Health Diary Week 34: Food, Exercise and a Positive Mind


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<<<Week 33

Hi and welcome to another weekly instalment of what’s on my plate, health and nutrition updates and some positive smile-provoking experiences…

What’s New

I’m pleased to report I’m feeling more positive this week. I’ll begin with what was actually on my plate (or in my bowl) this week…

Food and Nutrition

So, let’s have a look at what food was on my plate, the healthy and not so healthy choices and identify any tweaks I could make to improve my nutrition…


… I skipped breakfast on 2 days. I had fruit (pineapple, mango, golden kiwifruit) twice, a pack of 4 Nairn’s Oaties biscuits, a banana cake muffin and twice I ate cereal: Nature’s Path granola (our mystery veg box item) and mixed grains:

Breakfasts: Clockwise: Mango, pineapple & golden kiwifruit. Banana cake muffin. Mango & pineapple – I’d found it in the back of the fridge from a while ago thankfully in an airtight jar. Nature’s Path mixed grain cereal.


I had My Typical Salad every day with Strong Roots cauliflower or courgette hash browns. Additions included Padron peppers (yum!), radishes (fresh from our veg box – delicious!), white asparagus (from a jar) and coleslaw:

Lunches: My typical salad with a few additions: Padron peppers, white asparagus, coleslaw & radishes.


Dinners included a rather tasty Thai green curry with jasmine rice (twice), Ugo Thrive pumpkin raviolini, a Heck vegfurter hotdog (with fried onion, gherkin, tomato and mustard), Clive’s tomato and olive tart (with potatoes, broccoli, baby carrots and asparagus), pasta salad (containing garlic, red onion, sundried tomato, black olives, sweetcorn, spinach, mayo and chilli sauce). And, massively disappointing chip shop chips – they weren’t as satisfying as I remembered and certainly not worth the excessive saturated fat, so I won’t be doing that again anytime soon!:

Dinners: Clockwise: Thai green curry. Tomato & olive tart with veg. Chip shop chips. Pasta salad.


I snacked a lot, a mix of savoury and sweet and a variety of portion sizes:
Itsu crispy seaweed thins
Shore seaweed puffs (twice)
Biona crisps (handful)
– Cheesy nachos (twice)
Peckish rice crackers with hummus
– Hummus with baby cucumber and Peckish rice crackers
– Hummus with nachos, baby cucumber, pickled onions and Applewood cheese
– Leftover pasta salad
Enjoy caramel chocolates (2 pieces each time, 5 times)
Jude’s ice cream (once)
– Strawberries and cream sponge cake baked by Mum (1 small slice) – delicious!:

Snacks: Top: Hummus! Middle: Crispy indulgences. Bottom: The sweet-tooth foods!


I consumed alcohol on 2 days: At the online Houseparty with friends I had 4 vodkas with soda water and a can of diet cola with lime slices. On my Dad’s birthday, I had a glass of champagne and a double Hotel Chocolat salted caramel vodka liqueur.

The booze bucket


My exercise? I went out walking 3 times, totalling 160 minutes, 94 minutes brisk. Also, I’m getting into Wii Fit again – I did 108 minutes, split over 2 sessions.  And, I used my exercise bike for 45 minutes. A grand total of 313 minutes physical activity (over 5 hours) – I’m happy enough with that.

My walking legs & some pretty daisies

Weight, BMI and Fat Results

Okay, I should probably report on my results – I might have been delaying! The truth is I gained 1.6 lb (0.7 kg) and 0.5% fat – oops! I suspected it was due to indulgences towards the end of the week, so I did a sneaky extra weigh-in on Tuesday – I’d lost 1.4 lb of the 1.6 lb gained – I was very relieved! Regardless, let’s see if I manage to lose that extra 0.2 lb and then some for next time.

Week 34 results: Oh dear!

Positive Thinking: What Made Watson Smile

I think I’ll move swiftly on to What Made Watson Smile – happily, there was quite a lot…

Disapproving Cat:
Have you ever had that feeling someone’s watching you? I suddenly realised my neighbour’s cat was staring at me disapprovingly while I was reading in the garden:

Walking Surprises:
Mum and I had a pleasant brisk walk (you can see Mum striding ahead!), including through some woodland where we saw a tree still decorated from VE day and a cute fairy trail:  

Turtle Cushion:
The gorgeous turtle cushion cover my Mum gave me:

Photo Fails:
My failed attempt to capture a photo of 3 ducks swimming in the river – they just kept moving along with their heads mostly under the water!:

Girly Online Catch-Up:
Zoom meet-up with the girls (yep, includes you Harry! 😉). We hadn’t seen Charlotte since February – excitingly we met her gorgeous ‘lockdown baby’:

Cute New Dress from Erin:
Trying on this cute dress that my friend Erin kindly gifted me some time ago – I had crazy hair in this photo, so I chopped out my head rather than scare people!:

Bug Friend:
This beautiful bug that befriended my Dad while we sat on the driveway bird watching – such amazing detail!:

Bird Watching:
Talking of bird watching. I couldn’t resist a few more pics. Hang on a second – that’s not a bird!:

Sensible Drinking:
Actually having leftover vodka from my meticulously measured out ration for the online ‘pub’ Houseparty with friends – I reckon there’s 2 shots left in there:

Eco-Friendly Behavior:
The continuing cycle of gift bags. My sister had re-used the pink one I’d given her for Mum’s gift – the picture I’d stuck on was from one of my birthday cards. And, for Dad’s present, I re-used a brown paper bag, adding a previous year’s WWF calendar picture. Also, the tiger card I gave my Dad was 100% recycled paper and its protective bag was made from corn starch:   

Dad’s 70th Birthday:
There were several reasons to smile on Dad’s 70th Birthday celebrations:
– My Aunt made my Dad a card with a beautiful photo of a duck inside, but she realised she’d stuck it upside down and sent an explanatory note – I wouldn’t have noticed! Would you?
– My Mum baked a vegan and gluten-free cake, so that I could have some too – it was delicious!
– Champagne (enough said).
– Meeting up with family and friends – Sarah even joined us from New Zealand.
– Rusty the dog making an appearance (can you spot him?).

I hope you enjoyed this week’s ‘What’s on Watson’s Plate’. Please feel free to follow my bite-sized updates on Instagram or Facebook. See you next Wednesday for another catch up. Take care all.

>>>Week 35
<<<Week 33

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7 thoughts on “Health Diary Week 34: Food, Exercise and a Positive Mind

  1. Hi Katey,
    Everything looks so colourful and delicious! I am following your lead about eating more fruit – it’s so juicy and filling and healthy too! Thanks for all the tips,

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    • Hi Elizabeth, lovely to hear from you. You’re very welcome. I’m glad you’re enjoying the fruit. You’ve just reminded me I want to get more grapes – they’re like nature’s sweets!


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