ROSE-N-SURREY's SparkPeople Blog ROSE-N-SURREY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Onwards and downwards! <img src=""> <BR> I got this at my Weight Watchers meeting this morning. <BR> Its been a long battle, and I'm not done, but WOW! <em>334</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:40:44 EST Had my WW weigh in yesterday............. and I'm now 45 pounds lighter. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> 5 more pounds and I get my 50lb loss certificate. <BR> Can't wait! <BR> We go to Wales in 7 weeks to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I'd like to hit the 50 pound gone mark by then. <BR> Fingers crossed <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:39:35 EST Long time gone.... tough year. Its now December 2013 and will I be glad to see this year go! <BR> I've lost a total of 40 pounds since I joined Weight Watchers in April of 2012, but I've been stuck on a plateau since July 2013, losing and gaining the same 2-3 lbs over and over. <BR> I've dropped 3 dress sizes, and can now shop at some high street stores (not all, but I'm not locked into buying from a "plus-size" shop any longer). And I can now walk farther than a few hundred yards at a time. I've been known to take 2 mil... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:19:01 EST 4 pound loss this week! Wow. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe it when I stepped on the scale at my WW meeting this morning. <BR> I've lost 4 more pounds. That brings my total up to 39 pounds gone so far! <BR> I am soooooo proud of myself. I'm getting closer to my goal for the end of May of a 50 pound loss (only 11 pounds more to go) and I feel better about myself all the time. <BR> If I can make 50 pounds off by the end of May (May 22 to be exact) then I will weigh less on my 9th wedding anniversary ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:06:53 EST I'm back with another update! I've had my WW weigh-in this morning, and I've lost another 2 pounds. That makes my total now of 2 1/2 stone or 35 lbs lost! (And I don't want to find them again!) <BR> I had a Dr appointment yesterday as well and my cholesterol has dropped from 6.8 to 5.2, I'll be off my last bipolar med (depakote) in 6 weeks. The Dr has been weaning me off of it slowly and at last I'm in the final stages of that. She's lowered my dosage of Levothyroxine which is another improvement, and everything else is... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:23:19 EST Another update! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I DID IT!!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry for shouting but I'm so proud of myself and very excited! <BR> <BR> I've lost 2 pounds this week and made my WW 10%! <BR> It's taken what feels like a LONG time to get there (35 weeks) but I've made it at last! <BR> Now the goals get different, but having come this far I KNOW I can do it. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:03:32 EST hmmm, I only seem to come around with updates........ And here's another one! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've been up and down over the holidays, but all in all I only gained ONE pound for the entire month of December. <BR> Stepped on the scales today at my WW weigh in and I lost 3 pounds last week. <BR> I've made 4 "Silver 7's" now for a total loss of 28 lbs! <BR> <BR> I am soooooooooooo happy about it. <BR> *HAPPY DANCING!* <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:21:15 EST Still losing! (or should I say "still shrinking" ) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here it is, 2 days until my 56th birthday and I'm still losing weight. <BR> This is going to be the best birthday I've had in years. I'm finally succeeding in shedding these unwanted pounds. I've lost 26 so far, I've got 3 "silver 7's" from Weight Watchers, I'm two pounds away from my 4th. I'm also 3 pounds away from having lost 10% of my starting body weight. <BR> Its such a good feeling! While I still love my chocolate, and I have a bite now and then, I'm still on... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:47:22 EST Down by 20 pounds! Went for my weigh-in this morning, and after a few on again-off again pounds, I'm back on track. <BR> I lost 2 pounds last week for a total of 20 pounds since the end of April. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's an average of about 1 pound or so a week (and I wish it were more) but I'm making steady progress. I'm hoping to lose 8 more pounds by Christmas which will give me 2 more silver 7s. I'm one pound away from my 3rd silver, and I'm going on holiday to Wales this Saturday. I'm go... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:11:27 EST hit a snag For the past weeks since I joined WW I've had a pretty steady loss of between 1-3 pounds a week. I'm hanging right above my first stone loss (14 lbs) and my 5% (I'm two pounds away). <BR> Well, I didn't lose anything this week. I didn't gain anything either, for that matter, but I'm so close to these two small goals that I'm kinda bummed about not making them. <BR> I can go into a ton of excuses, I've had a stressful week (I did really), I've done something to my ankle that makes it hurt when... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:08:09 EST Thursday morning weigh in I had hoped for two pounds this week. It would have meant another silver 7 and my first stone lost, but it wasn't to be. <BR> <BR> I lost 1 pound, and I'm down one dress size since I joined WW. I'm happy with that, and I'll make my first stone next week I'm sure. I'll have 2 silver 7's in my booklet and I'll be closing in on my 5%. ( I need to lose 15.5 lbs to make that, and since I'm at 13 gone, I'm almost there too.) <BR> <BR> I'm doing all the right things and my weight IS coming down,... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 12:00:15 EST Had my weigh-in this morning, and............... I've lost another 1 lb. ! <BR> <BR> that makes 9 and counting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:21:39 EST Another one bites the dust! Had my WW meeting this morning, with the weekly weigh-in, and I've lost another pound. <BR> It's slow, but it's steady AND I've remained consistent. Weight Watchers is one of the best things I've done for myself. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I started tracking my food here as well as on the WW site. Interesting to see it in calories. I have to say though, counting pro-points is much easier. Calorie wise it ends up about the same, but its less hassle counting points. <BR> <BR> <em>... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:27:05 EST On my way! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made my first Weight Watchers silver 7! 7 pounds lost. <BR> I'm really happy about it, I feel like I'm actually getting somewhere. It's been a while since I've really felt like I can do this, I CAN lose this extra weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> Watch this space. <BR> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 07:32:23 EST What holiday? This is Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee weekend, but you'd never know it around here. The neighbourhood is quiet, and I married into a family that doesn't celebrate holidays. <BR> <BR> I've been a busy bunny clearing out closets and dressers of anything that <BR> 1. Is no longer wearable, 2. Doesn't fit properly, 3. Hasn't been worn in the last 6 months or so, 4. I've forgotten that I had and didn't miss. <BR> <BR> Not only is it good exercise it also benefits places like Oxfam and the S... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:21:58 EST Sorta fell off the wagon..... I haven't totally disappeared, just taken a LONG hiatus. <BR> My weight piled back on, and I couldn't stop its momentum. I had trouble even finding the motivation to do anything for myself, but.............. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track. I've joined Weight Watchers because I felt that I needed face to face interaction and far more accountability. I've been with WW for 6 weeks now, one of which I went away on holiday and missed a weigh-in, but I've lost 6 pounds, 2 pounds of which I lost WHILE... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:36:44 EST Merry Christmas to all my Spark friends and family <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope this is your best Christmas ever. <BR> Love you all! <BR> <BR> Rose <BR> <em>446</em> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:02:04 EST I must REALLY be bored........ Two blogs in one day! <BR> I'm tired of being home ill. I'm getting very bored with laying around doing nothing. <BR> I never thought I'd hear myself say it, but I wish I could go back to work. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the last few days I've discovered something though. I go off track with my eating not because I NEED to eat so much, but because it gives me pleasure. Maybe that's not quite what I meant to say, but bear with me. <BR> Over the last two days I haven't been able to ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:37:12 EST maybe the fever has made me delusional............. ..... but I made myself a healthy lifestyle bracelet. <BR> <BR> I was reading the other day online about these "diet bracelets" that you wear on one wrist and then as you consume whatever it is you move them to the other wrist. Now I have nothing against something that might help another person in their journey to where they want to be, but I don't want to be wearing a ton of bracelets on one wrist and be switching them back and forth- too much hassle. <BR> So this morning I got a bright ide... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:30:48 EST Not working today.... I'm still not feeling well. I kept waking every couple of hours last night coughing so hard the bed shook. I woke this morning to the strangest thing. I find I can't smell anything, I mean NOTHING. I noticed it in the shower, m-I-l has raspberry shampoo and I couldn't smell it. I couldn't smell my own shampoo either, so I got out my strongest cologne and I couldn't smell it either. This is a weird sensation for me, I can tell you. Without a smell food has no taste, it's just an exercise in ch... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:29:12 EST Blah I think I feel worse now than I did when I had the flu. <BR> Everything is achy, but my throat and chest hurt worst of all. <BR> I didn't sleep well last night I was up every little bit coughing and my nose is now so red and sore I look like Rudolph. <BR> <BR> I repeat...... Blah! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have made some progress in my weight control journey tho. I bought a new coat for winter the other day, and its one size smaller than last years coat. It's been long in coming but ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 03:59:41 EST still feeling ill........ Hubby and I still aren't with it, health wise. After fighting off the flu as well as we could, now we both have a nasty case of chest infection/ bronchitis. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> On a lighter note..... <BR> <BR> I dragged my behind out of bed yesterday to take my driver's theory test- part 2 in the process to get my driver\s license (part 1 being getting the provisional license). <BR> I passed! <BR> I'm now a few more lessons, some more practice, and 1 more test away from having a ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:08:15 EST They did it!!!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> THEY WON! <BR> <BR> THE ST LOUIS CARDINALS ARE THE 2011 WORLD'S CHAMPIONS!!!!!!! <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> * dancing around the floor* <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the shouting, I'm just excited and happy! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 06:50:30 EST no picture today...... Hubby is using the computer to work from home and I can't upload from my iPad. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have ham on a plain bagel with a banana and yoghurt for 427 calories. <BR> <BR> I'm still bummed out about what happened at work and trying to resist the urge to stop eating entirely. If I don't eat I can't get fatter and I'll lose a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 03:13:56 EST Ravioli <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's take along is Ravioli with a slice of buttered bread, banana slices and raspberries, and yoghurt for a total of 624 calories. <BR> <BR> Why do people have to be so cruel? <BR> Yesterday was our company's 7th birthday and the boss bought cakes. These were individual, one serving size cakes. I ate only half of one and was intending to clear away the dirty dishes. Standing there, with a dirty plate in my hand... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 03:15:32 EST Two for the price of one......... I'm still not used to the new schedule and it has seriously thrown off my posting time. <BR> As you may have seen I didn't get yesterday's post up, so here it is today along with today's post. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had leftovers from Sunday lunch. It was turkey with roasted potatoes and carrots, and steamed green beans. Not pictured here I also had a mixed fruit salad. The total calories for this, since it was ba... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 03:11:26 EST TGIF! I am so glad its Friday. It's been a busy week and I'm really tired. Our new office is over two floors and we only have stairs to move from one floor to another. It's good exercise but for someone with osteoarthritis in both knees it gets a bit tiring over the course of the week. <BR> I keep telling myself to keep going, I'll get there. One day I'm going to notice that its not so painful and that I can handle stairs better but for now, its a challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 03:14:54 EST The boys of Summer...... Sometimes I miss being back in the States.... like now. <BR> My hometown baseball team is in the World Series and in order to listen to it I'd have to stay up (or get up) at 2am. The team that all the "experts" were saying wouldn't make it to the playoffs did make it, and they won the NL championship. Now these self-same experts are saying that they won't win the World Series. Well, I say to them "GO STUFF IT!" <BR> They won game 1 last night and I'm so pleased I could shout. ( I think I just... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 03:10:55 EST I am sooooooo disorganized! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't get a chance to photograph or post my take along yesterday. <BR> So, I'll try again today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's colder outside today, so I thought I'd pretend it was still Summer (or the one we didn't actually get) <BR> Today I have a barbecued pork "riblet" sandwich with crisps and a fruit salad. I had the yoghurt for breakfast. <BR> The sandwich is about 400 calories with sauce, the c... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 03:14:25 EST I'm back! Hubby got my computer sorted over the weekend, so I'm back to posting! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I have a vegetarian nicoise-type salad. (I think that's how you spell it) with a fruit salad and yoghurt. <BR> The nicoise is about 340 calories, including dressing, the yoghurt 70, and the fruit 125 for a total of 535 calories. <BR> <BR> I am finally insured to take m-i-l's car out to practice driving, and I hav... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:11:48 EST No take alongs for a bit.... This is being written from my iPod as I'm experiencing computer problems. Hubby is going to sort them this weekend and hopefully I'll be back to proper posting next week. <BR> <BR> Have a good Friday and a great weekend! <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 02:03:03 EST just a quick one....... in a rush..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chicken sandwich on 50/50 bread with chill mayo, fruit salad, tomato, pickle and yoghurt. <BR> Total 578 calories. <BR> <BR> More later.... <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 03:18:31 EST Salad days..... The temperature here has been in the low 70s for the last couple days. It feels almost like summer, or as close as England usually gets to one, so I've decided on a pasta salad today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm cheating a bit today as I'm trying to get used to my new schedule- I have to leave 45 mins earlier than before- and bought this at the shop next door. <BR> It's a honey mustard chicken and pasta salad for 434 calories. ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:15:56 EST New day, new week, new office..... Mondays are always a rushed affair for me, and this one more so than usual. They've moved office while I was on holiday and I won't have as much time in the mornings now. I have to admit I'm a bit nervous about going back to work today, I don't know what I'll find. I don't even know where my desk will be in the new place. <BR> <BR> One good thing, I stepped on the scale this morning (I hate those things!) and with all the walking and hiking hubby and I did on holiday, I go back to work 1/2 a... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 03:03:53 EST We're back! We're back from Cornwall and starting our second week of holiday- from home this time. <BR> We had a very active week, maybe too active as we are both still very stiff and sore from all the walking and climbing hills and such. This week we're planning to take it just a bit slower and more gently. <BR> I have a ton of pictures to share, but I'll have to limit it to 2 or 3 a day or I won't have enough room to post. I can't guarantee a daily post this week, as we are still on holiday, but I'll ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 04:51:08 EST Tomorrow's the day!!! We leave for our holiday in Cornwall tomorrow morning! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> One week in sunny (hopefully) Cornwall and then one week of "do whatever you feel like" from home. Obviously there won't be any take along posts for the next fortnight, but I'll try to pop in and make a post of some kind anyway, when I can. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today's take along is ham with salad and chili mayo on 50\50 bread, home grown tom... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 03:25:02 EST My bad!-- Thursday's take along * hanging my head in shame* <BR> trying to do 69 things at once yesterday and I didn't get my take along post made. <BR> *slapping my hand* <BR> So..... here it is today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I said, I was trying to do too much at once yesterday, so I didn't have time for a terribly pretty take along. I had an egg and avocado sandwich with watercress on 50/50 bread, a packet of hula hoops, and a banana. I ate my yoghurt f... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 03:13:42 EST Wet Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's take along is worth 648 calories. <BR> It's breaded chicken strips with potato salad, tomato and dill pickles. <BR> With it I have yoghurt and a banana. <BR> <BR> Sorry this is so short, but I'm tired and I can't think of anything to say. <BR> I'm having sinus problems and I didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Have a good day! <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:31:07 EST 4 days and counting! I am so excited about our trip to Cornwall in 4 days. I haven't been there since our honeymoon. I'm really looking forward to a 2 week holiday as well. Other than a few days here and there, Hubby and I haven't had a good long break since May. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Todays take along is chicken wraps with tomato and pickle. With it I have mixed berries and yoghurt The wraps are 370 calories, the tomato is 20, the pickle 24, yog... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:17:56 EST Mondays! They are awful and rushed. <BR> I'll get my take along posted later, right now I'm off to work. <BR> <BR> 5 days and counting to Cornwall! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ******************** UPDATE************************ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My take along was home made chinese noodles with 5 spice chicken bites. <BR> With it I had a small tomato and a pickle, and some prawn crackers along with my usual yoghurt and mi... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 03:43:42 EST Happy Friday! 8 days until my Cornwall holiday! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's take along is a ham and cheese sandwich with chill mayo and lettuce on 50/50 bread. <BR> With it I have a clementine, a small pear, a pot of reduced fat coleslaw, a small tomato, and a pot of yoghurt. <BR> The sandwich is 323 calories, the clementine 35 the coleslaw 50, the tomato 20, and the pear is 90. If my maths are correct, that totals 588 ca... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 03:41:27 EST take along at last & update on Dr appointment. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My take along today was a turkey and salad sandwich made with deli sliced turkey, a tablespoon of low fat mayo, and salad, on a wholegrain "English" muffin. With it I had a tomato, polish dill pickles, a plum, a clementine, and my usual yoghurt. I have to admit a splurge as well, with a packet of crisps (not pictured here) that was calling my name. <BR> <BR> The sandwich was 223 calories, the tomato was 20, the pick... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:46:06 EST Late to post I have a Dr appt in 20 mins so my take along post will have to wait until later. <BR> I just didn't want you to think I forgot! <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday! <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 03:23:17 EST Autumn's in the air It's barely in the 50's this morning and there is a definite look and feel of autumn in the air. <BR> That's wonderful as far as I'm concerned, its my favourite season. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's take along is a chicken and salad sandwich with light mayo, tomato wedges, polish dill pickle (I love them!) a fruit salad, and yoghurt. <BR> <BR> 346 for the sandwich, 20 for the tomato, 48 for the two pickles, 70 f... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 03:39:32 EST Good Morning Sparkers! It's Tuesday and the sun is shining here (although not for long according to the forecast) and its a balmy 55 degrees. We're headed for a high of 66 today with a chance of blustery, possibly thundery, showers this afternoon. But this is England, there'd be something wrong if it didn't rain. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today's take along is an egg mayonnaise sandwich on oatmeal bread with watercress. With it I have carrot strips, a small ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:30:37 EST Monday again... And the usual rush...... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So this will have to be fast. <BR> I have a peanut butter and apple sandwich (reduced fat peanut butter) for 273 calories, <BR> carrot strips for 20, fruit salad for 124, and yoghurt for 70. <BR> Total is 487 calories. <BR> <BR> Got another driving lesson tonight and its blowing a gale outside. <em>39</em> <BR> I hate driving in this kind of weather. <BR> <BR> Anyway, <BR> Make the... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 03:42:06 EST Decision time. I've been doing a lot of reading and thinking about my medical conditions and the meds I take and I've come to a decision. <BR> I've been taking Depakote for 9 years now for Bipolar disorder. The dosage was reduced 4 years ago and I was declared well with meds. That's all well and good but the medication has caused, over the course of those 9 years, an insatiable craving for carbs, sweets, and other things I never used to overindulge in before taking Depakote. I've gained over 100 lbs while t... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 06:35:52 EST TGIF! and back to work I'm back to work today. The headache isn't quite gone, but its more manageable today. <BR> I'll have my trusty ibuprofen with me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For take along today I have home made chicken strips- 300 calories, potato salad- 120 calories, barbecue sauce for the chicken- 30 calories, tomato and baby courgette slices- 38 calories, and a pear- 80 calories. <BR> Add it all up and if my maths are correct it comes to 568 ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 03:24:56 EST No take along today I'm home today with a nasty headache so there's no take along to post. <BR> I've had a bagel with a little cheese and some toast & tea today, but that's all I've eaten, oh, and a small glass of rice milk. <BR> The headache has eased some and I'll probably end up back at work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> For those who wonder, I try hard to make appetising looking lunches because it's easier, I find, to stay on track if the food looks good. I get a lot of inspiration from sites online that feature Bent... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 09:35:47 EST Massively rushed today.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's another just the facts day. <BR> Two turkey mini wraps cut in half at 264 calories for both sour cream and chive pretzels at 111, yoghurt at 70, carrots at 15, berries and banana at 125 for a total of 585. <BR> <BR> I have a bruise the size of a 50p (about half dollar) on my arm today from the blood test, a nice deep purple/blue and its sore. At least I don't have to go through that again until March. <BR> <... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 03:43:24 EST