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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!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jan 08, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

One more day until my day off Friday!  This week is just flying!

Early snack: half small banana & airborne hot drink 70

Breakfast: whole wheat roll 120, egg 80, truffle oil 50, turkey 80 = 330

snack: bar or bar and a half. 200-300.

lunch: roll with chicken (250 or so) oil 50, carrots cooked and sautéed and lettuce 150-200 = around 550 700 (boss brought lunch) (hopefully not more, hard to calculate bc my boss brought this scramble thing with many ingredients including olive oil, which he likes to add a lot. but, it was healthy and SO tasty that I couldn't resist eating the whole pint, along with a small sandwich for lunch)

1350 or so. snack if needed: almonds

drink: supplement for weightlifting, decaf. 40 cal. followed by dinner roll with chicken. 200. 250 or so. granola bar & apple 300 total

upper body EXTREMELY strong weights routine (yeah, the supplement must help!? it's nitrous oxide stuff powder form, no caffeine, 40 cal (has sugar)

BIG dinner 7pm-7:30: tofu 100, tons of leftover grilled veggies (def some oil) 250-300.. so, up to 400 here....followed by crackers, couldn't resist, so chose a box where you can have a lot for little calories. 2 servings, 120 cal each  serving for 24 crackers! (special K whole grain).  total around 650...worth it!

total: 2300 (but, may have burned it all by doing the weights - hardly any resting, circuit training in full form tonight).  and the extra calories today - worth it.   

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

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jan 07, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

Good Morning All!

It's a cold day here in Queens, NY.  My car showed 8 degrees Farenheit!  So cold that the lock on my garage froze & I didn't realize I could have just used my big lighter from my apartment to loosen it up. So, I spent a whole hour waiting for maintenance to unlock the lock, with their own lighter, and got to work at 9:15, instead of 8am.  But really, it's not stressing me much at all.  I am glad I am taking Friday off to go to the post office (dumb reason to take the day, but good enough reason for me!) and to refill my laundry card.  I may even stop by the physical therapist to return a bone stimulator i had borrowed...and haven't used in months.  In general though, I need to think clearly and start thinking about the interview & how I will present myself (what I will say!!).  I have the basics, obviously, but, I need to have it on the tip of my tongue - and NOT in the back of my mind!

1700-1800, perfect.

exercise: only abs / upper legs. perfect.

Today ended up being a good day & I am thankful for so many things. :D

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

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jan 06, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 129.0

DECIDING I GOTTA TAKE FRIDAY OFF...just not near being in the right mindset for my NYPD interview & medical next MONDAY...also, forgot to go to the post office to get the money orders that they require, and don't wanna wait till Saturday....so that's it....taking Friday OFF...and getting that done bc i can't wait till the last minute (Satuday) and be caught in a major problem somehow and not be prepared for Monday.  I have not been on an interview or done really ANYTHING out of the ordinary like that in basically 3 years give or take...I really don't wanna flunk out of this opportunity....also, legs are better after 3 days of rest....i am stretching them more and more by pointing my toes...mostly down...and up a lil bit too....

early snack / breakfast = 500, good. (includes half protein shake, piece of butternut squash soufflé, small roll with 2 large eggs, some raspberries...good stuff. must start eating only the late breakfast while driving, gotta SAVE calories better!  when i eat so early, when i get up, it leaves me too hungry...and lately i eat while driving...so i should really ONLY be eating mostly while driving...and eat even less for breakfast at home - only fruit / tea...etc, like 100 cal...

snack: bar, green tea. was good.

lunch: healthy - salad, sautéed eggplant, chicken...English muffin 600 or so, was good.

snack: almonds, not that many, maybe just around 50 cal.

1400 by 5pm, definitely good...

snack before awesome upper body weights routine (about 45-50 min) 200 cal.

dinner: a bit overboard, but totally healthy. better than a shake. leftovers. between 400-500.

total: 2000-2100, good. 2300 or so, eating at 2am.

after work plan: upper body strong set of weights....and, will take a supplement (caffeine-free) beforehand. it's 40 calories and increases oxygen flow to muscles....trying this for days where I do upper body weights.

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

Umpqua on 01/07/2014:
Good plan on taking time off to focus on your goals. I'm so excited that you're taking the test, I know it's been a long-time dream of yours. You're going to kick butt - I can't wait to read about it!

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