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grannyannie - Sunday Sep 18, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

Rest day.  Will do some housework though and maybe re-organise the bathroom cupboards.  

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, banana, clementine, yogurt, decided to make some carrot soup so having a cup of soup and 1/2 cheese sandwich
  • D:  2 Quorn patties, potatoes, veg gravy, asparagus, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals: 1302 1270
 

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

hollybelle on 09/18/2016:
Good calories and plan, Annie. I need to begin work on master bath and closets. Ugh! I will feel very accomplished when I get it done, though. I need to have some good cal and exercise days if I am going to appear in anything similar to a bathing suit in October. Ha!

grannyannie on 09/18/2016:
Yea, bikinis for me first of Dec! I just don't want my clothes to hurt!


puddles on 09/18/2016:
Funny how things get messed up over time even with all the good intentions after cleaning it up we still end up messing it up... lol Have a great day Annie good food plan.

grannyannie on 09/18/2016:
I know. I try to keep things organised but it just doesn't last.



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 17, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.2

On the scale this morning.  Exactly the same weight as I was before we went on our trip last Friday and I overindulged.  So being the same is okay.  I need to lose 2 lbs a week and the only way to do that is to behave when we have guests or are visiting or eating out. 
 
Edit:  changed my muscle workouts to 4 sets each instead of 3. 
  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic)  & jump rope workout (did 32 mins of it - hard! And 4 x 25 jump rope mixed in
  • 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
Nice day today so I might also go for a power walk or bike ride. Making a huge batch of pasta sauce and freezing some of it.

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, 2 clementines, yogurt 
  • D:  Quorn bolognese sauce on pasta, small glass of red wine (leftover from the small bottle I used to make the sauce), salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  too difficult to calculate pasta calories, estimating about 1400 calories for the day

 

Progress as of today: 14.8 lbs lost so far, only 20.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2016:
It's so hard for me also to keep calories down when going out!

Last night, i made healthy options...but had a couple drinks made with diet coke and ate healthy food choices, but calories are still higher. At least it was healthy choices :)

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
Healthy calories are good, even if too many sometimes.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2016:
i wonder if the sauce would also taste good with some veggies? like with roasted eggplant or other squash!

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
The sauce has onions, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms. We eat lots of eggplant/aubergines with curries, so wanted a change.


puddles on 09/17/2016:
Very good on the weigh-in congrats. Yes keeping the control when visitor are around is a challenge but I am sure you can do it. I love making my pasta sauce I do it all with vegetable and when I use it I then select the protein I want with it and cook it at that time to add to the sauce I will be using. This is my way of controlling the amount of protein I use. Enjoy your weekend Annie.

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
Thanks. I'd forgotten how much work it was making homemade sauce! My husband is the cook, but I do this one. I used Quorn mince which is ground beef substitute.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2016:
good idea to include an extra set. In the past, not recently, i was doing as much as 6 sets sometimes. HELPFUL.

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
I used to always do 4 sets but haven't for a while. But I'm on bikini deadline now! LOL.


hollybelle on 09/17/2016:
I am gradually cutting down my indulgences it's not easy but when I am rewarded with a slightly less tight pair or pants or a fitted blouse I haven't been able to button that fits it is worth it! I used to do Tae Bo. A video with Billy Banks. It was lots of fun, actually. It was a forerunner of kick-boxing, sort of.

grannyannie on 09/17/2016:
It's a huge reward and keeps me motivated when something that was tight now fits.

I did the Tae Bo before rejoining the gym on my 60th birthday (4 1/2 years ago). I picked the moves I liked he best and choreographed it to a playlist. Still have the list so I remembered all the moves. Fun but hard work.



grannyannie - Friday Sep 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Last day at gym.  Closing after tonight for serious refurbishment and expansion. 

Husband is off on a wee trip to an island and won't be back until Tuesday.  So my dinners will be something different from our usual curries.  

Workout at gym:
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing  machine
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley
Workout at home:
  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  cereal bar
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, strawberries, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  3 egg omelette w/asparagus/onions/peppers, toast, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1316 

Edit:  Discovered I forgot to buy mushrooms for my pasta sauce.  So I rode my bike a total of 9.6 miles to pick some up.  Electric bike so I'd only count that as 6 miles. 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/16/2016:
I def want to live your mini trip through you...hope to hear all about it!

When does your gym reopen?

grannyannie on 09/16/2016:
It's closed for at least 12 weeks as the project is major. However, by that time we'll be in Thailand for the winter. So it will be early March before I get to see the new gym.


puddles on 09/16/2016:
Wow 6 miles for mushroom you are got I would have eliminated it from the recipe... lol You are getting some alone time... nice to have little holidays from each other sometimes. Your cooking will be easy and not as tempting keeping it simple. Have a great day enjoy your last gym time Annie.

grannyannie on 09/16/2016:
I love riding my bike so didn't mind at all. We go on very long bike rides (66 miles is the longest) and it's enjoyable because the bikes are pedal assisted electric. Hills are pretty easy.

I do enjoy when he takes little trips as I always seem to get a lot done and I also like to read in bed before sleep which I can't do when he's home.


hollybelle on 09/16/2016:
Ha. I agree with Puddles - I would probably have foregone those mushrooms, too. Good work!!

grannyannie on 09/16/2016:
I didn't pay £2,000 for my bike to have it sit in the garage. I love riding!

Besides, pasta sauce with no mushrooms?? No way. LOL.



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Tomorrow is the last day at the gym.  I'm looking forward to seeing it totally refurbished and expanded.  I won't see it until we come home from our winter trip in early March. 

I'd love to be at goal weight on US election night, but there's no way that can happen.  I always stay up all night on election night (even though I'm 5 hours ahead of eastern time).  And my planned treats are usually:  beer, Ben and Jerry's Karamel Sutra ice cream, and nacho cheese Doritos.  I will especially need some 'comfort foods' for this one. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing  machine
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT

Workout at home:  (lower)

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 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:  fried egg sandwich, strawberries, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  the rest of the leftover veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1252

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/15/2016:
lol Yes comfort food for election day. It will be an interesting time and even more interesting outcome. Why do you think you can't get to your goal by the time you leave? You will be pretty close to it. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
I may be able to get to my goal by the time we leave, but not by election night which is 3 weeks before we leave. Easier to enjoy indulging if I'm close to goal.

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
Just did some quick math for the treats I plan to have for election night - about 2,400 if I eat the entire 500ml tub of ice cream, 185g bag of Doritos, 2 pints of beer.


hollybelle on 09/15/2016:
We need "something" for election night-for sure!

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
Yea, an entire bottle of Scotch! LOL.


puddles on 09/15/2016:
I love your thought about a bottle of scotch you bring scotch and I will bring a gallon of wine.... lol

grannyannie on 09/15/2016:
Sounds good! Haha!



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Two more days at the gym before it closes.  I will miss the cafe where I sometimes get a tea or coffee after my workout and before my bus comes. It is being removed and replaced with a second floor for gym equipment. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, pear, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn 'meatballs' & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1394

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/14/2016:
White bread on your egg sandwich ?

grannyannie on 09/14/2016:
No way! Seeded wholegrain.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/14/2016:
ohhh you take a bus to the gym? you do not drive or no car?

nice! that's more exercise right there. I know that taking a bus requires extra time & planning (very grateful for my car!)...

...except for the Express Bus to Manhattan...which saves time & energy & time spend looking for a parking spot...& saves money. haha

grannyannie on 09/14/2016:
We have a car but I usually take the bus because it's free for the over 60's. It's 10 miles to town and petrol is very expensive here. The bus stops right near my house, and drops me off in front of my house. Good time to read on the 40 minute ride to town. I drive when I've got grocery shopping to do afterwards.


puddles on 09/14/2016:
It will be a change in your routine not having the gym. The good thing is that your holidays are coming and you have that to get ready for. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/14/2016:
It will require more discipline but I've got a new routine planned, although it will change on days nice enough to bike or hike. Less than 11 weeks to holidays!



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Had a nice long weekend with family - back yesterday late afternoon.  I could have behaved better, much better.  Back on calories today.  

Stayed home from the gym today - tons of laundry to do and doing my muscle work.  Gym Weds, Thurs, Fri then it closes down.

11 weeks today until we fly to Thailand!  I need to get very serious!!

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, pear, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1332

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x   10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 x 10 - 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: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/13/2016:
11 weeks. It's a Bikini count down.

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
Seriously! Yikes!


puddles on 09/13/2016:
Glad you had a great time. Count down I am also looking forward to my departure. Good luck Annie

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
Thanks Fran. :)


hollybelle on 09/13/2016:
Yay for good trip and visit! Great menu and workout!

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
How can you not have fun with a 4 year old!? LOL. Thanks.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2016:
I also find that holidays & get togethers most usually get my way off track. i'm still recovering from the past couple weekends. it may take me till mid October to get back to my usual calorie avg. not happy about it!

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
I seem to have nonstop reasons to get off track. Should be fine for a while though. Visitors for a weekend in Oct.


im71 on 09/13/2016:
Wow! I wish I could do that kind of workout. Awesome job! Have a great day!

grannyannie on 09/13/2016:
Thanks. I feel so much better when I workout, and horrible when I don't.



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 08, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Tomorrow morning we are off to spend the weekend with stepdaughter and her family.  Discipline required!

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 5 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins recumbent bike

Workout at home:

  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 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 10 - 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:  low fat cheddar on wrap, peach, banana, yogurt 
  • D:  2 Quorn chicken burgers, savoury rice with peppers/onion/peas/turmeric, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1365

 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/08/2016:
Yes discipline. I am sure that you will do your best and that is all we can ask ourselves to be. Have a great trip and enjoy.

grannyannie on 09/08/2016:
Thanks! I will TRY!


hollybelle on 09/08/2016:
Great workout! Enjoy your trip and visit with family.

grannyannie on 09/08/2016:
Thanks. Looking forward to seeing cute wee grandson.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/08/2016:
eating and get togethers can definitely pose issues.

I totally overate this weekend...regret it slightly because now i have to work on lowering calories again...

i have to deal with a higher cal amount for this week - oh well.

grannyannie on 09/08/2016:
If I can just stick to meals and ignore the snacks that are set out, it'll be good. And of course that very expensive gin stepddaughter bought for us. Can't be rude, can I?!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/12/2016:
Your stepdaughter knows your weakness ;)



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 07, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Gym closes Friday of next week.  I asked one of the staff what routine to do with dumbbells to replace one of the resistance machines (for lats/back).  He showed me two and I'm already doing both of them.  So all I need to add to my home dumbbell routine is one for pecs.  

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 5 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 4 x 12 rope/pulley

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  pb on oatcakes
  • L:  low fat cheddar on wrap, peach, small banana, yogurt 
  • D:  the rest of the butternut squash/sweet potato/veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1346

 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/07/2016:
Still doing great, I see!

grannyannie on 09/07/2016:
Just got back on track the last couple of weeks.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/07/2016:
And there are certainly exercises using dumbells for pecs. So you are good to go. (I have the exercise in mind where i'm laying on a bench on my back and i start holding the weights straight up in both hands, then flying outwards with them & back up. I always feel it working my pecs).

grannyannie on 09/07/2016:
Yes, that's the one I'll do. I only do pecs as I don't like to leave out any muscle group.


puddles on 09/07/2016:
You will certainly be prepared for the closing of the gym. That does not surprise me you are organized. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/07/2016:
Thanks Fran. I'm ready!



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 06, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Did housework most of the morning.  Will workout this afternoon.  

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on toast, raspberries, strawberries, yogurt 
  • D:  Sweet potato/butternut squash and veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1264

Workout at home:
  • squats w/dumbbells using  step - 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 10 - 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: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/06/2016:
Funny you write squash. I've been eating a bit of it too. Usually in place of a banana. Very healthy eating lady.

Are there benefits to drinking tonic water? i may buy it...never really researched it enough. think it would clear up my skin?

grannyannie on 09/06/2016:
I just drink the elderflower tonic because I like the taste with a couple of slices of lime in it, and it's very low cal (unless I put gin in it! LOL). Water can get boring after a while.


puddles on 09/06/2016:
Housework is never ending. Enjoy your workout this afternoon and have a great evening Annie.



grannyannie - Monday Sep 05, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 153.0

Glad we didn't get invited to a BBQ yesterday.  Always enjoy it but it's not low cal - lots of meat and wine. 

Friday we go to stepdaughter's house for a couple of nights.  I'll be due for a higher calorie day by then - keeping it low for too long has the wrong effect.  She's bought some very expensive gin for us and she says it's very smooth.  I can't drink tons of gin like I can beer or wine (unless on a long flight), so I'm going to try very hard not to over indulge.  

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

Workout at home:
  • 11 routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 12
Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  hummus on oatcakes, apple, plum, yogurt 
  • D:  butternut squash/sweet potato/veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1298 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/05/2016:
You were saved from the BBQ night so you have all week before the next challenge. You will do well. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 09/05/2016:
Thanks for your faith. I've got to do it!



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