Hi everyone,

I’m posting my blog early this morning as I’m heading off to the train station at 7.15am to travel down to Cambridge for the weekend to see my son.

Travelling away can be a testing time when you’re trying to follow a healthy eating, especially when you’re not the one doing the cooking.  If possible, it does help to plan ahead and try to decide where and what you’re going to eat beforehand.  I’m often asked about what I eat when I go out so here goes:

My overnight oats are ready and packed for the train journey down there and I’ll pick up a skinny latte at the station, so that’s today’s breakfast sorted.  I’m also taking an apple and a banana in case I’m feeling peckish before lunch (I don’t know what it is about travelling, but I usually feel hungrier than usual).

We’re having lunch in a college coffee bar and I know they do lovely salads and fruit pots there.  I’m also going to take a box of Weight Watchers Caramel Mints in case I feel the need for something sweet during the afternoon.

My son has chosen one of his favourite restaurants for dinner so I’ve already looked at the menu and decided what I’m having: tuna steak with salad, spiced Greek yogurt and mango and lime puree.  As I’m now maintaining, and look on a Saturday as a day when I don’t count any weeklies used, I will also be indulging in a glass of wine or two and will choose a dessert if I really feel like having one.

The hotel I am staying at only offers a continental breakfast so I’ll be having oats, yogurt and fruit for breakfast – overnight oats, without the ‘overnight’ bit.😊  We’ll spend some time shopping on Sunday, and I have a few places in mind for lunch – I’m aiming to have a baked potato with either prawns or baked beans.  Cambridge has a brilliant outdoor market where I know there’ll be some lovely fresh fruit for sale too.

I’m heading off to my son’s house for dinner on Sunday where he is doing the cooking, and planning a scrumptious roast dinner.  All this planning means that I can look forward to the weekend without worrying about what I’m going to eat and what the scales are going to say next week.

This weekend, treats will involve spending time with my son and doing some retail therapy, rather than looking on food as the treat.  It’s taken a long time to come around to this way of thinking, but this is what I know I must do, after decades of yo-yo dieting, to stay the weight I want to be.

You can follow my weekend journey (with photos of the food I eat) on Instagram: @loving_no_count.

New recipes next week will include:

  • No Count Salmon and Crushed Potatoes
  • No Count Baked Apple Pancake

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend whatever you’re doing.  Stay strong if weekends are your weak point, you’ll feel so much better on Monday morning if you’re still within points. You can do this everyone!

Helen xxx