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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 111.0

Good Morning All. Thanks for your support always and especially lately :) 

kombucha 60

breakfast:cookie 150, muffin 200, coffee 50

1/2 wrap 60, egg half and butter half 100. 150

lunch: wrap 120, tuna fish 150, roasted veggies 130, goldfish crackers 150. 550-600,

raspberries 50, chocolate 50

dinner: prob indian food leftovers 550

1900 tops 

bike ride 




Tonight i have to be home, as usual, but to give someone 2 tray tables i'm selling on Facebook local. I sold the two that are in good condition for a total of $10 combined just to get someone to want them and take them out of my closet so my apt is less cluttered :) He will come by i think around 7pm to pick them up and i'll bring them downstairs :)

Ricky slept over Sunday night into this morning and that has helped me sleep so much. Usually it's the opposite with me, but, lately i feel much better around someone who cares about me. 

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/16/2019:
I love Facebook marketplace!!

When my husband worked nights or was out of town for work, I never slept quite as well as when he was home. It's comforting.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
yes, i've never been this way, well almost never. Now i appreciate having people around me at my apt - at least right now.

and yes, it's Facebook Marketplace :) ...a good way for me to get rid of some things :)

legcramps on 12/16/2019:
I completely agree with feeling better around people who care! It really makes such a huge difference on our emotional state sometimes. I hope you are doing well <3

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
Having people around is helping me quite a bit. I prefer it right now very much...

happy-1 on 12/16/2019:
Hugs. I know exactly what you mean about having someone there who cares.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
Thank you Happy, i appreciate your hugs <3

Donkey on 12/17/2019:
Nothing wrong with having supportive people around you :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/17/2019:
seems to really help <3

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM: no exercise: PM: pushups and upper body, also a walk.

breakfast: oatmeal and almond milk 170, yogurt 130, kombucha 70...370

snacks: gummies sf 100, tastes of desserts i made 100

lunch: salad with some dressing and chick peas and croutons 250, challah bread 200, tuna salad 150. 600

3pm snack large apple 100

4:30pm  try the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins i made for work with almond milk. 200 total.

dinner: leftovers, maybe more tuna salad since i have a large amount from diner last night and don't want to waste it. dinner around 550  it was tuna on rice cakes, salad with dressing. very filling.

2050,  very good :)



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

happy-1 on 12/15/2019:
Good job staying on track over a weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2019:
thanks happy...it was somewhat easy, surprisingly!

Donkey on 12/16/2019:
Very nice menus, good calorie count!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/16/2019:
Thanks Donkey :) I was also happy with how the calories went over the weekend.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 AM Seltzer with stevia while doing leg exercises ...bike ride for 25 min or so....

Breakfast oatmeal and milk 200, yogurt 150, coffee 50. 400

snack peanut butter 100

Lunch: rice 150, Chinese sauce and veggies 250, salami 200. 600.

snack: orange and chocolate 150

garlic bread bigger amount 250, tuna fish 200, salad and dressing 150, croutons 100 700

2000 good 

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

Donkey on 12/14/2019:
Happy Saturday! I'm on my bike while you're doing your leg exercises. Are we working out together? Lol...

I hope you have a productive therapy session today. It's a work in progress

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
You got me to To go on the bike at my parents’ house :-) yes, it’s def a work in progress right now ...

Donkey on 12/14/2019:
^^I plan to hit the weight bench this afternoon! :-)

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
Good for you!!!!! I hit it on Thursday evening and maybe again tonight too :-)

happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
Good job on the workout

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2019:
thanks happy :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

am pushups, no extra exercise 
kombucha 50

breakfast: cookie 50, Cliff bar chocolate chip  250, coffee 50, lily's sf chocolate 50

snack:shared half  wrap and egg 150, butter 100. 150.

lunch: i have some frozen leftovers greens 100 and meat 150...should be good, also popcorn 200 and fruit 100...550 total.


snack: tbd  -  almonds

dinner: tbd Chinese food 

total around 2100

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

legcramps on 12/13/2019:
Sounds like you are getting back into the groove of things. Your guinea pigs are adorable!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/13/2019:
i am still feeling quite anxious but hope to work on it tomorrow with therapist.

happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
Hugs. You will prevail.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
That’s what I needed thank you :-) happy!!!

Donkey on 12/14/2019:
Love reading your menus!

I've felt that living with anxiety, well... and depression (my issue) is like waves in the ocean. The more coping skills and cognitive perspectives you learn, the better one is able to ride out the waves, coasting along, never fearing the next wave that life will bring, but knowing in your heart, that you have it in you to get on top of any wave, big or small, fast or slow, and ride it out.

I agree with Happy. You are smart and strong. You will prevail.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
Thank you for thinking about this and putting it in perspective for me :) still working on this....

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM pushups, PM arms...legs will wait a little more :) and hair removal at home 

kombucha 50

breakfast bar 250 and coffee 50. 

snack: wrap and egg 150, butter 100. 250.

lunch: leftovers - tofu 150 and veggies with dressing 150, popcorn150, fruit 100. 550; chocolate 50

snack: tbd chocolate 100 nuts and candy 50

dinner before workout: tbd...maybe some indian takeout? okra 150, spinach palak 200, rice crackers 60, cheese 50, yogurt 150...700 tops

2050, good!!!!

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

Donkey on 12/12/2019:
Hope you have a good day! Do you have the day off by any chance?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
I don't have the day off haha...but i am just going with the flow today and working on feeling more relaxed.

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
Yes for feeling more relaxed.....!!! We put ourselves through so much stress sometimes that we forget to just live and find joy in some simpler things.....I'm happy to see you are leaning in that direction too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
yes, i'm working on it and have a ways to go still...still feeling a little to anxious but working on it. i also think it's due to a certain medicine i'm taking and i called and left a message about that with my doctor...waiting to hear back tonight when she comes in (she starts at 6pm).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
wow...sorry about 4 of the same.

happy-1 on 12/12/2019:
I really miss Indian food. If I take a day off maybe I will track down an Indian place. The thing is my standards are pretty high!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/13/2019:
lol, i think i have low standards on Indian because there's really only one place in the City close to where i work...but i guess i'm lucky it's a good place! :)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

PUSHUPS.?? i forgot what i did but i think i did abs, actually...walking. no extra exercise today. have a dermatologist appt that i'll be driving to, with my dad in the car.


kombucha 60

breakfast: wrap 100, egg 100, butter 100. coffee 50. chocolate 50.

snack: almonds 100, choc 50

lunch 600.

chocolates 150 (only bc coworker put them in front of me)

almonds 100

7:45pm late dinner was Panera bread: light tasty sandwich 250, chicken soup 200. tops 500

2000 cals today, excellent :)

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

Donkey on 12/11/2019:
Hope you're having a better day today.

It occurred to me this morning that, if you and I are psychically linked, perhaps my anxieties are affecting you and I don't even know it!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2019:
well, i do think it would be the opposite and hope i'm not affecting you <3 either way, i will be oK. i think one of the medicines i'm on isn't helping and i might have a reaction to it finally after 6 weeks (Abilify)

happy-1 on 12/11/2019:
How did you manage to only eat 150 cal of chocolate???

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2019:
well...i try to eat it when i want it...and having a big amount of it always at work helps. those chocolates from a coworker were harder to moderate bc they were very fresh and with pomegranate in them so it's something i don't have all the time...which can be hard to keep moderate! but that's all coworker gave me! hahahaha

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM abs..., PM probably just union meeting, maybe arm weights


Breakfast bar 270 and coffee 50. 320 CHOCOLATE 150

snack: i'll have almonds 100

lunch: leftovers: cucumbers/tomato with dressing 100, briskset portion 200, fried shrimp 300, noodles 250. 850

snack apple,orange 100, Candies 50

large dinner: large fried chicken patties 500, some bread 100, salad 100, diet coke 700-750

2400 total., good.


ate a big lunch purposely...feeling like i could stand to eat more lately since i feel thin and feel a couple lbs would do me no harm!

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

Donkey on 12/11/2019:
Maybe the meds are causing to lose weight?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/11/2019:
maybe, but i doubt it. i should look them up.

when i had surgery and stuff, the first 2 days i hardly ate. and i was eating a little less going into this whole thing around 2 months ago. so, the few days all caught up in addition to also a fasting day for the Jewish religion...

i do not think it's the meds, but, i'll check that.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 09, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM Abs, pm bike or rest

kombucha 50

breakfast/snack: wrap with egg 150, avo 150, coffee 50, chocolate 50, 100

snack: almonds

lunch: meat 200 not much, veggies 200, popcorn 200. small espresso from coworker. 600.

Snack: small cake thing 100?; almonds 100, chocolate 100 (not feeling my best, so having the sugar is just a coping thing)

Dinner 600 was blueberries tomatoes and dumplings  

2050 total 



I was anxious this morning on the train and also had a panic attack while driving yesterday on the highway and had to pull over. i'm hopeful that i'll get over these feelings by taking a breather. any suggestions you have, i'm open to them all. After being back to work a week, it seems i need to work on some things now that are coming back some unwelcome, but, i can get over them, i know...although it's frustrating to face some of the anxious thoughts again.

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

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2019:
It's a good thing you pulled over when you felt the need to. When i find myself getting anxious...I reassure myself that I am fine...and I notice if my shoulders are up around my ears....apparently that is my first reaction to anxiety....when I relax my shoulders and tell myself I'm fine then I do relax a bit. I hear biofeedback can help if you have access to that....check out the side affects of any meds you take. Speaking to your doctor about it is important. But know that no one is happy all of the time, over the years i have come to realize that not dwelling on things that make us nervous helps but that things will always get better...so always keep that in mind. There will be better days and times...You are a good person and you deserve to be happy and relaxed.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm struggling lately and it really helps, more than you'd guess, to read a comment from you today that relates to how i'm feeling. i know i can do this...and i cannot wait to feel even better :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
the smallest things from people like you are what is helps the most right now.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2019:
I see that you had an espresso...now that would make me jittery...the only time I ordered on ( in a book store)...I had to add water to it. Funny story...my youngest son was on the road working and they ( he and his coworker) stopped at a gas station and they went in for coffee.....my son...who is ALWAYS looking for a good deal...decided he would fill his LARGE cup up with espresso instead of coffee......and apparently he was bouncing off the ceiling of the truck all day....he never did that again.....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
yes, espresso was given to me and i should prob have thrown it out today :)...i will write more later, but i agree about the espresso.

happy-1 on 12/09/2019:
Caffeine, substances (cold and other meds, alcohol, pot), and refined sugar will trigger them. Travel anxiety tips will help. Driving is tough because you have to also operate a car. Sounds like what was happening to me when my neck was screwed up. These types of tips helped. https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-health-story/coping-travel-anxiety/

horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2019:
Thank you !!!! I will read it now ....... thanks so much and yes it’s some travel anxiety for sure

Donkey on 12/09/2019:
I'm so sorry to hear that you are struggling. Your journey out of this will not be linear. Like Bear said, life is ups and downs, but I do have faith that you will develop the coping skills that you need to keep the anxiety - when it does arise - to manageable levels. It may seem or feel unmanageable now, but this comes with time and practice.

How scary to have an attack while driving! You did the right thing by pulling over to "reset" yourself. In fact, you may find that you have days where you are pausing to "reset" yourself more often, and then you will have better days where it's not necessary. I would encourage you to trust the process and trust in yourself & your abilities.

I've read that when you're in the middle of an anxiety episode, that it's helpful to focus on a series of sensory things to "reset" yourself. So it would be something like, Find 4 things of a certain color, identify 3 things of a certain shape, identify 2 different sounds, 1 scent....

I'm thinking about looking into meditation techniques to help me during work. This might help you too. It's about stepping back, focusing on breathing, centering yourself -- kind of like what we do when we get dizzy. We stop, slow down, refocus, and then move on.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/10/2019:
Thank you for the suggestions...i may memorize here what you wrote about the sensory objects...THANK YOU...all extremely helpful to me!!!

innerpeace on 12/10/2019:
I hope things get better for you.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/10/2019:
Your thoughts are so very appreciated <3

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

4am Gummies and seltzer with stevia around 4am 100 - but then went back to sleep thankfully. when i eat up the gummies, i'll take a break from eating them, but i have like 20 packages left lol.

8:30am breakfast: oatmeal with almond milk 170, stevia, sf chocolate chips 80, coffee with almond milk 50. total 300., kombucha 50

9:45snack: TBD maybe a bar..pb on rice cracker 100, candies 50

noon snack rice krispie treat and candy 250...talk later...

3pm unch: TBD - maybe takeout chilli from Wendy's or another type of takeout fast food - (i'll be out of the house)  egg on wrap200, chips

blueberries and gummies 250

pb on wrap 300

 1750 total 



Today's Plans:

9am-ish first this AM after breakfast: arms / pushups workout

10:30am: leave apt for dog walking training which is around 1 hour away (usually i'll go right after therapy, it's 10 minutes from therapy)

11:30 dog walking training, not sure when it goes till - i think 1-2 hours?

12:30 lunch, takeout 

1:00pm or so after lunch: supermarket, fast, for tofu, seltzers, green leaf veggie for Frankie&Ricky, double up on the veggie for myself for lunches, fruit - berries, iced coffee, (as for meat, i have frozen leftovers for this week)

2pm-2:30pm or so: pick up Ricky so he can installl a new tv he bought me (i didn't ask, so i am not paying him back as i didn't need a new one but he wants a better one that goes online/smart tv which was around $150 he said was the price)....also with Ricky, we are installing wall art that i had in my apt for YEARS - finally getting it done!

4:30 - done with Ricky...he's going to watch sports at home or may stay over, i need to do the hair removal Laser at home 

Free from like 5pm / dinner on....






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

BearCountryGG on 12/08/2019:
So nice that you will be able to walk the dogs.....excellent excuse to get in some extra walking and dogs are really so cool......they are so appreciative.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
had a bit of a panic attack yesterday...so dog walking may have to wait. it was the long drive that got me...one thing at a time, i guess.

happy-1 on 12/08/2019:
LOL... He bought himself a TV for your apt. Very cute.

Love that you are walking dogs... Such a mental health boost!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
that is cute with the tv, huh!?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
he also set it up so easily...a breeze for him! it's better sound and picture as well.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

AM abs and a walk in afternoon 

8am Large apple 120, whipped cream 130, pumpkin brownie 300. total  550, good, tea. coffee 50. 600

11am snack pb on rice cracker 100, gummies 80, siggis yogurt 120

late lunch: 250, later fruit 50

taco dinner: lots of veggies 150, cheese 100, taco shells 100, meat 300, chips and candy 200.....850.eefried beans 150

2250 tops ...


Like BCGG, i got up and motivated to clean up. So i cleaned the Guniea Pig cage and a little bit in the hamster cage. Then, I started some laundry.  It will all be done by 10am :) 

Later, I have therapy at 1:15pm and i think i may leave my apt earlier, if possible, to see about volunteering as a dog walker at a shelter located close to the therapy location (i may wait a couple weeks on this still...)

also, it's the best deal of the year for candles at bath and body works so even though i have been using some of my savings since i have been out of work, i'm taking advantage of the day and will stop there late this morning to buy 2-3 candles since i like to use them in my apt here and there...i make good use of them.

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

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2019:
Great start to the day HOP........What a great idea the dog walking is....dogs are so loving and rewarding to work with and a good opportunity for you to get some walking in.....I swear petting a dog ( a friendly one)lowers blood pressure. Have a great day!!

horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2019:
Tomorrow I go for dog walking training :)

BearCountryGG on 12/08/2019:
How neat is that?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2019:
it's cool it's worked out rather well!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2019:
and fast timing with the training today! (it's offered only 1x a month on the weekends, so i got lucky that it's today)

Donkey on 12/08/2019:
Ha ha, apparently, the Bath & Body Works candle sale is a huge thing - it was trending big time on Twitter, and having read your post first, I knew exactly why!

I love candles!!! What kind did you get?

Oh and great idea about the dog walking!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2019:
one is for my coworker, called Peace and a light scent mixed with vanilla along with a sweet smelling soap....then i got myself sweet smelling ones: island margarita, mango pineapple, a black cherry merlot scent and, lastly, a citrus (but no citrus smell really) mixed with another scent and called Midnight Blue Citrus (not crazy citrus-y at all!). lol yeah, a lot of them are drinks but smell so sweet, i like a sweet, fruity smell. certain smells i steer clear from, anything marshmallow or like anything cupcake/donut like smells - i feel the candles don't smell like those things at all! LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2019:
yes, the candle thing is a HUGE deal because they were $9.50 and usually they are like $22-$24 i think. and it's the only day of the year that they are this cheap. usually, if they are on sale, they are around $12, not the $9.50. and i do use them, if my apt is particularly "smelly" or i feel the need for some reason. it usually is when i feel my apt needs a fresh scent...like if i have gas, LOL. not kidding though at all!

happy-1 on 12/08/2019:
Oh love love love an aroma scented space. With pets, it's a necessity.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2019:
yes, it is! one of my candles (the one i wanted to give coworker as a gift!) accidentally broke on the way to work, so i will choose a different one to give her tomorrow or so.

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