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grannyannie - Sunday Dec 04, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

The jetlag is kicking my butt!  Husband went to bed at 7pm last night.  I wasn't quite ready so went to bed at 8.  Slept pretty well but we both woke up about midnight and couldn't get back to sleep.  So we got up and watched two episodes of Goliath.  I was hungry so had some toast and some camomile tea.  Then I realized I wasn't going to be able to get back to sleep so had 2 cans (11 oz) of beer and that helped.  Really need to not drink alcohol as it's bad for weight loss.  Anyway, we went back to bed about 3am and slept until 9.  

I joined the gym this morning at the resort down the road and paid for the 3 months.  It would be so nice if they had one in the little housing community where we stay as I'd work out almost every day.  The 'gym' at the resort has dumbbells ranging from 1 - 10 kg.  Good enough for me as I don't go above 8kg.  Has a treadmill, elliptical, and bike. That's it.  Plus I've got the ankle weights and mat at the house which I do right after coming back from the gym.  Doubt I'll make it there tomorrow but am going to try for 7am Tuesday and do every other day.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge and almond milk, yogurt
  • S:  black coffee (instead of cappuccino) and the little cup of cracker/cookies they give with each cup
  • L:  not until 2:30pm.  Went to the best restaurant on the island - Thai fusion.  Had my favourite chicken wrap which has lots of herbs, seeds, crunchy veggies, lemongrass.  So good!  I knew we wouldn't be going out to dinner I had a chocolate chip cookie - actually it's carob chips and very little sugar.  Herbal tea - best ever!  The owner was happy to see us.  She is so sweet and such a creative cook. They were baking a whole grain seeded bread when we arrived.  So we bought a loaf to take home. 
  • D:  late dinner - probably some of the bread we just bought, eggs and a slice of ham

 

 

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/05/2016:
Please feel free to post as many pictures of the delicious meals you will be having on your Thai holiday. These rolls look oh so good!

grannyannie on 12/05/2016:
Will do! Lots of curries and I mainly get them with tofu.



grannyannie - Friday Dec 02, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Bought a battery for the scale that we left here last year.  Updated.    We are in the same house as last year.  We left behind 2 giant crates full of stuff  and one giant suitcase full of stuff along with our bikes and the kayak and paddles.  As returning residents they charged us almost nothing to store the stuff for the last 9 months.  

Had to buy some new ankle weights as the ones I bought here last year fell apart - the new ones look sturdier and also weigh more - 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) per ankle.  At home mine are 2 kg each.  Left my yoga mat here.  So I'm ready for floor exercises at home and will join the small gym down the road.  Mainly I join for the dumbbells but also use the cardio machines.  I think I'm going to go every other day instead of just MWF.  Hope I can get up early enough on Monday and get started.  We are still exhausted. 

Third day here and no sun yet!  Our neighbour says we brought the rain with us as it's been dry here.  Pouring rain all last night and still raining now (it's 11am here).  We have a rental car for the entire time we are here and we only eat breakfast in the house even though we have a full kitchen. Eating out is very cheap at the real Thai restaurants (instead of European ones).  Food is healthy.  Not always low cal/fat as they use coconut milk in many dishes.  

Menu:

B:  porridge with raisins and almond milk, black tea

We brought our Nespresso machine with us (small one) so can have a coffee with almond milk without having to go to the mall for one

Hope the rain stops so we can go to lunch and dinner without getting soaked.  

Edit:  lunch - 1/2 portion of veggie fried rice with a fried egg

Edit:  too tired to go out in the rain again.  Guess we'll pick up eggs and ham or something when we go out tomorrow in case we stay in again at dinner.

Dinner is what's in the house:  Quoina/cocoa/cashew bar, multigrain toast, canteloupe

No snacking.  No beer. 

I'll have to earn my treats.  

 

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/03/2016:
I can only imagine what the jetlag you must be experiencing, but oh so totally worth it! Yummy Thai food and warm weather - perfect!

grannyannie on 12/04/2016:
Very worth it! Our winters at home in Scotland are extra rainy, very windy, cold even though it doesn't get below freezing that often, and very dark.



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 01, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

We're on our island.  Worst flight ever - British Airways.  11 hours of pure torture.  We will never use them again.  We slept about 13 hours last night but still tired.  Be a while before we get in the time zone - 7 hours ahead of ours in the UK.  

I was planning on starting my diet on Monday, but my clothes are just too tight and I feel motivated.  Since we woke up after 10am we're just having some toast, then dinner about 5.  I'll start gym on Monday.

Menu:

toast

omelette with bits of pork

Green curry with tofu and veg, small portion of rice

no beer!

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2016:
I am so sorry about the flight! Was there turbulence or delays or something? What went wrong? What do you do to try to adjust to the time zone? Do you basically do it cold turkey and adjust to that zone after a good sleep?

When I went to Israel a long time ago with family, we got there when it was their morning & would have been my night back at home – we basically stayed up 12 hrs more….it was a tired first day I remember! I think the same thing happened when I went back at 26. The time zone is, I believe, exactly 12 hours difference or so.

That’s good you are motivated to start your diet. I would totally do the same as you. And actually, this is what motivates me also. As soon as clothes start getting uncomfortable is when I KNOW I must do something. However, lately, I’m trying to not have to wait to that point. In general, I’m trying to drop a few more pounds so that my stomach is flatter / tighter. I only have a few lbs to drop, don’t want to weight any less than a few lbs less than I am now!

Does the toast satisfy your appetite ? Toast would just spike my hunger…But if you are tired and also it’s late I see, it could be a nice & light breakfast…that’s the kind of food that when paired with coffee or another caffeine drink will help me do some cardio / walking / physical activity of most kinds.

Do you also like to have carbs plus caffeine before workouts? I find that the way this combo makes me feel is simply amazing :-D

grannyannie on 12/02/2016:
Haven't taken BA in years - we always take Emirates but they didn't have the flights we always take. Big mistake. The plane was very old and should not have been used for such a long fight. NO legroom. TV screen on seatback wasn't much bigger than my smartphone. Kept having reasons for delays. Crying babies - a LOT. Dinner was good because we'd ordered the special gourmet dinner. Going to try for Premium economy on the way back for extra legroom.

Last night I thought we should go to bed by 11 but we weren't tired so stayed up till midnight. Got up after 8. Takes at least a week to get used to this time zone. Hubby will start getting up at 6 to do laps in the pool every morning. Workout days I get to the gym by opening time at 7. So no food or anything before. Ride my bike there and it takes 10 minutes.

Only had toast yesterday as I wasn't really hungry yet. Porridge this morning.


puddles on 12/02/2016:
Glad you are there safe and sound. Good motivation. Rest up and get on to enjoying your holidays. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 12/02/2016:
Thanks! Got on the scale and feel motivated.


innerpeace on 12/02/2016:
Glad you made it to your destination safe and sound. Keep that motivation and have a great time on your island.

grannyannie on 12/02/2016:
Thanks. Haven't had any of my bikinis on yet - rainy. But that will definitely motivate me as the tops will be too tight and cut into my skin!



grannyannie - Sunday Nov 27, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Had my last workout yesterday, washed and packed my workout clothes.  Everything is packed. I will weigh myself after we arrive in Thailand, then will get on the scale every morning.  Leaving day after tomorrow for a very long trip.  

Hope all of you are getting fit and healthy. 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/27/2016:
Bon voyage! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

grannyannie on 11/28/2016:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2016:
You are going to the same destination as last year this time right? I so loved those photos and everything! I love living thru friends' travels. I have a couple i'm friends with from NYC and they are my age (she's 34 and he's 39 i think?) and they travel seriously all over the world - including Egypt, Alaska, Japan...everywhere! I love to see their photos so i get a glimpse of what they are seeing. Enjoy. Feel free to show us here anything that would open up our eyes to views we don't usually see everyday.

Good job on weighing and working on it while away. Weight is ever-changing and a variable based on our life choices and always something that needs to be considered...

Have a WONDERFUL flight and trip....and...yes i'm getting fit...and healthy sure!

grannyannie on 11/28/2016:
Yes, even the same house. I'll share some pics!

Thanks!



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Yes, I'm back and bigger.  Haven't been near the scale but most of my clothes are snug or too tight.  Got off track and stayed off track.  I've been very distraught due to the election and my attitude toward getting back on track has been f*** it.  Not making excuses but I'm quite sure if the election went the way I wanted, I would have gotten back on track and paid little attention to politics or the news. 

My workouts have been intermittent but still workout at least twice a week but not with the enthusiasm I had before.  

Overnight and dinner in the city for husband's birthday Monday.  Dinner at friends' next Saturday.  Daughter visiting for a few days.  But I will try hard not to overindulge and to stay away from the willpower weakening beer.  

We leave for Thailand in 10 days.  In transit I have no rules as it's long flights.  Probably indulge a bit the first couple of days after we arrive and fighting jetlag.  But my bikinis (especially the tops) being tight and uncomfortable and my shorts being tight will motivate me to behave.  Last winter I lost 4.5 lbs in two weeks just by not snacking and having one beer on my workout days (3 x week).  We bought a scale last year so I can easily track weight.  

Hope you all are doing well and getting healthy and fit.  I will faithfully be posting here when we get to Thailand.  

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/19/2016:
Don't kick yourself too hard about it. Your trip will probably give you some motivation before and once you are there in the wonderful weather. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 11/19/2016:
Thanks. I expect to get motivated while there.


Donkey on 11/19/2016:
Looking forward to reading about Thailand!!!

Hang in there, I feel your pain. I'm very worried what the next 4 years will bring -- and the lasting consequences that will carry on afterward.

grannyannie on 11/27/2016:
Thanks.

grannyannie on 11/27/2016:
Thanks.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2016:
Hey Lady! You'be been missed!

Yes, we are all still working to stay healthy and get fitter! Glad to have you back here & I look forward to your posts.

Although your clothes are snug, you know (as I have observed), that you have the power to make the changes to lose weight. I am sure cutting the beers to a lesser amount will help you. I was reading that liquids do not tend to make us feel full - we can continue drinking & drinking and not realize all the liquid calories. Unlike food, which we do get full from. Oh, i was also reading that candies and chips that "melt in your mouth" have the same effect as liquids...we don't realize how much we are eating as they don't tend to make us full.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2016:
The list of "foods" that don't make us full continued - ice cream (melts in mouth) and things like cheese doodles...that's why i seriously could drink a smoothie forever.


hollybelle on 11/25/2016:
I understand about the effects of the election, as you know. You are doing well stick with it. I keep saying one day at a time. This time of year is difficult, but I don't bake and cook as much as I used to and I try to steer clear of the goodie table at events and parties and focus on being with the people!



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 25, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Going to try for under 1200 calories on most days, with higher calories days in between.  Tomorrow is dinner with friends so will be higher.  Then a higher day next week. 

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12

Workout cardio:

  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1146
 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2016:
Hi Annie! excellent calories today....

On the trip in Texas, I found it pretty hard to keep cals low with friends and while out at many of the restaurants also!


Donkey on 10/29/2016:
I hope the change-up in calories works for you. I'd be interested in seeing what happens. You can do it!


hollybelle on 11/01/2016:
Hi Annie. Hope you are doing well.



grannyannie - Monday Oct 24, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Yes, I'm back and I've been bad.  Updated weight.    No excuses, just copped a 'hell with it' attitude.  But now I'm in panic mode. Leaving in 5 weeks.  So I am going to try hard.  

Upcoming:  dinner at friends' house Weds.  Was talked into going to a union meeting with our friends next week.  Then snacks when I stay up all night on election night. Husband's birthday and daughter's visit the third week of November.  Last year I think I weighed about 146 when we arrived in Thailand, so went on a diet while there (as well as the gym) and lost 5 lbs in the first week. Guess I'll be doing that again. Tight clothes suck - especially in a hot climate!

Workout lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
Workout cardio:
  • exercise bike - 45 mins

Needed to go to a shop to pick up some wine to take to our friends' house for dinner Weds.  So rode my bike - 10 miles roundtrip. 

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  2 eggs, toast, apple, small yogurt, quinoa bar, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1331

 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/24/2016:
Don't panic. You probably rock a muffin top bikini.

grannyannie on 10/24/2016:
Groan. Defo got a muffin top!



grannyannie - Friday Oct 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

No workouts today.  First thing this morning hubby and I went grocery shopping together.  His daughter, her husband and adorable 4 year old will be here shortly and staying until Tuesday.  

He's the cook in the house and we eat totally differently when guests come.  Looks like we are having a meat-fest.  Tonight is homemade pizza with bacon and sausage and mushrooms.  

Menu:

B:  usual porridge

L:  cheese wrap, banana

D:  pizza, salad

One beer, wine, maybe gin.

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/14/2016:
i would be running from the meat-pizza-fest!

lol...but...enjoy time with loved ones...and...

i bought tonic at lunch - thinking of you always with the Gin & Tonic!


puddles on 10/15/2016:
I guess you will roll with the punches. Have a great time.


hollybelle on 10/16/2016:
Enjoy your visit and go for moderation. We eat differently when we visit family or family visits us, too.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Feeling guility for skipping too many workouts so doubled up today.  Yesterday I cleaned the whole house and got the guest rooms ready because I knew hubby would be outdoors working in the garden all day and not be underfoot.  

Stepdaughter, her husband and their 4 year old boy are coming tomorrow and staying for 5 days.  I will TRY hard to behave, or at least not be overly indulgent.  

Less than 7 weeks to Thailand and I'm not going to make my goal.  I need to at least hit 140 which is possible IF I behave.  I've got the all-nighter election snacks and alcohol which I won't give up, and overnight at hotel in Glasgow for hubby's birthday celebration with daughter.  

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   2 x 12 (instead of 4 sets)

Workout lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10

Workout cardio:

  • 30 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine (instead of 45 mins)
  • exercise bike - 45 mins
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn (vegetarian) pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:   1334

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/13/2016:
all in moderation girlfriend, you shouldn't have to give up things that make you happy :-D

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
That's the battle - enjoying treats and beer or being happy with my body.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/13/2016:
agreed with your battle above - this is why in general i have been really trying to tame my choices. i still pig out - but more on lower cal sugar free jello and low cal things...maintaining the lower weight makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER when i am with friends, dressing up, etc. To me, I need to feel that confidence that comes with lowered calories...

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
I feel so much better in many ways when I am smaller - not skinny.


puddles on 10/13/2016:
I understand that you are pushing it to get down to the weight you feel comfortable at before you leave but be careful not to overdo and cause yourself any injury. Just do your best you cannot ask any more of yourself. You are such a motivated person that you will get there.

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
Thanks for your faith!


hollybelle on 10/13/2016:
Have fun with visiting family. I predict you will be able to exercise moderation. Maybe postpone beer until Thailand????

grannyannie on 10/14/2016:
Thanks. Stepdaughter might bring a really good and expensive gin and also likes wine. Fortunately she's not a big drinker will helps me moderate. And husband's birthday will be in a restaurant that has a huge choice of good craft beers - hard to resist.



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 11, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 148.8

Back to working out today.  Dentist tomorrow morning for a cleaning, but I'll be home by 10 so no excuses to escape working out.  

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12
Workout cardio:
  • exercise bike - 45 mins

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  toast and hummous, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice or quinoa, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:   1240

 

 

Progress as of today: 18.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/11/2016:
Enjoy your workout! I will also be at the gym later this afternoon - an early session :) hope to be home around 6 so i can review my notes and relax before taking a couple NYS Notary tests tomorrow!

grannyannie on 10/11/2016:
Thanks. Sounds good!


puddles on 10/11/2016:
Have a great day Annie sounds like you have a plan.

grannyannie on 10/11/2016:
Thanks. Hanging in there after a bit of slipping.


hollybelle on 10/11/2016:
Great job as usual. :-)


trishpiglet3 on 10/12/2016:
Your food looks really lovely :) Nutritious and tasty



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