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grannyannie - Monday Sep 26, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning ladies!    Looks like some sunshine today.  Didn't see any at all yesterday.  Supposed to get a heat wave in the UK this week and a forecast of 21/70 for Weds.  If so, I'm on my bike!  

Taking a break from tae bo/jump rope this morning and I'll do an hour on my exercise bike while I listen to an audiobook (Ladies Detective Agency series).  

My husband had gone across the water to the big city to visit his uncle so I'm the cook tonight.  Making soup.  

Menu for today:

B:  porridge, raisins & almonds, 5g sugar, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 294

L:  2 veggie sausages, 2 bread, mustard, fat free yoghurt - 310

S:  banana - 90

D:  homemade veg/brown rice/lentil soup, melba toast, salad, drink - 339

S:  latte with skimmed milk, chocolate sprinkles, sugar; light ice cream - 220

TOTAL:  1253

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 09/26/2011:
Loved the tv shoe of Ladies Detective Agency- what happended to that I wonder? Love the description of your soup & your snack!


nomoreforme on 09/26/2011:
Forecast is amazing here in Birmingham, 26 Weds and Thurs! Wahoo!


V on 09/26/2011:
Homemade soup sounds really good!! I am hopelessly clueless as to how to post a photo here..LOL I usually just copy from fb and paste the link here...I am sure some of the other girls could help ya!! Have a wonderful day!!


Umpqua on 09/26/2011:
Wonderful food plan as always! Is the picture already uploaded someplace else? If so you should be able to use the image button when you edit your entry and just plug in the URL and it will appear - I did that on my entry today. DD also gives you the option adding pictures directly from your hard drive. I hope this helps!


Umpqua on 09/26/2011:
If the pictures appear huge, you can resize after loading to something like 500 width by 400 height in the boxes below where you enter the URL info. I did that even with posting from Photobucket.


~WI~ on 09/26/2011:
An outdoor bike ride in the fresh air sounds lovely! Congratulations on your continued weight loss! Way to go!


newme24 on 09/26/2011:
Thanks so much for the sweet comment! Great menu-- keep up the great work! You're so close to your goal!!


moogy on 09/26/2011:
I was really laughing out loud at the high of your heat wave!! It is going to be that temp today and at 9am I have the heater on and the throw over electric banket on me!! I can only remember being really hot twice when I was growing up in England, once in Aberwrystwyth (we had a caravan there!) and once in the back of my Auntie garden. I wonder how hot it really was now I live in a country where most people don't consider it hot unless it is over 35. I do not belong to that group and anything over 25 is too hot for me. I am like a hermit in the Summer. Enjoy your lovely day grannyannie:)


V on 09/26/2011:
Thank you, you are so kind!! :)



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 25, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 143.0

Good morning, ladies!  

I'm feeling really good as I feel much smaller.  I have more energy in my workouts and I feel fit. 

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • weights
  • floor exercises with ankle weights
  • ab crunches

Menu for today:  

  • B:  porridge, raisins & almonds and 5g of sugar, skimmed milk, tea and milk - 294 (unless I have fruit on my porridge I find it too dull w/o sweetener and I'm really trying to resist the artificial stuff)
  • L:  2 veggie sausages, mustard, 2 bread, fat free yoghurt - 310
  • S:  2 small clementines - 60
  • D:  veggie curry, rice, salad, drink - 476
  • S:  light ice cream 100 g (leftover from dinner guests last week) - 140

TOTAL:  1280

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

nomoreforme on 09/25/2011:
great menu as always! glad you are seeing the results from your efforts


suziemom on 09/25/2011:
Dear GrannyAnnie,

I love how well you plan and I read your bio again to get myself motivated and out of this slump. I am 58 years old, but not retired yet. I had my children very late in life and now we have to pay for college. I eat out of stress and don't excercise enouph. As I am writing this, I realize what a broken record I am. So on with it.. I'll post my foodplan. Have a wonderful day!

SuzieMom


suziemom on 09/25/2011:
Dear GrannyAnnie,

I love how well you plan and I read your bio again to get myself motivated and out of this slump. I am 58 years old, but not retired yet. I had my children very late in life and now we have to pay for college. I eat out of stress and don't excercise enouph. As I am writing this, I realize what a broken record I am. So on with it.. I'll post my foodplan. Have a wonderful day!

SuzieMom


thinkpositive on 09/25/2011:
I agree- you have nice food selections. I like the way you said that you are feeling smaller and have more energy. Now that's what it's all about!!


V on 09/25/2011:
:) I love reading your posts...It is a great feeling to feel fit, strong and healthy!! there is no doubt that you will get to your goal!! Awesome!


hackersdiet on 09/25/2011:
I love your meal planning!!! Great posts!


greengirl on 09/25/2011:
Great workout Annie !! :-)


hollybelle on 09/25/2011:
Good work, indeed! You remind me of my issue of late - I am eating too randomly - I need to plan much better!


biscottibody59 on 09/25/2011:
Good going!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 24, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 143.0

Good day ladies!  Got on the scale again this morning.  My scale weighs in stone and pounds and yesterday it kept fluctuating between 10.3 and 10.4 (143-144) so I got on again this morning and it said a solid 10.3!  I'm chuffed!  That's 5 pounds since the 1st of September.  

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo and jump rope
  • walked around our botanic garden, actually strolled

Menu for today:

  • B:  porridge, fresh strawberries, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 269
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 egg, 2 bread, fat free yoghurt, grapes - 324
  • S:  cappuccino - 65
  • D:  chicken breast in curry sauce, rice, salad, drink - 476
  • S:  melba toast, hot choc - 125

TOTAL:  1259

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 09/24/2011:
Good going! Another pound gone!



grannyannie - Friday Sep 23, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 144.0

Good morning ladies!  Couldn't resist and got on the scale.  Lost another pound.  

Workout: (got lazy yesterday and didn't workout in the afternoon as I intended)

  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope
  • weights
  • floor exercises with ankle weights
  • abs
  • 45 mins exercise bike

Menu:

B:  porridge, strawberries, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 269

L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice low fat cheese, 2 bread, mustard, low fat cottage cheese - 276

S:  1 clementine, grapes, strawberries - 129

D:  chicken breast in curry sauce, potatoes, margarine, butternut squash, broccoli, salad, drink - 534

S:  melba toast - 73

TOTAL:  1281

Progress as of today: 23 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

liza36 on 09/23/2011:
Congrats on the loss! You are doing fantastic.

I love curry. Your dinner sounds delicious.


thinkpositive on 09/23/2011:
You are inspiring! Great job on the weight loss.


moogy on 09/23/2011:
Good job grannyannie, your menu looks good as well. Keep up the good work:)


V on 09/23/2011:
Yayyyy Annie!!! You rock out loud!! HURRAH :)


biscottibody59 on 09/24/2011:
Good going with the loss--always a nice thing when the scale cooperates:-) Enjoy your weekend!



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 22, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 145.0

Good morning, ladies!  Went grocery shopping this morning which is my workout time, so I'll do a long exercise bike this afternoon.  No junk food, not even 98 cal baked crisps!  No guests for dinner in the near future.  Found some lower calorie yoghurts than what I've been buying.

I've been trying to make up for my binge by cutting my calories to below 1200 but it's just too low.  I managed it day before yesterday but I'll just continue with my usual 1200-1300.

Menu for today:
  • B:  porridge, raisins & almonds, 5g sugar, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 294
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice low fat cheese, 2 bread, low fat cottage cheese - 276
  • S:  strawberries & grapes - 89
  • D:  chicken breast in a curry sauce, rice, salad - 460
  • S:  Melba toast, low fat yoghurt - 123
TOTAL:  1240 

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

suziemom on 09/22/2011:
Looks I a really Yummy food plan.


getmebackto150 on 09/22/2011:
Honestly, as long as you stay at 1200, your binge won't even affect your long term progress... Its never a good idea to go below 1200 as that puts the body in "starvation" mode:( I'm TOTALLY jealous of your quorn prices... I would eat it SO SO much more often if it were that cheap... I think its a European based company, so maybe that is why its cheaper there??? Have a good one:)


getmebackto150 on 09/22/2011:
Wow, you guys defnitely have WAAAY more products than us... I'm SUPER jealous, but I guess I should be happy we have some, as a vegetarian, its a GODSEND... I read 1 in 5 households in the UK, thats crazy, here, its probably 1 in 1000 if not less, but its SO SO much better than so many of the other meat alternatives out there!


biscottibody59 on 09/22/2011:
Great on the food and exercise (yesterday too)--keep up the good work!


hollybelle on 09/22/2011:
I think it's osteoarthritis that is bothering my knees. You are right, though - strengthening the muscles around the knees does help. I just have trouble walking very far, very fast - they ache. I have been active all my life. The pain in the knees showed up last October after I did 5 Zumba classes in a row (Over 5 days that is) they haven't been the same since. They swelled up pretty big and I had to rest them completely. I try not to take ibuprophen if I don't have to. I love biking and the elliptical trainer doesn't seem to bother them much.


Umpqua on 09/22/2011:
You're menu looks stellar! I have a rough time going below 1200 calories, that sounds perfect to me. Have a good one!


V on 09/22/2011:
I think that you are doing a fabulous job with the count :) You too are inspiring my friend!! :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 21, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 145.0

Good morning ladies!  No sweets left in the house except for the vanilla ice cream which was bought for our guests last weekend.  And I'm not a fan of vanilla - too boring on its own.  

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo and jump rope
  • weights, abs, leg exercises with ankle weights
  • 30 mins exercise bike

(I've really slacked off with stretching and need to get back to it.  My calves are especially tight.)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge, raisins & almonds, 5g sugar, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 294
  • L:  2 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice low fat cheese, 2 bread, fat free yoghurt - 276
  • S:  medium banana - 85
  • D:  veggie chili, rice, salad - 460
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate with splash of milk, melba toast (I was hungry!) - 123

Oops, forgot the total!  TOTAL:  1258

Lots of black tea with lemon, herbal teas

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

Just42day on 09/21/2011:
Great day for you and nice job w/your exercise!


tangalyn on 09/21/2011:
workout and food looks great.. hope u have a god day!


getmebackto150 on 09/21/2011:
meal plan looks great!!! Phew for getting all the junk out of the house!!! Have a great day!!


glycrina on 09/21/2011:
ROCK ON! Calories and exercise look right on track. It must feel good!


moogy on 09/21/2011:
Nice menu and calories and exercise. Looking good grannyannie:) Good to only have acceptable foods in the house, I only have 85% dark choc and even if I wanted to eat more one square is all I can manage, it is so bitter, but stops the urge for snacks and chocolate. Magical stuff!!


getmebackto150 on 09/21/2011:
I've heard that the UK has a lot more variety... Ours is getting a bit better, but you mostly have to go to a specialty foods store, the regular supermarkets have only a couple things... Its REALLY expensive here though... About $6.00 per package... How much does Quorn cost there? I really LOVE it:)


V on 09/21/2011:
I am so proud of you for getting all the offending/tempting items out!! Bravo :)


suziemom on 09/21/2011:
You're amazing.



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 20, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 145.0

Good morning, ladies!  

Feeling incredibly guilty!  We rarely have junk food in the house (unless we have guests).  However, a friend in the US asked if someone would ship her some British biscuits (cookies) and I volunteered.  So I bought her 8 packets of the 3 types she wanted as well as a big bag of individual packets of Cadbury chocolate buttons for her daughter.  When I took them to the post office they said it would cost £36!  So I took out 5 packets and shipped her 3 which cost nearly £10.  This meant there were 5 packets of biscuits and the chocolate buttons in my house!  A dangerous thing!   

I've been doing well just having an occasional packet of the 75 calorie chocolate buttons as part of my evening treat.  Also keep the 98 calories baked crisps in individual packets for an afternoon or evening treat as part of my daily calorie count.  

Yesterday I had a strong desire for chocolate in the afternoon and ate 2 packets of the buttons.  After dinner I had a strong desire for more of them.  Since my husband was visiting a relative in the city and wouldn't be back until later there was no one to raise an eyebrow and ask me if I really wanted to sabotage my hard fought for weight loss.    So I had 2 more packets of buttons, 2 Tunnocks chocolate wafers, and the last pack of baked crisps!!  I totalled up the damage and was about 750 calories over my daily allowance.  So I feel the need to make up for it by having about 1150 cals instead of close to 1300 for the next few days.  The rest of the Tunnocks and other biscuits are in the rubbish bin.  

On a good note, yesterday I tried on another pair of trousers that have been too small for me for years and they fit!  

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo and jump rope
  • exercise bike - at least an hour, maybe more

Menu:

  • B:  porridge, raisins & almonds, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 274
  • L:  1 egg and 2 slices turkey bacon on 2 slices bread; fat free yoghurt - 294
  • S:  clementine, cherries - 103
  • D:  veggie chili, rice, salad, iced tea - 460
  • S:  none, nada, zip

TOTAL:  1131

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/20/2011:
Oh, dear!


V on 09/20/2011:
I am so sorry for the cookie and button fiasco..If the temptation gets to be a bit much give some of them to a friend/neighbor.. What are buttons anyways??


V on 09/20/2011:
Thank you!! I am just happy I found a workout that I truly enjoy :) It does make a world of difference!!


~WI~ on 09/20/2011:
YEP..that is exactly what happens when I have trigger foods in the house LOL I think it is kind of good to know what we can't be around, it's like having another piece of the puzzle and the picture is clearer. Have a great day!


getmebackto150 on 09/20/2011:
Junk food in the house is definitely a recipe for disaster... I'm the same way:( Moving on and doing well today and forward is definitley the best thing... If you make it a one time slip it will not affect your progress... Maybe you have a friend close by you can give the rest to? I know after I've had a binge like that I need to get the culprit out of the house ASAP!!! Have a great day:)


liza36 on 09/20/2011:
It's good the rest is in the trash. That's what I would have to do too. At least you kept track, and continued to exercise, and will be moderate for a few days in your calories. Great way to get back on track.


biscottibody59 on 09/20/2011:
These things happen--hope you've gotten back in the groove today!


thinkpositive on 09/20/2011:
I know what it's like. The other night my husband offered me a ginger cookie to go with a cup of decaf coffee & I it turned out that he had the cookies hidden away & that was the last of them. He knows me well!


moogy on 09/20/2011:
We can only get 200g pkts of chocolate buttons. So not a good idea to buy them as I would eat them all in one sitting. Mind you even if they where in small pks I would probably eat them all as well. Can't resist chocolate!! I wonder why buttons are so delicious, maybe the way they just fit between the tongue and the roof of one's mouth!! LOL Well done with throwing out the biscuits, better in the bin than on your thighs!!:)



grannyannie - Monday Sep 19, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 145.0

Good day, ladies!  

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Maya Angelou

Workout:
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • weights, abs, floor exercises with ankle weights
  • 30 mins exercise bike
Menu:
  • B:  porridge, raisins & almonds, skimmed milk, tea with milk, V8 - 304
  • L:  1 egg, 2 slices turkey bacon on 2 slices bread, fat free yoghurt - 294
  • S:  clementine, strawberries & cherries - 90
  • D:  veggie curry, rice, salad, drink - 476
  • S:  packet of baked crisps - 98
TOTAL:  1262
 
OMG!  I was overcome with a strong desire for chocolate.  So I had two wee packets of Cadbury Buttons, 75 cals each.  

New Total for today:  1396!  

My first cuppa tea in the morning has skimmed milk (the way I like it best), and the rest of the day is black tea with lemon and in the evenings herbal teas like chamomile, fennel & nettle, green tea.

I've cut way down on using Splenda and anything with artificial sweeterners in it.  Recently cut out diet sodas as they make me hugely bloated and apparently artificial sweeteners do the same.  My fat free yoghurt has aspartame as the last ingredient listed, and I'm not cutting that out.  My hot chocolate mix has it so have cut down on that.  My orange/mango diluting drink has aspartame so I'm cutting that out.

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

KayBee on 09/19/2011:
Do you know why people started to put milk in the tea? :) Because in those times porcelain cups were really thin, and broke on contact with the hot tea. So they poured milk first, and then the tea... ;-)


KayBee on 09/19/2011:
How about Stevia? Or Xylitol?


hollybelle on 09/19/2011:
I use stevia, going to cut back on diet coke beginning today!


getmebackto150 on 09/19/2011:
agghhhh I hate the chocolate cravings!!!!! Hope you have a great day!!


V on 09/19/2011:
Love Maya!! You are doing such a wonderful job Annie :)


KayBee on 09/19/2011:
stevia is not artificial, it's a plant, 100% natural. :)


Umpqua on 09/19/2011:
I know what you mean about the chocolate cravings. You are doing great, keep up the excellent work!


biscottibody59 on 09/19/2011:
:-) What a trip it would've been to make your dinner party:-)

Good for you cutting back the sweeteners. (I'll try to update my experience with aspartame in your forum entry at some point.)

Enjoy your week!


liza36 on 09/19/2011:
Cutting back on the artificial sweetners is a good idea. Good luck with that.


nomoreforme on 09/19/2011:
Have you tried Pukka herbal teas? I love them, have 8 flavours on the go at the moment. They sell them in Tesco and Sainsburys.



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 18, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 145.0

Hello ladies!  

Had my dinner party last night and ate too much and drank too much wine.  Didn't get to bed until 2am.  Zero energy today.  But I enjoyed it and back to more healthy eating today.  Might get on my exercise bike later.  

Menu:

B:  porridge, strawberries, V8, skimmed milk tea with milk - 285

L:  2 medium eggs fried in spray, 2 slices bread, fat free yoghurt - 311

S:  clementine, strawberries, cherries - 90

D:  Leftovers - chicken breast, veggie curry, rice, salad, drink - 476

S:  Packet of baked crisps - 98

TOTAL:  1260 cals.

 

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 09/18/2011:
Sounds like a nice party. No need for regrets!! You are doing so well- celebrations are necessary!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/18/2011:
WOW you are one healthy lady! What a lovely, lovely menu up there. only thing, i personally hate V8. I don't think i'll ever like it. :-( It is very healthy. good for you. and lunch, delightful! i find that yogurt certainly helps a person feel full when you add it to your meals! nicely done.


hollybelle on 09/18/2011:
Yay for good party! Great menu above. Reminds me - I need to get some clementines or oranges soon.


Maria7 on 09/18/2011:
Menu for today looks good. I like fruits and veggies, too. :-) Good idea on the exercise bike.


moogy on 09/18/2011:
I am glad you had a good time, we all need to throw caution to the wind now and again. It is what we do most of the time that really has an affect on our health and weight. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week grannnyannie:)


V on 09/18/2011:
Sounds like a good party to me :) I am glad you had fun!!!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 17, 2011
(Simply healthy eating - low fat - high fibre)
Weight: 145.0

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


Workout:
  • 45 mins tae bo jump rope
  • weights and floor exercises with ankle weights
  • ab crunches
Menu:
  • B:  porridge, strawberries, skimmed milk, tea with milk - 269
  • L:  2 veggie sausages with mustard on 2 slices bread, clementine, fat free yoghurt - 381

Guests for dinner - menu:

  • Starter:  raw veggies & hummous, poppadams & mango chutney
  • Main:  marinated chicken breast & curry sauce, basmati rice, veggie curry, naan bread
  • Afters:  ice cream with fresh strawberries and cherries, low fat whipped cream, biscuits
  • Coffee/cappuccino/tea, lots of wine

Total calories for today - haven't a clue!

 

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

nomoreforme on 09/17/2011:
Have a great evening, the food sounds delicious. I'm treating myself to a curry tonight too!



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