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hollybelle - Sunday May 18, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Yesterday was OK. Didn't keep the diary on paper - just in head and I think it was about 1800 with lots of walking and yard work.

I'll do better today.

It all comes down to this: What do I want? Do I want to continue eating whatever I want all the time and remain overweight or do I want to eat healthy most of the time, exercise most of the time and get/keep my weight under control? The choice is mine and it's simple - YES or NO?

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/18/2008:
It's like this horrible routine we get into where we don't even realize how off the beaten path we have gotten. I am slowly going back to better eating and it feels wonderful.


thinnsidenotout on 05/18/2008:
UH....Yes and No ? ... Yes to eating healthy/exercising & NO to eating whatever you want and remaining overweight....

Come on Holly!...You have it within you!...You know you do...Have faith in yourself and your GUIDE (The Almighty strength in fighting temptations) ...That is what it takes my friend...FAITH in you and in the Good Lord to help you do this...


Beth201P on 05/18/2008:
I agree we have to make the choice on what we want. However, when we slip we cannot beat ourselves up, just learn from our mistake and move on. Have a great week.


mmuraro on 05/18/2008:
we wanna keep the weight under control. ding it! i have to remind myself that all the time!!!


selina on 05/19/2008:
you've done a great job so far. one day at a time is my motto. have a good day.


mcwoo40 on 05/19/2008:
Come on Holly I'm on board again!!!Let's do it I've set myself some goals this time i don't want to fail.I'm sending good vibes your way,take care Julie


rlovell on 05/19/2008:
i love this: i kinda felt like i was falling back into old patterns again yesterday too- and like i could NEVER change that again. that is the old brain speaking to me, as i know the beauty of this is i can always make the right choices for me if i just believe in myself. xoxo


greengirl on 05/19/2008:
Holly, to thine own self be true !! You know that it has to come from you, yourself and you know that you CAN do it :)


balloonlady on 05/19/2008:
I think you have made up your mind to do it! BTW, your question about what type of work I do to be at IHOP (talk about putting your self in a bad place ) and a wedding reception ( even more food there) in the same day, I do Balloon sculptures and balloon decor as well as magic , face painting , fire eating and airbrush tattoos. TwistedBalloonLady.com have a great day!



hollybelle - Friday May 16, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Dinner was Bob Evans. I took a chance and had the senior order of the chicken Pot Pie (I'm only 52 - not 55, but I ordered it anyway!). It was good. I didn't eat anything else and it was enough. The calories are 1/2 of the regular size portion or about 600. So that brings the total for today to 1295 or so.

Also - I walked with dogs, husband and daughter tonight for about an hour! YAY!

* * * * * * * * *Update Above* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Yesterday ended up fine. Total Calories were between 1245-1395. Not sure because ate some things it was be difficult to count exactly so err'd on the high side, I think. This is especially good since I went to pastor's house for follow up to church group session and there was food galore. Sat right next to a big bowl of M & Ms and only ate - count 'em - 3!!

No exercise though.

Daughter began driving on her own last night. Took herself to dance last night and to school this a.m. I hope it will give her a new sense of responsibility and freedom but in a good way. It can be her boon or her downfall, she will have to decide-she's been raised right - so wwe can only hope and pray at this point.

Anyway - so far today so good - same breakfast as last two days.

B: one egg, toast w honey, (no milk today) coffee 285

S: little sliced apple 10

L: Fried Green Tomatoes, corn, double order of fresh asparagus w/ butter 400 (NO CORNBREAD!!)

Subtotal - 695

I'm eating at the same restaurant as yesterday - yum.....will need to exercise and hold down the cals tonight. I can do it.

I am wearing a pair of my capri pants from last year and although they are tight - they aren't indecent and I GOT them on at least. Now - just need to get to the point they are not so tight. I can do it.

Have a blessed day everyone!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 05/16/2008:
Yes!..You can..... I got a couple pair of capri's yesterday and a couple blouses.. They fit "perfect", so I need to "drop" just a hair more to feel exactly comfortable in them... We are making it Holly....Thanks for being an encouragement!


maria777 on 05/16/2008:
Yes, you CAN do it! You ARE doing it! Yayyyy!!!


Beth201P on 05/16/2008:
Yahoo on only eating 3 M&M's. Way to go....Keep up the great work. Good luck with your daughter driving. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and that she is safe each and everyday. (hugs))


selina on 05/16/2008:
3 m n ms? WOW! good for you! enjoy restrnt dinner!


maria777 on 05/16/2008:
1295 cals and an HOUR of walking...FANTASTIC!!! Especially that your hubby and daughter walked, too...extra fantastic! Everybody got their exercise for sure! Big smile to you and hope y'all have a good nite!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/17/2008:
i've never heard of fried tomatoes, that sounds interesting! :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/17/2008:
hi again. The job specifications are not exactly spelled out yet to me since I start June 30th, but I do know it'll be secretarial in nature. I'm looking foward to some stress free work and this may be it. I hope so. I will make it so, actually! :)



hollybelle - Thursday May 15, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Yesterday ended nicely. I stayed within the calorie goal - I wrote it down, but don't have notebook with me right now - it was either 1210 or 1310.....both OK I didn't exercise too much - just a little walk can't hardly count it 15 minutes. It was nasty raining and I didn't get home 'til late and helped my neighbor with sewing machine foul-up. We are working on our Relay for Life projects now.

I should have more free time to exercise now - daughter got her driver's license today! Oh, boy - now the real games begin. I am truly excited for her. But wow - it's going to be scary.

Today's menus so far -

Breakfast - same as yesterday - Toast with honey, egg, 4 oz 1% milk and coffee 310 (less coffee today)

Lunch will be at my favorite home-cooked vegetable restaurant with friend I used to work with.....can't wait. I am committed to turning away from what ever food I don't need to eat to keep myself healthy. I don't NEED it. I feel better already.....I can do this. Anything besides healthy food and "just" enough food is not rewarding, it's punishment and I won't punish myself anymore. I will fit into my summer clothes soon and I will feel better, I will be more comfortable in my own skin. I can do the things necessary to take care of myself. More later, everyone! May God Bless your day......

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

selina on 05/15/2008:
enjoy lunch! congrats on daughter's driver's license! have a great day!


thinnsidenotout on 05/15/2008:
The Lord already has blessed my day by allowing me to rise up and see sunshine...

Doing good Holly..Keep it up! 13 to go.....


mcwoo40 on 05/15/2008:
Hiya Holly,Will your daughter be having her own car as you will be fighting who's having the car.It will be scary for daughter to be driving by herself and not having someone at the side of her,she will have to get a blow-up doll!!!That is what some women do here if they are driving alone strap a blow-up doll in the passenger seat to pretend they have someone in the car.That's when all my bad habits started when i passed my test but i have'nt had an accident in 21yrs touch wood.Now the eating,well i'm doing rubbish to put it mildly i could swear but i won't.Moderation is not in my vocab it's all or nothing,just hope the doc gives me those tabs then it's back on track for sure.Stay healthy in every way,Julie



hollybelle - Wednesday May 14, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Yesterday was OK. I walked 20 minutes at lunch and 45 minutes with husband and dog in the evening. Calories were 1170

So far today -

Day #2

B: 1 Egg, WW Toast w honey, 4 oz 1% milk, Coffee 330

L: Flour Tortilla, Turkey, String Cheese, Chex Mix 380

Subtotal 710 (Maximum to go 490-690)

Yesterday I walked on lunch hour - about 20 minutes. I also walked last night with dogs and husband about 45 minutes! YAY

I am going to try to keep drinking something LO cal all day long. That will keep me occupied and full and hydrated.

Will update menu later. I feel like I can get on a streak now. I need to get into those summer clothes in my closet and drawers! Need to lose 7-8 lbs to do it. As some of you all know I don't really WEIGH because it makes me NUTS but I feel like the weight showing on my chart isn't too far off so we'll call it good and go from there.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

maria777 on 05/14/2008:
Good on the walking!!! And drinking lo-cal. You CAN do it!!!


mcwoo40 on 05/14/2008:
Hiya Holly,nothing good to report,but your doing great well impressed.I have another plan up my sleeve to TRY and shift this bulk.I feel fat in all my summer clothes.I plan to stay in doors all summer as it's cooler and i don't need to expose my body!!! Till next time and be good,Julie


Beth201P on 05/14/2008:
YOu are doing great. Keep it up girlfriend. Have a wonderful evening.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/14/2008:
we can do it! :)



hollybelle - Monday May 12, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Thanks for the feedback on my last post. It was a busy weekend - Hope all moms had a Happy Mother's Day. I'll check in on you all soon.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/12/2008:
I think it's easier to live in those comfortable, secure moments of our past, that's why we keep sabotaging ourselves. It's difficult to constantly put in the effort to live a healthier lifestyle. There are obstacles along every curve and over every hill. If we revert back to our unhealthy habits, I think it's because we've lost our energy, our 'drive' to continue towards success. When you're in a weaker mental mind, it's a lot harder to tell yourself that the end result will be worthwhile. Yeah. I don't know. I just really think that it's far easier to be unhealthy than to be disciplined in your eating and exercise habits.


maria777 on 05/12/2008:
Thanks for your very encouraging comment. I hope you had a good 'busy weekend' and all went well for you. Love, Maria


Beth201P on 05/12/2008:
I agree on what you wrote. I have noticed when I get to losing weight and people start to notice (men) I start to put the weight back on. I think it is a lot to do with being a security blanket so I don't get hurt. I am working on that. Thanks for opening my eyes. You have a wonderful week.


greengirl on 05/12/2008:
Hi Hollybelle, I know I am back now Ive had a comment from you :) Its time we got ourselves sorted out isnt it ?? I know that for me the hardest battle happens in my head. Once I win that one the rest will follow. We can do it together ??


rlovell on 05/12/2008:
yes, i do believe i have been afraid to know my own "power" for some time now: if we identify this power and have success does this mean we have to follow through for the rest of our lives? i dont know about you, but the thought of this makes me cry out to my "all or nothing" self: if i cant be "perfect" at it, i dont want it. also, doesnt this mean we have to rely solely on ourselves and no one else??!! but its so much easier to point that finger away. my friend, you deserve and should honor the power you innately have. listen deeply, your soul is crying out to you. xoxo


maria777 on 05/13/2008:
Yayyyy!!! on the starting new today #1....that's the way to do it! Hope you have a WONDERFUL day! Big smile to you!


thinnsidenotout on 05/14/2008:
Hey Hey.... Get with the 5-8 pounds my friend... I've got 4 to go by the end of the month at least....

Re: New Clothing... I will go to Goodwill today... I buy most of our clothing there anyways.Our Goodwill has become a very pleasurable and clean place to shop over this last couple of years.....unless I see something on totally dirt-bottom prices in the stores, I won't buy it...We also have Value Village that is pretty well kept, but a bit higher priced. Unless I hit them on .99 color tag Mondays...

Have a wonderful Day Holly!


maria777 on 05/14/2008:
Thank you and I would LOVE for you to be drinking coffee with me on the front porch as well!!!



hollybelle - Thursday May 08, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

OK - in reading some other diary today I came upon a thought about goals and fear of success.....I think I need to think about it some more, but here it is:

Something tells me that for some of us, the closer we get to our goal, the more success we have, something wierd happens - we become afraid of the very thing we are persuing. A fear of success so to speak.....Does this ring a bell with anyone else?

If so, maybe one thing we need to be sure to examine from time to time along the way is what we may fear about success. For example, I wonder why I can be so successful for a period of time (somethines a year or two) and then fall back into old habits/patterns. Is there something "in it" for me in those old patterns? Am I uncomfortable with prolonged, sustained success in this area, in any area? Do I self-sabotage because of hidden beliefs that I don't deserve, or can't sustain good patterns and habits having to do with my health/body?

I don't know for sure, but I am going to think on it and I'll get back with you. In the meantime - any thoughts, anyone?

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

maria777 on 05/08/2008:
Yes, it definitely RINGS A BELL!!! How many of us could have been at goal already or for those of us who have been there and regained, how many of us could with a little discipline be where we want to be and STAY THERE??? And, we can!!! We CAN do it!!! Happy day to you!!!


thinnsidenotout on 05/08/2008:
For me it was just always a case of getting comfortable in eating the wrong things sometimes, seeing that I could get away with it and not gaining weight back rapidly....Then one day realize I could not eat poorly/too much/wrong things and get away with it any longer.... Gave up out of sheer disguist with myself and REALLY went to town living unhealthy, cause of anger..... NO MORE!!!! NOT THIS TIME!!! I VOWED MYSELF TO NEVER feel such self-worthlessness as I have this last 10 years.... When I reach that goal this time and hopefull surpass it...It will be for an eternity!

RE: "goathead"...You may know the weed @ "puncture vine"...The seeds are thorny little green kernels that dry to a hard sharp thorns. Hurt like the dickens when you step on them and are notorious for flat tires on bikes....


greengirl on 05/09/2008:
Hey Holly, I'm back. Same old, same old and as usual you have written my post for me !!! Apply all the above to me :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/09/2008:
it rings a bell with me! We are afraid of change. So, once we see we are doing well, we do something negative to counteract the good. Let's defeat that!


mcwoo40 on 05/10/2008:
Hiya Holly that's me too.You have probably read many times when i have a good weight loss i seem to 'treat myself'and it's starts the ball rolling to eat the 'goodies'again but i don't know why though.Hope you are well and thanks for keeping in touch when i was'nt here.I've gained but not much it must be down to Alfie,till next time,Julie


thinnsidenotout on 05/11/2008:
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY HOLLY!


maria777 on 05/12/2008:
Hope you've had a good weekend!



hollybelle - Monday May 05, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Today so far:

B: Coffee, banana 170

L: Stouffer's frozen entree 410

I am feeling much more like I can get back in the swing of health again. My shoulder, while it is still tightening up a lot in the top and neck area is better by far. Computer work is still very uncomfortable. Another massage scheduled for tomorrow night and Friday night.

I wanted to tell you DD'ers about my last massage experience. I go to an Academy of Healing Arts (massage school). They do a good job. They have a choice (usually) of a student (either novice or advanced- almost a graduate), or a professional. The students are $30, or $45. The professionals are $60 per hour. I couldn't get a Professional, as I usually do, last week for one of the massages so I said student was OK. Also I usually get female, but only male was available. When I got there the student came out to greet me and it was someone from my church group! I didn't know he was in the school of healing arts. It could have been awkward, but it wasn't. He was very good at listening to what exactly was hurting and working on the shoulder carefully. When it was over he asked if he could pray for the shoulder's healing. I said OK, that would be great. He said a short prayer and when we both said amen I felt this really warm sensation come over my upper area. It had nothing to do with the massage. The shoulder hurt really badly after into the next afternon, but after that it began getting a lot better - and continued improvement into Sunday and today. I even walked really fast on an hour and a half walk yesterday! YAY.

I'll post the rest of today's menus later. Hope everyone is having a good day.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 05/05/2008:
Prayer can be a great healing tool....Faith is the substance!

Glad to hear you are feeling better and can get some exercise in...

Have a wonderful week!


glycrina on 05/05/2008:
I would not consider myself religious but I heartily believe in prayer; now can you pray I lose weight? LOL, just kidding!


glycrina on 05/05/2008:
Re: I ask God for strength all of the time especially around french fries and doughnuts!!


mmuraro on 05/05/2008:
wow, that sounds like an amazing experience. glad you feel better. xo.


WI3 on 05/05/2008:
So sorry to read about the shoulder situation but so happy to read that it is getting better! The Lord works in mysterious ways!

Thank you for the entry on my diary...I've been thinking about you as well! ((hug))


smiley2 on 05/06/2008:
We should believe in miracles more often......hope your shoulder gets better real soon! Wx


harleygirl79 on 05/06/2008:
Your right it could have been awkward. Glad it wasn't. When I was pregnant with my son, I was going to a clinic, cause we didn't have insurance and one of the med students came in, it was a guy I had 1 blind date with in high school. Thankfully, it was not an internal exam day that day. LOL



hollybelle - Sunday May 04, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Last two days not so good. Got another massage on shoulder Friday and although it was some better yesterday (Sst) it seems to be even better today so there is hope for it. It's just been a bummer.

I will write more later on my diary - right now I'm just trying to get house cleaned and back on track with eating and EXERCISE.

I'll check other's diaries out and talk to you later!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Beth201P on 05/04/2008:
Glad to hear that your shoulder is getting better. Good luck with your house cleaning. Enjoy your Sunday.


thinnsidenotout on 05/04/2008:
Nope, nuttin' 'rong wit' "Country Bumpikins"....I been one all my life!...

I hate for this weekend to end...It has been very enjoyable...The weather has been "prime".....I have so much housework to do though.... I like being away from home, so I don't have to look/think about it.....I shall get with it though....Times a tickin'

Hope your week ahead is a wonderful one!


rlovell on 05/04/2008:
feel better soon, ok?!!! take care. xoxo


maria777 on 05/05/2008:
Hope you're having a good day.



hollybelle - Friday May 02, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

Yesterday was OK at best. I endulged in maple covered peanuts.....oh, oh and ate at Chili's for lunch with a friend and overdid it a bit on queso and chips, but over all did alright because I just didn't eat much late yesterday. This wasn't too difficult as I was full from lunch and the peanuts and daughter had a little performance in the school auditorium and that kept me busy.

I won't post the menus as don't have time to look up all the foods I don't know the calories of, but I think I ate about 1700. Could have been worse. I need to exercise. I will do zoomba tomorrow morning at 11:00. I am also thinking of going to a zumba class tonight and I have another massage scheduled. I hope that it helps the shoulder problems as much as the last one did. As the therapist said - the first one only touched the surface of the problem. Need for massage time to get it all.

Anyway - hope everyone has a blessed day. I will be posting on a few diaries later.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

rlovell on 05/02/2008:
i have never been to a zumba class, but heard great things! let me know how it goes. xoxo


thinnsidenotout on 05/02/2008:
If you can think of the title of that "losing weight" story one of these days..I will google it maybe...

Have a wonderful Day...Anticipate the weekend to be a pleasant one & keep upt he great work Holly!


mcwoo40 on 05/02/2008:
Hiya Holly,keep it up dear friend.I will be back shortly when I'm in a better frame of mind.My dad's around this weekend making a storage cupboard and laying laminate so the stress levels hopefully will be coming down soon ready for me to focus AGAIN!!!Have a great weekend,Julie


maria777 on 05/02/2008:
My Grandma LOVED maple covered peanuts!!! Hope your shoulder feels MUCH BETTER! Have a blessed evening!



hollybelle - Thursday May 01, 2008
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.0

OK - yesterday was not such a good day food wise and no exercise, but here I go again.

I will post menus for today. More later.......

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

maria777 on 05/01/2008:
Well, I hope today is a wonderful day in every way for you, Holly! A day to begin NEW...big smile to you!


thinnsidenotout on 05/01/2008:
WEll, I usually start with commenting with the first posetr of the day, but today went backwards...Saw it was you and thought I would check in on you first!.... I went overboard with trail mix & Spaghetti yesterday, but back at "controlling" myself today... Hang in there Holly....You will get there...Minute by Minute & Day by Day is how we have to do this.....

Here's to going again! {*;*}


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/01/2008:
welcome to a fresh start!



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