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hopingforhealth - Saturday Aug 06, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey girls. Since I got a couple of comments, I thought I'd do a quick post. I do think I will be back here at some point, but right now I have a lot on my plate and dds is what keeps slipping. I'm not doing awful or like I was before I joined, but I am not doing so well that posting wouldn't make me feel worse about it...so I guess I am on indefinite hiatus. Love you girls and really appreciate this community. And I really do think I will be back when my life is a little more settled. :) 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/06/2011:
It's good to see a post from you and it sounds like you're really busy. Take care and hope to see you back soon!

moogy on 08/06/2011:
Thank you for the update. I can appreciate that your life is in upheaval/disaray at the moment. I hope you get all you hope for and that you stay eating as healthy as possible. It would be wonderful if you could come back the same weight or even a little loss. Whatever, it will be lovely to have you back when you are more settled.:)

V on 08/07/2011:
Good luck and please come back to us soon!!

legcramps on 08/09/2011:
Hope to see you back here soon!

thinkpositive on 08/10/2011:
Hope it works out for you t come back.

hopingforhealth - Monday Jun 27, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey ladies. So my weekend exploded with busy-ness pretty much from Thursday on. A volunteer effort I have been involved in is in the home stretch and requiring waaay more of a commitment than I anticipated this past weekend and this week. So I may be awol, but back next week, which I definitely mean to stick to :)

Hope everyone is having a happy Monday.

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

Em17 on 06/27/2011:
Have a great day =)

V on 06/27/2011:
Sounds like a hectic work week..I look forward to talking with you and catching up a bit :)

Umpqua on 06/28/2011:
I hope you have a great week!

sweetpea1977 on 07/30/2011:
Just dropping by to say hi. I hope you are well!

moogy on 07/30/2011:
I have been looking for you since I came back from my hiatus and see that you are really busy. Those voluteer things always require more than expected, that's how you get the blessings!!!! Stay healthy hopingoforhealth:)

V on 08/06/2011:
Hey just making sure you didn't leave us for good

hopingforhealth - Wednesday Jun 22, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey girls, happy wed. Had a good day complete with lunch out as an office (so a splurge then). I also got up an hour early, so that I could leave an hour early (because I had to work an extra hour for summer hours) and go to zumba at the gym, so yay for me. I have a list of phone calls I have to make this evening and I'm exhausted, so this is short and sweet!

exercise: 40 minutes zumba

breakfast: 2 slices whole wheat bread with 2 slices of brie and blueberries (I should point out that I buy "light style bread" so a serving is actually 3 pieces... I know the norm is 1, but this is special bread, so I am a-ok)

lunch: thai chicken fried rice with small salad and spring roll

dinner: lean cuisine meatloaf meal (kind of small, I may need to eat something else. This is a bit too low in calories. I may have some popcorn)

liquid calories: 3 diet cokes, plenty of water

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

V on 06/22/2011:
Those "dinners" really don't seem very filling...I would be pretty hungry afterwards too!! have a good one!!

hollybelle on 06/22/2011:
Oh yeah, my husband takes the frozen Healthy Choices dinners for his lunches bc he works out in the middle of nowhere (it is a nice office building, but no restuarants and he takes a bag of frozen vegetables stuff for a salad, granola bars fruit and a couple of boxes of crackers and a jar of peanut butter for "emergencies". He just started doing this 3-4 months ago and he seems to like it better than driving to fast food places or sit-down restaurants. yay for Zumba girl!

Umpqua on 06/23/2011:
It sounds like you're doing great, hope today is a good one for you!

legcramps on 06/23/2011:
Your lunch sounds yummy... Have a great day =)

hopingforhealth - Tuesday Jun 21, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey ladies! Happy Tuesday. I got stuck working a little late today, but it was entirely my own fault. I didn't get in as early as I like and (lucky me) we do summer hours, and I had to run a quick errand and make that time up. I didn't know what summer hours were until I moved near the beach, but a lot of people here have them… you work 9 hrs Mon-Thurs and then get to take a half day on Friday. It's pretty awesome on Fridays, but slightly less awesome on the other days of the week.


I am pumped about my quick errand though! I am reading the Game of Thrones book series and on Sunday I finished the second one and ran out to buy the third. Well, I went to my local, small business, bookstore and they were out of it and the lady was super sweet and in the middle of the same series and she started to order it for me and I just didn't have the heart to say "ehh, I am gonna go to the big box retailer down the street so I can have it right now." After my wait, it came in today, but after lunch and they closed before I got off of work. Eek! I really didn't want to wait any longer, so I ran out to pick it up really quick and I get to read tonight. Excellent. It seems like every book gets longer, which is fine with me, because I am a fast reader and these actually last me a little bit. Ooh, and in other happy book news, I got a notification that a book that I preordered and paid for months ago is shipping. Whenever that happens, I feel like I am getting a surprise present in the mail (even if it's just from past me).


Today's other tiny triumph was groceries over lunch. I only bought 3 things that weren't on sale so I saved oodles. Whoo whoo. I am not very good at keeping up with coupons, but I am getting better with sales!


Breakfast: blueberries and two pieces whole wheat bread with two slices of brie on top


Lunch: spinach salad with a mix of beans, edamame, tomatoes, onions, sunflower seeds, and a little bit of cold pesto pasta on top of spinach (mmm salad bars) and 1/2 a pretzel roll


Snack: the other 1/2 pretzel roll.


Dinner: sausage tortellini with tomato sauce and red peppers. If I am still hungry, I am allowed one of those little 150 calorie "warm delights" desserts. I may still be hungry, bc the portion control on the tortellini is hard for me (when I am off the wagon, I eat the whole package, no problem. When I am on, I eat half. It's such a small portion for pasta stuff!)


Liquid calories: 3 diet cokes, lots of water 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

V on 06/21/2011:
So I am assuming this is a vampire romance type book?? Or maybe a??? Naww LOl I am anxiously awaiting for you to tell me so I will not guess..HEY congrats on your new book and being everso patient by helping out the Mom and Pop store as opposed to the corperation :)

Umpqua on 06/22/2011:
Good deal on your book and good to see you posting again!

legcramps on 06/22/2011:
I'm watching that tv series and loving it!

thinkpositive on 06/22/2011:
I love having a book that is captivating. Summer hours could be nice but would be good if you had a choice.

hopingforhealth - Monday Jun 20, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey ladies! I know I have been MIA for a long time but I am dipping my toe back in. I was working on a lot of personal stuff and it was just too much for me to keep up with my diet and dds at the time. I am still working on the other stuff (and will let you know if any of it pans out what it is), but I think the part where it's been so time intensive that I can't work on diet stuff has wound down. So I'm back to working on the weight. I have gained a few pounds back, but just 3 or 4, which isn't so bad, considering I haven't been focusing on things. I didn't fall all the way off the wagon…. I didn't ramp up my caffeine which was a struggle, and I had a healthy breakfast no matter what. I'll start the official weigh-ins next week, bc I had a bad food day yesterday and I fear to start today!


Side note: during my hiatus I visited V's hometown of Chicago and found it to be awesome! :)


exercise: was just gonna focus on food this week getting back into the swing, but I will note 7 flights of stairs (stupid apt elevator, broken agaon)


Breakfast: blueberries and two pieces whole wheat toast with two slices on brie on top


Lunch 6" italian sub, no sides since it's not as healthy as a salad


Dinner: tortellini with tomato sauce and bell peppers on top


Liquid calories: 3 diet cokes, good with water

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/20/2011:
Great to see you back. Sounds like you had time well spent while away. Hope something pans out so you can fill us in.....3-4 lbs is not a big deal, especially if you weren't paying attention to such things. Imagine what will happen now that you are refocusing on healthy weight loss!

V on 06/20/2011:
LOL!!! I was just speaking of home on my diary <3 I am so happy that you are back and even more pleased that you like my hometown.... Welcome back!! We have some catching up to do ;)

legcramps on 06/21/2011:
Good to see you back! Love your breakfast, sounds delish :)

hopingforhealth - Tuesday Apr 26, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

 hey girls. Just logging in quick to say I will be a bit MIA this week... fine but trying to get some things done this week in the evenings :)

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 04/26/2011:
Have a great week!

moogy on 04/26/2011:
Hello you, as I have been a bit MIA myself I will hope to catch up with you soon!! I have missed our little exchanges:)

V on 04/26/2011:
I miss you too! I am secretly hoping you are working on that other project ;)

hopingforhealth - Thursday Apr 21, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hi girls! Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a nice day. Mine was good. It was a coworkers birthday so everyone was sort of loose and in a good mood. And someone stumbled on this: http://pauladeenridingthings.com/  ,which provided us with much hilarity (I made one for the birthday girl, ah the joys of one minute photoshopping). I had a headache in the middle of the day, but it has half life-ed down a bit. I had a nice little afternoon break away from the computer screen mid afternoon. We had a lunch in learn, so the birthday decided she didn't want the regular birthday lunch and wanted ice cream cones instead, so that's what we did. It was a nice break, and I think it helped my headache. :) I'm trying not to take medicine, in case I am getting rebound headaches, so I am just gonna sit back and enjoy some tv and relax tonight.

*does anyone know how do make links clickable links instead of text?

exercise: 60 crunches

breakfast: fresh pineapple, a couple slices of comte and some raw cashews

lunch: thai chicken salad (romaine, grilled chicken, edamame, light drizzle of peanut sauce, carrots, and some crispy strips)

dinner: spaghetti squash with gorgonzola, spinach, and some chicken breast. I have had this recipe bookmarked for a while and I am pumped to try it! It's in the oven now :) recipe here: http://www.mykitchenaddiction.com/2010/11/creamy-gorgonzola-spaghetti-squash-with-chicken-and-collards/

liquid calories: 3 diet sodas, diet coke

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

V on 04/21/2011:
Going to check this out right now :) Thanks for a great idea!!!

V on 04/21/2011:
Have a good evening ;)

Supercheese on 04/21/2011:
wow dinner looked rally good!!!

Umpqua on 04/22/2011:
That recipe sounds awesome, I'm bookmarking it!

balloonlady on 04/22/2011:
love paula dean on the stick of butter... too funny... have a great day : )

biscottibody59 on 04/22/2011:
As for the links, I've never had one not come out as a clickable link if I simply copy, cut and paste. Not sure if that helps. If you continue to have problems you can leave a comment on forum "dd website what's new" or click on ddwebmaster's diary from there and leave a comment for them.

Have a good day there!

Maria7 on 04/24/2011:
Menu looks good! :-)

hopingforhealth - Wednesday Apr 20, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey ladies! Happy Hump Day! Halfway through the week, woo woo. I am posting early and will check in with everyone later bc I have a meeting after work today. Today wasn't a wretched food day, but it wasn't great one. Lots of walking though, at least! I will see you ladies later :)


Exercise: walked a little under 3 mi (to lunch and back and to my meeting and back). I have not been good with the workout train, so I am trying to ease back in with something/ anything every day.


Breakfast: an orange, a couple slices of comte, a serving of raw cashews


Lunch: Italian sub. I didn't really even want this, but I had already turned my friend down for lunch once this week and I am a bit low on cash bc I have been eating out too much, and it was the much cheaper option, so I took it.


Snack: splurge! a klondike bar. A little convenience store just opened next door and they accidently had gotten some not for individual resale klondikes so they were giving them away! A coworker came back with a bag of them for everyone. Too hard to resist.


Dinner: TBD Well, I ate the kind of weirdo dinner that is only eaten by a single person, but I will fess up to it here.... some tofu from a frozen low cal tofu curry meal, which I hated, so I just ate the tofu out of it (so I wouldn't get sick from not eating at my meeting). Ate some veggie crisps there, probably too many. Came home and ate fresh pineapple, a serving size of salami, and 1/2 a serving of oj. Weirdo dinner, alright.

Liquid calories: 3 sodas and lots of water 


Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

V on 04/20/2011:
have a good one!! :)

h82bfat on 04/21/2011:
That's the key. Just do "something" every day. Before you know it, you've got a routine going & shock of all shocks - you look forward to it. One step at at time will get you to your destination! Cudos on the walk! I LOVE to walk... beneficial in soooo many ways!

Umpqua on 04/21/2011:
Free klondike bars, yeah, those are hard to resist! My MIL always keeps a supply in her freezer but I'm mentally prepared to say no when I go over there LOL. Have a good one today!

hopingforhealth - Tuesday Apr 19, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hey ladies! Better day today, so far so good. :) I have a theory about why my migraines are worse… possibly I am developing allergies and that is affecting it, bc it is whoa pollen season here and I have been a bit more sneezy and stuffy. I'll probably take an allergy pill for a couple of days and see if it helps.


The weather is awesome right now. I walked somewhere to pick up lunch for myself and it was so nice out that I spur of the moment stopped on the way back and sat to eat at a park by the water near my office. There are some things I don't love about where I live, but there are some really pretty places here too! I'll have to take a picture for you guys next time I do that. I am enjoying this weather! Working on a few things tonight then off to bed early-ish. Nothing to crazy going on, on this weeknight. :) But sometimes that is nice too.


Exercise: walked about a mile


Breakfast: kashi go lean crunch cereal with skim milk and craisins


Lunch: veggie quiche (cauliflower, broccoli, bell pepper, potato, carrots, and some cheddar) with side salad with tomatoes and carrots and a teeny bit of balsalmic vinigrette. I would also like to point out that I got this at a bakery and I resisted all of the yummy single serving cupcakes and such available.


Snack: another handful of jelly beans


Dinner: roasted chicken breast with steamed brussel sprouts with smart balance light and some small new potatoes. A little parmesan on top of the potatoes and sprouts.


Liquid calories: 3 diet sodas and good on water 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

moogy on 04/19/2011:
I am glad you had a good day. Lunch in the park sounds wonderful, like a little piece of time out of your real life. Having a quiet weekend planned is always a good idea, that way if you want to do something you have the room to manoeuvre. Have a good day:)

V on 04/19/2011:
Good job my love and happy to hear you are feeling better :)

Umpqua on 04/20/2011:
It sounds like you had a lovely day yesterday, I hope today is a good one for you!

hopingforhealth - Monday Apr 18, 2011
(general healthy diet and exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hello ladies! I hope everyone had a nice Monday.  :) Mine was fine... Monday-ish, but not bad. I had another migraine today, towards the end of the work day. I took my medicine and it is going away, but my entry won't have tons of personality today (if it ever does :P) I've had a few more than usual lately and it is so lame! Normally when that happens, I can go "oh, I haven't gotten enough sleep or oh I haven't gotten much sleep" etc, but I don't know why it's been happening. Just bad luck I guess! Or my mother (who get's migraines too) always gets a rough batch when the weather gets hot, and it's getting hot here, so maybe that's what is happening to me? I'm generally pretty lucky and healthy, and this is just my thing to deal with, but today I feel very "grrr, not fair" *stamps foot* about it. But not sad or depressed about it, just frustrated I guess. I had a really bad one this weekend, while out with friends. I didn't drink any alcohol, bc I felt it coming on and between my ordering food and it coming, I was so sick I had to leave and couldn't even eat. My friend insisted on walking me home, which was totally sweet of him, but he had gotten some good news and should've been celebrating, not wasting his time making sure I was ok. It just makes me feel like such a freak, and no fun, that sometimes I get so sick for no reason/ very little reason. I know I am not, and I know other people have far worse health problems than me and I'm glad I don't have to deal with them, but sometimes I just wish I was normal! And honestly, mostly they are very well managed with my medicine, and oh goodness, worlds better than they used to be, but it's just lame to be a migraine person sometimes! Phew, ok, tirade/ vent over.

breakfast: kashi go lean cereal with skim milk and craisins

lunch: pastrami sandwich with small serving of potato salad

snack: a handful of jelly beans (a consultant brought a huuuuuge jar of them to us at the office)

dinner: roasted chicken with broccolini, cooked with a drizzle of olive oil. (yum)

liquid calories: 3 diet sodas, lots of water today. :)

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

moogy on 04/18/2011:
It sounds like you have a good friend there!! I am not sure there is such a thing as normal after a certain time, as time passes we gather illnesses/faults/deseases, just comes with the territory. I used to get killer migrains as a young married women and when I moved from South Australia to New South Wales they just stopped. I suspect it may have been something to do with air pressure, just my theory!! I hope you have a better day today and resume normal temperament.:)

Maria7 on 04/18/2011:
Hope you feel better...I've had a sinus headache today and taking aspirin. Take care. :-)

Umpqua on 04/18/2011:
Sorry to hear about the migraines, I'm sure they're horrible and I feel VERY lucky that I don't get them. I hope you're feeling better tonight :)

V on 04/18/2011:
I hope your head gets better :( Sorry you had a tough weekend...Love you!!

biscottibody59 on 04/19/2011:
Sorry to hear you're suffering with the migraines--I hope today is better for you. I used to get "sick" headaches when I was younger--always tied to MSG intake. That's probably the closest to a migraine I've had.

Anyway, just wanted to mention something that's associated a little with migraines. I found out about it when a friend was mentioning how debilitating his friend's migraines had become (if you already know the source of your headaches forgive me for butting in). It's something called PFO (an internet search will bring it up) and it was recently in the news about children and migraines.

Hope your day's going well for you--you DO deserve to feel healthy and normal--don't give up on that!

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