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grannyannie - Saturday Mar 03, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning ladies!  Just checking in.  Been in Morocco for a week and go home on Tuesday.  Been having a very good time.  Lots of walking along the seaside promenade, lots of good food, lots of wine and weak beer.  Didn't feel like I'd gained any weight at all until today. My belly which is usually small first thing in the morning, is NOT.  We have been super-indulgent.  I was eating fairly healthy with the addition of red wine, then someone decided to go the patisserie/boulangerie and bring back cakes.  !!!

Anyway, we are going swimming tomorrow and I have no swimsuit so today I'm going to look for a bikini as it's the only thing I'll be able to get to fit.  I can wear a tanktop over it.  

Feeling guilty this morning.  I'll be on 1300 calories for a while after we get home.  

Hope you all are doing well.  I'll post a link to my travelogue and photo albums later.  

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 03/03/2012:
You look great - I wish I had your waistline!! Have loads of fun - no guilt, now - don't spoil it!

V on 03/03/2012:
Hello there gorgeous <3 I hope you are having a wonderful trip :)

thinkpositive on 03/04/2012:
Glad you're having a good trip. You look great!

sweetpea1977 on 03/05/2012:
You look fantastic!

Since you've been so active, Im pretty sure the weight you've gained is just retained water from all the yummy simple carbs you've treated yourself. Those will melt away pretty quick once you resume your normal food intake!

I cant wait to see more photos and your travel log!!

liza36 on 03/05/2012:
You look great, and glad you are having a good trip. A little indulgance is not that bad. Just enjoy it.

thenewmle on 03/06/2012:
You look wonderful!! I'm glad you are having a good time and I just want you to know that you are an inspiration! I want to work out hard and reap those wonderful benefits! Enjoy your trip and your indulgences - you have earned them!!!

grannyannie - Friday Feb 24, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Whew!  It was salt.  I weigh two pounds less this morning than yesterday.  

Hubby and I took a nice walk on the way back from our friends:

Leaving shortly. Got my free bus pass in the post but I'm not sure if it's active before my actual birthday (it gets scanned on the bus). But I'll try it. No sense in paying big fees to the park the car at the airport when we don't have to.  

Anyway, today's menu so far:

porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk

had to finish up the fruit so had pineapple, clementines and a banana

Will be good enough in Morocco for my clothes not to get tight, but not so good that I don't have a good time.  

Have a great weekend ladies.    I'll be back in 12 days.

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/24/2012:
Your starting off the trip on an excellent note Annie, enjoy! I can't wait to read all about it!!

V on 02/24/2012:
Beautiful Pic <3 Happy travels Annie :)

selina on 02/24/2012:
I love that photo! Love the paved walks in the forest - reminds me of Switzerland! Bon voyage!

supercheese on 02/24/2012:
yay for a negative 2 lbs. Isn't it a relief when its just water weight?

liza36 on 02/24/2012:
Have a fantastic trip. Can't wait to hear all about it.

thinkpositive on 02/24/2012:
Have a wonderful trip.

TinaAnn on 02/27/2012:
Have a great time!

biscottibody59 on 03/02/2012:
Hope your trip is all you hoped it would be:-)

hollybelle on 03/03/2012:
Great pic! It looks so much like our KY trails! I am going to try and take some pics of hikes and bike rides this spring/summer!

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 23, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning ladies!  Thanks for your comments yesterday.   You can bet I'll be taking a lot of photos to share and I'll let you all know about Moroccan foods.  

I can't believe I gained 3 pounds in 3 days!!!  Must be a blip, right?!  I better be very careful in Morocco to balance a good time with good sense.  

I've got a LOT to do today with getting ready for our trip.  Heading to the airport hotel tomorrow.  i'll get in a workout later today as I'll get stressed if I don't get everythiing done asap. 

Cupboards are bare as we just got back from our visit and it doesn't make sense to stock up on anything.  So no salad or yogurt today.


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 wholegrain toast with pbj, 2 clementines, fresh pineapple
  • D:  curry & rice, raw carrots
  • S:  hot chocolate, apple
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1389

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

supercheese on 02/23/2012:
lol i wouldn't worry to much about it. May just be water weight but try not to worry and have a good time!!!

sweetpea1977 on 02/23/2012:
Im sure most, if not all, is water retention. Sweat it out with exercise and keep up the fluid intake!

Umpqua on 02/23/2012:
My bet is on sodium, especially if you were eating Mexican food and margaritas. Don't fret, you've been doing so great!

In case I miss you tomorrow, have a safe and wonderful journey Annie!

selina on 02/23/2012:
I can't wait to see photos from your upcoming trip!

V on 02/23/2012:
I bet you are excited for your trip :) I can't wait to see the pics <3

grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 22, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Just dropping by.  We had a fantastic two days with our friends!  We don't see them often enough. Yes, I indulged. Seriously good food and drinks!  A bit knackered now but will post my Thurday plan in the morning. Then we start the journey to Morocco.     

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 02/22/2012:
So glad you had a good time with your friends!

thenewMLE on 02/22/2012:
Glad you are enjoying yourself. ON TO MOROCCO!! Please make sure to detail all the foods that you sample. I love hearing about other cuisines. OH, and pictures too!!!

Umpqua on 02/22/2012:
Glad you had a nice time with your friends and you must be so excited for Morocco!!

V on 02/22/2012:

grannyannie - Sunday Feb 19, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Sunny but cold here.  Had a nice long chat with my 6 year old granddaughter in Michigan on Skype.  It's nice that she can chat on her own now and knows how to call, hang up, and adjust the webcam.  Went for a wee walk around our garden and took some pics.  This one is  a snowdrop.



  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 4 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 5 sets of lower body toning
  • 5 sets of abs
  • 5 sets of 5 pushups
  • Stretch


  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  polenta, yogurt, pbj on toast
  • S:  banana, clementine
  • D:  curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  melba toast & tea
  • Teas and milk

TOTAL:  1320

Going to our friends' house tomorrow morning and we'll be back on Weds. So I won't be posting until Weds night. 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/19/2012:
The Snowdrop is very pretty. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good visit. Take care. :-)

V on 02/19/2012:
You always capture amazing shots :) Have a safe trip Annie <3

selina on 02/20/2012:
Spring is on the way! Enjoy visiting your friends and stay well!

hollybelle on 02/20/2012:
Pretty pic! Enjoy the day!

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 18, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Happy Saturday, ladies!  I took your suggestions and put my shrunken white capris into a cold rinse cycle then stretched them as much as I could and hung them up to dry.  Wore them today under my sweats (too cold to wear them alone!). They now fit pretty well. If I gain very much on our trip I could be in trouble, at least with the capris!     

I'm a list maker so besides my usual packing list I've made a list of everything that is going into my checked baggage just in case it disappears, so I'll know what's gone. I don't trust the cheapie airlines (Easyjet).  Anything of value always goes in my carry on.

Hope you all have a good weekend!  


  • 45 mins of spinning on my exercise bike


  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  polenta, 2 eggs, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  aubergine & pea curry w/rice, salad, drink
  • S:  melba toast, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1315

Keeping the calories low this weekend, then again on Weds when we get home, also on Thursday and on Friday before we leave for hotel airport.  After that.....??  Most of the time I do find myself thinking 'is it worth it?' when I look at something fatty/high calorie.  The answer is almost always 'no'.  

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/18/2012:
That's right, it is surely NOT worth it...see my today's entry and you will see...weird thing is I am STILL HUNGRY!

grannyannie - Friday Feb 17, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Okay. I've been bad.    Aside from all that wine and champagne the other night I also a chocolate frenzy yesterday.  I ate the last two soy chocolate puddings with all the rest of the dark chocolate chips mixed in!!  Also had a piece of hubby's yummy brioche.  

I stupidly washed my new white capris (100% cotton) and put them in the dryer for too long. They still fit in the waist but are tight in the butt.  Still packing them. Scale went up from a low of 129.4 to 131.2.  Not that I'm a slave to the scale.    Keeping the calories low while I'm at home. Visiting friends Monday and Tuesday and coming back home Weds morning. They promised us enchiladas and margaritas for Monday night. Friday we head for airport hotel.  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 4 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 5 sets of lower body toning
  • 5 sets of abs
  • 5 sets of 5 pushups
  • stretch

The gym will be closed for a few days after we come back from our trip so I can't (re)join until March 12th. I am SO ready to join. Getting really bored with my home gym. 


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  polenta, 2 eggs, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, melba toast or packet of dried apricots
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1349

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 02/17/2012:
MMMM Margaritas <3 have a good one Annie :)

grumpy on 02/17/2012:
Hahaha, you made me laugh with the little devil's face. It's fine once in a while. I hope you enjoyed the treats! You're doing awesome!

thenewMLE on 02/17/2012:
I am so excited for you!! Have a great time and I'm sure you will be in those capris in no time at all!!!

thenewMLE on 02/17/2012:
What if you re-wet them and stretch them by hand and then let them air dry? I have some cotton work shirts that sometimes my hubby will throw in the dryer by mistake, and re-wetting it allows me a little stretching! Try it! It can't hurt!

Maria7 on 02/17/2012:
Sorry to hear about your white cotton capris shrinking in the dryer...maybe you can wear them around the house when you are not working in the house and get them stretched back out. Hope you have a good day. :-)

Umpqua on 02/17/2012:
That stinks about the capris, good ideas fromt eh other ladies about stretching them out. Your Monday meal sounds awesome!

biscottibody59 on 02/17/2012:
Hope you have a good weekend! There used to actually be pants stretchers--over time I hope they fit the way you want!

sweetpea1977 on 02/17/2012:
I find that wearing tight pants/jeans around the house before an outing loosens them up. Perhaps you can wear them for an hour or so each day while your not cleaning, working out, cooking or some other activity that would get them dirty and not have to wash them (and possibly shrink them again) before your trip.

selina on 02/18/2012:
Have a great time with your friends, annie! Have a great weekend!

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 16, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0


Well, dinner at our friends was fun.  Food-wise I was pretty good - salad and pate, small piece of garlic bread, steak, homemade chips, veggies, a small piece of cake.  The calories were in the 2 glasses of very nice champagne, then the countless glasses of wine - until 1am!  

Hubby still got up at 7.30 this morning so I'm short of sleep and have zero energy. Supposed to be a full workout day.....no gonna happen.


B:  porridge/raisins/almons/skimmed milk, tea & milk

L:  chicken breast with light mayo on 2 wholegrain bread, yogurt

S:  clementine, apple

D:  chickpea curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink

S:  hot chocolate

Teas and water

TOTAL:  1361

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/16/2012:
Heh, sounds like a fun night and great meal!

V on 02/16/2012:
Drink lots of water and rest up Annie, you party animal ;) have a good day!!

supercheese on 02/16/2012:
lol rest up!!!

selina on 02/16/2012:
Sounds like a wonderful party with your friends! Have a restful day!

Maria7 on 02/16/2012:
Good menu for today. :-D Hope you have a good day.

Maria7 on 02/16/2012:
Thanks for the compliment. Congrats on maintaining your goalweight. :-D

thenewmle on 02/16/2012:
Glad you enjoyed your night with your friends! Hope you had a relaxing day.

grumpy on 02/17/2012:
Wow, Morocco! That's fantastic. Enjoy!

grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 15, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Greetings all!  

  • 45 mins spinning on my exercise bike
  • 100 jump rope - wanted to see how many I could do at one time as I only work in 25 at a time (10 sets) with my tae bo routine
  • B: porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk (286 cals)
  • L: chicken breast with light mayo on 2 slices wholegrain bread, yogurt (394 cals)
  • S:  banana, clementine, (130 cals)
  • D: invited to friends' house for dinner - multi-course, lots of wine.  Oink.  

I've worked out a toning routine to do every other day while we are away.  It works out to about 15 minutes - wall pushups, lift leg back and side for glutes, squats, 2 standing abs exercises, and leg lowering for abs while still lying in bed.  


Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 02/15/2012:
Awesome that you are planning ahead with your vacation routine :) Have fun at the dinner party tonight!

supercheese on 02/15/2012:
Have a good one annie!!!

thenewMLE on 02/15/2012:
I'm glad you are concerned enough to know that going from such a packed exercise program to vacation away from your regular routine that your body still needs some stimulation. A couple days out of routine is a break, but a long time off could be a psychological issue for you. The nice thing about a 15 minute routine is that you don't feel like it takes over your whole day. I know you will do fine and enjoy a wonderful time too!! I'm looking forward to our May get away which was the reason I started to really try and drop some weight. But it is great that you are at your desired weight so I don't think that should change much!

Umpqua on 02/15/2012:
The laying down ab work is a killer. There are hardly any crunches in the P90X ab workout, it's all laying down leg scissoring and cycling - tough stuff!

Maria7 on 02/15/2012:
Good morning! I see that you are really consistant in getting your workouts in! Hope you are having a good day. :-)

selina on 02/15/2012:
Sound like the toning routine to follow during your vacation is perfect: it will keep your muscles active while not getting too tired! Great menu, have a great day!

WII on 02/15/2012:
I have the same swimsuit issues! It seems they were built for small chested women and the larger chested women either strain the strings or have to get the dowdy look LOL have a great trip!

Umpqua on 02/15/2012:
Thank you RE my pics. I'm hoping to see some major changes if I can make it through the 90 days of this program!

moogy on 02/15/2012:
LOL 'oink'! Hope you enjoyed yourself, even if you had a little more than planned:) I sounds like those trousers might keep their roominess during your trip!! So impressed with your routine annie:)

grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 14, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0


Didn't get a chance to read diaries yesterday as going into Glasgow is a long trip - drive, ferry, bus.  More on the swimsuit disaster..... because I have a big bust I had to look for suits with support and big cups.  This severely limited the selection.  I still have a lot of excess skin on my sides under my arms and around my middle.  So a tankini with the right size cups was too tight around my middle.  The tankini shorts have no elastic in the legs, they just hang, and so does my butt....right out of the shorts.  Fine.  It would have worked with the bikini bottoms, but the tankini tops were too tight.  Tried one piece but the swimsuit makers assume that if you have big boobs you must be big all over.  The only option I had where a top and bottom would fit me would be a bikini.  Umm.....no.  I looked good in a bikini when I was 40 - which was 20 years ago!  I'm keeping one or two tankinis in mind that I'm hoping will fit properly before a beach trip in June.  Just need this excess skin to tighten up some!  Or get smaller boobs!

Too many calories yesterday!  My husband's brioche is soooo delicious!  Very small slice of it today. 



  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 4 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 5 sets of lower body toning
  • 5 sets of abs
  • 4 sets of 5 pushups


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages w/mustard on 1 slice wholegrain bread, yogurt, 2 clementines
  • S:  fresh pineapple
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  small slice brioche, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1444


Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/14/2012:
That's weird that the tankinis didn't have elastic on the bottoms! I hope you have better luck when you go in June, and I bet your skin will firm up too with the continued exercise. Have a great day!

selina on 02/14/2012:
Awww, too bad you couldn't find the perfect swimming suit. I think you'll just have to go skinny dipping in Morocco! jk! Have a great day!

supercheese on 02/14/2012:
aww sorry bout the bathing suit fiasco! Maybe you'll find another one somewhere else?

V on 02/14/2012:
Aww I am so sorry..I have a friend here that custom makes suits, i didn't even think about this before but she could have created a masterpiece for you(all she would need are measurements), actually she still can although you won't get the suit in time for your trip..There are alot of women in the world that bottoms don't match the top.. Take me for instance, I have boobs of a preteen but I am curvy on the bottom...LOL.. anyhoo i can send you her info along with some of her designs if you'd like :) Happy Valentine's Day

V on 02/14/2012:
Website http://2Coconuts.com


legcramps on 02/14/2012:
I hate shopping for swimwear :(

sweetpea1977 on 02/14/2012:
Im sorry about the swimsuit situation. that sucks!

getmebackto150 on 02/14/2012:
ugghhh swimsuit shopping never is fun even when you are in great shape like you are... Have a great day!

moogy on 02/14/2012:
I have seen lots of the people on the tele (the closest I get to a beach - thank you very much) wearing different coloured tops and bottoms. Maybe buy two pairs and types and mix and match. You could always e-bay the bits you don't need to a big bummed small breasted woman, they are out there!!! LOL I am wishing you luck and hoping you don't have to swim in the dark:)

moogy on 02/14/2012:
Glad you have a solution to the swimsuit problem, I think some of those coverups are really beautiful, too nice to take off I say!! LOL

thenewmle on 02/14/2012:
Sorry about the swim suit shopping. I had similar problems last year, but I am not as trim as you. I was at 160, which for my height of 5'8" is heavy, but still fit in 12's and 14's. But I could not find a suit that was flattering. I was shopping with my 20 year old daughter who finally pointed out to me, Mom, just pick a suit that is comfortable. You are going to Mexico and will never see any of those people again! So I did, and I enjoyed myself because I saw so many sites and realized that it is such a small portion of the people that have a perfect bathing suit body! And like my daughter reminded me - Mom, you are happily married to Dad and you are not out to pick up anybody, so what good would it do to look so "wow" in a suit anyway. God, I love my daughter!

hollybelle on 02/15/2012:
Your post just reminds me that I want to be able to appear in shorts in public this summer (as opposed to capris) and feel ok in them. A bathing suit - well maybe again someday for me!

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