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grannyannie - Sunday Nov 24, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Had a few more calories than planned yesterday as I had fresh homemade bread instead of packaged with my soup. Had some celery for a snack in the evening and put a dab of pb on one of them. Ended at about 1350 calories which is okay for a good workout day but should have been less after 3 days of indulgence.

Bought some light wine yesterday and will try it out tonight.  One small glass is 60 calories.  

Housework today. Might go with hubby tomorrow to visit uncle or will go later in the week. One of our best friends is giving a talk in Glasgow Weds night and I'd like to be there to support him, but that would mean dinner out and lots of beer/wine afterwards. Sigh. 

I do NOT want this belly in Thailand!!! 8 weeks to go. 

Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  3 Ryvita wholegrain rye crackers, hummous, soy yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D: leek, bean & pumpkin soup, salad, soy and linseed toast w/lite spread
  • S:  1 small glass lite wine
  • Teas & water & coffee
TOTAL:  1194
 

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Saturday Nov 23, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Thanks for your comments and birthday wishes for hubby!  Had a nice few days in Glasgow, although his uncle was taken into hospital while we were there as he could barely walk (dementia and not eating enough). Looks like he'll be put into a home so he can be looked after 24 hours.

We saw 3 movies while in town - one each day.  

Gravity in 3D - I would rate it 1 out of 5 - special effects were the only interesting bits.

Captain Phillips - I'd rate it 4.8 out of 5 - suspenseful

Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 5 out of 5

As for food and drink, no comment, but I very much enjoyed myself. Going back into the city to visit uncle in hospital tomorrow so that means eating out again. 

Workout at home:

  • 45 mins tae bo and jump rope
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  3 Ryvita crackers (wholegrain rye) w/low fat hummous, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D: homemade leek and bean and pumpkin soup, soy and linseed toast w/lite spread, salad w/pumpkin seeds, walnut pieces, almond slivers
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   1214

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/23/2013:
You're not far from goal. Praying for your Uncle.

grannyannie on 11/24/2013:
Thanks Maria.


biscottibody59 on 11/23/2013:
Hang in there--do your best with the food choices! Good that you're not slacking AT ALL with the workouts--woo-hoo!

grannyannie on 11/24/2013:
Yea, at least I'm doing quite well with workouts when I'm home. It's those calories I need to conquer!



grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Didn't do too badly yesterday. Had wine but diluted it with club soda. Didn't taste as good but had less calories. I don't think the cherry tarts were very high calorie so I did have one, and then one today. Froze one then dumped the rest.

Since we'll be in Glasgow I won't be at the gym Wed or Fri so went today and did cardio. I'll do a serious workout on Saturday.

I'm going to try to be really good tomorrow - no chips (fries) and one pint of beer - about 1500 calories. If I succeed, I'll allow myself more beer with dinner the next night which is hubby's birthday. A friend is joining us for dinner. 

Strange to think that this Friday is the 50th anniversary of JFK being assasinated. It was the day after my hubby's 15th birthday and he said those in Britain were very upset as well. I was 11 so also remember it very well. In Feb it will be 50 years since the Beatles invaded America and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Remember that very well.   Seems remembering things well from 50 years ago would make me feel old, but it doesn't. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike - intense
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • backward lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • lunges w/dumbbells on floor
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apple apricot mix/almond milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pb and honey on toast, cherry tart
  • D:  pea soup, big salad, 2 leftover rolls from last night
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   about 1350

 

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/19/2013:
I see you are still doing well! Saw some tv tributes to JFK to remember his life. 50 years - can't be that long! WOW. I wonder what he would have done with the rest of his life or what would have happened if Bobby wasn't taken from the world. Guess we'll never know.

grannyannie on 11/20/2013:
I wonder as well!


hollybelle on 11/19/2013:
I see you are still doing well! Saw some tv tributes to JFK to remember his life. 50 years - can't be that long! WOW. I wonder what he would have done with the rest of his life or what would have happened if Bobby wasn't taken from the world. Guess we'll never know.


hollybelle on 11/19/2013:
I see you are still doing well! Saw some tv tributes to JFK to remember his life. 50 years - can't be that long! WOW. I wonder what he would have done with the rest of his life or what would have happened if Bobby wasn't taken from the world. Guess we'll never know.


liza36 on 11/21/2013:
Enjoy your trip and your hubby's birthday. Your plan sounds good.


biscottibody59 on 11/21/2013:
I hope you both had a nice celebration of hubby's day!



grannyannie - Monday Nov 18, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Just do it!!

Our friend, the one who loves wine and is a bad influence on me  is coming to dinner tonight. Her hubby is in London on business for a week. I think she was counting on our company while he is away as she'll be a bit lonely (although she works long hours and has a long commute). But we will be gone to Glasgow all of Weds, Thursday and most of Friday for hubby's 65th birthday. I will go the gym tomorrow since I'll be missing it on Weds. I'll also do a good workout on Saturday to make up for missing Friday.

Workout at gym:

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

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj on toast, soy yogurt
  • D: homemade pea soup and rolls for a starter, steak, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and some pumpkin from our garden, dessert is a lazy one - I bought some single serve cherry and rhubarb pies (didn't buy ice cream as hubby won't eat much if any, and she'll only take a small spoonful - no reason to leave it our freezer calling my name!!)
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

I bought rose' wine and some club soda to make a spritzer - less calories! 

Calories unknown.    

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 11/18/2013:
You've been really strong and I'm sure tonight won't be any different... just remember portion control and I know you won't be disappointed with yourself.

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Ta! I'm really struggling. I snack or overdo and then feel disgusted with myself. And I feel so great when I'm disciplined. (banging head on wall)


skinnygrlwithin on 11/18/2013:
I know you think you're not doing well... but I need you to stop for a minute. Take a deep breath. Ok... now first look at all the progress you've made so far... you've really done such an amazing job. Second, remember that life happens and we can't all be perfect everyday... there would be no fun in that... why lose all the weight if you have no friends or nothing to do to enjoy it and feel good about it with. Third... just commit. Just do it like you said... you've done it before, I am 150% positive you can do it again. Make a plan for yourself before the meal begins while you're full..what is an acceptable amoount of food tonight? number of glasses of wine? Whatever you determine... stick to it... you might argue with yourself in your head... but tomorrow when you've achieved your goal you'll be proud of yourself.

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Yes, I do try to remember how good I feel in the morning when I was good the day before.

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Thanks for your support and faith in me!


liza36 on 11/18/2013:
Enjoy your company. Good menu, and good idea leaving out the ice cream!

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
Thanks Liza!



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 16, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.6

Just do it!

Don't know why I'm sabotaging my plans! I've done this before the last few trips. Not happy with myself at all. I do stick with my workouts but I can't seem to stick to my calorie plans for more than a week. Gained back the 3 pounds I lost last week. 

I know I CAN do this. All I have to do is keep to calorie plans most of time. Workouts are easy for me to stick to. 

Daughter went back to Uganda Wednesday (very tearful goodbyes at the airport) and we are crossing our fingers she'll get that visa to come back in Feb. No more sweets in the house so I don't have that excuse anymore.

Did my spin-a-thon last night for charity. 7 pm is not a good workout time for me but it was good anyway.  It wasn't like a regular spin class as we got to sit quite a bit. A lot of the participants had never done spin before and were only doing it for charity so it had to be toned down a bit.

Going into Glasgow for two nights next week as hubby turns 65. Not going to any concerts but I've booked a movie for each day. And I WILL watch the calories.

Workout at home (upper and lower):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
  • 5 x 25 jump rope
  • 5 x 20 jumping jacks

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried sultana-apple-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast and lite mayo on a wrap, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: pea soup, small portion mac and cheese (hubby wanted to use up the cheese he bought to make this for daughter), salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   under 1200

Progress as of today: 26.4 lbs lost so far, only 10.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/16/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Good Post today ! Happy Birthday, Hub. (next week)

grannyannie on 11/16/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! It's a nice birthday - another pension!


biscottibody59 on 11/16/2013:
Sounds like it'll be easier without the food "minefields." Keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 11/17/2013:
Ta! It will help.


Maria7 on 11/17/2013:
I've found it is easy to get down a little and then overeat and regain. Hang in there...you KNOW you can do it!

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
A constant battle, isn't it?

grannyannie on 11/18/2013:
A constant battle, isn't it?



grannyannie - Monday Nov 11, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Enjoyed our dinner with friends Saturday night (until midnight!). Daughter enjoyed it as well.  Did have more wine than intended, and too many of the homemade cookies (although didn't taste very sweet or high in fat - just a few choc chips).  I probably needed the extra calories anyway as I've been feeling actual hunger, not snack-itis, and I've been resisting.

Baking chocolate chip muffins for daughter today and I will NOT eat a single one. The ones she doesn't eat here she'll take with her. She leaves on Weds so I'll have to juggle my workouts this week. Friday evening is the spin-a-thon and I'm thinking of skipping the gym that day and just doing my muscle work at home. I'll do the gym Thursday instead.

Yesterday was a rest day and I just did some housework. Kept calories just over 1300.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 6 mins rowing machine - intervals (had to jump so I could get on the spin bike!)
  • 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 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried sultana-apricot-apple mix/almond milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb 
  • L:  grilled cheese, soy yogurt, clementine
  • S:  apple
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee

TOTAL:   1368

 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/11/2013:
Good Luck juggling your workouts. No Muffins !

grannyannie on 11/11/2013:
I'm sitting here smelling them and it's driving me nuts. They are 233 cals each and lots of sugar. Maybe I'll console myself with some lite hot chocolate? 50 cals.

I confess I did eat a few chocolate chips before I threw them in the batter.


biscottibody59 on 11/11/2013:
RYC: Thanks for your wishes! I'm going to try putting one foot in front of the other again:-)

Way to go with the calories vs indulging--looks like you're doing quite well with that!


liza36 on 11/13/2013:
Spin-a-thon sounds fun. I know you can resist the cookies. I had to make some the other day (I usually try to avoid it at all costs) but I successfully resisted, not even a crumb!



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 09, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Stuck to plan yesterday -  about 1450 cals

Workout at home (lower body):
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
  • 5 x 25 jump rope
  • 5 x 20 jumping jacks
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  small bowl carrot soup, 2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar, 2 oatcakes w/pb and honey, clementine, 3 squares 85% dark chocolate
  • D:  friends' house for dinner. They want to see our daughter again before she leaves next week. Plan to limit the homemade bread and the wine. Aiming for 2 glasses max and will have to nicely put my foot down with the nonstop refilling of my glass by the hostess. Willpower goes down the drain when I drink wine. Will ask for a glass of water to alternate with wine. 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/09/2013:
You always have great workouts. I need to find some time for myself.

grannyannie on 11/09/2013:
Much easier to do when you're retired.



grannyannie - Friday Nov 08, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Stuck to plan yesterday - 1199 cals.  But by the time I went to bed I was starving! Guess I need a bit more on a day I do any kind of workout, and stick to 1200 on a rest day.

Scale going down every day. Probably still some fluid loss. Just hope none of it is muscle!
 
Edit:  just got invited to dinner at our friends' house tomorrow night. They want to see daughter before she goes home next week. Need to drink the wine very very very slowly. Meals aren't normally high fat/cal, but wine consumption is usually high with these friends. Need to watch the homemade breads they always do as well. I want the scale to keep going down, not up!

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - intense!
  • 5 mins elliptical
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 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 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dried apricot-apple mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  10 whole almonds
  • L:  chicken breast & low fat cheddar wrap, clementine, soy yogurt 
  • D:  lean steak, boiled potatoes, broccoli, salad
  • S:  10g of dark chocolate
  • Teas & water & coffee
TOTAL:  about 1450 cals

 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 9.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/08/2013:
Congrats on the loss, you are doing fantastic! I hope you enjoy your weekend and have fun at the friends' house.

grannyannie on 11/08/2013:
Thanks! Just need to watch the wine (hard when someone refills it after every sip) as the willpower goes down the drain after 2 glasses!



grannyannie - Thursday Nov 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.0

Stuck to my plans yesterday. Calories:  1328.  I bought myself some 85% dark chocolate and some lite hot chocolate mix for occasional treats. I'll be making those oh-so-tempting chocolate chip muffins for daughter again but will make them a couple of days before she leaves next week. She can take the rest with her and eat them on the flights and on her layovers. I won't be eating ANY of them!

Scale is going down. I'm sure some is water loss, but that's okay. 

Workout at home (lower body):

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Also did:

  • 5 sets of 25 jump rope
  • 5 sets of 20 jumping jacks

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/sultana-apricot-apple mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 eggs in a whole wheat wrap, soy yogurt, fresh pineapple
  • S:  grapes
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee

TOTAL:   1199

Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/07/2013:
No Muffin for You ! Ha-ha, have a good one Annie.

grannyannie on 11/07/2013:
Sniff sniff...:( LOL.


skinnygrlwithin on 11/07/2013:
You're discipline is really shining through... keep up the good work.

grannyannie on 11/07/2013:
Thanks. I tried on the clingy dress I'm wearing to the wedding in January. Extra motivation. :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 06, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.6

Did well yesterday except that hubby dished me out a big spoonful of mac and cheese and I ate it. Really just wanted a taste. Then I discovered he'd bought higher fat and calorie skinless chicken thigh instead of breast. Not bad though - might have hit 1350 cals for the day.  Tonight husband and daughter are having leftover chicken thigh, mac and cheese and a rice/veg dish. I'm having a Quorn pie instead. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 5 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 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 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/sultana-apricot-apple mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  10 almonds
  • L:  carrot soup, wrap with low fat cheddar. soy yogurt
  • S:  banana
  • D: Quorn Pie, salad 
  • Teas & water & coffee

TOTAL:   1328

 

Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 11.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/06/2013:
I buy the chicken thighs occasionally and they're not that terrible - Cooking Light has quite a few good recipes for them. I think you showed restraint with the mac and cheese, I don't think I would be able to stop at a spoonful!

grannyannie on 11/06/2013:
Husband has a nice recipe for herbed and battered chicken, same thing he did Saturday for guests but he used breasts and it was much more tender. Yea, love mac and cheese but having a sweet potato helped keep me good. :)


Umpqua on 11/06/2013:
Sweet potatoes are awesome and so good for you, I love em! But I love cheesy goodness a little more LOL

grannyannie on 11/06/2013:
LOL. Me too!


skinnygrlwithin on 11/06/2013:
I'm checking in on you for our week challenge and as I expected... YOU'RE DOING GREAT!!! And seriously nice job on the mac and cheese restraint... it might be my favorite food, especially boxed mac and cheese (yes I know I just love the fake stuff) and I can easily eat the whole box without thinking twice about it. KEEP IT UP!!!!

grannyannie on 11/06/2013:
Thanks! My looming deadline is keeping me right!



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