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.