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grannyannie - Monday Oct 01, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for my sofa and good book!

Gym day but when I got there I started feeling dizzy or queasy off and on and also too hot. So I  just did an hour and then came home. Hoping I'm not getting the flu that's going around. My appetite has not been affected as I just had a good sized lunch. Might do my home strength routines tomorrow and just lie on the sofa today and hope that I'm not getting sick.  

Not a calorie-counting day today.  

5 years ago today we left for Uganda to live for 2 years. 3 years ago tomorrow we left to come home. Here are the blog posts from arrival & departure if anyone cares to read them:

http://volunteersabroad.blogspot.co.uk/2007/10/our-new-abode.html

http://volunteersabroad.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/bye-ugandaturebane-bwanyima-see-ya.html

T minus 3 months and 1 week until we go back to visit!  

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

V on 10/01/2012:
Oh no ;( hope you are not coming down with something, rest up today Annie, and i will def check out your blog after I get the wash done(Yayyy, NOT) LOL Have a good day <3


Supercheese on 10/01/2012:
Wow uganda! I'm so impressed with how much traveling you do....Maybe one day I will do the same :)


sweetpea1977 on 10/01/2012:
Man,I hope you're not getting sick. Get plenty of fluids and be sure not to over-exert yourself on the exercise until you feel 100%.


Umpqua on 10/01/2012:
How exciting that you get to visit Uganda again soon! I hope you can fight off whatever is ailing you, take it easy.


hollybelle on 10/01/2012:
I'm looking forward to looking at your pics soon. Just stopped by to say hello and I'm still around! Saw your comment about following the US elections. Exciting stuff here. No comments as I stay out of it. I have my opinions and I don't think I can change anyone else's mind at this point, anyway. Everyone is entitled to their vote and that's a great thing!


liza36 on 10/01/2012:
I loved reading about your stay in Uganda. Thanks for sharing!


V on 10/01/2012:
What an interesting stay that must have been for you Annie i am blown away with the pics..BTW Mockingbird, Shawshank as well as Braveheart tops the charts as far as my movie faves as well :) Looking forward to seeing the pics in 3 months :) How long are you staying this time?



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 30, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for.....today!

This is a calorie-counting rest day (1400 cals). I will be cleaning the bathrooms and shampooing the carpets in them. I'm bugging hubby to rip them both up and put in floor tiles but it'll be a while before he gets to it. Otherwise, reading a book and relaxing. 

I'm following US election news of which we get a lot in the UK, but not nearly as much as in the US. As a citizen I'm entitled to vote absentee even though I'm not a resident, and this will be my 4th election from abroad. 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  4 slices turkey bacon & mustard on multigrain sandwich, yogurt, V8
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, drink
  • S:  rice cake
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1445 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!


grannyannie - Saturday Sep 29, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for my sweet husband!

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

Due to yesterday's hangover   which kept me from going to the gym, I did a home workout today. Not a calorie-counting day but will be doing clean eating. I've just discovered my supermarket is selling single serve bottles of Starbuck's Frappuccino. Love those! I thought they were really high cal but are only 64 cals! So I'm having one tonight with a rice cake for my evening snack. 

Workout at home:

  • 45 mins tae bo including 8 sets of 25 jump rope
  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • push ups
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
 

 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

V on 09/29/2012:
Happy to hear that you are fully recovered! You must remember to drink equal parts water to wine on your trip to England, maybe it will all balance out ;) Hahahaha have an awesome day Annie <3


thenewmle on 09/29/2012:
I got taken down by a hangover too! I should have seen it coming as all the drinks were also loaded in sugar! I'm going to try my home workout tomorrow. We have had 2 days of rain and expect the same for tomorrow so I haven't been on my bike. At least after the hectic traveling I can be home this weekend. Plan on getting some cooking done tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. Do y'all get US football broadcast or what is the sport of the season for the country? We watched college football all day and will have the Saints tomorrow. Great way to pass a rainy day!



grannyannie - Friday Sep 28, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful that I'm alive (I think!).

Today is an unscheduled rest day (aka hangover!). Husband invited friends over for wine and home brewed beer last night. I stuck to my menu all day, then 8pm rolled around. The men drank beer and the woman and I drank wine, lots and lots of wine. Ugh! I don't drink it often mainly due to the calories, so when I do I tend to go overboard, especially on social occasions.

Supposed to be a gym day but hubby has gone off to swim laps by himself. I've done a few chores after a long lie in bed, but I'm going to lie on the sofa shortly with my book. I'll do a home workout tomorrow including my strength routines and tae bo/jump rope and probably some time on my exercise bike.

Trying again for a 1400 cals day!

I expect to hear many wino jokes from hubby today.  Groan... 

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  rice cake
  • L:  grilled cheese w/multigrain bread and low fat cheddar, 6g of Benecol spread, plain greek yogurt & raspberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  rice cake
  • Teas and lots of water

TOTAL:  1390


 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

zoe1 on 09/28/2012:
Take care of that hangover grannyannie. I know the feeling about the wino jokes. My husband does that to me as well. *sigh*


V on 09/28/2012:
Good Morning :) Sorry that you are hanging today :( But I bet ya had fun last night! Hope you feel better after you hydrate <3


liza36 on 09/28/2012:
Sorry for the hangover. Hope you feel better later.


legcramps on 09/28/2012:
LOL, I bet the hangover was worth all the fun you had!



grannyannie - Thursday Sep 27, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for yet another day of sunshine! I am also grateful for the NHS (National Health Service) and that when I pick up my allergy meds today they cost me £0.00!  

1400 cal day even though it's not a rest day. I didn't want to make both Sat and Sun 1400 cal days as I like one of those as a treat day.

Workout:

  • 30 mins spin bike class

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/raisins/almonds/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  2 oatcakes w/pb, small carton of pineapple juice (after class and before grocery shopping)
  • S:  clementine, banana or apple
  • D:  veggie chili & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  2 oatcakes w/low fat cheddar, V8
  • Teas & water

TOTAL:  1403

Have a lovely, peaceful, healthy day ladies!

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

V on 09/27/2012:
Have a wonderful day :)



grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 26, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful that we have sunshine!  

Not a calorie-counting day, just using moderation and measuring portions.

Workout at gym:

  • 30 mins treadmill
  • 30 mins elliptical
  • 4 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home: 

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

V on 09/26/2012:
Good Morning! Happy to hear that it is sunny there.Is it still windy? I'm doing my 7 minute arm routine this evening, can't wait :) have a good day!


legcramps on 09/26/2012:
Sounds like a great workout! Have a good one today :)


liza36 on 09/26/2012:
It must be nice not to count calories for a change today. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.


V on 09/26/2012:
RYC YES my arms still scream on right around the 4 minute mark..LOL! I sent the workout to my BFF who just recently hit her goal of making her pre pregnancy weight and was looking for something to help out with her arms..She loves it too :)



grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 25, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful to be in a warm house while the wind is seriously howling!

Hope all of you are having a healthy week.  

This is a non-workout, 1400 cal day.

Going to finish cleaning up the guest room and shampooing the carpet. Except for the 1/2 bathroom it's the last room in the house needing redecorating - wallpaper, paint, new drapes, carpet, built-in wardrobe and maybe a new chest of drawers--a complete overhaul. But clean will do for now.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  oatcake/liver pate/low fat cheddar, plain greek yogurt w/raspberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  leftover homemade veggie pasta, small bit of garlic bread, salad, drink
  • S:  rice cake
  • Teas & water

TOTLAL:  1415

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 09/25/2012:
That actually sounds good to me- being out of a howling wind. Kind of looking forward to getting back to cooler weather. Your exercise schedule sounds great. Also loved your pictures- I'd like to walk right into them!


V on 09/25/2012:
Enjoy your rest day!


thenewMLE on 09/25/2012:
Is it raining with that wind? Windy days make me nervous because not only does my flue to the fireplace howl, but my bay window sounds like it is moaning! Good luck with all your cleaning - it's so rewarding when it's done!! Have a nice day!


V on 09/25/2012:
LOL so much for rest day..Sounds exhausting..RYC there is every species of lizards here. This one was so little I really couldn't tell what kind it was..The last one that was trapped in my house for a week before i captured and freed him was multi colored, teal, brown and green..We had a huge one(it had to be someone's pet that got to big to take care of) that came walking up the back stairs of the restaurant(florescent green) he got to the top of the stairs and took a dive into the sea oats below the deck..That was the coolest thing to see him "fly" hahahaha


inmorning on 09/25/2012:
That is such a great entry. Sometimes, I have trouble seeing the good in things. You make me pause and remember to be an optimist. BTW, time to stock up on sugar free hot chocolate for us too! :-)


legcramps on 09/25/2012:
Have a great day today!



grannyannie - Monday Sep 24, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit-maintenance)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for my good health.

Went to the gym with hubby this morning (he does laps in the pool) and discovered it wasn't going to open until 10am since this is a public holiday. So we had to wait for 25 mins. Got most of my workout in though before it was time to catch the bus.

Due to my overeating all weekend (one day would be fine but not two!), I'm counting cals today. I've designated Sun (rest day), Tues (rest day), Thurs (30 min spin class) as my 1400 cal days. The other days I'll just use sense and still weigh my portions. Didn't count yesterday so doing so today. But since it's a heavy workout day I'm going to 1500. 

Workout at gym:

  • 35 mins spin bike
  • 7 mins elliptical while waiting for a treadmill
  • 10 mins treadmill at 10% incline, 5.8km/hr
  • 3 sets of 12 on 6 resistance machines
  • cables/pulley for triceps
  • back lifts on half ball

Workout at home:

  • dumbbells - 3 sets of 12 - 7 routines
  • planks (full and alternating)
  • 7 min video routine for triceps/arms
  • triceps dips
  • side dips with dumbbell
  • abs-5 routines
  • bridge (for glutes)
  • thighs/glutes with ankle weights
  • squats
  • lunges w/dumbbells
  • thigh master
Menu:
  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • S:  post workout:  2 oatcakes w/pb
  • L:  2 multigrain toast w/liver pate, plain greek yogurt w/raspberries, 1 rice cake
  • S:  clem
  • D:  tofu curry & rice, salad, drink
  • S:  apple
  • Teas & water
TOTAL:  1502

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

V on 09/24/2012:
Good Morning Annie :) Hope you have a good day <3


thenewMLE on 09/24/2012:
I had an unusual eating weekend too! So it's all clean this week and ready to ride and maybe knock out another pound. I printed out some exercises with picture for proper posture and positioning and I want to try them one night this week. I bought my handweights a while ago after reading all your posts and I used to use them when I was walking. I obviously can't use them on the bike, so I think on the nights I don't ride ( I haven't had a lot of those) I will try some of the exercises with the dumbells. Enjoy your holiday!


legcramps on 09/24/2012:
Have a great day today!


Umpqua on 09/24/2012:
Your plan for the week looks good - I ate heavily this weekend too so I'm going to try to keep it clean all week!



grannyannie - Sunday Sep 23, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for good food, clean water, a comfy home.

Rest day (no workout, anyway). Got the pasta sauce made and the French bread started. My day to cook. But it's supposed to be one of my 1400 cal days, but won't work out that way. I'll make up for it though during the week.

Menu:

  • B:  porridge/cinnamon/raspberries/skimmed milk, tea w/milk
  • L:  grilled cheese sandwich (low fat cheddar & multigrain bread,  6 g Benecol), plain greek yogurt w/raspberries
  • S:  clementine
  • D:  pasta w/Quorn mince spaghetti sauce (homemade) topped with fresh basil & fresh parmesan cheese, homemade French bread w/marg/garlic spread & parsley, salad, red wine

TOTAL:  about 1700 probably 2000 - lots of parmesan, french bread, wine

 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

SELINA on 09/23/2012:
yummy meals!



grannyannie - Saturday Sep 22, 2012
(Healthy food-getting super-fit)
Weight: 128.2

Today I am grateful for living in a place with so much beauty!

A no-workout day and a treat day! Went to our botanic gardens to look for autumn colours (not much yet) and took some photos. Then had lunch at the cafe - jacket (baked) potato with shredded cheddar, salad, cuppa tea, and a slice of cake.   They put a massive amount of cheese on my potato and when they brought it I thought there was no way I could eat all that cheese. Wrong! Cleaned my plate. Cake was a bit dry so didn't finish it. 

Next I went to a place called Puck's Glen (King of the Faeries) - a very nice walk in a place that could make you believe in faeries! I hadn't been for a long time and was pleased with how easy it was to walk up all the steps and hills. Only got a bit breathless once and my legs did not object. Took some photos but many didn't come out as I should have brought along my tripod. It's also a dark place and hard to get the lighting right (and I don't use a flash!). 

No calorie counting today but this will not be normal eating on a non-counting day! This was a deserved treat as the scale is nearly goal. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day and a calorie-counting (1400) day but it happens to be the day I'm making pasta and homemade French bread (giving hubby a break from cooking). Hard to eat small quantities of French bread and I'll be having red wine as well. So I'll have to make up for it during the week somehow. 

Progress as of today: 38.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.2 lbs to go!

LuckyLaura on 09/22/2012:
Such a great place!!! Where is it?

I think u dont need to worry, cuz u r almost on your goal weight, and as I guess you were walking a lot, so a little bit more food cannot be too bad. Have a nice weekend!


V on 09/22/2012:
Beautiful pics Annie :) I am so happy to hear that you thourougly enjoyed you day of rest!



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