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grannyannie - Friday Dec 04, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

I need to get some variety in my cardio workouts. Doing the spin bike is not enough, no matter how good the workout. But I won’t rejoin the gym yet. I could do step aerobics sometimes, and jump rope. Weather isn’t great for power walking, but I suppose I could bundle up on a dry day and do it.

I asked my 15 year old granddaughter what she and her 10 year old sister would like for xmas as gift cards.  She said they both like Barnes and Noble so I ordered them online.  The family also likes the Olive Garden so I sent a gift card for that as well. Since the divorce I'd always sent money to my son to divide between him and the girls for xmas and get everybody what they want. But this is a very different xmas.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1223

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Most people don't think of Scotland as having gorgeous white sandy beaches, but there are many. They are all on the outer coasts (not inner like mine) and the islands. This is from an island we visted in the Outer Hebrides. 2011.

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/04/2020:
I think Christmas will be different for everyone this year.......we are sending checks in their cards.

grannyannie on 12/04/2020:
I wanted the girls to get exactly what they wanted and it's better than sending them stuff they don't want. Birthdays were easy this summer - they both needed new laptops.

Doing Zoom with lots of family on xmas day. Tough for us because some are EST and my brother and his wife are in California this year - so we are 8 hours ahead of them.


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grannyannie - Thursday Dec 03, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

No snow at our house but on the mountaintops that we can see. It was 3c/37f. Hubby said on his bike ride early this morning that away from the sea there was a dusting of snow. 

On Jacky's comment on protein, yes most people get far too much protein. Those high protein drinks are really only for serious bodybuilders. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  chicken sandwich, clementine
  • D:  Leftover Panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1208

Workout:  (I’ve changed to 45 mins spinning on the 2 days that I do a short lower body muscle routine - 30 minutes the other 3 days)

  • Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges, calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Mountains down the loch with snow:

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
Great balls of fire, girl! You live in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Aye! Got the sea and got the mountains. Only thing missing is the gorgeous white beaches that are in other areas, like all the islands.


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
The stuff dreams are make of

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I had never been to this house when I came here to get married. Had always met 'future' hubby in London where he worked, or in the US. So when I saw this house and location I thought I'd won the lottery!


Donkey on 12/03/2020:
I'm contemplating your statement - Jacky's - about protein. Not that I disagree, but rather just trying to wrap my head around it.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I learned about nutrition when I did a lot of research before becoming a vegan back in the mid 1990s. Here's a reliable link, although a bit too detailed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4045293/ 140 lb person should get 50grams of protein per day. 1 egg has 6g.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Too much protein can lower your calcium and cause osteoporosis. Not sure, but I think it causes kidney problems.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
This is from the NHS (health service) in the UK: There's also evidence that, in the long term, consuming too much protein can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and can also worsen existing kidney problems. The Department of Health advises adults to avoid consuming more than twice the recommended daily intake of protein (55.5g for men and 45g for women).


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
Yep, 45-50 is the common standard, but it usually adds for a person consuming 2000 cal a day, as I recall. I can’t eat this much without gaining weight. I am just under 5’2”. This John Clement is saying 3 days at 25 is better. I am going back and looking at the details. He backs every statement in his book with articles from solid scientific journals and has the references. Some I can get on PubMed, a US government data base. Others I can’t access without an account. He runs a research lab on healthy aging & works with several top universities such as Harvard, so I trust Clement.


bearcountrygg on 12/03/2020:
Protein is hard on kidneys.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Yep

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I'm disappointed in my gym having those protein drinks and protein bars, etc.


Maria7 on 12/03/2020:
What a beautiful photo, Annie! I LOVE the fog over the top of the mountains...reminds me of a place that Hubby and I vacationed at in KY one time years ago. LOVELY.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
There's snow on the top as well. I can see about 4 or 5 mountains from our house and they have snow on the top most of the winter. There are bigger mountains in the highlands where people ski.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
if jacky or donkey is reading this also, that's why i do not overdo my protein anymore. a lot goes a long way. that's why i even, many times, cut a burger in half...i feel that a lot of meat is just a waste of calories and that a little meat will satisfy just as much!


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grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 02, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Supermarket just after 7:30. Perfect time. Picked up some items for the local food bank (potatoes, carrots, apples, soup, noodles etc). Donation rack is just the other side of the cashiers. I think I’ll donate every time I go in. They don’t want chocolates as it won’t keep, but other xmas sweeties are fine. Maybe xmas cookies. 

My supermarket has had 10% off everything for healthcare workers almost since the beginning of the pandemic. Now they are giving 10% off for teachers as well. 

Just heard this morning that the UK has approved the Pfizer vaccine and it is being shipped from where it is produced in Belgium this week. First vaccinations next week.  Healthcare and care home staff and care home residents are first, then the over 80’s, then those with health issues, then age 65 - 79 (us). And, yes, we will be getting it - both doses.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, 2 clementines
  • D:  panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1203

Workout: (added 4kg/8.8lb weights)

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg dumbbells
  • 3 x 10 side lunges & calf lifts using 4kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/02/2020:
Nice to hear that your supermarket experience went well. I need to do some in person shopping too but covid concerns are holding me back. Stores are crowded on the weekends. It's hard to go after dinner.

It's all over the morning news about the vaccine in the UK. Holding my breath. Yes, my husband and I will get the vaccine, too, whether it be Pfizer or Moderna. Grant us peace.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
Our store opens at 6 and 6-7 is healthcare workers only. Then 7 for everybody. I would not want to shop later in the day and I've always avoided weekend shopping, even pre-pandemic.

The Oxford vaccine is AstraZeneca and when that gets approved we'll get that one as well.

The UK is only 1/5 the population of the US, so much easier to get everybody vaccinated.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
The big Walmart I use also opens for frontline workers & disabled at 7. Wouldn’t want to go that early anyway! I have my usual Friday 10 slot. Was very surprised to see they’re now saying produce can only only be picked up in the store. At least for the ones I wanted. This is new.

Wondering how the vaccines will be distributed. Saw big hospital setting up stations inside a large auditorium last nite on the national news. Told the husband I may delay until the mob goes first. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how it works out.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
It used to be that 7-8 was elderly but they don't do that now. Just healthcare and carers for the elderly at 6.

I do my click and collect at 10am on Tuesdays. I would go earlier but you can't get alcohol until 10.

I'm sure we'll get ours the same way we got the flu jabs. The nurse set it up at all 4 of the village halls for the over 65s. Likely something similar.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
We have to go to the PCP for flu shots. We tried Walmart and a few other places and they denied the insurance. Called the company and they said see the PCP. The husband did & I changed my mind & didn’t. Had the flu once in my life, years ago. Had 2 flu shots and both made my arm sore for weeks. The first shot was when I was teaching in California & they pushed them on the teachers. The second was a few years back. Same lousy experience. Rarely out this year and wear a mask, so I’ll take my chances.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
I had a really bad flu about 5 or 6 years ago. Got the vaccine ever since. Under 65's have to go to a pharmacy to get one and then pay for it, about £20 I think. But once you hit 65 they are free. No charge for anything else.


bearcountrygg on 12/02/2020:
I hear the astra zeneca tests were flawed.....so they are redoing them. They say you will feel pretty bad for a couple of days after each shot with flu symptoms. Since my Mom died 19 hours after a flu shot I'm not getting one...it may mean staying home for years.....

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
I'm fine with feeling yucky for a couple of days. Yea, AstraZeneca not approved yet. It will be Pfizer for quite a while.

I have had so many different vaccines - about 16 or so just for Uganda, and no ill affects at all although tetanus gives me a sore arm.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
I need to get to Michigan this summer and hug my granddaughters and bury their dad.


bearcountrygg on 12/02/2020:
Our stores here suggest in store for seniors only between 7 and 8...and for walmart pick up the same........

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
Ours used to be 7-8 for seniors, but now it's anybody. The only other store in town which is a much smaller one still has 7-8 seniors.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Yep, I did hear talk of staggering the vaccines among healthcare workers to prevent too many from calling in sick at the same time. I’ll get one eventually. There are 2 big hospitals downtown that may be distribution points. Not rushing off just yet. May not be available to all unlike 6/21.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
I expect to get mine by February.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Kick myself in the ass everyday for selling Moderna! Could have bought back at $90, didn’t, and now it’s at ~150! I do have other covid related stocks, but this was the winner. So far.


horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
I had some indian curry for dinner - i asked for some of ththe frozen Indian meals being given out today at the pantry ...it was very good quality prob from a nearby restaurant as the neighborhood is indian. I was very surprised that Indian food was being given out and thought it was just wonderful bc the culture of the pantry visitors will appreciate that food when they eat it bc it was well made. I figure I should be able to take some because I put in my hard work being there and I’m not making a large salary on unemployment. It makes me want to work there more. If I were working, I’d prob not want anything. (Something to remember- to continue to give back later and be reasonable about asking for anything if it’s not really acceptable for me to do so....)

That’s great that you dropped off at the pantry. If I see any of that at my supermarket, I’d prob also at least purchase a couple cans of food to give also. I’ve given change to the Salvation Army guys if you are familiar with the big red pot they have for donations usually outside the supermarket

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I should have been donating stuff every week. Easy enough. But xmas made me think of it again.


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grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 01, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Weigh in this morning.  Not as bad as I thought.

Picking up shopping this morning. No workout.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Cooking night - some kind of curry of course
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1213

Some of the boats and ships that go past our house: 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2020:
I don't think I would ever want to leave your backyard!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
These are out front, but the back is nice when all the flowers are out. Forest behind the house. Such a huge difference in photos when it's sunny as when it isn't. The water turns blue in the sunshine.


Donkey on 12/01/2020:
I would say that's not a bad weigh in at all. Very workable from this point. Plus, some of that may be residual from the nuts, chocolate, liquor indulgences. And we all need those from time to time.

Hope the grocery pickup is uneventful and successful!

Beautiful pictures! I feel that my daughter will be someone who eventually lives near water, too. She would love to watch all the different boats go by...

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
I love sailboats in the summer but of course right now it's most tankers.

Yes, I was very, very bad post election!


Jacky82020 on 12/01/2020:
Such a wonderful port you’ve landed at , Annie!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Can't complain!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
We aren't really a port here though. One spot a couple of miles down the loch where they pick up fuel but otherwise all the ports are farther away from us.


Jacky82020 on 12/01/2020:
I used port figuratively!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Gotcha.


innerpeace on 12/01/2020:
Spectacular views!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
I like them! Quite happy with our location.


legcramps on 12/01/2020:
Cool views out the front! Did I already ask if it stays fairly cool through the year being right off the water?

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Well, it's Scotland. Wet and cool although we've had temps in the 80's several times in recent years. We are thrilled when it hits 70 and sunny. But winter in our location gets into the 30's at night and 40's daytime, high winds and rain. Very occasional snow. Other parts of Scotland get snow and the mountain tops always do.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
OKAY...super "jelly" of your home and seeing all those boats pass...my friend was a "flight nurse" and would regularly take trips on helicopters. it's not everyday you see a heli on a ship!

seems your last few weeks eating right as kept your weight in a good range! isn't that a good change! keep at it, you are doing wonderfully!

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
This time of year we probably just see a freighter and maybe a motorboat a day. And maybe a Royal Navy ship. Busier in summer with all the sailboats.

I hoped to be under 160 by yesterday. But I can easily reach goal well before we go anywhere in summer.


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grannyannie - Monday Nov 30, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Change sheets, clean bedroom, clean under bed. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1139

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Photos from our front porch: (every type of boat or ship goes past our house - Royal Navy ships and submarines sometimes too.) It's about 1 mile to the other side of the water to the next peninsula. Map is my county.

My favourite photo from our front porch:

 

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2020:
That bottom picture looks like a post card. Beautiful...and the submarine is mind boggling to me.

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Thanks. I do love this one - sharp and good colour.

Yea, before I ever saw the house my (future) husband told me submarines went past the house. I didn't believe him. Sometimes the Royal Navy does practices in front of our house (don't know why it's always right in front of us). Ships, submarine, military planes dropping soldiers out of them, helicopters landing on deck of ship. Watched all day once. I'll post that those photos tomorrow.


bearcountrygg on 11/30/2020:
That sounds fascinating...I would have been out there watching all day too.

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
That was pretty cool! Guys jumping out of big military planes and some landed on the hills across the way, some in the water, and they were to rescue them.


Donkey on 11/30/2020:
Cool pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Great menu, great workout! :-)

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Thanks!


Maria7 on 11/30/2020:
Wow, is that a submarine in the first photo? Pretty photos! Hope you are having a good day.

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Yep. Royal Navy base nearby.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2020:
I TOTALLY need to wash my entire bedsheets this week, not just the pillow cases lol...thank you for that reminder!

according to the map, you live in "paradise!" ...you know, despite the cold, you have water all around you....and you get to see submarines on the regular!?

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Many lochs and peninsulas and island as you can see.

I'd say we see the submarines a couple of times a month. I enjoy seeing the sailboats, and paddle steamer and fishing boats more.


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grannyannie - Sunday Nov 29, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Too indulgent again yesterday - nuts, chocolate, beer and raspberry liqueur. Not anxious to get on the scale Tuesday. 

Clean main bathroom. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana forgot to take chicken out of freezer so had 1/2 pbj
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1109

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 35 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Sunrise today:

 

 

bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
If it helps to avoid the scale for awhile then that is okay.....if you think it will help to check on wt then do that.....you know yourself best and do what is best for you. We still have Christmas to get through. I always promote being gentle with yourself and allow for some treats.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I think I will stick to the 1st of every month as far as weighing myself. More often is not a good idea.

Christmas won't be any different for us. We'll just have a curry as usual. For the past 6 christmases we were in Thailand. Before that was Michigan with family until we switched the annual visit to summer.


Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
How I envy your sunrises & water view! Is your house next to a lake? The properties here by Lake Erie are either unaffordable or super crowded in, mostly both. I’ll take my 7 acres. The guy who lived here for 30 years before us bought a house on a pier. His dad died and left him several million. Must be spectacular views! But still crowded in. He was a master gardener who kept this place looking like a botanical park. Reminds me of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Always surprises me he abandoned it for the pier. He is an attorney & we saw him recently to draw up our wills etc. Very nice man with a lovely office full of gorgeous plants.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Our house is on a sea loch. Some lochs are enclosed and freshwater but ours is not. If you hopped in a boat in front of our house and went about 20 miles you'd be in the Atlantic Ocean. We get big ships going past the house and also submarines occasionally. After living on the water for 20 years I could never be landlocked again. I'll post some photos of the boats and ships that go past.

We have 1/2 acre and hubby is an incredible gardener so it's gorgeous with dozens of species of flowers.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
We live on a peninsula - low density population. So when we want to go to Glasgow we either drive the long way which is 70 miles or take a ferry over then drive 20 miles, or take the train.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
Once a month weigh ins sound good.....Back in my WW days 1 time a week ( at meetings) worked good...daily can be difficult with normal fluctuations.....

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I belonged to WW for a few months.


Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
Annie, what is the difference between a loch and a bay? Would the call the San Francisco Bay a loch in Scotland? Have you ever seen Nessie in your loch? (Lol)

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
LOL. Nessie is in Loch Ness. Lochs are too long to be bays, it's too long. More like a fjord. Others are called a Firth because a river meets a sea loch.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
I actually still belong to WW online....lost a lot with them back in 2000....and put it back on again......now I mostly use the site for the calories so that I don't eat too few. I know of someone who only followed the points and ended up so severely anemic that she was on the verge of needing a blood transfusion.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I did WW way back in maybe 2003.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
SUBMARINES....WOW!!!!!

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
There are two bases nearby - one is about a mile away and the other is in the next peninsula. We also have US Trident missiles down the loch from us. And I'd rather they were moved elsewhere!


Donkey on 11/29/2020:
Oh boy do I ever relate to overindulging. I'll write more about it in my entry for today. Part of me wants to cheer you on and say, Every day is a new opportunity to practice moderation. The other part of me wants to assure you that a weigh-in is like a milepost (oops, y'all don't have miles in the UK - Meter-post?) on the road. It only tells you where you're at for that point. Where your journey leads from there is up to you.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Agree. For some strange reason we do have miles in the UK. Everything else is metric (except pints of beer - 20 oz) so don't know why they aren't km.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
The scale number is just 1 snapshot in time......and it will vary throughout the day....we put too much emphasis on it.....really..it should just be a downward trend over many days...with some ups involved too.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I always weigh myself first thing in the morning. But actually how my clothes fit is a better gauge.


Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
Sounds to me you live in paradise, Annie. How about I ditch the husband and you find me a guy there?


Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2020:
sometimes we just need some indulgence. you know how to get back on track. i hope you enjoyed your indulgences and i KNOW you did!


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grannyannie - Saturday Nov 28, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Heavy housework. No workouts.

I knew it was a mistake to think I could ration nuts and dark chocolate. When they are gone, that’s it. Only the popcorn for snacks.

On the scale Dec 1st to find out what damage I have done.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana
  • D:  Panang curry from the freezer
  • S: popcorn or dark chocolate or nuts and 2 beers
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1459

 

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2020:
Heavy housework is a workout ! Seriously! Know exactly what you mean re rationing treats. Looked at dark chocolate on Amazon. Surprisingly pricey. Saw some less expensive ones at Walmart, but still hi in calories for something I’d make prompt work of. Maybe 200 a small bar, but I’d eat them all the first day or so. As for the nuts, I’m sticking with peanut butter. Really was going to spend $5 a day on 4 oz. macadamia nuts because that John Clement guy is so crazy about them, but after seeing 200+ Cals an ounce, I can’t, not even 2 oz. I’d probably wind up eating the whole bag and gaining a few pounds.

grannyannie on 11/28/2020:
Macadamia seems to be ultra high calories for nuts, but they are so good!


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2020:
I know! Guess that’s why they dip them one by one in chocolate and sell as Christmas gifts. Sometimes I order a box online to send to my Mom at Christmas. She lives in California & I don’t get out there often. Certainly not this year. I saw a nice big gift basket online that I’ll order soon for her. It included a can of macadamia nuts & lots of other treats.

grannyannie on 11/28/2020:
Years ago my boss brought back boxes of chocolate covered macadmia nuts from a holiday he took.


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2020:
Think it’s a typical gift from trips to Hawaii. Or used to be,

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Early 1990's.


Donkey on 11/28/2020:
There are just some things that I cannot ration out. As hard as I try, as self-disciplined as I try to be, I find it better just to keep that stuff out of my house.

You did very well with calories yesterday. I think today looks good too.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I used to able to ration that kind of stuff, but not now. Won't buy any more.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Ended up having more nuts and chocolate and some raspberry liqueur. Arghh...


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2020:
i've gotten better with nuts, but, i only keep a few varieties in my apt...and they are all OLD now...bc since covid started, i am reaching for sweets...except pb..i do have peanut butter.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Husband can only eat a few nuts or else he gets a belly ache. So can't count on him to finish them.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2020:
but like you ladies, i do struggle with keeping all kinds of varieties of fattier foods...i usually stick to a few options, but not a big variety either.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I eat full fat cheddar every day in my salad - not a lot. But I've learned fat can be good and it keeps you fuller.


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grannyannie - Friday Nov 27, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Got indulgent yesterday. Too many nuts and dark chocolate and also opened the bottle of raspberry gin liqueur. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, clementine
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn or dark chocolate or nuts
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1094

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 35 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

The Aerogarden hubby has restarted. The seeds came today. So in a few days the light will be turned on. North facing window.

 

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2020:
The raspberry liqueur sounds Devine! Maybe if I’m a good girl Santa will bring me some.

grannyannie on 11/27/2020:
I get the Edinburgh raspberry gin liqueur. Quite sweet. I add tonic to it.


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2020:
Wonderful! Saw the Scottish Deerhound won best in show at the National Dog show. Never heard of the breed. Found her rather homely, resembled a greyhound. Never liked those dogs with long pointy muzzles, the lean and hungry look. Mine tend to be the short muzzled dogs: boxers, bulldogs, bull mastiffs, & various mutts

grannyannie on 11/27/2020:
I prefer Golden Retrievers and Labradors. We can't have dogs because of the amount of time we normally travel.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2020:
Yes those liquors are so sweet...i usually steer away lol..but lately a lot of my drinks that are alcoholic are on the sweet side.

like jacky says above, i love bull mastiffs too! such good dogs.

what is hubby going to grow? edible plants?

grannyannie on 11/27/2020:
Some of the gin liqueurs aren't as sweet as the raspberry. Lots of different flavours now and gin has become a huge business in Scotland in the last few years.

Hubby would never grow anything non-edible in the house -only outside. The kit he bought has coriander, basil, Thai basil, Thyme, dill and parsley. He always cooks with fresh herbs and spices.


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2020:
Awesome he grows all that stuff!


Maria7 on 11/27/2020:
Nice garden. What have you planted in it?

grannyannie on 11/27/2020:
coriander, basil, thai basil, thyme, dill and parsley


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grannyannie - Thursday Nov 26, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with 2 cumberland sausages, clementine
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn or dark chocolate or nuts
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1114 Extra hungry today - about 1400 cals

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 35 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2020:
same to you, Happy Thanksgiving Annie!!!!!!!!!!!

grannyannie on 11/26/2020:
Same to you! :)


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2020:
Right back at you, kid

grannyannie on 11/26/2020:
:)


Maria7 on 11/26/2020:
Happy Thanksgiving, Annie! Wishing you and your Family a happy day!

grannyannie on 11/26/2020:
Thanks. Same to you. It's just hubby and me.


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2020:
Same here & 3 dogs & 2 cats & I big cockatoo & 1 small Amazon parrot & 1 mourning dove.

grannyannie on 11/27/2020:
Perfect!


Donkey on 11/26/2020:
Happy Thanksgiving!


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grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 25, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

7:30am picked up a few groceries at the supermarket. Yesterday I got a kitchen cupboard cleaned out and reorganized, and cleaned off our very long & wide windowsill in the kitchen. Needed to make room for a herb garden with lights that hubby wants to start again.

Rain earlier this morning but sunny now. About 50 degrees. I really need to get on my bike and go for a least a short ride. I don't want to fear getting back on it in spring. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, clementine
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn or dark chocolate or nuts
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1094

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 35 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S 

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Herbs on the window sill sound wonderful. Interesting article in yesterday’ s paper re micro gardening or whatever they called it, Small edible greens grown indoors. Maybe you saw it? Didn’t you say you get the NYT & WaPo? Can’t recall which paper.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
Yes, I get both papers online. Didn't see the articles though. I'll look for it.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
We traded our pizza maker for stepdaughter's micro herb garden thingy. Tried it once but then went away to Thailand for 3 months and just turned it off. But we've got lots of time for it now. Hubby uses all kinds of herbs and spices in his cooking.


Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Sounds fun! Also article in one of those papers re the more easily transmissible mutation of covid called 614G. Mentions Thailand has done an excellent job controlling the virus, both variants. One way is banning foreigners, they said.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
Hubby watches all these very detailed youtube videos about Covid and how they developed the vaccine etc.

Yes, Thailand locked their borders just like New Zealand. Tourists are only allowed into Thailand now if they are from countries that have low numbers of cases. And when you arrive you have to stay in a government approved hotel and can't leave the room for 2 weeks. You get some kind of wristband that says you are negative before allowed in public. Only for those who will stay at least 90 days.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
I found the article on 614G. NY Times.


Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Thailand was smart along with most nations Thanks to Trump the US wasn’t and people needlessly died. How I hate that unfit narcissist!

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
Trump was the worst. He knew Feb 7th it was deadly yet pretended it was no big deal. He is guilty of killing my son. I never knew I could feel such hate for anyone.

Scotland has a good leader and handled things right (except pubs opening too soon), but England has a total idiot.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
Asian countries understand viruses and willingly put on a mask. I was in Saigon Feb 1st and almost everyone had a mask on.


Donkey on 11/25/2020:
An herb garden sounds like an excellent project to have during the winter. Something very encouraging about green growing things in one's abode. I love visiting my plant room.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
I often buy a basil plant and put it in the window sill and they last forever. Tried coriander which hubby uses a lot but the plants just don't last. Gave up and I buy packets of fresh. Hubby has ordered seeds and will set it back up when they arrive.


legcramps on 11/25/2020:
I would love to have a little herb garden, but I have exactly ONE south-facing window and it's right above my kitchen sink. There's a ledge, but not much of one and also - winter air is bound to affect anything that sits on the windowsill. What kind of lights will you be putting up? Interested!

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
It's an Aerogarden. Basil, thai basil, coriander, and some others. It's all one unit with lights included. Our kitchen window is south facing so not a ton of light. Our sill is very wide and we have no problem with cold air - newish windows and great heating system. I'll take a photo of it when it's set up.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2020:
love how you are concentrating on stretches....it's important to stay flexible...i tend to remember then sometimes...but never too far away from my thoughts...

i have to clean windowsills...the dust has accumulated!

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
I have spells where I get lazy with stretches, but with the injury(s) I've been very good about stretching.

Our windowsills are all washable. The kitchen one is very hard to clean as I have to stretch to reach it. But I finally managed. I keep 2 antique coffee grinders, a lidless sugar bowl that was my mom's, a souvenir from Morocco and also the rice cooker.


Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Same here, my hatred for Trump is beyond any I have even felt in my life. Watch him go on to prosper and make a fortune now. He’s already soliciting donations for lawsuits and a 2024 run. Much of this going into his own pocket. Criminal!

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
I take out all my anger at him and others on Twitter. In fact just got out of Twitter jail, again.


Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Legs, you can get grow lights sent directly from China for much less than purchasing them here and put them in any kind of lamp. Amazon and eBay have them.

grannyannie on 11/25/2020:
The Aerogarden was purchased on Amazon.


legcramps on 11/25/2020:
Cool, thanks! I might have to look into that.


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