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grannyannie - Sunday Aug 28, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Took our trip to Orkney to see ancient sites.  Wasn't too horribly indulgent although I did have dessert one night, a couple of beers, and some Orkney fudge.  Friend is gone, daughter is still here visiting but goes back to her island Tuesday morning.  Today we are going to a BBQ at a neighbours.  

Enjoyed the trip to Orkney so much that I've already booked a trip just for myself for next May.  Won't even let husband come because although he enjoys seeing ancient sites, he'll get bored after 2 or 3. So it'll be just me and I'll rent one of the few automatics for rent on the island.  I would think that these car hire places would understand that many of the tourists who visit are American and most prefer automatics.  My friend could drive a manual so she did the driving.  

Tomorrow:  gym!  

A few pics:

 

5,000 year old circle

 

Cathedral built in 1137

 

5,000 year old neolithic village

 

 

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/28/2016:
I'm sure your diet choices are sound. I like the Neolithic village. I'm a bit of a CaveMan myself. Have a Great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
I'll be behaving diet wise now. The village was amazing!


Diamond50 on 08/28/2016:
Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing,

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2016:
SOOOO COOOL! that's really amazing those sights from SO LONG AGO. I have friends who sent to Iceland last week - if you ever get the chance - you will be fascinated. Hot springs too.

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
I love ancient sites so I've moved to a great country for this stuff!


puddles on 08/28/2016:
You always visit interesting areas. I love to travel with you in these posts. Thank Annie and have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
I've been wanting to go this particular island ever since I heard about that village in the bottom photo about 12 or 14 years ago. Only discovered in 1850 because of a big storm. Skara Brae is the name.


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grannyannie - Sunday Aug 21, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Hi all!  Been away and not counting calories.  Thursday we rode our bikes 36 VERY hilly miles across an island.  Stayed two nights with daughter who works on the tiny island which is a short ferry ride away from the big island.  Weather was perfect and it was very enjoyable.  Stopped at a pub and sat outdoors enjoying a well deserved beer and packet of crisps when we had just 4 more miles to go.

Had some nice meals while on the island and quite a few beers. 

Saturday it was windy with a few showers so we rode in our rainsuits and this time it was not so enjoyable.  But we did the 36 miles back.  

Today had my usual porridge, a low fat cheddar wrap for lunch.  Daughter is here visiting and a friend is coming this afternoon.  Veggie lasagna for dinner. 

Tomorrow I'm off with friend to the island of Orkney for two nights while husband and daughter go down to London.  

Some pics from our bike ride:

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/21/2016:
Beautiful pictures long bike ride and especially your ride coming back in the rain. So you are back to your routine except the few days you are going away again. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 08/21/2016:
Thanks. Much easier in the sun and a light breeze. After friend is gone and daughter is gone then I'm back on strict calories! Gives me 3 months till Thailand.


Diamond50 on 08/21/2016:
Beautiful pics Annie. WOWZERS that's a lot of biking! That's a huge accomplishment! Good work!


OhioRaven on 08/21/2016:
I'm very jealous of your bike ride.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2016:
Yes, agreed, omg so beautiful! The lighthouse photo is my favorite. Right now, I have a few friends on a trip visiting Iceland - their photos are breathtaking - every single one. If you love nature, i highly suggest going there. From the looks of my friends' photos, i wish i were there too!


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grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Thighs still a bit sore but I'm not complaining.  Should be doing my home workout with weights but the sun is finally out so we are going on a bike ride.  Probably about 15 miles.

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1225


 

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/16/2016:
Enjoy your ride.

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
Thanks, it was nice. I was starving when we got home so did do some snacking. So over calories listed but not by a huge amount.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
Sore is good. injured is not. I have some soreness going on. Most of it, i can tell, is just from lack of use. I did a beach hike, 2 mi, on Sunday. So this is why. I'm assuming extra stretching and rest will help.

Where are you going to bike ride, just around town?

What's the Quorn pie? I have heard of Quorn, yes, is it the mushroom stuff?

I like how you drink the herbal teas and tonic. I may start up some tonic!

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
We don't live in town, we live on a coastal road. So we'll ride down our road and go to the botanic gardens.

Quorn is a mycoprotein and hubby puts it in our curries, but they have a huge variety. I'm having the 'steak' pie with gravy and veggies in a nice crust.

Try the Schweppes Elderflower diet tonic. Mmmmm


Diamond50 on 08/16/2016:
Have fun biking Annie. I'll ask the question too. What is Quorn pie?

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
Vegetarian. Check it here: http://www.quorn.co.uk/food/pies-pastries/steak-pie/


puddles on 08/16/2016:
Enjoy that bike ride. Always better to get out if the weather permits.


Duaa123. on 08/16/2016:
Good total calories and healthy food keep going



grannyannie - Monday Aug 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Finally back at the gym this morning.  Not the full workout yet.

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, strawberries, yogurt 
  • S:  cocoa/date/raisin bar
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1255

Workout at gym:

  • 15 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 5 mins treadmill
  • 2 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/15/2016:
Good for you Annie.

grannyannie on 08/15/2016:
Thanks Fran. Felt good and I've got the good kind of sore muscles from yesterday.


OhioRaven on 08/15/2016:
Finally found the key to your gym locker. Good News. Have a Great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/15/2016:
Yep, found the key! I'm at the point where I have to lose or start buying bigger clothes and I will NEVER do that.


Diamond50 on 08/15/2016:
Looks like an awesome day Annie. Keep going!

grannyannie on 08/15/2016:
Thanks. Will do!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2016:
really great to see you getting back onto the positive track for weight loss Annie.

grannyannie on 08/15/2016:
Will have a few off days coming up due to travel and guests, but in between I'm strict!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Yes, I've been misbehaving....very badly!  Had a houseguest and she and I are a bad influence on each other.  Also, I've just been indulgent and couldn't seem to stop.  My clothes are too tight, but I have no option but to wear them.  

Haven't been to the gym for quite a while, haven't been doing dumbbells. I did have a bad cold for about 2 weeks which made me feel weak - and an excuse for more indulgence.   We also went into the city 3 times to shop for a new car and that also meant eating out. 

Weighed myself this morning, but it looks like I haven't gained - and actually lost, but I'm gaining fat and losing muscle.  So if I hadn't lost muscle I'm sure I'd weight well into the 160's.  Not getting on the scale for a long time as it doesn't accurately reflect gain/loss.  I can judge by my clothese.

Time to stop whining.  Yesterday I had under 1100 calories.  Thurs we are going to visit daughter on the island and we'll be going on a 33 mile bike ride - eating out and beer. Then Saturday we ride back 33 miles while daughter takes the bus.  A friend comes on Sunday and on Monday we're going to an island for two overnights - eating out and cocktails. When all guests are gone I'll be very seriously sticking to calories and workouts! 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, grapes, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1212

Workout at home: (doing 2 sets each instead of 3 or I'll get very sore!)
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups -   3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • squats with dumbbells -   3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using  s  tep - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 5 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • jump rope - 4 x 25

 

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/14/2016:
Yep ! You sound Normal, like the rest of us.

grannyannie on 08/14/2016:
Certainly am! But not a quitter!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
truth is what you are doing - facing it...and getting back to doing something about it.

like i commented to donkey, that is life: put in the work, reap the rewards. simple as that. :-D

grannyannie on 08/14/2016:
Yep, simple. :D Just do it!


Diamond50 on 08/14/2016:
You're getting back on track and that counts! Your clothes will loosen in no time with your work out routines.

grannyannie on 08/14/2016:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 07, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Got on the scale.  

Housework today.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1284

 

Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 24.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/07/2016:
Scale tells the truth huh. :) You shall be ok. First thing is facing the challenge. hehehe...i know you will show us all the way to deal with it and lose weight as you do..

Excellent calories today.


puddles on 08/07/2016:
The good thing about getting on the scale is that you know what you are dealing with now. You have the tool at hand to turn it around and you are usually very consistent at pushing yourself in the right direction. Good luck Annie. I am also starting to think about my December departure.


Duaa123. on 08/07/2016:
Good calories today.. Keep going


Diamond50 on 08/09/2016:
Nice low calories for the day.


thinnside40 on 08/10/2016:
It's less than you thought it would be. You got this!


Donkey on 08/13/2016:
You may find that the little bit you gained will come off quite quickly once you're back on track, which is good for building up momentum as you continue to lose weight! Life is too short - we all need a little "AWOL" once in a while :-)



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 06, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.4

I've been AWOL again.  Time to behave again.  I've got 3 bikinis I need to be able to wear by Dec 1st.  Haven't been on the scale but I'm guessing I'm close to 160.  I'll get on scale tomorrow morning. Clothes are too tight and it feels awful.  

Had a houseguest for a few days last week (sis in law from Australia).  We went to niece's wedding last Friday, then an all day party Saturday.  I haven't behaved myself since.

Caught a cold sometimes over the weekend so now I've got a sore throat, cough, runny nose and lack of energy.  Gym?  Hope to go Tuesday.  Weds. we go pick up a new car we bought, then sis in law returns for a few days.

Got a trip to an island with a online friend I've never met but have known for about 10 years.  She's coming for a wedding so we arranged a trip to an island we've both wanted to visit.  

Might do a short dumbbells and muscle workout today. 

Threw out the rest of a pack of biscuits.  So no junk in house.  But there will be cocktails when sis in law comes back.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on 2 toast, strawberries, apple, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1298

 

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/06/2016:
Good to hear from you.

grannyannie on 08/06/2016:
Thanks Fran.



grannyannie - Saturday Jul 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.4

The weather looks great next week so we might visit daughter on the island - we'll drive to town and park - then take the bikes on the ferry, then ride the hilly 33 mile trip to the next quick ferry - then the small island. I've been wanting to do this ride - husband has done it a few times.  This would not seem daunting before, would have felt like an easy trip.  But after my weeks of being lazy it seems like it will be hard work.  I'll just have to figure out how to use my new Go Pro video camera that straps to the bike helmet before we go!

Workout at home:
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups -   3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • squats with dumbbells -   3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using  s  tep - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 5 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • jump rope - 4 x 25
  • exercise bike - will do at least 30 mins later this afternoon
  
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar in a wrap, clementine, strawberries, yogurt 
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1259 

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 17.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/16/2016:
Wow that will be quite a ride. Good luck. Have a great day Annie

grannyannie on 07/16/2016:
Thanks, Fran! It's a gorgeous ride.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2016:
that would be cool to watch the video after! what island is she on?

grannyannie on 07/17/2016:
Iona. Off the Isle of Mull.



grannyannie - Friday Jul 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.4

Went into the city yesterday to buy a dress for a wedding in two weeks.  I would have preferred a smaller size and clingy!  My own fault.  Did not behave in town as we had lunch and dinner out - and beers. 

Woke up very tired and with a sinus headache so no gym, no home workout.  

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/strawberries/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar in a wrap, banana, pear, yogurt 
  • S:  cocoa/dates/cashew bar
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  oatcake
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1428

 

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 17.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/15/2016:
Back to your routine today. Moving on. Hope you feel better soon. Have a great evening.

grannyannie on 07/16/2016:
Thanks Fran.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/15/2016:
well you are just getting into your workout so maybe it's taken a small toll on your body....i KNOW you are going to feel better soon if you rest right.

but you found a dress!? that's good. always good to have the dress.!!

hate shopping.

i actually need a dress myself...but can't find the time to push myself to get one.

grannyannie on 07/16/2016:
Not my first choice for a dress, but it works for my weight. I love to shop when I'm a good weight - like 130ish. Wedding in two weeks so I was stressed about finding one.


thinkpositive on 07/15/2016:
One day at a time- don't be too hard on yourself.

grannyannie on 07/16/2016:
Time to crack down though. Still feel like I'm not back in my own time zone yet.



grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.4

Was a struggle after weeks without exercise, but managed a decent workout at the gym. Didn't do my muscle workout at home though.

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 5 mins treadmill
  • 15 mins recumbent bike
  • 2 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on wrap, pear, nectarine, yogurt 
  • S:  oatcake
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1312
 

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 17.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/13/2016:
yeah, getting back into it can be a little of a pain, but good for you!!!!

grannyannie on 07/13/2016:
Ta! It's hard work!


puddles on 07/13/2016:
It will get easier. I know how persistent you are when it comes to your exercises. Have a great evening.

grannyannie on 07/13/2016:
Slowly but surely!


thinkpositive on 07/13/2016:
It will come back- good idea to ease into it.

grannyannie on 07/15/2016:
I'll get back to normal in a couple of weeks.


OhioRaven on 07/14/2016:
Get your arse off the couch and back on the Spin Bike.

grannyannie on 07/15/2016:
Yes sir!



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