Month: June 2008

June 25, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 25, 2008 2:42 P.M. Weight: 349.2 lbs.

…well almost. My perpetual spinach was coming up thick and fast, and I need to thin the plants out. Then I thought ‘why let these sprouts go to waste?’.

So I trimmed and washed them, cut a couple of outer leaves from one of the lettuces, and I had my first homegrown salad. Just an assortment of leaves, really, as my tomatoes are nowhere near ready. But it tasted extra special.

June 25, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 25, 2008 2:38 P.M. Weight: 349.2 lbs.

Sharp-eyed readers will note the zooming weight. Last night was a gaming night with some friends, which we held at a local pub that does thai food.

I ordered some satay chicken and a vegetable platter. I knew there would be quite a bit of fat in the satay sauce, but thought that with a sensible vegetable side-dish, it wouldn’t be so bad.

So the chicken arrived, followed by a huge plate of veggies – all dipped in batter and deep fried, with a chilli dipping sauce.

To my credit, I didn’t eat them all. To my detriment, I ate way too many of them, along with a few chunky chilli fries someone else had ordered.

Oh well, there’s always tomorrow…

June 24, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 24, 2008 3:50 P.M. Weight: 347.6 lbs.

As I’ve mentioned my gardening so much lately, I thought I would share some pictures of the garden. Those of you who have heard me go on about it will be amazed at the postage-stamp sized I am working in!

I did say I would post a picture of my espaliered pear tree sometime. Well here it is, not as neat as a professionally shaped tree, but it does what it’s supposed to do.

Cabbages, brocolli and lettuce, with my two new raspberry canes behind. The weedy looking plants on the left side of the raised bed are peppers, which don’t seem to be doing so well as the rest of the plants.

Early days for the sugar snap peas, but they look healthy enough. Since taking this picture, I’ve put a net behind them to climb against. In the front, perpetual spinach and beetroot are beginning to sprout.

Tomatoes and my herb garden; and my strawberry pot.

June 8, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 8, 2008 12:52 P.M. Weight: 353.8 lbs.

This weekend was the town’s agricultural fair, which, while not big, is normally worth going to. Yesterday it poured with rain, but today was beautiful, so I thought I’d go.

I was just about to jump in the car, when I thought ‘What am I doing? It’s only the other side oftown, 2 miles at most.’. Then I thought that there would be the chance I’d buy something that would need the car to get it home. ‘Simple – I’ll go early, and walk. If I see something I want to buy, I’ll come back this afternoon.

So I set out, had a great time, and although I bought a couple of things, they fit in my backpack.

As a treat for the exercise, I ate a pork and apple burger (the local pig farm had a stall) and enjoyed every mouthful.

Grasmere Farm Pork and Apple Burger
Orange Juice

June 2, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 1, 2008 4:25 P.M. Weight: 354.6 lbs.

Yesterday I found myself breaking my diet. I had a pizza for lunch, so I planned to have a light dinner. However, I was still hungry afterwards, so I went back to the kitchen, and then found myself snacking on cheese and biscuits even later.

When I entered the figures into the tracker, I was disappointed with myself – way over on fat, and way over on carbs.

It was only today, sitting in the garden after planting out my herb garden, that it occurred to me. I spent 2.5 hours yesterday digging and planting – which according to SYD’s calculator amounts to almost 2000 calories expended.

I feel a lot happier about it now!

Have now finished all the hard work in the garden for the moment. As well as the herb garden, I have cabbages, cauliflowers, brocolli and courgettes planted in my raised bed, and sugar snap peas, spinach beet, and beetroot in a side border. That is as well as the strawberries and tomatoes that I already had planted.