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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 15, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Gonna try my darndest to sleep well this week as i will be getting out of work on time probably all the way though Thanksgiving - or at least till this weekend. that's a few nights of good rest that was unplanned....i will sleep well, for my own sake and sanity, finally. and probably with good sleep it will be easier to lose the weight.....it's gonna be hard, these next five pounds....i've been holding on to them for awhile...i wanna check back at the last time i was 125, let me look.....

.August, 2008.  That means, 3 years & 3 months ago. Feels like longer :-) but i'm glad it's not!  what that really shows is that for most of my adult life after college I did in fact stay thin.  I was thin my whole childhood and then gained weight from 17yrs old through 19 years old. then i went back to being thin from 20 years-26 years old. only from 26-28 did i gain weight and now it's going away for good! :-) of my whole 29 years of existance, i was heavier only for a total of around 6 years. small percentage.


breakfast: cooked cranberries smothered on rice cakes 190,oatmeal 160, cottage cheese w. pineapple 150: 500....bit high in carbs and sugar, but whatever. 500 is still a normal amount for a breakfast.

snack: large yucky protein bar 350, bad one!

lunch: brown rice with chicken :-) 500 and lots of veggies that my boss cooked! 100 more

snack driving home: small banana,a  tomato, grapefruit already broken up so i could eat while driving lol.... 250 or so. (definitely not more than that!)

plan for tonight: haha, i am feeling so lazy: stick clothes in dryer, WALK after work, and maybe cook some veggies for the rest of the week.


dinner: chips yum 300, more chips 150, tofu and a little veggie 150: 600. and kombucha....to take the hunger/cravings off....instead of other food, that is!

total 2260-2300.,...FABULOUS. - good!!!...haha, and kombucha.

feeling very, very bingy tonight - very tired.

exercise: walking but not for long - i'll make up for this tomorrow after work, since i'm getting out a bit earlier. - 4:30pm instead of 5:30 or 6:30.

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

Kati on 11/15/2011:
I don't have a car (which must be something very weird for US citizens, hehe), so I walk more... it's sometimes tiring though, especially when I get out of the gym/pool, etc., I have to give an extra effort to get home/to work, etc. :o) I love the first part of your entry for yesterday! :-) I agree - indulging sometimes is not a bad thing. It will always happen, and it mustn't cause bad feelings because we need to achieve an overall HAPPINESS!

grannyannie on 11/15/2011:
500 is fine for breakfast! Have a good walk! I'm really enjoying shaking up my routine by doing power walking.

~WI~ on 11/15/2011:
A nice walk sounds great!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 14, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

for my info: 4-day calorie average = 2350 (not bad, huh!?) and that's with a 2800 calorie day - this goes to PROVE that indulging sometimes is not a bad thing and will NOT EVER ruin your diet!!!! :-)  I am 29 years old and since I was 20 I have paid VERY close attention to the way people eat, diet, and satisfying themselves with food. I'm no beginner and I love to share my thoughts with all of you! It feels good to be in it - and winning it this time around! YES. now i just need to get more sleep!



****I have received a compliment from one of my bosses today...the one i work directly with everyday. he asked if i was losing weight haha. he didn't say that i looked better or worse or anything, just a question about weight. i wasn't expecting that out of his mouth and i got flustered by the question haha.*** it felt SO GOOD to have someone notice.

my dad noticed the other day, asking if i'd lost some weight.

and i've only lost less than 5 pounds since summer! some people really notice things, or perhaps keeping the weights in my routine is really starting to pay off, huh!?


just wish i could get a better night's sleep. tomorrow's gonna be a tired one. it's 10:45pm and i start work at 7am...i wake up around 5am.........



breakfast: oatmeal & yogurts 350.

snack: protein bar that tasted like shiznit but i was starving. around 300

lunch: brown rice :-) with some tofu and some leftover healthy fish! yes! i brought lunch and loved every bite. also, an asian pear. (taste one, they're more like apples, but delicous!) always very juicy and satisfying. i think it was around 550 for lunch?

snack: a tomato and a huge grapefruit on the way to the gym...and a monster sugar free 200

dinner/late snack after gym: STARVING. banana and the best and most tasty - seriously  -double chocolate protein cookies. they didn't taste at all like a protein bar, but the most delicious cookies ever. seriously. around 400-450.

total today around 1750-1800. blah! and chips. like 130 more. total around 1850-1900. still good.

unfortunately, NO cardio - just no more time left in the day. i worked 7am-6:15pm. an hour to get there and an hour to get home.

exercise: weights and a good amount (i'd rather have a good weight routine and skip cardio than a little cardio - i wouldn't want to do it that way.) weights for at least an hour. also, pushups.

I have a goal to be able to do 70 pushups per set. A coworker at work as challenged me to it! he's actually a boss/engineer/former army vet. cheers to that combo.  oh, i already can do over 50 pushups at one time, so i'm almost there. the challenge is supposed to happen BEFORE Thanksgiving, and even though it's a BIG difference (20 pushups or so more!) I'm gonna MAKE it happen, seriously....I have to do this.

The only way I'm gonna make it through this year is to break the stress and hatred of my job with exercise, weights and muscle building exercise, in particular.  This is the only way I'm gonna stay even half-sane.  I dsilike my job more than anything, but yes, it's a job and i'm so lucky for that. but, everyone needs an out - and exercise, particularly weightlifting, is my out. it's my escape from negativity, from depression, from things that i find unfair. an escape from a life I never thought i would live out this way.  weightlifting and exercise make my world more habitable, more what i would like it to be.

it may sound stupid, but this is how i am gonna make it through the winter...at this job, living this life.


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

Kati on 11/14/2011:
You're doing so well, HOP! :) As you say, you're doing it - no more 3000-6000 kcal binges. It's so easy to reach this amount. I bet I had some 4000-5000 kcal binge yesterday, STOOOOOOOOOOPID backpains and loneliness..... :(

V on 11/14/2011:
Have a good day!!

grannyannie on 11/14/2011:
You are doing great even with some indulging. We have to indulge sometimes, right?! Have a great day!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 13, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

(extra 1,000 calories from FRI/SAT/SUN to burn off this week...) i am trying to "just forget about it!" bc truth is, that's not a lot of calories to worry about at all. so i'm forgetting....


my computer wasn't working this weekend - i needed a new router! so nice to be back and journaling!


So my weightloss has been going well - and this week I am going to try harder so that I continue my NICE DOWNWARD weightloss spiral! If i stop trying, I will not lose weight and will probably gain lol, since I did indulge all weekend - which isn't a bad thing at all! My intentions are to sleep better and eat well this week. If i do, I could even see below 125....and if that happens i'll KNOW i'm doing EVERYTHING right as I can possibly do! If i see 124, that will be the first time in many, many years - since 2007.  FOUR years.


Sunday :-)

what a wonderful 3-day weekend!

today was perfect weather practically feeling like 60 degrees at times at the park. I even was wearing short sleeves for some of my walk!

exercise: 3 mi walk, 20 minute bike ride! perfect amount.

food: a was slightly too snacky in the AM and i had to limit a little bit what i was eating in the afternoon to make up for it. breakfast was 1100 calories. lol. too much.

after the afternoon snacks: 1300 calories.

dinner: lots of veggies and tofu maybe some of grandma's food lol....she will not be having the same thing as me, i'm visiting her at her assisted living and she will have the dinner they serve - probably healthy chicken and veggies and fruit.  i will also have a kombucha and go to bed EXTRA early tonight for sure! gonna start this week of right!! some fish and chicken also with grandma, some fruit. and then later a small rice krispie bar.

 total today around 2150/2200. great day.

midnight snack: chips, so total around 2300 - still OK!

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

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 13, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

saturday calories:

a lil better, but still kinda high. not mad though or regretful about it. we went out to dinner and i had dessert and didn't even splurge or binge on dessert. i am proud of myself for sticking with it...

2500 calories Saturday is not bad at all.

HUGE improvement from my 3000-6000 calorie binges a few months ago. I am doing very well.

saturday exercise: fantastic, really!  entire weights, back, abs, and pushups routine. 40 minutes cardio and some walking at the mall.

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

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 11, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Friday total calories: 2800, but i'm ok with this. definitely had the munchies in the evening, but I did get under control and fell asleep eventually lol. i think i was really exhasuted which caused me to give in.  i was also very cold and couldn't warm up no matter what i put on or how many covers i was using. anyways, i'm glad that night is over!

weight approx. 126 this AM.

breakfast: chips, yogurts, cooked cranberries: total around 550 (I'm thinking it has to be more, but that's what the calories added up to according to the packages.)

friday exercise: somehow, not that much! a litttle jog in th AM for 20 min and a lil walking in the pm for like 10 min or something, if i remember correctly....it was a couple days ago lol.

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

~WI~ on 11/11/2011:
Have a great weekend!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 10, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

Definitely no change in weight, yet! :-)  around 126.5 this morning - that is good though!

big breakfast: cooked cranberries 50, oatmeal 150, yogurts 200: 400 :-)

snack: protein bar 300

lunch: chips and veggies/tofu: around 400

snack: 350

dinner: protein bar 290 and coffee 60: 

1800 and chips. 1950.

i worked from 7am-6pm today. i am fully exhausted.

yesterday i worked 7am-6:15pm with an hour commute there and  hour commute home. i'm exhasuted. thank god today is the LAST day of work for the week.

I worked an extra 10 hours of overtime this week. approximately 200 extra dollars, sometimes not even worth it?


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

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 09, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

I received a compliment today that went like this "You are getting prettier everytime I see you!"  wow. made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It was from the boss' driver. (driver for the boss of the entire multimillion dollar company.)  he has a really friendly driver, ex cop actually, who told me to take the police exam. and i did and passed. i hope it works out for me....and so on. i have to wait many months, but i will update when i find out.


breakfast: oatmeal 150, yogurt 100, oatmeal raisin tri-o-plex protein cookies 280: 530.  i felt like i wasn't going to be satisfied with just the oatmeal and yogurt and i wanted a banana, too. but, everytime i eat bananas in the AM, i get extra hungry afterwards in the morning at work. so, i remembered i had an extra package of something high protien and had those cookies. the protein cookies actually taste VERY good. just like soft & moist oatmeal raisin cookies!

(very tired this AM...i would have liked to sleep at least an hour more to get a full 8 hours, not a little under 7 hrs.)

AM snack: protein bar 270 (and coffee throughout)...

lunch: lots of veggies and tofu, small chips, maybe fruit too.550. 400 cal.

snack before gym after work: 2 apples, a tomato, a snickers "fun size" very small candy bar, diet snapples

after gym: protein bar 300 cal., diet canada dry and more diet snapple.

1800 calories.

just too much caffeine. everything else OK>

exercise: no cardio, only weights, but a great amount. also pushups, which now i can do up to 50 in a row, in one set! i used to be able to do none, so anyone can get better and improve. i was not born an athlete and never even attempted exercise until i was 16. i was always thin, but my parents didn't implement or teach the importance of exercise - i learned from myself, physical trainers, and others.

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

Kati on 11/09/2011:
Doing great :)

grannyannie on 11/09/2011:
Have a good day! You're doing great.

liza36 on 11/09/2011:
I'm sure the higher protein will help with hunger. Have a great day.

legcramps on 11/09/2011:
I like your message from the other day about calories and how to go about losing weight. Good for you! You're doing a great job and are an inspiration to the rest of us who just can't seem to get it together!

~WI~ on 11/09/2011:
I am SO PROUD of you!!! You have come such a long way! I am truly very proud of you :)

V on 11/09/2011:
Hope you had a good day!!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 08, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

today was ok. kinda got really hungry late at night after the gym, so i gave in. not a binge or anything, but i ate what i wanted.

1600 calories before gym.

after gym: biggest banana ever 170?, 3 plum tomatoes 90, lots of chips 450. total here: 710 oh well, better tomorrow.

total: 2310, NOT terrible!

exercise: hour cardio.

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

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 07, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

big breakfast: 2 thick greek yogurts 200, oatmeal 160, chips 150: 510 was very tasty. some added cinnamon and chocolate splenda to the yogurts and cereal. yummmm.

healthy snacking, coffee at work almonds and some ginger sucking candies

lunch was decently healthy with cooked/stirfry veggies/ yam noodles (hardly any calories - look them up - "miracle noodles" or "shirataki noodles" and they can be found in many local markets or online to be ordered and shipped, tofu, some chips.

snacking before gym was fruit and veggies and lots of diet drinks - it's how i fill myself up in the car before the gym.

after gym: protein bar that was very tasty, big, 300 cals. even some fiber which i love.

total today was approx. 1750 = very, very good day. i was planning and thinking it would be higher, but i made good choices after work. 

 to all the ladies that starve themselves, eat only 1200 cals a day, i'm telling you that even eating this much will continue weightloss for most women. even without the exercise. 1750 is not a lot. but if you aren't looking to starve but not eat this much, 1500 cals a day is also a good amount for weightloss. you do not have to eat nothing in order to lose weight.

exercise: no cardio, but some squats, and then upper body weights today and pushups.


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

Kati on 11/07/2011:
ahh HOP, I'm so happy for you :D

grannyannie on 11/07/2011:
I'm in the same spot as you - 4 more pounds to go! Hang in there and have a great day!

V on 11/07/2011:
Hope your day went well..Oh hey I forgot to respond to your comment as far as nutrition...In order to build more muscle it is crutial for me to fuel my body properly for the rigorous workouts I put in 6 days a week, 24/7..I research and mix it up as much as I can always i search of energy super foods :)

thinkpositive on 11/08/2011:
I agee 1200 calories is not enough. I would have trouble losing with 1700 calories but you may be more active than me. I'll have to look for the yam noodles.

Kati on 11/08/2011:
Yes, 1200 is not enough for some. But then, don't forget about the older ladies here, they need to reduce consumption, even without dieting...

liza36 on 11/08/2011:
Glad you are doing well. Keep it up!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 06, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 125.0

I am doing so well that i'm changing my goal: 121 lbs is my new goal!  by the way, i've lost a total of 10 lbs. I don't feel like I have because the weightloss has been really slow, which is good bc it's easier to keep off this way. but it's so weird to think i was 10 lbs heavier... i feel so good about this weightloss. so, so, so good!

can't wait for 121!...It should take a bit - and won't happen in just one week. I'm gonna work at it, accomplish it.  by the end of this month, i do hope to be getting close!



1. short bike ride before breakfast for about 20 min.

2. afternoon 1/2 hour bike ride and hour nice walk around neighborhood.

big breakfast: fiber one and milk 400 cal, and a bit much on the chips (probably even a bit more than i'm listing, but so tasty) 400 cals for chips. 800 total. very tasty.

fell back to sleep for a couple hours i think.

lunch:greek yogurt w. added cinnamon and chocolate flavored stevia drops, and cooked cranberries 150 calories., more yogurt, frozen kefir - total 450.

afternoon snack: 50 drink.

dinner: at the diner, a really good, humungous, turkey burger, mushroom barley soup, and a salad: 750 at most.

total: 2050 or so = AWESOME for the weekend!

I am so happy and proud of myself, good eating all weekend, no binging at all. very successful weekend.


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

grannyannie on 11/06/2011:
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Hantty on 11/06/2011:
I don't think I'd ever be awake enough to go for a cycle in the morning - I'm impressed :)

grannyannie on 11/06/2011:
LOL. Yes, woodpecker is a bird, but we put the nuts out for the smaller birds.

V on 11/06/2011:
Hey congratulations!! 1 more lb to go til goal :) have a good evening!!

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