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grannyannie - Saturday Jan 16, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 161.2

No snacks in the house. Not even bread. Not until the 20th. 

Housework. Jigsaw puzzle.

Menu plans:

  • B: porridge with strawberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad, liver pate, cheddar, apple
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S:  hot chocolate
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, diet pepsi

Total: under 1200

Progress as of today: 9.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
Dang! No snacks! Will never happen here, alas, especially now that I bought the freezer. Must be 5 cakes in there now, including a beautiful Boston cream pie and a caramel cheesecake that is to die for.

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
Nope. No snacks. If it's not here I can't eat it. And hubby doesn't snack. Beer is his only vice. He will eat crisps if I buy them. Can't eat gluten and never was a sweets or cakes eater anyway.


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2021:
UGH.....I don't think this house will ever be snack free....I could live on snacks and never eat a meal again...LOL

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
Snacks are my downfall. Can't resist so just had to get tough and keep them out of the house. Did not reorder popcorn on purpose. It's fortunate hubby is not a snacker.


Donkey on 01/16/2021:
BRAVO!!! I give you a lot of credit. That is not easy.

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
I just have to be tough when I order groceries and to not pick anything up when I go in myself.

Of course, next week on Weds I get to enjoy myself!! So that helps motivate me to behave.


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2021:
My hubby is a snacker too....although he controls the sweet things as much as he can....and he likes pickles...UGH!

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
Mine is not a snacker at all. Only if I have something in the house to snack on like something salty. And I think mine was born with NO sweet tooth.

Most of the time he doesn't even want lunch. He's never had more than a small beer belly (except for a while in Uganda when it got pretty big).


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
We just came home from Walmart with a wonderful day old carrot cake. The one I used to bake was better, but I don’t bake anymore.

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
OMG, I'd eat half a carrot cake on one sitting!

I like baking but the problem is I eat it and have to eat it all by myself.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2021:
with your strict no treats, thank gosh for hot chocolate ;)

thank you for the tips on the pants. i'm going to start this weekend washing i pair that i would have brought to the dry cleaners. i'm so glad i will not need to go there all the time...and i can just wash my pants in my apt at my leisure. so much better.

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
I have a low cal hot choc mix and am ignoring the very decadent and high calorie jar of spicy hot chocolate that's in the cupboard!


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
Oh, I want that, Annie!

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
Hot chocolate?


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
Yep, the spicy one

grannyannie on 01/17/2021:
The spicy one is really high calorie and really good. You'll be able to find one on Amazon.



grannyannie - Friday Jan 15, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 161.4

Nearly 10 lbs down from my highest weight. 

I get a cheat day next week - the 20th. I’ve ordered bakery cookies, rose’ wine and one of my favourite beers on click and collect for next Tuesday.  I’ll try to stick to the wine and avoid the high carbs in beer.  And I’ll freeze some of the cookies…… ‘she said optimistically’.

Menu:

  • B: porridge  with strawberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with liver pate and cheddar and apple
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2 - last ones and have not ordered anymore
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, diet pepsi

Total:  under 1200

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/15/2021:
Well done! How are you feeling? Are you noticing positive changes? (Example: clothes for better)

I've got 10 to go, so this post gives me hope.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
First places I feel a loss is in my boobs and belly. Feeling smaller. Can't really tell by clothes because I'm wearing leggings all the time or pajamas.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
I'd like to hit my first goal of 159 by Feb 1st.


Jacky82020 on 01/15/2021:
Good going on that 10 pds Annie, or should I say 4.55 kilos or .55 stones? Lol. I have a freezer full of frozen goodies thanks to the husband. Sad.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
I do pounds when it comes to my weight. I tried stones for a while but too complicated.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
It was actually be .71 stone.


Jacky82020 on 01/15/2021:
I see, thought a stone was 18 pds. But it’s 14.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
Yep. Thought it was weird when I learned about it.


Jacky82020 on 01/15/2021:
Don’t much hear the term. Saw UK doc film on woman who weighed close to a thousand pounds. Constantly used stones & it was hard for me to do the mental math. She went to a physician who specializes in such obese ppl, had the surgery, but her health was so bad, she died a few years later.

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
When I tried using stones I always had to mentall convert of lbs, so didn't bother any more. When talking to a friend about weight though I have to convert to stone for her as lbs don't mean anything to her even though you have to say stones plus pounds. Like I'm now 11 stone 7 lb.

I bought a scale in Thailand to keep with our stuff there and it only weighs in kg - can't find one to do lbs. So I have to convert.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
Think most of our scales have switches to do kilograms and pounds, so does our little postal scale. The husband weighs out the dogs’ dinner in grams and I have to switch it back for weighing letters/packages, Only hear of stones re weight in UK doc films or books. Can never remember if it’s 18 or 14 pounds! Lol. Always seemed weird.



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 14, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 162.2

Goals today:

Clean out my dresser (didn’t do it yesterday but did clean the bedroom)

Sleet this morning and rain the rest of the day. But husband gets on his bicycle every morning for a one hour ride. The only thing that stops him is high winds and heavy rain. 

I’ve had a jigsaw puzzle sitting on the dining table for weeks. It’s one that is difficult as there are too many solid colours. I’ll work on this today because I refuse to give up on a puzzle. I think this is my 17th or 18th since May. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and blueberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with liver pate and cheddar and 2 clementines
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, limited diet pepsi

Total:  under 1200 calories

Workout:

Spin bike: 40 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 8.8 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
We started a new puzzle but my husks has stopped working on it. I can't do it alone. This has happened before, where we finish a puzzle, start another one, and I'm the only one that works on it. But THIS TIME, I'm going to be like you and not give up.

I'm grateful to have indoor exercise tools available to me. I bet your husband feels a little off sorts when he can't get that bike ride in. If he can't go in the morning, but has an opportunity to ride in the afternoon, would he ride then? Or does it have to be a morning thing?

grannyannie on 01/14/2021:
I'd feel like a quitter is I took it apart. I should have known better than to buy one like this. My sister does them as well and she feels the same.

Husband hates it when he can't get out and ride. He'll ride in the rain, no problem, but really heavy with high winds, nope. He goes out at 7:30am to ride, 7:00 when it's not so dark out. In Thailand we both go out at 6am as it's still cool. I really enjoy those. He tries to get me to go with him here but I go in warm sunshine. That's it.


legcramps on 01/14/2021:
The weather is not the best here today either; high wind gusts (i've heard close to 135 kilometre gusts!)

grannyannie on 01/14/2021:
Not windy here and it was mostly drizzle all day. No sun. Can't complain as we had many sunny but cold days through Dec and some days this month.

It's not rare to get 90-100mph winds here (144-160kmh) in winter. See why we spend winters in Thailand?


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2021:
i do not have the patience for jigsaw puzzles lol .....not sure what i will do if i have the privilege of being retired...but luckily i do NOT have to make that decision today :)

xo thank you for your pants tips. I will certainly stop using cleaners on my pants.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
It's been a good distraction because it's been such a hard year in many ways.



grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 13, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 162.2

Car started right up this morning. The problem had to be that it was sitting in the cold for a week. It doesn’t normally get this cold here for such a long time. Normally upper 30’s/low 40’s (or so I've heard since we aren't normally here).

7:30am shopping for berries, tomatoes, bananas, etc. And some stuff for the food bank (I got porridge packets, UHT milks, and Cupasoups). I only saw 2 other customers. It was mostly just the kids who pick the shopping for pick up or delivery and the stockers. I was in and out in about 10 minutes.

Going to clean our bedroom. Changed the sheets yesterday. I’ve got several drawers to clean out so probably do that as well. I’m sure several of the track suit bottoms I have in there are too small, way too small. 

I’m worried about what will happen next week in the US - in every state. There are apparently big organized plans for armed mobs, especially in DC. I knew this would happen if he lost. I just hope nobody gets killed!

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/nuts/dk chocolate bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with ham and cheddar, apple
  • D:   Paneng curry (Thai)
  • S:  popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, limited diet pepsi

Total:  just over 1200

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 8.8 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/13/2021:
Does your car stay in a garage or car port, or is it outside? Most of my neighbors park outside, and Husband likes to park outside too because he has difficulty getting in and out of the car. It's easier for him when he has more room outside. However, if we get snow or very cold temperatures, then I am him to park in the garage.

I'm very worried about next week too.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
We have a single car garage and it is filled with all kinds of tools, 3 electric bikes that hubby often does maintenance on, and everything hubby uses to brew beer including a converted chest freezer where he can put two kegs and taps on the outside. Gardening stuff is in a shed. But there is no room at all for the car on a daily basis. So there is a lot of juggling to get the car to fit when we go away for the winter. We don't bother when we go to Michigan for a month in summer.

I hope nobody gets killed next week but I think that is being optimistic. I heard there were plans for a bombing at the one of the midwest capitol buildings and I have a feeling it's going to be Michigan.


bearcountrygg on 01/13/2021:
Our vehicles are always in the garage......and that helps a lot.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
My sister and her kids keep their cars in their garages, especially in winter.

It would be good if we had a 2 car garage to keep the salt water spray off of the car. Our previous car got rusty on the bottom of it from the salt. Our mechanic told us it wouldn't be worth the cost of fixing it. It was a French car. Mechanic told us choosing a Toyota Yaris was a very good choice. Although my son in law calls it a 'granny car'.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
I horrified over recent evens. We all knew Trump would be a disaster, but who could have imagined death & sedition? All this on top of how he allowed covid to run rampant and kill hundreds of thousands. More support for impeachment among GOP Reps, less confident the senate will convict. Even so, the riots will likely continue.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
I'm horrified at the how the riot was planned and there was cooperation with at least 3 congressmen and lots of cops. Otherwise, I'm not surprised at all.

Apparently, even Mitch has had his 'come to Jesus' moment. Although it is far too late. About 20 gop are in favor of conviction.

There are lots of national guard in and around the Capitol building.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
All 50 state capitol buildings will be guarded (and empty). I'm very glad my son is no longer in the national guard. He finished a few years ago.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Really? Thought it was ~20 GOP representatives, not all that important because the Dems don’t need them to impeach. 17 are needed to convict & I only know of a few. Unless it’s dramatically changed. I should turn on the TV

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
At least 20 GOP senators in favor of convicting him. We have the news on a lot.

Impeachment will be easy.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Hard to believe of the senators! I am turning on TV now. I do get email updates from various sources & I think I’d have 100 in the box now if that many senators would convict. Only 3-4 I am aware of, but here’s hoping.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
Can't remember the source now. I'll have to look again.

grannyannie on 01/14/2021:
Heard on news there are 20 gop senators.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Hard to believe of the senators! I am turning on TV now. I do get email updates from various sources & I think I’d have 100 in the box now if that many senators would convict. Only 3-4 I am aware of, but here’s hoping.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Looks like ~20 Senators may vote to convict if McConnell does. But he’s not saying he will, only that Trump merits it. Saw that yesterday. Wonder when McConnell will speak out.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
Yes, I've heard Mitch didn't say it directly but leaked it to the news.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Hoping so! But also hearing he’s following the GOP company line that conviction will escalate unrest & lead to far more violence

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
I think it probably likely. The cult is already seething with anger because they are sure the election was stolen from them. There is just so much anger and so much hate. I'm really glad I've lived here during all this.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
They will riot one way or the other for some period of time

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
Apparently a big one on the 17th and up through the 20th. And in every state capitol.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Hearing that Many, like ours, is closed down due to covid


legcramps on 01/13/2021:
I can't imagine not having a vehicle start at your current temps, although I would probably not have one sitting without being used for a week either. I have a garage but it isn't insulated. I have to plug in my car in the winter when it gets super cold but normally just being parked in the garage is enough and it starts up just fine. I guess I should not jinx myself!

grannyannie on 01/14/2021:
Yes, just at freezing although one day we did have high winds which were cold come off the sea and of course on the car.

Our single car garage has no room as husband is doing stuff in it all the time. Only goes in when we are gone for the winter.

Anyway, we'll make sure one of us takes it for a drive in between my shopping trips.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2021:
yes, every state and every part of the US is at risk. what's wrong with people. when does violence help!? it's like a W W 3. terrible. the whole world is out of control. middle east also is at an upset. and china is gearing up.

great giving some food to the pantry. they will be thankful for your donations.

grannyannie on 01/14/2021:
It's crazy! So much hate and anger. I know we aren't supposed to talk politics here, but one of the motivations I've heard is that by 2042 whites will no longer be the majority, and that scares the white supremacists and bigots.

We are so fortunate that we don't have to worry about getting enough to eat, having a home, losing a job etc etc. So we should share. I've been poor before and worrying about feeding your kids is the worst.



grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 12, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 162.4

The day didn't start very well. Went out to the car at 9:30 to go into town to pick up shopping. Nothing. Battery dead. So had to phone for auto recovery to get it started.  He arrived about 10:35, got it started and I went into town still making it for my reserved time slot. I guess not driving the car for a week when some nights it’s been -2C - about 28F is not a good idea. 

Anyway all is not lost. It’s sunny today and the scale is going down. Likely fluid loss, but I’ll take it.

Menu:

  • B: porridge (ran out of berries)
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/nuts/dk chocolate (I ordered one box of 3)
  • L:  6 veg salad with ham and cheddar
  • D:  hubby will make a huge batch of curry or Thai dish
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, limited diet pepsi

Total:  just over 1200 cals

Progress as of today: 8.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
Oh, no! Same thing happened to us at the Walmart pickup a few weeks ago. Got to store, went inside, all ok, but wouldn’t restart after they loaded the groceries out back. Fastest & cheapest remedy was to buy new battery inside the store. Wish it had happened at home, then we could have jump started it. Husband always has fully charged extra battery in garage for his auto projects.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
We've never had this happen and we've had this car 4 years. I think it was just sitting in very cold weather and not being driven for a week. Anyway, we are usually gone this time of year and we leave the car in the garage with the battery unhooked or whatever hubby does to it. Always starts right up when we get home.


Donkey on 01/12/2021:
Car problems are never good. I get upset when the tire pressure light goes on. At least you made it to your time slot, so that your groceries weren't delayed. That would have been bad upon bad.

Hey, any loss is a loss. Even if it may be fluid, perhaps it's the "push" that your metabolism needs to start letting go of more weight.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
Never had any problem with this car at all.

I was getting panicky and tried to phone to store to tell them I'd be delayed and can I get another time slot but couldn't get through - just menus to choose and then cut off. I checked and my time slot is actually 10-11:30. I actually got there just before 11. So no problem.

Yes, I'll take any loss. And I'm getting the scale every day. I figure it will motivate me to stick with it.


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
Yep, dead battery situation could have been a lot worse, like having to call a tow truck on the road.

Yep, any loss is good. But some likely to return, but overall the slope’s going down. Have to say I like the Fitbit scale much better than the tracker. But initially the tracker enthralled me.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
The guy was pretty fast and got it started immediately after he hooked it up. We've got breakdown service for free through our bank, as well as travel insurance. I think everybody here has some of breakdown service because there are so many roads that are many miles from a town, or just plain the middle of nowhere.

I like my digital scale which also measures (or is supposed) to measure muscle in different areas of the body by using hand held thingies. I'm sure it't not accurate but can tell you if muscle is increasing or decreasing. I haven't used it for years though.


bearcountrygg on 01/12/2021:
My Moms car sat in her garage and wasn't driven ( when they cancelled her license)in her 80's........the battery kept going dead....and after a few jumps....we were finally able to at least keep it charged...but we had to drive it weekly...for at least 30 minutes non stop...that is what it takes according to the mechanic and the guys in my life.....and we didn't have a problem after that...apparently it also works to just start it...and let it sit in the driveway for 30 minutes as well......but we didn't do that because it would possibly get stolen so we drove it.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
Ours sit in the garage for 3 months in a normal winter - unhooked battery, so no problems. It's the only time we put the car in the garage.

We'll start taking it for a drive in between my shopping trips which are Tues and Weds, unless it doesn't get that cold. It was nearly 50 yesterday during the day, but freezing at night.


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
The husband keeps a battery fully charged in the garage by hooking it up to what’s called a drip charger. Not sure if this can be done on a battery installed in the car. Our car is a 2008 Mini Cooper. Very cute, but he wants to get an electric vehicle & is looking around for a good used one. We have always paid cash for used cars.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
Mini-coopers are cute! Lots of them here.

We have a battery charger for the car but it involves taking the battery out and letting it charge for a couple of hours. And I needed to get to the store for pickup, so didn't choose that option.

Lots of electric cars here and they are putting in more and more charging stations.


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
Never heard of a scale measuring muscle, just fat. Interesting.

We stopped road service. We have a very cheap auto insurance policy, not included. Needed service so very rarely that calling is cheaper than paying annual fee. Helps that husband has worked on cars all his life as a hobby & can usually bail us out.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
We've always had road service but when we changed banks this was included. Too often you can be in them middle of nowhere here!

Yea, I needed a new scale years ago and was looking at them on Amazon and saw this one - it's a Tanita body composition scale. I might do the muscle measurement s again.

My husband is very handy with fixing just about anything but doesn't bother with the car much. We have to have annual MOT's here (complete physical which you must pass to be on the road legally) and also an annual service. That's always been enough.


Donkey on 01/12/2021:
^My Ironman scale weighs fat% and muscle weight. Unfortunately, it also weighs me in a little higher than the digital scale my MIL gave me, so I use the MIL scale most of the time. It's what I used when I started my journey.

The Ironman scale weighs to the 0.2 pound. The MIL scale weighs to the 0.5 pound.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
My digital scale weighs 0.2 lbs and only on the even numbers. Good enough. You can choose kgs or stones or lbs and I prefer lbs.


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
I’ll have to look into both the scales. Never heard of them. We do have a fat % one, but I never use it. Like the Fitbit scale app feeding everything into my iPad & making nice graphs.

They have an annual series of auto tests here in Pennsylvania. None in California, except for smog. Racket! Hate it! Unless maybe it’s good for those unable to maintain safe vehicles. Ain’t us. But we have to go in and pay.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
These checks are VERY thorough and if it doesn't pass you can't pay your road tax and you can't get insurance. We never see clunkers here. Not allowed on the road. We get our annual service at the same time - oil, etc etc. They also wash the car for us!


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
Annie, just reading interesting article re Scotland begin first country to end “period poverty,” by providing free products. distributed at schools. Are they equally generous with condoms etc?

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
No idea if they hand out condoms. Hope so.


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
They should. No poverty between the sheets as some say.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2021:
also, aside from not driving your car, you should check how much life you have in it at the car shop. i heard if less than 30%, it's good to replace. i listen to them when they tell me it's around that because i have dealt with a dead battery in the past and missed work because of it.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
This car is fine. Our mechanic agrees. It's a Toyota Yaris which is very reliable. It only has about 40K miles on it.


Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
Annie, are you getting the stimulus check? Just curious if it’s paid to citizens who live abroad

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
Yes. Got both of them. It was deposited in my US brokerage account already. I don't know why they send it to those abroad. My sister's kids are furious that they sent it to us and they didn't even get one.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
My husband who never lived or worked in the US get SS based on being married to me. He doesn't get a lot, but still. He has his own US bank account as well and had to get a non working SS number. So he got the first stimulus check and the 2nd will be mailed. Between the 2 of us we get 3 US pensions, and 3 UK pensions.


Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
Looks like they’re saying ppl who file taxes have to wait until then. I expect to owe, so it will be credited against that amount. No matter how much xtra I toss at the IRS throughout the year they want more. I’m taking $$$ from the brokerage accounts & donating it to various animal rescue groups, including the one in Africa that rescues African Greys & primates



grannyannie - Monday Jan 11, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.0

I always need some event to motivate me to behave food/drink-wise. There’s a good chance hubby and I will have both doses of the vaccine by early April. Our anniversary is the 17th so we are hoping to spend a night or two in Edinburgh and if the restaurant is open that we had booked for our 20th anniversary last April, we’ll eat there. It’s a gourmet vegetarian restaurant. 

Menu: 

  • B: porridge with blueberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad, 2 Cumberland sausages, apple
  • D:  panang curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total:  under 1200

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Memories come up on FB every day and of course right now they are Thailand.  This was 3 years ago. Looks like the year I actually hit my goal weight before we got there.

 

 

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/11/2021:
Terrific photos! You look really young! Motivators are good. Yours are better than mine. Right now I just want to weigh in low for my 1/22 PCP routine appointment

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Thanks! Usually I have at least 2 trips per year to motivate me.


bearcountrygg on 01/11/2021:
Goals are good......especially if they motivate you......I wish they motivated me...it seems I just have to take things minute to minute...but what ever works is great.

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
When we left Thailand end of Feb I had gained so much I could not logner get into any of my swimsuits or bikinis! That motivated me for upcoming trips we had booked to London. And then everything disintegrated.


Donkey on 01/11/2021:
External goals like an event are excellent tools to motivate. Your April goal seems quite realistic. I love it!

It's hard for me to wrap my head around the beauty of your photos. A restaurant with a beach floor? WOW!

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Lots of restaurants on the beaches. Most restaurants are also open air- roof but no walls. Love to take my sandals off and have dinner with my feet in the sand.


legcramps on 01/11/2021:
Great goal!

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Need to get tough!


Maria7 on 01/11/2021:
Cute photos!!!

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2021:
you look so darn young! you look good, Annie. being active has paid off!

a gourmet vegetarian restaurant sounds SO GOOOOOOD!

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 10, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.8

There is a very good series for Thai cooking that my husband watches. The lady is from Thailand but has lived in the US/Canada a long time so it’s easy to understand her accent. She gives good tips and simple or complicated dishes. 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pailin%27s+kitchen

https://hot-thai-kitchen.com/

When I started counting calories I had to figure out how to count curries. Since most of the ingredients are less than 100calories/100g (except the chicken) I weigh my bowl of curry as 400g and count that as 400 cals. 

Menu

  • B: porridge with blackberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with 2 sausages and apple (ran out of chicken breast slices)
  • D: Thai red curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total:  under 1200

Workout

  • Spin bike: 40 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

A restaurant we go to about once a week when in Thailand. From left: green curry, coconut/chicken soup, chicken/veg/cashew stir fry, chicken sate

 

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/10/2021:
Not really familiar with curry...is it curry powder that makes it curry?

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
It's the sauce that makes it a curry and always has veggies and protein. You can use curry powder or fresh spices.

This was a dinner for two.

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
Good descriptions: https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/182200/whats-the-difference-among-types-of-curry/


Donkey on 01/10/2021:
Your photo looks so yummy!

I bet your kitchen smells so good when your husband cooks! Nice and spicy!

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
Yes, this was very good. Almost but not quite as good as our favourite restaurant where we eat dinner at least 4 nights a week.

Yes, kitchen smells great with so many different smells.

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
I hope these restaurants did not all go out of business! They almost totally depend on tourists.Thailand borders are still locked to tourists. They have low cases and deaths and want to keep it that way.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2021:
hopefully jacky will take a look at the thai cooking links. for now, i'm totally off of cooking new things, LOL....i have different priorities. but i will order thai today.

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
Jacky said she has looked at Thai recipes before and too much and too much chopping.

I've eaten at Thai restaurants in the UK and US and they aren't even close to real Thai food. For one thing they use too little veg and too much meat. Same with Chinese food.


Jacky82020 on 01/10/2021:
Annie, is much Thai food very similar to Chinese? So noticed in Thai cookbook I downloaded from the library yesterday. Lots of dishes with cashews. Same as Chinese. Bought 2 big cans & am giving them to the parrots. Know nuts are healthy, just can’t get into it. Saw a garlic eggplant recipe in the Thai book that seems the same as one I made from a Chinese cookbook. Wonderful dish. Gave away my Thai cookbook and ingredients when we left the West Coast. Same for all the cookbooks. Never much used them & easy to get recipes/books online now, so no loss

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
No, it's not really like Chinese. Different sauces. I've never had real Chinese food - like in China - so hard to say. I do order some Thai dishes that have cashews. Some have pineapple, cucumber, grapes.

My husband uses aubergine (eggplant often).

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
Husband never uses a recipe, ever. He gets ideas from cooking show and uses them, but he never follows a recipe. He's always cooked and is very creative.


Jacky82020 on 01/10/2021:
Wish I had one like that! Mine spends his free time on cars. Always a project going from old corvettes to his current old Opal. And also 2 hours a day working out. Makes his own breakfast & lunch. Same everyday. Snacks on lots of fruit. I do simple dinners which I usually don’t eat myself. He likes steaks etc

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
Mine spends a lot of time working on our big garden as well, and also brewing beer.

I'm lucky he likes to cook. He'd get very plain food if I cooked, and he doesn't like plain very often.


Jacky82020 on 01/10/2021:
Can we trade for a while? lol

grannyannie on 01/10/2021:
LOL, no thanks!


Jacky82020 on 01/10/2021:
Sigh

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Are you sure you want a 72 year old Scot? LOL.


Maria7 on 01/10/2021:
Apples are always good. I need to get some next time I go to the store.

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
I love Pinky Lady apples.



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 09, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.8

Clean living/dining, kitchen floor, laundry room floor. Might clean our bedroom.

I look forward to the day when the news and politics are boring again.

Menu plans:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and blueberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, oat cake
  • L:  6 veg salad, chicken, cheddar
  • D:  Thai red curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: under 1300

This morning:

 

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/09/2021:
So lovely!

grannyannie on 01/09/2021:
Took a lot of pics this morning.


innerpeace on 01/09/2021:
Great picture! I look forward to that day as well.

grannyannie on 01/09/2021:
Thanks.


Donkey on 01/09/2021:
I too look forward to politics as "business as usual" and not all this chaos. I know things will be tough in the US as long as COVID is around, but I still remain hopeful that day will come soon.

I think some of that "return to normal" has started with Twitter's actions. Thank you, Twitter.

grannyannie on 01/09/2021:
First thing I heard on the news when we got up this morning is Twitter banning a certain tweeter. I laughed!

Normal life seems like a dream. Sister and I are hoping we can all go on that trip to DC we had planned for this past Sept. Maybe Sept 2022.


Jacky82020 on 01/09/2021:
Yep, he’s getting the boot all over the place. His online store has been shut down. Joke today is Porn Hub has banned him. LOL

grannyannie on 01/09/2021:
LOL. Everyplace has banned him! Hilarious. But his head will explode and that could do damage.


Jacky82020 on 01/09/2021:
Yes, indeed. Hopefully he’ll slink off to Florida soon


Horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2021:
right!? politics is unreal these days.



grannyannie - Friday Jan 08, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.6

Was a piggy again yesterday. Watched the news. 

Plan is NO alcohol or snacking until inauguration day. I will TRY. Then trying for none until my birthday at the end of Feb. But that may be a bit too long for me.

Forecast is sunny and dry and mid 30’s F.   

Menu:

  • B: porridge  with raspberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar and apple
  • D:  Thai red curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total:  under 1200

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankl weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/08/2021:
You’ve inspired me for do some weight work. Off and on for years, but on again. Working arms only for now.

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I'm still being careful with upper body stuff since I hurt my shoulder badly a few years ago (by thinking I was ready for heavier weights then hurt myself - but kept working out). I eventually want to get back to using 7kg dumbbells (15.4lbs). Heaviest I'm using now is 4kg (8.8lb).


Jacky82020 on 01/08/2021:
7kg is heavy!

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I am doing 2, 3 and 4 now. Used to use 10 for some like shoulder shrugs and side dips.

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I am doing 2, 3 and 4 now. Used to use 10 for some like shoulder shrugs and side dips.

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I am doing 2, 3 and 4 now. Used to use 10 for some like shoulder shrugs and side dips.

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I am doing 2, 3 and 4 now. Used to use 10 for some like shoulder shrugs and side dips.

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I am doing 2, 3 and 4 now. Used to use 10 for some like shoulder shrugs and side dips.

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
I am doing 2, 3 and 4 now. Used to use 10 for some like shoulder shrugs and side dips.

Grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
Arghh hiccups

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
Can't delete any of these!


Jacky82020 on 01/08/2021:
Lol. This can be a clunky site

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
LOL. How annoying it can be!


Donkey on 01/08/2021:
I was a piggy too. It was kind of a hungry day, anyway, but around 4p, I opened a small box of white chocolates, and by the time I called down, I was 500 calories in my tummy.

Obviously, I need to work on this.

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
Me too. For me foodwise it means keeping tempting things out of the house. But the worst thing is beer and I see hubby drinking it which tempts me. Need to be tough!


Jacky82020 on 01/08/2021:
Awful dieting at times when the husband keeps a large supply of cakes and pies. Works out so much and is so muscular he can get away with it.

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
Mine drinks beer, otherwise only a healthy eater. He doesn't really like sweets or junk, so at least I don't have to have it around the house. He will sometimes eat boring vanilla ice cream and if i have nuts or crisps in the house he will eat some, but he'd prefer they aren't in the house.


Jacky82020 on 01/08/2021:
Mine also has a ton of cookies! No beer anymore, but used to. Never liked it myself. Like champagne.

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
Mine was never a big fan of sweets but then they found he has celiacs so can't have gluten. Beer does not have too much gluten to cause him any problems and when he brews beer he adds something to make it gluten free.

I was not a big fan of beer for a long time, just lager sometimes. But then with hubby and a sis in law I started trying new beers and ales and unfortunately I really love the taste - some lagers, IPAs, porters, different flavoured ones.

On long flights I like gin and tonic. In Thailand I sometimes have cocktails like Mai Tai. Like wine. etc.


Jacky82020 on 01/08/2021:
I like sweet mixed drinks, like Black Russians Don’t indulge often. Prefer chocolate and can’t have a lot of both, but some sometimes



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 07, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.6

We were watching the US news yesterday for much of the day for the results of the Georgia race. Then of course it turned into an insurrection at the capitol building. We normally go to bed at 9 but stayed up until almost midnight. More beer than I planned and more snacking. We still got up at 6 as usual and I doubt I’ll have the energy to get on my spin bike. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar and apple
  • D:  Thai red curry
  • S: popcorn, possibly beer for a delayed celebration
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/07/2021:
We watched the news at work, in utter disbelief and sadness and disgust. My instinct was to get home ASAP and hit the wine. I had very little energy for anything.

Maybe just a slow bike ride to stretch out the legs?

grannyannie on 01/07/2021:
It was far too easy for those thugs to get into the building. Some of the cops had to be in on it. There are certain people who need to be arrested and charged with inciting violence and sedition. They knew this might happen so why wasn't the capitol building surrounded by riot cops?

I did a good workout yesterday and am totally unmotivated today. I'm too angry at what happened in DC.

13 more days.


Jacky82020 on 01/07/2021:
It is unbelievable. One can only hope it never happens again. On the bright side Trump and his thugs have further discredited themselves & we will see more Dems elected. His insanity probably cost the repugs the Georgia senate loss, the nation’s gain.

grannyannie on 01/07/2021:
His lunacy has definitely helped the 2 GA senators get elected.

I'm worried about what he will do in the next 13 days. I doubt they'll do the 25th amendment.


Jacky82020 on 01/07/2021:
25th looking unlikely per experts on MSNBC. Can’t be instantly done and the Moron can appeal

grannyannie on 01/07/2021:
Yea, they won't do 25th, just talking about it. But he can do a lot of damage in 13 days. He'll incite more riots.


Jacky82020 on 01/07/2021:
He will certainly try. Whenever he goes as low as he can, he outdoes himself.

grannyannie on 01/07/2021:
Yea, just when you think you can't be shocked any more, he does.


Jacky82020 on 01/07/2021:
Exactly. And been going on for years. Hope he doesn’t strap a bomb to his chest and blow up the Capital


Maria7 on 01/07/2021:
A lot to pray about in the world we are all living in.

grannyannie on 01/08/2021:
It's a big mess!



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