BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BRANDI1809 BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ May 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932367 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931777 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba22e5b8-5974-4fac-804e-9abb8b0c9dc2.jpg"> Thu, 21 May 2015 05:25:16 EST May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931451 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/548205db-6cf8-4477-839f-d4a389ee3605.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930722 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930128 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d1f733b-df4e-4243-87dc-6163657bb920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> then Brandi popped her head up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9a7068f-c365-4306-9dcb-9d76316271c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Guess it'll be a while before I can move my bag. Mon, 18 May 2015 11:23:29 EST May 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929562 I've been clearing out our wardrobes today & getting ready to send all our clothes which are now too big for us to the Cancer Research shop. It's a bit of a shame that only 3 months ago we cleared out a load of stuff that was too small for us as we didn't seem to be losing any weight. Then we discovered Slimming World & suddenly the weight started dropping off. Never will we go back to the way we were so the big clothes have got to go! Sun, 17 May 2015 11:02:47 EST May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929089 Having a quiet day, done all the shopping this morning & will be doing some cooking later. Apart from that, nothing else planned. Sat, 16 May 2015 11:26:43 EST May 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928439 I was disappointed again at yesterdays weigh-in, once again Pete had lost 2lbs but I only lost half a pound. Bummer! <BR> I know, at least it's going the right way, men lose easier than women..... blah blah, but it's still galling when we've eaten exactly the same stuff (slightly smaller portion for me), Pete hasn't been to the gym this week whereas I managed 4 hours in the pool, it's annoying. <BR> <BR> Then I found the following which I've used as The Inspiration on my teams for today.... ... Fri, 15 May 2015 06:03:50 EST May 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927918 Never have I looked forward so much to an injection. I can't wait til 4 o'clock &when I get my energy back. It's amazing what a lack of B12 can do to a body. Thu, 14 May 2015 08:02:15 EST May 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927476 Don't know how I did it but I dragged myself off to the pool today & even though I was so tired I still managed 140 lengths. I've now come home to collapse in the chair. Roll on 4pm tomorrow & my B12 Injection. Wed, 13 May 2015 11:08:00 EST May 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926846 Sooooo tired today so not doing a lot. Catching up on some tv progs I've recorded. <BR> Hopefully may feel more like it tomorrow. Tue, 12 May 2015 09:34:22 EST May 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926334 Went to the pool today & did 140 lengths but it was a bit of a slog. I'm feeling quite tired, not surprising as I'm due for my B12 injection tomorrow but can't get into the nurse until thursday. Could mean that my next two pool visits, tomorrow & thursday could be even more of a struggle. Mon, 11 May 2015 11:43:23 EST May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925653 I've been watching the VE Day 70 Celebrations, saw the concert last night , some of the service this morning & now watching the parade, very poignant & wonderful. It still makes me proud to see how well Britain can put on such a spectacle. I don't think we can be beaten by any other country. <BR> Loving all the smiles on the faces of all the old soldiers. Sun, 10 May 2015 07:44:38 EST May 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925289 I phoned up yesterday & booked tickets for the Status Quo concert in December at the NIA. Can't wait, they are so brilliant live. <BR> Still feeling good about my weight loss as I realised when I checked my Sparkpeople Start Page, my short term goal was to lose 1.5 stone by the end of April & in fact I lost 2 stone 1lb by the 7th May. I've now had to amend all my goals. Tee hee. Sat, 9 May 2015 11:15:22 EST May 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924645 Great news, I managed 162 lengths in 2hrs 10mins in the pool yesterday which is a new record for me. I've never done that many without stopping. <BR> <BR> Even better, at the weigh-in last night I'd lost another 4lbs which takes me to a 2stone 1lb total loss & I was Slimmer of the Week. (even more fruit!) I'm catching up a little with Pete as he lost 2.5lbs. Our Slimming Kitty is doing very well at £1 for every pound lost (also putting in £1 for half pound lost) Fri, 8 May 2015 06:31:32 EST May 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924075 I enjoyed the pool yesterday & at least the rain eased off a bit so I didn't get too soggy once I'd finished. <BR> Off again today for the 3rd & final time this week then weigh-in tonight. Fingers crossed. <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 06:08:56 EST May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923470 Once again I'm off to the pool today, the weather is awful now even though it started off quite sunny. At this rate I'm going to be soaked before I get in the pool. <BR> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> Wed, 6 May 2015 05:38:36 EST May 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923012 Another 150 lengths done today. I didn't go yesterday because as it was Bank Holiday the non-kids hours changed from 12 til 2 to weekend times of 1 til 3. Good job really as my friend said that they had to clear the pool because a man was found floating & unresponsive. Apparently he'd not been swimming or exercising, just standing around in the pool watching his two young children. Don't know what happened or if he is ok, all that's known is that he was taken to hospital. <BR> You never know ... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:13:28 EST May 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922203 Bank Holiday Monday & the sun is shining, what is the world coming to? Might even get out in the garden later. Mon, 4 May 2015 05:55:33 EST May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921878 Had a lovely trip up to see Mum & take her over to meet my Brother & SIL for a meal out. Although we had to be a bit careful, Pete & I didn't do too badly with our food choices. We all had a lovely meal & enjoyed our time together but we're so glad we're back home, driving 2 hours there & 2 hours back makes for two very tired people. Still it was worth it. Sun, 3 May 2015 16:10:11 EST May 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921388 Had a busy day, food shopping this morning then had our feet done, back home for a lovely salad lunch then spent the afternoon cooking meals for the freezer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2035752068.jpg"> <BR> Top left - Marinated Chicken legs, top right - Easy Chicken Curry x2, bottom right - Chilli Con Carne x2 & finally 2 turkey lasagne (only needs the pasta sheets & white sauce adding when required) <BR> <BR> Then we made Chicken Chow Mein for our meal this eve... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:49:32 EST May 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920784 Results from last night's weigh-in, I've lost another 2lbs which I'm pleased about. So that is 1 stone 11lbs in 8 weeks. <BR> Pete of course lost 3.5lbs so now has lost 2 stones 2.5lbs in 8 weeks. He was also Slimmer of the Week & Slimmer of the Month again. All brilliant & I'm very proud of him, but at the same time, also a little peeved that he's done so much more than me. <BR> Met my friend for lunch today & had a lovely Chicken & Bacon salad with no dressing & I had a diet Coke instead o... Fri, 1 May 2015 11:56:46 EST April 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920037 I did 2.33 miles yesterday in the pool, 150 lengths in 2 hours which is a record for me. I'm off again today but I'm going to take it a bit easier. <BR> It's our weigh-in tonight so I'm hoping for another 2lb loss. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:09:42 EST April 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919473 I spent quite a time yesterday afternoon (whilst doing the ironing) thinking about all the people I'd seen at the funeral. So many happy memories of twenty to thirty years ago. I kept thinking that it was a shame to have lost touch with so many of them ....... but there again, you can't stay in touch with everyone in your life or there would be no time or room for new people. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:57:44 EST April 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918982 Went to the funeral of an old friend this morning (old as in time known not age). It was very strange, there were all these older people who all looked familiar & kept saying hello Jude long time no see. Surely they don't look at me & see an older person????? Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:06:14 EST April 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918317 Off to the pool again, Pete is doing trips to the tip with all the rubbish from the gazebo. The sun is shining. <BR> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:08:38 EST April 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917778 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917441 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916899 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916382 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915570 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575107785.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914977 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914459 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913916 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387225426.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913444 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912766 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912328 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911612 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910965 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910474 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909821 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1410088354.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909218 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908852 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908094 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907670 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906991 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906513 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905735 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905414 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904768 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