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grannyannie - Friday Oct 25, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Totally frustrated today!  I've been trying to buy tickets online for a show I really want to see. Last night I discovered more shows had been added and tickets would go on sale at 9am. So I stayed home from the gym today with plans to go to the gym later. It's 2pm and I'm still here!  Lots of problems with the site as many people want tickets (they sold out the first 50,000 tickets in 2 hours yesterday). Got as far as putting in credit card 4 different times after very long waits and then got an error message.  The site keeps crashing. Sigh. 

Edit:  just got the tickets!!  Wait till hubby finds out I paid £102!!

Anyway, I'm going to keep trying and if I don't get a workout in today I'd do a really long one tomorrow. 

Baked some oat and linseed bread this morning and the smell drove me crazy. I sliced some for my sandwich but couldn't get the slices thin enough. So I had to cut calories to make up for it. I don't do low carb but this was definitely too many. But delicious!

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  oat & linseed bread with chicken breast, low fat cheddar, extra light mayo
  • S:  grapes
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad 
  • Teas & water & coffee

TOTAL:   under 1400

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/25/2013:
Woohoo for getting the tickets!! I've definitely been in the same situation where you just keep refreshing and refreshing and can't get in to get tickets! Food sounds yummy!!

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
Thanks! I'm thrilled!


Umpqua on 10/25/2013:
Congrats on getting the tickets! How frustrating that it took most of the day. That fresh baked bread sounds phenomenal - glad you enjoyed it!

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
I would have been so unhappy if I hadn't got the tickets! I've just booked a hotel for that night as well as there would be no way to get home afterwards (ferry).


grumpy on 10/25/2013:
What show is this? I LOVE shows!

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
This is the comeback of a hilarious tv comedy that was on in Scotland until 2007. So they are doing it live on stage and might get the tv show back as well. Very popular!



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 24, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Our (Ugandan) daughter got one of the jobs she applied for on the island!      I think she starts in March but this one is a contract for just 9 months. Crossing our fingers there are no problems getting a work visa. 

We go to the island Monday and stay the night and as I mentioned, the restaurants are all closed except one which is fully booked that night. So I've bought reduced fat smoked sausage and packets of microwavable rice/veg. Also bringing pbj sandwiches, some fruit, and 4 cans of beer. Hubby can have 3 and I'll have one. 

On my own for dinner. My dear husband is meeting up with his brother in Glasgow again trying to help out their uncle who has dementia and is going downhill fast.

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/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast and low fat cheddar on whole wheat wrap w/extra light mayo
  • S:  grapes
  • D: Quorn pie, salad, cooked carrots
  • S: low fat cottage cheese 
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1236

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/24/2013:
Congratulations to your daughter, and that's fantastic you're getting to spend so much time with her! I like your plan for next week too, very sensible.

grannyannie on 10/24/2013:
Thanks! We're excited about the job.


V on 10/24/2013:
Yayy! Congrats to your daughter :) I am super shocked that you are not bring a bottle of wine with ya, I sure would ;) LOL Have a wonderful evening friend <3

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
Thanks! If I brought a bottle of wine I'd have to drink the entire thing myself. Besides getting totally drunk it's too many calories! ;)



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

A dilemma here. Daughter finishes her volunteering next week and we are going to get her.  We already booked the hostel for Monday night and will bring her home Tuesday. Since it's the end of the tourist season the restaurants are now closed. We'll have to cook something in the hostel's kitchen I guess. Oh well, at least I won't be tempted by restaurant foods and beer. 

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
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisin-cranberry-cherry-blueberry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  dried apricot-date-raisin-walnut-almond mix
  • L:  egg and cheddar in a wrap, 2 oatcakes w/pb, clementine
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1434

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/23/2013:
I agree... on the plus side you don't have to be tempted my all the food at the restaurants and you can control what you'll eat.

grannyannie on 10/23/2013:
Very true.


Umpqua on 10/23/2013:
Do they have a refrigerator you can use? If you don't want to cook there you can always pack up cheese and crackers and hummus and pita for a lighter dinner. That's good that you don't have to worry about restaurant temptations!

grannyannie on 10/23/2013:
There is a fridge, but it takes us a long time to get there as we'll be on the (free) bus. So we're bringing packets of microwavable rice/veggies and some low fat smoked sausage. We can have our lunches on the ferry and I'll bring a pbj for breakfast.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 22, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Not going into the gorry details, but I was hit by serious snack-itis yesterday!    Cutting back on calories the next few days to help make up for the damage. 

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
Will either do my tae bo/jump rope routine or just get on my exercise bike with my Kindle rubber-banded to it and stay on for a very long time. 

Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg, 2 veggie sausages, 1 toast, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes, peach
  • D:  leek and potato soup, 2 oatcakes, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  nothing!
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1199

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/22/2013:
Confession is good for the soul, and to help get right with what you've wronged. Thank you for sparing me the gorey details. I still think you're one of the strongest people I know. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 10/22/2013:
Thank you, Ohio!!


Umpqua on 10/22/2013:
I think Snack-itis happens to all of us. But now you've confronted it and can move on! Great plan for the day.

grannyannie on 10/22/2013:
Yes, moving on....


glassgirl3 on 10/22/2013:
We just talked about this at meeting, something about it being in our DNA. Hedonic hunger or something like that. You just have to deal with it and move on. Today will be a better day.

grannyannie on 10/22/2013:
Doing fine today. Reminding myself of the clothes I HAVE to fit into in January.


grumpy on 10/22/2013:
Oh no, not the snack-itis! :)

grannyannie on 10/23/2013:
Aye!


V on 10/22/2013:
Okay mo one can say that they have the same caloric intake every day..Sometimes we nee a few extra calories on days when we work out twice..It is more than okay to honor your hunger, just keep it healthy, even if it's not, keep it moving my friend <3

grannyannie on 10/23/2013:
Ta. I was really hungry but choices could have been better. :/



grannyannie - Monday Oct 21, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Going to the island next week to bring daughter back as her volunteering will end. She'll be here for 2 weeks....and I'm only making her chocolate chips muffins once.  

I've put the scale in an inconvenient place and will try to leave it there until Saturday.

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                                                                               

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/raisin-cranberry-cherry-blueberry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  apricot-date-raisin-walnut-almond mix
  • L:   carrot soup, low fat cheddar in a wrap, soy yogurt
  • S:  peach
  • D:  pea/leek/potato soup, 3 oatcakes, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  mini-Magnum (ice cream bar) Mmmmm
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk 

TOTAL:  1498

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/21/2013:
Ice Cream ? Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/21/2013:
A mini ice cream, Ohio. I juggled calories so I could have it. 180 cals.


Umpqua on 10/21/2013:
Good for you for putting the scale away for a few days. I know how difficult that is to do! I hope you have a good one.

grannyannie on 10/21/2013:
Ta, yea it's tough not to jump on the scale every morning!


skinnygrlwithin on 10/21/2013:
Your food likes really awesome!! And good for you for putting the scale away... it becomes addicting and unhealthy (at least for me anyways haha.)

grannyannie on 10/21/2013:
...and very frustrating!


V on 10/21/2013:
My does time fly, I can't believe your daughter's volunteer job will be over in 2 weeks?? WOW I am sure she will miss all of her new friends..How long will she stay with you before she heads back to Uganda?

I'm just catching up with everyone's posts since Thursday and it looks like you had a fantastic week of exercise and healthy eating as usual so BRAVO my friend <3 Have a great evening :)

grannyannie on 10/22/2013:
She is actually done in one week and will be with us for two.

Miss you here V!



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 20, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Rest day. Well, that means no workouts but I still have to do housework. 

Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  carrot & coriander soup, melted low fat cheddar in a wrap, 2 clementines
  • D: pea/leek/potato soup, salad w/pumpkin seeds/almond slivers/walnut pieces, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  low fat cottage cheese
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1198

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/20/2013:
I'm in the same boat and I have a ton of housework to catch up on. I hope we both get some actual rest :)

grannyannie on 10/20/2013:
Hope you do too. I'm done so I'm resting now. When I can get myself away from the computer I'm going to read.


OhioRaven on 10/20/2013:
I'm laying on the couch watching football. Yep ! I'm resting.

grannyannie on 10/20/2013:
Me too!



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 19, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

OMG! I was 139.2 yesterday and this morning I'm 140?!    I know I tell others that it's often fluid retention that does that, but....argghhhh! Doing some juggling with calories to shake things up a bit. Will try: Sun,Thurs, Sat - 1200, MWF 1500, Thurs 1300.  

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/apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  carrot soup, 2 oatcakes, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  low fat cottage cheese
  • Teas, water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1200 exactly

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/19/2013:
Good plan for mixing up the calories. The scale will move down for you soon!

grannyannie on 10/19/2013:
Hope it works. I'm starting to panic here!


selina on 10/20/2013:
Omg, we are the same weight today!

grannyannie on 10/20/2013:
Hi Selina!



grannyannie - Friday Oct 18, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Husband - who is very particular about food - loved my carrot & coriander soup.  I added an extra dash of chilli powder to his. I'm making a double batch tomorrow and will freeze it.

I've been stuck at 139.* for the last 7 days even though I've worked out like crazy and stuck to calories. I guess 1500 on my heavy workout days is too high, so I'll cut that to 1400 and cut the other days to 1300 and see what happens. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 5 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
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 bowls of my yummy carrot and coriander soup, 1 slice whole grain toast w/pb & set honey, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  2 clementines
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   1392

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/18/2013:
Try not to worry about it too much. Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/18/2013:
Easier said than done! Ta, Ohio.


Umpqua on 10/18/2013:
I'm glad the soup was a hit. You could also try going even higher on your heavy workout days just to vary things a bit (the whole zig-zag technique). I know the scale will move for you soon as you are very persistent!

grannyannie on 10/18/2013:
I might try some 1200 days and then back to 1500 on my MWF heavy days. I'll experiment. Really hate plateaus! Gotta fit into those clothes in January - no alternative!



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 17, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Needed to drop husband off at the ferry and go into town shopping so got an extra cardio in at the gym.

Tried out a recipe for carrot & coriander soup before I serve it to guests in a couple of weeks. Delicious! Added some chilli powder for extra oomph.  Can't believe this big bowl of soup is only 102 cals!
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/member-recipes/Classic%20Carrot%20and%20Coriander%20Soup/3138

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins elliptical
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/raisin-berry-cherry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  after gym & shopping:  low fat cheddar wrap
  • L:  2 fried eggs on 1 slice toast, homemade carrot soup, 1 oatcake
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1477

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/17/2013:
That looks yummy and much simpler than the carrot soup I make. I recently made his flatbread from this recipe (only 150 calories per serving) - that might make a good accompaniment :)

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/levi-roots-stylee-jerk-chicken-jalapeno-breads

grannyannie on 10/17/2013:
That looks good as well!

The soup was easy to make but using the stick wiz is messy. I went out into the garage to use it, just like I make hubby do. :D


IndependentEm93 on 10/17/2013:
Have a great day!

grannyannie on 10/17/2013:
Same to you


skinnygrlwithin on 10/17/2013:
I LOVE when I find food that allows me to eat a whole bunch, fills me up, and it's worth like no calories!!

grannyannie on 10/17/2013:
Me too!! :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Very determined and motivated but looking forward to my first well-deserved treat in 12 days (on the island).

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                                                                               

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/apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  pbj on homemade wholegrain seeded toast, soy yogurt, clementine
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1500

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 10/16/2013:
Have a great day!

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Ta, you too!


skinnygrlwithin on 10/16/2013:
Looks like a good day planned to me! Way to get right back on track!!

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Yep, we're both back on track!


OhioRaven on 10/16/2013:
Annie, you really are a body builder. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Aye, Ohio! That's me - Wonderwoman! LOL.


Umpqua on 10/16/2013:
You're doing great Annie, your workout routine is stellar!

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Thanks! Feels good to get back to it.



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