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Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Aug 13, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Doing a little laundry bc hamster peed on me so i figured i'd wash whatever i wore since yesterday morning lol. not much! but now my hampster is empty again!


10am-11am Had some kombucha. some seltzer and a large plum so far. as well as a banana last night around 2am since i couldn't sleep for a moment, carbs always do the trick. also had some thigh pain still from period, so the potassium helps.

250 cals or so, so far. 

Noon: wrap 100, with leftover sauteed wheat gluten


Ice cream and too much of it 500 at least 550.


Big dinner at chipotle 700?

1850...saying 1900 bc also bite of brownie.

2day average: 2050.





Going to city for a late lunch & to central park today in NYC as well as maybe very cheap comedy show / magic show. ($5 for one show and $10 for another ...the diner is also cheap). it's nice not to spend too much money on the weekend and this weekend was great...everything was the right price.

Hamster has a slight eye infection, i'm trying to fix the problem at home first before needing to take the baby to a vet...googled some home solutions such as a chamomile tea bag on closed eye.

I'm baking a whole spaghettic squash so i hope it'll taste better from when i microwave it? Maybe after i bake it, i'll re-bake the inside after i cut it up with olive oil, garlic, black pepper.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/14/2017:
I do the herbal home remedies to start too. Remember germs spread to people too and wash your hands. Also, vinegar in a spray bottle anywhere he's been

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Aug 12, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

It's 11:11 make a wish! and my Laundry is Done wahoo!

9am: plum and kombucha 150

11am brunch: same as i bring to work is what i was in the mood for today! rosemary and olive oil flatbread (that's the flavor as it's sold by Flat Out brand!) 100, with some chocolate protein spread 50, cookie dough spread also 150, banana 120. no coffee, i am craving it, but i don't make it at home. i do have some coffee and a coffee maker but it's old and haven't used it...maybe later i'll drink some when i'm out. 420 and a mexican white reg small full of carbs wrap 100.

Hungry ! 1pm another white Mexican wrap 100 and a chicken sausage 150...one more tortilla they are sooo good 100! 1000. Coffee soon too 50

Dinner was mostly salad and a cooked purple cabbage salad at a bear garden (very good one) where i ordered a summertime beer that was seriously berry flavored SO GOOD and didn't taste like beer. There was also a very tasty grapefruit beer. We sampled them all practically....and a few bites of my friend's NASTY boiled sausage and tasty potato pancakes. i tried his sauerkraut, also tasted horrible bc it had some kinda seed in it, i think caraway or rye?

2250 today and a lot of fun and good food!

we even danced to a few songs outside! :)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Aug 11, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Friday!  Weekly average a bit high at 2150 per day. Not terrible though!


Home: Kombucha perfect amounts worked great yay as typical! 80

Breakfast at work: coffee 50, flatbread 100 with PROTEIN cookie dough spread (probably not to buy again, but it was pretty good and def not bad or I wouldn't have eaten it) 200, banana 120.

Snack: almonds of course 150 very hungry day.

Lunch: to be healthy! I was so prepared this week...this was another GREAT thing...to not have to grocery shop midweek or waste time / money. I'll do this again NEXT week, for SURE. 600 tops and an orange, 50 mire.

Snack: HUGE cookie 250?

1600 after jog...not sure what to have for dinner, but want to eat a LOT of veggies.


This was INDEED a great week. I feel rested on Friday morning at work. It worked out really well seeing a show / program at the library on Monday eve. Made this week pass FASTER because of it - having stimulating things to do and see and also I got good sleep this week! 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Aug 10, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha 80

Breakfast: banana (and brought an extra one bc have period and it's painful and the potassium helps!) 120, wrap 100, cookie dough protein spread 200, coffee 50. 470

snack: 200 in almonds and dark chocolate

lunch: two big matzah crackers 150, lots of cooked and raw salad too little bit of sauce not much 300 or so, some fried wheat gluten 200 at least. 650 prob.

1400....not a diet week, that's for sure.

snack before gym after work: half banana i think and granola bar 200


after gym: protein cookie & butter popcorn 550

2150, excellent.

6-day average:2140.


it's a gym day :-P 

I have my period and this time it's been not that great...lots of right thigh pain, small amount lower back pain, and feeling extremely lethargic. but it will pass!!!!!!!!!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Aug 09, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast: coffee 50, banana 120, wrap 100, with chocolate spread 150 


Snack:almonds and a small cookie

Lunch: approx 500 and a plum 50 snack 2 hours after lunch..everything healthy today

half a dark chocolate bar 100 cal.

1350 before dinner.

 Dinner: will maybe be a microwave thai meal. 600 and dessert. not more than 700.

total is 2050, EXCELLENT! and bed early...maybe skipping out on hamster bc i need some sleep.

2130 5day average.

took a lighter sleeping pill (only 25mg vs the other ones i take that are 50mg ...so it helped me get some sleep and i do feel better...just have period so this time around i do have cramps up my thigh..not cramps....a throbbing thigh and lower back slightly only...but the thigh pain is bad and i'm taking OTC pain meds to help me feel less of that pain...especially last night, so i slept well as i knew this time around from past experiences to take pain meds so i could sleep the night and NOT toss and turn :)


I am having some PMS pain in my thigh (even after quite a large dose of pain med) and very tired so bed early tonight so i can get to gym tomorrow and jogging Friday. All is good, can't wait for a little extra sleep and possibly skipping hamster play time tonight fully. maybe make up for it in the morning before work.



The Daily Rituals book is not the best or most inspiring book i've ever read, but it was cool to get a glimpse into so many lives of the greats!  Nice to read about them and how different they were and what made this artists tick :)

Reading a NEW book at lunch that i'm starting, it's called "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson"....I'm glad I finsihed the other book, DAILY RITUALS, which was about the daily routines of many famous artists, composers, writers, painters, musicians.

It wasn't very inspiring, but did demonstrate the depths and drive some had to go thru in order to become renown and produce such masterpieces (hard effot / work)...and for a few it came more naturally without as much a struggle. Many artists were alcoholics or drug addicts, but others were very healthy and lead more natural lives and routines. But as we all know, many artists are inherently a bit extreme.  Not all, but many.

Many worked on little sleep or took drugs for sleeping and stimulants for waking. some took daily naps. It all depended on several things. Some artists had to work day jobs to pay the bills, some relied on their family to provide food and housing so that they could write full time. Some lived in poverty bc nobody was helping them, until their first big break.

Many would write / practice their art even when uninspired, to keep the routine and stay in practice so that they could eventually produce a greak work...everyone was different. But one important thing to remember is that practice makes perfect...or at least practice makes GREAT.

And this is what i take from the book, called DAILY RITUALS.  It's that even when you aren't feeling you are producing your best work, you stil stay in the routine and you still practice. So that when that inspiration does come to you, you've been already in practice and your job becomes easier...THIS IS HOW I THINK OF MY RUNNING. I generally suck...but the more I practice, the easier it is getting....I have one choice: KEEP PRACTICING!

Another important note I learned from the book Daily Rituals is that many of the greats did not ONLY do work.  They also enjoyed exercise, usually walking very long walks like at least one hour per day and some as much as 2-3 hours of walking per day!!!!...some enjoyed swimming!...but in general artists were used to being active, not all of them - but many - or doing another hobby which would inpsire their work...generally the more active ones were the ones that did not have a second job or line of work to support their writing...the ones that had hobbies were usually the ones that didn't need a second line of work to support themselves (like composers could be composers and writers were able to just be writiers...these guys were able to have hobbies and go on those long walks...or see shows, etc....) All things to think about!

Either way, many of the greats did NOT become great without LOTS OF PRACTICE and/or many failures first....PRACTICE....PRACTICE.....PRACTICE...and i'll run better, too!  NEVER GIVE UP...the only way you cannot achieve something is by making the ACTIVE DECISION TO GIVE UP!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Aug 08, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 Home: kombucha 60

Breakfast: banana 120, coffee 50, wrap 70 with pb and sf jelly 200: 440

snack: lightly salted almonds

Lunch: healthy, already here at work since i packed it yesterday thinking it would be my dinner...turkey burger 200, LOTS of veggies sauteed 250-300, matzah 100: 600



Cookie 360

1820 prob bed early after I read.

2000 today, perfect

2150 4-day average

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/08/2017:

Did you see that Free People has a new activewear line?


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/08/2017:
no, i'll take a look TOMORROW at work :)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Aug 07, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2am couldn't sleep so had a wrap 100 stomach is a little acidity due to a lot of salsa eating last night...later at 6:30am, kombucha  170 cal.

Breakfast at work: wrap 70, pb 200, sf jelly, banana 120, coffee 50, candies 20: 460

1500 after lunch. sorta high. not good sleep, feeling extremely lethargic and foggy today.

Picking up a croissant for dinner...i don't even want the egg...from dunkin donuts. that's all i want for dinner, for now.  or maybe some other small bar....just that and tea is what i want...maybe i can find a tea at work. Edit - got a nice herbal tea (hibiscus) from DD and added my stevia to it - wonderful with the croissant. The cheese was nasty, though.

2100 Monday total, excellent !

2200 3-day Average, very decent based on my activity and going out / drinking a little bit and just enjoying life. 


Watched scenes from the Broadway show acted at the library and it was amazing bc it was the real Broadway cast - maybe talk more about it tomorrow !!!!


but happy to see a free show at the library ...scenes acted out by broadway stars.  it's not my neighborhood library but it is a library close to work....and this library is more like a community Y....it has a cafe...so i brought extra food that i'll eat there....though i'm not too hungry and may just leave my food here for lunch tomorrow and eat a snack instead of more veggies tonight...i am luckily not too hungry anymore...starting to crave only carbs....like i tend to close to when i get my TOM...period....i think it'll come early again...i am feeling slightly bloated.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/07/2017:
Mmm, croissants.

horn_of_plenty on 08/07/2017:
Was great but the cheese was not!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Aug 06, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberries 200, banana 120, cinnamon/stevia, protein choc chip cookie dough spread 200. seltzer with stevia. 520, good!

11am lunch basmati rice and chicken sausage smaller portions 300

800 good....and fruit 100 more ....and Indian bhindi masala small portion 100


2pm snack before gym peanut butter chocolate wafers 300

1300 Banana after workout 1450

Dinner and champagne with friend 2250

2250 2-day average.

Gonna buy some kombucha close to home after gym on the way home before a shower !



had a WONDERFUL, natural sleep for at least 8 hours from like midnight till 8am. good...


reading soon. that's my priority. then cooking some burgers & sausages. also a few eggs.

then gym

then heading to my friend's apt at 7 to watch a movie. 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Aug 05, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Breakfast: kombucha / probiotic drinks 60..Oatmeal 150, with a chocolate protein spread 100, banana 120, strawberries 50, kiwi 50. 530...

550 and snacks 750... Chips and wine 500 1250

Some fried shrimp too....and fries. sorta a bigger portion of fries. 1000

will say 2250 today. mighta been less, but all is good.

glad i didn't eat much before the beach!


Slept in 12 hours or so. Very nice. Slow morning and did laundry on late side ending around 1pm.

Seeing a free concert at the beach tonight on the boardwalk! And stopping by another fishing peir along the way.  Going with the usual guy i chill with.


we played shuffleboard at the beach and saw other areas as well for fishing. was so nice going with my friend Ricky. Just wish he was younger and some other things. I can't date him, nor do i want to.  It would have been better if i was MORE attracted to him for physical stuff. most of the time we aren't physical. I have never kissed him (do not want to). Life is still very up in the air with dating and stuff ... i just know that right now i hang out with him a lot, but life is about to change.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2017:
Laundry for me today too....sounds like a nice evening.

horn_of_plenty on 08/06/2017:
Yes it was :-) l love seeing and doing new things !!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Aug 04, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: tasty kombucha 60 a nice, healthy ginger flavor that i do not love but i do like it during the week & is healthier than the others...

Breakfast at work: banana 120, coffee 50, wrap 70 with spread 200, bite of a muffin 30: 470

snacking: too many almonds 200 and some candies. 20

750 before lunch but at least very healthy mix of food.

Lunch I am soooo excited for...more Indian really fresh and tasty leftovers from yesterday's lunch order where i ordered extra on purpose...

Ate too much at lunch but boyyyy was it goooood! 700 for lunch at least.

before jog: crackers and sugar free drink and a small plum

1650 after snacks 

dinner was prob around the 600.

2250 total, good.

7 day average: 2074 = PERFECT, happy with it!!! VERY happy that the total is under 2100 per day!


Grrrr forgot my book today to read....so hopefully i'll read it after my jog tonight. Plan to jog is the usual 2mi plus an additional up to half mile.  No more than 2.5 mi of walking/jogging. I like these limits. Helps keep me ON TRACK WITHOUT INJURIES.

I'll pick up some food at lunch instead of reading.  There's a supermarket 2 blocks away.  At least i can do SOMETHING productive.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 08/04/2017:
I hope you have good weather for your job! Weather here has not been good the last two days, it is currently pouring down...again! Hopefully I will be able to get back on it tomorrow.

Last night I had a weird burning pain in the lower left of my stomach down to my groin. It was weird...so today I didn't get up.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/04/2017:
I got the pouring rain but it didn't affect me and my sandals got wet but dried very quickly once i got to work!

let yourself rest. believe it or not, rest comes before exercising :)

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2017:
I LOVE leftovers too!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/04/2017:
yeah, good food is good...even if it's eaten as a leftover!

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2017:
Some things just get better the next day..chili for 1..It never seems to be as good the day I make it.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2017:
you do have a point on many foods yeah ;)

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