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grannyannie - Saturday Dec 10, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

No weight lost.  Was planning on no beer at all, but we went into town and I had 1 pint with lunch.  Also bought some light Singha beer - small bottles - 97 calories each, so I figure I can have one of those every night with tv.  Hubby has been buying cases of light Singha, but in the large bottles. 

My plans are to go the gym M - F next week.  I'll do dumbbells for upper body but do 4 sets instead of 3 - and cardio - and the home floor exercises - MWF.  T and Th I'll do dumbbells for lower body - 4 sets instead of 3 - and cardio.  Those are my plans anyway.  


  • B:   porridge w/raisins and almond milk, banana
  • S:  apple
  • L:  chicken sate (4 skewers of low fat chicken strips and a peanut dipping sauce), 1 pint of Fosters (it was an Aussie bar)
  • S:  1 chocolate wafer (50 cals) - the last one and not buying any more
  • D:  going to have a red curry with tofu and 1/2 portion of rice (or I might skip rice totally)

No rain today.  

View at dinner last night - husband's beer, not mine!

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/10/2016:
Sounds like a good plan 97 calories is very good. We have a beer here that is 64 calories but you really cannot expect to get a buzz from that beer you would have to drink a full case.... lol Enjoy your day Annie.

grannyannie on 12/10/2016:
Thanks. Yea, not much buzz from that bottle, but I like the taste of Singha.

Donkey on 12/10/2016:
Let me mention that we're expecting 10 inches of snow this weekend, so I can't tell you how much I appreciate this photo. I've laid off the alcohol, but the photo makes the beer very tempting! If only I were there...

grannyannie on 12/11/2016:
Cold beer while sitting outside in warm/hot weather just goes down your throat so well! I just associate beer with beach trips, so hard to resist.

I'll upload more beach pics for you to warm you up!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2016:
Under 100 cal for a bottle of beer is good! Lightest i ever saw was Coors Light at 60 cal per bottle. I have a can of beer in my fridge, 12 ounces, of a brand i forget at the moment, but for the 12 ounces it's around 125 calories! I didn't realize it had that info until yesterday when i looked closer! So i'm looking forward also to enjoying that beer soon! Maybe even tonight.

Yes, i usually try to have some rice but at the end of meal just to make it more satisfying. That's what i did last night with the brown rice in some Thai food i ordered in basil sauce!

grannyannie on 12/11/2016:
There is a restaurant here that has the best rice I've ever had - it's a mix of jasmine, brown and something else.

This beer is not bad for a lager. Not a lot of choices here for beer. One brewpub about 20 miles away and haven't seen any IPA's in the supermarket.

grannyannie - Friday Dec 09, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Had an excellent massage this morning. After about a 10 minute hard rain at dawn it has been sunny all day. And hot.


B:  toast w/pbj, yogurt

L:  plain omelette, fries

D:  glass noodle soup w/bits of pork

S:  wafer

Bike ride - about 2 miles

Gym workout

Upper body:  11 routines (3 - 8 kg dumbbells)

12 reps x 3 sets each

Lower body:

12 reps x 3 sets each

Lunges - 5 kg weights

squats - 5 kg weights

calf lifts - 8 kg weights


Elliptical intervals - 10 mins

Exercise bike - 5 mins

Home:  floor exercises

abs - 3 routines - 10 reps x 3 sets

bridge - 10 reps x 3 sets

plank - 3 x 20 seconds

triceps dips - 10 reps x 3

push ups - 10 reps x 3

ankle weights - 3 routines for thighs, hips, glutes

10 reps x 3 each


Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/09/2016:
Your workout looks like you are getting back to speed. Glad the weather has finally turned for you. Food sounds good. Have a great day Annie enjoy the sun and heat.

grannyannie on 12/09/2016:
Thanks Fran. The massage helped as my muscles got a bit sore.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2016:
Love a nice massage...looks like you are getting back into a nice routine GrannyA.

grannyannie on 12/09/2016:
Just need to keep the beer to a minimum and any treats. But I will keep working out!

grannyannie - Thursday Dec 08, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

My posts are off from everyone elses since I'm 12 hours ahead of EST in the US.  

I skipped yesterday:  Weds. 

Totally fed up with the flooding and we were stuck without being able to use the car yesterday.  We waded to a restaurant and had a lunch/dinner.  Had a f**k it attitude but this was what I had:

  • B:  toast, yogurt, banana
  • L/D:  noodle soup with veg and tofu - large beer
  • S:  pbj on toast
  • S:  large beer, several chocolate wafers

The gym was on Tuesday, not Monday as posted.  

Thurs:  No storms last night and saw some blue sky for a short time this morning.  Showers on the way to the mall, but lots of the flooding has receded already. 

  • B:  toast, apple
  • S:  Americano and small cup cracker/bisuits on the side
  • L:  3 scrambled eggs, yogurt
  • S:  coffee with vanilla soy milk (we brought our Nespresso machine with us), 1 chocolate wafer (50 cals)
  • D:  stir fry and 1/2 portion rice

NO BEER - edit:  had one small bottle (180 cals)

Bike ride to dinner - about 8 miles

Should have been at the gym today, but muscles are sore and I expected the roads to be flooded.  Will go tomorrow if we don't get any more heavy rain that floods the roads. 

Yesterday's lunch/dinner - noodle soup with tofu, and hubby's fried rice and Tom Yam curry



Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 12/07/2016:
Abalance food choices.. keep going

grannyannie on 12/08/2016:
Very healthy food here. Just need to avoid the beer except for when I earn a treat.

OhioRaven on 12/08/2016:
Good Lookin' Stuff !

grannyannie on 12/08/2016:
It's yummy. And not high cal.

puddles on 12/08/2016:
Food looks great Annie. Is this weather normal for this of the year where you are or is this off the norm. Have a great day Annie make the most of it all.

grannyannie on 12/09/2016:
The rainy season usually is ending in early December, so all this rain is unusual. Had really bad flooding! Clearing up now. Sunny today. Temps are the same all year - mid 80's.

grannyannie - Monday Dec 05, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Tuesday here.

I'm getting really fed up with the almost nonstop pouring rain!  Still haven't been swimming - water too cold because of rain, ridden our bikes, or gone for any walks.  Roads are flooding here.  Normally we eat out for lunch and dinner, but now we hate going out in the heavy rain so have been having one meal a day in the house - microwaved stuff or eggs and ham.  Bleh!  Got really fed up with it yesterday and last night had some cookies, and lots of beer.  It won't help if I gain weight, so can't do that!  

Finally made it to the gym this morning.  Had to have husband drive me as I'm afraid to drive through the flooded roads.  


11 routines x 3 sets of upper body using dumbells - 12 each

Squats, lunges, calf lifts using dumbbells - 3 x 10

Elliptical - 10 mins.

Exercise bike:  15 mins

At home:

3 x 10 - abs, planks, pushups, triceps dips, ankle weights for thighs, hips and glutes


B:  toast w/pbj, banana, yogurt

L:  veg fried rice with ham and pineapple

D:  chicken, noodles, cabbage

S:  2 wafer biscuits (50 cals each)

A photo I took from the car yesterday: and many places the water is so deep it's impassable. 

Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 12/06/2016:
So sorry you are having all the rain. Hope it drys up soon. I know your bikes, kayaks and other toys are anxious for you to get started. :-)

grannyannie on 12/06/2016:
Itching to get out and DO things.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/06/2016:
yes, sorry about the very "pour" weather...as it is pouring! so sorry. i do hope nobody is injured and that it does clear up soon.

despite the rains and flooded roads, it's wonderful to hear that you made it out, SAFELY, to the gym :-) nice job getting back to routine..

like you, i now do squats. I have gotten MUCH better at them....and already notice a fair change :-D so good for us these squats.

grannyannie on 12/06/2016:
Some people, especially Chinese tourists, ignore the red flags on beaches and swim anyway and quite a few die. We won't swim in the pool or the sea until the sun comes back and warms up the water.

Squats and lunges with dumbbells are great! I use 5kg weights but could go to 6. Also using my new ankle weights and doing floor exercises.

innerpeace on 12/06/2016:
Hopefully the weather will improve soon, is it monsoon season? Don't you stay there for a few months, surely it will be better for you to enjoy. Be careful and avoid high water 'turn around, don't drown'!

grannyannie on 12/06/2016:
It's still rainy season but usually it's the end of it early in December. We aren't getting high winds, just heavy rain. And thunder. We'll be here 3 months so we will get to do all the stuff we want to.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/07/2016:
yes, i am just beginning to use a little bit of extra weight besides my own body weight with the squats. I think it took me since last spring to get good enough with squatting my own weight before adding anything extra (now i add a 20lb bar on top of my shoulders when squatting or sometimes i just squat my weight depending how i feel). my butt is def improving.!!!!

jeans seem to look nicer, butt is lifted a hair more, less flat. good stuff!

grannyannie on 12/07/2016:
I inherited a flat butt but since I started doing things like ankle weights, squats and lunges, etc years ago I have had a rounded butt ever since.

grannyannie - Sunday Dec 04, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

The jetlag is kicking my butt!  Husband went to bed at 7pm last night.  I wasn't quite ready so went to bed at 8.  Slept pretty well but we both woke up about midnight and couldn't get back to sleep.  So we got up and watched two episodes of Goliath.  I was hungry so had some toast and some camomile tea.  Then I realized I wasn't going to be able to get back to sleep so had 2 cans (11 oz) of beer and that helped.  Really need to not drink alcohol as it's bad for weight loss.  Anyway, we went back to bed about 3am and slept until 9.  

I joined the gym this morning at the resort down the road and paid for the 3 months.  It would be so nice if they had one in the little housing community where we stay as I'd work out almost every day.  The 'gym' at the resort has dumbbells ranging from 1 - 10 kg.  Good enough for me as I don't go above 8kg.  Has a treadmill, elliptical, and bike. That's it.  Plus I've got the ankle weights and mat at the house which I do right after coming back from the gym.  Doubt I'll make it there tomorrow but am going to try for 7am Tuesday and do every other day.


  • B:  porridge and almond milk, yogurt
  • S:  black coffee (instead of cappuccino) and the little cup of cracker/cookies they give with each cup
  • L:  not until 2:30pm.  Went to the best restaurant on the island - Thai fusion.  Had my favourite chicken wrap which has lots of herbs, seeds, crunchy veggies, lemongrass.  So good!  I knew we wouldn't be going out to dinner I had a chocolate chip cookie - actually it's carob chips and very little sugar.  Herbal tea - best ever!  The owner was happy to see us.  She is so sweet and such a creative cook. They were baking a whole grain seeded bread when we arrived.  So we bought a loaf to take home. 
  • D:  late dinner - probably some of the bread we just bought, eggs and a slice of ham



Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/05/2016:
Please feel free to post as many pictures of the delicious meals you will be having on your Thai holiday. These rolls look oh so good!

grannyannie on 12/05/2016:
Will do! Lots of curries and I mainly get them with tofu.

grannyannie - Friday Dec 02, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 154.6

Bought a battery for the scale that we left here last year.  Updated.    We are in the same house as last year.  We left behind 2 giant crates full of stuff  and one giant suitcase full of stuff along with our bikes and the kayak and paddles.  As returning residents they charged us almost nothing to store the stuff for the last 9 months.  

Had to buy some new ankle weights as the ones I bought here last year fell apart - the new ones look sturdier and also weigh more - 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) per ankle.  At home mine are 2 kg each.  Left my yoga mat here.  So I'm ready for floor exercises at home and will join the small gym down the road.  Mainly I join for the dumbbells but also use the cardio machines.  I think I'm going to go every other day instead of just MWF.  Hope I can get up early enough on Monday and get started.  We are still exhausted. 

Third day here and no sun yet!  Our neighbour says we brought the rain with us as it's been dry here.  Pouring rain all last night and still raining now (it's 11am here).  We have a rental car for the entire time we are here and we only eat breakfast in the house even though we have a full kitchen. Eating out is very cheap at the real Thai restaurants (instead of European ones).  Food is healthy.  Not always low cal/fat as they use coconut milk in many dishes.  


B:  porridge with raisins and almond milk, black tea

We brought our Nespresso machine with us (small one) so can have a coffee with almond milk without having to go to the mall for one

Hope the rain stops so we can go to lunch and dinner without getting soaked.  

Edit:  lunch - 1/2 portion of veggie fried rice with a fried egg

Edit:  too tired to go out in the rain again.  Guess we'll pick up eggs and ham or something when we go out tomorrow in case we stay in again at dinner.

Dinner is what's in the house:  Quoina/cocoa/cashew bar, multigrain toast, canteloupe

No snacking.  No beer. 

I'll have to earn my treats.  


Progress as of today: 12.4 lbs lost so far, only 14.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/03/2016:
I can only imagine what the jetlag you must be experiencing, but oh so totally worth it! Yummy Thai food and warm weather - perfect!

grannyannie on 12/04/2016:
Very worth it! Our winters at home in Scotland are extra rainy, very windy, cold even though it doesn't get below freezing that often, and very dark.

grannyannie - Thursday Dec 01, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

We're on our island.  Worst flight ever - British Airways.  11 hours of pure torture.  We will never use them again.  We slept about 13 hours last night but still tired.  Be a while before we get in the time zone - 7 hours ahead of ours in the UK.  

I was planning on starting my diet on Monday, but my clothes are just too tight and I feel motivated.  Since we woke up after 10am we're just having some toast, then dinner about 5.  I'll start gym on Monday.



omelette with bits of pork

Green curry with tofu and veg, small portion of rice

no beer!



Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2016:
I am so sorry about the flight! Was there turbulence or delays or something? What went wrong? What do you do to try to adjust to the time zone? Do you basically do it cold turkey and adjust to that zone after a good sleep?

When I went to Israel a long time ago with family, we got there when it was their morning & would have been my night back at home – we basically stayed up 12 hrs more….it was a tired first day I remember! I think the same thing happened when I went back at 26. The time zone is, I believe, exactly 12 hours difference or so.

That’s good you are motivated to start your diet. I would totally do the same as you. And actually, this is what motivates me also. As soon as clothes start getting uncomfortable is when I KNOW I must do something. However, lately, I’m trying to not have to wait to that point. In general, I’m trying to drop a few more pounds so that my stomach is flatter / tighter. I only have a few lbs to drop, don’t want to weight any less than a few lbs less than I am now!

Does the toast satisfy your appetite ? Toast would just spike my hunger…But if you are tired and also it’s late I see, it could be a nice & light breakfast…that’s the kind of food that when paired with coffee or another caffeine drink will help me do some cardio / walking / physical activity of most kinds.

Do you also like to have carbs plus caffeine before workouts? I find that the way this combo makes me feel is simply amazing :-D

grannyannie on 12/02/2016:
Haven't taken BA in years - we always take Emirates but they didn't have the flights we always take. Big mistake. The plane was very old and should not have been used for such a long fight. NO legroom. TV screen on seatback wasn't much bigger than my smartphone. Kept having reasons for delays. Crying babies - a LOT. Dinner was good because we'd ordered the special gourmet dinner. Going to try for Premium economy on the way back for extra legroom.

Last night I thought we should go to bed by 11 but we weren't tired so stayed up till midnight. Got up after 8. Takes at least a week to get used to this time zone. Hubby will start getting up at 6 to do laps in the pool every morning. Workout days I get to the gym by opening time at 7. So no food or anything before. Ride my bike there and it takes 10 minutes.

Only had toast yesterday as I wasn't really hungry yet. Porridge this morning.

puddles on 12/02/2016:
Glad you are there safe and sound. Good motivation. Rest up and get on to enjoying your holidays. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 12/02/2016:
Thanks! Got on the scale and feel motivated.

innerpeace on 12/02/2016:
Glad you made it to your destination safe and sound. Keep that motivation and have a great time on your island.

grannyannie on 12/02/2016:
Thanks. Haven't had any of my bikinis on yet - rainy. But that will definitely motivate me as the tops will be too tight and cut into my skin!

grannyannie - Sunday Nov 27, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Had my last workout yesterday, washed and packed my workout clothes.  Everything is packed. I will weigh myself after we arrive in Thailand, then will get on the scale every morning.  Leaving day after tomorrow for a very long trip.  

Hope all of you are getting fit and healthy. 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/27/2016:
Bon voyage! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

grannyannie on 11/28/2016:

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2016:
You are going to the same destination as last year this time right? I so loved those photos and everything! I love living thru friends' travels. I have a couple i'm friends with from NYC and they are my age (she's 34 and he's 39 i think?) and they travel seriously all over the world - including Egypt, Alaska, Japan...everywhere! I love to see their photos so i get a glimpse of what they are seeing. Enjoy. Feel free to show us here anything that would open up our eyes to views we don't usually see everyday.

Good job on weighing and working on it while away. Weight is ever-changing and a variable based on our life choices and always something that needs to be considered...

Have a WONDERFUL flight and trip....and...yes i'm getting fit...and healthy sure!

grannyannie on 11/28/2016:
Yes, even the same house. I'll share some pics!


grannyannie - Saturday Nov 19, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Yes, I'm back and bigger.  Haven't been near the scale but most of my clothes are snug or too tight.  Got off track and stayed off track.  I've been very distraught due to the election and my attitude toward getting back on track has been f*** it.  Not making excuses but I'm quite sure if the election went the way I wanted, I would have gotten back on track and paid little attention to politics or the news. 

My workouts have been intermittent but still workout at least twice a week but not with the enthusiasm I had before.  

Overnight and dinner in the city for husband's birthday Monday.  Dinner at friends' next Saturday.  Daughter visiting for a few days.  But I will try hard not to overindulge and to stay away from the willpower weakening beer.  

We leave for Thailand in 10 days.  In transit I have no rules as it's long flights.  Probably indulge a bit the first couple of days after we arrive and fighting jetlag.  But my bikinis (especially the tops) being tight and uncomfortable and my shorts being tight will motivate me to behave.  Last winter I lost 4.5 lbs in two weeks just by not snacking and having one beer on my workout days (3 x week).  We bought a scale last year so I can easily track weight.  

Hope you all are doing well and getting healthy and fit.  I will faithfully be posting here when we get to Thailand.  

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/19/2016:
Don't kick yourself too hard about it. Your trip will probably give you some motivation before and once you are there in the wonderful weather. Have a great day Annie.

grannyannie on 11/19/2016:
Thanks. I expect to get motivated while there.

Donkey on 11/19/2016:
Looking forward to reading about Thailand!!!

Hang in there, I feel your pain. I'm very worried what the next 4 years will bring -- and the lasting consequences that will carry on afterward.

grannyannie on 11/27/2016:

grannyannie on 11/27/2016:

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2016:
Hey Lady! You'be been missed!

Yes, we are all still working to stay healthy and get fitter! Glad to have you back here & I look forward to your posts.

Although your clothes are snug, you know (as I have observed), that you have the power to make the changes to lose weight. I am sure cutting the beers to a lesser amount will help you. I was reading that liquids do not tend to make us feel full - we can continue drinking & drinking and not realize all the liquid calories. Unlike food, which we do get full from. Oh, i was also reading that candies and chips that "melt in your mouth" have the same effect as liquids...we don't realize how much we are eating as they don't tend to make us full.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2016:
The list of "foods" that don't make us full continued - ice cream (melts in mouth) and things like cheese doodles...that's why i seriously could drink a smoothie forever.

hollybelle on 11/25/2016:
I understand about the effects of the election, as you know. You are doing well stick with it. I keep saying one day at a time. This time of year is difficult, but I don't bake and cook as much as I used to and I try to steer clear of the goodie table at events and parties and focus on being with the people!

grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 25, 2016
(Clean eating - serious workouts)
Weight: 152.6

Going to try for under 1200 calories on most days, with higher calories days in between.  Tomorrow is dinner with friends so will be higher.  Then a higher day next week. 

Workout upper body:

  • 12 routines usings dumbbells -   4 x 12

Workout cardio:

  • 45 mins Tae Bo (aerobic) & jump rope routine
  • B:  porridge/dried fruit/cinnamon/almond milk
  • L:  fried egg sandwich, yogurt 
  • D:  mixed veg curry w/Quorn & basmati rice, salad
  • Tea w/soy milk, coffee w/almond milk, low cal tonic water, herbal teas
Cals:   1146

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 15.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2016:
Hi Annie! excellent calories today....

On the trip in Texas, I found it pretty hard to keep cals low with friends and while out at many of the restaurants also!

Donkey on 10/29/2016:
I hope the change-up in calories works for you. I'd be interested in seeing what happens. You can do it!

hollybelle on 11/01/2016:
Hi Annie. Hope you are doing well.

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