Week 1 started off great - I had my exercise plan, recipes, shopping list and a great can do attitude. I headed up to the park to begin my running program. I use to run 5-10 miles a day and I'm active so I figured it'd be easy to start running again. Big mistake! My running felt like sheer drudgery with only negative thoughts in my head - "Wow, this is hard!...where's the bathroom?...10 more laps, are you serious?!...no wonder most runners look so miserable while running - they are!" It reminded me of those times when I said, "Sure I can have another glass of wine. I don't get hangovers"....."Babies? Sleepless nights? I wouldn't be that tired. I have a lot of energy" Ha ha. I decided to drop the running program and increase the weekly sports I already do and enjoy - tennis, pilates, and walking.
So, did I lose weight on the Michelle Bridges 12WBT? No. Was that really my goal? No. Am I more mindful of what I put in my mouth? Yes. Am I exercising more? Yes. Have a learned some new dinner recipes? Yes. Could I have perhaps bought a few of her cookbooks and saved some money? Yes. Would I recommend this total program to someone who wanted to lose weight and live a healthier life? For sure.
I have gotten many new recipes from my 12WBT. The dinner recipes have been great! There are many recipes I could share but I chose a Vietnamese dish, Chicken Bun Cha. Before this program, I'd never heard of this dish. With Australia being closer to Asia, there are a lot of different types of Asian restaurants in Sydney - Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese. I find Vietnamese food light and refreshing. This recipe is not spicy and works as a substantial, filling salad.
Chicken Bun Cha
Michelle Bridges 12WBT
Michelle Bridges 12WBT
Sorry that this recipe has been taken down from my tiny blog. It was taken down by request from the 12WBT team. Here are excerpts from several emails I received:
"We have however noticed that you have copied one of our recipes onto your blog. This is a breach of the Terms and Conditions of your membership so we are going to have to ask you to remove it. We are fine with you putting up your own pictures we just ask that you don’t share any content of the program such as recipes."
"The Terms and Conditions of your membership do state that we grant you personal use of the content and we do ask that you don’t share it on other websites. Our terms also specifically prohibit publishing or posting any of the content such as recipes on any other website....outside of these specific formal relationships, we do not allow any other site to publish our proprietary content."
I was surprised by these emails as I always attribute my blog information, photos and recipes to their original source. I would also think that posting a recipe and recommending it is positive PR. I guess not. I invite you to Google 'Michelle Bridges recipes' and take a look at the 100s of her recipes on blogs, Pinterest, newspapers, magazines etc. You will be able to find Chicken Bun Cha recipes and many others....
May 8, 2014