Time for an update.
Firstly I did it. I got my 4st off award and, in fact, I lost 3lb this week (probably courtesy of that stomach bug) and I have now lost 4st 2lb in total. I have slightly less than 1st to go to achieve my target and I'm aiming to manage that by my birthday on 21st June.
Secondly, my baby girl and her boyfriend are moving out. They got the flat I went to see with them having been chosen from all the viewers by the landlord. I think that they are probably the perfect tenants, both in full time employment, no kids or pets, non smokers, no debt. They are moving next weekend (1st Feb). As much as there will be pluses to me for them moving, less noise and hassle, less laundry, lower bills etc. and although I knew they were seriously looking for somewhere and their leaving was only a matter of time, I still welled up and had a little cry when they told me. It's not fair, I already said goodbye to my little girl when she went off to university, she shouldn't get tears a second time. LOL!!!!! Joking aside, I will miss them both since her boyfriend has lived with us for 6 years since he was 18 and has become part of the family. It will seem strange with just me, DH and DS1 here (and the cats) in our 4 bedroomed house, at least until the Easter and summer breaks when DS2 will move back in for a few weeks. At least there won't be any problems with bedroom space.
Thirdly, DH has applied for his first full time job since his breakdown 3 years ago. It's at the college where he's been supply teaching for the past term and a half. He's done very well there, and the head of his department chased after him to remind him to apply because they don't want to lose him. We both have reservations about the pressure he'd be under, but it would be nice to have a regular income and not to worry whether he'll have work at the start of each new term, plus we wouldn't have to put money aside each month to cover the holiday periods as he'd get paid for holidays, and also for sick days and pay into a pension scheme. I'd just keep a close eye on him and make him take a day or two off if I thought he was getting ill again. He tends to be someone who takes all the responsibilties onto his own shoulders and he needs to learn to let others do their share of the work. So, fingers crossed for him.
I think that's all my news for now. No cooking or recipes as I've been
using up leftovers. Last night was tuna fish cakes and DH will have the
remaining couple tonight. I've already eaten tons today and I'm not
really hungry so will probably just have a cup-a-soup and an apple tonight.