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grannyannie - Saturday Oct 19, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

OMG! I was 139.2 yesterday and this morning I'm 140?!    I know I tell others that it's often fluid retention that does that, but....argghhhh! Doing some juggling with calories to shake things up a bit. Will try: Sun,Thurs, Sat - 1200, MWF 1500, Thurs 1300.  

Workout at home (lower body):

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  carrot soup, 2 oatcakes, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  low fat cottage cheese
  • Teas, water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1200 exactly

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/19/2013:
Good plan for mixing up the calories. The scale will move down for you soon!

grannyannie on 10/19/2013:
Hope it works. I'm starting to panic here!


selina on 10/20/2013:
Omg, we are the same weight today!

grannyannie on 10/20/2013:
Hi Selina!



grannyannie - Friday Oct 18, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Husband - who is very particular about food - loved my carrot & coriander soup.  I added an extra dash of chilli powder to his. I'm making a double batch tomorrow and will freeze it.

I've been stuck at 139.* for the last 7 days even though I've worked out like crazy and stuck to calories. I guess 1500 on my heavy workout days is too high, so I'll cut that to 1400 and cut the other days to 1300 and see what happens. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 5 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 bowls of my yummy carrot and coriander soup, 1 slice whole grain toast w/pb & set honey, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  2 clementines
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   1392

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/18/2013:
Try not to worry about it too much. Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/18/2013:
Easier said than done! Ta, Ohio.


Umpqua on 10/18/2013:
I'm glad the soup was a hit. You could also try going even higher on your heavy workout days just to vary things a bit (the whole zig-zag technique). I know the scale will move for you soon as you are very persistent!

grannyannie on 10/18/2013:
I might try some 1200 days and then back to 1500 on my MWF heavy days. I'll experiment. Really hate plateaus! Gotta fit into those clothes in January - no alternative!



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 17, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Needed to drop husband off at the ferry and go into town shopping so got an extra cardio in at the gym.

Tried out a recipe for carrot & coriander soup before I serve it to guests in a couple of weeks. Delicious! Added some chilli powder for extra oomph.  Can't believe this big bowl of soup is only 102 cals!
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/member-recipes/Classic%20Carrot%20and%20Coriander%20Soup/3138

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins elliptical
Workout at home (lower body):
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisin-berry-cherry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  after gym & shopping:  low fat cheddar wrap
  • L:  2 fried eggs on 1 slice toast, homemade carrot soup, 1 oatcake
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1477

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/17/2013:
That looks yummy and much simpler than the carrot soup I make. I recently made his flatbread from this recipe (only 150 calories per serving) - that might make a good accompaniment :)

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/levi-roots-stylee-jerk-chicken-jalapeno-breads

grannyannie on 10/17/2013:
That looks good as well!

The soup was easy to make but using the stick wiz is messy. I went out into the garage to use it, just like I make hubby do. :D


IndependentEm93 on 10/17/2013:
Have a great day!

grannyannie on 10/17/2013:
Same to you


skinnygrlwithin on 10/17/2013:
I LOVE when I find food that allows me to eat a whole bunch, fills me up, and it's worth like no calories!!

grannyannie on 10/17/2013:
Me too!! :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Very determined and motivated but looking forward to my first well-deserved treat in 12 days (on the island).

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  pbj on homemade wholegrain seeded toast, soy yogurt, clementine
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1500

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 10/16/2013:
Have a great day!

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Ta, you too!


skinnygrlwithin on 10/16/2013:
Looks like a good day planned to me! Way to get right back on track!!

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Yep, we're both back on track!


OhioRaven on 10/16/2013:
Annie, you really are a body builder. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Aye, Ohio! That's me - Wonderwoman! LOL.


Umpqua on 10/16/2013:
You're doing great Annie, your workout routine is stellar!

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Thanks! Feels good to get back to it.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 15, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Where is everybody??  

Change of plans and not going to Glasgow today. 

Workout at home:
  • 5 mile power walk/jog
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L: grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar and seeded whole grain bread, soy yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  1 oatcake w/low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1424

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 10/15/2013:
I have never really had a clementine is it like an orange? Have a great day!

grannyannie on 10/15/2013:
A clementine is small and usually seedless, peels a bit like a tangerine.


skinnygrlwithin on 10/15/2013:
I couldn't get myself out of bed this morning... and had yesterday off. Sorry!! Haha... great job on your workout!!

grannyannie on 10/15/2013:
Ta! :)


V on 10/16/2013:
Hiya Annie!! Although I don't post as much as I used to due to lack of time, I'm still here :) Hope you had a fantastic day :)

grannyannie on 10/16/2013:
Ta V, hope you did as well!



grannyannie - Monday Oct 14, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Kept calories below 1300 yesterday as I went a wee bit overboard on Saturday night with our guests. A bit more wine than I intended, but not a lot. Our friends brought low calorie scones made with no sugar and light margarine and I had 2 small ones. And I also dipped into the big bowl of nuts/seeds I put out for them. 

Next 'treat' will be when we pick up daughter from the island the end of the month and we spend the night.  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill 
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Workout at home (lower body): (Might be going to Glasgow tomorrow to visit hub's uncle, so getting this routine in today)

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisin/berry/cherry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 fried eggs on 2 whole grain bread, soy yogurt
  • S: apple 
  • D: Quorn leek pie, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  clementine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1500

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/14/2013:
Nice workout, Annie. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 10/14/2013:
Cheers, Ohio.


V on 10/14/2013:
Hey Annie!! Congrats on your loss and I am sure you will meet every goal that you set for yourself! So happy to hear that you had a great weekend and you know that wine indulgence won't hurt ya. Have a great evening friend <3

grannyannie on 10/15/2013:
Thanks friend! :)



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 12, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Very quiet here!

Scale is down again!   I'm sure half is fluid loss as it usually is when beginning/restarting a diet, but that's okay.

Our friends invited us to dinner tonight which would mean massive calories and we told them we were 'detoxing'. So we invited them here for a drink. I am going to be tough and limit myself to one large glass of wine - 200 calories. I was thinking about making them my oatmeal raisin cookies they like so much, but I'd feel tortured not to have any or to just have one. So I'll just put out a bowl of various nuts, seeds, and raisins.

Workout:

4 mile power walk/jog (more walking than jogging this time as I haven't done this for a while!)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post walk:  banana
  • L:   3 oatcakes w/low fat hummous, soy yogurt
  • D:  veggie and tofu curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted cherry juice
  • S:  1 large glass of wine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1500

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/12/2013:
Great planning, Annie. Take care.

grannyannie on 10/12/2013:
Ta. :)


biscottibody59 on 10/13/2013:
Good going on the loss plus 4 miles--woo-hoo!

grannyannie on 10/14/2013:
Thanks Biscotti!



grannyannie - Friday Oct 11, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.2

Sunny and chilly again here today. Husband is home and we'll both go back to stay on the island the night before daughter's volunteering stint is over on October 29th. My biggest food challenge between now and Thailand trip in January will be the two weeks daughter spends here in November. I can't deprive of her of her favourite chocolate chip muffins just because I can't eat them. 

Surprised I'm not more sore today. Just a bit of soreness in my triceps and inner thighs. 

Workout at gym: (did a cardio only since I did upper body yesterday)

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hills
  • 5 mins rowing machine - intervals
Workout at home (lower body):
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 fried eggs on a wrap, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: veggie and tofu curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted cherry juice
  • S:  nectarine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1492

Progress as of today: 25.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/11/2013:
I've found I'm not as sore if I can keep moving. Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/11/2013:
Yea, the soreness can often be worked out.


skinnygrlwithin on 10/11/2013:
The pain normally hits me two days later but Ohio is right... if you just keep pushing forward it's never as bad. Keep up the good work!!

As for the muffins, maybe if you do what I used to do with chocolate bars it'll help... take 1 muffin a week, cut it into pieces and have 1 piece a day... that way you get to have some but you're by no means over doing it.

grannyannie on 10/11/2013:
Ta. No way can I eat a tiny amount of anything chocolate. It's all or nothing, unfortunately.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 10, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.2

I'm sure it's mostly fluid loss but the scale this morning said 3 pounds since Tuesday. I'll take it!

Back feels fine. This is my usual spin bike class day but I'm definitely not ready for it.  I think I'll take a break from the class for a while and do other things.

Husband got stuck on the island last night. The ferry was cancelled due to high winds. Fortunately, there was an available bed in the hostel. No word on the jobs for daughter yet. Her toe feels much better so she is back at work today.

Modified my workouts today, but I'm betting I'll have sore muscles tomorrow. It's almost like starting from scratch to go so long without working out!

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 5 mins elliptical
  • 2 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 2 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 2 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 2 x 15
  • triceps dips - 2 x 15

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/berries/cherries mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  low fat hummous on wheat wrap, soy yogurt, grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/almond slivers/walnut pieces, diluted cherry juice
  • S:  nectarine
  • Teas & water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1492

Progress as of today: 25.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/10/2013:
Good going on the loss, and I'm happy your back is feeling better!

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
Me too! Thanks


skinnygrlwithin on 10/10/2013:
Coming back after you've been away from it for awhile is always tough. I know when I took two weeks off... JUST TWO WEEKS... I felt like I hadn't worked out in years. Everything was hard for me to do. But you'll quickly get back into the swing of things. Keep it up!!

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
I notice that it's harder even when I skip just one week! Arghh... I'll be back to normal in a couple of weeks.


OhioRaven on 10/10/2013:
Welcome back to your lifestyle.

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
Ta. I did enjoy all the indulging but I wasn't fond of my clothes getter tighter and tighter and tighter. :O



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 09, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 144.2

Daughter's interviews went very well. Hubby FB'd me a photo of her in her new outfit and she looked very nice! Looks like a damaged tendon in her toe, so she'll be hobbling for a while and off work. Crossing our fingers that she gets one of the jobs for next year!!

Hurt my back yesterday with all the bending since I haven't been used to it for the last few weeks. Hoped to go to the gym today but I'm afraid I could do more damage. I'll try a gentle workout at home including my exercise bike and will also do lots of stretching.                                                              
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/berries/cherries mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast on a wrap/extra light mayo, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  Quorn leek pie, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted cherry juice
  • S: peach
Teas & water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1287
 
One of my Ireland photos (Donegal coast):
 
 

Progress as of today: 22.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/09/2013:
It's good to see you and your porridge again. Sorry to hear about your back. I'll wish I could visit Ireland someday. Me and your Hub could go fishing here.

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks, Ohio. Yep, back to porridge and healthy only foods. Back is feeling much better now so I'll hit the gym tomorrow. Ireland is gorgeous...almost as beautiful as Scotland. :)


skinnygrlwithin on 10/09/2013:
That picture is absolutely stunning!! It just makes me want to travel more!! I'm sorry about your back, but I think you've got the right idea... maybe a really how shower before your stretching would also be helpful to loosen things up a bit! Crossing my fingers for your daughter!

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks. Feeling much better. Thanks for crossing fingers for daughter!!


Umpqua on 10/09/2013:
Gorgeous photo! I hope your back feels better and some gentle stretch may be in order. I hope your daughter will get one of the jobs so she can return!

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks. Just an occasional slight twinge in my back now, so I'm good for the gym tomorrow. It's going to be tough!!

Hope we don't have to wait too long to find out if she got a job!


lolla on 10/09/2013:
What a beautiful place! Hope you feel better soon


biscottibody59 on 10/09/2013:
Hope it was a good day and your back cooperated!

Nice to look forward to good things with your daughter's happenings--I hope you both mend well!

(Thanks for the pic as usual:-)

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
Thanks!



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