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hollybelle - Friday Jan 26, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Thursday 1/25/2007

Total Points: 5

Calories: 1260 - although my nutrition stinks!

Exercise 10 minutes of weights

F/V: 3+ Love 'em

H2O : Who knows but not enough!

Well, not too bad, but looking at my nutrition - geez! Almnost 1/4 (23.8%) of my calories were made up of 100 calorie packs - the cookie kind. It could be worse, I know, but it could be better.

Menus were:

B: Coffee, Cornbread (left over from lunch the day before) (185)

S: Yog Raisins (50)

L: Vegetable Soup (I don't get tired of it), 2 Crackers, Cheese, grapefruit (255)

S: 2 100 calorie packs (200)

D: Squash Mac & Cheese, Vegetable Soup, Granola Bar, 100 Cal Pk (570)

I need to think of some good things to substitute for those snacks, but who knows - maybe they are stopping me from making even worse choices.

I am a little concerned about the weekend because I will not have access to much food except from restaurants, etc. We are going to Columbis OH for daughters big dance competition (break a leg). I have packed 100 cal packs, granola bars, apples and bananas so that will help, but we are going to have to eat fast and on the run due to the schedule all day today. Tomorrow should be better. The hotel is connected to a Mall and I know there is a Subway, but I'm sure there is also the usual Mall food places as well. I will just have to STOP and THINK what I am doing and not get carried away by the moment.

I have noticed that the size 10 jeans I bought that I thought were a little tight - don't seem so tight. But jeans tend to do that - loosen up as you wear them, etc. I don't think I am gaining, but I don't think I am actually losing since Jan 1, either. I just can't bring myself to weigh yet. I want to make sure I will see some reduction when I do.

On the personal side - daughter auditioned for a local Musical Theatre group and has been cast in a small Singing and Dancing role. I don't know if she will be able to accept the part, though, as she still has the hugh responsibility of her AP biology class (tutor, etc.) Although she didn't do well last semester in that class - just couldn't recover from some early low scores - she is doing better this semester and actually has a 90% average in there since school started. Over 1/2 of the class dropped out and there are only about 12 students in the class. She wouldn't quit, though. I am so proud of her.

Have a Blessed weekend. I'll catch up to you all on Monday!

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

greengirl on 01/26/2007:
Best wishes to your daughter on the dancing competition and good luck to you with the food over the weekend!!!

WorkingIt2 on 01/26/2007:
You know, I swear I got addicted to those 100 calorie packs LOL. I honestly cannot have the 100 calorie pringles packs because I'll eat all six of them in one day..no lie! I bet you will do better than you thought you would this weekend! Congrats on the 10's not feeling as tight, I cannot wait to wear the 10's! Good luck to your daughter!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2007:
that's great your daughter is doing so much better in the biology class! it's also good news that you are on top of her about it! so many parents start to loose interest in their children's work, including my mom, that if i slacked off a little, she didn't know it! i was a pretty good student, but i didn't always give it my all!

butter_my_rolls on 01/29/2007:
I just left you an email on your yahoo account.

hollybelle - Thursday Jan 25, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Wednesday 1/24/2007

Total Points: 3 :(

Calories: 1610

H2O: Some but not 48 oz

Exercise: 10 minutes - weights

V/F: 5

Well, yesterday could have been worse. I was munchie all day. Managed to keep calories about 1600. Was lucky to get in the 10 minutes of weights and didn't drink as much water as needed to. I did have pretty healthy foods as I had 5 vegetables/fruits. I love vegetables and fruits.

Menus were:

B: Coffee, Cereal (235)

S: 100 cal pack

L: Fried Green Tomatoes, Corn, Kale (415)

S: Apple, Banana, 100 cal pack (250)

D: Vegetable Soup, Chicken Salad, Cereal, Fiber Bar (610)

Will be gone after noon tomorrow for daughter's dance competition in Columbus, OH. Will do my best to keep up with count and post on Sunday or Monday.

Been reading everyone's posts - you all are doing very well! I need the inspiration - keep it up!

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

WorkingIt2 on 01/25/2007:
((((Holly))) I'm just getting caught back up on posts myself. WOW you have been very busy! I think you are doing a great job given that you have so much going on! Thanks for the comments about the step aerobics...I really enjoy doing it. I loved the running, but with not much time anymore it is just so important for me to get a good, strong workout. It seems that step is good for that. I don't mind doing them alone, I put my CD's in and combine a little dance with the step and get all into it, work up a really good sweat and I love the fact that I can feel it in my muscles. I tried adding a light hand-weight but that aggravated my back a little so I quickly stopped that lol.

Anyway, you are doing really great! And I miss seeing you here too!

geevee on 01/25/2007:
Thanks for your kind words. I only wish they could help, but they can't.

WorkingIt2 on 01/25/2007:
Hello again! I just wanted to let you know that I contacted a local massage school and they are going to send me information on having their students come out to our office as well as other information! I'll let you know how that goes. Take care =)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2007:
not too bad on the munchies. sometimes, adding in a little protein helps.

borntocry on 01/26/2007:
Hi hollybelle,

You didn't do badly at all for a hungry day. I agree with HoP, it might help to add a little protein. On days like that I find that fruits and vegetables just don't cut it!

Thanks for the comment you left me. Yes, I started running just over two years ago. Before I joined this site I was totally inactive. I hadn't played sports or done any kind of physical activity since I was about 12. It was Runner who got me into running! My husband encouraged me too. He took me to the track once a week. I couldn't even run one lap! I thought I was going to die. My ultimate goal was to run one mile without stopping! So you are right, I have come a long way since then. And it's all thanks to this site and all the cool and awesome people here!

sandrella on 01/26/2007:
yummm...fried green tomatoes...I haven't had those in forever!!! I hope you have a great weekend! :)

hollybelle - Wednesday Jan 24, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Tuesday 1/23/2007

Total Points: 7

Calories: 1350 H2O: 48 oz Exercise: 1.5 Hours Bowling V/F: 4+

Yesterday was a good day. I ate ok - although a little munchie later on in the evening. I think it is harder because it is colder and I normally would be doing something outside - working in the yard, walking, something. I do walk in the cold weather - I actually LIKE it, but lately it's one thing and another in the evenings. I also like to walk on my lunch hour, but have had many conflicts on days when it has not been raining. It won't always be that way - so I'll figure it out.

Menus were:

B: Coffee, Veg Soup - yup for breakfast, Banana (195)

L: Veg Soup, 2 Crackers, Cheese, Grapefruit (245)

S: Yogurt Raisins, 100 Cal Pk, Apple (250)

D: Squash Mac and Cheese (YUM), Fiber One Bar, Veg Soup, Cereal (660)

Went Bowling with a friend while daughter was with tutor yesterday. Hadn't done it in years. I liked it. Not very good at it. Bowled 95 first game and 97 second game. GEEZ! Friend and I have decided that we will do something fun every Tuesday during that time. She is not working right now and we are both available. Next week we are going for a massage at Massage School if can get in. Hey - that way I don't resent all the time I spend waiting around for daughter. Believe me it's a lot of time. Next year she will drive (YIKES) and it won't be like this, but for now - I was finding that I was resenting the time I simply spend waiting. Between School -daily, Dance 4 times weekly, Doctor Visits -once a week, Tutor -2 times a week and and that's the usualy stuff not counting anything EXTRA! I was feeling like all I did was WAIT for her. So gonna turn that into a positive!

Have a Blessed Day all!

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

Donkey on 01/24/2007:
Bowling is so much fun! Good for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2007:
ohhhhh, such a great idea! squash mac and cheese. I will have that in the future!

amanda8419 on 01/24/2007:
hey hollybelle, the cinnabons are probably about 5 bucks but like, 760 calories. they are generally a once a year treat, buy a box of 6 or so and we each get two. I just left a new diary and I should be back monday

smiley2 on 01/25/2007:
We have to make the most of the time we have, glad you found some things to structure your "free time" with :)

sandrella on 01/25/2007:
Bowling sounds like fun...I haven't been in a long time! WTG on making the most of your time! A massage sounds wonderful, I hope y'all can get in! PS. What's squash mac n cheese?

hollybelle - Tuesday Jan 23, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Hi there. I haven't gone MIA. I have been busy with daughter's dance competiton this past weekend and I was ill on Monday.

To hurry and "catch up" my points, etc. I will put a little info here and post more later. I MISS YOU GUYS!!

Friday 6 Points Saturday 4 points Sunday 6 Points Monday 4 points

I haven't been really great about watching everything yesterday because of illness, but have been doing "ok" mostly. I have been wrestling with feelings that I am not losing weight, but keep reminding myself that my goal is health - not weight loss per se and it will come if I keep doing the right things, etc. It's hard sometimes, though.

Hope Everyone is doing good - sorry about the delay on the point reporting WorkingIt. I am also going to be very busy next week end with the BIG dance competition/pagaent in Columbus, OH so my posting will probably be spotting again. After that it should be more normal schedule for me....so there is hope (tee-hee).

In the meantime - Best Wishes to everyone for Blessed Days today and ahead! Your Diary Pal ---- Holly

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/23/2007:
Hi Holly! Of course there's always hope! the weight loss will come! you are doing a great job keeping up with your daughter in spite of feeling under the weather! Have a nice day!

hollybelle - Friday Jan 19, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Thursday 1/18/2007

Total Points: 4

Calories: 1170

H2O: 36 oz

F/V: 4 or 5 (counting Salsa)

Exercise: 0

First of all - THANKS so much for the comments on my post from yesterday. I appreciated that so many people thought that what I said was valid. I think that the more we can spread the "gospel" (and I use that term loosely) of good eating - the better off we will be and also those that come into contact with us. With more attitudes like we are developing here there would be less eating disorders in the world. What a personal victory that would be!

Yesterday was OK. Wasn't able to exercise because daughter had audition last night (for local musical theatre) that lasted so long and I was so tired when got home. Also - due to schedule I just ate whatever I found at home that appealed to me - turned out to be chips and Salsa - after eating an apple and granola bar from my purse dudring audition time, etc. I always try to keep something healthy in purse in case I get caught out and hungry and am tempted to make bad choice. It helps-but isn't always fool-proof. I guess I could have made decision to come home earlier and leave her there , but on the wanted to hang out and talk to some folks I hadn't seen in awhile and meet some that I didn't know, too.

Menus were:

B: PBJ 180, Coffee 35

L: 1/2 Froz Salb. Steak & Mash Potatoes (YUCK) 100, 1/4 C Broccoli Slaw 50, 4 Crackers 70, 1 Laugh Cow FR Cheese 35, 16 Yoogurt Raisins 100, ww Carrot Cake 80

D: Fiber One Bar 150, Apple 70, Chips & Salsa 300

I hope to have something good to eat today and this weekend as the menus have been kind of weird lately. We will leave either tonight or EARLY in the a.m. for daughter's dance competition. So may not be able to post too much this weekend, but will catch up with you all later! Have a wonderful and blessed day.

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

Sweetpea1977 on 01/19/2007:
Amen to your previous post! :o)

Good for you keeping healthy emergency snacks in your purse. Doing this will keep you from feeling too hungry when its time to eat a main meal.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/19/2007:
i wish i wasn't giving into these binges lately...i know what's healthy...i just haven't been DOING IT!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/20/2007:
salsa dancing is fun! I'm glad you got something in for you and not just your daughter yesterday! thats good, because you count too!

WorkingIt2 on 01/20/2007:
Hope your weekend is going great for you!!

hollybelle - Thursday Jan 18, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Wednesday 1/17/2007 Total Points: 6 (Yay) Calories: 1385 H2O: 48 oz. F/V: 3 Exercise: 1 hour Walking

Yesterday was OK day. Pretty good points. Was a little munchie in the evening - late. Walked with neighbor for an hour with the dog. She likes to walk fast. I like that.

I keep my menus, calories, H2O, exercise, etc. posted in a little notebook I carry with me everywhere. I had just made the final notations from yesterday this morning and needed to turn over the page to the next one and I am getting to the back of my second notebook. As I turned the page it struck me that all those days in the front of the notebook - the ones in front of the one I am working on today are in the past. There were all my successful days, my "kind of" successful days and my "not so" successful days -one by one. Each day I begin with a clean page. I can choose what I get to write on the page from morning to night. I am writing my own story - so to speak - my journey to better health. That seems so simple. I have been keeping the notebook since September 15, 2006, but today it just hit me. I am going to remember it the next time I have a day when I go over on my calories.

I have heard some discussion of eating habits from various folks lately. Now that the New Year is officially underway, I guess it is to be expected. Some of the things I hear make me so sad, though. I don't really want to say anything when I overhear these things, because I believe that everyone must find their own path to change, but I can hardly keep quiet.

Some of the things I have heard that struck me are:

Use of the word "willpower". That caused me to pause. The speaker said something like "if I just had enough willpower..." I hadn't really thought of it, but I don't think change has much at all to do with "willpower". I think most of us can WILL ourselves to behave in a manner that will produce the results we want, BUT that can last only a certain, limited amount of time. I think of "willpower" as FORCING yourself to do/not do something. There has to be something deeper inside that results in making better choices.

Another thing I have overheard lately is "I BLEW IT" meaning - oh, heavens - the person had eaten something from some "forbidden" list of some kind. I have had it with this kind of thinking. I believe it is just this kind of comments that lead me down the wrong path many times. Currently it is my belief that there is NO SUCH THING as "forbidden" food. Yeah you gotta work it in your plan, but you can have anything you want - at least sometimes.

Shame - I actually heard someone say they ate such and such (normal food) and they were so "ashamed" of themselves and they are ashamed of how they look. I know that for a lot of us there can be a lot of shame attached to our eating habits and to our looks. That is such a burden to lay on ourselves! It seems to me that letting go of the shame will help us not overeat, eat in secret (yes I have done that!), or otherwise have unhealthy attitudes toward food and our relationship to it. If we can find a way to love ourselves, "warts" and all - then we can find it in ourselves to treat ourselves with the love and respect and CARE that we deserve. This, too, seems so simple and I know it is not. But it CAN be done. I just want to say to the speaker when I hear this comment - "Oh, honey, you are SO worth it. You are a precious child of a powerful God and no matter what is going on here on this earth - that is what matters". It is not always easy to act like a child of a King when we haven't been told how valuable we are by our earthly family. But there comes a time when you just gotta say - that was then - this is now - and start living like you need to- for yourself.

Unrealistic calorie goals - 1,000 - gee whiz. This seems like a surefire way to fail. If I were to eat so little I would be hungry and I would for sure have a meltdown and binge or at least overeat. I guess this feeds into the all-or-nothing syndrome that has made me fail before.

Unrealistic timeframes for goals - hey - I didn't gain 30 lbs in 8 weeks (or some other unrealistic timeframe)so I sure as heck ain't gonna remove it in 8 weeks.

Concept of "diet food" - kind of goes along with the "I blew it" comments above. Celery, carrots, lettuce, etc. are all fine foods, but they aren't the only thing to eat when you want to lose weight. I get baffled every time this one person "goes on a diet" - she has a salad for lunch every day and eats it very with a very stoic expression (not sure the spelling correct on that one!). Geez. Live a little! I am NOT an expert. I have only lost a few pounds and have a way to go. I certainly believe everyone must find their own way and it is different for one than it is the other. But I am saddened by the attitudes I have heard expressed by those around me lately. I guess because I have been down all those roads in the past.

I don't really know where I am going with this - just getting some thoughts down, I guess - for what it is worth.

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

missingsmokes on 01/18/2007:
hear hear!!! Excellent points. Unfortunately, many women are programmed to think "diet" and good foods bad foods and see exercise as a chore.....be nice if we could all just remember that our body is our temple....like a car...fuel it right and look after it and it will last longer and run better!! Great job on your walking too!! :)

borntocry on 01/18/2007:
I agree. I don't believe in forbidden foods. There is nothing wrong with any of those foods, in most cases. Take sugar, for instance. Nowadays everyone sees it as some kind of poison (myself included). I was shocked when I found out that many athletes here actually carry sugar cubes with them because they provide such a quick boost of energy. Of course it's no different than taking a swig of Gatorade or some other sports drink but I have been so programmed to think of sugar as "unhealthy" that I found it an outlandish notion.

I have also lost only a few pounds and am by no means an expert on the subject, though!

WorkingIt2 on 01/18/2007:
Very great post Holly!! I agree with you. It is sad what we've conditioned ourselves to believe over the years, and how those 'wives tales' are still circulating, even though so much has been written on the subject of weight loss! I am glad that it does make sense to all of us here, and if we can each help one person with what we've learned, that would be wonderful!

BTW...I posted the current total for challenge points..you are doing great!! You can find that message here:


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/18/2007:
I agree with EVERYTHING you wrote! Not just one thing, but all of it! you know, your entry almost reminds me of a dictionary....stating a word with a fluid definition. haha. Thank you for writing what I have been thinking in my head lately from reading other people's diaries and listening around!

sandrella on 01/19/2007:
Very insightful! Thanks for reminding me not to be too hard on myself!!! Have a great weekend! :) Sandi

Jmarie60 on 01/19/2007:
I totally agree with what you're saying. I try not to scold myself for "messing up." I know I am human. I call my diet, focusing on me, because it's a wholeness I am trying to acquire. I want to focus on my needs both nutritionally, emotionally, phyiscally and mentally. I think if I look at it that way, I can better understand what direction I need to go toward.

I'm glad you have such a healthy outlook on all of this.

Mamishelle on 01/19/2007:
Awesome post! Just today at work I was eating a slice of pizza ( which was a Smart One's) and they said "arent you on a diet, can you eat that" I looked at her like she was crazy. First of all I dont think of myself as on a diet. I am just making healthier choices. People think just because they are trying to eat healthier they have to only eat veggies, fruit, salads etc. If I did that I would most likely fail. And I hate that some people think that when you are dieting you have to be starving all the time. I am on WW and I eat what ever I want. I just make healthier choices. I have my bad days but every day is a new day. I feel that I am able to take care of myself better when I remember that God designed me to be what I am. He loves me no matter what and I am precious and beautifull in his eyes. I believe that before a person can really better themselves they have to love themselves no matter how much they weigh.

tourguidebarbie on 01/22/2007:
Great post!

hollybelle - Wednesday Jan 17, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Tuesday, 1/16/2007

Points: 3

Calories: 1205

H2O: 48 oz

V/F: 1

Exercise: 0

Yesterday was so-so. I have noticed that I am drinking more water, but the Challenge has pointed out that I don't eat as much V/Fs as I thought I was. I do really good on certain days - way over 3-4, but on other days I have none. So I guess it all balances out.

I started to get upset about not earning many points, but I stopped myself in my tracks because to "win" or to be real arbitrary about the points defeats the purpose for me.

My purpose for participating in the challenge is to show me more what I am doing over all. It showed me that I don't drink enough fluids and I am doing better on that. Now I notice I eat a lot of V/Fs, but some days I only have 1-2 so my V/F consumption is not steady. It also shows me that I am currently procrastinating on exercise much more than I was previously. There are a couple of reasons for that (reasons - not excuses) and they will clear themselves up soon (I hope) and I'll get back to doing more exercise.

Menus for yesterday were:

B: Coffee, Banana 125

L: Chili, taste of pie 550

D: Pizza, Fiber One Bar, Milk 530

Hope to catch up with everyone later. In the meantime - Have a Blessed Day Everyone!

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

sandrella on 01/17/2007:
I think we often beat ourselves up too much for little things....you're doing a great job! :) Have a great day!

maria777 on 01/17/2007:

Hope you have a nice day, too!!! Your cals look good! Big Smile!

greengirl on 01/17/2007:
You have already 'won' the challenge if it has given you insight into your habits. surely that was the original reason for doing it, getting back to basics. You have done brilliantly @:)

greengirl on 01/17/2007:
Crap!! The half a comment above was from me. Dunno what is causing the missing bit. Think I will stop leavng more comments now and just update my own diary

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2007:
yeah, this challenge is a great eye opener. It tells me I sometimes skimp on walking or water.

Moody on 01/18/2007:
What a wonderful attitude...I think I need to borrow it!!

hollybelle - Tuesday Jan 16, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Monday 1/15/07

Points: Only 3 :(

Calories: 1485

H2O: 48 oz (included some other beverages or part I hope that's OK)

V/F: 3

Exercise: 0

Yesterday was so-so day. I didn't feel really well as back was hurting. I am not sure why - I hurt it at the Mall on Saturday and it hasn't been the same since. I wagged around a bunch of garment bags trying to match stuff to other stuff and I think that and all the walking on concrete floor really strained it. I had on old walking shoes but bought new ones this weekend because obviously I needed them! It is actually sore to the touch believe it or not! I got a 22 minute massage from some people in the middle of the Mall. Had always wondered what that was like and it helped. It is better now, but I am being careful with it. I am wondering if the eliptical trainer has anything to do with it because it has the arms that go back and forth - I do push ups and weights for the back so that it is balanced (you know if you work one set of muscles you must work the opposing muscle group, etc.). Very strange, but I have had intermitten back issues for years. The weather has gotten colder here and that is always an adjustment, too. We'll see how it goes.

Anyway, Menus for the day were:

B: Coffee 35, Banana, 90

L: 1/2 C Chicken Salad, 125, 2 crackers, 50, Laughing Cow Cheese - Light, 35, Pretzels, 130, Pineapple and Strawberries, 75/35

D: Pizza 450, Ice Cream Sandwich RF/SF 110, 100 Cal Pack 100, Special K Bar 90

Not wonderful, but OK. I really had the munchies after dinner. Both husband and I were craving pizza so had it. It was good.

Two of my co-workers and I had planned to give everyone here lunch as Christmas present but couldn't do it until after the New Year. Today is the day - we are having Chili and sandwiches. I hope I don't over do it. I don't think I will because I don't like much of what we are having - at least it isn't tempting. Will probably have chili and salad and call it good. Keep fingers crossed.

Have a Blessed Day - Holly

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

moody on 01/16/2007:
Sorry to hear your back is bugging you..I hope it feels better very soon. Have fun at the lunch today!

Jmarie60 on 01/16/2007:
Thanks for the very encouraging comment!

I'm sorry to hear about your back. I hope it gets better soon! Shopping can be dangerous....

Good luck with your lunch today!!!

sasyredneckgirl on 01/16/2007:
hey holly hope that back gets back into shape for ya :) have a good week :)

hollybelle - Monday Jan 15, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Sunday 1/14/07

Total Points: 4


H2O: 19 oz (better than none)

V/F: 2 (better than none)

Exercise: Walking an hour

Was so busy over the weekend didn't have time to post much. Went for a walk with friend - was raining so we walked in the Mall. She left but I stayed and decided to hit some of the sales. Oh, boy! I did pretty good. I got some new clothes that fit me. It really made a big difference in how I felt about my appearance. It was really a surprised (although I don't know why it should be) that all the clothes I tried on were 10s and they fit! I also found a pair of what I think are going to be great walking shoes!

I haven't worn a 10 in many years! I had outgrown most of my 12s and once I started losing weight I under-grew the 12s pretty quickly and lately just nothing I have in my closet fits well enough for me to feel really well dressed. I'll tell you, I felt like one of those people on the show "What Not to Wear" - without Stacy & Clinton and their credit card, of course. I only got a few items, but I think I will be able to build on those. They are all winter items and Spring is coming. Hopefully I will be able to find some spring stuff and do likewise. It is expensive to buy a new wardrobe, but I'd rather pay money for a new wardrobe than doctor bills for obesity related problems (which is were I was headed if I didn't CHANGE)!

This is a good time to remind myself that all the effort I put into my nutrition (shopping for and packing my lunch every day - staying away from poor food choices, etc.) and exercise (walking when could park closer, getting up early or staying up a little later to walk or do the ET, lifting weights when I don't feel like it, doing the push ups and sit-ups when I don't really feel like it) is an investment in myself and I am worth it. It doesn't "feel" like it sometimes, though. As a matter of fact, I was thinking Saturday that it must be SO hard for folks who haven't exercised at all, or who haven't really ever studied the nutritional values on packages in their life to, not only begin to do this - but to actually SEE that it is an investment in themselves. Then, beyond that, even, to believe they are worth it! I know that my self-esteem, which was always precarious in my youth, got better in my 30s and 40s, took a nose-dive in my 50s and I really felt like giving up on taking care of myself. At least I had my past that was filled with exercise and (all though it was a struggle) sound nutritional habits. I have the knowledge of how exercise and good nutrition pay off in feeling good to draw from.

So, anyone reading this - if you are just getting started - it's worth it -if you don't happen to feel it yet - hang in there - keep doing good things for yourself and take my word for it for now - until you have some words of your own to write in your diary about how "worth it" it is.

For those of your who are "old hands" at this stuff - take a minute to draw on an experience from your past that let you know how "worth it" it is.

To everyone - have a Blessed Day! Your Diary Buddy - Holly

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

butter_my_rolls on 01/15/2007:

greengirl on 01/15/2007:
Wow on the calories!! Good job on the walking too. Well done Hollybelle! keep up the good work :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/15/2007:
Thanks for the motivational talk on your diary today! I'm glad you found some clothes that fit and that you like!

maria777 on 01/15/2007:
Congratulations to you! Wow! Big Smile!

maria777 on 01/15/2007:
How tall are you?

sasyredneckgirl on 01/15/2007:
Holly keep up the good work!

hollybelle - Sunday Jan 14, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Friday 11/12/07 Points: 6

Saturday 11/13/07 Points: 6

Don't have time to put more in diary right now, but will catch up later! Wishing everyone a Blessed Day!

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

WorkingIt on 01/14/2007:
Great job on the points! Have a great evening =)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/15/2007:
Have a lovely day! Good job at least checking in!

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