Sweet Temptations

I was trapped in a room with homemade cakes this morning and in another room with boxes of filled and iced doughnuts this afternoon!  But I did not have any – woo hoo.  Go me!

There was a home baking sale today in the office to raise money for charity. The cakes were set up in the kitchen so I avoided the kitchen and went out and bought coffee instead.  Simples, I thought.  Unfortunately, I was in a 2 hour workshop from 11-1pm and 3 colleagues arrived with cakes purchased from upstairs.  A challenge to resist as they were home made (my favourite) but in reality, I wasn’t offered any so I escaped.

This afternoon our boss hosted an informal get together in his office and he had bought boxes of Krispy Kreme filled and iced doughnuts to have with coffee.  I am not a huge doughnut fan but I love the custard filled and chocolate covered one.  Anyway, I am proud to report I resisted and just had a cuppa.  It was hard though.

I did OK today.  Mainly because I managed to prepare food at home this morning before going to work.

For breakfast I mixed a scoop of protein powder with 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 2 tbsp hazelnuts, half a punnett of raspberries and about 3 heaped tbsp Natural yogurt.Breakfast ingredients

I really enjoyed it but it was not substantial enough and I was very hungry by lunch time.Breakfast 5-11-13 For lunch I had prepared a generous portion of chicken breast with celery, carrot and yellow pepper, seasoned with salt and pepper.lunch with pepper When it came time to eat I poured the remaining half pot of olives and Feta over the top which made a very tasty and satisfying lunch.lunch 5-11-13 I visited an office near the Monument this afternoon.  Look at how beautiful that sculpture is.sculpture at Monument It was designed by Christopher Wren (who also designed St Paul’s Cathedral) to commemorate all those who died during the Great Fire of London in 1666.  I am using my iPhone as the moment for photos as my little portable camera is broken and it does not do this building justice.  It has a very tall section but my colleagues were in a rush so I couldn’t hang about and take photos.The Monument

I had a bit of a snack attack this evening.  I was making soup with the chicken carcass, onions, carrots, leeks and butternut squash.  But while it was cooking I was hungry so I had some Cheddar and then 2 slices of toast with Smoked Salmon pate.  Now the soup is ready I am not hungry!  It will keep for tomorrow.

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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8 Responses to Sweet Temptations

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, I am Happy Dancing for you resisting all that temptation today. You are doing so well. Keep up the great work.

    • Thank you Laura, as always, for your support and encouragement. I am not losing weight though so need to start eating less. I think I need more protein and less carbs to keep me full longer

      • laura1952 says:

        Reducing the carbs and upping the protein is what worked for my body, as well as the walking and strength training with the resistance band or resistance tubing. Muscle burns fat and fat causes weight compared to lean muscle.

  2. Holly says:

    Zoe, you are doing SO well! I’m utterly rubbish at resisting the doughnuts when they’re around, which just sets me straight back to zero on the “sugar resistance” effort 😦 I’m really impressed with how you’re doing with your healthy eating! To help the weight loss, can you do some aerobic exercise like a gym class once a week, or Circuits, or somat? Fast n furious cycle ride on a weekend? I’m doing running, Pilates and dance at the moment (once a week each) which really helps me.

    • It is hard to exercise enough. 4 days a week I leave the house between 5:15 am and 6:45 am and work straight through until rid and get home with Harvey at 7:30pm who I want to spend time with. Now it’s dark. I have been swimming 1-2 times a week (Fri and sat) and I try to do a walk Sat and Sun. Hard to do more but I agree it would help. So would cutting down the cheese and the new toast habit!

    • It is hard to exercise enough. 4 days a week I leave the house between 5:15 am and 6:45 am and work straight through until end of day, rush for train, rush to meet school bus and get home with Harvey at 7:30pm who I want to spend time with. Now it’s dark. I have been swimming 1-2 times a week (Fri and sat) and I try to do a walk Sat and Sun. Hard to do more but I agree it would help. So would cutting down the cheese and the new toast habit!

  3. Heather says:

    Zoe, a long time reader here. I have read the Sweet Poison book, inspired by you. I am now poised to try it, but I’m scared. I can’t face a life without cake and chocolate, they mean too much to me! How on earth can you do it? It’s just going to take too much willpower for me I think.

    • I am lucky that I have had the support of my family who let me throw out everything with sugar in it. For me that was essential. I followed all the advice in ‘Sweet Poison’ and that helps. I have weak points in my day which I identified. They can be the afternoon so I am allowed to treat myself to a latte or a coffee with real cream in it. Another is the evening but I am allowed toast and butter or some cheese which I do have when needed This doesn’t help the weight loss but keeps me off sugar. Having read many times how bad sugar is for my health, that really motivates me. I now need to kick the cheese and toast habit! Good luck with quitting sugar. It is hard and to succeed I think you need to be convinced of how much it will benefit your health. Think of an allowed great to have when you are desperate. Mine is cheese or buttered toast. What would yours be?

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