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hollybelle - Thursday Oct 20, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

No walk yesterday.  I had a bad headache and stomach didn't feel great.  I think it sinus related as it was supposed to rain and didn't-was overcast and humid all day.  Today is better - it's rained a bit this morning, but is much cooler.  Is supposed to be a long soaking rain all day - but it better get started if it's going to do it - LOL.

Food was good and I did some weights and foam roller so still made progress toward health goals.     

I didn't waste the whole day - I started on my closet - I purged 4 purses, 10 pairs of shoes and 1 pair of short boots.  There are probably a few more I can get rid of - I will take another look this afternoon.  I continued organizing clothes and will start the clothing purge as soon as possible, but may have to be after we get home from vacation.  I might be able to purge sweaters/jackets/pants before we leave!   It is shameful I have so much stuff that I don't wear.  But seriously some of the shoes are 10 years old!  Once I get it really organized I am going to make a rule for myself that my friend uses - before I BUY anything new - I have to give AWAY a like article. And purge after every season - twice a year.  That way I'll end up  organized and with only things I really like and actually wear.  I used to do this - just quit a long time ago.  After my clothes closet - my drawers - they aren't nearly as crowded.   Then husband's closet and drawers and then the bigger stuff - the garage and the basement and attic.  The basement and attic aren't bad, but the garage!!!!

I cleaned out refrigerator and organized the pantry and the plastic container cabinet - those were pretty unorganized.  Finally came to grips with the fact that I can actually do without 50% of the plastic containers!  This will help our friend who is house/dog sitting for us.  There was not a lot to throw out in the pantry - just some odds and ends - good thing, because I don't like to WASTE things.  Mostly just stuff needed to be arranged better.  And apparently I have become a glass jar hoarder!  There were about 5 big ones in there!  Guess I thought I'd "need" them at some point. 

Enough about my house purge!  More later........Have a healthy day! 

trishpiglet3 on 10/21/2016:
Tidying up feels awesome doesn't it! :)

trishpiglet3 on 10/22/2016:
p.s. I hope you're feeling lots better now

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2016:
Sometimes it's best to let the body rest extra before resuming exercise. I forced myself to rest today. Just feeling run down after a trip...no need to push it on my day off....foam rolling sounds helpful.

hollybelle - Wednesday Oct 19, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Walked 3 miles yesterday at a new track/park.  It was crowded and too far away to go to often, but it was OK for a change.  I also went with my mom to look at the second round of paint for her porch - she has already had it painted but doesn't like the color.  We spent more than an hour looking at neutral tones of BEIGE and got two more samples.  I think what she has had painted already looks just fine, but you have to know my mother......God bless her!

Food was good yesterday and I took some more time to organize the clothes I am going to take on vacation.  Probably still too much, so I will go through them one more time and pull some out.  I still need to purge my closet and drawers - soon - soon! I think I will just go through the stuff I already have out and give it away now. That way I don't have to store and look at it again next year.  Yes, good idea, Holly. Only makes sense.  I must organize more of my/our stuff.  It will give me a new mental lease on life.  But now - to go walk!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/19/2016:
I also have a few "favorite places" to go walking. A couple are a little far, but so nice to go. At one place, I met lifelong friends there. I'd see them SEASON AFTER SEASON! after every winter, i'd see them again the next spring thru summer thru fall. Then I moved away & don't go back much. So many beautiful memories at that park. As a kid, I'd swim at the pool at that same park. I miss it. Beautiful place to walk with a huge pond and lots of nature as well as a school & field too. Ample scenery to observe and even two paths to choose 1 mile or 1.5 miles - this park was my favorite...sorry to go off about my memories LOL. Now i have another new park 10 min from where I live...and it's nice too! One huge lap is 1 mile around a MASSIVE field. Includes public restrooms and even a small hill. Perfect for me now. So even walking once around is a perfect mile :) I will be going there more as I increase my cardio. Sorry to blast with park comments on your entry lol...

opposite of you, i'm going to TRY to pack light. will pack tonight & try to get it done sorta fast so i can sleep & not be up all evening packing! lol...

purging of things we don't need feels so good. I did it a little bit around a month ago of items that are too big (i didn't even buy most - my mom had given me her old clothes a year ago and now they are big on me...so i donated them)...

enjoy your walk Hollybelle!

hollybelle - Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

OK -yesterday too a day off walking, but going back to it today.  Food was fine yesterday.  I was craving sweets terribly yesterday so I know I need to cut back on carbs and eat more vegetables and protein today and the rest of the week.  I can do that.  Going to the paint store with my mother - long story - please pray for me - LOL!  More on that later.....I'll update tonight or in the morning!  Stay strong and take care of yourselves, everyone!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/18/2016:
sometimes i give into a bit more the cravings but try to make good choices to satisfy them. sometimes i go with it - i go through periods of time where i just crave more carbs and feel it's ok to have more....and then other times i feel that i just need to eat things that are more satisfyting - like more protein / actual meat (sometimes when i am really off the meats / chicken / fish...and just vegetarian options - i soon crave hard core proteins from non-veg sources...sometimes i feel it is ok to listen to your body...WITHIN REASON of course! wishing you well...

puddles on 10/18/2016:
If you are not having sweets and you still crave sugar did you ever check the sugar content in items that you are eating that could be your trigger for craving more sweets. I don't know what carb you are eating but there are good carbs out there that will not affect you as much.

hollybelle - Monday Oct 17, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Sunday - Walked 3 miles, went to eat lunch with husband at Steak and Shake - very off plan, but planned to do this - so really on plan, I think.  Had a small burger, 3 onion rings and split a choc shake with husband.  Not that bad.  Had no breakfast at all because husband was anxious to go walk.  We had grilled chicken for dinner with kale, corn on the cob and baked potatoes.  I ate a couple bites of chicken, two ears of corn - they were very small - a tiny bit of kale and almost a whole potato with small amount of butter and sour cream.

This week is the count down to vacation.  We are leaving around 2;00 Sat afternoon.   I need to:

Get some stuff done for Professional Association

Clean house and get it ready for the friend who is house/dog-sitting for us

Help Mom do a few things


Check on last minute things from the rental agency we are using for the condo we are staying in

Husband will double check tickets and rental car details

puddles on 10/17/2016:
Your vacation is real close now you must be looking forward to getting away. Have a great day. Your doing good.

hollybelle on 10/17/2016:
We don't leave until around 2:00 on Saturday - but I have lots to do this week. It's odd - usually I don't pack until about 2 hours before we are ready to walk out the door! That's what happens when you have lots of time on your hands, I guess. I am also not really packing - just going thru clothes and setting stuff aside I think I might take. It's a good time to sort through summer and winter clothes. too. Thanks for your comments. <3

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/17/2016:
Nice walking Sunday! Even a mile is good for me, I have realized. I am going to be making an effort after work in October (as long as I feel rested after the vaca) and definitely be making a MAJOR effort in November to go to a park by me that is exactly 1mile to walk a loop. I plan to be going after work before I go home to my apt for walks in November instead of just going directly home. I want to start doing more cardio-wise & this will be the trick!

Lunch sounds tasty at Steak & Shake! For some reason, those types of foods do not really interest me very much anymore….(I don’t mean to offend you!)…I am saying I have been eating my way so long – veggies more and less and less meat…that it’s become habit also when going out USUALLY. I like to find the veggies….haha. please don’t take my comment the wrong way…I hope you enjoyed going out & everything!!

Dinner sounds healthy. Potatoes are good for you did you know about the potassium ? That’s why I have begun to like potatoes more. This winter I think I will start adding them into my meals regularly as to get away maybe from so many bananas (usually 1 per day in morning).

You have lots to do before your vaca! Sounds like me – I was also getting ready & last minute planning this weekend. In a good way. Lots of little things also needed some taking care of / forms filled out & mailed, certain bills before my vaca this week. Fun times.

hollybelle on 10/17/2016:
I am not offended. I don't eat Steak and Shake type foods often at all. Husband doesn't either - but it was his choice yesterday. It wasn't very good - really except for the milkshake which we split! I am eating way too many carbs in general. But this is what I do - I cut back on calories for awhile and the I work on getting healthier calories. I find I MUST have some "junk" food or I go nuts for it and go overboard. Potatoes have also have vitamin C and Vitamin B6. They aren't junk food, but the stuff we sometimes put on them is high in fat and calories - butter and sour cream! I use in moderation or put stuff like cottage cheese and salsa or a sprinkle of cheddar. I usually can only eat 1/2. I like them in soups and stews, too. Spinach, white beans, sweet potato and plain yogurt are also excellent sources of potassium. Have a good trip - you leave before I do!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/17/2016:
aldo - i answered your questions in reference to my trip on my earlier entry on your comments area :) exciting!!

hollybelle - Saturday Oct 15, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Haven't gotten very much done around the house today.  Baby girl spent the night last night and daughter didn't pick her up until around 2:00 today.  She slept through the night and took a good nap, though.  We went for a 2.5 mile walk with her in the stroller and I did the foam roller.  It has gotten a little easier over the last week. Food was good. I wanted to make brownies this afternoon, but compromised and drizzled some chocolate over popcorn.  Then husband and daughter ate most that so no damage done.  I need to have something sweet to eat soon.  If I don't I'll go overboard soon.  It's been a long time.  

We are back to summer weather again - 80's.  Whew!  I put the mums in the front pots but didn't get to clean off the porch and siding yet - maybe tomorrow.  

puddles on 10/15/2016:
Sounds like you had a great day.

hollybelle - Friday Oct 14, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Walked 3 miles this morning.  Went to the grocery again.  Ran by the outdoor market and picked up two small mums, two very small pumpkins for the pots on my front porch.  Came home and set the pumpkins and scarecrows I always decorate with - will set the mums later this morning.  

Did my foam rolling.  I think it's helping.  I am beginning to feel more straight and upright and stronger day by day.  Still taking 2-4 Tylenol a day - some days 6, but not usually 6.  Orthotics seem to help a lot, but I've noticed different muscles getting sore because using different muscles than without them.  That is OK - overall I believe I am headed in the right direction.  I leave for vacation in one week.  I won't be at the goal I hoped for, but I know I have done and will do the best I can.  

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/14/2016:
i hear that foam rolling is very good. i should also try i think...but really don't care to implement any other self care "chores"...lol

my pain from sitting has died down quite a bit myself...thankfully!...

glad the orthotics help, try not to overdo to soon!...where are you going on vaca again?

hollybelle on 10/15/2016:
I know what you mean about no more self-help chores - I am grateful I have this time to do it for myself. Glad your sitting pain is better. We are taking a quick trip to Ft. Walton Beach Florida. We haven't been to the beach in ages - usually pefer to go out west, but husband wanted to go somewhere in Oct and not wait for spring-Montana is cold in deep snow in winter. We may be able to go to Arizona in February, though - it's warm there.

puddles on 10/15/2016:
Glad you found something to help you with your pain. Have a great weekend.

hollybelle on 10/15/2016:
Thanks, Fran!

hollybelle - Thursday Oct 13, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Posting late today.  Food was so - so today - not so good not so bad.  I didn't do a thing today that I planned - no pressure washing front of house and no cleaning windows and doors.  I had brunch with a friend who was in town and then she wanted to go shopping a little.  I went to my mom's house and visited with her and inspected the new porch paint that is the wrong color and we talked about how to fix that - next week.  I ran more errands and had my hair trimmed up for vacation. 

Tomorrow plan to walk and clean house for the weekend and hopefully will get the pressure washing and windows and doors, light fixtures washed.  I need to get 3 medium mums and two small mums and 2 small pumpkins to update my front outdoor decorations.  

Hope you have had a good day, everyone.  

grannyannie on 10/14/2016:
Not too bad is a good thing. Have a great day!

hollybelle - Wednesday Oct 12, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

3 miles walk in 1 hour today. That is considered "moderate" speed, I think.  Still have pain, but foam rolling, inversion table stretching and new orthotics working wonders.   

Food good yesterday and so far today - more later.  


Whew!  Lots of yard work this afternoon.  Trimmed all shrubs front and back and blew off deck, patio, front and side yards and raked up leaves and trimmings and disposed them.  Tomorrow pressure wash the front porch and lower siding all around -clean outside light fixtures and lower windows and doors outside.  Don't need weights after all that lifting and toting. 

puddles on 10/12/2016:
Congrats on the walk. Have another great day with your food you can do it.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2016:
Foam rolling should def help.

...I've been trying to walk a bit here and there, fitting in activity, and even my butt pain seems to have diminished! :)

hollybelle - Tuesday Oct 11, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

It's been a couple of days since I checked in - I have been doing OK - maintaining and trying to heal my sciatica issues.  It's working better today.   I have had my granddaughter all day yesterday and today (As well as Thursday night and all day Friday) - her school has been out.  Sunday husband and I took a short 1 mile walk with dogs.  Yesterday I had too much to do with baby girl here and visiting my mother and lunch with a friend so only walked 1 mile yesterday.  Today I walked with baby girl in the Bob jogging stroller (very nice stroller) 5 miles.  We did stop by the playground and I pushed her in the swing for about 20 minutes.  It was a good walk.  I wore my new orthotics and they seem to be helping my feet not get so fatigued!  Lots of support.  I also have used a 36' foam roller to loosen up all the spots on my back and hips that have been killing me by tightening up and causing the sciatica.  I have been able to be reasonably comfortable all day with only 2 Tylenol today, although I am going to take 2 more before bed.  At least it's not 6 today. 

Food has been OK although not great enough to lose at anything like a fast rate, but that is OK.  Slow and steady wins the race.  I will start doing weighs tomorrow - every other day-20 minutes to start and I will try to walk 2-3 miles 4 days per week.  Adjusting my goals a little will help me meet them and stick with them.

Good night DD friends.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2016:
I am also dealing with the pain thing similar to your sciatica. It has been disturbing me a bit in my sleep...but i know it's not going to last me. I just need to move around more....

Feel better. Try to stay positive about it. Good thing about this type of pain is that when i researched it quickly online, it says the pain usually comes and goes and doesn't stay all the time...so...fingers crossed.

hollybelle - Sunday Oct 09, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday had a 2.5 mile walk with no bad side effects.  I bought some orthotics (Power Step) for my shoes and we'll see what happens.  Will probably have to put in older shoes because newer shoes bought 3 weeks ago have memory foam that are not removable.  Note to self- don't buy any of these again.  Not a good buy.  They have already gone half flat!!! 

Bonfire was good.  Food not much of an issue. Better eating today and going forward. We didn't get home until 2:00 a.m.!!  I told husband I think that is a record for us in many years.  We stayed at bonfire until 12:30.  I got right in bed as soon as we got home and slept through until 7:30 but could not sleep further.  Had to get up have my coffee and take Tylenol for aches and pains, I'm afraid.  Husband is still sleeping.  He drove home.  I see a nap in store for later today for me!!  Also want to get some exercise in.  May work in the yard with husband so we can get outside in order for Fall!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2016:
Yes, agreed. Memory foam shoes are also not supportive at all...

When i get home late and know i have the option to sleep in, I sometimes take a sleeping pill to help me sleep extra, especially if it's after a long week of lack of sleep. Not suggesting to you - but this is what i do for me.

Enjoy your day with your hubby. sounds like you guys are enjoying yourselves!

hollybelle on 10/09/2016:
Good to sleep in once in awhile!!! Lesson learned on shoes!!

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
I have feet problems if I'm not wearing good arches or orthotics. Memory foam does not sound good for feet!

hollybelle on 10/09/2016:
Yes, it is more than apparent that I must have good, good, good support in my feet. I got some Power Step Orthotics. There are several varieties of that brand - Original, Premium and Premium Plus. Maybe more than that. Do you have favorites you use or do you have them custom made?

grannyannie on 10/09/2016:
I have some Abeo trainers which came with an orthotic. I love their sandals with built in arch, and I also wear slippers at home with a good arch. But I also have some regular Nike trainers with Dr Scholl heel and arch insert that works just as well.

hollybelle on 10/09/2016:
I cannot go without shoes - even around the house. Must have good support at all times! Thanks for the info.

thinkpositive on 10/09/2016:
Glad you found something that works for your feet. Woo-hoo 2 am. We would feel the same about the late night.

hollybelle on 10/09/2016:
Yep! Paid for it all day!

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