Gingerbread bake, steam trains and record players.

Today’s been one of those slightly surreal days that felt like timey wimey stuff was going on. The dog walk was down at what’s called round here “the tracks” it’s where a disused railway line that use to connect Alnwick to mainlines ran. Except now it’s no longer disused, thanks to the work of volunteers the tracks have been relaid and will eventually connect to Alnmouth station. Throughout the year various events are held steam trains, diesel trains running etc today it was steam. You can check out the events here Aln Valley Railway

There’s a certain beauty to old steam trains and what a place do we live in where one direction we are walking next to a river, another a castle another a wood or a beach another still a stream train!

Then after dog was walked it was home to bake something for daughter. I’m attempting to find a gingerbread style recipe using bananas for sweetness. It was a semi success today but I think I need to spread it thinner to make it more biscuit like. I’ll share if I get it too work. Daughter likes it anyway.

After that she and I played around with a record player her Grandmama had kindly given her. Such a nostalgic weirdness listening to records from when I was a teen with my teen, some of which I haven’t heard since then.

Oh and it appears that the only thing that had been keeping my heart beating was caffeine and sugar as since giving both up my heart rate just keeps getting slower!

Hope your weekend has been a good one thus far!

This cat says his has been amazing, but please put me down.

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Day 6- dog walk, CrossFit and struggling to eat enough

I slept for 11 hours last night. I think I needed it too. I didn’t really sleep the night before I rarely do the night before Charlotte seeing the oncologist and there are other stresses going on that I can’t talk about here. But boy did I sleep last night! Partly helped by it being the time of year I need to take antihistamines which always make me a little sleepy. Poor Jasper dog though, it was a clear 12 hours since the last time he’d been let out for the loo. I’m amazed he didn’t shoot straight out of the door!

I had a little extra time this morning so made museli, I found earlier in the week that toasting half of the oats makes a huge difference texture wise, sweetness came from finely chopped dates and half an apple each. I love food which isn’t going to change across this year so I’m going to have to put a little extra effort into making sure it’s tasty.

Speaking of which I bought a new cookbook to puruse, The How Not to Die Cookbook. I am not sure I am entirely on board with the full on message of the original book but I certainly know with these kind of books in going to find some decent veg based sugar free meals. I’m quite excited to look at it later.

One of the issues I’m having at the moment is getting enough calories in, especially on training days. I suspect I’ll be eating a whole lot of avocados and peanut butter this year!

Costa for a coffee with a friend was so filled with lovely smells and tempting things. I am going to miss hot chocolate very much this year but a cappuccino with cinnamon was still lovely.

Today’s food in pictures and words

Breakfast

Home made museli, oats, dates, apple, blueberries and unsweetened almond milk.

Lunch

Curried Cauliflower soup

Salmon, salad leaves and a kiwi.

Dinner

2 boiled eggs, salad, pecans, blackberries.

Snacks

Avocado mousse made with an avocado, raspberries and coconut milk.

Skinny cappuccino at Costa with cinnamon on the top rather than chocolate

Today’s exercise

First a dog walk with Jasper, a fairly slow amble along the old Alnwick to Alnmouth railway tracks which are gradually being restored. It’s a lovely walk especially on a rainy day when quiet. Jasper wasn’t too impressed by puddles up to his arm pits though! My Star Lord jacket is awesome at keeping me dry though. Not sure how someone managed to go home without their underwear though!!

Later in the afternoon I practiced Ashtanga standing series to warm up for CrossFit then it was as below. Certainly a lot to get through but it felt really, really good today. You know when you have one of those workouts that just feel amazing. Pretty rare at times but this was one of them.

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