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grannyannie - Friday Oct 16, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Our friends came by yesterday and we sat out on the patio all bundled up drinking beer and wine. The wife’s birthday is Nov 4th and they want to have a birthday gathering out on their patio with a patio heater during the afternoon. I am staying up all night Nov 3rd for the election so should be interesting with no sleep. The husband (he’s English) says he is staying up all night election night as well. He’s very interested in all politics.  

Put my regular exercise bike on a local FB site of items for sale. I said Free for pickup and got 3 replies within minutes. Was picked up this morning. I even found the user manual.  I think I bought it in early 2010 but rarely used it while I was still going to the gym. 

Goals:

  • Housework:  Clean out and reorganize (4) cupboards in main bathroom - ‘deep cleaning’ a room doesn’t seem so daunting if I do one area at a time. 
  • Spin bike: 20 mins (did my first workout on my new bike yesterday - standing, sitting, jumps, hill climbing, etc.  Good workout. Bike doesn’t have any programmes other than counting time, km, calories, etc. So I just did what I always did when I used to spin. Done
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, 2 x 10 upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). Done
  • Read (used to do this on exercise bike but can't on spin bike - so listening to audiobook while I work out) Done
  • Go outside if it isn’t raining. Done

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries & strawberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  3 egg omelette with asparagus and cheddar and onion
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1246 (1431 cals remaining for the week)

 This morning from the front porch:

innerpeace on 10/16/2020:
So early and so much accomplished all ready. I like that you started making lists like BBG. Your front porch view is spectacular. I would never leave. Have a great weekend.

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
We get up at 6am (married to a morning person).

I've taken about a zillion photos from our front porch - we get lots of boats and ships going past.

I do best when I make lists and get to scratch off what is done.

Thanks! Have a great weekend.


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2020:
Such a gorgeous view! Sounds like the spinner will work out well for your. Congrats!

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
I like the spinner - hope it holds out with my workouts! You can do such an intense workout that you can't get on a regular exercise bike.


bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
Love your list.....( I forgot to put mine up today)

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
I've got a very extensive list of chores and reorganizing to do in the house. Scary!


thinkpositive on 10/16/2020:
Nice of you to give your bike away. Someone must have been very happy. Good job on your list! And, of course nice photo.

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Yes, she was happy. Said she gained on lockdown - didn't we all!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2020:
how i despise all nighters! LOL...good luck....i forgot to watch the latest town halls that were on tv...oops. at least i watched the VP debate. that was decent..

that's great you were able to get replies quickly in selling your old bike on fb marketplace! i find that platform to be the BEST! i have both bought and sold, and been happy with everything.

I am going to work on making a curry...before the year is done...haha! once i go back to work, time will be more limited!

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Since I'm 5 hours of EST I can't watch any evening programmes live. So I can either watch replays or just clips on the news.

Make a Thai Green Curry!


Donkey on 10/17/2020:
If gyms shut down again, I might sell our treadmill on Facebook this time around.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 15, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday I finished the book I was reading (Rage by Bob Woodward). I'm halfway through 2 other books I put down to read this one, so will pick up one of those and continue. When I'm done with non-fiction I will get lost in one of the mysteries I have. 

Edit:  My spin bike came today. Wasn't supposed to arrive until Sat or Mon.  Hubby assembled it. It's not nearly as sturdy as a gym one, but pretty good. Tried it out for a bit but will do a proper workout after lunch. 

Edit: friends dropped by about 3pm. So had 1 1/2 glasses of rose' with the wife. Deducted the calories. Since I hadn't had my banana yet I cut that 100 calories out and used it towards the wine!  Ha!

Goals:

  • Housework: clean our hallway/photo gallery.  I dust other photos but don’t do these very often. Done
  • Exercise bike: minimum 30 mins  Spin bike 30 mins - did 20 minutes of an intense workout Done
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, 2 x 10 upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). Will do tomorrow. Schedule was thrown off with arrival of spin bike.
  • Read Done
  • Go outside if it isn’t raining. Done
  • Make a list of things to do this winter while stuck here. Done

Menu:

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

Total: 1156 1300 (2677 cals remaining for the week)

 

 

  

Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I read Rage too. Began Melania and Me and it was god awful. Get ebooks from the Brooklyn Library. They offer cards to out of state ppl for $50 a year. Best $50 I ever spent! Spend hours everyday reading, all nonfiction. Big true crime fan.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Melania and Me bored me to tears! I liked Mary Trump's book and I'm back to Disloyal which I was halfway through when I switched to Rage.

My Amazon account for ebooks and newspapers in the US one - cheaper! And I use the UK one for everything else of course.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I like all kinds of mysteries. And a big Outlander fan. And history.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I likedMary Trump’s book too, but very little new to me. I read the NYT and Washington Post and most of what’s in these books already came out. Never got into mysteries, although I’ve tried writing a few to make a buck. Also wrote harlequin romance novels and actually sold 4. Too bad I couldn’t sell more! Must have written 20. Never a fan! Did it for a buck! Made about 20 Grand on each one. They were translated into several languages. Amusing how the UK ones changed words such as boot for car trunk, etc

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Mary Trump told a lot about the childhoods that I didn't know. Some I already did.

I've never read any book that was purely romance. Had to have history or a mysery involved as well.

Yes, UK ones will change although everybody here knows what a trunk, etc is. They've all seen plenty of US tv and movies so know what most words mean.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I also subscribe to the WaPo and NYT and also the Guardian.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I’ve often heard British actors perfect their American accents by watching our television shows. Hugh Laurie did that. Makes sense to me. Nice spinner! Hate romance novels but at least at the time publishers were buying dozens & dozens per month, so it was the easiest genre to sell.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Yea, romance is very easy to sell.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I've heard lots of Scots do a very good American accent. Husband can't do it at all.


Donkey on 10/15/2020:
Thank you for sharing pictures of your new bike! It looks really nice! I hope it works for you!

Heads up - the John Bolton book is very dry and boring, too. My boss was really looking forward to reading that book and was deeply disappointed.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I regret buying Bolton's book. Very boring and just don't like his points of view. I don't think I got past chapter 2.

No more politics books for me. 6 or 7 and that's enough.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
Try the out of state Brooklyn Library! Or some other library. There is often a short wait list, but the books are free, beyond the Brooklyn fee. My local library has no fees, but the wait lists are too long.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I doubt they will loan to out of country. My brother always borrows ebooks and thinks I'm a fool for buying them. i want to own my books and not wait so I am fine with buying them.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I’m getting WaPo for $29 a year now, best price ever. NYT for a dollar a week. at the end of the year, when WaPo raises the price, I call to cancel and they offer me another year of the old price.

Find numerous books unreadable and I go through so many, that I rarely make purchases. When I do, it’s usually a print copy, used. Many titles I’m interested in aren’t digitized.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Good price! I pay $9.99 a month. I get The Guardian for $9.99 a month. My NYT is now through the UK because they had a deal of £1 per month.

If there is a book I really, really want to read and it's not on Kindle, I will buy it. But I usually find the print too small now.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2020:
your bike looks great! congrats!

good idea to sub the wine for a banana! sounds equal to me! :)

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I like the bike. Could be studier so hope it can my intense workouts!

Well, the 100 cal from the banana did make the calories a wee bit less.



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 14, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Left for the supermarket at 7 to get what I couldn't online - berries (for some reason), cauliflower, Quorn pieces. Was home by 8am so no excuses not to do housework and workout. Since my Tuesday morning schedule for picking up groceries is not compatible with working out, I’ll make Tuesdays my non-workout day.

I decided after looking at reviews on Amazon and on exercise bike review sites to order a spin bike. I used to be a spin bike fanatic and find it the hardest cardio and muscle workout. So I took my chances and ordered one yesterday. It’s not like the ones at the gym or course, those cost £££££. But it looks like a decent one. It was £269 and free delivery. Should give me challenges during this winter. Hope it’s sturdy enough to handle my workouts!

Goals:

  • Housework: living/dining, kitchen, and laundry room - (enough cardio not to do bike.) Done
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, one set of upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). Done
  • Read Done
  • Go outside if it isn’t raining. Done

Menu:

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

Total:1197 (3977 cals remaining for the week)

Photos from a few years ago at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens:

A small garden cottage in memory of the late Queen Mum. Walls are totally covered in seashells. 

 

 

 

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Good plans and scheduling......Love the pics.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
I'm not disciplined so when I make myself have some kind of schedule I do better.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
Incredible photos! I have a Schwinn studio grade spinner. Paid $1500, maybe more, can’t recall. Big disappointment! They said it can accommodate down to 4’10” and I am just under 5’2”. Need a step stool to climb aboard and it’s a stretch to reach the pedals. The husband uses it, so no big loss.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
There were lots of questions on a person's height in all the reviews I looked at - too short or even too tall. Not wanting to get an expensive one or one of the cheaper ones. I used to go to spin classes once a week, but when they got a spin bike in the gym I decided I didn't need a class and just made it part of my 3 or 4 times weekly routine.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
I was dumb to spend so much money on that bike, should have shopped around more. There was no way to test drive it.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Yea, if this one turns out to be not what I want (did have good reviews) then I'm only out £269. Not the end of the world.


Donkey on 10/14/2020:
Your bike sounds like a worthy investment. Let us know when it arrives!! I'm very excited for you!

Lovely pictures - I love the shell room, but then, I think shells belong in their natural home. But still quite beautiful.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
It's due to arrive either Sat or Monday.

That shell room is amazing! Apparently they did it because the Queen Mother loved seashells. I have a big collection of seashells from Florida, SC, and from here. Also driftwood and abalone shells from California.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
I love Victorian Gothic architecture. I had many pieces from old churches in the big Second Empire Victorian we once owned.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Me too! I hate modern houses and buildings. Too dull. The older a building is the better IMO.

Did you have one of those Victorian row houses in San Francisco? My ex boyfriend's sister had one of those.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
No, but I know the type house you mean in SF. They cost millions now. We relocated from Southern California to Pennsylvania to purchase the Victorian at a very affordable price. We also flew out to Iowa and West Virginia. We were willing to move basically anywhere. Common problem was most are crowded into downtown sections of big cities. Often high crime areas. The one we bought was in a very small town made rich by the oil boom of 1859. Some judge had it built. But I didn’t care for life in such a small town & we sold it 7 years later. How I loved that house! Has lots of fun going to auctions to furnish it. Learned how to replaster walls & ceilings. Nothing like climbing up and down a 12 ft ladder to build the leg muscles!

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
So you're in a city now? I love to visit cities, but not to live any more. It's very quiet where we are and the closest town has a population of 10,000 and 2 supermarkets. Not great location for commuting to work but great for retirement.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
I’m in Erie, PA. But we have a heavily wooded 7 acre lot, so it’s less crowded than the Victorian in tiny town (pop. 1000) We had a long narrow one acre lot there, redneck neighbors to the left and right. The GOP congressman lived around the corner in a wonderful old Victorian, He was formerly the town butcher in the local supermarket that had closed down. He was actually a nice guy and brought us his home grown produce. He loved gardening. The local magistrate was a real dunce, a carpenter who inherited the position from his father. I’m glad and we lived there for a while & saw all the goings on.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Sounds like a nice area.

A variety of people here. Lots of English sells their expensive homes in London or elsewhere and come up here to retire. A few Americans are here.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
Sounds marvelous

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Perfect location.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2020:
those flowers are absolutely stunning. they'd be perfect in a frame on a wall! ha!

the price of your spin bike sounds like a good deal to me. I once tried spin, an instructor/friend of mine showed me....and i couldn't last more than a few minutes so you are right, it sure is a good workout!

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
No more room on our walls for more photos!

I tried spin with my sis in law on a visit once and loved it. Then they started spin classes at my gym here - it was when I'd lost a lot of weight for my 60th so I was really fit.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 13, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Grocery pick up day. What an adventure! Drop off repeat prescription at the doctor's office (with mask on of course).

Goals: 

Housework - clean living room, kitchen, laundry room

(might do 30 mins on bike after housework)

Got home from supermarket at 10:45 and as I said to Donkey, if I don't start cleaning or a workout early, it won't happen.  And it didn't. 

Read

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar, apple (from our tree)

D:  Thai green curry

S: popcorn

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

Total: 1152 (5174 cals remaining for the week)

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Does Scotland have a socialized medical system similar to England? I had a bit of problem while visiting London years ago & the meds and physician’s visit were free.

Wish I had an apple tree!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Scotland is in the UK like England. But our NHS and other things are separate. Also, there is a co-pay for prescriptions in England, but no fee in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. There is no fee for any healthcare in all of the UK. Eye and hearing exams are free, but you have to be very low income to get free glasses and hearing aids. NHS dentists are free if you are very poor or a small co-pay for everyone else. I pay £10.50 for a thorough cleaning and check up.

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
I am very happy to be getting old here instead of the US.


bearcountrygg on 10/13/2020:
I wish I liked popcorn...I love the smell of it...but I don't very often want to eat it.

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Getting it out of your teeth is a challenge, but I do love the taste. It's fibre so has something good and not high in calories unless it's drowned in butter.


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Sounds like a better place to age than here!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Much better. You never have to think of the cost of healthcare. Also, in Scotland once you hit 60 you get a pass for free travel on buses all over the country.


Donkey on 10/13/2020:
Let us know if you made it onto the bike!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Oh, my 30 mins. Doubt I will. If I don't workout in the morning it's likely I won't at all. And I got home from grocery pickup at 10:45.


Donkey on 10/13/2020:
^^ I can completely relate. It's difficult once you miss that window of opportunity and habit.

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
I'm definitely a morning person when it comes to getting things done.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/13/2020:
oh, how i hate it when i do that! ...meaning when i get home, sort of spent, and do not do anything to rest / workout quick beforee it doesn't happen!

tomorrow is a NEW day!!!



grannyannie - Monday Oct 12, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Goals:

Exercise bike - minimum 30 mins - Done

Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, one set of upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). - Done

Housework - change sheets on our bed, clean my gym (spare room) - Done

Read - Done

Go outside if it isn’t raining. - it's raining

When I ordered groceries online for this week I browsed the ice cream to see if they had my fave for election night indulgence (Karamel Sutra). They didn’t have it but did have a similar one - Caramel Chew Chew - and it was on sale for 50% off. Hubby said he’d like some ice cream and he likes boring vanilla - so I looked at Haagen Daaz and it was also 50% off so ordered it for him.  I will have to hide these in the freezer until Nov 3rd and pretend I don’t know they are there. Haha. Hubby has no trouble resisting sweets but does like them sometimes. 

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  chicken breast sandwich

D:  Chicken and veg curry

S: popcorn

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

Total: 1187 (6326 cals remaining for the week)

 

One of our trees:

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Gorgeous pic! Apples?

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
Yes, we have two apple trees - one is cooking apples which we never use and the other we eat.


bearcountrygg on 10/12/2020:
Is the apple tree in your yard?

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
Yes, we have two apple trees.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
FYI: I refer to it as my garden because no matter what you have here, even if it's nothing but gravel and concrete it is called your garden - never yard. :)


Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Wonderful trees. We had a huge ancient one in a meadow across the road. All the deer and turkey would gather to.eat fallen apples. Then two physicians purchased the lot and are building the ugliest house I’ve ever seen in my life. They cut down the tree. It would have been in the backyard. Didn’t need to go!

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I really hate most modern houses! No character.

The crows have been eating the fallen apples off our trees. The deers can't get in because we have a stone wall all the way around our property and a big gate at the end of the drive that we leave shut.


bearcountrygg on 10/12/2020:
We had an apple tree at out old house...but they were not edible....tried one once and never again...LOL It's great that you have some you can use. When we had a house full of kids...on weekends i would make something called Vermont Apple Pancake......it was a puffy shell ( eggs, milk and a little flour)...and then we would fill them with a cooked apple mixture....my kids still talk about them and a former foster child asked for the recipe.......they were delish. Now I've somehow lost my favorite recipe notebook...and hope to find it at some point.....using SF syrup or some other low cal sweetener they wouldn't be too bad calorie wise.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
That sounds yummy! One tree has apples that we eat if we catch them at the right time. The other is green cooking apples which we would never use. Don't know anybody that wants them so they are crow food.


Donkey on 10/12/2020:
Cute names for the ice cream flavors!

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I learned how good Ben & Jerry's is from my nephew! They are sooooo good and decadent.

I will try not to get any sneaky ideas like dipping a spoon into the carton before Nov 3rd!


Donkey on 10/12/2020:
I wish I could be more like your husband and resist desserts & sweets.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
He just doesn't have much of a sweet tooth. But he does like occasional ice cream, etc. He is thin with just a small beer belly and he is active all the time!


innerpeace on 10/12/2020:
We have a few pear trees in our neighborhood and the whoever's yards they are in just let them fall to the ground and ruin, a few weeks later, they even chopped it down.

I second Donkey...I wish I could resist desserts & sweets.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I love pears. Haven't bought any in a long time. Just don't think of it.

I was born with a sweet tooth. Sweets were very limited in my house growing up so when I got my 10 cents allowance on Saturdays I'd head straight to the corner store for 2 candy bars.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2020:
You are sooo lucky! you have your own apple trees!

i like how you did the exercise bike - seems i will need some indoor exercises today (raining!)

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I like the bike because I can read at the same time! But I'll be getting back to step aerobics soon.


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Garden not yard? Is that a regional difference or your preference? Oh, I once had the most spectacular yard/garden here. House previously owned 30 years by an attorney who mostly worked from home and really into gardening. He had a weekly segment on the local news about gardening. His father croaked and left him millions so he bought a big place on a pier. This guy was truly a master gardener. Wonderful choices in color and texture among the trees and bushes. Reminds me of the Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park, SF. I do my best, but the previous owner did far better. Never understood how he could abandon it for a pier.



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 11, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

New week. Back to weekly calories. 8600. No scale until Nov 1st. 

No rice cakes. I threw them on the grass for the birds. Still have one unopened packet of 10 but I’ve put them out of sight. They don’t expire until March.

Doing a daily goal list like some of you do.

  • Exercise bike - minimum 30 mins - Done
  • Lower body muscle work (lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts) - Done
  • Housework - clean main bathroom - Done
  • Read - Done
  • Go outside and at least walk around the garden if it’s not raining - Done 

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Chicken and veg curry

S: popcorn

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

Total: 1087 (7,513 cals remaining for the week)

 

Last night

 

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Ha- about the rice cakes! Hope the birds like them. I buy the lightly salted variety and have one when I want to eat something else ( does that make sense?) Weekly calories? So you’ll keep track for the week, not by day?

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Except for last week I've been doing weekly allowance of calories like Bear does. If I use up all the calories by the last day of the week, I don't get to eat! If I have extra I get a treat with the extra. So I can have a high day, low day etc. I deduct each day from the weekly total of 8600.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
I don't see the birds eating the rice cakes yet. No sweet tooth, maybe? Ha!

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
I don't see the birds eating the rice cakes yet. No sweet tooth, maybe? Ha!


bearcountrygg on 10/11/2020:
Yup...Birds don't seem to like sweet things...except for hummingbirds... Deer or bear like them though.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
No bear in the UK but plenty of deer although we have a stone wall all the way around and the gate is always shut to keep them out as they eat certain flowers.


Jacky82020 on 10/11/2020:
Spectacular pics!

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Thanks. It was a lovely evening.


Donkey on 10/11/2020:
Beautiful pictures!

Good idea to step away from the scale for a few weeks. That will be interesting to see what happens in these next 3 weeks.

Do you and your husband celebrate American Thanksgiving even though you are in the UK? Just curious. I don't think I would, actually.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
My husband is Scottish so it's a strange holiday for him. I have celebrated twice in the 20 years I've been here. I have American friends here and we did a traditional Thanksgiving dinner both times. It was funny the first time hubby taste pumpkin pie! He did not like it (and neither do I).

Trying to explain what Thanksgiving is to Scots and English was actually very difficult. They hadn't a clue who the pilgrims where!


Maria7 on 10/11/2020:
Pretty pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful walk today.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Thanks. It was chilly so I just did a long wander around our garden (yard). We have 1/2 an acre. It was nice in the sun though with fresh air.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
i love the top photo with the sun shining over the hill.

next, why'd you throw out rice cakes? i find them good to put toppings on, even curry dishes! i haven't done that in SOOO LONG.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
It was the only bingeable food in the house so was eating too many.

The sun sets over the mountain behind us and often the light shines on the mountains on the other side of the loch.



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 10, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

I did the photo of my injury area because I found it impossible to explain where it was. I crashed on August 3rd. Most of the time I barely notice my injury now. I wouldn't even call it pain now - slightly sore. Thanks for all your kind thoughts! 

I'm nervous about getting on my bike again which I won't do until there is absolutely no soreness at all.  Looks like by the time that happens I'll be wearing a winter coat!

Did 30 mins on bike yesterday and 2 sets x 10 lunges, squats, calf lifts.  No problem.  I’ll do 3 sets today. 

B: porridge with raspberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, rice cake (trying for just one!)

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Burmese curry

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

Total: 1106

I'll go out and take some photos of the colours on our trees and bushes today and post them. 

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/10/2020:
Ha! I know what you mean about the rice cakes! Hard to stop with just one. Glad you are healing.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
I did well limiting rice cakes for a couple of weeks but not now. I might have to feed the rest to the birds!

I really can't complain now about a bit of soreness as for many weeks I felt that I'd never stop being in severe pain.


Donkey on 10/10/2020:
Good job on the exercising! And so glad to hear it wasn't a problem. You are healing! (almost healed!)

I know you publish your menus almost daily, if not daily, and I would just like to cheer you on for the drinks that you have. You're doing very well with this.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
It was a good workout and I'll try something new soon, maybe with the wrist weights which are very light.

I do my menus every day. They don't vary much except the curries do.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
it's simply amazing that you recovered so well! probably bc you r fit!



grannyannie - Friday Oct 09, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Not sure what was up yesterday - an accumulation of things I guess. I am so stressed about this election plus other things. But I snacked, drank beer and didn’t work out.  Will behave today and tomorrow.  I’m finding caramel rice cakes hard to resist since they are sweet. So when the packages I have bought are gone, I won’t buy any more. I’ll have an occasional quinoa bar instead. 

Exercise bike. And gently doing some muscle work. Then a full set of stretches for every part of my body.

B: porridge with raspberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, rice cake

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Burmese curry

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

Total: 1106

This is roughly the area of my injury.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/09/2020:
Wow, that’s a bad area to injure. Must ache. You poor kid.

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Just sore now, but it was pure hell for about 5 or 6 weeks.


Donkey on 10/09/2020:
I had that same problem with the rice cakes, unfortunately. However, if I'm going to have a good fit, that's probably a better choice for high volume eating.

Is that picture you? You have a fabulous booty. Many would envy you for that. Plus you look quite slim.

But I agree, that's an awful place to have a strain.

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Aww...thanks. This is sideways so you can't see how wide my hips are and the belly is under the top.

I can't even do good stretches for area except a sideways stretch. I don't know if I also injured tendons? as well as interstitial muscle. Can't complain. I can deal with this soreness, but not forever!

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Very heavy handlebar on electric bike is what whacked me in this area - hard!


Jacky82020 on 10/09/2020:
Love love love caramel rice cakes.

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Yea, I love them too much. Anything sweet is my downfall. I can handle the salty popcorn and if I eat 2 bags in one day instead of 1, no biggie. 87 calories.


Maria7 on 10/09/2020:
Bless your heart. I am glad that you are finally getting better, altho it has been slow progress. Take good care of yourself, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Yes, been very slow. Thanks Maria.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
yes, that must be quite painful area for injury...similar to ribs / including ribs it looks like.

also, i had a poor eating day yesterday due to a moderate slice of pie putting me over the edge....it's worth it so i don't binge after NOT having a piece, but i can't see the pie makes me feel good after eating it either! ha!

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
Yes, my nurse friend said probably the muscles between the ribs but I still wonder why such a stabbing pain the first 2+ weeks.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 08, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Exercise bike 30 mins x 2. I'm wondering why other areas of my chest and back get sore when I work out or overdo when those are not areas I injured?  (injury is the area under my armpit and adjacent upper back.) Maybe they are just really weak from 6 or 7 weeks of just sitting and doing nothing else? So I’ll keep trying lunges and squats. No aerobics yet.

We did not get any coconut milk with our order I picked up Tuesday so would not have enough of any kind of milk for the week. So this morning I went to the supermarket to get some and a few other things.  Went at 7:30 and it was nice and quiet. First time I'd been inside the store for nearly 3 months.  I was tempted to buy a treat, but stayed tough!

B: porridge with strawberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, rice cake

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Thai curry

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

Total: 1106

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/08/2020:
Congrats on saying strong! I almost fell prey to a chocolate chip cookie yesterday. Was going to eat half. Package said 120 Cals, but turns out that was for half a cookie! So I bravely took my hand out of the cookie jar.

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
Good job on avoiding a cookie!

I glanced toward the bakery section when I was shopping but didn't get near it.


Donkey on 10/08/2020:
Perhaps your sore muscles are because they are compensating for the injured area. For example, when I hurt my back, it's the muscle tightness that I have to worry about, because my body seizes up as a reaction to the joint & nerve pain.

I love an empty store. I always ask my daughter how busy her store is. I've canceled shopping sometimes, if she tells me it's really busy... which is quite worrisome.

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
Yes, it probably is compensation with the muscles.

I noticed when we went into partial lockdown again recently that there was a line to get into the store when I did pickup at 10am. So figured I'd better go at the time I used to - just after 7am.


legcramps on 10/08/2020:
I agree that your healthy muscles are probably compensating for the injured ones and that’s why you are feeling sore in areas that are not injured. Unless you are feeling a lot of pain while working out, try not to let those muscles compensate, and try to use the ones that were injured a little more. You’re doing great!

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
It's difficult to intentionally use the area I injured. It might be involved when I use dumbbells for upper body.

I'll pay more attention when I workout to what muscles I'm using.


legcramps on 10/09/2020:
I know, believe me. Every time I try to walk without limping, I know exactly how it feels to compensate with other muscles/joints ;) we got this!



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 07, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Exercise bike 30 mins x 2. I won’t do anything else until I am pain free because it looks like what I was doing aggravated my upper back. My friend who is a nurse says I probably tore the interstitial muscles between my ribs. She thought the agonizing stabbing pain I felt the first 2+ weeks might have been a fractured rib.

It doesn’t look hopeful that we can go to Thailand for the winter. They have a very low number of cases and are allowing a limited number of long stay tourists who are coming from countries with low cases. And you have to quarantine in a government approved facility for 2 weeks on arrival. You also have to charter a flight, no commercial airlines. Well, the UK is having a surge in cases, and a chartered flight would have an outrageous cost. So it looks like we are staying here.

B: porridge with strawberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, rice cake

L:  egg salad sandwich

D:  Thai curry

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

Total: 1175

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/07/2020:
Sorry the Thiailand trip didn’t work out. There will be another time. Those rib pains sound awful! Take it easy, my friend.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
We've been going every winter since 2014. It's our winter home and hate that we can't go!

I can't complain too much about being sore now when compared to the agony of many weeks.


Donkey on 10/07/2020:
As long as you are in pain, you need to do or not do whatever it takes to heal. If walking helps, do it. If weights hurt, don't do it.

My Boss and his wife go down to southern Florida every January. They aren't going this year. It will be interesting to see how he and his wife fare, having to deal with the winters that those of us left behind have to endure.

Still, I'm sorry Thailand isn't likely in the cards for you.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
If I don't overdo it I'm normally just having a wee bit of soreness and notice it most in bed. If I overdo, I pay for it! Walking is no problem. It's anything involving twisting that's the biggest problem.

No place safe to go this winter, so I'll have to find constructive indoor stuff to do.


thinkpositive on 10/07/2020:
Sorry to hear that you won’t be able to winter in Thailand this year. Hope you feel better each day.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
Thanks! x


Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
Did you get an exray of your rib? Not that it would necessarily have revealed anything... I am having problems with back pain today as I have overdid it over here with a lot of baking (and lifting heavy things) this morning. I hope you feel better, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
I did go to A & E the morning after and the doctor listened to my breathing and said it didn't look I broke a rib. And they do nothing for broken ribs anyway. Only if it punctured my lung.

Too much bending can always cause back pain for me. And lifting.


Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
Also...might be best to 'stay put' with so many rules in place because of Covid.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
Yes, we don't want to take any chances. I do NOT want Covid. Next trip will be when it is safe and we can go to the US for a memorial for my son.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
Although you cannot get to Thailand this year...at least so far you are healthier, mostly recovered from your injury, and safer here. it's a struggle year for many people and what they wanted to do with themselves in terms of travel...

...i have these two friends (they are married). he is a professor and they travel EVERY year to multiple places / multiple trips. she is able to take off and go with him WHENEVER (except for tax season). well, she is having a hard time not traveling as they are used to traveling for many weeks out of the year.!!!

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
Yes, we spend 3 months in Thailand and 1 month in the US with family, plus trips around the UK every year.

This year we were booked for London, the US (Michigan including a week at Lake Michigan with my son and his daughters, and Washington DC. Then Australia in Nov and Thailand in Jan. Sigh.



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