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grannyannie - Saturday Nov 26, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning girls!  I felt really drained yesterday morning so I bundled up in my chair with my netbook and remote for tv, lots of water, lots of tea with lemon.  After lunch I felt much better, still had extra fluids and by 4pm was able to do my weights and lower body toning. A bit of a sore throat when I awoke this morning, but much better now, still feeling just a bit 'yucky'.  Will do cardio today.  

I'm a bit, ok, a lot, afraid to raise my calories very much.  Ended up at 1560 yesterday and will be 1582 today.  My weight loss limits were usually under 1300.  I want to raise the calories slowly, but this morning I weighed 132.2 (probably just fluid loss).  Well, I'll be leavinig for the US in 16 days and then it's all based on my judgement.  

St. Columba, St. Margaret's Chapel (12th century), Edinburgh Castle, April 2011

Workout plans:

  • 30 - 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • 20 - 30 mins high/medium intensity


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

L:  tuna sandwich, yogurt

S:  fresh pineapple, pear, clementine (extra vitamin C!)

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink (haven't increased the portion size yet)

S:  decaf latte, last chocolate star (mmmm)

Lots of water and teas

TOTAL:  1582

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

V on 11/26/2011:
These things take time to sort it all out but I can TOTALLY relate.. Please try not to stress about this too much, I know it is scary but you will be just fine!!

biscottibody59 on 11/26/2011:
Congrats on reaching your goal--you're gonna have a great trip! Hope the cold doesn't take hold on you.

Keep on keepin' on--stay as healthy and injury-free as you can so you can keep going!

Umpqua on 11/26/2011:
Sorry you are feeling sick, but it sounds like you're taking good care of yourself. I also know how difficult the maintenance is. I agree with V not to stress about it and just see what feels right for your body. I had originally set a lower goal weight for myself and my body wanted to settle in the 123-128 range, so that's what I've been maintaining. I need a larger range like that since I fluctuate so much. Keep up the good work!

juztme on 11/26/2011:
Hope you feel better soon :-) And thank you much for your comment

Kati on 11/26/2011:
ohh I do have flat feet!!! But I use special insoles in my shoes to get a relief... Well, I hope you get better soon. Have some cozy hot tea and a good book, and to BED with you!

moogy on 11/26/2011:
Lovely stained glass window. Glad you seem to be fighting of those germs. Look after yourself:)

Maria7 on 11/26/2011:
Beautiful photo of stained glass with picture of Jesus. I hope you get to feeling better. Maybe some chicken noodle soup or just chicken broth might would help. :-)

hollybelle on 11/26/2011:
Good advice from others on the fear of calorie thing. What good will all the changes you have made do if you wind up being afraid of food? You will sort it out. When you come to U.S. where will you visit?

patt on 11/26/2011:
Congrats on reaching your goal. Hope you're feeling lots better.

grannyannie - Friday Nov 25, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning girls!  Thank you all so much for your congrats and encouragement!    I am 'dead chuffed' ('very pleased' in American English).    As I've said before this is the first time I've actually planned to maintain.  I will always count calories, at least when I'm able to (at home).   I will always workout, both cardio and weights, etc.  When I come back from my birthday trip in March I'll be joining the gym and I'm really looking forward to using the resistance equipment again.  Staying with DD will also keep me in line and motivated, so in 10 years I'll be telling you all about my 70th birthday trip!  

I feel like I'm catching a cold and have a slight sore throat and that yucky pre-cold feeling.  Maybe this is because I've been bragging about not having a cold/flu in 3 years?!  I'm hoping this will be the same thing I usually get - I feel like I'm coming down with a cold for a couple of days but it never turns into a full blown cold.  I want to get a flu injection before we go to the US as planes at this time of year are full of sick people.   If I fly when I have a cold my ears will be blocked up for weeks!  I don't want to be around all those babies and toddlers with a cold either.  

Today I plan to do my weights and lower body toning (which keeps getting longer and longer as I add more) but skip the cardio.  Plan to rest and drink even more fluids than usual.  

My husband brought me congratulatory chocolate yesterday  so that's 165 more delicious calories tacked on to yesterdays.  


B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea (I've become used to no honey/sugar/artificial sugar on my porridge)

L:  2 eggs, polenta fried in 1 tsp oil, yogurt

S:  banana, large orange

D:  pumpkin curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  sparkling juice, baked crisps

Lots or various teas, extra water with dilute orange/pineapple juice

TOTAL:  1490

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

Kati on 11/25/2011:
Counting calories is not fun, but exercise is!!! :) Happy Maintenance! :)

Umpqua on 11/25/2011:
Darnit, I miss all the exciting stuff. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You kick butt!!

moogy on 11/25/2011:
You should be chuffed. Yes, you should have kept your mouth shut, those bugs have ears and always dive for the one person they have missed. Stay warm and drink lovey:)

grannyannie - Thursday Nov 24, 2011
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 133.0

Good morning girls!  

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I've hit goal weight!  Woohoo!!!    My waist is 32" but I expect that to change as all this excess skin tightens up.  My fat% according to my 'super scale' has been averaging 23-24%.  As my muscles get bigger and bigger I expect to use different measurements other than pounds.  

Going into Glasgow next week to buy a couple of pairs of trousers.  All the trousers I saved to get into when I lost weight are too BIG!  I'll wait until I get to the US to buy jeans and some other trousers, oops, I mean pants in the US.  

Feeling a bit low on energy today so I'm taking a break.  I've been working out hard except for those 2 days in Glasgow last week.  

I plan to raise my calories to 1400-1500 until we leave for Michigan on the 13th.  


B:  porridge & tea

L:  2 eggs, polenta, yogurt, satsuma (forgot to count the 1tsp oil yesterday and today!)

D:  soup, homemade bread with pb, salad, drink

S:  hot choc & dried apricots or prunes

Lots of various teas and water

TOTAL:  1396  1438

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

sweetpea1977 on 11/24/2011:

Enjoy your break from exercise. You've been working really hard to reach goal before your big holiday trip, so you deserve a day of rest!

V on 11/24/2011:
Congratulations!! What a wonderful accomplishment!! You should be proud! What a shining example you are to DD, HURRAH <3

juztme on 11/24/2011:
Congratulations!!! I cannot wait til i can write that :-)

Maria7 on 11/24/2011:
Congratulations to you! :-D Love the photos of your homeland.

moogy on 11/24/2011:
Wonderful news grannyannie, congratulations!! You have worked hard to get there. NOW, maintenance, at least you have several girls here who are doing it and know the pitfalls. So happy for you:)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/24/2011:
trust me, you will definitely see difference in measurements with your current working out...as long as you continue! I have been working out and using weights for a long time and I have definitely seen good changes with my body. Happy Thanksgiving and congrats on meeting your goal weight! that is incredible! I hope you are enjoying the feeling of hitting goal! Stick with it and you will look even better as you continue to tone! I know you can succeed as long as you stick with it!

grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 23, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 134.6

Good morning, lovely ladies!  

Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow.  
Rainy day today so no power walk.  
A magnolia from our garden in April
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • weights
  • ab crunches
  • lower body toning
  • B: porridge & tea
  • L:  2 eggs, polenta, yogurt
  • S:  2 satsumas
  • D:  soup, toast & pb, salad, drink
  • S:  melba toast or dried apricots
  • Lots of teas and water
TOTAL:  1286

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/23/2011:
beautiful pic as always :))) Huh I don't really fancy "polenta" because my grandma was eating it all the time and I have bad memories... :( Dried apricots sound yummy, I LOVE THEM!!!! I talked about powerwalk to a colleague and she liked the idea so we may try it together on Sunday. :)

Umpqua on 11/23/2011:
Jealous of your magnolia tree. I really want one but there's no good place for it since they get huge. Well, there's a place out front but that's where the leeching field is for our septic so it's a bad idea to plant a huge tree there ;)

~WI~ on 11/23/2011:
I posted a message for you on your 3 week holiday post! Have a great day!

~WI~ on 11/23/2011:
Yes, first grandchild for me! So excited!

moogy on 11/23/2011:
Glad to read that you are doing well and as usual doing great with your exercise. I loved your video and you deserve a pat on the back, wonderful work grannyannnie:)

V on 11/23/2011:
Sorry to sound like a broken record BUT..I just love your garden and your pictures :) You have such a way of capturing the moment!! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!!

thinkpositive on 11/24/2011:
Great picture. Raining here right now too- one of those monsoon type rains & I'm glad that I'm inside. Happy Thanksgiving!

grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 134.6

Good day ladies!  I appreciate your comments.  

I've posted in the forum about my food plans for a 3 week visit to see my family over the holidays.  

The sun is shining and there are very few clouds.  It's about 8c/45F right now at 10.30, so chilly.  But this is cardio only day so will walk at least 4 miles.  Bringing my camera along and hoping it doesn't mess up my stride.  

On my walk this morning.  These shots are down our road.


B:  porridge & tea

L:  2 veg sausages on bread with mustard, yogurt

S:  2 satsumas

D:  homemade veggie/bean soup, toast with pb, salad, drink

S:  dried apricots & hot chocolate

Lots of teas, water

TOTAL:  1314

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/22/2011:
These pics are great - did you take them? The tall ship - do you know the namae of it? I went on a windjammer "cruise" back in the day on The Polynesia and it looks alot like this. It was so fun! We had a storm at sea that was "interesting" and made for a great story. Great idea taking camera on walk - love it! Have a good one. You are amazing, really!

liza36 on 11/22/2011:
You live in a really beautiful place. Being so close to water must seem tranquil.

I read your plan for when you visit your family, and it looks good. It's always good to have a plan, even if unforseen things come up.

Kati on 11/22/2011:
AAAAAAAAAAAAA Can I visit, Can I visit????? Beautiful pictures!!!! :-)))

V on 11/22/2011:
Brilliant plan and thanks for all of the beautiful picture:) Have a good one!!

biscottibody59 on 11/22/2011:
Wondering if during your trip you're going to be encountering family/friends who haven't seen you in your fabulous bod (and soul)? And their reaction could be--live it up--you can always lose the weight (again--egad!) later. Or something like that. And all you want is to enjoy it all (the trip, the experience and the loved ones) on your own terms. Ah, I'm just thinking out loud:-)

Have a good rest of the day girlie!

legcramps on 11/22/2011:
Those pics look like postcards! If you took them, you should be a professional! Lovely!

You live in such a beautiful area; your walks must feel so peaceful! Hope you have a wonderful day today :)

hollybelle on 11/22/2011:
Pictures (especially the first one)leaves me homesick - and I've never been to Scotland!

Umpqua on 11/22/2011:
Those pictures are just stunning as usual!!

sweetpea1977 on 11/22/2011:
beautiful scenery!

Your plan for your stay in the USA sounds like a fantastic one!

grannyannie - Monday Nov 21, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 134.6

Good day girls!  Hope everyone is doing well.  

I was busy this morning!  Hubby is doing his good deed and went into Glasgow to help out his elderly uncle.  So I cleaned the bathrooms, washed the kitchen floor, threw in a load of laundry, and then did my workout.  


  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • weights
  • lower body toning - added a couple more
  • ab crunches


B:  porridge & tea

L:  2 veg sausages on bread with mustard, yogurt

S:  2 satsumas

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  melba toast or prunes or dried apricots, sparkling juice

TOTAL:  1314

Have a nice quiet afternoon planned and will finish the book about Eleanor Roosevelt.  

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/21/2011:
Enjoy the rest of your day! Have a good week too!

liza36 on 11/21/2011:
I'm glad you had a nice time in Glasgow. I liked your comments about the full length mirror. I try to avoid mirrors - it's not a pretty sight! Your realization about seeing yourself at this size and the reward of that is very inspiring to me. That's one thing I hope to gain sooner or later.

V on 11/21/2011:
How did you know sunflowers are my fave <3 You shouldn't have, but I'm glad you did ;) Enjoy your quiet day of reading!!

Umpqua on 11/21/2011:
It sounds like you had a wonderful trip to Glasgow and yay for the bra shopping! I also love your entry about seeing yourself in the full length mirror. What a wonderful accomplishment and what a great place to be both mentally and physically. I hope you have a great day!

sweetpea1977 on 11/21/2011:
Glad you had a great trip!! Your entry about seeing yourself in the mirror is wonderful. Im so proud of you!!

Enjoy your day!

~WI~ on 11/21/2011:
Cleaning TWO bathrooms and then doing that workout!WOO HOO look at you go!

legcramps on 11/21/2011:
Great workout! Have a lovely day :)

grannyannie - Sunday Nov 20, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 134.8

Happy Sunday, girls!  

When we were in the hotel in Glasgow I caught sight of myself in the full length mirror and it occurred to me that seeing myself this size is a lot more satisfying than the pleasure I get eating lots of fatty, sugary foods.  And I don't mind anymore that our big bedroom wardrobe doors are all mirrors.  I don't have to try avoid seeing myself in them any more!  

Power walked 4 miles this morning.  The last mile or so one of my quads started to ache and feel tight. I didn't stretch after my weights and lower body toning yesterday.  I did a lot of squats which I'm sure is the reason for the pain today.  No excuse as I have a sign up the room which says S.T.R.E.T.C.H. 

Tall Ships Races, Greenock, July 2011


B:  porridge & tea

L:  veggie soup, melba toast, pb, yogurt

S:  grapes, satsuma

D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink

S:  dried apricots or prunes or melba toast

Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1299

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/20/2011:
Nice realization--one that can really keep you going!

patt on 11/20/2011:
I love swimming, but the idea of changing clothes in a locker room hinders me. Much too cold here to come home in a wet suit. But I am slowly progressing.

V on 11/20/2011:
What a wonderful feeling right!! Rock on Annie :) Have a good day/evening

thinkpositive on 11/21/2011:
I guess these are the things that keep us motivated. You have good reason to feel good about yourself- great job- you've worked hard to get that feeling. Love the picture.

grannyannie - Saturday Nov 19, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 135.2

Good day, girls!
Had a nice couple of days in Glasgow - even with the rain - at least it wasn't cold.  I didn't see any reason to lug my camera around, so no photos.  Glasgow is just an hour and a half away but for an evening concert and leisurely time there, an overnight stay is the only way (ferry timetables).  Nice concert. Had between 2300 - 2400 calories Thursday.  Friday I couldn't even guess but probably about the same.  Oink. I was proud of myself for choosing tea and a banana instead of a cappuccino and chocolate muffin at the museum!
Friday after a breakfast of pancakes & bacon (British bacon - more meat than fat) we went to a museum we really enjoy.  We were surprised to see a small group of 6 or 7, the centre of which was Kofi Annan (for those who don't know - the former Secretary General of the UN).  One of the guides told us that Dr Annan was very surprised that entry to the museums here are free.  
After some really frustrating bra shopping I finally had a clerk measure and fit me.  I've been wearing the wrong size for years!  I bought a 32FF.  The clerk noticed all my extra skin and said after it tightens up my bra size will change again and recommended I only buy one bra for now.  
I was 134.6 on Thursday morning when we left for Glasgow, was 135.2 this morning.  
Cupboards and fridge were bare, so had to shop before working out.  I try to avoid Saturday grocery shopping, but I'm stuck.  
  • power walk 4 miles unless it's raining - if so, 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
  • free weights
  • abs
  • lower body toning
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea with milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on 1 slice bread & mustard, yogurt
  • S:  2 satsumas
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  hot chocolate, baked crisps
  • Lots of teas and water
TOTAL:  1292

Progress as of today: 31.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/19/2011:
Still it looks like you made pretty good choices on your trip! It really pays to get a professional bra fitting.

Enjoy your weekend!

patt on 11/19/2011:
You asked about walking. I can't walk much, but when I can I do, even a bit of power walking - depending on the pain.

It won't be long 'til you are at goal. You are an inspiration.

V on 11/19/2011:
Annie I am still in the dark as far as my true bra size?? FYI you received some very valuable advice as far as not buying more than one bra right now.. According to my last measurement at "Victoria's Secrets" I am a 32C... Well now my cup is wayyy too big for "the twins" :( hahaha Have a good one!

grannyannie - Thursday Nov 17, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 134.6

Good day girls!  Guess that was a blip on the scale yesterday as it's back to 134.6 today.  Must have been extra dehyrated.  No prob!

Got my overnight bag packed.  Heading out the door soon to go to Glasgow.  Already listed my planned menu for today.  

Thanks for the compliments on my photos!

Have a great day!!  

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

V on 11/17/2011:
Have a wonderful trip Annie!!

legcramps on 11/17/2011:
Have a great trip - and a safe one!

liza36 on 11/17/2011:
Enjoy your time in Glasgow. I'll look forward to pictures. Your pre-planning of meals is a great strategy.

biscottibody59 on 11/17/2011:
Thanks for the phone info! Hope you had a good trip!

~WI~ on 11/17/2011:
Hope you had a wonderful trip!

grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
(Low cal - low fat - cardio - weights)
Weight: 133.4

Good day ladies!  Shaking things up with varying my workouts and calories is a fabulous maneuver! Got 0.4 pounds more to go!  WOOHOO. Although the scale I had been using all along would say I had another 1.4. No biggie!  

About to do my weights and lower body workout, then I'm going to power walk up and down a hill. Sun is out but it's only about 48F.  That's okay, I'll warm up quickly.  

I might add a photo from my walk today - hoping the horses will be in the pasture.  

No horses today but glad I brought my camera:



  • B:  porridge & tea
  • L:  tuna/lite mayo/onion/lettuce sandwich, yogurt - added packet of baked crisps because they go so well with tuna!  And I deserved it.
  • S:  2 satsumas
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  melba toast or dried apricots or prunes
  • Lots of teas, water

TOTAL:  1318  1416

Tomorrow we go to Glasgow for our overnight in the 'big city' and a concert.  Might be just a wee bit obsessive, but I've planned my meals there already (we'll eat at the same restaurant for lunch, dinner, then breakfast and they list their calories online). 

My intentions  are to eat:

B: usual porridge & tea

L:  cheese ham toastie (535) or Sweet thai noodles with chicken breast (546)

D:  veggie burger & chips (839), super salad no dressing (70), 2 pints of Fosters (386)

Intermission at concert - glass of wine (150?)

TOTAL:  under 2300

Well, those are my plans anyway.    Haven't decided on breakfast the next morning but might have pancakes and bacon. 

Progress as of today: 33.6 lbs lost so far, only 0.4 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 11/16/2011:
Great job on the loss! Shaking up the workouts and calories seems to work well! Have fun tomorrow! I can't wait to hear about it!

Kati on 11/16/2011:
sheeeeeeeeep!!!! So cute!!!! :) So fluffy!!! I'd love to grab them and give them a hug!!! Yeah, of course by now you understood that I'm a city girl, and never got near to any :P

Umpqua on 11/16/2011:
You are SO close to goal, yeah! I hope you have a fantastic time in the big city, it sounds like a lot of fun!

legcramps on 11/16/2011:
Beautiful pics! Reminds me of some hiking I did with friends while in Edinburgh. I miss those lovely landscapes so much.

biscottibody59 on 11/16/2011:
Congrats on another fine loss!

Lovely colors in your pics today--is that with a camera phone? I meant to ask you with the others you posted with your phone--what kind of phone. Just curious--I HAVE to get a new phone one of these days. Mine is put together (barely) with duct tape. Seriously.

Enjoy your time in the city!

trubluozie on 11/16/2011:
Hello Grannyannie I'm in Australia. I did enjoy the beautiful photos u posted. That would always inspire me to walk those views. Use to live in Cornwall England and always enjoyed walking around the laneways and roads. There are many great spots in this world of ours. Well I am looking forward to this experience So thank you for being the first to welcome me. Have a great time.

V on 11/16/2011:
You are sooooo tempting me with all the beautiful pics of your town :) So I hope you had fun on your evening out :) Keep on rocking it out girly!!

Maria7 on 11/17/2011:
WOW...what VERY BEAUTIFUL photos of your homeland! THANK YOU VERY MUCH for sharing them with us! :-D Maria

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