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hollybelle - Thursday Aug 13, 2015
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Ate a little too much cals today.  Mostly thanks to unhealthy snacks.  I will do better tomorrow.  I am pretty tired today.  Going to go for a walk about dark and call it a day.

Would love to have seen the perseid meteor shows last night/this morning but needed sleep more.  Did anyone else see them?  Were suppose to peak around 3:00 a.m.

No more news than that right now.  Very short post tonight.  

thinkpositive on 08/14/2015:
I know about those snacks- can be my downfall. Very interested in the meteor shower but the good shows are too late for me, unfortunately.

Umpqua on 08/14/2015:
We went out Wednesday night and caught a few, but it was early (like 10 p.m.) and not the peak time yet. I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Maria7 on 08/15/2015:
Hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying your scupponongs...good, aren't they? :-D

biscottibody59 on 08/15/2015:
Keep up the good work!

hollybelle - Thursday Aug 13, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

No posts all week - so busy this past week.  Lots going on at work.  I have been eating OK and have managed to get in walking on 4 days this week and I have done light weights once. 

I am going to annual Arts Fair at a local park on Saturday and probably babysitting for baby girl Saturday night. 

Have been enjoying good summer vegetables and finally got some of the special grapes that come to the local produce stand once a year! 

Will catch up with everyone's posts and be posting more again.  That is - if work calms down as well as other stuff going on!  Hang in there everyone and remember whatever you are struggling with you can do this healthy living stuff!  Keep on keeping on!


ohioraven on 08/13/2015:
Good to hear from you, Holly. Keep up the good attitude.

puddles on 08/13/2015:
Good to get some of your news. You sound like you are doing OK.

Umpqua on 08/13/2015:
It's nice to see a post from you and you've certainly been busy. Your weekend plans sound like fun!

hollybelle - Wednesday Aug 05, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Hey everyone!  Such a busy week so far - not much time to post. The kids came over unexpectedly last night and went to church group tonight.  I have done well on food and exercise, so-so.

My big news today is my son-in-law got a job offer!  Much better pay than his last job and seems like something he's going to like!  8 months, people, waiting on this job!  They have perservered and now hope it will pay off and they can move on with life!  Of course, with daughter now working (and doing well in her job) that means Rosalie will need daycare for the first time.  

I haven't exercised since the weekend!  Need to do something!


horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2015:
Congrats to your son in law on his job offer! That's wonderful. It seems that people in general have a hard time getting jobs - I sure did.

hollybelle on 08/05/2015:
Thanks, HOP. He has an engineering degree and I thought it wouldn't take more than 3-4 months, but....

biscottibody59 on 08/05/2015:
Have a great evening!

puddles on 08/05/2015:
Great news - so nice when our kids finally get to where they want to be. Have a great evening.

hollybelle on 08/13/2015:
Yes, fingers crossed and praying too - this is a big transition for them.

ohioraven on 08/05/2015:
Hey, KentuckyGirl. Get out there and hit that gym. Good news about the Son-in-Law.

hollybelle on 08/13/2015:
thanks. I have exercised more this past week!

grannyannie on 08/06/2015:
Congrats to your SIL!

Umpqua on 08/11/2015:
I hope all is going well Holly and great news on SIL's job offer!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/12/2015:
With an engineering degree, he must have gotten a GREAT JOB! congrats again!

hollybelle - Sunday Aug 02, 2015
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It's been a good week diet and exercise wise - long walks the last two day in the park with dogs.  Hour and a half each time.  Food has been really decent every day. 

Babysat for baby girl yesterday - she's a mess.  Calamity Jane -she has not fear and is bumping herself up quite a bit.  Falling down, etc.  Wild-child.

Going to catch up on housework and grocery shopping a little and get ready for the first week of Aug! 

UPDATE:  Gotta brag on my latest cooking in the kitchen today!  I had creole tomatoes and grits Friday night at a very cool restaurant in town called Stella's.  I liked them so much - but they were a little too spicy for me to eat as much as I wanted.  So, today I thought I'd try to make them - got fresh tomatoes, red, yellow and orange peppers and onions, celery and tried it myself - delicious - vegetarian, but could put ANY kind of meat with it - WOW - knock my socks off.   I also made banana peach muffins - they were so -so, in my book, although husband and son in law said good.  

puddles on 08/02/2015:
Good job on your week. Have a great day.

hollybelle on 08/02/2015:
Thanks Puddles!

summer1142 on 08/02/2015:
Nice job! The creole tomatoes sounds good!

hollybelle on 08/05/2015:
Thanks, Summer!

Maria7 on 08/04/2015:
The grapes are here! The grapes are here! So, come on down and have some!

hollybelle on 08/05/2015:
As of last Sunday there weren't here. I'd love to come to SC and get some, Maria!

hollybelle - Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Today I ate:

B:  Cantaloupe  and  watermelon, Iced vanilla coffee

L:  Pork Tenderloin sandwich

S:  6 sesame honey squares

D:  fruit salad and 5 mini chicken tacos

S:  1/4 c or less mixed nuts

My knee did ok -- I iced it last night again this morning and most of the swelling went down - it was weird looing - kind of like a little pointy cone on the knee cap!  I walked for an hour and the Arboretum with my friend and I think I'll ice it again tonight to make sure.  Almost got caught in a rain storm

Have a good night, everyone! 

ohioraven on 07/30/2015:
GoodNight, Holly.

Maria7 on 07/30/2015:
Is it time for our scupponongs yet??? :-) Hope you feel better. Try not to overdo.

hollybelle on 07/30/2015:
It is almost scupponong time - they usually come in first week of August at my local fruit stand! I look every few day!

Umpqua on 07/31/2015:
I wonder if it was water on the knee? I've had that happen and it's really strange looking. I'm glad the swelling is down!

biscottibody59 on 07/31/2015:
Hope you're doing well today!

hollybelle - Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Been busy this week.  I already can't wait for the weekend.  I have been doing very well on food.  Exercise - not so much.  Tonight coming in the door from the garage I hit my kneecap on the door frame and it has a large pointy bump on it. I iced it and hope it's better in the morning. 

Food today was

B:  Iced vanilla coffee and banana

L:  grilled chick sandwich

S:  7 sesame honey squares

D:  6 mini chicken tacos (Trader Joes) with T sour cream, watermelon

S:  Cereal and 1/2 banana

I find that I'm getting home later and later and don't have as much time to cook, so I went to Trader Joes and picked up some frozen entrees - we will see if they are good.  I had the mini chick tacos before.  I hardly ever go to TJ's because I usually can't/don't resist the goodies!  But tonight I was successful in saying - just don't even look at that stuff!  I didn't buy any of it.  I have really been eating very little sugar - just a little bit each day.  That is amazing.  I've been saying this and it's very true - I need to step up my exercise!  Heck, anything would be a step up!  Whew! 

ohioraven on 07/29/2015:
Good attitude ignoring that CRAP. Good to hear that you're taking care of yourself.

hollybelle on 07/29/2015:
Yup! Yay for me!

puddles on 07/29/2015:
Very good. The less sugar you take the less you will crave it. Keep up the good work and hope your knee feels better.

hollybelle on 07/29/2015:
Knee better - thanks.

Umpqua on 07/29/2015:
Good move avoiding the sweet stuff. The frozen TJs Mexican stuff is yummy and pretty good for ingredients and nutrition. We used to get the tamales and they were great for busy nights. I hope your knee feels better today!

hollybelle on 07/29/2015:
Knee much better - thanks

hollybelle - Sunday Jul 26, 2015
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was a fun day.  Picked up my friend and went to Louisville, KY for her birthday -- met three others along the way.  We went to this neat neighborhood that has lots of eclectic shops and had coffee at local café.  Shopped at high end consignment shop called Margaret's, and a thrift shop that benefits the deaf.  Had had appetizers at Greek restaurant and seafood at a place on the river.  I bought a Navy sweater and a cute beaded necklace and bracelet set.  Kind of fun.  

I didn't over eat and we walked all day except for the drive there and back.

B:  Iced Vanilla coffee

L:  one each of spanakopita, stuffed grape leaf, avocado cilantro mash/dip 1/2 pesto mozz and tomato sandwich on sunflower seed bread

No dessert - no birthday cake at all so.....for dinner I had 

D:  a Mini chocolate carmel blizzard with peanuts!!

Late snack - hand full of nuts


Took the dogs to the self-service dog wash and washed/dried them BOTH!  Whew!

Baby girl came over and I went to the grocery - cut up food and cooked dinner.  

B:  Iced Vanilla Coffee -3/4 BLT sandwich.

L:  3 peanut butter and crackers

S:  watermelon, avocado with pita crackers

D:  meatloaf, green beans, cornbread with butter and jam

puddles on 07/26/2015:
Sounds like you had a wonderful day away.

biscottibody59 on 07/26/2015:
Good for you on your fun day!

ohioraven on 07/26/2015:
I've read it twice and I have No Idea what you just had for Lunch. But, it sounds like you enjoyed it. Have a Great Day, Holly.

hollybelle on 07/26/2015:
Was really good - LOL! Spanakopita is a spinach and cheese pie in greek (phyllo dough) pastry. Then it's cut in pieces. The grape leaves were stuffed with rice, cheese onion and pine nuts. YUM

ohioraven on 07/27/2015:

grannyannie on 07/27/2015:
Glad you had a nice day out! Have a great week!

Umpqua on 07/27/2015:
Your weekend sounds great and I love reading about your shopping finds. I didn't know they had self-service dog washes - that's awesome!

hollybelle on 07/29/2015:
Yes, here it is Pet Paws. I don't think they are a franchise. The tubs are raised and they have raised grooming platforms across the isle from each tub with dryers, etc. It's great - Mark and I do both dogs at the same time. It's a major accomplishment. It costs $50 for both dogs - it would be $85-$100 just for my girl dog alone.

hollybelle on 07/29/2015:
Yes, here it is Pet Paws. I don't think they are a franchise. The tubs are raised and they have raised grooming platforms across the isle from each tub with dryers, etc. It's great - Mark and I do both dogs at the same time. It's a major accomplishment. It costs $50 for both dogs - it would be $85-$100 just for my girl dog alone.

hollybelle - Friday Jul 24, 2015
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I haven't posted in a couple of days - have been busy.  I opened up DDs and even read some of your diaries, and intended to post, but didn't get to, so......

This week has been pretty good.  I can't believe it, but I slept through the entire night last night!  I am off work today - took a vacation day because I had to work last Saturday for that dumb training program.  Someone had to justify their job so they brought this supposed hot-shot in to "teach" this "system" for corporate wide improvement processes......Oh hum!!!

Anyway - I am going to exercise - probably bike in a little while - it's cool this a.m., but gonna warm up to about 88 today and the humidity that gave us a break the last couple of day is coming back with a vengeance! 

I will catch up on housework and laundry and be relaxed (I hope) for the weekend! Yay! 

To kick my long weekend off I went shopping after work yesterday  -  you all KNOW I hate to shop - seriously.  But Talbots was having a "Flash Sale" where their already marked down stuff was additional 50% off!  I got two blazer jackets - 2 jacket style sweaters, and a pair of pants!  At the prices I got I wish I could have found more that fit!

I am going to have to cut down again on carbs and watch hidden sugar.  I can tell again in my belly area.  Why is it that I gain all there when I add carbs back in?  Dang!


B:  Iced Van Coffee,

L:  Green Beans, cornbread, fruit salad,

S:  Corn bread with honey

D:   Grilled sausage on bun with mustard, cucumber salad, fruit salad

No bike ride waited too long and it got hot - going for walk with dogs and husband when it cools off in a few minutes.

LATE UPDATE walked one hour and15 minutes through the neighborhood to park and short meadow walk before the dark!  The Locust are so LOUD!  There are all kinds of holes in the ground where they have come up! You can see why experts say if we have a catastrophe that destroys the earth the locust would survive!

puddles on 07/24/2015:
Yes those carbs are murder and the sugars also. Have a great day.

Umpqua on 07/24/2015:
Nice score at Talbots, that place can be pricey! Great that you have a long weekend, I hope you enjoy your vacation day to the fullest!

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
Yes, Laura - I got all that for an average of $35 per piece-two blazers include in there! I was thrilled because I need more dress clothes for work. My boss is a clothes horse - if you know the expression!

grannyannie on 07/24/2015:
Well done! Hope you get in a nice cool bike ride.

hollybelle - Tuesday Jul 21, 2015
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was OK - not wonderful - a little high on calories and no exercise - granddaughter and son in law came over for dinner.  Wound up giving baby a bath and that was fun.  She is hilarious!

Today will be careful and get some exercise in.  May go to free jazz concert at neighborhood park if weather is not just miserable like it has been.  HUMIDITY is awful.

More later!

ohioraven on 07/21/2015:
Mornin' Holly.

Umpqua on 07/21/2015:
We've been having a few hot days here and of course, our central AC compressor/condenser stopped working as soon as me and the boys arrived home. We're very lucky to have the pool for cooling off!

hollybelle on 07/22/2015:
We had a heat wave here about 3 years ago temps above 100 for days - unusual for KY and ours went out during that. We never liked the upstairs unit anyway -it just didn't get the job done if it was over 82 or so - so we broke down and replaced both units. It was worth it - very cool now and no more hot upstairs. Hope your condenser compressor can be replaced or repair with little $$$. Our unit was about 16 years old.

hollybelle on 07/22/2015:
We had a heat wave here about 3 years ago temps above 100 for days - unusual for KY and ours went out during that. We never liked the upstairs unit anyway -it just didn't get the job done if it was over 82 or so - so we broke down and replaced both units. It was worth it - very cool now and no more hot upstairs. Hope your condenser compressor can be replaced or repair with little $$$. Our unit was about 16 years old.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2015:
Sounds like some nice family time as well as other activities with folks. Enjoy the concert if u get there....nice to see you are enjoying life.

hollybelle - Sunday Jul 19, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was not that great - beside the fact that I had to go to that meeting for work -7-3 all day - which was awful, BTW.....I overate - not really badly - but was so tired didn't exercise other than running errands for Mom - Target and Walmart walking - not that exciting. 

Watched the season premier of Hell on Wheels - it was OK.  Husband had gone to Cincinnati area for a concert with the cousins and I just chilled with the dogs - other exercise was combing the dogs - doesn't sound like a workout -but it is!  They hate it - but it has to be done.  They were overdue.  This is preparation for another big workout - bathing them soon!  Yes we have to prepare them for this - especially the girl dog - she is collie/shepherd mix and very furry!  The lab is almost as bad as that short coarse hair is a mess, too.  Anyway wound up brushing and clipping a whole small trashcan full of dog hair and having two unhappy puppies!  I say pups, but they are actually about 8 and 10 years old now!

Today I am going to clean up the bathroom that has the shower that was repaired - they are FINALLY finished and we can use it for the first time today!  Fingers crossed what they did actually worked!  Then there is other house work to be done and it was daughter's birthday yesterday - she and family are coming over to go out to eat this evening to celebrate as they had plans last night!  Am going to go for a short bike ride now - it's humid and very hot - but hopefully early and cool enough I can ride a very short distance before coming back and jumping in the shower for the test runPDATE!

*****UPDATE*****I made it 45 minutes!  at least 15 mph, so doing the math that is probably around 10 miles - good deal!  Now to test that shower!   

2nd UPDATE --- shower = so far so good!  YAY!  I counter-acted the bike ride with ice cream after dinner - was daughter's birthday dinner- I didn't even show restraint - had two scoops!  Not worried about it - will do great this week.  

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
Well done! I count doggie brushing as exercise!

biscottibody59 on 07/19/2015:
Agree with grannyannie. Nice on the ride!

puddles on 07/19/2015:
Have a great day.

GottaDoIt on 07/20/2015:
Nice outlook!!

Umpqua on 07/20/2015:
I'm sure wrestling with the dogs is good exercise. Good news on your bathroom being done and the bike ride!

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