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30Dec

What the heck is happening with my poor eyes?

The recurring theme of the day is what I have termed ‘Disco Eyes’…like a light show whether my eyes are closed or open. So this may well be a quick post depending upon the length of time I get a break from my weird eyes! :-)

The plan this morning when I woke up was to head to Inchree to climb the waterfall. However, my eyes and a combination of rain and slippery paths and rocks put the brakes on that. Instead, I headed to a dark room for a while to try and stop my crazy eyes from exploding…and once I decided that they weren’t going to ever feel themselves today, we headed out.

Castle Stalker was first on the itinerary – as they stock the lovely Harris Tweed bags that I like…and at a more reasonable price than other places I have seen them…but alas, there were no bags to be seen. They close for the month of January and so were probably running stock down, but it’s a shame as I was in the mood to spend money! ;-)

So we headed back towards Glencoe and ended up going for a nice woodland walk, up through the woods with gorgeous mountain views. When the route we took had finished, I have to admit to being a little disappointed…I just wasn’t tired! So I turned around and went back up into the woods and round again! I think Mr WLB was shocked…he had never seen me ask to walk somewhere twice in one day! With views like this though, how could I not enjoy it?

20131230-164622.jpgThe only pants part about the walk was my coat. It is an outdoor coat that is supposed to be breathable…breathable my arse…it was like wearing a fecking bin liner! I was soaked with sweat when I took it off and luckily had had the forethought of removing my jumper before the walk, so I had something to throw on over my t-shirt before getting back in the car. Perhaps the manufacturers of outdoor clothing feel that fatties like me might churn up and destroy footpaths with our gargantuan weight bearing down on the poor earth! ;-) All I want is a decent set of outdoor gear, but they seem to be determined to keep me indoors!

Anyway – I will get off that soapbox…I have managed to find bras recently, so I am sure that outdoor gear will make itself known soon!

We then headed off to a little craft shop in Ballachulish…nothing there that I fancied, but Mr WLB bought himself a massive pink and flowery pig money-box. He said that he wants to save all year so that we can buy nice things at Christmas – bless him, he is a sweetheart!

Then it was a trip to Kinlochleven – which involves a gorgeous drive around Loch Leven. We took in the sights, via a trip to the Co-Op for a couple of supplies! We then headed to the ice climbing centre, which I am determined to do more in next year than just have a peppermint tea. Despite being a little scared of heights, I am definitely going to try rock climbing when I get nearer target, and this place has an ice climbing wall which is in a room sealed by what looks like a fridge door in order to keep the temperature low enough to preserve the ice wall…it looks fab.

20131230-164912.jpgAfter this, we headed off to Loch Leven Seafood…

20131230-164730.jpgWhich has a delightful shop which stocks Spanish crockery…it would have been rude not to buy a couple of paella dishes! ;-) It would also have been rude not to buy some of the scallops – which I am going to rustle up tomorrow night. It would also have been incredibly rude not to head into the cafe – it was more like a restaurant actually. I had oysters and scallops and pan-fried cod…with mushroom velouté…how does a velouté differ from a sauce…and if it doesn’t, why can’t it just be called a sauce? I get very uncomfortable with this kind of dining…especially as I was in my bright blue wooly hat and walking boots. Then again, so was everyone else mostly – in walking gear…not everyone has a blue wooly hat as good as mine! ;-)

The food was delicious and we might try and sneak another visit in before we head home.

And then it was time to get back to the cottage. It gets dark pretty quickly, and as we are here for sightseeing – which is difficult in the dark – it’s nice to be wrapped up warm in the cottage. I also fancied reading some more of the Malcolm Gladwell book that I have my nose stuck in at the moment…and my eyes held up well to that!

So this is me done for the day. I got a good response from the post I wrote yesterday. I do not want to be a weight loss crusader who tries to convince everyone that Slimming World is the only way to lose weight…as it isn’t. But my extensive research and firsthand experience, and conversations with proper fully qualified registered dieticians – and not just some plonker off the Internet who has a nutrition ‘diploma’ – has confirmed that Slimming World is pretty bloody good for most people. And – if you follow the advice they give and don’t try and cheat the plan (roasted chickpea ‘peanuts’ for example…handmade crisps from sliced potato because it’s a ‘free’ food? All of which is discouraged by Slimming World by the way!) – then you will be training your body to love healthy fresh foods…what is not to love?!

Breakfast: Scrambled egg, beans, cheese toasties and spinach with cherry tomatoes (HEA and 2 x HEB).

20131230-153553.jpgLunch: Oysters, scallops, pan-fried cod with puy lentils, butterbeans and mushroom sauce! :-)

20131230-164132.jpgDinner: Salmon with leftover spicy veggie rice.

20131230-191102.jpgSnacks: Satsumas and a banana.

20131230-191156.jpgIt has been a lovely food day – although I have eaten too much and have proven the fact that my body does not like eating out…the oil in the food, albeit very nice olive oil, is not good for my digestion! :-) Brekkie was simple – scrambled eggs, beans, wilted spinach and cherry tomatoes on top of toasted cheese sandwiches. Lunch was immense – so lovely! The oysters were great and served straight, so syn free. The scallops were gorgeous too – soy, ginger, spring onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, I would imagine that a little oil had been used to cook them, but it wasn’t too much at all. The cod was a different story, in a sauce that had cream in – delicious, I have no idea of the syns…an absolute minimum of 15 syns and that is a very generous underestimate! My poor tummy just couldn’t deal with the sauce though! :-( The dinner was the leftover rice from last night and salmon fillet, and the snacks were eaten for no other reason than boredom I think.

Exercise: A good walk with hills!

Thank you for reading,

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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