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grannyannie - Thursday Dec 17, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

So much for being ambitious yesterday! Husband was tired of the news and put on a movie while I was eating my lunch. Got interested in the movie and didn’t do my organising! On top of that I had a beer.  I’ve put the scale back into the kitchen - best floor for it.

Started reorganising laundry/storage room this morning. Taking a break right now. Have not done workout.

Menu:

  • B: cereal with strawberries, toast
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa, peanut, drk choc bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, hot chocolate

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
I love movies! Well some of them anyways. Turn many off after 15 minutes, What did you see? The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time favorites.

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
It was called Arctic about a plane crash.

Shawshank Redemption is always in my top 5.


Donkey on 12/17/2020:
I'd opt for the movie too! In fact, your story is a lot like a retirement plan i had for Mr. Donkey and myself. I'd like to watch a movie with him every Tuesday. The actual idea was to go to the movie theater, make it a real outing. But with restrictions, theaters are closed, and I don't know if the movie theater industry will survive.

Anyway sounds like a lovely afternoon!

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
We only have a tiny cinema in town here, so if there is a movie(s) we really want to see we might do an overnight trip to Glasgow and stay in a hotel. We like to go to classical concerts as well. Glasgow has the biggest multiplex cinema in all of Europe. It only takes 1.5 hours to get to Glasgow via ferry and train.

When things are normal again, whenever that is!


Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
Think I saw that, Annie. A survivor movie. Good one,

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
It was fictional but very good. Only 2 actors in it and one was unconscious most of the time.


Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
lol. Guess it depended on who it was


Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
Nor much new at Redbox for ages

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
What's Redbox?


Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2020:
Movies are great...i rarely get into them on my own...when i was friends with my friend R, i watched a few more movies those years with him. was fun. i usually need a friend or family to get me into a movie mood!

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
We watch movies or Netflix or Prime series normally just at night. I can easily watch something on my own.


Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
It’s like a vending machine for DVDs. Located everywhere, at least in the US. The discs cost ~$2 to rent, but I have been using promo codes from ebay that sell for about 20 for $6. Only one seller now , used to be two. She won’t tell me where she gets this endless supply. Has to be an employer perk. So I get movies for 30 cents! A miracle lately if I can finish 1 of 4. Most suck.



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 16, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

7:30 am went into town to the supermarket. Picked up berries, bananas and stuff for food bank. Unfortunately the bakery section had the bread I like for toast. So the toaster is coming back out. I’ve been craving toast.

I went into my supermarket online shopping site to book for next week.  Nothing. No slots available. Xmas week. So that means I have to do all the shopping inside the store. So I’ll do one at 7:30 when it’s quiet and another day at 10am for alcohol. 

I’m getting fed up enough with some areas that need organising so I’m forced to do them! Today I will reorganise what I refer to as the laundry room - it has washer, dryer, full size fridge/freezer (half one in the kitchen), heating system, and an area that was once probably a larder (or coal storage?) and has 2 shelves loaded with stuff which needs reorganising. Also have shelves attached to the walls. 

Menu:

  • B: cereal with blueberries, toast
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa, peanut, drk choc bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/16/2020:
I've started eating today again too. It started in November when I had that bout of sour stomach. I've curtailed toast consumption but still have some from time to time. Very comforting.

You have a good plan for shopping next week!

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
I've done so much stocking up lately that I'll mostly get produce one of the days. I don't like going at 10am because there will be a lot more people, but we'll all be masked (except for the ones that slip them under their noses!).


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Thanks for the reminder! Will book my Walmart slot now. Hope I can get it. Couldn’t get the day I wanted around Thanksgiving.

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
I didn't even think about all the slots being booked before xmas. Nothing open until after xmas so I've already booked the 29th.


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Good idea, but I’m too lazy to haul my ass to Walmart at 7 AM! I am up early, but prefer to drink good coffee and read the newspapers. Probably read 10% or less of the big ones. All the covid stuff and political upheaval is exhausting. Looks like the states have different roll outs for the vaccine & I may not get mine until a year from now. Thought it was midsummer, but apparently not. How stupid of Trump to turn down the Pfizer vaccine! He did approve the order for some, but rejected millions more and now the UK & Europe has them ordered up for the next year. Oh, well! Our Annie and others are good to go on the vaccine! I planned to self isolate and mask up etc for years anyway.

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
I think most of your Pfizer comes from the US like Michigan, but ours is made in Belgium. We also have 1/5 the population of the US. Will it really take a year for you to get it?

My son will be 50 in June - Tennessee. And hope he gets his in spring so he can come here for his birthday.


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
That’s what they’re saying in the local newspaper. I resubscribed to the digital edition specifically for vaccine news. ****ty little GOP rag, but terrific editorials because the Washington Post owns them. Always read mine in the Post, but take great delight in my neighbors spewing their coffee at some of the antiTrump pieces. Lol. Lol.

Seems like great variation among the states. Our 2 local hospitals have a few thousand vaccines, all going to frontline workers. Then the fragile and all others next. I am in the last phase 3 group, which will further subdivided based upon age. So the last priority.

Probably TN is different from PA. Not sure why so much variation.

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
Not really sure if son will get it in time to come here - plus they need to be 3 weeks apart.

Hubby is group 4 and I'm 5. They are going in 5 year increments after the 80 year olds (and healthcare workers).


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Maybe he can visit some other time?

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
He's never been here and I thought it would be nice to be here for a big birthday. Anyway, should be able to get to the US in the summer and he will come up to Michigan for the memorial.


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
It would have been nice for the special birthday! But many more to come & you’ll be together soon. Time flies.

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
Haven't seen him for years as he never travels up to Michigan which is where everybody else is.


Maria7 on 12/16/2020:
Always a good idea to go very early if need to go to a store.

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
It is, but next week I'll need to go in at 10 so I can buy beer for us and a gift of flavoured gin for my friend for xmas.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
sooo....what kind of bread is this that you like for toast?

you know, probably the biggest reason i do not buy bread is that it doesn't last as long as wraps do! and it's rather cruddy after being refrigerated, so i think that's why i don't usually buy it...

but now that i'm able to be more moderate, when i'm done with all my grains/wraps, i may buy a loaf of bread in a few weeks, because it reallly is good for toasting and spreads / sandwiches!, especially a nice, fried egg sandwich!

i see again you must wait till 10am for alcohol and that's still early. i'm sure the supermarket will not be packed at that time, at all! :)

hope you had a great workout and did some organizing! :)

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
There are two of the bakery breads I like - one has sesame seeds and honey and the other is date and cob. I buy a loaf of multigrain for sandwiches which has smaller slices and are 92 cals each. I freeze the loaf in packs of 4 slices.

Supermarket will be busy at 10am - especially xmas week.

Got very lazy yesterday. Xmas is depressing me.


Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
I absolutely have to bake the almond flour bread. Have ingredients, just haven’t done it yet. Maybe today.



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 15, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Not doing well sticking strictly to my planned menus. I'd better get on the scale once a week to keep it in check and make sure I'm not gaining!  Still doing my workouts though. 

Picked up the shopping this morning and also stopped for bird seeds and the oil for our beech kitchen counters. I can tell when they need it. The water doesn't bead up much when I wash it. 

B: porridge and bluberries

S: quinoa bar with dark chocolate (only bought a box of 3 so can't do too much damage)

L: cereal and oatcakes with cheddar

S: popcorn

D: Tom Yam curry (Thai)

S: ?

I ordered cake mix and icing for xmas day but I don't know if I can wait that long to bake it. Found I had cupcake papers and I do have a cupcake tray for a dozen. 

I ordered a ton of stuff for today because we are in the final stages of Brexit - getting a divorce from the EU- and we'll have trouble getting some things afterward for a while. Also supermarkets here say prices will go up maybe 5%. The only thing we buy in cans is chopped tomatoes and coconut milk that hubby uses for curries. So ordered lots of those. Might be difficult or impossible to get things like tomatoes and other produce until the 'divorce' settlement is worked out.  I voted against Brexit 4 years ago!  Stupid idea.

Today:

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
Lovely photos! Can you get certain foods on Amazon or Walmart online or will they rise too if the other’s go up? I haven’t really followed Brexit. Enough drama here! Finally realized one of my paid for subscriptions, The Daily Beast is a British paper! So sick or the Royal Family, never liked that crap. But have read some interesting biographies. Not the sharpest knives in the drawer per these writers. But by & large a decent lot, not counting the olden day dudes. Anyways, I have made a notation to cancel the Beast. Likely they will auto bill and waste my time untangling the mess.

Those beechwood counters sound marvelous.

grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
Can't really do my grocery shopping on Amazon and we don't have Walmart here. Prices will go up for foods that come from the EU, foods made in the UK won't go up a lot. But we get a lot of produce from Spain. Brexit means British exit from the European Union.

The Daily Beast is American. You must be thinking of the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail is a rag that is almost as bad the National Enquirer!

I am an anti-royalist. It's time to leave the 17th century!

grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
I had to learn all about the EU, EU Parliament and all that stuff when I took the test for UK citizen in 2007. My husband kept talking me out of it doing it because he said I'd have to pledge allegiance to the parasites...emmm queen and her heirs. But I wanted to be able to vote here, get a UK passport and be a citizen of the country that is my home. (I still have US as well).


innerpeace on 12/15/2020:
i don't think i'd ever leave if I had a view like yours. I hope you can find the food you need.

grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
I love the area and the view, but I've always had itchy feet and like to travel.

It sounds like I may have trouble putting everything I want to in my lunchtime salads, so I'd have to change to something else for a while.


Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
You’re right, Annie, must be confusing the publications. Get so many!

Did I ever tell you about the time I visited London as a cute 17 year old? My friend and I were trying to get a rise out of a handsome young guard in one of those fancy uniforms. He stuck his tongue out at us!!! lol

grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
No, didn't remember you going to London. I love it. Love the historical places, the walk along the Thames River. He stuck out his tongue! OMG he could get fired. LOL.

We go to London once a year in April but not this year of course.


Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
This was before everyone had a cell phone. Doubt the lad would have been so playful now! It was hilarious!!!!! Atheist me loved the great cathedrals. Love gothic architecture & stained glass. Saw lots in Paris.

grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
I love cathedrals! And I'm not religious.


horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
Yeah it’s too bad Brexit had to happen! My friend lives in France but she isn’t French, she’s British and now she’ll lose certain French priveledges bc she was never a French citizen and worse bc of Brexit, she said.

With your weight and not wanting to be so strict, I feel the longer we learn about healthy and diet, THe less strict we can be. And like I was telling Donkey, it is not right in my opinion to make things too hard for ourselves if it doesn’t need to be during Covid bc there’s already a lot of stress all around us.

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
A lot of people had to leave the UK like all the Polish workers, and EU nurses etc. And lots of Brits retired to Spain and France.



grannyannie - Monday Dec 14, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

HOP, my husband volunteered to train teachers after retirement (and I got to retire early!) in Uganda for 2 years. Inconveniences, yes, but an adventure you’ll never forget. The ones who enjoyed their time the best though were retirees like us since we had an income (pensions) and could afford to buy a used car there and take trips to nice tourist locations. The young ones who only had their meager volunteer allowance were much less flexible.  Employer provides your housing. We went with VSO UK, but there is a VSO Canada for Americans. The Peace Corps is very inflexible and doesn’t even let you choose your country or job, but VSO does.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1223

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

13 years ago:

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/14/2020:
Terrific photo & experiences, Annie, Overseas volunteerism, including the Peace Corps, was once an aspiration of mine, but always too many pets: parrots, cats, dogs etc. Could never leave them behind.

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
We met a girl in Uganda who was with the Peace Corps and I was surprised how strict they are. Plus you could only choose Africa or Asia, not the country and not even the job. Husband declined 2 jobs before taking the one he wanted. VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) is huge and has branches in Canada, Netherlands, UK and elsewhere. Teacher, doctors, etc.

We had/have no pets because of frequent travel so didn't have that problem, but we do own the house and we needed to rent it out. We talked some friends into renting it and it worked out great.


Jacky82020 on 12/14/2020:
I envy your experience and admire your altruism! The world needs more people like you & your husband. We used to fly out relatives to care for the pets during shorter periods of travel. Those days are gone. Covid.

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
I was just an 'accompanying partner' but I did do a bit of tutoring on computers.

Since our trips are 3 months Thailand, 1 month US plus spur of the moment trips around the UK, having a pet is not possible. I would love a dog and we're in an ideal place for one, but nope.


Donkey on 12/14/2020:
What a wonderful adventure! Thank you for sharing!

My sister and her husband spent a year in south Korea teaching English. They were in between things, with no job prospects, so they went and did that.

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
I know some people who travel the world teaching English as a second language. Exciting!


innerpeace on 12/14/2020:
Awesome picture!

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
Thanks! It was just the beginning of our adventure back in 2007.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
Lovely photo of you and your hubby at Uganda. Honestly, the opportunity sounds lovely. I was telling my father....he was horrified. He doesn't want me going anywhere...I will not do anything yet like it...it is something i would have liked to do...something like what Donkey is talking about. I also have two friends who have traveled the world, literally, teaching English in both Georgia (the country) and India...possibly some other countries also.

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
Yes, know of several people who travel the world teaching English.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
it would be perfect timing, to go now, between jobs as well for me....but i will just bear with this and stay local for now.

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
It's definitely a big commmitment and takes a lot of adjustment.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
I just wanna reiterate how amazing your hubby is to have done this adventure on his retirement and how wonderful that you joined him...i'm very happy and enlightened by your story and that you were able to share it with us.

I have a feeling i'll get to do more interesting things with my life in the future. at least in terms of those shorter, volunteer trips...

I will see what's in store.

I'm lucky at least I had all this time off from working to help out around my own community! I feel so lucky, actually, for this time because it hasn't been rushed, I've been able to sleep well, stay healthy, not been needing money or really having any financial troubles, and able to give back. it's been good. not good for the long term, of course, but good for now!



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 13, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Another dreich (dreary) day here. Showers, clouds.

Menu:

B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coffee with coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple

D:  Massaman curry

S: popcorn x 2

Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1223

Workout: 

Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 

3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights

3 x 10 side lunges, calf lifts using 4kg weights

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Since we are here for xmas this year I've put up some lights on the fireplace and on my weeping fig tree. 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/13/2020:
Beautiful, Annie! I’ll have to show you my fig. Different from yours, has long bare trunk with the leaves & branches at the top. Used to let it summer on the outside deck, but kept it inside this year.

Had terrible experience with the squirrels devouring my Christmas cactus! Left a few scraggly depressing bare stems, finally tossed it. I have another supposedly 80 year old one purchased at an estate sale years ago. Thank goodness I decided not to haul the big thing outside! It’s heavy and the husband has to lug it out on a flat 4-wheeled dolly.

grannyannie on 12/13/2020:
This tree grows like a weed so I've had to cut it back many times.


Donkey on 12/13/2020:
Beautiful lights! I don't take enough time to appreciate the ones I put up on our mantel this year.

I know what you mean by "sugar free diluting fruit drink" -- I've found that helpful and tasty!

grannyannie on 12/13/2020:
Had to buy them on Amazon as we didn't have any.

They call this drink squash here, don't know why. A lot of different flavours - I like to mix 2 of them then add water or tonic. Very satisfying and low cal.



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 12, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Heavy housework day.

I'm seriously missing getting together with our friends outdoors, but not expecting a sunny 60 degree non-windy day for quite a long time. Maybe once we are all vaccinated we can get together inside?

Our county of 90K usually had a handful of cases every week up to 30-40 at the highest. So I wondered why it shot up to 150 this week.  Found out about 140 of them are sailors on a Royal Navy ship whose base is in our county.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn x 2, 2 - 3 beers
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: up to 1700 cals

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/12/2020:
Interesting about the sailors. So were they all new to town? Read interesting covid story yesterday re China. Said they are asking flight attendants on long trips to covid infested counties to wear diapers and not use the bathroom! The US is listed. Mentioned some shorter distance flights have staff bathrooms. Amazes me the longer ones don’t. I have been on flights where I’ve seen pilots walk to the back of the plane to use the toilet. As for me, I avoid drinking before and during flights & sometimes for other events. Never ever liked public crappers!

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
The sailors are probably permanent on the ship but just one with Covid and that's it.

Yea, I read that about Chinese flight attendants. Ick.

My sister hates using the bathrooms on flights but I drink a lot because I know you get dehyrated on planes. Water, tea, gin and tonic.


Donkey on 12/12/2020:
Some places here in the US are having "indoor" seating with the windows open, so that the air circulates. So, visualize a restaurant seating area with the windows open -- yes, even in the cold Chicago weather.

We also did this for our card signing session this past week. Yes, it was colder than comfortable, but then I didn't notice any more.

Just throwing that out there as an idea -- I'm not even suggesting it as an option.

But yeah, it's kind of lonely.

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
Very lonely. Not that hubby isn't good company...but still.

Our are is in level 2, so once we hit level 1 they say 6 people in a house is okay. But we use our own judgement. Best friend is advanced Parkinsons, so extra careful.


Jacky82020 on 12/12/2020:
Several restaurants here in my little NWPA town added outdoor areas with clear vinyl walls attached to the main building & open windows. Must be heated! Even so, I ain’t going. Pretty much gave up on eating out years ago. The calories! The fat! The sodium!

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
I love to eat out, but not now! And in Thailand we eat out at dinner every night.


Jacky82020 on 12/12/2020:
All I do is an occasional fast food drive through these days.

grannyannie on 12/13/2020:
No fast food places in our area - only across the water and we're not allowed over there yet. I can't remember last time I went to a fast food place - many years.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
so sorry that the sailors ended up getting it! how unfortunate!

anyways, you speak of 60 degree days...yeah, not too many of them left this year...except TOMORROW...it will literally be just under 60F tomorrow over here. after that, temps will drop again.

grannyannie on 12/13/2020:
We've hit the low 50's but it will be long time to the 60's again.



grannyannie - Friday Dec 11, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Clean bathrooms. Start cleaning my 'gym'.

Started a new audiobook while I workout. It’s in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series (Botswana but written by a Scot). The audio version is best because they do the accents. 

I couldn’t listen to audiobooks when I still went to the gym - too many interruptions - so it was always music.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/dk chocolate bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, clementine
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1250

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/11/2020:
Your audio book sounds fun! Not only the subject but that they do the accents too!

My experience at gyms is that there's too much background noise to listen to an audio book, so music was the only way to go.

Enjoy!

grannyannie on 12/11/2020:
I love a Botswana accent!

Yea, at the gym they always had the radio on speaker too plus you stop to say hi to you and vice versa, etc.


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
Botswana! Used to watch an animal cam at Pete’s Pond there. All kinds of cool animals: elephants, zebras, monkeys, baboons etc. Someone stole the camera. Used to check often to see if the promised replacement ever arrived, but it didn’t for a long time, so gave up. A group of women who “met” at the cam site actually got together and visited South Africa and surrounding countries.

grannyannie on 12/11/2020:
Uganda has the time but I don't find their accents anywhere near as cool as a Botswana one!

My son in law is from South Africa and we went there for wedding - he sounds a bit like Australian to me.

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
Don't know what I meant by Uganda has the time..


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
You mean the accents? Love Trevor Noah’s. He is South African. Adorable and funny. His dad was white and his mother black. So funny how he rips into Trump! He has the Trump voice nailed. He’s been doing the show from his NY apartment. Always wears hoodies. A different color everyday. We record him every night on the DVD’ and watch the next day. Matt, the husband, can’t stay up that late. Rises at 4:30 for his job. Seth Myers is also very good. Blasts Trump & does the voice good too.

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
Wrong time zones for us, so we play a lot of stuff on Youtube. We like Stephen Colbert.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
lol..speaking of tonic, they were giving away a small amount of them to the workers/helpers today at the pantry. looked nice. small little cans of it ;)

your meals look great, nice to see you indulging in some tasty chocolate, i know, the healthy kind ;)

also, i like seeing you do your stretches, i must do extra tonight or i will not be feeling great tomorrow....

well, not really a stretch, i must use my hardcore (it's far from being soft like foam), on my shins/back of my legs so i feel good tomorrow. today was good work.

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
I like the low cal lemon or lime flavoured all by themselves.



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 10, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

If I'm going to get through this winter I can't feel too deprived. So I’m not going to be as strict with calories - 1200-1300 and occasionally up to 1400 and also my weekly beer day.

I’ve bought Cointreau (an orange liqueur - a sweet alcohol) for xmas. It’s smooth enough to drink straight with ice, or I can make a cocktail. Going to save some for inauguration day as well. Goes well with desserts. And I’m going to have some kind of cake or sweet xmas day.

Heard about the two healthcare workers here who reacted to the vaccine. They both have severe allergy problems anyway and carry epi pens so they should have known better than to get vaccinated. They are both fine now.  So people need to mention health issues before getting vaccinated - or need to be asked. I have allergies but never severe - just sinus headaches or runny nose when exposed to perfumes or certain cleaners. No biggie. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa dk choc bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, 2 clementines
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1285

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges, calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Suggestion for HOP - Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Bring a jacket - not a swimsuit. I've never been to this particular island so I had to steal the photos online. 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/10/2020:
I've come to a similar conclusion. I have a couple of bottles of wine that haven't been opened yet. This may be the time to do so.

I heard about the allergic reactions too. That's unfortunate, but it is important to disclose any allergies one might have to their doctor. In vaccine news stories here (Today Show, etc.), they have been saying that if you're allergic to the ingredients, do not get the shot(s)!

In my opinion, from what I experienced, Scotland beaches are perfect if you want to feel the wildness of the wind and sea against your face, and listen to the waves. Dress warmly, bring something warm to sit on.

grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
If you need to carry an epi pen you're probably fine.

I love walking on the beaches here! Or anywhere.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Wow, what’s up with the stones? Did the aliens leave them? lol

Yep, a lot on the news about reactions in people with allergies. Not really following that story. Also on news how Trump turned down the opportunity to purchase more Pfizer vaccines and only got enough for 50 million people. He lied in an earlier presser and said he subsidized the Pfizer development. Liar! He placed a minimum purchase order when he could have ordered a huge quantity. Now Pfizer is saying they are sold out for a good year. Moderna must be loving this! Still not certain when and how I can get one. Looking like late summer and maybe a drive through at CVS or Walgreens. Maybe the big hospital downtown.

grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
Nobody knows about the stones, and we have tons and tons of them. All between 4,000 - 5,000 years old so only educated guesses as to how and why.

Nope, he did not subsidize! Pfizer makes them in Germany over here and UK has a huge order.

You'll end up with Moderna. And when Astra Zeneca gets it right we'll get them as well.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Always amazes me how Trump lies like hell and a good 50 million Americans buy the BS. Too bad about The Apprentice. A leading biographer (David K Johnston) says were it not for that show, the monster never would have been elected. Seems Mark Burnett (?) creator of other big TV shows wanted something Manhattan based because he lived there. Saw nothing but huge Donald billboards plastered all over town. Came up with the idea & the narcissist loved it. Heavily scripted and ran 14 years. Bigly sad for America!

Gonna google them stones! Fascinating! Probably related to some old culture and their religion.

grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
Why do they always believe him? I'll never understand. And millions believe him when he says he won. Will there be riots?

Google neolithic sites. There are so many here and in England and in Ireland. Fascinates me!


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
He is inciting violence and I’m surprised we haven’t seen more. My local Congressman, Mike Kelly, was on the national news last night proudly standing next to Trump. Kelly is leading the charge here in Pennsylvania to nullify 2.5 million votes! Outrageous! He is filthy rich. Owns all the big auto dealerships in town. Sounds like a moron every time he opens his mouth. Stupid idiot! We voted by mail because we didn’t want to get infected or infect others if we were asymptomatic carriers. Pennsylvania changed the law so everyone could vote by mail, no excuses needed. We did so for the May primaries and November election.

Was able to C&P a quote from one of the articles i found. Fascinating!!!! Would love to see them up close, but my traveling days may well be over. Trip to California for the holidays canceled.

grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
The whole thing is totally crazy with all the false claims and stupid lawsuits.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Totally unbelievable since day one in 2016. Whenever I think it can’t get any worse, that he & the cult can’t go any lower, they outdo themselves. There’s no bottom.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
LOL...at first i didn't read your comment to me and i was wondering "Where's Annie talking about now in her former travels?" because those photos are really interesting...

yeah, most people in the US are deathly afraid of the vaccine, as you see here, sorta.



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 09, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Jacky, this is the plastic tube for rolling the garlic cloves and easily remove the skin. 

 

My weekly trip to be exposed to the public. 7:30 am - max 15 minutes in the supermarket - nearly empty. Picked up sweets for our postman for xmas - he’s incredible! Has to walk uphill on our gravel drive to bring us all our Amazon packages - and he’s a great guy. Donated fruits and coffee to the food bank including non chocolate xmas candies for the kids.

HOP, if you want a holiday/vacation in Scotland you don't come for the beach. (Scots generally go to Spain for the beach holidays). I may be biased but I've been to many countries and I think Scotland is the most gorgeous in the world. Also love the history, the 1,000 year old castles, the archaeology (5,000 year old neolithic sites) etc etc etc. And Outlander fans love to visit the filming locations - and other films.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/dk chocolate bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple 2 clementines
  • D:  some type of curry of course  massaman curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1285

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb and 4kg/8.8lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

The sunrise was stunning this morning on my drive home. Sky was all pink with ridges and the water was pink. I’m kicking myself for not pulling over and taking photos earlier - 5-10 minutes makes a huge difference. Finally took one when I got home but not nearly as stunning as earlier. The reason I was driving back later today is I dropped off bottles and stopped at post office to mail an xmas card to US.

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/09/2020:
What a productive day you've had!

I've been to Scotland, on a tour. If say it's better to go for the hiking and biking. Plus, the castles are really cool.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Excellent for hiking and cycling! Yes, everybody loves the castles. I love the neolithic sites as well. There are stunning white sand beaches, but not a place to go to cool off and swim. Weather too unpredictable and water always cold.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Gorgeous photos. Such beauty abounds in Scotland. And everyone has cute accents!

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Aye, they do! Some nicer than others. There are dozens of Scottish accents. I love some of the Irish accents as well.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Sure I couldn’t tell one Scottish accent from the next but have finally progressed to distinguishing English from Irish from Scottish Sometimes use subtitles on a movie, especially if they talk fast.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
I know. I wasn't good at hearing the differences before I lived here, but the differences are HUGE.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Think about the difference between the queen and the Beatles and Sean Connery, etc. Not even similar.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Cool tube! Nothing like the one I ordered. Mine looks like a garlic press. If it doesn’t work well, I’ll get one like yours

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
A press is much different. This one only gets the skin off. We used to have a press but hubby is the cook in this house and prefers to slice garlic.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Ok, see pic I posted. It is has a separate tube that I didn’t even notice until now


Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
oh, i've never seen the tube for rolling garlic! i have seen the crusher that jacky posted though!

that's very thoughtful for your postman! they do work hard, i couldn't agree more! lots of heavy lifting/bending, etc.

I think one day Scotland will be, hopefully, visited by me! not anytime in the next few years. who knows, maybe for my 45th bday? haha, 7 years! I have a friend who lives in France and we both made a semi-agreement that we will meet somewhere in Europe again one day to visit new places. or, i'd come again to Paris to see her and we'd then venture out together to at least one other place....not sure what we'll do, hopefully things will be good, i'll be working, and it will all be possible!

if i'm in scotland, why isn't it worth going to the beach? i'm sure i could include it, unless all the history of scotland is inland? care to elaborate on what you meant?

grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
It is worth going to the beaches but you'd never spend all day there in shorts and sandals, more likely in a jacket. The best are on the islands which are often windy. You just wouldn't base your holiday around beaches. And the best historic sites are on the mainland - although the Isle of Lewis has an awesome stone circle which gets a lot of visitors.

A lot of tourists don't have time to include the Outer Hebrides as it takes too big of a chunk out of the time visiting castles, etc. It takes 5 hours on a ferry to get to those islands so it's not a day trip. My favourite is Orkney for their neolithic sites and it does have some nice beaches.



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 08, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Picking up shopping at 10am. No workout. Doing some housework.  

I like listening to audiobooks while I work out. Don’t know why I didn’t do it before. I’d always listened to music. I have a ton of books in my Audible library. 

40 years ago today John Lennon was killed. I was devastated. I was 28 when he died and had grown up with the Beatles since the age of 11 right before they got to the US. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge, tea w/soy milk (no berries - getting more later)
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, Quinoa bar (which they changed and now has 22 more cals - 159 and they changed it to have a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom - more like a candy bar. Grrr.... The original was not something I could binge on at all, but now... Good thing I only bought 2 boxes of 3.)
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana
  • D:  leftover stir fry with veg and tofu
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1275

This is a popular beach less than hour away from us. Water is always chilly. Couldn't find my own photos of it so snagged one online. The piece of land across the sea is the Isle of Arran.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Fantastic photos, Annie!

Didn’t realize it was 40 years since Lennon’s death. Saw a terrific movie called Chapter 27 about Mark Chapman, played by Jared Leto. Leto gained nearly 70 pds for the role. Hadn’t realized Chapman was chubby. Leto is an incredible actor, won an Oscar for The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Played a beautiful skinny transgender woman,

Articles in today’s papers re 90 yr old UK woman getting the first covid vaccine.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
Saw the 90 year old on the news. She was in a Welsh hospital.

1980 - yep. It was the end of my 3rd semester at community college. I never turned the news on in the morning, and overheard someone in the break area mention it.

I visited Liverpool around 2003 and one of the places I saw was the Beatles museum on the docks. Fabulous! They had Lennon's round glasses in a dome with an alarm on it. The placard said they were worth £1 million (nearly $2million) at the time.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
They had a concert where I lived in Jacksonville FL in 1964 but my parents wouldn't let me go because I had only just turned 12.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Just reading a ~80 yr old man named William Shakespeare got the second jab. Lots of funny headlines over there like: Taming of the Flu. If Margaret was patient 1A, is William 2B or not 2B? lol

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
Yes, that was great! Don't know how they are labeling them.


Donkey on 12/08/2020:
Saw the vaccinations on TV and Twitter this morning. Lord, hear our prayers.

I should try audio books, as I enjoy watching TV while I exercise. Hmm...

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
I'm not worried about getting the vaccinations.

Audiobooks are great for long drives or when you staying in one room.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Yep, nothing but old Maggie and her jab in the news today and a few jokes about Shakespeare. lol. Some story in papers re Trump only ordering enough Pfizer vaccine for 100 million ppl, not nearly enough. Most was sold to other countries. But there’s Moderna and others out. Not sure if I’ll have to wait past July now. Plan to stay home as much as possible, wear mask & socially distance for years & years, most likely

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
We'll still have to mask up after the vaccinations because they aren't sure yet if it means you won't be an asymptomatic carrier. Guess if I want to hug g-daughters it will be with masks and face shields.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Probably so. My mother meets with the family in the yard, no physical contact. They live in California. And they wear masks & socially distance. Any word on how long the vaccines last? I haven’t followed all this as closely as I should.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
We were doing a lot of socially distant gardent parties with friends when the weather was warm. But not now.

I believe they think it might be an annual vaccination like flu. Not sure.


innerpeace on 12/08/2020:
Stunning views, I would be on vacation on your front porch.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
I've got a water view but not this beach. Would be nice though.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
The flu vaccine is 50% effective overall and only 25% in over 65. Here’s hoping this is a lot better long term

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Different percentages than I've heard.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Stats in UK for over 65's on last year's vaccine were 60% effective.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2020:
I never had thought of Scotland as a vacation spot but it seems it is, for the beach i mean..

next, i am not sure I could listen to a book while exercising, i stick with my music which generally i find easier to listen to than the television. i find i do a better and more concise workout with music rather than tv shows.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Scotland gets many millions of tourists every year. Some for beaches and islands but most for scenery, history, castles, Outlander filming spots, etc. Lots of Americans come because they have Scottish ancestry.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Wow! Those are drastically different stats. Sometime I’ll send you a link.



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