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grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 07, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am very grateful that we had a sunny, warm, gorgeous day!!  

This is a non-gym day and I had planned to do some 'super-cleaning' in the house today, but it's a policy in Scotland that when the sun shines you drop what you're doing and go OUTSIDE.    So right after hubby went to the gym this morning to swim laps I hopped on my bike and rode to the botanic gardens with my camera. There is a spot where my bus takes a detour up a hill that looked like a great spot for photos, and I always tell myself I'll ride my bike up for pics next time it's sunny. Well, did that today but could not get myself up the hill.  I had to stop twice. And this hill isn't nearly as steep as the one I want to ride up non-stop!  Anyway, here is a shot of the spot and my bike:



Unplanned workout:

Rode bike about 14 miles, some hills.  Walked around botanic gardens.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  at the garden cafe - didn't pack a lunch like I should have and was starving after my ride, so bought a cheese sandwich with a small side salad, tea w/milk
  • S:  Was still hungry when I got home so had a couple of oatcakes, 1 w/pb 1 w/low fat cheddar, packet of rice cakes, a few raspberries and grapes, skinny cappuccino from our machine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  don't know

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

supercheese on 08/07/2012:
Beautiful! Sounds like you had a lovely day off from the gym! 14 miles sounds good to me :)


Umpqua on 08/07/2012:
That sounds like a beautiful bike ride and amazing day OUTSIDE! :)


biscottibody59 on 08/07/2012:
Nice place and nice pic--have a good evening!

RYC: NBC can't win, they're trying (at night) to get their ratings as high as possible--and apparently they're succeeding in spades. NBC owns several other networks that are showing many events live or complete from start to finish but delayed. Of course you have to be a cable/sat subscriber and actually get those channels in your lineup. The other way to watch is live online feeds--you have to have a login from your provider. So it's not terrible, but with swimming--I think there were no live feeds. Overall I still think it could be better and more accessible to more people. Money money money:-)


V on 08/07/2012:
I love your bike Annie :) Beautiful photo from your view and don't worry, you will tackle that hill soon! Have a wonderful evening <3



grannyannie - Monday Aug 06, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for my good health and fitness!

Being strict with food this week as we'll be in Edinburgh this coming weekend and eating out. I can be healthy with the food, but I know I'll be having pints of beer. Haven't been on the scale lately but I'll wait a while longer before I do. 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Workout at home: (did everything today!)
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post-workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  1 slice whole grain toast w/liver pate, plain greek yogurt w/fresh strawberries
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  20g ginger dk choc, 1 oatcake
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1387
 

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/06/2012:
Nice job with your workout. Being a little more strict throughout the week will allow you to feel more flexible for your trip over the weekend. Nice strategy.


glycrina on 08/06/2012:
Have fun in Edinburgh! Enjoy your pints. Enjoy one for me!


thenewMLE on 08/06/2012:
Have fun on your trip!! I thought about you last night as I purchased and enjoyed my first bite of ancho chile dark chocolate bar! I remember you talking about your hot chocolate and I had $10 to spend at World Market so I bought my dark chocolates. The flavor of the chocolate was great and then slowly the heat from the pepper kicked in and of course I chased it with red wine! Yum!! I only ate 1 square, but I could have easily finished that 8 square bar and the bottle of wine!


supercheese on 08/06/2012:
Have a great day annie and have fun on your trip!


Umpqua on 08/06/2012:
I'm hoping by the end of this week that the scale will move in my favor. We can do this!


biscottibody59 on 08/06/2012:
Good going on a great start to your week!


V on 08/06/2012:
I am so excited for your trip Annie :) Yes you can keep it healthy dining out and still have a pint or two..Just remember you can make plenty of changes as needed with menus so you can have a guilt free vacay <3 Hope you had a good one :)


hollybelle on 08/06/2012:
Have a great trip. What's a few pints among friends? I think as long as you drink them with your eyes closed they don't count! LOL!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 05, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am very grateful for all the gold medals my adopted country - GB - has been winning in the Olympics (6 yesterday)!!    My hero, Jess Ennis, who won Gold in the heptathalon has the most amazing abs! 

Workout:

Rest day & housework. Might get on my exercise bike while watching the Olympics. Haven't been on it since I've started spin bike months ago so curious to see how easy it will seem now.   

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled low fat cheddar on wholegrain bread w/6g of Benecol spread, banana
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & blueberries, ginger dark chocolate 20g
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1360

Edit:  after housework I decided to put on Olympic tennis (with Andy Murray - a Scot!) on the tv in my home 'gym' and did 30 mins on my exercise bike followed by jump rope - 25 x 4.  

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/05/2012:
She she does!


glycrina on 08/05/2012:
She does! Hope you are having a good weekend. I find the exercise bike to be harder than the spin bikes but maybe that's because I don't have someone yelling at me to keep going and push harder.


Umpqua on 08/05/2012:
Those are abs of steel! Sounds like you have a nice rest day planned, enjoy :)


V on 08/05/2012:
KILLER Abs! Hope you have a nice relaxing day Annie <3


biscottibody59 on 08/05/2012:
OMG--Scotland and you must be going crazy for Murray's W-I-N!!!

Hope you have a great afternoon/evening!


V on 08/05/2012:
The abs are getting there! Almost ;)



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 04, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for my good health and that Team GB is doing so well in the Olympics (and of course the USA)!
 
Workout at home:
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbell
  • thigh master

Started washing the outside windows yesterday and of course after about 10 minutes it started to rain. Dry outside now, so I'm about to try again. 

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  5 oatcakes w/liver pate, 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • S:  fresh pineapple
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  20g of ginger dk chocolate, plain greek yogurt w/fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1396
 
Have an amazing weekend ladies!

 

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

V on 08/04/2012:
I hope the rain stays away so you can tackle the windows :)


Umpqua on 08/04/2012:
Great workout you have scheduled and I hope the window washing goes well!


TheMother on 08/04/2012:
Window washing is great exercise. I hope the weather cooperates so you can complete the job. Have a GREAT weekend...


biscottibody59 on 08/04/2012:
Enjoy your Sunday!



grannyannie - Friday Aug 03, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful that I'm retired and that the sun is shining!  
 
We've booked our airline tickets for a visit to Uganda in January.  Staying for 4 weeks. (we lived there for 2 years) Anxious to see our friends there!

I really need to try MUCH harder to resist when I'm travelling/eating out! Disappointed in myself as I seem to get more and more indulgent with each successive trip. A week from tomorrow we're doing a 2 night trip to Edinburgh - another challenge!  

Workout at gym:
  • 35 mins spin bike - intense!
  • 15 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Doing my at-home strength routines tomorrow. Today I'll take advantage of the lack of rain to wash the outside windows.

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post-workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 eggs on 1 slice buckwheat & poppyseed bread
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt w/fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1346
 
Hope all you lovely ladies have a spectacular weekend!  

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

V on 08/03/2012:
Good Morning! I hope you have a wonderful weekend Annie <3


Umpqua on 08/03/2012:
How exciting that you'll be going back to Uganda! I have trouble with eating temptations when I'm away from home too. It takes extra willpower to keep with the routine while traveling or even taking day trips but I know from my own experience that it can be done and I know you can do it too!


biscottibody59 on 08/03/2012:
Good going on your day--keep up the good work!

Is the buckwheat bread something you all make at home? Sounds nice. Will your Uganda trip be more friendly to your way of eating?


biscottibody59 on 08/03/2012:
RYC: Thanks!

I have some unground buckwheat that I didn't care much for just as a cooked cereal kind of thing. I did find a pancake recipe for it though, which I haven't attempted yet. It was kind of pricey so I'd like to find something tasty to use it in:-)


V on 08/03/2012:
RYC in re Insaniac..I think you are right :) Hahahahaha



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 02, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Hiya ladies! Back home. Nice visit in Inverness and spent one day at a beach as the sun actually came out! Grandson is 3 months old now and so cute. As for food/drink while there, ummm.....since I'm still a US citizen I'm pleading the 5th amendment! Back on track now though.

Workout:

  • 30 min spin class - torture!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/crushed almonds/cinnamon/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/unsweetened pb
  • L:  1 slice Buckwheat & poppyseed bread w/pbj, plain greek yogurt w/fresh strawberries
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  1 oatcake 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1379

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 08/02/2012:
Glad you had a nice visit with the family. Yay for beach time too!

Now lets get back on track with your healthy eating! :)


V on 08/02/2012:
Welcome back Annie :)



grannyannie - Sunday Jul 29, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for my family and for the technology that keeps us in touch!

Getting ready to go to Inverness to see 3 month old grandson (stepdaughter's son). So that means the next 3 days I won't get any workouts aside from lots of walking. I don't go to the gym on weekends but today I did. Husband goes to mass on Sundays then does laps at the pool, so I went with him. I spent 2 solid hours in the gym. Often I was alone so didn't spend any time chatting. My triceps are sore and the rest of me is knackered, so maybe I need this 3 day rest!

Workout at gym:

  • 45 mins spin bike - intense! The machine said I had burned 582 cals but didn't account for doing jumps which aren't in the programme, so I'm guessing it's more like 600+.  I knew no one would be waiting to use the bike which it why I stayed on longer than normal.  
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 for 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • 2 sets of lunges and squats
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/crushed almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb, tea w/milk in the gym cafe while waiting for hub
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar, multigrain bread, 6g benecol spread
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt w/fresh blueberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1486

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/29/2012:
Well, you are caught up on your workouts so you'll be fine with the walking a a few days. I thought of you today when I was trying to power up a few hills on my bike. I am standing very often and it's going really well. I anticipate when to stand ahead of time now instead of waiting until I see I must not sit. I like it. I feel my legs really being challenged and working hard. I need new pedals with clips or clip in shoes. In spinning do you have clips on your pedals?


V on 07/29/2012:
I am sure you will have a nice visit in Inverness <3


Umpqua on 07/30/2012:
Good for you for tearing it up at the gym before your trip. I hope you're having a great visit!


liza36 on 07/30/2012:
Have a great trip. How fun to get to see a little 3-month old.


thinkpositive on 07/30/2012:
Hope you have a nice visit with the little one. Your workouts have been impressive!


sweetpea1977 on 08/01/2012:
I hope you had a nice visit!



grannyannie - Saturday Jul 28, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for my friends on DD!  

Well, the weather is not going to cooperate for my big hill climb today. I wouldn't mind a few sprinkles normally but I don't want to fly back down that steep hill on my bike when the road is wet! It's a sharp curve as well. Probably best anyway as I stayed up until nearly 1am watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Hubby stayed up as well but still got up at the usual 7.30. So I'm a bit tired.

Instead I'll do the tae bo/jump rope routine I used to do before I joined the gym. I don't think I've done it since joining the gym in March so should be challenging. 

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope (that's my intention anyway!)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges with dumbbells
  • thigh master

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 eggs, 2 slices turkey bacon on 1 slice multigrain bread
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh blueberries, a few squares of dark chocolate (this has been in the house for 2 days and would you believe I haven't touched it yet!!?)
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1417

 

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

V on 07/28/2012:
I was so zonked from my day, I didn't make it through the entire ceremony..LOL I am sure you will do well with your Tae Bo class :) Have a good one!



grannyannie - Friday Jul 27, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 134.2

Today I am grateful for fresh, healthy food and a husband who cooks for me!

If the weather cooperates tomorrow I'm going to try to ride up that very steep hill w/o having to walk my bike. I'm sure I'll have to stand all the way up. If it's raining, I'm going to do tae bo/jump rope (which I haven't done since joining the gym) and my squats/lunges/ankle weights routine. Sunday I am doing a very long workout at the gym while husband is in church and then doing his hour of laps in the pool. Mon - Wed we'll be gone visiting grandson in Inverness. 

I've never counted how many hours I spend per week working out - it's about 8 hours. About 4.5 hours at the gym, 30 mins for spin class, and about 3 hours at home with strength training. 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells (4 sets of 10 for each of 7)
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout - 2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 eggs, 2 slices turkey bacon on 1 slice of multigrain bread
  • S:  2 clementines, cherries
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & blueberries
  • Teas and water
TOTAL:  1452
 
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Progress as of today: 32.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

supercheese on 07/27/2012:
wow youve got everything figured out!! Ive never thought about how much I workout either...hm...maybe around 8 too. Anywho, have a great weekend!


liza36 on 07/27/2012:
It's interesting to calculate the time spent working out. I've never done that. I hope you can get the steep hill ride in. That would be a nice accomplishment. Enjoy your weekend.


Umpqua on 07/27/2012:
That's an impressive amount of exercise each week, go Annie! I hope you enjoy your weekend and have a nice visit next week :)


hollybelle on 07/27/2012:
I hope you you roll up that big hill! I'll bet you will do it. As far as standing, I used to think never stand, but if you want to get up those hills AND ride effeciently you must stand. I have practiced riding standing all summer and it's now easy and I actually perfer it - even if I don't have to stand I do because it's effecient. Also give my bum a rest!


thenewMLE on 07/27/2012:
Go get that hill!!! And make sure to yell when you reach the top!! I do that everyday now when I get to the top of the levee and I used to be scared to stand up but now I realize I need it to attack that hill. 8 hours a week is impressive. I ride 5 days a week from 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes each day so at the most I am 6 hours a week. I do walk from the far end of the parking lot when I go if that counts for anything! Have a great weekend!


LeakingLife on 07/27/2012:
Hope it's a good weekend/upcoming week for you!


V on 07/27/2012:
Fingers crossed that the weather holds up for you, I know you will CRUSH that hill Annie..Great work with the time spent getting in tip top shape, I hope you had a good day <3



grannyannie - Thursday Jul 26, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 134.2

So knackered today! I think I did too much yesterday with both gym and the 4 mile power walk. Didn't get my strength training in yesterday and don't know if I'll manage it today either. I dragged myself to the spin class but was able to keep up with the instructor - barely. Since it's a nice warm, sunny day the class only had 2 other people. One tried to stand for a short time, the other not at all. 

Workout:

  • 30 min intense spinning class

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/crushed almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb, apple
  • L:  1 slice multigrain toast w/pbj, banana, sm glass skimmed milk
  • D:  veg curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & strawberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1433

Progress as of today: 32.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

selina on 07/26/2012:
wow, you've been so active! I must learn from you and get my buttocks back to the gym lol. Have a great day!


Umpqua on 07/26/2012:
You are killing it with the exercise, great work!


sweetpea1977 on 07/26/2012:
You did do a lot yesterday so do get some rest today!

great menu!!


V on 07/26/2012:
Nice workout killer, don't hurt em <3 Hope you got a little rest today my friend.. You are a machine!



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