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greengirl - Saturday Mar 03, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 185.5

Here's a picture of my little dog Kali (with my son). She's five years old. My daily post is underneath this picture entry

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 35.5 lbs to go!

sharklover on 03/03/2007:
That's a really cute picture!

WorkingIt2 on 03/04/2007:
Very cute!!! She looks very relaxed with your son as well! Have a great day =)

borntocry on 03/04/2007:
Cute dog! Cute son, too, hehe...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/04/2007:
nice amount of miles that you logged in!!!! anything above 3 takes some real time to commit yourself to!

greengirl - Saturday Mar 03, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 185.5

sorry if I didnt get on your diary to comment. I have been on some but I've got things to do tonight. Yesterday I had one of my exercise free days so no challenge points for then. I try to have two every week to give the old body time to recharge. Had a good session today though. Had 60 mins on the treadmill. Warm up mile in just under 17 mins, 2 miles in 32mins 50secs, 3 mile in 48mins 39 secs. Ended up doing 5.84km (3.62 miles) in 60 mins including a five minute slowdown period.

So thats 2 challenge points for me for today.

In reply to questions from Thursday, both the daffodil and the leek are emblems of Wales, as is the red dragon. The leek is an onion like vegetable and very tasty, esp in soups. My dog is a cross bred dog. She has a bit of staffordshire bull terrier in her and is very sweet. Will post a picture of her soon for workingit to see. Also thanks for the inspirational post workingit!!

Get back to you all soon :)

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 35.5 lbs to go!

greengirl - Thursday Mar 01, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 185.5

Hi and Happy St David's Day (he's the patron saint of Wales!! so break out the daffodils and Leeks!!). A bit of a mixed day today weatherwise, cold, sometimes dry, sometimes showers and freezing temps forecast for tonight (only -1, not too bad). Ive been having a good day healthwise. kept in my cals and got in the exercise. Did 35 mins on the treadmill when I got in from work, then did 10 mins on the exercise bike in the kitchen while I was cooking the dogs dinner. I think that means I can claim 2 points on the new March challenge. YAY!!

How nice to see we have more new members. I am always telling people about this site but blogging isnt something that appeals to a lot of middle aged english ladies!! They just dont know what they are missing! My son tells me I use far to many exclamation marks !! He might have a point there!! Catch up with you all tomorrow, and many thanks for your comments on yesterdays post. You are soo supportive ***HUGS ALL ROUND***

By the way workingit2 I followed the link and found it very inspirational. Thank you :0)

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 35.5 lbs to go!

sharklover on 03/01/2007:
There's no such thing as too many exclamation marks!!! :-)

Sacrifice2Day on 03/01/2007:
!!!!!!No way!!!!!! I forgot about biking!!!!Gotta remember that tomorrow!!!!

mcwoo40 on 03/02/2007:
Hi, i bought those quorn Kofti bites from Farmfoods,and i got some lamb style burgers.I've had the ordinary burgers which i like, so i thought i would try these for a change.They where �2.50 for the 2 items which is'nt too bad.Good on yer for doing your exercise after work i'm suprised you had any energy left!!I too use alot of exclamation marks.Have yourself a good day,Julie

borntocry on 03/02/2007:
Hehe, I use a lot of exclamation marks too - especially on comments!

I love daffodils - didn't know they're Welsh. And leeks, too?

Thanks for the comment you left me. I am also worried about what will happen if my race is really windy! I was so keen to finish it in under two hours, but considering that is already barely likely to happen, it will be so much harder if the weather is bad!

sweetpea1977 on 03/02/2007:
Good work on your exercise!!

Isnt it wonderful that whe have so many new members?!

Have a great weekend!

sandrella on 03/02/2007:
Way to go on the exercise! Not to sound stupid, but what is a leek?..lol... I seriously don't know. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

biscottibody59 on 03/02/2007:
Hmm I never really thought of St David! Hope you're having a good day!

LilyV on 03/03/2007:
Great job on the exercising and multi-tasking. Lil.

WorkingIt2 on 03/03/2007:
Great job on the exercise YAY!!! What kind of dogs do you have? I love dogs!

WorkingIt2 on 03/03/2007:
Forgot to add my little 'today' message lol

Saturday, March 3, 2007 The courage to be you You are unique, with your own special beauty and value to give to life. What a terrible shame it would be if you were to let that beauty be hidden behind your fears. When you worry that you're not good enough, you allow others to control you, and their domination will soon make you miserable. Or when you fool yourself into thinking you're superior to everyone else, you deny yourself the exquisite joy of offering your own special gifts to life.

It takes courage and faith, effort and initiative to be who you are. And it is so very much worth the effort.

Though no one else can do it for you, you have what it takes to be magnificently successful at being you. From the deepest secrets of your soul to the face you put forward to the world, every bit of you is meant to be the authentic and original person you are.

Listen to that quiet, persistent voice inside that you know is always right. This is your opportunity to fulfill and express the real and lasting joy of being you.

Let the beautiful person inside of you come more fully to life as each moment passes. Let yourself, and the world around you, know the joy and fulfillment that is meant just for you to express.

-- Ralph Marston

greengirl - Wednesday Feb 28, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 185.5

hello fellow DDers.

I am sorry i missed last night but hubby wanted to watch the football (soccer) on tv, which is boring so I watched a DVD upstairs and didnt bother with the computer. However i'm back now. I'd just like to thank everyone for the very positive comments on my last post. They mean a lot to me. The weather here in my part of England is pretty awful today. We have had a very warm winter for us, but it has also been very wet and miserable. Bit depressing really. Today it is windy too, just to make things worse.

anyways here are my final challenge points for this month


Calories 2 points

Water 2 points

exercise 0 points

no binging 10 points

wasnt online so no commenting points of any description

total for tuesday 14 points

Total points for Wednesday 36 points !!!

We all know what they are for so its daft to put it down individually. The good thing I'd like to say about myself is about my fitness. I work on the third floor above ground level and have been using the fire stairs at least once every day. This involves seven short flights of stairs!! Today I went up the stairs with two of my colleagues. I talked to them all the way up. They stopped talking after a couple of flights of stairs!!! When we got to our floor I was still fine, not short of breath or anything. They were both struggling to catch their breath, and guess what. They were both only half my age!!! Made me feel great, and that all my exercise is so worthwhile!! It's obviously paying off :) Have a great day tomorrow, friends :0)

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 35.5 lbs to go!

leeumom on 02/28/2007:
Boy that is great on climbing the stairs! Keep up the good work. I'm sure you are right on the water weight. Or, perhaps you ate or drank something with high sodium. That happens to me.

weightlossyoyo on 02/28/2007:
I climb the stairs at the gym sometimes in between sets of weights, very good exercise! Your doing great!

weightlossyoyo on 02/28/2007:
I climb the stairs at the gym sometimes in between sets of weights, very good exercise! Your doing great!

biscottibody59 on 03/01/2007:
It's always good when you realize you're getting much more fit than you were before! Don't worry about that pound--just don't let it happen too often:-)

You're doing great overall--keep up the good work!

WorkingIt2 on 03/01/2007:
Happy March 1st! http://positivepause.com/

sandrella on 03/01/2007:
Way to go! I know it put a smile on your face to leave those younger girls in the wind!! I'm so proud of ya! :)

borntocry on 03/01/2007:
Wow! I'm impressed that you climbed all those stairs with no shortness of breath. I hate stairs. Despite all my running I still get out of breath climbing stairs!

Thanks for the comment you left me. It really helped!

Hope the weather is better for you today... it is warm and sunny here in Paris!

Justine6Robert3 on 03/01/2007:
Way to go getting up all of those stairs without any shortness of breath!! That must of been rewarding knowing you were in better shape than the girls half your age!!

I know what you mean by the weather, it seems to be getting everybody down. I'm so envious of the girls in the warm and sunny places (borntocry, lucky you!!) We are getting another snow storm today. My daughter's school bus was cancelled. The snow is really coming down right now and the weather network predicts it will turn into freezing rain around 7:00 pm tonight, YUCK!

greengirl - Monday Feb 26, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 185.5

I'm pretty depressed this morning as I am a pound up on the scale but I will accept it with a good grace and move on !! I'm still carrying some water in my ankles so I'm not thinking its fat that ive put on. Hopefully the pound will be gone next week and will have taken a friend with it!!! My challenge points for yesterday and today are as follows


Water 2 points

Calories 2 points

Exercise 2 points

No binging 10 points

No commenting on site

Sunday 16 points in all


water 2 points

calories 2 points

exercise 2 points

no binging 10 points

positive commenting 10 points

positive about myself 10 points

Monday 36 points !!!

The reason I feel positive about myself is because although I have not lost weight I have total confidence that i can turn that round this week. I know from experience that by next week I will be back on track. I am on a mission to lose between 14 and 20 pounds before I do my charity 5k race in June so there is no way I am letting this blip set me back from that aim!! All I have done this week is spoil a very nice chart that I have been doing on excel to keep track of my weightloss!!!! Good luck to us all ladies (and gentlemen of course :0) )

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 35.5 lbs to go!

candance on 02/26/2007:
You can do it! Im impressed that you didnt binge on youre disappointment because thats what I have to fight myself about punishing myself when I have setbacks and I know we all have setbacks!

sharklover on 02/26/2007:
You have such a great attitude! That will definetly help you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/26/2007:
hello! "jumbled" works...instead of fajumbled (which i see is not a word after all!)....what i meant was "confused!" nice job on points today!

borntocry on 02/27/2007:
Ohh, I spoiled my Excel chart last weekend too! I was so proud of the graph showing my calories - I had never kept them down for such a long period of time (two weeks) before. I was even going to post it in my entry. But now it's ruined!

Never mind - you have the right attitude. We have more important things to look forward to and we can't let this set us back!

lea on 02/27/2007:
Hiya Im actually at Manchester Uni but not for much longer I finish in April. You are doin brill with all your weight loss keep up the good work.


Justine6Robert3 on 02/27/2007:
You have a very positve attitude towards loosing weight, that should take you very far!! That's so great that your doing a run for charity! I would enjoy doing something like that one day.

greengirl - Saturday Feb 24, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 184.5

Hey everyone, i'm sorry i have been AWOL for a couple of days, but as you know I have been preparing a party for my son's 21st birthday. well, the party went well. I have posted a photo from it. Its of me and the men in my life,(from left to right, me , John (birthday boy), Pete (hubby) and Stephen (firstborn!!!). We had a great night with twenty members of the immediate family, but would you believe it Sarah (my daughter) had a prior engagement which was obviously much more exciting than our party!!!! By the way, just realised that Stephen has silly hat on, on the photo. He doesnt usually wear that!! He must have picked it up in the house cos it's not his!

Down to business, I have to confess to having a really bad day (or three). I will just put my challenge points and you will see what I mean.

Thursday 14 points

Friday 12 points

Saturday 12points

You see what I mean!!! And if it hadnt been for the exercise on Thusday and friday and the positive commenting tonight the points would have been even less. All I can say is that the temptation of cooking all the party food was just too much. It was just as bad as Christmas. Also this morning I had some water retention in my ankles and hands. I think it was because I was on my feet for hours on end yesterday, and also eating lots of unaccustomed snack-type foods with high salt content (not to mention the booze aspect!!!)

Anyway, I am not expecting any kind of weight loss this week. In fact I think i will be lucky if I dont register a gain. If I do I will just pick myself up and get back on with it. I'm going to try a bit more back-to-basics!!! It worked well for me in January and I'm feeling the need of a bit of a detox at the moment. Will catch up again tomorrow :0)

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 34.5 lbs to go!

WorkingIt2 on 02/25/2007:
So happy that the party went well! Congrats! And what a great picture! You look very happy and CHECK OUT those collarbones!! You GO Girl!!

weightlossyoyo on 02/25/2007:
Well it is good that the party went off well, and who knows some times the bad weeks end up helping instead of hurting, throw your body off a little.

mcwoo40 on 02/25/2007:
Hi greengirl,another great picture of yourself(and your family)your older son has the look of John Thompson from cold feet what do you think or do i need glasses??Don't worry too much about putting any weight on ,look at me last week then i was really good then i've lost 4lbs so you can get back on track maybe more exercise than you normally do,Julie

greengirl - Wednesday Feb 21, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 184.5

Hey BTC this photo is just for you. I hope it cheers you up before your docs appointment. Sarah took it on Monday night. She got pretty close to the front. Some of her pics are even closer than that!!

Had a good day all round today until I got home and had a minibinge of chocolate. Damned husband had bought Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate. Its yummy. Probably went over my cals by about 300 but it wasnt mindless binging - it was amazingly purposeful binging!!! I meant every bite of it LOL!!

Challenge points for today

Water 2 points

Calories 0 points

exercise 0 points

binging 0 points

positive commenting 10 points

positive about myself 10 points

22 points in all

i actually feel pretty good about myself today. I have finished for the weekend!! Yep its only Wednesday and I'm off til next Monday. This is to prepare for Johns party!! I feel great. Not even the going over on the cals has bothered me as I know that in the long run it wont do me any harm!!! I'm planning an hour exercise each day for next four days. Whoohoo!!! Ive tried to comment on as many people as poss but I have to go now so if I missed you, SORRY!! Will catch up with you soon :0)

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 34.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 02/21/2007:
Oh, what a cool picture! Thank you! So, how was the show?

sharklover on 02/21/2007:
Glad you had such a good day, and that you're feeling really good about yourself! (As you should be!)

WorkingIt2 on 02/22/2007:
LOL purposeful binging is sometimes very well worth it! So happy you are feeling so wonderful! Have a great party and enjoy your long weekend!

sweetpea1977 on 02/23/2007:
Congrats on your latest weightloss! You are incredible.

Ohh, I love Cadbury's chocolate, but it doesnt love me very much! I always feel fat after I eat them!!

Enjoy your long weekend!

greengirl - Tuesday Feb 20, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 184.5

Very quick update tonight. sorry I have been too short on time to read and comment tonight but I will catch up with as many people as I can tomorrow. The kids got home safely last night as I knew they would (still worrying tho). They had a brilliant night. Sarah was really excited. She took some good photos at the gig and I will post one tomorrow specially for BTC!!! I managed to get twenty minutes on the exercise bike last night before I went to bed, so the exercise wasnt a complete washout. today I was much better and did 40 mins on the treadmill after work. I am having Thursday and Friday off work in order to get prepared for the party. The posters I made with John's photos turned out really well. He knows about the party but he will have a fit when he sees the posters all over the house!!

Challenge points for today are as follows

Exercise 2 points

Calories 2 points

No binging 10 points

16 points in all.

Catch up with you all tomorrow :0)

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 34.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 02/20/2007:
Oooh, I can't wait!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/21/2007:
yeah, i can't wait for the photos! I love looking at the photos you post because you always look so happy!

greengirl - Monday Feb 19, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 184.5

Weigh-in day for me today, and it was a lot better than last week. This week I managed to lose two pounds so I am very pleased. I have been trying to cut down to 1400 calories a day, and I have been getting there or thereabouts most days. Today I had to work an extra hour at work and I was a lot more tired, when I got home from work, than I usually am so no exercise for me tonight. I will make up for it tomorrow. I am going to be worrying all night tonight anyway, as my son and daughter are out at a gig tonight. I always worry when they are out in town, but you have to let them off the leash sometimes!!!

How nice it is to see so many new members on our site, recently. I hope they all do really well. Here are my challenge points for today

Calories 2 points

water 2 points

exercise 0 points

No binging 10 points

Positive commenting 10 points

24 points in all

Good luck to us all !!!!

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 34.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 02/19/2007:
Congrats on the 2 pounds lost--woohoo!

Okay! Common ground at last: I have a "Smiths" CD and I do like Morrissey alot!

Good for you getting all that photo stuff accomplished! All that scanning though sounds a little daunting.

Have a good one!

mcwoo40 on 02/19/2007:
Hi, well done on your weightloss,i worry when the girls are at a party.I dread to think what i will be like when they are old enough to go around town i will be a few steps behind them i reckon !!I think it is just mother's natural instinct to worry is'nt it.Bye 4 now Julie

sandrella on 02/19/2007:
Way to go!!! I'm proud of you! I'm not looking forward to the day that I have to let my girls go out without me. I honestly think that cutting those apron strings are going to be harder than losing weight...if that's possible..lol! Keep up the good work and happy early b-day to your son! To be young again...although when I was 21 I had a 2 month old baby..lol!

mylifechanges on 02/19/2007:
Great job on that two pound loss! It's absolutely something to be proud of! :) You've lost more weight now than you have left to lose! Keep going!

WorkingIt2 on 02/19/2007:
Oh HOORAY!!!! I am so thrilled to read this! YAY!!! Great job!

Justine6Robert3 on 02/19/2007:
Two pounds, way to go!! I guess when your a parent you never stop worrying about your kids. My mother used to sit in a chair in front of the T.V. waiting for my sister and I to come in at night when we were teenagers. She usually fell asleep, but she always woke up when we came in. Now that I'm a mother I find I can understand why my mother did all the things she did that drove me crazy growing up!!!

How is the party planning coming along? Is it a surprise party for your son or does he know?

I hope you get a good nights rest tonight. Sometimes its just what your body needs and you'll be nice and fresh for your exercise tomorrow!

leeumom on 02/19/2007:
Great job on the weight loss. You have done so will and on the will to success. Keep it up.

greengirl - Sunday Feb 18, 2007
(portion control with calorie counting)
Weight: 186.5

Hey everyone. I didnt manage to get on here yesterday. I had to scan about a hundred photos onto my laptop as I want to make some posters of pictures of my son, to put on the walls next Friday at his 21st birthday party. It took me ages. I had a good time looking through literally hundreds (if not thousands) of photos. It was quite emotional actually. I'm seriously thinking of scanning the lot and saving them to discs, to put in a fireproof box. If we had a fire it would be one less thing to worry about. I would be devastated to lose them, like losing your memory!!! Anyway, enough about that, down to business.

I have had a really good weekend healthwise. I have fitted in all my exercise, and water and stuck within my calories so my points are as follows:-


Calories 2

water 2

exercise 2

No binging 10

Didnt comment at all

Total for Saturday 16 points


calories 2

water 2

exercise 2

No binging 10

positive commenting 10

total Sunday points 26

Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 36.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 02/18/2007:
Heh, thanks for your comment... I left you one on your last entry...

Justine6Robert3 on 02/18/2007:
Thank-you for your comment on Friday. Planning your son's 21st b-day, sounds fun and emotional! Your baby is now a young man!! It seems like once you have children time goes by so much faster!

I think thats a great idea to scan your photos and put them on a disc to keep in a fire safe box. I got my first camera when I was 14 yrs old. It was a pink and grey polaroid camera, hee hee. I have loved taking pictures ever since and last count I think I have over 40 photo albums!! I do have a digital camera which is by far my favourite toy but I still print all of my pictures and put them in albums, I still like being able to document them in a book. I also have them on discs and in my computer. My mother just gave me my dad's scanner and the guide on how to use it When I get a chance to get it hooked up and set up I know I will have alot of fun scanning the old pictures and playing with them!!

My girlfriend Genevieve (same friend that I just went to her Grandma's funeral) had a fire in their house over 6 yrs ago. Her 1st son was only about 4 months old and they had to throw him out the window. That sounds awful but her husband threw him to his Grandfather who caught him and he had no injuries at all!! There was so much smoke and he was so small that they wanted to get him out as fast as possible. They lost almost all of their photos and the ones that did make it were damaged and smelled really awful from the smoke. Family and friends tried to give them pictures but it would still be such a loss of memories. I've always said I would get the family out and then my pictures!!

Great job with your calories and exercise! Looks like you did well this week-end! Good luck with your party planning, I bet you'll be busy with that this week!

mylifechanges on 02/18/2007:
wow- great job on the weekend. and what a fun project for your sons birthday! I'm sure he'll love and appreciate that. My mom just turned 60 this year and my dad did the same thing...he put pictures all over the walls of her through the years. It was really kind of neat!! I know your son will love it! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/18/2007:
I know your hard work will be very much appreciated at his party!

leeumom on 02/18/2007:
Our babies grow up. Mylifechanges is mine!! I know it had to be fun going thru all the pictures. Looks like you are really doing good on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

sharklover on 02/18/2007:
Wow, a 21st birthday! that's one of those big birthdays! That's awesome that you are going to make posters out of some pictures for him. That's pretty cool.

Thanks a lot for your suggestion on keeping eye contact. When I read it I suddenly remembered a class I had in 7th grade where the headmaster of my school taught us all how important that was. I guess I should make sure to use that one. :-)

borntocry on 02/19/2007:
Oooh, Babyshambles! Okay greengirl, this shall be your next mission - to get everyone here acquainted with Babyshambles! And how about... Morrissey?

borntocry on 02/19/2007:
Hey greengirl,

Thanks for your comment! I must tell my husband that story about Pete Doherty falling asleep on stage... he'll love it!

I wasn't joking about Morrissey - if it weren't for him I would never have met my husband!! No kidding. We met on an online chat group for The Smiths! (I was also on one for Pulp, but that one was always deserted - I guess they never really made it in America!) So we are both huge Morrissey fans!

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