Best Foot Forward

Today was so sunny when I woke up.  I LOVE sunny mornings.

I made my favourite breakfast; 50g oats, 140ml soya milk, 1/2 a banana and Chia seeds.  And I added 1 tbsp almond butter with cinnamon and coconut and blueberries.  Delicious.  I have noticed that the Chia seeds make a difference in keeping me feeling fuller for longer.

After breakfast I headed off to the tennis club because it is finals weekend.  The Plate finals are on today and some of my lovely friends were playing today.  Our little club is so friendly and I had a wonderful morning, sitting in the sun, watching 2 great tennis matches, chatting to lots of lovely people.

The Ladies doubles was close and it was a shame anyone had to lose.

SHame the sun was in the wrong place but here are the smiling faces of the winners of the mens doubles – a Father and son team.  It is great to have mixed generation matches and in fact, their opponents were also Father and son.

I would have liked to stay at the club for the next matches but we had things to do.

Next stop was an apple orchard belonging to a dear near-neighbour and who generously said we could go and help ourselves to some of the plentiful crop.

So we did.

These apples are delicious.  Thank you veg grower up the road for being so generous 🙂

Quick and easy lunch of pasta with tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise with salad and radishes from the garden.

And then shoe shopping.  Lara needed running shoes, I needed walking shoes and Harvey needed 2 pairs of trainers (one indoor, one outdoor), school shoes and new rugby boots.

First stop was Sweatshop Sports Shop in Maidstone.  They were fantastic and we received a great level of service.  They monitor your gait by getting you to walk or run on a treadmill and then analysis how you stride so they can recommend shoes that fit perfectly.  All 3 of us came away with a good pair of trainers, fit for the purpose.

Next stop was my favourite shoe shop for kids, The Golden Boot in Maidstone.  This great shop has been running from the same location and privately owned by the same family for 221 years!!  And they had everything we needed and the service was brilliant.  I really recommend The Golden Boot for children and it also has adults shoes too.

Time to head home with our purchases!

Quick cup of tea and the Drill Sargent  said it was time to put on our new trainers and take the dogs in to the woods.  Who was I to argue?

The woods are beautiful.  The kids and dogs ran off and I walked 2 laps, one on my own and one with their company.  Happy times.

We were out for dinner.  I left the camera and point counting behind and set off for Judy and Wills’.  We had a fantastic evening and I ate and drank way too much.  Thank goodness I did a long walk.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Best Foot Forward

  1. Vegetable Grower up the Road says:

    I hope the free apples helped compensate for what must have been a small fortune spent on all those shoes! I too love The Golden Boot – I used to get my shoes from there when I was a girl! And still do now I’m back in Kent, although I now go for the trendier range. I remember a hideous pair of black and white striped lace up brogues, which aged 10, I thought were the bees’ knees! Maybe they too were trendy in their day! Happy apple munching. x

  2. Daddy says:

    test from Daddy

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