Happy Birthday Ladies

What a day it is for birthdays.  Happy Birthday to Rebecca and of course Her Maj’ who turned 87 today – and still works hard.  What a woman!  But the biggest happy birthday is for my sister Lucy and I had a lovely day helping her celebrate.  My eating was by no means healthy.  In fact it was a diet disaster but I confess I did enjoy it all.

My day started ridiculously early.  I was awake much earlier then I needed to be and at 7 am I got up as I was kean to get in the garden before we went out.  It was freezing cold outside and frosty!

Yesterdays planting survived the night and was all looking very perky in the early morning sunshine.

strawberry pot

I sowed some seeds today; 2 types of lettuce, sweetcorn and courgettes.  I planned to sow more but it was way too cold!sowing seeds I had a nutty granola with a banana for breakfast.  Yummy but the sugar rush set me up for the rest of the day with a craving for sugar.  I bought a “healthy” brand of cereal but when you check the ingredients, the sugar level is really high and the banana adds a load more sugar.Nutty granola and banana We met up at our house in Ramsgate and walked round to Broadstairs.  Aunty Marion joined us too and we walked along in the chilly April sunshine, enjoying the bright blue skies and coastal scenery.Family on the beach I have blogged about this lovely walk before but here are a few more pictures.  This walk is so enjoyable being partly along the lovely sandy beachThe beach, heading for Broadstairs and partly along the promenades.Walking along the promenadeAfter an hours stroll (which you could do more quickly) we arrived at the picturesque setting that is Viking Bay, Broadstairs.
Viking Bay We had a table booked at Osteria Posillipo in Broadstairs.  The decor in here is a bit basic and it is cramped but the food is excellent and the staff very friendly, particularly to the children.

While we browsed the menu we nibbled on olives and drank some white wine.  Yes, I had a glass of vino and very nice it was too.

I had chicken escalopes with Parma ham and Mozarella in a white wine sauce.  It looks like it is swimming in butter but it is not.  Served with sautee potatoes and spinach.  There were 3 pieces of chicken and I gave one to James.  However, I also tried some gnocchi and lasagne so I expect it all evened out.chicken with sautee potatoes This would have been a healthier option.  Aunty Marion chose the antipasti starter for 2 which made it a meal size which is a good idea.antipasti for 2 This was a pine nut tart with vanilla ice cream.  Not what I was expecting at all.  I thought it would be a pastry tart filled with pine nuts and caramelised.pine nut cake After a long and leisurely lunch we returned to the house for presents and more cake!birthday cake for Lucy This is one of my favourite spots to sit and relax and admire the view.My favourite spot I like it even more with my family sitting on it 🙂chilling on the sofaRamsgate Marina looked gorgeous in the afternoon sunshine.
Ramsgate marine 2What a lovely view.
View of Ramsgate marina

You will probably not be surprised to hear that I was not hungry when we got home after such a big lunch and cake.  Tomorrow will be focused on not eating sugar and eating very healthily.

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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