Aloe Aloe

I lost 2 pounds last week which was a bit of a pleasant surprise after the weekend’s excesses and my Prosecco evening last Wednesday.  I felt happy about that and really pleased I bought my new scales last week so I can plot my progress.

It looked like a promising day on the terrace today; shame I had to work but I intended to get out for a walk at some point.P1080305I juiced up a bag of watercress, some blueberries and 2 apples for breakfast and made them in to a smoothie with half an avocado and some aloe vera jelly.  P1080313Check out that monster aloe vera leaf!P1080314When you cut in to it the centre is full of jelly.P1080315I looked up what to do with it (any advice would be appreciated though) and I read to peel it and blend it in to a smoothie.  I also rubbed some of the gloopy jelly on my face, hands and arms.  I cut off a piece about the size of half a small avocado.P1080317It looks pretty.P1080319It tasted very pleasant.P1080320For lunch I made a large salad bowl with some kimchi which is a Korean fermented vegetable condiment.P1080321I had some rice, alfalfa and radish sprouts, chestnut mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spinach, wilted red kale, beetroot , mangetout and cucumber.P1080322I snacked on some prunes, dried apricots and dried mango in the afternoon and for supper had less than half a pizza.  I bought the base and topped it with some roasted tomatoes I had grown last year, roasted and then frozen.  And one slice of 3 different  vegan cheeses I wanted to taste test.  Not bad.P1080323At about quarter to six we took Milton for a walk on the beach with Rebecca and Beryl.  It was an extraordinary sunset.  There are no filters or enhanced edits on these photos.

Looking West, shortly before 6pm.IMG_4590Looking East.  Such a different light.IMG_4592This dear old dog of ours does love the beach.IMG_4594The colours in the sky just got better and better as we walked West.IMG_4596The stunning sky was reflected in the sand which made the sunset twice as good .IMG_4598IMG_4600IMG_4604The only editing on this photo was some cropping.  It really was amazing being out there and we walked further than we thought we had as we kept walking in the pinkness.IMG_4607We walked back along the track beside the railway line.IMG_4609I ate too many dried fruits today which massively added to my calorie count today.  I consumed 1,966 calories, nearly half of which was from the dried fruits.  I had no idea they had sooo many calories.

I walked over 8,000 steps which is not my target but not bad for a working from home day.

I only managed 6 hours 48 minutes sleep.

I can confirm that the aloe vera and dried fruit (prunes!) lived up to their reputation for being a laxative !

 

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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2 Responses to Aloe Aloe

  1. Sarah Forrest says:

    Stunning photos Zoe. How lovely to live so close to the sea. x

  2. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, I love your use of fresh aloe. Your sunset walk at the beach has just extraordinary colours and beauty. Thanks again for taking your camera and sharing the experience. Congratulations on getting back on the healthier way of living again and releasing 2 pounds when you least expected it. Sometimes our body needs us to relax so we can release in more ways than just the mind.

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