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grannyannie - Sunday Jul 05, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Beer last night.  None today and none until a garden party or next weekend.

Getting on exercise bike today.  Rainy and windy. But I'm getting anxious to power walk and listen to an audiobook.  Thought I might be sore from muscle work yesterday but I'm not. I did some stretches afterward so maybe that's why.


  • B: toast, soy yogurt and blueberries, tea
  • S: quinoa bar and coffee
  • L:  salad with hummus and cheddar, apple
  • D: curry, tonic with lime
  • S:  popcorn

A church just down the road from us:

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 07/05/2020:
what a lovely church! It's beautiful looks like a doll house :)

Grannyannie on 07/05/2020:
It does!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2020:
that is a beautiful church with like nothing else in the photo!? is it a small church?

grannyannie on 07/05/2020:
It is on the coastal road I live on, and has a forest behind it. Parking is on the street for this one. It is a small church, never been inside though. It's Church of Scotland (Presbyterian).

Donkey on 07/05/2020:
I hope the weather will allow for a walk soon!

grannyannie on 07/06/2020:
Windy today but won't be rainy.

grannyannie - Saturday Jul 04, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Actually did a workout this morning. 

Beer day even though I had wine on Thursday.

Dreary and damp here, again.  We were getting so spoiled by gorgeous weather in May and early June. 

Lockdown is easing here, but at the same time Scotland has finally made masks mandatory in shops.  We don't plan to change anything.  My brother is shipping the extra ashes of my son for me to sprinkle in Glencoe (gorgeous mountain area which my son loved) and by the time they arrive we'll be able to drive the 90 miles to get there and maybe have lunch outdoors.  So we'll pick a warm, sunny day.  Saving half of them to sprinkle on the D Day beaches of Normandy because he always wanted to go there, so his brother and I will sprinkle them next summer.

Menu:  still not counting calories though I should

  • B:  toast, soy yogurt with fresh blueberries, tea
  • S: quinoa bar and coffee
  • L: salad with hummus, cheddar and boiled egg
  • S: popcorn, beer
  • D:  curry, tonic with lime
  • S: popcorn


No upper body with dumbbells

  • 2 sets x 10 lower body with dumbbells (squats, lunges, calf lifts)
  • 2 sets x 10 bum and thighs with ankle weights
  • 2 sets abs, planks, push ups
  • step aerobics
  • jump rope 3 x 20
  • 3 sets of a Tae Bo routine


 I take a lot of photos of our garden so here's one:

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/04/2020:
(((hugs))) Those are some lovely plans for your son's ashes... Both spots sound so beautiful.

Good job on the exercise! The popcorn sounds interesting. Kind of like the kettlecorn we have here - a little sweeter than plain.

grannyannie on 07/04/2020:
The popcorn is great but hard to stop eating. It's sweet and salty but not as sweet as caramel corn.

I like to think my son sees what we are doing for him that we know he'd love.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2020:
I agree with Donkey, those are very nice plans for your son's ashes. so sorry again. i know this is so tough.

you sound really good, lovely photo too! keep making yourself and your health a priority!!

grannyannie on 07/05/2020:
I know exercise is only a tiny part of losing weight, but I'm doing far too much sitting on my bum! Rain needs to stop so I can power walk!

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2020:
I'm sure your son would appreciate the places you chose for his ashes...((HUGS))......beautiful pic.

grannyannie on 07/05/2020:
Glencoe is a gorgeous spot, but Normandy is a WWII spot. Both my sons WWII buffs.

grannyannie - Friday Jul 03, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

A couple of our friends wanted to try out their bikes last night just after dinner so came down to our house and we sat outside.  Of course that meant we both broke our no alcohol day.  Wine for me, beer for hubby and our friends had both.  Unfortunately I didn't have any cold rose' which is lower alcohol so had red wine.  I drank it like I normally drink the other wine not thinking about how high the alcohol content was.  Serious hangover today!! 

Received a box of popcorn today but a different kind - sweet and salty - almost like caramel corn.  Higher cals than the one I've been having, but not much more.


  • B: toast, tea
  • S: quinoa bar, coffee
  • L: cheese sandwich, packet of crisps
  • S: popcorn
  • D: veg and chicken curry
  • S: popcorn 

Not exactly a healthy food day.  But too tired to bother.

In front of my house:

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 07/03/2020:
Thank you for this very beautiful photo you have shared w us all today. Where is it? Are you in Scotland? It sure is pretty!

grannyannie on 07/04/2020:
Yes, I'm in west Scotland. This is the sea loch in front of my house.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/03/2020:
omg so pretty! what i love most about this photo is that there's not so many boats or people! seems it's a nice spot and not crowded with people or traffic!

grannyannie on 07/04/2020:
The road I live on is very quiet. A 13 mile long coastal road and behind us is a forest. We get all kinds of boats out there but it's never crowded with them. Royal Navy, submarines, fishing boats, sailboats, freighters.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2020:

Grannyannie on 07/04/2020:
Can't complain about the view!

Donkey on 07/04/2020:
Beautiful picture!

I commented on the popcorn on a later entry. A nice change, perhaps.

grannyannie - Thursday Jul 02, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Did some housework today - dusting, hoovering, sweeping.  Did 30 minutes on the exercise bike but have yet to do muscle work.  My shoulder is a bit sore again and no idea why.

Weather is still yucky.  I don't want to power walk as there's a good chance of rain.  But I'm going to start listening to audiobooks when I do walk.

Since my son is gone I have no rights to see my granddaughters (nasty divorce).  So I have to try to get along with their mother (it's hard!).  She's grateful that I'm buying the girls laptops and that I'll pay for drivers ed next school year for the oldest one.  I'm hoping she'll let me take the girls next summer for a week at Lake Michigan like we did for a couple of years with my son and the girls. 

Also hope she doesn't give us any problem in 3 years when the oldest graduates. I told gd I'd give her a trip over here and take her to London and maybe Belgium or somewhere else she'd like to go.  She's only been to Scotland where we are. 


  • B:  toast, soy yogurt with fresh raspberries, tea
  • S:  quinoa bar (2 - oops), coffee
  • L:  egg salad sandwich and crisps
  • D:  some kind of curry that husband is now cooking
  • S:  popcorn

I'd love to have a beer but this is hubby's second no beer day.  I'll have a beer with him tomorrow. 

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/02/2020:
i hope also that you'll get to spend time with the girls! :)

good job not having the beer and waiting to have it with hubby tomorrow! i like the teamwork attitude to this health approach of both of you!

grannyannie on 07/03/2020:
Actually friends came over unexpectedly and we both drank outside.

Donkey on 07/03/2020:
I understand having to balance things with your former daughter-in-law and with your granddaughters. I guess the best you can do is reach out and let them know that you love them, whether it's cool gifts or a call or email, whatever. They will remember that when they become adults.

grannyannie on 07/03/2020:
ExDIL is very difficult, always has been. The oldest one and I are close and we message each other several times a week. The youngest one is hard to have a conversation with - seriously ADHD.

grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 01, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Planned on doing some muscle work and aerobics, but didn't.  Did do lots of laundry and some hoovering.


  • B: toast, yogurt, tea
  • S: quinoa bar, coffee, last sesame snack
  • L: salad, hummus, cheddar
  • S: popcorn
  • D: Massaman curry
  • S: popcorn 

Husband has decided he needs to lose some weight - he weighs less than me!  But he just has a bit of beer belly.  So he's going 2 days a week with no beer.  Today and tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2020:
D has a bit if a belly too...and the dr told him it was an abdominal hernia...but they don't seem interested in fixing it........they did say it had a fat layer so maybe that's why.....if he lost a few pounds maybe they would fix it....but he isn't wanting surgery...can't blame him.

grannyannie on 07/02/2020:
Is the hernia painful?

Maria7 on 07/01/2020:
That is a good plan and men usually lose easier than women do. I know you are relieved you got your laundry done as I always am, too. Smile.

grannyannie on 07/02/2020:
He's not a snacker or doesn't like junk food. Beer is the only reason he's not a toothpick. He wants to lose about 8-10lbs.

horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2020:
Glad to hear you did the laundry ! I find when it do it that it takes always longer than I expect it to!

grannyannie on 07/02/2020:
I'm surprised how fast it piles up.

grannyannie - Tuesday Jun 30, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Actually did something today.  Exercise bike for 40 minutes and cleaned a bathroom.  Shopping at 7:30 am. 

Chatted with granddaughter.  Ordered a laptop for her birthday.  I can't believe she'll be 15 in 2 weeks. 


  • B:  toast (I missed it too much), tea
  • S: coffee and quinoa bar, sesame and yogurt snacks
  • L: egg salad sandwich, strawberries
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S: more sesame snacks, small wine, popcorn

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 06/30/2020:
That is really good, the 40 mins on bike and cleaning bathroom. I know your Granddaughter will enjoy her new laptop for her bd.

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
She will. Also got one for her sister whose birthday is August.

happy-1 on 06/30/2020:
Good job! Strong mindset.

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
Gotta make myself do things, then I feel better.

happy-1 on 06/30/2020:
And a laptop from grandma? She must be excited!

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
She is! Anything for her!

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2020:
I know carbs have a bad name...but they are mood lightening foods...I think carbs in limits are needed for health...Luck granddaughters.....I'm sure they will love their new laptops!!

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
I try giving up bread often but can't keep it up long enough. Yes, the girls will love them. I know the oldest is feeling totally miserable without her dad.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2020:
what a kind bday present to your granddaughter! how nice of you!

nice eats, Annie!

grannyannie on 07/01/2020:
We were supposed to go to Lake Michigan as usual this summer and I pay for the house we rent. Of course, that's not happening. I think I might start sending random gifts to them throughout the year.

grannyannie - Monday Jun 29, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

I'm not going to continue counting calories. This is a bad time to feel deprived.  Losing my son and then not even being able to have a funeral safely or be comforted by my family and seeing his daughters is just devastating.  My husband is supportive and I'm in a very supportive online group with others who lost someone to Covid. But it's not enough.

So I'm just going to try to keep snacking to a minimum (just popcorn) and seriously limit my alcohol. I'm missing bakery bread toasted in the morning and sometimes having a sandwich for lunch instead of always having a salad. 

I'm not very energetic at all and never feel like I've slept well.  But I will try to at least get on my exercise bike and when it stops raining I'll power walk and listen to an audiobook.


  • B:  porridge, mixed seeds, blueberries, oat milk, tea with soy milk
  • S:  quinoa bar, coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  salad with hummus and cheddar
  • D:  Massaman curry with chicken and potatoes, no rice
  • S: popcorn, red wine - small glass or two. 

I should lose on this as I'm not keeping up the high calories I had been on.  I had been drinking a LOT of beer and often accompanied by crisps or Doritos. 

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/29/2020:
I think it's a good idea not to pressure yourself right now....you need time to grieve and just be gentle with yourself. There will be time when you are ready for scaling back a bit if needed....and it may not be needed. One thing at a time...((HUGS))

Grannyannie on 06/29/2020:
Thanks Bear.

legcramps on 06/29/2020:
One day at a time, there is nothing in this world that is more important right now than taking care of your mental and emotional health. Hugs!

grannyannie on 06/29/2020:
Thanks, hugs are welcome.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2020:
i'm really sorry once again about your son. it's ok to grieve, you have to. it's an absolutely devastating thing for any parent to have to experience. try to be good to yourself like the others said above!

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
Thanks HOP.

Maria7 on 06/30/2020:
So sorry about your Son. Take good care of yourself, Annie.

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
Thanks Maria. I'm trying.

grannyannie - Sunday Jun 28, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Drank a LOT of beer yesterday, and a couple of packets of crisps.  Wasn't a good day emotionally.  Today I'm very tired. 


B: porridge w/oat milk and /fresh blueberries, mixed seeds, tea w/soy milk

S: quinoa bar and coffee w/coconut milk

L: salad w/turkey breast, cheddar, 2 clementines

D: Chicken curry, diet tonic

S: packet of popcorn


Total:  1257 cals


Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/28/2020:
I feel you. Hugs.

Donkey on 06/28/2020:

Put yesterday and its beer behind you. Today is a new day.

grannyannie on 06/28/2020:
Once a week indulgence

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2020:
Hoping you have a better day today xoxo

It’s ok to have those feelings but it can be so hard to get them to settle without reaching for those habits - I still have times now where I don’t even realize it but I totally reach for food to calm down even emotionally (lately it’s after taking a class I am only taking bc of resume and not at all bc I want to)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2020:
I reach an emotionally low when the class is over (except for yesterday when I did much better with the class being online) but I was coming home and having a huge emotional low where I was extremely tempted and sometimes did resort to food after class ...

grannyannie on 06/29/2020:
There's nothing lower emotionally than grief.

grannyannie - Saturday Jun 27, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Weigh in today: lost 1 lb since last week.

Treat today - beer and crisps.  I need a treat.  Dreamed about my son last night and it hit me hard. 


B: porridge w/oat milk and /fresh blueberries, mixed seeds, tea w/soy milk

S: quinoa bar and coffee w/coconut milk

L: salad w/turkey breast, cheddar

D: Chicken curry, diet tonic

S: packet of popcorn

A large bottle of beer and packet of crisps

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/27/2020:
(((hugs))) It's OK to do what you need to do to get through the tough days.

Grannyannie on 06/27/2020:
Today is definitely comfort drinking and eating. :(

happy-1 on 06/27/2020:

grannyannie on 06/27/2020:
Thanks. I need all the hugs I can get.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/27/2020:
So sorry about your son - it was because of corona right ?

grannyannie on 06/27/2020:
Yes, Covid. April 5th. He was 46 with 2 young daughters. :(

bearcountrygg on 06/27/2020:
Be gentle with yourself. ((HUGS))

grannyannie - Friday Jun 26, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 167.8

Had a gorgeous day yesterday after many wet or cloudy days. Intended to power walk and/or ride my bike.  But hubby was outside working on his bike so I cleaned the living/dining room, kitchen and laundry room. Then I sat outside on a lounger and read a mystery.

Not going to do any muscle work (except abs) until I’ve had no pain in my shoulder for at least 3 days. Not going to do any upper body with weights at all.

I'll get on my exercise bike today and read my book. Do some abs.


  • B: porridge w/oat milk and /fresh strawberries, mixed seeds, tea w/soy milk
  • S: quinoa bar and coffee w/coconut milk
  • L: salad w/turkey breast, cheddar
  • D: Indian chicken curry, diet tonic
  • S: packet of popcorn

Total: 1177



Progress as of today: 1.8 lbs lost so far, only 22.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/26/2020:
I love to watch you tube videos on my phone while I ride our exercise bike...it makes the time go so much faster...otherwise...I'm watching the timer...LOL

Grannyannie on 06/26/2020:
I find it a good place to catch up on reading. I use rubber bands to hold the kindle to the display area, after I've set the programme. I use music for other workouts.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/26/2020:
Smart to take care of your shoulder ! We are having so many dry days here that the lawns are drying up a bit here !!

grannyannie on 06/26/2020:
I never should have increased the reps so soon. But I'm ultra careful now.

Thinkpositive on 06/26/2020:
Sounds like a good plan!

grannyannie on 06/27/2020:
Actually went over my time on the bike because I was in the middle of a chapter!

happy-1 on 06/26/2020:
I love your posts. They remind me change my headspace and be happy.

grannyannie on 06/27/2020:
It's so hard to be happy in this world now. Good to grab when you can.

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