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grannyannie - Monday Sep 30, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Plan is to have this same menu (curries vary but I weigh them) and on weekends I’ll have a day or two of higher calories.  

Husband is going to Australia for 3 weeks (4 days is travel) in Oct/Nov to visit his brother. I bowed out for a couple of reasons - long, torturous flights in economy class, bad for diet just before going to Thailand, a big trip just before another big trip.  I think I've convinced him that next year we'll spend a few weeks in November in Australia, then fly from there to Thailand for our usual winter stay.

 

Plan to get some deep cleaning done before Thailand. Should get a lot done while husband is gone. Easier to do things like move all the living room furniture around and shampoo living room carpet when he isn’t here. 

 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veggie and chicken curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1009

 

When I need the car to get groceries I drive into town and hit the gym before shopping (otherwise I take a bus).  This morning I drove in and notice no one was parked at the gym. It’s apparently a bank holiday so doesn’t open until 10.  It was 8:05 when I arrive. So I just went shopping and went home. I’ll get on my exercise bike at home and do 45-60 minutes on it. 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
I hear you about getting things done eaier when you are the only one at home........I feel the same way!

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
So much easier when nobody is 'whining' about things being 'inconvenient'. LOL. I can also get our wooden counters oiled in the kitchen - they have to dry overnight meaning they can't be used.

I have a weekend away planned for myself while he's gone - concert, museums, etc.


BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
Mine went to buy new dog dishes...and I got busy balancing bank books...LOL...he sseems to always have something to talk to me about every time he sees me doing that...and I want to put a muzzle on him...LOl

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
LOL! Not a lot of me time when both are retired. But I'm not complaining. :)


legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Enjoy your day!

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
Thanks! You too.


Donkey on 09/30/2019:
Sounds like a good weekly plan!

I really like what you have planned for your time alone. Deep cleaning and cultural events!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
great idea for next year for one flight less - going direct to thailand from the aussie trip :)

also, you will be productive at home and that's great. so, i think it's a great choice to be home - you'll be using your time well!

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
My sis in law in Australia keeps asking me to visit and I really want to go. So, for sure next year. I better be like 135 lbs before we go!

I plan to get a lot done while hubby is gone. Besides, if I'm busy I won't be thinking about snacking, drinking, etc. Going to bed early with a book also is good as I am never tempted to snack while in bed. Wouldn't do that with hubby home.



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 29, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Had a really good time at the wedding.  Dinner afterwards I had a starter of ham and figs, fish chips and mushy peas, creme brulee.  2 pints of beer.  

Reception afterward had 2 1/2 pints of beer.  Oink. Oink. As predicted, offers to buy me a beer were not declined. 

I witnessed the wedding cake being cut but nobody seemed to hand out pieces and I forgot about it. 

A niece from Australia brought me a packet of Tim Tams - cookies.  I've put them out of sight. Might bring them to our friends as a housewarming gift. 

Breakfast this morning at hotel was a buffet.  I had porridge, toast, 1 small chocolate croissant  scrambled eggs, bacon, yogurt. 

It's just after noon here and I'm still stuffed.  Probably skip having lunch. Took some frozen homemade curries out of the freezer to have for dinner. 

The rest of this week my menus are 1009 calories.  Going into the city on Sunday to spend the night so we can get to the Thai Consulate at opening time Monday morning to drop off our tourist visa applications for this winter.  

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2019:
Sounds like you had a good time.....all of the food sounds yummy!!!

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
I did and it was! It was nice to see everybody, some I hadn't seen in years.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2019:
nice to have those frozen foods available. :) i keep forgetting i have some in there, that's why i do not have to cook as often.

i used to get veggies delivered, but things were starting to get wasted for several reasons, so for awhile i may just eat thru my freezer options after cooking what's left in my fridge now :)

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
We always have quite a few of hubby's curries, chilis, stir fries, etc in the freezer in single serve cartons. He always makes a huge pot when he cooks dinner and is usually enough for 3 dinners.


Donkey on 09/29/2019:
I'm glad you had a good time at the wedding! That's funny about witnessing the cake, but not having any of it. Well, you had creme brulee as a sweet - that's probably a little better, nutritionally, anyway.

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Yea, I expected pieces to be handed out later, but then got busy with conversations and forgot about it.

The creme brulee was good, not the best I've had, but a nice treat. Also got a small piece of tablet - a Scottish treat that is similar to fudge but it isn't chocolate and has a different texture - seriously sweet and rich.



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 28, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Scale crept back up to 160.  Must have been beer and politics. 

Looking forward to wedding today.  Will TRY not to go overboard with the beer which is tough when you are partying and people offer to buy you one.  Maybe a piece of wedding cake (unless it’s the traditional fruit cake - yuck) but no other sweets.

 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

L: cheese sandwich

D: I’ve pre-ordered a fish, chips and peas dinner

1 beer or glass of wine with dinner

 

Reception afterward:

beer or wine

Sunday

Menu

B:  hotel breakfast buffet - will try very hard to ignore the croissants and pastries.

L:  sandwich at home?

D:  leftover veggie curry at home

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/28/2019:
Have fun at the wedding!

I saw on Great British Baking Show that it's customary to have fruitcake for a wedding. I love fruitcake, but only if it's made without liquor, so I think I'd be disappointed too.

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Thanks. Did have fun. The cake was cut and it wasn't fruitcake. But I never did get a piece, forgot about it. Too busy drinking beer! :O


BearCountryGG on 09/28/2019:
Actully I like fruitcake......in fact I have never met a cake I didn't like.,..LOL

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Blech. Not me. I'm fussy about cake. I like white or yellow cake and chocolate or white frosting. Not chocolate cake as they are almost always too dry. I do also like carrot cake.



grannyannie - Friday Sep 27, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 159.6

9 weeks to Thailand. I have GOT to get under 150 before we go, then lose the rest when we are there.  My shorts and swimsuits have to fit!

Wedding tomorrow.  Big challenge.  I'll get on scale in the morning for motivation. 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee and quinoa cranberry bar after workout at gym cafe

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: chicken breast sandwich

S: salad

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1280

 

Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  20 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/27/2019:
Annie...have you ever tried intermittant fasting? It messes with my blood sugar levels ( I'm low)....but it can really work fast....I do it every so often but can't for too long unfortunately or I would be doing that right now. I also seem to be able to lose a few quickly with just a liquid diet...and I drink fruit and veg juice, coffee and milk, gatorade, broth, etc.....it does take me down a few pounds ( but they can come back quickly when I start eating again although I admit...I didn't exactly eat low cal when I stopped it....i've done the liquid fasts for as many as 4 to 5 days...and I felt great.

grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
I get low sugar headaches so wouldn't even try fasting. I need energy to do workouts as well. I'm going to go back to 1,000 cals a day for several days and then up to maybe 1400. It worked for me before.


Donkey on 09/27/2019:
Is it the wedding already??? Wow, this week flew by...

I think you can meet your Thai goal :-)

grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
Yes it did! No idea how big this wedding is. But it starts at 3pm and ends about midnight.

I'll be happy with 145 when we go although all my shorts won't fit (I bring 3 different sizes!). When we are in transit I never follow any rules so usually can add 2 lbs for that! We will leave here on a Sat and arrive in Thailand on a Tuesday. 2 nights at hotels plus 3 flights. So I do comfort eating and drinking.


Maria7 on 09/27/2019:
Congrats on being in the 150's! I know how exciting it is to get into a new 10-number...I am hoping for 140's soon...I believe you will reach your goals...You are doing very well!



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 26, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 159.6

Got on scale. Only down a wee bit but at least I'm now in the 150's.  Now to keep that in mind over the wedding weekend!

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: chicken breast sandwich

S: salad

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1175 about 1600

 

Home muscle work:  2 sets of 5 or 10

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

Edit:  watching politics on tv - congressional testimony and hubby and I are having a couple of cans of Guinness.  I blame politics for lots of my beer drinking!!  

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2019:
Yeah for the 150's

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Yes! Just hoping I don't get back into 160's after this weekend!


Donkey on 09/26/2019:
A new set of numbers! Keep up your efforts - they are working!

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Cheers!


innerpeace on 09/26/2019:
I saw 150 for a few months back in 1991....

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
I know how you feel. But I saw 128 in 2012 for my 60th birthday. Wouldn't even try for that now! I'd be happy at 140.

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Hmm...1991 I was about 155. 1992 I was 120. Sigh.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
that's great you are onto a losing streak ;)

your menu always sparks my interest!

Grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
I'll need to be about 1,000 cals next week to make up for wedding indulgences over weekend.



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 25, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Booked an ear wash with the nurse for next week to get out all that excess wax. Supposed to use ear drops every day until then. Then I can get a hearing test early Nov. Not sure why I was told to wait 6 weeks to get it. 

Tried on the dress I’m wearing to the wedding Saturday. Ouch!  Can just barely get it on! I thought I was probably about the same size I was the last time I wore it - about 3 years ago to another wedding. Guess not.  Must have been about 150 lbs then.  


Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad, cheddar

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

S: blanched almonds

Total:  1046


Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/25/2019:
Keep trying the dress on for the wedding, on a regular basis, as motivation to stay on track!

grannyannie on 09/25/2019:
Yea, but the wedding is Saturday!! I am not doing any cheating at all before Saturday. Had a blip on Monday night but not too bad.

I'll sit down in it after I put it on Sat. to make sure there won't be any rips! I think it will be okay.


legcramps on 09/25/2019:
Nice cardio today! Hope the dress fits you well on Saturday; enjoy the wedding.

grannyannie on 09/25/2019:
Thanks! Dress should just be snug in the hips - got some serious high waist/upper thigh control underwear, plus control top tights. It would fit perfectly if I was 5 lbs lighter.

It will be nice to be with hubby's relatives without it being a funeral!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
have you always needed ear wax removal? i have a friend that gets a problem with the wax in her ears for a few summers and needed to go have it removed.



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 24, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Was still hungry last night (lots of walking in the city) so had some cheddar and 10 almonds.

I’ll be extra good the next few days.  Wedding to go to Saturday. 

 

Menu

B: porridge/raspberries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad, chicken breast

D: soup and grilled cheese sandwich, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon (only enough leftover Thai green curry for one person so letting husband have it)

Total:  1192

 

Home muscle work:  2 sets of 5 or 10 (I'll try 3 sets next week)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

Going to try some yoga poses and stretches that a friend posted on FB.  

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/24/2019:
Well done! I liked that you fed your hunger with protein!

grannyannie on 09/24/2019:
Yea, protein helps quell it. Much better than carbs where I'd want more and more.


innerpeace on 09/24/2019:
I finally drank some soy milk. It was ok, I might be able to lessen my dairy.

grannyannie on 09/24/2019:
Try the sweetened almond milk. Much more taste to it. I only use the soy in my tea.


BearCountryGG on 09/24/2019:
Soy can be an issue....it has it's drawbacks...i know i can't have it because of low thyroid.....i also prefer almond milk.


legcramps on 09/24/2019:
Nice workout!

grannyannie on 09/24/2019:
It was extra good because I added in some poses and extra stretches.



grannyannie - Monday Sep 23, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Rescheduled my Friday appointment to pick up my glasses so spending the day in the city. Also getting the free hearing test while I’m there. Doing some shopping. Behaving.

Menu

B: porridge/blueberries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: flat white or a small cappuccino at Costa Coffee and my quinoa cranberry bar

L: some kind of veggie wrap and Earl Grey tea diet coke

S:  got home about 3:30 and was very hungry. Couldn't wait for dinner so I had a cappucinno and a quinoa cranberry bar

D: Thai green curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1336


Was picking up my new glasses and they discovered a scratch on one lens. They are going to redo them and I'm going back in about a week to pick them up. 


Couldn't have the hearing test as my ears were too packed with wax. I've always had very waxy ears.  So I have to have the nurse at my doctor's office clean them out and go back for the hearing test early November. 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/23/2019:
Have fun in the city! Good idea about the hearing test, too.

grannyannie on 09/23/2019:
Thanks! It was nice even though I didn't get my glasses or hearing checked!


BearCountryGG on 09/23/2019:
Well that should make the hearing test a lot better!

grannyannie on 09/24/2019:
Much!



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 22, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Just hanging out at home today after grocery shopping. 

One challenge this week - wedding on Saturday. Staying in a hotel, so hotel buffet breakfast the following morning.  Getting on the scale before we leave on Sat morning. 

Menu:

B: porridge/strawberries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cashew seeds bar

L: chicken breast sandwich

S: 6 veg salad

D: Thai green curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

S:  Single serve bottle of Shy Pig wine

Total: 1306

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2019:
Nice array of food choices today.

grannyannie on 09/22/2019:
Yep. I'm lucky my husband does the cooking. He's good and he's creative. So the deal is he cooks, I clean up. Fine with me.


Donkey on 09/22/2019:
Ha ha - my husband and I have the same arrangement with cooking & clean-up! I too consider myself very lucky.

A wedding to look forward to! CAKE!

grannyannie on 09/22/2019:
Good deal! If I cooked it would be boring and plain. I'm not creative.

Yes, a wedding! Cake, beer or G & Ts or wine. Uh oh. Calories! Bride and groom are late 60's and have been living together 18 years!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 21, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Got on the scale this morning.  160.0 exactly. 10 weeks to Thailand. Ideally I'll be 140 but I'll be happy with 145.

Long, hilly bike ride later.

 

Edit: went on 20 mile very hilly bike ride

Menu:

B: porridge/strawberries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: chicken breast sandwich

S: 6 veg salad

S: stopped for a pint of beer on our bike ride, then had a quinoa bar when we got home

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total: 1175 1444 but that's okay, burned a lot on bike

 

Home muscle work:  2 sets of 5 or 10

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2019:
10 weeks is a good chunk of time to work on things!

grannyannie on 09/21/2019:
Not bad. Wish I had more. Anyway,one year we went to Thailand and I managed to lose 4 lbs in the first 2 weeks.


Donkey on 09/21/2019:
Perhaps having a shorter time frame will work in your favor, though. Keep you more focused?

I'm quite jealous (in a good way) of your bike ride. My husband is jealous of the pint, LOL. Here, locally, we have a long-distance biking club, but they are hard-core, serious bikers. They usually stop for coffee and donuts half-way. I know this because one of my friends posts her pics on Facebook.

grannyannie on 09/21/2019:
Definitely focused. We have e bikes so gives us help up the hills. But still get a very serious workout because we have very steep hills.


BearCountryGG on 09/21/2019:
20 miles...WOW!!!

grannyannie on 09/22/2019:
E bikes, so not nearly as tough as a manual bike, but you still have to pedal and the hills are still tough.



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