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Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Mar 30, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Kombucha 50

chocolates 250, candy 20

Grilled cheese 150 bread 300? Big slices coffee 50, banana bread 250 750

Snack: wine 150?, cauliflower crust 200 tops. 350.

Dinner (healthy!) big salad, takeout from chipotle, NOT FRESH OR COOKED RIGHT!? what's up with takeout these days? it was pulled pork that wasn't even fully "pulled" still in big chunks and tasted fattty instead of nice and light as pulled pork should be! the roasted peppers and onions in the salad had wayyyy too much oregano!? and seemed undercooked. maybe bc it was "dinnertime" around 6pm and it was really crowded in Chipotle. seems that takeout and even restaurants like Chipotle that are a cut above the very bottom aren't too good as of late! 

pulled pork good amount 200-250?, greens 50, cooked peppers and onions 100. 500 tops.

1900, perfect.

good exercise. was in city all day being a tourist, hence the strange eats! :) on purpose i was eating lightly in the morning.

1900 avg also.

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

Maria7 on 03/30/2019:
Glad you are having a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/31/2019:
Indeed! Wishing the same to you!

Donkey on 03/31/2019:
Husband and I had a brief conversation last night about whether or not it's worth it to limit one's menu choices if you can't enjoy eating out. It was a question that for the most part was left unanswered.

I think you manage your outing adventures and your eating adventures quite well! A nice mix and healthy balance.

horn_of_plenty on 03/31/2019:
The food I ordered was split between Ricky and me thankfully so that’s why the calories fit in so well - if I were ordering myself I would not have gotten both a grilled cheese and banana bread. - I was so glad I didn’t really have much food earlier in the day ;) worked out really well yeah

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Mar 29, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Home: kombucha 50

work bar, good fats, and mocha coffee 300, also white chocolate peanut M&M's just a few 50. ..i planned yesterday to indulge in this packet of peanut white chocolate m&m's! 50 more.

Wrap (these wraps are what are causing bathroom issues...the MISSION CARB BALANCE...really low cal but also REALLY BAD for digestion...taste good just bad, real bad, i'll have to stop buying them as they are not healthy to eat on the regular i don't think). wrap 80, egg 70, avo 100. 250.

Lunch: healthy, mix of things from home: frozen beef good size serving a little too chewy as since i have learned to cook beef longer in the slow cooker to avoid this 300>  i cooked ahwile ago / root veggies also with it, cauli rice 50 mixed with a decent amount of pesto 200, tomatoes 50. the rest of the peanut white chocolate m&m package. 500 tops, i didn't have the cauliflower bc lunch was large enough without it~! very full.

3pm no fruit, so chocolate 120, Later some tea and almonds 100

dinner: i'm thinking to pick up some food to bring home at lunch (you don't wanna go to a buffet at 5pm to pick up food sitting there all day....so you buy your dinner at lunch to stick in the fridge and take home!), yeah. thinking a light fish / salad (with light dressing) and maybe some fried rice for dinner, YES!!! dinner was salad and cooked lightly sauteed broccoli 150 tops, 2 large shrimp 50, 3oz or so of fish 100, drink 50. blueberries 100. 500 tops.


i was going to have wine, but couldn't get the cork out LOL.

 7day: 1960 :)

lately not feeling slimmer, weirdly enough! it takes time to lose weight after eating high cals it doesn't just come off i guess.


I was in around 8:20am instead of 8:30, so, i'm out of here today at 4:50. i just NEED to get home. :)...do leg routine, get on couch, maybe watch a Paris movie with english subtitles coworker / neighbor gave me.


I'm going to do a short leg exercise tonight when i get home. No other walking except at lunch.

Tomorrow will be a nice walking day, nice plans in the city in a part i don't usually go to ...will write more tomorrow on it! going to see Catacombs in a cathedral, maybe the only place to see them in NYC. (won't have to do it in Paris, now that i'm doing it similarly here!) lol!!!

Sunday is lunch with mom followed by going straight to my gym after - tend to get a good workout done there, change of pace from doing it at home, nice to know i can still work out amongst people...diff atmosphere is good for me than just going home.


Planning to do hair soon, tho, not yet..too busy right now (sorta on purpose i'm making nice plans)...planning to def highlight my hair again before the trip on 4/26. maybe just 2 weeks before or so, we'll see.

Like i was saying, hair is quite a nuissance to think about when to get it done...i almost don't care anymore to do it...even though i love the highlights my schedule is too packed to fit this kinda thing in for my liking.  :/

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

legcramps on 03/29/2019:
I am the same way with beauty activities... I never have time to cut, style, colour my hair, do my nails, stuff like that. I used to get my eyelashes filled, and I thought it looked so pretty, but I just don't have time to maintain that look! It sucks, but then I think about what's better - maintaining my friendships, health, and sanity - or my looks?

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2019:
yeah, with your schedule i'm sure it's also a choice of what you want to spend time on....sucks right!?

all those women who walk around with beauty treatments, they spend so much time on each thing..

i'm gonna keep doing the blonde but it's hilarious how annoying it is to go and get it done. it seems i'll do it 5-6x a year if i want to maintain it well. we'll see how long i can maintian it.

legcramps on 03/29/2019:
I know - someone posted on social media just the other day about how it was SO WORTH IT to drive four hours to get their hair done. Seriously?! I can do SO MANY things in four hours LOL.

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2019:
yes, that is SO NOT WORTH IT!?

unless she seriously lives in the middle of nowhere!?

i could not drive four hours only for that!?

Donkey on 03/30/2019:
When I was low-carb, I would use the wraps you are referring to. You are right in that they can cause some digestive issues. I still feel that they are a GREAT alternative, but having them on a daily basis... a person might have some bathroom issues.

My "beauty" routine is more about applying different types of lotions to different areas of my body, including feet care! But overall I'm relatively maintenance free. I don't get my nails done, I'm leaving my hair alone until I get my health issues worked out... I do wear make-up during the week, but overall, I follow the Katherine Hepburn beauty routine: skin moisturizer day and night, and then only face powder and lipstick during the day.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2019:
i TOTALLY LOVED reading your beauty routine especially the Katherine Hepburn anecdote! cute!

i also use lotion, as i do have dry skin and love (usually, except on days i accidentally skip it!) applying lotion right after a shower before getting dressed for the day :) i put lotion on my toe nails, but not my feet lol.

you look REALLY GOOD in your lipstick, always looks perfect. i have yet to want to use lipstick. my lips are always dry at work...so i just stick to my chapstick. but you look so perfect the way you apply yours.

i also skip nail manicures. i find them a waste especially bc the polish tends to weaken my nails!

Donkey on 03/31/2019:
I should add that I recently decided that I also want to be a person who wears eyeliner and mascara. So I'm experimenting with that. I'm not sure it's who I am, but it's fun to stretch myself a little bit, ya know?

horn_of_plenty on 03/31/2019:
I think mascara would be perfect on you - eyeliner is a pain for me / doesn’t work for me .... you should def at least go for the mascara it will be awesome on you

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Mar 28, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Home kombucha - relaxed with it. good. but then rushed to shower and leave on time and was late 10min to work bc of not planning right. 70

mocha and a bar (starting to get sick of this mix) 300

snack: wrap 80, egg 70, avo 100. 250 .

lunch: from home tofu 100, roasted veg 250?, tomatoes 50. 450?

I am just SO SLEEPY right now, all day. not good habits, seems i need more sleep to go in line with the type of training i like to do...

snacks: 1 chocolate 50

blood orange 100

before workout: thinking just yogurt and coffee - ended being a granola bar on way home with an amino drink on bus too 150, then almond milk / coffee mix 50. 200

during workout: 2 chocolates and another amino drink 120

after workout: also thinking to keep it light and small. dark chocolate this one made with stevia 50, and some pop chips 150. 200

1750, perfect.

1970 6day average...no, not feeling thinner just yet for this week.




I did sleep, but really want MORE sleep. instead i was chatting on phone, which caused me to not "shut down" like i would have wanted...then all of a sudden my neighbor starts drilling the wall at 8:50pm. I hope to do a fast weights workout tonight & get to bed again bc i'm seriously very sleepy as of the past month has been tiring by midweek i'm already pooped just due to not sleeping enough.

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

legcramps on 03/28/2019:
It's amazing how much sleep affects our days/weeks/months! I have been struggling with a migraine for the last few days and it's been affecting my sleep as well. Ugh!

Hope you are able to get in a weight workout tonight; take it easy and make sure you rest if that's what your body is telling you to do.

horn_of_plenty on 03/28/2019:
my body has def been telling me to rest all week, but i'll def do the weights routine upper body. I'll try to do it earlier in the night, so i can sleep early afterwards ;)

Donkey on 03/29/2019:
At least you got a workout in! That's good!

I hope you can catch up on sleep and relaxation this weekend. That's what I'm going to try to do, at least (lol)...

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2019:
YEAH, it's like whenever i plan to go to bed early, it doesn't happen, like i'm jinxing myself! ;) LOL LOL LOL.

should be a decent weekend of a few different activities.

no real cooking for me, it seems, besides the basics, until the month of MAY!!!!!

I guess it's good for us to just realize things are not going to work exactly to plan every time!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Mar 27, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Good Morning.

Home: kombucha 50 - didn't work maybe i shouldn't have had any since i was able to use the bathroom last night...it's all good - like donkey said i should probably get up sightly earlier - like get outta my bed 20 min earlier at least than i do. i currently lay in bed listening to the news...maybe i can try to push myself out of bed just to listen to the news as i drink the kombucha. i'm starting to drink it so late that it's too rushed and i'm unable to use the bathroom so much that maybe i should just start to begin my days with tea and no more kombucha for awhile>? 50 (i'm just thinking out loud).

Mocha coffee 100 and bar 200. 

snack: was gonna have a wrap but i think i might save it to have with lunch. dried fruit / nut granola bar. 150 change of pace, more natural, some nuts/dried fruit.; and that was stupid with the granola bar...now eating some almonds 50 (garlic flavor)

Weird lunch: half a turkey sausage that i don't think was cooked right - throwing the rest away as something didn't go right and i'm not trying to cook them again..(i didn't cook them long enough) 80, leftover bites of sweet potato 100, tomatoes 50, wrap 80,egg70, avocado 100. 500.

snacks 3-3:30pm orange 50, 2 chocolates 100


plums 150, yogurt 100, 250 , chocolate 

1900 tops :)




TONIGHT IS A REST NIGHT. no planned exercise aside from getting off the bus maybe a hair earlier. i've got to get a good night's sleep tonight as i've not slept will at all - not enough sleep like i like to get due to doing several other things when i get home each night - not a big deal, but tonight i've got to get to bed early - like 8pm.


Glad my supervisor / coworker isn't here today bc i'm catching up on emails i saved to work on later as well as a few other assignments...I feel like everything is taking longer than it should and that i am not very efficient at work. but i really don't want to fix anything either. I will just keep on I guess. 

I wasted a lot of time entering coworker's time and dealing with her computer issues..like over an hour of time just wasted doing practically nothing. eesh.

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

Donkey on 03/28/2019:
OMG what is it with computer issues this week, right? I was just saying to my boss, Technology is great until it doesn't work. He has enough trouble changing his password!

I hope you were able to get the sleep you wanted.

horn_of_plenty on 03/28/2019:
I didn’t sleep as early - stayed awake on my own and also due to wall drilling right under me at 8:50-9pm last night !!! I knew the person doing this and luckily it didn’t last long - cannot complain too much. Fell asleep soon after that lol ! Can’t make these things up!

I set my clock earlier so was tired getting up but, it was worth having time to relax in the morning....still need to fix my routine better in the mornings though

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Mar 26, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha but no help. 50

bar and mocha coffee 300

wrap 80, egg 70, avo 100. 250.

lunch: leftovers: small piece of stew beef 100 in there (sampling from a store i walked by last night..), roasted veggies 150-200, roasted sweet potatoes good size serving 250. 550. very bloated since this AM. the potatoes were good to include at lunch to smooth things over i hope.

choc and nuts 100

before exercise: plum and yogurt 200, coffee iced 50 and then almond milk with a hint of coffee too 50. 300. :)


during exercise: AMINOS 30

after exercise: mix of chocolate, not much. just enough. 200

1850, good.

4day: 2040, excellent.

leg is once again aggrivated and tight - i mean my right thigh. ouch. i think it's from leg exercises the other day, also, i might be low on potassium.



lately i'm getting up too late and rushing in the mornings...which also blocks me up with bathroom problems... i need to start getting up earlier out of bed and maybe the bathroom issue will resolve. for 2.5 weeks i've had a lot of slow moving on the bathroom end - it could also be due to less walking for a few weeks also...a mix of things. hormones too. 

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

happy-1 on 03/27/2019:
you always have the best meals

Horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
i have to stop buying /eating everyday this brand of wrap...too much fiber blocks me up!

i think it's by Mission and they are 80 cal per wrap. so tasty, but so bad!

Donkey on 03/27/2019:
While it may be difficult to do at first, you may want to wake up earlier, intentionally, so that you have time to move at a relaxed pace in the mornings. I think of how nice it would be, for myself, to have enough time in the mornings to just sit for 10 minutes, drink coffee, and watch the day unfold.

horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
my wakeup routine right now needs fixing. i simply lay in bed listening to the radio for as long as possible. i'm going to have to work on this - by getting up with the alarm clock and showering first thing before anything else...you are right i def need to change my habit of laying in bed all month for as long as possible...

Donkey on 03/27/2019:
Be careful with that leg!

horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
i'm not sure what the issue was. maybe my thigh was cramping up due to inflammation / soreness from the squats. it was weird. i took a pain killer and was able to sleep thru the night and today my thigh feels better.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Mar 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

breakfast: good fats bar and mocha coffee 300

midmorning: wrap 80, egg 70, avo 100. 250. noon - snacked on a few almonds 50

lunch: good leftovers: roasted veg 250, salmon (small piece)150, mushroom barley too 200! full meal! Calories: 600

snacks: plum 50, almonds

dinner: TBD - 650 was it?

2000, excellent.

3day: 2100.

good walk, somehow my legs are SO SORE from the squats i did on sunday wow.


exercise: planning to walk halfway home at least like one mile, not the full way i don't think. then somewhat early to bed i'm thinking. 


I have almost planned 4 complete days in paris, 2 days left to make plans. i have to start now booking tickets and stuff for those days...but prefer to book tickets when i have all 6 days planned so i don't forget something or want to change my mind and cannot if a ticket is booked...prefer to pay after i see the 6 days written down :)

I'll start paying either this week (for like Disney - pray for no rain that day it's almost a $200 day because we got the FAST PAST to get thru every ride / experience!!!) ...and pay for Versailles as those are set days and do not interfere with Paris scheduled things.

Maybe i'll pay for Disney/Versailles TONIGHT after work - stay here an extra half hour to pay for those days online (she's splitting her costs with me of course!)

So out of 6 days, two outside Paris are planned and so is one day and most another in Paris. I have 2+  days left to plan...and for the total of 4 in Paris days, I am planning to pay for all those tickets at the same time, once the 4 days in Paris are set up. I'd hate to make plans for one day in Paris, to realize i'd prefer to do a timed / set schedule paid ticket on one day just to realize i should have bought that dated ticket for another! LOL...I'm getting there.  Also, there are special passes and i have to see if i prefer a 2 or 4-day special pass instead of paying for all the paris museums/monuments separately. (probably just pay separately though bc the prices are so similar).

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

Donkey on 03/26/2019:
How exciting to see your plans come together! I completely understand why you're waiting to pay. Makes sense to me!

Hope your walk went well. Gotta strengthen your legs for all the walking you'll be doing in Paris!

horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2019:
yeah, it's been on my mind that my legs are going to "die" in paris!

there is certainly going to be a ton of walking that i'm not used to :/ ...of which i'm happy about...it's just i do not walk so much daily and it's nerve wracking knowing i will be...(it's due to my past and injuries that i get overly nervous about it).

yes, i'm really debating skipping the louvre in order to spend time doing other slightly less touristy things.

the lady i'm staying with i don't think wants to run around nonstop without sleep and that's actually fine with me...i hope to come back from the trip and go deep into "Spring training"

I don't plan on taking any more trips aside from an overnight one possibly at some point until next year or maybe even later.

my plan is to actually go back to "improving my fitness" instead of staying the same.

for instance, my goal for this year (until December) is to actually pass the two running tests for court officer. i'm going to stay motivated and start planning to pass the test.

in the past, i was just "running up to 2 miles" for distance, but now i'm interested to "train for the test". like, to do the training that will get me in...i actaully feel it's 100% possible if i do the training.

as i do that training, i might skimp a hair on weights and just seriously start to take my training to a new goal which is "train for the court officer exam".

i actually do see this happening sooner rather than later...

but overall, it seems i'm going to have to spend MORE TIME training overall, not less, to pass this test...

lots of words...

horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2019:
If i can manage it, i'm happy to leave this current type of job for court officer. I'm going to put that work in

the only thing i won't get with court officer is health insurance for life. union gives health insurance for life after 20 years of service...but i don't know what i'll be doing in this union or how long my jobs will last...so who knows!

happy-1 on 03/27/2019:
Ooooh... Paris...

Horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
yes, yes...i'll feel SO MUCH BETTER when my plans are SET!...like i know which part of paris i'm headed to each day ;)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Mar 24, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Good Morning ! 

8:00 am breakfast: onyxorgum shredded wheat, craisins, and almond milk 400. iced coffee 50. and...sugar rush! LOL.

10:30am: good fats bar cookie dough flavor, pretty nice. and more seltzer and stevia 200

lunch: cooked veggies large amount 150?, barley and mushrooms bigger amount 200, salmon nice size piece 300? 700 tops - might have overestimated  a hair but that’s better than underestimating !

snack half orange 50

before gym seltzer with stevia and a cookie 150  and during gym with be a bigger serving of coconut water 150 ...might skip something here ?! 

after gym to be determined - a real meal. 500 or so.a cauliflower crust 200, 2 kebabs of tasty and so garlickly shrimp! 250, and a plum 50. 

2200, excellent.

2 day: 2150, fine.


My planning for Paris is going slowly because i get anxious and start to do everything but plan for Paris. Before I drive to vvisit my mom around noon today, I'm hoping to plan 2 more days, so that i've planned at least 3/6 days...!  If i work harder, i could probably even plan 4/6 days before noon today...let  me get to work! Well, now i just spoke to mymom and i have to have to leave more around 11:30 which gives me just under 2 hours to plan...i'll be lucky if i can plan 2 days...

picking up some food & seeing mom for lunch ...followed by a HOME workout - i think gym is not a good idea...still need to write more Paris plans at home...grrrr! and gym will just waste the day away.

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

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
Oh dear, I do not like the idea of planning making you anxious! This is supposed to be fun! But I confess that the same thing can happen to me, especially if there is so much I want to do in a short period of time.

I'm sure you want to do it all, but would it be possible to plan some things as "for sure to do/see" and then have a subset of "maybe do if time or want to"? I remember when my mom took the kids to Washington DC, that was her approach, and I think it worked out well, because there IS so much to see and do.

My Male Co-Worker went to Paris as a day trip (or maybe it was one night) when he went to England/London. His main memory of Paris is that he was constantly being told: No, Monsieur! No matter where he went, he'd always run into someone telling him no. Ha ha ha! I do not think Paris was a good fit for him.

But you are so lucky that you will have a trusted guide/friend to go with you!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
yes i am in agreement with you on all!

the problem is i don't know the area well enough and i scheduled a few things and i'm trying to do a "half day" thing on the day i go...and realized that i didn't give enough time to get from Eiffel tower back to a short fashion show at a store....so now i have to think about the plan again! grrr hahaha...

i did plan the days we are in Disney (france's labor day May 1st), Versailles which is on the last day of April, and also i did plans for the sunday i am there. 1/2 the trip is planned, but the easier part! still have to pay for everything so far LOL.

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
PS I hope you have a pleasant visit with your mom. I hope that she continues to heal. I suppose being older, it's taking her longer? I hope not.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
it was very nice...she sometimes gets so serious though! grrr....it is taking quite long for 7 ribs to heal, she's doing much better, but it's taking it's time. i think bones generally are healed in 6 weeks and she's halfway thru...

happy-1 on 03/27/2019:

Horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
oh yes ;)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Mar 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

7pm Edit: very anxious and stressed as i write the daily plans (hard to do when you don't know the area so have to search and make sense of it all....good to do, but it's VERY STRESSFUL for me as i'm not a great planner....doing it...but i just took a generic 1/8 xanax (i've had the same pills home had only 2-3 pills since Spring 2016 lol) because i am seriously starting to go nuts...really just started the plans at 6pm today lol...was cleaning and cooking all up until then....i'm a GREAT procrastinator!)


Good Morning ! 

8:00 am breakfast: onyxorgum shredded wheat, craisins, and almond milk 400. iced coffee 50.

snack: chocolate 200 (should have tried the sugar free stuff i bought but had regular - forgot i have to try the other stuff!)

12pm-1pm lunch: egg freshly hard boiled /and a tablespoon nut spread 200 (got hungry and was cooking lots of things for the whole weekend/week ahead), cauliflower rice with pesto sauce 150. 350. 1/2 cauliflower crust 100 (since i am home today i've been cooking up a lot of frozen items to have ready for this weekend and next week). blueberries 50

4:30-5:30pm  - 2 smallish plums 50, tried REALLY, REALLY dark chocolate 98% cacao omg!? crazy stuff! 100, ice cream 150

7:30 good dinner at home: garlic/black pepper shrimp250 from frozen, i made ealier in oven and still have a few kabobs left (they were actuallly frozen on the kabob!) , avocado 120, wrap 80. 450 satisfying. and a drink 50...now back to planning...i don't think i'm going to finish all of Paris today, i think i'll need one more day or so...like my day off in April...

snack: more regular ghardinelli chocolates 150

2100, good.


9:30 or so and i already showered and put the laundry in...i need to figure out my Paris schedule TODAY. i've researched the areas and now have to make a 6day schedule. it's sorta easy as 2 of the days are "excursions" outside paris and will take longer just to get there so the only plan mostly is where we are going: one day is Disney (outside Paris) and the other day is Versailles. Disney doesn't need too much planning other than picking up a schedule for the day when we get to Disney. Versailles does include some planning - need to see what kinda tour we want....i need English, but maybe we'll just get an automated tour. i'm not sure if i want a tour guide or device to listen to. I do prefer guides, but, they are MUCH MORE expensive. Anyways, then i have 4 more days of Paris to plan...so i'm getting started. Like i said, the research is done, now i just have to put my notes into a plan. I also need to research the "cheaper" concerts. We've decided NOT to attend a dinner/show at Moulin Rouge - only to walk by / into it briefly. Instead, there are other cheaper shows and events available, which is fine with me...i just like performances in general. And i know from going to events totally free at libraries that it's not always the price that determines the calibre...you can get high calibre for inexpensive price if you are open to it! :)

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

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
I have not been to Paris, so let me qualify my next advice. However, I have had friends who have been to Paris. I would gently suggest that you allow for wait times or crowd times when making your plans. Especially for Versailles and the Louvre. After all, who wants to feel rushed at the Louvre - right? :)

I'm curious as to how Disney made it on your Paris list. I mean, after all, there is Disney here in the states. Just curious, no judgment at all.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
I was looking at a "Paris Bucket List" and asking what have you done on it type of thing i found online. It wasn't a concise list or fully engaging with every part of Paris. But, it listed Disney on it.

Including a day of Disney makes planning for me easier because we simply get to the park and spend all day there - and i do not have to plan so much in advance - just show up and see what's going on at the park. I've not been to Disney in many years and figure i might as well go for a fun day. I can be so much like a child and enjoy fun little shows. Maybe there is a Safari / zoo section? i have to check. I'd go and see what it's about. It's just a low-key day and to get away from "museums" and "must-do's" in Paris.

At the Louvre, i'm hoping for an English tour, i don't htink my friend wants to pay for guide-tours. maybe we'll just do another automated tour (headphones).

some passes, a lot, can be bought ahead of time to skip lines mostly...i have to try to do this - after i plan the days i'm going to these places lol.

yes, Louvre and Versailles are mostly two days within themselves.

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
Also, and maybe I should have mentioned this in your previous entry: Your average calorie total was lower this week (yay!). Can you feel a difference?

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
The difference is miniscule, but YES, i'll say it makes a difference. Mentally, first off, it's nice to say i've had a far better week than i have in several of the previous weeks. and obviously it's going to take me more than one week to make up for so many weeks of 2200 type of averages. For me, 2050 a day is perfect and i won't gain weight. But a few weeks here and there over that amount also won't kill me, as is the case right now...coming off that...it feels good to eat a little less. i was bloated this week because of TOM and issues like yours though, so it wasn't noticeable till around friday i did feeel slimmer.

Maria7 on 03/23/2019:
I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. So happy for you!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
thank you :) i'm staying with a female friend, so my budget should be okay in the end....or should i say wallet!?

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
A few things:

Yes, I can see the advantages of going to Disney Paris. It's kind of funny, because one of the things I loved at Disney was Epcot, where you get to go "visit" different European countries. So in Disney Paris, I suppose they don't have any of that - LOL!

YES -- pre-pay for as much as you can to avoid lines!!! This is true and it works! And I would opt for an automated tour myself, especially if it saves you money. I think it ends up being better than being with a guide. I mean to say, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, but the automated tour could work just fine and save money and perhaps give you more flexibility if you wanted to stop in front of certain artwork a little longer (?).

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Mar 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

Breakfast: Good Fats bar and mocha coffee 300


Midmorning: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avo 100. 250.

Lunch: all healthy, bought it yesterday and forgot to take it home for dinner last night / weekend too so i'll eat that today...wish i remembered to take that food yesterday bc i'm not going directly home tonight and so i'm not sure i want to have food in my backpack for like 4-5hours until 9pm...we'll see...and it's too much to eat only for lunch. maybe i leave part of the cooked veggies for Monday for work (i don't like wasting things i pay for!) light shrimp/fish 150?, lots of roasted yellow peppers oily 250. 400. fruit 50.

snacks: almonds 50

dinner: TBD...i'm going to an event that has White Castle (well, maybe i'll just eat one slider!?) and beer. it's boxing tournament held annually by the Sportman's Club of my union and a 10 min walk from my apt...it starts at 7pm but i plan to get there around 6pm and i'll eat then...Ricky is supposedly saving me a seat very close to the boxing ring...fingers crossed! 550 cal beer, one slider, 1 diet coke, snack bar after the event.

total friday cals: 1800 tops, excellent !!

7day avg is going to be GREAT: 2070 FANTASTIC!!!!!!!


i'm excited to see a boxing tournament tonight, starts at 7pm, going straight from  work.

I am leaving my cooked veggies i bought yesterday for lunch monday / tuesday at work next week as i don't want to carry the veggies home, i don't think!


Planning to sleep in tomorrow, do laundry, make corned beef and cabbage in slow cooker, and if weather is nice enough to do a walk :) maybe in Valley Stream (town where i grew up) as a change o fpace i'll drive there.

I keep switching my decision about my hair. I prefer it with blonde, despite the price. i'm just not ready to go back to brown pixie cut. At least my haircuts are rather cheap (since i get them done at a barbershop!). I've decided to keep the highlights. I almost want to go get them done this weekend, but it's too soon because i have my trip in one month...the highlights will have grown out by then and look bad in Paris photos LOL, so i'll wait 2-3 more weeks on the highlights. 

 but then again, making the appointments is so inconvenient and annoying, that i should just touch up grays myself and dye it back! yeah, its not the money that's the issue but the making appointments and wasting time getting hair done. i'll have to go back to brown eventually.

highlights are just really inconvenient for me....BUT I REALLY LIKE THEM....!? ...GRRRR.


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

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
Boxing is not really my thing, but if you enjoy it, I say go for it. It's good to get out at least.

I would think that time at the beauty shop getting highlights would be something you look forward to as a "pampering" luxury, and not a burden on your time. I love having my hair worked on, but don't really do this any more, initially because I didn't have the finances, and now, more so, because I do not have a lot of hair, so I really need to be careful with what I have left.

(I am at the point where I have given some thought to shaving my head - starting over - and getting a really nice wig in the meantime.)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
yeah, i'm glad my hair is still a decent amount as my coworker's hair has thinned a lot and she's just a year older than me...

i do not feel pampered when i go get beauty luxuries done like nails and hair. I become very impatient and do not enjoy spending time in the salons. it's like my attention span cannot take it, lol. that's a major reason i don't get nails done. but also, my nails seem super sensitive and they tend to thin out and get very brittle from polish anyways.

i just get very impatient at the salon.

i have been looking at photos, and i find the blonde color to add a lightness and "fun" quality to my appearance. i realize i need to just relax when the roots show, as it's better if i just space it out and deal with roots as my hair really is mostly brown so a few grays in the roots is really not noticeable enough at the moment and when it starts to become noticeable i can change up from the blonde.

i think i wanna keep getting highlights approx every 2.5-3 months for the next couple years if possible as i do like the blonde look and find, like i said a moment ago, that it adds a certain "fun quality" to my overall look.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
because i don't wear makeup to work and don't have long hair, i feel it's a statement with the highlights. and i do like them a lot.

also when my hair is messy, i feel it still looks great when it's highlighted.

but when my hair is just brown and messy, i don't like it as much.

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
I should correct myself: watching boxing is not really my thing. However, I was really excited to hear that researchers found that shadowboxing can help with Parkinson's! Wow!

Also, I enjoyed the boxing program on Wii Sports.

They've opened up a studio called I Love Kickboxing here in my town, which I did give some consideration in joining. I feel like I need something extra - more challenging and more social. However, joining this studio would be totally out of my comfort zone. Joining a gym or a yoga studio is more my style and that's hard enough for me to do! (obviously because I haven't done even that!) (yet)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i have heard of I love Kickboxing, yes.

please don't feel like things are out of your comfort zone...and let that feeling prevent you from joining things.

for the I LOVE kickboxing, there's probably a trial. you can do that to see if you like it before actually joininng / buying a package.

kickboxing is nice if you want a different kind of class. i have done a different brand, Tiger Shulman kickboxing, it was rather hard for me...very much legs involved...a good workout, but not up my ally. you will burn tons of calories.

you can try new things, many people are in your boat and everyone is a beginner at something at some point. the only way you can break thru the feeling of not being in your comfort zone is to start up the new things.

at the gym, there are great classes but that also depends on the gym! ...and depends on the actual instructors!

yoga studios also vary in the type of yoga, how challenging, and length of class as well as type of instructor. you can probably find that many studios may offer a one pay class feature like you had wanted...see what's out there. maybe try a few things, if you have the oppportunity / time, before making a full decision for the long run...i have done this in the past...but now i am sort of set for awhile in what i like to do / exercise i do / gyms i belong to...

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Mar 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast "good fats" bar and mocha 300

mid morning: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avo 100. 250. salt/pepper.

cheesecake thing 150

lunch: the rest of that indian :) big portion of the saag with mushrooms 300? (lots of cream), rice 150, tofu 100, tomatoes. 550-600

snacks: apple/almonds 200, CHOC 50

Pre-exercise: not sure. thinking to have somethign more like a meal...thinking veggies & to get some at lunch for both today & tomorrow...iced coffee, blueberries, yogurt 250

during exercise: coconut water 100

Post exercise: not sure.trying another "good fats" flavor bar probably...we'll see...or a higher carb thing...not sure.200 for that bar :)

2150, excellent.

6day: 2110 or so, excellent also.


For anyone feeling like they have too much going on / hard to keep head above water right now: i'm in your boat!


last night i had dinner, exercised, and had a drink/piece of chocolate and it was enough. i may start trying this out, now that the routines are getting shorter (exercise routines) thankfully...i still have to amp up cardio again. I have mostly stopped the evening walks because my ankle was getting beat up from longer walks lately on the weekend. working on balance.

Very long, rough week over here. Lots of extra errands thrown into the mix but glad i went to bed on the early side last night. Tonight i have upper body but it's a lot shorter now that i do legs mostly separately on a separate night!  I still plan to get decent sleep tonight!  As well, I am Still eager to sleep in come Saturday.  I feel very drained.  If i did have sick days, i'd have taken one today! Ah, and i do have one, but i'm saving it for the month of April for close to before i'm going on vacation in France.  It's my last sick day of "this year" and i want to use it very close to that trip, since it'll be good to have a short week close to going on the trip as it will be stressful going away after several straight, full, busy weeks of work.

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

legcramps on 03/21/2019:
Sounds like a busy week - it's so hard to find that balance all the time! Some days it's just going to be busier and we have to find a way to deal with it without completing exhausting ourselves. Hope the last couple of days of your week are good ones!

horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
Seems that the beginning of the week’s rush got better by Friday oh thank gosh !!!! Much better day today !

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