Back To The Blog

Well hello strangers!  I knew I hadn’t blogged for a long time but I had no idea it was since September.  Wow!!  I can’t promise to be back to blogging almost daily but I do want to get back to blogging regularly and back to losing weight.  I have been dreadful over the past few months so let’s leave the past in the past and move forwards.  Well, let’s do that after a quick catch up.

I have finally moved to Hasting and am loving it.  Harvey and I now live in a Victorian terraced house near Alexandra park and we hope Lara will visit often.

I moved in just before Christmas when I had 3 weeks off work to move and settle in.  It meant Christmas was a busy time, especially since I hosted but I was very lucky and help from my sisters and friends. Christmas was enjoyable and a welcome break from chores.  It was lovely to have my family all visiting and helping make the house feel like our new home.

I have been on a 5 day juice only fast.  I followed Jason Vale’s 5 Pounds in 5 Days programme which was very easy to stick to.  So this morning (Saturday), was the first time I ate anything since last Sunday.  I broke my fast with quarter of a watermelon which I really enjoyed.  It was a particularly juicey one.p1070865It has been threatening to snow all day but it just didn’t quite happen.  It was damp and murky outside but I was on a mission, after a very sedentary week, to walk my 10,000 step target as a minimum.  So Harvey and I set off to walk to St.Leonard’s for lunch.

Whenever I can I like to walk beside the sea.  It was quite calm and a milky pale green colour today.p1070870

p1070871p1070872p1070873We walked to a recently re-located restaurant; Nico’s Kitchen.  It is now at 35 King’s Road in St.Leonards.  It’s a mainly vegan restaurant and I was kean to try it.

Harvey had sushi and sourdough toast with 2 types of humous.  I had stuffed mini peppers with an almond sauce and Vietnamese rolls with chili dips.p1070875p1070876I had mine with a mug of peppermint tea.  It was all very tasty and the almond sauce served with the mini peppers was particularly delicious.  All the dishes can be served as a main or starter.  As I hadn’t been here before I wanted to try as many as possible hence we ordered 2 starter sizes each but it wasn’t quite enough; I realised I should have had a starter and a main.  They were very helpful and served Harvey an extra portion of toast for his humous dips.p1070877On the way back we walked via one of my favourite shops – Trinity Wholefoods.  It’s only a little shop but it stocks a wide range of products and I try and shop there whenever I can.  I bought some groceries and we headed home.p1070878By the time we had walked home I had over 12,000 steps on my Fitbit which I was pleased about.  It would have been easy to just stay inside on such a miserable day but having gone out, we enjoyed our potter about and lunch out.

Harvey had chosen these from Trinity Wholefoods to eat but they were too spicy for him.  Unfortunately I loved them and ate too many.  I was annoyed with myself for that and must be more disciplined.

p1070886After a lovely relaxing afternoon, having a doze and then doing some some knitting, I made supper.  I had found some recipes online I wanted to cook and I chose to make the  Vibrant Vegan Double Broccoli Buddha Bowl from 101 Cookbooks.  If you click on the link it should take you to the recipe.


In summary you cook some quinoa, make a broccoli pesto with broccoli, almonds and garlic and mix the pesto with the quinoa.  I added salad, cooked broccoli, tomatoes, cucumber, mixed salad, toasted almonds and mixed sprouts to the quinoa.  I also added some Vegan Blue cheese dressing and a dash of sriracha, a hot chilli sauce.p1070879p1070881p1070882p1070883p1070885

It was very tasty but I do now feel very full.  The almonds and dressing made it very rich.  This bowl packed in a  lot of really good nutrients and was a pleasure to eat and I have leftovers in the fridge which is always a good thing.

I am pleased I am back to blogging and hoping it will help motivate me to exercise regularly and eat well.  Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017.

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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5 Responses to Back To The Blog

  1. Tina Harfield says:

    Welcome back Zoe, you have been missed. Tina

  2. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, it sure is good to see your blog again. Welcome back and congratulations on the move. You must send me your address.

  3. Micheal says:

    Great article, Some of the tips are just awesome. The one about bananas was interesting, some days ago I was reading this article
    and i thought that losing weight eating bananas was just an illusion. However, now it ssems legit to me.Have to try it.

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