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 a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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