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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 27, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha (sooo tasty) guava mango 50

Breakfast: coffee 50, one chocolate 80, wrap 80, egg 70, lox (smoked salmon 50):  

Snack: will be my low carb pumpkin cheesecake (which does taste GOOD!) with sf whipped cream approx 370  oatmeal raisin cookie and atkins coconut bar 300 total.

lunch: same as yesterday, completely nice and healthier type stuff, from home of course: turkey burger healthy with spices and the good stuff :) 220, soup with some bone broth and a bit too many spices lol my fault 50, healthy veggies mostly celery low carb stuff 100, the last of my VERY cheddery cauliflower crackers 150. yum. 500 approx.

3pm chocolate Lindor truffle with coconut. omg amazing. a little under 100, 2 clementines

Snacks going home: i'll bring one more chocolate and have a coffee (decaf) along the way. 200

 Dinner nothing heavy, a wrap 80 with two pieces of seasoned very firm tofu 180. 260 and ice cream 190. 450 :)

1950 :)

6day:2150, good!


Did the walk, got the 7-11 decaf coffee, and got the haircut since because there's no traffic including no train traffic today i got near the barbershop earlier than expected. the haircut is so nice, i'm so lucky! i don't need to make appts or anything and the guy gives me a better haircut than $50 dollar places! thank gosh! he's approx 70yrs old and does a mean haircut!


Plan is to take a less exercise approach today as tomorrow i'll do the long walk home from subway before tomorrow's storm. and get some decent sleep as last night i was up late exercising :) maybe buy a decaf coffee halfway along the route :) (1.5mi in..)


And then...happy friday :) ahh, friday weather says rain but warm. i'll just walk tomorrow anyways, tonight i'm sleepin'

Haircut tonight. tomorrow it's $16 right off the bus near home. i'd rather do it today than in the "rush" friday with everyone else. i have to tip well, as it's a barbershop but he does an awesome job for $16, i give him total $25. have to. it's a women's really nice haircut. decided no highlights for awhile, saving money...that would have been at least $150. Don't have that to blow out the window. i may start just dying my hair one color since i may have some gray, very little, but i don't like it. so i may just start dying my hair brown and call it a day.  ..but i'll miss the highlights a lot!

Tonight thru most of the weekend will be healthier, continuing to sleep well, less indulgent as i'm making the effort now to by MORE TRANSPARENT with myself (not lying to myself that it can't be done!) and just quit the extras a bit and my emphasis will be in getting calorie averages in the next two weeks around 2000/day and not 2200/day.

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

BearCountryGG on 12/27/2018:
Yup...we can all be better with some positive SELF TALK!!! Have our own PEP RALLY going on!!!

horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2018:
YES and YES!!!! wow you read me well!

legcramps on 12/27/2018:
Yes! Sleep! Enjoy your haircut tonight; I bet I will be half asleep by then ;)

I like your plan to be more transparent; you've totally got this.

horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2018:
and i might just do the walk tonight (without tomorrow's rain) and haircut tomorrow :)

Thank you...i'll still sleep around 8pm tonight :)

enjoy your life as well! :) yayyyy sleep!

With the transparency...just no excuses, especially to myself. Especially regarding the ability to IMPROVE in cardio, situps, and at last maintain my current level of pushups!!!!! :) do it or die approach! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2018:
haircut was amazing :)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 26, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

6:30 kombucha 80 very tasty new flavor, guava mango.

Breakfast at work: someone's daughter baked the tricolor italian cookies 100, coffee 50, my delish pumpkin pie cheesecake 270.

10:30-12pm snacks throughout morning: leftover piece of flavored tofu is enough! 100, a chocolate 50, almonds 50

Lunch: from home...def on a sorta tight budget right now....(too much spending on groceries - way overboard includng more pyrex large glass food storage containers, spices and flavorings, almond flour, frozen items...extras in the food dept in general, small gifts for coworkers, and a necklace i bought for $120 out of nowhere at a holiday market held inside Grand Central Terminal 42nd street this weekend)

Lunch was my soup with a mix of bone broth and chicken broth 50, lots of added herbs on top of that while cooking, veggies 50, turkey burger 220, and lots of these very cheesy (but i like them) cauliflower crackers 180. total here: 500 healthy....

3pm snack of one chocolate 50

4pm: water, clementine 50..trying to take it easy :)

Snack pre-home workout tonight: coffee (FROM WORK!) 50, bar of some sort 80

Extra workout snack: banana, for sure, all my fun drinks, maybe another 3 clementines, chocolates  :)

After workout: light ice cream 200, calling it a night :)

1900.might as well stop...just like Grains has chosen to do on so many occasions lately. no need for more. good total right here!

5day: 2192, now getting on a better path. 

with plans canceled tomorrow after work, there's no reason why i cannot have a healthy, moderate cal day. Same for Friday. need to dial it back and just relax alone a bit i think.



Thursday after work plans are cancelled bc one of the people i'm meeting, their mom was in the hospital and just came home so they want to spend time with her....i wished her a fast recovery (not sure why she was there...) and actually do not mind going right home tomorrow after work at all!...it was becoming too much this week anyways! :) i'd rather rest up since things are still busy now and with fitting exercise in!


I got here to work on time, despite the train delays simply because the bus ride was fast (due to less people on the road!) and not too many people were riding so less congestion! :) amazing.

I had some indigestion last night. lately, i get it off and on. mostly due to eating before bed.

i was up for an hour or so at night looking at my phone, but sleep was great on the long weekend in general, so i'm not worried, just sayin' what's going on :)

 I now have really nice tea i bought at the supermarket with packet of stevia (provided by work!) since i sit by the cold/hot water cooler :)...decided to have more teas this year as long as i'm sitting in this office...works out perfectly!  LOL

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

BearCountryGG on 12/26/2018:
Sounds like a pleasant commute...with so many off work and school this week.......should be nice traveling for the rest of the week too.

horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2018:
yes, i'm thinking i'll be ok all week :) despite some delays i still got here on time bc far less people are rummaging around :)

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 25, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate :)

7:30am Morning: still waking up with slight pain, so, banana and selltzer and pain meds 120

8:30-9 Breakfast: Small piece of my pumpkin cheesecake 130, so good, oatmeal 100, made with some protein powder (i always get samples when i go to Vitamin Shoppe so it seems i don't need to buy it on my own any time soon :) ) 100, saffron both by itself and followed up with water, as well as a few strands in the oatmeal, almond milk 20, whipped cream 70. coffee 50...and great variety!!

11am dark chocolate 100

Thai food summer rolls 200 rice 200, shrimp 150, sautéed veggies and sauce 250,

later popcorn and grapes 100 hot green tea just chilling with dad and relaxing at his house , pretzels 50

back home, 5:45 dinner : cooked up turkey burgers for the week 220,  wrap 80, spread 150, leftover cauliflour wrap 50, yogurt and some cooked cranberries 160 600


high cal, but at least healthy and around 4mi walk with dad.

4day is high, but at least includes good exercise 4 of the 4 days! 2265 for the 4days. and it will probably remain up there as tomorrow i can do pretty good but exercising at night so a later night tomorrow. Thursday going out to eat after work...Friday thinking i might get out early which would be good to get a drink and meal...and then go home and exercise would be the plan....but just it seems lots of food will be in store these next 3 days. i can tell i gained a hair of weight...will just deal with it for now...and keep with the moderation.

and i just decided, if i do NOT get out early Friday, i'll still go for a drink with coworkers and bite to eat, but go home to rest and just do the gym Saturday. Pick and choose is sometimes bettter than trying to fit everything into one day :)



Today my mom works at a nursing home (we're jewish so she went in since most others will take off)...so my dad is off though. so i'm going to drive to him and go for lunch and then read and relax at their house for a bit. thinking to walk...i'm not sure if my dad will be up to it since he recently had Cataract Surgery on his eye - though he is pretty young 66..i should call him now..

Well, he IS up to walking "into town" so we can find a chinese place to eat at....or thai...so a long walk is in store for this afternoon with my dad :)

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

Donkey on 12/25/2018:
Thank you - and peace be with you as well!

One of the advantages of living in a big city is that there's still a lot to do! My suburb town is pretty much closed. CVS, Walgreens, and 7-Eleven convenience stores are open... I am grateful though, because this means that my daughter is not working today, too.

Hope you have a nice lunch with your dad - that sounds like a good way to spend the day!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2018:
most things are closed by me too and my parents...just SOME Thinese / Thai places are open since they don't celebrate Christmas. it's a good time for them to make money. but even some of them shut down as they'd just like a day off too! but yes, the movies by me are OPEN and most movie theatres in the area as well as some Chinese food spots! the first Thai place we walked to was closed. my parent's town is very big on restaurants in the main section of town. many many choices tho everything was closed today, aside from what i mentioned !

i'm glad you could spend the time with your whole family. i'm sure it was very nice. :)

did everyone like their gifts?!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2018:
and i like what you wrote in your entry about everyone having some Santa in their heart :)

graindart on 12/25/2018:
About the only thing open around here is Walgreens and a couple gas stations. I'm guessing that anyone that didn't prepare ahead of time was probably eating a gas-station burrito today. I didn't even remember that Walgreens was open today until I got a notification on my phone. It came in handy to get some Christmas photos printed from earlier in the day. That way we were able to distribute them tonight before hitting the road tomorrow.

I shouldn't have read your post today. It's been a few days since I've eaten popcorn and just realized that I haven't really been craving it. But now that I read the word popcorn in your entry, I really want a bowl.....

horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2018:
lol...this popcorn was good. it was the store brand by Costco Wholesale that my dad gets when he goes there. (similar to BJ's and other wholesale places). Like you, i was watching my portions as i had a pretty large breakfast and lunch yesterday, so i seriously only took one small handful, same for grapes....then indulged in sugar free teas and seltzers for the rest of the afternoon with a small pretzel before driving home for a boost....worked out :)

i'm also needing to watch myself....jeans are getting tight...i'm a bit worried as i don't see calories going down too much this week and then florida. i figure over there, some days to just sleep in and skip breakfast or something, we'll see. i'm not even going to plan miami in advance! too difficult since she's (the one i'm staying with) very busy right now.

BearCountryGG on 12/26/2018:
So nice of your mom to fill in while others celebrate......and great that you and your Dad got to spend some time together.

horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2018:
YES, i'm going to remind her of your words...NICE TO FILL IN while the others are celebrating...it's a good way to put it! :) xxoo with my dad was amazing. he even agreed to the photo i posted on fb as he usually is freaked out in regards to anything related to fb! :)

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 24, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

3am/8am 2 bananas, pain meds, water  - did the trick. 250 

8:30 - 2 pieces or 1/8 of my awesome pumpkin pie which turned out very delightful after following the recipe to a T. Each piece 280 cal.  Bc it's has protein powder there's a bit of protein per slice is 10g protein so by eating two its 20g protein or 40% daily value - good. And tasty fats. 560.

donkey it's a good crust recipe and simple. Makes a nice sweet crust. 

 Breakfast was Not very filling foods above but tasty and doing the trick for now with at least my taste buds !

while running errands, small kitkat 90 and 3 cans of flavored seltzer to which i added stevia. remind me: no more bananas in middle of the night and no more TWO slices of cheesecake for breakfast - they were small, but, come on! the calories added up too fast.

3pm 1450 after a healthy lunch for 550. and since it's cold and i'm pooped from errands and a tasty lunch, i'll be exercising in my apt, not the gym today :) 

4pm coffee and some of a pumpkin cheesecake small 150..

during workout: yup, 3rd banana of the day. 150, aminos, clementine

8pm dinner cauli crust 200 with eggplant tomato paste spread 200, bite of tofu seasoned 50. 450.

2250, good.



dermatologist soon at 10:15am and a super quick run to store to pick up a few more groceries so I can cook more this coming weekend and maybe even tomorrow without needing to go to store :) I think I want to buy another package of almond flour since the crust is awesome and now I am out of it.  

My Yummy Pumpkin pie:


then i thought of donkey...someone on facebook posted a "flask" for cat lovers...i debated not posting it here as donkey doesn't drink, but, i did think of you donkey when i saw this on facebook the other day!


Me on Saturday at an art exhibit:

My friend and I in midtown manhattan inside a hotel called the Lottle Palace Hotel...I'm in the sneakers on the left :)  She's the one I went to the city with on Saturday.




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

Donkey on 12/24/2018:
OTC pain meds are my friend every month: 2 extra strength Tylenol and 2 Aleve. Icy Hot on the abdomen. Every 4 hours, take more Tylenol

Horn_of_plenty on 12/24/2018:
yeah this time around, not good at all...

the good part was the my whole TOM finished quick, as it has been in my mid-30s, in two days. now it's just so light. so, the pain will go. i think some of the reason for so much pain must have been the heavy flow. i'm fine tho! weird part is no abdomen pain. only my right thigh, lower back. always!

BearCountryGG on 12/24/2018:
I had a box of midol in the medicine cabinet and D told me we were out....WHAT???????? Why would he care..or even notice......come to find out...because it said on the front it was a pain reliever...he had been taking it...LOL.........I think I LAUGHED a LITTLE TOO MUCH!!!! So I asked him if he was usung my Secret deodorant too.....LOL YUP!!! So cluless!!!!....I was the only one laughing...apparently he was trying to figure out how to get his man card back!

horn_of_plenty on 12/24/2018:
LOL and he's soooo not the first man to take midol - they all are sooo funny just reading pain meds and going with it ;)

Donkey on 12/24/2018:
I *LOVE* the flask!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/24/2018:
right!? and lately i saw magnets. i'm sooo stupid, i should have taken photos to show you! seriously, cat items everywhere on Saturday!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 23, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

2 day: healthy and tasty, 2275 cals per day. up there but tasty.

12am and 6am: bananas and pain meds 250 :) worked out just fine :)

Healthy breakfast: leftover spicy small but firm (very tasty!) tofu from last night 100, saag 200? (indian creamy spinach), thin small rice cakes 80. 380.

630 yum.

Light noon meal: big apple 100, 1/4 of my cooked cranberries very sweet with stevia and very small amount (few strands) of saffron. 50, plain skyr yogurt with chai spice stevia 120, and soon a decaf coffee 50- laying off the caffeine for today maybe since my body is hurting i'd rather lay low and rest today - being home cooking and doing laundry will be fine! 320 here.

2:30-3:30pm snack: seltzer all day with stevia (must clean my brita filter so i can start saving money and drinking tap water again...have been having seltzer only for months now...lol) and microwaved warmed up cookie dough :) 150., pumpkin 100 with chai stevia and pumpkin spices, siggis pumpkin & spice yogurt thick 150, some of the veggie soup as it's still cooking but i took some for now to eat since it's only veggies and soup and tastes good right now too! 50

...veggie soup tastes nice and fresh :) and i cannot wait to cook this pumpkin pie after laundry is DONE :) and i can concentrate just on this pie that's been in the words to make since FOREVER :)

while cooking 5-7pm: big grapefruit 100, sugar free amino drinks very strong flavors that i love...caffeine free also. just for flavor and some tastes of my pumpkin pie crust and cheesecake that i'm making...

then i had a nice amout of tastings of the batter to the pumpkin pie keto cheesecake i made. 400 cal. bc i ate quite a bit.

 8pm dinner: wrap 120, egg and a white 100, a tasty eggplant and tomato sauce spread heavy on it ! 130? total here: 350

2250 today and very tasty stuff. wish i could have watched it better with the eating of the batter, at least it was good. 

now that food is mostly cooked for the week, still gotta make turkey burgers though!...and the pie has finally been baked...we're off to a great start come Monday!

i rested up, exercise will resume tomorrow Midday. I have a dermatologist appt in morning and after that i'll do a quick food shopping, lunch, and off to gym in afternoon.


Bad leg/thigh/lower back cramps in middle of the night so, both times that i woke up i decided on having a banana and pain medicine which worked both times to get me back to sleep and resting comfortably. it's that TOM and this time around the pain is heavy.

I'm cooking a veggie soup with all the glory (meaning, it's awesome!). i'll post a photo later. I also want to post some other photos later. I wish i took some photos of the Cat lover's gifts i saw yesterday around NYC, would have liked to show Donkey what i saw. even magnets :).  I'll post some photos of what i saw yesterday later today! and will be commenting more on entries. 


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

Donkey on 12/23/2018:
See, I would NOT have guessed to try a banana. Is that why you eat bananas during your workouts, too?

I'm sorry I did not comment on yesterday's entry. That sounds like it was a lot of fun - and a full day!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2018:
Yes, i do it for the fast carbs but also definitely due to the potassium content.no worries about lack of comments & i saw your message on fb and will reply in a little. lately i a see everywhere is cat lover's gifts...was thinking of you all afternoon yesterday bc CATS' lovers gifts were everywhere i went!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2018:
i also didn't want to take the pain meds on empty stomach, so i settled it first with a banana. i know it's high carb and all, but it also promotes sleep and def has a good effect on bubbling stomachs / cramps / period issues of bloating and the rest of it.

BearCountryGG on 12/23/2018:
When I have cramps in the middle of the night...I get up and drink a full glass of water, or gatorade sometimes.......cramps can be caused by dehydration.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2018:
i also did have water...dam time of month issues over here but yes i didn't drink much yesterday out in the city and that prob is what lead to worse issues at night!

Donkey on 12/23/2018:
I was thinking Gatorade too for muscle cramps, but for taking meds or to settle a tummy, the banana is probably what I'd reach for too.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2018:
just a "****tay" TOM this time around. that's for sure!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 22, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Breakfast 1 8:30am:  light choc brownie ice cream 200, decaf coffee 50 

10am breakfast: wrap 80, egg 80, 1/4 avocado 80, salt/garlic/pepper (as usual getting the health benefits - and taste - from spices in).

Light lunch: starbucks "egg bites chicken and chorizo flavor" which were pretty good if i may say. very decent and protein filled with an iced herbal tea that supposedly had no sugar in it and i sweetened with stevia 250 here only :)

Snack: hot spiced Wine! at the end of shopping at a holiday market in the city...turned out to all work out spendidly today in NYC. 250? hoping not more, could be.

5:30pm Dinner was large at the Grand Central Terminal concourse, some fried rice 300 (but pretty light), spicy tofu sorta large serving 300, and a huge serving of my favorite - veggies - mostly cabbage and it was decent with carrots yum 300 hopefully not much more.!  900 here.

and back at home: decaf coffee, atkins coconut chocolate bar. 250 wasn't in mood to not eat, so i had a snack when i got home at 8pm

total here: 2300. good...close to midnight banana 120 (bad thigh pain) and tylenol.

tons of walking today in nyc very fun. it was chilly but not too bad in terms of the weather!.


my mom gave me awesome new spices a mixture sorta pricey taste she has from a farmer's market she'd thought of me and i'm thinking that even though they are for soups / meals - to start using them as a change of pace in my breakfast sandwiches too. i'll also use those spices in my veggie soup to be made this long weekend :) I'm def bringng my lunches all the next two weeks since they are short weeks and low stress weeks! There will also be two nights next week that i'm making plans to see friends / coworkers after work for dinners (both thursday & friday!).


Today's plans - noon meeting at GCT -  out to lunch, eating in the Dining Concourse at Grand Central Station (Grand Central Terminal GCT) 42nd Street Train Terminal !! It's by my work so i'll take the train i always take for work and walk a few blocks to that spot. Meeting my friend Christine.  I'm surprising her, she doesn't know - but we're stopping by Rockefeller Centre so she can see the tree and go to Sephora and a few stores there before we head to an Outdoor Market for Christmas held near Central Park (she knows only of this part!). I have NO IDEA what we will be doing for a later dinner. but, no worries. there's food everywhere in NYC!

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

graindart on 12/22/2018:
Hooe you and your friend have fun running around.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2018:
yes, she even said "this day was a success" and she doesn't often get that complimentary of plans! hahaha, it was great!

graindart on 12/23/2018:
Living in a large city like NYC would be a log more difficult for me while trying to control my food intake. Since I live in a smaller city (pop around 50k), I've been to every restaurant in town several times over the years. We occasionally get new restaurants opening, but probably not more than 3 or 4 per year. In a large city you could eat out every meal every day and never have to go to the same restaurant twice. Knowing that I could try different food each and every day of my life would be such a huge temptation for me.

Good job having a fun day out and still logging in a moderate number of calories by the end.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2018:
i'd like to now offer an amazing counter-statement to your comment above :)

Now, compared to even 15-20 years ago, people are so much more health conscious. Living in NYC with people with $$$$ all around, the food market and restaurants need to cater to people who live that health-conscious lifestyle....

So, in conclusion, finding HEALTHY food choices is EASIER in NYC than it is in most other places, especially the mid-west and stuff and even anywhere outside a major city where the clientele cannot simply afford such variety or get it shipped into their smaller cities at such a rate like NYC where the abundance is everywhere and everyone is ordering it / selling it.

especially places that are that buffet style, like the Duke Eatery by my work, when you have a HUGE room filled to the brim with buffet stations, sandwich stations, salad stations, sushi stations, "Poke" salad stations....galore....soups, etc... it's so easy to start choosing the right thing.

i used to gravitate at first more towards making sure to get some dumplings or some noodles to try, and sometimes it what i'm in the mood for, but lately the healthy options are good and staring you in the face, you start to be very happy choosing them.

and salads are most always an option at the restaurants...and i know (based on years of learning) how to order lower cal - at MOST places.

so, if you were to be in NYC, i think you'd find a way...it's actually helped me on my diet as of late because the options are there even if i don't bring lunch from home. and when i want salmon, i just have to walk 5min and i have it ready-made....it's crazy!

the gluttony of NYC is NUTZ!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 21, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Home kombucha 50

1st breakfast at work: 2 Godiva chocolates 200 and coffee 50

2nd Breakfast: 1/2 lg type of wrap 120, egg 80, 1/4 avocado 80. 300.

Noon: almonds 50 cal

Lunch:  same as 2nd breakfast 280 and 2 small orange peppers 70. total here 350, green tea decaf hot.

2 SHOTS AT WORK :) 200 left at 2pm :)

550 cals before and DURING (mostly during) workout: coffee, one piece of chocolate, 3 smallish bananas

550 dinner. filling.

2300, good.

7day: 2121 , decent.



On way home, if we get out early which is 99% right now to leave at 1pm: coffee and something semi sweet on the way to workout at home almost 99% sure we are NOT getting out early now! gym, bringing two small bananas to gym  also and my sugar free, caffeine free drinks too for what I'm ancticipating to be a full afternoon of GYMMING. like many hours there...prob 3hrs there with rest of course here and there.


ahhhhh...Russian nice coworker gave me 2 different CHEESE types of desserts. very large sizes and high cals...i may have to give to someone else or throw away as now the calories are just coming from everywhere and my body is rejecting it all...meaning, i just indulged in cookies for breakfast and i'm sick of the high cal consequences of weight gain. i'm really ready now to watch it :) for now.  i am prepared with a healthy second breakfast and lunch. my goals are now more important than more desserts.

although the fancy cheese desserts are russian and a gift of a coworker's WIFE now!!!! to me!!!! they are really good. trying to think what to do. 

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

legcramps on 12/21/2018:
How nice to get some extra time off work! I think I might leave early on Monday, Christmas Eve. My boss said I should, so we'll see how much work I get done.

I would keep those desserts. Take them home; can you stand to keep them at your place and only have a little taste each day until it's gone? Sometimes I can't do that, but if you're really determined, you can make it happen and still be able to enjoy the gift!

horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2018:
I may not be able to do it because they are really different from what i normally eat and the calories, even per OUNCE (like golfball size) will be 200 cals. very high cal because they are mostly cheese. I do not want to throw them out, not sure what i'll do. maybe give them to a homeless person.

also, now it seems we may not be getting out early today...but at least we have Monday off.

horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2018:
You better leave early Monday!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 12/21/2018:
Cheese is a great source of calcium!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2018:
lol, yes

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2018:
gave it to one of the "regular" homeless men i see in my subway station near my apt coming home.

graindart on 12/21/2018:
Other than cheesecake, I can't really think of much in the way of cheese desserts. Maybe I'll google it later, too lazy / tired to even use google right now. Love cheese and love cheesecake, but hate the smaller portion sizes necessary to high calorie content.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2018:
well one of these desserts i was given i hadn't seen before either. it was seriously like cottage cheese mixed with flour (but probably blended or something well) and fried. it looked like a fried potato treat, but it was made only from flour and cheese. i didn't even want to try that one.

the other was a heavy cheese danish type thing. with TONS of sweet cheese inside, of which i did try the smallest taste and realized it was way to rich and i'd do better staying away.

cheese and sugar = higher calories indeed. and the portion sizes like you say aren't worth it. i'd rather stick to individual serving chocolates. especially since these desserts i don't have often or at all, the desire to have a bigger slice would be there. so i didn't want any.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 20, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

(5 day avg = 2060 cal)

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: this cool cookie i found which has a serving of veggies flavor lemon poppyseed 170, coffee 50, and i then heated up a dark chocolate chip quest bar (not good) to eat like a warm brownie 180. 350 here.

Snack: Wrap 80, egg 70, half avocado 150. total 300 very healthy. added black pepper, salt, garlic

Out to lunch for coworker's birthday @ Connoly's Bar: Bud Lite (yup!) 100 cal, half a portabella sanwich on Italian bread with cheese (not great) 400, fries 300. 800.

2pm Dessert back at office:  very heavy cookie dough brownie cake. 300??? Yes, it was extremely good. the one thing that's been worth it as of late!


4pm snack almonds 50

Dinner: whipped cream 1/4 tub 120, 1/4 bag cooked cranberries with extra stevia and little saffron 50. 170 and a drink 30...200...and small wrap with a little fried eggplant / spread 200

2250....did it :)


Before exercise: TBD

During Exercise: TBD

After Exercise: TBD - thinking to make cranberries again to have with a nice siggi's fatty yogurt..

I heard we'll prob get out early tomorrow, so, will make tomorrow my day for exercise assuming i'm getting home at 3pm, i'll go to the gym for fun...i hear we may be out at 1pm!


I'm trying to push it and get the exercise in today so that the weekend is smoother in terms of time i plan to exercise on Sunday. 


Here's some food for thought:

It's someone's bday today. I like her and go out to lunch with her often just me and her. Well, my neighbor who works in that room with the nice woman who's bday it is just told me that she (my neighbor), another guy in the room (the big mouth Bengali guy Proj Manager), and one other guy who is older and like the bday girl's "work husband" - the three of them contributed ot pay for a WORKOUT BAG from Lululemon.  

Wow. If you've not heard of lululeon, it's $$$$ workout clothes and loungwear and accessories. So, this bag is prob $100-$150. so, each of them contributed around $50 each. On top of contributing to her "holiday" gift not related to her bday gift that she'll get tomorrow..the holiday cash.

I think i've heard it all. First of all, i do NOT commend or agree with buying someone an overpriced gym workout bag. Like, are you serious!?  ARE YOU SERIOUS!? You're paying $$$ for a bag you will stuff in a gym locker and stuff with your dirty workout cothes an sneakers. What is wrong with them!? $50 each? ----that's my guess.

I will not be part. They didn't ask me and i'm glad i wasn't asked.  I don't spend $$$ on anything but food and that's MY perogitive. But, as a gift to someone else, why would we be expected to contribute 50 each!? are we rich all of a sudden? I already paid $10 for her holiday gift from the whole office (it's up to $300 now that she'll get as i'm in charge of it but i didn't initiate it - her "work husband - older man that gets along with her that also contributed to the gym bag came up with the idea for a holiday $ cash collection for her which i'm ok with). 

Since when are we being so extravagent and purchasing top of the line gym bags? Who has that kind of $$$ laying around. Sorry, not a part of this nonsense. They can kiss up all they want to her. I paid $10 for the christmas gift to her. I'll also treat her to lunch with them (another $10) and i'll buy her a drink next week or something after work for happy hour. $30 is ENOUGH. dam* it with the spending already.!!!!

Man i buy my clothes from Old Navy (SEMI-budget pricing if you try to buy using their sales and deals) and workout stuff is the same.  and now that i'm working out at home i don't even always wear workout clothes sometimes just a tshirt and shorts.  I'm not going all out for someone else if i don't do it for myself, SORRY :)  Nobody got me anything for my bday except the bday girl...she treated me to Starbucks $10 and that was so nice of her. she likes to give. but, doesn't mean i have to agree with $50 all in one shot. i don't live my life spending. NO.

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

graindart on 12/20/2018:
So I guess I should stop waiting by the mailbox for the new dirtbike I was hoping you were going to have shipped for my birthday?

And stop eating cookies everyday. You're killing me with them. :) (Just call them something else.....like "flat flour discs" or something. That sounds less appealing.)

While my wife and daughters like Old Navy, it's still too rich for my blood. I buy the out-of-season clearance rack at Walmart for $1 per shirt and wear them for at least 10 years..... (Not completely true, but also not completely un-true. The truth is somewhere in the middle.)

Keep progressing with what you can control (exercise, food) and let the rest fall by the wayside. It's advice that would lead me to less stress......if only I were able to follow it more often.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2018:
yeah, def not the dirtbike lol. i don't know, i just don't agree with it at work. i didn't grow up giving extravagant gifts.

you're even thriftier than i thought! way to go!

the cookies for breakfast for def not a normal cookie, the ones with the serving of veggies. i'll provide a link at some point. right now i forget the name of them and don't wanna search bc i'm getting ready for work...

i will take your advice and try to just stick with my decisions and control what i can and TRY to end the thoughts that are just taking up my time on things i cannot control :) it's GREAT advise to lessen stress you are so right on this.

the cookies and treats are at their upper limit at this point :)

BearCountryGG on 12/20/2018:
Those quest bars....cals aren't bad...but they remind me of eating play doh!!! Not that I have ever eaten play doh.....LOL..

horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2018:
good analogy. def just like warmed up play doh!!!!!!!!

Donkey on 12/21/2018:
I might have missed this. Why is everyone going all out for this co-worker with the gift-giving?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2018:
i will write more about this, but very tired now...but will sum it up later this weekend <3

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 18, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Edit: I did the 3mi walk home :) woohoo! it felt good bc it was 40 degrees, not lower (around 30 and very windy previously) like it was. and i always dress WARM. earmuffs and a scarf and hood and gloves. no need to freeze on the walk.

Getting nice exercise in on the commute home, when getting outta work on time at 5pm, has me reaching  my apt at 7:30pm. So, i came home, got things in order, put the hamster in the ball to run around, ate my dinner, and was in bed before 9. I did wake up in the middle of the night probably bc my brain was still really active after the day, but went back to sleep. Lately, i have few problems going back to sleep if i wake up. it's not a problem thankfully.

PLUS, they have now installled the lights in the new poles in the park area...i was smiling on the walk last night! The area had formerly been under construction for 6 months and it just ended. Finally, the area is LIT!


Morning: kombucha 50

8:30-9:15 Breakfast: wrap 80, egg 70, last leftovers of the Indian Okra spiced up well with ginger too 150 in oil i bought, so good! - so glad i didn't waste (throw out) any food as of late :), coffee 50, caramel truffle from coworker - why not!? i looked up the cals....crazy...100 cals per truffle for this brand (Olivia)...since cals were just at 400, i am giving it right now rather than deny...no need to feel slighted and binge right!?  

snack: coconut chocolate bar atkins 170, later almonds 50

Lunch: one serving semi hard (really quite soft) tofu 50,i also brought tomatoes 50, a frozen "mashed cauliflower" Bird's Eye brand from my freezer which is light and low cal 150 for the WHOLE package of 3 servings and i did eat it all, not sure if i'll eat the whole thing,(running low on hot food now to bring - didn't cook on this previous weekend),  but i see myself buying chips perhaps as it sounds too low carb right now...Total here is 250. :)

...time to make today a good calorie day!

3pm sooo sleepy, coworker left and i'm very, very tired. had a small, strong 4oz coffee and a really cool 100 cal or so white chocolate truffle with coconut flakes (lots of them) inside it. 

4:00pm 2 clementines, figure 100 cal. and some almonds 100

1300....600 dinner, banana in middle of night 

2000 or so total 


It was very difficult to get up bc went to bed semi-late. tonight, my main is goal ONE thing...sleep early. otherwise, my workout for Thursday will be difficult and i see the opportunity for me to get sick as a main possibility if i cannot start to sleep better during the week with less stres of work. It should work out, no more OT...just so far Monday and Tuesday night were busy / later nights.

And with rain projected for friday, my goal is just to do a little walking home tonight, sleep well, and exercise Thursday eve with Friday night only goal is to REST & chill out :)

I may begin to freeze more food, as a coworker suggested to me...so far i have some cooked meat frozen. perhaps i'll eat one of those packages come friday.  i don't use the freezer as well as i could to maximize eating well and budget better!

I'm prioritizing for stronger workouts, health & moderation so i can meet my main winter goal which is to KEEP BUILDING STRENGTH this weekend and not have any setbacks like previous winters.

a few years ago, i am thinking it was October-December juts up to Winter of January 2014, i had to take those 3 fall months off the gym due to injury and that was a high set back and January 2014 i was very weak and it took a long time to build back up my strength...maybe a full year?  Pushups, restarting them after 3 months off, was a terror. It was so hard to build up the strength again.

last year Winter 2018 i was set back by illness throughout the month of January.


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

legcramps on 12/19/2018:
My goal tonight is to get to sleep early as well. Sounds like a solid plan for the rest of the week!

horn_of_plenty on 12/19/2018:
yeah, it's like i'm "reigning in my horses" ... like i'm back to prioritizing so that i'm feeling OK come the shorter work weeks, holidays, my vacation.

I'm prioritizing for stronger workouts, health & moderation so i can meet my main winter goal which is to KEEP BUILDING STRENGTH this weekend and not have any setbacks like previous winters.

a few years ago, i am thinking it was Winter of January 2014, i had to take all winter off the gym due to injury and that was a high set back.

last year Winter 2018 i was set back by illness throughout January.

so this year, i'm being very preventative of a setback.

BearCountryGG on 12/19/2018:
I freeze a lot of food...leftovers stay in the fridge here for up to 4 days....after that...they go to the freezer or get tossed ( rarely)....bacteria starts growing right away........so no one needs food poisoning......I've never had it...and D got it from a restaurant once.....as long as we stick to the 4 day rule...then we do good.

horn_of_plenty on 12/19/2018:
so, after 4 days i should stick the food in the freezer and that'll be ok right? that would help me a lot...?

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2018:
Yes what you don’t use up in four days just put in one serving containers or zip lock bags and freeze. When you want to use them microwave and eat up that day

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2018:
Thank you for the important tips! I will take advantage of my newfound knowledge and attempt to be more careful and health-conscious with how i'm storing my food! :)

graindart on 12/20/2018:
Good job on the walking. While I've been doing a good job of controlling my eating, I haven't had any real desires to exercise lately. Kind of that winter mentality where I just want to hibernate......

horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2018:
I completely understand.

for me, i like to exercise and i like a challenge and to do things Opposite to what most people do. Most people will take the bus, duh!, as part of the 3mi or so commute home (for some the commute may be 1.5mi up to 3mi like mine). So, i like to be different. So i love it when i'm walking the route, the only route, and the busses all pass by crowded and loaded up with everyone. I smile knowing i'm being healthy to walk it on the days i choose!

Also, my job literally is sitting in one spot all day. My whole adulthood, i have been sorta OCD on fitting exercise into my life. After college when i got a job right away, i also was taking a Masters program for my first 3 years as a working adult when i was 22yrs old thru 25yrs old. I would be so angry on Thursday nights (towards the end of the program especially) because not only would the course be every Thursday for three years, it was a course that was sitting playing the French horn for a period of time just that was too long. It was 2 bands in a row, with two small 10 min breaks, rehearsing every Thursday of the school college year, 5:30PM-10:15PM. I'd get home close to 11pm, on Thursday nights for all of my first 3 years of teaching, and always wake up Friday groggy and tired with puffy lips from playing french horn for that extended period of time (i would never practice for that long a time! or play in ANY groups that would rehearse that long...it was two bands in a row once a week....). it was loud and lots of pressure to play well. And in the end, i not only disliked it but i HATED it with a passion.

I remember i would come home from work, do a little prepping, then I vividly remember as i still was living with my parents that at least once i was screaming how i was so angry to go off to this rehearsal, that wasn't even a for credit course just volunteer as part of the Master's program, that i'd have to sit there, skip or reduce exercise on those days...and that i just hated it.

little did i know that i'd be leaving my Teaching job after 4 years. And that my next job would be SOLELY sitting at a desk. And that i would soon after start working HOURS and HOURS of Overtime my first few years in this current industry. And that my goals in fitness and even for sleep would never be the same again.

Little did i know how "easy" the teaching field was in terms of free time and life-work balance compared to where i am at now.

I was so young and naive then. I have learned so much.

But despite so many ups and downs during my entire adult working years, I have managed in the end to come out successful with my weight and fitness and health.

I didn't have to be that way. At one point around 2013-2015 i was overcoming horrible leg issues of inflammation and shin splints from excess use.

I had to actually learn to pull back and not exercise if in pain.

I have had to learn so much. How not getting sleep and being an athlete are not compatible and lead to serious injuries. And how sleep prevents sickness a lot of the time.

I have learned how nutrition DOES make a difference in preventing sickness and injury.

I know that to be an athlete, you health has to be a little bit above the health of folks that do not exercise.

If i had known what i know now about teaching versus my current job, perhaps i would have tried a little bit harder to stay there.

even when i had this job my first year, i remember going on two more interviews to teach as i knew life would never be the same again. and that's what it's been.

when i see teachers complain and count down to their holidays, in my head i say it's funny because most other industries do not and will never ever have the amount of time off that educators get. of course they deserve it. but, for everyone else working an 8-5 job, life is more of a challenge and especially for special cases like mothers who work full time.

As you know, and now i'm just rambling, time is so precious. And I see it everyday. I see how people's lives are so intricately affected and I have seen what people sacrifice (for example, sleep) and i have made my decisions on what a good sacrifice is versus one i'd rather not take.

either way, little did i know where i'd end up. Life took me bc i was not so decisive, but now, there are some things i will not sacrifice and some things - exercise - i fight to keep and maintain and expand because i know in my heart what's worth it FOR ME better than i did in my early 20's...i think.

horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2018:
I hope that my LONG too LONG comment explains why i am exercising. i pride myself for going the route less desired.

Donkey on 12/20/2018:
Good for you for getting in the walking! When you wrote about prioritizing for stronger workouts - wow, that really hit me as to how to approach organizing my goals and aspirations for 2019 (and beyond). I'll write a little more about this in my own diary if I have time (and if I can remember what I wanted to say!).

horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2018:
I'd love to hear more about prioritizing for stronger workouts. so far, my plans are working out.

Lately like you i'm feeling very tired though because of the stress of OT mostly so i'm pulling back and trying to get myself feeling stronger so i do not get sick. Because you know exercise doesn't work out when you are sick.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 18, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha 50...i don't think i had another banana last night? 

 8:30am Breakfast is weird...someone's bday so i had some of her homemade cake which was awesome. 250??? it was one of those  "wet cakes" that would have some liquor in it. very good. Russian cake, she came here later in life. I hope not more than 250. and coffee 50. 300. other coworker made me an espresso too. lol. GOOD MORNING here!

8:30am I also, not knowing about the cake, was running decently on time so picked up an egg white omelette for a more satisfying and hunger preventing breakfast. turned out amazing. it was egg whites with turkey (and a really substantial amount of turkey!) tomatoes, peppers. nice. i still have half as it was big.  half the omelette: 250?

10am Snack:  Rest of the tasty turkey egg white omelette. i doubt it's more than 200, maybe less...maybe only 150?

11:30-12:00 150 in salted roasted almonds 

Lunch: heathy from home, last of my soup 200! with extra tofu 100. and a wrap 100. 400. 

Snacks: clementine 50

Snack before workout: big cookie 150 butter and coffee 50...

before and during workout:  2 sf drinks - 1 at start and one during  workout banana 120, reese's miniature 40, welches small bag fruit gummies (raiding my halloween mix) 80. no worries at this point!

after workout: Siggis triple cream vanilla yogurt 170, 3/4 the bag - cooked cranberries with stevia and a little saffron 150

total: 2200 :)

4day avg: 2075 - EXTRA GOOD as of now! i may try to keep it like this - below 2100 this week would be spectacular.

LEAVING ON TIME from now till my trip. that's it. 5pm.

i've been home since a little after 6pm and have been on the couch, relaxing and drinking a caffeine free drink until i am ready to work out :) ...tomorrow my goal is for sleep early - thankful for no more OT. need rest :)


After workout meal: probably yogurt and berries? ...YUP!


looking forward to lowering my stress levels, managng my credit cards...fixing the MTA issue - trying to get $360-$390 back from charges that didn't go towards a transportation card as i already am charged straight outta my paycheck but accidentally signed up for an extra service that i thought i had cancelled. i also just paid off another card again by accident extra $200 for a groupon i regurned!!!grrr....so that's fine.

i'll just plan to use the card more than my cash/debit card on vacation / or now  bc it will have a "surplus" of $200 since i returned what i bought on it. ...lately i'm just doing things with my money too much ahead of time - by trying to stay on top of things, i'm being so proactive that it's defeating the purpose bc i'm not thinking first!!!!!! 

for now on when paying off cards, i'm going to have to "double check" what the charges are for, before i am pressing to just "pay" on my phone because i'm getting stupid with paying for things that i either return or shouldn't be charged for!

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

BearCountryGG on 12/18/2018:
When I look back to the days when we didn't have credit cards....and if we didn't have the cash...then we didn't get "IT"...whatever it was...we put so much more money in the savings account...we wore our clothes out....we ate up all most all of what was in the house before shopping...I used coupons and sales....and cooked with eye to total cost per meal.....life was so nice and simple then........shooping with credit cards ( which we now do)...is flat out dangerous....we pay more, we shop more, we buy our wants instead of our needs...I rarely use a coupon....we have clothes we never wear.....I pay bills without even looking at them sometimes.........I'm determined to do better in the new year...

horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2018:
I AGREE 100%!

In the new year, i'm going to be LESS eager to pay credit cards (bc i pay them mostly on my phone apps) and check TWICE before i pay to read EXACTLY what i'm paying for without just rushing a payment thru.

No more stupid payment errors on my end! It's not like i'm losing money, except on the MTA thing...which i'm trying to get back on this coming Monday/Wednesday i'll be calling them again.

But i'm annoyed i MOVED $200 from my checking to pay a credit card of which the amount on the card was for what was to be a finalized GROUPON RETURN! so i moved my money to the credit card for NO REASON and now i'm in surplus! just stupid! i'd rather have left the $ alone in my checking, DUH! lol stupid me~ i was too fast to pay it. and forgot to realize the $200 would be taken off in a few days!

BearCountryGG on 12/18/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2018:
yes shopping is so easy now~

graindart on 12/18/2018:
Your mention of cake instantly brought about a craving. Fruit cake. I know that movies make fun of it and most people supposedly don't like it, but I like the unique flavor / dense texture of it. Or maybe it just brings back good holiday memories. I don't think it's something that I would want to eat a lot of and would probably be happy with just one piece, so maybe I'll be able to work it into my daily allotment. Tried some rum-soaked versions on a cruise to the Caribbean back a number of years ago and they were nasty. Maybe it's because I don't drink, but they just had one single strong flavor that was just overpowering (rum). Definitely prefer the run-of-the-mill grocery store version better. Haven't heard of any of my friends or relatives making them in decades.

And while I'm on the topic of holiday cravings. I've been doing a good job avoiding it so far, but have been craving one particular brand of eggnog. Saw it in the grocery store and figured I'd buy a carton of it, until I saw how many calories it had. One 12 oz glass of it would set me back 570 calories. That's crazy. And I knew that if I bought it, I'd end up drinking more than 1 glass.

Keep on maintaining through the holidays and I hope to join you in maintenance-land in the new year......

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2018:
so having cake 1st thing def got me hungry all morning. i should really know better by now! at least it was decent and not overly sweet!... i'd like a fruit cake too!

are you for real with the one class 570 cal!? so NOT worth it really! unless, it was a dessert or something not followed with anything else except like tons of cooked cranberries like i had tonight...that was pretty filling lol.

i didn't know you don't drink...why not? do you have a reason? i drink rarely, too. not often. it's such a waste of calories and sugar. you see, i don't even drink JUICE. so, drinking wine and alcohol goes against my idea of drinking calories. i only drink out. i had a phase of drinking at home to try different things and i was falling asleep well, but luckily the phase is gone. it lasted at least 6 months, ending around 6 months ago. i just felt the need to try all the alcohol i didn't try when i was younger, mostly beer and cheap alcohol you find at 7-11...all those sugary alcoholic drinks.

Donkey on 12/18/2018:
^ I LOVE fruit cake!!! (My kids think I'm nuts. Husband too, probably...)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2018:
who doesn't like EVERY cake right!? i'm all for a fruit cake!

graindart on 12/18/2018:
The serving size they list for the eggnog is 4 oz at 190 calories. So that comes to 570 cal for a more typical sized glass in my house (12 oz). Don't think I've ever only filled a glass 1/3 full......

Several different reasons I don't drink (might expound on them at a later date). But basically it's a choice, not based on anything bad that happened or anything like that. Among the reasons is that I'm a light switch (just like food). Drank some in my early twenties, but hated the taste. So at that time I'd either not drink at all or drink as quick as possible to get straight to that buzzed / drunk state.

Have friends that drink occasionally now with a dinner and they enjoy the taste. For me, there's just no benefit to it since I don't like the taste and am not willing to gamble losing my current life (family, friends, profession, etc) by doing something stupid while drunk. Have a friend that's the nicest guy in the world now, but had a drinking problem for years. Over a fairly short period of 5 years and 2 or 3 DUI's, it cost him his construction business, wife, relationship with kids, driver's license, and a couple years behind bars. A more recent instance is the daughter of a good friend just went to jail for 2-3 years because she drove drunk and ran into someone killing them. She's missing some of the best years of her daughter's life in middle school / high school. She was also newly married and I doubt that the marriage will last until she gets out.

And by the way, I don't care if others drink responsibly. I just choose not to.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2018:
I'm with you. Best to avoid something that could lead to so many problems! I totally am with you! That's a really unfortunate story about your friend.

Donkey on 12/19/2018:
I'm rather in the same club as Gains. I don't currently have a problem, haven't really had a problem, but, with my personality and stresses in my life, caught myself a couple of times starting to use it as a crutch. Like I need one more problem in my life? No thanks :)

horn_of_plenty on 12/19/2018:
Yes, i can relate totally because I myself have a very "addictive personality" and i'm prone to doing things in either excess or not at all, like my exercise, i'm either 100% in or 100% out of things.

so, on that note, it's also easier for me to mostly refrain from drinking. so i get it 100%. Totally on the same page with your thinking.

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