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grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 06, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good day ladies!  Not a good girl today but I don't feel any (well, maybe only a wee bit) guilt.  I had errands to run in town this morning, and then got my hair cut and styled.  

Stopped at the bakery to pick up snacks for when our next door neighbours came over for tea and a chat.  I bought a christmas loaf which is fruitcake with icing, a few cookies and 2 small mince pies.  I've never liked fruitcake but assumed my neighbours did, so thought I was safe from too much temptation. Well, the neighbours took the other snacks and didn't touch the fruitcake.  I decided to taste it and found it was pretty good. Very rich! Actually too rich.

As is traditional here, our guests brought us some goodies.  A box of Green & Blacks bite sized dark and milk chocolate in different flavours (66 cals each), a small box of chocolate covered cookies.  

The leftover fruitcake, the last mince pie, and the box of cookies are going to the political meeting my husband goes to on Saturday.  The box of chocolates are staying!  I can work in 66 cals here and there.  

So there was no time to workout and I just can't do it at night.  I weighed exactly 131 this morning and I don't think I can blame it on fluid loss this time.  

Menu:  (well, confession, actually, LOL)  

B:  porridge & tea

L:  pbj on toast, baked crisps and the 1 big chocolate cookie I bought at the bakery

S:  1 empire cookie (thick iced vanilla cookie), 1 big slice of iced fruitcake

D:  leftover broccoli rice, drink

S:  will try to get in some fruit tonight, might as well go all out have a glass of wine 

TOTAL:  your guess is as good as mine


Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/06/2011:
I often send the leftover goodies home with other people as well. It's nice your husband can get rid of the rest too. One measily 66 cal chocolate can certainly stay!

Kati on 12/06/2011:
lol, good idea taking the sweets to a political meeting. Those tend to be too serious, some happiness hormone will help them ease :D

Umpqua on 12/06/2011:
Wow, awesome job with your weight! I love those little chocolates, I'm sure you'll be fine as long as you portion them out. Have a good one!

moogy on 12/06/2011:
I am looking for the silver lining, that fruit cake probably has at least two serves of fruit in it?????? Looks like the scale is showing a big jump down grannyannie, maybe you should enjoy a few treats and not feel guilty! Those chocolates sound perfect.:)

Maria7 on 12/06/2011:
How much better does it get????? I NEVER heard of fruitcake with icing...good thing we don't have that around here...it would simply be over the top, too much temptation for me! :-)

just42day on 12/06/2011:
Those 66 calories are well worth it. Love, love, love dark chocolate! :)

V on 12/06/2011:
Well it is not like you partake in goodies everyday..Everyone has their food/drinks that we ADORE..No harm, no foul :) Have a good evening my friend!!

grannyannie - Monday Dec 05, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning ladies!  Getting really annoyed with feeling better, feeling worse....   Pretty good today, not quite 100%.  Probably stress.  Always stress involved with a trip even though I'm looking forward to it.  

This time I started my workout with the weights and toning exercises, then 20 mins on the bike.  Did fine.   

Had some of that white stuff today.


B:  porridge & tea

L:  pbj on toast, bake crisps, yogurt

S:  clementine, grapes

D:  leftover pumpkin curry & broccoli rice, salad, drink

S:  hot chocolate, melba or dried apricots

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1349

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 12/05/2011:
Beautiful photos!

You are like me. I start packing way in advance for vacations! I cant imagine how early I would start packing if I was traveling to another country for an extended period of time. At least you know it will be cold there and will only have to pack things to keep you warm. I live in an area where its freezing one day and hot the next. How to pack for a place like that? lol

Looks like you're doing great with maintaining. Keep up the determination!

If you dont feel well in the next couple of days, see a doc!! You dont want your illness to get worse while traveling abroad!!

sweetpea1977 on 12/05/2011:
A thought just popped into my head....how much would it cost to ship some of your clothes back? Would it be cheaper than flying a second bag of luggage on an overseas plane? This is something to think about, especially if you end up going a little crazy shopping for goal weight clothes. I'd recommend doing some research, just in case! ;-)

sweetpea1977 on 12/05/2011:
oh, ok! I bet you're excited to on an shopping spree here! I know I will be once I get to goal!

moogy on 12/05/2011:
Winter sure starts early up there grannyannie! Does look beautiful though. I remember how excited I felt as a child when I saw the first snow of the season. Or, even better to wake on Christmas morning to find that it had snowed hard and we went out in out nighties and housecoats with wellies and marked our territory, got a good snowman in before breakfast!! LOL

V on 12/05/2011:
Your pics are making me very excited :) I can't wait to shovel some snow!!! Great that you are feeling better my friend!! Have a good one!!

Maria7 on 12/05/2011:
Hey there! I just showed my Hubby your beautiful from your front porch photos and told him about you over there in Scotland. Isn't the internet cool? So easy to meet nice people who live in other countries and communicate. Hope you are soon 100% feeling better again! :-D

Just42day on 12/05/2011:
Sure hope you get to feeling better -all the time, not just part-time. Fabulous exercise - particularly considering you're not feeling great!

biscottibody59 on 12/06/2011:
We've flirted with some flurries here--temps not below freezing, so of no consequence!

You're really doing a fine job staying on the ball (extra loss--yeah!) with it all. Hope you get some relaxation if that's what it takes to feel better before your trip. Take good care of yourself!

thinkpositive on 12/06/2011:
Beautiful pictures. It won't be long before we leave for the US!! Hope you are 100% by then.

liza36 on 12/06/2011:
The white stuff looks so lovely and picturesque!

grannyannie - Sunday Dec 04, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good day girls!  Hope everyone is having a good weekend.  

Feeling really low on energy, still have that annoying cough.  Planned to do my weights today but I'll wait and see how I feel later.  I felt I was pushing it yesterday with my workout.   I guess I can at least dust and hoover the living room while hubby is away in town swimming.  

Having our neighbours over for tea and a chat on Tuesday.  This usually means biscuits and cakes, but I know they like fruitcake (I hate it!) so I'll get some of that and maybe some light biscuits.  


B:  porridge & tea

L:  2 eggs, polenta, yogurt

S:  satsuma, clementine

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  latte, baked crisps

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1344




Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 12/04/2011:
Oh, I LOVE fruitcake but then I grew up eating it during holidays and that may make the difference. Sounds like it will be a fun time on Tuesday. :-D

V on 12/04/2011:
I was so hoping that your condition improved :( I am hoping by tomorrow, you will feel 100% :) Take care

grannyannie - Saturday Dec 03, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning lovely ladies!   I'm not quite 100% yet but very close.  Although it's 10 days till we leave for the US I've already got my suitcase down from the loft and will start packing.  I'll be buying new jeans, cords, some black dress trousers while I'm there, so I won't be packing a lot since all my jeans are loose on me.  

132.6 this morning.  Practising saying 'no thanks, I'm full' in preparation for the upcoming trip.  

About to do my workout soon:

  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • bike for undetermined time


B:  porridge and tea

L: 2 eggs, polenta fried in oil, yogurt

S:  2 satsumas (really wanted some choccie, so had a bite size Cadbury - 55 cals)

D:  veg curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  hot choc, packet of baked crisps

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1329  1384

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 12/03/2011:
You have done so well!

hollybelle on 12/03/2011:
I am a little under your starting weight right now and I'd love to be at your current weight. We are about the same age (I am 57)....it makes me think I can do it. The lowest I have been in years is 148-145?? My heighest was around 175. It makes me think maybe I can do it.

V on 12/03/2011:
I am sure you are getting pretty excited about your trip :) Practice makes perfect Annie :) have a good day!!

Maria7 on 12/03/2011:
Always fun to be getting ready in anticipation of a nice trip. Also your shopping for smaller clothes should be fun! :-D

Just42day on 12/03/2011:
You're doing great! Loose jeans must feel wonderful! Good for you!

grannyannie - Friday Dec 02, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good day girls!  This scale is wacko!  Yesterday morning it said 131. 2 and this morning it said 134.something.  I know it's water fluctutations especially with drinking extra fluids and taking decongestants, but still......

Hope you all are doing well.  I always appreciate your comments!  

Still dreich outdoors so here's a photo of a pretty day from my front porch.  I edited the photo to look like a painting

First full workout in a week due to this stupid cold!  Cough is lingering but getting better.  
  • 45 mins cardio
  • weights
  • lower body toning
  • abs
Menu - keeping the cals down until we leave on the 13th.  

B:  porridge & tea
L:  2 eggs, polenta fried in oil, 1 satsuma
S:  1/2 pomegranate, grapes
D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
S:  melba toast or dried apricots, hot choc

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1308 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 12/02/2011:
Oh, WOW, that BEAUTIFUL!!! What a gorgeous front porch view you have...do you live in a waterfront condominium? Don't be discouraged...it could merely be sodium retention...which takes about 3 days sometimes to go away...drinking lots of water and staying away from high sodium products usually helps me. Hope you have a good day. :-)

Umpqua on 12/02/2011:
Great exercise and food plan! I wouldn't worry about the fluctuations, you're doing great.

Tangalyn~ on 12/02/2011:
todays plan looks good, hope u have a fantastic day!! :D

V on 12/02/2011:
You are so creative :) I am sure your system is a bit out of wack from being sick so I am hoping you are not stressing about this! Have a good evening Annie <3

Just42day on 12/02/2011:
Beautiful pic! I'm so envious of the view you get to enjoy daily!

grannyannie - Thursday Dec 01, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good day girls!  Thanks for all your comments on my photos and your support!

Feeling okay, just that lingering cough.  Been in the city all day shopping.  Very frustrating.  I wanted some corduroy trousers - one size was too small, the next bigger size was too big!  I did find a different type of trouser similar to what my hubby just bought himself - water repellant with fleece lining for wearing on the plane and for going for walks in the cold in Michigan.  

I'm going to wait to buy jeans, corduroys and some other trousers when we go to Michigan.  It's a lot cheaper anyway with the exchange rate. 

We wandered through a German style street market before leaving the city and I wasn't even tempted to buy any of the cakes, or sweets.  

I guess my workout was lots of walking including up a few hills.  

I didn't do great on the food but I guess I won't stress about it as the scale said 131.2 this morning.  

B:  Porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk

S:  Stopped for a cuppa tea but somehow ended up getting a bacon roll (buttered roll with meaty bacon).  I didn't check the calories on it first and totally underestimated!  It was 542 cals!  

L:  Sweet chilli noodles and chicken breast - 546 cals  Pint of beer:  185

D:  small bowl of pumpkin soup, toast with pbj, grapes, drink

S:  2 chocolates (yea, like I needed those!) 110 cals

TOTAL:  2156




Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

lolla on 12/01/2011:
I love the pictures too!!! What a wonderful place! Thanks!

liza36 on 12/01/2011:
It is frustrating to be inbetween sizes. Hopefully you will find some things in Michigan that will fit. Nice job on resisting the sweets!

Umpqua on 12/01/2011:
I bet that bacon roll was super yummy, I like anything bacon! Don't even get me started on the pants sizes, I have so much trouble finding things that fit well and look good, and my short height makes it that much more difficult. I hope you'll have better luck in the States - maybe a petite shop? I usually end up buying petites or juniors so they're not up to my neck!

legcramps on 12/01/2011:
Good job resisting the German style street market! I would have been all over that! Guess that's why I haven't reached my goal ;)

Umpqua on 12/01/2011:
Ah, you've got almost 3 inches on me. I forget not everyone is a shorty ;)

Maria7 on 12/01/2011:
Wow you are BELOW your goal! Congratulations! :-D

FoodAddict on 12/01/2011:
Thanks for explaining what a major is - it's appreciated :)Hope you get completely well soon <3

moogy on 12/01/2011:
I found it interesting about the exchange rates, our dollar is worth slightly more than the American dollar and has been for several months, a sure sign that their finances are not getting any better. Not that I want our dollar to be worth less but it would be good if it helped the American dollar which in turn helps other economies. You will probably have more choice in the US anyway grannyannie! Sorry you don't want to swop, maybe I could come and visit, that's another option. As I was born in England, I have dual citizenship:) Ha!

moogy on 12/01/2011:
Oh, and of course, now I am yearning for a bacon butty!!! Hoping that won't stay with me all day:) LOL

V on 12/01/2011:
You are welcome my friend!! I hope you had a wonderful evening :)

Just42day on 12/02/2011:
Great job warding off the treats!

grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 30, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good day, ladies!  Slept a lot better last night but still lots of coughing during the night.  So tired of whining!  Thanks for all your good wishes!  

My philosophy and a quick reply when someone tries to push me to eat something I shouldn't (over the holidays): The 5 or 10 minutes of pleasure I'd get from eating (something fatty, sugary, high cal) isn't nearly as good as the pleasure I get from being this size for 24 hours a day.  

Happy St. Andrews Day to all Scots!  

Will do some weights this afternoon but won't push myself too much.  I don't think ab crunches or glute lifts will be too draining.   

(Did 3 sets of everything instead of the usual 4 - no problem.  Tomorrow back to cardio!)

Liza wanted more photos of where I live, so here's two from today taken from my front porch.  In Scotland this type of day is called 'dreich' (dreary).  


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

L:  pbj on toast, yogurt, packet of baked crisps

S:  fresh pineapple, orange

D:  veggie chili, rice, salad, drink

S:  packet of rice cakes, hot chocolate

Lots of lemon tea, herbal tea, water

TOTAL:  1442

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/30/2011:
Wowwwww!!! What a very beautiful view!!! :-D Also...good answer above about the holiday extra treats when you don't want them. Hope you have a good day today. :-D

getmebackto150 on 11/30/2011:
Great philosophy... I MUST remember it!! Glad to hear you are starting to feel better... Take it easy with the weights today!

sweetpea1977 on 11/30/2011:
Annie, you are so inspirational. We are all so fortunate that you have joined this site!!!

Beautiful photos as usual. I wish I had that view to wake up to every morning! :)

Umpqua on 11/30/2011:
You are a huge inspiration Annie! And I love the pics, your weather always reminds me of Oregon winters :)

legcramps on 11/30/2011:
Ah, even the 'dreich' day looks lovely! Love the little sail/fishing boat in the first picture. Happy St. Andrews Day!

glycrina on 11/30/2011:
congratulations on doing so well over the Holidays. I use the broken record method for saying no to sweats. I just say "thanks but I am good" and repeat that until they give up and go away.

~WI~ on 11/30/2011:
Like the food pusher answer :) Are you so excited your trip is almost here?? How cool!

FoodAddict on 11/30/2011:
Thanks for the welcome :)

moogy on 11/30/2011:
Looks like heaven to me, lots of rain, fog and dreitch days would be heaven to me. I will swop you my bright, hot sunny days anytime!! Up for a swop?

moogy on 11/30/2011:
Oh, and happy St. Andrews Day!!

V on 11/30/2011:
Happy St. Andrews Day Annie!!! What a wonderful view from your porch :) You have a brilliant plan in place and i am sure that you will stick to it because YOU ROCK!! Have a stellar day my friend!!

Just42day on 12/01/2011:
Thanks for sharing the pics! Your dreary days still look pretty darn nice!

liza36 on 12/01/2011:
I love the pictures, even on a dreary day!! Thanks for posting.

grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 29, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning, girls!  Just got out of bed and it's after 11.  Was hopeful I'd feel much better today and I probably would if I hadn't coughed all night (drainage, not chest cold)!    I have no idea if I'll feel up to some doing weights or floor exercises later.  But I'll take it easy if body says no.  

For something positive I'll try to remember to put something I'm grateful for in my blog every day.  

I'm grateful for a loving husband who spoils me rotten.  

Two weeks from today we fly to Michigan and will get some hugs from granddaughters!  

Menu plan which may change:

B:  porridge & tea

L:  pbj toast, yogurt, skimmed milk

S:  large orange, pineapple

D:  pumpkin soup, homemade bread with lite spread, salad, drink

S:  2 squares of chocolate, clementine

Gallons of tea with lemon, other teas, water, dilute juice - ack I'm drowning in this stuff!  

TOTAL:  1362

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/29/2011:
Get well soon! I'm excited for your trip back home, I'm sure you can't wait :-)

liza36 on 11/29/2011:
Hugs are the best and something to look forward to! Hope you feel better soon, especially before your trip. Definitely don't overdo it on exercise, it's good you will listen to your body.

V on 11/29/2011:
If you are not feeling any better maybe a trip to the Doc might be a good idea but it does sound like it is clearing up..I hope your day gets better :)

getmebackto150 on 11/29/2011:
Sorry you are still not feeling well... Sending thoughts of speedy recovery your way!!!!!

legcramps on 11/29/2011:
I hope you are feeling better soon... I miss seeing your pictures of where you live! I would like you to post more of those ;) so that I can pretend that I live there!!

Maria7 on 11/29/2011:
Sounds like you are having a good day...looking forward to visiting with your family. Take good care of yourself...hope you feel well today. :-)

~WI~ on 11/29/2011:
Hope you are feeling better soon! A nice hot soak in a tub and a good book sound lovely to me!

moogy on 11/29/2011:
You poor thing, coughing through the night is no laughing matter. I always have to wear a poise pad nowadays, another joy of getting older!!!! I hate the sun, really hate it, unless it is a very cold winter's day, I don't go out in it. I have to take vitamin d tablets because a am such a hermit. I tend to hibernate during the summer, in the dark, wishing it would go away. It is a bit like snow, lovely if you are on holiday, but horrible to actually live in!!

biscottibody59 on 11/29/2011:
Hope you continue to improve and the cough doesn't linger much longer for ya'!

BTW, to your comment about oats--you might want to try some ground flaxseed with your oats--tasty. Also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. I buy pre-ground for convenience and keep it refrigerated.

grannyannie - Monday Nov 28, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good day girls!  Thanks for your tips and good vibes!  Feeling a lot better today after lazing around all day yesterday.  Still slight sore throat, slighty runny nose and cough, and just general yucky feeling.     

A bit too much comfort yesterday with chocolate, whisky and honey.  Nearly 1800 cals on a day of zero exercise of any kind.   Oh well....

Taking it easy today but plan to try a low intensity workout on my exercise bike (20 mins). Following this I'll have a nice soak in a hot bath.  (feeling much better after this!)

Hoping everyone else is well and stays that way!


B:  porridge & tea

L:  tuna sandwich, yogurt, baked crisps

S:  1 orange, 2 clementines

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  dried apricots or prunes

Massive quantities of tea with lemon, dilute juice or water

TOTAL:  1534

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/28/2011:
I had this experience with roasted sweet potatoes :( ... I don't need chocolates to binge :( I binge on soups easily! Or on fruits. Doesn't matter, my stomach is like a huge black hole.

Maria7 on 11/28/2011:
Try not to overdo...hope you feel better. :-)

Kati on 11/28/2011:
Well, salt, sugar and fat are the most addictive, experts say. I don't have the slightest idea why my body works and reacts so on the contrary. But my cravings are for carbs normally, and carbs trigger binges - apparently, ANY carbs. Veggies are carbs also. And it seems to be more complicated in winter, when it's too cold. I crave hot meals rich in carbs. Maybe to heat up this 30-year-old engine! :)

biscottibody59 on 11/28/2011:
Glad your cold is improving--hope you're back to 100% soon! Take care!

Umpqua on 11/28/2011:
I'm glad you are on the mend, take care!

liza36 on 11/28/2011:
Congratulations on getting to goal!! That's fantastic. I'm sorry you are experiencing your goal weight by being sick, but hopefully it will pass soon.

moogy on 11/28/2011:
I have found that a long soak in a hot deep bath in the cure for many of life's ills. I prescribe one a day for you grannyannie:)

Just42day on 11/28/2011:
Thanks for your kind words. Hope you're feeling better soon!

V on 11/28/2011:
Good news that you are feeling a little better :) I am sure you will be 100% before your trip to the states :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/28/2011:
it does make sense to get hungry around 3 hours-4 hours after breakfast. i surely did today...the extra protein did help but still i was STARVING mid morning. i hate how my boss doensn't really let us snack. :-(

grannyannie - Sunday Nov 27, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Ugh!!  Thought I had successfully fought the cold or whatever it is and was feeling okay until after dinner.  Then the sore throat again, then a cough.  Had a lot of trouble sleeping last night between having trouble swallowing and the sound of gale force winds outside.    Staying in bed for now with my netbook, tv, a book to read (not all at the same time!), a pot of tea with lemon, dilute juice.  Glad I have such a pretty view out of the big windows. Could barely whisper this morning when I woke up and can barely do so now.   

No workout today!  Hub has gone into town to church and swimming and said he'll buy me a chocolate treat.  

Feeling stressed because I fly in 2 weeks 2 days and just can NOT be ill!  

I feel confident I'll be able to deal with the higher calories, just in a period of adjustment now.  When I come back from the US I'll figure out what my maintenance calories are.  


B:  porridge & tea

L:  pbj sandwich, yogurt, 3 or 4 clementines

S:  chocolate, whisky, honey (not mixed!)  LOL.  

D:  curry & rice, salad,drink pumpkin soup, toast, salad, drink

S:  TBD (probably baked crisps)

Massive quantities of tea with lemon, dilute juice

TOTAL:  under 1600 about 1700


Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 11/27/2011:
Yes stay in bed & take care of yourself. Whatever you have will be gone by then I'm sure! Think positive! I'm counting down the days as well!

biscottibody59 on 11/27/2011:
Get plenty of rest and eat well--hope you get to feeling better soon!

Maria7 on 11/27/2011:
Hopefully you will be feeling MUCH better before flying time. Chocolate bar ought to help some...don't forget chicken broth or chicken noodle soup...my Hubby is a firm believer in having that to help with colds, etc. Get some rest. :-)

hollybelle on 11/27/2011:
Just take care of yourself for now. Take in lots of fluids - like Maria said - chicken soup, tea with lemon is good. The tea has tanic acid (spelling?) and kills bacteria. Plus the lemon does wonderous things and has vitamin C. Also if you can get some zinc tablets or lozenges with zinc that may help. If it persists check with you physician for strep. Strep does have a tendency to appear to go away and then come back (but so do colds). Don't wait too long to check it out. That is what I usully do and then am sorry!

moogy on 11/27/2011:
Oh Oh, didn't quite dodge that one then grannyannie. You know the drill:) I am sending good vibes your way:)

V on 11/27/2011:
Oh no!! I am sure that you will be better for your flight!! Take care of yourself Annie <3

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