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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 20, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Well, it's a Happy Thursday here in Queens, NY~

10am late Breakfast, slept in as usual lately:  oats 150, almond milk 50, bigger banana 150, dried pineapple 50, blueberries 120 (huge breakfast i guess!) it's almost TOM and anything goes right now...and coffee 30. 550..

11am snack, trying to motivate myself to do some weights early, gummies 100, kombcuha 100

2pm late healthy lunch: leftover really tasty salmon from parents smaller piece..300, with chips. 300. during workout before i shower and start my review of this project, yup, waited till last minute. should be OK.

3pm-5pm - planned my presentation to take place during class !

5pm chocolate 100

7:45pm dinner when class ended: leftover tofu 150, leftover veggies, pickled tomatoes not great turning bad 100 too much vinegar, pretzels 2 servings 250. 500.

1950...may have a piece of fruit as well.

chocolate 60

2010... bed soon :-) 




I slept in. Didn't set an alarm for this morning.  I have one activity of Major importance today - plan and practice by 5-10minute project presentation to be delivered tonight around 5pm during my LAST project management class. I am SO HAPPY i'm at the end...just have to plan & practice this presentation today. I chose to wiait until today to do it because i knew i'd be home today with enough time to do it (rather than planning a few days ago to start doing the work, i waited until last minute, my choice).


I want to get my weights done before i start doing the work for my last class of project management...those are semi-important too. It's also healthier than just sitting around the whole day...

After class today, I may do some light cardio - either walking outside or just the indoor stationary bike, actually, sounds good enough.

AND I CLEANED THE SHOWER TODAY :) THANK GOSH. i think i'm procrastinating my assignment due today...didn't start yet - chose to exercise and clean up first...i'll start the work around 3pm...be done for 5pm class, no biggie.


tomorrow, FRIDAY, i wake up earlier - beach again with my friend Christine (a much more relaxing type of beach visit than with family...LOL). EASY DAY once at beach. we'll prob do some takeout (she loves the takeout thai place by me...otherwise, i really don't need takeout...so maybe i'll just get soup...iDK...i have a lot of salmon still...maybe i can freeze it tonight.


Saturday i'm planning to stick around here...i have an online (free) test review course 9-2:30pm! then i plan to do weights again, take a light walk?



Monday I have a guy coming (only from 10am-noon) to install Verizon service in my apt since i'm switching internet services...then not sure (but another day that's not totally busy) ...def some reading and doing HW for paralegal which i'll know the work since it will be online Monday. Need to pick up a shirt at the cleaners...I might take another interview also for Monday, but may cancel if I hear anything from the interview i went on this past Monday.....RETURN THE OLD SERVICE APPLIANCES TO SPECTRUM...


Tuesday I'm at beach, all day, with mom and sister and baby (dad back to work for a few weeks before he retires)...DON'T REALLY WANT TO GO ALL DAY, BUT, SOMETIMES CANNOT REFUSE FAMILY.


Wednesday - OPEN...- i def am looking forward to a very open day, as i think time is ticking till i may start working :)


I have 6 more weeks of Paralegal course, starting next Monday coming up....if i have to do it and i am working, so be it....

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
Your days are paked full...what a great time to take the classes.....even if you end up overlapping that and work a little....good use of your time accomplishing that!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
i admit there's a lot of time on the couch when i'm not doing things. i think i make it seem busier than i really am!?

yes, if i overlap the rest of paralegal it's not a big whoop. i'm glad that there's no presentation for that. it's just an online instruction pass/fail. ..it's more important i get a job in the next couple months prob than to "do my absolute best" on a web course....if you get me.

it's important now that i adjust my priorities to trying to get a job..i hope that earlier interview works out, but will prob not know till next week..

otherwise, i do have a couple other options that have popped up for potential jobs. i will have to try harder, but hopefully i get the one that sounds so good that i interviewed for...

def a need to change priorities now to job hunting starting middle of next week (after this busy weekend / starting second half paralegal / after visiting parents on Tuesday and also a few other important things that have to get done....) after that, i cannot further wait for the job. we'll see what happens!

legcramps on 08/20/2020:
Good luck on your project presentation tonight!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
it went very well :) so glad it's DONE. so glad.

Maria7 on 08/20/2020:
Wow, you have a busy schedule!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
haha, compared to some people i know...my schedule is LIGHT! i'm so serious. i know people that work 3 jobs! i couldn't!!!! or i wouldn't want to!

Donkey on 08/20/2020:
Bravo!!! Congratulations!!! I can't believe you're done with your project class already! I remember when you started how insurmountable it all seemed. And you did it!!!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 19, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 9am later breakfast oats 150, almond milk 50, coffee 50, big banana 150...400

snack big cookie 150

 12:30 Lunch with the rents (trying not to stay for dinner) bc I prefer to go home earlier today - was here since around 10:45am...big lunch made by my mom 4 shrimps and egg white 100, cheese 150, olive oil 100, olives 100, Kinsh 150 smaller piece 600? 

2:30 chocolate 50 before going out for walk 

snack back at home 2 plums 100

dinner nachos 300, tofu 150, chinese veggies in sauce 100..550 spiked drink 100

small amount dried fruit and fresh blueberries 200 tops

2200 today, fine 

prob bed early tonight...

hour walk with dad today around the community.


was supposed to go to beach but weather is rainy :-) so went to visit parents at their home instead and they keep expecting me to go to beach with them each week but I really don't want to next week lol but I'll try to get it out of the way for next week ...plan is now to go with them Tuesday next week - had to cancel farm volunteering..:)

did a small load of laundry, now just hanging on the couch reading for the rest of the night.

things I must do soon: clean bathroom - really soon...the shower in particular...prb on weekend - Saturday?

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/19/2020:
I love seeing your posts on FB about the volunteering you're doing! Looks and sounds like so much fun :)

I'm also glad your interview went well and it is a position that you would look forward to taking on. Fingers crossed for you!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
thank you so so much!!!

the volunteering is so fun and just a short portion of the day, which i like a lot.

Donkey on 08/19/2020:
Ohhhh I'm not sure how I feel about canceling the farm for the beach, which you'd rather not do ... perhaps I read that wrong.

Sorry, right now, both sound better than a law firm to new, lol.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
yup, i would have preferred the farm i think!!! and i was supposed to bring my friend JEN that day :( so i also had to cancel plans with her....to make my family happy. she understands. she may even still go volunteer on her own!

yea, both sound better than work right! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
sometimes going to see parents, for a large portion of the day, makes it so i don't feel i did anything productive the whole day...it would be better if it was shorter visits...like i did yesterday which went well!

bearcountrygg on 08/20/2020:
Do your parents swim or just relax on the shore at the beach. I'm sure they like to visit with you since you have time off right now. It's great though that you do have so many things to do right now. You are being really productive!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2020:
My parents like to walk on the shore of the beach. My dad will go into the ocean when it's hot. My mom cannot swim and will not join him. There's a pool and kiddie pool, so my sister is also there and brings her baby in both pools (he's almost 2). They walk a lot, like i was saying, on either the short boardwalk or the beach shore along the ocean.

They do love when i visit. I like to visit but sometimes the length of the visit really becomes excessive and I am glad i went home early yesterday, before dinner, so i didn't have to come home later in the evening. I was able to do a few more things at home myself which is nice - when i got home...

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 18, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

9am Got up after laying in bed to have a fast breakfast before getting out the door in time to make it to volunteering at the Queens Farm again today (and I will go again on Sunday, too!) oats 150, mulberries 100, macadamia milk 50, little kombucha 50. 350

Noon snack after volunteering (which was great as always!) granola bar 100

2pm meal back at home: plums (2) 100, chips 3 servings it was a new one that was really, really good a guacamole flavored tortilla 450, iced coffee, spiked drink 100..

I did get tired as usual after volunteering and fell asleep, set my clock for 20 min...got up but wasn't productive before my class that started at 5pm... :( the coffee i drank before i fell asleep helped for me to stay awake after the nap..!

snack at 6pm: pretzels 150

7:30 during class: big cookie, lots of crumbs from the other cookies too LOL 200...will try to walk outside after this class since i didn't do much walking today.

10pm 2 wraps 250, pb 100




I went to the supermarket to stock up since i had a good coupon for it; right after volunteering. got home and had a quick shower, now relaxing on couch a bit...but will do some reading and then take the online PM class again...the last class will be Thursday, when we present - so thursday during the early hours of the day is the day i'm going to be prepping for the class presentation, only.  right now, i'd rather just do reading for the paralegal which will start Monday for the second half...

the interview was very good...so i have my fingers crossed. they asked for references, so I emailed them last night with 4 references, all from my former employment that I am on layoff from.

tomorrow, i have plans for the beach with my family, all day.


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/18/2020:
I think it's great that you are volunteering at a farm......maybe meet some new friends.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
everyone is soooo nice. i like them a lot. :) most older, but fun to socialize with them while there...if anything!!

they are super human beings <3!!!

Donkey on 08/19/2020:
At the interview, did they give you an idea of when they would have their decision by? Are you able to contact any of your references to see if they've been contacted yet?

Moving on... the farm experience sounds amazing! Glad you got in a nap afterwards. I bet that felt good!

horn_of_plenty on 08/19/2020:
They said sometime next week would be prob when they make their decision and yes my references at least 1 will tell me if they are contacted :) I was able to call the references to let them know about this job possibility !!!!

Farming is great !

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 17, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

update: the interview went pretty well. they said they have someone else to interview :( but that i'd hear from them soon.  They did ask for a references list which I just emailed them. it all went pretty well and they have their own indoor garage for parking...the chances for the job are decent enough..fingers crossed and enjoying my time unemployed for now :) Tomorrow morning i'm volunteering again at the farm!!


Ate lightly in AM...was on the go! 300...

got my hair straightened...should last several months...had the appt for over a month and was happy to keep it.

interivew is at 4:30...not gonna do crazy exercise or anything bc i cannot shower again or wet my hair right now. it looks very straight lol...we shall see if i do it again or if i continue to have shorter hair again...

lunch was arby's fried chicken and curly fries. approx 700? and an iced black coffee at home as well...i only wanted fast food, no veggies, as i am really bloated with TOM any day now!

3pm clementine 50

8:30pm cookie and almond milk with splashes of stevia and coffee 200 total.not enough to motivate...so had chips 200...(would've been nice to end the day really low in cals, but, then again, i'm not looking to binge tomorrow...) now 9pm starting these weights and will end by 10pm bc there's no way i'm doing them past 10pm!



got home from interview around 5:30-6...somehow i don't know WHAT i have done since then...REALLY...and now it's 8:30pm and I am starting weights now (bc tomorrow is the farm and i will be TOO TIRED after the farm for weights...and i have the class tomorrow night still)



gonna relax, maybe do leg exercises...and maybe upper body exercises tonight, after interview...


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/17/2020:
Oooh!!! A hairdo!!! What a treat!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
It was, not the price, haha, but the 'do is SOOOO DIFFERENT and new. and very straight!

bearcountrygg on 08/17/2020:
Sounds like the interview went well...keeping my fingers crossed for you. The farm sounds like a lot of fun and learning new skills too.......

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
Thank you Linda...i see you checked out my photos too!

it's so crazy with the interview bc they were actually looking for someone with less skills but will take me for their benefit. i just hope it works out...if not, i'll keep looking...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
the farm is perfect for unemployed people like myself that don't mind getting messy!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
it's very close, the farm.

Donkey on 08/18/2020:
I'm so glad that the interview was a positive experience. That they shed for references is a good sign. It may just be what the other person presents that makes the decision. I sometimes think that our fate is not so much in our control, but rather depends on the actions of others.

Good plan to keep busy on the farm today. It will help you focus on something else and return your mindset to the fundamentals, rather than fixating on the interview and job.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
Farm is the best change of pace!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
Farm is the best change of pace!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
Farm is the best change of pace!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
Farm is the best change of pace!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2020:
Farm is the best change of pace!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 16, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 Happy Sunday :)

9:15am Breakfast oats 150, macadamia milk 50, banana 150, dried fruit 50, 400.

Noon snack pb cheese crackers 200 (after volunteering and and i was able to do errands before going right home..!)

2-3pm big, indulgent lunch: veg/tofu chinese soup 150, chinese toasted noodles small serving size 200, some other sauteed veggies in a heavier sauce but i took some of it off 150 tops, chocolate 220, coffee black with stevia after...750

drink of light beer with lime 100

6pm clementines 100 


sorta bloated and trying to eat light it's already 9pm...cookie 150, gummies 100 250, and peanut butter 100. 350.

1900, fine.


it's low 70s today with the overcast and light rain only ! Worked out for volunteering 10a-12pm again at the farm today !! We picked sunburst cherry tomatoes, Bush beans and weeded around some herbs! It was of course a great feeling and the volunteers are always such nice people <3. I am so glad to keep doing it for at least next week, Tuesday and maybe Sunday depending on my job prospect.. overall I'm feeling good. Just will run some errands, pick up rx, spend the rest of today at home since the weather is perfect for that. I'll cook a little cauliflower dish too.

overall, my time off has been AMAZING. I am so thankful it went alright, that unemployment payments were substantive and I was able to study and totally live a life of freedom and enjoyment these past 5 months. I am forever thankful for the rest, sleep, freedom I have had during this time. I will never forget it! But I hope to begin a new job soon, fingers crossed that tomorrow's interview goes well. 


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/16/2020:
I'm sure you will be happy to get back to work.......Hoping that tomorrow's interview goes well.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2020:
thank you, i totally hope so too!!

Donkey on 08/16/2020:
I'm very impressed by all that you managed to accomplish in this time off from work.

I'm very excited about your interview tomorrow, as this sounds like a very good fit. You have a skill set to contribute, and yet are open and able to accepting new procedures for projects as well.

Good luck!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
thanks Donkey! thank you for the kind thoughts!

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
Sounds like a good happy way to get some vitamin D!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
very very much! i'll miss this...maybe i'll keep volunteering even after i am working!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 15, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 Slept in! 

late 10:30 breakfast banana 120, macadamia milk 50, dried mulberries 50, oats 150, kombucha 50.

1pm Wendy's small nuggets and fries 550 Diet Coke.

snacks back at home around 4pm bar and clementine, bigger snack 300

took another walk. walked a lot today :)

6pm doing laundry and took a drink of wine/spiked seltzer mix...running low on my drinks, but i can drink the wine with seltzer instead of the spiked seltzers and save my cash...150

for dinner i am going to have a frozen pizza and a salad....relaxing and laundry for the rest of tonight (it's already after 6pm) and thinking about my week, doing some reading for the paralegal that will start up soon...everything is good in terms of my life and feeling good. salad - at least 150 calories, had a lot of olive oil. pizza was 450 cal.

2050 or so cals today. good.

lots of exercise, maybe another 5 mi type of day! :)


I have an interview on MONDAY for a job I actually feel PREPARED to take.  I hope it works out, will reveal more if it does. It's lower pay than the others, but it's totally related to my skills, i have actually slightly more skills than it requires, the pay could be good based on my skills being a little higher, the job is union, and it's in Queens, not NYC. all things are just generally positive abou tthis job...like i said, Interview is Monday :)  I had applied for it on Indeed months ago, forgot about it, and they contacted me on Friday. very happy about all of this.


doing my leg exercises that I didn't do yesterday quickly before going out to a bee walking spot with ricky - 

we are driving to sands point preserve to do some walking today :)


So, what was supposed to be a peaceful and beautiful destination didn't turn out that way with Ricky...

we drove an hour to be there...we stopped for fast food on the way...all is pretty good...

...we get there, all is still OK....

...we start to walk a path, he is already telling me he wants to go "his way" and he will not go over the trails with me (short trails of 1mi or much less like 1/4-1/2 mile).  

...i tell him to stop and look at my map with me...he refuses...

i tell him i won't be just following him like a dog or a child...that i'm sick of him telling me "no."

he starts to argue with me in public, of which i told him i refuse to be part of....

i walked away and did the trails on my own...he waited for me back at his car.

things may not ever improve with him and me. and that's OK.

we aren't married and we do not owe much to each other anymore.

i can't settle being treated as "less" than the other half in a relationship / friendship.

it actually might start to frazzle out between us...

this time, when he dropped me at home, i told him that i will not be contacting him and for him to contact me when he's ready.

i cannot stand how poorly he has been behaving lately.


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/15/2020:
I'm glad he apologized. Enjoy your day!

horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:
Thanks and you too!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:
i am not sure i will be able to maintain the same kinda friendship with him after another not-so-great day with him today!

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2020:
How is that macadamia milk? I just saw some here the other day and forgot to put it in the cart....and didn't think about it until now...is there a specific taste?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:
yeah, it's that "milkadamia" milk and it's pretty good. I got it as a change of pace. it's another milk with a really light taste and similar to almond milk. it's thicker than the 30cal almond milk and whiter. it's 50 cal for the unsweetened and a nice change of pace, but i guess it was a higher price. sometimes i need a change from the usual. it's pretty good!

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2020:
Good luck with th interview Monday.......Sounds like it is a lot more convenient!

horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2020:
Thank you, I hope it works out :)

Donkey on 08/15/2020:
Your dinner sounds delicious!

I'm feeling very positive about the job interview! Good luck! It sounds like it would be a good fit.

So I was reading along, thinking what a good day, only to get to the part about the argument. I'm glad that you asked the trails that you wanted to walk. And you did well not to engage in a public argument. What good can EVER come of that???

Perhaps a longer break is needed. Like 2 weeks. Our perhaps something is going on with R that is leaving him susceptible to flying off the handle like that.

Here's a plan: take a break, focus on you right now - classes, interview, family, health (both mental and physical). Just a thought.

horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2020:
The cucumber was amazing but the pizza was good until I finished it after already feeling full like halfway thru. I still got that overeating ingrained !

Yes totally taking a long break / forever break from him. I told him to contact me when he wants / if he wants. I cannot deal with his attitude..

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
Hugs. He sounds really difficult. When was the last time he saw a doctor? This is starting to sound like a brain tumor-level personality change.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
yeah, he's difficult alright.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 14, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

9am breakfast  leftover cereals (quite sick of cereal / sweet cereal) 250, almond milk 50, dried mulberries 100. 400. very filling...kombucha 100

1:30pm big lunch: leftover chicken smaller piece 250, leftover not that great cooked veggies 150, chips 300. 700. sorta too much. fell asleep for an hour after lunch...woke up to read and have an iced coffee 50.

small 5:30pm meal, before starting my weights routine (upper body) this chocolate protein bar i used to buy 250 (wasn't that fresh today though!) and two lg clementines 100.




without making an appt for a specific date & time, just by emailing my housing that i have a problem, the next morning maintenance unexpectedly came to fix this issue! very fast service but they didn't call to even say he was coming so i'm glad i am awake! he came before 9am! i was still in pajamas! i wasn't expecting maintenance! LOL. but this is good, he's here to fix a leaking / condensation air conditioner which is causing the wall paint to bubble up.

I was supposed to chat on phone with french friend, but, i told her i cannot do it while maintenance is here...


so i'm replying back to family (mostly) comments on my website in the meantime...will be DONE

talked to french friend an hour DONE!

I also wanted to  -ride my bike outside- this PM...might have to leave it until after lunch since maintenance is here (and it's taking awhile to do the work) and then I will call french friend....if i wanted to, i could walk while i call her, but maybe i'll just hop on my indoor stationary bike while i call :) that always works out well - the stationary bike while i talk on the phone as been WONDERFUL! DONE!


other plans for today - 

- I can go thru closets today again for clothes, i do have time...maybe (because my morning flew by faster than i intended it to...and i didn't get as many things done..) DONE - found only a few things to give away - i think i have a good amount of clothes, for now, not intending to give much more away. just one tiny bag of stuff to donate. DONE.

- I can finish a long chapter and a short chapter of paralegal reading.DONE for now...can do more...

- I have upper body weights & lower body exercises to do, today, before the weekend is here :) ...this is a MUST DO.DONE/doing.



Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/14/2020:
I am amazed that you got so many things checked off your list, but only because I don't think I could get that much accomplished. (You make it sound easy!)

horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:
I’m not working...yet !

bearcountrygg on 08/14/2020:
Those naps get addictive don't they?

horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 13, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

breakfast: large bowl corn flakes 250, small peach 50, almond milk 50, kombucha 50. 400.

lunch leftover sauteed pumpkin 150, flatbread small 100, chips 220. 500.

3pm choc/coffee 100

4-5pm whipped chocolate yoplait yogurt and later a lite margarita 120 total 300

egg and flatbread 250



class is over tonight, only 1 week of PM left thankfully!, and weather is nice,time to go out for a nice evening stroll, 8pm...



light rainy day, so mostly home and that's really fine. I have my bike and stepper. and i have class tonight online.  i also have some phone calls to make regarding changing my internet / tv services from one company to another... so i'll be pretty occupied. DONE with phone calls thankfully...set to make those changes.

there's a lot more i can do at home -  i can totally clean out my closets more, and try to donate more clothes... 

I also now have reading, again, to do...my second half paralegal course starts up in the next couple weeks - now is a good time to get some reading done for the second half of 7 weeks i have to go :)

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2020:
You are doing a good job of staying busy during this time off HOP!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2020:
THANK YOU! even my mom thinks so...and she usually doesn't!

Donkey on 08/14/2020:
Only 1 more week of Project Management??? Wow, that went fast, it seems!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:
so happy the end is near! and yes, it went at the speed of light!

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
Good job! And look... you reigned in scope, project manager!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2020:
thanks happy happy happi happi

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 12, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

breakfast: 2 cups corn flakes 220 (getting sick of cereals for breakfast), strawberries 30, almond milk extra 50, kombucha 100. 


lunch with parents: 1 egg 100, salad with pickled food and olive oil 200, toast 100, cheese 100, chips 100, cherries 100



dinner with parents: steak,300 small  cauliflower 200?-300. 600 tops


whole day is with parents and i don't plan on being so productive when i'm home later this evening, maybe just do some reading and go to bed.

Did almost my whole workout before heading out to parents - will finish tonight 


Beach wiith family is cancelled which i'm glad about. there's a decent chance of storms and it's overcast today. I'm going to get in an upper body session for weights this AM now since i don't have to rush to beach.  I will still visit parents and join them for lunch later today as well as dinner at their home tonight instead of going out to beach for the day with them. sounds good.

I'm still a little beat and don't want to exercise, but, i guess i need to get over it and move :) I feel lazy / tired but I will feel better after this workout. The good thing is she called to cancel beach after i already had breakfast...so i just need to do my workout, shower, and head to my folks' house... 

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/12/2020:
I'm sorry the beach didn't work out. We had really bad storms here on Monday apparently. My daughter's co-workers were posting videos on Instagram about the storms and the clouds and wind...

This would explain why I spent this afternoon picking up fallen branches in the backyard.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2020:
i was sorta glad not to go to beach - i relaxed / did a weights workout in morning ;)

happy-1 on 08/13/2020:
Re: balcony... What about a cheap greenhouse? you can leave the door open for air or leave the back open and rolled up. https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/3.3-x-6.6-x-7.0-Portable-Walk-in-Greenhouse-with-PE-Cover/28882355/product.html?option=51068651

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2020:
thank you for this advice especially for growing plants on balcony......

i know you didn't mean it for growing plants, but, i'm thinking to do it next spring - just a few.

happy-1 on 08/13/2020:
You won't be able to stake it down. but you can weight it by filling milk jugs with water and tying it to their handles. Just add jugs till it is stable.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2020:
i will look into it, give you my feedback, THANK you!

happy-1 on 08/13/2020:
Or this one... 2 entrances and exits so you can close the side the wind is coming from.


Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 11, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 8:30am Breakfast: cereal 220, strawberries 50, almond milk 30, kombucha both in AM and later in day 150: 500

Noon snack after volunteering at the local farm (yes, a local farm in the middle of the "city") 2 light granola bars 200 (on purpose, needed the sugar, did the trick! on the ride home!)

lunch: waiting on it, snacking on kombucha, already included above...while back at home and relaxing, going to write up a blog on my lovely morning.

lunch 3pm-4pm 2 small flatbreads 200, karella in oil 50?, sauteed pumpkin 150?, pita chips rest of the bag 100, sweet potato chips rest of the bag 150. total here: 650, followed by a sparkling beverage 100. 750 total.


9pm snacking 400 in junk food :)

1850 cals and no exercise besides two hours spent drenched in sweat at the farm and that was enough :) need to learn to do less when I get into these types of activities - I am an overdoer at heart and this is not the time to overdo :)

supposed to do weights tonight, might do them after my class ends, 8pm, a fast session, we'll see how i feel...

i've decided to skip weights today bc i need to have energy tomorrow for the beach / driving to my parents in the morning. i'm going to relax and skip a workout this week in terms of upper body weights as i do not want to stress myself right now. it was a big step to garden today at the farm and i'd rather relax tonight and go to bed early :)


did something very special today, went on my own to volunteer and pick onions at my local farm! it was amazing and i have signed up again to volunteer on Sunday and Tuesday. Those are the volunteer days and the exercise and feeling good about my ability to do the work for a couple hours makes me very happy to do this. I'm so glad I have the opportunity. 

If i were working, I would prob NOT want to volunteer so often or on the weekend even as much as I will do these couple weeks. It's just awesome to be in the sun with other Queens people and be out with nature, picking veggies and fruit from the ground. You can't get much better than this!

It's def hard work and tiring, so if i were working, I wouldn't be doing it this often (also my schedule wouldn't let me do it if i were working), so i'm taking this lovely opportunity and am going to volunteer often for two weeks there, 2x per week for a couple hours in the morning. I'm glad i can stay home the rest of today and relax...supposed to lift weights - we'll see.

I have the class online tonight 5-8pm...

it's a great week over here.



Thank you to the many of you who stopped by my site that i'm doing for my project management class. About 4 of you came by and 3 of you left feedback! I hope that possibly one more of the DDers will visit.  I've been able to boast how i have already had international action on the site as well as many US states are represented...in particular because of DD members stopping by.



Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/11/2020:
I commented on some of the posts - does that count as "feedback"? If I can say a couple of things here about your site: (1) beautiful background picture! And it's of the produce shelves at the store - brilliant!!!! and (2) I myself prefer to be on your site on my laptop versus my phone.

HOWEVER, now that I am back from my trip, I am thinking that my comment might be more about my (dumbbutt) phone and not your website.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2020:
yeah J!!!! THANK YOU. i was hoping you'd come back and comment :)

sometimes there is an issue on the phone where it doesn't work as fast as it should or the site freezes. i noticed even on my own phone / friends' phone.

Donkey on 08/11/2020:
Have fun at the beach tomorrow!

Volunteering at the farm is such a good idea! I completely understand what you mean about not doing anything like this if you were working, but since your not yet, go for it!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2020:
the volunteering for me personally is good, hard work. it reminds me of a time i took bootcamp classes which left me really, really exhausted - and caused a decent amount of weightloss because of all the agility exercises and sweating. i'm glad to push this volunteering into high gear now. it's perfect when a person doesn't have a lot of life stress to fit in volunteering especially when i can come home and relax after it.

the beach is cancelled due to not optimal weather conditions.

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