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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 27, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Saturday: lol, editing today because I had  no internet pretty much all weekend! so glad it's back!

Saturday calories were good, 2200 calories. no binging. happy.

exercise: 30 min walk in AM, mall in the PM.

saw my best friend, brought her when i went to visit my grandma for dinner, then friend and i shopped at the mall a bit in the evening till around 10pm. overall great day.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 25, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

If you are interested in my dating life or acupuncture experience, read the entry below! :-D

4am: two protein bars, woke up hungry lol. 440

7:30am breakfast: shake (was supposed to be a pudding but was liquidy) vanilla pudding sugar free mix, banana, 1/4 cup pumpkin, tablespoon chia seeds that i bought from either GNC or Vitamin World lol - i forget which store but probably both carry them, some milk, cinnamon: 350, then a few rice cakes 60 & protein bar 220. total here: 630 or so, good.

total so far: 1070, yes feeling bingy at night and at breakfast, typical for me on/after a holiday. i'll have to stay busy and keep myself occupied lol....don't want to have a bad day.

10am snacking: rice cakes: 200, cheddar goldfish 260, pringles 220, hugest brownie 600, two slices pumpkin pie 650: 1930 lol....

3000 so far. i gave in...but i do plan to go the the park and gym today. i figure up to 4500 calories or so today.

4500 cal so far, 3pm- lots of cake/candy...oh well, if i'm gonna go all out with the eating, let me just keep it to today and not tomorrow. that's my plan. i kinda crapped out on being anywhere near healthy today - i think i'd be eating too much sugar free stuff - which also brings on binging with me. that and the combination of holiday food in the house. it's over though - i'll be OK.

6000 total calories on Friday. (extra 4000 cal above my needs.)



Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/25/2011:
Hang on in there!

grannyannie on 11/25/2011:
Have a great day! Appreciate your comments!

hollybelle on 11/25/2011:
Well.....the accupuncture appointment was "interesting" to say the least. I've always wanted to try. I also use student massage therapists, I'd use a student accupuncturist, probably, too. I will have to think about the dating situation a little so I may have comments later. Basically I say see how it goes, proceed a bit cautiously and time will tell/you will know if there is real relationship potential there or if it's just a right now thing.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 24, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Acupuncture was overall an interesting experience. I had it done at a school for massage/acupuncture by probably a senior student.  He was a 60 yr old male and he did make a couple poor mistakes: when he was putting some rubbing alcohol at the bridge of my nose, between my eyes, he accidentally let it drip to get right into the corners right next to my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank god, my eyes had been closed and the alcohol did not actually reach inside my eyes! If it did, I have no idea of the consequences but I assure you they would be horrible!

this man made was that he was doing first acupuncture on the front of my body and then was going to do acupunture also face down. He started face up.  I must also mention that he decided to also put a few needles right directly below my breasts.  I think he might have been doing this just because I am a young female, 29 yrs old, and he just wanted to do my abdomen and really close to the breast tissue?

The other royally bad mistake was that after doing my first half the body, face up, he went to remove all needles and have me turn over.  I started to turn, and then realized there was STILL ONE NEEDLE in my ankle! yeah, so thankfully I noticed it and asked him to pull it out. I was thankful that he didn't do any needles in my scalp/head and/or forget to leave those in!

The 1.5 hour appt started a half hour late and he was rushing, as well. I did get my full time, but I could tell he was still rushing.  I came for two things: lower back pain and left ankle pain: It may just be in my imaginatino, but i think my left ankle IS DOING BETTER and is slightly stronger due to the acupuncture. I am thinking of continuing with some acupuncture for my left ankle. I broke it 10 years ago, really badly, and it didn't heal that well. I get pain and weakness often.  But lately i've been able to start jogging! especially after this acupuncture. It is relatively inexpensive, because it's a school, so now i just have to find a GOOD acupuncturist/student/....it's always guess & test with these kinds of health aids, you know?  Same kinda idea with massage when you get it done at a school - you obviously cannot expect to find someone fully experienced and solid in performance in what they do. We all have to start somewhere...


Okay, now the date update! I have been dating this guy since the summer...but really only the summer though labor day and then our schedule were conflicting so it took till last weekend. We did stay in touch each week though and texted often, like probably at least 3-4 days every single week. We have known each other for probably around 5 years, but only have gone out maybe 10 times.  I think he's a really nice guy, not a player, and we'll see how it continues with us...

Last weekend we went to a healthy food & environmental fair. It was something he wanted to do and I of course was excited to go with him.  Overall, I had a good time.  We ate good food and enjoyed each other's company. I met one of his bosses and his boss even gave me a little gift at the end of the night, just to be nice and everything! I thought it was so nice and genuine, being that his boss had just met me! 

After that, we quickly went shopping for him which I thought was so cool because we went to Target and usually that's an activity that is done when you are more officially a couple, right? A few dates ago, we wouldn't have done something so routine or laid back.  The date would be treated more formally, so I'm glad we are more comfortable enough with each other to go into Target together. Perhaps this sounds weird, but that's just how I feel....

 After Target, we went to the mall to check out movies, none of which we liked. So we went to the bar and I had a big glass of tasty beer and he had two. (a place known for the unique beers from all over the world).  We were more flirty and everything with the beer and also conversation went even better of course. We went back to his house and you know how the rest goes. This isn't the first time we've enjoyed each other like that...and I hope he likes me more than for this reason.  I enjoy being with him as well and don't want that aspect to stop, but I do realize we have to continue to get to know each other, which we are. I feel that if we can now see each other more regularly, things can progress into a relationship.  If we can't I will have to decide if it's worth continuing to pursue him at all.

If you guys have feedback, I'd love your honest opinions, even if you don't agree with some of my feelings. I'd love to hear your critique of my situation! and thank you!  :-)



Happy Thanksgiving :-D

weight: around 125.5! yay. after today, haha, probably still good! :-) weight does fluctuate, ya know!? :-)

total calories after thanksgiving dinner: around 2600-2700 calories today = GREAT! :-)  HAPPY THANKSGIVING, right!?  I had a large slice of pumpkin pie for dessert.

 I will just say 3000 cal on Thanksgiving, 1000 extra cal above my needs.

breakfast: really cool chia seed drink that i had bought and now had the time to enjoy. 110, protein bar 220: 330 :-D

maybe going back to sleep now!...haha, slept two more hours from 8am-11am. could probably sleep even more lol.

snack: big apple 100

1200 calories before thanksgiving dinner :-D

off to run an errand to the supermarket for my mom, then i must update about the date... and acupuncture!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/24/2011:
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Go to sleep now. :-)

Kati on 11/24/2011:
LOL... happy thanksgiving :D

Kati on 11/24/2011:
about the update: seeing is believing... :P

grannyannie on 11/24/2011:
Yea! We get to hear about the date! ;-)

V on 11/24/2011:
Happy Thanksgiving!!

grannyannie on 11/25/2011:
Thanks for the congrats and encouragement! I intend to keep seriously working out and toning, forever!

grannyannie on 11/25/2011:
Sounds like fantastic date and that it's going very well. Agree that shopping together is what you do when you're a 'couple'. Anxious to hear how this progresses!

Kati on 11/25/2011:
AWESOME, the date sounds LOVELY :))) I like to read your way of handling things, one step at a time and very positive about the future. That's it, girl, you ROCK!!! :) Keep us updated :D

V on 11/25/2011:
Sounds like a good date and a really nice guy so take it at your own pace! :) Oh so to answer your question, I make all my meals, most of my recipes come from muscle and fitness hers :)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 23, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

same weight, around 126.5.

big breakfast: small amount of seasoned/cooked beets50, oatmeal wuth flax200, milk50, huge protein bar 350: 600 :-)

snack: protein small amount of chocolate, almonds 200

late lunch around 3: lots of veggies stir fry 200, tofu100, fruit (persimmon): 400

snack: fruit: 120 more fruit (grapefruit and an apple) 220

snack: chips 150 fat free type

snack: chips 150 fat free type

dinner: huge salad w. little tuna, eggwhite, turkey; small tomato eggplant soup: 400

snacking, ugh!: chips 200? more, pringles, fat free type.

total: 2320.


around 2100-2200. some healthy some unhealthy. overall OK calories for sure - nothing astronomically high, so that's good.

exercise: 25 min cardio, hour weights. was very exhausted but glad i went!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/23/2011:
Curiously, I read an article today on the benefits of flaxseed. I have to incorporate that into my diet.

grannyannie on 11/23/2011:
Doing great! I've heard about flaxseed being really good for you as well but that you have to buy fresh in order to get the benefits? Will have to look into that.

~WI~ on 11/23/2011:
I've said it before and I will say it again...you and Umpqua eat the most interesting food LOL. Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

huge breakfast: chips 150, oatmeal 160, protein bar 290: 600.

snack protein bar 220

lunch: fruit 100, veggies and tofu 250: 350.

snack: veggies & fruit 230

dinner: veggies and tofu? maybe not bc i may be sick of it to have it again! :-D decaf iced coffee and protein bar 300

exercise: cardio: litttle walking in the mall since it was raining outside, i walked inside! :-)

total cal: 1700 :-D gah, and chips. around 1850 - still good!

weight: still approx 126.5

I will definitely "spill the beans" and tell all on tomorrow night...for now I am exhausted and gonna pass out in bed. not sleeping enough lately & I really like to think and be calm (not exhausted) when i'm writing about the good stuff on here! haha.


Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/22/2011:
ahh, no news yet!!! You're keeping us waiting soooo long!!! :) You're meeean!!! :P

grannyannie on 11/22/2011:
Sick of veggies and tofu? No way. :-) Have a great day!

legcramps on 11/22/2011:
I hardly ever get sick of anything i'm eating. The only thing that gets boring after a while is soup. Otherwise, i'm like Mikey. "Just give it to Mikey, he'll eat it".

Have a good one!

liza36 on 11/22/2011:
Have a great day.

Kati on 11/23/2011:
LOL, you ARE mean :P

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 21, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

woke up at 4:30am starving. chips. 250. and protein bar 220.

1850. 2000 (indulged a bit in chips after the gym, is ok, a good calorie count anyways!)

i will definitely update on the date and acupuncture...just not tonight bc i am exhausted and also need to prepare some food for the next two days :-)


 thanks for all your nice comments!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/21/2011:
come onnnn how was the date??? :D

grannyannie on 11/21/2011:
Yes, do tell!

V on 11/21/2011:
Details ;)

Umpqua on 11/21/2011:
Have a great week!

liza36 on 11/21/2011:
Why up so early?

Yes, we want details of the date!

hollybelle on 11/21/2011:
How was accupuncture? How was date? Spill.....?

~WI~ on 11/21/2011:
If I take Benedryl or anything with dyphenhydramine (sp) in it, I wake up in the middle of the night with huge hunger and cannot go back to sleep unless I eat. It is crazy! Have a great day!

Supercheese on 11/21/2011:
There was a date!!! ohh i need to read and catch up!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 20, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

big breakfast: chocolate pudding 260, oatmeal 210, yogurt 90, two packages cheese goldfish 260: 820 total. I think i'm nervous about my date later today...

snack: persimmon 100, chips 130: 230.


30 min cardio.

under 2000 cal.

great day.

great date...even went back to his place after.. :-)


Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 11/20/2011:
Have fun on your date :)

grannyannie on 11/20/2011:
Ah, yes nervous eating. Done that before! Hope you enjoy your date!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 19, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

today i'm trying acupuncture, it was a bargain of a deal! i got a 75% off coupon for two sessions of it plus two sessions massage also! so today is acupuncture, for an entire hour and a half. i'll let you guys know how it goes!


weight approx 126 today...pretty good, cannot complain about that!

Last 9 days calorie average helped to maintain weight, let me calculate the average to see: 2194 calories! almost 2200 was maintenance which is pretty darned awesome for someone who has a desk job for so many hours each day!  This is why I can lose weight - WEIGHTLIFTING! it's helped so in burning extra calories. 

You should all try it - even a little weight lifting of light weights goes a LONG WAY. even i, and i've been lifting weights for about 3 years straight and intermitently for a few years on and off before that, lift pretty light weights. I do not lift weights that are heavy compared to what guys lift. for example, i lift dumbells that range, depending on the gym, either 7.5 or 10 lbs per arm. I do all free weights with weights of that size. For machines, it depends, but the weight ranges between 30-55 lbs depending on the type of arm exercise. :-D lf course, a beginner would even choose lower weights, usually, and there's nothing wrong with that! it'll definitely help you lose weight. even just a few dumbell curls each day, to start. just do 3 sets of 15 reps with a 2-5 lbs dumbell for each arm bicep!

edit: 2350 or so calories. 1.5 hour walk approx. :-) good day overall!


4:45am: chips 380.


breakfast: oatmeal w. cottage cheese mixed in! really good, maple brown sugar flavor and extra cinnamon: , yogurt with chocolate stevia and cinnamon, 400. :-)

tsf: 780 :-D

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/19/2011:
I love doing free weights! I do them every other day. You've got a good maintenance calorie count. Mine won't be that big.

V on 11/19/2011:
Hope you had a good day!!

hollybelle on 11/20/2011:
Yeah, love weights. I need to make more time for them. What are you getting the accupuncture for? I am really interested to know how it goes and if you see results - how many times they say you need to do it for your goal and what how often.

Kati on 11/20/2011:
I'm always failing on weekends... :(

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 18, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Good Morning! it's in the 30's outside, but i'm not blowdrying my hair this AM....lol, gonna get some extra relaxation time here at the computer and enjoy breakfast instead!  Hair will be up.

BREAKFAST: pineapple cottage cheese 150 and oatmeal 160: 310.

snack: protein bar: 290

lunch: rice 200, tomato 40, tofu 100, apple 100: 440 approx. 400

snack: grapefruit big 120, red pepper 50,apple 250 approx.

more snack: kombucha 60., coffee 40

after gym: drink 110, humongous protein bar 390: 500

total;. 1850 = perfect amount.

exercise: not much cardio, 10 min. over an hour of weights, back, pushups, abs.


No change in weight this week, maybe even a pound up, no biggie. Can't just be a steady line down, life has ups and downs - and so does weight. I will remain patient. It will come off.  Weight this AM 126.5. But, good news, is that pants that didn't fit since i bought them - waiting for the opportunity to wear after losing weight - i'm finally wearing!!!!! usually, you know, the clothes will just sit in the back of your closet bc you never lose the weight to wear them - but this time i'm actually losing weight and wearing the clothes.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Kati on 11/18/2011:
have you ever tried pomelo?? You'd loooove it!!!

~WI~ on 11/18/2011:
Have a wonderful weekend! I know how it is to not want to fuss with the hair sometimes LOL

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 17, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Breakfast: pineapple cottage cheese 150 mixed into my maple brown sugar oatmeal 160: 310 glorious calories :-D

snack: protein bar 260 and some sugar free sucking candies, too.

lunch: turkey sandwich on whole grain bread 320, chips 80, maybe a fruit or something or salad. 400.

snack: fruits/veggies: lots of 'em! and chips. 400.

dinner: i'm thinking some kind of salad...with grilled chicken - i've been salivating for it!

after work: quick hair trim, walk (walk after dinner i'm thinking!)

turns out i canceled the hair appt bc i tried hard to make it look good today without an extra cut and it does look good. i wasn't happy with the way my hair was growing out, but it's not even been two months since i got it cut, so i am gonna wait. :-)

i ended up drinking lots of things, and coffee, going to the gym far from me because it has the best cardio machines. was a good evening for exercise. 45 min cardio.

protein bar after, cookie dough flavor and JUST like cookie dough! was cool. 370 cal.

total cal around 1800 today. nice!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

legcramps on 11/17/2011:
Huh, who would've thought cottage cheese and oatmeal would be good together? A friend of mine added spinach to her frozen yogurt and berries one day - wanted to get extra greens - and said it was really good! The spinach took on the other flavors in the dish.

I <3 grilled chicken in a tossed salad. I think it's my favorite meal and I never get enough of it!

liza36 on 11/17/2011:
Your menu looks really good today. Enjoy!

~WI~ on 11/17/2011:
Lookin' good! Hope your ankle is feeling better today :) have a great weekend!

Kati on 11/18/2011:
cookie dough flavor? That's weird. :)

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