BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community April 26th It's a bit of a busy day today. Been to the Dental Hygienist at lunchtime, then we're going to have to weigh early at 5.15 with the Social Team from the early Group as we have our Quarterly Stop & Search Panel Meeting at the Police Station. Then once that's over we have to go back to help our Consultant clear up after the second session. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:22:11 EST April 25th Going out with our friends & neighbours tonight to celebrate Paul's 60th birthday. Pete & I couldn't think what to get him until I spotted 'Name a Star' on a gift site. Perfect as Paul is an amature Star Gazer. Can't wait to see his face when he unwraps the Certificate. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:52:12 EST April 24th Things are getting a little better with our three cats although Rossi is still very poorly. We'll be taking him to the Vets tomorrow. <BR> The weather has been absolutely miserable today and my arthritis is really bad, only 10 sleeps until I can get some sun on my bones. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:32:39 EST April 23rd Things are a bit crazy around here at the moment, we have 3 cats and Abbi the eldest has just finished a course of antibiotics because she keeps getting a form of cat-flu each year. Unfortunately, last week Rossi and Morgan started sneezing! Yesterday we had to rush Rossi to the Vets because he had problems breathing and kept trying to sneeze, as usual once we got to the Vets he wasn't doing it however the Vet has put him on a course of Antibiotics & told us to bring Morgan in today so he can... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:30:22 EST April 22nd Had a lovely night out with our friends last night and we've had a good day today planning for our holiday. Not long now, just a week on Friday! Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:30:18 EST April 21st Going out with friends tonight so will try to be good. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:19:46 EST April 20th 1 1/2 lbs loss for both Pete & I so we're feeling quite good this week. We also had our 'Couple Of The Year' at group last night and guess what?????? WE WON !!!! Yay <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:50:31 EST April 19th We did it! Pete & I got up and sang 2 songs at the 'Open Mic' night! We were sooooo nervous and made some mistakes but all in all it seemed that people were quite impressed. We sang Mr Punch & Judy Man by John Conolly and Streets of London by Ralph McTell <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not looking forward to weigh-in tonight, for some reason our scales at home are not being kind which means the ones at group will be ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:45:46 EST April 18th Well we've made up our minds, Pete and I are going to do a couple of songs at the 'Open Mic' session at the pub tonight. I would never have had the nerve to do it when I was younger and a lot heavier. We've been practicing for the past few weeks and finally decided to 'go for it' tonight. Wish us luck. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:14:02 EST April 17th I'm beginning to get excited about my holiday, only another couple of weeks to go now. I just hope the weather picks up so I can get my body used to a bit of sun before we go. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:28:34 EST April 16th Feeling better today thank goodness, after having a good nights' sleep. Managed to get all the washing done and everything back to normal after the weekend. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:44:18 EST April 15th Don't know what happened last night but I was not at all well and although I'm feeling better today I need an early night to catch up on the sleep I missed. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:47:04 EST April 14th It's been a really great day, the sun has been shining all day and my Mum was on form. My Brother & SiL brought her to ours for the day, she's absolutely marvelous at almost 94! <BR> Just heard from them to say that they're home safe and sound. Pete and Iare now struggling to stay awake because we were up early this morning preparing the food for today. We had Smoked Salmon Terrine to start with, Chicken, Sweet Potato & Squash Tagine with Vegetable Fried Rice & fresh vegetables for our Main c... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:11:45 EST April 13th Well it might be Friday the 13th but so far it's being good for us. Got up early this morning to go to the local hospital with Pete, first blood tests then he was fitted with a heart monitor which he's got to wear for 24 hours. We then went and did our weekly shop (can't do it tomorrow as Brother & SiL are bringing Mum down for the day), back home for lunch and make the base for the cheesecake were doing for Saturdays lunch. Then this afternoon we had to go to City Hospital so Pete could have... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:17:24 EST April 12th Neither of us are looking forward to weigh-in tonight, although we've been 'on track' with the food we've eaten (apart from the curry on Saturday night of course) the problem is, with everything that's been going on with Pete this week and evening hospital appointments we haven't always eaten the right number of meals each day. Our bathroom scales are not being very kind and we know that the Slimming World scales weigh a pound heavier. <BR> Had to take Abbi back to the Vets tonight, she's not... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:09:06 EST April 11th Pete had a phone call this morning offering him an appointment at the hospital on Friday afternoon for his ultrasoound. How's that for a service? Who said the NHS was no good? Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:44:46 EST April 10th Back from the hospital an the news looks good, Pete has got to have a scan & blood tests to make sure but the Consultant reckons the problem is not as bad as we thought. We are so relieved, this all started when we watched 'The Full Monty Live' TV programme just before Easter which (for those outside the UK ) was all about Men checking themselves for Cancer. Pete decided to check himself and found something that shouldn't be there. He rang the Doctors the following day & got seen very quickly... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:06:42 EST April 9th Didn't do too much today 'cosI was feeling very tired. I'm hoping to go swimming tomorrow more than anything to take my mind off tomorrow evening when we are going to an appointment for Pete at the hospital. Not sure what to expect but we're hoping we get an answer there and then. I'll explain all about it later. Mon, 9 Apr 2018 16:25:55 EST April 8th Had a lovely time with our friends last night and before we met up Pete & I went to a guitar shop and managed to find him a 'pre-loved' Ovation Balladeer Guitar which after he'd played it for a while, decided it was the one for him. It even came with it's original Hard Case. Needless to say he's spent a happy couple of hours today playing with his new baby. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Apr 2018 12:59:30 EST April 7th Been a busy weekend so far and we're off out with friends this evening for an Indian meal. We haven't seen these friends since January so we're really looking forward to it. Tomorrow is going to be an easier day as Petes' brother is down staying with his Dad overnight so will take him to visit his Mum in the morning leaving us to go to visit on our own in the afternoon. <BR> Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:25:23 EST April 6th The scales showed I'd maintained again this week. Fri, 6 Apr 2018 15:54:52 EST April 5th Had another brilliant time at the Open Mic night, I think it's becoming a fixed entry in our diary from now on. We may even get up and do a couple of songs ourselves if we can summon up the courage that is. <BR> I did 2 miles in the pool today although my knees are now screaming. I hope they ease up soon. Thu, 5 Apr 2018 12:32:21 EST April 4th Going out to the Open Mic Night so running out of time to Spark. See you all tommorrow. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 13:55:57 EST April 3rd We had the most incredible thunder, lightening and hail stone storm this afternoon just as we were due to take our little Abbi to the Vets. Luckily it didn't last too long and we managed to get there in time for our appointment. Abbi started with her breathing problems again a couple of weeks ago and has had a steroid injection and a course of antibiotics. She seemed to be ok but then as she finished the course she started sneezing and wheezing again. So this time she's been given another str... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 16:27:32 EST April 2nd Had a very quiet day today, the weather was wet and miserablebut at least we didn't have snow! Mon, 2 Apr 2018 16:17:54 EST April 1st Had a fantastic time at the party last night, met and caught up with loads of old friends I've not seen for years. Great fun, great music & great company. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The birthday boy and his dad. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 07:06:42 EST March 31st Pete & I are off to a 25th Birthday Party this evening. It's for our friends son & he's a really lovely guy. Looking forward to us all being together. Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:45:52 EST March 30th Had a good day today doing bits around the bungalow. Pete was outside putting up four new lights on the front wall of the house so we'll be able to see what we're doing when sitting on the patio with the neighbours round the firepit once the weather gets better. Meanwhile I've been painting two walls in the corner of our lounge which had had wine splattered over it a month ago. If I say so myself, it looks as good as new. I also gave the lounge a good going over and everything looks nice and ... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:26:51 EST March 29th I maintained at weigh-in this week. Not particularly bad, but I can do better. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:06:03 EST March 28th Had my B12 Injection today so hopefully I'll start to feel a bit brighter. I just wish the pain in my knees would ease up. I don't really want to have to go to the Pain Management Clinic to increase my morphine level, it's high enough as it is. I've just got to get down to below 35 BMI then I can get on the list for their replacement. I'm at 35 now but the hospital scales weigh heavier (I reckon it's to keep the surgery lists down) so I need to be at least another 7lbs lighter to be on the sa... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:20:00 EST March 27th Had a lovely time today opening loads of cards & reading the many lovely wishes on my facebook. Can't believe I've got to the age that the Beatles wrote about "64" lol! <BR> Not going out for a meal tonight because it's too close to weight-in on Thursday. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:56:38 EST March 26th Couldn't work out why I've been so tired today, this morning after Pete went to work, I fed the cats and then went back to bed. (well it was only 6am!) I usually spend a little time playing on my phone then after watching the news, I get up. Not today, I started checking my phone and the next thing I knew it was 9.15 and I was woken by the gate intercom announcing the delivery of a parcel! Since then, I've 'dropped off' several times whilst watching the tv, so what's going on? Then I remember... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:09:15 EST March 25th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my gorgeous new washing machine. I love it. <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This was the meal we made for the first time tonight, Butternut Squash and Pearl Barley Pilaf with Roasted Garlic % Fat Free Greek Yoghurt and topped off with a less than 5% fat Rump Steak Burger. I can honestly say that it's going to be a new favourite in our home from now on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:00:22 EST March 24th Had to go and buy a new washing machine this morning because the last one died on Wednesday. Pete managed to set it all up quite quickly & we've done two loads of washing already. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> How sad to be so happy about a new washing machine. <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:28:16 EST March 23rd I was quite confused and a little annoyed yesterday, I was finishing my 'Sparking' off and it was a bit late (about 5 past eleven) because of going to our Slimming World group. Anyway, I went to my Sparkpoints and noticed that I'd only registered having read 3 emails which was strange because I knew I'd done at least 7. I then realised the date had changed to the 23rd!!!!! As I always leave spinning the points wheel until I'd finished everything else it meant that I'd missed the 'logging in'... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:52:28 EST March 22nd Yay! Lost 2 1/2 lbs this week. Thank goodness for that. Hopefully now I'm back in the pool the scales should continue to go down. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:17:04 EST March 21st I'm feeling a bit tempted today, I could eat a 'scabby hoss' as they say here on the West Midlands. Luckily, so far, I've managed to resist and we're going out tonight so I'll just stick to Diet Coke. Wish me luck. <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:18:10 EST March 20th Managed 100 lengths in the pool today. that's one and a half miles. I just hope my knees calm down soon because they're sooooooo painful at the moment. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:03:20 EST March 19th My FiL had a driving assessment today and they have said he's ok to drive. He had been told that because of the lack of feeling in his feet due to Diabetes he had to give up driving a car with pedals. The Assessment people have said that his feet are not a problem, all he needs is a convex mirror!!!! Shame he got rid of his car a month ago! At least we can now get him into an Automatic car. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:49:01 EST March 18th Had a brilliant night at the "40 Years of Disco" Concert yesterday, there was Eban Brown ( former Lead Singer of the Stylistics), George McCrae, Odyssey, Boney M, Rose Royce, Tavares and Sister Sledge. It was fantastic, the only problem was that we came out of the Arena to find a howling Blizzard and by the time we got home there was 3 inches of snow. Unfortunately it meant that we were unable to visit Pete's Mum today. Hopefully it will have mostly melted by tomorrow and we'll try to visit ... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:16:43 EST March 17th Pete and I spent an interesting couple of hours in the back of a Police Van last night! Don't worry , we weren't in any trouble , we were doing an Observation in our roles as part of the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel. Unfortunately we didn't have any examples of the Stop and Search procedures but we did see a couple of very interesting interactions between the Police Constables and the great British public and although most went off without any trouble or tension , the couple of 'discussions... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:28:19 EST March 16th I was really disappointed to have put on 3lbs this week, no idea why. Over the last few weeks I maintained, lost 2 1/2lbs then put on 3lbs. The only thing I've done differently is go to the pool twice this week. Still, now I've got back into it I will continue and hopefully the weight will start to come off again. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:34:47 EST March 15th Well I made it to the pool again today and managed 100 lengths so with Tuesdays mile, that's 2 1/2 miles this week. I think I've got my mojo back again. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:03:49 EST March 14th Remembering my lovely Dad who died 21 years ago today. Still miss him lots. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:57:19 EST March 13th Finally went back to the pool today and managed a mile. Not too bad considering I've not been since before Christmas. I'm hoping I don't regret it in the morning. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:54:53 EST March 12th My gardener came today and did her four hours even though it was pouring with rain. She's had to postpone the last twice because of the snow we've had recently. She brought a load of plants she'd ordered for us and she was absolutely soaked to the skin by the time she'd planted them all bless her! <BR> I hope to go swimming tomorrow for the first time since before Christmas. I really must start making the effort after all I am paying a monthly subscription! <BR> <em>237</em> <em>237</em>... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:56:49 EST March 11th Had a good visit to Petes' Mum today as she was feeling a bit better. The Care Home is looking after ger so well. Here's a photo of her with Pete and his Dad. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:18:39 EST March 10th We've had a lovely day today, I drove Petes' new car up to my Mums' and it was luuurverly! Such a clever piece of machinery. We then took her over to my Brother & SiLs' to find that my nephew, his partner Victoria and thier gorgeous puppy Lottie were there. It was a lovely surprise. <BR> Here are a couple of photos of my Mum with Lottie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:10:15 EST March 9th At last, something good has happened. The scales showed a 2 1/2 lb loss, yay! and I also was named as Greatest Loser at our Slimming World Group! That's 2017 and 2018 so I need to keep this weight loss going so I can make it a hat-trick next year. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pete has had his new Work Car delivered so he's a bit happier. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 07:39:48 EST March 8th Feeling a bit better today although Pete has said that things are a little awkward at work. His immediate Boss (the one he was supposed to be succeeding when he retires) has asked if Pete wants to 'talk' but Pete has said that he does but not today, he doesn't want to say anything he shouldn't. <BR> It's our Greatest Loser event tonight at our Slimming World group and we'll be having a Taster Session. I'm making a steak casserole in the slow cooker. We had a load of rump steak in the freezer ... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 10:34:36 EST