A Birthday Bike Ride

This year Harvey’s birthday was on a Monday, which is a boring old day to have a birthday, whatever age you are.  So we had a pre-birthday on Sunday and let him have his present a day early early – a new bicycle.

It was such a glorious day we headed out to our local forest.  I have not been on a bike since October and was slightly anxious but also looking forward to the exercise and being in the forest.  Not anxious about whether I could ride my bike but anxious about getting tired too quickly.  It was all good though and we cycled around for about an hour and a half.  It was excellent actually and we can’t wait to go back.

cycling in the forest The new bike was put through its paces.  Mud was no problem.Harvey and mud Neither were small hills.Harvey on hill on bike Wait for me, little fella.cycling in forest On the way in to the forest we pass by this Alpaca farm.Alpaccas! Funny looking creatures, they probably thought when we stopped to take their photo.Alpaccas This morning the birthday boy was up bright and early.happy birthday H It is traditional in our house to have American style pancakes with maple syrup for a birthday breakfast.  I managed to resist.Silver dollars Quick chat to his sister and then off to school.chat with LaraHe set off with a birthday cake to share with his friends.  One half was chocolate and one vanilla sponge under a generous layer of whipped buttercream icing and then completely covered in Smarties and M&Ms.  People who know me will spot the section I was allowed to decorate 🙂

Birthday cake 11I had 2 eggs on toasted wholemeal bread.  Then I picked on way too many nuts and dried fruits so was not very hungry at lunch time.

2 fried eggs For lunch I had a green smoothie made with celery, kale, a kiwi, kelp and a mango.green smoothie ingredients and kelo A very green Green Smoothie !Green smoothie 20-5-13After school Harvey came home with 3 of his lovely friends who had a great time.  I don’t get many opportunities to see Harvey with his friends and I really enjoyed hearing them chatting and laughing.  They are growing up, these boys.4 boys on ps

The boys had pizza and ice cream for tea.  I had …… yup…… pizza and ice-cream !  A bad day’s eating for me as I picked too much.  Just one of those days for me but a very happy one for my special boy.

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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4 Responses to A Birthday Bike Ride

  1. gini smith says:

    Happy days with your boy – sometimes it just has to be pizza and ice cream xx

  2. Becky Addis says:

    My boy certainly enjoyed his pizza and ice cream – thank you for having him – and Happy Birthday Harvey. xx

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