Gold Rush

The warm cosy interior and the intoxicating smell of Monmouth proved irresistible this morning.

Monmouth and K&C

I checked on the fab Weight Watchers app and a flat white from Pret is only 2 points.  The Monmouth coffees are small so I was confident 2 points would cover it.  I went inside :-).Monmouth at Borough Market

They may be small but they are perfectly formed and I enjoyed every sip.Monmouth FW

In the office I enjoyed my breakfast.  I made another pot of overnight oats with Chia seeds and soya milk.  For the first time I added an orange.  It was really good.  Probably the best overnight oats I have had.  I will use soya milk and oranges again.oats and orange

It tasted really creamy and was the perfect consistency.  This bowl of golden deliciousness was 6 points (30g oats = 3, milk = 2 and 1 tbsp Chia seeds = 1).oats and orange close up

At lunch time I managed another walk.  I went back to Waterloo Bridge and having checked Google Maps, it is exactly 1 mile from my office to the bridge,  It took me 20 minutes to walk there today so I am pleased to say I have done 2 miles today.  Plus the rest of the pottering about I did.  I am also pleased at that walking rate.

It was very pleasant outside today and mild.  This is the view along South Bank, looking East.  There were lots of people out strolling around and enjoying the mild weather, it made a lovely atmosphere.Southbank 3-1-13

I really like these fish sculptures.

fish on lamp post

It is a 2 headed fish at the base of all the lamp posts.

South Bank lamp post

Gabriel’s Wharf is somewhere I have never been before.Gabriel's Wharf

It contains a fairly funky range of shops and cafes.  Nothing to take away that was healthy for lunch though.Painted buildings

This decoration above Blackfriars Station is very ornate.Top of Blackfriars

After my walk I kept going to Borough Market and was tempted by one of these.  It is part of a larger display of unusual apple varieties.  They are incredibly expensive at £1.60 EACH but I wanted to try one so I treated myself.Vassout display

It was really good but not extraordinary and I don’t want to pay that much for an apple so that may have been a one off experience.  I also bought some grapes without checking the price and they were £3.49 for a small bunch.  That was a lot of gold rushing out of my purse today so I will be more careful next week.Vassout Goldrush

I went to one of my favourite stalls, Veggie Table, and bought the vegan burger which I had with 1 tbsp humous and a small dollop of onion relish.  I really like these vegan burgers.  They are served with salad and the wholemeal seeded bun is moist and chewy.

I wasn’t sure how to calculate the points so I estimated 12 (bun =5, humous = 2, relish = 1 and burger = 4).Vegan burger on board

When I got home I could have been transported back to Nuremberg as there was a strong scent of gingerbread in the air.  My little elves had been busy baking.  I had several undecorated gingerbread people and they were lovely.  I based the points on the Pret gingerbread man and as I had several I put down 16 points.Making gingerbread men

Lara had cooked us a Thai Green Chicken Curry which has mushrooms and red peppers in it.  To save points I skipped the noodles and had mine on a bed of kale I stir fried in coconut oil.  This is a great dieting tip and the kale worked brilliantly.  In fact I think I prefer it to noodles, it worked so well.  It was a lovely supper and I was very grateful to come home to a cooked meal.  13 points (1 chicken breast = 4, curry paste = 1 , honey = 1, coconut milk = 5, vegetable oil for frying chicken etc = 1, 1 tsp coconut oil for frying kale = 1).Thia green curryMy total today was 51 points which is more than my daily allowance of 35.  However, no need to panic.  I still have 30 of my weekly extra allowance left and 14 additional points I earned from the walking I have been doing so I still have plenty of points left for the rest of the week.

On a final happy note, I was thrilled today to be asked by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco if they could use one of my photos.  They asked for the picture I took of an alligator’s back in the Everglades for a video they are making to demonstrate the toughness and sensitivity of alligators.  I am so happy they like it and totally delighted to think people may be seeing one of my photos in a science museum.  That has made my day, if not week, and is a definite entry in to the Happiness Jar 🙂


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 Gold Rush

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    That’s great – how did they come across your photo?

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