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grannyannie - Friday Oct 11, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.2

Sunny and chilly again here today. Husband is home and we'll both go back to stay on the island the night before daughter's volunteering stint is over on October 29th. My biggest food challenge between now and Thailand trip in January will be the two weeks daughter spends here in November. I can't deprive of her of her favourite chocolate chip muffins just because I can't eat them. 

Surprised I'm not more sore today. Just a bit of soreness in my triceps and inner thighs. 

Workout at gym: (did a cardio only since I did upper body yesterday)

  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill - hills
  • 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
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/apricot & date mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 fried eggs on a wrap, soy yogurt, 2 clementines
  • D: veggie and tofu curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted cherry juice
  • S:  nectarine
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk
TOTAL:  1492

Progress as of today: 25.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/11/2013:
I've found I'm not as sore if I can keep moving. Have a great day, Annie.

grannyannie on 10/11/2013:
Yea, the soreness can often be worked out.

skinnygrlwithin on 10/11/2013:
The pain normally hits me two days later but Ohio is right... if you just keep pushing forward it's never as bad. Keep up the good work!!

As for the muffins, maybe if you do what I used to do with chocolate bars it'll help... take 1 muffin a week, cut it into pieces and have 1 piece a day... that way you get to have some but you're by no means over doing it.

grannyannie on 10/11/2013:
Ta. No way can I eat a tiny amount of anything chocolate. It's all or nothing, unfortunately.

grannyannie - Thursday Oct 10, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 141.2

I'm sure it's mostly fluid loss but the scale this morning said 3 pounds since Tuesday. I'll take it!

Back feels fine. This is my usual spin bike class day but I'm definitely not ready for it.  I think I'll take a break from the class for a while and do other things.

Husband got stuck on the island last night. The ferry was cancelled due to high winds. Fortunately, there was an available bed in the hostel. No word on the jobs for daughter yet. Her toe feels much better so she is back at work today.

Modified my workouts today, but I'm betting I'll have sore muscles tomorrow. It's almost like starting from scratch to go so long without working out!

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 10 mins treadmill
  • 5 mins rowing machine
  • 5 mins elliptical
  • 2 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 2 sets of 12                                                                               

Workout at home (upper):

  • dumbbells - 2 sets of 12 - 8 routines
  • push ups - 2 x 15
  • triceps dips - 2 x 15


  • B:  porridge/raisins/berries/cherries mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post gym:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  low fat hummous on wheat wrap, soy yogurt, grapes
  • D:  veggie curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumpkin seeds/almond slivers/walnut pieces, diluted cherry juice
  • S:  nectarine
  • Teas & water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1492

Progress as of today: 25.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 10/10/2013:
Good going on the loss, and I'm happy your back is feeling better!

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
Me too! Thanks

skinnygrlwithin on 10/10/2013:
Coming back after you've been away from it for awhile is always tough. I know when I took two weeks off... JUST TWO WEEKS... I felt like I hadn't worked out in years. Everything was hard for me to do. But you'll quickly get back into the swing of things. Keep it up!!

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
I notice that it's harder even when I skip just one week! Arghh... I'll be back to normal in a couple of weeks.

OhioRaven on 10/10/2013:
Welcome back to your lifestyle.

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:
Ta. I did enjoy all the indulging but I wasn't fond of my clothes getter tighter and tighter and tighter. :O

grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 09, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 144.2

Daughter's interviews went very well. Hubby FB'd me a photo of her in her new outfit and she looked very nice! Looks like a damaged tendon in her toe, so she'll be hobbling for a while and off work. Crossing our fingers that she gets one of the jobs for next year!!

Hurt my back yesterday with all the bending since I haven't been used to it for the last few weeks. Hoped to go to the gym today but I'm afraid I could do more damage. I'll try a gentle workout at home including my exercise bike and will also do lots of stretching.                                                              
  • B:  porridge/raisins/berries/cherries mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast on a wrap/extra light mayo, soy yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  Quorn leek pie, salad w/pumpkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers, diluted cherry juice
  • S: peach
Teas & water, coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  1287
One of my Ireland photos (Donegal coast):

Progress as of today: 22.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/09/2013:
It's good to see you and your porridge again. Sorry to hear about your back. I'll wish I could visit Ireland someday. Me and your Hub could go fishing here.

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks, Ohio. Yep, back to porridge and healthy only foods. Back is feeling much better now so I'll hit the gym tomorrow. Ireland is gorgeous...almost as beautiful as Scotland. :)

skinnygrlwithin on 10/09/2013:
That picture is absolutely stunning!! It just makes me want to travel more!! I'm sorry about your back, but I think you've got the right idea... maybe a really how shower before your stretching would also be helpful to loosen things up a bit! Crossing my fingers for your daughter!

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks. Feeling much better. Thanks for crossing fingers for daughter!!

Umpqua on 10/09/2013:
Gorgeous photo! I hope your back feels better and some gentle stretch may be in order. I hope your daughter will get one of the jobs so she can return!

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks. Just an occasional slight twinge in my back now, so I'm good for the gym tomorrow. It's going to be tough!!

Hope we don't have to wait too long to find out if she got a job!

lolla on 10/09/2013:
What a beautiful place! Hope you feel better soon

biscottibody59 on 10/09/2013:
Hope it was a good day and your back cooperated!

Nice to look forward to good things with your daughter's happenings--I hope you both mend well!

(Thanks for the pic as usual:-)

grannyannie on 10/10/2013:

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 08, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 144.2

Hi all! Thanks for your comments and welcomes.  Back from 4 weeks of travelling with my sister and brother and we had such a good time. It was exhausting though. My exercise was mainly lots of walking. As reflected by the scale I did overindulge!      However, I really enjoyed myself and did not beat myself up over it. 3 of us are beer drinkers and we loved sampling different ales at the pubs.  14+ weeks before we go to Thailand and I need to lose at least 14 pounds, so not an impossible goal at all. 

Daughter has two job interviews today on the island but last night she sprained her ankle at the ceilidh dance. She had to be carried back to her room, poor soul. She can't get her nice, new shoes on today for the interview so will go with one foot bandaged. Hubby left this morning to spend the night at the hostel and give her moral support for her afternoon interview. I bowed out though as I have too much to do and didn't want to delay getting back on track by another 2 days.  Daughter will be back here in 3 weeks as her volunteering will be finished. Then she'll be here for 2 weeks before going back to Uganda. 

Grocery shopping this morning after I dropped hubby at the bus stop. Nothing but healthy food. Lots of laundry and housework to do.  


  • B:  porridge/raisins/cinnamon/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  chicken breast wrap w/extra light mayo, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  chickpea curry & basmati rice, salad w/pumkin seeds/walnut pieces/almond slivers
  • S:  packet of baked crisps, 2 clems
  • teas, water, coffee w/almond milk, diluted cherry juice

TOTAL:  1290

Tomorrow:  back to the gym

Progress as of today: 22.8 lbs lost so far, only 16.2 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/08/2013:
Well welcome back!! It's good to see you here again, and I'm so glad that you had such a good time! And you're right, we always need to find a balance between our dieting and just living life!

Sorry to hear about your daughter's ankle, but hopefully her interviews go well... crossing my fingers for her!

grannyannie on 10/08/2013:
Thanks! I really could have behaved better. I blame half the weight gain on beer.

Umpqua on 10/08/2013:
Sorry to hear about daughter's ankle. I hope the interviews go well and she will get to extend her stay though! I know you will get right back at it leading up to your next trip. You always do!

grannyannie on 10/08/2013:
Thanks. Looks like it's a tendon in her toe. Her visa for extension was already approved which is why she is there now. The interviews are for semi-permanent jobs next year (1 year).

biscottibody59 on 10/08/2013:
I'm sure you'll be back in the swing in no time:-) Sounds like you had a great time with the family!

grannyannie on 10/08/2013:
You betcha! Gotta fit into those clothes!

V on 10/08/2013:
So sorry about your daughter's toe :( Hope she will heal quickly..Hey your menu looks fantastically healthy as usual..Have a wonderful evening <3

grannyannie on 10/09/2013:
Thanks V!

grannyannie - Monday Oct 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Brother and sister flying home now. We have done a LOT of sightseeing, eating out, drinking beer etc etc.

Back on track tomorrow. Will get on the dreaded scale tomorrow morning then catch up on diaries.

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/07/2013:
Glad you got to see the family. GoodLuck with the scale, Annie !

grannyannie on 10/07/2013:
Thanks Ohio. Hope I don't scream too loud when I get on scale. All my clothes are tight.

Umpqua on 10/07/2013:
Good to see you back Annie, and I'm glad you had a nice visit with your family! I know you'll get right back on track.

grannyannie on 10/07/2013:
Thanks! Had fun but am exhausted!

OhioRaven on 10/07/2013:
Ha-ha !

grannyannie on 10/07/2013:

V on 10/07/2013:
Welcome back Annie!! I missed you <3

grannyannie on 10/08/2013:
Thanks, friend! Missed you too!

grannyannie - Sunday Sep 22, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Hi all! Got back from Ireland yesterday. Clothes a wee bit tighter.   Weather wasn't great - first two days had high winds, but nice trip anyway.

Daughter got her visa!  She goes back to the island Wednesday.

My brother arrives tomorrow morning. Touring Scotland. 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/23/2013:
Welcomeback, Annie !

grannyannie on 09/23/2013:

V on 09/23/2013:
Welcome Back Annie!! So happy to hear you had a great trip and thank goodness your daughter got her visa :) Have a wonderful day <3

grannyannie on 09/23/2013:

Umpqua on 09/23/2013:
Awesome news on the visa, I'm sure that was a relief for everyone. Glad you're having some nice visits with your siblings!

grannyannie on 09/23/2013:

legcramps on 09/26/2013:
Glad to see you back and that you had a nice trip to Ireland. Mmmnn, makes me want to go to Ireland. I told my aunt and uncle that I would travel with them if they decided to go there. They haven't brought it up since; I think maybe they're avoiding me.

grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 10, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Grrr....so annoyed at the screw up with immigration. We are hoping she can stay on the island without working until she gets her visa. She can't go to Ireland with us while she is waiting as immigration has her passport. At least we don't have to worry about her being an illegal immigrant.  As long as the Home Office is considering her application she is fine.  We've changed her flight from tomorrow to November. 

Sister's plane arrives just before 4pm today (unless she misses her connecting flight - she only has one hour to do so! Going into Glasgow shortly for lunch with uncle and then we'll take sister to dinner after we pick her up.  

Have a healthy, happy day everybody!  

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/10/2013:
Sounds like a great time with the fam. Sorry to hear about the whole immigration thing. Have a Great Day.

Umpqua on 09/10/2013:
Well that's good that she can at least stay in the country - I hope she can go back to the island while you are away. I hope all goes well with your sister's arrival!

skinnygrlwithin on 09/10/2013:
I'm sorry to hear about the immigration issues... they really are so frustrating to deal with! Enjoy your time with your sister!

legcramps on 09/10/2013:
Have a wonderful time with your sister!

V on 09/10/2013:
I am sure you are having fun with your sister, just wanted to say hello <3

grannyannie - Monday Sep 09, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Sister arrives tomorrow afternoon. House is spotless (well, nearly). Moved our daughter into my gym and brought the twin bed down from the loft for her. My brother will use it when he arrives in two weeks. 

Not going to stress about what I eat or drink. My sister is a good influence as she does not have food issues and is not a junk food or sweets person - just occasionally. Her doctor has actually told her recently she needs to gain weight! Would I love to hear those words.   Got my lists done for Ireland as we go on Saturday for a week. Might as well buy groceries and stuff here instead of over their as Ireland is expensive. We are taking the car ferry over so packing is not an issue. 

Still waiting for daughter's letter from immigration telling her to get her biometrics. We're sure she'll be given the extension to her visa but the waiting (and the inefficiency of the office) is maddening. She can't come to Ireland with us (they have her passport). So we are thinking of options.

Workout at gym: (short workout - had stuff to do)

  • 30 mins spin bike
  • 4 sets of 12 on 5 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps - 4 sets of 12    


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/date-raisin-apricot mix/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   low fat cheddar on whole wheat wrap (melted), yogurt, crisps
  • D:  veggie stew & broccoli rice, salad
  • S:  mini magnum ice cream bars
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  about 1700

My posting will be sporadic while my sister is here, especially in Ireland as I doubt I'll be online much. 

Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 09/09/2013:
Glad things are clearing up for your daughter's visa. Hope it's not too long before it's all done!

ps I got into the Magnum bars a little last month--the double caramel--yikes!

grannyannie on 09/09/2013:
Mmm...double caramel is pure bliss!

OhioRaven on 09/09/2013:
Annie, you're at 137Lbs. I think you need to gain some weight. Have a Great time with Sis, Daughter and Bro.

grannyannie on 09/09/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! But I've got a belly and roll at 137. Need to be 130. I feel best at that weight.

Umpqua on 09/09/2013:
Oh geez, you're getting down to the wire with your daughter's paperwork. I hope it comes through this week so she can accompany you to Ireland. I love bringing my own food when I travel since it's healthy and helps save money. Good deal!

grannyannie on 09/09/2013:
If it comes through she won't go to Ireland, she'll go back to the island for her volunteering.

V on 09/09/2013:
Ma it is getting down to the wire i hope your daughter's papers are approved soon.. I am sure you will have a blast in Ireland, I am so excited for you..Have a great evening my friend!

grannyannie on 09/10/2013:
Thanks V!

grannyannie - Saturday Sep 07, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 137.2

Busy day.  Finished doing a good cleaning in the kitchen and hallway (lot of photos on the wall), washing windows, laundry, etc etc. I also did some painting in an area where we used to have a radiator but it was moved when we got the new heating system. Easy to ignore but you notice it more when guests are coming.

Our dear friend lost an election and we are very sad about that. She was nonstop crying.   And she was by far the best candidate. 

Lots of activity today but no workout.  Should have done my muscle routines. Will try to do tomorrow even though I have more tasks to finish.


  • B:   porridge/strawberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  skinny mocha, single serve box of Crunchy Nut with soy milk
  • L:  chicken breast, low fat cheddar, yogurt, baked crisps
  • S:  Magnum ice cream bar
  • S:  lots of red wine with friend who was grieving for her election loss 
  • D:  BBQ chicken, corn on cob, sweet potatoes, mushrooms
  • S:  ?

TOTAL: no idea


Progress as of today: 29.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/07/2013:
Sorry to hear your friend lost the election. As long as you're keeping your portions in check, your foods don't sound bad (I know it's not how you usually eat). I'm sure all the cleaning and painting you've been doing is a great workout too!

grannyannie on 09/08/2013:
Thanks. Yes still weighing my food. I've run out of ice cream bars. Daughter eats the white chocolate ones.

grannyannie - Friday Sep 06, 2013
(Healthy food-fitness-getting back to ideal weight)
Weight: 134.6

I emailed our local MP (member of parliament) to ask for help finding out about daughter's visa.  I emailed him Monday but didn't get a reply until today. He got in touch with the immigration office and emailed me back. The idiots had gotten the address wrong so the letter telling her to get the biometrics for her passport (which must mean she got the visa extension!) was returned. The island she was on has a population of about 100 not including the volunteers. It went to the wrong address because immigration are idiots. House names are in Gaelic and it went to the wrong one. So it was returned to immigration in London and has been sitting there for nearly 4 weeks! They have resent it out again today in overnight mail to the main office on the island thanks to our MP. So we are hoping she'll have her visa by the middle of next week. We hope she's back on the island before we go to Ireland a week from tomorrow. Otherwise, she has to stay here by herself as she can't come with us to Ireland w/o her passport. 

Scale said 139 last week and today it said 137. More calories - weight loss? Hmm..  Well, it's better not to be depriving myself just before a holiday because that's when I overindulge and end up with lots to lose after the holiday.

Been washing windows, doing extra cleaning, airing out duvets and a mattress before my sister then brother come. 

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                                                                               


  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/blueberries/soy milk, tea w/milk
  • L:   chicken breast and low fat cheddar and extra low fat mayo on whole wheat wrap, yogurt, baked crisps
  • D:  hubby and daughter finished the rest of the veggie chili so I had a Quorn Leek pie and salad with clementine & strawberries, glass of red wine
  • S:  red wine, Magnum ice cream bar
  • Teas & water & coffee w/almond milk

TOTAL:  under 1700

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

Umpqua on 09/06/2013:
That is fantastic news about the visa extension, although the immigration office seems to be a great example of bureaucratic red tape! How cool that the house names on the island are in Gaelic. With so few residents, it's truly amazing that they managed to screw it up haha. Good going on the loss, you are certainly staying busy too!

grannyannie on 09/06/2013:
Our house name is in Gaelic as well. Many, but not all of them, are.

Don't know how I managed to lose. I could feel it in my belly, so got on the scale the last two mornings. Not going to stress about my weight right now. I WILL be 128-130 when I go to Thailand!

OArecovery on 09/06/2013:
Great news about the visa- and the weight loss! sounds like good planning for the holiday ahead too (not to deprive yourself in preparation) and to rather just moderate through!

enjoy your day :)

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:

OhioRaven on 09/06/2013:
Hey, Annie. It's good to hear from you, and that you've got those Idiots straightened out. Keep up the exercise !

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
The government can be so inefficient, among other things!

V on 09/06/2013:
So it sound like your daughter will finally get her visa amd thank goodness for having friends in high places otherwise D would have been going back home and that's no good :(

Okay I know I ask you this every year but may I come to Ireland with you guys? PLEEEEEEEEESE??? hahahaha you know I love my gaelic boys <3 ;) Love ya Annie please say YES!! LOL

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
Sure, friend. Actually if you can just make it to Scotland you can hop in the car. We are taking the ferry over. Got an extra bed in the house we rented. :)

hollybelle on 09/07/2013:
Whew! so happy about the visa! Great job on your cleaning and scale reading!

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
Thanks Holly!

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