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grannyannie - Saturday Oct 29, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good morning ladies!     Saggy-butted granny reporting in!  

I've got the house to myself all day as my hubby is in the big city till dinnertime.  So I'm going to work on doing video clips and still shots of my workouts.  This in itself will be a workout as I will probably do lots of retakes!

I will try out the new butt exercises you lovely ladies suggested on the FB group.  I will put the ones I currently do into my video with the addition of the squats with dumbbells.  I don't have knee problems but my knees don't seem to like lunges very much.  (anyone remember the Buns of Steel video from the early 90's?  I got great thighs with that one and a better but not great butt back when I was a wee lass of 40).   

I've been weighing in every day with my new 'everything' scale.  Supposed to do every day at the same time for 7 days to get baseline readings for everything.  I know the readings aren't going to be as accurate as a professional machine but it's really meant to keep track of changes in my readings over time.  


B:  porridge/raisins/almonds (no sugar), skimmed milk, tea with  milk

L:  1 egg, 2 slices turkey bacon, 2 slices of polenta, 1 tsp of oil plus spray

S:  grapes

D:  leftover chickpea curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  packet of baked crisps, yogurt

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1272


Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 10/29/2011:
Have a wonderful evening :)

grannyannie - Friday Oct 28, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good day ladies!  We had several hours of sunshine today.  

I went out early this morning and did grocery shopping and didn't start my workout until 11.  Going to try to do video clips of my workout tomorrow.  Should be fun!  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope (no ankle weights this time)
  • 4 sets of 5 dumbbell routines
  • floor exercises with ankle weights
  • 100 ab crunches
  • 50 thigh master 

I know that a firm butt is not necessary for good health, but the fat that has disappeared from my previously ample butt has left me with a very droopy one.    I've been faithfully doing two types of leg lifts wearing ankle weights that specifically focus on butt muscles. Guess I'd better Google 'how to get a butt like Pippa Middleton' eh??!    Should it matter than I'm more than 30 years her senior?  


B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/sugar, skimmed milk, tea with milk (going to cut out the sugar as I don't think I really taste it anyway and it's 20 calories just for 5 grams.

L:  Liver & bacon pate on melba toast, yogurt, apple

D:  chickpea & veg curry, rice, salad, drink

S:  dried apricots & clem, hot chocolate

All kinds of teas, water

TOTAL:  1292


Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Supercheese on 10/28/2011:
ahahaha sorry to hear about your butt, but after working on mine, i don't seem to have one either!

sweetpea1977 on 10/28/2011:
haha, your butt sounds like my butt. It has always been flat and droopy until recently. Its a little firmer now thanks to all the squats, lunges, and leg presses (currently I press 180lbs in the leg press machine - goal is to press double my goal weight, which is 300lbs) I do. I'll do a search on butt exercises and post them in the FB group for ya. :)

Runforfun on 10/28/2011:
He is from Congo! :)

Umpqua on 10/28/2011:
You got some great suggestions on FB. My butt is flat, even when I'm at my heaviest, and the squats definitely make a difference with lifting and rounding a bit!

grannyannie - Thursday Oct 27, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good morning, ladies!  Thank you all so much for your support!  I'm so glad I found this group.   I seriously doubt I'd be doing as well on my own.   

I've lowered my goal 2 more pounds in preparation for a trip.  But I'm also using a pair of trousers that are still just a bit too tight as a measurement of what I'm comfortable with.  I expect that pounds will become less important later and waist size, fat% and muscle mass will become the more important numbers.  


  • 60 mins exercise bike - moderate to high intensity
  • abs - 100 or more (really need to do these every day instead of only on weights and floor exercise days (update:  did 150)


B:  porridge & tea

L:  2 fried eggs on 1 slice toast with low fat marg, yogurt

S:  2 clementines

D:  chickpea/veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  dried apricots or melba toast & hot chocolate

Herbal teas, tea/lemon, water

TOTAL:  1301


Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Supercheese on 10/27/2011:
exercise looks good!!have a good day!

Umpqua on 10/27/2011:
I'm right with you on maintaining a diet for life, I had never done that previously and that has been my mindset for months now and it seems to be working! I also think the pants are a great measure as well. I'm wearing all my "pre-pregnancy" pants from before my 2 boys that are 5+ years old. And I weighed at least 5 pounds less at that time, but didn't work out as much and didn't have the muscle. So that matters a lot!

glycrina on 10/27/2011:
you know my trainer told me that you shouldn't do ab workouts everyday. something about the muscles in your stomach need time to recover like any other muscle in the body. Just food for thought. GREAT JOB on the menus. You are really doing well with the healthy eating.

~WI~ on 10/27/2011:
That is an excellent idea! You are doing great, you are an inspiration!

V on 10/27/2011:
Yes my friend Glycrina is so right about the abs..Every other day is perfect :) keep on rocking out your workouts!! Have a good one

biscottibody59 on 10/28/2011:
Excellent work--keep it up! Enjoy your weekend!

patt on 11/06/2011:
Annie, for my currie I used: 2 onions, 4 c. broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, 1/2 teaspoon curry, cilantro and tomatoes. It called for cumin, but I thought one unfamiliar spice was enough. Is cumin hot? We enjoyed the veggies, but are now on our third day of it. Maybe. I didn't want to cut the recipe on my first try. I will next time. What ingredients do you use?

grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 26, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good morning ladies!   

This is the first time I've dieted where my attitude was to maintain for LIFE.  I never really thought about how to maintain it on previous diets.  I'd just go back to eating the same way after a few months.  Workouts would slack off.  This time I've got the same attitude I had when I quit smoking.  'Failure is not an option'.  I'm a really unhappy person when I'm fat and I much prefer to be happy.    Now I have a plan I'm sure I'm going to be happy with.  


  • 30+ mins tae bo & jump rope wearing my 2.5 pound ankle weights (intense!)
  • weights, floor exercises and the addition of a thigh master
  • finished my serious living room cleaning (every single nook and cranny!)


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

L:  2 fried eggs (using spray), 1 slice toast, low fat margarine, yogurt

S:  2 clementines

around 4pm I'm getting hungry so that's when I have my salad

D:  veggie chili & rice, drink

S:  dried apricots, hot chocolate (I've found that always making sure I've got calories to use for an evening snack has been very helpful in easing any feelings of deprivation

Several cups of black tea with lemon, herbal teas in the evening.  Lots of water.  

TOTAL:  1301

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 10/26/2011:
Love your post... Maintaining for life is an amazing goal! I just KNOW you will be successful:)

hollybelle on 10/26/2011:
Great attitude. Thank you for your encouraging words on my diary!

biscottibody59 on 10/26/2011:
Glad the new scale gadget is working for ya'! Cleaning--ugh--what an accomplished feeling when it's done!

Enjoy the rest of your day--you're firing on all cylinders--hope it continues!

glycrina on 10/26/2011:
yay! great attitude = great results! menu looks amazing!

Supercheese on 10/26/2011:
Have a great day!! Failure is definitely not an option

liza36 on 10/26/2011:
I like your attitude that this is for life. That's the only way to maintain the healthy lifestyle that takes so much effort to do in the first place. You're doing great!

V on 10/26/2011:
Now that is the way to think! You will succeed!! You are a machine!!

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 25, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good morning, ladies!  

Got my new super-scale figured out.   Good results but that's just one day.  I'll be checking every day to get a week's average.  Still weighing myself first thing in the morning, but the best time to measure the fat, muscle, water, bone, etc is late afternoon.  Apparently that's the time when everything should be most in balance and accurate.  The new machine gives about a 1 pound lighter weight than my old one.  So I'll start using the new machine weights after about a week of daily weigh-ins.  

My workout today will be super-cleaning the living room - moving furniture to vacuum under them, windows, corners, tops of bookshelves.  

Booking Morocco today and I've got extra incentive now to get more firm and toned - a beach holiday wearing a bathing suit!  Will my saddle bags ever disappear?!  They are much smaller than they were anyway.  


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

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

S:  2 clementines

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  can of non-alcohol beer, packet of baked crisps

Herbal teas, water

TOTAL:  1305

Have a great day everybody!!


Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

liza36 on 10/25/2011:
House cleaning is a workout all in its own.

I'll be very interested to find out how you like your new scale with all the feedback it gives you. I had a friend a few years ago who used one of those scales, and she'd drink more water, for instance, if it said she was low.

Have a great day.

KayBee on 10/25/2011:
Morocco? You should come to Portugal! :) We'd have great & healthy times :D

getmebackto150 on 10/25/2011:
Morocco??? AWESOME!!! I have always wanted to go there!! Have a great day!!

sweetpea1977 on 10/25/2011:
Nice gift!! Glad you figured out how to use it, haha.

Your upcoming trip sounds absolutely amazing. I cant wait to see your pictures! :)

grannyannie - Monday Oct 24, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 138.0

Got an early christmas gift from hubby today!  A package was delivered today and it had this:  


Looks like we're probably going to Morocco for my 60th birthday the end of Feb. with a couple of friends of ours.

Workout:  did my tae bo/jump rope routine for 30 minutes with my ankle weights again.  Intense!!  Then did my weights and floor routine. 


B:  porridge & strawberries, skimmed milk, tea

L:  1 bread with 2 veggie sausages and mustard, yogurt, 2 clementines

D:  veggie curry and brown rice, salad, drink 

S:  apple

Herbal teas, black tea/lemon, lots of water

Had an extra snack yesterday putting me 60 cals over, so having less today.

TOTAL:  1226

Now to figure out my new machine.    


Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/24/2011:
What a wonderful gift and Morocco! Very exciting! You and thinkpositive are doing exactly what I hope to be doing in my retirement with all your travel. We traveled a good bit around the US before children and hope to do a lot more beyond that with and post children :)

V on 10/24/2011:
Sweet gift :) Morocco for your birthday sounds like a good deal to me :)Hey congrats on taking your workouts to the next level,say bye bye to that last 3 lbs you will be there soon!! Have a wonderful day

V on 10/24/2011:
January it will be a year..Maintaining is not as hard if you take the same approach with eating and exercise with as much thought, passion and care as you do now.. Yes you can and will do this too :)

biscottibody59 on 10/24/2011:
Wow--looks like the "Benz" or maybe Maserati of scales! Hope it does what you expect!

Enjoy your week!

liza36 on 10/24/2011:
What a wonderful gift! And Morocco sounds fantastic.

glycrina on 10/24/2011:
Jealous of your trip to Morocco. I hear it is life changing!

AnonGirl on 10/24/2011:
Thanks and wow, what an amazing surprise! What a wonderful husband you have :) i'd give anything for a holiday abroad!

hollybelle on 10/26/2011:
Morocco, I want to hear and see what that is like. I had a dance instructor from there once - a belly dancing instructor. She was fun, but she never talked about her home country.

grannyannie - Sunday Oct 23, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 138.0

Good morning!  Just finished 30 minutes of tae bo/jump rope wearing my ankle weights!  Whew!  Still sweating! The weights are 2.5 lbs each but felt like 10!  Maybe I could add wrist weights and do this?  Can't find mine, so will have to buy some.

Will do exercise bike after the Rugby World Cup is finished and hopefully New Zealand has won!

Update:  Well done New Zealand All Blacks!


  • B:  porridge & strawberries, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  1 slice bread, 2 veggie sausages, mustard, yogurt
  • S:  1 clementine, grapes
  • D:  leftover beans, leftover veggie chili, brown rice, salad, drink
  • S:  apricots or melba toast, hot chocolate

TOTAL:  1285


Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/23/2011:
Sounds like a really great workout!

They're actually showing that match this afternoon on NBC here in the US today. I guess I could check it out for a couple seconds just to see. I assume they wear all black? There used to be a couple of diarists here who played rugby.

grannyannie - Saturday Oct 22, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 138.0

Good day, ladies!  

Down another pound!  Going to make my goal and probably an additional 2 pounds just before my trip to the US mid Dec!  No way am I going into the usual 'I'm-on-holiday-and-can-be-a-total-pig' mode!  

Shopped this morning so afternoon workout.  Rainy, windy, dark day and when I got back home I thought the perfect thing would be a cuppa tea with milk and a few chocolate covered biscuits.  But I don't buy biscuits anymore and already had my alloted cuppa with milk, so I had fennel tea.  

Changing my routine a bit today.  Instead of 45 mins of tae/bo & rope I'm going to try to do 30 mins with ankle weights on.  Then my weights routine.
Update:  felt lazy this afternoon so only did my weights, but did an extra set.  I'm at just the right weights right now.  Will try out routine with ankle weights tomorrow morning. 


B:  porridge & tea

L:  1 slice homemade bread, pbj, yogurt

S:  grapes

D:  beans and rice, salad, drink

S:  packet of baked crisps or dried apricots or melba toast

TOTAL:  1295

Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/22/2011:
You are tearing it up WoMaN--woo-hoo! Very inspirational to me I must say:-)

I'll take our weather for now, but I also like the sound of yours today. It makes everything kinda slower, though to be honest a day or three is enough.

grannyannie - Friday Oct 21, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 139.0

Good day ladies!  Hope your weather is better than mine!

I'm so anxious to get to the maintenance phase!  I've done some calculations and it looks like I can eat the same as I do now, with the addition of a banana, a latte, and a bigger serving at dinnertime.  Of course, occasional 'forbidden' foods as well.   I was thinking I could deal with 1700 cals on most days which would allow for guilt-free treats or eating out occasionally.  Of course, all this planning is pointless right now as I expect to reach my goal not long before we leave for the US for 3 weeks of holiday food.  Then I'll be relying totally on my own judgement and super-restraint and a daily weigh in.  

When I look up calories online I see that US sites have many measurements in terms of cups, but on packets there are always fat, sugar, carbs, etc in terms of grams.  So why not use 100g measurements for calories?  A cup of chopped food can hardly be accurate!  Well, I know the answer, resistance to using metric.   Been there myself.  When I measure out my raisins/crushed almonds/sugar to put on my porridge I use a gram scale.  10 g raisins, 3  almonds, 5 g sugar. 


  • 45 mins cardio
  • 20 mins bike (moderate to high intensity)


B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/sugar, skimmed milk, tea - 142

L:  veg/rice/lentil soup, 1 slice toast with pb - 376

D:  red beans/veg with roasted plantain, salad, drink - 466

S:  2 clementines, yogurt - 116

TOTAL:  1252

Progress as of today: 28 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Hackersdiet on 10/21/2011:
you are right. Measuring in cups is not accurate. I prefer grams too. When I go on vacation now, my plan is to allow myself an additional 500 calories per day (gain 1 lbs. while on vacation). But if I don't do that, I just stop counting all together and eat way too much. So, this is controlled over eating, with a limited time frame.

Hackersdiet on 10/21/2011:
Based on what you wrote me, I think just try to control portion sizes. Focus on eating when you are hungry. If you aren't hungry, just take very small portions, but still enjoy the food with friends and family!

biscottibody59 on 10/21/2011:
Having great weather here--still need rain. But for so many months I couldn't have said the weather was anything but overly hot, so I'll take it!

Enjoy your weekend nevertheless!

grannyannie - Thursday Oct 20, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 139.0

Good day ladies!  

Worked for hours in the kitchen yesterday and even cleaned out and reorganised the cupboards that needed it.  Climbed up and down a stepladder and on the counters.  Have a shiny stainless steel cooker and fan now.  Very glad we bought ivory coloured cupboards when the kitchen was redone last year - so easy to see if they are dirty.  

Hub got carried away with the curry powder and chilis in the curried chicken breast last night.  !!!!  I had hiccups after my second bite!


  • 45  mins cardio
  • weights
  • leg lifts/ankle weights
  • abs


B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/sugar skimmed milk, tea - 294

L:  Quorn patty with mayo and lettuce on 1 slice bread, yogurt - 307

S:  2 clementines - 60

D:  leftover broccoli rice with reduced fat smoked sausage, salad, drink - 476??

S:  melba toast, latte - 153

Lots of herbal tea, black tea with lemon, water

TOTAL:  1290

Progress as of today: 28 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

glycrina on 10/20/2011:
great job on the workouts! I cleaned my cabinets recently too and it feels refreshing to know where everything is!

~WI~ on 10/20/2011:
Bummer on losing the before photos! Great job on all that cleaning, I always feel like a refreshed and new woman after a good organizational clean out LOL. Have a lovely day!

V on 10/20/2011:
Yep I was indeed watching history in the making :) Great job on re organizing!! Have a wonderful day my friend :)

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