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grannyannie - Thursday Aug 08, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Skipping spin class today. Have lots to do in the house. Have one more counter to oil. Need to get stuff out of guest room so wallpaper can be removed. Need to use wire brush on front porch floor so I can paint it - the first of 3 coats. Get carpet shampooer down from the loft. Also have general housework that needs doing! Somehow I doubt I will get all of this done today!

Limiting myself to 2 servings of fruit per day. Clementines are small so will count 2 of them as one serving. Need to use up the rest of the plain yogurt before I start into the Benecol ones. 

Menu: 
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar on whole grain bread, plain yogurt & fresh blueberries
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  2 clementines, 2 plain oatcakes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/08/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Thanks for your inspiration.

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Good morning, Ohio!


Umpqua on 08/08/2013:
Wow that's quite a workload. You'll definitely get your exercise in today!

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Didn't get it all done. Had to put primer on the areas of the porch floor where the paint was gone. So this is a multi-day job.

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Did get the guest room empty though. So read to strip the paper, then paint, then wallpaper.


Umpqua on 08/08/2013:
That's impressive! Good luck with the stripping, I hope it's the type of adhesive that comes off quickly for you.

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Hubby is doing the wallpaper part. :)


Maria7 on 08/08/2013:
Hope you are having a good day. :-) Sounds like you are busy over there. :-)

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Very! :)


V on 08/09/2013:
Hey I am a day late but I hope you got all your chores done so you can relax this weekend :) Have a great day Annie :)


hollybelle on 08/11/2013:
What a list! It never ends, does it? We can't do some work outside here that needs to be done because of the wet conditions. There is algae growing on most concrete surfaces and the yard is half way to my knees! Hoping for some dry weather, but probably won't happened 'til this coming Thursday! Good work, for you, though.



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

I've been researching interval running and the advice on places like Runnersworld UK, and the NHS Couch to 5K site say I should do the running programme before adding sprinting to it. And I should do it 3 days a week with rest days in between  I'm not willing to do that as I'd have to cut down too much on gym time. But since I do enjoy running I think I'll just go out occasionally and do a power walk/gentle jog on a nice day as an extra workout that week. I do have good running shoes that are new, so I'm okay there. 

I think I'm getting too much fructose in my diet. On my porridge I have a mix of dried fruit (raisins/apricots/date), then berries in my yogurt at lunchtime, then fruit in the afternoon, and sometimes fruit at night. The calories are counted but this just seems to be too much. So I'll cut down a bit and also not have that dried fruit on my porridge every single morning - maybe just on gym days. 

Changing my yogurt as well. Instead of plain, fat free yogurt and adding berries to it I'm going back to packaged yogurt. I won't have the kind with the evil artificial sugar though. I'll have the ones with sugar - same calories or less than what I've been having. Berries will be out of season here before long so I won't have that option any more anyway. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - interval training programme
  • 10 mins treadmill - intervals - uphill - flat, etc
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals 30 seconds fast, 60 seconds normal, etc.
  • 2 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12                                                                               
This afternoon:
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): (missed this workout yesterday by being in Glasgow picking up new glasses and getting wallpaper for our guest room)
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells - fast
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • sitting leg extensions with ankle weights to strengthen my knees
  • shin exercises
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   toast & pbj, plain yogurt & fresh blueberries
  • S:  cherries
  • D:  homemade lentil & veg soup, toast w/low fat cheddar, salad
  • S:  clementine, 2 oatcakes, glass of wine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/07/2013:
Good morning. Do y'all have scuponong grapes over there? They are in season here and I've been eating some of them. Hope you have a good day. :-)

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Seems to be an American grape. Have never seen them here. Have a good day.


OhioRaven on 08/07/2013:
When I can't get fresh berries for my yogurt, I add dried blueberries or cranberrys. Good job on the running.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Thanks. Don't think dried would work though as I like to squish fresh berries so I get juice in the plain yogurt. Won't touch frozen either.


Umpqua on 08/07/2013:
Good plan for the running and cutting back on fruit - I've been trying to be mindful about that too.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Hard to think of fruit as something you can have too much of, but it is.


skinnygrlwithin on 08/07/2013:
I think it's a good plan to cut back on the fruit, especially any that you would eat after lunch time since you're less likely to burn the carbs.

As for running... I did the couch to 5k program before and I truly think it's a great program... with that said, I definitely ran more than 3 days a week... I just added a couple extra days in there with the same run that I did the other 3 days. I also think that it could be good to do the run for 3 days, and then the other days another form of cardio to mix it up.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Thanks, but I already do far too many hours on my workouts with all the muscle work as well. So adding a lot of running would just be OTT. I live in a very we climate as well so it's not something I could plan on.

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Oops meant wet climate.


V on 08/07/2013:
Hiya Annie!! So I am not a yogurt eater however I watched a program "The Doctors" on Monday and they were discussing the healthiest yogurt options..Anyhoo their top choice as far as the healthiest is "Greek Yogurt"..Just thought I would pass that along to you..Also if it isn't too pricy maybe you can stock up on the berries and freeze them before season is over.. Hope you had a fantasic day friend :)

grannyannie on 08/08/2013:
Thanks V. I have had Greek yogurt but find it too thick. There are so MANY choices of yogurt! Whew.



grannyannie - Monday Aug 05, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Had a good rest day yesterday. Doing the exercises to strengthen my shin muscles and knees so I can run. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - interval training programme
  • 15 mins treadmill - uphill intervals 
  • 10 mins rowing machine - interval training
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups 3 x 15
  • triceps dips 3 x 15
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on whole grain wrap, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries and blueberries
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  clementine, 1 oatcake & 1/2 slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/05/2013:
You're running too ? I gotta try this.

grannyannie on 08/05/2013:
Some running. Maybe once a week. :)


Umpqua on 08/05/2013:
Congrats on your loss and kudos to you for adding running to the mix! My joints hate me when I run and even when I do higher impact cardio for too long. But I envy you folks who are able to do it, enjoy!

grannyannie on 08/05/2013:
Thanks! I've gone all out to do interval training as I've been reading up on it. I can understand why it would be effective. Want to be careful I don't hurt knees or anything though.


hollybelle on 08/05/2013:
I'm glad you posted that article on training for running, etc. There were some suggestions for plantar facitis pain and I think they will work for me! Also - I didn't see any for the shins that you are interested in, but I know they are there. Best I found for that is to tap, tap, tap your toes with knee over mid foot (either sitting or standing), then stretch the shins by standing and pointing toe downward behind you with toes downward and sole of foot up. Happy stregnthing.....

grannyannie on 08/05/2013:
I'm doing a couple of exercises for shins and for knees that should help ward off injuries, I hope.


V on 08/05/2013:
Hiya Annie!! I am so happy to hear that you had a good evening at your friends just as I knew ya would...I on the other hand drank enough vino for YOU and another person at home Sat evening..Hahahahaha You are probably asleep by now so I bid you a good evening friend <3

grannyannie on 08/06/2013:
Haha. I did a good job on the wine as well. But have been much worse. ;)


legcramps on 08/06/2013:
Just a thought to add to the mix in regards to running: great job on working on strengthening muscles to prevent shinsplints; also strengthen the muscles around your knees in order to prevent knee pain (which you mentioned you had a little bit of on Sunday). VERY important to keep an eye on how your knees are feeling! One great exercise for strengthening muscles around the knee is leg lifts, and weighted leg lifts.

Be kind to your body!

grannyannie on 08/06/2013:
Thanks. Was surprised to have knee pain as I never have problems. I'm doing knee exercises along with the shin.


biscottibody59 on 08/06/2013:
My mantra for running/jogging/walking distances is shoes. If you can get to a running specialty store, they will take a look at your gait or the way your shoes normally wear or both and fit you. Worn out midsoles (6 mos-1 year depending on how much mileage a shoe has on it) will affect everything for some people. It's unfortunate that the midsoles (in my case) always wear out waaay before the uppers or the outsole.

If you can't get to a specialty store, there are some resources on runnersworld.com (or the UK version I'm sure) to help you figure out what your gait is. Or maybe you already know. Just a thought to add to your injury prevention:-)

Just wanted to add--squats (increase the weight as you go along) are excellent to prevent knee problems.

RYC: Thanks--I'm very close to declaring that Ill never drink caffeinated coffee again (not knowingly anyway).

grannyannie on 08/07/2013:
Thanks. I'm rethinking interval running. I don't intend to drop any of my workouts and can't add any more. Might skip gym one day a week and power walk/jog.


Maria7 on 08/06/2013:
Hope you've had a nice day today. :-)



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 04, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Really enjoyed our evening with our friends - until about 12:30 am! I didn't realize the brother and the wife of one of them was coming up from England and would be there. We'd met a couple of times before and really enjoyed seeing them. 

I've been researching running because although I never had shinsplints when I used to run, I want to make sure I don't get them now. I looked up causes of shinsplints and what I did yesterday (interval running) were some of the prime causes - hard, uneven surfaces, high speed when not used to it, and using muscles and tendons in a way they are not used to. Fortunately it was only my knees that were a bit sore, not my lower legs. 

Solution: make these muscles stronger before doing interval training with running. I can do these just sitting at my computer, or whenever I think of it, waiting for the bus, etc. 

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/beating-injury/shinsplints---how-to-beat-them/234.html

No workout today.  Rest day.

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  hummous on toast, plain yogurt & fresh blueberries
  • D: veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  clementine, 2 oatcakes and low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400

 

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/04/2013:
Oh, Thanks Annie. I have to see how far I can run now. You're setting the bar pretty high for me. Ha-ha. Have a Great Day.

grannyannie on 08/04/2013:
Haha, Ohio! Go for it!



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 03, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.4

Since I'm in a different time zone than most of you - 5 hours ahead of the east coast - I miss a lot of your comments until the next morning. So, sorry if I miss replying to anyone.

Got on the scale but I suspect some of the loss is fluid as I don't feel I've lost 2 1/2 lbs this week, not with the cheating.

At home:
Interval training - walk, jog, sprint, walk, jog, sprint...only 1.6 miles because the jogging hurt my knees. I guess I've been neglecting them since I stopped doing the leg machines at the gym. Adding sitting leg lifts with ankle weights to my lower body routine to strengthen my knees. Anyway, I was pleased with how fast I could sprint! Wish I could feel comfortable doing it on the treadmill so that the weather wouldn't be an issue.

Workout at home (lower body):
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats w/dumbbells - fast 
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • sitting leg extensions w/ankle weights for knees
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post run:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  whole grain toast & hummous, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • S:  cherries, apple
Going to friends' for dinner.  
Note to self:  DRINK.WINE.VERY.VERY.SLOWLY.

Progress as of today: 29.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/03/2013:
Good "AFTERNOON", Annie ! You probably walk/jogged/sprinted 1.5 miles farther than than I could have. I need to do the same thing just so could test myself and see where I'm at. A challenge for later. Sip slowly and have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/03/2013:
Good morning, Ohio! Yes, challenges are always good! Have a great day.


V on 08/03/2013:
Slow and steady with the vino Annie, cheers ;) LOL

grannyannie on 08/03/2013:
:)


hollybelle on 08/03/2013:
I feel bad I don't get to comment on all diaries everyday. I try to, but due to time constrains it doesn't always work out. I might explain that on my diary sometime! I always appreciate your comments. Good work this week on 2.5 lbs. Fluid or not it's a process.

grannyannie on 08/03/2013:
Thanks, Holly. I'm sure everybody understands when we don't comment all the time.



grannyannie - Friday Aug 02, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

Revving up my workouts. Been looking at interval training. Don't know why it took me so long as a few of you having been doing it a long time. Did some at the gym today. Going to do some with my strength training as well when I do my lower body routines. I saw a good one online with weights and squats. Will also look at doing it with planks, pushups, etc.
 
Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - did the interval training programme instead of the strength - good one!
  • 10 mins treadmill - planned to run, jog, walk, but I didn't like running on a treadmill, so did intervals with steep hills and speed. I'd rather run/jog outdoors
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals of 1 min high speed, 1 min normal, etc
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) - slowly increasing weight with lower reps
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (upper):
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines - increasing weight with lower reps
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 veg sausages on wrap, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  grapes, clementine 
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  under 1400 

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

legcramps on 08/02/2013:
have a great weekend annie :)

grannyannie on 08/02/2013:
Same to you!


Umpqua on 08/02/2013:
Good work Annie!

grannyannie on 08/02/2013:
Thanks!


OhioRaven on 08/02/2013:
Hey, Annie ! I said "mornin'" earlier today, but I guess it didn't take. Have a Great evening !

grannyannie on 08/03/2013:
Mornin' Ohio. Only it's Saturday morning now where I live and you are sound adleep. :)


V on 08/02/2013:
RYC, once "Project Runway"(one of my fave shows) was over I thought to myself I should go to bed..As I mentioned my chair is so comfy I didn't want to get up at that particular moment so I ended up looking at my eyelids, Hahahahaha ;)

Girl interval training is where it's at!! Good evening friend <3

grannyannie on 08/03/2013:
I need a new chair. One I can sleep in. :) Yea interval training feels incredibly effective!



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 01, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 140.0

Had a quiet evening with hubby gone - reading, watching a movie. Still oiling these countertops as they need at least 3 coats each.   

Hubby will be back tonight.

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike class

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  pbj sandwich after spin class and before grocery shopping
  • S:  apple
  • D: Quorn leek pie (was pretty good, had one last night), salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  plain yogurt w/fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  under 1400

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

OhioRaven on 08/01/2013:
Mornin' Annie. I always like reading your menu. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/01/2013:
Thanks Ohio. Same to you.


hollybelle on 08/01/2013:
Those countertops will be lovely when you are done! I have begun to appreciate low maintenance stuff, though! Read your post from yesterday too - good thinking. I was just commenting on my diary today that even though I was not exercising intensely right now, at least I was doing something and although I intend to pump it up and do more as I go along - at least it is a plan I can stick with!

grannyannie on 08/01/2013:
We've had the countertops for 3 years and they are supposed to be oiled 2 or 3 times a year. It's been about 2 years since I oiled them!

Yes, good to have a plan you can live with.


Umpqua on 08/01/2013:
Hey, what type of oil do you use? We've been using linseed here, but I'm open to suggestions!

grannyannie on 08/01/2013:
It's Behandla, an Ikea brand. I think when we go into the city next week for wallpaper I'm going to look at other brands. This one can get really sticky if it's not applied thinly enough.


biscottibody59 on 08/01/2013:
I hope you get your "optimum amount" of exercise figured out.

Keep up the good work!


V on 08/01/2013:
Hiya Annie :) Sounds like you had a nice relaxing evening alone..Hope it doesn't take too long for you to finish the countertops..Have a great evening friend <3


getmebackto150 on 08/01/2013:
Oiling the counters sounds like tedious work, but I bet they will look great when they are done!!! Menu looks great!! Have a good day:)



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.



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