And then some....

It was weigh in yesterday!
I've not been for 2 weeks, thanks to all the lovely bank holidays we've had recently.
I was kinda delighted to have only put on 0.5lbs. OK so its a gain, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Its fair to say that I wasn't the usual diet angel last week; my halo well and truly slipped.

We have so many bank holidays here in the UK, and with the next one scheduled for the 27th August I thought it was time for a little challenge.
I go on my first and most amazing girlie holiday on the 21st August.
I want to lose a stone by then. That's 14lb, 6.4kg, whichever way you look at it its a lot of weight to lose in 9 weeks, but I am going to do it!!!!

Are you all trying to get fit for Summer or are you already there?


So as a 'I'm ready to complete this challenge' kinda treat for you, I have a recipe!

Before this I'd never even attempted French bread, in fact I wouldn't even have looked at the recipe.
OK so its not a baguette, but its amazing!


Soft and Chewy French Bread
Adapted from: Eat Cake for Dinner


Ingredients:
1 1/2tbsp instant yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2tbsp sugar
2 cups water
1 1/2tbsp oil
2 1/4tsp salt
6 cups all-purpose flour

Method:

Combine the yeast, 1/2 cup warm water and sugar; let it proof for 10 minutes. Then, add 2 cups water, oil, salt and 3 cups of flour. Mix until flour is incorporated, then gradually add remaining 3 cups of flour. Using the dough hook on a stand mixer, knead about 5 minutes, then turn out onto a generously floured surface. Every 10 minutes, for the next hour, knead 2 or 3 times. This is what gives the crust that French bread chewiness.

Divide dough into 2 portions for regular-sized loaves or 4 portions for small loaves. Spread each portion out into a rough rectangle and roll up. Take the 2 ends of each loaf and fold under to meet in the middle.

Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Spray a sharp knife with cooking spray and cut 3 diagonal lines into the tops of each loaf, about 1 inch deep. Brush loaf with a beaten egg, making sure to get every single spot. Whatever doesn't get covered with egg won't turn brown. Raise until doubled or 30 minutes. Bake at 425 for degrees for 10 minutes, then at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.


Make this this weekend. Your family and friends will love you even more.


6 comments

Kristina said...

Looks yummy!! Thanks so much for linking up to Simple Steps to Healthy Living. Homemade bread is so much better for you that store bought, so thanks for sharing!! Good luck on the 14 pounds too!! Sounds like it will be a great summer! xoxo

Alyx said...

Mmm, i bet that bread is delicious!!
And you know what?! That's AWESOME that you only put on that much - I know how difficult it can be throughout the holidays!
Good luck with the next 14 lbs.

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Andrea said...

That bread looks scrumptious. I am sure you can do it. Just try to stay focused.

Kim Wedlock said...

The best thing to do is exercise and cut down the bad stuff you eat - but never cut it out. If you cut out the stuff you love the second you get a taste of it you may well fall off the horse. And also remember that the slower you lose the weight the much easier it'll be to keep off.

If you don't know about them already, try 10 Minute Solution DVDs. I pick them up in HMV and on Amazon.co.uk for about £3 to £5 a piece - and they're amazing! I swear they are worth a lot more money than that. I stick to dance ones because they don't tone muscles, instead they focus of burning fat and calories and they are seriously working.
The bigger you are, the faster weight drops off. I'm 9st, and that's after losing half a stone - so being lighter, it's harder to get it off, but I both feels and looks like it works!

The DVDs are made up of 5 10-minute workouts - you can do as little as 10 minutes to as much as 50, and you can arrange them the way you want to do them with the "customise workout" feature. I tend to set it up to play one segment three times through consecutively when I'm new to it so I pick up the moves.

The instructors are lovely, and with some DVDs they don't give you enough time to pick up the moves the first go around, but you're suppose to repeat the DVD anyway, not play it once and leave it at that. Plus they're not skinny minnies who look all sexy and make you feel crap. They wear proper work-out stuff, but they show their tummies as more of a motivator than anything.

Sorry for the long comment, but when it comes to weight-loss, I have a lot to say. These DVDs are so cheap that you really are better off buying and trying. I've used Fat Blasting Dance Mix and the Hip Hop Dance Mix - they're both loads of fun, and the first of those two DVDs is better for beginners.
They're so much fun and so cheap that there's really no harm in trying. If it's no good, you've not lost out on much, but the important thing to keep in mind when you lose rhythm (and this is coming from someone who can't dance and has no rhythm and little balance) is that as long as you're moving, you're working. If there are bits you can't get your head around, just do something that looks similar, or pause the DVD and practise that step, but as long as you keep moving, even if it isn't perfect or even right, you're doing well ^^

Again, sorry for the long comment! Hope I offered some advice.

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