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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 19, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

2,000cal 4-day average.

6am: kombucha 70.

8:30am: lox, cream cheese on white toast (but lower cal not dense bread), and a banana, and energy drink 0 cal from yesterday mixed with water. only 430 cal here.

11:30am or so snack: 120 chocolate greek yogurt

 total before lunch is around 620 and i'm so glad to bring something different for breakfast today!

lunch was around 800. It was healthy. but larger and included veggies. I am indulging right now and want to. it included some saag mixed with kale, chicken white meat with a little skin, and pretzels.

fruit on way home 50

LARGE dinner but ended up being very low cal!: yellow pepper 50, tons of mushrooms, Indian style but most of sauce I washed off (but still a lot!) 200?, and small leftovers of a kelp dish 50...then I decided to VOTE! so I got off my ass and ended up voting and then continuing on a nice walk afterwards! 300 cal...here...followed by:

later on after my walk: 2 yogurts, but light ones 160 total both by light & fit - one was a mouse and the other was flavored boston cream pie! very nice!, and peanut butter to top them off 100! and now i'm so nicely satisfied! yay. good day! and I exercised again!

around 550  cal total at home.

total cals are nice: 1950...plus, I am feeling much better! the walk was really good for me!

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Lately, I'm eating way more than I did in the (especially last) month leading up to this wedding. I feel a couple lbs weight gain at most...but I am eager to be lean and not gain any unwanted lbs again. That'll just get me more depressed than I am.

I am probably heading back to the gym before May. Even though i'm still sleeping OVER 8 hrs, I think it's a mental thing going on with me. Maybe. I just need to make sure my legs are feeling better and everything before I start with the gym. I'm nervous to start up again. And nervous about this whole year ahead of me.

I think I need to plan a little bit for gym. Basically, I think I need to cut down on my upper body exercises (actually do a few less of them) and not change anything else yet. I'm saying i'm going to cut down my workout a little bit. Make it shorter.

I don't know what to do...I don't even like the sound of cutting down my workout. We'll see. I have to think about things. I may start working out without energy drink? but I always liked that...

not sure what I want..

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

puddles on 04/19/2016:
J. your going to drive yourself crazy. Did you ever think of taking meditation classes could probably help you to relax, sleep better, worry less. There are a lot of benefits to meditation. It is good at times to empty your brain out it is a little like pressing delete on the keyboard empties out all the junk that is roaming around in there. Just a suggestion.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/19/2016:
yeah. you are right. I'm going to continue to chill out. no gym yet. and let my body relax. I have to.

sleep as been better and better...i'm getting there but not fully there yet.


cybermom4 on 04/19/2016:
Could you substitute a walk around the block for a time. Just to get some fresh air and a break from the hectic thinking? Also, sometimes I take a sheet of paper and write down all the different options that are on my mind. Really go into detail. Then set aside for a few hours. When you come back to them tweak the one that you like the best - then begin on Monday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/19/2016:
yes, this is in fact what i'm doing. thank you for the great suggestion. I realize that I must give myself a break overall. and not even regret it right now. If I come home, eat dinner right away, relax & go to bed early - so be it. I trying not to regret the fact that i'm coming home & not even walking for 10 min at home. at least i'm getting good rest right now.

yeah...i'll tweak little by little and give myself a break. I have a year to get it fully down pat for the academy.

I just have to slow it all down :)


cybermom4 on 04/19/2016:
Actually when- you think about it, you are not really 'slowing down' you are being 'wise'. The more you take care of yourself, the better you will feel when the going gets tough. I was inspired by a commercial I saw - "I accept the fact that I am not sprinting the way I did when I was 18, but I will not accept anything less than my personal best."

Knowing the difference between striving for 'unrealistic' goals and operating in 'real life' can really bring you a peaceful outlook. You may not be 18 anymore but you are a healthy 30 and yes that is still young!! (didn't you know 50 is the new 30)

You got this Coach - You will bounce back - in good time...key word being 'time'.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/19/2016:
Thank you so much MOM! you say it all well. Getting older does involve making better choices...

thank you again !!



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 18, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

Monday, Monday.

6am: kombucha 70

8:30am: big banana 150 and Nice, small but satisfying protein bar 180: 330

11am: small but good (pretty natural as well) high fat, mod protein & low carb peanut butter bar 200.

1pm lunch: FANTASTIC. my boss cooked! and it was chicken! and veggies and some tomato sauce and then I had some of my own spinach saag and okra. amazing lunch. around 650-700 cal.

1300 & healthy. before fruit maybe on way home :)

big dinner: healthy but emphasis on big. around 800 cals of filling goodness. treated myself to everything but the kitchen sink ;)

2100. around maybe 15 min walk at most. rest is good right now!

600. planning on low carb during work & higher carb of fruit on the way home & protein pancake tonight maybe. unless I have an urge for vegetables & I will eat those instead with chicken and maybe some popcorn or chips for dinner. we'll see. I have a nice rostissie at home (brought some for lunch today) and I've been craving chicken as I haven't been eating a lot of it lately. Planning on eating a lot of chicken this week :) I think i'll feel better with more dense protein in me!

Morning at work: caffeine. Half exhausted, half I don't know what. Looking to move past these feelings though :) Should be a nice week this week. I have to remind myself again that it's a short one! wahoo! Nice, short week that will end 2pm Friday at work I am leaving early for Passover observances that I feel entitled to leaving early for. :) wahoo.

My head is sorta spinning, but i'll make it stop. Even with all this caffeine, if I were home at this moment, i'd go back to bed. I am feeling THAT tired. I guess I shouldn't take a sleeping pill (not even the Melatonin 3mg I took last night) tonight again. I'm just too tired to work.

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

puddles on 04/18/2016:
You got to get rested up J. I know you can't catch up on sleep but at one point you are going to have to start feeling rested or you are not going to win this battle with your sleep. Maybe you should turn it from a negative to a positive and see what happens like when you did not feel good about yourself. If it worked for that it will also work for your sleep time. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/18/2016:
what do you mean?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/18/2016:
yeah, I guess you mean I need to stay positive and not continuously thinking negative...I think i'm slightly depressed.


thinnside40 on 04/18/2016:
Alrighty Kombucha lady. I bought a bottle to try. I DO NOT LIKE IT! Plus I didn't realize it was fizzy, so I shook the bottle real good right before opening it. Oh dear!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/18/2016:
oh yes, it's fizzy. I am sorry you don't like it! if we lived close, i'd be hoping you'd give it to me...but i'm sure at least half of it is now down the drain! :)


puddles on 04/18/2016:
What I meant is that instead of saying I am so tired and using the word tired you encourage yourself to be tired in acknowledging it and give it all the power. My mom use to tell me that the more I say something the more I am what I say.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/18/2016:
very true & I may even go back to the gym earlier than expected because I realize i'm going to gain weight and not be feeling great at this rate come May if perhaps I don't get back to the gym sooner! :)



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 17, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

Slow and Silly Sunday ;)

Yesterday I went out, but today i'm not so sure I want to go outside at all. Would be nice to have a rotisserie chicken for the week but I may just pick it up tomorrow. I'm sleepy and not feeling great. I know I have a pretty good week ahead & just realized I'll be leaving work EARLY Friday bc i'm Jewish and that's when Passover begins (Friday evening.)

I'll not be seeing my family that night though, we chose to do it Saturday. However, I WILL use my religion and Judaism as my excuse Friday to JET OUT OF WORK early like everyone else does (even my darn sorta-boss who is half-Jewish and doesn't even celebrate! he's always leaving early, even before me on EVERY and ANY jewish holiday! ugh!) I'm learning I need to do what I need to do as well.  Just like my coworkers always did.  To feel good & keep my head way above the water. I need my rest. I was going to see my friend's new apt in Brooklyn after work this Friday, but in the back of my mind I think I need to relax more & not run around all day first to work at 8am & then to Brooklyn after work Friday making it a very long day & then my parent's on Saturday.  I cannot have marathon weekends right now...needs to be simple or i'm gonna be sick from it all.

I think I still need to rest as much as I can before next month getting to the gym & getting back to my normal routine. I want to do more, but I know the truth is that I need to do less. Yes, I'm serious. Otherwise, I'll not be able to do anything at the gym bc I'll still not be feeling very energized. So rest is what it needs to be this Friday. Glad i'll be out of work early. And maybe i'll add $ to my laundry card again - if i'm coming home at a decent time when the housing office here is still open!, LOL.

7:45am Kombucha 70 and also seltzer with stevia

9am-10am Breakfast: tofu 50 with a bit of okra bhindhi 300? (oily) and then popcorn too & my fave juice/energy drink raspberry flavor BING 40. so, around 400, good.

11am: Saag and strawberries afterwards. 200.

12:30pm protein bar (small) and strawberries 200

2pm and feeling both really, really tired and full and practically sick (dreading work tomorrow, I really wish I had a full week off now, just SO TIRED): okra, a lot of it sautéed in oil & fruit. around 300 most I think.

DEFINITELY NOT LEAVING MY APT TODAY (NOW JUST AFTER 2PM AND I FEEL TERRIBLE TO SAY THE LEAST). feeling like I have a hangover. don't want to move. exhausted. I know i'll feel better soon, but this is quite hard right now for me & I am upset I have to work tomorrow when all I want to do is sleep.

I took a 45 minute nap from around 1-1:45pm when I woke up. I'm telling you all, my body is screaming at me for rest. Last night, without a sleeping pill, I slept for around 9hrs as well. I did wake up once during the night, but was able to go back to sleep.

All I want to do is sleep right now. It's my body's way of recovering from all the stress throughout the winter and then the wedding & Atlantic City. I am literally very tired and nothing will help. I could sleep still extra. And I will not be taking any sleeping pills tonight although I do want to bc it seems I have no problem sleeping at the moment...as even with a nap yesterday, I slept 9 hrs last night. and then fell back to sleep this afternoon for 45 minutes. wowzers. nothing better than the healing powers of sleep it seems.

did end up going for a short walk as well as 2 fast supermarket stops. now prepped and ready for the week & don't need to go anywhere after work this week, except home to read & for dinner. GOOD. prepared. feels good.

snacking after walk: 1 yellow pepper and one large plum, followed later by more Okra (tons of cooked Indian food still from Friday of course...) 250

dinner: light bar 250, healthy & natural. was gonna have a protein pancake but prefer to keep cals lower.

1650 today, great. yesterday was high, 2250, but I slept thru the night I think sorta because I was full and satisfied completely.? and tired. LOL.

2-day cal average: a bit high, but healthy foods considering. 1950/2 days this weekend. Looking forward to some low cal days to balance it as I can feel the weight gain although I can tell you I still look GREAT. LOL. I took notice during my walk in the store windows. LOL. and then caught an Asian guy watching me watch myself ! LOL LOL LOL. Not sure who was more embarrassed!

 

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

puddles on 04/17/2016:
You are certainly doing a good job of balancing rest and work. good job.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/17/2016:
thanks puddy :) when I was first hired, I never took advantage of anything. Five years later, couple injuries & health issues later, and I am glad to have an advantage Friday to leave early! ha.


marshallsaya on 04/17/2016:
Rest is a good thing, and I need to listen to my body when it tells me to rest more. I've learned this the hard way. ~Angie

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/17/2016:
Thanks angie. Me too, I've learned the hard way of how important it is to rest.



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 16, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 70 & lots of Okra in oil with onions and spices 300?

9:45am: Indulged in a double chocolate really tasty Protein Cookie 400. (and caffeine drink).

Already took a short walk to supermarket in the sunshine around 9am to pick up a couple bananas, strawberries on sale, and 2 low cal energy drinks since I don't really drink coffee on weekends. 

RELAXING today & laundry this afternoon around 2pm.

10:30: just indulging completely. 1 package tasty & fatty bacon jerky. 330. worth it.

11:30am - ready to read.

lol...from around noon to 1pm I actually fell asleep in my bedroom. I was exhausted. and this is after drinking an energy drink.  I am needing the rest this weekend and glad to be getting it!

noon: saag spinach 70

snack 2:30-3pm: more saag 150 and popcorn 100. 250 total :)

1450, good...

4:20pm indulging because it's a relaxed weekend, spent at home. Large portion of Saag & a plum. 350 :)

total so far: 1800, good.

5:45pm already! wow. the day went fast. and I was productive while relaxing. Paid bills, planning to use both new credit cards so I can get extra cash within the 1st month lol tomorrow and supermarket or something.

6pm small protein bar 150...followed shortly after by more sautéed Okra 150 (so no protein pancake tonight)

2100, good...planning on a protein pancake for dinner. already had a lot of "vegetables" today eating all that saag. it's all spinach anyways (probably had around 4 cups of veggies today)

maybe an evening snack later :)

and if I decide a no-go on the pancake, i'll have a small piece of tofu, more Indian food, some kelp noodles & some chips. either one is a good choice.

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

puddles on 04/16/2016:
Enjoy your day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/16/2016:
enjoying it so much! I could use a week like this. whew!


grannyannie on 04/16/2016:
Sounds nice. Enjoy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/16/2016:
It's the BEST :) thanks Annie!



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 15, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

1875/day for these 6 days, great! and tomorrow starts a new week.

Going to estimate today's total to be 1750. Dinner was rather huge. I hope it doesn't add to more, like I said, dinner was huge and the reason I am unsure is it was all Indian food - lots of oil. but healthy. and tasty. I also had two big servings of veggie chips :)

950 before dinner = excellent.

Going to the nail salon after work to get the nail polish (was a Gel Manicure that lasts at least two weeks) off my nails as I don't want to take it off myself & mess up my nails more...

Also, I don't want to think about taking off my GEL nail polish over the weekend which is why i'm doing it tonight...(after going tonight, i'm glad I did. Even the nail salon girl had a very hard time taking off the gel manicure. It took her forever. Now my nails look bad but they'll grow out! :)

Additionally, I ordered TONS (6 dishes) of vegetable / vegetarian Indian dishes to eat at my leisure throughout the next few days to a week...however long they last...

Other than this, FIRST AFTER WORK I will take $$$ out when I first stop by the supermarket after work. I'll get cash back & do it twice...need the cash to pay for the Indian food so that they don't charge me the tax. Additionally, I need the cash for a tip for the nail salon LOL. That's it...

 Oh, and weight was a nice 113 this AM. good job to me.

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

grannyannie on 04/15/2016:
Good plans for today. Have a good weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/15/2016:
Thank you Annie, looking forward to a wonderful, relaxing weekend.


hollybelle on 04/15/2016:
I love indian food. I wanted to go to a new restaurant here - but they weren't open until Monday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/16/2016:
Ok...only a few days wait ;)



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 14, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

1900/day daily avg since Sunday. not bad but not the best....but ok. t

onight i'm going to pick up some Indian food for dinner right by my work.  Which means I have to stop by the supermarket and get cash back because when I pay in cash, the restaurant doesn't charge tax (and in NYC that's BIG savings!)...and I must make sure they don't include tons of cheese (I prefer NO CHEESE but last time was a big mistake) like last time, LOL. I have nice kelp noodles (EXTREME low cal) to eat the okra / spinach dishes with. I also have cabbage to cook up and eat. I'll enjoy eating Indian thru the weekend and into next week probably (ordering extra today for lots of days of leftovers!) yay.

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1050 cal before dinner.

dinner on the drive home from foot massage (left around 7pm) - bag of beef jerky (planned in advance) 350 and at home some healthy, tasty pea crisps that actually have some protein 100 cals. gonna stop eating now & read. :) drive home was around at most 10 min. it's only 7:30 now. nice. happy.

the foot massage was EXCELLENT. good place. I will go back if I ever want a massage in general. NICE FIND! and very close to home. parking has all meters, but, if I go on a sunday it should be good when parking is free and I don't have to worry about getting a ticket because the meter expired (which is the main problem).

so, 1050 before dinner plus 450 dinner = nice 1500. good....and strawberries.

1550 :)

no exercise.

extremely tired at work, so let me stay away from the sleeping pills for tonight :)

I am not being professional in the least. it's been a very, very rough week for me. Especially with the addition of last night's dinner affair.

I am just not feeling myself.

Looking forward to a low key weekend.

probably going to be home & relax.

the whole weekend I will prob not get together with anyone. (since I was going to see my friend but she says she's feeling sick - means I have no plans which would be good.) I need the time to myself.

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

cybermom4 on 04/15/2016:
Have a wonderful peaceful and refreshing weekend Coach!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/15/2016:
Thanks Mom, I certainly will do just & only that! :)


OhioRaven on 04/15/2016:
I can't imagine you're type "A" personality relaxing for too long, but I know you'll give it a try. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/15/2016:
You funny....and you are right. I did some errands after work today already. But, my plan is not to go out at all tomorrow. And maybe not Sunday either.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/15/2016:
well, except for food shopping. and at home, only laundry. I really don't want to do ANYTHING OR! lol...I will read...and make a protein pancake or two....ok....!


cybermom4 on 04/15/2016:
Hahah - I think you have her pegged!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/15/2016:
I got to say, he's gooooood.


grannyannie on 04/15/2016:
Love a foot massage....any massage! Hope next week is better and you have a good weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/15/2016:
I've had 1 or 2 bad foot massages (seems that some places try to do what they aren't trained to do...to make fast $$$).



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 13, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

Wednesday cals
1250 before dinner.

dinner was prob at least 800. (some extra carbs here & there as well as a probably only 1/2 glass of red wine). Honestly, dinner may have been under 800. And I was satisfied by it.

i'll say around 2200 for Wednesday and I actually did walk 20 minutes (10 minutes to an event & 10 minutes coming home!). nice. I'm looking forward to gym & still resting but thinking maybe to go back before May. Probably not though.

But, I may start some ab work at home soon. As well, I'll bring back pushups also. Those two exercises may begin before May.

Additionally, i'm still trying to stretch often. Even at work a little bit.

I had a sleeping pill while still at the dinner, close to 8pm. When I was walking home at 9pm, it was interesting to say the least - thank gosh it was only a 10min walk & I was able to get good sleep which is extremely important to me right now because my body needs it after the 2 partying weekends I had and lack of sleep then & also because I want to get back to training soon at gym & feel good overall. I don't like feeling so tired, so, I think today is going to be better at work & I will make a bigger effort not to be a grump.

 

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6am: kombucha.

8:30am: coffee, banana, bar

11am snack: bar, coffee/milk, maybe diet coke

 600 before lunch...

Lunch: will be healthy.

snack: fruit...

dinner: will be real food, chicken, healthy...

bed early. will take a sleeping pill prob before even leaving the party i'm going to. I need my rest this week....or I might be able to just sleep. Debating this later. maybe skipping sleeping pill. if I don't skip it, i'll have to take it while at the dinner event because if I take the sleeping pill too late, I feel horrible the next day. For me, sleeping pills need to be taken 12 hrs before I plan to get up. Not because I need to sleep 12 hours, but bc I need the pill's effects to wear off after 12 hours or so.  If I take the pill only 8hrs or so before planning to get up, i'm wayyyyy tooooo groggy....and leads to feeling really really horribly the next day. at least I know the drill :) on how to help myself.!!!

The reason I'm posting my crazy pics on facebook from Atlantic City and using a racy photo as my profile pic is because i'm 33 and I can - and bc I do look good in those photos & want to do what the ladies do when they feel good & I want to flaunt it because I worked for it.

I am not usually a crazy partier and it feels really good to have been able to go to AC, party, and have young men view me as good looking & hot.  And why does it feel good!? Because it's like a disclaimer or proof or whatever that "I still have it!" ... that in fact my hard work does pay off. Why should I bust my butt at the gym for nothing. That's why...

 

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

puddles on 04/13/2016:
Cute post J. This is more of a state of mind at any age.... lol You have worked out to get where you are and you should enjoy every minute of it. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2016:
thank you so much F ;) It makes me feel good to post the feel good photos right now, especially when i'm still recovering and need some feel good comments from friends here & on facebook!


grannyannie on 04/13/2016:
Good for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2016:
thank you for your support!


thinnside40 on 04/13/2016:
I take melatonin most nights. No hang over, but highly effective in gettinme to sleep and keeping me there through the night.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2016:
yes, I will begin taking this more....I have some at home :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2016:
but I was taking real deal sleeping pills and I did try the melatonin and it did have a good effect, I think i'll switch back to melatonin. thanks again for the tip.


thinnside40 on 04/13/2016:
I take 5-10mg. Depends on how restless I am.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/16/2016:
thank you...gonna take the melatonin tonight probably to ensure some extra zzz's. maybe. i'm already still really tired overall, so maybe i'll skip it?


HOLLYBELLE on 04/14/2016:
Sleep has snot been my friend for many years now. Have a good one!


hollybelle on 04/14/2016:
You are so funny! Hey - I'm 61 years old - a little overweight (LOL) and I still "got" it, too - it's all in the mind!!



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 12, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

before dinner: around 1300, good. pretty balanced and NOT as much caffeine. face is now breaking out on my chin pretty badly though due to eating horribly, bad hours, and stress of it all. it's ok. I don't even care anymore. I have an event to go to tomorrow night, it's a dinner. I don't even care how I look. i'll prob come home & put on my makeup though before it, it's after work & starts at 5:45pm. yep. then Thursday, I made an apt for a foot massage that I bought on Groupon...yeah....foot massage is for after work. Friday nothing thankfully. and Saturday prob dinner with my friend Christine at a Thai place she likes by me.

huge pancake: protein pwdr 150, oats 40, egg whites 130, stevia, sf jelly on top 40 at least, peanut butter topping 100 around 450 total approx.

total today: 1750, excellent.

Planning on making protein pancakes for dinner often.

tomorrow I have an event, so there'll be a healthy dinner of chicken but lots of sides. I will enjoy / indulge as I see fit.

there's wine tmrrw also :)

goodnight....gonna read / relax.

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

puddles on 04/12/2016:
Enjoy your night out tomorrow and be careful wine can be dangerous.... lol Relax tonight.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/12/2016:
usually I don't drink...so...I may stick with that :) or have a tiny bit at most...gonna start being healthy again I think...especially since i'm not exercising (too tired!!) lol. actually, more the reason i'm not exercising is that my body is still sore for dancing for two weekends straight in heals and I want to feel close as I can to 100% before throwing the gym in my face again. LOL.


thinnside40 on 04/12/2016:
May I ask what protein powder you use? Plant based? Whey? Soy? Enjoy your event!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2016:
Believe it or not, I can't give very good advice regarding protein powders because I don't have a certain one that i'm always using. Lately, i'm just sampling them - but - I do like the more natural ones that are plant based. in general I think women should try to avoid soy if they can get protein another way.

I have a couple friends who work online in the health field so I am sampling their protein mixes now: herbalife protein powders & also beach body brand protein powders. These are extra expensive. ...

I have sampled Quest protein powders from GNC / Vitamin Shoppe. So, if I were to recommend a brand, I do believe Quest has wonderful powders with a great taste. they even have a peanut butter flavor powder which tastes like the real thing, in my coworker's language it's "legit" peanut butter flavor!


thinnside40 on 04/13/2016:
I'm currently using 2 brands. One is from Costco and the other Walmart. Plant based, but different ingredients somewhat. I use 1/2 scoop of each with 1 c. plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 c. Fair Life ultra filtered NF milk (less sugar than regular NF) and 1/2 c. each to equal 1 c. of frozen fruit. Choices are mandarins, strawberries, blueberries, banana, peaches ,a mix of strawberries/blueberries/blackberries/raspberries, a mix of sweet potatoes/nectarines/mango or a mix of strawberries/pineapple/blueberries. Comes in around 32 grams of protein and 350 calories.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/13/2016:
thank you....gonna read this a few times later and make some notes for myself / you... :) thanks for giving me ideas here.!!



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 11, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

Tuesday morning: I'm going to have to wake up earlier so I can relax in morning without rushing. I had to inhale two bottles of kombucha in order to use the bathroom...and it's 7am and I haven't showered yet & need to leave by 7:20 lol! i'll make it happen, no worries!

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Monday: (was feeling down a bit & relied on a LOT of caffeine as well as some extra carbs). it's ok.

Total too much 2200. Is ok.

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I couldn't be more proud of myself for always putting in the hard work and effort and always going to work & putting in a day. unlike stupid bosses around here that come and go as they place and don't know what it's like to actually be tired.

enough said right now as one of the "bosses" left at 2pm for the day. easy peasy. he don't know what it is to REALLY be tired. that's why he has such a hot body. all that damn rest. piece of crap he is...never had it hard a day in his life. it's practically a sin.

I may try a shake diet thing for 5 days as dinner. i'm in a challenge group and ordered the shakes. I don't want to have them at work in mornings, so instead of morning shake, i'll have it (with) dinner. light dinner though....will try & see what I can do tonight.

Lunch at 1pm was great. it was VERY healthy leftover (from Thursday!!!) grilled chicken a lot of it and tons of cooked veggies (mostly bean sprouts but also squash and some other things - around at least 2 cups of veggies - 2 big cups).

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

thinnside40 on 04/11/2016:
Our bodies have ways of telling us what we NEED sometimes. Good for you in yielding. May you have a good night's rest!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/12/2016:
I got some great rest...could have slept even later if I didn't have work!

glad to not be exercising & be able to rest up until I am feeling all better from the crazy partying the past two weekends. Once I feel better, fully better, I'll go back to the gym (probably in May).

Rest is so important.


grannyannie on 04/12/2016:
Be good to yourself. Your weight is down even more!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/12/2016:
bc bloated, I was back to 115 this morning. I just want to stay here, at 115 no higher.



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 10, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 113.0

Sunday Food & Drink:

kombucha 70, later a protein bar 200

strawberries 100

around 11am lunchtime Bacon Jerky 330, Chips 130, leftover saag Indian spinach dip 300, small energy drink

4pm cooked veggies and more energy drink 200 total approx.

5:30pm Yogurt almost 200 cal

bar 250

1800 :)

Seltzer a ton flavored & flavored extra with stevia all day I think.

TIRED DAY. WORTH IT!

at 2:30pm, I decided to quickly go out so I could buy food for the week. I was in luck, my fave store had extra cooked bean sprouts that I love, sautéed nicely with a few other veggies in them, and also stopped for gas for my car. I was home by 3:30pm.

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I will not say too many details on our overnight trip to AC other than it was the BEST! I partied more at 33yrs old on Friday night than I have EVER partied in my life. My coworker / friend & I did everything and anything we wanted & we lived our lives up to the fullest.

In my 20's, I was pretty much a very good girl as I've been my entire life. I didn't party a ton - not even in college. I have always been studying & working so hard throughout my life.

This party at Harrah's in AC at the pool at night was awesome. We saw all of Atlantic City as well. Stopped by the boardwalk, it was sunny Friday!, and took lots of nice photos.

We were only in AC total under 24 hours! We got there around 4pm Friday and stayed till around 1pm Saturday and then we were starting the drive back the NYC before 2pm. Such a great trip. One night was perfect as my friend was up till 4am & I was up till 5am Saturday morning when I def took a shower lol.

We drank a lot. I ate more than usual. I will say around 3000 cal Friday and maybe up to 2500 Saturday. Hopefully less but I'm not even going to try to think back to calculating it...

We slept till around 9am & were up and showering again in the morning, cleaning up....darn some of my entry I just deleted....so now I have to write it again!!!!.....

On the drive going to AC, we took the Verrazano bridge from Queens to Staten Island and skipped over having to trek thru NYC. the drive took 3hrs or so.

On the way home, I just followed the GPS which did bring us a different way back & totally thru the city which added an extra hour of delays due to usual Manhattan traffic to our ride. But, I am not complaining at all as the detour thru the city was a good change of pace as I hardly ever drive thru Manhattan and it was Saturday & we didn't have anywhere to be!

I dropped her off just after 5pm at her house which is very close to where we work.  I then drove to Rite Aid near my work where I bought some bottled waters & seltzer for the ride home to my place and seltzer also to have once I got home. But before driving home after Rite Aid where I got cash back, I stopped at the dry cleaners right near my work as well to pick up the Maid of Honor expensive wedding dress I had cleaned as well as the shorter dress I wore at the rehearsal dinner. I didn't want to have to do this errand after work during the upcoming week & I was already driving thru Ozone Park, so I did it before coming home. When I got home, I parked right in the visitor quick parking at the side of my apt since I had quite a lot of things to bring up including 2 cases now of bottled water so that i'm set for a couple months :)

...so....I parked, brought some things up stairs, then got my cart so I could bring it down to my car, load it up, and bring the rest of the things up in one shot. I then parked my car in my garage & was home around 6:30pm. I was going to do laundry but realized I was dead tired. I put everything away, pulled some leftovers out of the fridge, ate & relaxed on my couch and nodded off to sleep around 8pm & 9pm...sorta waking up to go on the web a lil but, but sorta kept dozing. I think I went to bed around 10pm. Woke up around 7, all laundry machines downstairs were empty around 7:15 when I went down after a shower. Washed everything....

now it's 10:30am & I am chillin for a bit...

 

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

puddles on 04/10/2016:
I am glad you enjoy yourself. Rest day today I figure.... lol...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2016:
I don't think i'll even go food shopping today...thinking to stay home. I have just enough leftovers to last me till tomorrow.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2016:
I don't think i'll even go food shopping today...thinking to stay home. I have just enough leftovers to last me till tomorrow.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2016:
I don't think i'll even go food shopping today...thinking to stay home. I have just enough leftovers to last me till tomorrow.


hollybelle on 04/10/2016:
Sounds like you need to rest! Glad you had a good time. My 30s were the BEST!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2016:
Overall, despite working too hard at times for my own good, my 30's have been better in many ways than my 20's also.


OhioRaven on 04/10/2016:
What happens in Atlantic City, Stays, in Atlantic City.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2016:
and YES, EVERYTHING happened. I was def cured of my almost year-long abstinence. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL. One night. Everything.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/10/2016:
and he was hot. lol..!


OhioRaven on 04/10/2016:
TMI !

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/11/2016:
thought so!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/11/2016:
will post good photos tonight!!!!! of the outfits! I wore two in one night! one outfit for just a couple hours around the casino till like 8pm and one outfit for the late party party party!


puddles on 04/11/2016:
J you got to love Raven's message.... lol

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/11/2016:
lol, yeah....!



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