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grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 27, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.2

Today I am grateful for sunshine!  

Not a gym day but did plan to do my tae bo since I'll be missing my Thursday and Friday workouts. But I got diverted by going to the doctor to pick up my allergy meds and see about getting anti-malarials for our trip in January. Also tried to see about getting a typhoid booster but apparently the vaccines in the UK were a bad batch (not effective) and new batches won't be here until it's too late! We're calling other places but so far nobody has any.  Checked our vaccination record of all the jabs we got before we moved to Uganda and we're up to date on all of them except Typhoid. At least we're okay on Hepatitis A & B and don't need any others as visitors.

Overdue for colouring my hair, so will do that today. I use non-permanent now in case I become allergic like my mother did. I'm just not ready for gray hair yet, so hope to put it off a bit longer. 

Menu:

Except for the Twix I picked up when I stopped at the post office it's clean eating today.  

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

V on 11/27/2012:
Hope you find the vaccine somewhere.. Maybe your Doctor can help you guys locate it for you? Forgive my ignorance about this but it is mandatory to have all the shots in order before you go to Uganda right? Anyhoo hope you have an awesome day :)


Umpqua on 11/27/2012:
I was reading some of your comments and saw they're trying to put in wind turbines near you. They're doing the same in my town, and despite lots of fighting/legal action from the residents, it looks like it will go through. They'll be the first in CT so it's kind of a big deal. We're lucky that they won't be near our house but plenty of people are unhappy about it.

I hope you can find the typhoid vax!


legcramps on 11/27/2012:
I also hope you find that vaccine before you head out. I don't know when you go, but it seems strange that they won't have the replacement vaccine before then. You'd think it was an important enough vaccine to ensure that it is always on hand.

Have a good day today!


V on 11/27/2012:
Yeah it probably would be a good idea to get it although it is not mandatory..Good Luck with your search! Your Ugandan daughter is going to be so happy to get all the amazing gifts, that truly warms my heart Annie <3 How old is she BTW?


thinkpositive on 11/27/2012:
Good luck finding your vaccine. may need to take a trip to the city to get it?! I'm in the same boat with the hair coloring, not quite ready to give in to the gray. I'd be ok if it was a cool gray or white but yucky gray so not going there yet.


thinkpositive on 11/27/2012:
Oh & thanks for the comment about lunges, I'll have to watch that. For me I know that I have a bit of arthritis & since I had a miniscus surgery repair I think it's more of a bone on bone thing going on.


biscottibody59 on 11/27/2012:
Glad you had a nice day with the sun and all!

RYC: thanks for clarifying the turbine situation. I hope it doesn't get built.



grannyannie - Monday Nov 26, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.2

Today I am grateful for my bus trips to the gym. I enjoyed listening to the chatter on the bus today with the variety of Scottish (and English) accents. And the driver drops me off in front of my house!

Cold today. About 44F. My American down coat came in handy but is often too hot to wear here.  

I've been thinking about how I freak out when I gain a couple of pounds and that many years ago I used to make fun of women who did that and would never eat anything 'forbidden' for fear of gaining. I'm not that bad! But when you are at or near your ideal weight a pound of two can make a difference. I can feel a difference in the tightness/looseness of my bra, the shape of my belly, etc. 

It's been a year since I reached goal weight and during that time I've gained, especially on our long trips, but always take it back off. The worst I've done was in June in the US for a month when I came home and the scale said I'd gained 8 pounds - guessing at least 2 pounds of it was fluid from travelling home. 

I know I've gained a lot of muscle as I can see and feel it in many areas. I find it strange that the scale doesn't reflect that. I'm still at my ideal weight between 128 - 131.

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins killer spin bike workout!!!
  • 15 mins treadmill
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines

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)
Menu:  daring to take a chance and not weighing/measuring food today as I pretty much know how much is appropriate. I will try to stop eating oatcakes non-stop!
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  1 slice seeded multigrain from my bread machine - toasted w/pbj, grapes, clementine, yogurt
  • S:  a couple of oatcakes
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar
  • Teas & lots of water

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/26/2012:
Good going Annie, maintenance has always been hardest for me. I repeatedly reach my goal only to gain 5-10 pounds and then lose again. Luckily I always see the warning signs and don't let things get too out of hand! I hope you have a great week.


V on 11/26/2012:
I am sure by now your body is efficient in burning off the calories needed to maintain your "goal range" You are very consistent with food and exercise, that's a key factor..No one is perfect as far as eating clean, even the fitness pros so BRAVO to you for 1 year of maintaining!! You rock Annie :)

That is so awesome that the bus picks and drops you off right in front of your house :) Have a good day my friend!


legcramps on 11/26/2012:
I love that the bus takes you right to your door! That's awesome!

Great job with maintaining your weight; I know a couple of pounds make a difference when you're so close to your goal weight; you're doing a great job of losing it though - chin up!


thinkpositive on 11/26/2012:
You are very disciplined and smart to be stay on top of things.I don't blame you for not wanting the wind turbines right across from your property- hope they find another spot.


biscottibody59 on 11/26/2012:
Good going on the workouts!

The health consequences of the humming of those turbines is enough to really fight to get them moved somewhere else. It affects every living thing--plants I'm not sure about though. I know there have been some cases here in TX where people couldn't sell their houses after a neighbor put up one wind turbine. Overall I just don't see how they're worth it unless they're built so far away (like has been done here in TX and in California with windfarms). But even those are affecting the animals surrounding them.



grannyannie - Sunday Nov 25, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 131.0

Today I am grateful for my warm, cozy home.

No workouts today but I did do housework and still working on laundry.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 eggs, 2 ginger & lime Quorn fillets, toast, 1 oatcake
  • S:  lots of grapes, clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  oatcake & low fat cheddar, apple
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  under 1600 (didn't weigh the grapes so estimating)

 

Progress as of today: 36 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/25/2012:
How did the meeting go Annie? I hadn't thought about the low hum:( I often wake in the night and hear the huge vaccum clearing the runway at the RAAF base near us. For me though it is a comforting sound as we used to live on the base for three years. I can imagine that having living in the complete quiet it would be very disruptive to your peace and quiet:( I hope they will decide to build them somewhere uninhabited.


nunnermack on 11/25/2012:
Just read your posting about the wind turbines. Hope it all works out for you. That would be an eye sore and you do have such a nice view. Good luck!!


V on 11/26/2012:
Thanks Annie :) Hope you have an awesome week as well :)



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 24, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 132.4

Today I am grateful for my community!

Uh oh!!    Scale creeping up due to snacking. Need to keep my eye on my next goal. Jan 8th we leave for Uganda for a month and I want to be at my ideal size when we go. 

We went to a community meeting today about wind turbines which might be approved for across the loch from us. 5 big, ugly wind turbines 300 feet tall.  An eyesore which would completely spoil our view and many others views, and would affect tourism in our area. Our community would not benefit except for a relatively small amount of money from the profits for our community. It's the community across from us who would make tons of money and not have their views desecrated. The turbines would also emit a low hum 24 hours a day. This area is dead quiet. You can wake in the middle of the night and hear absolutely nothing.  Grrr..... Hope we can stop it!

Anyway, I didn't do my strength training yesterday so did it this morning.

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)

Menu: (didn't plan ahead but counted up after dinner)

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese - multigrain/low fat cheddar, baked crisps
  • S:  fresh pineapple, clementine
  • S: after meeting at our friends' house - tea and a small scone (no butter)
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, 1/2 pint of hubby's home brew
  • S:  baked crisps
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1637

Progress as of today: 34.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

V on 11/24/2012:
Keeping my fingers crossed that you guys can veto the turbines,if it ain't broke, don't fix it IMO..Good luck! Thanks for your kind words as always but might i add that YOU too are a machine my friend! I am 41 and I aspire to be rocking out the workouts for years to come ;)



grannyannie - Friday Nov 23, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.8

Today I am grateful for too many things to count!

Have a great weekend, ladies!  

Hubby finally took a peek at our newly expanded and remodeled grocery store and he was impressed,especially with so many new varieties of veggies.  He has stopped making fun of me for being excited over a supermarket!    While he was there he picked up chicken breasts, various chilies, smoked garlic, smoked paprika and is putting all this along with onions and pumpkin into a tagine (Moroccan slow cooker) to slow cook all afternoon: 

We got rained on at the bus stop this morning but by the time we got to town the sun was shining, and is still doing so.  

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins treadmill (got up to 10% incline at 6kph)
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 3 sets of 12
  • back lifts on half ball - 3 sets of 10

Workout at home:  (plan to do this afternoon, if not will do in the morning)

  • 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)
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  grilled cheese - multigrain bread, low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • S:  fresh pineapple, clementine
  • D:  roasted chicken, peppers, pumpkin, salad, drink
  • S:  packet of baked crisps
  • Teas & lots of water
TOTAL:  don't know but won't be too high as chicken breast and pumpkin are low cal.  Under 1600/1700 I'm sure.  

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

legcramps on 11/23/2012:
Have a great weekend yourself!


V on 11/23/2012:
That looks extra YUMMY :P Nice tha the rain let up for you this afternoon, Have a wonderful evening Annie :)


V on 11/23/2012:
Happy to hear that it was a deelish meal :)



grannyannie - Thursday Nov 22, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.8

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 

I am grateful for many, many, many things!

30 mins spin class - intense!

I feel a bit cheated by not getting a proper TG dinner today. I picked up some nice roasted turkey breast slices and had a turkey sandwich - it was delicious. Also had a Kit Kat. And I'm finishing the bottle of wine I opened to celebrate hubby's birthday yesterday (he drank beer). Didn't count calories but could have been worse. I resisted temptation many times in the supermarket today. Our expanded store has a lot more choices in it now and I'm enjoying checking it out. It's our main supermarket in town and might as well be the only one. 

I really need to behave myself - which I keep saying every day. Two days in the city next week where I will indulge, so I should be strict until then and afterward.  

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

V on 11/22/2012:
You know Annie as long as you keep your indulging to 10-15 % of the time, you will be just fine :) No need to feel guilty about ANY of this.. From where I stand your daily menu looks healthy to me :) Sorry just thinking out loud.. Happy Thanksgiving my friend <3



grannyannie - Wednesday Nov 21, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.8

Today I am very grateful for my wonderful husband who is 64 today but seems like 40!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US!!  

No rain today!  Supposed to get gale force winds and pouring rain tomorrow. Why does it seem to always rains on my grocery shopping day?!

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike (really intense and added some sprints)
  • 30 mins treadmill
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • 3 sets of 12 cable/pulley for triceps

Menu:

Mostly clean eating. Bought a bite sized chocolate covered caramel at the chocolate shop next to my bus stop. Having a couple of glasses of wine to celebrate hubby's birthday. But otherwise not bad. 

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

V on 11/21/2012:
Yayy for NO RAIN :) Happy Birthday to your hubby!! In honor of his special day, I may have to have a glass or two of vino as well ;) Happy Thanksgiving <3


V on 11/21/2012:
Oh! RYC it is not just the college kids getting plastered. Truth be told they are far more tame than the much older ones...Hahahahaha


biscottibody59 on 11/22/2012:
Your comment means a lot to me, thank you!

Nice to have a subdued little birthday celebration--hope it was a good one!



grannyannie - Tuesday Nov 20, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.8

Today I am grateful for the friendly peole in my gym (and everywhere).

Found out that my bus didn't come yesterday because our road was closed due to flooding. It was open later in the day though. If we had to get to town we could have driven the other direction but it would add about 15 miles to our trip!

Planned on being strict but for some reason I bought a big packet of Tic Tacs and ate them all!     Also had some extra oatcakes and a skinny mocha that wasn't on my menu for today. 

We bought a Kindle for our Ugandan daughter for her graduation gift and will bring it to her in January. I'm loading it up with lots of free classics as she loves those, but also choosing some others. She won't be able to purchase any books so we're trying to get it well-loaded up. We don't want anyone to be able to make purchases on it if it gets lost or stolen, so one-click ordering will be turned off and the password won't be known. She loves to read and while we lived there she borrowed every one of our books, including all the ones we picked up from our organization's library. 

Today is normally a rest day but I went to the gym anyway. Had a wee bit of shopping to do. 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins elliptical

Menu:

Mostly clean eating but should be around 1700 calories for today. Could be worse.  

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 11/20/2012:
Definitely could be worse than 1700 calories... Its funny b/c I always think of tic tacs as "free" but I guess if you eat the whole container the calories can add up a bit... Have a great day:)


V on 11/20/2012:
Well at least you have minty fresh breath ;) That is an awesome idea to load up on the kindle books now, I am sure it would be expensive to ship them over to her.. Have a wonderful day Annie :)


legcramps on 11/20/2012:
What a great idea about the kindle - how sweet are you?!!!


V on 11/20/2012:
That is so awesome that you already downloaded 100 books, that should keep her busy for a bit <3


biscottibody59 on 11/21/2012:
Glad you survived the tictac episode! I wonder why we do things like that?



grannyannie - Monday Nov 19, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.8

Today I am grateful for my warm, cozy home.

I went out in the wind and rain this morning to catch the bus to the gym and it never showed up. Never happened before. I guess the bus broke down or maybe the road was flooded. So I went back inside and dried off and did my workouts at home. 

I've been doing too much snacking lately, mainly oatcakes or baked crisps, so I need to get tough. I still want to lose about 2 or 3 pounds which doesn't sound like a lot but I can definitely see/feel the difference. Goal: get back to 128 before we go to our overnight in Glasgow for a concert on the 29th.  

Workout:

  • 45 mins tae bo including 8 x 25 jump rope
  • 20 mins exercise bike
  • 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)
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 oatcakes/pb, 2 eggs, reduced fat smoked sausage, toast
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  tofu curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  V8, clementine
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1467

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

V on 11/19/2012:
That's crazy that the bus never showed up.Hopefully the bus driver is okay and hope you didn't get drenched waiting out there..Good job at making it work since you didn't make it to the gym! I am sure you will shed those 2 lbs before your trip. Have a great day Annie :)


Supercheese on 11/19/2012:
holiday time = snacking for me. Its terrible!!! I'm forcing myself to stop....and there i go and had some more carrots....ok now I'm gonna stop lol


legcramps on 11/19/2012:
Way to still get in a workout at home! Have a great day :)


nunnermack on 11/19/2012:
Oh no!! That's horrible!!! Well, hey, you still got a great work out!!!



grannyannie - Saturday Nov 17, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 130.8

Today I am grateful that the sun has peeked out several times today. I'd forgotten what it was like!

Rainbows fade so fast, but I managed to get the end of this one:

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)
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/chopped almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  reduced fat smoked sausage on multrigrain bread w/mustard, packet of baked crisps, yogurt
  • S:  grapes, clementine
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  1 oatcake & low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1474

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/17/2012:
That's a lovely pic--glad you're getting some sun! Enjoy your day!


nunnermack on 11/17/2012:
Beautiful photo!! Did you find the pot of gold?? Enjoy your Sunday!!


V on 11/18/2012:
WOW that is amazing :) Hope that your weekend was pleasant <3


thenewmle on 11/18/2012:
Beautiful Annie!!! Hope you enjoyed your Sunday!



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