The last few days were really good; I got through them keeping my sweet cravings at bay! Last Saturday was my 10K run which I got through successfully, with another 5k the next day. I was very happy to have fueled these runs on my soup and salad diet, without any aches, pains, weakness, in fact felt very healthy, fresh and active through all these day. I did have the occasional headache but with a fruit and lots of water I was able to control them.The soup n salad diet continued even on the Makar Sankranti day, which was a big achievement for me with my better half supporting me 100%.
Hey!! It was not always about food n diet and healthy recipes, I also brought some zing into my life with some vibrant colours!. Having a bit of free time on my hand and to keep my mind off food; largely off baking I thought of using all the unsalted butter lying in my fridge to good use.
I did a bit of practicing of butter icing on my vessels :) time well spent I say.. at least I learnt something new!
I do have one query though, I used to electric beater to whip the butter and icing sugar together to get a smooth icing. However I still could feel the sugar granules when I touched the icing. How do I get a completely smooth butter icing? Should I use powdered sugar instead if icing sugar?
Coming to the reason for ending my fast a few days early; I have my mock 21.1k run coming Saturday. As I said earlier I am very comfortable completing a run which is fueled on soups and salads, but I really really need some carbs.. I could have some potatoes but I want some rice and roti’s. So today, after lunch I go back to a moderate yet filling and healthy food!
I made a simple juice toady for my breakfast along with some milk + oats.
It's the 3P’s Juice, I cup pineapple + 1 cup papaya + ½ cup pomegranates (a few for garnishing) + rock salt + chaat masala = a refreshing drink and very sweet without any sugar.
Last but not the least I want to thank each one of you for supporting me with your encouraging comments.
You all became my support system during my tough days, I would come back to the post often and read the comments several times to get me out of my dilemma of continuing with my diet. A Big Thank You to each one of you once again.
Another personal gain was the control that I have been able to achieve, I keep writing about sugar cravings, but that is just one part of my life. Its control on my irritation, control on my responses (I have the 'foot in the mouth' disease :P). These last few days have made me stronger, more tolerant and a more conscious eater.
The next step is to build on these learning, move out of the 'overweight' category, run my next 21.1 k in less than 2.30 minutes and 'look like a runner'