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Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jan 13, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

 I tasted the locally made honey and wow! so good! Usually i am not one to buy honey, but, there's evidence it might clear up my really, really bad Spring allergies. That would be wonderful - especially if i am a cop on patrol in spring, not to have such horrible allergies which always make it very difficult for me for around 1-3 months depending on temps and stuff that time of year....

oh...and also this spring i want to leave current job in mid June - would be nice not to have any last residual allergies at that time...i was told that continuing to consume this honey should help in the months leading up to allergy season...

Honey might do the trick...totally trying it...tasted wonderful. just a little i had...

On another note, my skin is MUCH improved. I haven't even done EVERYTHING right...but i've done MORE things right. I think i can do this - clear up my skin! I do have one whitehead right now, and one sorta aggrivated spot on my chin, but otherwise, my skin is the BEST it's been in a long time.

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Morning: taste of honey 50, stevia in seltzer with ACV.

Breakfast: big banana 150, egg and egg white 100, wrap 60, mustard, turkey pepperoni 100, some tasty tea, some extra drops natural caffeine in tea. all is good. No Monster drink and no ice cream tonight...want to work on keeping my skin beautiful like it really should have been all along :-D

snack: maybe a bar 130

Lunch: healthy, some chips after bc i'm not trying to eliminate everything, just trying to eat BETTER, more healthy meals, more potassium, LESS SUGAR & LESS DAIRY is my big goal that seems to be helping...oh and less caffeine / less fake sugars (except stevia i'm keeping completely in my diet).

Lunch - chips 160, some greens 100, with some beans 100, and some mock (soy) chicken 200 tops: 550. 

1150 after healthy lunch...

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Getting a hair trim after work for the perfect price - only $15....if she does good, i'll tip her $10...great price, right by work in walking distance so i'll go there first and get my car afterwards (i'll leave it in work parking lot until after haircut)...also need to get some cash to pay for my haircut...i'll pay for a few seltzers at the supermarket and get cash back (all within the 3 blocks of where i'm going for haircut) !!!!

Huge dinner but healthy. 950

Total around 2100.

2035 calorie avg this week is decent

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/13/2017:
Good price for haircut! You're doing well.


Donkey on 01/14/2017:
Keep up the good work!

I went to a fancy gym this week as a guest, and i thought of you the whole time, even though I did mostly cardio. Honestly, I could live at the gym, if I could afford the membership. There's a high membership fee (I think it's like $200 although this month they're giving it away at $25), and then the monthly fee is $80, but if you want to take classes, it's like $100 a month. And that's just for me.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 12, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

Bored of gym next to work (just for today, i'll be back there next week bc it's been great saving time on work week evenings), so i'll drive to the one i like better for tonight's workout! Takes more time out of my schedule, but i do like the gym better!!  Good to keep changing it up!

2025 6-day avg, pretty darn good.

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Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast: big banana 140, wrap 60, cream cheese 80, turkey pepperoni 100 by Boars Head: 380

Snack: bar 130 (staying off coffee bc i have one area irriated on face, the rest of my face is so improved!) when i get my last electrolysis done, i'm doing it with the needles for sensitive skin even though it doesn't work as well...sick of all the skin irritation....i think. really starting to love my clearing skin...

Lunch: healthy and dessert will be a large gala apple (less carbs with lunch and eating them as fruit mostly has been really nice this week)  sauteed eggplant 150, 100 in other veg, 150-200 in soy chicken from the weekend, 100 for large apple total: 550..was gonna have chips but amazingly started to crave the apple...feeling awesome to start making better choices this year..I feel like i'm slowly turning over a new leaf.

Skin is staying clear, just one place is clogged partially my fault for adding too much moisture cream in the am...maybe rubbing it in too much?

before gym: fiber one bar and caffeine (yes a Monster drink - not totally completely stopping cold turkey...this time i'm doing things little by little making small changes) 150 cal

1300 before gym...the gym that's closer to my home but i don't mind tonight, i want to sip the caffeine while i go on my drive!

After gym (i did break down and had ice cream, but NOT a whole pint & only AFTER eating something more nutritious) - large banana (for potassium and it seems they are ripe and i want to buy new ones tomorrow - had 2 left 150, and almonds lightly salted 200, and the ice cream 100. total is very decent at 450 :-)

1750 = extremely successful day & week...i did good despite a rocky start to the week! Proud of myself. 

 

 

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!


Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 12, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

For Innerpeace Only:

I am so excited to be here!!! (I hope you will be enthusiastic up there InnerP!) I have the DISTINCT privilege of saying...that I PERSONALLY take TOTAL responsibility for this Special union between Kelly & Dianne!! Oh, the Times we’ve shared together… I have known Dianne since our freshman year of high school…

I can tell you so many STORIES…things and you would have to believe me.  because I doubt she would remember some of these tnanything. Her short term/long term memories are total whack! Don't get me wrong she remembers the There’s the cool stuff:  like vacations, trips, standing in line for concert tickets, meeting Dolly Parton (can you say something more on meeting Dolly Parton bc this is a REALLY COOL MEMORY!) and troubles with parallel parking (was there a time you actually dented the car or made a car alarm go off or did you hit anything!? Any more to the car story to add to make people laugh?),

….and then there’s ordinary day to day stuff…I wonder if Dianne remembers all of that...Dianne has been there for me through some very tough times, she has traveled to many places to visit and be by my side and for that I could never thank her enough. She was/has been my rock in the not so good and bad times.

I can say that I have been there for her as well...I was someone to rant and rave to about crappy work times, talk things out and wonder about times. There were times she would talk to me about things I had no clude what she was talking about and would only be there to listen!! Chakras, metaphysics and dogs! She'd drop a few names like Carolyn Myss and Wayne Dyer names I didn't know. I would listen but couldn't give any input because...well to be honest she’s weird sometimes! (will she take offense???) make sure to say these things as a joke!? Try when saying this paragraph to be extra sarcastic / funny in your tone…!

So, Imagine my surprise, while sitting in my office, working diligently, when Miss Kelly walks in and starts talking...again with the dogs, metaphysics and self help and I sit and listen again… with no input. But this time, the entire time I'm thinking...oh wow!!!!, I have this OTHER friend, who talks to me about the same exact things! So I told her: “I bet you guys would have some awesome conversation time!”  So I had these two friends, both loved talking about the same things, but they had never met…YET!

Well, the first attempt at getting them to meet, didn't quite work out… for reasons...trying times! Crazy times! Timing is everything! Sometimes it’s just not the right timing, ya know…But, a few years later, still having the same conversations with these two different people who still hadn’t met, I thought it would be just plain silly not to try again to introduce Kelly and Dianne to each other!.

I remember inviting Kelly to dinner with Dianne and I and they did talk and they had a great time...and as they say.. “that's all she wrote!”

…It was the perfect timing, their stars were aligned …each had something the other needed.

So speaking of timing, this is your time now & I hope you continue to have those crazy conversation times, listening and talking to one another and MORE happy times. And Kelly, if Dianne ever gets too mad at you...remember she loves ice cream time. I wish you both joy and happiness, but above all of this, I wish you love.

Here's to Dianne and Kelly times! Cheers! 

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 01/12/2017:
Thank you...thank you! I appreciate your time and your ideas.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/12/2017:
yeah, if you want you can save my ideas and i'll delete them from here...if you want!

and it's only my ideas, not right nor wrong...

YOU DID A NICE JOB INNERP!!!!

it's hard to write these types of things! very hard.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jan 11, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

Trying for a lower cal day today. I'm on the right track.I am feeling better, but still extremely tired in general this month. My skin is pretty clear this week, just some light pigment changes as the redness goes away from previous breakouts, hormones more normal this week, trying to maintain this by lowering my sugar consumption in evenings and having healthier dinners.

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Home: kombucha 1 serving and also some tonic soda, diet, and ACV 40 cal.

Work: waiting to have a LATE breakfast of wrap 60, cream cheese 80, peanut butter 150, banana 120: 410.

Coffee throughout morning...keeping cals low. 50. (no bar with a later breakfast - i may opt to do this time to time again...)

Lunch: healthy, balanced: it's vegetarian bc the mock meats last longer than real meat in fridge and also bc the place i buy the meals from near me doesn't have meat. & large orange 100 total for lunch not more than 600.

6pm bigger dinner: chips (really after dinner i had chips) 260, potato around 150?, sauteed eggplant 150?, and egg / egg whites 150: 700 or so.

1800-1850, excellent....glad i skipped the morning snack and ate fully healthy today. !!!

glad i stayed away from sugar tonight...really working on not eating so much sugar / dairy. skin is pretty good lately.

 2080 5-day avg...as long as my avg stays around this number, all is good. no worries this week!

 

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/11/2017:
Sounds like a good day. :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/12/2017:
for sure...i'm feeling much more relaxed and rested this year...starting to turn over a new leaf in 2017!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jan 10, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

6:30am (maybe a hair too late) Home kombucha that didn't work i'm not sure what i really did wrong? 70, some tonic water, and also seltzer? and i was listening to the music i'm trying to learn...

8am Work: wrap 60, banana 120, cream cheese 80, peanut butter 200: 460

11am and a small Atkins bar and couple sf candies, good. 130

12:45pm lunch around 550-600 i think...lunch was healthy and balanced, but have gas due to not using the bathroom this AM yup...ugh!

4:45 snack before gym: bar and caffeine 100 and earlier was a darn really tasty chocolate from a coworker 50. and an orange 100.

1550

2000 today - good.

2150 4-day avg.

Going to bed sorta annoyed at the day's events.

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P is up in the moutains with no cell service currently...and same with my parents! they are on a cruise with limited service so I haven't received a text from P or my folks in a few days...

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/10/2017:
Have a good day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/10/2017:
yes, doing that :)


grannyannie on 01/10/2017:
Hope tomorrow is better.

horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2017:
Should be thank you Annie...

It was a typical relationship type of thing that happened late in the day with a friend, all is basically ok now.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jan 09, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

Home Kombucha 100 cal. :-D was tasty...worked nicely. it was 3 servings (1.5 bottles)

Work 8am: banana 120, wrap 60 with extra cream cheese 150, turkey pepperoni 100?

snack: will def be a bar...130

Lunch: healthy, lower carb and decided to only have an orange for carbs.. turkey with skin 350 at least, roasted greens 150, orange 100. maybe 650.

snack: gave into a HUGE craving for coffee...got the headache and everything...craving caffeine BIG TIME 100 - extra, extra milk

dinner: maybe hot chicken and some veg...or at least staying away from my beloved light ice cream...i may have dessert for dinner - canned pumpkin sweetened and with cinnamon, stevia, cooked cranberries, yogurt...we'll see what i feel like..

dinner was high, but, no sugar...around 700. it was all healthy....extra on rice and chick peas and the rest was sauteed greens / cabbage and mock tofu fish....VERY tasty and a GREAT change of pace from my sugary dinners. Trying to improve my skin.

2100 today.

dentist appt after work & before dinner at 5:15pm...

3-day avg: 2200, good.

I realize i am eating too much sugar (well have been) and i'm working to be a little healthier and at least clear up my skin.

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I am trying to learn all the songs, as much as i can find lyrics to which is most, by Maren Morris so when i take off the two days at the beginning of February around her concert, I can finally ENJOY the FULL CONCERT and sing along to her songs!!!!!!!!!!!! t

his is my challenge to myself this month - learn her songs...I'm doing a good job - made a CD for my car while driving...!...and printed out lyrics for her first CD - there are only 2 CD's i have (bought on AmazonPrime and didn't realize they could have been FREE!)

...anyways, i have the CD's and lyrics....fully prepared to learn the music...feels good to challenge myself and it's fun!

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 01/09/2017:
I like a few songs of hers - My Church and 80's Mercedes - I don't listen to country radio too often, I think these are the only two I know of her singing. good luck learning the albums.

I split a bottle of Kervita kombucha with my husband and I can't say I was a fan. I will stick to the green tea.

have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/09/2017:
oh wow! the kevita kombucha is the strongest...i had 1.5 bottles this AM...so tired right now...so so so tired.


puddles on 01/09/2017:
That is a fun challenge for yourself. It will make more fun to join in at the concert. Have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/09/2017:
yes i figure it's a gift to myself :-) good for my mind, great for enjoying the concert...and her music is good - and understandable...and easy to sing with! so it's a plus...she has a think a more alto (lower) voice which is what i am...works out quite nicely this time around!


grannyannie on 01/09/2017:
Have a lovely day!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jan 08, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

8am breakfast: wrap 60 with turkey pepperoni 70, potato 100, saag 200?, yogurt with cooked cranberries 200: 650.. 

10am roasted almonds 150

11am ice cream lol...100, and 30 min later some more almonds 50, tea with monk fruit (friend gave me a sample of this calorie free sweetener) added in.

2pm healthy, larger, lunch: tons of sauteed veggies 300? at least, chicken 100, and chips 150: 550-600.

gym around 3-3:30 till evening. early meal & bed again early tonight.

bigger dinner with little ice cream for dessert (but dinner was healthy sauteed greens and turkey breast  cooked with skin on) 600.

total today is still within healthy range and no bingeing: 2150, good.

2day avg: 2250, good.

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Plan is to pick up a lot of prepared food to get me thru this week pretty much and later the gym. No other plans, content just staying home and relaxing...body is demanding it...in some ways i should skip gym...but....as long as i get lots of sleep and everything, the gym should be good for me.

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We had a snowstorm until like 1am last night. I was supposed to drive to visit my grandma but my dad suggested i don't drive there as roads may not be good...i'll take his advice as I still need to run some errands anyways and pick up groceries for this week...and i need to go to the gym today...Lots to do anyways....but not having to drive to grandma's area will save MAJOR time.

Not that i don't want to see her, but lately i am feeling really tired and sleeping a lot. It's the winter season i'm sure. I slept really well last night again. Lately i just want to sleep - but it seems to be really healthy right now for me to get in these extra z's as it's winter and i'm training harder.

Grandma is not alert, by the way. So, it would be nice for me to go see her, but truth is taking care of my own health is much more important at this time.

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/08/2017:
Good idea to stay in town. Not worth the risk! Glad to hear that I'm not the only one sleeping more these days. I attribute it to winter as well.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2017:
yeah, even the gym by me is more local than visiting my grandma. It's more important right now and thru winter to take care of myself....visiting her is important but not worth the stress today of getting ready early and getting out so early on the roads, etc.

My dad may not understand that - but last night he told me it was ok not to go - so that's what i chose today.

he might be upset in the back of his mind that nobody visited her, but, in the long run, she isn't alert - and i have my health to take care of as I have a MAJOR goal for this summer to achieve....

i don't have a lot of wiggle room this winter for stressful events...lol....but relaxation i have extra room for...sorry for such a strange comment back!


puddles on 01/08/2017:
I know what you mean the weather is challenging here also. Get that rest you need and take care sound like you have all your food planned out. Have a great evening J.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2017:
Yes I have all the food i need...healthier, too...

and i am LOVING the extra rest.

I feel happier and happier.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 07, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

Staying home and relaxing on this snowy day :-D

slept really well :-) yes a sleeping  pill, but also yes to treating my body sooo right!

My sleep has improved greatly as I am making way better choices. Slowly also improving my diet, eating, drinking (caffeine) habits too.

9:30am-11am bigger breakfast: large gala apple 100, 3 egg whites and one whole egg around 150 cal, wrap 70, cooked cabbage around 50 mixed into leftover Indian saag  (like creamed spinach) 250 at least on the saag, and some chips 250: 870...higher than i was thinking while consuming, but it's brunch. :-D

12:30pm 300 cal snack..1150 or so.

3pm banana and peanut butter on a wrap 400. ice cream 100

1650 :-D

6pm: celery, saag 200?, 1 egg: 300 total...

1950, good...

content on relaxing today, lots of sleeping - fell back to sleep after 12:30pm snack...and doing laundry now finishing it up by 6:30pm = relaxed saturday.!!!

 

Snack around 7 I think it was - strawberries 100 2050...

total today - 2350, all very tasty :)

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 01/07/2017:
Sounds like a good day, HP.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2017:
Love to relax....do it a lot at times!


grannyannie on 01/07/2017:
Enjoy your day, HOP!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2017:
It's nice to be home & relax...I think my body knows best...and it knows to rest with winter!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jan 06, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

Home: ACV in seltzer and some tonic water...

Work: wrap 70, banana 130, cream cheese 100, peanut butter 150: 450, and some grean tea.

And a processed but high protein bar which i needed, the peanut butter and stuff is good, but not as satisfying as meat in the AM. 220.

total so far: around 670... nice.

1pm Healthy lunch: low protein (dinner will be chicken over a salad...): lots of veggies for lunch (glad i went food shopping for extra food this week, worked out really well with extra & didn't throw a thing out)...a lot...maybe like 750?

1400???

around 2050 i think...

1930 7-day. decent. better if a little lower, but decent :-D

 

 

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Taking a break from walking today & maybe tomorrow also -  as i'm recovering from standing yesterday in place for like 3hrs at work in the morning....was good to do...but ankle is still not perfect....is good to have done to see where i was at though :-D

I am feeling great...so nice.

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My skin on my face is doing MUCH, MUCH better already...just by skipping the coffee and the ice cream...I still had a little of my diet soda and stuff...but quanitites have been lessened and skin is definitely healing big time...as my skin is finally clearing up and that feels so wonderful!

Also reasons for clearer skin include more sleep (much more rest), better eating (less sugar), and the extra days off recently (shorter weeks) around holidays and New Year. all is good. I feel GOOD. Also - shorter work hours - no OT. More walking...all these things have contributed to my feeling good right now :-D

Luckily the snow didn't amount to more than a coating. So thankful for that. Now an easier commute along with not needing to shovel the few feet in front of my garage. I may bring the shovel just to get all snow removed so it doesn't freeze over, but it's only a light coating. Yay. 

I was debating what to do in terms of my last two sick days that i was trying to save thru the end of March at least one of them. Well, I totally changed my mind about them!  In early February I'm seeing a concert in NYC and since it's only a Thursday, I totally decided to take BOTH Thursday and Friday off. I wasn't going to to do this - but right now & especially thru this Winter I MUST take care of my health. And this will be a good way to not get run down!!! So, It'll be a nice 4-day weekend then. :-D And now I have an incentive to really learn of all Maren Morris' songs...

And then in March, when I don't have any days left, I told myself I can take one extra day - no pay - and enjoy one last day off until April when the new days begin again! That's the plan.

One day of no pay isn't going to ruin my bank account and that one day makes me feel so much better about the long month of March.

I'm taking better care of myself than I ever have. It feels really good to do this. I'm not getting sick in the least.

My workouts are good. I keep getting stronger.

My left ankle is getting stronger and so are my legs. I am getting there.

I'm doing really good in my goal to get into the NYPD for this summer! :) Everything is going according to schedule. More walking and getting stronger in my lower body. I feel really good. Better than ever.

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/06/2017:
Glad your skin is clearing up. You're doing great!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2017:
feels good. less salt a bit too as i have been having less meat in the AM. (have a lot of salami / pepperoni / salted meats / lox in my wraps...feels good to take a break.


puddles on 01/06/2017:
Sounds like a good plan all the way around. Keep healthy and enjoy J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2017:
Certainly does feel good to be feeling better on inside and out. Lately feeling so good.

Still bored / tired at work - but at least that makes sense. :-D


innerpeace on 01/06/2017:
Skin is a plus especially helps with self esteem. I'm glad you can feel yourself getting stronger.

Days off are essential, that is why I left my last job because I couldn't earn enough time off for my needs. I have years with the gov't so I get more hours off, it is a blessing.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2017:
Time off is necessary. Yes...

What was the previous job? not with the gov't?

Everyone deserves time off for their well-being. It's really sad that not everyone can get it.


Maria7 on 01/06/2017:
So you got a little snow, too...We are looking for some...Thanks for your advice...I especially liked the one about drinking a lot of tea or water before eating...hope you have a good day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2017:
welcome always, i like to be a helper to my friends :)



Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 05, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.6

1908 6-day average, EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!! To go from almost a 2200 daily avg around New Year's Day to tomorrow around 1900 is pretty good....see!?...stick to your goals...it's managable :-D !!!!

Home 6:30am: seltzer and ACV with stevia some diet tonic. did the trick :)

Office : banana 120, whipped cream cheese 80, wrap 70, peanut butter 160 430 excellent and green tea. not in a meat mood today. but whipped cream cheese and peanut butter was awesome, duh!

snack: bar 150. protein bar

lunch: to be healthy... had some basmati rice 150?, some roasted sweet potato 50?, some roasted okra 100, some veggie chicken with a few veggies (all leftovers and tasty!) 250? around 550-600 for lunch. oh and the clementine, calories included.

before gym: Red Velvet Pasty Crisps (Special K) 100 and caffeine

1250

Home: protein muffin 220 with squash 100 & yogurt 100: 420.. (stevia added to squash).

around 1650-1700 :)

Progress as of today: 1.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/05/2017:
Congrats on your 1908/6 days avg...that is good. That takes a lot of discipline. Maybe I should take reducing my cals a lot slower instead of expecting to get by on 1700, and end up at 2500 for the day, just go for 1900 a day...that would be a big improvement for me. Have a good evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2017:
YES...1700 is low. 1200 is too low I think for most women.

1500 I did before my sister's wedding & lost a lot with that average for a week...

...but for me to maintain a low weight (and i really don't have much muscle in lower body) of 115-120lbs, I can eat 1800 and not have a problem with maintenance. Even 1900 seems to be possibly alright to maintain.

You do not need drastic reductions...and...i find that after a binge day, it's hard to eat much lower the following day...work your way into it - as you said - I agree with you.


grannyannie on 01/05/2017:
When I'm at home and counting calories I normally have about 3 days a week at 1200, then the other days are 1300, 1400, or up to 1700.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2017:
Yes that's really low and easier to lose weight at those levels...right now mine is maintenance...sometimes i get a hair up in weight bc i like to push my limits with calories, but i've learned my maintenance is in the 1800s or so.



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