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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 06, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

1550 before dinner.

dinner: vegetables in garlic sauce around 200, more veggies around 100, 1/2 chicken breast with skin (small) around 250?, chips around 200, and some fruit chews 40: 800 ouch, I messed up calculating, thought it was less oh well...some days getting off track is ok by me. and today is one of those days.

total 2350, a bit high, but, I need a break....I also went over on Saturday big time. will probably make up for it this coming weekend or later this week. sometimes you just need to give your body a break from the rules...

today I walked around 30-40 minutes at lunch and also walked again after work almost one hour.

so, probably 1.5 miles at lunch and another 2.5 miles after work. nice! also, I parked around 5 minutes at least away from work, so anther .5 miles round trip walk...therefore, at least 4.5 miles which is fabulous. and my legs have been feeling better.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 04/07/2015:
Hope your day has been good...

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 05, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

4am: sleeping pill, chips 270, granola bar 190: 460, soup 20 calories more.


wheat bran and almond milk 180


coconut water and vegan high protein bar 320

1000, fine.

snacking during & after gym: 2 small bananas, some chips 350.

around 1350 so far, good :)

dinner: some chips 120, rice 100 or so, vegetables in a basil sauce 150?, white meat chicken w/ skin around 250?.  around 620.

total: around 2000. good. i wanted around 1700, but wasn't feeling great about my food choices and decided to have a more balanced dinner.

probably gonna take a walk soon, pick up a flat brush at the dollar store, and do an at-home keratin-type treatment at home

Overall 2100 cals.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/05/2015:
Hope you get some rest today.

Umpqua on 04/06/2015:
I hope you have a good week!

grannyannie on 04/06/2015:
Have a great week.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 04, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Last night at the mall around 7pm, I realized I'd forgotten my Victoria's secret purchase (got a bra for $12.50 instead of normal $32.50 and a free pair of underwear usually $10 - so I saved around $30 on my purchase...and I forgot it at a cash register upstairs. so, while going down the escalator I realized I didn't have it - and ran up the escalator only to get almost to the top and totally fall on the hard metal face down....it hurt and my knee is a bit sore, black and blue, and slightly swollen. I hope it all goes away on it's own. will not do any cardio this weekend. :( if I didn't injure my knee, i'd have definitely down some cardio SUNDAY. but, oh well, gotta help it get better. I do plan on upper body weights though, if i'm feeling alright.

Woke up at 7 and had chips and water 200 and went back to bed.

Woke up at 10 and also had some non GMO chips and water and gonna try going back to bed again. Hurt my knee last night so no exercise today. I fell hard on the metal landing of an escalator at the mall.

11am: lunch - chicken 200? and avocado 160, on wrap 60. total here: 420...and something sweet...greek yogurt w. peanut butter, stevia, little bit of pumpkin: around 250.

total cal: 1070, good :)

snack / lunch: grapefruit large 120, more of those chips which I really like! 60, protein bar (natural, vegan & higher fat/protein better type) 260 total here: 440, bit high overall today, since I have a FAMILY PASSOVER SEDER tonight.

going thru some tough, busy times right now. very stressed out that I haven't taken a real vacation in a very long time. oh well.

1510 calories so far, I guess I will try to stop at 2500 today...have the family dinner tonight, so it is what it is! and green tea.

It's been a rough ride & that's what I said it would be. I came to the conclusion a week ago that this is my life - and if I want to improve my health & lose weight & get in shape, family & friends will sometimes be on the backburner. I need to refocus again, regroup, and make it work for me. So, I'll be ok. 

probably somewhere between 2500-3000 cal. fine.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/04/2015:
Take care of yourself and have a great day.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 03, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

2250. walking at mall about 1.5 hrs. Will celebrate Passover with family Saturday night since Friday is too rushed after work.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 02, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

2050 cal. 30 min walk. Full weights, back, abs.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 04/03/2015:
Good weight workout, have a good day.

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 01, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

I did great today. I doubt more than 1600. Let's all shout hallelujah!!!!! I am finally getting a dent in my daily calories to help me lose weight. 1600 is pretty low for me, actually, compared with normal calories.

Exercise: half hour walk at lunch.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 04/02/2015:

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Mar 31, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

around 2250 even with that midnight snack...good!

mostly healthy, but, not in the evening / after the gym. loads of processed crap.  I will perhaps have to think of better ways to replenish after the gym...it's all good though.

i skipped the caffeine before my gym workout and it was actually a fantastic workout. I feel myself getting stronger, I am finally getting to feel a big spark and excitement that i am healthy and i can achieve a strong, lean body if I want to....I want it, for this summer :)  I will do what i can, I am definitely more eager now than ever. & then I want to look fabulous at my sister's wedding (within reason, gonna try though).

and i am going to get a good night's sleep tonight, i can feel it.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/31/2015:
Glad your day ended where it's got you happy about it :)

Umpqua on 04/01/2015:
Good for you for skipping caffeine, that's something I have not had any success with in the morning!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 30, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

6 hours sleep Monday night into Tuesday, not enough. This includes waking up from around 2-3am when I decided to eat a wrap and small banana which did get me back to sleep. 200 cal.


Around 2050 calories today.

Was depressed.  Lately I feel I am being punished for being single (even though I KNOW this isn't the case). Just everyone around me, it seems, everyone seems to think that only people with families live a full life. and lately my life isn't very full. I am not doing enough to be able to enjoy my own life. and, I know this is too much information for some & I apologize, but it's been too long without spending time with a male person. That time in December doesn't count as it wasn't fulfilling or that pleasant. The person is nice, a really nice guy, but the experience wasn't what it could have been. The end...

Slept enough, but would have slept more if my alarm didn't wake me up.  Going thru a rough time. Schools are out both this week and if not this week, some are out next week. It's such a tease, as I'm on ex teacher.  Yes, I did take a day off last week but it ended up being very, very busy and not relaxing. I did manage a 15-20 minute nap in, but after it was over I was rushing around again. and wasn't able to get enough sleep. anyways, things are busy and I am angry only at myself & my own life.

got 30 minutes exercise and soon will be cooking vegetables so I have enough for the rest of the week. Promised myself I wouldn't buy any prepared vegetables this week as I need to do more the cooking myself. Soon, before summer, I'll be cooking most of the meat I eat, too. Soon - but the truth is, I don't think cooking the meat will save me much when I can buy an entire cooked chicken for around $7 and it lasts me around 3 days.

worked an hour extra.

tomorrow I am excited as I have my favorite weights workout. I am finally getting a little stronger & by summer I should be back to getting into 25lb bicep curls. I was there before I took off my 3 months from the gym. I am still def only at 20lb curls, but getting there.  I've noticed an increase in my strength.  but also, I need to limit my caffeine. been having too much.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/31/2015:
Sorry :( Hang in there. Things will get better!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 29, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Overall around 2350 calories.

Breakfast: hot water with lemon, turmeric, apple cider vinegar - around 30 cal. and a kombucha 60. so around 100 here. followed later by yogurt 150, peanut butter 200, oat bran made with coconut water (trying to get the potassium in for my muscles / legs) 160.  510 or so.

total is 600, good. gym soon. I want to do it in the morning, then come back here and have lunch / do laundry. then go food shopping for the week, as well as cook many vegetables - instead of buying precooked stuff again (it'll save me probably 50%). later in the week (Wednesday evening?)  i'll pick up a cooked chicken as I still have some protein leftovers here to last me till at least end of the day Monday - even tuesday / Wednesday if I eat sardines on Tuesday - 1/2 can at lunch and 1/2 at dinner. and wednesday I can even eat a microwave meal as I have a few in my freezer and can bring that to work for lunch! that's my plan for the week.


luckily I got the retirement thing pretty much sorted out on my day off - Thursday. Basically now i'm just waiting for confirmation and the check to be sent from my old system to my new one. the only way I got it done was thru connections, since organizations listen better to the higher-ups than just simple common-order, person in the general public. stupid that it took 2 days to get done what took me 3 months with no progress. glad it's finally getting settled. just need a week -2 weeks or so more to take the check. and be removed from the NYS Teacher's Retirement System.

Seems there are some things really bothering me these past couple days - not physical as much as certain thoughts on specific topics (mostly work-related) that are making me anxious them fully reach my conscience, better than holding back and having my legs bother me bc I cannot face the truth of it really whats bothering me down deep. I would have preferred to have a week of work right now - as I feel I need it mentally. but, that will not be happening anytime soon.  this is I believe a lot of what is bothering me. the fact that I'm a bit worn out but cannot take time off to mentally recharge. so I'll have to make due with what I've got. last week, that one day off, was like a big tease. but at least I got that :)

I think I'm beginning to reach several points of clarity about things over this weekend.  Even during my walk, I passed a stranger who lives in my area bc he was walking too in the neighborhood. And he and I exchanged a few friendly words, basically about the crazy weather that it was still snowing and we both would appreciate summer when we didn't have to wear so many layers!  We departed ways, but not before he said "God Bless You!"  It made me completely emotional after I walked away from him.  Because I thought to myself how I hope it is true, that we are all blessed, god is watching over us.  Yes, I'm an adult but I was thinking about life and where i'm at.  How I do have many years of a slightly lower income than I'm comfortable with ahead of me.  How I will finally be in the clear, income-wise, when I am around 40 years old. 8 years from now and long into my career already.

Basically, I do have some regrets about some things I did in the past. but I also realize it is only my actions and the consequences of my actions that have basically brought me to this point in my life. 32 is not a kid anymore. It's a full grown adult well into career/jobs/working and having to basically fend for myself. I am lucky I did get so much help throughout my 20's, being able to live at home that entire decade (sometimes paying rent, but minimal of course). I admit I've gotten help with many things.

but now life it pretty much going to be at a standstill for the next year.  Money situation will remain the same. I should probably start cooking MORE and spending less.  but even if that doesn't fully happen, in general, my spending will decrease in other areas. I don't buy clothing like I used to when I lived at home. and even the process of purchasing sneakers is a bit of a nuisance since they need to be a good quality and I will actually be using a portion of my tax refund to pay off around $1,000 on my credit card as well as for several other things I want. I will luckily still have some $ to put into savings as well.

Not looking for compassion, just trying to come to wraps with my life & how it will go moving forward from this point on.  Now i'm actually crying writing this.  I just am having trouble coming to grips with the direction of my life. I don't see all the good in it right now and mostly the negative comes to my mind, all the time. I am jealous of those that don't get to see any hardship ever. Not that my hardship compares to real hardship, but I've faced it. even before this job. hardship in the workplace, in my second year of working ever with a male superior boss.  He took the side of the parents and ran with it, never giving me a chance. I succeeded as much as I could, teaching music in one of the most wealthy school districts probably in the entire US. it was on long island, and yes, I had lots of kids of very, very wealthy parents. Howard Stern's neice wasn't my student, but went to that public school.

I just have less patience than I used to. My job has made me angry. It's changed me.  made me view people & life differently. given me a harder shell towards people and situations.

And because life is at a standstill right now. and my legs still pose a threat since i'm STILL getting into the longer walks and still feeling weakness and fatigue (more bc I am fatigued, still not sleeping appropriately during the work weeks bc of the work / workout schedule I have which CANNOT be adjusted unless I didn't work OT, which isn't happening as I don't make enough money to completely forego it).  So I still need to concentrate on improving my strength and health, mentally and physically, so when it's time to leave this job I can. - and enter the NYPD rested and ready.

But before then, my sister's wedding is approximately a year away, give or take. so, I will NOT be taking any vacations this year. - as in a vacation to a hotel or anything.  I am going to use my days for my own needs. to get a good workout in. to spend time with friends around here at a concert. that's it. and i'm going to make MY schedule, my job, my life work for ME. it's not about me living someone else's idea of my life. its ME LIVING MY LIFE.

and therefore, it's me that should make the calls of what I need & when I need it. and that's it.

so....I wanna look good for her wedding & I will. how? I am going to make it the priority, since the only other priority is that I show up to work this next full year thru next April.

I will not have much else going on, besides some great concerts that i'm going to and maybe a show or some other similar activity around here. and that's where I might use an extra day or two. but no wasted full weeks of vacations. bc that will NOT in the end make me happy, rested, or ready for the next week when i'm at work again.

it's my life, like I said. and I know what I need to get thru it. if I had been in this industry from the start, and luckily I wasn't, I'd have more vaca time by now. but whatever, like I said, I know what I need to do to be successful at my life. and that's the end of it.


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 28, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Happy Saturday! I def slept in a little bit :) Took a sleeping pill around 1am when i woke up and went back to bed around 2am until almost 9am. slept around 10 hours total, thankfully.  i needed it...same for tonight, looking to sleep in a bit tomorrow, too.  If i can get more sleep during the weekdays, I wouldn't care so much about sleeping extra on weekends. but right now, i am determined to catch some extra zzzz's this weekend after a very busy week.

10am Breakfast: Skyr Icelandic yogurt with stevia and canned pumpkin/cinnamon 150, ice pop 30, boullion cube/1/2 lemon/turmeric/extra sea salt 40.  strawberries with truvia. 80? 300...yeah, still hungry...

11am: followed up the above meal with oatmeal made with a mix of water/coconut water 150, peanut butter 200 - 350 & kombucha 50 - 400.

700...and some coffee...but will not count it (had milk, but not counting the calories)

late lunch at 3pm: sautéed cooked red cabbage around 100 (maybe more), 1 fried egg 100, 1/2 avocado 160, wrap 60: 450 at most.

1150, good.

dinner with friend tonight (ordering pickup so I can make a "Jackie Meal" out of it - low cals and fill up on light foods). Or.....either way...looking forward to some tasty thai food!

I did good, def not more than 2000.

walked a little too much, legs slightly bothering me, but also still stressing too much with my own thoughs. I need to better distract myself from the things that are bothering me (thoughts, not physical things)


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/29/2015:
Hope your weekend goes well.

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