Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Wednesday Again

If you've read my blog before you will know Wednesday is my Slimming World night. Tonight I'm so please to report I've another 2 lb off, leaving me needing 2 and a half lb off for my 5 stone target.

4st 11 and a half lb

Getting back to the Shirty Business , I got a shirt tonight on the way home from the class. Not only does it fit, but have a read of the label...

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Shirty Business

As I've been losing the beef I've been buying new clothes as the weeks have passed, in particular shirts . My lovely fashion consultant (LSD) had to take 5 new shirts which I'd bought a few weeks ago (Still in their bags) back to the shop to swap for a smaller size. She thought she would bring me just a packet with two shirts that were two sizes smaller in the collar to try. (Smart eh?) I tried one of the shirts on and it also was too big. they will have to go back
This is when things got complicated.... , I can now officially say I cannot for the life of me fold a shirt.
Do you think they will take it back on a hanger? If not I may be able to sell it to the circus that needs a big top.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Barking Mad

I arrived home this evening to find one of the large plant pots which sit either side of our front door had smashed..... Off to B&Q for a new one, while there my LSD decided to get a few more solar lights for the rear garden. (There's that many solar lights now, the only fear I have is waking up to a plane sitting in the garden)
We had intended to buy some bark for the top of some pots but forgot, as we came in from B&Q's garden area my LSD said BARK.. So I obliged her by barking, which did not amuse her as there were other people about. Needless to say we came away without a bag of bark. (That's me in the dog house)

Sunday, 27 April 2008

PJ City

Went out in the motor today and could not believe my eyes. I crossed three parts of the City and in each the pyjama Millie's were out in force. On the Limestone road after lunchtime 3 teenagers were sitting on the footpath and it looked like they were having a sleepover and to be honest one of them would have bother with the parades commission as she was as orange as they come. (Tanorexic, she looked like she belonged to the Orange (out of) Order I'm afraid)

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Something For The Weekend (2)

Tomato Soup
What you need:
3 x 400g Tins of chopped tomato's
3 x Garlic cloves
2 x Onions
1 x Tbls Tomato puree
1 x Chicken stock cube
Handful of Basil leaves
Fry light

Optional (1 x chopped red chilli)

What to do:

Empty the Tomato's in to a pot
Chop the Onions, Garlic, Chilli and Basil. (Leave some basil for garnish) and place into a frying pan with fry light
Fry until soft and add to the tomato's
Add the tomato puree
Make a cup full of chicken stock and add to the pot
Blend the ingredients to a smooth texture
Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes
Serve and garnish with the remaining basil leaves, add seasoning to taste

(Should serve 4)

The Last Resort

You have heard of Blackpool, Brighton and Skegness. Well, we have Portstewart (The last resort)
After my cycle walk this morning when I returned home, I showered and got ready to take my lovely little swamp duck out for the day. We went to Slemish garden centre at the Ecos centre Ballymena, then onto Coleraine for a bit of lunch and some shopping. The weather turned out quite nice in the afternoon so we decided to take in Portstewart and Portrush before heading home.
I think Portstewart must be latin for "God's Waiting Room" I was the youngest one there today, I was certainly the youngest driver. As for Portrush someone once said to me "There's nothing worse than being in Portrush on a bad day"
Wait til I tell you "Yes there is, and it's being in Portrush on a good day" I don't think it's changed in years

Apollo 18 Launched

Nothing to do with NASA or the Kennedy Space Centre this time.
Tried out my new Apollo bicycle today. Up at first light + 3hours, on with the safety gear and away for a cycle. Wasn't long before it turned into a walk I have to say, uphill with the wind in my face took it's toll. Walked for a while and remounted (On the flat). All in all not a bad start to the cycling game... More to follow.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Hope It Fits

I'm not talking about a shirt or a pair of trousers, I'm talking about my brand new Wii fit.... Yes, my ever decreasing little swamp duck bought me one today. I've it set up now and along with my diet I hope it helps me with getting fit (I'll settle for a little fit)
I've had a go on it for about 10 minutes and I'm wrecked. The balance section is cracker, I've had a go at Hula-Hoop (Not a pretty sight) and the downhill skiing is a blast. I think the Wii fit and I are going to become good mates...

I also took delivery of a new mountain bike yesterday (I've no intention of going up a mountain on it) It's all part of me trying to be a new me (Is that a good thing or a bad thing) I had to buy a cycle helmet, when I put it on it looks like an egg-cup on Slemish Mountain....

Photo to follow......NOT

Thursday, 24 April 2008

It's Amazing

It's amazing the amount of people who have paid me compliments lately like: "Wow, you are looking great" and "losing the weight makes you look a lot younger, it takes years of you"
I'm not complaining, I really love the compliments, but it got me thinking. I've looked in the mirror and I've come to the conclusion that, I must have looked a right bag of dung before if they think I look that good now.
I blame my doctor, he always said it was my height that was the problem and not my weight..
According to my weight I should have been 9ft 11....

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Who's a Good Boy Then

Hey, had two dinner parties to attend at the weekend, and after having an overload of all things bad including a couple slices of Toblerone Cheese Cake (Home made) and wine, I weighed in tonight with 1 and a half lb off ....
(To be honest I expected at best to stay the same as last week) I need 4 and a half lb off now to reach my 5 stone .......

4st 9 and a half lb

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Know Your Limits

On driving towards Newry this morning I had someone flash their head lights at me. I thought it was someone who knew my vehicle, but a few hundred yards down the road a Police speed trap was in operation. I know the driver of the van may have had good intentions in warning other drivers of the speed trap but, and it is a very big but.... What if he had unintentionally warned someone wanting to avoid the police for criminal reasons or someone drinking and driving. (Food for thought eh!)
Had been discussing the speed trap with with colleagues and we had different ideas about speed limits. Do you know the speed limits for your vehicle? (click on the picture)
Like the TV add states "The greater the speed the bigger the mess" Slow down

Monday, 21 April 2008

Happy Days

Back to work today. I have been so fed up looking at four walls at home Its great to change the scenery to something different like four walls in an office.
I really am glad to be back at work today, I'm out of the office tomorrow for a couple of days, roll on the sunny days.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

A Day Late

It's a day late I know, but here is my recipe of the week: Pizza Toast (A Yummy Snack)

What you need:
4 x Slices of Nimble Bread
2 x Tomato's
3 x Spring Onions
2 x Mushrooms
Half a Pepper (Any colour)
Tbls Balsamic Vinegar
Grated Mozzarella Cheese

What to do:
Chop the Tomato's, Spring Onions, Mushrooms and Pepper and mix together in a bowl.
Add the Balsamic Vinegar to the bowl and mix again.
Toast the bread on both sides
Put the mixture onto the toast and top with the grated cheese
Put the toast under the grill until the cheese has melted.

Serves 2 (Or 1 greedy git)

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Thursday, 17 April 2008


The BBC local news had an item tonight about the Cherryvalley area in Belfast or is it better to say North Down. Apparently the residents there are objecting to their area being on sat navs as it attracts more vehicles into their area for shorter routes. They wish to have Cherryvalley removed from the satellite navigational maps. (There's always the nuke option)

Do you know what a creche is?
Someone told me it's two vehicle colliding in Cherryvalley...

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Wednesday At Last

I love Wednesday's, it's my Slimming World class night. With not being too mobile lately I was curious how it would effect my ongoing weight loss. I'm happy to record I lost another 2lb this week:

4 st 8 lb

Congratulations to my Son-in-law he joined last week and lost 7lb in his first week on the plan.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

The World Through A Window

Not much of the world passes by my window, but sometimes I spot things. Since I've been off I have seen the same faces pass daily. There is a guy passes every morning (Hard man look)around school time with a kid in tow about 3 yards behind, and he's texting on his mobile every single time he passes. This morning I had the window open as it was a beautiful morning, here they come I thought, the same picture and the kid was calling Daddy, Daddy, Daddy and trying to catch up at the same time. His Da turned around still texting and with the squeakiest voice shouted at full volume "WHAAAATTTTT"..... It just blew me away, he sounded like Joe Pasquale ....

Monday, 14 April 2008

Start of Another Week

Monday, and once again I'm looking at four walls. Did you know there are 408 million 556 thousand 894 embossed bubbles on our living room wallpaper? Arggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh

Sunday, 13 April 2008

The Sunday Carvery

My little swamp duck said she would take me out for a Sunday Carvery to cheer me up. We looked online to see where we could go for a change, but alas our search kept bringing us back to the Tullyglass. We headed out towards Antrim and on passing the Templeton in Templepatrick a large sign said Sunday Carvery. We stopped and went in, but as we hadn't booked there was no room at the inn (I've heard that line somewhere before) a place that big and they couldn't accommodate another two persons, bad show. Onward to the Tullyglass and we were not disappointed.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Something For The Weekend

Starting next Saturday I intend to blog a recipe each Saturday. People have been asking me what I've been eating as part of my weight loss plan, so I will be putting a recipe on my blog and hopefully it will get me some extra hits and you something different to try..... Good idea or what.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Real Life Garfield

While surfing ye old world wide web I found this story about a fat cat. I don't mean a Industrial tycoon, It is about a fat feline.
I'd love to take it along to Slimming World. It's worling for me.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Wednesday's Result

Although it's nice to see Manchester United (Luv em or hate em) through to the semi finals in the champion's league, it not a football result I'm on about.
Went to my Slimming World class last night for my weekly motivation and weigh in, I had an another 4 lb off, making my weight loss so far:
4 st 6 lb
(That's: 62 pounds / 992 ounces /28.1 kilos /28123.2 Grams)
Whatever way you wish to look at it.
My ever decreasing little swamp duck (It's a loving term) had another 1b off, so a big well done to her. I need another lb off for next week so I can get my ninth half stone award, and that little bit closer to my next target of 5 st (Wish me luck)

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Home Sweet Home

I'm off work this week as I have to rest my injured leg. I'm into my second day off and cabin fever is setting in. My little swamp duck said I'm even more grumpy than normal. (Me grumpy? never)
Have you ever tried resting for a whole day let along a week. (I know it suits quite a lot of lazy people, but not me)
Daytime television, I think it's for those who want to escape reality. I don't care if people want a house in the sun. I don't even care people want to clear their attic out so they can have a night out for their friends. (Most live in a big house and looked well healed anyway) and really, what about the one's who go on TV in front of millions to say their spouse is having an affair with their brother and the dog is having an relationship with the cat. Thank goodness for the off button.
I'm kept busy anyway answering all the telephone calls by all those who care about me (If you believe that)
I have been promised by little swamp duck junior that she will take me to be weighed tomorrow night. (I hope she didn't mean at the weighbridge) I wonder will I'll be lighter if I stand on one leg? (I'll let you know)

Monday, 7 April 2008

The Waiting Room

I had cause to visit my Doctor today. The waiting room is very modern and because of that, it has a brat area (Sorry play area) If your not sick when you walk in, you are guaranteed at least a sore head by the time you get to see the quack.
This morning despite my sore leg I wasn't feeling too bad until that is the devil child arrived, with it's Ma who's sole interest was playing Deal or no Deal on her Sony Ericsson. She showed no interest whatsoever in her brat who just wanted to pull the area apart. By the time I got to see the medicine man I need a headache tablet.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Woman Sues Over Hospital Boobs

A German woman is suing doctors after she checked in to have wrinkles removed and woke up with a new pair of breasts.

(I was wondering, is it the same for guys ??? silicone man boobs)

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Yabadaba Dooooooo

I don't care if you are interested or not, BUT tonight was my weigh in at the slimming club and I had 5 and a half pound off .... that makes

4 st 2 lb so far (Thats 58 lb in old money)

My next target is 5 st

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Try This

Click on the link, I'd be interested if you work out how it's done!