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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 26, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

total calories: 1800 i ate all afternoon long. at least it was healthy.

total exercise: 70 min (60 yoga, 10 bike) (June total = 28 hrs, 30 min)

Today's journal entry is to vent.

I lost out on a job I thought i had for sure. I am sad because when i asked the director for feedback on my interviews and demo lesson, she said that my lesson was awesome and i was awesome with the kids. she said that others on the last interview committee (the third round of interviewing) thought i would work better with students who are wealthy and can afford private lessons! wow. that is not at all what i would expect ANYONE to say about me. first of all, i worked with similiar students this year to the job i was applying for, and it was wonderful. they weren't rich and still many took private lessons. also, private lessons do not have to be expensive. you can get the from a high school musician who wants to do it for credits or for school. i'm really upset. i thought i wouldn't have to interview for the rest of the summer! wrong.

oh, and don't get me wrong, i didn't talk about private lessons for a long time or any large portion of the interview. it is a teacher's job to mention an opportunity to take private lessons to their students. so i said that. i'm angry.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

halley on 06/26/2007:
That's bad news, but it's good that you aren't turning frustration into eating.

Donkey on 06/26/2007:
You know, people will pull any reason out of a hat (or other place) to justify their selections. That may or may not have been their reasoning for not selecting you. Sounds to me like someone was splitting hairs.

So it's ok to be angry, and I think you have every right to be angry. And disappointed and frustrated. But keep in mind that even though this is the feedback that you got, it may or may not be entirely true and doesn't really reflect on your abilities or your performance at the interview.

bathsuitbeautif on 06/26/2007:
I agree with Donkey. You can't be sure you are getting truthful feedback. Saying you would do better with richer kids could be the same thing as saying you are overqualified or they think you will move on too quickly. It's difficult to read between the lines and probably not worth dwelling on to long.

greengirl on 06/27/2007:
I'm sorry to hear your disappointing news HoP, but you will have to keep up applying for jobs til you get one. Dont let it put you off. Somewhere there will be a job with your name on it. I wish you all the luck in the world in your efforts to find a good one. Keep your chin up !!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jun 25, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

total June exercise time: 27 hours, 20 minutes...CRAZY COOL.

Happy Monday!

Exercise: wowsers...150 minutes!!!! yeah, that's right! (60 yoga, 60 cardio, 30 weights)

Calories: 1500 on the dot!

The start of my day has been going well! I had a good breakfast, rode my bike to yoga, and it was a great class! I had a large lunch after yoga, but its already getting late in the day. so, its ok. It was 590 calories. also, i'll be out of the house during a prime time to binge...the early afternoon. so, that won't happen!

now for a different issue: I always like for my weekly average calories to equal 1800 or lower. well, I was really off track for awhile. and, i'm still trying to get the average down for the past 88 days!!! haha, i keep adding each day into the average until it will eventually reach right below 1800 as the average. so, right now, for 88 days, my average is 1873. I wonder how long it will take to reach just under 1800. By the end of the summer, it should definitely be there. Hopefully before that. I keep wanting to just start counting my weekly calories over, but then I'm defeating the purpose of keeping running totals that eventually end when I'm slightly below 1800- like 1798 would be fine. also, once the total average goes down...weight is also lost! there is a reason for my madness.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

Justine6Robert3 on 06/25/2007:
Sounds like your day is going great so far!! Good job HOP!

halley on 06/25/2007:
Being out of the house is a very effective dieting strategy. I have to use it from time to time!

Donkey on 06/25/2007:
Oh yes, now I remember when I first joined DD. You were the one who averaged her caloric intake throughout the week. So even though you might have had a "bad" day, you eventually made up for it during the week. You know, I think that worked for you. (Correct me gently if I'm wrong.) I think that's how healthy eating should be anyway. Some days you're going to eat more just by chance of variety of what you eat. And other days you're going to eat less, either by choice or because of lack of time.

I would hope that you could get back to that point. It seemed to me as though your eating (bingeing) was much better (and in control) back then. Perhaps you disagree, which is fine. But if you could have more days like today, that would be great! Or even half a day, either the exercise OR the calories. That would be a good day in my book as well. Keep up the good work!

GG on 06/25/2007:
HEY HEY HEY! Thanks so much for your advice & comments!!! And to answer your queston - yes I have tried rejuvenative foods and they are pretty good although I did try one type and there was just way to much salt, but oh well - most of them are pretty good...I am just not a huge fan of carrots and most of the flavors had them in it except for 2 I think...It stinks though because in my small town I cannot go out to the store and buy it, I can only order it on line but...I need to cut down on my ordering of foods! hahaha! PS: I sure hope you use a calculator when you calculate your calories!! If you dont: WOW you must be AMAZING AT MATH! ahha! Does your husband/boyfriend find it strange that you do this? I sort of keep my calorie counting private so no one knows because I am a little embarassed by it...but sometimes I cannot even keep track of my calories because I gorge sooo much on salads and such: like tonight: I had a tuna nisciose salad (provoncial salad) and it was so good I couldnt stop: alteast there was no dressing on it! hha but still: there were olives & eggs! haha OHHH WELL: sometimes calorie counting is overrated but most of the time it is what keeps us SANE!

fullofchubs on 06/26/2007:
Thank you for stopping by and welcoming me to this awesome group! One of my goals is to be working out like you are. Right now I'm just beginning to change my habits. I know that exercise is so important in reaching and keeping your goals. Keep doing what your doing!!!

harleygirl79 on 06/26/2007:
Great job on the exercise. Late lunches really screw me up for the day, but I know it can't be helped sometimes. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

Justine6Robert3 on 06/26/2007:
Hey HOP!!! I can relate to the soar butt from riding the bike for long periods of time!!! I used to have the same problem but since I bought a Recumbent bike I no longer have that problem!! I bought the recumbent bike for the purpose of saving my tooshie from the torture of the hard seat!!! It doesn't hurt at all on the bike I have now, only my legs get soar and tired from the actual work-out!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jun 24, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

calories: 1510

total exercise for June: 1490!!! this equals 24 hours, 50 minutes!!! that's over an hour per day!!! yay! this is what happens when you don't have to work every day in the summer!

food choices today were GREAT!

exercise was even better than food choices....

total exercise: 120 minutes!!! (yoga 60, cardio 60)

perhaps another update tonight!

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

bathsuitbeautif on 06/25/2007:
Yes, my screen name states my goal :) I agree with you about the fruits and vegetables. That's how I lost the last 5 pounds.

Justine6Robert3 on 06/25/2007:
Hey HOP!! I just wanted to say Thank-you so much for your comments on my diary. You've always been so sweet and encouraging with everyone here. I was very happy when my "before" picture was taken, at least right at that moment! I was visiting some friends that moved out of town and I hadn't seen them for a while so it was really great to see them again. Also that particular pic was taken last New Years Eve so I had been drinking a little....that always helps the mood, ha,ha!!! I really wasn't happy with myself at that point though....I actually wore a vest for most of the night because I was feeling so self conscious about my weight and my tummy at the time.

Sounds like you had a terrific day yesturday with both calories and exercise, way to go!! Your really good at keeping your calories nice and low, I always seem to struggle to keep mine around 1500, I usually end up closer to 1600 or 1700. I guess it would have something to do with all the great healthy stuff you eat, especially all those veggies!!!! I see that your still struggling with some binge eating due to stress, I know you were managing to have some control over your binges in the past....I'm sure you'll manage to get back to that place. I admire your consistancy with these entries and always managing to get it together the day after a binge!!! I hope today is a successful day for you, you really did amazing on Sunday, great job!!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jun 23, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

exercise for today: 75 min (yoga 60, bike 15)

calories: 1705. i need to watch my morning and lunchtime/afternoon eating better. this is especially the case at lunch. i overstuff myself. but, mainly, i will try to plan better what i am eating and not go for anthing else afterwards!

edit #1: my large lunch ended around 2pm. then, at 4:30, i had a slight binge on a cherry yogurt, all bran cereal and soymilk, and an english muffin. so, 430 useless calories that were very tasty...but i wasn't hungry. it was the head hunger. i get like that when i try to do work/study. so, today's calories are certainly not at 1500. if i'm not that hungry later, i'll have a yogurt or something. i hope. calories are currently 1645.


just stopping in to say my day is going well.

i did yoga this morning...after taking like a month off! as usual, it was great!

breakfast calories were ok: 350 snack: 85 Lunch: too much, but satisfyingly good, 720! I plan on sticking with 1500 today, i'll update later!

Lots of bike riding/walking/elliptical, too!

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

greengirl on 06/23/2007:
Hi HoP, looks like you have had a bit of a mixed week, foodwise, but are coming out on the good side at the moment. Keep it up and avoid the binges, and you will lose those very few pounds you want to. You are so close to a goal that I personally know I could never attain. Keep to the satisfying foods and kill those binges !!!

bathsuitbeautif on 06/23/2007:
Thanks for sharing what you are eating. It helps me to gage my own eating habits.

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jun 22, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

much better day today!

calories: 1350

exercise: 135 minutes! (30 weights, 105 cardio!)

i have a concert tonight and some work to do now!

have a good evening!

thanks for the comments!

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/23/2007:
Sounds like it was a good day!

hollybelle on 06/23/2007:
Hi there HOP! Just catching up with you. Quickly reviewed your week. You ave doing pretty good! Keep up the good work. I wish I had as many exercise minutes as you! You know, I think I don't hear as much anxiety in your posts when you talk about the days with too many calories. I hope that is a true reflection and not just my wishful reading! I have always said on the AVERAGE you are most wonderful. I understand about striving to be moderate consistently, though. I am the same way in many ways. Keep on keeping on!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jun 21, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

total exercise: 25 min

total calories: 3130

edit : to the newcomers...i have some interesting issues with food. lately, i was doing pretty well. but, i have a tendency to binge eat...and the calories certainly add up quickly when i do. It is all in my head and sometimes I feel totally unable to stop eating once I begin. I had a concert tonight and tomorrow I have to play my horn at another job interview. My mind was trying to ignore all emotions about these things. I did let myself feel my emotions for like a split second before heading to the kitchen. maybe next time i will be able to stop myself from getting food. i'm glad the binge is no worse!


omg. i just binged like crazy! i'm uncontollable when I get into these phases where i start to worry about everything and bury myself under food. i felt like I had a lot less control today when i was binging. in the recent past, i had regained some control and could stop if I wanted to. today was different, and it was pretty bad.

calories so far...I will probably eat more later...2975. ouch.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

halley on 06/21/2007:
ouch is right - maybe try to drink a bunch of water to keep from eating more. I hope you get it figured out. Going to the gym is a great way to stay away from food.

weightlossyoyo on 06/21/2007:

bathsuitbeautif on 06/22/2007:
Does the scale reflect a bad day for you like it does me?

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jun 20, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

Total exercise minutes this month: 1135! that's a lot!

calories: 1585

Exercise: 135 minutes (30 weights, 105 cardio)

good day overall.

i wanted to keep calories at 1500....but everything was healthy. lunch was overdone...a little large.

i was hoping to do even more cardio...so that it added up to two full hours. but, my left ankle started to bother me. it's weaker than my right ankle because i broke it awhile back. so, i literally turned around in my walk and took a faster way back!

i think i should do yoga tomorrow...because it will help me with my muscles from all the cardio lately. if i don't, i'll end up regretting it.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

Phoenixrising on 06/20/2007:
Ouch on the ankle. You have my complete empathy, my left ankle is weaker than my right as well due to repeated damage.

I know you were hoping to do more but congrats on the cardio. Knowing how hard it is with old injuries, you got a lot done.

Runner on 06/21/2007:
Good job, HOP! I think you can definitely lose weight without the pill...I just wouldn't want to see you have any crazy side effects in the future. With your low-cal days and exercise, you WILL lose weight!

Sorry to hear about your ankle. Mine was bothering me for a solid two weeks and is now just starting to feel better. If it is swollen, keep icing it. And have you ever tried Tiger Balm? That helps the swelling, too.

harleygirl79 on 06/21/2007:
Never tried YOGA, have wanted to, just don't have the patience I guess LOL. Hope you accomplish your goals today. Thanks for your nice comments yesterday!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 19, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

Wednesday edit: I WILL NOT BINGE TODAY! :) there is NO REASON to binge!



hi all.

exercise: one hour (walk/jog)

calories: 1880

i was a little bingy today. but, overall calories were not out of this world, which is good. Problem is, pretty soon after I finish breakfast I should really get outside and exercise. If i don't, it is hard to motivate myself and i think it's best for me to move around starting early in the day. I will try to get some exercise in every morning and afternoon/evening.

Alli pill is fine. Aside from the slight side effects I had this morning, all is good. when i binged it was not after taking the pill, so obvisouly I experienced no side effects. otherwise, i probably would have.

had a rehearsal tonight that went well. i actually want to practice more now...it's 10:22pm. I'll do it quietly by placing a mute in the bell of my instrument.

have a great evening/morning tomorrow!

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

Justine6Robert3 on 06/20/2007:
Good job on exercise HOP! I'll have to read further back to see exactly what an "alli" pill is. I need to catch up with everyone....I've fallen a little off track with my diary entries, to say the least!!!!

Have a great day :0)

Donkey on 06/20/2007:
OK, you know that I support you 100%. But why would you spend money on weight loss pills and then binge? Save your money, at least!

1880 calories is not bad at all. Especially with the hour of cardio you got in. Do you find a correlation with bingeing and exercise? The more you workout, the more likely you are to eat more? Just curious if this happens to you.

I think you did pretty well today, myself. I will be cheering you on for today (Wed.).

weightlossyoyo on 06/20/2007:
You are doing great!!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jun 18, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 112.4

Tuesday edit: after breakfast, i did actually have some "leakage" due to the alli pill...nothing major. but, it is true, there are some side effects. i think that may be it...and i doubt that i'll be "leaky" all day.


hey everyone!

total June minutes so far: 940!!!!

exercise today: 90 minutes!!!! (60 elliptical, 30 weights)

calories: 1500 on the dot!

today my demo lesson for the job i had interviewed for went nicely. if i get this job, i will probably take it. i say that because i believe it is not everyday of the week! its a little more than part time and it has benifits. of course, the optimal job would be full time!

i refuse to be interviewing all summer. i need time to relax! i'm glad i just wrote that. i cannot let myself become overwhelmed with interviews while performing in an orchestra and studying/performing for my class. enough is enough. i also have to write a term paper at the end of the summer for a different class.

tomorrow i plan on getting walking done in the morning and afternoon. i'll have a rehearsal at night. i better start practicing horn and studying more. today, i was so tired after the interview. the reason was simply not enough sleep! lately, i've been going to bed late and still waking up at 6am...even though i haven't needed to get up that early for two weeks!

oh, the weight i lost so far was not really due to the pill i started taking. last week i guess i really ramped up my exercise....as well as lowered my caloric intake! so, this weeks weight loss is all due to cutting calories and exercise. hopefully the next few weeks will be a downhill loss as well!

lately, things are looking good for me. what a delightful change! :)

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

GG on 06/18/2007:
You dont even need to lose weight so I hope you dont lose too much! But whatever makes you happy! Nice job on vamping up youfr works out, I love the feeling of getting off the elliptical or treadmil after 90-100 minutes of being on it, you get a great sense of satisfaction! Do you count your calories on a website or actually out on paper? If it is the ladder...I give you credit! haha! Whats the job you just interviewed for? Good Luck.

harleygirl79 on 06/19/2007:
I agree with you about relaxing over the summer and not messing with interviews. Good luck, hope it works out for ya!!!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jun 17, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 115.0

Calories: 1690.

Exercise: 80 minutes cardio outside. (but, i have to say, most of the remainder of the day was spent sitting around.)

edit #2: i'm not really that hungry this evening. so, calories end right now at 1690 calories. my plan for tomorrow is to keep them a little lower...around 1500. i want to loose around 4-5 lbs this month. of course, that may be a bit high, but with the extra assistance of Alli, maybe i can do it. i won't be highly dissappointed if it doesn't work out. it would be nice. this is kind of a short term goal because i have to "perform" conducting for a whole week and it's in a month. also, i'll be performing all summer in an orchestra, as well. ok. goodnight!


edit: i had a splurge of two servings of multigrain tostitos. ehh. could be soooo much worse! they were 300 calories all together. then, instead of continuing reckless eating, i ended with a tomato. ahhh! nice. calories may be higher be the end of today. thankfully, its already 7pm!



i woke up and had a wonderful breakfast: a peach, blueberry oatmeal, and a yogurt with some cinnamon and chocolate stevia in it. wow. it all tasted great.

i went on an hour walk to go pick up the newspapers.

I then went to get my hair Japanese straightened (permanently straightened!) now, it'll be a breeze to care and manage it all summer...into the New Year actually. it tends to last me a 1/2 year until much has grown out. but, i probably will not get it straightened again until this time next year. i have far less trouble with my hair during the dry, less humid winter months.

then, i did something i said wouldn't do. I bought that Alli fat blocker pill. oh well. i will try it; and make sure nobody i live with catches me doing this...or they will get VERY ANGRY with me! i don't plan on using it forever, i just want it to boost my progress through this month, especially, until the last week in July. I'll run out of pills by then...and then i'll make some kind of judgement call on it. i'll stop after the bottle runs out.

the pill says to watch your fat intake. if you eat too much fat at one meal, you could end of with diarhea or worse. so, i did watch that...tried to have the amount they recommend. i will skip it tomorrow until after the interview/demo lesson i have. i don't want to have any problems when i'm being observed!

so far, so well.

Progress as of today: -1.6 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/18/2007:
Ooo, I would *love* to hear what you think of Alli. I had been considering getting some myself, but then I heard on CNN that Alli can lead to strong thoughts of suicide. Now I would never kill myself, because I don't think that's my decision to make, but I do have my sad slumps and I certainly don't need anything that would push me in that direction. (Depression is a *****.)

But if you are ok with your moods, I'd like to know how you like Alli and if you see any results. I did not think it was a fat burner but a lesser dosage of a prescription strength appetite suppressant.

greengirl on 06/18/2007:
Looks like quite a good day for you HoP. I've never heard of any of the pills you are talking about. They dont really sell stuff like that over the counter in England. You can only get them with a docs prescription. At least I dont think they sell anything that actually works!!!! Good luck with your goal of losing 5lbs :o)

mcwoo40 on 06/18/2007:
Hi,I would love to let you see some pics,if my stupid camera would allow.It is a fairly new one so still trying it out.It would help if i read the instructions would'nt it.I was on those xenical tabs they are fat blockers from my doctor,they are leathal!!Even when i was good they still gave me side effects like flatuence badly!!Anyway Good luck on them,Julie

Donkey on 06/18/2007:
CLARIFICATION: (source: Newsweek) OK, I see now why I got confused. Alli is a lower dosage of Xenical. It is a fat-blocker, as Biscotti says, and the "most troublesome" side effect is "anal leakage". They recommend you take a multi-vitamin as it interferes with absorption of the fat soluble vitamins.

So, HoP, this may give you incentive to stop bingeing, if nothing else. Best of luck to you with this. And I apologize wholeheartedly for my confusion.

mandysue25 on 06/18/2007:
I will be watching your forum for what you think of Alli. I saw a commercial about it. So please tell all of us readers what you think.

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