April Showers

Why is it that when I have to get up to go in to London for work, I am usually fast asleep when the alarm goes at 6am?  But when I am working from home and I don’t have to get up until 7am, I am wide awake at 6am?  Very frustrating.

But instead of being frustrated I got up and started my day early.  I was logged on to my work laptop by 6:45 and got a good hours work in while all was still peaceful.

I decided to make a very purple smoothie for breakfast, featuring beetroot.  Is it weird to fancy beetroot for breakfast?  Probably!  But I had some left in the garden so I added it to a smoothie.

Beetroot on counter I fancied making a very purple smoothie so I also added blueberries, close up blueberriesAcai powder,
close up to AcaiSprouted broccoli seeds,
Broccolie seed sprouts RasperriesRaspberry pile and of course the beetroot.  I washed it and cut off the top and tail and chucked it in the blender with the skin on.  I assume that adds to the vitamin and mineral level.Beetroot close up So how was it?  The most amazing colour.raspberry red smoothie close up But it tasted like horseradish!  It really did and the more I drank the more horseradishy it tasted.  I think the beetroot was woody and the broccoli sprouts are quite peppery so that was not a good combination.  Shame as the other ingredients would have made a delicious smoothie.  As well as the ingredients pictured, I added 100ml coconut water and 100 g natural yogurt.  This was 341 calories.raspberry red smoothie Mid morning I snacked on a pear.bite from a pear For lunch I cooked up loads of kalekale cooking with red and yellow peppers, red onion, mushrooms and chicken.veg in frying pan I stirred in a Waitrose Hoisin and Plum stir fry sauce which was delicious and served it with rice.  This is brown basmati rice but I add vegetable stock to the cooking water which makes it yellow.  This lovely lunch was quick and easy to make.  It took 40 minutes from start to finish and cost me 703 calories.  Most of those calories came from the chicken and the rice.chicken in hoisin and rice This was absolutely delicious and every morsel was devoured.chicken in Hoisin sauce These 2 boys also ate a huge stack of veggies and declared it a really yummy meal.Harry and Harvey What bizarre weather we have had today.  Sunny one minute and then raining so hard we could have had a shower in it.  Harry and Harvey decided extraordinarily heavy rain was the perfect time to go on the trampoline.Boys on trampoline 2 Boys will be boys!boys on trampoline 1 When they came in, dried off and warmed up they had a toasted raisin and cinnamon bagel.  Too hard for me to resist so I had one too.  I had one with butter and Philadelphia.  It was so good I had another one with Cheddar cheese in it.  That afternoon snack cost me a whopping 990 calories !!!!Bagel and cheddarI well and truly burst the calorie bank today but it is ok as it was my first day over the line all week.  Tracking the calories is such a good way to see how much you have eaten.  I heroically went out this evening and bought and then served everyone fish and chips and managed to not even sneak one chip.  Supper for me is a cup of herbal tea.  So although I ate some inferior food and went over my calories, I have not abandoned my tracking and healthy eating weight loss plan.  Phew!

Totals 2,074 222 89 102 77 1,541
Your Daily Goal 1,630 224 54 61 33 2,500
Remaining -444 2 -35 -41 -44 959
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sugar Sodium

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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One Response to April Showers

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe you did great and ate with lots of colour today. It is good to go over your calories a couple times a week.

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