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hollybelle - Saturday Aug 24, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Today took Mark to the airport - he'll be back Thursday.  Went shopping - found lots of stuff for my new job - some sweaters and tops.....needed some as dress will be more formal than current job - should be about all set - except need some new shoes.

B:  Iced vanilla coffee, 2 squares of chili dark chocolate

L:  Pretzel dog with mustard and 2 squares of dark chili chocolate

D:  Large bowl of salad with goat cheese, mixed greens and baby spinach, craisins, pecans, crispy won tons, poppy seed dressing

S:  1/4 C cottage cheese and 1 peach

May have a snack later,......feeet hurt form all the Mall walking!!!  Ran into my cousin whom I haven't seen in years and years - we had a nice chat in the food court!  LOL!

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

hollybelle - Friday Aug 23, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Didn't do too badly at dinner last night -another dinner out!!   1/2 of Singapore Noodles at PF Chang and 1 Godiva chocolate - free at the Mall afterwards. 

Off work today.  Vacation day - has been pretty stressful getting things ready for me to leave current employer.  One more week.

B:  Iced Vanilla Coffee, boiled egg

L:  small Schlotsky's original

S:  Big piece of zucchini bread  

D:  34 degree wafers and thin slice of swiss cheese, smoothie with strawberries and yogurt

Going to boil a few eggs for snacks and probably put something in the crock pot for dinner.

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

grannyannie on 08/23/2013:
Good job on not indulging at dinner. Oh yum, Godiva! Enjoy your day off.

Umpqua on 08/23/2013:
Saw your comments on your coffee and I always make mine at home too. Hubby has breakfast (with decaf) out every day and it really adds up. But it's a comfort thing for him since he has to leave the house and go to an office every day, and I don't. So the occasional Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is a treat for me. I hope you have a fantastic day off!

hollybelle on 08/23/2013:
I am so picky that hardly any coffee "suits" me. I just got some new coffee today at the local "coffee emporium" - Coffee Times - It's called 30 Blend and it's great. I was so curious that I made a pressed pot full and iced it down. I used to make pressed pot coffee all the time, but went to auto drip and I really hate it. I found a way to clean the pressed pot better. I don't like the little grounds you inevitably get with the press pot, though. I saw these per CUP little presses at the coffee place and they said they do not leave grounds at all - but they are about $35! Without KNOWING for SURE that I'd like it I'm not springing for that. I drink too much to make it one cup at a time, I think!

V on 08/23/2013:
Have a wonderful weekend Holly <3

hollybelle - Thursday Aug 22, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Yesterday was not bad on calories, really all in all, but didn't eat the best nutritionally.  Today should be more able to eat good nutrition, unless I hit a landmine on the food front.  I should be able to stick to good foods because no eating out is planned.  Yay!

I am trying to get things wrapped up for when I have my last day at current job.  I am taking a vacation day on Friday - tomorrow.  So far so good.  

B:  Iced vanilla coffee,

L:  Baby Spring Greens with 2 T poppy seed dressing and pecans, cranberries, 2 T crispy wontons, 1/2 a peach and 4 T cottage cheese - YUM!

D:  PF Changs!!!!!  1/2 Singapore Street Noodles (Gluten Free even) and 1 piece of Godiva Candy - free at the Mall

S;  Medium piece of zucchini bread

UPDATE:  For those wondering about my Iced vanilla coffee every morning - it is strong coffee + 3-4 T Natural Bliss creamer and stevia - so about 75 - 100 calories.  I dont recommend only having coffee for breakfast, and you'll notice I have a piece of fruit most days and a few bites of cottage cheese, and right now this is working for me....LOL!   It is homemade so it's not the fancy coffee shop EXPENSIVE kind either!  I added up what my friends spend on coffee "out" and it's CRAZY!  I am a cheap-skate!  You gotta figure if you got the Mickey D's version of my drink at around $2.00 for a medium sized one like I drink X 5 days a week X 50-ish weeks per year = $500 per year!!  OK Economy lesson over!   

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

OhioRaven on 08/22/2013:
Mornin' Holly. You've been on "Iced Vanilla Coffee" for a long time now. What would you drink if you couldn't start your day with it ?

hollybelle on 08/22/2013:
Hot Vanilla Coffee!

grannyannie on 08/22/2013:
I've been wondering about your vanilla iced coffee as well. Eating out is always a challenge! So much easier at home.

hollybelle on 08/22/2013:
See response to OR! LOL!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/22/2013:
Your new job is quickly approaching! Are you excited yet?? And yes... eating out has always been a challenge of mine!

hollybelle on 08/22/2013:
A little bit but I have so much to do before I leave current job - it's hard to get too excited.

liza36 on 08/22/2013:
"Landmine on the food front" - loved how you worded that. I've been experiencing that a lot lately!

Yay for vacation!

hollybelle on 08/22/2013:
Yep and guess what? Husband wants to go to PF Chang's tonight bc we have a $10 girft card that expires end of the month! Yikes! I'll try to stick with something 1/2 way healthy!

V on 08/22/2013:
Your lunch sounds YUMMO!! And PF Changs is one of my faves as well..

RYC I agree about Bonefish's side dishes and unless they have an interesting enough entree special, I normally order apps for dinner..They are pretty pricy but they have really good happy hour deals :)

Have a great evening out tonight!

hollybelle on 08/22/2013:
Yes. Wednesday nights you get $5.00 martinis and $5.00 Bang Bang Shrimp here. Problem is church is on Wed nights and I usually can't go on Wednesdays!! Dang!

hollybelle - Wednesday Aug 21, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Yesterday was interesting.  I went out with friends and over indulged in the evening after having lunch with a friend.

B:  Iced Vanilla Coffee, 2 bites of cottage cheese

L:  1/2 turkey Cuban pannini 1/2 spinach power salad, baked Lays potato chips

D: Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer ceasar salad, peach martini, crème brulee  

Today is another day!

I am going back to Pannera for lunch AGAIN today!

B:  Iced vanilla coffee, 2 bites of cottage cheese

L:   Regular spinach salad with baguette and butter 

D:  2 bites of cottage cheese, nuts, moderate hunk of zucchini bread 

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

grannyannie on 08/21/2013:
Dinner sounds yummy. Hard not to indulge with those! You'll make up for it. :)

OhioRaven on 08/21/2013:
Your dinner doesn't sound too bad...what's a creme brulle ?

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
Creme Brulee is about the most delicious think you have ever eaten for dessert in your life! I am NOT a pudding or custard fan BUT it's like the most delicious custard stuff topped by a caramelized layer of sugar, usually served with real, thick whipped cream and a few berries on top. It can come in different flavors, although vanilla is most usual. My favorite, however, it maple. I have also had pumpkin, peanut butter and chocolate!

Umpqua on 08/21/2013:
Lunch and dinner sound scrumptious. I think you kept things in check at dinner by avoiding an entree!

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
Thanks - did the best I could!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/21/2013:
We all need our little indulgences, remember they're not going to throw you off track, just keep pressing forward!

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
That's right - thanks! It was a WHOLE creme brulee, though!! Wonderful!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2013:
YEAH, suprisingly, my boss is a GREAT cook! He prefers to use lots of sauces & spices and oil. I prefer light, sometimes even washing/rinsing food if he cooks it in heavy sauce. But there is not doubt, the food is natural, healthy, and TASTY! i throw some out when he gives too much...lol...or when it isn't as healthy, like noodle dishes...i work in quite an "alternative" environment, i guess you could say!

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
Well, sounds interesting and like someplace I'd like!

IndependentEm93 on 08/21/2013:
Sounds delicious!

biscottibody59 on 08/21/2013:
Hope you're enjoying your day!

V on 08/21/2013:
OMG did you go to Bonefish for lunch?? If so I am jealous :( hahahaha Loves ya Holly <3

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
Went for dinner Tuesday night! I so love that Bang Bang shrimp! Their fish is good, but except for salads, I don't care of their sides. I hadn't had any for a year or so-only eat there 1-2 times a year. I think they are overpriced, so only an occasional trip!

selina on 08/21/2013:
sounds delicious! I love creme brulee'. Last night at the dinner party I declined it... I still can't believe myself! Have a great day!

hollybelle on 08/21/2013:
Good for you! I enjoyed mine!

hollybelle - Monday Aug 19, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Since I am so late getting on here today I won't update Saturday and Sunday, etc.  I did OK this weekend.  Had an indulgent dessert at lunch Saturday, but that is only thing off the radar.  I ate a little too much cornbread Sunday.....otherwise two good days.  Not too much activity because of my back, but as a result of resting it - it is much better.  Going to get on the inversion table tonight, again, and hope that puts me over the top of it's recovery!

Today I took 1/2 day off work and went over and helped daughter fold and organize about 4 shopping bags of baby clothes people have given her.  There were some really nice things.  Some still had tags and many looked like they were never worn.  Good head start on baby clothes.  It was kind of fun.  They go to their first "birthing" classes tonight - that is what they called it when we did it - but they call it something else now-days.  Can't remember, though.....LOL!  I wish I could be a fly on the wall.

B:  Iced vanilla coffee

L:  Wedge Salad, 2 mini burgers - no cheese

D:  6   34 degree wafers (if you haven't had these - get them)  1 slice of Havarti cheese, smoothie

S:  1/4 C cherry vanilla granola

Love to all - hope you Monday was good!



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

OhioRaven on 08/19/2013:
I don't know any girls from the Bluegrass that don't eat Cornbread on Sundays. Have a good night, Holly.

hollybelle on 08/20/2013:
Good one, OR!

Umpqua on 08/20/2013:
I'm glad your back is feeling better! I liked our birthing classes, if nothing else they were educational and helped me not to stress too much about the actual birth.

michgal on 08/20/2013:
Mmmmm, cornbread! sounds so yummy!

biscottibody59 on 08/20/2013:
Did the inv table help? I hope you recover and can get some biking or whatever in soon!

V on 08/20/2013:
Hey please let me know when the baby shower is..I wanna send a few things!! Love you Holly <3

hollybelle - Saturday Aug 17, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Yesterday was a bigger food day again-mostly cornbread for snacks and to add bulk to the meals.  Oh well, all good stuff and I was hungry.  I also tried to drink a beer, but wasted it.  Today I am going to a historical restaurant about an hour away with 5 friends.  There is an antique gallery there, too.  I won't buy anything, but it's fun to look.  The food is very good and it's a cute place.  You can check it out if you want to by searching on google:  The Glitz Irish Acres Nonesuch, K if you are interested in seeing the unique décor.  

B:  Iced vanilla coffee,

L:  The Glitz

D:  Something on the lighter side

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

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Oh yum, love cornbread. Love antique shops. Wish I had trouble finishing a beer! Enjoy your weekend.

grannyannie on 08/17/2013:
Took a peek at the website. Cool looking place!

OhioRaven on 08/17/2013:
Beer and Cornbread ! Yikes ! :v)

hollybelle on 08/17/2013:
Didn't drink the beer, though!

Maria7 on 08/17/2013:
Have fun at the Glitz. I did check it out online. I checked out the menu, too...what are you going to eat? Looks interesting! :-D

biscottibody59 on 08/17/2013:
Have a great day!

Maria7 on 08/18/2013:
Hey, Girl! Did you have fun at the Glitz? Hope you are having a good day. :-D

V on 08/19/2013:
Hope you had a wonderful weekend <3

hollybelle - Friday Aug 16, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Back is a little better today - took it easy yesterday.  Yesterday was a pretty hungry day.  But I haven't had one in a long time.  Still trying to think of someone for my job......I would like to take some time off before I start the other one, but I am in a fine balance - I don't want to tick the current employer off and give them any reason NOT to give me my last commission check.  SIGH

B:  Iced vanilla coffee, 1/2 plain bagel and RF strawberry cream cheese 

L:  vegetable soup

S:  Cornbread

D:  Grilled chicken, green beans, 2 small new potatoes, cornbread

S:  Cornbread

OH, and last night I worked in the yard about 45 minutes.

More later......

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

grannyannie on 08/16/2013:
Glad your back feels better. Yes, you want your last commission! Have a great weekend, Holly.

OhioRaven on 08/16/2013:
Have a Great Day, Holly !

Umpqua on 08/16/2013:
I'm glad your back is feeling better. I'm sure it will work out with finding a replacement, even if you have to interview outside the company. Is there any way you can push out your start date at the new place to take some time off? Hope today is a good one!

legcramps on 08/16/2013:
It's a fine balance, that's for sure. I'm sure you will work it out somehow. Have an awesome day today! Yum, bagel and strawberry cream cheese :)

Maria7 on 08/16/2013:
Well, hopefully they wouldn't do that. As for the time off, I think that is a very good idea...it will give you a rest before beginning the new job. :-)

biscottibody59 on 08/16/2013:
Good going on the yardwork--every little bit helps!

Enjoy your weekend!

V on 08/16/2013:
I hope you can find someone to take your place but please don't stress about it as hard as it is not to..Hope you have a wonderful weekend Holly <3

hollybelle - Thursday Aug 15, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Yesterday was another good food day & night, but no exercise.  I had a pulled muscle in my lower back.  I think it maybe a left-over injury from the dog-pulling injury at the concert last week.  It is better today, but uncomfortable enough that I don't want to walk any distance or ride my bike.  Will probably be better still by tomorrow.

B:  Iced vanilla coffee, 1/2 plain bagel with blueberry cream cheese

L:  Vegetable soup, peach, pear  

S:  4 crackers with chicken salad,

D:  Peach, cottage cheese

S:  Ice Cream drumstick 

Hope to do some exercise tonight - at least a little!   

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

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
Well done on the food but sorry about your back. Enjoy your day!

legcramps on 08/15/2013:
Awe, sorry to hear your having back pain. Hope it gets better soon :)

OhioRaven on 08/15/2013:
Hope you take your time and heal up.

skinnygrlwithin on 08/15/2013:
I'm hoping your back pain starts to feel better!!

Umpqua on 08/15/2013:
I hope your back feels better - have a good one!

biscottibody59 on 08/15/2013:
I hope the new job is all you hoped it would be! Take good care of yourself--maybe some good rest is all you need!

Maria7 on 08/15/2013:
I hope your back feel better very soon...sometimes that can take a little time. Try to not overdo.

V on 08/15/2013:
Oh NO :( I hope your back feels better Holly <3

hollybelle - Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

Oh my gosh!  For all my griping about the hot humid weather I am happy to report that it has cooled off here on August 14th for heaven sake!  High today of 74 degrees!  I can't believe it.  

We didn't go to concert last night because husband mowed the yard.  We just kind of munched around on left overs for dinner.  It's nice not to have to cook dinner if we don't want to.    I put a lot of pressure on myself to provide food for everyone when we were family.  Probably too much emphasis on food.  I do love to cook when I have time and I love to bake when time allows.  I love food, but it must hold only it's proper place in my life if I am going to remain healthy!

I gave my notice yesterday at current job.  It went pretty well.  Especially when I told them I had a recommendation for my replacement.  She is coming in to talk this morning at 10:30 - so hope that goes well.  I will begin my new job on 9/3 - the Tues after Labor Day holiday.  I don't mind the longer hours, but I do mind no time off at all for a year (except what I have negotiated for grandchild's birth).  But with the salary negotiation and all I guess that's going to have to do. 

When begin my new job, I won't be able to post during the day going forward - but I hope to be able to update and comment on everyone's diary in the mornings and the evenings.    

Hope everyone has a great day!

B:  Iced Vanilla Coffee, 1/3 cinnamon scone

L: 1/2 pumpkin muffin

S:  Pear, Peach 1/2 C cottage cheese

D: Bowl of homemade gr beef vegetable soup!  YUM

UPDATE:  ate the scone at work - per above.....odd - didn't enjoy it as much as I thought.  YAY!  Not so good news - person I had in mind to replace me doesn't want to now.  Have been thinking about who can do it.  My employers don't seem that concerned about right now.  They said they hate to lose me, but understand my reasons and said they were lucky to have me over 8 years!  So, pressure is somewhat off.

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

Umpqua on 08/14/2013:
I'm so happy for you on the new job, that's fantastic that everything worked out! Also great attitude about food - leftovers or piecing something together is sometimes nice. And you're right, food should not always be at the center and there are other priorities!

grannyannie on 08/14/2013:
Great! Will you get any time off in between jobs? Have a awesome day!

hollybelle on 08/14/2013:
NO! Unfortunately not.

skinnygrlwithin on 08/14/2013:
I also struggle with trying not to make food a centerpiece of my life. While I'm not a big fan of cooking or baking, I find myself thinking and obsessing about it all day... you've been doing a great job at it... and yes it's great to just munch and not feel the need to always cook.

As for the new job, yes no time off for a year is definitely frustrating but I do think this is a really good move forward for you and soon the first year will be a distant memory.

OhioRaven on 08/14/2013:
Hey, Holly. It's Freezing up here !

hollybelle on 08/14/2013:

legcramps on 08/14/2013:
Awesome! I am rooting for you in your new job :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2013:
yup, so crazy, if feels like september it is so cool! so nice, actually, to walk at lunch!!

good luck with your NEW job!

V on 08/14/2013:
Hey don't worry about not being able to post as much here..Once I am at work, no internet and I am okay with that.. Have a good evening my friend <3

Maria7 on 08/14/2013:
Well, you've done what you can in trying to have someone for the position you are leaving...maybe they have someone in mind...? We, too are enjoying delightful COOL AUTUMN-like weather here. :-D

thenewMLE on 08/15/2013:
GRANDCHILD!!! How exciting!! And a new job too! It signifies a change for you with family structure and everything else going on. I REALLY identify with the cooking for the family need but honestly it was my own need. I just used the family for the cover up. But it was OK, because they really enjoyed it. I also needed the compliments for accomplishing another mind blowing meal. It somehow gave me purpose...But we too are enjoying just simple cold plates in the evening especially with the weather so hot. I have been riding but last night was honestly the first night I enjoyed. The temps had dropped and we were under a cloud cover. I have ridden every night except the actual surgery days and coming home for my dad. I wouldn't have done it, but hubby had bikes not only in foyer ready to go, but when I would come home, he was sitting on the sofa WEARING HIS HELMET! Sometimes I wanted to laugh, others I wanted to cry because I was really exhausted. Good Luck with your bathrooms too my cyber twin!

hollybelle - Tuesday Aug 13, 2013
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 164.4

40% chance of showers, my eye!  It poured for over an hour in the middle of the day and was just downright drizzling the rest of the day...so humid - nasty!  Everyone's grass (except those who have very flexible schedules ) is so high it looks so funny because our neighborhood usually has nicely kept yards.

Anyway, yesterday was a good day for food, no exercise. I have been doing some upper body weights - 5 lbs about 3 days a week and not even noting it on DDs because it is so minimal, but I know it's better than nothing, so mentioning it here now.  

Will most likely give notice at my current job today.  Then to get my replacement in and see if the owners like her an she likes them....

B:  Iced vanilla coffee,  peach

L:  Beef Chaplupa no sour cream

S:  Tiny piece of birthday cake 2" square - icing on top only, and 1/4 cup choc ice cream- (work celebration-no they weren't celebrating me leaving! LOL)

D:  Cottage Cheese and peach, sm piece of plain cornbread

S:  1/4 c plain granola

I have my notice at work today.  It went better once I told them I had someone in mind for my replacement.  Big load off my mind.  The replacement candidate is coming in tomorrow at 10:30 to talk.   

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

Umpqua on 08/13/2013:
It's raining her too, but it has cooled things down a bit. Good work with the weights - any type of strength/toning work is worth mentioning. If R can get you the Shakeology workout it's worth checking it out. The 30-minute one is quick and a nice way to ease back into weights. I hope all goes well with giving notice today! xx

Maria7 on 08/13/2013:
I hear that a COLD FRONT is coming in! Yaaaayyyyy! :-D

hollybelle on 08/13/2013:
YES, in the 50s tonight here! It's coming your way!

legcramps on 08/13/2013:
Good luck today!

grannyannie on 08/13/2013:
Yep, any weights are better than nothing. Have a great day!

V on 08/13/2013:
Well now it is official so CONGRATS on your new job Holly :) Have a great evening!

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