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

Good morning, ladies!  Thanks for the comments.  I'm not sick, my hubby is.  I was sick for a fairly short time but that was over a week ago.  

Scale down to 132.0.  However, I don't feel smaller.  A bra never lies!  

Tomorrow I'm going into town to re-join the gym - senior rate and I get to use my free bus pass   It's been 5 years since I've been so I hope any changes are good ones. It's a very small gym so there isn't room for tons of equipment.  I already have a schedule figured out: MWF gym - 30 mins cardio, about 45 mins on resistance machiines, abs class and stretching.  So about 1.5 hours. Since I have dumbbells at home I don't want to spend extra time in they gym using theirs, so will do those after I come home on gym day.  Tu/Th/Sa either tae bo/jump rope, spinning on my bike, power walking, or bicycling outdoors. Sunday: rest.

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 20 mins spinning

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 wholegrain seeded toast w/liver pate, yogurt
  • S:  clementine, apple
  • D:  chickpea curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  dried apricots
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1343

A couple more photos from our trip:

This was our first morning there (I'm actually wearing a dress!) and I don't remember the sky being gray, but if it was, it didn't last long.  The sky was normally a beautiful shade of blue. We joked about the monotony of waking up to sunshine and clear skies every day!

 

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

V on 03/11/2012:
Hey I finally got the chance to check out all of your pics and WOW amazing :) I really love the oversized beds/lounge chairs on the beach, they called to me :) What a great photo of you and your hubby!!


Umpqua on 03/11/2012:
Great photo of you you and hubby and the sunset montage is AMAZING! I like your plan for the gym, I'm sure it will be exciting to re-discover it. Have a good one!


Em17 on 03/11/2012:
Love the photo! <3 So cute! Your plan sounds really good!


TinaAnn on 03/11/2012:
Beautiful pictures!! I love pictures!


thinkpositive on 03/11/2012:
Love your pictures and also your blog- like the commentary & the pictures. Keep thinking that if I ever was going to do a blog , this would be the time but just haven't got to it... Has your husband seen the doctor? Hope he's feeling better.


selina on 03/12/2012:
Wonderful photos of your vacation, Annie! I love the photo of the two of you! You are my husband are the same age ;) Have a great day! To answer you question: us embassy tokyo, this summer.



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

Scale was the same this morning as yesterday - 133.8.  That's okay.  It was fluid loss.  I did eat a lot of salty foods while we were gone.   

While we were in Morocco 3 of us got diarrhea and hubby still has it. You aren't supposed to drink the water and must be careful with washing salads or eating salads while out. So hubby is hanging around the house and he was supposed to be at a political meeting all day today. I was looking forward to working on my French programme but can't do it until he's out of the living room. I can only use the programme on my PC. I use headphones and a microphone and either he has the tv on which is distracting, or he's reading and my speaking French distracts him. I really enjoyed using what little French I could speak while in Morocco and want to expand it.  

The souk (market) was huge and spectacular. I didn't get a lot of photos because of the many offers to me to take photos of the goods and a tip would have been expected. So I had to be a bit sneaky. They would have all had their hands out if they saw me tipping.



Workout:

  • 40 mins spinning on my exercise bike (stand/sit/stand/sit, etc)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  polenta, egg, toast, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veg curry & rice or veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  melba toast
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1264

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

Umpqua on 03/10/2012:
I finally got to look at your blog and your photos and I am blown away. The colors they use in the architecture are so vivid - amazing! Sorry your hubby is still not feeling well, that's really no joke when they tell you not to drink the water. I hope he feels better soon. Good for you for expanding your French, I did a program like that before we went to Italy and learned enough to get by. Came in handy when we rented a car and drove through Tuscany and had to navigate through some smaller villages!


WII on 03/10/2012:
Feel better soon! Have a good week!


V on 03/10/2012:
I hope you feel better my friend <3


V on 03/10/2012:
LOL yes I am pretty loud ;)


thinkpositive on 03/11/2012:
Where do I find your blog? I'd love to see your pictures. Getting sick on a vacation can really put a damper on things- 3 people got ill on my India trip , one very ill. I love market too!



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

Whew!  Yesterday morning 135.8.  This morning 133.8.  But I can see and feel where I'm bigger - belly & boobs.  But I'll be fine by the time we leave for London on the 29th.  

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 4 sets of weights
  • lower body toning & abs

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  1 slice toast with liver pate, yogurt, alpro soya chocolate pudding (still hungry!)
  • S:  pineapple, clementine
  • D:  curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  packet of rice cakes, yogurt
  • Teas & water
     

TOTAL:  1235  1338

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

selina on 03/09/2012:
So happy to see you back from your wonderful vacation! Those pounds will melt away, as fast as they came. Stay well!


V on 03/09/2012:
Have a good day Annie :)


Kati on 03/09/2012:
uhh, I gained like 40 pounds and I could hardly notice. The mirror doesn't lie though! :)


liza36 on 03/09/2012:
The brand of shoes I got is Asics. I'm loving them so far. It's nice to see those pounds coming off already.


sweetpea1977 on 03/09/2012:
2 lbs of water already gone! :) You will definitely back to goal by your London trip!


Umpqua on 03/09/2012:
Good work Annie! I also notice a difference in my belly if I'm up by a couple of pounds, at my height the difference between 125 and the upper 120s is noticeable!


getmebackto150 on 03/09/2012:
I caught up on your trip to Morocco yesterday, sounds WONDERFUL!!! The weight is already coming off and I have no doubt you will be back in your comfort zone by London!


thenewMLE on 03/09/2012:
Annie,(no more Granny after seeing your precious pic!) how many sets of how many reps of legs do you need to do to be effective? Same with crunches? Glad your pounds are melting - you'll tone up again in no time. You've got the recipe for success and the drive to do it. Have a nice weekend.


thenewMLE on 03/09/2012:
Thank you ma'am! I just didn't know how much was effective and I will see if I can manage those sets and reps and if not, I will work my way up to it. Before my journey to get fit again, when I would come home from work mentally drained, I would prepare dinner and then sit on the sofa with my iPad and play Scrabble and words with friends. That is the time that I am converting to "home exercise". So far my only problem is my fuzzy children needing to put their noses in my face since I am on THEIR floor or actually standing over me to rub their belly while I am trying to do my crunches! Thanks again!


thinkpositive on 03/09/2012:
You must feel good about the weight coming off.



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

Moment of truth!  I am embarrassed to admit that the day before we left - Feb 24th - I weighed 131.4.  This morning I weighed 135.8.    Okay, maybe a pound will be fluid retention due to salt, but not more than that.  I did really enjoy myself even when I was shoving pastries in my mouth and guzzling wine and alarm bells were going off in my head.  

3 weeks from today we have a 5 day trip to London and by that time I WILL weigh 132, my goal weight.  

Very busy today.  Tons of laundry, unpacking, etc.  I'll try to get in a workout this afternoon.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  liver pate on 1 slice toast, yogurt
  • S:  pineapple, clementine
  • D:  veg curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  soy dark chocolate pudding, hot chocolate

Teas and water

TOTAL:  1226

Thanks for your comments!  I'll be checking out how you all are doing soon, once I get this house and laundry sorted.

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

Umpqua on 03/08/2012:
I fluctuate quite a bit so I don't see that as a huge gain at all! I think it will come right off as soon as you get back to your regular schedule and you'll definitely be back down by your London trip. Have a good one!


V on 03/08/2012:
No worries Annie I am sure those 3 lbs will be history soon! have a good day <3


Maria7 on 03/08/2012:
1226 calories sounds good! :-)


liza36 on 03/08/2012:
Welcome back! I loved the pictures from your trip. Sounds like you had a lovely time. I think you did remarkabley well with your weight while on vacation. Those few pounds will come off soon enough.


thenewMLE on 03/08/2012:
Annie, I LOVE your blog! Your pics are beautiful and it is such a nice visual memory of your trip. When I am feeling better I want to take some time and read and learn from your trip. The food sounds wonderful and you know the weight is SO temporary and well worth the comradery! Take it easy on getting caught up - sometimes you need a vacation from the vacation!


biscottibody59 on 03/08/2012:
I missed your actual BD--Happy Belated Birthday Annie!

You continue to be a great inspiration to me--that's for sure!


sweetpea1977 on 03/08/2012:
I dont think thats a bad gain at all. When I went on my weeklong honeymoon, I gained 8lbs! Half of it came off pretty quick (water!) but it didnt take but another week or two get back to my pre-honeymoon weight. Dont stress! :)


biscottibody59 on 03/08/2012:
RYC: I guess it's one of those mysteries of life:-) Seriously, I haven't put much emphasis on wt trng lately (last 6 months) and I'm sure that's a contributor. Once I get back in a groove there--I'll be surprised if the pendulum doesn't swing the other way!


thinkpositive on 03/08/2012:
I predict that you'll have that weight off way before your next trip. Glad you enjoyed yourself.



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

Hello ladies!  Back home from Morocco.  We really enjoyed it!!  Will step on the scale tomorrow but I know I won't be happy with the number.  I have gained but don't know how much.  It's not water gain, not retention from salt.  It was pure indulgence.  Not making excuses, but being with 5 other people who were in holiday mode did not help my resolve to not over-indulge.  Often there were 2 or 3 bottles of wine served with dinner, and 3 people weren't wine drinkers!  At first I was pretty good except for the wine and the yummy French bread.  Then people started going to the boulangerie/patisserie for luscious French pastries.  Then someone started buying ice cream.  

Some of the food/drink I had while there:

tagine (a clay pot for slow cooking) beef, potato, veggies in a sauce made with Moroccan spices

lamb & couscous

Birthday dinner:  a melt in your mouth steak, fries, veggies, bread, profiterole, wine 

cheeses, French breads, pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant), salads, cappuccino, mint tea, spaghetti, a small pizza, prawns, cookies, pastries, yogurt, wine, wine, wine, beer.

One night I had a pastilla de poulet amonde (chicken & almonds in a pastry topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon) which sounds odd but was delicious!  

We did a LOT of walking, all over town, up and down the promenade which must be a few miles long.

Not too worried about getting the weight off.  1200 - 1300 calories a day till it's off.  Joining gym on Monday.

My travelogue and photos albums:

http://morocco60.blogspot.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anniedanny/collections/72157629133029346/

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

Umpqua on 03/07/2012:
Welcome back Annie, those foods sound SO AMAZING! I would have indulged too - it was your birthday and how often do you get to go to Morocco? And I also know you will get any extra pounds right back off. Can't wait to check out your photo albums!


V on 03/07/2012:
Welcome back Annie!! I missed you :) Going to check out all of your pics after dinner <3


newme24 on 03/07/2012:
Hi! All those foods sound awesome! Sounds to me like your trip was well worth gaining a few pounds (that will be gone before you know it)!



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

Good morning ladies!  Just checking in.  Been in Morocco for a week and go home on Tuesday.  Been having a very good time.  Lots of walking along the seaside promenade, lots of good food, lots of wine and weak beer.  Didn't feel like I'd gained any weight at all until today. My belly which is usually small first thing in the morning, is NOT.  We have been super-indulgent.  I was eating fairly healthy with the addition of red wine, then someone decided to go the patisserie/boulangerie and bring back cakes.  !!!

Anyway, we are going swimming tomorrow and I have no swimsuit so today I'm going to look for a bikini as it's the only thing I'll be able to get to fit.  I can wear a tanktop over it.  

Feeling guilty this morning.  I'll be on 1300 calories for a while after we get home.  

Hope you all are doing well.  I'll post a link to my travelogue and photo albums later.  


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

hollybelle on 03/03/2012:
You look great - I wish I had your waistline!! Have loads of fun - no guilt, now - don't spoil it!


V on 03/03/2012:
Hello there gorgeous <3 I hope you are having a wonderful trip :)


thinkpositive on 03/04/2012:
Glad you're having a good trip. You look great!


sweetpea1977 on 03/05/2012:
You look fantastic!

Since you've been so active, Im pretty sure the weight you've gained is just retained water from all the yummy simple carbs you've treated yourself. Those will melt away pretty quick once you resume your normal food intake!

I cant wait to see more photos and your travel log!!


liza36 on 03/05/2012:
You look great, and glad you are having a good trip. A little indulgance is not that bad. Just enjoy it.


thenewmle on 03/06/2012:
You look wonderful!! I'm glad you are having a good time and I just want you to know that you are an inspiration! I want to work out hard and reap those wonderful benefits! Enjoy your trip and your indulgences - you have earned them!!!



grannyannie - Friday Feb 24, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Whew!  It was salt.  I weigh two pounds less this morning than yesterday.  

Hubby and I took a nice walk on the way back from our friends:

Leaving shortly. Got my free bus pass in the post but I'm not sure if it's active before my actual birthday (it gets scanned on the bus). But I'll try it. No sense in paying big fees to the park the car at the airport when we don't have to.  

Anyway, today's menu so far:

porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk

had to finish up the fruit so had pineapple, clementines and a banana

Will be good enough in Morocco for my clothes not to get tight, but not so good that I don't have a good time.  

Have a great weekend ladies.    I'll be back in 12 days.

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

Umpqua on 02/24/2012:
Your starting off the trip on an excellent note Annie, enjoy! I can't wait to read all about it!!


V on 02/24/2012:
Beautiful Pic <3 Happy travels Annie :)


selina on 02/24/2012:
I love that photo! Love the paved walks in the forest - reminds me of Switzerland! Bon voyage!


supercheese on 02/24/2012:
yay for a negative 2 lbs. Isn't it a relief when its just water weight?


liza36 on 02/24/2012:
Have a fantastic trip. Can't wait to hear all about it.


thinkpositive on 02/24/2012:
Have a wonderful trip.


TinaAnn on 02/27/2012:
Have a great time!


biscottibody59 on 03/02/2012:
Hope your trip is all you hoped it would be:-)


hollybelle on 03/03/2012:
Great pic! It looks so much like our KY trails! I am going to try and take some pics of hikes and bike rides this spring/summer!



grannyannie - Thursday Feb 23, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning ladies!  Thanks for your comments yesterday.   You can bet I'll be taking a lot of photos to share and I'll let you all know about Moroccan foods.  

I can't believe I gained 3 pounds in 3 days!!!  Must be a blip, right?!  I better be very careful in Morocco to balance a good time with good sense.  

I've got a LOT to do today with getting ready for our trip.  Heading to the airport hotel tomorrow.  i'll get in a workout later today as I'll get stressed if I don't get everythiing done asap. 

Cupboards are bare as we just got back from our visit and it doesn't make sense to stock up on anything.  So no salad or yogurt today.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 wholegrain toast with pbj, 2 clementines, fresh pineapple
  • D:  curry & rice, raw carrots
  • S:  hot chocolate, apple
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1389

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

supercheese on 02/23/2012:
lol i wouldn't worry to much about it. May just be water weight but try not to worry and have a good time!!!


sweetpea1977 on 02/23/2012:
Im sure most, if not all, is water retention. Sweat it out with exercise and keep up the fluid intake!


Umpqua on 02/23/2012:
My bet is on sodium, especially if you were eating Mexican food and margaritas. Don't fret, you've been doing so great!

In case I miss you tomorrow, have a safe and wonderful journey Annie!


selina on 02/23/2012:
I can't wait to see photos from your upcoming trip!


V on 02/23/2012:
I bet you are excited for your trip :) I can't wait to see the pics <3



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 22, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Just dropping by.  We had a fantastic two days with our friends!  We don't see them often enough. Yes, I indulged. Seriously good food and drinks!  A bit knackered now but will post my Thurday plan in the morning. Then we start the journey to Morocco.     

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

sweetpea1977 on 02/22/2012:
So glad you had a good time with your friends!


thenewMLE on 02/22/2012:
Glad you are enjoying yourself. ON TO MOROCCO!! Please make sure to detail all the foods that you sample. I love hearing about other cuisines. OH, and pictures too!!!


Umpqua on 02/22/2012:
Glad you had a nice time with your friends and you must be so excited for Morocco!!


V on 02/22/2012:
<3



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

Sunny but cold here.  Had a nice long chat with my 6 year old granddaughter in Michigan on Skype.  It's nice that she can chat on her own now and knows how to call, hang up, and adjust the webcam.  Went for a wee walk around our garden and took some pics.  This one is  a snowdrop.

 

Workout:

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

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  polenta, yogurt, pbj on toast
  • S:  banana, clementine
  • D:  curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  melba toast & tea
  • Teas and milk

TOTAL:  1320

Going to our friends' house tomorrow morning and we'll be back on Weds. So I won't be posting until Weds night. 

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

Maria7 on 02/19/2012:
The Snowdrop is very pretty. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good visit. Take care. :-)


V on 02/19/2012:
You always capture amazing shots :) Have a safe trip Annie <3


selina on 02/20/2012:
Spring is on the way! Enjoy visiting your friends and stay well!


hollybelle on 02/20/2012:
Pretty pic! Enjoy the day!



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