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grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 20, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

We managed to ride our bikes to dinner last night, and stopped at a beach first.  No rain at all yesterday, just dark clouds.  Went to the gym at my usual time - 7am, and and I usually leave just after 8. So, of course, at 7:45 it started to pour rain.  It did stop though and I rode my bike home.  

Posting a photo of the Big Buddha from last year for HOP.  You can see it from the plane when you're about to land. We will visit again this year, and all the temples.  

 

Did 5 lower body sets at the gym instead of 4.  Doesn’t take very long to do 4, so I’m adding an extra set.  

 

Menu:

B:  toast, porridge

L:  green curry, ½ portion rice

D:  staying home - bacon, eggs, toast

S:  1 light beer

Gym workout:  

Lower body 10 reps x 5 sets each

 

Lunges - 5 kg weights

Side Lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  10 mins

treadmill -  15 mins


Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2016:
Not sure if you responded about the rainy season you are having? Is it the same as last year or a bit more? Wow it rains every day so often by you. I know it will end. But just asking, if it rains so much, why do you choose this place? haha. Otherwise, it's quite beautiful. Just asking, if you don't mind :)

Thank you so much for another Big Buddha photo! wow. so cool. So is there anything inside? A temple? or just steps to walk up & down? haha. So many Buddhas in Thailand! Seems more than China!? maybe right!?

I do like your idea to add a set. You give me a GREAT idea of which i am going to use, for sure, for the next month at least. I have a huge difference in strength between my left side (weaker) and right side. I am going to do a set more (or even two sets) of bicep curls on left until I catch up in strength to my right (i'm a righty). I've already been trying to pick ups weights more often and handle weights at gym more often with the left side instead of my right. thanks!

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
Yes, I responded twice about the rain in two other posts. Yes, the rain is a LOT more than last year or the year before.

China does not have many Buddhists. Much of Asia does though. Nothing inside the Buddha statue, a lot of gongs and statues at the top of the steps. Buddha is highly respected here. You must take off your shoes to go in a temple, or go up these steps. Shoulders and knees must be covered.

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
I looked it up. China is 18% Buddhist. Thailand is 95%.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2016:
For your cardio at gym, i like how you are doing it by breaking it up into chunks between multiple machines. Good idea. I may also do this later in Spring.

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
These gym only has 3 cardio machines, and since I ride my bike here a lot (when not raining!) I don't do much time on the stationary bike. At my gym at home I like to do spin bike, elliptical, rowing machine, and sometimes treadmill. It's good to have as much variety as you can in your workouts or your body just gets too used to doing something and it's not challenged much any more.



grannyannie - Monday Dec 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

No bike ride today except to the gym and back.  Sun is shining but the sky has lots of dark clouds.  The pool hasn't warmed up yet either.  So we drove to my favourite temple/pagoda.  Pic below. 

Menu:

B:  toast, yogurt, melon

L:  pad thai w/tofu, iced tea

S:  almonds

D:  fried rice w/veggies, mango smoothie (been craving ice cream all day)

S:  1 large light beer

Gym workout

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

 

Cardio:

treadmill - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2016:
Sorry the weather is still not coming around for you! I know it's the rainy season, but, is it more rainy than last year? I don't think i remember you writing so much about rain last year?

That statue is huge! Must be a really nice temple :)

grannyannie on 12/19/2016:
A LOT more rain than last year! A record, in fact. Yes, the statue is huge but not nearly as big as the one called the Big Buddha. It is massive! I'll post a pic from last year since we haven't been yet this year.


puddles on 12/19/2016:
Beautiful picture. Make the most of your day and take advantage of the good weather days. Things could be worst like us we got another 25cm of snow this weekend. I am sure you don't miss that...lol

grannyannie on 12/19/2016:
We go out every chance we get. Had some beautiful days, but I don't trust it to stay dry any more. Stupid high pressure system over China is the cause.

No, don't miss snow. We get very little in Scotland but it does feel very cold there with high winds and cold rain. I have lived in very snowy places though!



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 18, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

I changed my goal weight for what I'd like to be here in Thailand, but at home I like 135.  

Sunshine today, but I see some dark clouds lingering.  We need 2 or 3 days of sunshine for the pool and sea to be warm enough for swimming or just floating around.  No gym today but I'll try to do M-F again this week.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins
  • L:  duck/pineapple/sweet potato/tomato curry in a spicy coconut sauce, brown and jasmine rice, herbal tea (lemongrass/ginger and something else).  Bought another loaf of their wholegrain seeded bread that they make every Sunday.
  • D:  2 eggs, British bacon, toast
  • S:  1 alcopop - Smirnoff vodka and melon (remember how tasty they were last year)

Not a lot of great pics yet this winter, so here's one from last winter on a snorkeling trip:

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2016:
Gosh...a pic from last winter!? NOT cool! Just kidding Annie. We love your photos. You do look great here. I gotta say, to be able to pull off that bikini top under your dress, it's bc you work out & you are active! Otherwise, no way jose!

I like your attitude overall in this entry and always. You seem to do a great job of going with the flow and you never seem to get derailed when things may not go as planned (weather or weight or exercise). You simply get yourself back on track. It's impressive.

When i compare my thinking to yours, i see that i tend to have more of a dilemma when it comes to getting back on track! That's why i have a tendency to try to NOT let my weight fluctuate bc from past experience it takes me YEARS to get back on track if i get off! So i try my best to maintain and catch it early...

anyways, you are doing great. love the photos. talk soon!

grannyannie on 12/19/2016:
Thanks! LOL. That's a swimsuit coverup I'm wearing in the pic. See the gap under the arm - I didn't put sunscreen on that part and got burned!

Anxious to go on a snorkeling trip again but have to wait for the rain to be done for sure and the water to warm up.

I am very guilty of gaining too much and then yo-yo-ing. Makes it harder and also not good for health.



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 17, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

 

No gym for the weekend.

 

Lovely sunny day turned into about 18 hours of almost nonstop heavy downpours.  Again.  Sigh.  Didn’t want to risk the rental car on the flooded roads, so waded to a restaurant for late lunch/early dinner.  Willpower goes down the drain in this horrid rain - had two small beers with lunch.  


Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins
  • L:  fried rice w/ham & pineapple, 2 small beers
  • S:  cup of mini Oreos with a coffee
  • D:  2 pieces of toast & packet of baked crisps
  • S:  1 or 2 light beers

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/17/2016:
I hear you on the willpower-weather connection. I've been dealing with that this week, except substitute "snow" and "cold" for "rain". So hard to maintain focus and momentum when the weather doesn't cooperate.

PS I am so loving the pictures! The last one you posted --- it was bitterly cold here that day, and I just melted into your photo.

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
Posted a photo from last winter. Not enough beach time yet this winter!


puddles on 12/17/2016:
You are getting rain and we are getting big snow storm would you like to trade.... lol Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
Naw, I'll stick with rain. Although it's sun today.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2016:
Did it rain this much last year by you?

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
No, we had some heavy rain but only for a few days in total. This is very unusual. Locals say worse than their big rains in 2011. Early Dec should be the end of rainy season, so this is weird. I've read that they blame a high pressure system in China.



grannyannie - Friday Dec 16, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

We had massages at noon. Now relaxed and all the knots are out of my shoulders and legs. Had favourite lunch afterward.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge & raisins, banana
  • L:  chicken/herbs/raw crunchy veggies on a wrap, green juice (apple/celery/cucumber/lime), carob chip cookie (low fat low sugar)
  • D:  green curry w/tofu, ½ portion rice
  • S:  1 large light beer

Bike ride - 1.5 miles round trip to gym

Gym workout

Upper body  12 reps x 4 sets each

  • 11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

Cardio: 

  • treadmill - 20 mins

Home workout:

  • abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets
  • plank - 3 x 20 seconds
  • triceps dips - 10 reps x 3
  • push ups - 10 reps x 3

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 12/16/2016:
Wow, great workout! I really need to do some weight training!

grannyannie on 12/16/2016:
I find it more important to do muscle work than cardio, although cardio is also important for heart, lungs, stamina.


puddles on 12/16/2016:
Your exercise schedule always amazes me. You seem to be settling into your routine. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 12/17/2016:
Proud of myself for going 5 days in a row. :)

Thanks.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2016:
lunch and food sounds more amazing than your massage!

grannyannie on 12/17/2016:
I love this restaurant! And all wraps are boring after this one!



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 15, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

Out of sync with everybody!  It's nearly noon here, and nearly midnight EST, and at home it's nearly 5am.  

The rain came back today.    Fortunately it waited until I'd cycled to the gym and back and hubby had gone for his bike ride and swim.  We planned to have breakfast out and then stop by my favourite temple which is near the restaurant.  But while having breakfast it started pouring rain. Sigh. I'm sure it won't last more than today and tomorrow.  Crossing fingers.  

4th day in a row at the gym!!  I think I'll keep doing this unless we have plans.  I like splitting up lower and upper workouts.  

Menu:

  • B:  breakfast out - Thai basil omelette, 1 ½ pieces homemade wholegrain toast w/butter, 2 Americano w/milk & brown sugar
  • L:  banana
  • D:  a bit of digestive upset after breakfast - made a cuppa soup, but it was too spicy, so only ate about half
  • S:  might have 1 small light beer

Bike ride - just the 1.5 miles to the gym and back

Gym workout:  

Lower body: 10 reps x 4 sets each

  • Lunges - 5 kg weights
  • squats - 5 kg weights
  • calf lifts - 8 kg weights

Cardio:

  • Elliptical intervals - 10 mins
  • Exercise bike -  5 mins
  • treadmill -  25 mins

Home:  floor exercises 10 reps x 4 each

  • ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

 

This is at the temple I wanted to visit this morning - last year's photo of the reclining Buddha:

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 12.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2016:
Is it me or is that a skinny buddha!?

Anyways, sounds like a wonderfully active morning. I'm glad it decided to rain after all the activity :)

grannyannie on 12/15/2016:
The Buddha is skinny. The fat/laughing 'Buddha' is not really the Buddha - he's a Chinese God.

Hope it's dry tomorrow morning!



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.8

Got on the scale.  My scale here is in kg and I lost more than 1kg!  

I was actually up to 155.2 and now am 152.8.  


Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins, toast
  • S:  watermelon
  • S:  black coffee and biscuits (similar to animal crackers)
  • L:  chicken satay - chicken on skewers coated in a sauce - peanut sauce on the side
  • S:  seaside bar we paddled to - 2 small beers
  • D:  pbj toast, banana
  • S:  1 small light beer

Bike ride - just the 1.5 miles to the gym and back


Kayaking - about 2 miles? Got back too late to go out to dinner so had snacks in the house.  A bit short of nutrition today.


Gym workout

Upper body:  11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

12 reps x 4 sets each


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

treadmill - 15 mins


Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3

 

On our kayak trip this afternoon:

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 14.2 lbs lost so far, only 12.8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/14/2016:
Hello Annie! I love the look of the new-age canoe or is it a kayak amongst the natural surroundings of this beach! nice shot!

Not many times have a been to a beach that looks like this one that i can even remember if ever! Love it...from the smaller sandy area to the full foresty-tree look to the big rocks all spread out that way. It's a beautiful sight. thank you for sharing. if you hadn't, i wouldn't be able to see something beautiful to start my day like this!

Congrats on your >2.2lb loss! wonderful....

The billionaire owner of my company just walked in....!

grannyannie on 12/14/2016:
It's an inflatable kayak, so a bit high up on water. We brought last year in a suitcase but bought the paddles here.

The beaches are different depending on what part of the island. We are on the east side and the beaches on the west side are fine, white sand and wide beaches.

Thanks!


innerpeace on 12/14/2016:
Very beautiful. Enjoy it!

grannyannie on 12/14/2016:
Thanks, will do!


jayhawkjen on 12/14/2016:
Scotland has changed since I was there last! Global warming? LOL...

grannyannie on 12/14/2016:
LOL! Aye! This is our winter home! It did hit 90F once in some part of Scotland. A record! Where we live I think it hit 82 once year, but mainly upper 60's and low 70's in summer.



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 13, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Hot today.  Sun shining most of the day.

Menu:

B:  porridge/raisins, yogurt, ½ banana

L:  sm toast w/pbj, veg fried rice

D:  pork and veg - no rice (low fat/cal)

S:  1 small light beer
 

Bike ride - just 1.5 miles to gym and back

 

Gym workout:  

Lower body

10 reps x 4 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike -  10 mins

treadmill -  20 mins


Home:  floor exercises

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

10 reps x 3 each

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2016:
I remember those days of biking around my own community. Long time ago, but i loved it. Biking outdoors was a great workout! Then, when i was really fit, i was jogging to the gym around 1mi each way! It was great!

Glad to hear the rain has passed!

grannyannie on 12/13/2016:
Me too! The cycling gets very hot here especially midday, but at least we get a breeze. Really love cycling at home!

grannyannie on 12/13/2016:
My gym at home is 9 miles away so no jogging. Anxious to see the newly refurbished gym when I get home in March.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2016:
Looking forward to photos of the gym that was closed for like half a year...!

grannyannie on 12/13/2016:
Doubt they are even opened yet, but they closed mid Sept. It will be two floors instead of one.

The gym I use here (it is just a resort gym) has bike, elliptical, treadmill, sets of dumbbells from 1 - 10kg. That's it. Good enough though.


puddles on 12/13/2016:
Sunshine and heat... we got about a foot of snow yesterday and had to dig my car out. Enjoy Annie.

grannyannie on 12/13/2016:
Yikes! Are you heading south soon?



grannyannie - Monday Dec 12, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Haven't been on the scale but will get on Fri or Sat.  

Changed my workout routine, at least for this week and I'll see how it goes.  Doing upper body/cardio MWF and lower body/cardio Tu/Th.  

Menu:

B:  toast, yogurt, apple

L:  potato/pineapple/shrimp salad with mayo (nice, but they used too much mayo and had to scrape it off - I'll remember to tell them less next time)

D:  chicken/pineapple/cashew/mixed veg stir fry

S:  1 small light beer


Bike ride - about 4 miles (I miss my bike from home which has an odometer - and a battery!)


Gym workout:

Upper body:  11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells - 6.6 lbs - 17.6 lbs)

12 reps x 4 sets each


Cardio:

Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike - 5 mins

treadmill - 10 mins


Home workout:

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3

 

 

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2016:
Thank you for continuing to list your workouts. Sometimes i do not read to look at the details, but in fact it's good to list for you & us. It gives all of us ideas on routines to add at home. I may start doing planks more often, actually - as i look at your routines.

Also i like your breakup of MWF / T&TH. nice. i do agree that not every day should be a gym day. I am sorta wanting today off, but have a meeting i want to go to tomorrow. however, i'm starting to realize more and more frequently the need for extra rest. How many hours do you sleep? I'm reading a TON about athletes and how they need a more typical 10hrs sleep - and some high end athletes even sleep 12 hours a night, most nights!

love stir fries and the potato salad with shrimp would even be good if it were oil/vinegar based! ever have that type of potato salad? no mayo?

grannyannie on 12/12/2016:
Feel good about upping my routines, although I doubt I'll keep up the 5 days in a row. Some days I won't be able to, like if we book a snorkel trip or something.

With the potato salad they gave me bottles of vinegar and olive oil, but putting them together would be yucky. Haven't had a potato salad without mayo. They are Thai so are much better at Thai cooking and not Euro/American.

I get about 7 or 8 hours sleep normally.



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 11, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Cloudy today, but it keeps the temp down.  Lazy day.  A bit of shopping. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge w/raisins, banana
  • L:  Starbucks - skinny cappuccino and skinny blueberry muffin
  • D:  noodles/crushed cashews/tofu/green veg/herbs with a sprinkle of parmesan on top, herbal tea made with lemongrass/ginger/basil
  • S:  1 small bottle light Singha beer - 97 calories

A photo from a few days ago:  I have several FB friends who like my foot photos!

 

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/11/2016:
Lazy days are good. Great looking foot Annie. Have a great day/evening.... whatever it is where you are... lol

grannyannie on 12/11/2016:
Thanks, Fran! I'm am 12 hours ahead of EST. Now 1:32 pm so it's 1:32 am there, guessing you are sound asleep!



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