BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community January 16th Had a bad night last night, I got one of those wheezes in my throat & nothing I did could clear it. It must have been like sleeping with a pair of noisy bellows for Pete. Obviously the wheeze meant that I couldn't stop coughing and although I sucked strepsils, took a dose of cough medicine and put Olbas Oil on my pillow, nothing helped. I finally got some peace from it at about 7am so I'm afraid I hung around in bed, dozing & watching the TV until about 11am. Still feel quite tired so I'll ha... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:45:42 EST January 15th Had a lovely time with friends last night even though my meal had to be sent back. I'd ordered the FISH platter but when it arrived it had a piece of salmon and a piece of cod, pork chop! chicken! & steak! Unfortunately by the time they cooked a new meal, everyone else had almost finished theirs so I asked them to put it in a bag for me to bring home. I wasn't too bothered because I'd had a starter & some popadoms and had half a naan I wasn't hungry at all, in fact I really enjoyed w... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:22:42 EST January 14th Off out for a curry tonight 7 then straight back on plan tomorrow morning. Thankfully that will be the last meal out for a while. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:23:48 EST January 13th Feeling a little 'miffed' at another 2lbs on this week, I'm still 1 1/2 lbs down than I was before Christmas but that's not really a comfort. I'm going out for a meal with friends tomorrow evening but apart from that I'll be 'on plan' as usual and I'll try to get back to the pool next week. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:05:34 EST January 12th I'm struggling at the moment, I'm sticking to plan, as always, except for the meal out on Tuesday evening, even reduced portion size slightly. Yet still the scales are being unhelpful. I lost those 6lbs at Christmas, put 2 1/2lbs on last week and judging by my scales at home I've put on at least 3lbs this week! It's a bit galling as I was only 1lb away from my 7 stone target 2 weeks ago. The only thing I've not been doing is going to the pool but according to SW food optimising should work wi... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:43:17 EST January 11th My get up & go has got up & gone. For the moment. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:34:49 EST January 10th We're going out for a meal with our friends (next door neighbours) tonight as it's Petes' birthday. He's been off work today because he had to go to the hospital to be fitted with a 24 hour heart monitor, nothing to worry about, they just need to check him out. <BR> I shall be very good & just have a chicken & bacon salad, not sure if I'll be naughty & have a 'pudding' yet. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:28:45 EST January 9th I really need to get myself motivated to get back to the pool but at the moment I'm not feeling the love. I do hope I can get some enthusiasm soon, I think it's the time of year. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:46:11 EST January 8th Had MIL & FIL over for lunch today. Must admit it's getting more and more difficult as Pete's Mum is getting more and more incapacitated. She has difficulty getting in & out of the car, moving around the bungalow, getting up & down to chairs and the toilet. It's all very sad. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:49:56 EST January 7th We had the Slimming World Chicken in Black bean sauce meal tonight with wedges made of sweet potato & ordinary potato. So yummy, I'm going to look the recipe up & make it myself very soon. <BR> <BR> Last night, we booked our flights, villa, hire car & mobility scooter........ Florida here we come end of April. Can't wait. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 14:34:52 EST January 6th The scales last night showed a 2 1/2lb gain which, when I thought about it was quite a good result. Last week, because of the sickness bug I had over Christmas, I lost 6lbs but since getting back to normal eating I've gained. However if you look at the 2 weeks together I' actually lost 3 1/2lbs over the festive period, so I'm quite happy. <BR> In the middle of watching the first of the new series 14 of NCIS. It's been a long time coming. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:32:12 EST January 5th Weigh in tonight, after the dramatic 6lbs loss last week after the stomach 'bug' I had over Christmas, I know I've put on a couple since starting eating again. Hopefully it won't be too much though, I'd hate to go back to where I was before the festive period. <BR> It's going to be a very busy Slimming World group tonight as January is the main time for people to join up. I always ask why SW doesn't advertise on TV like Weight Watchers (wash my mouth out!), it's because they don't need to, wo... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:26:55 EST January 4th Can't seem to get warm today even though the thermostat is showing 19 degrees. I have had to put some woolly socks on and get wrapped up in my blanket with sleeves. Pete will wonder what's going on when he gets home. I'm so glad I don't live in a really cold country and I'm going to enjoy discussing our summer holiday plans for Florida this evening. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:16:01 EST January 3rd It's been very quiet today with Pete back at work. Now he's home & the power has just gone off! Luckily it wasn't off for too long because I'm feeling hungry & want my tea, Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:14:58 EST January 2nd I really don't look forward to this day every year! The decorations & lights are all taken down and put away in the loft for another year. Everything looks bare and drab & once evening comes everywhere outside will be pitch black again. Definitely time to start planning our summer holiday. We'll be getting in touch with our friend who has a place in Kissimmee very soon. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:48:55 EST January 1st Had a super time with our neighbours last night. We got dressed up and went over to theirs at 7.15. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our starter was a smoked salmon terrine Michele had made which was absolutely delicious. This was all that we left. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we went back to ours for the Christmas Leftove... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:16:08 EST December 31st Looking forward to spending New Years Eve in the company of our next door neighbours. This time last year we didn't know them, they didn't move in until March but now we're good friends. They are providing the starter & dessert at their house whilst we will provide the main course and coffee at ours. We have decided to make a Christmas leftovers pie, everything you would have for Christmas dinner, turkey, sprouts, carrots, roast potato, parsnips, stuffing, even pigs in blankets and gravy. All... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:39:05 EST December 30th Only made it to get weighed last night as I still felt very weak but I was certainly very happy to have lost 6 lbs during my illness. It does have it's benefits not eating for 5 days lol but I don't advise it. lol! <BR> I've now lost 97 lbs and have only one pound left until my first target of seven stones. What was even better, I suddenly realised that I am now in Onederland, how fantastic is that!?! Don't think I've been under 200 lbs since I was sixteen. <BR> My BMI has gone from 50.6 to ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:54:16 EST December 29th I'm so hoping that I feel better very soon, I just feel so low & tired, must be because I've not had any proper food since Christmas Eve. I guess weigh in will be a good one this week lol. I've just got to make sure I don't put it all back on as soon as I'm back to normal. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:12:13 EST December 28th I was so looking forward to today, having my Mum, brother & SIL here for the day but unfortunately yesterday afternoon my hubby started with the same sickness & diarrhoea bug that I had on Christmas Day. Obviously because he's a bloke he had it ten times worse than me! lol <BR> It's such a shame though, I feel like I've not had any Christmas this year at all. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:14:49 EST December 27th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was one of my favourite presents this year from a fellow Slimming World member who has now become a very good friend. How thoughtful and personal is this gift. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:49:48 EST December 26th Thankfully feeling better today and managed a bit of an omelette this morning & a bit of cold turkey at lunchtime. Going to have some cold ham for tea, don't think I can face anything else. <BR> Hopefully my Christmas will happen on Wednesday when my brother & SIL bring my Mum down for the day. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:32:27 EST December 25th It's been the strangest of Christmases. Last night, about 30 minutes before we went to bed I began to feel sick. This feeling carried on until 3 am when everything started 'the great escape'. I've not been that ill for years & years. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep. We were due to be cooking dinner for Pete's Mum & Dad but in the end Pete took everything over to their house & cooked it for them there bless him. Meanwhile I've stayed in bed all day, can't face the thought of food but a... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 14:46:35 EST December 24th Christmas Eve is the day I always think about my Dad even more than usual because it would have been his 99th birthday. <BR> Pete & I went to the supermarket at 4am to avoid the Christmas Eve crowds. We were back home & everything packed away by 5.45, we then went back to bed & woke up at 10am. <BR> The turkey has been defrosting since yesterday, we'll be getting the sprouts, carrots, green beans & 'pigs in blankets' ready tonight. Then Pete will go over to pick his parents up tomorrow mornin... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:29:13 EST December 23rd We had a super evening at our Slimming World group last night with lost & lots of lovely tasters ranging from Smoked salmon cottage cheese and rocket rolls, leftover Christmas dinner curry to mince pies & trifle. These were all healthy alternatives to the usual Christmas food. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:08:11 EST December 22nd Not feeling the love tonight, I put on 1 1/2 lbs this week! I know we went out for thefamily meal at the weekend but as soon as we got home we were 'back on it'. We'll just have to hope we can claw it back next week because even though it's Christmas we will still be eating healthily. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:46:19 EST December 21st You know on Facebook they often show things posted over the years, well today there were a couple of photos of me at the last work Christmas party 3 years ago. Thank goodness I came to my senses. The last photo was sent to me by my Godson from his wedding a couple of months ago. I know which 'Me' I prefer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:54:12 EST December 20th Sitting watching Supervet At Christmas, box of tissues at the ready. I love this programme. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:45:51 EST December 19th After a busy weekend I ended up doing the washing & ironing today. This means that I'm now clear for the week. Yay! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:38:45 EST December 18th I've had a lovely Sunday. We've been up to spend the day with my Mum, brother, SIL, nephews & their partners & my great niece. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:38:44 EST December 17th Sitting watching Strictly Come Dancing and getting quite irritated with the Judges who seem very biased against the person I want to win. lol. Just in case you're interrested I want Louise to win. Fingers crossed. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:56:52 EST December 16th Glad to have lost this week even if it was just half a pound. Hoping for another loss next week then I'll be happy to maintain over Christmas. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:30:07 EST December 15th Heading off for our Slimming World group in a short while and I'm just hoping that the scales are kind. Apart from a meal out with friends on Sunday we have stuck to our plan but once again our scales at home (which are within a pound under the Slimming World ones) are not playing nicely. According to them I've put on a pound. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Anyway I'll let you know the result tomorrow. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:38:31 EST December 14th Here are pictures of the lights Pete has put up in our lounge to make up for the lack of Christmas tree which has been banished to the porch to keep it safe from 'the boys'! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:05:57 EST December 13th We've put more lights up today, I'll try to take some more pics tomorrow when they light up again. <BR> Morgan, one of the new furbabbies is in the doghouse (or should that be cat houise!) he was so naughty last night. We went to bed and could hear a load of scrabbling about. I got up to find that he'd been up on the kitchen counter, thrown Pete's packed lunch about & was playing football around the hall with Pete's apple! Then he started rummaging in the cupboards so at 1.15am he was ceremon... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:32:09 EST December 12th Had a good day today, went out & bought even more lights, wrote some more cards. Beginning to feel more Christmassy. <BR> Even managed to put some lights up the flagpole. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the back of the bungalow. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:02:45 EST December 11th Off out with friends tonight so going to have to make some good choices foodwise. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:20:41 EST December 10th Enjoyed today, did our weekly shop first thing, then after putting everything away, we went to have our feet done calling in on Pete's Mom & Dad on the way. <BR> We then came back & started to get the decorations up. We're having to tone down this year because of the two new cats who chase after absolutely anything!!!!. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:44:26 EST December 9th After a good nights sleep we were both feeling loads better this morning. I was also feeling better after weigh in last evening when the scales showed a reduction of 1 1/2lbs. <BR> Pete had a days holiday today & started organising the outside Christmas lights. So far the reindeer is the first to be placed. Our little Rossi was quite interested. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:01:35 EST December 8th Feeling a little better today but will only stay for weigh in tonight and then come home. There is no way I can sit through the group session. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:34:39 EST December 7th Still feeling yuck and spent most of the day in bed. My head feels like it's full of heavy cotton wool. Hoping I feel better tomorrow. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 17:21:24 EST December 6th Still drinking loads of fluids but as yet this cold hasn't come out. Unfortunately it's not dampening my appetite so I'm sticking to nibbling on carrot sticks Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:39:14 EST December 5th I've got that prickly feeling at the back of my throat today so I'm drinking even more fluids & eating loads of fruit. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow the feeling will have gone. Fingers & toes crossed. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:06:47 EST December 4th We have both felt quite drained today, Pete is fed up with blowing his nose & coughing all over the place whilst I just think I'm just about keeping it at bay. <BR> <BR> I received my two candle holders today and they look gorgeous on the mantle piece. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:55:18 EST December 3rd Pete had a stinking cold and he was feeling so ill over night that I got up at 3am this morning & went on line to set up an online grocery shop for Sunday at least that meant we could have a lie in this morning and didn't have to go out early to the supermarket. Luckily he's feeling better now & I'm hoping he'll be ok enough to be able to spend a couple of hours with our neighbours this evening. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:03:32 EST December 2nd OK I now have 24 days to lose 8 1/2lbs. I can't believe that I put on 1 1/2lbs last week! Bummer! I've been on track the whole time, not been for any meals out not had any alcohol for at least 3 weeks. <BR> I'm going to our next door neighbour tomorrow night for a small party but she is also a Slimming World member so all her food will be on plan. I'll just have to be careful of what I drink. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:35:39 EST December 1st Well I've now got 25 days to lose 7lbs to achieve my 7 stone (98lbs) target, can I do it? I should be able to, it's definitely doable. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:39:54 EST November 30th Can't believe it's the end of November, not long now until Christmas. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to putting up the decorations this year because of our two fur baby boys. I have a feeling I'm going to spend most of my time telling them off for attacking the baubles & tinsel. At least that won't be for a week or so. Should be fun. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:43:48 EST November 29th It was bitterly cold at 6 this morning when I got up to feed the cats and waive Pete off to work. I was extremely happy to return to my still warm & cosy bed. It's at times like that, or when it's pouring with rain, that I'm soooooo glad that I'm retired. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:47:02 EST November 28th After our Consultant told us about a baked Butternut Squash dish at last Thursdays group we decided to give it a try. <BR> Recipe:- <BR> Cut the bottom off the Butternut Squash & scoop out seeds making it into a bowl. <BR> Cook in microwave for 10 mins until it starts to soften. <BR> Season with salt & pepper and any seasoning you like (paprika, chilli etc), spray with Frylight <BR> place in a pre heated oven & cook for 15 mins at 200 degrees C. <BR> *Fill with baked beans leaving a space at ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:05:26 EST