BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community July 6th I was so pleased with the tops I got on Saturday, I used to buy UK size 30/32 but in only 4 months I've gone down to a 24! I picked up several tops at this size but although they fit ok, I'm so used to wearing loose fitting clothes I still bought one at size 26 to tied me over although I'm wearing it today & it's quite big. <BR> <BR> As I've been asked for recent pictures the first one is 6 weeks ago & I'm having a cuddle with my friends' week old baby boy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:14:14 EST July 5th Well we had a brilliant time last evening catching up with our friends. They were so pleased with our progress as the last time they saw us was only a couple of weeks into Slimming World so they were able to see the diffrence in us. <BR> We're also really pleased today having just watched Lewis Hamilton win the British Grand Prix Yeah! <BR> <em>665</em> <em>226</em> <em>105</em> <em>226</em> <em>665</em> <em>665</em> <em>226</em> <em>105</em> <em>226</em> <em>665... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:37:27 EST July 4th Going out to meet up with our friends for a meal. Hopefully we'll go to a Harvester so the choices won't be too hard. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 13:24:53 EST July 3rd Blogging early this morning because I'm going shopping in a short while to hopefully get a new skirt & a couple of tops. <BR> <BR> Oh & yes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I DID IT ! Another 2lbs lost so I've now lost 3 stones 1.5lbs. Yippee! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 04:01:03 EST July 2nd I've had another good trip to the pool today & I've done another 2.5 miles. <BR> It's very muggy again, I don't mind the heat if the sun is out or I don't have to go anywhere but of course today is weigh in day so we have to go out again at 7.15 this evening. I'm so hoping that I've lost enough to get my 3 stone award tonight. I'll be so disappointed if I haven't. Oh well, you'll find out tomorrow. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:21:27 EST July 1st The start of a new month & I'm not swimming today because I've been to get my hair done. Boy was it hot in the salon, even when it poured down there was no relief. It's just a shame that we in the UK cannot cope with the hot weather, we seem to complain when it's cold & when it's hot. We're never satisfied. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:44:23 EST June 30th Cannot believe it, I've just come back in after sitting in the sun for an hour or so, I thought I'd cool down for a while but it's still steaming in the house! Pete's gone out for a ride so our evening meal will be late. <BR> <BR> I've put in my 2.5 miles in the pool today (back on it again after yesterday) into Endomondo & for the month of June I've done 33.39 miles. Phew that's a record for me. Since I started with Slimming World at the beginning of March, in 4 months I've swum/walked 107.... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:59 EST June 29th Had a lovely weekend but it was over too quickly & Pete is now back at work. <BR> I couldn't wake up this morning & although I was awake when Pete went to work at 6.15 & I faffed around looking at Facebook & playing a couple of word games then about 7am I dropped off again, woke up at 8 then didn't wake up properly until my alarm went off at 10 to take my tablets. Dragged myself to the pool but could only manage to do 2 miles. My stomach feels a bit off & I'm still feeling rather tired. I th... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:51:27 EST June 28th Pete & I are getting ready to do another massive cook out today. Caribbean Turkey & Vegetable Stew (using chicken instead of Turkey), Mediterranean Chicken One Pot, Chicken Casseur & finally Diet Fanta Chicken (using Diet cola chicken recipe, apparently you can also do it with Diet Lilt). At the same time we'll be cooking marinated chicken breasts in the oven for Pete's lunches next week. <BR> <BR> Our friends really enjoyed their meal last night & a great time was had by all. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:39:25 EST June 27th Got some friends coming over tonight for a meal & luckily Dawn is also following Slimming World so Kev is used to having SW meals. <BR> We've made Easy Chicken Curry, Sag Aloo, Caribean Pepperpot Stew & Pillau Rice with Eaton Mess for dessert. It'll be a few Syns for the Eton Mess but it is worth it. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:36:02 EST June 26th Highs & Lows! <BR> <BR> I was soooo gutted at the weigh in last night, yes I had a loss but at 1lb I'm still half a pound away from the 3 stone loss I was after. So a High & Low. <BR> But then I had another huge High. I was named as Slimmer of the Month! Woohoo. This was because I'd lost 7.5lbs in June. I felt very proud to receive my SOTM mug and look forward to eventually getting my certificate to add to our 'Wall of Fame'. <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of the back of my SW book with all my ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:01:12 EST June 25th Feeling good after another 2.5miles in the pool today, that's 7.5miles this week. I'll have a day off tomorrow. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:38:15 EST June 24th I did 2.5 miles in the pool yesterday & again today. I'll go again tomorrow because I'm determined to reach that 3 stone loss by tomorrow evening. <BR> <BR> We're having extra low fat meatballs with an SW sauce (yet to be decided on) & pasta tonight. Looking forward to it. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:55:59 EST June 23rd It was just like Christmas yesterday, our meat order arrived, then an order from Holland & Barrett which was a box of 20 packets of Scan Bran (an essential addition to everyday moveability if you get what I mean). H&B had an offer on which meant that we got them slightly cheaper than we pay at the SW group meeting. <BR> Then our new duvet arrived followed by the new pillows. Today saw the arrival of the last item for our bedroom refurb. We liked the quilt & pillow set so much that we decided ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:56:14 EST June 22nd Should have been at the pool today but I'm still waiting for our order of meat to be delivered. Since following Slimming World we are eating soooo much meat & not only can it be very expensive, it's also quite difficult when buying beef etc to get less than 5% fat. That's where Muscle Food comes in, they have extremely low fat meat at very reasonable prices & it gets delivered to home. They even do Virtually fat free cheese & also ready chopped veg. Brilliant...... Just got to wait for it to ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:59:47 EST June 21st Having a good Sunday chilling out a bit, I've done the washing, we've changed the bedding, dusted & hoovered & now we're just about to settle down to watch the Austrian Grand Prix. After that's finished we're cooking an SW Lasagne with roasted veg & an SW Apple Betty for dessert. You'd never guess that we've got Pete's Mum & Dad coming over for dinner. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:12:20 EST June 20th Went up to visit Mum today, and we decided to go out for lunch. Pete & I were quite good although we were a little naughty because we had a lovely dessert. <BR> The following are a couple of pictures of my Mum tucking into a Pecan Brittle & strawberry Sundae. I think she enjoyed it. Not bad for a 91 year old. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:20:35 EST June 19th Another 3lbs down last night. Yeehaw! Now I'm just 1.5lbs away from my 3 stone loss. I must be able to achieve that by next week surely. Unfortunately Pete gained half a pound, so strange because we've eaten the same & he's exercised the same as always. He's not upset though because he's still under his target weight. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:16:25 EST June 18th Although I wasn't due to go swimming until tomorrow I decided to go again today in a last ditch attempt to lose some more weight before the weigh-in tonight. I'm so hoping to have lost more than half a pound as I did last week. I know even a small amount is still a loss but I can't help wanting more. Anyway I managed 162 lengths which is 2.52 miles. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:10:34 EST June 17th Off to the pool again today & hopefully will do another 2 miles to stay on track this week. <BR> I took a picture of all the Slimming World Awards Pete & I have achieved in the 15 weeks since we joined. They don't include Pete's Man of the Year or his Achieved Target awards, they are still on the freezer. Looks like we may need a bigger wall to accommodate all the future weight losses I still have to aim for. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:15:46 EST June 16th I've put "It's Tuesday, the sun's shining & all is well with my world." on my Team post & really it's true. I'm feeling good & on track with exercise, food & everything. I like this feeling. <BR> I did 154 lengths yesterday in the pool. Yeah! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:42:15 EST June 15th Another week gone & a new week starting. I'm hoping to do well this week with my weight loss. One of my short term goals is to lose 3 stones by the end of June & so far I'm 2 stones 9.5lbs towards this so only 4.5lbs to target. It is very 'do-able' as they say with 2 weeks to go, but I need to do better than .5lb loss as per last week. <BR> Off to the pool in a short while so on plan for 3 visits this week. I'm really beginning to notice the difference, my knees are definitely better for losi... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:59:09 EST June 14th Had a lovely night with our friends celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary. I met up with several people I'd not seen for about 15 years. Brilliant. <BR> We've done loads today in fact the whole weekend has been good. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:18:49 EST June 13th Been out to buy a bed this morning and the first one we tried, we ordered! I've never felt anything so comfortable. Got to wait now until the guy can come to decorate our bedroom, then we can have it delivered. <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:56:49 EST June 12th Another half pound off last night on the scales so I was disappointed that it wasn't more especially as Pete lost 4.5lbs. He's now lost just over 3 stones & reached his target. I'm very proud of him especially as he only joined SW to help me. <BR> Did another 150 lengths in the pool today wich makes 7 miles this week. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:33:42 EST June 11th It's a gorgeous day today, I've decided that I'm not going to the pool today & I'm going to sit outside for a while this afternoon. <BR> Just received a quote to have our bedroom decorated which was very favourable so now we've got to get organised so that when we get a start date we can swiftly move our stuff into the spare bedroom. This weekend is going to be busy hunting for a new bed & bed linen & choosing colours. Exciting. <BR> <BR> Who said Magpies & Pigeons don't get on. This was the... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:10:04 EST June 10th Pete's having a day off today to do some work in the garden whilst our gardener Sharon is here. I'm off to the pool again & hopefully will do another 2.33 miles. <BR> Beef in guiness with baby potatoes & loads of veg for our meal tonight, Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:31:32 EST June 9th Having a day away from the pool today so catching up with getting rid of rubbish. Typical I always do this on Bin collection day. If I'd have done it yesterday the rubbish would have now gone instead of now hanging around for a week. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Having Slimming World Easy Chicken Curry with Pilau rice (& of course extra carrots) for dinner tonight. Lovely. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:21:38 EST June 8th Managed another 152 lengths in the pool today so feeling quite good. Going to have River Cobbler with loads of veg tonight. Going to try my best to get as close to 3 stone loss this week. Don't think I'll make it until maybe next week as 5lbs is a big ask in one week. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:18:49 EST June 7th It's a massive washing & ironing day today plus bed stripping. Deep joy! At least we're not doing a massive cook up this Sunday as we have no more room in the freezer. <BR> The Diet Fanta Chicken last night was lovely and is now Pete's favourite although I think I still prefer the Diet Coke version. Tonight we're having Carribean Pepperpot Stew which is gorgeous. Still can't believe we can eat this much food & lose weight even after losing 2.5 stones in 13 weeks. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 06:16:14 EST June 6th I managed to sit outside in the garden for a short time yesterday & was hoping to do the same today but although the sun is out with a few big clouds, it's a bit too windy. <BR> Poor old Pete had to have a tooth out yesterday & instead of taking it easy he decided to go back to work. By the time he got home he was in a right state, the numbness had worn off & he was in a great deal of pain & went straight to bed & slept for most of the time until early this morning. We ended up getting up hav... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 10:03:11 EST June 5th Believe it or not, my visit to the nurse for the Cervical screening test was good. Well seeing the nurse was good ( she's the one who put me on to Slimming World. ), she was so pleased to see me and immediately said how well I looked & that I was walking better. The Screening was as usual but Lisa (the nurse) made it as quick & easy as possible. I asked her if she would weigh me which she did & according to my medical records I've lost approx 3 stones since I was weighed in February. I also a... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:45:18 EST June 4th Another trip to the pool today & another 153 lengths & this time without any costume problems ( went back to my old one ) so I was able to swim as well as walk. So far I've done just over 7 miles this week & I might even go again tomorrow after I've been to have my cervical screening test. (not looking forward to that!) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:25:00 EST June 3rd Been to the pool & have done another 150 lengths however I had to do most of it walking rather than half swimming half walking. The reason for this was because I was wearing a new cossie which rubbed under my arms when swimming so I only managed to swim about 30 lengths. At least it's all exercise. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:48:13 EST June 2nd I'm having a quiet day today & catching up on a few things at home. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:31:36 EST June 1st The start of a new month & I've been for my first swim for June 150 lengths. I'm hoping to go 3 times every week. In May I missed out on my target because one week I only went twice. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:54:19 EST May 31st It's the last day of May & it's been another brilliant month with Slimming World. I'm hoping that by the end of June I will have lost 3 stones (42lbs) & considering I've already lost 34lbs since the beginning of March I should be able to do it. Then I will be looking for a loss of 4 stones by the end of August. <BR> Sun, 31 May 2015 09:14:27 EST May 30th Had a lovely time visiting with my Mum and celebrating her 91st birthday. She's not been very well lately but luckily she seems to be getting better & really enjoyed her day. Sat, 30 May 2015 16:04:48 EST May 29th Lost another 1.5 lbs at last nights weigh-in which still leaves me 1lb away from 2.5 stones loss .... next week I'll have done it. <BR> <BR> Pleased with myself today as I've done 161 lengths which is 2.5 miles. Woohoo! Fri, 29 May 2015 11:09:47 EST May 28th Waiting in today for our first order from Muscle Foods so I'll have to go to the pool tomorrow instead. They do at least keep you updated on the arrival time. It's due between 13.07 & 14.07 can't wait for Pete to get home so we can open it up & see what it's all like. <BR> Then it's off for our weekly weigh in. I'm hoping I've lost another couple of lbs but we'll see. Thu, 28 May 2015 07:47:04 EST May 27th Just over 2 miles in the pool yesterday & another 2.33 miles today. <BR> Went to the dentist for a check up this morning, all is well thank goodness & she was pleased how clean my teeth were. Mind you, you'd think by the time someone is 61 they should know how to clean their teeth. <BR> We had the beef with Guinness casserole last night & going to have Carribean Peppercorn Stew tonight. Yum. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:23:17 EST May 26th Off to the pool today it, seems an age since I was last there but it's only 5 days. That's the problem with Bank Holidays the adult only time changes from 12-2 to 1-3. Anyway back to normal today. Tue, 26 May 2015 05:56:45 EST May 25th Sorry, I didn't get round to taking a photo of all the meals we made yesterday & in fact only thought about it once we'd stuck all the tubs in the freezer. Suffice it to say, we are sorted for meals for the next month!!! <BR> We've also discovered a company who provide fabulous less than 5% meats at really good prices & they deliver to your home. Fortunately for us, unfortunately for a lot of other people, they are only available in the UK. We have our first order arriving on Thursday so wil... Mon, 25 May 2015 07:18:11 EST May 24th Having a mass cooking day today, so far we've cooked Beef in Guiness, Caribean Pepperpot beef stew, Easy chicken curry. <BR> Now we're sitting down watching the Monaco Grand Prix & once finished we'll start again with Diet Coke chicken, a chilli, Quorn steak strip curry & finish up by making a chicken chow mein for our evening meal. If we manage to get them all lined up I'll take a picture & update this blog. Sun, 24 May 2015 08:26:15 EST May 23rd Well we took the new car back to the garage as there had been a recall to update the DAB radio as there was a general problem with our model. Whilst we were waiting for the work to be done we went to try to get some trailing plants to put in our three chimney pots left over from the recent chimney reductions. Couldn't find anything suitable in B&Q (Home Depot for those in USA & Canada) so decided to order some on the internet. <BR> We then went to Aldi to get some low fat mince & they had som... Sat, 23 May 2015 10:43:31 EST May 22nd Good night at the weigh-in lost another 3lbs & reached my Club 10 ( loss of 10%of my body weight.) I even beat Pete this week he lost 2lb & therefore got his 2.5 Stone award. It was a great meeting as well, we did a type of exercise a bit like Speed Dating where you move round & have 2 minutes to chat to someone about different SW topics. It meant that we got to talk to people we'd never spoken to before & we learnt loads of new things. I love Slimming World. <BR> <BR> Tonights meal will be ... Fri, 22 May 2015 07:05:52 EST May 21st Decided not to post too many photos of our meals after the one yesterday because it only makes Raffie (Millie-milou) jealous lol. Oh yes I will. <BR> <BR> This is what we will have tonight when we get back from our weigh-in. Chilli with pillau rice & carrots. Yummy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 May 2015 05:25:16 EST May 20th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was our evening meal, fry light roasted carrots & potatoes, egg, bacon & pepper frittata & beans. All very healthy & yummy. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:54:04 EST May 19th Another good day at the pool although it was very crowded for some reason. Anyway I managed 148 lengths (2.29 miles) so not too bad. Tue, 19 May 2015 10:25:19 EST May 18th Just come back from swimming, cozzy & towel are in the washing machine and when I came to sit down with a drink, this is what I found. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then Brandi popped her head up. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess it'll be a while before I can move my bag. Mon, 18 May 2015 11:23:29 EST