Bracing at Pett Level

I was so happy to wake up this morning knowing I had nothing in the diary; a rare occurrence but one I hope to make more common.  I had a lovely Friday evening, watching the Darkest Hour with Sally and Rebecca and then helping Rebecca out with some troublesome port that needed finishing – I am such a great friend 🙂 .  I slept well and woke up refreshed and ready to enjoy my day.

It was a leisurely beginning.IMG_3945I have been following a feasting and fasting routine which works well when I manage lots of fasting.  It’s obviously not so good when I tip the balance too far towards feasting, as I did last week!

I was full of resolve today to get back to approximately 20 hours fasting a day and a 4 hour feasting window.

I feel ok fasting like this thanks to keeping my minerals balanced.  By adding some Cream of Tartar (potassium) and Pink Himalayan salt (or you could use Celtic sea salt) to water, you maintain your mineral balance and it makes a huge difference to keeping you hydrated and not feeling hungry and light headed.IMG_3946I make my solution very weak or it makes me feel nauseous.  In 700ml water, I add 1/4 tsp of each.  I have 2 of these a day.IMG_3947It has to be Pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt.  The white salt people usually eat has been stripped of its minerals and it best thrown away.IMG_3948I relaxed quite a bit today and enjoyed it all.  No feeling guilty in Hastings today.  I work hard and deserve a rest at the weekend.IMG_3951 (1)I wanted to take Milton to Pett Level today as he hasn’t been on a decent walk all week and I like the beach at Pett during low tide.  Rebecca and Beryl came with us which was lovely.

It’s a while since I have been here and they have added a lot of dark brown sand and rocks to the top of the beach,IMG_3955Both the dogs like the beach and their little noses were going crazy.IMG_3961The sun nearly came out but not quite.IMG_3965Low tide exposes lots of rock pools and sand to walk on so we can walk round the cliff end, but at a long and safe distance from the cliffs as there have been several rockfalls here recently.IMG_3970I enjoy the different textures and colours on a beach.  One minute you are walking along a large expanse of compacted sand.IMG_3972The next you are wading through rock pools.

IMG_3971We walked along this rocky platform.IMG_3975It is thickly encrusted with sea shells, such as mussels.IMG_3979It was beautiful at Pett Level today.  Very cold and very beautiful.IMG_3978The dogs in their fur coats didn’t seem to mind the cold at all.IMG_3974The coldness drove us back along the beach towards the car.IMG_3987There are a lot of trees on the beach here.IMG_3988What a strange creature!IMG_3990Plus groynes, in neat rows.IMG_3992The warmth of the car was a delight.  We hadn’t gone far before we came to a fabulous shop selling a huge range of local veggies, fruits and salads.  Not much was in plastic which is great.IMG_3993I bought a whole head of kale and it’s huge.IMG_3994Aww, aren’t they cute?IMG_3995By about 4pm I was ready to have my first (and only) meal of the day.  I made some kale crisps with some of this huge head of kale.IMG_4001I cut the kale off the tough stems and cut it in to bite sized pieces.  I washed and dried it thoroughly and then massaged some olive oil in to each leaf.  I placed the oiled kale on a baking tray, sprinkled lightly with salt and baked in the oven (180) for 10 minutes.IMG_3999It didn’t cook evenly so maybe a longer cooking time and a lower temperature would work better.  It still tasted good though,IMG_4002I also had a bowl of stir fried mushrooms, spinach and tofu with almonds and sesame seeds.IMG_4003That was enough and I do not feel hungry.

I walked over 10,000 steps and went to the pool this evening and swam 1.2 km.

This was a great day.





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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