I had hoped for a fiery sunset tonight, since it’s November 5th, but it was not to be. It was beautiful but not the flame red and pink sky I had hoped for.We began walking along the Firehills towards Fairlight but then realised we should be heading West so looped round and changed direction.Those clouds !These were taken about half an hour before sunset.Beautiful.We considered sitting and watching the sunset from this vantage point but it was actually quite chilly so we continued walking.Unless we stopped to take photos that is!This dear old dog hates stairs and had to be enticed down these but he made it and then enjoyed walking around in the woodland area.
I managed to take a wrong turn so instead of going through the old quarry to get back to the Coastguard’s Cottage, we had to walk back up all those steps but it’s all good exercise.The fluffy clouds turned pink and the sky around the setting sun glowed yellow and orange.
It was beautiful and even though it was not the blaze of glory I hoped for, we had yet another spectacular walk in this delightful Country Park.The sky was very pink over Dungeness as we walked back to the car. None of these photos have filters added and only minimal editing, usually just adding a little light to show the detail of the land. No editing at all in this picture even though it looks as if it has been edited.I did well with exercise today. The walk in the Country Park contributed to the 8,000 + steps I have walked today and the steps and hills to the 44 floors I have walked up and down.
I don’t feel disappointed in not walking 10,000 steps today because I also went swimming first thing and swam 60 lengths/1.2km. I swam 30 lengths breaststroke (which I find easiest) 20 front crawl and 10 backstroke. I have only recently begun using backstroke again and it feels good to use different muscles.
Eating was good in the sense it was healthy but I am over my syn allowance. I didn’t get round to breakfast so lunch was my first meal.
I made a fat-free ratatouille with peppers, courgettes, onions and tomatoes. I “fried” the vegetables in water to avoid needing any fat. I had 2 “roast” potatoes which I parboiled and then dry roasted in the oven so again, no fat was added. I also had a pile of steamed carrots and broccoli and half a packet of basil tofu (4.5 syns).
No snacks at all and for dinner I made 2 recipes from Jackie Kearney’s ‘Vegan Street Food’ cookbook. I made a simple pickled cucumber salad by making a dressing of rice vinegar, chilli, sugar and lime juice in a bowl (less than 1 syn for 3/4 tsp of sugar). I scraped the seeds out of the cucumber and cut it in to thin half moon shapes and then mixed in with the dressing. Make this half an hour before eating so the cucumber can absorb the dressing.
I had the pickled cucumber with another recipe from Vegan Street Food; Spring Vegetable Cheelas, which are like a savoury pancake. The pancakes are high in syns, nearly all due to the gram flour. I didn’t have leeks and instead I used mushrooms which worked very well.
|Gram Flour Pancake (Cheela) With Peas and Leeks|
|Ingredient||Syns for total recipe||Syns for 1 portion (1/8)|
|2 tbsp cumin seeds||Free||0|
|1 tbsp coriander seeds||Free||0|
|350 g gram flour||56||7|
|2 tsp baking powder||1||0.125|
|2 spring onions||Speed||0|
|2 tbsp vegetable oil||6||0.75|
|3 baby leeks||Speed||0|
|100 g peas||Free||0|
|Syns per portion||7.875|
I had 2 pancakes (15.75 syns) and they were cooked in 1/2 tbsp of oil (3 syns).
Today’s syn totals.
|100g Taifun basil tofu||4.5|
|1 tsp caster sugar||1|
|2 Cheela pancakes||15.75|
|1/2 tbsp oil||3|
|HEX A||400 ml soya milk|
So I was nearly 10 syns over my allowance but hopefully the exercise will avoid a weight gain.
Zoe…it isn’t about being perfect. It is about doing something each day that works. I am 65 and I am hear to tell you, I work out and I walk because it makes me feel better mentally and eventually physically. Once you decide to start, the rest will usually follow and if it doesn’t…tomorrow is another day. The old adage of “A thousands miles starts with the first step..” Thank you for your amazing photography again. You get me out of the house! Congratulations on the weight release.