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grannyannie - Friday Apr 14, 2017
(Low carb - low cal - cardio and muscle workouts)
Weight: 153.8

This morning when I realized it was Good Friday I checked on gym opening hours online as I remember one year showing up to find the door locked.  It doesn’t open until 10 today and Monday.  So I’m going to do all of my muscle workouts at home, then do housework and get things sorted for family visit.  


Usually I figure I'm going to misbehave and indulge when we have company, but not this time.  I'm too determined!  I'm even thinking when I go on a solo trip to an island for 6 days mid May that I will still do low carb low cal - except the first day when I'm driving for 6+ hours.  

 

Weekly high carb high cal day

Menu:

B:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh blueberries & strawberries

L:  7 veg salad, peanut butter on 3 oatcakes, apple

D:  pizza - veggie, chirizo or pepperoni

S:  dry red wine - got out a tiny wine glass for me!, probably some peanuts and/or almonds


Home workout:

12 upper body routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 10

Lower:

squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x 10

lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10

side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10

thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 5 routines

planks - 3

abs-4 routines x 3

bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds

calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/14/2017:
you can even go low carb while driving (unless it's your desire not to of course!). There are lots of alternatives to carbs...like to snack on hard boiled egg whites! You can have so many & they are low cal. An example only ;)

They even sell protein chips to eat instead of carb chips, similar calories.

nice job with wine - no need to have so much - it's just the taste. i also enjoy, as you prob know, flavored seltzers with added stevia for more sweetness and that goes well with a side of nuts also.

nice work also on gym stuff doing your routine at home - once in awhile gym isn't very convenient, agreed. as a single woman, i try to make it my priority though as that is what keeps me sane :-D

Have a wonderful Good Friday and Happy Easter with your family!!!!

grannyannie on 04/14/2017:
I've been eating quite a lot of eggs. On my 6+ hour drive I'll need to stop and rest a couple of times, and plan to stop for lunch. That will most likely involve a sandwich. I've seen some veggie chips, could try those.

Had to much to do today to go to the gym for a 10:00 opening. But I feel like I've had a huge workout with housework and my muscle work.


Donkey on 04/14/2017:
Very good on the low-carbs. I think of you every day when I plan my lunches. Today was a struggle, since the title company brought in these *beautiful* doughnuts. Alas, tomorrow is weigh-in day, and I think that's the only thing keeping me sane right now.

grannyannie on 04/15/2017:
Doughnuts are hard to resist! Good luck on the scale! Keep it up.



grannyannie - Thursday Apr 13, 2017
(Low carb - low cal - cardio and muscle workouts)
Weight: 153.8

Scale going down but I think quite a bit is still water. Tried on some shorts and they are still too tight - these are my best gauge.  Had a dull headache after my workout today and it's a common side effect of going low carb in the first couple of weeks.  I didn't feel very energetic doing my workout at the gym but I managed to do it all.  Of course, this was day 4 in a row of suddenly doing heavy workouts, so not blaming it all on lack of carbs.  

Gym:

  • spin bike: 15 mins
  • rowing machine:  10 mins
  • elliptical:  10 mins
  • treadmill:  10 mins
  • leg press:  10 x 4 set

Home Lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

Menu:

  • B:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh blueberries
  • L:  2 eggs, 3 (British) bacon - very meaty
  • D:  ground steak burger w/onions, cheddar, mayo, 7 veg salad
  • S:  dry roasted peanuts

Carbs:   24     Cals:     1218  (extra low carbs today - going high carb tomorrow for pizza night and family visit)

 

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2017:
Good Morning Annie :-D

When i went VERY SEVERE low carb, i did not have the energy for my workouts at all - but it was also the low calories...like yours at 1200 per day. I was a lot younger at this point - like 24 i think? - and the weight shot off in a month i was where i wanted to be with this very low cal diet but it wasn't manageable for me for long term because it wasn't balanced at all (too low cal and low carb for someone of my age and fitness levels at 24). Now, when i have caffeine / granola bar before workouts, i have intense energy :-D during the workouts.

not trying to derail you - just letting you know what happened to me. everyone is different, there are athletes that eat the popular "high fat / low carb" Ketogenic diet these days....but i think that usually is higher calories than typical or your low carb which is better to keep calories low.

I love planks but i do not do them - they are great for shoulders and the abs...actually - wait - I do do them sometimes - when i'm trying to increase my push-ups, and i'm tired from doing pushups already that day as i did them already...i move onto a few planks as a way to really keep training my shoulders after i'm all "push-upped" out...i do some planks following pushups, not every workout but often enough! yes!

You're motivating me to start the leg press - if it exists (one gym has it for sure, the other it is sometimes wet from a roof leak so not using that!)...but you motivate me to start - after my sore legs feel better :-D lately they are sore. Should be better in a week or two as I become less stressed and busy lol...

grannyannie on 04/13/2017:
I haven't seen any resources online about counting both carbs and cals, but they did say to make sure you're not going below 1200 if a female. In all my research I decided 50 was good. Some diets are only 20 and I wouldn't be able to do anything if I went that low. Today was just because I going high carb tomorrow. So like my low cal diets I'm having a high cal high carb day weekly.

I have very strong legs and enjoy watching them bulge when I flex! LOL. Not bad for 65, eh?

grannyannie on 04/13/2017:
My problem also is I've been losing/gaining/losing/gaining since I was 40.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2017:
after the carb increase of pizza, you'll probably find it easier to work-out. it's not only in your imagination as the carbs will fuel your muscles.

grannyannie on 04/13/2017:
True. And I'll do this weekly. I'm going to try not to go below 50 g per day.



grannyannie - Wednesday Apr 12, 2017
(Low carb - low cal - cardio and muscle workouts)
Weight: 154.4

Good workout but I was struggling part of the time.  I don't know if it's my low carbs or because I'm just really getting back into serious working out. Probably overdoing it a bit.  This is my third day in a row at the gym.  Planning to keep it up until next holiday. 

Gym:

spin bike: 15 mins

rowing machine:  10 mins

elliptical:  10 mins

 

treadmill:  10 mins


Resistance machines:  4 x 10

chest press (there are 2 types of chest press so only using one - waiting for them to get a shoulder press)

lat pulldown

vertical row

leg press - love this machine!


Home workout:

 

12 upper body routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 10


Menu:

B:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh strawberries, 1 boiled egg

L:  7 veg salad w/hummus and cheddar

D:  veggie and Quorn curry and tofu

S:  pear, dry roasted peanuts


Carbs:  48      Cals:  1293


 

Progress as of today: 12.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/12/2017:
I agree with you that Thai food is amazingly healthy with so many more veggies and less sugar in sauce than most other ethnic food choices. I love Thai also. SO HEALTHY!!!!!!! and the options are huge regarding types of sauces and veggies. LOVE THAI!

grannyannie on 04/12/2017:
You would notice a big difference in the food in Thailand from what you'd get in a Thai restaurant in the US, even if the owners are Thai. In Thailand there is a huge variety of vegetables and a small amount of meat (if you have meat).

grannyannie on 04/12/2017:
You also get veggies you've never heard of.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/12/2017:
Here near me - that is how it's done in a couple places i've been too - very little protein...more on the veg!



grannyannie - Tuesday Apr 11, 2017
(Low carb - low cal - cardio and muscle workouts)
Weight: 154.8

Still feeling great. Scale down again. I did break down and have a can of caffeine free diet coke that I'd bought before this diet. I'd like to keep away from anything with artificial sugar except for stevia.

Just cardio at the gym today.

Gym:

spin bike: 15 mins

rowing machine:  10 mins

elliptical:  15 mins

treadmill:  10 mins

Also did 6 sets of 10 on the leg press - love this machine!  

 

Lower at home: still doing 3 sets but will work back up to 4 sets

squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x 10

lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10

side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10

thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 5 routines

planks - 3

abs-4 routines x 3

bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds

calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10


Menu:

B:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh blueberries & sunflower seeds

L:  7 veg salad, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

D:  veggie and Quorn curry with tofu

S:  dry roasted peanuts, blanched almonds, 85% dark chocolate


Carbs:  47    Cals:  1191

 

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2017:
You are doing good - remember one thing that moderation OK and that you are smart. Follow the diet yes, but don't feel like you failed for having a diet coke. Glad you are staying on track with it...

Stevia is def healthier from what the science says of course.

I love my stevia.

Thanks for your kind words today. I was really, really upset at work especially bc it's Passover, a major Jewish holiday, and i'm busier and more stressed than any usual week. It's frustrating to me how during holiday times working people in general are more stressed when holidays are supposed to be happy things not sad things. anyways, that's life.

grannyannie on 04/12/2017:
Yea, just counting carbs would be a disaster for me, so I feel confident counting calories as well and I'm eating healthy. I've still got about 10 cans of diet coke so I'll allow just one per day. I was drinking tons of it.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/12/2017:
Good Plan re the coke.

grannyannie on 04/12/2017:
Yea, and won't buy any more. I think it makes me hungry.



grannyannie - Monday Apr 10, 2017
(Low carb - low cal - cardio and muscle workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Doing my regular routine at the gym now, and a friend is going with me as well.  

Gym:

  • spin bike: 15 mins
  • rowing machine:  10 mins
  • elliptical HIIT:  10 mins

Resistance machines:  4 x 10 (the new shoulder press machine has not arrived yet)

  • chest press
  • chest press (2 different types)
  • lat pulldown
  • vertical row
  • leg press
Home:
  • 12 upper body routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 10

Menu:

  • B:  plain soy yogurt w/added fresh strawberries and stevia, 1 boiled egg, tea w/soy milk
  • L:  7 veg salad w/hummus, cheddar, 1 boiled egg (I've come up with a recipe so that my salad is exactly the same so carb and cals are accurate), coffee with soy milk
  • D:  veggie and Quorn curry
  • S:  dry roasted peanuts, blanched almonds, 85% dark chocolate

carbs 44 g     cals 1261


Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2017:
keeping a routine = success. very happy to hear you are back at it & totally in the zone :-)

the last snack sounds like it would hit the spot! do you have the choc and nuts with any tea or drink?

i am starting to go up on weights for my legs...very happy. still a lower weight in general, but more than i started at! weight training is amazing as the longer you do it - the better you get - even if it takes months or years - it works.

grannyannie on 04/10/2017:
I have water or herbal tea with my night time snack.

I love muscle building. I've been more serious about muscle building for the last 5 years. I love that they've put in a leg press in my gym!



grannyannie - Sunday Apr 09, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Scale down 3+ lbs. Could be some water weight but some is fat.  How clothes fit is really best gage for me. 

I'm doing a carb AND calorie count.  Finding it hard to keep below 50 carbs and not let calories get too low.  All the sources I've found say a woman should never go below 1200 calories per day and I've always gone by that.  I've read about mistakes people make on low carb and some are eating tons of high fat cheese (almost zero carbs) and nuts (very low carbs).  So I'm tracking calories as well.  

Friends dropped by yesterday and I always keep rose' wine on hand for when they visit.  I had none!  

Menu:

  • B:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh strawberries and stevia, 1 boiled egg
  • S:  coffee with soy milk
  • L:  7 veg salad w/hummus, smoked salmon, cheddar (this was really filling!)
  • D:  Veggie and Quorn curry (no rice, no quinoa)
  • S:  apple, dry roasted peanuts

Carbs:  46,  Calories:  1228 (perfect!)

(Salad:  spinach, radishes, cucumber, carrot, tomato, celery, yellow pepper)

Doing housework today but might also do some lower body muscle workouts.

Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
Yes, i agree to def count calories in addition to going low carb....and veggies are so healthy :-)

grannyannie on 04/10/2017:
And I did not feel hungry or tempted to do extra snacking at all yesterday!


Horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2017:
Yes - agreed that low carb will dampen your appetite...good. keep up this outlook Annie lady - you got this!

grannyannie on 04/10/2017:
Thanks! I like this diet!



grannyannie - Saturday Apr 08, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Today I'm counting as Day One of low carb. Tons of research. Some websites say 20g of carbs per day but most say that is too low.  Most also say Atkins is VERY bad but I didn't intend to do that one anyway - very unhealthy!  If I were to stick to 20 g per day I'd have no energy to workout. The number recommended is up to 50 per day for a woman, with a higher carb day once or twice a week. Looked at carb cycling but that is far too complicated - it's very low carbs 3 days a week, low carbs 2 days, high carbs 2 days.  

So I've settled on 40-50g carbs per day, and one day per week of up to 100.  It's okay to have occasional bread so my high carb day will be Fridays - pizza day.  I'll also have porridge that day which I miss. 

Today is quite low - 21 g but tomorrow I'm planning on 47.  Husband said my diet looked like high calorie, so I calculated the calories for today and they are only 1246.  Low carb is higher in fat so keeps you full longer so you naturally eat less calories.  That's the theory anyway and it works for many.  So I'm giving it a shot!

Menu:

  • B:  plain soy yogurt, added fresh strawberries and stevia, 1 boiled egg, tea w/soy milk
  • S:  coffee w/almond milk
  • L:  salad (spinach, tomato, celery, radishes, cucumber, yellow pepper) & chicken breast chunks
  • D:  ground steak burger, cauliflower & cheddar
  • S:  dry roasted peanuts and blanched almonds

Home workout:

  • 12 routines with dumbbells for upper body - 10 x 4 each

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 04/08/2017:
I lost my original first 25#, which stayed off, with a low-carb diet, Woman Drs Diet for Women--old book (70s). The key for me was the routine/monotony. Sure I had cravings, but I stuck with it.

One thing I allowed was chocolate pudding--just the prepared ones--one/day only.

Hope you get the results you want!

grannyannie on 04/08/2017:
Thanks! I'm just doing the one higher carb/cal day per week.

Just an experiment really, and I've got 5 weeks until I take a 5 night holiday by myself. If I find this is working well I'll try to continue while I'm eating out at restaurants there. I guess I can just ask for more veg and leave off the potatoes and don't bring me bread. A challenge for sure.

I really just want my clothes to not be too tight and uncomfortable. That's the goal for now anyway.


Donkey on 04/08/2017:
Your comments on my entry today was very helpful - thank you!

grannyannie on 04/09/2017:
You're welcome! Good luck.



grannyannie - Friday Apr 07, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Finishing up the low fat stuff today, and having weekly 'bread' with the thin crust pizza.  Husband loves to make me pizza so we'll keep the Friday routine.  

Tomorrow I will count every carb to judge how I'm doing.  Counting carbs in the curry is tough but everything in it is very low carb.  No rice. Quinoa is okay but doing small portions as usual.

Menu:

  • B:  1/2 portion of porridge, 1 boiled egg
  • L:  last of the low fat yogurt and cheese, salad w/chicken, strawberries
  • D:  thin crust veggie and chorizo pizza
  • S:  small amount of dry roasted peanuts, blanched almonds, maybe a square of 85% dark chocolate

Gym:

  • spin bike: 15 mins

  • rowing machine:  10 mins
  • elliptical:  10 mins
  • treadmill:  5 mins

Resistance machines:  4 x 10

  • chest press
  • shoulder press
  • lat pulldown
  • vertical row
  • leg press

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/08/2017:
I think my diet is towards the low-carb side of the spectrum, but I haven't cut out carbs completely. I just limit my servings on the carbs. So if I have rice or pasta, I'll control that portion and then add extra vegetables or meat to the meal. Sandwiches with only 1 piece of bread, etc.

I still have oatmeal in the morning (not sure if that is the equivalent of porridge) but add walnuts and flaxseed (protein sources) to it. No sugar but spice it up with cinnamon.

Baked potato & corn are OK as those are vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a better choice.

I've added a lot more vegetables to my meals and snacks. If I need a dip or a dressing to help that along -- because sometimes raw vegetables can be so boring -- then that's fine.

I do have 1 day a week where I'm a little more relaxed about my choices, but I don't go wild on portion sizes. That is to say, it's not an "all you can eat" day. But I don't have to binge, because I know I can have more next week on my "relaxed" day. You might want to have a "beer day" to help.

I hope this helps. It's hard at first, until your body gets used to it, especially if you love sugar (like Mr. Donkey) or other similar vices.

grannyannie on 04/08/2017:
Been doing tons of research. You don't cut out carbs completely but keep it low. No bread, no potatoes, rice or pasta, oatmeal/porridge is quite high as well. I'll post my meals for today.



grannyannie - Thursday Apr 06, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Desperate! So I'm going to try something new to me.  I know 3 people personally who are/were diabetics and they went on the blood sugar diet (low carb, very low sugar).  All of them lost a TON of weight and 2 of them no longer need their diabetes meds.  I am not diabetic, not even close and I won't be following that particular diet.  I've never tried a low carb diet but I figure it's worth a shot.  So I'm starting today although I have some food I need to finish that is a no-no on the diet.  No food that says 'diet', no artificial sweeteners except Stevia.  And I just bought lots of diet Coke! I've got some low fat cheese to finish (although the packet says no sugar, artificial or otherwise) and some low fat yogurt that has artificial sweetener.  

NO BEER (super high in carbs!) 

Tomorrow is pizza night and hubby loves to make us homemade pizza (even the sauce) on our new pizza machine.  That means pizza crust, but he says he'll make it extra thin - so that will be my exception every week and it will be small portions.  Porridge isn't low carb and I hate to give it up so I'm going to try making a half portion of it tomorrow and also have either yogurt or a boiled egg. Definitely no more raisins. 

I've done my research and any of you who have tried low carb I'd welcome any comments.  Tomorrow I shop for hummus, chicken breast slices, more eggs, plain soy yogurt to which I will add fresh berries and stevia, smoked salmon, apples, pears, berries, my usual salad and other veggies, and full fat cheddar. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge w/raisins and almond milk (no more raisins)
  • S:  cappuccino w/almond milk and chocolate sprinkles on top and stevia (going to start having black with just a splash of milk and stevia)
  • L:  scrambled eggs with cheese, yogurt, apple
  • D:  veggie and Quorn curry w/small portion of quinoa
  • S:  small amount of almonds

A bit sore in upper arms and chest muscles from using the gym machines yesterday. 

Home workout: (3 sets instead of 4 - maybe increase back to 4 sets some time next week)

  • 12 upper body routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 10

Lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x  10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Wednesday Apr 05, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Oops!  Scale is going the wrong way!  Groan.....  did not behave in London.

Back to the new gym today!  Nice!  I didn't do a proper workout but tried out all the resistance machines as they are all new and a wee bit different than the old ones.  They also added a leg press which I really enjoy doing.  

Gym:

  • exercise bike:  45 mins
  • spin bike:  10 mins
  • rowing machine:  5 mins
  • elliptical:  10 mins

Resistance machines: just tried them out so didn't do proper sets this time

  • leg press
  • lat pull down
  • chest press

Feeling tired so will stay home tomorrow and do my full sets of muscle work for upper and lower body.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes, low fat cheddar, banana, quinoa bar, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, herbal teas

Cals:   1375 (starving when I came home from gym and should be at 1200)

Only 7 weeks until we go to the US.  Not going to meet my goal.  

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/05/2017:
It is good to have the new machines...you are getting a nice change of which you will learn the new machines and shouldn't take long. if you like them, you can use them.

it's good for the mind and body to learn new things and stuff so that is good, in my opinion!

nice that you now have a leg press which is a great machine. i don't use now, but may start now that you mention it.

grannyannie on 04/05/2017:
I've always liked the leg press. Probably because I can use really heavy weights on it.


Donkey on 04/05/2017:
Oooo, the new gym!!! I'm so excited for you!!! (And in case you don't go back to reading older entries -- thank you so much for posting your upper body exercises!!!)

grannyannie on 04/06/2017:
You're welcome!



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