Health kick start Version ∞ + 1.2

Here I am again, at the beginning (ish) of another attempt to be fit and healthy. I took at look at my ‘Goalified’ category and found that the first time around I did this was back in January of 2009. That’s the first time in my archives anyway. It also had the same title as this except it was version ∞ + 1.

It was strange to read back the few posts I did mention it (there are probably more I didn’t categorise/tag right) and see that I basically still have the same problems:

  1. Snacks are to delicious
  2. I allow myself to get to a certain weight and then decide to do something, until I get lazy again
  3. I like all the ‘bad’ foods.

This time around they were all involved and I did hit that alarm bells ringing weight and decide ‘enough is enough!’, fortunately this time around Jarrod decided the same thing. We realised we couldn’t spend each night sitting on the couch watching TV shows eating massive bowls of icecream concoctions we made up ourselves anymore (it was a sad, sad day indeed). Even if that’s what we really wanted to be doing. But we wanted to be strong, fit and healthy a little bit more.. oh and no longer have to wear our ‘fat pants’.

This has probably been the reason I’ve been able to keep going with eating healthier and increasing exercise. I don’t have to sit on the couch watching Jarrod eat a block of chocolate while I have nothing and give in to it all. We’re in this together and sad about our lack of Carbonara together – I think that really is the worst; Cream, bacon, cheese and pasta all in a meal together? I can’t imagine not wanting it twice a week.  We’re learning to eat less and eat more nutritious and filling things.. even though I did just eat a row of Smarties chocolate, the difference is we now eat a row, not half a block.

One thing to I have to get used to is having less high sugar alcoholic drinks, I don’t think it’ll be hard but it’s just amazing how many calories they pack in and, how awful they really do make you feel. On Friday night I had a few cans of pear cider at after work drinks and not only did it total about 700 calories it also made my stomach feel queasy, bloated and overall not good. The last time I remember feeling that way was a few weeks ago when we had a Maccas splurge and just wanted to die afterwards. I haven’t gone back to Maccas since, which is probably a good thing because my lunch totalled more calories than I’m meant to have in a day.

One amazing thing I’ve found is that I don’t really crave snacks so much as I used to, we have a bunch of chocolatey goodness in our cupboard that has been there for weeks. If chocolate is open I usually can’t resist, now I can’t remember how long ago we bought it. 

I’m hoping to keep this updated, as a sort of accountability, so I can look back in 6 months and say I finally did it this time. I’ll also be posting any healthy or alternative recipes (like my potato and bacon pizza) I make to help other people out as well.

Recipe: Potato and Bacon Pizza

Have you ever decided it’s about time to start eating more healthy food and then been found as a sad, crying mess on the couch because you came to the realisation that it meant you couldn’t order a large pizza to eat by yourself while watching Lost anymore? Yeah.. me either.

Recently, I’ve been trying to be a bit healthier in my food choices but I’m not going to sacrifice my pizza and Lost re-watch ritual so I wondered what I could do as an alternative. Since the first time I ever tried a Potato Pizza I loved it – but found many places don’t make them and tend to stick with the standard tomato sauce base with toppings loaded on top and smothered with cheese – so trying to make a potato pizza seemed like an obvious choice to lighten up my pizza a bit and well, it tastes great!

My delicious Potato and Bacon pizza

My delicious Potato and Bacon pizza

I looked around for some recipes I could try but most of them weren’t really what I was looking for, until I stumbled on this recipe from taste.com.au. It was easy to make and didn’t involve to many ingredients to deter me from giving it a try (I have a habit of scanning a recipe list and getting lazy after about ingredient #6). I didn’t use as much bacon as suggested (only 1 rasher) and omitted the baby rocket altogether.

I’ve set this recipe as serves 1 (mostly because my plugin wouldn’t let me choose 1 – 2) because, honestly, I eat one to myself (as if I’d share this!) If my myfitnesspal tracker is anything to go by (which it might not be) this is 570 calories, so if that is to much for you, you could eat half and team it up with a salad instead.

The first time around making this we sliced the potato by hand, it was pretty difficult to get them thin enough to cook in time and so I ended up buying a Mandoline and put it on a  thin slice. It’s a time saver and the pizza tastes much better so if you’re going to make this, do yourself a favour and buy one. Just be careful though, they’re incredibly sharp, I was amazed by how easily it sliced through the potato.

You could use your own base for this but I chose to buy one. This is my 3rd attempt and my favourite so far.  The base is just a piece of Lebanese Bread, it was crisp and worked wonderfully with the potato. I don’t know what happens when you put cheese,  potato and bacon together but it is something amazing and just delicious!

 

Potato and Bacon Pizza
Serves 1
A easy and fast to make pizza that is delicious!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pizza base - I used store bought in this case
  2. 3/4 cup pizza cheese
  3. 1 medium potato, thinly sliced
  4. 1 rasher shortcut bacon, roughly chopped
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. Mixed herbs - I used dry Mixed Herbs.
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 200°C (395°F), slightly higher if not using a fan forced oven
  2. 2. While oven is preheating lay base down on a pizza tray and cover with 1/2 of cheese.
  3. 3. Layer potato over the pizza base, slightly overlapping each piece
  4. 4. Scatter Bacon pieces over Potato
  5. 5. Cover in remaining cheese
  6. 6. Add salt and mixed herbs (to taste)
  7. 7. Place into preheated oven for 10 minutes (turning after 5), slice and serve.
Notes
  1. I recommend using a Mandoline for the potato. The first attempt I didn't and the potato wasn't sliced thinly enough to cook in the required time.
Adapted from Taste.com.au
Adapted from Taste.com.au
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