Lots Of Walking And A Cookery Class

I have been so busy for the last few days!  Busy doing fun things that have made me very happy.  One bit of particularly happy news is that I lost 1 pound on Friday which was amazing after last weekend’s over eating and several mistakes with syns during the week.  It just goes to show that if you blow it with the eating, then exercise, exercise exercise!

The significance of that 1 pound is that it means I have now lost 4 stone from my heaviest weight.  Yes, 4 STONE !!!!  I am very happy about that.  It also means I have lost 1 stone and 3 and a half pounds since joining Slimming World in September so I am happy about that too.

I have made this twice recently; once for supper and once for breakfast and I love it.  Such a simple, colourful and nutritious bowlful of pink grapefruit, orange, fig and half an avocado.

On Thursday morning I had a delightful early morning walk along the sea front at Bulverhythe with Milton.

I then walked in to town for a haircut but on the way back I do confess I came up the hill  in the funicular as I couldn’t face the hill.  The little carriages are so cute and I particularly like the West Hill lift as you go through a tunnel.

The walk home from the West Hill lift is lovely.  There’s my street, in the distance.IMG_2091For lunch on Thursday I made a huge salad, using as much as I could from the garden.  I began with the green stuff: lettuce, mizuna, cucumber, celery and alfalfa sprouts.  Go greens!IMG_2094Red for danger.IMG_2095Plus some chick pea “tuna”.IMG_2096Some vegans claim this tastes like tuna so I decided to make it.  You drain a can of tuna, add some vegan mayo, some paprika, seaweed, spring onions and gherkins.IMG_2097It didn’t taste at all like tuna but it was very tasty.IMG_2098In the evening I did another walk, across part of the Hastings Country Park.  I found this field of sunflowers.IMG_2115I had some company on this walk which was lovely.IMG_2114Hurricane Brian has not damaged my garden which is just as well because the slugs, snails and caterpillars are annihilating it!IMG_2138I did another lovely walk on Friday in Surrey with Sally and Michelle. We had lunch in a country pub first (nut roast for me) and that evening I had supper with my Dad and step-Mother which was fun.

Today I woke up very early so I took Milton down to Rock A Nore for sunrise which was invigorating.IMG_2144I made a yummy breakfast; a tofu scramble with chick peas and rice.  It was delicious.IMG_2154I then hopped on a train up to London where I met Lara and we had a bite to eat at Arabica in Borough Market.  I had quite a light lunch as I was still full up from breakfast.IMG_2156I went to London because Lara and I were going to the Waitrose Cookery School at Granary Square near King’s Cross.  We were attending a vegan street food lesson, given by Jackie Kearney, who was a Masterchef finalist in 2012.

The cookery school is next to a massive Waitrose shop which proved useful during the class when we needed anything.IMG_2157It was very well equipped.IMG_2159It was a bit like being in a stage set as the building was actually huge !IMG_2160Jackie was great.  She showed us what to do and then we got to have a go.

This was my lovely partner for the cookery lesson.

IMG_2173Lara was complimented by Jackie for her dumplings and it turns out that she regularly makes gyoza which are the same shape.  IMG_2174Hers were far neater then mine.IMG_2175But mine tasted great too.  We ate them with 2 really hot sambals  that Jackie made while we shaped and cooked our dumplings.IMG_2179Ta daaIMG_2180Jackie also showed us how to make a Thai green vegetable curry and then a vegeball sub with a fabulous cheese sauce.IMG_2181IMG_2184This was completely delicious and I will definitely be making this.  We all helped make enough for everyone to have one to take away.IMG_2186I really enjoyed cookery school and came away with one of Jackie’s books so brace yourselves for many street food recipes.











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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2 Responses to Lots Of Walking And A Cookery Class

  1. laura1952 says:

    First Zoe, I want to congratulate you on your wonderful weight release since you started this journey and blog.
    Second, I want to congratulate you for getting back to a more regular schedule and committing to continuing the journey in September after a very busy year. Be proud because your journey has had its trials and tribulations, but you keep on going. “Keep Calm. The Journey Isn’t Over”
    Third, your class looked like a complete joy of bliss. How perfect. Lara and making new food all wrapped into a really nice, tasty, cooking class.

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