Chinese New Year 2015

I have had a fun and busy and not the best eating couple of days!  Friday weigh day was a no change result which I was partly relieved about as I did minimal exercise last week and ate too much on some days.  Weighing the same is better than a gain!

Yesterday I played tennis for the first time in about 9 months and loved it.  I had got my timings wrong and ended up with 5 minutes to make breakfast before I went so I made a very quick smoothie with 2 frozen bananas, pineapple and a persimmon.  No time to add anything else.  It tasted good and provided energy for the tennis but not long after.

banana, pineapple and persimmon Lunch was a very quick and easy bowl of pasta.Tagliatelle I made a very simple sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes and served it with pea shoots and cucumber.pasta and salad Unfortunately I had a bit of a Nutella and toast-fest in the late afternoon.  I blame a bad night’s sleep, an unfortunate incident with some laundry detergent that was actually washing up liquid and poor meal planning.  Harvey decided that to help me protect his jar of Nutella, he would hide it in his room – that works for me!

We woke up this morning to a very unexpected flurry of huge snow flakes.  I hadn’t seen it  forecast so was really surprised.snow I was anxious too because I was expecting my fab friend BJ to be arriving from Leicestershire and didn’t want snow to stop play.  Luckily it didn’t and he arrived safely and on time.snow Feb 2015I have mentioned this before and I am going to mention it again.  If you like chilled water, keep a jug in the fridge with some fruit and veggies in it to make it really refreshing.  This blend, of lemon peel, an orange and some cucumber is excellent.
fruit infused water Breakfast today was a really delicious smoothie made with 2 frozen bananas, 2 fresh persimmons, blue algae, coconut water, lucuma, acai and mixed nut butter. awesome smoothie 21-2-15 Topped with cacao nibs.  This was one of the tastiest I have had.smoothie 21-2-15 We then headed off to Andrew and Alison’s for a Chinese with my sister Abi and her family to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Chinese decs at Burrell's We snacked on some rice crackers brought back from a recent trip to Singapore.  I didn’t eat any that obviously had prawns in but I can not vouch for the vegan or even vegetarian suitability of the crackers.  I also had far too many crisps, wine and pink bubbles.rice crackers I was saved from complete ruin because I was driving home.  I have just noticed my reflection in the picture 🙂wine o'clock We did have a lovely day, eating, drinking, chatting and the Burrell's Max and Katie We didn’t eat until about 4:30 by which time I was so hungry I ate far too many vegetable spring rolls.  I also had a large bowl full of rice and vegetable curry.spring rolls and seaweed Alison and Kit I completed my over eating with a portion of Andrew’s home made sticky toffee pudding which was so good it was actually worth every calorie. It was a small portion with no cream.  I will go to bed dreaming about that perfect pudding tonight.sticky toffee pudding Burrell

I am going to have to be ultra good again from tomorrow.  It is one of the situations I find the hardest to eat well in; everyone around me is tucking in to food and drink I am trying to avoid and there were no fruit and vegetable alternatives.  I really enjoyed myself but do feel very uncomfortable now as I ate far too much but it was a great day.  Thank you to BJ for visiting and to Alison and Andrew for having us all over.


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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