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grannyannie - Friday Dec 14, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for sugar!  Umm.... 

Made the cupcakes and, yes, I taste tested them. Twice. Some spoonfuls of frosting as well.  

Heading to Inverness in morning and back home on Monday night. 

Workout at gym:

  • 15 mins elliptical
  • 20 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
  • back lifts on half

Was busy making cupcakes, doing some laundry and packing so didn't do my strength routines at home. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  1 multigrain toast w/pbj
  • S:  2 small cupcakes and some frosting
  • D:  tofu curry & rice, salad
  • S:  2 clementines and will pretend I forgot where the cupcakes and the extra frosting is
  • Tea & water

TOTAL:  Hmm.....

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

legcramps on 12/14/2012:
We had mini cupcakes at work yesterday afternoon for our Christmas get-together. I tried two different flavours, both were awesome. Would you believe people tried to pressure me to have more? But I told them my limit was two, and stuck to it.

Cupcakes are awesome.


IndependentEm93 on 12/14/2012:
Have a great weekend!


V on 12/14/2012:
Have a wonderful trip Annie!! Safe travels to you my friend <3


biscottibody59 on 12/15/2012:
I hope you're enjoying your excursion!


thenewMLE on 12/17/2012:
Enjoy your trip! Can't wait to see more pictures! cupcakes yum....


thinkpositive on 12/17/2012:
From facebook it looks like you are having a good time. Nice picture from your hotel.You are more disciplined than I with resisting the cupcakes!



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 13, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for all the good teas!

Did great yesterday. Good workouts and calories ended at under 1600.  Tomorrow and the weekend will be a challenge. I'll be baking cupcakes to take to my stepdaughter's family. The big question:  How does one put frosting on cupcakes without eating some of it?!    Also will be eating out during our stay and drinking beer.  

No more spin classes being held until January. So I'll get in one more class just before we leave on our trip. 

While grocery shopping I noticed that my very favourite ice cream was on sale. It kept calling my name inviting me to partake of ecstasy for the tastebuds. But I told it to naff off!!

Workout:

  • 30 mins intense spin bike class - you could hear everybody huffing and puffing!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post spin class - oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  1/2 turkey bacon sandwich, yogurt
  • D:  tofu curry & rice, salad
  • S:  2 clementines, 1 oatcake w/low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1491

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/13/2012:
I like the way you talk to that ice cream! Do the same to the frosting!!


Duaa123. on 12/13/2012:
veeeeeeeeeeeery good keep going :)


V on 12/13/2012:
LOL naff off indeed, no sense in doubling the temptation of icing and ice cream. Seriously hope you have a wonderful visit with your step daughter and fam :) RYC yes I am so ready for Chicago and I love the cooler weather so no long undies for me..Hahahaha Love ya Annie <3


supercheese on 12/14/2012:
Oh man I love a good tea :) ooo i always eat the frosting. talk about a challenge....



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 12, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for good books!

I found out about a heroic woman via a post on Facebook yesterday. I read her story and downloaded a book about her yesterday and have been glued to it. It's this one:

http://tinyurl.com/d5tddos

It's only about -2C/28F.  Brrr....  No snow but frosty. Except for a 99 calorie chocolate wafer my hubby brought me yesterday I stuck to my calories. 

Workout at gym: brutal!!

  • 35 mins spin bike - lots of jumps and sprints
  • 10 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 15 mins elliptical
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
  • back lifts on half ball - 3 sets of 10

Workout at home:

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 sliced turkey bacon, 2 eggs, 1 multigrain toast w/Benecol, V8
  • S:  post strength training - 1 oatcake w/pb
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  banana, clementine
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1603

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 12/12/2012:
Have a good one despite the cold temps:-)


supercheese on 12/12/2012:
Good job on food and great workout!!!


V on 12/12/2012:
That seems like an interesting read. I am sure you will zoom through, I love when I find a book that i can't put down :) Glad you had a brutal workout! Stay warm girl <3


V on 12/12/2012:
P.S. Happy 12 12 12!!


legcramps on 12/12/2012:
Awesome workout!

Oh, how I wish it were -2C here!!!


IndependentEm93 on 12/12/2012:
Have a great day!


liza36 on 12/12/2012:
I looked up the book - it does sound facinating. Have a great day and a stellar workout.


Umpqua on 12/12/2012:
I'm sure that will be a fascinating read. Good work sticking to your food plan yesterday!



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 11, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for a peaceful house while my husband is off to the city to visit his uncle for the day!  

Rest day but will do some housework. I'd actually rather just lie on the sofa and read all day. 

Did well with food yesterday except that I also had a bowl of unbuttered, air-popped popcorn while watching tv last night. 

It's 0C/32F at nearly 10am here. But it's sunny and I'm not going outside today.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese w/low fat cheddar on multigrain bread, yogurt, V8
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  banana and NOTHING ELSE!
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1365

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/11/2012:
I so hear you about couching it all day, LOL Maybe you can after the chores? Sorry that it is so cold there :( Have a good one Annie!


thenewMLE on 12/11/2012:
Is unbuttered air popped popcorn a problem? I would think that would be a low cal no fat great choice for a movie snack!! But hey, I'm still learning! Maybe you need a good reading day and you can exercise later or even tomorrow. Stay warm Annie!


Umpqua on 12/11/2012:
The popcorn is a great snack IMO. I hope you have a relaxing day!


IndependentEm93 on 12/11/2012:
Have a great rest day!


nunnermack on 12/11/2012:
What are you reading now, Annie? Hope your day was as peaceful as could be!!!



grannyannie - Monday Dec 10, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for a sunny day and the only snow being on the mountaintops.  

Got on the scale this morning and screamed!! Yesterday I finished all the oatmeal raisin cookies. I should have baked a single batch and taken a dozen to our friends' Saturday night and only kept 6 for us. But no. I had to be a pig.   The number on the scale which I won't confess to has seriously motivated me, as well as noticing a belly this morning! Four weeks from tomorrow we leave for Uganda.

My calves are still sore today but much less so. Lots of stretching. I could feel the tightness when I used the treadmill today but didn't notice anything on the spin bike. 

I'm happy with the workout routines I've worked out for our trip (listed in Sunday's blog). I just need to be disciplined and make sure I find the time to do this 3 times a week while we are gone. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12

Workout at home:

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  homemade multigrain bread w/pbj, yogurt, V8
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  apple, V8
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1488

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/10/2012:
Oh boy, well at least the cookies are gone now..Hope you had a good day despite the scale mishap.. RYC my parents and Nana lives in Chicago :)


biscottibody59 on 12/10/2012:
Your calves will bounce back and those exercises will become old hat. I know when I've slacked off on calf raises I can only do about 30 or 40 with dumbbells and it's something that I can increase reps fairly successfully over time.

Have a good week!


IndependentEm93 on 12/10/2012:
Cookies sound good but bad. Have a great day!



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 09, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful that I'm inside my cozy house while the wind is howling outside!

Had dinner last night at friends' house - roast beef, roast potatoes, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, veggies, rolls, apple tart w/ice cream, cheese and crackers, lots of vino, many bite sized chocolates.  I was so full I thought my belly would explode!! 

Tried out my travel workout routine yesterday. My calves are in knots today! I have good definition in my calves and thought they must be quite strong with all the spin biking, etc. But this routine must have used different calf muscles. I'll have to do the cardio portion of this routine at least once a week before we go to Uganda so I don't end up having problems with sore calf muscles while we are there! I can't do any exercise that requires lying on the floor as all will be concrete and I'm not packing a mat. I'll try to do the cardio on dirt or grass instead of hard concrete floors. Here is the routine and it took me about 40 minutes then 5 minutes of stretching:

CARDIO:

  • run in place w/high knees - 3 mins

alternate:

  • jumping jacks – 3 sets of 25
  • jump rope - 3 sets of 25

 (laps in Lakeview Hotel pool?) 1 week

STRENGTH:

  • wall pushups – 3 sets of 15
  • full planks - 3 sets at 20 seconds each
  • triceps dips using chair - 3 sets of 10
  • squats - 3 sets of 20
  • lunges with water bottles - 3 sets of 20
  • side dips with water bottle - 2 sets of 20
  • hula hoops move – 4 sets of 10
  • standing abs - 3 sets of 12 each leg
  • standing side & backward leg lifts/fire hydrant - 3 sets of 10 each
  • standing calf raises – 10 each leg
  • tae bo side kick – 2 sets of 16 each leg
  • arms routine 7 mins (set timer and do all the ones I remember)

Just doing some housework today although I'm not feeling energetic for some strange reason.  

Had 2 oatmeal raisin cookies this morning but otherwise plans are for clean eating today.  

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 12/09/2012:
Rest up and see if you feel better tomorrow!


V on 12/10/2012:
Happy to hear you survived the party :) Your routine looks like a winner! I am sure you are nice and rested, I did the same yesterday, had a little too much Vino on Saturday evening so I was dragging big time yesterday..LOL


thenewMLE on 12/10/2012:
Dinner sounds great!! I hope your calves feel better. There is nothing worse than knotting up your calves and then needing to walk! I knotted my calves and shins on that spin bike episode from hell with my SIL and I thought I was in great shape from biking, but you are so right - it is different muscles and when you catch them by surprise they catch you!! Drink more water and stretch them out slowly. Have a great day!



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 08, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for a leisurely breakfast in bed with my hubby listening to the radio and looking at our view.  

I changed my current weight to reflect today's reading. Guess the chocolate and other snacks caught up with me. Not going to freak out, but will do something about it. I will enjoy our trip to Uganda more if I arrive with the option of gaining a few pounds. I consider 128 the very lowest weight for me (at least until the muscles start to make a difference on the scale, which I'm surprised they haven't yet). I predict we'll be drinking quite a bit of cold beer while we are there. In most places the bread, sweets, cheese and bacon are awful there, so those won't be a big problem. The chips/fries are good though. Traditional meals there are seriously high carb and as seen outside the cities, huge portions of matooke (cooked, mashed plantains) result in very large women!

I've got a travel routine worked out and I'm going to do it today to see how long it takes and what needs to change. I'll use water bottles for dumbbells. If I buy some 1.5 litre water bottles in Uganda, even better. That's what I used when we lived there. 

We've been invited to dinner at our friends' house tonight. Lots of vino. I'm going to bake them some oatmeal-raisin cookies as they liked those and they are low sugar. The hubby is diabetic. I used to bring them bottles of wine as a gift but I believe they buy wine by the case as they always have a huge stock.  Same for whisky.  (they have a B & B). 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich (low fat cheddar on multigrain), yogurt, clementine, banana
  • D:  at friends' house

Have a lovely and healthy weekend, ladies!  

Edit: Just remembered that today it's been 32 years since the death of John Lennon. I remember it very, very well. I was overwhelmed with sadness. 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/08/2012:
That is great that you have your routine planned out for your trip. Go Annie! Have a wonderful time at dinner tonight :) Are you a whiskey drinker? I can't touch it, it make me a tad bit looney..Hahaha Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


selina on 12/08/2012:
Hi Annie! Sound like your upcoming trip to Africa is exciting! Stay well!



grannyannie - Friday Dec 07, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.2

Today I am grateful for clean air and clean water!

Yesterday I went grocery shopping after spin class and tried to resist all the baked goodies displayed everywhere. Made it to the last aisle and bought a box of bite sized chocolates.   I've just been wanting to snack non-stop for weeks especially sugar. Sometimes I resist, but more often I don't. I ate that entire box of chocolates last night!!!    I really need to get ready for our trip and want to have a 'credit' before we go and get down to 128. It seems no matter how much I indulge my weight stays stable between 130-132.  

My neighbour came over earlier today and she keeps making comments about how skinny I am.  Today she said I looked gaunt. Hmm....  Last time I heard that was when I was 45 and got down to 119 and I did look gaunt as many tried to tell me but I didn't listen.

Workout at gym:

  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • about 5 mins on the elliptical while I waited for a very selfish man who stayed on the only spin bike in the gym for a solid hour!! 
  • 25 mins spin bike
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
  • back lifts on half ball - 3 sets of 10

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, yogurt, grapes, clementine
  • S:  2 oatcakes and nutella (wasn't on the plan for today!)
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad/ 1/2 pint hubbys home brew
  • S:  will try to avoid snacking tonight due to the unplanned nutella snack
  • Teas & lots of water

TOTAL:  1715

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 12/07/2012:
it is ok no problem .. you Should not prevent yourself from eating chocolates you can eat a small Piece everyday :) and enjoy with it :) by this way I see various kinds of chocolates everyday and don't care about them :) ammm you also have to do more exercise and loose more calories to break constant weight :)

hope you enjoy in weekend


Umpqua on 12/07/2012:
Annie, I think you look great and strong! I think the "gaunt" comment is harsh and that weight is a very subjective thing and people should keep those comments to themselves - JMO. RE your comment, I've been thinking about it as I make the umpteenth trip up and down the basement stairs to my printer to work on last minute documents for our investment purchase. I think if I did sit still I'd probably have an extra 20 pounds on me! ;P


biscottibody59 on 12/07/2012:
I aspire to be the 93 yr old woman whipping her behind all around the neighborhood in all weather as long as the sun was shining! Most people would have called her gaunt too:-) She was a marvel, and at the time I figured she was maybe in her early 70s. I finally asked her what she ate. She was no braggart, but shared freely.

Many people have no clue what they're talking about--your neighbor may be one of them;-)


V on 12/07/2012:
Okay I for one can tell you that you do NOT look gaunt or unhealthy..It pisses me off when people say that I am "skinny" First off to me skinny to me means unhealthy, puny, weak which is so not the case for me.. I agree some people have no clue what healthy looks like and you my friend is a picture of what healthy looks like <3

Okay once again on my theory that once you become efficient in burning calories with healthy living and eating healthy 80% of the time, what you consume will not make a hell of alot of difference on the scale..

Have a great weekend Annie :)



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 06, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.2

Today I am grateful that the snow is nearly melted!

Although it's rainy and windy and cold...

Making plans to visit stepdaughter and her husband and baby son, probably the end of next week. They live in Inverness which is 200+ miles away.  We expect they'll spend xmas day at her mother's house.  

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike class

Menu:  (whether I stick to it or not is the question)

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1/2 pbj sandwich, oj
  • S:  2 clementines, banana
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  yogurt 1/2 pint hubbys home brew
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1413

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 12/06/2012:
very good keep going... I hope you their .. :) I am happy that the snow finally melted


V on 12/06/2012:
Hoping the weather will warm up for you :) Have a good day Annie!


Umpqua on 12/06/2012:
I'm sure you'll have a lovely visit with the family. Do you drive or can you get there by train? I hope your weather warms up!


liza36 on 12/06/2012:
I love your grateful statement yesterday. Have a great day.


Duaa123. on 12/06/2012:
I am from Saudi Arabia...:)


V on 12/06/2012:
RYC of course you can have some of my energy but i think you are being modest here because you have just as much energy as I do <3


nunnermack on 12/07/2012:
Just catching up on your postings. Wow!! Great photos of the snow. It looks so very pretty!!

Sometimes I travel with those rubber bands that look like jump ropes...I can't think of the name of them...anyway...I bring them and there they sit in my suitcase the whole time I'm away. I have good intentions that just go out the window.

Enjoy your evening!!!



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 05, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.2

Today I am grateful that I don't hate my body like I did for years and that I feel 20 years younger than I am!

Just under 5 weeks before we leave for Uganda and I'm honing my travel workout routines keeping in mind that most, if not all, of the floors will be hard concrete. I will only bring my smartphone with internet, no computer, no DVD players.  My biggest concern is not building more muscle but keeping what I've worked so hard to build. I know from previous trips/illness that not working out for as little as 2 weeks can make things start to get flabby. Got some good abs tips from V so I think I've got it pretty well worked out. 3 times a week.  I will do short posts on DD while we're away so I'll feel I'm accountable.  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins treadmill
  • 15 mins elliptical
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
  • back lifts on half ball - 3 sets of 10

Workout at home:

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  tuna sandwich, yogurt, 2 clementines
  • S:  oatcake
  • D:  leftover pasta and French bread, salad
  • S:  oatcake

Teas, water, diluted juice.  Trying to stay away from the diet coke, etc that I've been drinking a lot of again. I think it's giving me heartburn and indigestion

TOTAL:  1639

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 12/05/2012:
I am so impressed that you can look far enough ahead to plan for the unusual change in your routine. I know you will have a wonderful trip and I look forward to seeing more great photos! Thanks for all the well wishes with my parents. I think we will be back to normal real soon! Have a great day!


Umpqua on 12/05/2012:
You must be so excited for your upcoming trip, and good for you for planning your exercise. I imagine it will be too hot there for long walks/hiking? RE the Quorn, I haven't actually seen a falafel variety. I just cut up the "meatballs" and it serves as falafel. I'll have to try making actual falafel at some point, I bet my boys would eat it. I hope you have a good one!


V on 12/05/2012:
I am sure you will do well on your trip! That is so awesome that you feel better/healthier today than 20 yrs ago, what a wonderful feeling <3 Have a good evening :)


V on 12/05/2012:
RYC, you should have seen my head spinning this morning, it was alot like the exorcist..LOL!



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