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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 21, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Tuesday. 

Breakfast: apricot greek yogurt 150, iced coffee 50, small corn muffin toasted 120, with a little butter 30 and peanut butter 100. 450.

snack close to noon kombucha 50


1pm? forgot to write down lunch when i ate it!: frank from yesterday's bbq with family 200, on part of a flatbread 100, gummies 100..park of an alcoholic beverage that i still have some leftover from 120. 520 total

3:30 some snacking - small amount of chocolate 100 cal., seltzer

5pm chips 230

7pm peanut butter 100

9pm half chicken sausage on small flatbread 200, 2lg clementines 100




 calories are getting sort of high today early in the day and my appetite is wavering between cravings and feeling full...i am sure it's because of the webiste i'm working on!


 lots of time spent on the couch today, in a relaxed position, trying to get things done of the website...it's all new to me so it's guess and test and make it look somewhat visually appealing as well as a lot of typing of new topics i haven't done before and also i need to add some things i hvae already touched on that are still revelant from past "projects" i gave myself to do...food reviews i have done in the past can be used again on my site...


Today i'm taking it easy with exercise. Maybe not doing too much as my ankle is a little sore from walking on beach.  I may hop on my indoor bike as it's hot today, 90F, so i may just stay home today since from 4pm and after that tonight i am either on a video call or in class until 8pm.  So really, i am just fine staying home as yesterday was a complete and active day and i'm happy to stay home :) 

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

grannyannie on 07/21/2020:
Have a good day

Horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2020:
thank you!

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2020:
Quiet day here...a neighbor stopped by....but otherwise...very quiet.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2020:
same here, aside from therapy on the phone and the 3-hours class (so aside from 4 hours of the day), the rest will be quiet.

tomorrow, i will start the day with some bike riding outside if the weather is ok to keep on being active when i'm home...today i was more interested to get to working more than anything on this website...

KathyBlue on 07/21/2020:
Great job, have a nice rest and tomorrow is another active day :)

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2020:
Yes I must do some active things tomorrow cardio and weights !!!

thinkpositive on 07/22/2020:
I think a day of rest is fine, also to rest your ankle.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2020:
thanks think!

Donkey on 07/22/2020:
With the active day you had on Monday, it was probably a good idea to rest your ankle yesterday (Tuesday). Walking on the sand can be quite hard on the knees ankles and feet.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2020:
it was nice to rest up, i walked in the evening bc i really hadn't exercised all day and wanted to get outside!

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

8:45am breakfast: oatmeal 150, light granola 100, almond milk 50, iced coffee 50. 350.

snack: tbd...i should prob bring some stuff in a cooler type of bag...waters/seltzer/clementines?

lunch: from parents they are prepping it! ....i've got a great family!

 Snack before beach 50

clementine 50

bread 150, meat 150, huge salad 250...550. gummies 200

dinner was healthy and within reason...

was a feta zucchini salad with oilive oil / lemon dressing (mom made this) 200?, small piece salmon 300 tops, small piece of a potato knish 250? tastes of sister's cider 50. 800

approx 2050-2100, lots of exercise at beach!

cookie in middle of the night, hungry. 150 cal.

2200 cals today. good. def used them!


 Did Over an hour and a half walking on sand , some swimming in ocean & pool!  was great to get out of Queens, NY and spend time on Long Island at the beach with family.


Set my alarm, but still laid in bed a little while today.  I have to shower & get ready this morning to go to the beach with my family. :)  My dad is on vacation this week and really wanted me to go, hence the only reason I'm going.   I do like the beach, but i don't love it especially this year when i'm used to staying home most days and i have always felt weird in a bathing suit around my family.  But, i'm getting ready to go...it should be nice.

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

innerpeace on 07/20/2020:
Sounds great! Enjoy the beach and your family.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2020:
it was excellent that, pretty great!

grannyannie on 07/20/2020:
I'd love to go to a beach! Water here is too cold for swimming. When we are in Thailand I wear bikinis no matter my weight. Everybody does - no matter what their body looks like - rare to see a woman in a one piece. Very freeing!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2020:
i love a bikini too.

at this beach i went to, women sometimes cover up more than a bikini including my sister who wears a one-piece but would look good in a bikini as well.

people were def of all shapes and sizes, most not perfect by any means

the ocean was nice, not too cool at all ....the day was very hot so it was great to go in the water.

Maria7 on 07/20/2020:
I know that sand must have felt so good against your feet. How is the weather there? Is it hot weather?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2020:
the weather today was just about record breaking, almost 100F! the sand was HOT! so we wore sandals on it! the water in the ocean was wonderful as was the pool! perfect weather for going to the beach!

Donkey on 07/20/2020:
I hope you had a good time at the beach!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2020:
it was great exercise, too. a great change from all the sitting at home i've been doing...

i am sorta reinvigorated to want to do more cardio :)

grannyannie on 07/21/2020:
Sounds like a great day and good food!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2020:
it was and i can thank my parents for the healthy and filling meals

thinkpositive on 07/22/2020:
Nice family time!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2020:
yeah...that's why i went.

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

Happy Sunday!

late 10am breakfast (layed in bed all morning till then) 2 corn muffins 240, with butter 50, and peanut butter 150. 440, iced coffee 50.

12:30 snack gummies 100 plum 50

2pm lunch indian okra bhindi masala 200, bread 120, kombucha 50. 400

5pm last pum 50, lg clementine  50

 leftovers biscuit 200, fried chicken 250, indian veggies 200. 650.



Ricky and I got into a fight last night but it will pass i can tell.  It's not based on anything different than typical arguments lol.  oh well, it'll pass. 


DONE 1pm - I'm going to go out for a short walk (20-30min) use my indoor stepper 15-20min before i  work on my webpage / blog / do reading.

DONE 2pm-3pm - I also will do some review of reading for my class for my PM class. after i use the stepper indoors

12:30pm DONE lol, this didn't take long to wipe down!...Another thing i'd like to do either today or this coming week is clean some of the tiles in my bathroom, especially the grout between the tiles that are located near the toilet.

DONE I have weights to do this late afternoon - around 5pm?

Didnt work on webpage during the daytime, but may do it toinght around 8:30/9pm...


I have enough food at home to last thru the day, so don't need to go food shopping as tomorrow i'll be at the beach / parent's home all day.

Tuesday I have teletherapy at 4pm and my class again, 5-8pm.  I will work again on class work a bit.

(I will not start any paralegal review of the WESTLAW webiste that we are supposed to do before the second half the class starts yet as i don't want to use it as a distraction from my current PM class. I will only start that when my website is almost done for PM...)

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

grannyannie on 07/19/2020:
Everybody fights! Normal. I can't do any kind of workout later afternoon or evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2020:
i prefer afternoon!

Donkey on 07/19/2020:
Too hot for an outdoor walk?

Have you come up with a website platform? I was going to ask my husband, since he knows a little about computers, although he's more knowledgeable about hardware than software. So if you found something that works for your project, GREAT!

I'm sorry but Tuesday evening sounds tough. Therapy then class for 3 hours??? Ugh... When will you eat dinner? (You can definitely tell where my priority is, right? LOL!)

I agree that it's probably best to wait to start with WESTLAW for now. I don't know if I saved my research questions, if you wanted to practice more on searching. I say, the best way is to just practice, practice, practice. If there's extra credit to practice, take it.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2020:
yes, i decided no need to go outside and sweat bullets today :)...I will prob stay inside the whole day unless i opt for a short bike ride tonight outside, prob not.

i am ok just snacking tuesday night and maybe eating at 8pm after class. bc i'm not working, my schedule is extremely adaptable since i don't have to wake up early, etc. so it actually doesn't bother me :) if i wanted to, actually, i could even eat while class was going, but that is weird to have like a whole dinner while online with the class lol.

yeah, i will just stay away from westlaw now. it's better i just review the readings in my textbook for the current PM course and look into paralegal stuff later.

and i did sign up for one more legal course, to start mid october. it's only 7 weeks total. If i am working, i know i could get it done and i wouldn't be too stressed. its on Alternative legal proceedings other than using trial for both parties. there's info on corporate settlements, some info specific to company contracts and labor disputes and mediations. it seems i could even reason that i took it for a more in-depth look to how my own union resolves conflicts, if someone asked me!

Lesson 1: ADR – History, Growth and Origins

Lesson 2: The Art of Negotiation

Lesson 3: The Mediation Process

Lesson 4: Arbitration

Lesson 5: Other forms of ADR

Lesson 6: Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

if i decide i don't want to take it, i'll get all my money back (1,000) and just lose a $50 administrative fee. it will start after everything is over in mid October.

happy-1 on 07/19/2020:
LOL. Everybody fights... but it's that kind of recurring thing that makes me not be able to picture a long car trip with them.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2020:
uh huh!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 07/19/2020:
You and Ricky are like a married couple...I swear...it's like a dance.......forward and back....some getting along time and then the irritation builds up again....and some stay away from me time...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2020:
oh yeah hahaha....and without the license!!!

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

Happy Weekend all!

9am breakfast: granola 3/4 cup light granola 300 cal, almond milk 50. kombucha 50.

10:30 snack lg cookie 150 and iced coffee 50

Noon lunch: small piece of wrap 100, small piece of sausage 50, chips 320.  500. drink 100. 600.

plum 50

6pm Dinner corn and greens beans 250, fried chicken 250, more fried chicken 200 500

9pm cookie 150




I'm up at a good time, showered and ready to start laundry soon just after 9am.  At first, i wasn't going to do laundry but then i changed my mind for probably the basic reason that i don't like doing it during the week and seeing the porter for the building down there working hard....yeah....and myself just walking around doing laundry.  and my other reason is the Monday i'm going to beach with parents and don't want to wait until Tuesday to wash everything.

it's going to be hot so i will stay home working on my PM project for a good portion of the day. I will start after i get the laundry in and take a short stroll around a few blocks to wake up..

I may be able to walk and get my rx filled, if the drug store is open before 10am...i have to take a look! i only have 2 days left of my rx.

i still have lots of food leftovers and don't need to go shopping or anything for several days. 


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

Donkey on 07/18/2020:
It is going to be a HOT one here today. It's not even 8:30a and the sun is getting quite uncomfortable.

Try to think how GOOD it will feel to have your laundry done. Remind yourself that you'll thank yourself on Tuesday for what you got done today.

The beach - Oh my, that sounds lovely. Just listening to the waves... I look forward to hearing about your outing on Monday!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2020:
it's gonna be around 90 here too if not hotter! same as you!

yes, i LOVE it when laundry is done! and this time i even included my sheets which i haven't washed in....weeks!

i'm nervous for the beach to wear a bathing suit with family...grrr....also, hoping it's not that time of the month on Monday! :)

enjoy your day!

grannyannie on 07/18/2020:
Been reading about all the hot temps, but I'm just wishing we'd get back to 70 like we had been for a few weeks. Although if it's sunny and 65 with no breeze, I'm happy with that.

Enjoy the beach.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2020:
thanks...i'm honestly freaking out a hair since i haven't worn a bathing suit this year and my legs feel like mush!

happy-1 on 07/18/2020:
Mmm leftovers.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2020:
sooo many leftovers still.

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

breakfast light granola 200, banana 150, almond milk 50, komucha 50.  450.

spoke with french friend on video chat for a couple hours this morning, was GREAT :)

then did a 20 min walk before lunch....

lunch: flatbread 260, palak 50, egg 100. 400. drink 120.

 fell asleep for an hour or more? after lunch....

3:45-4:45did around an hour of reading for class...that's enough for now

3pm snack plum, iced black coffee with stevia

5-5:30 snack before exercise - blueberries 120, chocolates 100. 220

5:30 pm upper body workout mostly in nice sun on terrace..going to not do classwork anymore today most probably...

dinner: okra indian 150, flatbread 250, chicken sausage 110. 500


bed early tonight, like 9-9:30pm.


20 min morning walk today, it was around noon. rest of the day

i will be doing reading now for the PM course i am taking...then i have to think about the best platform to use (most user friendly) to make my project website on...

but first, some review /  reading of the course textbook!!  i wasn't in the mood to review much, as it's mostly a review in the textbook of parts i have already read!, but it helps a LOT to review again.  I will just read it as reminders as i do the class, yes, since i have time and it's NOT a ton of reading. It's a lot less than the paralegal class readings, too.  

The only issue is needing to figure out a platform for my website. I will most probably do this on Saturday.  I will most likely start on the website tomorrow too, even if it's just a minimal start. And the good thing is, while i'm not working, i can potentially work on it lots while i am home next week  (just not Monday as i'm headed to beach with family). 

I want to potentially work ahead of this PM course just a little bit on the webiste because it's not my specialty and i do not want to be stressed right at the end on it.

After this course is over, there is a website i need to learn how to use and navigate for paralegal (part of the instructions for the class to be done before the next half starts)...i may do it during the weeks i work on PM course stuff, not sure...


i canceled the interview for Tuesday as my father didn't love the company and asked me not to go. yes, he does have an influence on my decisions and that is ok.

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

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2020:
I'm sure your Dad is correct.......he has an inside view of the construction industry and it's good to take his suggestions seriously.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2020:
yes :)

grannyannie on 07/17/2020:
Good to listen to your dad and you can trust his opinions to be the right ones.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2020:
he has worked in a specific area of construction and wants me to tick with that area...i'll go along with him since he has connections which may help me more than any recruiter..ty annie, yes.

Thinkpositive on 07/18/2020:
You are very disciplined. In your studies!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2020:
....on and off...

Donkey on 07/18/2020:
Well.... I still think that you should have taken the interview for the practice and experience. I wouldn't at all recommend taking the non-union job, lol.

On the other hand, then you're just wasting their time, so I can see that as a legit reason (and very considerate of you) to decline the interview.

Regarding your dad's request, though... Would word get around that you, as his daughter, are interviewing for non-union jobs? I'm trying to understand what the harm would be in just taking the interview for the experience.

Not to sound like I'm busting your chops on this AT ALL. I completely respect your dad's opinion!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2020:
the same things you shared here, i had shared with him earlier this week because i had planned to go for interview practice. he seemed to really dislike this company for taking lots of union work (but that's what all non-union companies do!)...i did want the experience, yes.

I hadn't expected him to push for me not to go to the interview at all. and after he asked me several times not to go to it, i decided to just relax and not go.

i am sure there is some kind of reputation at stake here as he is very politically correct. so i am sure he's thinking of it as a reflection as one reason for him telling me not to go.

you nailed it.

Donkey on 07/18/2020:
Ah I see - makes much more sense to me now! If Dad asked you more than once, then it's completely not worth going any farther with that. AT ALL. :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2020:
haha, if you say so! :) :) :)

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

9:15 breakfast: light granola 200, banana 120, coco almond milk 50. 400 kombucha 50.

Noon lunch: flatbread 260, chicken sausage 110, chips 150. 520, spiked drink to enjoy while doing PM work 120.

 from 11:30-1:30 Including a lunch break lol), i finished the extra credit for the paralegal course. nothing is now due.  I can take my time to do the recommended web research using westlaw database anytime. there's nothing due for grading left. I have done all extra credit exercises. the course is now on hold until Mid-August.

Now, at 1:30 today, is when i'm delving into the PM course.  Paralegal is done, for now, with the first half.

PM course is now all i need to do for the next few weeks.. it will be over in 6 weeks, thankfully...!!..i do not want to spend any more time on making a project than that! 

also for the PM course, i may need the assistance of my fellow DDers!!!! i'm making an interactive health website for my project, so, while the class is going on, i may ask you guys to come take a look and be interactive, similar to what we do here....then after the class, you all will not need to continue on my site...just if you could all help me! i'll let yu know when!  i am not planning to keep the site interactive after the course, but it wouldn't be to take members from here, at all, to be clear! :)

3:45 tons of blueberries 200

5pm chocolate before meeting 150 class meeting 5-8, during class 50 more.


Dinner  flatbread260, veggies in sauce 200





i have to chat with recruiter at 9:30 about a job i will prob decline to interview for bc it's non-union and i am not free the day he wants me to go (have potential plans with my family that i promised to them and they had to pay in advance for me to go to beach with them - which isn't a big deal but the interview / company doesn't seem really what i want at this moment so the other plans just clarify my choice to prob not go to it).....interview i'll go to - TUESDAY, 11AM...

will do work for current class after the interview discussion, i'll go out for a bike ride - DONE!!!! DEF was in need of cardio glad i got it in early before 11am.

after bike ride, i'm going to be concentrating on further reading for the class i'm taking...i didn't start any readings for the PM course (proj management), so i'm doing that now...

PM class tonight, 5pm-8pm online.

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

legcramps on 07/16/2020:
Enjoy your bike ride today!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! 45 min :)

grannyannie on 07/16/2020:
Hope you get an interview for a job you want.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
me 2 :)

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2020:
Count me in!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
i'm glad....i hope the page isn't too ugly...i'm so glad you will join BCGG! it's not to take anyone from here, just to help me for my project! TY! it will be in a few weeks when you guys will be part.

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
I would be more than happy to participate in your project!

I'm glad you're taking the interview, even if you may not take the job, especially if it's nonunion. The more interviews, the more practice!

Glad you got in some cardio! I presume it was an outside bike ride?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2020:
my dad talked me out of the interview as he knows the company...so, that's over oh well, so i wont go.

i'm glad you will help me with my project, it shouldn't be hard or take too much time!

yes, i did a bike ride and i am actually sore today from it! :)

legcramps on 07/17/2020:
I'm happy to help you with your project!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2020:
Thanks, legs!

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

10?breakfast: oats and coco almond milk 200, raisins/vitamins 100. 300. later komucha 60

12pm: 2 bigger strawberry cheesecake cookies that i bought today (pepperidge farm i think) 280 (while starting / working on an assignment), small coffee 50

1:30 spiked seltzer 100

2:30 lunch finally a flatbread 260, chicken sausage 110. 370; blue corn chips bc still hungry 150, few negligable blueberries..(appetite is BACK...doing work always does this to me!)

4:30 have the munchies, still at the beginning of the memo...this is going slowly today...gummy fish and seltzer]

6:30, still heavily into the memo, but getting to the end (it's long) ..had a healthy banana 120 with more seltzer..

 8pm: another flatbread 260, with palak spead on 50. 300, eating before a workout dont want to skip it...blueberries 100


 it took me around 5 hours to do the memo, the last 4 hours were heavily involved. nice to be done.


my best bet is to still work out and exercise tonight (upper body weights) and not wait for tomorrow because tomorrow at 9:30 i have a phone call with another recruiter and i may have to discuss going for an interview next monday....obviously i should work if i can get work (and if i get unemployed, i may still get the benefits, so i may as well try to look for work...and i am just about done with this darn half the course anyways....so i am going to be more "free." tomorrow is going to be a bit busier than today...


my appetite is still pretty low and i'm getting full easily these days. ...until i start my work! LOL ....appetite changed after i had breakfast!...


i'm going out this AM to a local supermarket for: seltzer, low cal drinks, fruit, cereal, craisins, couple yogurts, bread, protein. = this i did :)

i have 2 assignments left for the paralegal. and (tomorrow i have to do some reading / work for Proj Man course) before it meets again. ONLY 1 ASSIGNMENT IS GETTING DONE TODAY.....AND THE OTHER ONE (DANG EXTRA CREDIT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT UNTIL THIS WEEK!) MAY HAVE TO WAIT TILL EITHER TOMORROW EVENING OR FRIDAY....NO MORE TIME LEFT RIGHT NOW.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

weights i'll do in afternoon OR TONIGHT - sometime after dinner or just after i finish this memo #2, maybe during a court tv show :)

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

thinkpositive on 07/15/2020:
I tried a spiked seltzer & didn’t care for it. Maybe t was the stevia in it which I don’t like. What kind do you like?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
I will say the "truly" brand wasn't sweet and i had t add my own stevia to sweeten it.

i recently found one brand that is much better than the rest: Cape Line is the name and they are better than everything else!: take a look -


bearcountrygg on 07/15/2020:
Those cookies sound amazing!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
they weren't good! don't buy these, they don't taste like strawberries or cheesecake!

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
So all you have left is the extra credit assignment?

Good luck this morning on the interview!

Working is a double edged sword when it comes to eating. In the morning, I eat and then stop because I get busy. Good.

In the afternoon, I get anxious and I want to eat every chip in the building. Bad. (lol)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
totally there with you on the food situation with work! lol. def an emotional issue for me.

yes, just the extra credit is left. I will do it TOMORROW. i'm not allowing myself to look at it today bc what i really need to do is work for the PM course now as i haven't done any reading like i should be and need to put together some work that's already due for the course tonight at this week's session 2!

i'm so glad i finished the work for the first session of paralegal! i will start up again in mid-august.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
actually, it's done! i finished that paralegal stuff bc it was easier than expected...now doing PM assignment due today! LOL and now i will be reading the paralegal material a lot as well.

NO MORE paralegal for at least 3 weeks time starting now!

grannyannie on 07/16/2020:
Good luck on interview. You're making good progress. I like stevia - use it on my porridge and berries, and some in my coffee.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
thanks...no interview yet but should be sometime AFTER Monday next week :)

i made sure to explain i cannot do Monday's interview and it needs to be another day!

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

9:30am-10am: english muffin 150, with palak / saag 200, small coffee 50. 400. having the spinach in the morning filled me up really well!

snack: drink 50

12:30pm lunch rice 200, okra 200, one small piece chicken 100., kombucha 50

almost 2pm not hungry just snacky while doing work: 100c - gummies, cookies 100 (procrastination at its best..)

4pm did slow indoor biking while on therapy call...

5pm chocolates and seltzer right before class (PM) starts for FOUR hours tonight...200 cal of the really sweet stuff i have.  I did NOT to the readings that i could have done prior to the start of the class tonight, because my only focus was paralegal work, not project managment....bc i know i can do the readings later this week for this new course....

i don't want too much overlap in these courses or i'll go insane!

finished all of week 6 paralegal, aside from a document memo (which will take time - will finish that TOMORROW!) so i'm in really, really good shape for the class i'm taking for paralegal.

dinner rice 200, lentils 150, palak 150...550....so filling....


exercise was light and slow indoor biking while on phone, hour.





slept in a little again this AM. did set clock but laid in bed awhile. really, i AM going to work on this habit, but also i've been staying up later so that's why i've allowed myself to sleep in as of late.


believe it or not, there was no "new" readings for week 6 but just to review the chapter's i've already read! so, i'm working on the week 6 assignments. they should be done by 3:30pm or so today.

the only thing i have left to do is another Memo, which tends to take a LONG time, so that's what i'm working on tomorrow for paralegal.

then, i didn't know, but there's also extra credit / extra assignment for week 7, so i may potentially do that, this week, as well.

then, i'm onto this current class that starts today, Project Managment (advanced PM) 

then, i'm going to relax quite a bit from paralegal and only go back to doing it when the course starts up again for the second half in mid-August, i think...unless something changes.

i'm glad i am not working, because it wouldn't be any type of joyful experience at all to do all this and work. it wouldn't work well in a schedule especially since i love to exercise too and it all takes time....

so this is a blessing to do the work, while still receiving unemployment right now. i am very lucky right now!

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

Donkey on 07/14/2020:
Do let us know how the project management class went!

Is the PM class only once a week? Sorry, I can't remember.

Yes tomorrow you can wish on the paralegal memo and then go back to read for PM, perhaps?

Oh this is very exciting!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
the PM class is actually 2x per week (tues and thurs) from 5-8pm (not 9pm as i had originally written !)

the teacher is EXCELLENT. i am thankful. my project is AN ONLINE health and wellness interactive website! (sorta like this one!) and hopefully you and maybe some others here will interact with me on it just for the project for the class, then i don't plan to continue it. of course, it's not a paying site or anything! duh. i'm doing a non-profit project!

yes i have some kind of appeals memo for tomorrow as well as an extra-credit assignment that i was just given to research using Westlaw.

and then i'm off from paralegal, yes.

grannyannie on 07/15/2020:
4 hour class?! Sounds like you've found your match for a career.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
haha....it's actually 3 hours, i was wrong :) LOL.

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

10-noon kombucha in AM 100 - woke  up a little late, relaxed, went to visit ricky to get my fixed bike...easy easy morning. no rush. no studying yet.

12:00-12:45pm lunch  indian saag / palak 250, other veggies in sauce 150, chips 300. 700. i was gonna have turkey slices but i tried a bite and it didnt taste right...and a low cal margarita 120 with a tad of stevia also added in.

4:30 snack of 2 large clementines 100, gummies 100

3:30-5:30 did upper body weights, no rush, while doing some laundry. i don't seem to have lost any muscle from skipping a day  each week for the past two weeks. this week though and the next few i am prioritizing a little more movement in my day. can't walk too much, toe is still painful when i wear a shoe and when active on it. i will be biking!

6pm choc snack :) 150 it's by hersheys and it's white chocolate surrounding some type of wafer...cookie's and cream drops. very sugary and sweet!  and a small serving of stevia sweetened black coffee. ...

finally sitting down to do some reading / review for the course at 6:30pm and planning to do it for a little while tonight as well.

dinner lentils and potatoes 250 small amount, sauteed okra 150-200, rice 150.600 another drink 120

2020, good!



 after my exercises, i'm onto reading for WEEK 6 :)...i admit i just laid on the couch almost  all morning into the afternoon.

 some of my grades i have recieved back today from the course and i'm doing ok :) just have to push myself today and tomorrow to finish the week 6 readings and start on those assignments. i'd like to finish everything by this Friday :)


ricky actually stopped his own work,  he works from home, to fix my tire / tube this morning around 10am. i went there to watch him do it. and then i rode home around 11am. just was sipping kombucha since i got up..just relaxing. taking some time today not to rush. i'll do weights sometime after lunch.

after finishing my work late last night, it took me awhile to wind down until 1am reading articles and searching the web. i slept until around 9am today. and i feel relaxed and i am relaxing!  i am so glad i have finished most of the first half of the course.  i'm trying my best, will not be getting perfect grades, but doing alright. week 2 assignments were due last night & i am now starting week 6 over here. i'm just so glad i took the time to get most of this half done because tomorrow my next course will start...

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

grannyannie on 07/13/2020:
Mmm.. low cal margarita! Well done on the coursework!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2020:
this new box of spiked drinks is amazingly good! the margarita ones contain pieces of lemon in them! so good and not many ingredients!

bearcountrygg on 07/13/2020:
Looks like a really good morning........and finding that you are doing the course work good I'm sure spurs you on to finish that........so worth the effort!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2020:
yeah, i am motivated to finish...now they've added on extra credit that is optional more work lol...i guess i shall do it to learn.

Donkey on 07/14/2020:
Well done! Now, does your other class start tonight?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
YES LOL. just glad i am NOT working right now.

legcramps on 07/14/2020:
Loving hearing about your days! They are getting interesting with all the courses you will be taking, and getting in bike rides and walks and everything. You are definitely keeping busy!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
thanks Legs. I am keeping busy though not very physically active...the broken toe has me NOT wanting to walk much!

but i am staying focused and pretty busy. and i'm glad my rambling on and on about the courses is OK!

do some extra gravel rides for me: i had my own gravel ride last night - a street is being repaved so i ended up having to ride on it (all ridged up) and uneven ...for a few minutes :) thought of you and how a gravel path must feel!

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

Happy Sunday! Another sunny, hot day here :)

Breakfast: kombucha 50, oats 160, currants which i'm running low on 160, coconut almond milk 50. 450.

11:30am fell asleep during some reading (i read comfortable stretched out on my couch and am not changing this any time soon!!!), but only for 15 min so woke up and had some stevia mixed into black cold coffee...

12:30 gummies 100

1pm lunch last of the fried tofu 300, small salad,  ltalian bread 200, blackberry mojito cocktail low calories and good 100 (while i work at home, i'm premitting drinks to be in my diet 100% right now, especially any that are new to try and low calorie)

3:30 another spiked drink, sorry to the people who are abstinant to drinking...i'm not trying to promote it. 120

5pm couple chocolates, seltzer 50.

fried bread 100 veggie dish in red sauce 100, spinach dish 150, okra dish 150, chicken small bit 100. 600.


Dinner is Indian takeout...i will order a bit extra so i have a lot of leftovers for this week's meals mostly just veggies as i have some meat (chicken sausages, burgers, other meats also) at home i can cook to go along with the indian veggies :)




I'm going to try to work pretty steady until 6pm, at least 6.5 hours on this course before doing too much else today.  If i do not finish the assignments before 4pm, i will be spending time tonight to work further on Week 5 as I want Week 5 done today...if week 5 isn't done, i'll finish it Monday but trying to not wait that long on this assignment...edit: i finished week five at almost 11pm. i spent at least a full 8 hours on the work today (with a break here and there of course!) i skipped weights because i really wanted to get the work done and weights will be done early, tomorrow morning, after i sit on my recumbent indoor bike for a few minutes and before i do any more work tomorrow!



Because it's going to be so hot in the afternoon, I took 15 minutes this morning to go outside to walk around 9am before the major heat comes in as well as to wake my body up.  I'm going to start doing a short walk every morning mostly (like 10-15min) as a way to wake up, i think, for the next few weeks (i know i'll be unemployed basically thru this entire month) so i can get used to more activity, walking in the AM again. 

Later today around 6pm when it's still practically 90F, Ricky and I are driving to another town in queens approx. 20 min away for some Indian takeout.  we may eat it outside at a park, but we'll see. i'd rather take it home, honestly, so i have other things i may add to the meal at my apt..but whatever ricky wants i'm not going to stop him :)

i may be paying for the Indian food tonight for both of us...Ricky sould be fixing my bike TODAY :) We bought two new tubes for my bike yesterday as luckily one of the stores nearby had them in stock! And i went ahead and ordered new tires that i'll put on my bike at the end of the season - tires were very expensive, around $35-40 each! but they will be used for several years to come. Tires will prob get here in 1.5 weeks which is why i'm asking him to put the tires on LATER, like end of season or next year. it's just good to have them. I prob shouldn't have even bought them now....now that i think about it!

I'm trying to save money, but also it seems some "somewhat necessary" spending is happening here. I wonder if i'll still be able to collect an extra benefit like i was through this month with unemployment...hopefully so...either way, i'm using the time very wisely now, taking two classes (the other one is starting on Tuesday night, 4 hours online, and it's 2x a week, 4 hours each night, for 6 weeks...i'm glad not to balance my courses with work at the moment!

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

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
Good luck getting your bike sorted! I love my bike. My hubby takes care of all my bike stuff so I'm lazy - I just ride it. Good luck with your courses!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
haha, same thing with me! ricky does it all for my bike! and yup, i'm very lazy too with the maintenance. if i didn't have ricky, i'd have to pay at lot of $$$$ for work on my bike!

i'm glad we both have people close to us that can manage our bikes hahaha

do you like Indian food? i will be having some tonight! mostly veggies in different sauces...

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
Yes, I do like Indian food as well, and Chinese. And Vietnamese.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
ME TOO! but i don't love chinese as much because the sauce is usually so sweet and thick! (here in the US)

Donkey on 07/12/2020:
Ah so now you have the really hot weather I was sweating through earlier last week. It's not fun. So it's a good idea that you went out early for a walk. Plus, that's a good way to get into a routine, so that the first morning commute doesn't come as such a shock.

Oh my word - an evening class that goes for 4 hours??? Who wants to do that? So is it like 6p-10p?

I agree that you are using your time very wisely. In fact, you're in high gear now, as far as time utilization, but I think you've done outstanding in this category during the shelter-down. You remained quite productive - even if it didn't always feel like it. From what I've read, I'm quite impressed.

Enjoy the Indian food! It may be too hot outside to eat out. IDK, when we had our last warm spell, it was just unbearable until around 9p. Then, it was still very warm, but at least you could breathe.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
yup, the course is 5-9 both tuesdays and thursday for 6 weeks. glad i am NOT working at this moment in time.

i don't wanna eat it outside but for some reason as of now ricky is insistant! but he may change his mind once we are OUTSIDE hahaha.

yes, i do need to move around in the mornings so it doesn't come as a shock! because right now, i am NOT used to moving in the mornings and fell asleep after i had breakfast after the walk ! LOL only 15min nap this time as i set my alarm as i got sleepy!

Donkey on 07/12/2020:
PS I asked my biking friend about a patch kit, and she said just replace the tires. Patching is quite tedious and she no longer does it. I know years ago, she did do that. I wonder what she does when she goes on the 20+ mile bike rides... Hm...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
yeah...so about that...i'm thinking to keep my rides in circular paths that i can repeat a few times and never be too far away from home so i can always walk it...then again, i can always bring some money and call a taxi!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
i think i'll rely mostly on a taxi if it happens again! i can afford that if its a rare occurance!

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2020:
Good job with the class work.......You are surely staying focused on that well!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
sort of...yesterday i decided to take a bit of a break from it :)

i'm trying my best to get the first half the class done fast.

after i finish the first half, we'll see what happens :) thanks BEAR!

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