BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community November 24th I've only done 2 1/2 miles in the pool today because it was quite busy & I didn't seem to have much energy. Hope I'm feeling brighter on Thursday. <BR> I've had a letter from the Dentist saying that I'm due for my 6 monthly check-up so I phoned up to book an appointment ............................... the first free appointment is December 30th! Wow. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:15:46 EST November 23rd It's so cold here today & I've had to put the heating on already, at least it'll be nice & warm by the time Pete gets home. I decided not to go swimming today so I must go tomorrow as I've got a hair appointment on Wednesday. <BR> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:36:22 EST November 22nd We went & picked up our new glasses today, I've had a pair for driving & another pair of varifocals for reading, computer & watching tv. At the moment I'm really struggling to get on with them. It's mainly when Ilook at the laptop screen, just can't seemto get the right angle. Still, I'll persevere. <BR> <em>36</em> <em>40</em> <em>198</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:30:18 EST November 21st Been a busy Saturday again. Shopping, washing & ironing done & new blinds put up in our lounge by DH. Off to bed now as we're worn out. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:35:41 EST November 20th I was really pleased that I lost another 1lb this week, that's 73lbs since March. <BR> Went for physio on my hands again this morning & she gave me the hot wax treatment again. Bliss. She also gave me more exercises to do & it looks like it's working. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:03:05 EST November 19th Managed 200 lengths in the pool today, that's 3.11 miles which is a record. I'm hoping the scales are kind to me at group tonight. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:31:34 EST November 18th Wow, what awful windy weather in the UK at the moment. We've been relatively fine here even though the West Midlands is being hit badly. Although we had to take our flag down at the weekend the wind has still been making the flagpole move around a bit. I suppose it's one of the benefits of living on the side of a hill, the wind sounds awful when we're standing in the verranda but elsewhere in the bungalow is lovely & snug. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:03:09 EST November 17th I'm feeling very tired today & it's still a couple of weeks till I'm due for my B12 injection so I'll just take it easy & go swimming tomorrow instead. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:16:01 EST November 16th Had a good weekend, busy but good. Now let's hope the week goes as well. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:57:18 EST November 15th Stripped & re-made the bed, did two loads of washing. Cleaned & dusted the big display cabinet & all it's ornaments, rationalised the two drawers in the fitted wall unit getting rid of a load of stuff. Made two different soups ready for next week & we are off out this evening to meet relatives for a meal. Quite a busy day but a good one. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:55:37 EST November 14th Up early this morning to get the shopping done before we went to a Neighbourhood Watch & Crime Prevention Conference which was very interesting & informative. <BR> Now relaxing having a quiet night in together. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:43:08 EST November 13th Another 1/2lb off again this week which although isn't much on it's own, with the loss last week that's 5lbs lost in 2 weeks. Not bad. Onwards & downwards (weight & size wise) is my motto. <BR> <BR> I was amazed at Physio yesterday, they gave me the hot wax treatment which involved having special hot wax poured over the front & back of both hands then wrapped in a plastic bag & a towel. I then sat like that for ten minutes. It was lovely & made my hands feel great. They also gave me some exe... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:00:00 EST November 12th I'm off this morning to my first appointment with the Physio for some work on the arthritis in my fingers although not sure if it can help. I've put up with their misshapen look for years & at the moment they don't give me much trouble. Oh well, we'll see. <BR> I'll go straight to the pool afterwards & get my 'last chance workout' before weigh-in tonight. I have no illusion that I'll be able to match the 4.5lbs lost last week, I'll just be happy to lose a small amount this week. Fingers cross... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:10:32 EST November 11th Been out to the theatre tonight to see Stephen K Amos a stand-up comedian. He was very funny although a bit 'Blue' & used the F word a lot. Don't they think they can be funny without swearing? It was a nice night out though with a meal before the show. Hopefully won't have a bad effect on the scales tomorrow. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:31:53 EST November 10th Unfortunately a parcel is being delivered between 1 & 2 this afternoon so I can't make it to the pool again today. I'm going to have to work doubly hard on Wednesday & Thursday to catch up. <BR> The package is a 'Rollator', a 4 wheeled frame with a seat which can fold up to go in the car. We have bought it for Petes' Mum for Christmas although we are giving it to her earlier as she really does need it now to get around safely. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:20:43 EST November 9th Having a relaxing day today, I just felt that I didn't want to go swimming so I'll go tomorrow instead. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:12:36 EST November 8th Been busy again today, Pete did a 30 mile cycle early this morning, back for breakfast then we both had eye test appointments at 12.30 & are now a lot poorer after both requiring new glasses. At least Pete managed to get a pair of prescription cycling glasses at a decent price. <BR> Then we went over to the in-laws again as they'd asked to get a couple of things when we were there yesterday. <BR> Back home to cook some Butternut Squash soup, Borscht & also a special bolognaise to stock up the... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 16:51:41 EST November 7th Well that's been another busy Saturday, started with the weekly supermarket shopping, back home to put it away. Then off to have our feet done, back home for lunch, then we went to get some new clothes, Pete is now wearing Medium instead of 3X & looking great. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We then went to pick up Pete's new bike which had been in for it's initial check-up, over to his Mum & Dads' to make sure ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 14:58:30 EST November 6th Well I was hoping for a 3lb loss at weigh-in last night, a long shot but it was what I needed to get my 5 stone award. I got on the scales with trepidation & after a couple of seconds I looked down & saw .............. minus 4.5 lbs. Wooooohooooo! I got my award AND Slimmer of the week! I'm now also 1.5 lbs closer to my next target than I hoped for. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As for being nominated for the Miss ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:44:27 EST November 5th It's Bonfire night tonight but I don't think there will be many fireworks around because the weather is miserable. <BR> I am hoping for good things at weigh-in though. I'm hoping that I'll get my 5 stone award, fingers crossed. I've also been nominated for our groups' Miss Slinky & Pete has been nominated for Mr Sleek. Just a bit of a laugh but it all adds to the atmosphere & motivation of the group. I'll let you know what happens tomorrow. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:27:06 EST November 4th Decided to just do 2 miles today & I'll do a 'Last Chance Workout' swim/walk tomorrow before weigh-in tomorrow night. The water in the pool was quite nice & warm when I first got in but it got colder after an hour or so. I do hope it's warmer next time. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:14:35 EST November 3rd 2.5 miles in the pool today & I'm feeling very tired. I'm hoping I'll feel brighter tomorrow. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:39:37 EST November 2nd Decided to have a rest today & not go to the pool. Think I may have overdone it a bit yesterday helping Pete move the rooms around. I'm not sure if it's going to be a success, I like being able to see the view of the garden & valley rather than the cars on the drive and it IS nice & cosy but it maybe too cosy. We'll see how we feel after a couple of weeks. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:42:45 EST November 1st What a day we've had, this morning Pete went out for a ride at 7am but was back by 8.15 as it was too misty & foggy......(photo taken earlier in October hence the sunshine) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> meanwhile I stripped & remade the bed & did a load of washing.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then we had a late breakfast..... <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:44:52 EST October 31st Up & out to the supermarket at 7 this morning, back home for 8.30. All put away, hair washed, omelettes cooked & eaten, changed into our clothes for the day & by 9.10 we were on the road. Got to Mums at 11.20, had a bit of a catch-up then bundled her into the car & off to meet my brother & SIL at their local pub for lunch. <BR> Had a lovely chicken & bacon salad with a jacket potato which was very nice. After going back to my brothers for an hour or so,we took Mum home then headed back to our... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:25:08 EST October 30th Yeah! Another pound off this week, all that hard work has paid off, I'm now 4 stone 11lb lighter. Although I'm pleased that I'm continuing to lose, it is a bit slow. So we're going to sit down tonight & work out our eating plan for next week & maybe go back to the sort of things we ate when we first started. I've still got my meal planner so we'll try it for a week or so & see what happens. It's difficult because Pete is at target or at least a pound under so he needs to be careful not to los... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:12:32 EST October 29th 200 lengths in the pool today, that's 3.1miles in 21/2 hours. Really pleased with myself & I just hope the scales tonight reflect all I've done this week. I hope so. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:48:29 EST October 28th Done another 172 lengths in the pool today, that's just over 2 1/2 miles.Hopefully I might get to do another 3 miles tomorrow if I can. Must admit I am feeling really tired now though &I don't think I'll be too late out of bed tonight. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:40:30 EST October 27th Thought I'd blog about the food we eat in a day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was, as usual Mon-Fri, Overnight Oats. 35g of oats layered with a low fat toffee yoghurt with strawberries & raspberries left in the fridge or not, depends how warm your place is overnight. (Sorry I'd eaten it before I decided to do this!) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pete has taken a chicken salad, cheese & fruit to work but I'm having the Hot &... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:12:07 EST October 26th Got a phone call last night from Pete's Mum, she'd had a fall in the morning & had spent a coupleof hours in the hospital. Fortunately she is ok except that she's broken her finger & is a bit shaken up. I phoned her this morning to see if she needed anything but she & Pete's Dad did a big shop on Friday. As soon as Pete finished work he picked me up & we went over to see her just to put our minds at rest which happily it did. <BR> What ever next?!? Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:08:38 EST October 25th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woke up to this sight this morning, it reminds me just how much I love living here & how lucky we were to find our lovely bungalow. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:41:50 EST October 24th Sitting watching the TV, just seen New Zealand beat South Africa in the Semi final in the pouring rain, been waiting most of the day for the American Grand Prix Practise & Qualifying & all we've seen is more rain & thunderstorms. What is going on with the weather? <BR> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>54</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:29:08 EST October 23rd Ok I think I've lost some brain cells along with the pounds I've been getting rid of. Yesterday although I managed to spin both wheels on here, I forgot to put my daily post on the team wall. Goodness knows what I'll forget today! <BR> <BR> As for weigh-in last night, well I only lost 1/2lb this week which was a bit of a downer as I was hoping for 2. Never mind, it's still down which is good. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:53:40 EST October 22nd I must have been having a 'mare' of a day yesterday, first of all I got ready to go to the pool in the morning, started brushing my hair & thought 'I wonder when my hair appointment is? Oh heck, it's today!'. So off I went to get my hair done! Then for some reason I didn't blog or even worse I didn't spin either the bonus or the daily wheel. Luckily my streak still seems to be ok. Must try harder. <BR> <BR> At least I did 3 miles in the pool today to make up for it. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:16:26 EST October 20th Feeling quite tired today, don't know why, having a day off from swimming/walking today but will be back on it tommorrow. Probably do the ironing this afternoon which is a bit of exercise. lol! Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:02:25 EST October 19th Did another 2.7 miles in the pool today so feeling good with that. I've also been enjoying drinking my Slimming World version of Pimms. So lovely, it's amazing to think that it's only diet lemonade & balsamic vinegar, yummy. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:07:47 EST October 18th Pete went out for a ride at 6am this morning & although I stayed in bed for a while I decided to get up & strip our bed & get a wash on, remade the bed ( look forward to nice clean bedclothes tonight ), emptied the dishwasher & washed a few other bits & pieces up. After Pete returned & had a soak in the bath, we had a lovely breakfast. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We then went out delivering our Neighbourhood Wat... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:30:56 EST October 17th Had a very busy day, <BR> went to 3 shops to get all our weekly shop & supplies, <BR> took our eldest cat to the vets for her 6 month check-up, <BR> cooked 2 dishes & a dessert before Pete's Mum & Dad arrived to watch the South Africa/Wales rugby match at 4pm, <BR> ate our meal after that game, <BR> got the dishwasher packed & set running plus washed all the items we couldn't fit in the machine, <BR> watched the New Zealand/France rugby match. <BR> <BR> Now that the In Laws have gone hom... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:21:09 EST October 16th Once again I was amazed that I lost another pound this week especially after the indulgences of the weekend with our friends. As a friend has just said to me "isn't it great to know that you can indulge yourself occasionally & still lose weight , don't know of any other way of eating that can do that ". It's so true , with Slimming-World you don't have to deny yourself & be miserable, you can go out and enjoy yourself and even if there isn't a healthy option (or there is but you just feel lik... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:21:34 EST October 15th Not looking forward to weigh-in tonight, although I've been ok since Monday night I think the excesses of the weekend will have taken their toll. Oh well, only time will tell. If I have made a gain I'll soon claw it back next week. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:17:05 EST October 14th Had a death in the garden today. One of the wood pigeons eating the seeds from underneath our bird table, got grabbed by one of the local cats (not one of ours who were both asleep at the time). I tried to save him & managed to get him away from the horrible egyptian type moggie but unfortunately it was too late. I left him under a bucket to keep the beasties away until Pete came home to deal with him. At least it proved that he was dead. <BR> I know we moan about the Magpies & wood pigeons s... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:14:58 EST 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