Gratitude and Two Beaches

I went to the beach twice today; once to swim and once for a dog walk.  I really enjoyed both trips.

We swam near Rock A Nore again.  We aim to swim just before high tide and that was at abut Midday today.   The sun actually shone while we swam which was lovely and it warmed up the pebbles so they were quite cosy to sit on for a while when we came out of the sea.IMG_0667I cold sit and watch the waves for hours.IMG_0670In the evening Rebecca and I took the dogs for a walk along the beach at St. Leonards.IMG_0679We went at low tide so all the rocks and little rock pools were exposed.  The beach is so different at low tide and is lovely to walk along.IMG_0682Milton was like a kid in a sweet shop.IMG_0688As I usually take him at high tide, he scavenges mussel shells off the beach.  But at low tide he could pick them off the rocks.  I only let him have a couple as I am not sure if they are good for him and he has just had a very upset stomach.IMG_0687The water is quite calm this evening and it is a full moon so we did debate going for a moonlit swim but actually it’s a bit chilly and I feel tired and so we both agreed to skip the moonlight swim.  Another time.IMG_06892 dogs and 2 birds enjoyed their evening beach stroll.IMG_0691So I did ok for exercise today, with the swimming and walking.  Eating was mainly good but not perfect today.

I really like papaya; it’s one of my favourite fruits and I bought this beauty in Barnet on Saturday.  I had half the papaya for breakfast, with a mango and a cup of jasmine green tea.

We unexpectedly had lunch out because I needed to get some papers printed which we did straight after our swim.  By the time that was done it was 1pm and we were both hungry so we popped in to Cafe Gratitude and sat there, somewhat damp as we still had our wet costumes on, and had a bite to eat.

I had an almond milk latte.IMG_0675Then the vegan full Monty.  I find it really hard to work out the sun value on these meals as I don’t know what was cooked in oil, what type of bread it is etc.  So I calculated  4 syns as follows:

  • bread as a HE B as although 2 slices, they were small
  • 1 tsp spread on the bread – 2
  • 1 tsp oil used in frying – 2
  • tofu – scrambled with curry powder – 0
  • 250 ml almond milk in the latte – 5

IMG_0676Supper was easy as it was leftover Tex Mex casserole from yesterday.  I made Harvey’s in to a burrito and I had mine with jalapeño, juicey tomatoes and half an avocado plus coriander.  It was delicious and it reheats very well.IMG_06777 Syns for half the avocado.  The rest was speed or free food.IMG_0678I was ok at this point (16 syns) but as we had eaten a very early supper (4:30 as we had to be at an event at Harvey’s school), I was hungry after the evening walk along the beach and so I had some tortilla chips (25 g ish) and humous ( 1 tbsp ish) which I have synned at 6 + 2.5 = 8.5.

Daily syn total is 24.5

1 swim of at least 400 m in the sea and 7,500 steps walked.

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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