Mile A Day

I was packing a lot in today so meals were fast.

I made breakfast last night – Chocolate Chia Oats from a newly discovered blog called Sugar Free Mom which my friend Laura recommended for me last night.  I mixed together:

  • 40 g porridge
  • 100 g Yeo Valley Natural Probiotic yogurt
  • 150 ml soya milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp apricot kernel butter

This lot added up to 13 points.  Not worth that many points and I don’t like chocolate for breakfast.  It made me want to eat sweets all day 😦

making overnight oats

So easy to wake up and there is breakfast,  all ready :-).

chocolate overnight oats

Talking of Laura, she has been very supportive of my efforts to lose weight and gain health.  Laura has been particularly encouraging of increasing activity.  So people do not feel daunted by the prospect of adding activity in to already busy lives, she suggests just trying to add a mile a day.  If you walk briskly, that only takes 20 minutes.  So far this year I have managed to fit it in nearly every day.  It is successful because it is not too much but it is enough to bring health benefits and help weight loss.

I earned 7 points today due to activity which is great.

Laura has set up a Facebook page to encourage us all to do M.A.D.  Have a look – it is very motivational.

After today’s activity, I was starving so made a very quick lunch which was excellent.  This beef salad would be an easy thing to do in the evening after a day at work.  I think it took about 10 minutes to prepare from deciding to make it to sitting down and eating.

I got the recipe from Donna Hay’s book ‘Off The Shelf, Cooking From The Pantry’.  I had some spare steak as James was not home to eat his last night and I have meals planned for the weekend.  It would have been a shame to waste it!

Spicy Beef Salad

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 Rump steak
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Green salad leaves
  • Celery
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh coriander
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp spicy Asian paste (I used Thai Taste Tom Yum Paste)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves


  1. Heat oil in pan and fry steak.  I like mine pink but not bloody so did 3 minutes per side.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Make salad with green leaves, celery, mint and coriander and place in bowl.
  4. Mix sugar and lime juice and dress salad.  Toss to mix well.
  5. Heat paste in frying pan for 1 minute and crumble kaffir lime leaves on top.
  6. Slice beef and add to pan.  Stir to coat in the spicey paste.
  7. Place on top of salad and serve.

Rump Steak sloced beef with lime spicy beef on green salad beef and green salad
This was absolutely delicious.  The spicy paste left a warmth in my mouth and was a wonderful contrast to the sweet and tangy dressing in the salad.  It was quick and easy to make and another bonus is that it was only 7 points (165 g rump steak = 5, 1 tbsp Tom Yum = 1, 1 tsp oil = 1 and 1 tsp sugar = 1).

One of the best parts of this lunch was the mint.  I was dubious about adding it but it combined with the other flavours very well.  I now have plenty left to add to hot water for a very refreshing drink and for some exciting recipes I am planning for tomorrow.

Mint leaves in jarI am going out tonight, over the road to Sarah’s for drinks and nibbles which always spells diet disaster.  I will try and be good.

I wasn’t in the mood for a meal tonight or more to the point, cooking anything so I had 2 Karg’s crispbreads with butter and Gruyere.  Plus an apple and some almonds.  Then some more almonds and some dates.  So today I have used all my normal points and activity points and some weekly points.  Hope I’m going to behave tonight!

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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4 Responses to Mile A Day

  1. Lucy says:

    I love the idea of ‘spare’ steak. Looks amazing. Well done on the walking, it will soon become second nature xx

  2. Laura says:

    Zoe, first thank you for mentioning my passion for getting people in this day and age of technology to get a minimum of at least 1 mile a day in. Hopefully people will recognize the health benefits of making themselves a priority and moving for at least 20 minutes a day walking briskly/jogging/running/biking.
    I love to use left-over steak with Bob’s homemade Caesar Salad. He always makes enough we can have two salads so I slice the beef like you do and let it marinate for an hour before I put the Caesar together. Yummy.
    I am with you on not enjoying Chocolate for breakfast. I tried with the make ahead breakfast from Oh She Glows last year and ended up using the rest of both the chocolate powder and the carob powder in chocolate drinks blended with hemp hearts and almond mile for after my workouts. Now that was good!
    Bravo for your 2013 success at regaining control over your release of weight by eating nutritiously and getting the exercise in!

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