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grannyannie - Monday May 14, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.0

Greetings, ladies!  Woohoo, it's my higher calorie day!

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike - intense
  • 25 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps

Home workout:

  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups
  • side dips with dumbbells
  • lots of abs
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  toasted cheese sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  oat & fruit bar, clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, diluted juice drink
  • S:  chili hot chocolate (hot choc mix, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, chili powder, milk, water, topped with frothed skimmed milk), soya chocolate pudding, 1 oatcake
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1787

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

liza36 on 05/14/2012:
Love the higher calorie day! (Unfortunately, that's my everyday!) Workout and menu sound great.


thenewMLE on 05/14/2012:
Good Luck today! Your exercise looks intense while your menu looks inviting! I want a toasted cheese sandwich - maybe Wednesday! I like pepper jack cheese on a multi grain artisan bread with grilled tomato. And I will try your hot chocolate soon. I usually only like hot chocolate in the winter, but this winter was so mild I may have only had it 3 times!!


getmebackto150 on 05/14/2012:
Your menu looks delicous! Got to love high calorie day! have a good one:)


thenewMLE on 05/14/2012:
Yes, it WAS intense!! She fit me for my bike at 7:55am and class started promptly at 8:00. I thought there would be some serious cool down easy ride time for at least the last 10 minutes, but the easy ride was only 2 minutes and it ended at 9:10. We got off the bikes and stretched for maybe 3 minutes (obviously not long enough for my thighs!!) There were probably 6 series of speed increasing, then intensity increasing then as she called it finding the mud resistance, then racing, then standing racing with more intensity, then bringing it down with the same intensity and sitted racing, and then backing down the intensity and slowing down the momentum a little, stretch while riding and then starting over. And she lied and said that this was the last one so after everyone gave their all, she said, oh, no, I see another hill -- bitch... Maybe one night I will crank the AC down real cold and indulge in your spicy hot chocolate! I love to be under a quilt, all snuggly with a fire when I drink it!! Enjoy your dinner.


Umpqua on 05/14/2012:
Yay for higher calorie day! What do you take for the sinus headaches? Claritin allergy pills help me a little, but something that specifically targets the sinuses would be great!


supercheese on 05/14/2012:
Have a great day annie!!


LeakingLife on 05/14/2012:
Hope it's a great week for ya'!


Umpqua on 05/14/2012:
Thank you, I'm going to look for those pills tomorrow!


sweetpea1977 on 05/14/2012:
Menu and exercise plan looks fantastic!


hollybelle on 05/14/2012:
First you take 3 hummingbirds.....Nah! It's a great 3 layer cake with crushed pineapple, bananas, pecans and cream cheese icing! No low cal at all-high fat content. But wonderful once in a blue moon.


V on 05/14/2012:
Hey Annie :) I'm happy to hear you went higher with the calories today, you had a killer workout, you have to fuel the machine <3 I hope you had a splendid day!


hollybelle on 05/14/2012:
Yes! The hummingbird cake is alot like carrot cake. It doesn't have all the spices - just a little cinnamon and of course, not carrots.


moogy on 05/14/2012:
I am back and now you only have two weeks until you see your grandchildren!!! Whoo Hoo! Nice to have a day when you can have a little treat:) Good for you annie:)


nunnermack on 05/14/2012:
Such a healthy day for you!! You are an inspiration and I just noticed you are actually below your goal. That is TERRIFIC!! Hope to be there myself someday soon.


thinkpositive on 05/15/2012:
So how often do you have a high calorie day & is it when you do more exercise?



grannyannie - Sunday May 13, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.0

Happy Mother's Day to American moms! 

Also Happy Mother's Day to all mums everywhere!  

A bit of a rest day except for some housework. Windy and showers today so I'll be staying nice and warm in the house. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg on 1 slice multigrain toast w/light spread, 1 Quorn southern style patty, fat free yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, diluted fruit drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, 2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1340

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/13/2012:
The sun block is a drug store brand - Rite Aid. I think there is a name brand like it, too. I don't remember the name of the brand, though. You might be able to google unscented spray sunblock.


V on 05/13/2012:
Happy Mother's Day Annie <3


thinkpositive on 05/13/2012:
Response to your comment- many of the folks in the hospice are Chinese speaking so difficult to communicate with them, but did speak to a S'Porean man on Sunday about local issues. Hope you had a good day!



grannyannie - Saturday May 12, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.0

Happy Saturday, lovely ladies! We've got yet another sunny day! Doing well with getting a 'credit' before our trip. My weight drops quickly when I go down to under 1350 cals a day with zero cheating, but I'm going to do 1800 at least one day a week, maybe twice, as I don't want my body to get the idea it should never eat more than 1400 cals. 

Was hoping for a bike ride today but it's still too chilly and breezy. The high will still be mid-50's which might be okay except for the breeze.

Got my new smartphone!  So much faster and with a nicer and bigger screen than my previous one!  

Workout:

 

  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups (I don't hate them any more so I guess I'm doing something right!)
  • back 'sit ups'
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • lots of abs
  • legs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges with dumbbells

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 oatcakes/liver pate/1 slice low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, packet of dried apricots
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1303

 

 

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

V on 05/12/2012:
Have a good day Annie :)


nunnermack on 05/12/2012:
Okay, kind of envious of your crisp weather today!! I so miss a nice walk when the weather is like that. Sun. Sun. Sun. That's all I get. How boring!! LOL!! I've stopped looking at the weather map since moving out here. But, I AM thankful for this time of the year when the marine layer is thick. It's usually when I do my walks....and I come back with hair that is so curly and frizzy..reminds me of the 80's! Good workout and sounds like a pretty reasonable plan allowing yourself 1800 calories one day. I, BTW, hate planks!!! GRRRRR. I guess it's something that I need to keep doing in order to 'master it'!! Annie, you have a wonderful day!!!


Bikiniwax85 on 05/12/2012:
Yay for smarphone!!! I Been using Droid for about a year now and I don't think I can switch to normal GSM phones. yay for the workout!! Sounds great! I used to HATE push ups as well. I am okay with it since I think my core is getting stronger. Have a lovely Weekends dear!! Hugs!!



grannyannie - Friday May 11, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.8

Hello ladies!  Got a bit thrown off my stride this morning when I arrived at the gym to see someone else on the one and only spin bike they have there. I'm used to arriving and going straight to it. But that was fine, I just did the resistance machines first. But then the lady didn't get off, and didn't get off.... she was on the spin bike for a solid hour which is so inconsiderate!  I feel guilty when I'm on it for 35 mins instead of 30. The staff tell us that when someone does that to just ask them to get off because you'd like to use it. I didn't. I did the elliptical and then had just 20 mins on the spin bike after she got off. I needed to do some shopping before I caught the bus home. Grrr...

Workout:

  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
Since Sunday is a rest day I'm doing my at-home strength training tomorrow instead of today.

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  1 oatcake, 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • L:  4 oatcakes with liver pate, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, packet dried apricots
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1330

 

Progress as of today: 37.2 lbs lost so far, only -0.2 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 05/11/2012:
Boo! That stinks that she wasn't following the protocol, but I'm like you and hate confronting people... I probably would have just waited too... Glad to see you didn't let it ruin your workout though, it looks to me like you still got a great workout in!


sweetpea1977 on 05/11/2012:
yes, you're lucky!!! :)

That sucks about the lady on the spin bike. That is so inconsiderate!! Great job on the exercise you did manage to fit in.


selina on 05/11/2012:
I usually let them know that I'm waiting for the equipment and to please let me know when they are done with it. This way, I can work elsewhere without having to worry about someone else taking the equipment when I'm not paying attention - it happens! They are also more likely to follow the 30 min rule, this way. They may be thinking that no one wants it anyway, so they just keep using it until someone tells them or until they get tired of it. Good luck, next time! Sounds like you had a great workout, though!


thenewMLE on 05/11/2012:
Thanks Annie!! Sorry you didn't get your full ride on the spin bike. I am going to try it tomorrow for the first time. I see you dipped below 130 - hear comes some of that credit!!! Good job!


Bikiniwax85 on 05/11/2012:
Yay! I love my RPM and Spinning class! I dislike doing spin bike myself tho' i'll sleep off. LOLZ.. It's very hard to ask someone to get off the bike or any gym equipment. Well, at least for me I think it's hard. Ehe.. Or being an asian I think it's rude to do that. I think I am just too timid to tell them off. errm... Anyways have alovely Friday!!


selina on 05/11/2012:
Eeek, what's the matter with people, no wiping after themselves! I always wipe my equipment BEFORE using it just in case, I don't trust anyone, anymore. I wipe it off after the workout, too, of course!


Umpqua on 05/11/2012:
That stinks about the spin bike. I always mean to ask you, do you have a car? I never hear you mention one and it sounds like the public transportation there is excellent. When we lived in the city we hardly used our car but now it's essential since there aren't any trains and only a handful of buses and none that run up our road.


TheMother on 05/11/2012:
What a fabulous workout you had. Just reading what you did made me tired - ha! I'm a creature of habit, too. I do certain things in a certain way -like when we take our evening walk, we always go in the same direction. One time we reversed it and I felt so out of sync. Silly, isn't it? Have a good day and weekend!


V on 05/11/2012:
BOOO to the rude inconsiderate lady :( That sucks! Then again it is a little strange that your gym only has ONE Spin bike?? That is odd..I hope you still had a good day :)



grannyannie - Thursday May 10, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.2

Good morning, girls! I'm excited as I've upgraded to a new smartphone with a much bigger screen and it will be delivered tomorrow. Got the Samgung Galaxy S2. The S3 has just been released here but the screen is bigger than I want.

Workout:

  • 30 min spin class this afternoon (edit: intense class today - it's getting harder and harder each time!)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj on 2 slices multigrain bread, yogurt (pb is organic w/no sugar, jam is all fruit w/no sweeteners)
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veg & sweet potato curry & rice, salad, drink (diluted orange & mango drink)
  • S:  grapes
  • Lots of teas & water

TOTAL:  1313

Hope you all are getting fit and healthy and happy!

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 05/10/2012:
Love organic pb and have to go to special stores where its hit or miss. Buy mine at Trader Joes in the US when home. Like your menu, esp sweet potato curry.


selina on 05/10/2012:
Awesome photo below, so lucky of you to live in such a beautiful place! I'd be painting the surrounding landscape every day, if I lived there!


V on 05/10/2012:
Good Morning Annie :) So you have a new toy huh? Chalene(Turbo Fire) raves about her smartphone all the time :) I am sure you will enjoy all the apps..Have fun at spin class today! Oh thanks for the Pate suggestion


Umpqua on 05/10/2012:
I'm completely dependent on my iPhone, and I rarely use it to make phone calls, it's all the other features I love! Have fun at spin class!


liza36 on 05/10/2012:
So many people love their smartphones. Maybe I should jump on that bandwagon. My phone is so old.

Intense is good. Great job with the spin class.


liza36 on 05/10/2012:
RE: cardio test - you walk or run on a treadmill for anywhere between 8-15 minutes, you have a mask on that measures your oxygen levels too, and it's all connected to a computer that calculates everything. The advantage in being this precise about your target zone is that you know exactly what your base level is, where your threshold is, where you should be to burn fat, where you are when you burn sugar, how long you should be exercising to get to the fat burning zone, etc. It's all very interesting. They say everyone is different, and this way it's very precise to your body and how it functions. It would be frustating to spin your wheels working out hard but not know in what zone you should be in for you. They retest in about 2-3 months, and the target heart rate should change if you are improving. It's not inexpensive - it cost me $140 to do, and the retest is $75. I keep the mask I used and will reuse it for the retest.

I think it will be beneficial for me. Something to think about anyway.


getmebackto150 on 05/10/2012:
menu looks great and good job on the intense spin class! Have a good one...


TheMother on 05/10/2012:
You are SO close to your goal. Congrats! Have fun with your new phone. I'm not into all of the new electronics that are out there today. I just want my phone to be minimally functional - you know to be able to get and make a call.


sweetpea1977 on 05/10/2012:
Like Liza, my phone is so old. I've been trying to convince hubby to upgrade, but Ive failed so far. I dont use it much for phone calls, but I do text and take a lot of pictures with it.

Great menu!!!


legcramps on 05/10/2012:
good job on your workout today!


thenewMLE on 05/10/2012:
Look at you dropping that weight!! I am going to take my SIL up on that invite and I will do my first spin class Saturday am. Your pic is pretty. I took a pic of the Mississippi river bridge at sunset while I was riding last night - actually I stopped to take the pic and it paused my cycle tracker program!! So only half of the ride registered! anyway, have a great day!


nunnermack on 05/10/2012:
No need to laugh Annie but I uhhhh...still have a flip phone. LOL!! And to think I work for a major electronic company. Gheez!!


thinkpositive on 05/11/2012:
To respond to your NZ question- it was autumn there & one day there was ice on the windshield. Chilly, yes, sweater weather & jackets most days. We sat in front of a roaring fire one night and had a gas fireplace in one of our cabins which we used. We loved it! Sunny with blue skies most days.



grannyannie - Wednesday May 09, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Hi ladies!  Had a good workout at the gym today and also when I came home.  

Caught this boat going past the house:  it's called the Vic 32 and is the last of the seagoing coal-fired steamboats. 

Workout at the gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley triceps
Workout at home:
  • dumbbells
  • planks, push ups, side dips with dumbbell, lots of abs
  • legs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges with weights

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  1 oatcake, 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • L:  4 oatcakes with liver pate, yogurt
  • S:  strawberries
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, grapes
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1327

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 05/09/2012:
You always have the neatest pictures!!! menu looks great:) Have a great day!!


Umpqua on 05/09/2012:
Gorgeous picture and neat boat! Wonderful workout for the day!


V on 05/09/2012:
OMG what an awesome pic Annie :) Hey i have been meaning to ask about the Pate..I love it and i was wondering what brand do you purchase? I always see it at the store but I am not sure which one to buy..



grannyannie - Tuesday May 08, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Good day, ladies!  The continuing sage of the swimsuit challenge....  I don't think it's just my shape that is the problem. Why do they make DD+ tops that don't have underwire?!  When they are that big they need good support. And almost all of them with that cup size were also halter top types which made it fit even stranger.  

As for dresses, I'm sure I could have easily found some that fit nicely - although I'm not sure I trust my strapless bra under those strapless dresses!  These are some of the dresses I was looking at.  Are most of them ugly or is it my taste?  

http://www.johnlewis.com/Women/Women's+Dresses/Women's+Dresses/Women's+Dresses/3790/ProductCategory.aspx

http://www.debenhams.com/women#catalogId=10001&lid=//productsuniverse/en_GB/product_online%3DY/categories%3C%7Bproductsuniverse_18661%7D/categories%3C%7Bproductsuniverse_18661_79117%7D&ps=default&sfn=CATEGORIES&sfv=Occasion+%26amp%3B+evening+wear&storeId=10001

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Occasion-Party-Dresses-Dresses-Womens/b/533512031?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_r=157RJXWKAEX9B0884FBV&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43091030&pf_rd_p=475115433&pf_rd_s=left-nav-2

Anyway, enough whining!

3 weeks from today we begin our journey to the US for nearly a month....an eating/working out challenge for sure. I'm not happy with my belly size right now and it has been smaller than this since reaching goal weight in November. So, it's time to crack down and stop having these wee snacks that I pretend don't count since I work out hard. There's no dark chocolate, or baked crisps, or cereal bars, or baked goods in the house right now and it's going to stay that way unless we entertain (which is possible).

Plans are:  continue my current workout schedule, 1300-1400 cals/day 6 days a week, 1800 on the other day.  I'd love to have a 'credit' when we go.

Workout: schedule is off since I was in the city yesterday which is always a full gym/home workout day.  Will do that tomorrow.

  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 35 mins spin bike - intense
  • 15 mins elliptical

(I know I at least burned off yesterday's cookie and maybe even the small milk shake or the beer).

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 fried eggs on 1 slice multigrain toast w/light spread, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  probably veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate (w/o a squirt of that chocolate syrup I bought for my chili hot chocolate treat!), snack pack of dried apricots
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1294

 

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 05/08/2012:
I find the big problem is looking at dresses on line because they never fit like the picture! I don't like very big patterns and I really lean more to geometric patterns if I do pick one. I did like the 2 dresses that were Mango tail print and Mango animal print. I don't know why they are called Mango unless that is the brand because they didn't look Mango colored at all? But the very straight cut might hang funny on my because of my hips being so much larger than the rest of me! Are the same people going to be at the wedding that you wore your other dress? And if you were not in pictures, I wouldn't worry and would definitely wear the dress that you have already purchased, worn, and like. I find that without pictures, people really don't remember what you wore. You encounter too many people at a function like that to remember exactly what everyone was wearing. I wish it was cool enough to make your chili hot chocolate. I only had 2 hot chocolates this year because we really didn't have a winter to speak of. Keep looking - you are going to find the perfect swim suit - I just know it!


Supercheese on 05/08/2012:
ah swinsuits....i don't even wanna think about it!!


liza36 on 05/08/2012:
I find shopping for clothes just a challenge in general. Good luck!!


sweetpea1977 on 05/08/2012:
I liked a lot of those dresses you saw online. I just know I prefer to try them on before buying. I will say that some that I didnt like on the hanger will often look good on, so I try on all sorts of cuts and colors.

I hope you're able to find a bathing suit. Is that something you hold off on doing until get to Michigan? You may have better luck here! I wear DD and found two nice mix and match $40 bikinis at Target, which also had a ton of really cute matching cover-ups. A lot of them looked like beach dresses too. I may go back and get a teal one to match both my new suits.


V on 05/08/2012:
I like alot of the dresses too :) I especially like the asymetrical look..I think Sweetpea has a good point to wait til you get to the US..RYC you are so lucky that you don't have to deal with TOM.. I wish


nunnermack on 05/08/2012:
Hey there! Some of the dresses see on the link are actually nice. I have a hard time finding something that is slightly below the knee about 2 - 3 inches...that isn't a maxi dress. I'm tall and I'm getting so tired of wearing maxi dresses because all the other dresses end up above the knees...and I don't exactly have very pretty knees. EWWWW. I'm actually finding the fashions very difficult this year. Not diggin' them at all.

Like your workout schedule. I do alot of cardio too. I slack at the weights which at this point is probably what I need more of these days. (Where did that roll on my back come from???) Very healthy meal plan you have going on. Keep up the good work!!! You are doing super!!!


thinkpositive on 05/09/2012:
Yes definitely wait until you go to the US-better variety and prices. Probably the same for swimsuits. And Marks & Spencer is hit or miss for me here- mostly miss except for pants and a few basic cotton blouses. I leave a week later than you for the US. it's good to have a goal.


selina on 05/09/2012:
Finding clothes on line is tough for me, nowadays. But I remember I used to order a lot from catalogs in the past, when I was at my ideal weight. Can't wait to do that again. I think you should look for clothes here in the US - you'll see how CHEAP things are at the department store due to our economy in recent years. Besides, at the store, you can actually try them on.... Good luck!



grannyannie - Monday May 07, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Spent the day in Glasgow shopping. Lots of sales as it's a bank holiday today. However, the shops were mobbed!   Couldn't find a swimsuit that fit right so I've given up for now. Couldn't find a dress for the wedding either. Dress styles were nice but hated the colours and patterns. I saw a few dresses I liked but they all cost much more than I wanted to pay. So I guess I'll be wearing the same dress I wore to the last wedding.  So all I bought today was pantyhose for sandals and sports socks 

As for eating....not good. Lunch was a chicken wrap and chips (fries) and a mango juice. Then stopped by one of those cookie shops in the mall and had a chocolate chip and toffee cookie with a small chocolate shake. Had a beer before I caught the bus home.  

Tomorrow, back to healthy eating.

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

V on 05/07/2012:
Hey Annie, sorry you didn't find a suit.I may have mentioned this before but have you considered getting a custom made suit for yourself?? If there is a tailor/seamstress in the area, perhaps set up an appointment?


getmebackto150 on 05/07/2012:
Sorry to hear that swimsuit shopping was a bust... Yuck... You will find one! And when you do it will be worth the while:) Your food sounds yummy, back to healthy eating tomorrow:)


hollybelle on 05/07/2012:
You sound just like me when it comes to shopping for clothes! I love the clothes, but not for me! Especially swim suits and dresses. NONE of them fit/look right.


thenewmle on 05/07/2012:
At least you enjoyed the food in Glasgow! You will look outstanding at the wedding and the money you saved on the dress, you can spend on getting a suit made or altered. That cookie sounds wonderful...


thenewmle on 05/07/2012:
At least you enjoyed the food in Glasgow! You will look outstanding at the wedding and the money you saved on the dress, you can spend on getting a suit made or altered. That cookie sounds wonderful...


nunnermack on 05/07/2012:
Oh, swimsuits!! You know, somehow I think I look better NAKED then in a swimsuit. I can never find one that fits me properly. I need to buy a new one myself. I will be the laughing stock of Southern California if I don't find one soon. I'm currently without one. And yeah, I know how hard it is to find a dress when you need one. Why does that happen? When you need one you can't find one. When you don't need one you find tons?? Well, good luck with the shopping!!

Oh hey...just saw your super moon photo. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!



grannyannie - Sunday May 06, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Good Sunday, girls! I didn't get around to super-cleaning the room yesterday as I spent a lot of time on French. I even woke up this morning thinking about French words! Did get the workout in yesterday though. Got some shots of the full moon last night but not the supermoon as that appeared at 4.30am here.  

Taken from my front porch of the city of Greenock across the loch.

 

No workouts, but super-cleaning my 'gym'/spare bedroom.

There's a good sale on swimsuits and dresses at my favourite store - Debenham's - tomorrow.  So I'll be going into Glasgow tomorrow instead of Tuesday.  This does screw up my gym days but I guess it won't hurt to do upper body strength training two days in a row just this once.  I will not go to the gym on weekends, and find MWF the best, with a spin class on Thursday and strength training at home as well. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 slice toasted multigrain bread with pbj, skimmed milk to wash down the pb!, yogurt, small banana
  • D:  Aubergine/Quorn pieces/veggies curry & basmati rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, 2 squares 70% dark chocolate
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1400

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

LeakingLife on 05/06/2012:
Very nice picture! We were overcast here, so I didn't get to partake of the Supermoon!

I'd not do the same routine two days in a row--too risky for injury. I think your muscles might even thank you for the break:-) You're going to get where you want to be with the consistency you've established.

As for the skin, have you thought of consulting a plastic surgeon? Then you'd know for sure what you're up against long-term.


thenewmle on 05/06/2012:
Bon jour! (thats about it for me except Laissez le bon temps roulle! Beautiful pic! I did not get up for the super moon either but hubby and Mocha saw it! It was pretty big and bright when I went to bed as it lit my entire backyard! Have a nice Sunday!


LeakingLife on 05/06/2012:
RYC: Good enough for me--I wasn't sure what your response would be!

I've never known anyone personally to have a tummy tuck, but when I first got on DDs I ran across a woman's blog where she documented her journey. She was in her 30s and had lost over 100 pounds as I recall--her website has been gone for awhile. She was very open and had great progress pics, though early on they were just brutal.

She also had a thigh lift (I think that's what it was called) along with the tummy tuck. It took quite a few months before she was pain-free with the thigh lift--the tummy tuck portion was a little easier as I recall.

She looked great and said it was well worth the pain, etc a little more than a year at the time of her last update.

I have a friend who had breast reduction surgery and I think at the time (though it was more difficult than advertised) she was glad she had it done. She's gained so much weight since then (in about 20 years) that I think it's almost like she didn't even have the surgery.

The maintenance is the key--not easy! Probably an understatement:-)


thenewmle on 05/06/2012:
Thanks Annie! It does help that hubby is involved too. I tease him that he is reaping a lot of benefits by riding on my coat tails! I understand your impatience with certain results. I'm the same way. But it seems the closer you are to our goal, the harder it is to reach. I read recently that the excess skin really has a small fat layer beneath it which is preventing the snap back. My SIL had gastric bypass and she is not working out much so she is looking at removing the excess skin. I think your persistence will pay off in the long run. Stay at it and you will be so healthy and fit! Enjoy your day!


V on 05/06/2012:
Bonjour mon amie <3 I hope you had a nice weekend! What a beautiful shot of the Supermoon :) Hope you find the perfect suit in Glasgow <3


liza36 on 05/07/2012:
That's a great picture of the moon. Enjoy shopping!



grannyannie - Saturday May 05, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Greetings, ladies!  Measured my waist this morning and want to know WHY it won't shrink?  I know I can blame some of it on loose skin from weight loss, but that doesn't help. Argghhhh....   I'm doing lots of planks, abs, and other obliques exercises to firm it all up. But it's still 31.5". Aye, I know.  Patience!

Workout:

  • legs/glutes lifts with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges with weights

Super-cleaning a spare bedroom (my home gym)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  tuna sandwich w/light mayo, celery, onion on wholegrain bread, packet of baked crisps (they go together so well!)  
  • S:  fresh pineapple
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 squares of dark chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1469

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

V on 05/05/2012:
Good Morning Annie :) I feel you about the excess skin..I have been at it for a more than a year after reaching my goal weight and it does seem like it takes forever to see a change, but keep on doing your thing my friend..Have a great weekend <3


thenewmle on 05/05/2012:
I feel about my hips like you do about your waist!!! I have not moved off of 43 yet my waist is down almost an inch and a half and so is my chest. Just keep doing your routines but maybe change them up a little. You are so dedicated I know you will ultimately have success! Have a great weekend!


LeakingLife on 05/05/2012:
Spot-reducing doesn't work. Yes, the muscles are built, you get stronger and fitter, but when it comes to losing inches/fat/weight you lose all over. At least that's the conventional wisdom. YMMV.

If you think you've done all you can, you might try cutting your fat intake and increasing your starches--oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice. Keep the greens, fruits--cut out the chocolate and milk if they have any fat. For starch-based eating to work, you have to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. Repeat. You cannot let yourself get hungry for very long. No need to count calories.

When I ate starch-based back in Dec '11 (for about a week) I checked my fiber for one day, but not calories. It's a very satisfying way to eat. It's been hard to get back to though.

Just a thought!


thenewmle on 05/05/2012:
Wow, 6" from your waist is impressive! I actually found and bought a bikini today!, and I'm actually not embarrassed to wear it! It came from Walmart believe it or not! I may post a pic later because at 155 I look pretty decent! I found the secret for me is not buying the bottoms too small where it pushes that excess over the material, so I still bought a large bottom. Should I post my Christmas picture which was my heaviest at 170 and this bikini pic or is that too much info?



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