Monday, April 4, 2011

Great Australian Diet - Week 1

Mr Mel and I have been on the 'Great Australian Diet' for a week now, and happy to report we both have lost weight:

Week 1

Mr Mel -2.2kg
Me -1.8kg

The fist week happened to coincide with me having to travel to Victoria for my cousins engagement party, and Mr Mel heading for a boys day at the Golden Slipper in Sydney, both had a high probability of being blowouts diet wise.

However happy to say we were pretty good, Mr Mel more so than I (oops).  I only get together with my parents, sister & Aunt a few times a year, and my cousins a few times every 5 years or so, so it was always going to be celebratory, which in our family means eating & drinking!

Have to admit I did enjoy the nibbles of cheese & biccies very much, and the slice of pre-party pizza, ok slice & a half!  But I did restrain myself, moreso than usual!

Mr Mel also had a not too bad weekend, Chinese for dinner was his only blowout, along with a couple of beers at the races.

So all in all, what could've been a weekend to set our diets back to where we'd started, turned out to be not too bad dietwise, and great weekends overall.

Lifestyle's a better description but diet will do!
Today we're back into it, fruit for breakfast, fruit & salad sandwich for lunch, tonight we're cooking an Asian Noodle Soup. We poached 4 chicken breasts last week to use on sandwiches, and have 2 left, so they're going in the soup.


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ Chinese cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 small Red chilli finely sliced optional
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander chopped
  • 1 bunch Bok choy shredded
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-salt Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Fish sauce
  • 125 g Hokkien egg noodles cooked
  • 1 cup skinless Chicken cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1 spring onion sliced
- Combine stock and cabbage in a large pot and bring to the boil.
- Simmer over gentle heat for 5 minutes or until tender.
- Add chilli, coriander, bok choy, ginger and sauces.
- Divide hot noodles and chicken between 4 deep serving bowls.
- Ladle soup mixture over noodles, add bean sprouts and garnish with spring onion.

Hopefully I'll remember to take a pic of the end result before we devour it!

So after a week we've lost a couple of kgs, but the main thing is the mindset, we're both enjoying exercising more (me @ Curves, Mr Mel walking twice daily), and we've got our heads in that all important 'we can do it' space that can be a struggle to get to and maintain.

Our looming deadline is of course helping with our motivation, but the overall feeling of not being so lethargic and heavy feeling, even after a week of moving more and eating better & less, is great motivation.

Till next time,


  1. Well done with your diet! Glad to hear you and Mr Mel are going so well.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am always willing to try new ones...

    Keep up the good work and you will reap the benefits.


  2. Great results, Mr & Mrs Mel!
    Just dropping by after checking out Jan's blog, its looking great :)

  3. Hi Tania - thanks :) We just had it for dinner, of course forgot to take a photo! Was lovely.

  4. Hi Scather - thanks :) Glad Jan likes it, only took a few mins, happy to help

  5. Good work Mel, very committed. And yes love the header pics, they look good. :)



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