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Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jan 07, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Good Morning All!

It's a cold day here in Queens, NY.  My car showed 8 degrees Farenheit!  So cold that the lock on my garage froze & I didn't realize I could have just used my big lighter from my apartment to loosen it up. So, I spent a whole hour waiting for maintenance to unlock the lock, with their own lighter, and got to work at 9:15, instead of 8am.  But really, it's not stressing me much at all.  I am glad I am taking Friday off to go to the post office (dumb reason to take the day, but good enough reason for me!) and to refill my laundry card.  I may even stop by the physical therapist to return a bone stimulator i had borrowed...and haven't used in months.  In general though, I need to think clearly and start thinking about the interview & how I will present myself (what I will say!!).  I have the basics, obviously, but, I need to have it on the tip of my tongue - and NOT in the back of my mind!

1700-1800, perfect.

exercise: only abs / upper legs. perfect.

Today ended up being a good day & I am thankful for so many things. :D

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jan 06, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

DECIDING I GOTTA TAKE FRIDAY OFF...just not near being in the right mindset for my NYPD interview & medical next MONDAY...also, forgot to go to the post office to get the money orders that they require, and don't wanna wait till Saturday....so that's it....taking Friday OFF...and getting that done bc i can't wait till the last minute (Satuday) and be caught in a major problem somehow and not be prepared for Monday.  I have not been on an interview or done really ANYTHING out of the ordinary like that in basically 3 years give or take...I really don't wanna flunk out of this opportunity....also, legs are better after 3 days of rest....i am stretching them more and more by pointing my toes...mostly down...and up a lil bit too....

early snack / breakfast = 500, good. (includes half protein shake, piece of butternut squash soufflé, small roll with 2 large eggs, some raspberries...good stuff. must start eating only the late breakfast while driving, gotta SAVE calories better!  when i eat so early, when i get up, it leaves me too hungry...and lately i eat while driving...so i should really ONLY be eating mostly while driving...and eat even less for breakfast at home - only fruit / tea...etc, like 100 cal...

snack: bar, green tea. was good.

lunch: healthy - salad, sautéed eggplant, chicken...English muffin 600 or so, was good.

snack: almonds, not that many, maybe just around 50 cal.

1400 by 5pm, definitely good...

snack before awesome upper body weights routine (about 45-50 min) 200 cal.

dinner: a bit overboard, but totally healthy. better than a shake. leftovers. between 400-500.

total: 2000-2100, good. 2300 or so, eating at 2am.

after work plan: upper body strong set of weights....and, will take a supplement (caffeine-free) beforehand. it's 40 calories and increases oxygen flow to muscles....trying this for days where I do upper body weights.

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/07/2014:
Good plan on taking time off to focus on your goals. I'm so excited that you're taking the test, I know it's been a long-time dream of yours. You're going to kick butt - I can't wait to read about it!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jan 05, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Edit: I weighed myself at the gym & I am actually scared.  I am NOT in a good place mentally or physically right now.  I do practically no cardio, always lower than the recommended amount because my legs hurt, still. Shin splints suck man! 10 months are now my body is really getting out of shape. Also, I like to eat & I cannot totally diet to the point of feeling deprived. So, basically, I need  to just keep going slowly, keep sticking with at least the ROUTINE of going to the gym - even if I cannot do the things that I love to do...

I weighed 129 point something on the scale, and that is a MAJOR disappointment to me. After trying to hard, to stay slim, I am too heavy right now for my height.  I don't like how heavy I am getting....and I am working not to binge - because I can't right now.  Even eating a little too much is weight gain. It sucks. And no cardio to burn calories or raise my heart rate.  yes, I still do upper body weights, thank god. but I really don't want to get heavier & my goal was actually to lose a couple pounds by the near year - I failed at that goal. What's wrong with me, man.


Happy Sunday!

8am breakfast - 800 cal.  pb and cooked cranberries on an English muffin, also some fruit / sautéed carrots.  like 20 min later I also had a wrap with extra pb and cooked cranberries. almond milk.

10:30-11am snacking: not being so healthy, trying to curb that NOW...200 in sautéed carrots, fruit, yogurt, followed my some snack crackers and veggies 200, then 2 servings of triscuits 250 more.

1450 (def not great, but really, my body was craving carbs bad...!)

1pm: strawberries/blueberries and a raspberry candy 50 (could be a hair more in terms of calories...)

3pm - 1650 with cooked seasoned, veggies..may also have a protein shake before dinner with my parents to curb my appetite, or, save it.

5pm: protein shake but only half 150 cal.

around 1800, not great.

dinner: tofu vegetable soup 50...lol, probably 100. and lots of steamed veggies with a lil bit of rice, little bit of sauce, and a couple big shrimp and a few large scallops. 400-500 prob.

so, to be nice to myself, let's say I had 2250 cal today. success in keeping calories in check, despite that nasty breakfast.

but I'm gaining weight, ever so slowly. time to diet I guess. I hate dieting (keeping calories low) but maybe I should :(.  If I diet, I will keep calories around 1700 per day.  that should help me lose weight...but, do I wanna lose more weight faster?

I could only keep calories at the lower end if it were days where I am not doing the hardcore upper body workout.  ...let me stop, I can already see that it's not gonna work for me....to lower the calories so much.

anyways, tomorrow is an upper body workout, so calories don't need to be real low.

perhaps on Tuesday, i'll keep calories at 1700.

tomorrow i'll try for 2000.

this is already too much to think about!


Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/05/2014:
Happy Sunday to you, too!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 04, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

8am tasty breakfast: cinnamon swirl oatmeal with bran added 240, fruit 60, cooked cranberries 50.  350. followed up with a small wrap with peanut butter and cooked cranberries 250: 600 really, really tasty calories!

2250. hardcore upper body. legs started to hurt while doing weights at gym, but I continued until I was finished. relaxed all afternoon after I got home - since 4pm.

wishing I never had this leg issue, I'd be walking so much, gosh.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 01/04/2014:
Hope you're having a great day!

RYC: Glad my exercise is motivating--I wouldn't have thought that, but I'll take it! Hope you can get back to some of your favorite workouts again soon. I know what it's like to feel like you're never gonna be back to normal with a low back issue I had when I was in my late 20s.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jan 03, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

2am snack because I woke up and was probably bored and just the slightest bit hungry (knowing I am not going to work..): a vegan, all natural type higher sugar protein bar 180, half banana 60, roll with peanut butter 200: around 450, good..

6am snack: water with apricot liquid stevia, strawberries 50

snacking: strawberries & a few almonds 100

8am breakfast: low sugar cinnamon swirl oatmeal with lots of extra bran crackers heated and warmed in it 240, extra berries and some cooked cranberries 60 = 300.

10am??weird/bored snacking  = cooked teriyaki leftover veggies 150??

11:30am hungry before abs / lower legs at gym: protein bar. 200 (and will return a movie on the way home to the redbox where I rented it)...anything to get out of my apartment today!

total around 2200 cal, success! yes, calories are not great for a mostly sedentary day, but, they aren't blown out of proportion either.

glad I decided to take this day off.  it's exactly what I needed, these past couple weeks being less busy & stressful.  I feel like I can totally recharge my body, feel good when I have to take the medical test for the NYPD in TEN DAYS! whoa...just looked at the letter....the 13th! Feeling excited, feeling good....and KNOWING, I must stay less stressed & focused on my well-being.  I can get it. I know I can.

My friend who is a nurse gave me really great advice at the New Years party...she asked if I was stretching enough or at all...I said, "not really." she said, "well, that's what you have to do!!! Shin splints are just tightness....you need to stretch and point your toes up and down!" well, I have been doing that. And I googled this, never finding it before on the internet without her telling me this tip...(never came across it earlier)...and it seems to be HELPING a lot!  This may save me....fully...!  Oh, and when I googled it, a few things came up, of people claiming this is what helped them, this trick of toe pointing, stretching out the calves....has helped others....!


Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 01/03/2014:
Yea I probably should have stayed home too... no one is here with all of this snow!

Umpqua on 01/03/2014:
Apricot stevia sounds wonderful, I haven't seen that at my store. I usually get vanilla, chocolate or almond. Stay safe and warm today!

biscottibody59 on 01/03/2014:
Glad you found something that'll help your legs! It's been unusually cold here--but then we'll go up to about 60 or 70. Nothing like your weather--stay warm!

RYC: Thanks--your words hit the spot:-)

thinkpositive on 01/03/2014:
Glad the advice of stretching helped. Sounds like you are in goos shape for your tests.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 02, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Happy Thursday! It's gonna be very cold & snowy tonight into tomorrow!

1250 cal including almonds as a snack after lunch!

around 1900-1950-2000. something in there.

no real exercise except walking to & from car (10-15 minutes total?) and 10 mintues on treadmill at lunch. also, running errands to stock up on some food before our snowstorm that we are currently underway with overnight until tomorrow...SICK day tomorrow! wahooooo!  not going in!!! keeping my car dry and clean in the garage. maybe, if the snow stops early enough, gym in afternoon tomorrow. if it's open...either way, tomorrow's another day to recharge my batteries & relax. sounds great to me. just GREAT!

I needed these easy couple weeks and this extra day off tomorrow, away from work & the mundane usual is icing on the cake. not that I don't wanna work, I just like having some time off, to use at my leisure. TO. BE. LAZY.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/02/2014:
Hey, Horn... I got a treadmill in my basement. I'm gonna start exercising like when I started with DD last year. I'm still doing some jogging at work. I guess for the fun of it. Have a Warm Night.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jan 01, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a happy, healthy start last night & this morning!

8am Breakfast 1: one egg, one egg white 100, English muffin 100, butter 50, apple 100, 350, excellent.

11am Breakfast 2:  English muffin (just loving them lately -the ones that are lower calorie with more fiber whole grain), 100, peanut butter 100, my cranberry spread 60, almond milk 70: 330

around 700, tasty, healthy....goal is to get my booty to the gym for a ferocious upper body workout (been out of the gym totally since Saturday Morning...so I want to have a tough workout & will get a protein shake there during my workout so I can stay longer there...and work harder!

2000 total calories. major success. happy new year!

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Dec 31, 2013
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

early snack: English muffin with pumpkin spread and peanut butter 250

breakfast: same as above, but with a banana 300...followed shortly after by a small protein bar 150

snack: same as above but without pumpkin spread 200

snack: small decaf with whole milk and equal 50

very big, filling, tasty lunch: tofu fake "chicken" (saiten?) in these two wraps with lettuce so good from a health food store, along with about 3-4 cups cooked assorted veggies. yup. around 450 cal =  a steal! nice!

1400 = perfecto so far...

the gym is open but I am holding off on weights until tomorrow probably...

around 2000-2100 cal - GREAT! doing well, proud of myself!


Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 12/31/2013:
So, how do you like the taste of the fake chicken ?

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Dec 30, 2013
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Early Snack: fruit / herbal honey lemon hot airborne 100 or so.

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 egg white 160; English muffin with smart balance spread 150 = 310, good.

snack: roll with peanut butter and cooked cranberries (bringing it to work) 230

650 approx., good. and cookie 750

lunch: will be healthy, but ran out of  turkey deli meat...should pick some up on the way to work at the deli...mine smelled really spoiled today so I threw it out. 450 healthy! yes!!! did good..

1200 so far...

around 2100, excellent, healthy. filling.

exercise: abs. I am doing what I can...

yes, legs bother me.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/30/2013:
Well done.

Duaa123. on 12/30/2013:
very good keep going:-)

OhioRaven on 12/31/2013:
Praying for your legs, Hop. Keep going after your dreams. Have a Great New Year.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Dec 29, 2013
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Home the whole day, mostly laying on couch in major effort to rest my legs.  Raining all day, so I do feel less bad about this waste of a day!  Also, got my hair done and can't get it wet at all, so thankful that I'm indoors and don't need to be out....just did laundry, the seriously ONLY activity of any physical movement I've really done besides walking around this apartment!  I may need to do this one day a week, but prefer not to, on the weekend(s) for awhile.  Hoping things start getting better. Today should help, for sure.  Then, once again, less planned walking on weekends.  No extra physical activity with legs right now - no swimming till February / March, earliest.

6am Breakfast: approx. 500, good.

8:30am snacking: sautéed string beans in olive oil & blackberries: around 100.

10am snacking: 250, fruit, almond butter, peanut butter on small wrap

11:00am early lunch: veggies / fruit & peanut butter and cooked cranberries on an English muffin. 350

snack: fruit / lots of cooked veggies / couple almonds 150..and more banana...ah, 200.

4:15: snacking: veggies: 100

Grand totals: 2050 cal. NO exercise. mostly vegged on the couch, not proud of it at all. but doing what needed to be done - which is NOTHING.  I do NOT like this lifestyle one bit (sitting around not walking....)

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

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