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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 01, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Feeling extremely happy and in control to start the week.

Low calories today also, as i've cut my cals for this morning. little hungry, but worth it for now. Takes a little sacrifice to stay slimmer.  And i'm down with that! 

10am snack too hungry, changed mind slightly. bar 130

Bigger / fattier high protein lunch: bag of bacon jerky 330 and a low carb wrap with cream cheese and sauteed pumpkin spread (a lot of it). 270 at least. total here around 600.

Maybe a plum on way home. 50

tonight - planning on a protein muffin 240, some of the sauteed  pumpkin (some oil 200) with sf jello 50 - total here is 500 (def not more!)

total today is great - 1600.

3day average is excellent - 1660.

 i may be taking off friday to see PAUL at the beach!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!



So with P. All is good with him...he's sorta opening up but being so strange with me. So on the phone he talks about babies. But he can't text me back still he's watching himself. 

WTH...why is this guy unable to have s*x for s*x.  He told me specifically over the phone that s*x will complicate things. But he makes things complicated now.

I honestly don't really want babies....not now anyways. 

Why can't we go out....without thinking of babies.

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

puddles on 08/01/2016:
You sound good today. Have a great week J.

puddles on 08/01/2016:
How old is P? Sound to me that he only want to be friends and if anything happens then the friendship could be damaged. This is an outside look/opinion at what you have been writing about P and how he is acting. I think he is being honest that this will not/ever go there.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2016:
P is 45. I am almost 34. We're 11 years apart.

He likes me, i know. But he's so darn weird i can't take it sometimes!

He's the only guy i know that is so SLOW to act on sleeping with someone. I've known him a LONG time. well over 3 years i think. And we're finally getting together this year - after texting for like 3 years! but at first, he was my physical therapist. so we couldn't get together.

but then he took his sweet time determining if he really should meet up with me. and we eventually did. i know he likes me. i can tell by how he talks on phone.

i think he's just a bit set in his ways.

i don't understand why he needs to bring up babies to me.

Duaa123. on 08/01/2016:
I would if i can tell u my opinion but, i am feom different culture so i can't judge the situation correctly , i hope u the best with him

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2016:
Thank you so much D :-D

It's good right now...even if of course i'm still waiting to see him since the end of May when we saw each other outside of workplace for the 1st time!

OhioRaven on 08/02/2016:
Is he, or has he been married ?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2016:
he's 45 and always single because (as i can tell) he's put his career first. he's pretty well-to-do. a physical therapist but also co-owner of the establishment. a big place, multiple locations (i think 2 or 3). he's the boss for several PT's under him...

so never married. no kids.

he's used to being boss, in control of his life complete, and very closed up emotionally. trying hard with him.

he's attractive. and kind.

and also very hard working which i admire. i like him all around.

OhioRaven on 08/02/2016:
Ok. So he's not secretly married. Ok then he's Gay because I've seen your pictures and there's no way a man would turn down what you've got to offer. Good Luck HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/02/2016:
Thank you. I really would be happy with him forever. It's hard to take it this slow...really hard.

innerpeace on 08/02/2016:
Maybe he talks babies because his biological clock is ticking. 45 and single, he may be ready to settle down! who knows, men are weird sometimes. oh ok, most of the times.

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 31, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

Planning on chilling / reading this morning...Happy Sunday to everyone!

9am Late Breakfast - Chocolate with peanut butter chips protein muffin and huge banana and 1 sf jello 400. seltzer with stevia also. Good calories.

snack before errands at noon: small bar 130

3pm Light meal of cooked veggies (with light sauce) and strawberries along with a grape flavored stevia (no cal) around 350-400 max for lunch. 

950 - nice....keeping it low cal today....feels good to keep my weight down, really good.

before gym: Amy's tofu veggie sandwich 200. and the rest of my monster sf drink from this morning.

1150 before gym...keeping it low cal, for sure...if i want to, i can go really low - say 1450 today - which is a great idea!

after gym - kept it light. small bar 130, strawberries 100. around 250 most.

total today: 1400 - BOOM! excellent.

2-day average: 1685 = fantastic. GREAT work to me! (had some jello, added into this average)


Got a TON done this weekend - way more than usual in terms of errands and things to do. proud of myself and the choices i made!

Errands this weekend that are different than the usual ones i do:

1- Got good deals on bath and body works stuff...

2- Got movie tickets at the theater ahead of time to use my free movie coupons - needed to be done more in person than online :-D

3- Put air in my car tires, while it was drizzling!

4- Friend helped me put up a seahorse themed wall art....so nice of her!

5- Bought the LED lights i need for my track lights 

6- went to TJ maxx and got a new bag (i've been using the same bag around 2 years (it was a Coach bag my sister gave me as a gift and i plan to bring it back to the store and see what can be done with it because the policy with coach is a warranty for life...), two dresses, and a few shirts.

The whole bill  for the above items was $118 and i saved 10% by opening a card.  Good stuff. $118 was after the 10% savings. $118 is good for around 10 items! All pretty necessary as i was running quite low on the basics and work clothes. I don't buy a ton...i used to shop much more while living with my parents. Now i just wait for a good day & get a lot and then wait quite a bit...very happy i got dresses....they will last me for a few summers! and any other trips, etc. I may even wear the dresses to work!!!!!!!!!

Feels good to do more this weekend. No more shopping now for awhile. some of the clothes are bought (shirts) will be good thru fall also. I got a good mix that'll be good for my wardrobe in general. it's always good to have some extra stuff for when a moment or event comes up where i need something, ya know?...def not convenient to have to run to the store because i couldn't just grab it from my closet. So i'm doing good with this!


It's been a very eventful weekend :-D Got a lot done & still looking foward to a relaxing Sunday with the laundry already done yesterday wahoo. I'm glad my friend went with me to get some new LED light bulbs for my track lights as only 2 of the 4 bulbs remain working lol the others died...so all is good in the world!

Today i will try to find a dress, one last time, at TJ Maxx. I want to have a summer dress in my closet as on option for going out.  I don't really own any dress that fits that i know of. Sundress i mean...


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/31/2016:
Happy Sunday, HP. You're sounding healthy enough. Enjoy your tires and your TJ Bag.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/01/2016:
i would have even put a bit more air in the other 3 (i started to but could have went a bit more but all is good for now!), except the machine shut off.

Duaa123. on 07/31/2016:
Nice to went for shopping and bought some clothes. Also good calories , have a nice day

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/01/2016:
Yes so nice to have some new clothes :-D

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 30, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

10am thru Noon / While doing laundry - Late Breakfast: 2 plums 100, cooked pumpkin mixed with sauteed onions and spices so good! 150 hopefully not too much more, kombucha 60 (can't wait to get rid of this brand! - forcing myself to drink & not buy it again! it's not that it's bad, just not as strong as the other brands i like...), and seltzer with stevia. total here: 310, excellent -

 Lunch chips 260, wrap with pumpkin spread on it and some meat but meat wasn't tasty so took most of it off 350. Total here: 610

Snack: coffee and a coconut cookie 1050

Big Dinner: not more than 900.

total: 1950, MOST :-D

Everything was healthy so that's the point for today.  I'm happy.

It will be a very low cal day today! Making it so...especially with the movie i am seeing, very easy to keep cals low today...happy to see my best friend today. She's helping me do a huge errand also....which is wonderful.


Had a chat with my fave guy last night.  It was short, under 20 minutes, but really nice. We didn't run out of things to say. He had to go so i let him go.  He's sweet as anything & he did confirm (not by actually saying it, but by the types of things he was talking about in general) that he does like me very much and does enjoy all my texts and messages.  I know he likes me.  And he just might be the one.  I may one day have a VERY different life because of him.

But for now, I'll let things play out & we shall see what happens. It's still slow moving but there's no doubt I'll see him during the month of August.  And, I'm sorry for TMI, there's no doubt we'll share some private special moments together. And I have no doubt that there will not ever be another man I will share moments like those, ever again with, after this man. I have a feeling, like i was saying, that he is the one.

He's letting his guard down a bit with me. And it's exciting...I used to worry about texting him too much and/or leaving too many voicemails, but now he didn't complain about it - at all. He likes them i know. And we are entering more of an "equals" phase where I know how he feels about me & i worry far less about being "a nuissance" or in general not being "on the same page" as him. I really do like this man, a ton, and by letting my guard down and telling him - that i like him very much, etc., it's been overall very helpful to my friendship / relationship with him. 

Even if it doesn't work out, it will be the closest thing i've come to having both emotional and phyiscal intimacy with somone. I have never experienced being in love with anyone. EVER. And never experienced the feeling of really opening up emotionally and physically to the same person at the same time. He is the first. 


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/30/2016:
Very nice post :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2016:
thank you...and thanks for the other post you made to my timeline...will comment on fb later....my mind is all rushing right now...but thank you for thinking of me.

...someone at work told me "your life can change so fast...and sometimes it's unplanned and for the best..." he's right!

have a wonderful weekend D.

puddles on 07/30/2016:
Definitely a positive post I am happy for you. There is nothing that compares to unconditional love from a partner. Have a great day J.

Duaa123. on 07/30/2016:
It is nice to hear thats from u , I hope ur life change to the way you want.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 29, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

650 before lunch and so glad it's friday...i'll be outta here come 4:30 and maybe an oil change after work if i can...

....tomorrow no beach thankfully, i'll get some errands done - need to pick up lamps (specialty) at Home Depot...and will sleep in majorly...like maybe be in bed till NOON tomorrow. looking foward to it...and it was a good week here as well.

hoping to catch up with my man tonight. I love him...he doesn't know this.  He's extremely guarded. 

1350 after lunch...

some fruit during errands. 50


high volume, low cal dinner: bitter melon, sauteed 100?, some kale and also sauteed okra 200 tops, then jello / protein muffin 300. total def not more than 600, more like 550?

1950-2000 tops.

7day average = 1780, excellent! i am very content with this average. !!!

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 07/29/2016:
Have a Great weekend , HP.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2016:
Will do!

puddles on 07/29/2016:
Glad you will get some rest. Your man I don't quite know what to make of that I would not want to see you hurt. Enjoy your weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2016:
Thank you...gonna meet up with my bestie tomorrow for the movie "Bad Moms" and then go shopping for light bulbs together....and dinner :-D full day and nice day!

It's a weird situation....i thank you for the caring comment.

Duaa123. on 07/29/2016:
Enjoy ur times, have a nice weekend

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2016:
Thank you D123 :-D

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jul 28, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

1750 6-day avg = awesome :-D.   feeling a lil leaner now.


Early: kombucha 50, coffee 50 100.

Bigger wrap, healthy: 350.

450 so far....and a bar 150

600 before lunch

lunch is about 450

before gym: 250

after gym: 130, 50, 350 = 550

1850, fine.

tasty day really!




Last night i worked 45 min late on my own clock and no extra pay purposely to finish something and feel good that i did....

and i took a 30 min walk last evening which is wonderful....

....but didn't sleep the best....

...and this AM, i am feeling like I just want to PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE!

...no, not literally, but i'm in a bad mood. I'm in a bad mood because there's no distraction and i can't work alone everyday for this pay....

....my frustrations are actually a good thing....they are a KICK IN THE ASS TO KEEP PREPARING FOR THE ACADEMY.

I may actually push myself for the academy early if i have to....but trying to relax about it....till next summer which is seriously less than 11 more months of work as i'd leave beginning of JUNE...so...I'm good....


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 07/28/2016:
you know if u could fight these hard moments , u will be stronger and stronger , be patient , And you can do it .. Also praying to god will help a lot belief me.I hope u always have happy days ..

OhioRaven on 07/29/2016:
Yeah, have a happy day, HP.

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 27, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

1000 after lunch, healthy day....

very lonely though. working by myself.  boss is away on vaca this week!

my boss is retiring....soon i'll be working extremely "alone" with little distractions it seems. i don't like it very much....i don't necessarily hate it, but it's boring and i'm not expanding my mind.

on way home: small fruit 50., before walking: cucumber salad 50.  100.

after walk: another small fruit 50. and seltzer with stevia (had long phone convo with best friend...) 

light, late dinner: jello 50...protein muffin yum! 240, and then gave into some light ice cream to end the night 150: 450 or so, good!

1600 = a super success & good plan to keep cals low this week as I wanted to.

1730 5-day avg. EXCELLENT.


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 26, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

4day average: 1760 - GOOD.


total today is quite perfect again: 1900. 

feeling extra good at end of day & extremely proud of myself for taking it easy right now while sorta in "mid-summer." I knew i needed a rest and i'm doing good taking one!

i'm starting to feel back to my old self thank goodness.


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 07/26/2016:
I am happy that u feel like ur old self feeling, Keep this improving.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/26/2016:
thanks D :-D

Yes, it feels good to be back to feeling more relaxed and happy!

Same to you...I wish for you to be happy.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 25, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

Goal: a low cal week - average cals low in 1600's-1700s.

Morning: kombucha and seltzer with stevia 70 :-D

Breakfast: tasty wrap with cream cheese and salami 300 or so and decaf coffee 50. 350.

natural bar, moderate sugar, protein, fat. 190 cal.

lunch: popcorn 100, sardines 200, greens 50-100. total 400 or less.

snack on way home later after dr: large peach. 100

1100 before dinner.

Indulged at dinner: around 750 cal-800.

1900 today. Actually more like 2050. Tomorrow's a new day!



Feeling pretty good this monday morning. Low key weekend with gym last night was what I needed this weekend. Legs are feeling ok. A good way to start the week!

I have a dr appt after work today so I will be leaving early at 3pm for it. - another reason to smile i'd say because my boss is once again out this week (he's retiring end of Sept so he's getting everything settled at home because he's moving upstate when he retires) and it may be a slow day and lonely one working only by myself with little distraction so i'll be happy to leave at 3pm.  

3pm - That's a hair early - so I may actually both pick up vegetables for the week & get gas before my appt - i may take a cooler and ice pack to keep the food in my car from spoiling while at my appt. really thinking to do this because tomorrow i have gym & don't wanna get food and Wednesday is a little late...i may change my mind lol....and may just stick to getting to the appt!


3day = 1716

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 07/25/2016:
Hope all goes well with your dr appt!! Enjoy your quiet day!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/25/2016:
yeah it will go well, just therapy actually. i go 1x per month. i like to go...even if it's 1x per month. i like to hear another person's perspective and advice :-)

thank you....it will be a fast & quiet day. looking forward to also reading tonight & the whole week!

puddles on 07/25/2016:
You should have a nice slow week good for you. Have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/25/2016:
happy about it, beginning to feel a bit better. feeling FAR BETTER compared with end of last week. :-) all good things, agreed.

OhioRaven on 07/25/2016:
Have a good ass day, HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/25/2016:
why ass???

yes...i very much plan on it!

Duaa123. on 07/25/2016:
Have a nice day.. But what is appt?

horn_of_plenty on 07/25/2016:
Appointment but a short way of writing it! Doctor visit..

OhioRaven on 07/26/2016:
Better than a good old day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/26/2016:
oh :-D true!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 23, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6

Sunday: laundry finished already by 7am :-)

Breakfast: kombucha 40, light ice cream 360 = 400.

11am: turkey wrap with mustard 200.

1pm: banana 120, wrap 70, with cc 40, and chocolate whipped pb 150. total 380.

snacks 200

after gym 400

1600 total = very good.

2day avg = 1550.

gonna read for a bit....i don't even need to go food shopping for tomorrow. only things today were laundry around 5am-7am and gym around 5pm or maybe earlier :-) perfect.  let me tell you, i'd love ANOTHER weekend slow like this one. i really don't want to go to the beach next weekend either...

need to do oil change, but not in the mood. maybe friday after work or something.




Took a sleeping pill around the time i went to bed....i slept till 11:30am = the most awesome thing.

I planned a low key weekend on purpose. I want to mostly rest & recharge. Planning on probably a late gym session on Sunday afternoon / evening.

Today at 3pm-5pm getting a massage and facial at Massage Envy. I am a member and get billed $49 every month for a massage. I have a lot of pre-paids to use....happy to go & may do this again soon, actually.

I am happy to be alone on the couch, doing my thing, most of this weekend.  I do need an oil change though...so that may be one more thing to get done...maybe i'll do it after work Monday.

Brunch: leftover & tasty sauteed eggplant and also a pumpkin dish 250-300 most. Protein muffin 240, jello 40.  and some kombucha 20. 300. i'll say brunch was 600 total. good. 

Snack around 5:30pm: granola bar 100

6:30pm meal: strawberries 100, rest of the pumpkin 100, lots of tasty sauteed collard greens 200?, popcorn and chips 200, plum 50. total here: 650.

total so far today: 1350, good.

1500 total for saturday.

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/23/2016:
Good for you. Relaxing weekend. Enjoy

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2016:
thanks...my body wants more than this weekend to be by myself. just craving a lot of alone time.

thinkpositive on 07/23/2016:
Have a relaxing weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2016:
thanks, it is :-)

Duaa123. on 07/24/2016:
How are u hony, i hope you ok. Have a nice weekend

Horn_of_plenty on 07/25/2016:
i am ok and happy to see you here. I was actually meaning to send my best wishes to you because i know you are struggling right now because of what happened. you are a wonderful person, don't let anyone change that.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 22, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 114.6


Kombucha 150

9am Breakfast: wrap with cream cheese and salami 300, coffee 50, small bit banana 50

small bar 150

1pm lunch: wrap 200 with mustard, chips 150, coffee no milk just sweet and low. 350



going out wtih coworker and will be binging on vegetables at a veggie place after work....horrible mood i'm in....and yes some of it has to do with a certain man.

i'm so angry this morning. 

1050 before dinner

Dinner out - maybe like 700?


Back at home around 350 more at most.

2100 total but hoping it's actually less.

7day average = 1820 per day. Not bad really but not great for loss. But ok.

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 07/22/2016:
Have a great TGIF.

innerpeace on 07/22/2016:
i hope it's work related! You know you can leave there and not think about it for a few days! Do your thing!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2016:
yes, it also had to do with hormones & lack of sleep....feeling still tired but much better after lots of sleep.

Donkey on 07/22/2016:
TGIF indeed! I'm sorry that you are angry (((hugs)))

Horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2016:
Thank you very much :-) I do feel a bit better now & did sorta make up with the guy.

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