A London Day

I had planned to spend today in the garden but instead I ended up in London and had a lovely day with Lara.

First though I ignored the cold and wet weather and went over the road for another go at interval training and managed 8 x 2 mins running with a minute walking in between.  I did have to walk a bit during 2 of them but I definitely found it a little bit easier this week than last.

I bought some fresh figs yesterday and enjoyed three for breakfast.figs I made a smoothie with spinach, strawberries,spinach and strawberries1 tbsp chia seeds,spinach and chia some cucumber, 2 frozen bananas and the figs.blender full of veg and fruit Not the best flavour but it was packed full of nutrients and I was hungry so it slipped down a treat.green and fig smoothie Lara and I went up to London and headed to Gudrun Sjoden’s shop on Monmouth Street. This is my favourite clothes shop.  The staff are so friendly and helpful, the clothes are colourful and unique and so very comfortable.  Lots of cotton, some of which is organic, and such beautiful patterns and colours.Gudrun Sjoden Gudrun trug I met Gudrun !!!!!  She was very charming and like all the Swedes I have met, speaks excellent English so we had a little chat.  It was great to meet her and I am glad we went.  Thank you to Stella for letting me know she was in store.Gudrun Sjoden herself We decided we fancied Mexican for lunch so wandered round the corner to Cafe Pacifico.  We were given corn chips and quite a spicy salsa while we perused the menu.  We had some more chips with guacamole which we shared as a starter.cafe pacifico menu I had a little margarita.margarita at CP For my main I chose the vegetable fajitas and the staff were very good when I asked them to make sure it was served with no dairy.guac and salsa Mine came with tortillas, black beans, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and a large sizzling platter of vegetables.  It all tasted good.  It was not excellent but it was good.  The service was friendly and efficient.veggies Cafe Pacifico The company was lovely 🙂 .  The bill was very hefty and I think I actually prefer Chipotle which although it’s basically a fast food chain, serves very reasonable food and it is much cheaper.  I wouldn’t go to Chipotle for Sunday lunch though and unfortunately, the price would put me off coming here again.Lara in cafe Pacifico Today was London marathon day and by the time we had eaten the streets were beginning to fill up with those runners who completed the event in 3 – 4 hours.  I would be so proud if I had earned one of those medals.Trafalgar Sq on Marathon day The streets around Trafalgar Square were packed and the atmosphere was very cheerful.marathon crowds We walked down Whitehall, passed the memorial covered in wreaths to commemorate Gallipoli.Gallipoli memorial We watched a little bit of the race.  This is Parliament Square which is near the end, between mile 25 and 26.  I am so in awe of these people who can achieve this.  I walked it once – never again as it is a very long way.  London Marathon 2015 1 It was fun to experience a tiny part of so many people’s big day.London Marathon 2015 I was not hungry in the evening so I made a very small blackberry and lime banana nice-cream.  I think this is my favourite flavour as it is so fresh and I love that blend of blackberry and banana.  The juice of half a lime makes it extra zingy and tasty.blackberry smoothie with lime The joy of the blender is that you can enjoy the flavour of blackberries and all their nutrients and fibre, but a good blender gets rid of all those annoying pips so it becomes a complete pleasure.  This was fabulous.blackberry and lime smoothie

A good end to a lovely day.  I didn’t eat perfectly as I had corn chips, a margarita and 3 small white tortilla wraps but everything else was plant food so not a disaster and I did exercise so an acceptable day, diet wise.

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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