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grannyannie - Monday Dec 28, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 167.8

Counting calories again. 

It is cold here! Sleet in the forecast. About 34 degrees. 

Menu: 

  • B: porridge with blueberries
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with liver pate and cheddar and apple
  • D:  Tom Yam Thai soup
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total:  less than 1200

Workout:  

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Pics popping up in FB memories.  These are fish cakes and the other is duck dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in Thailand.


Progress as of today: 3.2 lbs lost so far, only 22.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Wow! I’m drooling! Especially the fish cakes. Tried duck a few times and found it greasy.

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
I had the fish cakes. Don't like duck on its own like this but they make a gorgeous duck curry.


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Yum!

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
Delicious! I'm really missing being there. Although this year we were booked to go Jan - April instead of Dec to March. Still not allowed in yet. They don't want to risk tourists with the virus.


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Smart country like New Zealand

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
Thailand had very low cases and they want to keep it that way. Asians don't rebel when they know they need to wear masks. I was in Viet Nam for a few days early Feb and everybody was wearing masks.


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
They were ahead of the curve. Don’t recall masks here in Pennsylvania until March and many states didn’t do it at all until much later. Still loosely enforced in places like Iowa

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
I didn't think anyone was wearing masks in the US until April. My son worked in a supermarket and the store did not mandate masks. So he caught it mid March.

I started wearing a mask here well before it was mandatory.


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Maybe it was April. Sure you’d know better than me. Sometime I will check my Amazon purchase history. Much variation among the states.

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
When were they mandatory in PA? They were mandatory in Scotland sometime in the summer. I was one of the few wearing one in the store.


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Can’t find purchase at Amazon. Our first masks were black and ordered from some popup ad. Next batch were KN95s from eBay. Anyways, I did see the PA Gov asked that everyone wear masks on 3/31. Don’t know when we started, but it would have been earlier. Sometimes I wear 2, like when I went to the optometrist last week. Uncomfortable! The second mask really pressed the underlying one into my nose & mouth.

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
Masks were impossible to find for a few months here but hubby had bought some good ones in Thailand and brought them home and found packs in the garage. So until we could get cloth ones we used those.


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
They were hard to find here initially too. I remember now Amazon saying they were available to frontline workers only. And we never found N95s Supposedly the KN95 is the Chinese equivalent. I bought ten from a guy on eBay who sold bedding. Big seller with good feedback. Claimed to have a Chinese connection.

Not sure when PA mandated masks. As I recall, some counties were faster than others to require them.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
that was out temps yesterday, just a little higher than 34. not the best, but it was sunny so it was a nice outing yesterday...today temps are back up, just under 50...so once again that was nice with mom walking...

those meals look incredible!!! love all the fresh veggies that the restaurant includes with the meal. that's why i love thai! it just seems healthier than most other ethnic restaurant varieties.



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 27, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 167.8

Weigh in today: 167.8. Not surprised at all, in fact I feared I'd be 170 again. 

I will weigh myself every morning this week to make sure I get an accurate starting point. I’ve been a total pig with food and drinking lots of beer and other alcohol. Christmas season has been very tough for me without my son. We always did lots of videochats, even from Thailand with a 12 hour time difference. 

I’ve found the calories for the chocolate liqueurs hubby gave me. So I can have a wee treat in the evening when I want. 1oz for one and 1.5 oz for the other are both 103 cals. Tiny serving and will have with just ice. Very smooth. Found reliable cals: Chocolate cream is 112 for 2 ozs (50g), and dark chocolate is only 89 for 2 ozs (50g).

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and toast (last of the bakery bread - putting away the toaster)
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn, chocolate liqueur
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout: no muscle work today - feel sore from yesterday's.

Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 

5 years ago today at my favourite Buddhist site: (I totally broke the rules here by having bare shoulders and knees!)

 

 

Progress as of today: 3.2 lbs lost so far, only 22.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
Fantastic photo! Terrific big Buddha. You look thin & cute!

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
Thanks! I was a young girl of 63. Must have been about 140lbs then.


Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
You must be taller than me. Under 5’2” & look porky at 140.

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
I'm 5'4". When I was 40 I looked great at 120 but every decade an extra 10 lbs looks better. I'd be very happy with 145.


Donkey on 12/27/2020:
It sounds to me as though you can enjoy a bit of your liquor drinks without blowing your plan. I like the idea of having them over ice. The syrups coat the ice pieces to make the drink last a little longer. Plus, a cold drink can be enjoyed slowly.

Best to rest, perhaps, if you are feeling a little sore. Maybe a couple of casual stretches? I hope the pain doesn't evolve into stiffness.

I think you've done remarkably well with only 3 pounds. It's been an accumulation of a very trying year.

PS Thank you for posting the beautiful picture!

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
Liqueurs are sweet and a lot less alcohol than hard liquor.

This one is nicer than Baileys on ice - much smoother. One cube of ice. Perfect.

You've done well. I've gained nearly 5 but could be worse.

I always get sore if I skip a couple days of muscle work, so no problem.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
DANG!!! you are one HOT mama in that photo above, looking OUTSTANDING! lean legs...always wanted that for myself ;)

well, that's nice your weigh-in was under what you wanted.

holy...that's a lot of cals for the liquor. too bad right!? perhaps you can water them down a HAIR, just a little, ?? or add them slightly in with almond milk? just a thought. or into decaf...

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
It's a sweet liqueur so higher cals than gin or whisky. But less alcohol.



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 26, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Pics for Jacky and her friend:

Did Zoom yesterday with family - my sister, my brother and his family, my other brother, my sisters 3 kids and their families. Really too much for everybody getting to speak. Now I’m really missing everybody. 

Doing a workout today since I didn’t yesterday.  

Damage assessment tomorrow morning - getting on the scale.

Menu plans:

  • B: cereal with banana and toast (last of the cereal - not buying more)
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with liver pate and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn, small glass of chocolate liqueur
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Sounds like a terrific zoom session! I shared a few of your recent loch pics with my friend from Dunoon. She loves them! Didn’t you say large ships float by? Can you send me a pic? Even a small boat would be nice!

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
So, she lives in Dunoon? That's the town nearest to us - about 10 miles. I'll post some here. I have posted a few of the ship photos.


bearcountrygg on 12/26/2020:
I can see cereal being an issue for me too...and I have a lot here so I will deal with it...but it doesn't stick with me and I think it makes me hungrier.

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
No, cereal doesn't stick with you, but I still love to eat it - especially with toast.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
That’s where she grew up & joined the US Navy. Lives in San Diego now. Had to give up UK citizenship to get a US Top Security Clearance. But says she has a valid NHS card. Don’t know what good it does her. She fell out of a helicopter & sustained serious injuries, but all covered by our VA

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
So she joined the navy as a UK citizen? Didn't know you could do that. There was a US navy submarine base just a few miles from my house but it was gone about 9 years before I came here. So many here have American relatives due to them marrying the sailors that were here. Some of them stayed behind and married Scottish women. Her NHS card will do her no good if she doesn't live here and is no longer a UK citizen.

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
We don't use a card to use the NHS. You just go to the hospital or doctor and if you live here legally you're good. It's not like an insurance card.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
THANKS! She’s gonna love them. Noncitizens join the US military all the time. I have read horror stories re some who served well, active duty, & were deported. Could be more to the story than was reported. Maybe they never became US citizens & had criminal records. idk

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
Oh yea, I have heard of people in the military that weren't citizens.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Then must be she didn’t actually say “ card” & I filled the word in. Everyone here unless they are totally uninsured has a medical card.

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
I know. I had an insurance card there. But you don't get one here. And since she is no longer a citizen or a legal resident she isn't entitled to healthcare here. The NHS isn't insurance - it's universal healthcare.


Maria7 on 12/26/2020:
Oh, my!!! Ships, submarine and very beautiful SAILBOAT!!! We never see anything like that around here. Enjoy and thank you for sharing them with us! That was nice you got to do zoom with your family yesterday. I know you miss them, Annie. I miss visiting my Mama inside her room and being able to take her out. Hope you have a good day.

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
Yes, Jacky has a friend who grew up very near me here in Scotland. And she wanted some photos of what goes past my house.

I do miss my family especially because of the loss of my son. Hope to be with them in the summer.


Donkey on 12/26/2020:
Beautiful pictures! Since my weigh-in day is Saturdays, I am assessing the Christmas damage done. Unfortunately, I've got tonight's dinner "party" and anniversary dinner to deal with. Oof!

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
I'm afraid to get on the scale!


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Yeah, when I was in London I injured my cornea from wearing the contacts for too long. No card, all free medical services. Even to us foreigners

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
I have a friend who got some free minor healthcare while a tourist. But they aren't obligated. If you needed surgery or something, no way. They just don't have the facility to charge for care, so they don't bother.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
Glad to hear you got some zoom in with family and that you will work out a bit soon!

lovely photos for Jacky, haha, i enjoyed them too :)

i decided to do some short walking in the cold today, just to get out ...was nice in my super-warm long coat that i save only for the very cold days so that it lasts a LONG TIME :)

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
Yea, her friend used to live near here. Small world.

Too awful to walk here today - rain and high winds all day.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
So do they bill very sick tourists or allow them to drop dead?

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
If it's an emergency they take you, but you will be billed. That's what travel insurance is for. We never travel without travel insurance.

If tourists could get free healthcare everybody would visit just so they could get free surgery, etc.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
lol. So I can’t go there for a free facelift? Damn! But seriously, are elective cosmetic procedures covered?

Saw a doc film, think it was about Canada, but not sure. Said waits long and some medical substandard so the wealthy come to be US & pay

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
LOL. I can't even get a free facelift! Damn.

I think it's mostly Americans who bash Canada's healthcare. And my sisters bashes the NHS even though she knows nothing about it. I've never had a long wait for anything, could be different in big cities like London though for non-emergency treatments (like new knees etc). But I always point out nobody gets into trouble financially over medical bills, or has to file for bankruptcy.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Understand numbers for bankruptcy in US due to medical bills are greatly exaggerated. Most often the medical debt is a minor part of a much larger debt. Much analysis of this during the primaries by the NYT & Washington Post. But it happens.

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
There are many with no medical insurance at all and also many who have huge debts due to medical bills. If you are in between jobs when something major happens you have no insurance. Happened to a friend of my family - in debt for over 1 million.

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
You are NEVER without healthcare when you have universal healthcare. Many are trying to convince Americans it's a bad system so they won't want it. They like to tell them 'socialism' is bad. The US is the only rich country in the world where everybody is not entitled to healthcare and it's a privilege not a right.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
i've been staying in a lot lately bc the weather hasn't been great...today i may actually use my cardio equipment, just the bike, for now...could use some extra movement ;)

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
We are expecting sleet today.


Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
I fully support Universal Healthcare here, perhaps it should be as Biden says: for those you want it.

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
There is a private health insurance option here. Very expensive but you go to private hospitals and doctors and never wait for any procedure at all. I think mainly expats who are here for a couple of years do that, and rich people.

Not for us. I've no complaints and neither do any of my husband's relatives or our friends.



grannyannie - Friday Dec 25, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Merry Christmas!

Doing Zoom today with family in US - California, Michigan, Texas and Rhode Island. Being turned on at 10am California time so 6pm ours. 

Hubby gave me something I’ve never had - 2 bottles of liqueur - one is dark chocolate and the other is chocolate cream - and I’m planning on behaving starting next week. Hmm...

Menu:

  • B: cereal with raspberries and toast
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, cupcake
  • L:  6 veg salad with liver pate and cheddar, banana
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn, cupcakes, beer, chocolate liqueur
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Our windowsill herb garden:

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/25/2020:
Merry Christmas! Yum, chocolate liqueurs. I want some!

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
I've tried the dark chocolate. Nice! A bit like Bailey's but smoother.


Jacky82020 on 12/25/2020:
Mozart! Love it! The State owns & operates the liquor stores in Pennsylvania. Sucks! Better buys in California & alcohol sold everywhere. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores etc. and the Pennsylvania stores keep crappy hours

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Hubby bought this on Amazon. I bought his 12 year old Scotch on Amazon.


Jacky82020 on 12/25/2020:
I am almost certain alcohol sent to Pennsylvania has to go to a state store & the buyer picks it up there. Unless it changed, which I doubt. I have a friend in California who owns a vineyard who wanted to send a case of wine a while back. Lots of added taxes & hassle, so I told him to mail his pretty labels instead.

love the herb garden. Awesome!

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
That's weird rules!


Donkey on 12/25/2020:
Oh my goodness - Santa was good to you this year! The herb garden looks so happy :-)

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Yes, I have a nice Santa.

Herb gargen doing very well once they started popping up.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
Happy Holidays...the herb garden looks TASTY!

the liquor looks so good...would be nice in a coffee, right!?

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Yes, hubby used some of the basil in our fried rice.

I've only tried to dark chocolate liqueur. The other is next. Might try it in a coffee.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
or to dunk bread / muffins / cupcakes into!

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
I just ate the last cupcake - no more until inauguration day.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
by the way, when i volunteer at senior center, there will be no seniors! that's just where the operation takes place, then they do get meals delivered to them :)

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Ah, right. I used to take care of the elderly who were trying to stay indepenent so they had full apartments of cottges. They just needed a bit of help with some things or to be taken grocery shopping.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
usually, the elderly would come to the senior center for lunches/meals and gatherings, but not during covid. also, the senior center may always provide a small home-meal service to them (i'm not sure). interestingly, the community also made use of the senior center as it had a full gym! some community sports events took place there (outside covid). so for now, it's just workers that go to the senior center to cook meals, basically, on the days they have that service going on~


Maria7 on 12/25/2020:
Merry Christmas! Pretty herb garden!

grannyannie on 12/26/2020:
Merry Christmas Maria!



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 24, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Xmas eve. Opened my bottle of Cointreau (orange liqueur) last night. Looked up recipes for cocktails but they all need vodka or tequila and I don’t want to buy any other liquor. So it’s just cointreau on the rocks. It’s smooth and sweet.  Will go nicely with more cupcakes! LOL. 

Going by our friends house this afternoon to bring them some sweets and wine, etc. It’s cold - only about 40 but sunny, so our stay on the patio will be short. 

Menu:

  • B: cereal with strawberries, toast
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana
  • S:  maybe a dram of whisky or some red wine with friends - something NOT cold
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn, cupcakes, beer, Cointreau
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges, calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Blue skies today!

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
Enjoy your time with friends today.......Merry Christmas Annie.

grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
I did, thanks. Merry Christmas, Bear.


Donkey on 12/24/2020:
Sounds like a lovely plan! Nice Lady was talking about having a short porch party with her granddaughter this afternoon, but it is very cold and windy here (feels like -6F right now).

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
It was very chilly but I put on a ton of layers. Nice to see friends though. It was upper 30's.


Jacky82020 on 12/24/2020:
Lovely view as always! Happy holidays!

grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
Happy Christmas!


Jacky82020 on 12/24/2020:
Back at ya, kid!



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 23, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Not behaving at all this week. Beer every day. Xmas is hard. Normally we’d be in Thailand and I’d be doing videochats with my son and his daughters.

Hoping to get to Michigan this summer - maybe August?  Had planned on a memorial luncheon in a big hall with maybe 60+ people but I doubt that will be safe even if most are vaccinated. Might need to be immediate family only in a private room in a restaurant. 

We are in total lockdown in Scotland and most of the UK. Will walk down to our friends house tomorrow - sunny but about 40 degrees. So will stay on the patio long enough to give them the bags of goodies I got them and maybe have a dram of whisky.

Jacky, I'm really curious where your friend near Glasgow lives?

Menu:

  • B: cereal with strawberries, toast, banana
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, cupcake
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn, cupcake, beer
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Your August ambitions might be possible. At least that's what I'm hoping for.

grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
Still also hoping for son to come over for his 50th birthday in June, but probably too optimistic.


legcramps on 12/23/2020:
What the heck is happening there? A new strain? Sorry if i'm behind the times a bit, but I heard about this only a couple of days ago. That's crazy! And scary.

grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
Yes, a new variant in the UK but most likely it's been in the US as well. The US doesn't do as detailed testing as they do here so wouldn't know when they got it there.

The vaccine will still work though.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
if you go to Michigan, I think you'll be in the same state as Bear!

also, is your hubby brewing beer at the moment?

grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
Yes, Bear is up north, my family is in the SE.

Hubby brews beer in the garage and even has a 2 keg system with taps. He's been doing it for years.



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Shopped today at 10am for alcohol (flavoured gin and wine for friends and beer for us) and few other things.

I am so angry! Everyone wore a mask that I could see but there was zero social distancing. The store was mobbed! You had to line up to get in so I thought only a certain number were allowed in at a time (used to be 20). And the alcohol aisle was the busiest. Pubs are all shut now plus xmas week. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, cupcakes
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana
  • D:  hubby making a huge batch of Tom Yam curry again
  • S: popcorn x 2, probably beer
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout later?

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
Are you having a little get-together with friends? Or were you getting supplies for friends?

I would be very annoyed with the lack of social distancing too. UGH! Too bad you can't fart loudly on command. That would get you some social distancing.

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Not getting together with friends unless we can do it on their patio. Just wanted to give them something for xmas - their favourite chocolate, nuts, gin liquer and wine. Will just drop it off at the house if it's too cold to be outdoors. The wife is in the advanced stages of parkinsons.

LOL, but I can fart on demand!


bearcountrygg on 12/22/2020:
^^^^^^ Ha ha Donkey!!! It's an idea Annie!!!

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
LOL.


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
My SF Bay Area family is getting together in small groups in the backyard. Chairs well apart. Big brother is looking into some kind of outdoor heater for mom and she’s says her scarves and blankets are fine! And he can shove the heater up his ass,

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
LOL. Our friend was supposed to buy a patio heater but don't think he has.

We were doing distant garden parties all summer but now it's a high of upper 30's and into the 40's. Xmas eve looks to be 40 and sunny, so we'll pop by friends.

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Did you find out where near Glasgow your friend lives?


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
Warmer in their area. Do you get snow? Happened like once a decade when I lived in California & quickly melted. Snow further north in the state.

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Some areas of Scotland get quite a bit of snow but now here. And when we do get it, it melts within 24 hours. We are on saltwater and have the Gulf stream which makes a difference.


legcramps on 12/22/2020:
I would have thought that 10:00 a.m. would not be so busy - I guess liquor sales are probably increasing as we get closer to Christmas!

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Our area only has 2 supermarkets and one is quite small. 10 is the time you can buy alcohol. And we are on full lockdown again so no pubs. Most seemed to be buying a weeks worth of groceries as well.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
social distancing matters...but it is my own personal opinion that the MOST important thing is correct and responsible mask wearing. I honestly feel that if masks are worn by all, risks are very low. I hope you found every ounce of alcohol that you wanted!

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Yes masks most important!

I should have listened to hubby. What was I thinking going into the main store here at 10 am 3 days before xmas!?

I should have gone at 7:30am for the stuff I didn't buy yesterday and stopped at our petrol station for the alcohol. They only allow 6 in the shop at one time.

Got the gin and wine for our friends, and beer for us. Wish I'd thought about booking a click and collect spot for this week ahead of time. Anyway, I'm booked for next Tuesday as usual.



grannyannie - Monday Dec 21, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

No click and collect - all booked up this week.  

Heard on the news this morning there will be a shortage of produce from the continent because other countries in Europe don’t want our trucks over there because of the Covid variant here. So went in at 7:30 am. I had planned on shopping for produce tomorrow and doing a 10am for alcohol this morning, but got worried. Also with the ‘final divorce papers’ from the EU on Dec 31st there will be problems.  We get most of our fruit from Spain.

Car park was much more full than usual at 7:30 this morning. It is Xmas week though so to be expected. More people in the store than usual but I think there is still a limit of 20 at a time even though our area has very low cases.  No shortage of produce today - shelves in the produce section were piled high so I got everything I wanted. 

Most of Europe, South America and many other countries are banning flights from the UK because of this variant of Covid. Notably, the US doesn't care and we aren't banned. FFS.

Planned Menu: 

  • B: cereal with blueberries and toast
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/nut/dk choc bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana
  • S: cupcake(s)
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn x 2 - beer
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Workout:  

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg and 4kg weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/21/2020:
I cannot imagine having to go through COVID and Brexit at the same time. I'm glad you were able to complete your shopping today.

When are elections for Prime Minister?

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
We've only had that idiot Boris Johnson for 1 year so it's 4 more years till the next election. But we might have a referendum for Scottish independence again next year (it failed in 2014). Expected to win next time so we'd be free of London rule.

This is the worst time for a disaster like Brexit!

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
62% of Scotland voted against Brexit. We'd hope to rejoin the EU when we are independent.


bearcountrygg on 12/21/2020:
We have had food shortages here for months....if something else was added to it..I can't even imagine.....what food would disappear.

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
We've been doing fine except in the very beginning of the panemic - toilet paper, rice, pasta, etc.

We'd be in a panic if we couldn't get all our fruit and veg.


legcramps on 12/21/2020:
Looks like you have a great day planned...sorry to hear about the shortages of produce.

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
We're told we're fine for this week. Shortages could be lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and citrus fruits.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
Yup, i heard about the virus mutation! i heard also that the vaccine should still be effective...for like a year they think, even with mutation if i heard the tv correctly bc i wasn't listening too closely..

I heard also that the US hasn't banned flights yet....is the US stupid or what!?

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
It's already in the US. It's just that the UK does more testing and found this mutation sooner. Yes, the vaccine will still work. If it mutates too much it will no longer make you sick. My husband watches all these Youtube videos of doctors and scientists describing the virus and the vaccine in detail (more than I want to know). The variation isn't more deadly, it just spreads faster apparently and with all the idiots who won't wear masks....

As for your second question, looking at the last 4 years will answer that question.



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 20, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Baked the cupcakes and 1 layer of cake yesterday. Vanilla cake and chocolate frosting. Not as good as I expected. Might have been the frosting - not fluffy because I was lazy and bought pre-made. I froze the cupcakes unfrosted and am nibbling on the layer of cake now. 

Menu:

B: cereal with raspberries and toast

S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/nut/dk choc bar, cake

L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple

D:  Tom Yam curry

S: popcorn x 2

Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, hot chocolate

Workout: 

Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 

3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights

3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
Wow! 45 min on the spinner is terrific! Never got past half an hour & won’t attempt it all for a while. Trying half hour on recumbent bike now Weird thing is it doesn’t hurt during the ride, only later on Muscle tear in thigh, not knee.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
Any kind of bike is probably not a good idea until you heal.

I do 45 mins twice a week when I do shorter muscle workout (lunges & squats & calf lifts). 30 mins when I do the full muscle stuff.

I never got past 35 mins when I was using the gym, but then I was also doing other cardio as well.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
The sports docs said a little recumbent bike time should be ok. Never did well with the spinner! Said it was good those as short as 4’10” and I am close to 5’2” So wondering now if the stretch and pull I feel in my hips on the spinner and the elliptical (also supposedly rated for short ppl) means my muscles there are too tight and I should work them. But not now & gradually at some future date.

Just tried to cancel my subscription to The Daily Beast. Got auto email saying office closed. I don’t want them to auto change my credit card on 2/17/21. Said I have enough to read and don’t like their focus on the UK Royal Family. Originally subscribed because they had good antiTrump guests on MSNBC.

See pic at top of my feed.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
You must mean the Daily Mail? The Daily Beast is mainly about US politics.

My sis in law took me to her spin class on an xmas trip to Michigan one year and I loved it. I was 'skinny' and fit at the time. So when I rejoined my gym I signed up for spin classes. Loved it! I'm really happy with spin bike purchase although it's not nearly the quality of the ones in the gym.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
That pic is from The Daily Beast.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
The Daily Beast? Weird. They are American and political. And I thought they were free.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
Hmm...just checked. Had no idea!


Donkey on 12/20/2020:
The canned frostings are OK, but correct - they are not fluffy. Still, that would not stop me from eating the cake part underneath.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
I like the frosting part the best. Had a piece with lunch and did what the package said - microwave for a short time and drizzle it over the cake. Much better.

I'd much prefer brownies but there weren't any mixes in the store.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
No, this is from the Daily Beast. They do a lot of American politics. But too much Royal crap. I wouldn’t pay for a U.K. tabloid. I paid for a year of the Daily Beast.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
I hear about Daily Beast on CNN and Twitter and had no idea they also had gossip crap.

The only UK paper I look at is the UK version of the Guardian. Sometimes the Scotsman for Scottish stuff.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
The great tragedy of my spinner is it’s “studio grade” & gets very little use. The husband hops on for 15 minutes after his regular 2 hour workout, mostly running, elliptical & weights. I will give another go, but not anytime soon.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
No, don't do spin bike until you are pain free. I find it a really intense workout.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
Yes, indeed! Nor for a wounded sissy like me. Not now.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
I don’t mind some gossip crap, just not on the Royals. A lot lately about Harry & Megan have found great fame & fortune in North America I only see the headlines about big financial deals etc. this was totally predictable!

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
I was interested in Royals gossip when I still lived in the US, but now I don't really care about anything they do.


horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
I put all the cupcakes I made in the fridge aside from THe 4 I gave my neighbor. So they’re semi hard when I eat them and I’m liking it that way. Next time I make a muffin, I want to put apple butter in it!

Still haven’t made a curry bc I don’t wanna pay for the ingredients - but since I am going to be home for several days straight, I’ll prob make a curry around Christmas ;) we shall see !


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
Annie, I was just telling my friend who was born west of Glasgow that I have a new friend who lives by a beautiful loch in Scotland. She asked which one and where & I can’t recall.

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
I live on Loch Long outside of Dunoon.

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
I am west of Glasgow across the water. Maybe she's from my area?


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
She grew up in an orphanage west of Glasgow. If she mentioned a town name, I don’t recall. Think it was by Loch Lomond. I may be spelling the loch wrong. She came to the US in her early 20s and joined the Marines. She is a career officer, some kind of medic. Not sure if she has dual citizenship I’ll have to ask. She’s never mentioned it.

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
Yes, Loch Lomond is very popular here. It's about an hour from us. And it is northwest of Glasgow.

West of Glasgow could be Paisley, Greenock or my area across the sea.


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Interesting! I shared a few of your sunset pics with her & she loves them!

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Did you find out the town?



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 19, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Heavy duty cleaning today. Glad I did the bathrooms yesterday. Doing living/dining dusting and hoovering and kitchen floor. 

In a local FB group there was a post about my supermarket having xmas gift bags for the food bank. Each bag has enough for a full family meal plus some toiletries. I didn’t notice them when I was in last time, but next time I go I’ll pick up a few to donate. 

Not behaving myself at all. Beer. Too much popcorn and other stuff. And I have a cake mix and icing sitting in the kitchen to be made for xmas. Xmas is depressing me this year. 

There is a rough timeline for when we’ll get vaccinated here and if it’s true then I, being the younger one, would get my second one the first week of April at the latest. Hubby is suggesting we might be able to take some kind of trip after that (with a mask of course). It would be somewhere in the UK as we need to wait for family to get vaccinated before we go to Michigan.  Anyway, the idea of a trip gives me motivation so I’ll need to get tough after xmas. 

Menu plans:

  • B: cereal with raspberries and toast
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, quinoa/nut/dk choc bar
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Tom Yam curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, hot chocolate

Sunset last night:

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
I'm finding it difficult to behave myself, too. The struggle is real. When I have a full tummy, it seems so easy to practice control and make rational decisions. When I'm DISTRACTED by stress, hunger, etc., then the control seems to go right out the window.

The struggle is real.

(Beautiful picture - thank you!)

grannyannie on 12/19/2020:
Problem for me is it isn't usually hungry driving me. I never eat something sweet because of hunger - it's the taste. Beer is nothing to do with thirst or hunger. It tastes good, relaxing and I feel decadent. Sigh.

It's actually amazing that I got to 68 with my weight maxing out at 171 when it could be so much higher.


Jacky82020 on 12/19/2020:
Oh! Such a glorious sunset! Our lot is heavily wooded with towering trees, so we only get peeks between the branches. Nothing near as spectacular as yours!

grannyannie on 12/19/2020:
We can't see a full sunset, just sunrise. Behind us is a forest and mountains so what I get is a reflection of the sun setting behind us and onto the hills across.


Jacky82020 on 12/19/2020:
Still terrific! Not to mention your wonderful water views! Always wanted a water view, but not to be. Too pricey and crowded in everywhere I’ve ever lived, on both coasts.

grannyannie on 12/19/2020:
Prices vary wildly here on coastal homes. Depends on location and how convenient to cities etc. Unless you work in the small town it is very inconvenient for work. Many work in Glasgow - 1.5 hours each way. And Scotland has so many coasts - on the sea lochs or inland lochs, on the Irish sea or on the North Sea or on the Atlantic Ocean.


Jacky82020 on 12/19/2020:
Interesting. The husband is a software engineer who has worked from home since we left California in 2004, same company. I quit teaching after 13 years to write The Great American Novel & got serious about trading stocks when that didn’t go so well. So we do have great flexibility, but not up to anymore moves. I did get my minimum requirement of 5 acres (have 7) near civilization. International Airport literally within walking distance.

This is a GOP zone and you wouldn’t believe the loons that flocked in from NY, WV & Ohio to see Dump the few times he came to town. The last time was a brief stop and they erected grandstands at some little flight school adjacent to the airport. He insulted the crowd and Erie & it’s hilarious how the late night comics parodied it. Oh, my! Poor Erie!

grannyannie on 12/19/2020:
I remember him insulting Erie!


Jacky82020 on 12/19/2020:
I felt sorry for the poor misguided folks who waited in long lines! A odd mixture of old people and rednecks. We don’t usually watch the local news, but did that night. The reporters made a big deal out it; not much goes on here. Biden never visited Erie, but went to numerous Pennsylvania locations. Dump was bit*ching about how he never wanted to come here & hadn’t planned it. Lol. He complained about the cold. Forget details but said something like it was 40 & it was ~55. It was a short talk. He lied like hell about poor Joe.

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
Not surprising.



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