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Cucumber salad and a healthy update!

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You must have all thought I completely forgot about it. Forgot about the 12 weeks program and forgot about trying to lose weight and forgot to keep you in the loop on the whole thing. Well…. I didn’t forget. I didn’t do particularly well either. I was going really strong and then I went to Germany. Thought I could pick it up once I got back but then I went to Ireland and it all went downhill from there. 🙁 I suck at keeping my resolve. O well, the only thing you can do if you fall of that darn wagon is to get your ass back on again. So that is what I am attempting to do. It’s not easy. Once you’ve given in, one to many times to the temptations that are always lying there to lure you in, it is difficult to climb back on that slippery wagon.

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It’s a good thing I have friends like Sonia who are my shining example when it comes to healthy living. We follow eachother on My Fitness Pall as well so I know how incredibly well and healthy (and delicious) she eats and how great she is in the exercising department too. Bikerides of 240 minutes! I kid you not. I might not be there yet, nor will I probably ever get there either but I am trying. The good news is that I didn’t gain any of the weight back, so that is a big big bonus. I didn’t loose anything extra either but I am being better in the food department and am slowly getting my way back into the exercise area too. The 6 days a week of exercise that the 12wbt program dictates is maybe just a tad bit too much for me too handle but I’d settle for 3-4 times a week for sure.

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This delicious and healthy salad comes form the hand of Sonia too. I saw it on her blog two weeks or so ago and just knew this is what I had to make. It’s spicy and delicious! I did make a few changes to the original recipe which you can find here. If you want to follow mine then by all means do. I’ve already figured out that next time I might actually toss in some raisins or dried cranberris as those would work brilliantly well with the salad. It’s fresh, light and supereasy to put together so I would say give it a go!

Cucumber salad
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • 2 leaves of fennel
  • 30 gr walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp za'atar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of lamb's lettuce
  • sprouts to garness I used gardencress
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthways, then in half again and cut into slices of the thickness you want it to be.
  2. Slice the fennel leaves very finely. Making them too thick will make it too overpowering.
  3. Add cucumber, yogurt, half of the walnuts, za'atar, lemonjuice, fennel, salt and pepper to a medium mixing bowl and mix it all well.
  4. Put your green at the bottom of a plate and put the cucumber salad on top.
  5. Garnish with the rest of your walnuts and the cress.

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