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Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 14, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Good Evening Ladies :)

I slept thru my alarm clock today...by two hours! When it went off at 5am, I moved the dial to shut it off and promptly fell back to sleep until 10min to 7am! luckily, and strangely enough, I got ready so fast that I actually still got to work at 8:01am...just one minute late.  At first I was in a bad mood, all that rushing while driving and arriving later than I ever do at work....but later in the morning everything started to settle into place and then I was able to leave work a little early, around 4:45pm, and got home early.  I was on the phone with my friend during the ride home, got a fantastic spot right outside my apt since the street is emptier at the early hour of 5:15-5:30pm,  and actually cooked up most of the veggies that were in my fridge since it was early and I wasn't even too hungry yet (had a really late lunch around 2pm). I was able to get a lot more done here at home...and now i'm done with dinner, it's just barely 7pm, and I plan to read and relax tonight. and get up early for the gym tomorrow :) Works out perfectly this week with the early gym sessions. (Tuesday Morning & Thursday Morning).  I was more tired than normal Tuesday but it was still worth it, I think.

Calories till end of work: 1450.

Biggish Dinner: "okra chips" 100?, some of that nasty gelatin which isn't nasty anymore because I hold my nose when I drink it down 50, little bit of the cauliflower that I cooked 50 (at most!), strawberries 50, big portion of store bought butternut squash soufflé 250, and 2% greek plain yogurt 150 with cinnamon and stevia. Dinner was more like veggies and dessert. (but protein from the greek yogurt). 650, little high but totally works!!

2100 :) calories may even be closer to 2200 since I may have forgotten to add in the avocado from lunch. it's ok. at least the food is healthy.

exercise: none...calories may be tad high, but pretty healthy.

food does include 2 cups of bone broth and 2 tablespoons gelatin...and yes, legs feeling a bit better each day.

thinkpositive on 01/14/2015:
Glad your legs are doing better.

thinnside40 on 01/14/2015:
nice to be able to relax a en of day after a rushed start....

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 13, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

4am Breakfast: hot water with a boilllion cube, turmeric, lemon 50

5-7am Snack at gym: thinking a shake around 300

7-8am Breakfast: egg 100, avocado 70, wrap 60, lox 50 around 300

10-11am Snack high fat yogurt and cooked cranberries 250

900 also a granola bar and coffee after the gym 200 more.

12-1pmLunch: spinach, chicken 250, potato / squash mix 150, an orange 100.


Around 6-7 Dinner: leftovers, I have a lot of tasty great veggies and protein.

Probably around 2350. But healthy.

And I did a workout this AM. Gotta get used to the gym before work :) it's better to be able to come home and have a healthy dinner :)

Sat I plan on weights. Sunday I will walk in the pool. Monday I will do weights.

puddles on 01/13/2015:
Have a great day.

skinnygrlwithin on 01/13/2015:
Keep it up!

thinkpositive on 01/13/2015:
Yes, healthy & good on the exercise.

puddles on 01/13/2015:
You sound as if your legs are not bothering you as much. Good for you.

Umpqua on 01/14/2015:
Keep up the excellent work!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 12, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Good morning :)

Determined to eat lower calories (1700) today.

Healthy breakfast: hot lemon water, 2 fried eggs with half avocado on a light wrap 400.

Snack: yogurt, cranberries, peanut butter 330

Lunch: soup and an orange 350-400

Around 1100.

Dinner: will keep it light, thinking some spinach, avocado, tuna. Maybe I will mash the tuna and avocado together. Tuna salad.

G Have a good day everyone.

Monday was 2200, felt sick and low on sugar and ate a chocolate bar at 8am...

museumgirl on 01/12/2015:
Have a god day :)

skinnygrlwithin on 01/12/2015:
Food looks good to me. I have never been a big fan of mayo so I make a lot of my "salads" (egg, tuna etc) with plain yogurt instead of mayo... I think it's delicious! For tuna I just add yogurt, salt, pepper, lemon and or pickle juice and that's it!

puddles on 01/12/2015:
Your doing good. Good luck on lowering your calories today. Have a great one.

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 11, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Happy Sunday :)  My legs have a little pain but I am debating going to the pool to walk in the shallow end for 15-20 minutes today.  I would be good for me to start up some cardio...not ready yet.

Didn't feel like fasting all morning, so I broke the fast and ate some very high volume food choices.

7am: Snacking so I could take my medicine in AM: around 150

9am: Big Breakfast: fiber one cereal 120, bran cereal 60, almond milk, stevia 40: 220 and pretty filling.  Also big 2% Fage yogurt with cooked cranberries and stevia 200: total 420

11am brunch: chips 140, wrap with tuna and potato 210. 350.oh, and avocado 150....500...more chips 150...and almonds 150.

2pm snack: non fat greek yogurt, 3 tablespoons peanut butter. 400.

3pm chips 300...and wrap with avocado (not a good eating day...craving fat and carbs all day) 250.

2250...deciding maybe to fast until tomorrow since I've eaten a days worth of calories already and it's 3pm.

salted, roasted almonds and an orange. 300.



puddles on 01/11/2015:
Wow your intake for breakfast is almost my total intake for all of my day yesterday. I am glad that your legs are feeling better. Wishing you a great day.

museumgirl on 01/11/2015:
Water exercise should be good for soreness? cooked cranberries sound good. I'm going to see if I have some in my freezer:) Have a good day.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 10, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

7am Breakfast: 550

brunch, 10:30am (wanted something more satisfying): pop chips 150, tuna and a small potato pancake on a wrap 250, total 400 :)

total so far: 950, good....will be going to the gym for weights in an hour or so.

During workout, protein shake, around 250-300.

After gym, wanted something higher sugar, fast carbs: had a white chocolate macadamia Cliff Bar: 250.

1500, good!

Dinner: will be Thai food, friend is coming over so we will pick it up!

ok...overindulged on almonds 450, had some chicken around 300, soup 150, and tons of veggies in sauce maybe 200?....and some fruit maybe...1100-1200

yeah...2600-2700, but all healthy....tomorrow is a fasting day till afternoon. too many almonds, or today would have been better, but really wanted them. it's fine, lol.

today had a wonderful workout :) of weights at the gym.


puddles on 01/10/2015:
I agree with you about the cravings. I want to increase my calories because yesterday as just about 600 cal. which is real low. I know why I have been feeling the way I was now I have been sneezing all day today and was probably starting some kind of bug. I will not worry about my upset stomach and my eating habit for the past few day. Glad to hear that you are feel more optimistic. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 01/10/2015:
have fun with friends and the Thai food :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 09, 2015
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Might be as high as 2200 bc I had a late dinner after not eating around 7 hours so I was hungry. But it was tasty :) and mostly healthy!

Dinner: sautéed cabbage 150, sautéed mushrooms and spinach 150? (Very oily), egg and egg whites 150, 2 bars 350: 800 at least. One bar natural one bar more of the protein artificial type.

Work was pretty good. Worked from 8am till 7pm. Tomorrow is dentist, relaxing, and gym. Maybe laundry. And some good eating. It's gonna be a nice, relaxing weekend!

thinkpositive on 01/10/2015:
Have a great weekend. That is a long work day! You deserve a relaxing weekend.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 08, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Good day back at work after yesterday's day off. No exercise other than abs. Around 2200-2300, good.

My mood was good too :)

2015 is gonna be a good year for me.

puddles on 01/08/2015:
Keep your spirits up and have a great evening.

museumgirl on 01/09/2015:
Happy you are in a better place. I do hope 2015 is a good year.

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 07, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Evening Edit: 

The dr went well. he was very calm and patient with me & all my questions. He said continue on these anti inflammatory and muscle relaxer meds for another 6 weeks when I will go back to him.  he feels I am having progress and I do agree.  it's slow, but it's there. day off was wonderful. 

I got a lot of important phone calls and finance-related paperwork sorted and questions answered. I now know I can transfer all my teacher retirement system money (must take it out or transfer it because my membership automatically ceases after not working in the field 5 years now) to my current retirement system! Wonderful. So now I can skip out on the 20% tax penalty as well as the 10%penalty for getting the money in a check direct to myself. Basically, I don't lose anything, 100% of the money stays mine instead of going to taxes and state.

How much does that save me?! Well over $1,000 dollars that will stay in my retirement fund instead of being deducted for penalty. wonderful. glad to keep all my money!  Now I just have to get all the paperwork done and choose the funds to invest my money in...will try to figure out which funds are doing the best currently...I may not really be able to figure that one out, but I do have a coworker I could ask since he has a friend as a financial planner and he told me he discussed it with the planner...

I also dealt with other medical phone calls. lots of phone time, but seemed to get done faster than usual with minimal waiting...

best of all, I did get a haircut, cut a ton off. and it feels so much healthier! lastly, I went to the gym and had a nice upper body weights workout. I am using slightly lower weights than i was up to 2.5 months ago. It feels GREAT to do be starting to recover and feeling better all over.

calories after small coffee and protein shake: 1200...

calories for dinner: around 450?

total: 1650, all healthy. good.

total cals these past 2 days: 2075. good enough. moving onwards to tomorrow!

(I still have a few vaca days remaining, to be spaced out so I can have a few more days like this one in the next few months).  On the next day I take, it'll be easier because it's during a week that a lot of people take off, President's Week in February.  I have actually scheduled both a gyno apt and my leg follow up apt on the same day. so a good use of the day. also, i'll prob get a workout in.)  in order to somehow increase my fitness and health, it's going to involve spacing vacation days out rather than using them all together. It'll also mean not truly going on vacation, aside from the summer at the beach.  Works for me.  Luckily growing up, I did get the chance to travel a bit with my family and experience some nice things.  Even as a younger adult, I did have a few great travel experiences.  Now is not the time for that.  And I am thankful I did do those things earlier.


Having a slight fast till after my dr. apt, or what i'd really like is to make it to Noon or later actually.  Let's see if I can reach this goal today :) I will maybe splurge on a haircut to even out the back with the front....it will also help pass time if I can get it in in the later morning!  Tonight I'll cook some veggies.


If I can get the haircut in, i'd come home after to eat afterwards before gym.  Planning on bran cereal and high fiber carbs, maybe some fruit.  And maybe a little coffee before gym. After gym, I would get a protein shake. Dinner will then be veggies and some kind of meat, and maybe squash as a carb. still Deciding...also I have canned pumpkin, so maybe with dinner canned pumpkin and a higher fat yogurt....decisions, decisions :) Calorie goal for today is 1400-1600 (1200 would be good, also).

Breakfast: lemon and turmeric spice blend in warm water with stevia: 50.

Big Meal at noon: soup, even broth with a bone base!, and ham/kale soup 150, then TONS of cooked cabbage with oil 500 at least probably, and yogurt with cranberry 200.

total around 900, good!

puddles on 01/07/2015:
Good luck at the Dr. today and please let us know how it goes. Your day sounds like it is well planned. Wishing you all the best.

skinnygrlwithin on 01/07/2015:
Great job on planning out your day! It always helps to keep you on track. I hope all goes well at the doctors office.

museumgirl on 01/07/2015:
Good luck at the doctor!

Umpqua on 01/07/2015:
Good plan for the day and I hope you're enjoying a day off!

thinkpositive on 01/07/2015:
Sounds like a good day.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 06, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Got around 8hrs sleep but could have seriously used one more hour to make up for Sunday nights lack of it completely. Feeling a lil better but glad I am taking Wednesday fully off. My body is still sore today so tomorrow will be a great weights workout back at the gym after the dr. Sometime in the earlier afternoon! As for today, nothing planned but I will use the roller on my legs and do some stretching before work this morning. Also gonna force myself to take the gross gelatin collagen in my water this morning...will take 2x a day :( for now.

overate a little bit at dinner, but at least it was tasty. 

calories around 2500 today, but worth it.  lately I've been having a lot more salt and it almost makes me feel better??

tomorrow's plan: fasting in morning (no real breakfast). come home, eat, go to gym after dr appt. get a shake after working out and come home and cook all the nice veggies I bought. and maybe pick up some cooked chicken from supermarket. we'll see...

I had the two servings of gelatin....it is so gross I almost wanna spit it out when I drink it. smells and tastes awful!

Worked 8am-7pm..,.made more money :)

puddles on 01/06/2015:
You seem to be in a better place lately. Wishing you all the best at your Dr. tomorrow. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 01/06/2015:
Good luck at the dr. Have a good day today.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 05, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 0.0

food: some healthy, some not. Around 3.5 servings of chips in there (but that's because most of the grain carbs I had were from chips, not also breads.  Sometimes I prefer chips to bread or rice. wouldn't you!?

550 + 850 lunch = 1400....good :) Did abs in morning...

2250, good.

was up a lot during the night with things on my mind and also very strong winds kept waking me.  tonight I hope to get better sleep :)

I was very sore in an area where I probably lost a bit of muscle today from my workout last night. It felt great to know I worked my muscles :) but now I just have to get rid of my leg pain so I can really forge ahead with my dreams.

I have begun to take collagen. It's a pure protein powder and it smells and tastes horrible.  it's made from animal parts (bones and hoofs - I should read the label so I can tell you more...I will...). there's a lot left in the bottle and I am going to take it religiously.  it says to take some in the morning (tablespoon) and another at night. that's the recommended dose and it equals about 100 calories this way.

Collagen is perfect for the repair of joints and soft tissue. That is the problem I am having with my legs. so if i'm not up to making a bone broth soup yet (takes awhile and I need to buy the bones), I will take this collagen.  I really only want to take it once a day...but perhaps I should test it twice first? to see if it does anything? I really want to nip this leg problem a bit more....I did a pretty good job being happy today at work too...and I am going to remember that...how important it is to maintain a positive outlook.

Maintaining a positive perspective helps me :) It feels really good to feel good, you know? So like I said, I did a great job today doing that. And tomorrow I feel I will also do a good job because I am taking the next day, Wednesday, fully off: to go to the dr in morning about my legs (follow-up) and then I will work out later in the afternoon, similar to the workout I did yesterday. This way, I have an extra day recovery after not working out for almost 3 months. And that's good because I am not sure I would be ready to workout tomorrow, I think I am still going to be sore! Feels good because I know it means my muscles are growing and repairing (upper body) and also that means I should let them recover, not force another workout (lesson learned from my legs...).

anyways, 2015 started off nicely. and I am looking to keep it that way :)

I think the collagen is going to help me greatly....and anyways, I will experiment until the container is done!

museumgirl on 01/05/2015:
Have a great day! I need to do abs....if I can find them....

thinnside40 on 01/05/2015:
Happy New Year! :)

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