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grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 151.6

Alternating calories. Last two days were 1200 calories, today is 1400.  
 
9 weeks from today we'll be on our way to Thailand.

Workout upper body:
  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12
Workout cardio:
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar wrap, pear, apple (off one of our trees), yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn mince & basmati rice, salad w/toasted slivered almonds
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1408

 

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 16.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/28/2016:
Yay for you! Good day! I only have 24 days til short vacation in Florida. Trying to make the most of it!

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
Thanks, Holly! Florida sounds great!


puddles on 09/28/2016:
I am also looking forward to seeing how your playing with alternating calories is working. I also do that sometimes when I hit a plateau it is sticking around way too long. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
It worked before a few years ago, so hoping it works now! Plateaus drive me nuts.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
You are doing a great job with calories & exercise.

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
Thanks! I keep reminding myself how much time I have and how much better it is for my clothes to fit better.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
You are doing a great job with calories & exercise.



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 27, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 151.6

Change of plans today.  Should have worked out this morning.  But since I'm in the UK I couldn't watch the debate last night so watched this morning.  I'm sure I burned quite a lot of calories just watching that!!

Then had to go grocery shopping.  So instead of Sunday being my rest day, I will work out then. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg in a wrap, banana, 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:  1193

 

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 16.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2016:
I did laugh a few times...Hillary was at least composed.!...she gets my vote bc she backs the Unions and middle class.

Also, Donald Trump doesn't have a well-rounded English vocabulary...he talks like a kid...using the words "good" and "bad" constantly....she at least expresses herself!

my opinions only ;)

grannyannie on 09/27/2016:
Hillary was cool and calm and made sense. Trump was just...well his usual obnoxious lying self.


puddles on 09/27/2016:
I thoroughly enjoy the political comedy show always seems to be the best comedy production every 4 years. It is definitely an expensive production to put on for both candidates. God help you guys with either one of them. Good plan for your exercise to move it over to Sunday since you are away have a great day.

grannyannie on 09/27/2016:
This was like no other since there's never been a candidate like Trump. I don't live there any more but my family does and my granddaughters do so I'm concerned they don't that man for prez.

grannyannie on 09/27/2016:
Forgot you were Canadian. I'm in the UK but am American.


hollybelle on 09/27/2016:
I hear you on the debate - You know from FB where I stand. Great calories!

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
Yep! And feel like I'm 'shrinking'.



grannyannie - Monday Sep 26, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 151.6

Dinner last night at friends' house was not their usual.  Starter was garlic bread, main was casserole with potatotes/ham/onions in a white sauce with skimmed milk (they didn't do a cheese sauce knowing I was dieting), homemade banana bread for dessert.  I did not drink any wine.

Alternating calories: planning as close to 1200 calories as I can get on Mon and Tues, 1400 on Weds, 1200 on Thurs and Fri, 1700 on Sat, 1300 on Sunday.  Of course if we eat out or go to friends I'll recalculate. 

Happy with my workouts.  Feel like I'm doing the max. 

Workout cardio:
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine
Workout upper body:
  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  cheese wrap, apple, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn and tofu & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1213 

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 16.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/26/2016:
You did well Annie keep it up.

grannyannie on 09/26/2016:
Was pleased with what they served. They asked when I arrived if I'd like just one glass of wine and I replied that 1 would turn into 6! So no thanks.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/26/2016:
please update us on how the alternating goes with the up and down days!!!!!! i am interested!

grannyannie on 09/26/2016:
I'll see how Saturday's weigh in goes. When I get extra calories I'm going to try to make it healthy additions, not junk.



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 25, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 151.6

Rest day!  6 days a week is enough!

This week I'm going to try varying calories from day to day and see if that helps me lose a bit faster. 9 weeks and 2 days before we leave for Thailand. My clothes MUST fit comfortably!

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus wrap, apple, banana, yogurt 
  • D: friends' house for dinner.  Not BBQ weather so guessing it will be a roast dinner.  They always serve a starter, meat/potatoes/veg, and a sugarless dessert.  I will NOT have any wine. 
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  no clue

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 16.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2016:
I have found that as long as my calories are very low 1800's or definite 1700's for the average for 7 days, i lose weight (but slowly). I can even have several days in the 2000's...but as long as the avg remains around 1800, i'm good.

grannyannie on 09/25/2016:
It would take me forever to lose at 1700 or 1800. 1200-1300 is best for me. Normally I lose 1 1/2 to 2 lbs a week that way. 1800 is actually my maintenance calories when I'm about 132.


hollybelle on 09/25/2016:
Have to rest a day a week, at least! I have been aiming for 5 days of exercise and try not to worry about which day - so far so good.

grannyannie on 09/25/2016:
5 days is good!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 24, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 151.6

Weigh in day.  Was hoping for 150.

Workout cardio:

  • 45 mins exercise bike
  • 25 x 4 jump rope

Workout lower:

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

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus wrap, 3 small clementines, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn and tofu & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1270

 

Progress as of today: 15.4 lbs lost so far, only 16.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/24/2016:
It will come Annie you are doing so good with your exercise routine. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
Thanks. Wish it would come off faster though.


Donkey on 09/24/2016:
I hear you on the "faster" part. You're doing great with your weights and your diet. Maybe try eating a little more for a week and then go back to less? Ack, who knows why our bodies do what they do...

grannyannie on 09/25/2016:
I found before that alternating high and low days is best. Might just do it by just 200 calories or so and maybe an 1800 every couple of weeks.


hollybelle on 09/24/2016:
Great day! I am trying to exercise patience myself! We can do it!

grannyannie on 09/25/2016:
Hard to be patient - bikinins and shorts Dec 1st!



grannyannie - Friday Sep 23, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 151.8

Very quiet here.  

Workout:

  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope (25 x 8) routine

Upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummous wrap, cup of carrot soup, 2 clementines, 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:  1314

Progress as of today: 15.2 lbs lost so far, only 16.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/23/2016:
good exercise plan you are doing good without the gym. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/23/2016:
Yea, I'm doing well! Thanks.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2016:
are you going to use workout DVD's?

grannyannie on 09/23/2016:
No DVD's. The Tae Bo/rope routine is one I 'choreographed' before I rejoined the gym years ago. I picked out the routines I liked from the videos I used to have and made a playlist with the right beat for each routine. I had saved the playlist on my ipod. Alternating with the exercise bike is good too.



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 22, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Pizza was too good last night and I ate too much of it.  I've been on low calories for 8 days so a higher calorie day is okay.  Too low for too long has the wrong effect. 
 
Invited to friends' house for dinner Sunday.  I will NOT drink any wine. 

Workout:
  • Exercise bike - 45 mins
  • jump rope - 25 x 8
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  cheese in a wrap, cup of carrot soup, banana, clementine, 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:  1282 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/23/2016:
Well said - too low for too long has the wrong effect. I have been trying to make every other day lower calorie. It's going pretty well. I am only minding calorie for now - not paying a lot of attention to content, but mostly healthy. Oh, and walking - walking most every day!

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
True. Happened to be me before. I think once a week higher cal is probably good.



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 21, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Sorry I didn't regularly include the treadmill in my gym workouts.  The fronts of my calves and my hip flexors (upper front thigh) are a bit sore from 4 miles of very fast walking yesterday.  Guess those muscles don't get used much on bike, rower and elliptical or normal walking.  I'll be sure to do a power walk any time we have dry weather that isn't windy. 

Workout:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope (did 25 x 8 this time) - going to cut this to 40 mins

Menu:  husband wants to make me a homemade veggie pizza - he won't use a lot of cheese but is using mozzarella and cheddar

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, banana, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  pizza, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  probably under 1500

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
Take it easy and stretch maybe take an anti-inflammatory if the pain doesn't go away or you have any swelling??

Excellent exercise & calories good too :)

grannyannie on 09/21/2016:
No swelling, just normal soreness. Not bad.

Ate more pizza than I should have but I was due for a higher calorie day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
lol to "i was due for a higher calorie day!"

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
LOL. True! If you eat low calories every day for too long your body says 'hey, that's all you need' and when you go higher you gain weight.


hollybelle on 09/22/2016:
I feel better knowing as much as you work out you got a little sore from the 4 mile fast walk. I have been walking 2 or 3-5 miles fast and getting a sore, although it's MUCH better this week! Different muscles are used - you are right. It should be interesting when I ride my bike what that does for my pain issues! Keep on going! You are really sticking with that Tae Bo!

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
Yea, the fronts of my calves were very sore!



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 20, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Did the entire Tae Bo 45 min workout yesterday and it's tough.  It's fun but hard work.  I doubt I could do this workout 6 times a week as well as 4 sets of each of my muscle routines every day but Sunday.  I think I'll do Tae Bo 3 times a week and do something else the other 3 days.  I'll still do 4 sets each of muscle work every day but Sunday - lower body one day, upper body the next.   

Hubby comes home tonight.  He's not a fan of pasta but that's what he's getting for dinner because I can't make a curry. 

Workout:
  • Power walked for 4 miles (stopped to take a few photos - below)
  • 30 mins on exercise bike
  • jump rope - 4 x 25
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 4 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 10 - 5 routines
  • planks - 4
  • abs-4 routines x 4
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  carrot soup, cheese wrap, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn bolognese sauce on pasta, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  under 1300
 
Perfect day for a walk!
 

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/20/2016:
Yep ! I could walk here.

grannyannie on 09/20/2016:
It helps to have pretty scenery to look at when walking.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/20/2016:
OH MY...the view is OUTSTANDING!

i agree with OR!

grannyannie on 09/20/2016:
We like it! :)


hollybelle on 09/21/2016:
Great workout! Love the pictures. Saw them on FB and was blown away! Keep up the good work!



grannyannie - Monday Sep 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

It was nice not having to set the alarm to get up and go to the gym. So it's home workouts from now on.  Husband comes back from a short trip tomorrow night.  

Partly sunny but cool right now.  Might go for a short power walk later.  

Workout:
  • 12 routines usings dumbbells (added in a pecs routine like the one I did on the chest press at gym) -   4 x 12
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  1/2 cheese sandwich, carrot soup, banana, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn bolognese sauce on pasta, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  estimate just under 1300

Have a healthy day everybody!

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/19/2016:
Thanks, Annie !

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
You're welcome!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2016:
So i was tempted to buy the diet tonic water, but didn't do it yet. always think of you with it...

when you mention walking, you remind me how i'm getting stronger & stronger and soon i will have more of a continuous walking routine :) then running later! yay.

you really have the low calories down pat. I should take tips from you!....i see it's the teas with probably sugar free almond milk, teas, etc., which are helping you. same here, i used diet products to keep my calories low...like diet jello but now i'm getting sick of it - may have a few weeks of sugar free pudding now made with milk for a change :)

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
In my black tea first thing in the morning I have unsweetened soy milk, in my coffees I like the sweetened almond milk (articifical sweetener).

Didn't walk today - too tired after workout!


puddles on 09/19/2016:
So this is where the discipline comes into play with doing your own schedule for your exercises. Definitely you will be on top of it all because you are good that way. Enjoy your last day as a single person Annie. Tomorrow back to married life... lol

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
Gotta do it in the mornings, just like the gym.

Haha, back to married life tomorrow. I enjoy reading in bed before sleep, but can't do that if hubby is here.


hollybelle on 09/19/2016:
Good deal on home workouts! I usually do well with food when husband is out of town. Think vacation!

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
Thanks! I think it's 10 weeks before we go. I'll start trying the clothes on in a few weeks to see how they fit, including the bikinis. Yikes.



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