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Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jul 24, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

SO SO SO tired at work!.....cannot wait to sleep in tomorrow!

1050 before end of workday...craving a nice huge plate of veggies at home. will pick up from my favorite Asian vegan supermarket!

1100 cal before dinner.

Dinner: Humungous amount of veggies. little sauce. tastes of fried tofu and mock chicken. but mostly veggies. around 550-600 I think. then, a plum 50 or so. then, turkey jerky yes 160 boars head buffalo style! 800 but no more I doubt.

total: 1900 and well worth every bite!

no exercise besides walking 2 blocks to the supermarket and back at lunch :)

Happy Friday :)

Yeah, I don't think I weighted 124.5 since the summer of 2012 till around January 2013.  For that amount of time, I was at a lower weight, until I got the shin splints. Then, these past couple summers, I think I was more around 127.  So already I am doing quite well. Helps with a low cal day on the weekend, actually.  And this week helped, the car repair stuff and change of pace including extra short work days on Tuesday / Wed helped...

I really want to reach a weight in the teens.  I'll get there. Not really interested in dipping below 115lbs bc I remember from the past that that weight WAS a bit of a challenge for me to maintain. But 115 was always easy. This was when I did a lot of cardio. Many yeas ago. Low to mid 20's. All during ages 20-25 I basically maintained a weight of 110-115. Usually more around 112. I'm short just a hair over 5'1".

So...now I don't do hardly any cardio.  That's the reason I will not be able to get that low now.  But, weight is also based on calorie intake and i'm trying to do more of the right thing now.  And not binge in the middle of the nights as well as making sure to try to create a small calorie deficit on the weekend (at least one of day - Sat or Sun). It's working...By end of summer, it's possible I can even be like 122lbs. But i'd rather not get too ahead of myself.

Lately I am eating a bit too many bars - but trying also for health, especially at lunch at work.  I'm taking a multivitamin in addition to Vitamin D as well as recommended by my doctor. I'm not doing everything wrong. I'm doing a lot right.

And ankle feels improvement now...still some weakness and stuff....but after I got the car fixed and finally able to relax the rest of this week, my body and therefore my ankle can relax a bit too.  Didn't sleep much all week, had some insomnia all week...so looking to sleep in a bit on both days on the weekend. And by doing that, planning on a slight fast in the morning - or having late breakfast closer to noon on the weekend days.

Have a good day all...happy it's Friday.

Since last Saturday, I am guessing I have had a calorie deficit of around 1500 last week! That is pretty good if you ask me. And it could even be more. But I can safely say, for sure, I burned at least 1500 for weight loss. That's close to a half a pound and that is fantastic. Just writing this down now makes me realize and reminds me that if I want to lose the weight, I can. But I have to really, really want to and stick with this. I have to be able to break some of my habits and eat at the lower calorie requiremtents. But also when I do regain the ability to do more cardio, I want to increase calories as much as possible so I don't decrease my metabolism too much...

Either way, I am on a roll. Goal really is around 120 for the next couple months! If I achieve that, it will be my lowest weight in a very long time - in I would guess since I was almost turning 26. Yes similiar and right around summertime as well. Now I will be turning 33 in September. So 33-26 is 7 years. If I got to 120, it would be the lowest weight in 7 years. And, moreover, it would break this plateau or rather higher weight plateau that I have had since being injured and also since stopping teaching. I had gained weight at 26yrs old the year before I stopped teaching and did other things with my life - it's been a few different things. But now I feel empowered because I see how people achieve desired in life and I see it's the mental strength that is what those truly successful and determined people have that helps them reach their life goals. It's no different for me.

I am writing and telling you and myself that it's achievable. Everything is achievable. And if you heart and mind are in it, you will most certainly get there. #120lbs and ankle strength is coming my way :)

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
Glad your ankle s doing well!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/24/2015:
yeah, still pain and weakness...but tired of even thinking about it...so looking at the positive and realizing it's getting much much better!

puddles on 07/24/2015:
It all sounds good have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/24/2015:

Umpqua on 07/24/2015:
Good going on your loss and that's great that your ankle is steadily improving!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/24/2015:
Thanks UMP!!!!!

grannyannie on 07/24/2015:
Good job!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/24/2015:
Thanks Granny A!

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
Oh Asian Market! There is one in the shopping center next to where I work. I have to stay out of there on Fridays because they have a truck that comes from Chicago that brings wonderful baked goods and I LOVE red bean cake! I used to have it only when on vacation in bigger cities, but since I found out they get it in on Friday nights....they sell out fast, though.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jul 23, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

1250 before end of workday...very tired day, but no more caffeine after the morning cup of tea with milk. too much lately. feeling bad and not sleeping well.


Today I weighed around 124.5 and this in reality may be the lowest I have weighed in a couple years - gonna look back.

Yes, I don't think I was this weight last summer - I think I was a couple pounds heavier or around 126-127. This is lower. As I said not too many months ago, my sister is getting married 4/2/16 and its a goal to look awesome in the photos or at least do my best to try! I would love to weigh in the teens around 115, not lower.

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Calories till end of workday 1050 or so.....

Calories before exercise 250-300


Protein bar 200.

1550 and bed.

Car looks good. Pretty close to perfect based on the cheap price :) happy.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/23/2015:
Good dieting. Glad you're happy with the cat.

ohioraven on 07/23/2015:

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jul 21, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

400 cal thru morning.

so far so good with my car...

Today I drop of my car at 8:30am to get it fixed and a coworker will drive me to work from there.  The car repair shop is 5 min drive from work :) on his way.  And also, it's an excuse for us both to come late!  He is actually thankful for a half hour or so, prob more like an hour, of sleep today & tomorrow. and i'm thankful he's helping me and that this is working out.

I visited a few other collision repair shops near my work, closer than a five minute drive. One was only a 2-minute walk from work! but the one in walking distance wanted $900 to fix.  At lunch I made the choice to at least drive by a few more places to see if I could do it anywhere a little closer. Another place said "keep your money, don't fix it, it'll happen again!" lol....that's weird.

early morning: cold kombucha 100 and warm mix of 1 cup water & 1 cup coconut water 50 = 150.

Breakfast at work: full fat yogurt and sugar free raspberry jelly., coffee too with extra milk.

No snacks at work.

Earlier lunch: egg on a wrap I made at home, lots of kale with almost half an avocado.

Snack: green tea.

1150 cal by end of work...

Before gym: sports drink, natural bar, banana 350


after gym: bad quest bar lol....was sooo darn good though. it was soft and fresh. apple pie flavor...200

1650...and prob some chips. carbs.

 I need to practice some restraint. Let's try to make today 1650 :)

Goodnight all.

Gym was awesome.


And a nice peach.

Around 1700 :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/21/2015:
Good luck with the car, HP.

Umpqua on 07/22/2015:
Good work on the calories and food choices. I hope all goes well with your car!

biscottibody59 on 07/22/2015:
RYC: I think it was very on-point. I'll respond to it more later. Don't ever think you can't be "real" in comments to me:-)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jul 20, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Kombucha and hot lemon water in morning.

Breakfast: full fat yogurt with sugar free raspberry jelly. 200

Snack: coffee with milk

Lunch: cooked kale, leftover chicken, half an avocado

snack: green tea

1050 cal before end of workday

Snack on fruit in car ride home around 5:15pm before dinner.

6pm Dinner maybe only around 400. - was like a cup of cooked kale, also cooked string beans, mushrooms & peppers. and a darn protein bar.

I'm kinda eating too many bars lately. But most of the time, they are more natural, less ingredients, and just an easy way to consume energy on the go. However, the Quest bars, are slightly addictive and not exactly balanced. But when I just want a glob of protein, neat and compact, they are soooo good. LOL.

Total around 1600 and eager to go to bed. Been up since 2am bc I guess I had some things on my mind. I am not upset or anything like it though! All in all, it was a successful day! Reading and bed :)

8pm ended up eating my fave tasting natural high fat Bulletproof choc collagen protein bar.

so around 1850 which is prob still slightly under my maintenance calories since I do that amazing weightlifting :) i'm telling you - THANK GOD FOR WEIGHTS.  THEY SURE DO AN OTHERWISE SEDENTARY BODY GOOD!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 07/20/2015:
Sleep well--keep up the good work!

ohioraven on 07/21/2015:
Ha-ha. Good post today, HP.

Umpqua on 07/21/2015:
Yummy globs of protein, haha. Looking good!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jul 19, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Perfect Beach Day!

Chips 250, kombucha 100, 350.

quest cookie dough protein only bar 200,Chips 140 before leaving apt.

2 large peppers 150, 2 medium plums 100...250 here.

Bulletproof Protein Bar made with Collagen, chocolate flavor. 230 (i'll just say 250)

1200 before dinner, good.

Large Volume Dinner: take-out Thai vegetable soup, pint, around 200 with shirataki low cal noodles (listed as 0 calories, but, who knows - they are only made of yam fiber.). then around a cup or two of broccoli with added sea salt100 at most, then some of friend's chicken 150?, followed by one fried spring roll 100?, and some fried rice 150? - and i'm gonna add around 100 cal more bc I had some of her veggies, etc: total here 800. fine...and more importantly, filling and balanced by adding that extra fat / carbs from the rice and spring roll. I should feel good in the morning. also the salt - good idea - bc I was sweating a bit at the beach.

total today: 2000. fine by me. and glad I was able to do a 1200 cal day yesterday though...lately seems easy to get one in on the weekend. I think the only way for me to lose weight is to have these lower cal days mixed in.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/19/2015:
Enjoy your day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/19/2015:
done :)

hollybelle on 07/20/2015:
Sounds like a great Sunday!

Umpqua on 07/20/2015:
Yesterday was awesome weather for the beach, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jul 18, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Slept around 11p-7:30a 7.5hrs and then took a sleeping pill and went back to bed 8:30am till 11am. Nice.

11am: Light breakfast: little leftover kombucha 30, veggies 100, quest chocolate brownie protein bar 170. 300 good.

Today I need to do errands - get a quote for repairing my car door- I wasn't being careful and scratched it. I am so upset at myself for being so careless. I may try to repair the bumper too. I am hoping it will be under $600 to repair. bumper and car door. Bumper always had peeling paint. Got a quote for $675 so will repair car this week near my work. The place opens at 8:30am, and I get to work at 8am. will ask my boss if a coworker can pick me up from there...and then they repair place said I could use my car after work to go home & drop it back off the next morning for the second day of work. it's good - i'll have my car for going to work - and can get it repaired during the two days while at work....good deal.

Leg / ankle hurts a tad bc I am using it more today with a few errands... but overall should be fine if I keep stretching it.

3:15pm Plum 50, chips 200. 250. needed the carbs, felt the low blood sugar coming on since it was longer than usual since I ate.

550...working towards 1250 or so calories today :)

5pm: Cooked cabbage with some oil - 150?...natural collagen/fat/protein chocolate bar 200.

total so far: 900 :) and planning on not exercising until tomorrow morning...fruit - 100


bar after gym with Gatorade. 200.

1200...wow. that's good! spot on. actually, 1250. even more perfect bc I was still "hungry" and had a few chips to tame the cravings.

and did go to the gym, which was smart. bc it's best I sleep in tomorrow too.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/18/2015:
You had a good sleep. Ready for your day now. lol

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/19/2015:
Yep, was great sleep!

biscottibody59 on 07/18/2015:
Enjoy your day/evening!

hollybelle on 07/19/2015:
Good on getting car repaired! Great food and fitness day, too!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/19/2015:
Thanks HB! Yeah, might as well maintain my car and not let it fall to pieces. I hope to keep it 3-4 more years at least. It's a 2009.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jul 17, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

1100-1150 before end of workday, good...no extra exercise. :) is good.

If I try hard, I can keep calories low tonight again, around 1750. that would be a great idea.

1250 fruit...

lots of veggies 300, fruit 100, bar 200....



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/17/2015:
Good to hear from you, HP.

biscottibody59 on 07/17/2015:
RYC: Such good news that your ankle is doing so well--I know you're thrilled!

puddles on 07/17/2015:
Your doing good.

hollybelle on 07/17/2015:
Good work!

grannyannie on 07/18/2015:
Well done.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jul 16, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Need today to be LOW CALORIE. and it will be.

Stomach's been bloated this week so it's almost impossible not to want to eat less volume. laying off veggies at lunch...

Breakfast and snacks only at 450

Lunch: pretzels probably and avocado/egg/wrap: 550 or so.

Surprising I did bring veggies and got in the mood for them so did have some with my lunch :)

1150 thru end of workday = Good...including some pretzels that i'll have before gym along with some fruit.

will add to about 1350 before gym :) that's good!

And actually a small protein bar also 150 so 1500

after gym, just a bar or something.

Bar - they are so darn conveient. High protein 200.

Around 1700-1750 :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/16/2015:
Determination is good. Have a good one.

grannyannie on 07/16/2015:
Good luck! Have a great day.

thinkpositive on 07/16/2015:
Good job sticking to your plan.

hollybelle on 07/17/2015:
Successful day!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jul 15, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Calories before lunch: 600.... Lunch: cheez-it's 220, chicken 300?, soup 100?, other veggies 100? 720 1320....

snack before PT: some fruit - 200.


7:45pm bigger dinner: 850 - whole chicken breast with skin, around 400 some veggies 100-150, lots of chips - 2.5 servings  320 (usually I just have a snack,nice to have "real food" more than just at lunch today...needing it lately)

around 2350 - higher than expected but the chicken was so good!!! as were the chips.

exercise: minimal, but good PT.

ankle is def on the mend :) starting to get stronger! still pain, but it's fading!

going to bed early.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 07/15/2015:
Mmmm, cheez-its, love em :) Your foods have been looking good over the past few days and I'm glad to hear your ankle is feeling better!

ohioraven on 07/15/2015:
Go easy on that ankle.

hollybelle on 07/16/2015:
Yay! for ankle healing!

hollybelle on 07/16/2015:
Yay! for ankle healing!

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