Cafe Culture

One of my little pleasures is sitting in a good cafe, enjoying coffee and food and good company.  Sometimes (rarely) I can resist the temptations lined up on the counter but I often don’t.  This weekend I spent time in 2 cafes on Saturday and enjoyed it very much.

The first was in Hastings on Saturday morning.  I had made a decent breakfast of scrambled tofu so I wasn’t hungry and I had no excuse for eating cake.  But I did.  I was out shopping with Harvey and suggested a coffee on the way home – we went in to Cake Room on Robertson Street.  I have never been in Cake Room before and I liked it very much; the decor and furnishings are 1950’s vintage and the space is large, light and airy.  The coffee was great and the vegan gingerbread a tad dry but flavoursome and enjoyable.  Harvey had a huge slice of sponge cake, generously loaded with berries and a hot chocolate.  I will be visiting Cake Room again, but just for a coffee!  Very good coffee.

The gingerbread sufficed for lunch and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon with about 10 ladies at Hartley Dyke, on the road up to Cranbrook from Hawkhurst,  It’s a pleasant spot, attached to a large deli, overlooking Kent apple orchards.

IMG_2483I meant to take a photo of everyone but the tea flowed, the chatter never stopped and time marched on so  by the time I took my phone out some of the local lovelies had left.  Then this lot wouldn’t pose properly!IMG_2484We got there in the end.  That was a very pleasant 3 hours.IMG_2488We managed to time our exit to see the most spectacular sunset.IMG_2490These two were taken at Hartley Dyke.IMG_2491This one was taken at least half an hour later outside Waitrose in Hawkhurst so it was a spectacular and long sunset.IMG_2498In the evening I did not do well.  I have done far worse but I did have a large bag of popcorn and then three slices of wholemeal bread, with humous and tomatoes.

Today was a new day and I did much better.  I started with a 70 length swim; half breaststroke and half front crawl.  That is 1.4 km (0.87 miles).  I really enjoyed the swim, mainly because I had a lane to myself for the first 44 lengths.  I also took time afterwards to really enjoy the sauna and I had one of the outside jacuzzis to myself which was lovely.IMG_2501I was hungry when I came home.  I had a banana, followed by a slice of wholemeal bread with half an avocado and a tomato.IMG_2502Followed by a second slice spread with Vitalite and peanut butter.IMG_2504Lunch was very simple; half a baked sweet potato with 1 tsp Vitalite, mixed lettuce leaves, cucumber, radishes, pickled beetroot and sauerkraut with 1 tsp Vegenaise.IMG_2510After lunch we took the dogs to the park.

Supper was from the freezer.  I hadn’t labelled it and can not remember which recipe I followed but it was rice, black beans and chick peas with lots of vegetables.  I added 1 tbsp lime pickle to mine.  Other than that it was all free or speed foods.IMG_2515In the evening we went to the Old Town to go on a Ghost Walk.  Instead of driving down we walked so on top of my swim I also walked nearly 14,000 steps today so I am happy with that.


The Ghost Walk was great fun and we both really enjoyed it.  I particularly enjoyed walking through part of the Old Town I had not discovered before.

So Sunday was a good day.  I have no idea how many syns I ate on Saturday and am not going to lose sleep over it.  I did ok today and feel optimistic about this week.  My syns were higher than the 15 I aim for but I am hoping I will lose weight because I did so much exercise today.  The scales will show me if I am correct on Friday.

Food Syns
1 slice wholemeal bread 3
1/2 avocado 7
Peanut butter – 1 tbsp 4.5
1 tsp Vitalie 1.5
Breakfast total 16
1 tsp Vitalie 1.5
1 tsp Vegenaise 1.5
Lunch Total 3
1 tbsp lime pickle 1
Dinner Total 1
Day Total 20
HEX A 400 ml soya milk
HEX B 1 slice wholemeal bread




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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