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grannyannie - Wednesday May 02, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 131.6

Hello ladies!  Hope you are all having a fantastic day!  Another lovely sunny day here.  Wish it was warmer though - it'll hit about 60F. Supposed to cool down again.

I'm struggling trying to learn French. I'd be so proud of myself if I learned it on my own as I never bothered to learn a language before, at least not with all the proper grammar rules and not good enough for a conversation. I would be so pleased to go to France next year and be able to deal with trains, restaurants, and hotels totally in French!  

Gym Workout:

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

Home workout:

  • dumbbells, planks, push ups, side dips with dumbbell, lots of abs

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  postworkout - 2 oatcakes and pb
  • L:  4 oatcakes with liver pate, yogurt
  • S:  apple
  • D:  veggie curry (Quorn, aubergine, green beans, mushrooms, etc) & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  chocolate soya pudding, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1499

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

V on 05/02/2012:
I will gladly swap temperatures with you :) Hahaha Are you doing Rosetta Stone? I heard that is the best program for at home study..BtW I took French for 3 years in H.S. and I wish I would have kept at it.. I am sure in time you will be able to eloquently express yourself! Have a good day Annie!


selina on 05/02/2012:
Bonjour! Comment vas tu aujourd'hui? Il fait très cool ici aux Etats-Unis, aussi. Sauf pour hier - c'était comme si l'été est arrivé soudain! Une excellente journée a vous!


sweetpea1977 on 05/02/2012:
Its gonna be 86 degrees here! Perfect for swimming in the pool, but it isnt open yet!

I learned Spanish in high school from a Chinese woman and a German man. I only took those classes to fulfill the foreign language requirement. French was the only other option and I stayed away because that class was tough!! I regret not taking French though. I mean, Im part French for crying out loud I dont know my ancestor's language! Anyway, good luck on learning it. I think it would be so cool to order food and ask for directions in the native language of the countries you're visiting!

Great exercise plan!


supercheese on 05/02/2012:
I WISH i knew french!! Sounds like such a pretty languages....I know a ton of languages (Hebrew, Arabic, German, Yiddish, and Spanish...and a tiny bit of hungarian)....Always been good at languages...dont know why lol


thenewMLE on 05/02/2012:
I really should have studied French because of our French heritage. But since Katrina, my Spanish has been used a lot. Most of our work force is Honduran (they were here before the storm, but they are now the main trust of the city's work force) and my Spanish was so rusty!! French spelling always intimidated me whereas Spanish was more phonetic. I'm sure you will be fluent enough to eat well and get directions by the time you go!! Have a great day (as I sweat with the A/C on at 92 degrees!!)


legcramps on 05/02/2012:
Great workout! I only know a smattering of French, and I live in Canada! I'm sort of ashamed of that, since I did have enough french courses to learn how to communicate in French, but at the most all I can do is the introductory sort of stuff (hello, my name is, how are you) and simple words that are easily comparable to English.


moogy on 05/02/2012:
Oh! those French grammer rules, crazy. I did eight years of French and only four of German and still know more German than French!!! RYC yes maybe stay away from the padded bras!!! LOL



grannyannie - Tuesday May 01, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 131.6

HI ladies! We've got lovely sunshine and it might even get all the way to 60F!  

Workout:  Doing the lower body part of my at-home workout.  

  • legs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges with weights

Starting a round of super-cleaning the house a room at a time...all that stuff that doesn't get done during regular cleaning.  Today is kitchen - the most work.  Climbing up on the counters to get the tops of cupboards, washing the windows, cleaning the glass doors on the cupboards, the hood over the cooker, shining up the stainless steel cooker (ugh), cleaning microwave, kettle, toaster, etc etc etc. No one would notice all this but I'll know it's cleaner.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  1 clementine
  • D:  veggie curry or veggie chili with rice depending on what my chef decides :-)  salad, drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1376

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Progress as of today: 35.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

V on 05/01/2012:
60 is perfect! I hope you have pleasant weather from her on out, have a lovely day too Annie <3


legcramps on 05/01/2012:
Busy cleaning day! Have fun!


thenewMLE on 05/01/2012:
Annie, that cleaning is more strenuous than your hardest workout day!! I hate cleaning over the stove because those are the arm muscles that are the weakest and polishing chrome takes real muscle!! Enjoy your clean kitchen! I will start the house pick a part after our trip. I have really neglected my Saturday usual house cleaning because Hubby has been pushing to ride bikes all day, which I am not complaining about, but my house has suffered! But I guess that is repairable after we repair our bodies from all those years of neglect!! have a great day!


sweetpea1977 on 05/01/2012:
I agree with MLE, deep cleaning is a real workout!

Enjoy your sparkling clean kitchen!


sweetpea1977 on 05/01/2012:
RYC: YES! :-)


moogy on 05/01/2012:
I love it when my little home is clean even in the places other people can't see. RYC Maybe a padded bra???? LOL I think you deserve a new dress, a fabulous one!!


LeakingLife on 05/01/2012:
Very nice garden picture below! I have high hopes for the "self-cleaning" thises and thats for the future:-) Nanotechnology and all that jazz!

Have a good Wednesday!



grannyannie - Monday Apr 30, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.4

Greetings, lovely ladies!  Hope you're all getting healthy and fit!

Great workout at the gym this morning (after my teeth cleaning - ouch). 

Workout:

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

Home workout:

  • dumbbells, planks, push ups, back situps, side dips with dumbbell, lots of abs
Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes with pb
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  leek/bean/potato soup, multigrain seeded homemade bread w/light spread, salad (spinach, lettuce, carrot, red cabbage, radishes, celery, tomato, cucumber - 1 tbsp low call vinaigrette), drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps, diet pepsi (bad, I know)
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1561

4 weeks from today we begin our journey to Michigan to see my granddaughters, my niece's wedding, warm/hot weather, a week at a Lake Michigan beach, shopping for cheaper American stuff including new Asics, gym outfits!

Goal is to be 129 lbs before we go. I've changed my weight listing as it's been consistently 132 recently.  

Progress as of today: 34.6 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

selina on 04/30/2012:
Good job on the gym workout and teeth cleaning - ouch indeed! But very necessary if we want to stay healthy! Have a great day!


supercheese on 04/30/2012:
Have a great day!!!


Umpqua on 04/30/2012:
You must be psyched for your trip to the States and I know you will meet your goal so you can enjoy yourself here!


sweetpea1977 on 04/30/2012:
Oh boy, a trip to the US! How exciting!!

Your workouts are awesome. Keep it up!


V on 04/30/2012:
Your workout sounds great!! I am sure you crushed it!!


moogy on 04/30/2012:
I think you should be at least a little excited about the trip annie!!!!! LOL The family will get to see the new fabulous annie at the wedding, I hope you have something knock out to wear! Have a good week:)


thenewmle on 04/30/2012:
Yes ma'am, I am one proud Momma!!! I can't believe time as gone so quickly. My daughter was so excited to see me yesterday - she kept calling me skinny minny! She said she is even more excited because when she starts to have wedding parties she knows I won't be frantic about what to wear. She really made me feel good about myself. I know you will not only meet your goal, but look stunning at the wedding in Michigan. I enjoyed your pics from the other day. They are very soothing. Have a great week!



grannyannie - Sunday Apr 29, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Happy Sunday, ladies!  Sunshine yet again! England is getting tons of rain and some flooding but we're basking in the sun up here in Scotland.

Rest day but did do all the housework I didn't get around to yesterday. I was busy researching which android to upgrade to.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg, polenta, yogurt, dry multigrain toast
  • S:  banana, clementine
  • D:  leek/potato/bean soup, multigrain seeded homemade bread with light spread, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, soya dark chocolate pudding
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1414

Took some garden pics yesterday: 

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

CA_Dreamin' on 04/29/2012:
So, so, so , so BEAUTIFUL! Jealous over here.


TinaAnn on 04/29/2012:
Scotland looks so beautiful. I have some Scottish ancestry and have always wanted to visit there.


V on 04/29/2012:
Beautiful pic Annie! So good to hear that it was indeed a sunny weekend for you <3



grannyannie - Saturday Apr 28, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Happy Saturday, ladies!  Sunshine yet again!!   (that's a big deal here!)

I completely ran out of steam yesterday and was unable to do my home exercises after the gym. So I'm doing them today. I do struggle to do them after my 1.5+ hours at the gym, even after lunch and time to rest and digest it. But there doesn't seem to be any other way to do it. Since small muscle work should not be 2 days in a row, don't know what else I can do.  Maybe I can split them up as legs are not small muscles so I could do the squats, lunges, leg lifts with ankle weights on non-gym days, and do planks, dumbbells, pushups, abs and dips with weight on gym day. Hmm...will experiment with this and do a bit of research. 

Workout:

  • dumbbells, planks, push ups, legs/glutes with ankle weights, squats, side dips with weight, lunges with weights, lots of abs
  • housework!

Menu: 

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 eggs, polenta, yogurt
  • S:  pineapple, satsuma
  • D:  leek, bean, and potato soup, multigrain seeded homemade bread with light spread, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 oatcakes

Teas and water

TOTAL:  1392

 

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

V on 04/28/2012:
I am sure after tweaking your at home routine so you won't work the same muscle group back to back, you will have lots of steam young lady <3 I hope for more sunshine for the rest of your weekend Annie :)


Umpqua on 04/29/2012:
I like the idea of splitting up the exercises. I know in my BeachBody videos they always say you should just work the muscles to the point of fatigue, that's the goal. Any more than that and you risk injuring yourself. So as long as you're feeling that burn/fatigue in your muscles you are doing it right young lady!



grannyannie - Friday Apr 27, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Hiya ladies!  The sun is shining!  Had a great gym workout!  Still have my home exercises to do but feel very tired now.  I suppose I could wait and do them tomorrow as I've got no workouts Sat or Sun except housework and maybe a walk.  

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for obliques, biceps, triceps

Home routine:  either today or tomorrow depending on whether I get the energy today.

  • dumbbells, planks, push ups, legs/glutes with ankle weights, squats, side dips with weight, lunges with weights, lots of abs
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout 2 oatcakes with pb
  • L:  2 eggs, polenta, yogurt
  • S:  pineapple, grapes
  • D:  Quorn fillet, boiled potatoes with light spread, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, dried apricots
  • Teas and water
TOTAL:  1512
 
Have a great weekend, ladies!  
 

 

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

selina on 04/27/2012:
Have a great weekend! Good job on the gym workout!


thenewMLE on 04/27/2012:
As much as you enjoy traveling, I bet it feel good to be home and back into your routine!! Have a great weekend!


CA_Dreamin' on 04/27/2012:
Thanks for the comment and the tip! I belong to too many sites where you can comment in a thread so I gotta remember that this site is different. Happy weekend to you!


hollybelle on 04/27/2012:
Have a great weekend, Annie!


moogy on 04/27/2012:
Nice to have a 'free' weekend, although, knowing you there will be something on the agenda:) Enjoy the sun while you can, I know it can be a bit elusive up there:) Have a lovely weekend annie;)


glycrina on 04/27/2012:
great menu. I need to take a cue from you.


V on 04/27/2012:
Have a wonderful weekend Annie <3


TheMother on 04/27/2012:
What is Quorn? I admire your discipline in keeping up with the exercise. I do not like "formal" exercise per se but I do a lot of walking in my development and I also maintain the lawn and shrubs/flower beds so I think that counts for something. Thanks for the warm welcome back.


LeakingLife on 04/27/2012:
Good going with the spin class--hope it turns out to be just the level of intensity you were hoping for!

Have a good weekend!



grannyannie - Thursday Apr 26, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Hiya ladies! Went to spin class this afternoon. The daytime classes are only 30 mins long and since they only began this week it wasn't extremely tough. I've signed up for next Thursday doing a 12:15 - 12:45 and then the 1:00 - 1:30. Got a big compliment from the instructor at the beginning of class. She was writing out a slip of paper to tell us our target heart rates by age and when I told her I was 60 her eyes got huge and she said 'you're 60?!' like she found it hard to believe.  

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin class

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 slice multigrain with pbj, yogurt
  • S:  grapes, 1 satsuma, 1 oatcake
  • D:  chickpea/aubergine curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  dried apricots, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1319

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 04/26/2012:
What an awesome compliment!! And good going on spin class, sounds like fun :)


legcramps on 04/26/2012:
Awesome! Way to rock the spin class!


selina on 04/26/2012:
Amazing compliment by your teacher, I'd be all smiles all day long! I got inspired by your hubby's menu and tried cooking my own chickpea/veggies(bell peppers, onions, celery stalks) curry and rice. I used indian curry from a very nice spice market in my town and I really liked it! I usually use thai curry (or japanese), but the indian curry is also good.


selina on 04/26/2012:
I did not eat the rice though I think it's the best part ;)


moogy on 04/26/2012:
Oh nice compliment! I bet you enjoyed that one:) Like I said you must be the fittest grannie in Scotland:) Just look at that graph and those progress numbers .8 to go to goal. How exciting:)


V on 04/26/2012:
It's true working out keeps ya young <3 Have a good day young lady :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Hello ladies!  Back from Inverness!  Saw my hubby's first grandchild, an adorable wee boy named Mason.  So that's 3 grandkids between us now.    As for eating, well...... I won't mention what I ate and drank.  

About to leave for the gym and this is my plan for today:

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for obliques, biceps, triceps
  • back sit ups

 At home:

  • dumbbells, planks, push ups, legs/glutes with ankle weights, squats, side dips with weight, lunges with weights, abs

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  fruit and nut bar
  • L:  multigrain toast with pbj, yogurt
  • S:  banana
  • D:  chickpea & aubergine curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate
  • Teas and milk

TOTAL:  1368

Edit:  at the gym today I discovered that the spinning classes have begun. All the daytime classes are only 30 minutes though. I was hoping for at least 45 but those are all around dinner-time and I'm not going all the way into town at that time.  Anyway, signed up for a class tomorrow.  

 

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 04/25/2012:
Congratulations on the new arrival and I'm glad you have safely returned!


Em17 on 04/25/2012:
Congrats! Have a great day!


V on 04/25/2012:
Welcome Back!!!


thenewMLE on 04/25/2012:
Congrats again on the new addition! Glad you had a safe trip.


hollybelle on 04/25/2012:
Congratulations on the addition of Mason to your family. Will they let you do two spinning classes? But on second thought - they probably don't offer them back to back. Maybe if they are popular they will add time to the classes. I want to try spinning again. I tried it a long time ago and didn't like it, although you know I love to ride bike. I think it was because the instructor yelled the whole time. I didn't like that - very demotivating!


selina on 04/25/2012:
Congratulations on the new baby, yay! I hear that being a grandma is amazing!

Great to see that you are back and doing your exercises and all! I love that curry and basmati rice that your hubby cooks for you, yum!


LeakingLife on 04/25/2012:
Congrats!

I'm sure you'll be back in your groove soon--have a good evening!

aka biscottibody59



grannyannie - Saturday Apr 21, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Happy Saturday, lovely ladies!  

I'm going to have to stop baking!!!  I could not keep my hands out of those yummy granola bars yesterday! My husband really liked them as well and kept dipping his hand into the container as well. This is quite a compliment as he doesn't behave that way.  So I've put the box back in the laundry room on a high shelf as having it them in plain view in the kitchen was a disaster.  

Workout:

Got lots of little re-organizing projects to do around the house, so will be busy with that. Might get on my exercise bike later though. I'd like to power walk but the clouds outside are quite dark.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 egg, 1 slice multigrain toast with dab of light spread, yogurt
  • S:  strawberries, 1 clementine
  • D:  probably aubergine (eggplant) curry with chickpeas and veggies, basmatic rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 oatcakes
  • Teast & water

TOTAL:  1308 and no cheating!!

Goals:  keep building those muscles!  Get down to 129 by May 28th for our trip.  This morning I was 132.  

Have a great weekend!!

Edit:  tomorrow morning going to see hubby's grandson who was born late last night.  So we'll be gone till Wednesday night.  

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/21/2012:
I was just commenting to thenewmle that I don't see how she can bake cookies for the kids and not have ANY. I just don't make stuff like that because I have no descression when it comes to eating them. I don't know how to "pace myself". Good idea putting them out of sight. I can do that sometimes, but then I hear them "calling my name" from the box in the dining room chest! Have a good day!


Umpqua on 04/21/2012:
I want to try that granola bar recipe, looks great! For whatever reason, I'm usually able to label certain foods for the boys and stay away from them. Of course I avoid baking things that are truly tempting to me...we'll see how this works out moving forward since the boys' appetites seem to be growing and growing. I shudder to think what our grocery bill will look like in a few years!


V on 04/21/2012:
Congrats on the newest addition to your family :) I hope your day went well Annie <3


TinaAnn on 04/21/2012:
Congratulations on the new baby!


thinkpositive on 04/22/2012:
I know what you are saying about putting food out of sight! It usually works for me also. But you are brave to bake. Babies- i love them. There is a baby here that I have to visit every week just to have my baby "fix"!


thenewmle on 04/22/2012:
I have been baking for the neighborhood kids and my biggest temptation is DURING the process. I love raw dough and hot cookies right off the pan. But I stayed focused and gave the cookies to the kids so they would be out of the house. The second batch they ate some that night, but left the rest. I put them in a container and brought them to my niece for her birthday. As rewarding as the cookies used to be, now the weight loss is more rewarding so I am moving away from the dreaded temptation but I am really excited that I can still bake without hampering my food choices. As much as I like the taste of my sugar treats, I get just as much satisfaction when everyone else eats them and raves about them! So I didn't want to lose the ability to bake for others. Congrats on the new grandbaby!!!


Maria7 on 04/23/2012:
I know what you mean about the baking. I love to bake cakes but don't usually unless Hubby and I are going to take them somewhere, like to a church supper, so I don't be tempted to eat most of them, haha! :-)


selina on 04/23/2012:
Those granola bars sound amazing! Yum! Good job hiding them! It's the same in this house, If I keep my food on the counter, the whole family will eat them until it's all gone!



grannyannie - Friday Apr 20, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Hiya ladies!  Made some granola bars yesterday and they are good, but not low cal.  Thought they'd be good post workout snacks after the gym.  I'll post the recipe in the forum but it's in metric and really not sure how to convert it. 

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulleys for obliques, biceps, triceps
  • back sit ups

At home:

  • dumbbells, planks, push ups, legs/glutes with ankle weights, squats, side dips with weight, lunges with weights, abs

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  cinnamon berry granola bar
  • L:  4 oatcakes/liver pate/low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  leftover chicken, potatoes, veg, salad, drink
  • S:  1 oatmeal raisin cookie
  • Teas and water

TOTAL: 1504

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 04/20/2012:
Here's a link to a converter calculator for recipes: http://southernfood.about.com/library/info/blconv.htm

I also added it on your recipe in the forum.

Enjoy your day--cheers!

Nice pics--I like that building too--thanks for including it!


legcramps on 04/20/2012:
Nice job! Love the royal potty chair pic from your trip LOL!


V on 04/20/2012:
Great workout Annie :)I hope you had a great day!!



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