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hollybelle - Tuesday Apr 17, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

I am behind in my posts! Hectic last few days.

Got some exercise over the weekend; April Challenge is woefully BEHIND schedule, though. Saturday 45 min Sunday 30 min Monday - None

Dance competition went fine, except daughter didn't compete well as she became ill (cold) on Saturday night. She has missed two day of school so far this week. OHHHHHHH..........

On the food front - I am doing OK. As everyone knows (because I certainly told everyone loud enough on Friday) due to TOM I was craving carbs. Being out of town this weekend it wasn't too hard to stay low carb, but I did break over and get some cinnamon pretzels sticks from Aunt Annie's on Saturday night. They were great. After that I kind of "dropped back 10 and punted" and got back on the low carb plan. I find that the low carb plan really cuts down on cravings most of the time. I will get more exercise this week. The weather is much better here again. It's about 63 degrees today! Rain tomorrow, but a great weekend is expected weather-wise. We go to dance competitions in Dayton, OH this weekend, though.

That's it for me for now. Hoping I can catch up on everyone's diary soon. Wishing you all good things.......Holly

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

greengirl on 04/17/2007:
I used to love going to dance competitions when Sarah was smaller. What a shame that your daughter became ill. Hope she is fully recovered for Daytona. Have a good week :)

mcwoo40 on 04/17/2007:
Hi,monkey nuts are in a shell,you break the shell open to get to the nuts and they are just like peanut's with a red skin covering them.I buy them roasted,my kids love them but they have the shell everywhere,hope that has answered your question.I am a sucker for carbs too,but i have cut down alot compared to what i used to eat.Hope your daughter does well at the weekend.Bye 4 now,julie

jon'smom on 04/17/2007:
I am a carb addict and when that TOM comes around I go crazy! At least you got back on track. Good for you! Hope all goes well at the dance competition!

Moody on 04/17/2007:
You know, I recognize within myself that the less carbs I have the less I crave them..and it goes for the opposite as well..the more I have the more I want. I hate that!

Sorry that your daughter isn't feeling well..my son has been having an awful time with allergies; sore throat, coughing, and headache. I hope she gets to feeling better soon!

Take care!!

sharklover on 04/17/2007:
I'm behind on the April challenge too...

A lot of people say good things about cutting carbs.. I wish i was strong enough to do that.

Sorry to hear that your daughter became ill at just the wrong moment. Hopefully this weekend will be better. :-)

tourguidebarbie on 04/18/2007:
I completely use Shopping instead of eating. It's a horrible cycle. If i'm not shopping i'm eatting, and if i'm not eating, i'm shopping... I NEED to start going to the gym instead of not eating/ shopping. It's just i have no fun going to the gym. I mean, i get so bored when i go. I need to get an ipod or something so i can listen to music... maybe that would be easier... I don't know... it just stinks!.. lol. And i know people say go with a friend, but i really dont' talk to anyone who lives close to me so i can't go with someone, ya know? hum... Anyways, YES, i do shop instead of eat and it's a problem.

hollybelle - Saturday Apr 14, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Am getting ready to leave for dance competition around 1:00 today, but wanted to post a quick one here. "Couldn't" leave the bagels someone brought to work alone on Thurs. Ate 1 1/2! Then yesterday got the old TOM again. That explains the craving for the carbs. The old TOM is back with a vengence after an absence of a few months! I hate to think I am going to have to have surgery after all, if it sticks around, but I don't think I can take it month after month again. It just takes SO MUCH out of me. Sorry if that is TMI, but I am very upset about this as I thought I had dodged a bullet as far as surgery when it disappeared the end of last year. You older girls probably understand. Any guys reading this - SORRY. Guess I needed to vent.

I have not been over-eating just eating quite a few carbs, but I think it is temporary due to hormones. I will get back on the low carb track today-as much as possible-being on the road and out of town, especially.

We will stay in hotel tonight and come home about 9:00 p.m. tomorrow. Only me and daughter will be going.

For those of your who have asked - daughter got letter regarding the 3 week summer program for dance that she auditioned for a month ago and........she was selected! She says she doesn't know if she will accept or not as she doesn't want to be away from home that long. There is no visitation from parents or friends allowed (althought there will be many people there that she knows already - including her boyfriend as he was accepted in violin as well). We will see. You know teenagers - unpredictable. I think it is a great opportunity to see what it is like to "live on your own" for three weeks. Although it will be hard to let her go. They stay in a dorm on college campus and are very supervised. It is a program valued at about $3,000 but is provided FREE to those selected. There were over 1,300 applicants and only 225 selected in all disciplines - only about 20 selected in dance.

Have a wonderful weekend and for those of you who pray - please include me and my physical health (with regard to female issues) on your list. I really need devine intervention here. Thanks and have a blessed weekend!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/14/2007:
wow...a nice 60 minute walk at the mall! i'm sure you looked at a lot of things although you didn't buy any!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/14/2007:
good luck to your daughter at her competition...and congrats to her getting into the summer program!

smiley2 on 04/14/2007:
I think it would be a great opportunity for your daughter, more like a chance in a lifetime if you ask me! But its her choice of course. Good luck!

jon'smom on 04/14/2007:
Congrats to your daughter! i understand about your female problems. I am sort of going through the same thing. Hang in there!

mcwoo40 on 04/14/2007:
Hi, i understand how you are feeling about your(female issues)I had some problems too,and ended up having the mirena coil fitted.I'm not 100% but alot better than i was, some women have alot of problems after it being fitted.If the coil had not of worked they where talking about surgery,which is not what i wanted really,probably as a last resort.I hope it sorts it'self out,and stay focused,Julie

borntocry on 04/14/2007:
Wow, I can't believe your daughter was selected - that's incredible! I hope she decides to go!

WorkingIt2 on 04/14/2007:
Congratulations to your daughter! Sorry that the old TOM came back...I would be frustrated as well. :( I hope you have a lovely weekend in spite of it!

weightlossyoyo on 04/15/2007:
Hope the compatition went well. Sorry to hear you are having those TOM problems.

hollybelle - Thursday Apr 12, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Thanks for comments on my diary from yesterday-If anyone else would like to read it and add more comments, those will be appreciated too.

Yesterday - Wed 4/11 was OK. I ate more carbs than I usually do in that I ate a biscuit and a small almond muffin and I don't usually eat many starches during the week.

I walked for 60 minutes in the Mall with my friend - managed not to BUY anything this time. Didn't take my money in!

Anyway - Not too much to post about yesterday, really. Daughter and I are getting ready for dance competitions the next two weekends and the play opening the next. I have lots to do with costumes, etc. she has everything else. The letters regarding the audtions she did in March should go out today so we could have result as early as tomorrow or Saturday. As I have said before - not holding breath. Very stiff competition and very few slots in dance.

God Bless you all. May not be able to post much the next several days as will be out of town most of the weekend, but I will be thinking of you all.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/12/2007:
Good luck at the dance competitions!! Enjoy your weekend!

wantabfit on 04/12/2007:
Just wanted to say...your doing great ...you have made lots of progress! keep up the good work

WorkingIt2 on 04/12/2007:
Good Luck to your daughter! Congrats on the exercise and staying away from the carbs!

maria777 on 04/13/2007:
That's a GOOD way to NOT SPEND!

hollybelle - Wednesday Apr 11, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

No time to post yesterday. So will catch up on my comments regarding last two days.

Monday was fine. I didn't exercise except for 30 Minutes, though.

Tuesday (yesterday was good). Walked 60 minutes.

I had my monthly professional association luncheon and DID NOT eat the dessert. It was chocolate cake and is a really good kind. BUT, I did have one yeast roll WITH butter - they have a really good kind. That was my only hard-core carb yesterday, though.

Stayed low carb both Mon and Tue.

I noticed something at the lunch that almost made me uncomfortable, but I decided not to let it. There were two ladies sitting next to me at the table that were (I am not sure how to say it) - very overweight???-I don't want to be offensive in ANY WAY! Anyway, the lady sitting by me asked me if I was going to eat my cake? I said, no, I don't think I will. I didn't make any "excuse or have any explanation like I was on a "diet" or it didn't fit in with my lifestyle, etc. I just casually stated that I didn't think I'd have the cake. She began making excuses why she was eating the cake. Saying she had already had a bad day and that requires chocolate, she never passes up dessert, it was her little reward today, - things like that. The other lady - on the other side of her stopped eating her cake and said - oh, it's too rich, too sweet, I can't eat it. Now this sounds just like a million conversations that go on between people a lunch table everyday, but my reaction to this was - I wanted to eat the cake to make the other two ladies COMFORTABLE. How strange is that??? I had irrational thoughts that by not eating my cake I made the one lady uncomfortable to a point that she felt the need to justify herself eating it and that perhaps I had made the second lady stop eating her cake.

Now, neither one of these thoughts is probably true - or perhaps there was a tiny bit of truth in both of them. BUT, I was kind of interested in my emotions about it. Then I thought that the one lady who made the excuses for eating the cake was also having an emotional reaction to the point that she felt the need to justify eatiang it (at least to herself - if not to me) and the lady who stopped eating her cake - was she stopping because she wanted to or because what was being said made her uncomfortable?

All this in a span of approximately 20 seconds at the lunchtable. Weird, huh? I also began to think - how many times have I eaten something to not hurt someone's feelings? How often have my feelings been hurt by someone not eating something I made? The latter probably more often than the former because one of the ways I show love for people is to make food! That's what my grandmother did - that's what I do!

What other irrational thoughts about food do I have? I will think on that some this week. Brings up a new goal - to just let food be food and not the catalyst for irrational or emotional thoughts!

Challenge: Does anyone relate to any of this? Can we share some stories and insight on similar situations you have faced, how you felt, how you reacted, what would be good replacement behaviors, or if you exhibited good behavior what was it like?

God bless us all. Have a wonderful day.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

borntocry on 04/11/2007:
I think you probably did influence the one lady to give up her cake and the other to justify her decision to eat it. It's called peer pressure! But I think you did the right thing, of course. You never know, the lady who left the rest of her cake may have thanked you secretly afterwards for setting her such a good example!

I can't even begin to share all the times I have eaten something to be polite, to avoid hurting someone's feelings, or just to keep someone company! I also often feel pressure to eat less around my family and friends, because they all eat so much less than me. So I also often find myself justifying my appetite, especially if anyone comments on it. My brother in particular seems to have some weight-related issues and often makes remarks like, "I can't believe you're actually going to finish that!" or "A banana with peanut butter? Why not just make a sandwich and deep-fry it?!" Funny, both my brothers and I seem to have "issues" with food, whereas our parents are models of moderation!

WorkingIt2 on 04/11/2007:
Reading the story, which was interesting by the way, I'm wondering if the two ladies are also on 'diets' and perhaps they were trying to find a way to deal with the temptation of the 'forbidden' or to make themselves feel less guilty about going off the diet wagon..kind of like we all do here lol. Me, had I been there...knowing me I would have said "Nah, I'm not eating the cake because I'm watching my calories." or maybe said "I'm trying to convince myself NOT to eat that cake because I am watching my calories..but MAN chocolate sure does hit the spot sometimes, doesn't it!?"

I know that when my mom goes out to eat with me, she will also make excuses and reasons and justifications about what she is eating. And that's usually what I say. One or the other depending on if I am struggling with saying NO to the food or not lol.

Very interesting! Have a great night!

denashope on 04/11/2007:
I agree with both ladies above. I think that it was a positive form of peer pressure. I read an article the other day on sparkpeople where a guy was out for pizza with a group of work-friends. One of the women took a napkin and soaked up all the extra grease off of her slice. One person followed her example, then another, and then the others. I haven't been in a situation like that myself... yet... But it's an interesting topic to think about.

greengirl on 04/12/2007:
I think you did, inadvertently, influence the other ladies by example. I have to say that, when I was at my biggest, I hated to eat in front of other people, and always wondered what they were thinking about me. I would have been like the second lady, who stopped eating rather than trying to justify what I was eating!!!

hollybelle - Monday Apr 09, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Yesterday was OK. Not a stellar day, but they all can't be. I didn't stay low carbs at all, but then, I didn't plan to. I ate banana cake and about 5 small chocolate eggs and one vry small brownie along with all the protein I usually get. Then for Easter Dinner we decided since it was just us (the three of us) that we would go to Mexican Restaurant. It was good.

I didn't exercise yesterday except for housework after church.

Today it is back on the low carbs and so far so good. It is 1:00 p.m.

Will get back on the exercise, too. I am actually looking forward to staying on track this week. I do have a very hectic time between now and the end of the month. Daughter has dance competitions the next two weekends and then the play she is in opens the weekend after that. So non-stop stuff for her (which means also for me) until May 1.

Have a wonderful day. Hope it is warming up where you all are!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Justine6Robert3 on 04/09/2007:
I agree, we can't always eat perfectly!!! I'm sure you'll get back on track this week. I was a little naughty with the food this Easter week-end also but I'm going to behave againg starting today:)

Sounds like your daughter will be keeping you busy this month! Did you ever hear back from that other audition she had done?! Which play is she going to be in?

It has been really cold here, it snowed all week-end!!! Its supposed to start to warm up a little tomorrow though, I would love to trade in my winter coat for a spring one soon!!!

I hope you enjoyed your Easter!

mcwoo40 on 04/09/2007:
Hi ,I think everyone has had a little nibble on the chocolate even me,we are only human.If i was'nt dieting i would of bought myself loads of the stuff and ate the lot.I've just had a taster from the kids supply,which has satisfied my sweet tooth!!Bye 4 now,Julie

sandrella on 04/09/2007:
Kids...the sure do keep us busy! :) I love how you're not hard on yourself even when you have not so stellar days! It's inspiring and makes me not want to give up when I have a bad day! ...It was warming up here then it turned cold! The weather is just strange here! Have a good week! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/09/2007:
eh, what kind of dinner would easter be if it was low carb! i don't think yesterday is the type of day to be on a diet, if one had a choice! have a good rest of the week!

sharklover on 04/10/2007:
Thank you very much for the comment! It was very helpful/motivating/empathetic. Its always nice to know that other people understand the different road blocks we face.

I hope that your hectic week is going well!!

GG on 04/10/2007:
You are allowed a cheat day so GO FOR IT! Sunday sounded GREAT! haha! Oh and as for that cafeteria guy: not flirting, just hates his job and people younger than him! haha!! I would call him a lot more names then a jerk but...its not appropriate: HAHA!

hollybelle - Sunday Apr 08, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

NOTE to WorkingIT2- I can't believe I forgot that I WALKED 35 minutes at lunch on Friday. So It wasn't a no-exercise day after all! I guess I'm getting back to the point where I don't think about it so much anymore it's just a "way of life" SIGH! LOL!

OK - So Easter Sunday has been real nice so far. I had decided not to do absolutely lo carb through the week-end - but not to OVER do it, either. This morning I had three over-ripe bananas and made banana nut bread. Had that or breakfast along with some cheese. Then lunch was leftover turkey impossible pie (whatever that is called) I had made earlier in the week. We are going out to dinner for Mexican - if you can believe that. It's just the three of us and that is what we decided we wanted. Then after dinner we are going to drop by daughter's boyfirend's house for dessert. I am taking the banana cake and some brownies I made. I dont' think I will be that temnpted to over-eat the sweets since I already had the cake and we will have just eaten dinner so we will see.

The only exercise I have done today is vaccuming and housework. I STILL don't have my closet and drawers done, but not to worry-eventually is a good word!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter Sunday with family or the people of your choice! I am looking forward to a good week of exercise and healthy eating. I hear the weather is to warm up somewhat toward the middle of the week. All the trees, shrubs, everything look so sad. I hope the cold didn't do too much damage.

Thanks for all the comments on my diary! I sure enjoyed reading all of yours!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

greengirl on 04/08/2007:
Congratulations Hollybelle on your dedication to exercise recently. You seem to have been doing so well!!! Keep up the good work and you are sure to succeed in your goals :)

mcwoo40 on 04/09/2007:
Hi, that banana nut bread sounds nice and tempting!!I used to do the cooking in an old folks home, and i used to make them banana cake with the brownish bananas.Then make custard to go with it,why are all the tasty foods full of fat and sugar??I'm going in the garden today to give it a tidy up,and wash the car,plus the laundry,cleaning the bathroom,the list is endless!!Keep at it with the exercise,Julie

smiley2 on 04/09/2007:
Wow you certainly have a few tasty eating events lined up :) Buts its Easter, so you have a "good" excuse lol hehe! Thanks for the comment you left me - i analysed my thoughts before, during and after eating and came to the conclusion that i have developed some sort of phobia that i am going to get sick from the food, not the food itself per se, but just the act of eating it, weird lol, the power of the mind.

chatcat on 04/09/2007:
Thank you for your comment. Looks like you are about to achieve your goal. Congratulations. I had a great Easter. My kids were all at Church with us. One son lives locally and the other two are about 100 miles away at college.

hollybelle - Saturday Apr 07, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Well, after 80 degree weather on Monday and Tuesday we have 20 degree this morning soaring to an all-day high of a whopping 35 by 3:00 p.m. That's KY. Gee whiz. I sure was enjoying the weather and exercising outside.

So today I am house bound - the wind is 20-30 mph or I would have bundled up and gone for walk with doggie. I have not let that stand in my way of exercise, however. I have worked out for 75 MINUTES. A combination of 25 minutes on ET and then step aerobics, weights and toning exercises for thighs, butt and abs.

It's a good thing I am working out because yesterday I didn't stay on the low carbs very well. But I don't think it will set me too far back-at least I hope not. We went out to eat again and to an Italian restaurant. I ate calimari and a small salad and 1 1/2 yeasts rolls with butter. Earlier in the day I had low carb fpr the most part, BUT, indulged in a wonderful Panera Bread Co. Cinnamon bagel with plain cream cheese. After two weeks on the low carb I really enjoyed the bread. I have done pretty good today with low carbs. I am having trouble some days cooking the vegetables I need to go with meats. I need to look at the grocery and see if I can find some things that will help me with the strategy to keep more on hand. I get kind of tired of salads and don't really get any cravings if I can eat meat, vegetables and fruit.

I have been cleaning out clothes/shoes from daughter's and my closets. It's been a long time for both of us. It is a pain, but I will be very glad when we are done beause I it will make life much easier. Space not so crowded, etc.

I plan to check on your diaries, dear dd friends. Thanks for being inspirations one and all!

Happy Easter everyone. Praise God who sent his Son!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

amanda8419 on 04/07/2007:
oh i knew all about the side effects. i just want to keep track of them. when i go back in a month i dont want the dr to ask me how i reacted to it and not really know or remember. the dry mouth doesnt bother me cause its getting me to drink more water lol. Im one of the most nervous people when it comes to taking medicine so i always make sure if im going to take anything i do as much research as I can before i take it.

becca27 on 04/07/2007:

Thanks for your comment. I cried because he made me work out so hard! My whole body was shaking and I couldn't get my heart-rate down. He is a Master Super Slow Instructor who owns the club I've worked out at for years. He knows me well (I used to work there, too). One repetition on, for example, a leg press, is 10 seconds on the positive / 5 seconds negative. Result - almost isometric movements that absolutely kill. The object is to not just fatigue the muscles but exhaust them - to failure. It is hard to do without a trainer because you need assistance for the final reps. Working out with a trainer makes a huge difference for me. I don't push myself half as much without one. This is the first time I've actually splurged and bought a whole 10 pack of 1 hour sessions.

I'm learning a lot about food combinations, i.e. the right carbs balanced with protein and good fats. I thought I knew a lot already, but it makes a big difference when someone is dissecting my every bite, lick, and taste each week.

I will keep posting and feel free to ask me more questions. I'm using calorieking.com to record my food. It lets me customize my caloric goal and distribution of nutrients (i.e. protein, fat, carbs) You can do a 7 day free trial and then decide whether or not you want to buy the software.

You must live near me (PA) because we had the same weather pattern this week. On Monday I was strolling downtown with just a t-shirt on and my Starbucks latte and today we had SNOW!

Happy Easter!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/07/2007:
hello! i agree that you need carbs to give yourself adequate energy. we all try to do crazy things, especially myself, to maintain/loose weight. most importantly, when I tell myself "you are not going to eat a lot of carbs," I will almost ALWAYS do the opposite! sometimes, if we make a rule for ourselves, we end up going against it. its better everything in moderation, which is always the hardest thing to learn...MYSELF INCLUDED!

WorkingIt2 on 04/07/2007:
Great job on the housebound exercise! If I hadn't made the committment to go walking with the new buddy, I probably would have stayed indoors as well..it is FREEZING! I hope you get your closets finished, I know how it makes me feel great when they are done lol. Have a wonderful evening!

borntocry on 04/08/2007:
Hey hollybelle! Happy Easter!

I was reading about your low-carb snacks in an earlier entry and it reminded me of my mother-in-law, who's been following the Zone diet for many years now. She also makes sure to have protein at every meal (or snack), and one of her favourites is a banana with peanut butter. I had this a couple of times on my holiday last week and it was great! I have also been allowing myself more nuts and cheese, and it turns out they are indeed more satisfying than pretzels or handfuls of dry cereal. It's hard, though, because at first glance it means more calories, but seems to work out better in the long run.

hollybelle - Friday Apr 06, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Well, yesterday, Thursday 4/5/2007 was OK day BUT......I really overdid it and didn't stay totally low carb at all! It started off well enough in that I did fine on carbs etc. for breakfast and lunch, But since I went to get my hair "corrected" at lunch I didn't eat enough lunch. After work husband and I went to pick up my car that had some work done on it and I was very hungry. Despite the fact that we had decided to take father-in-law for dinner and THAT was going to be my splurge meal - husband was hungry too (what's new?) and the garage was right by this Mexican (my weakness) restaurant we have been wanting to try out....you get the picture. I ate chips and salsa a beef enchilada and a beef taco at the restaurant (we will go back - it was deliciouso). So then we went to dinner late, for us, aboaut 8:00 at one of our town's old reliable places where I proceeded to eat salad, corn pudding and steak PLUS (here's the kicker) two - count 'em TWO yeast rolls with butter. No exercise, either. I was SO full, but amazingly I am not really upset with myself. It was VERY good and hopefully the satisfaction of those two wonderful meals will keep me for over-indulging for many days to come. AT LEAST I HOPE SO!

My hair - well, it's better. The lady had to cut off more than I really wanted to correct the part that was all messed up, but I think in about 2 weeks it will be fine. I do not like thinking about my hair. I just like it to be RIGHT so I can forget about it - HA-HA!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my diary, everyone!

Here's wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Easter. I am so thankful for my Savior. How wonderful to be able to call on Him, to rely on Him, to know how He loves us and wants to draw us near!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

monet0239 on 04/06/2007:

sugarmama on 04/06/2007:
Thank you for your comments on my diary. You seem so confident, and really know what you want. I think that the 20's are a great, but challenging time. You think you sorta know who you are, but are still in the midst of figuring it all out. How do you achieve what you don't know you want? I am really looking forward to my thirties. I am also going through a hair thing. I can feel your pain on that one! I hope you have a most wonderful Easter.

hollybelle - Thursday Apr 05, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Yesterday, Wednesday 4/4/2007 was a good day. I stayed low on the carbs and exercised on the ET and did my abs and stretching plus inner and outer thighs then some weights. Total exercise time was 60 MINUTES (at least). The April Challenge has got me very aware that I don't want to go a day - not even one - without some kind of exercise. I hardly miss a day anymore, but there were a few where I just "let it slide". A little competition is good for me in this way.

For those of you who missed my edit to yesterday's post, I did 20 minutes on the ET and upped the resistance to 10 minutes at level 12 and 10 minutes at level 8 on the interval program. I usually do level 7 for what ever time I do - the whole time. I always do the interval program. I like it.

For inner and outer thighs I used a plastic ball - a pretty big one and squeezed and pressed it over and over and over. Ouch, but it was good workout for that section of the body. I can feel it today.

For abs I am doing lots of crunches, then regular situps (carefully) and then The Plank exercise (which is just wonderful) I am up to 60 seconds two times on The Plank. I think that's pretty good because I do it last after all that other ab work. Now that I think about it my abs should be flat as a board, but they are not. My lower abs have always been a problem area. But on the positive side - when I had daughter almost 16 years ago I didn't get ANY stretch marks. Amazing! That is a blessing. Sorry if that is TMI!! Just an observation.

For weights - just an over all quick workout of deadlifts, pull backs, clean and jerks, shoulder presses, bicep curls, tricep presses and squats.

I am going at lunch today for my SECOND haircut in three days. I had my haircut Monday and the lady did such a bad job I can't stand it. I haven't been going to her long - the shop is in my office building so sit was very convenient, but after three haircuts it is apparent that she just can't cut my hair. I may be 52 years old, but I still want hair with some "snap". I know the style I want and it was almost there before the cut Monday, but I had to "force" it. It's really no better now. I have worn my hair like this before so I know it is a cut suited for my type hair. I wish I could cut my own hair. Sorry for the rant. My hair is one thing I am very picky about. It makes me MAD to spend money and not to have at least an "OK" haircut!

Wishing everyone a wonderful DD day! Happy Easter!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 04/05/2007:
i hope it works out with your hair this time. great job with all the exercises you been doing!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/05/2007:
the april challenge has got me thinking the same way!!!!!! it also reminds me that yoga is in fact exercise...and since i'm on vacation and have done yoga almost every day, it is sooooo amazing how much i'm improving!!! like riding a bike, the body remembers so much even though i'd taken a couple months off!

also, i've also had the experience of a bad haircut!!! whoa, those are the WORST, especally when you have to look at yourself in the mirror and HATE what you see! how's your hair now? if you hate it, someone else at the place should do it...not her! that's what they did for me when i hated my haircut, they had someone else fix it...and she did a splendid job!

WorkingIt2 on 04/06/2007:
That is GREAT that you can to the plank for that long! I am at 45 seconds, ONCE LOL!

I also have one of those big balance balls that I thought I might start investigating the different exercises..that thigh exercise sounds like it might be a good thing to try.

So happy you are enjoying the challenge! Keep up the great work and thanks for the great ideas!

hollybelle - Wednesday Apr 04, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Edited Wed evening. Woo Hoo! I tried the ET at higher resistance! 10 minutes at 12 and 10 minutes at 8. Good workout. Then did abs and stretching and a little weights. Will report total time on post tomorrow.......I used to do a lot more time on the ET, but I find that if I do more than 20 minutes my shoulders and neck tense up on me and cause pain. I think over time I will build up to more, but don't want to push it. When I aggravate these muscles it is VERY painful and makes me feel OLD! One thing I don't understand is that even though I used high resistance on the ET it still reported calories used as the same as 20 minutes (same amount of time) at the lower resistance. I will have to check Spark People and see if I can figure that one out. Doesn't make sense to me. Good night all. 8888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Tuesday (yesterday) was OK. I stuck with the low carb plan for the most part. I did eat a lot for lunch as I was feeliing hungry and I kind of slipped up and indulged in a couple "tastes" of daughter's candy easter eggs that had been sitting on the counter half-eaten for a week! If they had been wrapped up in paper and untouched I wouldn't have been tempted, I don't think. These were home-made ones that she bought from a fund-raiser at school. They were delicious. Chocolate and maple covered in milk chocolate. Oh well, considering - not bad.

I made a Bisquick Impossible Pie that was very good and quick and easy and both husband and (most importantly) daughter loved it. It was a Ranch Turkey Vegetable Pie. As some of you all may know - daughter is recovering from eating disorder (last 2 years)and was eating vegetarian. Nothng wrong with that. Don't get me wrong nothing wrong with vegetarianism -we have lots of friends who are vegeetarian, etc. But meat (for her) was last "hold out" food from the ED. Lately she has been eating some chicken and turkey and fish. I was thrilled that she would eat something I made, too.

Anyway I walked for an hour and did abs and stretching. Weather here is cold again down to the 20's at night and 45ish in daytime. Guess it's good I didn't put my coats away - will need them for walks.

God Bless everyone this Easter Week. Praise God who sent his Son to us!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

WorkingIt2 on 04/04/2007:
I bought a bag of dark chocolate hershey's kisses...and I'll eat 300 - 400 calories of my daily allowance on just those! I get in these chocolate moods and those little kisses are so tasty! It does make it hard to not starve as chocolate isn't all that filling LOL.

That pie sounds great! Congrats on your daughter's progress with the ED! YAY!!!!

Happy you are in the challenge as well!

jon'smom on 04/04/2007:
It's great your daughter is eating . things are looking up for her.

CocoPuff on 04/04/2007:
Thanks for your encouragement and prayers. I wish both you and your daughter the best in continuing to practice healthy habits. One of my younger sisters has struggled with an ED and I know that's a long road. I'm sure having a supportive mother helps a lot.

janu999 on 04/04/2007:
wow, keep up the good work ! and thank you for the kind comments. Happy Easter : )

mcwoo40 on 04/05/2007:
Hi,i hate this time of year as there is too much chocolate around,and it is very tempting.Before now, i have eaten the eggs that i have bought for people(we are talking alot here)and had to replace them all again.This year as the girls are getting older, i have bought one daughter a necklace and the other one a video.It works out dearer but you have'nt got loads of eggs around the house,I've done all that easter egg hunts thing etc with them.Bye 4 now ,julie

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