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Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Mar 06, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

I can feel I've lost at least 1/2 pound in real weight. Clothes are fitting a tad bit better. I need a couple lower cal days (even at 1700 I can lose) if I want to lose weight or tone up. Thing is, it's only early MARCH and I can really make a difference by the summer WITHOUT REALLY trying. This is the important part.  I need to live a "lean lifestyle" not a diet or short-term approach. So that's why I enjoy thinking long-term. therefore, i'm going to keep doing my cardio.  Keep thinking positive. and continue to live the life I enjoy most. Time to strut my stuff in my bikini this sumEximer again. and finally be able to walk free of pain in the sand. Excited for these things!

Tomorrow my plan is to do a few errands.  I want to go to Victoria's Secret and receive store credit for the two bras that haven't worn well.  And then either save the credit to buy something later or get one bra that day as a replacement with the store credit.  Also, I need to make photocopies of some important paperwork that I forgot to bring to work. I need the photocopies ASAP and unhooked my printer/copier. So I may just drive to staples to do it. Because it's quite a bit & easier to do there...then I need to drop that paperwork off....then I may take a rest day & see my friends in the evening. I hope I feel better Saturday than I do right now. I am quite exhausted.

Calories: not great, gonna have a snack I've been wanting the whole day. Probably around 2350 cal. it's ok...whatever.

Exercise: half hour walk.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Mar 05, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Around 2050 cals.

Excellent exercise.

Snowstorm but had a fantastic day :)

Got out of work early and had a great workout at the gym.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 03/06/2015:
Great on the exercise!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Mar 04, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Fiber One was not the best idea last night bc it messed up my digestion all day. Ok, good to think about for next time.

Calories before dinner: 1150

Dinner quinoa 100, chicken 200, sautéed veggies 250, drink 50 600 or so.

1750, perfect.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 03/05/2015:
Good food choices. Too bad about the Fiber One.

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Mar 03, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Was almost 1750 but chose an extra snack before bed. 1950 cal. Walk at lunch and weights after work despite the bad driving conditions. Luckily the weather improved by the time I left the gym and it was rain coming down and the snow stopped for a bit.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/04/2015:
Good day!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Mar 02, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Sorry for my xtreme lack of commenting. Plan to follow up on your entries soon :)

Calories around 1950. Mostly healthy.

Mile walk at lunch.

Goodnight :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

BellaK on 03/02/2015:
No worries.... We are all so busy and completely understand and (thankfully!) support each other! :)

Umpqua on 03/03/2015:
Life gets crazy, I think we can all relate. I hope you have a good week!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Mar 01, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Fasting till around noon. To make up for yesterday's calorie splurge on desserts. Supermarket in later morning. Fast supermarket stop later today only for essentials. Lunch followed by gym. And later nails hopefully. Goal is approx 1400-1600 cals today and a weights workout, no cardio. 

And decided not to go on the expensive trip right now - it's too expensive.

Brunch 11:45: pita chips 50, cooked bran 50, pumpkin 50, oat bran with coconut water 150, stevia, cinnamon, 300...oh, peanut butter100.  400. gym soon - prob a shake while there.

Total around 1550...and looking to go to bed around 8 :)  gotta catch up on some zzz's...and with the snow falling and everything done before tomorrow, I am ready to go to bed soon!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/02/2015:
Good Monday to you!

Maria7 on 03/02/2015:
Hope you have a good day.

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Feb 28, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Happy weekend! Wanted to sleep in but changed my mind and got up around 7 after about 7 hrs sleep.

Around total 2700 cal bc of desserts. Hour walk 3 miles at least.

7am I woke up and decided to eat breakfast, do laundry, and get on with my day :). Plan is to also read a little, drive home to get paperwork - walk at park and dinner with friends. Breakfast - oat bran with coconut water and almond milk 150, canned pumpkin with cinnamon and stevia 50, peanut butter 200. 400 - good!

10am Early Brunch / Healthy Lunch: Bean chips 2 servings 300, leftover Thai Basil veggies and chicken around 300, rice 150. and later a kombucha.  total around 800.

total: 1200, good. - just maybe a snack later before dinner with friends.

1:30pm - protein bar and small part of grapefruit. 200 1400 so far, good!

3:30 greek yogurt - 150

1550 or so, excellent!

dinner out / with friends: planning on ordering muchos vegetables!

I have accomplished a lot this morning actually. More cleaning & preparing some bills - called to go over my Co-op Insurance plan with Allstate and saved $25 by paying it in full instead of monthly statements.

Also doing some planning for the week - going thru finances more because I am planning what to spend money on in the upcoming month.  I want to go to Vegas with a couple friends in April - it will be THE biggest trip I've ever gone on as an adult paying for it myself.  I once did a cruise with my best friend, but, this is a bigger trip as it's traveling almost across country. I plan to actually do the traveling alone - meet my 2 friends there since they will be going a longer amount of time than me.  I will be seeing Britney Spears in concert while there! 

Other trips I have gone on as an adult (and I don't mean a weekend overnighter in a close-by state like for a wedding or something) include: 

1. The Cruise 3 years ago April 2012  (it was cheap under $500 weeklong Carnival Cruse to the Caribbean (in detail it was Key West, Jamaica & Mexico) but airfare was a disgrace - $700 round trip for airfare! because it was a trip that was taken during a high-volume travel time when schools had their spring break.  My friend is a teacher, so this is when she could go.  I was 29 and still living at home.So with airfare and everything else, this trip was around $1400-1500

2.  After the above trip, for my 30th birthday in September 2012, I went to visit a good friend living in Toronto.  It was a nice weekend trip, two full days and I think 4 nights.  It was way cheaper than the cruise, obviously. I didn't even pay for all of it - he paid for the nights in the hotel & I paid the travel portion as well as the attractions.  He paid for all food, too. And for travel, we had his car. Airfare was no more than $150 each way, probably cheaper. So, I would say the trip was around $600 at most.

I was still living home in 2012  -  it was easier to manage expenses for trips!  After the above trip to Toronto, around 5 months later in February is when the leg pain started. And even though I went to Niagara later on, the leg situation really prevented me from doing much of anything from 2013 till now. Finally I've gotten over the hurdle & i'm starting to enjoy life more & get out and do more activities with friends.

3. The following year, again for my bday September 2013, I went again to Canada - same friend, this time Niagara Falls! Again, I paid the travel and half the actual vacation - half for the hotel and half for expenses.  I think he paid for food again....so, this trip was probably around $300 at most - for airfare...and $200 approx. for hotel...and let's add in another $150-200...so again - total around $600 at most. and Only trip I went on in 2013. Legs were a problem on this trip and especially shortly after I got home.

4. Went on a local trip last July 2014 with single overnight stay.  (still legs were bothersome  - even if mentally so - i'll never know if it was mental 100% or physical at this point) I got there in evening with a girlfriend and we went rafting with my family & friends the next day. then we stayed over one more night and left in the morning after breakfast. Was fun, like a  3 hour drive there & 2 hour drive back.  Hotel was a little pricey maybe $150 as I paid half and she paid half. The rafting was $70. and then there's gas and food around $50 at most - she paid half too. so, this trip was around $250 for two nights and one day lol - cheaper than the rest & the only trip I went on for 2014.

5. April 2015~!! My goal for this 2-day trip to Las Vegas, Nevada is to make it between $1,000-$1,500 and hopefully way closer to the lower number.  But, I've budgeted $1500 - which is definitely doable for a 2-day trip.  Can't wait to be there, out of NY, with 2 good friends & see Britney Spears live.  I've always loved her!  She's my generation.  I grew up with her.

6. After Vegas - rest of 2015 and all of 2016 - no more plans for such a big trip. It's a possibility - maybe -  but I will not have a lot of money. I'm going to take a deduction in salary when I enter the NYPD academy - but not for long. It's around $45K to start & my job now is a salary of $46K if I get NO OVERTIME.

Only the first 2-3 years in the NYPD will be slightly lower than I make now (bc I have a lot of overtime, so I end up making closer to $55K per year), After that, i'll have caught back up. At 3 1/2-5 years on the job, I'll be making around what I make now with overtime.  (Arounnd $50K during 3.5-5 years) Meaning, no overtime as a cop but making what I make now without the countless extra hours currently of OT I do now at my job.

And after 5 1/2 years in the academy, money will not be an issue at all.  The salary is quite high at that point - over $90K. (basically double my salary now if I didn't work any overtime at my current job).


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Feb 27, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Overall a good day! Lots of caffeine.  But will try to skip it this weekend or at least tomorrow!

calories: around 1750.

Half hour walk at lunch!

No overtime! :)

and a yogurt. more like 1950...good.

it's midnight and i'm still up.  sleeping is a bit off for the entire week, every night since Sunday night I have not gotten enough sleep. oh well, will catch up tomorrow, gonna sleep in. 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Feb 26, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

not a lot of sleep going on this week....but excited for the gym tonight!  legs are bothering me a little and i just think its a build-up of stress.  a lot of OT this week so far.  Busy week, but, its very close to the weekend!!!

Was very tired at work, feeling BAD. almost getting that depressed feeling that comes upon me when i know i have skimped on sleep for a few days in a row.  I had a LOT of caffeine during the work hours.  I had to. But, good thing is that I am feeling better after my workout and realize that if I think I can do something, I will achieve it. I am doing better with this aspect of my life.

Around 2000 cal. Very good workout at gym too. I did feel a little weaker than normal and used slightly lower weights when exercising.  And a walk at lunch.

I am gonna succeed in making this a great year. And live life now. More than I did the previous 2 years.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/26/2015:
Yes weekend is coming.

Umpqua on 02/27/2015:
Great attitude, I hope you have a nice weekend!

thinnside40 on 02/27/2015:
Good job!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Feb 25, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Breakfast and snacks at work: 450 cal.  lots of green tea - 4 cups. 2 candies, small cookie, egg with avocado on a wrap

Lunch: chicken 300 at most, cooked veggies with sauce 200? on salad greens 20, banana 120: around 650

1100 cal...

dinner: cooked veggies, some sauce, 300?, a bit too much dark chicken - 350???, kombucha 50. 700??


walk during lunch :) half hour.

worked till 6:30 - for my own records.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 02/25/2015:
Green tea is on the shopping list here... Hope you have a good Thursday :)

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