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grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 05, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.8

Back on the scale this morning. Could have been worse. I've made a pact with SkinnyGrlWithin that we will stick to our plans and 'confess' if we have cheated. 

Yesterday I stuck to my plans and had about 1300 calories. 10 1/2 weeks to Thailand.

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
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast and low fat cheddar on a wrap
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  herbed chicken breast, roasted potatoes and veg, salad edit: hubby and daughter decided to bake some high fat mac and cheese with veg as the side dish, so I'm substituing sweet potato even though I love love love mac and cheese. 
  • Teas & water & coffee
TOTAL:  1195 cals 

Progress as of today: 26.2 lbs lost so far, only 12.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/05/2013:
Ha-ha :v) Confession is a good thing. It keeps you both humble and honest. That's the reason why I'm on here posting every day.Keep up the great work.

grannyannie on 11/05/2013:
:)


glassgirl3 on 11/05/2013:
your workouts are amazing, right now I can do 1/2 hr of stretchs and my body aches the rest of the day. Great job!

grannyannie on 11/05/2013:
Thanks! I feel great after I do them!



grannyannie - Monday Nov 04, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Enjoyed my weekend but did indulge. Had guests for dinner Saturday (delicious!) and met them at a local pub yesterday afternoon for an early dinner as it was the birthday of one of them. I'm very disappointed in myself for my lack of restraint. I'm bringing the scale back into the kitchen and will weigh myself every morning. Also will bring out the dress I intend to wear the wedding in January and the smallest capris and try them on a couple of times a week for motivation.

While working out one of the staff asked me to sign up for a Spin-a-Thon, one of five 50-min slots to raise money for a charity - Children in Need. So I'll be doing it the evening of the 15th. I have to donate a minimum of £5. This will be just after daughter leaves so unfortunately she can't do it with me. 

Workout at gym:

  • 20 mins spin bike (someone was on it when I arrived)
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 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/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  almonds
  • L:  carrot soup, wrap with low fat cheddar, 1 oatmeal raisin cookie, soy yogurt
  • S: clementine
  • D: haddock and bacon souffle, salad  
  • Teas & water & black coffee
TOTAL:   under 1300

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/04/2013:
Hey, don't beat yourself up over a little weekend thing. This is a Bump in the road, not a Train Wreck. You still have one of the healthiest workouts I know. It's good to see the muffins are gone :v)

grannyannie on 11/04/2013:
Wasn't just the weekend though, it's been constant. :( Yes, workouts don't suffer unless we are travelling.


Umpqua on 11/04/2013:
That Spin-a-thon sounds great and so does tonight's souffle. I agree with Ohio, 1 day of indulgence isn't so bad, especially with your stellar workouts!

grannyannie on 11/04/2013:
Ta, but as I told Ohio, it's been constant indulging.


skinnygrlwithin on 11/04/2013:
I know how frustrating it is to be in this point... so hard to find your way back to the motivated calorie counting self. You can do this... I know you can.

I found it helpful to go back to my blog when I was doing well, see exactly what I was eating and try to copy it... at least for the snack and breakfast portion. It was also good to see how happy and excited I was and I really wanted to get back to that place. YOU CAN DO THIS.

I know we said we were going to aim for a perfect week last week and both of us failed... but I am offering that challenge again. Every day we will check in with each other, motivate each other, and be honest with each other when we fail. What do you think?>

grannyannie on 11/04/2013:
Thanks, Skinny! I could go back and read my blog from when I first hit goal weight nearly 2 years ago.

Yes, this week I'm up for the challenge! Let's do it!


V on 11/04/2013:
Hello there Annie!! I am sure you can turn this all around and I know you can.. Not to repeat what others have said here but from the look of your menus in the past couple of posts, they don't look like you were out of control..Anyhoo have a great evening, I really miss you <3

grannyannie on 11/05/2013:
Thanks friend. I didn't go back and add the snacks I shouldn't have had. But I will do that now. Actually I just won't snack! Miss you.



grannyannie - Friday Nov 01, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Lazy day yesterday. We all sat around watching more episodes of Breaking Bad and unfortunately that lead to snacking.   Two more of those delicious muffins left and I've instructed daughter to finish them today. Watching tv and snacking are too closely linked for me so I'll be glad when we are done with this series and I'm back to occasional movies. 

We are having our friends for dinner tomorrow so that day will be a write off for calories. Today I'm making the carrot soup which will be served as an appetizer. Tomorrow morning I'll be making oatmeal raisin cookies and baking a loaf of garlic/herb/walnut bread to have with the soup. Mains will be herbed skinless chicken breasts and roasted potatoes/parsnips/carrots. Dessert is the cookies and diabetic vanilla ice cream with raspberries on top. Wine. Beer. Tea. Coffee.

Starting Sunday my non gym days will be 1200 calories and NO more.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 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

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

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  banana
  • L:  carrot soup, low fat cheddar melted in a wrap
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  Nothing
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   1317

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/01/2013:
Having your friends for dinner Annie ? I hope they are the lean kind :v) Turn off the TV, get off the couch, put down the muffin and run somewhere. Love you, Annie, Have a Great Day !

grannyannie on 11/01/2013:
Yep. And they always serve us multiple courses when we eat at their house. This meal is actually on the low cal, low fat side.

No muffin today, and you can see I got plenty of exercise! Have a great day, friend!


skinnygrlwithin on 11/01/2013:
I have been struggling a bit as well... I know we can get back on track. I wanted to ask you a question do... with all the reps and workouts that you do... do you general stick to the same amount or have you increased number and/or weight over time??

grannyannie on 11/01/2013:
Once daughter goes back to Uganda I'll have no sweets in the house at all.

My reps are normally 12 but when I increase the weight I'll start with 8, then 10, then 12.


Maria7 on 11/01/2013:
Good morning, Grannie Annie. Sounds like you are busy doing some cooking over there. Hope you have a good day. :-)

grannyannie on 11/01/2013:
Ta Maria. Same to you!



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Got daughter back for two weeks.   Crossing our fingers she gets the work visa so she can come back in Feb for a new job on the island!  9 month contract but they are often extended.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 15 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/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  dried apricot-date-raisin-walnut-almond mix
  • L:  chicken breast and low fat cheddar wrap, soy yogurt, 1/2 choc chip muffin, clementine
  • D: leftover rice/veg with low fat smoked sausage, salad  
  • S: grapes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   under 1500
 

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/31/2013:
Ok, only 1/2 a muffin. Good Girl !


biscottibody59 on 10/31/2013:
I know you'll keep pushing toward your vacation goal--keep up the good work!


Maria7 on 10/31/2013:
Happy for you!



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

We were booked to stay on the island last night but discovered that the ferry timetables had changed to winter schedule and we'd have had to wait around more than 4 1/2 hours for the next one.  So we went home. Husband went back today and had her meet him in the town instead of the island. So I went to the gym and did grocery shopping. Already baked her chocolate chip muffins (I had to eat one to make sure they were okay - bad girl!). 

I have to REALLY get to my goal size and STAY THERE!!!  I'm getting really angry at myself for being weak.  It's not healthy to yo-yo and it makes it harder to lose it every time I gain it.  

Workout at gym: cardio only

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 3 mins on elliptical while waiting for someone to vacate a rowing machine
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisin-cranberry-cherry-blueberry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast & low fat cheddar on a whole wheat wrap, soy yogurt
  • S:  chocolate chip muffin
  • D:  grilled chicken breast, roasted potatoes & veggies, salad, diluted pomegranate juice
  • S:  NONE! 
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:   about 1500

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/29/2013:
We can do this... I know we can... you can stay strong. Every time I go to eat something unhealthy I remind myself that my goal weight is more important. You got this.

grannyannie on 10/29/2013:
Thanks, Skinny! I must do it!


OhioRaven on 10/29/2013:
BAD GIRL ! NO MUFFIN FOR YOU !

grannyannie on 10/29/2013:
I know I know.... so so bad. Sniff sniff....



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 27, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Rest day. Going to the island tomorrow to pick up daughter. We'll stay one night.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisin-berry-cherry mix, soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese, soy yogurt, small banana
  • D:  tofu & veg curry on basmati rice, salad
  • teas, water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1195

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/27/2013:
Have a Great Rest Day, Annie.


skinnygrlwithin on 10/28/2013:
I will make the pact with you... stay on track for one whole week. We can do this!!

grannyannie on 10/28/2013:
Yes, we can!



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 26, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Supposed to get on the scale today but I'm going to put it off until I'm sure I'll like what it says.  

I have to REALLY get control of this snack-itis. The main problem is we've been binge watching tv shows - currently Breaking Bad - because when I actually just sit and watch tv (without half watching while on computer or reading) then it cues me to snack. I try not to drink evil diet soda but I've broken down and bought some and I find it does help as I feel I'm getting a 'treat'. And I always drink lots of herbal teas at night as well. 

I need to review my goals. Currently it's mostly vanity that I'm focusing on now. I need to get back into a very nice and expensive dress (with a small waistline) that I wore to my niece's wedding a year and a half ago. Will need to wear it for my husband's niece's wedding in Thailand in January. I need to fit into my swimsuits, capris and small tops while we are there. I want to enjoy this holiday and if I know it's okay to gain 2 or 3 pounds while we are there, I'll enjoy myself more. If I go there and my clothes are uncomfortable and I need to lose weight, it will be less enjoyable. And this trip is too expensive for me not to enjoy myself!

Anyway, since I didn't work out yesterday at all I tried to make up for it today.

Workout at home:

  • 45 mins tae bo & jump rope routine
  • 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/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich, soy yogurt, grapes
  • D: veggie and tofu curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  clementine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:   1199

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/26/2013:
Hi, Annie.



grannyannie - Friday Oct 25, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Totally frustrated today!  I've been trying to buy tickets online for a show I really want to see. Last night I discovered more shows had been added and tickets would go on sale at 9am. So I stayed home from the gym today with plans to go to the gym later. It's 2pm and I'm still here!  Lots of problems with the site as many people want tickets (they sold out the first 50,000 tickets in 2 hours yesterday). Got as far as putting in credit card 4 different times after very long waits and then got an error message.  The site keeps crashing. Sigh. 

Edit:  just got the tickets!!  Wait till hubby finds out I paid £102!!

Anyway, I'm going to keep trying and if I don't get a workout in today I'd do a really long one tomorrow. 

Baked some oat and linseed bread this morning and the smell drove me crazy. I sliced some for my sandwich but couldn't get the slices thin enough. So I had to cut calories to make up for it. I don't do low carb but this was definitely too many. But delicious!

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot-date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  oat & linseed bread with chicken breast, low fat cheddar, extra light mayo
  • S:  grapes
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad 
  • Teas & water & coffee

TOTAL:   under 1400

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/25/2013:
Woohoo for getting the tickets!! I've definitely been in the same situation where you just keep refreshing and refreshing and can't get in to get tickets! Food sounds yummy!!

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
Thanks! I'm thrilled!


Umpqua on 10/25/2013:
Congrats on getting the tickets! How frustrating that it took most of the day. That fresh baked bread sounds phenomenal - glad you enjoyed it!

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
I would have been so unhappy if I hadn't got the tickets! I've just booked a hotel for that night as well as there would be no way to get home afterwards (ferry).


grumpy on 10/25/2013:
What show is this? I LOVE shows!

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
This is the comeback of a hilarious tv comedy that was on in Scotland until 2007. So they are doing it live on stage and might get the tv show back as well. Very popular!



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 24, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

Our (Ugandan) daughter got one of the jobs she applied for on the island!      I think she starts in March but this one is a contract for just 9 months. Crossing our fingers there are no problems getting a work visa. 

We go to the island Monday and stay the night and as I mentioned, the restaurants are all closed except one which is fully booked that night. So I've bought reduced fat smoked sausage and packets of microwavable rice/veg. Also bringing pbj sandwiches, some fruit, and 4 cans of beer. Hubby can have 3 and I'll have one. 

On my own for dinner. My dear husband is meeting up with his brother in Glasgow again trying to help out their uncle who has dementia and is going downhill fast.

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
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast and low fat cheddar on whole wheat wrap w/extra light mayo
  • S:  grapes
  • D: Quorn pie, salad, cooked carrots
  • S: low fat cottage cheese 
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1236

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/24/2013:
Congratulations to your daughter, and that's fantastic you're getting to spend so much time with her! I like your plan for next week too, very sensible.

grannyannie on 10/24/2013:
Thanks! We're excited about the job.


V on 10/24/2013:
Yayy! Congrats to your daughter :) I am super shocked that you are not bring a bottle of wine with ya, I sure would ;) LOL Have a wonderful evening friend <3

grannyannie on 10/25/2013:
Thanks! If I brought a bottle of wine I'd have to drink the entire thing myself. Besides getting totally drunk it's too many calories! ;)



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 139.4

A dilemma here. Daughter finishes her volunteering next week and we are going to get her.  We already booked the hostel for Monday night and will bring her home Tuesday. Since it's the end of the tourist season the restaurants are now closed. We'll have to cook something in the hostel's kitchen I guess. Oh well, at least I won't be tempted by restaurant foods and beer. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 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                                                                               
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/raisin-cranberry-cherry-blueberry mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  dried apricot-date-raisin-walnut-almond mix
  • L:  egg and cheddar in a wrap, 2 oatcakes w/pb, clementine
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1434

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/23/2013:
I agree... on the plus side you don't have to be tempted my all the food at the restaurants and you can control what you'll eat.

grannyannie on 10/23/2013:
Very true.


Umpqua on 10/23/2013:
Do they have a refrigerator you can use? If you don't want to cook there you can always pack up cheese and crackers and hummus and pita for a lighter dinner. That's good that you don't have to worry about restaurant temptations!

grannyannie on 10/23/2013:
There is a fridge, but it takes us a long time to get there as we'll be on the (free) bus. So we're bringing packets of microwavable rice/veggies and some low fat smoked sausage. We can have our lunches on the ferry and I'll bring a pbj for breakfast.



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