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grannyannie - Monday Feb 23, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.2

Started coughing again so didn't sleep well.  Skipped the gym but did my home routine for upper body.

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 12 - 11 routines

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  Quorn steak w/low fat cheddar, light mayo on a whole wheat tortilla, banana, yogurt, clementine
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • tea w/soy milk, herbal teas, flavoured water, water, coffee w/almond milk

Cals:  1266

Progress as of today: 19.8 lbs lost so far, only 15.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/23/2015:
Sorry to hear you're coughing again, I hope it clears out for good very soon!

grannyannie on 02/23/2015:
Thanks! It's just post nasal drip that makes me cough. Allergies can contribute to it as well. I'm going to have to break down and buy some expectorant cough syrup even though it upsets my stomach.


puddles on 02/23/2015:
Hope you will be over this soon. Take care.

grannyannie on 02/23/2015:
Cheers. :)


thinnside40 on 02/23/2015:
Hope you may get a good nap in to make up for lost sleep...


Maria7 on 02/24/2015:
Get some rest and hoping you feel better.



grannyannie - Saturday Feb 21, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.2

Got on the scale to see if I'd done any damage by all the resting and snacking I'd done while sick.  About the same, a wee bit less.  So back on track. I've got until August 24th to get to goal.

Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 1/2 sets of 12 - 11 routines (just could not finish - worn out)
  • push ups - 4 x 12
  • triceps dips - 4 x 12
Workout at home (lower):
  • side dips w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells - 4 x 10
  • lunges 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 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - full x 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:  whole wheat tortilla w/2 eggs, yogurt, banana
  • D:  veg/lentil/brown rice soup, toast, salad
  • tea w/soy milk, herbal teas, flavoured water, water, coffee w/almond milk, 1 gin and tonic
Cals:  1335

 

Progress as of today: 19.8 lbs lost so far, only 15.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/21/2015:
Glad that you are much better now. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/21/2015:
Thanks!


Umpqua on 02/21/2015:
Good work maintaining things during your illness. I hope you're enjoying your Saturday!

grannyannie on 02/21/2015:
Thanks. Will have to edit my menu as I just got an early birthday gift from my stepdaughter - a big dark chocolate and ginger bar, strange popcorn, and tea. I've eaten a huge chunk of the chocolate already!


Maria7 on 02/22/2015:
Glad you are feeling better.


Maria7 on 02/22/2015:
Also congrats on your lower number.

grannyannie on 02/22/2015:
Thanks, Maria.



grannyannie - Friday Feb 20, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Good workout at the gym.  Still a bit of a struggle on the spin bike, but then I went for well over two months without doing such an intense workout.  I was using treadmill/elliptical/bike at the gym in Thailand for cardio.  Nothing beats a spin bike for intensity! Hoping I didn't overdo it as I'm still coughing and my throat is sore off and on (hopefully from the coughing, not an infection). 

I've been drinking Schweppes Elderflower tonic water and it has almost no calories.  I recently discovered I like gin and tonic, so bought a small bottle today. The calories for one shot are 61.  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  whole wheat tortilla w/low fat cheddar, yogurt, grapes, clementine
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad w/slivered almonds and walnut pieces
  • tea w/soy milk, herbal teas, flavoured water, water, coffee w/almond milk, 1 glass gin and tonic
Cals:  1316

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/20/2015:
That tonic water sounds interesting. We drink a ton of zero-calorie vitamin water here. It's sweetened with stevia, comes in a bunch of flavors and is a nice alternate to regular water. It also mixes well with tequila as a replacement for high-cal margaritas, which I love :) Cheers and enjoy your gin and tonic!

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
It's delicious. Unfortunately, it's sweetened with aspartame. :/

Love margaritas. Had quite a few different cocktails in Thailand. Something about sitting outdoors having dinner calls for a fruity cocktail, lots of ice and a cute wee umbrella!

Another good reason to buy a food scale (with grams) is nuts. I measure out walnuts and almond slivers on my scale at 10g total. 63 calories. Hard to be so accurate with a tablespoon or cup.


thinnside40 on 02/20/2015:
Sounds good!

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
Cheers!


Maria7 on 02/20/2015:
Thank you. Hope you have a blessed weekend, too and hope your throat feels better. :-D

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
Thank you! Many people have said it takes ages to get over this strain of virus.


nenak on 02/20/2015:
Have a fab weekend x

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
Ta!


liza36 on 02/20/2015:
Your menu always sound so delicious. Have a great weekend.

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
Thanks. Husband does the cooking!



grannyannie - Thursday Feb 19, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Busy morning!  Went to the dentist expecting to get a cleaning but I was only booked for a checkup. Got some xrays to check on all the crowns I've got and dentist said I'm taking good care of them, no decay around them.  Need to go back for a good scraping - lots of tea and coffee stains on my bottom teeth.  Also I chipped a lower front tooth last summer and it looks like it a prime site for getting a cavity so that's going to be filled as well. So glad I've got an NHS dentist - very low price.

Then I got my hair cut and am very pleased with it.  Then a big grocery shopping.  All healthy, no tempting snacks. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  whole wheat tortilla w/low fat cheddar, strawberries & grapes, yogurt
  • D:  leftover chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad w/toasted almond slivers
  • tea w/soy milk, herbal teas, flavoured water, water, coffee w/almond milk, can of non-alcohol beer

Cals: 1294 

I'm excited as I've got another photo on a journal cover - my third.  No pay.  Just my name as credit and that's fine.  It's from Brugge, Belgium last summer.

 

 

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/19/2015:
Another gorgeous photo and so cool you're on another journal cover. Is that a canal running right up to the homes? Good news at the dentist is good news all around :)

grannyannie on 02/19/2015:
There are canals all around Brugge. You can take boat trips which are lovely. I love Brugge!

I spent a lot of time in dentists chairs years ago, have all my teeth if you count crowns as my own teeth. And I'd like to keep it that way! :)


puddles on 02/19/2015:
Do not like the dentist chair. Belgium is absolutely beautiful enjoyed my trip there also. Congrats on the mention and have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/19/2015:
I'm not fond of the dentist either, but at least it's just cleaning. Although this one is so through with the scraping, etc... ouch.


Maria7 on 02/19/2015:
What a beautiful photo! It makes me feel happy looking at it.


Maria7 on 02/19/2015:
Congrats, too!

grannyannie on 02/19/2015:
:)


thinnside40 on 02/19/2015:
Sounds like a wonderful day. Beautiful photo too.


museumgirl on 02/19/2015:
Gorgeous photo. Congrats!

grannyannie on 02/19/2015:
Thank you!


nenak on 02/19/2015:
Lovely photo x

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
Thanks



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 18, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Hope everyone is doing well.  

Not 100% yet, but getting there. Went back to the gym this morning. Hope to get back to my normal intensity next week.  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  glass noodle soup, 1/2 cheese sandwich, orange, yogurt
  • D:  chickpea & cauliflower curry & basmati rice, salad
  • tea w/soy milk, herbal teas, flavoured water, water, coffee w/almond milk

Cals:  1373

Had to buy a new food scale today.  I've worn out the button on the other one as I have to push it 3 or 4 times to zero it out.  Well, it was about 10 years old....

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/18/2015:
Yay for getting back to the gym. I'm thinking of getting a food scale for the bulk items we get through our co-op. I don't usually weigh out foods for myself but it would come in handy for measuring ingredients occasionally. The main thing is we often split 25 or 50 lb bags of rice, flour etc. from the co-op and the scale would be handy for dividing things up. Let me know if you have recommendations :)

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
Digital is best. These have the option of grams/kg or lbs and goes up to 5kg but there are bigger ones. I never used one before moving here but everything here is calories per 100 grams and recipes are metric as well. So my oats for porridge are weighed in grams, nuts, dried fruit, my flour for baking, fruit, etc. It seems to be much more accurate than measuring things by cup (like grapes), or guessing what 'medium' sized means.


Umpqua on 02/18/2015:
Thanks Annie. I occasionally make recipes that have metric measurements so it would be useful for conversions. I think a regular sized one would work fine, we typically portion out bulk stuff into gallon ziplock bags and measure by 5 or 7 lbs. So something that goes up to 10 lbs would probably work. I'll have to start researching my options!

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
Mines 5kg so is 12+lbs. But they probably come in 10lb size over there.


puddles on 02/18/2015:
Personally I have never used a scale but I can understand if you get stuff in bulk. The instruction on most of the stuff I use is on the box and usually gives cup size or tablespoon size and I figure if I am off it is not by too much. Wishing you a great day.

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
In the UK measurements are all metric and calories are given as per 100g. So my porridge instructions say 40g plus 250ml liquid. No other way to measure.


thinnside40 on 02/18/2015:
Glad your feeling better :)


nenak on 02/18/2015:
Glad your on the mend x



grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 17, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Good morning!  About 80-90% well.  

Didn't do my dumbbells yesterday as I got lazy.  So did them today as well as lower body.  I didn't want to overdo so did less of everything. Gym tomorrow. 

The muesli kept calling my name and I didn't want to be rude   I just had to throw the rest of it in the bin.  

A normal workout is 4 sets of everything, and I'm sure I'll be back to that next week. 

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 11 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12

Workout at home (lower):

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 2 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells - 2 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step - 2 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 2 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 2 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 12 - 3 routines (using the 2.5 lb ones instead of 2kg and will work my way back)
  • planks - full x 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 2 x 10

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  2 whole grain toast w/hummous, yogurt, large orange
  • D:  chickpea and cauliflower curry & basmati rice, salad
  • tea w/soy milk, herbal teas, flavoured water, water, coffee w/almond milk

Cals:  1378

 

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/17/2015:
Yay for feeling better and getting back to a normal routine! I didn't realize muesli was so high in calories - best to throw it out if it's a temptation.

grannyannie on 02/17/2015:
Thanks! Anxious to be back to 100%. The muesli I bought had dried fruit, hazelnuts, almonds, coconut, really delicious! And addictive. A small serving is 190 calories.


puddles on 02/17/2015:
I have often put things in the garbage bin before I could do myself anymore arm. Congrats on doing that. Your exercise is wonderful. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/17/2015:
Thanks. I baked chocolate chip brownies once to take to someone's house for a gift, and then couldn't visit. I ate a few and had to dump the rest. Brownies are a serious weakness of mine.


thinnside40 on 02/17/2015:
I just read something that was kinda funny, but also wise. "If you say "no" once in the store and don't bring it home. You'll not have to keep saying "no" if you would of bought it and took it home" :)

grannyannie on 02/17/2015:
That's what normally happens here - don't buy it, can't eat it. And husband isn't a junk or sugar eater so that helps a lot.


biscottibody59 on 02/17/2015:
Sad to throw it away, but sometimes it must be done--I'm sure it's not sitting in the bin crying:-) My weakness is wheat chex and I only buy it occasionally.

Glad you're finally recovering from the cold, etc!

Oh, and keep up the good work:-)

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
Hiya Biscotti! There wasn't really that much left when I dumped it. It had to go!!



grannyannie - Monday Feb 16, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Feeling about the same as yesterday but do have some energy. Cleaned the bathrooms, doing some organising with husband's massive collection of t-shirts!  And will do some of my upper body dumbbell routines. Don't know if I'll do my usual amount.

Stuck to menu yesterday although too many calories, except that I forgot about the popsicles I had and had the last two.  So cooling on my throat.  

Menu:

  • B:  muesli w/almond milk, toast, tea w/o soy milk
  • S:  yogurt
  • L:  2 whole grain toast w/hummous, orange, flavoured water
  • D:  red curry and basmati rice, salad, flavoured water
  • Lots of water, herbal teas, latte w/almond milk

Calories:  1476

 

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/16/2015:
Glad you are feeling better. Wishing you a good week.

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
Ta!


thinnside40 on 02/16/2015:
Hope you can get done what you'd like to :)

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
Cheers!


thinkpositive on 02/17/2015:
Good to see that you are feeling better!

grannyannie on 02/17/2015:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Sunday Feb 15, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Thanks for your good wishes!  

Seemed like I coughed all night on Friday but last night was much, much better.  I've just been doing the minimum housework - keeping the kitchen clean, doing laundry, and keeping things tidy.  So today I dusted and hoovered the living room, washed the kitchen floor, and cleaned up the laundry room.  That was enough.  Bathrooms and bedrooms tomorrow. 

I hope to get to the gym on Wednesday.  Will try doing my upper body strength workout tomorrow at home. 

Menu which I intended to stick to but husband brought me a bottle of ale for a treat. 

  • B:  muesli, banana, toast, soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 whole grain toast w/hummous, yogurt, grapes, flavoured water
  • D:  Veggie red curry & rice with asparagus, salad, flavoured water
  • Lots of water, herbal teas, latte w/almond milk

Calories:  1511    + One bottle of ale - calories unknown

I've been missing the muesli I ate every morning in Thailand, so I stupidly bought some while buyiing groceries last week.  It is soooo good but soooo high in calories.  I measured out a serving size which is 45g and is a tiny amount.  I probably ate 4 times that amount in Thailand almost every morning.  So it wasn't just the beer, cocktails, and ice cream that put the weight on me! I've added my gram scale to the packing list for next trip to Thailand. 

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

nenak on 02/15/2015:
Glad your feeling better x

grannyannie on 02/16/2015:
Slowly but surely. :)


puddles on 02/15/2015:
Yes I love those also. That is on the no no list for my house and actually any cereal of any kind I use them as snacks. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/16/2015:
Same here - cereal is a tempting snack. I eat porridge for breakfast, and hubby eats toast. But hot porridge wasn't appealing in Thailand where it was 80 degrees by breakfast.


thinnside40 on 02/15/2015:
Good. On the road of getting better :)

grannyannie on 02/16/2015:
Very very slowly but heading in the right direction. :)



grannyannie - Saturday Feb 14, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Thanks for your nice comments!  Happy Valentines Day.  Still sick and not counting calories but not being a total pig.   

I'll begin posting again when I'm well and counting calories and working out.  

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2015:
Awww I hope you feel better soon. I came down with something too, nothing major, probably a small strain of the flu - so dr gave me flu medicine. I seem to be getting better quickly...and even exercised yesterday...hence the reason my progress has slowed yet again with this bug!

grannyannie on 02/14/2015:
Thanks! I think I overdid it at the beginning of this cold.


puddles on 02/14/2015:
Same to you and have a great day hope you feel better soon.

grannyannie on 02/14/2015:
Ta! :)


SkinInTheGame on 02/14/2015:
Feel better!

grannyannie on 02/14/2015:
Cheers. :)


thinnside40 on 02/14/2015:
Rest and patience........ :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 11, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 147.6

Good morning!  

Still coughing a lot.  Didn't have to blow my nose too often yesterday but woke up with it totally blocked.  Arghhh.  I snacked yesterday so went over calories, but none was junk as there is no junk in the house.  My weakness is oatcakes (Scottish oatcakes - made with oats, oil, salt and 36 calories each). Healthy, but high cal if you eat too many.  

Had to grocery shop today and did not buy any oatcakes.  Got some ice lollies/popsicles as they sound nice for my throat.  Also got some huge oranges as well as all the other fruit and veg. 

Phoned the dentist to cancel my teeth cleaning appt. tomorrow. 

Not making a menu plan today.  I've stuck to calories every other day since being sick.  So I'm just not counting today as it stresses me out to go over.  Not going to be a pig either. 

It's very foggy today although temps are mild so I'll cheer myself up with a Thailand photo. Me in the pool at a mere 7 or 8 pounds overweight before serious indulgences. 

I love how the women wear bikinis no matter what their shape or size.  And it actually is more comfortable not to have the wet material of a one piece around your middle. 

 

Progress as of today: 19.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/11/2015:
Annie, you look fantastic! I love your bikini too, very pretty. It sounds like you are slowly recovering, I hope you continue to feel at least a little better.

grannyannie on 02/11/2015:
Thanks! I'll be fine it's just taking too long! I'll be working out hard when I get back to it.


museumgirl on 02/11/2015:
Ahh that looks lovely. Thanks for sharing! Have a good day and hope you feel better. I think a little extra snacking when you are ill may be a good thing...

grannyannie on 02/11/2015:
It was lovely and warm. Miss it! Yes, at least I'm not eating rubbish food.


puddles on 02/11/2015:
You do look relaxed in that picture. Great to look back on those days. Keep warm and hope you feel better soon. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/11/2015:
Very relaxed. I just loved floating in the pool or the sea as both were so warm. Had to do it early morning or late afternoon as the sun is too strong.


thinnside40 on 02/11/2015:
Hope your better soon..You and that water both look terrific!


thinkpositive on 02/11/2015:
Hope your illness is coming to an end. Great photo!


liza36 on 02/12/2015:
Hope you feel better soon. What a great picture of you!!



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