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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!



grannyannie - Saturday Feb 08, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 148.0

Back home! Missing the lovely warm sunshine, floating in a warm sea, and bare feet. I will post a link to my travelogue when I finish it.  Tried to post photos here but it's not working. 

Plans today are to finish unpacking, doing laundry, working on photos and blog.  Already went grocery shopping. 

Gained 8 pounds but could be a lot worse as I was seriously indulging!

Menu:  (these are my plans but since I woke up at 6 this morning and had breakfast and hour and a half earlier than normal, I may not be able to stick with this today)   

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/draisins/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  3 oatcakes w/low fat hummous, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D: curry and basmati rice, salad w/slivered almonds
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   1229

Edit: I'm off by 7 hours and so is my sleep and my appetite.  I was soooo hungry this afternoon I ate more.  Didn't count the calories but didn't pig out. Trying again tomorrow for under 1300 calories. 

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


grannyannie - Saturday Feb 01, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.2

Hi everybody! Having an amazing time in warm and sunny Thailand! Been extremely indulgent with food and cocktails and will get serious when we arrive home on Friday.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy.

Progress as of today: 26.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/04/2014:
It's good to hear from you and I've loved your gorgeous pictures on FB :) I'm glad your having a fantastic trip and safe travels back home to you!

grannyannie on 02/05/2014:
Thanks. Very early flight tomorrow.


liza36 on 02/04/2014:
I lived in Thailand for a year - loved it! It's one of my favorite places. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

grannyannie on 02/05/2014:
Where did you live? We love it so much we have booked a house for all of next Jan.

I will do a travel blog and sort all the photos when we get home.


thinkpositive on 02/05/2014:
I've enjoyed your FB pictures. Sounds like a wonderful trip. You'll get right back on track, I'm sure.

grannyannie on 02/08/2014:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.2

Thanks for all your comments and encouragement. Sorry I haven't be very good at commenting on your posts. Been a wee bit busy with short trips and other things. 

Last gym session today (although I'll hit the gym at the hotels at least twice a week while away). Almost packed. Getting the house clean today and tomorrow as I like to come home to a clean house. Friday we'll spend the night in Glasgow. Difficult to dress for this as we are going to a country with temps in the 80's and leaving from where it's cold (about 40). Won't wear my winter coat, but will wear a couple of fleeces and a light raincoat and walk fast!

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 3 or 4 mins treadmill while waiting for someone to finish on spinbike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15
  • 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
  • S:  toast
  • L:  low fat cheddar melted in a wrap, soy yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D: veggie curry and basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
   TOTAL:  ??

 

Progress as of today: 26.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/15/2014:
Good to hear from you Annie.

grannyannie on 01/15/2014:
Hiya Ohio!!


Umpqua on 01/15/2014:
I can't believe you're getting ready to leave for your trip! I know you will be very active and you're also planning to workout there so that will help offset extra calories. I also know you will lose when you return because you always do. Enjoy your time in Thailand!

grannyannie on 01/15/2014:
Thanks! Want to keep the muscle work up as I've worked to hard to let them go. I know I'll get harassed about going to the gym there as people always say 'oh you're on holiday, have fun, forget workouts and calories!'.


thinkpositive on 01/18/2014:
Have a wonderful trip!


Maria7 on 01/18/2014:
Hope you're having a good trip.



grannyannie - Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.6

Very disappointed in myself. I haven't been able to stick to calories for more than a few days at a time. I kept telling myself I'd be very unhappy if I didn't stop indulging, and I am.  Eating out, eating with friends, hubby's great home brewed beer, binge watching tv series on Netflix (makes me want to snack).  Well...nothing I can do about it now.  We leave on Friday for Glasgow to spend the night and fly out on Saturday. 


I will try not to overindulge while we are in Thailand but I know it will be difficult. The clothes getting tighter in the waist will help me keep it under control. I will get on the scale Friday morning before we leave. I'm bringing a workout outfit because both hotels have a fitness centre.  I'll be most concerned about working on muscles, not cardio as we'll get that anyway.

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12 
Mostly clean eating today. 
 

Progress as of today: 25.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

lolla on 01/14/2014:
Forgive yourself and have fun in Thailand!!! I am the same way, always so disappointed at myself but remember life is so much more than this body of ours. Go and look, feel, taste, smell, enjoy!. I hope you have a great time and share some pictures so I can take a mini mind vacation when you come back. Hugs!

grannyannie on 01/14/2014:
I'll post pics. I know how great I feel when I'm a size I'm comfortable with, and 6 months ago I was certain I'd be back down to that size. Oh well...I'll just have a good time.


thinkpositive on 01/14/2014:
You've been successful in the past so if you can maintain & then get back on track when you get back. Look forward to your pictures.

grannyannie on 01/15/2014:
Yes, I've done it before and I CAN do it again.


Maria7 on 01/14/2014:
I, too, was hoping to be at my goalweight before we left on our trip this past October but I wasn't anywhere near it, so I just took large comfortable clothes and had a wonderful time. I didn't diet on the trip but I didn't greatly overindulge, either and came back weighing almost the exact same as I did before we left. I know how it is to binge eat. Especially while watching tv. So far, I've been doing well concerning that and hoping to get to goal weight by next month. Hope you have a good and safe trip.

grannyannie on 01/15/2014:
My large clothes were all given away. We are going to a wedding and I'm wearing a dress that looked really nice and showed off my small waist - in June 2012. Now I'll be wearing a 'body girdle' under it to pack things in! :O

I'm going to have a good time anyway.


dana_johnson426 on 01/14/2014:
Have a good time!

grannyannie on 01/15/2014:
Thanks!


selina on 01/14/2014:
You are doing great, Annie!

grannyannie on 01/15/2014:
Thanks. Wish I was!



grannyannie - Thursday Jan 09, 2014
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.6

Did a bit of snacking last night but not too bad. I was actually hungry, the calories for the day had been too low. 

Hope all of you in the US are staying warm!!  

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 5 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 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 apple-date-raisin mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast/low fat cheddar on whole grain bread
  • S:  grapes
  • D: curry and basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   1329

Progress as of today: 25.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/13/2014:
Hey there...it has warmed up here in SC some, I think we are in the 60's today.

grannyannie on 01/14/2014:
We've been in the mid 40's to 50 but today it's in the upper 30's. It will be in the 80's in Thailand!


thinkpositive on 01/13/2014:
Getting ready for your trip? You must be excited.

grannyannie on 01/14/2014:
Yes, very excited. Nearly packed.



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