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grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 19, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 139.0

Good morning ladies!  We have sunshine  although it's cold.

My hub changed the menu last night so we had broccoli rice with a small amount of reduced fat smoked sausage.  I have no idea how to calculate the calories for this so just used my own judgement.  Think I cheated myself because by 9.30 I was starving!  Didn't eat though, just my allotted yummy melba toast.  

Workout:  overdue for some 'super-cleaning' so I'm starting with the kitchen.  I get every corner, tops of cupboards, glass on cupboard doors, windows, extra cleaning of applicances, etc etc etc.   So that's today's workout.  Don't know if I'll get to start on another room.  


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

L:  Quorn patty, mayo and lettuce on one slice of bread, yogurt - 307

S:  1 clementine, grapes - 91

D:  curried chicken and rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  melba toast, hot chocolate - 123

Herbal teas, black tea with lemon, lots of water

TOTAL:  1291

I like to play around with video and windows movie maker so I think when I get to my goal I'm going to make some video clips of my workouts - just for fun!  


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

Supercheese on 10/19/2011:
Haha i love the cleaning workout. Realllly puts sweat into things. Good luck with the workout videos. Loved to see some!

getmebackto150 on 10/19/2011:
good job not eating even though you were hungry last night... That is always really hard for me! have a great day!!

legcramps on 10/19/2011:
I need to do some cleaning too. I started with the bathroom last weekend, but the other areas of the house are starting to look abandoned!

V on 10/19/2011:
Have fun cleaning and making videos!! They are superfun to see yourself in action ;) Have a good day!!

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 18, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 139.0

Good morning, ladies!  Nearly noon and so far we'd have heavy clouds, sun, rain, hail, then sun again and lots of dark clouds.  On the higher mountains I could see snow earlier, but now has melted.

I'm annoyed with myself as I had taken some photos to use as 'before' when I was at or near my peak weight back in Feb.  I was wearing jeans that I could barely get on and couldn't even come close to zipping.  I'm now wearing the pair that are smaller than those now!  But I think when I got a new computer and was transferring files and photos I looked at that set and just went 'ugh' and deleted them.  Doh!

Less than 2 months before we leave for the US and my granddaughters!  


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (mod/high intensity)
  • weights
  • leg lifts w/ankle weights
  • ab crunches


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

L:  Quorn patty/mayo/veggies in wrap, yogurt - 283

S:  grapes, satsuma - 96

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

S:  melba toast, packet dried apricots - 75

Herbal tea, tea with lemon, water

TOTAL:  1309



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

Umpqua on 10/18/2011:
I've deleted plenty of "before" pictures and for the most part there just aren't many of me since I avoided the camera! Your weather there sounds a lot like where my parents live in Oregon. The snow stays on top of the highest mountains year round! The only problem is in the summer there's a complete lack of rain and extreme fire danger, which hopefully you don't get there. Have a good one!

V on 10/18/2011:
Have a wonderful day!!

getmebackto150 on 10/18/2011:
that stinks about deleting the pics( Good for you for fitting into even SMALLER pants though!!! Have a great day!!

getmebackto150 on 10/18/2011:
I always take a MVI with B12 and calcium and I'm switching to a vegan specific one even though I won't be 100% vegan. This MVI has additional B12 so it should be good:)

sweetpea1977 on 10/18/2011:
wow, look at you sitting on 139. Thats awesome!!

Sorry about the photos, but at least you have smaller jeans to prove that you have made great choices. :)

glycrina on 10/18/2011:
so jealous of the smaller jeans!

hollybelle on 10/18/2011:
Just post the pictures of you NOW! Great Exercise, Granny!

mysterywoman100 on 10/18/2011:
congrats on your great weight loss

thinkpositive on 10/19/2011:
Great job on your loss. The jeans tell the whole story! About 2 months for me for my Christmas visit home. Counting the days!

grannyannie - Monday Oct 17, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 139.0

Good morning, ladies!    A very dreary, windy, rainy day.  Good for curling up with a good book and a cuppa tea.

Did fairly well at dinner last night.  Our hosts are wonderful cooks and bakers! Starters were hot rolls and oat cakes with homemade mackerel pate and mushroom pate, and homemade banana nut & fruit bread.  Delish! Main course - roast chicken & potatoes and gravy and veggies.  Dessert - apple pie and a bit of whipped cream. The dreaded cheese tray did not come out as we were all asked if we wanted some, but said no.  Lots of wine.  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope (a mix of moderate and high intensity)
  • exercise bike - intermittent low, mod, high intensity - 45 minutes


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

L:  turkey bacon/mustard/veggie wrap, yogurt - 253

S:  2 oranges - 94

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

S:  dried apricots, melba toast - 148

We were sent home very late last night with 2 thick pieces of that luscious banana bread.  Will try to make my hub eat them both.  

Hmmm...the banana bread was calling my name.  So I ate the very small piece and I tried to force my skinny husband to eat the big one.  He ate a little and gave the rest to the birds.  

Lots of herbal tea, lemon tea, water

TOTAL:  1265


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

thinkpositive on 10/17/2011:
You go girl!! Such willpower. And that number is just amazing. You have a plan & stay with it!

KayBee on 10/17/2011:
you're doing great! Uhhh, you said no to cheese? :) That's what I call a strong Willpower!

V on 10/17/2011:
Hahaha well at least you tried.. Annie you are doing so well with the workouts and mindful eating so that bread won't bring you grief.. Have a good day ;)

KayBee on 10/17/2011:
Is your hubs allergic to diary products? (because of the cheese)

Umpqua on 10/17/2011:
That dinner sounds SO GOOD. I think the cheese tray would have been overkill with all that other food! I'm glad the banana bread is gone now, I'm sure it was delicious :)

legcramps on 10/17/2011:
Have a wonderful week!

getmebackto150 on 10/17/2011:
sounds like you did quite well at dinner... Skipping the cheese tray is a major victory in my opinion... I can almost never say no to cheese!

glycrina on 10/17/2011:
Good job with the banana bread. Good job with the cheese and great job with the workouts.

biscottibody59 on 10/17/2011:
Excellent progress--keep up the good work!

Supercheese on 10/17/2011:
good job on the menu!!

grannyannie - Sunday Oct 16, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 139.0

Good Sunday, ladies!

Got on the scale and it finally says less than 10 stone!  I'm at 139.  

Got lazy yesterday and didn't work out.  I don't skip very often so I guess I don't feel too guilty.

  • 45 mins cardio
  • weights (still a bit sore from Friday's heavier weights)
  • leg lifts/ankle weights
  • abs

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, tea - 294

L:  turkey bacon wrap w/mustard and veggies, yogurt - 258

S:  2 satsuma - 70

D:  going to someone's house for dinner.  WILL be good.  Well, I'll try really really hard!  Will confess tomorrow!

TOTAL:  too many

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

Umpqua on 10/16/2011:
Congrats on the scale, awesome news!

AnonGirl on 10/16/2011:
wow, well done, :) keep up the good work, you're nearly there!!!!!

greengirl on 10/16/2011:
Well done !! Isn't it great when you pass a milestone like that :-)

V on 10/16/2011:
Congrats Annie!! Splendid!! 4 more to go baby!! You have this :)

grannyannie - Saturday Oct 15, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 140.0

Good morning ladies!  Watching Rugby World Cup (even though I'm not really a rugby fan!).  Wales v France and seriously cheering for WALES!!  

As predicted, some sore muscles this morning from lifting heavier weights yesterday.  Traps are the sorest.  Dear hub massaged them for me this morning.  Also, I was well past the stage where I should have upped my 5 kg for 6 kg for biceps curls.  

Workout later.  Watching the match with hubby.  


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

L:  turkey ham/mayo/veg wrap, 2 yogurt - 276

S:  satsuma, grapes - 96

D:  veggie curry and rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  dried apricots, melba toast - 148

TOTAL:  1290

We've been invited to dinner at someone's house tomorrow night - the same couple who are always refilling my wine glass.  They serve multi-course meals and the hardest part is trying to ignore all the different cheeses they lay out after we've had appetizer, main, and dessert!  Plus all the wine!  GOT TO IGNORE THE CHEESE.  Since cheese is most definitely on my forbidden foods list I need to not even start eating any as I can't stop!

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

thinkpositive on 10/15/2011:
At least you are prepared for the refills of wine & the cheese. How about a sample of cheese? I can usually do this at someone else's house but not my own ( just sample that is). You are doing such a good job with your exercise!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/15/2011:
NICE calories. and also, your food choices are nice and healthy. when i read them, i can tell they are also satisfying! :-)

V on 10/15/2011:
Good Morning :) I have to get to work soon but I will respond to your post on the forum page later but I like your plan! It certainly sounds like you are setting yourself up for success :)

greengirl on 10/15/2011:
It's the football that's on in our house. That's normal in Manchester of course!! GOT TO IGNORE THE CHEESE is also my mantra but it is easier said than done . Have a great weekend!!

biscottibody59 on 10/15/2011:
Still kickin' it I see--keep up the good work!

grannyannie - Friday Oct 14, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 140.0

Good day ladies!  

No sun again today!  Sigh.  Did a new weights routine this morning.  On 3 of my 5 routines I used a heavier weight.  I did less reps - 10 or 12.  Also realized I probably haven't been doing the reps quite as slowly as I should, the heavier weights made me go slower.   Might be a bit sore tomorrow.  So all my reps are using 6kg, 4kg, and 3kg.  The wimpy 1.5 kg has gone up in the loft!  

Anxious for my scale to say less than 10 stone (140 pounds) but I don't want to get on it until I'm sure I'll like what it says.


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope (cardio)
  • weights
  • ab crunches
  • leg lifts using ankle weights


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

L:  turkey sandwich, yogurt - 333

S:  grapes, fresh pineapple - 109

D:  curry & rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  packet of baked crisps - 98

TOTAL:  1310

Looking forward to seeing my family in two months, especially my granddaughters!  Not anxious for the snow though.  3 weeks of holiday is going to be a huge challenge food-wise!  I'm determined not to need to lose anything when we come home!

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

Supercheese on 10/14/2011:
Thanks annie :) You too! I need to start getting back into weights instead of just cardio.....thats where the real weight loss is! looks like a good day of eating too! Have fun with your family!

V on 10/14/2011:
That's my girl!! You working it! Have a wonderful weekend :)

hackersdiet on 10/14/2011:
I love hearing that you might be a little sore the next day. That is always a great feeling...at least to know you are getting stronger. :)

getmebackto150 on 10/14/2011:
menu looks great!! have a great day and weekend!!

hollybelle on 10/14/2011:
I NEVER win at athe races - I find it hard to even bet. I like the social aspect of going, but really don't enjoy the horse THOROBRED industry (not to be confused with the saddle horse industry and pleasure riding - which I do enjoy very much - people who love their horses - not use them for a business!!) But thanks for asking :o) Your menu is terrific! Your weight is my goal weight - sigh - 20 lbs away - I'll settle for 150!

getmebackto150 on 10/14/2011:
I got a green curry w/ linguini it had tofu zucchini and greenbeans... Delicious! I'd never heard ofit with pasta instead of rice, but it was SO good... I feel like I could eat 20 plates of curry right now:) I guess its just one of those days...

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.

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