Just The Two Of Us

James went to Norfolk to spend some time with Dan and his family before they head back to Australia so that just left the two of us at home, Harvey and me.  We weren’t actually at home much though.

The bread rolls we made yesterday were perfect for breakfast.  Harvey was playing at a rugby festival so needed a nutritious and energy giving meal.  I had no such justification but fancied a cooked breakfast so had one too.  Hey, that’s what Sundays are for!  We had one of the bread rolls each which we ate as an open sandwich, with a poached egg, ham and tomato.  The rolls were good and it was very satisfying to eat bread for breakfast that we had made ourselves.

I calculated the WW points to be:
bread roll      6
egg                  2
1 tsp butter    1
2 slices ham   2
Tomato           0

Total WW points = 11

After 4 hours of rugby we went to my sister Abi’s for lunch.  Abi lives in Seaford which is an hours drive from our home.  A very pleasant drive, cross country with lovely views.  After driving through pretty Alfriston and over the Downs the view of the sea in the distance is beautiful.  Plus it means we are nearly there.

My brother in law, Jim, is one of the best meat cooks I know.  Jim is quite able to turn his culinary hands to anything but he likes to eat, and therefore likes to cook, meat.  So it is always a treat to have a Jimmy meal.  Abi makes great puddings so I was really looking forward to our late lunch.  I also love seeing my sister and her family.  My little nieces and nephew are so cute.

Lunch today was roasted pork belly with fennel, garlicky roast chicken, broccoli, green beans, roasted potatoes, parsnip and carrots.

If I had managed to restrain myself and just eaten what is in the photo, I would have done really well.  But I ate at least the same amount again.  I just couldn’t resist.  The meat was so flavoursome, the potatoes crispy and the parsnip and carrot so sweet I had to eat more.  I am too ashamed to admit how many potatoes I had ( I truthfully lost count) but I estimated lunch at 29 WW points!  NB dieters – one small roast potato is 2 WW points!!!!

I still had room for pudding; home made chocolate brownies with ice cream.  The portions were modest and I think this heavenly bowlful was probably 10 WW points.

In the evening I wanted to eat more.  Why does that happen?  I ate plenty for lunch and lunch was a late one so I can not justify eating more.  I am definitely not hungry.  But I want to drink wine and eat cheese and biscuits.  I have managed to behave myself though – YIPPEE 🙂 I did that by calculating how many points I have already had and that frightened me.  Then I made myself a lovely  plate of fruit to nibble at; a blood orange and an apple.  Apples are so sweet and crisp and crunchy at this time of year.  Delicious.

To make my fruit plate as special as possible, I used a beautiful plate my Grandmother made and ate it with a silver fork with a mother of pearl handle my Father gave me.  Somehow that helps reduce food cravings.  So does chewing every mouthful slowly.

I blogged and munched and watched the X-Factor.  I had a happy day with some of my wonderful family.  I ate great food and have no need for any more.  Phew!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Just The Two Of Us

  1. Abi Ellson says:

    Ahh, lovely Zoe – thank you and Harvey for coming over. Fab pics of Katie & my brownies look rather fantastic in you brilliant photo 🙂 See you all soon xxxxxx

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