roband wrote:jobriath, thanks for the suggestions. My uncle pointed out that recently I have been neither gaining or losing weight - as such my exercise and diet have been balancing out to no gain or loss. Therefore if I can actually get down to a better weight, I can potentially go back to normal and still not gain or lose. I dunno.
Recipes are always welcome! Tonight I've reheated some homemade beanless chilli and (because it's basically a spicy bolognaise) I'm making lasagna with it. Not necessarily healthy, but I need to start eating all the meals I have frozen in my freezer!
Fitocracy kinda interests me, but I'm not sure about if it's public or what? I wouldn't want that.
In re fitocracy, I can't access anything but overview info of people I haven't friended. If you want, send me a PM with the email address you'd like to use. Once you've made an account we can unfollow one another and that way you've got a private progress tracker.
How do you motivate yourself to do stuff? Does social pressure work? Do you only do things you find fun? Do you get a buzz out of achieving goals you set, and does that prompt you to continue achieving those goals? I ask because I respond to social and fun, but my wife runs on achievements, and it really changes our approach to work and play.
If like me you have a hard time committing to a not-entirely-pleasant activity (such as gym) indefinitely, you can still get a lot out of, say, two months. I became active after getting talked into circuit training with a friend, which I kept up for about two or three months. I hated it, but it got my body in the sort of state that wasn't completely useless at fun stuff like, say, squash, rock climbing, or motherfudging Brazilian jiu jutsu
. Once I got onto the fun stuff (with reasonable strength and endurance thanks to the circuit training) I got enough positive results that continuing was easier than stopping. If you've no access to a circuit training group, maybe some other intense, varied workout schema would help. If you prefer to work alone, a gym routine worked out with a trainer would do, if you could commit to it for X months.
Is there anyone in your acquaintance who does a sport or activity you think you'd enjoy?
Infinite Cauliflower Curry (Seriously, You Can Just Keep Eating This Stuff):
1 large cauli/2 medium cauli~s, cut into florets. Size doesn't matter so much as the fact that they're roughly equal in size.
1 carrot, chopped into 1cm^3.
1 potato, chopped into 1cm^3
~100g frozen peas
~100g frozen sweetcorn
1tsp Cumin seeds (or you could use 1tsp ground cumin with the powdered spices)
1tsp Ajmo/ajwain/black carom seeds (all synonyms, optional but very highly recommended)
6--12 thin green chillies, chopped and smashed into paste
2tsp smashed garlic (can be from frozen)
2tsp smashed ginger (can be from frozen)
2tsp ground coriander
1tsp turmeric powder
1. Heat 4tbsp oil in a coverable pot on the hob. Fry the seeds till brown (30 secs). Then add smashed garlic, ginger and chillies, and fry for a minute. Lovely smell. Add powdered spices.
2. Add vegetables to paste and stir to coat. I go in order potatoes => carrots => cauliflower => peas => sweetcorn. No need to defrost the frozen veg separately.
3. Bring to a sort of steaming simmer. Add a splash of water if necessary and cover. Cook for ~20 mins or until cauliflower tender. Check seasoning.
Serve with rice or naan or bread-and-butter. Serves four serious eaters. Absolutely delicious and a good way of eating large quantities of carbs (in form of rice). Keeps well in fridge. Cures minor skin ailments. I like this curry.