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grannyannie - Sunday Jun 21, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

I was very tired yesterday after Friday's bike ride.  Not sure why this one was so tiring as all the long rides last week didn't feel that tiring.  No exercise yesterday.  A bit of cheating but ended at just over 1500 calories. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  hummous & low fat cheddar wrap, strawberries, clementine, yogurt
  • D:  veg/bean/Quorn curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  apple
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1229

I skipped the squats and lunges and calf lifts today.  Those areas have definitely not been ignored lately! But I'll still keep them in my routine most of the time.

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
  • 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

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

puddles on 06/21/2015:
Take care of yourself and rest up. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 06/21/2015:
41 miles after other long rides can tdeplete your energy stores in your muscles. All reserves gone. When I was riding a lot I noticed I got really "bone tired" almostlike muscle failure, when I hadn't prepared with enough water and carbohydrates. I don't know if your terrain is mostly flat or hilly, but here in KY the hills Kill me! I rode in OHIO a while ago and it was like a piece of cake - could ride twice as far because no hills! LOL! Good workout! Have a great week.

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
I'm in Scotland and it's very hilly! It had been a week since we did those 4 days of biking. I'd also had 2 days of gym before this last ride which always includes intense spin bike. But, we do have electric bikes so the hills are much easier and can also make the flat ground easier depending on how we set the battery. It was also very windy on this last ride so we were battling uphill and wind.


Mistyrose on 06/22/2015:
You do some serious exercise, I'm impressed.

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
Thanks! I'm fighting frailty and as long as I can do intense workouts, I will. :)



grannyannie - Friday Jun 19, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

No gym today.  Went on a 41 mile bike ride.  Weather wasn't great but we went anyway and wore rainsuits.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • S:  small scone and tea at beachside cafe
  • L:  ham and cheese omelette, salad, beer at restaurant in town
  • S:  beer and shared a packet of crisps at a pub along the way
  • D:  Quorn cottage pie, 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • S:  dark chocolate - 2 portions
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  No idea!

 

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

hollybelle on 06/20/2015:
41 miles! I am so happy for you! I hope I can ride like that again. Gotta get back completely healed. I will do it! What was the terrain like?

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
We have pedal assisted electric bikes so we can do very long rides. Much of it very hilly. Over 4 days last week we did 175 miles with the longest day 52 miles. I could never do these distances on my regular bike.



grannyannie - Thursday Jun 18, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Oops!  Did some snacking last night.  Went up to just over 1500 calories, so not the end of the world.  

Menu:

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

Cals:  1298

I didn't do my upper body muscle workout yesterday as we decided to look at doing a self-catering for a week so it would be easier to do lots of long bike rides.  So I was researching that and found one in a great location.  So I have to do my entire muscle workouts today. 

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/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 - 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

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

ohioraven on 06/18/2015:
What did you snack on Annie ?

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
I had two portions of dark chocolate instead of one, and almonds - 10g.


puddles on 06/18/2015:
Don't knock yourself out. You did not totally fly off the roof with your indulgence. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Thanks! As long as I don't make it a habit.


Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
I think some days we need more calories and you chose well. Is the self-catering like a food delivery service?

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Sometimes I'm just plain hungry and I think I burned more calories than I thought. Self-catering just means holiday accommodation with a full kitchen, etc. Could be a house, cottage, apartment, caravan, etc. We rented a small one bedroom house. So we can do our own cooking instead of eating out all the time which = too many calories.


Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
Ah, OK - that's what we usually do for our vacations!

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
I can't remember what you would call it in the US! :D


GottaDoIt on 06/18/2015:
I admire how diligent you are with the workouts.

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Thanks. My motto is Just Do It.


hollybelle on 06/19/2015:
Great exercise! Yay!

grannyannie on 06/19/2015:
Cheers!


Maria7 on 06/19/2015:
I see that you are getting close to your goal. :-)

grannyannie on 06/19/2015:
Slowly but surely. :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 17, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.6

Anxious for another nice day so we can go on more really long bike rides!!

Decided I need some dark chocolate in the evenings.  After all, it IS supposed to be good for you, right?! I've divided the bar into 5 pieces at 108 calories each section. 

Menu:

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

Cals:  1333

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps

Workout at home (upper):

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

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

puddles on 06/17/2015:
Hope you get out on another one of your bike trips. Have a great day Annie

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
Thanks! Might just have to bike in the drizzle.


Umpqua on 06/17/2015:
Dark chocolate has antioxidants and it makes me happy, haha. Good plan portioning it off!

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
Exactly! :)


innerpeace on 06/17/2015:
I'm glad I don't care for chocolate, it always tastes so bitter to me. Ride a mile for me!

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
I wish I didn't!



grannyannie - Tuesday Jun 16, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 138.8

Scale down.  Tried on smaller jeans.  I can button and zip but they are just a wee bit snug.

Anxiously hoping for another spell of sunny weather so we can go on more long bike rides.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  sliced chicken breast sandwich, yogurt, strawberries & clementine
  • D:  veg chili & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  almonds
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1294

Workout at home (lower):  

  • 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 - 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 photos from our long bike rides last week:

This is me on top of a 5,000 year old burial cairn.

 

 

Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/16/2015:
You don't look like a Granny.

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
LOL, thanks OR. I'm just a wee girl of 63 although I don't feel it at all. :)


Umpqua on 06/16/2015:
Nice work Annie and you look fantastic! Incredible how old your part of the world is (documented anyway) that you can come across 5,000-year-old anything - truly wondrous.

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Thanks! Yes, lots of very old stuff here. I love it - the older the better.


puddles on 06/16/2015:
Love the pictures Annie you know the old 60 is the new 40 lol lol. Since I am also around your age that is how I see it and I am sticking to it. You seem to be enjoying your new bike.

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Aye! I'm 63 and feel 43! Loving this new bike!


biscottibody59 on 06/16/2015:
Nice pics--keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Thanks! :)



grannyannie - Monday Jun 15, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 140.4

Started snacking last night and couldn't seem to stop. Probably hit about 1700 calories.  No junk though.  I tried on a pair of trousers that were too tight when I tried them on a week ago and now they fit!  So I can't believe what the scale says.  Fluid, muscle weight?

Menu:

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

Cals:  1231

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 4 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps
Workout at home (upper):  (I was lazy and didn't do this yesterday)
  • 11 routines with dumbbells - 3 x 12
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12

Progress as of today: 26.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/15/2015:
It's hard for me to stop snacking on popcorn. Usually not til I hit the bottom of the bag anyway. You're doing good.

grannyannie on 06/15/2015:
Mmmm popcorn! Thanks, OR.


puddles on 06/15/2015:
I know that feeling. Today is a new day.

grannyannie on 06/15/2015:
Yep, it is! :)


Umpqua on 06/15/2015:
Well if your trousers fit well then that means you're doing great! The scale appears to be stuck for me yet my clothes all fit well and I'm pleased with how I look so I'm trying not to get too hung up on the numbers.

grannyannie on 06/15/2015:
I find it hard not to be a slave to the scale! Sigh. I tried on the trousers last Monday or on Tuesday morning before our bike rides, and I could button them but they were tight. Yesterday they fit perfectly. :) I'll be getting out that small pair of jeans soon to see how they fit.


liza36 on 06/15/2015:
I am a slave to the scale, even if my clothes are fitting better. But it is a good reminder that good things are happening and inches are melting if your clothes are fitting. Good job!

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Yea, some kind of number to put in my weight tracking excel spreadsheet!


horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2015:
Oh man! I love that feeling of tryng on pants that used to be too small and seeing them fit once again too :) congrats on your hard work!

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Thank you!


hollybelle on 06/16/2015:
Hi Annie. Good to see you still here. I love the feeling of putting on pants that were tight and they fit. It is such a relief! Right now I am eperiencing loose pant to the point I may need new ones, or at leat to go exploring in my closet to see if I have some older smaller ones. My summer shorts/capris however, should be just fine, as they were sostly smaller. I bought a couple of larger ones LAST summer, though!

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
I was off DD from April 2014 until Feb this year when I came back from 9 weeks in Thailand 14 pounds heavier! You've been doing very well!



grannyannie - Sunday Jun 14, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 140.4

Got on the scale and I'm up nearly 2 pounds from last Monday. Looks like I never changed it here but I did on my log.  Had too many treats on our bike trips.  Really went overboard one of the days, so I need to watch it and keep the treats down on the next trip.  

Menu:

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

Cals:  1234

Workout at home (upper):

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

Progress as of today: 26.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/14/2015:
You're getting spoiled on your new bike.

grannyannie on 06/14/2015:
Very! I just love it!


puddles on 06/14/2015:
Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 06/14/2015:
Thanks! Same to you.



grannyannie - Saturday Jun 13, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 139.4

Back home!  We had a brilliant 4 days of riding our bikes in stunning scenery and lovely weather.  Had quite a few well-deserved treats but I did go overboard on Thursday with cookies, beer, chips/fries. Came home at dinner time last night.  Will get on the scale tomorrow as fluid fluctuations won't give an accurate reading. 

In total we rode our bikes 175 miles over 4 days.  So I think I can skip the lower body muscle work and I'll just do upper body weights. 

Menu:

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

Cals:  1276

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/13/2015:
It sounds like a wonderful trip, I've been loving your photos. Do you guys pack food also or just eat along the way? I imagine there are lots of great picnic opportunities!

grannyannie on 06/13/2015:
We brought some fruit but otherwise stopped at cafes or restaurants along the way. The first two days were long day trips, so we booked a B & B for Thursday night which made it really nice. Often the ride was too easy (electric bike) so I'd change it so I'd have to work for a while. :D I could never have done all these miles on a regular bike!


ohioraven on 06/13/2015:
Dang ! I am SO envious.

grannyannie on 06/13/2015:
It was stunning! Can't wait to go for another trip.


puddles on 06/13/2015:
Wow sounds like you had a wonderful and yes I think you can skip that exercise. lol Have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/13/2015:
It was fantastic! Too tired today actually so no exercise other than doing laundry.



grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 10, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 139.4

Hi all!  Haven't posted the last two days as we've been on long bike rides.  45 miles yesterday and 42 miles today.  To be fair though the bikes are pedal-assisted electric so not as much work as a regular bike.  We are going on another long ride tomorrow and are spending the night in a B& B and riding again on Friday.  

So I haven't been counting calories and I've been having a few treats and some beer - guilt free because I'm sure I'm burning it off and then some!  

We've had almost nonstop cold and rainy weather and finally are having a spell of gorgeous weather so we are taking advantage.  

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 06/10/2015:
Wow! Sounds like you and your Hubby are doing some traveling on your electric bikes. :-D

grannyannie on 06/10/2015:
Yes! Getting our moneys worth!


liza36 on 06/11/2015:
Sounds picture perfect!

grannyannie on 06/13/2015:
It was! :)



grannyannie - Monday Jun 08, 2015
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 139.4

Hope everyone is doing well!  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 x 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • 3 x 12 rope/pulley for triceps

Should have done my upper body workout at home but since the sun came out went for a 14 mile bike ride on my new bike. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/almond milk
  • L:  wrap w/low fat cheddar, grapes, strawberries, yogurt
  • D:  veg curry & basmati rice, salad w/walnut pieces & almond slivers
  • S:  hot chocolate
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas

Cals:  1262

 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
A bike ride in the sun sounds wonderful.

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
It was!


Umpqua on 06/08/2015:
That bike ride sounds lovely, glad you're enjoying the new bike!

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
Loving it! Going out again tomorrow.


puddles on 06/08/2015:
Your doing good Annie.

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
Thanks!


ohioraven on 06/08/2015:
Doing Good, Annie.

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
Cheers OR :)


Maria7 on 06/08/2015:
Your 14 mile ride on your electric bike sounds like fun! :-D

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
It was great! First time I went up a really steep hill with it.


Maria7 on 06/08/2015:
How fast will it go?



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