Spring Is Here

Finally we had a day that feels as if Spring has arrived 🙂  It was so lovely to wake up to sunshine and a hint of warmth.  It definitely put a spring in my step and before I had even thought about breakfast I was in sorting mode, again.  Having recently done Harvey’s room and the study I tackled the utility room and porch today.  In the utility room I found a seed growing kit my sister gave me which had become buried under the family detritus that tends to collect in the less used parts of the house.  Having unearthed them  I planted the seeds and placed them, as directed, on a sunny windowsill.  Literally 🙂

Sow Gourmet mustard seeds

For breakfast I had 100g natural yogurt with 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 pink grapefruit and a handful of blueberries.pink grapefruit, blueberries

The grapefruit was so juicy it made a delicious breakfast.  285 calories.Grapefruit, blueberries and yogurt

I was really happy to spend about an hour and a half in the spring sunshine with Annette, walking in the woods over the road.  It was cooler out than the sunshine may have suggested but nevertheless it was a wonderful way to get some exercise.4 dogs in woods

Finally the crocuses are out 🙂spring flowers 3 Spring flowers 2

And the primroses but the daffodils remain wrapped up.Spring flowers 1

We were having our main meal at lunch time today.  I made a large salad with red pepper, button mushrooms and celery.  I also added lettuce and served cucumber separately as one of us despises it!Chopped raw vegetables

We had sauteed potatoes.Sauted potatoes

Plus steak.  James had been to the local butchers and chosen huge slabs of meat but I was meaner/economical/fat conscious and cut them in half.  Each piece of sirloin steak weighed about 125 g which was plenty.  Cooked, just how I like it, pink but not bloody.pink but not bloody

The salad was dressed in a simple French Dressing and I added nothing else to the meal.  This lunch was 651 calories.  The steak was 298 and the potatoes (which is one potato cut in to 4) nearly 250.  I heroically resisted the chocolate brownies and ice-cream the others enjoyed for dessert and managed to forego the customary Sunday lunch time glass of vino.steak, salad and taters

I made such a delicious supper I am going to share it as a recipe.

Thai Style Vegetables and Rice

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • Small green pepper
  • Large handful of kale
  • Handful of brussel sprouts
  • Handful of button mushrooms
  • 100 g cooked brown basmati rice
  • Half a sachet of “Sweet and Fragrant Thai Stir Fry Sauce” (from Waitrose)
  • Soy Sauce

kale, broccoli, brussels, pepper and mushrooms

Method

  1. Chop all vegetables in to bite sized pieces
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan
  3. Add vegetables and fry for about 2 minutes, stirring regularly
  4. If the vegetables begin to stick, add a splash of water
  5. Add a splash of soy sauce (I probably added 1 tbsp)
  6. Add the rice and stir to mix in with the vegetables
  7. Add half a sachet of the sauce
  8. Stir fry for 1 – 2 minutes and serve

Cooking the veg and rice

This was absolutely delicious.  I enjoyed every mouthful and can’t wait to make it again.  This bowlful was 457 calories.Thai style veg and rice stir fry

I needed nothing else with it because I had eaten sufficient protein at lunch time for the remainder of the day and it certainly was not lacking in flavour.  Yum, yum, yum!Thai style stir fry

So another successful day of counting calories and eating healthily.  My daily calorie intake was 1491.  That makes my average over the week 1,466 per day so I am on target.  I am actually below target because I do not take in to account the extra calories I earn each day by exercising so I am very pleased with this weeks efforts.

I am also very pleased with myself for having absolutely no alcohol all week, despite 3 evenings out 🙂 .  I have my diet mojo back and am beginning to feel much healthier and definitely happier for it.  Here’s hoping next week is as good as this one was!

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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One Response to Spring Is Here

  1. laura1952 says:

    What a great week of eating you had and no vino. High fives for that one Zoe. Cheers to finding your “I want to be/eat/drink healthier” week and another one to come.

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