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grannyannie - Thursday Oct 13, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 140.0

Greetings!  Dreary day here but I'm taking advantage of hubby being out of the house for the day.  I can do housework w/o him being underfoot.  Oh joy.  

Got an extra workout this morning trying to find my 6 kg dumbbells!  Up and down the ladder to the loft, looked everywhere 3 or 4 times. Finally found them in the laundry room under a stack of newspapers.  

Going to move up to 6 kg from 5 for my biceps curls.   The other weights I use are 4 kg, 3, and 1.5.  I use the 1.5 kg for lifting my arms to the sides but they are just way too easy.  Next size I've got is 3 kg and that's too hard after about 5 reps.  Think I might just do less reps using the 3kg instead of 15 reps on the wimpy ones and work my way up watching out for any elbow pain.  My normal routine is 4 sets of 15 reps on 5 different routines every other day.  Any advice appreciated!

Note:  Weight conversion:  6 kg = 13.2 lbs; 5 kg = 11 lbs; 4 kg = 8.8 lbs; 3 kg = 6.6 lbs; 1.5 kg = 3.3 lbs.  

Making soup this afternoon and weighing all the ingredients for an accurate calorie count, then dividing it up and freezing in single servings.  Good for a change at lunchtime.  

At the rate I'm losing I should hit my goal well before a Nov 17th overnight trip to Glasgow for a concert and dinner for hub's birthday.  Being a true Scot it won't be anywhere fancy, it'll be Wetherspoons (a chain pub/restaurant).  He claims it's their good selection of ales. Uh huh.  


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (intense cardio)
  • serious housework


B:  porridge, strawberries, skimmed milk and tea - 269

L:  turkey ham/lite mayo/veggies wrap, yogurt - 237

S:  fresh pineapple, 2 small clementines, grapes - 161

D:  veg/brown rice/lentil soup, salad, bread with marg, drink - 416

S:  decaf latte, packet of baked crisps - 178

TOTAL:  1269


Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

KayBee on 10/13/2011:
Great progress :)))

V on 10/13/2011:
Hey in my Circuit Burn Class it is suggested that if you are repping between 10-12 to failure, the weight is perfect,anything below that then you then the weight is too heavy..The moves are slow, non momentum and Chalene's theory is going at this pace with the heaviest you can go, you only need to do 1 set per exercise.. Umpqua is our computer expert and is she is able to find the workout and burn it, I will def send them your way..I will keep you posted, and keep up the awesome job my friend!!!

Umpqua on 10/13/2011:
^^I will need to look into this, but it would be in a computer format if I do find it (like AVI or MPEG), not DVD....

I had to look up the KG conversion but wow, I use 4-pound weights when I occasionally do a free weight routine so way to go! I envy your trip to Glasgow, I'd love to get there. Some day :)

nomoreforme on 10/13/2011:
Good idea with the soup, what flavour are you making?

getmebackto150 on 10/13/2011:
Good job on moving up to higher weights!! Have a great day!!

getmebackto150 on 10/13/2011:
mmm.... pad thai sounds awesome... I wonder if that is higher or lower in calories than curry... ???

V on 10/13/2011:
That sounds reasonable :) I love doing super sets!

grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 12, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 140.0

Good day ladies!  

I've been noticing that the more I do my cardio, the easier it gets. I'm ready to move up to the next heaviest weight on a couple of my free weights as well.  


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (intense cardio)
  • weights
  • leg lifts w/ankle weights
  • ab crunches (100)  I really should do these daily instead of just on my weights days


B:  porridge, strawberries, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 269

L:  turkey/veggies/lite mayo wrap, yogurt - 242

S:  grapes, clementines - 121

D:  leftover pumpkin curry (delish!), rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  mocha, packet of baked crisps - 178

Fennel/nettle tea, black tea, camomile, and always lots of water

TOTAL:  1286



Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 10/12/2011:
Isn't that wonderful when you have been exercising and you can FEEL the improvement... LOVE that feeling!! Have a great day!!

Umpqua on 10/12/2011:
Excellent work!

hackersdiet on 10/12/2011:
I love to hear you are increasing weights!

sweetpea1977 on 10/12/2011:
Great foods and exercise! And yay for graduating to heavier hand weights! :)

V on 10/12/2011:
That's the way to do it Annie! You are a MACHINE!! Hurrah :)

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 11, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 140.0

Good day ladies!  The sun has come out!  

No workout yet, went into town to shop this morning.  The rest of my crappy diet bread was given to the birds and I bought Burgen Soya and Linseed.  115 calories/slice vs 48 calories for the bread made from air!  But so much more filling and worth the extra calories.  

Also picked up some snack packs of dried apricots and prunes for some variety in my evening snacking.  

As I was shopping today I stopped to look at some face wipes that were on sale.  In the corner were some boxes with numbers (like when calories are on the front of a pack-especially low cal stuff).  So, I'm so used to reading calories on everything I pick up now that I started to look at these numbers, then bust out laughing!!  

Workout:  don't know yet.  Maybe a hike this afternoon.  Not cold, possibly more drizzle but I've got a raincoat and waterproof hiking boots.  


B:  porridge, raisins, almonds, skimmed milk and tea - 294

L:  tuna sandwich on Burgen bread, yogurt - 439 (and I'm totally FULL)

D:  pumpkin curry, rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  grapes, clementine - 96

TOTAL:  1305

Went for a long hike near our house, lots of uphill and hubby joined me.  Very nice!

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

V on 10/11/2011:
Haha!! Too funny about the wipes but at least it is instilled in you to read labels.. ;) Have a good day

getmebackto150 on 10/11/2011:
Love that you were reading the "nutrition" on the wipes... That just made me burst out laughing at my desk at work... I'm sure everyone thinks I'm a little nutty:) Yay for the sun, it is shining here too!!!!!

Umpqua on 10/11/2011:
Good for you for getting rid of the "diet" bread! I'd much prefer a single slice of dense, filling bread. The pumpkin curry sounds yummy, enjoy!

glycrina on 10/11/2011:
I like walking in the rain. There are generally fewer people on the trail so it is not as crowded and I can sing out loud to my MP3 and not feel self-conscious.

sweetpea1977 on 10/11/2011:
Glad you found someone to enjoy the diet bread. I hate letting food go to waste, even if it tastes like crap, lol.

Menu is mouthwatering, especially dinner!

thinkpositive on 10/11/2011:
Good choice on the bread. i love a nice wholesome & healthy bread. Funny about the face wipes.

grannyannie - Monday Oct 10, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 140.0

Very good morning, ladies!

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. ~ Sri Ram

I suspected I had lost a bit since I weighed myself Oct 1st, so got on the scale this morning.  2 more pounds!! Woohoo!  I guess the secret is occasional splurges, like all that wine last Thursday!   So, since I've started with the calories I've been 1.5 pounds/week.  I don't feel that 2 more pounds is sufficient so I've now lowered my goal weight from 138 to 135 and that'll be it.  The thighs will stay fat but firmer, but after all, I'm nearly 60, not 40, and fat thighs are not a health risk, are they?  


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (intense cardio)
  • weights
  • abs
  • leg lifts with ankle weights


B:  porridge and tea - 294

L:  bread machine slice, pb & j, yogurt - 365

S:  2 clementines - 80

D:  leftover pumpkin curry, rice, daal, raw veg, drink - 476

S:  the rest of the dark chocolate, 4 squares - 83

TOTAL:  1298

I also drink lots of fennel & nettle tea, camomile, green, black tea with lemon, and water.  Sometimes black coffee, unless I can spare the calories for a latte with skimmed milk, sugar and chocolate sprinkles.

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/10/2011:
Good job--keep up the good work!

liza36 on 10/10/2011:
Congratulations on another 2 pounds. That's fantastic!

V on 10/10/2011:
Well look at you go Annie! That is fantastic news :) 5 more to go, you have this. Woohoo!

Umpqua on 10/10/2011:
Awesome job! And I do think there's something to varying the calories with occasional splurge days. For whatever reason it shakes up my metabolism and gets things moving. Have a good one!

V on 10/10/2011:
Not tough, It's just that I have severe A D D and I really have a hard time focusing on anything for a long time, especially when I am told to relax...Yoga is really good for you I know, I just have difficulties quieting my brain when all it wants to do is party and crush it!! Hahaha

V on 10/10/2011:
Hahah and yes your Lions are looking great this season, in fact I am a little worried about my Bears tonight..I am hoping they prevail, I will let you know the outcome tomorrow!!

greengirl on 10/10/2011:
Well done on the new number :-)

~WI~ on 10/10/2011:
GREAT JOB!!! Congratulations!

hollybelle on 10/10/2011:
Great job, Annie! You are on to someething on that secret of splurge thing - helps you not feel deprived, doesn't it? Good job - you are mastering your change!

hollybelle on 10/10/2011:
And P.S. Oh, God, I hope chubby thighs are NOT a health RISK - LOL!

moogy on 10/10/2011:
Congrats on the loss grannyannie, that's great!! Re: the 'girls' comment, in Australia any mob of men, either working or playing and not trying hard enough are called girls, literally girls, not women. I thought I should make the distinction!! LOL

thinkpositive on 10/11/2011:
Wow great success. You are an inspiration.

grannyannie - Sunday Oct 09, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 142.0

Good morning ladies!

My husband got up this morning very early to watch the rugby world cup on tv.  I went back to sleep and didn't wake up until 8.45!  I usually am done with my breakfast by 8 and start working out by 10. But this has thrown me off.  

Think I'll do bike and jump rope before lunch.  15 minutes bike, 25 rope, repeat 3 times.

I really should put on raingear and go for walks and stop using drizzle and showers as an excuse to stay indoors.

I'm really tired of that wimpy diet bread I've been eating and watching my hub eat the good stuff out of the bread machine.  So this time I added up all the ingredients (multi-grain flour, 3 kinds of seeds, and a bit of margarine).  I weighed the loaf after it was done so now I can calculate the calories.  I will only get open-faced sandwiches though - 2 pieces would be too heavy and way too many calories!


B:  porridge and tea - 294

L:  1 slice bread, pb & j, yogurt - 391

S:  2 clementines - 80

D:  pumpkin curry & rice, raw veggies, drink - 476

S:  dark chocolate - 63

TOTAL:  1304

Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

greengirl on 10/09/2011:
I know what you mean about the wimpy diet bread. When I was diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance I switched the diet bread for something that was low GI but substantially higher in calories. I don't regret the change even though it meant being stricter in other areas of my diet. Now I eat Bergen soya and linseed bread (116 cals a slice) but at least I don't feel like I'm eating fresh air plus it really makes you satisfied for longer!!

V on 10/09/2011:
Sundays are always a sleep in day for me, I need it..Usually I combine bfast and lunch as one meal, or if I am really spent, I will drink a Casein shake and sleep the day and afternoon away...OOh i bet you can make some really healthy breads with your machine :P have a wonderful evening

V on 10/09/2011:
BTW haha to the misshaped ugly heads of the rugby players...LOL :)

moogy on 10/09/2011:
I love it that you think that all that padding on the US football players make them look like girls compared to rugby players. Our guys seem to retain a normal shaped head!! LOL

grannyannie - Saturday Oct 08, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 142.0

Good morning ladies!  

Saw my 13 month old granddaughter on Skype yesterday and got to see her running and she's become an expert at waving and saying hi!  

I'm not a rugby fan but there's a very important match (Rugby World Cup) on tv with England v France right now.  A long Scottish tradition is to root for the team who's placing against England.  And I uphold traditions!  Vive la France!


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (high intensity workout)
  • weights
  • ab crunches
  • leg lifts with ankle weights

Menu for today:

B:  porridge and tea - 294

L:  Quorn patty sandwich with mayo, yogurt - 276

S:  3 clementines - 120

D:  Leek and potato soup, melba toast, salad, drink - 389

S:  medium banana, melba toast or section of dark chocolate - 163

TOTAL:  1242

Some visitors from the US dropped by this afternoon (parents of another expat).  They brought me a gift of snack sized Butterfingers.    They are 1 or 2 bites each and 170 calories. If they were about 50 calories less I might work them into my calorie allowance for evening treats. However,  I think I'll leave the bag unopened and find someone to give them to.  


Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

nomoreforme on 10/08/2011:
Nice menu, I love leek and potato soup (it's good with bacon in it too). Have a great weekend! PS as a French student I need to tell you la France is feminine!

V on 10/08/2011:
Viva Le France!! Woohoo!! So are there any cutie rugby players Ishould google?? Oh please do tell my friend ;) hahah no seriously, spill the beans... have a wonderful evening, you are so awesome Annie

thinkpositive on 10/09/2011:
Such well meaning friends, too bad - about the calorie count. Isn't skype great? Occasionally i get to see my grandchildren on Skype- warms my heart. Rugby is a rugged sport- exciting to watch & as there are alot of UK folks here in S'Pore it's on the local sports channels.

grannyannie - Friday Oct 07, 2011
(High fibre - low fat - low calories)
Weight: 142.0

Good day ladies!  We actually have some sunshine today after a rainy, windy day yesterday.  

Well, my good intentions for last night went out the window.  We went to a friend's house so the couple and my husband could talk about the agenda for a meeting (political).  I came along so I could retake some photos of the guest bedrooms for their website (B & B).  On our arrival there was a bottle of chilled wine and 4 glasses sitting out as well as a bottle of red.  And as they'd just been to a wedding there was leftover wedding cake set out for us - a fruity cake with marzipan icing (not my fave all but still good).  It took me about 15 minutes to take the photos so for a couple of hours I was fairly bored.  Damage done:  4 or 5 (small) glasses of red wine, 1 small piece of cake.   


Think I'll try something new today.  15 minutes bike, then 25 jump rope, and repeat 3 more times.  


B:  porridge and tea, etc - 294

L:  the rest of the leftover veggie chili, Quorn southern style patty, yogurt - 288

S:  clementine, grapes - 101

D:  leek soup, melba toast, salad, drink - 389

S:  dark chocolate, hot chocolate, small banana - 196

TOTAL:  1268

Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

KayBee on 10/07/2011:
At least they were small! :) And it's good you didn't get a 2nd round of the cake. Funny, I really dislike wine and co.

Umpqua on 10/07/2011:
Cake and wine would be hard for me to resist. I hope you had fun - have a good one!

getmebackto150 on 10/07/2011:
cake and wine are IMPOSSIBLE to resist... YUM!! Have a great day:)

sweetpea1977 on 10/07/2011:
Oh no, cake AND wine? That is pure torture man!

Today's food and exercise plan looks great!

grannyannie - Thursday Oct 06, 2011
(High fibre - low fat - low calories)
Weight: 142.0

Good day ladies!  Looks like winter has arrived in Scotland.  Wind, rain, a bit of hail.  Even had thunder and lightning which is not common.   And of course the sun peeked out in the middle of this just to tease, and then went away.  

I expect to lower my goal weight to 135 but I'm not going to do that until I reach my goal of 138.  I am really anxious to hit my goal so I can go buy some really nice fitting and comfortable bras.  What I wouldn't give to be the size I was at 18 before gravity and babies!  I might just buy one of those 'cleavage' bras to wear with a dress for a wedding next June instead of wearing a camisole underneath it!  


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (this is a high intensity aerobic workout)
  • weights, abs, leg lifts with ankle weights
  • 15 mins exercise bike (a bit less resistance than normal, much higher speed, but much shorter time than usual)


B:  porridge and tea, etc - 294

L:  tuna sandwich, yogurt - 315

S:  1 clementine, grapes - 101

D:  more leftover veggie chili (why does my hub make enough to feed an army?!), rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  10g dark chocolate, hot chocolate - 113

TOTAL:  1299

Dropping by someone's house after dinner and I'm taking photos whlle my husband talks politics.  I will be offered wine, but I will try very hard to say NO thanks!  They have a habit of topping up your glass when you're not looking!


Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

KayBee on 10/06/2011:
I wouldn't quit! :) Quitting was never an option for me. I got too far to perform such action. :) BTW I added you on FB! :) Glad you joined! :)

Umpqua on 10/06/2011:
I have a few good pushup bras that I can't live without! Foundation garments really do make all the difference haha. Have a good one and have fun with your photography this evening!

legcramps on 10/06/2011:
I think skipping rope is the best form of cardio exercise out there! When I was in kickboxing, we had to skip rope for the first ten minutes of class. Normally, it wiped me out but Oh Boy did it do its job!

hackersdiet on 10/06/2011:
You have a lot of energy! I can just feel it in your writing. Good for you, and yes, buy the bra!

sweetpea1977 on 10/06/2011:
I cant wait to lower my goal weight more. Im doing mini goals since seeing a big goal overwhelmed me in the past. Anyway, you're not too far from your initial goal so keep up the good work!

lol, I was a perfect 36C when I was in high school..and I thought I was big then. After two kids, Im currently 38DD (I was a 40DD at one point!). I'd be happy to be a C cup again. I wonder how low I'd have to go on the scale to do that? haha Anyway, lots of chest exercises and a good push up bra should help you feel more confident for that June wedding!

Good luck tonight!

V on 10/06/2011:
Girl i wish you were around to mourn the death of my tits...It was heartbreaking...my melons are now raisins so pushup bras are my best friend ;)

grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 05, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 142.0

Good day ladies!

Day off from workout today as I've done really well.  Got a haircut this morning.  Haven't been for about 3 months and as soon as I took off my raincoat the two ladies who own the shop both said 'YOU'VE LOST WEIGHT!!!'.    Picked up some dark chocolate - 85% and I've had 3 squares (10g - 63 cals).  Not melt in your mouth stuff, but it's chocolate!  


B:  porridge and tea etc - 294

L:  pbj, yogurt - 324

S:  10 g dark chocolate, 2 clementines - 143

D:  veggie chili, rice, salad, drink -  476

S:  grapes 150g - 91

TOTAL:  1328


Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 10/05/2011:
I love reactions like that. :)

Dark chocolate is good for you ( contains antioxidants and MUFA), as long as you keep portions under control. Good thing is that a small portion of dark chocolate seems to satisfy a sweet tooth much quicker than milk chocolate!

Umpqua on 10/05/2011:
Great compliments at the salon! I never cared for dark chocolate when I was younger but I've gotten a taste for it now. I have some 70 percent and it does the trick when I'm craving. And because it's so much stronger in taste than the milk chocolate I find I can't go overboard with it. Enjoy!

Hantty on 10/05/2011:
Well done with your calorie total! And I was just wondering, I have a really sweet tooth and find it hard to stay off the sweets and chocolate; is dark chocolate a good substitute??

Hantty on 10/05/2011:
Okay then thanks so much for the advice; I'm going to try and get rid of all the sweets and chocolate left in my house. I'll probally give them to my friends. Thanks again!

glycrina on 10/05/2011:
YAY!! I can't wait for those reactions. Congratulations.

legcramps on 10/05/2011:
Have a great day :)

V on 10/05/2011:
Positive feedback is always inspiration to go for it :) You are and I am so happy you are a part of our FB group :)

thinkpositive on 10/05/2011:
Very nice to hear the genuine reaction from people who haven't seen you in awhile. Dark Chocolate- yum.

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 04, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 142.0

Good morning ladies!    

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

I'm looking forward to going to the US (Michigan) in just over 2 months to see my granddaughters.  Skype is great but you can't get a hug or a kiss on Skype!  

This is such a lovely group of ladies!  


  • 45 mins tae bo
  • 60 mins exercise bike


B:  porridge, and tea etc - 294

L:  pbj sandwich, 2 clementines - 383

D:  veggie chili, rice, salad - 460

S:  bran flakes and skimmed milk - 157

TOTAL:  1294

Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/04/2011:
I'm sure you can't wait for your trip! Where in the States are you heading? I hope you're having a great day!

KayBee on 10/04/2011:
I love Skype, too. Actually I have more conversation with my mother on Skype than personally... and the best thing is, when I want to end a boring conversation I'm having w/ someone, I excuse and hang up :-)))

KayBee on 10/04/2011:
Gosh, 60 min bike, that's in a gym? 60 mins, that's something I wouldn't be able to accomplish. Too much time... but I normally do high-intensity so 10-15 minutes on medium level is a lot to me. Force & time...

V on 10/04/2011:
Michigan :) You will def get the traditional snowy Christmas :) I am hoping it snows like crazy when i visit the fam in Chicago! have a wonderful day :)

getmebackto150 on 10/04/2011:
Menu looks great!!! I agree, skype is awesome, but nothing beats the real thing!!

legcramps on 10/04/2011:
Yeah! Great exercise!

sweetpea1977 on 10/04/2011:
Great menu and exercise!

moogy on 10/04/2011:
Good old Winston!! Yep! the 85% stuff really does the trick, not all that pleasant to eat, little bits and let it melt. That way you don't get the bitterness so much. You must be counting down the days until you can hug those babies!!

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