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grannyannie - Monday Oct 24, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Yes, I'm back and I've been bad.  Updated weight.    No excuses, just copped a 'hell with it' attitude.  But now I'm in panic mode. Leaving in 5 weeks.  So I am going to try hard.  

Upcoming:  dinner at friends' house Weds.  Was talked into going to a union meeting with our friends next week.  Then snacks when I stay up all night on election night. Husband's birthday and daughter's visit the third week of November.  Last year I think I weighed about 146 when we arrived in Thailand, so went on a diet while there (as well as the gym) and lost 5 lbs in the first week. Guess I'll be doing that again. Tight clothes suck - especially in a hot climate!

Workout lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
Workout cardio:
  • exercise bike - 45 mins

Needed to go to a shop to pick up some wine to take to our friends' house for dinner Weds.  So rode my bike - 10 miles roundtrip. 

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  2 eggs, toast, apple, small yogurt, quinoa bar, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1331

 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/24/2016:
Don't panic. You probably rock a muffin top bikini.

grannyannie on 10/24/2016:
Groan. Defo got a muffin top!



grannyannie - Friday Oct 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

No workouts today.  First thing this morning hubby and I went grocery shopping together.  His daughter, her husband and adorable 4 year old will be here shortly and staying until Tuesday.  

He's the cook in the house and we eat totally differently when guests come.  Looks like we are having a meat-fest.  Tonight is homemade pizza with bacon and sausage and mushrooms.  

Menu:

B:  usual porridge

L:  cheese wrap, banana

D:  pizza, salad

One beer, wine, maybe gin.

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/14/2016:
i would be running from the meat-pizza-fest!

lol...but...enjoy time with loved ones...and...

i bought tonic at lunch - thinking of you always with the Gin & Tonic!


puddles on 10/15/2016:
I guess you will roll with the punches. Have a great time.


hollybelle on 10/16/2016:
Enjoy your visit and go for moderation. We eat differently when we visit family or family visits us, too.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Feeling guility for skipping too many workouts so doubled up today.  Yesterday I cleaned the whole house and got the guest rooms ready because I knew hubby would be outdoors working in the garden all day and not be underfoot.  

Stepdaughter, her husband and their 4 year old boy are coming tomorrow and staying for 5 days.  I will TRY hard to behave, or at least not be overly indulgent.  

Less than 7 weeks to Thailand and I'm not going to make my goal.  I need to at least hit 140 which is possible IF I behave.  I've got the all-nighter election snacks and alcohol which I won't give up, and overnight at hotel in Glasgow for hubby's birthday celebration with daughter.  

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   2 x 12 (instead of 4 sets)

Workout lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10

Workout cardio:

  • 30 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine (instead of 45 mins)
  • exercise bike - 45 mins
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn (vegetarian) pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:   1334

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/13/2016:
all in moderation girlfriend, you shouldn't have to give up things that make you happy :-D

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
That's the battle - enjoying treats and beer or being happy with my body.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/13/2016:
agreed with your battle above - this is why in general i have been really trying to tame my choices. i still pig out - but more on lower cal sugar free jello and low cal things...maintaining the lower weight makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER when i am with friends, dressing up, etc. To me, I need to feel that confidence that comes with lowered calories...

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
I feel so much better in many ways when I am smaller - not skinny.


puddles on 10/13/2016:
I understand that you are pushing it to get down to the weight you feel comfortable at before you leave but be careful not to overdo and cause yourself any injury. Just do your best you cannot ask any more of yourself. You are such a motivated person that you will get there.

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
Thanks for your faith!


hollybelle on 10/13/2016:
Have fun with visiting family. I predict you will be able to exercise moderation. Maybe postpone beer until Thailand????

grannyannie on 10/14/2016:
Thanks. Stepdaughter might bring a really good and expensive gin and also likes wine. Fortunately she's not a big drinker will helps me moderate. And husband's birthday will be in a restaurant that has a huge choice of good craft beers - hard to resist.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 11, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Back to working out today.  Dentist tomorrow morning for a cleaning, but I'll be home by 10 so no excuses to escape working out.  

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12
Workout cardio:
  • exercise bike - 45 mins

Menu:  

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

Cals:   1240

 

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/11/2016:
Enjoy your workout! I will also be at the gym later this afternoon - an early session :) hope to be home around 6 so i can review my notes and relax before taking a couple NYS Notary tests tomorrow!

grannyannie on 10/11/2016:
Thanks. Sounds good!


puddles on 10/11/2016:
Have a great day Annie sounds like you have a plan.

grannyannie on 10/11/2016:
Thanks. Hanging in there after a bit of slipping.


hollybelle on 10/11/2016:
Great job as usual. :-)


trishpiglet3 on 10/12/2016:
Your food looks really lovely :) Nutritious and tasty



grannyannie - Monday Oct 10, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

No workout today.  First thing this morning we watched the debate, then I had to go grocery shopping.  I really hate working out in the afternoon.  But I did do housework.  

Menu:  

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

Cals:   1341

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/10/2016:
Housework counts as exercise!

grannyannie on 10/11/2016:
Yes it does!



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 09, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Lazy day yesterday.  Felt really tired.  Too many calories but no junk in the house.  Didn't get on scale!

Stepdaughter, her husband and their 4 year old are coming Friday and staying until Tuesday.  So I'm trying for 1200 calories until Friday.  Will TRY to behave.  Maybe I should try on one of my bikinis Friday morning for incentive?!  LOL. 

Workout lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
Workout cardio:
  • exercise bike - 45 mins
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  pbj on toast, apple, yogurt 
  • D:  pasta bolognese, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1196
 
HOP asked for some photos of Edinburgh:

Just some old buildings I liked which were near Holyrood Palace - the queen's Edinburgh home:
 
 
 

View from the castle:  
 
 
Church where one of the queen's granddaughters got married
 
 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2016:
Those photos are like pictures out of a fairytale book. I have NEVER seen anything like this sort of beauty in person. Just wow. NYC doesn't compare to the fairy-tale like beauty in these photos. Thank you for clarifying who stays at the Holyrod Palace.

Great eating. Yes, try on a bathing suit! You are close to already 10lbs lost. Keep up the good work so that you can reach your goal.

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
The spot where the castle is has had a structure there for 1,000 years! A lot of tourists though only go to Edinburgh and nowhere else, so they don't really see what Scotland is like.

I'll be happy if I'm under 140, even if only by a pound!


hollybelle on 10/09/2016:
Whew! You are rolling on through with your goals! Beautiful pictures. I understand the difference between Edinburgh and real Scotland!

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
Thanks! Edinburgh is called the most English city in Scotland. Love the history and old buildings but give me landscape/seascapes any day!


thinkpositive on 10/09/2016:
Beautiful pictures! This is one of my problems- always something coming up- dinners, house guests, parties... So hard to control my eating ALL of the time!

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
Thanks. Yes, that's my problem. Always guests, going out, or traveling.



grannyannie - Friday Oct 07, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Just got back from Edinburgh.  I believe our meeting with the MSP's (Member of Scottish Parliament) went well and we got their attention.  The group had their photo taken in front of the parliament building and we'll be on the front page of our local weekly paper.  There were 28 protestors, almost all over the age of 60.  Glad we spend the night but that meant two days of indulgence.  The problem with going low cal, no junk, healthy, no alcohol for weeks means I was too tempted.  

Meals:

B:  Scottish veggie breakfast:  2 eggs, hash browns, fried tomato and mushrooms, 2 veggie sausages, toast

S:  cappuccino and chocolate croissant in a museum cafe

No lunch

S:  pint of beer

D:  fish and chips and peas, pint of beer

Didn't take a lot of photos since I've been to Edinburgh many, many times.  Couldn't really take photos in the parliament building.

From the top of a hill - Arthur's Seat is the big hill, and below among the buildings is Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood. 

 

 

Inside the National Museum of Scotland:

 

Haven't seen the local paper yet but looking online.  They don't have the photo of all of us posing in front of parliament, but crossing the street to get there.  Mine and my hubby's heads can barely be seen in between two of the people in front. 

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/07/2016:
Hi Annie!

Your photos were awesome. As usual, I'm always amazed by your photos and wasn't expecting to see such...history & landscape !?

Wow that hill is awesome. Never heard of the hill personally bc i really don't know enough of my landscapes / geography / history. Of course I have heard of Edinburgh.

The palace and older buildings that make up that first photo are such a beautiful sight! So cool for you have been there for the protest! I would love to walk around that area & take in those cool surroundings!

Although i'm not familiar with the Palace of Holyrod, I'm sure my mom has heard of it. She's more of the geographical, worldly, and political buff.

Gotta laugh where it says "Queen's Gallary" because i live in Queens, NY. lol...

And i do recognize your face & hair from your previous photos in the last photo above! Sounds like a most interesting and exciting time in Scotland.

grannyannie on 10/07/2016:
The Palace of Holyrood is where the Queen stays when in Edinburgh. I've got tons of good photos of Edinburgh. I'll post a few tomorrow. I LOVE the Georgian architecture there!


hollybelle on 10/07/2016:
Great pictures. Unlike HOP-I don't recognize you in the last picture - shich one are you? I love the "Be Ferry Fair" protest sign. That will make a nice picture for the local paper! Now back to business to prepare for your winter trip!

grannyannie on 10/07/2016:
Hubby and I are behind our friend, the lady in the red coat.


hollybelle on 10/08/2016:
How did I miss that?!?!

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
Dunno! LOL.


thinkpositive on 10/09/2016:
Love the pictures. Visited Edinburgh once & enjoyed my time there, Read through some back posts & saw how well you are doing ! Congratulations! You seem to have a tried & true formula that works for you. Your upcoming trip must be a big incentive.

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
I love Edinburgh. Can't even count how many times I've been there but still enjoy it.

Thanks. A bit of backsliding here and there, but trying! And yes, 3 bikinis that are ready to be packed, and having capris and shorts that aren't too tight is incentive.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 06, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Posting from my phone.

Menu: B:Usual porridge L: toasted ham and cheese sandwich D: Chicken burger and chips 3 pints of beer S: unknown

Our protest went well. Made progress. Have to laugh at all of you worrying about it getting violent. Most of us were were well over 60!

Love being in Edinburgh!

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/06/2016:
love posting from phone when it's the only option at the moment!

wow 3 pints beer! you love your beer Annie <3 haha <3

Photos!

So glad it went well...

grannyannie on 10/07/2016:
Yes, love beer. Actually had 2 1/2 and hubby finished the 3rd one. Not a lot of pics, but some later.



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 05, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Tomorrow we go to Edinburgh for the day to protest at our parliament.  We'll be transported by a couple of coaches.  It's at least a 2 to 2.5 hour journey there. The coach will return in the evening but hubby and I have decided we'd just spend the night in Edinburgh and come back on our own by bus/train Friday.  Found a good deal on a hotel. This means I will need to practice restraint and avoid temptations.  Also will be missing my workouts.  

Workout cardio:

  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar wrap, banana, apple, yogurt 
  • D:  Thai curry with noodles/bok choy/spring onions/courgette/ginger/beansprouts/coconut, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:   Not good at estimating a curry with noodles, so about 1300, maybe 1350

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 10/05/2016:
Be careful protesting! I hope they don't get out of hand, like they do in places here.

grannyannie on 10/05/2016:
I don't think we'll be carrying signs. It's been arranged we'll be there and we will meet with some of the MSPs. It's about a large ferry being taken away from us 3 years ago and being replaced with a tiny ferry that is often cancelled in bad weather. We want the big ferry back.


puddles on 10/05/2016:
Definitely be careful but enjoy your time away Annie.

grannyannie on 10/05/2016:
Thanks! There won't be any problems with our protest. My biggest fear is I'll eat too much, the wrong foods, or drink too much beer! LOL.


hollybelle on 10/05/2016:
Good for you with the protest! Good luck. Remember - restraint!

grannyannie on 10/05/2016:
Thanks, Holly!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/05/2016:
But you'll be active walking around at the protest! Good idea to spend the night...less traffic coming back surely the next day! Let us know how it goes!!! maybe some photos....?

grannyannie on 10/05/2016:
Our protest is organised. Meetings with the right people. And we get to see our First Minister speak (like a PM for Scotland). No need to worry about traffic - coach on the way there and buses/train on the way home. Yes, will take photos.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 04, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Last night after dinner I felt like I was starving!  So I had a cashew/date bar (143 cals) and then had a second one, the last in the cupboard.  So calories went from less than 1200 to 1471.

1200 calories 4 days a week is proving to be too low for the amount of exercise I get.  So I'm going to allow 1300 a day, maybe 1400 one day, and then a 1700 calorie day once a week.  

My high calorie day this week will be Thursday as we have been booked to go to Edinburgh to parliament to protest the ferry service where we live.  This will entail eating out for lunch and dinner and maybe a beer or two. 

Workout lower:
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
Workout cardio:
  • bike ride - 14 miles (husband and I had appt to get flu jabs so we rode our bikes)
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn vegetarian 'chicken' and leek pie, salad
  • S: almonds
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1292

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/04/2016:
Sounds like you have a solid plan. You do exercise a lot. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 10/04/2016:
Thanks, Fran.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2016:
1200 is too low for you i think also. You can probably lose good weight on even 1500 per day. I love the tonic water & i'm going to buy it again today! Thanks for getting me into it.

grannyannie on 10/04/2016:
Might go between 1300 and 1400. I think 1500 would be too slow a loss and I've got 8 weeks. Are you drinking the elderflower tonic? Love it.


hollybelle on 10/04/2016:
Yes, sometimes I have been getting very hungry in the middle of the night. I knew I wasn't eating enough. I can go low for a few days, but them it catches up with me. Good move to allow a bit more.

grannyannie on 10/04/2016:
Hits me after dinner.


hollybelle on 10/04/2016:
OK - I missed the elderflower tonic stuff - what is it and what does it do?

grannyannie on 10/04/2016:
I drink Schweppes low cal Elderflower tonic water with dinner. Only about 10 cals for a huge glass and I put some lime slices in it. Nice. A bit on the tart side - even better with gin in it!


horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2016:
I don't think we have elderflower only regular diet tonic ...

grannyannie on 10/05/2016:
We've got plain, lemon, and elderflower. Surprised you don't have it. I know you get Schweppes in the US.

grannyannie on 10/05/2016:
Took a quick peek and it looks like it is only sold here.



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