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grannyannie - Saturday Jun 01, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

I like to be well-prepared and am now starting to pack for our trip in 10 days. Husband likes to make fun of me for doing this, but I've yet to forget anything important (as he has) since he's a last minute packer.    My smallest pair of capris fit fine now, although I don't know why I even bought cotton ones as they need ironing. Trying not to overpack as I will be doing a lot of summer clothes shopping while there and will need to fit them in suitcase. 

Trying to be less obsessive with the scale and will weigh myself on Monday mornings and update then.

Workout at home (lower body):

  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 satsumas
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on 1 slice whole grain bread w/mustard, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries/raspberries
  • D:  leek, potato, pea soup, whole grain toast w/benecol, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple, cherries
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  about 1440

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 06/01/2013:
Looking forward to your Monday morning updates. Now, get packin'.

grannyannie on 06/01/2013:
Yessir!!



grannyannie - Friday May 31, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Woohoo!!  My gym is going to be expanded next year! The money for it has been allocated. My gym is quite small but then the population of the town and the outlying villages is less than 20,000. Still, it gets too crowded and often you have to wait for machines and we definitely need a bigger one and more equipment.

Counting down to our trip to see my family for a month!  Leaving in 11 days.
 
My set of dumbbells at home is in kg (3, 4, 5, 6) but converted to pounds are: 6.6, 8.8, 11, 13.2. So I've ordered a set of 8 lb dumbbells sent to my sister's house. I guess I'll just do more/less reps to compensate for the variations. My 7 minute arms video is online so I can easily continue doing that with my wrist weights that I'm packing. Ordered ankle weights sent to her house as well (same weight as I use at home) so no change in my glutes, hips, thighs routine. Also ordered a mat. Bringing my jump rope as well. So I'm ready! No way am I going to lose all the hard work I've done on my muscles!

My sister is taking me to her 50+ exercise class a few times and it seems they do a big variety and I can also use dumbbells there. Our final week we'll be at my brother's house and I'm sure I'll go to 1 or 2 one-hour spin bike classes with his wife. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                     

Workout at home (upper body):

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms using .5kg wrist weights
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups, triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell 
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on whole grain toast, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • D:  homemade leek, pea, potato soup (my chef is home!) & homemade whole grain seeded bread w/benecol spread, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  cherries and grapes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1500 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/31/2013:
Woo-Hoo ! :v)

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
:)


Umpqua on 05/31/2013:
Great news on the gym and excellent exercise plans for your upcoming trip!

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks! Not going to make the mistakes this trip as I have on others! I've worked too hard for this muscle.


biscottibody59 on 05/31/2013:
Hope you're having a good one!

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks. You as well!


lolla on 05/31/2013:
Great workout as usual, I am so proud of you for keeping it up!

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks Lolla!


V on 05/31/2013:
Way to set yourself up for success on your trip to the states!! LOVE the plan my friend, have an awesome weekend Annie <3

grannyannie on 06/01/2013:
Thanks V. Same to you. <3



grannyannie - Thursday May 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Husband stayed an extra night on the island in his tent. Guess it was comfy enough. Daughter will be working so he'll wander around on his own tomorrow until he catches the 3pm ferry. I will pick him up from the bus stop around 8pm. So I've got to be my own chef for dinner again! Gasp!

Workout:
  • 30 mins torture spin bike class 
Workout at home (lower body):
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post spin class:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on 1 slice wholegrain w/mustard, plain (dairy) yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • D:  Quorn patty, sweet potato, broccoli, salad w/avocado
  • S:  grapes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  about 1400

 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/30/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Your Hubby might wanna stay and do some fishin' : v)

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Mornin' Ohio. I think he'd need a boat for fishing out there. Some salmon would be nice though!


Umpqua on 05/30/2013:
Your menu looks very healthy for fending for yourself. I hope you enjoy your day!

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Thanks!


OhioRaven on 05/30/2013:
I eat yogurt every day. But I just don't think its enough to balance me out. Thanks.

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Oh right. Remember that you eat yogurt. Yea, a probiotic drink or something should do the trick.


V on 05/30/2013:
I am sure your daughter was thrilled to have him stay an extra evening :) LOL! I bet you miss your personal chef, but I love that you had breakfast food for dinner last night! Enjoy your evening Annie <3

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks, V. Our timing is all out of sync since you post at night and it's the middle of the night for me. :)



grannyannie - Wednesday May 29, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Scale is creeping down! It's funny how just a few pounds can make such a huge difference when you get close to goal. Summer clothes shopping ahead! The thing I'm most concerned about while in Michigan for a month isn't keeping weight down or doing cardio, it's not letting all the muscle work I've done disappear. I'll do my usual routines (except I'll only have one set of dumbbells) 3 times a week. Will of course get cardio in as well. 

Except for the after-funeral meal on the third day, I've managed 13 days vegan. Going to eat eggs today since I had to buy some to bake daughter's cookies. Don't want them to go to waste. Also going to eat some veggie sausages I've had in the freezer which are made with a small amount of milk and egg white. I like soy milk so I'm going to stick to that. I'll figure this all out when we get back from the US. Won't do vegan again, too hard.

Husband stayed in his tent last night on the island.  He said the campsite there is really nice. He and daughter are hiking today and he said if the weather stays nice he might spend another night. Daughter goes back to work at 3pm today and also works tomorrow. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - intense
  • 10 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 3 resistance machines (upper body) - didn't do machine for lats as one side is still sore
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                               
Workout at home (upper body):
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms using .5kg wrist weights (this is still really tough with the weights and if I did it w/o the weights now it would be too easy)
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups, triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell 
Menu: (ran out of salad - no veggies today but no big deal as I eat a TON of veggies every day - grocery shopping tomorrow)
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  pbj on whole grain toast, banana
  • D:  2 eggs, 2 veggie sausages, polenta
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1500
 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 05/29/2013:
I think if you bring your set of hand weights with you and continue with your normal routine as much as possible you'll be able to maintain your muscle mass. Have you looked into straps? They're used in gyms, but were invented by a individual I think in the navy? The purpose is when you don't have a lot of room to workout, or don't have a lot of equipment with you... they use your own body weight. We have them at my gym, they're really good.

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
I've ordered a mat, one set of dumbbells (8 lbs), and ankle weights and had them sent to my sister's house where we'll stay. I'm bringing my wrist weights which are only 1 kg so it won't add too much to luggage weight. The dumbbells I use at home are 3, 4, 5 and 6 kg which I couldn't seem to find online in the US. I haven't yet tried the straps but they are a good idea for travel.


OhioRaven on 05/29/2013:
Hubs will have adventure stories for you when you see him again. You did good on the Vegan thing. I hear it really IS hard.

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
I managed the vegan thing for 6 months before, but I didn't do any travelling during that time and also knew which restaurants to go to. Not so any more.


legcramps on 05/29/2013:
Hit up the parks and do some chin ups there ;)

Have a great day today!

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
LOL. Haven't tried chin ups yet! Thanks.


Umpqua on 05/29/2013:
Congrats on your continued loss and I think you're doing great mostly sticking to vegan. Glad your hubby is having fun on his trip!

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Well, once I get to Michigan the vegan will be impossible. It'll be meat, cheese, the works. :O


OhioRaven on 05/29/2013:
I'm eating the big Garlic Dills. Cold and Crunchy.

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Mmmm...yum. I never think to buy pickles here but when I go to the US to visit sister she always has some kind of pickles out for lunch. Will be eating some soon!


V on 05/29/2013:
Good going on the Vegan experience!! Big congrats on your loss as well, you are a MACHINE Annie :)

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Cheers, V!!



grannyannie - Tuesday May 28, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.4

Got the house to myself until tomorrow night. Husband has gone to visit daughter and has taken a tent and sleeping bag (no way to find last minute accommodation on a popular island in high season).  No way could he talk me into going, I only sleep in beds! I'll go along on a day trip next week to see daughter before we go to the US. Unfortunately, she only knows what her day off is a few days ahead of time so it's impossible to plan.
 
A thorough house cleaning is on my agenda today. I'll also start tossing things into the spare room to pack for Michigan even though it's still two weeks away. 

Still doing vegan but had to buy eggs to make daughter's cookies. I don't want to dump them and I'll use two to bake more cookies for her and her roommates next week, but that leaves 3. Might just have some with polenta for dinner tomorrow night as my chef is gone and there's no more leftover curry.
 
I know it hasn't been long enough but I don't really feel any differently eating this way except that the lack of eating junk or sugar means I don't have that yucky, hard-to-describe feeling afterwards. Sugar does make me feel badly after I eat it but there's no way I could give it up permanently. The pleasure I get from eating it sometimes makes it worth it to feel yucky afterward (like Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra ice cream!).
 
Workout at home (lower body):
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  toast and pbj, banana, 2 peaches
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  fruit-seed-cashew mix, glass of wine
  • splashes of almond milk in coffee
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  under 1500
 

 

Progress as of today: 33.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/28/2013:
You're not coming to US for two weeks, but how long will you stay? Enjoy the solitude. I don't mind when husband is traveling much. But I don't tell him - wink!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
We'll be staying our usual month. Yes, I enjoy the solitude! Don't get that much of it since we are both retired.


OhioRaven on 05/28/2013:
Mornin', Annie. I'm sure the Frying Scottsman is having a good time sleeping under the stars. Sounds like an adventure. Good for him.

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Good morning Ohio. Hope my Scotsman doesn't freeze!


Umpqua on 05/28/2013:
We were just discussing vacation plans for the summer and we're going to do a long weekend in the tent. I think we'll be bringing air mattresses though ;) I was also thinking of doing something with polenta tonight, although not sure what. Enjoy your quiet time!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Will be fun with the kids, but it's not for me any more. The closest I come is in Uganda in tents on platforms with beds inside!

Love polenta. I've got the kind you can slice off and fry and also some bags that I make myself. Like both.


selina on 05/28/2013:
Haha, you sound like me: I do not sleep in tents and sleeping bags. I don't like camping, I like 5-star hotels, ha! I love sweets, too, occasionally.

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
I've got to at least have a bed, even if it's in a tent. There are some luxury bedded tents in Uganda that cost $380/night!!


thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
I love to camp!! I'm glad you are feeling better from the sugar depletion and I really did get past the addiction. I don't know if you can get it over there (I'm not sure who is international) but BlueBell makes a no sugar added ice cream that is fabulous!! No grit, great texture and really good flavor. I don't eat it often, but when I want something sweet, that is my go to. They have a Turtle Sundae (caramel and nuts), Rocky Road, Bunny Tracks and of course vanilla and chocolate. Have a nice day and enjoy baking for your daughter!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Thanks! I don't think we have Bluebell over here though.


skinnygrlwithin on 05/28/2013:
A little time off for yourself is always nice, even though I must admit I am a big fan of camping!!

I also think that certain foods affect certain people differently... just like different diets work for different people. So maybe a vegan lifestyle won't make that much of a difference for you like you said???

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Yes, everybody is different. I was vegan for 6 months and no sugar about 20 years ago. I felt fantastic! I've only been doing this now for less than 2 weeks so it wouldn't make a big difference yet. Only an experiment anyway. I'll be a carnivore when we get to MI in weeks.


legcramps on 05/28/2013:
I know what you mean about the feeling you get after ingesting certain foods i.e. sugar/junk. I hate that feeling!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Yea, hate the feeling after but enjoy the eating, unfortunately! :)


V on 05/28/2013:
Hope you enjoy the house to yourself this evening! I would totally read a book in the tub and perhaps a glass of vino..LOL Have a good one Annie :)

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Thanks. Good idea for tub, book & vino. Had 2of 3!



grannyannie - Monday May 27, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.0

Hubby is going to visit daughter tomorrow to bring her some things she needs.  She's requested more oatmeal raisin cookies. I managed to bake some for her last week without eating any and will do so again.  

Two weeks from today we begin our trip to Michigan. Our flight is on a Tuesday but we'll spend Monday night at the airport hotel.  

Workout at gym:
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • No resistance machines today since I did them yesterday. 
Workout at home (upper body):
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms using .5kg wrist weights
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups, triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell - skipping these due to lat muscle soreness

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  homemade whole grain seeded toast w/hummous, plain soy yogurt & fresh raspberries & strawberries
  • D:  curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/slivered almonds
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  under 1500

 

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/27/2013:
Coming to MI soon! Wonderful weather right now - not too hot. Great job not eating the cookies!

grannyannie on 05/27/2013:
Yep, family to see, especially those sweet granddaughters! Looking forward to warming up.


V on 05/27/2013:
Wow 2 more weeks! I am sure you are excited to see the family :) Have a good day Annie!

grannyannie on 05/27/2013:
Thanks, V! Yes, am excited!


OhioRaven on 05/27/2013:
Way to hold off on those cookies :v)

grannyannie on 05/27/2013:
It was tough. They smelled so good!


selina on 05/27/2013:
Enjoy your weeks before you go to the US. I have a feeling, it's going to be so hot! Your cookies sound delicious!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Thanks. Yes I know it will be hot. I'll be wishing I was here!



grannyannie - Sunday May 26, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.0

Went with hubby on his way to mass and he dropped me off at the gym on the way. By the time I finished in the gym he arrived to do laps in the pool and I joined him. I got out of the pool before he did and sat in the steam room for about 5 minutes and about 5 minutes in the jacuzzi. Really is too much trouble to do both the gym and the pool. Extra packing with the towels, change of clothes, shampoo, etc.... so I doubt I'll do it again.

I hurt my left lat muscles about 6 weeks ago when I tried to do side planks and I'm still getting twinges sometimes. I think there may be something else I'm not doing right but don't know what. I'll stop using the lat machine at the gym and doing planks and also side dips with dumbbell at home for now and see if that helps. I don't like taking too many ibuprofen!

Feeling too hungry and I know my calories have been too low for my level of activity. So I'm going to start varying them.  Don't want my metabolism slowing down!

Workout: did the resistance machines today so won't have to tomorrow.
  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back)
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12
  • about 8 laps in the pool
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 thin oatcakes
  • L:  hummous on homemade seeded whole grain toast, plain soy yogurt & fresh strawberries, fresh pineapple
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/seeds and nuts
  • S:  apple or banana
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:   about 1470

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/26/2013:
Sounds like you're on top of things. Go easy on that Lat muscle.


biscottibody59 on 05/26/2013:
No fun having an ailing body part--I hope rest from those exercises does the trick for recovery!



grannyannie - Saturday May 25, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

Had planned to do housework today and my lower body routines. But it was sunny, not too windy, and low 60's (felt warmer in the sun and without a breeze). So hubby and I rode our bikes to the botanic gardens and walked around while I shot photos. Had a cup of black tea at the cafe and ignored all their tempting goodies. Brought my own pbj sandwich and a banana. 

Workout:

13 mile bike ride and a long walk

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj sandwich on seeded whole grain (unsweetened pb and unsweetened jam), banana
  • D:  veggie, bean & soy meat substitute curry w/basmati rice, salad (spinach, celery, tomatoes, carrot, cucumber, radishes, mixed seeds and nuts)
  • S:  plain soy yogurt w/fresh strawberries, 1 oatcake
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  about 1450

 

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

nenak on 05/25/2013:
Sunny here too can't believe it after stormy weather yesterday have a great sunny day

grannyannie on 05/25/2013:
Thanks! Our weather is being extra strange just like everybody's seems to be!


Supercheese on 05/25/2013:
Good job for resisting the goodies :) Have a good one annie!

grannyannie on 05/25/2013:
Thanks! It was tough!


Umpqua on 05/25/2013:
Sounds like a great day, I'm jealous of your nice weather!

grannyannie on 05/25/2013:
We don't get it very often so we really cherish it!


OhioRaven on 05/25/2013:
It's always a great idea to plan ahead. Great job with the pbj. This exactly the kind of great stuff I learn on this site. Take good care, Annie.

grannyannie on 05/25/2013:
Thanks, Ohio. Deadline coming up so I can NOT cheat now.


V on 05/25/2013:
Awesome job avoiding temptations :) I hope the rest of your weekend goes just as spectacular Annie<3


biscottibody59 on 05/25/2013:
Sounds like a really good day there! Nice ride too--woo-hoo!



grannyannie - Friday May 24, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

Tried to buy some soy yogurt yesterday. Discontinued at my supermarket. Delivery to the only health food store in town was delayed.  Even tried the small supermarket - nope.  One of the few disadvantages of living in a somewhat remote location.

Left the gym early so I could walk up the hill to the health food store to buy some soy yogurt. There were 5 cartons (2 servings in each) and I tried to buy them all but the clerk said someone else had 'reserved' them.  She did let me buy 2 of them though. She said this person reserved 6 of them every week and that they were very hard to get. So my options now are stop eating yogurt, go back to dairy yogurt, buy the soy yogurt in my supermarket that has added fruit and sugar.  Grr...  

Workout at gym:
  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12
Workout at home (upper body): since my workouts have been thrown off by our visit to Oban on Weds I'm trying to make up for what I missed. Doing extra sets on my upper body routine.
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms using .5kg wrist weights (serious burn using these weights!)
  • dumbbells - 5 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups, triceps dips - 5 sets
  • side dips with dumbbell 
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on toast
  • D:  tofu and chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds and walnut pieces
  • S:  plain soy yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  under 1400

 

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/24/2013:
Wow ! I feel your pain. I know you'll do your detective work and secure a new cache of yogurt you can live with. Keep us posted on this :v)

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
I think I'm stuck. Might just have to go back to dairy yogurt, but want to continue non-dairy at least until June 10th. Very limited shopping in this area.


thenewMLE on 05/24/2013:
How delicate is soy yogurt for spoiling? Would it be worth the trip into a bigger city for a health food store run for a big stock up? I don't eat yogurt so I don't really know the shelf life. But I know sour cream, if unopened can last a long time... Have a great weekend!!

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
It only keeps about 2 weeks. A trip to the city is too big a hassle and takes an entire day. Oh well....

Have a great weekend!


thenewMLE on 05/24/2013:
I found this site http://sweethealthyliving.com/2012/08/homemade-soy-yogurt/ and it tells you how to make your own!! Most of the ones I read called for soy yogurt as one of the ingredients, but this one says if you can't find soy yogurt for the starter you can use "a non-dairy yogurt starter" I don't know if that is a packet of something or what it is, but I figured you could read and look at this. Wouldn't it be cool if you could make your own soy yogurt and have it with your hubby's homemade baked bread!! The little pleasures in life... I hope this works!

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
Thanks, I'll check it out. Hubby said the same thing and I told him no way, too much trouble. But I'll take a look. :)

I'll never go totally non-dairy, just as much as I can. But I'll have to have occasional ice cream and 'real' cheese.


Umpqua on 05/24/2013:
I'm assuming almond milk yogurt isn't an option in your stores? You could make fruit smoothies with almond or soy milk and freeze them - not the same as yogurt but would make a decent snack substitute. I hope you have a nice weekend!

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
No, haven't seen any almond milk yogurt. Trying to keep the sugar minimal as well. I'll just figure out the yogurt dilemma when we come back from the US. Just won't have any before our trip.


skinnygrlwithin on 05/24/2013:
HHmmm that is rather frustrating. Would your health food store let you reserve some as well every week? Or do you think it's possible to see if you could get some shipped to you instead of the grocery store??

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
Apparently the health food store can't get very many delivered and they have a regular customer who reserves 6 every week. Couldn't get any shipped to me - has to be cold - and that would be a lot of trouble and expense.


legcramps on 05/24/2013:
Well doesn't that suck... I have no alternatives that you could try that others haven't already posted, so instead i'll just say that I never really liked yogurt all that much.

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
I've become used to having yogurt every day, so I guess it's become habit like my porridge.


biscottibody59 on 05/24/2013:
I've made yogurt (years ago) and it was surprisingly easy. Not sure how different it would be to make it with some other liquid besides milk.

RYC: Thanks--I've gotta keep it moving!

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
I think it's fairly easy to make yogurt with milk, but soy is a bit different.

I'll just eat the fruit I would have added to the yogurt and have more of it. :)


nenak on 05/24/2013:
Hope you resolve the soy yoghurt situation

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
Thanks!


V on 05/24/2013:
Is it possible to "pre order" the yogurt as well? I hope you find perfect resolve my friend..Have a good evening Annie <3

grannyannie on 05/25/2013:
The clerk indicated it was difficult to get, don't know why. So I give up.



grannyannie - Thursday May 23, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

Enjoyed our day out yesterday. Posted last night what I ate yesterday.

I will continue with the vegan and 98% sugar-free diet until we go to the US. I've decided to be flexible with this as I know I can't be and don't want to be permanently 'vegan'. We travel too much and it's simply a big pain in the a**. I know it is the healthiest diet and I will basically be a non-dairy, occasional egg, vegetarian when at home. We love Quorn (which contains some egg) and will go back to using it when we come home from the US. I will try very hard to keep sugar minimal and will not use any artificial sweeteners at all because I don't trust them and don't know what to believe. When we travel or are guests at someone's house or have guests here, meat will be on the menu but I will try to keep mine to small portions. 

Workout:

  • 30 mins torture spin bike class

Workout at home (lower body):

  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh maste r  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post spin class and before grocery shopping:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  3 oatcakes w/soy cheddar, plain soy yogurt w/fresh raspberries
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds & walnut pieces
  • S:  grapes
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/23/2013:
Looks Good, Annie. I always look to see what you eat from day to day. And your exercises ain't bad either. Have a Great Day !

grannyannie on 05/23/2013:
Thanks, Ohio. During a normal week I get in 8 hours of exercise (cario + muscle).


OhioRaven on 05/23/2013:
By the way, I'm sticking to me Stevia.

grannyannie on 05/23/2013:
I've read that it's okay but I just don't trust any of them any more. I've got 2 1/2 large boxes of Stevia in my cupboard that I got on sale. :/


skinnygrlwithin on 05/23/2013:
You really have just a great workout routine!! As for the vegan lifestyle part of the time... I think that's a really good compromise and far better than I could ever do!

grannyannie on 05/23/2013:
Thanks!


Puddles on 05/23/2013:
Sounds good have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 05/23/2013:
Same to you, Fran!


nenak on 05/23/2013:
I like how you are always open for compromise that's how you'll keep the weight off great job x

grannyannie on 05/23/2013:
Yea, we have to be flexible to get if off and keep it off.


Umpqua on 05/23/2013:
Yes being a full-time vegan is a major PITA. I like your plan :) Glad you had a nice visit with daughter yesterday too!

grannyannie on 05/23/2013:
Thanks! She wants more oatmeal raisin cookies next visit! I managed vegan for 6 months when I did this before. And I did manage to eat out once a week. Usually boring choices though.


V on 05/23/2013:
LOL a your daughter wanting more cookies,I bet you are an awesome baker Annie :)

Anyhoo you know not sticking with the vegan lifestyle full time certainly isn't a deal breaker.. i think you are one of the healthiest eaters around not to mention your dedication to your workouts..Integrity at it's finest my friend! Have a good evening!

grannyannie on 05/24/2013:
Thanks friend! :)



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