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Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Dec 31, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

I wish a safe, happy, and healthy NYE and NY to all of you ladies!

8am breakfast, probably falling back to sleep after: healthy and tasty protein bar 190, kombucha 60. some liquid vitamins from vitamin shop 20 =  270. some flax chews 60. 330. gave in to some tasty treats...also some roasted squash 120, and some nice pita chips 300....okay and a new kind of tasty, moist protein bar 230. yeah. a bit much, but i am feeling good about this....one more bar 230. cookies 260, chocolate 80, ice cream 220.

total so far: 1770. fine.

2150....after lunch/snacks

2600...after granola bar snacking

200...after veggies and salad


cereal and chips: 650.

total: 3450 =  not too bad. happy with this. done! happy new year! it is what it is and may 2012 be better!

exercise: 4 mi walk. maybe 5. not sure.

okay, calories did get a bit out of hand, more snacking, 500 more...total:

4000. is ok. over. tomorrow will be better.

I am forgetting about good/bad days of 2011.

tomorrow i start fresh, blank slate.

i work out, eat better and start fresh.

here's to making more progress, continuing my progress, in 2012.

today's binge is in my mind history. i will not mention it tomorrow :-D 

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/31/2011:
Happy New Year!

V on 12/31/2011:
Happy New Year! Any plans this evening??

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Dec 30, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

3am, woke up hungry! makes sense since i ate dinner a bit earlier and worked out pretty hard with only a small snack. sooo, ate a protein bar. 230 cal, good!...not buying these messy, crummy bars again! they make a mess everywhere when i eat them! the taste is also decent, but oh well, on to something new once I finish this box.

..........must stay patient, but I sure wish I weighed 115 right now! I can't wait for it! This is THE YEAR baby!

6:00am big breakfast: one flax candy thing 20, 2 servings higher protein oatmeal with flax/soy milk: 340. total: 360 yum.

590/600 with 3am snack..good.

snack: coffee w. milk but like 2-3 cups 100

lunch: very, very healthy tofu, a red sprouted lentil salad, roasted butternut squash. 400.

snacking: 2 candies 50, veggies 80

more snacking: more veggies, more veggies, roasted a little. 200.

tsf: 1450 approx.

BIG dinner: i'll just say 800...and hope that it's not more!

2250. it was a huge dinner, lots of oil because i had lots of veggies, sauteed at a restaurant. i had two full plates of roasted veggies, so good but i think too much oil. also some shrimp, guacamole, and some chicken! i hope it's not more than 800!

2250. and kombucha. 2350.

exercise: 45 min run/walk.

(3000 extra cal - for my info)


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Supercheese on 12/30/2011:
haha thats the motivation! Youre almost there :)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Dec 29, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

two slices of a flax type of bread! so good! 160 and apple butter 20, then a nice hot wheat cereal 140 with almond milk 40 = 360! wow, so much for so little!

snack: will be coffee w. milk/splenda? 60 ...some protein bar 230.


lunch: a good one...spaghetti squash w. peas 150, some sauce 50, tofu 70, jalepenos, 20 maybe chips 210. 500.

a healthy, good day!

calories through dinner: 1550. :-D

calories after gym: around 150, good.

total cal: around 1700 calories = excellent!

exercise: weights one hour, cardio 1/2 hour.

i will miss out on sleep, bc of the gym, but it was worth it.

tomorrow should be a short day at work. i may come home and nap....maybe. and then walk at the park...or maybe the opposite order so that i can walk in the sunlight!

(for my own info - 2950 cal since Thanksgiving! = much progress, now less than 3000 cal to eliminate...)


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

V on 12/29/2011:
Hope you had a good day!!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Dec 28, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

I have lost approximately 10 lbs since June. I can do this.  I can continue to lose. I really need a reminder right now, that it is possible a second time around. Hopefully the last time around. I do not what to have to do this again. I think in some ways, if you can do weight maintenance, it can be tricky but at least you don't have to deal with losing, right? hmmm. something to think about. I just want to get there. I think that I will be happy weighing in the teens. like even 119 would feel great!  I am short, remember.

My goal for the next few months is to get there, back below 120. for now, just reaching 121 will feel awesome. I plan to do some extra hot yoga, maybe that will help me like once a week or so.....

for me, this weightloss is a priority. Being this is my last year in my 20's, I am looking for a change.  I am looking to better myself in terms of my physical, outer image.

I want "perfection." But my perfection is not what you think, it includes things that make us unique, even flaws. But I want to be able to dress & wear anything. To look good in everything. To have a body that I've worked to achieve and to be so proud of.

For me, a physical appearance and image of a beautiful body is very important. to some it may not be, and i can understand. but i know myself. kids may not be in my future. I am different and i need to be this way. and when i enter my 30's, my plan is to be pristine...maybe not the right word? but what i mean is have a body that i believe is beautiful and not showing signs of wear and tear and roughness.

sorry if you don't agree with these thoughts...



A very good day. My exercise ended up being one full hour of treadmill/elliptical with a nice amount of running, and even a few short bursts of running at a speed of 6.0 (10 min/mile!) that's good, considering I was only walking even in the summer, no running I believe unless I'm mistaken. So i'm doing well and improving. I couldn't do 6.0 when I started, only like 4.5 mi per hour haha, so even if I don't necessarily realize my progress, this is solid progress right here...

an hour of exercise, some pushups too for fun. i'm up to 60 pushups per set. still 10 more to compete with my coworker! :-D soon, soon i tell you! maybe after the New Year.

an hour of overtime at work, too. but less traffic on the roads so my commute is half what it sometimes is! which is AWESOME! saves me time and i'm getting up later this week. luckily my boss hasn't asked me to come early this week and i feel like I am needing a big break, so this is working out kinda smoothly. thank you god.

eating was also GREAT today. lots of veggies, good/not as good carbs, but a wonderful mix. that's what matters.

approx 1750 cal today. maybe closer to 1800, but i'll say 1750 :-)

yesterday's 2750 calories and today's 1750 calories equal out to 2250 per day =  success. I consider 2250 a good amount for maintenance, actually. 2250 is a bit high, but I ignore it and let it go and just consider it a moderate amount. you can't starve everday and I am not in a rush to lose weight as fast as possible. I'm very happy with my progress so far and I look foward to more progress. :-D

I'm thankful to have a job and to be so challenged right now as to not take a vacation during the week that I've always had off, my whole entire life until now!

In some ways, I do not need a vacation right now. Yes, I was a little run down, luckily I'm not working as crazy hours this week, thankfully. As long as this week continues this way, I'll be feeling good on New Year's Eve. Not in the mood to be tired all this coming weekend, so I'll cross my fingers for a lighter week. :-)

(3450 since Thanksgiving = extra cals in my opinion that I have eaten since Thanksgiving, not too bad....! slightly under a pound and going DOWN baby!)  If you are wondering, I usually count calories as above my needs when they are over 2250! so i'm not that picky or restrictive... :-)



Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

xoxomadison on 12/28/2011:
Congrats on the ten pound weight loss! :)

Kati on 12/29/2011:
Wish I could do running too, but today I had to run after the bus and my back started to protest heavily... I understand your thoughts about the image. It's very important to me too, though I have a contradiction here because I am pretty aware that my body won't ever be not even near to perfect, because of my self-destroying behaviors over the last ... 25? years. I'm thirty today. I blame my family, too, and myself to a certain point (ignorance?), but I always loved myself, I always saw the pretty woman behind ... the fat!... and it unfortunately worked counter-clockwise if you understand me. I ignored the fact that no one else saw the pretty me ...

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Dec 27, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

OKAY. so a slight binge after work, but actually mostly VERY healthy, and then some extra carbs in the form of popcorn and crackers. but it was worth it. and total calories are really no so bad. nothing that can't be evened out very easily. i was feeling the typical binge feelings: extremely run down and exhausted after work. thing is, i didn't even eat less than usual, at all. so weird.

2750 calories. mostly really healthy  - lots of veggies, fruit, protein. and some extra carby things. :-D it's ok

exercise: treadmill probably for 30 min run/walk...or less. weights for one hour.

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Kati on 12/28/2011:
One question - when you eat more than you should, don't you sweat too much in the bed while sleeping? It happens to me sometimes, I wake up and I have a pool of sweat (sorry, being gross) under me, and no kidding, the sheet is all wet and darker at certain spots (we use dark sheets, gray or green). I still couldn't decide if it was good or bad... I just hope that it's a kind of benefit from exercising and burning more (up w/ the metabolism), because it never happened to me before...

Donkey on 12/28/2011:
I'm thinking the extra carbs are because you were tired. Your body's way of fortifying itself against fatigue. I think it'll even itself out. You're doing really well!

~WI~ on 12/28/2011:
Great job HOP! You are lookin' good!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Dec 26, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

Happy Monday Off!!!

5am/6am awake so early snacking: 3 clementines, kombucha: 200.

8:45am breakfast: greek yogurt 120, cottage cheese 110, oatmeal 200.: 420. and some bread with apple butter! nice. 200 more.

11am snacking: kombucha 60, candies 60.

12pm lunch: cottage cheese 110 and bran 120 w. soy and sunflower milks 80 (ran out of sunflower so had to use some soy...haha): 310

5pm snacking/6:30pm snacking: bran muffins 360

7pm dinner: microwave stuffed eggplant 350, lots of veggies sauteed w. oil and butternut squash: 290, crackers 110: 750. ok....and cooked cranberries. 80.

total: 2450, decent.

I am feeling so tired and wiped out. I need to go to bed early tonight.  I did some cleaning, laundry, organizing during the first half the day and finally left the house around 2:45pm :-)

exercise: 3 mi walk in the early evening.


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/26/2011:
I hope you enjoy your day off :)

V on 12/27/2011:
Hope you had a nice relaxing day off!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Dec 25, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

(4000 since Thanksgiving) (3250 extra calories since Thanksgiving - I'm doing a good job reducing these extra cals) Tomorrow I plan on a hot yoga class, also.

exercise: 4 mi walk, at least, and hot yoga. good.

4:30am couldn't sleep & got hungry: 2 persimmons, very large 250? and 2 smallish pieces of baked, seasoned chicken 300: 500-550cal.  I am not going to count these calories in with my total today, i don't think.

9am Breakfast: oatmeal w. sunflower milk! 200, greek yogurt 100, kombucha 60.

light lunch: chips 160, drink 40.

snack: couple munchkins, coffee: 100

snack: fruit 50

dinner: healthy! big bowl soup 350? and some of a sandwich: 200? total 550.

total today: 1750 = PERFECTO! and a protein bar before bed, so actually 2000 cal, still pretty darn good considering my eating at 4:30am!

weekend plans: i want to be able to do hot yoga maybe a double class on Sunday! just gonna relax this weekend/month...no crazy partying or anything.




Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

V on 12/25/2011:
Happy Holiday!!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Dec 24, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

2250 calories today...maybe a lil higher = success for sure with Chanukah holiday dinner with family.

exercise: light, easy walking for an hour and hot yoga which i really sucked at...i was very tired and got really hungry 2/3 into the class. ugh.

tomorrow is a date but i'm anxious because it's not planned yet - the time and movie and place we are eating at, that is! it's always last minute and iget so anxious oh well...we planned that we'd meet up Sunday last Tuesday, but the exact plans are not set. doyou think i should calm it a bit? do most people make plans the same day? maybei'm going overboard.

i am still very tired. at it's only 10:45pm....i hope nothing is wrong with me.


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Dec 23, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

Saturday breakfast: XLarge Persimmon 130, Protein bar 230: 360.

Look at this awesome weight update, 6am on Saturday, and the scale showed just slightly under 125!!!! I'm making progress still, yes I am, even with higher calories! The reason I'm doing well is because I'm not binging! boy does this feel GREAT! Almost everyday this week was 2200 or higher. I've been trying to exercise, since I have a sedentary job, to counteract and help with the weightloss and it worked. I will also do a Bikram yoga class tomorrow afternoon, that should help!  And then I'll probably take a walk at night, since we'll have company over for Chanukah dinner in the afternoon/evening.


 Friday Entry:

early, big breakfast 5:15am: humongous persimmon - maybe 160, protein bar 240, sunflower milk! 50, english muffin with apple butter 150: 600. good.

snacking during work bc no lunch and left early: coffee and some of protein bar, half a bagel from a breakfast party, little fruit, two chocolates.

lunch: cheezits, maybe, and my beans/collard greens mix. maybe a walk outside if we get out of work and the weather is nice. half large orange. 450

snacking: fruit, lots of diet snapple and other drinks

dinner: tasty protein bar/health food bar 200, roasted/sauteed in olive oil and spices sqash, quite a bit!

snacking: extra large iced coffee, other drinks.

2250 calories. good!

exercise: weights for about a half hour, elliptical for about 40 min. goodnight!

my gas problem update: still a problem, my fault, been going on for about 2-3 weeks. but eat better to be in good shape for my date sunday eve. :-) movie and dinner!

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Kati on 12/23/2011:
i loved the "remind to self" part in yesterday's entry. I think you can extend that thought to everyone ;-)

liza36 on 12/23/2011:
Have a great day and a Merry Christmas!

Kati on 12/24/2011:

hollybelle on 12/24/2011:
Happy Chanukah!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Dec 22, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

as for my weight: i have been eating VERY high end calories lately: usually 2200-2300 per day! and amazingly, and i say amazingly, i have not gained. I may have even lost enough to weight 125 again. or even a tad lower. success! I am not looking for fast weightloss, yes, we all want it and so do i, but this time success will ONLY happen for me with patience & perisistance. cheers to success, even if slowly.


6am snack: jumbo sized persimmon - maybe 150?

6:45am breakfast: english muffin 130, protein bar 230

snacking: coffee

510...oops, forgot the coconut water this AM: 550.

yes tons of gas today...and my boss could hear my stomach gurgling the whole time...no smell, obviously i would not do that in the office or i'd have to leave! that would be horrible. but it's completely crazy how much gas i had. :-( I will have to work on this, maybe start eating better, and not loading up on bad food/bad fiber. like protein bars that have sugar alcohols, etc, and so much coffee.  i may try harder with this. at least a little bit.

6:30pm: MASSAGE. one of the best ever! was so good and he did say "you should come again!" so i will.....perhaps next month with him after the new year sometime for sure.


 calories till after work: 1300

calories up to massage: 1450

calories after the gym - after the massage: 250 more. small protein bar and coconut water

total cal: 1700 - could not have done any better, perfection in my mind.

exercise: hour of cardio, half hour of good weightlifting/pushups.

successful day, thank god i went to work late.

tomorrow i will start work at 7am but i think we leave early....i hope so! and if so, i am gonna enjoy my afternoon for sure!  i will not be getting a ton of sleep though, oh well. happy 3 day weekend!

(3500) extra calories still since Thanksgiving, lol. one pound. but i think i may have lost it anyways.

Reminder to self: do not binge because it takes FOREVER to get rid of those excess calories, what a waste of time and effort.





Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Kati on 12/22/2011:
yes, the beans will give gas... try to do a cleaning. Gases are so bad... it also kills relationships, believe me...

liza36 on 12/22/2011:
Take Beano or something like that before eating lunch. That should do the trick. And enjoy the massage!

V on 12/22/2011:
Have a good one!

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