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

Happy Sunday!  Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement!    I'm sure I'd still be struggling if it wasn't for DD.

Tomorrow I'm planning on going into Glasgow to look for a tankini.  Also can apply for my free bus pass for OAPs (old age pensioner).  Can't use it until my birthday but will take it with me to Morocco and use it when we arrive at the airport.  I love FREE but I certainly don't FEEL old.  


  • 45 mins spinning on my exercise bike


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea and milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages w/mustard on 1 slice wholegrain bread, yogurt, 2 gingerbread
  • S:  clementine, grapes
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  glass of red wine, Alpro Soya chocolate pudding with dark chocolate chips added
  • Teas & water

TOTAL: 1634

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

Umpqua on 02/12/2012:
I hope you can find a tankini you like. I have a couple I really like and they fit much better than most of the one pieces I've tried. Have fun shopping tomorrow!

hollybelle on 02/12/2012:
hahahah-OAP! You aren't old, dear! You rock! Hope you find an adorable suit!

selina on 02/12/2012:
My sister is a couple of years older than you! She was shocked when she first was able to use her free bus pass (in Brazil), haha! 60 years old is definitely NOT OLD! Have a great time in Glasgow!

V on 02/12/2012:
Happy Sunday to you my friend! I hope you find the perfect suit <3

Maria7 on 02/12/2012:
Happy birthday to you...whenever it is, that is. :-)

moogy on 02/12/2012:
It is sort of an 'oh no' and OAP but yay! I get stuff for free moment isn't it? You certainly don't look like an OAP. How times have changed, I remember my grandmother when she was 60, in the sixties, I mean they looked old didn't they with their hats and hat pins, big coats, lumpy shoes!! Mind you if I had been through two world wars and a depression I might have had enough by now as wel!!! LOL

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 11, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

My hubby reminded me last night that I had volunteered to babysit today for friends.  So I checked and the grandparents decided to visit so no babysitting. Yes, I'm relieved. The kids are young and wild! 

So back to my original plan for today. Hubby is off to a day long politics meeting so on my own. Yesterday turned into a totally lazy rest day for both of us although I intended for it to be housework day. Today is full workout and then housework. Might make wholemeal scones later.  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 4 sets of lower body toning
  • 4 sets of abs
  • 4 sets of 5 pushups (goal is to do men's pushups and a LOT of reps)
  • stretching

I didn't feel especially energetic when I got up this morning, but I found my workout extra easy - I just flew right through the cardio and did high speed jump rope. Maybe this was from having a total day of rest yesterday. 


  • B:  porridge/10g of dark chocolate chips/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages, 2 eggs, 1 slice of French bread, yogurt
  • S:  grapes, clementine, fruit & nut bar
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  2 small gingerbread cupcakes, glass of red wine
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1724

I'm thinking about taking another trip into Glasgow to look for a bathing suit. Our villa in Morocco has its own pool and I'd hate to want to swim and not be able to. I've realized that I have no choice but to buy a tankini (NOT getting a bikini!). If I get a one piece with a big cup size then the rest of it will be too big.  Tankinis are sold in separate pieces. Hmmm....wonder if I can find tankini bottoms that will do a serious lift?!  LOL.  


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

V on 02/11/2012:
Hahaha! you lucked out on sitting huh?? The kids can't be that wild?? Or are they ;) Have a good day Annie <3

selina on 02/11/2012:
You are brave volunteering for baby sitting, ha! I used to volunteer teaching children how to make origami every Saturday morning when my daughter was little. I don't know how I did it! That bathing suit search trip to Glasgow sounds exciting!

Maria7 on 02/11/2012:
Hope you have a good visit with your Grandparents. :-D

sweetpea1977 on 02/11/2012:
I love tankinis for the same reasons you listed. I hope you find one that works for you! If you're self-conscious about your bum, you can buy a cute little wrap/skirt/dress that is made especially for poolside or beach use. I am so pasty white so I tend to depend on these for sun protection and to keep people from going blind when they see me shining in the sun. :)

V on 02/11/2012:
LOL!! Trust me you will be on my list of "must see" DD friends when I win!! Well actually even if i don't win the lottery <3

grannyannie - Friday Feb 10, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Eat very slowly, mindfully, taste every flavour and texture.

Update to yesterday's menu...I bought Alpro Soya dark chocolate 'pudding' and a small bag of dark chocolate chips when I shopped yesterday.  So last night I substituted my evening snacks for a cup of the pudding with 10g of chocolate chips mixed in and a mug of light hot chocolate (a 215 cal choccie fix!).  My husband has decided to start baking bread and rolls (white which we never eat) so his French bread stick with sesame seeds on top was ready to bake after dinner. Had two small pieces of that after the chocolate fix!  It was soooo good!  No guilt though. Had about 1800 cals total. The scale has been going down a little almost every day and I don't really want it to keep going down.
I've noticed changes such as abs routines getting easier, more muscle in my thighs, a bit more muscle in my glutes but still a long way to go (not exactly a health issue but pure vanity)  
Sort of a rest day but doing the housework.  Starting another book.  I've been reading a lot more since I got my Kindle for xmas even though I've got tons of books on my shelves that I intend to read someday.  

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  salmon/light mayo on 2 slices wholegrain bread, yogurt
  • S:  grapes, clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink, more of dh's French breadstick
  • S:  2 gingerbread cupcakes, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water
TOTAL:  1624


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

Umpqua on 02/10/2012:
That chocolate fix sounds wonderful and so does today's menu. Have a good one!

thenewMLE on 02/10/2012:
Yeah, the temps have been wild! I have only worn a jacket once this "winter" and we have only burned 1 fire. I like cool to slightly cold, and we just haven't had that. We have run the AC every day since before Christmas so this drop has been very anticipated. It seems like every cold front would stall or back up before it got to us and we are VERY low on rain this year. It is very disturbing that the weather patterns seem to be unpredictable or even unprecedented! I was on a chocolate craving too - I added a tablespoon of unsweetened chocolate to my steel cut oats this morning and enjoyed that. I will have to try to make some pudding. Reading the diaries gives me all kinds of wonderful ideas! Enjoy your day (and your French bread - YUM!)

thenewMLE on 02/10/2012:
Oh, and I forgot to say that I am driving 3 hours north to get that 40 degree weather. We are still in the 60's!

moogy on 02/10/2012:
Oh! I have been hinting for a Kindle for my birthday in April, fingers crossed!! I admire you resisting the bread, I keep mine in the freezer and only defrost what I need. Love your chocolate fix annie:) Excellent work:)

selina on 02/10/2012:
I used to love the smell in the house when I baked bread! Yum! Enjoy your books!

V on 02/10/2012:
Just curious if you know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight? Maybe the reason you are still losing weight is your daily caloric intake is still in "loss mode"?? Especially since you amped up the workouts..Anyhoo I am happy to hear that you are enjoying your new foods guilt free. there is no need for guilt when you are doing such an amazing job <3 Have a good day my friend!!

sweetpea1977 on 02/10/2012:
mmm,fresh baked bread. A true weakness of mine!!

My trainer has done a lot of ab work with me since day one (about 10 months) and I have noticed A LOT of improvement with my core. I used to struggle with balance on the BOSU ball at the beginning, but it barely moves now. Push ups and planks are pretty easy now too. I love it!

So, it sounds like you will have plenty of room for a few indulgences on your vacations. Good for you! :)

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 09, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

I will eat mindfully.  I will live mindfully.  

Foggy all day today.  Workout then shopping.  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 4 sets of lower body toning
  • 4 sets of abs
  • 4 sets of 5 pushups


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea and milk
  • L:  2 wholegrain toast with pbj, packet of baked crisps, yogurt
  • S:  clementine, banana
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  glass of red wine, apple bran muffin
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1743

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

Umpqua on 02/09/2012:
I love your goal up top! And the dark chocolate chips are wonderful. They give me my chocolate fix but I don't find them as irresistible as milk chocolate chips. Have a good one!

selina on 02/09/2012:
Eating mindfully is my goal, too! Have a great day!

supercheese on 02/09/2012:
Have a good one annie!!

Maria7 on 02/09/2012:
Shopping sounds like fun! :-)

moogy on 02/09/2012:
Looks like a good day annie:)

grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 08, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Scale said 130.0 first thing this morning. I tried on my travel trousers just after lunch and they fit fine - enough extra room in the waist with a full stomach.  I want to wear these on our upcoming trip.  Before we go we've got a big dinner at friends' house, and two days and nights at another friends' house.  I want these to still fit when we leave 2 weeks from Friday! 

Managed to capture the sun this morning before it disappeared up into the thick cloud layer.


  • 45 mins spinning on my exercise bike (2 mins stand, 2 mins sit, etc)


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  lean ground steak on 1 slice wholegrain bread with light mayo & tomato, yogurt
  • S:  small glass apple juice (leftover from apple muffin recipe), 2 clementines
  • D:  soup, multigrain seeded bread w/light spread, salad w/walnuts, drink (my salads are spinach or other dark leaves, a bagged mix of iceberg/grated carrots/cabbage, cucumber, tomato, celery, walnut pieces, 1 TBSP of fat free vinaigrette)
  • S:  2 gingerbread cupcakes, hot chocolate
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1512

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

V on 02/08/2012:
It was a beautiful but brief sunrise <3 You are doing such a great ob maintaining Annie, I am sure you will be just as successful on vacay.Have a good day!!

selina on 02/08/2012:
It was no fun spending my whole trip to England in bed, but at least it was a very nice hotel - I've seen the hotel in UPS adverts, recently. Yes, I'll definitely go back - I want to check out all those places that husband and daughter visited, while I was in bed. And eat fish and chips, haha

We have the worst health care system than most countries I have ever live in. I'm lucky I have good health insurance, but many people don't. In fact, in this country, it doesn't matter much if you have health insurance or not if you get seriously sick. Most people who go bankrupt because of health issues DO have health insurance - the insurance companies just don't cover all the bills. Case in point: my friend was diagnosed with cancer of the blood last fall. Both she and her husband have health insurance through their jobs, but because the treatments she has to have are so expensive and the insurance does not cover 100%, they had to have a fund raiser over the holidays to avoid having to sell their home. Many generous friends helped her out and that's all nice and wonderful. But what really angers me is that one has to ask for charity in order to take care of one's health, even though we have been paying health care premiums our whole working life. In fact, she'll have to have another fund raiser soon. This is so backwards and unfair and I can't wait for the government to come up with universal health care in this country, like in all other developed countries. It's an embarrassing situation, in my opinion. Sorry for the ranting...

selina on 02/08/2012:
Your sunrise is absolutely beautiful! Have a great day!

supercheese on 02/08/2012:
yay for 130!! congratz!!

supercheese on 02/08/2012:
and that is a beautiful sun! where are you from??

getmebackto150 on 02/08/2012:
menu looks great! Your photo is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Have a good one:)

Umpqua on 02/08/2012:
I can't believe your trip is coming up so soon - you are VERY well prepared to face your food challenges!

Maria7 on 02/08/2012:
Beautiful photo! Hope you are having a good day. :-)

moogy on 02/08/2012:
Whoo Hoo for loose pants annie! I am so impressed with your spinning, you really have build up some endurance there:) Good for you:)

grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 07, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good day! Sunshine this afternoon after morning fog.  
I almost always pack early so am getting out the summer clothes for my trip in over 2 weeks and deciding which ones to bring.  
I made the apple bran muffins yesterday. Husband didn't like the mushiness of the apples, but I thought they were fine. I just found them 'boring'. So I'll tweak the recipe next time with some tips I've been given.  Won't need to bake for a while as I still have frozen gingerbread cupcakes and the apple muffins.

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 4 sets of lower body toning
  • 4 sets of abs
  • 'girl' push ups (on knees instead of toes) - 4 sets of 5 (I will work my way up to 'real' pushups!)
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  baked sweet potato w/light spread, yogurt, banana
  • S:  2 small gingerbread cupcakes, clementine
  • D:  leek & pea soup, toast w/pb, salad, drink
  • S:  apple bran muffin, glass of wine
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1661

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

supercheese on 02/07/2012:
I think my goal in life is to bake more healthy foods and you have been giving me some great ideas!

V on 02/07/2012:
I am sure you are doing the countdown til vacay :) Have a wonderful day and RYC, hahaha ;) Righto!

selina on 02/07/2012:
Yay for the summer clothes in the middle of the winter! I went to Egypt in January 2 years ago and there was a bit of a chill in the air... I hope Marroco is warmer! Leek and pea soup sounds heavenly!!!!

getmebackto150 on 02/07/2012:
menu and exercise looks great! Have a good one:)

legcramps on 02/07/2012:
Nice workout! Have a great day today :)

Umpqua on 02/07/2012:
I realized this morning we are out of muffins! I'll have to bake some up soon, they are quick and easy when we're on the go. I hope you're having a great day!

sweetpea1977 on 02/07/2012:
Sorry the muffins were boring. The last time I made apple bran muffins, I marinated raw apple chunks with some of the sugar from the recipe as well as some cinnamon. So good!

hollybelle on 02/07/2012:
We had sunshine today even though it wasn't predicted! To cold to ride bike today and snow still predicted late tonight (Just an inch or so). Hurry Spring!

selina on 02/08/2012:
Westminster Abbey: I wanted to visit it but I was so sick in bed for 5 days while in London and ended up doing nothing! I did visit the clinic and was able to verify that their health care system is superior to ours in the US.

selina on 02/08/2012:
70's in Morocco sounds PERFECT!

sweetpea1977 on 02/08/2012:
I guess it couldnt hurt. You may have to let them marinate in the fridge for a while so it gets a chance to absorb. I think adding some "apple pie" spices would spruce it up if they arent in your recipe already. Making your own apple pie spice mix will ensure that no added sugar is put into the recipe. Here is one I found: 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1/8 t. allspice, 1/8 t. cardamom, which makes 1tsp.

grannyannie - Monday Feb 06, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good day ladies!  We're getting fog, sun, fog, sun.... but at least we never got the snow like England did.  Anyway, I like to hear the ships toot their horns in the fog. 

Just baked some apple bran muffins and if they are good I'll post the recipe.  Not tasting one until my evening snack.  


  • 45 mins spinning on my exercise bike - 2 mins standing, 2 mins sitting, etc etc


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  2 packs melba toast with liver pate/low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • S:  fresh pineapple, clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, apple bran muffin
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1465

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

selina on 02/06/2012:
Amazing spinning workout! your muffins sound yummy ;) the fog must be beautiful over that body of water (lake?). I can almost hear those horns sounding in the fog...... Have a great day!

Umpqua on 02/06/2012:
The muffins sound good and it must be so peaceful to hear the ships tooting their horns. I hope you have an excellent day!

supercheese on 02/06/2012:
Have a good day annie!!

V on 02/06/2012:
So you lucked out and didn't get snow huh?? You don't get much snow over there compared to Michigan right?? I am sure your muffins will taste yummy Annie :) Have a good day!!

liza36 on 02/06/2012:
It's nice you can resist fresh baked items until later. For me, I'd have to sample it right out of the oven. I'm sure they will be tasty.

thenewMLE on 02/06/2012:
Let me know how the muffins come out! Have a great day - have you started any packing yet?

biscottibody59 on 02/06/2012:
Enjoy your week!

WII on 02/06/2012:
You go girl!! Building muscles, endurance, and stamina! WOO HOO!

Maria7 on 02/06/2012:
Apple bran muffin...oh my! YUM! :-D

moogy on 02/06/2012:
You reminded me of hearing fog horns as a little girl:) Nice menu today annie:) I forgot to mention that I measured out each muffin amount with an ice cream scoop - you probably do this anyway:) Have a lovely day with the sun and fog, better than snow!!

moogy on 02/06/2012:
Maybe spice? cinnamon goes well with apple, maybe a pinch of nutmeg? or even turn them into ginger ones, 3teaspoons for a kick:)

selina on 02/06/2012:
A sea lock just in front of your house with all the activity - how wonderful!

The gym I go to is a 24 hr gym as we are given keys to come and go at out own convenience. It's staffed during work hours, from 10am - 8pm. I guess, on weekends they leave earlier. Or maybe they left because of the ball game. Anyway, I was "gym alone" last night, haha

Justine6Robert3 on 02/06/2012:
Excellent job on the spinning....I haven't tried a spinning class yet but I know they're difficult and really good for you! Amazing work out yesturday too! I still enjoy my tae-bo tapes from time to time ....still a good work out for cardio and toning! Beautiful pic on your previous diary, looks like you have a lovely view from your home :)

grannyannie - Sunday Feb 05, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

I've noticed progress in the muscles in my thighs and calves.  Definitely building some muscles!  

Had a very intense sunrise this morning but by the time I got out of bed and put on a coat and grabbed my camera it had faded to this:



  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 4 sets of lower body toning - increased reps of squats
  • 4 sets of abs



  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  grilled cheese w/low fat cheddar using light spread, yogurt, banana, clementine
  • Then after I was full I had a packet of baked crisps which were not on my menu for today.  Why?  Because I was really hungry by the time I had lunch, and I wolfed the food down w/o really tasting it because I was at the computer.  So I was unhappy that I didn't really get to enjoy the grilled cheese and craved some salt. Ugh!  
  • D: homemade veggie & lentil soup, homemade French bread w/light spread, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 gingerbread cupcakes
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1671

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

V on 02/05/2012:
Oh MY :) That is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing :)

Umpqua on 02/05/2012:
Beautiful Annie!!

selina on 02/05/2012:
Annie, you have an amazing view! I had a great view of the sunrise when I live in Geneva, but nowadays, I have a row of townhouses across the street blocking the view :( I love your photography - please keep posting!

Great job on the workouts! Building muscles is good!

moogy on 02/05/2012:
I can't resist crisps, can't have them in the house. They need eating while they are fresh!! LOL The rest of the day was excellent though annie:)

h82bfat on 02/05/2012:
You're not alone!! I can't buy anything that resembles a potato chip - not even the crisps. I tear 'em all up! I get Sun Chips for my dghts school lunches becus they are the only chip-like product I've found that I won't devour in one sitting.

moogy on 02/05/2012:
Ah! See, that's the difference, I would eat them all in on go. I do however have lots of other things in the house, choc chip cookies (for when I don't feel like baking), good 70 & 85% chocolate, and the children's sweets which I resist without any problems. I guess we all have our week spots. Like I couldn't have Cadbury's chocolate in the house either, that would slide down nicely, I don't know how many people are in those that share a family size block. I don't share, I will buy you one, but you are not having any of mine!!! LOL

moogy on 02/05/2012:
You are probably fast asleep by now but I just wanted to let you know about the gingerbread recipe. I made it following a muffin method, wet into dry, the recipe works well but I would put in an extra 1teaspoon of ginger. The cooked mixture sticks to muffin cases (probably because it has no fat), so next time I will just spray the tin. It makes 15 cakes/muffins and each has 105 cals, I used spelt flour:) Hope that helps:) Oh, cooking time 25 mins.!

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 04, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hello ladies!  Hope you are all having a great weekend.  Your comments and support are always appreciated. 

Did something right in yesterday's workout as my inner thighs are sore today.    I do several routines that are specific to each part of my thighs and my glutes.  One fairly new routine I do is squats on tiptoes. I've also realized I've been letting my knees go past my toes when doing squats which is hard on knees, so I'm using a mirror to correct the posture and I've noticed a big difference in how effective they feel. 

Keeping the calories on the low side until my last two pair of trousers (the smallest ones) have a bit of extra room in the waist. 


  • 40 mins of spinning on my exercise bike
  • the rest of the housework I got diverted from earlier this week to plan a London trip


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

L:  2 eggs, polenta fried in 1 tsp sunflower oil, yogurt

S:  clementine, grapes

D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink

S:  hot chocolate, 2 ginerbread cupcakes

Teas and water

TOTAL:  1408

Hubby made some luscious French bread which was irresistable so instead of 2 gingerbread cupcakes for an evening snack I had 3 pieces with some light spread. About 400 cals.  Brought me up to just under 1700 which is still okay on maintenance, but I want to lose at least a pound so I'll makeup for it. 

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

V on 02/04/2012:
Have a good day Annie :)

selina on 02/04/2012:
Wow, I'm in wonder to see how precise you are with the exercises! I hope your thighs feel better soon. Your foods are amazing - yum!

Umpqua on 02/04/2012:
Good for you for making adjustments in your posture. I work out in the living room and don't have a mirror, I should probably bring one in because I'm sure there are minor tweaks I could be making, particularly with my yoga poses. Have a good one!

moogy on 02/04/2012:
I am impressed that you are using a mirror to do your exercising. Now there is a confident woman!!! Good for you annie:) Where is the recipe for the gingerbread cupcakes? I can't find one on the forum, am I blind or are you keeping it a secret? LOL

moogy on 02/04/2012:
Yes, I am obviously blind, there was the recipe. I am blaming it on old age:) Thanks annie:)

moogy on 02/04/2012:
Yes, treacle is very sticky but an essential in my cupboard for when I make malt loaf, a much requested treat from my daughter:) How about this recipe for you ginger bread http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=165386 I am making this recipe in muffin cases on Monday for the children. Maybe you would like this one:)

thenewmle on 02/04/2012:
Hey Grannie! Hot French Bread is always irresistible!! I can't wait to reach maintenance so I can have an occasional piece of good bread. I now have more energy from the lack of sugar in my system and since I have been walking and riding I now feel like I don't want to sit down and do nothing. I actually tried to do some crunches but it was immediately interrupted by 4 dogs trying to lick my face! I'll have to figure out another place to try. Have a great weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/05/2012:
how awesome is the loose pants feeling!? my pants were lose also, just the littlest bit, and it felt GREAT! it is the BIGGEST motivator to continue, when your clothes start to slowly get bigger and you know that you're going to need a new pair of pants maybe next month!? that's good! just bad that we have to BUY them...why can't new clothes be free if we lose weight?! haha

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

Sunshine today!  But very cold for us!
Went overboard on the gingerbread cupcakes yesterday even though they didn't come out as well as I'd hoped - heavy but with a nice flavour. Also went overboard on the spicy dark chocolate on a couple of days. Didn't get a workout in yesterday. So I'm lightening up on the calories for a few days.  
I'm wondering if it's a good idea to lose a pound or two before we start these upcoming holidays - as a credit - like I did before xmas? Or is it better to just deal with any possible gain after we return?
Ok, got out the trousers I intend to wear to Morocco (lightweight, lots of secure pockets) and although they aren't tight there is no extra room in them at all.  And I get bloated a LOT (probably from too much fluid intake and swallowing too much air when I eat?). The scale hasn't changed more than tenths of a pound (always says 131.something) but I feel like some weight has shifted to my waist and hips.  

We're spending two days with friends just before we leave for Morocco, and I'm expecting to be offered lots of non-weight-conscious food and drink but I'll try to at least keep the portions small.  Other than walking to the pub and maybe a walk on some trail through the woods, no other exercise. 

So I'm going to keep the calories down until then and keep the workouts to 6 days a week.  

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of 6 routines w/weights
  • 4 sets of lower body toning
  • 4 sets of abs
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  liver pate on 1 slice toast, pbj on 1 slice toast, yogurt
  • S:  clementine, grapes
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, 2 gingerbread cupcakes (they are very small!)
  • Teas and water
TOTAL:  1562

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

supercheese on 02/03/2012:
OOO hmm....I think its whatever you'd like! For me? I usually deal with the weight afterwards lol

sweetpea1977 on 02/03/2012:
Oooh, interesting question! I am very lenient with food choices while on vacation, since I rarely have the opportunity to go on vacation. So, if it were me in your exact position, I'd probably step it up a notch to rev my metabolism up as much as I can and lose a few pounds so I can enjoy my favorite foods with less guilt. :)

V on 02/03/2012:
Well I guess that all depends on how you feel Annie..Are you planning to get some workouts in on vacay? I am sure you will be getting alot of walking and swimming in, right? How healthy is the cuisine in Morocco and how much indulging do you plan? I say do what you feel to make your vacay stress and guilt free...Have a good one <3

selina on 02/03/2012:
Sounds like you have a great plan in preparation for Morocco. Good job!

Thank you much for the link you sent - I remember looking it up a couple of years ago. Looks fantastic for a recovering catholic!

Umpqua on 02/03/2012:
I agree with the other ladies, do whatever feels best for you. I do think if you end up gaining a few pounds on the vacation that once you return to your usual lifestyle you will lose them quickly. I'm glad you're enjoying those cupcakes despite their weirdness ;)

thenewMLE on 02/03/2012:
Have a great time on your trips and I'm sure when you return to your regular INTENSE schedule of exercise, you will be just fine!! Have fun. Thanks for the heads up on the almonds. I am actually using them to boost my calories since I have been hitting under 1200. By a handful, I have about 10 -12 almonds which should be about 10- 15 grams. I am still trying to get comfortable with grams because we measure in cups and ounces and it is about 1/4 cup for a snack. Have a great weekend!!

sweetpea1977 on 02/03/2012:
Sounds like a good plan to me!

WII on 02/03/2012:
Have a great weekend!

V on 02/03/2012:
<3 You rock Annie :)

moogy on 02/03/2012:
Love the plan Annie, it would be nice to have a little 'room' in those trousers before the eating begins! LOL I bet you look great:)

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