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grannyannie - Saturday Jul 25, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

13 mile bike ride today.  Lunch at botanic gardens cafe:  warm baguette with ham and cheese, side salad.  Resisted cakes.  

Baked oatmeal raisin cookies to take to a brunch tomorrow.  Ate one.  

Dinner:  grilled chicken wrapped in bacon, roasted potatoes & carrots, cauliflower.  

A couple of G & T's, small glass of beer.  

Will be back on track Monday.  Travel Weds - Sat.  Then back on track again. 

Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie - Friday Jul 24, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

Not going near the scale.  

Haven't left the house to go to the gym.  I'm enjoying our guests.  3 days away visiting grandson next week. 

Tried for a bike ride today but it started raining too hard.

I think I'll do a no-alcohol like I did before Thailand last year.   I normally only have some when we have company, go out, or go to friends, but it's enough to keep me from losing.  I'll do extra gym days as well.  And of course keep calories strict. 

Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/24/2015:
Sounds like a plan Annie.

grannyannie on 07/25/2015:

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
Just put off getting on scale when all is settled down and you know you're in the clear, maybe???

grannyannie on 07/25/2015:
Well, with all I've been eating plus lack of exercise, I'm just hoping I haven't gained so much I can't meet goal for my trip. In fact, I might avoid the scale for a week or two.

grannyannie - Thursday Jul 23, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

Still around.  Afraid to get on scale.  Been very weak-willed.    Both guests will be gone Monday but then going to visit grandson on Weds for a few days. 

Hope you all are doing well and getting healthy and fit. 

Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/23/2015:
Okay. Everybody calm down.You're okay, we're okay. We are all going to be okay.

grannyannie on 07/23/2015:
Thanks, OR! :)

puddles on 07/23/2015:
It will be OK Annie don't knock yourself down because as soon as this is all over you will go back to your routine. Enjoy and have a great day.

grannyannie on 07/23/2015:
I will get back on track and stay there! Thanks.

Umpqua on 07/23/2015:
I know you'll bounce right back, Annie. I hope you're enjoying the visits!

grannyannie on 07/23/2015:
Thanks! I am enjoying but will get back on track.

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
Enjoy yourself the fun time eventually end and you will be back to your usual great work!

grannyannie - Monday Jul 20, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

I should be getting on the scale every morning to check on damage and to re-motivate me. Snacking and beer.  

Workout at gym:  shorter workout as gym was busy and I had shopping and errands to do.

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines

Haven't counted calories today and we are going on a local brewery tour with nephew.  I'll volunteer to be designated driver which means I can only have 1/2 pint beer.  Beer is just about guaranteed to take any willpower I have to resist snacking!  


Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/20/2015:
Lots of temptation around you, Annie. Stay strong.

grannyannie on 07/20/2015:
Hanging head in shame. Had some cookies. I'll try harder!

puddles on 07/20/2015:
Good plan always good to leave with a plan. Good luck and enjoy yourself.

grannyannie on 07/20/2015:
Thanks! Change of plans. No tour. Friends coming after dinner for wine.

ohioraven on 07/20/2015:
Dang !

grannyannie on 07/20/2015:

GottaDoIt on 07/20/2015:
Just keep going!

grannyannie on 07/20/2015:
Will do!!

Umpqua on 07/20/2015:
You're doing great with the continued loss and all the exercise. Keep it up!

grannyannie on 07/20/2015:
Thanks but I haven't been very good today food and beer wise. :(

biscottibody59 on 07/20/2015:
At least you got a little workout in!

grannyannie - Sunday Jul 19, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

Had early dinner with Ugandan daughter who was on her way to London but will be back to visit us on Tuesday.  I had a chicken burger and chips and a beer.  Before nephew arrived from London we went to the cinema.  Had a regular size bag of peanut M & M's.  1/2 pint beer.  Another 1/2 pint when nephew arrived.  A piece of cheese when we got home with a G & T.  Okay, two G & T's.    Stayed up chatting until 1:30 am.  

Plan on eating normally today - about 1400 calories.  

Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/19/2015:
Sounds like a fun time. Have a great day Annie

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
Thanks! Enjoying ourselves.

ohioraven on 07/19/2015:
Normal sounds good too, Annie.

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
Normal is good, but indulging is fun!

ohioraven on 07/19/2015:
Indulge in a bike ride.

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
Not today - bad weather.

hollybelle on 07/19/2015:
Sounds like a great day!

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
It was!

grannyannie - Saturday Jul 18, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 137.6

Scale going down!  

Challenge starts today with nephew coming this evening for a week.  

Eating dinner out so don't know the calorie count. But I'm having my usual breakfast and lunch.  Going to a movie before nephew's train arrives and I need to resist the urge to buy chocolate to take to the movie as is my habit. 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Progress as of today: 29.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/18/2015:
Glad to hear the scale is down for you. Chocolate at the movies used to be my habit too. Now I just have the popcorn.

grannyannie on 07/18/2015:
The popcorn you can buy at the cinema is drowned in butter - no choice. About 2,000 calories I think! I'd be better with a normal sized packet of M & Ms. :)

puddles on 07/18/2015:
Congrats on the scale movement. Going to the movies is a dangerous place for me. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 07/18/2015:
Thanks! I just associate indulging in chocolate as good with movies in the cinema. It's the size of the bag I choose that I need to watch.

biscottibody59 on 07/18/2015:
Hope you have a good visit with your nephew!

BTW, those were sheep in the first pic below? Thanks for pointing out the tree altered by the wind:-)

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
Aye, sheep. We've got millions! Noticed two trees which were 'one-sided' due to the wind.

grannyannie - Friday Jul 17, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Skipped going to the gym.  Housework to do and will do my muscle workouts.  Nephew is arriving tomorrow and although he couldn't care less if the house is clean, I do. 

Have a healthy day everyone! 


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/almond milk
  • S:  single serve box of Crunchy Nut cereal
  • L:  hummous on whole grain toast, yogurt, strawberries, apple
  • D:  asparagus & cheese 3 egg omelette, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1344

Workout at home (upper):

  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12

Workout at home (lower):  

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells -  3 x 10
  • lunges w/dumb   bells using step - 3 x  10
  • lunges w/dumb bells - 3 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 3 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 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

 A couple more bike ride photos:


A stop for a lunch of veggie burger, chips and cole slaw and a pint of beer

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/17/2015:
That is so true we are the only ones that will notice that our house is clean and not the guests. Love the photos. Enjoy your company.

ohioraven on 07/17/2015:
Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 07/17/2015:
Thanks, you as well.

biscottibody59 on 07/17/2015:
First two pics could've been taken near me:-) Last one--wish there was a cute stopoff like that close by--looks intriguing.


grannyannie on 07/18/2015:
How lovely! The tree in the top pic shows which way the wind normally blows. :)

hollybelle on 07/17/2015:
Love looking at these pics! I had to laugh about the nephew and housing cleaning - Mark and I say that if it weren't for company we would never clean house! Of course that's not strictly true, but we do our best work when people are coming!

grannyannie on 07/18/2015:
Mine gets the most thoroughly cleaned when guests coming. Deep cleaned when sister or some other guests come.

grannyannie - Thursday Jul 16, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Thanks for all the comments on my previous posts.  We've been on our bikes again - Tues. and Weds. all day.  Gorgeous sunshine.  Didn't count calories of course but could have done worse on my food and beer.  We did 38 miles the first day and 36 the second in a different area.  

Back to normal today:  no workouts but doing housework and already did grocery shopping.  21 year old nephew coming Saturday for a week, followed by Ugandan daughter on Tuesday.  


  • B:  porridge/blueberries/almond milk
  • L:  hummous on whole grain toast, yogurt, canteloupe, grapes
  • S:  have had a craving for a sweet called Wine Gums
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  gin & low cal tonic and lime
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1334

A couple of bike ride pics:
Walked up a steep hill to a 7th century monastery - hubby going down

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/16/2015:
Just like you the weather has been great and also taking advantage of it. Have a great day Annie. Nice pictures

grannyannie on 07/16/2015:
Thanks. We haven't been getting a lot of sun so when we do we're outta here!

ohioraven on 07/16/2015:
Ok, get back to normal. Hubby should take a picture of you once in a while.

grannyannie on 07/16/2015:
I know. I always forget to hand him the camera.

Umpqua on 07/16/2015:
You've been logging some serious miles (or should I say kilometers)! You've got a busy time coming up with all your company so good on you for enjoying your down time and taking advantage of nice weather to ride.

grannyannie on 07/16/2015:
Thanks! Actually we don't use km here, it is still miles for some reason. I've hit 500 miles on the odometer on my bike and I got the bike the second week of June. Love it!

thinkpositive on 07/16/2015:
Love your pictures! Just lovely countryside. Now looks like you'l be busy with daughter & nephew.

grannyannie on 07/17/2015:
Thanks! Yes I will. Food challenge!

hollybelle on 07/17/2015:
Just lovely pics and great job on all! I am very envious - in a good way - of the bike rides! I gotta get on the bike!

grannyannie on 07/17/2015:
Thanks - I just love it!

grannyannie - Monday Jul 13, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 139.8

Another drizzly day.  But sun is expected tomorrow and Weds.  So we'll be on our bikes tomorrow.   


  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes & pb
  • L:  grilled cheese, yogurt, strawberries, 1 clementine
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:  1341

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical - interval training
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley f or triceps
Was going to do my upper body muscle work at home but hubby talked me into a bike ride to the botanic gardens even though it's drizzly.  12+ miles roundtrip.  A short one, but seemed longer in the drizzle.  I had a cuppa tea at the gardens cafe and resisted having a cake or cookies!  

Progress as of today: 27.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/13/2015:
You definitely know when to say when on cookies.

grannyannie on 07/13/2015:
It was tough! I have a serious sweet tooth. I'm sure I'm manage some sweet treat tomorrow on a very long bike ride.

biscottibody59 on 07/13/2015:
Enjoy your week!

grannyannie on 07/13/2015:
Thanks! Same to you.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/13/2015:
nice healthy food and workouts! good job!

grannyannie on 07/13/2015:

puddles on 07/13/2015:
Enjoy your week.

hollybelle on 07/13/2015:
You are doing great in preparation for your visit to the states!

thinkpositive on 07/14/2015:
Good job on resisting the cookie. So impressed with your bike rides!

GottaDoIt on 07/14/2015:
Your planning on both food and exercise inspires me to keep working!

grannyannie on 07/16/2015:
Great to hear!

grannyannie - Sunday Jul 12, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 139.8

Husband and I decided to ride our bikes into town to pick up some groceries.  Just over 20 miles roundtrip.  Not hilly.  On the way back we stopped at a cafe for tea, bacon roll, and a Tunnock's Caramel Wafer (134 cals).  


  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  bacon roll, wafer
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
  • S:  Gin and tonic

Cals:  under 1400


Progress as of today: 27.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/12/2015:
Sounds like a Great Day, Annie.

grannyannie on 07/12/2015:
Nicer when it wasn't raining! :) But that's what rainsuits are for, right?

ohioraven on 07/12/2015:
Not me. I just get wet. One day I was as wet as a fish !

grannyannie on 07/12/2015:
I'm in Scotland so they say there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. I'd be indoors all the time if I didn't go out in the drizzle/showers/rain!

puddles on 07/12/2015:
Wow that is a difference way going for groceries. I think I will stick with the car. lol.

grannyannie on 07/12/2015:
Any chance to get on the bike! We didn't pick up that much but we have two paniers each. Certainly not what I'd do for the weekly big shopping. I pick up odds and ends when I take the bus to the gym, but a big shopping needs the car.

Umpqua on 07/12/2015:
Nice work, Annie!

grannyannie on 07/12/2015:
Thanks! :)

GottaDoIt on 07/13/2015:
20 miles....wow.

grannyannie on 07/13/2015:
That's a short ride for us. Most of our rides are 40 miles with the longest being 52. Sounds a lot but we have pedal-assisted electric bikes to help with hills.

museumgirl on 07/13/2015:
Nice ride. I like your comment about weather vs clothing. We sometimes say that same thing about Michigan!

grannyannie on 07/13/2015:
They say that in Scotland all the time. It's a very wet climate! I'm originally from Michigan and we always said if you don't like the weather, wait a minute. But not compared to Scotland!

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