Losing Weight

It feels so good to be losing weight again.  Phew.  Since March 13th, I had been slowly but surely gaining weight thanks to weekends away and too many celebrations which then seem to make me fall off the healthy eating wagon and eat bad food again.  And way too much of it.  But I am so determined to eat better and feel better this year that I am back to whole foods and plant-based meals.  The ridiculous thing is that I feel so much better when I eat the Whole Food Plant-Based way; I feel more energetic, I sleep better, I feel more comfortable in myself, I am more alert and in general feel much happier.  I also told myself this week that it will be hard, there will be moments when I want to eat the cakes/biscuits/chocolates that others do around me but I can’t.  So I need to grit my teeth and get through those moments by taking myself off for a walk or making a cup of tea or having a piece of fruit.  That is what I have done this week and the scales have rewarded my efforts as I have now lost the 4 pounds I put on since the end of March so I am back to a 23 pound loss this year so far.

weight loss

I worked from home today so had time to make a lovely breakfast smoothie bowl.  This was delicious and I did actually lick the bowl!breakfast 24-4-15 2 3 frozen bananas, about 10 fresh strawberries, maca powder, green sea greens, cacao powder, coconut, almond milk and topped with coconut and cacao nibs.breakfast 24-4-15 1Thanks to having a long meeting between 12 and 2 I ended up having a very late lunch, by which time I was starving.  One baked potato and a heap of rocket, spinach and watercress.
potato and green leaves Plus the rest of the braised aubergine, tomato and onion dish I made last weekend.lunch 24-4-15 2 I really like that braised veggie dish and will definitely be making it again.  This was a great lunch.lunch 24-4-15 It was sunny today but not warm enough to sit outside as there is a chilly nip in the air.wooden table Wandering around watering, it was pleasantly warm though and the spring flowers are looking lovely.garden 24-4-15 I had so much for lunch and as it was so late I didn’t fancy supper so I just had some grapes.  As it’s Friday I may treat myself to a glass of wine too.grapes in blue bowl

I hope you all have happy weekends.

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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