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greengirl - Wednesday Dec 31, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I hope all members of DD have a wonderful New Year and you all have my best wishes for 2009. Let's make it a healthier one for all of us !!  Good luck with your journey towards a healthy life :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/31/2008:
Happy New Year's Greeny!

Jen40 on 12/31/2008:

sweetpea1977 on 12/31/2008:
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

greengirl - Saturday Dec 20, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hi everyone, long time , no post !!  Recently I have had no time to myself, or for myself, and consequently have spent no time posting on here. This will change with the coming of the new year. I am going to make a new beginning. Towards this end I might start a new diary, under a new name. I have not fully decided on that yet, but as other aspects of my life are going to change in 2009 it might be the most appropriate action to take.  I may not get another opportunity to get on here before Christmas so I'd like to take this chance to wish you all a happy and healthy christmas, and to wish you luck with your efforts in the coming new year. Best wishes, Anne

biscottibody59 on 12/21/2008:
I wish you the same and will look forward to "seeing" you back here in '09!

mcwoo40 on 12/21/2008:
Hiya Anne,thanks for the message you left me the other day.I've not been too well with one thing and another,i need puttin down.I got a card from my Auntie who says that my nephews are both at Manchester Uni,is that where you are?I have an appt with the dietician so i will give it another go in Jan.My weight is giving me numerous problems,and i don't want to feel like this anymore so it's down to me at the end of the day.I hope you and the family are ok,and doggles too.Wishing you all the best for next year,fingers crossed for a good one,take care Julie

skinnyjeans on 12/22/2008:
Cheers to new things and hitting our goals in 2009! :)

Donkey on 12/22/2008:
I miss your posts, Greengirl. I hope that you will post more in 2009. I hope your changes in 2009 are for the best.

thinnside40 on 12/22/2008:
Glad to hear from you!..... I've been hit.miss with reading/commenting, but back into the swing of things for the moment...

Best wishes to/for you too!

sweetpea1977 on 12/22/2008:
Im glad you are thinking about posting more on here, because I've missed you so much! Hopefully, I'll become more of a regular diarist myself soon!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Anne!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/24/2008:
hi anne, long time no speak! i hope that the new year will be a very good one for you. this is actually my new goal. since it didn't work out with my birthday in september....i guess i will try to make the new year a new stage in my life!

Jen40 on 12/26/2008:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

sweetpea1977 on 12/31/2008:
Happy New Year Anne!

greengirl - Wednesday Nov 19, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hi everyone. I have been missing again as I have been going through a very upsetting time at work, and , as usual I have turned to comfort eating to help me through it. Of course, I know that it doesnt help, it just makes me fatter and more disgusted with myself.

We are going through a restructuring process at work, and my main supervisor (and friend) has had her position disappear completely. My own role has been moved to another team, and although the workload will remain very similar, I am facing a substantial paycut !! Also I will be expected to train other members of this team to help cover the jobs that used to be done by me and my friend, together. I feel as though I have been demoted, without the benefit of having less stressful work to do. I have had recourse to meet my union representative but she has been of very little use, just trying to reassure me that everything will work out ok in the end (complete waste of time !!).

The only things that have kept me plodding on have been my wonderful family, and my beautiful dogs. They have cheered me up:)  I am still thinking about a healthy lifestyle but at this moment in time I am not doing much to attain it.  It's not like me to be so miserable, I'm usually very optimistic but I am feeling very down at the moment. I am sure i will bounce back soon, but until then I might be a very despondent Greengirl, so please forgive me for that .

loveray on 11/19/2008:
OMG! i am so sorry to hear about your work situation. i know that food sometimes creeps in during the hard times, but remember how much harder that makes in on you. try not to punish yourself- easier said than done i know. love to you!

sweetpea1977 on 11/19/2008:
Aww, sorry to hear about the changes at work. Im so glad that you have your family and sweet dogs to help you through this. Try to keep them in your mind when you reach for your comfort food. They need their Greenie to be healthy and strong!

biscottibody59 on 11/20/2008:
I hope things start to look up for you! At least you have a union, something that's scarce in most jobs in the US--I hope it turns out your rep can help. This economic downturn presents so much uncertainty, I guess until there's a bottom. Texas usually absorbs a poor economy pretty well, but there are things like real estate that are continuing to go down, down, down.

I'm trying again to get back into it--it was 45 days since I lifted wts 'til the other day. One of those things that makes me feel so much better about myself and everything else! And when I don't do it I wonder why!?!

Hang in there and keep posting no matter what!

mcwoo40 on 11/26/2008:
Hiya Anne, Just stopping by to say hello.Hope you are havin fun with your new addition.Keep in touch,Julie

mcwoo40 on 12/15/2008:
Hello again,hope you are ok and ready to knuckle down after new year.Catch up soon Julie

greengirl - Friday Nov 07, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hey folks, I am still here, just had a lot on with one thing and another, and when I logged on the other night we seemed to be in the middle of alterations to the site so I thought I would try again later :)

I have to say that I have not been watching what I have eaten this week. I've not done much damage yet but I must get a grip. I want to look better for the party I am having Christmas week to celebrate my daughters 18th birthday. In the Uk that signifies your 'Coming of Age' when you can buy alcohol legally, vote in elections, get married without parental permission etc. so we usually make a big fuss of it ! We are having a family party, but the night after she is going to pizzahut with 20 friends to have a real celebration !! That's what she's telling me anyway :)

Have a good weekend and fight the good fight !

thinnside40 on 11/07/2008:
So, Christmas is what????....41-42 days away.... That is a pretty good amount of time that will go by fast to get some healthy choosing & exercise in...Ya/No?

Here in the Wa. State legal drinking age is 21, but 18 for cigarette purchases & voting.....

Good seeing your name on the list today..... 170's here you come?!?!?!?!

biscottibody59 on 11/07/2008:
Sounds like, from your comment, your weather really stinks--though I wish we could have some of your rain. We have had a couple of cold snaps, and a fierce wind that blew most of the elm leaves out of the trees, but I really can't complain. Anytime I can get a good amount of sun, I'm grateful!

We can do this--get a grip--the old "when you find yourself in a hole--stop digging!" Easier said than done, but if we can break it down into a day or meal at a time, I think it CAN be done!

Have a good weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/09/2008:
LOL! tell your daughter to be safe! lol.

welcome back greeny!

WI3 on 11/09/2008:
How exciting that your girl is turning 18! I remember when my oldest turned 18...I have another one turning 18 next year. I still think of them as babies, drives them nuts LOL take care!

skinnyjeans on 11/09/2008:
The party sounds like fun! I wish I was 18 again.... :)

mcwoo40 on 11/10/2008:
Hiya Anne,Hope you've had a good weekend.Alfie was playing with a 15week old king charles gosh she was sooo cute.Now all you have to do is picture yourself in that little black dress for the party,so be good,till next time Julie

greengirl - Sunday Oct 26, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hello all,

Sorry I have been AWOL this week but between work and looking after the new puppy I have been run off my feet. I had forgotten how much having a new puppy is like having a new baby !! I have uploaded a pic of Jasper teasing my other dog Kali. She has put him in his place a couple of times but otherwise has been pretty patient with him. He has his first innoculations on Tuesday, and when he has the second jab 4 weeks later he will also be given an ID chip. More money but I am sure he is worth it.

On the work front we have been busy, and also the environmental group I am part of made a push to get our work colleagues to save energy (both at work and at home) Time will tell if we were persuasive enough to make a difference ! Dietwise I havent been eating as well as usual but at least I havent put weight on. The weather has been very bad here recently, which doesnt make you feel like going out far for a walk. One day last week Kali and I came back covered in mud from our usual walk. Today the rain has never stopped.

Well I am off for now. When I get some peace to myself I will get back on and read diaries. Bye for now ;0

thinnside40 on 10/27/2008:
Good Week to You!

skinnyjeans on 10/27/2008:
I love your new puppy! What a cutie! I hope you have a great week. :)

Maria7 on 10/28/2008:
Hey there! Cute puppy! Hope you're doing well today!

WI3 on 10/28/2008:
Hey GG! THAT is a cute pup! Keep going strong!

Maria7 on 10/29/2008:
Hoping you're having a nice day today over there at the library at the university. Smile!

MCWOO40 on 10/30/2008:

sweetpea1977 on 11/05/2008:
Awww, look at those pups. So cute! Makes me wanna get a puppy friend for my doggie!!

Hope you are doing well. Give us an update whenever you get a chance!

mcwoo40 on 11/07/2008:
Hey Anne stop hiding,Is your pup keepin' you busy.It's getting nippy now is'nt it.Hey have you seen the advert for tins of cadbury's roses and celebrations for �4 @ morrisons bargain,yes i am tempted.Have a great weekend,Julie

greengirl - Sunday Oct 19, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hey folks. I'm sorry I've not been around much this weekend on DD but the photo I have uploaded shows you why. Can I introduce you to the newest member of our family, Jasper the baby lurcher? He has taken up all my time this weekend, but tomorrow I will be going to work and leaving him to the tender mercies of my hubby ! By the way I managed to lose another pound this week, so everything is just hunkydory :)

Donkey on 10/19/2008:
I'm glad to hear that you are doing well. What a cute little woogie you have there :-)

biscottibody59 on 10/20/2008:
Congrats on another pound gone! Cute pet there!

WI3 on 10/20/2008:
CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss!! And wow, what an adorable puppy! YAY!

Maria7 on 10/21/2008:
YAyyy on hunkydorey! Good for you on your new number!!! Cute new member of your family!

mcwoo40 on 10/24/2008:
Is'nt he gorgeous Anne, it makes me want another dog.How old his he??Alfie's nearly 20mths now and mad, but gorgeous.Well done on your weight loss,are you getting into the swing of things now.Enjoy your weekend,Anne.Take care Julie

greengirl - Thursday Oct 16, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I'm sorry, this isn't really a DD update but I thought you might like to see the rainbow that was hanging over the university campus where I work. I caught it on my mobile phone as I was leaving work at 5pm this evening. The church in the background is called The Holy Name and is very pretty. It's a shame you cant see it because the Students Union building is in front of it

thinnside40 on 10/16/2008:
If you look super super close, I think you may see a double rainbow (very faint).... Look above the dark one and in reverse are the colors (a reflection) in one above the grey building is in the middle of the 2....I showed it to my son and he concured he sees it too..... This is something I look for each time we have a rainbow here and almost every time there are 2...

Thanks for sharing and happy healthy living to you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2008:
awww pretty! :) glad you saw something nice to focus on today!

skinnyjeans on 10/16/2008:
NEAT!!! What a great picture! Yeah, too bad we can't see the pretty church back there. Goodnight greengirl!

Maria7 on 10/18/2008:
What a pretty rainbow! Thanks for sharing this photo with us!

greengirl - Monday Oct 13, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I decided to write my post tonight with an added picture of my little dog Kali, cosying up in front of the fire. There is a definate chill to the air tonight so as soon as I put the fire on, she sneaked in and lay on her bed in front of it !! She is like me, she likes her home comforts. I have had a good day today, with calories at just slightly over 1500. Over the weekend I was aiming for 1400. I am hoping to get more exercise in this week. Despite being very busy at work and also with a review and staff restructuring going on, being 54 yrs old, and having put on a fair bit of weight over the last year, I am feeling surprisingly upbeat and optimistic. I am confident that I can lose the weight I put on, and more besides. Let's have a good week, this week :)

skinnyjeans on 10/13/2008:
You CAN lose the weight! Glad you're feeling great and optimistic! And I love your pooch picture! How cute!

selina on 10/14/2008:
Dog Kali is adorable! How wonderful to have someone like her to share your home with! I love your optmism. Have a great day!

thinnside40 on 10/14/2008:
She makes me want to curl up in front of the fire..... Nothin' like coziness...'

Hope yer week is as good as amticipated..... We have to work at making it what we want it to be don't we ?!?!?!?!?!

biscottibody59 on 10/15/2008:
Nice pic! Hope you have a good day today--try to do as much as you can, but don't beat yourself up if you don't get it all in!

sweetpea1977 on 10/15/2008:
Great attitude greenie! Lets do this together, shall we?

Kali has the best seat in the house!! :-)

WI3 on 10/15/2008:
Cute dog! Have a great week!

greengirl - Saturday Oct 11, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

I'm sorry this is a real quick visit tonight. I am feeling better after my heavy cold/throat infection but have loads of stuff to catch up with, that I couldn't get done last week cos not feeling well. I just wanted to let you know that i managed to lose just one pound, which I am quite pleased about as I was eating normally when laid up, so exercising even less than usual. Anyway, I am feeling really motivated at the moment. I have lost 2.5 lbs in 2 weeks and still think I can reach my short-term target of losing 20 lbs altogether before Christmas. I'm off now to do some ironing, as it built up while I was feeling poorly. Have a great weekend, folks, and lets keep strong :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/11/2008:
feel better, greeny! congrats on your loss! :) I know you can reach your goal! people can do whatever they want if they try!

thinnside40 on 10/11/2008:
Wanna come do my ironing????...Got plenty! Feel free anytime!

Glad you are feeling better and on the road to a lower number...

WI3 on 10/11/2008:
I am glad you are feeling better, that is great news!! And congrats on the weight loss! I KNOW how good that feels after having already lost it and struggling to lose it again. YAY!

skinnyjeans on 10/11/2008:
Hey...one pound is fantastic! Scale going in the right direction! Congrats. Also, glad you are feeling better!

Donkey on 10/12/2008:
Donkey was here; she hopes you feel better soon! (Still raining and flooding in the UK?)

mcwoo40 on 10/13/2008:
Hiya Anne your goal seems very doable my dear,you know what to do it's just willpower is'nt it!!Keep it up girl,Julie

biscottibody59 on 10/13/2008:
I like your reasonable goal--congrats on being another pound down!

Good day to you!

greengirl - Wednesday Oct 08, 2008
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hello everyone, hope you are all well and doing ok with the healthy way of life. I have been pretty good this week, eating healthily despite the awful weather and dire economic news. I have stopped looking at the stock exchange and worrying about my hubby's pension. In fact the only stock I try to think about is the stock I use in recipes !!

On the exercise front I have to confess that I have been very poor, but never fear I am getting more motivated each day, and am going back to basics. I was surprised by how many people are posting on here now. I doubt I will be able to read thru' all of them. If I dont comment, it's only because I don't have enough time to do it on every post, and nothing personal. I know you all must understand.

I have been suffering the effects of a heavy cold this week but I'm feeling much better today, although I'm still a bit hoarse. Have a good week this week and fight the good fight !!

thinnside40 on 10/08/2008:
Glad you are feeling better.....

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year for the smells of apples, pears, etc and all the beautiful color changes..BUT, I DO NOT like tha daylight dwindle... Our daylight savings begins in November and I so dread it being dark @ 4:00/5:00 p.m. Only thing I like about it is the hour setting back... I wish they would just leave it alone...

Totally get the time restriction of not being able to read/comment....

Thanks for taking the time to read me today!

sweetpea1977 on 10/08/2008:
I hear ya on the economic crisis! I dont know how we are going to get out this mess! It makes me so mad, sad, and stressed out!

Anyway, I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Keep up the fight!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/08/2008:
hehe, funny first paragraph you wrote!

yeah, don't worry too much about the other stocks...not much you can do. if you can afford it, keep the money where it is and don't change it. then, when it does go up...haha whenever that is, your money will too. i'm no economist, but i think that's smart.

feel better, greeny. i should call you ms. environmentalist (they're green!)

selina on 10/09/2008:
I think a lot about stocks too, nowadays. Chicken stock, that is. Fish stock, too! Seriously, I do worry about the outcome of this economic crisis - seems like it's affecting everyone!

Exercising: Try walking a bit every day. That's what I did and it's working for me. When I started here 5 months ago (I can't believe how time flies!) I started walking and never stopped - it's so simple and it's really effective if you do it consistently, I'd say. I don't know if you guys use walking poles in the UK (they call it Nordic power walking poles, here), but here in Switzerland, everybody does it. I use them and I can't praise them enough - they are great for your upper body and you knees. And they make you look like you are serious about your fitness, and fashionable too, hehe. Good luck!

skinnyjeans on 10/09/2008:
Feel better soon!!! It seems like a bunch of people on DD are coming down with something! Maybe it's contagious through our computers? Haha. :)

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