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Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Feb 04, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

1791 6-day avg. good...

1100 thru lunchtime.

left work at 2pm. once again I am exhausted and sick. body is burned out. will not go to work tomorrow. deciding tomorrow if I will go to gym tomorrow.

4pm: plum 50, cabbage slaw salad 100, steamed squash 100, cooked cabbage with not too much sauce 100. total here: 350 or so. ohhh, and couple pieces of pork lol. 50.

total so far today: 1500, good.

6:30 - sautéed greens 150, yogurt 150

1800.

did all my laundry except sheets which I will probably do at my parent's house when I sleep over Saturday.

so happy I am home. so happy to do laundry now & not have to deal with it again till next weekend. or if I do decide to do any, it wouldn't be much.

so thankful I am taking tomorrow off (without pay) because I need this rest. I am starting to already feel a little better. ankle hurts more than usual, but the tension is subsiding. i'll go to bed soon after laundry is done & I read a little more. going to pick up a couple other books from library tomorrow as well. I want my ankle to feel better and I know my body will feel a bit better by afternoon so I can exercise.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/05/2016:
Rest up! Take care of yourself.


Awesome50 on 02/05/2016:
Rest up and enjoy your weekend!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Feb 03, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

5-day calorie avg: very good - brought it down to 1790/day.

Little sick with minor body aches and a sore throat. Might have had a fever on & off today but hardly thankfully. Run down. Lack of sleep finally caught up & I got sick. But I have things to take & help me get better. I am at least prepared with Tylenol and probably i'm taking a sleep aid tonight to ensure I get some much needed sleep. very run down.

My goal to get to 115 is sort of depressing me right now. Annoyed with my life that it's on hold. I can't think till after this wedding is over. I'm putting too much pressure on myself. It's almost debilitating.

But how can I give up now. I can't. 

Happy Wonderful Wednesday!
So I can make myself feel happy just by writing happy things.I can change my mood if I just tell myself all is good right now. My anxiety takes over and I think too much about the future and what is wrong and how am I gonna get there. But that’s poor thinking on my part.
To be honest, things are alright right now. I have my challenges which are messing with my emotions but I am succeeding with flying colors with the additional challenges in my life right now. So, I knew this was going to be a hard winter for me. And I am making it thru. I just had a half smile even writing this now at 9:15am at work. There’s a payoff to wanting to achieve greatness. I am making every sacrifice that I can. It’s hard. But this period of solace and most of my time either spent alone or only with my family is going to end. There’s a light at the end of this dark, congested, stuffy tunnel. That’s how life feels for me right now. Nothing new or exciting. Constant prep on weekends with my mom (who I owe so much thanks to for helping me so much as she works full time too and she’s devoting so so so much of her time to me!).
6am: kombucha 70 and extra amino acids 40
Work: coffee with extra milk and 2 candies 140
Later Morning: Oatmeal with almond milk 160, banana120, chocolate peanut spread 120.
Total here: 650, good.
Lunch: healthy again. Around a pound of heavily roasted veggies 400 or so and some lettuce and little bit of that nasty egg tofu. 500 overall.
After work: seltzer and a plum 50
Dinner: healthy. some chicken breast 250 at most, some broccoli raab with garlic 150 at most and another plum 50. total: 450.
total today is good: 1650 - not much appetite as I really am a little bit sicky. no exercise at all.
Planning on reading tonight & relaxing my mind. This is my plan for tonight, Friday night, Saturday night & some of Sunday. I just want to read, relax, and take a break from the real world for a little while. Reading many times is my escape from reality. I am happy to go home tonight & pick up that escape. And relax. And be alone. And rest. I am very tired. But I am forgetting about it, moving forward, regrouping. I CAN DO THIS.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/03/2016:
Keep it positive - negativity has never been productive in life plus it uses a lot of energy. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2016:
this is why I need DD. for your insight and support :)


Duaa123. on 02/03/2016:
You looks positve and I like how you are fighting ,, ti is good about relax ... we really need for this ,we need to cut ourselves from this busy live at least hlaf hour ! Keep u going

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2016:
thank you very much :) I am debating taking Friday off in order to get everything done. If I am feeling better by then, I won't need to. Just gonna relax tonight :)

Thanks again for the compliment :) I am a fighter.


grannyannie on 02/03/2016:
Feel better soon! Don't stress yourself too much. I know, easier said than done. Take it easy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/04/2016:
Thanks Annie, debating taking Friday off. Although I will lose a day's pay, I think I need the day. I would go to the gym Friday instead of tonight. And get more much needed sleep tonight.

Also Friday I could get my laundry done. And have a better weekend with family Saturday...

Not handling life well and can't seem to keep with my 3x a week gym routine....this is why I want to take Friday off - so I don't have to go tonight.


cybermom4 on 02/04/2016:
Great motivating post - I love to journal and have found that to be very soothing. What are you going to read this weekend? Do you have a fav author? Myself - I will read children's books. Middle school age or High school - One series I haven't had success with is the Hobbit. I have tied to read that many times but have failed. Not sure why - but if you really want a fun kid's series try Redwall - or Mara, Daughter of the Nile. Both are really good - but I guess you might something more adult :-) Anyway - I was just thinking of escaping and those two came to mind !

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/04/2016:
Awww, thank you, I'll have to look into those books.

If you want something really good, try the Harry Clifton Series Books...there's like 6 in total. I even sometimes find them in large print at my library which makes for even easier reading. they are great stories. I am up to I think book #3 in the series. Very enjoyable - my dad got me into those.

In general though, I like to escape thru reading romance novels. I find my library has a great assortment to choose from. But the one I am reading now, i'm not impressed with. Usually I love the books but this one is slow moving. Is ok though - I am sure it will get better!

Yes, journaling is soothing to me to. And this is such a special place for me because not only can I write about the truth and wants on my mind and going on in my life, but I actually get feedback and support from you & the other DDers. I tend to reach out here more when I cannot talk to others about what I am going thru. It's usually when I truly need other ears.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Feb 02, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

 1825cal/day 4 day average. EXCELLENT.

Happy Groundhog Day yay!
3-day avg cals thru Monday: 1916/day.good.
6am: kombucha 70
Breakfast at work / midmorning snack: oatmeal with almond milk 160, banana 120, chocolate peanut spread 100. 380. And coffee with extra milk 80 460.
Having hungry days but now I’m going to fight them like Pauline Nordin does. Look her up.  She is my absolute favorite role model. My determination right now is strong to be my best. I am stressed but it’s worth the challenge to push myself HARDER. I do not care - I am not giving up on myself ever again.
In terms of hunger though, I couldn’t sleep all night. Many things on my mind and usually I’d reach for carbs to eat to go back to sleep. I was able to go back to sleep without eating, yes, but was waking up every hour all night long.
Lunch :weird tofu made with egg that has a flavor that is makes me very full & very fast 70, tons of roasted vegetables (close to a pound) 350 and some salad 30. Total: I doubt more than 450.
Total: around 980, good. Probably gonna reach for some chai tea soon. Very tired days, not getting near enough restful sleep.
Before gym: big apple, and a sunflower butter / chocolate bar. ENERGY drink around half of it. 250.
After gym: amino acids in some water for muscle recovery, and a recovery bar 300.
Total today: approx. 1550 - Excellent. I'm making good choices.
I wasn't even very hungry today. I want to be successful so badly this winter. It's my biggest priority (being toned and 115lbs).

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/02/2016:
Good luck with your sleep.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/02/2016:
Thanks, much appreciated. :)


grannyannie on 02/03/2016:
Good job on the food. Hope you get more sleep tonight.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2016:
Thanks Annie :-) doing a little better after my quiet silent cry at my desk this morning.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Feb 01, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

total today is around 1650, good. 

Everything healthy really. overall, a healthy day.

Just very tired overall in the afternoon because I was up tossing & turning last night...I think because it was too warm. in my bedroom.

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February 1st, 2015: Today is a very special day. I made it to 5 years in the union.
Now, no matter what, I will receive a pension. Even if I were to leave my job (or rather, the union) today, no matter what, based on the hours & time I have put in, I will be fully compensated for my work here at this job. I am proud of myself no doubt. I feel it was a challenge to make it this far. I feel I succeeded and did the past I can up to this point. I am very proud of myself.
6am: Kombucha 70
8:30am: Raspberry White Chocolate Quest Bar 200, coffee 50. Later: banana 130. another bar, natural type and low sugar. nuts mostly. 200
Total thru lunch: 520
Healthy lunch: tofu made with egg 70, salad 20, banana 120, roasted butternut squash 180 total: around 400. And tea. Really, really tired.
Total so far: around 900 J this could also be a reason why I am so tired (low cals, low carbs)
.
I want to make today a fully low-cal day. I need a string of good days following this past weekend. I can do this. 3 weeks till my sister’s bridal shower. 2 months until her wedding. I am now at the final stretch to her shower. 3 weeks is a nice stretch of time to think about.
And then the wedding. After the shower, her wedding is 6 weeks away still. But only 5 weeks till my week off thankfully. I can do this. I can get there. 
I do feel a lot of stress right now. It’s a challenge for me to keep my life going and keep positive despite a lack of social life with my friends. Also, my romantic life is really on hold more than I would like right now.  Everything feels on hold while I am busy with family stuff most weekends & also making sure to continue with my workouts, not skipping any of them until the wedding is over. I am doing a good job.  
Life is give & take.  I’m giving more right now than I’m taking.
I am doing all I can do. I do realize one thing though – I am not able to push myself any further right now. I have reached the point where I know my limits. And I feel good with what I’m able to achieve and based on the article in my previous entry – I encourage you all to read it, it’s very educational and helpful – based on the article I know that I need to move ahead as I am & without changing or altering goals right now.
I am doing good based on what I know is possible. Anything more will definitely be too much. I am satisfied with achieving what I know is possible for me now. And I’m leaving it this way. My goals are not going to change, I don’t foresee anyways, for the next couple months.
I definitely feel this is the long haul, like I said “final stretch,” until her big day. I’ve already completed my goals 50% as 50% of the winter is OVER already.
I couldn’t have asked for better weather. So far, it’s been unseasonably warm for the most part making it a lot easier to feel good and get things done.
I have 50% left of winter & wintertime goals to manage myself through it. I like how I wrote “manage myself” because that’s exactly how I feel. I feel as though I am my own trainer / manager / motivational speaker. I have done it all myself in terms of inspiration and motivation. I chose this challenging path these 4 months.
I am going to continue to think positive & make myself the best “Jackie” I can be for this wedding. I am so dar* proud of myself thus far. I could never give up on myself now.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Awesome50 on 02/01/2016:
Congrats on your 5 year Union milestone mark!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2016:
Thanks, A-50!


innerpeace on 02/01/2016:
Great job on getting vested,


cybermom4 on 02/01/2016:
Congratulations!!! :-)


grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Congrats! You're never too young to think about pensions.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jan 31, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

Amazing Article for Motivation and a guide to winning at weight loss:

http://jamesclear.com/undefined/sun-tzu-habits

Feelings about my progress in January now that it is over:

Overall, January was extremely successful. I maintained a lower weight of 118. I maintained lower calories overall during all weeks in January. I was able to splurge a little but still maintain lower calorie counts.

I did all workouts, skipping none. I spent far less time with friends and more time with family. I made it work.

I had some dilemmas in the male category which will remain that way thru winter. this is fine, because I am too busy to really deal with the issues anyways.

February will be similar to January. It will definitely be busy. I will be spending time more with family. I have my sister's bridal shower in just 3 weeks, actually in NYC.

Lots to do. I am happy about also a 3-day weekend for President's Day in 2 weeks. This helps me a little bit to get thru this next month with a little more relaxation maybe.

Also, after February is March. March will be similar to February & then I will take the week off leading up to my sister's wedding :-)

I am glad my mom has been so helpful - she's actually paid for just about everything in terms of my dress and shoes for this wedding. She's been very good to me. I wish I could have afforded to pay for these things myself, but she's helping me with these additional expenses which would have added up & I would have had to use savings and/or my tax return to pay for the items come April. So, really thankful my mom is helping me out.

Other than that, that's really it for now. Just getting thru the winter. Spending little time with friends if any. Mostly with family for this whole month so far. Low-key & trying to get everything done. Keeping with my workouts. trust me, this is more than enough right now!

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My weight is still 118.  It is not going to go down unless I really limit calories. I am doing what I can now & proud of myself for maintaining 118. Really, I'm doing very nicely. So I'll continue to stick with my plan for the month of February. Very proud of myself.

February - I have the continued goal from January. To NOT skip any of my 3x a week workouts. To continue to work on my sleep. To care for myself. And to eat better - really it's about the calories. I am doing great & look forward to a continuation of January into February.

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Morning entry, 10am:  :)

Ate what I brought for breakfast at my parents house - entire bag of cooked cranberries and a full fat Greek yogurt. 400 cal.

My plan is food shopping for the week, relaxing back at home in my apt, and gym. I don't think much else. Legs sore from walking in mall yesterday. My legs are really very out of shape. And ankle is still a bother. But it's working out.

Afternoon edit, 2pm: 

Well, I did a little extra despite my feelings that I didn't want to. I was near the beach, picking up some food this late afternoon & actually stopped by the BEACH! Yes, it's wintertime, but, it's a sunny, "warm," winter day. There were a lot of people walking on the beach boardwalk as it's extremely residential over there.

On my way home, after the beach, like an hour drive back to Queens, I drank a kombucha. also had a couple mint dark chocolates - one before and one after my short walk on the boardwalk.

I probably only spent around 20-30 minutes tops around the boardwalk area. Some of it sitting & using bathroom lol. I only went because I was close by and was very tempted because it was so sunny.

I would have walked more but my ankle is weak and I cannot push too much. I'll be going to the gym later & i'll make sure to use my ankle brace.

12pm Kombucha & chocolates 150.

1:30pm late lunch all healthy: leftover sardines 100, 1/2 avocado 150, almost a pound of heavily roasted veggies (def more oil than I like but tasty) 350? total here: 600, fine.

gym not yet, but definitely this afternoon. I may read a little. Was gonna do laundry, but don't want to be getting up & down all afternoon. Just wanna rest before the gym :-)

Before gym: banana, during gym chocolate. 150.

Dinner: Bigger protein "cookie" lots of carbs which is good, some protein, some fat. 400

total today: 1700. EXCELLENT. 1900, had a bit of roasted butternut squash because I couldn't sleep. tomorrow, I can tell, I'm going to have to increase my protein so I can be more satisfied.

2-day total: 2050/day

 

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 01/31/2016:
That's a lot of cranberries! Sounds like a good plan for the day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2016:
yes, a bit much as it does add up in sugar. Actually, I ate around 1/2 before I went to pick up newspapers, then had the other half with my full fat greek yogurt afterwards :-) still a lot of sugar, but nice. lots of fiber too.


Duaa123. on 01/31/2016:
Very good calories for whole the day.. keep going and drink more water to help losing fat..

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2016:
I will be eating more, but still will keep calories very reasonable! :-) good idea with the water for sure!


cybermom4 on 02/01/2016:
Love how you summarize your month. That can be very motivating for the next month. I keep track of my aqua therapy for my dr and it is rewarding to see that I have gone to exercise 2x per week. It would be a good goal it increase to 3x. You must be incredibly organized.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2016:
Awww, thank you. I don't usually summarize my months but i'm doing everything I can to stay on track particularly this winter because I have my sister's wedding in early April!

Going to your aqua exercise 2x a week is excellent. Even if you try some weeks at 3x and alternate weeks at 2x, that would be a nice challenge for sure. Sometimes, 3x is a struggle for me. My challenge this winter is not to skip, no matter what.

I am decently organized. I am most organized in what is truly important to me in life. It's the fitness and weightloss that is most important & I try to control them like so many people do when other parts of life are difficult - if you know what I mean.

and this winter, the goal is in fitness & toning as much as I can. because of the wedding in spring.

thanks for the nice compliments and motivation to stay on track. I enjoyed reading your comment.

More on being organized, it's also me being prepared. I've learned that the only way to reach these goals is to be prepared. and very focused. Almost with a laser-beam focus in my case. Because what i'm doing now - with not skipping gym & learning to eat a lower calorie amount - it's out of my comfort zone. But i'm rising to this challenge! I'm learning now at 33 that it's still very possible. Everything is always possible.


grannyannie on 02/01/2016:
Good plans. Love how you think things through in an organized way. Well done on maintaining the weight.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 30, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

Happy Saturday. Woke up early not even 5am, so, I had to take a light sleeping pill. If I didn't, I feel I wouldn't have gotten more much-needed sleep. It helps me to get some extra sleep on weekends since I generally don't get enough during the week. I fell back asleep close to 6am and slept till around 9:30am which was good. Just a little groggy now so drinking some diet coke since that's all I was in the mood for after breakfast. 

Going home to parents today. We have to take photos of our cars and I need to go with my mom to find shoes for the wedding. I told them i'd be home by 11am but then texted them that it would have to be 11:30am. too much going on...and need my sleep on the weekends...weekends are for recharging.

anyways,

Early at 5am: 2 bottles kombucha 140 (4 cups)

Big Breakfast around 10:30am: oatmeal with coconut water 200, lots of chocolate peanut butter spread 200, stevia, egg whites 3/4 cup around 100. total is 500, good.

total so far: 650 or so, excellent.

Lunch: 2 fried eggs 200, toast with butter 200, salad 100 500. And pretzels was hungry. 100. Home with parents.

1250...

Plum and peanut butter 150

1400...

2200 or so today. Fine.

Exercise: walking around mall with mom looking for shoes. Found them in a store by my parents house. Shoes were cheap. $40.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/30/2016:
Enjoy your time at your parents.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jan 29, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

Happy Friday!

This coming Monday, 2-1-16, I will have been in this Union for 5 years! This is a major accomplishment because if you are in the union at least 5 years, you are eligible to receive a pension no matter what! It means that even if I leave the union anytime after 5 years, I will at least always be entitled to a pension when I am 65 based on the time I did put in here at this job. It means that all my hard work & hours worked didn't go to waste.

When I was in teaching, as a teacher, I quit before 5 years. I taught a total of 4 years and only 3 were in the public school union. Therefore, I didn't get the pension. All my hard work for those 4 years as a teacher was wasted.  When I am 65, those four years will not be recognized.

But in the electrical industry now, when i'm 65, I will be credited. I am proud of myself to have gone thru these 5 years at this job. It was such a challenge. I am confident if I can last here, I can last anywhere!

Next up is my plan to be an NYPD officer. That is also a union with good pension.  I will do that job up until the age I do retire. I plan to enter the NYPD academy in around 1-2 years from now. I'll be 34 years old. And retire around 60.

6am at home: Kombucha 100 (slightly over 2 cups)
8:30am at office: Coffee with milk 50, oatmeal with some pumpkin seeds and coconut water 180
(coconut water because I ran out of bananas and I have many cartons of coconut water in my apt from summer that I should use up!). May take a break from bananas until I use the coconut water up. Coconut water is lower in calories, also.
11am Later morning snack: Quest Bar 200
1:15pm Lunch: Awesome change of pace! Leftovers from a luncheon and also some marinated veggies that I bought at the supermarket. Pint of marinated veggies around 200 cal. Luncheon meats 200. Some really tasty Italian bread 200. Total 600.
1100 before end of workday = super duper. I plan to keep cals right around 1750 for today & that means I’ll also end the week at 1750. This is good for some weightloss, for sure. Little walk at lunch, also, just around 10 min on my feet with coworker. We went to supermarket down the block really quickly!
Big dinner, but spread out over 2 hours: brocc raab with lots of garlic 200, leftover sautéed watercress 50?, grilled veggies 50 with olives 50, chips 130, yogurt 170: 650, good. on track!
total today: 1750!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY GOOD!
7DAY AVG: 1758 CALS. WAY BETTER THAN LAST WEEK. Around 500 cals less overall than last week. Although it doesn't sound like much, 500 calories is 1/7 or 15% of a pound. So...any loss is good....any decrease in calories I will take. Proud of myself.
For February, since it's a short month, I'm going to make sure I maintain focus. just 2 months until the wedding on 4/2! To tell you the truth, this winter is moving along faster than I thought!
Other thoughts regarding the month of January, which is basically over already!:
1. I kept my goals & didn't skip any gym days this month!
2. Things are the guy front are going pretty well
3. I'm generally happy but tend to lose myself in negative thinking towards the second half the work week when i'm not sleeping enough throughout the work week. I need to try to fix this a little bit. Because by being so tired, I get in a very upset mood at work I have noticed.
4. Although the winter is a challenge, I'm definitely doing very well. I'm keeping my end of the bargain
5. Still some left ankle pain. But, I'm keeping a mental focus. Will be stretching more, since i'm slacking on it.
6. Just overall very proud of myself. I am doing well.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 01/29/2016:
Though you only spent 4 years teaching, it was by no means a waste of time. Think of all the little minds you inspired and taught and did good for. Great job on your calories.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2016:
Yes, you are right. I was only saying that because I didn't work 5 years, all the hard work I did do in my teaching years will not be compensated for when I retire. If I had put in at least 5 years, I would get something when I turn 65.

I value the 4 years I spent in teaching & I feel I was a good teacher for a newcomer. I had a lot to learn as I was young right out of the gate. But I know in my heart I could have been successful at it. I gave it up too soon I do not see myself ever going down the teaching path again.


grannyannie on 01/30/2016:
I was eligible for a pension when I worked at a state university after 5 years. I worked there 9 1/2 so at age 60 I started getting a pension from them....not big but they all add up! Some think they are too young to even think about pensions, but I'm glad my husband always did and that I started to in my 40's. We now have 6 pensions between us!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/30/2016:
Wow...that's a lot of different pensions! Glad i'm not the only one! I would have also ended up with 3 pensions if the teaching was 5 years! I'll end up with 2 - one from electrical industry & one from NYPD :-D Thanks for info!

I haven't been saving a lot or putting a lot in my 401k this year because I stopped working overtime. If I get a raise (hoping for a $10k raise) i'll be placing the equivalent to the raise weekly in my 401k. Saving for the future is a must :-)



Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 28, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

1760 6-day average = excellent. My goal is good = keep the average around this much for a 7-day average once Friday is complete. Last Friday I indulge, but today (Friday)I think I can do it :-)

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 Thursday:

am at home: Kombucha 120 (3 servings = 3 cups)
8:30am at office: Coffee with extra milk 100, Quest Bar 160, Banana 120
Great lunch: sardines ½ package 90, lots of avocado 240, and lots of sautéed watercress with garlic! 150 at least. Total here: approx. 500. Excellent.
Total before snack before gym: 1,000.
Snack before gym: will be a Snickers bar!!!! Because someone gave it to me. And maybe also a big apple! And caffeine.
1400 before gym!
After gym: a satisfying higher sugar and nice amount of protein bar (actually it's called a protein cookie). 360 cal.
total today: 1760. and gym was remarkable. I actually lowered the weights on the assist pull-up machine because I wanted to extend my range of motion. I was having so much fun, I felt like a young kid working out last night. Caffeine and carbs helped, a lot.
 

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/28/2016:
Well done! Have a healthy day.


OhioRaven on 01/28/2016:
Have a great day, HP.


innerpeace on 01/28/2016:
You have probably said before, but once more can you tell me what Kombucha is?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2016:
it's a fermented drink that is slightly carbonated and usual contains trace amounts of alcohol. They brand I drink is also naturally caffeinated. Kombucha is very good for stimulating digestion and acts similar to having yogurt for probiotics or warm water with lemon / apple cider vinegar or even has the same effects of coffee on an empty stomach. (makes you poop). it's good to drink in the morning first thing.

google kombucha for more info.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2016:
also, the brand I drink does contain sugar. I don't make it at home like I should. I may look into the process for later. I drink a commercialized kombucha. still a lot less sugar than fruit juices. and I love it's effect in the morning of clearing out my digestive system completely before work. I drink usually at least 1 full bottle and sometimes more depending on that time of the month because few days before my period, weirdly, I need more of a push because I tend to get very bloated and constipated and the kombucha ends up pushing everything forward which is FANTASTIC. sorry for the detail, but the drink is amazing in the morning!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

 

Wednesday! Week is a long one, but feeling positive about it.
6:00am Early Morning: Kombucha 120 & one candy while at work 30. 150
9am or so at work: coffee half reg half decaf 50 at least (lotta milk)
200…
….Oatmeal with big banana and almond milk / sunflower seeds: 300 or so.
 1010 after a healthy lunch... half avocado, teriyaki tofu & lots of sautéed greens with garlic.
total not more than 1700, could have been less, but healthy.
also, around a 20 minute walk overall. 10 at lunch, 10 before dinner. excellent.
ankle is still weak but not getting worse at all. just stiff. I need to continue to stretch it.
overall, i'm definitely feeling good & maintaining it. getting sleep helps.
sleep has been much better although I still wake in middle of the night since it's become habit lately. but, I am able to get back to sleep.
I can't complain, life is definitely pretty good.
work is weird. lots of people losing jobs (mostly the administrators, not the low guys on the totem pole like myself - so this is good!) anyways, today will be interesting as there is going to be a huge meeting with all the big shots that are left. and the most important man there is the one who bought out my company. I think he may be a billionaire...I googled him 1x....I will google again when I have time, it's not that important. the man is VERY RICH & has no patience for the little guys. He's ALL BUSINESS. and doesn't seem to have a nice personality. He lives in California, I do not see him often in our office.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Very healthy meals.


Awesome50 on 01/28/2016:
Glad to see overall you are feeling good. Keep up your hard work!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jan 26, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.0

Tuesday:

Mouse got into my food in my desk at work (totally sealed things!) and left it's poop.

 

SO GROSS! so I cleaned it all up...and will not have this happen again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6am at home: Extra Kombucha again, but it works 120 (3 servings)
8:30am & thru Morning at work: regular coffee 30, 300 oatmeal w/ banana (healthier than the bars and junk…always feel better when I have oatmeal & this type as added a little bit of healthy fats / protein too)
1pm big lunch: Chips that boss gave me lol in attempts to get me fat and I gave in! 280, sardines 180, lots and lots of salad and greens (very filling omg – good )250-300 total here around 750 at most. GOOD.
1200 or so, good.
total today: 1860, not bad :-)
excellent workout as well. :-) caffeine is what helped, majorly. when I drink it, my workouts are on fire. that's why I don't want to stop!
As far as parking went, I got lucky! Got a great spot on the street where the meters are for 2 hours. Was awesome, I was lucky to grab that spot.
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Looking forward to gym tonight. Parking will probably be a challenge as there’s lots of snow in the street. I may opt to park in a drug store parking lot, doubt they’d tow me. Or, I’ll look for a spot & if I don’t find one, use the Rite Aid drug store lot…gotta do what I got to do & not going to skip the gym during this winter if I can help me. So, let the obstacles continue (Mother Nature) if they must, but I will still make my way to the gym….!
 
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Lately, I feel overtired & that I need a lot more sleep. I sorta get it. But at work, it seems each day is running into the next. I’m happy that next month we have another 3-day weekend. Looking very forward to March & the week off I’m taking. I may even take an extra day past the 5 days so that I’m off the Friday leading into that week. I just don’t care…It’ll be around 6 months from my last vacation, so the break will be nice. Any money lost I’ll use some of my tax return since I will not be paid for that week I plan to take. Used up my vacation when I was sick in mid September to mid October…
 
But a vacation of a week off will be nice in March. I’ll make sure to get in some good exercise. And I realize, in March, I can take alternate days if I want to….like some the week of the wedding & some the week before which may be better. To make sure to get in workouts & such….I’ll see as the time comes closer exactly what I need to do.
 
And now I look forward to the time after the wedding, when I will be in NYPD prep. As in, prepping myself for the academy of either January 17 or July 17. July 17 is more reasonable, but January 17 may be an option depending if I can get my ankles / legs strong enough for January which is only 11 months away. I do feel better these days. Still needs some work, but I do feel better day by day.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 01/26/2016:
Good luck on finding a parking place. I would hate not have enough designating parking for the gym. Hope you don't get towed.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2016:
good usually to find parking, just bad with so much snow piled up everywhere!! :)


Donkey on 01/26/2016:
We have mice friends at my work too. They knocked over SEVERAL boxes of holiday chocolates off of the filing cabinet. And left pee and poo to clean up. It was fun to come to work and find a box and candy wrappers all over the floor (this happened 3 times -- then we ran out of chocolate). You never know when you're going to come to work and find a pile of crumbs on the floor by your desk -- and you don't have anything at your desk that would leave crumbs. Oh yeah...


grannyannie on 01/27/2016:
Oh gag, mice poop! Have a good day.


cybermom4 on 01/27/2016:
Great post!!



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