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grannyannie - Sunday Dec 01, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.2

Still runny nose and tired but making myself do muscle work today. Can't go to the gym with runny nose and don't want to spread around my virus, so unless I feel healthy tomorrow I'll do a cardio at home. 

We'll arrive in Thailand 7 weeks from today. 

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • 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/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  carrot and coriander soup, low fat cheddar in a wrap, soy yogurt
  • S:  orange
  • D:  veggie curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple juice
  • S:  up to 50 cals, maybe hot chocolate
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   about 1300

 

Progress as of today: 28.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/02/2013:
Thailand - how lovely! Have you been there before? I lived there for a year and absolutely loved it! Hope you feel better soon.

grannyannie on 12/02/2013:
Feeling much better. No haven't been before. Hub's niece getting married there so we are staying nearly 3 weeks. Where did you live? We'll be going to Koh Samui.



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.2

Non-stop runny nose and tired, so could be worse. Bad enough that we had to turn down a dinner invitation at our friends' house tonight. They have two Australian guests and are doing a traditional Scottish meal in honor of St Andrew's Day today (national day in Scotland). :(

Haven't been counting calories but haven't pigged out and haven't worked out either. But strangely my belly is getting smaller. Not dehydation either as I've been drinking tons of fluids. 

Sad news last night in Glasgow, the city nearest to us:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25165894

 

Progress as of today: 28.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/30/2013:
I saw this on the news and prayed you were safe. Hope you start feeling better. Take Care.

grannyannie on 11/30/2013:
Thanks, Ohio. I would imagine most of the people in this club were 18-30ish. Had a live band playing.

grannyannie on 11/30/2013:
Oops, change that. Just saw a couple of ladies 60+ on the news who said they were on their way to the club and were delayed (fortunately for them!)



grannyannie - Thursday Nov 28, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.2

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!!  

Still have a slight cold, more tired than anything. Just ate today and yesterday, no counting, no binging.   

Progress as of today: 28.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/28/2013:
Sounds great. Happy Thanksgiving, Annie.

grannyannie on 11/30/2013:
Thanks.


HealthyHannah on 11/29/2013:
Hope you feel completely better soon!

grannyannie on 11/30/2013:
Thanks. Nose is sore from wiping it, but I'll live. :)



grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.2

Hungry last night but only had a rye cracker.  Ended the day at 1334 calories.

Had a teeth cleaning appt this morning and had to drive into town, so stopped into the gym for some cardio.

While I was doing an intense workout on the spin bike I was thinking how fantastic it is that I am easily physically able do this when I'm 'techinically' an OAP (old age pensioner).   

I've got a photo on my wall of my grandmother holding me as a newborn and she looks elderly, but I recently did the math and found she was only 57 years old!!  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals

Workout at home (lower):

  • 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/almond slivers/raisins/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese, apple
  • D: veggie chili and basmati rice, salad
  • S:  1 sm glass wine with club soda, lite hot choc w/almond milk
  • Teas & water & coffee

TOTAL:   1296 maybe 1500

Edit:  felt like I was catching a cold this morning and then exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks when I got home from the gym. Got that feeling in my throat and nose and have had a bit of a cough.  Added some fruit and yogurt for extra vitamin C and after dinner had a whisky with lemon and honey.  Mmm.  Lying on the sofa most of the day. Might just stay home from gym tomorrow since I did do cardio today and will do muscle work if I feel okay. Maybe some easy exercise bike as well. 

 

Progress as of today: 28.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/26/2013:
Not bad for a little old age Lady ! We could use you on our security team.

grannyannie on 11/26/2013:
Haha! Thanks but I'm very very happily retired!


liza36 on 11/26/2013:
It is a wonderful thing to be physically able to do what we want and to exercise as we do.

grannyannie on 11/26/2013:
And it makes doing things easier, like climbing up a hill to a castle or museum and not getting breathless.


liza36 on 11/26/2013:
Feel better! Best to take care of yourself and not overdo it.

grannyannie on 11/26/2013:
Ta. :)


biscottibody59 on 11/27/2013:
Nice loss there! I hope you're not too sick with the cold--do take care at any rate!



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

Added a snack of rye crackers last night while watching a movie but still ended the day at 1254 calories. 

Down a pound!

Workout at gym: (no spin bike as a the spin bike hog was on it for an hour!)
  • 15 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 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/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: almonds
  • L:  hummous on soya linseed toast, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: Quorn pie, salad
  • S: lite rose' wine
  • Teas & water & coffee
TOTAL:   1299

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/25/2013:
Dang, Annie. You are so consistent with your workouts. You make me want to get up and lift something heavy or jog somewhere. Congratulations on shedding the pound.

grannyannie on 11/25/2013:
Thanks, Ohio. Working out isn't my issue, it's food and beer! Less than 8 weeks to clingy dress and swimsuit.


liza36 on 11/25/2013:
Congrats on the pound!

grannyannie on 11/25/2013:
Thanks. 9 more and I'll be happy.


biscottibody59 on 11/25/2013:
Great progress--have a good evening!

grannyannie on 11/25/2013:
Ta. Same to you.



grannyannie - Sunday Nov 24, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Had a few more calories than planned yesterday as I had fresh homemade bread instead of packaged with my soup. Had some celery for a snack in the evening and put a dab of pb on one of them. Ended at about 1350 calories which is okay for a good workout day but should have been less after 3 days of indulgence.

Bought some light wine yesterday and will try it out tonight.  One small glass is 60 calories.  

Housework today. Might go with hubby tomorrow to visit uncle or will go later in the week. One of our best friends is giving a talk in Glasgow Weds night and I'd like to be there to support him, but that would mean dinner out and lots of beer/wine afterwards. Sigh. 

I do NOT want this belly in Thailand!!! 8 weeks to go. 

Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  3 Ryvita wholegrain rye crackers, hummous, soy yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D: leek, bean & pumpkin soup, salad, soy and linseed toast w/lite spread
  • S:  1 small glass lite wine
  • Teas & water & coffee
TOTAL:  1194
 

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Saturday Nov 23, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Thanks for your comments and birthday wishes for hubby!  Had a nice few days in Glasgow, although his uncle was taken into hospital while we were there as he could barely walk (dementia and not eating enough). Looks like he'll be put into a home so he can be looked after 24 hours.

We saw 3 movies while in town - one each day.  

Gravity in 3D - I would rate it 1 out of 5 - special effects were the only interesting bits.

Captain Phillips - I'd rate it 4.8 out of 5 - suspenseful

Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 5 out of 5

As for food and drink, no comment, but I very much enjoyed myself. Going back into the city to visit uncle in hospital tomorrow so that means eating out again. 

Workout at home:

  • 45 mins tae bo and jump rope
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • 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/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  3 Ryvita crackers (wholegrain rye) w/low fat hummous, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D: homemade leek and bean and pumpkin soup, soy and linseed toast w/lite spread, salad w/pumpkin seeds, walnut pieces, almond slivers
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   1214

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/23/2013:
You're not far from goal. Praying for your Uncle.

grannyannie on 11/24/2013:
Thanks Maria.


biscottibody59 on 11/23/2013:
Hang in there--do your best with the food choices! Good that you're not slacking AT ALL with the workouts--woo-hoo!

grannyannie on 11/24/2013:
Yea, at least I'm doing quite well with workouts when I'm home. It's those calories I need to conquer!



grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Didn't do too badly yesterday. Had wine but diluted it with club soda. Didn't taste as good but had less calories. I don't think the cherry tarts were very high calorie so I did have one, and then one today. Froze one then dumped the rest.

Since we'll be in Glasgow I won't be at the gym Wed or Fri so went today and did cardio. I'll do a serious workout on Saturday.

I'm going to try to be really good tomorrow - no chips (fries) and one pint of beer - about 1500 calories. If I succeed, I'll allow myself more beer with dinner the next night which is hubby's birthday. A friend is joining us for dinner. 

Strange to think that this Friday is the 50th anniversary of JFK being assasinated. It was the day after my hubby's 15th birthday and he said those in Britain were very upset as well. I was 11 so also remember it very well. In Feb it will be 50 years since the Beatles invaded America and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Remember that very well.   Seems remembering things well from 50 years ago would make me feel old, but it doesn't. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike - intense
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • backward lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • lunges w/dumbbells on floor
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple apricot mix/almond milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pb and honey on toast, cherry tart
  • D:  pea soup, big salad, 2 leftover rolls from last night
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   about 1350

 

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/19/2013:
I see you are still doing well! Saw some tv tributes to JFK to remember his life. 50 years - can't be that long! WOW. I wonder what he would have done with the rest of his life or what would have happened if Bobby wasn't taken from the world. Guess we'll never know.

grannyannie on 11/20/2013:
I wonder as well!


hollybelle on 11/19/2013:
I see you are still doing well! Saw some tv tributes to JFK to remember his life. 50 years - can't be that long! WOW. I wonder what he would have done with the rest of his life or what would have happened if Bobby wasn't taken from the world. Guess we'll never know.


hollybelle on 11/19/2013:
I see you are still doing well! Saw some tv tributes to JFK to remember his life. 50 years - can't be that long! WOW. I wonder what he would have done with the rest of his life or what would have happened if Bobby wasn't taken from the world. Guess we'll never know.


liza36 on 11/21/2013:
Enjoy your trip and your hubby's birthday. Your plan sounds good.


biscottibody59 on 11/21/2013:
I hope you both had a nice celebration of hubby's day!



grannyannie - Monday Nov 18, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Just do it!!

Our friend, the one who loves wine and is a bad influence on me  is coming to dinner tonight. Her hubby is in London on business for a week. I think she was counting on our company while he is away as she'll be a bit lonely (although she works long hours and has a long commute). But we will be gone to Glasgow all of Weds, Thursday and most of Friday for hubby's 65th birthday. I will go the gym tomorrow since I'll be missing it on Weds. I'll also do a good workout on Saturday to make up for missing Friday.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 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/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj on toast, soy yogurt
  • D: homemade pea soup and rolls for a starter, steak, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and some pumpkin from our garden, dessert is a lazy one - I bought some single serve cherry and rhubarb pies (didn't buy ice cream as hubby won't eat much if any, and she'll only take a small spoonful - no reason to leave it our freezer calling my name!!)
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

I bought rose' wine and some club soda to make a spritzer - less calories! 

Calories unknown.    

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 11/18/2013:
You've been really strong and I'm sure tonight won't be any different... just remember portion control and I know you won't be disappointed with yourself.

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Ta! I'm really struggling. I snack or overdo and then feel disgusted with myself. And I feel so great when I'm disciplined. (banging head on wall)


skinnygrlwithin on 11/18/2013:
I know you think you're not doing well... but I need you to stop for a minute. Take a deep breath. Ok... now first look at all the progress you've made so far... you've really done such an amazing job. Second, remember that life happens and we can't all be perfect everyday... there would be no fun in that... why lose all the weight if you have no friends or nothing to do to enjoy it and feel good about it with. Third... just commit. Just do it like you said... you've done it before, I am 150% positive you can do it again. Make a plan for yourself before the meal begins while you're full..what is an acceptable amoount of food tonight? number of glasses of wine? Whatever you determine... stick to it... you might argue with yourself in your head... but tomorrow when you've achieved your goal you'll be proud of yourself.

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Yes, I do try to remember how good I feel in the morning when I was good the day before.

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Thanks for your support and faith in me!


liza36 on 11/18/2013:
Enjoy your company. Good menu, and good idea leaving out the ice cream!

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Thanks Liza!



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 16, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Just do it!

Don't know why I'm sabotaging my plans! I've done this before the last few trips. Not happy with myself at all. I do stick with my workouts but I can't seem to stick to my calorie plans for more than a week. Gained back the 3 pounds I lost last week. 

I know I CAN do this. All I have to do is keep to calorie plans most of time. Workouts are easy for me to stick to. 

Daughter went back to Uganda Wednesday (very tearful goodbyes at the airport) and we are crossing our fingers she'll get that visa to come back in Feb. No more sweets in the house so I don't have that excuse anymore.

Did my spin-a-thon last night for charity. 7 pm is not a good workout time for me but it was good anyway.  It wasn't like a regular spin class as we got to sit quite a bit. A lot of the participants had never done spin before and were only doing it for charity so it had to be toned down a bit.

Going into Glasgow for two nights next week as hubby turns 65. Not going to any concerts but I've booked a movie for each day. And I WILL watch the calories.

Workout at home (upper and lower):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • 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
  • 5 x 25 jump rope
  • 5 x 20 jumping jacks

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast and lite mayo on a wrap, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: pea soup, small portion mac and cheese (hubby wanted to use up the cheese he bought to make this for daughter), salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1200

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/16/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Good Post today ! Happy Birthday, Hub. (next week)

grannyannie on 11/16/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! It's a nice birthday - another pension!


biscottibody59 on 11/16/2013:
Sounds like it'll be easier without the food "minefields." Keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 11/17/2013:
Ta! It will help.


Maria7 on 11/17/2013:
I've found it is easy to get down a little and then overeat and regain. Hang in there...you KNOW you can do it!

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
A constant battle, isn't it?

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
A constant battle, isn't it?



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