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grannyannie - Thursday Aug 22, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 162.4

Looking forward to the weekend - even though there won't be a family party.  Might go to the cinema Saturday if there is something good. Still going to log my food.  Sunday we'll go to Edinburgh to the botanic gardens - supposed to be a sunny and warm day. 

Menu:

B: soy yogurt & strawberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, cranberry & quinoa bar

L: 6 veg salad w/liver pate & cheddar

D: veg & bean chili, tonic water

S: dry roasted peanuts

Total cals: 1102 Carbs: 57.1g



Home muscle work: doing 2 sets of 5 or 10 for most things & will work my way back up to 4 sets

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 17.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2019:
If you end up at the botanical gardens, i'd love to see a photo down the road when you have time to post one! :)

always nice to go to the movie theater...i go prob most 1-2x per year. especially good when the movie was worth seeing on the big screen - i have seen quite a few blows.

nice job on your menu and exercises. i also do BOTH lunges and squats. do you do your lunges in place? or are they walking lunges? of course, mine are in plcae - i step forward to a lunge and then back and repeat for the desired reps. do you step back also, or is it a walking lunge covering some distance at the gym?

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
I'll post some photos when I get back. :)

I do the muscle work at home, not the gym. I'm not great at doing lunges on alternating feet or walking, so I do a lunge then go down 5 times, and then the other leg. Easier to balance as well. For squats I do 10 at a time. And with both I hold dumbbells.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
i do the same with my lunges, back and forth in place.

for my squats i also use a weighted bar so i'm going down with extra weight.

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
Do you use ankle weights? I really like those for thighs and butt.


Donkey on 08/22/2019:
I've been wanting to see a movie at the theater lately. It's hard to find something that my husband and I would like to see together. We have different tastes.

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
I looked through all the films showing this weekend and not one looks watchable. Haven't been since last autumn I think. We usually agree on movies.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
i just looked at the movies - poor selection :(

also, no on the ankle weights - at least not yet.

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
Nope, no good ones.

Ankle weights are great! Lots of different exercises you can do with them.


legcramps on 08/22/2019:
Love lunges and squats! One of the best exercises out there! During a group session, we did walk-through lunges. You do a reverse lunge (stepping backwards) and then swing your leg up and forward into a forward lunge, and repeat. I think we did it 10 times before switching to the other leg. It was a burner for sure!

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
Yea, they are intense!


happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
love the botanical gardens

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
We have a very good about 5 miles from our house, and the one in Edinburgh is the 'parent' of that one. Haven't been for ages! Been to Edinburgh twice this summer but it was with family and we did castle or museums.



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 162.4

Didn’t manage my muscle workout yesterday afternoon after doing a extra gym day. I’m really a morning exerciser. So this week will be off schedule - just Thursday for muscle workout because Saturday we’ll be away.

Got on the scale this morning even though I'm trying to stick to Saturdays only. Lost 1.2 lbs since Saturday. 

Menu:

  • B: soy yogurt & blueberries, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, cashew and date bar
  • L: 6 veg salad w/chicken & cheddar & mixed seeds, clementine
  • D: curry with Quorn and mixed veggies, tonic water
  • S: dry roasted peanuts

Total cals: 1346 Carbs: 56.5g

 

 

Gym: (less energetic doing 3 days in a row - so MWF cardio and T Th Sat muscle work is ideal)

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

 

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 17.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
i also find every other day workouts for the same muscle group are the best way to go ;)

nice loss!

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
This is what I usually did before all the visitors descended on us this summer. And it works out well. I've never done small muscle work 2 days in a row, but cardio yes.


Donkey on 08/21/2019:
I like your workout schedule. With myself, I really do have to exercise (cardio) in the morning to warm-up and stretch out my back. If I don't, then I'm really prone to back pain later in the day... and like you said, it's harder to get to it in the afternoon or evening. Just not the same.

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Yea, my energy for working out is mornings. I like bike rides in the afternoon, but those rides are actually a pleasure ride.


BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
My joints don't loosen up until a little later in the day.....so I ride the exercycle then...no walking here because, BEARS.

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
I've lived where there were bears before (UP Michigan), but no bears here. I struggle walking up the stairs to get into the gym but once I'm on my first machine - treadmill - I'm ready to go!


BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
I'm in the upper part of the lower penninsula.......you probably had more than we have....

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
I lived in St Ignace in the mid 70's. I lived across the street from some woods and a bear(s) got into my rubbish one time and made a huge mess.

I visit Michigan ever summer to see my family.


happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Yum, cappuccino!



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 20, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 163.6

Went to gym again as I needed to go into town for shopping and dropping husband at ferry (he’s going to pick up his new bike in the city and ride it home).  

Menu:

B: yogurt & blueberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa & cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/ham/chicken & cheddar, yogurt

D: curry with Quorn and tofu and mixed veggies, tonic water

S: dry roasted peanuts

Total cals: 1219 Carbs: 77.5g

Gym:

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

Haven’t done it yet, but plan on doing it this afternoon. 

Home muscle work: doing 2 sets of 5 or 10 for most things & will work my way back up to 4 sets

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

  

 

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 18.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
Good Job Annie....your day just all looks so healthy!!!!

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Thanks! Got to do it!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2019:
nice! a new bike for hubby. I don't have funds i want to spend on a bike right now since i don't use it all year or many days a week, but it's on my "wish list."

what got you into those bars you eat for a snack in the morning? do you buy them? what brand? you have sparked my interest!

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
I always liked a snack at the gym after my workout, so I buy a black coffee or tea and have one. And at home I have one midmorning with my cappuccino. I don't know if they have the same brands over there but here they aren't with the cereal bars (which are pretty much the same as candy bars). They are actually in the gluten free section: One is Perkier - Goji and cranberry. The other is Squirrel Sisters - has about 4 types. I will try to upload photos of the boxes.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Oh, and his bike. We ride electric bikes (you still have to pedal) and they get you up all the hills here. He's put so many miles on his it's starting to fall apart. So he's bought a new one. Mine is still fine.


BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
Oh...that sounds like my kind of bike.......!!! Never seen those bars here.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Check the gluten free section. Might be there - or else they are just UK companies.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
those bars look cool. i see the squirrel sister bars are tiny and tasty and i see the other ones are a good size and not too high in cals. tasty stuff.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Squirrel Sisters is 82 calories per small car - so one pack is 164. They are filling but not the best tasting. The Perkier cranberry is my new favourite - one bar and is 129 calories. Much nicer taste but not as filling.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
and yeah, i don't think we have them here.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Might find something similar.



grannyannie - Monday Aug 19, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 163.6

Party has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. But we have a hotel booked for 2 nights that is prepaid and can’t cancel. So I’ll still be eating out but no party temptations. But I was looking forward to seeing everyone. :(  We only see each other at funerals and the rare wedding.

Higher calorie gym day

 

Menu:

B: porridge with almond milk & raspberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa & cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/ham & cheddar & mixed seeds

D: curry with Quorn and mixed veggies, tonic water

S: dry roasted peanuts

 

Total cals: 1392  Carbs: 79.9g


Gym: not as energetic as I was Friday

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 15 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 5 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 18.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2019:
sorry your family get together will not happen! i hope you guys can reschedule for another time.!!

Also, it's still nice you are doing the getaway. Can you still stop by to say hello to them? Or are they very busy..

Nice to see you went to the gym rather than skipped out. As a regular exerciser, i also notice i have up days and down days and some workouts (although the same drills) feel harder than others.

ah yes, i remember you and tonic water :) i love the taste of it too.

grannyannie on 08/19/2019:
I hope it's rescheduled! The party was mostly for all of husband's cousins (we only see each other at funerals!). Not possible to just drop in - very inconvenient as we are taking a train - it's just one of the cousin's houses. It's a serious leak in the kitchen and has caused a lot of damage - so she will be busy!

Definitely no skipping any workouts!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2019:
that sounds like a major inconvenience to them :( so sorry!

grannyannie on 08/19/2019:
Yea, bad timing.


BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
Sorry to hear of the cancellation but nice that you still were able to take the trip and have some time away.

grannyannie on 08/19/2019:
Thanks. But we always seem to be away. I look forward to being home. :) Haven't figured out what we'll do in the city since we've hit all the museums when my family visited.


Donkey on 08/19/2019:
That's too bad -- on the other hand, now you won't have to worry so much about food choices and such. I guess there's a small silver lining to it.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Yea, I was stressing about the party and behaving myself.


happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
Go to the hotel anyway. Get thai takeout and a bottle of massage oil. Life is short.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
We have no choice but go to hotel - it can't be cancelled. But we'll go to our usual restaurant.

Like the idea of massage oil though. ;)



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 18, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 163.6

Rest day - no workouts - except housework!

Menu:

B: yogurt, raspberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa & cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken & cheddar

D: veg curry, tonic water

S: dry roasted peanuts - 20g

Total cals: 1047  Carbs: 65.5g

Worried about behaving myself next weekend when we go to a party.  My past attitude has always been 'I deserve some indulgence after being so good'.  Then I go overboard.  We'll be spending 2 nights which means eating out as well. I have photos of me on my phone showing how my size 8 trousers don't even come close to shutting and also a profile showing my belly.  Maybe I could look at those occasionally as a reminder and motivation?

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 18.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
You know Annie.....I am basically a closet eater and I find parties/get togethers etc easier because I know someone is possibly watching......now restaurants...that is different...I don't know those strangers and I then belong to the clean plate club. The life of a foodie is so hard. Learning moderation is going to take time and you could look at the party as your maiden voyage into party moderation......enjoy small servings and be proud that you can do that.

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I'm getting better at restricting sweets, but it's the alcohol does does me in. I love beer and beer is high cal and high carb. At gatherings someone is always offering to get me another one. I might just have to stick to wine which I like but not nearly as much as beer. And beer goes so well with salty snacks (another weakness). Wine goes with nothing - except maybe cheese.


Donkey on 08/18/2019:
Wow, that's tough. I'm not sure I have any solutions, although looking at your pictures on your cell phone from time to time, might be enough to provide you with inspiration.

I often think I should drink - and drink more. I'd probably be a happier person. But I do take a personal pride in my sobriety. I'm an alcoholic, but I do eat more when I'm drinking. And I found it a slippery slope if I have a drink after dinner. One glass soon becomes 2...

I might feel differently if I lived in Europe. When my husband and I went to the UK, oh my the ales were delicious - and I'm not a beer drinker! I don't recall if I ever dove into the wines there.... Truth be told, I love it all - except stouts. Too heavy for my tummy.

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I didn't really drink much beer until about 10 years ago and since then I've discovered many different types of beers/ales I like - even porters and Guinness. Drinking more than a couple of beers lessens my willpower and I do eat more. Same with wine.

I haven't had any alcohol since starting my diet a week ago, which is what I normally do. But I allow for social occasions - and then get back to healthy eating and no alcohol afterwards. As long as it's not too often, it's usually fine.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
do you cook the curries? i forgot what it was about you and curry other than you list it often...

also, parties are very hard. the way i have typically gotten thru them is with lots of plates of raw veggies, that i typically bring. and diet / low cal drinks.

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I don't cook, my husband does. I just list everything he makes as a curry but they vary in ingredients. Easy one pot dishes always with veggies and a protein (Quorn, tofu, beans). He's been experimenting with Thai dishes as well and they are so yummy!

Party is with hubby's family and I'm not overly worried about the food - just the beer and wine of which there will be lots! We are to bring a cold dish, but we have to travel by ferry and train so it has to be easy. Thinking a variety box of crackers and different cheeses. Also a bottle of wine. Plus we will be staying in a hotel for 2 nights which means eating out. I'll try to be tough and avoid the beers/ales I love and have gin and diet tonic.


Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Rest day for us over here, too, Annie...or should I say...rest afternoon...cause this morning we were at the nursing home, taking care of Mama. Hoping you have a good evening.

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I didn't get a lot of rest as I did housework, but didn't do any regular workouts. Hope your mama is doing well. It's looking like a lovely evening as it finally stopped raining and the sun came out.


happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
Mmmmm... cappuccino.

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
We have a Nespresso machine and I froth the milk myself. Yum.



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 17, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 163.6

Scale this morning:  163.6 down 3.4 lbs since Sunday.  First week of diet so of course some is fluid loss.  

My husband said yesterday my face is looking thinner already.

Menu:

B: 2 eggs, 2 bacon, strawberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken & cheddar

D: leftover red curry, tonic water

S: dry roasted peanuts - 10g

Total cals: 1185 Carbs: 54.5g

Home muscle work: doing 2 sets of 10 for most things & will work my way back up to 4 sets

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

 

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 18.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
Nice losses.......Foods sound delish!

grannyannie on 08/17/2019:
Thanks!


Maria7 on 08/17/2019:
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wow, so happy for you! You are doing outstanding sticking with your plan!

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
Thanks! Now to deal with a big challenge next weekend - a party!


Donkey on 08/17/2019:
You are doing so well! I enjoy reading your menus for the day :-) Great job on the weights -- I have to pick them up again.

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I missed doing my muscle work and cardio with all the visitors we had this summer!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
yes good menus and sweet hubby to compliment you!



grannyannie - Friday Aug 16, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 167.0

 I’ve realised I need to do what I used to - juggle calories so I’m not stuck at the same low calories every day and my body thinks that is all it ever needs. So I’ll do low on non gym days and higher on gym days (MWF).  I did higher cal yesterday so doing lower today even though it’s a gym day. 

Menu:

B: yogurt, strawberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, cashew & date bar

L: 6 veg salad w/bacon (British meaty) & cheddar

D: red curry, tonic water

S: dry roasted peanuts - 20g

Total cals: 1082 Carbs: 66.5g


Gym: worked hard today! 60 solid minutes of cardio

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 15 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  25 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 6 sets of 10

 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/16/2019:
Very good plan you are doing. I see you are 5 hours ahead of us in Scotland...so you already have your work out done. That is wonderful! I like the idea of juggling calories and having less on less-active days and more on high-activity days. That will help keep up energy-levels high and lose weight at the same time. Have a good afternoon, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/16/2019:
Thanks. Yes, we are 5 hours ahead. When we go to Thailand for the winter we are 12 hours ahead. And I better stick with this forum while there - even though I can't calculate the calories.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
juggling calories is my way of eating, too.



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 15, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 167.0

Good to be back here.  Should have come back earlier.  When I first joined in 2011 my goal was to be happy with my size by my 60th birthday.  I went from 167 (seems to be my magic number) to 129 (and lots of muscle!).

Menu:

B: yogurt, raspberries, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, cashew & date bar

L: 6 veg salad w/bacon (British meaty) & cheddar & mixed seeds

D: leftover sweet & sour veg & tofu stir fry, tonic water

S: dried peanuts - 20g

Total cals: 1201 Carbs: 73.4g

Edit: Feeling I need a boost as my calories have been too low for my activity level. So added some rice to my stir fry dinner and an egg.  Probably just under 1500 cals for today.

 

Home muscle work: slowly building back up

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/15/2019:
You can achieve upper body results with lighter weights as well. I think I might be taking this approach soon.

grannyannie on 08/15/2019:
I'm being careful and only using 3kg weights - I had been using between 6-10kg. And I won't raise dumbbells over my head - that was the routine that hurt my shoulder.


BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
Sometimes I think it is harder to keep it off than it is to lose it in the first place.

grannyannie on 08/15/2019:
I firmly believe that! I've been able to keep most off for about a year, then I always backslide.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
and i was here in 2011 too! ;)

it's amazing the years fly and life experiences take us in so many different directions / weights!

grannyannie on 08/16/2019:
I remember!



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 14, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 167.0

Well, even if I can’t build upper body muscles, at least I can build it in my legs. I have no issues with legs, hips, knees at all. 

Menu:

 

B: banana, cashew/date bar, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast & cheddar

D: leftover sweet & sour veg & tofu stir fry, tonic water

S: dried peanuts - 20g

Total cals: 1068 Carbs: 74.5g


Gym:

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10


4 days in a row at the gym is too much right now. So tomorrow I'll stay home and do my home muscle workouts. 

 

 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Good menu, good plan! Hope you have a wonderful day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/14/2019:
Thanks, Maria. Same to you.


Donkey on 08/14/2019:
Good idea to mix it up with home workouts! You're doing well!

grannyannie on 08/14/2019:
Thanks. Just getting started but feeling better already.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
everyone must know you well at the gym! i used to LOVE going to the gym (now i do home workouts as it's more convenient with my time). when i'd go to the gym, i'd say hi to everyone!

grannyannie on 08/14/2019:
The same people go at the same time every day. Usually retirees at the time I go - although a few young ones come in. Everybody always says hi to each other.

But many of the regulars are no longer there - don't know why. I haven't seen about 5 or 6 of them that used to always be there (retirees) same time since we came home from Thailand the beginning of March.


legcramps on 08/14/2019:
Have a nice day!



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 167.0

 

I used to work on getting lots of upper body muscles - still had the bat wings though which is loose skin. Then I hurt my shoulder by trying a heavier dumbbell for overhead shoulder lifts. I figured it was muscle soreness so just kept trying to work it out. Did this for months and then realized it was not just muscle. Had subacromial shoulder impingement. Had to baby it for many months per my physiotherapist.  Now I just get occasional twinges, and have to be very careful. When I do dumbbells it’s a low weight - 3 kg (6.6 lbs) and I never do anything that targets shoulder. Found this very depressing as I had such pride in the muscles I’d built (in my 60’s). Sigh.

Menu:

B: yogurt, blueberries, cashew/date bar, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast & cheddar & mixed seeds

D: sweet & sour veg & tofu stir fry, tonic water

Total cals: 1067 Carbs: 73g

 

Gym:

treadmill - intervals uphill and speed:  15 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike - 15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 6 sets of 10

(I will add spin bike next week)

 

 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
injuries that affect our workouts are such a discouraging thing as i can relate big time! at least you can do a lot of other moves, but i totally understand where you are coming from as i've been there!

grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
I don't dare try to do heavier weights. It's not like I need strong arms and shoulders for health. It was just nice to have the muscles.


Maria7 on 08/13/2019:
Yes, past injuries can surely affect our exercise routines. Even how we feel from day to day, on a daily basis, too. But, we do what we can and try not to overdo it at the same time. I had a lot of activity yesterday and am hoping for a lighter day today. Wishing you a good day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
Thanks Maria. Hope you have a lovely day.


happy-1 on 08/13/2019:
Hugs. Can you take supplements? Osteobiflex is doing wonders for my neck.


Donkey on 08/13/2019:
I'm not sure if it's possible, but you can achieve noticeable results from low weights and high reps. Like I said, I'm not sure that's an option for you.



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