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grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 18, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 136.0

Well, the visit to the bereaved friends has been changed yet again - next week. So I took the brownies and wrapped each one and put them in freezer bags. Also froze the 3 remaining giant chocolate chips cookies. Big test for me, but I'm going to save these as evening treats. Each brownie is about 150 cals (because I added choc chips or walnuts). And these are not large brownies! Had some small chunks left in the bag equal to about 1/2 brownie and ate those so added them to my calories for today. 

So I'll pick up some treats at the bakery on the day we visit them.  

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back raises on half ball

Workout at home: (did a full strength workout yesterday and don't want to do small muscles 2 days in a row, so I'm doing large muscles this afternoon and will do the rest tomorrow. Then on Saturday will do the full strength routines.) 

  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats & lunges with dumbbells
  • thigh master

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post-workout snack:  2 oatcakes, pb
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar and soya/linseed bread, benecol spread; honeydew melon; partial brownie
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain yogurt & strawberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1406

Hope you all are doing well and getting/staying healthy & fit!  

Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 07/18/2012:
Good work on freezing everything, I know how difficult it is to have tempting desserts in the house. Baked goods are a downfall for me, we still have some of my little one's giant birthday cake in the freezer that older son is slowly working on!

hollybelle on 07/18/2012:
Good job freezing the stuff! I bought a brownie mix which I am planning to add too and make when I have a day that I feel I can afford the calories - I love brownies! Continue to think of you and your friends in your mourning. Stay strong and God bless.

V on 07/18/2012:
Good job on freezing the treats..Thanks for your kind comments, yeah it helps that i love working out, not only does it make me feel awesome, I am getting stronger along the way..Consistency is key <3 You do a great job with your workouts as well Annie! have a fabulous day

supercheese on 07/18/2012:
resist the urge to eat the cookies and brownies!! LOL. I'm the same way with fries...:/

legcramps on 07/18/2012:
Great idea to freeze your baking! RYC - I'm going to Hungary in a few weeks with my Mom. It's a pretty special trip for both of us, but mostly for her as she is Hungarian and we have relatives that still live in Hungary. Should be interesting!

selina on 07/18/2012:
those brownies sound so delish! Freezing them is a great idea!

thenewMLE on 07/19/2012:
Out of site, out of mind! And when you do need them, they are already baked!!! I'm glad you know your big muscles from your little muscles - I need another anatomy lesson! Maybe one day I will reach goal weight and learn all that to define my muscles once I can find them!!!!

grannyannie - Tuesday Jul 17, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 136.0

Really unhappy with myself for indulging so much yesteray. It was nonstop. I knew better than to bake my favourite dessert and should have just planned to pick up something from the bakery on the way to friends' house. Now the visit has been changed to tomorrow so the brownies and the rest of the cookies are sitting in my house. I've put them out of sight and I'm NOT touching them. 

The scale is reflecting my indulgences and so are my clothes. So back on track now before it gets totally out of control. 

Workout at home:


  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 types + bridge
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats & lunges with dumbbells
  • thigh master
It's cloudy out and supposed to rain but I'm going to take a chance and go power walking later, probably 4 miles.  Edit: Started walking and got too cold - it's 60F but windy and it gets very cold walking around the point of the peninsula anyway....so I wimped out and walked 1.6 miles. 

Menu (which I will stick to!)
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 oatcakes w/liver pate, plain yogurt w/raspberries
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/1 slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1316


Progress as of today: 31 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/17/2012:
OH, I've done that, too. Baked something for someone and then been stuck with it. Good move hiding it away! I have been known to ask neighbors to keep it for me!

V on 07/17/2012:
Good morning! Here's to a successful day for you <3

Umpqua on 07/17/2012:
I know today is going to go better for you but I'm sure it will be good to get those desserts out of the house!

thinkpositive on 07/17/2012:
I know about chocolate chip cookies... can't have one. You've had alot of emotional angst so I can understand about eating. Hope you and your friends are doing okay. Loved the fb weather map!

LeakingLife on 07/17/2012:
I hope the day's been better for you! Too bad we can't take and mix our climates together and come up with a happy medium. Yours and mine would probably equal pretty nice temps:-)

I hear you on the sweets! I make full-fat (butter) oatmeal-date scones, though not in at least a month of sundays now. I've been known to eat the batch and nothing else. They're great with raspberry jam, but the irresistibility of them is right up there with homemade choc-chip cookies for me!

sweetpea1977 on 07/17/2012:
The brownies and cookies are NOT for you. They are for your friends! How dare you even think about eating their food! ;-)

Menu looks great!

moogy on 07/17/2012:
Funny how we play mind games with ourselves over our favourite food. Like putting it out of sight! LOL I just had a look at your 'pig out' day. Good grief woman, I think that you only think you went overboard because you east sooo healthily almost all the time. Your little taste here and there are probably nothing like the treats your used to have! I might be wrong, but I don't think so! Be gentle with yourself annie:)

nunnermack on 07/17/2012:
Don't feel bad!! It was just a moment and look at the great work out you had!!

grannyannie - Monday Jul 16, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

The day started out well. Healthy breakfast. Went to the gym. Stopped by grocery store..... downhill from there.

I'm going to visit my friends' tomorrow, the ones who just lost a child, and also to see the mum's parents who are flying back home to the US on Weds. Thought I'd be nice and bake them some brownies. Also picked up a batch of giant chocolate chip cookies in case the brownies didn't turn out well. You can guess the rest...    Chocolate is NOT a good thing to have this house. I made one batch of brownies with walnuts and the other with chocolate chips. Had to test both batches, right?  

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lift on the half ball

Either this afternoon or tomorrow I'll do my at-home strength training.


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout boost:  2 oatcakes & pb
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice low fat cheddar on 2 slices soya/linseed bread; 1 packet of baked crisps
  • S:  1 of the giant cookies, then baked the brownies and did taste testing - batter, brownies.... oink.   Somehow didn't get to the clementines on my menu
  • D:  chickpea curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  umm....think I already had it
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  anybody's guess

Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 07/16/2012:
That was nice of you to bake for the family. I am sure they will appreciate it. Just remember, it is only a temporary side track. I don't foresee you eating brownie batter everyday, do you? Good work out this morning. I hope your visit can be uplifting. Hugs {{{}}}}}

liza36 on 07/16/2012:
Baking a batch of brownies would have me doing the same thing. In fact, it happened to me on Friday night. So kind of you to take the family the treats.

sweetpea1977 on 07/16/2012:
You've had a very emotional event happen to you right after coming back from a long vacation, so its gonna take time to get yourself in the groove again. You are already on your way, since you've gotten back into your exercise routine. Just keep trucking and cut yourself some slack as you heal from your recent loss. Hugs to you!

Umpqua on 07/16/2012:
I'm late to the game on this but so sorry to hear about the loss of that little girl. I'm sure this has been a difficult time for you and considering that I think you are doing great. So nice of you to bake some treats for the family :)

V on 07/16/2012:
Just stopping by to say hello Annie :)

grannyannie - Sunday Jul 15, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Hi ladies. Attended a sad but lovely funeral yesterday for a sweet 9 year old girl. Gorgeous church and music (violins, bagpipes, singing). Met some expat ladies I hadn't seen in many years and I'll confess that before noon we were all drinking pints of beer. Througout the afternoon I had a panini and 3 1/2 pints (UK 20 oz pints) of beer.

Start of a new week and my moping about and indulging is finished.

Very tired this morning as we didn't wake up until 9 due to a shortage of sleep on Friday night. Enjoyed dinner with our friends Friday night, including lots of wine, then had to get up at 5.45 to get to the funeral in the city. So, too much alcohol 2 days in a row plus an emotional day has zapped me.  

I've been feeling the need for some outdoor exercise like power walking or riding my bike. Next dry day I'll do one or the other. 

If the weather cooperates, hubby and I are taking his elderly uncle to the horse races tomorrow. If not, I'll be at the gym.


  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg & 2 slices turkey bacon on 2 slices of soy/linseed bread
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie & tofu curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  plain yogurt with strawberries and sugar
  • Teas & milk

TOTAL:  1306


Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

V on 07/15/2012:
I am sure the service was a beautiful..<3

sleepyRN on 07/15/2012:
Thank you for the welcome back to DD. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like it was a beautiful service. As far as the alcohol, hey, sometimes we need to soothe our soul and is just as important as our physical being. Hope you get to get out soon like you want to :)

LeakingLife on 07/15/2012:
I hope this week is a good one for you!

grannyannie - Friday Jul 13, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Tomorrow is funeral. We'll eat lunch out and I'm going to try to stick to 2 pints of beer. It's going to be a drown-your-sorrows type of day. Yes, I know. Doesn't work any better than comfort eating. 


  • 35 mins spin
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
Baked some oatmeal raisin cookies and didn't manage my at home strength training. I went next door to neighbours to see if they knew about the child dying. The girl's family rented our house from us while we lived in Uganda for 2 years. As usual, I stayed and chatted with them for 2 hours over tea and biscuits.  

Going to our friends' for dinner tonight (the ones who have multi-course meals and lots of wine). We usually stay very late at their house when we go to dinner, but we have to get up at 5.45a.m. to get into Glasgow for the 10.00 service.  

B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
S:  post workout - 2 oatcakes w/pb
L:  egg and turkey bacon sandwich with soy and linseed bread, plain yogurt mixed with sugar and strawberries and blueberries
S:  had to taste test the cookies, right?  (they are a gift along with a bottle of wine for our host/hostess this evening
D:  ??

Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

V on 07/13/2012:
I hope you have a nice relaxing evening with your friends tonight..Sending some positive thoughts and prayers your way <3

grannyannie - Thursday Jul 12, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Thanks for all your kind words, ladies.  

Spin bike class today. I plan on eating only what I should. No comfort eating today!! Stepping on the scale tomorrow morning and not looking forward to what it says!


  • 30 min intense spin bike class


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/cinnamon/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1/2 pbj sandwich & skimmed milk after spin class and before grocery shopping
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  2 oatcakes & 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1381

Hope you all in the US are back to normal temps and hope those in the UK are not getting flooded!  

Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 07/12/2012:
Have a good Annie!! Go get that spin bike!!!

liza36 on 07/12/2012:
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend's daughter. That is devastating for the family. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

Enjoy your spin class.

getmebackto150 on 07/12/2012:
Have a great day! Menu looks good:)

LeakingLife on 07/12/2012:
Hope you've had a good day!

V on 07/12/2012:
Just stopping by to say hello..I am sure you got in a good workout today!! Go Annie <3

sweetpea1977 on 07/13/2012:
Dont worry about the scale says this week. You've been under a lot of emotional stress, which can show up on the scale with perfect eating and exercise. As long as you get back on track with your healthy habits (and you have) thats all that really matters. Sending lots of love your way Annie. xo

grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 11, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Funeral for the wee girl is on Saturday at a large, beautiful church in the centre of Glasgow. It's my granddaughter's 7th birthday that day as well. So a mixed feelings day for sure.  This girl's leukemia/bone marow donor story has been well-publicized.  Her death was in every Scottish newspaper. If anyone is interested, here is just one of the articles:  http://www.cowalcourier.com/tragic-aillidh-is-at-peace-now/

So, I'm still not feeling energetic at all. But I did the gym today. Might do my home routine later this afternoon.  

Workout at gym:

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

Menu: which may change througout the day

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/cinnamon/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S: post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  low fat cheddar and mayo on whole grain bread, yogurt, oat cake w/pb
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veg chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  don't know
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  don't know

Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/11/2012:
nice job with your exercise :)

getmebackto150 on 07/11/2012:
thanks for the welcome back:) I'm thinking of you during this sad time... What a tragedy... Life is so very unfair at times... Great job still getting to the gym!!

LeakingLife on 07/11/2012:
I hope you continue to do as well as possible under the circumstances. You did well after your vacation and if you have a few transgressions here and there, it looks like your basic plan is firm. Take care of yourself!

supercheese on 07/11/2012:
That is very bittersweet...and a very sad story! Such sad things when young ones pass. Hope you have a better day!

supercheese on 07/11/2012:
Yeah I can understand. I lost my brother when I was 3 and didn't quite understand till i was much older, but we still like to celebrate his birthday and my mother still says she has 5 children still :)

hollybelle on 07/11/2012:
Thinking of you and friends. Good work on the exercise. Hang in.

V on 07/11/2012:
I feel for you and the family of the Angel <3 I know what it is like to lose a child..It is heart wrenching to say the least..I am thinking of you <3

thenewmle on 07/11/2012:
Thinking about you today. Glad you got to the gym. Hugs{{{}}}

thinkpositive on 07/11/2012:
So sorry about your friend's daughter. I went through hell with my sister when her daughter had leukemia . I kept a journal & wrote down all of the blood levels and tried to follow all of the procedures, the bone marrow transplants, as if by understanding the science of it, it would help. She did go into remission for about a year but then it was back & it was just devastating to watch her deteriorate. I kept her pictures, the bracelet that she made for me,the pictures of us together and try to remember all of the good stories from before she was sick & including when she was ill. One picture that stays in my mind is when she had lost much of her vision and she was seated at her easel drawing a picture of a rainbow. So for your friend it is still a celebration of her life, as short as it was that's all she had and it's important to remember and to keep those memories alive forever. Thanks for listening, my condolences to you , my friend.

grannyannie - Tuesday Jul 10, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Thank you all so very much for your kind words.  You're the best!  

No date set for the funeral but it will be in Glasgow instead of locally. Getting constant updates on Facebook mainly from the mother, the same as she had done throughout the past 8 months of the illness.  

Eating what I shouldn't didn't help at all, so today I'm eating as I should.  

Workout at home: (these are my plans, anyway)


  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 types + bridge
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats & lunges with dumbbells
  • thigh master



  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk; tea w/milk
  • L:  salad w/Quorn nuggets, 2 oatcakes, pineapple (edit added a soya dk choc pudding - 115 cals)
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  hubby has put out a bowl of soaking kidney beans so I'm guessing it's veggie chili & rice tonight, drink
  • S:  yogurt
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1439




Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/10/2012:
Yay for eating what you should. God bless.

LeakingLife on 07/10/2012:
Hope your day goes well!

sweetpea1977 on 07/10/2012:
Good job on the eating and exercise Annie.

Im keeping your friends in my thoughts and sending you lots of hugs and love! xo

moogy on 07/10/2012:
I love it that your hubby not only cooks tea but obviously plans for it as well:) What a gem:)

grannyannie - Monday Jul 09, 2012
(Healthy eating-getting fitter-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Feeling extremely low with very little energy of any kind. My friend's sweet 9 year old daughter died from complications of (AML) leukemia on Saturday night. She was diagnosed in November. The family is of course devastated. They've had the support of thousands of people since they started a campaign looking for bone marrow donors around the world. 

Dragged myself to the gym today and did most of my usual workout. Might do my strength training at home this afternoon, or not. Did too much comfort eating yesterday and also 2 glasses of wine. Didn't give me any comfort. Not thinking about what I'm eating today and stopped by the bakery for doughnut on my way home from the gym.  

Husband has gone across the water to visit his uncle in Glasgow all day. I might just take a hot bath and try to get lost in my book. 

Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

V on 07/09/2012:
I am so sorry about the loss of your friend's daughter <3 I am thinking of you today <3

LeakingLife on 07/09/2012:
Not sounding like yourself today, which is fully understandable. This isn't supposed to happen. Take care of yourself--hang in there!

selina on 07/09/2012:
I'm sorry to hear the terrible news...

hollybelle on 07/09/2012:
Sorry for the mis-type-child not grandchild. Can't imagine how the family feels. Good for you getting a workout in even when you are feeling low. Praying for peace that passes (our) understanding.

sweetpea1977 on 07/09/2012:
Hugs to you Annie. Im so sorry about your friend's loss. No parent should have to lose their child. I cant even begin to imagine the amount of pain they are feeling right now.

Be kind to yourself.

thenewMLE on 07/09/2012:
Oh, Annie, I'm so sorry. Not that it makes the situation any different, but I lost my nephew at 13 to Leukemia 3 years ago AFTER he had a successful bone marrow transplant from his sister. Sometimes there is just no explanation. Take care and just be sure to be there for your friend. You don't have to say anything, just be there....Hugs {{{}}}}}

V on 07/09/2012:
Just stopping by with some more love for you <3 <3 <3

moogy on 07/09/2012:
Getting lost in a book sounds like a good way to spend a quiet day alone Annie:) They always take be away to another world:)

nunnermack on 07/09/2012:
So sorry to hear the bad news. What a horrible thing to have to go through. Hugs to you and prays for them!!

grannyannie - Sunday Jul 08, 2012
(Healthy eating-getting fitter-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

My rest day. 

A very sad day. An expat friend's 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia (AML) last November. This sweet, gentle soul who was more worried about the other kids in the cancer ward than herself, sadly lost her battle last night. My friend's parents arrived recently from the US and her in-laws are by their side as well. There are two younger kids ages 3 and 6. 

  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk; tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese (low fat cheddar), blueberries
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  curry & rice, salad, drink (diluted from juice concentrate)
  • S:  last tub of Greek yogurt I bought and don't like much - too much honey & lemon (prefer the plain and I add the fruit and sugar)
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1337 

I hope all of you in the sweltering heat in the US are doing okay and managing to stay cool.
Edit:  ok, so much for a low cal day. Between the sadness of the tragic loss, and watching the Wimbledon final with a Scot playing to win as the first British men's champion in 76 years, I am feeling the need for indulgence.

So far have added a cappuccino with added artificial sugar (Stevia), some chocolate chips melted in, 2 oatcakes with 1 slice of cheddar. Considering  a glass of wine while watching this tennis match. 
Had the wine and later had some soya dark choc pudding and dk choc chips. Total for the day is around 1800.  Could have been worse.  Guess I was due for indulgence. 

Progress as of today: 32.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Em17 on 07/08/2012:
So sorry to hear that. Rest day is needed

moogy on 07/08/2012:
Sounds like the sort of day when priorities change. It sounds like she was a wonderful child and is now out of pain and only has joy to deal with. Living with a child (albeit a 37 year old) who battles for life every day is heartbreaking, my daughter is so brave and just tries to get on with life. I hope that the little girl's family are able to grieve but also to remember the joy this little girl gave so many people. Hugs for you today annie:)

hollybelle on 07/08/2012:
So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend's grandchild. Heartbreaking. Pray the family will find comfort.

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