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grannyannie - Saturday May 21, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

I'll get on the scale tomorrow or Monday.   

Sister coming Thursday.  Won't be counting calories while she's here or when we go to the US with her.  But I'll try to at least log my food and workouts most days. 

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups -   3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • squats with dumbbells -   3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using s  tep - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 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

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  cheese wrap, banana, yogurt 
  • S:  pb and honey on 1 bread (hungry!)
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1473

 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/21/2016:
I might have to try your workout some day, and call it the Annie challenge.

grannyannie on 05/21/2016:
Go for it!



grannyannie - Friday May 20, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

Tuesday morning the scale said 144.4.  Not going near the scale right now!

Tues:  friends visit in the afternoon - lots and lots of cookies

Weds:   went to friends' house for dinner - wine

Thurs:  out all day in the city - song club early afternoon and retirement party in the evening for above friend.  Lots of beer.  Not bad with food. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  toast
  • L:  low fat cheddar wrap, strawberries, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1309

Really tired as it was a long day yesterday.  No gym, no home workout. 

 As requested by HOP, a couple of Thailand photos:
 
 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/20/2016:
loving that you are sharing these photos ... you look GREAT in that photo so happy & healthy...i will write more later when more relaxed & not at work!!!!!

grannyannie on 05/20/2016:
Thanks!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/20/2016:
i know this is too much info....but the feeling of this pressure in my body because of hormones is making me extra sensitive down there....like i am turned on....it's a weird feeling. have you ever experienced what i'm talking about!? I'm 33...and don't love the feeling especially if i'm at work!

grannyannie on 05/20/2016:
Ummm....nope.

grannyannie on 05/21/2016:
Don't really understand the question, HOP.


OhioRaven on 05/20/2016:
Hi, Annie. Let's go Fishin'.

grannyannie on 05/20/2016:
Hey OR! No fishing for me.



grannyannie - Monday May 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

Sister is coming in 10 days.  I've put off the worse jobs for last - closets and cupboards, but otherwise the house is very, very clean.  Feels good.

Tomorrow our neighbours are coming over to see a slideshow of my Thailand photos. Serving tea, fresh berries, ginger thin biscuits, and I'm making my really good oatmeal raisin cookies. This will be difficult!!

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  cocoa/raisin/cashew/date bar
  • L:  low fat cheddar in a wrap, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1299 (but will likely have about 100 calories of a snack of 1/2 pint of husband's home brewed porter)

Workout at gym:
  • 15 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 15 mins elliptical -  HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps 
 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/16/2016:
Evening, Annie. Enjoy your hubby's HomeBrew. Not too many cookies and biscuits though.

grannyannie on 05/16/2016:
Hiya OR. I will enjoy both but not have too much of either. That's my intention anyway.


puddles on 05/16/2016:
I did fall into the drinks on the weekend that is always the thing about being out at the cottage it seems that being on the deck without a drink is like walking around feeling naked.... lol Have fun with your friends Annie

grannyannie on 05/17/2016:
Thanks, Fran. Cold beer in beachside restaurants was my downfall in Thailand!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/18/2016:
...at least you have fresh berries on your menu! haha! Another option is cut up veggies on a veggie tray for a low cal option!

i would love to see some of your photos when you get a chance to add any cool ones here...

great cals. you are doing great. even 1600 for the day is great. for myself, i love a 1200 cal day but even 1500-1700 is enough for weightloss for me.

grannyannie on 05/20/2016:
I'll share some of my Thailand photos. :) I occasionally put some up while we are there.



grannyannie - Saturday May 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.6

Worked hard all day yesterday.  Just kept going and going.  After dinner I did even more jobs and kept telling myself when I was done I'd have a well-deserved beer.  But I kept doing 'just one more'.  Never did have the beer.  Was so tired I was in bed reading by 9:30.  Husband is having a great time with grandson but he kept asking where I was - I was missed.  Awww...  

Didn't do my muscle workout but will do it today.

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups -   3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • squats with dumbbells -   3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using s  tep - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 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
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, grapes, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  polenta, eggs, toast, salad
  • S:  a well-deserved bottle of Punk IPA (ale)
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1412
 

Progress as of today: 21.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/14/2016:
Well done!

grannyannie on 05/15/2016:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Friday May 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.0

Worked hard yesterday and this morning.  Felt I deserved a beer yesterday so had a pint of home brew.  Finally finished shampooing all the carpeting in the house!  Now on to other jobs. 

Should be a gym day but I'm getting this stuff done!  I will probably do my muscle workout this afternoon since I have my home gym back.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  date/raisin/cocoa/cashew bar
  • L:  toast w/hummous, strawberries/banana/grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  polenta, eggs, toast, salad
  • Tea w/soy   milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1371

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups -   3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • squats with dumbbells -   3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using s  tep - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 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: 22 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/13/2016:
great cals. homemade brew sounds awesome too :)....

had a weak gym workout last night. even though i consumed extra carbs and caffeine...weird.

grannyannie on 05/13/2016:
Sometimes I struggle to get up the stairs to the gym, and other times I bounce up the stairs two at a time.

Didn't do my muscle workout as I just kept going, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! I've been getting a muscle workout scrubbing! Shining the stainless steel cooker/stove is hard work!



grannyannie - Thursday May 12, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

Friends dropped by last night, so of course I had to serve wine.  I had about 1 1/2 large glasses. Had planned on weighing myself this morning, but alcohol always make the scale deceptively low due to it being dehydrating.  So I'll do it tomorrow morning.

Husband has gone off to visit grandson and will come back Sunday evening.  So I'll get a lot done while he's not here, the biggest project being our bedroom.

This is the last day of our perfect weather and tomorrow it will cool back down to the low 50's.  I'm deciding whether to ride my bike to the botanic garden (after lunch so I'm not tempted to eat there!).  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  date/raisin/cashew/cocoa bar
  • L:  hummous on toast, strawberries, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  burger with low fat cheddar - no bun or bread, cauliflower, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1523 (a bit high but I'm getting exercise all day)

 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 05/12/2016:
Your days always sound so peaceful! I never thought of wine making your weight low!

grannyannie on 05/12/2016:
Retirement! :) Alcohol is dehydrating so the fluid loss shows up on the scale, but it's not accurate. It's just fluid, not fat. Unfortunately!


puddles on 05/12/2016:
On your own for a few days you should be able to get a lot accomplished that is what I find when I am left alone. Have a great weekend Annie.

grannyannie on 05/12/2016:
Thanks, Fran. I always get a lot done when hubby visits family.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/12/2016:
def i would take advantage of the lovely weather, Annie :)

grannyannie on 05/12/2016:
I was working so hard I didn't make it out for a bike ride. But I did eat both lunch and dinner outdoors which was nice.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/12/2016:
and i always use to feel thing after a night of drinking at college...



grannyannie - Wednesday May 11, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

Got into my capris!  There aren't loose, but aren't tight.  Got my gym/guest room finished, just need the carpet to dry and I can put my weights, etc back in there and workout again.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical -  HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps 
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  fruit and nut bar
  • L:  chicken sandwich, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1338
 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 05/11/2016:
Very good Annie you will be all done soon and back to your routine. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 05/11/2016:
Feels good! One more room to go. Thanks, Fran.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/11/2016:
It's amazing how much progress you are making, Great job to you!!!

grannyannie on 05/11/2016:
Thanks. Streak of ambition! Of course, I need to get done before sister arrives on the 26th!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/11/2016:
yeah, it's good when there's something like a carrot at the end of the trek! always works for me!



grannyannie - Tuesday May 10, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

Went on a 36 mile bike ride yesterday.  It was sunny and made it up to 78F which is rare for here.  But it was very windy so our ride was a lot of work when we weren't on a protected road.  Lots of snacks, no idea the calories.  Beer when we got home. Haven't been on the scale.  

Behind schedule on the deep cleaning and carpet shampooing as the belt broke on the shampooer and had to order another.  It came today so I've got half the second guest room/gym done.  Then all I've got left is the master bedroom and laundry room.  

Today I washed all the outside windows.  Rewarded myself with a pint of husband's home brewed porter.  Was nice to sit outside in the sun wearing capris and tshirt!  It's not very common here, even in the middle of summer. Hope it keeps up!

Can't use my gym as I've moved out the dumbbells, etc into the other guest bedroom and now there is no room in either room to work out.  But I'll be done by Thursday and will do one then.  I'll go to the gym tomorrow. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  date bar
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogurt (ran out of fruit so need to shop tomorrow)
  • S:  pint of porter - guessing about 200 calories
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1511

A couple of photos from our bike ride:
 
 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 05/10/2016:
That looks wonderful! Glad you enjoyed your ride. Good luck with your carpet cleaning.

grannyannie on 05/10/2016:
Thanks! Nearly done with the shampooing. That's the easy part of deep cleaning though. Reorganizing stuff is the worst.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/10/2016:
You look fit, Miss Annie :) Nice lean legs and arms :)

Bike ride sounds amazing!!!

Oh so your husband likes to brew!? I'd like to brew my own Kombucha lol. It's so expensive. I may actually take a class on it, but it's a long drive so i'm still debating it.

grannyannie on 05/11/2016:
Thanks! It was lovely even though very windy. My husband brews beers and ales from kits and always has a few kegs in the garage. Always good!


puddles on 05/10/2016:
Looking good girl... Long bike ride but you seemed to have gotten the perfect weather for it... yes a Beer is always good and goes down real nice after an activity or a hard job... lol Enjoy Annie your doing great.

grannyannie on 05/11/2016:
We've had perfect weather the last 3 days and much warmer than normal for west Scotland! Cold beer after a long ride becamse a habit last summer. Can't beat it!



grannyannie - Sunday May 08, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.2

Happy Mother's Day to all American moms!  

Had some snacks last night (I was hungry!) but stayed under 1500 calories. 

No BBQ today - cloudy and drizzly.  We'll probably invite friends for a BBQ on a nice day when my sister is visiting as they've never met. 

Looks like perfect weather for a bike ride tomorrow - up to 70F and sunny.  I'm packing my bike now.  Snacks are an apple, clementines, bananas, nuts, date bar, and oatcakes with pb.  And lots of water.  Plan on going to an island to ride and will usually go about 40 or more miles (pedal assisted electric bike so the hills are not too hard) and we'll stop for lunch at a nice restaurant. I'll try to stick to one pint of beer.  

Busy today tackling one of the guest rooms (my gym) - deep cleaning and will shampoo the carpet. 

Menu:  (might add a snack but will keep it under 1400 for the day)

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  date/cocoa/raisin/cashew bar
  • L:  low fat cheddar wrap, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1296

I don't know if you can buy these outside the UK, but they are very healthy - no additives, no sugar or sweeteners, filling and 135 calories. 

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 05/08/2016:
Glad you will be going for your bike ride I know how much you enjoy that. I have never seen these bars but maybe because I did not pay too much attention. Have a great Mother's day Annie.

grannyannie on 05/08/2016:
Thanks Fran!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/08/2016:
No, I haven't seen this exact brand by me. I'll look it up online to read about - very nice low calories and no sugar you say!? yay..

great job packing up your bike - snacks sound good as does lunch so far. I would like those snacks if I were biking as much as you will be today!

Also, good for you on washing the carpet yourself and not having to hire someone else to do it. I do feel it's better to do things yourself...I tend to not act this way only because right now anyways I prefer to spend my free time as downtime. I guess it's hard for me to ever turn back as once I experienced relaxation it's just hard to not have it anymore. sorry for the rant...I just see it the other way (especially with my dad) and I just can't force myself to always be on the go like him..

grannyannie on 05/08/2016:
Biking tomorrow a weather is too iffy today. These bars are in the gluten free section and I just happened to see them even though I have no issue with gluten. It is so hard to find some kind of bar like this that isn't just as bad as a candy bar. My favourite is the cocoa one - ingredients are cocoa (no sugar), raisins, cashews, dates. That's it.

I'd never pay someone to shampoo my carpet, or wash my windows (maybe when I'm in my 80's). I bought a shampooer years ago since it's much cheaper than having to pay to rent one. And since I'm retired I can get in down time easily.



grannyannie - Saturday May 07, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.6

Added one oatcake last night, that's okay.  36 calories and healthy. 

Scale heading downward.  

We might have a BBQ tomorrow and invite friends.  That will mean more calories but I'll be sensible.  

My sister is coming in less than 3 weeks.  She's not a bad influence - doesn't drink, doesn't overeat, but the problem is we'll eat out a lot. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S: date/raisin/cashew/cocoa bar
  • L:  low fat cheddar in a wrap, strawberries, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1324

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups -   3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • squats with dumbbells -   3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using s  tep - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 3 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: 21.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/07/2016:
Time is flying before your sister comes! Definitely keep up the great work then. It's paying off, please keep going! I want to see really good results from you by the time she gets here.

grannyannie on 05/07/2016:
Thanks. If I can get to 140 before she comes and keep it there - magic word - and not gain while in the US afterward, I'll be good. I'll have 4 weeks after returning home before wedding July 29th. Don't know if I can count on being able to wear the dress I love to wear to weddings.

grannyannie on 05/07/2016:
Need to be 135 to wear that dress. Wore it at 128 but I had less muscle then.


puddles on 05/07/2016:
BBQ are easier I find then sit down meals. You want to be at 135 when your sister comes over - I think it is doable.

grannyannie on 05/08/2016:
My ultimate goal is 135 but it won't happen before sister comes as that is 10 pounds in less than 3 weeks. But I'd like to be 135 for the wedding end of July and for bikini time in Thailand in Dec.



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