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grannyannie - Saturday Oct 05, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

Scale:  same as yesterday.  That’s it! Not getting on the scale again until the day we leave for Thailand in 8 weeks.  I will try on my trousers every couple of weeks to gage my losses.

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino & quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veg/prawn/tofu stir fry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1029

 

Home muscle workout:  3 sets of 5 or 10 (sets of 5 for those that target shoulders)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

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

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

 

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
Yes, if you find the scale not being very friendly and motivational, best to step away. Think of the delightful surprise when you weigh in before you embark!

grannyannie on 10/05/2019:
Hope that works. Trying on trousers will be a good guide. Then I can get on the scale when I know it will say what I want.


BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
I avoid the scale , unfortunately it has too much power over me and has the apparent ability to rule my day in a not so nice way,.....i prefer going by how my clothes fit.

grannyannie on 10/05/2019:
Good idea.



grannyannie - Friday Oct 04, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

It’s gotten cold here. So I’m ready for Thailand. We leave 8 weeks from tomorrow.

My belly feels smaller so got on scale this morning even though Saturday is weighing day.  I was 160 last Saturday, but might have gained over the wedding weekend. Goal for tomorrow is 158 but scale today said 159.2.  

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa cranberry bar at gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veg/prawn/tofu stir fry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1029


Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/04/2019:
Nice to see a lower number, isn't it? Whatever you're doing, it's working.

I'm glad you're already anticipating Thailand!

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
I just wish it would come off faster! I'll rely more on how my smaller trousers fit than what the scale says.


legcramps on 10/04/2019:
That darn scale, huh?

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Yep. I really should try to stick to trying on trousers instead.


BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
I avoid the scale and go by clothes fitting it does take the sting out of those inevitable times the scales are up.

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
True. Hard habit to break.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2019:
you are doing great with your weightloss. i have been sorta watching myself too, as my exercise has been far lighter the past few weeks as i recover with my legs i don't want to gain weight.

i also want to try to remain a lighter weight thru Winter into next summer, although i realize that weight does have to go up and down for most people, even if only slightly.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 03, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Tried on some trousers this morning to see if the fit is better.  Size 10. Still tight but about 5 more lbs and they’ll be fine. Most of my trousers are the nylon convertible (zip offs) from REI. (I stock up in the US on every annual visit). I have size 8, 10 (3 pair), 12 and 14. These are perfect for travel since they have secure pockets, and I wear them as shorts in Thailand. 

Thinking about how sizes have changed drastically.  I now wear a size 8 when I’m low 140’s. In my 30’s I always wore a size 12 and was 130-135. When I was 120 lbs at age 40, I wore a size 8. At age 60 (7 years ago) I was 128 lbs and wore a size 8.  

 

Scale Saturday morning. 


Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa cranberry bar at gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/cheddar and apple

D: Thai red curry with chicken (hubby made a huge pot), diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1011


Home muscle work:  3 sets of 5 or 10 (sets of 5 for those that target shoulders)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

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

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
I find the clothes that fit me which are different brands...all fit differently...I gave up on sorthing things by size now...because I had things put away ( that i figured were too small by the tag) actually fit...It does mke it hard to order clothes from catalogs or online. So the clothes frome REI are varying too within one brand...I know D orders almost all of his clothes from Duluth Trading and they are varying in fit quite drastically.

grannyannie on 10/03/2019:
REI stays pretty much the same now, but I know years ago sizes were being decreased to make them more appealing to 'bigger' ladies - feels better to say you take a size 12 than a 16. I remember back in the 80's the expensive clothes were always sized smaller than they were. I remember hitting 140+ which was a lot for me then and taking a size 6 in one of the expensive brands.

I would never order trousers/shorts online. Or shoes.

My current REI's the 14s are too big but I wear them anyway. The 12's fit perfectly. Will get into at least the 10's in a few weeks. 8's maybe. I was disappointed to see I had the buy the petite ones last time because I've lost an inch in height.

I gain/lose weight in my belly and boobs first. I hate having big boobs, and I've felt them shrinking!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2019:
those zip pants you have must be very fun for travel / thailand.

grannyannie on 10/03/2019:
They are perfect for travel, especially to where it's hot. Also fast drying.



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 02, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Husband made a veggie and prawn stir fry to have with our dinner. Yum.  And very low cal. So I’ve written down how to make it and will have this a few times while hubby is gone to Australia. It’s about 222 cal for the veg (peppers, spring onions, mushrooms, green beans), prawns and sauce. By itself I doubt it will be filling enough, so I’ll add bean vermicelli (140 cal) or some brown rice noodles (88 cal).  Probably won’t have enough curries/chilis in the freezer when hubby leaves. Weekends will be higher calories - burgers/steak and one weekend in the city and eating out.

We’ve got a zillion apples on our trees - one is eating apples and one is green cooking apples. There are a lot of bits that need to be cut out, so I’ll add as many as I can so they don’t get wasted. We don’t know anybody who wants apples. 

 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa cranberry bar at gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/cheddar and apple (250g)

D: Thai red curry with chicken, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1,011

Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 15 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 5 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
Your dinner sounds delicious!

If you picked the apples, could you donate them to a food pantry? Or put a "free" sign on a basket full of them? It seems unfortunate that they should go to waste.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
They aren't pretty apples so I doubt anyone would want them. I cut off lots of bits from them so end up with about half an apple. We had an unsually large amount of apples this year.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
We'll probably toss the remainder on the beach for all the birds to eat.


BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Wow...That's too bad that no one wants the apples.....Do you have a soup kitchen in any city nearby? You could always make up some applesauce with them and freeze it.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Neither of us eats applesauce and we can't freeze anything now since we turn off the fridges when we go to Thailand.

No soup kitchens here and we aren't near a city. There is a food bank in town somewhere but not sure where.

We did ask our friends if they wanted them but they don't.


legcramps on 10/02/2019:
Stir fry sounds delicious!

I agree with BCGG...maybe there is a group or food bank you can donate the apples to?

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
I'll try to find out where the town's food bank is. I have wanted to donate to them but had trouble finding out where they are.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
The stir fry was yummy!



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Appointment with nurse this morning so she could irrigate my ears - trying for hearing test again early November. She couldn't get one ear clear so have to go back again in 2 weeks.

So haven’t done my muscle work yet but will do after lunch. Hard to pull myself away from the telly and political dramas.

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1009

 

Home muscle work:  increasing to 3 sets of 5 or 10

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

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

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights


 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
I bet when they get the ear cleaning all done...I can just imaging that you are going to have a really good hearing test!!!

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
I'm starting to wonder if my hearing issue is because of wax? Trying to talk hubby into hearing test but he won't budge. He's hearing is much worse than mine.


BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
It probably is the wax.......NEVER let them use cerumenex as an ear wax softener...it's highly allergic....A dr prescribed that for me and I had a bad allergic reaction...face swelled up HUGE...ear swelled shut...and had to go to an ent where they forced water in...The DR felt bad....and kept asking me if I was ok....the high pressure water finally did the trick...luckily my throat didn't swell shut....once they wwre able to rinse the cerumenex out...the swelling started to go down.....that was scary!

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
Sounds awful. I'm using one that also has virgin oil in it.


Donkey on 10/01/2019:
I'm sorry the first appointment wasn't successful. Can you tell the difference in your hearing after your ears are irrigated?

Most of my ear problems are caused by my sinuses swelling. I went in to the doctor to get my ears irrigated and walked out with a prescription for a decongestant. Who knew?

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
Haven't noticed a difference. I'll see when the other ear is unblocked. I'm sure I have some hearing loss. It's normal for age 67.


Donkey on 10/01/2019:
Oh, and I've been meaning to mention: I feel for your frustration in witnessing all the political chaos. My husband does online things with quite a few folks in the UK --- they can't talk politics because it gets too heated. Unfortunately, I do not see an easy solution. (((hugs)))

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
I'm more stressed with US politics than UK. Although that is also bad and the deadline is coming up.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
so i am wondering, when you get the ear wax taken out, do you actually hear any better!? my dad said this as a joke, and i'd like to know what you think!

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Some people have extra waxy ears (like me), so I'm sure when all the wax is out I will hear somewhat better. The audiologist showed me the inside of my ears via camera and the entire holes were blocked.



grannyannie - Monday Sep 30, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Plan is to have this same menu (curries vary but I weigh them) and on weekends I’ll have a day or two of higher calories.  

Husband is going to Australia for 3 weeks (4 days is travel) in Oct/Nov to visit his brother. I bowed out for a couple of reasons - long, torturous flights in economy class, bad for diet just before going to Thailand, a big trip just before another big trip.  I think I've convinced him that next year we'll spend a few weeks in November in Australia, then fly from there to Thailand for our usual winter stay.

 

Plan to get some deep cleaning done before Thailand. Should get a lot done while husband is gone. Easier to do things like move all the living room furniture around and shampoo living room carpet when he isn’t here. 

 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veggie and chicken curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1009

 

When I need the car to get groceries I drive into town and hit the gym before shopping (otherwise I take a bus).  This morning I drove in and notice no one was parked at the gym. It’s apparently a bank holiday so doesn’t open until 10.  It was 8:05 when I arrive. So I just went shopping and went home. I’ll get on my exercise bike at home and do 45-60 minutes on it. 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
I hear you about getting things done eaier when you are the only one at home........I feel the same way!

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
So much easier when nobody is 'whining' about things being 'inconvenient'. LOL. I can also get our wooden counters oiled in the kitchen - they have to dry overnight meaning they can't be used.

I have a weekend away planned for myself while he's gone - concert, museums, etc.


BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
Mine went to buy new dog dishes...and I got busy balancing bank books...LOL...he sseems to always have something to talk to me about every time he sees me doing that...and I want to put a muzzle on him...LOl

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
LOL! Not a lot of me time when both are retired. But I'm not complaining. :)


legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Enjoy your day!

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
Thanks! You too.


Donkey on 09/30/2019:
Sounds like a good weekly plan!

I really like what you have planned for your time alone. Deep cleaning and cultural events!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
great idea for next year for one flight less - going direct to thailand from the aussie trip :)

also, you will be productive at home and that's great. so, i think it's a great choice to be home - you'll be using your time well!

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
My sis in law in Australia keeps asking me to visit and I really want to go. So, for sure next year. I better be like 135 lbs before we go!

I plan to get a lot done while hubby is gone. Besides, if I'm busy I won't be thinking about snacking, drinking, etc. Going to bed early with a book also is good as I am never tempted to snack while in bed. Wouldn't do that with hubby home.



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 29, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Had a really good time at the wedding.  Dinner afterwards I had a starter of ham and figs, fish chips and mushy peas, creme brulee.  2 pints of beer.  

Reception afterward had 2 1/2 pints of beer.  Oink. Oink. As predicted, offers to buy me a beer were not declined. 

I witnessed the wedding cake being cut but nobody seemed to hand out pieces and I forgot about it. 

A niece from Australia brought me a packet of Tim Tams - cookies.  I've put them out of sight. Might bring them to our friends as a housewarming gift. 

Breakfast this morning at hotel was a buffet.  I had porridge, toast, 1 small chocolate croissant  scrambled eggs, bacon, yogurt. 

It's just after noon here and I'm still stuffed.  Probably skip having lunch. Took some frozen homemade curries out of the freezer to have for dinner. 

The rest of this week my menus are 1009 calories.  Going into the city on Sunday to spend the night so we can get to the Thai Consulate at opening time Monday morning to drop off our tourist visa applications for this winter.  

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2019:
Sounds like you had a good time.....all of the food sounds yummy!!!

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
I did and it was! It was nice to see everybody, some I hadn't seen in years.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2019:
nice to have those frozen foods available. :) i keep forgetting i have some in there, that's why i do not have to cook as often.

i used to get veggies delivered, but things were starting to get wasted for several reasons, so for awhile i may just eat thru my freezer options after cooking what's left in my fridge now :)

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
We always have quite a few of hubby's curries, chilis, stir fries, etc in the freezer in single serve cartons. He always makes a huge pot when he cooks dinner and is usually enough for 3 dinners.


Donkey on 09/29/2019:
I'm glad you had a good time at the wedding! That's funny about witnessing the cake, but not having any of it. Well, you had creme brulee as a sweet - that's probably a little better, nutritionally, anyway.

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Yea, I expected pieces to be handed out later, but then got busy with conversations and forgot about it.

The creme brulee was good, not the best I've had, but a nice treat. Also got a small piece of tablet - a Scottish treat that is similar to fudge but it isn't chocolate and has a different texture - seriously sweet and rich.



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 28, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Scale crept back up to 160.  Must have been beer and politics. 

Looking forward to wedding today.  Will TRY not to go overboard with the beer which is tough when you are partying and people offer to buy you one.  Maybe a piece of wedding cake (unless it’s the traditional fruit cake - yuck) but no other sweets.

 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

L: cheese sandwich

D: I’ve pre-ordered a fish, chips and peas dinner

1 beer or glass of wine with dinner

 

Reception afterward:

beer or wine

Sunday

Menu

B:  hotel breakfast buffet - will try very hard to ignore the croissants and pastries.

L:  sandwich at home?

D:  leftover veggie curry at home

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/28/2019:
Have fun at the wedding!

I saw on Great British Baking Show that it's customary to have fruitcake for a wedding. I love fruitcake, but only if it's made without liquor, so I think I'd be disappointed too.

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Thanks. Did have fun. The cake was cut and it wasn't fruitcake. But I never did get a piece, forgot about it. Too busy drinking beer! :O


BearCountryGG on 09/28/2019:
Actully I like fruitcake......in fact I have never met a cake I didn't like.,..LOL

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Blech. Not me. I'm fussy about cake. I like white or yellow cake and chocolate or white frosting. Not chocolate cake as they are almost always too dry. I do also like carrot cake.



grannyannie - Friday Sep 27, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 159.6

9 weeks to Thailand. I have GOT to get under 150 before we go, then lose the rest when we are there.  My shorts and swimsuits have to fit!

Wedding tomorrow.  Big challenge.  I'll get on scale in the morning for motivation. 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee and quinoa cranberry bar after workout at gym cafe

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: chicken breast sandwich

S: salad

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1280

 

Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  20 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/27/2019:
Annie...have you ever tried intermittant fasting? It messes with my blood sugar levels ( I'm low)....but it can really work fast....I do it every so often but can't for too long unfortunately or I would be doing that right now. I also seem to be able to lose a few quickly with just a liquid diet...and I drink fruit and veg juice, coffee and milk, gatorade, broth, etc.....it does take me down a few pounds ( but they can come back quickly when I start eating again although I admit...I didn't exactly eat low cal when I stopped it....i've done the liquid fasts for as many as 4 to 5 days...and I felt great.

grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
I get low sugar headaches so wouldn't even try fasting. I need energy to do workouts as well. I'm going to go back to 1,000 cals a day for several days and then up to maybe 1400. It worked for me before.


Donkey on 09/27/2019:
Is it the wedding already??? Wow, this week flew by...

I think you can meet your Thai goal :-)

grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
Yes it did! No idea how big this wedding is. But it starts at 3pm and ends about midnight.

I'll be happy with 145 when we go although all my shorts won't fit (I bring 3 different sizes!). When we are in transit I never follow any rules so usually can add 2 lbs for that! We will leave here on a Sat and arrive in Thailand on a Tuesday. 2 nights at hotels plus 3 flights. So I do comfort eating and drinking.


Maria7 on 09/27/2019:
Congrats on being in the 150's! I know how exciting it is to get into a new 10-number...I am hoping for 140's soon...I believe you will reach your goals...You are doing very well!



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 26, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 159.6

Got on scale. Only down a wee bit but at least I'm now in the 150's.  Now to keep that in mind over the wedding weekend!

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: chicken breast sandwich

S: salad

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1175 about 1600

 

Home muscle work:  2 sets of 5 or 10

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

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

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

Edit:  watching politics on tv - congressional testimony and hubby and I are having a couple of cans of Guinness.  I blame politics for lots of my beer drinking!!  

Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2019:
Yeah for the 150's

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Yes! Just hoping I don't get back into 160's after this weekend!


Donkey on 09/26/2019:
A new set of numbers! Keep up your efforts - they are working!

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Cheers!


innerpeace on 09/26/2019:
I saw 150 for a few months back in 1991....

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
I know how you feel. But I saw 128 in 2012 for my 60th birthday. Wouldn't even try for that now! I'd be happy at 140.

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Hmm...1991 I was about 155. 1992 I was 120. Sigh.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
that's great you are onto a losing streak ;)

your menu always sparks my interest!

Grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
I'll need to be about 1,000 cals next week to make up for wedding indulgences over weekend.



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