Off Plan, Then Back

I did not have a good week last week (I ate too much and did not exercise enough) so resolved to do very well this weekend to set me up for a good week ahead.  Saturday started very well indeed.

For breakfast I steamed the greens: kale, green beans and spinach

IMG_2956and roasted the reds: peppers and tomatoes with fresh thyme and also some chickpeas seasoned with smoked paprika.  No oil added.IMG_2957Enjoyed with some new potatoes.  All free and speed foods with no syns.IMG_2958It was sunny but with rain forecast for the remainder of the day so we took Milton (our dog) in to Hastings Country Park for a walk.  We walked from the car park to the Fairlight side of the park.  It was a delightful walk with interesting skies as they were a mixture of bright sunshine and heavy clouds rolling in.

Our lunch was delicious.  Jacqui gave me a vegan haggis to try and it was so tasty.  I will be eating it regularly but I have to be careful as it has 4 syns per 100g or 20 syns per packet.  That is less than half the syns of the meat version by the way.  I ate 1/4 of the 500g haggis so that’s 5 syns plus 3 syns for the gravy (made with 1 heaped dessert spoon of vegetable gravy granules).  We enjoyed the haggis with mashed potatoes, steamed courgette and broccoli with left over green and red veggies from breakfast.

In the evening I donned my striped jumper and my pirate hat and set off for Robertsbridge for another evening of madness and mayhem with the Bonfire Society.  Walking in procession is great fun and the fireworks were incredible – my favourite fireworks so far.  It was a noisy and muddy event and as always, good humoured and appreciated by the public who line the procession route and then join the bonfire societies and drummers for the bonfire and fireworks.

Congratulations to Robertsbridge Bonfire Society and the the Pyrotechnic team for a very successful event.

No congratulations to me though for consuming whiskey and then some naughties at Judges Bakery which was open after the event.  I did walk nearly 20,000 steps so that will help a little.

I had a much better day today.  I started at the gymn and spent some time on the cross trainer.  I really don’t like gymns so I soon headed down to the pool, sauna and jacuzzi which I am far more comfortable in.  1.2 km swam and a lovely relax in the outside jacuzzi.

When I got home it was Midday so I had a salad rather than a breakfast.  I had nothing for breakfast other than a cup of tea as I don’t like swimming after I have eaten.

Mixed salad leaves, rocket, cucumber, tomato, boiled potato and spring onion.  On top is beetroot mixed with pinto beans, sauerkraut, gherkins, pickled onions and 1 tbsp Vegenaise (4.5 syns).

IMG_3131I usually make this with chick peas but I had run out so used pinto beans.  I prefer it with chick peas but this was good enough and I have a portion in the fridge, ready to take to work tomorrow.IMG_3132Knowing I will be returning home from London tired and hungry, I have prepared some easy meals to have in the week.  I made a sweet potato and red lentil soup and a lentil ragu/bolognaise sauce.  I will eat all the soup this week but only half the lentil ragu, so I put the other 2 portions in the freezer for another week.IMG_3134Dinner was a large stir fry made with onion, red pepper, mushrooms, courgette and spinach.  Flavoured with soy sauce, chillies and a ladle full of the sweet potato and red lentil soup.IMG_3135All free and speed food apart from the 1 tbsp oil I used for the stir fry (6 syns).IMG_3137

I also snacked on some grapes and used my HEX A on soya milk in tea and coffee.

10.5 syns so within allowance – yippee.

I swam 1.2 km today, went on the cross trainer and walked about 9,000 steps.

I feel as if I am back in the zone and I am prepared for my return to work tomorrow.



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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