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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 25, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

1970 7-day average. Good.

Biscotti said it best...

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate & a happy holiday season to everyone!

Slept in - around 3am I took a sleeping pill because I was waking up quite a bit throughout the night & knew I needed to get in some extra sleep to make up for the past week! It worked. I slept around 10 hours, at least! The body cannot continue to function optimally when I keep giving it sub-standard sleep hours - so this was so nice. A treat to sleep in!

Okay....even though I don't celebrate Christmas, I will be driving home later to spend time with my folks. We are going out to dinner & then i'll probably watch a movie with them at their house and sleep over till tomorrow :)

Planning on HEALTHY eating this  3-day weekend. Less artificial & more health - eggs, maybe some avocado, and lots of veggies are items I hope to include & less protein bars even though I already had one today... :) it's ok!

9am-10am breakfast: kombucha & added some powder aminos to it 100, small banana 120, Cookie Dough Quest bar (didn't want a lot of food yet, just some quick protein) 190: total here: 410, good!

11am snack: chips 130 (I don't see anything wrong having some fat, salt, carbs - potassium too)

12pm lunch: full fat greek yogurt 200, peanut butter 100, strawberries 100. 400.


350....more veggies in sauce and some bean chips..

Maybe as much as 2200 with Chinese food dinner. Very nice food and small drink of vodka with seltzer. With my folks.

No exercise, rest day.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/26/2015:
Sleep is so incredibly important in order to be able to function. Healthy eating is a good choice!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 24, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

1933 6-day average, good.

70 kombucha, 100, banana, 50 coffee...220..

Calories thru 1pm 650

Calories thru 3:30pm 750

Calories thru workout 1200

After workout / 7pm dinner: tofu 50, chips 170, roasted brussel sprouts with a little oil of course 150, and tons of cooked veggies in basil sauce 250 at least. total here: 630-650. good.

total: 1850, excellent.


Great workout at gym, too.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/24/2015:
Merry Christmas!

biscottibody59 on 12/24/2015:
I hope you enjoy your time off!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/25/2015:
I am....slept in today & got around 10 hours of sleep at least! My body needed it :) Feels great. Merry Christmas BB!

OhioRaven on 12/24/2015:

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 23, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

1950-5 day average per day.  Prob good for maintenance, but not loss. Fine total for now.  I've learned that I need to learn moderation. Doing very good lately.




calories a bit high, very big dinner prob around 1050.

2100 total cal. just letting loose this week, even though I didn't plan to. I've noticed a pattern - one week lower, one week higher -in terms of how I end of eating my calories.

no exercise.

tomorrow the plan is the gym - but I may actually just go Friday instead...still deciding. might be better to just come home & relax Thursday - I already have dermatologist apt after work at 3pm (we get out early tomorrow). so i'm not sure if I will go to the gym. maybe not, still deciding. But, it would be better to go, because then I can go again Saturday night if I want to...and see my friend Sunday, we'll see.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/24/2015:
I hate when people go to work sick and pass it around!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/24/2015:
he is from china. he came when he was around 19 and now he's 38. He doesn't believe in pharmaceuticals and only will take Chinese herbal medicine :/ It's just too much now though - he needs the dr.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 22, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

It's still early (just the start) of winter, but i'm proud of myself for making this goal of being very mindful these next three months. I've never really kept up this mindful approach this long - to make a weightloss & continued exercise challenge that lasts thru 2 seasons. Proud of myself for continuing to stick with it. But instead of any short-term weightloss, everything i'm learning thru this longer process is going to stick with me. This is a life-changing process. I'm totally learning how to better manage my eating, workouts & calories so that i'm not constantly overdoing & exhausted.

...on that note, my legs are so sore from walking in the city Sunday...it was anywhere between 5-8 miles is my guess. Walking a lot all day. And I woke up today feeling the soreness, even in my hamstrings. So, when I go to the gym today, i'll do stretching of my lower body, but that's it. The soreness needs to work itself out, i'd like to do walking, but my ankle is weak now also because extra walking. i'm really not trying to complain, just saying I will manage tonight doing upper body & giving lower body complete rest for a bit this week.

Overall, I look & feel better than I have in YEARS.

Calories before lunch 470 :) Lunch: bigger but healthy 150 Chinese vegetable soup with all broth, spinach and chicken 550. Total not more than 700. 1170, good. VERY TIRED DAY BUT GETTING THRU :-D

Snack before gym: persimmon 100, granola bar 150, lots of caffeine Bc wasn't feeling energized at all 1420 After gym:

Frozen yogurt 220 1640 but not satisfied will prob have something else with protein.

protein bar 190

1830...came home decided to go for the chips and let go a bit tonight. tomorrow I will feel better in the AM too...rest of the week i'll be more moderate. 330 in chips.

total: 2160, fine.

full exercise routine and I was def exhausted at the end.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/22/2015:
Good attitude. Mindfulness is a challenge. I get very tight hamstrings if I don't stretch them after every workout.

OhioRaven on 12/22/2015:
I'm proud of you too, HP. You give me good ideas and inspiration.

puddles on 12/23/2015:
Very good HP. Take care.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 21, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Yesterday was a beautiful day in NYC, full day.

1150 before sorta big dinner.

dinner: little rice, some beans, roasted veggies (eggplant also) in olive oil  and also sautéed cabbage maybe at least 450-500 here. then, lots of brussel sprouts 100. followed by a chocolate Quest bar 170 and cooked cranberries 60. yep. indulged a bit. around 850, fine.

total: 2000. fine.

no exercise & bed early!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/21/2015:
Have a great day.

grannyannie on 12/22/2015:
Glad you had a lovely day.

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 20, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

1750 2-day average. Saturday: weights routine. Sunday: lots of walking! Will rest legs rest of week - but, I do feel pretty good! 

Good Morning & Happy Sunday!

I am excited this morning for a lovely fun (but cold!) day in NYC. But, cold is expected this time of year lol.  It's sunny which is really nice. Full day of sunshine.

Going for brunch with my city friends, best friend, and few other friends. Seeing my friend's tree at their apt first, with the Disney ornaments I got her for her bday on it. Then brunch - it's not expensive & they have cooked SALMON - yes - so healthy - that's what i'll be getting! and buffet style to boot - huge selection. After brunch, it's in the WALL STREET section of NYC which is REALLY nice, we'll walk around wall street & view the Christmas trees before heading back uptown to see the famous Rockefeller tree & maybe the window displays (I think those are at Saks Fifth Avenue?)...and then back home :)

Breakfast: kombucha & more kombucha 110 so far.

++++++++++¥+¥¥¥¥¥¥ Perfect beautiful day in the city :) 110 cals at home 2 shots or so of alcohol 200 Brunch: small piece salmon 350 at most, lots of broccoli seasoned 150, cauliflower seasoned 150, 4 shrimp 100, 2 pieces smoked salmon 50, egg whites 50, potatoes 200, coffee with milk 50 - 1100. Snacking: 50 Candies 150 At home: bar 230 1830. 2050 Cal. Lots of walking.

11pm snack: still hungry, couldn't sleep - fruit, followed by huge bowl of sautéed red cabbage.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/21/2015:
You're doing great. Enjoy the city!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 19, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Please bear with me, but this winter my food / entries are probably gonna sound REALLY weird. I'm sorry. I'm extra motivated to reach 115lbs. I have not stayed & or managed a weight in the teens for years. I want to be able to learn to maintain this lower weight. I like it better, feel MUCH better. Feel more toned. Right now, my weight is finally stable at just under 120. I don't have much more to go - but the only way I can get to the lower weight is with calorie deficits.

Once there are 115, I have no doubt I can maintain it. The problem doesn't seem to be maintenance for me. The problem is reaching my goal in a timely manner & probably faster than my body wants to - but still in a reasonable, healthy way.

When I have a goal, and I want it bad, I don't stop till it's accomplished. So, folks, no matter how difficult or challenging it feels to me, WATCH ME! I'm getting it. Just wait for it and see for yourselves.  Majorly important. Because I feel if I can achieve this, something that is definitely a challenge, it proves I can achieve anything - and i'm now speaking about my goal to be a cop. It's on hold. Till after the summer. then, depending on how I feel, I'll probably enter the academy the following summer -17. It's up to me :) I put it on hold bc of injury. And i'm really getting ready to move on.  It feels good to KNOW I CAN. in my heart, i'm so finally ready for these changes, one at time.

I am happy. with my life. finally. and with myself, friends & relationships.


Stocked up on veggies for the week! Tomorrow's a fun day in city so i got everything done already for the week ahead!

It's 12:30pm Saturday and here's what I've accomplished since the morning: all laundry, dental apt, and food shopping. 

All that's left is a workout - to be done later.  Staying home to relax for a bit now :)

Early Morning: Kombucha 80

Huge Meal at 12:30-1:30pm Veggies only: around 2 cups cooked brussell sprouts 100, around 1 cup bok choy 20, around 2 cups cooked cabbage 80, around 1 cup roasted purple cabbage 150, small less than handful roasted veggies 100. 450.

2:45pm chips 170 (good mix of carbs / fat...love these veggie chips lol)

3pm extremely rich, healthy high fat / protein bar 230 & monster black sugar free before workout...

930, excellent

6:40 after workout - frozen yogurt around 250 at most, followed later by aminos 30 and a protein bar 170. total: 450

a piece of fruit - yup, and a persimmon.

planning for not more than 1400-1450 today.success!

total - around 1450. PERFECT. i'm getting good at this now!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/19/2015:
Thank for your comment but I am real old school with my stick up pads... lol actually I do not even have a cell phone don't believe in them I figure if somebody needs to reach me they can leave me a message on my machine and I will get back to them. As far as noting things I think about while I am out I always have a pen and paper in my purse..... lol... Have a great evening.

grannyannie on 12/19/2015:
You can do it!!!! Happy for you.

OhioRaven on 12/19/2015:
As long as you can fix my speeding ticket on the G.W.B. we're good.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 18, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.5

BEST weekly total probably since I've been back to work since mid-October:

 1688 cals/day for these 7 days.

HUGE success this entire week. On a roll.  Will lose the weight (5lbs) by April wedding!

Today's a rant on my pumpkin cranberry dish.

550 before lunch, on a roll :) 500 lunch.

dinner: cucumber salad 50, tomato salad 100, small cabbage salad 50, other cabbage 50, zucchini in tomato sauce 200, (450)...80 in beef jerky, ...veggie chips 250. total apprx 800 and worth it. and now enjoying some seltzer for the rest of the night.

1850 cals today. good. no exercise but a HUGE and tasty dinner. good for a Friday evening when i'm burned from the week. I would call this a relaxed indulgence. I was sorta mindful not to go crazy, but also definitely indulged.

Breakfast / Snacks: kombucha, big banana, chocolate peanut butter Quest bar heated up in microwave (like a dessert I love these microwaved!), cup coffee regular, bigger cup of coffee decaf free at work today!, mixed fruit from work today free!

Lunch: healthy - weight loss appropriate - but bigger than I originally planned bc my boss gave me some Chinese hot and sour soup that I had with some tofu and the inside of an egg roll. I didn't have much soup - but you know it adds up bc it's prob loaded with fat / sugar.  The soup is sorta gooey...thick... anyways, not more than a cup. mostly liquid soup, some egg white, some tofu, some mushrooms, hoping not more than 150 but could be....

And lunch that I made was the canned pumpkin (entire can) 175 calories in a can. With tons of cinnamon, also nutmeg & calorie-free sugar substitute liquid stevia. I added 60 calories worth of cooked cranberries (cooked in HIGH POWER lol microwave, stirring every minute or so for a total of around 4 minutes) with added stevia. I also added a heaping tablespoon of WHIPPED caramel peanut butter (not really any extra sugar, same calories) around 100 cals, not more. total in the CINNAMON NUTMEG STEVIA PUMPKIN CRANBERRY PEANUT BUTTER MIXED DISH – around 350 cal only. AND, just so you know, this is the calories for 1.75 cups pumpkin + 1 cup cooked cranberries & heaping spoonful of peanut butter. SO…AROUND THREE CUPS OF FOOD FOR ONLY 350 CALORIES.
For the calorie counting population, 350 calories for 3 cups of food is EXCELLENT. And, besides having sugar, it’s really not much compared to other dishes like 3 cups ice cream, or yogurt, or frozen yogurt or even a smoothie.
You can’t beat three cups of food for 350 calories. Plus, you get benefits including the following:
-          Fiber from pumpkin & cranberries
-          All the nutrition of 3.5 ½ cups of squash – that’s what pumpkin is! This includes TONS of Vitamin ‘A’ and also a generous amount of potassium which is what I tend to be quite low on – and potassium is good particularly for my needs – muscles & nerves as well as keeping an acid/base balance in the body
-          Nutrition of cranberries – particularly benefits like rich in antioxidants – combatting cancer and also protection against UTI’s as well as Vitamins C&E. Plus, the way I am preparing those cranberries, there’s NO added sugar at all (just stevia which has NO calories)
-          Health benefits of peanut butter (not to mention it also helps to leave a person more satisfied by adding some fat and satiety to the dish) – good fats – and a bit of protein / fiber / magnesium.
-          So maybe my lunch is weird – but it’s far from UNHEALTHY
And then I had some of that hot and sour egg / tofu Chinese soup. Sorta hit the spot of filled me up COMPLETELY. Because I had around 1 cup of that soup.
SO TO RECAP, I had in total around 4 cups of food for lunch, for a total of 500 calories. NOT TOO SHABBY I tell ya. And yes, extremely filling. I ate till past full, like I usually do, but now I’m satisfied till dinner. I do this often, and then skip any snacking in afternoon at work. It works for me – to keep me generally satisfied (today I def will be) till around 4:30pm. I eat lunch at 1pm usually.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/19/2015:
Good job! Have a great weekend.

OhioRaven on 12/19/2015:
Wow ! This might be your best post ever. I'm SOLD. I'm buying a can of pumpkin and going cranberry hunting tomorrow. Thanks, HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2015:
.....but you DO need lots of sweetener. I use liquid stevia. you can buy on amazon - let me know if you're interested and i'll send you the link to the cheapest one...also, if you want free shipping i'm almost willing to order it and ship it to you free haha. I have Amazon prime. LOL....

You have to use lots of sweetener bc the cranberries are only TART. You can also cook them stove-top. '

You can prob warm the pumpkin before eating if you like that too... I tend to eat it cold. but warm is a good change of pace I think i'll do that more in winter. Also, pumpkin also needs sweetener, it's not sweet. I buy only pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie mix with all the sugar.

If you want info on the stevia, I can send you a link of the one I get...when I make it, I add the stevia little by little until it's the taste and sweetness that I prefer. I make it into more of a sweet yogurt / dessert taste.

have fun cranberry hunting. I think I still have 3-4 bags in my fridge.

have a good day, Raven.

Reason I went all out, is a coworker had just teased me in a good way - saying he could never eat it - when I told him what I had for lunch. haha. so, I realized it's weird, but really not unhealthy :)

and this time, I added a tablespoon peanut butter which increased the total by a lot - 100 cals, but made it tastier. I eat that part mostly at the end.


Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 17, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.5

I think 700 dinner (300 cal or so in cooked veggies, 200 cal or so in chick peas and also little bites of potato, chocolate quest protein bar, cup strawberries)

total: 1750.

resting tonight :)  early night.

feels nice to be home early, wish I had a book!!...maybe I can read something I already have in my apt but haven't read yet :)

1660/day for 6 days. excellent.

probably be sleeping before 9pm.

Didn't prepare the canned pumpkin yet...sorta lazy.

Canned pumpkin is easy to prepare:

Put in a bowl, add some stevia to taste (usually I have to add a lot of the liquid stevia because canned pumpkin is not sweet at all to start...).  Then, add other spices - mostly cinnamon, little bit of nutmeg too if I please, sometimes pumpkin pie spice if I have it. That's it...if I want it rich, I can add warmed peanut butter, usually not.

Also, cooked cranberries are nice when added in. Just a little bit. Makes it sweeter and more enjoyable instead of a heaping bowl of canned pumpkin.

With stevia, canned pumpkin tastes good. I want to have it a bit more. Another use of canned pumpkin - add to a pancake recipe!

Going to experiment with pancakes on Saturday.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/18/2015:
Well done!

OhioRaven on 12/18/2015:
So, you don't cook the pumpkin ?

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 16, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.5

5-day average per day: 1640 per day- quite excellent. Gonna make this week a good one. I only have two more days to keep the 7-day total really nice.

1750 total today. Not a lot of health - too many bars. 4 in total - 2 in morning, one before gym, one after gym. 3 Quest bars & 1 more like a granola bar before my workout (need carbs to have a good workout usually).

healthy things included: banana also in morning, lunch of tons of bean sprouts, cooked muchrooms / broccoli in butter, more mushrooms steamed, little bit of chicken, grapes before my workout.

 Other food besides healthy & besides protein bars: 1 cup decaf with milk and equal, one cup regular an hour before my workout, one cup tea, one serving veggie chips after gym, 2 pieces sf gum.

Tomorrow in the morning i'm going to make a canned pumpkin with cooked cranberries dish to bring to work - I may actually have it at lunch, we'll see...or,, i'll have it at home in the evening, actually, since I plan to be home tomorrow night early & be in bed early!

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/16/2015:
Well done! I have to resist buying those bars as they are too tempting.

OhioRaven on 12/17/2015:
You are really good at setting and keeping your goals. Now what the hell is in this Pumpkin dish ? ? ?

puddles on 12/17/2015:
That dish sounds good. Have a great day.

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