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grannyannie - Friday Sep 28, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful that I'm alive (I think!).

Today is an unscheduled rest day (aka hangover!). Husband invited friends over for wine and home brewed beer last night. I stuck to my menu all day, then 8pm rolled around. The men drank beer and the woman and I drank wine, lots and lots of wine. Ugh! I don't drink it often mainly due to the calories, so when I do I tend to go overboard, especially on social occasions.

Supposed to be a gym day but hubby has gone off to swim laps by himself. I've done a few chores after a long lie in bed, but I'm going to lie on the sofa shortly with my book. I'll do a home workout tomorrow including my strength routines and tae bo/jump rope and probably some time on my exercise bike.

Trying again for a 1400 cals day!

I expect to hear many wino jokes from hubby today.  Groan... 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  rice cake
  • L:  grilled cheese w/multigrain bread and low fat cheddar, 6g of Benecol spread, plain greek yogurt & raspberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  rice cake
  • Teas and lots of water

TOTAL:  1390


 

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

zoe1 on 09/28/2012:
Take care of that hangover grannyannie. I know the feeling about the wino jokes. My husband does that to me as well. *sigh*


V on 09/28/2012:
Good Morning :) Sorry that you are hanging today :( But I bet ya had fun last night! Hope you feel better after you hydrate <3


liza36 on 09/28/2012:
Sorry for the hangover. Hope you feel better later.


legcramps on 09/28/2012:
LOL, I bet the hangover was worth all the fun you had!



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 27, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for yet another day of sunshine! I am also grateful for the NHS (National Health Service) and that when I pick up my allergy meds today they cost me £0.00!  

1400 cal day even though it's not a rest day. I didn't want to make both Sat and Sun 1400 cal days as I like one of those as a treat day.

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike class

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 oatcakes w/pb, small carton of pineapple juice (after class and before grocery shopping)
  • S:  clementine, banana or apple
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar, V8
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1403

Have a lovely, peaceful, healthy day ladies!

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

V on 09/27/2012:
Have a wonderful day :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 26, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful that we have sunshine!  

Not a calorie-counting day, just using moderation and measuring portions.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins treadmill
  • 30 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home: 

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
 

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

V on 09/26/2012:
Good Morning! Happy to hear that it is sunny there.Is it still windy? I'm doing my 7 minute arm routine this evening, can't wait :) have a good day!


legcramps on 09/26/2012:
Sounds like a great workout! Have a good one today :)


liza36 on 09/26/2012:
It must be nice not to count calories for a change today. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.


V on 09/26/2012:
RYC YES my arms still scream on right around the 4 minute mark..LOL! I sent the workout to my BFF who just recently hit her goal of making her pre pregnancy weight and was looking for something to help out with her arms..She loves it too :)



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

Today I am grateful to be in a warm house while the wind is seriously howling!

Hope all of you are having a healthy week.  

This is a non-workout, 1400 cal day.

Going to finish cleaning up the guest room and shampooing the carpet. Except for the 1/2 bathroom it's the last room in the house needing redecorating - wallpaper, paint, new drapes, carpet, built-in wardrobe and maybe a new chest of drawers--a complete overhaul. But clean will do for now.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  oatcake/liver pate/low fat cheddar, plain greek yogurt w/raspberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  leftover homemade veggie pasta, small bit of garlic bread, salad, drink
  • S:  rice cake
  • Teas & water

TOTLAL:  1415

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

thinkpositive on 09/25/2012:
That actually sounds good to me- being out of a howling wind. Kind of looking forward to getting back to cooler weather. Your exercise schedule sounds great. Also loved your pictures- I'd like to walk right into them!


V on 09/25/2012:
Enjoy your rest day!


thenewMLE on 09/25/2012:
Is it raining with that wind? Windy days make me nervous because not only does my flue to the fireplace howl, but my bay window sounds like it is moaning! Good luck with all your cleaning - it's so rewarding when it's done!! Have a nice day!


V on 09/25/2012:
LOL so much for rest day..Sounds exhausting..RYC there is every species of lizards here. This one was so little I really couldn't tell what kind it was..The last one that was trapped in my house for a week before i captured and freed him was multi colored, teal, brown and green..We had a huge one(it had to be someone's pet that got to big to take care of) that came walking up the back stairs of the restaurant(florescent green) he got to the top of the stairs and took a dive into the sea oats below the deck..That was the coolest thing to see him "fly" hahahaha


inmorning on 09/25/2012:
That is such a great entry. Sometimes, I have trouble seeing the good in things. You make me pause and remember to be an optimist. BTW, time to stock up on sugar free hot chocolate for us too! :-)


legcramps on 09/25/2012:
Have a great day today!



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

Today I am grateful for my good health.

Went to the gym with hubby this morning (he does laps in the pool) and discovered it wasn't going to open until 10am since this is a public holiday. So we had to wait for 25 mins. Got most of my workout in though before it was time to catch the bus.

Due to my overeating all weekend (one day would be fine but not two!), I'm counting cals today. I've designated Sun (rest day), Tues (rest day), Thurs (30 min spin class) as my 1400 cal days. The other days I'll just use sense and still weigh my portions. Didn't count yesterday so doing so today. But since it's a heavy workout day I'm going to 1500. 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 7 mins elliptical while waiting for a treadmill
  • 10 mins treadmill at 10% incline, 5.8km/hr
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 multigrain toast w/liver pate, plain greek yogurt w/raspberries, 1 rice cake
  • S:  clem
  • D:  tofu curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1502

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

V on 09/24/2012:
Good Morning Annie :) Hope you have a good day <3


thenewMLE on 09/24/2012:
I had an unusual eating weekend too! So it's all clean this week and ready to ride and maybe knock out another pound. I printed out some exercises with picture for proper posture and positioning and I want to try them one night this week. I bought my handweights a while ago after reading all your posts and I used to use them when I was walking. I obviously can't use them on the bike, so I think on the nights I don't ride ( I haven't had a lot of those) I will try some of the exercises with the dumbells. Enjoy your holiday!


legcramps on 09/24/2012:
Have a great day today!


Umpqua on 09/24/2012:
Your plan for the week looks good - I ate heavily this weekend too so I'm going to try to keep it clean all week!



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 23, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for good food, clean water, a comfy home.

Rest day (no workout, anyway). Got the pasta sauce made and the French bread started. My day to cook. But it's supposed to be one of my 1400 cal days, but won't work out that way. I'll make up for it though during the week.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich (low fat cheddar & multigrain bread,  6 g Benecol), plain greek yogurt w/raspberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  pasta w/Quorn mince spaghetti sauce (homemade) topped with fresh basil & fresh parmesan cheese, homemade French bread w/marg/garlic spread & parsley, salad, red wine

TOTAL:  about 1700 probably 2000 - lots of parmesan, french bread, wine

 

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

SELINA on 09/23/2012:
yummy meals!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 22, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for living in a place with so much beauty!

A no-workout day and a treat day! Went to our botanic gardens to look for autumn colours (not much yet) and took some photos. Then had lunch at the cafe - jacket (baked) potato with shredded cheddar, salad, cuppa tea, and a slice of cake.   They put a massive amount of cheese on my potato and when they brought it I thought there was no way I could eat all that cheese. Wrong! Cleaned my plate. Cake was a bit dry so didn't finish it. 

Next I went to a place called Puck's Glen (King of the Faeries) - a very nice walk in a place that could make you believe in faeries! I hadn't been for a long time and was pleased with how easy it was to walk up all the steps and hills. Only got a bit breathless once and my legs did not object. Took some photos but many didn't come out as I should have brought along my tripod. It's also a dark place and hard to get the lighting right (and I don't use a flash!). 

No calorie counting today but this will not be normal eating on a non-counting day! This was a deserved treat as the scale is nearly goal. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day and a calorie-counting (1400) day but it happens to be the day I'm making pasta and homemade French bread (giving hubby a break from cooking). Hard to eat small quantities of French bread and I'll be having red wine as well. So I'll have to make up for it during the week somehow. 

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

LuckyLaura on 09/22/2012:
Such a great place!!! Where is it?

I think u dont need to worry, cuz u r almost on your goal weight, and as I guess you were walking a lot, so a little bit more food cannot be too bad. Have a nice weekend!


V on 09/22/2012:
Beautiful pics Annie :) I am so happy to hear that you thourougly enjoyed you day of rest!



grannyannie - Friday Sep 21, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 128.8

Today I am grateful for the beautiful sunshine on my blue loch!   

Hope you all are having a healthy, pleasant day!

Put my plan into action. Nice not to be a slave to calories and my excel spreadsheet. I can deal with counting 3 days a week (1400) and w/o counting I can tell if I'm eating more than I should. So today is the first of the no-counting, no meal-planning days. I'll see how it goes. This is definitely not an excuse to pig out. I still weigh out my food - 100 g yogurt & 75 g raspberries, etc. But I am due for a treat and will take advantage of 3 days of predicted sunshine. Tomorrow I'll go to our botanic gardens for a walk and will treat myself to a nice lunch at the cafe.  

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home: (usually move the Friday routines to Sat but want to get it out of the way and just do some leisurely walking and some housework over the weekend)

(Anything I've done before in sets of 4 x 10 will now be 3 sets of 12.)

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master

Menu:  planning on clean eating all day with possibly a bottle of alcoholic pear cider tonight. 

Progress as of today: 38.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/21/2012:
I love your new plan for moving forward, it sounds sensible and moderate and allows you some slack without going overboard. I may try to do a plan like that myself, with listing foods/ counting on set days of the week. I hope you have a great weekend!


thenewMLE on 09/21/2012:
Love your plan!! You still work out a lot. I would think with that amount of workout you wouldn't have to count so consistently. Have you always worked out? It was never part of my lifestyle and I guess that is why it has been so hard to make time for it. I find with the bike riding since it doesn't feel like a formal workout I can make time for it as an activity. I know it is just psychological games that we play with our selves! I hope you plan a lot of fun activities and enjoy your sunshine!


legcramps on 09/21/2012:
Mmn, pear cider sounds delish! I like your new plan. Have a great day today and a wonderful weekend!


V on 09/21/2012:
I stopped counting calories for well over a year now and it has worked well. I still portion out my meals though..Have fun at the Botanical Gardens :)


V on 09/22/2012:
RYC I have faith that you will keep it off this time.You are very consistent with everything, that is key to success IMO <3



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 20, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 128.8

Today I am grateful for feeling 20 years younger than I am!

 
I'm beginning to feel burned out with workouts and calorie counting taking up soooo much of my time. So I'm experimenting to see what I can do to find the right balance. Thanks for your comments/tips yesterday.  

Workouts:
  • Cutting the strength routines to 3 sets of 12 instead of 4 sets of 10 (the time does add up)  
  • Cut my spin bike routines to 3 times/week instead of 4 (they are knackering/exhausting!)
  • 3 rest days per week
  • I really need to get outside at least once a week, and since it rains/showers/drizzles here a LOT I'm just going to have to put on my rainsuit and go for a walk.  
Calories:  
  • Instead of counting every day I'm going to take a chance on my own judgement, although I'll still weigh my portions (not weighing out things like pb is a recipe for disaster!). 1400 calories on Sun, Tues, Thurs and my own judgement on the other days. 
Even though I've been doing a lot of snacking lately (mainly night time tv watching), I've lost another pound which tells me I wasn't getting enough cals for my activity levels.  

Workout:
  • 30 mins spin bike class
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 oatcakes w/pb, sm carton pineapple juice (after class, before grocery shopping)
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & raspberries, 2 clementines
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  choc fest!  soya chocolate pudding w/dk choc chips
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1394

Progress as of today: 38.2 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

V on 09/20/2012:
Good Morning :) Your plan sounds like a good one! Have a good day :)


sweetpea1977 on 09/20/2012:
Your new approach to exercise and eating sounds like a good one! Feeling burned out is no fun at all!

Congrats on your weightloss!!


TheMother on 09/20/2012:
I like what you are grateful for today. I was just telling my sister that I can't believe I'm going to be 61 on 10/1. I don't feel that old and have been told I don't look it. GREAT! You must be doing something right since you've lost another pound. That's fabulous to be so close to your goal. All of your hard work and dedication is paying off. Congrats!


makeithappen on 09/21/2012:
Mixing it up is always a good idea. It looks as if you have everything under control. I hope to get to the point of being a little more consistent. Have a good day.



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 19, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 129.8

Today I am grateful for where I live!

Still have an aquarium and some other stuff to get rid in the loft but it's a LOT emptier.

A regular at the gym asked me today about how much I workout. I told her and she seemed to think that was too much (she's very fit) and that our bodies need good rests. I'm wondering how long I can keep up this intensity and if I'll burn out. I didn't want to go to the gym this morning but made myself. I rarely feel that way. I wonder if I should get a professional opinion on my workouts?  Most weeks I do a minimum of 3 hours cardio, 5 hours strength training (gym & home). 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill (plus 5 mins when I first arrived as the spin bike was occupied)
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Workout at home (mid afternoon):
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 multigrain toast w/pate, 2 oatcakes w/pbj
  • S:  dried apricots
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  3 oatcakes
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1607
 

Progress as of today: 37.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/19/2012:
Good deal on sorting out all that stuff and doing some fall cleaning, I'm sure it feels great to get it squared away! I'm sure you'll get some good answers here about your workout schedule. I can go through periods of working out 4 or 5 days a week but I can't sustain that level overall, I just burn out too easily. For me, it's more of a matter of finding a balance among exercise and all the other stuff I need to get done each day. If I had lots of free time and no children I would be able to work out more often - no question. My opinion is that if you're feeling burned out you should cut back a bit - maybe someone at the gym will have better advice for you!


thenewMLE on 09/19/2012:
I've always wanted an aquarium, I just can't find a place to put it where I could watch and enjoy it! Sometimes the workout routine becomes your life and you feel driven to keep to that schedule. You and V have always worked out hard and long, but how do you know if it is too much? I guess when you don't feel like doing it anymore you might need to change it a little. We rode our bikes last night and I really enjoyed it because the weather was nice. I didn't feel like I was being pushed into doing something because it was good for me, I just felt like doing it!! Hope you can find a happy schedule!!


legcramps on 09/19/2012:
Balance is tough to accomplish, especially when it's different for each of us. Listen to your body; it will tell you if you're going too far with the workouts. You may find some great benefits to cutting back on the exercising as well. Change is good!


V on 09/19/2012:
Okay so here is my take on this..Maybe you can ease up on the dual workouts to avoid burnout. Maybe alternate gym and at home workouts? Or on the days you hit it hard at the gym, go a little easier with your at home workouts(or vice versa)

If I do a intense class in the morning, i usually follow it up with a stretch/yogaish class in the evening and do my ab routine Mon. Wed. Friday.. Anyhoo I am sure you will find a happy medium..Have a good evening Annie <3



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