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Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Nov 22, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

No idea on calories. Guessing around 2500-2600. Good!

8am:kombucha 100

9:00am: oatmeal / coconut flavor mix with almond milk, let it sit overnight, 200, with a banana 120. then, a coffee matcha drink (yes, i'm spoiling myself here!!! yum!) 120total so far: 540

...trying to save a bit of calories for this feast we are going to. I want to try a lot of food...and also have something sweet & chocolaty for dessert (maybe chocolate cake or something if they have it!!!)

11:30 beef jerky 110 cals and  pita crisps 150

(ravenous - too much caffeine?? nervous for today & tonight with her sleeping over? feeling sick...) must be nerves. feeling like no amount of carbs right now will satisfy me....feeling overwhelmed. ugh....I know i'll calm down in a bit, feeling very shaky. Today, i'm not even going to limit calories at this feast, i'll prob go at least 2500 cals for today....one time event meant to be enjoyed...

800

It must be this time of year...when the days are shorter & nights are longer...

I haven't needed to sleep this much since 3 months ago - when I went to live with my folks & was sleeping over 8hrs for like 2 weeks straight at least.

I have been needing more sleep lately. Nothing too crazy, just definitely requiring more sleep. I think it's the time of year. And instead of fighting it, I'm starting to accept it & trying to work it into my schedule (by being able to go to bed earlier & not staying as late at work so I can get to the gym earlier during the week).

Sleep is important in order for the body to heal itself and also build new muscle, etc. This is probably how I will be successful getting thru this winter season!  I am ready to take it on now!

Sleep...and possibly eating more carbs.

Anyways, today a good friend (that I don't get to see very often because she travels) is coming to visit. I'm picking her up at 1pm at a subway in Queens & we are driving directly to a Thanksgiving Vegan Food Festival on Long Island, around an hour or so away. We should get there around 2-2:30. The festival actually starts earlier, but the food part starts at 3pm. it ends at 4:30. 

We will probably leave around then, not stay for the speeches and other presentations since it'll be an hour's drive home as well. Probably get back home around 5:30-6. I actually don't mind staying there a bit later, if she wants too...as we have nothing else planned and she's sleeping over into Monday.

Monday i'll drop her off at the same subway before work, around 7am! And then i'm going directly to work. I figured since it's a short, holiday week, that it'd be a good night for her to sleep over - just gotta get thru Monday thru Wednesday & then i'm off Thursday / Friday for the holiday! yay.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!


Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Nov 21, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

2150 cals today = success.

Little bit of a summary of today's food choices: 

Morning until 5:30pm: higher carb, lower fat, low protein

Dinner: still higher carb, low fat, low protein

Snack later after dinner: high protein

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7:30am Early morning: kombucha 1.5 bottles (3 servings) 110

9am Breakfast: oatmeal with almond milk 180, some cinnamon, nutmeg and stevia, peanut putter 100, medium banana 120, and...little bit of dried fruit 40! 440. and so good.

550, excellent. planning on higher carbs I think. and more fat. not having enough fat lately...maybe that's why i'm having cravings? lately some cravings. could be just because i'm feeling quite lethargic lately.

10am herbal energy supplement, stevia, diluted with water 25

11am: KIND blueberry, vanilla & cashew bar 200 before gym..and bc I was really tempted for it since I bought it - Monster energy drink sugar free orange flavor. was good of course had half the bottle, rest to be saved in fridge for another day.

Bar 150 and chocolate 70 1020, good.

2pm after workout - frozen yogurt :) 230 at most I think

5:30pm SO GOOD: toasted 6" wheat bread with all the veggies roast beef subway sandwich., 350 or so,  popcorn, 100 and tons of lettuce in leftover thai sauce 100 at least bc of the sauce, oh and some bites of soy chicken 50. total here: 600.

7pm-7:30 : snacking, snacking all day. higher carb day. surprisingly, yes, i'm a little too full and everything was a little too salty...but, I have more energy after a higher-carb day. for sure. fruit 100, microwaved cookie dough quest bar 200

.....extra carbs did the trick...extra fiber (veggies / popcorn) helped balance them out & keep me more satisfied...

total so far: 2150. great! and goos start to a new week of calorie-counting!

exercise: strong gym routine - 1.5hrs with weights, back, abs and around a 1-mile walk. ankle is feeling better after stretching & massage today - way better. good to have a day out of the desk chair...

 

Morning plan: success

1. All laundry including sheets are done. Now i'm ready for my friend's visit tomorrow! 

2. Paid online for our tickets to the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. Some stretching, then off around 11:30am to the gym.

Night Afternoon plans: - coloring (yes, really), reading, relaxing for sure (finally starting at 7:30pm!)

Afternoon Plans: did all of them, success: it was a lovely, relaxing, fun "Jackie day"

1. short trip to supermarket for almond milk, maybe kombucha...and the pumpkin. I should buy it today. I have enough food to last me till after my friend's visit which is AWESOME. no need to get any major food items until after Monday.

2. maybe small massage bc my back is very tight from sitting around and no exercise most of the week

3. maybe nails as they are a bit long and for some reason I cannot do them myself and always really, really mess them up when I try...especially when I try to clean up my cuticles. so, i'd rather treat myself....yup!

Thursday, i'm making this for Thanksgiving to bring to my parent's house.  It's fruit skewers poked into a small pumpkin...with a pear face & red pepper feet! cute :-D

Workout Plans for next week: not sure?

Monday: gym after work

Wednesday: gym after work (hopefully we get out early?)

Sunday: gym..

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/21/2015:
That breakfast will definitely stick with you for hours!


OhioRaven on 11/21/2015:
Love the Turkey.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Nov 20, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

2110 overall calories.

2070/day as a 7-day average. not terrible. Workouts on Sunday & Tuesday. Very inactive Monday & from Wednesday thru Friday. (but my workouts were long and very hard-core on the other 2 days).

Now moving forward. the plan is to make Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday of next week a good 3 days before the holiday..and also tomorrow & sunday - a good two days.

come home 5:30pm and had that snack above 250 cal (pita crisps & small package of beef jerky)

but then decided I just wanted dinner, so continued on: veggies in basil sauce with shrimp around 400 prob and a small persimmon 50.

total: 2110 so far. it's really not worth me having caffeine & going to the gym, not worth it at all tonight. I have been sleeping a lot more lately. very, very worn out. and the fact my friend is sleeping over into Monday morning (and yes I have work) is, I guess, emotionally wearing me out. for real. yes.

So, my plan is to think about what time I want to go to the gym tomorrow. Do laundry tomorrow. Plan for the week ahead tomorrow. but that's it for tomorrow lol!

and then sunday is with my friend.

should overall be a nice weekend.

I will also need to actually watch what i'm eating a bit in terms of volume as now that my friend is coming over and staying sunday night into Monday, my morning routine will be different...I just don't want to be bloated all day Monday at work...

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/20/2015:
Have a great weekend!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Nov 19, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Total calories: 2120.

6-day average: 2060 per day. decent. not for weightloss, but decent to maintain i'm sure.

No exercise.

Ran errands after work: dropped off library books, picked up a couple new ones, picked up MORE Thai food lol (need to be prepared for night in and not at gym), and picked up a prescription (for the anxiety pills) and ended up also getting a free flu shot while there since I didn't get one & i'm finally not sick anymore (took me 3 weeks to get over that sinus virus!).

so, all in all, a success.

And...only had caffeine in morning = HUGE success. I was started to have way too much caffeine since last week or so. Way too much - like drinks other than coffee in the afternoon - energy drinks (sugar free of course...) but those are really unhealthy to have, especially if I start having them often. They are addictive and I didn't need one tonight...I need my rest is what I need! :-D I made the RIGHT choice.

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750 before lunch, cravings like crazy for carbs. I did sleep a lot but...who knows.

I may choose to have some extra carbs / calories with lunch....calories up this week, but will make it better Thanksgiving weekend. can do no more right now / today. raising carbs and calories today to around 2000 at least.

lunch: fish 150 at most, rice 250 at least?, kale 100? 500...may have pretzels or something too. I do have a small bag, 110 cal. 610...

60 small apple

Large dinner: tons of veggies in basil sauce again 300-350, tofu 100, shirataki noodles (no calories, only yam fiber), and lots of tasty white rice (little more than one cup, but packed in) in that sauce around 250. great dinner. healthy dinner. vitamin water zero for dessert with stevia. It's not a week to joke around or watch calories, sorry Jackie! haha. Around 700 total calories for dinner = decent for a big meal!

total calories: 2120. I'd say it's a success. Rough week and running on fumes definitely. been way too tired this week so taking it easy tonight and tomorrow night. Gym Saturday.

I may skip the gym tonight bc I have been exceedingly tired all week and having too much caffeine and my ankle is getting tight...so...may skip & just go Saturday or Friday instead...Yes, gym skipped. will go on Saturday.

will skip gym tonight.

my dinner will be tons of tofu with vegetables & relaxation / reading. and that's it...yeah...and then Monday & Wednesday of next week instead of tues / thurs which works good for thanksgiving anyways.

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Healthy menu.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Nov 18, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Total cals today probably around 2,000.

 5-day average - 2,050 per day. decent. if I eat better calories the next two days, I can bring the average down a little bit into the 1900's/day. decent for sure. and good overall actually. so that's the goal. to make Thursday & Friday even better calorie days (1700-1800 per day)

Had a VERY eventful afternoon after work, maybe chat about it another time...nothing major, catching up with a friend. nothing more than talking.

anyways, really emotionally hungry afterwards despite what it was. just not good. luckily I had lots of veggies but in sauce, but I needed to fill myself but I feel good and it wasn't completely overdone. definitely full, but no crazy binging on chips. just 200 cals in sweet potato chips which aren't too terrible for you...

950 cals at dinner: tilapia probably no more than 150 cal, steamed bok choy around 50, TONS of veggies cooked first in a ginger sauce 300, and also in a basil sauce 200?...and chips 200. total around: 900 ouch, guess I didn't plan that as well as I thought. was good. what can I say....and leftover roasted artichoke lol. 50.

total: around 2000.

15 minute slow walk at lunch, still working on healing my ankle more.

too much caffeine, all day long, doesn't help. tomorrow will be better at least caffeine-wise :)

however, otherwise, foods were pretty darn good today. all healthy.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/19/2015:
Healthy meals!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Nov 17, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

4 day average = 2060 per day.

Plan for rest of the week = low calories (stay in a range of 1650-1850) as holidays are approaching & also my goal to reach 115 and not to keep maintaining.  So, i'm learning how to eat less during the workday. It's working. Smaller meals in morning, but still satisfying carbs midmorning...making it work. also, filling stomach at work in the early morning with tea / coffee (even decaf.) Making the effort and decision to be satisfied for less calories. I can do this. The only way to change your weight, is to actually make a change in diet. that means to actually eat less calories than I am used to. It means I have to follow thru.  I cannot go on autopilot, but must make the decision the make change...doing it :-D

Total around 1650, good job to me.

Full weights routine. Caffeine sure helps. And so does motivation to finish quickly!

AM: Kombucha :-D 100 cal

Morning at work: banana & coffee 200

Midmorning: 1/2 pb & sf jelly 150 (later i'll have the second half before gym...) worked out well bc I got really busy lol at work..which helps suppress the eating..! (300)

Lunch: white rice 250 at least, greens 50, fish 200: around 550 i'd say...adding in extra

before gym: add the apple very small 50....will do low cals today...

still before gym, a quest chocolate protein bar bc i'm starting to run on fumes (was not planning on getting to gym an hour or so late, not really mad, just tired)

after gym: Cliff white chocolate macadamia bar. (I knew it would be stupid to have only protein & these bars are high in carbs and moderate on protein)

total around 1650, good job to me.

it's 6pm and i'm home getting changed before gym - late start on gym - original plan was to get there around 5:30pm, now I am feeling a bit tired, trying to get in the spirit, stayed at work a half hour late tonight, gonna try to get there early tomorrow so I can leave the rest of the week at 4:30pm...bc i'm feeling it....tired...we'll see....happy to go work out soon...

 

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/17/2015:
Good plan. Have a good day.


Maria7 on 11/17/2015:
Looks like you are doing well! :-D


Maria7 on 11/18/2015:
Hoping you are having a good day today. :-)


thinkpositive on 11/18/2015:
Take care,



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Nov 16, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Early drink: kombucha 100

Morning at work: banana, tea, coffee, peanut butter & sf jelly on wheat bread (sticking with easy to digest carbs, very bloated in AM)

Lunch: kale, white rice, leftover sea bass

snack: sucking candy, tiny apple

Till end of workday, all healthy, higher on the carbs: 1200.

Dinner: was going to be low, ended up having 300 cal in chips.  so, 600 cal for dinner, not healthy - it was a protein bar, some veggies, and chips. probably bc I binged yesterday, i can't keep the carbs too low bc i'm still coming off a big spike from yesterday. I feel good now though. ..

Exercise: I may walk for 10 minutes, but i'm thinking I may as well go to bed early tonight & just relax at home...maybe 10 minutes stairclimbing. i'm sorta cold, that should warm me up!

total cal today: decent, 1800.

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/17/2015:
Sounds like a nice normal kind of day for you. Now get the candy out of your mouth.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/17/2015:
yes, it was a good day overall, OR :-D


grannyannie on 11/17/2015:
Good plans for today. Don't stress about the chips.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/17/2015:
yeah, seems lately they hit the spot, now I've finished the big bag! time NOT to buy more for awhile, and eat more normal carbs like bread, potatoes, rice instead!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Nov 15, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

2600 total calories today.

Saturday & Sunday 2-day average: 2400/day = sh*tty. Moving on from it though. Hopefully my stomach will be ok tomorrow because I ate way too much this afternoon & i'm really, really full & bloated.

Seems it's been an emotional roller coaster (probably in a good way overall) since returning to work around 1 month ago. I've had very high ups and sorta very low lows. Working on this. Tomorrow I will go to my therapist & discuss everything with him after work...and also the dr to discuss medicine i'm on and if anything needs adjusting.

Any advice regarding my best friend in yesterday's entry is appreciated...

Calories thru morning: 700

12pm frozen yogurt 200

2:30-3:15pm Huge lunch: cooked artichokes (a ton) 350?, cooked spinach 150, cooked carrot/cauliflower/broccoli 100, roasted turkey 100?,chips 400 (pretty sure it was 3 servings, not 2.) and a really tasty coffee drink 120 (this meal = 1220 cals)

4:45pm: dried fruit 80

today was a binge from 2:30pm-3:15pm....it's ok, moving forward...I think the binge was caused mostly emotionally...but also had some caffeine in AM, maybe not enough carbs before workout..chips are my go-to it seems for carbs / fat. I'm ok with this increase in calories and I may not eat again till tomorrow morning.

6pm: bar 200, protein Quest chocolate brownie (eating only protein as I had a ton of carbs earlier & I was only eating so I wasn't fasting & wasn't intentionally starving myself - just to get thru the rest of the night...

7:50: same kind of bar - Quest chocolate brownie protein 200 (for purpose of being satisfied thru the night & that's it)

2600 total.

also in the AM, a weights / upper body workout at gym...it was sorta weak, lacking energy...maybe bc I haven't done a morning workout in a long time.

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/16/2015:
Hope things start to look up soon!


thinkpositive on 11/16/2015:
Being aware of your eating is a start, right?



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Nov 14, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Overall 2200 cal and one hour walking.

Happy birthday to my mom! She's 62 today.  My dad is at a conference in Hawaii (it's never in a great location like that...he got so lucky because usually the conventions are in places like Ohio or Michigan or Canada..without the lovely weather and beaches...haha) anyways, it's a work convention, but my mom went of course! After the week of the convention, they're staying there an extra week as a vacation. Duh! They deserve it.  They both work hard and don't go away often. so, happy bday to my mom in Hawaii! I think they now have one more week there & then they come home next Friday or Saturday...right before Thanksgiving :-)

Excited about time off work for the Thanksgiving holiday in a couple weeks & time with my family.  I am beginning to really enjoy seeing them when the holidays come...I used to be all uptight about the food and nervous about having to deal with all the richer foods, but now, I don't care as much.  I am beginning to relax more...

8:30m Big breakfast: Oatbran with almond milk 150, 3/4 cup egg whites 90, small banana 100, peanut butter 150, stevia and cinnamon, kombucha 70, more kombucha. Total: 600, good.

close to noon, early lunch - chips 230,  white potato w/ some curry 100?, asparagus 20, and white meat chicken, some skin, little sauce around 250. total: 600, good.

around 2:30pm: coffee drink 120

5pm: Fage 0% greek yogurt 100

total before dinner: 1420, decent. allowing myself up to 2200 today...and will get rice with dinner, not only veggies.

dinner out tonight...nervous about saving calories, but I shouldn't worry so much & just enjoy the time out...

Tonight i'm finally getting together with my coworker. Happy for this.  I'll drive to her & then we are driving to a mall I haven't been to! It's another mall in Queens and they have Hibachi (like Japanese bbq where they cook in front of you). should be great. change of pace. Just the two of us girls and not my best friend or anyone else. Needed this change of pace, glad my coworker was available (her bf works nights on the weekends...so she is pretty available to go out even though she's in a 5year relationship with him..). I haven't had Hibachi in years...and excited for those veggies...lol...and more excited for time with her than with anyone else right now.

Need your advice:

My best friend last week when we met up in the city for the brunch made it difficult for me a tad bit in that I realize that it's not a good time or usually good ending when she does come out with my other friends.  For some reason or another, it almost always ends badly at the end. Because she's in such a panic to leave / go home at the end, things get messy - every time. As I look back, it's been this way since she started coming out with this other group of friends of mine - for several years now.  So, it gets messy as we're all leaving, and then i'm left with a sour ending of my whole time with my friends - and also i'm left with a negative perception of the ending of the night and also of my best friend. It makes me not want to contact her - to even speak to her on the phone or even hang out with her for awhile...

This time it was because she was going home on a different subway station & train from me. I know she was anxious about it. And it just turned bad when everyone was leaving. I told her she could always get a snack before her 40 min train ride (after the subway) back to Westchester. But, instead of answering anything normal back, in front of the whole group of folks (around 8), she answered "thanks, Mom, I can take care of myself, thank you..." It's unlike her to speak to me this way & it embarrassed me completely. I had no answer back.

I am sick of her embarrassing me.  Sometimes, a friend will ask her something and she will actually just put it on me somehow - i'm just sick of her bouncing things off of me and putting me in a bad position because she's anxious about just about everything. I was only looking out for her, which she usually loves that I do because she practically asks me to - anyways, sick of her nonsense right now.

Been thinking about this on and off during the week.  She is always getting stressed over the small stuff - like any different plans out of the normal or hanging out with my other friends and not just me. She takes offense to basically everything people say to her, taking it personally. 

I decided that for now on, I just won't invite her to meet up anymore with me when I am meeting up with them too.  Or, if they invite her, i'm not going to suggest she go because i'm going. I'm not going to push her to go because i'm going. I'll tell her it doesn't matter to me one bit - that it's her personal decision to go if she wants to & it's not going to affect anything with me.

I just don't need to deal with the extra stress of wanting her to have a good time, partially looking out for her at times, feeling anxious that she can get there ok (be able to meet me in the city at a subway platform or anything out of the normal from meeting me at my apartment which is what we usually do)...it's just not worth me getting stressed bc she decides to make everything stressful.

We all have different friends (more than 1 friend) for different reasons. so, knowing this, i'm not pushing my best friend ANYMORE to do ANYTHING with my other friends. Sucks, yes. But it saves me stress of worrying about her. I need to worry about myself first, not the health of my best friend. she's making my plans stressful.  I'd rather just go out & meet them and not deal with her complaints / worries when i'm with them. I go out with them for a change of pace, not an extra stressor. I'm not mad - just realizing the facts.

Once again, i'm not angry at my best friend, just need a break from her behavior and her this entire week after the brunch in the city. when she bombards me with extra stressors, it makes me not want to deal with her for longer periods of time.

So, excited for a change of pace tonight with a fun coworker for dinner. And next weekend, I may meet up with my guy friend (different guy friend, usual guy friend that I do meet up with time to time for dinner).

Have a good day everyone!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 11/14/2015:
It sounds like you've worked out a solution. Since it's not working out with your good friend & the others, don't force it. Have fun tonight.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/14/2015:
Thanks...yes, seems like the best idea.


biscottibody59 on 11/14/2015:
Maybe she's a little resentful. Maybe discuss it--maybe she doesn't really want to go out with these other friends and feels obligated. And she doesn't want to just "act" like she's having the greatest time ever.

Have a great evening!

horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2015:
Yes you may be right...I will end up talking to her about it sooner or later.


OhioRaven on 11/15/2015:
Have a great day, Horny. I'm glad to hear that your Dad got a good assignment for a change.

horn_of_plenty on 11/15/2015:
Thanks I am too!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Nov 13, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

1835 cal per day past 7 days. Around 700 total calories lower than last week. That's a ton!

Success more than the last couple weeks. Proud of myself for sticking with this and aiming to really decrease my calories. I did great.

Today was a success for a Friday. (or rather for any day!) I did great.

Early: kombucha 70

Breakfast: banana, oatmeal with almond milk, fresh cinnamon, stevia, peanut butter 400

snacking: coffee with milk (skipped having a bar) 50 at most

Lunch: some squash 50, potato 50, greens 50, vegetarian chicken 100 at most (very small amount) ...feel like i'm skipping something, i'll add another 50 in to be safe..300? not sure...no wonder I was still hungry. then I had 1/2 cup of decaf coffee and boy did my stomach hurt after that..

Snack: small apple 80 at most

Big dinner: tons of sautéed vegetables with a bit of sauce- like at least 4 cups - 350, 5 shrimp 100?, chips 200 - wanted the carbs...good idea, but maybe should have had white rice instead of veggie chips lol. around 650

total: pretty great. can't complain - 1550 total calories, very good.

no exercise at all & I don't need it. just gonna relax tonight, bed early I think.

I am thinking if I can do around this amount a few times a week, i'm golden. I'll lose the weight.

I am actually not too concerned with getting to 115 before my sister's wedding.

It can definitely be done, without a doubt in my mind.

I am back to 120lbs.

5lbs is no big deal to lose, actually. My mind is clear & focused.

I am happy.

 

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!


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