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Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday May 24, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

good morning and happy 3day weekend :-D

I am proud of myself for sticking to a diet for 2 weeks straight (really just 4 days out of every week where I focus on keeping calories lower than I have been for the past couple years).  I have noticed an immediate change already, in these 2 weeks, but it's slow.  However, I know myself & what I am capable of.  I also know my limitations...and if I push it too fast & too soon, I will completely fail.  So, I guess to lose the weight, I will be sticking with this diet, where at least 4 days out of the week I have low, but definitely not super low, calories.  It'll let me lose a 1/2 pound per week. Decent...not fast or exciting at all though.  But, as an adult, I guess it's just how life works.  We need to be patient for the things we really want.  And so, I guess I will have to be patient and lose the weight the right way.  I hate how slow the process is though! :D

oh, and drinking a whole squeezed lemon in hot water with stevia is great for relieving any constipation.  This past week at work was so much better than any week I've had there in months.  I would drink this mix every day each morning...and it works great.  it works better than black coffee bc it is a healthier way of working on your body's system.  and actually, I think I used two lemons (like 4 cups to drink) with the stevia.  It's like having lemon tea. 

just thinking out loud...6 weeks till july 4th.  if I kept this 4-day diet up till then, I could lose 3 more pounds. If so, I'd be back under 125.  That's cool....haven't been there in months.  I may as well stick with this because it really works so well.  Also, my digestion is better and I'm not as bloated bc I am not eating a thousand and one vegetables every night.

and then just another 6 weeks, and I'd possibly be around 121! and you know what, that is very low!  That would be the lowest I've weighed in years still! so why don't I quit complaining that weightloss is hard, stick to my guns, and have fun with this! 

It's a pretty cool diet.  hot water with lemon & stevia in the mornings.  A wrap for breakfast (either turkey, chicken, lox or anything high protein) with smart balance spread, green tea and/or sometimes coffee too at work, a bar as a snack, a healthy lunch but satisfying to get me through the workday, a snack of an apple and iced decaf coffee after work, and a bar or shake for dinner.  I do this four days a week. and by doing it that way, I am able to lose 1/2 pound a week.  the bars I eat aren't cheap.  I have tried like every bar out there on the market, and I only eat high quality, satisfying ones.  some cost close to $3 at the health food store. and I mix them up, so I don't grow tired of them.

calories today so far: "apple pie" bar 180 and grapefruit 140 or so. 320. 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast 500

820 :)

Around 2250 including 2 small hotdogs and buns at a BBQ today. Perfect start to the weekend :)

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 05/24/2014:
Plenty - your diet makes so much sense! I am going to take points from it for next week. You are so right about slow and steady wins the race. It is also true that 4 days of limiting calories will show results!

I also like your style of "re - committing" to a plan in your entry - it's not only about the execution, but also about having a daily strategy!

I am with you and good job!!


SkinInTheGame on 05/24/2014:
Going to track now - husband is doing the shopping which includes turkey/lettuce for wraps, bars and lemons - I will let you know how it goes!

I am hoping for 179 by Tuesday!

Have a great weekend!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday May 23, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Never met up with the guy but at least got to chat with him on the phone for about a half hour :)

Calories thru lunch 900 Snack after work apple 100, later sautéed veggies and salad 300 and fruit 50 Dinner bar 260 and some healthy type cole slaw maybe like 250-300?? Total: 1950 but may be less.

Calories are good. Exercise was weights physical therapy and no cardio. No breaks at work, left at 2:30. And did my laundry :)

Loss of at least 1200-1500 cals. Around 1/2 pound yes!

Over these past 2 weeks I can say I have lost 1 lb so far. Now I am gonna keep on going!

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!


Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday May 22, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Calories through lunch 1200

Calories after work around 250

Calories after workout around 250

1700 perfect.

Exercise was around mile at lunch, full body weights back and abs after work.

Excited for a great 3 day weekend. Meeting up with a friend after work ;) and we shall see if I actually go to physical therapy - only if I get out of work early ;)

My weight is currently the # posted :) and the plan is to get to the low 120s. This time it's happening bc I am going to make it happen.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 05/23/2014:
Have a great day, Plenty!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday May 21, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

1250 thru lunch

Snack 200

Snack 250

1700 good.

Exercise mile at lunch and leg physical therapy.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 05/22/2014:
Good job exercising at lunch!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday May 20, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Happy, going to bed happy :)

Calories through lunch: 1250 at most :) I will win this weight thing. I got this.

Calories after work 200

Snack: 250

Total 1650 perfect.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 05/20/2014:
Love it! Good for you, Plenty!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday May 19, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

A long day but u know what? I am thankful for everything right now, just very thankful. Maybe we will even get out early Friday. I sure hope so. If so, I will be really really naughty and invite my guy friend over! Yes.

Calories through the day at work 1200. I don't have a great diet but trying to eat least eat a very healthy lunch this week - some salmon, cooked veggies & rice. Balanced to get me through the afternoons without really needed a snack until after work.

Snack after work: my lovely apple and iced decaf 200 :) nice!!!

Dinner bar: around 250

Total: 1650, perfect.

Cardio around 15 minutes. But that is ok :) right now.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 05/19/2014:
I needed to read an upbeat post today! Thanks for looking at the bright side of a Monday before a 3-day weekend! Very nice - I am feeling better already!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday May 18, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Evening Update: So, I finally had a plan for the day & stuck with it.  yes!! 

I got all my errands done & the gym between the hours of 12-4.  I got home exactly when my friend got to my apt.  so we walked up together. We hung out a bit inside & went to an earlyish dinner. we were leaving there by 6:15 (yes, done eating by then!) and I wasn't fully satisfied and was a tad low on calories anyways, so came home & had a "chocolate espresso" protein bar by "Think Thin."  A nice a heavy flavor that satisfied me for the night!

Calories through the afternoon: 1000 or so.

Dinner: 700?

Snack: bar, 230.

1930 cal. GOOD. I know I said 1800 for today, but, it is the weekend & I allowed myself wiggle room.  However, for the week, I am sticking to the plan of iced decaf coffee and an apple after work before physical therapy or gym & a bar or shake after.  I have very healthy lunches though....with good carbs, protein, and veggies.  gotta have at least one nice meal every day.

My workout today was awesome.  It was a really strong, long workout.  Full upper body.  It felt good to put it a hardcore workout & not skimp on anything!  Plus, I felt & looked really strong.  If I were to lose 10 lbs, I would look so strong!  But for now, I am proud of myself & my strength & my dedication to preservere to get exactly to where I want to be! Bring it on!

Happy Sunday!

Because I really want to lose weight and it's not a joke anymore, I will keep calories today at 1800 today because I want to & I know I can do it.

8am Starting off with warm fresh squeezed lemon juice in warm water & stevia. and actually had two large cups (2 lemons) around 30 cal. and then actually waited to have breakfast until 3 hours later! wow.  I was busy on the phone & doing laundry & showering!  I love that feeling of being productive....and glad food, for once in so long, wasn't on my mind every moment this morning. thank gosh :) for once.

11am Brunch: oatmeal 160 with a little hemp seed butter 40?, fage greek yogurt 100, 1/2 banana 60...some stevia was involved too :)  total here: 360.

total so far: 400, pretty excellent. the plan is to get keys made & go to the gym. later, after the gym, I need to do a couple errands as well & pick up some food for the week.  then home :) yay. and my laundry and everything is done :)  and dinner with my best friend. nice weekend Sunday for sure.

 

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 05/18/2014:
Excellent plan, Plenty! Nice commitment and strategy for the day! If you feel like you might "veer" from it later, come back and read your post and recommit! I need to stick with my plan too today so I'll be strong if you'll be strong! I think I re-read my strategy yesterday like 20 times!!!


SkinInTheGame on 05/18/2014:
Good for you!! Nice successful weekend with lots of commitment and dedication to your goals! I am so glad to have you as an example! Let's have a great week together!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday May 17, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

Darnn midnight snack because the wind was so loud during the storm I couldn't sleep & instead thought I was hungry. yeah, right. 400 cal. but it was healthy.  lots of a carrot salad (some oil) on a wrap and then some nut butter on a wrap. total was 400.

7:30am breakfast: greek yogurt and oatmeal 260, fabulous. (and of course I am not constipated anymore since I am not rushing to work today and have time at home in the AM!)

Snacking before and after gym 160 cal bar and definitely iced decaf around 250 total 900 or so. Good. Bad start to the day with the binge last night 400 cal at 11pm wasted. But I am learning.

1650 (maybe more but not counting more calories lol) after large but very healthy lunch at 2-2:30.

small snack: 1/2 small banana 50...followed by protein bar, 250 total.

1900 before the bbq get together.  it's said that when I have events I still tend to overeat before them.  this is also something I want to work on again.....try to save calories later in the day for myself & not get all-consumed and anxious and overeat before getting together with friends & family.

at the get together: veggies...diet sprite zero....some grilled veggies that happened to be a little too oily but they were good & I had brought them for the hosts to grill so I happily ate them lol..glad to just have the option of having veggies, actually! so around 100-150 for the peppers (maybe more but that's what I am counting)...and a hamburger....most of it. around 300-350 there. total around 500...maybe more, but hopefully not! oh and a small piece of watermelon.

total around 2400, success, because it wasn't an all-out failure :) 

Sunday is a new day.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!


Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday May 16, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

I had lots of warm water with store bought lemon juice this am and pretty much told myself that I would have to poop or wasn't going to work. I had planned to not even do my hair nicely just to relax and be able to do this before work without rushing. Luckily the lemon juice (real lemons are better but I didn't have and I will be trying this often in the morning upon getting up now bc it's good for the body) kicked in a little bit and I was far less bloated in general today which I am very thankful for!!! Work felt so much better.

Calories were purposefully watched and considered :)

Calories thru lunch 1050. Calories after work apple and iced decaf coffee 200. Calories after physical therapy 250. I stuck to my plan. If I stick to this plan, there is no doubt that I will be losing weight the next two months. No doubt at all :). My head is in the game and the time is right. I am actually excited for this round of weightless bc I know how to do it so well. I can almost taste how good it will feel. And this time I only have like 10 lbs. 15 tops. Not looking to be frail skinny. I am happy.

1500 cal. Leg physical therapy and some walking at lunch. Overall I probably walked 1.5 mi today not much but not sedentary either. I skipped abs and back this week. And my back feels it!

In my opinion I had a loss of around 1100 calories this week based on a 2000 cal diet comparing my diet to it. So that's around 1/3 a pound. I can probably even do more but honestly 1700 works well for me most days and I am not gonna push too much lower now.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!


Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday May 15, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 127.0

I did much better today than yesterday with calories but I am still majorly bloated. No matter what I eat - oatmeal for 3 days! My body is holding it. I can't get myself to fully relax each week with being busy early morning till night.

Calories : 1300 after lunch. 200 cal apple and iced decaf. And 200 at most after workout. 1700 maybe less and that's perfect! Exercise was upper body weights no cardio.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/16/2014:
That's got to be so uncomfortable. I'm thinking of you and hope you get some relief soon!

I have a hard time with carbs. I usually save the majority for dinner because my lunches are always so quick and I don't really stop to actually enjoy what i'm eating - I just power through it and get back to work. And my opinion is that carbs are to be enjoyed ;) I have a lot of work to make my daily meals as healthy as possible, but for right now it is about as good as time will permit. Maybe some day I will switch things up a bit, but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to 'get everything right', you know? Some days it's hard enough just putting one foot in front of the other!


SkinInTheGame on 05/16/2014:
Stay with it, Plenty!! This to shall pass!!



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