Dive In

I made my breakfast last night because I was having overnight oats so I put the oats, chia seeds and almond milk in to a bowl and left to soak overnight.  In the morning I added cinnamon and strawberries.

1/3 cup oats
1 tsp chia seeds
200 ml almond milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon

6 WW points.

After breakfast, I made dinner!  I was going out for the day so I adapted a recipe from The Edible Perspective called Southwestern Soup.  I used less chilli than Ashley’s recipe and I cooked it in the slow cooker.

Black Bean Soup

Ingredients (Serves 8 – 10)

  • 500g black turtle beans, soaked overnight in plenty of water, rinsed and drained
  • 12 cups stock (6 chicken, 6 veg)
  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp jalapeños
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 2 peppers (1 orange and 1 yellow), chopped
  • 1/2 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 large and 1 medium onion, chopped
  • About 8 small/medium sized potatoes, cut in to 1/2 inch cubes (skin left on)
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 6 tsp cumin
  • handful of fresh oregano, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coriander


I put all the ingredients (except the coriander) in the slow cooker and turned it on to low for 8 hours.

I used pickled jalapeños and they were a bit over powering.  I used 2 and 1/2 tbsp so I have adjusted the recipe above to 1 tbsp.

Having set dinner to cook, I went to collect Kath and we headed off to Stratford and the London Olympics Aquatic Centre 🙂

We were going to one of the London Olympics test events: the FINA World Diving Championships.  I was so excited to be inside the Aquatic Centre which has been designed to look like a giant wave.

When we arrived, all the diving boards were in use for a training session.

There was so much going on, it was very exciting to watch it and we had great seats.

I had taken lunch with me: 1 chicken breast, leftover roasted peppers, grapes and cherries.

6 WW points.

Then it was time for the competition to start.  During this competition, 220 divers from 40 countries are taking part.  Our session was the womens individual 10m board competition which is one of my favourite diving events.  We were given a free programme when we arrived which explained the event, the judging and scoring so we could understand what was going on.

The female divers paraded beside the pool before the competition started.

Then they were off.

We saw Chen Ruolin, who is a double Olympic champion and she was incredible.  She won todays preliminary heat by an astonishing 65 points more than the Russian who came second.

The preliminary round consisted of 5 dives each and there were 40 competitors.

I have no idea how they have the courage to dive off that high board.   I think just getting in to the handstand is awesome!

What a fun way to spend an afternoon and with an excellent companion.

Back home I went to Weight Watchers and saw the damage wreaked by eating what I have liked for the last week plus 2 chocolate binges – a gain of 4 pounds.  Not a surprise but still a disappointment as I had wanted to get to my 4 stone loss.  However, overall, I have still lost 3 stone and 9 and a half pounds so I will move forward from there.  I saw a beautiful coral coloured linen blouse in Monsoon which I am going to treat myself to when I have lost 4 stone.  Well, we had to walk through the massive Westfield shopping centre on the way to the Olympic Park so it was only natural to check out a few shops 🙂 .

It was lovely to get home at 7pm, having been out since the morning and to find supper cooked and ready.

11 WW points.

I had a bowlful of the black bean soup with 2 tbsp natural yogurt as it was quite spicy and fresh coriander.  The sauce was richly flavoured and the soup had the right balance of liquid to solids.  I made this soup with half vegetable stock and half chicken stock as I had made some chicken stock yesterday.  I also picked the bones clean after making the stock so the soup had chunks of chicken in it.

The portion above has made enough soup for at least 8 – 10 portions so I hope it freezes well!

Daily Points Total = 32

Breakfast 6
Lunch 6
Supper 11
Snack (2 Toblerone minis) 7
Milk for tea  2

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 Dive In

  1. Sarah says:

    Wow! That is one amazing day! I thought I’d done well taking two 11 year olds to the London Aquarium, but yours beats mine hands down. Brilliant. We are lucky having all this going on around us right now – we just need to find out how to get to see it all! I may have to quiz you…and your soup looked good too! I love nothing more than boiling up old bones to make my stock and the satisfaction of making another delicious meal out of left overs. xxx

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