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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:)

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

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


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

TOTAL:  1316

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking along the Thames Path to the concert on Sunday:

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

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

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

Travelogue & pics of London trip:

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

hollybelle on 04/03/2012:
Nice picture!

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

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

selina on 04/03/2012:
Gorgeous lady!

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

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

I hope you feel better soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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