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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 30, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Kombucha 70

Breakfast: bread 100, my cooked cranberries 30, almond butter 200, banana 120, coffee with mlilk and stevia 50: 

10am Snack: my coworkers mix that his wife made - amazing 300. and a darn gross cookie from coworker. too much. 50 more.

Lunch:  2 sliced rye 150, with oil 100, toasted, one meatball 150 400, salad 100. 500.

3:45pm snack large apple 100

Snack before gym: bar 100

1600 before gym and quite a bit of caffeine before my workout, as i started around 6:30, ended 8:30pm, home close to 9pm. long day.

After gym: came home and ate chips 50, popcorn 200, blueberries 120, egg 80. total 450-500

grand total today is good: 2100. 

workout was good.

I worked overtime every night this week except Monday. Wasn't expecting this. Hope it doesn't happen all Winter. it's very stressful when you think u are leaving at one time but then it changes. It's extremely stressful to me. I like SET hours. I do not enjoy and can hardly tollerate OT. but i guess if i have to keep my darn job, i'll have to suck it up because the new two guys work a lot, stinks, now i have to follow suit. because 2 people stay late, out of like 10, sucks.


oh and when you work late, everything after work gets late. Everything gets harder. You get run down. It doesn't work well with exercise, injury rates get higher. I have experiened a lot of OT in the past, and physically and emotionally it played huge tolls on me. I did already get very sick. So i hope the OT isn't going to continue to next week - i don't think so, fortunately.

6 day average: 2160.

GYM tonight, cannot work late. took only 25 minute lunch, instead of one hour.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 29, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: kombucha 50, work: coffee 50, sf candies throughout morning up to 50 cal. 150 here.

Breakfast: banana 120, bread 100, sf jelly, almond butter 200.  420 here., snack: m&m small bag 80

11am Snack in morning: fancy healthy bar 200

850 before 1pm lunch.

1pm Lunch: the rest of the flounder 200, toast with oil 250, greens 100: 550 - sick of the greens, may have to toss them without finishing them. keeping them at work for the rest of the week, but couldn't eat them very much today. not flavorful enough.

1400 after satisfying lunch. diet coke afterwards....i walked at lunch - healthy....and do not have to walk after work thankfully actually. happy to just go home.

afternoon snack 1: fruit grain bar100

dinner: from supermarket deli section: meatball 200 tops, greek salad marinated olives, tomato and cucumber 150-200, blueberries and glass of sangria 300: 700 tops.

2200, fine. seems i am eating more this month.

5day average: 2170, fine....tomorrow night will be GYM - i WILL need to leave on time to go to the gym...i might actually go to work an hour early to start typing the input.

worked half hour OT and then left bc i was hungry and couldn't fathom working very late into the night anyways.



I should walk at lunch...wearing heels but brought sneakers...


I am having stressful work days here - actually doing work but feeling very time-constricted making me not want to do ANYTHING!...don't worry, i am working, it's just really frustrating the time constraint.


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 11/29/2017:
Hang in there! I hate stressful days too. I am right there with you. When I have tons to do, I just feel weighted down and end up doing nothing.

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2017:
Yeah, i need to take breaks here and there, but it's impossible to be done. boss knows.

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2017:
not sure how much the boss cares though. not sure how much i even care anymore...or if i keep this job anymore?

it'd be a big loss in pay, and it's best i keep it, just very stressful at the moment.

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2017:
and yes, my job is seriously only for the money...like most.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 28, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: kombucha 40

Work: coffee with milk and stevia 50, banana 120, brownie (brought in by coworker - small piece but rich brownie and possibly spiked with rum - tasted it!) 200

Snack: rye bread 80 with almond butter 200: 300

14:45pm Lunch: pizza slice 400, flounder cooked by me 200, 600 

4:20pm Snack 1: planning on apple

Snack 2 before gym: planning on bar

After gym: planning on protein cookie 350-400

.....And some nice salty chips 150

2100 good - definitely burned it today :-)

Worked half hour OT but I know there'll be a problem finishing this project by Monday - not enough time - will have to tell boss...

4day average: 2162, good.



Looking forward to the weights tonight because it's a GIFT that I give myself that benefits me in ways I could never have imagined. From how i physically and mentally feel after completing a good workout to the way I look, weights are something that I added to my lifestyle so many years ago and thank gosh.

Despite the good and bad that happens in my life, Weightlifting will ALWAYS be a constant.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/29/2017:
I thought almond butter was sweet. Is it more of a salty thing?

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2017:
i think it might be sweet sorta, but not high in sugar.

Just a different change of pace from peanut butter.

More expensive though!

It is a little bit thicker, smears really nicely on my bread.

i was getting really sick of peanut butter, but after i finish the jar of almond butter, i may be sick of that too!

similar calories and stuff to peanut butter, i think actually slightly higher in protein.

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2017:
i mean the almond butter i believe is slightly higher in protein, slightly lower in fat. not much difference, same cals basically overall.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 27, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

home: kombucha 70 tasty always.

Breakfast: coffee with milk and sugar 80, banana 120, wrap 100, almond butter 200, sf jelly: 500...

Noon Healthy lunch from home: my noodles that i cooked 200, veggies, big serving 200?, turkey burger 200 at most. 600 at most for lunch. and chips yup 150.

1350 after lunch. 

3pm Snack: a natural type bar 150

1500....a bit much, but typical of coming back after a vacation...lol...hungry.

another snack on way home: 100 cal bar


dinner: wine (sangria) 200 most i hope!, maybe 250, fish 150, bread and oil 150: 550, tops.

2150, healthy.

3day: 2183 per day.

i'm DEFINITELY gonna cook my flounder tonight, NOT BREADED! i have scary memories of my mom breading fish, yuck.


No exercise tonight. Yes to baking flounder with minimal added ingredients just lemon, oil, garlic, pepper, salt. Yes to finally a cleaned brita filter so i can drink water and not seltzer for a few months till i have to do this again... :) 

Jen, my good friend and work colleague also, is coming over tonight to cook empanadas and also help me with my fish - i'll give her at least two of the filets to take home to her family!  We made spur of the moment plans today at lunchtime.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/27/2017:
Fish is so fast and easy in the oven...or even frying...so delicate and quick....you will love cooking it.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2017:
it was a pretty good first attempt, didn't use a spatula so it broke apart at the end, but it was a pretty nice first attmept.

got very distracted bc was cooking some Spanish food, a friend came over, and that food totally dissolved in the pot - it was old and the directions weren't around and we weren't making a good attempt.

the fish is good for a couple days ;) happy about it - and plan to cook it more often! and try all the types of fish since we have many fish stores around here!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 26, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Breakfast (ricky made it! - lol, was weird tasting, not sure why?) - toasted english muffin with butter 220, 1 egg fried cooked with olive oil 150, some of his tasty tea that he makes 50 420.

Snacking: kombucha, small amount 30, chips 150, cooked cranberries large portion 100: 280.

1pm lunch: elbow noodles that i cooked - seams i really need to cook the whole box bc whenever i cook 2 portions, it gets eaten really quickly - time to find my large pot! 300, marinated mushrooms 150, half a turkey burger 100: 550

1250...heading to gym soon :)

total saying 2050.

2 day avg: 2200, decent.


I have to pick up some wraps before i go to gym, totally forgot i was running low, i only have one more left and that's how i eat my breakfast usually....on a wrap at work.

Putting away the laundry i did yesterday.

Cleaning hamster cage.

Gym - planning for a really good session.

then i'll shower, lol, after the darn gym would be good.


Ricky is cookng a beef stew tonight, so i did errands with him this morning to buy the beef and groceries. I plan to eat some of the stew tonight, maybe one last movie also!

I bought fish, FINALLY!, for the first time, that i plan to cook tomorrow after work - SO EXCITED to FINALLY bake some fish! Flounder is what i bought :) I may not be able to finsih it all, so i might give a filet to Ricky on Monday night. I cannot wait to start baking a lot of fish to eat frequently, like at least 1x per month if not more to cook it. hoping to cook it more like 2x per month, to last 2-3 days each time i cook it.

Had coffee late in the night yesterday (so sleep was not great), while watching not 1 but TWO movies at Ricky's place. I have Amazon prime and finally i have hooked up my account to even 1 tv...i didn't even hook it up to my own yet (i've had prime for YEARS). So we hooked it up to Ricky's TV, although he hates the Amazon monopoly, and now he has accesss to hundreds of movies and tv shows, for FREE!

The movies we watched were not thru prime though - although in the future it will be. We watched two well-made flicks: The Beguiled, which takes place during the Civil War down south (but doesn't have to do with the fighting, more with a story of women living together / going to school because they cannot live with their own families / and a man that they are all falling for and sorta fighting for and then everything goes very wrong...). The second movie was also EXCELLENT. it was fiction - called The Interview...about two guys that plan an interview with North Korea's leader...which obviously would never happen today. 

both movies were enjoyable, kept us captivated, and were well-done. They were not flukes, thankfully!


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2017:
Sounds like you are having a great weekend...and that first movie about all the women fighting over 1 man,,,sounds like every guys dream...until the part where it all goes wrong...LOL....Ya Think? LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2017:
yes, and that's exactly how this movie goes...and when it goes sour, it goes REALLY sour. they women end up...really hurting him...

Donkey on 11/26/2017:
Thank you for the movie reviews -- I enjoy movies but just don't have the attention to sit through them, much any more, unfortunately... It does sound like you had a very nice weekend, though!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 25, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Saturday was overdone, my fault, eating too much early in the day. total 2350. but mostly healty. Planning to be getting back on track, but it's the WORST when clothes don't fit how you want them too...and when you don't feel comfortable in your own skin. I'll get back on track as needed.


Happily stayed in bed till around 9:30

Leisurely breakfast 500

Snack 2 candies chocolates 100

Lunch: noodles with a hair of horrible tasting sauce 300, half turkey patty 100, chips 150: 550. Mikes hard mixed with seltzer 100 1250 :)

Went on a WONDERFUL 2 mi walk in the park with Ricky! finally some light cardio!

4pm early dinner after walkBites of Ricky's sandwich at Arby's 100?, fries a whole big portion 300?, less than half of the AMAZING chocolate chip cookie 200 (whole cookie is 500 cal!) 600 1850

Light night with Ricky (i just didn't plan my eating well today), almost a cup of tomato sauce that i used on the following: Arby's jalepeno bites (not that good - i didn't like them), toasted english muffin with butter and the tomato sauce. just too many calories today.



Doing laundry now, currently noon. I didn't see ricky yesterday which worked out better bc today we are going for the stroll - we didn't yesterday get together - and we can have dinner today and see a movie - makes for a complete day. Tomorrow I might rearrange furniture with him otherwise we'll do it on Christmas bc. We don't celebrate but we are off from work and makes for a good day to remodel my living room and entry foyer area so things are better arranged to make the space more attractive aesthetically!

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2017:
Sounds like a plan, enjoy the movie and good company!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 24, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

 9am: roasted veggies 200, noodles higher fiber / protein 200, kombucha 50 450.  :)

11am mini meal it turned out (double portions) before gym workout: stacy's whole wheat pita chips - 2 servings 300 and JIF Almond Butter (very good!) 200. total 500. was very tasty, obviously, and filling.

total before what will be a strong weights routine: 950 :)

Mid workout snack banana 150

AFTER workout meal at 3:00pm: chicken burger 200, veggies 50?, noodles 200 popcorn 150 600 total maybe 650 and tasty. And cooked cranberries 60

Fiber 1 chocolate chip cookie 120

1920 before massage lol

Pb and sf j on a wrap and a light cider drink 450 late night meal.

2350 today - not bad.

7day: 2285 not terrrible at all :-)

Will have a big meal after the gym, back here at my apartment, will probably include popcorn...looking forward to working out!!


Today's plans:

1. skip laundry until actual weekend (Saturday will be good to do it, i think!)

2. gym workout

3. walking path with ricky somewhere

4. last of my massages until at least a month from now because i have finallly used up all of my prepaids :)

5. bed will be not late, i enjoy an early bedtime even on weekends when i don't go out - probably i'll be in bed by 9:30pm ;)


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2017:
Do you buy those shirataki noodles?

horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2017:
Not recently I haven't.

The reasons I don't buy them include because they are not easily digested and in the past they caused tons of bloated and constipation which isn't good if you have to leave the house for working to sit very uncomfortably and possibly even more in comfortable while working out and just never knowing when I will be able to be relieved of them!

I loved that they were no cal.

But you have y cook something with a lot of flavor to put them in or they really don't sit well in my mouth I need something to break up the texture of only having noodles.

You have to dry them really well.

So I Never really find a good time to eat them - they worked more for me when I had a teaching position with many days off - now they just mess with my digestion and I don't feel I am making a good decision to have them if the my digestion gets screwed up bc there's no time extra to be home or relaxed while I feel that way after eating them.

In the past I have bought them assuming I'd eat them on a long weekend or holiday but all they did in the recent past was sit in the fridge and eventually get thrown out .... but I do think their concept is GREAT if you can cook them and dry them and mix them fully into a dish - no need to eat a full package at a time - there's two servings in the package. I used to by mostly angel hair. I wonder if you could make Mac and cheese with the rice shaped ones :)

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2017:
I've never tried them...I heard that they have a rubbery texture and smell funny....they got popular for awhile there and then they disappeared....but just saw them again a couple of days ago. Guess I'll pass on those...they don't sound appetizing...

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 23, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0


late breakfast & snacks: pound watermelon 150, chips 350, salami 50,  turkey burger 200 tops, tastes of everything i cooked lol 50 800.


Off to parents with ricky soon. cooked a lot for myself for the rest of the week i have tons of food that'll prob last till tuesday.

 around 2500 :) not bad :)

2275 6-day average.

this weeks total is more than usual, but not worrying - at all!


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2017:
Nice to have food for the week on hand.

horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2017:
Oh yes - makes eating healthy easier - especially having some turkey burgers for healthy and satisfying protein rather than just eating mostly carbs ! I did good by making my turkey burgers - but so sick of them ! I will try baking fish tomorrow !

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 22, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

2230 4-day average. decent!

Home: kombucha 60, some candies. at work

Breakfast: banana 150, coffee with milk 50, wrap 100, salami 50, cream cheese 100: 450.

Lunch: 2 med eggs 150 hard boiled, curry potatoes large serving like 350-400 tops. 550 lunch.


3pm & 4pm: Too many desserts 500 approx...at least, hopefully not more!

6:30pm dinner: crackers around 150, roasted vegetables that ricky made !!! large serving, extra oil 350?, and beef and bean chilli that he made also very tasty 250? total here is over what i like to eat, but healthy: 750. the problem was actually the dessert i ate that i bought before dinner...

2350, not terrible. no exercise. relaxed, nice.


After work bc we get out at 2pm: 

Picking up veggies ready-made 3pm i'll get home,

Getting a small hair trim i think by me 4pm latest i should be home...,

And cooking turkey burgers bc i have the meat home already, cleaning up & walking to friend's apartment by 6pm. should work out time-wise.

Maybe sleeping over Ricky's...we are watching movie and having dinner tonight- Ricky and I.

.instead of even going to my apartment, i got a spot by ricky after getting a haircut and picking up some food, so i just parked, put my food in his fridge, and slept over, didn't even go home last night! Saved time and i just relaxed at his apartment.  I was at his apartment by like 4pm. It felt good not to be running around and just relaxing yesterday, plus i slept really well.


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/22/2017:
Sounds like a nice plan have fun...and Happy Thanksgiving

Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2017:
thank you BCGG, it was a really nice day :) and looking forward to seeing family for Thanksgiving today !!! Have a nice day with your Hubby!

legcramps on 11/22/2017:
I would love to take off early from work today...this week feels like it's going by soooooo slowly!

What movie are you going to watch? I've been waiting to see Thor: Ragnarok. I can't wait, I want to see it in 3D in the theatre. Well, enjoy dinner and a movie tonight, and Thanksgiving tomorrow! My Thanksgiving was wayyyy back in October.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2017:
Ricky downloaded a movie that he told me about after we attended a library author presentation about Holocaust and a specific voyage that happened during it on the St. Louis cruise ship. There was a movie out in the 70's i think (yes, old movie and extremely well made - a classic). He downloaded it so we could watch it. It was worth seeing, lots of suspense in it. but it's not about a happy subject, but well documented!

Thor sounds good...lately, i'm trying to do more FREE things. Living in Queens, NY, there's so much there to do. Facebook shows endless programs and concerts for very low prices. After this year 2017 ends, i will be more conservative of my money...but still enjoyable cultural and fun activities. I have a few more paid for events thru end of December, but after that i plan to save my money....

sorry so rambled. !!!!

Thor sounds really cool in 3D, those movies are always so fun. Yes, you Canadians are finished and already onto Christmas :)

Maria7 on 11/22/2017:
Thank you for your suggestion...I do put a diced onion in with the chicken and rice and let it all cook together. It is very delicious. Had some more tonite. But, it is good to get more veggies in...besides all the vitamins, they help a person stay hydrated and usually most of them are very low in calories. Happy Thanksgiving.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2017:
good point on hydration!

i love to give suggestions :) you are so welcome & happy thanksgiving!!

onion is a good addition...why not add one more veggies next time? peppers? or even cooked / roasted cabbage?

happy-1 on 11/22/2017:
Sounds like a lovely leisurely Thanksgiving

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2017:
It was exactly that :)

how was yours???

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 21, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast:  coffee with milk, stevia (as always) 50, banana 150, wrap 100, sf jelly, nut spread 200: 500.

snack: peanuts :-P

total before healthy lunch: 750

lunch: chips 250, bigger turkey burger 200 tops, bean sprouts 150, sauteed cabbage at most 100? 700 tops.

snack 1: bar and water with stevia before gym 150, PLUM 50

near end of workout and after workout: banana and protein cookie 450

snack before bed - some Amy's pita chips 150-200 hopefully not more, started to eat without counting.

2350 probably, but it was a great workout :)

 4 day average: 2200, not great.

Bed soon afterwards.


Fitness goals this year 2018: better situps, better pushups, increase cardio in January. - practice Spin class (free at gym)

Other 2018 goal: take the estimating classes (as soon as they are available)

3rd 2018 goal: volunteer for auxiliary volunteer police, take the training, after i'm done with estimating classes

ok, now the final goal: work on memorization

Final 2018 goal: go to free events that are mind-stiulating

i'll have to make a plan as to how to tackle all of this.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

legcramps on 11/21/2017:
spin classes are so much fun! you will like them for sure. loud and fast music really helps too ;)

nice goals for 2018; i haven't even thought about what i want to tackle next year. i just want to get through this year in one piece LOL.

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2017:
Love the goals!

Donkey on 11/21/2017:
Love the 2018 goals. Now you have me thinking...

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