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grannyannie - Friday Apr 06, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.4

Good morning, ladies! Still resting as I think it's the best thing to do so I can (hopefully) be 100% next week. I'll need to get on the spin bike a few times before I join the spin class. I want to be able to stand up everytime the instructor says!  

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 pbj on toast, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines, grapes
  • L:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps
  • Huge quantities of various teas and water

TOTAL:  1272

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

Umpqua on 04/06/2012:
What a bummer on getting sick, feel better soon! Your retreat next summer sounds amazing, I wish I could join you. Maybe in a few years :)

thenewmle on 04/06/2012:
Take care of yourself and keep drinking your liquids!! i hope you feel better real soon!

biscottibody59 on 04/06/2012:
Hope you get to feeling better--take good care of yourself!

hollybelle on 04/06/2012:
Sorry you aren't 100% yet, but all things in good time. You will bounce back. On the spinning and standing - I don't like standing on my regular bike even up hill if I can help it! BUT, I have found out it give the bum a nice break and can ride further....so maybe.....

selina on 04/06/2012:
Good job on taking care of your health first and foremost! I have never done the spinning classes, group lessons are really intimidating to me... will gather some courage in the future...

sweetpea1977 on 04/06/2012:
Good for you on resting up. You'll bounce back quicker if you let your body fight the bugs in your system. :)

Thanks for the comment!

Umpqua on 04/06/2012:
Thanks so much for the link to the monastery! I looked it up and it's near my alma mater, less than 2 hours from my house. I have a friend who practiced Buddhism for years and still practices somewhat informally. She may be interested in visiting with me, even for a day trip. I'd still prefer to go to France though ;)

grannyannie - Thursday Apr 05, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning, ladies!  Thank for all your support and confidence in me.    The scale dipped back down to 133 this morning but could be all the decongestants I took in the middle of the night. Still not up to hitting the gym. Didn't get a lot of sleep last night as I kept waking up coughing or congested. Got up about 3am and stayed up until after 4.30. Bundled up in my chair, turned on the fireplace, and had some cups of tea with lemon, and did some internet browsing. No energy for a workout today although I hope to have the energy to get on my exercise bike later - better than nothing.  

I'm planning to go on a retreat next spring or possibly summer to the Buddhist community in France headed by Thich Nhat Hanh - the monk we went to listen to in London. It's much more expensive than I realized! Looks like flying is the best option. But my husband will join me when the week is over and we'll do a wee tour around France.  



  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea with lemon
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich w/low fat mayo, yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, grapes
  • Massive quantities of various teas and water

TOTAL:  1290

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

V on 04/05/2012:
Congrats on your loss and i hope you feel better <3

WII on 04/05/2012:
Hope you feel better soon. :)

sweetpea1977 on 04/05/2012:
That trip to France sounds spectacular! Totally worth saving up for a whole year! :)

I hope your feel better soon!

moogy on 04/05/2012:
Oh yuck!! especially not being able to sleep for coughing and not being able to breath:( A wee tour round France sounds like a perfect end to a lovely week:) I hope clear breathing and no coughing arrive sooner than later for you annie:)

grannyannie - Wednesday Apr 04, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 135.4

Good morning, ladies. Sniffle, sniffle, cough, cough. Arghh....   I was not a good girl in London as you can see by my weight gain. I had lowered my goal weight from 132 to 130 last week. I was 132.6 the morning we left. Can't blame it on water or salt as the scale is 2 pounds less than yesterday morning. Really need to go to the gym but just can't do it yet. Going to workout in my home gym today - exercise bike, dumbbells, floors exercises, squats, etc. Hope I can make it to the gym tomorrow. The spin class should be starting soon and I'm anxious to go.


  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogrut
  • S:  strawberries, clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps, hot chocolate
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1316

Goal:  130 lbs, a smaller waist, and able to fit into a tankini by May 29th when we go to the US.  

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

V on 04/04/2012:
I am sure that you will meet any goal that you set for yourself Annie <3

thenewMLE on 04/04/2012:
Go girl!! You have done it successfully after each trip which means you are capable of enjoying yourself AND taking it off again. Having the trips spaced so nicely gives you the time between for toning. I can see you in that tankini soaking up the rays on the East Coast!!! Have a nice day!

selina on 04/04/2012:
Awwwww, I hope you'll feel better soon. Don't worry too much about the weight gain, I'm sure you'll lose it in no time. Concentrate on getting well first and foremost! I'm glad you had an amazing time in London!

sweetpea1977 on 04/04/2012:
You'll be at your goal weight in no time! You are very disciplined with your foods and exercise at home, so work hard towards your goals so you can enjoy your efforts in the USA. :)

Umpqua on 04/04/2012:
I know it's tough to see a different number but I know in your case it's very temporary. And I have no doubt you will meet your new goals because you are focused and dedicated!

thinkpositive on 04/05/2012:
Somehow I know that you'll get back to where you want to be.

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

Hiya ladies! Back home from London. We had an amazing time! My good intentions quickly went down the tube though and I indulged more every day. In a word O.I.N.K.!!!

Walking along the Thames Path to the concert on Sunday:

Back on track today though. Didn't get on the scale this morning but I know I gained, I can feel it. Will get on the scale tomorrow morning.

Woke up yesterday morning feeling stuffy and this morning a sore throat, cough, stuffy head. So no workout today.    I'm just glad I didn't feel sick while we were wandering all over London, or even worse - trying not to cough in the concert!

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  salad w/2 Quorn southern style burgers
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, drink
  • S:  packet of dried apricots, grapes
  • Teas and lots of water
TOTAL:  1257

Travelogue & pics of London trip:

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/03/2012:
Nice picture!

Umpqua on 04/03/2012:
Beautiful pictures Annie, you look fantastic! I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip :)

V on 04/03/2012:
Welcome back!! What a beautiful picture of you, looking awesome Annie.I have to check out the rest of the pics later <3

selina on 04/03/2012:
Gorgeous lady!

thenewMLE on 04/03/2012:
Beautiful picture!! Sorry you don't feel well. A lot of that happens just from traveling and recirculating other people's germs. Get on some vitamins and rest!!! I look forward to your photographic journey.

sweetpea1977 on 04/03/2012:
you look gorgeous!! Beautiful photos of the city as well. Glad you enjoyed yourself!!

I hope you feel better soon!

V on 04/03/2012:
I love pushups I did ALOT of them yesterday

V on 04/03/2012:
Great pics!!!<3

grannyannie - Thursday Mar 29, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Greetings lovely ladies of DD!    Thanks for your comments yesterday!

On the train to London now - First Class  - which means free food & snacks.  Yesterday we arrived in Glasgow after 2pm so by the time I got my lunch at 2.30 I was starving!  Not a good thing.  I ordered a club sandwich and chips (fries).  Was really good!  

Dinner I had ham, eggs and chips (fries) which is under 700 cals.  Good. Not high in nutrition but good calorie-wise. However, I also had in total 2 pints of beer and 1 pint of pear cider (hard). 

This morning I started out well - fried egg sandwich and low fat yogurt - less than 500 cals.  However, on the train they came around and gave us tea, oj, and a bacon panini.  Should have skipped the panini as they'll be offering us a sandwich soon.    

Planning to be good for dinner and will only have one pint of beer because at 7pm we go to hear the buddhist monk speak.  Sometime while we are here I'm going to treat myself to a new dessert at our favourite restaurant/pub - ice cream sundae which chunks of brownie and chocolate sauce.  

I tried on a bikini yesterday and it was not good.  Not good at all.   This belly fat has got to go so I'm going to be very very good when we get home from London.  I'll have two months before our trip to the US.  

Changing goal weight to 130.  I haven't gained enough muscle yet for it to affect the scale and I was happier with my belly size when I dipped down to 128 to 130.  So am changing goal for now.  

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

V on 03/29/2012:
I am sure you will have a blast in London <3

sweetpea1977 on 03/29/2012:
lol, I love the thumbs up to First Class. Thats awesome! I havent had much experience with real train travel, with the exception of the Napa Wine Train that does a big long loop through California's wine country. We made the mistake of riding at night so we didnt see a darn thing on our ride. At least the food was superb (a multi course dinner with wine perfectly paired with each entree).

a bacon panini, oh my! I am a bacon nut so I wouldnt have been able to refuse that, lol!

Hey, do you know if Victoria's Secret ships to Scotland? If so, you should look at their online swimsuit catalog. They have all sorts of suits (including tankinis) that you may like. You can even search by bust size. As far as I know, they have a good return policy, so if you dont like what you chose you can exchange it for something else (they have a complete clothing line as well).

Umpqua on 03/29/2012:
Sounds wonderful. I hope you have an excellent evening and enjoy the speaker!!

sweetpea1977 on 03/29/2012:
I did some searches on tightening up loose skin from weightloss and all I found was to change your body composition with HIIT cardio (decrease fat) and resistance training + core and ab work (gain muscle), massaging your belly with all sorts of oils/creams/exfoliates to make skin more taut, and of course surgery.

I saw a suggestion on a weightloss forum. They said "duct tape works wonders" haha. They also suggested retailers like Lands End, Women Within, Newport News. I know that in the past I've relied on some sort of one piece that had special tummy control. I hope you find something that works for you!

biscottibody59 on 03/29/2012:
Keep enjoying--sounds like a great trip so far!

Just wanted to say what a cool pic that was of the moon. It makes me want to do some homework with my camera--it has lots of features for a fixed lens and sadly after a year I haven't done much experimentation. Time to get on the ball I guess:-)

thinkpositive on 03/30/2012:
Your trip sounds great. And first class service- the way to go when you can. I must be hungry because all of the food that you mentioned sound yymmy.

thenewmle on 03/30/2012:
Enjoy yourself and eat the brownie sundae for me!!!! Sorry the bikini didn't work out. The extra skin can be so frustrating but I think sweetpea has some excellent ideas for tightening. Where is your US destination? If you are coming south, I'd love to meet you!!

thenewmle on 03/30/2012:
Enjoy yourself and eat the brownie sundae for me!!!! Sorry the bikini didn't work out. The extra skin can be so frustrating but I think sweetpea has some excellent ideas for tightening. Where is your US destination? If you are coming south, I'd love to meet you!!

grannyannie - Wednesday Mar 28, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good day, girls!  About to head into Glasgow where we'll stay the night. I'm excited about the trip to London, even the train! Unfortunately we're booked on the west trainline instead of the east coast which gives some stunning views of beaches and the North Sea. But it'll be good anyway.  

Going to try hard to not overindulge!  

Have an amazing day everybody!

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

Kati on 03/28/2012:
Wow, have a nice trip Annie :)

selina on 03/28/2012:
Wow, I just saw your photo of the moon and venus, AMAZING! How in the world you can do that - it looks almost unreal! I LOVE it!

Have a great day in Glasgow!

sweetpea1977 on 03/28/2012:
Enjoy your trip!!

V on 03/28/2012:
Sure a cyber post card will be wonderful :) I am sure whatever you chose i will love it! Have fun Annie <3

Umpqua on 03/28/2012:
Safe travels to you Annie and have a wonderful trip!

WII on 03/28/2012:
Hello! Just checking in! WII was here! :)

legcramps on 03/28/2012:
Have an exciting trip!!!

thenewMLE on 03/28/2012:
Have fun and be careful! And you know if you over-indulge it will just be temporary!!! Look at your recovery from last month so HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!

moogy on 03/28/2012:
Maybe you get to go through Birmingham, what a treat for you!! (sarcasm there) I hope you enjoy the train ride. I remember fondly when I was a little girl travelling on the train from Brum to Essex to visit cousins lying on the seat and listening to the constant bump of the train over the tracks. Nice memories:) I trust that you will not overinduldge, you have already been tested on visit away from home and come out smiling the other side:)

biscottibody59 on 03/28/2012:
Hope it's a good trip--enjoy!

thinkpositive on 03/29/2012:
Sounds like a nice trip and that everything is going well for you.

grannyannie - Tuesday Mar 27, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hi ladies! We've got sunshine again.  Woohoo!  I'm all packed for our trip and ready to go!


  • 40 mins of level 6 on the spin bike - LOTS of standing so very intense
  • 10 mins on the elliptical 
  • Raking up moss


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: almonds
  • L:  2 multigrain toast with pbj, packet of baked crisps, milk
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, yogurt
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1631

Got a photo last night of the moon and venus but couldn't get one that included jupiter as it was too far away:


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

thenewMLE on 03/27/2012:
Beautiful pic!! We saw the moon and Venus also, but it was directly overhead! Did you do a timelapse on a tripod? My favorite used to be photographing lightening. I call it heat lightening but my hubby says there is no such thing. It's that lighting that happens when it's seriously hot and there is no rain and no thunder. Sometimes you can get bolts that travel sideways and shatter into many more. I hope you have another successful trip because I really like looking at your photos - I feel like I got to take a vacation!!

Umpqua on 03/27/2012:
That is just stunning! We've had some amazing skies here recently but I have no idea how to photograph them. I know you will enjoy your trip to Glasgow - I can't wait to get there some day. I've heard so many great things about that city so I love hearing about your travels :)

legcramps on 03/27/2012:

sweetpea1977 on 03/27/2012:
I saw your beautiful pic on facebook and smiled when I saw the same view from my deck hours later. :)

Enjoy your trip!!!

moogy on 03/27/2012:
So beautiful annie! I am willing the sun to shine for you:)

V on 03/27/2012:
What an awesome picture!!! have fun on your trip to London :) I wanna postcard PLEEEEEEESE???

Maria7 on 03/27/2012:
Nice photo! Yes...how was London??? What did you do? Did you shop anywhere? :-)

grannyannie - Monday Mar 26, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hi ladies! Thanks for yesterday's comments.  We had a very nice time at our friends' house last night. Dinner was homemade tomato and onion bread, homemade tomato soup, a really tender roast beef, roast potatoes, salad, homemade apple pie topped in hot custard, and lots and lots of wine. Too much wine.  

Didn't sleep well last night as I kept waking up with a mouth dry as the Sahara Desert. Went to the gym an hour later than intended.  


  • 35 mins on the spin bike - intense
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 nautilus machines
  • cable/pulleys for biceps, triceps, obliques
  • lots of abs and back exercises (including plank)
  • did 10 squats during the rest time after each set of triceps on the pulley 


  • 4 sets of 10 dumbbells - 5 routines
  • leg lifts with ankle weights
  • glute lifts with ankle weights


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 fruit/nut bars
  • L:  2 eggs, 2 veggie sausages, yogurt
  • S:  apple, clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  oatcakes & pb, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1672

GOALS:  waistline 30" or less, smaller bra cup size, a firm, toned and strong body!!


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

thenewMLE on 03/26/2012:
I like your goals Annie!! I've been using the ankle weights just for my leg lift exercises and now I am ordering a 2,3,5 lb pair hand set so I can add a little variety to my still short work out. Last Friday when we walked, I put the ankle weights on my wrist and raised my arms over my head and slowly lowered while I walked. After a mile, I had to give up the weights but I think I am seeing some toning in my arms. I was afraid of "cotton mouth" last night because of all the sodium, so all day long I drank water with lemon and mint and I must have done pretty good, because I only woke up twice for water last night and my rings aren't stuck! That's one of the side effects of too much crawfish! Have a great week!

Umpqua on 03/26/2012:
Great goals! That sounds like an incredible meal last night, I'm glad you enjoyed it, wine and all!

selina on 03/26/2012:
What a wonderfully delicious dinner at your friend's! Have a great day! 30" waistline sounds so amazing! I have to go and measure mine, haha. I have no idea what it is!

supercheese on 03/26/2012:
whooo food sounds good!!! like the goals too!!!

V on 03/26/2012:
Make sure to hydrate :) I am sure most of the toxins have been sweated out at the gym <3 I love your goals!!

sweetpea1977 on 03/27/2012:
your goals are similar to mine! :)

Man that dinner sounds amazing!

grannyannie - Sunday Mar 25, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning, ladies!  It's a rest day for me and my thighs need it! The sun is breaking through the fog so will go for a wee stroll with my camera.

Will be talking to my oldest granddaughter on Skype later.  The wee one doesn't say a lot yet.  


B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk (292 cals)
L:  liver pate on oatcakes, yogurt (334 cals)
S:  clementine, apple (115 cals)
D:  we are invited to friends' house for dinner.  (many cals)

TOTAL:  your guess is as good as mine!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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

V on 03/25/2012:
I hope you get some great shots on your stroll..You always capture the moment perfectly :) Have fun at your dinner party!

selina on 03/25/2012:
Sounds like you are having a great day! Enjoy dinner with your friends!

Your 1st class train trip reminds me of ours, from Paris to London through the channel underground, two years ago. The whole train was first class: foods and wine were included in the ticket price! Unforgettable trip!

moogy on 03/25/2012:
I don't see my son's two boys much even though they are only two hours away, they are too busy, I cant drive that far etc. However I managed to get son to send me photo's and a video over the weekend. The baby is now 16 months old, so cute! Enjoy your skype session, and I am sure you will love just seeing the little one:)

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

Good morning, ladies!  After yesterday's candy bar and massive bread consumption, I'm much lower cals today.  

We're spending the night in Glasgow Weds. and Thursday morning we're catching the train to London and staying there till Monday. This means eating out and drinking beer - in moderation!. Will be sure I do a strength training workout at least twice while we are there and I've instructed hubby to nag me which I should have done for the Morocco trip. We'll do a LOT of walking in London. 

We're going first class on the train (not as posh as it sounds) which means complimentary tea/coffee, sandwiches, snacks.  I will want crisps (potato chips) but they'll be the high fat ones so I'm packing some of my baked crisps. Also packing some fruit/nut bars.  

We'll have wifi on the train, in the hotel, and via mobile so I won't be out of touch. 


Plan to power walk 5 miles if the weather cooperates.  If not, tae bo/rope, bike. Perfect day for a walk!  Did 5 miles. My thighs are yelling at me though as I did serious thigh work yesterday.  Guess I'll have a rest day tomorrow.  

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  liver pate on oatcakes, yogurt, Alpen fruit bar
  • S:  fresh pineapple, clementine
  • D:  veggie & chickpea curry, salad, drink
  • S:  glass of red wine, packet of baked crisps
  • Teas and water
TOTAL:  1360 (that's the plan anyway!)

Enjoy your weekend, ladies!

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

V on 03/24/2012:
Good Morning Annie :) Have a great day!

Maria7 on 03/24/2012:
London sounds like a beautiful place to visit! I always wondered what it is like over there... :-D

Maria7 on 03/24/2012:
It sounds very beautiful. :-D

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