Walking in Hastings and London

Another weekend comes to an end and as I enjoy looking back at the pictures I have taken, I am happy to say it was another good one.

Saturday was a lovely sunny day.  I went in to town, to Trinity Wholefoods to get some provisions for the day.P1080260Lucy and Rebecca were coming for lunch so I made My New Roots’ Four Corners Soup for lunch.P1080261Such a great recipe.P1080262Lots of green leaves; red kale and spinach.P1080263I made my first massage kale salad.  I put 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp lime juice with a little salt in the salad bowl and massaged that in to the kale.  After about 1 minute,  the thick kale leaves became much softer.  I chopped them up and mixed them with the other salad ingredients: spinach, chestnut mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mange tout, alfalfa and radish sprouts.  We had a bowl of salad first and then a bowl of soup.P1080264Having nourished our bides, we went on another Hastings Greenway walk.  This one from Alexandra Park to the Conquest Hospital on The Ridge.  This was a very pretty, mainly car free and at time hilly walk.P1080266P1080267It’s definitely Spring.P1080268After the walk we went to the cafe in the park for a cuppa.P1080270It was lovely sitting in the sunshine with Lucy and Rebecca and I could have stayed much longer but I had plans for the evening so had to get going.P1080271I travelled up to Muswell Hill on Saturday afternoon to spend the afternoon with my sisters Lucy and Abi.

While sitting on the long train journey up to London (about 100 minutes) I felt very hungry.  Really hungry.  So between the mainline station and the Underground I went in to a shop and bought and ate, a Bounce ball, small box of Graze nuts and a bag of vegetable crisps.  I had been so good all week and then just fell off the wagon completely.  When I arrived at Lucy’s I had wine and crisps.  I am so bad sometimes too often.

Lucy cooked us all dinner of rice, beans and a delicious tomato and avocado salad.  My Neice Olivia commented that it was a bit “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here” which made me laugh.  She exaggerates of course, it was lovely.  We had a couple of drinks in the pub and a lovely evening.

I did well with walking – 14,940 steps.  Very badly with calories but ok with sleep; 6 hours 41 minutes.P1080268

After a very leisurely Sunday morning we walked up to Highgate to meet Lara and Harvey and then walked back again, through Highgate Woods.P1080275P1080276We pottered about in the shops for a bit as Muswell Hill still has many independent shops, such as Martyn’s, a lovely grocery shop.P1080277Local produce.P1080278I bought some dried apricots, mango and prunes and paid for them at this cute hatch.P1080279Great shop.P1080280We ended up in La Porchetta for pizza.P1080282Yummy pizza and a very pleasant Valpolicella.P1080287The portions were ridiculously large and it was good and tasty food.P1080288Check these out!  These incredible little paintings are on squished chewing gum blobs on the pavement.  They are so detailed and so much more attractive than the grey blobs.  This one is next to my shoe for scale.

P1080291I think this is my favouriteP1080293I liked these and love how imaginative artists are.  I wonder why he decided to start painting gum blobs.

Muswell Hill has a Planet Organic so I stocked up on some goodies and also a couple of sweet treats because we bought desserts to have back home at Lucy’s, rather than in the restaurant.  I bought a small bar of chocolate covered marzipan (divine) and a ‘Snackers’.P1080299The Snackers looks better than it tastes, mainly because there was too much very dark chocolate.P1080302We had a very relaxing afternoon together at my sister’s lovely flat.P1080301I do like a relaxed family day.P1080304Harvey and I caught the train home and had a simple supper of a large bowl of soup.

Today I walked 11,605 steps, ate far too many calories and had 7 hours 41 minutes sleep.  8 hours remains elusive.

I hope you all had a good weekend too.

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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