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Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jul 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 80

breakfast wrap and egg with seasonings 200 and avo 100, coffee 50. 

snack: almonds 100 (really not as hungry this week in mornings)

lunch: healthy, from home - mashed carrots that taste amazing! 150, parm roasted broccoli also amazing 100, small amount of avo 50, leftover bacon 200, chips 150. 650. maybe less.

snacks: apple / almonds 200


before / during workout: lots of strawberries and coffee 150...nut butter and cracker 200


after workout: tbd


tonight is strength routine.

ankle still not great..but i'm trying not overdo

i'm using the electrtic massager as well as i bought another one...foot bath and i add salt to it - epsom salt and scented foot bath salts - planning on good foot care and added salts to my skin which is helping and relaxing - helps me fall asleep easily.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/23/2019:
Have you thought about getting more PT for the ankle? In Illinois, we no longer need doctor referrals to see a PT.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
I could do more PT exercises at home yes. any visits to a place will be very stressful so i can add more PT into my routine is something to consider and do again...there's a few exercises i know i can do.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
your tips are good. i should work at it again, at home.

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2019:
Have you tried epsom salts for the ankle? Maybe a good old whirlpool tub, but don't know where you might find that.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2019:
yes, i bought one also recently on Amazon Prime day and i got it delievered recently and have used it twice so far! i really like it and i have the salts. it's so relaxing right before bed....yes....liking it! i should have done it sooner, but, loving it now. thank you for the suggestions - yes, it's helping me and so relaxing!

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2019:
Anything but countrylike...LOL......kind of like living in the city but different...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2019:
it's hilarious really to think you are in the country with all that noise!

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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jul 23, 2019
(calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Yeah....finally caught the computer with the wifi on......lucky me......it's been a battle............the logging trucks continue to rattle through here all day...plus we have a new added adventure going on....we are about a half hour from the Grayling military base.....and over the last few days...Michigan has taken to training military from all over the world here...so for the last few days....its tandem logging trucks racing by and helicopters overhead..(love the military anyway...logging trucks not so much)......somehow I feel like I am living in some alternate universe!!!!!  Add to that.... just a little sporadic wifi.............BUT...I'm excited.....the nearest walmart is getting grocery pick up on August 2nd.....I've been waiint for that......it will make it a lot easier to resist trying new goodies for sure......and since they are 45 minutes away...it will still be 1 and a half hours round trip.......it will save an hour or two....and a lot less impulse buying.  I was in our little towns crummy grocery store this morning...and ran into a neighbor.......I was kind of relieved to hear that she dislikes this store as much as I do.........just goes along with  what I've been thinking.  Got kind of scared yesterday while D was gone....some guy in a noisy van pulled into the driveway...stomped up on the porch....made some noise..( weird erratic knocking or stomping his feet ????).......literally saw him peeking into the window ( from another window).....heard him say "no ones home".......and thankfully he left.....I quickly called D...and left a message...he did call me right back...and I listened to the message I left on his phone later when he got home...and I sounded like I was scared to death....well yeah...I was.....D did get pics of his tire marks.....I really hate when this happens........it could have just been the wrong house.......but at the last house...I had 2 VERY scary encounters with strangers in the yard /driveway front door....that were not accidents......they just thought no one was at home....when I let them know I was....they both got out of there fast........running for their cars and throwing gravel with their tires........UGH.  Maybe I should have my own gun.....but I really don't want one......

Anyway........haven't fallen off the earth yet....I read here when I can........why do they keep coming out with new high cal foods....???   No need to answer that!!!!  I am awating the grocery pick up at walmart so that I never even see that stuff........!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
hopefully it is just some innocent mistake this time at your house. i'm sure i'd be pretty scared too. luckily it seems you are over that incident!

that's awesome you will have a new way to order groceries and get what you want as well as a closer drive.

also, that's pretty darn coincidental with the logging trucks combined with helicopters. must be a BIG RACKET...quite the opposite of country living i am sure!

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2019:
Yes....we have lived in the middle of a really big city...and it was quieter than this...LOL

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Donkey - Tuesday Jul 23, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Thought I'd log in this morning, even if it means I'll be late for work, because it doesn't matter if I'm on time or not. 

My boss has decided not to go to a cardiac rehab facility but rather to get his cardiac rehab services at the physical therapy office his daughter owns/runs, which is on the first floor of our building.  I was just gobsmacked by this.  Apparently, his primary care physician said he could do this.  Boss doesn't like his cardiologist because he's a real downer, a gloom and doom doctor.  Um.... 

I realized that I think I am starting to see some abs definition but unfortunately, I have too much flabby skin covering the muscle definition.   Battle scars from the life I've lived.  Same with my inner thighs and fat that surrounds my knees.  Funny how one "thunder thighs" comment from Jim Z. in 7th grade can stick around 37 years later...

I'd better get ready to go to my mediocre job and do a mediocre effort (ha ha) for another mediocre day...  I crack myself up.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
Remembering what the boy said gave me the chills reading it here! omg the chills!

remember, when you are in 7th grade, what people says seems even more hurtful. or at least that's what i feel about it. remember that you are not a child now and your body is not going to look like a teen. maybe you matured early then, and had a more mature body than most 7th graders. but i am SURE your body has changed a great deal since 7th grade and you may remember the comment, but know that you have changed yourself and you work hard EVERYDAY to keep those changes and improve. :-D

LOL to MEDIOCRE. you can still be awesome. perfect though (esp at work) - not necessary!

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2019:
You know the ironic thing about that boys comment was probably that he actually liked you.....if you didn't matter to him,,,,he wouldn't even have noticed. I think people often think that the opposite of love is hate....but it isn't...the opposite of love is indifference........I think his way of talking to you was a typical ( unfortunately)...way of awkward teenage boys...and that is to tease the girls they like...to get their attention.....I think you did matter to him...

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innerpeace - Tuesday Jul 23, 2019

Weight: 334.6

We were going to the taco place - DH had to work late so we were running about 2.5 hours behind our dinner time. I hate eating after 7:00 but he wanted to wait.

We get to the taco place about 8:45 it was a nice place and the tacos were amazing.

I had a grilled shrimp taco with guacomole with corn salsa, a BLT taco with the most amazingly cooked chili/cuman bacon I've ever tasted and then I had a steak taco with verde sauce - that was hotter than I anticpated so DH ate my middle taco..


DH also had the grilled shrimp taco, but he had a cauliflower taco and a grilled perch taco.- which he said he probably would eat again –




The tacos were very good and full of vegetables and we will probably go back here if we're in the neighborhood.

The only thing I didn't like is we had to pay for the chips and salsa...what Mexican restuarant makes you pay for chips and salsa?

Because we ate so late I didn't go to bed until about 11:30 because I kept tasting my dinner. Despite being behind schedule, it was a nice day and I enjoyed having dinner with DH.

Was feeling pretty antsy this morning because I had a routine cleaning at the dentist, however, I was just called and they had to reschedule because the hygenist had a family emergency. Win for me! I didn't want to go to the dentist anyway. It is rescheduled for the end of August.

The girl has an orthodontist appointment this morning and we are relying on the POS mom to take her - no word yet, but the appointment is at 9:15 so either she's there or on the way.

I ordered the girl a new swim suit from Amazon - however it only came with the top part of the suit - had I known you had to order the bottoms sseparately I would have....this aggravates me and I will never order any article of clothing from Amazon AGAIN!

Work is slow today.

Photo of the day!! Have you ever seen one of these??? I think it's a food truck.....


Have a great day! IP


Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 124.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/23/2019:
Those tacos look like they are to die for! And I like that there's only 1 tortilla -- there's no need to double up on the tortilla.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
LOL, NOPE, never seen a CHICK FIL-A truck!

also, the tacos do look good and the selection sounds even better than the majority of NYC places by me! quite excellent!

i can see why you were wanting to go to this taco place :)

BearCountryGG on 07/23/2019:
All of those tacos look delicious!!! We don't have chick fil A here...I wish we did...I hear so much about it!!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jul 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 80

wrap with egg 200, avo 150. coffee 50. 400.

11am snack the rest of the wrap above. seems i am getting full fast.and almonds 100

1pm Light lunch (very small appetite today have no idea why) bacon leftovers small amount 200 at most, leftover cooked veggies from last week 200 at most. 400

3:30pm snacking: almonds and chocolate 150-200

6pm-8pm? Snacks for later at dmv - going there for my new license: granola bar and apple 200

ligt dinner: mashed carrots 100, chobani raspberry lemonade yogurt  140. 2 med plums 150  400.

1700 :)

 1900 3-day - good to me.!!

dmv didn't work out exactly as planned, so got the regular ID. i only had a copy of the W2 instead of the original (or a Social sec card can be used but i didn't have that in place either). so i settled for a basic driver's license and called it a day as at least i got a new photo and the line wasn't that long...and i don't want to go back again after work. so it's all good, paid for, and i'll get the new one in the mail.

there's 2 other new options where they scan in your documents and you can use the license with a chip in it instead of your passport for domestic flights...so, i'll just continue using my passport ;) no biggie. i'm just glad i did get a new photo because my old one didn't look like me anymore with fatter face and long hair lol. now i have a narrower face and short hair.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/23/2019:
I had no idea that drivers' licenses could substitute for passports now! Illinois is still waiting to upgrade licenses to be TSA compliant - LOL!

I'm old school -- I'd rather have my passport book and watch it fill up with stamps from all the other countries I visited ;-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
and that's how i will do it still now too...since i didn't have proper originals on my second trip there LOL. i'm so embarrased! i seriously couldn't follow the directions 2x in a row!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2019:
meaning, i got the basic ID also. it wouldn't have been more money for the REAL ID, but i didn't have the proper stuff and it was my second trip...so i just decided to get it done and not come back another time for the other type of ID.

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innerpeace - Monday Jul 22, 2019

Weight: 334.6


Friday I didn't go to work. DH and I took the day off for our anniversary. I wanted to go to the casino - We rode the train down town and  we lost $100 in about 30 minutes. DH had fun. I was hoping we would have won a little bit of something - didn't even when a bonus game. The saving grace was they gave me a free buffet for my birthday month so we had a buffet. It was pretty good. My original plans were to go to a taco place.

I ate a 3 ounce portion of pork loin, a lice of pepperoni pizza, a spoon full of chicken pasta and I couldn't find anything else that appealed to me. I went back and got another piece of pizza with tomato and mushroom - the crush was some of the best i've ever had. I did splurge at the dessert bar - a creme puff, 2 1x1 blondie brownies and a thin slice of peanut butter pie that I just tasted because it tasted like raw cookie dough and it wasn't my favorite.

On the way home DH wanted to stop at a car dealer and text drive cars (I hate this) but I indulged this as the day couldn't be about just me. We were there four about 3.5 hours, because the sales person wouldn't let us leave. Oh so annoying!

We get home and relax because it was horrid hot the day. We watched the baseball game.

Early morning Saturday DH woke me up telling me he was hurting very badly and was concerned it might be something serious. He went back to sleep and woke me up again telling me we should go to the ER. So we got to the ER about 3:30. He was admitted and tested. The CT revealed a kidney stone. They gave him medication and pain meds through an IV. And then they checked his sugar and it was very high like 378. So the doctor kept him and gave him some insulin to get his blood sugar down. We got home about 8:00. I tried to take the prescriptions to the pharmacy but they didn't open until 9:00. So I took DH home and he went to bed. I returned to the pharmacy and got his meds.I then couldn't stay awake anymore and slept most of the morning early afternoon.

I had some french toast sticks for breakfast, ice cream for lunch. DH was feeling better and made us a frozen chicken patty for dinner and I ate that with avocado.

Sunday - DH was feeling much better but he was still incredibly worn out so he slept on and off all day. I did laundry and cleaned some stuff in the house. I had toast for breakfast, cheezits for lunch and then I experimented with a pizza for dinner.

I ground up chicken and added flour and eggs and parmasean cheese and spread it out in a circle. This was the crust. I cooked it for 10 minutes and then took it out and topped it with pizza sauce, pepporoni, onions and mushrooms and cheese. This was a pretty tasty pizza. And then I ate ice cream.

Not a very good weekend, I'm glad DH is feeling better though.

Today DH is working first shift and we are going to the taco place I wanted to go to on Friday. It is a few towns over and I'm looking forward to tacos.

Photo of the Day. was taken on the way to the train station. We drove through some construction and the construction company moved the mailboxes from the side of the road and had them all planted in 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot so they could resurface the road when the mail boxes were. I just never seen this before and I thought it was pretty cool.

Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 124.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/22/2019:
your poem should be published, it's excellent!!!!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/22/2019:
will write more later!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/22/2019:
your pizza experimenting sounds very tasty and creative. also, i agree to never seeing something like that photo you posted near me! very creative indeed! mail delivery continues on!

Donkey on 07/23/2019:
Is DH monitoring his blood sugar levels?

Loved your poem - I didn't realize that you had written it!

innerpeace on 07/23/2019:
Yes he does, the doctor thought it was elevated because of his pain and stress. It is never as high as it was in the ER that day. Thank you.

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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

breakfast - yogurt 150 fruit on bottom greek passion fruit (chobani makes good yogurts!), oatmeal (one spoon also with saffron sprinkled in) and almond milk, cinnamon,stevia 150. 300, iced coffee 50, kombucha 50.  400 total.

12-2pm lunch spread out over couple hours bc the wrap was really filling and couldn't eat it all at noon. wrap and egg 200, avo 150, salt and seasonings 350. mashed carrots homemade 150 really good. 500

3:30 snacks while cooking - fruit 100, tastes of the non-fatty part of the bacon (cooked up bacon, but took the fatty parts off after it cooked lol) 150. 250 and caffeine 

5pm forgot to list squash previously roasted 100, and during workout nut butter 100, pb on cracker 150, banana 150

After workout wrap 

2100 total

2day 2000


Later i plan to make parmasean roasted broccoli. I know that parm is light and a nice added flavor so i had bought a container of it a few weeks ago to use in my cooking. i have a nice recipe to cook my broccoli with it tonight! :)

i also cooked a mashed carrot dish that turned out very tasty - it was a lb of carrots and only 1tbsp of butter with salt / pepper and tasted good!

also, laundry and weights. easy day, really.

i might meet up with R as he suggested he check my bicylce since i haven't used it in over a year and he has some grease and tools to make it perfect...also my new shower head is here....he was going to install it. we are already not meeting up at the schedule time....because of the argument last night he didn't come over and i also am just getting up later than expected and taking my time with breakfast, enjoying kombucha and a late morning here in Queens....i got up rather late today which i do admit is a main reason we aren't getting together at 10am as suggeted...yes my fault.


ricky acted like a baby at the concert...so the night ended with disappointment involving my thoughts about him....but otherwise it was a good night. that's why he's NOT and will NEVER be my boyfriend. he's a friend of the male sex and that's how it will be, with him. i'm not looking for a boyfriend.

acting llike a baby (i cannot believe i'm writing this omg it's like am i really taking the time to describe it again out loud wow..) - getting mad because he had to wait on line for ices at the stadium where we went to the concert...complaining to a random worker that there was only one person selling ices (like that worker - a low level worker - is going to help? and why should he bother someone working there like that?,

he got mad about the water line too even though it was actually short (took me less than 5min on that line), he got annoyed to keep sitting on the bleacher seats (but that was ok - since it's open air and big place he got up and walked around a bit while i stayed watching the concert),

he got annoyed with me after the concert that i wouldn't leave before it was over to skip the crowds (i did leave right away, just not before the end with him!),

he was frustrated when i wanted to buy cheap fruit from the fruit stand before we went to the bus on the way home - the fruit stand is cheap and on the way and i always am looking to buy it when it's convenient (he wanted to go right home and couldnt' understand why i wasn't buying it after work - because duh - it was more convenient last night!? -

on the bus i know he doesn't sit (many people stand - it's ok)  so i told him it's ok if he didn't stand by me since honestly i just wanted to relax and talking to him while i sit and he stands wouldn't have been relaxing on the bus...i looked back at him halfway thru the route and he was loudly telling me to check facebook...he had put sad faces on my photos and then wrote a comment "this photo sucks" on a photo of him that i took. i wrote as a comment, on the bus "be nice"...he wrote back "take it down"...like an order - but a public and embarassing order. he could have spoke to me, said he didn't like some photos, i could have taken them down. 

but instead of speaking to me, he acted like a 3 year old crying over them in emojis and ordering me like a 3 year old to take it down. embarassing and rude and not any type of adult way of discussing. on the bus, i told myself that when i got off the bus to walk home with him that i'd stay calm and just say i'd rather he speak to me personally than to order me around on facebook in public.

well, i started out calm, but, he decided to maintain his behavior of the night - anger and immaturity. well, he got angry and said i need to consult him about all photos i put of him (which is fine, just a new rule he decided on in his moment of anger off the bus). well, he didn't understand how i felt - that i didn't want to be told what to do in public on facebook when he wrote "this photo sucks...take it down".. i wasn't able to speak to him gently anymore...i did quickly yell and told him "do NOT walk me home...leave me right now!"...

he then got angry....and then turned back and said "what does that mean!?"....and i said "COOL DOWN!" and i walked home the 5 min more on my own.

NO GUY tells me what to do or makes me do anything i don't want to do. no guy will push me down or think they can behave in a way that is rude or demeaning to me in public and think i'll take it.

i'm not mad at him - as he has these ways about him and it comes out especially in public - but, i do not forgive or appreciate or even accept his behavior when it's so out of line.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/21/2019:
Oh my goodness -- it sounds like he has serious anger management issues! Nobody likes a complainer! Aw that's too bad that a nice night ended on such a bad note (no pun intended).

Horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2019:
lol, yes, he has major anger issues and tends to act out in public (not as much in private). it's embarassing to me :(

at least i still know my limit, i make sure to stand my guard and take care of myself in these situations. not ready to end the friendship though. i just know what to expect from him.

lol to your pun. that's funny, on a "side note..." haha.:) take care.

innerpeace on 07/22/2019:
Ugh MEN!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/22/2019:
ugh immature men!!!!! right on!

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Donkey - Sunday Jul 21, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Oh what a beautiful morning, now that the awful heat and humidity is gone.  This is perfect weather.  I could have gone for a walk this morning, but I decided to just enjoy the morning and drink coffee.  I can go for a walk later on, and the weather will still be lovely.  I also do plan to rest a bit, as there are 2 British detective shows on PBS this afternoon, that I'd like to catch.

One of the shows is "Death in Paradise" - because who doesn't like a good, witty mystery, right?  But I watch this because it got me to thinking how to live in paradise with the hot and humid weather.  It helps if you're surrounded by a lovely Carribbean Sea.  (Stuck in the middle of Illinois in summer isn't quite the same thing...)

The other one is Agatha Raisin, about a big-time advertising exec who worked really hard in her youth and did smart financial planning, so that she could retire while she was still young enough to enjoy life living in a small, quaint English village.  (OK, try to overlook that there's a murder in the village every week...)  I wish I could retire, and I suppose I could become a housewife again, but something in my gut tells me that this would not be a good idea.

Today, my fingers are swollen, and my rings are tight.  Last night, we had take-out (I had a gyros pita - didn't eat the pita) to celebrate my daughter's promotion.  However, it didn't really feel like a celebration... kind of disappointing.  And dinner had too much salt, although it was very good, and I still have quite a bit of it left over.  That dinner didn't stop me from eating a whole pint of Halo ice cream.  I knew this was an indulgence, though, and today I am back on track.

This morning, when I woke up, I had to remind myself of what day it was.  While I love volunteering at the legal clinic, it feels like my weekend is shortened.  It was too bad to realize that I have only this one last day before the work week starts up again.  



Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2019:
I enjoyed reading your synopsis of the two shows. they sound good. if i had a choice, i think i'd like the second show best.

we had the heat wave all weekend. i chose to actually stay inside yesterday since i had a bunch of cooking and home activities to do :) was wonderful.

I used to eat the whole pint too of the halo ice cream. this year, i haven't been on that same kick. I think i've overdone it in the past. Then, i started being able to eat a half pint to 3/4 pint and be satisfied. your stomach likes the size of two cups which is the halo size. it's not so bad, actually, to eat the whole thing. i just wouldn't do it all the time lol....but the calories only still equal one serving of ice cream :) which flavor did you have??

it's good you volunteered, and yes, it def shortens the weekend. but you did a great thing :)

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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2



8am oatmeal 150 with almond milk 20, stevia, cinnamon, saffron in one bite only lol, yogurt 2% chobani with fruit on bottom 130. 300. ....back to sleep for 1.5 hours :)

11:30-12:30  lunch wrap 130, egg/egg white 100, avo 150, chips 100, caffeine drink, 2large  apricots ...600 

3pm snack cooker veggies and half turkey burger 250 kombucha 100

500 McDonald’s 

big banana 150




I'm going to an orchestra concert in combination with a comedian/singer tonight at a very local stadium called the Forest Hills Stadium. Never been - so i'm extra happy to go with my friend Ricky. Tickets were decent, but not great - I think $50 which i'd say is semi-expensive. but, it's something to do and even involves an orchestra, so i'm really glad about that!

The area the concert is in doesn't have parking, so, we're taking the bus. It's the same bus i take for getting to the subway when i go to work. Good route. 

So i'll be walking a little bit today, but not like the 5k i signed up for tomororw which is just constant walking of 3mi without stopping. I will not be going to the 5k tomorrow bc my left foot is too sore, weak and strained. i'll rest and not be doing a continuous walk until it feels a bit better....and it will. 

and for the rest of the day today until the concert, i'm relaxing...no laundry. just couch and reading, unless i change my mind and cook something :) but i'm jjust resting my feet and legs and relaxing today.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
I hope you enjoy the show! (especially considering the cost of the tickets - not bad, but too much if the show is no good)

A good decision on the 5K. I will comment more about that, on yesterday's entry.

horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2019:
Music is a bit weird still happy to come since it’s so close and a good experience but don’t need to go again lol !!!!

I can’t believe how much my ankle has been acting up :( I guess I gotta lay off

horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2019:
Thanks for the comments will write to you again soon

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Donkey - Saturday Jul 20, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Yesterday was a good day - except that our sales rep from the title company came and brought lots of fruit and this delicious-looking cheese and cherry coffee cake.  So I ate way too much fruit, but oh well.  Can you get fat from eating too much honeydew melon?  I don't think so.

This morning, I had legal clinic.  I haven't volunteered at the clinic since March, so it was very nice to catch up with everyone.  2 of the clients didn't show up, and one of the ladies - I think she was a little lonely - wanted to go out to lunch, if the other lady and I were free --- and we were!  It was so nice!

Unfortunately, I wasn't hungry, because I had breakfast while at clinic, so I had a salad.  And of course, I ate the whole thing.  It was "Asparagus Chicken Cobb Salad".  In additon to asparagus and chicken, there was feta cheese (or maybe it was bleu cheese?) and walnuts.  So good that I didn't even need dressing.

 It was cool and lovely this morning.  What I should have done is gone for a walk, and then do my morning bike routine when I got home from clinic (and lunch).  I'm such a creature of habit though that I did my bike (w/coffee & news) and now I won't get in a walk because one of 2 things will happen:  1)  it will remain blazin' HOT, or 2)  really bad storms will come in. Oh well, that's OK.  Today will be my "rest" day, and tomorrow I can do outdoors stuff when the weather cools off.  (I don't do a very good job of "resting"...)

So I discussed my job drama at lunch with my friends, and had a couple of epiphanies.  I know what I have to do, I just have to DO IT.  And what I have to do doesn't involve leaving this job - at least for now - but rather, getting myself into a "good place" mentally, emotionally, spiritually so that if the time comes, when the time comes, I will be ready to move on to my next step.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2019:
GOOD FOR YOU on eating more fruit :) glad that the fruit was an option!

your salad sounds very nice and healthy :) good choice. i'm glad you were able to spend time with good people and friends.

i also have some trouble with getting things done on a rest day...but i'm getting better ;) some days in the past, rest means seriously just EAT and EAT and rest. ...i know you are a bit different than me in terms of rest days though! lol not sure of the point of this paragraph of mine...

i understand what you wrote in terms of your job. i have another suggestion too. try to continue to go with the flow and do NOT overwork yourself at work. if you have to get a new job, i wish for you not to leave this one overworked...that's just my two cents. :)

Donkey on 07/21/2019:
Oh yes, if this past week showed me anything, it's that I definitely need to set boundaries for myself and not work so hard to make something work that is - and has been - intrinsically broken for quite some time.

My problem is that I can't always see this -- that I need to step back or step away or go home -- until it's too late. I get so caught up in all of IT that I lose sight of what I need to do for myself.

I would ask that you keep reminding me of this - in your comments - when you see me writing about this.

It's a shame that this is a weight-site and I keep talking about work.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2019:
it's a weight site, but a "life site" and a place to get advice on everything in life, in my opinion. you know i also (and all of us!) come here to get input on so many things in life. weight and food and diet, they can relate to other parts of our life as you and i have both experienced and know well.

I'm glad to assist you and offer my own advice, whether it's good or not or you take it or not ;)...because that's what this site is about (at least for me!)

try your best to change your pattern a little bit of getting very wrapped up...maybe try taking some slow deep breaths? just know that you can just do your best, but the whole company and success of it will not be DIRECTLY ONLY tied toc your success or lack of - but to everyone's role in the company...and most importantly your boss' decisions. you do your part, but, the success of the company is NOT ONLY tied to what you do. and this is a GOOD THING. I'm glad you understand what i was trying to portray about getting caught up.

it's good you can come here for advice or input on things that are important to you now aside from diet.

the ricky thing doesn't upset me that much as i'm used to his outbursts and i'm not shocked by them. i keep my limits.

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jul 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy Friday :)

650 cal before lunch, usual stuff... 

 lunch stewed zucchini 150, noodles 100, small amount meat/shrimp 250, avocado small amount 100. 550-600.

250, all healthy...

snack 4pm: half an old fashioned dunkin donut brought by coworker YUM 150 and a few almonds 50. 200

fruit 150, yogurt and choc chips 200 and later pb on cracker 150

2050 awesome 


I'm pretty set to skip the 5k on Sunday morning for more rest and relaxation. No need to abuse left ankle / calf more...we'll see how i feel.

walking / taking train after work to DMV to renew my license / get new since mine expires in September. I'm getting a new photo - with my short pixie hair...since my other one doesn't really look like me and i want a new photo - otherwise i'd have gone and done it online...but i work close to the midtown dmv in Manhattan, just a few stops away on the subway....i leave at 5pm and it's opened until 6pm so i should get there with a half hour to spare.....

I did go to the DMV with all the documents, but they needed originals of my birth certificate and also my passport in order to get the REAL ID license that i wanted. I only had copies. So, i'm thinking to go back after work Monday - but the line is very long for this process there and takes 2 hours. I really wanted to change my photo of my license, so, i guess i'll do that after work Monday along with bringing a good book :)

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
Sorry - to me, hating the DMV, it's not worth it just for the new picture.

I congratulate you on your decision regarding the 5K. You are attaining the wisdom - that I feel most only attain through age and experience - to know your limits. That is to say, you are becoming wise beyond your years.

horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2019:
Thanks it would be really stupid for me to do the 5k thanks for your support :)

I hope to start feeling better but not sure how long it will take - part of the issue is my commute I stand in place many days on the subway a half hour .....I’m hoping my body will continue to get stronger as I make better choices. My ankle will never be great but I really really hope to improve still - we will see :)

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Maria7 - Friday Jul 19, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 


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Hello to each of you.

Scale reported 154 again this morning.

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  Wishing you all a good day...



Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!


Love, Maria


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Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2019:
You are sounding happy and content!

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
Happy for you!

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Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jul 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 80

breakfast: wrap and egg 200, avocado 100, seasoning, coffee 50. 350.

snack: peaunuts roasted with black pepper and salt. yum 200

lunch: healthy from home so good..stewed zucchini and some of the collard greens 150, half turkey burger 100, half small avo 150 with 2 rice cakes 120 550 tops.extremely filling!! and a small black coffee.

snack: almonds / big orange 200

before strength: 2 plums 100, pb 100, iced coffee 50. 250.

during strength: drinks, aminos, cranberry juice, banana 250

after strength:pb on cracker 200

2100, good!


i've been wanting more sleep all week....last night i did good with sleep but could have used even more because i woke up feeling groggy like i wasn't done sleeping...looking forward to tomorrow being Friday and sleeping in on Saturday! 

Left calf/ankle are a bit better today as i've not been using them more than i have to this week. I've been comtemplating skipping the 5K on Sunday so i can both sleep in after a night out and rest more...we'll see how i feel the night before. I'd rather keep it in the schedule and not be a "quitter," so....if i'm feeling good, i'll walk the 5k (3 miles). it'd be with my friend, Ricky.  Plus, this run/walk is close to home and is a later event that starts at 9am compared to the other ones we did at 8am. i am planning not to skip it, we'll see....

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 07/19/2019:
Glad you got a good rest. Hoping you are having a nice day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/19/2019:
I am....rest definitely helps me stay more relaxed at work during the day :) slow day, many people took the day off! (like half our staff almost!)

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innerpeace - Thursday Jul 18, 2019

Weight: 334.6

DH made a pot roast yesterday with baby potatoes. I did steam some brocolli to go along with it. Both DH and the girl had dentists appointments - DH one cavity - the girl no cavities - proud of her especially with her braces. I was looking at a photo from a year ago and the braces are doing their job.

The gril was having issues in band camp - one of the seniors is giving her a hard time about staying in step for the marching bad. She feels she isn't getting enough direction or instruction. I told her to ask the senior to show her out of the formation. The next time she tells her she isn't doing well - to respond with -this is my third day of marching band, how can you help me be better? And put it right back on the senior. I told her not to feel bad and that I hoped this girls attitude didn't ruin her passion for music.

I also referenced the fact that she was helping the sixth and seventh graders last year because she was more experienced than they were, she had to understand that she is again at the bottom of the experience level and she shouldn't expect to know as much or be as good as the others who have been doing it for a few years. I just didn't want her to get discouraged. She said she did like it though, so there's that. The next few days are supposed to be very hot, I hope the bad director has sense enough to not make them march out in the excessive heat. I will see her again next Wednesday.

Got to bed about 11:30 - a little bit late but sooner than normal.

B: cold oatmeal, iced tea

L; chicken salad, banana, crackers

D: TBD - I'm thinking of going to Boston Market

Photo of the day - a writing prompt -

Here I stand on this heroic pedestal
Chiseled and shaped by a great sculptor’s tool.
You may think of me as just a monument of some past war, 
Commemorating a dumb battle of blood, guts and gore.
But I represent all the soldiers who didn’t return home
Who fought for our country and died all alone.
Defending the rights of everyone around,
Following orders and not backing down.
All across the continents, and even in the USA
From the beaches of Normandy to the island of Midway
From the deserts of Iraq and jungles of Vietnam
Noriega in Panama and the atrocious Sadaam!
We go when called with no questions asked
Firing up the enemies and completing all tasks
We go and we fight to preserve what’s right
And learn from our mistakes in the dawn’s early light
We grow and we learn and become better men
So these awful wars won’t happen again.
So before you and others decide to tear me down
Because something I’ve done offends you now
Instead of erasing the past, look towards your tomorrow
Be kind, be nice and do all you can to prevent new sorrow
Both men and women never to be seen again
Who may even have been your own next of kin. 
I represent all the soldiers who did not return home
Who fought for our country and died all alone!

Have a great night! IP

Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 124.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
Braces are indeed a wonderful invention! :) i had them for 2 years in high school and i'm so thankful for it!

I really love the first bit of advice you gave girl...great answer in response to someone saying she isn't doing well! i had a hard time also understanding the movements in marching band!

and also the rest of the advice you gave is good. it's def hard at first to move from middle school to high school level band very different!

it's crazy hot here too..luckily we are getting showers today which is making it more bearable for people who are working outdoors!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
That poem is outstanding and very well written. who wrote it? very beautiful!

innerpeace on 07/22/2019:
I wrote it....

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
I too thought you gave the Girl some really good advice.

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Maria7 - Thursday Jul 18, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 


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Hello to you.

Scale reported 154 this morning.

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  Wishing you all a happy day...



Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!


Love, Maria


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Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
Perhaps your gardening and lifestyle has made the scale happy too :)

Congrats on your scale and also on staying positive and maintaining really well.

I have always found it easier to weigh less in summer because i am usually a little more active than in the wintertime.

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
Well done!

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Donkey - Thursday Jul 18, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

So yesterday,  I came to a couple of  revelations:

  1. Associate Attorney will never be able to buy the firm from my boss. With a wife that spends recklessly,  he'll never have the money to take over,  unless an act of God intervenes.
  2. The firm I work for is not a good law firm.  We're cheap,  but we produce an inferior service.  As someone who takes pride in her work,  this realization sucks. 

Sat down with Male Coworker yesterday and brought him up to speed on what he missed while he was away.  I know he's two- faced but as he is someone who has a closer relationship with the boss (and his family), he needs to know where we're at. He does understand my frustration and I understand where he's coming from on his assessment, as well. 

So what does this mean for me?  I can either start looking for another job,  or I can ride this job out in comfort until we crash and burn. I'm actually thinking about riding this out. 

Tonight is Cat Yoga!!  I think after this month,  I will take a break from participating,  since it is $15 a class.  I'm really liking forward to getting there early this time,  and hanging out with some kitties. 

Unbearable heat wave starting today.

Eating could be better.  Oh well,  somethings never change...

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Maria7 on 07/18/2019:
Sometimes, the only thing one can do is either find another job and hope it is an improvement or stay where you're at, doing your best, which you do. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Have a happy day.

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
Yes, what you said about the grass NOT being greener -- that is exactly why I think I stay instead of looking for something else. EXACTLY, 100%.

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
What you said PLUS... I have certain things that affect my employability. Finding another job might not be so easy.

innerpeace on 07/18/2019:
sounds like a drama filled job. Good luck with your decision.

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
Too much drama - it's like, it shouldn't be this hard.

I have to learn to let it roll off me. Like Bear said, Be a duck.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
You are a good worker, that's def the case and we all know it.

knowing that, i think you and everyone knows the coming truth - your company might disolve. right?

perhaps, just perhaps, you should actually look for another job so that you are not left with no job...is there any chance that someone else can buy the company from your boss?

it could get better, if your boss feels better and keeps the place running...but, as you have said, it seems unlikely and he was looking towards retirement right?

I'm truly sorry that this is a such a difficult time for you. But know that you do good work and are a wonderful person. you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. this is not your doing! :)

Donkey on 07/20/2019:
Perhaps I will start looking casually -- that's a good idea. No harm in looking, right?

I actually do not know if someone else would want to buy out the practice. That is, I think if Associate Attorney can't buy it, we'll just close it out. I would actually prefer THAT than to have Associate Attorney try to take over and watch him fail miserably.

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Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Good Morning :)

Kombucha 60

Breakfast: 1/4 avo 100 with wrap and egg 200, coffee 50. 350.

snack: bars i have bought and want to use up  210 boy are these not so good....

later chocolate 120

lunch: really healthy from home - swiss chard using a collard greens recipe 150,  whole turkey burger 200, small seaweed salad from buffet 100, avo 100 550 maybe a few chips

snacks: almonds / apricot total 150

dinner: TBD - plum 100, yogurt with oats 220, another yogurt 130. 450...pb 100

2000 total

5day: 2170



exercise - nothing at all for after work, just walking on commute and at lunch - trying to get my left calf / ankle ready for the 5k

i'm looking forward to getting more sleep tonight so i can get thru the rest of the week feeling good! 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/17/2019:
Commented on yesterday's diary.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/17/2019:
ty...i answered back to everything :) talk more soon! i know it's a very busy week for you at work!

Donkey on 07/18/2019:
I love your dinner. Nice and light!

I confess I'm a little concerned about your ankle/ calf. Let's see how the 5k goes.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
yes, dinner was enjoyable and low fiber...helped me come the morning!

ankle/calf is such a darn nuisance. They are beginning to feel better compared to earlier this week - trying not to overdo and realizing that even just "doing" can hurt. I'll try to keep this all in mind. maybe skipping the 5k. we'll see..

Maria7 on 07/18/2019:
Hoping you get extra sleep. That always helps. Hope you have a nice day, too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
i slept well, could have slept even longer if i didn't have to get up for work LOL :) all is good!

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happy-1 - Wednesday Jul 17, 2019
(Slow Carb + Yoga. Track fasting sugar.)
Weight: 216.3

219 a couple of days ago... Before DBC (Dad's birthday cake).

Back on the horse. One foot in front of the other. Dad's birthday cake has been consumed. 

Progress as of today: 100.7 lbs lost so far, only 56.3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/18/2019:
Been there, done that. I know exactly from where you post (figuratively speaking).

Today is a new day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
I am quite sure that cake tasted SO GOOD as you tasted it...after that, like you say, back on the horse!

i'm always disappointed with baked goods and treats with sugar. they taste great, yes, but then i just get a sugar high and then low and never satisfied. i always find it wasn't worth it! unless i'm just taking a taste or like a bite, that's always worth it! but a whole piece or slice, just seems a waste of my calories because it is only satisfying me in the moment and then i just deal with later cravings and more issues later after having it! (my whole spiel on cake!)

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Maria7 - Wednesday Jul 17, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 


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Hello to you all.

Scale reported 155 this morning.  

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  Wishing you all a happy day...



Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!


Love, Maria


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Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/17/2019:
hello and wishing you a happy day too! :) life has been very good and this summer has been SO RELAXING!

Donkey on 07/18/2019:
Woo hoo! Isn't it nice to see that number? Have you been doing something different? Or was this a charitable act by your scale? (lol)

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innerpeace - Wednesday Jul 17, 2019

Weight: 334.6

I got the girl...she wanted Chipolte. This is ok, but I think I'm tired of Mexican food for awhile.

It was a relaxing night, I swept and mopped the kitchen and dining room and kept my dogs company.

DH went to work early today because the frist shift guy was in a car accident - he works early tomorrow too. I told him to work Friday if he has too, that was our day off for our anniversary.

I left work, got the girl and went home, so no pictures were taken for photo of the day!

B: cold oats, walnuts, iced tea

L: chicken salad, crackers, banana

S: balanced breaks

D: pot roast with potatoes and brocoli

I like non stressful days.
Have a great night IP

Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 124.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/18/2019:
Sounds like a very nice, low stress day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
did you go back to the previous sweetener for iced tea? i see you are drinking it again!! :)

nice job on cleaning the house and having nice doggie company.

i also like Chipotle, but just like you i like it sometimes and not all the time.

sorry DH may have to work, but that's what pays the bills, and i do know you guys will make up for him possibly working on your anniversary ! sorry though!

all your food and menu looks fantastic and you sound very happy :)

innerpeace on 07/18/2019:
Yes back to splenda.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/18/2019:
whatever makes you happy is the right answer. :D

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