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Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Dec 13, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Wednesday, day 2.

Good evening and thank you for the awesome comments today. BTC, you said it very well, to try to establish a balance on this cruise. I don't want to frustrate myself, but I fear that may happen a little. I've been eating vegetables with olive oil and an egg for breakfast and I'm unsure if i'm gonna be able to get the on the cruise. I'm not going to drive the staff crazy if I can't get vegetables in the morning, though. It would be nice!

Mattscat, tofu has a smooth texture and the best tasting kind of my preference is the most firm there is. If you look at the label, there are many consistencies, soft, firm, extra firm. I like the firmest, the light tofu that is firm is also good. You may want to start by stir-frying it with veggies and see how you like it. Tofu is very bland and takes on the tastes of the food/spices/sauces it's cooked in. Some people do not like tofu cold/uncooked/unseasoned. I do. They also sell seasoned tofu, which contains some salt, and I do NOT care for it at all! It tastes pretty nasty to me! Also, before you try cooking it yourself, you may want to order some if you go out to eat. Chinese always offers tofu dishes. Some good ones are: cabbage and tofu soup, tofu with mixed vegetables, tofu and mixed vegetable soup. Workingit, you may want to try that as well.

Moody, the reason I didn't want to have the PB sunday is because I wasn't sure if I would be able to stick to a reasonable amount, like I do when I'm working at school. Thank you for your help and advice. Maybe I should "make sure" I have PB every day. That might work to an advantage. Goodnight!

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

borntocry on 12/14/2006:
Hi babe,

If you can't get vegetables for breakfast on the cruise, maybe you could just make do with eggs. That should make a nice, filling breakfast for you. And you might even be able to have some tomatoes or mushrooms on the side.

And I think that's good advice on the tofu - it can be a good idea to try something in a restaurant first so one knows what it's like. Recently I've been experimenting with a lot of new stuff which I haven't ever tried before and sometimes I have absolutely no idea what it's supposed to look/taste like! I've had tofu before and I like it, but I've never cooked it at home. I just bought some for the first time last week and I'm still trying to decide how to make it. Apparently if it's frozen first and then thawed, it takes on a chewy, meat-like texture. Being vegetarian, that's quite intriguing to me, so I may try that!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Dec 12, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Wednesday, day 2. 109.

Hey Moody - actually, peanut butter is something I eat every weekday here at school in the morning as a snack. However, on Sunday, I was trying to not have it that particular day last week, and that is what may have caused the binge.

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a good day today. I'm happy that it is warmer again, especially because I have to stand outside at lunch duty!

Tonight I played in a concert at a community college...a few of us were payed a little bit to perform with them. The orchestra actually sounded very good! I was very impressed by what a community college orchestra could produce!

Tomorrow's another day at school. Giving lessons and preparing for the concert. It's getting real close! I'm making an announcement over the loudspeakers in the morning to tell all Jazz band students with solos to practice every day until the concert on Monday! Anyone have any advice on getting kids to practice even more!?

Sadly, fitness is not something I was able to concentrate on recently. too bad I won't look my best on this trip. some other time I will!

Tonight I had an entire eggplant cooked over a little lettuce with olive oil. I also had a "tofu steak" which is a really firm piece of tofu that is quite large and that's what the package calls them. They are very hearty and satisfying, unlike the usual tofu you find in the store. Dinner was great and I had a small apple after. It got me all the way from 5pm till bedtime.

Goodnight all!

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Moody on 12/12/2006:
Well it looks like you had a great day! Yay!!

I wasn't surprised when you commented to me about having peanut butter on the brain before you binged..I noticed from your past entries that peanut butter is something you really seem to enjoy and then it was suddenly cut out of your diet, so I wasn't surprised that it was something that you really caved in on.

What to do about it? I am not really sure..I have certain foods that are like you and peanut butter. The best thing I guess would be to allow that food into your diet in small amounts so you don't feel like you are deprived of it..you may not even realize you are feeling deprived but your subconscious knows better!!


borntocry on 12/13/2006:
I can't remember when you're leaving for your cruise, and I've never been on a cruise so I have no idea what the food is like, but in all such situations I think you just have to try to strike a balance so that you don't feel too deprived to have a good time, but don't overdo it so much that you end up regretting it and ruining your nice memories of the trip. Since you do seem to like healthy food maybe now that you aren't counting calories as strictly as before, you can try to fill up on healthy options and then you won't have to worry so much about overdoing it on dessert.


Moody on 12/13/2006:
OH! I didn't know you were still having PB in the mornings!! Maybe you should just allow yourself to have it daily then and see what happens! Time will tell! It's all about trial and error and seeing how your body reacts!


jolt on 12/13/2006:
Keep up the good work, it will all come together in time. One day and one step at a time.

hugs

pat


WorkingIt on 12/13/2006:
All this talk about tofu has almost convinced me to try it LOL


mattscat3295 on 12/13/2006:
I have never had tofu in my life, what does it taste like? I am curious and trying to think of some new things to make. As far as getting kids to practice, I never really had a hard time dealing with it, my daughter just always loved playing and was always wanting it to sound perfect when having a recital. I think a reminder will do just fine though. Have a great evening.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Dec 11, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Tuesday, Day 3. still 109, which I don't mind after Sunday's binge-fest!

Monday, day 4.

well, weight is a little up, but it will probably be up more tomorrow morning.

I had a really good rehearsal with the band this morning and the kids really helped me out a lot. I guess when you have such a select group, it's hard not to have things go pleasantly well!

Eating was difficult in the morning and afternoon. I feel like I was having some after-shock from yesterday and it was difficult to get back into some kind of normal mode after a binge. 16 days is, sadly, a lot of days for me to go without binging. It's a hard to break habit, probably like smoking or something. I am a food addict!

I might have had a little too much carrots and dip (babagonoush (grilled eggplant with mayo and other spices) this afternoon. I figured I would eat it until I was satisfied because I realized I was hungry and couldn't concentrate on my work or anything.

Lunch was not that great, breakfast was not that great, and dinner was terrible. The spices and seasonings I used, ranging from garlic, pizza spices, black pepper to vinegar and also bragg's (an amino acid based soy sauce) just didn't cut it. I still ate most of everything though. I destroyed the brussel sprouts I made for dinner and they tasted terrible!

Better luck tomorrow, red peppers...

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

borntocry on 12/12/2006:
Yeah, I am also a food addict. I think it's a much harder addiction to break than smoking, because we can train ourselves to think of cigarettes as taboo but we can't do that with food - we have to eat. So we have to learn how to limit ourselves. And at least tobacco comes in tidy little "serving" sizes whereas with food it's not that easy to tell how much you've had. This is why I have to count calories, even if it's just at the back of my mind, because otherwise I tend to eat far too much. This is why filling up on fruits and vegetables as you've been doing lately is such a good idea. Even fats, like peanuts, peanut butter etc. aren't that bad because they do help you feel full.

I think you're doing pretty well. Even your recent binge was so healthy compared to previous episodes where you ate entire cakes and pies in one sitting - remember that? At least on this diet when you consume a large amount of food you're actually consuming a large amount of nutrients, and not just empty calories.


mattscat3295 on 12/12/2006:
I too am a food addict and it is soooo hard at times to not binge, but you have to eat something to keep your body going and keep your energy up. Have a great day.


WorkingIt on 12/12/2006:
I give you credit for even eating the brussells LOL


Runner on 12/12/2006:
I think you're doing well, too! 16 days is a LONG time without a food binge, at least for me! And you've really stuck to this diet. Good job!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Dec 10, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 108.6

Monday, day 4, 109 lbs.

Edit: Sunday ends around 3000 calories. I know I'm not supposed to be counting calories, maybe that's why I binged?

First binge in 16 days. arg!

edit: so, no yoga.

instead, I had my first binge since Thanksgiving or so. I binged on 4 bananas, like a half cup of dried fruit and mixed nuts, a half cup of salted peanuts, a piece of chillean sea bass fish, 2 apples(and 2 more later in the day), and TONS of peanut butter, like at least 10 tablespoons. as you can see, the binge was in all foods i can currently eat on this new diet.

so far, my calories, estimated, are: 2725. gosh, dumb move so close to my vacation in two weeks. I just kept going. I am anxious about learning my conducting score and going to work and class tomorrow. so, once again, i stuffed myself thinking it'll magically help me concentrate on all my work. hmmm, not so much.

i just screwed myself, that's all. I will probably have some dinner tonight, unless I feel so incredibly sick, which is never the case by then. It's only 12:30pm. Tonight i'll probably have salad, brussel sprouts, and a piece of tofu. It must be sickening to you to see that I'm still thinking about food now. Yes, my stomach is hurting a little.

I guess as long as in the next few days (but to balance out 3000 it's not exactly easy...it'll probably take till Friday morning if I include yesterday) if I maintain how I have been eating, everything will be alright. I ate all the above food in one hour. I can't take back what already happened.

I guess I didn't do good food planning today and it sent me on a binge.

I hope you all have a better food day than I did.

well, it's sunday, day 5, already!

Today I am going to Yoga even though I am nervous I might not get everything I need to do done today. But, I should be able to, since I only need to give one lesson in the afternoon!

The concert yesterday was pretty successful and the chorus and children's chorus sounded nice with our orchestra. Their conductor is a little out of it though! He needs come conducting lessons!

I went out to eat during our break between the rehearsal and concert with two other people. There was a diner across the street and I got a big plate of steamed broccoli, a garden salad, and two poached eggs. It really filled me up nicely!

Have a nice day everyone!

Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 12/10/2006:
Great job on teh rehearsal break food!! Congrats on the concert, sounds like everyone did very well! =) Have fun at yoga, I know how much it relaxes you!


geevee on 12/10/2006:
Your thinking on my food problem is totally correct. I just can't lay down the law and tell me son not to bring home such heavenly delights that I would never in my right mind spend the money for. I am talking REAL, gourmet items.

I daren't ask about Christmas dinner, though I hope he's able to wangle another meal. It was so nice not to have to cook and worry. Everything was already taken care of.

Being able to stick to your diet is something I used to be able to do. If not, I never would have lost 40lbs. At the moment, say, the past year, it has been one, huge struggle that gets ever more difficult.

As for that upcoming cruise - BEWARE of the forced feeding mentality shipboard. Because you are a captive for so many days and have paid X amount, the normal thinking process is to take advantage of the food you've already paid for. BAD MOVE! A friend of mie vowed never to go on another cruise because, "I can't afford to gain a pound a day that I do on a cruise."

That can be a BIG problem! You're so limited as to what you can do that"all you can eat buffets" become extremely attractive, and then you get into the mindset of waiting for the next eating opportunity.

The cruise could very well destroy all the progress you've made plus set you back even farther. Concentrate on the physical activities afforded.


tourguidebarbie on 12/11/2006:
Just remember that you're doing great and one slip up wont hurt all your progress! Keep up the good work! ~Barbie~


Moody on 12/11/2006:
What were you thinking about before your binged? I mean had you been thinking about the foods you binged on? I know that in my past binges I became obsessed with the food until I had it. Just curious if you had peanut butter on the brain before all this or not.

Monday is a new day..dust off the crumbs and move on..you can do this.


WorkingIt on 12/11/2006:
The diet that I am getting ready to go on in 2007 calls for one cheat 'day' each week. I don't think I can do that, but they actually tell you to have a day of cheating and NOT WORRY ABOUT IT. Easier said than done, isn't it? But, I find that when I have those days that I don't fret over every single calorie or every second of exercise, that it gives me the mental rest I need in order to refocus. I think I am still a fan of the one cheat meal per week or one cheat DAY per month. Hmmmm....



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Dec 09, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 110.0

Edit: my errands took so long this morning that I practiced conducting for about 5 minutes, didn't practice the horn at all, and didn't do laundry. ahhh, and no walking, it's too late and i'm too tired.

goodnight!

Saturday, Day 6!

Today I have a few errands and laundry to do in the morning. I need to go to the bank and I'm on a search for the cooked fish store nearby. After that, I'll practice the horn and some conducting and then go to my rehearsal and concert. I plan on taking a half hour walk tonight when I get home.

Have a good day everyone!

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 12/09/2006:
Have a great day!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Dec 08, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.6

Progress as of today: 3.8 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!


Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Dec 07, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 110.0

Friday, day 7. 109.4 So yesterday I was talking to this nutritionist at the gym telling her food and diet is my other passion (outside of teaching music/playing music). I was telling her how if I had to do life all over again, I might enter into a diet/food/nutrition/health carreer. I told her this in this midst of our conversation over the danger of eating too many nightshade and cruciferous vegetables at a time. (something I had been doing by having a whole eggplant each day!) I'll write more about this when she looks up some more info for me in her health books next week. We were both interested!

I have a performance tonight right in my neighborhood and then a rehearsal and performance all wrapped into one for tomorrow. the bad thing about that is that the rehearsal is 2:30-5 and then we have the concert at 7. Sunday will be a lesson and a day for me to catch up on some conducting. It's a long haul until the cruise! It will be my reward, I guess!

Have a nice day!

Thursday, day 8!

I thought today was gonna be a short day. It pretty much was...then, I was on my 12th minute on the treadmill and my mom ask's me to follow her to the train at that exact moment so that she could drop a car off for my sister to come home and then I could drive my mom back home. Just lovely. So, once again, it's almost 9pm and I thought I was going to bed at 9:30. That's not happening, and it's good I looked at my score a little during school because I'm not doing that much work now. (I woke up before 6am).

Hang in there, everyone!

Progress as of today: 3.4 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/07/2006:
Well, at least you got some exercise in! Big Smile!


sweetpea1977 on 12/08/2006:
Im with you. I'd love to start a brand new career in something health related. I find that Im a lot more passionate about my health than my current line of work, so it would be great to get paid doing something that truly makes me happy.

Good luck at your performance tonight!


Moody on 12/08/2006:
What kind of dangers could there be from eating too much of those veggie types you listed? I am really interested to find out!

You have a busy weekend planned again..do you EVER get a full day just for YOU??


maria777 on 12/08/2006:
Good for you on the exercise!!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Dec 06, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 108.6

Thursday, day 8...NOT cool: 110 lbs.

Wednesday, day 9!

LOL! Fish is so good, but so bad! Hollybelle, nice idea to grill outside. I asked my folks if that would be okay, one said yes, one said no. So, the answer is a somewhat no, but maybe I will be able to grill outside in the future, like in the New Year!

Tomorrow I will be "observed" by the Asst. Principal. I hope she remembers to come! lol. Teaching went well today, I switched another good clarinet player to the massive bass clarinet! nice! Now, when the teacher gets back, she'll be impressed! Her band will be so nice and balanced.

I feel like I accomplished most of the things I set out to do today, and that feels good. I walked on the treadmill for almost an hour and did some weights. I haven't done that in awhile!

It turns out I may have to miss my last day of school in order to go on the cruise with my family! The cruise company changed the flights; and if that is really the case, it really won't be a huge deal for me to take the day before Christmas break off. But, I'll have to let the principal know right away! That would have been my last day of school, too!

Thank you all for your comments :) Goodnight!

Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

Scruffy on 12/06/2006:
Scruff was here :) loved his last cruise


WorkingIt on 12/06/2006:
How fun to go on a cruise! That will be a nice, relaxing break! YAY on being able to do your exercise!


maria777 on 12/06/2006:
Hope you have a wonderful cruise vacation! Big Smile!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Dec 05, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.8

day 9 wednesday: 108.6 (only after having dinner really early yesterday and not eating to breakfast....)

Day 10, Tuesday.

Thank you Maria, Geevee, and WorkingIt for your comments. Geevee, you really put me in my place, thank you! I needed your perspective on that issue.

Today was busy in school and I stayed after to practice so that I would sound better this evening at rehearsal, which is what happened!

Tomorrow I plan on getting at school around 8 instead of 7:30 because I don't have an early class and I'd rather spend that extra time sleeping or getting ready here. It would have been better if i was in bed an hour ago! But the rehearsals go on!

Tomorrow is a break in the schedule. Perhaps a little more exercise than the minimum I've been doing everyday. I haven't looked much at the conducting scores which I need to know pretty well by MONDAY. My weekend is busy as well, so I really don't know how I'm gonna do it. Friday night I have a concert/rehearsal and saturday I have a concert.

ohhh, you know what? my mom refuses to allow me to cook fish again in the house because she despises the smell! now I'm going to have to buy cooked fish! not cool. but I do understand that it does smell!

Goodnight everyone!

Progress as of today: 3.6 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

borntocry on 12/06/2006:
Oh, I feel for you! My husband also always complains about the smell of cooking. At first it was just Indian food, which I can understand, but now it's anything with tomatoes, and that rules out all kinds of things. One thing I've tried doing is cooking more in the microwave, as that seems to smell less. You could try that - I've seen recipes for fish in the microwave, and microwave cooking is supposed to be healthier and more energy-efficient. Also there are some fish that don't smell as much as others. Or you could become a sushi chef and eat your fish raw, hehe...


hollybelle on 12/06/2006:
Hi there. I cook my fish on our outdoor grill because it has a burner on the side. Do you have one of those? I never thought of it until my Dad mentioned he did that because my Mom didn't like him to "smell up the house". Just a thought.....Holly


WorkingIt on 12/06/2006:
LOL people aren't allowed to warm their fish in the microwave here at the office because it smells. And if they bring in take out containers of fish, they aren't allowed to throw the containers or leftovers in the indoor garbage, they have to take it to the outside LOL.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Dec 04, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 108.8

Tuesday, day 10. uhhh, my weight is up 109.8 I wonder why, that seems odd!

Monday: day 11

In fact, I wasn't observed today like I was supposed to be. I woke up extremely early just to plan for being observed and to type up my lesson plan really nicely too! I did it this morning because I was practically falling alseep just standing up at the end of last night. It was a busy weekend and I was drained!

The assistant principal ran into all sorts of problems in the school today from busses being late to other kinds of issues. I went up to her and now she'll be coming Thursday. I now I have to re-type a new lesson. It can't be the same one because it is almost the band concert and I need to cover as many things as I can!

My meeting with Judy was totally DELAYED today as well! I got there at 4 and she told me how someone without an appointment was there to see her with a terrible illness and asked if I could wait. I asked how long and she told me a half hour. So, I left and came back 35 minutes later to find out she was still meeting with the woman! She met with that person all the way until after 5pm.

I ended up asking if it is a regular occurance to wait over an hour to talk to her and she said no, it doesn't usually happen. LOL. All of my scheduling always gets messed up! This is frustrating because I planned to be able to do things and also relax a little tonight. Now, it's almost 8pm and I haven't exercised, showered, or done any work at all for my class. I wanted to be in bed by 9/9:30. It'll happen, but other things will be slighted.

I have a really thin sister who looses weight more easily than she gains it. She just doesn't have that same need to gorge on food like I do. It frustruates me very, very much. She's like a half inch shorter than me and even smaller boned than I am. I know this is silly and juvenile but I feel like I am being compared to her.

Tomorrow is the second to last jazz band rehearsal and it is very important that we get everything done we need to! I know the students will do great and I will mention that to them at the beginning of class.

I have one more late rehearsal tomorrow night and then a break for a few days (which I should probably use to practice my conducting for my class and NOT use doing yoga and fun things like that.) so yeah, i'll use the time wisely since I want a good grade and I want to prove I can do it!

Goodnight and thank you for all of your comments :)

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/04/2006:
Wow...sounds like you are very, very busy!

Hope you had a good day today!


geevee on 12/04/2006:
Oh, geez. You have too much going!Comparing yourself to your sister is the VERY last thing in the world that should enter your mind. Stop it!

Let me tell you something that your own mother could. YOU are NOT your sister!!!Whatever size she is, is the way she is. PERIOD! YOU are YOU! Get it? NEVER, EVER compare yourself to your siblings.

I had five children, and they have run true to form. Billy, the Brute, is still the heavy weight of the family. Sweetheart John is still and always has been the slimmest. And so on. There are body types and weights that do hold true throughout life. All we can do is to modify ever so slightly what we have been given. That's it! Stop worrying!


WorkingIt on 12/05/2006:
I second Geevee! =) I think you are a really awesome person!



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