Loads of Lolly
April 09, 2015
Summer has officially arrived at Hudson HQ. This is not marked by the start of BST or by predictions from the Met Office. Summer officially begins when the Gazebo goes back up in the garden and thanks to the efforts of Lovely Husband on Saturday it has been much used in the past few days thanks to the sunshine, blue skies and mild temperatures.
In the past LH and I described it as “the most exclusive beer garden in town” but as we both no longer drink alcohol it is the most exclusive “outdoor eaterie” in town, and we have enjoyed some very fine dining in there over the past week. Homemade (and fully WLR-approved) pizza with a crisp green salad; fishcakes and baby new potatoes; and even the barbecue put in an appearance with some delicious steak and Mediterranean vegetables.
Deserts also made a comeback. Mainly in the form of ice-yoghurt and sorbet... but I did sneak in a tub of mint-choc-chip ice-cream as well. Although “sneak” is perhaps the wrong word.
Nothing is “off limits” on my WLR journey... All that I have to do is keep an eye on the portion sizes and I’m pleased to say that my ice-cream scoop means that, for me, a serving is “one scoop” not “the-entire-tub-in-one-go” which was pre-WLR default setting.
I have measuring jugs, scoops, spoons and my trusty digital weighing scales. They live on my kitchen worktop and are used every time LH and I prepare a meal. Our dinner plates are much smaller in diameter than they used to be and the amount of space that vegetables take up (not including chips!) is always at least 50% of the space available. If we reach the point of “feeling full” before our plates are cleared then we simply decant it into our “for later” tubs; if we finish our main course and decide we do want something for dessert then we enjoy it but we don’t overdo it.
All of these are habits that we have learned from our weight loss journey and all of these mean that we don’t ever feel the need to use the dreaded four-letter “D” word. To me, based on my previous experiences of “being on a diet”, the word conjures up images of depravation and struggle; of misery and hard work... whereas my WLR journey is something entirely different.
It is something that “I do”... it is part of my life and the small amount of planning and preparation required really isn’t an effort. Which is why, after my dinner last night I really enjoyed my chocolate and vanilla ice lolly. It was delicious. It was also the “mini” version of my favourite ice-cream and was more than enough... which is a far cry from the days when I would buy a six-pack of the full-sized version... and then proceed to eat them in one go.
Likewise with LH. His dessert of choice is cheese and biscuits. In the past he would load up a tray with slabs of cheese, whole boxes of biscuits-for-cheese (and he would bring the butter along for good measure). Now he loads up a plate with a measured amount of cheese, a bunch of grapes, some sliced apple and three or four crackers. The butter is left in the cupboard and LH doesn’t miss it at all.
It is the same with our “drinking al fresco”... in the past we could very easily consume a bottle of Rioja in a very short space of time. Now our “tipple of choice” is usually a low sugar cordial or sparkling water with lots of ice, a slice of lemon and, if we’re feeling silly, a cocktail stirrer and umbrella. If we are still outdoors in the evening when it get cooler than we enjoy a really good cup of coffee and we have discovered that there is no need for sugar and it really is just a splash of milk for me.
I shall be heading to the supermarket shortly to stock up our shelves and am really looking forward to doing “summer food shopping”. I shall be paying close attention to the special offers in the fruit aisle as I’m planning to prepare a bowl of fruit salad for LH and I to enjoy over the next couple of days.
I’ve done a menu plan (having got some good ideas for stir fry and pasta dishes from the WLR recipe database) and put a couple of summer treats on there too because if the weather continues like this then reading the paper enjoying an orange ice lolly is a simple pleasure that’s hard to beat (and even if the weather doesn’t stay quite as glorious as it has been.. there’s still pleasure to be had in an fruit-flavoured ice lolly…….)
Whatever your plans and whatever the weather – have a wonderful WLR weekend.
With a hug