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hollybelle - Saturday Nov 11, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Edited to report calories for Friday : Even with the mexican food and pizza - since I was "sensible" the rest of the day my total for the day was 1478 calories. Not bad, really, I don't think.


Yesterday was a good day. I was so thrilled when I weighed. I had no idea I had lost that much weight. I even wore a pair of shorts (it was really warm here yesterday) that I hadn't been able to get on in 2 years It isn't as much as a lot of people have lost and I still have a way to go to goal (which I may amend later to 145 or 140 - we'll see) but it was really nice to find out. I have a friend that weighs every day (the one whose scale I used yesterday) and she lets herself have a 4 lb flux. When her weight gets 4 lbs above her weight, then she loses it. She says that sometimes she really doesn't have to try - it just comes off because it is water weight or because she had a few days where she ate more than she usually does. But keeping that in her mind she is able to limit her "treats" because she knows she has 4 lbs and ONLY 4 lbs to work with so she doesn't have big fluxuations in her wieght. I would really like to get to that point.

I certainly had a lot of food I enjoyed yesterday. It wasn't really planned but I had Mexican for lunch and Pizza (the real stuff) for dinner. Last night the neighbors invited us over for the pizza. We hadn't seen them in so long. I didn't stuff myself either time, but I sure did enjoy it. I have not looked up the calories on fit day yet, but I'm sure I "evened out" any low days I have had lately! But that's OK. I'll post the total calories later.

Menus were:

B: Coffee and Kashi Bar

S: None

L: Salsa and Chips about 25 Sm. Beef Tostada and Beans (didn't eat the tostada - just the meat and lettuce - no sour cream

S: None

D: 4 carrots with 1 T ranch dip and 7 light potato chips

3 pieces - Pepperoni Pizza from my favorite pizza joint (Sir Pizza - I think they are local) They grind up the pepperoni and they cut the pizza in square pieces not pie shaped pieces so 3 pieces in not as much as 3 pieces of a regular type pizza. Probably more like 2??

S: None

Exercise was 45 minutes walking. I most always do crunches and push ups every day but I don't usually post that. I have always just done those. Well, I'm off to look up a good soup recipe and look up those calories!!

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

mattscat3295 on 11/11/2006:
Look at how well you are doing, it is just amazing. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself. I am soooo proud of you.

geevee on 11/11/2006:
Doing what your friend does is what in essence I've been doing for 11 months - standing still! I basically have 6 lbs. to lose to get to my goal weight, but what I've been doing is only maintenance, and I'm not ready to maintain! What is needed, is some self-denial.

Moody on 11/11/2006:
Woohooo!! WTG on the loss!! That is just fantastic and I am so happy for you!! You've worked hard and should be VERY proud of your accomplishment!! Just wonderful!!

WorkingIt on 11/11/2006:
Great day! YAY!

hollybelle - Friday Nov 10, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Edited again - last time today - I promise. I WEIGHED at my friend's house when we walked this afternoon. I was SHOCKED. I weighed 155.6 That is almost 17 pounds! When I went to this screen I figured out how to update the info / tee-hee. Thanks to those who help the tech-handicapped like me! Well, if I needed motivation to keep going I have it now. Steady as she goes. My weekend is made! ************************************************************************** Edited to say: Well, I took some advice from one of you from a couple of weeks ago. I called my Dr.'s office to find out what my REAL starting weight was when I was there at the beginning of this journey. A brave step for me.....I wasn't too far off when I guessed 170 - it was actually 172!! Now I want to update my progress chart and will probably weigh at my friend's house tonight, but when I click on Track Progress it gives me this thing that suggests I input monthly averages and even that doesn't work. What am I doing wrong?

************************************************************************** Another good day. I may weigh very soon.

Check out the exercise I did yesterday - at the bottom. I was going to do 30 minutes on ET last night, too, but figured the walking was enough. I will havae plenty of time to do ET this weekend as we are supposed to have LOTS of rain and cold.

Menus were:

B: Coffee and Banana

S: none

L: 1/4 C Chick Salad Slim a Bear Ice Cream

S: Birthday cake - the bakery kind - sm piece and skipped ALL the icing. I hate that kind of icing anyway so not a real sacrifice.

D: Tortilla Pizza. Boy - this was good. Next time I think I will make it with healthier ingredients. This one was 300 calories and tasted like a real treat. Used one flour tortilla - just enough cheese to cover the top and 10 slices of pepperoni (lean kind - yes they do make it) baked at 375 for a few minutes

S: Slim a Bear Ice Cream (love those things)

Total Cal: about 800?? Probably too litte but will average more in this weekend..... Water: Hardly any - I have to do better on water. Was reading someone's diary last night and saw suggestion about using straw. I am going to try it. Exercise: 30 min a.m. 30 min lunch and 1.25 hours p.m.!! Total 2.25 hours of WALKING!! The weather was so nice I could have gone on forever.

Have a Blessed Day everyone. Holly

P.S. Rachel has AP Biology Test today - if you have a minute please help out with prayer - at 10:00 this morning - 11:30. Or anytime, really!! :) It helped last time, I'm sure.

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

Moody on 11/10/2006:
Way to go walking yesterday!! Dang!!! I love walking outside as well in the fresh air..are you walking with someone in the evening?

(said a prayer for rachel; keeping my fingers crossed!)

WorkingIt on 11/10/2006:
Wow way to go on the walking!!! I know you mentioned that you had an ED and I've been looking at your calorie counts and they are very, very low and your exercise is really ramping up big time. Be careful!!! (I say that because I care, not to be mean!)

I hope all went well for Rachel!

greengirl on 11/10/2006:
You are doing so good with the exercise. I must try and emulate you as I have fallen by the wayside recently as regards exercise. I too struggle with the water and yet at other times I can drink like a fish!!!!! Hope your daughter did really well. Keep up the good work!!

hollybelle on 11/10/2006:
Thanks for bringiing that up WorkingIt. I actually feel guilty since I have been counting the calories when they are low. I have been recovered for about 20 years as far as the ED itself. The things that STILL hang on are aversion to weighing, obsessing over food, calories, weight (the number), feelings that hang on regarding appearance. More the kind of ED behaviors that most everyone (unfortunately) in our society has some of - kind of the ancillary ED behaviors (for lack of a better description).

I have looked at this time of change as a time to go on and get rid of some of those type of feelings and thoughts at last. I can assure you I am not making my count low on purpose, particularly. It is just me paying attention to when I am hungry and trying to eat healthy stuff. With Rachel's continued recovery at stake, too, I would not model anything that remotely looked like ED behavior. I do have concern that unless I eat a certain amount of calories my metabolism will slow. But I am not eating that low on most days. I "think" as long as it all averages out to around 1200-1400 a day I will be OK on the metabolism. I have only been posting calories for a few days and they just happen to be days that have been low calorie for me. Our schedule is so odd with Rachel's dance, Rachel's tutor, Mark's work and my work that we all eat different things at different times except for about twice a week - so that's wierd, too. I appreciate your comments and only take them in the best light.

WorkingIt on 11/10/2006:
**HUG** Glad you see it for what it is, geunine concern for your well being =) I am very, very happy for you that you have lost those pounds! That is fantastic! And you are correct, all of us have some or a few of the ED behaviors and I am quite convinced that ED's are society driven and end up taking root in our minds, it is such a shame what the glory days of 'super models' Kate moss and even twiggy, have done to our women. And what the super skinny hollywood women are pushing on our youth. I am ever so glad that they are banning those sticks from runways. My own daughter is very tiny naturally and girls tease her all the time about being anorexic, they tease her because she is built petite and she is very active and athletic and healthy and most of them sit on their butts all day eating garbage food and are gaining considerable amounts of weight. In the meantime, my daughter cries because they are telling her she is too skinny (and she isn't skinny...she just isn't overweight) and those same girls are crying at night because they have a weight problem. And meanwhile, magazines keep glorifying the bodies of 'perfect' women and even women like Scarlett Johansson aren't perfect but the media pushes her looks as her perfection. BIG AS LIFE...the people in this country vote for the sexiest woman based on how they look. In my humble opinion, scarlett johansson is not sexy, in fact, she is rather shallow and self-absorbed not to mention a twitter brain. But this is what our girls are driven to model themselves after. Health takes a back seat to 'sexy' and our girls are doing real harm to themselves trying to live up to something that has been surgically and chemically enhanced or starved and purged to this supposed perfection.

My uncles former wife had an ED. She had anorexia nervosa and she MAYBE weighed 95lbs soaking wet. And my idiot uncle kept calling her fat. She'd gain a pound or two and he would flip out. He is such an ass. I cannot stand that guy. She was a nurse and knew all the health risks involved with her ED and it didn't matter. It hurts to know that these disorders are so mentally painful that the physical pain doesn't even matter to most until it is too late.

Of course, watching our girls eat themselves sick and into an early grave is no different. It has been said that ED's are ways for people who feel so little control in other areas of life, are the way that they find control. After all, we do have complete control over what we put and don't put into our bodies. Discipline to not eat, discipline to binge and purge, discipline to hoard, discipline to eat in hiding, discipline to exercise for four or five hours a day and only eat 800 calories but burn 4000. It is a way that we can claim control over our bodies. But like all obsessions, they also end up controlling us and those who do not fall final victim to their particular ED are so very fortunate.

It matters not if the ED is too little or too much...we have to help our children find the balance so they don't suffer with both ends of the spectrum as we have seen on this message board. Overweight people are no healthier than the underweight, and we all have an ED. We are all in this together!

Sorry to ramble lol I get that way.

maria777 on 11/10/2006:
Your pizza sounds really good! I'd not thought about making a low-cal homemade one! I've been CRAVING pizza!

Also, I'm the opposite of you with cake...I eat the icing and leave the cake!

Have a wonderful evening! BIG SMILE!

weightlossyoyo on 11/10/2006:
Sounds like you are doing GREAT! 17 lbs OMG! Try to keep up with the water so that you don't overeat..doesn't look like you are haveing that as a problem anyways, but still. You are suppose to drink AT LEAST half your body weight in ounces so for you at least 74 ounces or about 10 8 oz glasses of water. Well keep up the good work I am so excited for you!

hollybelle - Thursday Nov 09, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

YEA. Yesterday is over and I did OK. I still hope I am counting the calories right. Here were my menus:

B: Coffee, Oatmeal with pecans and BR Sugar Splenda

S: None

L: 1/2 C chili, 1/2 chicken salad sandwich, pickle spear (had travel for work/eat out and couldn't pick the restaurant-best I could do with the choices believe it or not!)

S: 1/2 Muffin (the healthy ones)

D: Sm Salad, 1 C Mac & Squash

S: Kudos Bar

Exercise was 35 minutes on the ET. I managed to drink 2 - 16.9 fl oz bottles of water yesterday and the day before! Going to keep trying to increase that. Thanks for the comments on my diary everyone. You guys keep me motivated. I think my calories for the day were right at 1200.

I have already walked 30 minutes this morning. I plan to do at least 30 minutes on ET tonight......we'll see. My calorie totals for last 3 days ahve been(I think): Mon-1075 Tue-975 Wed-1200

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 11/09/2006:
1200 is good. I'm sure you will keep at 1200 so that you dont stall-out your weight loss. Great job on the exercise and tracking the food! YAY YOU!!

moody on 11/09/2006:
Dang you had a GREAT day yesterday!! Super job picking what you did for lunch and working out ..what a positive day!! ***hugs***

Trying_Again_41 on 11/09/2006:
Thanks for your comments about the mirror thing. I'll keep that in mind when looking at myself in the mirror while working out. Hadn't thought about it from that perspective before ..... thanks for providing that insight. No, I don't have a t.v. down there but do have a stereo system which works well for me being a music lover. Music helps motivate me as well --- singing while working out doesn't work for me (huffing and puffing) but trust me that's a good thing for anyone within ear shot! Ha! Good for you and the choices you made with lunch! I can so relate to that as well. I usually dread eating out when trying to stay on track as some choices offered can be limited, but I guess being healthy is a way of life and not just a temporary thing so being faced with having to make such choices continues to be a learning experience for an ongoing way of life. Great job!

rjf on 11/09/2006:
Thanks for the encouraging words. I see you had a great day yesterday! Keep up the great work! *smiles*

sasyredneckgirl on 11/09/2006:
Holly have you ever went to fitday.com? its a free good site where you can plug in what you ate and then ur exercise and it will figure out ur calories and what ur exercise has been for the day? I really like the site i dont do the site to much now but when i first started dieting i did but now that i know my calories pretty much i can do it on my own.. but every now and then i will go there to check something.. keep up the good work :)

weightlossyoyo on 11/09/2006:
Sounds like you are doing GREAT! If you want a really good reference to calories. I like www.calorieking.com. Well you keep up what you are doing and it won't take you long before you are at goal!

hollybelle - Wednesday Nov 08, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Thanks, Mattscat, Anewvue, Maria777, Weightlossyoyo, Siley2, Sweetpea1977, Moody and WorkingIt for your comments on my late post from yesterday. You guys really keep me going. I did wind up having 1/2 a muffin (the low fat ones I made Sunday morning)when we came home last night, but I don't think it was a hard day all in all - just one where I didn't quite feel like I was being logical about eating - more emotional and I was trying to figure it out. I don't understand why some days I can actually FORGET to eat because I am just not hungry and then other days I want to eat non-stop all day. I know my increased exerecise definitely has something to do with it, but I was not considering that. Now that I have remembered to include that in my thinking about my hunger in order to make sense of it, that should help, too.

I want to figure out how to get calorie count for some stuff in an easy manner. I want to continue to count the calories, but am still not sure where/how to do it. I haven't had time to investigate Spark People yet. Maybe can do that tomorrow night when am at the Library with Rachel and Tutor. Anyway, today has been a good day food wise. It's not over yet, but I'll post my menus for today tomorrow. I want to have a few really good days in a row before I get up the nerve to weigh again. Weighing is such an issue for me. I am getting better about it, though. We just can't have a scale in the house because of Rachel, however.

Have a wonderful evening, everyone. I will catch up with your diaries soon. I must go get on ET. Blessings to all....Holly

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

anewvue on 11/08/2006:
I first lost my intial weight by just exercising and weight lifting. It just kinda gradually fell off over a 6 month period of time. But, after that time, I had to kick in with the diet. So it is good to see that you realize that both play a part in dropping the weight. Maybe you should try just doing the clothing size method instead of the scale. Weigh yourself only once a month, but take note on how your clothes fit up until the time you step on the scale. Then stepping on the scale will be so much easier, cause you already know you are losing based on how your clothes are fitting.

weightlossyoyo on 11/08/2006:
Just a suggestion of something to pay attention to, but what I notice is that if I have something sweet in the morning like a bagel or cereal I want to eat all day long or I want sweets all day. You can see if it works the same for you maybe that is why you are hungrier some days than others. I usually eat a protien bar, banana w/PB, or my all time favorite 2 eggs (1 whole egg+ the whites of another egg) w/ a piece of wheat toast. I don't get to do the egg thing much because I like to sleep until I absolutly have to wake up. I understand the weighing thing that is why I don't have a scale. I only weigh 1 to 2 times a week at the Dallas office, my main office does not have a scale or I would probably use it so much it would break.LOL. Well you have been doing great so just keep it up!

Scruffy on 11/08/2006:
Scruffy was here

hollybelle - Tuesday Nov 07, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, here I am at the library again. Waiting for Rachel to be finished with the tutor. Today has been OK. I will go ahead and post my menus tonight instead of doing it in the morning. It has not been the most steady day I have had so far, but in the end of things I haven't over eaten. I just didn't entirely feel in control, but I never lost it - really. Ate some stuff in the middle of the day I wish I had made better choices on, but made up for it later, etc. Here goes:

B: Coffee S: None L: 2/3 Chicken Breast, broccoli, yeast roll with butter (resisted chocolate cake) S: Slim a Bear Ice Cream Sandwich and Kudos Bar D: 2 Onion Rings with Catsup S: None so far - if I have one I'll let post it

Not the best day in that I didn't eat breakfast or morning snack and the food choices (except for lunch) weren't that nutritious, but had my professional association meeting/luncheon today and was "saving" for that. It was real good and real healthy. I LOVE the hotel's yeast rolls. Decided to treat myself to one of those WITH butter (1 of the little flower shaped pats) and skipped the dessert (which they put on the table at the beginning of the meal). Also skipped the salad in the beginning because had a salad last night and this one wasn't as good and didn't want the dressing again-there was too much other good stuff available.

Then came home and husband had ice cream and I just had to join him - 110 calories not bad, but then I wanted a kudos bar 150 calories. When dinner rolled around I really wasn't hungry but husband was. He wanted to go to Sonic Drive In. He got hamburger, onion rings and cherry limeade. I had two of his onion rings. They made me kind of sick. I don't think I'll have anything else tonight.

I think I had discovered something about my eating mentality today that I never realized before. It has to do with why sometimes I go on these mini binges.....(here I am using the word "binge" every loosely) like today when I had the ice cream sandwich AND the Kudos bar. Why didn't I just stop with the ice cream OR just have the kudos? There may be two things at work in my psyche when I do that - 1. I enjoy the food and when it is over I want to continue that pleasure and/or 2. I REALLY wanted the kudos in the first place - but I have been trying not to eat so many of those (I need to buy them for my daughter because she really likes them - so not buying them is not an option) but they are one of those things that I have found that I just WANT - so I substituted the ice cream but it really didn't satisfy me. Maybe the key is to go ahead and have what you want in the first place and when I have that pleasuable feeling with food STOP and THINK - there will be time later for more food related pleasure. I don't have to have the pleasure right here, right now - then move on. I think sometimes I get "stuck" in that food moment. Kind of like being suspended in time. Also I use food to procrastinate on doing that "next task" during the day. I need to MOVE ON. Does this sound really strange to anyone?

I did have a good exercise day in that I walked 45 minutes with dog and husband. I am going to try to do another 20 on the ET tonight. It really is fun to watch TV and exercise.

By the way - what does LOL mean? I see it on some of the posts and I can't figure it out.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

mattscat3295 on 11/07/2006:
LOL means laughing out loud, I don't know what all of the little letters mean in alot of the journals but that one I do know(thanks to my kids). I think you did pretty well today and I completely understand how you feel and think about your "binges". I used to do that alot but I have gotten to the point of not buying things that I know I will binge on and if I do have to buy them like for my hubby or girls, I ask them to put them somewhere that I don't know where they are. You had a wonderful day with your workout too, way to go. Keep up the good work and have a great evening.

anewvue on 11/07/2006:
I see many positive things that you did right today...so focus on those...it could have been the kudos, a piece of cake, the ice cream and on, and on, and on....I was so happy to see you did the 45 minutes of walking....good job!

Maria7 on 11/07/2006:
It means laugh out loud...anyway looks like you really did well today with your calories...you know, I agree with what you wrote, quote:

Maybe the key is to go ahead and have what you want in the first place

I think this makes good sense...cause it will help us not binge...if we keep subing for what we really want, then what have we done but pile on extra cals and then have what we want anyway?????

weightlossyoyo on 11/07/2006:
LOL is laugh out loud, LMAO is laughing my ass off, :)

You sound like me with the deserts I used to do that all the time. You did figure it out though you have to just go with what you really want even if you are close to going over your calories and have to make a deal with yourself to like only eat half of it. Sounds like you did a GREAT job today considering all the temptations. EHHH you passed up cake..why is it sooo hard to do that? WE just have to challenge our self and tell yourselfs NO sometimes.

smiley2 on 11/08/2006:
I agree with you, if we just have what we crave, in small quantities, we wouldnt have other foods just to satisfy that particular craving. We need to listen to our bodies and trust ourselves, to have what we want when we want, without going overboard.

sweetpea1977 on 11/08/2006:
I definitely understand, so you are not alone. I say listen to your body and give it what it wants within reason, of course. You will save calories in the long run. If you have to, budget the splurge item into your daily calorie intake, so that you dont feel guilty for eating that item.

Moody on 11/08/2006:
You brought up some very interesting points on why you may go on your "mini binges". You've given me somethings to think about..I related to alot of what you wrote.

WorkingIt on 11/08/2006:
I find that I eat more calories than I should if I deprive myself of something that I REALLY want. And I'll end up eating more stuff trying to avoid it rather than figuring out how to fit it in my day either by cutting calories elsewhere or exercising a little more. Very very cool that you are discovering more about yourself! I am so excited for you!

hollybelle - Tuesday Nov 07, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Thank you all for the helpful "cake at work" comments. Our office has gotten a little better about having sweets there ALL the time and I find that I do find it easier to resist or at least have much less of the sweet stuff because I know that is NOT the stuff that makes me feel like I want to feel - Good. But it is bad. They have birthday cake for EVERYONE. There are 17 or 18 of us. This month there are THREE birthdays. One of them is 11/28 my co-worker's birthday and I am goinig to make his cake. I think it will be pineapple upside down. I can probably resist my own. The coconut cake was really good. It is an office favorite. I had it before so I just took the really small piece.

Your comments also got me thinking about something - sometimes I take the cake because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by not eating it and giving them the compliment of how good it is - and it is always good - they are good cooks. I was brought up to think that it is rude to not at least taste something someone has made special, etc. I don't know if that is a Southern Thing or not. Maybe that is something I will just have to get over or at least re-think.

Menus for the day yesterday were:

B: 1/4 muffin, banana and coffee

S: None

L: 1/2 C Chicken Salad, pretzels, 5 strawberries

S: Small piece of cake

D: Salad YUMMY - (made with lettuce greens/5 very thin slices of apple, 2 T sliced almonds, 2 T crunchy wontons (garlic ginger flavor) and Roasted Asian Sesame Dressing. MY FAVORTIE) Plus 3 inch square piece of the left-over macaroni/squash and cheese.

S: Muffin

Was probably a litte heavy on fat and calories, but not bad. I think it was probably about 1400. It was hard to know calories on some of the stuff - like the cake.

The only exercise I got in was 20 minutes walk at lunch. I just did not feel well. Even though it was seasonally warm here yesterday I stayed cold all day. I wound up going to sleep early, waking up early and getting out to vote early this morning. I will do some exercise today for SURE! Have a blessed day everyone! Holly

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

gte374f on 11/07/2006:
I am excited about the macaroni and cheese recipe. I want to try that!! The sweets at work are really hard..I am also from the South and it is hard for me to say no..I make excuses too, but sounds like you are doing very well. I need some of your will power!!

WorkingIt on 11/07/2006:
Cake is a standard around here. I tried to introduce healthy stuff and about got my head chewed off. I don't mind the challenge of avoiding it and it has been a pretty good benchmark this whole time by seeing how quickly I can say no LOL.

Have a great day, I hope you feel better. I've been cold all day today!

sweetpea1977 on 11/07/2006:
Yep, its definitely the whole Southern hospitality thing! Im just grateful that noone in my office makes an attempt to bake or bring in treats for special occasions, because I would have a very hard time turning away free sweets!

Moody on 11/07/2006:
Thats alot of birthdays and birthday cakes this month! I know better than to even attempt to bake something!

Sounds like you did a great job staying in control while still having a bit!! Great menu yesterday!

hollybelle - Monday Nov 06, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Sunday was fine. I didn't count the calories or write down the menus like I usually do because I just felt like taking a day "off". But I didn't overeat even though it was a day "off". It was only off from the counting - not the healthy eating.

I did indulge in a really good goodie - we had friends over unexpectedly for dinner and one of them made two kinds of homemade cookies - White Choc Chip with Macadamia nuts and Choc Chip with Pecans. I had ONE of the Choc Chip with Pecans. It was good, but wasn't as good as being think feels. I heard that once and I know what it means now. These friends hadn't seen me in awhile and noticed I had lost weight. Even though to me it seems like just a few pounds (I am going to weigh soon) they acted like it was a big deal. It was kind of nice to get that feedback - that it does show. I am amazed at how soon you get "used" to your new weight. Rachel was not at home to hear all this - she does not need to hear about weight loss or things like that as it might trigger her. She is noticing, though, that I have lost weight. She told me Saturday that she thought the ET was working because I looked like I almost had a waist. I just acted real casual about it -like - "well, I feel better since I have been exercising regularly and that it gives me another option besides walking, etc." I didn't really make an reference to losing weight or appearance - just how I felt better. She used the ET yesterday for 30 minutes which really worries me. I don't want her to start to over-exercise. She had dance for a long time yesterday, too. Just have to sit tight and see what happens. Relapse is so common it is really scary if I think about it too much.

Anyway - today is ANOTHER birthday at work and there will be cake and chess bars later. I love the cake (coconut) so I probably will have a small piece - like 3 regular sized bites. That should be OK. Then I think I will excuse myself saying I have a deadline. I will also go in there late because I remember all the "food talk" from our last office get together when we had the Italian food. I was SO nervous the rest of the day and I don't want that to happen again. I am not hungry right now. I've had lunch. I skipped my snack this morning and I will make the cake my snack this afternoon. Then regular dinner, etc. Sounds like a plan.

I'll post menus for today tomorrow I am back on track after not writing menus down this weekend. I think it is good practice to trust myself not to overeat. I find it a bit tedious to HAVE to write/count every single thing every single day, but for the most part, it helps me be comfortable that I am not overeating or to review my menus when I was on track in case I get off track. I will keep doing it for those reasons. Happy Monday everyone - Holly

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 11/06/2006:
OMG today was cake day here as well. Nice, delicious chocolate cake that everyone drools about and loves when I bring in for birthdays lol. I just keep track of my food on sparkpeople and just post the calories here. I love how the nutrition is all figured out as well.

mattscat3295 on 11/06/2006:
I am soooo glad I don't do the cake day thing anymore. Everyone at work misses it and expects me to just give in and make my cheesecake every time there is a birthday, but I haven't made one in 3 months and they are the ones suffering, not me, lol. It looks as though you are doing such a wonderful job keep up the good work.

sehrwunderbar on 11/06/2006:
Dont worry, taking a day off isn't bad, especially since eventually when you meet your goal you'ss see how far you have come

monet0239 on 11/06/2006:
Hiya.. you asked wht I sing.. mostly Country..shania..faith.. carrie Underwood..The wreckers..dixie chics..suger land.. reba.. all the good ones hehehe.. some of them mess me up like your talking about.. expecially the song Fancy.. so I ahve to turn away form the screen and sing it..lol.. some of them can be a few notes slow.. or fast.. ya just gotta listen to the music.. :).. to bad we dont live closer.. :).. you could come over this weekend.. I am having friends over ..:)..

have a great night hun.. hugssss

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/06/2006:
I like your plan with the cake. hey, if you like it, have some. then, it won't be like a punishment. This is most difficult for me as well! I like your excusing yourself after! haha

maria777 on 11/06/2006:
Sounds like you have a good eating plan! Hope you enjoyed that coconut cake, sounds yummy!

weightlossyoyo on 11/06/2006:
I know what you mean about the B-days at work. I just got done cooking for my co-workers B-day tomorrow "CHEESE CAKE". If you just have a little though it ain't too bad. Keep up the good work! It gets easier to resist sweets.....well that is what I keep telling myself anyways, so that is what I will tell you too.

Scruffy on 11/06/2006:
Scruff was here

hollybelle - Sunday Nov 05, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, yesterday was fine right up until after I worked out on the ET. I did a whole 43 minutes and felt good then I just got really tired and didn't feel very well for the rest of the day. I was COLD all day and just wanted to sleep. Didn't go to the grocery or anything productive at all. I didn't even keep up with a calorie count, although I did fine - no over eating particularly. We wound up eating out at mexican place with Rachel and her friend, Michael. Didn't plan to, but they had gone out (his mother dropped them off and we were to pick them up) and for some reason the restaurant people never got around to seating them. The place was really busy and had a waiting list. So they called us to take them somewhere else. They were fussing about "youth descrimation" and stuff - too funny.

Felt better when got up this a.m. and went to the grocery at 6:30 this morning. Got that over with and have been cooking all day. Made low fat carrot muffins, a healthy mac and cheese recipe that I saw yesterday on the Food Network....really interesting - it has butternut squash in it!!! Sneaking those vegetables in where ever I can. It is really good, but you can't be "thinking" oh, creamy mac and cheese like Mom used to make when you eat it. Think - good macaroni recipe with squash.

If anyone is interested it is on foodnetwork.com - search for "healthy appetite" (which is the name of the show) and then search for Macaroni and 4 Cheeses. I skipped the bread crumb topping and just put a little more cheese on top.

Then I am going to make lean boneless pork chops marinated in jerk sauce and cut in strips and a nice salad for supper. I will probably skip the chops - not my favorite. My friend is out of town visiting sick sister and we invited her husband over for dinner along with another bachelor friend of ours.

That's it for now. I will get back to counting calories on Monday. Haven't overdone it(and won't tonight, either) but I just can't keep up with it all this weekend. Won't make it habit. I'm still just a bit off color today.

Off to do laundry and clean bathroom! YUCK.

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Moody on 11/06/2006:
Great job on hitting the E.T. for 43 minutes!! Woohoo!!

"youth discrimination" LOL..well you know it's possible!

You went grocery shopping at 6:30 this morning!! Dang!! Let us know how the "mac and cheese" was..sounds interesting..I don't like squash very much unless it's prepared on the grill..so I am interested to know how "squashy" it tastes! LOL

And yes..YUCK to laundry and cleaning the bathroom!

Have a great day!

hollybelle - Saturday Nov 04, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Yesterday was OK. My lunch wasn't as good as I thought because I didn't get the salmon. I got a low fat chicken dish because I wanted to have their wonderful bread with butter and I thought I'd save the fat grams, and I did save some fat grams, but it wound up making me dissatisfied with my food because the chicken was really lack-luster. Oh well, another day.

Menus for yesterday were:

B: Granola Bar and coffee

S: Pretzels

L: 2 slices of homemade bread with one pat of butter Chicken Breast No Veggie :( - what came with the dish was NOT good.

S: Low Fat Hostess Cupcake (YUMMY)

D: My Dad's homemade vegetable soup 2 Cups

S: Kudos Bar

I hate to say I was too tired to do the eliptical trainer. I wanted to mentally, but the body was weak. I will do it in a few minutes and go for 40 minutes. Rachel was tired, too. She went to bed at 9:30 and didn't wake up to talk to boyfriend when he called at 10:00....She didn't get up until 9:00 this morning. She needed her rest.

Mark and Rachel went on walk with dog and neighbors. I would have liked to go, but really just needed time away from them. I did drink a little bit more water yesterday. I need to work on that.

Have a blessed day all. Holly

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/04/2006:
I'm sorry your dinner didn't work out that well! the soup sounds tasty! today's a new day! i hope it goes well!

mattscat3295 on 11/05/2006:
Today IS a new day, remember that. The soup sounds wonderful. Take care and have a wonderful day.

WorkingIt on 11/05/2006:
Oh man I hate it when the taste/texture of the food doesn't satisfy! KUDO's to you for not eating everything else because you weren't satisfied! That is great!

Moody on 11/05/2006:
Sorry your chicken didn't turn out to be what you had hoped for. The soup does sound yummy!~

Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

hollybelle - Friday Nov 03, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

OK - yesterday was unreal! I just was not very hungry again. I wrote my menus down and when I looked back at them I couldn't believe I ate that little and was not any hungrier than I was. Now, that being said, I am hungry this morning. I remember that I CANNOT let myself get over-hungry at any time or I will overeat. So I will watch out for that but continue to pay attention to my hunger. I am having lunch today with an old business associate and that should be nice. I am in the mood for salmon and salad - so I should be OK. Maybe some bread, too. Menus for yesterday were:

B: Fruit Parfait and Coffee

S: Pretzels

L: Chicken Tortilla Soup and Slim A Bear Ice Cream Sandwich

S: None

D: 1/2 PBJ Sandwich (was so busy with Tutor, etc. meant to drink some milk, but fell asleep)

I still need to drink more water!!! Also did the E.T. for 35 Minutes! Yea!! I think the calorie count for the day was about 700. I know, I know - that's way too low. I didn't do it on purpose. I don't think it will become a habit (ha-ha).

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 11/03/2006:
LOL Some days are just very low-cal for some reason. And then we get VERY HUNGRY the next day or two and make up for it LOL. Great job on the E.T.! YAY!

Moody on 11/03/2006:
I have had days like that as well; granted they are far and few between!

Great job AGAIN on the E.T.!!!

And the salmon and salad sounds delicious! I love salmon and its SO good for you too! Have fun!

horn_of_plenty on 11/03/2006:
Maybe the low cal day was just what your body needed. some people, unlike many of us, never count calories and i bet that some days for them sometimes come out real low too! just don't let yourself become preoccupied thinking that its a "bad" thing to eat so low and then end up making up for it and more the next few days. that is my tendency...to eat low and then freak out mentally and overwhelm myself with food the next day!!!! i guess staying busy for the day did you some good!

sweetpea1977 on 11/03/2006:
As long as your body feels fine, its ok to have low calorie days every now and then. Your body will let you know when it needs more fuel to run on. Good work on the eliptical!

gte374f on 11/03/2006:
I love the Eliptical trainer too! I think it gives such a nice work out!! Good job on being do disciplined and motivated..I am not there yet..you are my motivation to get there! I love those Slim-A-Bear sandwiches too..and I love that the portions are already done for you (I have a heavy hand when it comes to dishing out one portion)...Good luck with eating out today..The menu sounded yummy!

maria777 on 11/03/2006:
Oh, yeah, I LOVE salmon, especially grilled salmon!~

Good for you on that 35 minutes ET!!!!

mattscat3295 on 11/03/2006:
You are still doing great. I too find myself having low cal days but tend to make up for them when I am not quite as busy(weekends). As long as you felt ok I think you are alright. Good job on the workouts too. Have a good weekend and take care.

weightlossyoyo on 11/03/2006:
OMG! I can't believe you let your calories be that low. No wonder you are hugrey today! Be careful w/ that you will either over eat the next day, slow down your metabolism, and wack your immune system. You are doing an EXCELLENT JOB! Just please be careful! Hey what kind of torilla soup are you eating? Just curious I LOVE torilla soup!

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