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Down the scrubs

Sunday, September 09, 2012

My bestie came over for lunch today. I used to cook megacalories for lunch, cream sauces on everything and enormous puddings with more cream and much chocolate. Today we had gazpacho, tagliatelle with spicy prawns and cherry tomatoes, and fruit salad. So far have I come.

Not far enough, however. I should have tracked everything before eating it shouldn't I? Went over by 100 calories, didn't I?

Well, before you all start to foam at the mouth and go purple in the face, I'd like to say we did go for a 90 minute walk in 75F heat, along the canal to Wormwood Scrubs. I had my camera with me, natch.

We were walking along and there were firemen playing with their hose:

But mostly it was just cyclists, joggers, walkers and boat people on their boats.

This bit is opposite Kensal Green cemetery. I love the poplars, which are very rustly. The wind had really got up, but it was a warm wind, unusual in the UK at any time of year, but in September . . . unheard of. People were out and about and there were loads of boats. Mostly they are permanently moored because people live in them. I commented to bestie that there seems to be a kind of alternative lifestyle ethos along the canal and she looked amused and mentioned that the people we had just passed had been talking about double glazing. On their boats, presumably. So we kept going and eventually came out near Wormwood Scrubs.

Ah, the Scrubs. Mention the name to your average Brit and they think of the jail there. In fact, it's a huge piece of common land, mainly grass and so big it magnifies the sky for you. I had a weird experience shortly after this. I wanted to show bestie where I used to live, haven't been there in 10 years.

So we trotted along and . . . the building - which had been due for renovation - has been demolished. There's a huge and expensive looking block of flats instead.

The things that happen when your back is turned!

So we walked along to the bus stop and that's where things went wrong for me in calorie terms. Bestie bought water to drink. I had iced tea. The bottle wasn't pearshaped to warn me, but it should have been. 150 calories, 100 of which I hadn't actually got.

So to make up for that, I'm off down the gym tonight. As well as a 4 mile walk.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DANAPRIME 9/18/2012 9:26PM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Glad you had someone to share the experience. Your pictures are great!!!

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L1ZB3TH354 9/11/2012 11:45AM

    You are such a good story teller, you pictures are also awesome. Thank you for taking us along on your walks. emoticon

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LODESTONE 9/11/2012 7:10AM

    Great scenery makes the walk enjoyable, but walking with a bestie is awesome.

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    You sure do get around. Thanks for another walk... Audra

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JACKIE542 9/10/2012 9:28AM

    Beautiful, would love to live around the water. Great walk for you. You are improving more and more each day. Keep up the good work. Thanks for bring us along. emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 9/10/2012 9:09AM

    That sounds like a lovely day!

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GRAYGRANNY 9/10/2012 5:22AM

    Loved the pics you used to tell your story.....learning to cook and eat the healthy way is a day to day learning experience........and there is always something out there willing to trip us up. Don't sweat the small stuff and re-group and go on.

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    Beautiful. Love it. emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 9/10/2012 2:35AM

    Great lunch! Great pics! Great blog! Hope you had a good trip to the gym and a nice walk!


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TJCADDO 9/10/2012 2:09AM

    I love looking at your countryside. What a great way to stay in shape by getting on the bus then hiking.

Love that you won Popular Blog!


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1BEACHWALKER 9/9/2012 11:04PM

    So nice! We have a canal here with a lot of history around it in the 1960's! Out in the country-not city like this! It was a canal the government wanted to build so boats could go through FL instead of around it! It was shut down and never completed due to envoirnmental concerns later! So now we have nice paths and fishing areas and places for boaters! We love it! Glad you had a nice visit! And got in some good exercise! Going over a hundred isn't that bad, but you have the right attitude! If you keep doing that, it will backfire on you!!! But, if you don't lose much weight, and you continue with all that exercise, make sure you eat enough calories. Coach Nicole eats up to 1700-2100 calories a day! I exercise and burn 3000-4000 calories a week and SP always tells me I don't eat enough by the end of the week-and my calorie count is around 2000!
Keep going! Doing great!!! emoticon

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EABL81 9/9/2012 10:22PM

    Sounds like a lovely lunch, and a great walk. Have a good workout at the gym. I'm sure between that and the walk, you'll have sweated off those puny 100 calories in a heartbeat!

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LIVEDAILY 9/9/2012 9:34PM

    Ok, so to paraphrase Donkey in the first Shrek movie, "Can I live with you???" Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Oh, I have beautiful places by me, too, but's there's something about the light and the green of England that is SO different!

Your lunch sounded lovely. You walked AND went to the gym??
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Invest in a water bottle for your treks!

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KIPPER15 9/9/2012 9:20PM

    What a wonderful walk again. You surely burned the tea off. Thank you for the lovely day. emoticon

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KSCRAP363 9/9/2012 9:12PM

    I think the 90 minute walk made up for overage on calories! Great pix...especially the firemen playing with their hose ~ tee hee! emoticon

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LINDAK25 9/9/2012 8:13PM

    Great job on lunch. Don't torture yourself over the iced tea! Lesson learned. Next time you'll double check the calories. You're getting in lots of exercise. Terrific!

I have to laugh when you talk about 75F heat. It's 7:30 at night and 77F, finally! We were out an hour ago and I had a sweater on. It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

Your pictures, as always, are wonderful. It looks like you had a gorgeous day! It's always shocking to go back to where you used to live. The people who moved into the house I grew up in added an extra story to the house. It's disorienting when things are out of place and not at all like what you remember.

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ALDEBARANIAN 9/9/2012 8:01PM

    My, that sounds like a good lunch, and a lovely day.

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CATLADY52 9/9/2012 7:46PM

    Working off the iced tea. Have a good evening. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/9/2012 7:25PM

    I love the pictures. It feels like I am walking right beside you. My pictures always come out awful. I plan my meals a week ahead of time. This helps with saving money at the grocery store so I only buy what I need. It really does help.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/9/2012 7:03PM

You are good with a camera
Felt like we were there with you

Beautiful way to start the new week
Have a Wonderful one

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    Great Blog!
Yes- we have to check those calories before we eat! It is the total calories for the week and you have done well all week.
Check! Track! Check again!
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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2012 3:35PM

    It''s been a lovely day for walking today Anne, and heck 100're well and truly forgiven LOL. I think you more than made up for it with the walking! emoticon

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POPSY190 9/9/2012 3:28PM

    100 calories over as a one-off is neither here nor there. You seem to be having a real Indian summer - lovely, and plenty of opportunity for walking!

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BRIDIEGAL 9/9/2012 3:27PM

    I haven't cooked for my friends since I started down this path in May, so I applaud your efforts to create something so healthy and delish! Sounds like you had an amazing day - thanks for the piccies! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/9/2012 3:16PM

    bravo! you are doing very well, you have certainly got your brain into Sparkgear. I think we can ease off watching you like hawks. You have proved yourself!

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BRIDIE5 9/9/2012 3:07PM

  The mel sounds wonderful, and what lovely place to walk!

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DNRAE1 9/9/2012 3:06PM

    You did well! Lots of exercise and fun friend time! emoticon

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