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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 20, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Good Morning :-D

10:30am breakfast: EVOL microwave chicken enchilada meal and i added some cooked cauliflower crumbles and sauteed pumpkin: 450 or so. and good mix of fat / protein / carbs, had ice cream shortly after 250 more.

Snacking after a LOVELY massage that i was late for again (was thinking there wouldn't be traffic because of some rain - meaning no beach - but there was traffic because of rain lol! - and a TON of traffic)...he ended up giving me an hour anyway. I was lucky...

Snacking - 250 (including some samples at the mall where i dropped my bag to be fixed) = excellent...

Light dinner: tons of different VEGGIES! omg from the Mall! who would have guessed how awesome a new food court can be! They had food from every popular country in the world (in regards to restaurant options)...Indian...Vegetarian (Israeli)...everything! impressive. I got 4 small containers containing: pickled baby eggplants, carrot salad, tomato/cucumber mix, roasted broccoli/cauliflower from the Vegetarian station...and then roasted okra from the Indian place. really amazing to find things like this in a mall. I was blown away. I'd say my dinner was...around...500 cal in veggies. tasty.not in mood for much else. small appetite.500.

Total cal: 1450 - good.


Today I'm going to Long Island (will prob take around 45min-1hr depending on traffic) for a massage at Massage Envy because i there's a really good therapist there. When i make appointments for massage, which is occasionally, it's always with specific therapists that i know are good - of course unless i'm trying a new one. But i tend to get really good massages by more experienced therapists since I've been going a long time & know how to figure out who's good and how to ask for an experienced one when i'm booking it...

After the massage, it's by a HUGE mall with a Coach bag store. I am planning to attempt to go there with my old bag as they have a policy on their bags, no matter how bad condition / how old. So, we'll see what happens with that! - cost $60 & they will ship to my house when they are done mending the bag! awesome price to make a 5 yr old Coach bag new again!

Sports bras are half off today on Old Navy site...i may buy a couple new for $10 each.  And free shipping with code FREESHIP.  I was going to get jeans, but i realize i don't really need...but do want to throw one pair i have out! lol....so i may buy one pair. don't really have the money...but....the sale is good.


Although I admit to struggling a lot to stay focussed, I did get thru this week successfully. To recap, just to write it down because i want to tell somebody lol and not keep what i feel was a lot of work outside of work to myself: 

Sunday- got home late from far away beach adventure / dropping friend off at the subway for her to go back to Manhattan at 9:30pm and went to work Monday morning usual time...

Monday - went to dr after work because i had an infected pimple in my armpit that needed attention (first time ever for this incident!) got home late around 8pm.

Tuesday-  went into work but didn't go to gym after because i was really tired / legs sore from the beach Sunday. But, i decided to do LAUNDRY lol...good choice because now i have far less to do tomorrow (sunday...) lol...

Wednesday-  morning i got up and went to take a Notary Exam on Long Island but close to Queens.  My coworker was there too. So after the test we totally went to dunkin donuts for at least a half hour lol for a late breakfast. Then off to work! I did manage to stay at work till 5pm (half hour late to attmept to show i am thankful to the company for allowing me to go take the test in the AM....on company time...) No gym Wednesday still because legs still sore and knew it would be better to come home. Went to bed early...

Thursday -  Went into work thinking we were celebrating a boss' bday (my plan, but i did deligate the actual buying of the cake to someone i usually trust - and still do - and realize she had a really busy week & in general i am thankful she helped me with the cake big time because i was busy enough this week and couldn't have done the cake too!)...so went into work to find out the cake wasn't ordered in time - so it would have to be done on Friday - a surprise cake for a boss for his 60th that I PLANNED MYSELF! :) ...so WENT TO THE GYM THURSDAY! felt so good. After gym, i realized i had no veggies for lunch friday - and stopped by the supermarket. I think i got home around 8:30pm?

Friday: got up, got ready and wore heels to work. first time in years. I did my makeup and looked REALLY NICE. I reminded everyone about Stan's celebration 60th...the celebration was a MAJOR success! I even sang him happy bday even though i suck at singing...and i realize i will always make the effort to sing instead of just standing there for now on...it's always been a thing i do...weird, i know...

Friday continued - so anyways, yesterday, Friday was a success. I left work normal time at 4:30 - went to get cash back at supermarket - drove to get a haircut. got there late closer to 5:30pm instead of 5...which was OK....hair got a treatment for two hours for straightening...left there 7:30pm...drove the two hairdressers halfway home (one all the way home, and the other got off for the train...i felt bad she still had some distance to go - but i realized so did I...) in pouring rain only while i drove them as it stopped luckily when we got to their stop...and I got home myself at 9:00pm. I did end up eating a full, but small, meal at 9. I think i was in bed myself around 10:30.

I stayed in my bed today - Saturday - until 10am. LOL.

What a week right!? Feels good to accomplish it all, but i will not have a busy weekend or week to come! LOL. DONE. COOKED.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/20/2016:
Y'know, I think the first song I ever learned to sing was Happy Bitrhday. Have a Great day, HP.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2016:
Even though i taught band (and when i did i did sing and do what i needed to do)....but even though i was a band teacher, i've also been extremely self conscious of my voice since as early as i can remember (5 years old)....and never really sing in public to practice or at home...EXCEPT when i was in college as a music major i learned to do what i had to do & while a teacher i did what i needed to...but now...not doing music anymore...i've gotten outta practice vocally and find myself never singing - not even to the radio....so very self conscious again about my singing voice at i never practice anymore / anything...

you are right about the song though - i think it's one of the most popular 1st songs kids learn.

puddles on 08/20/2016:
Yes you had a busy week. Take it easy.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2016:
Thanks F...it was a bit much for me.

Duaa123. on 08/20/2016:
Good week P . And yes u did a lot in . And i can see u start to go out and having fun in ur life .. keep doing this planing it is good really

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2016:
Thanks Duaa...I am feel more confident now. I'm trying to do things to challenge myself and "bring myself up." - things to make me be a "better me." I have a drive to be better than i am.

Diamond50 on 08/20/2016:
I sure wish I loved veggies like you do. It's all I can do to get most of them even worked into my day. I eat some because I know I need to but not because I truly enjoy them unless they are cold salad fixings. Those I do enjoy.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2016:
You see, you can flavor veggies in the same ways as you flavor any dish. They taste great to me especially when cooked and flavored up! The options are endless. :)

Donkey on 08/20/2016:
Very busy but sounds like it was a good week. At least it ended well with a massage!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2016:
Yes everything worked out quite nicely D. Laying low now for the afternoon :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 19, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

TGIF Ladies & Gentlemen...

Home: kombucha 60, seltzer with stevia

8:30am at work: Bai caffeine drink 10 and Fiber One Cheesecake Bar, Strawberry Flavor (these are GREAT!) 160 total here.  Cheesecake bars are really nice, not too high sugar & a lil fat. good balance i'd say.

11:00am: small Atkins nut bar 130

Total so far: 350, excellent...maybe some coffee? I may try and keep cals really low today...as i have the hair appt after work too...would be a good idea to use today as a "low cal" day and make it a full "weight loss" week...yeah!

 snack before lunch: decaf coffee with sf and milk 50

Light lunch: tofu 50, tons of cauliflower crumbles mircrowaved 100? with leftover saag 250? - AROUND 400 Total!

800 After lunch = excellent. Low cal day, for sure....

5:30pm  up to 350 (fruit and a donut) before getting hair done after work

after doing hair and getting home, 9pm: protein muffin 250, some jello, serving and a half of chips 200. could have been a lot less cals, but got home EXTRA late...would rather not talk about it - not really a bad thing, just, lesson learned sorta.

total today is still really good: 1600.

Calorie average for the week: 1764/day = weightloss amount for me.

anything below 1800 usually yields a slight loss.

i'd say i burned more than i used this week. On days I work out, I'm sure I burn at least 2,000. This week was really only 2 workouts, but, the beach day was a lot....so...who knows.


It's been a really FULL & COMPLETE week for the books. Yeah, at times I was REALLY down on myself (not sure why) - probably just wasn't going with the flow:

Sometimes I have issues with "conforming to the norm" or conforming with everyone else - i don't know.  I like to do MY THING. I DON'T ALWAYS like being told WHAT TO DO!  But this week, since Monday I guess, I was told what to do by the higher-ups, by authority...and by today...i was just DONE. I would have sorta prefered today off...but...instead I got my act together and dressed up, a lot, for work. Heels included. First time in forever....wearing an ankle support though. Don't need to be stupid. :-)  I AM doing the right thing. I really am!


For this weekend, it's doing only things for my own well-being. Sorta a "narcissistic weekend" lol. Really though, i've been running all week to activities.  I'm VERY MUCH looking foward to sleeping in...both days.


Weekend plans: definitely enough:

Tonight after work - haircut and keratin....

Saturday - picking up veggies, massage, maybe bringing my old bag to the mall to see if i can have it repaired (COACH bag)

Sunday - Laundry & Gym. and relaxing..prob it. 

Maybe online Jean shopping from Old Navy too...


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/19/2016:
Good luck with your Bag.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2016:
thanks OR! they have a cool policy ... since their bags are so $$$$$....will update everyone after i go !

Diamond50 on 08/19/2016:
I had a coupon (yes I love a deal) for a free box of those cheese cake bars so I tried them and I didn't care for them at all. The bright side to that is I guess they are safe from me in my cupboard ha ha! Hoping hubby will eat them. Enjoy your "you" weekend HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2016:
Thanks D! I do love those cheesecake bars :-D sorry you don't...i think i like them because i never eat the real stuff anymore...so the fiber 1 stuff actually tastes real and heavy to me! haha

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 18, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Early at home: kombucha 60 & seltzer with stevia

Breakfast 8am at work: wrap 60 with salami 100, and a TON of sauteed (some oil) blended pumpkin with onion / salt / pepper (from a southern restaurant) 150 at least for the pumpkin?: 320 and coffee 50

11am snacks: my normal bar 130....and part of a fiber 1 sugary bar i shared with my boss 70...200 here

Lunch: i think more cals - veggies but higher cal slightly prob 300 for them, little bit tuna 100 most, piece of plantain and chips 200-250 - total here is 650 yeah.

snack before gym: energy drink and a fiber one cheesecake bar 150


After gym: not sure

Prob like 350 most?

1800 Thursday.


Had enough really. annoying people at work. i'm tired and wanted to take tomorrow off...but no.

anyways, i may decide to do nothing this weekend if need be. i just don't care anymore right now.

i'll be in a better mood after a workout tonight.

i haven't had a workout at the gym since Saturday night. whatever.


I'm fine...just annoyed. 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/18/2016:
We all have days like that tomorrow is bound to be better. Have a great gym evening J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/18/2016:
thanks...i hope to cheer up by having a "me" weekend.

I turned down plans with my good friend and all friends.

Will also do my hair Friday night as it's really ratty. lol.


Duaa123. on 08/18/2016:
Good calories .. and yes gym makes u feel better ..take care of urself

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Got a bit of restful sleep last night. Took a sleeping pill around 6:30...fell asleep maybe 9-9:30 and woke up by alarm around 6:50? nice. 9hrs i think approx. i feel so much better when a sleep a lot!

I am taking the notary test this morning at 9:30am. Leaving my place at 8:30am. Then work after from around 11am-end of day.  I prefer not to work overtime even though i have no more extra hours & going in late because i'm really, really beat. I even skipped gym and skipping tonight (skipping 1 day of gym this week) because i'm getting run down.


8am: Breakfast at home: seltzer with stevia, Jamaican pumpkin (from store) blended and satueed with oil/onions/green pepper/too much salt & pepper but still good (not sweet, savory instead) 150 at least and a protein muffin with probiotics which is good right now...400 approx

Snack after exam: bar and coffee and DD with my coworker - quite a nice change of pace from normal workday lol 200


Lunch at work: AWESOME - coworker's bday - bread 200 at least (Italian hero bread!) some sausage and peppers cooked by coworker - tasty! 200?, and some salad with dressing (also tasty!) 100?...really good. 500-600

total so far today is good: 1200...good....

snack on way home: plum 50 and seltzer with stevia

bigger dinner: at most, 750.

total today: 2000 at most. fine.

1790 - 5day average, great.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Diamond50 on 08/17/2016:
Good luck with your test today HP!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/17/2016:
Thanks D...i know I passed it :-D

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/17/2016:
...although the result comes in 2 weeks in mail, i know i got at least the minimum correct (i can feel it!)

puddles on 08/17/2016:
When will you get the results of your exam? Glad you got a good night of sleep and have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/17/2016:
2 weeks Puddy...i didn't even study last night lol...but i knew the stuff decently already lol...i'll let you know...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/17/2016:
I feel good about it.

Duaa123. on 08/17/2016:
Good to read that u are confident a bout ur result in Exam good luck ...it is sounds u had a tasty kinds of food.. have a good times

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/18/2016:
Thanks Duaa...i was confident and still am confident that I will pass...but now I actually am nervous that i said it too quickly and now it won't be true lol....my fingers are crossed for good luck!

thanks Duaa.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 16, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Tuesday :-D

6:30am Early at home: kombucha 50

9am Work: wrap 60, cream cheese 130, mashed banana 120, cinnamon, stevia: total here 300. coffee 50

11:30am small bar: 130 (was very hungry...wrap wasn't satisfying - no protein really)

1200 cal before dinner which was large volume, but normal cal i would say...

Tons veggies cooked some sauce 300?, very small amount fried plaintain 100?, ice cream pint of low cal 240: 650.

1850, very good.

1738 4-day average, excellent!



Taking tonight off from gym so that i can rest a bit.  It's been a busy week and i still have a lot to do - so I'll do the right thing since i'm sore anyways from the beach hike Sunday. I am more sore today, which tends to happen (being sore 2 days after not the day after), as I wasn't really sore yesterday. 

I may opt for the gym on Wednesday night & Friday night so that I don't skip any sessions, but if I'm still sore tomorrow, I WILL take it easy and only go to gym Thursday.

I've had a lot going on already this week, so trying to cool it a bit. Tomorrow morning I have a test on Long Island for NYS Notary Exam before I go to work. I opted to take the later exam only, so I don't have to wake up even earlier than usual.  Trying, like i already said, to limit the activities right now.  Doing good with this. 

Next week I have an optional union meeting, which i'll be skipping because i'm entirely too busy right now. The next night I have another dermatologist appt, so I'd rather not be busy so many nights in a row getting home late after 7pm....we shall see if anything changes with my schedule.

Anyways, I hope all of you are having a good morning - I am.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Diamond50 on 08/16/2016:
Mashed banana and cinnamon. I'll have to try that as well. It sounds delicious.

When I was working I tried not to have too many things going on after work as I found it tired me out too. Some times a person just gets caught up in life and then we crash. It's good that you recognize this and try to manage it to take care of yourself which in terms affects health.

Good luck in your notary exam. Enjoy your day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2016:
Hi D...

Cinnamon is good in general because it helps stabilize your blood sugars when you eat fast carbs like a banana..

i eat bananas basically for their health benefits - potassium and binding for my digestion which is good. because - otherwise - they are very high sugar and don't do much for us!

....there are better things than bananas. like all those types of squash / radish / daikon which do the same things and are far less sugar and you don't feel the crash...

i may start more with the squash...not sure.

but the reason it was mashed is i put it in the wrap...the wrap is high fiber which also slows digestion of the banana...but the banana was already brown in fridge so it mashed up nicely. i sweetened it extra with the stevia and flavored it with the cinnamon...but i did still have a major sugar crash...and was def hungry shortly afterwards. not enough protein and slightly under in fat for a good breakfast (wrap with cream cheese and banana)...but might be better as pre-workout...or evening snack?

still very tasty...still nutritious.

i get hungry easily if not enough protein and high carbs!

LOL LOL LOL...big comment to your comment!

grannyannie on 08/16/2016:
Busy busy! I put cinnamon on my porridge every morning.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
i used to...def need more cinnamon in my life again! :-D

puddles on 08/16/2016:
Good luck for your exam tomorrow.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
Thanks Franny :)

Duaa123. on 08/16/2016:
Oh u looks really busy, but u can do it.. Good luck for ur exam. Have a good day

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
Thanks so much Duaa xo

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 15, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

got around 6hrs sleep, decent. took melatonin last night so that i could fall asleep = great idea...got as much sleep as i could (was really tired so i easily slept thru the night...) after getting home quite late @ 9:30pm.


Home: very low - little bit of kombucha, just a small amount 20.

At work: large amount of spinach saag 150? on a wrap 60, with salami 100 300 or so and coffee with milk and equal 50.

(no snack - had breakfast at work late around 10am instead of 8-8:30am)

lunch:  small amount chicken around 200, cabbage 50, chips 130, some fried plaintains also from friend's lunch 250: 650 tops. bit of caffeine too. tonight i'll get extra sleep again. really busy week

...must see dermatologist tonight after work as my armpit has been annoying me all day. no good. burning / itchy. i'll fix it tonight. i'll have to be more careful with shaving / summer heigeine / not wearing cardigans over tanks more than 1x at work if i'm also going outside and coming back in sweaty.) and maybe showering at my gym after working out instead of waiting till i come home an hour or so later...all these things could have done it.

2 small plums, but will just say 100 cal.

dinner was light: bunch of cured / pickled salads 250 tops and popcorn 150. total 400. 

total today is lower than planned, got home close to 8pm is why.

1550 total, goodnight.

1700 3-day average


I have a pimple in my armpit slightly infected...from last week and doesn't go away....have to go to derm. today after work to ensure it is taken care off (drained) and doesn't get worse. don't want to go, but i have to - because next week i have another appt for botox in underarms for sweating and i'm sure if my armpit is infected i can't get the botox done...additionally, i don't want to keep walking around with a pussy pimple in my armpit.....yes, YUCK.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/15/2016:
Glad you enjoyed yourself. Have a great day J.

grannyannie on 08/15/2016:
Good cals! Hope you can get the infection drained quickly and painlessly.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
she actually couldn't drain it (she tried and said she even felt nothing to drain - because i had already played with it myself) .... but she shot it with an antibiotic.

OhioRaven on 08/16/2016:
I use a Sprinkle a Day (talc) there + other places. Have a Good day, HP.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2016:
I may just start....getting really sweaty this year....in this heat. i'm also being more diligent in being EXTRA hygenic.

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 14, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Monday morning UPDATE regarding yesterday: it was a fabulous day, 100% FABULOUS and AWESOME adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!

thinking about what i ate...

A 1775 2-day weekend average = really good. hoping to keep it around here or lower perhaps for the week. proud of myself.

...and glad to move on past Paul (he's done - PT is finally done on my end). 

Big thanks to Puddles...Fran you were so right all along xoxoxo.

feels good to be single and just worrying about my own self again. I was always single, but now i feel it extra...realizing i need to take care of myself and do what needs to be done...until next summer. it's super exciting. no more worrying about men this year. this is NOT the year.

honestly, i don't care what goes on with my man-shinanigans this year.  but i'm not gonna be doing myself up / glamorizing...caring about my outward appearance for men....

...the year the goal is to in general improve on my experiences and make myself NYPD ready. NYPD READY.


I feel i am going to get very busy this year...busy doing things that need to be done before i join the NYPD academy. I'm so happy about this. July 2017 is the goal. And i'm definitely meeting it.


7am Breakfast: higher carb: oatmeal with chia and flax, of course some stevia, and then added in some tasty squash with its skin and blended with cinnamon and stevia mixed with oatmeal. total only 300, most.

10am: sugar drop i can totally feel it...small bar 130...oh and maybe because i had caffeine i feel the drop. anyways, gonna study the notary stuff before showering and going to pick my friend up.

around 400 cal total so far during morning, excellent. trying to behave. 

Noon waiting for friend at LIRR Jamaica Station: Bacon Jerky, 3 serving package: 350

Snacks while on FI: MUSHROOM VEGGIE JERKY that friend brought omg AMAZING 100? (an extreme low cal food...), 2 peppers that i brought 100 most, carrots (not counting), plum 50, lollipop 100, waters, large package celery 100 = 450 here at most...

on way home: sugar free large slurpee i think around 100 tops, special k snack pastry crisps 100, and one more sugar free drink...needed the sugar from the real sugar and then the drinks for the ride (2hrs or so because of traffic) = 200.

got home around 9:30 and quickly showered and ate something along with taking melatonin to ensure i got some sleep...sugar free jellos 40, and protein muffin 230. 270 at most here...

total for Sunday: around only 1650 = extremely,extremely GREAT.


Today is an adventure day. Going somewhere called Water Island (a town) located on Fire Island. I've never been to Water Island and it's a very interesting place. The locals do not like or want visitors. Fridays and Sundays are the only days with suitable ferry service at all. I'll be there a total of 3hrs with my friend (the longest we can be there based on the ferry schedule! ) from around 4pm-7pm. I actually would prefer to go Friday (less traffic possibly, especially coming home, but i'm not taking a day off work for it). Looking very forward.

I am going with a good friend of mine that i don't see very often, usually a few times per year, at most. It's because we live far apart, around 2.5hrs each way, and she travels mostly for a living. She spends loads of months during the year all over the world. So, she was home around 2 weeks this time around, and free to see me - thankfully we fit a fun adventure in well this time!  In general, when i get together with her, it's for an adventure. Not just hanging out around town or simple dinner, we do activities. It's always fun.




Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/14/2016:
I totally support you joining the NYPD. You've got a Hard Body. I have got to find pumpkins to eat instead of potatoes. You got me started on them and now I'm waiting for them to come into season. Have a Good day, J.

horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
Happy to be a good influence - any squash works - squash can usually be found year round. It's cheap and way lower calories!

horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
Happy to be a good influence - any squash works - squash can usually be found year round. It's cheap and way lower calories!

Diamond50 on 08/14/2016:
I've never thought of eating pumpkin instead of potatoes. I may try that.

Your adventure today with your friend sounds very interesting. Looking forward to hearing about it. Enjoy!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2016:
will post photos maybe tonight :-) i'm so grateful for an adventurous friend like she is!

grannyannie on 08/14/2016:
Have fun! Good luck with your NYPD goal.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2016:
I'm super-focused & also super-motivated...and more than that, 100% positive in it working out completely.

Duaa123. on 08/14/2016:
It sounds it was excited day.. Have a good day

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2016:
The BEST day in a long time...better than all the things i've done so far this summer.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 13, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

9am Breakfast: not the most satisfying, bad choice really. Okra (partially fried and a big serving) Indian style Bhindhi dish. 500 at least bc fried....waste of my calories...and planning on a lower cal day today, too. caffeine

snack - had some saag 100

noon lunch: small amount of chicken 100, salad, 50, jalfrezi veggies 100, saag 100, jello 30, caffeine

2:30pm snacking: small amount strawberries, jello, Savi salted caramel flavored protein bar (tasted really good!) 150: 200

4pm chips and jello 200

150 bar and caffeine before gym

and lastly 350 calories for a nice subway flatbread turkey sandwich with extra salty stuff as i sweat a ton in the gym....and like to also replenish more with carbs these days.

total today is: 1900 - excellent.

going to aim, again, for lower calories tomorrow. should be easy as i'll be active out of the house and have good veggies and stuff to go on!


Anyways, my goal calories for today is 1600-1900


weights tonight...being extra lazy all day today because really...i'm a bit tired....but like i said i was productive doing the following:

1. Laundry

2. Studying minimally for the Notary exam Wednesday

3. Gym tonight

3 productive things today, i'm satisfied! :)


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 08/13/2016:
Have a Great day, HP.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
Will do...going to "Water Island," Fire Island in a bit. Water Island is new to me (it's a town on Fire Island). hard to get there, residents don't like visitors, this should be very interesting!

Donkey on 08/13/2016:
I'm a notary, but alls I had to do was fill out the application and pay the $10 fee to the State. Still, good for you!

I will comment on your prior entry regarding the change in your workouts; I hope you will read :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
yes, i did read...and will be commenting in a bit. sometimes takes me a long time, when i feel i need to get my thoughts together and not comment straightaway...

lucky you - seems your state is different than NYS. Also, you probably get paid more when you notarize, if you choose to ask for payment. In NYS, most charges are $2 still. lol. I do realize being a notary is not about the payment but about being able to offer a helpful, honest service.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
in NYS / Queens / Nassau Counties we pay $15 for the test, and then $60 for the license. and to review every 4yrs, $60, but thankfully no test.

Duaa123. on 08/13/2016:
Study hard, good luck H

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
awww thank you D...I am going to study a little bit in a few minutes ... :-)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 12, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

6am: kombucha and seltzer with stevia 60

Change of pace sweeter breakfast at work: wrap 60 with Spanish pumpkin 50 (this is a GREAT option instead of banana - still has potassium...), added cinnamon and stevia for extra sweetening, and peanut butter 200: 310-340

Total so far today: 400...good oh and coffee, already included in calories.

Snack: small bar 150

Lunch will include veggies (bok choy) 100 most, low protein maybe small single piece chicken 50 -  i had one huge fried plantain also 50?, and a smart ones cheese ravioli around 250-300: total here is 500 tops. excellent.

1050...excellent, planning on lots of veggies at dinner..i have a TON from Indian food i bought today but didn't eat at lunch....bought an okra dish, spinach dish, and potato/ MOSTLY lower calorie veggie dish - this is what i want for dinner tonight...this one!...almost similiar to a veggie soup!.

bar on way home 100

chicken and okra around 350....indian veggies also including potato 400?, jello 40, ice cream 120....total here 900 tops...and more ice cream 60.

total today: 2100. higher than planned but decent.

1880 weekly avg, good!!

and took a nice walk tonight.


My Goal, as always, is to eat well and within range. To be satisfied, like what i'm eating. And to have a good day.

A new goal of mine, not directly exericse/calorie related but important at least 100% as much - I will do something productive everyday, no matter how small the action / activity is.  

This "productive activity" can range - it can be as simple as getting laundry out of the way....to cooking anything really as I'm just getting back into using my stove so i'm not pushing myself to make anything difficult in the least! - productivity can include getting to the gym on a Saturday night...it can be food shopping - BUT, more IMPORTANTLY, i am going to start reviewing Police Terms and study guides. I'm going to use this next TEN MONTHS to get a head start. 

Now back to fitness, I'll be changing it up GREATLY over the next two months period - decreasing upper body exercises and replacing them with lower body ones. End of September, I'm going to make cardio a definite and regular part of my routine (right now, i do NOT include cardio on a regular basis - just when i want to).  I'm going to start out with ONLY 20 minutes per day, up to 3x a week. I may start this earlier, mid September or after my birthday. But I will be carefull, not to overdo.  I may actually just do it 2x a week, 20 min cardio, to start. 

If i'm at mall, i'll count it as cardio. Or if i'm out, anywhere / any activity that involves cardio, i'll not overdo...i'll count it as such.

Adding in cardio is the LAST STEP to my fitness plan to reach the academy in July 2017.  I'd like to add it in now, but I need several more weeks of strengthening first.

When i'm running again, probably in winter, I'm going to be so happy & excited to have overcome such a difficult and arduous injury that caused me at one time so much pain. I'm so proud of myself already and know this is fully managable by me. 

Another important part of the process is rest. I cannot double-book things or plan to the extreme. I don't plan on always seeing friends or letting social life take up my time in a way that undermines my fitness plan and health plan to continue to get stronger. With my job, 10 days vaca and 5 sick per year which is always hard for me to face dealing with, I don't have any extra time off or time for rest.  I must plan for it & not wear myself thin as I did in the past with previous injuries and health issues. 

I have grown emotionally and physically and I am now ready to face my future and get my dream job. I have approximately 10 months only till then. It's very exciting.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Diamond50 on 08/12/2016:
Yes it all does sound exciting. I like your idea of a daily productivity goal. If you don't mind my asking HP, are you able to share what your injury was? If not I'll completely understand. I realize that it may be too personal of a question to be asking on an online forum, I'm just curious.

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2016:
No question is too personal for me :-) I will comment back to you with more info in the next few days, I keep getting distracted and then remember I want to reply to you ... :-)

Duaa123. on 08/12/2016:
Ooh I can feel ur positively in ur words, I am happy to ur plans, it is sounds u understand what u want to do and what u need to do.. Yes rest is very important, i hope u find a time to meet ur friends, and urself is a good friend for u, because she is know what u want and thats why u get a nice thoughts when u are alone.. Nice plane for cooking and other actions

For me i find happiness in helping others And I like to set with children because i can see their pure heart from their eyes

U hope u make all this things, true.

Donkey on 08/13/2016:
Has a long entry, which was accidentally deleted before I could save it...

My comment/question basically centered around making the switch from upper body to lower body. How are you planning to maintain what you've accomplished with the upper body? (Your arms and shoulders are awesome!)

Also, how are you making the decision to actually start running again? Do you have the OK from your doctor or PT?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
Ok...i will answer each of your points above..

I'm a bit nervous about this exactly: losing upper strength because my focus becomes geared towards lower.

I have to compromise with myself and realize that if i don't do anything to improve my lower body, I won't get the NYPD job. So, as you know so well, there's just so many hours in the day and days in the week. I don't actually see myself going to the gym more than my usual 3 days a week in order to reach my goals for my legs. So, I will actually deduct some arms exercises i think. And keep up with my leg ones. I currently do about 5 leg exercises. When i get better at squats (i never do them with extra weight - still just getting accustomed to doing 3 sets of them!), i'll add the "squat bar" if you are familiar. it's like you do them with weights at a machine...gonna press reply so this doesn't get deleted!...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
I'm gonna have to deal with the consequences for upper. I'll continue with my pushups and most upper body, but will definitely be lessening those exercises. And, if need be, perhaps extra time in gym - but just writing it gets me anxious, so i don't think so.

I like my relaxation time :-D...writing more...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
As with the legs, i'm going slowly and consistently with the training.

I never overdo them, in my opinion. I never train them as intensely as my upper body. I never reach for the hardest weight i can do with them. Instead, I train them just to say i've train them & know they are getting stronger because i'm putting time into them - but not intensity that has the chance of resulting to injury.

because the past 3 years have been so difficult in terms of recovery from the shin splints and pain and weakness associated, i know my time is limited now to get into NYPD and that i have to pull back and not be intense. I'm an "all or nothing" type of person - which i do think you are too at times, so you can relate!, and i realize that being all-or-nothing in these 10 months leading into NYPD will not get me there....

one more reply to come...thanks for asking these questions, they also are helping me get my head in gear for the academy and also planning these 10 months as everything is not set in stone, i am training as i can...and making decisions based on how i feel day to day, and week to week, month to month...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2016:
Which leads to your final question about my running. Believe it or not, i'm not going to any doctors or physical therapists and haven't for around...i think um close to a year?. I need to check this. I'm actually not sure, but i can tell based on facebook and my prior entries here.

either way, i'm not running yet because i'm hardly walking! not like i can't walk, but that i'm not walking frequently. so, running is totally on the backburner.

so for now, i'm doing the exercises i mentioned i do (like 5 right now) at the gym. these exercises are strengthening the muscles used for running.

i realize that if i train the muscles and get myself stronger prior to lots of walking / running, i'll be in better shape to walk more and finally run.

with beach season upon us, and more walking some weekends already including today, i haven't needed to "add in" lots of walking to my schedule as many times i'm tired from the long weekend and don't mind some time off from walking during the week.

in general, i'm taking it easy thru the summer.

As the weather cools down, I hope to instate more walking. 2-3 days per week is all i need (same for when i do running).

i have learned that with cardio, LESS is MORE. especially for folks that didn't grow up since they were kids doing it.

I KNOW in my heart that this is the way cardio is for me. Less is def more. So, walking will BECOME regular thru all of fall. Come Wintertime, that's when i will begin running. I'll use a couch to 5k program.

In winter, I may even lesson up on my weights - in order to get my cardio up.

I'll do what it takes, to walk and then run again.

I do realize one thing, i can always get the muscles back.

But i have only once chance left to get myself into the NYPD.

thank you for helping me figure this out a bit more.

the last part, about totally maybe lessening the weights in order to run in the winter - i just thought about.

Concentration will be in full gear for running / more cardio.

Also, i hope to use elliptical too.

I don't need to only run.

And don't plan to ever run more than half hour.

thank you Donkey.

i'm still figuring out some of this .

you are a sweetie.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 11, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Kombucha & Seltzer 60

Early morning at work: green tea, coffee w/ milk 50, wrap 60 with cream cheese 80, turkey pepperoni 100 & squash 50: 350.

small bar 150

light lunch: i think just frozen yogurt... 150, popcorn 100, carrots with hummus 100: 350

(had a 50 cal cookie that wasn't even good, at all)

snack before gym: fiber one cheesecake bar (very good!) 150 and caffeine no calories

at gym: aminos during workout 50 at most

total cal after gym is too high - gave into all temptations. At first it was only going to be around 400 tops, but then i added around 300 more. 700

total today is 1850. which is still decent, really.

6-day average: 1840 = not bad.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/11/2016:
Have a great day J. Your comment about giving away skinny stuff. I give away the bigger clothes and keep the skinny clothes. Then if I gain I have to buy some and I hate doing that so then I motivate myself to loose weight. I would love to get back into my size 12 that is in my closet do not know if I will ever go there but I keep it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2016:
Agreed with the clothes - same for me.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2016:
btw putty, it's so hot over here i went to take a walk and came right back in lol. don't wanna be sweaty right now :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2016:
and Re your size 12's...you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.

OhioRaven on 08/11/2016:
Have a good day at work today.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2016:
I am :) staying cool, inside. you too..

Diamond50 on 08/11/2016:
Agreed ladies. It just irks me to buy bigger clothes when I have gained. This round I'm going to really be mindful of that and use it as a motivator.

Enjoy the cool inside today HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2016:
Thanks D....nice to be indoors today i'd say :)

Duaa123. on 08/11/2016:
Good burning those calories and good to drink green tea, keep drink this healthy drinke. Have a good day

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