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grannyannie - Saturday Jun 27, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.8

On our trip: B: porridge S: wine gums 160 cal sweets L: Ham and cheese panini, salad S: 2 beers D: veg curry and rice S: packet baked crisps, 1 beer

Short bike ride. 7 miles

Progress as of today: 29.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/27/2015:
Have a good day, Annie.

grannyannie on 06/27/2015:
Thanks. Evening now.


puddles on 06/27/2015:
Being out is what is important short trip or long. Have a great day.



grannyannie - Friday Jun 26, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.8

Had a pint of hubby's home brewed beer last night so ended the day at about 1425 cals. Still okay.

Going on our trip tomorrow. I will write down all my food and drink but won't be counting calories.  Probably a good idea if I post it here.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • S:  cereal bar 
  • L:  pbj on toast, 1 slice low fat cheddar, clementine
  • D:  Quorn (veggie) steak pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1330

Workout at gym:

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

Workout at home (upper):
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12

Progress as of today: 29.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/26/2015:
Have a good trip, Annie.

grannyannie on 06/26/2015:
Thanks, OR!


puddles on 06/26/2015:
Have a nice time Annie

grannyannie on 06/26/2015:
Thanks, Fran!


Umpqua on 06/26/2015:
Good plan for your trip, Annie, enjoy!

grannyannie on 06/26/2015:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 06/26/2015:
I like your game plan for your trip! Write it down to stay aware, but don't count! Good deal!



grannyannie - Thursday Jun 25, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.8

Went a wee bit over planned calories yesterday but ended at about 1350.  That's okay. 

Getting ready for our trip on Saturday. Going to a town about 2 hours from here and have rented a cottage to use as a base for long bike trips in several directions.  Planning on cooking most dinners so still healthy calories, but will have a treat and a beer or two most days. Might even pack a lunch instead of a cafe lunch on every ride where they usually have homebaked goods to tempt me!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, yogurt, clementine, nectarine 
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1245

Workout at home (lower):  might skip the lunges and calf lifts

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumb   bells 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 12 - 3 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: 29.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

Mistyrose on 06/25/2015:
Sounds like a vacation where you will get lots of exercise. Plus you are planning your food, you will be prepared for success.

grannyannie on 06/25/2015:
We will get loads of exercise but I still need to watch that I don't go overboard. Limit beer, limit sweets.


Mistyrose on 06/25/2015:
I just saw the castle pictures beautiful, what a fun day

grannyannie on 06/25/2015:
It was a lovely day!


Umpqua on 06/25/2015:
That sounds wonderful, it's so much easy to keep things in check when you can cook most meals yourself. I can't wait to see the pictures!

grannyannie on 06/25/2015:
Eating out is such a huge challenge for me, and it will be easy to have dinner at the house. I'll take loads of photos and crossing my fingers it doesn't rain too much.


puddles on 06/25/2015:
Sounds like fun Annie have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/25/2015:
Thanks, Fran!


hollybelle on 06/25/2015:
Nice sounding trip! We need to get away for awhile soon - want to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary - which was June 15th! Your cals and exercise are terrific!

grannyannie on 06/26/2015:
Belated happy anniversary!



grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 24, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.8

Didn't post yesterday but we went on a lovely 28 mile bike ride to a 13th century castle.  Long day because it involves driving about 25 miles on mostly single track roads, then taking a ferry for half an hour, and then we can ride!  Love this bike!!!  Lunch was cheese on a brown roll and a slice of gorgeous orange cake.  At the end of our ride I had a pint of beer and a packet of crisps.  

I seem to keep ending the day at 1500 calories so maybe that's where I need to be and as long as they are healthy, that's okay. But for today I'm aiming for this:

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar melted on a whole wheat tortilla, yogurt, clementine & nectarine
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  almonds
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1256

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps
Workout at home (upper):
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
 

Progress as of today: 29.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/24/2015:
You are SO lucky.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
This is the most beautiful country I've ever seen! :)


puddles on 06/24/2015:
Absolutely wonderful Annie. Love the richness of history in your country. That is definitely lacking in this part of the world. Saw the picture of your bikes you are certainly enjoying them. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Thanks, Fran. It's actually my adopted country as I'm American. :)


Umpqua on 06/24/2015:
Breathtakingly gorgeous, Annie. And well done on the calories, that seems sensible with a long bike ride!

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Thanks! Lots of gorgeous places to cycle here!


Maria7 on 06/24/2015:
Oh, My! What beautiful pictures. Really love the landscape! Your bikes are lovely, too.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Thanks! Yes, love the bike. Notice the big battery?



grannyannie - Monday Jun 22, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.2

Well, buying dark chocolate and rationing it did not work!  Except for today and yesterday I had two portions each day.  

Good weather forecast for tomorrow - mostly sunny so we'll be on our bikes again.  Don't know where yet but it will likely be about a 40 mile ride. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • S:  almonds
  • L:  whole wheat tortilla with melted low fat cheddar, yogurt, grapes, apple, last portion of dark chocolate
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1351

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - intense!
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 5 mins on the treadmill on incline - couldn't do any more as my plantar fasciitis in my left foot is not yet totally gone
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Progress as of today: 28.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/22/2015:
Some stuff is just impossible to keep in the house sometimes. Realizing what items they are is good. Enjoy your bike ride. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
Thanks! I had to stop keeping oatcakes as well which I hate to do as they are healthy.


GottaDoIt on 06/22/2015:
Maybe buy the small minis and have a friend give you one a day?

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
I used to give hubby some to hide but he'd forget where he put them!


ohioraven on 06/22/2015:
That would be like me keeping spaghetti in the house. Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
Thanks OR!


ezerover on 06/22/2015:
I miss my bike rides. Try treating yourself to dark chocolate by going to candy store each time you want to have some and savor the moment.

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
I used to go to a chocolate shop in town where you could buy single bite sized chocolates. But they've stopped doing that. :(


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/22/2015:
sometimes, when I have certain foods long enough in my apartment, it seems I will not have as much as a problem overindulging because I only want a little because I know it's always there...seems I am actually getting a little better with not indulging. Currently, I have peanut butter at my place and also some chips and popcorn (with butter, not the healthiest and packaged, not the kernals). It seems I am doing better despite those snack foods because I also have healthier foods on hand AND I am used to having these less healthy choices around...or higher calorie choices, I should say. either way, good job on the chocolate. sometimes I take double servings of chips.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Doesn't work for me. If it's in the house I'm in trouble. Although I've had a packet of chocolate biscuits for weeks that have remained unopened (just so I'll have some in the house for guests who drop by.) I used to have trouble with pb in the house but I'm okay now. When I have it I weigh it out in 10 or 15 g servings.


Mistyrose on 06/22/2015:
Chocolate would be gone in flash in my house. Have a great bike ride

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Thanks!


biscottibody59 on 06/22/2015:
I do fairly well with the high-percentage dark choc if it's individually wrapped in smallish portions.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
I probably should have bought the 90% cocoa instead of 70%. I did open the bar and wrap in single portions. Didn't help. :(



grannyannie - Sunday Jun 21, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

I was very tired yesterday after Friday's bike ride.  Not sure why this one was so tiring as all the long rides last week didn't feel that tiring.  No exercise yesterday.  A bit of cheating but ended at just over 1500 calories. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  hummous & low fat cheddar wrap, strawberries, clementine, yogurt
  • D:  veg/bean/Quorn curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  apple
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1229

I skipped the squats and lunges and calf lifts today.  Those areas have definitely not been ignored lately! But I'll still keep them in my routine most of the time.

Workout at home (upper):

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

Workout at home (lower):  

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/21/2015:
Take care of yourself and rest up. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 06/21/2015:
41 miles after other long rides can tdeplete your energy stores in your muscles. All reserves gone. When I was riding a lot I noticed I got really "bone tired" almostlike muscle failure, when I hadn't prepared with enough water and carbohydrates. I don't know if your terrain is mostly flat or hilly, but here in KY the hills Kill me! I rode in OHIO a while ago and it was like a piece of cake - could ride twice as far because no hills! LOL! Good workout! Have a great week.

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
I'm in Scotland and it's very hilly! It had been a week since we did those 4 days of biking. I'd also had 2 days of gym before this last ride which always includes intense spin bike. But, we do have electric bikes so the hills are much easier and can also make the flat ground easier depending on how we set the battery. It was also very windy on this last ride so we were battling uphill and wind.


Mistyrose on 06/22/2015:
You do some serious exercise, I'm impressed.

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
Thanks! I'm fighting frailty and as long as I can do intense workouts, I will. :)



grannyannie - Friday Jun 19, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

No gym today.  Went on a 41 mile bike ride.  Weather wasn't great but we went anyway and wore rainsuits.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • S:  small scone and tea at beachside cafe
  • L:  ham and cheese omelette, salad, beer at restaurant in town
  • S:  beer and shared a packet of crisps at a pub along the way
  • D:  Quorn cottage pie, 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • S:  dark chocolate - 2 portions
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  No idea!

 

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/20/2015:
41 miles! I am so happy for you! I hope I can ride like that again. Gotta get back completely healed. I will do it! What was the terrain like?

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
We have pedal assisted electric bikes so we can do very long rides. Much of it very hilly. Over 4 days last week we did 175 miles with the longest day 52 miles. I could never do these distances on my regular bike.



grannyannie - Thursday Jun 18, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Oops!  Did some snacking last night.  Went up to just over 1500 calories, so not the end of the world.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, grapes, strawberries, yogurt
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  dark chili chocolate
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1298

I didn't do my upper body muscle workout yesterday as we decided to look at doing a self-catering for a week so it would be easier to do lots of long bike rides.  So I was researching that and found one in a great location.  So I have to do my entire muscle workouts today. 

Workout at home (upper):

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

Workout at home (lower):  

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • lunges 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 12 - 3 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: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/18/2015:
What did you snack on Annie ?

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
I had two portions of dark chocolate instead of one, and almonds - 10g.


puddles on 06/18/2015:
Don't knock yourself out. You did not totally fly off the roof with your indulgence. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Thanks! As long as I don't make it a habit.


Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
I think some days we need more calories and you chose well. Is the self-catering like a food delivery service?

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Sometimes I'm just plain hungry and I think I burned more calories than I thought. Self-catering just means holiday accommodation with a full kitchen, etc. Could be a house, cottage, apartment, caravan, etc. We rented a small one bedroom house. So we can do our own cooking instead of eating out all the time which = too many calories.


Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
Ah, OK - that's what we usually do for our vacations!

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
I can't remember what you would call it in the US! :D


GottaDoIt on 06/18/2015:
I admire how diligent you are with the workouts.

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Thanks. My motto is Just Do It.


hollybelle on 06/19/2015:
Great exercise! Yay!

grannyannie on 06/19/2015:
Cheers!


Maria7 on 06/19/2015:
I see that you are getting close to your goal. :-)

grannyannie on 06/19/2015:
Slowly but surely. :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 17, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Anxious for another nice day so we can go on more really long bike rides!!

Decided I need some dark chocolate in the evenings.  After all, it IS supposed to be good for you, right?! I've divided the bar into 5 pieces at 108 calories each section. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, yogurt, grapes, strawberries, clementine
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  dark chili chocolate
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1333

Workout at gym:

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

Workout at home (upper):

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

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/17/2015:
Hope you get out on another one of your bike trips. Have a great day Annie

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
Thanks! Might just have to bike in the drizzle.


Umpqua on 06/17/2015:
Dark chocolate has antioxidants and it makes me happy, haha. Good plan portioning it off!

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
Exactly! :)


innerpeace on 06/17/2015:
I'm glad I don't care for chocolate, it always tastes so bitter to me. Ride a mile for me!

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
I wish I didn't!



grannyannie - Tuesday Jun 16, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.8

Scale down.  Tried on smaller jeans.  I can button and zip but they are just a wee bit snug.

Anxiously hoping for another spell of sunny weather so we can go on more long bike rides.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  sliced chicken breast sandwich, yogurt, strawberries & clementine
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  almonds
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1294

Workout at home (lower):  

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • lunges 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 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

 A couple more photos from our long bike rides last week:

This is me on top of a 5,000 year old burial cairn.

 

 

Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/16/2015:
You don't look like a Granny.

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
LOL, thanks OR. I'm just a wee girl of 63 although I don't feel it at all. :)


Umpqua on 06/16/2015:
Nice work Annie and you look fantastic! Incredible how old your part of the world is (documented anyway) that you can come across 5,000-year-old anything - truly wondrous.

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Thanks! Yes, lots of very old stuff here. I love it - the older the better.


puddles on 06/16/2015:
Love the pictures Annie you know the old 60 is the new 40 lol lol. Since I am also around your age that is how I see it and I am sticking to it. You seem to be enjoying your new bike.

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Aye! I'm 63 and feel 43! Loving this new bike!


biscottibody59 on 06/16/2015:
Nice pics--keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Thanks! :)



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