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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Breakfast at parents coffee 50, taste of a dried plum 50, oatmeal  with milk and water 200, yougurt cinnamon stevia 140, large Chinese fried couple chips  from last night 100

11pm chocolate 100

12:30pm wrap 80 egg 80 cream spinach Indian 250 400, later a grapefruit 100 (almost forgot about it!)

 Tasty protein bites 200, Coffee 100 

apple 100, butter popcon 100 (a bit tired so, resting up and having some extra carbs until i start a workout, 7:30pm or so).

during workout: def a banana...2 bananas 250 (workout lasted 7:30-10:30 on and off with doing other things), small clementine

11pm after workout: egg, 80, indian okra 200, wrap 80. approx 350, fine!


night night. 


ran a lot of errands today, after I got hair highlighted for a good price. went to use a few coupons at a couple stores having sales. but before the errands, i was really tired, so i went to bed and woke up an hour later. that was nice....

i was out doing errands from around 3-5:30pm. came home to rest on couch before i start a workout at home :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/05/2019:
Last weekend before Florida!!! What I love about your posts is that you show how much you can eat and still pretty much maintain.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
better than last year with the eating and still maintaining.

last year i was in a trailer and it was not good. it was a very cold winter, so it wasn't fun to go out walking at lunch - 5 degrees F is a bit cold! also, i couldn't even move anywhere around the trailer during the day so i was constantly sitting. so, no extra walking. i also never took a longer lunch break than 30min. i also wasn't use to the commute and didn't do long walks home yet from the subway, like i do now a couple times a week, around 3mi! lastly, i was burning great cals at the start of winter last year, but then got very sick throughout January with a cold / bronchitis, so i lost strength and lost out on many weightlifting sessions. ended up in losing weight but then gaining like 5lbs...which was my limit!

oh, also in the trailer, NOBODY had good eating habits. they ordered pizza all the time. junk food and candy galore. i was in the trailor from end of december until end of february! so glad to be outta that cramped, very congested workplace.

there was limited food to get around the trailer site. no stores to go visit like in NYC. i'm so glad not to be there!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
if i were to eat 2050 cals per day, i'd still be able to maintain 100% and even lose at a very slow pace.

i'm keeping the exercise this winter. so it's really helping with maintenance. plus the walks around a couple times a week. plus walking almsot everyday at lunch.

i'm more active than any past year. it's helping.

really, as long as we stay active and keep snacking to keep the body away from feeling like you are starving, you can eat quite a bit. veggies work for me at least a big amount in one of my meals to get me feeling full.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
also, the "wraps" i generally buy are lower carb / lower cals or both! and when i'm eating meals like the wraps with an egg...and adding some avocado it's all on purpose because it's very full of some fat/protein/carb to keep me feeling pretty good for low cals.

it may look like i eat whatever i want, but i'm watching portions and overall cals. it's all after YEARS of seeing what works and still learning better what i can do even better.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
one more tip, eggs are a big LOW CAL favorite of mine. just enough protein if i mix them into a wrap with also some fat so it's satisfying. eggs being less than 100 cal or even if i add an extra egg white, like 100 cals is so low for the protein part of a meal / wrap! :)

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2019:
Taste of dried plum..............

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
They were "blonde" golden plums with pits. a bit smaller than a typical prune - so very small since they also included a pit.

they were very light flavor. maybe not much sugar added to these.

i am not sure why my parents got them or where. maybe Fairway since that's a store that sells a huge variety.

i tried one just because i never had anything like it.

flavor was light not like a dried apricot which is a stronger flavor. and def not like a black prune or like a date. very light flavor.

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2019:
Did it taste like a prune?

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:

Maria7 on 01/05/2019:
My Daughter loves oatmeal..She likes the strawberry and the peaches instant packs.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
yeah, oatmeal is the bomb! it's fun. and when i also eat it along with a greek yogurt (mixing them both on my spoon), it's very filling :)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
i also like those flavors, the ones your daughter likes. all oatmeal is like dessert! so good!

graindart on 01/05/2019:
Have been eating single-serve instant oatmeal packets for the past month or so. Warm, hardy, and relatively low in calories.

I had the same thought as Bear. It's been noted by gazillions of people over the years, but I don't know why they don't call them dried plums for marketing purposes. Prunes just have a negative sound to them.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
it wasn't a typical prune though...so, it makes sense not to call the type i tried for the first time a prune. it was light colored, lighter blonde than those slightly orange dried apricots. it was a golden dried "plum" or a golden prune haha....!

also, i love oatmeal on weekends. sometimes i skip the kombucha since oatmeal also causes bowel movements lol so don't need to "double up" on probiotics.

i don't like eating oatmeal at work bc it causes me to usually need to use the bathroom...and i don't need more of that during the morning at work! it's great on a relaxing, weekend morning.!!!

yep, love the oatmeal. you can bet i usually add a little stevia in.

Donkey on 01/05/2019:
Never EVER eat a whole box of prunes - oh, I mean dried plums - in one sitting. Take my word on this.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
OH, I can imagine very well the horrible consequences of that!!!!! i had done something similar, years ago, with an angel food cake, sugar free but with a "bad" sugar free sweetener. maybe malitol. i was in the bathroom on and off for HOURS! haha

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
we all gotta learn from our experiences huh?! LOL

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2019:
When my Dad was a kid.....he found the box of chocolatey exlax in their medicine cabinet and ate all of it........I heard that story several times...

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
hahahaha LOL LOL LOL omg! not good!!!

graindart on 01/05/2019:
I've been going for the apples & cinnamon instant oatmeal packets (130 cal). Then drizzling it with a little Walden Farms caramel sauce (supposedly 0 cal and tastes pretty good). Kind of reminds me of a nice warm caramel apple right after it was dipped in the caramel.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
oh nice! that sure sounds good. i'm about to order me some sugar free stevia pancake syrup...i'll order it when i come back from florida. lol...enough for now!! right!? your meal idea sounds good!!! caramel apple, yum!

graindart on 01/05/2019:
I've been using Walden Farms pancake syrup on my oatmeal at times too. It's supposedly 0 cal, like pretty much all of their stuff. And it actually tastes good to me. They've got some nasty products, but the caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and pancake syrup are all pretty decent.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2019:
ty for the reviews..i'll keep this in mind. i wonder why some of their stuff is good and some is so bad...i've tried their "bad stuff"

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

6:30AM Kombucha 50

9AM-10AM keto egg honey cake 150, coffee 50, chocolate 100, cookie 100

11AM-11:30AM pumpkin cheesecake 250

1:30 PM lunch from home leftovers of the strong tasting veggie soup 150 glad it's done ! And some corned beef 200 and maybe chips 150.  500

snacks: almonds and clementine 100, chocolate 100

Dinner: tbd Chinese food pretty moderate 

2250 total 

7day 2130 




I picked up Indian food takeout yesterday and it's still in the work fridge as i forgot it yesterday. Must remember to bring that home for the weekend and dinner tonight :)  I have planned to eat the indian on top of "noodles" which are really hearts of palm (a veggie).  they seem to be very perfect and better than the shirataki. 40 cal per package but a better consistency.

I am looking forward to gettng out of here ASAP at the end of the day. ...bringing hamster to my parent's house tonight as they will be watching it & feeding it while i'm gone :) then i'll sleep over there, come back in morning to queens for a hair coloring /- highlights (decided to do it again!).  tonight i'll eat dinner at my own place, heading out to my parent's house after rush hour and just to visit and sleep over, but not eating dinner with them as it'll be late anyways i think.

i didn't sleep much last night (went to bed late after finishing a workout late) and i am having a little bit of a "tired" day and cannot wait to just relax tonight and lay down in bed to conk out.

We were thinking drinks at lunch, but i'm so NOT down for that...and it seems it isn't possible as my supervisor is in meetings and needs to be very "on the ball" today. GOOD. 

"The party is over..." back to work & no more play and galavanting at lunchtime like that :) 

but still nice walking around city always at lunch! 

just less partying and more bringing lunch from home. no more drinks thankfully!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/04/2019:
You mentioned veggie soup...that is something I am thinking about making soon. Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2019:
veggie soup is good, but lately i add too many spices in and combined with slow cooking...it's hard to stomach! lol...better next time! it's so delightful and healthy to have soup in the Wintertime!

graindart on 01/04/2019:
I've got another couple packages of the shiritaki "rice" (noodle material shaped kind of like rice). Not enjoying it at all. Think my shiritaki experiments will be over after these packages are gone. It doesn't have any ill effect on me, but just doesn't taste / feel quite right.

horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2019:
yes, i know the rice...i'm now trying something different that someone told me about on amazon. It's hearts of palm but shaped totally like hard noodles. Called Palmini! maybe it's worth you trying. ...

i know the shiritaki rice. i agree with you about the shiritaki. if i worked from home, i might still be eating it, i wish it wasn't so harsh on my stomach (shiritaki)

there's also the hard kelp noodles....they are very interesting....

legcramps on 01/04/2019:
I enjoy my break at lunch, as brief as it is, to get out and do a little walking too. I drive home everyday for lunch, and just getting away from the workplace is so nice some days! In the summer, my coworker and I walk around the building at our coffee breaks too. It's usually the only time I take a coffee break, otherwise I just work through it.

horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2019:
I'm so thankful to be in the city and be able to walk around year round outside. It's great change from sitting at the desk and helps burn a few extra cals during the workday. it's GREAT yes!!!

your way is good, too! nice to go home...my home is WAY TOO FAR!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 03, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

i stepped on the scale and i'm magically 5lbs heavier!? ouch. maybe bc it's 9pm and not 6am! ....fri morning i stepped on again and it's back down, just hovering under 115. so i'm good ;) my clothes have been fitting well and only thing bothering me is my sudden decrease in strength due to skipping 2-3 sessionsin December. Back on track now though, even during vacation i'll figure it out!


So on fb, some friends form elementary school starting a conversation to have a reunion in summer. And i'm thinking to myself almost an automatic NO. The reason is because some of them defriended me and i defriended some of them on fb. why go!? :) i don't think i'll be attending.  It's not scheduled yet, they are just thinking to do it in summertime. But at this right, with limited free time in life and all, i don't see myself attending. Maybe if i could bring someone, but, why hang out with people i'm not even friends with on fb? yeah, not going :)

there are some smaller personalities (not the grand ones that i don't care to see) that might go...so if enough "nice" people go, i may reconsider...if there are nice people there, well, it might be worth giving them a hug :)


Really starting to feel Florida's approaching...i'm a bit all over the place...and working alone these two days in this quiet room is a little much ...! for real!  because my thoughts keep drifting to Florida!  And it's getting me a bit....jittery!

Hi all!  Happy Thursday! I'm happy to see so many DDers posting. It makes the site more social and fun! :) 

Kombucha 50

8;30 Light breakfast: chocolates and coffee 150

9:30 LINDOR chocoloate with coconut milk in it. amazing. enjoying :) 100

10:30am Snack: wrap 120, egg 80, half avocado 150: 350.,

12pm Noon Almonds 50

1pm Lunch: from home, leftovers, all healthy: chicken sausage 100, rest of my mashed cauliflower 100, tomatoes 50, and chips 150. total here: 400.

3pm Snacks: clementine and teas so far... 50 and few more almonds, minimal cals.

5:30pm or so Snack before workout: coffee that i'm taking from work 50 and a granola bar 100 of some sort from my desk at work (i'm prepared)

During workout eats: 3 bananas...

After workout eats: thinking cooked cranberries and yogurt? yup. a very heavy, 9% full fat siggis yogurt vanilla flavor. it was just great after tons of cranberries. 300


2000 today. lately i feel thin, not sure what's up with the scale.

6 day avg: 2108, excellent!


 WELL! I HAD A MOST INTERESTING MORNING COMMUTE. Basically, it was sorta a date you can say.  it was an uplanned commute in halfway with someone i know. we rode the subway together and then walked the whole way together to my workplace as he had a few more blocks to go but my work was totally on the way to his. lol. crazy. it's the single guy i have been texting with lately. i don't reach out though, not chasing. but, it's fun. he is pretty easy to talk to...he's fun for now. I think i'll be "hanging out' with him when i come back from my trip in February....yea probably.  He's prob around 50, but myself being 36, it's not even 15 years...i prefer men slightly older.


So i'm glad i cleaned the hamster cage. it was TOTALLY overdue! and where it mostly pees, my hammy was biting away at the cage and it's still safe and hammy can't escape, but she did totally bite a dent with her teeth quite deep into the plastic.  Maybe the urine helps soften the plastic making it easier to bite thru...i would have prevented this, maybe, by cleaning the cage more often. It'd probably been one month since last FULL cleaning. no worries. now it's clean :)

A lot went on last night involving phone calls with two people, both longer calls.  made for a busier night and bed not as early as i wanted, but still at a good time around 10pm.  

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/03/2019:
My oldest daughter's birthday is coming up in February. Now I'm thinking about surprising her with a hamster. I've got a month to think about it, so who knows......

horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2019:
they are very easy to care for as you know. at first, hamsters are timid and fearful. but after a week you can totally be picking them up and putting them in their exercise balls for 30min-hour per day. then after a month it's like they were with you all along :) that's cute as a gift.

Maria7 on 01/03/2019:
Yes, I agree that the more the merrier. Wishing you a happy day, HOP.

horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2019:
the more the merrier in regards to cleaning the hamster cage?

horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2019:
...you have a wonderful day of 2019, Maria :)

legcramps on 01/03/2019:
Sounds like a fun commute :) ;)

10 p.m., nice. I tried to go to bed around 9:30, but I was up thinking (exactly what I said I wanted to do less of this year) for a good two hours before I finally fell asleep.

horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2019:
yes, it was pretty fun. i had no problem sleeping but also woke up a couple times to use the bathroom and possibly because my brain was still running all night after tons of talking on the phone close to bed ;)

why were you thinking that long? work stuff?

Donkey on 01/03/2019:
Wow, looks like you've got some adventures coming up! Good for you for getting in a workout tonight!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2019:
thank you donkey, and your day sounded very adventurous and pleasant as well!

legcramps on 01/04/2019:
I think about all kinds of things really, LOL. That night I was thinking about things with BF. He's been spending this week with his daughter before taking her home (she lives 10 hours away), and I always find it difficult to cope with my emotions about spending even less time with him than usual. I've never been with anyone who has kids, so it's New Territory for me, and I have trouble navigating sometimes :)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 02, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0


Kombucha 50

Bar from a friend protein bar with choc chips made with steiva, pretty good, 200, coffee 50, and a homemade "creampuff" was so good! 150-200 (was small)

Snack: wrap 120, egg 70, 1/2 avocado 150. 350. (glad to not waste the two very ripe avocados i've had in the fridge and eating 1/2 at a time due to their ripeness and moreso to get the healthy fats in as my face is a little irritated and blotchy..and avocado tends to help).

Noon dark chocolate raisinets 50.

...hungry day but healthy eats pretty much :) moderation :)

Healthy lunch: frozen bird's eye mashed cauliflower (multiple servings) 100, leftover from freezer corned beef 200 !! yum! maybe some chips (have a new big bag here to enjoy at work these couple weeks).

Snacks: i have 4 clementines 100 and almonds 100 :) and prob a chocolate later, too. 50. 250 total in healthy snacks.

Dinner: I have a lot of leftovers. thinking a wrap with the remaining Indian palak creamed spinach.  and 100 cal butter popcorn (and it's good - so no more orville redenbachers brand that is 200 cal!) . 550 cal or so.

2050 cal today!!!! 

5 day: 


grrrr so my workout was very weak as i think i skipped a day of workouts for two weeks i skipped a workout each week. my pushups were so bad...who knows why. not worried, but it was frustrating!  i was poor at all exercises EXCEPT legs & abs. legs and abs were great!  it's ok, i know what to do...KEEP ON. :)

but i have already lost minor strength due to skipping a few workouts in December. not sure how many, probably 2 or 3 and yes, that's def enough to screw up maintaining strength when you have desk job and the only exercise you do is added into your days manually by yourself!....lol.

but i'll be fine. def cannot add more stress or thoughts now. i have florida on my mind. but work is busy enough and i'm distracted enough to just do the work and stop thinking about even planning miami right now. my mind is done. looking forward to hamster cage cleaning and sleep.


Plan is to take it easy on even the walking today....i MUST clean the hamster cage tonight. as the hamster has decided to play near her hardened pee area and smells like urine. weird!  hamsters are usually clean but since yesterday she has a lingering urine smell on her = bad Jackie for not cleaning the cage....?  overall it's clean and i spot clean and it doesn't smell or anything...but it's time. that's really more important tonight than an entire 3mi walk. i may just walk 1 mi in the evening part of the bus route - that'll be ENOUGH!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/02/2019:
Wish we had a "rent-a-pet" store around here. I don't want the responsibility of another pet, but the girls would enjoy getting to play with a new one for 1-7 days in a row.

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2019:
Hamsters are almost no work though... :) all other pets, no so much!!!! dogs...even cats....everything else is def more work than a lil' hammy! :)

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2019:
The little animals do get stinky...I know our occassionally did.....but they are fun to have around.

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2019:
so fun...but lately she's annoying me as she bit me on the weekend! and almost last night. she's not behaving lately lol.

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2019:
Our guinnea pig used to bite....they are like people...some are just nicer than others..LOL

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2019:
darn animal attitudes! :)

legcramps on 01/02/2019:
I wouldn't stress too much over your workouts. It's nice to have a plan and a routine with goals in mind, but being too strict about it can be detrimental to your overall emotional health! Go after your goals, with reason and intention! This is definitely gonna be your year :)

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2019:
you are absolutely right in pushing me to just try to get thru without the added extra emotional stress ;) i'm really good at adding that into the mix :)

i will just keep trying my best then...going forward and never regret past decisions...that's a good goal to try to not regret not doing things. a decision is a decision and you can't fix it when it's done ;)

happy-1 on 01/02/2019:
Hugs. Clean the cage. Embrace the suck.

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2019:
i gotta....lately i can easily wait a good month till i really water/vinegar it fully clean :) tonight is that night! and then not cleaning it again until around the weekend of the 26th! with a little spot cleaning this weekend :) woohoo! i like how you said it ;) embrace the suck!

Donkey on 01/02/2019:
Nothing new to add, but I will message you on FB.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2019:
I will be checking the messages at home tonight...as i deleted the app from my phone...looking forward. Have a nice day, J. I can't wait for the next part of this month to start soon.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 01, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Hey all! After my walk, I cannot wait to catch up on everyone's entries! We have a major high going on in terms of entries and active members on DD woohoo!!! 10 of us have posted in the past 24 hours or so! yay!


Couple chocolate covered almonds 50, seltzer

10:30am Breakfast wrap 120, with chicken sausage 100, and lots of indian palak (creamed spinach). 250? 450.  Feel like i just want some kombucha to totally rid myself of liquidy issue in my intestines..550

1pm: protein rice krispie treat 2 servings 280, almond milk 50. 350...and off to walk after relaxing and sorta organizing (my head!?) for 2 hours!? where did the time just go? it did include a shower but time is just FLYING. i'm off to walk at an open park safe and sunny with good parking.  Not the best eating, but tasty. I really need to get outside in the sun now!

3mi walk at park....nice and sunny, just cool, but very windy. very nice! 

3pm late meal after walking: granola bar in car 100, followed by wrap 80, egg 70, half avocado 150. total here 400 and chips 100

now to start thinking about packing...feeling tired after the walk, so, just gonna comment her on DD...think about packing...start packing a little bit...and hope to feel up to weightlifting. if i'm not up to it, i'll skip it until tomorrow.

6pm snack before weightlifting at home after some mishmosh packing job (good enough for me...still some things to add, but chose the clothes and packed most toiletries) better than not starting. 

6pm big apple 100, another reese's granola bar (pretty good) 100 and a coffee now. 50. 250.

during small banana & another banana and realized one of my sugar free drinks is giving me bad heartburn so i poured it out and took tums. grrr. may need to stop drinking these. 250

after weightlifting: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/2 avocado 150 300


4day: 2150,good.


Due to the stress and lack of stress and ups and downs of the weekend, my stomach has churning and i have been using the bathroom extremely frequently all weekend. things are just running right thru me. so before i go for a week, i'd like to sit a bit on my couch and relax and enjoy the heavier, filling breakfast i wrote about above.


NYE was really nice. With friends since senior year of college.

The weather last night for driving to the New Year's party was HORRIBLE. Rain was pouring and hard to see road. Roads were slippery. I hated the drive but managed it. I didn't go on the highway over 45mph.  It was not possible with my crappy low to the ground car tires and old car. Mostly I had to go 42 or so mph. not even 45. Two a**holes had the nerve to shine their brights at me! Can they night see i'm going slow in the middle lane because i have a low to the ground car with cruddy tires and i don't want to be Hydroplaning? I think the brites came both times from bigger vehicles that navigate VERY slippery dark roads well. People all over were driving horrible, speeding, in a pretty terrbile rain storm. After the drive, knowing it would still be raining at midnight, I told her I'd be really happy to sleep over! Best decision ever. The drive home this morning was cake. Roads were clear and the 30 min drive flew by.  I stopped at the supermarket and to drop off a library book in their outdoor return slot.  I may go for a walk, the temperature is gradually dipping, but when i drove home at 10am, it was 60! Happy New Year indeed! It's a sunny, beautiful day after the storm. Back down to 45 later in afternoon. 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/01/2019:
Glad you had a good time and made it there & back safely.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2019:
YES, it sucked! coming home was :) Thanks Gains!

BearCountryGG on 01/01/2019:
Good thing you stayed over and drove home in the nicer weather......Hope you feel better today.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2019:
I am feeling better as the day goes on. I'm actually happy to go back to work tomorrow and be happily back to routine for now.

Maria7 on 01/01/2019:
Glad you were safe and Happy New Year!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2019:
Thank you Maria, it was not fun driving :) so glad it was better today!!! Happy New Year to you too!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 30, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

This is Monday's entry. dec. 31.

Throughout the night: apple, small banana 200

9am-10am apple again, larger type. 100, wrap 80, egg 70, leftover indian eggplant/onion/carrot spread 150. 400, final piece of pumpkin cheesecake from the fridge 200

drinking some sugar free, caffeine free beverages at home :) and just relaxing while doing laundry. the house party tonight doesn't start till 8pm so i'm not even starting baking till later this afternoon (like 3pm or something!)

1:30pm lunch (didn't even have much of an appetite until now and have been just lethargic so relaxing and sleeping) wrap 80, rest of the baby eggplant indian dish 150?, and a chicken sausage 100. 350, excellent. . And clementine 50

porceeded to fall asleep after llaundry was done from like 3-5:30...just in time to wake up and bake really anything :)

6pm Reece's pb cup and liquids....wow...just wanna be home really. i'll feel better later.

1300 :)


Total 2200 not more so a success and slept over her house :) 

making the honey cake last minute, feeling better.



stomach is sorta upset and my body is a bit still whacky not sure why. could be the types of food i was eating yesterday also, as it was all sorta atypical for me...the whole day...no issue about it though it was fun. i was in and out of the bathroom all evening, night and this AM. weird.

just resting today and starting laundry soon....

well the laundry machine was occupied so i kept my stuff down, ready to go there at 11am again to start laundry, but accidentally fell asleep on the couch till noon...fine by me :)


OKAY, i have a leftover bottle of xanax from two years ago sitting in my apt. i took one, dose was .25mg alprazolam. not embarassed to say it.  i had used only 2 pills previously, in 2016, so now i've taken a third. good.

so, the dose i took today is like 1/8 xanax. should be fine.


Today i'm getting a little organized. No exercise at all today...i luckily got it in last evening because i wasn't about to skip out on it as it's a priority to myself so that's good i walked last night around one hour :) dressed warm and used hand warmers that i inserted into my gloves.

Today is Baking and Laundry. that's it. then going to my friend's house tonight at 8pm and quite possibly i will sleep over there and drive home in DAYLIGHT in the morning. this is quite possible. i'm not so into doing the drive at night. so it depends how i feel at midnight.

Trying to do less right now as i'm starting to stress about the drive tonight as well as packing, etc. :) i'm good. i just realize i need to get a move on...especially with my laundry including of course bed sheets and the whole mix.


next, tomorrow i only have ONE task besides a workout to do. and it's to do MOST of my packing for Florida. I leave 1/9 but i'm leaving fully in the morning on that Wednesday and hells i'm not going to pack the Tuesday night after work before that morning for a 2-week trip. i'm not bringing much, only carry-ons because i can do laundry there. :) also, next weekend is BUSY. like, pretty busy. so, i just want the packing mostly done before this week to come. so tomorrow, i'll work out at my apt in the later afternoon, after i've packed for Florida :) (mostly packed...i'm sure i'll wash some jeans or something next weekend to add into what i'll wear on the plane. but in terms of shampoos and all...it's gotta be packed tomorrow :)  otherwise, after a very busy sunday next weekend back in NYC...i'm going to be stressing hard about packing...so, yeah, i'll accomplish it tomorrow night most of it :)


Woke up around 3am and just relaxing and searching the web for awhile, till at least 5am. No worries and it's probably a good thing since tonight is New year's and i'm going to spend it out on Long Island at a friend's house before driving back home. It's like a half hour without traffic...not thrilled to do the drive but it's better than sleeping there i think. but as i keep writing this, i'm starting to think to sleep over her house and to then just sneak out in morning. I'm not eager to drive home at midnight, really. we'll see how i feel later. i may just bring a blanket and pillow and sleep at her house as she offered to everyone. just, i don't know if everyone will want to sleep or shup up come midnight, but i can always go to the bathroom, wash my face, and "leave the party" to go to bed if i want to...she'll understand i'm sure! it'd be better to sleep at her house i think, then drive home in the dark and while i'm sleepy. again, i'll see how i feel later but i'm thinking to just sleep at her house (and leave before eating breakfast (crap) at her house the next day. she loves desserts lol.


i just realized, no worries, i can also just work out back at my apt. duh. i may as well sleep over her house into Tuesday :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/31/2018:
No Times Square????

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2018:
haha, never been and never will! you have to go REALLY early...and wait outside in the freezing cold and no bathrooms...no thanks :)

it's a joke that mostly people out of town go there ...

but i do have friends that have went ;)

not me!

graindart on 12/31/2018:
Woke up at 3:30am here myself and decided to get a jump on catching up on my workload after getting back from vacation.

Personally I tend to stay off the roads on New Years Eve. Don't want to deal with higher chance of drunk drivers or additional police presence.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2018:
yeah...i may just sleep over her house...as long as i can just walk away and crash and pray people don't wanna KEEP PARTYING until 2am...also she may need to clean...then i'd have to help her clean for an hour...may just need to drive home. grrr.

graindart on 12/31/2018:
Funny how upcoming things seem so distant and then something just changes and it seems so close. That perception just changed for me concerning your Florida trip. You've been talking about it for awhile and in my mind it's been quite-aways off. Now that tomorrow is January, your trip suddenly seems super close in time.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2018:

Maria7 on 12/31/2018:
Wishing you a happy new year.

Donkey on 01/01/2019:
Did you end up sleeping over? Happy New Year!

My boss leaves for Florida on Thursday morning, so Wednesday will be his last day at the office (yay!), and it won't be a full day, either. Your adventure starts about a week afterwards. Warm weather right now sounds so nice!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 30, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Light breakfast of pumpkin pie cheesecake and cooked cranberry preserves on top 300, kombucha too 70, later a snickers fun size 80

snack: small coffee and not sure  - some spanish food at deli we both knew of near my former workplace in queens :) .400

candy 150

Chicken so good 300, noodles and rice 300?, salad, cake with flan 200? No hibachi changed plans instead going to Jens neighbor to eat and celebrate a 3yr olds bday 

and a bar, not very satisfying end of day, but stuck with good calories. good. 250

2050, great!...tomorrow may be a little of an indulgence if i don't watch it.


going to walk alone when i get home at 6:30pm 


then walking - walked when i got home, around one hour from around 6:30-7:30 or so.


then nice hibachi lunch using a gift certificate to pay for most isn't it...

later off to walk with my friend jen with a light breakfast and then nice lunch after !

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/30/2018:
Have fun today! The walk sounds good to me, but it's a little too cold for me here. Maybe I'll try to get out, in the spirit of walking with you.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2018:
when i walked alone in the evening, i stuck some hand warmers in my gloves and the walk became much easier :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2018:
they help out a lot, to get you going :) when you aren't frozen to the bone!

BearCountryGG on 12/30/2018:
Too icy here to walk today...but it sounds enticing!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2018:
sorry about the ice!!!!!!!! sooo different by you!

graindart on 12/30/2018:
Glad the weather is decent for someone. Just got home to heavy snow. Tomorrow's high is supposed to be around 17 degrees, with a low around zero. Have fun at the hibachi.....

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2018:
wow you are already home! what a FAST trip! my gosh! 17 degrees is rather freezing, yeah...

hibachi cancelled due to eating so much at a random bday party we went to today!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 29, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 8am breakfat oatmeal 150, protein powder 100, almond milk 20, stevia, Craisins 130, salt Kombucha 100. 500 :) caffeine drink bai. and some caffeine in the kombucha.

11am snack: wrap 80 with chicken sausage and spicy mustard 100. 200.

12:45 small chocolate, apple 100, light caffeine Zevia drink ..Mountain "zevia" flavor. 

1:30 2% fave yogurt with cooked cranberries 200...now to finish my book, then more carbs and gym :)

3:00pm wrap 80 with Indian Palak (creamed spinach) spread 200? and egg white 20

total so far: 1300, excellent, off to gym, getting there just before 4pm today.

200 in bananas at gym...

after gym: wrap 80, egg and egg white 100, and some of the indian eggplant spread (bigger amount but healthy) 200? 400...still hungry though!..popcorn 200.

2100, good :)


not many plans today except my goal for a big gym day. I'm a bit wiped out and happy to relax a lot at home :-) maybe bake maybe laundry but I can wait to do these things later on the long weekend :-)

i took a sleeping pill last night so having some extra caffeine today to get some of the grogginess away. feeling good after a great sleep and relaxation. :) vacuumed and cleaned up a little. happy :) fridge is stocked with food. don't need the grocery store except if i want to buy almond milk because i'm running low. i just cooked chicken sausages, 90 cal each. everything is good. relaxing.

part of relaxing was to just clean up a little.  take a look at what's in my fridge and i'm so glad i stopped to get veggies at supermarket last night. one less thing to do over the next few days :) I"m actually good for the week ahead already!

I'm also finishing a book which i'll drop at the library. :) and i have another book, i'll try to return it and take it back out...so i have all the renewals. i'd like to take it with me to Florida to read on the beach, hopefully...or even in the apt backyard i'm staying at.

For Fort Lauderdale (miami) where i'm staying, i haven't put any plans in place. all actual plans will be made when i'm there with my friend. it's too much to plan any other way. I should have car to borrow of hers, so really i shouldn't have too many problems getting anyplace once i'm there. i'll be there a long time, so i'm really not worried about "fitting things in." whatever happens, happens!

also, in terms of the gym, i've realized that if i miss a day each week while in florida, i'm ok with it. really i'd just like to see at least 2 workouts per week while i'm there so as now to come back to NY much weaker.  it's more important to get the experiences in...but at least getting to the gym 2x each week should be doable, considering my friend WILL be working at least a few of the days i'm there...she'll also be taking some days off though. 

obviously, her being my host, i'll be going along with her schedule, whatever it is! so yeah, the gym is a priority to do whlile in florida, but, my first priority is also to make plans whenever she wants to...as obviously my schedule is flexible!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/29/2018:
How nice that you get a long weekend - you earned it for sure! I am hoping to do a little baking this weekend too. We'll see...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2018:
awww thanks...i'm really happy about the extra "me" and relaxing time. it's nice.

tomorrow i'll see my friend Jen again. the one from the "house key" incident. we're going to a light breakfast, a walk!!!!, and a "free lunch" as we have a gift certificate worth $25 (from over a year ago when we went together...) and the lunch will not be too much more than $25 tomorrow! :) it's hibachi japanese where they cook in front of you! but, i wanted to fit in exercise, so, i asked if she'd walk at a really cool park by her and she said yes :)

BearCountryGG on 12/29/2018:
Interesting ideas of things to add to hot cereal...I plan to use some cacao powder and some raisins and nuts in the near future....and powdwred peanut butter....they all sound so good.....love the protein powder idea too.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2018:
i bought the craisins a huge package on sale! i really wanted the "50%" less sugar kind but they weren't on sale and the package was so small. the difference in calories was hardly anything, so i settled with the huge bag of regular Craisins. they are so good. I got them to add to a honey cake i'm making. it calls for sliced almonds, but i'll also add the craisins in. Someone at work challenged me to make it. So i'd like to make it this weekend :)...in a lower carb variety, but still with the craisins which wouldn't make it keto, but still tasty! :)

graindart on 12/29/2018:
Haven't been to a hibachi restaurant in a few years. Liked taking my daughters to them a few times when they were younger. The food was always good, but the "show" was the main reason for going back then.....

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2018:
yeah, and some taste good and some not so good...the one we were going to go to is very good with TONS of veggies...i miss it so!...hope to go sorta soon in the new year!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 28, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha such a cool flavor - a very nice, tart cherry. must find this brand again! 50 (i had bought it near my parent's house...so maybe i will not find this brand again by me!)

8:30 Breakfast: whipped cream with extra pumpkin pie spice on top of my homemade pumpkin pie cheesecake!! this was too good but not filling enough. 400

10am coconut milk chocolate truffle (Lindor) and a few pistachios 100, herbal tea with caffeine, didn't realize it had caffeine...a hisbiscus flavor i had bought, not green tea.

11:30 Snack: salt and vinegar almonds 100

Lunch: veggie soup 130 and turkey burger 220 from home. skipped having my chips. 350, light and nice. later a clementine 50.

I want this day to be 2000 cal or less. should be easy now!

5pm healthy dinner: takeout from the city on my way home Indian Eggplant dish, good sized serving of it i took for dinner 300?, tofu at home 100, rice cakes 70. total here: approx 450. and an apple 100. 550.

6:30 dessert - cooked cranberries 60, raspberry greek yogurt 140, whipped cream 120. approx 300

total today is great: 1900

7day avg: 2115 - EXCELLENT

and we ended leaving work at 1:30pm so i went home, paid my rent and put $ on my laundry card at the housing office. and went for a small grocery shopping mostly veggies, some yogurt, and nuts. very basic shopping, just picked up the sliced almonds for a dessert i want to make :)

after running errands i'm really tired, so may just sleep very early tonight..tomorrow is a gym day and i think i may  do laundry tomorrow also or if not laundry, baking and cooking.


we may get out at 2pm.....if so, going home to relax and sleep..

maybe baking another type of treat tonight, one that one of the engineer's at my company actually requested, a Keto Honey Cake, popular in Russia and Jewish culture which of both she is!


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/28/2018:
Laundry for me tomorrow too...so nice that you got out of work early......The cake sounds delish!!! I have some rice cakes here too...and I never think of using them.......good idea....and a good base for peanut butter or almond butter....i can see me using those for my evening meal.....i'm trying to eat lighter because heavy meals are just starting to be a problem.......

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2018:
i like to put spreads (veggie spreads) on the rice cakes. it makes them less dry and it's instead of using regular rice, as rice cakes are puffed up and lower cals...peanut butter on them i like, but it doesn't fill me up, lol. so i go with spreads and use the rice cakes as, obviously, the carb.

BearCountryGG on 12/28/2018:
What kind of veggie spreads? I don't think I have ever seen those.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2018:
when i do takeout from the indian places as well as an israeli place by me, the veggies are cooked in a lot of sauce. it's sometimes a bit thick and nice and spreadable like in a sandwich or on rice cakes or crackers :) they do sell spreads also...the brand is....

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2018:
the brand Sabra has a lot of choices, some healthier than others. the hummus spreads are healthy but high calories, their veggie spreads i would buy though. only reason i don't buy them is the option for even fresher options like the ones i can get at restaurants. i'm not up to making my own just yet. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2018:
darn maybe it's not the sabra brand. i looked and they only have hummus and guac. there's another brand that has everything. lots of different salads and spreads. ...

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 27, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha (sooo tasty) guava mango 50

Breakfast: coffee 50, one chocolate 80, wrap 80, egg 70, lox (smoked salmon 50):  

Snack: will be my low carb pumpkin cheesecake (which does taste GOOD!) with sf whipped cream approx 370  oatmeal raisin cookie and atkins coconut bar 300 total.

lunch: same as yesterday, completely nice and healthier type stuff, from home of course: turkey burger healthy with spices and the good stuff :) 220, soup with some bone broth and a bit too many spices lol my fault 50, healthy veggies mostly celery low carb stuff 100, the last of my VERY cheddery cauliflower crackers 150. yum. 500 approx.

3pm chocolate Lindor truffle with coconut. omg amazing. a little under 100, 2 clementines

Snacks going home: i'll bring one more chocolate and have a coffee (decaf) along the way. 200

 Dinner nothing heavy, a wrap 80 with two pieces of seasoned very firm tofu 180. 260 and ice cream 190. 450 :)

1950 :)

6day:2150, good!


Did the walk, got the 7-11 decaf coffee, and got the haircut since because there's no traffic including no train traffic today i got near the barbershop earlier than expected. the haircut is so nice, i'm so lucky! i don't need to make appts or anything and the guy gives me a better haircut than $50 dollar places! thank gosh! he's approx 70yrs old and does a mean haircut!


Plan is to take a less exercise approach today as tomorrow i'll do the long walk home from subway before tomorrow's storm. and get some decent sleep as last night i was up late exercising :) maybe buy a decaf coffee halfway along the route :) (1.5mi in..)


And then...happy friday :) ahh, friday weather says rain but warm. i'll just walk tomorrow anyways, tonight i'm sleepin'

Haircut tonight. tomorrow it's $16 right off the bus near home. i'd rather do it today than in the "rush" friday with everyone else. i have to tip well, as it's a barbershop but he does an awesome job for $16, i give him total $25. have to. it's a women's really nice haircut. decided no highlights for awhile, saving money...that would have been at least $150. Don't have that to blow out the window. i may start just dying my hair one color since i may have some gray, very little, but i don't like it. so i may just start dying my hair brown and call it a day.  ..but i'll miss the highlights a lot!

Tonight thru most of the weekend will be healthier, continuing to sleep well, less indulgent as i'm making the effort now to by MORE TRANSPARENT with myself (not lying to myself that it can't be done!) and just quit the extras a bit and my emphasis will be in getting calorie averages in the next two weeks around 2000/day and not 2200/day.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/27/2018:
Yup...we can all be better with some positive SELF TALK!!! Have our own PEP RALLY going on!!!

horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2018:
YES and YES!!!! wow you read me well!

legcramps on 12/27/2018:
Yes! Sleep! Enjoy your haircut tonight; I bet I will be half asleep by then ;)

I like your plan to be more transparent; you've totally got this.

horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2018:
and i might just do the walk tonight (without tomorrow's rain) and haircut tomorrow :)

Thank you...i'll still sleep around 8pm tonight :)

enjoy your life as well! :) yayyyy sleep!

With the transparency...just no excuses, especially to myself. Especially regarding the ability to IMPROVE in cardio, situps, and at last maintain my current level of pushups!!!!! :) do it or die approach! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2018:
haircut was amazing :)

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