BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community April 29th Feeling very happy after the scales last night showed a 3lb loss. It just shows that if you stick to plan the scales do start moving in the right direction again. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:50:17 EST April 28th Had an incredible time last night, in a Police car as part of our roles on the Stop & Search Panel. No 'Stop & Searches' to verify but had a couple of exciting events one of which involved lights & sirens. Unfortunately/fortunately the chase was called off, false alarm, but it was exciting. <BR> <BR> Managed another 200 lengths in the pool today, my only visit this week. Feeling good so I hope the scales are kind tonight. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:34:09 EST April 27th Had my B12 injection this morning so hoping to get some of my Get up & Go back. <BR> Pete & I are going out with the Police tonight as part of our role on the Stop & Search Panel. <BR> We have to check that all S&Ss are lawful & correctly reported. It's our first time & we're really looking forward to spending this time with the guys & girls on the front line of Policing. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:48:50 EST April 26th As I stated in my group post I'm having a bit of a lazy day today. Hopefully after tomorrows injection I will get some energy back. <BR> It's amazing the variety of visitors to our bird feeder. Lately we've had the usual Robin , Great Tits, sparrows, squirrels , Collard Doves and last week we even saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker ! But this morning Pete shouted to me to look out the window and this is what was having breakfast ! Not so sure I like having him around though . <BR> <BR> <img src... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:57:16 EST April 25th Can't wait until Wednesday when I get my B12 injection because my energy is starting to ebb away. I didn't go swimming today either because I had a long phone call with Petes' Aunt. Oh well maybe tomorrow......... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:42:32 EST April 24th I've had a lovely weekend so far with everything that's happened, meeting up with old friends & also family. Today has been a changing beds, doing 4 loads of washing,(there's only 2 of us for goodness sake!!!!?????) then ironing it, Pete got a bike ride in this morning then did the hoovering & steam cleaning the floors. We've also cooked a load of meals for the freezer, Diet Lilt Chicken & Chicken & Mushroom Curry. <BR> We had some of the curry with peas pilau rice tonight & it was yummy. <BR... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:15:57 EST April 23rd Had a fabulous evening yesterday meeting up with Maggie, who I'd not seen for over 30 years, and her husband Keith. (Never met him before) We all got on like a house on fire & only occasionally referred to our days as Instructors. lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And then today we had a great time visiting Mum, Brother & SIL in North Wales. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:53:25 EST April 22nd Feeling much brighter today, headache & sore throat have gone. <BR> The scales showed I'd put on one pound last night, obviously I'm disappointed because I've stuck to plan all week except for last Sunday lunch when I had a dessert but it will come off again by next week. <BR> Had news back from the Vets about Brandi, she has a kidney infection as well as them not working properly. We're having to take her to the Vets this afternoon for an antibiotic injection which is the lesser of two evils... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:38:24 EST April 21st Feeling extremely tired at the moment although I managed 2 1/2 miles in the pool I now just want to put my very heavy head down on my pillow. No such luck though because we've got a Police Stop & Search Panel at 6.30. The panel check through the Police Stop and Searches for the last 3 months to make sure all rules and processes are adhered to . You wouldn't believe the hoops the officers have to jump through . It's very interesting though. Then we've got to dash back for weigh in at group. No... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:21:50 EST April 20th My shoulder was fantastic until last night when I think some of the local anaesthetic wore off but it's still loads better than it was. Pete was home earlier than we thought so although he did some work in the afternoon it was still good to have him around. <BR> It was quite funny trying to get a sample from Brandi, having 2 cats makes collection more difficult. I had to keep following Brandi everywhere she went & if she was in the veranda I had to quickly swap the trays around. The 'beads' d... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:51:10 EST April 19th Went to the hospital this morning to have the pain relief injections in my shoulder. The lady who did it was fantastic & I didn't feel a thing. Hopefully this should last for about 6 months although she has suggested I have a course of physio to try & help keep it working longer. <BR> <BR> We've had a call from the Vet about Brandi's results......... it's her kidneys but he wants us to get a urine sample......... easier said than done. The Vet has suggested a couple of treatments most of whi... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:37:09 EST April 18th It's going to be a strange evening because Pete is away on business overnight. I've just spoken to him on the phone because there is no Wifi in the hotel so we're not able to SKYPE. He'll be back tomorrow so it's not too bad. <BR> Managed 2 miles in the pool today but not sure if I'll get any more in this week. I certainly won't be able to do anything tomorrow or Wednesday because of the steroid injection in my shoulder in the morning. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:45:02 EST April 17th Having a bit of a lazy day after all the events of Saturday. Brandi seems okay after the trauma of the Vets & has spent most of the time sleeping.(Not a lot of change there!) <BR> We're meeting Pete's Mum & Dad for lunch at the Pub, looking forward to one of their gorgeous salads. Then we'll come back, cook a bolognaise for the freezer & then relax and have an early night as Pete will be away overnight on Monday with work. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd share a couple of pictures I took this morning ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:27:50 EST April 16th <img src=""> <BR> We woke up to snow this morning which was a surprise. Luckily it didn't last long so we managed to get the weekly shop out of the way reasonably early. We made some Super Chili Tomato soup for the freezer & our lunch then had a short relax watching the tv. <BR> In the afternoon we had to take our eldest 'fur baby' Brandi to the Vets supposedly to have her annual check up & injection. She's now 16 ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:53:17 EST April 15th And the big answer is........... YES, the scales showed that I've lost another 2lbs!!!! That means in 2 1/2 weeks I've lost the 14lbs I put on in 2 weeks in Florida. Yeah Go me! <BR> I've also had a call from the Hospital Orthopedic Dept offering me an appointment for Tuesday morning for my shoulder injection. Pretty good considering I only saw the Doc. about a referral on Wednesday. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:10:41 EST April 14th The big question is......... have I made it back down to my pre holiday weight? Only an hour & half until I find out. <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:05:06 EST April 13th Feeling very positive today after a visit to the Doctor. <BR> I originally went to ask to be referred back to the Orthopedic clinic so I can get another set of injections in my shoulder..... Achieved. <BR> Whilst I was with the Doc. I decided to chance my arm & ask if he would refer me back to the Consultant about my knees. He was impressed with my weight loss & reduction in BMI (unfortunately the NHS still take note of it) and he has agreed. <BR> Both referrals are being sent off today. Y... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:47:30 EST April 12th Had a strange start to the day, woke up early at 5.30 when Pete left for work, got a few things out of the freezer to defrost then went back to bed and played with my phone for a while. Next thing I knew I woke up and it was 10.35!!!!! <BR> OK that's not so bad, I'm retired, the day is my own.........except it's not! I was supposed to be picking up a friend at ten past 11 to go swimming. PANIC! I made it with a minute to spare but I'd missed my breakfast & only managed a protein bar. Still I ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:05:46 EST April 11th No time to Blog today, I'm too tired & therefore off to bed. Will do better tomorrow. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:07:53 EST April 10th Just had the most gorgeous home cooked meal of Chicken & Oyster Sauce with noodles. It only took us 30 mins to prepare & cook. It was all free & sooooo delicious, I love Slimming World Recipes. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:04:24 EST April 9th Had a busy but productive & happy day which started when our new condenser tumble drier was delivered & the old one taken away at 7.15am. We later went & had our feet done, bliss, then the weekly shop was delivered & put away, two loads of clothes & towells washed & dried (in the new drier!). Then our lovely friend & here daughter called in for a cup of tea on the way home after visiting a relative in Birmingham. We don't get to see her very often so it was great to be together even for such ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:25:47 EST April 8th Well I didn't make the 4 1/2lb loss I was hoping for but I did lose 2 1/2lbs so I'm pleased with that. Only another 2lbs & I'll be back to my pre holiday weight. It will happen I'm certain about that. <BR> I caught sight of myself in a long mirror last night & it suddelnly hit me that I really am beginning to look better, still have a long way to go but I'm well over half way now. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:04:05 EST April 7th Only managed 2.5 miles today, didn't have the inclination to do any more and it was a bit cold in the pool. <BR> I'll just have to hope the scales are kind tonight, I need to have lost 4.5 lbs to get back to pre holiday weight but judging by our scales I've only managed 2 lbs. We'll see. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:46:50 EST April 6th It's my brothers birthday today, he's 65 (2 years 11 months 2 weeks & 3 days older than me!) Always amazes me that it doesn't seem long since we were kids squabbling over everything. Luckily we get on much better these days although he still delights in trying to 'wind me up'. What gets me is that every time I look at him now, I see my lovely Dad. Obviously that's no bad thing but I wouldn't ever tell him. lol Wed, 6 Apr 2016 16:02:42 EST April 5th It was so busy in the pool today I gave up after 2 & a bit miles. It seemed like the world & his wife were there. I hope it's quieter on Thursday because I need to get my 3 miles in. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:45:46 EST April 4th Another 2.8 miles in the pool today & beginning to get back into the swing of it again. Hopefully I'll get there tomorrow as well as Thursday this week as I want to try to do 3 times every week from now on. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:27:34 EST April 3rd Had a lovely day, we went out to lunch with Pete's Mum, Dad, brother, Sister-in-law & their two kids. It was a carvery & although there was lots of nice vegetables, the meat wasn't too good & the potaotoes & parsnips were swimming in grease! Yuck. I don't like carvery lunches, I'd much rather go to a 'proper' restaurant. Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:53:04 EST April 2nd Going to push on, I must keep this momentum up in order to lose 7lbs each month until July. Pete & I are going to reduce my portion size because we know they have gradually increased in recent times. I know everything we have is good & well within my allowances but I don't need quite so much & often end up leaving some on my plate. So rice, pasta & potato reductions from now on. <BR> We've made a load of Spicey Tomato soup this afternoon then Campfire Stew is bubbling away in the Slow Cooker,... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:03:26 EST April 1st A new month and a renewed promise to myself that I will continue along my weight loss journey knowing stronger than ever that I can do this. I have proved it to myself by going on holiday for 2 weeks, gaining 14 lbs but then losing over half that amount in my first 4 days back at home. My next goal is to lose another 2 stone (28lbs) by the end of July taking my total loss by then to 8 stones (112). It is doable and I WILL DO IT. Just watch this space. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:58:27 EST March 31st Did just over 3 miles in the pool today & all the hard work has paid off. When I got on the scales on Sunday when we got home I'd put on 14lbs from the weigh-in on Thursday 10th. Tonight I got on the scales at group & they just showed a 5lb gain from the 10th. This means that I've actually lost 9lbs since Sunday which is pretty amazing & I'm so pleased with myself. It just shows that you can have a great holiday & still lose if you get back on it straight away. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:18:38 EST March 30th Well I got to the pool & did another 2 miles but again it was a real struggleto get it done. On the plus side, the bathroom scales appear to be mending themselves & I'm gradually getting back to the weight I was before I went on holiday. So far since Sunday I've lost 9lbs, only another 5lbs to go but I wont make it by weigh in tomorrow night lol! <BR> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:28:26 EST March 29th I nearly didn't go to the pool today because I was sooooo tired. I think jet-lag has caught up with me. I had to get up early (for me) to take Pete to work at 6am because his car 'broke' the day before we went away & he had to pick it up this afternoon. As soon as I got back home I went back to bed & only woke up when my alarm went off to take my tablets at 10am. I did go to the pool & I managed 2 miles but I was absolutely shattered by the time I got home. <BR> Thought I'd share the followin... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:45:56 EST March 28th Wow it's soooooo cold here. My feet didn't thaw out until I'd been in bed for over an hour last night. Wish I was back in Florida even with all the electric storms they're having at least it's warm. <BR> I'm going to the pool tomorrow & hoping to go Wednesday & Thursday as well. Got to try to loose as much of the holiday gain as I can before weigh in on Thursday night. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:32:21 EST March 27th I'm back, had a fabulous holiday & although had a few major storms I've still managed to get a bit of a tan. Unfortunately when we got home we found that the bathroom scales have broken!!! They're definitely not showing the right numbers! Hopefully they will fix themselves in the next few weeks!!! <BR> We were delayed for 3 hours coming home because of a major electric storm including huge hailstones, the whole of Orlando Airport came to a halt. At least once we took off & got over the first ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:29:33 EST March 10th Had an awful day yesterday, I set off to the hairdressers in the morning only to find I had a flat tyre so had to phone up my friend & cancel my much needed appointment. I phoned Pete, but he was engaged so I started to send him a text at which time he rang me! I told him about the tyre & he groaned, he'd been phoning me up to check my car registration as we were going to have to go to the airport tomorrow in mine because the fuel tank in his company car had fractured, leaking diesel all over... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:24:53 EST March 9th Only 2 more sleeps & get-ups. Beginning to gather stuff together in the spare bedroom ready for packing. Once again we have said that we're not taking much (famous last words) we're not too bad really & if we find we're short of something we can get it over there. <BR> We were only going to go to our Slimming World group tomorrow night to weigh in & then come home but it's a special session celebrating the 5 Greatest Losers on their journey so far & both Pete & I are on the list so we really ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 06:21:25 EST March 8th Only 3 more sleeps then we'll be off to the airport & flying off to Florida. Can't wait. <BR> Fran who is looking after our two cats whilst we're away is coming over in a short while to pick up a set of our house keys ready to start feeding them on Friday evening. She's a lovely girl & has looked after our 'furbabies' when we've been away before. She's a real animal lover & now works at a local Vets. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:27:00 EST March 7th Another good day, managed 2 1/2 miles in the pool, picked up my prescription from the Chemist, came home & put the washing on, had our evening meal & then went to the Police Station for a Neighbourhood Watch meeting. Back home now & getting ready to go to bed, just got to finish off Sparks. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 17:13:24 EST March 6th Had a lovely day with Mum. They arrived about 11 o'clock, later we had a lovely lunch & after spending a few hours together my Brother & SIL took her back home to North Wales. As Mum will be the wonderful age of 92 in May, we don't know how many more Mothering Sundays we will have left with her so it's important to make the most of every occasion. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 13:06:23 EST March 5th Had a good day charging around doing shopping,having our feet done & cooking food ready for Brother, SIL & Mum tomorrow & then we took Pete's Mum & Dad out for a meal. <BR> Looking forward to tomorrow, it will be lovely to all be together. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 17:20:21 EST March 4th I was so pleased with my 2lb loss this week, that's 86lbs so far & I'm now in a lower Stone number. Next week it will be exactly one year since we walked into our first Slimming World meeting. What a difference a year makes. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:15:06 EST March 3rd Oh I am hoping for a good result on the scales tonight. I've done everything I should & been 3 times to the pool this week. I would like to lose as much as I can before our holiday because I know I will put on some pounds whilst we're in America. This is the last but one weigh in before we go. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 13:34:05 EST March 2nd Another 2 1/2 miles in the pool today but it was very hard work. I think someone put custard in the water because it seemed much thicker than normal. lol! Hope it's easier tomorrow, I need to do 3 miles in my "last chance workout" before weigh in tomorrow evening. <BR> It'll be our last full group tomorrow, next week we will just weigh & leave because we have to get back home to do the packing. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 16:27:28 EST March 1st Gosh, yet another new month & this one is going to be sooooooo busy. 10 family & friends Birthdays including my own. Next weekend, on Saturday first thing is the weekly shopping followed by a chiropody appointment for both of us, then taking Pete's Mum & Dad out for a meal for Mothers Day. Sunday, my Brother & Sister in Law are bringing my Mum down for the day to spend Mothering Sunday together. Monday & Tuesday the following week we have Neighbourhood Watch meetings to attend but Pete Might ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:31:25 EST February 29th Another 3 miles in the pool today, not bad for the beginning of the week. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:38:28 EST February 28th We're still waiting to SKYPE with Pete's Aunt & Uncle who live in Canada but are over in America somewhere on holiday. We received an email this morning from them requesting that we should be available at 12 o'clock GMT. It's now just gone 2pm & no contact. Hopefully there will be a simple reason for it not happeneng. The reason for the Skype is that they are going to join us for a few days at the end of our Florida holiday which is only a couple of weeks away. Just for a laugh, we'd dressed ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:20:03 EST February 27th We drove up to see Mum today & had a lovely time. We went out for lunch & I had a gorgeous cajun chicken salad with a baked potato. Very yummy. Glad to be back home in time to watch England win against Ireland in the 6 Nations Rugby. Yeeehaw! <BR> All in all, a good day. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:56:50 EST February 26th Been a strange old day, Pete saw the Doc about his medication this morning & seems to be doing ok with half dosage. He then went to work until lunchtime when he came home, had something to eat. Then we went to the hospital for him to have an MRI scan on his elbow, this is all to do with injuries sustained when he was knocked off his bike last June. It's all go at the moment. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:38:40 EST February 25th Looking forward to seeing my hubby. It's been a strange 24 hours with Pete away. I know he's normally out at work all day but I always know he'll be home around 5pm. It was quite nice being able to make a meal last night of a smoked salmon & prawn omellette which Pete wouldn't go near and I didn't really mind being on my own overnight. It was waking up this morning which was a bit weird, so I'll be pleased to see him when he gets home in half an hour or so. <BR> Been to the pool today & did a... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:30:10 EST February 24th Thank you for all your comments, suggestions & good wishes. Pete is fine & is away in Peterborough on business overnight tonight. He has had a telephone consultation with the Doctor who has advised him to take half his betablocker medication until he sees him on Friday. <BR> Luckily because Pete joined Slimming World at the same time as me, we know he's been eating healthily & drinking loads of water for the past year. He's now 4 1/2 stones lighter & getting regular exercise so the only thing... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54:53 EST