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grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 10, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Grrr....so annoyed at the screw up with immigration. We are hoping she can stay on the island without working until she gets her visa. She can't go to Ireland with us while she is waiting as immigration has her passport. At least we don't have to worry about her being an illegal immigrant.  As long as the Home Office is considering her application she is fine.  We've changed her flight from tomorrow to November. 

Sister's plane arrives just before 4pm today (unless she misses her connecting flight - she only has one hour to do so! Going into Glasgow shortly for lunch with uncle and then we'll take sister to dinner after we pick her up.  

Have a healthy, happy day everybody!  

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/10/2013:
Sounds like a great time with the fam. Sorry to hear about the whole immigration thing. Have a Great Day.


Umpqua on 09/10/2013:
Well that's good that she can at least stay in the country - I hope she can go back to the island while you are away. I hope all goes well with your sister's arrival!


skinnygrlwithin on 09/10/2013:
I'm sorry to hear about the immigration issues... they really are so frustrating to deal with! Enjoy your time with your sister!


legcramps on 09/10/2013:
Have a wonderful time with your sister!


V on 09/10/2013:
I am sure you are having fun with your sister, just wanted to say hello <3



grannyannie - Monday Sep 09, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Sister arrives tomorrow afternoon. House is spotless (well, nearly). Moved our daughter into my gym and brought the twin bed down from the loft for her. My brother will use it when he arrives in two weeks. 

Not going to stress about what I eat or drink. My sister is a good influence as she does not have food issues and is not a junk food or sweets person - just occasionally. Her doctor has actually told her recently she needs to gain weight! Would I love to hear those words.   Got my lists done for Ireland as we go on Saturday for a week. Might as well buy groceries and stuff here instead of over their as Ireland is expensive. We are taking the car ferry over so packing is not an issue. 

Still waiting for daughter's letter from immigration telling her to get her biometrics. We're sure she'll be given the extension to her visa but the waiting (and the inefficiency of the office) is maddening. She can't come to Ireland with us (they have her passport). So we are thinking of options.

Workout at gym: (short workout - had stuff to do)

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12    

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   low fat cheddar on whole wheat wrap (melted), yogurt, crisps
  • D:  veggie stew & broccoli rice, salad
  • S:  mini magnum ice cream bars
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  about 1700

My posting will be sporadic while my sister is here, especially in Ireland as I doubt I'll be online much. 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 09/09/2013:
Glad things are clearing up for your daughter's visa. Hope it's not too long before it's all done!

ps I got into the Magnum bars a little last month--the double caramel--yikes!

grannyannie on 09/09/2013:
Mmm...double caramel is pure bliss!


OhioRaven on 09/09/2013:
Annie, you're at 137Lbs. I think you need to gain some weight. Have a Great time with Sis, Daughter and Bro.

grannyannie on 09/09/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! But I've got a belly and roll at 137. Need to be 130. I feel best at that weight.


Umpqua on 09/09/2013:
Oh geez, you're getting down to the wire with your daughter's paperwork. I hope it comes through this week so she can accompany you to Ireland. I love bringing my own food when I travel since it's healthy and helps save money. Good deal!

grannyannie on 09/09/2013:
If it comes through she won't go to Ireland, she'll go back to the island for her volunteering.


V on 09/09/2013:
Ma it is getting down to the wire i hope your daughter's papers are approved soon.. I am sure you will have a blast in Ireland, I am so excited for you..Have a great evening my friend!

grannyannie on 09/10/2013:
Thanks V!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Busy day.  Finished doing a good cleaning in the kitchen and hallway (lot of photos on the wall), washing windows, laundry, etc etc. I also did some painting in an area where we used to have a radiator but it was moved when we got the new heating system. Easy to ignore but you notice it more when guests are coming.

Our dear friend lost an election and we are very sad about that. She was nonstop crying.   And she was by far the best candidate. 

Lots of activity today but no workout.  Should have done my muscle routines. Will try to do tomorrow even though I have more tasks to finish.

Menu:

  • B:   porridge/strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  skinny mocha, single serve box of Crunchy Nut with soy milk
  • L:  chicken breast, low fat cheddar, yogurt, baked crisps
  • S:  Magnum ice cream bar
  • S:  lots of red wine with friend who was grieving for her election loss 
  • D:  BBQ chicken, corn on cob, sweet potatoes, mushrooms
  • S:  ?

TOTAL: no idea


 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/07/2013:
Sorry to hear your friend lost the election. As long as you're keeping your portions in check, your foods don't sound bad (I know it's not how you usually eat). I'm sure all the cleaning and painting you've been doing is a great workout too!

grannyannie on 09/08/2013:
Thanks. Yes still weighing my food. I've run out of ice cream bars. Daughter eats the white chocolate ones.



grannyannie - Friday Sep 06, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

I emailed our local MP (member of parliament) to ask for help finding out about daughter's visa.  I emailed him Monday but didn't get a reply until today. He got in touch with the immigration office and emailed me back. The idiots had gotten the address wrong so the letter telling her to get the biometrics for her passport (which must mean she got the visa extension!) was returned. The island she was on has a population of about 100 not including the volunteers. It went to the wrong address because immigration are idiots. House names are in Gaelic and it went to the wrong one. So it was returned to immigration in London and has been sitting there for nearly 4 weeks! They have resent it out again today in overnight mail to the main office on the island thanks to our MP. So we are hoping she'll have her visa by the middle of next week. We hope she's back on the island before we go to Ireland a week from tomorrow. Otherwise, she has to stay here by herself as she can't come with us to Ireland w/o her passport. 

Scale said 139 last week and today it said 137. More calories - weight loss? Hmm..  Well, it's better not to be depriving myself just before a holiday because that's when I overindulge and end up with lots to lose after the holiday.

Been washing windows, doing extra cleaning, airing out duvets and a mattress before my sister then brother come. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/blueberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   chicken breast and low fat cheddar and extra low fat mayo on whole wheat wrap, yogurt, baked crisps
  • D:  hubby and daughter finished the rest of the veggie chili so I had a Quorn Leek pie and salad with clementine & strawberries, glass of red wine
  • S:  red wine, Magnum ice cream bar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1700

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/06/2013:
That is fantastic news about the visa extension, although the immigration office seems to be a great example of bureaucratic red tape! How cool that the house names on the island are in Gaelic. With so few residents, it's truly amazing that they managed to screw it up haha. Good going on the loss, you are certainly staying busy too!

grannyannie on 09/06/2013:
Our house name is in Gaelic as well. Many, but not all of them, are.

Don't know how I managed to lose. I could feel it in my belly, so got on the scale the last two mornings. Not going to stress about my weight right now. I WILL be 128-130 when I go to Thailand!


OArecovery on 09/06/2013:
Great news about the visa- and the weight loss! sounds like good planning for the holiday ahead too (not to deprive yourself in preparation) and to rather just moderate through!

enjoy your day :)

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
Thanks!


OhioRaven on 09/06/2013:
Hey, Annie. It's good to hear from you, and that you've got those Idiots straightened out. Keep up the exercise !

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
The government can be so inefficient, among other things!


V on 09/06/2013:
So it sound like your daughter will finally get her visa amd thank goodness for having friends in high places otherwise D would have been going back home and that's no good :(

Okay I know I ask you this every year but may I come to Ireland with you guys? PLEEEEEEEEESE??? hahahaha you know I love my gaelic boys <3 ;) Love ya Annie please say YES!! LOL

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
Sure, friend. Actually if you can just make it to Scotland you can hop in the car. We are taking the ferry over. Got an extra bed in the house we rented. :)


hollybelle on 09/07/2013:
Whew! so happy about the visa! Great job on your cleaning and scale reading!

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
Thanks Holly!



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 04, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Still not behaving but not as bad as I was. No visa yet!!   We are all getting stressed here!

Today I 'supercleaned' my gym (aka spare bedroom) which is the room my brother will use when he arrives.  Sister gets the guestroom that daughter now occupies. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk 
  • L:  bacon roll, donut (went to the bakery with daughter and hubby after my gym and their swim)
  • D: veggie chili & basmati rice
  • S:  red wine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1500

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/04/2013:
You're being consistent with your workouts, so that's a positive! I got mine in today and feel so much better. I need to remind myself of that when my brain would have me go astray haha.

grannyannie on 09/04/2013:
Yes, at least I do my workouts except when we are traveling like the two days last week. But I try to make up for it.


V on 09/04/2013:
Annie honestly I don't see where you are oing bad..Sure getting the roll and donut may not have been in your plan however it was the best time to eat it after going to the gym...Anyhoo I hope your daughter hears about the visa soon, is there any way you or hubby can check on the status of her application?

Hope you have a good evening friend <3

grannyannie on 09/05/2013:
Thanks V. No way to phone or email to check on visa. :(


hollybelle on 09/05/2013:
At the mercy of the government - few thing are much worse! I agree with V. I don't think yu ever do really badly.


OArecovery on 09/06/2013:
Well done on your workout! :)



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 03, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Been busy getting the house ready for guests and finishing projects.  Been on the scale but I'm not confessing!

Not been good. No excuses. Sister arrives next week.  No word on daughter's visa yet.

Workout at home (lower body):

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  skinny latte with almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast and low fat cheddar sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  visit to local brewery for a tour and some samples - 1 pint (20 oz) and shared a packet of crisps
  • D:  veggie curry, rice, roasted veggies, a couple of chicken goujons that daughter is eating since the curry is too spicy for her
  • S:  glass of red wine?
TOTAL:  about 1600

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

V on 09/03/2013:
Hoping that your daughter hears about her visa status soon..Does it normally take a long time? Anyhoo I hope you had a wonderful day friend :)

grannyannie on 09/04/2013:
It can often take a long time! Grr


OhioRaven on 09/03/2013:
I'm sure It's not as bad as you think. You'll be back on top of things soon.



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 31, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Sun and showers today. I took a chance and went power walking/jogging - 4 miles.  Used the app MapMyRun. I did the 4 miles in 55 minutes. Probably did 1/3 of it jogging.

The Cowal Games (traditional Highland Games) began Thursday and ends tonight. We don't bother going to the games any more (we get people from many countries including lots from US and Canada), but we do enjoy the March Past when all the bagpipers who competed play and march down the main street. This is followed by fireworks. So if it's not pouring rain we'll go tonight. Daughter will enjoy it.

http://www.cowalgathering.com/

Workout:

  • 4 mile walk/jog

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post jog workout:  apple
  • L:   hummous on whole wheat wrap, yogurt
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  either a glass of wine and grapes, or possibly a beer if we go into town
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/31/2013:
wow, Annie that's great ! we are going to have to race sometime :v) Thanks for getting me started. You're a great motivator. Have a Great Day !

grannyannie on 08/31/2013:
Haha! I don't jog very often so I don't think a race in my future. Have a great weekend, friend.


biscottibody59 on 08/31/2013:
Good going on the activity--I hope everything works out in your daughter's favor!

grannyannie on 09/01/2013:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 09/01/2013:
4 miles - 55 minutes - wonderful! Any word on visa for daughter?

grannyannie on 09/01/2013:
Thanks! No word yet.


Umpqua on 09/03/2013:
Great work on your exercise! I hope you're having a nice visit with daughter and that you get word on her visa soon.



grannyannie - Friday Aug 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Afraid to get on the scale. I guess I was feeling more deprived than I thought when I was so good for two weeks straight. I have not been good this week at all. Baked chocolate chip muffins for daughter yesterday and having them in the house makes them a lot harder to ignore! 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                     

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Edit:  after I did upper body workout I decided to do lower as well so I wouldn't need to tomorrow. 

Workout at home (lower body):

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  hummous on whole wheat wrap, yogurt, packet of baked crisps
  • S:  2 chocolate chip muffins 
  • D:  chickpea burger w/low fat cheddar, rice w/broccoli & peas, salad
  • Teas, water, coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1762        Will do better tomorrow. 

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/30/2013:
Your dinner sounds lovely! Hope you have a better day today :)

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
Thanks! Need to behave!


OhioRaven on 08/30/2013:
You have been a BAD Girl ! But, you confessed and that should be good for something around here. Good workouts though. Keep Calm and Carry on :v)

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
I know I know! Bad bad girl.


biscottibody59 on 08/30/2013:
I'd eat a couple of cc muffins right about now:-)

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
They are yummy. Especially if I nuke them for 15 seconds to make the cc's melt.


V on 08/30/2013:
Hoping that your daughter gets word on her visa status soon! Have a wonderful weekend Annie <3

grannyannie on 08/31/2013:
:)



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 29, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Daughter is back. No word on the visa yet. We will all be very disappointed if she doesn't get it. The Community is all hoping she'll be returning in 2 weeks. 

Long hike yesterday on rough ground. 

Been busy getting the guest room back together for daughter, grocery shopping, housework. Back to the gym tomorrow.

Didn't count calories on food today, but will tomorrow.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dates-raisins-apricots/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  pbj toast
  • L:  bacon roll, yogurt
  • D:  chicken, rice/broccoli/peas, veggie loaf
  • S:  chocolate chip muffin, glass of wine

Teas, water, coffee w/almond milk

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OArecovery on 08/29/2013:
I hope it all goes well for your daughter!

grannyannie on 08/29/2013:
Thanks!


legcramps on 08/29/2013:
I also hope things go well!

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 08/29/2013:
Yikes - does it depend on any particular thing? Hoping for good outcome.

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
It's just a request to extend her volunteering visa. Anyone from Africa is considered a risk to become an illegal immigrant.



grannyannie - Monday Aug 26, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Christening and party afterward were really nice!  Nice to see some of husband's relatives we rarely see. The baby is husband's great nephew. Husband is godfather to the baby's mother. The parents had the party afterward at their home outdoors and we had a nice, sunny day. The food was awesome! Chicken made 3 or 4 different ways, roast beef, smoked salmon, some vegetarian dishes, a nice quinoa with tofu, lots of different types of salads, nice breads, lots of cakes, brownies, etc etc. I was designated driver  so had 1/2 glass of champagne for the toast and 1 beer. I was due for a higher calorie day and fulfilled that!

Home late and too tired for the gym today. Will try to get in a workout later. Getting things ready for daughter to return. Wallpapering nearly done. 

Taking a break from doing a menu and counting calories today, but will behave. 

Tomorrow morning we are going to the island to stay the night and then bring daughter back home tomorrow afternoon.

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/26/2013:
Sounds like a nice weekend, Annie. I know you'll start being good now. Good news about the wallpaper.

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Cheers!


liza36 on 08/26/2013:
Sounds like a lovely time with good eats and good company!

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Very enjoyable!


Umpqua on 08/26/2013:
Nom nom, great assortment of foods at the christening and it sounds like you did well. I'm sure you're excited to bring daughter home tomorrow!

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Didn't do really bad, but did hit those brownies a few times! Yes, haven't seen daughter for a few weeks now.


MrsD on 08/26/2013:
Sounds like a lovely time!! I love that more folks are starting to offer more choices for those of us who aren't wanting to throw caution to the wind LOL. Have a great day!

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Yes, I could easily have had the plain chicken breast and salads. But....


V on 08/26/2013:
So happy to hear that you had a good time at the function :) I am sure your daughter will be excited to have some home cooked meals and lots of pampering from you and your hubby!! Happy travels my friend <3


hollybelle on 08/26/2013:
Ah you have to celebrate sometimes with food! Back on track this week! I hit the chocolate too much on Sunday and had to go without much real food! Oh, boy!


legcramps on 08/27/2013:
The food sounds delicious! Glad to hear you had fun :)



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