21 Years Ago Today

21 years ago today I looked like this!  Soon after this picture was taken I was in hospital becoming a Mother for the first time.

Very pregnant Zoe


Many hours later, during which time I nearly died,  (I needed an emergency caesarean but I had an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic which brought on a massive asthma attack) I was able to focus on my lovely baby.  Our first visitor was my sister Lucy.  That hospital looks like something from a war zone!
First visitor was LucyShe was such a beautiful baby.

Baby Lara laughing

Who grew in to a beautiful girl (this is her first appearance as a bridesmaid, at Sally’s wedding).

Sally's Wedding - Zoe and Lara

Who grew in to the beautiful young lady she is today.  Happy birthday darling xx

birthday cake time

I always feel emotional on my children’s birthdays and today was no exception.  I find it hard not being with them on their special day but I can’t complain today as I had all weekend with Lara.

I started the day as I meant to go on, with a healthy breakfast.  Porridge made with soya milk, with chia seeds, a banana and 1 tbsp almond nut butter.

hearty porridge

It is snowy outside!!!  I couldn’t get to work as Harvey’s school was closed until 9:30 am and there was no one to take him.  My car is not good enough in the snow to tackle the long and winding icy lane that leads to his school and the near neighbour who often helps at such times was not going anywhere as the school her eldest 2 attend was closed for the day.  So I worked from home.  Apart from a walk around the garden and some energy expended clearing the drive a little bit, I didn’t go anywhere or do anything.snow scene 6 snow scene 5 snow scene 4 snow scene 3 snow scene 2 snow scene 1

Lunch was easy – party leftovers of salmon, potato salad, noodle and mango salad and tomatoes.party leftovers

Yummy.lunch 21-1-13

It would be very hard to decide today, which of my gorgeous children was my favourite.  Was it my little boy,  who amused himself for hours at a time so I could focus on my work?  He is seen here drinking a cup of tea I made him because I was concerned he may have frozen to the spot as he was in the garden for so long on his own.  He had grand plans to build a fortress.H drinking tea

I suspect this will be as big as it gets though as the snow may start to melt tomorrow 🙂back of the bunker

Or is my favourite child of the day the gorgeous girl who sent me this beautiful bouquet of flowers as a thank you for spoiling her so much over the weekend.  Which also came with chocolates which I ate during a lull in the afternoon.  I can’t decide – as we all know, Mummys don’t have favourites.  Thank you Lara, they are wonderful and you are very naughty to spend the money you don’t have anyway on me.flowers from Lara

I didn’t finish working until gone 7 so supper was a tasty but rushed affair.  Some stir fried onions, broccoli and tomatoes,onion, brocoli and tomato

with eggsegg and veg wrap

in a wrap.egg and veg close upToo cold to go to Weight Watchers tonight so no weight update – which is most definitely a good thing this week!



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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