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

I am definitely losing weight, probably still around 126, lol, but I guess I was really a couple lbs higher before. When I weigh myself at the gym after a full day, I weighed around 128 the other day - so in the morning, I am sure, I am around 126 :) success.  I want to drop 5 lbs still...want to weigh around 120 for the rest of the year - for my sister's wedding, will try to get to 115, last minute - will cut cals (or maybe do some  24hr fasts on weekends in the wintertime a few months before her wedding).  Remember all, i'm short, under 5'2".  Promising to myself, not to get below 115. I don't think it's healthy...So, this is my promise to myself.  I may change my mind on even getting to 115, but it would be a fantastic goal for this year :)

Breakfast & snacks thru morning: 2 bottles kombucha 80, banana 120, strawberries, but not that much 50: 250 oh...and protein quest bar, S'mores flavor 200. 450. great.

Snack: rest of the strawberries, 100 cal :)

1pm Lunch: wrap 100, with fried egg & egg white 100, 1/2 avocado 160, and slightly too many sautéed veggies 200? = 560-600, good. not more calories that that, for sure.

total so far today: 1150, good :)

Went to bed last night around 10:30pm & woke up around 8:30am. 

I did take a sleeping pill, which is what helps me sleep this many hours - which I need right now, because it has me feeling 100% better during the day - more focused, more energy (even if tired in mornings or so, it gives me energy at work to want to sit up with better posture, etc.  -  I need to keep doing what I'm doing right now in order to get myself feeling back to normal...I am guessing I'll continue the pattern of sleeping pills thru summer.  It may not be natural, but it's over the counter, and it's HELPING me...and that is what's most important.) when I get home late from a workout, I don't want to stay up for at least 3 hours and then wake up all throughout the night, I'd rather fall asleep an hour or two after it, and that's where these pills come in handy - and also on the weekend, when I really do want to sleep in - because it's making my body feel BETTER.

 Slept in more than during the week, around 10 hours sleep and it makes everything feel better. This will be my new thing. No more early, early mornings on the weekends, if I can help it. By doing this, I'll be able to physically feel much better & have my legs get stronger, faster.  It's a fact.

Having a productive day in my opinion. Relaxing all morning, also during ALL my laundry (I was debating saving my bed sheets till tomorrow - but that is dumb because it means I am pretty much doing laundry 2 days instead of just one. I live in an apt so there are many machines, and, it's best for me to try to do all my week's worth of laundry in one session. Because then I don't need to think about it 2 days in row, wasting time 2 days instead of 1). No need to do it 2x when 1x is less work - and then I can relax tomorrow, which is what I like to do on the weekends.

Later in afternoon, my friend is coming by & we will go to the mall. We'll get some nice face lotion samples at Sephora & just walk around. Then we will drive to my other friend's place because it's her 39th bday & go out to dinner to celebrate :)  Like I said, a nice, productive in my opinion type of day! Seeing friends & getting laundry done, dressing up a little for dinner & probably photos too. All good things.

Def no exercise besides the mall...and I plan to stretch and relax my legs a bit until then.  They need it.


1400 before dinner

prob more like 2400 today, all worth it, great food!

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

OhioRaven on 05/03/2015:
A good weekend.

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

Happy Friday...

....and thank god for sleeping pills - I was able to get much more sleep this week because of them - almost normal sleep every night. Just a little under some nights because I got home a bit late, especially Tuesday night. Overall, it was a more successful week than usual, partially because I didn't work as late all week.  It may mean a smaller paycheck, but well work the health benefits. I take the sleeping pills to insure I will sleep through the night & it seems to be working well. for now, it's what I need to feel better. I will try to limit them later, but for now, they are what are the reason my body is able to rest better & recover more during the night.

Early Drinks: Kombucha, and warm water with turmeric & black pepper: 50. (helps me eliminate in the morning...lol....tmi!?)

 Ended up sorta overeating at dinner, all healthy but HUGE portions. some chips, some fish, some soup, LOTS of cooked veggies in sauce...it adds up, around 900 cal.

total today: 2200. good, even though I only had 1250 or so cals before I had dinner, so, it's ok...I seem to be losing a little bit of weight anyways, despite higher calories. it's because i'm  not binging, and that's the most important thing.

exercise: around 20-30 minutes at lunch, 30 minutes after work also. GREAT :)

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

puddles on 05/01/2015:
Rest is very important to feeling well. Take care and have a great weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/01/2015:
yes, the difference is already amazing. I may have to keep taking the sleeping pills, unfortunately, in order to keep this up. it's important to me to try to sleep more, much more, as I can tell my body is beginning to feel much better. just my face acne / body acne shows that I still need a little bit more sleep :)

liza36 on 05/01/2015:
Glad you've gotten some rest. Have a good weekend.

grannyannie on 05/02/2015:
Good sleep is so very important!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/02/2015:
learning that more & more...! Whenever my mom tells me that I shouldn't care about sleep, I will now be telling her that it's my body & I know what I need! She likes to say that when I say I'm going to bed or driving home from her place after visiting family. haha

thinnside40 on 05/02/2015:
Are you able to take Melatonin?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/02/2015:
I bought some & will try...right now, i'm taking Sleepinal , which def works for me. In the mornings though on workdays, I wake up knowing they worked but also that i'm still needing 1 or 2hrs MORE sleep - they make me want to sleep longer than 7-8 hours. And I wake up with a very dead/heavy feeling, especially in my legs, making me feel like I could def sleep 9-10 hours when I take them. They are best on the weekends.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Apr 30, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

calories would have been 1650 if I stuck to my snack after the gym, but came home and had some "healthier" chips made from a mix of quinoa flour, corn meal & rice flour - they are called Skinny chips and at least you can eat MANY in a sitting compared with other chips. still, I had 250 extra calories worth, but, it was a gym day and when I don't replenish more with the carbs, I tend to feel pretty bad in the mornings, so, it is was it is and the chips tasted GREAT.

1900 cals.

exercise: definitely at least 50 minutes of walking throughout the day which is awesome. hardcore weights, back & abs at the gym also.

overall, a decently healthy & productive day.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Apr 29, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

around 2,000. great :) how can I complain? yes, would be nice to have 1600....but its more important that I had calories within a normal range. I indulged on cooked veggies in oil for dinner lol...had about 400-500 cals from that and some chicken and a kombucha. relaxing tonight and bed early :) week has gone pretty well.

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

grannyannie on 04/30/2015:
Well done. :)

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

skipped gym yesterday even though that was my plan.

today worked normal hours, took my lunch.

went to a meeting that starts at 6pm and ends at 7pm.

Worked out at the gym from 7:30-9:30.

2250 cals.

mostly balanced, but lots of caffeine as the allergy medicine that I take is making my drowsy at work.

overall, I am proud of myself for doing it all. and glad that I don't have to do this everyday....the meeting after work and then gym after the meeting.

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

OhioRaven on 04/29/2015:
Good Balance, HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/29/2015:
thank you, OR :)xoxo! ;)

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

calories throughout workday: 1250.

came home and indulged a bit, instead of gym, calling it an early night :)

dinner: writing it in the opposite order that I ate it lol so I can remember everything: small banana 120, "peanut butter cookie" more like a dessert bar by Larabar 240, gonna have a kombucha I think 40, some kind of veganaise on salad (already premade from store) - at least 100 cal there, a pint of kale with sautéed squash and nuts - around 400 at least in there, and some mushrooms i'll be generous and say only 50: 950

total here: 2200 ouch.

exercise: none except 10 min at lunch and walking to/from my car - around 10 minutes each way.

i'll be generous and say I walked 1/2 hour today :) need a rest, legs/ankles are tired from yesterday.

was planning on gym for like 2 weeks, but, decided not to go bc I am feeling run down. i'll go tomorrow, after a meeting that ends around 7pm.

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

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

Happy Weekend Everyone      

Morning: lots of drinks: coconut water 50, kombucha 40, another hydrating drink 30, small banana 120 Total here: 240. Also, 1 fried egg 100, with 1/2 avocado 160 & sea salt bc feeling like I am not hydrated (tmi - but too much bathroom stuff yesterday), on a wrap 100. Total 360 & chips, forgot them almost. 140. Total here: 500.

total so far: 740, good I started keeping track! didn't realize the total was so high.

looking to buy my food for the week soon. & then off to park for jogging. - actually, scratch that, thinking i'm gonna go to the park first :) food later.

11am lunch: - very balanced, which is how my lunches generally are - usually the healthiest part of my day -  rest of sardines from yesterday's pack: 60 (just one big one), some roasted/sundried tomato spread 100 at most, white rice 200 at most. around 350 at most.

1100, good.

rest of food shopping will be later, after I enjoy the day as puddles suggested :)

Bar 220 and grapefruit 120also soy chips 120 later and some samples at supermarket 50 510

1610, good.

Def around 2200-2300, is ok, all pretty healthy and finally did a ton of cardio, now resting my legs. Did at least 5mi and maybe more :)

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

puddles on 04/26/2015:
Have a great day at the park and enjoy yourself.

OhioRaven on 04/26/2015:
Morning', HP.

Umpqua on 04/27/2015:
Yesterday sounds great, good work getting outside to exercise and enjoy! :)

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

Banana in middle of the night, but it's ok, I think my body was craving the potassium. lol. and some Tums. 150 cals overall.

Big late breakfast, 9am: 650

Woke up on the later side, thanks to a sleeping pill I took at 2 or 3am. Woke for good around 8:30am, which is far better than 6 or 7am :). did good! and may go back to sleep for a little bit now - it's almost 10am. yup....went back to bed 10am-11am. :)

Planning for a slow, uneventful weekend because next week Monday & Tuesday are going to be busy. I will be going to the gym tonight, so I can go back Monday night after work. I have a meeting on Tuesday after work, so that's why i'm going to the gym Monday instead. Then, the rest of the week to come should be uneventful as well.

Noon light meal: pear and sautéed (more like steamed) veggie mix with added sea salt 150 or so...and a natural peanut bar: peanuts, agave syrup, peanut butter, brown rice syrup, sunflower oil, salt. 170 cals. total here: 320

total so far: 1120, I doubt this will be a lower cal day - maybe tomorrow. as i'm quite hungry today.

4pm: chips, strawberries, kombucha 150, rice 150, sardines 130, garlic sauce veggies  100 = 530

1650 so far, gym soon :)...and a natural energy shot drink (made with green tea and lots of antioxidants) 50 cal.

1700 :) before gym!



2250 cals, good!

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

OhioRaven on 04/25/2015:
Good !

puddles on 04/25/2015:
Hope you have a great weekend.

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

Happy Friday, Y'all!

Day started out great, but got very tired in afternoon at work and extremely tired after work....but, then I realized, I can relax and do whatever the heck I want or don't want when I get home! and that's just what I did!

1150 cals till end of workday.

Definitely indulged on a BIG dinner. Lots of sautéed veggies (like around 4-6 cups).  I stopped by a health food store and they actually had a decent selection around 6pm at the end of the day. I was impressed that they still had veggies. Seems they usually do, which is nice, means I can stop by after work :) and not have to necessarily think "why should I go, they will be sold out!)....they close the hot food section early probably at 6:30-7pm, it's a natural, vegan huge grocery store by me.

....right....so....the veggies. around 500-600 cals as they were in sauces. also, some tofu, figure just 50 cals more...then, to top it off, some chips & kombucha (that I also picked up from the store) 200 cals more.  I indulged in food shopping after work, it's a stress relief for me, for sure. at least it's better than smoking!? so, 850 or so (maybe less) cals at dinner. but like I said, it's not boiled veggies, they are sautéed and in sauces, it amps up the calories.

total today: 2000 cals, good job to me :)

exercise: half hour walk at lunch and also walking to & from car to work (around 5 min each way).

actually, total was 2050.

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

OhioRaven on 04/24/2015:
Good Going, HP.

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

1850 cals = perfect.

.....actually 1950 - very good for a gym day :)

30 min walk at lunch.

full weights upper body, abs, back, pushups at gym.

absolute success.

worked over an hour OT, too.

that's dedication.

this year I will "Make it Happen!"

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

Duaa123. on 04/23/2015:
Perfect.. keep going i hope u reach ur goal

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/26/2015:
it's amazing what true dedication does! I am doing very well, thank you :)

OhioRaven on 04/24/2015:
Dang! good post ! Have a Great Day.

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