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grannyannie - Monday Feb 01, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.3

Been awol!  Tomorrow morning I will get on the scale.

Rode our bikes to dinner.  2 hills. 

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

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, cantelope, tea
  • S:  Americano, small biscuits/crackers
  • L:  Veggie fried rice with one fried egg, soda water w/lime
  • S:  2 small banana muffins
  • D:  3 fish cakes and a really yummy salad!  Lemongrass tea
  • S:  apple

 

Progress as of today: 22.7 lbs lost so far, only 5.3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2016:
As my legs get stronger & I start to increase my cardio, my goal will be to walk to get food at nearby places like you do. Most places I do need to drive to but there are a few exceptions by me. Little by little, I am going to learn to walk more & ride my bike more. Not yet, but I feel this is a good goal for the fall. Excellent exercise. You do a great job sticking with it & documenting it. List of food intake sounds delectable. Especially the veggie fried rice (YUM!!) and fish cakes (DOUBLE YUM!) Good luck with the scale  Remember, everything is reversible!

grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Thanks! True, everything is reversible.

grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
The wall of the gym I go to here is completely mirrored, so I can see the muscles flex when I work out. No way am I am going to lose those! I see them in my arms and shoulders and my thighs and all sides of my calves. I can't watch them turn into flab!


Awesome50 on 02/01/2016:
Great exercise and food for the day. Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow morning!

grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 30, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.3

Avoiding the scale.  But Feb 1st I'll get strict as it will be 2 weeks before our nice island trip and I'll like to feel 'comfortable'. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, toast, soy yogurt, tea
  • L:  eggs, toast, bacon. baked beans, fresh fruit, pineapple jiuice, coffee
  • S:  2 beers on our stop while paddling the kayak
  • D:  glass noodle soup with pork, 1 beer
  • S:  gin and tonic, pretzels 

Progress as of today: 22.7 lbs lost so far, only 5.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/30/2016:
Holiday times are hard on scale time.

grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Sure are!


thinkpositive on 01/31/2016:
Right, February is my target month.

grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Go for it!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2016:
You are smart to change up your routine so that it's stricter. Of course that will ensure you do feel more comfortable.

Because that's all weight is - only a variable based on our daily choices! So, change up your choices, and your weight will change to reflect them. Easy-peasy. But daunting all the same! ha.

grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Haha, easy peasy!



grannyannie - Friday Jan 29, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.3

Rain is over I think.  Sunny and hot today.  Rode our bikes to lunch and will walk 2+ miles roundtrip for dinner.  We are giving up the rental car on Sunday, but now hubby is saying he wants to rent a motorbike.  I hate those things!!  There must be tens of thousands of those on this island.  

Gym:  3 German girls were in the gym this morning. There are only 3 cardio machines and they appeared to be unhappy that I was there using one of them.  They were babbling at each other in German and looking at me.  They are guests at the resort so probably will only be here for 2 weeks. I guess I can deal with that. 

  • 3 x 12 upper body with dumbbells - 11 routines
  • 3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts (skipped the calf lifts as my ankle still hurts)
  • 15 mins bike

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, cantelope, tea
  • S:  lg cappuccino, sm biscuits/crackers
  • L:  pad thai with tofu and veggies, soda water
  • S:  oops stopped at the watering hole and had 2 beers
  • D:  don't know
  • S:  pretzels (I've been craving them)

Snapped a couple of shots of the gym with my phone:  It overlooks the pool and the ocean.

 

Not great shot, but where the sun is reflecting is the Gulf of Thailand

 

Progress as of today: 22.7 lbs lost so far, only 5.3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2016:
lol....gym view is so pretty!!! never thought i'd really ever get to say that!

once, on a cruise, the gym on the boat overlooked the water and whatever views were in site. Very nice too. But besides that, the only other somewhat memorable gym I went to was one that overlooked a busy road in my old town I was living in with my parents. It was nice, you could always see how the weather & traffic was holding up & while doing cardio, it was nice to be able to look outside! And sometimes people on the outside would look in at us!

those weights look so shiny & new in your photo.

I think i'm going to eat something similar to your pad thai tonight...but with my shirataki yam noodles..

sorta a rambling going on here...

glad your weather is good lately. Ours has picked up too. It's warmer than usual & this winter is once again moving along nicely!

Have a wonderful day Annie.

Enjoy your walk to dinner. I am jealous of your cardio (in a good way - i'm happy for you!). One day I hope to be active like you as my own ability is increasing as my legs are getting stronger & stronger!

grannyannie on 01/29/2016:
My gym at home overlooks the loch. The island we are going to in a couple of weeks has a gym which overlooks the water as well, as many resorts and gyms here do.


puddles on 01/29/2016:
Glad you feeling better. Wow the gym is inviting with a view like that.


Awesome50 on 01/29/2016:
Now that makes for a nice looking gym. Enjoy your work out!



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 28, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.3

Hurt my ankle yesterday on uneven slabs.  Hobbling a bit and no long walks but I should be fine in a few days. 

Cybermom asked about my dumbbell routines.  Just search for these on youtube and you'll find plenty of videos to demonstrate. 3 sets of 12 reps each.  Dumbbells in kg (multiply by 2.2 to get lbs). These are just the ones for upper body.  Then I use them for lower as well. 

  • Side dips - 8 kg
  • Biceps curls - 6 kg
  • Shoulder press - 5 kg
  • Overhead extension - 6 kg - read to move to 7 kg
  • One arm bent over row - 6 kg
  • Upright row - 5 kg
  • Front raise - 3 kg
  • Side lateral raise - 3 kg
  • Bent over one arm deltoid raise - 5 kg
  • a deltoid exercise I can't find the name of but it mimics a resistance machine I've used - 3 kg
  • Shoulder shrugs - 8 kg

HOP wondered about the souvenirs I'm buying for family.  These are called harem pants.  Very thin cotton and very comfy.  I've also bought tshirts and embroidered handbags. These come in many colours and patterns and the ones with elephant patterns on them are very popular and the most common.  I've asked family for colour preferences.  Two of them like purple and pink, one likes teal, one likes neutral colours, navy, black, orange, one didn't want elephants, one likes bright colours.  I've bought myself about 6 or 7 pair.  These are not really well made as most are not double stitched which is why the most you pay for a pair is £4/$6. 

This is one of the ones for my sister:

 

For niece who likes teal


For one of the ones who likes pink/purple

 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, toast, cantelope, tea
  • L:  2 poached eggs on top of a bed of assorted veggies, some of which I don't even know the name for (Thai), toasted homemade whole grain seeded bread, lemongrass tea.  
  • D:  probably a curry
  • S:  banana or apple and maybe even a gin and tonic

The restaurant where we had lunch:  we go here for lunch or dinner several times a week. I'm going to miss this restaurant when we go home!!!  

No website but the name is Sweet Sisters Cafe, Koh Samui. 

Progress as of today: 22.7 lbs lost so far, only 5.3 lbs to go!

Awesome50 on 01/28/2016:
The pants look very comfortable. Your family members are lucky to receive such comfy gifts. Hope your ankle is doing okay today. Enjoy your day!

grannyannie on 01/28/2016:
Very comfy! Ankle is sore but I was able to ride my bike and do the exercise bike at the gym.


puddles on 01/28/2016:
Cute pants. Yes Annie the Resort you are talking about in on old 17 I think and I am on Ocean blvd. I love it here.

grannyannie on 01/28/2016:
The resort was right on the beach with a campground next door. I think it was on 17. Was there in the early 90's so a bit hazy.


innerpeace on 01/28/2016:
Nice pants!

grannyannie on 01/29/2016:
Aye! :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.3

Rain off and on.  Did some more souvenir shopping for family.  Just about finished.  Just need to get something for the couple who check on our house. 

Gym:  

  • 3 x 12 upper body with dumbbells - 11 routines
  • 3 x 10 lunges, side lunges, squats, calf lifts
  • 15 mins elliptical 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, cantelope, tea
  • S:  Americano, sm biscuits/crackers
  • L:  potato/pineapple/shrimp salad, soda water
  • D:  hubby wasn't hungry and I didn't feel like going out to eat alone, so I had a pbj sandwich, yogurt and an apple

Progress as of today: 22.7 lbs lost so far, only 5.3 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 01/27/2016:
wow - you are soo motivated. I just copied your workout plan to see if I can follow some and maybe get a routine started.

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Great!


cybermom4 on 01/27/2016:
What do you mean by 11 routines?

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Biceps curls, side dips, triceps, shoulders, etc etc.

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
I will list them if you like.


puddles on 01/27/2016:
Have a great day Annie but it probably closer to evening for you.

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Thanks. It's after 9pm here. Bed soon. Makes Skyping with family difficult!

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Thanks. It's after 9pm here. Bed soon. Makes Skyping with family difficult!

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Thanks. It's after 9pm here. Bed soon. Makes Skyping with family difficult!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2016:
What type of souvenir gifts are you giving family??? What ideas did you have? Lately I eat a lot of porridge too. But with banana. I add the banana so it’s more settling to my stomach at work since I drink a lot of kombucha at home in mornings & don’t need any more movement digestive-wise. That potato-pineapple-shrimp salad sounds very interesting! And dinner sounds fun!

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
I've bought lots of harem pants and some embrodered handbags. Tshirts for guys. I wear the harem pants all the time - here and at home. Comfy. I'll put up a pic.



grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 26, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.3

I was a bit more indulgent today than I planned.  But I'm losing so I hope this doesn't put me back.  

Rode our bikes to lunch.  About 12 miles roundtrip.  

We are giving up the rental car on Sunday so it was our last chance to drive to a certain coastal restaurant that we love.  Great for sunsets, at least when it's not too cloudy. 

Menu:  

  • B:  porridge/raisins/soy milk, toast, yogurt, tea
  • S:  Americano and small biscuits/crackers
  • L:  plain omelette and fries, mango smoothie
  • D:  Vegetarain dinner for two: 
  • spring rolls
  • mushroom soup in a coconut shell
  • green curry with veggies and tofu
  • Chinese spinach with garlic and soy sauce
  • plate of stir fried veggies
  • steamed jasmine rice
  • veggie fried rice
  • As for drinks, hubby was driving and I had 3, yes 3, gin and tonics


Too cloudy but I got these photos at dinner:

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 22.7 lbs lost so far, only 5.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/26/2016:
Beautiful photos - would love to eat at that table in front of that scene. Enjoy Annie

grannyannie on 01/26/2016:
At low tide you can sit at tables right on the beach. We did that last year.


innerpeace on 01/26/2016:
Cloudy or not, great views! Enjoy.

grannyannie on 01/26/2016:
Thanks! We did. Now back to behaving myself.



grannyannie - Monday Jan 25, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.5

Wild night last night!  No, not that!    The rain was pouring, thunder, wind.  One of the staff came to the house to tell us they had rescued our inflatable kayak on the beach.  The beach had disappeared under water.  Big waves.  They were battering the seaside restaurants.  This was a surprise as it's not the rainy season any more and it's been sunny and dry.  Forecast is for the next 3 days.  

Managed to get to the gym.  Hubby drove me as it's hard to find a parking space at the resort I go to.  He also picked me up when I was done. What a sweetheart!  

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 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, yogurt, tea
  • S:  large cappuccino, sm biscuit/crackers
  • L:  glass noodle soup with veggies, green tea
  • S:  soup wore off - toast with pbj
  • D:  noodles with cashews, tofu, herbs and optional parmesan to sprinkle on top, lemongrass tea
  • S:  apple

An example of restaurant prices here:  lunch today:

Husband had a big bowl of red curry and veggies with tofu and rice, soda water with lime

I had a big bowl of glass noodle soup with tons of veggies, a mug of hot green tea

Total price:  225 baht - about £4.50 or $6.50.  (we use both US dollars and GB pounds). 

Progress as of today: 22.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2016:
Seems overall the world is getting a lot more storms from Mother Nature. Over here, we had a crazy blizzard in the Northeast. 2nd biggest ever documented.

That's great your husband drove you to the gym - very sweet indeed. And you know what - I actually got to the gym too - i'm gonna write about it tonight as it was quite the adventure :) and worth it - really proud of myself!

sorry to write so much about myself in comments...I like to relate to everyone's entry and usually share how I relate lol.

wishing you improved weather! green tea is def a good change of pace for caffeine. healthier i'd say. sometimes I get sick of its taste though!

grannyannie on 01/25/2016:
The weather is going nuts. First time ever for snow in Hong Kong and other places.

Well done on the gym! The one I go to here is 0.6 miles away and I usually cycle there.


puddles on 01/25/2016:
Wow I got all excited when you said you had a wild night almost started getting jealous but then realize you where talking about weather... lol We single women pick up on those details... lol. Glad to hear that you are safe and hope it will all settle down soon. Have a great evening Annie.

grannyannie on 01/26/2016:
LOL. Calm down!


innerpeace on 01/25/2016:
Those are pretty reasonable prices. Glad you find time to exercise.

grannyannie on 01/26/2016:
Plenty of time for exercise here! Some fun, some not so fun.



grannyannie - Sunday Jan 24, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 144.5

More scale movement!

Hubby is catholic and he lured me to a Thai mass with him this morning with the promise of a breakfast out.  Breakfast is the only meal we normally eat at home.  

Walking to the restaurant for dinner - about 2 miles roundtrip. 

Menu:

  • B:  toast, yogurt and tea at about 7:00
  • Brunch/second breakfast at 10:00 after mass:  1 piece of French toast (no syrup just a wee bit of powdered sugar), 2 eggs, bacon, 2 'sausages' (actually were more like tiny hot dogs), small oj, coffee with milk
  • S:  cantelope, pineapple, 1/2 pbj sandwich
  • D:  probably a curry with tofu
  • S:  apple

Some people think this island (or Thailand in general) is primitive.  Snapped these while shopping:

 

 

A few of the imports:

Progress as of today: 22.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/24/2016:
Interesting Annie - All in thai dollars. You having any problems with the language on the island. Anyway have a great evening.

grannyannie on 01/24/2016:
Lots of staff at restaurants and where we live have very limited English, but there is always someone who can speak reasonable or very good English. In the supermarkets I can't ask staff who are stocking shelves any questions because they are almost guaranteed not to be able to speak English. We don't find it a problem though, even at the markets where we haggle over prices. I know two words in Thai - how to greet them and how to say thank you.

Yes, all prices are in Thai baht. Imported stuff is quite expensive and I do buy some.

Tourists here are French, German, Russian, Chinese, Australian, East Europeans, British, and a few Americans. Tourists must be able to speak English to communicate here as that what Thais are taught.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2016:
supermarket looks like it has a lot. And yes, I did think of Thailand as primitive. it really isn't? all because they import - but isn't it more for the tourists, the imports? I'd love to hear more!

congrats on the scale movement.

your hubby sounds wonderful to challenge you to come with him to mass and have breakfast out. it's nice to do different things, not always stick to a schedule. that's what I find nice about your morning with your hubby.

if I am ever in a real romantic relationship, I know I would love to be challenged and pushed to do new and exciting things by my potential partner. I find it very important.

grannyannie on 01/24/2016:
I'd guess that the imports are purchased mainly by tourists, but I see lots of Thais consuming KFC, Starbucks, etc. I ran out of sunscreen so bought a brand I'm familiar with - Banana Boat. Also eye wash was a UK brand. Lots of imported alcohol and sweets. Thai products are quite cheap. The bottled water (you can't drink out of the tap) is 50 baht per case of 12 singles - about $1.50. Food at the traditional Thai restaurants is very cheap.

I have been to mass with him before, like xmas day. And I was curious about mass in Thai language. But I'm no longer catholic.

Yes, adventure and trying new things is good! And a partner who will do them with your.



grannyannie - Saturday Jan 23, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 146.3

Have a healthy weekend everybody!

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 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, cantelope, tea
  • S:  Americano and a few small biscuits (actually in the cafe they are labeled as crackers - very little sugar)
  • L:  pumpkin and tofu curry with rice (a mix of jasmine/brown and another)
  • D:  pad thai with tofu, soda water
  • S:  apple

 Some pics of the inside of the temple that I posted yesterday:

 

Progress as of today: 20.7 lbs lost so far, only 7.3 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 01/23/2016:
You are so well planned!!! Have a wonderful day :-)

grannyannie on 01/23/2016:
Thanks. Same to you!


puddles on 01/23/2016:
Unreal how beautiful works of art. Thanks for sharing Annie.

grannyannie on 01/23/2016:
You're welcome Fran!


Donkey on 01/23/2016:
Beautiful pictures! I enjoyed reading your menu & routine :-)

grannyannie on 01/23/2016:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Friday Jan 22, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 146.0

Scale movement!  

Went to the immigration office today to get our 30 day extension - we got a visa for 60 days but are staying for 90.  I was thrilled that it was so fast this time.  We waited until about 45 mins before the office closes for lunch and it only took us 30 minutes!  

Then we went into the capital for lunch.  I wanted a ham and cheese baguette (with fries) but resisted and got glass noodle soup with veggies.  Very little fat.

I looked up the calories of the bottles of beer we drink - the small bottle is 330ml or just over 11 oz.  Online is says it is 115 or 130 calories (depending on the source) which is not bad at all.  Except when you have 2 or 3!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, toast, cantelope, tea
  • S:  Americano
  • L:  glass noodle soup with veggies, diet coke
  • S:  packet of saltines
  • D:  planning on ordering glass noodle soup with pork or chicken as I'm a bit short of protein today, soda water with lime
  • S:  eating the last packet (of 6) saltines and not buying them again!

A temple near our house:

Progress as of today: 21 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/22/2016:
Nice Temple, Annie. Have a Healthy Day.

grannyannie on 01/22/2016:
Thanks, OR. Think I did okay!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2016:
Temple is so intricately designed wow! so pretty - it looks very small though!

Glad your visas worked out!

When I calculate calories off restaurant food, they are only my educated guess. :) I try my best based on what I know - I've been counting for so long it's been ingrained in my mind. SO.....yeah :)

nice job resisting the higher cal food.

enjoy your remaining time away. sounds so nice!

grannyannie on 01/22/2016:
You should see the inside - carvings everywhere! I'll post some more pics of it tomorrow.

Visa was pretty much guaranteed but it was nice to get that out of the way.

I know calories of the foods I normally eat, but here there are veggies I've never heard of and there's no way to know everything that's in a dish - fish sauce, oyster sauce, coconut milk or cream, etc etc. Sharing rice with hubby was a good plan though, so I never eat a full portion.

Yes, it's our home away from home. We'll also be here for 3 months next winter.


puddles on 01/22/2016:
Real pretty Annie. Have a great evening.

grannyannie on 01/22/2016:
Thanks. Same to you.



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