Weigh Day Tuesday

Tuesday is weigh day and this week I was looking forward to going.  I have been really good this week and although I went over my calories slightly on Saturday, I was slightly under every other day and ended up 82 calories under total which I think is very good.  I have also exercised quite consistently.  So off I went to the leisure centre to get on those scales feeling quite optimistic.

Oh my goodness, you won’t believe it!  I LOST 6 POUNDS THIS WEEK !!!!!!!!  That means I have lost 21 pounds this year so far which is one and a half stones.  I didn’t expect to lose that much and am a bit worried that the scales are wrong.  But I won’t anxst too much about that and will assume they are correct and consider this an amazing week.  To finish this week I ate within calories and managed a walk.

Any self-respecting Scotsman would hitch up his kilt and run to the hills screaming rather than eat my “porridge” today.  I started by wanting to make a traditional porridge and use the Pinhead Oats, also known as steel cut oats, I have.  In Scotland they tend to eat porridge made with oats, water and salt rather then the sweet and milky version we favour in England.  However, after looking online I found this recipe for perfect porridge and decided to try it.  It seemed to be a blend of the 2 styles.

It asked for 1/4 cup each of pinhead and rolled oats.  They are very different to each other to look at and in cooking times.   I used almond milk instead of dairy milk and made it with my pink silicon spatula rather than a traditional spurtle!   I also added chia seeds for extra protein and satiety.2 oats I followed the cooking method in the recipe and it was a good consistency and tasted ok but not quite exciting enough.porridge and chia An apple would make the difference.oats with red apple Perfect.  A lovely bowl of apple porridge made by just grating the apple and stirring it in.

403 calories.oats and apple

I worked form home today and took advantage of some clear skies to take the dogs over the road for a walk.

shed going green It was wetter and muddier over there than ever!muddier then ever There was water where I have never noticed water before.wide water Where I am used to seeing water, it was flowing much faster than usual.fast flowing water 28-1-14

We got back just before the rain began again.

Time for lunch and I made roasted red veggies with chicken and salad.  I roasted 2 tomatoes with thyme, salt and pepper for half an hour and then added beetroot and red pepper and roasted them all for another half hour.  I didn’t use any oil.

roasted reds I prepared a large pile of rocket and lamb’s lettuce and added 100g roast chicken and 50g humous.green leaves, chicken and humousThis was colourful and flavourful.

lunch 28-1-14 1

Every mouthful was an absolute pleasure.  Apart from the beetroot which was not cooked enough.  This is one of the tastiest lunches I have eaten for a while.  Why don’t I roast tomatoes more often?

497 delicious and fabulous calories.lunch 28-1-14I had a lot of work to do today so I was tired by this evening.  Harvey still feels off colour and once again wasn’t hungry.  I couldn’t be bothered to cook so I cheated tonight.

I heated up this can of Thai vegetable curry and added the cooked Basmati rice I had leftover in the fridge.Thai veg curry can

I would have liked to add some spinach but I didn’t have any.  A little fresh basil would have to do.

Thai veg curryThis was perfectly adequate.  Not amazing but for ease and cheapness it hit the spot tonight.

433 calories.Thai curry and rice close up

6 pounds lost eh?

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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9 Responses to Weigh Day Tuesday

  1. laura1952 says:

    I am just so proud of you and what you have set your mind to do and have accomplished. Keep releasing those pounds and stones. I don’t want you to lose them, co’s they might find you again, so I am officially blogging that you have RELEASED 21 Pounds as of today January 28, 2014. Well done again with the food. I have never heard of lambs lettuce or rocket.

  2. Well done Zoe! What a fabulous achievement in 4 weeks, you should be very proud.

  3. gini smith says:

    Some great recipes again recently. Love the green bean chilli one – not that I have made it yet – and the apple porridge. Where do you get your Chia seeds from? There are loads of on-line options but I am sure you have found a good supplier. gx

    • Thank you. I like ‘Raw Health’ Chia seeds. I buy pots of their white and black seeds. This is their website – http://www.rawhealth.uk.com
      I probably buy mine at Planet Organic but I see Holland and Barret in Derby stock their products. They may not stock chia seeds but their website provides online suppliers too. They are expensive but one pot lasts ages. The white ones are porbably my favourite because they are less gloopy than the black but I like them both 🙂

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