A Steady Sunday Stroll

Seeing it was a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, I decided to take things a little slower although still keep myself cracking the whip on the fitness front. To that end, as yesterday was a Sunday, we decided it must been time for a decent stroll with the dog known as Archie The Thinker. A good stroll where we exercise and enjoy and most of all, take pictures for you guys to drool over how nice it is in my part of the world 😉 So we packed up our things and headed out to a whole new walk and adventure. New scenery for me and a riot of new smells for Archie.

Never having done the walk before, I was reliant on following a friends instructions to find the start, but we soon did and once Archie had parked up and taken in the air,


we stopped to take a quick picture at the beginning of the lane where the walk started, got ourselves together and headed out.


With Archie taking an early lead and getting in some new and never previously sampled smells.


The scenery along this walk is quite spectacular being very closed in and making you realise there is no doubt as to where you are… the countryside.


Where all is quiet until once again we meet Archie’s arch rival, the extremely evil wooden gate and this one was just begging to be taught a lesson…


But he had to let it go as it was keeping people safe (and probably wasn’t that evil after all) It was a gate of necessity because we were about to walk alongside part of the old canal that still held water.


This stretch of the walk is part of the route followed by the old Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal. Dating from early in the 18th century it was in use until its closure in 1914 so was in use for just over 100 years.


I unfortunately made the error of walking the route in the opposite direction to most other people. Not meeting anyone else unless they were coming toward me, I realised might have been for a reason. The bulk of our walk was uphill and theirs obviously down!


But regardless of this, walk along these kinds of lanes and you are destined to see something quite magical


And often quite unusual in the shape of the village pond…


But making no more mistakes (apart from having to walk up yet more inclines) we were soon at the cross roads telling us that we were no longer lost but back on track to make it back to where we started.


But not before we discovered some more amazing views:


Unfortunately it was over too soon and Archie was expecting me to keep up with him after he got a second wind and started forging his lead out in front.


Not long after this final picture we were soon back at the car and on our way home and having covered just over 5 kms in little over an hour. But I still figure we would have been quicker had we not had the inclines to walk up…. or gotten lost… :-/

The Map My Walk reading is shown below as it stood at the end of the walk so proves we used up some calories and hopefully the pictures showed we enjoyed ourselves along the way.


FOOD DIARY: Saturday 23rd May 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  Biscuit  Weetabix  68  2.5  13  0.5
 1  Handful  Blueberry’s 30 0  0  0
 1  50gms  Rachels Yogurt  65  1.8  6  3.5
 1  100mls  Semi Skimmed Milk  49  3.6  1.8  4.7
Total (gr)
Lunch  1  110gms  Salmon Fillet  188  17  1.8  12.5
 1  50gms Basmati Rice With Lemon Grass 72  1.3  11  2.5
 1  250mls  Protein Shake  149  20  12  2
 1  150gms  Danone Danio  130  10  15  0.2
Total (gr)
Dinner  1 Small Bowl Hot Thai Prawn Noodle Salad  130  22  27  0.3
 1  80gms  Bread Roll  213  6.4  36.6  4.1
Total (gr)
Snacks  1  300mls  Tea  14  0  3  0
 1  400mls Americano Coffee With Semi Skimmed Milk  36  2  0  0
Total (gr)  1144  86.6  127.2  30.3
Water  2  500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

I am quite happy with Saturdays food diary. All very healthy but am still making a few mistakes such as the bread roll and even if I was famished, it wasn’t the best decision. Mind you, that said I will soon have no bread rolls to take out of the freezer so it kind of sorts that problem for me itself…!

Add the walk to a sprightly trip to the gym where I was able to continue with my program including the added bits; and we had a busy and healthy day.

  1. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 15 Reps 30kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 15 Reps 20kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 15 Reps 10kg Shoulder Press
  7. 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Chest Press
  8. 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Pec Deck
  9. 3 x 15 Reps 20Kg Tricep Pull Down
  10. 3 x 15 Reps 5kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists

The jawbones final reading for the day was:


The above means that I had more than covered what I was initially hoping for in the day and was able to sleep peacefully in my bed with a clear conscience! Nice that it can happen once in a while…. 😉

I am beginning to understand that in order for this new weight loss regime to succeed I must be pro active in my exercise and by walking and attending the gym, I shall not only tone up and build muscle that has disappeared since the surgery, I shall also burn calories and start to shape my body for the better.

A further upside is the more I manage to walk, the more likely I will be able to complete my charity challenge of walking the Ridgeway next year so if you guys know of any nice walks near to me then please be sure to let me know in the comments below.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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