Mother’s Day 2013

Happy Mother’s Day, to all the mothers around the world.  I had a really special day and I hope all my friends and family who are Mothers did too.

I had a lovely weekend actually.  I am including Saturday’s breakfast as it was the healthiest thing I managed all weekend.  I had a green smoothie, with hemp protein, Hazelnut milk, chia seeds, spinach, mixed berries, cocoa nibs and Acaii berry powder.

Smoothie things cacao, acai, spinach and berries

Delicious.Cacao nib smoothie

The rest of Saturday was descended in to a cake fest, bread fest and boozy 3 course dinner with lovely local friends.

So Sunday dawned and I felt reasonably chipper.  The little fella requested egg on toast so I was happy to oblige.  Seemed rude to not join him.fried egg on toast

We then went to my sister Abi’s for lunch where I started with a gin and tonic plus crisps, humous and falafel.

Love the tulips my neices and nephew bought their Mummy.

Tulips with G&T

I love their Mummy too.Abi and tulips

Waiting for lunch.Harvey with cousins

My brother-in-law, Jim is a fabulous cook.  He doesn’t cut corners and everything tastes delicious.  Today we had slow roasted pork with roast potatoes, roast carrots, roast parsnips, spring greens and broccoli.  It was just wonderful even more so because I didn’t cook or even help prepare any of it.Roast pork and veg

Followed by home made pavolva with lots of berries.Berry Pavolva

As if all that were not enough, my niece Charlotte had made some delicious caramel cupcakes.

Caramel cupcakes

I was totally stuffed.  Thank you to Jim for cooking such a feast and for looking after us so well.  I had a fabulous afternoon, eating and drinking far too much, chatting and laughing with Abi and doing no chores at all.  I have worked so hard and been so busy lately, a day off was just what I needed.  Thank you – big hugs.

At home I lit the orange and neroli candle my little cherub bought me today.  I thought again, about my Mother and how she never knew the special young man who is her Grandson that she never had the privilege to know.  And he never had the pleasure to know her either.

My Mother only met one of her Grandchildren, my lovely Lara.  Here we are taking Lara to Lyme Regis for the first time.

Mummy at Lyme Regis

She was so thrilled to be a Grandma.  Such a shame it couldn’t be for longer.

Mummy feeding Lara

I haven’t seen you Mummy for more than 20 years.  I still miss you xx. 
Mother's Day candle

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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6 Responses to Mother’s Day 2013

  1. Lara says:

    This is a beautiful blog. The last bit was truly touching and the pictures are lovely. Thankyou for sharing and happy Mother’s Day. I love you with all my heart and always will. I am proud to call you my mummy and lucky to have you in my life. I love you as always x.x.x

  2. laura1952 says:

    Bless you and Happy Mother’s Day. Ours here in Canada is May 12, the week after I do the MS Walk. I am so glad you had such an awesome day. Our Moms are forever in our hearts.

  3. gini smith says:

    Lovely blog, Zoe and Lara’s sweet message xx

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