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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.



grannyannie - Friday May 06, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 146.2

Scale headed back down.  The weather is finally improving.  Expecting sunshine and mid to upper 60's on Monday so we're planning a long bike ride.

Menu:  

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

Cals: 1288

Workout at gym:  (should have done 10-15 mins more cardio but was chatting with a friend)

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps

 

 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 11.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/06/2016:
I would love a nice, long bike ride right now. G'night, Annie.

grannyannie on 05/06/2016:
Thanks. Can't wait!

Just about to have dinner here.


puddles on 05/06/2016:
Congrats on the scale. Back on track. Have a great day Annie

grannyannie on 05/06/2016:
Cheers, Fran! :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/06/2016:
our weather is still around 10 degrees below average...but i can tell you - it doesn't bother me at all right now :) as long as we have summer, all is good by me. i actually enjoy this weather as i like to bundle up when home in my apt.

congrats on your work well done, keep up the great work and you will reach your goals always.

grannyannie on 05/07/2016:
It's in the 70's in south England, but up here it's always much cooler. Less than 3 weeks until sister comes.



grannyannie - Thursday May 05, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 146.8

Went a wee bit over calories yesterday but only went to 1400.  Also did 50 minutes on my exercise bike while watching tv to help ease some guilt over Tuesday's binge.

Menu:  
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • S:  date/raisin/cashew bar
  • L:  cheddar on a wrap, strawberries, clementine, yogurt 
  • D:  chickpea & veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1323

Workout at gym: cardio only today.  60 solid minutes!
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 15 mins elliptical -  HIIT
  • 5 mins treadmill uphill

 

Progress as of today: 20.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 05/05/2016:
You did well. It is hard to get back on track after a binge and especially the mental part seems to last longer then the food effect. Have a great Day Annie.

grannyannie on 05/05/2016:
Thanks! True about aftereffects of a binge.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/05/2016:
yes, great job to you :) doing great Annie.



grannyannie - Wednesday May 04, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.4

Not even going to admit to how I indulged yesterday, but it was very bad.  Binge watching a series and binge eating along with it.  I WILL be sticking to today's plan. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast/lite mayo on a wrap, banana, strawberries
  • D:  Quorn pie, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

 

Cals: 1222

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 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 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: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 10.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/04/2016:
It's ok, let it go even though it's frustrating...and continue on with your goals :)

grannyannie on 05/04/2016:
It's a new day. I've dragged my exercise bike into the living room and am going to find a movie on Netflix to watch while I ride.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/04/2016:
great idea to watch during a movie!!! i would prob do the same. very good idea!


happy-1 on 05/04/2016:
What series?

grannyannie on 05/04/2016:
Outlander Season 2

grannyannie on 05/04/2016:
And then replayed some of my favourite episodes from Season 1.


happy-1 on 05/04/2016:
OMG... I love that show. Worth being a loth for!

grannyannie on 05/05/2016:
Excellent casting! Just love Jamie!



grannyannie - Tuesday May 03, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.4

Did a bit of snacking yesterday - peanuts, etc.  

Today I was binge watching Outlander and I did some snacking. Trying not to do any more tonight. Should not have bought crisps at the supermarket!  Resisted the urge to buy a couple of beers and won't go into the garage to get any of husband's home brew. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast/lite mayo on a wrap, strawberries, packet of crisps 
  • S:  date/cocoa/cashew/raisin bar, packet of crisps
  • D:  Quorn pie, salad
  • S:  peanuts
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1628

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps
 

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 10.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/03/2016:
For lunch, i actually had a nice serving of mixed, salted nuts with a TON of mostly roasted veggies!



grannyannie - Monday May 02, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.4

Had a lovely dinner last night at our friends' house.  The hostess' sister and her husband were there as well, so it was a nice evening.  We didn't get home until nearly 1am.

Dinner:  starter was fresh mussels and fresh baguettes, then roast pork and black pudding, gravy, roasted potatoes, lots of veggies, a fruit cake with custard for dessert.  I resisted the wine and drank flavoured water I'd brought.....up until about 10pm.  Then I had partial glasses of wine which likely totaled 2 full glasses.  Not too bad. Oh, and a couple of sips of drambuie. 

No gym today.  Too tired plus it's a bank holiday so the gym doesn't open until 10.  So I'll do Tues, Weds, Friday.

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  grilled cheese, grapes, yogurt 
  • D:  chickpea and veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1205

Feeling tired but will try to do this workout today.  If not, I'll do it after the gym tomorrow. 

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 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 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: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 10.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/02/2016:
You held out better than I would have.


puddles on 05/02/2016:
Good job for holding on as long as you did. I think I would have been into the wine much earlier then you Have a great day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/03/2016:
dinner sounds....delightful!



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