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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 21, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

30 minutes strenuous cardio.

1 hour weights.

2250 calories. good.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

lifestylechange on 03/21/2011:
:) looks like a good day!

KathyBlue on 03/22/2011:
Good! :)

moogy on 03/22/2011:
Excellent work HOP!!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 20, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

Alright, time for a new entry :-)

I am feeling good right now, ready to go to sleep early and begin this week in the best way possible :-)

I should have more free time this week to get out and exercise and not rush around so much every evening.

Tonight I skipped the weights and gym.  I walked at the park, instead. It was worth it, even though I got home after 8pm. I left my house at 10am to teach lessons so it feels really good to be back home now.

I had another whirlwind weekend. But in the end, no matter how mad I can possibly get about certain things in my life, I do choose to be thankful for what I am given - compared to what I feel I have been denied.  I choose not to write more in detail about everything right now.  Life for me has been a rollercoaster.  Everyone has their challenges.

calories were good today. 1800.

3.5 mi walk.

work for today was teaching 10 music lessons.

goodnight ladies.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

loveray on 03/20/2011:
thanks for your sweet thoughts - we hope everything is fine too and we will find out tomorrow. sounds like you had a really long day but so proud that you still got the walk in!! awesome. i hope that you have an awesome week ahead. you are amazing and dont forget it!

legcramps on 03/21/2011:
We can sure get caught up in what we feel we've been denied in life. I know sometimes I feel pretty damn sorry for myself. Good for you for being thankful simply for what you've been given and not giving any thought to those which you've been denied. That's a very unselfish act.

Have a great Monday!

lifestylechange on 03/21/2011:
way to go on that walk:)

nope, not a teacher.... a nurse:)

moogy on 03/21/2011:
It was a good day HOP, thank you for your comment on my diary the other day. I appreciate that you want the best for me, my husband and I will never get back together but neither will we divorce. It is a very complicated situation and I deal with it in a way that causes the least amount of pain. I hope you have another good day tomorrow. Consistency is always a slippery little sucker isn't it?

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 18, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

Sunday entry: breakfast: cereal 140, milk 100, banana 100, chocolate gross yogurt 160: 500 calories.

Saturday entry:  had a big dinner tonight. pizza party/girls night. calories around 3000. but that's OK. it was a party and tomorrow is back to normal.  I'm not upset - at all, actually!  lots of veggies today, as well.

good morning ladies. i'm up early because my body wants to accomplish everything, even though i was thinking i'd want more sleep. but i'm up and ready to go and get things done, then maybe come back and take a nap...maybe not! :-)

off to have some breakfast, catch up with all of you later!

exercise: 4 mile stroll at park :-)

Breakfast: coconut water 60, rice cake 40, oatmeal 200, 2% greek yogurt 130: 430.

total after snacks/lunch: 1150....good day so far.


Friday entry:

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you ladies for continuing to comment on my diary. I love all of your comments, even when you don't necessarily support everything I write! :-)

I am just getting home and it's almost 11pm. I left my house for work at 6:30 this morning! It's been a very long day.  For that reason, I like to get on here in order to hold myself accountable. I love this diary site, even if there were nobody on it but me----BUT, YOU LADIES DO MAKE THIS SITE THE MOST AMAZING SUPPORT GROUP THAT IT IS!

It's tough to log on, 11pm, after waking up at 5am and also do comments right now...I like to comment when i'm relaxed and NOT tired. usually the weekend is fantastic.

i remember the days i'd be one of the biggest commentors on here, but it's just not possible.  I'm pretty sure my schedule will change come April and I will have a little bit more time during the week...

Calories today are around 2200. I'm VERY happy with this.  I've learned to accept a binge and forget about it...move on.  Wednesday night I binged, but Thursday and Friday were normal days in my book - not restrictive or recovery days....just normal. this is what works for me and i will lose weight that way.

in terms of my massage, it's been put on hold....i cancelled my future appt. I'll make the appointment once i've reached 129.  i think i was getting anxious, placing the appointment before being 129...and holding so much of a challenge above my head.

It's better for me to get to 129 on my terms, not in a rush, and then schedule a massage. I can't wait! It may take 3 weeks or more. we'll see. :-) no rush.

tomorrow i will try to sleep in a bit. then, i have to go to the tailor, bank, and post office! yuck, yuck, and yuck!

I will take a walk tomorrow, too.  Then, i'll be visiting my grandma during her dinner and, after that!, driving to meet two of my girlfriends for dinner back near home.

BUSY day i've just come to realize. The walk is ultra important to me, but i need to get those errands done, too. I've put those errands (bank, tailor, post office) off for about 3 weeks. I tried last weekend, but the tailor and bank were closed and the post office had no more stamps in the machine!...it was after hours at the post office, but you can still go in and get stamps....

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

lifestylechange on 03/19/2011:
LOL, you are too cute..... No I definitely don't live in Australia, I live in MT haha (in the US)

loveray on 03/19/2011:
thanks so much for your comments. i should be proud that i lost at all, but i guess im used to seeing results really fast when i try something that is prescribed to me. at least a 1/2 pound a week, but im trying not to let that get me down. seems like what you are doing is reasonable with your eating and im glad you seem to be at peace with everything that's happening in your life:) i hope you get some rest this weekend and enjoy this weather!! xo

shadetree on 03/19/2011:
HoP, glad to see that you have come to terms with the binges and that you don't let one lead to a series anymore. That's definitely progress! Hope you get that walk in today!

greengirl on 03/19/2011:
You are doing good HoP. Do what suits you, and what works for you :-)

geevee on 03/19/2011:
Zigzagging does work for you! Your method of going back to normal after a one day binge works for me too, but my problem is NOT to extend the binge which is what I did in Dec./Jan and am now paying the price.

Donkey on 03/19/2011:
I love reading your entries :-)

loveray on 03/20/2011:
why was your choco yogurt gross?? was it wallaby?

lifestylechange on 03/20/2011:
Have a great day:)

Umpqua on 03/20/2011:
It sounds like you have come up with a really good system for dealing with those binge days. I'm adopting the same attitude, my weight was up after low carbing and I'm just not going to beat myself up over it. I like food too much and I'm losing weight at a healthy, steady pace and that's what is most important. Have a good one!

nemogirl on 03/20/2011:
I agree,too! I love this site, and your diary is really motivating me to just keep at my goal, come what may food wise.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Mar 17, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

it was a very bloated day...but i got through it very well.  what i did was NOT STARVE MYSELF.  through lots of learning and understanding my body, i know from MANY past binge experiences, not to try to cut calories the day after a binge. as well, i have found that eating more sugar/fat on the next day helps.

calories are still low compared to what i thought...1850-1900 calories today.

no exercise because i was teaching lessons after work. BUT, starting next month, Thursdays will be free to do as I want. :-)  which is good, because i still teach music on Fridays and all day Sundays. that's enough...when combined with a full time job and 45 minute commutes.  yeah, i'm good....no more working after work, except Friday evenings, like I mentioned.

I will miss some of my kids :-(

since i was in public, being gassy wasn't easy. especially when people watch how many times you go to the bathroom/outside (being that i'm new...i can't just get up a thousand times a day...you understand, right!?)

i also think i binged yesterday because of drinking too many drinks with artificial sugar. today i limited the artificial stuff to my coffee only and a drink i had before bed. but during the day, it was ALL WATER/coffee and no other fake stuff. my body felt good.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/18/2011:
Have a great day today!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 16, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

was still very overtired today.

first time in a long time, i completely binged tonight. lots of cookies/cake after dinner.

calories approx. 4000 calories. i just needed to write it, get it off my chest.

exercise was 30 minutes cardio, 1 hour weights.

i plan to get back on track. i also canceled the massage...i need to be 129.  i am not going to break down and get it earlier. i will reach my goal first.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

moogy on 03/16/2011:
I has been a really long time since you had one of those nights HOP. I wonder what caused it. I hope you get back on track like you want to. Good determination there as well!!

legcramps on 03/17/2011:
Hope you're able to get back on track; i'm pumped for you to get to your goal :)

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Mar 15, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

another very tired day. hopefully it's just the time change that's screwing with me. and my appetite up until like 1pm is out of control. and yes, i do eat snacks all morning. this morning, i had milk, 2 rice crackers, a croissant with egg, huge coffee, and a zone bar. all before noon.

total calories today: around 2050. i was aiming for 1750-1850 but splurged on popcorn flavored rice cakes.

still a good today.

exercise: easy walking, 45 min or so.

tooo tired, gnite.

....tomorrow is weights at the gym...i am PUMPED FOR THIS.  i will also be doing 5-6 sets of pushups, including at least a couple sets of 35 per set. oh yeah, baby! now, if i could only increase my cardio, my legs are turing to mush :-(  (and they were mushy to begin with haha!!!)

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/15/2011:
I hear you on being tired. It sounds like today was a good one, have a good night!

moogy on 03/15/2011:
Sounds like it is the time change is playing with you. I hope that you have a great day tomorrow!!

loveray on 03/15/2011:
sounds like a great day!! im so tired from the time change too - who knew an hour could make such a difference!! xo

liza36 on 03/16/2011:
I'm impressed with your splurge - rice cakes would not have been my splurge! I didn't think the time change would have affected me, but I am pretty tired myself, so it must be that. Have a great day!

lifestylechange on 03/16/2011:
did you look into the vibrosaun bed?

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 14, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

VERY hungry day today. tomorrow i'm going to do better. i'm gonnna have the majority of my breakfast at work...i think.

around 2150 calories today. yes, there were veggies. it was decently healthy.

exercise i was sooo dead tired at the gym. i did 30 min elliptical, 10 min bike, and 5 sets of pushups of 30.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

moogy on 03/14/2011:
I think that is a good idea. Having a good breakfast really help stave off the hunger later in the day. I hope you have another good day tomorrow!

legcramps on 03/15/2011:
Good! Good, good, good! Three more pounds ;)

greengirl on 03/15/2011:
Go HoP !!!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 13, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

great day today :-)

exercise: around an hour of walking. 1.5 hours weights.

taught 7 lessons.

relaxing and eating lots of veggies and chicken.

total calories: around 1700.

goodnight, all!

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

moogy on 03/13/2011:
Sounds like a wonderful day. Good for you, plus it was in a big enough font to read!!! Bonus!! LOL

V on 03/13/2011:
Good night my love!!!

nemogirl on 03/14/2011:
Wow, thanks for the great suggestions, I'm going to get some veggies to roast this week!

legcramps on 03/14/2011:
LOL at moogy! Great job on the calories; you're gonna get to goal!!!!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 12, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

2000 calories. 4.5 mile walk. = successful day.

lazy, sleepy morning...that's a good thing!

breakfast: 300: 3 rice cakes, pineapple greek yogurt.

BIG lunch: salad and dried seaweed snacks 100, 9 big rice crackers: 325, microwave meal 350, and a sugary chocolate yogurt 170: approx: 950. (it's OK) :-)

total so far: 1250 - good.

snack(s): coffees.

dinner: will be lots of salad at olive garden, and soup, but i may change my mind..


Good Morning everyone!

I weigh 132 again. I scheduled a massage for next Saturday...I'm gonna try to get to 129 by then.  I'm gonna do it by having less salt and trying for less calories. I will also try to get more sleep this week.  It DOES seem that 129 is sorta low and may not be possible to get to in one week because it's 3 pounds away. That's a lot of calories to burn in one week. But, i'll try my best - and if I'm not getting anywhere, I'll have to wait another week or two. But, I will get to 129, I promise myself and all of you that!

Work is alright...i am sitting all day there doing work on the computer for now.  Therefore, any exercise I get has to be PLANNED into the day. My usual workday does NOT include exercise. Moreover, in order to loose those 3 pounds to get to 129, I need to make sure I'm getting the proper exercise and that I don't slack like I did this week.  Cardio is very important to me - even just the walking I do. I don't run and don't want to run now. But I need the long walks to tone my legs.

I plan to get a nice, long, walk in today and a good walk in tomorrow AM as well. Then, I teach lessons all day Sunday and I plan on getting to the gym for weights Sunday night. I love doing weights on Sunday nights - few people are there and all the machines are usually free :-)  During the week, it's a madhouse. So, by choosing two of my three days of weights at less crowded times, I am able to do MUCH more weight lifting :-)...and i don't need to wait around and waste time!

I workout using weights usually Sundays and Friday evenings and one more day during the week - usually Wednesdays.  By doing this, I make the most of my gym visits.

I've been increasing my pushup routine. I try to get in SIX sets of 30-35 (and usually 35 in the first set). I don't do all the sets at once. I mix them in throughout my workout.

I've been feeling prettier and more like a lady. 

A couple weeks ago, I purchased really, really nice workpants. They are dressy from Ann Taylor LOFT.  Size 6. They are too small right now and I will only wear them when they fit right. Today I'm going to hem two pairs of my Old Navy, less dressy, workpants. I've been wearing them with them being slightly too long.  Even if they become a little loose, i'll still wear them, I guess. I think they'll look better being a little shorter - even if they do become a bit loose. I won't be able to purchase a whole new wardrobe everytime I loose a few pounds, so i'll just make sure what I have looks as good as I can make it look.

I've been thinking about this guy that I find adorable at work. He's older by 8 years.  But, I think he's getting married! haha, nobody's talking about it, but the switchboard operator, who knows all the gossip, said that to me. She also said how he said he wasn't sure if his fiancee was really the one! lol, but yeah, i don't plan on acting on my thoughts.  But it's nice to fantasize about him and think about him. LOL.

I'm probably gonna go back to bed for awhile now. :-)

I was thinking of going to my grandma with my folks today, but I have to rest and walk today. It's my only day off (I work 6 days) and I need my rest.

Have a nice Saturday.

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 03/12/2011:
just wanted to say hi and good luck with ur goals.. i am sure u will weigh 129 and be fitting into those new pants very soon, its good to hear u r feeling prettier cause u r a very pretty girl and u deserve to know that!! hope u have a great day!

V on 03/12/2011:
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your daydreams of you coworker ;)

loveray on 03/12/2011:
enjoy your weekend - you are making so much progress and i know you will be on the track you want by the summer time!! you are amazing - enjoy time with family and thinking about new boys!! :)

legcramps on 03/12/2011:
Oh, I love those seaweed snacks - yummy! Hope you have a great day today :)

legcramps on 03/12/2011:
Thanks for the vote of confidence in your comment today! It's nice to see the weight coming back down - some days it just seems like SO much work though...

You're doing awesome as well! That massage is gonna feel good!!!

greengirl on 03/12/2011:
Hi HoP good luck with your goals this week. very sensible thinking on the clothes situation :-) It was nice to see your name in the recent diary lists when I came back. Didnt feel so strange when familiar people were still posting here !

lifestylechange on 03/12/2011:
awe, thanks so much for your sweet comment.... I use the "vibrosaun" bed at the tanning salon (no uv's).... it's a massaging bed that is also a sauna bed at the same time, so relaxing!! ;) hope you have a wonderful day xo

jolt on 03/12/2011:
Good luck with your goals ;) you can do it! Everyone needs a fantasy ;)

moogy on 03/12/2011:
I am borrowing biscotti's magnifying glass!! It is so lovely to read that you are feeling pretty and ladylike. Thank you for all the good ideas, I will try and give it a try over the next few days. I am loving your new positive attitude, good luck with getting to your goal this week.:)

panda22 on 03/12/2011:
LOL @ your being pregnant comment...ugh I want to be un-pregnant...can't wait for this boy to get here! The end result is wonderful but the process is draining. I will say it is nice to have that extra calorie cushion during the day to be able to eat things I want to and not have it really affect me since the baby needs the calories! Anyway, hope you had a good day! It is hard fitting exercise into a busy work schedule, I remember sitting at my desk trying to do leg exercises and stuff just to feel like I was doing SOMETHING lol. Hope you got your walk in! I don't think 3 pounds is too unrealistic for a week, cutting down salt will definitely help you lose any water you may be retaining. Mmmmmm Olive Garden! I love their salad and could eat a whole big bowl by myself LOL

loveray on 03/12/2011:
http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com/#/olive/ here are the chips! they are super tasty:) no worries on not commenting! i love you just the same:)

Runforfun on 03/12/2011:
I believe in you! You can get to 129 real soon!! :) Hope you are having an amazing night!

V on 03/12/2011:
Did you see my pictures I posted Tues???? Those are the ones I am posting on the Turbo Fire for my Before shots :)

balloonlady on 03/12/2011:
enjoy that massage,, I need to book one as well : ) thanks for all your nice comments.. enjoy your weekend: )

nita51 on 03/12/2011:
Wow, It's been a while since I've heard from you. Hearing from you again, made my day:) :) :) You're right I won't refer to this experience as a fight. Negative thoughts encourage negative actions. Thank you for pointing this out. I will refer to it as a journey. Better yet, a life changing experience as you stated. Thanks for the encouragement. Glad you're feeling prettier. Wishing you the best. Hugs!

lifestylechange on 03/13/2011:
No UV's..... Here's a link to check it out....they are AMAZING :) Let me know what you think!!! http://www.vibrosaun.com.au/

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 11, 2011
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 132.0

my weight is still 132-133 so i can't go for a massage this weekend. I may try to hurry it up a bit this coming week - since for the past few weeks i've been slacking - eating lots on the weekend and the weight is being maintained but definitely not going down. my calories tend to be high 2000-2200 per day.  for instance, today was 2050.

with my long works hours, my body needs more fuel and it's difficult to eat less.  I don't really want to eat less, either. i'm happy this way.  and the weight will come off as long as i don't screw around so much on weekends.

tomorrow was supposed to be relaxed, but i may be going to visit my grandma with my parents and sister/her boyfriend. i was VERY INTERESTED in taking a walk tomorrow as my CARDIO exercise was VERY LITTLE this week. tomorrow was my ONE day to get a nice, like at least 4 mile, walk in.  I will be pissed if i don't get a long walk in. PISSED. and therefore, i may skip lunch with my folks and grandma. but then i'll regret it. so i will probably go....ugh.

going to the movies tomorrow night, which i want to do, but that's sitting. so as you can see, i want to sleep in but i still want to exercise tomorrow. ahhh, the dilemna haha. 

exercise today: no cardio, one hour weights/back/abs/200 pushups.


Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

moogy on 03/11/2011:
I hope that you have a lovely weekend and get your walk in tomorrow, if only so that you can enjoy the rest of your weekend. Good exercise today though, might not have been cardio but was def hard work!! Good for you:)

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