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grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.7

Took a drive to the capital of the island - Nathon.  Need more souvenirs for family and friends.  I've got most of them but need more.  

Giving up the rental car on Jan 31st and I know I'll miss it.  But it means more bike riding and walking.  We're stocking up on heavy stuff like cases of bottled water before we give it up.  We need to buy another big crate to store our stuff in for next year.  We can store one crate free and pay small fees for the rest.  Last year we only had one crate. There is now absolutely nothing else we need to buy for the house.  We have A/C but also use fans in the house.  One is provided but we bought a second for the bedroom.  Also bought a scale, kettle (I don't like the one they provide), bigger tea mugs, extra rubbish bin, ankle weights, and other misc household stuff.  We'll also have to store the bikes, the inflatable tandem kayak, the paddles. 

I have got to find the right bras for a hot climate!  It's got be lightweight, wicking, but give me support.  I'm finding that one of my bikini tops is cooler than my bras but next year I need to get 4 or 5 really good ones. 

Gym:  

  • 3 x 12 upper body with dumbbells - 11 routines
  • 3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts
  • 15 mins elliptical intervals
  • 10 mins bike intervals

Home:

  • 3 x 10 abs, bridge, planks, pushups, triceps dips
  • 3 x 10 w/ankle weights for glutes and thighs

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon, soy milk, toast, canteloupe, tea
  • S:  iced coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • L:  chicken sandwich and small portion of fries, iced green tea (restaurant was also a bakery and I bought 2 loaves of freshly baked bread - resisted the muffins, cakes and pastries!)
  • D:  curry or soup or stir fry
  • S:  apple or saltines

Will try to resist beer!    

 

Progress as of today: 22.3 lbs lost so far, only 6.7 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/19/2016:
Sounds like a really good vacation. Hope you can find the perfect outfit for next year.

grannyannie on 01/19/2016:
Thanks, OR! On a positive note I found some really good cooling prickly heat powder!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/19/2016:
smart to buy a scale.

maybe commit to less alchohol, if you are so inclined!, for the rest of the trip.

either way, enjoy yourself. :-D

grannyannie on 01/19/2016:
Yea, I have to be tougher! I think next time we stop at the new watering hole (which is a massage shop) I'll get a massage while hubby drinks beer.


puddles on 01/19/2016:
Even if we rent there are always some stuff we need or can't live without. I do the same every year I buy stuff for this condo. I always rent the same condo each year and I think some people try my new little items and decide they are pretty cool and bring them home with them because every year there are things that I got that are no longer here.... lol That is ok the other alternative would be to pack them all. Yes stocking up while you have the car is a great idea. Probably more accurate to wish you a good night Annie.

grannyannie on 01/19/2016:
Anything left behind in these houses is removed. So fortunately we can store our stuff here. I brought a lot of stuff last year as I didn't know what I could and couldn't buy here. I brought more than I needed. This year I knew.



grannyannie - Monday Jan 18, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.7

Few clouds or breezes so hot day.  

Having a bit of 'intestinal problems' this morning so didn't make it to the gym.  Will have to switfch to Tues/Thurs/Sat. this week instead. 

Bike ride exploring back roads then stopped for dinner, then pub. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, toast, canteloupe, tea
  • L:  spicy papaya/Thai noodle/peanut/tomato salad, soda water and lime
  • S:  still hungry so had some pbj on toast
  • D:  veggie stir fry on 1/2 portion rice, soda water and lime
  • S:  stopped at our new watering hole and had 1 1/2 beers (a wee bit less than 12 oz bottles)
  • S:  apple, vodka and melon drink (only bought 2 so won't buy more for a while)

Progress as of today: 22.3 lbs lost so far, only 6.7 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/18/2016:
I LOVE vodka drinks. In general, I love vodka. It mixes so well with sparkling water! And they have so many flavors of vodka. Rum isn't as good in seltzer bc I feel it's flavor is too strong?

I also sometimes switch my gym days when I need to.

Sounds like a scenic bike ride!

grannyannie on 01/18/2016:
Found this vodka drink in the supermarket and it has such a nice refreshing flavour. Made by Smirnoff - less than 12 oz bottle. Need to start making my own drinks though - less calories. We drink a lot of soda water with lime which is zero calories, might be good with gin? I like rum but only in Mai Tais.


OhioRaven on 01/18/2016:
GoodNight, Annie.

grannyannie on 01/18/2016:
Good morning, OR. :)


Awesome50 on 01/18/2016:
I admire how much bike riding you do. I don't own a bike, maybe buying one in the summer and re-learning to bike would be an option... Something for me to think about.

grannyannie on 01/18/2016:
We like to ride and do tons of it at home, but we have really good bikes at home. We'll be giving up our rental car Jan 31st so we'll be doing a lot more bike riding in Feb! Bicycling is such a pleasant way to exercise and the best way to notice scenery, etc.


H82BFat on 01/18/2016:
I'm jealous of your great weather! Your bike ride sounds awesome! I used to (about 17 years ago) ride my bike with my hubby, but he likes to go seriously "off road" a bit to much for me... had me in the woods, at night, on some kind of course & I almost coasted down a hill into a tree!! I was like: That's it, I'm out!!

grannyannie on 01/18/2016:
I prefer paved roads as well. Weather is good but often it is too hot. It would be better if it was less humid. The breeze helps a lot though.


puddles on 01/18/2016:
Bike ride, dinner, pub = maybe a beer or two... lol Take care Annie - have a great evening.

grannyannie on 01/18/2016:
Aye - bike ride = beer. You've got me pegged! LOL.



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 17, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.7

No exercise today except for walking through malls.  Might walk to the restaurant for dinner if it isn't raining, which it's threatening to.  This restaurant is about 2.5 miles roundtrip. 

I'm thinking about our trip mid-Feb as something to think of as motivation.  I plan to indulge during those 3 days on another island since it will be an early birthday trip, and I've seen the menus online!!  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, yogurt, toast, tea
  • S:  Americano and small biscuits
  • L:  pad thai with shrimp, mango smoothie
  • D:  red curry with tofu and 1/2 portion of rice
  • S:  been craving something salty and bought a small packet of BBQ potato chips

 

Progress as of today: 22.3 lbs lost so far, only 6.7 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/17/2016:
Have a Good Day, Annie.

grannyannie on 01/17/2016:
Thanks. Nearly bedtime now!


puddles on 01/17/2016:
Have a great sleep Annie.

grannyannie on 01/17/2016:
Thanks Fran.


OhioRaven on 01/17/2016:
GoodMorning,Annie !

grannyannie on 01/17/2016:
Thanks OR. Morning here - 8:17. And 8:17 pm for you. :)



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.4

We've booked the 5 star for my birthday next month, although it will be the week before as they are fully booked for my birthday.  Staying 3 nights.

Misbehaved yesterday!  We cycled to the restaurant for dinner and I was hot and sweaty when we got there I ordered a cold beer.  Then on the way home we stopped at a small bar we'd been noticing which sits outside a massage shop.  Had another beer and a nice chat with the owner - a guy from England who married a Thai.  The lady gave us a bowl of peanuts.  Big mistake!

Gym:  

  • 3 x 12 upper body with dumbbells - 11 routines
  • 3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts
  • 15 mins elliptical intervals
  • 5 mins bike intense 

Home:

  • 3 x 10 abs, bridge, planks, pushups, triceps dips
  • 3 x 10 w/ankle weights for glutes and thighs

Rode our bikes to lunch.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon, soy milk, yogurt, toast, yogurt, tea
  • L:  chicken/lemongrass/herbs/raw veggie wrap, gin and tonic (they make the best!)
  • S:  stopped at the same bar as yesterday for a beer
  • D:  omelette stuffed with seafood and pork, water
  • S:  apple (might have a light beer as we watch the last episode of Wentworth)

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/16/2016:
Annie I think that Bike = Beer.... lol I am just teasing you. I totally understand Beer is so good when it is real hot... it is the only thing that helps take the thurst away. Have a great day. Glad you were able to took your birthday resort.

grannyannie on 01/16/2016:
LOL. True. I also find the icy gin and tonics with lime very refreshing.


H82BFat on 01/16/2016:
Did you ever notice how, by changing a couple words in a sentence, you can change the entire vibe of a story? Like, change "Misbehaved yesterday" to "Treated myself yesterday" and voila'... negative to positive in an instant! My (new)therapist (my previous therapist left) recently told me to replace: "I can't" with "I don't" ...Talk about a light bulb moment!!

I've never been in a 5 star... I probably wouldn't know how to act!! ;)

grannyannie on 01/16/2016:
True, although treating myself seems to be a habit when I travel. Need to make myself stop.

This 5 star will be casual though, not like those big posh hotels in a city. Everybody will be in shorts, tank tops and bikinis and swimming trunks.


Awesome50 on 01/16/2016:
Sounds like you enjoyed the day! Good fun!

grannyannie on 01/16/2016:
Enjoying every day....except for the ones when I do far too much exercise and sweating!



grannyannie - Friday Jan 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 145.4

Scale this morning.  Not as heavy as I feared. 

We got up early this morning and went out for a bike ride by 6am.  The air was cool so it was really pleasant and a lot less traffic.  Stopped for sunrise at 6:40 and home by about 7:30.  

We walked to a restaurant for lunch - about 2 miles roundtrip.  Was pouring sweat so jumped in the pool.  And we are going to ride the bikes to dinner.  We are not going to continue renting the car for the month of Feb just to save some money (£400/$600) but I think we are going to miss it.  We will stock up on all the heavy stuff before we go carless - bottled water, etc.  

I mentioned in yesterday's post that we might not go to the 5 star resort for my birthday next month, but we'll take a closer look.  The original plan was to go to a seaside restaurant we love - great food, gorgeous sunsets, tables right on the beach and a package that includes taxi pickup, a snorkel trip, shower at restaurant then dinner and cocktails and a taxi home.  http://www.thevirgincoastsamui.com/longtail-boat-excursion/

Food choices here are endless.  We prefer Thai although I sometimes like non-Thai like I had for lunch.  Choices range from junk like KFC or McD's or pizza, to Australian pubs with burgers, or steaks, Italian, French, Swedish, German, Chinese, Japanese, any kind of fish, lots of French bakeries, etc etc.  And the supermarkets have almost anything you could want.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, toast, canteloupe, tea
  • S:  Americano and small biscuits
  • S:  sm cappuccino (we went to look for an alternate coffee place when we are carless as our current one is too far)
  • L:  potato/pineapple/shrimp salad, soda water
  • D:  not sure which restaurant we will cycle to but will choose wisely
  • S:  apple

A couple of pics from sunrise this morning.  We never actually saw the sun peek out as it kept hiding behind the clouds.  A group of Buddhist monks had walked down from their temple to watch as well. Don't know if they do it every day. 

 

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/15/2016:
I would guess the Monks watch the sunset everyday if I had to guess. I think this way because it seems everything they do is routine & scheduled? That’s my own take on your comment! Wow no car!? Good job. You guys are living such a healthy lifestyle while away. I can’t even imagine getting around on either weekdays or weekends without a car. Thing is, I could easily get around by bike on weekends – but I am not in shape for it & it’s too cold right now. You motivate me in the spring to get back into bike riding. I have had my bike locked up in my garage for 2 years straight since my injuries. Thanks for the exercise inspiration. 2016 is a year that I’m going to throw away anxiety, excuses, and negative thoughts & I am going to get myself fully back into being active – especially on weekends – walking, etc. At least most weekends my goal is to devote an afternoon to physical activity once the weather warms up again in the spring. OK, I should write this in my own entries lol. Snorkeling is so cool – especially what you get to see underwater, but, I find the masks and fins quite a nuisance. I am sure most everyone does? Those photos once again are amazing – panoramas ? Please continue to update us on your very cool life – activities, comings & goings. You are a lucky lady. I was reading more about pregnancy dreams. It has to do with realizing your potential! Artists sometimes have these dreams before writing or producing new works. Usually the dreams do not mean you are pregnant but that you are really considering some life changes or changes in career, dreams, etc. This makes perfect sense to me in that I am looking overall to change my life and persona. All of me.

grannyannie on 01/15/2016:
Good attitude for 2016! We don't use fins when we snorkel and yes, the mask and mouthpiece isn't the most comfortable thing, but the fish are gorgeous!!! Yes, the bottom photo was a panorama on my phone.


puddles on 01/15/2016:
I take my coffee on the beach in the morning and love to see the sun come up. Perfect start to my day. It still amazes me how all sunrise are different. Thanks for the photos Annie

grannyannie on 01/15/2016:
True that no two sunrises are the same. I would love to rent the house that is right on the beach but it's $3,000+ per month! Yikes!



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 143.4

Two days of decadence.  Time to get back on track.  At least I'm always good about exercise. Back on the scale tomorrow morning and every morning!

If anyone wants to know about the island we are staying on: (we are staying in a quieter part of the island - not the party areas!)

http://www.kohsamui.org/

We may change plans for my birthday on Feb 26th.  We discovered there is a nice resort on the island across from the one we just spent the night on.  We've been to this island as part of our snorkeling trips but thought it was pretty much deserted.  They have a 5 star resort and a 3 night winter package deal.  The restaurants there seem to lean toward Western food and we prefer real Thai food.  But I could suffer for a few days.  LOL. This is it:

http://www.uhotelsresorts.com/ukohmadsumsamui/accommodation-en.html

Gym:  

  • 3 x 12 upper body with dumbbells - 11 routines
  • 3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts
  • 15 mins elliptical intervals
  • 10 mins bike intervals 

Home:

  • 3 x 10 abs, bridge, planks, pushups, triceps dips
  • 3 x 10 w/ankle weights for glutes and thighs

Rode our bikes to lunch.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon, soy milk, yogurt, toast, tea
  • S:  need to switch back to Americano and forget about cappuccinos for a while
  • L:  veg/pineapple/cashew stir fry, rice, soda water with lime
  • D:  probably a noodle soup or shrimp salad
  • S:  apple

 HOP, this is the bungalow we rent for the winter and the community's pool:

 

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 01/14/2016:
Beautiful - a great image to see when you are in a cold area :)

grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
Yes, but it's funny to sometimes be grateful for clouds as the sun can get pretty hot in the middle of the day.


OhioRaven on 01/14/2016:
Yep ! I think I could live there. Without the decadence of course.

grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
Only occasional decadence. LOL.


puddles on 01/14/2016:
I have checked out my VRBO site for Koh Samui rentals and it is divided up my areas according to Beaches. What is your suggestions. They have a few that seem to be a little inland but not by all that much a few miles. Love the weather. Great pics. Interesting destination. Enjoy Annie.

grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
Some areas are heavily touristy and can get loud, so you don't want Chaweng or Lamai Beach. You might want to look at Fenix Resort. We stayed there after the wedding 2 years ago. That's where I go to the gym. Quieter area. You can rent a car but the amount of motorbikes here can drive you nuts when you drive as they pass on the left, on the right, right in front of you.... There are also tuk tuks or private taxis. There isn't much inland, most are pretty close to the beaches.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/14/2016:
It's around $500 per night?....will comment more later!

grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
What is $500/night? Certainly not our bungalow. It converts to about $1,000/month.

grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
Oh, you must mean the 5 star resort. It's about $80/night.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/14/2016:
You aren’t good – you are GREAT about exercise. Thank you for the island info. I really think it’s awesome although not too much selection on restaurants? Although good food at those restaurants! The pool looks really nice and the shrubbery in the photo is amazing – It’s so “woody” looking with those thick, big branches / limbs. It must be because it requires a LOT of rain / water? Never seen a bush like that before! Oh, I was looking at the wrong link before…I thought you were staying at the 5-star place for this whole time. I’ll have to check on the first link later. But the one for your bday looks really AWESOME. That’s the one I commented about before.

grannyannie on 01/14/2016:
There's a huge choice of restaurants. Anything you want. There are rainy seasons and dry seasons and December had quite a lot of rain. The 'community' we stay in has about 25 houses and has lush gardens.

We are rethinking the birthday hotel as it could be really expensive and we don't really like the menu. Seems geared to Western food and expensive. Will probably go with our original plan which I will post about later.



grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 143.4

Thanks for the comments!   About to go to bed, but I'll catch up with everyone's diaries tomorrow. 

Back from our stay on another island for one night.  Lovely!  The little beach bungalow was okay - bedroom, bathroom, porch, but the island has no electricity except for solar panels on some homes and a generator for the restaurant and the bungalows.  So we only had power from sunset for about 4 hours.  So the room got too hot once the fans went off.  Otherwise it was good.

The restaurant had a limited menu - basic Thai dishes, breakfast was eggs and toast.  They didn't offer cocktails but they had plenty of beer - of which we had many.  

We went swimming in the sea, went for walks, sat on the beach.  Nice. 

The bungalow we stayed in - faced the beach. 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2016:
Lol….so you had only the basics in your bungalow! Sounds nice, as long as you don’t care about the heat. Hmmm…I think I’d like it as long as it didn’t matter how I looked – like as long as I was comfortable with who I spent my time with there and could walk around in basically very little clothes and my hair up! Haha Glad to hear at least they had beer. I guess they aren’t rich (to put it kindly) over in that neck of the woods. I have to be able to say it better than I just did. You know – we are so lucky to live in such luxury when so many people aren’t the world do not. I am sure it was a nice experience to have either way – at the bungalow. Thank you for the photo – I didn’t expect it to be constructed so well – and I actually expected the color to be brighter – color of the bungalow. I’ve seen them constructed of materials that are cheaper & not as durable as….concrete? is that what yours was made of? I’ve seen them seriously with branches / leaves or whatever it is they use on top… Thanks for posting the photos !

grannyannie on 01/13/2016:
I think the people that own this restaurant and the bungalows are doing very well financially. They also have boats, and own a home on Samui so the kids can go to school. And it is very casual all over the islands. Anyone can wear a bikini, no matter what size belly! LOL. There is some poverty and we have seen shacks but many are making a lot from tourism. Yes, that bungalow is concrete. Don't know why they call it a bungalow - the house we rent is called a bungalow and is bedroom, living room, kitchen, 2 porches.


puddles on 01/13/2016:
Look heavenly Annie was a great escape. Beer the nectar of the gods.... lol Loved the pictures. Sleep tight - talk tomorrow.

grannyannie on 01/13/2016:
Cold beer + beach + sea breeze = paradise


innerpeace on 01/13/2016:
Anywhere near the beach with or without electricity is always a great place to be. Snow here in Ohio today! Enjoy your holiday.

grannyannie on 01/13/2016:
I adore the beach. The house we rent is a 5 minute walk to the beach - just across the road. I was really cruel on Facebook - the heading I put on the photo of the two beers/beach/boat was 'Gosh I wish it would snow. Ahahahaha'.


H82BFat on 01/13/2016:
What an awesome experience you are having!!!! LOVE the pics!!

grannyannie on 01/13/2016:
Thanks. We're coming back next winter again.


Awesome50 on 01/13/2016:
I really enjoyed looking at your pics. I agree with Inner Peace ... Any where near a beach is a great place to be ... Here in western Canada the temperature is expected to be -23 Celsius on Saturday night which is typical for us this time of year. The beach ... any beach sounds wonderful! Continue to enjoy your vacation!

grannyannie on 01/13/2016:
Thanks. Neither of us likes being cold!



grannyannie - Monday Jan 11, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 143.4

Haven't been near the scale despite my promise to get on it every morning.  

Gym:  

  • 3 x 12 upper body with dumbbells - 11 routines
  • 3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts
  • 15 mins elliptical intervals - changed the routine to 60 seconds easy, 30 seconds hard (instead of 90 and 30)
  • 10 mins bike intervals 

Home:

  • 3 x 10 abs, bridge, planks, pushups, triceps dips
  • 3 x 10 w/ankle weights for glutes and thighs

We are going to cycle to dinner but are going to a place that is at the top of the big hill that we hate to cycle up in the heat.  But it's on our side of the hill, so pretty easy ride.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, yogurt, toast
  • S:  sm cappuccino sm biscuits
  • L:  chicken, veg, cashew stir fry, mango smoothie (no sugar)
  • D:  a stir fry or a curry, maybe a beer
  • S:  canteloupe

Tomorrow morning we are going to a gorgeous little island and spending the night in a small bungalow (just bedroom and bath) which is next to a restaurant - all are on the beach.  We were there last week for a lunch stop on our snorkeling trip.  We noticed these beachside bungalows and asked about staying in one.  I will be fully in holiday decadence mode while there.  And I will not share what I ate or drank while there.  Pleading the 5th amendment on that!

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/11/2016:
That sounds like a wonderful adventure. A holiday within a holiday. I love those. Enjoy your little cottage on the beach Annie.

grannyannie on 01/11/2016:
Thanks Fran!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/11/2016:
mmmmm....cashew stir fry has to be really, really good! lol, even though I suggested you focus on adventure, i'm focusing on your food tonight!

wow...that's so cool you are staying in a bungalow right on the beach! very, very exciting! can you show us a photo of the inside / outside!?


Awesome50 on 01/11/2016:
Enjoy that little island. It sounds wonderful!


liza36 on 01/12/2016:
Enjoy your getaway!


biscottibody59 on 01/12/2016:
Hope you're soaking it all in:-)


H82BFat on 01/12/2016:
I never know how often to weigh.... My husband says every day so I can see how my "fluctuations trend", then there's the once a weekers, the once a monthers & the "the scale doesn't matter" ers!! Since I'm REstarting, I'm not sure what method I'm gonna use.

Great workout & menu!!



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 10, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 143.4

Oops, beer day. 

Kayaked to a seaside bar and had two beers then kayaked back. Quite a hard paddle as there were big waves.

Walked to the restaurant and back for dinner - nearly 3 miles roundtrip.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/soy milk, soy yogurt, toast
  • S/L:  omelette with a few bits of bacon and cheese, toast
  • S:  dark rye bread with cranberries toasted
  • S:  2 beers
  • D:  green curry with tofu and veggies, 1/2 portion rice, 1 lg beer

 

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/10/2016:
Maybe instead of the beers and other alcoholic drinks, order seltzer and take a shot of alcohol in it?

gosh...you love your beers :)

I'm really happy to hear you are enjoying yourself. Kayaking sounds wonderful. I cannot imagine paddling after drinking - i'm such a lightweight haha! I cannot manage my alcohol at all since I rarely drink (only socially usually not often) and when I do - it hits me so wonderfully!

When I do drink, which I was doing quite a bit actually this fall thru December on weekends (but before that, I hadn't drank maybe all summer and almost entire spring leading into it!)...ok, back to my main point - when I drink I usually get a diet coke with Malibu rum or vodka or anything else I want. The calories only come from the alcohol and it's a good deal. usually less calories than a beer unless the beer is extremely light

...lately, I got even "healthier" and ordered a tasty pomegranate vodka in seltzer. It was surprisingly enjoyable. and the alcohol hit me fast on an empty stomach :)

grannyannie on 01/11/2016:
I like gin and tonic and if you can get diet tonic the calories are not high. But unfortunately you can't get diet tonic here in Thailand.

Hubby loves beer and has been buying light beer in the supermarket, but you can't get it in restaurants. It can be hard to resist having one or two with him. I did well when we were first here. But it tastes so good in a hot climate. It works out better when we take turns having beer with dinner because one can drive, but often we walk or ride bikes.

Problem with alcohol is it lowers your willpower and you can be tempted to snack afterwards!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/10/2016:
maybe see if you can have seltzer instead of beers. or, have one beer and then a seltzer after. Instead of the two beers, you are having one but still enjoying sipping something.

hmmm...


puddles on 01/10/2016:
You must have strong arms to paddle through waves. Sure got a lot of exercise today Annie. Enjoy.

grannyannie on 01/11/2016:
If you paddle correctly you aren't using your arms but your body. But hubby has to keep reminding me to stop using my arms!


Awesome50 on 01/10/2016:
That's a lot of exercise in one day. Yay you!

grannyannie on 01/11/2016:
Cheers!



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 09, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 143.4

Tired of stressing about what I put in my mouth, but I'm not going to go all out and be a total pig!  Not happy with tight bikini tops and bras, so am torn.  

Bike ride today and a swim.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/soy milk, soy yogurt (out of fruit and bread but shopping today)
  • S:  lg cappuccino and small biscuits
  • L:  veggie stir fry with cashews and pineapple, mango juice
  • S:  bought some dark rye with cranberries bread in the market and it was still warm, yummy.  Had 2 small slices
  • D:  pad thai with shrimp, 2 gin and tonics
  • S:  fruit cereal bar 

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/09/2016:
You don't want to ruin your holiday with stressing yourself out. You are active Annie and do a lot of things you will find the balance but I am sure that stressing over it just makes it worst. Give yourself a break.

grannyannie on 01/09/2016:
Right, need to find a happy medium. Enjoyment without getting bigger!


OhioRaven on 01/09/2016:
Men like bigger tops and bras.

grannyannie on 01/09/2016:
LOL. But men don't have to wear bras or bikini tops that are too tight and uncomfortable!


OhioRaven on 01/09/2016:
Ha-ha !


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/09/2016:
How much longer is your vaca?

You are going to be ok....

grannyannie on 01/09/2016:
We are here for 3 months. Going home March 1st.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/09/2016:
OR had a funny comment :)

grannyannie on 01/09/2016:
Aye!


Awesome50 on 01/09/2016:
Don't be too hard on yourself. Do your best and continue to enjoy your vacation.

grannyannie on 01/09/2016:
Thanks.


horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2016:
I have a tip that may help. Take it or leave it :)

If I were in your situation and really was starting to feel uncomfortable in my increasingly tighter clothes, I would give myself this challenge: to use a large portion of the current vacation time left to once again be mindful of my eating and to try to order healthful foods or more veggies or in general be healthful while also trying to take in as many experiences that are new as possible. I am trying to say my goal would shift to wanting to experience as much as I possibly could. And in terms of eating, my interest in indulging in treats would diminish greatly and I would have a renewed desire to order healthful items and indulge in more vegetables and anything to get my weight lowered. But this is just me :) sorry if it was a bit much :/

grannyannie on 01/09/2016:
Thanks. It's very easy to order healthy foods with tons of veg, and my lunches and dinners are usally those. Most meals are one dish with a side of rice and hubby and I share the serving of rice. It's really the beer, cocktails, cappuccinos, smoothies, or frappes that cause trouble.



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