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grannyannie - Saturday May 19, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.0

Hello girls!  Well, the evening ended in an unexpected way! Hub and I had dinner at 5.30 and just after 7.30 I was enjoying my glass of wine and oatcakes and got a phone call from our friends wondering why we hadn't shown up for dinner. Long story short - miscommunication between the 2 hubbies.  

Anyway, we said we couldn't eat but we'd come over. Had lots of red wine and I had a brownie with ice cream. Later in the evening after several glasses of wine the wife offered me the last brownie. Didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I ate it. OMG!   

Our friends have a B & B and they are taking a trip for the next few days and we are hosting their guests and spending the night at their house tonight and Monday night. The meatball and steak curry that was supposed to be our dinner last night has been saved and hubby and I have that for dinner tonight. My husband is cooking breakfast for the guests tomorrow morning and I'm helping serve and clean up. Chances are good that I will have bacon and eggs for breakfast as the smell will fill the house and make me drool. The bacon here is not like American but is sort of like Canadian but better. There will be cakes, doughnuts, and homemade breads there to tempt me, but I'll try to be strong. 

Workout:  (I didn't do my at-home after gym workout yesterday so did it this morning, and added in a bit of cardio as well.)

  • dumbbells
  • planks - 2 types
  • push ups
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • lots of abs
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges with dumbbells
  • jump rope - 100
  • 10 mins on my exercise bike at high speed/resistance

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  tuna sandwich w/light mayo, 2 slices wholegrain bread, yogurt
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  leftover meatball & steak curry & rice, naan bread, and ??
  • Red wine

TOTAL:  anybody's guess

Progress as of today: 37 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

TheMother on 05/19/2012:
That reminds me of when my daughter, sister and niece went to a cute B&B in Lancaster, PA. The owners were away to attend a wedding so their good friends were our hosts. They were very nice and we had a lovely breakfast. I'm sure that despite the work, you will have a lovely experience. Have you ever done this for them before? Good luck in abstaining from the goodies. You can do it!


V on 05/19/2012:
Hello there Annie!! Sorry I was so loud,,Hahahaha Have a wonderful weekend <3


hollybelle on 05/19/2012:
Great story! One for the books.



grannyannie - Friday May 18, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.0

Hiya girls!  Recovered from yesterday's killer spin bike class.

Didn't have time for the elliptical today as I wanted to pick up a few things at the shop before I caught the bus. But then I didn't need to rush as I ran into hubby in the locker room as I was leaving and he was coming in to go swimming. He had driven and told me to take the car. So I didn't have to rush while I shopped.

When walking past the chocolate section debating about whether it would be safe to have a dark chocolate bar in the house, this brazen wee Cadbury milk chocolate bar just jumped right into my trolley.  Tried to force it back on the shelf but it was stronger than me and I finally gave in. 95 calories. Not the end of the world. Just finished letting each of the 3 bites slowly melt in mouth to get the full flavour. Whew! Maybe I should avoid that area of the shop on future trips?!  Or not. 

Workout - gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
Workout - home:
  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • lots of abs

If I have enough energy left, I'll also do my lower body routines instead of waiting till tomorrow. 

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 scrambled eggs with 1 slice low fat cheddar, multigrain toast with light spread & jam, 3 bites of yummy chocolate
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  leek/potato/pea soup, toast w/light spread, salad, drink
  • S:  1 glass of red wine, 2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1739
 
 
 

Progress as of today: 37 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

liza36 on 05/18/2012:
What a nice hubby to offer you the car. And that chocolate, well...that's an essential in life and you handled it very well. Have a great weekend.


hollybelle on 05/18/2012:
Chocolate is a real treat. Every other week I have been buying the Lindt Excellence Dark Choc with Chili. I can have two squares for 95 calories each day for 5 days. It's a nice afternoon pick me up!


Umpqua on 05/18/2012:
I love Cadbury milk chocolate - 95 calories is great though and makes it a nice little treat. You're doing great :)


legcramps on 05/18/2012:
LOL, funny! Great job with spinning!


V on 05/18/2012:
Girl you will be just fine as hard as you go with the workouts..Besides good food is not the enemy, you live a healthy lifestyle so don't feel bad about having some chocolate :) Have a wonderful day Annie <3


moogy on 05/18/2012:
Doesn't it melt wonderfully pressed into the roof of your mouth? I only have dark chocolate now, but love love love Cadbury milk choc, especially black forest!! I read ran into hubby in the locker room and was expecting something spicy!!! never mind! Hope you have a wonderful weekend annie:)



grannyannie - Thursday May 17, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.0

OMG, my legs!!!  I did my lower body routines at home this morning (lunges/squats/ankle weights) and then went to my spin class which was really intense! More than half the 30 min class was high resistance with lots of jumps and hill climbs. I'm going to end up with legs of steel!

Worked out a strength routine which I intend to do at least 3 times a week while we are away in the US for nearly a month. I don't want all the muscles I've built up to turn to flab while we are gone (it felt like that after the long xmas trip). I won't have dumbbells or ankle weights but have a good variety of routines. Need to find more upper body stuff though as all I have listed so far is pushups.  

I'm not worried about getting in cardio this time as there will be lots of walking, cycling (including a 33 mile bike trail we're doing), canoeing, at least one 50 spin bike class, and a few times on a treadmill.  

Workout:

  • lunges with dumbbells
  • squats
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • 30 min super intense spin bike class  

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 slices multigrain toast w/pbj, yogurt, small glass of skimmed milk, 1 light oat/fruit bar (I was really hungry!!)
  • S:  banana
  • D:  leek/potato/pea soup, homemade seeded wholegrain bread w/light spread, salad, drink
  • S:  low cal hot chocolate, 1 oatcake w/1slice low fat cheddar
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1649

Progress as of today: 37 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 05/17/2012:
You are so prepared for this trip, I'm sure it's going to be a much different experience for you. I love your scheduled activities, canoeing will be great! (I love kayaking although I don't get to do it often.) Have a good one and try to relax those sore muscles!


liza36 on 05/17/2012:
Such a great strategy to have workouts planned while you travel.

I want to try a spin class eventually. I feel like I need to increase my stamina a little before trying it. I'm super impressed with your workouts.


getmebackto150 on 05/17/2012:
menu looks good! DOesn't it hurt SO good when your legs are sore? I love/hate every moment of it:)


hollybelle on 05/17/2012:
My legs sympathize with your legs! Mine aren't so sore as much as TIRED. They have more miles to go, before they rest, though. I like your thinking - legs of steel! YES! I can tell mine are getting a better shape and tightening up all over. It's a good feeling! I saw canoeing in your activities list. I love to Kayak and canoe. I wish I had one or the other. There are some on sale in the newspaper. But I worry about lifting it up and down on my vehicle to transport. They only weight about 50 lbs, but they are ackward to handle. There are a couple of reservoirs I could drive to easily, but I would be doing it by myself as husband only walks.


sweetpea1977 on 05/17/2012:
yep, he starts school August 13th! Im sure I'll be an emotional mess that day, lol.

great job on the exercise this morning!!

As for what to do for upper body while in the states, you can do: a variety of push-ups and planks, tricep dips using a chair or coffee table, table top planks with tricep dips, side tri rise, and supermans. Do you have a resistance band? If so, you can easily pack one of those in your luggage. If not, you can find them in most stores. They are so versatile as you can do a wide variety of arm, shoulder, chest, and back work with them. P90X has a lot of exercises you can do without weights or with bands, so let me know if you need some recommendations. :)


Umpqua on 05/17/2012:
Yes I did get sinus pills and they have made a huge difference - thanks so much for the recommendations!!


V on 05/17/2012:
Wow you killed the workout you're a machine Annie! Sweetpea has some great suggestions as to ad lib exercises when you are in the States :) I hope you had a good day <3


nunnermack on 05/17/2012:
Great job with the workout!! Hope your day was awesome!!



grannyannie - Wednesday May 16, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.4

Hiya ladies! Hope you are all getting healthy and fit! Gym day today but I did a bit too much chatting while there. Still managed to get in most of my workout though.  

Had some veggie curry last night which I had frozen a couple of months ago and it had lost a lot of its flavour, so I couldn't finish it. This sparked an 'I'm hungry and not getting enough calories' binge. Fortunately there were no 'forbidden' sugary or other foods in the house. So I had 1 or 2(?) light oat/fruit bars, quite a few oatcakes - one with a slice of low fat cheese, one with pb, a cappuccino. 

Back on track today without any or very much damage I'm sure. I'm fairly content with my size now although I'd love to get rid of the rest of this belly!  

Workout:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 30 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • missed my cable/pulley for triceps

Home workout:

  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • lots of abs
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  cheese sandwich on multigrain bread w/mayo & lettuce, yogurt, 1 oatcake with the rest of the liver pate
  • S:  banana
  • D:  leek/potato/peas soup, homemade seeded wholegrain bread w/light spread, salad, drink
  • S:  light hot chocolate, dried apricots, light oat/fruit bar
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1660

Progress as of today: 37.6 lbs lost so far, only -0.6 lbs to go!

supercheese on 05/16/2012:
oooo so you're one of those people that sit around and just chat lol jk :) Food looks good! and so does workout!!


V on 05/16/2012:
Good Morning Annie :)


getmebackto150 on 05/16/2012:
Definitely disaster averted by not having any "trigger foods" in the house... Your menu looks great today!


sweetpea1977 on 05/16/2012:
Yay for no trigger foods in the house! :)

You'll lose that belly, just keep up the good work!!


liza36 on 05/16/2012:
I agree with everyone that not having trigger foods in the house is good. Your binge doesn't sound that bad, and nice you can recover quickly from it. Have a good workout.


LeakingLife on 05/16/2012:
Noticed below about the capris, are you about to go down to the next size? Hope your day is going well--keep up the good work!


thenewMLE on 05/16/2012:
Oh, Annie, I always forget to make the list and inevitably something is left behind. But my hubby and girls are list makers! I've always had the attitude if I forgot something it's replaceable or I really don't need it. Fortunately I don't take any medicines and I don't wear contacts so other than that, unless I forget to pack underwear, I should be fine! (Even then, I could wear a swim suit instead!!) I probably won't talk to y'all until I come back. I hope your trip is great!


LeakingLife on 05/16/2012:
I'm notorious for not shopping until it becomes a crisis. I will try on and try on and never find anything that looks right and it gets old really fast. So a couple of years ago I went to Tractor Supply Store of all places (who knew?) and bought two pair of jeans that I really liked. I was surprised at the selection they had. Of course selection means nothing if nothing fits right. One of them is becoming threadbare. They're two different sizes and I'm like you with the capris--strategically wear a belt and top so they're not too baggy looking. At least they're comfy--haha!


TheMother on 05/16/2012:
Glad to hear you are doing well. You should feel very proud of your accomplishments. Hope you're having a good day.


moogy on 05/16/2012:
I lived in Melbourne for three years when my husband was in the RAAF, the weather was bloody awful! Never could tell if it was going to be cold, hot, rainy of what. I used to wait for my neighbour to hang out her clothes before I did just to be sure. Of course, it is so much closer to Antartica than we are so they have a 'real' Winter. We only have a pretend one:) LOL I am sure your dress only need a couple of decent new moon slices taken in at the sides, a really easy job, isn't there anyone who sews in your family? I mean your shoulders won't have moved in, so they won't need altering. I rarely just throw out a garment I am too small for (hah! doesn't happen that often!) I just adjust it and keep wearing it. I would have made a great pioneer!!! LOL


V on 05/16/2012:
That would be awesome Annie :) whenever you have the chance, check out Rev Abs..I think you will really like that one.. Whenever you are ready, send me a line via fb and I can show you all of the ab programs available :) Have a good evening <3


nunnermack on 05/16/2012:
If I don't get enough calories too, I wake up and do the 'voluture walk' in the middle of the night. Sometimes I'm half asleep while I'm raiding the fridge and the next morning I'll wake up with crumbs in my mouth!! Thankfully I don't keep bad stuff around!


V on 05/17/2012:
That is a good idea to purchase while you are in the US..That would save you alot on shipping.. Most of the ab programs promote overall fat loss but take your time and browse through all of the programs they offer..Most of them have short videos with a detailed view of what each program entails.. Have a good one!



grannyannie - Tuesday May 15, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.4

Hiya ladies! Changing my calorie plans as I don't feel I'm getting enough fuel on all of my intense workout days. Since I began to have a snack immediately following my gym workouts I feel so much better and recover quicker. The best one I've found is 2 Scottish oatcakes (a bit like a big round cracker but made with oats (86%), oil, sea salt, baking soda). I put 10 g of non-sweetened pb between them. Feel revived immediately!  I bring a sandwich to eat after my spin class as it finishes after my usual lunchtime.  

2 weeks until we fly to the US! All of my capris but one are too loose but wearable. I need to buy some belts.  I'm going to bring the dress I have although it's really way too big in the top but will have a couple of days to try to buy one there before the wedding (and cheaper!). 

Workout:

  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges with dumbbells

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 Quorn southern style patties on 1 slice multigrain bread with light mayo, peas, yogurt
  • S:  fresh pineapple, strawberries
  • D:  veggie curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  dried apricots
  • Teas and water

TOTAL:  1409

Progress as of today: 37.6 lbs lost so far, only -0.6 lbs to go!

supercheese on 05/15/2012:
Have fun in the US!! Where are ya going?


Kati on 05/15/2012:
YAY for the US trip, are you planning to visit some DD gurlz on your way??? :)


getmebackto150 on 05/15/2012:
Yay for loose clothes!!!!! I think having a snack after your workout is definitely a good plan... Need to fuel your body!


Bikiniwax85 on 05/15/2012:
Jelouse with your work out! Thanks for the advise dear. Will keep that in mind all the time :)


thenewMLE on 05/15/2012:
I'm actually enjoying the bike rides! The muffins are low fat, no sugar and whole wheat! It's the ones that I soak the whole wheat pastry flour overnight in buttermilk. In the morning I add splenda and truvia and instead of the butter I added 1 tbs coconut oil and 4 tbs applesauce. I put vanilla and almond extract and cinnamon for flavoring. Our trip is to Cancun, Mexico. I took my oldest on a trip there 4 years ago as a mother daughter senior trip from high school. Then the youngest graduated and we did the same thing, but I LOVED this resort (Sunset Princess in Playa del Carmen) so I told the girls the Daddy would love it (he is not much of a traveler) so we went last year to celebrate our 50th birthdays, our 25th anniversary, oldest's 21st birthday and youngest's magical birthday (she turned 20 on 11/11/11!) He had so much fun that he booked this one the day we returned! And I can't believe it is here already! Have fun at the wedding in case our trips overlap. we have no internet or phone while we are there (and I kind of like that!) Good luck finding a US dress!


Umpqua on 05/15/2012:
Upping your calories sounds like a good plan, you need fuel to burn fat. I'm often surprised when the scale moves after a higher calorie day but there's definitely something to that!


hollybelle on 05/15/2012:
Good sounding nutrition in that PNB and oatcake. Gotta fuel the body. So happy your capris are too loose! I love that. I can't wait to "complain" mine are too loose to wear - hey I can hope!


sweetpea1977 on 05/15/2012:
Great plan for your fuel intake. You've really increased the intensity of your workouts lately, so it makes perfect sense to adjust your calories!


TheMother on 05/15/2012:
Isn't it simply wonderful to be able to fit into the smaller sizes? I'm starting to "shop" from my closet and the feeling I get from wearing something that was once too small is simply priceless! It brings tears to my eyes. Have a good day today.


V on 05/15/2012:
Hey there Annie! I hope you had a good day <3


moogy on 05/15/2012:
If I were to be there I would take the dress in for you:) It probably only needs to be taken in through the underarm to the hip, easy job! I love real oatcakes but the only ones we get here are imported (from Scotland) and cost a fortune. Only the desperate expat Scots buy them I suspect, I buy Birds custard powder and Tate and Lyles golden syrup oh! and Fry's peppermint creme from time to time. These are all on the pricey side but remind me of my childhood and are very good products.


thinkpositive on 05/16/2012:
Great job on your exercise to be in looser clothing. Two weeks for you & 3 weeks for me. Can't wait!



grannyannie - Monday May 14, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.0

Greetings, ladies!  Woohoo, it's my higher calorie day!

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike - intense
  • 25 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps

Home workout:

  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups
  • side dips with dumbbells
  • lots of abs
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  toasted cheese sandwich, yogurt
  • S:  oat & fruit bar, clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, diluted juice drink
  • S:  chili hot chocolate (hot choc mix, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, chili powder, milk, water, topped with frothed skimmed milk), soya chocolate pudding, 1 oatcake
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1787

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

liza36 on 05/14/2012:
Love the higher calorie day! (Unfortunately, that's my everyday!) Workout and menu sound great.


thenewMLE on 05/14/2012:
Good Luck today! Your exercise looks intense while your menu looks inviting! I want a toasted cheese sandwich - maybe Wednesday! I like pepper jack cheese on a multi grain artisan bread with grilled tomato. And I will try your hot chocolate soon. I usually only like hot chocolate in the winter, but this winter was so mild I may have only had it 3 times!!


getmebackto150 on 05/14/2012:
Your menu looks delicous! Got to love high calorie day! have a good one:)


thenewMLE on 05/14/2012:
Yes, it WAS intense!! She fit me for my bike at 7:55am and class started promptly at 8:00. I thought there would be some serious cool down easy ride time for at least the last 10 minutes, but the easy ride was only 2 minutes and it ended at 9:10. We got off the bikes and stretched for maybe 3 minutes (obviously not long enough for my thighs!!) There were probably 6 series of speed increasing, then intensity increasing then as she called it finding the mud resistance, then racing, then standing racing with more intensity, then bringing it down with the same intensity and sitted racing, and then backing down the intensity and slowing down the momentum a little, stretch while riding and then starting over. And she lied and said that this was the last one so after everyone gave their all, she said, oh, no, I see another hill -- bitch... Maybe one night I will crank the AC down real cold and indulge in your spicy hot chocolate! I love to be under a quilt, all snuggly with a fire when I drink it!! Enjoy your dinner.


Umpqua on 05/14/2012:
Yay for higher calorie day! What do you take for the sinus headaches? Claritin allergy pills help me a little, but something that specifically targets the sinuses would be great!


supercheese on 05/14/2012:
Have a great day annie!!


LeakingLife on 05/14/2012:
Hope it's a great week for ya'!


Umpqua on 05/14/2012:
Thank you, I'm going to look for those pills tomorrow!


sweetpea1977 on 05/14/2012:
Menu and exercise plan looks fantastic!


hollybelle on 05/14/2012:
First you take 3 hummingbirds.....Nah! It's a great 3 layer cake with crushed pineapple, bananas, pecans and cream cheese icing! No low cal at all-high fat content. But wonderful once in a blue moon.


V on 05/14/2012:
Hey Annie :) I'm happy to hear you went higher with the calories today, you had a killer workout, you have to fuel the machine <3 I hope you had a splendid day!


hollybelle on 05/14/2012:
Yes! The hummingbird cake is alot like carrot cake. It doesn't have all the spices - just a little cinnamon and of course, not carrots.


moogy on 05/14/2012:
I am back and now you only have two weeks until you see your grandchildren!!! Whoo Hoo! Nice to have a day when you can have a little treat:) Good for you annie:)


nunnermack on 05/14/2012:
Such a healthy day for you!! You are an inspiration and I just noticed you are actually below your goal. That is TERRIFIC!! Hope to be there myself someday soon.


thinkpositive on 05/15/2012:
So how often do you have a high calorie day & is it when you do more exercise?



grannyannie - Sunday May 13, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.0

Happy Mother's Day to American moms! 

Also Happy Mother's Day to all mums everywhere!  

A bit of a rest day except for some housework. Windy and showers today so I'll be staying nice and warm in the house. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  1 egg on 1 slice multigrain toast w/light spread, 1 Quorn southern style patty, fat free yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, diluted fruit drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, 2 oatcakes
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1340

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/13/2012:
The sun block is a drug store brand - Rite Aid. I think there is a name brand like it, too. I don't remember the name of the brand, though. You might be able to google unscented spray sunblock.


V on 05/13/2012:
Happy Mother's Day Annie <3


thinkpositive on 05/13/2012:
Response to your comment- many of the folks in the hospice are Chinese speaking so difficult to communicate with them, but did speak to a S'Porean man on Sunday about local issues. Hope you had a good day!



grannyannie - Saturday May 12, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.0

Happy Saturday, lovely ladies! We've got yet another sunny day! Doing well with getting a 'credit' before our trip. My weight drops quickly when I go down to under 1350 cals a day with zero cheating, but I'm going to do 1800 at least one day a week, maybe twice, as I don't want my body to get the idea it should never eat more than 1400 cals. 

Was hoping for a bike ride today but it's still too chilly and breezy. The high will still be mid-50's which might be okay except for the breeze.

Got my new smartphone!  So much faster and with a nicer and bigger screen than my previous one!  

Workout:

 

  • dumbbells
  • planks
  • push ups (I don't hate them any more so I guess I'm doing something right!)
  • back 'sit ups'
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • lots of abs
  • legs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats with dumbbells
  • lunges with dumbbells

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 oatcakes/liver pate/1 slice low fat cheddar, yogurt
  • S:  2 clementines
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, packet of dried apricots
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1303

 

 

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

V on 05/12/2012:
Have a good day Annie :)


nunnermack on 05/12/2012:
Okay, kind of envious of your crisp weather today!! I so miss a nice walk when the weather is like that. Sun. Sun. Sun. That's all I get. How boring!! LOL!! I've stopped looking at the weather map since moving out here. But, I AM thankful for this time of the year when the marine layer is thick. It's usually when I do my walks....and I come back with hair that is so curly and frizzy..reminds me of the 80's! Good workout and sounds like a pretty reasonable plan allowing yourself 1800 calories one day. I, BTW, hate planks!!! GRRRRR. I guess it's something that I need to keep doing in order to 'master it'!! Annie, you have a wonderful day!!!


Bikiniwax85 on 05/12/2012:
Yay for smarphone!!! I Been using Droid for about a year now and I don't think I can switch to normal GSM phones. yay for the workout!! Sounds great! I used to HATE push ups as well. I am okay with it since I think my core is getting stronger. Have a lovely Weekends dear!! Hugs!!



grannyannie - Friday May 11, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 129.8

Hello ladies!  Got a bit thrown off my stride this morning when I arrived at the gym to see someone else on the one and only spin bike they have there. I'm used to arriving and going straight to it. But that was fine, I just did the resistance machines first. But then the lady didn't get off, and didn't get off.... she was on the spin bike for a solid hour which is so inconsiderate!  I feel guilty when I'm on it for 35 mins instead of 30. The staff tell us that when someone does that to just ask them to get off because you'd like to use it. I didn't. I did the elliptical and then had just 20 mins on the spin bike after she got off. I needed to do some shopping before I caught the bus home. Grrr...

Workout:

  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 20 mins spin bike
  • 4 sets of 10 on 6 resistance machines
Since Sunday is a rest day I'm doing my at-home strength training tomorrow instead of today.

Menu:
  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  1 oatcake, 1 slice low fat cheddar
  • L:  4 oatcakes with liver pate, yogurt
  • S:  grapes
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  low fat hot chocolate, packet dried apricots
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1330

 

Progress as of today: 37.2 lbs lost so far, only -0.2 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 05/11/2012:
Boo! That stinks that she wasn't following the protocol, but I'm like you and hate confronting people... I probably would have just waited too... Glad to see you didn't let it ruin your workout though, it looks to me like you still got a great workout in!


sweetpea1977 on 05/11/2012:
yes, you're lucky!!! :)

That sucks about the lady on the spin bike. That is so inconsiderate!! Great job on the exercise you did manage to fit in.


selina on 05/11/2012:
I usually let them know that I'm waiting for the equipment and to please let me know when they are done with it. This way, I can work elsewhere without having to worry about someone else taking the equipment when I'm not paying attention - it happens! They are also more likely to follow the 30 min rule, this way. They may be thinking that no one wants it anyway, so they just keep using it until someone tells them or until they get tired of it. Good luck, next time! Sounds like you had a great workout, though!


thenewMLE on 05/11/2012:
Thanks Annie!! Sorry you didn't get your full ride on the spin bike. I am going to try it tomorrow for the first time. I see you dipped below 130 - hear comes some of that credit!!! Good job!


Bikiniwax85 on 05/11/2012:
Yay! I love my RPM and Spinning class! I dislike doing spin bike myself tho' i'll sleep off. LOLZ.. It's very hard to ask someone to get off the bike or any gym equipment. Well, at least for me I think it's hard. Ehe.. Or being an asian I think it's rude to do that. I think I am just too timid to tell them off. errm... Anyways have alovely Friday!!


selina on 05/11/2012:
Eeek, what's the matter with people, no wiping after themselves! I always wipe my equipment BEFORE using it just in case, I don't trust anyone, anymore. I wipe it off after the workout, too, of course!


Umpqua on 05/11/2012:
That stinks about the spin bike. I always mean to ask you, do you have a car? I never hear you mention one and it sounds like the public transportation there is excellent. When we lived in the city we hardly used our car but now it's essential since there aren't any trains and only a handful of buses and none that run up our road.


TheMother on 05/11/2012:
What a fabulous workout you had. Just reading what you did made me tired - ha! I'm a creature of habit, too. I do certain things in a certain way -like when we take our evening walk, we always go in the same direction. One time we reversed it and I felt so out of sync. Silly, isn't it? Have a good day and weekend!


V on 05/11/2012:
BOOO to the rude inconsiderate lady :( That sucks! Then again it is a little strange that your gym only has ONE Spin bike?? That is odd..I hope you still had a good day :)



grannyannie - Thursday May 10, 2012
(Maintenance - healthy eating - toning/strength)
Weight: 130.2

Good morning, girls! I'm excited as I've upgraded to a new smartphone with a much bigger screen and it will be delivered tomorrow. Got the Samgung Galaxy S2. The S3 has just been released here but the screen is bigger than I want.

Workout:

  • 30 min spin class this afternoon (edit: intense class today - it's getting harder and harder each time!)

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  pbj on 2 slices multigrain bread, yogurt (pb is organic w/no sugar, jam is all fruit w/no sweeteners)
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veg & sweet potato curry & rice, salad, drink (diluted orange & mango drink)
  • S:  grapes
  • Lots of teas & water

TOTAL:  1313

Hope you all are getting fit and healthy and happy!

Progress as of today: 36.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 05/10/2012:
Love organic pb and have to go to special stores where its hit or miss. Buy mine at Trader Joes in the US when home. Like your menu, esp sweet potato curry.


selina on 05/10/2012:
Awesome photo below, so lucky of you to live in such a beautiful place! I'd be painting the surrounding landscape every day, if I lived there!


V on 05/10/2012:
Good Morning Annie :) So you have a new toy huh? Chalene(Turbo Fire) raves about her smartphone all the time :) I am sure you will enjoy all the apps..Have fun at spin class today! Oh thanks for the Pate suggestion


Umpqua on 05/10/2012:
I'm completely dependent on my iPhone, and I rarely use it to make phone calls, it's all the other features I love! Have fun at spin class!


liza36 on 05/10/2012:
So many people love their smartphones. Maybe I should jump on that bandwagon. My phone is so old.

Intense is good. Great job with the spin class.


liza36 on 05/10/2012:
RE: cardio test - you walk or run on a treadmill for anywhere between 8-15 minutes, you have a mask on that measures your oxygen levels too, and it's all connected to a computer that calculates everything. The advantage in being this precise about your target zone is that you know exactly what your base level is, where your threshold is, where you should be to burn fat, where you are when you burn sugar, how long you should be exercising to get to the fat burning zone, etc. It's all very interesting. They say everyone is different, and this way it's very precise to your body and how it functions. It would be frustating to spin your wheels working out hard but not know in what zone you should be in for you. They retest in about 2-3 months, and the target heart rate should change if you are improving. It's not inexpensive - it cost me $140 to do, and the retest is $75. I keep the mask I used and will reuse it for the retest.

I think it will be beneficial for me. Something to think about anyway.


getmebackto150 on 05/10/2012:
menu looks great and good job on the intense spin class! Have a good one...


TheMother on 05/10/2012:
You are SO close to your goal. Congrats! Have fun with your new phone. I'm not into all of the new electronics that are out there today. I just want my phone to be minimally functional - you know to be able to get and make a call.


sweetpea1977 on 05/10/2012:
Like Liza, my phone is so old. I've been trying to convince hubby to upgrade, but Ive failed so far. I dont use it much for phone calls, but I do text and take a lot of pictures with it.

Great menu!!!


legcramps on 05/10/2012:
good job on your workout today!


thenewMLE on 05/10/2012:
Look at you dropping that weight!! I am going to take my SIL up on that invite and I will do my first spin class Saturday am. Your pic is pretty. I took a pic of the Mississippi river bridge at sunset while I was riding last night - actually I stopped to take the pic and it paused my cycle tracker program!! So only half of the ride registered! anyway, have a great day!


nunnermack on 05/10/2012:
No need to laugh Annie but I uhhhh...still have a flip phone. LOL!! And to think I work for a major electronic company. Gheez!!


thinkpositive on 05/11/2012:
To respond to your NZ question- it was autumn there & one day there was ice on the windshield. Chilly, yes, sweater weather & jackets most days. We sat in front of a roaring fire one night and had a gas fireplace in one of our cabins which we used. We loved it! Sunny with blue skies most days.



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