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grannyannie - Friday Jun 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Another gorgeous day here!!    We've been invited to our friends' house for dinner tomorrow night. So the vegan/vegetarian experiment will be officially finished. 

Going to do cardio (tae bo/jump rope) tomorrow and Sunday, and also my strength routines. Need to colour my hair and finish packing as well. Want the house clean and no dirty laundry left behind before we leave on Monday. I like to come home to a clean house. Our friend is going to water my weeping fig tree and cut our grass. 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 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/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:   3 oatcakes & hummous, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries, satsuma
  • D:   veg and bean curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple of banana
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1500

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 06/07/2013:
Your workout looks really really good!! And I know what you mean... I hate coming back home from vacation with work to do... it's better to just get it done before you leave! Have a great trip!

grannyannie on 06/07/2013:
Thanks! Yes, I like to come home to a clean house.


Umpqua on 06/07/2013:
You did so well with the vegan/veggie experiment. Then again, seems like your menus are mostly vegetarian anyway. I'm sure you're super excited for your departure Monday - I can't wait to hear all about your travels!

grannyannie on 06/07/2013:
I am mostly vegetarian at home and dinners are almost always vegan since hubby does the booking. Aye, getting excited.


OhioRaven on 06/07/2013:
I'll trade you some Courgette, for some porridge :v)

grannyannie on 06/07/2013:
LOL. Okay. Here's another one for ya - eggplant is called aubergine.


puddles on 06/07/2013:
I also do not like coming home to a messy house. Have a great day and weekend Annie

grannyannie on 06/07/2013:
Thanks, Fran. Same to you.


V on 06/07/2013:
And the countdown til vacay begins!! I am sure you are super duper stoked and ready! Hey have fun with your friends at dinner tomorrow and try to match equal parts water with wine so ya won't have a hangover Sunday, LOL Have a good evening <3

grannyannie on 06/08/2013:
Thanks! Aye, got too much to do on Sunday to have a hangover. I'll drink the wine more slowly as well because as soon as it gets to half glass our hostess fills it up again! I'll have a glass of water on hand as well.



grannyannie - Thursday Jun 06, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Another lovely day here - warm and sunny.  I've tossed tons of stuff into the guest room and will work on packing today.  I'm a fanatical organized packer and use a list. I don't like to have to dig through my stuff in the overhead compartment on a plane so I make sure I have whatever I need in a small bag at my seat. After security I transfer the liquids I need to my 'at-seat bag' - eye drops, lip balm, hand gel.  And, of course, a large bottle of water.

Workout:
  • 30 mins intense spin bike class
Workout at home (lower body):
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post spin class:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  plain yogurt & fresh strawberries, 2 satsumas
  • D:  veg/mushroom/barley soup w/whole grain toast & benecol spread, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple, glass of wine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/06/2013:
I always over pack and end up not using half of the stuff. Someday I will get the hang of it. LOL Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 06/06/2013:
I overpack as well. Can't do it this time as I need to leave room for the clothes and shoes I'm buying while I'm there!


Umpqua on 06/06/2013:
I have to make lists too, especially now with 2 little ones to pack for. Hubby throws everything together the night before - sometimes the same day we travel!

grannyannie on 06/06/2013:
That's like my hubby. Night before usually.


legcramps on 06/06/2013:
I make lists as well, and like to consider myself a very organized packer. Sometimes a little too organized, maybe ;)

grannyannie on 06/06/2013:
Yea, I'm a bit of a fanatic about it and hubby makes fun of me.


skinnygrlwithin on 06/06/2013:
You are a very organized packer... I do not have those skills at all... everything just gets thrown in the suitcase, if anything gets folded I'm doing pretty good haha. Anything to do with putting away my clothes, or transferring my clothes... yea I kinda hate it haha. But I am a to-do list maker, at my old job that I hated I used to spend hours making and re-doing to-do lists hahaha. It's very gratifying to be able to cross things off.

grannyannie on 06/06/2013:
I'm okay with the clothes packing - it's the electronic stuff, the toiletries, meds, calcium pills....


V on 06/06/2013:
Hiya Annie :) Fared the storm without incident but I was bored to tears today, LOL

Wow I am impressed at how organized you are..I think we have discussed how i can't pack early for trips because i bring FAR too many things with me, most of the stuff I really don't need or wear...Hahahaha

Have a wonderful evening my friend<3


biscottibody59 on 06/06/2013:
Hope you have a great evening!



grannyannie - Wednesday Jun 05, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

We had a lovely day yesterday! Met up with daughter and had lunch and a long walk along the promenade. It was mostly cloudy as there wasn't even a breeze so the clouds stayed put. But it was mild and very pleasant. I won't even mention the food, beer and ice cream.

Edit:  Today is my oldest son's birthday.  He's 42!  How can I possibly have a 42 year old child??!!  

Top photo is taken from the town of Oban and the bottom is Loch Fyne which is a stopover on the way.

Workout at gym:

  • 25 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 12 on 3 resistance machines (upper body) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper/lower body):

  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms using .5kg wrist weights
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups, triceps dips
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on toast, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • D: soup, oatcakes, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S: grapes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/05/2013:
beautiful pictures Annie - have a great day

grannyannie on 06/05/2013:
Thanks Fran, same to you.


Umpqua on 06/05/2013:
I didn't realize our sons shared a birthday! I'll be close to 80 (assuming I make it that far) by the time mine's 42. Gorgeous pictures, and I'm glad you had a nice visit with daughter :)

grannyannie on 06/05/2013:
I remembered from last year when you posted it was your son's. I was just a child of 19 when mine was born...much better to have them at your age!

Thanks!


skinnygrlwithin on 06/05/2013:
Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!! So glad you had a nice time with your daughter!!

grannyannie on 06/05/2013:
Thanks!


OhioRaven on 06/05/2013:
Makes me wanna go fishin' . Your first name IS Granny, isn't it ?

grannyannie on 06/05/2013:
Aye, first name granny! LOL. Actually my granddaughters call me Nana. :)


getmebackto150 on 06/05/2013:
Beautiful pictures!!! Have a great day:)

grannyannie on 06/05/2013:
Thanks. You too.


V on 06/05/2013:
Aww Happy Birthday to your son young lady!! Beautiful pics my friend, have a great evening <3



grannyannie - Monday Jun 03, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Our weather forecast for this week looks gorgeous....sunny and low 70's. 

Since we are going to Oban for the day tomorrow to visit daughter I won't be working out, so will do both upper and lower body strength routines this afternoon.  (still ignoring the box of 3 dozen homemade oatmeal/raisin cookies that I baked for her and her friends!)

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper/lower body):

  • 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 
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on toast, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • D:  homemade veggie soup & toast, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1500

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/03/2013:
You're a machine, Annie! Great work avoiding the cookies and doubling up the workouts. Hope you have a good one!

grannyannie on 06/03/2013:
Cheers! Wish those cookies would stop calling my name! :O


V on 06/03/2013:
Enjoy your visit with your daughter and i am sure her and her friends will enjoy those cookies that you didn't eat! have a good evening Annie :)

grannyannie on 06/04/2013:
:) Thanks V.


OhioRaven on 06/03/2013:
Enjoy your weather, Annie...Not the cookies !


horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2013:
Have a nice time visiting your daughter!


biscottibody59 on 06/03/2013:
Hope you have a nice trip--good job resisting the cookies:-)



grannyannie - Sunday Jun 02, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Going to visit daughter for the afternoon on Tuesday. So baking more oatmeal raisin cookies today. Her fellow volunteers are enjoying them as well. Making a double batch, which again I won't do a taste test. This visit also means going over calorie allotment for the day, but will try not to overdo. Getting too close now!

Workout at home:
  • 45 mins tae bo/jump rope
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg, 1 veg sausage on 1 slice bread, plain yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • S:  2 satsuma
  • D:  (hubby is having the rest of the soup), veg-nut roast, potatoes, veggie gravy, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  about 1312  

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 06/02/2013:
Sounds like a great day Annie !


biscottibody59 on 06/02/2013:
Hope the rest of your day goes well!



grannyannie - Saturday Jun 01, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

I like to be well-prepared and am now starting to pack for our trip in 10 days. Husband likes to make fun of me for doing this, but I've yet to forget anything important (as he has) since he's a last minute packer.    My smallest pair of capris fit fine now, although I don't know why I even bought cotton ones as they need ironing. Trying not to overpack as I will be doing a lot of summer clothes shopping while there and will need to fit them in suitcase. 

Trying to be less obsessive with the scale and will weigh myself on Monday mornings and update then.

Workout at home (lower body):

  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 satsumas
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on 1 slice whole grain bread w/mustard, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries/raspberries
  • D:  leek, potato, pea soup, whole grain toast w/benecol, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  apple, cherries
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  about 1440

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 06/01/2013:
Looking forward to your Monday morning updates. Now, get packin'.

grannyannie on 06/01/2013:
Yessir!!



grannyannie - Friday May 31, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Woohoo!!  My gym is going to be expanded next year! The money for it has been allocated. My gym is quite small but then the population of the town and the outlying villages is less than 20,000. Still, it gets too crowded and often you have to wait for machines and we definitely need a bigger one and more equipment.

Counting down to our trip to see my family for a month!  Leaving in 11 days.
 
My set of dumbbells at home is in kg (3, 4, 5, 6) but converted to pounds are: 6.6, 8.8, 11, 13.2. So I've ordered a set of 8 lb dumbbells sent to my sister's house. I guess I'll just do more/less reps to compensate for the variations. My 7 minute arms video is online so I can easily continue doing that with my wrist weights that I'm packing. Ordered ankle weights sent to her house as well (same weight as I use at home) so no change in my glutes, hips, thighs routine. Also ordered a mat. Bringing my jump rope as well. So I'm ready! No way am I going to lose all the hard work I've done on my muscles!

My sister is taking me to her 50+ exercise class a few times and it seems they do a big variety and I can also use dumbbells there. Our final week we'll be at my brother's house and I'm sure I'll go to 1 or 2 one-hour spin bike classes with his wife. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 4 resistance machines (upper body and back) 
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                     

Workout at home (upper body):

  • 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/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  hummous on whole grain toast, plain yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • D:  homemade leek, pea, potato soup (my chef is home!) & homemade whole grain seeded bread w/benecol spread, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  cherries and grapes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1500 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/31/2013:
Woo-Hoo ! :v)

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
:)


Umpqua on 05/31/2013:
Great news on the gym and excellent exercise plans for your upcoming trip!

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks! Not going to make the mistakes this trip as I have on others! I've worked too hard for this muscle.


biscottibody59 on 05/31/2013:
Hope you're having a good one!

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks. You as well!


lolla on 05/31/2013:
Great workout as usual, I am so proud of you for keeping it up!

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks Lolla!


V on 05/31/2013:
Way to set yourself up for success on your trip to the states!! LOVE the plan my friend, have an awesome weekend Annie <3

grannyannie on 06/01/2013:
Thanks V. Same to you. <3



grannyannie - Thursday May 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Husband stayed an extra night on the island in his tent. Guess it was comfy enough. Daughter will be working so he'll wander around on his own tomorrow until he catches the 3pm ferry. I will pick him up from the bus stop around 8pm. So I've got to be my own chef for dinner again! Gasp!

Workout:
  • 30 mins torture spin bike class 
Workout at home (lower body):
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post spin class:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on 1 slice wholegrain w/mustard, plain (dairy) yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • D:  Quorn patty, sweet potato, broccoli, salad w/avocado
  • S:  grapes
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  about 1400

 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/30/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Your Hubby might wanna stay and do some fishin' : v)

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Mornin' Ohio. I think he'd need a boat for fishing out there. Some salmon would be nice though!


Umpqua on 05/30/2013:
Your menu looks very healthy for fending for yourself. I hope you enjoy your day!

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Thanks!


OhioRaven on 05/30/2013:
I eat yogurt every day. But I just don't think its enough to balance me out. Thanks.

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Oh right. Remember that you eat yogurt. Yea, a probiotic drink or something should do the trick.


V on 05/30/2013:
I am sure your daughter was thrilled to have him stay an extra evening :) LOL! I bet you miss your personal chef, but I love that you had breakfast food for dinner last night! Enjoy your evening Annie <3

grannyannie on 05/31/2013:
Thanks, V. Our timing is all out of sync since you post at night and it's the middle of the night for me. :)



grannyannie - Wednesday May 29, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.0

Scale is creeping down! It's funny how just a few pounds can make such a huge difference when you get close to goal. Summer clothes shopping ahead! The thing I'm most concerned about while in Michigan for a month isn't keeping weight down or doing cardio, it's not letting all the muscle work I've done disappear. I'll do my usual routines (except I'll only have one set of dumbbells) 3 times a week. Will of course get cardio in as well. 

Except for the after-funeral meal on the third day, I've managed 13 days vegan. Going to eat eggs today since I had to buy some to bake daughter's cookies. Don't want them to go to waste. Also going to eat some veggie sausages I've had in the freezer which are made with a small amount of milk and egg white. I like soy milk so I'm going to stick to that. I'll figure this all out when we get back from the US. Won't do vegan again, too hard.

Husband stayed in his tent last night on the island.  He said the campsite there is really nice. He and daughter are hiking today and he said if the weather stays nice he might spend another night. Daughter goes back to work at 3pm today and also works tomorrow. 

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike - intense
  • 10 mins treadmill - uphill
  • 10 mins rowing machine
  • 4 sets of 12 on 3 resistance machines (upper body) - didn't do machine for lats as one side is still sore
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                               
Workout at home (upper body):
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms using .5kg wrist weights (this is still really tough with the weights and if I did it w/o the weights now it would be too easy)
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • push ups, triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell 
Menu: (ran out of salad - no veggies today but no big deal as I eat a TON of veggies every day - grocery shopping tomorrow)
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  pbj on whole grain toast, banana
  • D:  2 eggs, 2 veggie sausages, polenta
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  under 1500
 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 05/29/2013:
I think if you bring your set of hand weights with you and continue with your normal routine as much as possible you'll be able to maintain your muscle mass. Have you looked into straps? They're used in gyms, but were invented by a individual I think in the navy? The purpose is when you don't have a lot of room to workout, or don't have a lot of equipment with you... they use your own body weight. We have them at my gym, they're really good.

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
I've ordered a mat, one set of dumbbells (8 lbs), and ankle weights and had them sent to my sister's house where we'll stay. I'm bringing my wrist weights which are only 1 kg so it won't add too much to luggage weight. The dumbbells I use at home are 3, 4, 5 and 6 kg which I couldn't seem to find online in the US. I haven't yet tried the straps but they are a good idea for travel.


OhioRaven on 05/29/2013:
Hubs will have adventure stories for you when you see him again. You did good on the Vegan thing. I hear it really IS hard.

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
I managed the vegan thing for 6 months before, but I didn't do any travelling during that time and also knew which restaurants to go to. Not so any more.


legcramps on 05/29/2013:
Hit up the parks and do some chin ups there ;)

Have a great day today!

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
LOL. Haven't tried chin ups yet! Thanks.


Umpqua on 05/29/2013:
Congrats on your continued loss and I think you're doing great mostly sticking to vegan. Glad your hubby is having fun on his trip!

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Well, once I get to Michigan the vegan will be impossible. It'll be meat, cheese, the works. :O


OhioRaven on 05/29/2013:
I'm eating the big Garlic Dills. Cold and Crunchy.

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Mmmm...yum. I never think to buy pickles here but when I go to the US to visit sister she always has some kind of pickles out for lunch. Will be eating some soon!


V on 05/29/2013:
Good going on the Vegan experience!! Big congrats on your loss as well, you are a MACHINE Annie :)

grannyannie on 05/30/2013:
Cheers, V!!



grannyannie - Tuesday May 28, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 133.4

Got the house to myself until tomorrow night. Husband has gone to visit daughter and has taken a tent and sleeping bag (no way to find last minute accommodation on a popular island in high season).  No way could he talk me into going, I only sleep in beds! I'll go along on a day trip next week to see daughter before we go to the US. Unfortunately, she only knows what her day off is a few days ahead of time so it's impossible to plan.
 
A thorough house cleaning is on my agenda today. I'll also start tossing things into the spare room to pack for Michigan even though it's still two weeks away. 

Still doing vegan but had to buy eggs to make daughter's cookies. I don't want to dump them and I'll use two to bake more cookies for her and her roommates next week, but that leaves 3. Might just have some with polenta for dinner tomorrow night as my chef is gone and there's no more leftover curry.
 
I know it hasn't been long enough but I don't really feel any differently eating this way except that the lack of eating junk or sugar means I don't have that yucky, hard-to-describe feeling afterwards. Sugar does make me feel badly after I eat it but there's no way I could give it up permanently. The pleasure I get from eating it sometimes makes it worth it to feel yucky afterward (like Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra ice cream!).
 
Workout at home (lower body):
  • squats, lunges w/dumbbells
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full and alternating
  • thigh master  
  • abs-4 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  toast and pbj, banana, 2 peaches
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  fruit-seed-cashew mix, glass of wine
  • splashes of almond milk in coffee
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  under 1500
 

 

Progress as of today: 33.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/28/2013:
You're not coming to US for two weeks, but how long will you stay? Enjoy the solitude. I don't mind when husband is traveling much. But I don't tell him - wink!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
We'll be staying our usual month. Yes, I enjoy the solitude! Don't get that much of it since we are both retired.


OhioRaven on 05/28/2013:
Mornin', Annie. I'm sure the Frying Scottsman is having a good time sleeping under the stars. Sounds like an adventure. Good for him.

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Good morning Ohio. Hope my Scotsman doesn't freeze!


Umpqua on 05/28/2013:
We were just discussing vacation plans for the summer and we're going to do a long weekend in the tent. I think we'll be bringing air mattresses though ;) I was also thinking of doing something with polenta tonight, although not sure what. Enjoy your quiet time!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Will be fun with the kids, but it's not for me any more. The closest I come is in Uganda in tents on platforms with beds inside!

Love polenta. I've got the kind you can slice off and fry and also some bags that I make myself. Like both.


selina on 05/28/2013:
Haha, you sound like me: I do not sleep in tents and sleeping bags. I don't like camping, I like 5-star hotels, ha! I love sweets, too, occasionally.

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
I've got to at least have a bed, even if it's in a tent. There are some luxury bedded tents in Uganda that cost $380/night!!


thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
I love to camp!! I'm glad you are feeling better from the sugar depletion and I really did get past the addiction. I don't know if you can get it over there (I'm not sure who is international) but BlueBell makes a no sugar added ice cream that is fabulous!! No grit, great texture and really good flavor. I don't eat it often, but when I want something sweet, that is my go to. They have a Turtle Sundae (caramel and nuts), Rocky Road, Bunny Tracks and of course vanilla and chocolate. Have a nice day and enjoy baking for your daughter!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Thanks! I don't think we have Bluebell over here though.


skinnygrlwithin on 05/28/2013:
A little time off for yourself is always nice, even though I must admit I am a big fan of camping!!

I also think that certain foods affect certain people differently... just like different diets work for different people. So maybe a vegan lifestyle won't make that much of a difference for you like you said???

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Yes, everybody is different. I was vegan for 6 months and no sugar about 20 years ago. I felt fantastic! I've only been doing this now for less than 2 weeks so it wouldn't make a big difference yet. Only an experiment anyway. I'll be a carnivore when we get to MI in weeks.


legcramps on 05/28/2013:
I know what you mean about the feeling you get after ingesting certain foods i.e. sugar/junk. I hate that feeling!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Yea, hate the feeling after but enjoy the eating, unfortunately! :)


V on 05/28/2013:
Hope you enjoy the house to yourself this evening! I would totally read a book in the tub and perhaps a glass of vino..LOL Have a good one Annie :)

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Thanks. Good idea for tub, book & vino. Had 2of 3!



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