BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community October 13th Pete's had a days holiday todayso he can pick up his new bike. I took him over to the cycle shop & he rode it back home. He's one happy bunny! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:17:25 EST October 12th It's a catching up day today, washing bed linen & our general washing so decided not to go swimming until tomorrow. We're also meeting up with our old neighbours from our previous house this evening & having another meal out so not only will it be back to the pool tomorrow, it will also be back to our normal eating regime. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:34:09 EST October 11th Had a wonderful weekend catching up with our friends. It's been so lovely spending time together and as ever we always say 'we shouldn't leave it so long next time'. <BR> I've decided not to strip their bed today to wash the bed linen & their towels, I'll wait until tomorrow. Pete & I are going to relax & take it easy this afternoon. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:24:32 EST October 10th Having a brilliant time with our lovely friends. It's so good to be together again, itdoesn't happen often enough. <BR> Me & my Bestie. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:23:10 EST October 9th Yeeehaw! I did it! Another 2.5lbs gone. I've now lost 4 stones 8.5lbs so was given my 4 1/2 stone award last night. Next target 5 stones. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 06:28:04 EST October 8th Hoping to get my 4 1/2 stone award this evening. Keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> We have a lot to do before we go to the group tonight as our friends are coming for the weekend, so as we won't be able to shop Saturday morning Tesco are due to deliver our order between 5 & 6 which will need packing away & the house needs hoovering, ( I'll flick a duster round in the morning ). Can't wait to see them, it's been over a year since we last saw them. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:55:15 EST October 7th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Managed to grab these two pictures of our youngest (8 year old) cat who was trying to walk all over me, as she does! I was quite chuffed with them as she usually scoots off as soon as you move. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:07:28 EST October 6th After the lovely weather last week it's a shame that yesterday & today have been so bad. Sharon, our poor gardener has worked hard this morning whilst the rain drizzled down but then the torrential rain started. Luckily it's been over her lunch break & appears to be easing up a bit so she's going to carry on. Glad it's her not me! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 09:11:41 EST October 5th Monday & another 2.5 miles in the pool then back home, got the washing machine on with a full load. Can't understand where all the clothes come from considering I only did a wash on Saturday & there are only two of us. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:36:44 EST October 4th Had a lovely evening with our friends last night & enjoyed a very tasty meal. Now we're looking forward to next weekend when we have some other friends coming to stay. In fact Denise is my best friend & we've been so ever since we were 15. She was my bridesmaid & I am Godmother to her eldest. We have that wonderful type of friendship that we can go for a year or more without seeing each other just talking on the phone or Skype but as soon as we get together it's like we've never been apart. ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 08:15:11 EST October 3rd Looking forward to seeing some friends this evening, going to the local pub for a meal, but ok because they do lovely salads. <BR> I finally plucked up the courage to try my wedding dress on today. After 22 years I've actually managed to get into it again , even did it without undoing the zip! You cannot imagine what this means to me . I'm so incredibly happy and I'm only half way to my target ! My biggest regrets are that a) I allowed myself to get so big & b) I didn't join Slimming-World so... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:36:12 EST October 2nd Woohoo! Another 2lbs lost this week! It's funny, although I thought I'd lost that much, until you actually get on the scales at the group & you see the number on the screen, you don't believe it. I'm not too worried that I didn't manage the 4.5 stones by the end of September because as our Consultant pointed out, on average I've lost 2lb a week since the beginning of March which is marvelous going. I'm really proud of myself as I've never in my 61 years consistently stuck to a healthy way of ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:07:08 EST October 1st Did another 2.7 miles in the pool today but even though I'd had my B12 injection by then, I didn't have the energy to do any more. <BR> Off to Slimming World group in a while so hoping I've lost at least 2lbs, it would be better to lose 3 which would give me my 4.5 stone award but that's very unlikely. We shall see. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:45:27 EST September 30th I'm staying away from the pool today as I need my B12injection & wouldn't have managed many lengths. <BR> Pete is in London today for a meeting but should be back only a bit later than normal. I'm going to have a go at making the Slimming World Veggie soup which is extra special as it is known for it's powers to keep you 'regular'. Then we'll make a Fritata, salad & a baked potato for our evening meal. Yummy. <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:09:43 EST September 29th Another trip to the pool & this time I did 2.8 miles in 2 hours 20 mins which I was quite pleased about. Hopefully get there tomorrow as well. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:17:51 EST September 28th Back in the pool again today & did 2.37 miles, so hopefully now back to the normal 2 or 3 times a week. <BR> I'm sitting here trying to concentrate on Sparking but I keep dropping off. You can tell it's time for my B12 Injection. Think I'd better finish off & go to make our evening meal, salad with Smoked River Cobbler. Yummy! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:43:12 EST September 27th Pete went out on a 25 mile cycle ride this morning as it is a gorgeous sunny day. We looked at bikes yesterday & after meeting up with some cyclists this morning who were riding the make of bike he's considering, a Giant, I think he's made up his mind. Apparently he got quite a lot of positive reactions to his new Union Flag Jersey especially whilst riding through Birmingham city centre from the foreign rugby fans he passed on their way to the World Cup Rugby match. <BR> <BR> Just in case yo... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:48:29 EST September 26th Had a return of the 'bunged' up thing again yesterday & today but hopefully have now sorted it out with my 'powders' & Veg. soup. Need to keep it under control. <BR> Been clearing out a lot of our old baggy clothes. Woohoo! <BR> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:16:10 EST September 25th We've had a really good day, went to the British Cycle Show at the NEC. I did think I might be bored but I wasn't. Pete managed to get a couple of tops & a pair of long bib tights but I drew the line at the £8999.99 road bike. lol <BR> <BR> Oh & I lost another 2lbs this week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:36:00 EST September 24th We took Mum home today & had quite a decent journey. She enjoyed eating our food & following our plan for the time she was here but it looks as if she may have put on a couple of pounds although we won't know for certain until she weighs tomorrow morning. I think it could be that she maybe doesn't eat enough at home although my brother makes sure she is fully stocked up with meals. <BR> Meanwhile, I wore my new Jeggins & top today, both a UK size 20 as opposed to the UK size 30/32 I was weari... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:23:33 EST September 23rd Took Mum to the Supermarket this morning as she always says that she used to like going with us. My brother & his wife do her shopping normally when she's at home. So we put my scooter & her walker in Pete's car & off we all went. We were only in there a short time but I think she enjoyed it. She doesn't half move with her walker & as usual chatted to anyone & everyone. Not bad for a 91.5 year old. <BR> She bought me a lovely Peace Lilly as a thank you for having her to stay. It looks gorgeo... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:53:29 EST September 22nd Decided I'll go to the pool for an hour today. Mum has kept saying "Don't let me stop you going", so I took the hint. I'll probably just do a mile or so. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:52:58 EST September 21st Having a quiet day with Mum. It was such a busy weekend but also very enjoyable. I'm not going to get to swim this week as I don't think it's fair to have Mum here & then go out for3 hours. Hopefully it will give my weight-loss another boost when I go back again next week. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:57:34 EST September 20th Had a wonderful day with family, catching up with cousins etc. Lovely to see my cousin John & his wife Raewyn over from NZ. <BR> Here are a few photos of the day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:52:14 EST September 19th Busy day today starting with a weigh-in at a different Slimming World group & another pound lost. Then it was shopping, washing, ironing, dusting and cleaning. All done to get ready for tomorrow. We're off early up to Yorkshire to have lunch with my cousin & his wife who are over from New Zealand & staying with my other cousin. The whole family (about 12 of us) are getting together. My brother is bringing my Mum over then she's going to come back to stay with us for a few days. It's the first... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:44:01 EST September 18th Great news, The Eagle Has Landed! Finaly after 3 days, things have started to move. <BR> I'm so relieved, not only in that sense but also because it's our 22nd Wedding Anniversary today. <BR> This time 22 years ago I just had butterflies in my tummy! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:42:49 EST September 17th Feeling sooo bad. Got really bad stomach & spent most of last evening in the toilet unsuccessfully& in major agony, feeling like I had to pass a snooker ball. I've tried taking so many 'powders' but to no avail yet. The only time I can get comfortable is lying in bed. If I sit in a chair or walk around it's too uncomfortable. I don't think I can ever remember it being so bad. One of my Slimming World pals told me about a 'wonder' soup which does the trick but I can't stand up long enough to c... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:42:55 EST September 16th Love my hair colour this time. Although she has used the same colour as last time there is less of the darker lowlights left. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:26:36 EST September 15th Back to the pool again for the second time this week & another 2.5 miles done. Got tomorrow off from the pool as I'm having my hair done. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:41:09 EST September 14th I posted the picture of me in the dress ( see yesterdays blog ) on Facebook last evening because I was feeling so pleased with myself. I think it's actually beginning to sink in how much I have achieved so far. I couldn't get over my friends reactions, they were all really amazed & pleased for me. Most of them haven't seen me since I started losing weight & couldn't get over the difference. It really gave me another boost to keep me going to my next goal of 5 stones loss. <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:13:29 EST September 13th My In-Laws were very impressed when they saw me in my new outfit last night. It's years since I last wore tights & when I last wore a dress shorter than a maxi, I can't remember. Pete took a photo before we went out & I must say I was quite pleased myself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I've tried to take some 'selfies' of my other outfits but I'm not very good, hence the strange looks on my face. <BR> The... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 11:18:50 EST September 12th We've been out buying new clothes today & I've even bought a pair of jeggings! What's even better is I've bought a size smaller than I thought I was going to need. I'll post some photos tomorrow hopefully. It's a great feeling. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:52:04 EST September 11th Yeah, I did it! I lost 3lb over the last 2 weeks so I've now lost 4 stones 1lb (57lbs) & received my 4 stone award. In fact both Pete & I got the same award last night which was lovely. He has really got to either put on a couple of pounds or at least maintain from now on as he really has gone far enough. <BR> I feel absolutely fantastic as I'm now just over half way to my final target. Yesterday I had to lose another 4 stone 2lb, but today I only need to lose 3 stone 13lbs. lol Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:40:50 EST September 10th I'm hoping for good things tonight at the weigh-in & will be very disappointed if I don't get my 4 stone award. It feels such a long time since we went to group although we only missed one Thursday. <BR> I've been putting in some time everyday on my exercise equipment & this week I've been 3 times to the pool & done 7.5 miles in total. My scales, which are 1lb lighter that the ones at the group show a 4lb loss so hopefully I should be ok. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:14:46 EST September 9th I think I must be going gaga, I forgot to blog yesterday as well. Can't say I was over busy, I went swimming as normal & thought I'd done all my Sparking! Oh well can't win them all. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:35:18 EST September 7th I missed blogging yesterday mainly because I lost half the day somehow. We watched Lewis Hamilton win the Grand Prix, then about 3 o'clock went out into the garden because the sun was shining (a rare event recently). Pete has now finished the little decked patio area where the old gazebo used to be. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:25:44 EST September 5th Having a quiet day today, I've done a clothes wash which I'll iron tomorrow whilst I'm washing both bed sets. Can't leave the spare bed stuff to wash on a different day because we've got my Mum coming to stay on the 20th. <BR> Homemade vegetable curry & rice tonight which I'm looking forward to. Yum Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:45:58 EST September 4th Had a lovely time with our visitors last night & this morning. The steak & mushroom salad was gorgeous & everyone else enjoyed the meals they ordered. I did have a sweet & also a pint of larger but I'm pretty sure I can pull it back. I had bread this morning for the first time in 6 months. Luckily it was within my allowance & because it was wholemeal ( my fav is white bread) I won't be tempted again. <BR> It was strange not going to weigh-in though & we were apparently missed. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:44:39 EST September 3rd Waiting for the Canadians to arrive. I've flicked round with a duster, got rid of the ironing so everything is sorted. We're all out for a meal this evening but as we're going to our local pub Pete & I know that we have a good choice of salad meals available. Along with a jacket potato will do us nicely. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:57:53 EST September 2nd Managed the usual 2.5 miles in the pool yesterday quite easily which surprised me as I thought I might have trouble when I first got in there. Off to the pool again shortly & hopefully get another 2.5 miles in. I've used my new exerciser (see yesterdays post) everyday so far & can certainly feel that I'm using new muscles. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:24:51 EST September 1st My goodness, where has the year gone? September already. Unfortunately I didn't manage to lose the 4 stones I was aiming for by the end of August, Missed it by a pound. Bum! Never mind when I checked my Spark Goals I had actually put to lose the 4 stones by the end of September so there shouldn't be a problem. Not going to SW group this week because we have relatives stopping on Thursday night. <BR> Got a new piece of exercise equipment at the weekend & we've both started using it. It's brill... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:26:03 EST August 31st Well it's the last day of August, Bank Holiday Monday, 2/3rds of the way through the year & it's raining. Enough said, think I'll go & do the ironing. How sad is that! <BR> <BR> A couple of pictures to give you a laugh. <BR> <BR> This was our larder at 8am Saturday morning...... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we went to the Supermarket ........ <BR> <img src=" Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:30:26 EST August 30th Had a lovely time with our friends last night, they enjoyed the food we cooked & it was great catching up with them. They were really impressed with the weight we've lost & it was lovely to see their reaction. <BR> Getting together with Petes' brother & family later on today, we're going to a local pub which does a brilliant range of salads so I've got my eye on one of those with a baked potato. Yum. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:30:30 EST August 29th Busy weekend, just finished cooking the meal for tonight & it's in the Hostess trolley waiting for our friends to arrive. We haven't seen them since Christmas so they should notice a difference. <BR> Then tomorrow Pete's brother & family are down visiting his Mum & Dad so we're all off out for a meal tomorrow evening. Busy busy busy. <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:49:13 EST August 28th Really pleased to report that I've lost another 2lbs this week, making 3 stones & 12lbs so far since March. I was hoping to have lost 4 stones by the end of August but won't be weighing in with Slimming World until the 10th September as we have taken a weeks holiday next week due to Pete's relatives over from Canada & staying with us on Thursday night. Still I will weigh myself at home on Monday morning (our scales are exactly a pound less than SW) & you never know I may reach that target. I'... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:55:22 EST August 27th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was our Smoked River Cobbler & salad, boy was it gorgeous. Tonight we're just having a Slimming World ready meal because it's weigh-in night so by the time we get home we need something we can do quickly. <BR> I'm hoping to have lost something this week as I've been good with my food (not that I'm ever anything else these days) and I've been 4 times to the pool & done 10 miles swimming/... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:40:15 EST August 26th The Turkey stew was lovely last night & we also made a vegetable curry which has made 3 nights meals for the freezer. We suddenly realised that we'd got loads & loads of veg that wouldn't get eaten before it went off so we put it all together with a curry recipe we had. In went aubergines, courgettes, peppers, onions & okra however thinking about it, we forgot to use up the potatoes, carrots, turnip & celeriac so could be doing another different curry tonight. That will be after we've had our... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:47:38 EST August 25th Feeling good again today so in about half an hour I'll be off to the pool again. Hopefully get another 2.5miles in. <BR> We had the Slimming World All Day Breakfast Spaghetti with added baby corns, sugarsnap peas & asparagus last night it was yummy. Tonight it's the SW Caribbean Turkey & vegetable stew. Can't wait. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:13:16 EST August 24th Another 2.5 miles done today in the pool & hoping to go at least two more times this week. I've also ordered a peice of exercise equipment called 'Wonder Core' to see if it will help firm up my arms & stomach, so can't wait for it to arrive. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:24:38 EST August 23rd Just settling down to watch the Belgium Grand Prix this afternoon & hopefully afterwards I'll get chance to sit outside for a bit, if the sun comes out again of course. <BR> <BR> Our Aubergine curry was gorgeous last night, we had it with a home made special egg basmati rice including onions, peppers, peas, sweetcorn, soy sauce and a newly discovered super food called okra (or Lady fingers) which is a Slimming-World Fibre, Calcium & Speed food. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:39:11 EST