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hollybelle - Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Thanks, everyone for the feel better wishes!  I AM feeling MUCH better than Monday - whew! Glad that is over.  Worst headache I've had in years.  Yesterday was a big success.  Walked 5 miles yesterday and food was very very good!  I am not posting my food because I get a little to obsessive about it - I am just going to keep doing what I am doing for now. I can tell I've probably lost at least 5 lbs - maybe as much as 7 lbs.....clothes are much better fitting.  In another 2 weeks I'll try on some of my summer clothes that I haven't been able to get into at all.  I'd like to be able to take those on vacation because they are the nicer ones!  More later.  I am going or another 5 miles today and some 5 lb weights for upper body.  

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
Good to hear you feel better. I'm useless when I have a headache. Good job on the walk and food!

puddles on 09/28/2016:
My headaches usually come from something I eat that I am not use to eating. Glad to hear that you feel like you are loosing that is always a good feeling. Keep up the good work.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
yeah i'm getting obsessive thinking about all the sleep i need!

it's so nice when clothes fit how they are supposed to. my clothes are slightly tight on the bottom i think.

hollybelle - Tuesday Sep 27, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Well, dogs vet visit went well, except for the cost!!  My day went downhill from there, though.  I had a terrible headache all day and all night.  I don't get severe headaches often. Didn't get any exercise, barely got off the bed/couch.  It seems better at the moment.  Will update how today goes.   Want to walk!


Update:  much better day today - I walked 5 miles this morning.  Headache is gone except for a very mild residual. I visited with my mother  -  took her the walking shoes I bought last week and she has worn them all day and is happy with them - this is a minor miracle.  She will wear them again tomorrow around her house and if they do OK 2 days in a row - she will keep them!  Woo-hoo!

I have done very well on food today so far.  Tonight we are having.  Spazagna - spaghetti-lasagna hybrid. Salads and that's enough.  I have saved enough calories for this.     

puddles on 09/27/2016:
Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2016:
maybe you were upset about the costs?

something else on your mind?

not enough alone time?

i hope you feel better very soon Holly.

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
Hope you feel better, Holly!

hollybelle - Monday Sep 26, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

We are getting our weather cool down today!  Fall weather is coming.  Some rain, too.  We desperately need it.  Doggies going to vet today - shots and rash on belly check for the big labby boy!  Going to get out on the track and see how far I can walk today.  The weekend was great on food and exercise.  Clothes are finally beginning to fit better.  Still have a way to go, though.  But.....it's better!

puddles on 09/26/2016:
It is the same here the cooler weather has arrived. Congrats on having a successful weekend with the exercise and the food. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/26/2016:
I see you posting on FB....haha...

I'm loving the cool temps too!

So nice. and glad your clothes are more comfortable...i love that feeling :)

hollybelle on 09/27/2016:
What did you see on FB? I hope it was appropriate!

grannyannie on 09/26/2016:
So rewarding when clothes fit better! Good job.

hollybelle - Sunday Sep 25, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Walked our 5 miles this morning.  We got another late start and it was HOT!  Supposed to cool down by Tuesday and be more Fall - like.  I'll be glad.  I had a great food day yesterday - didn't eat too much.  We didn't have the soup and sandwiches we planned, though.  When we took baby girl home daughter has been so ill this week and her kitchen was a mess, so I stayed and cleaned it up for her.  Took about an hour and 15 minutes.  It was about 8:30 so we decided to stop by and get sundaes from McDonalds for dinner and call it a day - 340 calories - not really bad for sundaes.  Husband was happy with that too .  I don't think I've mentioned on here much about husband, but he is in great shape - eats moderately.  Works out regularly - walking and weights.  He's  especially fit and trim for his age.  

Anyway today going to hang around the house.  Offered to keep baby girl again, but daughter says she feels better and even went to church this morning, so we will see if they stop by.  I am planning on making banana cake and having that for a great tonight along with something healthy for dinner.  No snacks today.

 Hope everyone is having a good weekend.  Onward and upward!


grannyannie on 09/26/2016:
Well done! Hope your weather cools down. You can send the heat to me if you like. LOL.

hollybelle - Saturday Sep 24, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Whew!  Walked 2.5 miles in the morning - husband slept late and we had to pick up baby girl from daughter's house at a specific time so had to cut it short.  Would have liked to walk another 2.5 like we have been doing.  Food has been excellent so far today.

Came home, took shower and went out to shopping center on other side of town to visit with a high school friend who was in town exhibiting for her "Sisters on the Fly" camper club at Cabella's.  Boy that place is crazy.  Expensive and kind of odd, but she was having a good time trying to drum up members for the club.  They have a ball.  Ladies only club - everyone has campers that are all tricked out - they wear costumes and have meets all over the place in the US.  Not exactly my cup of tea - but she loves it and I love it for her!

Anyway - took baby girl out there - shopped a little - didn't buy anything - got something to eat and came home. 

Baby girl is taking a nap - she NEEDED it - very grumpy-but sweet.  

We will have ground beef, bean and cabbage soup with sandwiches tonight and start all over again tomorrow.  Going to get husband up earlier and walk.  We may have time to do another mile or two tonight.  We'll see.  

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2016:
How old is baby girl now? She must be like 2???

hollybelle on 09/25/2016:
She is 2, but will be 3 on NOvember 8. Time flies. She is so much fun.

hollybelle - Friday Sep 23, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I walked 3 miles in the morning and another mile with granddaughter in the evening - pulling the wagon behind me.  We went to the playground and pushed her in the swing.  Fun. I did OK on food.  

Went to the grocery and ran a couple of other errands yesterday so didn't get a lot done around the house except some laundry - catching up from husband's trip.  

I have a little job to do - will earn $100!  I am going to pick up an 8th grade boy at his school and drive him home 5 days over the next 2 weeks.  His father is a customer of my daughters and needed some help with this.  Now if I could get about 10 jobs like this over a month's period of time, I'd be good for semi-retired.  I will work on it more in the Spring.  I am just going to take it easy through Fall and Winter and work on my house and my fitness. 

puddles on 09/23/2016:
Nice walk. Always fun to go to the park with the kids. Have a great day.

hollybelle on 09/23/2016:
Thanks, Puddles!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2016:
nice of you to help those that need it :)

grannyannie on 09/23/2016:
Good plans for the winter and extra money plan!

hollybelle on 09/24/2016:
Yes, just need more work like that. Have been thinking of offering errand services. I know a lady who does that. I checked out her website. We'll see

Donkey on 09/24/2016:
Love that job! Good for you on the walking!

hollybelle - Thursday Sep 22, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I seem to make plans and then change them - but I am getting things done bit by bit that I have been postponing for years.  Yesterday I did the three shelf cabinets over the desk in the kitchen.  Doesn't sound like much - but they were stuffed and had all out appliance and product booklets and warranties in them.  Those had to be gone through one by one and the stack was about a foot and a half high.  Got rid of all the one for appliances we no longer even have! 

One other big job - you won't believe this, but, I hate changing my purse to match my outfit every morning.  I usually keep two purses in my car truck so that I can just change them out there and not have to go in my closet.  Over time I had accumulated 9 purses and a backpack in the trunk of my car.  I have a station wagon type vehicle and just pull the cover over them so no break-in risk.  I got them all out - cleaned them out and wiped them off and put them away - except for two.  I can't believe I even have that many purses.  I don't really carry much in my purse at all - wallet, small cosmetic bag, sunglasses and cell phone, so there wasn't a bunch of junk in them - just small odds and ends.  It was a good feeling to get them organized and put away.  I am taking one to consignment shop as part of the closet purge when the time comes.

I overate a bit yesterday but not badly.  No desserts or stuff like that, but too much of what I had.  I walked 3 miles in the morning.  I would say what my household plans are today, but I'll probably just change them.....so I won't.  Ha!

Husband is home safe and sound.  We will have baby girl tonight while her parents go to parent night at her school.     

grannyannie on 09/22/2016:
Feels good to get project done, doesn't it? I've got a closet with shelves in the living room I've been putting off cleaning out. They have 3 boxes full of appliance manuals, etc. Some of them I'm sure we haven't had for a decade at least.

hollybelle on 09/22/2016:
Hahaha! I am glad I am not the only one!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/22/2016:
Like you, i feel good when i can purge things away and also clean up & organize. Yes, it's a great feeling & yes I tend to wait a long time before getting to tasks like these.

I plan to try to keep my car looking far cleaner on the inside though. I like the cleaner look. (when i had cleaned it so carefully in the crevices with rubbing alcohol and q-tips = best idea ever!

hollybelle on 09/22/2016:
Rubbing alcohol and Q-tips for cleaning the car - is that inside or outside? Good idea.

innerpeace on 09/22/2016:
Wow! Great job, I have organization jobs to do as well, but alas they always get pushed to the back burner...I only carry one purse, I don't care if it matches or not. Have fun babysitting.

hollybelle on 09/22/2016:

hollybelle - Wednesday Sep 21, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Busy day yesterday.  I walked 3 miles on the neighborhood track.  My friend from out of town came and we hung out a bit and had lunch and shopped for bargains.  I only bought a wedding present and some shoes for my mother to try.  Mom has been wanting new "tennis shoes" for a long time.  So far we have had no luck.  

Food was good yesterday - only iced vanilla coffee for breakfast, 1/2 sandwich and 1/2 order of fresh cut fries for lunch, bowl of ground beef vegetable soup and piece of cornbread for dinner. 

Today plan to walk another 3 miles and clean the master bath - drawers, cabinets, closet and maybe start on master closet!  That closet is a big big job.  I know it will simplify life a lot, though.  Husband needs to purge his clothes as much (almost) as I do!  He will have to do that part.  Then we will do the dresser and chest drawers.  Funny thing to be excited about, but I am!  This is stuff I have been doing half way or putting off for years!

grannyannie on 09/21/2016:
Good food yesterday and good plan for today. Good luck getting husband to purge his clothes. Can't get mine to do it. He fusses when I throw out his socks with holes!

hollybelle on 09/21/2016:
Mark is the same way!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
Three miles is quite excellent. I do miss my days of cardio...they are coming back though :) little by little...in October i have a trip planned with lots of walking with friends. I hope to come back from it OK...but i know i'll be resting up after this trip lol...

Hoping to have more regular cardio by wintertine (January).

You inspire me...because i love cardio & miss it dearly.

I have also been buying gifts (family birthdays are Sept thru November! and my friend's bachelorette is Sunday...and my boss' birthday is 9/30 along with his retirement!!! ha! so much going on!) so much money spending! My sister's bday was yesterday & My dad's bday 10/8...mom's is later luckily 11/14...my friends wedding is the weekend after that! $$$$$$$ but for only the best people :)

Vegetable soup is good...i love it homemade. I may do more of this...I am now finally preparing my own puddings & jello now (was buying premade jello dumb for higher prices...and got sick of jello so now i'm delving into sugar free puddings yay)...changes of pace for lower cal options.

Sounds you have a good schedule at home. Bathroom cleaning is....not fun...especially the shower i hate with the molding & all...it never tends to stay looking white & sparkly clean!

hollybelle on 09/21/2016:
I remember your shin issues! So I am glad you are being cautious. I like weight workouts, though and bicycling is not hard on shins. I try to buy things for birthdays and stuff when I see them - but it's hard to do unless you are focused on constantly shopping-which I hate to do. I have found it is easier to cook when you get in a routine and do some prep. I remember V (who I miss on here so much) grilled her chicken breasts on Sundays for the week. I have a friend who does all her meal prep on Sunday and cooks fabulous meals. I didn't get to the bathroom, actually. I will post on my diary tomorrow what I did wind up doing! LOL! Thanks for your comments HOP!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
I miss V also...i miss many of the women (mostly women) that were on here and stopped :( they were valuable to the site!

grannyannie on 09/21/2016:
I always found V very motivating. Always told us we rocked or were amazing, etc!

hollybelle - Monday Sep 19, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Well.....didn't do much cleaning of closets and drawers.  Baby girl came and stayed whole day, although she took a good nap.  I didn't walk yesterday but was physically active and did a 5 lb weight routine for upper body.  Today I will pick up where I left off.  Food was fine yesterday - but I did indulge in one small soft-serve ice cream from the McDonald's drive thru. I think those are about 100 cals.????

Professional Association duties are wearing me out!  I am supposed to be retired and I signed on the board for ONE MORE YEAR, but didn't know they were going to complicate things.  Oh well, I will get duties done in the end!  But WHEW!

I'll update later - have a great day everyone. 

UPDATE:  Yikes, almost got I had a dental appointment to get a tricky filling.  Once the anesthetic wore off I was in pain so took 1/2 pain pill (from dental work 2 year ago) and laid down.  Feel better now.  

I have a couple of good leads on pet/house sitter for vacation - neighborhood college girl and older woman that walks neighbor's dog.  We'll interview them and see what happens. 

Food has been OK - no exercise, unless I go later.  Tomorrow is another day.  I have lunch plans with a friend from out of town.  Looking forward to that.

grannyannie on 09/19/2016:
Retirement is supposed to be enjoyed. Oh well...

One wee ice cream isn't bad!

hollybelle on 09/19/2016:
I'm getting to the enjoyment part, Annie. The board gig is volunteer, and I've hung on because it's my best source for paid part-time jobs if I want to do that for awhile. They are usually very organized, but going through a period of rush jobs and I'm just not in the mood for rush.

puddles on 09/19/2016:
I was so looking forward to retirement that I did not see the transition at all. I was ready. You will find your comfortable point at one time. But do make sure to enjoy it is the gift of all your hard work. You time. Have a great day. Don't worry too much about the small ice cream cone.

hollybelle on 09/19/2016:
I think so, too, Puddles. I was not really ready to quit completely, but I am getting to the enjoyment part. Really I am.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/19/2016:
100 cals or 200 cals...not bad :) a tasty indulgence yes!

I found some AWESOME ice cream that i bought. 250-280 cal per pint! LOVING IT. so expensive at almost $7.00 per pint! but so worth it!

i think it's a good plan of yours to sign on another year. over the year you can also decide what else you want to do or not want to do in terms of work or not work in general.

hollybelle on 09/19/2016:
I think it was 150 actually. No big deal. I hadn't been eating much sugar at all. I saw your Halo posts a while back. My daughter likes those. I haven't tried them.

hollybelle - Sunday Sep 18, 2016
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Today - take husband to the airport.  He will be gone 3 days to Orlando for a conference.  I will work on master bath closets and drawers today/tomorrow/while he is gone. Time to clean them out!  These are probably the worst disasters in our house-really not that bad, but need lots of work because over crowded and need to deep deep deep clean!  There will be a lot of tossing out and some taking of nicer clothes/shoes to consignment shop and dropping rest off at Goodwill.  

I will do either my walk or bike ride.  Probably walk, maybe tomorrow bike??? I need some good cal days and good exercise over the next few weeks so that I can go on vacation feeling fit and healthy. I AM getting there. Slowly but surely.  I didn't get out of shape overnight so it won't come back overnight, but I have been pleased at how much easier walking has gotten over the last few weeks.  This is a good thing!

I have lots of left over vegetable soup and taco beef and chicken to eat while husband is gone so will plan to cook something new when he returns.  

I have some professional association (volunteer) work to do over the next 2-3 days. 

So onward and upward, folks - here I go.......


OhioRaven on 09/18/2016:
Have a Good and Healthy Day, Holly.

puddles on 09/18/2016:
Very true it took us time to get to where we are so makes sense that it should take us time to take it off. Slow is good it will stay off longer or as we hope forever. It is a mindset and being aware of what we do. Have a good day of clean out the closet. Congrats on doing you exercise.

Duaa123. on 09/18/2016:
Have s good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2016:
Loving that you have activities on the go & that you are being proactive and living your life happily. be proud of yourself for all you accomplish!

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