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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 13, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

5:45am kombucha 30

7am breakfast wrap 60, avocado 160, egg 80, banana 120. 420, coffee 50.

9:30am Snack: bar 150

11:30am Snack: fruit

Lunch: 3 large chicken dumplings with a little sauce 400, my own roasted veg 200-250. 650.

Snack: coffee 50 before i leave i think! yup and almonds 50.

Snack:chocolate 50

Dinner: started with about 1/3 container of cool whip 160 and sf jello 40. 200. followed by some roasted veggies 150. followed by one of those cauliflower pizza crusts that say they are 200 cals per pizza but i have a very hard time believing it...200. 550 total if they aren't lying, but they are...huge filling dinner...having a ton of trouble with self control ... feeling like all of the food universe is around me and hard to stop. also, i will go to bed rather early and start a new day tomorrow. no extra exercise today and got off the bus early. just tired. tomorrow i'll jog.

2050...not sure about this.

 around a 2100 7-day total. okay.

 

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I weighed 114 this AM and haven't seen a weight so high in perhaps 1 year in the morning - but just satisfied right now to keep on eating calories same as i am and increasing cardio by continuing to get off the bus early / jog on weekend - 1x a week for now.

The reason for weight gain is simple...i've def had more calories all Winter till now!  I used to get up late and eat less on weekends, now i just get up late and eat more. i guess i'll have to work on it...again!

2100 6-day

I'm totally up to see if i can do the running, situps and pushups...i think i can :)

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
It's normal....the scale is only a snapshot in time.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
it makes sense. cardio ended in winter and my fitness exercises are different. as well, i've eaten more calories all winter! so the scale reflects the truth.


Maria7 on 04/13/2018:
Hope you are having a good day. As for fried bread, mix water with self-rising flour, stir til consistancy is not soupy but not real thick either, and heat a little oil on medium-high in pan and drop by big spoonfulls into the hot oil, flipping the fried bread over a couple times til brown both sides and take up from pan.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
sort of like a pancake??


Maria7 on 04/13/2018:
Yes, but about the size of the palm of your hand.


happy-1 on 04/13/2018:
Look at it this way, maybe you gained it in your boobs.

horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2018:
Hahahahah

horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2018:
Hahahahah


jayhawkjen on 04/14/2018:
It’s the never-ending struggle. Keep fighting the good fight!! You’ve got this.


Donkey on 04/14/2018:
IDK about the weigh-in. I'm with BearCounty on this one -- it's just a snapshot in time. I bet I fluctuate 3-4 pounds (upward) within any given day. As you can see from my weekly weigh-ins (when I remember, LOL) that my weight changes constantly.... Can't tell you how frustrated that makes me.

I'm wondering if there's something going on with your thyroid levels.



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 12, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast: wrap 100, avocado 150, egg 80, coffee 50

Snack: almonds 150

Lunch: Mc donalds cheeseburger and fries and a plum 700. hit the spot. lately i am craving fat. and more almonds later on as a snack and stayed away from the coffee.

1350.

dinner: sushi california roll again - but sorta just want a toasted bagel with butter...which i might just do. or toast and butter with a fried egg.

Ended up with toasted bagel and butter 450 1800, good....

total around 2050.

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I was late to work today - almost 15min - basically bc i didn't choose to get ready on time to leave my place for the day. No good excuse. A reminder to get focused and remain in the game of life... 

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I am giving myself a few requirements for giving myself permission to skip the Advanced Estimating Course in September:

1) be able to run 2mi in under 22 minutes (this will be a challenge i think)

2) be able to do 36 situps in one set - i have upped my gym goals to 150 situps per gym session, not 100. standing by this goal.

3) be able to do 35 pushups in one set, i have upped my pushup requirement to 150 per session, not 100. standing by this goal.

I am unable to do these goals yet - so it forces me to improve.  i changed my pushup and situp requirements at the gym bc i have not gotten better at all doing what i currently do, since January...and compared to last year, i've gotten worse.....all other exercises at gym.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/12/2018:
We all have those days where it's hard to get started... Lunch sounds yummy!

horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2018:
Lunch was tasty lol....

i even showered last night, telling myself that i didn't need to shower today...seems it still didn't help me actually doing what i had to in order to leave on time...i just was slow to do everything.


bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
Depressed? Sometimes we just get bummed.....you will feel better.

horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2018:
probably a little bit...i know i'll feel a bit better as the weather progresses...it's the sleep thing which is nuts. I lowered the temp a little bit and my thermometer read 76 degrees in my room this AM.


trishpiglet3 on 04/12/2018:
My timekeeping is generally terrible and pretty much for the same reason you were late today. I'm also bad at estimating how long things take, especially travel.

Thinking about your gym progress a different way... you have kept going and kept exercising. Lots of people join a gym and only go for a month and you're way ahead of all of them.


Maria7 on 04/12/2018:
Hope you are having a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
pretty good, yes.


happy-1 on 04/12/2018:
What's your secret for looking forward to going to the gym?

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
once i'm there, i do enjoy it. I like to view my progress as i look in the mirror, for sure...

With the gym, as long as i'm not sick or extremely overtired, it's become a habit that i don't enjoy the feeling of knowing i skipped or missed it. This is how i continue to go.

Cardio is new to me, so it's not as routine yet - at all - because my legs and ankles are tired when i get home after just walking 1.5mi and i don't want to hurt myself by further exercising after that. i figure just increasing my walking right now is good..


Donkey on 04/12/2018:
I've gone through stages where I felt like I could not eat enough almonds, nuts, nut butter, etc. Right now, though, I'm into walnuts. Not so much the almonds, due to a recent, bad experience.

I thought that the dumplings sounded yummy. Lunch at McDonalds, not so much, but hey, if that's what you were having a hankering for, then I'm glad you went.

So am I understanding your goal correctly? If you make your physical goals, you will allow yourself to opt out of the advanced class in September. Am I on the right track?

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
I am craving big time the fats and carbs. I have been gaining weight, but kinda trying not to worry as i'm doing more walking than i used to.

Yes, i'd love to opt out of that September class if i can increase my level of fitness enough...we'll see.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
as long as someone is teaching it, i'd be able to take it a different time...but not always does someone teach it...i just really don't want to go for 10 weeks straight in the fall. we'll see how my fitness goes this time around.

i can do the 150 pushups in one night, but situps were harder to get to 150. i stopped at 100 and then did 50 later in the evening..



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 11, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

kombucha 30

1st breakfast: banana 120, bar 130, coffee 50.

2nd breakfast: wrap with ketchup 100, avocado 100, egg 100, pepperoni 50. 350.

Lunch: i brought it: chickpea noodles (not a fan of the taste at all for them) 200, lots of chopped veggies with some dressing up to 150, 2 turkey dogs 150. 650. Pretzels 150 

Snacks: fruits 150 - in AM had 2 apple slices from coworker 30, half kiwi 30, half large clementine 20. 80 :)

snack: chocolate 50

1600

dinner: TBD. tonight is fun - heating up this cauliflower crust i had in the freezer. it tastes so good...i need to buy a pizza oven tray at the dollar store on the way home...i hope they have them! cauliflower crust that i accidentally burned a little bit, 200, veggies 100, avocado 100, ice cream 200.

2200, good.

good nite!

2110 5day avg

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Woke up extremely groggy.  I think this is partially due to a workout.  I possibly also need to eat a little healthier. But one thing at a time right now and I believe the coming warmer weather is going to give me a little bit more power.

My eyes were closing really easily even as i was standing on the train..I am more awake now at the office!

Today i'll get off at the 1st bus stop and walk home. 1.5 mi or so...i can check again tonight.

I just can't believe all the sleep i've been needing since like the New Year.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Maybe you should open your apartment windows and air the place out a bit......there may be a low oxygen thing going on there.....My parents never opened their house up to fresh air...and I had problems there.

horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
hmmm...also, i know people like to sleep in slightly cool rooms...but i have been enjoying sleeping in 80+ temps.


graindart on 04/11/2018:
2nd breakfast..... instantly reminded me of The Hobbit movies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkzvHtjnNOs

Horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
funny :) !!!!


bearcountrygg on 04/11/2018:
Have you had your thyroid checked lately? Being cold and tired and unmotivated to be active are all symptoms of low thyroid. And if your thermostat is set at 80 degrees....that is very high.....basically it should be between 69 and 72......80 degrees can be very physically draining. Put on extra layers if you are cold....but you will be able to breathe better in the cooler air too.

horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
regarding the heat, i'll try the more layers approach...but may have to wait a few more weeks until it's slightly warmer at night...rather, i'll set the heat a little bit lower also :) i do have a thermometer in my room so i do know the temp and can change it.

...lately i'm craving fats like avocado. i think i just need to eat a little bit better?

i probably do have a sorta low thyroid but don't wanna go to dr now...


happy-1 on 04/11/2018:
I eat 2nd breakfast too, lol! I meal plan for it!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
yes, i always am eating throughout the morning!


Maria7 on 04/11/2018:
Hope you have a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
yes!



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 10, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Slept from around 7pm until 4:45am...and still could have slept longer!!!!!! Really, it seems I need a bit more sleep than most. I think it's just my body.

6am kombucha 50

7am Banana 120, coffee 50, protein bar 130: 300.

10am Protein bar (didn't pack any other breakfast - still a little bored of the wrap with egg/pepperoni) 210

Noon Lunch: brought it! Chickpea pasta 200, health salad leftovers 150, 2 turkey franks 150, plum 50: 550...excellent!

Extra snacks: up to 4 clementines 150

Did a good job at least of sticking to my calories, above...even if snacks were a hair different.  Bored at work today. didn't get enough done, either. Tomorrow is a new day. 

4:30pm Dinner: sushi then home to pick up gym clothes and off to gym! 400

8pm After gym: Cliff bar 250

1950...total.

4day: 2088.

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i've decided not to follow my meal plan exactly for the entire day...and that my meal planning is more knowing what i have and how the day will typically go, but not need to follow it to the T.

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I am still working on a more positive approach to feeling that i can conquer the fitness goals that i have. right now, i'm doing that by being consistant. I seem to need a ton of sleep - so i'm not fighting that either.  

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/10/2018:
That has been my approach with food lately. I bring stuff for the day, but I'd plans change, that's ok.

Fitness: I liked your idea of going heavier with weights. Also, loved the idea of really focusing on sit-ups and push-ups, for obvious reasons.

Be well, my friend!

horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2018:
yes....wanting to rise above :)


Maria7 on 04/10/2018:
Sometimes, I think we all need a little more sleep. Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2018:
regarding sleep - i do think so!


bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
I like the positive but bendable approach....things change sometimes...be like a tree and bend

horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2018:
totally doing this....having a small plan, but not minding anymore if i'm changing it.



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 09, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

5:30AM Home: banana and kombucha 150

7AM Breakfast: coffee and protein bar 200

8:30AM ALREADY HUNGRY: PEANUT BUTTER 100

10AM Snack: wrap with ketchup 100, egg 100, 2 slices pepperoni 50. 250.

Lunch: lots of baked cabbage, turkey, chinese noodles with shrimp (what i bought Friday that i accidentally left at work!) 650 tops.

Snacks: 3 clementines, rice krispie treat: 150

Healthy dinner: tofu,100, tomato sauce 100, spaghetti squash 100, some peppers 50, pretzels? 150. 500. 600. it was similar to what's listed.....i've decided not to follow my meal plan exactly for the entire day...and that my meal planning is more knowing what i have and how the day will typically go, but not need to follow it to the T.

2100. 

3DAY AVG: 2135.

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I'm in need of lifestyle changes. Less sitting on couch. More involvment in a wider range of activities. But at the same time, i want to continuously be improving on my strength once again at the gym. 

One change i want to make is getting up earlier again on weekends. Getting laundry done early...just trying to do a little more than i was in the Wintertime.

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last night at the gym i came to one major realization. i need to further adjust my pushps / situps - more sets need to be done with these parts of my workouts because those are the only two i'd be tested on for court officer. So, for now on, I've decided to stick to a # to complete by the end of each of these exercise: Situps = 100 per workout. Pushups = 100 per workout. More to come :)

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I feel i have enough food today to sustain me and will try to stick with this menu. No need to make any big changes on it. :) 

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exercise today includes daily commute as well as getting off train with a mile walk to go home. this is it today. I also plan to take the steps instead of elevator when i get home & early to bed for another good day tomorrow !

Total walking will be around 2.5mi -3mi for today. decent..happy with this as it's on my way to doing more, little by little. there is def no rush on it.

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Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 04/09/2018:
Hope you have a good day, HOP. :-)

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
LOL, MARIA....i want to hear more from you.....!!!


graindart on 04/09/2018:
Been eating squash myself quite a bit lately. Acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. Not super fond of butternut.....

Good plan on upping the pushups / situps, since they're on the test.

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
And perhaps...i could even just up them a tiny bit more....soon. let me see how this works out first :) i think i'll stick to specific #'s of them that i want to complete right now :)

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
my comment back is stupid bc it's all based only on quantity anyways, but yes, i'll be increasing my emphasis on this part of my workout.


bearcountrygg on 04/09/2018:
I'm glad to see that we are all seeming to be making goals right now...after some floundering at times...we seem to be ready to get back to a serious place again....

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
yes, we do!!!!!!!!!



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 08, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

7:30am oatmeal, yogurt, fruit 550

10am pb and j on a small wrap 300 

11am early lunch: my roasted eggplant 100, potato chips 150, small turkey frank and pepperoni 120. total here: 370. snacked on some squash skins after roasting a spaghetti squash.

1250... good.

Having a hungry day at home...not really sticking to a schedule today, which i am sure is why!

2pm snacks: blueberries 100, granola bar 100, almonds 150. 350..

1600, decent.

200 French cruller between outdoor exercise and gym 1850 before a light dinner ?... I have something at home to try... Can't seem to knock calories much lower at this moment. Went out to exercise 1.5mi walk jog and now off to gym

i think i'm going up to around 2100-2150 today.

I went a tad over, 2300 cal Sunday. but decent and strong exercise.

2day avg: 2150, good.

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A few weeks ago we put up some wall art and this weekend we put up some shelving....yes there are stuffed animals on the shelves haha....it could change as I acquire other decor items! Here are some photos below! Before my walls were completely empty so this is def an improvement ! The reason for two pieces of art near the desk is because i removed one and put up shelves and i need to find a new home for either the seahorse or the art above it...still in progress :)

hmmmm, my portrait style pictures aren't uploading right... and really do not want to keep rotating....

This is the back wall of the living room:

oh, and my father is an electrician so approx 2 years ago, he put in the strip lighting you see above :) there was no clg lighting in the living room, so this is great for reading, etc.

Those shelves are 1 of the 3 shelving types i bought on Amazon. I like them very much and think they make the apt look a bit more modern. The painting is quite large and i got it for $20 from a man who wanted to throw it out.

 the rest of the photos are rotated 90 degrees off......! so...i'm going back to take them again!!!!!!!!!!...ok...here they are:

This is the front wall of the living room:

The animals and flowers below are from Home Goods.I think the big one was around $50 and the smaller ones around $30. All of these are actually pretty large in size to cover almost the wall of an entire room...i love the contrast of the black and white with the color in the middle :)

Below is the living room looking into the foyer, general area just after entering my apt...i will probably change what's on the shelves but this is just fun for now... ;) everything on the shelves were gifts so they have some meaning anything i keep...even if a stuffed animal but of course the things on the shelves can change! Below is another set of shelving i bought - it comes as a set of 3 to put up any way you like...

Below is also in the pretty large living room space that i have...a desk and we originally hung the flower piece...but i may switch that piece with the seahorse below...and put the flowered piece in the kitchen near the table since it's a big blank wall...all walls are painted their original off white...not painting any time soon. this is good for now ;)

this is also at entryway, foyer area, right after entering my apt we have a nice mirror. it's so heavy. someone was throwing things out, so my friend got it for me for $20. No art pieces are more than $50, most around $20-30 range. All shelving, there's three types of shelves total i had bought, cost under $60. I would say i got a good bang for my buck.

I guess i could have just bought 1 picture for the bedroom ... these were not expensive but are pretty. One is like a French shopping area photo but i liked the girl dressing herself...perfect to go in my bedroom. I liked it....i suppose just one would possibly even look better...but they are up. :) 

Lastly, a tiny picture in the kitchen bc i like veggies, so it's a veggie piece:

oh, here's the last but best shelving we put up....coming soon below!!!...it's a corner shelving! It's hard to see bc it's very bright coming in, but it's really cute and sits in the corner and i just love it and could seriously go for one more :) but i'm good for now. It was very interesting putting it together as the others were shipped as you see them, but this one below we put together ourselves, piece by piece!

I'm not an artsy person who decorates often, but i do feel my apt as more of an inviting space after putting up some designs on the walls :) It's a good start. The photos and paintings make me smile.

I enjoy the animals on the front wall of my living room because they are cute and good symmetry and contrast with the really colorful flowers painting that is between them :)

Ricky put up everything :) with my help, but he's the one who knew what to do all along...i was impressed wiith his handy skills.  My walls are plaster...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 04/08/2018:
Hope you have a good day today.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
yes i am...are you!?


bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
no pics

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
they'll be up soon :) .....! around 15 min :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
seems it cannot be done with my cell phone!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
so using my laptop :)


bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Very pretty!!! I see a tiny peek of your view too....looks amazing!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
okay...here goes....i am about 20 miles i think from NYC and i am one of the tallest buildings in the area...i can see NYC from my place in Queens on a nice bright and sunny day. the view is pretty good! There's just one tall building just like mine that is in my view, but it's a wonderful overall view not to be impeded by other tall buildings all around. now everything is up..


bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
I love it all.....Everything is beautiful. I agree with the wall colors...very neutral and nice.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
thanks lady!!!!


graindart on 04/08/2018:
Looks very nice.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
thank you, Gains! nothing fancy. just a better look from the previous !


trishpiglet3 on 04/08/2018:
Lovely photos :) And a YOU in the mirror. Hello you!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
HELLO :-) hahaha was wondering if people would notice :)


Donkey on 04/08/2018:
So cute! Listen, a handy man is GOLD. Best advice I ever got from my grandma. She was toxic. But she was 100% right about this!

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2018:
YES...!

he's a good guy. just wish he never smoked, was at least 10 years younger bc the age difference is HUGE between me and him - 22 years...And that he was a tad more safe in terms of financial freedom. these are the reasons i can't officially date him. and certain things in both our personalities are NOT good for romantic commitment to living together.

he's a HUGE friend, sometimes benefits but not all the time (i know, TMI)...and well it would be nice if i could say he was the entire package and live happily ever after forever but that's not it here. i do totally wish it though :)

that being said, my mind is not fully open to dating now...and most of my time is definitely spent only with him - more than all other friends.



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 07, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Hello !! Plans for today are to go out somewhere with Ricky (suprise for me) to walk i believe...then we'll have lunch and be putting some decorative wall shelving (quite a bit) up at my place - not kitchen shelves or bathroom but more for the main living room to put my knicknacks on. Then, actual tables and desks and furniture will be clear of clutter bc the cluttering items can be displayed properly on shelving! It was his idea and I ordered quite a bit and i'm SO LOOKING FORWARD to the clean and organized look that is coming to my apt very soon!

We are also putting some wall art up at his place as well as installing new kitchen and bathroom faucets i believe at his apt....as for me, i'm content after the shelving...It should change the look of my whole place. I'll perhaps take some photos when we are done. He's been great putting up all my wall art. It looks a lot more homey now over here :)

I exercised yesterday night at gym and i've decided i do not need a running session this weekend bc my legs are still working on walking more in general...so as long as I get activitiy in, that's my main goal at the moment :) So my whole day is dedicated to going out today in morning, crafts in afternoon, a movie tonight at home, with Ricky...It should be a good day to stay on track foodwise, like Donkey says, having plans and a schedule does help - especially on the weekend!

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9am Breakfast: banana 120, kombucha 50, wrap with butter 100, egg 100, and pepperoni 100: 470. good... and now holding off....as we are picking up lunch later and then possibly dinner too. 

Snack almonds and coffee 200 3 pm Mashed potatoes 200, peas and carrot dish 100, pork tastings 50, chicken loaf 200, health salad 100 700 tops 1400 We baked cookies 300 1700 :-)

total 2000 :-) 

perfecto. we didn't walk - too chilly - but we did get a ton of home improvement stuff done at both our apts! instead of walking, we got coffee, came back to my apt and started work. It was worth starting early :) Everything at my place took around 3hrs...with some short rest breaks and coffee at the beginning.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2018:
Sounds like a fun day you have planned...Have a great time....I just love doing things to the house...it always freshens things up.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/07/2018:
It's just amazing how much can continuously be done around the house! always a work in progress :) things look much better, again!


Donkey on 04/07/2018:
Glad I could inspire :-) Sounds like a nice productive day!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/07/2018:
You certainly do inspire me! I think you had a good day also!!!


happy-1 on 04/08/2018:
Post pics!


bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
YES...we NEED pics!!!


Donkey on 04/08/2018:
PICTURES!!!!



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 06, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

I have 9 months from now till end of December. 2x per week cardio training sessions from here on out. I will see how i improve from now until then.  After doing Cardio 2x, it is my goal to switch up from 2x to 3x every once in awhile...like 2 weeks per month do it 3x a week! 

I have decided to skip vacations this year...use the days, once again, for training purposes and not trips to Florida as originally i was planning to do in January. NO. If i want to see how much I progress, cardio improvement will have to be 1st on my agenda again. No trips, at all. I coud make an exception for a one-nighter, but no traveling vacations...as i tend to always backtrack after them and it takes me a month to get to where i was at before the trip.

Oh, and i have an additional plan to start using the stairs in my apt, instead of the elevator. Except if carrying more than my bag :)

So, attempting a no elevator approach :) I have to make changes or things will not improve for me....

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So today is Friday and that means I am off to the gym after work..looking forward to doing something that keeps me on track :-)

Lately i see it's going to take more effort to continue the gym. Luckily, my class is OVER so it frees up my Tuesday nights.  I'm going back to working out Tuesdays and Thursdays which i liked much better than Mondays and Wednesdays.  

I look forward to these workouts bc i do progress when i do them regularly, 3x a week.

Now for cardio, I get off the bus early.  I am trying to do it everyday. Yesterday was a bit much, 1.6mi seemed a lot i do NOT know why...but today i'll get off to walk a mile or so home. I'm not up to jog just yet i do not think during the week???? I'm debating what to do with the cardio part of my training...

When i get home around 4:30pm earliest from work i am very tired and hungry.  Going back out to exercise is hard which is why tonight i am eating something fast and quick before going home. This will have to be my approach with also if i want to implement jogging. Because i get distracted otherwise being home to eat before going back out.

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Home: kombucha 50

Office: protein bar 170, peanut butter 100, small banana 50, coffee 50: 400.

snack: Almonds and clementine

Lunch: leftovers :) ...wrap with mustard and ketchup 100, 2 turkey franks 150, spinach 50, leftover other greens 100 400, maybe a coffee also..AND LEFTOVER PASSOVER COOKED MATZAH STUFF. 200

snacks: clementines 100

more snacking: 1 granola bar 3 hours after lunch. 100cal. i like these burts of sugar...sorta before i leave work to go home..

1450, fine :)

Dinner: miso soup and sushi... 550. Went out after lunch and for $10 bought what i wanted: roasted turkey, tons of cooked cabbage in a nice flavor, some chinese noodles and shrimp in sauce.Could be 500 cal idk...having trouble eating low cal and low volume these days. i guess i am bored.

1900

after workout: thinking to have light ice cream and call it a night! YES. the ice cream is a defininte.

2250 tops.

Weekly avg is 2110. 2140 I have been gaining weight still. But really slowly. I am def working on increasing cardio to counteract it as well as keeping calories moderate but not really low.  I don't think i want to keep my calories low. just keep on moving and hopefully lose some pounds.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/06/2018:
Next week when it's "class time" and you realize you don't have to go, you will feel so incredible with the extra time.

When you get off the train early to do some extra walking, are you wearing good sneakers? Just want to be sure that's not the cause of leg distress. If 1.5 miles is too much, right now, then cut it down like you did today. You'll get there -- and why press it now when the weather is crappy? Save your legs for when the morning weather is *beautiful* and you really WANT to be outside as long as possible before work :-)

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
Yes...i agree that if it feels too much to do less.

It can also be that i am always standing on the 15min subway portion of the ride home and have my bag with me. It wasn't even a heavy bag yesterday.

The shoes are ok - not the worst, not the best. They are a very casual and comfortable sneaker. I don't wear dress shoes much at work...and will have to stick to the comfortable footwear.

I have found it distressing to have to change sneakers to shoes, etc., and i think it's too much fuss so i just wear the same shoes at work mostly as i do on my commute...

yes, i'll be happy next week not going to class...

and then in 2 weeks after i have one of my 6 times a year union meetings, haha...it's ok...

anyways, i'm working to do something about my cardio. i'll just keep on doing it. not quitting.


bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
So happy for you that the classes are over!! There is a lot of power in setting a goal and sticking with it rather we want to or not...not an overwhelming goal...but a do able one. Also...don't forget....while you are still young...I vividly remember being in my mid thirties when I realized that my age was creeping up on me...and somethings are just nature taking it's course....and they were stopping and holding me back at times....you are still young enough to turn it around right now...but some things just happen unfortunately...and we either give into them..or we hold them off longer. Technically we are at our potentially highest strength in our late teens and early twenties...after that...we get roadblocks thrown in front of us just because our bodies are going backwards...

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
yes, i know this...i have noticed what you are saying with the gym. I do not build muscle as easily as i once did...and i was saying to myself how helpful it would be to actually take something to help me ...like small dose of steroids but i know in my heart this is not a good idea. but the thought did pass my mind as i have DEFINITELY noticed a big difference in my ability to get stronger and retain the strength. i have noticed a difference in all of this - this year in particular (35). but it doesn't mean i have to give up just yet...

in my head, i have also started to debate if it's worth it to continue to train for the court officer thing...i am not sure why i continue as i don't even love the type of training it is...but in my heart deep down i still want to see how well i can improve on the goal to pass the test.

i feel i can still try.

you are right as bodies do change. as your hubby faces things that just need to be fixed as the body wears down. I want to try so badly to get over my issues of poor leg strength. I am so close with my pushups and situps to the highest scores i need...it's just my legs.

i'll keep trying. and i'll have to see where i am at, by the end of this year, to see if i've made great improvements or not..particularly in running. If not, i may just need to move on.


bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
It's great to get physically strong..and stay physically strong....that in itself is the reward. Attainable goals are wonderful....unattainable goals are frustrating....You ARE physically strong right now...and the older you get...the harder it becomes to just stay there...I guess we all have to decide how much of our lives we are willing to spend on it all. It is definitely possible...it just takes more and more work as the years go by to maintain it. When we are young...it's just easier. And PLEASE say no to steroids!!!!! They are NOT worth the damage they do to the body!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
lol, ok...i wonder if there's anything. i probably just need to continue sleeping lots. the more i train, the more i sleep!


Maria7 on 04/06/2018:
Hope you have a happy day. :-)

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
lol....yes....


graindart on 04/06/2018:
So do you have a specific cardio goal you're working towards? Like a certain distance in a certain amount of time or ?

I hate cardio. I'd much rather work on strength training personally, but have incorporated a 3 mile daily walk into my routine right now so that I'm ready for the cruise and some summer hikes I'd like to do with the girls.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
I would say one cardio goal is to run 2 miles.

I have the cardio in mind bc i have a goal to possibly go for a court officer position. but i am under par in the cardio parts...so 2 miles is one goal, but they also include a speed element. so i train on a track and i can also do short sprints and walk inbetween.

its specific tests - i tried one and failed it completely...but that's before any training and a winter completely off of cardio.

i am not sure i am physically fit for the cardio parts, but giving it a try anyways until January. the test for the court officer position doesn't even come out this year...either 2019 or 2020. so i can train and stay positive for now..there is no age cut-off.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
i may even skip out of taking an advanced estimating course from september till november if i feel my training getting better, i may just continue to go for the court officer...if i really am getting better in 6 months, i'll try to emphasize the cardio aspect and not put it off to take a class again. but we will see. one day at a time.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
sorry for so many comments...but all in all, if i do NOT change my lifestyle, the fitness simply can't happen....so i have to change my focus a bit, not skip exercise routines, and once again give the jogging and entire exercise plan one last big try...and can only do this by putting social life and vacationing completely on the side. i'll give it one more try..


happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
I'm doing the same thing. Turning down two trips this month and next to stay at home and stay on track.


graindart on 04/06/2018:
Wish I had a year-round sport or hobby that required exercise. I ride dirtbikes in the mountains with friends for several hours weekly. The terrain and pace that we ride makes it a good workout for one day per week. In years past we've ridden weekly for about 7 months out of the year and once a month for the other 5 months due to snow and weather. Unfortunately this year's winter has been brutal. It's been 6-1/2 months since I've ridden the dirtbike and with the amount of snow the mountains have received this year it's looking like another month or so before we can startup again. I guess it's not cardio that I despise, but rather the monotony of my cardio option at present (walking on treadmill). If we lived in the mountains I think I'd actually semi-enjoy taking the dirt-bike out for a daily ride, but with the trails 45-60 minutes away that's just not an option more than once per week.

As far as the treadmill walking, I do 3 miles per day at a brisk walking pace. I haven't proceeded to a jogging pace yet for more than a minute or so per session. I really don't have a desire to jog or run, but would love it if the 3 miles were completed quicker than the current 50 minutes they take. I really don't understand the mentality of people that go out and run 3-5 miles every day.......and say they enjoy it.



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 05, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

So yesterday's calories were good but after dinner i was tired and was out at activities after work both on Monday and Tuesday and have a dinner planned for tonight with a friend so i just skipped out  on the gym and was in bed by like 7pm. I rarely skip the gym but was feeling low energy and decided i'd rather be in bed. I plan to make up for the missed session though - by going Friday after work and Sunday eve. Two rather challenging times to go to gym - but it was nice being home last night in bed...

It's not always easy for me to be on the go always having an activity after work each night.  It tends to drain me.  So last night I just decided to take a more relaxing approach. And i did sleep long through the night, so I must have needed it.

but with that said, taking last night's easy approach cannot always be done as it would mean tons of skipping gym sessions...pick and choose...this time though, i can make it up Friday without missing any of my 3 weekly sessions.

....Today is a new day....

I got off bus extra early today for a 1.5 mi walk home. I'm not sure why it feels so difficult still!? Anyways, that's good and it was nice and sunny.

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Home: kombucha small amount 50

Work: peanut butter 100, protein bar and coffee 300

Bar 200

Lunch: didn't bring all of it - 2 turkey hot dogs 150 in a wrap with ketchup and mustard 100, veggies from out at a nearby store 250?, matzah 100 600.

Snack: apple 100

Snack 2 when at home: pretzels 120

1450-1500, perfect before dinner. I am going to do the right thing at dinner.

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Dinner: out to dinner, may eat some veggies at home beforehand, it's at nearby Applebee's bc they are doing a promotion that 10% proceeds go to Autism Awareness Research ....i promised a friend i'd go, otherwise, i'd be at the gym tonight. Will probably eat a salad or other healthier item...or maybe even indulge as all i can think of this week is more bread all of a sudden.

Bed soon after :)

Total around 2100, good.

6day 2120.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/05/2018:
Applebee's tends to be one of our weekly date night spots. I tend to go easy during the day and order the bourbon street chicken & shrimp or bourbon street steak options. Each are supposedly less than 700 calories as served with potatoes / onions / mushrooms / herbed butter.

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
the choices at this place do suck...!

not a lot of veggie sides...and so many temptations!

i'll try to behave :) as i'm sick of weighing more than i want to.

oh, thank you for the tips. i may just get the chicken and shrimp. i could use some extra protein.

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
i was also thinking tomato soup...but that dish does look good...bourbon chicken and shrimp!


bearcountrygg on 04/05/2018:
I love Applebees Asian chicken salad....I always swore I was going to try something different the next time...but I always ended up ordering the Asian chicken salad again...what can I say...it was that good....no applebees around here anymore..I miss them!

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
there's so many unhealthy temptations on the menu...so not fair! i'll just order healthy so that i can eat a lot is what i'm thinking..a soup and the shrimp salad is that i'm thinking...sorta really want chicken but the other option seems better. i may even order a side of extra veggies and just eat till i can't eat anymore! :)


graindart on 04/05/2018:
Like BearCountrygg, I used to LOVE the asian chicken salad and I'd add an extra side of blue cheese dressing to it also. Went to order it about a year ago when my diet started (because a salad is healthy) and found out why I liked it so much. It has 1400 calories before I added another 300 calories of blue cheese dressing. So I was eating 1700 calories plus 200 calories for a pop each time. Bare minimum of 1900 calories that salad meal was costing me and that's if I didn't get an appetizer. But, like I said, I do LOVE it.....

Horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
you know that will not be in my order...haha


bearcountrygg on 04/05/2018:
There is something really special about that Asian salad...I don't know what they do to it....but...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
must be something in the dressing ;)


happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
Sodium bomb. Stick $5 in the donation bucket and order a club soda.



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 04, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Today I craved chips since after lunch, all during my walk after lunch, until like a half hour after that walk.

I didn't buy them...really bc i didn't see a basic deli, just fancy food shops and a Japanese deli that actually didn't have anything buT Japanese items.  So, it worked out and I realized the bigger cravings this week and little indulgences are due to hormones and that i'm doing pretty darn well considering this.  Next week and the next 3 weeks should be a lot easier...and that makes me smile also. I am so glad i didn't buy the bag of chips and destroy my food plan for the day. 

I can do this :)

I am sick of waiting till "tomorrow" to lose the few pounds I have gained.

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Still cals are too high - but - i am starting to increase activity again so maybe some weight will drop - very slowly - as I increase my cardio again. So i'm ok as long as I continue without huge binges, so, all in all, things are ok.

Although i woke up feeling slightly unrested, i am going forward with my original plan for gym tonight rather than tomorrow night bc it makes my weekend much more flexible.

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Home: kombucha and sm banana 100

Breakfast: half roll 100 (yes, broke rules totally now for Passover haha) with turkey, mustard, butter 150.  coffee 50. small banana 50, few almonds...

Snack: high protein bar 200

Lunch: other half sandwich no butter 200, salad 50 with roasted eggplant 150, clementine 450

Snack: plum 50 - and will try to steer clear of coffee after lunch - too much caffeine lately

Dinner: sushi did me really well last time (Monday) so i'll do it again...400 for a california roll, small banana 50 small wrap 100 with an egg and ketchup/mustard 100, red pepper 50, popcorn 200. 450..some cooked cranberries 50. 500.

1650

After gym: high fat yogurt and cooked cranberries up to 300

1900 today. Excellent..

Decided to skip gym after dinner and just go to bed.

5day avg: 2124 - MUCH BETTER....getting there :)...just need to get back into the 2000's.

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I did sleep a lot, it was just very interrupted with many bathroom breaks and craving to a small snack before i went to bed bc i had such trouble even falling asleep.

I had caffeine before bed last night, so for the first time in a long time i couldn't sleep well and woke up several times during the night. it was a diet coke. so, now i realize that i must be a little more mindful...and stick to healthier ways. i was out, the diet coke was free and available. i was trying to save cals, but get full. moving onwards!

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Very tired, slow, hungry day. but just keeping on...bc i do love how i feel at the gym and after accomplishing a successful workout....and i like how i feel in a nice dress at a wedding time to time...i'm saying that i'm going to continue on being good today because it feels SO GOOD when doing the right things finally PAYS OFF.

I have a wedding to attend late August...perfect time of year...after a warm summer, after being outside more, a little tan, when people are usually their leanest....

Anyways, my goal for this wedding is to look as good as i can :) ...

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/04/2018:
I've had similar issues with Diet Coke too late in the day. Very frustrating, but I bet you sleep well tonight.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
i haven't had this kind of sleep problem in months - and the caffeine and interrupted sleep thing has caused me to feel so tired today.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
so much it makes me want to skip the gym, but i can't, or it'll mess up my plans going forward later in week lol.


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Caffeine doesn't affect me as far as sleeping goes...but I do take more bathroom trips with evening liquids...and that basically does cut into REM sleep.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
it really, really sucked. even though i was in bed most of the night, i feel like i didn't sleep at all.


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Well...ok then....you have a firm goal and a good reason to work towards it!!! Go get em girl!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
lol


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Maybe you were craving chips because you need the salt?

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
i think more the fat this time...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
i was craving fried fatty chips like a bag of lay's


graindart on 04/04/2018:
Good job on passing the chips. They're one of my weaknesses and once I start I don't stop until I hit the bottom of the bag......


Donkey on 04/04/2018:
If I didn't imagine it- today was such a blur - you had written more about attending the wedding and how that fit into your goals. I was too busy to respond at the time, but had you left your entry unedited, I would have given you an ATTA GIRL! Show them ******* who's BOSS! Keep that in mind the next time the willpower is a little weak ;-)

I wish I had planned better for my niece's wedding in May, 6 weeks and 2 days from today. I won't know that many people there, and with the exception of my daughter & Houseguest and Mr. Donkey, I don't like any of the few others that I do know who will attend. I guess 6 weeks isn't too short of time to make a noticeable difference in myself...

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
it's a perfect amount of time...it's a short time so you can make a change quite easily. Even with a month before...or a week before, you could do low carb.



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