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grannyannie - Tuesday Apr 04, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Had a great time in London!  Really enjoyed wandering around as I love the architecture.  Concert was beautiful.  Didn't weigh myself this morning but I know I weigh more than when we went.  Beer, big breakfasts, etc. 

Donkey asked me to list my upper body workout since I don't give any details.  

You can look these up on Youtube just asking for the name and dumbbells:

Biceps curls

Shoulder shrugs

Upright row

Side dips

Front shoulder raise

Lateral shoulder raise

Shoulder press

Triceps bent over row

Rear deltoid raises

Overhead dumbbell tricep extension

There is one more for shoulders and deltoids but can’t find the name of it.  

Floor exercise - no dumbbells:

Triceps dips on a chair

Push ups

At the gym I do all of the upper body resistance machines.  I don’t do lower as I figure I target those very well already.  Although our new gym has the leg press.  

There are TONS of how-to videos on Youtube that show you how to target any part of your body.

Planned on going to the gym today but I was just too exhausted.  London was tiring and the fact we didn't have a good hotel room meant 3 nights of not getting sufficient rest. I will go tomorrow and am planning on every weekday.

Calories today:  1299. 

Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/04/2017:
Yes, rest up after your trip. Always after trips, my body feels that toll of needing rest. YOu are smart to rest and hopefully prevent getting a cold due to being rundown.

London sounds like a really nice trip - good views and scenery and architecture i mean! and always nice to see a live music performance. i myself have a special place in my heart for musicians as I used to perform myself.

Good luck as you return to your renovated gym :-D and keep the good work on resting up for it.

grannyannie on 04/04/2017:
Main reason we went to London was the concert, but walking around was great. Love the old buildings.

My friend has joined the gym and her orientation is tomorrow, so we're going together. She's never really worked out before.

museumgirl on 04/04/2017:
I'd love to see London! Great workout, but taking a break to recover is important, too :)

grannyannie on 04/04/2017:
Thanks! I highly recommend London.

Donkey on 04/05/2017:
Thank you so much for posting your upper body workout -- I'm familiar with most of the exercises you mentioned. A couple of them I will have to look up on Youtube. I really appreciate it!

PS London is so cool!

grannyannie - Thursday Mar 30, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Heading to London tomorrow.  Back on Monday and back to the newly refurbished gym on Tuesday.  Woohoo!  Plans are to weigh the same when we come home as I did when we left. 

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  toast w/pbj, yogurt, strawberries
  • D:  Quorn pie, (no salad, ran out)
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, herbal teas
Cals:   1104

Workout upper body: not a full workout yet but I'll work up to it.
  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   2 x 12
Workout lower:
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 2 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 2 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 2 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 2 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 2
  • abs-4 routines x 2
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 6 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 2 x 10 

Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/30/2017:
please update us after your Tuesday workout! :-D

So i hope you meet your weight goals for weighing the same as when you left as when you return to gym! good goal. you are doing GREAT to get there. keep on...do not let any distractions derail your good efforts!

Donkey on 04/01/2017:
I hope you are enjoying or have enjoyed London! Enjoy your beautiful new gym upon your return!

When you have time and if you are inclined to do so, could you post what you do for the upper body? I mean, if you circuit train, no need to go into detail, but rather, just list what you do as you do for lower body.

Here's to a successful April!

grannyannie - Wednesday Mar 29, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Been AWOL.  March has not been good.  Lazy, indulgent, off and on workouts.  Hit 160 but now down to 156.  Clothes fit better with each pound I lose.  

Been logging calories since last Friday.  Fri - 1200, Sat 1122, Sun 1173, Mon - 1203, Tu - 1257, today will be 1186.  Going to London for 3 nights this Friday.  Told husband to chastise me if I eat any sweets or chips (fries), and need to alternate real beer with diet pop or Bud Light.  

9 weeks to US trip and 17 pounds to lose to final goal of 139.  But if I hit 145 I'll be happy.  Been working out at home but not as much as I should.  

Our gym which closed mid Sept will be opening next Monday!  It was supposed to open at xmas.  They did tours today and it looks good!!  Almost all new equipment, but sadly only one spin bike.  I'll be there Tuesday after we get back from London.   I plan to go every weekday except when we have guest or I'm on a trip (like a week in May).  

I'm going to log my meals while we are in London but will only have my phone with me and this site is too hard to use on my phone.  But I will be tracking.  

Hope you all are doing well.  I'll take a look and try to catch up. 

Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/29/2017:
Congrats on 4 pounds off :-D

I am also a bit off track due to sickness. I'd been doing great, staying off the sick path I believe the entire Winter! But finally got trumped down by a virus. All's good...Just about recovered. So like you were missing workouts due to sickness while you were on vaca / home, I had to so some of that this week. Almost back to resuming my workouts. It's been a good time off though - hadn't taken off since like ... i think October! lol, i think it's been that long since I had a full week off if I remember correctly so I don't mind as much..

Anyways, I'm so glad you are back to your weightloss mode...good for you! Sometimes it gets hard to making a shift to it - this is why I prefer maintenance to going up and down with my own weight - i chose to really learn what kinda calories and food i need in order to maintain for the MOST PART - i still gain and have to drop here & there...

So happy to hear, FINALLY!, of your gym re-opening. I bet it will look GREAT! Around here, gyms don't really close - they stay open as they do renovations...they'd lose so many people if they fully closed! It's good your gym could afford to do that! wow. must have been BIG CHANGES to your gym! You'll have to tell us once you go back!

lol...only ONE spin bike!? WHAT? LOL, Hopefully more bikes to come.

Keep up the good work, Annie <3 xoxo

grannyannie on 03/29/2017:
I wasn't sick so I had no excuse! We've been hearing about our gym being refurbished for the last 4 or 5 years. Finally did it. They had to. The gym is owned by our county government and gets some of their funding from the lottery. The gym was too small so it's bigger with more equipment and most of it brand new. They don't have a designated stretching area though. They have spin classes elsewhere which is their reason for only having one spin bike. No room for another one. This is the only gym in this area, otherwise you'd need to take a ferry to get one.

grannyannie - Saturday Mar 11, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 157.0

Back on track again after being in the city.  Moderate workout.  Shoulder only had a slight twinge.

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   2 x 10

Workout lower:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 2 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 2 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 2 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 2 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 2
  • abs-4 routines x 2
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 6 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 2 x 10

Workout cardio:

  • exercise bike - 20 mins


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes and low fat cheddar, 1 w/unsweetened pb, grapes, 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:   1268


Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/11/2017:
Wonderful day! I've got to get into the habit of weight training. Just can't seem to make the break from cardio to weights. I blame my Fitbit.

grannyannie on 03/11/2017:
I prefer weights to cardio and normally do more of those than cardio. At least until we get nice enough weather to cycle.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2017:
So good to hear you are home, on track, working out, eating well!

Donkey on 03/17/2017:
I hope you are doing well this week.

grannyannie - Friday Mar 10, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 157.0

Had a nice time in Glasgow.  Got my US size passport photo (different from UK) and should have the passport back in plenty of time for trip the end of May.  While we were there we went to see a movie - Hidden Figures.  Good movie!  I did have a small packet of chocolate during the movie - can't seem to break that habit but I did resist and only had a single serve pack.  

I did have a few beers throughout the day and evening but lunch was a ham and cheese panini and less than half of the fries.  Dinner I had a baked potato with beans and cheese and a salad.  Breakfast this morning was a vegetarian full breakfast - 920 calories, but no lunch.  Dinner at home:  curry and rice. 


Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

grannyannie - Wednesday Mar 08, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 157.0

Scale movement - most is fluid I'm sure.  But I'll take it. 

Serious housework today, finally getting everything sorted and put away for next trip. 


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes and low fat cheddar, 2 clementines, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas, diet soda

Cals:   1209

Going into the city tomorrow to visit husband's uncle and take him out to lunch.  We are spending the night in the city - we thought we'd escape for the day and night as the electricity will be out in our area all day tomorrow (don't know why).  We will have both lunch and dinner at a chain restaurants/pub we always go to and which lists the calories for everything.  

Will get on the exercise bike this afternoon and some ankle weight exercises. 

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2017:
Housework burns so many calories...especially scrubbing a tub! LOL. Makes me sweat! I do not clean near enough, but my apt does look organized. Just a bit dusty i am sure...

Congrats on the scale movement. Even if it's water weight, it's the start of further weight loss. Good lady!

For me, oatmeal - no matter what's in it - i def get hungry 3 hrs later if it's a nice big bowl with peanut butter and the works (like added protein powder too..)...i don't know...i am used to eating often so nothing works...

So how long are you satisfied from your oatmeal? I see you eat far less protein than me...so i'm trying to see how it works for you?

But also, if you want to feel more satisfied...maybe try for a hair more protein? Do you eat eggs?

Overall, your menu looks healthy to the max so keep it up! My advice is only because i like to give it (not sure if it's the right advice for you...)

Enjoy your night in the city (which city again...? i have the worst memory but i know you go often when you're home!)...i can't believe you are back home again! your vaca, for both you and me, went by at the speed of light. I hope next year the weather is more typical though...in Thai.

Enjoy your exercise this afternoon :-D

grannyannie on 03/08/2017:
Porridge keeps me mostly full about 4 hours. I did have cheese and the curry has Quorn which is protein. I do eat eggs - I like a fried egg sandwich for lunch. I can also add seeds to my salad which is high protein. Hubby also makes veggie chili often which has beans and Quorn so lots of protein. I'll be eating some meat tomorrow for probably both lunch and dinner. Most people eat far too much protein.

We go into Glasgow for our city trips.

Next winter we are not going to Thailand until January but there is almost no chance they'll have another Dec/Jan like last year. That was record breaking going back decades.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2017:
I think i have a very finicky metabolism and that carbs affect me more than most. I think that whenever I eat carbs, the energy spike is higher & dips down lower than for most people, i think... always been this way.

Good idea for your Thai plans for next year. :-)

grannyannie on 03/08/2017:
Yea, I know protein sticks with us longer than carbs which is why you should have a high protein lunch when you want afternoon energy.

mylilsista on 03/08/2017:
Congrats on another loss! I love watching the numbers get lower (even if some weeks, the loss is minimal)! Keep up the good work! Great menu!

grannyannie on 03/09/2017:
Thanks. Mine have been going in the wrong direction for a year!

Donkey on 03/09/2017:
I hope you had fun in the city :-)

grannyannie on 03/10/2017:
I did!

grannyannie - Tuesday Mar 07, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 160.0

Busy today.  Didn't get around to doing dumbbells or cardio.  Housework, grocery shopping.  I'll make sure to do a good workout tomorrow.  Thursday we go into the city and spend the night.  


  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes & hummous, yogurt. grapes
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:   1206


Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie - Monday Mar 06, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 160.0

Slowly getting back into my time zone.  I will catch up with your diaries soon.  Yesterday our friends invited us for dinner.  A few glasses of wine but otherwise healthy calories. 

My shoulder now only has some minor twinges.  So today I will carefully do some dumbbells and will stop if it's painful. 

My first goal is 149 lbs, then 139.  

Challenges I'll have before we go to the US the end of May: spending a day and night in Glasgow this Thursday.  3 night trip to London the end of the month.  Stepdaughter's family visiting us for a few days around Easter.  My trip for 5 nights to Orkney.  


  • B:  porridge/raspberries/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  2 toast w/hummous, yogurt, grapes
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:   1299


Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/06/2017:
Yeah...responding to your previous entry that pizza isn't gonna help diet and that i thought i responded on weekend saying how I also have had a tendency to overeat when my body clock is screwy after a vaca or anytime i'm lacking sleep...I reach for the energy...but learned to reach for caffeine... ;) instead which sometimes saves me...

Nice to see friends...by getting into a routine, it should in fact be sustainable. So including these get togethers and dinners should def be incorporated! :)

I am so glad your shoulder is getting better. It takes time, but injuries heal. Lately my back is sore...I think from a lot of extra sitting and not even stretching??????

If you want, on your trips...you can challenge yourself to pig out on veggies like i do....and eat the rest in moderation. Does NOT cause weight gain ;) ....Luckily i don't do Easter but we do celebrate Passover...but it's only 1 night, luckily.

grannyannie on 03/06/2017:
Hubby made the pizza and he doesn't use a lot of cheese, and does use lots of tomatoes and veggies. He did put on my sliced salami and we can't find pepperoni here. And the pizza isn't huge - just 4 slices.

We don't do a big Easter dinner, it's really just a good time together - easter goodies for grandson and our anniversary and grandson's 5th birthday is that week.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/06/2017:
Lots to celebrate about...it's true i shouldn't mock your pizza then...carbs are def necessary and healthy. :) you win ;)

grannyannie - Saturday Mar 04, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 160.0

Back home and been busy unpacking, doing laundry, etc.  On the scale.     Sleep is slowly getting back in my time zone.  But we're going to bed by 7:30 or 8 and getting up around 5.  Last night has a couple of beers and crisps.  But that's the end of that.  

Still lots to do in the house, and still groggy but plan to start my home workout tomorrow.  The gym is STILL closed - since mid Sept but they claim it will open this month.  In the meantime I'll do my Tae Bo, dumbbells, etc.  


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

Cals:   1122

Ugh, hubby is having fun using our new pizza maker and he made some more while I  was having lunch.  I was still very hungry so had some.  Body clock still messed up.  I wake up at 5am starving!


Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 25, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Been busy enjoying the last of our time on the island.  Also been packing up the house and the luggage.  Birthday today so extra treats.  I'll be back on after we get home and recover a bit from jet lag.  Then I'm getting serious!

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

biscottibody59 on 02/26/2017:
Happy Birthday GA! Hope it's a good one for you!

Just curious what region of Thailand you're in. There's an Anthony Bourdain show on CNN later tonight on one specific region of Thailand.

Do you have a blog on this or any of your Thailand adventures by any chance?

As for politics as you mentioned in an entry awhile ago, in the US it seems like we're in Year 30ish (not day 30ish) of "The Donald" as prez! Somehow we'll get through this mini-crisis. The women's march the first weekend was a real shot in the arm.

Have a safe trip!

grannyannie on 02/26/2017:
It was good! We stay on the island of Koh Samui in a quieter area. I haven't been great about keeping up my blog this winter, but this is it: http://anniedannysamui.blogspot.co.uk/

I really hate being angry all the time about T! I'm doing my part though sending emails to my reps in the state where my vote gets counted.

Thanks. Leaving for airport. No such thing as calories on birthdays on when in transit.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/27/2017:
Oh cool you do have a blog! Totally gonna check it out!

I am very angry as well about T. I do feel he is wrong to lead us as I do not think he is a politician but someone with a very poor mentality to make good judgments - i feel he more just wants to get people to like him and that he enjoys creating anger and fear and storms amongst people. He is more for entertainment - and should have stayed in that industry and his own businesses rather than take up the business of being our commander. It's really unfortunate he won.

Happy Birthday.!!!! I hope you enjoy your 1x per year celebration! How wonderful!

I am going to look into flights to thailand. I was thinking Haiti, but the flight is $600 round trip and that's not a good price.

grannyannie on 03/02/2017:
Thanks. Had a good day! Yes, check out Thailand!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/27/2017:
plus haiti is pretty unsafe as far as sickness and health and all that. as well as safety...i think it's possibly risking too much for me to fly there...

museumgirl on 02/28/2017:
I'm late, but happy belated birthday!

grannyannie on 03/02/2017:

jayhawkjen on 03/02/2017:
I have never hated a president before... The Donald is killing me.

I'm going to check out your blog too.

grannyannie on 03/02/2017:
I've never hated anybody as much as I hate Trump!!!!!

Donkey on 03/03/2017:
Thank you for sharing your blog -- all the vacation pictures in one place! I especially liked the videos of the snokeling and fish feeding :-)

I don't think I wished you a happy birthday, so if I did not, please forgive me, and if I already did, well, then I wish you twice as happy :-)

grannyannie on 03/04/2017:
Thanks! I only put a few of my pics on my blog, the rest are on Facebook.

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