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Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday May 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

breakfast: wrap 150, avocado 150, salt/pepper, egg 100, coffee 50

bar 170...the atkins coconut are starting to taste REALLY fake to me and gross!, later chocolates 100

noon sausage, chips 300, greens sauteed 50, tomato 50, spaghetti squash 100, roasted eggplants 100total 600 tops.

3pm-4pm banana 100, almonds 50

huge whole fish leftover from mother's day that we celebrated on Saturday (Branzino fish it's called) too much and had some skin but very tasty. 550-600, chips 150, fruit 50. 750-800.

2250.

3day 2250.

no extra exercise, legs / ankle sore.

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

Maria7 on 05/13/2019:
Nice breakfast. Hope you have a nice day!

horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2019:
did you see my Paris photos below!? :)


Maria7 on 05/13/2019:
No, I had not seen them! So happy you told me! You are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for posting the photos of you in Paris! Also, LOVE (being musical) the organ! Smile!

horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2019:
awww, thank you for the compliment!!! :)

I also love EVERYTHING musical. I got to hear that organ being played...i'll post the organ pipes (that go along with the keyboard i posted) either tonight or sometime this week. Biggest organ in France, but not in Europe!


Donkey on 05/15/2019:
That fish sounds amazing!

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2019:
it WAS amazing! a bit large for one serving, but i just decided it was worth it at the moment LOL



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday May 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Versailles Gardens (suburb outside Paris!)

 Standing next to the keyboards to the largest Organ in Paris (and France) at Eglise Saint Eustache:

 

Up early around 6:30am :) Breakfast oatmeal 150, almond milk 30, stevia/cinnamon, siggi's coconut yogurt 200, some kombucha 50. 450.

9am protein bar, coffee 250

brunch Garlic Chicken Sausage 150, chips 350

3pm snack shrimp chips and peppers 400 - snack while watching movie with Ricky :) the movie was bad, i only watched half. it was one of the weirdest fiction movies i've seen in awhile...two mothers, one still  married and one who's husband died...both these 40-something mothers fall for each others 20 year old sons. so weird!

5pm some of my freshly cooked collard greens 100, Oikos Blueberry whole milk yogurt 150

during work: drinks 30, clementine 30, coconut water 60. 100

after exercise: Quest Maple Waffle protein bar 200, big apple 100. 300 :)

2250,good.

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later around 12:30pm, I'm going over to Ricky's for a movie / shrimp possibly and heading back to my place after that for an upper body workout,

putting my laundry away,

cooking a bag of collard greens.

then i'll be on a good track for this week!

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The reserve marine friend that i wanted to help me (and pay him) to help me prepare for cradio agility training so far hasn't lived up to my expectations in terms of planning a date - so i've taken it into my own hands and i am coming up with my own routine today. it's a 20min or so routine that i want to do after work 2-3 times per week, in the playground right outside my apt bc it's close and convenient. I'm choosing exercises that are agility based as i'm researching them. I ordered a fitness ladder and will use it for my routines. 

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I'll be cutting down on most plans today for a smoother day / week ahead. I've got a spaghetti squash in the oven which will help with healthy meals for the week ahead. 

Yesterday's walk / run went well. I decided to jog the whole 5k (3mi) spontaneously!!! i haven't ran in well over 6-9 months. So, i jogged it and today just slight soreness which will go away with proper rest / recovery. Today's leg workout will be skipped and i'll just do upper body / abs today and leg shin splint prevention exercises. 

My time was an 11:28 mile which is pretty good for not practicing !

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

Donkey on 05/12/2019:
That's a pretty good running time! Good for you! So proud that you decided to challenge yourself and run/jog the route!

Have you looked into compression socks for runner?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
i will look into that more, it's worth doing research,yes. however there are some reviews i have read, they may be good for stability,but they decrease blood flow to the area. i have to research more.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
i know 11:28 is not a fast time, but i was amazed i didn't stop jogging the whole way ;) it shows that all my squats and things i have done thru the Winter have paid off.


Donkey on 05/12/2019:
May I suggest that you find a running coach? A coach specifically for running only.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
i am displeased that my marine guy isn't committing or truly available (based on his lack of confirming, just being easy to communicate with but not set exact day).

BUT, based on my progress and what i saw by running a 5k when UNPREPARED to, i feel i can totally try to do the agility practice on my own 2-3 days per week. i have decided on exercises (i found a link i'll post here to show you, and the first 5 exercises are all legs / agility) the end of the video, by Shawn T from INSANITY programs, shows some pushups stuff, but those i will not do as part of my "agility" workouts. i hope to do agility workouts right now during the week only if possible as short, after work sessions. i'm going to try to train myself a little bit longer thru most of the Summer. by doing this on my own still, it gives me more time on weekends, frees up time, as i can HOPEFULLY train right next door to my apt at the playground. it's a generally quiet playground, you have to get in with a building key, i am praying for it to work out.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
Oh, about the running coach- the tests for Court Officer are not long running tests. they are only agility and rather short. So my plan is to do the agility workouts, 5 or so of them, below to start preparing for the next 2-3 months:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycpqv2sB4HM


BearCountryGG on 05/12/2019:
Your 11 minute mile would be my 11 HOUR mile...LOL Very good time I would say.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
i thought so too, pretty good for no training in awhile.


happy-1 on 05/12/2019:
go get em tiger

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
totally feeling a renewed passion to reach further fitness goals. it's apparent i have done things to improve and i'll continue to improve !


BearCountryGG on 05/12/2019:
Pics look like you had a nice time...France is a beautiful place.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2019:
Yeah,very thankful for that opportunity - my friend's initial invite :)


Donkey on 05/13/2019:
I'll check out that YouTube video when I'm on my laptop. I'm very curious!!!

horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2019:
it's quite nice, i'll take a month just to practice slowly the moves...it will be def like 3 months or more doing those agility moves, the first 5 in the video.

at first, it won't be fast cardio, it will be muscle memory: learning the moves. some are quite intricate. but all are AWESOME. my ladder comes today. if my legs are feeling good, I will begin just learning the patterns on Wednesday. not speedy or like exercise, just learning the moves outside at the adjacent playground to my apt building. (prefer NOT to have to drive anywhere to get in this extra practice)



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday May 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

250 leading up to race

50 after race

lunch was 200 for protein, 150 wrap, 250 okra and 50 coffee

150 pretzels and tomatoes 

dinner meat 300 bbq filet minon at parents, salad 100, broccoli 50, pepper salad 150, zucchini 100, bread 200, fruit 100, baked beans 150...1150...

2250

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

BearCountryGG on 05/11/2019:
Hope you enjoy the race!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
It was totally worth it! :)


Donkey on 05/12/2019:
Well done! (cue applause) :)

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
Ty J donk ;) everyone was so enthusiastic around me that I jogged the whole thing !



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday May 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Took a break from morning kombucha at home, then Had the entensive breakfast buffet which is great by work: egg white omelette with a little turkey 150 - maybe less, cheese too 150, 2 smallish chicken sausages 200?, oatmeal made with water one serving or so 150. 650, and will have a black coffee with stevia.

10am chocolate 50 sugar free...SO GOOD, ANOTHER WATERED DOWN COFFEE :) 50, ALMONDS 50

after the biggg breakfast, holy heck....hungry...big breakfast didn't help as usual...it satisfied me yes, but i still need snacks LOL.being tired doesn't help either!...i'm happy, ok, HAPPY FRIDAY!

Lunch: ended going out with coworkers. seaweed type salad light dressing 100, small roll of sushi avocado and tuna 400?. 500. healthy but of course not hugely filling LOL.

snacks: apple / almonds 200 and healthy!!! I am ending the week STRONG!!!!

Planning to do a shortened walk home, just some of it, then eat something followed by bed early. probably salads and sauted spaghetti squash 200, indian okra 200, half a big tasty everything seed bagel from work 200 followed by the other half ;) 200, ... for dinner and some popcorn or chips :) maybe fruit too. that'd be pretty balanced, quest protein bar 200 in chocoate hazelnut flavor 1000, no real protein, not in mood.

2500. decent.

7day 2213, decent - i thought it'd be worse actually!

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so far, the recovery book i'm reading is saying SLEEP is the most important factor and nothing matches it. i agree 100%...more on what she says about nutrition supps later...but basically it's that there's no proof in how most of them work and the studies are minute and usually quite small and the negative studies may be many before getting to one with positive results.

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

Maria7 on 05/10/2019:
Hope you are having a good day...any photos of your Paris trip?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
yes, i'll post this weekend...


BearCountryGG on 05/10/2019:
If you think that you need sleep...then you need sleep....

Horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
love this!


legcramps on 05/10/2019:
What's up for the weekend? I'm so glad it's Friday and I don't have to work tomorrow...I don't care what BF says, i'm sleeping in! LOL

THAT breakfast sounds amazing, so much fantastic nutrition in one meal!

Enjoy your walk home today, and the early bedtime.

Book sounds interesting, what's the name of it? I agree that sleep is 100% make-or-break, but I also think there are other things we can do for recovery that will 'speed up' the process :) :)

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
Yes, i agree with you 100% about the book. she actually mostly knocks foam rolling and massage saying it's only the "relaxed mindset." but, i do love the foam rolling and it helps me to relax my legs.

she also says that the "float tubs" are great whereas i did it once and HATED it...so i guess the other things we do are things that we can term more individualized approaches. i do feel her book is a bit biased....but about the sleep, she's right on indeed!

thank you for the nice comments above...i will try indeed to do some walking tonight, though not too much so i can be energized tomorrow & sleep early tonight. thanks for thinking of me!


legcramps on 05/10/2019:
Wait, you have a 5k tomorrow, I already knew that ;)

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
oh yeah ;)


legcramps on 05/10/2019:
Good luck! Have fun! Don't break a leg :) :) :) LOL

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
i'll try not too ;) haha


Donkey on 05/11/2019:
Your food sounds SO delicious and well-balanced! Good luck on the 5k - can't wait to read about it!!!

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2019:
It was good eats even though high cals!!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday May 09, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

MIGHT HAVE TO SKIP EXERCISE TONIGHT BC I'M REALLY TIRED, so, i've thought about it, my legs are sore, i'll do a quicker workout instead of skipping everything. i was even contemplating skipping work tomorrow, but, i am trying to save days right now since i was just away, so:

instead, i'll skip legs tonight (since my ankle and stuff is sore from yesterday's standing in place for a few hours at work), and just do a shortened strength workout of: 

pushups, situps, biceps, and chest press exercises. that's it for tonight.

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Def not feeling my best today. feeling tired, emotionally and physically, and will leave ON TIME to get a workout in followed by sleep...then friday's only plan is to get in bed early for an early wakeup to do another 5k - yay!!!!

it was a physically / emotionally tiring week back from vacation with unexpected overtime Monday thru Wednesday. today and tomorrow i'll do what's expected but no more. OT is not hard, but it's draining.

SO, IN THE effort that i am not emotionally conquering the longer hours, i gave the boss his one night of my overtime, and going forward i will leave anyways.

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kombucha 50

atkins choc coconut 170, coffee 50.

choc covered almonds 70 (for just 3! wow!) chocolate 100

Midmorning: wrap 130 cream cheese 100, lox 70. 300

Lunch: will make sure it's very balanced. i have a thai flavored tuna pouch 100from home, half avocado150, tomato 50, banana 150, seaweed salad 50, salad 50. 550 tops really filling - happy & satisfied with this meal!

2pm-3pm espresso and chocolate!! 100

4:30pm small clementine, few almonds 50

Dinner before exercise: wrap with egg 200, okra indian style 200. 400...and strawberries 50.

I think 2000 cal was the total.

6day: 2166

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I need / crave more meat lately i think (also protein is VERY important for recovery - in addition to carbs - but the protein - not all at once but throughout the day is what helps muscles repair).

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I'm reading a book on RECOVERY. so far, SLEEP is MOST important. more than any technological invention.

The author shared she looks float tubs, which i did try once, but i got sick after and hated it - hated the hour soaking. it was a bit too warm and hard to breathe in that air so long....she likes it, maybe i went to the WRONG place!

For some sleep is not so important, but with my lack of sleep growing up since teenage years till my early 30's, i have totally experienced that feeling of being unrested enough to know that it was time for a change. nowadays i sleep wayyy better than i used to, and don't need to sip Monster Energy drinks like water, my skin is much clearer, and my fitness is starting to get stronger!

Ate more than i wanted yesterday bc i was laying in bed unable to sleep, so i decided just to have some carbs, quite a bit, to help me sleep which of course worked...

i've been working Overtime every night this week (monday over an hour, tuesday a half hour, thru Wednesday just over an hour), so i'm beginning to get edgy and tired. Tonight i should be able to leave on time, to get my workout in earlier than i did on this past Tuesday. I have noticed after standing all day, my body is quite tight in my legs, so, that makes sense. it should all go away as long as i de-stress and continue to sleep well.

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

legcramps on 05/09/2019:
Yuck! Overtime! Sometimes it's ok, but too much and I start to get quite ornery! You are right to get extra rest today rather than push a long workout in when you are already not feeling great. Rest, then rest again, and I bet you'll have a much happier 5k experience on Saturday!

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
i'm thankful i didn't do more than the four exercies which actually took quite awhile themselves. i'm also thankful i went to bed soon after...still requiring even more sleep, but, that's for tonight ;)


Donkey on 05/09/2019:
Same boat... must rest up.

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
rest will also increase your ability to cope with food cravings and desires.


BearCountryGG on 05/09/2019:
Bad day for me too.....tomorrow is a new start.

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
YEAH, seems everyone on here has been struggling this week...maybe bc the weather hasn't improved for any part of Spring yet.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday May 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Leading up to lunch 750, healthy mix.

Lunch: cooked cauliflower rice, great serving and taste 150, cheesy eggplant rollettes - cheese part is like 200 cal? and the eggpalnt part i didn't finsih maybe like 150, apple 100. total here:  600. but probably i overestimated. will have black coffee as i've actually been on my feet a decent amount of the morning at work and could use a pick me up!..and some almonds 50.

couple candies on way home 50

dinner: leftover popcorn chicken by purdue around 200, sauteeed okra (a bit too spicy so next time i'll tell them NOT spicy - was made well though! 150) and a whole milk greet yogurt for dessert in banana flavor by oikos (it was GREAT!) 150. total here approx 500-550

2250today, better, wayyyy better than expected! go me!

Couldn’t sleep at all so finished off the night with many chips and bite chocolate 250

5day 2200

i was on my feet all day, so no exercise or walks. but did good. and i'm pleased with my day. i even worked OT, because everyone was gone and my boss i have had this year - this was the FIRST time it was JUST me and him in that office....so i bit the bullet and stayed to show him (since he doesn't really fully know), my work ethic to finish a task. so instead of coming home at 6pm, i'm home at 7:30pm, but, i didn't have anything planned and i got a good dinner and in time to relax before bed tonight! :)  plus, i worked a hair less hours during the first night of passover and then also the day i left for my trip, so it's a fair give and take :)

not enough protein, but, for dinner i have options like the rest of the popcorn chicken in my fridge, even a yogurt for dessert....i have so many leftovers, def not trying to spend much this week! 

thinking to not exercise today as i was on my feet all day, i'll just go home from work since it's late also and tomorrow i have my strength workout and need more sleep again...

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STAYED LATE again at work for over an hour, this time it's good i did....i do NOT think all weeks will be this way, but, the project i am doing is wrapping up maybe this year to a year and a half...so it may just be this way. but nobody was here, a couple people out attending a class and it's JUST ME and the BIGGGG BOSS.....so, i'm not gonna walk away without finishing the task, although it's menial....but then again a lot of my tasks are menial....so, i'm showing my work ethic and OF COURSE staying :)

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

Donkey on 05/08/2019:
Sometimes it's worth it to stay late and get the job done. It's a very rewarding feeling, I feel...

horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2019:
it's rewarding, yes, but, i feel exhausted and a little pain is starting. i know i'm at my limit & will need to do my hours and just leave. if i loose my job, there's a way to get another.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday May 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

coffee extra whole milk 100, 3 dark chocolates 150 (thinking to start delaying breakfast and just begin the day for awhile now with a sweet and coffee - trying to think of a way to feel more satisfied and less snacky all morning at work - or go back to my bars which are a mix of proteins/carbs/fats...) 

Mid morning: wrap and lox and cream cheese: 300

Lunch: must include extra, extra veg...i have tons of leftovers, so, it's no problem...and also coworker gave me TONS of food, not really on the veg side, but things like homemade eggplant rollettes! and a shredded chicken dish with rice from slow cooker AND cauliflower rice - and THAT's a mighty fine veggie that i should eat later this week!!! she cooked so much lately...i've got TONS!...i overate and the rollettes were greasy. 700 cal for lunch.

1600 before late workout bc got out a little late again today I wanted to leave on time and ended up excusing myself bc I cant do long hours. (i simply said i was sorry, but i had to go...)

got home, started to make breakfast wraps, and ended up having some lox 50as well as my oiled, seasoned eggplant...at least 150,

during exercise wrap bread 150, strawberries 50

 before exercise, starting around 7:30 and my goal is to end it by 8:30...starting now! seems current workout is approx 1.5 hours, that's ok. ended a little after 9pm. 1.5 hours is doable.

peanut butter bar and almond milk 250

2250, excellent.

4day: decent - 2185

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

Donkey on 05/08/2019:
I usually avoid eating anything until at least 9am. However, I still take in calories with the cream in my coffee(s) before I eat. Just what I do. Your commute and work is different than mine, so no real sense in comparing.

You're doing fantastic getting your workouts in. I seem to only do weights on Saturdays... wah wah. Glad I'm keeping up with the push-ups!

Some days, I too put limits on how late I will stay. Sorry, gotta go - and that's it. On days that I have chair yoga, I let the attorneys know, I need all outgoing letters by 4:30 because I'm out at 5p. It just has to be that way sometimes.

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2019:
what i've learned in my current last 8 years at this job in this field is that as an adult, nobody will care for me (especially coworkers), except for myself! therefore, as adults it's good to sometimes set our limits for our own health / wellbeing. sometimes, the job has it's limits and hours, sometimes not. yesterday i wasn't a main contributor to the conversation and that's another reason i left. we aren't paid to work extra either, but, like you said there needs to be some limit.

there were times i didn't listen to my body. once, i was rushing around, really tired, and fell at the upper part of the escalator in a mall after work on a day i left early but not as early as others. now, i realize i could have walked out also earlier since everyone was (it was an easter friday / passover first night combined holiday a few years ago on a friday).

so i fell, really hurt my knee and it was painful for a little while but luckily it did heal just fine.

no longer am i always trying to be the one with the smallest backbone and most patience. it serves me in a healthier way to sometimes just not be that person.

i know i could wait longer like you at work to eat, but, i'm unable to wait. the idea to have sweets for breakfast didn't work well yesterday and i realized it's better to have coffee and my small sandwich right away, to start on a good note with the first real sustainance i get in...it was worth the experiement yesterday !



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday May 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

at work breakfast: one lemony shortbread cookie from paris for my coworkers and i ! 100, wrap with cream cheese and lox 250, coffee 50, chocolates 50

snack: TBD, carbs are my craving since Saturday morning. Had nicely salted sea salt almonds so good! 100

Noon early lunch: spaghetti squash with olive oil and spices 150, leftover saag and cheese in it (might as well eat the cheese and stop throwing it out like i used to!) 250, chips 150. 550.

got really hungry after not enough maybe protein in lunch or just anxiety so had a collagen lemony protein bar 200

4-4:30 black coffee, chocolate, almonds 100 total, later on walk a couple candies 50

healthy dinner: wrap and egg 200, 1/2 avocado 150, 1 large piece of baked eggplant with some oil 50-100. 450. blue tea.

1950, perfect.

2166 3day :) 

did the full 2.5 mi walk home and it was easier than usual - paris was a good start to increasing my fitness abilities!!!!!!!

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

Donkey on 05/07/2019:
Looks like a really good day, at least in writing!

Where did you find your trainer? When do you start with him?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2019:
i was thinking to start with him on Memorial Day weekend / slightly after.Around that time frame.

Before i had the major leg tendonitis and pain, i was taking a bootcamp around 40 minutes away that i'd drive to on weekends. he was one of the marine trainers. they hired retired and active US Marines to teach the hour long group classes.

I've stayed in touch with him all these years on facebook, he's always supporting my fitness and happy to follow me. he's still very much coaching others.

i'm thinking to bite the bullet, start with him even before setting myself up with any cardio of my choice. i'd rather just follow his routine, half hour 2-3x a week and call it a day.

he lives far, but, that'd be part of the day on whatever weekends i catch up with him, approx 1x a month for several months. just to tweak and add exercises / delete exercises for a half hour routine. I don't want longer than that - the important thing is to do it, not to waste time either. get it in,get it done!


Donkey on 05/08/2019:
Got it! Well, cool!!! I'm so excited for you in this next step! Thank you for sharing!

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
Thank you! i've been attemting to set a date for training with him....it's been a bit hairy...but i'm being patient that setting the date will work out soon (he's changing his training space / gym...and looking for new work himself is why...)



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday May 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

6:30am (still getting used to NYC time, slept a ton this weekend)..big serving of fresh strawberries 100, 2 cups cheerio-like Onyxorgum 250, almond milk 50. 400. tasty. may go back to bed for a bit. 

yup, went back to bed for 2 1/2 hours!

Snack: 2 small rice cakes 50, with a good amount of palak spread 150 and an egg 80. 280. and strawberries 70

Light snack at noon before upper body workout / legs if i feel up to it: entenman's cookie bar and an iced coffee 200, chocolate protein nut butter 100,

during workout (took my time with it over couple hours): salami 100, indian masala chips 200, clementines 50, salami 150, 100 chocolate 100

dinner: spag squash and roasted eggplant 200, popcorn  chicken 200, chips 150. 550

2300 :)

2day 2275 cal per day.

Today: I'm doing the new strength routine that i started before i left for trip, luckily it's all written down and i'm ready to open that email i wrote and get started again! woohoo!

Cardio: I've contacted the marine in the reserves that i'm using as my trainer for cardio! we are in the midst of planning a session for the end of this month!! he lives quite a hike away, it'll take most of a "day" to go there and come back for the hour session, but, i trust him and it's going to be a big part of my life (cardio training) this year. for now, i'll plan to see him 1x a month (he said $75 which is VERY reasonable) for a routine. then i'll practice it over the month until the following month's session with him! I plan to do the cardio 2-3x per week now - the routine will start up therefore in May so this month i have a couple walks scheduled and other good plans on the horizon before locking down this routine commitment. it's not gonna be fun & games i do realize i'm going to have to place it as a priority in my already busy schedue....but, if i can do it, i can start a new career at some point as a court officer...so, i'm going to give it a last attmept throughout this year.

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enjoying the time alone at home, really the only plan today is to get food possibly in Flushing if Rosie makes her way here with her husband. the woman i stayed with in Florida came for the weekend, last minute bday trip to her husband. they are staying at a hotel and i'm recovering from jet lag. If they can make it to the Chinatown by me, i'll take Ricky and meet them for a meal. really i don't care either way, because i'm rather exhausted and my body is very sore from the week of extensive walking. my legs are very weak feeling and a bit inflamed. they'll be fine but the rest is very important right now. 

my plans with Rosie were cancelled as they want to sightsee much more of nyc today and not come to queens....that is good! i'll see her the next time she's in NYC. no worries. it was too much to see her after this trip as i'm quite pooped and needed to take a lot of this weekend to prepare myself for this coming full week. and the weeks will be full, aside from Memorial Day weekend which i look forward to!

I don't plan to take many days until summer comes, when i'll take a day here and there to balance out bigger weekend plans.

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the hamster cage really wreaks...so, i'm going to clean it, now....before i take my own shower. it's been about one month and it's totally time!  yup, now it's nice & clean!! :)

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

Donkey on 05/05/2019:
Yes, rest up as much as you can.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
all i want to do today is eat and sleep. lol...definitely needing a lot of rest.


BearCountryGG on 05/05/2019:
It's hard to get back to time changes like that...sleeping them away i think works the best.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
def works best indeed...need a few more days of sleep, honestly.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday May 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

i idn't end up exercising and was home from around 1:30pm until nighttime. it was nice to spend the day at home. i wish i could also do this tomorrow, but i'm meeting up with a friend for real chinese prepared food (we may be cooking it ourselves actually) in the Queens Chinatown which is really close to me, thankfully!)

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Slept well, legs a bit sore so thinking i should roll them out later :)

Sleep is just a hair off but i'm not complaining as it's quite nice to be up so early at 6am and looking to start today early and be finished early!

6am-6:30am Breakfast: oatmeal 150 with almond milk 30, salt, stevia, greek whole milk flavored coconut yogurt 160, kombucha 50. 400.

8am lily's stevia dark chocolate 200, coffee50,candy 50

1pm full lunch: popcorn chicken a bit over one serving 350, lettuce, indian veggies with sauce including potato 150, indian saag one serving or so 150, popcorn 150, tea. 800, 2 egg whites oops forgot that 50

fell asleep after lunch for about an hour...

3:45pm snack of a large apple and 2 clementines 150

5:30pm chips salami and tomato 250

was thinking to do my upper body exercises, but i think i may just wait until tomorrow...

9pm later at night after company left (Ricky came over) yogurt and a cereal type natural bar. 300

2250 and calling it a night.

 

 

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Plans for today:

Maybe head back to sleep for a little after breakfast. also need to foam roll my legs before going out today

Head out to parent's to get Hamster back with cage and all the food, etc.

Shop at large supermarket near parents to get a decent amount of fruit/veggies/wraps/eggs/kombucha/almond milk/spaghetti squash or 2...loaded up on so many things, tons of seltzer too...set for a couple weeks on a lot of food, actually.

Come home to prep foods for upcoming work week and/or read a new book

do upper body workout only (legs need to recover!), 

tomorrow i'd have relaxed too....but my friend from Florida that i stayed with this past January near Miami booked a last minute flight with her hubby to NYC for the weekend and i am meeting her (near me!) for Chinese in the Queens Chinatown in Flushing...so i'd like to get my upper body workout done today.

it's kinda good i'm meeting her, my body (legs) are sore and i don't need to do any cardio, just care for myself and heal properly before starting the cardio training later this month that i've been planning to START.

...and i think my stomach is mostly back to normal now (more my bowls actually lol!) took a couple days ;) (would have taken shorter i'm sure if didn't go to work friday, so now that i've had some time at home to relax i'm doing well again!)

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

Donkey on 05/04/2019:
If your legs are sore, they could be sore from the sudden lack of walking. In addition to the leg roll, I would encourage you to do a short light walk if you can.

I remember coming back from the UK (many years ago) and it taking a couple of days to get back to a regular sleep schedule. That's OK, you can get a lot done while you're awake, and then go to bed early.

Do you think that, if money were no object, that you would like to live in Paris? How is your American friend feeling about living in Paris?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
legs are more tired than anything. definitely from overdoing everything, walking everywhere, on vaca.

i did get to move around a hair yesterday, shopping in a large supermarket...but that was it. i am doing the foam rolling and will start to lay down with my legs up against a wall daily now. I had been doing it some nights in Paris too and last night here which helps blood flow and circulation...

it's been pretty decent getting back to sleep schedule as now i'm up on the weekend at 5:30-6 lol which will do me GREAT tomorrow for work! :)

yes, i've been sleeping TONS. very tired, low energy right now. wishing i could stay home a few days more before going back to work...but....this'll do.

also wishing to take more time off before going back to exercising my upper body...but, i have most of the day today at home so might as well start it up.

no, i like NYC better than Paris. Paris feels claustrophoic and the buildings care in a design where everything is crowded. food options are more over here. i can get more things here. plus, my family is here. i do like living in Queens. even compared to Long Island, where my parents live, i feel i am a Queens girl at heart. More city-like and not like these more "family centered" folks on the island. more free, more able to live freely with my own rules and nobody else's. i felt this at the supermarket yesterday on long island...

i find that in Queens people do more things with their hair styles - dying it, and more intricate cuts and fashion. on Long Island, i tend to feel people are more routine and regular, feeling the need to fit in...and less-so to stand out.


BearCountryGG on 05/04/2019:
There's no place like home!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
right on!!!!!!!


Donkey on 05/05/2019:
Didn't mean to sound preachy above! ^

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
i like your comments! you know that! :)

i just needed to be in the right mindset as you asked me quite a bit !...let me get to answering the above now!



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