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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 10, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

nice breakfast: drink 40, protein bar 250, oatmeal with hemp milk 210: 500.

snack: another bar 230, coffee

lunch: veggies, tofu 300

snack: strawberries, drink: 80

calories before gym: 1280

calories after gym: 270

total cal: 1550. well that is perfect, expected, after being at work all those hours. at least it's good for dieting, yes?! haha.

exercise: will be cardio, right after work after the snack... ate dinner in the car on the way to the gym (35-40 min away approx).gym for an hour.

i worked from 7am-7:30pm all day at the computer. when i left i went to the nearby grocery store and my eyes started to burn so bad and they were actually tearing. i couldn't even open them for a few mintues. i was staring at the computer all workday.

exercise: 45 min cardio and some weights when i got back home to the nearby gym.

i got home at 10pm. tomorrow i start work at 7am. i will need coffee! who wouldn't!? this is not the lifestyle i want but the one i have at the moment. nothing i can do.

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 01/10/2012:
Good breakfast - good plan.

hollybelle on 01/10/2012:
Good breakfast - good plan.

supercheese on 01/10/2012:
HAve a great day!

legcramps on 01/10/2012:
Have a good day!

moogy on 01/10/2012:
Maybe getting some eye drops would help on 'those' sort of days when your eyes are working overtime:) Good day HOP:)

Kati on 01/11/2012:
maybe you should think about changing your career like V. She got into TurboFire and she's on her way to be a personal trainer. I'd love to be a tennis instructor myself but I won't be able I know. Have to stay on the ground.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 09, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

today's 1750  1800 still good + yesterday's 2550 =  a modest 2175 over two days = doing good!


good breakfast: oatmeal and hemp milk and cinnamon/chocolate stevia 220, cottage cheese with extra cinnamon and stevia 110: 330 great. and some of the protein bar below.

snack:rest of bar, coffee. 250.

lunch: cooked veggies, tofu. coffee? 300.

dinner: : tomato juice. 30..later a grapefruit?100, also for lunch and after work i had a really nice dish my boss cooked, kinda like a tomato and okra stew with little bit of chicken in it. very tasty, very healthy! 300....oh, and good wrap he gave me. just the bread, made out of wheat bran. 140 or so.

snack after gym: aloe water 40, few strawberries 30, protein bar to curb my hunger! 230: 300 total. good day!

1750 = fantastic   1800 = good day. good eating for sure! and healthy!

have a gyno appt tonight after work yucko...just time to shower at a gym quick...then dinner and a walk/jog at home in my neighborhood.

i really did clean myself before the appt and felt so much better. i ran into a nearby gym and asked to see the locker room! lol. it was a really nice gym, new york sports club! i don't go there...but showered there today! lol.

exercise after my appointment: 40 min cardio. little bit of pushups and bicep curls for fun.


i have work tomorrow at 7am.


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

V on 01/09/2012:
Have a good day HOP :)

hollybelle on 01/09/2012:
Good plans - glad you are taking care of yourself with doc appt. etc.

moogy on 01/09/2012:
It sound like you are doing really well HOP, I am sure you will keep it under your 2000 hit mark today:)

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 08, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

ok, binge at breakfast: protein bar 230, chips 1120 cal - whole bag, and ice cream 480: 1830. this will not ruin my plan.  I had a lot of volume in my dinner last night, tons of veggies, maybe i will not do that next weekend. when i eat at lot a dinner, i tend to binge in the AM...

my binge has not made the whole day a wasted one! so glad i decided to get on with the day, despite a poor choice of breakfasts! :-D

snack: dried seaweed snack (it's like chips, good stuff i tell ya!) and some diet snapple juice. 50.

snack: came home around 3:30 to change but was also feeling the hunger...so had something good, bran crips that i broke up as cereal (very healthy, look it up - scandinavian bran crisps) and the hemp milk (not so good - but i like it when i add the chocolate stevia sweetener and cinnamon!): only 170 cal.

tsf: 2050, perfect for now...hey, it's not like i can just take back the morning!

dinner: will be lots of collard greens and tofu. healthy & satisfying. probably about 500.

total: 2550 cal = awesome for today. a good weekend, too. no high calorie counts, still modest in the 2000's. this is what i'm trying for & i am doing it. i may not be perfect all the time, but i feel happy about this day. and it will end on a good note, that is for sure.  It can be more difficult on the weekend to keep calories low, as many of you know.

exercise: jogging and walking at the park - we are blessed with nice weather like spring in the midwinter!, 4.5 miles; entire weight workout at the gym after my snack! great day.

will try to comment later on some journals. enjoy your weekend, ladies.



Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Supercheese on 01/08/2012:
I just told Zach he was called a hottie and you should have seen his face. Mr. Modest.......not. lol. And yes, I binged this breakfast too but!! i found that it actually makes me eat less during the day because I feel bad if that makes sense.....

moogy on 01/08/2012:
Good job getting back on track sraight away HOP, great exercise and yes, you are having a lovely winter:)

V on 01/08/2012:
Great workout today :) Have a good evening!!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 07, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

weight is just about 124.5. i'm back and ready to go lower! so awesome...because if i think about it, last time this year i was approx. 10 lbs heavier. i'm doing good! Lost about 10 lbs in a year. Let me do this again!...but this time in fast foward motion, 10 lbs in 3 months.

plans today include appointment, picking up deli lunch for grandma and taking it with me to visit her, walk with her, see  my best friend and go to mall with her, dinner with my best friend. plans = a good day and no binge! today is gonna rock.

tomorrow = one or two classes of yoga and cooking. i will even cook in the AM if i need to. I have tons of veggies that i want to prepare. this also means i will not be buying much prepared foods (healthy but majorly expensive) this week. i have pretty much enough.

i may stop at the mall food court, because they actually have a VERY healthy steamed collard greens! awesome. with onion. in a southern style restaurant. and you can buy as much as you want...they sell it by weight, so it's also a tad pricey because they are cooked similiar to spinach and therefore weigh a lot on the scale with all the "water weight."

5am woke up a lil hungry: 230 protein bar, pretty healthy type. :-)

6:30am: drink 40, cottage cheese 110

tsf: good - 380. great.

hmm, maybe 2500? not sure. but all is good. some jogging in the AM and some walking in the PM at the mall. no binge. all is good.

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

V on 01/07/2012:
Have fun with your Grandma!

grannyannie on 01/07/2012:
Good attitude. You know you do it! Enjoy visiting your grandma.

Kati on 01/08/2012:
i really love the way to write everyday. Your enthusiasm is very contagious, I have to tell you. :) 10 lbs per year is a very healthy and maintainable approach.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 06, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

125 lbs right now. good. :-) now time for real progress!

breakfast: hot cereal w. added flax 170, extra brown rice milk 70, cinnamon 240, 2 ounces of a health food drink 20. 260. protein bar 230, 490.

snack: two more bites left of that bar, coffee, coffee, coffee.

lunch: probably my healthy lunch from yesterday that's sitting in the fridge?450? lots of jalepenos! 550 lunch. (lunch was some seaweed salad prepared, tofu, SALMON!, squash, some of bosses salad that he made me. in tahini sauce.

snack: fruit 100, sugar free monster approx 100 still....oh! some crackers 50 more. 150

light dinner: tofu and butternut squash 200 at most...

snack: chips 150, protein bar 230

1780 or so....awesome!

exercise: hour walk at night after eating and weights earlier in the evening. perfect.

only weekend plan having to do with food: eat as much healthy as i want to and don't overeat. that's all. even 2200's are fine for Saturday and Sunday. need to have that leeway of i begin to feel VERY deprived and will binge! and i cannot afford another binge. I have a cruise to attend to in April! :-D

sooo...400-500 cal burned today! wahooooooooooooooo!

time to get some much needed rest...!



Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

selina on 01/06/2012:
Hi HOP! Happy New Year to you!

grannyannie on 01/06/2012:
You're doing great! Have a lovely day!

Kati on 01/06/2012:
coffee coffee coffee ... try to get some real sleep instead, girl :( You cannot burn the engine at 125% all the time... That backfires!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 05, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

(I do not think I really lost weight though, this week. I had binged 4000 calories, so really I broke even, averaging out those calories to about 2000 with tuesday, wed, and today's calories, so at least that's good.) will work towards real weight loss though! this is exciting. i know i'm gonna do it. 115 lbs by the cruise is my goal! hard but fantastic. i'm gonna feel so good when i reach it.


BIG breakfast, good!: oatmeal w. added flax and extra brown rice milk: 240, bar 230: 470, good.

snack: rest of the bar from breakfast, couple bites, coffee, coffeee, coffee, oh, did i say coffee?! couple candies. 50.

lunch: very healthy, again. seaweed salad, tofu, squash, some salmon! 450. will eat that tomorrow! my boss bought a VERY HEALTHY lunch for myself and another coworker. grilled chicken on salad, some jalepenos too! love those!, and two slices healthy and even on the smaller side whole wheat toast. good lunch! and i had some chicken leftover that i had after working out after work. 500 total.

1000 - at most! :-).......

snack: drink, grapefruit 100

dinner: rest of the salad mentioned above. also, cottage cheese w. extra extra extra cinnamon lol....and chocolate stevia. made my sweetleaf and i really love it.

total cal: approx 1200. freakin perfection to the 'T' calories are actually a bit low, but as of now i'm satisfied.  1450 cal, had a bar right before bed....was hungry!

exercise: 45 min of elliptical, jogging, walking. also some bicep curls for fun and pushups.

 1450, for me, means 800 calories lost today...ok, i may be exaggerating, but i usually calculate 2200 to be my calorie needs. yes, my calorie needs are probably lower, but i feel good to calculate from 2200/2250 as my top number. makes me feel like i have some leeway, you know? so, 2200-1200 for today = 1000 calorie loss today. 1/3 lb lost today! wow. i haven't eaten this low in a long time. i also don't expect this from myself everyday. it cannot be kept up, in my mind, very healthfully all the time, eating so low in cal, that is.


i will try to be in bed on time tonight so that i can fully rest and feel good tomorrow, FRIDAY!

for the weekend i don't have many plans nor want many plans. i want to do yoga and feel good, not be running around/out late at night this weekend, no way. i also want to cook everything i bought before all the veggies spoil. i've had some for about 2 weeks and they are still good, but not for long. i will make some stirfries and other tasty veggie dishes.

chocolate stevia ...i put it in my hot cereals, water, cottage cheese/yogurt....and it can really be put in anything...if you are a baker, you could probably add it to bread/muffins/etc.

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

V on 01/05/2012:
Have a good day!

Kati on 01/05/2012:
I love your enthusiasm :) It's working, happening indeed!!!! :D

Umpqua on 01/05/2012:
Great food list!

liza36 on 01/05/2012:
You mentioned a cruise yesterday. Where and when are you going? I've never been on one, but here they are great. One of these days...

~WI~ on 01/05/2012:
A cruise sounds like a lovely goal treat!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 04, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

boy is it a cold one this AM! It's in the 'teens!

Breakfast: filling. nice warm wheat cereal with lots of fiber and like 7g protein, added flax, made with hemp milk! probably won't buy it again, but so interesting! 230. and protein bar 230. 460.

snack: bar? 230? coffee!

lunch: healthy! around 500..little bit of prepared seaweed salad (seasoned) YUM!, chicken, half a nice veggie wrap, some of a cooked butternut squash.

snack: grapefruit,

total before gym: 1400.

dinner: some of a wrap that was part of lunch but i didn't have it 150, salad (not even gonna count it, no dressing, small salad), kombucha 60, yogurt 100. 310.

total: perfect, come on! 1710, can't get much better. eating to low causes me to binge, this is great!

didn't get as much sleep as i wanted to, an hour less, to under 7 hours...will work on that tonight! except for pushups/biceps, no weights tonight must get to bed early!

exercise: cardio, 45 min of walking/jogging. little bit of dumbell lifts for fun - biceps.

I'm going on a cruise, and i'm losing the weight. that's final! :-D proud of myself. no more nonsense. as long as i have healthy food at work, i can achieve this goal! it's happening!

500 more cals, gone!

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Kati on 01/04/2012:
Once I saw an article or tv-show (don't remember exactly the type) where people were teaching how to exercise in bed. No, I mean, alone. :)

supercheese on 01/04/2012:
does hemp milk taste good? Have a great day! And haha to kati!

liza36 on 01/04/2012:
It's freezing here too. Hope you can get some more sleep.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 03, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

I will exercise right after work in the gym next door tonight....haven't done that for a couple weeks! :-)  traffic should be bad, so i will try to stay in the neighborhood and drive home late!

Breakfast: big bowl oatmeal and rice milk: 200, all natural protein bar, some water with chocolate stevia, mix of ginger tea/orange spice tea. 400

snack: bar? maybe...yes! 250

lunch: VERY healthy, bought prepared,but all natural foods...400 or so.

snack: drink, grapefruit 100 big one.

dinner: protein bar 200, cottage cheese with my favorites: chocolate stevia liquid sooooo goood! sold on amazon.com and tons of cinnamon, when i say tons, i mean much more than a full teaspoon. and kombucha. 400.

total: a very, very, very successful day because i had it planned with all the right foods! 1550, very prefect. on my way to losing one pound PER WEEK!

500 calories gone today, making good progress. in 6 more days, i can lose a full pound.  I should definitely be able to accomplish my April goal - as long as i have healthy, low cal food around at all times. i will make sure of that! :-)

exercise: 45 min of cardio and some pushups/weights for fun.


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

chubbycat on 01/03/2012:
Hey :3 Have a nice day. Very tasty breakfast.

V on 01/03/2012:
Have a good day!

liza36 on 01/03/2012:
Enjoy your workout!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 02, 2012
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

8am: Big, filling breakfast: fiber one and brown rice milk: 310, yogurt w. apple butter, 120, healthy protein bar (all natural) 190: 620. a bit much, but tasty and eaten at 8am, not 5am. lol, i plan to go to bed early. should not be hard to eat a good amount of calories today and not overindulge.

snack 11am: bar 190 cal and a healthy drink 40

Snack 1pmcranberries 50

late 2:30pm lunch: pita chips 200, whitefish 200, chicken 300, ice cream 250: 950 (eeesh!) i was really hungry after a walk at the park, 4-5 miles.

snack: cottage cheese 110 with added cinnamon and chocolate stevia flavor, really good!

dinner: veggies, tofu, some microwave snack size eggroll type things

around 2250 cal today, maybe a hair higher. good.

exercise: 4-5 mi in the early afternoon, 1.5 mi in the evening, some weights, great!


MARCH: I will be seeing many past colleagues and friends all month, I will try to get into the 'teens by then....below 120!

APRIL: I want to be at goal, 115 lbs, by the cruise.

This is the plan. I am 5'1" so this is a doable plan, for sure. not too low in weight for someone of my size.  I am going to try, hard, to get there. :-D

Really, I will have to work on eating better still, less caffeine, and, most importantly, getting MUCH MORE SLEEP. with more sleep, everything is easier. for the past few months, because of working overtime, I have not been getting enough sleep any night of the week and it's paying a huge toll on my mental and phyiscal stamina & health. i literally feel like garbage most weekends and even during the week. It's a horrible feeling. This holiday weekend I felt horrible, all weekend.

Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

V on 01/02/2012:
Have a good day HOP :)

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 31, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 124.5

So, it took me 5 months to lose around 10 lbs. I hope to lose the next 10 lbs in half the time....think I can do it? Think I can make it last? Gonna try!


New Year's Entry, Jan. 1, 2012:

new year's resolution: to lose 10 lbs. and get to 115 lbs....I also just booked a cruise to the Caribbean (with Carnival...should be a party!) in April, so that's motivation to lose weight, no!?  I could actually lose all the weight by then, but that's pushing it. So I'm just gonna continue to try my best, day in, day out. and not binge.

Today is going to be a good day, I will make it so!

8am Breakfast: small bagel with cream cheese and some lightly sweetened green tea: 350 - good.

10:30am Morning Snack: ice cream sandwich 240, healthy protein bar 190, coconut water, 70: 500. good.

12:30pm snack: healthier  protein bar 200

2pm lunch: small bagel w. cream cheese, tomato juice (hot and spicy flavor) - 300

4:30pm snack healthy! - some whitefish 200, popcorn 100.

snack: granola bar 130

dinner: yellow pepper 50, microwave meal 370 (eggplant rollettes)

2200. good.

so far, mostly healthy foods, some not as much. moderation.

exercise: weights 1.5 hours, walk 1 hr. good.  Feeling so much better after the weight workout!

 How I will get to my goal weight, 10 lbs to lose - maybe a little over 10 lbs at the moment, but I refuse to weigh myself right now! :-)...

1. January - Lose approx. 5 lbs

2. February - Lose approx. 5 lbs

3. March - Lose approx. 5 lbs

If I can lose just this little, little! amount of weight, even less than 5 lbs per month!, I will reach my goal. Boy, this sounds so simple, even almost EASY. I can do this, I can do this, I will win this once and for all - and forever. I will shine....I will not let myself down. I will accomplish this goal.


Progress as of today: 10.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Kati on 01/01/2012:
i also had a major sweet binge yesterday.. but today is 2012 and we're going to recover! :D

V on 01/01/2012:
Sorry you didn't get a chance to party last night..I hope you can sort out the binging and put it past you this year! Have a good evening :)

Donkey on 01/01/2012:
Love the idea of a cruise. Personally, I'd cut myself some slack and go for 10 pounds. 3 3 and 3 (with an extra one in there somewhere). Give it some consideration. But I know you're an overachiever... Takes one to know one ;-)

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