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Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday May 25, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.8

Last Update: it really was a bad TOM this time around. My right thigh (thankfully NOT both!) has been cramping - 24/7 dull to sharp pain. (if you didn't know, it's another common symptom of TOM).  I've been taking tylenol or other pain meds steady for the past 24hrs - like every 4 hours, especially waking up in the middle of the night with thigh pain. I'm not concerned though, i know next month should be better if anything. I've taken so many pills within the past 24 hours.


visiting my always annoying man after work today. it's sure to go down 50/50 chances of going really well and 50% chance of ending in frustrations! (man is the one i've been texting with most days of the week for THREE YEARS NOW)



I visited him. It went really well. We laughed. He was working. I gave him several hugs and also several kisses on the cheek. I left happy, but also cried once i was outside. I cried from relief that this visit went better than the other two. thank gosh.

 he did hug me back, yes, i did feel it that he was returning the hug yes. he did laugh like he enjoyed having me there...

but i do not remember him kissing me on the cheek...but i am ok with him letting me at least kiss him on the cheek several times and getting a chance to talk a little bit and see him!

hey, it seems to have gone well as of now. i hope it will continue to. he is the boss there, and he was working, and we were in public. so i am content with how it went.


1250 before dinner at most.

Dinner: healthy, veggies, extra, 300 most, with shrimp 200, and chips 150: total at most: 650. good!

and a half hour walk (after visiting my guy and snacking on plum back at home !)

total today: 1900 at most, excellent.

avg 5-day cals: 1930-avg, good! (i'm close to the 1800's range)

Progress as of today: -3.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 05/25/2016:
Wow hope that 'man' visit turns out OK.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2016:
i am sincerely grateful that it did.

happy-1 on 05/26/2016:
You visited him at his work?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2016:
yup, i have done it 3x since around December or so. That's not too many :)

first time went horribly bad, second time much better, and yesterday he was extremely good to me. He works extremely close (5min) from where i live. that's why it's easy for me to go.

happy-1 on 05/26/2016:
Why doesn't he just ask you out? Have you guys ever talked about it?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2016:
he is scared sh*tless. now...he has actually gone back on his word pretty much...and decided he cannot get together with me on the weekend! P.O.S!

happy-1 on 05/26/2016:
So you guys met when he was your physical therapist, had a hot hookup, and then he bailed?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2016:
.....yes to the first question. no, we never hooked up. and....i was totally texting and left him a voicemail about how upset i was that he changed his mind about getting together...he invited my friend and i out tonight for happy hour...so, my plans are now upside down...and i'll be driving to him after work to meet for happy hour at the bar by him (not close) like an hour away. worth it. finally seeing him and his friends for the FIRST time outside of his work.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2016:
we text almost EVERYDAY. nice photos too, nothing naked or anything. even videos sometimes. it's so sad we never get together. but tonight that will change!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 24, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.8

Morning: kombucha, didn't really need it, didn't drink it all, put the rest back in fridge! (never throw it out, so expensive to waste!) 50

Breakfast, bigger: banana 120, Extra whipped cream cheese 150 on a wrap 80 with salami 100: 450 , coffee 50

550...and yes i'll have a snack before lunch i think.

feeling sorta not that great today, TOM. ugh.

finally i can tell i have it...almost...what the h*ll!!!!!!!!! will the darn TOM come already!!!!!

Ok, it finally came last night fully - AFTER A VERY STRANGE WEEK OF BLOATING AND VERY HIGH WEIGHTS ON THE SCALE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK. I WAS SO CLOSE TO 120LBS AND REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THAT HIGH NUMBER, WHICH LUCKILY I DIDN'T. It hasn't been a good cycle this month. lots of extra bloating, weight gain, and thigh cramps.


ok, so, calories are nice and gym was even better. i really enjoyed it. i'm beginning to now add in squats on the regular. they used to bother my legs, but no more :)

total: 1860, excellent...with a goal to keep calories DOWN for the next couple days. :) 

1940-4day average.

Progress as of today: -3.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/25/2016:
I'm okay with it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/25/2016:
thanks for understanding. i really do tend to use this site for personal stuff at times, it's like a way to vent it out - of what's sometimes really bothering me.

thanks :)

Horn_of_plenty - Monday May 23, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.8

1966 3-day avg

Having "feeling good" days lately, less stress, feeling nice.

I think the bloating shall pass by Wednesday PLEASE already!

Fun pictures from the weekend are in my previous entry!!! :)

still bloated weirdly...this month's cycle is really annoying!

anyways, trying to eat a little more fat & protein, especially at breakfast:

6am kombucha & seltzer with stevia 60

8am Breakfast: SALAMI 120 & cream cheese 150 on a big, low carb wrap 80: 340 & coffee with equal & milk 50

snack: will be a bar..... 150

lunch: 400. smart ones meal over cooked cabbage :) loving doing this lately. ...i get the nice pasta meals for low calories!

snack before appt because i was getting too hungry: special k blueberry pastry crisps was good! 100 cal pack.

snack after therapy: plum 50

total before dinner: 1200 at most, will strive for low calorie today...need to lose like 2-3 lbs or so.

dinner was good: popcorn 100, extra tilapia (leftovers) 200 at least, veggies 300 at least. total here around 600.

1800...and some strawberries i think. 50.

1850, good, no exercise.

Progress as of today: -3.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 05/24/2016:
Interesting idea with cabbage - do you think the cabbage is making you bloat? I get kind of 'gassy' with cabbage as it is high in sulfur. Any thoughts?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2016:
oh yes, cabbage bloats me a little bit...

...but, for like a week, i'm continuously water-bloated...it's a weird feeling & my weight is higher on scale than it should be in my opinion! i think it's hormonal & my weight will go down soon.

but i do not typically mind bloat when it's because of certain foods...it's this time, when the bloat sticks around, that i get frustrated with! it's like a continuous bloat for a week straight!

cybermom4 on 05/24/2016:
Read your post about your company - Wow!! I 'm happy you have a great retirement plan in place. Not too many people think about that. We were forced into making a major retirement investment this year b/c of taxes. It was either pay a % (a little lower) to the IRS - or pay a larger % to Retirement - either way it was a BIG hit to the pocket book BUT I think it was a blessing in disguise -in all honesty, we 'planned' on paying for retirement but knew we would never 'really get to it' so now we have a nice chunk set aside.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2016:
yes, retirement...saving, especially these days, is SO IMPORTANT :) we live longer & all...i want to make it easy one day for me to not work & enjoy life!!

:) yes, my company is wonderful. it's in the union, so there's a lot of extra guidelines i guess & options. I would say most companies are not like that and unions are far and inbetween except in states like NY, NJ, CA these days. I'm not saying the union is the only way to go, but saying that my particular union worked hard to get us all the benefits :)

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday May 22, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.8

Good Morning :)

Slept on & off...around 6-7 hrs....decent.

8:30-9am Breakfast: plum 50, banana 120, chocolate protein muffin 220: around 400. 

10am And indulged in a package (3 servings) of bacon jerky 350 750 :) (got some good fats and protein in, about time, and no sugar in this brand of jerky - most brands do have a lot)

12:30-1:30pm HEALTHY lunch, surprise surprise! finally.: tons of veggies of course to start (then did laundry...) 150-200, followed by a pita bread 100 with baked tilapia (bought from the deli at my regular supermarket! for only $4 and prob around 4 servings!) 150 most for the fish, followed by dipping another flatbread 100 in olive oil 100: total here: 650, fine. healthy for once thank gosh!

4:30pm snack before gym: another banana for today (bloating & stuff before period is driving me insane...banana is good at this time) and peanut butter and some of an energy drink. i am totally out of the mood to exercise but going because, as you see from the below photos, i like the feeling of being able to dress up & look nice!!!!!!!!! total calories here around 250.

1650 before gym, good....i don't think i want anything big to eat later today...stomach is not feeling it right now...

2000 cal today. success.

planning also to go to bed on the early side tonight because i am leaving for work earlier so i am there a half hour early so i can also leave earlier as i have a dr. appt (1x a month therapy...)

Here are THREE (funny) photos from last night (i didn't have any drinks, not in the mood, only 2 diet cokes & also some seltzers all night)

1. my friend's HUSBAND, nice guy and very good female friend, has no problem with him posing with me!!!....I was feeling very pretty and confident last night :)

 2. Some of my girlfriends that showed up....i have very down to earth, wonderful friends. very relaxed, non judging, loving people. i'm very lucky to have found them...the wife to the guy above is the girl to my left below. she has the blond highlights and black shirt on :) love this couple!

3. Playing around, the wife of the husband from above knows how i like to joke around all the time, so she asked if i wanted her hand on my butt as well as my own hand...so i said ok! and we texted the photo to the guy that i was hoping would show up, but didn't!!!!! told him he was a jerk! lol....and I sent him an additional photo sticking out my tongue to him to which he responded "very attractive!" haha....

Progress as of today: -3.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/22/2016:
Have a Healthy Day.

horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2016:
Thank you, you too OR! Glad to see you back on here and inspiring us as well as cheering us on!

grannyannie on 05/22/2016:
Have a lovely Sunday!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2016:
Thank you Annie :)

OhioRaven on 05/22/2016:
I'll take Door number 3 !!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2016:
:) Good choice!

puddles on 05/22/2016:
Great pictures J. Looks like you're having fun.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2016:
It was a very nice night with very generous and kind friends.

cybermom4 on 05/24/2016:
haha GREAT photos!! You sure do look awesome Coach. I'm glad to see you out and having a good time :-) How do you ever find time to write in DD every day??? You are amazing!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2016:
I get "addicted" to things that work. DD works for me, always did & always will! The people on here certainly are supportive and offer so much ... for free :) And that's not why i am here, it's just a perk. A HUGE perk. There's practically no other community outside of DD, in my opinion, so close-knit and supportive. And we all do it because it's in our hearts and minds to. Not to make a buck - like so many other groups out there. This place, in my opinion, is very honest and genuine folks.

also, DD works for me as a place to record calories and weight. And diet. I am able to track my weight even over several years ever since i began here, even with my other name i used to use at the very beginning on here. i like to track. It's habit for me to come on & track my food. I do it anyways. If not for this site, it would be a change as i'd have to come up with another place for support as well as tracking my stuff!

also, with a desk job, i do log in many times from work.... when it's a slow workday! or for a little distraction!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2016:
also, thank you so much for the compliment. I do put in the work to try to put myself together. It's not fully natural, like it may be for others to come across always put together. but i love feeling good & looking good & being able to dress up like this. i don't dress up all the time this way, especially the heels.

my friends are very genuine. i am lucky for that.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday May 21, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 118.8

10:30am to 11:30 Breakfast!: whole quart of strawberries 150, lite ice cream 150, full fat yogurt 130, some crunchy chips 110 & some potato / eggplant dish that i grabbed - not more than 150 cal. Total here:  tad high. approx. 700. gonna relax and read. later today,

meeting friends around 4:30 or 5pm for dinner on Long Island and then later we're going to a bar for a friend's bday at 8pm. at the bar, i might not drink at all. not feeling it today.

1800 after dinner...

around 2050 today total, success! (had a 250 cal snack before bed...)

and no drinks at the bar, only seltzer and diet coke :) did good.

Progress as of today: -3.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/21/2016:
Have a good time at The party.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2016:
It was a great time, thank you :)

grannyannie on 05/21/2016:
Enjoy the party!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2016:
It was very nice, i have wonderful friends.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday May 20, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 117.6

1800 cal per day avg for these past 7 days, EXCELLENT and right on par with my goal! For next week, the goal remains 1800 weekly avg!


Good Morning to all the DD Ladies & Gentleman! :)

Despite feeling very bloated most of the week, i have been sticking to my goals and eating less.  Proud of myslf...it helps to have healthy / low cal options at home. it's my only way of having success. 

Doing good.  I stuck to my goals this week.  Proud of myself. I said last week that I wanted a better calorie average of around 1800/day for the week and i even beat that goal. I will continue to stick with the lower calorie averages so that i can wear some really short dresses in summer and show off my body again that i work so hard for!  Anyways, Happy Friday!

6am AM: Aminos in water, kombucha, seltzer with stevia 80 :)

8am - 10am Breakfast: (craving protein, but had what i have & not ordering breakfast) banana 120, protein bar natural type higher fat 230, coffee 50 with equal and milk

11am Snack: most of a nice bar i shared with my boss around 170 :)

1pm lunch: microwave meal over cooked cabbage & a 5calorie Bai caffeine drink.

5pm snack: coconut whey bar, very tasty! and held me over nicely for walking outside for around 40 min! yay! after i got home from around 6-6:40!

7pm-8pm dinner maybe: lots of veggies, i'll say 400 hopefullt not too much more, then some sorbet stuff 200 around, and popcorn 160. very tasty! 750 or so, hopefully not more!

2050 cals today, good! and i exercised. still weak legs even after a short walk ! (just getting back into it...my legs are feeling better though, and not hurting now!) i am feeling so good! 

and that i got a raise, feels SO GOOD to put 17% of my paycheck towards my 401K thankfully!



Progress as of today: -2.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/20/2016:
Well done! Have a great weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/20/2016:
thank you...my weight was up so much this morning. i am very bloated with PMS symptom just the bloating / heaviness feeling down there. it's so weird. i've never felt this way in my life - with such a heavy feeling like a full bladder?...similiar. it's just a lot of blood flow to that area way more than normal. i don't have it yet, but what i feel is nutz. it's not painful or anything, just a nuissance with so much extra bloating and water weight.

i weighed so close to 120...and i feel it all around in my lower abdomen. gross.

i wonder why it's like that this time around.

despite a high weight, i'm glad i've been eating lower calories this week. VERY happy about it. I realize i need to watch calories more these next few weeks / months or i'm going to have una problema majora! considering i enjoy being leaner...i still have to learn how to eat for a lower weight!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday May 19, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 117.6

650 before lunch...kombucha, coffee, banana, 2 higher fat bars (one with more carbs, one with less & higher protein...one was natural and one very artificial...)

1pm Lunch: will be light cooked cabbage and a smart ones lasagna over it! total around 450-500 which is A+ 

total today before working out: 1150 at most

snack after work also: 150-250 at most

1300-1400 before gym

After gym: will be light bar of some sort

1700...! again. definitely happy with this total. this is the type of calories i will need to eat for maintaining a lower weight...

1760-6 day average. very good.

I would say i burn around 1800 on non workout days. at least 2000 on workout days. so i'd say it was a good week for a little weight loss :)

Progress as of today: -2.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/19/2016:
Have a Good Day, HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/19/2016:
Thank you, i've been having good days and trying hard to maintain better calories so that i can lose a few lbs & dress in short, revealing clothes for summer evening activities! LOL and take nice photos for Facebook! jaja ...Thank you OR! Same to you.

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday May 18, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 117.6

6am 150 kombucha (higher sugar varieties)

8am: banana and coffee 170

10:30 higher sugar Nature Valley chocolate granola bar 190

total before lunch: 510, great.

Light Lunch: 400, tops! it was a smart ones meal on top of salad

planning up to 1500-1700 today. that's nice & low cal!

on way home: massive orange 150

Dinner indulgence: cauliflower in sauce 100, muffin 200, yogurt 100, 2 servings popcorn 250 =650, overall a decent #.

1700 ;)

1770 5-day avg :)


Progress as of today: -2.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 05/18/2016:
Have a great day J.

happy-1 on 05/18/2016:
Sounds super healthy and on-track

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/19/2016:
yes, on track based only per calories. otherwise, not the healthiest. skin is proof that i will need to do even better ;)

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 17, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 117.6

I have been doing calf raises at the gym on the regular now for around 2 months (but took April off as we know).  I am noticing that it's working. My calves are getting stronger - particularly my right calf.  I can do the raises easily now. No weakness anymore in that leg. Still my left calf needs some assistance and i wear a brace on it still...but I am getting there.

It's about perisistance and not giving up. If I continue working at it, I'll only get stronger. my lower body needs more time.  I've been working out my upper body around 6-7 years longer than my lower...so it makes sense it's weak to start with.


1,785 4-day average!  GREAT...much better than past few weeks already! and despite having an entire 20 cal Monster low carb Energy Drink at 5pm, I slept thru the night because i had a great workout and used up all my energy there! :)

Breakfast & Morning Snacks: Kombucha, coffee with milk, banana, bar...

Lunch: around 2-3 cups of cooked and lightly flavored veggies, half a pita with turkey and mustard :) (will be having something similiar today!)

snack before gym: rice krispie treat 90, very large orange 160 most, energy drink: around 250.

after gym: protein cookie around 400...and 100 cals of a VERY filling frozen dessert (lots of fiber...)

total today: 1500 CALS!!!!!!!!!! YES! finally!

(skipped breakfast / had breakfast late but smaller breakfast...this is the way to go if you want to loose some weight)

for example...sacrifice some calories in the morning as well as sacrificing some hunger...at least you can eat more at night to fill up...i prefer to be hungry in the morning compared with at night anyways....!

...and still i can drink coffee in the morning at work as well as tea...it's not like you have to completely feel like you are fasting

...this is my magic step for cutting calories during the work week....eat less in the AM / smaller & later breakfast. 

Have you ever had a relationship with someone where it's very slow to get to know one-other but the whole time you understand eac other perfectly?

when eating less though, i always want more caffeine..for the energy.  looking foward to the taste of a Monster Energy drink later...(sugar free types always) along with a rice krispie treat and very LARGE navel orange. 

Progress as of today: -2.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday May 16, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 117.6

Having a great day.

kombucha, 3 cups 100.

coffee with milk 50 and equal

Late breakfast medium banana, small bar 300

total before lunch: 450, excellent

Lunch: lox on pita 100 cal with cream cheese 300. and veggies up to 200 more at most. 500.

on way home: large pear 100

Biggish dinner, but good: starting with listing the dessert - frozon yogurt low calorie 250 (had a lot of it!), turkey 100, cauliflower in sauce 100, bread 200: 650 tops.

total today is GREAT: 1750, tops :)

no exercise and bed early.

1880- 3day total....working on this and working on getting my totals lower again!

Progress as of today: -2.6 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 05/16/2016:
I see from your post that you got some good rest on the weekend way to go girl... Have a great week J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/16/2016:
great rest on weekend, not last night due to strong winds and caffeine but i'm not worried...tonight is a new night! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/16/2016:
it's amazing how rest heals the mind :)

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