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grannyannie - Thursday Oct 10, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

I have some deep cleaning and reorganizing I want to get done before Thailand.  Want to at least get the kitchen (off-white cupboards!) and the living room done. As soon as hubby leaves for Australia I’m going to do the living room and get the carpet shampooed which entails moving around furniture.  I’ve got the double bookcases done which takes a lot of time since I pull everything off - knick knacks, Ugandan souvenirs, all the books, etc and dust them all off.  

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa/cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/turkey and cheddar, apple

D: veg and Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1038


Home muscle workout:  3 sets of 5 or 10 (sets of 5 for those that target shoulders)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
Deep cleaning going on around here too....and I also take advantage of times when hubby isn't in the house......funny how I used to get it all done with as many as 7 other people in the house but thankful I don't have to anymore. Alone time is precious after retirement....I think Both hubby and I crave it..I'm sure he enjoys his time away from me too......makes our together time even better.

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
Usually he's in the garage working on his bike or brewing beer or working in the garden, but he's been underfoot in the house lately. Can't garden in the rain.


Donkey on 10/10/2019:
Good plan! Do you rent a carpet cleaner or own your own? It's like having new carpet all over again - ahhh!

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
I own my own. It's cheaper than renting one especially if you are going to do a lot of rooms.


Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Wow! You are really getting a lot accomplished! FANTASTIC!

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
I'll get even more done when hubby is out of the way for a few weeks! I'll need to keep busy so I don't indulge like I usually do when he is gone. Then about 2 weeks after he comes home we leave for Thailand!



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 09, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

Just staying focused and being disciplined. 

Husband will be gone for 3 weeks to visit his brother in Australia (I didn't want to go this time). And he leaves 2 weeks from today.  Got my meals all planned including a weekend in the city by myself first weekend of Nov. 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa/cranberry bar in gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veg and Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1009


Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 15 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 5 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

legcramps on 10/09/2019:
Enjoy your day! Is the gym far from where you live?

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
It's about 10 miles - in the nearest town. When I need groceries I drive, when I don't I take the bus which goes right past our house (free to over 60's).


Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2019:
the weekend in the city - you booked a place to stay there by yourself? will you see anyone? is it to enjoy different food?

your entries are all so happy and relaxed! :)

and, i just bought some cheddar, shredded, myself so that i can make these biscuits that i bought. they incldue milk/eggs/the mix/and cheddar cheese. they are high fiber - we will see if when i cook them up, they are any good.

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
Yes, staying in a hotel by myself in the city centre. Going to see special exhibit at one of our fave museums - Linda McCartney photography (hubby wasn't interested). Then in the evening a classical music concert. Booked a Thai restaurant for me for dinner. Next day is Edinburgh museums. That night I'm planning a brewpub for dinner. I am meeting a sis in law on Monday morning for breakfast at a lovely restaurant. Otherwise, on my own.

Let us know how you cheese dish comes out.


Donkey on 10/10/2019:
I can't go into it now, but this post was very inspirational to me!

Grannyannie on 10/11/2019:
Good to know! Curious!



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 08, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

Missed my gym day yesterday since we were in the city. So today is muscle work. Also need to grocery shop this morning.  

Menu

B: porridge/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa & cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar, apple

D: veg and Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1062


Home muscle workout:  3 sets of 5 or 10 (sets of 5 for those that target shoulders)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights


 

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2019:
have a good muscle workout :) on Wednesday, i'm going to get a long workout in for both upper/lower :)

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Thanks! I'm focusing on my lower body muscles since I am still being careful of my shoulder. But I figure 3kg dumbbells is much better than nothing! :D


Donkey on 10/08/2019:
You can still get some lovely definition with lighter weights. Something IS better than nothing!

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Definitely better than nothing. I was building a lot of muscle before I hurt my shoulder - but being too ambitious is how I hurt it. I'll stick to what I'm doing and will never push too hard again.



grannyannie - Monday Oct 07, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday - Sunday:

B:  porridge

S:  cheddar and some almonds at home

L:  none really except 1/2 pint of beer (10 oz) and later another 1/2 pint of beer and shared a packet of crisps (potato chips) at the cinema before the movie

Saw the movie 'Judy' because husband wanted to. It was an incredible performance, but I just found it too depressing

D: went to restaurant where you choose your meal then go to the bar and give your table number.  Anyway, I should have done the ordering as I suspected husband would mess it up. I asked for veggie burger with cheddar and side salad instead of chips (fries).  He ordered veg burger and salad for me which meant I got the fries and huge quinoa salad!   So he ate most of the fries and we shared the giant salad.  Had 1 pint of beer (20 oz) with dinner. 

Today:

We got to the consulate at 9am - opening time and dropped off applications and passports. Then went to post office to get our International Driving Licences.  Then to the optician to get my new glasses - which again had a scratch on them.  So they are reordering them - again. 

B: bacon roll, tea w/milk

Went to visit nieces who were in the city for a wedding. They had a big plate full of pastries and I ate a small chocolate eclair, and later 1/2 bagel with cream cheese.

Then we picked up our passports with the new visas int hem and before our train home I had 1/2 pint of beer and shared a packet of crisps. 

D: pulled out frozen veg/prawn/tofu curry and made some rice in the rice cooker (for hubby). No rice for me. 

 

My size 14 REI trousers are feeling looser and looser!!  

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/07/2019:
Well, JOKER was a very shocking movie as well. Seems that's what it takes these days to capture the audience!

even though your order got screwy, i find a little indulgence is more satisfying than a too light meal when going out! i know you know what i mean! :)

everything sounds delicious!

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Not tempted to see Joker. Heard it's ultra violent! I see enough of that when I watch US news.

Actually a veggie burger with cheddar and side salad is perfect and very filling. So is a pint of beer! LOL. The only problem I have with this chain restaurant is their chips (fries) are not good, so they aren't really tempting unless I'm starving!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2019:
yes, Joker is very VIOLENT and also very upsetting - it's a lot about mental health issues too.


Donkey on 10/08/2019:
Judy is another movie I want to see (in addition to The Joker). I figured that Judy would be rather difficult to watch...



grannyannie - Sunday Oct 06, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

Heading into the city today to spend the night.  We need to be at the Thai Consulate at 9am Monday morning. Dropping off our annual tourist visa applications.  We pick them up later that day at 2pm. Also need to get our international driving licences. 

Going to a restaurant that lists calories on the menu. Will TRY to just have a gin and diet tonic. Maybe 1 beer.


My first diet was just after I turned 40. I did not own a scale and had no access to one. I had been weighed at a doctors office months before and I was 155, but I had gained after that so no idea what the starting weight was. This was well before the internet so I did no research. Bought 2 workout videos, worked out 6 nights a week, counted calories and fat, ate horribly processed food like Lean Cuisine for dinner, etc. Anyway, by the time I was able to weigh myself about 4 months later, I was 122 lbs, later I was 120. Sizes at the time (1992) were different from now - I went from a size 14 (nearly 16) to a size 8.  About a year later I was 130 but still thin - I had built up muscle by then but also gained some.


Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa & cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/cheddar

D: Restaurant - probably a veggie burger and salad

 

BearCountryGG on 10/06/2019:
Exactly...that was how we did it and it worked so well.

Grannyannie on 10/06/2019:
It did work well Not the healthiest of diets.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2019:
I feel that losing weight the first time is the easiest.

Also, first time i lost weight, i also ate the worst i ever have. i had hardly any fat in my diet and my hair looked so dry.

Grannyannie on 10/06/2019:
It was easy and I was highly motivated. And I was just a kid of 40. ;)


BearCountryGG on 10/06/2019:
Annie...we grew up around the same time I think...Do you remember the traditional diet plate at dime store counters? A lettuce leaf, a scoop of cottage cheese and half of a canned peach?? I remember that well...it is what my Mom went to every time she wanted to lose a little weight...and actually...it was genius...veg, protein, calcium, and fruit in a sweetened syrup that finished off the plate with what felt like dessert....so satisfying and so simple. I wish life was that simple now.

Grannyannie on 10/06/2019:
Yes I remember! I will be 68 in Feb so we are nearly same age.


Donkey on 10/06/2019:
^^ I love seeing diet meal plans from old magazines and books, LOL. Some of that stuff is absolutely gross - and funny at the same time.

Grannyannie on 10/07/2019:
I know! And the misinformation back then!


Donkey on 10/06/2019:
It never would have occurred to me that you would need a special driver's license while in Thailand. If you were only staying for a week and renting a car, would you still need a special license? I guess, right?

Have fun at the hotel, and I hope that your paperwork goes smoothly tomorrow. EXCITING!!!

Grannyannie on 10/07/2019:
Some countries require an International driving license. Thailand is one. We just go to the main post office with our own licence, fill in form and give them passport sized photo to glue into a wee booklet.

Application for visa is easy. They put the visa right into our passport. It's only needed if you stay more than 30 days. We have to apply for extension after 60 days. But it's also easy.


legcramps on 10/07/2019:
Sounds like a very exciting week :)



grannyannie - Saturday Oct 05, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 0.0

Scale:  same as yesterday.  That’s it! Not getting on the scale again until the day we leave for Thailand in 8 weeks.  I will try on my trousers every couple of weeks to gage my losses.

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino & quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veg/prawn/tofu stir fry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1029

 

Home muscle workout:  3 sets of 5 or 10 (sets of 5 for those that target shoulders)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

 

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
Yes, if you find the scale not being very friendly and motivational, best to step away. Think of the delightful surprise when you weigh in before you embark!

grannyannie on 10/05/2019:
Hope that works. Trying on trousers will be a good guide. Then I can get on the scale when I know it will say what I want.


BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
I avoid the scale , unfortunately it has too much power over me and has the apparent ability to rule my day in a not so nice way,.....i prefer going by how my clothes fit.

grannyannie on 10/05/2019:
Good idea.



grannyannie - Friday Oct 04, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

It’s gotten cold here. So I’m ready for Thailand. We leave 8 weeks from tomorrow.

My belly feels smaller so got on scale this morning even though Saturday is weighing day.  I was 160 last Saturday, but might have gained over the wedding weekend. Goal for tomorrow is 158 but scale today said 159.2.  

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa cranberry bar at gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veg/prawn/tofu stir fry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1029


Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 10 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 10 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/04/2019:
Nice to see a lower number, isn't it? Whatever you're doing, it's working.

I'm glad you're already anticipating Thailand!

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
I just wish it would come off faster! I'll rely more on how my smaller trousers fit than what the scale says.


legcramps on 10/04/2019:
That darn scale, huh?

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Yep. I really should try to stick to trying on trousers instead.


BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
I avoid the scale and go by clothes fitting it does take the sting out of those inevitable times the scales are up.

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
True. Hard habit to break.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2019:
you are doing great with your weightloss. i have been sorta watching myself too, as my exercise has been far lighter the past few weeks as i recover with my legs i don't want to gain weight.

i also want to try to remain a lighter weight thru Winter into next summer, although i realize that weight does have to go up and down for most people, even if only slightly.



grannyannie - Thursday Oct 03, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Tried on some trousers this morning to see if the fit is better.  Size 10. Still tight but about 5 more lbs and they’ll be fine. Most of my trousers are the nylon convertible (zip offs) from REI. (I stock up in the US on every annual visit). I have size 8, 10 (3 pair), 12 and 14. These are perfect for travel since they have secure pockets, and I wear them as shorts in Thailand. 

Thinking about how sizes have changed drastically.  I now wear a size 8 when I’m low 140’s. In my 30’s I always wore a size 12 and was 130-135. When I was 120 lbs at age 40, I wore a size 8. At age 60 (7 years ago) I was 128 lbs and wore a size 8.  

 

Scale Saturday morning. 


Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa cranberry bar at gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/cheddar and apple

D: Thai red curry with chicken (hubby made a huge pot), diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1011


Home muscle work:  3 sets of 5 or 10 (sets of 5 for those that target shoulders)

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
I find the clothes that fit me which are different brands...all fit differently...I gave up on sorthing things by size now...because I had things put away ( that i figured were too small by the tag) actually fit...It does mke it hard to order clothes from catalogs or online. So the clothes frome REI are varying too within one brand...I know D orders almost all of his clothes from Duluth Trading and they are varying in fit quite drastically.

grannyannie on 10/03/2019:
REI stays pretty much the same now, but I know years ago sizes were being decreased to make them more appealing to 'bigger' ladies - feels better to say you take a size 12 than a 16. I remember back in the 80's the expensive clothes were always sized smaller than they were. I remember hitting 140+ which was a lot for me then and taking a size 6 in one of the expensive brands.

I would never order trousers/shorts online. Or shoes.

My current REI's the 14s are too big but I wear them anyway. The 12's fit perfectly. Will get into at least the 10's in a few weeks. 8's maybe. I was disappointed to see I had the buy the petite ones last time because I've lost an inch in height.

I gain/lose weight in my belly and boobs first. I hate having big boobs, and I've felt them shrinking!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2019:
those zip pants you have must be very fun for travel / thailand.

grannyannie on 10/03/2019:
They are perfect for travel, especially to where it's hot. Also fast drying.



grannyannie - Wednesday Oct 02, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Husband made a veggie and prawn stir fry to have with our dinner. Yum.  And very low cal. So I’ve written down how to make it and will have this a few times while hubby is gone to Australia. It’s about 222 cal for the veg (peppers, spring onions, mushrooms, green beans), prawns and sauce. By itself I doubt it will be filling enough, so I’ll add bean vermicelli (140 cal) or some brown rice noodles (88 cal).  Probably won’t have enough curries/chilis in the freezer when hubby leaves. Weekends will be higher calories - burgers/steak and one weekend in the city and eating out.

We’ve got a zillion apples on our trees - one is eating apples and one is green cooking apples. There are a lot of bits that need to be cut out, so I’ll add as many as I can so they don’t get wasted. We don’t know anybody who wants apples. 

 

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: black coffee & quinoa cranberry bar at gym cafe after workout

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino

L: 6 veg salad w/cheddar and apple (250g)

D: Thai red curry with chicken, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1,011

Gym: 

treadmill - (intervals uphill and speed) - 15 mins

elliptical - 10 mins

rowing machine - 5 mins

recumbent bike -  15 mins

Leg press (20kg) - 3 sets of 10

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
Your dinner sounds delicious!

If you picked the apples, could you donate them to a food pantry? Or put a "free" sign on a basket full of them? It seems unfortunate that they should go to waste.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
They aren't pretty apples so I doubt anyone would want them. I cut off lots of bits from them so end up with about half an apple. We had an unsually large amount of apples this year.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
We'll probably toss the remainder on the beach for all the birds to eat.


BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Wow...That's too bad that no one wants the apples.....Do you have a soup kitchen in any city nearby? You could always make up some applesauce with them and freeze it.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Neither of us eats applesauce and we can't freeze anything now since we turn off the fridges when we go to Thailand.

No soup kitchens here and we aren't near a city. There is a food bank in town somewhere but not sure where.

We did ask our friends if they wanted them but they don't.


legcramps on 10/02/2019:
Stir fry sounds delicious!

I agree with BCGG...maybe there is a group or food bank you can donate the apples to?

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
I'll try to find out where the town's food bank is. I have wanted to donate to them but had trouble finding out where they are.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
The stir fry was yummy!



grannyannie - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019
(Low cal - moderate carbs - cardio and muscle work)
Weight: 160.0

Appointment with nurse this morning so she could irrigate my ears - trying for hearing test again early November. She couldn't get one ear clear so have to go back again in 2 weeks.

So haven’t done my muscle work yet but will do after lunch. Hard to pull myself away from the telly and political dramas.

Menu

B: porridge/berries/almond milk, tea w/soy milk

S: coconut/almond milk cappuccino, quinoa cranberry bar

L: 6 veg salad w/chicken breast and cheddar

D: veggie/Quorn curry, diet tonic w/fresh lime and lemon

Total:  1009

 

Home muscle work:  increasing to 3 sets of 5 or 10

Lunges & squats using dumbbells

Upper body weights - only 3kg - (shoulder injury)

Abs

Planks

thigh/bum exercises with ankle weights


 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
I bet when they get the ear cleaning all done...I can just imaging that you are going to have a really good hearing test!!!

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
I'm starting to wonder if my hearing issue is because of wax? Trying to talk hubby into hearing test but he won't budge. He's hearing is much worse than mine.


BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
It probably is the wax.......NEVER let them use cerumenex as an ear wax softener...it's highly allergic....A dr prescribed that for me and I had a bad allergic reaction...face swelled up HUGE...ear swelled shut...and had to go to an ent where they forced water in...The DR felt bad....and kept asking me if I was ok....the high pressure water finally did the trick...luckily my throat didn't swell shut....once they wwre able to rinse the cerumenex out...the swelling started to go down.....that was scary!

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
Sounds awful. I'm using one that also has virgin oil in it.


Donkey on 10/01/2019:
I'm sorry the first appointment wasn't successful. Can you tell the difference in your hearing after your ears are irrigated?

Most of my ear problems are caused by my sinuses swelling. I went in to the doctor to get my ears irrigated and walked out with a prescription for a decongestant. Who knew?

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
Haven't noticed a difference. I'll see when the other ear is unblocked. I'm sure I have some hearing loss. It's normal for age 67.


Donkey on 10/01/2019:
Oh, and I've been meaning to mention: I feel for your frustration in witnessing all the political chaos. My husband does online things with quite a few folks in the UK --- they can't talk politics because it gets too heated. Unfortunately, I do not see an easy solution. (((hugs)))

grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
I'm more stressed with US politics than UK. Although that is also bad and the deadline is coming up.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
so i am wondering, when you get the ear wax taken out, do you actually hear any better!? my dad said this as a joke, and i'd like to know what you think!

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Some people have extra waxy ears (like me), so I'm sure when all the wax is out I will hear somewhat better. The audiologist showed me the inside of my ears via camera and the entire holes were blocked.



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