Another Year Lived

I can’t believe 2012 has finished already.  Where did that year go?

I know it is customary to eat and drink excessively on December 31st and behave oneself from January 1st.  Customary to start the new year with resolutions and good resolve.  However, I am starting early by returning to Weight Watchers, eating healthy food, focusing on losing weight and adding more exercise to my life.  I am starting today.  This temple has no plans for tonight so is spending the day and evening taking care of itself.  A combination of a poorly husband, a tired son, absent daughter and dreadful weather means any plans I had are just not going to work.  So this year I will celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another quietly.  Healthily.  Calmly.  And tomorrow, smugly, as I will not be hungover 🙂

So how did the re-introduction of the old regime go?  Very well actually.

pink grapefruit 1

I started the day with a pink grapefruit.pink grapefruit 2

Nothing more, nothing less.  It was juicy and refreshing.pink grapefruit 3

Mid-morning I snacked on an apple and for lunch I made myself a delicious salad.  I would also like to point out that I heroically cooked American style pancakes with bacon for breakfast and spaghetti bolognese for the children.  I did not have even a spoonful of any of it.

I wanted to call this a South Western Salad or Santa Fe salad.  For some reason the combination of beans, corn, peppers, lime and coriander makes me think of the South West as in the South West of the USA, not Devon and Cornwall.  I was pleased with this salad as it was very tasty and kept me feeling full for a long time.

Black Bean South Western Salad

Salad Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 120 g black beans
  • 1 corn cob, with kernels cut off
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 1/2 a red pepper, cubed
  • 1/3 of a red onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 an avocado, cubed

Prepare ingredients and combine in a large bowl.Black Bean SW salad ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

I kept the dressing very simple.  I just added the dressing ingredients to the salad ingredients and tossed together so it was all well combined.salt, olive oil and lime

The end result was one of the most delicious salads I have had for a while.Black bean SW salad on plate Black Bean SW salad 1 Black Bean SW salad 2

We have another visitor for a sleepover.  This one is a little black one that sleeps a lot and snores and snuffles about.

Beryl with H under blanket

Yes, it is Beryl.  We all adore her and are glad she is here. Beryl under blanket

She is so cute.Beryl on cushion

Second salad of the day: brussels, mushrooms, celery and cherry tomatoes.  Unadorned apart from a light sprinkle of salt.mushroom salad

Eaten with a jacket potato, butter and Stilton.  A simple supper but one that was festive (the Stilton), healthy (the salad) and indulgent (jacket potato with crispy skin and butter on top).Jacket potato, salad and Stilton

My daily Weight Watchers points are:

3 – 120g black beans
5 – 130 g sweetcorn
4 – avocado
4 – 1 tbsp olive oil
6 – 128g jacket potato (quite a small one)
4 – 20 g butter
6 – 58 g Stilton

My daily total is 32 so I was perfect today.

This evening I plucked up the courage and returned toWeight Watchers for the first time since September.  I knew it would be bad and it was.  I am too ashamed to say how much I have put on – I will tell you when I have lost it again.  I weigh almost exactly the same as I did this time last year.  So I could look at it and think this year has been a waste of time.  But it hasn’t.  I still weigh considerably less than I did 2 years ago and in general my whole family eats a healthier diet.  I know now what made me go off the rails and over eat.  I feel happy for having pin pointed it and will deal with it better next time. So I have more to lose than I wanted to have to lose at this point in the year.  But I am still better than I used to be so there is progress.

I am pleased to have returned to Weight Watchers.  There is a new lady running it, it is a new year and I am excited about the challenges ahead.

I hope you all have a very happy and healthy new year in 2013.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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7 Responses to Another Year Lived

  1. laura1952 says:

    You know I just love this. Happy New Year and Happy return to healthy and going back to WW! Your mind, body and soul will be Happy Dancing for you.

  2. Holly says:

    Well done you for embarking on the customary health kick early. Richard and I made the mistake of weighing ourselves before we staggered to bed last night and are both horrified at what the scales said. I shall be browsing through your recipes list and past blog posts for inspiration on a regular basis over the coming weeks…

    By the way – where do you buy oatmeal from (not ordinary oats, but finer ones). Waitrose doesn’t and Holland n Barrett don’t seem to. ?

    • I bet you weren’t as horrified as I was! Please do browse through. I have a recipe page which links to the post including the recipe. I use Flanaghan’s oats but they are Jumbo oats. I also have Mornflake Oatbran which is great for thickening up overnight oats. I buy both from Ocado and am not really sure what you mean by fine oats.

  3. Lisa Moss says:

    well done you on getting back on the bnd wagon. Good luck, although you don’t need it. You know what to do and you will see the weight coming off.

  4. Lovely pics of MRs P and Harvey – it is so NICE to know that she has a safe, happy place to stay, when I go away. Your food pics are fab, btw. Great colours. XX

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