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Week 20 - the week where I met a duck

Week 20: Monday 24th May - Sunday 30th May 2021

This week starts with a gym session on Monday morning. One of the best things about going to the gym is definitely not the gym itself, but instead the fact that there is a nature reserve just a few minutes walk away.

A happy duck

I find myself with a few minutes to spare before today's gym session, so I wander down through the nature reserve, where amongst other things, I meet a duck. The duck somehow seems really happy - probably because the sun is finally out, after what seems to have been the rainiest month of May ever.

And perhaps the duck is also happy because - unlike me - the duck doesn't have to go to the gym.

An obsession with press-ups

My next training session is on Wednesday morning. This time it's a jogging session, broken up with body-weight exercises. I mentioned in week 7 and week 10 how my PT has an obsession with press-ups. Well, that obsession continues this week, and I find myself being made to do these things at practically every turn.

"Your press-ups are definitely a lot better than they used to be!" he tells me.

Personally, I'm not so sure - it still seems that my back is really bendy, with the top part of me coming up first, then the lower part of my back...

An obsession with protein

After the session my PT asks me what I'm planning to eat when I get home. This is another obsession that my PT has recently developed. He asks me this question after almost every session, and it is invariably followed up with a text an hour or so later saying, "So what did you eat when you got in, Lisa?"

He tells me I should be eating at least 20 grams of protein within 90 minutes of doing exercise, as this will help to repair and rebuild the muscles I've been breaking down during the exercise routines.

Today's protein is going to be poached eggs on toast.

Perfect poached eggs

The Internet makes poaching eggs sound easy.

Apparently, I just have to heat some water in a saucepan until small bubbles are starting to appear, then add a little vinegar, then swirl the water around vigorously with a spoon, then throw the eggs into the well that forms in the middle.

I do all of those things - but as you can see from the picture below on the right, it doesn't turn out so well.

There must be something more to it.

Perhaps the saucepan size matters, or perhaps there's a certain technique to dropping the eggs in, or perhaps I'm not getting the speed of the water-swirling quite right...

At any rate, it seems that making perfect poached eggs is a challenge I'm yet to master.

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This week I have been eating...

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. A cup of black coffee.

Snack: A bowl of plain greek yoghurt, with a chopped banana and two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Mexican pinto beans and salsa stuffed avocado (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: One cup of tea with a dash of milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's lamb biryani with edamame and cucumber salad.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: A bowl of plain greek yoghurt, with a chopped banana and two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Mexican pinto beans and salsa stuffed avocado (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: An orange.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's spicy barbecue beef bibimbap with spinach and egg.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: A bowl of plain greek yoghurt, with a chopped banana and two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Mexican pinto beans and salsa stuffed avocado (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: An orange.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's spicy barbecue beef bibimbap with spinach and egg.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: A banana.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on a piece of brown buttered toast, with some spinach.

Snack: An orange.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's spicy barbecue beef bibimbap with spinach and egg.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: A bowl of plain greek yoghurt, with a chopped banana and two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on a piece of brown buttered toast, with some spinach.

Snack: An orange.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's peri peri chicken, sautéed peppers and potato wedges.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: A bowl of plain natural yoghurt, with a chopped banana and two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on a piece of brown buttered toast, with some spinach.

Snack: One cup of tea with a dash of milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's peri peri chicken, sautéed peppers and potato wedges.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two of three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: An orange.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on a piece of brown buttered toast, with some spinach.

Snack: A banana. One cup of tea with a dash of milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's sweet and sour turkey with egg fried rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Up next - my weight loss journey week 21...

My Weight Loss Journey - the week where I planted some positive intentions
Regardless of whether you believe in the power of this ritual, it is definitely really really fun to do. It involves playing with fire - and anything that involves playing with fire is fun!

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