nat ha cucinato le crepes l’altro giorno e proprio non ho potuto dire di no, dato che era tradizione da loro. Lei le fa buonissime e molto light perche’ mi ha detto gli ingredienti e sono veramente poco caloriche considerando che te ne¬† escono una ventina. Poi per il ripieno ho limitato il formaggio a un po’ di mozzarella e ho aggiunto tante verdure fresche. Buone e saporite. Certo le tue con la besciamella non le batte nessuno!

New year and new gym update! Again -7Kg

Like every year tonight it will arrive in all the italian houses the Befana, an old lady who brings sweets to the good children and carbon to the bad ones. Everyone tonight will prepare the special socks to receive the sweets and tomorrow will be definitely the end of the Christmas holidays. In a certain way I’m happy¬†that here in London we¬†don’t have this other event and another excuse to eat a bit more, but of course a nice day of break could be cool.

Instead yesterday it started again my new year, the serious one, writing email, coming back to my projects and of course to my gym for the new subscription…and first lesson of 2010. Yes yesterday i came back to the gym after my little break: i wanted to see my teacher Patrick and do a nice hour of aerobiking but no! there was no Patrick and i had the worst lesson with the worst teacher of all… she is also called MAGDA the KILLER! Ok wasn’t an amazing start but the important is that i came back! Now will be everything much easier.

So no real resolutions for me this year because i have already this Tilt challenge and it’s enough. I don’t even believe the new year’s resolutions are working… i find them just very sad… they can make you¬†think you are very weak.

However the good news is that today i also came back on my¬†scales for the first time in 2010 and …surprise surprise… i come back at – 7 like before Christmas! I told you that one week of¬† good Christmas food couldn’t destroy everything! So i can now restart the challenge where i left it and let you know at the next update.

In the meantime Buona Befana to everyone!

PS: Mamy buona befana!!! che fara’ ? arriva quest’anno a casa? Qui dice di no, ma devo dire che Natale e’ stato cosi pieno di mangiate che sto tirando ora un sospiro di sollievo. Comunque ieri sono tornata in palestra ed e’ gia’ un buon inizio, ma la notizia migliore e’ che mi sono pesata e sono tornata a come stavo prima delle mangiate natalize, quindi posso riprendere la mia sfida! Yuppy!

Popcorns and … la Clique! (-55 weeks)

Too many days of holiday and you don’t know anymore how to don’t get bored??? My suggestion is … cabaret with ” La Clique“.

I went to see the show some weeks ago and i never been to a cabaret before. It was full of people (that make me think they are use to this kind of entertainment) and very funny. The 2 hours passed super quickly and it was very nice to have an alternative to the usual cinema.

The show take place in the Roundhouse in Camden, an amazing place full of musical history and very interesting just to visit, reading all the big events happened in there.Inside there is a little bar where you can have drinks and popcorns… so i was really really happy!

The characters who create the show are just incredible, funny and really good. Lots of participation from the audience of course, but lots of laughs too. If you want to leave a different and strange afternoon, don’t miss the show!

PS. Mamy Julio mi ha portato a questo spettacolo di cabaret qualche settimana fa e mi sono morta dalle risate! all’inizio pensavo ” che cosa strana”, invece sembra che gli inglesi ci siano mlto abituati perche era pieno. Comunque e’ stata un’idea simpatica, per alternare anche un po’ il cinema e i personaggi dello show erano proprio assurdi!

Pre-Christmas quick update :( -7Kg)

Here we are… also this Christmas is passed, lots of food was served and it was very nice to stay with the family…but what about my challenge?

Good question :(! I’m in holiday at the moment and i’m not going to be worried about recipes and diet. I let my mum cook, i had just enjoyed the food and i have taken some new recipes to bring with me in London. However i lost another kilo before to leave and my score will be to come back and restart with my regular food diet without any stress.

Let’s see what is going to happen, but i really think is better to have a break from every diet in Christmas and just enjoy the good food and atmosphere. Finally in just one week it can’t happen so much: the gym and new good mood will help in January! Fingers crossed!

PS. Brava mamma per i magnifici piatti di questi giorni! Tutto buonissimo! ora pero’ al mio rientro mi tocchera’ tornare alla mia dieta regolare e speriamo di riuscirci senza troppa sofferenza. Ad ogni modo e’ impossibile rinunaciare alle leccornie natalizie…non potrei per nulla al mondo…sopratutto se preparate da te!

Fine Burger Co… just a bit more helpful! (-57 weeks)

And not only… finally a burger chain that give you the possibility to choose for a dish without bread!

In England there are different burgers chains. Nothing to do with Mc Donalds and not even with real diners, but little places where you can find massive nice and tasty burger, made with good meat, bread and the most different ingredients for a quite cheap prize. Served with chips or chicken wings or onions rings, are also a quite good amount of calories by the way.

Finally a little help arrived for people like me who look for a normal social life without have to say no to any kind of dinner out: Fine Burger Co thought in something very easy and light. They take a nice burger, no bread, no cheese, no  chips, but just a nice fresh salad, with tomatoes, peppers, some other simple ingredients and a light dressing, for a big and healthy dish.

Thanks to this other chain to upgrade to healty food!

PS. Mamy nella mia battaglia per poter mangiare fuori senza per forza dovermi ingrassare, ho trovato un altro alleato: e’ una di queste piccole catene di ristoranti che cucinano solo hamburgers ma buonissimi. Beh finalemente in cambio di servire solo paninoni farciti accompagnati da patatine fritte, hanno anche aggiunto l’opzione light, ovvero una bella insalata mista con hamburger. In questo modo ho la possibilita’ di mangiare una bella razione di carne con un contorno bello consistente, senza dovermi sentire ai margini della societa’ perche’ tento di resistere alle patatine fritte! E se un¬† po’ piu’ di inglesi passassero dal Mc Donald a queste catene, gli farebbe sicuramente bene alla salute!