The Happiness Jar

Sorry for bragging but my goals of losing weight and gaining health have got off to a cracking start.  I have been fantastic today 🙂

I woke up feeling fresh and enthusiastic about all the good food I had in mind for the days eating.  I started with a green smoothie: 1 small banana, large handful of curly kale, 4 dates, fresh strawberries, half a cup of frozen berries, 250 ml almond milk and 1 tbsp chia seeds for protein and to help me feel full for longer.  Chia seeds swell up and make a huge difference to my satiety.

smoothie ingredients 1-1 13

It turned out rather well and was enjoyed very much.  This used up 7 Weight Watchers points (milk =2, dates = 4 and seeds = 1).

smoothie 1-1-13New Years Day was gloriously sunny so Harvey and I took the three dogs for a walk.

Sunny walk

Due to all the rain, there were loads of streams in the woods over the road.  They had to be waded in, apparently.wading in stream

The water babbled down the hills.  Such a pretty sound.Moss and running water mossy tree bridge woodland water 1 H wading

It was very peaceful, still and quiet.  There was practically zero wind and the light and colours were absolutely glorious.M, B and bracken in the bracken

This was one of my favourite walks ever over the road and I was sorry it came to an end.  As a bonus, I earned an extra 4 Weight Watchers points for the walk.

Woodland water

For lunch I made a green and white salad.  Not intentionally, but it ended up that way.Making a white and red salad

Green and White Salad

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • Broccoli, finely sliced
  • Cauliflower, finely sliced
  • Brussel Sprouts, finely sliced
  • Celery, cut in to chunks
  • White button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon

Green and white salad 1

To make the salad, place all the vegetables in a large bowl, add the salt, lemon and oil and mix to combine well.  Add the raisins and serve.White and red salad 2

I had this with some slices of this lovely bacon wrapped ham I bought half price on Sunday.Bacon wrapped ham

This was a very tasty and satisfying lunch and used 11 points (raisins = 2, oil = 4 and 143g of ham = 5).White and green salad with ham


I kept busy this afternoon. The Christmas tree came down and all the decorations were put away.  I know lots of people wait for Twelfth Night but after NYE I think Christmas is over and want the house cleared up again.

Christmas tree

When the chores were all done, 3 boys (and Beryl) stretched out in front of the fire and one ate toasted marshmallows.  The toasting marshmallows did make the house smell heavenly but I managed to resist.Toasting marshmallows

By late afternoon I was peckish so I had a large juicy Naval orange.  It was so good I had another.Juicy orange


Dinner was vegetable based again.  I made a lovely orange and purple coleslaw using carrots, red cabbage and red onion with a light coating of mayonnaise.Purple and orange coleslaw

Served with a jacket potato, Cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes and red pepper.  I didn’t have enough points for any butter so went without which was fine as the raw vegetables were juicy enough.  This dinner was 17 points (Cheddar = 5, mayonnaise = 6 and 157 g potato = 6).Dinner 1-1-13



So what is a Happiness Jar?  It is a lovely idea I got from my friend Lisa.  You find a jar.  I am using this one because it is one of my favourites.  I love the blue glass and the way the colours change as the light changes.  I also like the shape of it and the fact my Dad gave it to me.

Blue jar


I have written a label.Happiness sign

We are ready!

Happiness Jar

The idea of the jar is to fill it with all the things that have made you happy during the year.  When something makes you happy, make a note of it and pop it in the jar.  This time next year we can have fun reading them.  I have already added a happiness to the jar.the first Happiness

I hope this year brings you lots of happiness.

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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6 Responses to The Happiness Jar

  1. veg grower up the road says:

    What a lovely idea Zoe. I’m sure it will fill quickly as you’re always doing such wonderful things with a lovely network of family and friends around you. Happy New Year and long may your Happiness Jar be full. Xxxxx

  2. Laura Stavro says:

    I love your Happiness Jar Zoe. I can’t wait to hear about your excitement when you read these back on December 31. And judging by your pictures today you and Harvey and the dogs got the Mile a Day in 2013 done.

  3. suzjones says:

    What a wonderful idea Zoe. Much like the gratitude journal but the good thing about this jar is that anyone in the house can put something in it. 🙂

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