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I am called Raffie and I've been a member since the end of May 09 now and have come on here most days to blog, log food or exercise and chat on the community forums. Its all very motivating. I live in Cornwall UK, with my Husband and 2 dogs. We live 60 yards from the Camel Trail, a long distance byway for walking, cycling and horse riding,so we spend a fair bit of time walking there. I am in love with my new job as a PA in a Guitar Academy. Great fun and I literally get to play!

I have been married to KENJAK for years, we get along nicely. I gave him a kidney back in 08 but it has since packed in.

I have a small cycling addiction and have 2 bikes, my fabulous Planet X Carbon road bike, which weighs a mere 7.75kg. I have my Winter bike, also a Planet X but a Cyclocross bike, so a bit tougher than the roadie and I can go off or on road on him. He weighs in a a whopping 8.2kg :-D There are barely any hills in Suffolk but the off road riding is fun and flat-ish.
Having shifted 33lbs or so, using Exante - a very low calorie diet of bars, shakes and food packs, I've now joined Slimming World as the VLCD thing was not sustainable for me, with all the exercise I do. With SW I need to shift another 7-10lbs and then maintain. That's the plan, at least. This stuffing your face to lose weigh plan is a tad weird but I am assured, by other Sparkies, that it works. Fine by me.
So that's me then. I'd love to chat to other Sparkies if you have the time. Anyone who'd like to friend me is more than welcome to.


Member Since: 5/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 80,044

My Goals:
To see 11 stone something on the scales. Every 7lb I lose, I shall buy myself a new CD.

10 stone something - new wardrobe
Anything less is a bonus and we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Ultimately I'd like to be 147lbs so working down to it.

My Program:
My programme mostly consists of riding my bike and walking for the aerobic side of things. Bodyweight exercises in my home office.
I can't afford a gym so home exercising works well for me. My iPod is very helpful for working out with.

Personal Information:
I live in Norwich, UK. I am a Scot by birth but live in England as the Highlands are too cold for me.

Other Information:
I am a guitarist with a deep love of Eric Johnson. I love my dogs, cycling and walking. I like to curl up with a good movie on a rainy day, a good book is even better.

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  • v BRANDI1809

    Here's the recipe for the Meat and egg loaf, I used 500g bag of Quorn, a bit extra of puree, herbs & spices & 2 eggs. I also used 3 hard boiled eggs. Unfortunately it didn't hold together like the meat one did but it was so tasty, we're going to use it as a Yuk Sung with lettuce leaves.

    Serves: 4
    Ready in: Over 60 Minutes
    Syns per serving:FREE
    SP Perfect for Extra Easy SP


    350g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
    1 level tbsp tomato purée
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Pinch grated nutmeg
    Pinch dried thyme
    1 large egg, raw
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    ½ level tsp salt
    1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    Pinch allspice
    1 level tsp finely chopped parsley
    2 hard boiled eggs


    Pre-heat oven to 190°C/170°C Fan/Gas 5. Mix all the ingredients together, except the hard boiled eggs.
    Shape into a flat rectangle and place the hard boiled eggs down the centre.
    Roll the meat mixture around the eggs, using fingers. Place in a small loaf tin, cover with foil and cook for 45-55 minutes.
    Remove the foil and cook for a further 10 minutes to brown the top.

    Tip: For an Extra Easy SP day fill at least half of your plate with delicious Speed salad or vegatables, of your choice.

    201 days ago
  • v BRANDI1809
    Moroccan Chicken Stew was fantastic, will def. do it again.
    209 days ago
    Hiya Raffie , didn't want to end on a negative note . It's exciting about your move ! A new beginning for you and Kenn ,enjoy the new and feel good about it. I have trouble doing that but I can learn from SP's how to enjoy the moment I'm in,loveRob
    211 days ago
    Hiya Raffie,Chris' health not good.He had to have the fistula redone with about a 30 cm incision and that will take a few weeks to settle down before starting dialysis.He's been vomiting but won't tell Neph. as he doesn't want dialysis in neck. LoveR
    211 days ago
    Here we are in 2016. whether you have been on this journey for years or for months, you know it is hard. Natalie Grant recorded a song a few years ago that gives me the strength to keep going when I am struggling. I hope it will minister to you also.

    ou are here in my heart
    You're the light that guides me through the dark
    You walk beside me, the night seems cold each time I fall
    Your arms are there to hold

    You walk beside me, giving strength I've never known
    And I am not alone
    You walk beside me
    (I am not alone)

    You are here in my mind
    I talk to you and all my fears unwind
    I know I'm loved, for who I am, you make me want to be the best that I can
    And you walk beside me, giving strength I've never known

    And I am not alone
    You walk beside me
    Oh, I am not alone
    Wherever the road leads

    And I rely on your patience
    When I face the unknown
    And because of you, I am, I am not alone, ooh
    I am not alone
    (I am not alone)

    You're always beside me, yeah, I am not alone
    Oh yeah, yeah in the sun, in the rain
    (I am not alone)
    Through the good times and in the pain
    You're always beside me I reach out for your hand
    (I am not alone)
    I know that you understand, oh yeah, yeah
    (I am not alone)

    In the sun, in the rain
    Through the good times and in the pain
    You're always beside me I reach out for your hand
    (I am not alone)
    I know that you understand, oh


    RUTHIE CML team emoticon emoticon
    227 days ago
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