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hollybelle - Wednesday May 05, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 119 - Yesterday was OK  1750 for the cals and 2 mile walk instead of 4, but that's still OK.

Sweetpea - you go on that 4 miles walk, girl!  YAY!  

B:  Cereal Bar  130, iced coffee from Mickey D's  150 = 280

L:  1/2 Fried Green BLT and asparagus -   400

S:  One dove milk chocolate square (thought of Geevee on this one)  44 Calories

Subtotal = 724

Going to try for the 4 miles walk tonight........time permitting!   

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 05/05/2010:
Thanks for the shoutout Holly and a big thanks for the inspiration!

Have an awesome rest of the day!

hollybelle - Tuesday May 04, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 118 - Yesterday wound up being OK.  Low calories - but I wasn't that hungry.  Went for 2 mile  walk.  It rained again this morning but has cleared now and is supposed to be around 80 today!  I didn't get to walk this a.m., though so will try to do 4 miles tonight. 

B:  Smoothie made with 1/2 C LF vanilla yogurt, 1/2 banana 1 C 1% milk, 6 hugh strawberries and 10 pineapple chunks 350  

 Appetite is back:

L:  Gr Beef Vegetable Soup (YUP I made it AGAIN), whole grapefruit 400

S:  Pretzel bites - 220

Tonight have planned grilled pork chops and asparagus, squash - so I'll keep it down.........under 1500   

D:  Didn't keep calories down quite as much as I wanted - added Chips and Black Bean Salsa to the menu last night and skinny cow ice cream - so probably came in at about 750 for dinner.  Still, 1750 for the day isn't that bad.........

Walked only 2 miles as time ran out.....But walked the 2 AT LEAST! 



Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 05/04/2010:
Don't forget to drink enough clear water.

just42day on 05/04/2010:
Good job with all your walks and healthy eating. You're almost at the half way mark with your goal Go get 'em!

loveray on 05/04/2010:
thank you, thank you! looks like you continue to do well. congrats on almost day 119:)

sweetpea1977 on 05/04/2010:
I used to do 4 mile walks daily (last year) but gave it up when the weather got cold. Well, thanks to reading your entries, I got inspired to go on one today. Loved it! :)

Dinner sounds delicious!! Enjoy!!

Umpqua on 05/04/2010:
Your dinner sounds awesome, great work!

hollybelle - Monday May 03, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 117  - This weekend was kind of a bust.  Was in bed all day on Saturday with some kind of sinus/allergy thing - sore throat.  Better now - but still edgy.  Ate OK  all weekend.  Didn't count, though and NO exercise!  Just didn't feel like it - needed to let my body recover.  RAINED all weekend long.  Lots of basements flooded.  Ours was OK, though (whew! - thank you God).  Drove to Cincinnati to the Playhouse for a performance of Ain't Misbehavin' - which I'd never seen before.  It was delightful.  Very entertaining.

Weight is holding at 165....

Been thinking - Time to renew committment - yes, I  need to do that from time to time and not forget to do it, either!  I want a healthier body - believe me younger DD pals - you will want a healthier body even more as you get older.  I am 55.  I am "fairly" healthy - but I also know what it is to be even healthier.  (For the purposes of my comments here "healthier" doesn't just mean "smaller").  I vow to eat well, think well and do well - that means continuing to learn ways to better handle stress and think positively!  One poster put on her thought for the day:  "I will think of reasons I can, rather than reasons why I cannot."  I like that.  Too often I can become "glass half empty" type thinker - without even realizing it.  Sometimes it is because I want to protect myself from disappointment.  Sometimes I can actually be afraid of success.  I know I have said (to myself in my head) "When I lose the weight, if I lost the weight, ______(fill in the blank)"  Then I don't lose the weight or gain it back because it is my "excuse" and I am afraid of losing my excuse.  Or not losing the weight is my way to procrastinate - I don't have to deal with "other things" because I've said I can't/won't do other things until I lose the weight.  Well, time to give up all these non-helpful ways!

So far today:

B: Tea - no appetite

L:  1/2 Mr. Kabob Chicken pizza thingy - cals?  Not sure - maybe 250?  Very healthy and tasty

S:  Skinny Cow ice cream 150

D:  few chips and black bean salsa 100, 2 corn on the bob w/butter  250

S;  Skinny cow ice cream (can't help it they are so good!)  150

850 Cals - not a very hungry day I think because I ate so much yesterday  2 miles walking

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 05/03/2010:
glad ur feeling better!! and that ur basement didnt get flooded!!

WI3 on 05/03/2010:
Thank God your basement is ok! It rained here all weekend long as well. I hope the edgy feeling goes away soon!

PsychKat on 05/03/2010:
Had the same issues this weekend with both sinuses and rain~especially Saturday. Glad that you are feeling better now~and that the residual edginess fades soon!

I too, am recommitting~I think it's something we all need to do from time to time~I haven't come across the poster whose saying you quoted, but I love it!! Thanks for Reposting it! LOL..

Wishing you a great day!!

just42day on 05/03/2010:
Thank you so much for your kind, kind note. It really helps. I know I probably shouldn't be weighing myself daily (especially via my funky scale) but it's been so motivating when the #s have gone down. I have to work to remind myself that I didn't get this size overnight, so I shouldn't expect to lose it all overnight. Today's another day and I will keep plugging along.

KathyBlue on 05/03/2010:
I like the renewal of commitment! Deep thoughts are always good for the soul - and in this case, for the body!

chunkychick on 05/04/2010:
Great post! So true and encouraging! Thanks very much!

sweetpea1977 on 05/04/2010:
Sorry I am so late on commenting on this post, but just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you writing it. You rock!:)

hollybelle - Friday Apr 30, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 114  -  Yesterday was OK - aate a bit high on calories, walked 4 miles.  Updated yesterday's entry.  Today I probably won't walk because have drainage in back of throat - allergies (?)  Took claritin - hoping for the best.

So far today:

B:  Smoothie and Tea  275

L:  Apple, sliced chicken sandwich, mayo 350 great bread on this - Arnolds (I think) Double Fiber - ony 50 calories per slice!!  

S:  Snack Bar 100



Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 04/30/2010:
Nice distance on your walk! I hope you're feeling better and that the Claritin worked for you.

hollybelle - Thursday Apr 29, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 113 - Yesterday was good.  Cals stayed around 1400 and exercise was 4 miles walking.  2 miles in a.m. 2 miles in p.m.

Was SO GOOD to hear from two old DD pals - WI# and McWoo40  !!!

Today so far: 

B:  1/2 scone, banana 250

I have a business luncheon and I hope the food is 1)  good and 2) fairly healthy.   

L:  Salad, small beef ?, chocolate mousse, Tea 500

S:  Apple

daughter is cooking dinner tonight?!?!?!

S:  Almonds 80

D:  Salad, tuna casserole  400 (?)

S:  Almonds 100  Cake (sm amount)

Calories 1390 - hosever, I think I ate more than this -

So I'm going to say 1690 Exercise was 4 miles walking because I did 2 more miles last night.






Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/29/2010:
Im hoping to sneak some exercise in, however the weather for this weekend is going to be stormy. Thankfully, they live in a two story house so I'll should get plenty of exercise chasing my son all over their house. He LOVES exploring new places!

I'll definitely try my best with portion control around those tasty southern foods. Knowing that I will have to report to you guys will definitely help! :)

Good luck at dinner tonight! :)

hollybelle - Wednesday Apr 28, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 112 - yesterday was OK - squeezed in a 4 mile walk last night.  Weather stayed beautiful and I wasn't very hungry last night. Stayed within my calories.  I walked again this morning - 2 miles and am planning a 2 mile walk again this evening about 7:30 OR 8:00.

So far today:

B:  1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 scone and 1 banana, tea 285

Have tuna and soup for lunch along with apple....YUM

L:  Tuna crackers and soup  500

S:  Banana, Apple 175

D:  Wasn't very hungry at all - daughter made cakes - are 1/2 a piece - no icing - and some corned beef and that's pretty much it.  200

S:  Almonds 200

Walked 2 more miles at the Arboretum on college campus with dogs  and husband.

Calories - 1360  Exercise 4 miles walking 



Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/28/2010:
Go Holly! You ar doing awesome with all your walking. You should start keeping track on how many miles you walk in a week/month, just for extra motivation. :)

Lunch sounds yummy!! Enjoy!

chunkychick on 04/28/2010:
It is good to hear that in time this task of getting in shape and losing some pounds will become easier. Thanks for the uplift! :0)

WI3 on 04/28/2010:
(((((((((((Holly))))))))))))) it is so good to hear from you! I've thought about you as well and it is so nice to know I've been thought of..that is fantastic! As always, you inspire me with your exercise and yummy foods....and your heart :)

mcwoo40 on 04/28/2010:
Hiya Hollz!!! how ya doin' hey showing off with your weightloss,good for you girl.I hope to get some off by August,staying in a large caravan where there is a fishing lake, hubby is made up.It is near to family so we will be doing some visiting,then both of my sisters are meeting up with us and with alfie in tow too.Be good and i will talk tomoz,Jules

hollybelle - Tuesday Apr 27, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 111  Yesterday was OK.  Gave in to some cookies in the afternoon and had a calorie laden dinner but the number came out OK in the end.  1380 I didn't get another walk in because it was raining and I didn't do ET because felt tired.  Basically I "finked" out.  I will do SOMETHING today - either walk at least 4 miles or at least 20 minutes on ET.  I know I need to put the pedal to the metal on exercise and I can shed the weight. 

Thanks for prayer - daughter made it home safe.

So far today:

B:  1/2 scone, tea  125

planning vegetable soup for lunch again - yum

***I have a new thought - "Don't eat your feelings".       I am trying that mind set this week. Begs a questions:  What, then, do we do with our feelings if we don't eat them?  I guess I will find out if I stick with this mind set this week!***  Others thoughts on this are invited.......

L:  Vegetable Soup, Apple  360

S:  Small square of chocolate, 2 small pnb cookies  300 

D:  2/3 of Rubin Sandwich  450

Nothing else - really not that hungry

Walked 4 miles!  Calories 1235



Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/27/2010:
Oh my gosh, how I love scones! They are one of my many weaknesses from the bakery. It really takes a lot of mental pep talk to get me past those things successfully. lol Good for you on being able to only eat half of one!

As for what to do with feelings? You exercise them out of your system! :) If you are frustrated - do some kickboxing and pretend you beating those negative feelings to a pulp. If you are anxious, do relaxation exercises like yoga and meditation. If you are sad, a long walk/hike or bike ride in the beautiful outdoors will lift your spirits. If you are happy or excited, come up with a new happy dance! :)

Oh and journaling about them helps, but I find exercising them out more theraputic!

KathyBlue on 04/27/2010:
"don't eat your feelings" is a great thought. Many of us should follow.

KathyBlue on 04/27/2010:
it's a very good plan, indeed. That's what I do in a different aspect. I'm not an emotional eater myself, at least not anymore. I was.. I remember getting mad on something and going to the supermarket right next door of my workplace, getting a whole box of ice-cream and eat it all until I felt sick... But that doesn't happen anymore. Now I'm facing with an other type of eating frenzy - the period's. When it comes I feel sooo terribly hungry I could eat out the fridge. What I do is, trying to get healthy food in: whole wheat toasts and light cheese went well this time, with 0%fat/0%sugar yogurts... quantity is big, though... at least comparing with my actual food income - because the comparing with the PAST it doesn't have anything to do... I eat much less and more healthy.

sweetpea1977 on 04/27/2010:
I totally agree with the comment you left me. It is pretty sad how much our daily life is revolved around food! I just commented on someone else's diary talking about how loved ones use food as a symbol of love. It all started with me after my mom died and my dad became both of my parents. He always brought home food to me and my sister. He never got out of that habit and always goes all out whenever I come home to visit (which I dread!). The point Im trying to make is that when we go home or have people come visit us, we often cook up this gigantic feast to show our appreciation and love for someone. WHY? This is why we are the fattest country in the world. :(

Oh, it doesnt help that I am also such an emotional eater. I gained a lot of weight when I broke up with my ex (heavy drinking and binge eating). Once I got over him, I lost a lot of weight because I quit binging on food and drink. Then I met my soulmate (hubby!) and we celebrated our love and happiness by overeating and drinking. I got to my heaviest weight while engaged to him!! And when I got pregnant, my hormones drove me insane and I ended up gaining 40 pounds because I let them take control of my emotions. I still have issues with emotional eating, but I am able to recognize the pattern a lot quicker now.

Im just thankful that I saw what I really looked like in a photo of myself. I didnt recognize myself at all - so heavy and I had this awful look of shame and sadness in my eyes. I didnt realize how bad off I was until I saw that photo at the drug store as I flipped through the new photos I got developed. I almost threw that picture out at the store, but something told me to keep it. I still have it today and I look at it at least a weekly basis. I now realize it is a physical reminder of who I was and who I no longer want to be.

hollybelle - Monday Apr 26, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 110!  Well, I didn't get on line at all this weekend - but I did really well until Sunday night and daughter made peanutbutter cookies (My personal favorite)  I ate 6!  But they were really good and I did so well the rest of the weekend - I don't feel that bad about it.  I walked about 2.5 miles on Saturday and 2 miles Sunday.  Took it easy in other words.  I walked 2 miles this morning and I plan to do another 2 tonight or get on the ET. 

So far today:

B:  Grapefruit  110

L:  Homemade gr beef vegetable soup and corn muffin 

S:  3 Darn Cookies!  A co-worker is taking them home.  I suppose I should be glad it wasn't worse than this since PB cookies are my FAVE!

D:  Cracker Barrel - 2 scrambled eggs 120, one biscuit with jam 250, 3 slices bacon  200

Total Cals 1380/ 2 miles walking

On the personal/emotional front - I had a great talk with daughter yesterday.  We walked the doggies together and it was a beautiful morning.  She is driving 1.5 hours to Cincinnati in the rain today - prayer for a safe trip!

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 04/26/2010:
Good job with all the walking! Have a great day.

sweetpea1977 on 04/26/2010:
Its ok to indulge every now and then, as long as you have the discipline to get right back on track after the indulgence is over with. Weekends have always been my downfall, but it sounds like you handled yours rather well. :)

I will keep your daughter in my thoughts!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/26/2010:
what's wrong with THREE cookies. my dear, cookies. lately, i've been eating them and i tell you they haven't hurt me one bit. only when i'm in one of my CRAZY moods...and eat the whole bag and then other treats in one sitting will it hurt me. have a little here and there - it's good for you.

thinnside40 on 04/26/2010:
Naw, not darn cookies..Peanut Butter.....hehehehehe! :-)

Pray your daughter makes(ed)) it safe.....

hollybelle - Friday Apr 23, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 165.8

Day 107 - Yesterday was fine.  I walked 2 mi in the am and 4 mi ini the pm for a total of 6 miles.  I did 40 sit ups in the am and 40 in the pm  I think my abs are about ready to get into some other type of exercises because I'm not having much trouble doing the 40 sit ups.   I had to do those for awhile until I strengthened the abs up a bit.  My food was OK yesterday, too.  They brought donuts in this morning and I am not even tempted.  I think it's because I haven't been cutting back too much and I have been having hoecakes and syrup for dinner last two nights!!  LOL

Also - I wanted to say - I changed my weight - I was down to 165.8 on Wednesday!  I WANT this for ME!! I want to be healthy I want to take care of myself.  I am tired of my excuses about something I can CHANGE!!

So far today:

B:  Fruit Smoothie  300 (Med)

L:  Restaurant Food!!!  1/2 club sandwich and house salad, roll  600

Will have to be careful tonight!

Progress as of today: 12.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/23/2010:
You can always try doing sets of different types of crunches - crunches on an exercise ball, reverse crunches, vertical crunches, bicycle crunches, jackknife crunches, and side crunches.

Or you could do planks....those are very challenging!!

Good job avoiding those donuts!

thinnside40 on 04/23/2010:

thinnside40 on 04/23/2010:
RE: Chile Lime Almonds....Stumbled upon them @ Walmart one day I needed a healthy snack..... Planters has Chipotle,Sea Salt n Olive Oil & the Chile Lime and maybe one other I cna't remember....Not too bad with the sodium content,skinless & "crunch"y......Healthy snacks can be good too :-) I also like the fact that I can go to the fridge section to get the Genesis One juice and not worry about keeping it cold in a lunch bag.... I wouldn't work for Walmart, but love working in their store of convenience as a Hallmark marketing rep....hehehheheheheehe

mskitty on 04/23/2010:
looking good!

nita51 on 04/23/2010:
Hi Holly, I laughed when you said you ate Hoecakes,,,,I hadn't heard that name in years. My mother use to make them, I had forgotten all about them. ha ha. Love your energy and exercise routine. Still working on poetry, I'll be posting, as soon as I get my copy writes back. Hugs!

hollybelle - Thursday Apr 22, 2010
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 168.2

Yesterday Day 105 was fine.  I didn't over eat but didn't count calories and didn't exercise, either.  The minor surgery went well - the doc didin't have to remove much "extra" tissue and got all the "bad" cells out - 5-6 stitches and a big ole bandage.  I washed and changed the bandage today - it looks fine and I don't even think I'll have a bad scar.  I'm giving it 6 months to heal and look "good".  YAY - thank God for modern medicine.  We got to eat at my favorite resturant downtown - where I never get to go anymore since I don't work downtown and it's open only for lunch - all vegetable plate and it was fabulous!  Then I didn't really eat anything except a hoecake (cornbread) with syrup for dinner.

I already walked 2 miles this a.m. and will walk another 2-2.5 tonight.

So far today:

B:  Smoothie  370 (extra large)

L:  8 crackers and pnb, 1 grapefruit, 1 apple  470 

S:  Snack bar 100

D:  2 hoe cakes and syrup 400

1340 Calories

6 + miles walking - two separate walks  AM/PM



Progress as of today: 9.8 lbs lost so far, only 18.2 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/22/2010:
Im glad your surgery went well. It sounds like you did good with your eating as well. :)

Enjoy your day!

just42day on 04/22/2010:
that's good news re: your surgery! Congrats! Also congrats on all your walking! That's fabulous. I really miss walking. (am waiting for much needed knee surgery. Had one knee done last Spring. One down; one to go.)

Have a good rest of the day!

nosetwitch on 04/22/2010:
walking is my favorite form of exercise too. it's therapeutic.

KathyBlue on 04/22/2010:
ahh, good to know that the surgery went well, Holly. Have fun! :)

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