Hastings Pier

Despite losing 4.5 pounds last week, which means I have now lost over 1 and a half stone, I didn’t have the best day yesterday and woke up feeling a bit bleurgh so I chose to make some juice for breakfast.  I had heard that drinking celery juice first thing is meant to be good for the digestive tract.IMG_2599Well I hope it did me some good because it tasted  quite unpleasant.IMG_2600While I had the juicer out I decided to juice a pineapple that looked past its best but having eaten some as I was chopping it up, I realised it was perfect for eating so I  juiced half and ate half.  Delicious as it was very ripe.IMG_2603For lunch I needed to finish an avocado I had been given on Wednesday.  It was a homegrown gift from my friend Andrew who visited and who kindly brought me one of his avocados he had grown.  I knew it was coming so the day before, when I had been in London, I bought some decent bread in Borough Market.  It was amazing and Harvey and I loved it.

As the avocado was very rich, we left some and I finished it today in a salad:  mixed lettuce leaves, 2 tomatoes,  1/4 avocado and half a packet of basil tofu.  I dry fried the sliced tofu in a non stick frying pan.IMG_2606Simple but tasty enough.IMG_2608Then this happened!  A vegetable pakora and some other naughties also happened.  I have no idea why but they did.IMG_2613So I collected my dog and we went for a walk along the beach, at low tide and in time for sunset.  I needed to walk some of those calories off!IMG_2615Hastings is being packed away for the winter.IMG_2620These were taken at around 4 pm and it was very quiet along the sea front.IMG_2621The sky was very dark and dramatic.IMG_2622Sunset was restricted to a bright pink strip under the large grey sky tonight.IMG_2626It was low tide so we walked along the hard sand.IMG_2627The seagulls were congregated around the sewage output.IMG_2628They flew away as we approached which is unusual for Hastings seagulls.IMG_2630IMG_2631I wanted to walk up to the pier.  I love the pier, both walking under it and on it.  I was delighted earlier this week when the pier won the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize for the UK’s best new building.  Earlier in the year the pier was awarded the best pier in Britain by the National Piers Society (NPS).IMG_2632

IMG_2634I like the reflections in the wet sand.IMG_2636


IMG_2637IMG_2638This should definitely be the location of a murder or serious crime in a drama series.  It would be a brilliant location.IMG_2639I walked under the pier and towards West St. Leonards.IMG_2640The big sky and the colours in both the sky and on the sand were beautiful.IMG_2642

IMG_2641As we walked West we could see the lights in Bottle Alley and the seafront properties, all reflected in the wet sand.IMG_2646



IMG_2648My feet were wet by now so we walked in to Bottle Alley and headed back to the car along the seafront.IMG_2650


IMG_2651At home I made a supper of vegetables: mashed potatoes, steamed cauliflower, carrots and brussel sprouts, stir fried red onion, cabbage and spinach with gravy.  Enjoyed with a glass of wine,IMG_2653I ate in front of the TV as I was home alone.IMG_2654As I was enjoying my meal I was invited over the road to watch some fireworks which I did.  That somehow involved more wine and crisps and then I had more again when I returned home.  So I will write off today’s syns and do much better tomorrow.


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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