The Weekend

When you are not working and when it is school holidays, it is easy for weekdays and weekends to blur because actually, what does it matter what day of the week it is?  But this week there is a sense of preparing to return to school (for Harvey) and thinking about returning to work for me.  So I was aware it was the weekend and I must say I enjoyed it.


It started with a swim.  This was my first swim at this end of the beach and what a glorious swim it was.IMG_0514The sky was blue, the water clean and clear and calm.  You swim protected by the harbour wall on one side and on the other you can enjoy the views of the cliffs.IMG_0520The fishing boats were coming in which kept the seagulls occupied.IMG_0517Look how clear that water is.  I could have stayed in for ages but I had other plans for the day.IMG_0522I spent most of the day in Barnet, North London, with my dear friend Laura.  I packed some melon, raspberries and blueberries to enjoy in the car as I travelled North.IMG_0523Look at that lovely blue sky !  It was a perfect day for walking.  We walked from Laura’s to a cafe for lunch, past this unusual church made from flint and with these lovely statues.IMG_0532We had lunch at Boyden’s Kitchen.  I had an English muffin with humous on one half and  mashed avocado on the other with roasted tomatoes and mushrooms and salad.  It is very hard to calculate the syns and I think I probably overestimated but I think they are:

  • 1/2 avocado = 7
  • 2 tbsp humous = 5
  • 1 tbsp oil = 6
  • white muffin = 7.5

If that was correct that is 25.5 for one meal which is a shocker!

We walked a long route home because it was such a lovely day we enjoyed being outside and also to get some exercise in.

I was struck by how villagey Barnet is.IMG_0540These are almshouses (historically provided to poor people).IMG_0541Dr Livingstone, I presume (he lived here).IMG_0542I bought some cherries to snack on in the afternoon as I was hungry after walking 10,000 steps.IMG_0544We had sushi from Sushimania in Totteridge for supper.  We got a takeaway and popped to a nearby pub for a drink while our order was prepared.  I had a lime soda (3 syns).IMG_0545I noticed at Laura’s that she has lots of photos of her 2 gorgeous daughters but none of her.  It took a while but we got a lovely picture in the end.

The sushi was delicious.  I am not sure if I synned them correctly but I put down 5.  That makes my daily total 32.  I can’t believe that is right as I didn’t eat that much but that is what I have calculated.  IMG_0552Sunday

Having enjoyed Saturday’s swim so much, we went again this morning, even though the weather was cloudy and the sea far more lively.  I love the feeling of being in the water and then I feel tingly and invigorated for hours afterwards.

I had a delicious mango and a kiwi fruit for breakfast.  A perfectly ripe mango is a thing of great joy.IMG_0562I went out with Rebecca to go to Scott Jarrett’s open studio.  He is a potter based in St. Leonard’s and I like his ceramics and illustrations.  I hadn’t realised he opened his studio as part of a wider Open Studios scheme.IMG_0567Fortunately Rebecca was on the ball and so we spent a couple of very happy hours wandering around some beautiful houses and studios, admiring paintings, drawings, ceramics and jewellery.  And paper installations.IMG_0566The artists Nick Snelling and Adrienne Hunter have his and hers studios in their garden, which are perfect for producing their art.  I appreciated knowing the wonderful sea shores and landscapes of this charming area and seeing it in their paintings.IMG_0582Adrienne’s studio was a place I would love to have to use myself.IMG_0573Nick’s studio was like an art installation in its own right.IMG_0574I find it fascinating to get a small glimpse in to the process of creating art.IMG_0575 (1)My tidy tendencies would have had to get this lot sorted out though.IMG_0576 (1)As for this – I did feel better about my slightly muddled office.IMG_0577Each to their own environment and method though and Nick creates some very clever and interesting seascapes in his studio.IMG_0578IMG_0579I was very envious of the abundant pears and the pretty Japanese anemones in their garden.IMG_0581I had a very late lunch; a buddha bowl, with a bed of couscous and then lettuce, topped with home made coleslaw (carrots, homegrown kohlrabi and spring onions), celery, red pepper, cucumber and alfalfa and broccoli sprouts.IMG_0589Couscous is so boring but it tasted better mixed together with the vegetables.  I synned the 2 tbsp of Vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise) as 8 syns.IMG_0590Lunch was tasty but not very substantial so a few hours later I wanted some supper.  While I waited for supper to heat up I had a cup of tea and 14 cashew nuts (HE B choice).IMG_0592Supper was very easy.  I had some leftover boiled potatoes in the fridge which I dry roasted and some leftover dal and swiss chard.  I heated the dal up with some baked beans added.  Nothing spectacular but it filled a hole.  Only half a syn for the 1/4 tsp maple syrup and 1/4 tsp mustard in the dal.IMG_0593So that was another good day of eating.  8.5 syns, soya milk as my HE A and cashews for my HE B.  I swam and although I didn’t walk very far, it was better than nothing.

We have a very stormy night so I am staying in and feeling somewhat disappointed that I am wearing slippers for the first time in about 3 months 😦


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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