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grannyannie - Monday Aug 27, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 131.6

Today I am grateful for my warm, cozy home on a chilly day! 

Hope everybody in the path of Isaac stays safe!!

Really dreich (dreary) day here today. 

Friends dropped by yesterday so I had a half pint of my hubby's home-brewed beer (mmm). We invited them for dinner this coming Saturday, so it's a good thing that's now my higher calorie day.  It'll just be much higher than usual! 

I'm increasing my heavy workout day calories to 1400.

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 25 mins treadmill
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Workout at home:  
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 2 eggs on 1 slice multigrain
  • S:  cantaloupe
  • D:  lentil & veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1401

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 08/27/2012:
Hey Annie! Just wanted to let you know in the midst of my hurricane prep I found my liver cheese! I peeled the fat off and put 2 slices on 1 piece of WW bread and I will have it for lunch. I am staying put and taking care of my parents. The stress of evacuation is sometimes worse than the actual event itself. So when I leave work after all is secure, I will try and not eat my way through this event. Hope you have a good day even though it is dreary.


legcramps on 08/27/2012:
mmmm, home brewed beer. Sounds good LOL.


V on 08/27/2012:
Homemade beer?? Yummo! I could use a cold one right now ;) Naww saving it for later.Hahaha..The conditions are still good here :) Thank YOU <3


V on 08/27/2012:
P.S. all that talk of pate and liver cheese, i finally got some liver cheese yesterday :) Tasty


biscottibody59 on 08/27/2012:
Very cool castle pic! Hope you have a good week:-)


nunnermack on 08/27/2012:
Sure, sure, sure...rub it in that you had a dreary day!! If you tell me you had a fire going on in the fireplace, I will be even more jealous...and don't tell me you were next to it with a good book either. LOL. I sure do miss them.

The home brewed beer sounds awesome!!!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 26, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 131.6

Today I am grateful for beautiful music!

It's no workout day! However, I will do housework.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 egg on 1 slice multigrain bread, V8
  • S:  apple
  • D:  lentil curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1293

Have a lovely weekend, ladies!  

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/26/2012:
What a beautiful pic below! The light looks perfect!


V on 08/26/2012:
Hope you had a good rest day Annie!


Maria7 on 08/26/2012:
Happy Sunday to you. Your menu looks well-balanced. :-D



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 25, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 131.6

Today I am grateful for Scotland! 

Hubby and I did not intend to go into town today for the Highland Games, but his Aunt and Uncle who live across the water near Glasgow wanted to meet up. We did not go the games at all, nor stay for the March Past with all the pipers. The day started out lovely but then we had showers. So the 4 of us sat in a hotel restaurant overlooking the town square and loch and had beers.  

Didn't take my camera into town but noticed the dark clouds around the castle so snapped this with my camera phone: (this is where my wedding was and also my UK citizenship ceremony)

So unexpectedly today became my high calorie day--should have been Tuesday. So I guess I'm changing it to Saturdays now. 

Workout at home: 

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg & 2 slices turkey bacon on 2 slices of multigrain bread
  • S:  2 pints beer in town
  • D:  2 lime & chili Quorn filets, baked sweet potato w/Benecol spread, salad, drink
  • S:  dark chocolate
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  probably under 1800

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

TheMother on 08/25/2012:
Beautiful pic. Everything looks so lush and green. We've been having afternoon t-storms just about every day. Right now we're bracing for the remnants of Isaac. Should just get winds and heavy rain (at least that's what's projected right now). Have a nice day.


V on 08/25/2012:
OMG what a beautiful Castle :) Girl i so wouldn't worry about 1800 or less calories today.. have a great weekend Annie <3


Maria7 on 08/25/2012:
I think it is more difficult to hold steady at goalweight than to lose to goalweight...what do you think? You sure have done REAL WELL. :-)


Maria7 on 08/25/2012:
PS...thanks for sharing the castle photo with us at DD...it is GORGEOUS! :-)


nunnermack on 08/25/2012:
Love seeing your photos and I keep saying...SOMEDAY I will get to Scotland!!!


sailingeagle on 08/25/2012:
Hi grannyannie! Your photo of the castle is sooo cool!!! Hope you're having a great weekend. I had rain over at my place today, too. We need it so badly because of the drought that's been going on here. Our burn ban for the county has finally been lifted thank goodness!



grannyannie - Friday Aug 24, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 131.6

Today I am grateful for my good health!

The annual Highland Games began here yesterday and finish Saturday night. Lots of competitors from around the world, especially Canada and the US--traditional Scottish games, highland dancing, bagpipes, etc. We don't go to the games any more but do try to get to the March Past at the very end when all the pipers march down the town's main street. 

http://www.cowalgathering.com/spectators.php

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/strawberries/cinnamon/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: trail mix w/raisins/dried apricots/almonds/walnuts 125 cals
  • L:  4 oatcakes w/liver pate, low fat cheddar; galia melon
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt w/fresh strawberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1294
 
Have a fantastic weekend, ladies!

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 08/24/2012:
The Highland Games sound spectacular! I'm sure you will have more bagpiper photos that look like something from a travel magazine! I'm going to get my livercheese this weekend. I wonder how much healthier it is without the porkfat wrap? I have always pulled that off, the that's before I really looked at nutritional info. I hope all the bad stuff is just in that porkfat. I guess I could look up liver pate for a reference because I only looked up livercheese. Oh, well, I'm craving it anyway!! Enjoy the games and have a lovely weekend!


liza36 on 08/24/2012:
How fun to see the Highland Games, or the bagpipes at least. Have a great weekend.


thenewMLE on 08/24/2012:
Thanks for the info on the pate. That is at least a better estimate than I had from the package including the pork fat! My brain must have been tired yesterday because I kept trying to search for the nutritional info without the fat and of course I came up with nothing! So your pretty weather is over for now?


biscottibody59 on 08/24/2012:
I want to say I had a HS classmate who took part in an event at a "Highland Games"--I cannot remember what it was--throwing something I think? Like a hammer throw perhaps?

Oh well, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend with good weather too:-)


Maria7 on 08/24/2012:
I LOVE to hear the bagpipes played, too. (Also, I play the accordian.) :-D


V on 08/24/2012:
You always go to the neatest events! Love the bagpipes! I know i told ya before ;) hahaha,,Man Em keeps talking about liver cheese and now I want some :P Must put this on my grocery list..I actually found canned Pate at my store too so I guess I will go with the cheaper option(not sure how much either is? hummm) Have a great weekend Annie <3


sailingeagle on 08/24/2012:
Hi grannyannie! Thank you so much for your encouragement. Are you from Scotland? That is so cool! I admire your weight loss setup. I feel that I can learn alot from you. Have a wonderful time this weekend, and God bless. :)


selina on 08/25/2012:
Sounds like a fun festival! Enjoy!

I have an art blog which has been neglected for a while... I can't keep up with another blog, I'm afraid ;)



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 23, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 131.6

Today I am grateful for my wonderful, loving, patient husband!

Scale is down again (a little too fast but I'm not worried as I'm sure some is fluid loss). I might increase my calories on my heavy workout days to 1400. Felt a bit low on energy yesterday. Being the indulgent girl that I am  I've made a wee list of treats for when I hit goal weight..... that chocolate ice cream cone I posted a photo of a couple of weeks ago; or a bacon roll; or just a nice lunch out somewhere. Maybe I'll take advantage of the free bus and take a trip to a nice village I've been to many times and have lunch in one of the cafes. 

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/inveraray/inveraray/index.html

Workout:

  • 30 min spin bike torture....emmm...I mean class!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: 2 oatcakes w/pb 
  • L:  2 Quorn (veggie) sausages on 1 slice multigrain w/mustard
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1289

Hope you all have a lovely & healthy day!  

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

V on 08/23/2012:
Congrats on your loss Annie!


thenewMLE on 08/23/2012:
Congrats on your loss! Shoot for the treat - I would get the ice cream...) have a great day!


supercheese on 08/23/2012:
Have a great day and congrats on the loss!!


liza36 on 08/23/2012:
The village from the link looks lovely. I'd vote for that, and actually the chocolate ice cream too. It would be just like me to treat myself twice!


biscottibody59 on 08/23/2012:
Way to go on your progress--keep it going!


selina on 08/23/2012:
Congrats Annie, way to go on the loss!

I shall post photos when I get my proper computer in the sea shipment. I'm using the laptop and this thing is not equipped with downloading photos app. :) Have a great day!


sailingeagle on 08/23/2012:
Hi grannyannie! Thanks for my warm welcome! Have a great weekend. :)


nunnermack on 08/23/2012:
Oh sure, torture us with all those cute little towns in Scotland!!LOL. Take photos!! I love to see them.

And wow!! The scale is down again? You go girl!!!



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 22, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for my granddaughters! The 7 year old read me a book on Skype yesterday and the 2 year old sometimes listened. 

Both my parents are gone but if they were still here they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Monday. This is one of my favourite pics of them. Think they were still newlyweds then.

 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike (seriously intense!)
  • 20 mins treadmill (power walk on an incline)
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines (included quad machine - no problem)
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Workout at home: (will do after my lunch has digested)
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells (I'll know if my knee and quad are okay by how they feel when I do this)
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  homemade trail mix - almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunfloweer seeds, raisins (157 cals)
  • L:  multigrain toast w/liver pate, oatcake, small glass of V8
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1317
 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

supercheese on 08/22/2012:
Wow, that picture is amazing!!! Captures the time so well and they are both very handsome :) Workout looks awesome!


thenewMLE on 08/22/2012:
Beautiful picture of your parents!! I worry about the future generation with pictures because now anyone can take anything but they don't print or label pictures anymore and when the computer hard drive fails, the pics are gone. And the pics that don't go away, who will know who the people are 60 years from now? In the past, photography was a luxury and people cherished and valued their photos. Liver pate, yum.. We don't really get that much but I used to enjoy it when we visited our friends in Canada. Maybe I will get some liver cheese and satisfy that craving. Have a nice day!


Maria7 on 08/22/2012:
What a happy-looking couple. :-)


V on 08/22/2012:
What a beautiful pic of your parents Annie! I think you look like your Mom <3 Thanks for sharing! That is so sweet that your granddaughter read a book to YOU, usually it's the other way around ;) Hope you had a great day my friend <3


selina on 08/22/2012:
wow! your parents were so good looking, especially your mom! Thanks for sharing!


nunnermack on 08/22/2012:
LOVE the photo!!!!



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 21, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 132.0

Today I am grateful for fresh, sweet fruit, a soothing hot shower, and classical music. I am also grateful that today is the day I get extra calories!  

Wanted to shake up my routine so did a tae bo this morning. My knee is still a bit sore but I only notice during certain moves. I'm sure I hurt my quad and knee during the week I did all the biking, especially trying to ride up a steep hill along with a very intense strength spin bike class. 

Scale is down again but it appears I've lost 2 pounds since Thursday. Although I do feel smaller I suspect at least some of that is fluid loss. I'm keeping an eye on the scale and my energy level to see if I may need to adjust my calories upward. 

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  cantaloupe
  • L:  2 Quorn (veggie) sausages, 2 eggs, 1 slice soya/linseed, 6g Benecol spread
  • S:  plain greek yogurt w/fresh raspberries, small glass of V8
  • D:  veggie curry, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  skinny mocha, dark chocolate squares (85% cocoa)
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1687

 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 08/21/2012:
Congrats on your steady drop on the scale :) I hope your knee feels better <3


sweetpea1977 on 08/21/2012:
Taebo is a great workout!

I hope your knee feels better soon!!


Maria7 on 08/21/2012:
Yes, we def have to monitor our energy levels to make sure we are consuming enough nutrients daily. That is an important one. Hope you have a good day. :-)


hollybelle on 08/21/2012:
Glad you are taking care of your knee. I am so afraid of knee pain! Luckily I'm ok at the moment, but I try to stay aware.


biscottibody59 on 08/21/2012:
Hope you continue to get over the soreness--take it easy if you have to!



grannyannie - Monday Aug 20, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 132.6

Today I am grateful that my sweetheart and I are both retired, healthy & fit!  

Scale has been creeping downward every day.  

Workout at gym:

  • 40 mins spin bike - level 10 (highest) - lots of standing hill climbs and jumps
  • 20 mins treadmill - 5.5 mph walk with 6 - 7% elevation (nice change from the elliptical)
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 5 resistance machines (I skipped the quad machine although my left quad has very little soreness left)
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home: (after my lunch digests)

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells (if this makes my quad hurt I'll skip it) - edit:  it did make my quad a wee bit sore, so I did 2 sets instead of 4
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  1 oatcake, small carton of oj
  • L:  2 Quorn veggie sausages on 1 slice soya/linseed bread
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & strawberries, glass of V8
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1290
 
Hope you all have a healthy and enjoyable week!  

 

 

Progress as of today: 34.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/20/2012:
That's good news on the scale. At least it's going in the right direction. Impressive workout as always. Wish I had the dedication you do!


V on 08/20/2012:
Good Morning Annie! Congrats on your weekend loss and what an awesome gym routine, you go girl <3 Great start to the week!


HereIAmAgain! on 08/20/2012:
Definately great things to be grateful for. You are a very dedicated lady you are doing so great, congrats on the scale too.


biscottibody59 on 08/20/2012:
Good going on the scale going down, down, down:-) Yes you're very fortunate with health and fitness--but you two also put in the work with the exercise and diet. All credit to both of you!

Enjoy your day!


thinkpositive on 08/20/2012:
Glad to see that you are happier with your scale. Yes you are fortunate to be able to have a healthy retirement.


thenewMLE on 08/20/2012:
I am happy that you are getting the scale moving again! I am hoping that it is just a lot of fluid for me. I admire the work you put into it! We did have a very nice time on our trip. Just spending time alone was nice and seeing our friends was a bonus too!


Maria7 on 08/20/2012:
That is SO SWEET what you wrote about you and your sweetheart. How long have y'all been married? I am so happy for you. Also, you are getting closer to your goal...yayyyyyyy! :-)


hollybelle on 08/20/2012:
Great workout again, Annie! Regarding your thankfulness - I am happy you are happy - I hope to be happily retired sooner or later, too! Oh I dream of it!


nunnermack on 08/20/2012:
Yeah, awesome workout!! You have MAJOR energy!!!



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 19, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.0

Today I am grateful for the air in my lungs, clean water to drink, a comfy home, and natural beauty all around me.

Rest day from workouts but doing lots of housework.  

The scale is slowly creeping downward. I'm look forward to my higher calorie day on Tuesday.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/crushed almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 Quorn ginger, chili & lime filets on a salad, plain greek yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • S:  apple, banana
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, drink
  • S:  dark chocolate squares, small glass of V8
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1311

Have a lovely Sunday lovely ladies!  

 

 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/19/2012:
Thanks for asking - the bruises, contusions and abrasions are all healing pretty nicely. The lower elbow will be the longest to heal. It's still quite tender to pressure, but I can move it with no trouble. Sigh :-/


Maria7 on 08/19/2012:
Wow, you're almost at your goal! :-D


Maria7 on 08/19/2012:
Missed you, too! How's everything over your way in Scotland?


V on 08/19/2012:
Congrats on the scale movement, that is awesome Annie! Yes I LOVED the stamp along with the comment :) Thank you so much, I am beyond flattered <3



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 18, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.4

Today I am grateful for friends and sunny days!

Met up with the friend I ran into at the gym on Tuesday (after 5 years!). We met up for lunch today and had a nice long chat for 2 hours. She is a fanatic about staying slim so she's not a bad influence.   We both had lentil soup, tea, and I had a roll w/butter but she skipped the bread.

Proud of myself for passing up the yummy looking chocolate pies, the other chocolate goodies and other sweets. But I kept in mind the plan I've made for myself. Keep to my calorie limit for 6 days and on the 7th I get to have up to 1700 cals. It's amazing what a difference 400 cals can make! 

Workout:

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells (only did 1 set of 10/leg instead of 4 sets as my quads on one leg are still sore although I don't know it until I do lunges or stretch)
  • thigh master

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  restaurant with friend:  lentil soup, tea w/milk, a brown roll w/small amount butter
  • S: 2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  had to estimate on the lunch so I'd guess about 1400 max.

 Hope you all have a lovely & healthy weekend!

Progress as of today: 33.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 08/18/2012:
I imagine it's good to have someone who is a pretty good influence like that around food challenges!

Hope you have a great afternoon/evening!


V on 08/18/2012:
That is so great to meet up with a like mind person like yourself who is dedicated to fitness :) Oh BTW I got the postcards and they are on display on the fridge! Thanks so much <3


Tangalyn~ on 08/18/2012:
glad u had a nice day with ur friend :)



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