Wet and wild week of walking

Of all the weeks I could pick to start doing more outdoor exercise….

Some of you may have been following my weight loss journey so here is an update. I have stayed the same weight for the second week in a row. Yep, my weight loss has reached the stage where nothing is moving. Apparently it’s quite normal for this to happen, but I’m just 3 lb away from being in the ‘healthy’ weight range and it is very frustrating!

I had wanted to reach my target by the time we have our French adventure, but it’s looking pretty unlikely now. But still, I keep reminding myself that this is not a short race to reduce my weight, but a lifelong commitment to better health in general. I will not give up!

So, in spite of the awful weather in the UK this week, I decided to put in at least one hour of walking – around 8,000 steps – each day to get things moving again. We live in such a beautiful part of the country with walks right on the doorstep, so I have no excuses. And what better way to remember all of the beauty around me than by keeping a photo diary!

It started off well with a warm sunny day on Sunday, and a visit to the beautiful Frensham Great Pond;

2015-08-22 20.12.21Unfortunately the pond was closed to swimmers due to blue/green algae, but usually you can do some wild swimming from the beach areas.

On Monday it was very wet and wild but I couldn’t resist capturing this lovely sweet smelling honeysuckle, one of the nicest of summertime fragrances;

HoneysuckleTuesday was a better day, I dodged the rain to get this picture a field of wheat that stretched as far as the eye could see;

wheat fieldWednesday was a dreary day so I waited until after dinner for a walk in a brief moment of evening sun (and yes, if you’re wondering I did a bit of apple scrumping too!). Love how the sun makes the tree look so golden;

ScrumpingThursday was another evening walk, a lot chillier though, you could really notice a drop in temperature. I managed to catch the colours of late summer with these roadside beauties – and the rogue stinging nettle too;

Late summer bloomsWhich leaves today, I have just returned from a lovely long walk in the sunshine. Blue sky, fluffy clouds, a bit blustery maybe, but a really nice day for being outside.  And my photo of the day is of a humble dandelion;

Humble dandelion Tomorrow I will have a day of rest, and start a new walking week on Sunday. So if you see me out and about, walking around the leafy lanes of Hampshire, be sure to stop and say hello!

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