Minus 3

I could be talking about the temperature outside as it is nearly minus 3 ° .  It was minus 1.5 ° just now.  But I am not.  I am bragging about the 3 pounds I lost this week :-).  I was expecting that kind of a loss as I have been really good this week, eaten healthily, exercised regularly and ended the week within points.  That nearly didn’t happen though.

Last Monday when I was at the cinema, lustfully gazing at Daniel Craig, completely absorbed in the film, I chomped my way through a large bag of Revels.  I had already posted my blog for the day so I didn’t declare it.  I did dutifully add it to my on-line points tracker.  That one bag of chocolates was 23 points !!!!  I was really horrified because that wiped out nearly half of my weekly extras on the first day.  The way Weight Watchers works is you get a set amount of daily points, which vary according to your age, weight and height etc.  I get 33 points a day.  You also get 49 extra points each week.  I use some extra points every day but mainly save them for the weekend so I can enjoy some booze and a meal out with a pudding.  So to have started the week with half of my extra points used up panicked me.  I even contemplated not bothering to diet all week because how would I manage with half my points missing?

I did diet all week though and remembered you can earn extra points by exercising, which is what I did.  Every day I went on a walk of at least an hour so I earned extra points. Hence I managed to end the week within points.  But I really was at a crazy point last Tuesday morning when the fear of failure (i.e. not managing to stick to my point allowance all week) was so great, I almost didn’t want to try.  But I did, so I am glad I persevered and feel very proud of my 3 point weight loss.

For breakfast today I tried another one of Natural Noshing’s scramble recipes.  This time I was inspired by her Cajun egg and bean scramble.  As usual though I didn’t have exactly the right ingredients so I made my own version.

Spicy Vegetable Scramble

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 large shallot
  • ½ a red pepper
  • ½ a red chilli
  • 3 portabellini mushrooms
  • large handful of kale
  • 1 tbsp chick peas
  • 2 eggs
  • Fajita seasoning


  • Finely chop the shallot, pepper, chilli and mushrooms.

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan.
  • When the oil is warm, add the shallot, pepper and chilli and fry gently for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and kale and fry for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the chick peas.
  • Move the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the other 1 tbsp oil to the other half of the pan.
  • Add the eggs and cook until scrambled.
  • While the eggs cook, add the Fajita seasoning.
  • Stir to mix all ingredients together and serve.

12 WW points.

To be honest I overdid the chilli so eating this started off as a bit of a challenge.  But when I got used to the heat, I really enjoyed it.  It was a good selection of vegetables which provided interesting flavours, tastes and textures.

It kept me full until I got round to lunch, which was very late.

Mid morning Suzanne collected me and we went to Casa Mirella’s for a coffee.  La Bella Mirella made a stunning cup of coffee.

I only popped in but the lovely coffee, roaring fire and lovely company meant time flew and before we knew it, it was 3 hours later!

When I was at home I started setting up a new blog for the Ramsgate house and was so engrossed in my task, it was nearly 5pm before I had lunch.  Lunch was a quick and easy stir fry of 100g brown basmati rice, 80 g leftover pork from last night and kale.  I used 1 tbsp sesame oil for frying.  Lunch was 12 WW points.

Supper was also mainly left overs.  Talk about convenience food!

I had a portion of the lentil sloppy Joes (4 WW points) and a portion of Turlu Turlu (5 WW points) which I served with some raw spinach, a tomato, half an avocado (4 points) and 1 tbsp vinaigrette (2 points).

Like many of the vegetarian dishes I cook, they taste so much better the next day!  This was a really yummy dinner.  The lentils and Turlu were good together and the salad was a fresh and welcome addition.

One more pound and I have lost three and a half stone.  So my target for next week is one more.  Just one.  It must be doable 🙂

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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14 Responses to Minus 3

  1. Congrats on your weight loss! Keep up the awesome work, I know it’s not easy so more power to you!
    Your scramble looks great, along with your leftovers –yum yum!

  2. Sarah says:

    Just goes to show you’re made of stronger stuff Zoe! No wimping out…good for you. I need to take a leaf out of your book. x

    • I was really pleased this week, especially because we ate out a few times and I could easily have given in to temptation. But actually, I had just as enjoyable a time eating healthily while the others ate what they liked, and afterwards, felt pleased with myself, not guilty. So good decisions were made. It was great to see the benefits of all those good decisions on the scales this week :-). You can do it x

  3. Lara says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so, so proud 🙂 keep up the excellent work! X.x.x

  4. Thank you Bella for all your encouragement, it really helps x

  5. Helen says:

    Congratulations Zoe! I’ve always favoured wimping out if things have gone a bit wrong when I’m trying to be good, but you’ve proved it can be done – and with no visible signs of sacrifice! I’m hooked on your blog (since day 2) and love hearing about your day and how healthy eating fits in without dominating. Keep up the great work!!!

    • Thank you Helen, it’s good to know you enjoy reading the blog. I always appreciate a comment to let me know it is interesting to people. I receive statistics which tell me how many people read the blog each day but I don’t know what they think of it unless they comment. So thank you

  6. Laura Stavro says:

    Zoe, Bob sends his congratulations to you across the miles as well. I told him as we were eating dinner last night about your recent weight release. I call it “release” because when you lose something, there is a chance you may find it again. We are cheering on your weight “release” because we want you to release it and let it go forever and not find you again as you continue to benefit from the health aspects both mentally and physically of releasing this weight.

    Hugs across the miles.

    • Hi to you both. You do write such kind comments Laura, thank you. I like the idea of it being called a release, particularly since I do not intend to ever find these pounds again. I am trying to change my eating habits permanently, which is why I am taking it slowly rather than following one of the rapid weight loss diets.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Zoe, your pic on FB looks great – you really are doing brilliantly and what lovely food you are creating. WW seems to be very clever in the way they apportion points etc. 3 stone plus is one hell of a lot of weight loss – brilliant.

    • Thank you Rebecca very much. WW is good because it is helping me learn sensible portion sizes and hopefully I am changing my eating habits permanently, rather than just being on a diet and then putting the weight back on when the diet is over, which I have done before.

  8. Irina says:

    congratulations on your weight loss, Zoe, it is such a great feeling, isn’t it!

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