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hollybelle - Thursday Jan 02, 2014
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Happy New Year - 2014 Everyone!

I wish you a great year!

More later.....:-)

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/02/2014:
Good to hear from you Holly.

Umpqua on 01/03/2014:
It's so nice to hear you're enjoying time with your granddaughter and daughter. I'm sure they appreciated your help over the holidays! Happy new year to you and I'm looking forward to seeing more updates!

Maria7 on 01/05/2014:
Sounds like you've been having very enjoyable holidays. Happy new year! :-)

hollybelle - Sunday Dec 22, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

I am stopping by to say Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays (you choose) to you and yours.  I am doing OK.  I have been eating a little bit extra treats but balancing it some, too.  Granddaughter is so sweet when son in law was out of town three nights last week for work daughter and granddaughter camped out with us here.  Interesting times!

I m busy cleaning house today - getting ready for Christmas and New Years.  Going to make sausage and cabbage today and sweet potatoes and salad, bread.  Going to pass out some fudge to neighbors and visit my mom a little while.  

Work has been going OK - slowed down a little but, but I expect it will pick up again very soon.  Personality challenges are getting a little better.....but very unpredictable.  Adjustments to be made, I guess.

Weather here has been crazy warm - 60+.  Will be more typical beginning Tuesday, though.

Walked at the mall and my plantar faciatis - which had not been bother me hardly at all - acted up again.  Frustrating.  I will try to stretch it out some and take it easy in flat shoes.  Weird - if I walk in flats my heel hurst if I walk in heels (even lower  ones) my TOES hurt!  LOL!

Will probably post more after the first of the year.  I miss you all.......!!! 

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/22/2013:
Nice to see you back, Holly!

OhioRaven on 12/22/2013:
Yeah ! Holly's back.

thinkpositive on 12/23/2013:
Merry Christmas ,see you here after the holidays.

biscottibody59 on 12/30/2013:
Have a great week!

hollybelle - Saturday Nov 16, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Hello all.  If you have seen my FB page lately - you know by now I am a grandmother!!!  Rosalie Anne Conn was born last Friday, 11/8/2013 at 12:30 p.m. by c-section.  Rachel and baby are doing great.  Dad is doing great - he was able to take off work all week and his mother came to stay Mon-Fri this week and will do same next week since I have to work. 

The baby is so cute - she looks a lot like Rachel did as a newborn.  Will (SIL) says she looks exactly like Rachel....he says he doesn't see ANY Conn in her, but babies change so much as they grow it's hard to say what she will look like when she's older.  She is a sweet little personality - yes babies do have personalities - Rach is doing great with breast feeding and is recovering from the surgery!  I love them all, of course!

I made food for them this week and am in the process of making more this weekend.  I made Italian Ricotta/Beef casserole and Chicken Dorothy, a big green salad and homemade dressing, bread and potato casserole last weekend on Sunday.  Today I am cooking Sausage and Cabbage (this is for my Mom), squash casserole, chicken pot pie, greens and potato soup!  Whew, I think I am tired already!

I am also going to make two - bite brownies - you may think that I am doing badly on food since I am having some of this food myself, etc....but I am doing OK - I have some treats, but don't over indulge and I am holding my own.

Work is going well.  I am working too many hours - but I like the job.  There are some challenging personality dynamics, but I am working on that.  Whew!  Again, I think I am tired already.  

I will be back later to comment on your diaries!  Looks like we have a new member and always good to see familiar names on the board! 

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/16/2013:

grannyannie on 11/17/2013:
Congrats! ! Grandkids are the best thing ever!

Maria7 on 11/17/2013:
Congratulations to you! :-)

liza36 on 11/18/2013:

Umpqua on 11/20/2013:
I'm so happy for you and your family, congrats! All those foods you made them sound wonderful, you are a wonderful grandma :) Thanks for your comment, yeah, I'm definitely feeling complacent since I'm not unhappy or unhealthy at this weight. Time to get more motivated!

biscottibody59 on 11/21/2013:
RYC: Nope, you're not the only one. There are difficult people who don't serve our mental health, to put it mildly:-)

Maria7 on 11/21/2013:
My Friend passed away last nite but I have peace, knowing she is with the Lord. Thanks for your comment.

hollybelle - Thursday Oct 24, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

A BIG thank you to all my DD friends for the birthday wishes on FB!  It's so nice to be remembered.  Waiting for the baby - Rosalie.  Due 11/7 and counting.  She is breech and daughter is scheduled for a C section on the 8th of November if she doesn't go into labor before that and if the baby doesn't turn before.  Pins and needles!

Nice dinner with husband tonight and lots to tell about my new job, but will have to wait for another time......

God bless you all.  I'll be back real soon - slammed busy! 

I have been doing well on food for the most part......weight in check and clothes fitting well.  Cold snap here ha brought out the bulky stuff and layers.

Love to all of you!

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/25/2013:
It's good to see you again. Cold Snap ??? I'm freakin' freezin' up here.

OArecovery on 10/27/2013:
Good luck with everything going on in your life and happy birthday for the other day! Thanks so much for your kind words and I think you are right- there are some in my area and I need to get involved! Not handling doing it on my own this way...

Michgal on 10/28/2013:
Happy belated birthday!

Maria7 on 10/31/2013:
Yes, it is about time to change over to winter clothes...or at least more 'winterish' clothing, I mean. :-)

hollybelle - Saturday Sep 28, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Hey guys!  It's me.......been doing well the last 10 days during my absence.  I have kept the eating in check - not perfect, but good enough that I am wearing the size pants I want and feeling mostly comfortable.  Goal is to stay at this weight and MAYBE lost 5 more lbs. But I won't sweat it either way. 

I like my new job.  My boss really seems to like me - which is nice - she keeps telling me how happy she is that I took the job and that she loves me - seriously!  AS you know  - she approached me AND I have since found out that although the last person that had this job for 9 years was competent at the work she was evidently a dividing force on the staff and kept them all stressed out.  My goal is to build moral and trust among the staff - there are only two that will report to me - while learning the ins and outs of the job. Boss says she can already see it happening. I hope so.  It's a great place to work.  We will be slammed between October and mid-December for open enrollment as it appears we will likely change carriers for the group health insurance and that is gonna be a trip!

Well, the day of reckoning has arrived!  I am pretty well going to have to get a new vehicle - after almost 13 years of commendable service from my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder - I have to go shopping while it still has some trade-in value.  My tailpipe is about to fall off and although I have no doubt it will get through the next winter I don't want to take the chance of it needing a lot of work to do that.  I LOVE that old car, though guys - I really have an emotional attachment to it! 

On the personal / family front - my sick friend is holding her own and has gone home to her city this week so we lost her husband as a house guest.  MIL will have scan next week - it's been right at a year since her diagnosis and father in law had surgery last week which we hope will help him get around a little better - he's 81 and did very well.  Daughter is about 5 and a half weeks away from delivery and feeling pretty good.  We are having her and her husband over for ribs for his birthday tomorrow night.  He loves ribs.  I need to go shopping for the food for that.  Saw Earth Wind & Fire last Sunday night in Cincinnati and going to see ZZ Top on my birthday in Louisville if all goes well. 

Hope everyone is doing well - I will catch up on your diaries this weekend!  Love - Holly

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/28/2013:
Aww, I remember the trusty Pathfinder - it served you well! I'm so happy to hear the job is going well, even if busy. Also glad your sick friend has gone back home and things are going better with your in-laws. Nice concert roster coming up, and I hope you have fun celebrating R's birthday (I can't believe how close she is to delivery!)

OhioRaven on 09/28/2013:
Wow, Great news on the job, family, and ZZ top !

V on 09/30/2013:
Hey there Holly!! I can't believe the baby will be here soon,super excited! Yayyy.. Miss ya girl <3

hollybelle - Wednesday Sep 18, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Doing OK on food 

B:  Iced coffee, boiled egg

L:  Vegetable soup

D:  Vegetable soup and cornbread

S:  3 Dove chocoates

S:  Cornbread with maple syrup


Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/18/2013:
Sorry to hear you were up last night. I can't remember, but have you tried melatonin? It works differently than valerian root (which failed me over the last 2 weeks for the first time ever). I started it up on Friday, just one tablet at bedtime, and I think it's help "reset" my sleep cycle and get me back on my natural schedule. At least that's what I'm telling myself. I hope all is going well with the new job and life in general!

legcramps on 09/18/2013:
Hey, how are things going?

grumpy on 09/18/2013:
Hi Holly, hope you have a good day!

V on 09/20/2013:
Thinking of you and i hope that your new gig is treating you well my friend <3

hollybelle - Thursday Sep 12, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Another busy day at work.  I had an interesting talk with boss after hours.  I think I am going to like it there. 

I did OK on calories, but terrible on nutrition. 

B:  Iced vanilla coffee, 1 boiled egg

L:  2/3 kabob sandwich - from the Greek store - I am lovin' that place

D:  Jalapeno and jack and maple bacon chips!!!  what's up with that - I never eat chips to speak of.

I'll do better on nutrition tomorrow.

I am going to take some pm Tylenol and hit the hay kind of early tonight - not much sleep last night and I need to be alert tomorrow.  Glad the weekend is coming.    

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

grumpy on 09/12/2013:
Haha, you did okay, except for dinner. It's okay to eat crap every now and then. :) Glad you're enjoying the job!

Umpqua on 09/13/2013:
Glad to hear things are going well at work! RYC, I'm not quite sure what's going on but I think it's been driven by stress. I'm going to try my best to rest and decompress this weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2013:
wow maple baoon huh!? sounds tasty, never heard of them...even better, never seen them in the stores, thank god! :-D have a great day! thanks for all the nice comments lately!

hollybelle on 09/13/2013:
Yeah, I fell prey to free samples - they are natural and some brand of Kettle chips.

sailingeagle on 09/16/2013:
Hey Holly! Sounds like you got a new job that you absolutely love! What do you do? RYC on my diary, thanks for the advice. What does compatibility mean? V said to check in with the webmaster. I need to do that. Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week!

hollybelle - Wednesday Sep 11, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Sorry to be gone so long - have been without internet and phone service for most of 3 days!  Back in business now.

I will make it quick and say that I have been doing VERY well on food.  I ate a very big dinner tonight, but first time in a long time.  All in all very good.  Clothes fitting well or very loose.  Ha! 

Job going OK - lots to learn. 

Friend is hanging in there.  Her husband is still spending nights with us - he goes home to check on things every 3-4 days and then comes back.  It is very humbling -wishing there was more we could do, but know there really isn't.  Friend doesn't want to see anyone except husband.  Their daughter is coming in from NYC tomorrow - that will be hard.

Daughter stopped over tonight to pick up some thing we got her / baby.  Nursery is looking like a baby's room now and getting excited. 


Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

grumpy on 09/11/2013:
Aww how fun, congrats!

hollybelle - Saturday Sep 07, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Work week wrapped up pretty well.  Basically it's over - so glad it's the weekend!

B:  Iced vanilla coffee, 1/2 bagel with honey walnut cream cheese

L:  3/4 of chicken gyro - it was delicious!

D:  a bite of kale, a couple bites of corn, 2 slices of fried green tomatoes, a few bites of husband's butterscotch pie

Just not that hungry.  I am back in smaller size pants!  Feel so much better about my body.  So much more comfortable.  Clothes are of interest again.  Although I am not doing much exercising I seem to be losing a little bit at a time - as in - maybe 1/2 lb a week????  And I think that is OK.  

My friend that is ill's husband has been staying with us most nights since they live so far away.  We are still hoping and praying for a miracle.  

Husband is heading out to spend time with a cousin tomorrow.  

Daughter ordered the crib and mattress and highchair for baby Rosalie.  It's getting closer to time for her arrival!  Two months from today as a matter of fact!  What in the world will that be like????  Praying for an easier, and SAFE delivery.  Daughter and SIL are very excited!   

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
Woohoo for smaller pants! Yes, trying on new clothes is actually enjoyable when you're fitting into smaller ones.

Hope your friend is okay!

First grandbaby right? I was soooooo thrilled when I held my oldest granddaughter for the first time!

hollybelle on 09/07/2013:
Yes, first one! Can't wait.

grannyannie on 09/07/2013:
So exciting! I just marvelled at mine thinking this is the baby of my baby. Overwhelming.

OhioRaven on 09/07/2013:
Mornin', Holly. Prayer is an Awesome thing. It is awesome that God hangs out with us. Glad your 1st work week is behind you. Time to step back and take a breath. Good to hear about the small pants too.

hollybelle on 09/07/2013:
Yes,I am kind of a pray without ceasing kind of prayer - sometimes of quiet and prayer, but also any time I think of something during the day or night that I feel like requires a word to God - I just send up the word. I know He hears and considers all. Also, my friend has literally hundreds of people praying for her thanks to prayer chains all over the place. Lots of groups in lots of churches. We believe that although it looks pretty grave now, it is in God's hand and He is not only merciful, but wants to make Himself seen in all situations - we just may see a miracle. In any event I know God will reveal Himself and His nature in many ways to many people no matter what happens to my friend. When one believer is involved He does this - much less so many believers like in this situation! Thanks for your comments!

Umpqua on 09/07/2013:
Great work getting into smaller pants Holly! You are managing really well with everything going on in your life. I'm sure you are super excited for the arrival of your grandchild, and I know you're going to make an awesome gramma :)

hollybelle on 09/08/2013:
Thanks, Laura. I hope so - I think I'll be a Gigi. That seems like an easy name for a baby to say!

biscottibody59 on 09/09/2013:
Looks like you're doing well with it all:-)

V on 09/09/2013:
Hey girl! I hope you had a wonderful weekend :) 2 more months huh? How exciting, I am sure you all are super stoked!

Congrats on getting into smaller pants, great job Holly :)

loveray on 09/09/2013:
stopping by to say hello and congrats on your grand baby!!! best grandma ever i bet!! xo

hollybelle - Thursday Sep 05, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Work was better today - I actually was able to do some things for some people today.  There is so much to learn.

B:  Iced vanilla coffee

S:  Boiled Egg

L:  1 Peach and cottage cheese

S:  Boiled Egg

D:  Small serving of roast beef, small serving of potatoes, mini iced cream drumstick

S:  20 small pretzel sticks 

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 14.4 lbs to go!

OArecovery on 09/06/2013:
have a good day hollybelle!

Umpqua on 09/06/2013:
Yay for a better day at work, I'm sure you'll get used to their systems and your new coworkers soon. Happy Friday!

V on 09/06/2013:
I am sure you will get the hang of it soon Holly :) RYC yeah I didn't realize that the Studio would be closed on Labor Day since most of the bigger ones are packed on the holiday..The class I really want to try out is Monday mornings at 6:30..I am def going back, will let you know how it goes!

Happy Friday!!

hollybelle on 09/07/2013:
Oh yeah! Let me know. I don't know about soon - but I will get the hang of it - the names of the documents they save documents under is nuts. Is the biggest thing so far. It' like you have to hunt and open several before you know what they are.....

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