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grannyannie - Saturday Jan 21, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hi ladies!

Change of plan yesterday when we got invited to dinner at friends' house. The friend's brother and wife were up visiting from England and we really enjoyed ourselves.  In fact, didn't get back home until after 1am.  I ate pork, haggis, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli & carrots, roll with lite margarine, small piece of applie pie with wee dollop of cream, a couple of pieces of the Ghiradelli chocolate we'd brought them from the US, 3 glasses of wine, 2 crackers with a chunk of cheddar.  Dinner wasn't going to be served until 8pm so I had a bowl of bran flakes and two of my oatmeal raisin cookies before we went.  Ok, maybe went a bit overboard on my splurge.  Anyway....

I've worked out every day for the last 7 so I'm taking a rest day.  Keeping the calories low today and will increase tomorrow.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/cinnamon, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  pbj on 2 slices seeded whole grain toast, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines, pineapple
  • D:  curry & rice, salad w/walnuts and sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1503

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

WII on 01/21/2012:
hooray for enjoying yourself!!


thenewmle on 01/21/2012:
Thanks for the editing info. I didn't have edit next to the date and when I looked up at the top of the page it said sign up or sign in. I was reading from the link from the auto notify and was not signed in! I just liked the idea of seeing what menu I had planned in the morning and what I actually did that day. Glad you had a nice visit yesterday. From reading through your diary I KNOW I am short on the exercise attempt so I will ramp that up this week. Thanks again for the inspiration.


Maria7 on 01/21/2012:
Sounds like you had a nice meal with friends...Hope you are having a good day today also. :-)


V on 01/21/2012:
So happy to hear that you had a good time Annie :)



grannyannie - Friday Jan 20, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hello lovely ladies!
 
Thank you all for your wise advice and support and encouragement!!  You all are the best!  

After googling more info about metabolism and how to sensibly increase calories after weight loss I think a good thing is never to have the same amount of calories every single day.  I guess I knew it already but keeping calories low would make my metabolism adjust to that and my body would think it only needed that many calories to function properly - any later increase would result in a gain!  Kati mentioned this to me before in a comment, but it scared me to read it in an article on metabolism.  

For now I'll keep an eye on the scale to gauge the calories needed to keep me stable as any muscle weight gain won't be large enough to affect me for quite a while yet.  (I think?)  This is my most intense workout day, so I'm daring to go up to 1700.  

Workout:
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope (I get tired of the same workout songs so occasionally swap one for another.  Added 'Beat it' by Michael Jackson and it's a lot of fun to workout to!)
  • 5 sets of weights
  • 4 sets of lower body & abs
There were men here fixing our roof from the storm and they were outside my workout room which has very wide patio doors. I took a peek at one of them while I was flying across the floor in of my tae bo routines and his eyes were like saucers.  Probably looked very weird to see an old lady doing boxing steps!  LOL.  

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/sesame seeds/crushed almonds/honey/cinnamon, skimmed milk, tea (This was way too many ingredients in one bowl!  Sesame seeds between the teeth is a pain! Added honey but I think I can do without now - I'd rather add 50 calories elsewhere.)
  • S:  tea with skimmed milk after workout
  • L:  2 slices of seeded multlgrain toast with pbj
  • S:  clementine, banana
  • D:  veggie curry (bigger portion), basmati rice, salad with walnuts and sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate & oatmeal raisin cookie (Was tempted to add an extra cookie to my nightime snack but instead added healthy stuff during the day. Patting self on back.)
  • Lots of different teas and water
TOTAL:  1707  anybody's guess  

Change of plan.  Hubby has accepted a dinner invitation at our friend's. Multi-course and also since his brother is visiting it means he'll bring out the big blocks of cheese which I find so hard to resist!  Oh well, not going to stress. I thnk I'm due for a splurge.  

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

supercheese on 01/20/2012:
oh noo you are not old!!! lol. Im gonna try to add more calories too. Have a good weekend!


Umpqua on 01/20/2012:
I doubt that worker saw an old lady flying around, I bet he was super impressed with your moves! I think you have a good plan RE your calories and building muscle. Your menu looks great!


V on 01/20/2012:
Stop it! You are only as old as you feel, You rock Annie <3


legcramps on 01/20/2012:
LOL so funny! I bet that worker was impressed and possibly a little jealous too!


grumpy on 01/20/2012:
I love avocado too. I think a good way to eat it is to have a few slices on your salad on with your dish. I love avocado with chicken, so sometimes i make chicken in a tomato sauce with a little half and half to be pink-ish and then i put some avocado with it and brown rice. delicious! :) As for tonight, try to put more of the healthy stuff on your plate and less of the heavy stuff. Eat some cheese, enjoy. And tomorrow you can compensate eating tons of veggies. :)


sweetpea1977 on 01/20/2012:
Great plan. Yes, it takes a while to notice actual gain from muscle on the scale. Weight change isnt the best indicator for muscle growth/fat loss so be sure to take measurements if you havent done so already. Or just pay close attention to how your clothes are fitting.


WII on 01/20/2012:
Check YOU out being eye candy for the mens! Wooo Hoo! hehehe Have a great weekend!


Maria7 on 01/20/2012:
I enjoy clementines, also...I heard they only have 35 calories! :-)


thenewMLE on 01/20/2012:
Hi grannie! thanks for the suggestion about the oatmeal. I have plenty oats because I used to like to bake with them. I never really gave them much thought for breakfast because oatmeal and cream of wheat were only served to us when we were sick so I don't ever think about them!!! But I guess I could prepare them at work in the microwave and add the fresh fruit. I start work at 6:45am so it is hard to eat before the 1/2 drive and still be here on time! Congratulation on reaching your goal and exercising too. May I ask how you edited your post? I have put up early in the morning what my menu will be, but last night I skipped something and I would like to cross through it to keep my food portion of the diary accurate. Thanks again!



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 19, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hello ladies!

Up around 1600 cals now and I'll stay here for a while and see what happens.  On a rest day I'll go lower.  

MUFA's - recommended by some wise DD ladies.   I did a bit of research on it and have a list of foods. I've already added almonds and walnuts (in small amounts) but will increase that a bit as well as adding small amounts of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and occasional avocado.  I'll also eat peanut butter more often for lunch (I buy an organic one with no sugar).  

Just over 5 weeks to my birthday trip and about 7 more weeks until I rejoin the gym!  Yeah!

Workout:
Doing ALL housework.  Plan to do 30 mins of spinning later.  

Menu:  

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/sesame seeds, skimmed milk, tea
L:  2 egg sandwich, yogurt
S:  fresh pineapple, clementine
D:  veg curry & rice, salad w/walnuts & sunflower seeds, drink
S:  hot chocolate, 1 oatmeal raisin cookie

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1597
 
 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 01/19/2012:
I bet you are excited for your trip AND the gym :) Have a good day Annie <3


sweetpea1977 on 01/19/2012:
oh, it just occurred to me that the tiredness you mentioned a few days ago could have been partly due to not getting enough calories. Im sure you'll feel more energetic with the additional fuel you will be taking in.

I love MUFA's. If you need new and quick recipe ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet, let me know. I have several suggestions for each MUFA (except olives since you dont like them). :)

Thanks for the comment. I will definitely tone down the workouts until Im fully recovered. Im debating whether to wake up early tomorrow for my elliptical workout or to sleep in as much as I can so I will be rested up for keeping up with 3 boys, lol!


legcramps on 01/19/2012:
Have a great day!


Umpqua on 01/19/2012:
Avocado mixed with black sesame seeds (and a squeeze of lemon) is the best! It makes a great spread for sandwiches or a dip for carrot sticks, etc. My older son absolutely loves it, which is good since it means I don't eat an entire avocado ;)


grumpy on 01/19/2012:
I love avocado in my salad. Plus its moist so I dont feel the need for dressing!


supercheese on 01/19/2012:
have a good one annie!!!


hollybelle on 01/19/2012:
That reminds me, I am doing better on drinking water (and tea). It must work - look at you! Keep up the stellar work, darlin'!


thinkpositive on 01/20/2012:
Just saying Hi! I must have missed it- where is your birthday trip?



grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 18, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hiya girls!

I like Sweetpea's idea of changing my caloric intake according to workout vs rest day.  I could have the highest calories on the days with the most intense workouts.   I'll eventually need to figure out the right amounts without using weight as a gauge as I'll be gaining muscle weight.  Waist size, fat %, how my clothes fit, and bust size will be good indicators.  

Hard to keep off the scale!  First thing this morning it said 129 which is too low (never thought I'd say that!),  so I'm going up toward 1600 cals then up to 1700 later.  

I'm adding healthy foods that I only ate occasionally while on weight loss - more crushed almonds on my porridge, walnuts on my salad, more bananas.  Next addition will be a bigger portion at dinner.  Oh, and of course, cookie(s)!  
Workout:
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of weights
  • 4 sets of lower body/abs routines
Menu:

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk tea

L:  grilled cheese (the last of the low fat cheese), yogurt

S:  banana, clementine

D:  chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad, drink

S: hot chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookie

Lots of different teas and lots of water

TOTAL:  1563 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Kati on 01/18/2012:
YAY for the decision about raising the kcal amounts. Ya know, my swimming teacher told me some weeks ago that women NATURALLY eat less when they move less. I have never noticed this on me though, hahaha...


Kati on 01/18/2012:
lololol that's correct :D Men have strange thoughts. :P


sweetpea1977 on 01/18/2012:
Your plan sounds like a good one. If you find yourself struggling to meet your calories on the higher intake days, fill in the gaps with lean sources of protein. Protein will help you with your muscle definition and post workout recovery. Also, adding more MUFA's (monounsaturated fatty acids) to your diet will help target belly fat as well as enhance heart health. Some good MUFAs to use are avocado, nuts and seeds, oils, olives, and dark chocolate. :)


getmebackto150 on 01/18/2012:
I think your plan sounds great! It will definitely take you a little while to figure out the magic mix, but you will get there!!! have a good one:)


Umpqua on 01/18/2012:
Good plan, I think they scale will level out for you as you build up muscle. Good MUFA suggestions from Sweetpea too :)


biscottibody59 on 01/18/2012:
Whatever happens, your results have been wonderful so far--have a good afternoon/evening!


WII on 01/18/2012:
I know about that increasing calorie fear! When I lost all that weight before, I did it too. It didn't hurt anything :) Good luck and enjoy your day!


V on 01/18/2012:
I am usually super hungry on the days I do cardio and weights..On the days I do HIIT classes, my metabolism burns whatever I eat right away..Sweetpea has yet another great suggestion as far as adding more protein, especially since you want lean muscle..Protein shakes are a good filler as a snack, especially with a banana :)


thinkpositive on 01/19/2012:
What a nice position to be in- to be able to add calories. No more tiredness?



grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 17, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hope you're all feeling healthy and fit!  

Working on overcoming my fear that increasing my calorie allowance will result in me waking up 30 pounds heavier! Although during my 3 weeks with family at xmas I pigged out a few times! I somehow managed to come back only about 2 pounds heavier but some of the credit goes to a stomach virus.  

So I'm going to do this gradually - about 1500 cals for 5 or 6 days then I might dare go up to 1600.  According to my 'super-scale' my BMR (calories needed to maintain current weight while basically sitting on butt) is around 1350. My weight loss calories were between 1200-1300 and I didn't sit on my butt.

Last night I had one of the oatmeal raisin cookies with a mug of low fat hot chocolate.  This time it was very satisfying as I ate it slowly and alternated bites of cookie with sips of hot choc. This cookie isn't highly sweet so doesn't give me a sugar buzz.  It just tastes good.  Think I'll continue to make these and also look for other not-too-sweet recipes.  

As for my nodding off in the early evenings, I think V and Biscotti are right - except for a few times on a treadmill and a spinning class I had very little exercise for nearly 4 weeks.  So even though we've been back home nearly 2 weeks it's probably still a combination of jet lag and suddenly having intense workouts again.  
  
Workout:
Since I have my own exercise bike I decided to do my own spinning class. Did 60 mins with the first 45 alternating between standing and sitting.  Cardio + serious glute/thigh toning!

Menu: 

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea

L:  grilled cheese, yogurt (gotta use up this low fat cheese)

S:  2 clementines

D:  chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad w/a few walnut pieces, drink

S:  hot chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookie

Lots of different teas and water

TOTAL:  1503

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 01/17/2012:
I think increasing calories is a good move for you. Just make sure that most of them are high quality calories so that your body can remain efficient at burning fuel.

BTW, if you're scared of going too high with calories, you can zigzag your calories. Define a range of calories and stay within that range. Eat towards the high end of your calorie range on your most active days and eat towards the lower end on your low or sedentary days. Doing this may make you feel both in control of your intake while giving you the freedom to enjoy the treats you've had to minimize/omit in during the weightloss phase. Maintenance takes some time to figure out, so dont let it get to you. You'll figure out a system that works for you!


Umpqua on 01/17/2012:
Excellent job with the cookie :) As for the calorie increase, you'll notice my weight has been going steadily down since I upped my calories. There's something to it! I got my fat calipers over the weekend and I think I'm around 23% body fat and would like to get down to about 18%. But I need more calories in order to burn the fat, the scale was sitting still without the added food, even with my stepped up exercise. It's all very scientific :P I'm going to do formal measurements at the beginning of Feb and will write more about the body fat stuff and my calipers.


Supercheese on 01/17/2012:
good luck with the increase in the calories. I need to start doing that to lose weight! sadly, im scared too!


getmebackto150 on 01/17/2012:
I agree that increasing the calories is a good move... If will help your body have the fuel it needs to get strong!!! Have a great day:)


V on 01/17/2012:
As Sweetpea stated you will figure out what works for you the best..It took me a while to get out of my own head(with the help of Sweetpea and Umpqua) I was seriously spazzing each time I added things/more calories to my daily intake.. Hey congrats on creating your own spin class :) Keep on rocking it Annie <3


legcramps on 01/17/2012:
I should try a spinning session with my exercise bike too... it actually didn't even occur to me until you mentioned it in your entry! Have a great day today :)


liza36 on 01/17/2012:
Good luck with your calorie experiment. I realize it might cause a bit of anxiousness (It would in me) at the thought of increasing calories, but you've got a good plan and handle on it.


moogy on 01/17/2012:
I think that we should be able to purchase 'stomach viruses' at the chemist, not really yuccky ones, just enough to shift a couple of pounds.I am in awe of your restraint with the cookie. Oh! and Sweetpea and Umpqua really know what they are talking about, they are our guru's of food, V for exercise! Have a good day grannyannie:) And, I am glad that it is not age that is causing the afternoon naps, mine is just my mental illness that likes me to sleep from 11am until 7am the next day, I told it, no way, I am not giving in!!!!!! Ha


moogy on 01/17/2012:
Yes, this time last year I was literally sitting under the air conditioner on the floor and had closed of my bedroom, I even slept on the floor on the sofa cushions. It didn't drop below 35 the whole week and got up to 43 and not below 28 at night, we called it Hell Week. I am hoping this cooler Summer holds, but Februrary lurks and that is usually our hottest month.:(


biscottibody59 on 01/17/2012:
Doing your own spinning class--good idea!


thinkpositive on 01/18/2012:
I like figuring out your own spinning class. Good thinking on your upping of calories. Where are you in the idea of Scotland becoming independent? I asked my 2 Scottish friends this morning & they said it would never happen & that it's a bad idea.



grannyannie - Monday Jan 16, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hi ladies!

I'm wondering if baking is a good idea for me.  Having just one cookie last night made me feel deprived.  I wanted more.  It's wasn't very sweet - made with light muscovado sugar (a brown sugar) and was 125 cals.  So eating 4 or 5 or 6 of them would be a bad idea!     Maybe I'd be better off having an occasional high cal dessert as a treat at a cafe or bakery sometimes?  

I've started to doze off recently in my chair in the early evening and my head drops down like elderly people often do.  This is not like me.  I wonder what's going on?  

Had a good workout today:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of weights
  • 4 sets of lower body routines w/o ankle weights as I've got a twinge in my lower back (probably from the ankle weights or maybe the new abs routine)

Menu:

B:  porrige/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea

L:  grilled cheese, yogurt

S:  clementine, grapes

D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad, drink

S:  hot choc, 1, only 1 oatmeal raisin cookie 

Lots of different teas, water

TOTAL:  1423

 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 01/16/2012:
I think you did a wonderful job Annie :) At some point you will be completely comfortable with keeping baked goods in the house without over doing it! Food doesn't have to be the enemy unless you allow it to be..I know it might be easier said than done but this is your opportunity to prove just that! Have a wonderful day my friend :)


Umpqua on 01/16/2012:
FWIW, it takes a lot of effort for me to restrain myself around regular baked goods. We're almost done with our Christmas cheesecake and I did have success slicing it up and freezing it and eating one slice at a time as treats. Freezing stuff helps for me. WIth the new vegan recipes I'm trying they're not very sweet and not high carb, so 1 cupcake or serving of cookie balls satisfies me. If they were tollhouse cookies with all the sugar and carbs no way could I limit myself like that!

RE the dozing you may need to add a few extra calories at this point to keep up with your workouts. I found myself feeling wiped out post dinner too, and upping the calorie count has really helped with my energy levels.

And now I'll stop with the annoying advice ;P Have a good one!


Kati on 01/16/2012:
Ohh, the "allergy" is a viral infection. It will pass soon, I hope... Today was the last day of antibiotics, and I'm done w/ the antihistamines, too. BTW I'm avoiding baking, too. I make cakes only when I'm sure it's taken away as soon as it's cold enough to transport/cut/eat. :)


V on 01/16/2012:
Trust me when I say that I do understand :)It does take time to wrap the brain around all of it


Kati on 01/16/2012:
Umpqua is right, you have to add some calories when you exercise. 1400 is the amount the body burns while in bed, without moving, per day. You should go up to 1600-1800, even because if you're starving yourself constantly, when you want to change to maintenance, the weight will creep back even with slightly higher cal amounts. I hope it does make sense, I'm not at my best explaining things :P At my weight, 200+, it's still ok to do 1500-1700 kcal's per day.


moogy on 01/16/2012:
I think you may be getting elderly, I often find that I need a Nana nap in the afteroon, just half an hour and I am fine again!!! I would go with the occasional treat outside. It is having that temptation in the house that is the killer:)Freezing doesn't help me, I just eat the stuff cold.:)


biscottibody59 on 01/16/2012:
I'll be interested to find out the key to your nodding off.

Maybe it has a little to do with your getting back to a routine after jet lag, increasing your activity after being away and the fact that you've lost fat in the last few months. Fat produces a form of estrogen and perhaps your body clock is adjusting to that change one way or the other.

Long term if it continues and you have any other symptoms of low thyroid (nodding off when you want to be awake is one of those), maybe get your thyroid checked. Otherwise if all of everything else is well, your body may just be telling you it needs sleep.

It was always tempting to me when I hit 40 to blame age--it was kinda fun. Reality set in at some point and there are so many things that can be fixed, helped or eliminated by lifestyle change and putting on the thinking cap that blaming age CANNOT be my first choice. It gives aging all the power. Sometimes we just have to roll with the punches:-)


V on 01/16/2012:
Jet Lag, or just needing a nap is probably the culprit, especially after a nice workout!! You are far from elderly Annie <3


thinkpositive on 01/17/2012:
I agree with V- probably jet lag but get it checked out if it continues. And I'm not at the point of being able to bake & not indulge- I envy those who can. And you are not elderly.



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 15, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good Sunday morning, ladies!  

Dropped off hubby at the ferry as he's going to a rugby match so I did some shopping.  Really annoyed at the lack of variety in our shop here.  Tried to get all the ingredients for Umpqua's Gingerbread cupcakes - no way but will try elsewhere.  I did notice they had Truvia but a very small jar is £4.99!!   

Late start for my workout but will do it shortly.  Just cardio today.  

Menu:

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea

L:  grilled cheese with low fat cheddar cooked in low fat spray and a bit of marg

S:  1 clementine, grapes

D:  finishing up the leek and potato soup, toast with pb, soup, drink

S:  planning on baking oatmeal raisin cookies and having one

Lots of different teas, water

TOTAL;  1401

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/15/2012:
I made some alternate flour suggestions in the recipe thread Annie. Sorry you had such trouble finding ingredients, we're lucky that Truvia and stevia-based sweeteners are pretty common in our stores here. Enjoy your day!


V on 01/15/2012:
What a dilemna as far as not finding the ingredients..Another suggestion would be to get baby applesauce, I am pretty sure they don't add sugar to that...I hope you find the molasses, if not i could mail you some...It would be my pleasure :) Have a good one Annie!


Kati on 01/15/2012:
rugby! That's an other mystery game for me :D Just like baseball. I think I won't ever figure out the rules :)


biscottibody59 on 01/15/2012:
Hope it was a good day!

RYC: Thanks for the vote of confidence--I think this week WILL be better!


thinkpositive on 01/16/2012:
Good for you- I would not do well if I made oatmeal cookies, eating just one would not be something I am capable of! Sad, but true..



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 14, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hi ladies!  Hope you all are having a great weekend.

Got the house to myself today as my hubby has a big politics meeting today.  So I'm going to be constructive, at least that's my intention. Have done a really good workout and after lunch I'm going to wash the kitchen floor, clean my laundry room, book a hotel for June, finish my 4th book about Eleanor Roosevelt.....

Upping my calorie intake to around 1400 for now.

Workout:
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of weights
  • 4 sets of lower body routines with the addition of 3 more routines - use ankle weights
  • abs with an additional routine (good one!)
Menu:

B:  porridge/raisins & almonds, skimmed milk, tea

L:  2 veggie sausages with mustard, 2 bread

S:  orange

D:  leek and potato soup, bread with marg, salad, drink

S:  melba toast & hot chocolate

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1388

 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 01/14/2012:
Enjoy the house to yourself today Annie <3


Umpqua on 01/14/2012:
I hope you have a great day and enjoy your alone time!


Supercheese on 01/14/2012:
Enjoy your weekend!!


moogy on 01/14/2012:
Cheeky!!!



grannyannie - Friday Jan 13, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good day, girls!  Hope you all are healthy and strong.  Thanks for your comments!  

I'm keeping my calories low for now and will raise them if I notice I'm shrinking too much.  

It's sunny today but too cold to power walk and I'm itching to go walking!  Anxious to rejoin the gym after we get back from Morocco!  Hope they've got some new resistance machines.  

Doing the rest of the housework that I didn't finish like I planned  a couple of days ago.  Going to get on my exercise bike later.  
 
Did some 'after' photos.  I'm not really as mean as I look in the first one.    I was using a remote shutter and tripod to take my pic in the first one.

 

Menu:

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea

L:  2 veggie sausages with mustard on 1 slice bread, yogurt

S:  2 clementines 

D:  homemade leek and potato soup, homemade bread with low fat marg, salad, drink

S:  latte, apple

Lots of teas, water

TOTAL:  1321

 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/13/2012:
You look amazing Annie, holy wow! I think once you ramp up the strength training you'll need to make adjustments in your calorie count and your weight may change. It's just a matter of figuring out what you need to keep you feeling satisfied, I'm sure you'll work it out.


V on 01/13/2012:
Looking mighty fit and fine there Annie <3 You rock!!


liza36 on 01/13/2012:
You look fantastic!! Thanks for sharing the photos.


biscottibody59 on 01/13/2012:
Great pics--all credit to you!


hollybelle on 01/13/2012:
You look wonderful! P.S. The walls in my house are yellow, too!It's so great in the winter - it looks like sunshine, more or less. :o)


moogy on 01/13/2012:
Looking great from the front annie, no sign of your 'droopy' bum!! LOL Must be lovely to be able to fit into any clothes that take your fancy now:)


Maria7 on 01/13/2012:
Nice pics...good for you on all your work. :-)



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 12, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good day, ladies.  Back on track after my splurge yesterday.  Didn't look like very healthy eating all day except breakfast.  

I'm now ready to focus more on strength training and toning than being obsessed with what the scale says.  I'll start measuring my waist as a gauge and use the stats from my super-scale for % fat and muscle.  

I will continue to count calories indefinitely, except for occasional splurges, eating out, or going on a holiday where I will depend on my own judgement.  I feel I must have definite limits if I want to be in that 5% who don't regain lost weight.  

I've changed/added to my lower body routines to make them more effective and am back to using ankle weights to do glutes routines.  Seriously getting down to business on these flabby buns and thighs!!  Also have made my abs routine more challenging. 

Workout:
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 4 sets of weights
  • 4 sets of lower body routines
Menu:
  • B:  porridge & blueberries, tea and milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages & mustard on 1 slice bread, yogurt
  • S:  apple, 2 clementines
  • D:  curry & perogies, salad, drink
  • S:  melba toast
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1305


 

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 01/12/2012:
Definitely looks like a good plan--I wish you well! Keep it going there!


Umpqua on 01/12/2012:
I'm glad you had a successful bra shopping day, and your foods from yesterday don't look that bad! I'm also trying to focus less on the scale and more on measurements and body fat. I order fat calipers since I've never done this correctly before, they should be arriving today or tomorrow. Have a good one!


Umpqua on 01/12/2012:
Just posted the recipe!


liza36 on 01/12/2012:
Glad you found some good fitting bras. I went last month for a professional fitting, and feel so much better in ones that fit. I'm large breasted so it's hard to find ones that fit and do the right job.

I like your shift in focus to strength versus scale. I can only hope to get there one day! Keep up the great job!


WII on 01/12/2012:
I have the same issue with bras, have to have the underwires! Sounds like you had a lovely day!


moogy on 01/12/2012:
Nice calories there grannyannie:) Love your determination to tighten up the derriere:)


thinkpositive on 01/12/2012:
You sound very motivated- I'll see if I can get some of that feeling!



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