A Perfect Day On The Diet

Today was perfect.  I was perfect.  The diet was perfect.

I have decided to start counting calories.  I know I am eating lots of healthy foods but I do have a tendency to eat large portions.  Also, I eat foods which are high in calories, although healthy, such as nuts, seeds and avocado.  I am so determined to lose weight this year, lots of weight, that I need to be more disciplined.  So I found myself an App I liked the look of and got tracking.  Having input my height, weight and how much I want to lose each week (2 pounds), I need to eat 1,200 calories a day which seems very manageable.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast made with kale and raw buckwheat groats, which I soaked for a couple of hours first to soften.

spinach and buckwheat in blenderI added hemp seeds,
hemp seeds a kiwi fruit plus coconut water.kiwi and hemp seeds I blitzed it for ages so it was super smooth.  357 calories of green goodness.  The flavour was a tad too kale but I am quite used to these green smoothies now and so I enjoyed it.green smoothie 10-1-14 I worked hard all morning and just before lunch decided to take the dogs over the road for a walk.  It was sunny so walking was a very enticing prospect.  It was wonderful to feel the sun on my face.  sunny walk 10-1-14 Our usual route was slightly challenging.  Some trees were clambered over broken tree and others were walked around.tree across path Lots of water everywhere.walk 10-1-14 3 walk 10-1-14 2 I could have walked for ages today but I needed to get back to work.  Today was a busy one.  I was pleased to see my walk burned off 210 calories.walk 10-1-14 1 Lara had made lunch while I was walking so I walked back home to this bowl of deliciousness.chicken and mushroom salad Mixed salad leaves, red pepper, tomato and avocado, topped with chicken and mushrooms that had been stir fried in coconut oil, garlic and soy sauce.  I didn’t want to use any calories on a dressing so I ate it as it was and thoroughly enjoyed it all.  Thank you Lara.lunch 10-1-14 Lara made supper too which I was thankful for as I didn’t finish working until nearly 7pm.   Sea bass cooked in a coconut milk based curry sauce, served on brown Basmati rice with tenderstem broccoli.  It was fantastic and came in at 640 calories.  The coconut milk was very high.dinner 10-1-13So today  I ate very healthy food, I exercised and I came in under my calorie target.

Totals 1,375 117 58 103 30 1,253
Your Daily Goal 1,410 176 47 71 53 2,300
Remaining 35 59 -11 -32 23 1,047
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sugar Sodium
*You’ve earned 210 extra calories from exercise today

Apparently I have 35 calories left which is great.  I am under the carbs, sugar and sodium allowances but over the fat and protein.  I personally think we can eat more fat and protein and should eat less carbs than the standard recommended amounts so I am pleased with my day’s eating.

The only thing missing is a large glass of wine, something I usually enjoy in front of a fire on a Friday evening at this time of year.  But I am putting my health first and feeling really good about that.

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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3 Responses to A Perfect Day On The Diet

  1. Hi Zoe. Happy New Year to you and James. I would like to use a diet app – which one did you choose? x

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