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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.



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 08, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Tomorrow morning we are off to spend the weekend with stepdaughter and her family.  Discipline required!

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 5 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins recumbent bike

Workout at home:

  • 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 - 4 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:  low fat cheddar on wrap, peach, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  2 Quorn chicken burgers, savoury rice with peppers/onion/peas/turmeric, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1365

 

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

puddles on 09/08/2016:
Yes discipline. I am sure that you will do your best and that is all we can ask ourselves to be. Have a great trip and enjoy.

grannyannie on 09/08/2016:
Thanks! I will TRY!


hollybelle on 09/08/2016:
Great workout! Enjoy your trip and visit with family.

grannyannie on 09/08/2016:
Thanks. Looking forward to seeing cute wee grandson.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/08/2016:
eating and get togethers can definitely pose issues.

I totally overate this weekend...regret it slightly because now i have to work on lowering calories again...

i have to deal with a higher cal amount for this week - oh well.

grannyannie on 09/08/2016:
If I can just stick to meals and ignore the snacks that are set out, it'll be good. And of course that very expensive gin stepddaughter bought for us. Can't be rude, can I?!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/12/2016:
Your stepdaughter knows your weakness ;)



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 07, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Gym closes Friday of next week.  I asked one of the staff what routine to do with dumbbells to replace one of the resistance machines (for lats/back).  He showed me two and I'm already doing both of them.  So all I need to add to my home dumbbell routine is one for pecs.  

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 5 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 4 x 12 rope/pulley

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  pb on oatcakes
  • L:  low fat cheddar on wrap, peach, small banana, yogurt 
  • D:  the rest of the butternut squash/sweet potato/veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1346

 

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

hollybelle on 09/07/2016:
Still doing great, I see!

grannyannie on 09/07/2016:
Just got back on track the last couple of weeks.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/07/2016:
And there are certainly exercises using dumbells for pecs. So you are good to go. (I have the exercise in mind where i'm laying on a bench on my back and i start holding the weights straight up in both hands, then flying outwards with them & back up. I always feel it working my pecs).

grannyannie on 09/07/2016:
Yes, that's the one I'll do. I only do pecs as I don't like to leave out any muscle group.


puddles on 09/07/2016:
You will certainly be prepared for the closing of the gym. That does not surprise me you are organized. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/07/2016:
Thanks Fran. I'm ready!



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 06, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Did housework most of the morning.  Will workout this afternoon.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, raspberries, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  Sweet potato/butternut squash and veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1264

Workout at home:
  • 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 - 4 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!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/06/2016:
Funny you write squash. I've been eating a bit of it too. Usually in place of a banana. Very healthy eating lady.

Are there benefits to drinking tonic water? i may buy it...never really researched it enough. think it would clear up my skin?

grannyannie on 09/06/2016:
I just drink the elderflower tonic because I like the taste with a couple of slices of lime in it, and it's very low cal (unless I put gin in it! LOL). Water can get boring after a while.


puddles on 09/06/2016:
Housework is never ending. Enjoy your workout this afternoon and have a great evening Annie.



grannyannie - Monday Sep 05, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Glad we didn't get invited to a BBQ yesterday.  Always enjoy it but it's not low cal - lots of meat and wine. 

Friday we go to stepdaughter's house for a couple of nights.  I'll be due for a higher calorie day by then - keeping it low for too long has the wrong effect.  She's bought some very expensive gin for us and she says it's very smooth.  I can't drink tons of gin like I can beer or wine (unless on a long flight), so I'm going to try very hard not to over indulge.  

Workout at gym:
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 3 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
  • L:  hummus on oatcakes, apple, plum, yogurt 
  • D:  butternut squash/sweet potato/veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1298 

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

puddles on 09/05/2016:
You were saved from the BBQ night so you have all week before the next challenge. You will do well. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/05/2016:
Thanks for your faith. I've got to do it!



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 04, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Couldn't resist getting on the scale.  Don't know how accurate as I'm sure I'm not back to the same muscle mass I was before.  

Sunny today so I'm betting we'll get an invitation for a BBQ tonight at our friends' house.  Usually this means lots and lots of wine.  And each glass lowers resistance to more wine and more food.  So I'll have to skip the wine - or maybe have just one glass at the end of the evening. 

Anyway, if we don't get invited, these are the plans for today:

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  date and apricot bar
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1254

Housework today.  Otherwise, rest day.

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

OhioRaven on 09/04/2016:
Have a Great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 09/04/2016:
Thanks. No invitation to a BBQ as our friends are going to a party.


puddles on 09/04/2016:
The big step is done now...always hard to get on the scale for the first time when we have been away from it....it turned out ok it was a little less then you thought. BBQ and wine and friends what is better in life. You will be OK you have a plan and a back up plan. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/04/2016:
Thanks. No invitation - they're going to a party. I do love going to BBQ's at their house but trying to avoid wine is difficult with the two of them drinking glass after glass and trying to tempt me into one or two or three. Good thing as Friday we are going to stepdaughter's house and she has bought a very expensive gin for us to have. At least I can't drink a lot of gin like I can beer or wine. But sometimes her chef husband's makes us a full Scottish breakfast - calories!!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2016:
congrats on losing a few...i'm sure by eating the lower cals it is an accurate weight Annie.

grannyannie on 09/04/2016:
Thanks. I stayed at 155 for a long time even though I was eating like a pig and drinking a lot of alcohol. So I'm sure that was muscle loss as the scale should have increased. But I've been doing a lot of muscle work lately so might be closer to accurate weight now.



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 03, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Housework and organising and cleaning the laundry/storage room.   Long overdue.

Workout at home:

  • squats w/dumbbells - 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 12 - 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, small banana, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  one bottle Brewdog Punk IPA (beer) - husband bought it for me
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1370

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/03/2016:
All sounds good - happy cleaning and organizing day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/03/2016:
Thanks, Fran. The fun never ends. LOL.



grannyannie - Friday Sep 02, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Two more weeks until the gym closes.  I will miss the spin bike and the resistance machnes, and the people I chat with.

Workout at gym:
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical - intervals
  • 2 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 2 x 12 rope/pulley
Workout at home:
  • 11 sets of dumbbells -   3 x 12
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  pb on oatcakes
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, small banana, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1346
 

 

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/02/2016:
You will do well also doing your exercises at home because once you are determined you are certainly one person that gets it done. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/02/2016:
Thanks, Fran. I've got good plans for working out at home. And a deadline - Nov 30th when we leave for Thailand. All my bikinis and shorts and capris need to fit!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/02/2016:
Any chance you buy a piece of exercise equipment for your home? or will you just go outside for exercise (cardio).

I LOVE a fried egg sandwich. This weekend, I plan on eating something with egg white in it (have a container in my fridge that's why...and also just threw out a container as well..)

grannyannie on 09/02/2016:
I've got all my dumbbells, ankle weights, step, jump rope and an exercise bike. Don't want to buy any equipment just for 10 weeks. Planning on Tae Bo and when the weather cooperates, power walking, cycling.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/02/2016:
maybe a protein pancake with the egg whites...something big...with tons of volume!

I saw tonic water with like 80 cal per serving at the drug store! what on earth...i always thought it was calorie free?

Craving cooked Thai veggies right now...........!

grannyannie on 09/02/2016:
I buy Schweppes Elderflower low cal tonic water - 10 calories for an entire pint.


Duaa123. on 09/02/2016:
Good kinds of food with different kinds .. and good total calorie and exercises.. keep going

grannyannie on 09/03/2016:
Just need to stick with it as much as possible and not veer too far off track when visiting family/friends/eating out.



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 01, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

I won't get on the scale for a few more weeks.  I know I lost muscle during my long spell of laziness as the scale wasn't increasing very much - I was gaining fat but losing muscle.

Not worried about my workouts while the gym is closed for refurbishment.  Got it all planned out.  Keeping calories to just over 1200, but will increase on gym days as I get so hungry between my gym workout and getting home.  Only two more weeks till gym closes. 

Rest day today.  Gym again tomorrow.  Got some sorting out projects to finally get started on - laundry room/store room, and my 'travel' box of assorted travel related items.  I can never keep that thing organised.

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, strawberries, small banana, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn pieces/mushrooms/peppers/onions/courgettes (zucchini)/green beans/tomatoes on basmati rice w/asparagus, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1249

Have a healthy day everybody!

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2016:
Your veg curry sounds INCREDIBLE! so many veggies. you make me want curry at 7:10am!

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
Husband is a great cook - very creative. Uses lots of different spices and herbs and flavours. Except for tins of chopped tomatoes, he only uses fresh veg. He alternates veg between aubergine (eggplant), courgettes (zucchini), cauliflower, green beans, mangetout, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. And for protein: Quorn mince or pieces or meatballs, lentils, tofu, beans, chickpeas.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2016:
Agreed - the Quorn must be in some flavorful dish...that's probably why i stopped eating it...i wasn't flavoring it enough.

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
Which ones did you use? The pieces (fake chicken cubes) and mince (like ground beef) and meatballs must be in some kind of sauce. I like the steak or chicken pies as well. The chicken burgers are okay. The only products I don't like are the burgers and sausages. Quorn roast is pretty good - just serve it like slices or turkey or chicken and put gravy on it.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2016:
I forget too long ago...it was a mock chicken i believe...i think I am seriously not a good enough cook to use the Quorn products at the moment...haha can't disguise the flavor enough!


puddles on 09/01/2016:
Enjoy cooking also and mixing my spices up. Curry is wonderful. You starting to get ready for your trip already what date do you leave.



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 31, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Learned that my gym will close for refurbishment on Sept 16th.  Fortunately, I have all the dumbbells I need at home, ankle weights, step, etc.  Before I rejoined the gym on my 60th birthday (4 1/2 years ago) I was doing Tae Bo and weights at home.  Lost nearly 40 lbs that way, so I'll try to remember the Tae Bo routine that I had choreographed to a playlist that I still have.  I will also power walk, jump rope, bike, etc when I can. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  I was starving after the gym so picked up some healthy date and cashews bars - 143 calories
  • L:  wrap and low fat cheddar, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1347

Workout at gym:
  • 15 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 10 mins recumbent bike
  • 5 mins treadmill

Workout at home:

  • squats using dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 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: 12 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Diamond50 on 08/31/2016:
WOWZERS with the workouts Annie!

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
Gotta do it! :)


puddles on 08/31/2016:
I would never be able to do what you do. My hat is off to you for being able to follow that plan. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
Thanks. It's keeping it up consistently that gets harder and harder.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/31/2016:
Why do you eat the Quorn products so much? just a question...i'm curious!

I never really loved the taste of the Quorn possibly because i didn't prepare them well.

I have learned that carbs before & after gym work best for me (despite the protein craze...protein doesn't replenish my glucose and all i want to do later is binge...even if it's the next morning.)

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
My husband is the cook in our house and most of the time he makes various curries and chili, all vegetarian. Quorn is the protein he likes to use, and beans and lentils. Quorn pieces and mince need to be cooked in a dish with sauces and veggies.

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
Hubby makes a big pot of chili or curry and it lasts for about 3 dinners.


innerpeace on 08/31/2016:
I have Tae Bo I may revisit this. Great job at the gym.

grannyannie on 09/01/2016:
Thanks. Tae bo is kind of fun, so when I can't go outdoors to work out (wet climate) it's a good alternative.



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