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grannyannie - Sunday Aug 19, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.0

Today I am grateful for the air in my lungs, clean water to drink, a comfy home, and natural beauty all around me.

Rest day from workouts but doing lots of housework.  

The scale is slowly creeping downward. I'm look forward to my higher calorie day on Tuesday.  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/crushed almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 Quorn ginger, chili & lime filets on a salad, plain greek yogurt & fresh raspberries
  • S:  apple, banana
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, drink
  • S:  dark chocolate squares, small glass of V8
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1311

Have a lovely Sunday lovely ladies!  

 

 

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/19/2012:
Thanks for asking - the bruises, contusions and abrasions are all healing pretty nicely. The lower elbow will be the longest to heal. It's still quite tender to pressure, but I can move it with no trouble. Sigh :-/


Maria7 on 08/19/2012:
Wow, you're almost at your goal! :-D


Maria7 on 08/19/2012:
Missed you, too! How's everything over your way in Scotland?


V on 08/19/2012:
Congrats on the scale movement, that is awesome Annie! Yes I LOVED the stamp along with the comment :) Thank you so much, I am beyond flattered <3



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 18, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.4

Today I am grateful for friends and sunny days!

Met up with the friend I ran into at the gym on Tuesday (after 5 years!). We met up for lunch today and had a nice long chat for 2 hours. She is a fanatic about staying slim so she's not a bad influence.   We both had lentil soup, tea, and I had a roll w/butter but she skipped the bread.

Proud of myself for passing up the yummy looking chocolate pies, the other chocolate goodies and other sweets. But I kept in mind the plan I've made for myself. Keep to my calorie limit for 6 days and on the 7th I get to have up to 1700 cals. It's amazing what a difference 400 cals can make! 

Workout:

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells (only did 1 set of 10/leg instead of 4 sets as my quads on one leg are still sore although I don't know it until I do lunges or stretch)
  • thigh master

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  restaurant with friend:  lentil soup, tea w/milk, a brown roll w/small amount butter
  • S: 2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  had to estimate on the lunch so I'd guess about 1400 max.

 Hope you all have a lovely & healthy weekend!

Progress as of today: 33.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.4 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 08/18/2012:
I imagine it's good to have someone who is a pretty good influence like that around food challenges!

Hope you have a great afternoon/evening!


V on 08/18/2012:
That is so great to meet up with a like mind person like yourself who is dedicated to fitness :) Oh BTW I got the postcards and they are on display on the fridge! Thanks so much <3


Tangalyn~ on 08/18/2012:
glad u had a nice day with ur friend :)



grannyannie - Friday Aug 17, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 134.0

Today I am grateful for the free bus for oldies like me  , my Kindle, and good books to read!

Workout:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 20 mins treadmill ( for a change from elliptical)
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 4 resistance machines (still have a sore quad so skipped the two leg machines)
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Will do my home strength training tomorrow.

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  1 oatcake, 1 small carton oj
  • L:  5 oatcakes w/liver pate/low fat cheddar
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt & fresh strawberries
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1326

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/17/2012:
What are you reading? I just got the book "The Elegence of the Hedgehog". Haven't started it and couldn't tell you what it's about, but it's what my book club chose. I'm always looking for a good read. Have a great day.


supercheese on 08/17/2012:
Have a great weekend annie :D


Umpqua on 08/17/2012:
Jealous of your public transportation ;) I hope you have a great weekend!


hollybelle on 08/17/2012:
I don't get any discounts (that I know of) because I'm 57! No fair. Wish I could shop on Senior day at the grocery - Wednesdays get 10% off - but over age 65 only!


sweetpea1977 on 08/17/2012:
Thanks for the comment!

Great plans for exercise and food!


TheMother on 08/17/2012:
Just stopping by to say "hello". Hope you're having a good day.


V on 08/17/2012:
LOL @ Holly's commentary ;) Thanks for the bday well wishes! You are such a good friend :)Hope you have a wonderful weekend <3


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/18/2012:
yum chili! i like to read as well!...but even though i'm 30, i like it old school, paperbacks :-)



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 16, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 134.0

Today I am grateful for good books to read, my husband's sense of humour, the BBC.  

I really need to shake up my workouts but not sure what to do. I am in a rut but my workouts are all good. A normal week is 2 hrs 15 mins a week on a spin bike, 45 to 60 mins on the elliptical. And 5 hours is a variety of strength training. I do like to power walk, hike, or ride my 'real' bike when the weather cooperates, but that's not often enough. I guess I can look at the 3 hours of strength training I do at home and make some changes, or rotate routines on different days. 

I'm still trying to get rid of those extra pounds I picked up on our holiday in Michigan in June! So I have promised myself no more cheating! My plan is 1300 cals for 6 days straight, then 1700 on the 7th day. I might increase the cals to 1400/day if I feel short of energy. This is what worked for me before - when I reached goal in the autumn. Social occasions will of course blow my plans to he**.   But that's okay if it's not too often.

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike class which is always intense

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 oatcakes w/organic unsweetened pb
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  tofu/chickpea/veg curry & rice, salad w/walnuts & slivered almonds, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt w/fresh raspberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1290

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/16/2012:
Your workouts are impressive so unfortunately I don't have any good suggestions on how to change it up. I'm sure others will. What I'm impressed with is your consistency with it all. If you could bottle some of that and send it my way, that would be great! Have a great day.


thinkpositive on 08/16/2012:
Just wonder if the Dr. Furhman diet would get rid of those vacation pounds? I think it's a good way to break the routine and still feel full and satisfied. At least it's working for me right now. As far as your workouts, it seems that you are putting in alot of hours and work. Very impressive!


biscottibody59 on 08/16/2012:
Sounds like a plan to get your where you want to be--keep up the good work!


sweetpea1977 on 08/16/2012:
Do you know if you're hitting your Target Heartrate during your cardio workouts? If not, then that may explain the plateau. Doing short HIIT routines after your weight training may help boost your metabolism.

Its also possible that your calorie intake is too low for your energy needs. Have you used a calories needed calculator to determine what your body needs at your age, weight, and physical activity level?


biscottibody59 on 08/16/2012:
RYC: Actually I had the cake about 6 hrs before "normal" bedtime.


V on 08/16/2012:
Hello Annie :) Sweetpea actually brings up a valid point, you know with as much activity that you do daily, perhaps you might not be getting enough fuel? Anyhoo I am sure whatever you set out to do, you will succeed! You got this my friend...Oh BTW, I posted the workout I did today on my diary, gotta check it out :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 15, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for sunshine and a warm breeze, for my physical abilities and stamina, for good, healthy food, and the ladies of DD!  

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike (I'm doing programme level 10 with lots of jumps and standing)
  • 20 mins elliptical + cool down
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball
Workout at home: (which I'm about to do even though I'd rather sit on my butt and read Facebook posts!)
  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • 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/raspberries/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes & pb
  • L:  1 slice whole grain toast w/liver pate, plain greek yogurt w/fresh strawberries
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  chickpea/tofu/veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  1 oatcake, 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1301

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/15/2012:
I am spending too much time on the laptop. I don't usually do that in the Summer, only the winter - I am thinking I may have to set a timer and limit my time on FB - but not on DD, of course! Good plans - go get 'em!


Umpqua on 08/15/2012:
Great pictures from you Edinburgh trip and excellent workout today!


liza36 on 08/15/2012:
Great workout, I'm always impressed with all you do. Makes me think I need to step it up.


thinkpositive on 08/15/2012:
Your workouts are inspring! Glad your trip to Edinburgh Military Tattoo was fun- loved the pictures.


biscottibody59 on 08/15/2012:
Another good day--woo-hoo!


V on 08/15/2012:
Excellent workout as always Annie! Now you can sit on your butt and read fb posts ;) LOL Have a good evening my friend <3



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 14, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for friends!

Not a regular gym day but went in to do cardio (strength training is MWF). I was about 20 minutes into the spin bike routine and a friend I hadn't seen in 5 years climbed on the machine next to me. So I didn't do any more standing or jumps on the bike, but did stay on for a total 70 minutes while chatting with my friend!  

Workout:

  • 70 mins spin bike (20 mins intense, the rest was moderate)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/pb, stopped at a shop for Quorn and for some unexplained reason   I bought a packet of baked cheese & onion crisps, and a bite size chocolate  
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/whole grain and low fat cheddar
  • D:  chickpea curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  plain greek yogurt w/fresh strawberries
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1549

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 08/14/2012:
70 minutes is great!! The fact the the first 20 was intense really adds benefit to the other 50. And you got to visit with a friend!!! I like when time passes and you don't realize how long you were riding. I'm standing a little when I climb the levee, but still scared to stand while riding. That one spin class that I did with my SIL, I stood a lot, but it felt more stable than when you are balancing yourself. I HAD to stand to climb the levee and I figured if I fell at least I was on the grass. Maybe I will get my nerve up to try standing again. Have a great day!


sweetpea1977 on 08/14/2012:
70 minutes is awesome. I dont think I could last that long!

Schools in my county typically end the school year right around Memorial Day (last Monday in May). Ethan's school follows the county schedule but they take two week long fall breaks since its a lottery funded program (free!). My main purpose of him going to school this year is to get him accustomed to a school environment a year early. I hope to do the same with Mason when he is a little older.


sweetpea1977 on 08/14/2012:
Ethan is 4 and will be turning 5 in January. He is in the Georgia Lottery funded Pre-K program right now (you have to be 4 years to qualify) and will start Kindergarten in August 2013.

Yea, it would be nice to have her here all the time. I desperately need a workout buddy since my husband is no longer interested in following a healthy lifestyle.


biscottibody59 on 08/14/2012:
What a nice surprise to see a longtime friend on the spin bike or anywhere for that matter--good going on your increasing endurance!


liza36 on 08/14/2012:
You got a great workout in (70 mins is incredible!) and chatted with a friend. Sounds like a good combo.


supercheese on 08/14/2012:
70 mins is awesome!! ANDD you got to catch up with a friend!


V on 08/14/2012:
70 minutes is awesome Annie :) nice that you ran into your friend there..Hope the rest of your day went well <3



grannyannie - Monday Aug 13, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

We decided to come home a day early so didn't spend last night in Glasgow. We were disappointed in the Edinburgh Tattoo, but we did get to meet up with one of my American expat friends who lives on that side of the country. So not a total loss. Weather was nice. Eating not too horribly bad, but I did have quite a few beers. Edinburgh was TOTALLY PACKED with tourists. Not surprising.

Watched the closing ceremony of the Olympics last night with a couple of glasses of wine. Back to clean eating now.

Very knackered and still need to rest. Will do my strength workout this afternoon. I will either do cardio at the gym tomorrow or do some routines at home. 

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • 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/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  skinny cappuccino & a slice of whole grain toast w/6g Benecol (really wanted this after coming home from grocery shopping!)
  • L:  4 oatcakes, liver pate, 1 slice of low fat cheddar, plain greek yogurt w/fresh strawberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  chickpea/veggie curry & basmati rice, salad, drink
  • S:  1 glass of wine
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1426

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/13/2012:
Beautiful pictures the last several days. Well done on resisting the ice cream - that looks like delicious chocolate! My favorite.


V on 08/13/2012:
Beautiful pics Annie :) I love the sound of bagpipes! Sorry you were disappointed at the castle but I am sure you had a good time with your friends! Have a good day :)


thenewMLE on 08/13/2012:
Love the pictures!! I feel like I can hear the bagpipes! RYC, the cooking is my stress reliever. I like to experiment. Sometimes things are great and other times, well, not as good. But it seems that the great things are really worth doing over again! My challenge is being healthy and making it taste exceptional. I could do that with butter and sugar and sauces, but I have created a few things that the family requests over again. I would like to be able to have a whole cookbook of healthy options and I guess that is my next project! Thought about you as I had my glass of red wine, but skipped the chocolate last night! Have a great week!


V on 08/13/2012:
RYC Yayyy! I am so excited, thank you Annie <3


biscottibody59 on 08/13/2012:
Thanks for sharing your pictures--very nice! I would imagine that sort of thing would attract tourists--at least from your pictures!

Hope you have a productive/active week with reasonably good to great weather:-)



grannyannie - Friday Aug 10, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful that I live in such a friendly, laid back country! I love riding the bus to town and listening to Scots chat. 

So much biking this week - 3 sets at the gym, 1 tough class, and 2 long bike rides on the road. One of my quads is objecting and is very sore. But I'm done now for a few days so it can rest.

Going away early tomorrow morning and coming back Monday. Crossing my fingers for no rain as the Edinburgh Miltary Tattoo is outdoors at the castle.  

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike - highest level - lots of jumps and hills
  • 10 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home:  (since hubby needed to drive into town to pickup paint, etc I went with him and we left early. So I got back home from the gym at 11.30 instead of 12.30. Did my strength routine before lunch instead of 2 hours after.) 

  • dumbbells - 4 sets of 10 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • 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/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  4 oatcakes w/live rpate, clementine, strawberries
  • D:  tofu/lentil/veggie curry & rice, salad w/walnuts, drink
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1353

Hope you lovely ladies have a great weekend!  

 

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 08/10/2012:
You really got a lot of workout in this week -no wonder your quad is fussing!! I'm glad you will be off for a few days. I've heard that after that much strenuous exercise you need to let the muscles heal so you can build them further. Kind of like tear them down, heal them up, and then build them stronger and start over again. That's what they did with my girls swimming training. They loved the time right before a big meet because they were in the phase of training called tapering. And when they were tapered properly it always led to their fastest times at that meet. Hope you enjoy your weekend and your beautiful weather sticks around. We are still wet...


supercheese on 08/10/2012:
geeeez woman you are a bike machine!


Umpqua on 08/10/2012:
You've had a wonderful week of exercise. I hope you have a great time in Edinburgh!


liza36 on 08/10/2012:
You have done tons of biking. Have a rest! Enjoy your trip.


V on 08/10/2012:
Stellar job Annie :) I am so proud of your dedication and go gettum attitude, you wear it well my friend <3


biscottibody59 on 08/12/2012:
Hope you have no lingering soreness after resting a few days!


TheMother on 08/12/2012:
I must commend you on your discipline for working out. I am not a fan of structured exercise per se. I get mine by doing household chores and gardening (mowing the lawn, weed cutting), washing the car, etc. I do like to walk though and thankfully our development is nice and flat so hubby and I take evening walks when the sun isn't so hot (we're in central FL).



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 09, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Yet another glorious day!!  I brought my lunch and after my spin class I sat in the lovely Castle Gardens afterwards and had my lunch. Lovely!

Didn't think ahead to bring my camera so took some pics with my phone camera. Sat up this hill to have my lunch.

 

Waiting for the bus to go home I noticed a new sign outside the chocolate shop where the bus stop is.  Made me wonder if there is a conspiracy to make me fat again! Lots of tourists in town today and many were walking around with ice cream cones. I bought myself a packet of Cadbury Buttons (170 cals).  But did ignore this tempting sign (below).

 

 

Workout:

  • 30 min spin class - hardest ever!  The instructor said that once a month she is supposed to do a 'strength class'.  It was hill the entire time - high to very high resistance the entire class except for warm up/cool down.  Seriously intense!

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj sandwich - whole grain bread, banana
  • S:  packet of chocolate buttons
  • D:  tofu/lentil/veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  1 oatcake (since I used my snack calories on the chocolate)
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1441

 

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/09/2012:
I'd have a hard time resisting the chocolate ice cream! Awesome job with your intense spin class. You deserved the chocolate buttons!


Umpqua on 08/09/2012:
Bravo on resisting the ice cream, I don't know that I could have (that picture really calls out to me haha!) Your village area looks so beautiful and charming!


thenewMLE on 08/09/2012:
What beautiful scenery!! I just had a chance to look back at your recent entries and your bike path looks wonderful and I love your picture spot!! Keep working on that hill - it will get easier and once again you can be queen of the hill! I have been under so much rain that your pictures look like postcards and I think I have forgotten how pretty a sunny day can be. I have wanted it to cool down and this time of year that can only happen with a cloud cover. In a few months I can hope for pleasant days with sunny skies. Keep up the great work!


V on 08/09/2012:
I like your spinning instructor Annie :) Your phone takes amazing pics BTW :) My bags are packed up and ready to go but first I have to ask about the ratio of single blokes there ;) LOL. have a great day Annie the Amazing <3



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 08, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 133.2

Today I am grateful for another perfect sunny day!!  

Workout at gym: cut it a bit short as I needed to shop and also knew I'd get more exercise later.  

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps

After lunch I rode my bike in an opposite direction from yesterday.  Wore my new biking shorts.  Rode about 11 or 12 miles.  Took a few photos. This is a single track road I rode on.


Didn't do my strength training today, so I'll have to miss one session this week as I can't do one both on Thurday and Friday, and Saturday we're going on our wee trip. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge/strawberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 fried egss on 2 slice whole grain bread, apple
  • D:  veggie/tofu/lentil curry & rice (had a larger serving as I was hungry from all the exercise!  salad, drink
  • S:  packet of rice cake
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1516

Progress as of today: 33.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/08/2012:
Oh yes those single track roads! Beautiful and scary as well. Love the pictures.


Maria7 on 08/08/2012:
What a beautiful photo...do you ride alone? :-)


Maria7 on 08/08/2012:
That's nice that your Hubby likes to ride with you sometimes. :-)


Umpqua on 08/08/2012:
Another gorgeous photo Annie, you are really logging the miles lately!


V on 08/08/2012:
Wow what a breathtaking view :) That's it, packing my bags and moving there, think you could put a good word in for me at your gym and or local Pub so I can support myself? LOL Great job with your workouts Annie, you rock!


liza36 on 08/09/2012:
I love your photos. Such a great place to be outside.



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