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grannyannie - Sunday Aug 18, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 136.0

Happy Sunday! Looks like the sun is coming out after days of rain. I might go for a 4 mile power walk/jog later while hubby is doing the wallpapering. I've downloaded MapMyRun to my phone and might try that out.

Have normal housework to do as that's been neglected with the other projects. 

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh raspberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  hummous on a whole wheat wrap, soy yogurt, grapes
  • D: veggie chili & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  1 oatcake & low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1300

 

Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/18/2013:
Sounds like a good adventure, Annie. Go for it !

grannyannie on 08/18/2013:
Thanks, Ohio.


biscottibody59 on 08/18/2013:
Hope the weather cooperated with your walk/jog plan!

grannyannie on 08/18/2013:
Nope, intermittent showers. I'm doing an extra gym day Tuesday though.


Maria7 on 08/18/2013:
Hello...sounds like you are going to get some good, fresh air! :-)

grannyannie on 08/18/2013:
Afraid not, too wet.



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 17, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 136.0

Woohoo, down a pound, actually 2 pounds as I'd gone back up to 138 last weekend but hadn't updated. Hoping our friends don't invite us over tonight. Involves too many wine calories. I've got 3 1/2 weeks to lose 6 pounds and if I do I can enjoy a bit of indulgence when my family comes without worrying about having even more to lose after they go home. 

No painting today! Porch looks great! Hope hubby gets the wallpapering done this weekend. I want to start shampooing carpets and can't do it until the guest room is done. Most of the stuff from that room is in my gym or in the hallway, so I can't do those yet. 

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
  • flexing to strengthen shin muscles
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk 
  • L:   hummous on 3 oatcakes, soy yogurt
  • D:  veggie chili & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  snack up to 100 calories
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  just under 1300

 

Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/17/2013:
Woo-Hoo ! Proud of you Annie. And Wow ! Your porch has never looked better :v) Have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Wow, Ohio, you can see my porch all the way from there?! :D

Thanks!


hollybelle on 08/17/2013:
Good deal on the loss. Great work around the house. What kind of shampooer you use on the carpets? I've been thinking about getting one. It must be easy to use, though. I have never used one, but hiring it out is expensive!

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Thanks! :)

Don't know if this is a UK brand or not, but I bought a Vax Rapide Deluxe a few years ago because I didn't like renting one and having to rush. Works pretty well I think and it's not too bulky or heavy.


Maria7 on 08/17/2013:
Congrats! Happy for ya! :-D All that work you are doing is paying off in more ways than one! :-D

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Thanks!


biscottibody59 on 08/17/2013:
Good job on the loss--have a great evening there!

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Thanks, you too!



grannyannie - Friday Aug 16, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Watched a programme on tv last night called 'Scotland the Fat'. Apparently Scotland (not the entire UK) has the second highest rate of obesity in the world after the US. The NHS complains about how much money they have to spend on people due to obesity but then when they are patients in the hospitals they serve them meals like macaroni & cheese and chips (fries)!!  

Finished painting guest room yesterday. Next is hubby's turn - wallpaper. 

No rain today so I can finally put the last coat of paint on the porch floor.

Since we ate dinner later last night - just before 7 - I wasn't hungry for my evening snack. So I ended at less than 1300 calories yesterday. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill - hill intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines - I've added back the leg extensions for quads.
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  Finished up the polenta, 1 egg, 1 veg sausage, soy yogurt (sweetened but not with artificial sugar)
  • D:  veggie chili & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  strawberries, clementine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1341 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/16/2013:
Mornin' Annie. It makes sense that our governments do this sort of thing. After all, people smarter than us are making these decisions. Have a good day !

grannyannie on 08/16/2013:
Hiya Ohio! I have absolutely nothing good to say about our current UK government or the Scottish one!


Umpqua on 08/16/2013:
Great work getting your painting done. Kind of sad how our governments complain about the strain on tax dollars and yet give the food manufacturers free rein to use GMOs, fillers and all kinds of questionable chemicals in their products. It makes me feel like humans are treated as livestock and as long as food corps are turning a profit and shareholders are happy, everything is great. And don't get me started on how livestock are fed haha. (Sorry, you know that pushes my buttons).

I hope the wallpaper goes up easily - I'm sure your guest room looks stunning!

grannyannie on 08/16/2013:
Agree that what the government allows manufacturers to do is a crime. At least over here they aren't allow to use bovine growth hormones. They are trying to do a fat tax here and apply it to certain junk foods but I don't see how that will help. They've done the same with booze.


Maria7 on 08/16/2013:
Wow...who knew? Your guest room must be going to be very beautiful. :-)

grannyannie on 08/16/2013:
Wasn't really surprised, I'm seeing more and more grossly obese people here.

Anxious to see the wallpaper when it's up. The room won't be completely done though. Need new drapes, carpet and built in wardrobe. No closets in these old houses.


legcramps on 08/16/2013:
Glad you'll get your painting done today! I think it's pathetic that patients are being fed foods like that! I mean, when I think of hospital food, I think of lean meats, potatoes, veggies. It's not often that dessert for a patient in our hospital is something other than jello or pudding. Of course, there are less healthy options if you can make your own way to the cafeteria, but the majority of the food here is pretty healthy. Certainly nothing that might contribute to a heart attack! Ridiculous!

grannyannie on 08/16/2013:
Last time I was in a hospital was in the US - two surgeries and then giving birth twice. I remember mostly meat, veg, potatoes, and jello. In this programme they said it was very difficult to find healthy food in the hospital cafeteria as well. Some didn't even have any fruits or salads!


biscottibody59 on 08/16/2013:
Like Umpqua, don't get me started on anything pertaining to healthcare in the US--and hospitals are the last place to expect ANYTHING. They're a totally necessary evil, though in many cases they're NOT necessary--they're just overused by the wrong groups of people for unnecessary procedures. Oops--I already "said" too much:-)

Anyway, good going on all your chores accomplished and your continuing pursuit of fitness!

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Health service is not perfect here, but unlike the US it is not profit-driven, so not a lot of unneccessary procedures. And every single person is entitled to health care, something the US needs, desperately!


V on 08/16/2013:
I have to find the article for you but a hospital in New York started prescribing " fruits and veggies" as opposed to writing scripts for overweight middle to lower class..I love that they give monthly vouchers for people who can't afford to buy healthier alternatives.. I guess when you are on a fixed income and have more than a few mouths to feed, buying in bulk in the cheapest manner isn't always the healthiest..

Anyhoo I hope the rest of your day went well my friend <3

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
That's a great idea! Watched a programme on why people in the US say it's cheaper to buy junk food than healthy food. Tragic! A lot of things are cheaper in the US but I always notice that fruit and veg are much more expensive there than here.


V on 08/16/2013:
I have to find the article for you but a hospital in New York started prescribing " fruits and veggies" as opposed to writing scripts for overweight middle to lower class..I love that they give monthly vouchers for people who can't afford to buy healthier alternatives.. I guess when you are on a fixed income and have more than a few mouths to feed, buying in bulk in the cheapest manner isn't always the healthiest..

Anyhoo I hope the rest of your day went well my friend <3



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 15, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Skipping spin class today. Did grocery shopping then the hardware store for more painting-related stuff. I didn't get the final coat done on the porch yesterday as it started to rain, so doing that today IF it stops raining. Doing second coat on the guest room so it can dry and hubby can get started on putting up the wallpaper. 


Then I'll try to get in my strength workouts, although I feel like I'm using them already!

Gym tomorrow then more projects! Having guests coming is very motivating for getting stuff done, especially when one has never been here before (brother).

Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  polenta, veggie sausage, 1 egg, yogurt
  • S:  apple
  • D: chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad 
  • S:  Special K  & soy milk (been craving cereal lately so bought lots of single serve boxes)
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1337
 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/15/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Hope you have a great day !

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
Good morning, Ohio, although it's nearly noon where you are. :)


skinnygrlwithin on 08/15/2013:
Great idea on the single serving boxes for the cereal... I personally think it's a good snack, especially when you have lots of work ahead of you, but portion control is always the hardest part.

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
Yep, portion control is not my strong suit. I buy crisps (potato chips) that way as well or I'd eat a whole big bag.


Umpqua on 08/15/2013:
You are definitely getting your strength training in with all those projects. Good work and great menu!

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
Thanks!


legcramps on 08/15/2013:
I agree - when Dad is planning a visit, I am usually running around fixing and/or cleaning for a week beforehand!

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
We don't get guests that often, either. So I do tend to look around with a critical eye.


Maria7 on 08/15/2013:
Thanks for your comment...you are close to goal! :-D

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
:)



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Hi friends! Thanks for your comments. 

No gym today. Too much to do. If I have time I'll do my strength workouts that I always do at home. 

Plans for today are painting the baseboards and around the windows in the guest room. I got them all clean and sanded last night. Painted the ceiling yesterday. Anxious to see how the wallpaper will look - hubby's job. (this room is long overdue for redecorating!). Won't do the built in Ikea wardrobe and new carpet till next year. 

I'll put on the final coat of paint on the porch floor today as well. A much easier job! 

Then if I have time I'll do some housework and maybe start shampooing carpets.  

I need a nap!

Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg, polenta, toast, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D: Quorn leek pie, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  single serve box of Crunchy Nut cereal w/soy milk
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1354
 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OArecovery on 08/14/2013:
You are very industrious! I am impressed! Inspiring me to get on some handywork I have been putting off for ages.

Yummy sounding menu too! Have a lovely day :)

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
Thanks! Enjoy your day!


Umpqua on 08/14/2013:
Painting ceilings is grueling work, you're doing a lot! I can't wait until the weather cools so I can focus on our indoor projects again. We are much slower going here, but we're eventually getting it done - one room at a time. I hope you have a productive day!

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
I hate hate hate doing ceilings! Finished that yesterday. Got the first coat done on the rest of it. It's motivating to have guests coming!


skinnygrlwithin on 08/14/2013:
Wow you are very very busy and productive!! GO YOU! And painting the ceiling... I do not envy you, I enjoy painting, but have come to dread the unfortunate yet necessary ceiling painting.

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
Yea, ceilings are the worst. I usually get hubby to do them, but he's doing the wallpaper so I got stuck.


OhioRaven on 08/14/2013:
Annie, you won't get to your 5K with that paint brush in your hand-just kidding. Thank You for helping me with my RunDown Challenge. I thought a lot about you and the girls cheering for me to get through that last mile.

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
Go go go!


legcramps on 08/14/2013:
Busy girl! Enjoy your day today :)

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
:)


V on 08/14/2013:
I didn't realize that you're artistic as well but then again you can do it all "Super Annie" Love you my friend <3

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
<3 Thanks friend.


Maria7 on 08/14/2013:
Sounds like you are a busy bee. :-)

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
Very. :)



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 13, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Hi friends!    Missed you all and my broadband! Fixed now and hope it stays that way. We've had a lot of trouble lately and the problem is there is no competition in our area. There is in town, but not here. 

I was not good over the weekend. Went out for lunch Saturday and had a pint of beer with my triple decker BLT and lentil soup. Sunday we took hubby's uncle out to lunch for his 86th birthday.  Had a roast beef dinner and two pints of beer.   Feeling really disgusted with myself for being weak. But I'm feeling very serious and motivated now. I did very well yesterday and will do well today and for the next few weeks until guests come. I've done fine with my workouts, and am enjoying doing interval training. I feel so FIT when I do the fast part of the workouts!

Patting myself on the back for one thing though. I made chocolate chunk muffins for hubby to take to daughter. The recipe calls for 125g of chocolate chips but I can only buy them in 100g bags. So I bought two bags and used them all in the muffins, so they are extra chocolately. I did not eat a single chocolate chip or a muffin! 

Been very busy in the house. Oiled our beechwood countertops in the kitchen - 3 coats each. I've painted the floor of the front porch with two coats so far.  Need one more. Hubby steamed off the wallpaper in the guest room yesterday. He's off to the island to visit daughter and is staying in the hostel overnight and won't be back till tomorrow night. Today I am painting the ceiling, window trim and baseboards in the guestroom. Hubby will do the wallpapering when he comes home. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh strawberries, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj on whole grain toast, Benecol yogurt, grapes
  • D: Quorn Leek pie, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S: 2 plain oatcakes 
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1299

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/13/2013:
It's good to see you back Annie! Great work on avoiding the muffins, exercise and your house projects. Your menu looks squeaky clean as usual :)

grannyannie on 08/13/2013:
It was so hard to avoid the muffins, especially with all that chocolate oozing out!


legcramps on 08/13/2013:
Glad to see you back again! Great job so far, i'm sure you'll feel back to yourself in no time :)

grannyannie on 08/13/2013:
Thanks! Definitely back on track!


OhioRaven on 08/13/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Glad you're back.

grannyannie on 08/13/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! Glad to be back.


Maria7 on 08/13/2013:
Those muffins sound so delish! :-D Good to see that you are online again!

grannyannie on 08/13/2013:
Thanks Maria


V on 08/13/2013:
Welcome back Annie!! You shouldn't feel guilty about having a few things that you don't have on a daily basis. i think you are doing a fantastic job my friend <3

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
Thanks, V!


hollybelle on 08/13/2013:
Ah don't bother with the disgusted feeling. You did great with the cookies and chips! And boy have you been busy and active with all that work! I usually get a lot done when Mark is gone.



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 10, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Broadband has been out here yet again. Will catch up later.

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/11/2013:
Hi, Annie. Hope you BB comes back.


Maria7 on 08/12/2013:
Missing ya, Girl! :-)


V on 08/12/2013:
Hi Annie, yep we miss ya :)



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 08, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Skipping spin class today. Have lots to do in the house. Have one more counter to oil. Need to get stuff out of guest room so wallpaper can be removed. Need to use wire brush on front porch floor so I can paint it - the first of 3 coats. Get carpet shampooer down from the loft. Also have general housework that needs doing! Somehow I doubt I will get all of this done today!

Limiting myself to 2 servings of fruit per day. Clementines are small so will count 2 of them as one serving. Need to use up the rest of the plain yogurt before I start into the Benecol ones. 

Menu: 
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar on whole grain bread, plain yogurt & fresh blueberries
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  2 clementines, 2 plain oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/08/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Thanks for your inspiration.

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Good morning, Ohio!


Umpqua on 08/08/2013:
Wow that's quite a workload. You'll definitely get your exercise in today!

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Didn't get it all done. Had to put primer on the areas of the porch floor where the paint was gone. So this is a multi-day job.

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Did get the guest room empty though. So read to strip the paper, then paint, then wallpaper.


Umpqua on 08/08/2013:
That's impressive! Good luck with the stripping, I hope it's the type of adhesive that comes off quickly for you.

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Hubby is doing the wallpaper part. :)


Maria7 on 08/08/2013:
Hope you are having a good day. :-) Sounds like you are busy over there. :-)

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Very! :)


V on 08/09/2013:
Hey I am a day late but I hope you got all your chores done so you can relax this weekend :) Have a great day Annie :)


hollybelle on 08/11/2013:
What a list! It never ends, does it? We can't do some work outside here that needs to be done because of the wet conditions. There is algae growing on most concrete surfaces and the yard is half way to my knees! Hoping for some dry weather, but probably won't happened 'til this coming Thursday! Good work, for you, though.



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

I've been researching interval running and the advice on places like Runnersworld UK, and the NHS Couch to 5K site say I should do the running programme before adding sprinting to it. And I should do it 3 days a week with rest days in between  I'm not willing to do that as I'd have to cut down too much on gym time. But since I do enjoy running I think I'll just go out occasionally and do a power walk/gentle jog on a nice day as an extra workout that week. I do have good running shoes that are new, so I'm okay there. 

I think I'm getting too much fructose in my diet. On my porridge I have a mix of dried fruit (raisins/apricots/date), then berries in my yogurt at lunchtime, then fruit in the afternoon, and sometimes fruit at night. The calories are counted but this just seems to be too much. So I'll cut down a bit and also not have that dried fruit on my porridge every single morning - maybe just on gym days. 

Changing my yogurt as well. Instead of plain, fat free yogurt and adding berries to it I'm going back to packaged yogurt. I won't have the kind with the evil artificial sugar though. I'll have the ones with sugar - same calories or less than what I've been having. Berries will be out of season here before long so I won't have that option any more anyway. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - interval training programme
  • 10 mins treadmill - intervals - uphill - flat, etc
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals 30 seconds fast, 60 seconds normal, etc.
  • 2 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12                                                                               
This afternoon:
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): (missed this workout yesterday by being in Glasgow picking up new glasses and getting wallpaper for our guest room)
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells - fast
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • sitting leg extensions with ankle weights to strengthen my knees
  • shin exercises
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   toast & pbj, plain yogurt & fresh blueberries
  • S:  cherries
  • D:  homemade lentil & veg soup, toast w/low fat cheddar, salad
  • S:  clementine, 2 oatcakes, glass of wine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/07/2013:
Good morning. Do y'all have scuponong grapes over there? They are in season here and I've been eating some of them. Hope you have a good day. :-)

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Seems to be an American grape. Have never seen them here. Have a good day.


OhioRaven on 08/07/2013:
When I can't get fresh berries for my yogurt, I add dried blueberries or cranberrys. Good job on the running.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Thanks. Don't think dried would work though as I like to squish fresh berries so I get juice in the plain yogurt. Won't touch frozen either.


Umpqua on 08/07/2013:
Good plan for the running and cutting back on fruit - I've been trying to be mindful about that too.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Hard to think of fruit as something you can have too much of, but it is.


skinnygrlwithin on 08/07/2013:
I think it's a good plan to cut back on the fruit, especially any that you would eat after lunch time since you're less likely to burn the carbs.

As for running... I did the couch to 5k program before and I truly think it's a great program... with that said, I definitely ran more than 3 days a week... I just added a couple extra days in there with the same run that I did the other 3 days. I also think that it could be good to do the run for 3 days, and then the other days another form of cardio to mix it up.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Thanks, but I already do far too many hours on my workouts with all the muscle work as well. So adding a lot of running would just be OTT. I live in a very we climate as well so it's not something I could plan on.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Oops meant wet climate.


V on 08/07/2013:
Hiya Annie!! So I am not a yogurt eater however I watched a program "The Doctors" on Monday and they were discussing the healthiest yogurt options..Anyhoo their top choice as far as the healthiest is "Greek Yogurt"..Just thought I would pass that along to you..Also if it isn't too pricy maybe you can stock up on the berries and freeze them before season is over.. Hope you had a fantasic day friend :)

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Thanks V. I have had Greek yogurt but find it too thick. There are so MANY choices of yogurt! Whew.



grannyannie - Monday Aug 05, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Had a good rest day yesterday. Doing the exercises to strengthen my shin muscles and knees so I can run. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - interval training programme
  • 15 mins treadmill - uphill intervals 
  • 10 mins rowing machine - interval training
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups 3 x 15
  • triceps dips 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on whole grain wrap, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries and blueberries
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  clementine, 1 oatcake & 1/2 slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/05/2013:
You're running too ? I gotta try this.

grannyannie on 08/05/2013:
Some running. Maybe once a week. :)


Umpqua on 08/05/2013:
Congrats on your loss and kudos to you for adding running to the mix! My joints hate me when I run and even when I do higher impact cardio for too long. But I envy you folks who are able to do it, enjoy!

grannyannie on 08/05/2013:
Thanks! I've gone all out to do interval training as I've been reading up on it. I can understand why it would be effective. Want to be careful I don't hurt knees or anything though.


hollybelle on 08/05/2013:
I'm glad you posted that article on training for running, etc. There were some suggestions for plantar facitis pain and I think they will work for me! Also - I didn't see any for the shins that you are interested in, but I know they are there. Best I found for that is to tap, tap, tap your toes with knee over mid foot (either sitting or standing), then stretch the shins by standing and pointing toe downward behind you with toes downward and sole of foot up. Happy stregnthing.....

grannyannie on 08/05/2013:
I'm doing a couple of exercises for shins and for knees that should help ward off injuries, I hope.


V on 08/05/2013:
Hiya Annie!! I am so happy to hear that you had a good evening at your friends just as I knew ya would...I on the other hand drank enough vino for YOU and another person at home Sat evening..Hahahahaha You are probably asleep by now so I bid you a good evening friend <3

grannyannie on 08/06/2013:
Haha. I did a good job on the wine as well. But have been much worse. ;)


legcramps on 08/06/2013:
Just a thought to add to the mix in regards to running: great job on working on strengthening muscles to prevent shinsplints; also strengthen the muscles around your knees in order to prevent knee pain (which you mentioned you had a little bit of on Sunday). VERY important to keep an eye on how your knees are feeling! One great exercise for strengthening muscles around the knee is leg lifts, and weighted leg lifts.

Be kind to your body!

grannyannie on 08/06/2013:
Thanks. Was surprised to have knee pain as I never have problems. I'm doing knee exercises along with the shin.


biscottibody59 on 08/06/2013:
My mantra for running/jogging/walking distances is shoes. If you can get to a running specialty store, they will take a look at your gait or the way your shoes normally wear or both and fit you. Worn out midsoles (6 mos-1 year depending on how much mileage a shoe has on it) will affect everything for some people. It's unfortunate that the midsoles (in my case) always wear out waaay before the uppers or the outsole.

If you can't get to a specialty store, there are some resources on runnersworld.com (or the UK version I'm sure) to help you figure out what your gait is. Or maybe you already know. Just a thought to add to your injury prevention:-)

Just wanted to add--squats (increase the weight as you go along) are excellent to prevent knee problems.

RYC: Thanks--I'm very close to declaring that Ill never drink caffeinated coffee again (not knowingly anyway).

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Thanks. I'm rethinking interval running. I don't intend to drop any of my workouts and can't add any more. Might skip gym one day a week and power walk/jog.


Maria7 on 08/06/2013:
Hope you've had a nice day today. :-)



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