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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 01, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 105.0

8 workingit points!

The family situation is definitely hostile right now. We are all irritating each other and picking fights with one another. I don't know why. Maybe after spending a week on vacation together we all want to relax, but 3 out of the 4 of us have to either go to school or work tomorrow and everyone's frustrated. I do not have work until about 3 weeks from now. However, I do have things that need to get done!

One thing I am doing for myself is Yoga, everyday, for at least the next 2 1/2 to 3 weeks! yes, every morning. It's a gift I'm giving myself.

I ate poorly in the morning. It was really bingy, as I decided to stray away from the usual egg I was having lately and settled for a banana and Peanut butter instead. Well, that breakfast turned into 6 tablespoons of P.B., one banana, and two apples. Lol, it could've been worse! but, it was 900 worth of calories. somehow, I got through the day, snacking on lots of lean protein and veggies, ending at 1740.

Thanks for all the comments, and explaining breadfruit. I'm gonna look into it. I will put up a picture from the cruise soon! Oh, and thanks for the protein article. I always knew that we eat too much protein in the US on average, but it was still intriguing!


Progress as of today: 8.4 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

moody on 01/02/2007:
Look at your weight! You have to be tiny!

I am starting yoga next week and am kinda nervous. I have no idea what to expect or what I have gotten myself into! I am NOT flexible at all..I mean AT ALL!! LOL

Hope the family tension eases soon..enjoy your evening!

WorkingIt on 01/02/2007:
Wooooooo Hooooo on the 8 points!! You have so much energy, it is infectious! YAY!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 31, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 105.0

So, I stuck to foods I can eat on my new (and something I enjoy VERY much) diet! No wheat/grains or dairy. The only day I had some trouble was at the airport in San Juan coming home. Seriously, I asked if I could have a salad with chicken and they were like, "wraps only have chicken, not salads!" yeah! they wouldn't do it. you're probably wondering why I just didn't order both! well, haha. I wasn't shelling out 9 bucks for some chicken wrap just for the chicken. Then, i looked and looked and found that the bar at the airport had chicken salads. The chicken was the most distastful, ugly, proccessed patty I have ever eaten. Nasty. But, i was hungry and ate the chicken and iceberg lettuce I was given. LOL. I will write more on this entry and actually write what I had to eat each day! yep!

I ate unusually MASSIVE portions, let me tell you. Lunch and breakfast were buffet style, the amount of salad and cooked veggies and seafood and whatever else I fit into my stomach astonished the people I was eating with! However, I regret nothing and really enjoyed everything. Best of all, the Maitre 'D, or head waiter, allowed me at the ellaborate dinners to choose my menu for each day the night before, so that the food would be prepared the way I liked it! I was accomodated 100% and left a nice tip and note to him! The good thing was that I ate more beef...I had beef at least 2 times for dinner. Filet Minon one night and another dish, "beef tornados," which was beef prepared similiar to filet minon, two round pieces.

I think I need to eat more substantial proteins. I had loads of seafood. And a bit more protein that week than I had been the weeks prior to my trip. I also took a "metabolism test," wanting it basically because i wanted a more accurate reading of the amount of muscle I have. Usually, when I get on those electronic scales here at home,it says my pounds of muscle are in the high 80's. However, the monitor on the ship said I have only 83 pounds of muscle, which is low for my age, height, and weight.

I will talk to that woman at the health food store about this and ask if she thinks I should include a protein drink or something after working out. also, I didn't take any of the supplements she gave me during the trip. I left all pills at home. I have't decided if I will buy more when they run out. It may be a waste, since I don't want to be living on pills the rest of my life! Maybe just a multivitamin.

Lastly, I went to yoga today. I will go EVERYDAY. yes, everyday now. why? well, I have off from work for a little over 2 weeks. I bought a montly unlimited pass there since I calculated that it is worth it for me to do that. Then, in February, I will go back to going once or twice a week. Oh, and I am putting weight training on the back burner and will not start that until after I go back to yoga only once or twice a week.

I have plans to take swimming lessons in the summer. I want to now, but I am not looking to overwhelm myself thinking about all these awesome new physical activities when I need to concentrate more on my last conducting class and my last music history class. That's whats most important. :( Good and bad at the same time.

I will take swimming lessons in the spring, if this job (another leave replacement) ends earlier before the end of the school year. Otherwise, I will take the lessons starting in the beginning of the summer. I'll take them at the university by me. Use of the pool is free since I went there! Gym is also free!

More updates tomorrow.

HELLO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!! :)

I AM BACK! I had fun on my cruise to the Carribbean: Aruba, Bonaire, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Granada and San Juan, Puerto Rico (where we arrived and departed from)!

I am going to update this in a few hours! And leave a lot of comments on your entries!

Progress as of today: 8.4 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

greengirl on 12/31/2006:
I am so jealous of your cruise. Lucky you!!!! Happy New Year :)

Starveil7 on 01/01/2007:
wow any pictures of the cruise? here's a good article on proteins, maybe you find that helpful for you http://students.washington.edu/careuw/faq_protein.pdf

Moody on 01/01/2007:
I'm so happy that you are enjoying this new eating lifestyle!! I had to chuckle at your "MASSIVE" portions comment and how people couldn't believe you were putting it all away!! LOL You are doing GREAT!!!

Have fun with the swimming lessons..this may be an obvious question, but I take it you don't know how to swim? Or are you taking an advanced swimming class or something like that? Just curious!!!

Happy New Year!!!

amanda8419 on 01/01/2007:
i cant swim so congrats on the swim lessons. I could never do that. im terrified of the water

Umpqua on 01/01/2007:
Wow, it sounds like you're doing awesome. And that cruise and the food you had sound fantastic. Thanks for your support and keep up the great work!

Runner on 01/01/2007:
Wow, look at you! You went on a cruise and LOST weight! THat's amazing! Most people just pig out when they go on vacation...but you ate all healthy foods, and I am so glad you had a great time!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 22, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 107.8

Edit: I had a massive dinner...like a package and a half of tofu, a little olive oil, a larger amount of vinegar, 30 cherry tomatoes, a package and a half of lettuce, and 4 small red peppers (I sound like GG). The tofu and was overdoing it, 300 calories just in light tofu. But, now I can concentrate on packing...We're leaving saturday at 4am or so.

I finally read the asst principals oberservation report and it was the most detailed thing ever! No wonder why it took her sooo long to do it! I appreciate her taking her time because it was nicely written!

I was sooo busy (and tired) yesterday night that I actually didn't make a journal entry at all! I think that's the first time since I joined DDs in August! LOL. While I was working at school, i was actually too involved with it being my last day and such to ever come on here! I am sooo happy all is ready and organized for their teacher to come back! I left school really late, after 9pm to finish cleaning and putting everything in order! Because my schedule was CRAZY yesterday....I stayed at school till 4:15, went to teach a music lesson, stopped at starbucks after for a breather, came back to the school st 7:15pm...I actually had little time for eating. Well, it worked out nice, because I am leaving for the cruise really early tomorrow morning.

Calories yesterday wee probably under 1000. I have that they were 960 (similiar to your's BTC!!!) hehe. of course, I couldn't make that a pattern, but it was interesting to see such a low count! And, I had a nice piece of tofu with salad when I got home, before going to bed.

Have a lovely day everyone. Enjoy your holidays! I may come on here on the cruise or may not. Not if I have to pay for internet. See you all on my return!


Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only -0.2 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/22/2006:
Where are you going on your cruise? Hope you have a WONDERFUL time!!!

greengirl on 12/22/2006:
Enjoy your cruise. You have been so busy that you deserve a break!! Have a great Christmas holiday

hippygal on 12/23/2006:
Ooh enjoy your cruise - it sounds like you could do with the break! x

borntocry on 12/23/2006:
Oh, have fun!

smiley2 on 12/26/2006:
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy your cruise, have loads of fun!

tourguidebarbie on 12/26/2006:
Have funo on the cruise!!!!!!! ~*Renee*~

WorkingIt on 12/26/2006:
Hope you are enjoying your cruise!!!

maria777 on 12/26/2006:
Hey there! Hope you are having a wonderful time on your cruise!!! Miss ya!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 20, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 108.8

Weight back down a little, ahhh.

so today was another busy day. I thought I'd leave work no later than 2:30, BUT ended up leaving at 4:30! Just enough time to go pick up the chocolate music notes, guitars, theatre tickets that I orderred for people at work. I got home, had a "bingy" large dinner instead of eating half my evening calories and saving the rest for later in the evening. It was already around 6, that's why I did that. At least it was good food!

I don't enter my calories into any sort of counter. I know what the calories are and I do a running total on a sheet of paper all day. I would say i'm pretty accurate; and sometimes I do a google search on a specific item if I'm not sure what it's calories are.

It seems everyone's having a really difficult time right now keeping things in order. I will probably videotape myself tonight conducting. It's almost 8pm, though. arg!

Tomorrow is my LAST day of work. They might present me with something at the staff holiday party. However, I'm having a band party for the kids at the same time. I told the asst principal that "i'd somehow come to both!" LOL.

Speaking of the asst. principal, I can't wait to read her observation report of my teaching. she never did give it to me, although she observed me over two weeks ago! No rush, as long as I get it!

Thanks for your comments, they mean a lot. I've been looking at your entries as well! We are all so busy! :)

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/20/2006:
You are a good worker and I hope you get a good report cause you deserve it!

Wow, you are really good at keeping tabs on your cals, too!

Have a good evening!

Moody on 12/20/2006:
Woohoo, last day of school!!!! Gotta be excited about THAT!

I am sure that your observation/evaluation will be great! Let us know!!

borntocry on 12/21/2006:
Dude, I am so jealous of you! I had a dream last night where we were all at some kind of weight-loss seminar. WorkingIt was there and so were you, only you weren't a music teacher - you were a model! Somehow in my dream you were seven feet tall (don't know how my mind came up with that absurd height!) but you were really beautiful and my goal was to be just like you!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 19, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 109.4

Taking a half hour walk...can't look at this score another second. I will probably videotape myself tomorrow instead of Thursday so that I don't have to think about it for another day! I've completely had enough!Then, I can start getting ready for my trip!

now 1650...

Edit 2: well, I was going to end the day at 1290, but 3 more tablespoons of peanut butter and one apple increased the total to 1610.

Edit: I am home to have a snack and ended up eating much more (all healthy, but a lot more food). so, I figure since I finished eating a tremendous about at 5pm, that I will hold out till tomorrow morning, for breakfast... I'll try to be in bed by 9:30. Perhaps a little snack if necessary!

My weight is creeping up! ahhhh! I guess it's a pay-off after my two binges last week and higher calories on the weekend.

Now, I'm just trying to get EVERYTHING done before Friday....

We'll see how that goes...

I'll update later!

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1.4 lbs to go!

Moody on 12/19/2006:
Hope you are having a great day!

maria777 on 12/19/2006:
Don't feel bad...I had a binge last nite and the nite before...the first nite, I was angry and had a food binge...the second time, last nite, Hubby had said he was hungry after he went to bed and I allowed that to become a 'trigger'...

Anyway, I've thrown out the reachable (which doesn't include frozen goodies reserved for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) goodies until I get back to 152.0 where I was, hehehe!!!

Have a good evening!

maria777 on 12/19/2006:
Real good plan!!! Don't forget water!

golden on 12/19/2006:
Hey have fun on your CRUISE!! merry christmas

maria777 on 12/20/2006:
Hope you're having a wonderful day today! Big Smile!

GG on 12/20/2006:
Dude I feel your pain about the weight "creeping up": I think this is what we call the "winter pounds" because since we cover up more with sweatshirts, we eat more because we dont have to show our bloated bellies! haha! But atleast we still make it to the gym and such(walking...) At least we both sort of know WHY we are gaining a tiny bit of weight: extra food: when good food is around: I cannot stop myself! ha ha, granted I dont eat cookies and cakes: but I do eat like 2 pounds of salmon in one sitting: yes yes crazy I know! haha! You ended @ a pretty good calorie intake though for eating 3 tbs of peanut butter! Do you record you calories into an on-line data base to get these amounts, or are you just really good at math? ha ha!

greengirl on 12/20/2006:
Its definately the time of year that encourages the binges. I have just had my first binge in four months and now I feel uncomfortable and annoyed with myself. I had decided to eat anything I fancied over the actual time I am on holiday from work but I couldnt even manage that. Today i have stuffed myself with chocolates at work!!!! So dont worry about a little overeating. It sounds like you have plenty of company ;(

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 18, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 109.2

The concert was fabulous! Now, I just need to learn this score...ahhh! ugh.

Hi Everyone!

I have my last school concert tonight! We were really good today...so I know we'll be good tonight!!! :)

Then, more concentrating on my OTHER conducting score....ahhhh!

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.2 lbs to go!

Moody on 12/18/2006:
Wow your last concert! I'm sure it will go great!

WorkingIt on 12/19/2006:
Congrats on a fabulous concert!!! YAY!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 17, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 108.6

Hey everyone!

Not a big entry.

I'm going to take a half hour walk, then have dinner, then do some studying and preparing for tomorrow - my school's concert! I have lots of work to do before the Holiday for my grad class!

also, i have to order chocolate music notes for my co-workers and principal as a "goodbye" and holiday gift! Personally, I wouldn't want this gift, but, chocolate music notes are cool anyway!


Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/17/2006:
Looks like you're busy...good on the walking!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 16, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 108.6

Today started off great. Then, I ran into some little problems: I didn't have any more blank mini video tapes to record myself with for conducting. After much deliberation in general to decide how my schedule would be today, in terms of taping myself conducting, I found myself snacking. I ate a lot, more than 1000 calories, before 11am.

Luckily, I found the tapes at an Eckerd and I was able to begin my project. However, I was supposed to go the the Dermatologist. I didn't want to go because I knew how long it might take to do the conducting. I ended up cancelling my appt and hopefully I'll get one real early tomorrow. It took me till 5pm today to finish the conducting, with some breaks at home in the house throughout the day! I was so glad to be done! However, I still have another whole piece to do. I can't do anymore right now, the brain is fried!

I met with the "health guru" today at the nutrition store and she motivated me to stay on track. She told me that its alright to be different when going out to eat and not to worry so much on this cruise what others may think of me just because I have my own food preferences. I believe she is right and that she did give me good advice; and not just because she works there or is a health nut herself!

I'm so tired. I have a lot to do this week and it's hard to think about!

ohhh, I had some diet snapple, a jazz drink, and sprite zero today. NOT good. I did't have soda since Thanksgiving! However, I may for now give myself the option of having what I want to drink on the weekend, although it's not healthy.

goodnight all!

Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/16/2006:
I see you're down, too!!!

Glad you found your tapes at Eckerd.

How tall are you?

WorkingIt on 12/17/2006:
Congrats on dropping! Lately I seem to be drinking soda on the weekends and no water! That is just wrong LOL.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 15, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 110.4

Edit: Cool, now I can have a nice background, thanks to reading Tourguidebarbie's entries!!! my weight was back down to 108.6 today, no complaints. I had a rather large, but satisfying and binge-free breakfast. Off to videotape myself conducting...I was once again too tired last night! ahhh.

by the way, breakfast was 2 eggs with salad inside 2 dried nori seaweed sheets with olive oil and a whole grapefruit (about 400 cal.) I just had a snack of PB and an apple. I will not binge!

edit: I had a really good dinner tonight! Salad greens with one small spaghetti squash mixed in and a double amount of tofu. I sprinkled papricka and pizza spices on top and had a whole grapefruit for dessert. VERY filling. in all, just under 500 calories. I can't stop counting calories! ahhh, this is bad! lol.


Yeah, my weight is up - I had a minor binge last night, but nothing compared to the weekend :) but I am very motivated to keep it low, especially because my average for this month is lower than today's weight!

We had a really good concert in front of the kindergarden and 1st grade! Next monday will be for the rest of the school and the parents in the evening! The kids impressed me and I'm happy for them!

I will be starting my next job in the 2nd half of January...which makes for a good rest after coming back from the Cruise and my responsibilities at this current job. I feel much better now!

Things are currently looking up! (even my weight, lol!) But, I feel good in general!

I'll probably update one more time tonight!

Good Day!

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 12/15/2006:
Your dinner sounds YUMMY!!! The spaghetti squash is so tasty and versatile! Thanks for the tip on the tofu =)

WorkingIt on 12/16/2006:
Have a GREAT day!!!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 14, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Friday, day 0! My countdown is OVER. Weight: 110.4, due to the excessive eating yesterday, I presume.

Weight is lower than the starting weight, though. That's good.

Because I binged yesterday, my eyes were all red and I was too groggy to videotape myself conducting for a class. I'm going to try to do that this Friday evening. Then, I will not have to worry about the first piece and I can concentrate on learning the other one...and just videotaping it! ahhh. too much!

Thursday, day 1.

I overate today at dinner, but not as much as Sunday. I presume today was over 2000, probably around 2260 or so. Not great, but also not 3000! Thankfully.

yeah, if I can't get vegetables for breakfast on vacation, I'll settle with an egg white omelette with veggies in it or something.Or just eggs, if need be!

Busy day at work today. Tomorrow is one concert.

I have a job almost planned up for January, at a different elementary school in the district! I'm excited and nervous all at the same time! I'll be "starting over" and continuing in someone else's footsteps. I don't want to mess up and I hope that he has set the music aside that he plans on using in the spring concert, because I don't think i'll be there all the way through June. The teacher is having some sort of surgery after the new year. I will discuss with him further tomorrow.

Alright everyone, I'll respond to your diaries shortly, but for now I need to do some work before bed!


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 12/15/2006:
Your weight being lower than your starting weight is fantastic! YAY!

Moody on 12/15/2006:
Yay! Congrats on your weight being lower than when you started! WTG!

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