Exercising and Dieting

I have managed to maintain a regular amount of exercise recently and I am mainly feeling the benefit.  It is becoming easier and that makes it more enjoyable and I am grateful to have had the time to devote to it.  But I do find it makes me hungrier so I have not been as good at eating this week.  I am finding this a real challenge so I think I need to plan to eat bigger quantities of the speed and free food I can eat when following the Slimming World plan.

I have had a lot of fun with exercising too as I have combined it with socialising.  Yesterday I walked along the river and round Bodiam castle with Lucy, which is a delightful walk.  Bodiam Castle is managed by the National Trust but you can pay £3 to use the car park and do the walk without having to pay £9 which also gives you access to the inside of the castle.  Their facilities are good as they have a coffee shop and nice loos too!IMG_1535This is such a pretty castle.IMG_1536One day I should go inside.IMG_1538We went from Bodiam to the gym as we are both members of the same health club and had a swim, a sauna and a relax in the jacuzzi.  I swam 50 lengths (1 km).

In the afternoon I did another walk, because although I had enjoyed a walk round Bodiam castle, Milton (the dog) had not, so I picked up Harvey from school and we walked from St.Leonards to Bulverhythe.  That took my walking total to over 10,000 steps.

It was a windy day so the kitesurfers were out.  It looks like fun but I wouldn’t have the confidence to try that.  IMG_1547

IMG_1550I always enjoy a walk beside the sea, even in the wind.IMG_1552My socialising continued in the evening as I went to the White Dog in Ewhurst Green for a drink with Lucy and Clare.  It’s a very traditional English country pub.  I had one half pint of stout (Smild) which had 4 syns and 2 lime and sodas which I think are 3 syns each.  So my fairly abstemious night out was a whopping 10 syns!

Eating was not a disaster but not great either.  I had a smoothie for breakfast and for supper.  I made them both with 2 bananas, cashew milk, peanut and seed butter, cocoa powder and sea greens.  I also added a pear for breakfast.  You have to add syns for a smoothie but I don’t understand how many so will ask my consultant about that at the next meeting I can stay at.IMG_1532Lunch was delicious and full of nutritious vegetables.  IMG_1542I made a stir fry with brown Basmati rice and all the left over veggies I had in the fridge, plus a large leaf of green kale and half a large green chilli.  I also added half a packet of Taifun smoked tofu with almonds and sesame seeds which is my favourite tofu.  I can eat it from the packet it is so delicious.  Lunch was 6 syns for 1 tbsp oil and the tofu is 2.5 syns per 100 g which is half a pack.  Only plain tofu is free, unfortunately.

Daily syns total is: 18.5 + smoothies

  • Smoothies = ?
  • Lunch = 8.5
  • Drinks in pub = 10

So I didn’t actually eat much, I exercised a lot and was over my syn allowance which is frustrating.

Today I did more moderate exercise; I walked 11,000 steps (over 7 km) as I walked in to town and around the shops as I had several things to buy and errands to run.  I had a really bad night’s sleep and felt exhausted today so I comfort ate which I can’t seem to stop doing.  I do choose much better foods than I used to.  Once I would have bought chocolate, cakes, crisps, cheese and other high fat foods.  So I am doing much better but still have a way to go.

For breakfast I fried up some boiled potato and vegetables;  6 syns for 1 tbsp oil.IMG_1569By lunch time I was making slow progress with my errands and popped in to a Moroccan restaurant on George Street where I had a huge bowl of humous with pitta bread and olives. IMG_1572No idea how many syns in that lot but far too many.  Ditto the vegan Turkish delight I had afterwards!IMG_1573The very cloudy morning turned in to a very warm and sunny afternoon so my walk home was very enjoyable.  IMG_1574I still find the climb up from the Old Town very hard work but it is steep.  IMG_1576And long.IMG_1577Worth it though, both for the exercise and the views when you get up to the West Hill and again along St Mary’s Terrace.  IMG_1579I can see my house in the distance.IMG_1581Nearly home.IMG_1582I made a lentil and mushroom bolognaise for supper but I wasn’t actually hungry so I didn’t eat anything.  I did however have a small bowl of CoYo vanilla yogurt with 3 fresh figs.  10 syns for 100 ml of the yogurt.IMG_1594Not a great day for eating.  I hope I get a better nights sleep tonight and that weigh day tomorrow shows me a small loss.



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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4 Responses to Exercising and Dieting

  1. Great post! I love Bodiam Castle it is so pretty! And that smoked tofu is one of my favourites too – I love it sliced and fried and whacked in a “bacon” sandwich! Have you tried the basil one? It’s delicious too!

  2. Helen says:

    I think you will do better than you expect….fingers crossed!

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