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grannyannie - Saturday Feb 25, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Been busy enjoying the last of our time on the island.  Also been packing up the house and the luggage.  Birthday today so extra treats.  I'll be back on after we get home and recover a bit from jet lag.  Then I'm getting serious!

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

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grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 21, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

7 mile bike ride this morning. 

Busy packing up the house to put things in storage before we go home. Working on suitcase as well.  Didn't realize I bought so many gifts!

Nice swim in the pool this afternoon and chatting with neighbours. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge, mango, banana, yogurt
  • S:  sm cappuccino and biscuits
  • L:  chicken/herb/raw veggies wrap, mango smoothie
  • D:  fried rice, bacon, egg, beer
  • S:  light beer, almonds

Tomorrow we are spending the night at a tiny cottage directly on the beach.  Discovered it while trying a new place for lunch.  

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/21/2017:
Everyone is going to love the gifts you got them..especially those pants so pretty and colorful!

good luck packing...it always frustrates me to the core!

enjoy the new cottage discovery ... direct on beach is so beautiful Annie. It makes me smile :-D

enjoy your day and thanks for sharing nature and travel stories...today i'm thankful.

grannyannie on 02/21/2017:
I hate packing!!! We took a different airline this year and they give us less weight so I have to worry about that. Packing up the house is pretty easy, weight doesn't matter, just need to fit everything in.

Yea, I fell in love with the location when we had lunch and noticed 6 pretty little blue and white cottages. Will share pics.


Donkey on 02/21/2017:
I'm not ready for you to leave your holiday. Can't you stay another week? :-)

grannyannie on 02/21/2017:
Nope. Monthly rental! :) There will be more holidays this year - London, Orkney, the US.


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grannyannie - Monday Feb 20, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Packing up our stuff to put in storage before we leave.  Didn't realize I'd bought so many gifts for people.  Hope my luggage isn't overweight.  

No more gym - dumbbells are not helping my shoulder.  I'll do the 7 mile early morning bike rides with hubby for the next 5 days.

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles

Gym workout: Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Cardio:

  • Elliptical - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  15 mins
  • treadmill -  10 mins

Menu

  • B:  porridge & raisins, mango & banana, yogurt
  • S:  sm cappuccino and biscuits
  • L:  fried shrimp
  • D:  stir fried asparagus and veg and cashews and tofu, 1 large beer
  • S:  light beer, almonds

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 02/20/2017:
Your island life is so intriguing!

grannyannie on 02/20/2017:
It's a winter escape. I will soon be missing wearing sandals and shorts.


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grannyannie - Sunday Feb 19, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

I hope my favourite traveling trousers aren't too tight when we begin our journey home a week from tomorrow.  Oink.

We took a trip to the island capital for some gift shopping.  On the way home we stopped at a beachside restaurant that we've passed many times on the way to another beach restaurant (posh).  Glad we stopped.  What a great place to lounge around.  I talked hubby into booking it for one night this week - Weds.  We gave up on the idea of a posh resort for 2 or 3 nights for my birthday.  It just isn't worth it.  I can think of better things to do with $500+.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, yogurt, banana
  • S:  cappuccino & toast
  • S:  I was hot from walking around shopping for the last of the gifts for family - mango smoothie - icy cold 
  • L:  Thai omelette - lots of stuff in it like lemongrass and fried lime leaves, 1 sm beer
  • D:  probably stir fried veggies and tofu
  • S:  probably some light beer

Pic from lunch:

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

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grannyannie - Friday Feb 17, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Babying my shoulder until I have no pain whatsoever. 

Had a great massage this morning.  Next week (our last massage before we leave) we are both going to have a 90 minute massage including full body massage and Indian head massage. 

Indulgence at dinner time.  Happy hour and non Thai food. 

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles. Walking to dinner - 1.5 miles roundtrip.

 

Gym workout: Lower body 10 reps x 3 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Home workout: Upper

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

Home workout:  Lower - floor exercises 10 reps x 3 each

  • ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

Cardio:

  • Elliptical - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  20 mins
  • treadmill -  10 mins

 Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, 1 toast, mango and banana
  • L:  fried rice w/bacon (sm amount and meaty, not fatty), 1 fried egg on top
  • D:  Philly cheesesteak and fries, beer

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/17/2017:
dinner sounds like it hit the spot Annie ;)

grannyannie on 02/17/2017:
It was yummy and NOT low cal! I've got my work cut out for me when I get home!


Horn_of_plenty on 02/18/2017:
Oh...so my friend posted a quote today...i thought of you immediately. it's not only about actual traveling, but i still thought of you:

"It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive"

I was thinking it's about enjoying the process and not just the end goal....but you and your actual traveling struck a chord when i read it...haha.

grannyannie on 02/19/2017:
Planning is fun, but there isn't much planning in coming here. It's simply our winter home.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/18/2017:
oh, smart to take care of the shoulder as much as you can. you are being smart.

I think i'm being smart too - my weights have all increased in my lifting. It's a struggle, but i'm there...but i am being smart and know it'll take MONTHS for the next increase...and to enjoy now my struggles and soon ease with the 35lb dumbells for most of my exercises!


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grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 15, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

6 am bike ride with hubby this morning.  7 miles.  Will bike ride to dinner - about 6 miles.

My shoulder was getting better but now hurts again.  I better just stay away from dumbbells for upper body until we get home.

We leave here in 11 days.  So I'm thinking about packing up and when to do it.  We store lots of things here until next winter - household stuff, personal stuff, clothes, bicycles, etc.  3 big crates, one giant suitcase.  I am NOT looking forward to this trip home.  We took a different airline and were not happy with it.  Two of our flights are one hour, the middle flight will be 13 long hours!!  They did not feed us enough on the way here - thinking of snack ideas.  Always have a packet of M & M's.  Maybe cereal bars? Crackers?  Nuts?  I never ever count calories when in transit.  

Hoping we can upgrade to at least premium economy when at the airport.  Can't do it online. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, mango and banana
  • S:  sm cappuccino, small biscuits
  • L:  pasta, herbs, cashews, tofu, mango and ginger smoothie
  • D:  probably a stir fried chicken, veg and cashew dish
  • S:  Yes, I'm sure I'll have some light beer

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/16/2017:
yes, i was reading in an earlier entry that you had long flights...that is very long...good luck and make sure to stand up and walk as it's not good to sit so long....or sleep! :)

at least the other flights are short. i have been on a long flight like that 2x - to israel...was difficult and not fun lol.

grannyannie on 02/16/2017:
I get up at least every 60-90 minutes. And I can't sleep unless in Business Class. Longest flight ever was 14 hours from Australia to Dubai. Torture.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/17/2017:
But all trips are usually worth that torturous flight...yes, it frustrates me as well...!

grannyannie on 02/19/2017:
Yes, they are always worth it!!



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 15, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

I noticed when we first visited Thailand 3 years ago that most Thai women seemed to be thin.  They seem to be getting bigger all the time.  Thai food is very healthy and not high calorie.  When they put meat in a dish it's only small bits.  They do use coconut milk but not in huge amounts.  They cook with soy, oyster, and fish sauces.  

However, there are fast food restaurants here - KFC, McD's, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, etc etc.  In the shopping mall we go to we've noticed that almost everyone inside the KFC is Thai, not tourists.  The people who pick the clothing for the stores don't seem to have the message yet.  The clothes are still sized for small people.  A size Large tshirt is more like a Small tshirt at home.   I have to buy men's as the women's are made for flat chested women and my big boobs won't fit. 

Speaking of large.....as well as capris and shorts I also brought 3 pairs of REI trousers that have the legs that zip off above the knee.  The biggest pair is one I like to wear on flights because they are comfy and have lots of secure pockets.  The zipper broke after we arrived and I stupidly threw them out because I figured they were a very old pair and I had the other two.  One of the other pair is too tight to be comfortable and the other pair fits, but just barely.  I will have to wear this pair on our long flights.    I could wear a pair of my harem pants, but I really need secure pockets when I travel - passport, credit cards, etc. 

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles, might ride to dinner - 6 miles

Being careful wth my shoulder - still somewhat sore and don't want to reinjure it.  

Gym workout: Upper body  8 - 10 reps x 2 sets each

  • 11 routines (2 - 7 kg dumbbells)

Gym workout: Lower body 10 reps x 3 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Home workout: Upper

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • plank - 1 x 20 seconds
  • push ups - 10 reps x 1

Home workout:  Lower - floor exercises 10 reps x 3 each

  • ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes
  • Cardio:
  • Elliptical - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  10 mins
  • treadmill -  10 mins

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, mango and banana, 1 toast
  • L:  Stir fried veggies and tofu
  • D:  Stir fried asparagus, veg, cashews & tofu, crepe with banana and nutella (one of the treats I wanted before we leave), sm beer
  • S:  light beer

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 02/15/2017:
Mmm Thai food!

grannyannie on 02/15/2017:
The real thing is amazing.


Donkey on 02/15/2017:
It would be interesting to see - if/when you return in a year? - if everyone is larger because of the fast food...

grannyannie on 02/15/2017:
Yes we are booked for next winter.

Yea,they are getting bigger but still lots of tiny Thai women.



grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 14, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

We've got less than 2 weeks before we leave.  Being a bit indulgent and having the foods I've avoided since we've been here. 

6 am bike ride with husband - 7 miles.  It's nice to get my exercise done before 7 am.  No need for floor exercsies as I do them all on gym days.  

My gym might not be open when we get home the 1st of March.  But they expect it to be open sometime in March.  It's okay.  I'll do what I was doing at home for the 10 weeks it was shut before we came to Thailand - Tae bo, exercise bike, dumbbells, floor exercises, ankle weights etc. 

When I get home I am vowing to get down to under 140 and to make 139 my maximum weight.  I know I need to keep my weight within a small range as varying it so much is not good for my health, and also makes it harder to take off the weight.  Working out and being active is never an issue for me, but indulging is. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, mango, banana, and passionfruit
  • S:  sm cappuccino and 'animal' crackers (that look like letters) pics below
  • L:  indulgent!  fried shrimp and french fries
  • D:  stir fry or curry, mango and sticky rice, a small beer

 H.O.P.

These biscuit/crackers are included with cappuccinos or any type of coffee at our favourite coffee cafe.  They taste close to what I remember animal crackers tasting like - not very sweet.  The small glass that is included has green tea.  It is to cleanse the palate after drinking coffee or eating.  And it works.  

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2017:
Wow your trip went by so fast! Btw, i have been indulging for around at least 2 weeks if not more & gained around 1 lb this week on scale. Must dial it back :-) and I will, bc i do not like messing with many pounds at a time!

I caught the heart on your coffee awww it's Valentine's Day! <3

Yeah crackers look good....you know those animal crackers SUCK...high calories you know this right!~?

When your gym is finally opened, you'll enjoy it so much! At my own gym, they are renovating & adding some new equipment...so nice! loving it!...not the gym by work though...gym by work is only old equipment...but i like the atmostphere and the clients there...it's OK :-D

grannyannie on 02/14/2017:
These crackers are similar looking to animal crackers (except they are letters) but the Thais don't dump a lot of sugar in their baked goods (except donuts). The ones they serve only have a very slightly sweet taste. Doubt these are high cal. Of course, not low either. :/

They always have a heart on the cappuccino. :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2017:
thanks for reserving a special place in your entry for me Annie <3 love to you today!!

grannyannie on 02/14/2017:
Cheers HOP! :)



grannyannie - Monday Feb 13, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Lighter upper body workout so I don't hurt my shoulder.  Some discomfort when targeting shoulder, but not pain.  Less weights, less reps. 

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles

 

Gym workout: Upper body  8 or 10 reps x 2 sets each

  • 11 routines (2 - 7 kg dumbbells)

Gym workout: Lower body 10 reps x 3 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Home workout upper

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • plank - 1 x 20 seconds
  • push ups - 10 reps x 1

Home lower: floor exercises 10 reps x 3 each

  • ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

Cardio:

  • Elliptical - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  10 mins
  • treadmill -  15 mins

Husband not feeling great, so we didn't go out to lunch.  This also means we won't go into town like planned for dinner.  Will probably go to one of our usual restaurants for dinner.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, 1 toast, fresh fruit - mango, banana, passionfruit
  • S:  sm cappuccino, animal crackers
  • L:  2 toast, 1 apple
  • D:  hubby felt a bit better so made it to town. Had steak and ale pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, and 3 1/2 beers. 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2017:
this friend at my gym, guy around late 30's i think?...hurt his shoulder and told me it took him 4 months to get back to almost basically all better.

moral of story - take your time as you are. you will get there.

I hope your hubby feels better soon. Thai food as god to be the best food ;)

Um...those animal crackers are addictive aren't they? ...

grannyannie on 02/13/2017:
Not even sure what I did to shoulder - maybe lifting dumbbells the wrong way? Being very careful.

Hubby just had a funny stomach, but we managed to get into town for dinner.

When we order cappuccinos or lattes they also give you a small paper cup 1/2 filled with animal crackers (actually letters).



grannyannie - Sunday Feb 12, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

6 am bike ride - 7 miles.  Showers off and on today.  

Lunch at my favourite restaurant where we pick up a loaf of homemade seeded bread on Sundays.  We were planning on taking a tuk tuk to the town for dinner and several beers, but will do that later in the week.  I need to finish my gift shopping and don't want to do it when it could rain.  Husband doesn't like shopping so when we do this I might go in ahead of him and shop, then meet up for a real beer (English ale) before dinner.  

Things I want to eat before we leave:  

  • a pancake - actually it's a crepe and I order it with banana and Nutella.  
  • On my birthday I'll have a thick cinnamon toast with ice cream, banana, and chocolate.
  • Might have one more trip to Villa Chocolat.  
  • Might have fried shrimp and fries again.
  • Birthday dinner 2 weeks from today will be at the nice beachside restaurant on the other side of the island.  Cocktails. 
  • Maybe one more mango and sticky rice

Shoulder if feeling better, not 100%, but better.  At the gym tomorrow I'll do limited upper body with dumbbells and use lighter weights and less reps.  I'd like my shoulder to be better so we can have one last paddle in the kayak. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, fresh fruit - mango, banana, passionfruit
  • S:  cappuccino & animal crackers
  • L:  fish cakes and a huge salad, one cookie
  • D:  stir fried asparagus, veg, cashews, and tofu - shared spring rolls that hubby ordered

Tuk tuk:

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 02/12/2017:
I always wondered what a Tuk tuk was!

grannyannie on 02/12/2017:
This is the type on our island, but in Bangkok there are different ones - smaller. Some only carry 2 or 4 people.



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