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grannyannie - Friday Dec 23, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.0

No rain today except a wee bit of drizzle for a short time.  So we rode our bikes to a Temple, then to the nearby Villa Chocolat.  I had dessert for lunch.  Pic below. 

Exercise was a bike ride to the temple/cafe and back.  Maybe 7 miles.  If it stays dry we'll cycle to dinner but that's only about 2 miles roundtrip.  Indulging until Monday then getting tough. 

Menu:

B:  toast, banana, yogurt

S:  see below (forgot to take a pic this time because a dog was annoying me trying to get some of my cake so this is last year's pic.  We sat on the porch to eat.)  I actually found the dessert too rich.  

L:  about 2:30 - yellow Indian curry with potatoes and tofu, 1/2 portion rice

D:  plain macaroni with salt and butter

S:  beer, bottle strawberry mai tai

Lunch.  Temple. 

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/24/2016:
I have got to get to that part of the world it is so nice. All the best Annie enjoy your Xmas. You will get there before us because of the time change how neat is that... lol Be good to your Santa.

grannyannie on 12/24/2016:
Thanks, Fran! Yes, we are 12 hours ahead of EST. It will be actually be xmas in about 3 hours (midnight).


Donkey on 12/24/2016:
Merry Christmas! What beautiful pictures - thank you so much!

grannyannie on 12/25/2016:
Thanks. Had a nice xmas!



grannyannie - Friday Dec 23, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.0

Yesterday - Thursday:

It was dry in the morning, so I went with hubby on his daily bike ride at 6am instead of the gym.  Don’t know the exact distance but probably about 7 or 8 miles.  It takes 45 minutes.  Roads are very quiet then but there were still people setting up the markets along the roads with food and juices, etc.

Did a few squats and lunges at home, without dumbbells and my usual ankle weights.

Blue skies didn’t stay.  Started heavy rain at about 9am.  

Menu:

B:  toast, yogurt, porridge

S:  cappuccino, sm cup crackers (like animal crackers)

L:  chicken/herbs/veggie wrap, mango/yoghurt/passionfruit smoothie (small)

D:  fried rice with bacon, large beer

S:  few pretzels, small glass of light beer


Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

 

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes


Also rode the bike to lunch - about 8 miles roundtrip including a very steep uphill climb.  

 

 

Friday:


Woke up to heavy rain.  Did not want to drive to the gym and still end up getting wet.  So lazy day.  Massage at noon.  


Menu:  not a healthy day.  No veggies.  I'll make up for it tomorrow. Most days I get tons of veggies and some fruit. 

B:  toast, banana, yogurt

L:  chicken sate, french fries, iced tea (didn't have lunch until 2:30)

D:  eggs and ham, banana (maybe)

S:  light beer, chocolate

 

Not being good.  Gained back what I lost.  Plan is to go ahead and indulge over xmas weekend, the M-F be very, very good.  No beer at all.  No snacking at night.  Then treats on weekend. 

 

Blog of our stay in Thailand.  Added some videos today of kayaking and cycling.  You'll have to copy and paste it as this editor doesn't have links. 

 

http://anniedannysamui.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2016:
I'll watch the video later / on the weekend! Cool stuff...can't wait to see.

Squats are simply the best...i have noticed def changes in my rear after less than a year of squats. It's definitely changed! Lifted up.

grannyannie on 12/23/2016:
Get some ankle weights and do legs lifts on all 4's. That'll do it!


puddles on 12/23/2016:
Your holiday this year certainly has its up and downs but in the end all is good. Sounds like your bike ride was a real pleasant one with the locals around. I can almost picture that. Take care Annie enjoy your xmas indulging and get back at it after.

grannyannie on 12/23/2016:
Yea, December has pretty much sucked! But I'm confident Jan and Feb will be sunny most of the time. I do love to ride the bike, get all sweaty and then jump in the pool. I won't go in the pool though unless it has been sunny for at least 2 days straight, or the water is too cold.



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 21, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

Gym was not opened until about 7:10.  Only did 10 mins cardio. Raining again and I wanted to leave when the rain was less heavy, so shorter workout but did my full weights workout.


RAIN:  no, this is not a normal December on this island.  It is worse than the heavy rains they had 5 years ago which were a record.  We’ve had a few dry days but mostly rainy, with flooding.  Normally we get some rain the first week of December, then scattered throughout the month.  Then Jan and Feb are mostly sunny with occasional showers.  We were told November was sunny almost all month which is unusual.  Normally Nov is rainy season and it tapers off early in Dec.  Anyway, I’m fed up.  21 days and still haven’t been in the pool.  Makes me want to splurge.

 

Menu:

B:  toast, yogurt

L: club sandwich, fries, strawberry smoothie

S:  ½ pint beer

D:  eggs & meaty bacon

S:  1 lg light beer, pretzels

 

Gym workout

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

 11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

Cardio:

treadmill - 10 mins

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3


A photo from a couple of days ago before dinner:
 
 
 
Edit:  the cleaners came late today (they clean the house every 4 days), so we went for a walk on the beach.  We were delighted to see blue sky.  For how long??
 
 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/21/2016:
Hi Annie,

I am so sorry that the weather is totally off kilter! Omg what a disappointment – but that’s Mother Nature lol, at her pretty much her worst. So sorry! Yeah, being stuck more indoors and dealing with weather like that would be difficult for me also. I’d be tempted to eat more as well.

Meaty Bacon!? LOL. So it wasn’t fatty?

It’s good you can do partial workouts at home bc of this rain and problems with gym. I prefer to exercise at gym because I love to be around others. When I am home, I like to relax there. I am not motivated at home like I am at the gym. But, if I make a lot of money and buying a “home gym” - the sorta equipment where it has all machines in one, I might opt for it and put it in my apt down the road – when I am 40…LOL. but yeah, if being a cop in the NYPD changes things, I may opt to change my lifestyle / routine. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll do it earlier than 40 or maybe I’ll stick with my fave – the actual GYM!

Photos are amazing like from a magazine.

grannyannie on 12/21/2016:
I called it British bacon before as it looks like it. British bacon is mostly meat with a bit of fat on the end and maybe a small strip on the side. Those are what we would put in a bacon roll - one of my favourite foods. Anyway, I thought this bacon was British, but it's actually German. Doesn't taste as good as British. I find that American bacon doesn't taste good to me any more - too fatty and salty.

At home I always do my muscle work with dumbbells, ankle weights and all my floor exercises at home. Then cardio and resistance machines at the gym. I like to be around other members as well.

But this is a resort gym, so very small and I have it all to myself 98% of the time. And when someone does come in there is no guarantee they speak English. I bought the yoga mat 2 years ago to use here and we store it with our other stuff. I bought new ankle weights this year because last years fell apart. These are better quality.


puddles on 12/22/2016:
Pretty picture Annie. I have not been on for a few days but busy in these last days before Xmas. Take care.

grannyannie on 12/22/2016:
Thanks. Have a lovely xmas!



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 20, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

We managed to ride our bikes to dinner last night, and stopped at a beach first.  No rain at all yesterday, just dark clouds.  Went to the gym at my usual time - 7am, and and I usually leave just after 8. So, of course, at 7:45 it started to pour rain.  It did stop though and I rode my bike home.  

Posting a photo of the Big Buddha from last year for HOP.  You can see it from the plane when you're about to land. We will visit again this year, and all the temples.  

 

Did 5 lower body sets at the gym instead of 4.  Doesn’t take very long to do 4, so I’m adding an extra set.  

 

Menu:

B:  toast, porridge

L:  green curry, ½ portion rice

D:  staying home - bacon, eggs, toast

S:  1 light beer

Gym workout:  

Lower body 10 reps x 5 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 -  10 mins

treadmill -  15 mins


Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2016:
Not sure if you responded about the rainy season you are having? Is it the same as last year or a bit more? Wow it rains every day so often by you. I know it will end. But just asking, if it rains so much, why do you choose this place? haha. Otherwise, it's quite beautiful. Just asking, if you don't mind :)

Thank you so much for another Big Buddha photo! wow. so cool. So is there anything inside? A temple? or just steps to walk up & down? haha. So many Buddhas in Thailand! Seems more than China!? maybe right!?

I do like your idea to add a set. You give me a GREAT idea of which i am going to use, for sure, for the next month at least. I have a huge difference in strength between my left side (weaker) and right side. I am going to do a set more (or even two sets) of bicep curls on left until I catch up in strength to my right (i'm a righty). I've already been trying to pick ups weights more often and handle weights at gym more often with the left side instead of my right. thanks!

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
Yes, I responded twice about the rain in two other posts. Yes, the rain is a LOT more than last year or the year before.

China does not have many Buddhists. Much of Asia does though. Nothing inside the Buddha statue, a lot of gongs and statues at the top of the steps. Buddha is highly respected here. You must take off your shoes to go in a temple, or go up these steps. Shoulders and knees must be covered.

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
I looked it up. China is 18% Buddhist. Thailand is 95%.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2016:
For your cardio at gym, i like how you are doing it by breaking it up into chunks between multiple machines. Good idea. I may also do this later in Spring.

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
These gym only has 3 cardio machines, and since I ride my bike here a lot (when not raining!) I don't do much time on the stationary bike. At my gym at home I like to do spin bike, elliptical, rowing machine, and sometimes treadmill. It's good to have as much variety as you can in your workouts or your body just gets too used to doing something and it's not challenged much any more.



grannyannie - Monday Dec 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

No bike ride today except to the gym and back.  Sun is shining but the sky has lots of dark clouds.  The pool hasn't warmed up yet either.  So we drove to my favourite temple/pagoda.  Pic below. 

Menu:

B:  toast, yogurt, melon

L:  pad thai w/tofu, iced tea

S:  almonds

D:  fried rice w/veggies, mango smoothie (been craving ice cream all day)

S:  1 large light beer

Gym workout

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

 

Cardio:

treadmill - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2016:
Sorry the weather is still not coming around for you! I know it's the rainy season, but, is it more rainy than last year? I don't think i remember you writing so much about rain last year?

That statue is huge! Must be a really nice temple :)

grannyannie on 12/19/2016:
A LOT more rain than last year! A record, in fact. Yes, the statue is huge but not nearly as big as the one called the Big Buddha. It is massive! I'll post a pic from last year since we haven't been yet this year.


puddles on 12/19/2016:
Beautiful picture. Make the most of your day and take advantage of the good weather days. Things could be worst like us we got another 25cm of snow this weekend. I am sure you don't miss that...lol

grannyannie on 12/19/2016:
We go out every chance we get. Had some beautiful days, but I don't trust it to stay dry any more. Stupid high pressure system over China is the cause.

No, don't miss snow. We get very little in Scotland but it does feel very cold there with high winds and cold rain. I have lived in very snowy places though!



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 18, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

I changed my goal weight for what I'd like to be here in Thailand, but at home I like 135.  

Sunshine today, but I see some dark clouds lingering.  We need 2 or 3 days of sunshine for the pool and sea to be warm enough for swimming or just floating around.  No gym today but I'll try to do M-F again this week.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins
  • L:  duck/pineapple/sweet potato/tomato curry in a spicy coconut sauce, brown and jasmine rice, herbal tea (lemongrass/ginger and something else).  Bought another loaf of their wholegrain seeded bread that they make every Sunday.
  • D:  2 eggs, British bacon, toast
  • S:  1 alcopop - Smirnoff vodka and melon (remember how tasty they were last year)

Not a lot of great pics yet this winter, so here's one from last winter on a snorkeling trip:

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2016:
Gosh...a pic from last winter!? NOT cool! Just kidding Annie. We love your photos. You do look great here. I gotta say, to be able to pull off that bikini top under your dress, it's bc you work out & you are active! Otherwise, no way jose!

I like your attitude overall in this entry and always. You seem to do a great job of going with the flow and you never seem to get derailed when things may not go as planned (weather or weight or exercise). You simply get yourself back on track. It's impressive.

When i compare my thinking to yours, i see that i tend to have more of a dilemma when it comes to getting back on track! That's why i have a tendency to try to NOT let my weight fluctuate bc from past experience it takes me YEARS to get back on track if i get off! So i try my best to maintain and catch it early...

anyways, you are doing great. love the photos. talk soon!

grannyannie on 12/19/2016:
Thanks! LOL. That's a swimsuit coverup I'm wearing in the pic. See the gap under the arm - I didn't put sunscreen on that part and got burned!

Anxious to go on a snorkeling trip again but have to wait for the rain to be done for sure and the water to warm up.

I am very guilty of gaining too much and then yo-yo-ing. Makes it harder and also not good for health.



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 17, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

 

No gym for the weekend.

 

Lovely sunny day turned into about 18 hours of almost nonstop heavy downpours.  Again.  Sigh.  Didn’t want to risk the rental car on the flooded roads, so waded to a restaurant for late lunch/early dinner.  Willpower goes down the drain in this horrid rain - had two small beers with lunch.  


Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins
  • L:  fried rice w/ham & pineapple, 2 small beers
  • S:  cup of mini Oreos with a coffee
  • D:  2 pieces of toast & packet of baked crisps
  • S:  1 or 2 light beers

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/17/2016:
I hear you on the willpower-weather connection. I've been dealing with that this week, except substitute "snow" and "cold" for "rain". So hard to maintain focus and momentum when the weather doesn't cooperate.

PS I am so loving the pictures! The last one you posted --- it was bitterly cold here that day, and I just melted into your photo.

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
Posted a photo from last winter. Not enough beach time yet this winter!


puddles on 12/17/2016:
You are getting rain and we are getting big snow storm would you like to trade.... lol Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
Naw, I'll stick with rain. Although it's sun today.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2016:
Did it rain this much last year by you?

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
No, we had some heavy rain but only for a few days in total. This is very unusual. Locals say worse than their big rains in 2011. Early Dec should be the end of rainy season, so this is weird. I've read that they blame a high pressure system in China.



grannyannie - Friday Dec 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

We had massages at noon. Now relaxed and all the knots are out of my shoulders and legs. Had favourite lunch afterward.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, banana
  • L:  chicken/herbs/raw crunchy veggies on a wrap, green juice (apple/celery/cucumber/lime), carob chip cookie (low fat low sugar)
  • D:  green curry w/tofu, ½ portion rice
  • S:  1 large light beer

Bike ride - 1.5 miles round trip to gym

Gym workout

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

  • 11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

Cardio: 

  • treadmill - 20 mins

Home workout:

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

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 12/16/2016:
Wow, great workout! I really need to do some weight training!

grannyannie on 12/16/2016:
I find it more important to do muscle work than cardio, although cardio is also important for heart, lungs, stamina.


puddles on 12/16/2016:
Your exercise schedule always amazes me. You seem to be settling into your routine. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 12/17/2016:
Proud of myself for going 5 days in a row. :)

Thanks.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2016:
lunch and food sounds more amazing than your massage!

grannyannie on 12/17/2016:
I love this restaurant! And all wraps are boring after this one!



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

Out of sync with everybody!  It's nearly noon here, and nearly midnight EST, and at home it's nearly 5am.  

The rain came back today.    Fortunately it waited until I'd cycled to the gym and back and hubby had gone for his bike ride and swim.  We planned to have breakfast out and then stop by my favourite temple which is near the restaurant.  But while having breakfast it started pouring rain. Sigh. I'm sure it won't last more than today and tomorrow.  Crossing fingers.  

4th day in a row at the gym!!  I think I'll keep doing this unless we have plans.  I like splitting up lower and upper workouts.  

Menu:

  • B:  breakfast out - Thai basil omelette, 1 ½ pieces homemade wholegrain toast w/butter, 2 Americano w/milk & brown sugar
  • L:  banana
  • D:  a bit of digestive upset after breakfast - made a cuppa soup, but it was too spicy, so only ate about half
  • S:  might have 1 small light beer

Bike ride - just the 1.5 miles to the gym and back

Gym workout:  

Lower body: 10 reps x 4 sets each

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

Cardio:

  • Elliptical intervals - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  5 mins
  • treadmill -  25 mins

Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

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

 

This is at the temple I wanted to visit this morning - last year's photo of the reclining Buddha:

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 12.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2016:
Is it me or is that a skinny buddha!?

Anyways, sounds like a wonderfully active morning. I'm glad it decided to rain after all the activity :)

grannyannie on 12/15/2016:
The Buddha is skinny. The fat/laughing 'Buddha' is not really the Buddha - he's a Chinese God.

Hope it's dry tomorrow morning!



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

Got on the scale.  My scale here is in kg and I lost more than 1kg!  

I was actually up to 155.2 and now am 152.8.  


Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins, toast
  • S:  watermelon
  • S:  black coffee and biscuits (similar to animal crackers)
  • L:  chicken satay - chicken on skewers coated in a sauce - peanut sauce on the side
  • S:  seaside bar we paddled to - 2 small beers
  • D:  pbj toast, banana
  • S:  1 small light beer

Bike ride - just the 1.5 miles to the gym and back


Kayaking - about 2 miles? Got back too late to go out to dinner so had snacks in the house.  A bit short of nutrition today.


Gym workout

Upper body:  11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

12 reps x 4 sets each


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

treadmill - 15 mins


Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3

 

On our kayak trip this afternoon:

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 12.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/14/2016:
Hello Annie! I love the look of the new-age canoe or is it a kayak amongst the natural surroundings of this beach! nice shot!

Not many times have a been to a beach that looks like this one that i can even remember if ever! Love it...from the smaller sandy area to the full foresty-tree look to the big rocks all spread out that way. It's a beautiful sight. thank you for sharing. if you hadn't, i wouldn't be able to see something beautiful to start my day like this!

Congrats on your >2.2lb loss! wonderful....

The billionaire owner of my company just walked in....!

grannyannie on 12/14/2016:
It's an inflatable kayak, so a bit high up on water. We brought last year in a suitcase but bought the paddles here.

The beaches are different depending on what part of the island. We are on the east side and the beaches on the west side are fine, white sand and wide beaches.

Thanks!


innerpeace on 12/14/2016:
Very beautiful. Enjoy it!

grannyannie on 12/14/2016:
Thanks, will do!


jayhawkjen on 12/14/2016:
Scotland has changed since I was there last! Global warming? LOL...

grannyannie on 12/14/2016:
LOL! Aye! This is our winter home! It did hit 90F once in some part of Scotland. A record! Where we live I think it hit 82 once year, but mainly upper 60's and low 70's in summer.



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