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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

did some abs crunches before breakfast :)

Oatmeal with whole milk 230, apricot yogurt 130, iced coffe 50. 

noon lunch: apple 100, wrap and avo 300, egg 100. 500.

3:30 pb on cracker 

1100

prob around 2000.

 

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at 10:30am, i'm attending a 5k (turns out the walk was shorter than a 5k, and we left just as my back was starting to bother me as i don't walk much lately, so the walk was good and not overboard) walk for Autism- was invited by a club i'm in and paid $20 last night. I'm not sure how much i'll do - we'll see how i feel. either way, rest of the day i will be home.  it's close - which reminds me i must be ready to leave my place aound 9:30 which is in a half hour! boy does time fly - especially today as i was thinking to look over some legal words. I guess i can do that later, in the afternoon...

Tonight i have a dinner to attend - the nice thing is that it's RIGHT around the corner at the union hall by my apt. I told Ricky i'd go with him.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/19/2019:
Go for it! Enjoy your dinner tonight.


Donkey on 10/20/2019:
How was dinner?

It's probably for the best that it wasn't a 5k after all. Still a great cause!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2019:
it was ok - a bit social for me.



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Oct 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

wrap and avo 300, egg 100

half donut 150, coffee 50, almonds 50

lunch 600

4pm large apple 150

dinner: dried okra 200, 2 kiwis 100, yogurt 150 - 450

pb on cracker150

2050

 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!


Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

breakfast: wrap with butter and egg 350 and  coffee 50.

snack: almonds 100

lunch: brisket 200, cooked greens 50, roasted cauliflower 100, ..apple 100..450

snacks:chocolate 100

home: sushi and miso soup (fast and easy place by me, very inexpensive) 600 tops.

1750 tops.

weights tonight.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 10/17/2019:
I haven't had eggs for a few days now - when I saw them on your menu it reminded me and now i'm craving them LOL. The turkey dinner I had planned for lunch might turn into toast and eggs instead :) :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/18/2019:
eggs are so simple which makes them quite awesome!


grannyannie on 10/17/2019:
I love eggs and buy a box of 6 every week to have at lunch and then forgot I've got them. Planning on a veggie omelette for dinner one night when hubby is gone.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/18/2019:
i love eggs...easy, low cal, satisfying, nutritional!



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Oct 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50, coconut water 50

breakfast 400 usual egg breakfast.

almonds 100

lunch: chips 150, meat 200 brisket, salad and dressing 200. 550

chocolate 80

apple 100, juice 100

pb on cracker 100

1600

 

 

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hey all -  thanks for your advice, it's appreciated.  i do not have anything yet to write back, but will do it later.  i still am not in the best place. all the teacher (cheaper) programs i was looking into don't want someone that has the degree already - they were programs for other teaching degrees.

I really am a little stuck still - as i don't see an increase in the salary i make now based on my limited skills and i'm a bit worried about my long time plan for when i'm older.  

All those years that i put into exercise, well, they paid off in looks but not in career goals.  That's around just over 8 years of a mentality that that was what i wanted.

even the court assistant job, it's going to be low pay at first. i don't even know if i have the capacity to do the job or would be hired. but it's a step down from where i am at - and right now i am not making big $, but i AM making enough to save for my future / future retirement. 

i was looking back at my transcripts from college - i really should NOT have majored in music, that's for sure. i did HORRIBLE my first year and a little better each year after. i even got a perfect average my last semester in undergrad.  my masters went ok. in general, i didn't put enough effort in and this is where i got me.

One of the reasons i can save for the future and live alone is because my apt is not expensive. i'm lucky and in a "rent-controlled" apt. it's not for low income, but it's still rent controlled.

 

 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
Saving for the future is so important. You are so lucky to live in a rent controlled apartment.....there are a lot of ways to save.....I really do believe that no matter what anyones income is...we have a way of spending it.....so making more doesn't always mean saving more. Budgeting what we have coming in can make a huge impact on financial security....I used to make a game out of it and it pid off in the long run.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
yes, i am really lucky for this apt. otherwise, i'd prob not be saving or just live with parents forever it seems.


BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
You mentioned earlier that you would like to be an earth science teacher.....I may be wrong but I believe since you already have a masters......that all you would need would be a teaching certificate...and you may already have that since you have already been in a teaching position........you may be qualified right now.....classes are taught with already supplied materials through the school system.......I'm not sure you need any added education for that...it is possible to have too much education when you apply for jobs....that can actually work against you. You also mentioned reaching your full potential.....and occupations are a part of that but in my opinion not the whole ball of wax so to speak. In my opinion which really doesn't mean anything, but it's my opinion...there is no such thing as the perfect job....they all have problems and stresses and downsides....there will always be irritating bosses and coworkers and imperfect working conditions.....times are changing and we all have to create our own financial security and not depend on pensions and social security as much as we have in the past...( Personally D's pension will be cut by 20% in May of 2020) brought on by bad investments by the Detroit Carpenters Union and some really bad years of a Governor that drove business out of Detroit back a few years ago. That is where cutting our own expenses, budgeting, saving and just finding our enjoyments is less expensive ways...we will survive...we will feeel the cut in income...but we will be okay. I think you will figure it all out.....but nothing makes us feel as secure as our ability to budget and make the most of the resourses that we already have.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
I get your whole drift and i do agree about having a job is better than no job or going for more school and having the same problem, again.

also, believe it or not, my certification is in Music (kindergarten thru 12th grade) and that is my bachelors. my masters is similar, band conducting education degree.

so, sadly, believe it or not, with such SIMILAR degrees, i am totally not qualified to teach earth science!

upon further research, i would also have to take physics or chemistry...so, nevermind the earth science!

i was thinking english also....but this is just dreaming right now.

i have SO LITTLE core classes in all of my education (a lot of it was either a few education classes or music or VERY FEW electives) that i would have to take probably at least 2 years of college again - along with state tests...it doesn't seem worth it right now / right away.

i DO have a job. it may not pay great, but right now it is OK. i wouldn't want to leave it, and face not getting a job again.

so much to think about.

but, to be any teacher besides music, i would def need more schooling bc the ceritification is very, very narrow for music - just music. if, when i got my masters, i could have done it in a different subject, then i could have taught something else too.


Donkey on 10/16/2019:
Bear has some really good insights ^^

I'm not sure if teaching is more job security. My teacher friends here in Illinois already know that the money they've invested in their pensions won't be there when they retire. Of course, New York is probably different, but just sayin'... In fact, Chicago public school teachers are preparing to strike later on this week. And not too long ago, the charter school teachers had to go on strike.

I do not think there is anything as "job security" any more, to be honest.

You might consider that your potential may lie outside of your career or education, too.

I truly feel for what you're feeling and dealing with.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
thanks for your comments. i think i heard something about the chicago teachers have an issue with their pension.

i do consider what you said about my potential - it's difficult for me to find something to pursue / taking a break now from thinking deep on a new venture, not now.

thanks for your understanding. ...wishing your son strength.


grannyannie on 10/16/2019:
Sounds very practical. I'm sure you will eventually figure out what you need to be doing.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
yes, i may just have to persevere and stay positive in this industry...which is a good thing, i just get very frustrated with the unknowns of life / work / industry change.


BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
I totally agree with donkey...there is no such thing as job security. Things can change in a second. I have a family member with a degree in education and she hasn't been able to find a teaching job...she is still working in a car wash like she was before her degree......in fact that wass her second go round at college...her first was early childhood development. Having the degree definately does not guarantee a job in that field...but having any job with livable wages or salary is most of the battle......fine tuning abilities in that job equals more security and makes an employee more valuable in my opinion...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
it is so crazy now about that - many people go to college and do not work in the field they studied for.



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Oct 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 60

breakfast: wrap and butter 250, egg 100 coffee 50. 

almonds 140

lunch - leftovers from home..salad with dressing 200, leftover tofu chipotle meal 250, some rice 50. 500

evening snacks big peach and almonds 250

late snack: muffin with cheese (yuck) 250 and 2 plums 100. 350.

1750 tops.

4day:1990

 

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I am absolutely feeling scared of my future and stuck right now. i do not know what direction to take right now, other than think about it a little bit more. 

You cannot just spend time in school - like i have. i have to work, that's the part that i screw up in...

I cannot bear not living up to any potential and just am not sure which way to go.

I feel scared staying in this industry and scared of my future.

Some things are great with this industry, i could learn how to be a project manager except i do not feel confident in my abilities in this fashion. 

I am totally stuck

My dad is one of the most powerful people in this field on the end of the union side...but somehow i do not feel safe as i have to pave my way and nothing in the union is fully by politics meaning you do have to do your job, OF COURSE...generally.

My dad is so fair, he helped me to where i am.

I'm lucky i am making a living, but i do not feel good about my life or choices.

I have degrees in teaching music and i got them around 2004-2007 finished my masters. So it's been 16 years since i started teaching, 12 years since i stopped.

It feels a lifetime ago. 

I do not feel confident to go back and teach band, i'd rather start from the beginning...like be an earth science teacher.

thing is, i don't have that certification & have to pay my bills.

i am unsure what to do, i see some NYC programs. 

I am going to research more.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/15/2019:
I understand your feeling of uncertainty and fear for the future. It cannot be a pleasant feeling to carry around. I'm sure it weighs heavily on you.

Have you spoken to your dad about your fear regarding the uncertainty of the field you're in? Obviously, he's been around a while, has seen a lot, knows people, climbed his way up (or however he got to where he's at).

I'm wondering if Dad would have some insights or encouragement for you if you stay in this field.

This is not a solution, but just an idea: do you have friends who are still in the band teaching area? Perhaps you could give private lessons. I know they can be expensive, so if you offer something that is less expensive, maybe to beginner band students, that might be an outlet?

Research as much as you can. Make pro/cons lists. Be patient with yourself. Remain calm. (I assure you from my own life experience that remaining calm in stressful situations is the only productive way to a solution. Freaking out, anxious, anger/frustration - only bad things can come of this.)


Maria7 on 10/15/2019:
Pray about it and the Lord will help you know which path to choose.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
Thank you :)


legcramps on 10/15/2019:
I agree with Donkey, talk to your Dad about your current career and see if he has any insights he can share with you.

I also agree with the private tutoring in music. My nieces have a private tutor for ukelele, and it is making all the difference in their progress.


grannyannie on 10/15/2019:
You lack confidence in your abilities which are probably a lot more than you give yourself credit for. I understand you want to live up to your potential and be happy with your career. I never did either so I'm not the best one to give advice. But I do always tell my granddaughter that it's important to find what she loves to do and aim for that since so much of her life will be spent doing it. Best of luck. Keep trying.


BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
D and I put ourselves through college ( we only have associates) so we don't have anywhere near the education you have....but we worked while going to school...you can do that too...it probably would take much to get what you are thinking about...but I agree....talk to your Dad......He may be getting close to retirement so now would be the time to talk to him.


BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
that should have said WOULDN'T.



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Oct 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

 Breakfast: oatmeal 150 with whole milk 80, apricot on bottom chobani yogurt 130, some kombucha 70. 430.

snack: Pb on rice cakes 200

lunch leftover tofu chipotle 250 and wrap 150

snacks: large apple 100, large peach 100, one cookie 20, and a cheese muffin i was experimenting making 280! 500 cheese muffin calories seem off and it was a diabetic brand so i was not sure if it would be good...will not make again - as it shows really, really high calories.

snacks: roasted cauliflower 100, some dried okra 100, pb on a cracker 150. 350.

1900.

2day: 2200

 

 

 

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Yesterday, I was at the orchards upstate...lots of fun for me lately. legs doing a bit better, but they are hurting a little bit Monday morning (next day i'm writing this!)

 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/14/2019:
Glad your legs aren't as painful as they had been!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
me too - so i'll rest them most of today...between doing some chores.


grannyannie on 10/14/2019:
Definitely get rest time in! I learned from my shoulder about not overdoing.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
thanks Annie, yeah i need it..


BearCountryGG on 10/14/2019:
It just seems to me now that 1 active day for me means several down days with hip pain...of course there are many years between us....but it all jst takes a toll for sure.

horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
Yeah it can be so frustrating but I guess we gotta listen to our bodies :)



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Oct 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Kombucha 50

wrap and avocado  300, egg 100

3 large apples 300-350

pulled pork 200, pizza 600-700

dinner chipotle with chips 600?

pb on cracker 100

2500 bit high :/

was at the orchards upstate...lots of fun for me lately. legs doing a bit better, but they are hurting a little bit Monday morning (next day i'm writing this!)

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/14/2019:
Love chipotle

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
me too - easy, fast, tasty, healthy, and CHEAPER than most other places!



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Breakfast: whole milk 1/2 cup 80 in oatmeal 150 with stevia/cinnamon, strawberry rhubarb 2% yogurt 130. 360... coffee 50. 

snacks: pb on cracker 100, 2 kiwis 100

wrap with half avo 300 and egg 100. 400.

tofu 150, med fries 450?, ketchup - not much, wine 150. 

1800 :) total 

did my weights upper body, abs, and walked a little at the farm in queens that R and I went to late this afternoon - pet/fed animals and did a quick maze walk.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/12/2019:
I think I've said this before, but I've been thinking about going back to 1/2 oatmeal for breakfast.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
yes, you did...

during the week, i don't have oatmeal bc i eat breakfast at work and do better if it's not too big on volume / fiber like oatmeal is.

on the weekend, i LOVE oatmeal. and with a (usually) chobani yogurt, with fruit on bottom, it's like dessert for breakfast...and very filling volume-wise. it's a joy on the weekend for me as of late - maybe as of this whole past year ! yes, i do get hungry after, so i have a small snack - lately pb on a cracker (whipped pb on small 2x2 square rice cracker like 20 cal per the cracker)


BearCountryGG on 10/12/2019:
Wha i the trawberry rhubarb? Jam? WE had rhubarb at our previous houses....it was delish....it took a lot of sugar to make it usable but delish.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
believe it or not, it's a flavor of the brand called Chobani Greek yogurt, and it's pretty good. it's one of the 2% yogurts and has the fruit (strawberry rhubarb) at the bottom. so good! so no, it's not jam, but i guess you can call it that and it's part of the yogurt.


grannyannie on 10/13/2019:
That yogurt sounds nice. I sometimes have plain soy yogurt and add fresh berries and Stevia.

horn_of_plenty on 10/13/2019:
I used to do that and will prob go back to your method once I start making cooked cranberries!

I used to do plain yogurt with stevia and loved it too.

Now I’m hooked on all the tasty Chobani yogurt flavors but you inspire me to go back to basics in the winter :)



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Oct 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

wrap with 1/4 avo 200, egg 100, coffee 50.

snack: almonds

lunch:  550 all healthy.

almonds 100

dinner tofu 150, lots of pesto sauce 150 and 2 small rice cakes 50. 350 and wine 150

Pumpkin pie later 350? And milk 100

2100 tops 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/11/2019:
Have a great weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
thanks Annie!


Donkey on 10/12/2019:
PUMPKIN PIE!!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
believe it or not, it didn't taste anything like any pumpkin pie i have ever had and i really am not sure if it was pumpkin or MAYBE another squash or a mix!?!?

either way, it was "healthier" than expected and a much softer/wet consistency. even though it wasn't great, i enjoyed the crust of course...and made sure Ricky took the rest home ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
it was a homemade pie that i picked up at the Farmer's market outdoors that is set up this time of year several days a week at Rockefeller Center, in NYC by my work.


Donkey on 10/13/2019:
Maybe it was Sweet Potato Pie? Your description sounds like it could have been that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
i am not sure what it was, but the consistency wasn't great, too wet...but it may have not been pumpkin...it seemed light in color too. (it did say "pumpkin pie" though!)


BearCountryGG on 10/13/2019:
I'm thinking like Donkey...I bet it was sweet potato pie!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2019:
i am not sure what it was, but the consistency wasn't great, too wet...but it may have not been pumpkin...it seemed light in color too. (it did say "pumpkin pie" though!)



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

8:30am breakfast: wrap and egg, butter 300, cofffee 50

10am 1 chocolate 70, almonds 100

lunch: salad with dressing 150, half a burger with ketchup on a wrap 250. 400.

snacks: plum50, chocolate50, cookie 50

1150

almonds

dinner: TBD - probably keep enjoying my wine bottle (1 glass a night) at home till it's empty - change of pace for the week - not planning on a habit all the time, just that i like the taste for now.  i don't want to make a habit because it's just sugar. it's a blush wine, mix of white and red and not too sweet but def sweet enough :)

overall calories 1550

exercise bike for 15 minutes relaxed pace 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Hoping you are having a wonderful morning.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
thanks Maria.


grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
A glass of wine is no nice when relaxing in the evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
it certainly does relax you.


BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
We aren't wine drinkers here...but I used to have a beautiful wine rack that I filled just because I loved the labels.....now...years later...there sit the bottles...wonder if it's still good...or does it just get better with age?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
would be nice for you to enjoy some wine.

since you aren't a drinker, i don't recommend having too much.

it messes a bit with my blood sugar - raising it and then dropping fast, but i have been enjoying it, sipping on it in the evening - i hardly drink also, similar to you.


legcramps on 10/10/2019:
I haven't had a bottle of wine in my house for years, but I know that if I had an opened bottle, it would be lovely to enjoy a glass every so often :) why not?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
it is nice and it was relaxing. just the high cals, so I have been "working it into my daily cal structure"...seems ok, def relaxing.


grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
Bear, wine just gets better with age. I always keep wine in the house for when we are invited to our friends' house for dinner, or when we have them here. I like wine, but prefer beer.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
good to know!


BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
Annie...so it's still okay to drink....good to know...thanks!



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