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grannyannie - Sunday Feb 12, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

6 am bike ride - 7 miles.  Showers off and on today.  

Lunch at my favourite restaurant where we pick up a loaf of homemade seeded bread on Sundays.  We were planning on taking a tuk tuk to the town for dinner and several beers, but will do that later in the week.  I need to finish my gift shopping and don't want to do it when it could rain.  Husband doesn't like shopping so when we do this I might go in ahead of him and shop, then meet up for a real beer (English ale) before dinner.  

Things I want to eat before we leave:  

  • a pancake - actually it's a crepe and I order it with banana and Nutella.  
  • On my birthday I'll have a thick cinnamon toast with ice cream, banana, and chocolate.
  • Might have one more trip to Villa Chocolat.  
  • Might have fried shrimp and fries again.
  • Birthday dinner 2 weeks from today will be at the nice beachside restaurant on the other side of the island.  Cocktails. 
  • Maybe one more mango and sticky rice

Shoulder if feeling better, not 100%, but better.  At the gym tomorrow I'll do limited upper body with dumbbells and use lighter weights and less reps.  I'd like my shoulder to be better so we can have one last paddle in the kayak. 


  • B:  porridge & raisins, fresh fruit - mango, banana, passionfruit
  • S:  cappuccino & animal crackers
  • L:  fish cakes and a huge salad, one cookie
  • D:  stir fried asparagus, veg, cashews, and tofu - shared spring rolls that hubby ordered

Tuk tuk:


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

jayhawkjen on 02/12/2017:
I always wondered what a Tuk tuk was!

grannyannie on 02/12/2017:
This is the type on our island, but in Bangkok there are different ones - smaller. Some only carry 2 or 4 people.

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 11, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

My weight is pretty much staying the same - up a pound, down a pound.  I guess I'll just have to get to work on seriously losing when we get home in just over 2 weeks. 

Up with hubby this morning for 6am bike ride - 7 miles.  Rode to Villa Chocolat later in the morning for a treat - 6 miles.  


  • B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango and banana
  • S:  small but rich chocolate and meringue cake & cappuccino
  • L:  stir fried veggies and tofu, no rice
  • D:  red curry with tofu, no rice
  • S:  light beer

We planned on taking a tuk tuk into the beach town so we could both have beer and were going to have dinner.  But today is a holy Buddhist day and alcohol can not be sold anywhere on threat of big fine. So we'll either do it tomorrow or Monday. 

My birthday is two weeks from tomorrow and there are several things I want to eat before we go.  So I'll have these on my birthday weekend. 

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

Donkey on 02/11/2017:
Same here with the weight numbers, except I have no vacation to return from (LOL)... but I think that's a smart plan. Maintain and enjoy while on holiday until you return home.

Photos of your birthday treats if you can! Enjoy your warm weather - ahhh :-)

grannyannie on 02/11/2017:
A 3 month vacation can be very challenging!!! Yes, will take pics.

grannyannie - Friday Feb 10, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Shoulder still sore.  Not sure how I hurt it.  It's been about a month - might have hurt it doing some routine with dumbbells and kept on aggravating it. 

Bike rides:  to gym and back 1.5 miles - bike to dinner - 6 miles

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes


Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Did a few upper body routines - gently


Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  15 mins

treadmill -  15 mins


B:  porridge & raisins, fresh fruit, 1 toast

L:  very hungry and hadn't had this for a while:  veg fried rice with one fried egg on top

D:  probably stir fried chicken, veg and cashews

S:  stop by the wee bar at our masseuses' place - 1 sm beer


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

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 09, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Shoulder still very sore and it woke me up a few times last night.  Decided I was due to sleep a little later so didn't go on bike ride with hubby.  I don't suppose the 3 Mai Tais had anything to do with me being more tired.   

Hot and sunny.  No bike ride today.  We will walk along the beach and rocks to dinner tonight.  It's about 2 miles roundtrip.


B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango, banana and passionfruit, yogurt

S:  toast

L:  chicken wrap and Americano

D:  Oops - had a serious craving for fried shrimp and fries

From the restaurant last night:



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

jayhawkjen on 02/09/2017:
I'm not even a beach person... but wow!

grannyannie on 02/09/2017:
I am seriously a beach person!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2017:
shoulder will get better with sufficient sleep. sleep is a healer to so many things. I'm taking advantage also of sleeping in bc today is a snow day!

if the snow clears up, i'll drive to gym (if it's even open!)

grannyannie on 02/09/2017:
Getting annoyed that shoulder has been sore for so long.

innerpeace on 02/09/2017:
Very beautiful! Did you injure your shoulder? I had a flue shot in my arm and they must have hit a nerve or something, I couldn't lift my arm up over my head or sleep on it for ever. Just wondering. have a great day!

grannyannie on 02/09/2017:
Don't even know how I injured it. I thought it might have been doing a bad move with dumbbells about a month ago. Then I kept using them for upper body and I think that made it worse. Could also be how I how my arm when I have the laptop on my lap.

Anyway, thanks!

grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 08, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

Shoulder is still sore, so taking it easy.  I hate skipping the upper body workout with dumbbells, but have to.  Husband thinks it might not be muscle but something else.  

Gym workout lower

  • Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each
  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • Side lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights


  • Elliptical intervals - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  15 mins
  • treadmill -  15 mins

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

Bike:  1.5 miles to gym and back 

Going to a beachside restaurant we haven't been to yet this year. It's on the western side of the island so has amazing sunsets. Going to have 2 Mai Tais (first this season) with my dinner.  


  • B:  toast, yogurt, fresh mango and passionfruit
  • S:  sm cappuccino, animal crackers
  • L:  probably stir fried veggies and tofu
  • D:  3 Mai Tais - appetizer of chicken sate, fried shrimp, crab, spring rolls, main course salmon and salad and lemongrass


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

Horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2017:
sorry you cannot get back fully to the upper body routine...i can understand how frustrating that is, been there & done that!

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
I hate that I can lose all the muscle I've worked so hard to get!

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
I hate that I can lose all the muscle I've worked so hard to get!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/08/2017:
yes it's so easy to lose the muscle. when i took 3 months off, two years ago, i lost almost all the muscle i'd worked hard for. it took i think a year to get it back? i think...i forget. at least 6 months i'm guessing or more to get it back. i have it all back now of course, 2 years later and more muscle.

i've noticed that not skipping workouts and being consistent for several months at a time (with the proper rest most of the time) has allowed me to break through weight heaviness plateaus and i have increased the dumbells i use already 2x since November! i no longer use 25lbs. Only 30 & up and sometimes for fun i do a lower set or two ;)

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
I can workout faithfully doing cardio and dumbbells etc but if I'm indulging and drinking beer, etc the weight goes up, or doesn't go down. I believe that weight loss is 90-95% what you eat/drink.

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
Well done increasing the dumbbell weight. I've done that since being here - until I couldn't due to shoulder.

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2017:
Yes I agree with you it's totally what you eat. As they say - you can't out-exercise a bad diet !!

grannyannie on 02/08/2017:
Good saying!

grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 07, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

6am bike ride with husband - 7 miles

Going to walk along the beach and rocks to dinner - about 2 miles roundtrip.


The shirt I put on this morning is not as tight in the boobs as it was last time I wore it!


  • B:  porridge & raisins, yogurt, fresh mango, passionfruit & banana
  • L:  Had lunch at our usual coffee cafe which we never do.  Ordered the set breakfast menu:  scrambled eggs, a few bits of ham (no fat), sausage (more like little hot dogs) and 1 bacon, 1 slice toast, black coffee. I was stuffed. Won't do that again.
  • D:  less calories for dinner - had my protein so I’ll just have stir fried veggies, no tofu, no rice
  • S:  no calorie stuff


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2017:
I am glad your clothes are starting to fit the way you want them to fit. It's all on you. No secret in weightloss xoxo. i like the ham you are talking about!

ok...nice light dinner.

i do know a couple people who only eat veggies for dinner, actually. i don't like it yet - but down the road it may be good ;) a little protein thrown in is how i like it now.

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
I'm sure I'm gaining muscle so the scale may not be accurate. The clothes are though.

At this restaurant we go to 5 or 6 times a week they can even make stir fried veggies delicious. Prefer it with tofu though. They use oyster or soy sauce and a wee bit of oil, so very tasty.

jayhawkjen on 02/07/2017:
Have you always been a great exerciser? If not, how did you get into it? I'm impressed.

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
I start seriously working out when I turned 40 (25 years ago). I've gotten lazy a few times, but mostly am faithful at working out. I've done too much work building muscles to quit, so that keeps me going. Builds stamina as well and we love to do active things. Being fit means it's more pleasure than work.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/07/2017:
I would love to know the answer to the above question also!!!

grannyannie on 02/07/2017:
See above. :)

grannyannie - Monday Feb 06, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.4

I think we'll have sunshine the rest of the month here.  Of course, now we are complaining that the sun is too strong and we want a few clouds.  

My shoulder is still sore.  It was almost better when we kayaked last week.  Big mistake.  Hurt it more.  So I'm not doing anything that targets my shoulder, especially not dumbbells.  

Bike:  1.5 to gym and back, 3 mile ride to dinner

Gym workout lower

Lower body 10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights



Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  20 mins

treadmill -  15 mins

Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

10 reps x 3 sets each 

abs - 3 routines

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets



B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango and banana

S:  sm cappuccino & small cup of animal crackers (wish I could find out the calories)

L:  stir fried veggies and tofu

D:  stir fired veggies, cashews and chicken

S:  stopped by the wee bar that sits next to our massage place on our bike ride back from dinner - 1 small one - 11 oz. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/06/2017:
sorry about your sore shoulder!

Have you ever heard of "coconut rice" (cooked in coconut oil) and in the process, it cuts calories & turns starch into resistant starch! could you believe i think it cuts the calories in half!? i knew about it, still haven't tried it...my friend cooks it all the time. i have a recipe.

can you imagine eating the same quantity rice but actually only consuming like half the calories in the process!? amazing!

grannyannie on 02/06/2017:
Thanks. Can't imagine that high calorie coconut oil would cut calories! A lot of the meals here use coconut milk, and we get our massages with coconut oil. Mango and sticky rice - a gorgeous dessert - uses coconut sugar.

The restaurant we went to last night gave us 2 servings of rice even though we said just one. I took one spoonful to soak up the sauce and the rice was cold! I don't want to go back to that restaurant again - we rarely go because they are not friendly.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/06/2017:
you must have such strong legs....from all the cardio and weights routines you do...

i trained a friend in her early 50's at the gym and gave her some upper body exercises...and she showed me a new squatting machine at the gym (it just holds your feet that's it but it's really good for your squat form!) the machine is on the floor and tiny really i used to always step around it! not even taking a look at what it was! then she showed me a dead-lift type of exercise that works a lot - but mainly hamstrings.

Overall, she has way stronger legs than me...and i was so impressed. she does tons of cardio and doesn't even own a car.

I totally didn't realize how strong her legs were - as she's short and so they don't stand out - until she schooled me on all the leg exercises (she uses much higher / heavier weights than myself...but it shows that the more you practice something, the better you can get!)

she was also DECENT at upper body as she does a minimal amount, but what i showed her can help her....amazing.

it was so nice to learn from her and to show her things also. so nice!

when i was younger, never would i thought i'd be showing someone a fitness routine. i never worked out. naturally thin, never an athlete till after college did i start the weights.

grannyannie on 02/06/2017:
Yes, I do have very strong legs. Tons of muscle and getting even more. The gym has one wall that's a mirror so always watch my techniques - my squat form is good as are my lunges. Hope I can do upper body again next week.

My friend wants me to be her trainer at the gym when we go home and I won't do it. I'm not a trainer and she could hurt herself. Anxious to see our new gym and new equipment when we go home.

innerpeace on 02/06/2017:
Ouch - hope your shoulder gets better. My shoulder was hurt a few years ago I couldn't even sleep on it.

grannyannie on 02/06/2017:
Thanks. It does hurt more when I sleep on that side unless I get in exactly the right position.

grannyannie - Sunday Feb 05, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.2

6am bike ride - 7.5 7 miles.  Biked to dinner - 8 7.5 miles.

Went with hubby to church then to visit the Big Buddha and pick up more gifts for family.  


B:  porridge & raisins, yogurt, banana & passionfruit

L:  stir fry asparagus & shrimp

S:  homemade sugar free sorbet - mango 

D:  pumpkin curry & brown/jasmine rice (small portion), herbal tea


Each year we take one trip to see the Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem (it's crowded and not near our house so once is enough)




We stopped here for lunch between Mass and the tourist stuff - food was just okay but the view was beautiful!



Dinner tonight:  pumpkin curry and tofu, rice


Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/05/2017:
Beautiful pics as usually have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
Thanks, Fran. Very hot day but lovely in the shade.

Donkey on 02/05/2017:
Ooo, thank you for the pictures. I'm not sure which I got more excited about: all the steps up to Buddha or the soup! (LOL)

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
Actually they make the curries here soupy. A soup would be even soupier. LOL.

I love the Big Buddha. The planes all fly over the Buddha when leaving or coming to the island and you can easily see it out the window.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2017:
lately, especially while off from work, i'm skipping the kombucha and apple cider vinegar for more natural food...particularly oatmeal. been loving it. it works well in the AM, just not during work days so much bc those days are much longer and i don't like eating so many calories at home or at work with all that fiber...but it's great for weekends! i've had oatmeal each day i've been off since thursday - with all the fruit like you are doing. it's sooo good! very energizing!

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
I'm leaving alone the toast because the homemade bread we buy is so packed with seeds - too high cal but so delicious!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2017:
the rice above looks wonderful. I'm starting to eat more rice also. Loving the extra carbs lately.

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
I'm skipping the white steamed rice which is served everywhere else, but this restaurant makes a mix of brown/jasmine and one other I can't remember the name of. Really good. And not a huge serving so I feel this is okay. We're going to get the owner to make up a mixture of this rice to take home with us. We'll have to triple wrap it so we don't have a suitcase full of dried rice!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2017:
nice, SUNNY photos and weather looks warm too with everyone in shorts!

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
Always shorts here. All the time. It was too hot midday so did not walk up to the Big Buddha - you have to go barefoot and the tiles burned my feet. It's about 85F.

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 04, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.2

Should have weighed myself this morning.  Planning on every Tues and Sat.  But got up with hubby for the 6am bike ride.

Saturday is our usual Villa Chocolat Belgian treat day but I told hubby I wanted to skip it.  He likes going and does have a small cake but he's not big on sweets at all.  Wish I wasn't.  

Plans for the week:  going to a beachside restaurant we haven't been to yet this year - great sunsets, good food.  I will have two cocktails (Mai Tais) with dinner.  

Otherwise, no alcohol at all at least for a week.  Next time I have any is when we take a tuk tuk into the beach town for dinner, a real ale at the English pub, and a couple of small beers and dinner at the Aussie bar.  

Bike:  7.5 miles this morning


B:  porridge & raisins, fresh mango and passionfruit

S:  sm cappuccino, only had a few animal crackers that they always serve with coffees

L:  stir fried veggies and asparagus, tofu and cashews, water instead of iced tea

D:  pad thai with tofu, water - husband rarely eats fries but for dinner he had stir fried veg, chicken satay, and french fries -  I did not take any of his fries or chicken!

S:  diet pepsi, herbal tea, sugar free iced tea


Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/04/2017:
Yes that darn beer is so nice when it is hot outside. Just keep doing your best and enjoy your outings Annie. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
Yes it is! Iced tea just doesn't cut it. Thanks, Fran!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2017:
I see you are going with the sugar free stuff ;) lol, my type of lady...! haha...

also, i thought of you - on facebook i saw a quick little video of how beer is good for you - lowers cholesterol, cuts risk of diabetes, and like 4 more things i do not remember. i think cuts risk of heart attack? not sure though. i was like, "well, well...Annie isn't so unhealthy in her choice to drink beer after all!"

anyways, i prob shouldn't have told you that....you are doing good girlfriend.

really, i wouldn't worry too much about the scale if i were you...you KNOW what to do....you don't even need a scale is the truth of it....just make the better choices and your biknis will prove your choices were worth it...maybe try no scale.

grannyannie on 02/05/2017:
Always to sugar free and at home do Stevia. Can't get it here. Beer is okay it's just all the calories.

Yep I know exactly what to do it's just doing it that's the problem! Ack! It is motivating when the scale goes down.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2017:
i have to look up the facts, facebook stuff might have been a joke....!

stevia i love :-D it's so good to use in like everything that sugar could have been used in....good to get a break off the stevia anyway like you are. good to switch things up!

grannyannie - Friday Feb 03, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 155.2

Not feeling very energetic this morning.  

Need to make a new plan.  Beer of course is the biggie and needing to limit it more.  Sure would be easier if I could order light beer when we're out. Anyway, need to eat porridge instead of bread as this bread we buy is homemade and heavily seeded (calories), no rice at all (I've cut back a lot and have also had to stop ordering fried rice).  

Had our weekly massages today.  Bliss.


a few lunges and squats

Treadmill:  15 mins

Elliptical:  10 mins

Bike:  15 mins

Bike ride to gym and back - 1.5 miles


B:  toast, yogurt, mango, pineapple, passionfruit

L:  chicken wrap (small amount of baked chicken with lots of raw veggies, herbs, seeds, herbal tea

D:  stir fried veggies and tofu, no rice, water

S:  diet pepsi, herbal teas


Progress as of today: 11.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

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