Back In The Water

After a bad experience in the sea last Sunday, I have been anxious about getting back in.   However, I did not want one bad moment to ruin something I love so much so I was determined to go again. The sea has been so rough this week I was unable to go back to the sea with my swimming companion, Rebecca but this morning I knew the sea was calm.

High tide was at 08:23 so I got down to West St.Leonard’s  by 8am.  I wished I had someone to go in with but I didn’t.  There was so much seaweed and so many shells on the beach, washed up from the stormy seas earlier in the week.IMG_0874Milton would have enjoyed the mussels.IMG_0875I find the colours and patterns on the beach very lovely.IMG_0876I haven’t seen such pink seaweed before on these beaches.IMG_0877Time to get in.  The water was so calm there was no reason not to so in I went and it was fabulous.  The air temperature was 13 °and the sea temperature was 16 ° so it was actually warmer in the sea than out!  IMG_0880I swam backwards and forwards between the groynes 6 times.  It felt great and I was so glad I went in. IMG_0883 I also met another swimmer out there, who swims all year round and she suggested I join a local sea swimming group on Facebook.  So I have done that and can see there is a swimming event annually from the harbour arm to the pier and back again;  I hope to be able to do that next year.IMG_0882Back at home I had a hot bath and then a large bowl of fruit with 150 g Alpro vanilla yogurt (2 syns).  I added the yogurt and banana as I was hungry and knew I wasn’t having lunch until 2:30.IMG_0884I drove up to Surrey to have lunch with my Dad and step-Mother and was delighted Lara joined us as well.  Dad took us to Zizzi’s which I like as they have a really good vegan menu.

I resisted wine (easily done as I never drink alcohol when I have to drive on a motorway)  and instead had a lime soda (3 syns).  As a starter I had a small bowl of spiced nuts.  It was mainly chick peas so actually not many syns.  I can’t find any Zizzi dishes on Slimming World Online but a member of my SW group helpfully sent me a link to the calories.

Zizzi spicy nuts = 241 caloriesIMG_0886As a main I had the broccoli salad and some herby potatoes.  The salad was very tasty and low calorie but the potatoes were very calorific.  They tasted great though.IMG_0888 (1)Green Goddess Salad (broccoli) = 256 calories

Herby potatoes = 338 caloriesIMG_0889I should have then just had a black coffee but I didn’t because Zizzi does the most amazing vegan dessert;  sticky chocolate torte with a scoop of coconut and chocolate ice-cream.  So yummy it’s hard to believe it’s vegan.

Sticky Chocolate torte = 539 calories

Coconut and chocolate gelato = 112 caloriesIMG_0890Total Zizzi calories = 1,486.  Wow !!!!!  So high but it was all very enjoyable and it was great to spend time with my family.  But I think next time I need to resist the torte and ice-cream and then I would only have had 835 calories.

In the evening I had a small portion of vegan shepherd’s pie I had left over in the fridge.

IMG_0892I intend to swim again in the sea tomorrow morning and eat extremely sensibly.

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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