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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5




LUNCH: FROM HOME: tofu 100, indian spinach lots cream bigger portion 250?, rice 200. 600 tops.

Apple100, later almonds 100

after moving my car to a better spot which i found on the quick side thankfully, i got home at 7pm to eat a tasty indian dinner (leftovers yum!)

dinner: saag big portion 300?, wrap 100, rice100, berry yogurt 100. 600. so tasty!

after workout: chocolate

2100 :)

5day is 2100 too.

 leg workout & bed :)




Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/20/2019:
That really sucks about your parking situation and how they can just boot you the night before without any more notice than that. Do you pay extra to park in the garage? Will you get reimbursed at all?

Way to still get in a workout last night, even though it went a lot later than you wanted it to! Hope you are able to catch up on sleep tonight - I need to catch up as well.

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
I was VERY surprised i hadn't gotten any notes sooner. I think they forgot about the people that use those garages but do not live in the "housing #" that goes along with those garages. Meaning, i have a garage in housing #2, but i live in housing #5...i think they forgot to send an earlier note to people living outside of housing #2....like me in #5...!

I pay a very CHEAP sum compared to other places: $46 per month.

In the fall, they were paving and it took 2 whole months to rip up the old and pave new. We were reimbursed for 2 whole months but it was def annoying to find spots and i hardly ever moved my car.

Additinally, my car was scratched badly when i had left it for a week in front of someone's house.

i'm going to move my car tonight to a street spot, it's prob not good to leave my car overnight at the college...but the $40 is not going to waste - i like to exercise at that school & plan to park there for certain training sessions i'll do at the track over there.

so tonight, i'll still deal with my car, need to find a street spot and get it out of the college facility overnight....! parking is a major pain in queens as it's pretty crowded!

i'm also GLAD i didn't skip my workout last night :) in the home stretch with little days off, just gotta try to get sleep as keep a routine as much as possible, despite the AMPLE distractions along the way!

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legcramps - Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 21 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7-8; 5 hours, 38 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10-11;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;

I'm playing a game of ping pong with my sleep schedule this week. Really twitchy sleep last night, so a longer day at work today is NOT going to feel good later. Yeah, I could already go for a nap.

I processed someone's time off request for next month and they are taking Fridays off all month (includes the Easter holiday). What a great idea. I should do that too, it would be so nice to have a whole month of long weekends. I'm also taking April 17th off. It would mean three extra vacation days. That's not bad. I get lots of holiday time - I've been working here for 18 years (!) and I get six weeks of vacation now. Three days is a drop in the bucket. So why do I feel guilty already and I haven't even requested them yet?!!

We made eggs for supper last night. Which was fine, until it wasn't. I guess I hadn't had eggs for a little over a week, and my stomach revolted. So that was fun.

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
Last night i didn't get long sleep, but man did i sleep DEEP when i was asleep lol. you know, this morning i felt miserable (but also maybe due to TOM)....and as the day went on at least i'm eating healthy meals and i am actually feeling good at 3:30pm woohoo! maybe the same will happen to you?

I know this guy i used to work with and he also did a few weeks in a row of Fridays off. Sometimes, you just have to take care of yourself, as long as you are productive on your work days! After my vacation at the end of April, I'm adjusting my time off to be shorter periods and more frequent, kinda like the guy who took Fridays all month.

WOW 6 weeks huh!? nurses get that kinda time over here, but not many office workers. I get 3 weeks and 5 sick days (so it's like 4 weeks) which is pretty decent though!

Sorry the eggs didn't work for you...did you have them with any toast?

legcramps on 03/20/2019:
Yeah I did have them with toast; it just hit me hard this time!

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
maybe you hadn't eaten in awhile....and your stomach was very empty. this happens to my dad!

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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

evening edit:  seriously came home to a note that said i should move my car out of my garage for a continuous length of time while the garage roofs are replaced....i had thought if i ever had to do this again, to pay for parking at the nearby college tennis center...so instead of starting an earlier workout, i got ricky to drive with me over there around 7pm so i could pay the $40 for 6 months of parking there and he could drive me home....i will now walk the 2mi to get my car when i need it ;)...will not be needing it much i guess until the roofs are over (probably 3-4weeks of garage non-use!) no biggie. i cannot believe they let us know the NIGHT BEFORE we had to move our cars...at least i had a good option instead of horrible street parking finding spots all week ....i hope my car doesn't get "booted" at the college for leaving in mostly in the same place every 3-4 days...they told me that it usually isn't enforced...we shall see....


TOM is finally here, i feel like crud for sure. leg crumps and very tired...this too shall pass!


Sleep: wayyyy better. around 8hrs, slightly getting used to the time change, still a little more groggy than usual though in the mornings.

Kombucha 50

Snack at work: mocha coffee 100 and bar 200 and a piece of less sweet (different chef this time but i loved it) caraway seed Irish Soda Bread. yum! 150 (could be more) 

Breakfast: wrap 80, avo 100, salami 100. 300.    more soda bread, butter :) SO GOOD.

lunch: very tasty offerings, from home: chicken thigh from friend from weekend so good 150, okra small amount 100, chips 150, tomatoes 50. 450. 

4:30pm almonds 100, chocolate 50. half apple 50

dinner: wrap 80, egg 70, very creamy saag and mushrooms 200?350, iced coffee 50

coconut water during exercise 150

11pm bar after exercise, higher in carbs 250

2200. good.




After a whole week of sensing it's arrival, TOM finally is here. Ah thankfully bc it needs to come back next month and leave before Paris on the 26th! LOL.


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
I love Irish soda bread - that's one of the breads where I cannot get enough. That is to say, any ol' loaf of bread, I can definitely pass up, or be OK with just a slice. But when it comes to Irish soda bread - I have to eat the whole loaf. I just love it.

horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
i'm behaving. it tastes good both ways the sweet way yesterday and caraway seed version today.

legcramps on 03/19/2019:
Great job on your sleep!

horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
seems though i needed more lol....not used to time change yet! :( otherwise though, i do feel better than yesterday!

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innerpeace - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

DH smoked meats over the weekend. The YA gave DH a turkey breast and he smoked that and a pork roast and a smaller full turkey. Turkey is not my favorite. DH sliced up the turkey breast and added cheese and panko and heated it in the over for dinner. It was just OK, I didn't really care for it, but I didn't have to make it, so that makes it taste better.

I used the left overs and made turkey salad out of it, the pickle relish and light mayo helped this out considerable. I would never eat turkey again and I don't think this would phase me.

The first night of the week DH goes back to work is noticed...by me and the dogs. I turn on the radio to drown out the outside noise that will make them bark and run up and down the stairs. This was after the radio went off, they barked and barked and took turns running outside. DH gets home and they bark some more. I think he comes to bed after 1:30 - almost 2:00. The fire alarm goes off at 3:30. It wakes me up, DH doesn't here it. I go downstairs and see that the electricity is turned off. The fire alarm is wired to the house electric and the battery was low, so it went off. DH made it stop buzzing. I reported the outage and was told it would be fixed by 6:30...it wasn't.

I called work and told them I would be late. I had dreams of property inventory and not getting work done. The new time for repair was 8:30.

My message of coming in late was not given to my boss and he texts asking if I was OK. touched...I told him I had electricity problems and I would be in shortly.

The house was cold now and it was hard taking a shower. The electric came back on just as I was leaving to come to works...someone this didn't surprise me.

Got into a little tiff at work with someone. He asks me for account numbers for our electricity accounts for work. I ask him why. He says there is another meter outside that he doesn't know who it belongs too, but one of our buildings is hooked into that meter and not one of ours. Well this is just wrong to me and I want to call and find out who the meter belongs too. He says, this isn't your business. I just wanted to know what our account numbers are, you gave them, so mind your business.

Wow, just wow! I hate shady business doings and I told him about it. I told him I don't do lying and cheating and if something was amiss, we need to make it right. He again told me, I am just doing what I was told and I don't want you to get too much involved and/or know too much to get anyone else into trouble. Whatever, he said the person who hooked the building electricity up didn't know there was more than one meter and he is long gone from our office. Regardless if you know something shouldn't be happening I still want to make it right. The whole thing ended up being, someone back in his shop cut a lock they weren't supposed to, to open the meter, and that is why they don't want to call right at this moment. The situation is crap and now I wish I didn't know anything about it. I will see how this pans out in the end...but it'sn not my business.

Looking forward to warmer weather.

Have a great evening. IP


Horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
i guess you find turkey dry would be my guess?

I like a roasted turkey...wish i could have tasted your smoked one as i LOVE the taste of smoked food!

you know, if i were you, don't let that work situation phase you. you are out of it. sometimes it's better just to give the info and not as questions. then, when there is a problem later bc of shady stuff, you won't get blamed. i wouldn't let it bother you in the least. just concentrate on your other involvements like at home with DH :) work is work.

legcramps on 03/20/2019:
Ugh, that sounds like a rotten sleep. One thing after another. And then a bad day at work on top of it all. I would be upset about the work situation too, I completely understand. I hate shady dealings.

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legcramps - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 21 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7-8;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10-11;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;

The group training last night went pretty well; I was glad to be able to get in some exercise on my usual OFF day, and it was especially good to be pushed a little bit from a coach - sometimes, that little extra push is what you need to turn a mediocre workout into something amazing!

Plus, as I was driving home afterwards I noted that I felt much more energy than I usually do on a Monday night.

I forgot I have an evening meeting tomorrow night, so I may not get in a workout like I wanted to. No big deal, if I get it in that will be awesome, if not that's ok too!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
Good luck at your meeting tomorrow, i just realized now it's part of your job to attend them!

better sleep last night, good :)

keep on !

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Donkey - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Logging in today from HOME because I have TIME!  Doctor's appointment is at 10am.  I am taking this free time to do ME things and enjoying every minute of it!

My husband and my daughter are in Chicago to watch my son get sworn in again to enter the Air Force.  At least that's what we hope.  He was told yesterday that he was a no-go because he had a band-aid on his finger.  So after spending 3+ hours in Urgent Care to get a doctor's note to say that this was not an open wound.  Hopefully, that was acceptable to whomever the decision maker is about these sorts of things.  My son has the worst luck of anyone I've ever met.  My husband just texted me to say that it's a go.  He'll be sworn in at 10am.  RELIEF.

With this extra time, I decided to do my upper body routine with heavy weights this morning.  This will make the evening more relaxing, especially if I end up staying later at work to catch up on emails.  I was motivated and enjoyed the workout, although now I feel a little sore in my arms.  That's OK.  If I want, I can do some exercises tonight with lighter weights.  Funny how all this weight training using heavier weights isn't bringing the results like 30 days' worth of push-ups.  I never thought about adding push-ups to my routine.  Hmm...

Yesterday was so stressful at work.  I have 2 computers that I use, one has Windows 7 and the other has Windows 10.  I don't use the one with 10 - even though it's the better computer - because my templates are not saved on that computer.  Well, yesterday, our lawfirm database wasn't working on my old Windows 7 computer, so I had to try to work with the Windows 10 computer while trying to fix my 7 computer, while fielding calls and actually work.  It wasn't just my computer, but not all of the Windows 7 computers were affected.  Male Co-Worker ended up going home and getting his laptop to install the lawfirm software because he could not get it to re-install on his work computers.

After this fiasco, I decided NOW was the time to start copying templates that I use to the 10 computer.  So I went home for lunch and got my thumb drive and stayed late at work to copy files.  I suppose eventually I will transfer them over to the hard drive on the 10 computer, but at least I have them now, and they are portable.  The bright side of all of this is that I put in enough extra time at work to make up the time I will lose this morning because of the appointment.  So no losing sick or vacation time for me - YAY!

It's all about balance!

Funny thing about this morning is that I realize that if I worked part-time, I could manage to do the things that I like to do and have availability for my husband AND still have something to keep me in the game.  I was uplifted today by a post in one of the fitness Facebook groups I belong to, where the lady is turning 56 and getting ready to start her new job as a pilates instructor.  How cool is that?  One of my biggest real fears is that I will be in my early 50s and out of a job.  Once you are 50, it is REALLY hard to find a new job.  This is not a myth.  I have this first-hand from many people who have been in this position.  That is one of my biggest fears about leaving the job I have now - if we were to move and I'd be unemployed, 49, and looking for a job.  However, I might be in that position anyway if my boss decides to retire.

I think Someone is trying to tell me something...  It is my true belief that God speaks to us all the time.  We just have to know how to hear Him.


Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

legcramps on 03/19/2019:
You could definitely add push ups to your routine. If your arms aren't at least a little sore after a heavier weights session, then you're either not doing enough or not lifting enough :)

And I don't mean sore as in "holy something in there is very painful and feels torn or broken", I mean "oh when I touch that spot it feels kinda tender, and geez it kinda hurts to bring that cup of coffee to my mouth".

I think it's awesome that your friend is starting a new job as a pilates instructor. That's why i've been working so hard to get my fitness certification in now, because when I retire from my full time job, I want to be able to continue what i'm doing as a coach.

innerpeace on 03/19/2019:
Great job for your son, I hope he likes it. My son is in the air force stationed in Georgia, he will be going to Hawaii in August. I don't think he particularly likes it but he is afraid he won't be able to find a job in the civilian world at 33.

and by law employers are not supposed to discriminate age, so you know you can get a job...you probably don't look a day over 25. lol.

We have windows 10 now and it takes a bit to get used to, good luck with that. Great job on your weight training.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
You should enjoy YOUR time AM. I'm glad you are able to have a bit of time before your appt. Wishing it goes well for you.

Congrats again to your son. Keep motivating him. It can be a struggle, but it will be so great if he continues on...

I highly recommend pushups. if you cannot do them yet, doing ones on your knees or even "wall pushups" is a start. pushups do wonders.

we were JUST talking at work (my supervisor and i) how we need to save all the files so she especially will be able to take them with her when this project finally ends (not close yet!)

yeah, i have heard that employers do not generally like to hire older, but, i will tell you that where i work now, i have seen 50's get hired..so..not sure what to say about that!

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horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha - not working tho 50

breakfast: coffee and hot choc mix 100, bar 210

snack wap 80, av0 80, salami 50. 210

Lunch: tofu 2 pcs 200, lots of indian okra 250?, irish soda bread (cake) (coworker baked it and it was GREAT!) 200 small pc. 650.

snack: i have an apple and a tasty drink 150 total, later almonds 100

snack blueberries and drink 150

dinner: chicken thigh 150 tops and cauliflower big pizza crust not more than 300 though. 

2100, tops. probably less!

dinner: i'll try to exercise earlier with my leg routine and get to bed early as in at 8:30pm...if possible, that is.

in the mood for a light dinner, really...liquidy prefered like a yogurt..

evening remarks: came home walking in the sunshine - time change is good for a mood boost ;) ... and i was home early around 6:15pm! couldn't believe it. had some blueberries and low cal drinks and started leg work early so that i'll be DONE around 7:30pm...must remember to do this on Leg Days :) EARLY START TIME :) 

so bed will be nice and early tonight.

3day: 2060, excellent.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/18/2019:
I'm so glad you had a good weekend! It looked like it was the perfect mix of relaxing and activity; good for you :)

Irish soda bread cake sounds so delicious - was it special for St. Patrick's Day?

Bed early sounds good to me LOL!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
yes, she made it homemade and special for Saint Patrick's! it was AMAZINGLY good but i didn't have too much as i've been gaining and i'm more careful right now!

bed early shall be GREAT! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
yes, she made it homemade and special for Saint Patrick's! it was AMAZINGLY good but i didn't have too much as i've been gaining and i'm more careful right now!

bed early shall be GREAT! :)

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legcramps - Monday Mar 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 21 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6-8:30; REST;

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10-11;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;

It's looking like a slower week this week both at work and at the gym, so that will be nice (knock on wood). This weekend was rough, so I need a slowdown.

Friday night I got home from coaching and discovered I had water in my basement! I looked and looked for the source, and finally found a small pin hole opening in a copper water pipe leading to my water heater. There wasn't much I could do about it at the time, so I tried my best to tape it up overnight. On Saturday I was scheduled to coach from 8:00 to 1:30 - I sent my boss a message and she let me leave at 12:00 instead so I could be at home; plumber came around 3:30, and it was fixed by 4:00 thank goodness! I did some cleaning, then drove to BF's. We went to the gym and worked out, and I pretty well collapsed after that - game over for me.

Sunday I woke up not feeling great, and a terrible headache stayed with me for most of the day so I was off and on napping throughout. We went to BF's sister's for a visit, then to the gym for another workout. I felt better after that, and we went out for supper. Then BF and I had a moral disagreement, and it upset me for the rest of the night. We don't fight much, so when it does happen, I never feel good about it.

I am thinking I will hit the gym tonight and take part in a coaching session 6:30-7:30. I need to start adding in more workouts to my week, and not having to think about what to do for one of them would be nice, so trying to fit in Monday coaching sessions sounds reasonable to me - and possibly do-able. We'll see how it goes!

Hello Fresh is arriving tomorrow, so leftovers from the fridge today and not cooking anything big tonight for supper.

horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
It's so good the plumbing situation worked out so "conveniently" for you thank gosh it wasn't a bigger hassle!

Do you want to share this moral argument???

What do you mean by adding in a coaching session means adding in a workout?

legcramps on 03/18/2019:
I know, i'm so grateful I didn't have further issues with the leaking pipe!

Basically, there was a situation, BF didn't feel like it was a big deal, and I did. I felt like it was wrong in a lot of different ways and I just couldn't believe that he didn't feel the same way about the situation, like he doesn't 'get it'. But if I really felt like we couldn't work through it, I would just walk away. There are some things I do not want in my life - I want to be a good role model for my nieces and nephew, for the people around me - and so those 'things' are NOT ALLOWED space in my life. If they end up in it, I will walk. No question.

I mean I am going to get in a coaching session from someone else instead of me doing the coaching tonight :)

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
Slower weeks can be a real blessing.

I'm sorry about the disagreement with the boyfriend. It might just be one of those things where you agree to disagree.

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innerpeace - Monday Mar 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Oh the weekend, was so sad to see you go.

Saturday, I got out of the house on my own, this rarely or never happens. I was trying to find a few new tops for our road trip at the end of the month. I walked through several stores and couldn't find anything I liked. It seemed like the clothes were either old womanish looking (now I may be 50, but I don't feel like an old woman) or too young looking. I just wasn't happy with the selections. After three stores I got frustrated and quit looking. Instead I started looking for 10x13 picture frames for pictures of the kids. Again, I hit up about three different stores and couldn't find anything I really wanted - really, really disappointed in Target...but that is another story.

Finally, I went to the grocery store and picked up the few items I needed and I was hell bent on not going home without a purchase. So I went to the Jo-Ann store and I did find some picture frames that were 40% off so I bought them. DH was irked because he send me a link from Amazon with three frames for $33 something...yes, but I wanted them now, I didn't want to wait until Amazon got around to ship them. It was a nice little outing but I'm really not a shopper and was glad to get home.

Sunday, laundry day. I was also on a mission to clean the inside glass on my stove door. This was a learning process and after watching two you tube videos about taking my oven door apart, I finally got this accomplished and I was very satisfied with the result. Now there is no grease trail running down the inside glass. DH did have to help me put the stove door back on, it is heavier than I thought, but mission accomplished.

We did eat Chinese food Saturday and left overs on Sunday, I think I'm pretty much finished with Chinese food for awhile.

Rocco got sick last night on the comforter, so I will be washing bed clothes tonight,  I was going to Kohl's to look for the tops I wanted, I usually find something there. so busy after work.

Food has been ok, trying to cut back on the sugar.

Crazy dreams with laundry and Caroll O'Conner (Archie Bunker) and war on the beaches of Normandy - WTF is going on in my brain???


horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
And usually Target has like everything! So sad it didn't have you covered!

oh...i also have to clean my stove! Did you do it using vinegar solution?

wow...i couldn't make up your dream if i tried...Too much info indeed going on! that's good...means your brain works! LOL

legcramps on 03/18/2019:
Sounds like a great weekend! That is definitely a crazy dream! LOL!

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
That's too bad about Target, but I know what it feels like to be disappointed by a store.

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
Wasn't Caroll O'Connor in movie The Longest Day? I loved that movie. Maybe I'm thinking Rod Steiger... I think I'm thinking of Kelly's Heroes.

innerpeace on 03/19/2019:
I don't know. I just remember him being Archie Bunker and in The Heat of the Night.

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
I'm still stuck on one of your entries from a couple of days ago, where you thought that your phone was spying on you because of the butt-itch topic. I was thinking, to test your theory, you should go around saying "testicular cancer" once an hour, and see if that topic doesn't come up on health app thing soon.

innerpeace on 03/19/2019:
I'm going to...I'll let you know what happens.

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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

So far weekend is going well :)

Snack: chocolate 80, kombucha 70. 150., 2 more chocolates 150

1pm taco bell 400, 100. 500. diet mountain dew to help fill up / caffeine up after long walk :)

3pm chocolate, nuts, grapes 100

late snack, 6pm, on drive home: fiber one chocolate chip bar 150, iced coffee to get ready for workout but still relaxed at home in the end until 8pm to start working out...decent still...50,

at home at 7:15pm plums 100, 100 cal pb 

during workout (the pb was really during, and okra indian food 200)

after workout: the sea salt pop chips a bit over 2 servings. 250 piece salami.

1820. satisfied. ;)

2day avg: 2050. perfect.


I am only doing upper and abs tonight, skipping legs (they had enough anyways as i did a full 90minutes tour today so much fun and free!)

In a long time, this was a great weekend because i did things but also had enough time to sleep in a little and relax. first good weekend in awhile, i hope to make more of it this Spring!


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

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Donkey - Sunday Mar 17, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Wow, I had a great upper body workout last night -- who thought I would ever say that?  So, the way I have my weights set up is that I have my bench and heavier weights downstairs in the basement, and then I have a floormat and medium weights (8lb dumbbels) in my bedroom.  I did 2 sets of heavy weights downstairs, while watching reruns of the Great British Baking Show -- falling in love with the show all over again -- and then went upstairs to watch the news (I'm a news junkie) and do 2 sets with lighter weights upstairs.  Same exercises -- added one more exercise for the back -- but with lighter weights, and I felt like that gave me an extra "oompf!"  

I would like to see if I can sustain this during the workweek. 

I might try to take a walk outside today.  It's still quite chilly (40F) but nice and sunny.  I want to see if there are any new houses for sale in the area too - LOL...

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
i like your idea of using the heavy weights first and following up with lighter weights. I didn't know what you meant earlier entry when you wrote to mix up heavy and light. i thought separate workouts for each type on different days but if it's more like one workout with combined elements, i find that a great option and beneficial to start out heavier and do more sets later with more reps. good deal here.

Back is very important. my fave back exercise i stopped doing as it required two types of machines (2 options) at the gym. however, i do recall there is one exercise i sometimes do, when i'm thinking about it. also, i Do always stretch my back. it's important for us - office workers.

i was walking yesterday do. it was around 37F. i brought along all the essentials including some foot warmers in my shoes. so i was comfortable :) also the sun helps.

legcramps on 03/18/2019:
Great job on the workout! Glad you are back to enjoying them rather than feeling lethargic and low energy. Did you figure out what the culprit was?

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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Slept in a little bit, nice!  Great sleep & good plans for this weekend!

Snack: dark chocolate and stevia 80.

Breakfast: cold oats and almond milk with stevia 180, big cup of blueberries 100.

360. probably a coffee 50

410...still feeling a bit tired / cramps / but TOM not here. last couple times have been weird with symptoms a full week before PMSing. i hope they die down soon bc i feel like i'm being a little more rude to people in the midst of all of this!

small, healthy lunch: roll 120 with avo 80 and egg 70, smoked salt (love this). 270, something to drink also. 

Snacking: one more chocolate 80 after the concert, followed at close to 5pm by iced coffee back at home 50, protein bar back at home 200. 350. (trying to save room for a dinner, later!) ...gonna research the 19/20 districts i have researched now...then i'll just have one left to go...maybe i can finish both of them today :) then i just need to start buying tickets to things!

1050, good...

spiked seltzer and added extra stevia lol 100 cal, salad 50, awesome mushroom dish 50, awesome carrot with breadcrumbs and garlic dish 100! so good!...followed by a few roasted potatoes 100-150 (not much), wonderful chicken thigh 250?, and some chips though not a ton 150-200. big bite (literally) of tres leches cake (very tasty) 100 or less, later on a cookie 100, and lots of fruit 100. total here: 1150-1200.

2250, EXCELLENT and satisfying. healthy.

bc i kept portions regular, and didn't overindulge, calories worked out! but i'm still gaining weight,, so, must eat closer to 2000 per day trying harder during the week.



First on my plan is laundry and organizing. 11-1pm  DONE!

then going to a free concert 2-3pm at a long island library, not in queens as usual, should be an hour of folk guitar / jazz! Once there after the concert, i plan to research paris (maybe) as i won't be alone after the concert so this may not happen. otherwise, i may try to research at home :( i wish our libraries would be open later ...depending on the time, i may stop by my own library to do research, depends on timing as the library will only be open till 5pm, not 6pm like would be more convenient for me today lol. DONE!

I have to pick up seltzers before a get together at my friend's apt tonight, DONE!

starts around 7pm...i've decided to bring Seltzers, many (i was gonna do fruit, but someone asked me to switch and she is already having salad...so i've decided on several setlzers).


Tomorrow i also have a full day of good plans.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/16/2019:
Sounds like a wonderful, fun day! (Except for those darn cramps!) I started to notice that PMS got to be a real issue when I turned 36.

Seltzer water sounds lovely for a party!

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2019:
Yes PMS started for me at 36 happening for a full week before

Donkey on 03/17/2019:
How do you know you are gaining weight?

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2019:
Little extra padding on my waist. Pants are tighter for sure. Scale is a little up even on days when I feel light / not bloated it stays above 115 instead of 114 and the previous 112/114 around when I was going to Florida. Def like 3 lb gain which is a lot - not water fluctuation but actual gain / fat on abdomen / thighs

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Donkey - Saturday Mar 16, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Slowly coming back down in numbers.  It was a good week, eating-wise.  Good choices, good portions, for the most part.  Trying to cut out the sugar-free hard candies in bed while I read at night, before bed.  I'm down to just one, and hopefully I can do something to eliminate that last one.  I really would like to see myself back - solidly - in the 120s, though.

As I mentioned in my last entry, I have been battling fatigue this week.  Not so much as being tired, as just feeling exhausted in my muscles - but can't say it's muscle-related, per se.  It just goes that deep.  I had to curtail my 2nd lower body weight routine on Tuesday because I just didn't have the energy and just wanted to go to bed.  Felt the same way Wednesday but forced myself to do a full workout on the upper body because my favorite episode of Star Trek TNG was on.  Otherwise I do not think I could have made it.  

I read in a Facebook group that it's good to mix up heavy and light weight workouts.  I was wondering if I did my weekend upper/body splits with heavy weights... of maybe doing my workday workouts with lighter dumbbells. Especially with work starting to get busy, I've been coming home later each day, with dinner time being around 6pm instead of 5:30p this past week.  

Legal clinic this morning was pretty much a waste of my time - a whole Saturday morning, gone *poof*.  The organization is in a prolonged state of change and the disorganization that comes along with change.  It's not really rewarding any more, except that I really like the people that I work with at the clinic.  We've been together as a cohesive group for about 9 years now.  Funny, we really do not do anything together outside of clinic, which meets 1x a month, for 10 months out of the year.  Yet, I really look forward to meeting up with these folks and hearing what's going on in their lives and such.

Well, at least I have the rest of my weekend for myself, and I do plan to enjoy it and make the most of it!

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2019:
Same here, i'm working on better choices and taking off a little bit of weight to feel better in my body and clothes!

Let me tell you, i was battling that same, horrible fatigue. I'm feeling MUCH better after sleeping in on the weekend, LATER than usual...so i'm sure it's that we are STILL getting used to the time change as the time i slept in till both yesterday and today is when i would have gotten up if there wasn't a time change (9am today and yesterday, but it would have been 8am without the time change)...so i'm still used to the previous time, if that makes sense!

Donkey on 03/17/2019:
That makes complete sense to me - and it's helpful to know that I'm not the only one feeling like this.

Yep, catch those little extra pounds now before it becomes more and harder. I know you can do this. As daylight increases and weather warms up, this will become easier and easier to do. I know you got this!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2019:
personally, i'd just choose one way to do the weights. and stick with your routine. i feel once you have a routine, stick with it for a few months. but too much switching for me would be too confusing to stick with...

i agree that even a half hour change in getting home and dinner does conflict with exercise lol...!

I certainly do hope you are enjoying your weekend. days are getting longer and warmer and that's a wonderful thing.

i plan to take advantage of free events locally more this year!

Donkey on 03/17/2019:
I would like to talk about my upper body weight training last night in today's entry, but I'm going to use this workweek to see if I can tweak up my routine to make it sustainable.

I really enjoy reading about the events that you attend. How was Jerry Seinfield? Not free, for sure, but I bet it was a lot of fun! I've always wanted to partake in free stuff like that, but unless one of my kids or myself were involved, I haven't. I feel like this is something I would like to do more of.

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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Good Morning!


 "Good Fats Bar" (will be eating these, different flavors, for awhile bc they are GREAT!) 200 and a mocha coffee made at work 100.

Mid Morning: roll 120, 1/4 avo 80, turkey sausage 70: 270

12:30 Lunch: from home! cauliflower pizza crust i cooked up last night so it's ready 200, egg 70, 1/4 avo 80, some peppers maybe 50. 400.

3:30PM ALMONDS 100

 Dinner was at least 1100, then a snack. Very expensive dinner ugh! $95.

gonna put friday as 2250, decent.




Going out tonight to dinner right after work, early one at 4:30pm which is fine as i eat always!, to go out to a show - seeing Comedian Jerry Sienfeld at 7pm.  It's a the Beacon theater which is only 20min away from my office by Public Transportation!

I feel as though it'll be that "TOM" very soon, as soon prob as i use the bathroom this morning at home lol. I'm glad, since that means it'll be GONE next month before i go to Paris, thank gosh!


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/15/2019:
I got TOM this morning too :(

Have so much fun tonight!

horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2019:
I THOUGHT IT WAS HERE...any day now!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2019:
still don't have it, so weird!

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legcramps - Friday Mar 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-12; Massage 2-3; Workout 4-6; Coach 6-8:30; 8 hours, 54 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-66 hours, 33 minutes / 1 hour nap in afternoon

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 7-8; 8 hours, 7 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-8; Workout 8-9; 7 hours, 29 minutes

SATURDAY - Coach 8-2; Drive to BF's; Workout 4-5;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;

Got my workout in yesterday, a nice run for about 35 minutes total, some walking, and some stretching. About 55 minutes total. Good.

I offered to work extra today at the gym to cover for someone else, so leaving work early by one hour and will cover three group sessions tonight. Then if I am not too tired, i'll get some biking in before I head home for the night.

I had homemade burgers for dinner last night - stuffed thin crust buns with ceasar salad and a burger, turned out quite yummy. I'll have that for leftovers after the gym - so I won't have to cook a meal tonight thank goodness.

I thought I had skipped hello fresh next week, but I see it came out on my credit card. I should pay more attention LOL. Mexican pork tacos, pan-seared steak, and chili chicken is on it's way to me. Sounds good!

Today is flying by - almost coffee time. Time to break out my morning snack of mixed fruit - pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries! Yum!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2019:
what a tasty assortment of fruit you've got going on!

have fun coaching your sessions tonight!!

Also that burger sounds delish with the caeser salad in it too.

at least the hello fresh deliveries are giving you a chance to explore cooking more. i'm sooooo not at that point yet! (and do NOT want to be!) lately, i'm not into cooking.

Donkey on 03/16/2019:
Well done on your weekday sleeping!!!

horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
i agree with Donkey...last night was really late for me (6hours?), so i gotta catch up tonight!

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Donkey - Friday Mar 15, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Logging in from my phone, which I hate doing, but I will not have time to do so otherwise.  I had intended to log in at work, but it's getting too busy now to do that.  I get caught up on emails,  turn to a task, and come back to 9 more emails.   The last week of March, Mistakes Girl is going on vacation,  which means even more work for me....  Lots of overtime, but I'd rather be not so busy. 

Not stressed out but Monday is the last day I will see my son before bootcamp.  Tuesday is my doctor's appointment with the GI doctor. 

On top of everything,  I've been fighting this awful fatigue. Feeling so drained every morning, and some afternoons,  although yesterday I was on overdrive to get everything done.

Then, just this morning I realized that I have legal clinic on Saturday so  I won't be able to sleep in to get extra rest.

Eating has been ok but had to abbreviate my 2nd weight training espisode on Tuesday - legs - because I was so tired.  No hopes for a good weigh-in tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost and already at goal!

horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2019:
OMG you wrote an entry!!! wooohoooo....will be writing soon MORE comments :) just happy to see a return of our Jdonk!

Donkey on 03/16/2019:
Trying! It's so hard lately, to find time to gather my thoughts and not be too tired to sit down and write. I read entries here every day -- multiple times. I miss everyone!

horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2019:
I have been also feeling HORRIBLE this week. It's def the hour time change which has also been disastrous for me and my coworker Maria. both of us are feeling just horrible, so i can relate.

Soon the WEATHER will change for the better, and it will help both of us along. It's been a long, cold Winter and the time change hasn't helped!

Donkey on 03/16/2019:
You know, it NEVER occurred to me that this might be because of the time change, but now that you mention it, it makes complete sense!

legcramps on 03/15/2019:
Must be something with the moons, I haven't been feeling myself either. Just take the rest when you can get it, and do what you can. No one need ask for anymore than that.

Donkey on 03/16/2019:
That's right - that's all I can do. I will comment more on this in my entry today. Thinking of making a change - again - to weight routine.

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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Mar 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Home: kombucha though i am bloated this week (i think PMSing) 50

Breakfast: mocha (hot chocolate and coffee mix from work) 100, Good Fats Bar (so good!) 200

snack: roll 120, 1/2 avo 150, turkey sausage 70: 350, chocolate 50

 lunch: leftover bean sprouts with dressing so good 150, leftover roasted eggplants 100, fish leftovers 150, crackers 150. total 550.

snack: almonds 100

light dinner: greek yogurt 110 with the last of my cooked cranberries so glad they weren't spoiled 50, blueberries 100. 250 and iced coffee 

during exercise: coconut water smaller serving 100

After exercise: small bar 200 :-) back to basics and less eating for awhile, i am thinking!

2000 cal day, quite PERFECT. time to decrease before Paris in April.

6day average: 2175. much better than previous days this week. perhaps i can eat today, although i'm eating out tonight, to balance out these cals! instead of a big cocktail drink, perhaps a shot or 2 will be enough!

tonight is upper body. will try to start early, 6:45pm.  there were train delays, so, i hope to start around 7pm.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/14/2019:
Great start to the day; how did your leg workout go yesterday?

horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2019:
since it was at home, and i'm not used to having a "leg day," i totally procrastinated, starting the workout around 8:30 or so? ending around 9:30 i think? it worked out, though it was weak. ...but i'm glad i got it done...and i DO think it's best to start separating legs from upper so that i am working out more often.

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innerpeace - Thursday Mar 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Thngs are going ok i guess.

Last night I made two pies for PIE DAY at work. Seriously??? I made cream cheesey pies. I licked the bowl and beaters. This morning I felt like I was ran over by a truck, probably from all the sugar. Woke up with a pounding headache too.

The girl is over tonight and I think I'm making Shepherd's Pie, but I haven't quite talked myself into that yet.

Rocco went to the vet for his second round of shots, DH said he did ok.

I did eat pie at work.

stupid pie!

butt is better. shin is better, not as sensitive.


horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2019:
i'm so glad you are feeling better on your butt and shin!

listen, if you are making pie and bringing it to work, i think most people are going to eat it including you!? i think i'd do the same!!!!!!

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legcramps - Thursday Mar 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-12; Massage 2-3; Workout 4-6; Coach 6-8:30; 8 hours, 54 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-66 hours, 33 minutes / 1 hour nap in afternoon

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 8 hours, 7 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Coach 8-2; Workout 2-3;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;

I'm glad i'm not as concerned about perfection as I used to be, because I didn't get in a workout yesterday either. Which means I should have taken my rest week as this week instead of last week LOL. The good thing is that I still worked pretty hard at my workouts last week, so a little extra rest this week might be exactly what I need. And, if I get my run done today, I can do the bike after coaching tomorrow, and still hit my strength workout on Saturday. It will all work out in the end i'm sure.

I decided to do some deep cleaning in the house, and I focused on that instead of working out. My bathroom was a mess, and really needed a good cleaning. Once I got that done, I headed into the kitchen. I would love to be able to work through the whole house and give it a good spring cleaning, but I think I will save that for April and take a few days off work to get it all done.

I'm doing some extra coverage at work for the next week or so. It will create busier days for me, so i'm happy I don't have much else on the go other than my regular coaching shifts. On that note, i'd better get to it!

horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2019:
sounds good to me...it must feel great to have a lot of the rooms cleaned. it is work and a workout, usually!

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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5


8:30am Breakfast: "good fats" coconut chocolate bar of which the texture is AMAZING, never ate anything like it! 210, coffee 50. 

10am snack:  small roll 120, 1/4 avo 80, turkey pepperoni 70 270-300

snack if needed before walk: cashews! 150 :) stayed away from chocolate so far!

lunch: veggies - got a ton 200 , some i might bring home to have with dinner, leftover 100, and crackers 150. 500 tops.

snack: pistashios / apple  chocolates 100, apple 100, 2 herbal teas

dinner: planning on it being healthier again, roll with egg and avo, veggies on side. ? or something similar...THE ROLLS I BOUGHT ON JUST REGULAR AND NOT FILLING..I SHOULD TRY WHOLE WHEAT OPTION NEXT! LIKE A MIX BETWEEN TOO HIGH FIBER AND TOO LOW FIBER!    healthy change of pace: extra blueberries 150, cooked eggplant smaller amount 50, cauliflower crust 250 very light one, yogurt 100 and a drink (low cal). 550, fine. i was full before finishing the cauliflower but ate it anyways, bc i really wanted that yogurt afterwards no matter what. weird, i know.

2000 cal, better...need more of these bc some of my pants are tight right now.!

5 day: 2211 (this is why i am gaining weight lol...time to think around 2000 per day, not 2200)


will do LEG EXERCISES tonight, four of them total with 3 sets each and most of them are done one leg at a time so i'm glad i separate legs from arms now. 

Leg exercises typically do not bother my legs when they are recovering from overuse...they are great exercises and i look forward to my 2 types of squats, lunges and toe raises!

legs tired, so no extra walking besides at lunch...and it means i can get home, get started on the leg exercies and get to bed at a more reasonable hour. need rest tonight! :)


friday after work is plans to see a famous comedian - Jerry Sienfeld! at the Beacon theatre which is around 100yrs old almost, in upper west side of NYC! never been there and of course this comedian is top of the class!

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/13/2019:
Oh My Gosh! I would love to see Jerry Sienfeld! That will be so much fun :)

horn_of_plenty on 03/13/2019:
RIGHT!? and it's a short show i don't think more than 1.5hrs! so perfect on a friday eve, 7pm and going home after ! just wonderful way to start the weekend!

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