BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community August 31st It's a bit cooler today so instead of sitting outside inthe garden I'm going to get some ironing done. <BR> <BR> And before anyone asks......... NO I'm not doing anyone <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:13:18 EST August 30th Had another lovely day, lots of sunshine and rest sitting in the garden. Retirement in the summer sun is great. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:21:20 EST August 29th Another busy but productive day. Went over to Petes' parents house first thing and he built a new step outside their back door to make it easier for them to get into and out of the garden now they're not as mobile as they used to be. <BR> Then we came home, did a bit of design work on the patio at the top of our garden. Then Pete got our water feature working again whilst I sat and soaked up some sun. <BR> We then started preparing our evening meal, Baked potato burger, homemade coleslaw and ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:39:22 EST August 28th Busyday today no time to blog so will do it tomorrow. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:38:57 EST August 27th Got some Slimming World friends coming over for a meal this evening one of whom is Vegetarian. Luckily there are loads of lovely recipes in SW. So we are having a sweet potato curry and a chicken & mushroom curry with boiled rice and tandoori broccolli & beans. For dessert we are having meringue nests with fresh fruit & yoghurt. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:40:46 EST August 26th Yay, the scales were good and I've lost the 1.5lbs I put on last week, happy, happy, happy. <BR> I've not done anything different but that's how it goes sometimes. You just have to keep on keeping to plan. It's worked so far with 93lbs gone. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:05:40 EST August 25th Decided to have a change and our meal tonight was Spaghetti Bolognese using chicken mince rather than beef mince and a chicken oxo instead of a beef one. Pepped it up a bit with a teaspoonful of Jerk seasoning, it just gave it an edge. Very nice indeed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hoping the scales are kind to me tonight, I need to get rid of the 1.5lbs the scales showed I put on last week. Fingers crossed b... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:49:19 EST August 24th Had a lovely day yesterday with the electric car and was quite sad to take it back. Trouble is, the showroom keep trying to sell me one now. No chance unless they can do me a fantastic deal that doesn't cost me any more than I pay now which they won't be able to do. <BR> <BR> We had a beautiful salad for our meal last evening with Beef Hache Steak strips & Ostrich Steak strips with onions. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:47:16 EST August 23rd My car went in to have some work done and I've been given an electric courtesy car, the Nissan Leaf, it's gorgeous. Just wish I could afford one, unfortunately they've just called & my car is ready so this baby is going back! <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:05:40 EST August 22nd Tonights meal, chicken with onions, mushrooms, sweet pepper, stir fry veg and boiled rice. We used Slimming World Chinese Five Spice Sauce from Iceland, not seen or tried it before but have used 5 spice in other recipes. It was very nice indeed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:24:35 EST August 21st Breakfast this morning, 2 egg Omelette, 2 slices of bacon (all fat removed), Smokey bacon flavoured baked beans and 2 Slimming World Chicken Sausages & Home fries Slimming World style. (Must admit I'm not too impressed with the sausages so I didn't eat them) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For evening meal we've had Extra low fat meatballs with Slimming World Tikka sauce & tagliatelle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:08:03 EST August 20th Had a lovely visit up with Mum today although when we got there we found that she'd had another fall this morning & given herself a black eye. Luckily she's ok and we all went out for lunch. <BR> My Brother & SIL <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pete & Myself <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mum & I <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:41:45 EST August 19th Bad news was that I put on 1 1/2lbs on the scales last night at group but I'm not worried, I'm just carrying on with this healthy lifestyle & hope it was just water retention this week. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:31:52 EST August 18th I'm keeping my fingers crossed for weigh in tonight, I've been right on plan all week but my own scales aren't being too friendly so it could be touch & go at group. Not sure what I can do to keep the scales moving in a downwards direction except keep on keeping on and hope this 'stall' starts moving again soon. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:12:44 EST August 17th Had minor surgery to remove a wart from my right breast this morning, everything went well but I won't be able to go swimming for a week. It's a bit of a bummer as I've just got back into the pool after a bit of a break. <BR> Pete is away overnight so I'm sitting here watching the Olympics on my own, can't wait for him to come home tomorrow. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:13:43 EST August 16th Went to the pool & did 2 miles today so I'm feeling 'back on it' now. <BR> <BR> Our meal tonight was Steak strips (all fat removed), baby chestnut mushrooms, onions and peppers with another lovely salad. I love this healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:07:55 EST August 15th Took the boys to the Vet this morning to have them neutered but unfortunately things weren't all in the right position, if you get what I mean! So back home we came with another appointment made for 3 weeks time. <BR> <BR> Had some homemade Gardeners Pie with a salad tonight & it was yummy. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:09:16 EST August 14th These are our friends that we went out with last night. They are a great young couple who are so easy to get along with. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this was a photo of Pete & I last night. Unfortunately the food was so gorgeous we went a bit overboard, but we'll claw it back by thursday weight in. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:24:38 EST August 13th Had a lovely evening with the neighbours who came over to us for a chat and tonight we're going out for a curry with friends. I'll try to be good because I want the scales to come down again this thursday. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:28:51 EST August 12th Well I came second last night but to a very worthy winner who is now our groups' Woman of the Year. She is a lovely lady who has done so well and encouraged her husband, son & daughter to live a healthier lifestyle. <BR> On a good note, I lost another half pound. Yay. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 06:45:06 EST August 11th Managed to get to the pool today and did 2.5 miles which I'm quite pleased about after 3 weeks gap. <BR> It's our 'Woman of the Year' tonight at Slimming World Group & once again I've been nominated but I'm not holding out much hope as two of the people who nominated me won't be there. lol. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:01:38 EST August 10th Just got back from the hospital, nothing desperate, just the usual 3 year visit to the Breast Screening Clinic. It's a necessary evil but hopefully there will not be any problems. It's a good job they don't take your blood pressure because mine would be 'through the roof'. Luckily I'd left home in plenty of time because I got stuck for over half an hour on a bit of road that would normally take 5 minutes to drive. My appointment was at 13.50 and I got to the clinic at 13.49! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:03:05 EST August 9th Having a relaxing afternoon watching the Olympic Show Jumping and keeping my fingers crossed, but probably in vane, that G.Britain move up higher. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:51:47 EST August 8th The Chicken Chow Mein went down really well yesterday & we were all amazed at the amount MIL ate as she's normally quite finicky. <BR> <BR> I'm watching bits of the Olympics and so pleased we now have a Gold & a Silver, well done Adam & Jazz. Must admit we tend to watch more of the Paralympics than these but do like to keep up with things. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:10:24 EST August 7th Got the In Laws coming over for a meal this afternoon and we're cooking Chinese Chicken Chow Mein. Yum. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:47:04 EST August 6th Major cooking day today to fill up the freezer. <BR> <BR> Beef & Mushroom Curry <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gardeners Pie <BR> Before & after cooking. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next we're going to make Pastitso which is based on a classi... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:51:49 EST August 5th Only half a pound lost this week but at least it's in the right direction. As I said at group last night I'm in this for ever, it's a lifestyle I'm never going to give up, even when I get to target I will still maintain following the same way of living because I love it so much. Sometimes I have a better loss than other weeks but hey that's still 93lbs in total lost so far. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 07:54:08 EST August 4th The kittens are in the Dog House! <BR> After only just now saying to one of my Sparkfriends how good they've been, they decided to have a fight on the leather sofa which caused Pete to yell at them to stop. They slunk out of the room like the two naughty boys they are. Hopefully it might have taught them a lesson. Haha. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 18:36:32 EST August 3rd It's a lazy day around here today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:35:23 EST August 2nd Well I've done it, I've just got back from meeting the In Laws at the Careco shop. Because they saw what they wanted on Sunday, it took just 10 minutes to order & buy 4 new chairs for them and I even got them £50 off the price. It only took just over an hour round trip. All in all, a very successful time. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:09:13 EST August 1st Got a call from my FIL this morning and I immediately wondered what was wrong, but I was wrong. He'd actually rung to ask if I would meet them up at the showroom tomorrow afternoon to help them order their new chairs. Wow, they've never asked for my help before and I feel quite honoured. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:57:41 EST July 31st Don't know where my blog went yesterday, oh well here goes for the last one forJuly. <BR> Last evening we had a huge salad withsmoked mackerel which was beautiful. Never fancied mackerel before but tried it at a friends house last week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our neighbours came over for an impromptu drink last night, we lit the fire pit and sat outside until midnight. <BR> <BR> Today we took Pete's Mu... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:33:49 EST July 29th MIL comes home today so once Pete gets home we'll high-tail it over to check that all is well. Hopefully all the 'aides' will have been fitted by the time we get there and hopefully, his Mum & Dad will be able to cope on their own. Obviously we will be on hand if they need help but they don't always want to accept it. <BR> Oh and the scales last night showed a 1 1/2lb gain. Oh well, keep on keeping on. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:53:07 EST July 28th We were a little worried after visiting MIL last night as she seemed to be very confused again. We told the staff who were going to keep an eye on her. Anyway she was a bit better this morning when wevisited again although they will monitor the situation. They reckon she should be going home tomorrow so we should see her once she's back at the bungalow. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:15:26 EST July 27th Although it started off a bit grey & drizzly this morning but it's brightened up quite nicely now. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:25:47 EST July 26th Pete's Mum is doing a lot better and the antibiotics seem to be really working. Thank goodness. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:59:33 EST July 25th We had such a lovely day yesterday but I'm quite tired today and it's also very warm & humid. <BR> I've got an appointment at physio on my shoulder tomorrow morning and I just hope it's not too hot in the hospital. Luckily there is a fan in MIL's room so it should be ok when we visit tonight. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:05:23 EST July 24th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've had a super day catching up with our old group of friends. We've not all been t... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:44:32 EST July 23rd Feeling quite tired, it's been an emotional few days since MILs fall. She's now responding well to the antibiotics which seem to be bringing her back to normality. She's now been moved to a rehabilitation unit where she might have to stay for 2 or more weeks to make sure she can stand & walk without falling over. A lady has already been & had a chat with MIL & FIL to tell them about all the things they are entitled to in order for them to be able to eventually send MIL home. Things like grab ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:50:33 EST July 22nd Lost 2lbs this week which I'm very pleased about. Hopefully after a couple of weeks of maintaining & small gains, I might be heading downwards again. <BR> News on MIL isn't very good, the water infection has really affected her badly and she isn't making much sense at all which is very upsetting. I'm hoping the antibioticts have kicked in by the time we visit this afternoon. At least my FIL is letting me take him which is a small victory. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:09:04 EST July 21st Well after we'd sat around in A & E for 4 hours and after various x-rays, scans and tests, Mum in Law was kept in overnight. Although all the tests showed everything was ok apart from a slight water infection, they were obviously not happy about her balance and the fact that she's unable to move her legs and walk. Hopefully they will make suggestions to make life easier for them both around the house and just maybe, they will take notice of the Doctors. <BR> We're going to visit this evening ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:54:55 EST July 20th Got called to go over to Petes' Mum & Dads' house last evening because his Mum had had another fall. Managed to get her to bed & they were calling the Doc out for a home visit today. <BR> <BR> I've just heard from my Mum in Law, she's waiting for the ambulance to come to take her to hospital where she will undergo tests. Personally, I am so relieved because maybe now she will get the help she needs rather than what she thinks she wants. <BR> <BR> Trying times! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:14:20 EST July 19th Going to enjoy sitting out in the garden for a while today, obviously taking precautions not to get burnt. I'll go out for short bursts making sure I cover myself in suntan cream. Got to make the most of the lovely weather. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:49:00 EST July 18th We had a lovely time with our neighbours last night and we were able to sit outside until it went dark and the midges started to bite. <BR> The freezer is now looking a lot healthier with all the meals we cooked yesterday. <BR> All in all, a good Sunday. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:10:34 EST July 17th Pete & I are doing loads of cooking this afternoon as the freezer is looking a little bare. Then later on the neighbours are coming over for a quiet drink. I like Sundays. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:39:00 EST July 16th The scales at the group we went to this morning showed that I lost a pound this week. I'm hoping the gains of the last couple of weeks are now behind me. <BR> Here are some up to date photos of the kittens. <BR> Rossi <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Morgan <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:51:58 EST July 14th & 15th Forgot to blog yesterday, I went swimming at lunchtime then we had to go to a Stop & Search Lay Panel meeting at the Police Station. This meant that we couldn't weigh in at our usual group so I'll have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to another local one. Fingers crossed. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:07:52 EST July 13th We think we'll have to miss weigh in tomorrow night because we have a meeting at the Police Station for a Lay Panel we are members on. It's only every 3 months and starts at 6.30 whereas the group starts at 7.30 and weigh in usually is finished by 8pm. It won't be too bad because we can always go to a group early on Saturday morning to be weighed instead. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:47:45 EST July 12th <img src=""> <BR> The kittens were worn out after they'd investigated a couple of new rooms and found the cat climbing post although the picture of their first climb is a bit dark. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:33:57 EST July 11th Had fun playing with the kittens today and I think Abbi is getting a little more used to the fact that they are here to stay. She still doesn't like them but it's only 5 days since they arrived.. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:23:21 EST