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grannyannie - Thursday Feb 02, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.2

Scale went down!  Hope it's not because of my hair cut! I had it well below my shoulders and it's thick.  Had it chopped to chin length yesterday. There was a massive pile of hair on the floor afterwards!  LOL. 

My shoulder is still sore but getting better.  So I'm not doing any dumbbell work that targets my shoulders, in fact not doing any upper body work. Hope it's okay by Monday and I'll start again slowly.

 

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

 

floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes


Gym workout lower

Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  15 mins

treadmill -  15 mins


Bike ride to gym and back:  1.5 miles (forgot to add yesterday that we cycled to restaurant for dinner which includes 2 big hills - 8 miles roundtrip)


Hubby has been wanting to paddle our kayak to a restaurant for dinner at happy hour (2 for 1 beers), so I finally gave in.  It's the resort where my gym is.  My favourite meal there is the Philly cheesesteak.  Happy hour is two for one from 5-7pm.  Well....at least I'll get some exercise paddling the boat. 


Menu:

B:  toast, yogurt, mango and passionfruit

S:  sm cappuccino, animal crackers (actually they are letters - small cups)

L:  stir fried asparagus, peppers, onions, cashews, tofu, iced tea

D:  Philly cheesesteak and fries, 2 small beers (11 oz each)

S:  NO beer at home


 

Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2017:
good for you on no beer at home ;)

lunch sounds awesome, i see no rice :-) thats good calorie savings.

looks like a really healthy day nicely done girlfiend!

i love reading how you bike around to the restaurants and gym and all...that's so wonderful.

are you happy with your haircut?

grannyannie on 02/02/2017:
Husband almost always gets rice with what he eats, so I just take a small spoonful - enough to sop up the remaining juice when I'm done.

Mostly happy with haircut but think I'll go back and get more layering so it sits better on the sides.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2017:
yes - you will need to decide what works best for you...for me it's substitutes, but for you it could mean limiting the beer.

You know what will work for you.... :-D

Think how good you will feel to be wearing the bikinis again!



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 01, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 158.5

Just looked back to see what I weighed when I arrived - 155.  I went down to 152 but am up at 158 now.  Really really unhappy about it but also hate feeling deprived.  Had to wear my one piece to snorkel yesterday as my 3 bikinis are too tight in the top.  I should have been under 140 when we arrived here.  Blaming at least 10 pounds on politics.

Catching up.  Went to the gym on Monday and yesterday did the early bike ride then off on a snorkeling trip,.  We hired a private boat and it's for 3 hours.  The water is still cloudy because of all the heavy rain.  Last year it was crystal clear.  We'll go again before we leave the end of the month and the water should be much clearer.  It's the sunny season now!  

Woke up with a bad sinus headache this morning.  Don't know why.  So no gym, no bike.  It's almost gone now. 

Menu: 

B:  toast, yogurt

S:  toast

L:  dropping hubby at restaurant while I get my hair cut - then had a small beer with him

S:  yogurt

D:  probably pasta with herbs, cashews and tofu

S:  will try for herbal tea or diet Pepsi, but might have a glass of light beer

The island we stop on for an hour or so after snorkeling:

 

Our boat

 

Hmm....what's this?  Oh, yes.  The bar.  That serves ice cold beer. 

 

Brought my GoPro video camera which shoots underwater.  You'll have to copy and paste to view it.

https://youtu.be/h3J7XFwogkk

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2017:
i will watch your video later :-)

ice cold beer when it's hot sounds great. i have a good idea for future - different types of flavor sticks that you can add to water or seltzers....and you can add additional stevia drops for a sweeter taste. this is what i'd do in your situation where you need to cut calories to lose the weight but you do NOT want to feel deprived. or you can go for hot / iced teas herbal ones and add stevia drops to make it taste more satisfying and refreshing i n the heat - and NO CALORIES.

unfortunately you will have to decide what's more worth it...OR...you can make changes that change your calories but you can still eat / drink and be satisfied.

...you have other options you can make, especially next year to pack with you, that will satisfy you..maybe full out swaps like sugar free (but stevia not chemicals) drinks instead of the beers, etc...it will have to be a change :/ ....i don't mean to upset you, this is my opinion only!

grannyannie on 02/01/2017:
Yes I know you are right. Beer is probably responsible for 90% of weight. I will not be satisfied with calorie free drinks instead of beer. So what I need to do is a better job at limiting or going without 5 days a week and having them on weekdays.

grannyannie on 02/01/2017:
Yes I know you are right. Beer is probably responsible for 90% of weight. I will not be satisfied with calorie free drinks instead of beer. So what I need to do is a better job at limiting or going without 5 days a week and having them on weekdays.



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 29, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 158.5

Got up at 6am again and went on the 7.5 mile bike ride with hubby.  Riding bike to dinner - about 4 miles roundtrip. 

Menu:

B:  toast, fresh mango and banana

S:  sm cappuccino, sm cup animal crackers

L:  asparagus, peppers, onions, cashews and tofu, sm portion of rice, iced tea

D:  chicken satay, mango smoothie

Might stop for a sm beer at the tiny bar outside our masseuse shop on the way home from dinner.   It was closed.  So had a light beer at home. 

The sun is here to stay.  Snorkeling this week!!!

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/31/2017:
Good on that bike ride! Sounds like fun!

grannyannie on 01/31/2017:
It's very nice!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
Your eats and activity sound right on par!

Nice job. Wow - waking up early to exercise is one thing (while i have a regular job during the work week) that i do not like to do on weekends hardly ever unless it's an unusually busy weekend. but my reasons are good ones - to catch up on sleep :-D

I am so glad you are doing well now....good choice on the LIGHT beer. they can be good and much lower cals than the regular ones.

yay for snorkeling! fun fun! you have to be decent shape to do that!

grannyannie on 01/31/2017:
Normally I get up at 6:30 to go to the gym (at home I get up at 6:50 for the gym). I enjoy the quiet bike rides early morning in the cool air.

I wish the restaurants would carry light beer!



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 28, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 158.5

6am bike ride with hubby this morning.  7.5 miles.  Nice and cool and roads are quiet.

It's Saturday which is Villa Chocolat day.  I shouldn't go but I will make whatever little cake I get my lunch.  I'll have an Americano instead of cappuccino.  Bike ride to and from will be another 6 miles. Walked to dinner and back - nearly 2 miles. 

Looked like the weather may have broken.  Showers at night but sun during day.  Snorkeling soon??!!

Menu:

B:  porridge & raisins, toast, banana and orange

L:  cake and coffee

S:  cheese and crackers

D:  Pad Thai with tofu, large beer

Our trip is booked to the US to visit family in June.  A week at the lake with granddaughters, niece's hs graduation, visits with other family. 

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2017:
yes agreed - in order to lose weight you do not have to NOT EAT, just make the choices which are lower calorie. like a diet tonic instead of tonic? or like an americano instead of cappuccino like you said - the list is endless. You can do it Annie!

i have also been eating oatmeals for breakfast on weekends - my body these past couple weeks is starting to actually CRAVE natural, higher carb, food. it's amazing. skin is still improving - so happy!

what part of US do you go? i forgot. I'm in NY, right outside Manhattan.

grannyannie on 01/28/2017:
Yes, had an Americano instead of cappuccino, a small cake as lunch and not a heavy cream one.

The beer is my biggest enemy. So hard to resist when sitting in an outdoor restaurant and it's hot outside.

My family is in Michigan.


Donkey on 01/28/2017:
^^ What she said about choices :-)

I love hearing about your bike rides. Do you ride a lot when you are home? That is something I would like to do, but the drivers around here kind of scare me. Plus I have no idea what I'm doing.

grannyannie on 01/28/2017:
We won't ride here on the busy roads, we stick to the quieter ones although it's very busy from where our house is for about half a mile.

We bought cheap bikes here but at home we have the Rolls Royce of bicycles - a German electric pedal-assisted bike. We ride every chance we get at home when it's at least 60F and not rainy. We live in a wet climate so we don't ride as often as I'd love to. Lots of very quiet roads and lots of hills.


happy-1 on 01/28/2017:
mmm beer...


happy-1 on 01/28/2017:
mmm beer...



grannyannie - Friday Jan 27, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 158.5

The scale is going the wrong way!!!  No fault but my own.  Need to stop right now as I struggled to get a pair of shorts on this morning.

Had our weekly massage.  Bliss. 

Gym workout upper

 

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)


Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles


Home workout:

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • plank - 3 x 20 seconds
  • triceps dips - 10 reps x 3
  • push ups - 10 reps x 3

Cardio:

  • Elliptical:  10 mins
  • Treadmill:  10 mins
  • Bike: 10 mins

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, toast
  • S:  sm cappuccino, sm cup of animal crackers
  • L:  2pm  green curry with tofu and small portion rice, iced tea
  • D:  skipping it and having some cheddar and crackers and an apple
  • S:  herbal teas, diet pepsi

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/27/2017:
You have had an unusual holiday all the way around with the weather and trying to keep your routine with the gym plus your bike ride have been also put aside because of the weather. It is hard to keep the weight down if you can't do your activities don't be too hard on yourself. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 01/27/2017:
Thanks, Fran. I really do NOT want to creep up to 160. I haven't been there for about 6 years.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
lately you are doing good, sometimes it takes a few extra days for the scale to catch up!

grannyannie on 01/27/2017:
I did really badly Thursday having beer and ice cream though!


Maria7 on 01/27/2017:
No, you do not want to go to 160...more work to get away from.

grannyannie on 01/27/2017:
Need to get motivated!



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 26, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 157.0

Rain and thunder kept waking me up last night so too tired to go to gym.  However, I did my lower body muscle work at home using ankle weights instead of dumbbells.  No cardio and we can't ride bikes because the rain is back off and on. 

Later in the morning we went to the capital to do some shopping for family and got a couple of things for me. Not done yet but still plenty of time.  

Gym workout lower

 

Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each - ankle weights on wrists

Lunges

Side lunges

squats

calf lifts


Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes


Menu:

B:  toast, fresh mango and passionfruit

S:  sm cappuccino

L:  stir fried chicken and cashew and veg, mango and sticky rice for dessert (mmmm)

D:  stir fried veggies and tofu, small portice rice, bottle of beer and on the way home bought an ice cream bar!!!!  Bad bad bad!!!

 

I already got my sister 2 pair of black and white harem pants.  These are for me. 

 

These are for stepdaughter - placemats and 2 pants:

 

This is for 6 year old granddaughter - sorry, a bit fuzzy:

 

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2017:
those pants are awesome - if i didn't wear sneakers all the time, i'd wear them to work...actually, i think those pants would go with my sneakers - since my sneakers are quite small and just plain black...those are nice pants even for home around house or going out...love them!

sleep is very important for gym...you are smart to sleep in / base workout on your energy level.

last night i would have liked to walk, but i was too tired. caught up on sleep, but, now a bit tired at work (side effects of sleeping pills that i take around 2-3 times a week at most).

grannyannie on 01/26/2017:
I love em. I have so many but when I spot a colour I like I buy more!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2017:
ohhhhh i would love to work out around men with nicely toned bodies :-D haha nice.


Donkey on 01/26/2017:
Very pretty gifts!!!

grannyannie on 01/26/2017:
Thanks. There are soooooo many colours here.



grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 157.0

Mostly cloudy, but some episodes of sun.  No rain.  Nice breezes. 

Gym had 3 men which is really crowded for such a small gym.

Gym workout upper

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)


Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3 hurts my shoulder

 

push ups - 10 reps x 3


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

 

treadmill -  10 mins


Bike rides:  to gym and back 1.5 miles, to dinner and back nearly 9 miles

Menu:

B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango and passionfruit

L:  veg fried rice & bacon and 2 eggs, iced tea

S:  stopped on bike ride for a small beer

D:  pasta with veg, herbs, cashews, tofu, gin and tonic

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2017:
Were the men nice to look at? In shape? Accents? haha..

Lately i do more alternating ab work = better abs lately...feeling slimmer in my abs yay. besides legs, abs are my weakest. abs and lower body.

upper is extremely strong :-)

nice job on pushups...they are one of the BEST exercises. body weight exercises are NOT overrated, but the best in my honest opinion!

Breakfast sounds delicious! I had a mango flavored drink myself!

Lunch sounds tasty...though prob slightly high cal right? but at least it's natural & balanced. I'm beginning to really enjoy brown veggie rice too.

Nice ... bike to the beer :-)

Dinner sounds delicious too!

For lunch i have cashews and tofu also with some cabbage and rice and potato :-) Eating well is not as ovverrated as i thought.

honestly, i've eaten poorly my whole adult life...it's amazing what some simple diet changes do! wow. my skin is clearing up!

grannyannie on 01/25/2017:
Yea, the veg fried rice with bacon and egg is high cal. It's meaty bacon though, not fatty like American bacon. And they don't use too much oil on the fried rice. Eggs are fried in fat very fast so they have those nice crispy edges.

Didn't really notice the men except the one I' ve been chatting to a couple of times - he's about 40ish, English and does have a well toned body. The other two didn't even speak.



grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 24, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.1

Didn't get on the scale but will do tomorrow.  

Mostly sunny today.   Started the gift shopping today.  Got my sister 2 pair of harem pants.  

Gym workout lower

Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

 

Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  15 mins

treadmill -  15 mins 

Bike:  to gym and back 1.5 miles, to lunch and back 1.8  miles, to dinner and back 4.4 miles

Menu:

B:  porridge, yogurt, fruit salad with banana, passionfruit and orange

L:  too early for lunch so I had an omelette with ham and toast

S:  3 crackers

D:  chicken and cashew stir fry, mango smoothie

A temple near our house 

 

Progress as of today: 11.9 lbs lost so far, only 6.1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2017:
I totally remember last year you writing about buying some clothes, i think also for your sister!, from this vacation spot. :-) They must be really nice and comfortable pants. So nice of you to think of her again. So thoughtful <3

Since you didn't mention rain, I will! I'm in NY, right near NYC Manhattan, and well usually this time of year if we have precipitation it's in the form of snow. But this whole January, for the most part, it's been so nice with slightly warmer temps. Well, we had a major storm with flooding for people who live along the shore, NOT where I am, only right along the shore towns, with flooding...Mother Nature is so weird this year! We don't get rain with floods in winter. and this year we did! Usually these storms occur for us at the end of summer. or early fall.

Well, I'm glad your weather has cleared up and that you were able to do some biking (i'm sure you aren't sore anymore!) and weights.

Lovely picture of the temple. Such wonderful sites by you both nature and man-made temples and beauty. Love it :-D

grannyannie on 01/24/2017:
I buy clothes or handbags and other souvenirs for sister, granddaughters, stepdaughter, etc. And of course some for me. Everybody loves the harem pants.

I keep reading about temps being much warmer than normal. Same for my family in Michigan, same for our home in Scotland.

Hoping we can snorkel next week!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2017:
Your glass noodle soups sound better than what i have at home restaurants.

grannyannie on 01/24/2017:
Authentic Thai food is 100 times better than what you get in US or UK Thai restaurants!



grannyannie - Monday Jan 23, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.1

Cloudy today and a few showers.  

Menu:

B:  porridge & raisins, banana

S:  Americano and toast

L:  chicken and cashew stir fry, rice

D:  probably glass noodle soup with pork, mango and sticky rice for dessert

Gym workout upper

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

 

Cardio:

Treadmill - 15 minutes

Bike - 10 minutes

 

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles

 

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3 shoulder still too sore for this one

push ups - 10 reps x 3


Progress as of today: 11.9 lbs lost so far, only 6.1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
Whenever i see glass noodles or rice noodles i never order them because i used to never get full from them...like my stomach was always an endless pit when eating those yummy things ;)

by me, one of the vegan asian places, also has a cooked cashew dish! cashews taste great cooked! love it! its a dish of diced up small veggies, small diced pieces of tofu, whole cashews, in very light sauce. so tasty! and sauce is not heavy.

grannyannie on 01/23/2017:
Actually decided to have stir fried pork and veggies - no rice. I love cooked cashews, they are common in Thai cooking. Yum!

grannyannie on 01/23/2017:
Oh, and I find glass noodle soup very filling. They give you tons of veggies in it and huge bowls of soup.



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 22, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.1

Got up with hubby for his 6 am bike ride.  So I did 7.5 miles this morning.  

Still consoling myself but that has to stop.  Monday I'll be good again. 

Menu:

B:  toast, fruit salad

S:  sm cappuccino, and I have been tempted by this chocolate and honey toast they have in the coffee shop we go to.  Didn't look close enough at the photo - it's a huge piece of toast with chocolate, honey, ice cream, toasted almonds and whipped cream   Oink!

L:  a few crackers with cheese

D:  hubby not feeling great and I don't want to go out alone, so I'm having porridge & raisins, toast, some cheese, a banana

S:  light beer

 

Progress as of today: 11.9 lbs lost so far, only 6.1 lbs to go!


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