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grannyannie - Monday Feb 24, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 144.8

Husband has gone into Glasgow to visit uncle in the hospital. They haven't found a nursing home for him yet. Things were delayed while some of us were away in Thailand and another in Spain. 

Hubby usually comes back about 8.30pm so he's going to have leftover curry that I'd frozen and I'll make some rice. I'm having a Quorn pie (love them but I could easily eat 2!) 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12        

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar in a wrap, soy yogurt, packet of baked crisps, 2 clementines
  • D: Quorn pie, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 22.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/24/2014:
So what's in the Quorn pie? I bought 2 cases of Quorn from my co-op and am looking for new recipes to try. I have the grounds (probably the same as your "mince" over there and chick'n tenders, which are little squares). I hope they're able to find a good nursing home for your husband's uncle.

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
It's a frozen pie either made with the 'chicken' pieces or with 'steak'. Very nice pastry. Quorn's website has lots of recipes online (both US and UK measurements) but so far I've only made the pasta bolognese. The steak pie is 432 calories and the chicken one is less, but my store doesn't carry it any more. :(

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
http://www.quorn.us/


Umpqua on 02/24/2014:
Sounds yummy. I haven't seen those here but I do have some puff pastry so maybe I could try making something. I will check out their recipes, thanks!

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
Good luck. Share any good ones!


legcramps on 02/24/2014:
Nice job with exercise and eating :)

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
thanks!



grannyannie - Sunday Feb 23, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 144.8

I got a bit lazy after housework yesterday and didn't do the posted lower body routine.  So I did it today in addition to jump rope (5 x 25) and jumping jacks (5 x 20).  Ended the day above my planned menu but at about 1350 calories.

Will turn 62 this week (2 more pensions!) but no special plans except that I intend to eat a few things I shouldn't - stopping in at the bakery after the gym and having a bacon roll and a donut.  Then I'll have a Strawberry Daiquiri in the evening maybe with a packet of crisps (chips).  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj sandwich, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: veggie chili and basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1300

Progress as of today: 22.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/23/2014:
Happy Birthday, Annie !

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
Thanks, Ohio!


Umpqua on 02/24/2014:
Your birthday plans sound yummy, I hope you have a very happy birthday!

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
Thanks! It's on Weds.



grannyannie - Saturday Feb 22, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 144.8

Quiet day today.  Cleaning bathrooms, some laundry, a muscle workout, and reading a book. 

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 routines @ 3 x 12 each
  • planks - full
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 whole grain toast w/unsweetened pbj, soy yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D: veggie chili and basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 22.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/22/2014:
Good work Annie! And I remember those pastries from when we went to Italy. Tiny cups of very strong espresso and giant pastries seemed to be the breakfast of choice everywhere :P

grannyannie on 02/22/2014:
My favourite is definitely pain au chocolat! Fresh ones. We're going to stay at the same B & B as we did in 2006. Breakfast was pastries, fresh bread, cold meats and cheeses, granola, fruit. Yum.



grannyannie - Friday Feb 21, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.4

Thanks for comments! Enjoyed meeting up with daughter and some of the people she works with. Didn't overdo eating and drinking too badly, but yesterday I was really tired and went a bit overboard.

Setting a goal to reach my desired weight by early July when we meet up with some family who will be in Belgium. We'll be there 3 nights, and seriously delicious breakfast pastries (chocolate croissants) will be eaten as well as other 'treats'. Hope I can eat them without guilt due to being at my goal weight!

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12        

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 12
  • triceps dips - 3 x 12
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  fried egg on wrap, soy yogurt. banana, clementine
  • D: veggie chili and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • S:  Mocktail w/tiny amount of rum
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1314

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 12.4 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 18, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.4

Hope everyone is doing well. 

I will get on the scale again on Saturday.  Added a few calories last night so ended at about 1350.  Not bad.  I have discovered something called Mocktails in my supermarket. The Strawberry Daiquiri one is strawberry/lime/pineapple juice and was yummy. Not high in calories either - a large wine glass full is 17 calories. Going to buy a bottle of rum and add some to it on my birthday next week. I really enjoyed all the fruity cocktails in Thailand but I know they had a ton of calories. Plan to make my own low cal ones when we go in the winter. 

Going into Glasgow tomorrow to meet up with daughter and will have lunch there, possibly dinner. I will TRY to behave.  

Weds is a gym day but since we won't be here I went today.  Might go Thurs. and Fri. as well. Good idea to increase my gym days for a while.  It helps to keep me on track. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine

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 routines @ 3 x 12 each
  • planks - full
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar melted in a wrap, grapes, soy yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D: tofu/veg curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • S:  Mocktail, 2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   under 1300

 

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 12.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/18/2014:
Mornin' Annie !


Umpqua on 02/18/2014:
You're doing great with the workouts. I hope you have a nice visit with your daughter in Glasgow!

grannyannie on 02/18/2014:
Thanks :)


liza36 on 02/19/2014:
Enjoy your outing in Glasgow.


biscottibody59 on 02/20/2014:
I hope you had a good trip!



grannyannie - Monday Feb 17, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.4

Too much snacking.   We were supposed to spend the weekend on the island with our Ugandan daughter but the ferries did not cooperate, so we had to turn around and come home. She's going to be doing some training in Glasgow this Weds so we're meeting up with her so we can give her some of the winter clothes she left here and her new Tablet we bought her for xmas. Also need to give her the chocolate chip muffins I made her that kept calling my name.  I've got them in the freezer now. 

We had booked a small house in Thailand for the month of January next year but have decided to extend that to December as well.  So we'll be there for 2 months.    I've checked into gyms and will get a 2 month membership. Pretty cheap and looks like it has a lot of equipment.  I hope the wifi is fast enough to Skype my granddaughters and sister. 

Yesterday was housework and I stayed below 1300 calories (finally!).  Finally feeling ready to get and stay on track!  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12        

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese w/low fat cheddar, soy yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D: veg and tofu curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange pineapple
  • S:  2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 12.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/18/2014:
Good Morn'in, Annie.



grannyannie - Thursday Feb 13, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.4

Did some snacking the last couple of nights.   Mostly oatcakes though at 36 calories each.  Gotta get tough! 

Going to visit daughter on the island this weekend and staying at the hostel. Her new job gives her weekends off unlike when she was a volunteer. No restaurants are open this time of year so we're bringing our own food - microwaveable packets of rice and veg and some smoked sausages, also porridge/dried fruit, a carton of UHT almond milk, pb, bread, oatcakes and can buy fruit and veg at the small market there. 

Workout at home (upper): (didn't do after the gym yesterday)

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

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 routines @ 3 x 12 each
  • planks - full
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • jump rope - 5 x 25
  • jumping jacks - 5 x 20
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  whole grain toast w/hummous, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: veggie curry and basmati rice, salad, dilute orange/pineapple
  • S:  2 oatcakes and low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   1291

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 12.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/13/2014:
Great food plan for your travel, I'm sure you're very excited to see your Ugandan daughter!

grannyannie on 02/13/2014:
Very anxious to see her!


OhioRaven on 02/13/2014:
You have a Healthy Day, too.



grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 12, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.4

I love to plan ahead and am already looking at fitness centres on the island in Thailand which we'll be returning to next winter. I can get a monthly membership pretty cheap. Thinking that a really intense cardio and strength workout twice a week would be good, and supplement on non-gym days with jump rope, jumping jacks and then walking and kayaking. We can rent bikes but the roads there scare me too much to ride a bike on the side of the road.

I'm being more realistic about what weight I can maintain.  128 isn't it.  I think around 132 or 133 is good with 135 as my 'warning' weight. 

Feeling a bit sore from my workouts, but should be fine next week. It's a struggle working out as well, but just keeping at it. 

Workout at gym:
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 2 sets of 12  
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
 Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 veg sausages w/mustard on a wrap, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D:  veggie soup, salad, toast w/pb, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   1307

 

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/12/2014:
Great idea looking into fitness centers for your next holiday! I also revised my goal weight a while back to what I hope is more realistic for me. I always say 130 is my "warning weight" and yet I have no problems going over it time and again. I need to set up some sort of alarm system to ensure this doesn't keep happening haha!

grannyannie on 02/12/2014:
Travel is my downfall and you know how much we do. We're gone at least 3 months a year.

I looked great at 120 pounds when I was 40, but would like a wrinkly skeleton now!


glassgirl3 on 02/12/2014:
Peeked at your photos, what a great adventure!

grannyannie on 02/13/2014:
It was!


OhioRaven on 02/12/2014:
Hey, Annie. I missed you girls and I had to come back. Keep the porridge hot !

grannyannie on 02/13/2014:
Missed you too! I see you're in the same boat as me but you know that we both can do it!!



grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 11, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.4

Don't know how the scale went down. I guess because I'm not keeping up the massive amount of calories I was consuming. I really should stick to weekly weigh ins.

Really, really missing Thailand weather. 

Going to visit Ugandan daughter on the island this weekend and bring her the rest of her winter clothes. She's been here since the end of January while we were in Thailand so we haven't seen her yet.  Her new job began the 1st of Feb. Better bake some chocolate chip muffins for her and try hard not to eat any. We'll stay in the twin room at the hostel and will have to do our own meals as none of the restaurants are open at this time of year. 

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 routines @ 3 x 12 each
  • planks - full
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 9 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 3 x 10
  • jump rope - 5 x 25
  • jumping jacks - 5 x 20

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   2 veggie sausages w/mustard on wrap, soy yogurt, clementine, grapes
  • D:  veggie curry and basmati rice, salad
  • S:  1 oatcake w/low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   1251

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/11/2014:
Nice loss, I'm sure you're still dropping water weight after travel too. I would be missing the Thailand weather too - last year we came back from Florida to the aftermath of a blizzard. It's not an easy transition. Keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 02/11/2014:
Thanks! Yes missing the warmth!


supercheese on 02/11/2014:
annie! Well both lose it together!

grannyannie on 02/11/2014:
Yes!


biscottibody59 on 02/11/2014:
Not skipping a beat there I see:-)



grannyannie - Monday Feb 10, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 148.0

The site is dead slow, but I'll post anyway. Had dinner with friends last night who wanted to hear all about our trip, so wine, cookies, etc.  On track today.  Back to the gym this morning and a partial workout.  Counting calories again.

If anyone is interested, I've done a blog and photo albums of our trip:

http://kohsamui2014.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anniedanny/collections/72157640643684734/

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 2 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: pb on 2 oatcakes
  • L:  hummous on whole grain toast, soy yogurt, grapes
  • D: curry and basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   1288

Progress as of today: 19 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/10/2014:
I've had trouble with the site this morning too. Welcome back and I can't wait to take a look at your photos!

grannyannie on 02/10/2014:
Thanks! I'd say good to be back but it's drizzly and chilly here and was soooooo enjoying the heat and sun and cooling off with mango smoothies and Singapore Slings!


liza36 on 02/10/2014:
The site is definitely slow today. I can't wait to tune in to your blog and read about your trip.

grannyannie on 02/10/2014:
Have a great day, Liza.


Umpqua on 02/10/2014:
OK your shots are just breathtakingly gorgeous! The wedding is absolutely beautiful and everyone looks so relaxed and happy. And you look fantastic!

grannyannie on 02/10/2014:
Thanks!



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