BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community April 26th It's a gorgeous day & I must get going. The bed has been stripped & remade, washing machine has nearly finished the first load. Got the Out-laws coming over this afternoon so the dusting needs doing, fruit salad needs preparing & then we can make the Slimming World Lasagne. I'm determined to get Pete's Mum & Dad interested in making some of the recipes. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:24:12 EST April 25th Having a quiet day, shopping was done early this morning, had a lovely salad for lunch. Then after a short time sitting in the garden, it was a bit chilly each time the sun went in, which it did regularly, I'm now sitting watching a programme about billionnaires on Catch-up TV giving a big fuss to my two cats who alternate in pushing each other off the arm of my chair so they can be close to me. Ah bless. Meanwhile Pete is out in the garden building a wall where the gazebo was so that the ban... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:28:16 EST April 24th Another 2lbs loss this week so 1 stone 9lbs lost so far. I was a little disappointed as Pete was 2.5lbs down & has now lost 1 stone 12.5lbs so he will make 2 stones by next week whereas it will probably take me another 2 - 3 weeks. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Pete is off work today, Monday & Tuesday & is demolishing our wooden gazebo. It must have been built many years ago as most of it was rotten. Still haven't decided what we're going to put in its place. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:13:34 EST April 23rd Managed another 140 lengths in the pool today so that's another 6 miles this week. I'm hoping the scales will be kind to me tonight when we go for our weigh-in. I know I've had no problems with my food intake & my exercise has been good, the only thing is, as usual, I'm feeling a bit 'bunged up'. It always seems to happen on weigh day. Come Friday night, all is clear again. Strange! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:36:11 EST April 22nd It's a staying home day today & a day away from the pool. <BR> Paul has arrived with a helper to start on the chimneys so that's good. <BR> I got a bargain! Since we joined Slimming World & started preparing meals from scratch, we've had to buy loads of herbs & spices. We invested in a 16 jar spice rack, which cost about £19. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's very nice but we still needed another. My favourite was another 16 Jar s... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:57:36 EST April 21st Off to the pool again shortly. It's a gorgeous day & it that makes the time go quicker. The sun shines in onto the water & it's lovely swimming through it. <BR> Our friend is coming to start taking down the last two chimneys tomorrow. I'll be glad, it's been worrying with all the strong winds we've been having lately. <BR> <BR> Managed another 2 miles today. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:03:27 EST April 20th Just come back from the pool after doing another 140 lengths in less than 2 hours. Woop woop! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:02:19 EST April 19th Had a lovely time at the party last night, we didn't stay too long only a couple of hours. We had our meal before we went so we were not tempted by the buffet & we just had diet coke to drink. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pete went off for a ride this morning but after about 25 miles he phoned me to come & pick him up as the rear hanger snapped & the gear mechanism dropped into the back wheel, snapped the chain & pulled a spoke out ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:56:21 EST April 18th Had quite a busy day so far, took Brandi to the Vets this morning so they could check that her eye was healing properly. They reckon the infection has cleared but it's still a bit red so we have to keep giving her the eye drop every day. <BR> Then we went to the Supermarket, got a good parking space then turned round & went back home to get the seat for my scooter which was still sitting at home in the porch!! Back to the Supermarket & did our shopping then back home again. This afternoon we... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:27:58 EST April 17th Another 2.5 lbs gone so I've made the 1.5 stone loss. Pete has also made his Club 10 losing 10% of his body weight. Love this lifestyle. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:07:58 EST April 16th Been swimming again today & another 140 lengths done. <BR> Weigh-in tonight & I hope I've done well this week because I was disappointed with only 1/2 lb loss last week <BR> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:40:42 EST April 15th My lady who does my garden is here today, I love it when she's here because she makes such a diference each time. The only trouble is, she always wants me to decide where to put plants, I've no idea about these things, that's why we have her. Oh well, at least it's only once a month, bless her I don't think she is used to having such an easily pleased customer. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:58:58 EST April 14th Had some sad news this morning, an old friend passed away from cancer. He was a bit younger than me but was one of the first people I met when I came to Birmingham 32 years ago, & I also was extremely good friends with his brother, Mum & Dad who will be so devastated as this is their 2nd son lost to that terrible disease. <BR> <BR> I'm off to the pool again today to do some more lengths. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:18:05 EST April 13th Had a great trip to the pool today, I must have had extra energy or something but I managed 152 lengths in 2 hours! That's 12 more than I've ever done in 2 hours. I thought it was brilliant to have done 140 in 2 hours last week but 152, wow that's only 9 lengths short of 2.5 miles. Woop woop! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:05:08 EST April 12th Having a good day today, I've done most of the ironing only having the quilt cover & pillow cases left to do. We've had a lovely breakfast of eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms & Slimming World Home Fries. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We then prepared the meal for tonight & it's now simmering away in the slow cooker. Still can't believe that we're able to eat such lovely food like BBQ Pulled Pork and it's all free food. Can't wai... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:21:33 EST April 11th Going to the supermarket in a mo. Hoping that the bill is a bit less this week, since joining Slimming World our shopping bill has gone up a heck of a lot. The good thing is that because we are cooking from scratch we are building up our freezer stock. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:04:27 EST April 10th Sorry for the delay in posting (Raffie) but I had a couple of phone calls from my mum this morning, nothing desperate, she thought she'd broken the mobile phone we bought her, turns out she hadn't charged it & it had switched itself off. Anyway I sorted her out and really she doesn't do too badly for an (almost) 91 year old. <BR> Anyway I'm here now, as for last night's weigh-in, Pete did brilliantly with another 3lb, having now lost 1.5 stone. I however only lost half a pound from last week... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:09:27 EST April 9th Weigh-in day for me today, it would be lovely if I could have passed the 1.5 stone loss. That would be 4lb & I'm not certain that I've done it this week. Will just have to wait & see. At least I've got another trip to the pool today. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 06:04:50 EST April 8th Brandi's eye is looking much better after we put drops in this morning. At least the Vet said that although it was very red & sore at least it wasn't ulcerated. Have to take her back in a week or so. <BR> Got someone coming round later to give us a quote for the scaffolding needed for the chimney reduction. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 11:26:19 EST April 7th Been to the pool today & another 2 miles under my belt so feeling pretty good. <BR> Got to take Brandi to the Vet tonight, she was due to go on Saturday for her Booster but she's had a swollen eye for a couple of days so better to go earlier & get it checked out. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:16:21 EST April 6th Had a lovely day today, been to a garden centre & bought some shrubs & also a wrought iron bird feeder tree. The shrubs are going to have to wait for a while before they're planted but the birds now have lots of food, not that they have visited the diner yet! Hopefully the word will get round soon. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:58:59 EST April 5th Got the In-Laws coming over for dinner this evening & we're going to cook all Slimming World food again. They really loved the Cottage pie we did for them last time so we're making Chicken Pie with roasted vegetables. We've even made a dessert. <BR> We're hoping that eventually they will want to find out more about SW as they both need to lose weight for their health but are really stubborn & stuck in their ways. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:20:43 EST April 4th Had a lovely day with my Mum & my brother & SIL, even the journey to North Wales wasn't too bad. Glad to be back home now though. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:51:35 EST April 3rd 142 lengths in 2 hours in the pool yesterday, I was so pleased with myself. A few weeks ago it was taking me just over 2 hours to do 2 miles (130 lengths) so I'm definitely speeding up. <BR> As for the weigh-in last night, this week I lost another 4.5lbs so my total so far in only 4 weeks is 1 stone 4lbs loss (18lbs), strangely enough Pete has lost exactly the same amount. I was given my certificate for first stone loss and I was named as Slimmer of the Week and won the bowl of fruit! Pete & ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:21:46 EST April 2nd Off to the pool again for the 3rd time this week. I set my goal at two visits a week but in March I managed 3 times most weeks. <BR> Weigh-in again tonight & I should have easily smashed the first Stone (14lbs) barrier. Will report tomorrow. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:48:24 EST April 1st I'm ever so glad we had the chimney removed when we did because the gusts of wind we have been having would definitely have brought it down. Can't wait for the other 2 to be reduced which should happen very soon, although they are not in quite as bad shape as the first one. <BR> <BR> Managed another 2 miles in the pool yesterday and felt really good that I'd pushed myself. I'm really hoping that the scales are kind to me tomorrow night. <BR> Got a load of ironing to do today, I want it out o... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:54:37 EST March 31st Yeah I did just over 2 miles yesterday so that's over 20 miles in March. But guess what, I'm going again today. Crazy or what, but I'm determined to go as many times as I can this week, I'll have a day away from it tomorrow then weigh-in on Thursday so I'll go then. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:16:44 EST March 30th Just going off to do the swimming I was going to do on Friday, Hopefully I'll do 2 miles but if not, i still have tomorrow. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:39:34 EST March 29th Had a wonderful time last night with our friends, they loved all the food we cooked. <BR> We had SW (Slimming World) Easy Chicken Curry, SW Easy Salmon Curry, SW Sag Aloo (potato & Spinach) and pilau rice (SW recipe) We then had SW Strawberry Eton Mess (only 3.5 Syns) & fresh fruit salad. A fabulous meal & the only dodgy bit was the Eton Mess but we are allowed between 5 & 15 Syns per day & we normally don't have any Syns. We had nothing left except a bit of sauce but everyone had loads. <BR... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:17:12 EST March 28th I didn't go to the pool in the end yesterday because several people phoned me to wish me Happy Birthday & Pete told me that something was being delivered. <BR> <BR> Here is what arrived <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've been shopping as usual this morning, but to show how 'sad' we've become, Pete took a photo of our pantry shelf. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:56:44 EST March 27th Well as expected Pete acheived & passed his first stone (14lb) loss. He has now lost 15.5lbs. I however, although I've lost another 2.5lbs, am still half a pound shy of my first stone. Drat! <BR> Pete won the Slimmer of the Month as expected, luckily neither of us won the raffle but because the Slimmer of the Week had not stayed for the meeting another ticket was drawn & I won the bag of fruit. As Pete won the bag last week, I decided to give it to a young couple who although are both out of... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:33:23 EST March 26th Off to the pool again today & then it's our 2nd weigh-in at Slimming World. The Slimmer of the Month will be announced tonight & I'm pretty sure Pete will be wearing the sash. We'll see. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:48:49 EST March 25th Quiet day today, my right knee cracked last night & can be very painful for a while & I want to go to the pool tomorrow before my next weigh-in, I'm hoping to have lost 3lbs which will take me to 1 stone (14lbs) loss in 3 weeks. I'm pretty sure Pete has passed that goal but there again he only has 1.5lbs to get there. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:53:03 EST March 24th Feeling pleased with myself again because when I got into the pool today I really thought I'd have trouble making a mile but once again I managed to do 2 miles and slightly quicker. Just shows what a bit of perseverance can do. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:15:37 EST March 23rd Another week, I wonder what it will bring. <BR> Two people close to me are moving house this week, now that is something big. One couple are moving from a house to a bungalow for health reasons (I can understand that) and Pete's cousin is moving to a new home closer to her parents & away from the place she shared with her husband until his death 18 months ago. New starts for them all. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:50:16 EST March 22nd Having a lovely Sunday, Pete's been for a ride & there's stuff to do in the garden & the sun is shining. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:32:37 EST March 21st Picked up my new car this morning & really pleased with it. It's the same as our previous two cars but this time we've had a petrol rather than deisel engine. I've got a brilliant registration plate. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:35:25 EST March 20th Good news from last night's weigh-in, I lost another 2lbs that's 11lbs in two weeks. Pete however having lost 6.5lbs last week has lost another 6 this week. 12.5lbs in two weeks that's brilliant. Must say I was a little disappointed in only losing 2lbs because apart from lunches we eat the same. Oh well here's to next weeks weigh-in. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:56:23 EST March 19th Got back from the pool after doing another 2 miles so now looking towards our 2nd weigh-in at Slimming World tonight. Last week I did set a target of a 5lb loss which would take me to a stone loss in 2 weeks. Don't think I'll have done 5 but I'm certain I've made a loss. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:42:43 EST March 18th So pleased that I did just over 2 miles in the pool yesterday & I aim to go again tomorrow to do some more. <BR> This afternoon I go to sign for my new car & arrange for when I can pick it up. Having the same make & type as the last one but this time it's a white one. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:45:21 EST March 17th I'm off to the pool in a while & will try to do 2 miles again but if I fall short I won't be discouraged. My goal is 2 miles every week so if I don't make it today it will encourage me to go again on Thursday. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:58:51 EST March 16th Ok, so Saturday morning we got up reasonably early & cooked ourselves a Slimming World breakfast. (Everything classed as FREE food) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We then headed up to visit Mum for the day. On the way I kept thinking of my Dad because 18 years ago, we had travelled the same journey to be at his hospital bedside when he died. This time of course was a happier occasion to celebrate Mothers Day. We took Mum to her favour... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:20:05 EST March 15th Missed posting yesterday, well I didn't it is still the 14th here but SP has moved to 15th. Had a very busy day so will update tomorrow. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 19:37:11 EST March 13th Great news at the weigh in last night, Pete had lost 6.5lbs & I lost a whopping 9lbs. We are both over the moon, I've never lost that much in 2 weeks let alone one week before. Everybody was so brilliant & great cheers went up when they heard how much I lost. I'm now the proud owner of a half stone lost sticker and I've opted to try & lose another 5lbs by next week which will gain me a 1 stone lost sticker. <BR> <BR> WOO HOO! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:16:37 EST March 12th Been to the pool again today, 2nd time this week, & this time did 2 miles. So all together I've done 3 1/2 miles in 2 days & 5 1/2 since last thursday. So feeling very proud of myself as I set a goal of 2 miles a week. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:41:51 EST March 11th Having a quiet day today but looking forward to the Slimming World meeting tomorrow. Can't wait for our first weigh in. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:02:04 EST March 10th Been to the pool again today & done 1.6 miles, hopefully I'll get to go another couple of times this week. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:11:42 EST March 9th We made a chilli, chicken curry & bolognaise yesterday, enough to stick in the freezer and feed us both for 6 days. All we need to do is defrost, reheat & add pasta or rice. Still cannot believe that this is all FREE food. <BR> We then had a veggetable stir fry adding a small amount of mince left over from the afternoon cook out. All in all, very successful day, both of us feeling full of healthy, tastey food. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:09:35 EST March 8th Having an exciting Sunday deciding what meals we are going to prepare for the coming week & then this afternoon the cooking commences. <BR> This morning we've had a cooked breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 2 large flat mushrooms & baked beans, yummy & filling. I'm still logging my foods on Sparkpeople & although I seem to be eating more because of all the FREE foods, they are obviously very low cal foods. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:42:25 EST March 7th Had quite a busy day today, we went shopping this morning & spent a fortune getting the necesseties for our Slimming World future. So far we've done 2 days, eaten loads of food & still can't believe what we can eat. I suspect we'll get used to it soon. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:20:57 EST