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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.



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 30, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Whew!  Hard work getting back on track!

No more guests for awhile but we will be going to stay with stepdaughter and her family next week for a few days.  Challenge.

We doubted whether our gym/pool would close as promised for refurbishment, but just saw today that it will close in early Sept.  Expecting to reopen by xmas holidays, but we won't even be back from Thailand until March 1st.  I'm making a new plan now for the aerobics part of my workout.  I think I will also increase the muscle workouts I already do at home.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar in a wrap, raspberries, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn steak (veggie) pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1215

Workout at gym:

  • 15 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 15 mins recumbent bike
  • 2 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 2 x 12 rope/pulley
Workout at home:
  • 11 sets of dumbbells -   2 x 12

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

puddles on 08/30/2016:
Wow that is what I call a workout. Feels good to go back to a routine I am sure. Keep it up.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2016:
Never had the Quorn steak pie! did you like it? i know the brand...

Yes, it is VERY hard work to get back on track. Mentally, it took me like 8 years or so. LONG TIME to finally get back to where i was (weight-wise).

Now, just trying to gain more muscle and still in the process of retraining my mind to eat less.


Duaa123. on 08/30/2016:
Good total calories in ur day .. and good workout .. keep going



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 28, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Took our trip to Orkney to see ancient sites.  Wasn't too horribly indulgent although I did have dessert one night, a couple of beers, and some Orkney fudge.  Friend is gone, daughter is still here visiting but goes back to her island Tuesday morning.  Today we are going to a BBQ at a neighbours.  

Enjoyed the trip to Orkney so much that I've already booked a trip just for myself for next May.  Won't even let husband come because although he enjoys seeing ancient sites, he'll get bored after 2 or 3. So it'll be just me and I'll rent one of the few automatics for rent on the island.  I would think that these car hire places would understand that many of the tourists who visit are American and most prefer automatics.  My friend could drive a manual so she did the driving.  

Tomorrow:  gym!  

A few pics:

 

5,000 year old circle

 

Cathedral built in 1137

 

5,000 year old neolithic village

 

 

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

OhioRaven on 08/28/2016:
I'm sure your diet choices are sound. I like the Neolithic village. I'm a bit of a CaveMan myself. Have a Great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
I'll be behaving diet wise now. The village was amazing!


Diamond50 on 08/28/2016:
Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing,

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2016:
SOOOO COOOL! that's really amazing those sights from SO LONG AGO. I have friends who sent to Iceland last week - if you ever get the chance - you will be fascinated. Hot springs too.

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
I love ancient sites so I've moved to a great country for this stuff!


puddles on 08/28/2016:
You always visit interesting areas. I love to travel with you in these posts. Thank Annie and have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/29/2016:
I've been wanting to go this particular island ever since I heard about that village in the bottom photo about 12 or 14 years ago. Only discovered in 1850 because of a big storm. Skara Brae is the name.



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 21, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Hi all!  Been away and not counting calories.  Thursday we rode our bikes 36 VERY hilly miles across an island.  Stayed two nights with daughter who works on the tiny island which is a short ferry ride away from the big island.  Weather was perfect and it was very enjoyable.  Stopped at a pub and sat outdoors enjoying a well deserved beer and packet of crisps when we had just 4 more miles to go.

Had some nice meals while on the island and quite a few beers. 

Saturday it was windy with a few showers so we rode in our rainsuits and this time it was not so enjoyable.  But we did the 36 miles back.  

Today had my usual porridge, a low fat cheddar wrap for lunch.  Daughter is here visiting and a friend is coming this afternoon.  Veggie lasagna for dinner. 

Tomorrow I'm off with friend to the island of Orkney for two nights while husband and daughter go down to London.  

Some pics from our bike ride:

 

 

 

 

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

puddles on 08/21/2016:
Beautiful pictures long bike ride and especially your ride coming back in the rain. So you are back to your routine except the few days you are going away again. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 08/21/2016:
Thanks. Much easier in the sun and a light breeze. After friend is gone and daughter is gone then I'm back on strict calories! Gives me 3 months till Thailand.


Diamond50 on 08/21/2016:
Beautiful pics Annie. WOWZERS that's a lot of biking! That's a huge accomplishment! Good work!


OhioRaven on 08/21/2016:
I'm very jealous of your bike ride.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2016:
Yes, agreed, omg so beautiful! The lighthouse photo is my favorite. Right now, I have a few friends on a trip visiting Iceland - their photos are breathtaking - every single one. If you love nature, i highly suggest going there. From the looks of my friends' photos, i wish i were there too!



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.0

Thighs still a bit sore but I'm not complaining.  Should be doing my home workout with weights but the sun is finally out so we are going on a bike ride.  Probably about 15 miles.

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1225


 

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

OhioRaven on 08/16/2016:
Enjoy your ride.

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
Thanks, it was nice. I was starving when we got home so did do some snacking. So over calories listed but not by a huge amount.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
Sore is good. injured is not. I have some soreness going on. Most of it, i can tell, is just from lack of use. I did a beach hike, 2 mi, on Sunday. So this is why. I'm assuming extra stretching and rest will help.

Where are you going to bike ride, just around town?

What's the Quorn pie? I have heard of Quorn, yes, is it the mushroom stuff?

I like how you drink the herbal teas and tonic. I may start up some tonic!

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
We don't live in town, we live on a coastal road. So we'll ride down our road and go to the botanic gardens.

Quorn is a mycoprotein and hubby puts it in our curries, but they have a huge variety. I'm having the 'steak' pie with gravy and veggies in a nice crust.

Try the Schweppes Elderflower diet tonic. Mmmmm


Diamond50 on 08/16/2016:
Have fun biking Annie. I'll ask the question too. What is Quorn pie?

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
Vegetarian. Check it here: http://www.quorn.co.uk/food/pies-pastries/steak-pie/


puddles on 08/16/2016:
Enjoy that bike ride. Always better to get out if the weather permits.


Duaa123. on 08/16/2016:
Good total calories and healthy food keep going



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