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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Midnight lil appetite  Banana 120

breakfast 9am egg and wrap 130 1/4 avocado 70, some salami 50, coffee 50

snack tbd maybe some nice nuts and blueberries 200

11-12 orange 100, wrap 50 ham 150, avocado 50

2pm protein bar very good ! 200 wow !

4pm nuts and a drink 300


1500 nice and healthy :-) 

2250 total - good mix!



From later today thru Wednesday there's too many people in the house ! Just gotta deal with 3 annoying days then home free ;) 

i am being a decent guest. Cooked 18 eggs for the week hard boiled for sandwiches, bought good things like lots of avocados and water and some deli meats....toilet paper 

I am doing some sandwich prep for rosie and hubby when they go to work for breakfast 

 and today there's literally no towels left so I'm doing all laundry OR can't shower!!!!Mine and theirs....

But time is ticking so I will soon shower once I have a dry towel! Then I'm off to take a walk with the dog and since it's hot I'll wear shorts and a bathing suit top to get a tan !



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

Maria7 on 01/13/2019:
I like bananas, too. Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2019:
They are great to relax body for sleep and also when I exercise :-) now I also am going to switch to coconut water for potassium Bc. It's low calories !!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
I just got some cocnut water again...not really fond of it....but it's healthy!

horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2019:
I like it a lot :-) more potassium than a banana....wow this laundry is taking forever and I need a darn towel !!

graindart on 01/13/2019:
I miss the ocean. Have never lived near it and probably wouldn't want to, but love visiting.

Sounds like your vacation is actually going to be relaxing for you. Our little vacation getaways are rarely relaxing. I usually treat vacation time as time to cram as much fun stuff into as possible. Although the cruise this past Summer was pretty low-key with no real set schedules.

Good job on maintaining and enjoy the warmth, while the rest of us are freezing our butts off!

horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2019:
Since I am alone and not with a buddy 24/7 like most vacations it makes it easier to enjoy the slow pace and just enjoy the weather :-) and freedom !

graindart on 01/13/2019:
Last beach we were at was in June just after the cruise. Probably best day I've ever had at a beach in my adult life. We timed it so the tide was going out and it was a day where most people were working.

Found tons of different sea shells and I found a black colored sand dollar (have only seen gray before).

Got within about 30 feet of a large mature bald eagle that was just walking around looking in the tide pools. Got lots of photos and video since he didn't appear worried about us being relatively close to him for 2 or 3 minutes.

Walked through lots of clam fields where they were shooting up 3' tall fountains of water (reminded me of Vegas fountains).

Almost got hit by a falling clam shell (seagulls fly them up and drop them trying to break them open).

And some of the best fish & chips I can remember.

Hoping to get to another beach this summer. Hoping to take the wife to Hawaii for our 20th anniversary, but haven't finalized plans yet (should really get that done soon).

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
I hope you do get to Hawaii this year ! That'd be a stimulus to maintain your shape !

Donkey on 01/13/2019:
How nice that you have another week there!

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Nice but seems weird as I might be hanging out with her 16 yr old boy cousin ?!

He lives 3 hours away - this just came up and weird....

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
The apartment sounds like it quite big in order to sleep that many people.

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Very spacious- it housed 8 people last night - all family except me :-)

Now 6 tonight until Thursday night 4 left...

Then 5 folks saturday thru Tuesday !

Pretty crazy huh?!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha and extra kombucha 100

blueberries 100 

Noon Wrap 60 1/2 small avocado 150, little spinach, tasty ham 100!, mustard !!! 300 and fresh apple 100. 400 and so good! 

Sample meat and rice 200 at supermarket and coconut water 100, Atkins tasty cookie dough bar soon after from supermarket 200

5pm granola bar and coffee 200 Abdul candy 50 More candy 120 and banana 139 250

great workout going on :-)

Protein bar  after workout 250

1850 - great start to the week !



 Plan for today is laundry, walk, food shopping , maybe another deli meat, pool and gym...I think her hubby is happy to relax alone also for some of the day !!! Gotta do gym :-)

I'm not alone buy staying with her hubby today - he stayed behind from the wedding - which in all honesty is better actually Bc he will take care of dog and he offered a I take dog on a nice, long walk! We will also go buy more eggs so I can continue to make egg and salami or egg and avocado wraps for them and myself !! Very nice and satisfying !! The protein cookies I found are good and I want to take photos and see what brand they were !  I'll walk again to 7-11 to check...I think they are there!





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

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
What's the weather like today? Please - it's going to snow here soon, and I want to live vicariously.

Your vacation, my boss' stay this month on Sanibel Island, and Nice Lady at Work's vacay in Florida have me re-evaluating moving (some day) to Vegas.

I take it the wedding is today :)

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Weather has been wonderful. Low 70's! Yesterday in the sun it felt upper 70s in the morning! Tomorrow is a beach day! I'll find a way to go...or just stick around at the pool, 2 min walk away! When alone it's easy to do the simpler things and with them doing a long drive back tomorrow nobody may be up for the beach ?

I'm having fun relaxing and eating moderately!!

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Last night was good meeting up with a friend from ny who moved to Florida.

BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
This time of year Florida is very nice...but in the summer it is overwhelmingly hot during the day.....( the reason that there are so many snowbirds)......( people that go back to the original home in the summer)....but right now is the nicest time to be there...good choice on that.....

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
I agree :)

BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
I don't know if you are walking near water or pools or drainage ditches but they have a lot of alligators near those...all over the place..When we were on vacation there one hung around the fence that was around the pool in Bradenton...and a friend regularly posts pictures of one that hangs around her parking lot at work...so be careful.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Ok I'll take this into account!!!!

BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
I forgot...another friend has seen them in her ditch when it's wet.......and she is 15 miles from the gulf.....yeah...they are some nasty critters.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Lol way to scare me while i de stress on vaca ;)

BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
Don't be scared...just be watchful......the dog is probably used to them.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
lol it's been great so far .... relaxing vaca

Maria7 on 01/12/2019:
We like eggs, too. They go a long way. Glad you are having a nice, relaxing time on your vacation. That is the best kind.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
I'm pretty lucky it's def a good pace right now and not too expensive

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

7 day avg very good around 2050 per day :-)

 Friday 1800-2050 or so total :-)

 Kombucha 60 followed by pooping = excellent Bc usually I dont on vacation !

wrap 60 egg 80 and salami 50 mustard so good 200

2 protein cookies 180 and coffee 50 too strong lol 250

500 craving a salad going to work with my host for the afternoon to plan trip a d read and chill and meet her bosses ?! She asked me to come !

Protein cookie 100

Candy and orange 100

No big lunch but planning dinner and prob drinks later and prob a coffee or bakery treat :-) before that ..... and dinner seriously needs veggies - cooked ones !!!..craving them like crazy !!!!

Chocolate martini 250 ?

sesweed salad 250

shrimp and mushroom big salad 400

couple tastes eel sushi 100









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

BearCountryGG on 01/11/2019:
What brand of protein cookies?

horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2019:
They were so good but I threw the package out - I'll check when I go back again to the store - very decent.

Maria7 on 01/11/2019:
Hope you have a good dinner. Veggies are always good.

horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2019:
Oh yes !!!! She got gastric bypass I hope she doesn't mind my big appetite !!!! Uh oh !! I didn't know !!

Donkey on 01/11/2019:
Wow, your friend had gastric bypass! Fascinating! How long has she had it? I know you have to really watch what you eat and how much you eat after having that done, or you run into problems...

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
I think she smokes, but, she's had it since 2014 and was over 30 when she did it so at least an adult. She was a former psychologist and therapist with a masters degree, besides a horn player !! So, she studied a TON and read the entire manual given to her, very thick, and did her own research. She has maintained since 2014. She was ready to improve her life. She's very well spoken and I know a great therapist she was and she communicates extremely well with people and she gave rosie great advice regarding her aunt and nutty family situations right now going on Bc wedding and family staying in this house !

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
When is the family wedding? Is that today?

Hate to mention it, but when do you head on back? Don't come back now - there's too much snow headed towards NYC!

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Yes they are driving from Fort Lauderdale up to Orlando today. Wedding is at 5pm and they are staying up there for the night. All the women went - rosie , her sister, her aunt and aunts daughter.

I stayed behind as well as husband. Today will be relaxed and easy. Catch up and do laundry buy more eggs and walk and gym!!! Catch up on healthy choices while on vacation ! So easy. It's been very nice so far in Florida :)

So they left around 10am today and won't return until around noon or later on Sunday . Nice ..I should do my own laundry tomorrow morning instead of today!!!

Also well be washing sheets and towels :-)

When away 2 weeks, it's more like living healthy than a party :) for me at least !ty donkey..

Aunt leaves this coming Wednesday or Thursday but I leave the next week, Tuesday the 22nd! I have literally an extra week !!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Kombucha 60, wrap 80, egg 70 and salami 50

250....candies 50

Wrap and salami 100

hoping for gym in a little bit...coffee and protein cookies 300 candies 60

At gym candy and chocolate 140 

2 yogurts and a protein bar 450


6day: 2070 per day 



turns out More family Is here with rosie and Kareem. And it seems fine - but her aunt has something horrid up her butt meaning she's horribly rude and nasty since I met her.  Her 17 year old daughter is not better. But Rosie's sister 33 yrs old is a doll!!!





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

Donkey on 01/10/2019:
Wow, isn't that kind of weird to be there while other family is there visiting too? That's too bad about the aunt and cousin. Weird....

Hope you're having a fabulous seafood dinner tonight!

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
Yes it was very random I chose to came the same weekend of a family wedding of hers !! A total oops but blessing in disguise Bc they will be outta town at least 24 hours and I can go to gym and use extra car to go to beach I'm thinking for earlier in the day :-)

No dinner besides snacks tonight - I skipped on the pizza since I didn't contribute $$$ and her aunt paid....and I don't generally eat pizza :)

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
Yes it was very random I chose to came the same weekend of a family wedding of hers !! A total oops but blessing in disguise Bc they will be outta town at least 24 hours and I can go to gym and use extra car to go to beach I'm thinking for earlier in the day :-)

No dinner besides snacks tonight - I skipped on the pizza since I didn't contribute $$$ and her aunt paid....and I don't generally eat pizza :)

Maria7 on 01/11/2019:
Going to the beach sounds like FUN! Glad you are having a good vacation. Hope you have a good day today.

horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2019:
Thank you - I'll prob make it to just the pool tomorrow and beach next week :-)

horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2019:
6 day 3070

horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2019:

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 09, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

2250 :-)


Early: banana 150

10am Breakfast oatmeal 100, with a "fruity cereal" flavored protein powder yum 100, almond milk 50, lots of cooked cranberries 100.  ...filling...needed that!

12pm lunch before leaving: 1/2 turkey burger on a wrap 200, with ketchup and mustard. and some popcorn 150. total 350...trying to be moderate in general, eating out tonight :)

1-2pm Snacks: TBD 3 starbursts, Atkins coconut Choc bar 200

3-6pm snacks decaf coffee and pop chips on plane and a chocolate 200

1300....craving Chinese veggies !!

Dinner: out to eat somewhere in FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhh! i already have plans, yay!


It's 10:35am and i'm just finishing a tasty breakfast and relaxing on the couch! cheers to a nice, later flight! I am leaving my apt at 12:30, getting there around 1pm for a 2:45pm flight! Getting to Fort Lauderdale at  6pm tonight. Once there, my friends Rosie and her hubby Kareem will pick me up and i plan to directly take them to dinner, followed then hopefully by a supermarket food shopping for me to pick up some basics to have for the morning and days we're staying at home at her condo.

For now, i have to finish packing...then shower. haha...

....will try not to blow up facebook with too many vacation posts all day, everyday for 14 days...but, will def post some...

...also need to be careful WHO i'm sharing with...meaning, not share EVERYTHING with work folks.

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

BearCountryGG on 01/09/2019:
Have a great time.....

horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2019:
Ty BCGG :-)

Donkey on 01/09/2019:
Nice Lady at my office went to Florida two weeks ago. I think she'd move there to stay, if she could. She's already booked the condo for the end of 2019, LOL.

Hopefully you will find a lot of fresh fish and fruits & vegetables on the menus. Enjoy!

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
Omg this is weird her family is so weird !!!! In the car coming home from the airport....help?!

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
And they are saying trump is the bomb and telling me a NYC girl that trump is the best and they are from Toronto wtf?!

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
These two - mom and daughter are not my type !!! And the daughter is 17 and sick with bronchitis!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
Aunt and cousin are true bitches biattchess

Maria7 on 01/10/2019:
Hope you have a happy vacation.

horn_of_plenty on 01/10/2019:
Ty Maria !!!!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

4day: 2175...happy to sleep and that's about it right now! :)

Sweeter Kombucha 100

wrap 80, half turkey burger 70, extra Palak spinach 250?, some chocolates 50

snacks: tbd - probably the atknis coconut chocolate bar...150

Lunch: soup and root veggies i made 100, chicken leftovers from coworker 250 (bigger amounts) and a potato croquette 200? 600 :)

2-3pm Snacks: 3 clementines 100

4pm and almonds 100

6pm chocolate 100, put my stuff down, grabbed a drink and headed out for a half hour stroll since it was rather warm  around 40-45 degrees.

Dinner: will be mostly Indian leftovers ...okra leftovers 250 with this hearts of palm noodle (calories too minimal to count!) i've been wanting to try (it's very filling), wrap 120 with half turkey burger 80, and a good amount of palak spinach 200?. total here: 650.


planning to enjoy the night, head to bed soon, shower and finishing packing in the morning since i'm not getting picked up until 12:30pm to go to the airport, i'd rather finish in the morning the packing bc i cannot think about it right now, almost 8pm...just gonna rest and sleep! :)


Today's my last day of work before flying out at 2pm to Florida tomorrow. I'll get there around 6pm, my friend Rosie and her Husband Kareem will pick me up at the FLL airport :)

I have to remember to pack some makeup / foundation tonight, as well as a nair clipper / scissor, and jewelery! Those are basically the things i haven't already packed from the previous weekend when i was packing :)

I don't have to wake up early tomorrow bc i am being picked up by taxi to airport at noon. :) This is good because i haven't slept great the past two nights :) and it'll be nice to wake up later tomorrow morning :-) ..and i have a goal to try to pack just about everything and close the suitcase and other travel bag completely before the night ends tonight. Then, i can simply relax tomorrow leading up to the flight :) 

I've considered taking sleeping pills with me. I do want to...like my first night in florida, at their place, if she works on that thursdy, i'd appreciate just being able to sleep till they are outta the condo...then just get to the gym. that's my goal for Thursday.

Friday only goal is to meet up with a friend for a walk at Hollywood Beach which is near Fort Lauderdale where i'm staying.

So, basically, i have plans for the first two days, simple and relaxed. The folks i'm staying with don't know these plans - lol - so these plans may change! ...but for now, that's the tentative plans :)

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

graindart on 01/08/2019:
One more wakeup before Florida. Should be nice having temperatures 30-40 degrees warmer than NYC.

horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2019:
I'd like to agree with that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donkey on 01/08/2019:
Oh I hope you have a wonderful time!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2019:
thank you so much <3

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha 50 3 day 2175

Breakfast wrap 80, egg 170, Palak spread larger amount 200. 

10am some chocolates 50

snack: Bar 200

Lunch: coworker cooked it for me, not kidding! and i brought my own veggie soup as a filler...since she cooked potato croquettes 200 i think it's called and chicken 250? but i have the veggie soup to join it. 100 maybe i share my soup with her.!!! 550.

3pm & 4pm snacks: few raisinets 50, almonds 50

snack before workout, coffee from work 50 and a cruddy brown rice krispie treat (i'd rather eat them, than throw them out!) 80. 150 approx

1/2 the package Cooked cranberries with stevia and saffron and 2 clementines 100

8pm started workout....during workout: THREE bananas (over the course of two hours of a really poor workout, very weak! i guess i'm still recovering from skipped workouts all December, 3 skipped workouts), , sf drinks...etc.400, few chocolate chips stevia sweetened also in that 400 count...just doing whatever it is i have to do tonight...(see graindart, i'm being a weirdo!)


after workout (workouts have been terrible lately, but better than skipping any more...pushpus are so bad!) : Protein bar that tasted good. 250, and now i'll stop eating...(i could have binged now, but that wouldn't be smart)...must be the traveling anxiety...? anyways, feeling good and bed is calling my name... :)  The workout practiccally took from 8-10:30, i need to strengthen up!

2200 :)

3day avg:

then a nice, sleepy bedtime for me! ...looking forward to cuddling up with myself in my bed lol...


Last night i did a smart thing! On my way home, before getting on the bus to take me into my neighborhood, I got a nice, tasty new coffee from Starbucks called the nitro. It's literally nitrogen whipped into coffee.  It's a whipped coffee, no cals. It doesn't even need milk if you don't want to add it because with stevia it tastes amazing as is!

After the coffee, as soon as i got into my apt, i took my jacket off and started up with laundry right away. It wasn't too much and i'm glad i did it.

After that, i started up the veggie soup using the remainder of my fresh root veggies (carrots and parsnips, also an onion) mixed with 2 cups bone broth and 4 cups regular chicken broth. I didn't add any extra spices as i'm content on a chicken soup flavor right now and the soup mixes are are already flavored.

I also decided to just do it ;)....and broiled up a package of turkey burgers i had bought to cook for close to before i go away, so i have good protein to eat now. I'm glad i didn't waste those. I had one for dinner :)

Have a good day all, the caffeine yesterday helped me to get a lot done last night, perfect way to end the Sunday night. I wasn't even tired doing it....but went to bed late so i'm tired this AM hahaha. 


I have a weights workout tonight, then i'm done till i do another one in Florida. Maybe Thursday.

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

BearCountryGG on 01/07/2019:
Good job preparing all of your future meals last night...the contents of your freezer will look mighty delicious when you get home from your trip. Ane it will be great for the wallet too.

horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
thank you, so glad i just did it. wasn't hard, just threw the cut up sliced veggies into the slow cooker. luckily i woke up accidentally at midnight and that's when i took everything out and packaged the beautiful soup into the fridge :)

i will be happy to have things at home that taste fine and i can bring to work. and healthy and low cal...and $$$ friendly! yes, YES!

graindart on 01/07/2019:
Not a coffee drinker and have only been in Starbucks once in my life (date night with the wife who doesn't drink coffee either). But thought of an alternative produce that they need to introduce.

Alongside the "Nitro" with infused nitrogen, they need to come out with the "Urkel" and infuse it with helium. (Steve Urkel - Family Matters reference)

Good job staying consistent. Florida vacation so close you can probably taste it.....

horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
haha...so people could walk around with funny, high-pitched voices!? haha...it's too funny the things starbucks has come up with!

thanks, Grains. having a tired, hungry day but just going along with it and enjoying it...

BearCountryGG on 01/07/2019:
"Did I do that?"........

horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
glad it's all DONE :) if that's what you meant!

graindart on 01/07/2019:
Bear, I caught the reference. HOP, copy and paste when done with work:


horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
i shall take a look in a bit .........

Horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
LOL....is that what she meant!?!!? urckle.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
lol i guess she did mean that !!! :) with helium...

Donkey on 01/07/2019:
I do not think they sell the Nitro coffee at our immediate Starbucks. However, there may be others in the area that do. That definitely sounds like something I have to try!

LOL on the YouTube!

horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2019:
Yeah they sell it at like 50% of the Starbucks by me :-) it's so good ! And sweeter just add stevia and doesn't need milk at all!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Happy Sunday!  Hoping you are all having a wonderful weekend.

9am Oatmeal 150, almond milk  50, craisins 50, stevia, cinnamon..icelandic yogurt 130...hair of kombucha 20..

11am I never ate the wrap i brought, so, i will eat it for breakfast tomorrow. shouldn't have really spoiled as it wasn't hot today. lol. instead i had pb cheese crackers. 200 and a seltzer.

3pm we ate, had a big meal that made me sleepy for the commute back home from NYC but it was healthy. rice 300, fried tofu 300 and veggies big portion 300. 900 around, tops.

5pm 12oz coffee (the new Nitro) from starbucks. this drink is awesome once it comes to a starbucks by you. it's literally whipped coffee...but no calories. they mix nitrogen into the coffee, for real! it's AWESOME especially when sweetened with stevia. doesn't really even need milk, but i took some. 50

5:30pm back at home rushed to put laundry in around 5:15pm so i don't have to do TONS when i get home. most of my stuff was packed already before this week started, so it's just clothes and towels that aren't coming with me, but good to wash ahead of the trip, duh. i'm glad i wasn't home all day thinking of the trip. :) had a clementine 50.

200 in cauliflower nacho flavor crackers (very good), and then a turkey burger 150 in a light wrap 70 with ketchup and mustard, some fresh mini peppers on the side 30. total here: 450.  this was a nice, satisfying meal. i'm glad to get good protein in.

2050, i'm going to be happy and leave it right this way, 2050!

2day avg: 2150.



 My commenting and journaling may be a bit off or different this month, right now, as i'm preoccupied with the trip, finishing work out these two days, exercise tomorrow night....just going through all the motions right now until Wednesday :)  things seem to be turning out very well..


seeing the Big Apple Circus today at noon at a circus tent outside Lincoln Center in NYC! $19  tickets. with friend christine. made plans on purpose, keeping myself busy so i'm not getting anxious before the trip! the last hurrah again! a fun time as work is easy this week, just a two-day week and it's been good with a 3-day week last week. Making the most of everything!

Ok, I gotta take a quick shower and get outta this apt.  gotta also bring a small wrap for lunch as we're not gonna get food before the noon show which is good bc i got tooooo many leftovers and leaving Wednesday morning!

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

Donkey on 01/06/2019:
Good to keep busy while you wait. I can't imagine what working will be like for you this short week -- Horn looks like she's working, but the thought-bubble above her head is already on the beach!

Smart idea to take your own lunch. Serves 2 purposes: healthy planning and cleaning out your fridge.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2019:
some of my food will get wasted, sad about this. i don't think i can freeze raw veggies, can i? to cook when i get back? root veggies. i don't think so...

BearCountryGG on 01/06/2019:
Enjoy the circus!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2019:
it was rather good. there were extra misses and mistakes but it shows how hard the acts are. for instance, there was a net for the flying trapeze final acts and one guy was supposed to fly into the other guys hands and swing together, but he wasn't caught.

and like a juggler never got the ball onto the box above his head...

...but the circus was all in good fun and the music was a live band which i love. and overall, it's amazing what people can do physically. i enjoyed being there and so did my friend.

Donkey on 01/06/2019:
Maybe consider freezing your leftovers if you don't finish before leaving. You won't feel like going grocery shopping when you get back into town.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2019:
oh my gosh! great idea on my leftovers that don't get eaten. that's even a good idea to pick up something extra before i go to have at home when i get home...good advice. i may try to cook the veggies now...make a small veggie soup maybe in a little bit. to finish everything off and then freeze :)

great idea to freeze any leftovers!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2019:
plus, it seems my dad wants to pick me up from airport at 2pm the day i get home (sorta close to his work)...and drive me to his house to get the hamster that day!!!! so weird! so, it will already be a longer day of commuting with the extra traveling time home to get the hamster...if that's what he wants to do. so weird! it's funny the only plan i have so far on the trip is my dad picking me up after it's over from the airport! i don't know why he was so eager to have the hamster back with me midweek!?

BearCountryGG on 01/06/2019:
You can par boil veggies and then freeze...anything that can go into soup can be boiled in broth or water and then frozen.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2019:
so then i must cook veggies to freeze them, right?

i decided to slow cook a veggie soup with the leftover onion, carrots and parsnips. glad did not throw them away, after making special trips a couple weeks ago just to buy them! :) i'm going to have good eats when i return.

so, like you were saying, freeze veggies after they are cooked, right?

BearCountryGG on 01/06/2019:
Sure...you can freeze them after cooking........It would work well to package them in single servings to pull out and prepare for 1 meal at a time.....I don't think you could freeze raw veggies to well...cook them and then freeze....you will have some meals ready to go when you get back home.

horn_of_plenty on 01/06/2019:
Okay I will totally do this !!!!! Everything is cooked and I'm fridge and I'll move things to freezer tomorrow

OhioRaven on 01/07/2019:
Man, Horny. You are still a very busy girl. It all sounds great.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/07/2019:
thanks OR, i'm a happy girl right now!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Breakfast at parents coffee 50, taste of a dried plum 50, oatmeal  with milk and water 200, yougurt cinnamon stevia 140, large Chinese fried couple chips  from last night 100

11pm chocolate 100

12:30pm wrap 80 egg 80 cream spinach Indian 250 400, later a grapefruit 100 (almost forgot about it!)

 Tasty protein bites 200, Coffee 100 

apple 100, butter popcon 100 (a bit tired so, resting up and having some extra carbs until i start a workout, 7:30pm or so).

during workout: def a banana...2 bananas 250 (workout lasted 7:30-10:30 on and off with doing other things), small clementine

11pm after workout: egg, 80, indian okra 200, wrap 80. approx 350, fine!


night night. 


ran a lot of errands today, after I got hair highlighted for a good price. went to use a few coupons at a couple stores having sales. but before the errands, i was really tired, so i went to bed and woke up an hour later. that was nice....

i was out doing errands from around 3-5:30pm. came home to rest on couch before i start a workout at home :)

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

Donkey on 01/05/2019:
Last weekend before Florida!!! What I love about your posts is that you show how much you can eat and still pretty much maintain.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
better than last year with the eating and still maintaining.

last year i was in a trailer and it was not good. it was a very cold winter, so it wasn't fun to go out walking at lunch - 5 degrees F is a bit cold! also, i couldn't even move anywhere around the trailer during the day so i was constantly sitting. so, no extra walking. i also never took a longer lunch break than 30min. i also wasn't use to the commute and didn't do long walks home yet from the subway, like i do now a couple times a week, around 3mi! lastly, i was burning great cals at the start of winter last year, but then got very sick throughout January with a cold / bronchitis, so i lost strength and lost out on many weightlifting sessions. ended up in losing weight but then gaining like 5lbs...which was my limit!

oh, also in the trailer, NOBODY had good eating habits. they ordered pizza all the time. junk food and candy galore. i was in the trailor from end of december until end of february! so glad to be outta that cramped, very congested workplace.

there was limited food to get around the trailer site. no stores to go visit like in NYC. i'm so glad not to be there!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
if i were to eat 2050 cals per day, i'd still be able to maintain 100% and even lose at a very slow pace.

i'm keeping the exercise this winter. so it's really helping with maintenance. plus the walks around a couple times a week. plus walking almsot everyday at lunch.

i'm more active than any past year. it's helping.

really, as long as we stay active and keep snacking to keep the body away from feeling like you are starving, you can eat quite a bit. veggies work for me at least a big amount in one of my meals to get me feeling full.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
also, the "wraps" i generally buy are lower carb / lower cals or both! and when i'm eating meals like the wraps with an egg...and adding some avocado it's all on purpose because it's very full of some fat/protein/carb to keep me feeling pretty good for low cals.

it may look like i eat whatever i want, but i'm watching portions and overall cals. it's all after YEARS of seeing what works and still learning better what i can do even better.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
one more tip, eggs are a big LOW CAL favorite of mine. just enough protein if i mix them into a wrap with also some fat so it's satisfying. eggs being less than 100 cal or even if i add an extra egg white, like 100 cals is so low for the protein part of a meal / wrap! :)

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2019:
Taste of dried plum..............

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
They were "blonde" golden plums with pits. a bit smaller than a typical prune - so very small since they also included a pit.

they were very light flavor. maybe not much sugar added to these.

i am not sure why my parents got them or where. maybe Fairway since that's a store that sells a huge variety.

i tried one just because i never had anything like it.

flavor was light not like a dried apricot which is a stronger flavor. and def not like a black prune or like a date. very light flavor.

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2019:
Did it taste like a prune?

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:

Maria7 on 01/05/2019:
My Daughter loves oatmeal..She likes the strawberry and the peaches instant packs.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
yeah, oatmeal is the bomb! it's fun. and when i also eat it along with a greek yogurt (mixing them both on my spoon), it's very filling :)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
i also like those flavors, the ones your daughter likes. all oatmeal is like dessert! so good!

graindart on 01/05/2019:
Have been eating single-serve instant oatmeal packets for the past month or so. Warm, hardy, and relatively low in calories.

I had the same thought as Bear. It's been noted by gazillions of people over the years, but I don't know why they don't call them dried plums for marketing purposes. Prunes just have a negative sound to them.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
it wasn't a typical prune though...so, it makes sense not to call the type i tried for the first time a prune. it was light colored, lighter blonde than those slightly orange dried apricots. it was a golden dried "plum" or a golden prune haha....!

also, i love oatmeal on weekends. sometimes i skip the kombucha since oatmeal also causes bowel movements lol so don't need to "double up" on probiotics.

i don't like eating oatmeal at work bc it causes me to usually need to use the bathroom...and i don't need more of that during the morning at work! it's great on a relaxing, weekend morning.!!!

yep, love the oatmeal. you can bet i usually add a little stevia in.

Donkey on 01/05/2019:
Never EVER eat a whole box of prunes - oh, I mean dried plums - in one sitting. Take my word on this.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
OH, I can imagine very well the horrible consequences of that!!!!! i had done something similar, years ago, with an angel food cake, sugar free but with a "bad" sugar free sweetener. maybe malitol. i was in the bathroom on and off for HOURS! haha

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
we all gotta learn from our experiences huh?! LOL

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2019:
When my Dad was a kid.....he found the box of chocolatey exlax in their medicine cabinet and ate all of it........I heard that story several times...

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
hahahaha LOL LOL LOL omg! not good!!!

graindart on 01/05/2019:
I've been going for the apples & cinnamon instant oatmeal packets (130 cal). Then drizzling it with a little Walden Farms caramel sauce (supposedly 0 cal and tastes pretty good). Kind of reminds me of a nice warm caramel apple right after it was dipped in the caramel.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
oh nice! that sure sounds good. i'm about to order me some sugar free stevia pancake syrup...i'll order it when i come back from florida. lol...enough for now!! right!? your meal idea sounds good!!! caramel apple, yum!

graindart on 01/05/2019:
I've been using Walden Farms pancake syrup on my oatmeal at times too. It's supposedly 0 cal, like pretty much all of their stuff. And it actually tastes good to me. They've got some nasty products, but the caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and pancake syrup are all pretty decent.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
ty for the reviews..i'll keep this in mind. i wonder why some of their stuff is good and some is so bad...i've tried their "bad stuff"

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

6:30AM Kombucha 50

9AM-10AM keto egg honey cake 150, coffee 50, chocolate 100, cookie 100

11AM-11:30AM pumpkin cheesecake 250

1:30 PM lunch from home leftovers of the strong tasting veggie soup 150 glad it's done ! And some corned beef 200 and maybe chips 150.  500

snacks: almonds and clementine 100, chocolate 100

Dinner: tbd Chinese food pretty moderate 

2250 total 

7day 2130 




I picked up Indian food takeout yesterday and it's still in the work fridge as i forgot it yesterday. Must remember to bring that home for the weekend and dinner tonight :)  I have planned to eat the indian on top of "noodles" which are really hearts of palm (a veggie).  they seem to be very perfect and better than the shirataki. 40 cal per package but a better consistency.

I am looking forward to gettng out of here ASAP at the end of the day. ...bringing hamster to my parent's house tonight as they will be watching it & feeding it while i'm gone :) then i'll sleep over there, come back in morning to queens for a hair coloring /- highlights (decided to do it again!).  tonight i'll eat dinner at my own place, heading out to my parent's house after rush hour and just to visit and sleep over, but not eating dinner with them as it'll be late anyways i think.

i didn't sleep much last night (went to bed late after finishing a workout late) and i am having a little bit of a "tired" day and cannot wait to just relax tonight and lay down in bed to conk out.

We were thinking drinks at lunch, but i'm so NOT down for that...and it seems it isn't possible as my supervisor is in meetings and needs to be very "on the ball" today. GOOD. 

"The party is over..." back to work & no more play and galavanting at lunchtime like that :) 

but still nice walking around city always at lunch! 

just less partying and more bringing lunch from home. no more drinks thankfully!

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

Maria7 on 01/04/2019:
You mentioned veggie soup...that is something I am thinking about making soon. Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2019:
veggie soup is good, but lately i add too many spices in and combined with slow cooking...it's hard to stomach! lol...better next time! it's so delightful and healthy to have soup in the Wintertime!

graindart on 01/04/2019:
I've got another couple packages of the shiritaki "rice" (noodle material shaped kind of like rice). Not enjoying it at all. Think my shiritaki experiments will be over after these packages are gone. It doesn't have any ill effect on me, but just doesn't taste / feel quite right.

horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2019:
yes, i know the rice...i'm now trying something different that someone told me about on amazon. It's hearts of palm but shaped totally like hard noodles. Called Palmini! maybe it's worth you trying. ...

i know the shiritaki rice. i agree with you about the shiritaki. if i worked from home, i might still be eating it, i wish it wasn't so harsh on my stomach (shiritaki)

there's also the hard kelp noodles....they are very interesting....

legcramps on 01/04/2019:
I enjoy my break at lunch, as brief as it is, to get out and do a little walking too. I drive home everyday for lunch, and just getting away from the workplace is so nice some days! In the summer, my coworker and I walk around the building at our coffee breaks too. It's usually the only time I take a coffee break, otherwise I just work through it.

horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2019:
I'm so thankful to be in the city and be able to walk around year round outside. It's great change from sitting at the desk and helps burn a few extra cals during the workday. it's GREAT yes!!!

your way is good, too! nice to go home...my home is WAY TOO FAR!

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