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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Feb 18, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 133.0

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/18/2011:
Not sure of my weight. lately, i've been feeling FAT. not sure why. my calories are not low, but no binges. usually i'm eating between 1800-2300 calories per day. this week i exercised less because i was running around. no exercise on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Tonight i just did weights, no cardio. i am slacking on cardio and i cannot get up earlier than 5:15AM. lol. i am going to work on getting MORE sleep, since i am absolutely EXHAUSTED tonight. doing weights at the gym got me in a better mood for sure. especially my 5 sets of pushups, 3 sets included 30, 1 set of 25, 1 set of 20.

teaching music lessons on Thursdays means no exercise that night at all - not enough hours in the day without cutting into sleep time, and friday night seems to have my exercise time cut in half too. after March, i'm going to be able to work my schedule better. saturdays and sundays are also difficult to exercise a ton - i teach many lessons on Sundays and saturday is the day i meet up with friends and go visit my grandma.

moogy on 02/18/2011:
You are not a very big lady and your calories at the moment might just be right for you to maintain. Or maybe it is the type of food you are eating. I suspect that it is either the wrong foods or to many calories because your exercise is great. I hope that you have a lovely day with you friends and visitng your grandma!! Enjoy yourself.

V on 02/19/2011:
Hey girlie! Have a wonderful day :)

Umpqua on 02/19/2011:
Hey, congrats on your new job!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 17, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 133.0

to save time in the morning and struggles, i like to get my hair brazilian straightened. I did it last night at a new place and when i left, I had VERY greasy looking hair. and i can't even wash it for three days. never has this happened before when i've gotten my hair straightened and he DID NOT warn me of how greasy it would look. So annoying, especially since i have a new job and for the rest of this week and next week they are having me fill in for a receptionist at the front desk!!!! so now, everyone will be greeted by "Ms. Greasehead!" haha, could be worse.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 02/17/2011:
I guess wearing a stylish hat for 3 days is not an option :( Well at least it will be flawless in 3 days ;) LOl have a good one. maybe no one will notice

loveray on 02/17/2011:
haha - im so happy to hear about your new job, though!! enjoy. xo

nemogirl on 02/17/2011:
biscotti - you crack me up. I have really greasy hair anyway, without straightening. They make cute silk or fabric headbands that they sell at Walgreens or the like, maybe that could cover your hairline. Another trick? dust a light powder on the hairline ( at least this works with actual oily hair) - I think they make special powder for this.

moogy on 02/17/2011:
oh no! They may think it is a new style! I like the attitude though, no matter how bad things are they can always be worse!! :)

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 14, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 133.0

around 2200 cal. 30 min cardio. hour of weights.

very busy today. worked overtime and went to the gym and got home at 9pm!

tomorrow i have a job interview, before work, for a job i don't want but i do have to go to the interview for reasons i'll talk about later.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

moogy on 02/14/2011:
Good luck with your interview tomorrow, I hope that it goes well for you. I am a little intrigued about why you don't want to go. I will await further information.:)

selina on 02/15/2011:
1 hour of weights is awesome! Good luck with the interview.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 12, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 133.0

133 pounds ladies!

.....and I am writing from my new Toshiba laptap!  I bought it today!           :-)

I can't rush this weightloss things, even though i REALLY want to! hmmm, maybe i can be 129 in 3 weeks? 2 weeks would be better, but, yeah.

I really want the pounds to melt off....we'll see if they do.

and if you are interested in my calories that i'ce been eating, they been on the higher side, BUT NO BINGES.

calories are usually 1800-2300 per day for the past 2-3 weeks.

i do weights usually 3 days a week. cardio usually 5-6 days per week. no cardio on thursdays.


my weight chart is funny, it shows the same exact weight every month except this one. haha. there was definitely fluctuations, but i guess i didn't record them. interesting.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

lifestylechange on 02/12/2011:
Yay, and welcome back!!

V on 02/12/2011:
Welcome back!! conrats on your new low weight!!! Wonderful job :)

moogy on 02/12/2011:
OH! Excellent, well done HOP. Congratulations on the loss and on your new lap top. Two thumbs up!!!!

getmebackto150 on 02/12/2011:
Wonderful!!!! Great job and welcome back!!!

KathyBlue on 02/13/2011:
lol great news :D

hollybelle on 02/14/2011:
Congratulations on the new job and the new laptop. You'll have to let me know how you like it. I'm in the market and looked at the Toshibas, but wondered if I should hold out for a Dell. My d has a MAC and she and her bf would have nothing else, but they are too $$ for me. We only paid for 1/2 of hers and she had to come up with the diff. I have used it and I don't like it, either. So, I'll keep shopping. Did you buy yours at a big chain? I am hoping to pay less than $600. I think I find something adequate for that price. Looking forward to hearing about your job and your cals and your exercise.

hollybelle on 02/14/2011:
P.S. How could I forget to say - Congratulations on no binges! That's TRULY awesome!

hollybelle on 02/14/2011:
P.S. How could I forget to say - Congratulations on no binges! That's TRULY awesome!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 05, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 134.0

Hello to the sweetest internet group of ladies I know!!! :-)

Hi!  so i have a new job...and i'm purchasing a NEW laptop TODAY. I will be a little more frequent on here and definitely commenting on your journals after I make my purchase!

And with a job comes a busier schedule and a perfect opportunity for weightloss.

I am happy to report I am below 135 pounds now! yay. I am 134 and still going DOWN, down, down.

It's time for a little body self-intervention and reinvention, ladies. I am quite happy right now.

It's good to have money in the bank...the job, i still am getting used to and for now i will tell you it's an office job, not teaching or the health field like I have degrees and certificates in. but, it's good to be working, busy, and getting paid pretty well for an office job. so, let me tell you, I am VERY thankful.

I will still teach music on Sundays, but unfortunately i must drop my Thursdays/Fridays...and i already DID drop Tuesdays, because it is a crazy commute and I really rush way to much to even get from work to lessons. So, bc it isn't convenient, I will have to drop the students.

No human being can do everything. My commute is around one hour there, one hour back. From where I live on Long Island to a city in Queens, NY.  and, for the other teaching music job, it would be at least an hour and 15 minutes to go teach, and then 25 minutes or so home...too much gas and time driving...leaving me no time for myself at all.

So, I leave my house at 6:30 or so for work at 8. Then, after work, I drive straight to the gym and it seems i get home around 8...but i'm trying to get home earlier everyday.

134 lbs!  :-)

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 02/05/2011:
congrats on the new job and the low weight!!! Can't wait to hear from you more often... Have a good one!

lifestylechange on 02/05/2011:
congrats are in order....times two!! ;) (or three if you count the new laptop too)

tangalyn on 02/05/2011:
congrats on job and weight loss, glad ull have a new computer soon

loveray on 02/05/2011:
wow crazy exciting news!! im so happy you are happy:) hope you have a fabulous weekend. xo

V on 02/05/2011:
Busy busy girl you are! Congrats on the new laptop! I sure miss ya! Have a good one my sweets!

moogy on 02/05/2011:
What a wonderful post to open up. I have a big smile on my face. I am so happy for you that you have a job, getting a new lap top, a job, yay!!! excellent news. I am so proud of you I wish I could give you a big hug. Well done for hanging in there and getting through. Love you HOP:)

KathyBlue on 02/06/2011:
I'm so happy for you!!! YAYYY for the new job, great challenge!!! I like you not giving up gym, don't! :) Love yaaa HOP!!! xoxo

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 01, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 135.0

first off, i'll be getting a new computer in a week or two, which will be great since i will not need to go to the library or university. partially the reason for getting one is that i do have a full time job now, an office job, and the hours are long. so it would be great to have a computer at home.


i'm back at 135 lbs.



and that's really all i am writing.


i am also up to doing 35 pushups per set....but my other sets are usually of lesser amounts.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 02/01/2011:
Congrats on the full time job! Can't wait till you get a new computer so we can keep in touch w/ you more regularly!!! Have a good one!

V on 02/01/2011:
Hey girl! Yes it is high time you got a computer and you should be able to find some pretty sweet deals right now :) We all missed you! Hey congrats on the full time gig :)

moogy on 02/01/2011:
Good to see a post from you HOP. Well done on the new job and the exercise. I look forward to seeing future posts.:)

shadetree on 02/02/2011:
Congrats on the job HOP!

loveray on 02/02/2011:
missed you!! xoxo

KathyBlue on 02/02/2011:
WOW, congrats on the job!!!! :D Can't wait to read details! :D

hollybelle on 02/02/2011:
Congrats on your job and getting a computer! Can't wait to see more posts from you.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 21, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 135.0

hey all. some days of higher cal eating, but not in the 4,000s again, thankfully.

just 2000's.

hmmm, just doing my thing, walking in all weather, going to the library, practicing my instruments a little, applying for jobs.

the usual.

i weigh more around 137-138 now.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/21/2011:
hope uve been doin ok, have a great day

V on 01/21/2011:
I concur @7-11 sometimes if SB has a line and I am pressed for time, that is my backup...I think my addiction to SB is the pleasant aroma that wafts throughout the neighborhood ;) Hey I am so sorry you are still struggling with the binges,and you are right it surely beats the 4000 cal days :)Keep on trying beautiful!

Umpqua on 01/21/2011:
Sounds like all is well. I hope you have a great weekend!

moogy on 01/21/2011:
Glad to read you are getting out and about and keeping the calories under control. Good for you HOP:)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 19, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 135.0

I hope you are all well.

once again, i binged yesterday. 4200 cal. could be a lot worse, but i decided not to binge in the evening, thankfully! and i did go to the gym and do a little cardio even in the AM. so that's fine.

today i've recovered. lol. doing more job applications and things seem to be moving along in a positive direction at least!


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/19/2011:
Good to see you bounce back. I think that it is one of your most positive abilities. You never give up, you always get back up and keep going. Well done HOP.:)

V on 01/19/2011:
Hello beautiful! I hope you will make a full binge free recovery! Love ya!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 17, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 135.0

Happy Martin Luther King Day!? Anyone else enjoying a wonderful day off in memory of him?

anyways, i went to a very enjoyable and rocking wedding last night. It was for a good friend from Hofstra and there were only a few guests I knew, but we really had a blast together. Even one of my favorite professors and her husband were there - they still teach and work - and are currently in their late 80's! They partied more than most of the guests, dancing the WHOLE night. Not bad for a man who is 88 years old...I talked to them for a bit, danced with them, had fun.  It was great to be with some of the nicest people I've ever met last night and to have such a good evening - it is not every day that a person can be so thankful - so thankful for knowing kind and generous people. And last night, the bride (probably one of the most giving/selfless people i know!), my friend Jen and her husband, my friend Chris, and the older couple/professors really made the night. It was this group that I was with for the whole wedding, and I am just so thankful for last night. It's hard to explain, but it's not everyday that you can share an evening with such an ecclectic group of people.

The bride was my age, 28, her husband 32.  I know the bride from college and music there. My friend Jen is also my age, her husband is close to 50. yes, big age difference, but it didn't matter last night. and, i had went to Jen's wedding a couple years ago, so i have met her older husband. last night he also had all the energy in the world and was just so charming and fun! my friend chris is 30, he went to my college too, but i met him through the bride. He sings as a hobby, lives in southern california, and is always up for a party. so we danced the whole time and kinda chilled together a lot since we weren't as close with the other guests. he's very close with the bride and her family.

the piano professor and performer and her husband, an artist/painter.  they are very wealthy and amazingly down to earth.  they are highly socialable, intelligent, and well rounded. they may be in there 80s, but you would never think that after speaking with them. their minds are more attuned and quicker than most people i know of my own age. 

so that was last night. i drank a bit much, woke up feeling like a$$ and very hungry. took some extra B vitamins as they are said to help with a hangover, drank lots of water. and now i'm about back to normal! :-)  i am grateful to sleep in today!


other than that, i've been working much less (subbing) the past two weeks only for ONE school day. I have been busy teaching many private lessons and i have managed to aquire a few more private students in the past couple weeks, which is good. most of them adorable and eager to learn. this is one of the joys and privledges that comes with private music instruction - more of your kids happen to really love music and have the passion. however, this is not to say i do not want to teach in the public schools - i DO! but, private teaching is special and VERY rewarding - more than most types of instruction.  even with my slower learners/kids that need more help, they are enjoyable to work with, and doing it one-on-one ensures that they get my full attention. so it's still a lot of fun.



i had a couple binges last week and gained back a couple lbs because of that. I am 137 again, instead of 135. I almost went and got a massage today, but then i remembered my goal and pact with myself - 129 lbs = massage. hopefully I will get that massage by mid february, end of february....getting a bit impatient!....this is motivation to curb binging! :-) good things, people!


take care my fellow DDers :-)

and, ode to loveray, I send you all LOVE!



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

loveray on 01/17/2011:
i missed youuuuuu. im glad you are back and that you had an amazing wedding weekend!! its so awesome when you realize how blessed you are - those moments are priceless so cherish it especially when you are feeling down in the dumps. i had a wedding this weekend too and it was a ton of fun. i think i am going to come up to NYC once this dreaded weather gets better:) perhaps we could set up a lunch or tea date! hope you have a great day.

V on 01/17/2011:
Sounds like your fam knows how to party :) Well I am so relieved that you heard me and didn't get offended...When I think of you,I think what a beautiful, talented and super funny girl :) I am sure others around you see and view you the same way and then some :) Love love love yourself HOP...Wake up every morning with positive affirmations about what makes you special! Love you girl!

moogy on 01/17/2011:
I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time. As an older person I think that sometimes we forget that people are the same no matter what age we are and can enjoy each other's company if placed in the right setting. Like here on DD's. I am glad that you are back posting regularly. I am sure that with all the support you will reach your goals.:)

moogy on 01/17/2011:
I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time. As an older person I think that sometimes we forget that people are the same no matter what age we are and can enjoy each other's company if placed in the right setting. Like here on DD's. I am glad that you are back posting regularly. I am sure that with all the support you will reach your goals.:)

legcramps on 01/18/2011:
Wow, great party! I am so glad to hear about the fun you had at the wedding, your entry just permeates with joy :) Sounds like you are doing really well, even if you did feel like a$$ this morning ;) a$$ goes away eventually. Now if only that were literal.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 11, 2011
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 135.0

I am finally back to 135, even with the binge...but it will turn back up to 136 if i am not careful! haha. i feel good at this 135...and better since I KNOW I can continue this progress through the rest of the next few months.

135 now....perhaps close to 130 by the month's end. I would like to be in the 120's in February. and once i reach 129, i said i'd reward myself with a massage, and will not go before I reach that weight. Next reward of a massage is when I reach 125....then, 120. then, i think i will try to maintain the 120.  so, 3 massages: 129, 125, 120.

Hello :-)

Yesterday I had a backslide and ate 5500 calories. Today I'm back on track. so far, i've had 1050 calories and I am planning for up to 2200 (it is hard to eat much lower the next day after a day of binging).  so all is good. I'm scanning some documents i need for a job application upstate.  Also, I need to go to the store - maybe Payless if they have anything good - to get a pair of boots. would be good to have them for the rest of the winter...instead of these flats that leave most of my foot open to the cold!

i've been teaching lessons but not really subbing so much at all. it is good only that i have time to get these things done, but in many ways i really don't need as MUCH free time as i have! 

i saw Mr. Portugual at the gym yesterday and he looked under the weather...and for some reason, in his sweatshirt and sweatpants (usually he's in nice pants and a cute tank top!) he looked even more adorable bc he wasn't feeling good....and my heart went out to the dude! :-) haha, what can i say!?

if i lose some weight, i may strike up the nerve to talk to the guy...he's really HOT! and, he's not going anywhere anytime soon...i hope to continue to see him around. i'd love to meet him for coffee....although, like i've said in the past, for now he's out of my leage....but maybe not for always.  my goal is to talk to him in a month or two, a reward i'd give myself for losing weight...it sounds dumb, but for me this works.

stay well.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/11/2011:
It's good to see an entry from you, and yay for getting back to 135! Mr Portugal LOL :) Hope you get a chance to talk to him soon!

V on 01/11/2011:
Girl you must work on your self esteem! I really don't think that guy cares if you are 120 lbs and if you like him don't use your weight to keep you from seeing him til you do, that's silly girl!LOL Love ya!

tangalyn on 01/11/2011:
good luck with ur goals, im sure u will reach them all, have a great day! =)

legcramps on 01/11/2011:
First test of determination: ask Mr. Portugal out for coffee. Now. Reward schmeward.

No, seriously. I dare you. I double dog dare you. Why is he out of your league and why are you putting yourself in a lower league than him? How come he gets to be put on a pedestal? Not fair, man.

Anyways, you've been double dog dared, so... I can only assume we'll be hearing about how coffee went fairly soon :)

moogy on 01/11/2011:
Well, you have to go with what works for you HOP. It is good that you know how you operate and are able to recognise your eating behaviours and not fall of the wagon anymore. I am pleased that when you have a big calorie day you are now able to work your way back down. That's wonderful, I am very pleased for you.:)

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