Enjoy The Journey

“I am not destination happy but I am journey happy.  You have to enjoy the journey.”  So said the lady (I think her name was LaRhane) who was featured on ‘Obese: A Year To Save My Life US’ that I watched last night.  I completely agree with that sentiment.  I am not obsessing about my target weight.  I don’t even have one.  I am taking it a stone at a time and enjoying transitioning the way my family eats.  I am enjoying writing my blog, eating differently and researching new recipes and healthy living ideas.  So I am journey happy and I think that is why I am continuing to lose weight.  I am not despondent at my rate of weight loss and I no longer worry about how far I still have to go.  Every pound I lose is cause for celebration.  And every week I manage to not gain anything is a reason to be proud.

I took breakfast in to work but didn’t take a photo.  I had 1/3 of a cup of brown rice, 1/4 of a fresh pineapple, about 10 pistachio nuts and 100g low fat cottage cheese.  An unremarkable but pleasant enough breakfast.

For lunch I walked beyond Southwark Bridge to EAT.  I drank my coffee and had some of my toastie outside.

I bought a small skinny latte and a Cubanos which was a toasted cheese and ham sandwich.  But it had a very harsh spicy something in it, which added no flavour but a sharp and unpleasant chilli kick.  I will not be buying that again.  I ate half outside and had the rest at my desk.

I was later home than normal thanks to silly shoes.  Note to self; just because you have lost 4 stone, that does not mean you can flounce around in high heels with a narrow toe.  They may look more glamorous than your usual comfortable flats but quite frankly you looked ridiculous hobbling round due to the squished toes which cut off the circulation to one end of your foot and bad blisters at the other.  By the end of the day I was taking tiny little steps, much as if my feet had been bound and I then missed my train as I was only able to walk very slowly.  The one I did catch had fewer carriages than normal so I had to stand half the way home.  I was fit to faint.  Ooh the relief of pulling off my shoes and stockings and wriggling the life back in to my little piggies once I did get home was immense.

For variety, I was going to make a red smoothie tonight but Harvey chose a green one.

Apple and Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 250 ml water
  • 250 ml ice cubes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 a peeled lime
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 apples, quartered and cored


  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blitz until smooth

I doubled the ingredients and we had more than 2 large glasses full of a wonderful smoothie.

I am impressed my blender managed to blitz all these apples to a smooth puree.  And when I took the lid off the blender, the apple smell was sensational.

If you look at the smoothie closely, you can see tiny dots of red which is the apple skin.  But that is all that remains to be seen of the apples because they were all blitzed to a very smooth consistency.  I liked the iciness of it too and by blending it with water, the flavour of the ingredients was dominant rather then the mixing liquid.  And calorie free 🙂

So another day happily lived.  My literal journey home was painful and unpleasant.  But my metaphorical healthy living transition journey is a complete pleasure.

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 Enjoy The Journey

  1. laura1952 says:

    Sending vibes for a nice foot bath tonight in Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and warm, warm water to revitalize and detox those poor little tootsies.

    I just loved reading your inspirational post today.
    Bob wants me to make sure I let you know he sends his High Fives across the miles for what you have perfectly described as your transitional journey. Cheers for the next successful weight release weigh-in.
    Brougham, Ontario, Canada

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