Pilgrim’s Rest

I felt weary by the end of this week.  It has been incredibly stressful for many reasons, very long hours working plus one late night so I woke up today feeling very tired and fed up as I had to work today as well even though it is a Saturday.

Yesterday was the end of week one of following the I Quit Sugar plan.  I lost 4 pounds which I was really happy about but I didn’t follow the plan perfectly.  I did follow the plan except for eating sugar twice; some ice cream one evening and lots of chocolate at Marion’s another evening.

Apart from that I stuck to the plan and definitely felt better for it.

When I can cook breakfast at home my favourite is a cheese omelette with tomatoes or spinach.  When I am at work I take in coco-nutty-granola with natural yogurt and fruit.  Both breakfasts keep me going until lunch time very easily.cheese and tomato omelette I worked from home yesterday and planned to have a huge salad but I was too busy so I made a quick smoothie instead with protein powder and hemp seeds for protein, maca and cacao nibs for a bit of zing as I was very tired, half an avocado for healthy fats and vitamins, plus coconut water, spinach and a frozen banana to give it more of an ice-cream consistency.  I write the date on everything when I freeze it so I can make sure I eat the oldest things first – little tip there.smoothie ingredients 2-5-14 It was good but not quite enough.green smoothie 2-5-14 So in the evening I had fish and chips.  Cranbrook fish shop does make amazing fish and chips.  I try to not eat any batter but even so, I am not kidding myself that fish with tartare sauce and chips is good for you.  It was very nice though!fish and chips 2-5-14 I woke up this morning to a beautiful Spring day and had bacon with an egg and a large tomato.  Week one of the plan asks you to give up bread which is why the egg is on the plate.  I decided to do week one again as I don’t feel ready to move on to week 2 yet.egg bacon and tomatoes I spent the morning in Battle which has a magnificent Abbey which is maintained by English Heritage.Battle Abbey 1 Next to the Abbey is this charming 15th Century building with a cafe in it.Pilgrim's Rest in sunshine Pilgrim’s Rest, so called because the pilgrims who travelled to the Abbey were able to rest here.Pilgrim's Rest close up I rested here too.inside Pilgrims That was our little table.table by window We did try these cosy chairs but decided it would have been a challenge to eat here.chairs by fire Our little table had a view of the Abbey.View of Abbey We both had a very good soup made with spinach, butternut squash and lentils.Harvey at lunch It was served with bread which I left.  Harvey enjoyed it.  Apparently white bread is “cool”! They offered cheese with it so I added the cheese to mine and it was delicious.  My only criticism is that it was served in such a small bowl and there was no bread choice.  A large bowl would have been better and an option of brown bread.soup in small bowl Pilgrim’s Rest does serve amazing cakes which are displayed on the counter and I eventually succumbed.  I had a scone, thinking it was the best choice as it has less sugar than a cake but I forgot the jam had sugar.  So I failed with no sugar and no white carbs but I did enjoy it.cream tea at Pilgrim's rest

I am off out for a curry tonight with Sally in Sevenoaks.  That will help me relax and when I get up tomorrow, I can focus on eating a lot of plant food.  And gardening.  And relaxing.  Enjoy your weekend.

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About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Pilgrim’s Rest

  1. suzjones says:

    Yum. And that abbey and coffee shop are just delightful.

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