So much in life is planned, organised, scheduled.  It has to be and I get that.  But I do enjoy days that happily evolve from an open and clear page in the diary to a pleasant variety of events.

I woke up early and drank the 1 litre of water I plan to start each day with.  I also went swimming as I was up early and so was in the pool by 7:30am which is a great way to start the day.1 litre water Back at home I tried to recreate the apricot and mango smoothie I enjoyed so much yesterday.mango apricot blender A large one for me and a smaller one for Harvey as he had munched his way through some carrots with humous so didn’t need as much.  I think it is the texture of this I like so much and the colour.  Just fabulous.mango and apricots and smoothies I was still hungry so I had a small papaya too.papaya in white bowl We then very happily accepted an invitation up the road so Harvey could have a swim and I could chat to David and Annette.F garden We sat in their stunning garden which is one of the finalists for the Kent Life garden of the year competition.  I do hope they win as it really is glorious and an absolute pleasure to sit in.coffee with Fettes Lunch was a very simple salad; green leaves and mange tout from the garden with celery, cucumber, and tomatoes.  Instead of a dressing I added some sultanas and goldenberries as I am trying very hard to reduce my fat intake.salad with 2 dried fruits Some of the high carb, low fat eaters I follow on Instagram eat huge bowls of green leaves with dates and I wondered how that helped as I have become accustomed to an oily dressing.salad and dried fruit Adding some dried fruit works very well actually.Goldenberries We had a visit from Aunty Marion and Edward this afternoon and enjoyed a walk together over the road in the woods.  I always enjoy seeing my Aunty and it’s quite a treat to have her all to myself.

Supper was a very quick and easy meal of oven roasted sweet potato fries (no oil or salt) and dry pan fried brown rice with vegetables.Stir fry and fries

I have had many chores this evening and as I sat at my computer, I munched my way through loads of cherries so I may well turn in to one of the Witches of Eastwick!

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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