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grannyannie - Thursday Sep 22, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Pizza was too good last night and I ate too much of it.  I've been on low calories for 8 days so a higher calorie day is okay.  Too low for too long has the wrong effect. 
 
Invited to friends' house for dinner Sunday.  I will NOT drink any wine. 

Workout:
  • Exercise bike - 45 mins
  • jump rope - 25 x 8
  • 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
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  cheese in a wrap, cup of carrot soup, banana, clementine, 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:  1282 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/23/2016:
Well said - too low for too long has the wrong effect. I have been trying to make every other day lower calorie. It's going pretty well. I am only minding calorie for now - not paying a lot of attention to content, but mostly healthy. Oh, and walking - walking most every day!

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
True. Happened to be me before. I think once a week higher cal is probably good.



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 21, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Sorry I didn't regularly include the treadmill in my gym workouts.  The fronts of my calves and my hip flexors (upper front thigh) are a bit sore from 4 miles of very fast walking yesterday.  Guess those muscles don't get used much on bike, rower and elliptical or normal walking.  I'll be sure to do a power walk any time we have dry weather that isn't windy. 

Workout:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope (did 25 x 8 this time) - going to cut this to 40 mins

Menu:  husband wants to make me a homemade veggie pizza - he won't use a lot of cheese but is using mozzarella and cheddar

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, banana, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  pizza, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  probably under 1500

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
Take it easy and stretch maybe take an anti-inflammatory if the pain doesn't go away or you have any swelling??

Excellent exercise & calories good too :)

grannyannie on 09/21/2016:
No swelling, just normal soreness. Not bad.

Ate more pizza than I should have but I was due for a higher calorie day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
lol to "i was due for a higher calorie day!"

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
LOL. True! If you eat low calories every day for too long your body says 'hey, that's all you need' and when you go higher you gain weight.


hollybelle on 09/22/2016:
I feel better knowing as much as you work out you got a little sore from the 4 mile fast walk. I have been walking 2 or 3-5 miles fast and getting a sore, although it's MUCH better this week! Different muscles are used - you are right. It should be interesting when I ride my bike what that does for my pain issues! Keep on going! You are really sticking with that Tae Bo!

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
Yea, the fronts of my calves were very sore!



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 20, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Did the entire Tae Bo 45 min workout yesterday and it's tough.  It's fun but hard work.  I doubt I could do this workout 6 times a week as well as 4 sets of each of my muscle routines every day but Sunday.  I think I'll do Tae Bo 3 times a week and do something else the other 3 days.  I'll still do 4 sets each of muscle work every day but Sunday - lower body one day, upper body the next.   

Hubby comes home tonight.  He's not a fan of pasta but that's what he's getting for dinner because I can't make a curry. 

Workout:
  • Power walked for 4 miles (stopped to take a few photos - below)
  • 30 mins on exercise bike
  • jump rope - 4 x 25
  • 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
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  carrot soup, cheese wrap, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn bolognese sauce on pasta, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  under 1300
 
Perfect day for a walk!
 

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/20/2016:
Yep ! I could walk here.

grannyannie on 09/20/2016:
It helps to have pretty scenery to look at when walking.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/20/2016:
OH MY...the view is OUTSTANDING!

i agree with OR!

grannyannie on 09/20/2016:
We like it! :)


hollybelle on 09/21/2016:
Great workout! Love the pictures. Saw them on FB and was blown away! Keep up the good work!



grannyannie - Monday Sep 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

It was nice not having to set the alarm to get up and go to the gym. So it's home workouts from now on.  Husband comes back from a short trip tomorrow night.  

Partly sunny but cool right now.  Might go for a short power walk later.  

Workout:
  • 12 routines usings dumbbells (added in a pecs routine like the one I did on the chest press at gym) -   4 x 12
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  1/2 cheese sandwich, carrot soup, banana, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn bolognese sauce on pasta, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  estimate just under 1300

Have a healthy day everybody!

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/19/2016:
Thanks, Annie !

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
You're welcome!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2016:
So i was tempted to buy the diet tonic water, but didn't do it yet. always think of you with it...

when you mention walking, you remind me how i'm getting stronger & stronger and soon i will have more of a continuous walking routine :) then running later! yay.

you really have the low calories down pat. I should take tips from you!....i see it's the teas with probably sugar free almond milk, teas, etc., which are helping you. same here, i used diet products to keep my calories low...like diet jello but now i'm getting sick of it - may have a few weeks of sugar free pudding now made with milk for a change :)

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
In my black tea first thing in the morning I have unsweetened soy milk, in my coffees I like the sweetened almond milk (articifical sweetener).

Didn't walk today - too tired after workout!


puddles on 09/19/2016:
So this is where the discipline comes into play with doing your own schedule for your exercises. Definitely you will be on top of it all because you are good that way. Enjoy your last day as a single person Annie. Tomorrow back to married life... lol

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
Gotta do it in the mornings, just like the gym.

Haha, back to married life tomorrow. I enjoy reading in bed before sleep, but can't do that if hubby is here.


hollybelle on 09/19/2016:
Good deal on home workouts! I usually do well with food when husband is out of town. Think vacation!

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
Thanks! I think it's 10 weeks before we go. I'll start trying the clothes on in a few weeks to see how they fit, including the bikinis. Yikes.



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 18, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Rest day.  Will do some housework though and maybe re-organise the bathroom cupboards.  

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, banana, clementine, yogurt, decided to make some carrot soup so having a cup of soup and 1/2 cheese sandwich
  • D:  2 Quorn patties, potatoes, veg gravy, asparagus, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals: 1302 1270
 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/18/2016:
Good calories and plan, Annie. I need to begin work on master bath and closets. Ugh! I will feel very accomplished when I get it done, though. I need to have some good cal and exercise days if I am going to appear in anything similar to a bathing suit in October. Ha!

grannyannie on 09/18/2016:
Yea, bikinis for me first of Dec! I just don't want my clothes to hurt!


puddles on 09/18/2016:
Funny how things get messed up over time even with all the good intentions after cleaning it up we still end up messing it up... lol Have a great day Annie good food plan.

grannyannie on 09/18/2016:
I know. I try to keep things organised but it just doesn't last.



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 17, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

On the scale this morning.  Exactly the same weight as I was before we went on our trip last Friday and I overindulged.  So being the same is okay.  I need to lose 2 lbs a week and the only way to do that is to behave when we have guests or are visiting or eating out. 
 
Edit:  changed my muscle workouts to 4 sets each instead of 3. 
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic)  & jump rope workout (did 32 mins of it - hard! And 4 x 25 jump rope mixed in
  • 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
Nice day today so I might also go for a power walk or bike ride. Making a huge batch of pasta sauce and freezing some of it.

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, 2 clementines, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn bolognese sauce on pasta, small glass of red wine (leftover from the small bottle I used to make the sauce), salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  too difficult to calculate pasta calories, estimating about 1400 calories for the day

 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 20.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2016:
It's so hard for me also to keep calories down when going out!

Last night, i made healthy options...but had a couple drinks made with diet coke and ate healthy food choices, but calories are still higher. At least it was healthy choices :)

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
Healthy calories are good, even if too many sometimes.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2016:
i wonder if the sauce would also taste good with some veggies? like with roasted eggplant or other squash!

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
The sauce has onions, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms. We eat lots of eggplant/aubergines with curries, so wanted a change.


puddles on 09/17/2016:
Very good on the weigh-in congrats. Yes keeping the control when visitor are around is a challenge but I am sure you can do it. I love making my pasta sauce I do it all with vegetable and when I use it I then select the protein I want with it and cook it at that time to add to the sauce I will be using. This is my way of controlling the amount of protein I use. Enjoy your weekend Annie.

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
Thanks. I'd forgotten how much work it was making homemade sauce! My husband is the cook, but I do this one. I used Quorn mince which is ground beef substitute.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2016:
good idea to include an extra set. In the past, not recently, i was doing as much as 6 sets sometimes. HELPFUL.

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
I used to always do 4 sets but haven't for a while. But I'm on bikini deadline now! LOL.


hollybelle on 09/17/2016:
I am gradually cutting down my indulgences it's not easy but when I am rewarded with a slightly less tight pair or pants or a fitted blouse I haven't been able to button that fits it is worth it! I used to do Tae Bo. A video with Billy Banks. It was lots of fun, actually. It was a forerunner of kick-boxing, sort of.

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
It's a huge reward and keeps me motivated when something that was tight now fits.

I did the Tae Bo before rejoining the gym on my 60th birthday (4 1/2 years ago). I picked the moves I liked he best and choreographed it to a playlist. Still have the list so I remembered all the moves. Fun but hard work.



grannyannie - Friday Sep 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Last day at gym.  Closing after tonight for serious refurbishment and expansion. 

Husband is off on a wee trip to an island and won't be back until Tuesday.  So my dinners will be something different from our usual curries.  

Workout at gym:
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing  machine
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley
Workout at home:
  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  cereal bar
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, strawberries, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  3 egg omelette w/asparagus/onions/peppers, toast, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1316 

Edit:  Discovered I forgot to buy mushrooms for my pasta sauce.  So I rode my bike a total of 9.6 miles to pick some up.  Electric bike so I'd only count that as 6 miles. 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/16/2016:
I def want to live your mini trip through you...hope to hear all about it!

When does your gym reopen?

grannyannie on 09/16/2016:
It's closed for at least 12 weeks as the project is major. However, by that time we'll be in Thailand for the winter. So it will be early March before I get to see the new gym.


puddles on 09/16/2016:
Wow 6 miles for mushroom you are got I would have eliminated it from the recipe... lol You are getting some alone time... nice to have little holidays from each other sometimes. Your cooking will be easy and not as tempting keeping it simple. Have a great day enjoy your last gym time Annie.

grannyannie on 09/16/2016:
I love riding my bike so didn't mind at all. We go on very long bike rides (66 miles is the longest) and it's enjoyable because the bikes are pedal assisted electric. Hills are pretty easy.

I do enjoy when he takes little trips as I always seem to get a lot done and I also like to read in bed before sleep which I can't do when he's home.


hollybelle on 09/16/2016:
Ha. I agree with Puddles - I would probably have foregone those mushrooms, too. Good work!!

grannyannie on 09/16/2016:
I didn't pay £2,000 for my bike to have it sit in the garage. I love riding!

Besides, pasta sauce with no mushrooms?? No way. LOL.



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Tomorrow is the last day at the gym.  I'm looking forward to seeing it totally refurbished and expanded.  I won't see it until we come home from our winter trip in early March. 

I'd love to be at goal weight on US election night, but there's no way that can happen.  I always stay up all night on election night (even though I'm 5 hours ahead of eastern time).  And my planned treats are usually:  beer, Ben and Jerry's Karamel Sutra ice cream, and nacho cheese Doritos.  I will especially need some 'comfort foods' for this one. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing  machine
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT

Workout at home:  (lower)

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 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

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, strawberries, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  the rest of the leftover veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1252

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/15/2016:
lol Yes comfort food for election day. It will be an interesting time and even more interesting outcome. Why do you think you can't get to your goal by the time you leave? You will be pretty close to it. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
I may be able to get to my goal by the time we leave, but not by election night which is 3 weeks before we leave. Easier to enjoy indulging if I'm close to goal.

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
Just did some quick math for the treats I plan to have for election night - about 2,400 if I eat the entire 500ml tub of ice cream, 185g bag of Doritos, 2 pints of beer.


hollybelle on 09/15/2016:
We need "something" for election night-for sure!

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
Yea, an entire bottle of Scotch! LOL.


puddles on 09/15/2016:
I love your thought about a bottle of scotch you bring scotch and I will bring a gallon of wine.... lol

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
Sounds good! Haha!



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Two more days at the gym before it closes.  I will miss the cafe where I sometimes get a tea or coffee after my workout and before my bus comes. It is being removed and replaced with a second floor for gym equipment. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, pear, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn 'meatballs' & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1394

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/14/2016:
White bread on your egg sandwich ?

grannyannie on 09/14/2016:
No way! Seeded wholegrain.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/14/2016:
ohhh you take a bus to the gym? you do not drive or no car?

nice! that's more exercise right there. I know that taking a bus requires extra time & planning (very grateful for my car!)...

...except for the Express Bus to Manhattan...which saves time & energy & time spend looking for a parking spot...& saves money. haha

grannyannie on 09/14/2016:
We have a car but I usually take the bus because it's free for the over 60's. It's 10 miles to town and petrol is very expensive here. The bus stops right near my house, and drops me off in front of my house. Good time to read on the 40 minute ride to town. I drive when I've got grocery shopping to do afterwards.


puddles on 09/14/2016:
It will be a change in your routine not having the gym. The good thing is that your holidays are coming and you have that to get ready for. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/14/2016:
It will require more discipline but I've got a new routine planned, although it will change on days nice enough to bike or hike. Less than 11 weeks to holidays!



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Had a nice long weekend with family - back yesterday late afternoon.  I could have behaved better, much better.  Back on calories today.  

Stayed home from the gym today - tons of laundry to do and doing my muscle work.  Gym Weds, Thurs, Fri then it closes down.

11 weeks today until we fly to Thailand!  I need to get very serious!!

Menu:  

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

Cals:  1332

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 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

 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/13/2016:
11 weeks. It's a Bikini count down.

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
Seriously! Yikes!


puddles on 09/13/2016:
Glad you had a great time. Count down I am also looking forward to my departure. Good luck Annie

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
Thanks Fran. :)


hollybelle on 09/13/2016:
Yay for good trip and visit! Great menu and workout!

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
How can you not have fun with a 4 year old!? LOL. Thanks.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2016:
I also find that holidays & get togethers most usually get my way off track. i'm still recovering from the past couple weekends. it may take me till mid October to get back to my usual calorie avg. not happy about it!

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
I seem to have nonstop reasons to get off track. Should be fine for a while though. Visitors for a weekend in Oct.


im71 on 09/13/2016:
Wow! I wish I could do that kind of workout. Awesome job! Have a great day!

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
Thanks. I feel so much better when I workout, and horrible when I don't.



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