I definitely needed a nutritious start today as I had rather an arduous task ahead of me today.  Passionfruit!  I find the pips irritating but in a blender they are blitzed smooth just leaving the flavour which is the bit I like.


Added to the blender with spinach, banana, chia seeds and coconut the blender

Plus some Matcha powder for some extra green goodness.Inside matcha can Super Power Green Matcha green smoothie 1

Thus fortified Lara and I set off for Ikea.  Walking through the door makes me want to run out screaming but we had things to do so we got on with it.  We started with a coffee and shared this rather anaemic looking and tasteless ham and cheese panini.Ikea panini

We had planned to pop in to Dad’s for a cuppa on our way home, but he was having a late lunch with my sister Lucy and her family so we joined in too 🙂

This is a tiny plate with a small amount of roast duck, 2 potatoes, peas and baby carrots.  My Dad is a very generous host and had we said we were going for lunch there would have been plenty of food but we had said we would pop in for a cup of afternoon tea so we just got left overs.  We did rather well, gatecrashing their lunch and it was lovely.Small roast dinner

My Dad is very partial to all Dairy products and in particular, cream and butter.  After some lovely mango cheesecake we also had clotted cream ice-cream with cream!  Dairy overload.  I tried both flavours of ice-cream.  Both portions were quite modest but in total that was one huge amount of full-fat and high sugar food!Clotted cream ice cream

Followed by a good strong coffee.Coffee at Dad's


It was lovely to see everyone.

Lunch at Dad's

My Dad collects postcards.  Mainly historic photographic cards but he also has a large collection of saucy seaside style postcards which were rather amusing to look through.Saucy Nurse postcard

They are definitely of their time!Saucy postcard

As are the notes people used to write on them.Writing on postcard

Back at home we were treated to a lovely fish pie which James made for us.  Fish Pie

Served with a selection of green vegetables.Fish pie and green veg

I think I have been taking the “eat what you like” between fast days too literally.  I have totally pigged out this weekend.  Tomorrow is another fast day and I am going to track everything on My Fitness Pal to reduce calories and portion sizes and mainly, cut out sugar.  I did have a lovely weekend though and was very happy to spend so much time with my family, which was a real treat.

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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