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

2 day average: 2200 fine.

although it's 2 high cal days - i was active Saturday walking around the university a lot on our visit and yesterday i did go to gym...so....i was active at least.


Bigger late Breakfast around 9am: honey 40, kombucha 70, oatmeal 150, protein powder & almond milk 150, dried goldenberries 80 (old in my apt but tasty yup), cinnamon, stevia, peanut butter 100. 600 total - great!

11:30am Snack ice cream bar 100

Noon Lunch: white meat turkey burger 120, wrap 120, avocado 160, small orange 50 - 450.

2:20pm Snack before gym: caffeine, 2 weight watchers velvet cakes 200.

1350 and tasty!!!!

Dinner: mayne subway...not really sure what i'll eat...i have a lot of food at home also....maybe some of the food i already have...turkey burgers, wraps, and some of the cabbage i cooked and i can add some leftover thai sauce that i didn't throw out from yesterday - YES.  thai veggie soup 100, thai veggies in garlic sauce 300 chips 200 bit of rice 100 and egg whites / tofu mix 150: 850.  MOSTLY HEALTHY, just bigger, again. will have to stop this habit from continuing by eating smaller dinners.

total today: 2200.

gym was great. i did a lil laundry also...and went to bank and picked up thai dinner. i do feel good and now gonna shower and do my hair (for the last time) i'm getting a pixie cut on TUESDAY. had enough!


Relaxing Day.

Only need to go to gym. not even picking up any food - no way - or doing any laundry although it's built up bc of the trip - no way. That'll be done Tuesday - if I even feel like it.  If not - I'll wait till the weekend - no biggie at all as I did it all basically Friday so even if it builds up - i have a lot of clean clothes also. 

Today i'll do my health reimbursement forms for my insurance later. Take off yellow nailpolish. and read. and gym later. nothing else. And really, only MANDATORY thing is gym - later.  I planned PURPOSELY to do less now. and relax - after my two-day overnight trip with my good friend Jen. The memories are lasting and worth it. I was a good girl, in the end. We went to a really funny comedy show and we also had a nice meal at the casino. No major gambling and we got to the parties too late after we ate it was 2am and the parties were just letting out!  But we enjoyed being there, the atmosphere, the food, the fun. 

These memories are good ones from this weekend. Lots of traffic heading home but all is good. Yale University was a pleasure to walk around - many buildings were open as it's Saturday before the Easter break! We were lucky!  We walked inside several and got to check out many places at Yale. The buildings are beautiful and the doors to all buildings are elaborately designed as well.  There's even a museaum on the campus - we didn't walk thru bc we didn't have time to go to it also - but we even visited the gift shop and i bought a pretty Yale Magnet and I also bought her a cute little Hippo made of a stone called Soapstone from Africa and also carved there....and then shipped to here for sale at the Yale Museaum. It's a nice desk paperweight - this cute little hippo - and it was a nice $6 piece from me to her as a gift and memory of this trip. Everlasting memories. With a good friend, my friend from work and also my friend, Jen.


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

biscottibody59 on 04/09/2017:
RYC from below: Hey, before you do the IRA at a bank, which may have higher expenses than other places like a brokerage, check out these articles or do a little more research. You definitely want to keep as much of your money working for you rather than taken up by expenses. Just a thought:-)

BTW, how much does your company match your 401K contribution? It's free money ya' know!!!

Sounds like a good time! Cheers!



Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
oh....i think company might match 100% actually...? gotta check.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
thank you - i will def read all links before i go to bank...thank you!!! i may change where to open it, thanks again BB lady. I hope you are feeling better? :-) love to you.

grannyannie on 04/10/2017:
Doing well as usual. What did you get for your Thai dinner?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2017:
I usually like veggies (very assorted mix they have!) in the ginger sauce is my favorite bc they put lots of shredded long pieces of ginger which is not only tasty but anti-inflammatory so important for gym and training!...i also got a veggie soup and asked for no tofu but they put it anyways...and i asked for calamari (squid) in the veggies and they forgot it! usually they are so good - this time all screwed up! i also got the brown rice that they prepare really well - it's sticky and so moist and nice.

Doing pretty well - looking to get calories down a hair though once everything settles down :-D

grannyannie on 04/11/2017:
You know how much I love Thai food and eat it for most meals when we are there! So many veggies. Really healthy stuff. One restaurant we go to often puts in big chunks of ginger and you have to watch for it or else it's like getting a chunk of tree bark in your mouth! LOL.

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

Total Saturday = 2200. 


Breakfast tea with milk 50, corn muffin 200, English muffin 150, cream cheese 50, peanut butter 150 600..

bar 750

bar 150


chips x4 550, 1/2 egg 50, leftover thai rice 100, veg 250, calamari 150: 1100 

2000...and turkey burger 150.

2150, fine. strawberries. 50

i was overly hungry and sorta binged...at least on chips. it's ok. 

i'll probaably go to bed very soon, it's 6pm - but i'm extremely wiped out.

got home around 4:30pm. glad laundry was already done yesterday in the morning. planning on a lazy day tomorrow aside from gym.

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

Donkey on 04/08/2017:
Hope you had a good time last night - enjoy a relaxing day today?

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2017:
we had a wonderful time yes! got back a lil late 4:30 bc traffic....i will relan now ang most of tomorrow - YES.

Donkey on 04/08/2017:
I think you did remarkably well today. Sometimes you have to have a chip. I would call this a "splurge" not a binge.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
Thank you....I'm glad it stopped after the chips. everything else was reasonable and i was able to sleep extremely well which was good....

thank you for reminding me that i did well instead of looking at it as a fail :-)

grannyannie on 04/09/2017:
You're still okay with occasional mini binges.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
yes....I am thinking this way. It was a mini splurge / binge that is within reason. Better not to have done it - have another big dinner Monday with family for holiday...but...reasonable. Thanks Annie for reminder to just relax it out.

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

2010 Weekly Average = EXCELLENT.


Happy Friday :-)

 11am Oatmeal 150, with protein powder and cashew milk 150, cooked cranberries 30, a broiled 1/2 small plantain 100 (they are high calorie) stevia around 450, good!


Plantain 100...drink 100 wrap 60 peanut butter 160 plantain 100 500 or so 1000.... 2300....


Laundry is done.

I already broiled up some tasty plantains to eat throughout the weekend / next week.

I cooked up some turkey burgers for today, the weekend, into next week.  And still have more ground turkey in the fridge to make more for next week when i come home from this trip.

oh and cooked all the bags of shredded cabbage that i have in my fridge - 3 more - so that i really don't need to be stressed come next week at work! and also it's going to make THIS weekend a TON easier.  As I have already done all laundry, cooked & prepared for next week. 

Now, all i need to do on this weekend after Mohegan sun is relax :-) mostly and go to gym 1x...nice!

I am all prepared for tonight already with everything done.

I'm so GLAD i took today off to get prepared.

My plan is to finish this tasty breakfast, bring my laundry up & read my book that i'm enjoying. 

In afternoon, I only have to do ONE thing - go get my hair done professionally blown up and curled. Then my friend is picking me up hopefully around 3-4? And we are driving to Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT to enjoy the eve. We got a room 2mi away at a cheaper hotel. Hotel provides a shuttle and if no shuttle home back at so late in the night, we'll take an uber (still saving around $40 each for the night which we can use now on gambling / food hahaha.

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

mylilsista on 04/07/2017:
Wow...you are definitely on the ball :)

Now, do some of that relaxing you just talked about. You surely deserve it!

Hope you enjoy your night away from adult responsibility!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
am currently relaxing and it feels VERY GOOD!

It was really fun to "play dress up" at Mohegan Sun and have a nice adventure. This is the fun and adventure we need in life! :-) thank you!!! i loved it.

grannyannie on 04/09/2017:
Relaxing and having fun! Excellent!

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

1960 6-day.

Feeling very worn out....deciding i must try harder to think positively - but i am quite tired.

Was up from 1am-2:30am configuring my new modem that my cable company sent me to use - there were problems, obviously, and i'm not pleased so far with the new provider i am using (a company that took over the other company, so i didn't choose them).

Home: extra kombucha glad i bought it. 100 cal

Work: wrap 60, coffee 60, cream cheese 80, pepper salami 100: 300.

Snack: 150 cal almonds 

Lunch: bigger, totally  healthy though! fruit cantelope 100, cabbage 50, egg and egg white 100, sauteed cabbage / bitter melon 150 or so i don't think more, chips 100: 550 or so is my guess.

1100 after lunch & tasty....i may buy a no sugar monster energy drink tonight bc i'm SICK of my current caffiene choices here..but we'll see...very tired, but i'll get the gym in as I do have planned to sleep in tomorrow & Tuesday after the Jewish holiday.

snack #1 - choc chip granola bar 100 after too much caffeine....

Before gym: granola bar & caffeine :-D 100...

After gym: chips free at store 150, brown rice 200, squid 100?, thai veggies ginger sauce 300,  750....Healthy!!!!!!!!!!!

2050, good. and strawnerries 50 - 2100.



I forget to bring what i have at home, probably a protein cookie followed by me hitting the covers once i get home w. sleeping pill and having a nice, long sleep into Friday  because i took the day off to REST before trip that late afternoon to Mohegan. I am getting my hair done friday professionally (just washed and straightened and curled) because i do know how to do it...and want to learn in person. The price for this service is $22.  I will work on saving money after this weekend.  I already bought some clothes with a coupon for Spring / summer...i don't need to spend any more money for awhile.  In April, I'm taking the weekends low key at home.


Also taking Friday off tomorrow before the trip to sleep in...lol...i don't care if a day is being wasted.

Next Monday eve is Jewish Holiday...I'll be taking this coming Tuesday off (our vaca days reset in April so this is very good news!) after as I know I am wearing myself out....and the plan is not to get this way again...I feel I'm at a limit I can manage up to...and know that taking Tuesday off will be beneficial towards me and my efforts to keep my legs stronger and stronger....I will, weather permitting, be walking at the park - and I will be checking out a NEW PARK that day...since i'm on a vacation day!...that's a nice way to keep things new and intereting!

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

grannyannie on 04/06/2017:
Have a good long sleep!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/06/2017:
i will be working towards this, Annie <3

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


5day = 1930, good.

Home: honey 30 and vinegar drink 30

Breakfast: wrap 60, cream cheese 100, lox 50, coffee with milk 50: 320..

Snack: almonds 100

Lunch: healthy....such a nice baked fish from supermarket with some oil 250?, so good!, veggies with some oil too 150, my cabbage 50, other veg with potato and oil 150: 600 or so...excellent.

4:30pm snack: s'mores granola bar 100

Fish 250 broccoli raab and garlic 150 tomato salad 100 potatoes 100 chips 200 strawberries 100




....other stuff to write later. my mind is very mixed up..went to a financial meeting this AM which was VERY important to attend...glad i did...it's nice my company offered this knowledge to us...just a nice service and good instructional service...i need to open a Roth account soon at my bank...

taking long lunch for a damn bikini wax (more waste of $30)- friend had an effect on me and advised i do it...before partying friday night...i wasn't gonna even bother....but i should...lol...please don't get offended anyone...but i should maintain myself nicely as i always did...LOL...don't ask.

and finally getting manicure tonight after work - i'll walk there from my apt, it's a few blocks away & i already made an appt so that i'm not told they are busy or i have to wait...last time i went they turned me away...! said they didn't have time!  Getting the manicure specifically for Mohegan Sun partying friday evening and night!!!!!!!

okay - anyway - point is i'll take an HOUR lunch which means i'll leave the later time at 5pm instead of 4:30 so i can get the darn wax which is two blocks from work and also get money out ot pay at the supermarket as well.  Luckily i got a raise which i will first pay back to myself the $1,300 in savings that I have spent over the past 2 months of MOSTLY necessary bills...but also some fun things like my hair. 

It's ok, i'm not in a pickle or need to pay back loans. I just need to repay my savings accout. Instead of repaying $1,300 - i'll let it go up to $1,000 repay and then I'm going to work on my 401k / Roth savings next...I don't need to pay back the exact $1,400...as long as I pay back $1,000 back into my savings, i'll be happy enough. the rest of the $400 is still part of tax return money so savings is still higher than it was before tax return so no worries. This is just me thinking out loud.

After i pay back the $1,000.- i'm not touching my savings again until at least NOVEMBER. no need. I usually don't touch savings. But really, this is all money from tax return...i'll be OK.


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

grannyannie on 04/05/2017:
Saving and investing is good stuff to know about! Then you can spend it all in retirement and have fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
like you ;) you did it right!

Donkey on 04/05/2017:
Setting up a Roth IRA is something that I need to do too, but I'm about 10 years older than you :-( Let us know how that goes -- I need encouragement by example :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
Going to bank on Tuesday, day off, after Jewish holiday. Glad i took this day off, before this tax year ends, because i may invest money into a ROTH at my bank rather than thru paychecks weekly at work since i'll be leaving work anyways...god willing...this year...hopefully setting up a Roth Tuesday and adding money this year...and also money next year around the next tax season too....or anytime after this tax season ends, actually. perfect situation over here.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
it's perfect bc i still am able to set one up this tax season and even in summer i can add money again since this tax season ends before summer! So i can actually add money in both years - but all this year...glad i have tuesday off. hope this makes sense!?

biscottibody59 on 04/05/2017:
If you're getting more than a few bucks--$50--as a tax return, you should go to your HR dept and get your deductions adjusted so that you get more in your paycheck. You're actually LOANING the govt money if you get a refund. And the govt pays you 0% INTEREST on that money.

Does your Father know where you're going on the weekend? Funny thing is it's probably less risk to your life and limb (and health) to go to Cuba:-)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2017:
i did adjust already my 401k so that it's down to a meager 3% from paycheck instead of the 14% i was doing. Right now i've taken too much of my tax return and used it - for bills and expenses i don't normally have (like car breaks, hair lol...and some other things like a really bad ticket at court)...so right now i'm paying myself (my savings) back so it can be higher.

Next, i'll go to bank this Tuesday and i'm opening a Roth - that's my plan.

Yes my father knows....and he's just happy it isn't Cuba...so he's glad i'm not going anywhere outside country! LOL>..he didn't say this, but i can tell he's thinking it based on his texts lol....

only good thing about Cuba - i can save the rest of my money. I seriously need to build my savings up bc i took out $1300 of my darn tax return already...i got back $2500 lol....!!!!!!!!!!!!!! def won't happen next year as high a return bc i'm not dealing with a big 401k deduction again....i'll contribute independantly to a Roth at the bank...plan for Tuesday when i'm off.

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

2am sleep is all over the place, had some strawberries 50 and seltzer with stevia. good stuff. 

honey, also acv drink 50

Breakfast: coffee with milk and 1 splenda 50, wrap 80 with cream cheese 100, lox 50, later almonds as snack 100: 380...

.i am trying to relax, but i feel so busy...on Friday i will not be busy though...just sleeping in, putting some money on laundry card - like $50 - and only needing to actually leave my apt at 1pm...i can do it...and sunday is full relaxation aside from the gym...

Larger, tasty & filling lunch: turkey burger 200, sauteed cabbage 200, eggplant & potato mix 200, plum 50, chips 80: 750 or so.

1250 before snack before gym. I am very tired today...craving caffeine but waiting to have it till before the gym...staying away from the diet cokes...i am not feeling energized. reached for a diet coke. also had a small muffin that did hit the spot. will have a cookie also before gym i think.

tasty natural protein bar after gym.  250.

1700 today = excellent. happy for a lower total.

1888 4-day total....I will be indulging friday...i should try to keep cals lower this week for that...but it's not mandatory....giving myself a break....i am already stressed out.




On a side night, because i got two cell phone tickets, one a year ago and one like 11 months later after that, I got a really crazy bill in the mail from the DMV (in ADDITION to the $200 i paid per ticket each time)....it's a bill for $600!!!!!!!! And I must pay at least $200 a year. UGH. my gosh. Glad I have money in savings. What a disaster.

I must find the GPS holder and my cell phone holder....for when i use both those devices instead of keeping them on the seat next to me - i do not hold either one anymore when driving.

But i gotta say the extra $600 is sooooo expensive. no joke....

So, in this week alone, DMV has asked me for $200 for the cell phone ticket and now the $600 fee. I am debating to only pay the minimum at $400...because $600 is outrageous! And it's way too much of my savings to additional use right now. CRAZY HIGH BILL.  At home, tonight or so, I'll see if they take credit card - surely hope so - then i can pay it all now & slowly pay off the credit card.

No, i don't hold my cell or GPS anymore. Even before this bill. Holy Cow.



Feeling I gotta settle down.  I cannot pay any more extra fees or have any more problems in life, at work, etc. CRAZY.

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

mylilsista on 04/04/2017:
I hope April IS more restful for you! You are definitely due for some down time girl :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/04/2017:
I am going to pointedly make the decision to do less after this coming party weekend...i am going to recharge my batteries during the next couple weekends in April...that should work out good for me :-D

Thanks ... I was just remind myself to make a few LESS plans so I can feel rested...since I decided only to take Friday off...and not next Tuesday after the Jewish holiday...was hoping that after having a dinner with my family on Monday eve...that i could take the next day off...not have to drive home to my apt and worry about getting up for work the next day...but i know it's better to just leave work Monday early (that's something no matter what that i can do...)...and i'll just get my booty to work Tuesday...

and this friday...I'll make sure to sleep in....and not even go walking or anything as i will be partying Friday eve so it doesn't really matter. I'll have to try to rest up and not overdo as much as possible overall this month...

sorry...thinking out loud now...realizing i do NOT have unlimited vaca time...and that i must be able to feel rested in general even not using the vaca...

...realizing i'm going to need less socialization in order to manage gym intense 3x sessions and work and sleep. good to realize.

grannyannie on 04/04/2017:
I don't touch my mobile when I drive, but I have bought a dash holder for it to use during a trip I'm taking next month alone. I like using it better than our GPS.

Get rested!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/04/2017:
yeah...life is too busy with no days off...feeling sorta stressed out.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Apr 03, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Greengirl - nice to see you are around, i can't comment on your entry bc it's too old & DD won't let me...but hi Greeny!


home: acv drink, honey 30 - and coffee at work 50

breakfast: wrap 80, cream cheese 100, lox 40: 220 small very small banana 100

snack ? salt and vinegar almonds yum! 150

600 after some candies also.

lunch: all healthy...forgot to bring carbs...may just have what i brought which is mostly veg and a small turkey burger, will prob indulge in some chips...cabbage 50, chips 160, plum 60, oily karilla bitter melon 150-200?, turkey burger 170: 650 or so, quite fine!

1250 after nice lunch! back to work!....lessening the caffeine this week - trying to keep skin decent for Partying on Friday!

snack: ? drink 50

Short walk today or maybe a total rest day, actually.

1300 before dinner.

dinner approx 550. 1850 total, excellent.

3day avg: 1950 - excellent.


Planning to catch up on your entries today / next few days.... :-D


Special thanks to support I have been receiving from you all over the past couple weeks - it's been very appreciated on my end :-D

After work 1 errand - pick up some cooked veg from local veggie takeout place bc all i have at home is cabbage...need to add a little to that & def not cooking tonight...trying to take it easy leading into going to Mohegan on Friday and trying to limit after work errands.

I cancelled my dentist and rescheduled it for May...because trying to do less this month, not more...it's working out nicely. I want April to be more restful than March.


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

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Apr 02, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Breakfast: oatmeal with almond milk 150, vanilla icelandic yogurt (Siggi's) 120, banana 120, honey 30, some ghee 30 (not much), cinnamon, stevia: 450. feel like i'm forgetting something - nice cals and lower than i expected. craving caffine - will have some shortly.caffeine drink 50. 500.

snacks: chips 250, fruit 50, nuts 50. total 350.

1pm lunch, will take 20 min walk & drive to get hair done wrap 80, avocado 80, turkey burger 170: 350..

And a chocolate 100 at hair salon a nice Lindt dark choc truffle 1300 Hair came out bad but ate two more chocolates 150 1450....

dinner - mushrooms sauteed 100?, pumpkin sauteed spread 100?, cooked cranberries 50, protein muffin 250: 500, good.

total today: healthy 1950.

2day avg: 2000, good!


Walked at park 15 min before haircut and will go back after haircut - total today around 1hr walking - the rest was spent sitting lol.


will be dying hair today...quite excited! maybe posting before and after pics later. yay. first time, ever, getting my hair professionally colored. second time, in my life, dying it.  and the first time i died it was very mellow and hardly noticeable - it was a reddish brown and i have brown hair to start...this will be the first time ever making a nice change .... can't wait.


doing extra laundry so it's an easier week - going on an overnight trip Friday so I want to be ready as i'm working the four days leading into it :-) glad to have a nice and fun experience.


Cuba trip is cancelled thank gosh we didn't book it yet (to be done Monday).  My father, and mother sorta, were so darn upset with me going - that i actually LISTENED to my father and said that to make him happy, i'd cancel the trip.  

The above stuff is highly upsetting as I am 34. Cuba is becoming a more popular destination.  it's cheap to go & stay. I don't have a lot of money. It's exciting. I have several friends who have already been there.

But at 34, my career is still extremely volatile and it's still in the works. I work a job that is not for the long term and still looking to join NYPD. My current job of over 6 years is thanks to my father. My current car is also. He also helped me with $5000 for this apt. So, I listened. I told him - to make him happy, i wouldn't go.

It's upsetting that i am not in control of my life.  But then again, I am. I can control it & get myself to NYPD come this january, my last shot before my application is also cancelled (expired).

So i'll do my best. Keep on with the gym. And work for that long term goal of NYPD in hopes to change my life.

 October to Vegas, however, is on.

Also yesterday I planned a trip with a friend from FRANCE who is coming to US to visit her sister in Manhattan. I'll be meeting up with her in August to see her sister perform on Broadway! I will also be taking an overnight with the lady from France to New Hope, PA.  It's 2 hours from me & a very artsy town! Looking forward.

If I can't fly anywhere else, I'll make the most of my life right here in queens (NYC!). 

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

Donkey on 04/02/2017:
Cuba can wait. Whatever dad's reasoning was, I'm sure that he has your best interest in mind, at least from a fellow parent's perspective. I'm sure there must be some disappointment, but try to see this as a delay, not a cancellation. Who knows, in the long run, this might turn out to be a good decision (to put off a Cuba vacation). In the meantime, travel on a smaller scale.

Every day is an opportunity for joy and fulfillment, whether it's a great workout, a job well done, or going out to dinner with friends.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2017:
yes...i am thinking this way J-Donk....

In March, I def lived it up going to the city several times on weekends and experiencing tons of music and shows. :-) and good friends. thanks J-Donk :-D

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Apr 01, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

10am Breakfast: protein cookie 360 and a coconut yogurt 550.

12:30pm Lunch: turkey burger 180 on a wrap 80 with 1/2 smaller avocado 150 and chips 150. will have an ice cream bar for dessert (veggies not in mood) 80: 650, good.

took short walk to supermarket to pick up a monster energy drink and having it along with two cookies (actually a large cookie and a small chocolate cream filled cake!) from weight watchers that are only like 200 cal together. nice.

tomorrow all i have to do really is pick up some seltzer and get my hair done...all is good in the world! :-) 

wrap 80, turkey burger 180, popcorn 160, avocado 150: 570...and a plum i think 50.

around 2050 today, good.


did laundry, it's in dryer & cooked up my veggie burgers. I may make more of them tomorrow night also. 

I'm trying to be prepared for the week - because i'm partying with my work friend this coming Friday...going to Mohegan Sun - taking that day off as our new Vacation Days just started on 4/1.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Mar 31, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

1955-7day average, good!

Proud of myself. I got thru March!  

Planning my second (but really first in terms of timeline) trip to Cuba tonight with friend from Miami, Florida...for early May ....will book flight tonight with her.  My trip has a stop, it stops and she gets on the flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba! We will get to sit next to each other on the plane! Even though i live in NY and her in Florida! So cool!

Next trip is already booked for the flight  - Vegas in October!

This year I'm getting some awesome fun and adventure in - in the form of traveling especially, the most ever in my adult life, because next year i'll be in Academy for 6 months (Jan '18 thru June '18) for NYPD and def NOT traveling (more like studying!), and prob not traveling once working as a cop right away - (June '18 to Dec '18)...and after this  - money will be extra tight. 

So at 34/35 years old now, I want to enjoy life. And that's exactly what I'm doing!


Home: kombucha 30, Vinegar drinks 30 total: 60 :-)

Breakfast: half bagel 200 with cream cheese 100 and sorta a quarter of a big corn muffin 200 (breakfast bought by company today!)  500. and coffee with skim bc that's the only milk that was there in work fridge.

Snack: 100 cal or so of almonds 100

Lunch: white rice 200, cabbage 50, kale 100, egg 100: 450

Snack: ?? prob a low cal no caffeine drink and some melon (leftover from work breakfast) 100

Dinner: chips 250 and a pita thing 100, a cauliflower mix someone cooked for me with some potato and oil 150?, some sauteed bitter melon 50-100, some veggie salad from supermarket 100-150, egg and egg white boiled 100, (YES, WAS HUNGRY / emotional maybe too just long week - i did good!) i think this is it..800-850 fine. 

2100 tops. very good. and ice cream pop 100. 2200, fine :-)



Getting new car breaks today - dropped off my car a few blocks from work and now getting it done while at work.  Also getting an oil change. Hopefully less than $400 total and more along the lines of $350...we shall see when the owner of the car repair shop comes in and calls me back - i left my car with his brother, but i think his brother only does the electrical side of things, not mechanical....So, waiting for Neil's call :-D...

So glad to get car stuff done. I still need new windshield wipers...and now i remember, i also need a small screw replacement for my car - i forgot to mention it - i'll have to walk over there at lunch and show him...good it's close to work!  there's a piece at the bottom that became unhinged, not a biggie, but needs to be tacked down again - just bc it's an older car...things wear away....it's a cheap and easy thing like five or 10 bucks tops this additional item i'm talking about.


I wasn't happy with the start of this month - knowing I used up all vaca and sick days and that it's a long month & i'd have to get thru. But I made the best of it, even when i managed to get a lil virus, and I'm just so glad to move onto April now.  Overall, i did pretty good in March...and learned some lessons too - again - involving peope / work / and that "Don't Assume Loud People are RIGHT and Quiet people are Wrong....!" ....better to sometimes remain quiet even if you are wrong because loud people don't wanna hear it either way...and even if you are right, best to sometimes shut up - as to not make any problems. 

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

Donkey on 04/01/2017:
You did well this month, hanging in there without time off. I know it's not easy!

Glad to hear you are going to Cuba -- personally, the better choice over Haiti. This is a perfect time in your life to be traveling, especially since, with a career change, then your focus and priorities will change. Even if it was "just a new job", as you know from experience, being a newbie means putting a hold on vacation and time off until you've put in some time.

And oh my oh my, you are so right about shutting up. Glad you learned this lesson now with not much damage done. I wish I could say the same for myself, but now I must walk the path I'm on and move forward :-(

Horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2017:
Cuba will not happen. my dad was very upset about me going, very upset, so i promised him - to make him happy - that i wouldn't go.

even at 34, i owe 99% of my life to my father. my job now for the past 6 years, my apt he helped me get and my car now was his.

I am not my own person yet. still not in nypd...therefore, until i am more of an independent adult, i had to make the mmore appropriate choice not to go on the trip.

it's very upsetting to me...that because of my current life situations, i had to listen to my father and couldn't do what i wanted.

however, it drives me MORE to go to gym and get into the nypd. so i have my own life.

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