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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 22, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Friday no clue really on calories forgot to totally count

Morning fried small dough with chicken small 200? Coffee 50-100. 300

Snack: another half fried chicken thing 250?

Snack: bite of thick cream candy thing 50

Snack: nasty nasty fried rice pastry and nasty bite of fried nasty chicken 200.

Half beer 150

Total so far: 950-1000 but might have forgotten something ?

We didn't have dinner so around 1700 or less today

Weekly total is great at 2120 !!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 09/22/2017:
So dedicated...tracking and posting on holiday. Enjoy your time and be safe!

horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2017:
Thank you IP yes still thinking about calories on the vacation !!!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2017:
Little bites....I'm guessing the food there is VERY DIFFERENT!

horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2017:
Outdoor vendors and lots of cheaper restaurants have everything fried !

Nicer places only in expensive areas have healthy and tasty options

ENJoying mostly fried this trip :)

Donkey on 09/23/2017:
Seeing as you're on vacation, tracking calories is probably not on the first list of exciting things to do. Have fun! Soak in the culture, the food, the society!

horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2017:
I promise it's just an automatic habit - jdonk I have been doing it for 15 years so hard to break the habit it sorta relaxes me to do. Haha it's been really really exciting :-)

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 21, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 Up, showered, basically packed. Drinking kombucha - It's not working...Leaving in 15-20 min for airport at 4:30am :)

Glad i took a sleeping pill last night - i was practically asleep by 7pm & up today at 3am.

900 thru airplane flights had alcohol miles drink on plane, chips betweeen flights, more chips....lol great eating.

Sausage and potatoes on street so good and mango 650?


Granola bar 150


Total cal after drinks and dinner is 3000.

Avg 6 day is 2190

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2017:
Have Fun!

horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2017:

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 20, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Early: kombucha 110, did the trick. 3 cups.

Breakfast: wrap 100, honey 50, pb 150, crackers 50, coffee 50, banana 120: 520.

.nuts 120

snack: maybe early lunch instead at noon...

1pm: Lunch: 1 egg 2 egg whites 120, cabbage 50, eggplant spread 150, coworker's bite of a wrap with a special spread (indian grown and cooked) 150, chips 100 tops. 550 approx. FILLING.

3:30pm relaxing at home: dark chocolate cherry 50, plum 50, ice cream 70: 170

Dinner: satisfying 700.

2200 today. good.

 5 day average: 2030 per day, excellent.

took a sleeping pill around 4:30? i think it was...heading to bed soon. it's 6:10pm now. already done packing.


Left work at 1:30pm...picked up food that'll be for when I return after the trip for Monday's lunch and it'll prob even last till Wednesday when I return.

Also went to library to check in for tomorrow's flight and print boarding pass since my computer at home hasn't been hooked up to the printer and printer may not work...so did this at library. I would have done it at work but I didn't have my passport with me & I needed it to check in.

Now going home to pack and hopefully relax. I don't want to be up late tonight as I'll be getting up around 2:30am to get ready for leaving my apt for this trip.  I'll get picked up at 4:30, so maybe i'll get up more like 3am.  :)

It's exciting and I am beginning to feel great about my New Year's Trip with friend of 8 years and haven't seen in 8 years Rosie!  _______________________________________

Leaving work at 2pm to go home & pack (it's actually the first night of the Jewish New Year so this is my excuse to leave to boss). Works out quite well thankfully.

Want to be finished packing by 6pm.

Will have quick chat on phone tonight with dad.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2017:
How exciting for you! And nice way to get out of work early...that worked out just right.

horn_of_Plenty on 09/20/2017:
yes !!! it worked out more than perfect! something to keep in mind for the future, that's for sure!

I was going to have to be really busy, driving to my parents and all...but my mom didn't want to celebrate tonight (she is tomorrow) so I am really thankful for some time at home now before the trip!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast: lox 80 with cream cheese 100 on wrap 70, banana 120, coffee 50

Snack 1: chocolate bar 100

Snack 2: almonds 100

1pm lunch: not too many chips 100, last of my chicken burgers 200, oily marinated eggplant over cabbage 250. 600. plum 50, cals included.

5pm snack bar 100

Total approx 2050. excellent. sushi dinner with my friend Ricky, White Sangria, and Miso soup. good dinner, for sure.

4day average: 1990, perfect.



A bit stressed out bc going from work directly to trip and needing to skip jog tonight to rest my slightly sore ankle so it'll be good on the trip. Just feeling like i'd rather be home around NOBODY. but either way, plans are good and giving hamster to my friend who will watch it tonight, very local a few blocks away from me. and just resting up. no more exercise needed!

Falling asleep at work.

Even cleaned hamster cage this AM before work thinking i was jogging after work. I do not have the energy or desire to jog today after work. Need to rest my ankle and body tonight.

Skipping the jog tonight bc ankle still slightly sore & I'll be walking tons in Colombia.

Cheers to last night being my last gym workout until I get back. 

No more planned exercise till my return. If i need to take an extra week off of everything, i will, once i return.  No more pushing right now.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 09/19/2017:
So excited for you! Rest up girlie...you need energy for vacation and fun time too.

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
TY, yes, i realize now is actually the time to rest :) finally. just gotta pack tomorrow.

bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
Yup...relax...rest up for your very exciting adventure...and even Hammy is having a new adventure of his own with the critter sitter...these are the times of your life you will look back on and smile....enjoy when you can.

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
Thank you BCGG for kind words and my coworker and I laughed at the Critter Sitter. I'll tell the sitter tonight of his new name :)

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 18, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Morning: I drank a kombucha 70, but unable to poop. sorry for TMI. but i don't know why this happened. oh well. maybe nerves due to traveling but i know tomorrow will be good :) i'll get up a little early to make sure i do.

 Breakfast: wrap 100, sf jelly, extra pb 200. banana 120, coffee 50. and a cookie. 50.

Snack: nuts 100 in almonds

Lunch: will be my healthy stuff...550 so much bloating right now bc haven the gone to bathroom .

Snack 1: plum chocolate bar 200 that i bought from receptionist at work bc i was totally tempted so strange. I actually bought FOUR bars. I don't seriously know what got into me! LOL. Totally not in mood for plum. Too much sugar lately but man are the cakes & cookies so tasty!

Snack 2: Special K bar 100, water with stevia

After GYM tonight: cookie and kombucha

total today is 2000 cal.

good nite.

3 day average: 1970/day.


Few days left (3 to be EXACT!) before Colombia. Getting last workouts in and work done. Packing the night before, WEDNESDAY night, since i get outta work early at 2pm for holiday although not going to parents, it's great to get out early before a trip like this one.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
I'm sure you are going to have a wonderful time.....all the prepping will make it smooth sailing I'm sure.

horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
It's so exciting. Weather is thunderstorms for the entire week and a half per my phone app. seems it might be rainy season! lol. but it's warm, around 80. Looking forward to a bit of an adventure!

horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
i think the END of rainy season. yeah. pretty sure on this.

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
Rain and all..I think you will have fun...at least it will be a warm rain...( said Linda who seems to keep looking for the bright side where ever she goes...LOL)...oh my...can't help it if I'm a glass half full person..LOL

horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
no i agree with you...glad for it being warm! funny thing is NYC has warm temps plus sunshine this coming weekend, LOL. i never thought it'd be 80 here in NYC this coming weekend but cooler to be paid for these two days and spend them abroad! oh yes.

horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
two days = thursday and friday :)

innerpeace on 09/18/2017:
So excited for your trip too! Hope you have a great time.

horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
Yes we shall :) whoaaaa it's coming!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 17, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2 plums 100. kombucha 30. wrap 100 with pb 100 and honey 50 along with sf jelly. 400 approx :) and drinking seltzer with stevia.

Half banana 100 Cookie 250, coffee with milk 100. 350. 850. Sangria 150 1000.

wrap 100, 1/2 burger 100 tops, spread 100, some chips i think. yeah, 250 in really tasted almond flour crackers! yum. nice and salty!

1550 total :)wow. needed a low cal day! wonderful!

2day weekend average: 1950, excellent!


Ricky joined me in errands and the street fair. turned out a perfect and fun day. amazing.

fell back to sleep after breakfast for another 2 whole hours. got like 10 hours sleep. felt great. 

got a ton done. feeling good heading into the week before the trip.

got plans to exercise tomorrow night and run Tuesday.  and feeling happy.  and glad to have Ricky to help me today and all the time. He's so good to me.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/17/2017:
Sounds like things are coming together for you.....Glad you are feeling happier.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2017:
yes, they are :) thank you so much for your support as of late! it feels good to really live. I am thankful for Ricky, my good male friend, for seriously teaching me how to live. to love life!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 16, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

7am small tortilla with little bit honey and pb 200 - before i exercise.

10am&12pm: kombucha50,  light ice cream 150, wrap 100, lox 100, cream cheese 40, chips 200 650.


BBQ lunch at a fair so trying to hold off eating at home: 

250 in beer, ravioli 300, turkey 250, bite fried fish 50 1700..

2300? not sure. 

yup. i want it so bad not to skip out on a jog that i woke up early, without alarm, for it.  but today will be an "easy" jogging day. no miles at once without some walking involved.

Today i'll actually walk 1/4 mi and jog 1/4 mi until i reach only 1.5 2.25 miles, i think i'll prob stop after 1.5. 2.25mi today will be an "easy day".  

I might even come home and do laundry or clean the hamster cage.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/16/2017:
Do you start jogging right from home or do you have to drive somewhere?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2017:
When i first started jogging at a park, my dad kept insisting i stop pounding the hard pavement and jog at a rubber track. So i drive to a nearby (5min away drive) college, and use their rubber track and it has 1/4 mile distance each time around.

bearcountrygg on 09/17/2017:
That sounds a lot kinder to your joints...it's nice you have that available...when we lived downstate there was a church with an indoor walking/jogging track that was really a good safe place to walk.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2017:
yeah, i used to (before injuries) run more anywhere and where i could go long distances before turning back around, but this time around the track is far better alternative for me :) Being in a city area, EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE. After reading your posts, I realize how lucky i am just for the fact i live in Queens, NY....a very populated and amazing place....i actually never realized how lucky i was to have all this food and just everything around until reading your posts. I'm not trying to say i have anything better, i am just saying i realized the difference of city vs country living. totally different. and i had taken it for granted.

bearcountrygg on 09/17/2017:
Very different...I've lived in both and there is a world of difference.....I enjoy both for different reasons...

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 15, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Fri!

Morning while holding my sleeping GM Hamster: kombucha 80.

Breakfast: coffee 50, bigger banana 120, wrap 80 with pb 150 and honey 50: 450. oh and tried a cookie. 70.

snack: not sure, probably nuts as i like to have, cashews. 200

lunch: healthy leftovers and chips: chips 200-250, 2 egg whites and 1 egg 150, lots of cooked mushrooms some oil 150-200: total here :550 tops.

1350 after lunch., plum as snack later 50.

(Feeling very hungry so took a 12pm lunch even though i ate a lot thru the morning.)

snack 2: some kinda bar or the cookies 130 and water with stevia before GYM WORKOUT yay (tomorrow morning will be a short jog session so that i can say i jogged 2x this week and not skip again and so that i do not have to do any exercise sunday). 150 approx for snack....

1550 total before gym.

After gym: TBD


Feeling wayyyy better than i was the past couple days. I think I was anxious to not fit in my exercise goals. Now that I know tonight is the gym and i have enough food for all the days until my trip, i feel a lot better it seems.  I feel better as I get more organized with my plans and goals for before the trip and including the trip.  

I was feeling bad i know bc my routine was breaking up.  So i vow to not break up my routine any more. and stick to the schedule 100% so that i do not get off track again.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/15/2017:
I'm glad you are feeling better...sounds like you have it under control and that's a GOOD thing!

horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2017:
sorta under control...lol...i go thru my moments...it's because i haven't been researching anymore and a lot will be up in the air....

i'll be ok...

but def have my moments lol.


at least this am i figured out the route from apt to the train where we are staying in colombia. only 2 blocks (but longer blocks) away. should take only like somewhere between 5-15 minutes to walk from apt to train! wahoo.

love that we are by a train and not a bus...sorta cool!

we'll mostly travel by trains while in Colombia. it's weird it's not first on my mind and that exercise has proven to be mostly more important still at this time.

bearcountrygg on 09/15/2017:
You will probably have to tell yourself that it is ok...at least you can walk around while you are there.

horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2017:
THERE - i do not mind missing workouts. just my schedule before and after i don't want to get off track.

there - i am fully content only walking is definitely more than enough lol. yeah.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 14, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha 100

Breakfast: wrap 100 with pb 150 and sf jelly and banana 120

Snack: salted cashews and coffee with sugar 280

Healthy lunch: spaghetti squash 200, guacamole 100, 2 egg whites and 1 egg 120: 420

candies all day - made with stevia...no fruit today bc i didn't bring any. And chips 130


3:30pm rich snack: ritz pb crackers 200

1500 :-P looking forward to a healthy, low sugar dinner. probably tuna again like last night. 



i am so anxious for my trip to Medellin, Colombia it's pathetic how i feel but i always get this way. last trip was around 1 year ago - last October to San Antonio / Austin Texas. just nervous to pack even though it's so short. ugh.


Dinner was so good: chicken burger 180, 2 tortillas 180, spread 150, blueberries 200

710 cals of goodies and to my friend BCGG - I had double servings of everything except the chicken haha !!!!

2200 tasty cals today. Not low cal but really tasty!

6day avg:

No exercise bc I didn't feel up to it after last nights jog I wanted today off.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/14/2017:
Change is hard....do you know what you fear?

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2017:
what i actually fear is being able to keep my routine in addition to the travel plans.

I fear not getting everything done like jogging and gym and getting too run down.

I fear not having enough time to myself to relax leading into the trip and after.

And lastly i fear the travel bathroom problems that are very typical for me...and i want to be able to poop (yes, really) one last and final time before the trip around 3am on Thursday morning next week.

I just fear the change in routine i guess....and not being able to fulfill my own requirements of keeping my routine while i am home.

traveling also means being able to deal with the changes and that has always been hard for me to do....

i don't want to skip out on gym and stuff and also don't want to overdo any running and stuff but at the same time, it's hard when my mind is focused on my trip.

i know my mind is messing with me and that i don't have a good reason for all my fears....i am not sure why i always get so up tight.

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2017:
if you have any advice, please send it my way.

friends have said, close friends, that any change or fun things...usually involves the typical "butterflies in stomach / anxious feelings" and that i should of course take the plunge and go with it. i just wish i didn't feel so out of my own head.

bearcountrygg on 09/14/2017:
Breathe! Relax for a few moments and give yourself a break. The bathroom thing I totally understand...but I have the opposite problem...I need to stop going so much..think about that for a moment...at least you aren't looking for a bathroom where there is none. There is always a bright side to things...look for those bright sides. I'm sure if you want to exercise there you will be able to...I'm hoping you can just let yourself go and relax and have fun...your routine will be waiting for you when you get back home. You may have noticed that I had very light eating 2 days before jury duty.that was to clear my system out TMI I know...but at least there was no way I was going to have to go while I was trapped in the court room...and I will do the same thing for the next 4 court cases..it worked for me. Maybe you could do something like that too. Change can be hard but it can be fun too....

bearcountrygg on 09/14/2017:
I know you have a spirit of adventure..I just watched your walk up on that building...Now I was able to stand inside the world trade center and look out the windows...and I could do the same at the empire state building...but there is NO WAY I could shackle myself to the side of a building and walk that little catwalk....if you can do that, then you can do anything...I for one admire your ability to persevere.....I'm sure you will have a great time in Colombia and you ill enjoy the experience.

legcramps on 09/14/2017:
Do what you can to make it as smooth and easy as possible...and then try really hard to let the rest go. There is only so much control you will have over how the trip goes, and part of that control will mean adjusting and 'accepting' the little hiccups. I know it's hard. I have an OCD mentality, so change is very difficult for me as well. Deep breaths. You can do this.

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 13, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home while relaxing and holding my sleeping hamster: kombucha 70

Breakfast: wrap 80 with extra cream cheese 100, lox so tasty 80, banana 120, crystal light drink (absolutely sick of coffee for this moment anyways): 380

Snack: cashews lightly salted and coffee 250

Lunch: healthy as usual this week....

Still too big with several servings chips and even too many oily eggplant pieces just yuck need to seriously watch it. 700 cals only limit was protein 1 egg and 1 egg white 

snack 1 peach 100


snack 2 special k bar 100


After jogging session: have a pimple coming..i should probably stay away from ice cream but may just have it, again. or i don't know what....we'll see. lately my appeite is off....i think tension about the upcoming trip bc i do get travel jitters! haha.

Dinner: tuna 70, squash 80, heavy oiled eggplant but so good 100-150?, some other nasty sweet potato in eggplant will not buy again 100 tops, and chips 150: 550 most. fine.

jogging was good and bad. i ran 2 mi and walked 1/4 mile and that got really hungry and wanted to leave right away and that's what i did!

TOTAL CAL: 2150. decent.

5 day avg: 2150. 

nite nite.

tomorrow i'll be going back to the gym.


I need to either make eggs or chicken burgers tonight. or eat sardines or tuna tomorrow, yes...

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/13/2017:
How's Hammys eye doing?

horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2017:
It's on and off....but better. If it's sticky, i just wipe it with a wet q tip. I am beyond doctors! haha.

I also bought some vitamins on amazon that i do add to its water. I do feel they might help. It's vitamin drops. just a daily type.

bearcountrygg on 09/13/2017:
Poor little guy!

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