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grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 02, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good day ladies!  My hip didn't cause much pain last night.  Woke up once when I found myself on my left side, and the pain screamed much less loudly.    I think my subconscious knows to stay on my right side.  Still going to leave the ankle weights off for a few days and won't use them again for cardio - only my floor exercises for thigh and butt.  

Workout:  housework, cleaning closets, exercise bike this afternoon.


B:  porridge & tea

L:  turkey/mayo/lettuce sandwich, yogurt

D: veggie curry, rice, salad, drink

S:  2 clementines, hot chocolate

Herbal teas, water.

TOTAL:  1214

Since I've finally got uploading photos sorted, I'm going to bombard you all daily with my photos.    

A clematis in our garden during the summer.             

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

sweetpea1977 on 11/02/2011:
Im glad your hip pain is doing ok. From your description, it sounds like a pinched nerve to me. Hope the pain goes away permanently!

Love your photo. Cant wait to see more! :)

Supercheese on 11/02/2011:
pretty flower!!! Have a great day!

hollybelle on 11/02/2011:
Beautiful pics. Hope hip recovers soon.

grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 01, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good day ladies!  Sunshine here but very chilly.  

Have I hit the plateau that I knew was coming or am I just very impatient?  I was getting spoiled by losing 1.5 pounds every week and I've been the same weight for a week.  I was unrealistically expecting to lose at the same rate so I'd hit my goal well before my xmas trip.  I guess I've reached the point where my body fat is screaming 'hey, what are ya trying to do, starve me to death?!'    

For nearly two weeks I've been waking up in the middle of the night with sharp pains and numbness in my left hip.  Doesn't hurt any other time, only when I sleep on my left side.  Pinched nerve?  Is it a coincidence that it started around the same time I started using the ankle weights during my tae bo and jump rope routine?  I've gone back to using the ankle weights only for my floor exercises which I've done all along.  

UPDATE:  my hip pain is not in my joints or muscle and only hurts in bed when I lie on that side.  Will stop using ankle weights for a while.  If it doesn't improve very soon I'll see the doctor. 


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope
  • dumbbells
  • lots of butt exercises with ankle weights, squats with dumbbells
  • ab crunches, thigh master
  • went for a walk with my camera.  got chilly and stopped in a cafe for black coffee when I really wanted a mocha with cream and a homemade fruity scone with butter and jam.  so my walk was only 1.6 miles but it was refreshing. 


B:  porridge & tea

L:  liver pate & melba toast, 1/2 turkey/mayo/lettuce sandwich

S:  2 clementines

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink (sounds like we're in a rut but no curry is the same - different veggies, different protein, always delicious (hubby is the cook!)

S:  yogurt, hot chocolate

Lots of teas, water, coffee

TOTAL:  1288

Yea, finally got a photo to work!  This is on a walk I took today near my house.

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

hackersdiet on 11/01/2011:
I think the hip pain could very well be related to the leg weights. By the way, glucosamine is an excellent supplement for joint health. I strongly recommend it. You sound good! Keep it up!

Supercheese on 11/01/2011:
Id check out the hip if it still hurts for more than a weak. As for the plateau? Yeah.....Im in the same boat BUT it can come off. Just work out harder or change up the food :)

biscottibody59 on 11/01/2011:
My first thought for myself would be my shoes--I replace them every 3-6 months. By about 4-5 months if I haven't replaced them there's usually some odd pain that comes up. The midsoles just don't last as long as the rest of the shoe.

Hope you get over the plateau soon--take care of your hip!

patt on 11/01/2011:
Annie, thanks for your encouragement. Day one is going well. Have to look up curry recipes. I tried curry many years ago and didn't like it. But you make it sound good.

biscottibody59 on 11/01/2011:
Saw your comment to TP, hope this helps:


The first comment is from the webmaster and includes instructions on how to upload photos from your desktop to your entries.

legcramps on 11/01/2011:
Nice picture! I wish I had views like that for my walks!

greengirl on 11/01/2011:
Hey Annie, yes I'm in England. I live in Manchester and work at the University of Manchester in the library so I use public transport all the time. Ladies are still getting the buspass here at 60 but I think that might change when the age of retirement changes shortly !! I love your photo. I guess it is a loch. If so , which one. I was in Scotland last December and we stayed in Arrochar on Loch Long and went on the traditional boat trip on Loch Lomond. I love Scotland :-)

V on 11/01/2011:
Ankle weights are really good with non cardio/impact..It is kinda crazy you mentioned this because the topic of ankle weights added to running was brought up on the show "the Doctors" and they all agreed that although perfect for shaping and sculpting, not recommended for running, or impact exercise.. Anyhoo I hope you have a wonderful evening :)

thinkpositive on 11/02/2011:
Love your picture. I still haven't figured out how to post a picture. Biscotti sent me the link but still not working for me. I get hip pain only while in bed also- for me I think it's arthritis- or bursitis. And then I forget it while I'm up & about.

V on 11/02/2011:
Good idea :) I am sure your condition will improve :) Have a wonderful evening!!

grannyannie - Monday Oct 31, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good morning, ladies!    Went into town this morning to the dentist for cleaning and checkup.  How I love having an NHS dentist!  £10.20 for checkup and thorough cleaning!  A bit of shopping afterward.  Probably get on the exercise bike this afternoon.  

I'm happy with the gym setup I have at home but I'm thinking about rejoining the gym in town.  I belonged to it for 5 years while I worked in town, but since retirement it's not convenient.  20 miles roundtrip 4 times a week with the cost of petrol here?  No way.  I normally drive in once a week to shop.

However, when I have my birthday the end of Feb I'll be eligible for a free bus pass and a discount on gym membership.  The bus goes past our house every hour, soooo....  My hub does this at least 3 times a week and he does laps in the pool.  And I do like the resistance machines...  


B:  porridge and tea

S:  tea with skimmed milk after dentist

L:  1 slice bread with turkey and mayo, melba toast with liver pate, clementine

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  yogurt, dried apricots
TOTAL:  1297 

I finished day 7 of my 'everything' scale and am supposed to use the averages as a baseline.  I do take the figures with a grain of salt, but how they change will be the key.  

Mid to late afternoon averages:

  • weight:  138.7
  • BMR (basal metabolic rate) - number of calories needed to maintain this weight if I don't do any exercise except normal household or work stuff:  1355
  • Metabolic age:  44 (really?!)
  • Water:  53.6%
  • Visceral fat (abdominal fat):  5.7 (healthy scale is 1-12)
  • Bone mass:  5.1lb (average for females is 5.3 so this doesn't tell me a lot except I'm average but that's better than too low like I have been before)
  • Fat:  26.2% (well within healthy range of my age)
  • Muscle mass:  97lbs (sounds good but not sure what it means but if it increases I'm sure that'll be good!)

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

getmebackto150 on 10/31/2011:
those stats loook fantastic! I think if you can get a bus pass for free, it may be nice to join the gym just for a change up... Have a great day!!

Supercheese on 10/31/2011:
I agree. The stats look great. I'm a gym girl myself. My bmr is pretty much the samish but I KNOW i eat more than that lol

V on 10/31/2011:
Great stats Annie :) Mixing it up at the gym is a wonderful idea!! Have a good one!!

greengirl on 11/01/2011:
Hey Annie, thanks for the comment. I do use quorn a lot particularly the mince, the chicken pieces and the chicken fillets. For years I have bought a quorn roast for my and my daughter's Christmas lunch. She's quite strictly vegetarian as I used to be, but now I eat oily fish for the sake of my health. I guess from your post that you are approaching your 60th birthday? Mine's in three years and I'm convinced that by then the free buspass will be a thing of the past for my age group. I'm already having to work til I'm over 65!! I'm gutted about it. BTW congrats on your 'metabolic' age. You must really be doing something right :-)

grannyannie - Sunday Oct 30, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good day, ladies!  For various reasons I was not happy with the video I made of my workout.  Not happy with the editing I did either, so I'm just going to put together a shorter one and will post a link here when it's done. Good thing I took photos of myself doing weights as I realized what bad posture I have and how I've been using my back to help lift them.  Ouch!  Did them today while looking in a mirror and corrected it, but I can see my posture is probably really bad all the time.  Gotta work on that!  


  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope
  • weights
  • bum/hip toning with ankle weights - added squats with dumbbells
  • ab crunches


B:  porrige & tea 

L:  1 egg, 2 slices turkey bacon, polenta fried in 1 tsp oil and 1 cal spray (bought a package of premade polenta and it's supposed to be eaten 2 days after opening so also having some for dinner instead of rice)

S:  grapes

D:  chickpea curry, polenta, salad, drink

S:  melba toast, yogurt

TOTAL:  1211

Update:  re-edited my video


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

hollybelle on 10/30/2011:
That's great Annie! I think it's the first time DDs has ever been mentioned in the "credits" of a video! You are doing wonderfully well - do not look your age and are very inspirational!! I wish I had your figure. I gotta work harder!

biscottibody59 on 10/31/2011:
Good job on the video--keep up the good work!

It's got to be a good feeling to know your hard work has paid off so well:-) Keep patting yourself on the back--you deserve it!

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

Good morning ladies!     Saggy-butted granny reporting in!  

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

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

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


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

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

S:  grapes

D:  leftover chickpea curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  packet of baked crisps, yogurt

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1272


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

S:  dried apricots & clem, hot chocolate

All kinds of teas, water

TOTAL:  1292


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


B:  porridge & tea

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

S:  2 clementines

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

S:  dried apricots or melba toast & hot chocolate

Herbal teas, tea/lemon, water

TOTAL:  1301


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning ladies!   

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


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


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

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

S:  2 clementines

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

D:  veggie chili & rice, drink

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

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

TOTAL:  1301

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning, ladies!  

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

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

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


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

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

S:  2 clementines

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

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

Herbal teas, water

TOTAL:  1305

Have a great day everybody!!


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

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

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

Have a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


B:  porridge & strawberries, skimmed milk, tea

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

D:  veggie curry and brown rice, salad, drink 

S:  apple

Herbal teas, black tea/lemon, lots of water

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

TOTAL:  1226

Now to figure out my new machine.    


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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your week!

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

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

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

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

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