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grannyannie - Sunday Apr 15, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Happy Sunday ladies!  Gloriously sunny day but too cold to go outside.  Not 100% over my cold, but close. I wasn't able to find enough energy to workout yesterday, so I'll do my tae bo/rope today instead of the rest day I'd planned for today. Also felt extra hungry last night and had an extra cookie, oatcakes and dab of pb...  up to nearly 1700 cals. Not the end of the world.

Dear hubby has gone over to Glasgow to visit his elderly uncle who seems extra 'confused & paranoid'. So I'll use the peace and quiet to work on my French after I've done my workout and had lunch.  

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope (completed and now exhausted!)
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  1 oatcake with pb (was trying to make this for tomorrow after the gym and the oatcake broke into many pieces, so I'll just have to eat it today).
  • L:  2 turkey bacon, 1 egg, 1 slice multigrained toast with light spread & all fruit jam
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate & 2 oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Teas and water
TOTAL:  1479

Hope you all are having a good weekend!

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

Umpqua on 04/15/2012:
Sorry to hear about hubby's uncle, I hope you have a nice quiet day.

V on 04/15/2012:
You have your hose to yourself? You can have a nice noisy Tae Bo class! Party Time ;) Have a good one Annie :)

Em17 on 04/15/2012:
Have a good day!

biscottibody59 on 04/15/2012:
Congrats on your "arrival to Scotland" anniversary--here's to many more!

moogy on 04/15/2012:
Do you have a Scotish accent? An English friend came over recently and confirmed we sound Australian, although Australians think I sound English????? Not happy about that!!! You do love that veggie curry and I was wondering if you had posted the recipe. I should go and have a look and will when I have finished replying to my lovely diary readers. Have a lovely day Annie:)

thenewmle on 04/15/2012:
Enjoy your quiet time to finish your recuperation. Do you do your jump rope in the house? I've been trying to jump rope, but my ceilings are not high enough. I don't have room in my backyard because of the pool and I hate jumping in the front yard because all the little kids want to come and talk to me! I hope you are 100% tomorrow!!

thinkpositive on 04/16/2012:
Sometimes nice to have the day to do what you want. How's the French coming ? We bought it for Christmas & haven't opened it yet! Although no incentive except that Sat night at the French restaurant all we could say was Bonjour and that was sad. :(

grannyannie - Saturday Apr 14, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.8

Happy weekend, ladies!  My glutes and abs (especially glutes) are very sore today!!  Woohoo!    Keep up these routines I'll have 6 pack abs and buns of steel!!  Ok, ok.  Got carried away.    But I can aim for those. 

Hoped to power walk today but although it's sunny it's very windy and upper 40's (another cold wave is hitting), I doubt it would be a wise thing to do when I'm nearly over this cold.  

Probably do a tae bo & jump rope routine.  Haven't done that since before London.  


  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 oatcakes with liver pate or low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • S:  banana
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1463

12 years ago today I left the US for the last time as a resident.  Arrived in Scotland on the 15th.  

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

V on 04/14/2012:
LOL!! Nothing wrong with aiming high :) Have a wonderful weekend Annie and thanks so much for the postcard <3

selina on 04/14/2012:
That's wise - to wait until you are better healed until you hit the cold outdoors! Good job on the exercises!

selina on 04/14/2012:
Happy anniversary on the move - I imagine a beautiful Spring welcomed you to Scotland 12 years ago!

thenewmle on 04/14/2012:
Don't you love the feel of a good workout? Stay in and use your home gym so you don't get to much exposure to the cold right now. Last thing you need is a relapse! It will be in the 80's today with high humidity. Winds are strong too so we are going to use it as resistance for the bike ride. I know the bike ride won't completely clear my mind, but it is a start. I don't understand how someone cannot realize the impact their death places on those around them that love them so much. and why wait until that child was several thousand miles away? just so tragic..

Em17 on 04/14/2012:
Have a great day!

grannyannie - Friday Apr 13, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.6

Hi ladies.  Hope everyone is doing well and getting fit(ter)! Feeling about 90+%. Good gym workout followed by good home workout.  Now I'm exhausted!

Hubby and I should both be fine by the time we do an overnight in the city next Tuesday for our anniversary.   


  • 30 mins spin bike (did well but couldn't finish all the standing segments)
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 nautilus resistance machines
  • cables/pulleys for obliques, biceps, triceps

At home after my lunch was mostly digested:

  • dumbbells
  • 4 types of planks
  • pushups
  • squats
  • lunges with dumbbells
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • lots of abs
  • floor exercises with ankle weights for legs, glutes
  • good stretching


  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym snack:  fruit/nut bar
  • L:  4 oatcakes with liver pate or low fat cheddar, yogurt, strawberries, 2 clementines
  • S:  post home workout: 1 oatmeal raisin cookie
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1614

Just over 6 weeks before our trip to the US. Looking forward to seeing granddaughters and other relatives, niece's wedding, a week at the beach, and some shopping. Modifying my away-from-home strength training routine which I swear I'll do 3 times a week!! There will be lots of other exercise like walking, riding bike, and some canoeing, but nearly 4 weeks w/o strength training is waaaay too long!    

Progress as of today: 36.4 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

selina on 04/13/2012:
So glad to hear you are almost there! Slowly you'll build up the strength, I'm certain! It's always like this after getting sick.... at least it is for me!

Coming back to the usa on vacation sounds a lot of fun! Do plan to go shopping because everything, especially clothes, is so inexpensive! Bring an empty suitcase and plan shopping while here!

Em17 on 04/13/2012:
Have a great day!

Umpqua on 04/13/2012:
Excellent exercise plans for your travel. I'm glad you're almost back to 100%!

V on 04/13/2012:
I see you didn't waste any time hitting it hard at the gym! You crushed it Annie <3 RYC we haven't heard the status of the girl..Her dad promised to give us an update..They were vacationers so hopefully we will hear news of a full recovery :)

moogy on 04/13/2012:
90% excellent! I am so impressed with your workouts annie:) I wonder if your OS family will notice the difference in you. You may have to flex and get them to feel your muscles!LOL

thinkpositive on 04/14/2012:
Glad you are almost 100%. It is a pain to be sick.( I sent you a facebook request.)

grannyannie - Thursday Apr 12, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.6

Good morning, lovely ladies! Not 100% but better than yesterday.  Couldn't stop munching yesterday. I think I was looking for some energy. Didn't do too much damage as there was no 'forbidden' food in the house. Just went a bit over 1800 calories, so could have been worse. 

Finally catching up on housework (other than just keeping up on laundry and the kitchen clean). I made some oatmeal raisin cookies and going to freeze most of them. Need to ration them out and avoid being tempted. The smell is filling the house and driving me nuts! I get to have two for my evening snack with hot chocolate. Not sure how they'll taste as I made them Benecol light instead of real butter like last time.  :-O 

A couple of shots from a short walk around our garden yesterday: Bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) and Kerria japonica.

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 multigrained toast w/pbj, yogurt
  • S:  clementine, strawberries
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate & 2 oatmeal/raisin cookies
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1432  

Progress as of today: 36.4 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 04/12/2012:
I'm glad you're feeling a little better. I can't believe your bleeding heart is flowering already! I love kerria but I think we're just slightly too cold to keep it year-round here. Have a good one!

thenewMLE on 04/12/2012:
Beautiful photos Annie!! I made cookies last night too and the smell was intoxicating!! But I had to give them all away!! No sugar for me. I'm glad you are feeling better. Last time I got sick it was 3 weeks before I felt normal!!!! Have a great day.

thinkpositive on 04/12/2012:
Glad to see that are recovering. Lovely pictures.

sweetpea1977 on 04/12/2012:
I want bleeding hearts in my garden now that I've seen what they look like! I wonder if they would grow here?? Do they attract a lot of bees??

Oh my, I really want some oatmeal raisin cookies!! Despite my love for chocolate, I think I actually prefer them over chocolate chip cookies. Weird huh??

I hope you are feeling 100% by the weekend!

supercheese on 04/12/2012:
those are beautiful !

Em17 on 04/12/2012:
Have a good day!

supercheese on 04/12/2012:
BOY do i WISH!

legcramps on 04/12/2012:
Awe. You always make me feel so jealous of where you live when you post these gorgeous pictures. Boo.

Selina on 04/12/2012:
Those flowers are just amazing!

V on 04/12/2012:
I am so happy that you are feeling Better :)

grannyannie - Wednesday Apr 11, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.6

Hi ladies!  Feeling about 70 - 80% today so made it to the gym.  Ran out of steam after an hour, so left and did grocery shopping as our cupboards are bare.  Hubby is still sick as well.  

Spinning classes have not started yet.  They seem to be focusing on the other classes, none of which I want to take.  


4 sets of 10 on the 6 nautilus machines

cables/pulleys for side, biceps, triceps

15 mins elliptical


plan to do my free weights, floor exercises and squats after my lunch is digested


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • Postworkout:  almonds, bite size milk chocolate
  • L:  1 multigrain bread with 2 veg sausages and mustard, yogurt, still hungry so 2 oatcakes with pbj
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, fruit & nut bar
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1688


Progress as of today: 36.4 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 04/11/2012:
SO happy to hear you are feeling ALMOST better:) Good job getting to the gym! Your menu looks great!!

sweetpea1977 on 04/11/2012:
yay! You're almost better!! :-)

hollybelle on 04/11/2012:
Glad to hear you are better. The spinning classes here are so hard to get into. Have to pre-register, etc. That is just too much trouble.

glycrina on 04/11/2012:
Great Job!

selina on 04/11/2012:
I hope you'll get 100% of your energy back, soon!

legcramps on 04/11/2012:
Glad you're starting to feel better!

Em17 on 04/11/2012:
Have a Wonderful day!!!

moogy on 04/11/2012:
I am glad you are feeling better and am sure you will return to 100% soon. Give your husband a hug, hope he recovers soon as well:)

V on 04/11/2012:
I am glad that you are feeling better..Just in case maybe you should see the Doc for some antibiotics to kick it in the arse!! <3

grannyannie - Tuesday Apr 10, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.6

Thanks for your well wishes, ladies!  Really bad yesterday and couldn't seem to get rid of sinus headache but a bit better today. Hoping I wake up tomorrow and feel it's safe to go the gym. Don't want to be coughing and blowing my nose in the gym and contaminating everybody. It's a very small gym.  

Managed a light workout this morning. 20 mins exercise bike, abs/back, leg lifts, squats.  


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  small slice of brioche hubby made yesterday
  • L:  1 slice bread, 2 veg sausages and mustard, yogurt
  • S:  3 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  hot chocolate
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1422

Progress as of today: 36.4 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 04/10/2012:
So sorry to hear you are not feeling well still!!! I love your "challenge" that your sister inadvertantly set for you! GO get em! I will LOVE when you prove her wrong:)

Umpqua on 04/10/2012:
Feel better soon Annie!!

sweetpea1977 on 04/10/2012:
Please get well soon!!!

supercheese on 04/10/2012:
Feel better Annie!

V on 04/10/2012:
I am hoping that you will be back at 100% by now <3 Take care Annie!

thenewmle on 04/10/2012:
Oh, Annie, I hope you feel better soon! Have your hubby make you some homemade Chicken soup and a hot French Bread - that's my prescription!

grannyannie - Sunday Apr 08, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.6

Happy Easter, ladies!  Thanks for your well wishes. Thought I was getting slightly better, but nope. My husband has caught my cold. Last night I coughed, blew my nose, or quenched my very dry throat seemingly all night long. When I woke up I groaned and said to my husband 'shoot me now'. His reply was 'hand me a gun'.    The cause of my cough is drainage but I can't take an expectorant cough syrup and they upset my stomach.   

<  moaning over >

I'm sure I can manage some abs and glutes exercises. I'm sure the big loss on the scale this week has been mostly fluid although I'm consuming huge quantities. 

I had emailed my sister and told her my problems with getting a swimsuit and that I'd buy a bikini. She wrote back and asked if I was just going to let it all hang out like European women.  She said it was unlikely that at my age that my skin around my middle would have enough elasticity to tighten up.  Well, I see this as a challenge! I'm going to tighten up my middle!  My sis, BTW, has never had a weight problem and is older than me. But she doesn't have a firm middle. She wears clothes to hide it, never tucks in a blouse.


  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  salad w/2 quorn patties, yogurt
  • S:  banana, strawberries
  • D:  soup, toast w/pb, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate
  • Huge quantities of teas and water

TOTAL:  1276


Progress as of today: 36.4 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

V on 04/08/2012:
I am glad that you are taking this as a challenge to prove your sister wrong :) Sorry that you and hubby are not feeling well <3 Happy Easter!

thinkpositive on 04/08/2012:
Sorryyou're not feeling well. Hope you are successful in your new challenge!

biscottibody59 on 04/09/2012:
Hope the rest and recuperation are going well--hang in there!

selina on 04/09/2012:
I hope you get well soon!

moogy on 04/09/2012:
I am so sorry to come back and read that you are still suffering. You must be exhausted. I am particularly empathetic because with four children in the house I know I will catch a cold which will go straight to my chest, this has been the case for the past five years now. I shall be hacking and coughing in a few weeks and will need to borrow the gun!!! Hugs to you (with a face mask on!)

grannyannie - Saturday Apr 07, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 131.2

Good morning, ladies!  The scale has been taking a nosedive every day.  I think it's a combination of fluid, muscle , and fat.  I think these decongestants and sinus pills are affecting my appetie as well.  

Eating healthy, keeping calories low.  Been resting a lot.  Still no gym.  I can't really workout when I'm coughing and blowing my nose all the time.  This sucks!  I'm a very bad patient.

I'll do some floor exercises today, no reason I can't work on my abs and glutes.

Going to Skype my sis in law in Australia shortly.  


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj on 2 toast, yogurt
  • S:  strawberries
  • D:  curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  2 clementines
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1303


Progress as of today: 35.8 lbs lost so far, only 1.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/07/2012:
Good work on the abs and glutes. Hope your feel better soon.

V on 04/07/2012:
I am hoping that you are feeling alot better now <3

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:)

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