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grannyannie - Thursday Oct 25, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for friends!

Better than yesterday, coughing less, still blowing my nose. Depending on how I feel when I wake up tomorrow, I'll go to the gym but won't overdo.

Keeping up on the presidential campaigns in the US. Mailed in my absentee ballot a couple of weeks ago. I'll be staying up all night election night to watch the returns. I'd rather just stay up than to get up in the middle of night to watch. Needless to say, there will be snacking and alcohol!  

Workout at home:

  • 40 mins on exercise bike


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  scrambled eggs w/reduced fat smoked sausage, multigrain toast, V8, cantaloupe
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  tofu curry & rice, salad
  • S:  skinny mocha, yogurt
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1467

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/25/2012:
Good to know your cold is finally letting up! Enjoy your workout and your day!

supercheese on 10/25/2012:
lol about the staying up for the election. i do that too!! I have a mini party planned for zach and me. Red and blue popcorn too!!

legcramps on 10/25/2012:
Enjoy your day!

V on 10/25/2012:
See that you are feeling well enough to go to the gym, I am sure you missed going..Oh RYC my sister calls Aleve "Blue Magic" she is so right, it works wonders :) Have a great evening Annie!

grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 24, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for having enough energy to do a fairly decent workout!  

I'm not dragging nearly as much as I was but just can't get my lungs cleared so still coughing. Also either runny nose or congestion. So I don't think the gym is a good idea yet. I was able to workout at home today, not quite the full strength workout but close.  

I can attest that the traditional treatment for a chesty cough does work fairly well - lemon, whisky, honey and boiling water.  

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-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • 20 mins on my exercise bike

Menu: (haven't been very good for more than 2 weeks so really need to get back on track!)

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk/cinnamon, tea w/milk
  • L:  salad w/walnuts/3 clementines/2 ginger lime Quorn fillets, 1 slice multigrain w/Benecol spread
  • S:  cantaloupe
  • D:  veggie curry & rice
  • S:  yogurt, skinny mocha
  • Lots of teas & water

TOTAL:  1354


Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 10/24/2012:
Hope you have a wonderful day:)

supercheese on 10/24/2012:
awww feel better!!

thenewMLE on 10/24/2012:
Hope you hit 100% well soon! I thought about you while I tried planks for the first time. I realized I have no core or it is just rotten like an apple!! I am trying to increase to more than 2 twists but my muscles are still screaming from the weekend!! I admire that you have that kind of strength to be able to do SETS of things! That was my grandma's recipe for a cold - but it was just honey and lemon and whiskey - no water!

V on 10/24/2012:
Awesome job on getting your workout in Annie..Have a wonderful evening <3

V on 10/24/2012:
P.S.. We are in the clear as far as the storm goes, just a little wind..I am on the Gulf side(west), Sandy is headed up the Atlantic(east coast)..Thanks for the well wishes :)

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 23, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful that I'm finally getting better.

Thanks for all your well-wishes during my whining.

Clean eating today.  Will do my strength training this afternoon and some time on my exercise bike. Will go the gym tomorrow and see what I can do. Will not even try spin class Thursday! I'd swear my glutes are heading south again.   

I'll browse the blogs today and catch up on how you all are doing.  

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

V on 10/23/2012:
Thank goodness you are feeling better :) Have a good day Annie <3

Umpqua on 10/23/2012:
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!

nunnermack on 10/23/2012:
Glad to see that you are feeling better!!!!

grannyannie - Sunday Oct 21, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Still have a cold after 9 days although it's much better. No exercise, won't even mention what I've been eating and drinking. Our friends went back home yesterday. My husband went with them into town every day to enjoy the Gaelic music and festival. I just couldn't do it but did manage to eat out with them Friday night.  My husband now has the cold though.  

The scale says I'm 130.4 but I'm wondering if that's because all my muscles have dissolved?!   J/K.  

Healthy eating today, but that's because all the junk has been eaten! I don't know if I can manage the gym tomorrow as I'm still coughing and blowing my nose, but I do need to go grocery shopping. I will at least do my strength training at home.

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/21/2012:
That's too bad that you are still sick but I'm glad you managed to enjoy a night out with your friends. I hope you are back to 100% soon!

nunnermack on 10/21/2012:
Just rest and you will be back to your normal self in no time!!! Remember to drink your cuppa and stay warm!!!!

legcramps on 10/22/2012:
Take care of yourself!

V on 10/22/2012:
Sorry that you are not feeling better <3

grannyannie - Monday Oct 15, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Ugh.  Coughing coughing coughing.  

No gym again. Really hard to workout when you're blowing your nose and coughing non-stop.

Taking care of myself but hard to get good sleep when I wake myself up coughing. House is clean. Friends arrive in the morning. Just finished making brownies and they smell wonderful. My husband who is most definitely not a sweets eater thinks the smell is awful. What a weirdo!  

Picked up some strawberries and raspberries but it will probably be the last time this season. The price is going up, up, up.  




Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/15/2012:
I hope you feel better soon Annie and enjoy your visitors!

supercheese on 10/15/2012:
I wish I had your husband sense of smell!!!! lol

V on 10/15/2012:
I am so sorry that you still are not feeling better Annie.. Enjoy your guests :) P.S. your hubby is not the only weirdo, I am not a fan of chocolate or the smell of it either,LOL!

Get better soon my friend <3

thenewMLE on 10/17/2012:
Feel better Annie - I feel your pain now! I think even if I had a pan of hot brownies in front of me, I would pass only because I have lost my appetite and really can't smell anything either. Maybe this will result in a little scale movement? Have fun with your guests. Do you feel like you are at the end of your cold? Hope it doesn't last too long!

thinkpositive on 10/20/2012:
Sorry to see that you are sick just when your guests will be arriving. Hope you are up to enjoying their company.

grannyannie - Sunday Oct 14, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for lemon tea.

Cough, sniff, raw throat.  

No workouts but I've been getting ready for our guests. Guest room is ready.  Baked oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday and froze them (except for the 2 I ate).  

Today I'll finish housework, then rest. Might attempt to do some strength training, can at least do the 7 min arm video routine. Need to pick up a few things at the store tomorrow but not sure if I'll stop into the gym. 

Really hope I don't give my cold to the female half of the couple as she's here to sing!

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/14/2012:
Bummer on getting sick. We have been lucky here so far in that older son and I have recovered from our colds without hubby and younger son getting sick. I think this is a first! Rest up and I hope you feel better soon.

V on 10/14/2012:
I hope you feel better soon Annie <3

grannyannie - Friday Oct 12, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Ugh. Sore throat!  Could barely speak when I woke up (which my hubby enjoyed!) Felt it coming on yesterday. Wouldn't be so bad except we have guests coming Tuesday and staying until Saturday! Not going to the gym this morning. Just going to get some laundry done and otherwise stay on the sofa with a big pot of lemon tea and tons of diluted juice.

Planning to do my strength routines tomorrow and maybe some time on my exercise bike. Got too much to do before guests come! Housework, bake oatmeal/raisin cookies, bake French  bread, bake brownies, make pasta sauce..... ack!!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/12/2012:
Oh geez, I hope you can banish the sore throat before it progresses. Beautiful picture from yesterday, you are so lucky to have ruins like that close by. On my few trips to Europe I have marveled at just how old the architecture is - we don't have anything that comes close in this country. Have a great day!

V on 10/12/2012:
Wow so much to do and sorry your throat is giving you grief :( Hope the tea will help your throat, if not maybe a hot toddy before bedtime this evening.. Have a great weekend as well!

supercheese on 10/12/2012:
oh no feel better!!! lol your hubbys funny. Have a great weekend!

nunnermack on 10/12/2012:
Oh no!! Sorry to hear you are not feeling well.Just hunker down and get healthy and drink a cuppa!!!

biscottibody59 on 10/13/2012:
Hope you're on the mend enough to get your routine back!

grannyannie - Thursday Oct 11, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for the amazing historical sites all around me!

Skipped spin bike class today to do a tour of a church with a long history down our road. I've lived here 12 years and never did a tour, just wandered around taking pics. Didn't bring my camera today and wish I had. They had the most amazing stained glass windows - unlike any I've seen.  A bit of history:  http://www.argyllmausoleum.org/index.asp?pageid=347039

This is a pic I took last year.  The ruin is from the 12th century, but some type of church/monastery/burial ground has been on this site since the 8th century. I love this country!!


Eating today...hmm... well after my tour of the church I went into town for lunch and grocery shopping. Had a bacon roll and hot chocolate. Then when I went shopping some chocolate-covered ginger biscuits jumped into my trolley.    I love them and haven't had them for years.  

Guest next week and I've bought a brownie mix, low fat ice cream, trail mix. 



Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

nunnermack on 10/11/2012:
Beautiful!!! As I lay recovering, I've been watching BBC's "Doc Martin". Love the scenery and I would love to live in Port Issac (I think it's in Cornwall??) You are such a lucky lady to live in such beautiful scenery. Someday I hope to get to England, Scotland and Ireland!!! I just love anything with old history. And I really think they get it right...a cuppa does cure everything. Cheeers and have a lovely day!!!

liza36 on 10/11/2012:
I love stained glass windows. It must have been lovely!

thenewMLE on 10/11/2012:
Beautiful picture Annie! I can't believe you didn't bring your camera for the church tour!! Light through stained glass is one of my favorite subjects! I know about stuff jumping into the basket - would you believe today a piece of fried chicken jumped in mine?? My co-worker brought a piece back from a lunch and said to taste it. After saying no thank you 4 times, it smelled insanely fabulous, I pulled just a little piece off. Well, it was the thigh - my favorite part! And it was spicy and crunchy and juicy....Long story longer, I washed my hands 5 times as I kept swearing that was my last taste until I had cleaned it to the bones!! Oh, well, I hadn't had a misstep like that EVER!! I hope you enjoy your company!

biscottibody59 on 10/11/2012:
Those biscuits (in US cookies?) sound lovely. You gotta have a treat from time to time:-)

Thanks for sharing the pic!

V on 10/11/2012:
You always find the most interesting places to check out, that is one of many things that I love about you Annie :) I am not sure what your profession was before you retired but you would be an excellent history teacher IMO :) Have a wonderful evening!

grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 10, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am very grateful for sunshine and how blue it makes the water!

The 'old lady' swimsuits I bought yesterday. I'll try again in springtime for tankinis.

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill (too much chatting today!)
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 5 resistance machines (chest press was out of order)
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
  • back lifts on half ball - 3 sets of 10

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-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)

Clean eating today....that's the plan anyway!

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 10/10/2012:
LOVE the suits!! You look great!! You are an inspiration to dedication and achieving results!!

zoe1 on 10/10/2012:
Looking great!:)

inmorning on 10/10/2012:
I love you in the suits. Thanks for you kind comments always. I wanted to tell you a funny story about "old lady suits". My daughters like the animal prints, which I sort of detest. I just don't like them for whatever reason. A couple of years ago, I bought my daughter a swimsuit I hated but I thought she would like because they were an animal print of some sort. I got it home and gave it to her and noticed she was trying to be polite but didn't like it. We had to go to some function with some others at the synagogue and there was a new guy there that was understudying the rabbi. (In Hawaii, nobody really thinks twice about going to the beach and wearing swimwear around each other unless it is really skimpy or something). She begged me to trade suits with her because she didn't want to wear the "granny" suit. Being a mum who loves her kids, I finally relented and traded. To add insult to my injury of wearing a suit I did not like one bit, I got a little weak and asked her to trade back before we put them on. She says, "No way am I wearing the menopause suit". Anyway, I hope the story made you smile. Yours, btw, are in no way old lady suits and they look lovely.

LifeInATeaCup on 10/10/2012:
Thanks! I'm glad to be back! And the swimsuits look great! (And btw, I love the picture of the flowers in the background) :)

Umpqua on 10/10/2012:
Annie you look fantastic! Those are SO not old lady swimsuits, they are extremely flattering and you should be proud of the way you look. You are inspiring me to get my butt in gear!

sweetpea1977 on 10/10/2012:
lol, those are not old lady swimsuits!! I had a completely different picture in my head when I read that! Anyway, you look great!!!

Love the photos you posted yesterday too!

liza36 on 10/10/2012:
You look fabulous in the suits, and they are not "old lady" as I was expecting.

V on 10/10/2012:
You look fantastic Annie! I like both suits :) Your hair has gotten longer since the last pic you posted.. You are looking fit and fine my friend! RYC agreed men are NOT organized at all..LOL Have a great evening!

biscottibody59 on 10/10/2012:
Another day of sunshine--woo-hoo!

I think those are very flattering suits--you look great in them! Good going on your workout too:-)

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 09, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for Glasgow stores and restaurants!

Spent the day in Glasgow in a last ditch search for a swimsuit. Very little choice as it's past the end of season. However, I found two! Both are one-piece and were not what I would have chosen if there was a huge variety. But they'll do.They fit although one is a UK 8 and one is a 10 (I think that's a 6 and 8 US). The 8 is a more snug fit, but still okay. There were plenty of bikinis on sale but most didn't have the matching top/bottom. I might post a pic of me in one of the suits tomorrow. 

Took some pics with my phone camera. The ferry I take, and a view of our peninsula. 

Exercise today....lots of walking! Meals....no comment!

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

zoe1 on 10/09/2012:
The pictures are beautifull:)

V on 10/09/2012:
Nice Pics! Congrats for finding 2 suits! Yayyy The two piece are impossible to find a perfect match for me since my boobs are rather small(that is being generous! LOL)and I have curvy hips..I have my only 2 piece that fits perfectly, by Roxy(they are surf inspired suits) Anyhoo I am sure you will look fabulous in both! Have a great evening Annie!

Maria7 on 10/09/2012:
Oh, how BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing these pics with us! :-D

biscottibody59 on 10/09/2012:
Sounds like fruitful shopping trip! Oh--thanks for your vote of confidence--I appreciate it!

sailingeagle on 10/09/2012:
What beautiful country!!! I hope you have a great week, Annie! :)

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