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grannyannie - Monday Oct 19, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Workout:

I found the 3kg (6.6lb) dumbbells too heavy for me for some of my upper body routines after not being able to do them since the end of July. So I've ordered a set of 2kg.  3kg is the lightest I have except for those wimpy 0.5 kg wrist weights.

Spin bike: 25 mins - standing, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 

Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts wearing 0.5kg/1.1lb wrist weights). 

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: skinny banana shake (coconut milk, cocoa, stevia, vanilla, crushed ice)

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Thai green curry

Drinks: diet tonic, low cal fruit drink, water, diet pop, tea

Total: 1114

 

 

Donkey on 10/19/2020:
Good for you to get a lighter set of weights. No sense in injuring yourself trying to get back to where you were.

You may find the lighter weights to be helpful on those days where you want to weight gain but don't want the (whatever) of lifting heavier. That is to say, some days, it feels good to use lighter weights with lots of reps.

I just noticed: you don't snack much.

grannyannie on 10/19/2020:
Just the popcorn and then the coffee in the morning with an occasional quinoa bar.

I've got weights at home up to 7kgs (15.4lb) but after I hurt my shoulder a few years ago (by lifting dumbbells that were too heavy - 10kg), I was using the 3kg ones ever since. I hope to eventually move back up to where I was.


Jacky82020 on 10/19/2020:
Good idea trying lighter ones. Maybe you can use the heavy ones for something in the future. What is Porridge.? Same as oatmeal?

grannyannie on 10/19/2020:
I can use the 3kg for biceps and a few others but some like overhead etc just felt too heavy. I think my muscle dissolved!!

Yes, porridge is oatmeal.


bearcountrygg on 10/19/2020:
I'm using 1.5 and 2 pound weights......and quite happy with them.....( they are what we have so we are just using them for that reason).....and I'm finding them comfortable...my actual arms are looking firmer...but...unfortunately my bat wings are looking worse......BUT....I can wear sleeves that mostly cover that up...I'm liking the extra strength which is what I wanted...I'm just looking for toning up and more strength.

grannyannie on 10/19/2020:
Can't get rid of bat wings after you are about age 50. I tried. Lots of triceps muscles but the bat wings still stayed!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2020:
awww, so sorry that you had to order lighter weights....hopefully you'll be back up to the heavier ones next year :)

grannyannie on 10/20/2020:
Hoping to eventually get back to my heaviest ones.



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 18, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Well, I tried. Weekly calories aren't going to work for me. I need one a week where I don't count at all - like when we unexpectedly get together with friends, or when hubby wants to make veg and shrimp fried rice (impossible to calculate calories). 

So I’m doing 1,000 to a max of 1,200 per day 6 days a week. And on one day a week I won’t count, but doesn’t mean I can pig out or drink lots of alcohol (except during election stuff!).

Goals:

Tasks on my list:  Clean out the bottom of my closet. Reorganise my dresser drawers and put stuff in bags to give to charity shops.

Spin bike: 25 mins - standing, sitting, jumps, hill climbing (plan to evetually work my way up to 60 min) Done

Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts wearing 0.5kg/1.1lb wrist weights). Done

Upper body 1 set of 5 reps using 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells (these are my lightest - wish I had some 2 kg). Still have some soreness from my injury so I'll be slow & gentle. Had to only do 2 or 3 for some of them - too heavy. Done

Read/audiobook Done

Go outside

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: cappucino w/coconut milk, quinoa bar

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Thai green curry

S: popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1118

 

Jacky82020 on 10/18/2020:
I couldn’t do the weekly calories myself. It does work for some. Even the CR people do it, not all, but some. I am trying to eat basically the same foods everyday. Trying being the operative word.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
I eat basically the same every day as well. But weekly means no way I can be flexible when something unexpected happens.


Jacky82020 on 10/18/2020:
Awesome! That’s the way to go, girl!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/18/2020:
YOU do YOU...and if that means not counting weekly calories, don't do it!

you have been successful always in your goals, so def do what works for you!

boy does the shrimp and veg fried rice sound GOOD.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
I gave it a try - 3 weeks. Sounded like a good idea that bear liked it. But just not for me.

One of my favourite indulgence meals in Thailand was veggie fried rice mixed with bits of bacon or ham and topped with a fried egg that is crispy around the edges.

The other was deep fried shrimp.


Donkey on 10/18/2020:
Aren't you glad you tried the weekly calories approach, though? At least you know now what works better for you and your lifestyle. As you mentioned, you'll just have to take care that you don't go overboard on your "free day". One your "free day", perhaps try to do "one less" of anything than you want - one less slice, one less scoop (or pour), one less drink, etc.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
Yes, glad I tried so I know what works best for me. And having a day when I can have a bit of a cheat will keep me from giving up. I still can't keep binge worthy foods, or at least not much of it.

I admit I'm really looking forward to election night for more than one reason - I get serious treats - ice cream, Doritos and beer.


bearcountrygg on 10/18/2020:
Well...you gave it a try....so now you know. So that just gives you another opportunity to try something else that may just work better for you. I Am so looking forward to election night too.......but for different reasons....I just want all of this political mail and phone calls to stop...LOL

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
Yes, I am anxious for the election to be over and the nightmare. Of course, I don't get any political calls or mail over here.


Maria7 on 10/18/2020:
I need to clean out the bottom of my closet, too. I got the rack organized a little while back and now it is time to put warmer clothing on the racks, too. Hope you have a good day and glad you healing well. Take care.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
Feels good to get everything organised. Nearly healed, thanks!



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 17, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Made a list of all the chores I need to do. Usually when I do a deep clean I do one room top to bottom. Now I’ve divided my list into what I need to do in each room and am just choosing a task one at a time no matter what room. 

Did a videochat with my sis in law in Australia this morning. We were supposed to vist them in Nov but of course had to cancel. 

Goals:

  • Housework:  Clean and organize the bathroom cupboards like I’d planned to do yesterday but ended up on the phone with my sister for 2 hours. Done
  • Spin bike: 20 mins - standing, sitting, jumps, hill climbing Done 
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, 2 x 10 upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb) - going to carefully try a couple of routines with 3kg dumbbells Done
  • Read/audiobook Done
  • Go outside Done

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn, 2 beers
  • Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1377 (about 55 cal surplus)

 

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
Have you ever checked out the flylady site? She moves around the house like that...having dailies that always happen...but her theory seems to be that if you do your dailies, and work on areas in different parts of the house you will eventually have it all done.......Her website is quite interesting.....

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
I'll check it out. Normally I've done one room at a time top to bottom and will also shampoo carpet in each room when I'm done with the rest of the room. When I do the living room I start with the ceiling light fixtures and any cobwebs in corners then I take everything off the bookshelves (lots of souvenirs from Uganda on top).


bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
I've done it that way too....and it is nice to have 1 spot that you know is totally done...The flylady way works too....but over time. The thing I didn't care about with her way was that she told us what to do each day and sometimes I really really wanted to work on a different area...LOL

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
I just finished cleaning out and re-organizing the 4 cupboards in our bathroom. Nice!

Oh no, can't be told what to do each day.


bearcountrygg on 10/17/2020:
Yup...that was the thing that finally made me stop getting her emails......I like to pick what i work on too. I see what she is teaching I think....that you can pick a small area daily and accomplish something...but like you...I like to see the total room put together.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
Yea, what I do will work for me.


Jacky82020 on 10/17/2020:
Great plan, Annie. You are quite the busy beaver. I love beavers!

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Got a long winter ahead and looks like we are stuck here and probably not getting together with friends (2nd wave) so I need to be productive.

I've got a really good interactive French programme so I plan to work on that. And I have tons of books to read.


Donkey on 10/17/2020:
Well done on your daily goals! I found that your change in cleaning approach was very interesting. I think that meshes more with what I do. I do a task around the house, rather than tackle one room specifically. However, I *do* tackle one area, from time to time, e.g. pantry, container cupboard, etc. <<<Closet should be added to this list but I just can't do it.

I'm having serious second doubts about visiting my family in Nevada for American Thanksgiving. IDK...

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Yes, I have one closet/cupboard I'm putting off doing. Others aren't too bad.

We won't go anywhere and a lot of families are going to have very quiet holidays this year. I heard on the news that family gatherings are responsible for many cases.


Jacky82020 on 10/17/2020:
Flylady! Lol. Will have to check that out. I have heard of ppl dancing and exercising while doing housework.

grannyannie on 10/18/2020:
When I do a job that keeps me in one place (and no vacuum or carpet shampooer noise) I put on a playlist and sing while I clean. This works best in the kitchen where I clean out and wash all the cupboards inside and out (cupboards are white and some have glass doors).



grannyannie - Friday Oct 16, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Our friends came by yesterday and we sat out on the patio all bundled up drinking beer and wine. The wife’s birthday is Nov 4th and they want to have a birthday gathering out on their patio with a patio heater during the afternoon. I am staying up all night Nov 3rd for the election so should be interesting with no sleep. The husband (he’s English) says he is staying up all night election night as well. He’s very interested in all politics.  

Put my regular exercise bike on a local FB site of items for sale. I said Free for pickup and got 3 replies within minutes. Was picked up this morning. I even found the user manual.  I think I bought it in early 2010 but rarely used it while I was still going to the gym. 

Goals:

  • Housework:  Clean out and reorganize (4) cupboards in main bathroom - ‘deep cleaning’ a room doesn’t seem so daunting if I do one area at a time. 
  • Spin bike: 20 mins (did my first workout on my new bike yesterday - standing, sitting, jumps, hill climbing, etc.  Good workout. Bike doesn’t have any programmes other than counting time, km, calories, etc. So I just did what I always did when I used to spin. Done
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, 2 x 10 upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). Done
  • Read (used to do this on exercise bike but can't on spin bike - so listening to audiobook while I work out) Done
  • Go outside if it isn’t raining. Done

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries & strawberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  3 egg omelette with asparagus and cheddar and onion
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1246 (1431 cals remaining for the week)

 This morning from the front porch:

innerpeace on 10/16/2020:
So early and so much accomplished all ready. I like that you started making lists like BBG. Your front porch view is spectacular. I would never leave. Have a great weekend.

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
We get up at 6am (married to a morning person).

I've taken about a zillion photos from our front porch - we get lots of boats and ships going past.

I do best when I make lists and get to scratch off what is done.

Thanks! Have a great weekend.


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2020:
Such a gorgeous view! Sounds like the spinner will work out well for your. Congrats!

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
I like the spinner - hope it holds out with my workouts! You can do such an intense workout that you can't get on a regular exercise bike.


bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
Love your list.....( I forgot to put mine up today)

grannyannie on 10/16/2020:
I've got a very extensive list of chores and reorganizing to do in the house. Scary!


thinkpositive on 10/16/2020:
Nice of you to give your bike away. Someone must have been very happy. Good job on your list! And, of course nice photo.

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Yes, she was happy. Said she gained on lockdown - didn't we all!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2020:
how i despise all nighters! LOL...good luck....i forgot to watch the latest town halls that were on tv...oops. at least i watched the VP debate. that was decent..

that's great you were able to get replies quickly in selling your old bike on fb marketplace! i find that platform to be the BEST! i have both bought and sold, and been happy with everything.

I am going to work on making a curry...before the year is done...haha! once i go back to work, time will be more limited!

grannyannie on 10/17/2020:
Since I'm 5 hours of EST I can't watch any evening programmes live. So I can either watch replays or just clips on the news.

Make a Thai Green Curry!


Donkey on 10/17/2020:
If gyms shut down again, I might sell our treadmill on Facebook this time around.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 15, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday I finished the book I was reading (Rage by Bob Woodward). I'm halfway through 2 other books I put down to read this one, so will pick up one of those and continue. When I'm done with non-fiction I will get lost in one of the mysteries I have. 

Edit:  My spin bike came today. Wasn't supposed to arrive until Sat or Mon.  Hubby assembled it. It's not nearly as sturdy as a gym one, but pretty good. Tried it out for a bit but will do a proper workout after lunch. 

Edit: friends dropped by about 3pm. So had 1 1/2 glasses of rose' with the wife. Deducted the calories. Since I hadn't had my banana yet I cut that 100 calories out and used it towards the wine!  Ha!

Goals:

  • Housework: clean our hallway/photo gallery.  I dust other photos but don’t do these very often. Done
  • Exercise bike: minimum 30 mins  Spin bike 30 mins - did 20 minutes of an intense workout Done
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, 2 x 10 upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). Will do tomorrow. Schedule was thrown off with arrival of spin bike.
  • Read Done
  • Go outside if it isn’t raining. Done
  • Make a list of things to do this winter while stuck here. Done

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar, banana
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1156 1300 (2677 cals remaining for the week)

 

 

  

Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I read Rage too. Began Melania and Me and it was god awful. Get ebooks from the Brooklyn Library. They offer cards to out of state ppl for $50 a year. Best $50 I ever spent! Spend hours everyday reading, all nonfiction. Big true crime fan.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Melania and Me bored me to tears! I liked Mary Trump's book and I'm back to Disloyal which I was halfway through when I switched to Rage.

My Amazon account for ebooks and newspapers in the US one - cheaper! And I use the UK one for everything else of course.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I like all kinds of mysteries. And a big Outlander fan. And history.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I likedMary Trump’s book too, but very little new to me. I read the NYT and Washington Post and most of what’s in these books already came out. Never got into mysteries, although I’ve tried writing a few to make a buck. Also wrote harlequin romance novels and actually sold 4. Too bad I couldn’t sell more! Must have written 20. Never a fan! Did it for a buck! Made about 20 Grand on each one. They were translated into several languages. Amusing how the UK ones changed words such as boot for car trunk, etc

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Mary Trump told a lot about the childhoods that I didn't know. Some I already did.

I've never read any book that was purely romance. Had to have history or a mysery involved as well.

Yes, UK ones will change although everybody here knows what a trunk, etc is. They've all seen plenty of US tv and movies so know what most words mean.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I also subscribe to the WaPo and NYT and also the Guardian.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I’ve often heard British actors perfect their American accents by watching our television shows. Hugh Laurie did that. Makes sense to me. Nice spinner! Hate romance novels but at least at the time publishers were buying dozens & dozens per month, so it was the easiest genre to sell.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Yea, romance is very easy to sell.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I've heard lots of Scots do a very good American accent. Husband can't do it at all.


Donkey on 10/15/2020:
Thank you for sharing pictures of your new bike! It looks really nice! I hope it works for you!

Heads up - the John Bolton book is very dry and boring, too. My boss was really looking forward to reading that book and was deeply disappointed.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I regret buying Bolton's book. Very boring and just don't like his points of view. I don't think I got past chapter 2.

No more politics books for me. 6 or 7 and that's enough.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
Try the out of state Brooklyn Library! Or some other library. There is often a short wait list, but the books are free, beyond the Brooklyn fee. My local library has no fees, but the wait lists are too long.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I doubt they will loan to out of country. My brother always borrows ebooks and thinks I'm a fool for buying them. i want to own my books and not wait so I am fine with buying them.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2020:
I’m getting WaPo for $29 a year now, best price ever. NYT for a dollar a week. at the end of the year, when WaPo raises the price, I call to cancel and they offer me another year of the old price.

Find numerous books unreadable and I go through so many, that I rarely make purchases. When I do, it’s usually a print copy, used. Many titles I’m interested in aren’t digitized.

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
Good price! I pay $9.99 a month. I get The Guardian for $9.99 a month. My NYT is now through the UK because they had a deal of £1 per month.

If there is a book I really, really want to read and it's not on Kindle, I will buy it. But I usually find the print too small now.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2020:
your bike looks great! congrats!

good idea to sub the wine for a banana! sounds equal to me! :)

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
I like the bike. Could be studier so hope it can my intense workouts!

Well, the 100 cal from the banana did make the calories a wee bit less.



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 14, 2020
(Calories, healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Left for the supermarket at 7 to get what I couldn't online - berries (for some reason), cauliflower, Quorn pieces. Was home by 8am so no excuses not to do housework and workout. Since my Tuesday morning schedule for picking up groceries is not compatible with working out, I’ll make Tuesdays my non-workout day.

I decided after looking at reviews on Amazon and on exercise bike review sites to order a spin bike. I used to be a spin bike fanatic and find it the hardest cardio and muscle workout. So I took my chances and ordered one yesterday. It’s not like the ones at the gym or course, those cost £££££. But it looks like a decent one. It was £269 and free delivery. Should give me challenges during this winter. Hope it’s sturdy enough to handle my workouts!

Goals:

  • Housework: living/dining, kitchen, and laundry room - (enough cardio not to do bike.) Done
  • Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, one set of upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). Done
  • Read Done
  • Go outside if it isn’t raining. Done

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy
  • S: coffee w/coconut milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:1197 (3977 cals remaining for the week)

Photos from a few years ago at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens:

A small garden cottage in memory of the late Queen Mum. Walls are totally covered in seashells. 

 

 

 

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2020:
Good plans and scheduling......Love the pics.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
I'm not disciplined so when I make myself have some kind of schedule I do better.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
Incredible photos! I have a Schwinn studio grade spinner. Paid $1500, maybe more, can’t recall. Big disappointment! They said it can accommodate down to 4’10” and I am just under 5’2”. Need a step stool to climb aboard and it’s a stretch to reach the pedals. The husband uses it, so no big loss.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
There were lots of questions on a person's height in all the reviews I looked at - too short or even too tall. Not wanting to get an expensive one or one of the cheaper ones. I used to go to spin classes once a week, but when they got a spin bike in the gym I decided I didn't need a class and just made it part of my 3 or 4 times weekly routine.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
I was dumb to spend so much money on that bike, should have shopped around more. There was no way to test drive it.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Yea, if this one turns out to be not what I want (did have good reviews) then I'm only out £269. Not the end of the world.


Donkey on 10/14/2020:
Your bike sounds like a worthy investment. Let us know when it arrives!! I'm very excited for you!

Lovely pictures - I love the shell room, but then, I think shells belong in their natural home. But still quite beautiful.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
It's due to arrive either Sat or Monday.

That shell room is amazing! Apparently they did it because the Queen Mother loved seashells. I have a big collection of seashells from Florida, SC, and from here. Also driftwood and abalone shells from California.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
I love Victorian Gothic architecture. I had many pieces from old churches in the big Second Empire Victorian we once owned.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Me too! I hate modern houses and buildings. Too dull. The older a building is the better IMO.

Did you have one of those Victorian row houses in San Francisco? My ex boyfriend's sister had one of those.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
No, but I know the type house you mean in SF. They cost millions now. We relocated from Southern California to Pennsylvania to purchase the Victorian at a very affordable price. We also flew out to Iowa and West Virginia. We were willing to move basically anywhere. Common problem was most are crowded into downtown sections of big cities. Often high crime areas. The one we bought was in a very small town made rich by the oil boom of 1859. Some judge had it built. But I didn’t care for life in such a small town & we sold it 7 years later. How I loved that house! Has lots of fun going to auctions to furnish it. Learned how to replaster walls & ceilings. Nothing like climbing up and down a 12 ft ladder to build the leg muscles!

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
So you're in a city now? I love to visit cities, but not to live any more. It's very quiet where we are and the closest town has a population of 10,000 and 2 supermarkets. Not great location for commuting to work but great for retirement.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
I’m in Erie, PA. But we have a heavily wooded 7 acre lot, so it’s less crowded than the Victorian in tiny town (pop. 1000) We had a long narrow one acre lot there, redneck neighbors to the left and right. The GOP congressman lived around the corner in a wonderful old Victorian, He was formerly the town butcher in the local supermarket that had closed down. He was actually a nice guy and brought us his home grown produce. He loved gardening. The local magistrate was a real dunce, a carpenter who inherited the position from his father. I’m glad and we lived there for a while & saw all the goings on.

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Sounds like a nice area.

A variety of people here. Lots of English sells their expensive homes in London or elsewhere and come up here to retire. A few Americans are here.


Jacky82020 on 10/14/2020:
Sounds marvelous

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
Perfect location.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2020:
those flowers are absolutely stunning. they'd be perfect in a frame on a wall! ha!

the price of your spin bike sounds like a good deal to me. I once tried spin, an instructor/friend of mine showed me....and i couldn't last more than a few minutes so you are right, it sure is a good workout!

grannyannie on 10/15/2020:
No more room on our walls for more photos!

I tried spin with my sis in law on a visit once and loved it. Then they started spin classes at my gym here - it was when I'd lost a lot of weight for my 60th so I was really fit.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 13, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Grocery pick up day. What an adventure! Drop off repeat prescription at the doctor's office (with mask on of course).

Goals: 

Housework - clean living room, kitchen, laundry room

(might do 30 mins on bike after housework)

Got home from supermarket at 10:45 and as I said to Donkey, if I don't start cleaning or a workout early, it won't happen.  And it didn't. 

Read

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar, apple (from our tree)

D:  Thai green curry

S: popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1152 (5174 cals remaining for the week)

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Does Scotland have a socialized medical system similar to England? I had a bit of problem while visiting London years ago & the meds and physician’s visit were free.

Wish I had an apple tree!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Scotland is in the UK like England. But our NHS and other things are separate. Also, there is a co-pay for prescriptions in England, but no fee in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. There is no fee for any healthcare in all of the UK. Eye and hearing exams are free, but you have to be very low income to get free glasses and hearing aids. NHS dentists are free if you are very poor or a small co-pay for everyone else. I pay £10.50 for a thorough cleaning and check up.

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
I am very happy to be getting old here instead of the US.


bearcountrygg on 10/13/2020:
I wish I liked popcorn...I love the smell of it...but I don't very often want to eat it.

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Getting it out of your teeth is a challenge, but I do love the taste. It's fibre so has something good and not high in calories unless it's drowned in butter.


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Sounds like a better place to age than here!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Much better. You never have to think of the cost of healthcare. Also, in Scotland once you hit 60 you get a pass for free travel on buses all over the country.


Donkey on 10/13/2020:
Let us know if you made it onto the bike!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Oh, my 30 mins. Doubt I will. If I don't workout in the morning it's likely I won't at all. And I got home from grocery pickup at 10:45.


Donkey on 10/13/2020:
^^ I can completely relate. It's difficult once you miss that window of opportunity and habit.

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
I'm definitely a morning person when it comes to getting things done.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/13/2020:
oh, how i hate it when i do that! ...meaning when i get home, sort of spent, and do not do anything to rest / workout quick beforee it doesn't happen!

tomorrow is a NEW day!!!



grannyannie - Monday Oct 12, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Goals:

Exercise bike - minimum 30 mins - Done

Lower body muscle work (3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts, one set of upper body using 0.5 kg wrist weights (1.1 lb). - Done

Housework - change sheets on our bed, clean my gym (spare room) - Done

Read - Done

Go outside if it isn’t raining. - it's raining

When I ordered groceries online for this week I browsed the ice cream to see if they had my fave for election night indulgence (Karamel Sutra). They didn’t have it but did have a similar one - Caramel Chew Chew - and it was on sale for 50% off. Hubby said he’d like some ice cream and he likes boring vanilla - so I looked at Haagen Daaz and it was also 50% off so ordered it for him.  I will have to hide these in the freezer until Nov 3rd and pretend I don’t know they are there. Haha. Hubby has no trouble resisting sweets but does like them sometimes. 

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  chicken breast sandwich

D:  Chicken and veg curry

S: popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1187 (6326 cals remaining for the week)

 

One of our trees:

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Gorgeous pic! Apples?

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
Yes, we have two apple trees - one is cooking apples which we never use and the other we eat.


bearcountrygg on 10/12/2020:
Is the apple tree in your yard?

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
Yes, we have two apple trees.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
FYI: I refer to it as my garden because no matter what you have here, even if it's nothing but gravel and concrete it is called your garden - never yard. :)


Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Wonderful trees. We had a huge ancient one in a meadow across the road. All the deer and turkey would gather to.eat fallen apples. Then two physicians purchased the lot and are building the ugliest house I’ve ever seen in my life. They cut down the tree. It would have been in the backyard. Didn’t need to go!

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I really hate most modern houses! No character.

The crows have been eating the fallen apples off our trees. The deers can't get in because we have a stone wall all the way around our property and a big gate at the end of the drive that we leave shut.


bearcountrygg on 10/12/2020:
We had an apple tree at out old house...but they were not edible....tried one once and never again...LOL It's great that you have some you can use. When we had a house full of kids...on weekends i would make something called Vermont Apple Pancake......it was a puffy shell ( eggs, milk and a little flour)...and then we would fill them with a cooked apple mixture....my kids still talk about them and a former foster child asked for the recipe.......they were delish. Now I've somehow lost my favorite recipe notebook...and hope to find it at some point.....using SF syrup or some other low cal sweetener they wouldn't be too bad calorie wise.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
That sounds yummy! One tree has apples that we eat if we catch them at the right time. The other is green cooking apples which we would never use. Don't know anybody that wants them so they are crow food.


Donkey on 10/12/2020:
Cute names for the ice cream flavors!

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I learned how good Ben & Jerry's is from my nephew! They are sooooo good and decadent.

I will try not to get any sneaky ideas like dipping a spoon into the carton before Nov 3rd!


Donkey on 10/12/2020:
I wish I could be more like your husband and resist desserts & sweets.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
He just doesn't have much of a sweet tooth. But he does like occasional ice cream, etc. He is thin with just a small beer belly and he is active all the time!


innerpeace on 10/12/2020:
We have a few pear trees in our neighborhood and the whoever's yards they are in just let them fall to the ground and ruin, a few weeks later, they even chopped it down.

I second Donkey...I wish I could resist desserts & sweets.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I love pears. Haven't bought any in a long time. Just don't think of it.

I was born with a sweet tooth. Sweets were very limited in my house growing up so when I got my 10 cents allowance on Saturdays I'd head straight to the corner store for 2 candy bars.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2020:
You are sooo lucky! you have your own apple trees!

i like how you did the exercise bike - seems i will need some indoor exercises today (raining!)

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
I like the bike because I can read at the same time! But I'll be getting back to step aerobics soon.


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Garden not yard? Is that a regional difference or your preference? Oh, I once had the most spectacular yard/garden here. House previously owned 30 years by an attorney who mostly worked from home and really into gardening. He had a weekly segment on the local news about gardening. His father croaked and left him millions so he bought a big place on a pier. This guy was truly a master gardener. Wonderful choices in color and texture among the trees and bushes. Reminds me of the Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park, SF. I do my best, but the previous owner did far better. Never understood how he could abandon it for a pier.



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 11, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

New week. Back to weekly calories. 8600. No scale until Nov 1st. 

No rice cakes. I threw them on the grass for the birds. Still have one unopened packet of 10 but I’ve put them out of sight. They don’t expire until March.

Doing a daily goal list like some of you do.

  • Exercise bike - minimum 30 mins - Done
  • Lower body muscle work (lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts) - Done
  • Housework - clean main bathroom - Done
  • Read - Done
  • Go outside and at least walk around the garden if it’s not raining - Done 

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Chicken and veg curry

S: popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1087 (7,513 cals remaining for the week)

 

Last night

 

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Ha- about the rice cakes! Hope the birds like them. I buy the lightly salted variety and have one when I want to eat something else ( does that make sense?) Weekly calories? So you’ll keep track for the week, not by day?

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Except for last week I've been doing weekly allowance of calories like Bear does. If I use up all the calories by the last day of the week, I don't get to eat! If I have extra I get a treat with the extra. So I can have a high day, low day etc. I deduct each day from the weekly total of 8600.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
I don't see the birds eating the rice cakes yet. No sweet tooth, maybe? Ha!

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
I don't see the birds eating the rice cakes yet. No sweet tooth, maybe? Ha!


bearcountrygg on 10/11/2020:
Yup...Birds don't seem to like sweet things...except for hummingbirds... Deer or bear like them though.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
No bear in the UK but plenty of deer although we have a stone wall all the way around and the gate is always shut to keep them out as they eat certain flowers.


Jacky82020 on 10/11/2020:
Spectacular pics!

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Thanks. It was a lovely evening.


Donkey on 10/11/2020:
Beautiful pictures!

Good idea to step away from the scale for a few weeks. That will be interesting to see what happens in these next 3 weeks.

Do you and your husband celebrate American Thanksgiving even though you are in the UK? Just curious. I don't think I would, actually.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
My husband is Scottish so it's a strange holiday for him. I have celebrated twice in the 20 years I've been here. I have American friends here and we did a traditional Thanksgiving dinner both times. It was funny the first time hubby taste pumpkin pie! He did not like it (and neither do I).

Trying to explain what Thanksgiving is to Scots and English was actually very difficult. They hadn't a clue who the pilgrims where!


Maria7 on 10/11/2020:
Pretty pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful walk today.

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Thanks. It was chilly so I just did a long wander around our garden (yard). We have 1/2 an acre. It was nice in the sun though with fresh air.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
i love the top photo with the sun shining over the hill.

next, why'd you throw out rice cakes? i find them good to put toppings on, even curry dishes! i haven't done that in SOOO LONG.

grannyannie on 10/12/2020:
It was the only bingeable food in the house so was eating too many.

The sun sets over the mountain behind us and often the light shines on the mountains on the other side of the loch.



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 10, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 165.4

I did the photo of my injury area because I found it impossible to explain where it was. I crashed on August 3rd. Most of the time I barely notice my injury now. I wouldn't even call it pain now - slightly sore. Thanks for all your kind thoughts! 

I'm nervous about getting on my bike again which I won't do until there is absolutely no soreness at all.  Looks like by the time that happens I'll be wearing a winter coat!

Did 30 mins on bike yesterday and 2 sets x 10 lunges, squats, calf lifts.  No problem.  I’ll do 3 sets today. 

B: porridge with raspberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, rice cake (trying for just one!)

L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar

D:  Burmese curry

Drinks: diet tonic, or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total: 1106

I'll go out and take some photos of the colours on our trees and bushes today and post them. 

 

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 20.4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/10/2020:
Ha! I know what you mean about the rice cakes! Hard to stop with just one. Glad you are healing.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
I did well limiting rice cakes for a couple of weeks but not now. I might have to feed the rest to the birds!

I really can't complain now about a bit of soreness as for many weeks I felt that I'd never stop being in severe pain.


Donkey on 10/10/2020:
Good job on the exercising! And so glad to hear it wasn't a problem. You are healing! (almost healed!)

I know you publish your menus almost daily, if not daily, and I would just like to cheer you on for the drinks that you have. You're doing very well with this.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
It was a good workout and I'll try something new soon, maybe with the wrist weights which are very light.

I do my menus every day. They don't vary much except the curries do.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
it's simply amazing that you recovered so well! probably bc you r fit!



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