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grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.8

My arms are a bit sore today so I'm taking a break. I would have done a cardio workout at home but we had the guy who is arranging our new heating system here all morning to take measurements, etc. I rarely do a good cardio workout in the afternoons, so I'm being lazy. I'll be back in the gym tomorrow as usual and will also do my full strength training workout at home afterward. I've booked the spin bike class for Thursday.


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  yogurt
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich on whole grain bread w/low fat cheddar, 1 oatcake
  • S:  apple
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  2 oatcakes & low fat cheddar, clementine
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1462

Playing around with my photos today and made this collage of an Oribi.  


Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/12/2013:
We all have lazy days. Love your pictures. Have a great day.

getmebackto150 on 02/12/2013:
Have a great day!! Menu looks great:)

Supercheese on 02/12/2013:
Lovely deer! or doe? But the arms just mean there getting stronger :)

legcramps on 02/12/2013:
Have a great day today!

IndependentEm93 on 02/12/2013:
Have a great day!

Puddles on 02/12/2013:
Thanks for your comments. I don't think I could do the swimming because of the resistance of the water. I cannot lift any kind of weight with my leg without feeling the pain in my knee. You know sometimes you just want to move something on the floor so you push it with your leg/foot - I can't do that I get immediate pain in my knee. It will work itself out. The doctor said could take a year or so before I can start see progress in that department. But I can walk without pain and that is good enough right now. Thank you for your concern.

Umpqua on 02/12/2013:
Beautiful photos - I still need to catch up on your trip although I did see quite a bit of what you posted on FB. Have a good one!

Puddles on 02/12/2013:
Yes I do some of that but my weight is in the bottom part of me LOL LOL LOL. I don't feel like I am doing exercise when I do only that - but I guess I am. It is just not as satisfying.

lolla on 02/12/2013:
thanks for the pics!

V on 02/12/2013:
That's a cute little guy! i bet he has bionic hearing ;) LOL!! Hope that your soreness has diminished..Your trip plan sound like a good one..I anxiously await to see all the beautiful pics! Have a wonderful evening Annie :)

sailingeagle on 02/12/2013:
Hi Annie,I love your pics! My cat almost has ears that big! ha,ha! When are you going to France? Will you visit the famous museum that has Mona Lisa? My singles group leader was telling our group last Wed. about his trip to that museum. He said that he found a blue hippo inside one of the display cases. He was attracted to it, and found more of them at the gift shop. He told us about how the Egyptians revered the hippos because they didn't have too many enemies. Crocs included! :) Anyhow, when I saw your pics of the hippos it reminded me of his story. I hope you have a blast!

grannyannie - Monday Feb 11, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.8

Stuck to my meal plan yesterday, no cheating.   Very busy today. First got my teeth cleaned, the gym, the post office, grocery shopping, and finally to the recycle centre.  


  • 30 mins spin bike (lots of panting but I kept up with the programme)
  • 15 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 3 resistance machines (muscles feel a bit sore from yesterday's home workout)
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 turkey bacon, 2 eggs, toast, yogurt, skinny cappuccino
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad 
  • S:  1 oatcake w/low fat cheddar, 2 clementines
  • Lots of teas & water

TOTAL:  1524

Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/11/2013:
Looks Good, Granny :v)

Puddles on 02/11/2013:
Great news. Have a wonderful day.

supercheese on 02/11/2013:
like the plan annie!

thenewMLE on 02/11/2013:
Glad to see you back!! Looks like great eats and workouts again. Isn't it hard to quit cheating when you return from a trip? While you were gone I started making the steel cut oats again for breakfast. I make a big batch on Sunday and just bring a serving and warm it at work with the fresh fruit. I forgot yesterday was Sunday and I woke up at 5am and realized I didn't have my oatmeal! So I just ate the fruit with some cheese. But you got me eating good oatmeal again when I didn't know what porridge was! That and liver cheese... I like reading the diaries to come up with more good foods. RYC, go you get much seafood? People ask why I stay in this hurricane swampy beaten path of a place, but I can't imagine not having all this fresh seafood at my reach! Hubby is going fishing next week for trout. I won't pay $12.99 a pound at the market when I know he can catch it!! He used to shrimp and crab too, but they are so reasonable at the market I don't mind buying it. Hope you have a great week!

getmebackto150 on 02/11/2013:
great job yesterday... Have a good day!!

hollybelle on 02/11/2013:
Thanks for your comments and absolutely I cannot go barefoot aroudn the house or anywhere these days - makes a big difference. I think part of the problem is been wearing house slippers much of the winter standing for long periods in the kitchen cooking or cleaning. I have to have inserts in all my shoes, too! You are doing great post vacation - keep up the good work. I will look at pics soon!

lolla on 02/11/2013:
Great job sticking to your plan. Good job planning, that makes all the difference!

INDEPENDENTEM93 on 02/11/2013:
Have a great day!

V on 02/11/2013:
Back into the swing of things I see! Great job Annie and congrats on you loss!! Hey how is your knee?

Bikiniwax85 on 02/11/2013:
Uh.. nice work out!! I am yet to visit the gym today. Thinking to do that today. If no, I might be going for a swim. :D Hope you had a good day! :)

V on 02/11/2013:
RYC itchy means you are on the mend thankfully :) So what part of France will you be visiting?

grannyannie - Sunday Feb 10, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 139.4

Happy Sunday!  I will eventually get to taking a look at many of the blogs I missed while travelling to see how you all are doing. 

I should know better than to buy cereal bars, even if they are only 70 cals each. I've been extra hungry and they are a temptation. So I just ate the last 3 of them and will not buy them again!

My hands are 98% healed. My knee is very, very itchy as it's healing and has a good, solid scab on it, so I'm good for exercising now. I'll just wrap the knee up well so my spandex workout capris don't rub on it. Husband gets the credit for my wounds not getting infected as he scrubbed the dirt out of them despite my screams!  

Intended Workout: completed

  • 7 min arms routine
  • dumbbells - 3 set of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips w/dumbell
  • planks (full and alternating) (couldn't get on knees)
  • abs - 4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes w/ankle weights
  • exercise bike to try to get ready for the spin bike at the gym tomorrow!  did 20 minutes
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master
  • will skip lunges and squats for now


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  3 Alpen cereal bars 
  • L:  chicken breast/low fat cheddar/extra light mayo on whole grain bread, yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  chickpea curry & rice, salad
  • S:  banana
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1516

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2013:
yeah, those sugary bars tempt me too! i sometimes buy them on purpose bc i feel they are a great workout fuel if i have them right before a cardio workout with decaf coffee & milk. i buy fiber plus/fiber one bars. so combined with coffee & milk, it's a 200 cal snack before a workout. and yes, i will be hungry again after the workout.

Puddles on 02/10/2013:
Glad to hear you are healing and getting back to your routine. Have a great day.

Maria7 on 02/10/2013:
Glad you are feeling better. :-)

supercheese on 02/10/2013:
glad everything is better annie! OH! man I have a bunch of them in my pantry right now....Lara Bars arent too bad since they are all natural, but I do have some nature valley which I know have a lot of sugar. Gotta give them off to people lol

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 09, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 139.4

Ugh!  I've been so hungry!!  My body is wondering what's going on since it went from high calorie to low! Started snacking last night, nothing too bad - cereal bar, oatcake and low fat cheese.... went up to about 1700 calories.  

Mid-morning today I got really hungry and started munching.  Nothing bad in the house except baked crisps, but still too many total calories, especially since I can't work out yet.  I'll be over 1700 calories today.  

Well, I'll be back at the gym Monday and also doing my strength training at home, plus spin bike class on Thursday.  So I'll get back on track.  Healing well. 

My photos from our trip are uploaded:




Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/09/2013:
Just keep at it. Have a great weekend.

V on 02/09/2013:
Give it a few days and your appetite will return to normal.I for one can say that after my trip home for the holidays, eating mainly carbs,I was super hungry for a week upon my arrival back..Thank for the pics they are AMAZING just like you <3

grannyannie - Friday Feb 08, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 139.8

I knew some of my gain was fluid and the scale is 2 pounds lighter than yesterday. That's probably about it for fluid gain though, the rest is fat. But it will come off. I'd like to at least get to 135 before our trip to France on Feb 20th.  We are going for a week to visit friends....hubby's and friends idea.

Busy doing more laundry today, finishing unpacking, and sorting out the nearly 2,000 photos I took on our trip. I am uploading photos from our trip and will share the link here when I'm done. 

I expect to be able to go to the gym on Monday.  My knee is healing well but I don't want it to split open again by overdoing it. 


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:   Alpen cereal bar
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich on whole grain w/extra light mayo, raspberries
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  yogurt, packet of baked crisps
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1505

Progress as of today: 27.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/08/2013:
You're certainly on a busy schedule. Retirement is wonderful is it not. Have a great day.

V on 02/08/2013:
Congrats on shedding a few lbs Annie!! Didn't know you were going to France, how exciting :) Have an awesome day!

thenewMLE on 02/08/2013:
Welcome back! I just read about your mugging experience - I hope you heal fast and I hope your mugger gets caught and punished. Wow, France should be a beautiful trip too. You're lucky cameras aren't still using film - you would be broke!!! I look forward to seeing more of your images. Was the hippo vacationing in Uganda too? hahaha - I love your sense of humor! Have a great weekend!

legcramps on 02/08/2013:
Oh gosh! I'm so sorry you got hurt :(

Glad you're home and doing well!

sailingeagle on 02/08/2013:
Wow, 2000 photos!!! Sounds like you saw alot of awesome sights! Hope you have a wonderful trip to France!!! Praying you heal up fast. :0)

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 07, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 141.6

Back home from Uganda!!  We had such a great time and loved visiting our friends, going on safaris, and eating traditional foods. 

But after 4 weeks away, I came back heavier.  Not as bad as this hippo below, although I feel like it.  I left here at 134 pounds since I'd gained some over the holidays because we had a houseguest which meant more eating out and beer. We arrived home yesterday and I stepped on the scale this morning. 141.6!!   Yes, some may be fluid, but I am most definitely bigger.  

I did my 45 min travel workout 3 times a week for the first two weeks and had worked out a 7th time. Then I was injured by a would-be mugger. I refused to let go of my handbag (I didn't carry a handbag except on this occasion when I was at a graduation party and was wearing a dress w/o pockets), so got knocked down and tumbled around resulting in a badly scraped knee and both hands.  So, no more workouts while there. Still have a very sore knee and a wee bit of soreness on my hands still. I'm afraid to do any cardio as bending my knee too much opens the sore and my hands are too sore for weights. I am healing well though. So I'm hoping to get to the gym by Monday. 


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • S:  Alpen cereal bar
  • L:  Chicken breast sandwich on wholegrain w/extra light mayo
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  packet of baked crisps

TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 25.4 lbs lost so far, only 13.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 02/07/2013:
RYC: Not as big as this HIPPO - LOL!!!!!!! Of course not. Would-be mugger!!!! What? So glad it wasn't any worse-bad enough you have injured body parts! Gee - you are brave. Hope you heal quickly!

V on 02/07/2013:
Welcome back Annie!! I missed you! Wow I am sure the would be mugger didn't anticipate resistance.. I hope your knee heals soon..Other than the incident I am happy that you had a great vacation :) Love all of the pics that you posted on your blog, almost as good as being there in person :) Have you adjusted to the time difference yet? Happy to have you back :) Yayyyy

IndependentEm93 on 02/07/2013:
Way to show that mugger whose boss!

getmebackto150 on 02/07/2013:
Oh my goodness on the would be mugger-great job fending him off! Welcome back!!! I'll bet with some clean eating and lots of water, you will lose at least 1/2 the extra weight in a matter of days!!

liza36 on 02/07/2013:
Welcome back, and I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful time, despite the mugger. That must have been terrible! I hope everything heals quickly.

supercheese on 02/07/2013:
welcome back!! GEEZ a mugger! Good job kicking butt!! Poor knee, but im sure it will heal soon. ANd dont worry bout the weight, im sure it will fly right off of you. Haha nooo you are not a hippo!! But it is cute!

OhioRaven on 02/07/2013:
Glad to hear you're gettin back on track.

V on 02/07/2013:
RYC..Yeah that will show that guy, no one messes with SUPER ANNIE!! HURRAH!

grannyannie - Monday Jan 28, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Did my travel workout yesterday. But due to a bad tumble I took last night I won't be working out again until we get home. I'm sure I'll be fine by the end of the week but we'll be on safari and no time or place to work out. Banged up both knees and both hands but they will heal.

Food and beer?! No comment. But I am enjoying myself and have stopped stressing about it. WILL get on track when we get home.

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

biscottibody59 on 01/30/2013:
I hope you've had no lingering effects after your fall! Take good care of yourself!

biscottibody59 on 02/01/2013:
RYC: Yikes! Glad you survived that whole experience!

grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 22, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Did my workout again. This time with a fan blowing on me as we bought one for our Ugandan daughter one yesterday. If I can workout again tomorrow I will be at goal for 3 times a week for two weeks. I am sure I can do the same the third week but not the 4th.

Food. Beer. :(

Thanks for comments!

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

Umpqua on 01/22/2013:
You are being really consistent with the workouts, I'm sure that is offsetting the beer. Glad you're having such a wonderful trip!

legcramps on 01/22/2013:
Good job with the workouts!

grannyannie - Sunday Jan 20, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Very difficult to post here as there is no DD smartphone app. But thanks for comments.

My blog is here and I know some are following. http://solasachanalba.blogspot.com

Did my travel workout this morning. No comment on food.

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

legcramps on 01/21/2013:
I read through your posts - awesome! Hope you are enjoying yourself during your travels :)

grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 16, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 134.4

Did my travel workout again today. Visiting friends who keep feeding usbig traditional meals and if we don't pig out their feelings are hurt.

Enjoying ourselves very much!

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

Tangalyn~ on 01/16/2013:
glad ur having a good time :)

legcramps on 01/16/2013:
Good job! Hope you're having a blast :)

liza36 on 01/16/2013:
So glad you are enjoying yourself.

V on 01/16/2013:
Hey there Annie :) So happy to hear that you are having a stellar trip, enjoy!

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