I've been really idle for most of this week - desultory workouts and failing to get much done at all. Yesterday - thanks in large part to a Spark friend sending me
galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week.
I then went out for a Celebration of Autumn Game meats at a local restaurant. I knew it wouldn't be good for my Spark tracker - well for ME in fact - but I'd promised, so off I went. Very delicious food
but, of course, heavy on the meat - several set courses of Pigeon - Pheasant - Venison - Grouse. Very small portions thank goodness and accompanied by delicious vegetables so all was not lost. I skipped the dessert but each course had matched wine with it so that was a bit of a disaster.
Pretty well impossible to calculate calories but I was definitely over my allowance. Still - it was fun and I really enjoyed it so I'm not going to let it bother me. However - I WAS determined to make up for it. Today I have eaten really carefully and will be at the lower end of my calories. This morning I did a thorough workout and went for a long long walk on the South Downs above Brighton.
My partner, who doesn't do much walking, drove me to one of the ancient little Downs villages - all of them built along a spring line and still mostly quite quaint and not really in the 21st century yet.
I started off along a lane lined with renovated workmens' cottages . . .
I went up the hill at the end . . .
crossed the stile on the top . . .
and then scrambled down the other side of the hill to the manor house and its church.
It was very muddy and harder than I expected - far too 'scrambly' for me to take any pictures on the way down! Too busy hanging on to handy branches so I didn't slip too much!
There is also a pub which used to belong to the Lord of the manor but has since been taken over by the villagers - handy because I could meet my partner in the pub for a glass of sparkling water to keep him company while he drank local beer.
I enjoyed every minute of it and I feel quite virtuous today.
Just need to keep it going and refuse any invitations to big meals for a while!!