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

total cal: around 1750 or so. great!

exercise: hardcore weights.

good day :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/26/2015:
Nice work HOP, you're crushing it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2015:
Thanks, it was a good day yesterday!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jun 24, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

1450 cal till end of workday. bit higher than normal. hungrier than normal.

but all is good :)

going to PT tonight. I have the biggest crush on my PT :)

around 2300 today. higher cal day. indulged in thai basil sauce veggies, lots of white rice, and some tofu for dinner, late, after PT, around 8pm.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Well done! Cute PT, eh? ;)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2015:
yes, very :) and so intelligent too!

puddles on 06/24/2015:
A crush on your Pt cute. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2015:
Thank you Puddie :) you too!

Mistyrose on 06/25/2015:
So you you had a enjoyable evening, I hope

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2015:
yep...but got emotional, I think, hence the too big meal late at night instead of a small snack.

Umpqua on 06/25/2015:
I'm sure that makes physical therapy much more fun :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2015:
for sure :) you should see how good he is at getting me to laugh! :) it's almost criminal, the things we talk about & the laughter that takes place.

ohioraven on 06/25/2015:
Tell the PT I said to go easy on you. Have a good day HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2015:
Very cute ;)

hollybelle on 06/25/2015:
It must be something about PTs - I work at a medical clinic now - very big one - Our PTs ( at least the ones I have met are cute and full of personality! Glad you enjoy working with yours - must make it easier to show up and do the work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2015:
Yeah, you are right. In general, they have outgoing, upbeat, friendly demeanors!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jun 23, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

2am snacking: tums, few chips, some popcorn - around 60 cal. Maybe tad higher. 

Around 2000 cal. Full weights.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/23/2015:
Hey, I hope the week is going well for you. And your PT sounds awesome - keep at it and I'm sure you will begin to feel the results!

ohioraven on 06/24/2015:
Have a good day HP.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Have a good week.

Maria7 on 06/24/2015:
Hoping you are having a good day. :-D

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jun 22, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

1850 cal.

exercise: PT. was fun, I really like my physical therapist (in terms of his skills and personality). he's single. 43 or so - around 10-11 years older than me but he looks young and acts young. I have a bit of a crush on him...but have known him for actually around a year and a half. Even when I took a break from him (I only came back bc I have tendinitis in my ankle...) but...even when I took a break from him, we stayed in touch.  I am pretty open with him. he is very easy to talk to.  and definitely I have told him personal things, that usually I only tell my friends. I do consider him at least a friend. more than an acquaintance. I probably sound so dramatic sometimes with my stories to you all...but...this really is my life.

I actually grew up in the same town as where my PT grew up.  So we have some things in common regarding upbringing and activities we both did in that town.  Otherwise, he's a nice guy.  I wouldn't say we are a perfect match, no.  But, I would say that I like him for all the good qualities I see in him.  He gives excellent patient care and always makes everyone feel at home that goes to his office.  He is also very, very experienced as a physical therapist and goes above and beyond that of others I have gone to in the past, a long time ago.  I guess part of the reason I like him is for his success, but in general I like his personality, I like the way he jokes, I like his playful side that he does have around everyone (all the patients)....it's very "adult humor" and just not typical boring PT.  anyways, i'm lucky for this because it's a huge change from my day at work, sitting at my desk, alone at my computer, not talking. I realized this tonight - that I can have a good time there (not that I always want to be in PT!), but I can have a good time - since I have to be there anyways.  And even though i'm on the younger side...and many clients are older, I can still talk a little and be social. it's better that way. :) 

Tonight was nice. And I got there earlier after work because I left at 5pm and didn't work overtime. Tomorrow i'm supposed to go to a union meeting after work. It will be skipped by me.  Why? Because I go to most of them.  And enough is enough.  I told my boss previously that Tuesdays and Thursdays I am going to PT (I really go Mon / Wed) so that I can go to the gym early (bc the gym is usually longer than the time I spend at PT). Therefore, i'm getting out of work at 4:30...and i'd be at the union at 5...too early for a 6pm meeting. So, I will go to the gym. Sometimes, you need to put yourself first. And until I am more relaxed and my health is better - aka my ankle is healed - it's time for me to care about my own well-being...and not the well-being of everyone else that I may see at a meeting. This week is busy and it's about me.  I have a dr apt on Thursday after work before I go to the gym to get new orthotics since I haven't gotten them in over a year (they are covered completely by insurance and so is the doctor visit - free of charge).  So, with PT tonight, gym tomorrow, PT Wednesday, and doctor / gym Thursday, i'm booked and I would say it's ok to miss this meeting.  Trust me, so many people skip.  And my health is my priority. and my sleep...I don't need a late, stressful night tomorrow, especially when I am able to leave work early for the gym.

I don't feel bad, at all, like I am breaking any rules or taking an easy way out.  It riles me up just thinking about all the OT I used to give - 11, 12, and 13-hour days at my job. NO breaks except for lunch which used to be a half hour during those long shifts and later turned into an hour lunch but that's it, no other breaks. Now it's both 30 min and hour, depending what time I leave.  It beat me down...all those hours, i'm not physically capable of it and now i'm getting over the consequences and regaining my health.  That's my priority - not attending another meeting or sitting at my desk extra when it's not necessary.  This year or however more i'm at this company, needs to include self care so that I can heal.  Then, I can be happy at my sister's wedding when I walk in heels...maybe...


so even if I wasn't entering the nypd, my health should have been my priority all along.

and if anyone questions me or thinks that I am joking, I will tell them flat out, try dealing with the pain I was in for so long. and putting your life on hold because of it. still not able to walk at the beach yet.  or go on long walks or do activities that involve lots of cardio (walking!).  so for anyone that gives me any sh*t about my choices right now, I will NOT stand for it.  I mean people at work and my own parents. Anyone that thinks i'm taking it easy can go to H*LL.  and that is because they do not experience TWO YEARS of terrible shin splints / leg tendinitis.  or the mental strength it took to overcome it finally this winter.  They didn't experience then, after healing, another similar injury all because I was so out of shape. And now i'm in PT during the summer when most people want to be outside walking around and exercising to be nice and toned at the beach. doing cardio!  now my life is on hold again, not theirs. So for ANYONE who thinks it's all a big joke, who doesn't understand my choices, understand why I want control of my life, for anyone at work who doesn't know how I used to work those horribly long hours, I will say it to their face.  I will not stand for anyone getting in my way or thinking that I have an easy way out.  Because I also had my own health struggles that they probably don't know about. And they don't need to know...but they do need to stay out of my way.

I am serious. I am adamant that I heal and get out of this industry. Nothing is going to stop me. It's my life. It's what I want. And i'm going to reach my dream of the NYPD. Nobody is going to prevent me.

With my job, and the hours it used to be, it was holding me back. And now my health is ultra important and I do NOT need to work anymore long hours. Not when everyone else gets away with murder.

More importantly, it's my life and I will NOT be used and have my health affected. NO MORE.

I will start speaking up for myself at work if I need to...or I will ask to be transferred out if I have to...I will make sure my health is back. and nothing, like I said nothing, is going to prevent me from reaching that goal.  It's not only my life that's at stake, but my career, along with financial independence.  Right now, i'm just cutting out. Hardly any savings. Nothing extra. If I were to get that NYPD spot, it would only be for the better. On all levels.

So if you think I sound all emotional and desperate, it's because I am about this.  This is right at my heart.  Very important to me.  I want this goal for myself.  Both my health (first) and the NYPD. I cannot have one without the other. And it's very upsetting that I got into this state and now I am working to get out of it. 

And extra hours at work - just doesn't cut it.  or help me. at all.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Mistyrose on 06/22/2015:
Work can be so demanding and will take advantage of a good employee. I like that you choose to put your health first. You have some great goals and you sound so positive about them. What I see is your enthusiasm and I'm excited for you.

biscottibody59 on 06/22/2015:
Just wanted to make sure you saw my comment about the website unlearnyourpain.com below in a previous entry of yours.

I read only one of the Sarno books--it had quite a few "case study" scenarios. I kept renewing it from the library and came close to dropping it in the bathtub a few times--haha!

I hope you have a good week, despite your predicament.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jun 21, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Chips and kombucha 350....

Beans 100, salad 50, 1/2 bagel 200, cream cheese 50, fish 250? 650 father's day lunch.


fruit - 200

frozen yogurt 400?

1600 or so......

and chips 100.

1700, good.

exercise: weights

So, about yesterday's massage, not gonna say too much.  Just will say I have been using this massage therapist for around 8 years.  He is my favorite, always.  Anyways, he knows I now need to drive much farther to see him.  He gave me his card...saying that he could come to me.  I have known him a long time, and this is what I will do next time. Yes, I am damn lucky and yes I am not worried in the least about him coming over to my place to give me a massage.  And, he said it would be the same rate. Good deal.  To repeat, I have nothing to worry about and am lucky for this opportunity. :)  He actually lives much closer to me than he does to his workplace, anyways.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Mistyrose on 06/22/2015:
I use to have a wonderful massage therapist. I would go to his house, unfortunately he moved.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/22/2015:
good to know others would take him up on it, too :)

ohioraven on 06/22/2015:
I got a massage once. She was a wonderful.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/22/2015:
:-D Happy for you Ohio...I like your entries and also your comments!

grannyannie on 06/22/2015:
It can be hard to find a good masseuse but when you do, keep them!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/22/2015:
For sure! Really, I have only found about 3 folks that do a good job. One left the place so I couldn't ever have him again...and the other works exactly the same hours as my work hours! haha. so, no go! I am left with really just my one and favorite!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jun 20, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

exercise: none.

gave blood at doctor in late morning. got a nice massage in afternoon.

Frozen yogurt with toppings 400?

iced coffee 50

veggies 50 :)

chips 200

avocado on a bun 300


peppers 50


will have a protein bar later.


Total 1250 cals. No exercise.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

GottaDoIt on 06/20/2015:
Jealous of massage!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2015:
yeah...they can be quite nice. I used to get them like once a month but not for awhile now....for the past couple years only a few times a year...I am lucky, I know :)

hollybelle on 06/21/2015:
Hi HOP! Reminds me I need to schedule a massage-SOON!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2015:
Yay, I hope you do!

grannyannie on 06/21/2015:
Love massages!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2015:
me too...when you find a good person...they are so nice!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jun 19, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Decent day so far.

5-10 min walk at lunch.

Healthy breakfast of 2 eggs on a roll with a little butter., green teas, some of a bar as a snack. just a nut bar. some sugar. 550 cal in moring till lunch.

Healthy lunch: baked chicken and salad and cooked red onions. not really more than 500. we had diet coke in the office, I took some - like a cup.

snack on way home: strawberries 100.

Dinner: huge and filling :) thai vegetable soup around 100-150, celery 50?, tomatoes with some salt (feeling like I need it) 50, vegetables in basil sauce 200 at least..., kombucha 50, and a natural collagen protein vanilla flavored bar by bulletproof (actually good if you have shin splints / tendency to get tendinitis)...I think that's my whole dinner. 700-750. good.

total: 1850-1900 good.

exercise - the walk 5 min at lunch. REST DAY.  need to continue to rest ankle. tomorrow I have a dr apt, but will prob drive. I may change my mind...but...if I rest my ankle, it'll get better faster. the dr apt is around 10-15 min away, walking. it's a little uphill, just slight. but with the tendinitis, it may be better I drive.


Ended the night with 2300 cals.

Saturday I have a fasting blood test and I am planning a fast until 3:30-4 or actually even later. I am planning a down day. And actually will try to keep calories extremely low and have frozen yogurt later today...

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/19/2015:
Good Soup, HP.

hollybelle on 06/20/2015:
Driving sounds like a good idea! I meant to tell you in my last comments - you are killing the push-ups! Good job!

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2015:
Push-ups are my favorite exercise and probably the one I am best at.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jun 18, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Calories till end of workday: 1300

Snack before gym: 2 plums adding up to around 100 and a banana 120. i'll say 250.  i am sorta liking this idea of having a lot of fruit before gym. i also had two vitamin water zeros. This is what works for me.  The fruit is filling...and this makes sense to me as a way to keep calories down, way down, instead of eating granola bars...we shall see...as long as i have some fruit, and keep varying it, this can work at least for a few days lol.

after gym: slight splurge. getting sick of the sugary bars lately! i had a cliff bar 250 followed by some popcorn with some oil 150 or so. 400.

total today: 1950, quite good.  i do better NOT keeping calories crazy low.

i may not have lost weight like i wanted to...but at least i'm staying active with the weights and getting more active doing PT at least for my ankle. things always work out. just need more patience.

i had a GREAT weights routine.

I can now do 50 pushups in a set. for sure. i tried it out again tonight. and, i'm slowly getting better at clapping pushups - getting there.  i an do around 5 in a row.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/19/2015:
I gave up bars as snacks except in extreme circustances - like air travel and when nothing else is likely to be available. I've been eating string cheese or fruit - find that it keep really well for a day in my purse, even. I never ggot enough protein and it does keep apetite in check. It's good to switch things up.

ohioraven on 06/19/2015:
Yep' take it easy on that ankle. Have a good day, Hp.

Umpqua on 06/19/2015:
Um, we have a little bit of a Vitamin Water Zero problem in this house. 3 of us drink it and we go through a lot! I drink lots of regular water too but I like the flavors of the Vitamin Water for something different. I figure there's no artificial sweeteners so its OK, but we should probably cut down.

Glad you got to the gym!

Maria7 on 06/19/2015:
Wow...50 pushups are a LOT! :-)

grannyannie on 06/19/2015:
Good job on the pushups!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jun 17, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Calories up to lunch: 600 and pretty heathy. A little extra sugary mints. Healthy lunch: decided to sorta splurge but honestly it's healthy. Avocado 100, crackers 150, spinach with added sea salt 50, white meat chicken with some skin 300? Blackberries 100. 700. 1300, good. Going to PT tonight even though my regular guy is on vaca. I feel better going and making the lower body part of my regular routine forever. So this is my start, even though it's not hardcore in the least - I still have pain in my ankle. Otherwise, it's been a good week.

Calories after work before PT: one banana 120, 2 plums 130 or so. 250.

1550, excellent...good choice to be more prepared with more fruit...

after workout: a Cliff Energy Bar, not the best. 250, but sugar tends to personally help ME sleep. in just the right amount....but now sorta hungry. but I realize it's just mental. since I had the bar not too long ago. I like having the bigger, healthy lunch...although it sorta got me too tired, I think. or it could be I didn't sleep enough last night, lol...

1800. I should DEF not go back for any seconds. this is a fabulous calorie count.  Being active after work helps me keep calories down, since i'm not home to eat huge meals.

anyways, tomorrow is the gym. I am planning for a successful day. But I think I may have to have something small now...yes, sorta had to...well, didn't have to, but did anyways. small serving chips. 70 cal.

total between 1850-1900. still good.

exercise: PT (which included 10 minutes of bike). ankle hurts. maybe i'll take an anti-inflammatory. yep. I took one. too much pain and I need to be able to sleep tonight.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/17/2015:
Good thinkin' Hp.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2015:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2015:

grannyannie on 06/17/2015:
Have a healthy day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2015:
thanks Granny :)

Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
Good work on the PT, I'm sure it is helping even if you don't immediately feel it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2015:
I choose to AGREE with you :)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jun 16, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Early Drinks: hot water with one lemon, around 2 cups...and then two servings (one bottle) of kombucha. 100 cals. Should help digestion along this AM.  Lately, there are less kombucha options at the store. I've been drinking Reeds.  I think it doesn't work as well as other brands like Synergy when it comes to digestion.  I would like to pick up more tonight since I ran out, but, will probably just stick with hot water and lemon the next few days as these are expensive and not worth me getting to the gym late just bc I want to pick up more haha.

Breakfast at work: one fried egg 100, on a flatbread 100, with avocado 100, some sea salt, black pepper, turmeric.  300.  tea in morning.

Snack at work: coffee flavored greek yogurt.  Has some sugar...but I think I need it right now (mentally, anyways!) 160

560, good.

Lunch: leftover chicken from my friend's fried rice on Saturday lol def needs to be eaten by today! 250-300, leftover vegetable soup (hope it's ok, had it since Friday I think) 150, extra greens (kale and spinach mix) that I will microwave with the chicken at lunch. 50. avocado 80, and probably crackers (leftover matzah haha) around 100. I will say around 650...sorta high, but also healthy (and worth it if it's the healthiest meal I eat all day, besides luckily some health at breakfast as well.)

1200 or so, that's good....let me figure out after work...

banana 120, and nature valley granola bars before gym 200: 320.


150 extra cals before gym - so around 1650...

After gym: will be another bar. (is small, compact, helps me fall asleep and doesn't bloat me eating late and getting up early for work). 220

around 1850-1900, perfect for today.

I did get some veggies in and it was healthy breakfast and lunch. that's a start.

no cardio except for moving around at the gym doing my weights, back and abs routine.

 my workout was superb.

I can once again do 50 pushups in one set....and actually, I think I got in a couple after 50.

I am reinstating my pushup goal.  I will reach 100 one day! haha.

and by end of summer, probably 75 at least. fast ones.




Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/16/2015:
Your plan for the day looks good!

grannyannie on 06/16/2015:
Good plans! Have a great day.

puddles on 06/16/2015:
Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 06/16/2015:
I hope your ankle gets better in the coming weeks--keep up the good work!

So glad the Sarno info has helped you--sounds like it made a real difference.

I have another suggestion on the same subject. I saw an interview with this dr. He is Howard Schubiner MD and his website/book is:


Just wanted to say in the interview he of course emphasized that people do need to find out if their pain is structural/medical, and to address that if necessary. Then to go on to the techniques of "unlearning" your pain.

I just had a very strange sciatica episode last week that I didn't attribute to anything injury-wise. Your comment (reminder of Sarno) made me search my brain and sure enough, I traced it to a phone call the very day it hit me.

So Thanks!

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