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grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 15, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

I noticed when we first visited Thailand 3 years ago that most Thai women seemed to be thin.  They seem to be getting bigger all the time.  Thai food is very healthy and not high calorie.  When they put meat in a dish it's only small bits.  They do use coconut milk but not in huge amounts.  They cook with soy, oyster, and fish sauces.  

However, there are fast food restaurants here - KFC, McD's, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, etc etc.  In the shopping mall we go to we've noticed that almost everyone inside the KFC is Thai, not tourists.  The people who pick the clothing for the stores don't seem to have the message yet.  The clothes are still sized for small people.  A size Large tshirt is more like a Small tshirt at home.   I have to buy men's as the women's are made for flat chested women and my big boobs won't fit. 

Speaking of large.....as well as capris and shorts I also brought 3 pairs of REI trousers that have the legs that zip off above the knee.  The biggest pair is one I like to wear on flights because they are comfy and have lots of secure pockets.  The zipper broke after we arrived and I stupidly threw them out because I figured they were a very old pair and I had the other two.  One of the other pair is too tight to be comfortable and the other pair fits, but just barely.  I will have to wear this pair on our long flights.    I could wear a pair of my harem pants, but I really need secure pockets when I travel - passport, credit cards, etc. 

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles, might ride to dinner - 6 miles

Being careful wth my shoulder - still somewhat sore and don't want to reinjure it.  

Gym workout: Upper body  8 - 10 reps x 2 sets each

  • 11 routines (2 - 7 kg dumbbells)

Gym workout: Lower body 10 reps x 3 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Home workout: Upper

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • plank - 1 x 20 seconds
  • push ups - 10 reps x 1

Home workout:  Lower - floor exercises 10 reps x 3 each

  • ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes
  • Cardio:
  • Elliptical - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  10 mins
  • treadmill -  10 mins

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, mango and banana, 1 toast
  • L:  Stir fried veggies and tofu
  • D:  Stir fried asparagus, veg, cashews & tofu, crepe with banana and nutella (one of the treats I wanted before we leave), sm beer
  • S:  light beer

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 02/15/2017:
Mmm Thai food!

grannyannie on 02/15/2017:
The real thing is amazing.


Donkey on 02/15/2017:
It would be interesting to see - if/when you return in a year? - if everyone is larger because of the fast food...

grannyannie on 02/15/2017:
Yes we are booked for next winter.

Yea,they are getting bigger but still lots of tiny Thai women.



grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 14, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

We've got less than 2 weeks before we leave.  Being a bit indulgent and having the foods I've avoided since we've been here. 

6 am bike ride with husband - 7 miles.  It's nice to get my exercise done before 7 am.  No need for floor exercsies as I do them all on gym days.  

My gym might not be open when we get home the 1st of March.  But they expect it to be open sometime in March.  It's okay.  I'll do what I was doing at home for the 10 weeks it was shut before we came to Thailand - Tae bo, exercise bike, dumbbells, floor exercises, ankle weights etc. 

When I get home I am vowing to get down to under 140 and to make 139 my maximum weight.  I know I need to keep my weight within a small range as varying it so much is not good for my health, and also makes it harder to take off the weight.  Working out and being active is never an issue for me, but indulging is. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, mango, banana, and passionfruit
  • S:  sm cappuccino and 'animal' crackers (that look like letters) pics below
  • L:  indulgent!  fried shrimp and french fries
  • D:  stir fry or curry, mango and sticky rice, a small beer

 H.O.P.

These biscuit/crackers are included with cappuccinos or any type of coffee at our favourite coffee cafe.  They taste close to what I remember animal crackers tasting like - not very sweet.  The small glass that is included has green tea.  It is to cleanse the palate after drinking coffee or eating.  And it works.  

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2017:
Wow your trip went by so fast! Btw, i have been indulging for around at least 2 weeks if not more & gained around 1 lb this week on scale. Must dial it back :-) and I will, bc i do not like messing with many pounds at a time!

I caught the heart on your coffee awww it's Valentine's Day! <3

Yeah crackers look good....you know those animal crackers SUCK...high calories you know this right!~?

When your gym is finally opened, you'll enjoy it so much! At my own gym, they are renovating & adding some new equipment...so nice! loving it!...not the gym by work though...gym by work is only old equipment...but i like the atmostphere and the clients there...it's OK :-D

grannyannie on 02/14/2017:
These crackers are similar looking to animal crackers (except they are letters) but the Thais don't dump a lot of sugar in their baked goods (except donuts). The ones they serve only have a very slightly sweet taste. Doubt these are high cal. Of course, not low either. :/

They always have a heart on the cappuccino. :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2017:
thanks for reserving a special place in your entry for me Annie <3 love to you today!!

grannyannie on 02/14/2017:
Cheers HOP! :)



grannyannie - Monday Feb 13, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Lighter upper body workout so I don't hurt my shoulder.  Some discomfort when targeting shoulder, but not pain.  Less weights, less reps. 

Bike ride:  to gym and back 1.5 miles

 

Gym workout: Upper body  8 or 10 reps x 2 sets each

  • 11 routines (2 - 7 kg dumbbells)

Gym workout: Lower body 10 reps x 3 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Home workout upper

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • plank - 1 x 20 seconds
  • push ups - 10 reps x 1

Home lower: floor exercises 10 reps x 3 each

  • ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

Cardio:

  • Elliptical - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  10 mins
  • treadmill -  15 mins

Husband not feeling great, so we didn't go out to lunch.  This also means we won't go into town like planned for dinner.  Will probably go to one of our usual restaurants for dinner.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, 1 toast, fresh fruit - mango, banana, passionfruit
  • S:  sm cappuccino, animal crackers
  • L:  2 toast, 1 apple
  • D:  hubby felt a bit better so made it to town. Had steak and ale pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, and 3 1/2 beers. 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2017:
this friend at my gym, guy around late 30's i think?...hurt his shoulder and told me it took him 4 months to get back to almost basically all better.

moral of story - take your time as you are. you will get there.

I hope your hubby feels better soon. Thai food as god to be the best food ;)

Um...those animal crackers are addictive aren't they? ...

grannyannie on 02/13/2017:
Not even sure what I did to shoulder - maybe lifting dumbbells the wrong way? Being very careful.

Hubby just had a funny stomach, but we managed to get into town for dinner.

When we order cappuccinos or lattes they also give you a small paper cup 1/2 filled with animal crackers (actually letters).



grannyannie - Sunday Feb 12, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

6 am bike ride - 7 miles.  Showers off and on today.  

Lunch at my favourite restaurant where we pick up a loaf of homemade seeded bread on Sundays.  We were planning on taking a tuk tuk to the town for dinner and several beers, but will do that later in the week.  I need to finish my gift shopping and don't want to do it when it could rain.  Husband doesn't like shopping so when we do this I might go in ahead of him and shop, then meet up for a real beer (English ale) before dinner.  

Things I want to eat before we leave:  

  • a pancake - actually it's a crepe and I order it with banana and Nutella.  
  • On my birthday I'll have a thick cinnamon toast with ice cream, banana, and chocolate.
  • Might have one more trip to Villa Chocolat.  
  • Might have fried shrimp and fries again.
  • Birthday dinner 2 weeks from today will be at the nice beachside restaurant on the other side of the island.  Cocktails. 
  • Maybe one more mango and sticky rice

Shoulder if feeling better, not 100%, but better.  At the gym tomorrow I'll do limited upper body with dumbbells and use lighter weights and less reps.  I'd like my shoulder to be better so we can have one last paddle in the kayak. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, fresh fruit - mango, banana, passionfruit
  • S:  cappuccino & animal crackers
  • L:  fish cakes and a huge salad, one cookie
  • D:  stir fried asparagus, veg, cashews, and tofu - shared spring rolls that hubby ordered

Tuk tuk:

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 02/12/2017:
I always wondered what a Tuk tuk was!

grannyannie on 02/12/2017:
This is the type on our island, but in Bangkok there are different ones - smaller. Some only carry 2 or 4 people.



grannyannie - Saturday Feb 11, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

My weight is pretty much staying the same - up a pound, down a pound.  I guess I'll just have to get to work on seriously losing when we get home in just over 2 weeks. 

Up with hubby this morning for 6am bike ride - 7 miles.  Rode to Villa Chocolat later in the morning for a treat - 6 miles.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango and banana
  • S:  small but rich chocolate and meringue cake & cappuccino
  • L:  stir fried veggies and tofu, no rice
  • D:  red curry with tofu, no rice
  • S:  light beer

We planned on taking a tuk tuk into the beach town so we could both have beer and were going to have dinner.  But today is a holy Buddhist day and alcohol can not be sold anywhere on threat of big fine. So we'll either do it tomorrow or Monday. 

My birthday is two weeks from tomorrow and there are several things I want to eat before we go.  So I'll have these on my birthday weekend. 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/11/2017:
Same here with the weight numbers, except I have no vacation to return from (LOL)... but I think that's a smart plan. Maintain and enjoy while on holiday until you return home.

Photos of your birthday treats if you can! Enjoy your warm weather - ahhh :-)

grannyannie on 02/11/2017:
A 3 month vacation can be very challenging!!! Yes, will take pics.



grannyannie - Friday Feb 10, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Shoulder still sore.  Not sure how I hurt it.  It's been about a month - might have hurt it doing some routine with dumbbells and kept on aggravating it. 

Bike rides:  to gym and back 1.5 miles - bike to dinner - 6 miles

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets


10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes


Gym

Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights


Did a few upper body routines - gently

Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  15 mins

treadmill -  15 mins

Menu:

B:  porridge & raisins, fresh fruit, 1 toast

L:  very hungry and hadn't had this for a while:  veg fried rice with one fried egg on top

D:  probably stir fried chicken, veg and cashews

S:  stop by the wee bar at our masseuses' place - 1 sm beer


 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Thursday Feb 09, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Shoulder still very sore and it woke me up a few times last night.  Decided I was due to sleep a little later so didn't go on bike ride with hubby.  I don't suppose the 3 Mai Tais had anything to do with me being more tired.   

Hot and sunny.  No bike ride today.  We will walk along the beach and rocks to dinner tonight.  It's about 2 miles roundtrip.

Menu:

B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango, banana and passionfruit, yogurt

S:  toast

L:  chicken wrap and Americano

D:  Oops - had a serious craving for fried shrimp and fries


From the restaurant last night:

 

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 02/09/2017:
I'm not even a beach person... but wow!

grannyannie on 02/09/2017:
I am seriously a beach person!


Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2017:
shoulder will get better with sufficient sleep. sleep is a healer to so many things. I'm taking advantage also of sleeping in bc today is a snow day!

if the snow clears up, i'll drive to gym (if it's even open!)

grannyannie on 02/09/2017:
Getting annoyed that shoulder has been sore for so long.


innerpeace on 02/09/2017:
Very beautiful! Did you injure your shoulder? I had a flue shot in my arm and they must have hit a nerve or something, I couldn't lift my arm up over my head or sleep on it for ever. Just wondering. have a great day!

grannyannie on 02/09/2017:
Don't even know how I injured it. I thought it might have been doing a bad move with dumbbells about a month ago. Then I kept using them for upper body and I think that made it worse. Could also be how I how my arm when I have the laptop on my lap.

Anyway, thanks!



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 08, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Shoulder is still sore, so taking it easy.  I hate skipping the upper body workout with dumbbells, but have to.  Husband thinks it might not be muscle but something else.  


Gym workout lower

  • Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each
  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Cardio:

  • Elliptical intervals - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  15 mins
  • treadmill -  15 mins

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

Bike:  1.5 miles to gym and back 

Going to a beachside restaurant we haven't been to yet this year. It's on the western side of the island so has amazing sunsets. Going to have 2 Mai Tais (first this season) with my dinner.  


Menu:

  • B:  toast, yogurt, fresh mango and passionfruit
  • S:  sm cappuccino, animal crackers
  • L:  probably stir fried veggies and tofu
  • D:  3 Mai Tais - appetizer of chicken sate, fried shrimp, crab, spring rolls, main course salmon and salad and lemongrass

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2017:
sorry you cannot get back fully to the upper body routine...i can understand how frustrating that is, been there & done that!

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
I hate that I can lose all the muscle I've worked so hard to get!

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
I hate that I can lose all the muscle I've worked so hard to get!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/08/2017:
yes it's so easy to lose the muscle. when i took 3 months off, two years ago, i lost almost all the muscle i'd worked hard for. it took i think a year to get it back? i think...i forget. at least 6 months i'm guessing or more to get it back. i have it all back now of course, 2 years later and more muscle.

i've noticed that not skipping workouts and being consistent for several months at a time (with the proper rest most of the time) has allowed me to break through weight heaviness plateaus and i have increased the dumbells i use already 2x since November! i no longer use 25lbs. Only 30 & up and sometimes for fun i do a lower set or two ;)

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
I can workout faithfully doing cardio and dumbbells etc but if I'm indulging and drinking beer, etc the weight goes up, or doesn't go down. I believe that weight loss is 90-95% what you eat/drink.

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
Well done increasing the dumbbell weight. I've done that since being here - until I couldn't due to shoulder.


horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2017:
Yes I agree with you it's totally what you eat. As they say - you can't out-exercise a bad diet !!

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
Good saying!



grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 07, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

6am bike ride with husband - 7 miles

Going to walk along the beach and rocks to dinner - about 2 miles roundtrip.

 

The shirt I put on this morning is not as tight in the boobs as it was last time I wore it!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, yogurt, fresh mango, passionfruit & banana
  • L:  Had lunch at our usual coffee cafe which we never do.  Ordered the set breakfast menu:  scrambled eggs, a few bits of ham (no fat), sausage (more like little hot dogs) and 1 bacon, 1 slice toast, black coffee. I was stuffed. Won't do that again.
  • D:  less calories for dinner - had my protein so I’ll just have stir fried veggies, no tofu, no rice
  • S:  no calorie stuff

 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2017:
I am glad your clothes are starting to fit the way you want them to fit. It's all on you. No secret in weightloss xoxo. i like the ham you are talking about!

ok...nice light dinner.

i do know a couple people who only eat veggies for dinner, actually. i don't like it yet - but down the road it may be good ;) a little protein thrown in is how i like it now.

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
I'm sure I'm gaining muscle so the scale may not be accurate. The clothes are though.

At this restaurant we go to 5 or 6 times a week they can even make stir fried veggies delicious. Prefer it with tofu though. They use oyster or soy sauce and a wee bit of oil, so very tasty.


jayhawkjen on 02/07/2017:
Have you always been a great exerciser? If not, how did you get into it? I'm impressed.

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
I start seriously working out when I turned 40 (25 years ago). I've gotten lazy a few times, but mostly am faithful at working out. I've done too much work building muscles to quit, so that keeps me going. Builds stamina as well and we love to do active things. Being fit means it's more pleasure than work.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2017:
I would love to know the answer to the above question also!!!

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
See above. :)



grannyannie - Monday Feb 06, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

I think we'll have sunshine the rest of the month here.  Of course, now we are complaining that the sun is too strong and we want a few clouds.  

My shoulder is still sore.  It was almost better when we kayaked last week.  Big mistake.  Hurt it more.  So I'm not doing anything that targets my shoulder, especially not dumbbells.  

Bike:  1.5 to gym and back, 3 mile ride to dinner

Gym workout lower

Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights

 

Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  20 mins

treadmill -  15 mins


Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes


10 reps x 3 sets each 

abs - 3 routines

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

 

Menu:

B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango and banana

S:  sm cappuccino & small cup of animal crackers (wish I could find out the calories)

L:  stir fried veggies and tofu

D:  stir fired veggies, cashews and chicken

S:  stopped by the wee bar that sits next to our massage place on our bike ride back from dinner - 1 small one - 11 oz. 

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/06/2017:
sorry about your sore shoulder!

Have you ever heard of "coconut rice" (cooked in coconut oil) and in the process, it cuts calories & turns starch into resistant starch! could you believe i think it cuts the calories in half!? i knew about it, still haven't tried it...my friend cooks it all the time. i have a recipe.

can you imagine eating the same quantity rice but actually only consuming like half the calories in the process!? amazing!

grannyannie on 02/06/2017:
Thanks. Can't imagine that high calorie coconut oil would cut calories! A lot of the meals here use coconut milk, and we get our massages with coconut oil. Mango and sticky rice - a gorgeous dessert - uses coconut sugar.

The restaurant we went to last night gave us 2 servings of rice even though we said just one. I took one spoonful to soak up the sauce and the rice was cold! I don't want to go back to that restaurant again - we rarely go because they are not friendly.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/06/2017:
you must have such strong legs....from all the cardio and weights routines you do...

i trained a friend in her early 50's at the gym and gave her some upper body exercises...and she showed me a new squatting machine at the gym (it just holds your feet that's it but it's really good for your squat form!) the machine is on the floor and tiny really i used to always step around it! not even taking a look at what it was! then she showed me a dead-lift type of exercise that works a lot - but mainly hamstrings.

Overall, she has way stronger legs than me...and i was so impressed. she does tons of cardio and doesn't even own a car.

I totally didn't realize how strong her legs were - as she's short and so they don't stand out - until she schooled me on all the leg exercises (she uses much higher / heavier weights than myself...but it shows that the more you practice something, the better you can get!)

she was also DECENT at upper body as she does a minimal amount, but what i showed her can help her....amazing.

it was so nice to learn from her and to show her things also. so nice!

when i was younger, never would i thought i'd be showing someone a fitness routine. i never worked out. naturally thin, never an athlete till after college did i start the weights.

grannyannie on 02/06/2017:
Yes, I do have very strong legs. Tons of muscle and getting even more. The gym has one wall that's a mirror so always watch my techniques - my squat form is good as are my lunges. Hope I can do upper body again next week.

My friend wants me to be her trainer at the gym when we go home and I won't do it. I'm not a trainer and she could hurt herself. Anxious to see our new gym and new equipment when we go home.


innerpeace on 02/06/2017:
Ouch - hope your shoulder gets better. My shoulder was hurt a few years ago I couldn't even sleep on it.

grannyannie on 02/06/2017:
Thanks. It does hurt more when I sleep on that side unless I get in exactly the right position.



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