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