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grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 31, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

Re-thinking my workout routines. 8 hours a week is too too much! I will eventually burn out if I keep this same schedule. So I'm making some changes but thinking about finding a trainer to at least look at my routines and make suggestions. For now I'll continue doing my upper body home routine on gym days, MWF. But I'll change lower body to twice a week instead of 3 times. Also cutting out a few routines that I think are not as effective, increasing weights on some. 

Hubby is gone till tomorrow night so I'm on my own. He's gone to see daughter on the island and they are working on the visa to allow her to extend her volunteering stint. Shouldn't be any problem. He's was lucky to find a room on the island at the last minute, although it is in the hostel and he has to share the room with 3 strangers.   

While he's out of the house I'll be able to get more coats of oil on these counters. Why oh why did we choose beechwood countertops??!!

Workout at gym: (cut it a bit short as I'm thinking of power walking/jogging this afternoon)
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 2 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) - increased weight on 3 of them
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 2 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines (increasing weight on some of these)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on wheat wrap w/mustard, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • S:  apple
  • D:  Quorn & leek pie, salad w/walnuts, pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & almond milk in coffee
TOTAL:  under 1400
 

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/31/2013:
I think its good to get a second opinion on your workouts. And if I were Hubby, I'd rather camp and fish on the island :v)

grannyannie on 07/31/2013:
Yea, it is. He was thinking about camping there again but he's having some back pain and didn't think the sleeping bag would help.


Umpqua on 07/31/2013:
I have been there before with overdoing it with the workouts. And in my case that backfires and I end up feeling resentful and quit altogether. So good idea to pull back a bit and maybe get an expert opinion on your schedule!

I have a butcher block counter on the island in my kitchen (not sure what the wood is) and it's a PITA to maintain - I want to get rid of it altogether! We're going to get new countertops to replace the other laminate ones in the next couple of years and I'll be avoiding wood. I'd like to do soapstone, but there are pros and cons to maintaining every type of surface.

grannyannie on 07/31/2013:
We've got stains on ours that I can't get out or even sand out. We just put this kitchen in 3 years ago so won't be getting a new one.


legcramps on 07/31/2013:
Yeah, I think all of us who have had workout routines or schedules have managed to overdo it at some point in time! Good for you for reviewing yours and finding a way to step back a bit without giving up the benefits of your workouts. Have a good day today!



grannyannie - Tuesday Jul 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

Sigh. Did some snacking last night. The muffin and some chocolate chips wasn't so bad, but then I continued later with other stuff....   Don't know if I'll make goal by the time my siblings arrive in September as I need to lose 2 pounds a week. Need to get close though. The big goal is for January when I want to look nice on the beach in Thailand and for niece's wedding there. 128 or whatever gets me into that nice dress, bathing suit, capris, tops, skirts, etc. 

Workout at home (lower body):

  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:      
  • B: porridge/cinnamon/raisins/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on wheat wrap w/mustard, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/clementine
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1300 and I will stick to it today!

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/30/2013:
Mornin' Annie. I see you have a goal with a timer on it. September looks do-able. I'll be watching your progress closer now :v)

grannyannie on 07/30/2013:
Mornin' Ohio. Yes, always have some kind of timer going. What I should do is get back to goal and STAY there. Easier said than done.


hollybelle on 07/30/2013:
Up and at 'em, I see! Keep your mind on the future and not the moment when you have those weak moments. You can do it! Clothes (like your dress goal) is my biggest motivation. I have quite a few nice things I can't get into - will NOT buy new - so....I am getting closer to being able to wear quite a few of the things I have!

grannyannie on 07/30/2013:
Yea, I got rid of my 'fat' clothes and a few of my new ones are a bit tight in the waist. Not a good thing! So I'll just have to fix that.


skinnygrlwithin on 07/30/2013:
I know timed goals are always stressful but I know you can do this... try not to focus on the amount of time you have left to get to your goal, but just each day individually.

grannyannie on 07/30/2013:
Thanks, Skinny! :)


Umpqua on 07/30/2013:
Clothes are definitely a big motivator for me too! I didn't make it to my goal by vacation but I got close enough to be satisfied. I think you'll get pretty close by September - I know you're dedicated!

grannyannie on 07/30/2013:
Thanks!


V on 07/30/2013:
Just keep at it Annie you can and WILL do this! Yeah I got rid of ALL of my bigger clothes too..I am sure it is tough to keep tempting food in the house..Be strong and keep at it my friend <3

grannyannie on 07/31/2013:
Trying, V! :)



grannyannie - Monday Jul 29, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

It looks like our Ugandan daughter will be extending her volunteering on the island community. She'll still visit with us for 2 weeks end of August/Sept and then go back for 7 more weeks.  

I've got too much to do so hubby is going to meet up with her for lunch on Weds, or if the weather looks good he'll go camping on the island for a couple of days. So tomorrow I've got a massive challenge - I'm baking her chocolate chip muffins and I somehow have to keep the muffins/chocolate chips out of my mouth! Wish me luck. I'll need it.  

Edit:  had to bake the muffins today as hubby is going tomorrow morning. I could not resist and weighed out 20g of choc chips - milk and dark - 109 cals.  Will have one muffin at 200 cals. Total for today after cutting out the yogurt snack:  1531. Not the end of the world.
 
Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                      
Workout at home (upper):
  • 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/raisins/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  polenta, 1 egg, wholegrain toast
  • D: veggie & lentil curry & basmati rice, salad w/clementine
  • S:  grapes, yogurt & strawberries
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1400
 

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/29/2013:
Good Luck, Annie ! Now That's challenging !

grannyannie on 07/29/2013:
Thanks. Had to bake them today and I've measured out choc chips and will have one muffin, just to make sure they are edible. :O 300 calories total. Could be worse.


hollybelle on 07/29/2013:
I had to eat one blueberry corn muffin yesterday and may eat another today! I put dark and milk chips in my cookies and other baked goods. Yum! I am impressed you stayed within calories, too! You are consistent.

grannyannie on 07/29/2013:
It's tough having to bake for someone else! Not over calories by too much...I like to keep it 1400 or a bit less.


skinnygrlwithin on 07/29/2013:
While I know ideally you would have liked to resist the muffin and chocolate chips, we can't always be perfect, I think you're doing a great job and are entitled once in awhile... plus like you said, a few calories over is NOT the end of the world!


Umpqua on 07/29/2013:
One muffin and chips is a great compromise and replacing a planned snack is a good way to go. I think that's better than feeling deprived and having that backfire later on. Great news about your Ugandan daughter's extended stay!


V on 07/29/2013:
1 muffin is certainly not a deal breaker..Hey that is awesome that your daughter extended her stay :) Do you think that she perhaps want to live abroad for a while since the job opportunities are scarce in Uganda?

Anyhoo I hope you had a wonderful day my friend :)

grannyannie on 07/30/2013:
Thanks V! Yes, she would love to live here, don't know about forever though. She is asking about a permanent job with the community beginning next spring and could get a contract for 1 - 3 years. We'll see.



grannyannie - Sunday Jul 28, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

Happy Sunday! 

Didn't do my muscle routines yesterday, at least not formal ones.  Got a really good workout cleaning our bedroom - hoovering (vacuuming) drapes, mattress, window seat cushions, moving dressers and nightstands to hoover underneath and dust behind them, washed windows and mirrored closet, cleaned under bed, removed ALL dust from everywhere, etc etc....a top to bottom cleaning. 

Todays project:  sand the stains off one of our beechwood countertops and oil it. 

Workout at home (lower body):
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells 
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk, diluted oj
  • L: 2 eggs, polenta, wholegrain toast w/lite spread
  • D: veggie & lentil curry & basmati rice, salad w/clementine
  • S:  plain yogurt w/raspberries
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1400
 

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/28/2013:
Have a Great Day, Annie !

grannyannie on 07/28/2013:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 07/28/2013:
I SO need to do that kind of cleaning of our bedroom and bathroom!!! Also the den and kitchen - yup - pretty much everywhere. But I won't do it until the winter! It's not THAT bad but just above yucky! Don't do much cleaning during the summer unless it rains for days! Good job on your day!!



grannyannie - Saturday Jul 27, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

Updated weight. Not where I want it but not surprised. 

'Super-cleaning' the master bedroom...under the bed, wash the windows, clean out drawers and closet, wash duvet cover, reorganize....top to bottom.  

Lots of projects I want to get done by end of summer and before visitors come. 

Workout at home (lower body): planned for this afternoon
  • 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, diluted oj
  • L: hummous on wholegrain toast, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  banana
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1400 

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/27/2013:
Your scale doesn't look too bad, Annie. I see you bouncing back to where you are comfortable. Good attitude. I Like It !

grannyannie on 07/27/2013:
Feel best as I get closer to 132 or less. I'll get there!


hollybelle on 07/27/2013:
Ah, super cleaning! I haven't done it anywhere for awhile. I guess winter is coming so I guess I'll do it then. Good food and activity, as usual!

grannyannie on 07/27/2013:
Having guests always motivates me to get it done. :)


V on 07/27/2013:
Good news is you are closer to your goal weight so that is a success in my book!! Have a wonderful weekend, love ya Annie :)



grannyannie - Friday Jul 26, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.4

Back online.    Thanks for your comments.  

Tuesday was a very long day in Glasgow. Eye exam and ordering new glasses took an hour. Then I had my hair chopped off. Looked for clothes but only found 2 sleeveless tops. I was good at lunchtime but then after my haircut I went to the cookie/ice cream right next door. Very small milkshake and small cookie.   I keep trying to remind myself how fantastic it feels to be 130 lbs or less and how nice it was to enjoy having a treat with zero guilt. Got to get this weight off before my family comes in September so I can really enjoy an occasional treat/beer when we go out. 

Wednesday the hubby and I went canoeing all day. Thursday was spin class.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 2 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back)    

Workout at home (upper):

  • 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, diluted oj
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  seeded wholegrain toast w/low fat hummous, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • D: veggie and tofu curry & basmati rice, salad w/clementine
  • S:  grapes  
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1440

Progress as of today: 25.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/26/2013:
Mornin' Annie !

grannyannie on 07/26/2013:
Hiya Ohio!


Umpqua on 07/26/2013:
Sounds like you had a nice trip to Glasgow. I know what you mean about maintaining a lower weight so the occasional indulgence doesn't hurt as much. Hope you have a nice weekend!

grannyannie on 07/26/2013:
Same to you!


legcramps on 07/26/2013:
Hey Annie! Glad you're back :)

grannyannie on 07/26/2013:
Thanks! :)


V on 07/26/2013:
Keep your eye on the prize Annie!!



grannyannie - Thursday Jul 25, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.4

Our broadband is down but I will post later if it works. Posting here using phone not easy.

Progress as of today: 25.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Pumpkincake44 on 07/25/2013:
Have a wonderful day!


OhioRaven on 07/25/2013:
Hey, Holly.


Umpqua on 07/25/2013:
I hope you get your Net back soon!


legcramps on 07/25/2013:
Have a good day even without the interwebs!


V on 07/25/2013:
Hope you get your service up and running again!! Have a good evening Annie <3



grannyannie - Monday Jul 22, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.4

On track.  Doing all of my routines today instead of splitting them up as I'll be in Glasgow all day tomorrow--Shopping and eye exam and haircut. 

Workout at gym:
  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill uphill
  • 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:
  • 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 
  • 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, diluted oj
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L: homemade multigrain seeded bread & hummous, plain yogurt & cherries & raspberries
  • D: 2 Quorn Southern Style burgers, sweet potato, veggie gravey, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1440

 

Progress as of today: 25.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/22/2013:
Have a great day, Annie.


legcramps on 07/22/2013:
Have a good one!

grannyannie on 07/22/2013:
Thanks. You too.


V on 07/22/2013:
Hey Annie!! Just catching up on everyone's weekend and it sounds like you had a really good one.Well except for your foot, sorry to hear about that..Your daughter is beautiful BTW!

Have a great evening girl <3


Umpqua on 07/23/2013:
What beautiful pictures and I agree, your daughter is gorgeous. Looks like you're doing really well with the clean veggie eating and exercise. I hope you're enjoying your trip to Glasgow today!



grannyannie - Sunday Jul 21, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.4

No formal exercise today. Doing some housework and cleaning out my closet. Time to be ruthless and get rid of clothes I never wear. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L: 4 oatcakes & low fat hummous, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries, clementine
  • D: veggie and tofu curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk, diluted oj

TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 25.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/21/2013:
Yeah, get rid of those fat clothes.

grannyannie on 07/21/2013:
LOL, Ohio. Already got rid of almost all the fat clothes. These are just shirts and sweaters, etc.



grannyannie - Saturday Jul 20, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.4

Updated weight. No sense in crying about it. Just getting back on track. 

I hurt the arch on one of my feet while hiking on the island - wore light hiking shoes instead of my big, heavy hiking boots.  And I'm sorry I did. I don't want plantar fasciitis again so I'm wearing support sandals around the house and being careful. Won't do the workout I'd planned today but will do my lower body muscle routine.  

A couple of pics on the island: our beautiful Ugandan daughter, and the Abbey

 

Workout at home (lower body):

  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - fu  ll 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: 3 oatcakes w/low fat hummous, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries, grapes
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple, clementine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 25.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/20/2013:
Nice pics, Annie. Take care of that foot. Have a great Day !

grannyannie on 07/20/2013:
Thanks, Ohio!


biscottibody59 on 07/20/2013:
I hope the foot/arch injury doesn't keep you from your routine--thanks for sharing the lovely pics!



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