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grannyannie - Friday Nov 20, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 141.0

Scale creeping downward, but I don't think I want to get lower than about 137/138.  More wrinkles are showing on my face!   I'm certainly a healthy weight for the amount of muscle I have. Totally vanity that makes me want to lose more - a wee bit smaller belly for bikini and smaller boobs.  

Husband has gone to visit daughter's family for a couple of days before we leave for a 3 month trip.  So on my own until we meet up in Glasgow on Sunday.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  toast w/pbj, 3 small clementines, yogurt
  • D:  grilled cheese, carrot soup, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1266

Workout at gym: 5 days in a row so I'm exhausted!

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12

Progress as of today: 26 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/20/2015:
is the almond milk you use the 30 cal no sugar added one? I love it because when I make oatmeal / oatbran it makes the hot cereal so creamy with only 30 calories. amazing.

grannyannie on 11/20/2015:
I like the sweet almond milk - it's 24 calories 100ml. I make the porridge with unsweetened soy milk/water, then add some almond after. Yummy.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/20/2015:
oh...my biggest reason is vanity as well. if not, I doubt i'd push myself to exercise like I do. although...I've been taking off more days than ever recently. probably best for me. since rest for me is just as important.

grannyannie on 11/20/2015:
My main reason is health, stamina, fitness, bone density, etc. Got all that. Now vanity! I know I'll never have one of those flat bellies again and not even trying for that. But I do love being toned and having muscle! Especially since I'm 63!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/20/2015:
oh, no I don't usually use dried fruit. but I do put a whole banana in. I like the mix of the fiber in the warm cereal with the bulk of the banana. easier for me to digest without getting too bloated at work.

grannyannie on 11/20/2015:
I like fresh berries during berry season. Otherwise I use this mix of dried apricots, dates, raisins but have to weight it carefully as it's not low cal. Also use cinnamon.


puddles on 11/20/2015:
Your doing real good Annie. Oh yes the wrinkles I have given up on those and learn to appreciate having them because it is signs of a life well lived. lol

grannyannie on 11/20/2015:
I don't mind some of the wrinkles, but don't want them too deep. I look at women who are too skinny with caved in faces and want to tell them to eat!!



grannyannie - Thursday Nov 19, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 141.4

Scale creeping downward.  I'll be happy if I'm under 140 before we leave.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes w/low fat cheddar, yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1216

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT

Workout at home:  lower

  • squats with dumbbells -  3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
 
 

Progress as of today: 25.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/19/2015:
your doing so well keep up the good work.

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Thanks, Fran.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/19/2015:
nice job lady. i'm finding it hard to eat low calories this week...ugh!

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Thanks. I have a lot of days or weeks like that.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/19/2015:
Yes, usually i'm having a string of good days or a week of higher days...but sometimes I guess it's a good change of pace - the higher cals - so that we don't feel deprived and then we can go back and have lower days...I think I may actually work with this kind of routine!



grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 18, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

It's getting cold here and I'm more than ready for sunshine on the beach.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  pbj on toast, yogurt, grapes
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1275

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps
Workout at home:
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
 

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/18/2015:
Go, Annie !

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Cheers, OR!


thinkpositive on 11/18/2015:
It won't be long...

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Nope, but can't come too quicky for me.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/19/2015:
great eating, I've found oatmeal to help a lot at work - been having it often just like you do!

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Sticks with me longer than anything for breakfast. Do you put in dried fruit?



grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 17, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Tried on my second but smaller pair of REI nylon trousers with zip off legs last night.  I can zip and button them but they are too snug to be comfortable.  I want these to fit comfortably by the time we leave!!  I have 12 days.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogurt, 2 clementines, pear
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1296

Workout at gym: really intense!!

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 10 mins treadmill uphill and speed
Workout at home:  lower
  • squats with dumbbells -  3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/17/2015:
There is always a piece of clothing that we want to get into before we go on holidays. Good luck Annie. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 11/17/2015:
Thanks! I'll get into them!


Maria7 on 11/17/2015:
A lot can be done in 12 days! :-D

grannyannie on 11/18/2015:
Thanks Maria!


Maria7 on 11/18/2015:
Hoping you are having a good day today...you are getting closer to your vacation! :-D

grannyannie on 11/18/2015:
Very close! :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/18/2015:
Great cals & exercise & food in general!

It's great they fit in general & I am sure they'll fit better by the time you leave :)

grannyannie on 11/18/2015:
Hope they fit better. I like to have a spare pair of trousers and they also zip off into shorts.



grannyannie - Monday Nov 16, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Cold and rainy day.  I'm really ready for Thailand! Two weeks from today.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogurt, grapes, 2 clementines
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals: 1264

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
Workout at home:
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/16/2015:
I know the feeling of wanting to get away... lol

grannyannie on 11/16/2015:
Skipping the rainy, windy Scottish winter but we'll be back when lots of flowers are blooming. :)


thinkpositive on 11/16/2015:
Something to look forward to for sure!

grannyannie on 11/16/2015:
Yes, sandals, bikini, Thai food, swimming, cold beer on the beach!


OhioRaven on 11/17/2015:
Be sure to send us back a bikini picture.

grannyannie on 11/17/2015:
Haha! Maybe....



grannyannie - Sunday Nov 15, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Rest day.

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  oatcakes w/low fat cheddar, yogurt, apple
  • D:  veg & Quorn curry & basmati rice
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals: 1199

 

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

livinglight on 11/15/2015:
Good looking plan!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/16/2015:
Great calories! good for you!



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 14, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Don't know what came over me last night but I couldn't stop eating crackers!  Stuck to calories until after dinner, but then couldn't keep out of them.  

Menu:

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

Cals:  1228

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells -  3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/14/2015:
It's good today is a new day then! Great menu! Do you eat much protein? Your menu seems slightly vegan?

have a wonderful day...and stay away from the crackers!

grannyannie on 11/14/2015:
I get protein in the curries - might be beans, tofu or Quorn. Yogurt, and sometimes cheese or eggs at lunch.

Crackers are all gone!! LOL.


thinkpositive on 11/14/2015:
Think of the good news- you didn't start eating them until after dinner!

grannyannie on 11/14/2015:
Aye, could have been snacking all day!


biscottibody59 on 11/14/2015:
Yeah, crackers can easily be a weakness for me too!

grannyannie on 11/15/2015:
Carbs!



grannyannie - Friday Nov 13, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Thanks for comments on my Thailand food and workout plans.  Getting cold here so I'm very ready to go!  2 weeks and 2 days to go. 

Airport yesterday.  Probably hit 2,000 calories. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  2 eggs, polenta, toast, yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1220

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

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Thursday Nov 12, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Took daughter to airport.  No calorie counting today.  No workouts. 

Here are my plans for our 3 month stay in Thailand:  Any comments are welcome.

We also do a lot of walking, swimming, kayaking and might get some bicycles. 

Fitness centre (0.6 mile walk from house).  3 times per week

  • Bike, treadmill, elliptical:  30 - 45 mins total
  • Free weights:
  • 3 sets of 12 on 11 routines
  • squats with dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • lunges & side lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

At house after gym:

  • thighs/glutes - 3 routines @ 3 x 10 each w/ankle weight
  • planks – on forearms
  • bridge/abs 3 sets
  • push ups – 3 x 10
  • triceps dips – 3 x 10

FOOD: 

NO muesli – have toast w/15g pb, yogurt, fruit

No latte, cappuccino, mocha.  Have coffee with milk. Or tea.

Minimal fried rice dishes, dishes made with coconut or plain rice

Lunch:  omelette or soup when eating out or make my own

TREATS:

2 treats per week: 

ice cream drink, ice cream, other sweet

cocktail or G & T, chips (fries), cheesy dish, other meal option

Beer:  3 times per week with dinner on workout days


Scale:  every morning

 

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 11/12/2015:
Sounds good. Good plan. Since you know what foods are avilable it will be easier for you this year.

grannyannie on 11/12/2015:
Yes, it will. I'm bringing a jar of my favourite unsweetened peanut butter. And I know what I did wrong last winter.


puddles on 11/12/2015:
Really sounds like a solid plan Annie.

grannyannie on 11/12/2015:
Hope it works, Fran! :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 11, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 142.2

Scale is creeping downward but not fast enough for me. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  crackers/oatcakes w/hummou, yogurt, banana, 2 clementines
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1295

Workout at gym: (had to shop before catching my bus so cut workout short)

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins elliptical - HIIT
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Workout at home:

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12 
  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells -  3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 4 x 12 - 3 routines
  • planks - 3
  • abs-4 routines x 3
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10

I will soon share my food and workout plans for our long stay abroad and any feedback would be appreciated. 

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/11/2015:
Yes the scale is always slow Annie. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 11/11/2015:
Thanks Fran.


thinkpositive on 11/11/2015:
I would love an explanation as why it's so easy to gain & so hard to lose.

grannyannie on 11/11/2015:
I wish it was as easy to lose as it is to gain.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/11/2015:
Scale is never fast enough for anyone! However, I will say, the month I was off from work, the scale was pretty good to me! But I also put in hard work to make it good to me...

Keep up the good work and it'll keep going downward. Your calories are excellent and so is your exercise.



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