I haven’t been posting updates on my experience with the military diet (and my ups and downs with it) for a while. It’s been a month and a half and I’ve been losing approximately a kilo per week until about 10 days ago, when I suddenly stopped losing weight and gained one kilo back. I guess this was supposed to happen at some point and I think I know more or less why this happened. Still, I’m 6 kilos lighter than I was back in Italy when I reached my heaviest weight, so although slow, there has been some progress in getting back in shape.
The reasons why my weight loss, that had been quite regular, has stopped, are mostly to be found in the fact that dieting is boring, especially when you have a food blog and you find a lot of enjoyment in it. Boosted by the blog stats, that kept growing, I was finding more and more motivation to just cook, photograph, and blog. Last week I followed the military diet only for 2 days instead of 3, as I was desperate to cook something for the blog. PMSing did not help either: my body was suddenly demanding food and this time I found it harder to just ignore it, so I may have overindulged a little bit. The most important reason to blame for this halt, though, is that I stopped exercising. It’s too cold now to go out and bike 30 Km. I had been enjoying this a lot in the summer, but right now it’s just too cold. I’m not that much into biking to actually enjoy the cold air straight into the face, it makes my jaws hurt, so I stopped going out with my bike.
Overindulging, dieting only 2 days a week and not going cycling anymore proved bad. I stopped losing weight and gained some back. Not good. I’m still happy with the progress I made so far, and I believe that I had needed some time off just for the sake of enjoying food freely, but I need to get back on track and focus on my goal. Swedish winter darkness is just around the corner and I want to get back to my usual weight before I inevitably gain a few kilos during the darker months.
Trying to be creative with food can be a major issue when allowed a very limited range of ingredients, but this can nonetheless result in interesting ideas. Through day 2 of the military diet, one can eat 2 wursts, 2 eggs, a cup of cooked spinach and a cup of cottage cheese. I decided to mix eggs and spinach to make a delicious omelette, substituted the wursts with ham and left a couple of spoonfuls of cottage cheese from my lunch for dinner. The result was a spinach omelette and a side of cottage cheese wrapped in ham.
To make the spinach omelette (for 2 people) I used:
- 120 g cooked spinach
- 3 eggs
- pinch of salt and pepper
Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper, add the cooked spinach (just boiled in water and strained) and mix with a fork. Pour onto a non-stick pan and cook on medium heat, lid on, until it solidifies completely and no part of it is runny. Flip and cook 3-4 minutes more. As for the ham rolls, I just placed a spoonful of cottage cheese on every ham slice and rolled it.
Less boring, more yummy. If I’m to go on with this diet for one more month, I need to make it more interesting, because I got to the point that I just hate to have lunch on one boiled egg. I thought that the first weeks would be harder, and instead I’m halfway through it and my motivation got stuck now. But I’m not giving up.