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grannyannie - Friday Mar 01, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 145.8

Thanks for comments yesterday! Went to the gym then grocery shopping today. No junk food whatsoever. I'm also trying to keep artificial and real sugar to a bare minimum. So I bought plain, fat free yogurt and raspberries & strawberries to mix in and will eat it without any sweetener. Didn't buy any hot chocolate mixes either - fake sugar. 

I got on the scale this morning and updated my status.     

In the UK weight is measured in stones (14 lbs) and pounds. So I have to lose at least 1 stone. Goal is before May 1st. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 5 mins rowing machine (wanted to do 10 mins for a solid 60 min cardio but ran out of steam!)
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/slivered almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout: 2 oatcakes w/natural pb
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich on whole grain bread w/extra light mayo
  • S:  red grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  plain, non-fat yogurt w/fresh raspberries, glass of V8
  • Lots of water and teas
TOTAL:  1502
A couple more pics from our trip:


Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 17.8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 03/01/2013:
Thank you for sharing your trip photos with us! :-D Hope you have a good day.

thenewMLE on 03/01/2013:
Your pics are gorgeous!! What a wonderful trip. You brought back very fond memories for me. I went to France when I was 16 and my strongest memory was the french bread, butter and homemade jams for breakfast! I also learned how to drink tea with out milk in it there. I wish I could return as the seasoned photographer I am now... Glad you enjoyed your trip. Your weight should come off like it always has plus you got to enjoy a wonderful memorable dining experience! I'm leaving for natchez after work and I will be out for lunch so I probably won't post today but I'll be back Monday. Have a great weekend!

Puddles on 03/01/2013:
Great pictures. Have a good weekend.

Supercheese on 03/01/2013:
Beautiful pictures!! Like MLE, reminds me of my trip to france!! Totally know you can lose a stone! have a great weekend annie! happy belated bday!

biscottibody59 on 03/01/2013:
Thanks for sharing the pics:-)

Oh well--you had a good time and food--hope it's not too difficult to get back to your routine!

lolla on 03/01/2013:
Oh, french food is so awesome, I am so glad you enjoyed yourself, that's what life is about anyway, WE MUST HAVE FUN! ...now back to work...

legcramps on 03/01/2013:
I love your pictures from the trip to France... how cool is that to spend a week in France?!

Have a great weekend :)

V on 03/01/2013:
What a charming place to visit! If I promise to be on my BEST behavior will you take me? PLEEEESE(as V types with her angelic look) Hahaha I am sure that you will drop most of your travel weight with the quickness..You are always so consistent with your workouts too so that makes a world of difference too :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend Annie <3

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 28, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.0

Hope all of you are doing well and getting/staying healthy and fit.  

Back from France and had a fantastic time even though it was unusually cold. After the architecture and character in medieval villages, my favourite French thing is the gorgeous food. So with the weight gain from a month in Uganda and the week in France I've got quite a bit to lose. Don't know what my weight is but I can see and feel the excess. I won't change the number in my status until I weigh myself in a couple of days. 

We stayed at friends' house in the southern Rhone-Alpes region of France, so is Meditteranean in climate and foods. Our host/hostess are fantastic cooks! Lunch and dinner were both large meals with wine served at both, and breakfast mainly being fresh French bread with butter and homemade jam, sometimes Pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), clementines, bananas.

Some of the other foods we ate: many kinds of salads at both lunch and dinner, fresh French bread (white/brown/seeded) at all 3 meals

paella, prawns, mussels, scallops, squid, clams, chicken, guinea fowl, ham, sausages, tuna, mignon of pork, vegetable soup

varieties of cheeses usually served at the end of both lunch and dinner

fruit salads, crepes, potatoes, veggies

chocolate whisky cake, chocolates, nougat (the nearest town is the nougat capitol), real hot chocolate

beer, wine - red, rose, white, champagne, pastis (liquer)

Soooo......I'm back on track beginning tomorrow. Back to the gym and counting every calorie. 

A few of the photos from our trip - we stayed in and were surrounded by medieval villages. 


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

Puddles on 02/28/2013:
You sound like you had a wonderful time. Glad to have you back.

V on 02/28/2013:
Welcome back Annie!! I missed ya..beautiful pics and next time I think you SHOULD take me to France with you guys...LOL Seriously the food all sounds amazing and I LOVE the fact that Cheese(my favorite) is served as dessert there :P YUMMMMM

OhioRaven on 03/01/2013:
Good to finally hear from you. I got your post late. Glad you're back safe and sound. Please book me and V with you next time. I like (love) the old cities. I'd like a time traveler.

grannyannie - Monday Feb 18, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.0

Ugh! I've been snacking and pigging out. Way too much wine at our friends' on Saturday night. Tomorrow we go to Edinburgh to spend the night as our flight is early Weds morning.  

Haven't stepped on the scale for several days. 

Lovely day today. Cold but sunny.

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12


Healthy eating plus I stopped at the chocolate shop to get a gift for our hosts in France and picked up a small bag of chocolate buttons for myself which I've already eaten.  

Going to have to get VERY strict when we come back from France!!! 


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

OhioRaven on 02/18/2013:
You've been a Bad Girl, Annie ! Now, be a good girl .

V on 02/18/2013:
UH oh.. I know how much you like the buttons..Well I am sure the price of chocolate in France may deter you from buying it there, LOL. I am sure you are getting pretty excited for your trip :) I am sure it will be a blast! RYC yes I am hoping for a little downtime ater I finish cooking and before I go over to my friend's.. All they want to do is play tag..LOL That is really refreshing seeing as though most kids would rather play computer games or veg in front of the telly.. I have a feeling i will be worn out later..Hahahaha..Have a great day Annie <3

Tangalyn~ on 02/18/2013:
have a wonderful day =)

IndependentEm93 on 02/18/2013:
Have a great day!

Maria7 on 02/19/2013:
I love chocolate, too. I've had to SUSPEND baking cakes currently as it seems I am the one eating MOST OF EACH ONE! :-D Take care.

lolla on 02/19/2013:
I looked at some of your pictures, they are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing, it made my day! How fun to travel, can't wait to see the new pictures!! have a safe trip.

nunnermack on 02/19/2013:
Have a great time in France and take lots of photos!!

Maria7 on 02/20/2013:
Hope you're having a good Wednesday. :-)

grannyannie - Saturday Feb 16, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.0

Excited that the editor of a journal wants to use several of my photos for the cover!!  I doubt they pay for them but that doesn't matter. To have something of mine published is reward enough.  

We are spending Tuesday night at a hotel near the airport and flying to Lyon, France on Wednesday morning. 

Workout at home:

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • housework
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken and low fat cheddar on whole grain bread w/extra light mayo, yogurt
  • S:  grapes, clementines
  • pre-dinner:  salad
  • D:  at our friends' house but not until 7.30.  Having roast pork and don't know what else.  Wine.  
TOTAL:  is anybody's guess

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

OhioRaven on 02/16/2013:
I've read up on your porridge and there is quite a variety. Have a good day, Granny.

V on 02/16/2013:
That is awesome news about the photos, CONGRATS :) Have fun tonight!!

IndependentEm93 on 02/16/2013:
CONGRATS!!! Have a great weekend!

getmebackto150 on 02/16/2013:
Woo hoo! Congrats that is super exciting! Have a great Saturday:)

Puddles on 02/16/2013:
Congratulation. Really rewarding to be acknowledged. Have a great weekend.

winelover on 02/17/2013:
Congratulations and enjoy your trip! Thank you for the welcome!

grannyannie - Friday Feb 15, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.0

Sunshine today and fairly mild.  

My brother happened to look at some of my recent photos that I posted on Facebook and complimented me. He said the editor of a journal he often contributes to is always looking for good photos and he gave her the link to my albums. She really liked them as well and said she spent a long time going through my albums. She chooses the cover for this quarterly journal. Soooo....we'll see what happens!!  Excited!  


  • 15 mins elliptical
  • 20 mins treadmill
  • 22 mins spin bike (a woman hogged the only spin bike in the gym for a solid hour so I had to do this last.  Too worn out by then to do the full workout.  Grrrr...)
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb, stopped into chocolate shop to get a gift for our friends who have invited us to dinner tomorrow night. Samples were sitting out which I helped myself to, and then bought a small toffee/chocolate bar  
  • L:  chicken breast sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  V8, oatcakes
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  don't know.  probably under 1700

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

OhioRaven on 02/15/2013:
Enjoy your sunshine and porridge :v) What is in Porridge anyway ?

Umpqua on 02/15/2013:
That is extremely cool that your photos might be published - keep us posted. I hope you have a nice weekend!

lolla on 02/15/2013:
I want to see your photos! I love photography, congrats on the slimmer body and on your work!

V on 02/15/2013:
How exciting that you are possibly getting some of your pics published..You do take amazing shots :) Susks about the chick hogging the only spin bike :( You did get in a great workout though! Have a fantastic weekend Annie <3

grannyannie - Thursday Feb 14, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.0

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Back to spin bike class today. All the snow that got dumped on us yesterday is nearly melted.  


  • 30 mins spin bike class


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj sandwich and small carton oj after spin class and before grocery shopping
  • D:  probably veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  2 clementines, 2 oatcakes & low fat cheddar
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1490

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

Puddles on 02/14/2013:
If you want more I can send some to you. We are getting some more today. I just can't wait for Spring. Have a great day.

Puddles on 02/14/2013:
You sure just a little bit of snow - come on help me out LOL LOL As for the wine I seem to think that one would not me bad but I love my white wine. I also stopped smoking on Jan1/2013 it seems I am tackling everything this year. All or nothing I agree.

IndependentEm93 on 02/14/2013:
I am surprised i didn't get that much snow here yet in Michigan!

getmebackto150 on 02/14/2013:
Have a great day!!! Yay for melting snow!!!

legcramps on 02/14/2013:
Plan looks good today :)

V on 02/14/2013:
Yayy for the snow melting quickly! I am sure you crushed the spin class my friend..Happy Valentine's Day :)

Umpqua on 02/14/2013:
I see you logged a loss, I'm not surprised with all your exercise and super clean eating. Happy V Day, Annie!

grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 13, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.8

It has not stopped snowing since I got up this morning. It's about 35F here so it's very wet, sloppy snow. Our area of Scotland does not get much snow, so it's a big deal here.  

Back to the gym again and there was a lot of huffing and puffing on the spin bike, more than pre-Uganda trip, but I'll get back to normal soon. Not looking forward to spin bike class tomorrow!

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12

Intended workout at home after my lunch is digested:

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks (full) can't get on knees yet so no alterating
  • push ups 
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb, tea w/milk at the gym cafe
  • L:  1 egg 2 turkey bacon sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  1 oatcake & low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1524



Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 02/13/2013:
Have a great day Annie! Do you enjoy the snow since it doesn't happen very often? You'll build up your resistance again - keep on spinning!!!

Puddles on 02/13/2013:
Good workout. I am amazed. Have a great day.

Umpqua on 02/13/2013:
I hope the snow is a good thing - I'm sure it's pretty. Good for you for getting right back into your exercise schedule! (P.S. I peaked at the scale - can't help myself - and there was a 3-pound difference from yesterday to today. And I still think I have more water weight to lose!)

V on 02/13/2013:
I am sure you be at it like the champ that you are after a few spin sessions..You got this Annie! Hope you had a stellar day :)

IndependentEm93 on 02/13/2013:
Have a great day

grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.8

My arms are a bit sore today so I'm taking a break. I would have done a cardio workout at home but we had the guy who is arranging our new heating system here all morning to take measurements, etc. I rarely do a good cardio workout in the afternoons, so I'm being lazy. I'll be back in the gym tomorrow as usual and will also do my full strength training workout at home afterward. I've booked the spin bike class for Thursday.


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  yogurt
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich on whole grain bread w/low fat cheddar, 1 oatcake
  • S:  apple
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad
  • S:  2 oatcakes & low fat cheddar, clementine
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1462

Playing around with my photos today and made this collage of an Oribi.  


Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/12/2013:
We all have lazy days. Love your pictures. Have a great day.

getmebackto150 on 02/12/2013:
Have a great day!! Menu looks great:)

Supercheese on 02/12/2013:
Lovely deer! or doe? But the arms just mean there getting stronger :)

legcramps on 02/12/2013:
Have a great day today!

IndependentEm93 on 02/12/2013:
Have a great day!

Puddles on 02/12/2013:
Thanks for your comments. I don't think I could do the swimming because of the resistance of the water. I cannot lift any kind of weight with my leg without feeling the pain in my knee. You know sometimes you just want to move something on the floor so you push it with your leg/foot - I can't do that I get immediate pain in my knee. It will work itself out. The doctor said could take a year or so before I can start see progress in that department. But I can walk without pain and that is good enough right now. Thank you for your concern.

Umpqua on 02/12/2013:
Beautiful photos - I still need to catch up on your trip although I did see quite a bit of what you posted on FB. Have a good one!

Puddles on 02/12/2013:
Yes I do some of that but my weight is in the bottom part of me LOL LOL LOL. I don't feel like I am doing exercise when I do only that - but I guess I am. It is just not as satisfying.

lolla on 02/12/2013:
thanks for the pics!

V on 02/12/2013:
That's a cute little guy! i bet he has bionic hearing ;) LOL!! Hope that your soreness has diminished..Your trip plan sound like a good one..I anxiously await to see all the beautiful pics! Have a wonderful evening Annie :)

sailingeagle on 02/12/2013:
Hi Annie,I love your pics! My cat almost has ears that big! ha,ha! When are you going to France? Will you visit the famous museum that has Mona Lisa? My singles group leader was telling our group last Wed. about his trip to that museum. He said that he found a blue hippo inside one of the display cases. He was attracted to it, and found more of them at the gift shop. He told us about how the Egyptians revered the hippos because they didn't have too many enemies. Crocs included! :) Anyhow, when I saw your pics of the hippos it reminded me of his story. I hope you have a blast!

grannyannie - Monday Feb 11, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 138.8

Stuck to my meal plan yesterday, no cheating.   Very busy today. First got my teeth cleaned, the gym, the post office, grocery shopping, and finally to the recycle centre.  


  • 30 mins spin bike (lots of panting but I kept up with the programme)
  • 15 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 3 resistance machines (muscles feel a bit sore from yesterday's home workout)
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 turkey bacon, 2 eggs, toast, yogurt, skinny cappuccino
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad 
  • S:  1 oatcake w/low fat cheddar, 2 clementines
  • Lots of teas & water

TOTAL:  1524

Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 10.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/11/2013:
Looks Good, Granny :v)

Puddles on 02/11/2013:
Great news. Have a wonderful day.

supercheese on 02/11/2013:
like the plan annie!

thenewMLE on 02/11/2013:
Glad to see you back!! Looks like great eats and workouts again. Isn't it hard to quit cheating when you return from a trip? While you were gone I started making the steel cut oats again for breakfast. I make a big batch on Sunday and just bring a serving and warm it at work with the fresh fruit. I forgot yesterday was Sunday and I woke up at 5am and realized I didn't have my oatmeal! So I just ate the fruit with some cheese. But you got me eating good oatmeal again when I didn't know what porridge was! That and liver cheese... I like reading the diaries to come up with more good foods. RYC, go you get much seafood? People ask why I stay in this hurricane swampy beaten path of a place, but I can't imagine not having all this fresh seafood at my reach! Hubby is going fishing next week for trout. I won't pay $12.99 a pound at the market when I know he can catch it!! He used to shrimp and crab too, but they are so reasonable at the market I don't mind buying it. Hope you have a great week!

getmebackto150 on 02/11/2013:
great job yesterday... Have a good day!!

hollybelle on 02/11/2013:
Thanks for your comments and absolutely I cannot go barefoot aroudn the house or anywhere these days - makes a big difference. I think part of the problem is been wearing house slippers much of the winter standing for long periods in the kitchen cooking or cleaning. I have to have inserts in all my shoes, too! You are doing great post vacation - keep up the good work. I will look at pics soon!

lolla on 02/11/2013:
Great job sticking to your plan. Good job planning, that makes all the difference!

INDEPENDENTEM93 on 02/11/2013:
Have a great day!

V on 02/11/2013:
Back into the swing of things I see! Great job Annie and congrats on you loss!! Hey how is your knee?

Bikiniwax85 on 02/11/2013:
Uh.. nice work out!! I am yet to visit the gym today. Thinking to do that today. If no, I might be going for a swim. :D Hope you had a good day! :)

V on 02/11/2013:
RYC itchy means you are on the mend thankfully :) So what part of France will you be visiting?

grannyannie - Sunday Feb 10, 2013
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 139.4

Happy Sunday!  I will eventually get to taking a look at many of the blogs I missed while travelling to see how you all are doing. 

I should know better than to buy cereal bars, even if they are only 70 cals each. I've been extra hungry and they are a temptation. So I just ate the last 3 of them and will not buy them again!

My hands are 98% healed. My knee is very, very itchy as it's healing and has a good, solid scab on it, so I'm good for exercising now. I'll just wrap the knee up well so my spandex workout capris don't rub on it. Husband gets the credit for my wounds not getting infected as he scrubbed the dirt out of them despite my screams!  

Intended Workout: completed

  • 7 min arms routine
  • dumbbells - 3 set of 12 - 7 routines
  • side dips w/dumbell
  • planks (full and alternating) (couldn't get on knees)
  • abs - 4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes w/ankle weights
  • exercise bike to try to get ready for the spin bike at the gym tomorrow!  did 20 minutes
  • triceps dips
  • thigh master
  • will skip lunges and squats for now


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  3 Alpen cereal bars 
  • L:  chicken breast/low fat cheddar/extra light mayo on whole grain bread, yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  chickpea curry & rice, salad
  • S:  banana
  • Lots of teas and water

TOTAL:  1516

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

horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2013:
yeah, those sugary bars tempt me too! i sometimes buy them on purpose bc i feel they are a great workout fuel if i have them right before a cardio workout with decaf coffee & milk. i buy fiber plus/fiber one bars. so combined with coffee & milk, it's a 200 cal snack before a workout. and yes, i will be hungry again after the workout.

Puddles on 02/10/2013:
Glad to hear you are healing and getting back to your routine. Have a great day.

Maria7 on 02/10/2013:
Glad you are feeling better. :-)

supercheese on 02/10/2013:
glad everything is better annie! OH! man I have a bunch of them in my pantry right now....Lara Bars arent too bad since they are all natural, but I do have some nature valley which I know have a lot of sugar. Gotta give them off to people lol

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