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grannyannie - Sunday Mar 09, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 142.4

Busy this morning!  I only did my upper body workout yesterday so did lower today.  With both workouts I increased the number of sets from 3 to 4.  When I was done this morning I cleaned the living/dining room and kitchen and did some laundry, all before lunch!

Stuck to calories yesterday - under 1300.

Workout at home (lower):

  • side dips w/dumbbell - 4 x 10
  • squats with dumbbells - 4 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • lunges w/dumbbells - 4 x 10
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step - 4 x 10
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights - 3 routines @ 4 x 12 each
  • planks - full
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs) - 12 x 10 seconds
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell - 4 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:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar and whole grain bread, soy yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D: curry and basmati rice, salad, mocktail (17 cals)
  • S:  2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1300

Progress as of today: 24.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Saturday Mar 08, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 142.4

Had a nice afternoon with friends in Glasgow yesterday. Had a late lunch/early dinner of fish and chips and several pints of beer. They are now on their way to Florida for 3 weeks of sunshine, so it's our turn to be jealous. Far too many calories but it's just a blip. Back on track now. 

About to buy our airline tickets for Thailand for our winter trip!  

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • 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 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:  low fat hummous in a wheat wrap, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • S:  banana
  • D: veggie curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 24.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 03/08/2014:
Good morning...I see that you do real well with your workouts at home...do you ever do walking outside for exercise? I know it doesn't matter, just curious. Hope you have a good day. How's your weather over there?

grannyannie on 03/08/2014:
I love to power walk/jog when the weather is good, and also bike ride. But it's not often enough being in a rainy climate. Today it is 45F but it's rainy and windy so feels really cold.

I enjoy jogging but I won't do it on the treadmill at the gym - I walk fast, walk at a steep incline, but I just don't feel comfortable running on it. I like to do that outside.



grannyannie - Thursday Mar 06, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 142.4

Going into Glasgow tomorrow to meet up with friends for lunch. We're not meeting up until 2 or 2:30 so I'll have a snack before we go. Our 3ish lunch will also be dinner, so when we get home I'll try to just have fruit for a snack if I'm hungry. The restaurant/pub chain we go to has 'clubs' several times a week, meaning that's the featured food special at an extra low price. Friday is fish and chip day and it's not low cal!  But it is my favourite so I'm sure that's what I'll be eating. I will log my calories including the beers. Scale is down this morning and I'll keep that in mind tomorrow. 
 
At the gym 4 days in a row this week!
 
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/fresh raspberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes, clementine
  • D: Quorn pie, salad, mocktail
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1330

 

Progress as of today: 24.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/06/2014:
Your day sounds full - great job getting to the gym!

grannyannie on 03/06/2014:
Thanks! Feeling fitter. Just need to get that belly to shrink. A lot!


Umpqua on 03/07/2014:
Nom nom, fish and chips. Congrats on the loss, you're doing great. I hope you're having fun in Glasgow!

grannyannie on 03/08/2014:
Had a good time. Our friends are on their to Florida sunshine. Our turn to be jealous!


Maria7 on 03/07/2014:
You're not far from your goal.



grannyannie - Wednesday Mar 05, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.0

Some challenges this month.  A small one on Friday when we meet friends for lunch in Glasgow.  Then later this month we are spending 3 nights in Edinburgh.  Otherwise, no excuses not to stay on track. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 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/fresh raspberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: 2 oatcakes/pb
  • L:  hummous on a wrap, soy yogurt, clementine
  • D: chickpea curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1326

 

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/05/2014:
Oh I miss Edinburgh! Hope you're having a great day so far :)

grannyannie on 03/05/2014:
Thanks, hope you are as well.



grannyannie - Tuesday Mar 04, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.0

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
Workout at home (lower): intended to do this after lunch but a friend dropped by.  Will make sure I get in 3 of these this week. 
 
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  low fat cheddar melted in a wrap, soy yogurt, clementine
  • S:  banana
  • D: curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • S:  2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/04/2014:
Looks great!


OhioRaven on 03/05/2014:
Mornin' Annie !



grannyannie - Monday Mar 03, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.0

Really having a very hard time staying on track. And now I'm feeling fat.  I'm embarrassed at the gym with my tight, stretchy workout clothes because the roll around my middle has gotten very big. I'm not going to buy a bigger top though - that would be giving in. I'll just have to get rid of the roll! 

Workout at gym:

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

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:  tea w/milk and cereal bar at the gym after workout
  • L:  pbj sandwich, soy yogurt
  • D: chickpea curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
That's the spirit! No giving in! I am also embarrassed lately at my tight clothes - I decided not to wear the clothes that kind of "hide" the fact I've gained.....gonna wear them all and suffer the embarrassment.



grannyannie - Sunday Mar 02, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.0

Not having a great day. Worked on my US taxes for 2013 as I still have to file because I'm still a citizen. Also still have US income.  Giving me major headaches this year because of US investments, but I think I finally got it figured out although I'm confused by which forms to use. As I was doing this my computer started being very weird (again) and hubby had to sit down and work on it for about 3 hours. 

Good thing I didn't have any really bad foods to eat.  All I managed to come up with was toast with set honey on it. The honey is high cal though.  

Planned menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 fried eggs on a wrap, soy yogurt, apple
  • S:  unplanned snack - toast w/honey
  • D:  chickpea curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   probably about 1400+ due to the honey

I emailed the gym I wanted to join when we spend 2 months in Thailand next winter. It's mostly classes and barbells and running outdoors although they do have spin bikes and dumbbells. The reply I got back sounded like it wasn't the right place for me. And all the other gyms are a much farther distance and more difficult to get to, even though we'll have a car.

So I'm going to use the fitness centre at the hotel we stayed at this year. It's probably the smallest gym I've seen - 1 treadmill, 1 bike, 1 elliptical, and a full set of dumbbells. Nothing else.  But it's a fairly short walk from where we'll be staying and I'm more likely to go 3 times a week. It's $30/month.

Progress as of today: 22 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
Wow - good planning for the gym NEXT winter. Have heard Thailand is wonderful.....you been before? YAY for taxes being done/almost done. I feel the pain. Husband usually grumpy this time of year because of that!

grannyannie on 03/03/2014:
Yes, we were in Koh Samui, Thailand in Jan/Feb this year. Loved it!

My taxes give me a major headache as I'm getting pensions from both countries. Weird thing is I have to claim my UK pension on my US taxes, and my SS on my UK taxes. The US/UK have tax agreements with each other which is why it's done that way.


hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
Ah, tax me here, there everywhere! LOL! Interesting to know.....



grannyannie - Saturday Mar 01, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 142.8

Have not been good and can't seem to get really motivated. I should be motivated - most of my clothes have gotten tight. And now we've been invited to a wedding May 2nd of one of hubby's cousins.  I'll need to fit into the dress which I wore to the wedding in Thailand (and was a bit too tight!)   

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • 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 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

Might hop on the exercise bike for a while as well. 

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 oatcakes & hummous, soy yogurt, banana, clementine
  • D:  Quorn steak pie, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 24.2 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 03/01/2014:
Sorry to hear about your tight fitting jeans. Have a good day anyway.

grannyannie on 03/01/2014:
Everything is tight! :( Thanks.


hollybelle on 03/01/2014:
Annie - have friends coming to Scotland in June.....would love suggestions for them while they are there....they want to hike and tour around.....great people.

grannyannie on 03/01/2014:
How much time do they have? Renting a car? What are they interested in? Castles, scenery, museums?


hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
Thanks for the response. I'll find out what they have in mind - specifically. THANKS

grannyannie on 03/03/2014:
Just let me know and I'll give some tips.



grannyannie - Friday Feb 28, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 142.8

Enjoyed our dinner last night at our friends' house. They invited a couple we'd never met and we all enjoyed chatting so much we didn't leave until 1.30am! All of us are retired except the hostess and she went to bed about midnight as she gets up early for a long trip to work. Chose a small wine glass so it was harder to have too much when the hostess repeatedly wanted to fill it up.  Also a tin of a variety of good biscuits (cookies) kept being put in my face! 

Feeling too tired to go to the gym today. Intended to do my strength training at home today, but don't know if that will happen.  If not, I'll do it tomorrow plus some cardio.

Did a very thorough job on our bedroom yesterday - it's about 95% dust free now, even the drapes, under the bed, top of wardrobe, etc. Guess I'll do every room now before it gets nice out and I want to go outside. First day of spring is tomorrow (they don't use the solstice to define the seasons as they do in the US).  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  still felt hungry and had two pieces of toast - extra 238 cals
  • L:  wheat wrap w/low fat cheddar melted, soy yogurt, banana
  • D: veggie curry and basmati rice, salad, diluted orange/pineapple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1400 

Progress as of today: 24.2 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/28/2014:
It sounds like you did well yesterday considering the temptations. I'm definitely ready for spring - we have wind chill advisories here and single-digit temps. It's going to be nice to travel to a warmer climate for a little while!

grannyannie on 02/28/2014:
I was pretty bad with the biscuits, especially the chocolate-covered ones! Oink! :)


biscottibody59 on 02/28/2014:
Happy Belated Birtday to YOU!

grannyannie on 02/28/2014:
Thanks, Biscotti!


allieoop on 02/28/2014:
Don't worry if your making the flat dust free you are getting a work out!

grannyannie on 03/01/2014:
Any heavy house cleaning is a good workout!



grannyannie - Thursday Feb 27, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 142.8

Will get back to the gym tomorrow. Today I'll start on deep cleaning the house.  Doing the master bedroom today. I would be back to behaving myself after my indulgent birthday yesterday, but our friends have invited us to dinner. So tomorrow I'll be back on track.   

Hope everyone is doing well! 

Progress as of today: 24.2 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

liza36 on 02/27/2014:
Happy belated birthday! Enjoy your friends and dinner out.

grannyannie on 02/27/2014:
Thanks, Liza!


Umpqua on 02/27/2014:
The deep cleaning burns some serious calories, so that's a plus. I hope you have fun tonight!

grannyannie on 02/28/2014:
I burned lots of calories and did a very thorough job!



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