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grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 27, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 138.6

Hiya ladies!!  I'm home!  Thank you all for your comments!  I'll have time now to catch up on what's been happening with my DD pals!  

Had an overnight flight on Monday, transferring in Amsterdam. Home by early afternoon. Since the buses are free for us we just take those (not always fun with luggage!) instead of paying a fortune for long term airport parking. No food in the house and neither of us wanting to go shopping. So I baked a loaf in the bread machine so we'd have breakfast and hubby made rice and beans with some onions we'd had left which were still good.  

I'm trying to avoid artificially sweetened food/drinks so bought Greek yogurt instead of my usual and didn't buy any low cal hot chocolate mix or the very evil diet soda. I will however keep drinking this concentrated juice mix which has some artificial sugar.  

We slept 12 hours last night. It will take us a while to get back into this time zone. Couldn't resist and climbed on the scale when we got up this morning. OMG!  Might be just a tad high due to fluid but probably not by much. The morning we left I was 129.2 and this time it says 138.6. As usual the first few pounds will simply just fall off as I'm not eating the way I had been. Couldn't manage the gym today but will be there tomorrow. Not ready for a spin class but will sign up for next Thursday.  

B:  2 pieces of toast with jam

L:  low fat cheese sandwich w/light mayo, Greek yogurt

S:  clementines, cherries

D:  beans and rice (with veggies added when reheated), salad, drink

S:  last packet of artificially sweetened hot chocolate mix


Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 8.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 06/27/2012:
Welcome home!

I agree, that excess weight will fall of quickly just by returning to your normal diet and routine!

V on 06/27/2012:
Hello there Annie! I bet it was nice to sleep in your own bed :)

grannyannie - Tuesday Jun 26, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Hi ladies! Your comments have been appreciated. We arrived back home today and are very tired.  Won't mention recent food and drink (like that yummy, fresh croissant and mocha I had at Amsterdam airport during our layover). Will go grocery shopping tomorrow and think I'll wait on the gym until Thursday. I'll do my home workout tomorrow - weights, strength, etc. Haven't even started unpacking yet. Jetlag going east to home is much worse than the other way around.

I'll get on the scale Thursday as dehydration from flights will likely give me the wrong number tomorrow morning. Aside from my waistline, the biggest indication that I've gained has been my bras fitting much tighter. On previous trips I've lost the holiday weight quite quickly, although I know this is the most holiday weight I've gained (since I reached goal weight in November). 

Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 06/26/2012:
Welcome home!! I hope it doesn't take you too long to recover from the jet lag. I'm glad you were able to take such a lovely vacation and visit with friends and family too. Don't worry about the weight - you know how to handle that!!! Rest up my friend and I look forward to seeing some pics!

V on 06/26/2012:
Welcome back Annie! I missed you! Once you are well rested, I am sure you will be right back at it cause you plain out ROCK!

nunnermack on 06/26/2012:
Welcome back!!

grannyannie - Thursday Jun 21, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Thanks for your comments, ladies!!  Was my pleasure to drink that Oberon's for you V!  What are friends for?!  LOL.

We have been visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes the past week and going back tomorrow.  We head for home on Monday and I'm ready.  Loved the visit and the trips but tired of suitcases.

I can feel that I have gained a lot.  I have not been good when eating out! My trousers are tight, my shorts are tight. I'm busting out of my bras. Will find out the truth when I get on the scale on Wednesday.    I've become more and more indulgent the longer we've been here. We've had BBQ's, ice cream, lots of beer, and lots of eating out - burgers, etc. Will be back on 1300-1400 cals and serious working out when we get back home. 

This does NOT feel good!! I'm very uncomfortable and I KNEW better! Not happy!

Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

nunnermack on 06/21/2012:
I bet you are going to be sooo happy to be in your own bed!!!!

V on 06/22/2012:
What a great friend you are to have my fave beer :P I can't wait to have one! I am sure you will hit it hard once you get back into your normal routine <3 Have a good weekend Annie!

Umpqua on 06/22/2012:
I'm sure you've had an excellent vacation and you'll be back in your routine once you are home. Safe travels home Annie!

sweetpea1977 on 06/22/2012:
Im sure its super-difficult to stay disciplined when you're visiting a whole other country and its even harder when you spending time with friends and family you never see because you live thousands of miles apart.

Dont beat yourself up too much about this. You have been very active during this vacation, so the weight gain could have been a lot worse!

liza36 on 06/22/2012:
It is extremely tough to be completely strict with yourself when you are traveling. You've been active which is great and I'm sure will have helped more than you think. I know you'll get back to 100% dedication when you arrive home, so no worries. Travel safely home.

thinkpositive on 06/22/2012:
You always seem to get back on track after your trips. I'm sure you will this time as well. Have a good trip home.

TheMother on 06/23/2012:
Try to remember that you're on VACATION and you do not eat like that normally. Since you still have a couple of days before you head home, try to slacken off on the goodies and slowly ease yourself into the "old" routine. I think this will make it a little bit easier to get fully back on the bandwagon once you're home.

grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 20, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Thanks for your lovely comments yesterday, ladies!    We are busy busy!

This morning the 3 of us rented a canoe and went down a rather slow moving river, though it did get very windy and made it hard work at times. We were fast and finished in 1.5 hours when it's normally 2 to 2.5 hours. We didn't pull out at all though or stop to swim. The river was very crowded with people in tubes, kayaks and canoes.  So we did burn some calories!

Had porridge with strawberries the last 3 mornings plus a small piece of raisin toast with butter.

Was really hungry after our paddle and had a tuna sandwich, packet of potato chips (not low fat), a fruit popsicle.  Probably BBQ some chicken tonight.  Our rental house is located close to town so we can walk to the shops or the beach in a short time. Haven't been back to the ice cream though! 

Hope you all are doing well and getting healthy and fit. Eventually I'll catch up a bit with blogs.


Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 06/20/2012:
sounds like you're doing great on your vacation! way to go Annie! :-)

V on 06/20/2012:
Well hello there busy busy girl! Are you in the U.P.? Better question did you have a Bell's Oberon for me yet, Hurmmm?? LOl <3

moogy on 06/21/2012:
Sounds like a wonderful day annie:)

hollybelle on 06/21/2012:
I love to canoe and kayak. Don't get to often though. I don't have eithr one. Good work on getting that paddling in. It's a wonderful upper body workout! You are on vacation so I'm impressed you are still posting! You can catch up with us next week as far as I'm concerned!

liza36 on 06/21/2012:
Sounds like you are having a good time. I liked the pic of you and your husband. Have a great day.

Umpqua on 06/21/2012:
What a nice vacation and the canoe trip sounds awesome!

V on 06/21/2012:
Thank you, what a wonderful friend you are <3

grannyannie - Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Thanks for the comments on my last post, ladies!  

Been busy.  Can't seem to find a chunk of time when I can do my strength training and take a shower afterwards.  So I hope my muscles aren't shriveling up!  

Having a good time but we're getting thunderstorms (which I love) and it's interfering with our outdoor activities.  We don't really want to be paddling a canoe when a possible thunderstorm is on the horizon.  

Eating healthy but also having treats, more than I should. But I'm not getting too stressed as my clothes still fit.  I'll get rid of what I gained with 2 or 3 weeks after getting home.   

We just love the vacation house I rented online (a year ago)!!!  The Lake Michigan beach is gorgeous and so are the sand dunes.  Being a tourist area there are, of course, lots of ice cream shops.  I think I've had my last one though.  I rarely eat ice cream at home even though I love it, so I guess I've overcompensated.  Oh well....I'll burn it off at home. 

On the dunes.  Hubby doing some weird pose!




Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

MzLovely on 06/19/2012:
=) you look lovely

Umpqua on 06/19/2012:
What a cute picture of you two, you look great Annie!

hollybelle on 06/19/2012:
Cute couple! Beautiful beach. Makes me want to come to the lake!!

thinkpositive on 06/19/2012:
Great picture, always surprised to see huge dunes on the great lakes. Enjoy the treats, you'll be fine.

V on 06/19/2012:
What a good looking couple :) I am so happy that you are having such a busy fun filled vacation <3

grannyannie - Thursday Jun 14, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Hi ladies!  Hope all of you are having gorgeous weather!  

Had a fantastic massage this morning!!  The masseuse asked me if I drank a lot of water.  She could tell because she got my muscles to soften up easily.  She also said I had good muscle tone and didn't seem like I was anywhere near 60 for the shape I was in!  

Was good and had porridge and fruit for breakfast.  Lunch was a turkey sandwich and split a packet of potato chips with sister, grapes, lemonade.  

Going away for a week beginning tomorrow - beach, bikes, walking including up a very steep sand dune, canoeing, eating out some, got a bbq at the house we've rented, so I'm sure we'll do burgers, chicken, corn on cob.  



Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/14/2012:
Awesome compliments from your masseuse! I hope you enjoy your week at the beach, sounds like a lot of fun :)

liza36 on 06/14/2012:
Nice to get that feedback from the masseuse. All I ever get is how tight my muscles are. Hence...the massage! Enjoy your next getaway.

hollybelle on 06/14/2012:
What nice compliments from the masseuse. All that hard work is getting recognition! Your week away sounds fantastic - all the things I LOVE to do! (Not to mention all the food I love, too!)

sweetpea1977 on 06/14/2012:
Yay, a massage!!! Im curious what a masseuse would say about my muscles. :-)

Enjoy your time at the beach!!

TheMother on 06/14/2012:
So glad that you're having a wonderful time on your vacation. Your food plan seems to be good, too. I love to BBQ. Going to have one for Father's Day this weekend. There is nothing so good as corn on the cob on the grill. MMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!

thenewMLE on 06/14/2012:
Great to hear you are enjoying yourself! Don't you love a good massage? enjoy the beach experience!!

V on 06/14/2012:
Massage? I am so envious..I bet ya feel like a mill and a half ;) I am so happy that you are having such a good time and getting workouts in to boot! You rock Annie <3

nunnermack on 06/14/2012:
Your persistance has paid off and what a GREAT comment!! You really are an inspiration to me and I always love to read your blogs!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!!

legcramps on 06/15/2012:
Sounds like a lovely week off! Enjoy to the fullest!

thinkpositive on 06/15/2012:
Ah, a week at a beach sounds great. Glad you are having a good time, lots of exercise and eating good food.

grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 13, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Ugh!!  I have had way too many treats!  Quite a bit of exercise (not nearly as much as my usual amount) but far too indulgent.  We are getting ready to go on a week long trip to a resort area as well.  No idea what I've gained but I can feel it and see it -- maybe about 4 or 5 pounds.  

But I am enjoying myself!!

Hope all of you are doing well!  Plan to catch up on blogs soon!  



Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/13/2012:
Vacation pounds don't count as long as you get back to business when you get home!

Umpqua on 06/13/2012:
We know you will get back to business when you get home and I'm sure you're getting lots of exercise in too. Enjoy!

TheMother on 06/13/2012:
So glad to hear you're having a wonderful time. I'm sure you will focus on your food plan once you return home and things are back to normal.

sweetpea1977 on 06/13/2012:
I think as long as you're active (even if its not to your normal standard of activity), you will be fine. Its sitting around not doing anything that really kills you.

Enjoy your treats and keep moving about!

V on 06/13/2012:
Glad that you are having fun <3 I miss you Annie!

grannyannie - Thursday Jun 07, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Hiya ladies!  Been very busy!  Tomorrow we get to see the baby (great niece) who was born the day before the wedding.  The mom was supposed to be a bridesmaid but was busy elsewhere!  

A covered bridge on the trail we did our long bike ride on Tuesday: 

Did my strength routine this morning and a LOT of walking this afternoon in an arboretum and to town.

  • squats/lunges - 4 sets of 20 each
  • side dips - 4 sets of 10 using a 15 lb kettlebell
  • hula hoops moves w/o the hula hoop!
  • triceps dips, back lifts, push ups - 3 sets of 10 each
  • planks - full - 10
  • planks alternating 1 arm 1 leg - 10
  • 4 types thighs/glutes leg lifts - 3 sets of 10 each (no ankle weights)
  • 3 types of abs


  • B:  wheat toast w/pbj
  • L:  hoped to pick up lunch at the arboretum but nothing there but snacks and no restaurants nearby - kashi bar, small packet of pretzels, pack of m & m's.
  • S:  small beer at a microbrewery -  so nice to sit outside for drinks/dinner!
  • D:  Went to Mongolian BBQ which is choose your ingredients and sauces and the cooks stir fry your choices.  Pasta, veggies, tofu, sausage.  Rice. Tortillas. Beer
  • S:  probably have one more beer



Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

V on 06/07/2012:
Hey Annie :) Hey can you do me a favor? Have a Bell's Oberon or Summer Ale for me?? They don't sell it down this far south so I have to live vicariously through YOU ;) It is a tasty beer brewed in Kalamazoo <3 That is a beautiful picture..Good to see you are having fun and getting awesome workouts in too! That's what's up :)

nunnermack on 06/07/2012:
Awww...so nice!!Reminds me of Vermont!!

TinaAnn on 06/07/2012:

hollybelle on 06/07/2012:
Beautiful covered bridge. Very envious of the long ride. Tell me, when you rode this 34 mi route how many times did you stop, what was the terrain like and how long did it take you altogether? I am trying to figure out what is reasonable to allow. Last Sunday I rode 25 miles but I stopped because I wanted to for a snack. I'd like to have all day one day to do nothing but ride, top and go and snack along the way! Was going to try that last weekend, but didn't feel well. Have a wonderful trip and keep posting. How wonderful to be keeping up your workouts on vacaation!

hollybelle on 06/08/2012:
That trail sounds heavenly! I want to go! Thanks for the description.

liza36 on 06/08/2012:
I love the picture. How lovely!

supercheese on 06/08/2012:
beautiful picture! very artsy :)

TheMother on 06/09/2012:
So glad to hear you're having a good time. ENJOY!!!!!

LeakingLife on 06/11/2012:
What a peaceful setting--thanks for sharing! Hope you continue to enjoy your trip--have a good week!

legcramps on 06/13/2012:
You've been busy! Wonderful picture, absolutely lovely!

grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 06, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Hi ladies!  Been very busy so not much time to write/read blogs, etc.  

Yesterday was the 34 mile bike ride, and today we did a LOT of walking.  

Food today....hmmm.....

  • B:  at hotel:  raisin bran, wheat toast w/pb, small piece of homemade banana walnut bread, strawberries, orange juice, mini cinnamon roll. (Hey, I was really hungry!)
  • S:  skinny cappuccino, 1 chocolate covered oreo
  • L:  chicken breast wrap w/dried cherries/walnuts/lettuce, potato chips
  • S:  1 beer
  • D:  grilled salmon, mashed potatoes, asparagus, 2 beers
  • S:  bowl of ice cream 

Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

V on 06/06/2012:
I don't know how i missed all of your posts :( Happy to hear you had a great time at the wedding and having a good time!! Miss ya Annie <3

thinkpositive on 06/07/2012:
It all sounds good- you're on vacation!

Umpqua on 06/07/2012:
34 miles, that's awesome! I'm glad you're having fun :)

supercheese on 06/07/2012:
Have a great day! and 34 miles is a lot!! good job!!

sweetpea1977 on 06/07/2012:
34 miles? AMAZING!!

grannyannie - Tuesday Jun 05, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.2

Not had lots of time. Food? No comment!

Did a 34 mile bike ride today. So I guess it was ok to have cappucino chocolate chip ice cream.

Will catch up on blogs later.

Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only -0.8 lbs to go!

liza36 on 06/06/2012:
Of course ice cream is a great reward for a long ride! I'm sure you're doing better than you think. Your exercise is always stellar.

sweetpea1977 on 06/06/2012:
Yea, I'd reward myself with that ice cream after 34 miles of biking too. :)

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