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grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.4

Exercise bike 30 x 1 or 2

My weekly adventure today - going to the car park of our supermarket and waiting for them to load my shopping into the car.  Something new this week - I ordered caramel rice cakes. 

B: porridge w/blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, caramel rice cake

L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, clementine

D:  veg and chicken curry

S:  packet of popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1141 (5066 remaining for the week)


Sharing more photos I took of flowers in our garden. 


Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 21.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Love it! You take great photos. Just started my Walmart pickup for Friday AM. They didn’t have my 40 pds wild bird seed, but are likely to have it in the store by Friday. We had a few hot days, ~80. Cooling and rainy now, a few leaves falling.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Thanks! When I got that dslr camera in 2011 I did photos of every flower in our garden by the month. We have dozens of species from Jan to Sept.


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
I hope you like the caramel rice cakes. I was using those, pre-keto, as a sweet snack at work in the afternoons.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
They are good, not exactly filling. I used to buy them all the time years ago. Nice to have with coffee mid-late morning. At 51 calories it's better than the quinoa bars I buy for hubby which are 141 cals (and I occasionally eat).


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
The perfect flower pic...outstanding. Enjoy the rice cakes.....we use them around here for a low cal sweet treat...and they work well for a low cal breakfast too...enjoy!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I've got to have something heavy for breakfast - porridge and berries are most filling for me. But for snack later in the morning they are nice.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Love the Carmel rice cakes. Should bust out the old canon dslr and photograph my orchids.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Yes do! I love orchids!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
We can't grow orchids here but they have them all over Thailand. Love them!


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Mine all live in the house. I do get them to rebloom, must have dozens of plants. But I am too cheap to keep them at the optimum heat, humidity & lighting, so mine don’t do all that great. Spent a while a few years back experimenting with how they dye them bright blue. It was fun. You can’t simply inject the dye into the stem. You have to insert a tiny funnel full of dye into the stem and let it uptake for 24-48 hours. Did that in the bathroom with hi heat and humidity.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I'd love some in the house but don't want to ask my neighbour to take care of them while we are gone for long periods. We already have him check on the house and water my weeping fig tree.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Perfectly understandable. I have a great big fig inside too

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I fill and label tonic water bottles for the 3 months we are gone to Thailand (in a normal year) and he waters it every 2 weeks. Plant food every month.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
I’m afraid to feed this one, it’s big enough. But I really should.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Mine is huge. I have to cut it or it will take over the dining room!


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
I am going to try the grocery pick-up next time I'm in the city. I haven't tried it there yet, and I think it would help keep me from the larger crowds inside the store. I only hope I actually get what I pay for!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I'm happy with all that I can get online from this small town store. I get everything I need most of the time.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Mine needs to be trimmed, touches the ceiling. Used to let him summer outside in the shade, but kept him indoors this year.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
great eats, those flowers are so pretty they don't even look real!

grannyannie on 09/30/2020:
Some of my flower photos look 3D or like a painting.


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grannyannie - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.4

Housework today. Then maybe 30 minutes on the bike. Getting really impatient for this soreness to disappear so I can do normal workouts.  Do NOT want to aggravate the injury. It's been 8 weeks today since I crashed.

B: porridge w/blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, apple

D:  veg and chicken curry

S:  packet of popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1165 (6379 remaining for the week)


Sharing some of the photos I took of flowers in our garden a few years ago.

 

 

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 21.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
Spectacular!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Thanks!


Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Yes, patience is what is called for. Healing WILL come. Difficult, I know.

Your photos are so beautiful!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Thanks. Yea, patience is not one of my strong suits.


bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
The pics are so beautiful....D is having a slow recovery from his fall too.......I guess we just don't bounce as well as we used to.....I kind of miss those days when falling down meant a scab as the only evidence of a fall.....Have you tried a heating pad?

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Yes, we do take longer to heal. I don't even know exactly what my injury was - muscle yes, but also tendon? Don't know what the stabbing pain was the first couple of weeks because Dr said no broken ribs.

I bought a heating pad which I did use for a few weeks and found it helpful. Haven't used it lately.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
you are lucky, in a way ;), that you have healed so well in 2 months.... :)

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
The doctor I saw the morning after the crash said I could have pain for months. Gee, thanks doc.


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grannyannie - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.4

Weigh in this morning. 166.4.  Down 2.8 lbs from last Sunday.  

Exercise bike 30 or 60 minutes. No leaning on handlebar this time. When I am painfree I'm going to do serious workouts 5 days a week! I did two sets of 30 minutes.

Had a really nice visit with my friend yesterday at the outdoor cafe. I had coffee with milk and a small square of delicious lemon drizzle cake. It was a 4 mile walk roundtrip.  

Calories for the week:  8600 (gives me a bit more flexibility than 8400)

B: porridge w/blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, quinoa bar

L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar

D: Thai green curry with chicken (the last of the huge pot of it)

S:  packet of popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1228 (7372 remaining for the week)

Not enough colour here yet so I'm sharing one of a previous autumn here. This is from our local Botanic Garden.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 21.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/27/2020:
What a picture, looks like a famous painting!

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
It does! I love those red trees but they ended up being cut down because they go some disease. I loved taking a photo of them every autumn.


bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Beautiful...and Wonderful job with the loss!! Aren't weekly calories a lot easier to work with than daily?

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I like the flexibility of a weekly number better than daily!

This week I will get my pb and honey on a hungry day.


bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Exactly...and what I love about it besides giving me freedom...is that it keeps me using different amounts of calories every day....I like shaking things up...it always works the best for me.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
Thanks for the idea!

Since I won't be counting calories on election night I'm going to use a total for the other 6 days of 6600.


Jacky82020 on 09/27/2020:
Annie, Do you use a digital camera or your cell?

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
This photo I posted was done on my DSLR camera. But I got tired of lugging it around and mostly use my phone now.


Jacky82020 on 09/27/2020:
Have a nice DSLR camera too, doesn’t get much use these days, Years ago I was really into photography and had a home setup to develop 35mm film and print photos.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I got my DSLR in 2011 and was taking photos ALL the time. Love macros of flowers. But then started just using my phone a couple of years ago.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I'll post some of my flower photos in our garden. I've take many hundreds of them.


Donkey on 09/27/2020:
Well done on your outing! Lemon cake is a good idea, because the flavor is intense. A little bit can do almost as well as a lot.

I would find an upright bike to be difficult for me, because I really need that back support. Having said that, I'll tell you that I have considered many times getting a spin bike.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
It was nice cake! And so small it was only about 4 bites. So guilt free.

I love a recumbent bike. I could ride one all day. No room for one. I used to do spin bikes classes, then did it on my own in the gym. Would love one of those at home as you can make so challenging. But the good ones cost thousands.


Jacky82020 on 09/27/2020:
I paid $1500 for a Schwinn studio quality spinner, did a lot of researching. They said it was ok for people down to 4’10”. I am just under 5’2” and can barely use it. Even need a step stool to climb aboard. And it’s uncomfortable, feel like my legs are pulling way down. The husband uses it, so all is not lost.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
Not wanting to spend that much. Would be nice to have though. I'm guessing I will feel safe going back to the gym in about a year. Maybe earlier.

Plans were to join a really good gym on next trip to Thailand.


Jacky82020 on 09/27/2020:
Usually easy to find used exercise equipment. People quickly lose motivation and don’t like them taking up space Got my first treadmill used decades ago for $100 and sold it for the same when I upgraded.

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Not so easy here right now. It would need to be in my area which is not highly populated. And we're not allowed to across on the ferry to get to the city where it would be easy to find used equipment. We're on partial lockdown again.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
beautiful photo Annie!

next, a 4mi round trip leaves a great opportunity for a refreshing snack :)

good goals.

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Yea, no guilt with that small piece of cake!


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grannyannie - Saturday Sep 26, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Exercise bike today.  30 or 60 mins. Don't know if friend will want to go to cafe today. It was only in the 40's this morning.  But sunny.

Edit:  supposed to get to upper 50's. With sunshine that's outdoor stuff for me. 

Edit: I'm going to go for a 4 mile round trip walk and meeting friend at an outdoor cafe. I'll have black coffee and maybe a muffin or scone or something. I'll go over my weekly allowance but will cut out a few things from my lunch and my popcorn. 

I’m dreading yet looking forward to election night in the US. Even though results won’t be known for probably a couple of weeks, I won’t be able to sleep so will keep my tradition of staying up all night. This also includes going off the diet for the night. ‘Traditionally’ I have beer/ale, Ben and Jerry’s, and Doritos.  Hoping I’ll be below 160 by then. 

  • B: porridge w/strawberries and blueberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, apple
  • D:  Thai green curry with chicken
  • S:  packet of popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1197  surplus of a whole 34 calories for the week!

Breakfast this morning sitting next to the front window.  Porridge with cinnamon, oat milk, strawberries and blueberries and Stevia.

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/26/2020:
Guess the Webmaster

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Gone now.


Jacky82020 on 09/26/2020:
Nutrisystem sucks. Bought some once cheap on eBay and resold the leftovers there

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
I see the ads for it when we watch US news and it looks like crappy processed and unhealthy food.


bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
YAY for calorie surplus at the end of the week!!!!!! I stay up every election night too......

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
No surplus after my visit to the cafe with friend but probably didn't go over my limit by much.

I won't be able to sleep on election night. I just need to see how it's going. And I'm 5 hours ahead of EST. So when the polls close in California at 8pm it's 4am here.


Donkey on 09/26/2020:
Spammer is gone! Beautiful pictures!

Now you did really well here, to make adjustments in your menu to accommodate your friend date. That is really quite well done!

I'll just comment here about scones: I've had scones in the UK, and I actually prefer these to the American scones. I appreciate the recipe that you shared. No "cups" and TBSP in the UK. Everything is mL and g (grams), which is why I really think I should get a food scale.

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
I do use tsp and tbsp for some things but normally just use grams. It's just so easy and accurate to use metric with food.

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
That's only 1 photo. Porridge in front of the window.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
your breakfast looks so good! i never pictured your porridge to look this colorful!

enjoy your walk and meeting with your friend! I'm sure the coffee and sweets will feel good after walking a couple miles to see her!

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
I don't normally have this many berries on my porridge but since I accidentally double ordered blueberries I've been having extra every day.

Had a nice walk (it was almost hot) and nice to see friend.


Jacky82020 on 09/26/2020:
What a terrific view!!

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Yes, I love it. My new recliner is in front of the window. Same view from bedroom when we have breakfast in bed.


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grannyannie - Friday Sep 25, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Going to add 200 calories to my weekly allowance starting Sunday - 8600. 

A friend keeps asking me to go to an outdoor cafe to have coffee and scone or cake. I’ll see if I can resist and just have coffee or tea. It’s in the low to mid 50’s so a bit chilly for sitting outside, but I’ll see. At least it’s sunny.

I might do 30 minutes on the exercise bike today. I won't lean on the handlebars though as I'm sure that's why I had all that pain yesterday. 

  • B: porridge w/strawberries and blueberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, clementine
  • D:  Thai green curry with chicken
  • S:  packet of popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1152 (1231 remaining for the week)

 

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
Have a nice visit!

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
Thanks. Doesn't look like it will be today. Still chilly and windy. Not great for sitting outdoors. Hope we can tomorrow.


bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
That's a bummer.....it' s in the 50's here too.

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
At least it's sunny though. For now.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
maybe you can split the scone with her? ha! maybe have multiple teas if you need it!!! :) it's so hard! is there a fruit option to have???

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
That's a good idea. Or could just have a cookie. I'd have to ignore those gorgeous homemade cakes they have.


legcramps on 09/25/2020:
I have a hard time going into or past bakeries without temptation getting the best of me!

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
Just the smell drives me nuts!


Donkey on 09/25/2020:
Oh, scones!!!! I cannot understand how something so simple as a scone can be SO high in calories.

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
A real British scone does not have sugar on it like in the US. It does have some fat in it and of course must be lathered in real butter, maybe cream, and jam.

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Ingredients 2 c unbleached all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp sugar 4 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 3 Tbsp unsalted butter , cold ⅔ c milk 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 Tbsp milk (to glaze) Strawberry jam (to serve) Clotted cream , at room temerature (to serve)

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
BBC listed the ingredients in American measurements as it was meant for Americans wanted the real thing.

We never use cups here as measurement - we'd use ml.


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grannyannie - Thursday Sep 24, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Friends dropped by to show us their new wheelchair-friendly vehicle. So they stayed for drinks sitting outside. And I shared most of a bottle of rose’ with the wife.  So that throws my calories off. There goes my pb and honey sandwich I was planning on sometime this week. I really should have given the wife the wine and had her take the rest of the bottle home. And I could have had something else. Next time.

Did a total of 60 mins on the exercise bike yesterday in two sets and will do the same today.  I’m really anxious to get back to muscle work but I don’t dare until I’m totally pain free. 

It feels like I'm wearing a corset which is way too tight. Not sure why. I haven't had that kind of pain for a couple of weeks. Rest day.

If anyone is interested in trying Thai dishes (not just curries) this woman gives excellent tips and recipes:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PailinsKitchen

 

  • B: porridge w/raspberries and blueberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar
  • D:  Thai green curry with chicken
  • S:  packet of popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1117 (2383 remaining for the week) 

Our trees are just starting to turn colour here but when they do I'll share some photos.  But here's a sunrise from earlier this week taken from our front porch. 

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
I will check out that website...Thanks! That sky....gorgeous!

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
Yes! Took more pics this morning but weren't as good as this one.

She has tons and tons of videos and she's really good at teaching.


Donkey on 09/24/2020:
What an odd sensation that must be! I have a back wrap that is like a corset, that I wear when my back starts complaining. It helps me "reset" my posture (back & hips). But if I wear it too long or too tight (or both), then it's very uncomfortable. Do what you're feeling must be terribly unpleasant.

What to say about the wine... well, and this is just my opinion, I think it's worth it, if you had a good visit with your friend. Could you plan the remainder of your calipers for the week, per day, so that you can keep an overage to a limit or minimum?

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
I had the feeling about a really tight corset before so it went most of the way around me. I think what did it is that when I was doing the bike I'd lean on the handelbars when I was trying to go uphill at a harder rate.

I've decided to increase my limit by 200 calories a week. I guess it won't be a big deal if I should go over occasionally but not routinely.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
thanks again for reminding me that i could learn to cook thai style!

i am having thai takeout tonight because of a REALLY great coupon! by doing pickup, there's some really extraordinary coupons that i keep getting in my email!

um, that nice you got to see friends and enjoy the time outside and with a rose! You can still have your pb and honey later this week...enjoy yourself :)

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
What Thai dish did you get?


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grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Yesterday I planned to do 30 mins exercise bike, clean the bathrooms, then 30 more minutes. However, as this was the first time I’ve scrubbed the tub since getting injured, I got lower back pain from all that bending (not the injured part), so didn’t do the second set. 

I’ll do 2 sets today. No houswork. Did 30 mins, then some laundry and came back and did 30 more. Felt like a really good workout doing a total of 60 mins.

I’m attaching photos of two choices for female-friendly bike seats. I’ve got one similar to the wider one on my bike in Thailand.  Many bike seats don’t cause butt pain, they cause pain elsewhere, IYKWIM.  I know many women who say they don’t like to bike ride because of discomfort due to the seat.

  • B: porridge w/raspberries and blueberries, tea w/soy (I had ordered far too many berries so having extra blueberries every day)
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast and apple
  • D:  Thai green curry with chicken
  • S:  packet of popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1093 (3887 left of the week)

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
Good choices, I got an extra wide seat for the Schwinn Spinner. It is not as wide as the name suggests! But better.

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
I have one similar to the top photo on my Thailand bike. My bike at home is the one that bike came with and it doesn't bother me until I've riding an hour or more and all I do is stand up and pedal for a few minutes and it's fine.


bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
Are your curries usually spicy...I'm really not familiar with curry but would like to try them.

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
Husband makes them and he makes the sauces. I like medium spicy so he doesn't make them too hot (although sometimes he goes overboard with the chilis. There are tons of different curries - Indian, Thai, etc. The one we are eating today is a green curry soup so uses green veggies and a green sauce. You can make them as mild or hot as you like. Lots of veggies, meat or other protein, and a sauce.

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
Hubby makes a huge pot and we have leftovers for the following 2 or 3 days.


Donkey on 09/23/2020:
Some chores hurt my back too! Problem is, I'm never quite aware of the pain until it's too late.

The bike ride afterwards - did that help your back pain? I'm thinking that's something I should consider for myself in the future...

I know what you mean about the bicycle seat, lol...

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
I didn't ride yesterday after cleaning. And I don't feel the back pain until I'm done cleaning. But today was no problem.

Hubby has a male saddle!


legcramps on 09/23/2020:
I like the second one best. I always find the open part in the middle to be my deciding factor. As long as I have some room there for my lady parts, the rest of the seat doesn't seem to matter too much. If it's too big and squishy, it will make it uncomfortable for the rest of your body to ride on it (think about the way your legs move, your hips, your shoulders, etc), which might be worse for your back in the long run.

Butt pain is something that will get better as you ride more frequently - same as me right now with getting back on my bike at home. My seat is horrible though, and I would trade with your #2 choice any day! I guess I should look into that LOL.

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
My exercise bike is awful and it does hurt my butt. But most bike seats seem to hurt lady parts. You can ride forever on a comfy seat!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
Yes, i can see why some women won't bike ride...i get pain after not riding for awhile and then going for a ride. but, i feel the exercise is worth that pain since the pain does go away eventually!

nice seats. i don't have anything to add since i'm not to familiar with all the types of bike seats / styles out there but legs would have good input for you!

nice job on getting back into exercise! remember when this was far from your mind!?!?!?!?

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
Yes, I remember when the idea of just moving was too much!

I actually ride my real bike for pleasure, not exercise. Exercise is just an extra benefit.


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grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Did 30 minutes on exercise bike yesterday. After 30 minutes this seat gets too painful. I might try doing it twice as I have before. I need to clean the bathrooms today, so might do bike, then clean, then do bike again. 

Today is pick up groceries day - my adventure for the week. Ordered online and just have to pick them up. 

  • B: porridge w/berries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  egg salad sandwich
  • D:  Burmese curry with 1 egg on top
  • S:  packet of popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1177 (4980 remaining for the week)

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 24.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
I have an online order going at Walmart for a Friday pickup. I had 5% off inside using Walmart Pay for one year. Gone. Now have to do online & pickup to save the 5%. Will still go inside for my day old yellow tag specials. That 5% adds up! What with pet dogs, cats & birds. Buy seed for wild birds too.

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
Our local store didn't have online ordering or collecting although all their stores in the cities has that. But they started it because of Covid in May? I think. Very convenient.

My sister lives in the US and she says she has to pay for delivery. She is surprised it is free here.

Been a long time since I had a pet but I know pet food adds up quickly!


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
They’ve had at store pickup for a while. Did it twice because they offered $10 off on a $50 order, so one in my name and another in the husband’s. They gave us really nice gift bags full of good stuff. The Walmart home delivery service is about $10 a month or $99 a year. I like getting out once a week.

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
I think my sister pays $9 per delivery which sounds high to me. If they keep this pickup after Covid is gone I still intend to do it - although I will go inside the store too. My nearest town has 1 major store (but not a superstore) and a medium sized which I don't like. That's it. Many people here take the ferry over to the city and do a big shopping. Cheaper. Can't do it now though.


Donkey on 09/22/2020:
I sometimes break up my bike rides into 2 sessions. I feel that I get more performance from 2 shorter sessions than 1 long session. However, I do single sessions, too, as there are benefits to those as well.

I've mentioned the pickup option to husband, especially for Walmart, but he says orders are like a week out. Not sure if he's checked recently...

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
If my bike had a more comfy seat I'd do it for an hour.

I ordered delivery when they first started it here but then decided I should leave those slots for those without a car and the elderly. Pickup is just as safe. I never tried to start my order the day before so don't know if the slots are full by then. I usually start my order on Friday for Tues pickup and edit it about 4 or 5 times!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
when you say trying it twice, do you mean cutting the 30min session in half? that's a good idea.

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
No, 30 mins, take a break and do 30 more mins. Although today I did the 30 minutes then cleaned both bathrooms and when I was done my lower back hurt (forgot how I that always happened by bending so long). I hadn't cleaned the tub/shower since I hurt myself.


bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
I break up exercise into 2 or even more groups sometimes......it works...I still see the benefit.

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
When I'm pain free (soon!) I'll get back to step aerobics and very light weights, jump rope and sometimes do the bike.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
The Walmart pickup must depend on where you live. My friend in NY said it was a long wait, but that was months ago, don’t know if it’ changed. I started my grocery list Sat. or Sunday & add more everyday. All the slots were open. They even had an early one for elderly/disabled. Think it was 8AM

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
My sister orders from Costco. We don't have any Walmarts in Scotland and I don't remember seeing any Walmarts around my sister's house.


legcramps on 09/22/2020:
My bike seat is the same, it's not very comfortable. Sometimes I put a blanket or towel underneath myself and that helps a little bit!

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
I've tried a thin pillow but didn't help. The seat on my real bike is comfy and I can ride that for hours.


innerpeace on 09/22/2020:
That is the main reason I don't ride my bike - it hurts by butt! I have used instacart the last month, I absolutely love it. I may never shop again.

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
Only my exercise bike has a seat that hurts. Real bike is good. They make female friendly bike seats now. I'll post a photo of one tomorrow.

I'm getting spoiled by click and collect. But I would prefer to choose my own mushrooms and berries and tomatoes.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
Loved Costco when I loved in California. None around here

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
Oh, I thought they were everywhere over there. We only have one here but very inconvenient for us - it's in the city.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
The nearest ones are over 100 miles away, two in Ohio and one in Pittsburgh. Sam’s Club is here, a Walmart version of Costco. Not worth the membership fee.


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grannyannie - Monday Sep 21, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Didn't get on exercise bike yesterday but did a very thorough cleaning of living/dining room, kitchen and laundry room.  So I felt like I did a workout! Will do 30  mins on exercise bike today.

There is a possibility we can go to Thailand this winter. In October the Thai government will decide if they will allow a certain number of tourists who plan to stay for at least 90 days (we always do 90 days and our usual house is booked for Jan to Mar). You have to have a Covid test that is negative, and quarantine for 14 days on arrival in an approved facility. You can’t leave your hotel room for 7 days and then must stay on the hotel grounds. This would mean wearing a mask on the plane and you can take off only to eat/drink. 

I hate the idea of staying here in winter. We get little or no snow but it feels very cold as we get high winds, cold rain, and the days are very, very short.  We haven’t been here an entire winter since 2012. 

 

B: porridge w/berries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad, chicken breast, cheddar

D:  a curry with eggs? Burmese curry made with black beans, veg and topped with poached eggs

S:  packet of popcorn, spicy hot chocolate (one brand I bought is really good the other will blow your head off!)

Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1206 (6157 remaining for the week)

 

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2020:
I hope you can get to Thailand this winter Annie........Lots of restrictions but if it is more enjoyable than staying home than it's a good plan!

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
Except for a few people in quarantine (Thais returning from abroad) there are no cases as far as I can tell. We'd be totally safe. We'd have to wear a wristband the entire time showing we were Covid free. I could easily deal with 2 weeks of boring quarantine to spend 10 weeks there!!

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
There is no lockdown there and the island where we stay has had few cases and no deaths. We could move around freely. Thai government is going to restrict the number of tourists they will allow in.


Jacky82020 on 09/21/2020:
Wow! Thailand! How exciting! My friend had to take a covid test for a colonoscopy.

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
We've been spending every winter there (3 months) for 7 years.

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
I was supposed to book a colonoscopy when we came home from Thailand in March, but then lockdown and I had no desire to go anywhere near a hospital.


Donkey on 09/21/2020:
It would definitely be worth any precautions if it allowed you to travel to Thailand. I remain hopeful that you'll be able to make it!

When you're ready for a bike ride, you'll know it. It's coming soon! Yay!

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
Exercise bike is easy since I don't lean on the handlebars.

I'm nervous about getting on my real bike!

Yes, Thailand is our winter home and I hate to miss it!


jacky82020 on 09/21/2020:
Never did a colonoscopy. Did cologuard. The insurance pays down to age 45 now.

Saw article in Washington Post re Thailand officials mailing trash left at National parks back to the littering ppl. And hefty fines. Weird how they know who left it.

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
We do the annual test we get in the mail - like cologuard I guess. But can also get colonsocopy. I'm in the UK so everything is 'free'.

I hate people who litter! They should be given huge fines.

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
Looked up the article about litter and you have to give your address when you use the national parks.


jacky82020 on 09/21/2020:
Oh, very interesting, Annie

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
Yes!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2020:
Well...cleaning the house def burns calories! :)

when i clean the shower, oh, it's a workout for sure!

grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
Yea, dusting, moving things around to hoover, washing kitchen floor, etc is a workout. Cleaning bathroom especially tub/shower is a workout!


legcramps on 09/21/2020:
Well the possibility of travel to Thailand certainly gives you something to look forward to!

grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
Yes, it does. I hate the idea of not going to our winter home! Same house, same people, same restaurants.


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grannyannie - Sunday Sep 20, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.2

Had a lovely afternoon yesterday with 2 couples - socially distant. Brought wine for me and beer for hubby and I always bring a bottle of wine for our hostess. 

Doubt we’ll get another sunny and warm weekend like this so no idea when I’ll have alcohol again.  Not riding my bike yet so I walked about 1.5 miles roundtrip to their house.

Starting my weekly calorie allowance like Bear does. I figure that 8,400 is good (averaging 1,000 x 3 days, 1200 x 2 days, 1500 x 2 days).

Weight this morning:  169.2 (up from Friday)

  • B: porridge w/berries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad, chicken breast, apple
  • D:  veg and chicken curry
  • S:  packet of popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea
  • Total: 1037 (7363  left for the week)

Exercise bike this afternoon.  No muscle work until I am pain free. Getting close. Doing housework today while hubby is outside cutting the grass and trimming.

 

Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2020:
Your menus always sound good. I will have to try coffee with coconut milk. Been adding chocolate protein drink.

grannyannie on 09/20/2020:
It's great with coconut milk. Hubby puts coconut milk on his porridge but I put oat milk. And soy in my tea.


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2020:
I'm excited to see you onboard.....I think you will like it! Plenty of room for higher as well as lower cal days with no guilt!!

grannyannie on 09/20/2020:
I've done my plans for the week and by Saturday I'd extra calories to use - planning on pb and set honey on a slice of bread - so I can have that when I have a hungry day.


Donkey on 09/20/2020:
Oh, I'm very interested to see how the weekly calorie plan works for you!!!

I hope your ride on the exercise bike is pain-free and enjoyable. See, you're making steps towards a full recover. That's wonderful! I do agree with you though, no workout unless pain-free. ABSOLUTELY.

That's rather sobering to think that you may not have another warm-ish weekend until next Spring. Winter is coming!

grannyannie on 09/20/2020:
I did heavy duty housework today and felt I'd had a good workout, so skipped the bike. I'm so anxious to get back to step aerobics and light weights! But not yet. (possible we might be able to to Thailand as planned!) Winter in our area is cold, windy, rainy, and dark. Very little snow.



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