I was able to get a proper grocery shop in, rather than grabbing a few bits on the run, which is what has been happening in recent weeks. I have even planned (well, half planned if I am truthful!) a menu for the week. I have changed the eating habits of the past 20 years, and am rabidly calory-counting. I have set a target figure of 21 lbs to start with, which would get me down to around 10 stone. I am top-heavy, with skinny legs, and that weight has to go. I bought myself a Fitbit Fizz which has revolutionized my life. It is a cheapish one, which just simply records steps walked (the aim is 10,000 a day which I seem to easily pass most days) and distance in km, and calories burned. The losing weight seems easier when you can see how many calories you have burned each day, and check that against calories eaten. I am being very harsh with myself and set the bar low, as this is the way that works for me, by being very controlled and it allows for the very occasional treat (a glass of wine for example).
Anyway, I'm a few steps short so I'm off up the hill now my meal has settled. You saw the photo of the current me a week or two back. I hope to be able to keep the weight loss going and do an "after" photo. So far, I've lost a pound in 6 days. It needs to stay off and have a lot of friends to keep it company!!
I was determined to take some photos of our journey home from Gloucestershire. This was a very hurried photo of a lovely long tunnel of trees we drove through. You get the idea I'm sure!
Now for a few pictures of the Monmouthshire scenery, looking vaguely in the direction of Abergavenny (left).
It looked like the height of summer and was a lovely warm day. What a lovely landscape to walk (or better still, ride) through.
Sorry some are a bit wobbly, but the road was a tad bumpy in places.
I missed getting a photo of this lovely Windmill on Tuesday, so was determined to stop and get a good one on Thursday. This is Llancayo Mill, but unfortunately it is now just somewhere you rent for a holiday, rather than being a functioning working mill. HERE is a link for you. At least it has been painstakingly restored.
Finally, out of context!, here is a little rocky isle which you can see from both Severn bridges, but it is much closer to the old one. Note the little baby "lighthouse" on it to warn river traffic of the rocks at high tide.