The City

I wanted to start the day with a boost of vitamins so I made a smoothie:
1 cup of frozen raspberries,
36g of a low sugar protein powder (3 points),
200 ml unsweetened soya milk (1 point),
1 tbsp chia seeds (2 points),
Handful of raw spinach,
Iced water to get to desired consistency.

I really missed not having a banana in it for sweetness.  This may have been good for me but it did not taste very appetising.  I suspect you already knew it would not taste great when you saw the spinach in there didn’t you?  It was drinkable though so I finished it.  On the plus side, it did sustain me very well until lunch time.  I managed 2 of these glasses full of smoothie.

Lunch was a goats cheese and chicken salad in Pizza Express with my dear chum Karen.  13 points.

I then met a Recruitment Consultant who had an office with a lovely view of City rooftops.  There are many new and architecturally interesting buildings in London but also so many very old and beautiful buildings.  Look at this wonderful copper dome and the stonework.

A tip for the next time you are in London (or any other City probably) is to look up.  At eye level you often have walls of plate glass windows to look at.  But look up to appreciate the architecture.  The tops of buildings are often the most ornate.  From this window I could look out on to one of the buildings I worked in many years ago.

Despite the light rain I wanted to walk back along memory lane to London Bridge station.  I had plenty of time and The City is a maze of ancient streets that are a pleasure to walk around.  You don’t see many of these anymore!

It is an old Police phone box, i.e. a phone you could use with a direct link to the local Police station.  It no longer works, like so many of the red phone boxes but I hope they continue to preserve it.

Walking back to London Bridge I passed new builds,

and ancient, such as the very lovely Leadenhall Market.  There has been a market here since the 1st Century!!!  The first covered market was built in the 17th Century when parts of London were rebuilt following the Great Fire.  I used to work very close to here and wander through this market place for lunch every day, usually at Cranks, which sadly closed down years ago.  The market is well looked after these days and often seen in films.

Beside London Bridge is The Monument, which commemorates The Great Fire of London in 1666.

This used to be easy to see for miles around but you only notice it nowadays when you walk past it.

This relief/sculpture round the base is beautiful.  How talented were the people/person who made this!

Walking over London Bridge, The Shard was in cloud.  This is the building that has been controversial because it obscures the view of St.Paul’s Cathedral from some areas of London which previously had a perfect view.

Looking East from London Bridge, you can see HMS Belfast, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  The tall white and grey building to the right of the Tower is America Square where I worked in the 1990’s.

From London Bridge Station, you are at the base of The Shard and another new build, the London Bridge Quarter.

Back at home I felt hungry and heated up 80 g Halloumi cheese (8 points) which I served with an orange.  Sorry it’s such a bad photo but the light was bad and I was too hungry to faff about.  I was actually having a major sugar craving.  It was about 4:30pm and I had just got home.  I really wanted a cup of tea and a piece of cake.  Luckily I didn’t have cake in the house but I could have found something sugary to eat so I am pleased I resisted and had some cheese and fruit instead.

Supper was delicious and hit the spot perfectly.

Grilled lamb steak with fat cut off (5 points), steamed leek and tender stem broccoli which I had with 2 tsp butter.

I don’t often eat a chunk of red meat and rarely fancy eating it.  But I did today and it was delicious.

I am still struggling with sugar cravings but I beat the cravings today.  Thank you to Therese in Australia who sent me a link to Sarah Wilson’s site.  She has written a book about quitting sugar.  I haven’t bought it but I may do.  For now I am looking through her blog which has many sugar free or low sugar recipes and suggestions on giving it up.  The comments pages on some of the posts are very interesting as they are written by people who are trying to give up/cut down on sugar too.  All these resources and my determination will help me beat this addiction.

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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1 Response to The City

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe I commend you on winning the battle of the sugar cravings again today. It isn’t a day by day thing. It is a meal by meal, snack by snack battle and like quitting smoking, getting it out of your system is a good thing. It is helping your health.

    Thanks for such an awesome blog. I love going on journey’s with you and your camera. Today’s pictures and commentations made me feel like I was right there, one more time. I get to learn history at the same time. And, it comes with updated pictures.

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