Off Plan, Then Back

I did not have a good week last week (I ate too much and did not exercise enough) so resolved to do very well this weekend to set me up for a good week ahead.  Saturday started very well indeed.

For breakfast I steamed the greens: kale, green beans and spinach

IMG_2956and roasted the reds: peppers and tomatoes with fresh thyme and also some chickpeas seasoned with smoked paprika.  No oil added.IMG_2957Enjoyed with some new potatoes.  All free and speed foods with no syns.IMG_2958It was sunny but with rain forecast for the remainder of the day so we took Milton (our dog) in to Hastings Country Park for a walk.  We walked from the car park to the Fairlight side of the park.  It was a delightful walk with interesting skies as they were a mixture of bright sunshine and heavy clouds rolling in.

Our lunch was delicious.  Jacqui gave me a vegan haggis to try and it was so tasty.  I will be eating it regularly but I have to be careful as it has 4 syns per 100g or 20 syns per packet.  That is less than half the syns of the meat version by the way.  I ate 1/4 of the 500g haggis so that’s 5 syns plus 3 syns for the gravy (made with 1 heaped dessert spoon of vegetable gravy granules).  We enjoyed the haggis with mashed potatoes, steamed courgette and broccoli with left over green and red veggies from breakfast.

In the evening I donned my striped jumper and my pirate hat and set off for Robertsbridge for another evening of madness and mayhem with the Bonfire Society.  Walking in procession is great fun and the fireworks were incredible – my favourite fireworks so far.  It was a noisy and muddy event and as always, good humoured and appreciated by the public who line the procession route and then join the bonfire societies and drummers for the bonfire and fireworks.

Congratulations to Robertsbridge Bonfire Society and the the Pyrotechnic team for a very successful event.

No congratulations to me though for consuming whiskey and then some naughties at Judges Bakery which was open after the event.  I did walk nearly 20,000 steps so that will help a little.

I had a much better day today.  I started at the gymn and spent some time on the cross trainer.  I really don’t like gymns so I soon headed down to the pool, sauna and jacuzzi which I am far more comfortable in.  1.2 km swam and a lovely relax in the outside jacuzzi.

When I got home it was Midday so I had a salad rather than a breakfast.  I had nothing for breakfast other than a cup of tea as I don’t like swimming after I have eaten.

Mixed salad leaves, rocket, cucumber, tomato, boiled potato and spring onion.  On top is beetroot mixed with pinto beans, sauerkraut, gherkins, pickled onions and 1 tbsp Vegenaise (4.5 syns).

IMG_3131I usually make this with chick peas but I had run out so used pinto beans.  I prefer it with chick peas but this was good enough and I have a portion in the fridge, ready to take to work tomorrow.IMG_3132Knowing I will be returning home from London tired and hungry, I have prepared some easy meals to have in the week.  I made a sweet potato and red lentil soup and a lentil ragu/bolognaise sauce.  I will eat all the soup this week but only half the lentil ragu, so I put the other 2 portions in the freezer for another week.IMG_3134Dinner was a large stir fry made with onion, red pepper, mushrooms, courgette and spinach.  Flavoured with soy sauce, chillies and a ladle full of the sweet potato and red lentil soup.IMG_3135All free and speed food apart from the 1 tbsp oil I used for the stir fry (6 syns).IMG_3137

I also snacked on some grapes and used my HEX A on soya milk in tea and coffee.

10.5 syns so within allowance – yippee.

I swam 1.2 km today, went on the cross trainer and walked about 9,000 steps.

I feel as if I am back in the zone and I am prepared for my return to work tomorrow.



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Rye Bonfire Weekend

That was a fun weekend!  Not very diet friendly though but so much fun, who cares?  Well, I do of course but sometimes I just like to go a bit crazy.

My little girl came home on Friday which is always a treat for me.  We had a quiet night in, eating a vegetable curry I made.IMG_2778On Saturday evening, Lara and Harvey came with me to Rye.  I was in the procession for the bonfire event and they were going to watch which I was really delighted about.  We had a few drinks outside a pub.IMG_2785Rye is a very pretty town.  All the pubs and restaurants were busy and people were enjoying themselves, including us.IMG_2918We had booked a seat on a coach with one of the drumming groups so we were there early as they have to be dropped off before the roads close.  Having spent rather a long time enjoying one of the local pubs, I left Lara and Harvey so I could go and join the procession.  I was walking as a member of Hastings Borough Bonfire Society.  Here they are.IMG_2788 I joined the procession and was given a flaming torch to walk along with.  Thousands of these are made, by hand, by volunteers, for the processions.IMG_2789Off we go – wheeeeeeeeIMG_2795It was loud and colourful and hugely enjoyable.IMG_2799I was hoping I would recognise the spot I had left Lara and Harvey at because it all looked different with the streets packed full of people.IMG_2802I believe about 60 members of HBBS were in the procession at Rye.IMG_2805We wear jumpers in the Cinque Ports colours, a jerkin, a hat (some say it should be pirate but all kinds of hats are worn), black trousers and long red socks.IMG_2807Luckily Lara spotted me before I walked past and took these pictures of HBBS andIMG_2910yours truly.IMG_2913After walking through the town we entered the bonfire site.  When all the bonfire societies were in the site, we lit the fire by throwing our flaming torches at the huge bonfire.IMG_2814IMG_2826Then the fireworks began.IMG_2827IMG_2857The fireworks were fantastic.


Many hours after we had left home we returned.  Several drinks had been consumed and not much food so I was pleased I didn’t look too shabby at the end of a crazy, bonkers and fun night.  I had walked over 20,000 steps which was good for fitness.


This morning we went to Bannatyne’s and I swam 66 lengths and then relaxed in the sauna and jacuzzis.  That felt good.  We then headed in to Hastings Old Town because I had booked a table for lunch at the Hastings Arms on George Street.  We had not been there before but we will be going again.  It was lovely.  The decor was pared back, lots of wood and quite basic which made it comfortable and cosy.

There was interesting art work on the walls and importantly, the food was good.  I had a vegan roast which tasted great and was very reasonably priced.  My two little carnivores had roast pork and the three roasts plus 3 bags of crisps/nuts cost £32 which is very reasonable.

As always it was sad to say good-bye to Lara but she needed to return to London.  I rather fancied a snooze on the sofa but Harvey needed to take some photos for a homework assignment so I kept him company.  He was looking for shadows, lines and reflections in modern architecture so we started at the Jerwood Gallery.

Next was the boat sculpture.  Do not let that sunshine fool you, it was FREEZING out there today.

By the time we got to the pier of the year, I think my blood had begun to freeze as I was dressed for what the weather looked like (sunny) rather then the Arctic temperature, which blew through you as it was a bit windy.

IMG_2904IMG_2905IMG_2906It looked stunning though, as the town shone golden in the late afternoon sunshine.IMG_2907Eventually the photography assignment was finished and we came home where I retreated to my sofa, initially with an ok snack of nuts, dates and hot tea, but as I was so cold and so tired, I gave in to Harvey’s request and we had pizza for supper.


Tomorrow is another day and I had a fantastic weekend so I am happy with that.


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Pottering In Hastings

I had a fairly lazy day today and I enjoyed it very much.  I began the day with a swim; 1.2 km (60 x 20m lengths) of breaststroke, front crawl and backstroke.  I really enjoyed the swim today and then relaxed in the outside jacuzzi  and the sauna.

IMG_2728I went for a coffee at Rebecca’s afterwards and stayed a while, sketching and chatting while she worked on some ceramics.IMG_2730I went home for lunch and was pleased to have some leftover Nasi Goreng for lunch.  I added some extra spinach and cabbage when I warmed it up and served it with sprouted seeds for additional nutrition .  This is mainly free and speed foods (rice, smoked tofu, onion, butternut squash, aubergine, green beans, chilli, spring onion, coriander and Thai basil) but I did cook the Nasi Goreng with oil (I estimate 1 tbsp so 6 syns).

Now I should really have got on with some chores this afternoon but instead I chose to potter about in Hastings Old Town with Rebecca and Fanny.

IMG_2737We walked down via the West Hill;  a lovely walk with gorgeous views.

I love the brick walls, the higgledy piggledy rooves, varied architectural styles, twittens and alleyways.  We emerged on the High Street.

We pottered along the High Street and then turned in to Courthouse Street which has an alternative and holistic health shop; Bio-five-O.  They stock supplements and several ethical brands which was good to know and I treated myself to some new make up as well as some essentials.  Everything I bought was vegan friendly.

We also went to one of the vintage/bric-a-brac shops which was much larger than I expected.IMG_2754The shop went on and on.IMG_2755We ended up on George Street and this one of my very favourite shops – reste.  I managed to resist buying anything today. IMG_2757By the time I got home I had walked over 10,000 steps!

Back at home I ate some cashew nuts and almonds (HE B) while I made a light supper of steamed and boiled vegetables with gravy.  IMG_2760My Dad would not be impressed at me using a packet gravy but as a vegan, it is much harder to make gravy properly!  I enjoyed my very simple supper of boiled potato and green beans, steamed carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts.  3 syns for the gravy.

So a good day of eating with 9 syns plus excellent exercise as I swam 1.2 km and walked over 10,00 steps, some of which was up hills.

I am however worried about weigh day tomorrow as I have had some bad days of eating this week.  I have kept up a good level of exercise but over-eaten the wrong type of food.












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November 5th In The Country Park

I had hoped for a fiery sunset tonight, since it’s November 5th, but it was not to be.  It was beautiful but not the flame red and pink sky I had hoped for.IMG_2661We began walking along the Firehills towards Fairlight but then realised we should be heading West so looped round and changed direction.IMG_2662Those clouds !IMG_2663These were taken about half an hour before sunset.IMG_2664Beautiful.IMG_2665We considered sitting and watching the sunset from this vantage point but it was actually quite chilly so we continued walking.IMG_2666Unless we stopped to take photos that is!IMG_2668This dear old dog hates stairs and had to be enticed down these but he made it and then enjoyed walking around in the woodland area.

I managed to take a wrong turn so instead of going through the old quarry to get back to the Coastguard’s Cottage, we had to walk back up all those steps but it’s all good exercise.IMG_2683The fluffy clouds turned pink and the sky around the setting sun glowed yellow and orange.IMG_2684


IMG_2686It was beautiful and even though it was not the blaze of glory I hoped for, we had yet another spectacular walk in this delightful Country Park.IMG_2687The sky was very pink over Dungeness as we walked back to the car.  None of these photos have filters added and only minimal editing, usually just adding a little light to show the detail of the land.  No editing at all in this picture even though it looks as if it has been edited.IMG_2688I did well with exercise today.  The walk in the Country Park contributed to the 8,000 + steps I have walked today and the steps and hills to the 44 floors I have walked up and down.

I don’t feel disappointed in not walking 10,000 steps today because I also went swimming first thing and swam 60 lengths/1.2km.  I swam 30 lengths breaststroke (which I find easiest) 20 front crawl and 10 backstroke.  I have only recently begun using backstroke again and it feels good to use different muscles.

Eating was good in the sense it was healthy but I am over my syn allowance.  I didn’t get round to breakfast so lunch was my first meal.

I made a fat-free ratatouille with peppers, courgettes, onions and tomatoes.  I “fried” the vegetables in water to avoid needing any fat.  I had 2 “roast” potatoes which I parboiled and then dry roasted in the oven so again, no fat was added.  I also had a pile of steamed carrots and broccoli and half a packet of basil tofu (4.5 syns).

No snacks at all and for dinner I made 2 recipes from Jackie Kearney’s ‘Vegan Street Food’ cookbook.  I made a simple pickled cucumber salad by making a dressing of rice vinegar, chilli, sugar and lime juice in a bowl (less than 1 syn for 3/4 tsp of sugar).  I scraped the seeds out of the cucumber and cut it in to thin half moon shapes and then mixed in with the dressing.  Make this half an hour before eating so the cucumber can absorb the dressing.

I had the pickled cucumber with another recipe from Vegan Street Food;  Spring Vegetable Cheelas, which are like a savoury pancake.  The pancakes are high in syns, nearly all due to the gram flour.  I didn’t have leeks and instead I used mushrooms which worked very well.

Gram Flour Pancake (Cheela) With Peas and Leeks
Ingredient Syns for total recipe Syns for 1 portion (1/8)
2 tbsp cumin seeds Free 0
1 tbsp coriander seeds Free 0
350 g gram flour 56 7
2 tsp baking powder 1 0.125
2 spring onions Speed 0
coriander Free 0
2 tbsp vegetable oil 6 0.75
3 baby leeks Speed 0
100 g peas Free 0
Syns per portion 7.875

I had 2 pancakes (15.75 syns) and they were cooked in 1/2 tbsp of oil (3 syns).


Today’s syn totals.

Food Syns
Breakfast total 0
100g Taifun basil tofu 4.5
Lunch Total 4.5
1 tsp caster sugar 1
2 Cheela pancakes 15.75
1/2 tbsp oil 3
Dinner Total 19.75
Day Total 24.25
HEX A 400 ml soya milk

So I was nearly 10 syns over my allowance but hopefully the exercise will avoid a weight gain.

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Hastings Pier

Despite losing 4.5 pounds last week, which means I have now lost over 1 and a half stone, I didn’t have the best day yesterday and woke up feeling a bit bleurgh so I chose to make some juice for breakfast.  I had heard that drinking celery juice first thing is meant to be good for the digestive tract.IMG_2599Well I hope it did me some good because it tasted  quite unpleasant.IMG_2600While I had the juicer out I decided to juice a pineapple that looked past its best but having eaten some as I was chopping it up, I realised it was perfect for eating so I  juiced half and ate half.  Delicious as it was very ripe.IMG_2603For lunch I needed to finish an avocado I had been given on Wednesday.  It was a homegrown gift from my friend Andrew who visited and who kindly brought me one of his avocados he had grown.  I knew it was coming so the day before, when I had been in London, I bought some decent bread in Borough Market.  It was amazing and Harvey and I loved it.

As the avocado was very rich, we left some and I finished it today in a salad:  mixed lettuce leaves, 2 tomatoes,  1/4 avocado and half a packet of basil tofu.  I dry fried the sliced tofu in a non stick frying pan.IMG_2606Simple but tasty enough.IMG_2608Then this happened!  A vegetable pakora and some other naughties also happened.  I have no idea why but they did.IMG_2613So I collected my dog and we went for a walk along the beach, at low tide and in time for sunset.  I needed to walk some of those calories off!IMG_2615Hastings is being packed away for the winter.IMG_2620These were taken at around 4 pm and it was very quiet along the sea front.IMG_2621The sky was very dark and dramatic.IMG_2622Sunset was restricted to a bright pink strip under the large grey sky tonight.IMG_2626It was low tide so we walked along the hard sand.IMG_2627The seagulls were congregated around the sewage output.IMG_2628They flew away as we approached which is unusual for Hastings seagulls.IMG_2630IMG_2631I wanted to walk up to the pier.  I love the pier, both walking under it and on it.  I was delighted earlier this week when the pier won the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize for the UK’s best new building.  Earlier in the year the pier was awarded the best pier in Britain by the National Piers Society (NPS).IMG_2632

IMG_2634I like the reflections in the wet sand.IMG_2636


IMG_2637IMG_2638This should definitely be the location of a murder or serious crime in a drama series.  It would be a brilliant location.IMG_2639I walked under the pier and towards West St. Leonards.IMG_2640The big sky and the colours in both the sky and on the sand were beautiful.IMG_2642

IMG_2641As we walked West we could see the lights in Bottle Alley and the seafront properties, all reflected in the wet sand.IMG_2646



IMG_2648My feet were wet by now so we walked in to Bottle Alley and headed back to the car along the seafront.IMG_2650


IMG_2651At home I made a supper of vegetables: mashed potatoes, steamed cauliflower, carrots and brussel sprouts, stir fried red onion, cabbage and spinach with gravy.  Enjoyed with a glass of wine,IMG_2653I ate in front of the TV as I was home alone.IMG_2654As I was enjoying my meal I was invited over the road to watch some fireworks which I did.  That somehow involved more wine and crisps and then I had more again when I returned home.  So I will write off today’s syns and do much better tomorrow.


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On Plan

I popped in to a supermarket today to buy a couple of pumpkins so we could carve them. I was surprised they were so cheap.  I am astonished that pumpkin farmers make enough money for it to be a viable business.IMG_2529I spent the whole day at home today.  I made a smoothie for breakfast out of cashew nut milk (HEX A), spinach, cherries and bananas.  It looks grey and unappealing but it tasted fine.IMG_2535I excelled myself at lunch time with a quick and easy, nutritious and delicious salad.  5 boiled salad potatoes, mixed salad leaves, celery, cucumber and tomato with a chick pea salad.IMG_2538In the chick pea salad was obviously chick peas (about half a can), 1 tbsp Vegenaise (4 syns), cornichons, pickled beetroot and sauerkraut.IMG_2539Everything was seasoned with freshly ground black pepper.  It was delicious.IMG_2540For supper I made us both a burger.

Red Kidney Bean Burger (served 3 but could have been 4)


  • 2 tbsp flax or linseeds, finely ground
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, very finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mild smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper


    • Add 2 tbsp finely ground flax/linseeds to a small bowl and mix with 3 tbsp water.  Set aside
    • Open a can of red kidney beans, pour the beans and liquid in to a saucepan and gently heat for a few minutes
    • Drain the beans, pour in to a large bowl and mash them.
    • Add the garlic, red pepper, paprika, seasoning and flax/linseeds mixture and mix well
    • Lightly sprinkle a baking dish with cornflour
    • Divide the mixture in to 3 or 4, place each third/quarter on to the baking sheet and shape in to a burger shape.
    • Bake in the oven at 190°C for half an hour


IMG_2541IMG_2542I added 2 slices of this Violife “cheese” (3 syns per slice) to each burger and popped it back in to the oven to melt a little.IMG_2543I placed the burgers on a pumpernickel roll and served with ketchup.IMG_2544This was tasty and we both enjoyed it.  I should have added green salad leaves but I had none in the fridge and really did not fancy going in to the dark and cold garden to pick any.IMG_2545I made a mistake with the rolls.  I have had these pumpernickel rolls several times and they are really delicious but unfortunately they contain milk.  So I will not be having them again and I am cross with myself for not reading the ingredients before.IMG_2530

Slimming World Syns and HEX Totals

Recipe Summary

Red Kidney Bean Burger
Ingredient Syns for total recipe Syns for 1 portion (1/3)
2 tbsp flax or linseeds, finely ground 6 2
1 can of red kidney beans Free 0
2 -3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Speed 0
1 red pepper, very finely chopped Speed 0
1 tbsp mild smoked paprika Free 0

Daily Summary

Food Syns
Banana 0
Cherries 0
Spinach 0
Breakfast total 0
1 tsp Vegenaise 4
Lunch Total 4
2/3 tbsp linseeds 2
2 slices Violife 6
1 tbsp tomato ketchup 1
Dinner Total 9
Day Total 13
HEX A 400 ml cashew milk
HEX B 1 pumpernickle roll

My weekly Fitbit stats are good, especially when you consider I have also been swimming and cycling.  Today though I only walked about 4,000 steps!


It’s Halloween tomorrow.  Have a good one.





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Cafe Culture

One of my little pleasures is sitting in a good cafe, enjoying coffee and food and good company.  Sometimes (rarely) I can resist the temptations lined up on the counter but I often don’t.  This weekend I spent time in 2 cafes on Saturday and enjoyed it very much.

The first was in Hastings on Saturday morning.  I had made a decent breakfast of scrambled tofu so I wasn’t hungry and I had no excuse for eating cake.  But I did.  I was out shopping with Harvey and suggested a coffee on the way home – we went in to Cake Room on Robertson Street.  I have never been in Cake Room before and I liked it very much; the decor and furnishings are 1950’s vintage and the space is large, light and airy.  The coffee was great and the vegan gingerbread a tad dry but flavoursome and enjoyable.  Harvey had a huge slice of sponge cake, generously loaded with berries and a hot chocolate.  I will be visiting Cake Room again, but just for a coffee!  Very good coffee.

The gingerbread sufficed for lunch and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon with about 10 ladies at Hartley Dyke, on the road up to Cranbrook from Hawkhurst,  It’s a pleasant spot, attached to a large deli, overlooking Kent apple orchards.

IMG_2483I meant to take a photo of everyone but the tea flowed, the chatter never stopped and time marched on so  by the time I took my phone out some of the local lovelies had left.  Then this lot wouldn’t pose properly!IMG_2484We got there in the end.  That was a very pleasant 3 hours.IMG_2488We managed to time our exit to see the most spectacular sunset.IMG_2490These two were taken at Hartley Dyke.IMG_2491This one was taken at least half an hour later outside Waitrose in Hawkhurst so it was a spectacular and long sunset.IMG_2498In the evening I did not do well.  I have done far worse but I did have a large bag of popcorn and then three slices of wholemeal bread, with humous and tomatoes.

Today was a new day and I did much better.  I started with a 70 length swim; half breaststroke and half front crawl.  That is 1.4 km (0.87 miles).  I really enjoyed the swim, mainly because I had a lane to myself for the first 44 lengths.  I also took time afterwards to really enjoy the sauna and I had one of the outside jacuzzis to myself which was lovely.IMG_2501I was hungry when I came home.  I had a banana, followed by a slice of wholemeal bread with half an avocado and a tomato.IMG_2502Followed by a second slice spread with Vitalite and peanut butter.IMG_2504Lunch was very simple; half a baked sweet potato with 1 tsp Vitalite, mixed lettuce leaves, cucumber, radishes, pickled beetroot and sauerkraut with 1 tsp Vegenaise.IMG_2510After lunch we took the dogs to the park.

Supper was from the freezer.  I hadn’t labelled it and can not remember which recipe I followed but it was rice, black beans and chick peas with lots of vegetables.  I added 1 tbsp lime pickle to mine.  Other than that it was all free or speed foods.IMG_2515In the evening we went to the Old Town to go on a Ghost Walk.  Instead of driving down we walked so on top of my swim I also walked nearly 14,000 steps today so I am happy with that.


The Ghost Walk was great fun and we both really enjoyed it.  I particularly enjoyed walking through part of the Old Town I had not discovered before.

So Sunday was a good day.  I have no idea how many syns I ate on Saturday and am not going to lose sleep over it.  I did ok today and feel optimistic about this week.  My syns were higher than the 15 I aim for but I am hoping I will lose weight because I did so much exercise today.  The scales will show me if I am correct on Friday.

Food Syns
1 slice wholemeal bread 3
1/2 avocado 7
Peanut butter – 1 tbsp 4.5
1 tsp Vitalie 1.5
Breakfast total 16
1 tsp Vitalie 1.5
1 tsp Vegenaise 1.5
Lunch Total 3
1 tbsp lime pickle 1
Dinner Total 1
Day Total 20
HEX A 400 ml soya milk
HEX B 1 slice wholemeal bread




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Summer In Autumn

What an amazingly sunny and warm day we had today !!  The lovely weather inspired us to have a long walk through the Hastings Country Park which was stunning; more on that in a minute as we shall begin with the start of the day.

I knew weigh day was not going to be great due to a very sociable weekend and a holiday.  To try and limit the damage I went swimming last night and I went again this morning.  The weight gain was not too bad – I put on half a pound which is acceptable after the week I have had.  Disappointing but ok.  I did receive this certificate which I was pleased about.  I should have received it in September but better late than never.

IMG_2454Having been weighed I could go home and have breakfast; a banana, some grapes and 15 cashews (HEX B).IMG_2433Soon after that I had lunch.IMG_2434Last night Rebecca joined me for supper and I made 2 recipes from the Jackie Kearney cookery book I bought last Saturday after the cookery class.  I made a savoury vegetable pancake (cheela) using gram flour and which included peas, spring onion and leeks.  The pancake batter was spiced with freshly roasted and ground cumin and coriander seeds.  I also made a coleslaw with red cabbage, carrots and kohl rabi, dressed with fresh mango, lime zest and juice and soy sauce.  Each pancake was 8 syns and the coleslaw was free (mainly made up of speed foods).IMG_2435I had the pancake and coleslaw with raw tomato, celery, carrot and cucumber, a boiled potato and 100g steamed basil tofu (4.5 syns).  It was very enjoyable and provided some fuel for the long walk I had planned for the afternoon.IMG_2436I was going to do some chores today but having seen the weather forecast, Lucy suggested we did the walk we didn’t manage last week due to predicted heavy rain.  It ony took half a second for me to shelve the list of chores and grab my walking boots!

We started at Barley Lane and walked up a steep hill to the Country Park.  That got us to the Eastern side of the Old Town, which you can see in the valley below.  We have not done this walk before but were aiming for the tea-rooms near the Coastguard’s cottage.IMG_2437The weather!  It was perfect.IMG_2438We had to make a slight detour due to a landslide and that took us out on to a road near a holiday park.IMG_2439Good views of a part of Hastings I have not seen before.IMG_2440We walked in open spaces and through woods.IMG_2441We didn’t go to the naturist beach today although the sea looked so calm and it was so warm we probably could have stopped for a swim.IMG_2442There were a lot of uphill parts of this walk which was challenging but good for cardiovascular exercise and it all helps burn some calories.IMG_2443We walked on IMG_2444and on.  It was glorious.IMG_2445The green grass was incredibly vibrant; such a bright green.  The Belted Galloway cows seemed to be enjoying it.IMG_2447We walked for just over 2 hours.IMG_2455Supper was a very quick stir fry which I made with a red onion, red cabbage, leek, red pepper, half a block of smoked tofu with almonds and fresh coriander.  8.5 syns for the large bowlful.  I seasoned it with light soy sauce and served it with dried chilli flakes and 1 tbsp hot mango chutney (2 syns).IMG_2457I also had 2 bananas and some black grapes as I felt hungry after a swim and a decent walk.

The light was stunning tonight on the hill opposite my house.

Daily Syn calculation

Gram Flour Pancake (Cheela) With Peas and Leeks
Ingredient Syns for total recipe Syns for 1 portion (1/8)
2 tbsp cumin seeds Free 0
1 tbsp coriander seeds Free 0
350 g gram flour 56 7
2 tsp baking powder 1 0.125
2 spring onions Speed 0
coriander Free 0
2 tbsp vegetable oil 6 0.75
3 baby leeks Speed 0
100 g peas Free 0
Syns per portion 7.875
Mango and Lime Vegetable Slaw
Ingredient Syns for total recipe Syns for 1 portion (1/4)
4 limes, juice and zest Speed 0
mango Free 0
Light soy sauce (1 tbsp) Free 0
Red cabbage Speed 0
White cabbage Speed 0
Carrots Speed 0
Mint Free 0
 Syns per portion 0
Tofu stir fry
Ingredient Syns for 1 portion
Coconut oil, 1 tbsp 6
Red onion Speed
Red cabbage Speed
Leek Speed
Red pepper Speed
Tofu, Taifun smoked with almonds and sesame seeds 2.5
Coriander Free
 Syns per portion 8.5
HEX A 400 ml soya milk
HEX B 15 cashew nuts
Breakfast 0
Lunch 12.5
Dinner 10.5
Total 23


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Copenhagen: Norrebro, Paper Island, Tivoli and Carlsberg.

This post is a quick romp through two days we enjoyed in Copenhagen.  We hired bicycles on Tuesday so we could go to some of the places we wanted to visit which were a bit too far to walk.  I also really wanted to cycle round a city which is so well suited to cyclists.  It was brilliant because most streets have a cycle track which is clearly marked and defined.  There are traffic lights for cyclists and no shortage of parking places.

We cycled to an area called Norrebro, specifically to a street called Jaegersborggade which has some charming independent shops and cafes.  We had breakfast in a cafe oozing hygge.  It was an unusual breakfast of humous, bread and nut brittle.  Unusual but delicious.

Cute and cool shops to browse in.

We liked Norrebro.  It was a colourful urban landscape and we really enjoyed pottering about.

Next stop was Paper Island and to get there we cycled relatively easily through central Copenhagen.IMG_2341I really liked the lightweight bicycle with the upright riding position.  And the large and comfortable saddle.IMG_2342We went to Paper Island to visit CC, the Contemporary Arts Centre and the Street Food.

The virtual reality exhibition was one of the most interesting and amazing things I have ever seen and we all loved it.

The Street Food was fabulous.  Inside one huge building were many stalls selling all kinds of food and drink.  There was a lively and fun atmosphere and we all enjoyed choosing what to have for supper.  I had a vegan burger and plantain chips.  The chips were literally made from a flattened chunk of plantain which was then fried on a hot plate.  It was delicious.

We had intended to spend the evening at Tivoli but due to torrential rain completely soaking us, we had a peaceful (and warm and dry) evening at our hotel.  Instead we went to Tivoli the following morning.

We all enjoyed the cycling very much so here are a few more pictures of some of the thousands of bicycles of Copenhagen.

Wednesday was our last day in Copenhagen and we set off to the centre to visit Tivoli.  First of all we looked for somewhere for breakfast; finding a cafe seems to be harder here than London and eventually we stopped looking for an independent cafe and opted for an excellent chain called ‘Joe and the Juice’.  I had a juice and an avocado and tomato toasted sandwich, both of which were delicious.IMG_2371We ate in the central station and this was our view.IMG_2373We went to Tivoli because I thought it was part funfair (which I am not interested in) and part gardens.  Unfortunately these days it’s just a funfair.  IMG_2226It is very well laid out and charming and there was a good Halloween theme and we enjoyed walking around but did not stay for long.

We then walked to the Carlsberg brewery through an area called Vesterbro which we all agreed we would have liked more time to look round.  We did a self guided tour which was interesting.  We looked at displays about the history of the brewery and ended in a beer hall where we had a good choice of beers (and soft drinks) which were included in the entrance price.

I felt sorry for these beautiful horses, left shackled up to a cart for the benefit of the tourists.  Their stables were very grand and I hope they get to spend lots of time outside on some green grass.

The beer hall we ended up in overlooks a bottling plant which was interesting to look at, while we tried different beers.  Cheers!

We only had 4 days in Copenhagen.  My wallet was relieved it was a short trip but we all loved it and could easily have spent more time there.  I like to think I will go back again one day.

Our final meal was at Yo Sushi at the airport which is not very Danish (apart from the heft £100 bill !!) but then airports are not renowned for their good food.

IMG_2428We only ate 2 meals each day; the meals were not on the Slimming World plan and I definitely did not eat enough fruits and veggies.  However, they were only ever one course and apart from some salt licquorice, there was no snacking.  I didn’t drink much alcohol either but I do feel as if I have put weight on.  That will be a shame because I have exercised a lot this week.


All will be revealed on the scales tomorrow !












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Copenhagen: Christianshavn and City

This is my third visit to Copenhagen so you could say I am a fan. I like all of the parts of Scandinavia I have seen and Copenhagen is no exception.   I am here for a few days with Lara and Harvey.

Today we walked in to Christianshavn.  Along the way we saw this outside gymnand this cute floating house.I would love to stay in here.We noticed that many people cycle to get around and the city is well set up for cycling with cycle lanes everywhere.  Consequently there are bicycles all over the place.We admired the architecture as we walked along. Copenhagen is on the coast and is made up of several islands, connected by bridges. Some of the larger bridges open up to let large boats through and these building contain the controls to open the bridge.When we got to Christianshavn we found a bakery ( Brodflov) to have breakfast in.  Why are Danish places sooooo cool?Vegan food was not a strong point of this bakery so I had a black coffee and a bread roll. Both were excellent.We headed to Our Saviours Church because it has a tall steeple you can climb up.  First though we looked around the church. It was large and white and warm and very beautiful.Charming pews.A very ornate pulpit.A huge organ that is over 300 years old.The ceiling was high, painted white with stars on it and ornate sculptures on the wall.Check out this baptism font.We then climbed up the tower which was quite a tough climb in places.The church bells were huge!There was a bell to warn you when they rang but luckily I did not experience them.I was relieved to get to the top and admire the view. You can then walk round the outside of the steeple but it was a bit high for me.So I returned to the street and waited for my children who were braver then I was.We headed towards Nyhavn,stopping for a cuppa on the way.This is Nyhavn, a charming canal side street.We went for a boat trip and then returned to Nyhavn for a relax.We had a drink and played cards so we could rest and warm up as it was cold out there.We had not eaten since breakfast so we looked for somewhere for supper. Unfortunately Copenhagen is VERY expensive so we went to a fast food place – Wok On.

You choose your base (noodles, rice or just veg), then your protein and then a sauce.It is then cooked fresh.Yummy. I had tofu and broccoli with brown rice and vegetables and a garlic and black pepper sauce. We have walked over 20,000 steps today and as it is cold outside and ludicrously expensive to have a drink out, we are relaxing in our hotel tonight. We stopped in a Seven Eleven and bought provisions; a small bar of chocolate and salt liquorice for me.
Tomorrow we are hiring bikes.

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