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

Before dinner 1700. Total calories are around 2350 for Friday. Still no exercise.  And I am taking Saturday off from gym too and any exercise...so, it will be a week of minimal activity after today ends. Tomorrow I will go back to the gym - it may seem like I am pushing it, but I have to.. I think Monday I will go to physical therapy, Tuesday evening gym, Wednesday I'll take the evening off going anywhere, Thursday Gym, and Friday I will try to go to PT after work...or, I will just skip it till the next week.  I realize I should not try to fit EVERYTHING in all at once. last time I did PT, I would go at first 3x per week...that is too much for me, right now.  Def only 2x...that is plenty. I cannot be on the go all day or even most days anymore.  Everyone's different and my alone time has become a necessity...not just a want anymore.  After the injuries is when this all became very clear to me...and even now, it's even clearer, that I cannot push my limits.  It will only typically result in failure...I must try to achieve a better balance in my life. 

Dinner: Lots of vegetable soup (I ordered 2 pints - and it's very good soup - even has garlic, other seasonings, baby bok choy, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, carrot, peppers - it's great - the works, not a typical "Chinese takeout vegetable soup") from  my favorite and best Thai restaurant (it's called Thai Taste) 150 cals, at least, 3 lg shrimp 50?, lots of veggies in ginger sauce around 150?, some white rice with the same ginger sauce veggies were in around 250 most...650 total...I was debating skipping rice at dinner, but needed the rice, was feeling so dizzy, again, and needed it to balance out all the veggies and everything I had at dinner!  Something with me is still a little off...and lack of exercise could have triggered it, as well as nerves and anxiety.

I am even still getting a light cramp in my right thigh (usually lately only during my period)...lol...sorry to any man reading this - maybe it's my body ovulating? I don't feel it ever...but maybe the lack of exercise is making me feel what's going on with the other muscles in my body used by the systems that must use them - digestion, hormonal stuff, etc.

Today included cake, real bday cake for a celebration in the office.  Cake was mostly icing...icing all on outside and two layers of cream cheese filling on inside - rich sugary cake. It did taste great but def didn't make me feel great. I do eat sugary foods - like my bars - especially those Cliff bars.  But, this was the FIRST time having this type of cake (and eating the whole thing, not just the fluffy cake part minus the icing...the whole thing this time) in YEARS.  Yes, I haven't had a real "bday cake" in YEARS.  and by the time I finished the cake, 2pm or so, 4pm I was also starving. So what i'm saying is, I can continue not eating cake :)  Or eating it, but realizing, it will not make me feel good, only my tastebuds (and that's an all-good feeling that's over in minutes, if that!)

Lots of highs and lows with cravings and sugars on Friday.  In the morning, I was craving bacon.  I went to dunkin donuts before work and ordered egg and bacon on a plain bagel.  I also had a banana in the morning, not feeling great and worried about getting dizzy again at work.  I split the bagel sandwich in half, having half at 8am with the banana, and half at 10am.  I was even starving again by noon.  Like I was saying, huge highs & lows...oh, also at 10am, I had a sugary granola bar, 160 cals....it did help me right when I ate it, to calm down the cravings, but I was exceedingly hungry by lunch at noon, instead of 1.  I was only having water Friday, no teas or coffee, that could be why I was not able to satisfy myself like I normally do in mornings...Usually, when I get hungry at work, I tame it with coffee / tea that I have at my desk all morning, since I come in at 8am.

You know, I'm going to have to "clean up" my diet...yeah. again. def coffee should be a no-no.  and tea...well...maybe no more. Maybe water is better, personally, for me..  Maybe tea in afternoon :) Maybe with a small snack of fruit...not sure, have to think about it. If I cleared up the "caffeine" drinks / energy drinks, coffee, and tea situation in my diet, my skin would probably clear up, almost fully, for good...

Lunch I had a serving of chips, on purpose, they are veggie chips and have decent amount of fat and also they would calm my stomach which was still not settled...I had them with a decent serving of chicken and some salad.  Finally a lighter lunch (many times, I eat like 500-600 or sometimes more calories at lunch at work. It's gotten out of control..bc sometimes it even closer to 700, will look to fix this - maybe next week I'll continue to take the week off the gym and stuff, prob not though - but if I did, I could eat the lighter lunch and at least plan to have also a healthier dinner - not bars and junk like I eat when I do have to go to the gym...) After lunch, calories were only around 1310 bc it was a light lunch.

But I overheard there was cake...and after lunch,  just like 2 hours later around when the cake was coming, 2pm, I mentally decided I would definitely enjoy a piece today. I decided to only tack on 300 cals for the cake...(who knows what real calories were).

I hope to relax most of this weekend can't wait to exercise on Sunday. Way too much sitting and my whole body feels extremely out of whack. Digestion included. Very bloated and also having slight diarrhea sorry tmi - no exercise and complete sitting all day isn't good. And period is not in sight, it ended not too long ago.  I feel disgusting. And I have been eating more....just big cravings. Will go to bed early tonight (Friday).

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

ohioraven on 05/30/2015:
Take Care, HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
Thanks OH :) Much appreciated, man.

Umpqua on 05/30/2015:
It sounds like you may have a bug with the dizziness and now tummy issues. Take it easy!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
You know, I hope that is the case, good point. :) Even the cleaning lady at work, who I always talk to, told me to go home and relax on Friday!

puddles on 05/30/2015:
Whatever you do don't overdo and land up worst. Take care of yourself. thank you for the comments on my posting.

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

1350 before end of day.....

chips 150, kale salad 150, lots of pineapple 200....500.

1850. good....more updates later :)

no exercise.

very dizzy at work, was not good in the morning...maybe my decaf wasn't decaf...had low blood sugar / low blood pressure....was embarrassing....but, stayed the day. tomorrow's a new day.

Not 1850, more around 2000, fine.

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

Umpqua on 05/29/2015:
That dizziness doesn't sound good. I hope everything is OK and please take care of yourself!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
Thank you :)

puddles on 05/29/2015:
You have to be careful about your health.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
even at work, someone told me the same thing...it is so true...I must make some better choices.

liza36 on 05/29/2015:
Definitely take care of yourself! Hope you are feeling better today.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
Thanks Liza, I just really want some time off...but...in my industry, I will not get it until I leave / quit. :) so toughing / riding it out...

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

Lately having a hard time limiting my calories. and definitely feeling a bit extra padding even around my stomach after this lack of exercise and sorta higher calories. ugh! if only I could move my body, weight wouldn't be a problem...

calories till I got home from work: 1500.

BIG dinner (higher calories, but still in some sorta range, not totally overdone): kale salad with some marinated onions and other veggies...around 100, tons of roasted brussel sprouts with a bit too much oil 300?, chips 200, and...peanut butter with sf jelly on a wrap for dessert 250 at most here: total....850, blech...I need to calculate better...but....yeah. at least I am VERY full and already wanting sleep...

2350 cals.

I may try a fast till noon tomorrow, but I am doubting it's a good idea at all...but...maybe no breakfast, just coffee. we'll see.

no exercise.

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

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

Around 2050, maybe a tad higher. No exercise. No weights. A little depressed over it. Ankle feeling slightly better but taking anti inflammatories and sleeping pills and I think the sleeping pills are not working as well as they were....so def need to stop them, maybe. Goodnight.

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

grannyannie on 05/27/2015:
Hope that ankle gets better! Been quite a while hasn't it?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/27/2015:
yeah....I thought it was on the mend after 3 weeks and reinjured it last week or so...all the progress of 3 weeks went down the tube. Now, it's just marked past the month-mark...and I hope to have it all sorted out & better by next month to the point where I am walking again. this week is rest...next week I begin physical therapy...I am hoping to kick this injury in the behind bc I do not want it stalling me for months and months....to answer your question, it's been just over a month :(

Supercheeseme on 05/27/2015:
Hey Hop! Best thing to do with the ankle is rest. try to get some sleep :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
thank you for the kind words and reminders, it's what I need!!!

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

So yeah, forcing myself to be home today - only grocery shopping (which really can also wait till Wednesday if I prefer....) will stay home, ALL DAY.

Forcing myself to stay home bc of ankle.  It's not in good condition so I feel I should try to rest it while I can.

I may skip the gym all week - take a break from everything. As for physical therapy, I may also choose to start it up next week, when my ankle is less painful...

Sucks that my favorite activity (gym) needs to be put on hold.  Perhaps I'll feel better tomorrow & go after work. Boss is not even here this week....perfect week to do more at the gym...darn!

Early morning: chips 170

10:30am breakfast: oat bran 120, raspberry sugar free nasty jelly I may throw out 10, peanut butter 100, fruit 100, 2% Greek yogurt and stevia 150: total here 480

650, good....goal will be 1600-1800 cals today.

12pm early lunch after big breakfast: a chew, 20, and then half avocado 160, light wrap 60, and fried egg 100 (added also sea salt, black pepper, turmeric): 340.

total so far: 1000. blech. can't even go to the gym. and pineapple (thank gosh I went extra food shopping on Friday & have enough to last me thru tomorrow / Wednesday).


Crackers a couple servings - wheat thins 350 cal

1400. And for some reason I have cramps after my period - needing a couple weeks away from my job!! Oh well.

Peanut butter, 50. 1450.

Bar 250 , 1700

Pb and small banana 220

1920. Also a bit more pineapple 50.

1950 or so I'll say....and squash. Total today was 2,000 for Monday. THANK GOD. Thank God I didn't fully overeat.

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

OhioRaven on 05/25/2015:
Dang !

puddles on 05/25/2015:
Sorry to hear that.

collegegirl22 on 05/25/2015:
I know it's hard to stay off of the ankle, but you will thank yourself when it's healed andou're able to use it again without pain!

Hope you feel better!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
Thanks girl :)

grannyannie on 05/26/2015:
Hope you heal quickly.

Umpqua on 05/26/2015:
I hope your ankle gets to feeling better so you can get back to the gym. Have a good week!

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

Saturday was a success, no exercise, more sleep, and around 1600 cals.

I went to a friend's bbq out on Long Island.  Her house is by a canal and people actually boat and kayak on it, right in back of her backyard.  I was there for both lunch & dinner...I brought cut up veggies, which everyone did enjoy (some of my friends have begun to like it and eat a ton of the veggies when I bring them which is NICE that's just not for me!).  I also had a small hamburger and hot dog later in the day...which was great bc I don't eat a lot of meat often and I was def looking forward to having them! also some chips. but relatively good. also had a low cal beck's bear (I also brought them, a whole case), I wanted to bring them home but it was her bday, so that would be rude...lol...I don't know if she'll drink them - maybe her dad will.  they are great, light beer, 64 cals a bottle!!

Today: was still waking up in middle of night, but tried just having water, not food. Also took sleeping pills, but still was waking up on & off even though I knew I was still tired...and wanted to sleep more. I relaxed a bit, but did have some chips which seems to help me sleep...maybe it's that satisfying chemical we get from eating carbs, whatevers....

Food today so far thru noon: chips 200, fruit 200, chocolate brownie quest protein bar that I've been craving around 200...total - 600...may not eat much & go out to dinner with family tonight - still deciding. The other option is to go to the gym later....not sure, feeling run down now, so just gonna relax & do laundry so that I am not waiting until tomorrow to do it all, last minute - and end up having to wait for laundry machines in the apartment.

 veggies with some sauce around 150, most...

2pm: tilapia on a roll around 250

1000 so far

3:30pm: kale salad, 100.

total: 1100...skipping dinner with folks, will probably try for the gym...because really, if you want something bad enough, you need to keep at it....

I must admit i'm exhausted - NO GYM today. will have to take a little break.

high fat protein bar 260,fruit 90, pb and j on a roll 350, wheat thins 150 (body is exhausted, craving carbs): 850, more wheat thins 50.

total so far today: 2000, good...(was planning on a low cal day, but...gave into the small temptations I have around my apartment & don't regret it...my body is overworked and craving rest....carbs...and REST.) For tomorrow though, I'm still planning a lower cal day - like the 1500-1600 I had yesterday. and I will go to the gym tomorrow.

tomato salad: 100

2100....strawberries 50 or so (maybe a hair higher)..2150...and leftover tilapia on a light wrap, around 200-250.

2400 or so, prob not more, no exercise. 


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

grannyannie on 05/24/2015:
Well done. Hard to behave when we eat out or at someone's house.

puddles on 05/24/2015:
You did good girl. Have a great day.

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

I have exhausted myself. I know I sound crazy, but it's true.  It's a damn holiday weekend and for most of it I have to force myself to lay off my ankle. Only a bbq tomorrow...and no gym. It's upsetting, really upsetting!

Going to the dr to have it looked at today...at least it's only my ankle.

Breakfast: avocado 100, some hot water with 2 lemons. around 150 total.

Later a decaf coffee with milk 100.

Late Breakfast: egg with avocado 200 on a roll 130. 330.

Later Lunch: same as above...and a salad with dressing. around 400.

total so far: around 1000.  (and may try to stick with 1500-1600 today, as I am not doing my body any good overeating all week).

after gym: bar, 200...

1200...cooked veggies, tomatoes 150....yogurt

1450, good...


1700 :)

I did exercise, upper body....will update on dr apt later.....

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

puddles on 05/22/2015:
Wishing you a good day.

liza36 on 05/22/2015:
You'll be glad in the long run that you rest your ankle. Frustrating, I know. Have a good weekend despite the ankle!

grannyannie on 05/22/2015:
Hope your ankle heals soon but it is best in the long run not to damage it more and to rest it.

biscottibody59 on 05/22/2015:
I saw your post on the painful period where you didn't experience that before. Me--I wouldn't know a cramp if I saw one--been awhile since I'm quite past menopause (or in it 'til death--haha), but I read some time ago that women who are low or deficient in vit D experience more pain/cramping with their periods than those who don't.

For me it made sense. I've lived in TX all my life and probably got much more vit D over the years than I knew what to do with. (Always in the sun--especially in Summer.)

Don't know what's going on with your ankle, but perhaps checking vit D could benefit you in many ways.

Not a scientific acct on my part.

Good Luck--hope you have a lovely weekend despite things!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/24/2015:
thank you....working in the office, I def don't get a lot of Vitamin D, when ankle was good, I was walking at lunch & that was prob good for me (getting some sun in my day) but I do take a multi...but thank you for your advice, always. may take the day to relax now...and skip gym until tomorrow.

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

Around 2500 today. Will cut back on the weekend. No exercise. Skipped gym. Going to orthopedist for my ankle tomorrow.

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

puddles on 05/21/2015:
Hope there is nothing serious with your ankle. Have a great day.

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

1250 cals before dinner.

huge dinner: salads no more than 200...I hope....

chips 260, hamburger bun 140with 1/2 avocado 160, chicken at least 300: 860-900.

so....around 2300-2350. was planning for a lower amount, but, gave into temptation because it's a really weird period this time and i'm just feeling pretty run down. also took vitmains at dinner: magnesium, multi, and iron.

ugh....walked at lunch but was dumb bc ankle hurts. will need to rest it tomorrow.

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

OhioRaven on 05/20/2015:
Hang in there, HP.

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

Never in all my life did I ever get pms cramps before my thing...but had them a full 2 nights and day before it - very bad period with more breakouts than usual. Hormones sorts outta whack feeling bad, had extra bananas and potassium to help - and gonna attempt a good workout, no excuses. Calories so far are 1850.

With my body under such stress and pain right now, it's not a time to limit calories. Had chips right before bed. Maybe needed salt. Hoping to feel Better soon.

2350 cals.

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

Umpqua on 05/20/2015:
I hope you can get some relief soon, at least you know it's related to TOM and temporary.

liza36 on 05/20/2015:
TOM is such a pain...literally! Hope you feel better. I'm impressed with your no excuses workout. If there were any excuse not to exercise, I'd be using that one!

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