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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 111.0

AM pushups 

kombucha 50

Breakfast Ukranian cake from coworker 300, my cooked cranberries 50, coffee 50. 

snack: my pumpkin brownies 250

lunch: leftover chinese tofu soup 250, tomatoes and roasted veggies100 , popcorn 200..pastrami 100 and bread 100...half apple 550 total

dinner: holiday party for company...dinner......dessert = coffee only!!!!!! ...few fried calamari 150, fried eggplant and piece of meat 150, wine 100, salad 100, pork 300, fish 100, coffee 50...1000?

2250, very good!

 

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/20/2019:
Oh...Ukranian cake...sounds very interesting!!!! How do you make your cranberries???

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2019:
i take the bag of them and put it in a large, microwave safe bowl. i watch it while i stick it all in the microwave, for around 1min-2min, i only add stevia...and i cook them till they pop. i mix them after a minute in microwave, and add them back in there for around 1-2 minutes more, watching it so it doesn't explode and i keep it with a paper towel over them while they cook in there. total cooking time is 2-3 minutes tops. i add stevia at the end to taste...quite a bit since the cranberries aren't sweet. and then i mix it into things - like yogurt, oatmeal, or as a topping like with brownies, etc.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2019:
or i even eat it by itself.

other things can be added in, like raisins or orange / lemon zest. but i love it just as it is, with stevia.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2019:
then i keep it in fridge, it turns into a spread, it thickens up like a jelly would.


bearcountrygg on 12/20/2019:
That sounds really good!!! Sounds like you can do a lot of things with it and cranberries are so good for you!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2019:
indeed!!!!


Donkey on 12/21/2019:
I make my cranberries on the stovetop. Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar substitute to a low boil, add bag of cranberries, stir continuously until the water starts to boil again, then turn down heat to low for 10 minutes, continuing to stir frequently. Remove from heat and chill. Here in Illinois, I usually put the pan outside to cool down. Then refrigerate. The longer the water & berries simmer (say you go over 10 minutes), the more concentrated the juicy liquid becomes.

horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2019:
Good idea thank you for sharing ....this makes a larger serving than mine with the extra water and it makes them more saucy. I’ll have to give this one a try.


Donkey on 12/21/2019:
PS Had to Google Ukrainian cake - I've had that before!

horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2019:
It was very light and puffy but a hard texture and airy with hazelnuts and frosting



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 111.0

AM abs; PM legs maybe

kombucha 70

breakfast: yogurt 150 greek extra stevia, canned pumpkin stevia 100, butter cookie 50, coffee 50. 

snack: last of my pumpkin muffins 200

lunch:  i think going out to eat for somebody's birthday which is tomorrow but celebrating today :) tuna 300, cabbage 50, dressing 100 diet coke, bread 50, butter 100 (yes, a big chunk of butter!). 600

snack: tbd...i keep forgetting to pack fruit - half pear 50, chocolate 50

evening: chinese soup with tofu 300, chips 250, orange 100. 650, chocolate 50

2050 :)

 

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2019:
Do you add the pumpkin to the yogurt HOP?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2019:
yes, it was a greek yogurt that was blended with fruit mixed in, then i added around a cup of sweetened with stevia pumpkin from a can.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2019:
so it's really like a 2 cup serving of food when eating the 1 cup almost of yogurt with 1 cup of sweetened pumpkin.


Donkey on 12/20/2019:
A lovely day's menu! I enjoy reading your meals.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2019:
I'm glad you get enjoyment from it :) interesting selection as usual :)



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 111.0

AM WEIGHTS, pushups yesterday, PM BIKE 
2 candies in morning, seltzer with stevia 50

breakfast: last of my tuna fish 150 on a wrap 150, coffee 50, chocolate 100

snack: pumpkin muffin 200

lunch: will buy some veggies - roasted 250 to have with leftover pastrami 200 sandwich 200 from parents and popcorn 150. total here : 800 - bigger meal.

choc almonds 100

dinner: bar 200, orange 100, almond milk with splash coffee and stevia 50, gummies 100

2050.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/18/2019:
good maintenance here!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2019:
thanks happy, it's been easier lately :) i gained a couple pounds back also after the hospital :)


bearcountrygg on 12/18/2019:
Are you staying with your parents for the holidays? I saw the pics of your pumpkin muffins on FB the other day...they looked delish!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2019:
i'm staying with them on and off....i have a lot more appointments lately with dr / therapist, and those appointments are by my parents so i'm staying with them more frequently right now.


happy-1 on 12/18/2019:
I just put stevia in my seltzer and thought of you.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2019:
isn't it sooo much better !? like soda!


happy-1 on 12/18/2019:
It was really good. I found liquid stevia at trader joes and it mixes smoothly.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2019:
I prefer the liquid also.


Donkey on 12/19/2019:
You're doing well!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2019:
Thank you, i'm beginning to feel better :)



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 111.0

AM PUSHUPS , pm half hour walk to train 
kombucha 70

breakfast: wrap 130, egg 70, butter 100, seasonings, coffee 50. chocolate 70

snack: pumpkin muffin 200

lunch: indian veggie leftovers 300 tops, tofu 100, popcorn 120, apple 80...600, very filling.

snack: chocolate/almonds 100

1350

dinner: tbd800 approx 

2150

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today i have my psych dr appt at 7:45pm. yes, this office has great hours. I will take the train home (a different one) directly to my parent's town and my mom is picking me up. then, i'll have dinner with her and go to my appt. THEN, i'm sleeping over my parents' house and my dad is driving me to the subway tomorrow to go to work. I brought only a change of top (shirt) as i have everything else at their house and i plan to make it easy - wear the same pants tomorrow, etc..lol

 

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/17/2019:
Love that you travel light!!!! Good job planning for self care with a doctor's office that is open at convenient times.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/17/2019:
I got lucky and didn't plan for this dr, but it worked out well. I think a lot of therapy places in my area are starting to switch to being open more conveniently for people who work :)

yes, traveling very, very light :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/17/2019:
i just don't care about wearing the same pants, same bra even and socks for one more day. who cares, right!? i'm at a desk all day and nobody will notice ;) and i will take a shower so i feel nice and clean of course! :)


Donkey on 12/17/2019:
I hope your appointment went well. How nice to be close to your folks' place. It's nice that you can be with family after therapy.

Please read my reply to your comment on my diary today! I'm very excited about it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/18/2019:
i admit...i wasn't with the family too much, fell asleep soon after the therapy....



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 111.0

Good Morning All. Thanks for your support always and especially lately :) 

kombucha 60

breakfast:cookie 150, muffin 200, coffee 50

1/2 wrap 60, egg half and butter half 100. 150

lunch: wrap 120, tuna fish 150, roasted veggies 130, goldfish crackers 150. 550-600,

raspberries 50, chocolate 50

dinner: prob indian food leftovers 550

1900 tops 

bike ride 

 

 

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Tonight i have to be home, as usual, but to give someone 2 tray tables i'm selling on Facebook local. I sold the two that are in good condition for a total of $10 combined just to get someone to want them and take them out of my closet so my apt is less cluttered :) He will come by i think around 7pm to pick them up and i'll bring them downstairs :)

Ricky slept over Sunday night into this morning and that has helped me sleep so much. Usually it's the opposite with me, but, lately i feel much better around someone who cares about me. 

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/16/2019:
I love Facebook marketplace!!

When my husband worked nights or was out of town for work, I never slept quite as well as when he was home. It's comforting.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
yes, i've never been this way, well almost never. Now i appreciate having people around me at my apt - at least right now.

and yes, it's Facebook Marketplace :) ...a good way for me to get rid of some things :)


legcramps on 12/16/2019:
I completely agree with feeling better around people who care! It really makes such a huge difference on our emotional state sometimes. I hope you are doing well <3

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
Having people around is helping me quite a bit. I prefer it right now very much...


happy-1 on 12/16/2019:
Hugs. I know exactly what you mean about having someone there who cares.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
Thank you Happy, i appreciate your hugs <3


Donkey on 12/17/2019:
Nothing wrong with having supportive people around you :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/17/2019:
seems to really help <3



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM: no exercise: PM: pushups and upper body, also a walk.

breakfast: oatmeal and almond milk 170, yogurt 130, kombucha 70...370

snacks: gummies sf 100, tastes of desserts i made 100

lunch: salad with some dressing and chick peas and croutons 250, challah bread 200, tuna salad 150. 600

3pm snack large apple 100

4:30pm  try the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins i made for work with almond milk. 200 total.

dinner: leftovers, maybe more tuna salad since i have a large amount from diner last night and don't want to waste it. dinner around 550  it was tuna on rice cakes, salad with dressing. very filling.

2050,  very good :)

 

 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/15/2019:
Good job staying on track over a weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2019:
thanks happy...it was somewhat easy, surprisingly!


Donkey on 12/16/2019:
Very nice menus, good calorie count!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
Thanks Donkey :) I was also happy with how the calories went over the weekend.



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 AM Seltzer with stevia while doing leg exercises ...bike ride for 25 min or so....

Breakfast oatmeal and milk 200, yogurt 150, coffee 50. 400

snack peanut butter 100

Lunch: rice 150, Chinese sauce and veggies 250, salami 200. 600.

snack: orange and chocolate 150

garlic bread bigger amount 250, tuna fish 200, salad and dressing 150, croutons 100 700

2000 good 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/14/2019:
Happy Saturday! I'm on my bike while you're doing your leg exercises. Are we working out together? Lol...

I hope you have a productive therapy session today. It's a work in progress

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
You got me to To go on the bike at my parents’ house :-) yes, it’s def a work in progress right now ...


Donkey on 12/14/2019:
^^I plan to hit the weight bench this afternoon! :-)

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
Good for you!!!!! I hit it on Thursday evening and maybe again tonight too :-)


happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
Good job on the workout

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2019:
thanks happy :)



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

am pushups, no extra exercise 
kombucha 50

breakfast: cookie 50, Cliff bar chocolate chip  250, coffee 50, lily's sf chocolate 50

snack:shared half  wrap and egg 150, butter 100. 150.

lunch: i have some frozen leftovers greens 100 and meat 150...should be good, also popcorn 200 and fruit 100...550 total.

1200...

snack: tbd  -  almonds

dinner: tbd Chinese food 

total around 2100

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

legcramps on 12/13/2019:
Sounds like you are getting back into the groove of things. Your guinea pigs are adorable!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/13/2019:
i am still feeling quite anxious but hope to work on it tomorrow with therapist.


happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
Hugs. You will prevail.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
That’s what I needed thank you :-) happy!!!


Donkey on 12/14/2019:
Love reading your menus!

I've felt that living with anxiety, well... and depression (my issue) is like waves in the ocean. The more coping skills and cognitive perspectives you learn, the better one is able to ride out the waves, coasting along, never fearing the next wave that life will bring, but knowing in your heart, that you have it in you to get on top of any wave, big or small, fast or slow, and ride it out.

I agree with Happy. You are smart and strong. You will prevail.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
Thank you for thinking about this and putting it in perspective for me :) still working on this....



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM pushups, PM arms...legs will wait a little more :) and hair removal at home 

kombucha 50

breakfast bar 250 and coffee 50. 

snack: wrap and egg 150, butter 100. 250.

lunch: leftovers - tofu 150 and veggies with dressing 150, popcorn150, fruit 100. 550; chocolate 50

snack: tbd chocolate 100 nuts and candy 50

dinner before workout: tbd...maybe some indian takeout? okra 150, spinach palak 200, rice crackers 60, cheese 50, yogurt 150...700 tops

2050, good!!!!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/12/2019:
Hope you have a good day! Do you have the day off by any chance?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
I don't have the day off haha...but i am just going with the flow today and working on feeling more relaxed.


BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
Yes for feeling more relaxed.....!!! We put ourselves through so much stress sometimes that we forget to just live and find joy in some simpler things.....I'm happy to see you are leaning in that direction too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
wow...sorry about 4 of the same.


happy-1 on 12/12/2019:
I really miss Indian food. If I take a day off maybe I will track down an Indian place. The thing is my standards are pretty high!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/13/2019:
lol, i think i have low standards on Indian because there's really only one place in the City close to where i work...but i guess i'm lucky it's a good place! :)



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

PUSHUPS.?? i forgot what i did but i think i did abs, actually...walking. no extra exercise today. have a dermatologist appt that i'll be driving to, with my dad in the car.

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kombucha 60

breakfast: wrap 100, egg 100, butter 100. coffee 50. chocolate 50.

snack: almonds 100, choc 50

lunch 600.

chocolates 150 (only bc coworker put them in front of me)

almonds 100

7:45pm late dinner was Panera bread: light tasty sandwich 250, chicken soup 200. tops 500

2000 cals today, excellent :)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/11/2019:
Hope you're having a better day today.

It occurred to me this morning that, if you and I are psychically linked, perhaps my anxieties are affecting you and I don't even know it!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2019:
well, i do think it would be the opposite and hope i'm not affecting you <3 either way, i will be oK. i think one of the medicines i'm on isn't helping and i might have a reaction to it finally after 6 weeks (Abilify)


happy-1 on 12/11/2019:
How did you manage to only eat 150 cal of chocolate???

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2019:
well...i try to eat it when i want it...and having a big amount of it always at work helps. those chocolates from a coworker were harder to moderate bc they were very fresh and with pomegranate in them so it's something i don't have all the time...which can be hard to keep moderate! but that's all coworker gave me! hahahaha



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