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grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 08, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Picking up shopping at 10am. No workout. Doing some housework.  

I like listening to audiobooks while I work out. Don’t know why I didn’t do it before. I’d always listened to music. I have a ton of books in my Audible library. 

40 years ago today John Lennon was killed. I was devastated. I was 28 when he died and had grown up with the Beatles since the age of 11 right before they got to the US. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge, tea w/soy milk (no berries - getting more later)
  • S: coffee with coconut milk, Quinoa bar (which they changed and now has 22 more cals - 159 and they changed it to have a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom - more like a candy bar. Grrr.... The original was not something I could binge on at all, but now... Good thing I only bought 2 boxes of 3.)
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana
  • D:  leftover stir fry with veg and tofu
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1275

This is a popular beach less than hour away from us. Water is always chilly. Couldn't find my own photos of it so snagged one online. The piece of land across the sea is the Isle of Arran.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Fantastic photos, Annie!

Didn’t realize it was 40 years since Lennon’s death. Saw a terrific movie called Chapter 27 about Mark Chapman, played by Jared Leto. Leto gained nearly 70 pds for the role. Hadn’t realized Chapman was chubby. Leto is an incredible actor, won an Oscar for The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Played a beautiful skinny transgender woman,

Articles in today’s papers re 90 yr old UK woman getting the first covid vaccine.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
Saw the 90 year old on the news. She was in a Welsh hospital.

1980 - yep. It was the end of my 3rd semester at community college. I never turned the news on in the morning, and overheard someone in the break area mention it.

I visited Liverpool around 2003 and one of the places I saw was the Beatles museum on the docks. Fabulous! They had Lennon's round glasses in a dome with an alarm on it. The placard said they were worth £1 million (nearly $2million) at the time.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
They had a concert where I lived in Jacksonville FL in 1964 but my parents wouldn't let me go because I had only just turned 12.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Just reading a ~80 yr old man named William Shakespeare got the second jab. Lots of funny headlines over there like: Taming of the Flu. If Margaret was patient 1A, is William 2B or not 2B? lol

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
Yes, that was great! Don't know how they are labeling them.


Donkey on 12/08/2020:
Saw the vaccinations on TV and Twitter this morning. Lord, hear our prayers.

I should try audio books, as I enjoy watching TV while I exercise. Hmm...

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
I'm not worried about getting the vaccinations.

Audiobooks are great for long drives or when you staying in one room.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Yep, nothing but old Maggie and her jab in the news today and a few jokes about Shakespeare. lol. Some story in papers re Trump only ordering enough Pfizer vaccine for 100 million ppl, not nearly enough. Most was sold to other countries. But there’s Moderna and others out. Not sure if I’ll have to wait past July now. Plan to stay home as much as possible, wear mask & socially distance for years & years, most likely

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
We'll still have to mask up after the vaccinations because they aren't sure yet if it means you won't be an asymptomatic carrier. Guess if I want to hug g-daughters it will be with masks and face shields.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Probably so. My mother meets with the family in the yard, no physical contact. They live in California. And they wear masks & socially distance. Any word on how long the vaccines last? I haven’t followed all this as closely as I should.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
We were doing a lot of socially distant gardent parties with friends when the weather was warm. But not now.

I believe they think it might be an annual vaccination like flu. Not sure.


innerpeace on 12/08/2020:
Stunning views, I would be on vacation on your front porch.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
I've got a water view but not this beach. Would be nice though.


Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
The flu vaccine is 50% effective overall and only 25% in over 65. Here’s hoping this is a lot better long term

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Different percentages than I've heard.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Stats in UK for over 65's on last year's vaccine were 60% effective.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2020:
I never had thought of Scotland as a vacation spot but it seems it is, for the beach i mean..

next, i am not sure I could listen to a book while exercising, i stick with my music which generally i find easier to listen to than the television. i find i do a better and more concise workout with music rather than tv shows.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Scotland gets many millions of tourists every year. Some for beaches and islands but most for scenery, history, castles, Outlander filming spots, etc. Lots of Americans come because they have Scottish ancestry.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Wow! Those are drastically different stats. Sometime I’ll send you a link.



grannyannie - Monday Dec 07, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Struggling to resist eating and drinking what I shouldn't. This is going to be a long, hard winter. But at least I’m consistent with working out.

Washer started leaking a wee bit Saturday so husband is trying to fix it. Hoping he can get it done while I do my workout as the laundry is piling up. Edit: he did!

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Stir fry with veggies, tofu
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1136

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines: (I managed to get on the mat on my left side and do leg lifts with the ankle weights. Tried to do crunches as well but, nope, hurt my side too much.)

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Yesterday afternoon about 30 minutes before sunset:

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
Gorgeous views! Always wanted a water view but it is not to be. Admire your consistency exercising. I can be a real flake.

grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
The views make being stuck here during a pandemic a lot easier!

I HAVE to be consistent with workouts since I'm not always behaving with food. I can tell a huge different since I restarted after injury - my thigh muscles feel bigger for one thing.


Donkey on 12/07/2020:
That's a good point you make for yourself above: exercise will help with eating. Take care not to fall into the thinking that you can eat whatever because you exercise. But it will help mitigate damage done by indulging.

I hope hubby can fix the washer. What I'm dealing with right now: some kind of leak in the attic (roof or condensation), possible toilet leak in the basement, and flue pipe for hot water heater is leaking in 2 locations.

The roof/attic leak isn't bad, just water stains on the ceiling, but I have a bucket and a large, empty pickle jar catching the drips from the water heater.

It's always something.

grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
Oh no. I'm well aware that exercise is usually only about 5% of weight loss. The exercise does remind me that I have much more to lose as I remember how great it feels to be a size I'm comfortable.

Yikes, hope you get all the leaks fixed soon.

Fortunately, hubby can fix anything. It's not leaking now but he says it needs a new part which he has ordered. So I can do laundry. This washer has lasted about 11 years, so can't complain.


Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
Bummer, Donkey. Hope the husband can fix some of that. Mine is pretty good about ordering parts online & making basic repairs. But not always!

grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
I'm really grateful mine can fix anything!


Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
lol. Anything’s better than nothing.

grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
True


Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
You have such spectacular views...they are very special, you are lucky. I have nice views too, of the city below me and around me (since i'm on the 9th floor with little obstructions in view)...but yours is very special and it's full of beautiful nature.

yes, at least you work out. working out solves a lot of problems, mentally and physically. we'd be in very unfortunate circumstances without the ability to work out...as you previously experienced, thankful you are so much better now!

Bear is soooo right!

grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
Yea, it was hell not being able to work out for 2 months and just sit in a dining room chair!

I don't even have the best views in Scotland - there are bigger mountains and gorgeous sandy beaches elsewhere.

Last place I lived in the US was in TN and I as on the 14th floor of an apartment building. I got a view of the TN river, trees, and the city.



grannyannie - Sunday Dec 06, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Frost on the grass this morning. Friends in Glasgow and in the east had snow yesterday. 

FB memories come up every day and right now they are showing us in Thailand - beach, pool, palm trees, restaurants, etc. Sigh. 

First vaccinations this week - healthcare workers and care homes. Then the over 80's and the vulnerable. Pfizer. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1136

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges, calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
Hello! Apparently, we're expecting snow next weekend, but so much can change between now and Saturday, that nothing may happen, especially since we get a warm up in temperatures around Wednesday.

I'm wondering how it will be in January when my boss is stuck here, rather than in Florida. He and his wife have gone to Florida in January for over 20 years. We'll see if it's harder on him or us staff.

When I was at my brother's, I noticed that they keep more lights on, more often. I'm always trying to save energy, but I think in the winter months, it's mood lifting to have more light.

Granted, it's not Thailand. It's not the beach. Maybe look at it as an opportunity to see what you've been missing. If we're forced to endure, might as well make the best of it.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
Well, we've got beaches but it's cold. Anyway, we know what we've been missing in the winter - which is why we escaped to Thailand. At least we have pretty scenery to look at - when it's not dark.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
Maybe we'll get the vaccination early enough in the winter that we can start making trips into Glasgow (still with a mask). I always enjoy those.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
We always kept track of the weather here while in Thailand. Our neighbour looks after the house. We often get very high winds and sometimes they knock the ceramic tiles off the roof and they break. So one year we had to arrange for the tiles to be replaced while we were gone.


Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Yep, I’ve been hearing every night on the national news here how the UK will be getting the vaccines very soon. Looking like I will go in July. Very curious about distribution. I’d rather wait a few months & avoid the mob. Saw one city preparing to do drive throughs and another assembling ppl in a huge auditorium. No idea what my city plans. I will be staying home & wearing a mask & socially distancing for years most likely.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
I expect to get it by Feb at least. Still wear a mask. And hoping for a US trip in summer, and possibly my son coming here for his 50th birthday.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
I'm betting we'll do the same as flu vaccines - each coastal villages town hall. Don't know how they did it in town.


Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
We have a weird insurance plan. We tried to get the flu shot at Walmart, CVS & Giant Eagle. They all rejected our cards, so I called the insurance & and they said see the PCP. The husband went, but I never did.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
No charge in the UK for anything (unless you want a flu shot under age 65).

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
We have that 'scary' socialist medicine! OMG!


Donkey on 12/06/2020:
"We know what we're missing!" - LOL! Of course, you do - I do apologize for my tone-deaf comment. I'm sorry :-(

I love your later comment about having the vaccine, soon. And your hope for summer travel plans - YES!!!!

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
No apology necessary! :)

I really, really, really need to get to Michigan. And for my son to come over here - finally. His brother had been here 3 times. I can't believe I have a child who is going to be 50! But then I was a child bride!


bearcountrygg on 12/06/2020:
Berries sound so good!

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
I always have fresh berries on my porridge (or cereal). Raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. Husband bought a Nutrabullet and makes smoothies every single day - sometimes 2. Mangoes, clementines, berries, bananas.

I really miss berries when we are in Thailand. They have them but they aren't very good and cost a fortune. But that's okay because we get bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and yummy sweet mandarins.


Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Heard something about covid vaccines being free for everyone here. Not following it as closely as I probably should. Figure they’ll do what’ they can when they can.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
They are way ahead with the vaccines by you. I hear USA is implementing a few more regulations before administering. ...keep us updated if you here of any bad side effects, etc.

i just read jacky's comment, above, and i am with her on my own knowledge. I figure when there's info, the news will report it and we'll learn what we need to learn.

here it is turning very cold also. it's not been warm these couple weeks of December. but luckily not cold enough for snow and not too much precipitation anyways.



grannyannie - Saturday Dec 05, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

It's heavy housework day. No other workout. 2 beers and other extra calories.

Been picking at the almonds occasionally and now they are gone. There is a big bag of cashews that I’ve shoved to the back of the cupboard. Not opened and they will stay that way. I’ll give them to friends of ours when we can see them, or I can drop them off on their porch.

It’s difficult to comment or reply to posts here since we are in different time zones. I’m sound asleep when some of the later posts are made.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple, ½ pbj
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2, 2 beers
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1599

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/05/2020:
Heavy housework is a workout! Love cashews. Mostly buy pistachios for my parrots and steal a handful.

grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
I was a bad girl with the cashews so I'm getting rid of this bag without opening!


Donkey on 12/05/2020:
Don't worry about the time zones - we value your input and your posts. At least I do! When I comment on an older post, I usually make a comment in the person's most recent post, saying something like, "I left a comment on your Wednesday post." Just in case that person doesn't get the email notifications (like me).

You mentioned almonds and right away, I thought of the TWO bags that my boss bought for the lunch room - cinnamon & sugar coated roasted almonds, NOT to mention the butter toffee coated nut mix bag (HUGE BAG) which looks like it has almonds, pecans, and Brazil nuts? I know it has almonds. I've been grabbing 3-5 of these nut mixtures in the afternoon, when I just need a little help to get through, and I don't have anything in my own stash to eat.

Happy housecleaning!

grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
Nuts are addictive, can't stop!!

I sometimes buy cashews coated in honey and sesame seeds in Thailand. OMG! Heaven!


Maria7 on 12/05/2020:
I love nuts, too...cashews...almonds...walnuts...pecans...had some walnuts (I shelled) today...so good.

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
I love many kinds but not walnuts for some reason. And I don't like them in brownies.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
i've had such delicious beers lately, they all taste like champagne...or i have been drinking cider.

yeah, housework is enough exercise, for sure!

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
There are so MANY different kinds of beer. Many people who are not beer drinkers think of it all being like Budweiser. No way. Wish I hadn't tried all the different ones because there are so many I like. And we have a brewery in our garage!



grannyannie - Friday Dec 04, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

I need to get some variety in my cardio workouts. Doing the spin bike is not enough, no matter how good the workout. But I won’t rejoin the gym yet. I could do step aerobics sometimes, and jump rope. Weather isn’t great for power walking, but I suppose I could bundle up on a dry day and do it.

I asked my 15 year old granddaughter what she and her 10 year old sister would like for xmas as gift cards.  She said they both like Barnes and Noble so I ordered them online.  The family also likes the Olive Garden so I sent a gift card for that as well. Since the divorce I'd always sent money to my son to divide between him and the girls for xmas and get everybody what they want. But this is a very different xmas.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1223

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Most people don't think of Scotland as having gorgeous white sandy beaches, but there are many. They are all on the outer coasts (not inner like mine) and the islands. This is from an island we visted in the Outer Hebrides. 2011.

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Gorgeous beach! You look so young & pretty, I am a big fan of gift cards too. Even purchase prepaid Visa cards upon occasion.

grannyannie on 12/04/2020:
Yes, the beaches there are breathtaking. And I was just a young girl of 59.


legcramps on 12/04/2020:
Yes, seems like gift cards will be in full force this Christmas!

grannyannie on 12/04/2020:
I'm sure they will be!


Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
ummm...well...those sandy white beaches...well....that's another reason for me to one day travel to Scotland...in the SUMMER, that is!!!!

beautiful! ah! and with mountain views!?

grannyannie on 12/04/2020:
Scotland has very rugged scenery as well as the beaches. And the water looks tempting but it's always cold.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
lovely pic of you, by the way!

grannyannie on 12/04/2020:
Thanks!



grannyannie - Thursday Dec 03, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

No snow at our house but on the mountaintops that we can see. It was 3c/37f. Hubby said on his bike ride early this morning that away from the sea there was a dusting of snow. 

On Jacky's comment on protein, yes most people get far too much protein. Those high protein drinks are really only for serious bodybuilders. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  chicken sandwich, clementine
  • D:  Leftover Panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1208

Workout:  (I’ve changed to 45 mins spinning on the 2 days that I do a short lower body muscle routine - 30 minutes the other 3 days)

  • Spin bike: 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges, calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Mountains down the loch with snow:

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
Great balls of fire, girl! You live in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Aye! Got the sea and got the mountains. Only thing missing is the gorgeous white beaches that are in other areas, like all the islands.


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
The stuff dreams are make of

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I had never been to this house when I came here to get married. Had always met 'future' hubby in London where he worked, or in the US. So when I saw this house and location I thought I'd won the lottery!


Donkey on 12/03/2020:
I'm contemplating your statement - Jacky's - about protein. Not that I disagree, but rather just trying to wrap my head around it.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I learned about nutrition when I did a lot of research before becoming a vegan back in the mid 1990s. Here's a reliable link, although a bit too detailed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4045293/ 140 lb person should get 50grams of protein per day. 1 egg has 6g.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Too much protein can lower your calcium and cause osteoporosis. Not sure, but I think it causes kidney problems.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
This is from the NHS (health service) in the UK: There's also evidence that, in the long term, consuming too much protein can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and can also worsen existing kidney problems. The Department of Health advises adults to avoid consuming more than twice the recommended daily intake of protein (55.5g for men and 45g for women).


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
Yep, 45-50 is the common standard, but it usually adds for a person consuming 2000 cal a day, as I recall. I can’t eat this much without gaining weight. I am just under 5’2”. This John Clement is saying 3 days at 25 is better. I am going back and looking at the details. He backs every statement in his book with articles from solid scientific journals and has the references. Some I can get on PubMed, a US government data base. Others I can’t access without an account. He runs a research lab on healthy aging & works with several top universities such as Harvard, so I trust Clement.


Maria7 on 12/03/2020:
What a beautiful photo, Annie! I LOVE the fog over the top of the mountains...reminds me of a place that Hubby and I vacationed at in KY one time years ago. LOVELY.

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
There's snow on the top as well. I can see about 4 or 5 mountains from our house and they have snow on the top most of the winter. There are bigger mountains in the highlands where people ski.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
if jacky or donkey is reading this also, that's why i do not overdo my protein anymore. a lot goes a long way. that's why i even, many times, cut a burger in half...i feel that a lot of meat is just a waste of calories and that a little meat will satisfy just as much!



grannyannie - Wednesday Dec 02, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Supermarket just after 7:30. Perfect time. Picked up some items for the local food bank (potatoes, carrots, apples, soup, noodles etc). Donation rack is just the other side of the cashiers. I think I’ll donate every time I go in. They don’t want chocolates as it won’t keep, but other xmas sweeties are fine. Maybe xmas cookies. 

My supermarket has had 10% off everything for healthcare workers almost since the beginning of the pandemic. Now they are giving 10% off for teachers as well. 

Just heard this morning that the UK has approved the Pfizer vaccine and it is being shipped from where it is produced in Belgium this week. First vaccinations next week.  Healthcare and care home staff and care home residents are first, then the over 80’s, then those with health issues, then age 65 - 79 (us). And, yes, we will be getting it - both doses.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with raspberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, 2 clementines
  • D:  panang curry
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1203

Workout: (added 4kg/8.8lb weights)

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 2kg dumbbells
  • 3 x 10 side lunges & calf lifts using 4kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/02/2020:
Nice to hear that your supermarket experience went well. I need to do some in person shopping too but covid concerns are holding me back. Stores are crowded on the weekends. It's hard to go after dinner.

It's all over the morning news about the vaccine in the UK. Holding my breath. Yes, my husband and I will get the vaccine, too, whether it be Pfizer or Moderna. Grant us peace.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
Our store opens at 6 and 6-7 is healthcare workers only. Then 7 for everybody. I would not want to shop later in the day and I've always avoided weekend shopping, even pre-pandemic.

The Oxford vaccine is AstraZeneca and when that gets approved we'll get that one as well.

The UK is only 1/5 the population of the US, so much easier to get everybody vaccinated.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
The big Walmart I use also opens for frontline workers & disabled at 7. Wouldn’t want to go that early anyway! I have my usual Friday 10 slot. Was very surprised to see they’re now saying produce can only only be picked up in the store. At least for the ones I wanted. This is new.

Wondering how the vaccines will be distributed. Saw big hospital setting up stations inside a large auditorium last nite on the national news. Told the husband I may delay until the mob goes first. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how it works out.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
It used to be that 7-8 was elderly but they don't do that now. Just healthcare and carers for the elderly at 6.

I do my click and collect at 10am on Tuesdays. I would go earlier but you can't get alcohol until 10.

I'm sure we'll get ours the same way we got the flu jabs. The nurse set it up at all 4 of the village halls for the over 65s. Likely something similar.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
We have to go to the PCP for flu shots. We tried Walmart and a few other places and they denied the insurance. Called the company and they said see the PCP. The husband did & I changed my mind & didn’t. Had the flu once in my life, years ago. Had 2 flu shots and both made my arm sore for weeks. The first shot was when I was teaching in California & they pushed them on the teachers. The second was a few years back. Same lousy experience. Rarely out this year and wear a mask, so I’ll take my chances.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
I had a really bad flu about 5 or 6 years ago. Got the vaccine ever since. Under 65's have to go to a pharmacy to get one and then pay for it, about £20 I think. But once you hit 65 they are free. No charge for anything else.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Yep, I did hear talk of staggering the vaccines among healthcare workers to prevent too many from calling in sick at the same time. I’ll get one eventually. There are 2 big hospitals downtown that may be distribution points. Not rushing off just yet. May not be available to all unlike 6/21.

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
I expect to get mine by February.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Kick myself in the ass everyday for selling Moderna! Could have bought back at $90, didn’t, and now it’s at ~150! I do have other covid related stocks, but this was the winner. So far.


horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
I had some indian curry for dinner - i asked for some of ththe frozen Indian meals being given out today at the pantry ...it was very good quality prob from a nearby restaurant as the neighborhood is indian. I was very surprised that Indian food was being given out and thought it was just wonderful bc the culture of the pantry visitors will appreciate that food when they eat it bc it was well made. I figure I should be able to take some because I put in my hard work being there and I’m not making a large salary on unemployment. It makes me want to work there more. If I were working, I’d prob not want anything. (Something to remember- to continue to give back later and be reasonable about asking for anything if it’s not really acceptable for me to do so....)

That’s great that you dropped off at the pantry. If I see any of that at my supermarket, I’d prob also at least purchase a couple cans of food to give also. I’ve given change to the Salvation Army guys if you are familiar with the big red pot they have for donations usually outside the supermarket

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I should have been donating stuff every week. Easy enough. But xmas made me think of it again.



grannyannie - Tuesday Dec 01, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 163.4

Weigh in this morning.  Not as bad as I thought.

Picking up shopping this morning. No workout.

Menu:

  • B: porridge with blueberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Cooking night - some kind of curry of course
  • S: popcorn x 2
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1213

Some of the boats and ships that go past our house: 

Progress as of today: 7.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/01/2020:
I don't think I would ever want to leave your backyard!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
These are out front, but the back is nice when all the flowers are out. Forest behind the house. Such a huge difference in photos when it's sunny as when it isn't. The water turns blue in the sunshine.


Donkey on 12/01/2020:
I would say that's not a bad weigh in at all. Very workable from this point. Plus, some of that may be residual from the nuts, chocolate, liquor indulgences. And we all need those from time to time.

Hope the grocery pickup is uneventful and successful!

Beautiful pictures! I feel that my daughter will be someone who eventually lives near water, too. She would love to watch all the different boats go by...

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
I love sailboats in the summer but of course right now it's most tankers.

Yes, I was very, very bad post election!


Jacky82020 on 12/01/2020:
Such a wonderful port you’ve landed at , Annie!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Can't complain!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
We aren't really a port here though. One spot a couple of miles down the loch where they pick up fuel but otherwise all the ports are farther away from us.


Jacky82020 on 12/01/2020:
I used port figuratively!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Gotcha.


innerpeace on 12/01/2020:
Spectacular views!

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
I like them! Quite happy with our location.


legcramps on 12/01/2020:
Cool views out the front! Did I already ask if it stays fairly cool through the year being right off the water?

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Well, it's Scotland. Wet and cool although we've had temps in the 80's several times in recent years. We are thrilled when it hits 70 and sunny. But winter in our location gets into the 30's at night and 40's daytime, high winds and rain. Very occasional snow. Other parts of Scotland get snow and the mountain tops always do.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
OKAY...super "jelly" of your home and seeing all those boats pass...my friend was a "flight nurse" and would regularly take trips on helicopters. it's not everyday you see a heli on a ship!

seems your last few weeks eating right as kept your weight in a good range! isn't that a good change! keep at it, you are doing wonderfully!

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
This time of year we probably just see a freighter and maybe a motorboat a day. And maybe a Royal Navy ship. Busier in summer with all the sailboats.

I hoped to be under 160 by yesterday. But I can easily reach goal well before we go anywhere in summer.



grannyannie - Monday Nov 30, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Change sheets, clean bedroom, clean under bed. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, apple
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1139

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 10 of 5 upper body routines with the 3kg/6.6lb dumbbells
  • 3 sets x 5 of 5 upper body routines with 2kg/4.4lb weights 

Floor routines:

  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (3 routines)
  • 3 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, push ups (5)
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Photos from our front porch: (every type of boat or ship goes past our house - Royal Navy ships and submarines sometimes too.) It's about 1 mile to the other side of the water to the next peninsula. Map is my county.

My favourite photo from our front porch:

 

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2020:
That bottom picture looks like a post card. Beautiful...and the submarine is mind boggling to me.

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Thanks. I do love this one - sharp and good colour.

Yea, before I ever saw the house my (future) husband told me submarines went past the house. I didn't believe him. Sometimes the Royal Navy does practices in front of our house (don't know why it's always right in front of us). Ships, submarine, military planes dropping soldiers out of them, helicopters landing on deck of ship. Watched all day once. I'll post that those photos tomorrow.


bearcountrygg on 11/30/2020:
That sounds fascinating...I would have been out there watching all day too.

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
That was pretty cool! Guys jumping out of big military planes and some landed on the hills across the way, some in the water, and they were to rescue them.


Donkey on 11/30/2020:
Cool pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Great menu, great workout! :-)

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Thanks!


Maria7 on 11/30/2020:
Wow, is that a submarine in the first photo? Pretty photos! Hope you are having a good day.

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Yep. Royal Navy base nearby.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2020:
I TOTALLY need to wash my entire bedsheets this week, not just the pillow cases lol...thank you for that reminder!

according to the map, you live in "paradise!" ...you know, despite the cold, you have water all around you....and you get to see submarines on the regular!?

grannyannie on 11/30/2020:
Many lochs and peninsulas and island as you can see.

I'd say we see the submarines a couple of times a month. I enjoy seeing the sailboats, and paddle steamer and fishing boats more.



grannyannie - Sunday Nov 29, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Too indulgent again yesterday - nuts, chocolate, beer and raspberry liqueur. Not anxious to get on the scale Tuesday. 

Clean main bathroom. 

Menu:

  • B: porridge with strawberries and oat milk, tea w/soy milk
  • S: coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken and cheddar, banana forgot to take chicken out of freezer so had 1/2 pbj
  • D:  Thai green curry
  • S: popcorn
  • Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee

Total: 1109

Workout: 

  • Spin bike: 35 45 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats , side lunges and calf lifts using 2kg/3kg dumbbells
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Sunrise today:

 

 

bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
If it helps to avoid the scale for awhile then that is okay.....if you think it will help to check on wt then do that.....you know yourself best and do what is best for you. We still have Christmas to get through. I always promote being gentle with yourself and allow for some treats.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I think I will stick to the 1st of every month as far as weighing myself. More often is not a good idea.

Christmas won't be any different for us. We'll just have a curry as usual. For the past 6 christmases we were in Thailand. Before that was Michigan with family until we switched the annual visit to summer.


Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
How I envy your sunrises & water view! Is your house next to a lake? The properties here by Lake Erie are either unaffordable or super crowded in, mostly both. I’ll take my 7 acres. The guy who lived here for 30 years before us bought a house on a pier. His dad died and left him several million. Must be spectacular views! But still crowded in. He was a master gardener who kept this place looking like a botanical park. Reminds me of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Always surprises me he abandoned it for the pier. He is an attorney & we saw him recently to draw up our wills etc. Very nice man with a lovely office full of gorgeous plants.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Our house is on a sea loch. Some lochs are enclosed and freshwater but ours is not. If you hopped in a boat in front of our house and went about 20 miles you'd be in the Atlantic Ocean. We get big ships going past the house and also submarines occasionally. After living on the water for 20 years I could never be landlocked again. I'll post some photos of the boats and ships that go past.

We have 1/2 acre and hubby is an incredible gardener so it's gorgeous with dozens of species of flowers.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
We live on a peninsula - low density population. So when we want to go to Glasgow we either drive the long way which is 70 miles or take a ferry over then drive 20 miles, or take the train.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
Once a month weigh ins sound good.....Back in my WW days 1 time a week ( at meetings) worked good...daily can be difficult with normal fluctuations.....

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I belonged to WW for a few months.


Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
Annie, what is the difference between a loch and a bay? Would the call the San Francisco Bay a loch in Scotland? Have you ever seen Nessie in your loch? (Lol)

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
LOL. Nessie is in Loch Ness. Lochs are too long to be bays, it's too long. More like a fjord. Others are called a Firth because a river meets a sea loch.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
I actually still belong to WW online....lost a lot with them back in 2000....and put it back on again......now I mostly use the site for the calories so that I don't eat too few. I know of someone who only followed the points and ended up so severely anemic that she was on the verge of needing a blood transfusion.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I did WW way back in maybe 2003.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
SUBMARINES....WOW!!!!!

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
There are two bases nearby - one is about a mile away and the other is in the next peninsula. We also have US Trident missiles down the loch from us. And I'd rather they were moved elsewhere!


Donkey on 11/29/2020:
Oh boy do I ever relate to overindulging. I'll write more about it in my entry for today. Part of me wants to cheer you on and say, Every day is a new opportunity to practice moderation. The other part of me wants to assure you that a weigh-in is like a milepost (oops, y'all don't have miles in the UK - Meter-post?) on the road. It only tells you where you're at for that point. Where your journey leads from there is up to you.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
Agree. For some strange reason we do have miles in the UK. Everything else is metric (except pints of beer - 20 oz) so don't know why they aren't km.


bearcountrygg on 11/29/2020:
The scale number is just 1 snapshot in time......and it will vary throughout the day....we put too much emphasis on it.....really..it should just be a downward trend over many days...with some ups involved too.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I always weigh myself first thing in the morning. But actually how my clothes fit is a better gauge.


Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
Sounds to me you live in paradise, Annie. How about I ditch the husband and you find me a guy there?


Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2020:
sometimes we just need some indulgence. you know how to get back on track. i hope you enjoyed your indulgences and i KNOW you did!



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