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grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 31, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning, lovely ladies!

19 years ago today I smoked my last cigarette (after 25 years of smoking).  

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of 5 weight routines (pecs still sore from 2 days ago, so skipped those)
  • 4 sets of lower body toning
  • 4 sets of abs
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 packets of melba toast topped with liver pate/low fat cheddar, yogurt, banana, clementine
  • S:  fruit & nut bar, skinny mocha
  • D:  curry & rice, salad w/walnuts & sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  chilli dark chocolate, hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1731

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

thinkpositive on 01/31/2012:
No wonder you do so well keeping on track with your eating- quitting smoking after 25 years must have been very hard.

V on 01/31/2012:
Congrats!! Have a good day Annie <3

supercheese on 01/31/2012:
wow congrats!! I know quitting must not be easy but good job!!

Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
That's an awesome achievement and you should be proud! You are such a wonderful role model for healthy living :)

selina on 01/31/2012:
Happy anniversary - that was a really smart move! Great exercise and foods - have a great day!

thenewMLE on 01/31/2012:
Congrats on the smoke free! That is really an accomplishment. My dad quit 50 years ago and he says he still sometimes has cravings - that's a strong addiction!! As I was telling V, the grocery walk was an accident, but it opened my eyes to another good way to spend my new energy and be productive. I don't do well with stationary exercise, but if I am walking or riding somewhere and have to come back, I can commit to that! Have a nice day!

Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
I think combining the 2 flours would work. I checked my bag and the pastry is finely milled "white whole wheat flour." The white is some weird albino variant of the regular whole wheat!

biscottibody59 on 01/31/2012:
Imagine the dollars you've saved with that one change--good job!

getmebackto150 on 01/31/2012:
your menu anad workout plan for today look fabulous!!! Congrats on the anniversery of quitting smoking! From my experience with friends and family members, not so much quitting, but actually sticking with it permanently is such a HUGE accomplishment, you should be very proud of yourself!!!

My mother quit smoking when I was in nursery school, maybe 1985?? and she started again after my dad died in 2004... Seriously??? So anyway, CONGRATS to you for taking charge of your health!!!!

legcramps on 01/31/2012:

Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
I thought that too Annie. Here's Wiki's explanation, interesting about the UK too - maybe your regular wholemeal flour there would work then?

White whole-wheat flour is flour milled from hard white spring wheat,[2] rather than traditional red wheat. In the United Kingdom, whole-wheat flour is more commonly made from white wheat instead of red as in the United States. The difference is that soft white wheat has a lower gluten content and also lacks the tannins and phenolic acid that red wheat contain, causing white whole wheat to appear and taste more like refined red wheat; it is whitish in color and does not taste bitter.[3] White whole wheat has almost the same nutrient content as red whole wheat. However, soft white whole wheat has a lower gluten content and contains a lower protein content (between 9% and 11%) when compared with harder wheats like red (15–16% protein content) or golden wheat.[

Em17 on 01/31/2012:
Have a great day!

moogy on 01/31/2012:
Yes, wholemeal and whole wheat are the same thing, both have had their outer cover on the kernel and for a cake would work the same. You could look for wholemeal bread flour which has more gluten in it if you wanted to make something 'bready'. Surely you must have had treacle tart at sometime in your life? -Pastry lined shell, with breadcrumbs and treacle with a bit of lemon baked until dark golden brown (I suspect it was a war time recipe given the meager ingredients) I remember it well and having it with clotted cream. Have a great day annie:)

moogy on 01/31/2012:
I am sure they will turn out great using wholemeal flour:) Is that a recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie?

moogy on 01/31/2012:
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/9301/treacle+tart Just goes to show you, I thought you used treacle in this but it is the end result that tasts treacly. Yum!!

moogy on 01/31/2012:
I don't think anyone would use treacle by itself, it is very viscous and strong tasting, a bit like licorice but not as nice!! It is always used in recipes not by itself, but adds that little something that makes a real difference to your baking:)

grannyannie - Monday Jan 30, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Sunny and dry today so I did a 4 mile power walk.  Was really nice to get out in fresh air and walk by the sea.  It was about 38-40F so it took me about a mile to warm up. 

Finished up the wholemeal scones as my husband has been eating them as well, so I'll either make them again with some changes so they'll be less dry, or I'll try an Apple Bran Muffin recipe next.

Hope all of you are doing well!  


  • B:  porridge & blueberries, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 veg sausages, 1 egg, wholemeal scone with light spread, yogurt
  • S:  fresh pineapple, banana
  • D:  chickpea curry, egg fried rice, naan bread, salad w/walnuts & sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  dark chocolate with chilli (spicy!), hot chocolate
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1715

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

V on 01/30/2012:
I am sure after the walk you were nice and toasty :) Have a good one Annie <3

Umpqua on 01/30/2012:
I'm looking forward to trying those scones, I have too many other (healthy) baked goods to get through first before I can justify making them ;) Have a good one!

sweetpea1977 on 01/30/2012:
I love long walks on the beach. I can not wait to go home and do this for hours on end.

Glad the scones were good. I may make them soon! I have so many healthy treats that I want to bake, thanks to you lovely girls! :)

selina on 01/30/2012:
Wow, that walk sounds invigorating and fun!

hollybelle on 01/30/2012:
Good suggeston on knee strengthing. I should do more. Biking helps, but it's been awhile. I'll have to look up some exercises for it.

getmebackto150 on 01/30/2012:
Your menu looks great and good job on the power walk! have a good one:)

hollybelle on 01/30/2012:
Going to add lateral lunges and squats to my morning routine!

supercheese on 01/30/2012:
have a great day annie!!

NewBeginning on 01/30/2012:
Thanks I hope I do! :) Really impressed with the 4mile speed walk - I could walk for days but I can't speed walk for 10minutes... :)

liza36 on 01/30/2012:
What a nice hubby to bring you flowers. A 4 mile refreshing power walk sounds wonderful.

I thought I'd put a plug in for Umpqua's oat bran muffins. She's posted the recipe before. I've made them several times with a variety of fruits and seasonings. The apple bran muffins sound good too. Enjoy your scones or muffins, whichever you chose to make.

moogy on 01/30/2012:
Perfect temp for power walking annie!! Good for you:)

moogy on 01/30/2012:
Just so you know, you can replace molasses with treacle in a recipe. Works the same and tastes pretty much the same as well:)

selina on 01/30/2012:
thanks for the FB connection - your photography is fabulous!

Em17 on 01/30/2012:
Have a great day!

thinkpositive on 01/31/2012:
A power walk in cool air sounds wonderful.

grannyannie - Sunday Jan 29, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Happy Sunday, girls!

Still getting on my scale first thing in the morning.  It's stayed at 131.0 - 131.6 for the past couple of weeks.  Guess I haven't built enough muscle yet to affect the scale, but I'm certainly trying!

My dear hubby brought me some roses today.  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 5 sets of weights with the addition of two routines laying on the floor for pecs & arms (7 routines)
  • 4 sets of lower body toning (3 kinds of squats - one on tiptoe, leg lifts, leg raises for quads and knees, thigh master, back kicks, side kicks, glute raises, 4 types for abs)


  • B:  porridge & blueberries, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 veg sausages, 1 egg, wholemeal scone with light spread (heated for a few seconds in microwave which softened it a bit), yogurt
  • S:  clementine, apple, mocha w/skimmed milk
  • D:  chickpea curry & naan bread (very low fat made by hubby), salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  dark chocolate, glass of wine
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1749

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

biscottibody59 on 01/29/2012:
Nice! Have a good day!

V on 01/29/2012:
The muscles will come just keep going with your amazing workouts, these things take time as you already know :) Those roses are really pretty <3 What a sweet hubby you have Annie :) Have a good day

Em17 on 01/29/2012:
Have a great day! =)

h82bfat on 01/29/2012:
I hope you're able to get thru your plateau soon!

thinkpositive on 01/29/2012:
Your roses are beautiful. And nice to have your husband enjoy cooking. You seem like a good team!

thenewMLE on 01/30/2012:
The dark chocolate and wine really sound appealing! I decided next week would be my first "treat" and I think I will go with the dark chocolate and red wine!! Your workouts are inspirational. I think your flowers are beautiful and you are very lucky to have such a thoughtful hubby! Have a great day!

grannyannie - Saturday Jan 28, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hope you are all having a good and healthy weekend!

Made my wholemeal scones this morning.  A bit dry but I figured out why - posted the recipe and my notes.  


45 mins spinning on my exercise bike


  • B:  porridge & blueberries, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 veggie sausages, wholemeal scone w/light spread, the egg yolk which was left from the scone recipe
  • S:  grapes, clementine
  • D:  chickpea curry, homemade naan bread, drink
  • S:  fruit & nut bar, glass of wine
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1665

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

getmebackto150 on 01/28/2012:
Menu looks great! I too had a chickpea curry today:) I oddly had it for my breakfast lol! Have a great day:)

V on 01/28/2012:
Good lookin Menu :P I hope your day went well <3

thenewmle on 01/28/2012:
I got my bike!!! I will get to ride it tomorrow - maybe I'll sneak out tonight for a ride!

grannyannie - Friday Jan 27, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Hi ladies!  We had some sleet this morning but then the sun came out and it looked so pretty with the snow (only) on the tops of the mountains.  

I've been seriously craving junk and high fat foods.  Feeling a bit deprived I guess.  At home we only occasionally eat meat and I've even stopped buying lunchmeat for a sandwich at lunch.  But today I went shopping and bought some liver pate and some lean ground steak. I've been thinking about a cheeseburger for a couple of months and haven't had one yet.  So I'm going to make one for lunch after I use up my veggie sausages.  I'll stay within calories.  

Went to the health food store and bought the oat bran to make the scones and I'll do that tomorrow morning.  


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


  • B:  porridge & blueberries, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 toast with pbj, yogurt
  • S:  banana, clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts & sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  packet of rice cakes, 1 portion of dark chocolate, hot chocolate
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1736

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

getmebackto150 on 01/27/2012:
Menu sounds good, and I think your meat purchases are healthy ways to give your body what its craving! Have a great day:)

liza36 on 01/27/2012:
Could your cravings be from your recent trip to the US? Did you eat differently than your usual healthy fare? It may be hard to get back in the swing of things, although you seem to be doing well. My experience with cravings that strong, like your cheesburger one, is to have one. It will backfire at some point if you deny yourself too long. Just enjoy it, and then workout!

moogy on 01/27/2012:
I always think it is a good idea to come up with a healthy way to feed a craving. I always end up eating anything that isn't nailed down if I ignore it. Hope you enjoy your cheeseburger, every delicious mouthfull:) Have a lovely weekend grannyannie, stay warm:)

sweetpea1977 on 01/27/2012:
Mmmm, steak burgers! If you have access to ground bison meat there, I'd recommend that as well. I heard that ostrich makes a good burger as well. :)

thenewMLE on 01/27/2012:
It must be something in the air!! I was craving a cheeseburger so bad yesterday that I could have hurt someone!! Fortunately I was at work so there was no way that was going to happen. Then the craving shifted to brownies or a chocolate eclair! I got home and immediately started creating that spinach salad and baking the crab cakes so I wouldn't feel the need to satisfy that craving. At work, I pulled out the almonds and pretended they were covered in chocolate. Isn't that sad? Your toast with PBJ has given me a new snack idea using the simply fruit jelly with no added sugar. Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a nice weekend

sweetpea1977 on 01/27/2012:
lol, after leaving that bison comment, I couldnt stop thinking about a bison burger from Ted's Montana Grill (as in Ted Turner, the guy who founded CNN, TBS, TNT, etc) so we ate there tonight. It was super-good!! Anyway, I hope you can find it for cheap somewhere!

grannyannie - Thursday Jan 26, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning, lovely ladies!    Here's a sunrise for you that I shot from the front porch in my robe, brrrr 


Went to Zumba last night.  I was the only newbie there so the rest seemed to know most of the moves.  More complicated moves than I thought.  I can see it would be fun once you know the moves.  Guess I did some overaggressive hip thrusting or something as I've hurt one side of my lower back.  Don't plan to go back to an evening class but discovered there is an early afternoon class with another instructor.  So I'll try to work that in with my gym visits once I rejoin in early March. 

When I came home I threw my good intentions out the window and had a semi-binge - pbj toast, packet of baked crisps, 2 portions of dark chocolate, hot chocolate.  Total cals for the day was still okay, but eating all that at that time of night wasn't good.  Stayed up later than normal.  

Yesterday morning I enjoyed an hour and a half Skyping with my sis in law in Australia.  I love feeling so connected!   

Couldn't find oat bran for my scones but hub is going into town today and I've asked him to hunt.  If he finds it I'll make some this afternoon.

Workout:  none - backache


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 Quorn southern style patties with lite mayo on 1 slice wholegrain bread, yogurt
  • S:  1 clementine, banana
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts & sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  glass of wine, packet of baked crisps
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1606

One of the avocados is finally ripe so I'll add a bit of that to my salad.

Hubby couldn't find any oat bran so I phoned the health food store and they have it. So hope to get some tomorrow and maybe some other baking ingredients and some new vegetarian stuff for variety.  

I was going to order the oat bran online but the cost of shipping was outrageous.  £3.50 for 3 bags of oat bran and £6.97 just for the shipping! Don't think so!



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

selina on 01/26/2012:
What a beautiful photo! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful view from your porch - I have townhouses across the street that blocks the view :( Have a great day!

V on 01/26/2012:
NICE view :) Good job on the Zumba class.. Next time take it easy and as long as you are moving, who cares if the moves are not perfected ;) You will get there my friend..Good deal on having another option as far as an earlier class as well as another instructor..I wonder if they have a beginner's class you can check out? Oh I have been meaning to tell you that the girl in my Extreme class Donna reminds me of you so much, I feel like I am working out with YOU <3 Oh and of course you have an open invite for dinner with me anytime my friend <3 Have a good day!

hollybelle on 01/26/2012:
Beautiful picture. Sorry your back is sore! I don't know if it's like this everywhere, but here in my town none of the Zumba instructors really "call" the moves, they just kind of explain it and expect everyone to just fall in on it. That's odd to me, because having taught all kind of exercise classes back in the day - we prided ourselves on calling prior to the next move in rhythm, etc. Anyway - V is right - as long as you have fun and are moving - it's all good. Zumba revealed a weakness in my knees in the fall of 2010, so although I would like to do Zumba 3-5 times a week, I will only do it 1-2 times. Riding my bike this summer seems to have helped my knees somewhat, but I still have to "watch out" for them. Carry on, sweetie! You are terrific!

sweetpea1977 on 01/26/2012:
Im so jealous that you have that view EVERY DAY! My parents own a house on a lake and on the beach and both have very nice views. This photo makes me want to escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy a week or two of sunrises over the many lakes and peaks. Absolutely gorgeous!

Zumba looks like so much fun. Unfortunately, it only seems to take place once a week at my gym, on Wednesday nights during my personal training session. Right now, the class is jammed pack with women with new years resolutions to lose weight. Its hard to find a parking spot on Wed nights because of these gals! :) Thats ok though. Its nice to see so many people excited about exercise.

Glad you were able to fine the oat bran somewhere. Its so easy to find here!

Umpqua on 01/26/2012:
I love that picture! Good for you for trying Zumba, sorry you hurt your back. And good deal on tracking down the oat bran, we take for granted that we can just get it in the cereal section of the grocery here. You're really branching out and trying new things Annie, You rock!

getmebackto150 on 01/26/2012:
That photo is BEAUTIFUL! You definitely live in a beautiful place... Zumba definitely completely depends on the instructor, I find with certain ones I LOVE it and others not so much... I'm curious to see how you like it with the other instructor... Have a great day!

legcramps on 01/26/2012:
Sorry your back hurts today; hope you're feeling better soon. Awesome picture!

h82bfat on 01/26/2012:
Yeah for you & Zumba! I've been giving some serious thought to getting the Wii game to try it out before going venturing out in public!! Hope your back feels better!

Maria7 on 01/26/2012:
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo! Hope you are having a good day. :-)

moogy on 01/26/2012:
LOL at the over zealous hip thrusting, although sorry you damaged yourself. Lovely photo, worth getting a bit of a nip for it:) I was wondering what triggered your mini binge after doing great exercise, glad you didn't damage your calories with it though. I hope you have a great day tomorrow:)

thinkpositive on 01/27/2012:
Beautiful picture. I know what you mean about your Zumba class- it all depends on the teacher. For me I went to a daytime class with an older crowd & loved it & then went to a Sat. class & thought i woudl die it was very different. And yes I think it can be a bit hard on hips & kneees.Easy enough to do the moves that work for your body. Mini binge- yes I'm familiar... it happens. And then later I think- what just happened there..? I talked to a friend from home for an hour this morning & I know it feels good to connect.

grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 25, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 132.0

Good morning, girls!  Happy Robbie Burns Day to all Scots!  (national poet of Scotland)

Playing with calories again until I figure it out. Going for 1800 cals on intense workout days, less on moderate and rest days.

Wasn't going to do any baking for a while but I pulled out an old GI diet book which has a few high fibre, low fat recipes.  I'm going to try making Wholemeal Scones with raisins and chopped dried apricots.  Looks like a very healthy snack and something good to take on the road for daytrips.  179 cals each.  I'll post the menu if they turn out well.  

Did a brief meditation last night and my mind was nonstop chattering. But that's typical. Just have to keep at it. 

all housework
my intentions are to try out a zumba class tonight 

B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea
L:  pbj on toast, yogurt, 2 clementines, added 200 ml skimmed milk to wash down the pbj 
S: 4pm: salad w/walnuts/sunflower seeds, melba toast & Quorn patty
Zumba at 6.30?
D/S: banana, yogurt with sunflower seeds (potassium & protein)
Maybe a glass of red wine after.  

TOTAL:  ??

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

supercheese on 01/25/2012:
poo the scones sound good!!

V on 01/25/2012:
Happy Robbie Burns day to you :) I am sure that you will LOVE Zumba!! Have a good day Annie <3

Umpqua on 01/25/2012:
Definitely post the recipe, I love scones! Have fun with Zumba and enjoy the holiday!

Umpqua on 01/25/2012:
Definitely post the recipe, I love scones! Have fun with Zumba and enjoy the holiday!

legcramps on 01/25/2012:
Love Zumba! Have fun tonight!

getmebackto150 on 01/25/2012:
mmm.. those scones sound yummy! Enjoy Zumba-I LOVE it:)

hollybelle on 01/25/2012:
I hope you like Zumba. I think you will. I really like it and plan to squeeze a class in this week.

WII on 01/25/2012:
Have fun at Zumba!! I actually enjoyed it but never have time anymore to do it again! You are doing awesome!!

sweetpea1977 on 01/25/2012:
I LOVE scones. I cant wait to see the recipe!

Enjoy your time at Zumba!

moogy on 01/25/2012:
I have never managed to meditate either, but I love scones:) Hope they turn out well for you:)

thinkpositive on 01/25/2012:
I love zumba! I miss it - I used to go to a class at LA fitness. Happy Robbie Burns day- yesterday we sang Auld Lang Syne in his honor with my choir group. And thanks for your nice comments & keeping up with my posts!

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

Hiya ladies!  How's 2012 going for everyone so far?

I looked back over my goals for 2012 and the only two I'm doing well on are my workouts and maintaining weight, and reading more books (on new Kindle).  I have not meditated once but I'm going to remedy that today.   

I miscalculated my calories yesterday and left out the ones for walnuts and sunflower seeds so am doing just a bit lower today.  Eating the last two of my homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and not planning any baking for quite a while.  


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


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  salad with walnuts/sunflower seeds, tuna w/mayo/onions/celery, melba toast, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  beet and bean soup, toast with pb, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, last 2 oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1611  1730

Don't know if it's the gloomy weather but I just wanted to keep eating after I finished my lunch.  It wasn't satisfying.  I wanted something hot so I made a Quorn patty - 119 cals - then I had black coffee with one of this evening's cookies.  Sigh.  And I still want more, but I won't.  Already had today's salad as part of my lunch, so hope I'm not starving tonight!  May have to juggle calories again, or maybe it's time to go up to 1800, at least on intense workout days like today??

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

supercheese on 01/24/2012:
Have a good day annie!!

V on 01/24/2012:
Good Morning :) Have a wonderful day <3

Umpqua on 01/24/2012:
I'm doing well with my eating and exercise goals, not so much on my writing and work goals. Thanks for the reminder, I need to get on the stick with ALL my goals!

biscottibody59 on 01/24/2012:
Do you have a recipe for the beet/bean soup? Not a combo I would have thought of.

It's good to see you're flexible with things--hope you get in your meditation session.

Keep on rolling with it--cheers!

hollybelle on 01/24/2012:
Beets and what kind of beans go in that soup - interesting. I love love love beets, though. Good plans - yay you!

getmebackto150 on 01/24/2012:
Ugghh, sometimes you are just plain hungry... I'm thinking with all the exercise you are doing, if you are truly HUNGRY, then it is probably your body's way of telling you you need the extra calories... I would say try the 1800... Hopd you have a great day!

selina on 01/24/2012:
Thanks grannyannie for stopping by my entry. Have a great day!

sweetpea1977 on 01/24/2012:
I think 1800 is good for heavy exercise days. Cant hurt to experiment at least. Finding your magic numbers for maintenance will take some time to figure out.

thinkpositive on 01/25/2012:
Love your pictures from Monday. I know what you mean about being hungry at times. Sometimes hard to figure out why.

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

Hi ladies!  Sunny today but still cold - high about 7C/42 F. Felt like eating some junk today, but no guilt. I'm within calories and I'll soon finish the batch of oatmeal raisin cookies and probably won't be doing any more baking for a couple of weeks. 

Went for a stroll around the garden to see what was blooming. The daffodils starting blooming a couple of weeks ago (about 6 weeks early) and are still fine even with many nights near freezing. Snowdrops and other daffodil stalks have been showing for a while now. Made the collage with Picnik but am unhappy to learn they will be closing in April. Now I need to find another photo editing site.  


  • 40 mins of spinning on my own bike


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  thick slice of my homemade multigrain seeded bread with pbj, packet of bake crisps, 1 oatmeal raisin cookie  
  • S:  fresh pineapple, 2 clementines
  • D:  homemade beet soup, toast with pb, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, oatmeal raisin cookie
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1714

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

thenewMLE on 01/23/2012:
Your photography is beautiful! I love the flowers and the rainbow is inspirational. I could put it in the microwave at work, but I searched diligently and the majority of the people raved about the ease and taste of the slow cooker. I never found anything for times or procedure for the microwave. So if you have some micro tips I would be willing to try it again! I have a weeks worth already made with this gluey texture. I will eat it because the flavor is good, but I know I will probably enjoy the next batch better. I found Uncle Sam's cereal at the store this weekend, so I think next week I will do that and then make an attempt at the oatmeal the following week. Thanks for sharing!

supercheese on 01/23/2012:
Hows the upping the calories going for you?? yummy oatmeal raisin cookies :)

sweetpea1977 on 01/23/2012:
Beautiful photos!

Im so scared to bake sweets, even if they are nutritiously dense ones. Its so incredibly hard for me to have just one, so I usually reserve baked desserts for special occasions/holidays. However, I think its great that you were able to fit your treats into your calorie budget. :)

thenewMLE on 01/23/2012:
No, the container only had stove top instructions so I assumed it couldn't be done well in the micro. And all my internet searching came up with stove top or slow cooker which is why I decided to make it weekend overnight to have for work. Thank for the microwave times for the oats!

hollybelle on 01/23/2012:
Beautiful flowers! I had been craving choc chip cookies for 3 weeks so I broke down and made them this weekend (Sunday) brought the rest to work today - whole wheat ones and they were good, but, whew, I'm glad I got that out of my system - or into it - LOL! Done and feel like I don't want anymore for awhile!

Umpqua on 01/23/2012:
Beautiful photos, I can't believe how early your stuff is there! We won't see anything until March - maybe late February but that's pushing it. I've had good experiences with both Shutterfly and Photobucket, FYI.

liza36 on 01/23/2012:
I love your pictures! And your comment about no guilt. It's nice to work in some favorites and be within the calorie limit, or to just exercise it off. You continue to do fantastic!

biscottibody59 on 01/23/2012:
Nice pics today and yesterday! Hope you have a great week!

legcramps on 01/23/2012:
nice workout!

Maria7 on 01/23/2012:
My Grandma used to bake homemade oatmeal raisin cookies...we loved 'em! Love the springtimey flower photos! :-D

V on 01/23/2012:
Beautiful garden :)

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

Cheers, ladies!  Hope you all are having a good weekend. 

A rainbow in front of our house today:


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


  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds, skimmed milk, tea
  • L:  2 egg sandwich, yogurt, fresh pineapple
  • S:  2 clementines, 1/2 banana
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts & sunflower seeds, drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps, glass of wine
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1690

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

gymtime on 01/22/2012:
I love rainbows, i have dozens of calenders from the past with all rainbow pitchers.i even put some of the photos in frames,looks timeless. :]

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2012:
so so beautiful! what a scenic view...and to see it everyday!? i'm so jealous! :-D

Maria7 on 01/22/2012:
What a very beautiful view and especially with the rainbow! Thanks for sharing! :-D

V on 01/22/2012:
What a glorious sight <3 I hope you had a wonderful day my friend :)

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