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grannyannie - Saturday Aug 31, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Sun and showers today. I took a chance and went power walking/jogging - 4 miles.  Used the app MapMyRun. I did the 4 miles in 55 minutes. Probably did 1/3 of it jogging.

The Cowal Games (traditional Highland Games) began Thursday and ends tonight. We don't bother going to the games any more (we get people from many countries including lots from US and Canada), but we do enjoy the March Past when all the bagpipers who competed play and march down the main street. This is followed by fireworks. So if it's not pouring rain we'll go tonight. Daughter will enjoy it.

http://www.cowalgathering.com/

Workout:

  • 4 mile walk/jog

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post jog workout:  apple
  • L:   hummous on whole wheat wrap, yogurt
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad
  • S:  either a glass of wine and grapes, or possibly a beer if we go into town
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1400

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/31/2013:
wow, Annie that's great ! we are going to have to race sometime :v) Thanks for getting me started. You're a great motivator. Have a Great Day !

grannyannie on 08/31/2013:
Haha! I don't jog very often so I don't think a race in my future. Have a great weekend, friend.


biscottibody59 on 08/31/2013:
Good going on the activity--I hope everything works out in your daughter's favor!

grannyannie on 09/01/2013:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 09/01/2013:
4 miles - 55 minutes - wonderful! Any word on visa for daughter?

grannyannie on 09/01/2013:
Thanks! No word yet.


Umpqua on 09/03/2013:
Great work on your exercise! I hope you're having a nice visit with daughter and that you get word on her visa soon.



grannyannie - Friday Aug 30, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Afraid to get on the scale. I guess I was feeling more deprived than I thought when I was so good for two weeks straight. I have not been good this week at all. Baked chocolate chip muffins for daughter yesterday and having them in the house makes them a lot harder to ignore! 

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 15 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                     

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Edit:  after I did upper body workout I decided to do lower as well so I wouldn't need to tomorrow. 

Workout at home (lower body):

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  hummous on whole wheat wrap, yogurt, packet of baked crisps
  • S:  2 chocolate chip muffins 
  • D:  chickpea burger w/low fat cheddar, rice w/broccoli & peas, salad
  • Teas, water, coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1762        Will do better tomorrow. 

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/30/2013:
Your dinner sounds lovely! Hope you have a better day today :)

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
Thanks! Need to behave!


OhioRaven on 08/30/2013:
You have been a BAD Girl ! But, you confessed and that should be good for something around here. Good workouts though. Keep Calm and Carry on :v)

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
I know I know! Bad bad girl.


biscottibody59 on 08/30/2013:
I'd eat a couple of cc muffins right about now:-)

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
They are yummy. Especially if I nuke them for 15 seconds to make the cc's melt.


V on 08/30/2013:
Hoping that your daughter gets word on her visa status soon! Have a wonderful weekend Annie <3

grannyannie on 08/31/2013:
:)



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 29, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Daughter is back. No word on the visa yet. We will all be very disappointed if she doesn't get it. The Community is all hoping she'll be returning in 2 weeks. 

Long hike yesterday on rough ground. 

Been busy getting the guest room back together for daughter, grocery shopping, housework. Back to the gym tomorrow.

Didn't count calories on food today, but will tomorrow.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/dates-raisins-apricots/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  pbj toast
  • L:  bacon roll, yogurt
  • D:  chicken, rice/broccoli/peas, veggie loaf
  • S:  chocolate chip muffin, glass of wine

Teas, water, coffee w/almond milk

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OArecovery on 08/29/2013:
I hope it all goes well for your daughter!

grannyannie on 08/29/2013:
Thanks!


legcramps on 08/29/2013:
I also hope things go well!

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
Thanks!


hollybelle on 08/29/2013:
Yikes - does it depend on any particular thing? Hoping for good outcome.

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
It's just a request to extend her volunteering visa. Anyone from Africa is considered a risk to become an illegal immigrant.



grannyannie - Monday Aug 26, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Christening and party afterward were really nice!  Nice to see some of husband's relatives we rarely see. The baby is husband's great nephew. Husband is godfather to the baby's mother. The parents had the party afterward at their home outdoors and we had a nice, sunny day. The food was awesome! Chicken made 3 or 4 different ways, roast beef, smoked salmon, some vegetarian dishes, a nice quinoa with tofu, lots of different types of salads, nice breads, lots of cakes, brownies, etc etc. I was designated driver  so had 1/2 glass of champagne for the toast and 1 beer. I was due for a higher calorie day and fulfilled that!

Home late and too tired for the gym today. Will try to get in a workout later. Getting things ready for daughter to return. Wallpapering nearly done. 

Taking a break from doing a menu and counting calories today, but will behave. 

Tomorrow morning we are going to the island to stay the night and then bring daughter back home tomorrow afternoon.

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/26/2013:
Sounds like a nice weekend, Annie. I know you'll start being good now. Good news about the wallpaper.

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Cheers!


liza36 on 08/26/2013:
Sounds like a lovely time with good eats and good company!

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Very enjoyable!


Umpqua on 08/26/2013:
Nom nom, great assortment of foods at the christening and it sounds like you did well. I'm sure you're excited to bring daughter home tomorrow!

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Didn't do really bad, but did hit those brownies a few times! Yes, haven't seen daughter for a few weeks now.


MrsD on 08/26/2013:
Sounds like a lovely time!! I love that more folks are starting to offer more choices for those of us who aren't wanting to throw caution to the wind LOL. Have a great day!

grannyannie on 08/26/2013:
Yes, I could easily have had the plain chicken breast and salads. But....


V on 08/26/2013:
So happy to hear that you had a good time at the function :) I am sure your daughter will be excited to have some home cooked meals and lots of pampering from you and your hubby!! Happy travels my friend <3


hollybelle on 08/26/2013:
Ah you have to celebrate sometimes with food! Back on track this week! I hit the chocolate too much on Sunday and had to go without much real food! Oh, boy!


legcramps on 08/27/2013:
The food sounds delicious! Glad to hear you had fun :)



grannyannie - Sunday Aug 25, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Non-workout day. Going to a christening this afternoon which will mean cakes and snacks, etc. At least I won't have to worry about drinking beer or wine since hubby has pointed out it's my turn to drive and we can't get there by bus. No idea what we are doing for dinner. 


Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar and whole grain bread, soy yogurt, banana
  • S: ?
  • D: ?

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/25/2013:
good luck and have a good time Ani


OArecovery on 08/26/2013:
Good luck, hope it goes well at the christening- Enjoy!



grannyannie - Saturday Aug 24, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

Goal for today was 134, not great but I guess I'm okay. I find that the holidays/vacations I'm less likely to overindulge on are the ones where I start at my ideal weight. Makes no sense, but that's me. 

Didn't do my lower body routine yesterday afternoon, so doing upper and lower today. 

Poor hubby is still fighting with that wallpaper. I guess there is a reason some wallpaper is cheaper than others. He had no trouble at all when he wallpapered our bedroom. I got most of that room's carpet shampooed last night, so all that's left is a small section of the room and the shampooer can go back in the loft for another year or so.

I'll be 'super-cleaning' the full bathroom today...tidying cupboards, washing all the tiles, etc. Biggest job left is washing all the windows and they are overdue!

Plans for today:

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 3 x 15
  • triceps dips - 3 x 15

Workout at home (lower body):

  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh raspberries & strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   tuna, onion and extra light mayo on a whole wheat wrap, soy yogurt
  • S:  strawberries
  • D:  chickpea & veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  cottage cheese, 1 oatcake
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1346

Progress as of today: 32.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/24/2013:
Mornin'/Afternoon, Annie. Just doing the Windows sounds like a pretty good workout to me. Sorry Hubs drew the short straw on this project.

grannyannie on 08/24/2013:
Hubs is the one that knows how to wallpaper. I can paint. And clean. Our outside windows are very high so I have to use an extension rod. I'll do those maybe next week.


Umpqua on 08/24/2013:
I've never hung wallpaper, my main goal in this house has been to get rid of it! Sounds like your house will be sparkling for all your guests, good going.

grannyannie on 08/25/2013:
I prefer paint but in an old house the walls are not all perfect. Fireplaces were removed, etc. Wallpaper covers flaws.



grannyannie - Friday Aug 23, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

I decided to do my upper body workout yesterday that I had skipped on Wednesday due to my back. So today I'll do the lower body routine, and switch the upper to tomorrow this time. 

I'm ready for a higher calorie day but we have a christening coming up Sunday which will have snacks and then on Tuesday we go to the island.

Workout at gym:
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 10 mins rowing machine - intervals
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12                                                                               
Workout at home (lower body):
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh raspberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout: 1 oatcake
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich w/low fat cheddar on whole grain bread, soy yogurt
  • S:  orange
  • D: tofu/veggie curry & basmati rice, salad 
  • S:  Alpro dark chocolate soy pudding
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1407
 
Edit:  forgot to mention....some of you remember my distress over the possibility of giant wind turbines across the loch from our house which would totally spoil the view. Well, they were turned down for planning permission and could have gone to public inquiry but have withdrawn their application!!  Yahooooo!  

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/23/2013:
I'm so glad to hear that you will be able to continue to enjoy your view! Have a good weekend.

grannyannie on 08/23/2013:
Thanks! This has been going on a very long time.


OhioRaven on 08/23/2013:
Happy to hear you kicked the giants out of your backyard. Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/23/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! BTW, cottage cheese is a great evening snack. Keeps any post dinner hunger at bay. However, I'm due for some chocolate tonight. :D


Umpqua on 08/23/2013:
That's fantastic news on the turbines Annie! Excellent work on your food and exercise!

grannyannie on 08/24/2013:
Thanks!


biscottibody59 on 08/23/2013:
Good going on the workout--as usual:-) Nice that your view will be preserved there!

grannyannie on 08/24/2013:
Thanks!


V on 08/23/2013:
YES!! Thank goodness you won't have an obstructed view of the loch :) Have a great evening Annie :)

grannyannie on 08/24/2013:
Thanks V. So relieved. They would have been sitting on top of the hills on the other side of the loch, all 5 as tall as Big Ben!



grannyannie - Thursday Aug 22, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

Husband is back and working away on the wallpapering. We are going to the island Tuesday as daughter leaves on Wednesday to come back with us. Hope her visa comes through by then as they want to know if she'll be returning two weeks later.

Workout:

  • 30 min spin bike class

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   pbj on whole grain bread after spin and before grocery shopping
  • S:  soy yogurt
  • D: tofu & veggie curry & brown basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  cottage cheese, clementine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  about 1300

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/22/2013:
Mornin' Annie. Your chart always seems to be in a very good range. I would like to see mine be that stable this time next year. Have a good day.

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
Still fighting to get off that holiday weight from our 3 trips this year. But I'm getting there. Keeping it there is the hard part!


hollybelle on 08/22/2013:
Wonderful! Still praying for daughter's visa. Do they usually wait for last minute, or is this first time renewed? I have absolutely no experience with anything like that.

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
They told her 20 days max and that will be on Monday. As with all visas she had to send in her passport with it. First time we've ever dealt with charity volunteer's visa either. I see no reason she'd be denied.

When she arrived here immigration thought it was pretty funny for a Ugandan to be volunteering in the UK. It's always the other way around.


skinnygrlwithin on 08/22/2013:
I'm crossing my fingers for your daughter's visa... hopefully she has your luck and gets her visa quickly.

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
Thanks! She is so very happy there, so I hope she gets to do another 6 weeks.


liza36 on 08/22/2013:
Hope the visa situation works out! Have a great day.

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
Thanks!


V on 08/22/2013:
Wow time sure flew by with your daughter's visit! Hoping she gets approved soon.. Have a wonderful evening friend <3



grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 21, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

Have had a backache off and on since last week from lots of bending over painting, bending over using vacuum attachments, shampooing carpet with attachment, probably moved furniture the wrong way as well. Had twinges working out Mon and Tues so not going to the gym today. Just a twinge today but figure it's best I just do some laundry and vacuum the carpets I shampooed yesterday. This is an upper body workout day but would be a good idea to do those tomorrow instead. Will do lots of gentle stretching today.

Daughter has had no reply from immigration yet regarding her application for a visa to extend her volunteering here. She is panicking. Yesterday husband and her worked on her job applications for next year at the same community. So she's feeling good about that, especially since some of the bosses there feel she'd be great in a couple of those jobs. 

Menu:      

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/fresh strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   2 veggie sausages on whole wheat wrap w/mustard, soy yogurt
  • S:  strawberries
  • D: veggie curry & brown basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  cottage cheese, 1 oatcake (traded in last night's snack calories for a glass of wine instead, but will do the cottage cheese tonight)
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1303

Have a pleasant and healthy day! 

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
Hope your back feels better. It took mine about a week. Prayer for the visa for daughter! Keep up the good work, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
Thanks, Holly!


OhioRaven on 08/21/2013:
Tough choice, wine or CottageCheese. Praying with Holly.

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
Yea! LOL. Thanks for prayers!


Umpqua on 08/21/2013:
I hope daughter gets her work visa! Good idea to stretch out your back and not overdo it today. And I can tell you I would choose the wine over the cottage cheese LOL!

P.S. what kind of veggie sausages do you have? I made some that I have frozen but they're aren't the greatest tasting to be honest. I think they are homemade seitan?

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
I think mine is a UK brand - Cauldron. Not bad as far as veggie sausages. I never liked Quorn sausages but I think they've improved them - haven't tried yet.

My brother is a big fan of Seitan and I like everything he cooks.


skinnygrlwithin on 08/21/2013:
I'm really glad to hear that your daughter's job is turning out so successful! I am sorry to hear though about the visa situation.. I worked in an immigration law office for awhile so I know how frustrating it can be to do anything involving immigration paperwork.

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
Thanks, she has been very happy with her volunteering and the community.

I know about visas as well as I needed 3 in a row to move here. It went well for me but I've heard it's a headache for new expats.


IndependentEm93 on 08/21/2013:
When I feel and hurt my back it took about 2 weeks for it to feel better. Hope your daughter gets some good news soon!

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
Thanks! Hope my back is better before 2 weeks!!


biscottibody59 on 08/21/2013:
I'm sure you'll be doing your usual workouts soon! It's just tougher when the break is forced by our bodies--darnit!

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
Trying spin bike tomorrow.


V on 08/21/2013:
Re wine is the perfect snack IMO ;) Hey I hope your back feels better my friend <3

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
And wine is good for ya, right? ;)


selina on 08/21/2013:
Take care of your back, Annie! You can go back to the exercising when you get well! It's great to hear your Daughter is doing so well!

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
Just a slight twinge now but will be careful.



grannyannie - Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.8

This is not a gym day but I needed to go into town after I dropped hubby at the bus and needed some shopping. So I thought I might as well go to the gym and do some cardio.

Husband gone till tomorrow night (if I went I'd miss a gym day AND eat bad food and drink beer!). Shampooing hallway carpet and the other half of my 'gym' today. He's going to be pushing it to get the wallpapering done by the time daughter comes back next week. And I need to get the carpet shampooed. And we are going to a christening on Sunday so that day is gone!
 
Trying out the cottage cheese at night that a couple of you were talking about.

Workout at gym: (after the bike my body said 'hey, this is not a cardio day, take it easy!' So I did less time on the other two machines.)
  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hill and speed intervals
  • 5 mins rowing machine - intervals
Workout at home (lower body):
  • side dips w/dumbbell
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • side lunges w/dumbbells using step
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • planks - full
  • abs-3 routines
  • bridge (for glutes, core, thighs)
  • calf lifts w/dumbbell
  • flexing to strengthen shin muscles
Menu:      
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk 
  • S:  1 oatcake
  • L:  2 veggie sausages on a whole wheat wrap, soy yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  cauliflower/aubergine/Quorn curry & brown rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  low cat cottage cheese, strawberries
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1397
 

Progress as of today: 32.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/20/2013:
Listen To Your Body ! And try not to stress too much on the wallpaper. Have a good day, Annie.

grannyannie on 08/20/2013:
Yes, the body knows. I wouldn't have done it if I had done the job/walk Sunday.

If the wallpaper/shampooing isn't done we'll just put her on a mattress on the floor somewhere until it is.


Umpqua on 08/20/2013:
Good going Annie. I have a guest coming next week and need to clean out my guest room too. It's always a chore since that's where we seem to store all our miscellaneous "stuff!"

grannyannie on 08/20/2013:
Our guest room has been sorely in need of redecorating for years, so finally! My brother is coming for two of those weeks, so I'll have to give up the other bedroom which serves as my gym!


michgal on 08/20/2013:
what weight dumbbells are you using?

grannyannie on 08/20/2013:
For my lunges and squats I use 4 kg (8.8 lb). For arms I use 3, 4, 5 and 6 kg depending on the muscle.

grannyannie on 08/20/2013:
Oh and for side dips I use 6 kg.


biscottibody59 on 08/20/2013:
Have a great evening!

grannyannie on 08/20/2013:
:)


V on 08/20/2013:
RYC, THANKS!! I think you are a macine as well my friend..Hope you have a wonderful evening <3

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
:)


OhioRaven on 08/20/2013:
Enjoy your cottage cheese, Annie. I'm hooked !



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