Walk In The Woods With Me

I had no intention of fasting when I woke up today.  It’s a Saturday and the original plan was to take Harvey to St.Leonard’s for the afternoon and have lunch in a cafe there.  Unfortunately my little lad is very poorly and has not ventured further than the sitting room where he has spent all day, mainly sleeping, occasionally awake but feeling quite dreadful.

Harvey hadn’t wanted supper last night but he did want something easy on his sore throat this morning so I made him banana nice cream by blending 2 frozen bananas with 2 dates, some hemp milk and vanilla.  I topped it with half a caramelised banana which I fried in coconut oil with some coconut sugar and a sprinkle of salt.   The recipe comes from an Instagram account I follow and really like – loveliveraw by a Swedish chef whose restaurant we visited in Gothenberg last year.

P1050927 P1050929 I had a tiny portion with none of the caramelised banana.  It was just a couple of spoonfuls so I could try the banana and date nice cream and it was really good.P1050930 What with one thing and another, the morning passed my by and I hadn’t had anything to eat apart from the 2 spoonfuls of banana nice cream.  Harvey didn’t want anything else to eat so as I wasn’t going to be cooking for anyone today,   I decided to make today a fast day.  I ate the half banana left over from Harvey’s breakfast and took Milton on a walk in the woods over the road.  Let me show you how pretty it is over there.P1050931 I drank 3 of these today; 750 ml water with lemon and mint.P1050933Having walked down the paved track, past the farmhouse and the big house. we get to the beginning of the walk to the woods.  This part is wet and muddy.  We walk straight ahead and then turn left and walk along the bottom of the field.

It was very sunny today but hazy and the pictures have all come out looking as if the sky was grey, but it was actually a gorgeous early spring day.
P1050935 There are many routes to walk in the woods but this is my current favourite.P1050937 It doesn’t look like it in this picture but ahead is a very long hill which I really struggle with as it goes on and on and on.P1050938 Looking to the right, from the base of the hill, is the path we will finish on as this walk is a huge loop.P1050939 Off we go, up the hill.  It’s one of those hills that you think is going to finish but then theres another bit 😦P1050940 My faithful companion stops to wait while I catch my breath.P1050942 I finally get to the top and only stopped 3 times today which is better then usual but then I wasn’t chatting to anyone.  This is the view looking back down the hill.P1050943 This is the happy view along the high path which goes straight along for a while before turning right to begin the loop back to where we started.P1050945 In some places the trees are very densely grownP1050947

While in others they are spaced far apart.  It keeps the scenery varied which is one of many reasons I enjoy walking over here.P1050948 P1050949

This section of the high path is much drier so very easy walking.  Without worrying about slipping over in the mud you can really enjoy the scenery.
P1050951 In this haze, you can’t see the view clearly today so you will have to trust me that the views from here are lovely.P1050952 P1050953 P1050954 Back to the mud.P1050955 P1050956 P1050957 Milton is an excellent walking companion as he potters about but always stays close.P1050958 P1050959 P1050960To the left is a huge chicken farm which is a shame as it spoils the views along this section for me.
P1050961 P1050962 This is part of the track I take when we do a shorter loop.P1050963 P1050964 This is one of my favourite areas of the woods, with the tall pines and the ferns.P1050965 Plenty of water holes too for thirsty dogs.P1050966 P1050967 Nearly back at the beginning.  We just need to walk around this field and up to the house you can see in the distance and that takes us back to the spot I took the first picture.P1050969 This walk takes about an hour.  Annoyingly I left me FitBit on charge so my steps will not be registered but I did do a long walk today.  I also did 3,000 this afternoon around the house as I looked after Harvey and brought some logs in from outside.primrose I spent a lot of time today sitting with Harvey because he was so poorly he wanted me nearby.  I hope he gets better really soon and wouldn’t wish illness on him but I quite enjoyed a quiet day at home, watching tv, knitting and catching up on social media.  Then my fab friends called from New Zealand – it was good to talk.

Harvey slept most of the afternoon and evening and I suddenly noticed it was 8:30pm.  I had only had 156 calories and I did consider not having anything else.  But then decided to eat the 500 calories I am allowed.  I didn’t want to cook so I had a sandwich made with houmous, tomato and alfalfa sprouts.  I carefully measured everything to ensure I didn’t go over 500.bread on scales I used the Firbit calorie tracker and my scales to calculate how much bread could go on my top slice.  Not quite a full slice but nearly.bread, houmous and alfalfa

I enjoyed my sandwich and lemon and mint water and feel perfectly sated.  I can’t believe how easy I found it today and I am pleased I stuck with it despite the walk which made me feel hungry.  I had thought it would be better to not do much exercise on a fast day but it was ok.  I was hungry this afternoon but if I drink water and a black coffee, the hunger soon goes.  It doesn’t get worse, it just goes.

Today’s Calorie Count

  • Banana nice cream (banana, 1\4 date and soya milk) plus half banana- 156 calories
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread – 104 + 130 calories
  • 1 tomato (75g) – 13 calories
  • 27 g houmous – 90 calories
  • Alfalfa sprouts – 5 calories

Total calories = 498

I smashed it today and am really pleased.


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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2 Responses to Walk In The Woods With Me

  1. laura1952 says:

    I sure hope Harvey is feeling better. My absolute go to for a sore throat is warm water, lemon juice and honey. In my older years I have also found out how great cayenne is for that sore throat put into the drink. Harvey may still not have developed the taste for hot food, but you do travel a lot, so who knows. Soaking your feet in very warm water and Epsom Salts helps get rid of the aches when you can’t sink into the tub filled with it. Tried and true pure English recipes I learned from my Dad! (Of course, my Dad always added cloves and Rum or Brandy to the above.)

    I loved the picture you posted of Milton waiting for you. It was just priceless. Never mind the walk. Well done doing those hills. Do it once a week and it will get easier and easier. I am proud of you Zoe for your perseverance.

    It was my Brother-In-Law, Jim’s 60th today, so I had the wine and food for you! 😉

    • Unfortunately he is not Laura but he is drinking warm water with honey and lemon and eating small amounts of ice-cream but mainly sleeping. I like the idea of a bath and I did buy some salts to day so I will suggest that to him tomorrow – thank you. I will keep trying that hill. I hope you enjoyed the birthday party.

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