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Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 18, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

I ordered an ebook.  It was $27.- and I found it online last night.  Never saw it before on the internet, actually.

It has about 12 exercises specifically to heal shin splints and claims to do it in 60 days or less. So, I will do as the author suggests, to practice these exercises EVERYDAY diligently for 60 days and see where I am at.  Honestly, I am viewing this as a good, last option.  In the previous 11 months, I was NEVER given any exercises to do, so this seems to be a good starting point right now for me as well as a good solution. 

60 days bring me to mid-march, still few months from June :-)  And to be honest, that's enough time to start preparing for the academy. Slowly start to get into running!

7:30am Breakfast: cinnamon swirl oatmeal, greek yogurt, 300.

9:00am snack: soy nut butter on a small roll: 200, and a pre-workout drink 40 (no caffeine). total around 250. good.

exercise: full weights & I was a little tired at first, but got everything done & felt good afterwards.

total calories: around 2300-2350. a bit high, but healthy.

stayed up late doing lots of NYPD paperwork.  seems that I have everything  - but have to go home again to pick up what I forgot...and one thing, I may not have in time...have to check it out again tomorrow...

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

allieoop on 01/18/2014:
Maybe this is exactly what you need! I sure hope it helps.

Umpqua on 01/19/2014:
Good deal on the book, I hope it helps!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jan 17, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Breakfast: 300. off to work! happy Friday!

2200, no extra exercise except for stretching & 60 day plan of recovery from shin splints.

day 60. counting down.

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/17/2014:
I'm glad the 2nd test went well yesterday. You never know, your legs may be much stronger in 6 months. In any case, you have a good handle on the challenges you may be facing and now you will just have to see how it goes. I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend!

allieoop on 01/17/2014:
Wishing you a good weekend & good recovery

thinkpositive on 01/18/2014:
A stressful week. And also the stress of your leg pain. A tough position to be in- wanting to get in but knowing that you may not be healed by June. Take care.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 16, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Another test today :)

Breakfast: 350.

process went well today. in the end though, I realize that my legs have hurt basically EVERYDAY for 11 months. either they'll get better or not in 6 months.  even if, I can reinjure them completely in the academy.  life is funny sometimes. I don't wanna stop the process, but distressed that my legs are the thing that's holding me up the most.

exercise: none except for a lil more walking than usual because I had to get a lot of errands done....including a half mile at least walk from one building to another in the same vicinity. long day, leaving my apt at 6:15 and coming back basically at 6:15pm.

calories: 1350 up to late errand to bank, 50 fruit, then salads 400?, and pb 200 on wrap 100. total: 2050. more than planned ( was gonna try to keep it extra low) but fine calories.

life is just a bit too up and down for me right now...wishing for my dream of NYPD but seeing the reality that my legs are still in bad shape.  Gonna finish the process, despite the signs pointing otherwise.


Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Good Morning.

400 cal healthy breakfast.

ended up with an hour overtime bc I didn't wanna leave every ounce of work for my coworker while I was off on Thursday and probably Friday too...

did hardcore, fast, efficient upper body weights routine, ended up getting OUT of the gym in record time...!

home by 8.

bed around 10.

but woke up all night..lol..that's expected before an exam such as this one today!

total cal 2050.

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/15/2014:
Have a good day Horn

Umpqua on 01/15/2014:
I think you are wise to heed your Dad's advice in this case RE your legs. I'm sure you will ace the Thursday test and then just take it slow and work on recovery. You will have difficult decisions to make eventually, but ultimately your body will let you know what the best course of action is. I hope you got some good rest last night!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0


600 CAL THRU MORNING...STARTING THE DAY OFF VERY WELL....TRYING  TO KEEP CAL LOWER - mainly because the weight is starting not to be so nice on me...and, lower weight is easier on my legs / feet as they are already weak.  Praying and thinking positive thoughts for my legs, definitely.


I think I got around 1700-1750.   The plan is to definitely go to bed early and get a good night's sleep, hopefully without waking up all night.  Last night I was up for 3 hours total. so, I hope to do better tonight.

I have to take a psychological exam Thursday, so I know I gotta rest up if I want to go to the gym after work tomorrow, not as exhausted, and then also wake up very early Thursday to leave my apt by 6 and get to the testing center at 7.

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

lolla on 01/14/2014:
I ma praying positive thoughts for you right now. Hugs.

thinkpositive on 01/14/2014:
Hope you are successful.

dana_johnson426 on 01/14/2014:
Sending positive thoughts for leg strength!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jan 13, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

I did good. I passed the medical today. There are still many more parts to go... My legs still hurt and give me pain (the shins).  So basically, if they don't heal, there's no way I will actually go to the academy, even if I continue to pass everything and get in.  I wish my legs would heal.  Because the academy - it includes running - lots - everyday - according to the cops today. and that's great, yes, I like that, except for the fact that my legs aren't healing right. 

I will try to stay positive with this, and pull through. If I make it, but I'm not ready physically and decide not to go, I guess I can say I will be OK with that. not what I want, but the only thing I can do. AND, I would apply for court officer, and get in about 2-3 years from now. No, I don't want to think like this, but I have to be logical with myself & realize that my legs can only do what they can do.  I don't want to accept it, don't want to give up yet, but also know that I cannot risk having no job & injuring myself further.  by waiting that time for the court officer, my legs will have healed...but for now, I am sticking with this process, going through all the steps, and we'll see what happens what the time comes (June).

they even told us, "don't get into the academy and be cold on your training" - like, you better start running now - well, I would be, if I could be. this is what scares me. if I go cold into the academy - the shin splints are going to come back.

Calories: 2100.

woke up at midnight, still up at 12:30am but not reaching for snacks. It's getting old - you know - eating in the middle of the night. Plus, I don't really have the calories to spare - need to be more accountable - act 31 not 21!

exercise: it was the full weights routine (upper body)

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/14/2014:
Congratulations on passing! Didn't you recently mention an alternative therapy for your legs that's supposed to help with the shin pain? I hope you can find a way to get them healed up and begin training, I know how much you want this.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jan 12, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Happy Sunday!

I am grateful for everything I have.  I wish my legs could be a little stronger this morning, as my shins are giving me some pain.  So much pain that I will skip the gym in lieu of doing some abs exercises here at home & then just pick up some veggies at the supermarket.  Call it an easy day.  Skip upper legs at the gym?  I may change my mind...

7am Breakfast: 650

10am snack: 1 egg & 1 egg white, just cooked so was so much tastier!, on a small wrap.  200.

11:30am Snack: cooked cranberries, also just cooked by me!, 50, on an English muffin 100, and smart balance peanut butter spread. 150. total 300.

2pm late lunch: all kinds of cooked veggies (some sauce) some turkey slices, and some fruit. around 350. lil high considering I am going out for an early dinner tonight also...lol.


Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

dana_johnson426 on 01/12/2014:
Cooked cranberries sounds yummy! I love cranberries! Great job today!

allieoop on 01/12/2014:
I have been buying cooked veggies also I eat more variety when packaged also taste better. Hope pain goes away.

Umpqua on 01/13/2014:
Thinking of you today, I hope you are kicking some booty!!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 11, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Oh Happy Saturday!

7am Breakfast: lots of cooked veggies & butternut squash: 200, wrap 100 with peanut butter and half banana 200 and cinnamon / stevia / 2 pumps flax oil spray and wow! need to experiment more, tastes soooo good! 500 total here.

plan is for early morning upper body weights at gym....


Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

allieoop on 01/11/2014:
butternut squash? how do you cook it?

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 09, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Entry for Friday:

1:45am: dumb, maybe, 400 cal snack.  Now I am left with 400 less calories for today....but it was so darn good!  200 cal in roasted with oil beats / carrots. 200 cal in English muffin with a little oil and peanut butter.  all in all, this all tasted quite good!

I couldn't sleep well last night & was up for about 2 straight hours......but I was able to sleep in a lil bit with the eye patch I bought, it keep out the light pretty well. so I slept till 8:30 or so, instead of waking up at 6 or 7 :-)

10am breakfast: tons of julienne cooked veggies 200?, yogurt with cooked raspberries and stevia 150, rest of the black pepper baked potato fries 50? - 400, good!!

11am snack: bar 150

12:30pm snack: decaf coffee

3:30pm late big lunch: 600, mostly cooked veggies.

2250 total, too much, but not a binge. so that's fine.. :)

exercise: light. abs & upper legs.

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/10/2014:
I hope you enjoy your day off and good luck on Monday, keep us posted!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 09, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Happy Thursday (and last day of the work week for me!!)

Breakfast: 500 healthy ones.

at most, like 2200 cal. all healthy, just a ton at dinner because I felt like it.

no gym tonight. got home a lil after 7pm and ate my heart out & really content saying it!

tomorrow will be an easy day at the gym, because I don't wanna do my upper body weights routine until Saturday, not Friday night & Sunday night!

anyways, just gonna get what I need to done & have a relaxing weekend. I am nervous for the NYPD stuff...even though it's gonna be the easy basic stuff tomorrow, I am so nervous. I am praying my body will heal completely by summer, so that I can join the NYPD.  This is MY CHANCE.  I don't want to fail!

Progress as of today: -4 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

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