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hollybelle - Tuesday Sep 11, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

My entry for yesterday didn't post for some reason. To update - It was a healthy day. Calories were 1500 and exercise was total 35 minutes - 25 minutes on ET and 10 minutes weights and abs!

OK - I think I'm getting back in the swing of things.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

maria777 on 09/11/2007:
Hollybelle, may the Lord bless you for your very sweet encouraging comment to me today. I just now read it. Thank you SOOOO much! Big Smile! I SOOOOO needed to hear that!

Your 1500 calories yesterday sound terrific and also the 35 minutes exercise! Keep up the FANTASTIC work!

Hope you have a happy, blessed day...and thank so much again!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2007:
great exercise holly!

hollybelle - Friday Sep 07, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Good Afternoon all. It's been a busy week so I haven't gotten on the site this week, but am happy to report that other than the holiday weekend - during which I endulged in foods I usually forego, but kept it "reasonable" for the most part - I have been keeping track of my calories and have been exercising. I have walked everyday except one for between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours and calories have been in the 1400-1800 range all except one day when they were more in the 2500 range. When things calm down a bit I will post my menus daily - if I can and check up on your all's diaries.

Haven't said much about husband's job search - but just to mention - AUGH!!!! Seriously - It could be SO MUCH worse, but it has been so strange and difficult. Not sure what God has planned for us. "Growth opportunities" abound, though!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

greengirl on 09/07/2007:
I've had a busy week too so I can really sympathise with you. Hope you soon have good news about your husbands jobsearch. I will keep my fingers crossed for you !! Keep your chin up, Hollybelle :)

Workingit2 on 09/07/2007:
Good job with the diet and exercise! Good luck to hubby with the search!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/08/2007:
great on calories and exercise!

WorkingIt2 on 09/09/2007:
I am so happy you found the journal for "MyRealStory" and gave her that great advice! (((((((Hugs)))))))

mcwoo40 on 09/09/2007:
Hi Holly,hope you are ok and life is'nt getting you too down.You seem to be doing well with the diet and exercise and not putting any on.Best wishes,Julie

hollybelle - Friday Aug 31, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Thanks for all your comments. Yesterday was OK. I came in with 1260 calories. But no exercise. Time was very short. Had a committee meeting that ran long and daughter developed a pretty bad infection underneath a blister on her heel (dancers get blisters all the time and she treats them - never had an infected one before) that needed medical attention so took her to the after hours clinic and got RX antibiotics for it. By that time it was 8:00 - had to have dinner, walk the dog - AH wait - I DID exercise LOL! I walked the dog for 35 minutes! I don't think I am awake yet! How funny - I think????

Menus were:

B: Iced Coffee, Oatmeal and 1/3 banana

L: Pork Chop and Salad with Light Ranch Dressing, Sm piece of Bread

D: Cashews (snack really), PBJ Sandwich, Milk, Luna Bar

Total Calories: 1260 Total Exercise: 35 minutes Walking

My plan is to stay on the better eating level I have been on the last week and try not to over-indulge over the Labor Day weekend. We are going to my in-laws for various activities for the Labor Day holiday. Husband and Daughter are going Saturday. I may go with them or drive up on sunday. They live about 1 1/2 hrs away. We will go to River Fest in Cincinnati - a BIG fireworks show on the river set to music. We haven't been in years and I am looking forward to seeing it again. One of husband's cousins is having cookout - potluck - so food will be tempting. I think I may save Sunday as a day when I eat whatever within reason. Sometimes that will motivate me to eat well until the event and then I can feel ok with it. I have decided not to let it stress me out whatever I do. It's just not worth it. A year ago I remember I felt stressed if I had been doing well and then was faced with a "eating occasion". I didn't realize I can make the right choices even at a picnic or celebration. AND....making the "right" choices doesn't necessarily mean foregoing food I love, or depriving myself. It just means I use my head, common sense and keep the balance I am aiming for!

Well, on that note, I think I will exit here. I'll try to post as much as I can and continue to keep my food diaries (because it DOES help) during the long weekend. In any event - wishing everyone blessings and much success. Question for our members in other countries - Does your country of residence have a similar holiday to the US's Labor Day?

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/31/2007:
haha...dinner sounds nice and sweet, definitely a choice for those with a sweet tooth! in my heart i do believe it's VERY ok to give into the temptations of food at a gathering. It's the perfect time to indulge in things you don't normally. for me, i'm always getting so anxious that i'll indulge the night and the morning before the event...and then i try to limit myself there...which is just dumb. i'm trying to turn this around...so that i indulge more with people...and not away from them!

workingit2 on 09/02/2007:
LOL congrats on the exercise and the calories...way to hang tough!!

hollybelle - Thursday Aug 30, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Yesterday was OK. Exercise was 1.25 hr walking in the Mall because it was go HOT!

Menus were:

B: SMALL Iced Coffee (saved calories for real food - oatmeal, pecans and Br sugar Splenda, 1/3 banana

L: Ate at favorite home cooking restaurant: Vegetable Plate - Corn, Kale, Fried Green Tomatoes 2 corn bread sticks WITH BUTTER

D: Wasn't very hungry due to satisfying lunch! 1/2 small boneless pork chop - grilled, watermelon and cantelope, black-eyed peas and rice

Will update later - gotta go take care of something......

LATER: Looks like my calorie count was aboaut 1475. Not too bad. I need to exercise more. It rained last night and is muddy today so no biking - but it is cooler - so maybe walking tonight.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 08/30/2007:
The food sounds delicious. Keep up the great work.

mcwoo40 on 08/30/2007:
Hiya Holls,that food is making me hungry apart fom the melon!!I hope you are finding keeping a food diary is helping you aswell.Are those green tomatoes a special type as they would give me bellyache if i ate them green??bye 4 now Julie

greengirl on 08/30/2007:
Mmmm. Lunch sounds yummy!!! You have been so consistent recently. Well done :o)

Workingit2 on 08/30/2007:
Great job on the calories! I know what you mean about the good calories but awful choices of food....some days I eat more junk..and WOW can I tell the difference the next day!

Isn't the cooler weather just wonderful! YAY! FALL!

hollybelle - Wednesday Aug 29, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Well, yesterday wasn't as good a diet/exercise day as Monday, but it was OK. I was tired (or was it lazy??) so - no exercise. I just kept procrastinating and didn't do any at all. Food was OK.

B: Iced Coffee

L: Burrito, 100 cal pack , banana,

S: 100 Cal granola bar

D: Ice Cream, 1/2 PBJ on multi grain, shredded wheat cereal, milk

That amounted to about 1500 calories. Not bad calorie wise, but the selection of food was awful. Ice Cream for dinner! Oh, well I'll do better today. I ate breakfast today so that I won't get so hungry at lunch and later on. I have fallen into "not so good" habits. Not terrible, but not so good. Doesn't mean I can't stop it right now. I can.

Will check in later.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

greengirl on 08/29/2007:
Mmmmm Ice cream for dinner!!!! I have days like this, when I eat empty cals but, hey, you gotta treat yourself sometimes and if you eat healthy most of the time, I dont think it matters too much if you do it occasionally :o)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2007:
hehe...interesting food choices!

hollybelle - Tuesday Aug 28, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Good morning. Didn't have time to post last night, but I have good things about yesterday to post today!

First of all I stayed well within my calorie goal of 1200-1400 calories. First time since I started "counting" again that I have done this! It was day 4, by the way. It just takes a few days to get back in the swing, so if some of you all are struggling to "get on a roll" take heart.

Although I left my notebook at home on the counter and can't remember all the food menus to post them here today, I'll post them later (maybe). I came in right around 1100 calories for yesterday. A little too little, but don't worry it will even out! LOL!

Then - last night I took some Pulled Pork BBQ over to my friend who had cooked me dinner last week and we - on the spur of the minute - decided to go mountain/trail biking instead of our usual walk. Her husband is a big mountain bike rider - cyclist of all kinds, actually - and she goes "sometimes" but I had never done this. There are wooded trails in the park by our neighborhood so we went there. I rode friend's husband's old trail bike and I kept up with the others pretty well. They are all a bit YOUNGER than me. We took the dogs and I had a BALL! I can't wait to go back. We rode for a little over an hour and although I'm sure we were on "easy" trails in that there were hills, but not alot of obstacles to jump, etc. it was a good workout and the only thing really sore on my body is my BUTT. I'm so excited to have found something NEW that I like!

Anyway - onward and upward for today. Wishing everyone a blessed day and much success in your endeavors!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Soon2BThin on 08/28/2007:
Good job on the calories! I know so well that it takes a few days to get back in the groove. The bike riding sounds like so much fun, especially since you can do it in a group. I hope you get to go again. Have a great day!

hollybelle - Sunday Aug 26, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Edited for the rest of Sunday.

Dinner: Corn on the cob no butter, tomato, asparagus, smalll graham cracker with peanut butter and marshmello cream, peanut butter granola bar 423

Total Calories for the day 1843 Total Exercise for the day 1.25 hour walking


Well I haven't done all that well with food today.

B: 2 Pieces of Toast with butter and Blackberry jam, iced Vanilla coffee 450

L: BBQ Pulled Pork (homemade)1/2 burger bun, two sliced tomatoes, pretzels, peanut butter granola bars, shredded wheat cereal 970

Total for today so far 1420

Will try to stay under 1800 - right now shouldn't be that hard - I'm not hungry at all. Weather is milder today. Will either walk or ET tonight. I was just very hungry this afternoon when I came home from church.

More later. Thanks for all the encouraging comments everyone!

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2007:
I hope you had a good overall food day. i have to say, it all sounds good though! it's nice to see you on here and i'm looking foward to reading more!

harleygirl79 on 08/27/2007:
Doin good on your calorie count. Way to go!!!

greengirl on 08/27/2007:
You are holding your own with the calories, and the exercise. Keep up the good work, Hollybelle :o)

WorkingIt2 on 08/27/2007:
You are a better woman than I for not having butter on the corn! LOL Keep up the great work!

hollybelle - Saturday Aug 25, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Good morning all. Went for a walk this a.m. with my friend - at the Mall for about an hour. Then to the grocery. Food so far has been OK.

B: Iced Coffee 200

L: Peanut Butter Granola Bar, Mango, Cantelope, Watermelon 230

Total so far - 430 Calories 1 hr Walking

I will eat something else for lunch soon. Not enough and will update later. Trying a different approach to my posts. May do several throughout the day most days so that I keep better in touch with what I am eating, etc. Will do 20 minutes on ET sometime today, too. ********************************************** Edited later 9:320 p.m. Sad - I didn't get any ET in this evening. Too much laundry, cooking, dishes, dusting and bathrooms to clean! Then kids guests) in the basement watching movie where the ET is. So......tomorrow is another day. I am feeling so like I need to sweat! Not that I didn't do alot of that house cleaning, but it's not the same.

Menus for rest of the day were:

D: Beef and Rice Burrito - home-made, mango, flan 850

Total Calories for the day - 1280 (not too bad!!) Total Exercise for the day - 1 hr walking in Mall/house cleaning

Well - going to read awhile, take some kids home and hit the sack. Sweet Dreams and Blessings to everyone!


Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Soon2BThin on 08/25/2007:
Hey, thanks for your comment today! It looks like you have it all covered here, you're doing great! Awesome on the exercise. Keep up the good work!

WorkingIt2 on 08/26/2007:
You've been busy! I count housework as exercise, even though I also do the other 'real' exercise LOL. Just because knowing how much I burn as a sedentary individual, any movement is positive..and I need all the positive I can get!I'm thinking about having beef and rice burrito's now LOL

mcwoo40 on 08/26/2007:
Hiya Holly,I think it will help you to write your foods stuffs down.I WILL be back here full time this week,i have alot on at present,day trips etc and i can't get into a routine with my food.Catch up soon,Julie

greengirl on 08/26/2007:
Sounds like an awesome day for you as regards a healthy lifestyle. Well done Hollybelle :o)

GG on 08/26/2007:
Ah! I love going to the grocery store, probably even more so than going to the mall! haha I am so strange but oh well, we all have our hang ups! I hope you stick to your calorie goal! Good Luck!

hollybelle - Friday Aug 24, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

Edited later in the evening on Friday:

Dinner: green beans,cornbread w syrup roast beef 600

Total Calories for the day 1310 Total Exercise 15 minutes eliptical


Greetings all.

Today I began writing down all my menus again! I know, I know, I have been threatening to do so for a long time. But I actually started doing it.

I will update later, but so far:

B: Jumbo Iced Coffee with splenda and FF Van. Creamer 175 (I know - should have had solid food - I'll get back in better habit soon just not in the mood today)

L: 6" Tuna from Subway with Lett, Tom and Peppers, Light Chips, Diet Coke 535

Sub Total - 710 Goal - 1400 Calories 30 Minutes Exercise

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 08/24/2007:
Those subway tuna subs are soooooooo yummy!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2007:
It's sooo true...solid food definitely satisfies mee more! hmmm, at leadt you had some protein from milk?? unless it was just a little creamer? eh. lunch was good! i hope you have a god dinner, or any dinner!?

hollybelle - Saturday Aug 18, 2007
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 155.6

OK - I need to amend what I said in my last post about doing well Spring and Fall, Winter and Summer! Horn of Plenty said that must mean I do well all year (or something to that effect!!!) Ha-Ha. What I MEANT to say was I do well Fall, Spring and Wintr - not so much in the Summer. I don't like the HOT weather. Sorry about the confusion. Now that that is straightened out -

I have been walking this week. I walked about 3 1/2 miles last night and this morning. It wasn't too hot & humid yet this morning. Last night wasn't too bad.

Eating OK. Went to a Professional Conference and they tended to feed us too much. It was only about an hour and a half away so it wasn't that big a deal but we got a lot of information. It will help me in my professional board position this year.

Got lots to do around the house now but I will get on later and see what the rest of you have been up to.

So - Later.......Holly

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 08/22/2007:
Last year, winter was my downfall. I tend to do pretty well in spring and fall and sometimes summer. I did well the last two summers, but not this year. The weather has been absolutely horrid and it has kept me from getting my regular form of exercise - walking outside! I can not wait until fall!!

Anyway, glad you are fitting in some walks despite the yucky humidity. Thats more than I can do right now! Keep it up, because every little bit helps!

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