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grannyannie - Sunday Apr 09, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 156.4

Scale down 3+ lbs. Could be some water weight but some is fat.  How clothes fit is really best gage for me. 

I'm doing a carb AND calorie count.  Finding it hard to keep below 50 carbs and not let calories get too low.  All the sources I've found say a woman should never go below 1200 calories per day and I've always gone by that.  I've read about mistakes people make on low carb and some are eating tons of high fat cheese (almost zero carbs) and nuts (very low carbs).  So I'm tracking calories as well.  

Friends dropped by yesterday and I always keep rose' wine on hand for when they visit.  I had none!  


  • B:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh strawberries and stevia, 1 boiled egg
  • S:  coffee with soy milk
  • L:  7 veg salad w/hummus, smoked salmon, cheddar (this was really filling!)
  • D:  Veggie and Quorn curry (no rice, no quinoa)
  • S:  apple, dry roasted peanuts

Carbs:  46,  Calories:  1228 (perfect!)

(Salad:  spinach, radishes, cucumber, carrot, tomato, celery, yellow pepper)

Doing housework today but might also do some lower body muscle workouts.

Progress as of today: 10.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
Yes, i agree to def count calories in addition to going low carb....and veggies are so healthy :-)

grannyannie on 04/10/2017:
And I did not feel hungry or tempted to do extra snacking at all yesterday!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2017:
Yes - agreed that low carb will dampen your appetite...good. keep up this outlook Annie lady - you got this!

grannyannie on 04/10/2017:
Thanks! I like this diet!

grannyannie - Saturday Apr 08, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Today I'm counting as Day One of low carb. Tons of research. Some websites say 20g of carbs per day but most say that is too low.  Most also say Atkins is VERY bad but I didn't intend to do that one anyway - very unhealthy!  If I were to stick to 20 g per day I'd have no energy to workout. The number recommended is up to 50 per day for a woman, with a higher carb day once or twice a week. Looked at carb cycling but that is far too complicated - it's very low carbs 3 days a week, low carbs 2 days, high carbs 2 days.  

So I've settled on 40-50g carbs per day, and one day per week of up to 100.  It's okay to have occasional bread so my high carb day will be Fridays - pizza day.  I'll also have porridge that day which I miss. 

Today is quite low - 21 g but tomorrow I'm planning on 47.  Husband said my diet looked like high calorie, so I calculated the calories for today and they are only 1246.  Low carb is higher in fat so keeps you full longer so you naturally eat less calories.  That's the theory anyway and it works for many.  So I'm giving it a shot!


  • B:  plain soy yogurt, added fresh strawberries and stevia, 1 boiled egg, tea w/soy milk
  • S:  coffee w/almond milk
  • L:  salad (spinach, tomato, celery, radishes, cucumber, yellow pepper) & chicken breast chunks
  • D:  ground steak burger, cauliflower & cheddar
  • S:  dry roasted peanuts and blanched almonds

Home workout:

  • 12 routines with dumbbells for upper body - 10 x 4 each

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 04/08/2017:
I lost my original first 25#, which stayed off, with a low-carb diet, Woman Drs Diet for Women--old book (70s). The key for me was the routine/monotony. Sure I had cravings, but I stuck with it.

One thing I allowed was chocolate pudding--just the prepared ones--one/day only.

Hope you get the results you want!

grannyannie on 04/08/2017:
Thanks! I'm just doing the one higher carb/cal day per week.

Just an experiment really, and I've got 5 weeks until I take a 5 night holiday by myself. If I find this is working well I'll try to continue while I'm eating out at restaurants there. I guess I can just ask for more veg and leave off the potatoes and don't bring me bread. A challenge for sure.

I really just want my clothes to not be too tight and uncomfortable. That's the goal for now anyway.

Donkey on 04/08/2017:
Your comments on my entry today was very helpful - thank you!

grannyannie on 04/09/2017:
You're welcome! Good luck.

grannyannie - Friday Apr 07, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Finishing up the low fat stuff today, and having weekly 'bread' with the thin crust pizza.  Husband loves to make me pizza so we'll keep the Friday routine.  

Tomorrow I will count every carb to judge how I'm doing.  Counting carbs in the curry is tough but everything in it is very low carb.  No rice. Quinoa is okay but doing small portions as usual.


  • B:  1/2 portion of porridge, 1 boiled egg
  • L:  last of the low fat yogurt and cheese, salad w/chicken, strawberries
  • D:  thin crust veggie and chorizo pizza
  • S:  small amount of dry roasted peanuts, blanched almonds, maybe a square of 85% dark chocolate


  • spin bike: 15 mins

  • rowing machine:  10 mins
  • elliptical:  10 mins
  • treadmill:  5 mins

Resistance machines:  4 x 10

  • chest press
  • shoulder press
  • lat pulldown
  • vertical row
  • leg press



Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/08/2017:
I think my diet is towards the low-carb side of the spectrum, but I haven't cut out carbs completely. I just limit my servings on the carbs. So if I have rice or pasta, I'll control that portion and then add extra vegetables or meat to the meal. Sandwiches with only 1 piece of bread, etc.

I still have oatmeal in the morning (not sure if that is the equivalent of porridge) but add walnuts and flaxseed (protein sources) to it. No sugar but spice it up with cinnamon.

Baked potato & corn are OK as those are vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a better choice.

I've added a lot more vegetables to my meals and snacks. If I need a dip or a dressing to help that along -- because sometimes raw vegetables can be so boring -- then that's fine.

I do have 1 day a week where I'm a little more relaxed about my choices, but I don't go wild on portion sizes. That is to say, it's not an "all you can eat" day. But I don't have to binge, because I know I can have more next week on my "relaxed" day. You might want to have a "beer day" to help.

I hope this helps. It's hard at first, until your body gets used to it, especially if you love sugar (like Mr. Donkey) or other similar vices.

grannyannie on 04/08/2017:
Been doing tons of research. You don't cut out carbs completely but keep it low. No bread, no potatoes, rice or pasta, oatmeal/porridge is quite high as well. I'll post my meals for today.

grannyannie - Thursday Apr 06, 2017
(Low carb - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Desperate! So I'm going to try something new to me.  I know 3 people personally who are/were diabetics and they went on the blood sugar diet (low carb, very low sugar).  All of them lost a TON of weight and 2 of them no longer need their diabetes meds.  I am not diabetic, not even close and I won't be following that particular diet.  I've never tried a low carb diet but I figure it's worth a shot.  So I'm starting today although I have some food I need to finish that is a no-no on the diet.  No food that says 'diet', no artificial sweeteners except Stevia.  And I just bought lots of diet Coke! I've got some low fat cheese to finish (although the packet says no sugar, artificial or otherwise) and some low fat yogurt that has artificial sweetener.  

NO BEER (super high in carbs!) 

Tomorrow is pizza night and hubby loves to make us homemade pizza (even the sauce) on our new pizza machine.  That means pizza crust, but he says he'll make it extra thin - so that will be my exception every week and it will be small portions.  Porridge isn't low carb and I hate to give it up so I'm going to try making a half portion of it tomorrow and also have either yogurt or a boiled egg. Definitely no more raisins. 

I've done my research and any of you who have tried low carb I'd welcome any comments.  Tomorrow I shop for hummus, chicken breast slices, more eggs, plain soy yogurt to which I will add fresh berries and stevia, smoked salmon, apples, pears, berries, my usual salad and other veggies, and full fat cheddar. 


  • B:  porridge w/raisins and almond milk (no more raisins)
  • S:  cappuccino w/almond milk and chocolate sprinkles on top and stevia (going to start having black with just a splash of milk and stevia)
  • L:  scrambled eggs with cheese, yogurt, apple
  • D:  veggie and Quorn curry w/small portion of quinoa
  • S:  small amount of almonds

A bit sore in upper arms and chest muscles from using the gym machines yesterday. 

Home workout: (3 sets instead of 4 - maybe increase back to 4 sets some time next week)

  • 12 upper body routines usings dumbbells -   3 x 10


  • 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: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie - Wednesday Apr 05, 2017
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 159.8

Oops!  Scale is going the wrong way!  Groan.....  did not behave in London.

Back to the new gym today!  Nice!  I didn't do a proper workout but tried out all the resistance machines as they are all new and a wee bit different than the old ones.  They also added a leg press which I really enjoy doing.  


  • exercise bike:  45 mins
  • spin bike:  10 mins
  • rowing machine:  5 mins
  • elliptical:  10 mins

Resistance machines: just tried them out so didn't do proper sets this time

  • leg press
  • lat pull down
  • chest press

Feeling tired so will stay home tomorrow and do my full sets of muscle work for upper and lower body.  


  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes, low fat cheddar, banana, quinoa bar, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, herbal teas

Cals:   1375 (starving when I came home from gym and should be at 1200)

Only 7 weeks until we go to the US.  Not going to meet my goal.  




Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/05/2017:
It is good to have the new machines...you are getting a nice change of which you will learn the new machines and shouldn't take long. if you like them, you can use them.

it's good for the mind and body to learn new things and stuff so that is good, in my opinion!

nice that you now have a leg press which is a great machine. i don't use now, but may start now that you mention it.

grannyannie on 04/05/2017:
I've always liked the leg press. Probably because I can use really heavy weights on it.

Donkey on 04/05/2017:
Oooo, the new gym!!! I'm so excited for you!!! (And in case you don't go back to reading older entries -- thank you so much for posting your upper body exercises!!!)

grannyannie on 04/06/2017:
You're welcome!

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!

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