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hollybelle - Sunday Oct 15, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, my appetite is back. I feel like I ate so much yesterday. But really, I didn't. My food choices weren't very good though. Too much fat content. Also - I am having a lot of - well, I hate to say this in writing......gas......!!! I thnk it is because I ate some sugar free candies and they had sorbitol in them. I think that is what did it. But anyway I only mention this because it is so bad it is making me all blown up to the point of discomfort. If anyone has any remedies for this -PLEASE advise. SORRY if this is too personal/gross....just a fact of life!

Yesterday I said I had some exciting news about workouts. That is because October 24th is my birthday. And I told my husband that I really wanted to look at something that would be good for me for my birthday. I wanted to look at Eliptical Trainers. I had kind of scouted some out last week and took him around to see some of them and we got one. It will be delivered on Wednesday afternoon. I can't wait. I am putting it in our basement in front of the TV and I am going to watch Law and Order (Yes, I am a L&O junkie) and exercise. This will be in addition to the walking and weights I am already doing. We got a good deal on it. The brand is Vision Fitness. They reduced the price, gave us free delivery and threw in a free 22 lb padded weight bar - which I love and one of those exercise balls - which I also love. It pays to negotiate. We'll see how it goes. I hope husband will use it too. It's funny I hadn't noticed, but he has gained weight! He's always been thin, but I guess age is catching up with him and I notice he is eating alot more fast food than he used to. That is curious to me. I'd say he's up about 15 lbs or so. I think Rachel will also use it so it may benefit the whole family.

Menus for yesterday were:

B: Plain Bagel w RF Honey Walnut Cream Cheese from Panera - YUM

S: None

L: Apple with 2 T Peanut Butter Granola Bar

S: None

D: 1/2 Rafferty's chicken Fingers Salad with Hot Bacon/Honey Mustard Dressing (what a splurge) Small croissant

S: Two pieces sugar free candy

The salad dressing was such a splurge, but I think I've done well enough all week that it balances out. I really didn't eat much of the chicken in the salad - about three bites (it was fried).

I will do better today.

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

WorkingIt on 10/15/2006:
Congratulations on the tutor! That is probably why you were hungrier yesterday and now have your appetite back =) And hooray for your new exercise equipment! That is a fantastic deal! Doesn't it drive you crazy when they put FRIED chicken in a salad? LOL Have a great day Holly!


weightlossyoyo on 10/15/2006:
You are doing GREAT! Congats on the Eliptical I love those things. Keep up the good work!


greengirl on 10/15/2006:
I'm sure your new equipment will benefit all your family. And well done on the good eating!!


monet0239 on 10/15/2006:
hey there..:).. about the sugar free candies.. yum-o.. but geesh.. yes they give ya gas.. and diaria.. I remember the first time I had some.. I didn't know they would do that.. and let me tell you.. it woke me up in the middle of the night,, I was in pain.. pain I tell ya.. I do think it helps when you have them after a meal.. and your moving around.. I know now only to have 2 at a time..lol.. before I had like 5.. thinkin.. hey their small..lol.. but geesh.. dynamite comes in small packages..lol.. so eat less of them with something on your belly.. and maybe walk or something..lol

I was looking at the Elliptical today at K-mart.. they were 249 on sale.. I got on and did it for not even a minute and OMGoodness what work out.. better then my treadmill..lol..and it works the arms too.. now I want one..lol.. but have know where for it.. waaa.. so you have fun for me :).. have a great Monday.. hugs


borntocry on 10/16/2006:
Hi hollybelle,

Congratulations on the new exercise equipment! It's great to be able to exercise at home, watching TV. I love Law & Order too!

Thanks for the comment you left me. I am also hoping that my medication simply hasn't had time to work yet.

As for your sorbitol-related discomfort, I have actually heard of a remedy for it. Try lying down on your left side. Supposedly that's where the gas builds up and lying on your left allows it to rise up and escape naturally, hehe. Well, you can always try it!



hollybelle - Saturday Oct 14, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, yesterday was a kind of different day. I was hungrier than I had been. Not sure why. Wasn't even sure why I was not hungry when that happened, either, oh, well. Didn't over eat, but ate more and paid a little less attention to it all than I had been. I am not sure, but I still don't think it was too bad overall.

Menus were:

B: 1/2 Bagel with RF Hazelnut Cream Cheese -about 1 T Coffee

S: none

L: Small Blimpe Best Sandwich with Mustand S: Granola Bar

D: About 20 Chips and Salsa

1/3 of an order of Nachos at one of our favorite Mexican Resturants. Can you tell we like Mexican food? This was mixed chicken and beef and the way they make them they are more meat and not too much cheese at all so it it's not as rich as it may sound. Mark ate the other 2/3. I think I did OK with portion control, but I was really full!

S: Handful of Chex mix - mindless eating really. I wanted something crunchy

I don't feel as thin as I did. I think I am getting used to the new size - it's only 7-8 lbs, but I keep telling myself that it's SO much better than it was. Tomorrow will be one month since I began. I can't believe it. I kind of think of it as starting again, I guess. When I think I "could" possibly be 7-8 lbs more thin in another month it is excitiing to me.

Tonight we are going out to eat with friends. I will try to keep it reasonable. Not sure where we are going. I am not real hungry right now. Made sure I had a snack this afternoon. Have had satisfying foods today. I will try to pick something small and satisfying. That seems to be a good strategy.

We finally got to talk with the Tutor last night and although he doesn't usually tutor High School students - just college students - he is going to take Rachel on. It is really funny how this all came together. His wife works at Rachel's school and she just happened to ask me how Rachel was doing when I was there picking her up. I just happen to say OK except for AP Bio. He husband just happens to be a Grad Student in Bio. AND.......he just happens to be available only on the same days she is. He is going to meet with her three days a week - Tue, Thurs and Sat, for the duration and more or less PROMISED that he will see her thru this. It's funny - she really want to do something as a careet with Science and he thinks there needs to be more women in Science. I think that God sends us people for a reason. I had been praying for not only a tutor, but THE RIGHT tutor. I know his wife is a very strong believer and I assume he is, too. I was really impressed by his enthusiasm at the prospect of doing this. Thanks for your prayers, my diary friends! Please keep on praying for her success and the Tutor's guidance. I really appreciate your encouraging words. I will have some exciting news about fitness and workouts TOMORROW because today has been QUITE a day. I am very exciting about my future workouts.......Have a Blessed Evening! Your Diary Buddy - Holly

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

smiley2 on 10/15/2006:
My hubby and me loves Mexican food too! I think its great that your daughter found someone to tutor her in such an amazing way...we can call it a miracle i guess ;) And i agree, each person that comes into our lives fulfill a reason or lesson to be learned for us. We just have to look close enough and keep the faith. Hope you enjoyed your dinner.



hollybelle - Saturday Oct 14, 2006

Weight: 0.0


hollybelle - Friday Oct 13, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, husband is home. I was really glad to see him. He brought Rachel and me sweatshirts from Mt. Hood, near Portland, OR where he was. He has to dash off to Louisville today but will be home for the weekend early.

Yesterday was kind of an interesting day. My coworker who has been exercising with me had to go to a funeral and couldn't lift or walk but another coworker asked to go for a walk at lunch with me. She is one of the ones that is always on "a diet" and never loses any weight. She is very nice person, but very OCD, noticably. She wanted to start talking about points - she does WW (which is a great program - just not for me because I can't COUNT anything and the weight ins make me nuts). I just had to tell her that I was sorry, but I couldn't discuss points, calories, pounds or ANYTHING with a number at all much - because it triggers me. She didn't seem to understand and I told her I'd be glad to explain it sometime when we had more time, and that I'd be glad to talk about ANYTHING else of a positive nature - like exercise, etc. She seemed OK with that and we had a nice 30 minute BRISK walk in the COLD weather that decended upon KY yesterday. We went from almost 80's to low 40's. It was a beautiful day, though.

One of Rachel's middle school teachers called me last night. This is the one that was so helpful to us about school work when Rachel was so sick with ED that she could not attend last half of 8th grade. She was calling to ask me if I would talk to the mother of another student that is a 9th grader now that has ED. It made me so sad to hear about another bright young life taking that turn. I told her yes, of course. if it had not been for the mother of another dancer at Rachel's Dance School talking with me EVERY night Rachel was in the Hospital - and that was over 6 weeks! I would probably have lost my mind completely. I am forever grateful for her. I will NEVER pass the opportunity to pay that forward to someone else in need. So the mother is supposed to call me this weekend. I pray I will have some comfort and information to give her that will be valuable to her.

Food - wise it was a fine day.....Menus for the day were:

B: Granola Bar (not tired of them yet) Coffee

S: None

L: 1/2 Fazoli's Submarino Sandwich (split with coworker - yum)

S: None

D: 15 Chips and Salsa 1 Chicken Enchilada (not much cheese on this one)

S: 1 Mini Reeces Peanut Butter Cup (from Husband's "care pack" from Conference)- wow was it it rich 1/4 C Trail Mix 1 C 1% Milk

Having that Reeces last night reminded me Halloween is coming. I saw these Big bags of those snack size bags of chips to give away for the Trick O Treaters and I think I will get those instead of candy. They were at Wal-Mart. Just one small move for Busting Sugar, I guess.

Anyway - you guys have a Blessed Day. Thanks for all the comments on the Tutor situation. No luck yet :( But I'm not giving up. I asked the teacher who called last night to help, too. Your Diary Buddy Holly :)

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

WorkingIt on 10/13/2006:
***HUGS*** that is great that you are paying it forward for others. VERY important and wonderful of you to do! I just read this morning where exercising in cooler temps helps the calorie burn because it forces your body to keep trying to maintain it's core temp. Not a bad idea, wouldn't do it nude however LOL

Have a great day!


sweetpea1977 on 10/13/2006:
Thats awesome that you will be able to pay it forward for another mother in need. I wish you the best during your conversation with her. Im sure she will really appreciate your thoughts, comfort, and support.

I tend to lose weight easier in the winter months, so I love exercising in the cold! :o)


Moody on 10/13/2006:
Everything happens for a reason I believe; from the pain and struggles you went thru with your daughter you can now help someone else in the same situation. Thats awesome; I know you will be of great comfort to her.

Your husband was in Portland? I was born and raised in Salem, which is just one hour south of Portland! I miss it!!! I bet you are glad he is home now! Enjoy your weekend!



hollybelle - Thursday Oct 12, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Another good day with eating well. I am so shocked that I really have no appetite for things like donuts or danish or scones! I'm almost afraid to say that for fear it will hit with a vengence, but right now it is true. Rachel stopped at Pannera Bread Co an got a Choc Chip Bagel and Hazelnut Cream Cheese and I didin't bat an eye! Actually I find that I'm not really that hungry most of the time. Then when I do get hungry just a "little" food is enough (at least compared to what I had been eating previously). The first couple of weeks were kind of tough and sometimes I feel hungry for awhile and sometimes it passes, but if it doesn't I go ahead and eat something I like that is (hopefully) nutritious and move on. There really is something to this "listening" to your body hunger. I don't know where I got that idea but it keeps repeating itself in my head all the time!

Yesterday I ate pretty light - still no husband to share supper with. He will be home late tonight, though.

Haven't heard from THAT TUTOR this is really an act of FAITH to stay calm and just try to work something out. You praying Diary Pals - please pray for this situation for us. I am just so angry because I feel that the Guidance Counselor should have counseled against Rachel taking this AP Biology class because she has had NO Biology and NO Chemistry, etc. and she's ONLY a Sophmore! Then I feel I should have vetoed it - but what do I know - I relied on the Guidance Counselor and what Rachel wanted to do......next time I'm following the old instincts. I just don't want Rachel penalized for reaching for the stars.

Anyway folks - Menus of the day yesterday were:

B: Granola Bar Coffee

S: None

L: Chicken Salad 1 C 6 Saltines Fruit Parfait

S: None

D: 1 C Broccoli Soup Granola Bar

That really is light - looking at it now. I must remember to eat more protein and more fruits/vegetables.

Have a Blessed Day - Thanks for your encouragement! Holly

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

Moody on 10/12/2006:
Donuts, danishes and scones~OhMy!! Just like lions and tigers and bears..heh. Good for you for not giving into the goodies but not even being TEMPTED!! Feels great doesn't it?! You are doing great!

Sorry to hear about your daughter's AP Biology class..that does seem strange that the guidance counselor advised/allowed her to take it. I thought you had to be a Jr, at least before you could take college credit courses. But what do I know; just like you I would go with what the counselor told me. I remember taking AP Astronomy as a Jr. and it was extremely hard; I ended up dropping it. What would happen if she dropped it? As a sophmore would it affect her GPA that much..as far as colleges go? I know she goes to a private school and has to keep her GPA up to a certain standard..seems like something could be done tho.

Good luck and I will be praying for you!!!


WorkingIt on 10/12/2006:
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter for the trials you are going through right now.


mattscat3295 on 10/12/2006:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. I know it is tough to try to find a tutor, you might want to look into finding another one even see if there is an after school program that offers tutoring. I know something will happen in your favor. Way to go on passing up the goodies.



hollybelle - Wednesday Oct 11, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Yesterday was OK. I got in alot of exercise. I walked 40 minutes in the a.m. with my neightbor and I walk/RAN 50 minutes at lunch with co-worker. We have been laying OFF the weights for a few days because of strained muscles from too much weights and other activities. Will probably life today, though. The walk/run yesterday for some reason made me realize how MUCH I truly MISS exercise. I need to find some class somewhere I can do. I am a "social" exerciser, I think that is why I was able to teach aerobics all those 14+ years! I also looked at eliptical trainers at Sears laslt Friday and plan to discuss with husband when he gets home from trip. My birthday is coming up and I think I would use this-and so would he. Big investment, but could get 12 months same as cash and pay monthly. Cheaper in long run than gym membership and doctor bills!

Guess what......today I wore a BELT for the first time in years! It doesn't really look that good, but it doesn't look that bad, either. I have on low rise jeans and a camisole with sweater over it. It makes me keep my stomach sucked in for sure! I don't really LIKE belts, so won't probably wear one much - but how nice to at least have the option. There are so many new styles out now that call for belts. I say NEW styles, but really they are updates from the '80's - how soon we forget...unless they bring them back.

Anyway, yesterday was fine as far as eating. Daughter stopped by Atlanta Bread Company for Cheese Danish and Chocolate Croissant but I wasn't even tempted to have anything. Not sue why??????

The main thing going on in my head right now is daughter passing AP Biology. I think we may have found a tutor, but he was supposed to call last night and didn't. I will need to check up on that. It is imperative that she have the tutor. I wouldn't be stressing out so bad about it if it just meant she failed a class and had to take it over next year, but she gets kicked out of her school if she doesn't maintain C average. This is the only class she doesn't have an A or B in. I don't understand why they let her take it - she's only a Sophmore! But I am determined to separate the two things and not eat emotionally because of it.

I will say it has been easy to eat "light" because Mark (my husband) has been out of town for 8 days.....Anyway - menus for the day were:

B: Apple Granola Bar Coffee

S: None

L: Chicken Salad 1/2 C 100 Cal Pack of Wheat Crackers (I would recommend just regular reduced fat crackers - these weren't very good) Few Grapes

D: 1 C Cream of Broccoli Soup (had a tiney bit of cheese in it

S: Kudos Bar and 6 oz 1% Milk

Have a Blessed Day! Thanks to everyone for your posts!

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

WorkingIt on 10/11/2006:
Hooray for you on being a social exerciser! I am not . I like to get in, hit it hard and serious, and not waste time talking LOL.

I agree with you...I love exercise! Good luck with your daughter's tutor and I hope you do get the exercise equipment you want! YAY! **HUG**


sweetpea1977 on 10/12/2006:
Way to go on the belt! I discovered recently that I could wear belts again too. What a great feeling that was!

I cant believe sophomores are taking AP classes already! I didnt take any until my senior year (though I knew a few who took one or two their junior year). Good luck with the AP Bio tutor!



hollybelle - Tuesday Oct 10, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Yesterday was hard in more ways than one. I found myself really wanting to munch out of boredom at work and out of anxiety at home. Work is kind of boring and sometimes it is a challenge to stay un-focused on food there because it's always around and I find my mind wandering. At home I had anxiety about being with daughter and discussing her grade in AP Biology. She is doing terrible and there is a lot at stake in that she is in the High School for Performing Arts and Must maintain a crtain GPA to stay there. She is an excellent student and this is the only class she is doing poorly in. it is a COLLEGE level class and she is in 10th grade. I don't know why she wanted to take it. she is taking an AP Worl History class for college credit and is doing fine in that. BUT...I wound up the day on an OK note. Ate too many granola bars but got some vegetables and fruit in. Probably not enough protein. Menus for the day were:

B: Granola Bar Coffee

S; Granola Bar

L: Tuna Salad 1/2 Cup 3 Saltines (there wasn't anything else around) Fruit Parfait

S; Snack Cake - These are really good for a sweet. Mrs. Freshley's Vanilla Yogurt Cream Cake - no sugar, 1.5 fat and 140 cals. Has 230 Sodium, though!

D: Corn Pudding - Made with 1% milk and Splenda instead of sugar and cream (this is one of Daughter's favorites) I have about 1-1/1/2 Cups Steamed Asparagus with spray butter Grapes 1/2 C

S: Granola Bar

Too many "sweets". I will have to watch that. Granola bars have 90 cals. I don't count totals, but I know individual cal values. I think I kind of got off track because my plans for lunch (lifting weights) fell through an I didn't have my mean planned, ate whatever I had left over from last week in the 'frig at work (tuna), wasn't satisfied by that and kind of "meandered" around food the rest of the day. I didn't walk eithr. But all in all I don't think it was that bad calorie - wise. Today is a new day.....here we go! I think I will probably weigh on Friday or Saturday this week. I hate to weigh, because I can't handle disappointment if I haven't lost any weight, but I keep reminding myself that the weight loss is to be a by-product of a healthier lifestyle - the healthier life is the main goal......now, do I believe it? I guess so. But it is nice that my clothes are fitting better and today, when I was putting on my bra I noticed that it was looser and I actually have a little indention where I ribs come together right under the bra line. This is where I was so "poochey" before-my mid-driff area. So there are signs of change here and there. Have a Blessed Day everyone! Your Diary Friend - Holly

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

WorkingIt on 10/10/2006:
Way to go on finding those OTHER things that are shaping up! YAY!!!

Every day is a step forward towards gaining or losing, but mostly of learning about yourself. If you keep focusing on all the OTHER good things about you, eventually the number won't be what is driving you. And once you allow yourself to not be controlled by that number...losing weight and doing good for yourself will actually come easier. And you will also be able to relax and be happier all the way around. You are doing great! YAY!


mattscat3295 on 10/10/2006:
Congratulations on the clothes fitting better, you are doing great.



hollybelle - Monday Oct 09, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Yesterday went ok eating-wise and otherwise. Nice day with catching up on laundry and house work. Went to a Concert at a friend's church and it was great. Then to dinner at O'Charley's Resturant with daughter (her idea).

Menus were:

B: 2 Scrambled eggs

S: None - wasn't hungry

L: WW Pita with Corned Beef slices

S: None - still not hungry - went for 1.25 hour walk with friend

D: 1/2 Chicken Quesedilla Frozen Go-Gurt (if you haven't tried these you might like them. They are yogurt in a plastic tube comes in a box in the yogurt section. We freeze them and it's like ice cream. I love the banana split flavor)

That was it. The Chick Quesedilla made me ill right after I went to bed (touch of IBS I guess) so that wasn't fun :( But I got OK once it was out of my system. Haven't had much of that lately but it's unpredictable sometimes.

Well, today is another day - notice I am not really counting the days anymore - way to give up those little tendencies, huh? I am just going to live healthy - not counting ANYTHING.

Have a Blessed Day! Happy Columbus Day! Your Diary Friend Holly

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

WorkingIt on 10/09/2006:
Gogurt is good stuff! Sounds like you had a very full weekend. Have a great day!!


wannabmeagain on 10/09/2006:
good job getting some walking in there! you are doing really good!


Moody on 10/09/2006:
Great food choices and great walking!!!

I want to thank you for you kind comments. You asked what the boys were going to do now that both parents were gone. Well, apparently, since the oldest is 18 (although still a senior in HS) he is going to be legal guardian to his brother Tyler who is 15. They have no other family here in town other than some very elderly grandparents (their fathers parents) and they do not want to move away from this town so an uncle is going to finance an apartment for them. That's the latest I have heard from my son at least.

Again, thank you for your thoughts and prayers, it is much needed.


mattscat3295 on 10/09/2006:
Sounds like you had a great day and a wonderful walk. Good for you, keep up the good work.



hollybelle - Sunday Oct 08, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, the rest of the day went OK after my big lunch yesterday. My daughter and I went to a movie with her boyfriend's mother and to Chili's resturant after but I didn't eat any dinner. No popcorn at movie or anything either. Really didn't mis it. Just wasn't hungry. When we came home I ate a slice of blueberry bread as toast and had a 6 oz glass of skim milk about 11:30 to enure wouldn't get hungry during the night since it has been since 12:00 noon that I last ate. Woke up about 8:30 and still OK with hunger in check so guess I will eat something a little later when hunger comes back.

There is something to this eating when hungry thing. I find myself asking if I'm hungry alot and making sure I am not eating at a certain time of day just because I always have. That is different than how I started out. I started out eating 6 times a day because I wanted to make sure I didn't get over-hungry, make poor food choice because was over hungry, etc. And believe me, I was always hungry in the beginning. But I know I have skipped some of the snack times pretty consistantly for a few days. Maybe it is temporary - whatever, I kind of like it. I still can ask mysef 6 times a day if I'm hungry and eat if I am or I can not eat if I'm not. I DO want to try to BE hungry usually at "regualer" meal times because I like to interact with co workers and family at those times. Will keep an eye on it and see how this goes. Want to walk and go to church today so will catch up with everyone later. THANKS for your posts. They sure help me keep going! WE ARE NOT ALONE! Your Diary Buddy Holly

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

Moody on 10/08/2006:
Do whatever works for you is what I say. I am still trying to figure out exactly what that is. I have made some changes and am doing what you did in the beginning; eating every few hours to stave off hunger and poor food choices. It has made a big difference for me and I am more easily able to stay in control of my choices.

You're doing awesome...Keep it up..you can do this!!



hollybelle - Saturday Oct 07, 2006
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Well, I did fine with eating within reasonable range yesterday and I won't post the menu from yesterday because it was just so much like the days before - but that's OK. I eat what I like and really don't care if it's repetitive at this point. I will say I plan to vary it a little more just so I won't get bored - but so far so good. What I really want to do is post about TODAY.

My mother had been wanting to "go out" with me and daughter and since my husband is out of town we planned to go to this very unique place that I have always wanted to go - about 18 miles out of town called The Glitz for lunch. It is a restaruant in the basement of an old school building in an ajoining county that also houses an extensive antique and gift store with over 36000 square feet of shopping shpce. We have a lovely lunch and browsed among the antiques and gifts. It was just a picture-perfect day. The menu was very limited and only had a choice of three appetizers, two entrees and three desserts. Each meal begins with a "cranberry apple spiced refresher" a cute little pretty drink in a flute glass with a frozen cherry in the bottom. I must say it was good once I added some extra water-too sweet for my taste. My daughter said she thought it tasted like some of that Christmas popourri smells and by George - I think she was right! Any way I had a a tringle of artichoke in phllo pastry with this lovely bit of sauce drizzeled over it, parmesan encrusted chicken on lemon herbed type of orzo and what they called their specialty dessert - the Nonesuch Kiss (Nonesuch is the name of the town where the Glitz is loctaed believe it or not) which was a meringue with a small scoop of mocha ice cream and a bit of hot fudge sauce.

Well, needless to say this is the biggest, most elaborate meal that I have had in three weeks! I thought about it before I went and thought through a couple of strategies....planning to eat breakfast and snack and not being very hungry before I went, just eating 1/2 of everything - maybe ordering a salad (before I knew it was a fixed limited menu), etc. I didn't stress about it but I thought it out. But when I woke up this morning I was not hungry at all. Had one cup of coffee went on a short walk - my friend pulled a muscle or it would have been longer. Then when we got to the place I just decided to eat whatever I wanted and leave it at that. I ate every bit and was very full but not miserable or uncomfortable. At this place the portions were reasonable. that was at noon and it's 6:00 now and I am still not hungry at all and relly don't know if I will even eat dinner. I don't know what effect this will have on my weight loss, but maybe over the next couple of days -provided I go right back to the healthy eating within reason plan it will even out. Maybe there is some merit to just taking a time - when appropriate - to eat a nice meal and just not worry about it at all because I eat healthy and sensibly all the rest of the time. I will say that there were a few things I didn't do. I didn't eat the food because "it was there", I didn't eat the food as entertainment or out of boredom. I didn't eat the food for any reason other than I was hungry by then, it was delicious amd except for the ice cream - now looking back on it - it really wasn't that unhealthy of choices. I really didn't eat the hot fudge sauce because that made the dessert too rich and it was on the bottom of the whole thing. So.....I guess there is more than one way to "manage" this food thing! Between the "refresher" thing and the dessert it was too much sugar for sure, but once in awhile.....???? Time will tell.

THANKS to WorkingIt, Moody & Monet0239 for your comments on my diary yesterday this teenager thing! - thanks to all of you who post on mine and yours because it does help. I will try to catch up on everyone elses tomorrow as must run to movie tonight - popcorn doesn't even sound tempting. But a BIG Diet Coke does! Kindest regards - your Diary Pal -Holly :)

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

maria777 on 10/07/2006:
I think you have a very wonderful attitude about your lunch! As a matter of fact, Hubby and I usually eat out buffet on Sundays after church and I basically eat what I want at that special time, too!!! BIG SMILE!


greengirl on 10/08/2006:
We are all entitled to a treat now and then. If it made you feel enjoyment then its ok. I have to say it all sounded very nice. As long as its only an occasional blowout and not a permanent way of eating!!!!! :)


Moody on 10/08/2006:
I agree with you completely; when you eat healthy the majority of the time then I think the special occasion times should be truly enjoyed. Sounds like you made great choices and even the ice cream shouldn't hurt you too bad..and good job resisting the hot fudge! I would've saved that for last and savored it!!



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