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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Kombucha 70, later 2 plums. woke up late, trying to be patient bc going to food events and i want to sample a few things = save calories for those events ;)  i want a coffee at the first event, in flushing, a food festival....or,if not coffee, just to sample what's there ;)

12:30pm nasty fish/chive dumpling and some coffee 400 everything was gross 

food at 2nd festival around 2pm - gumbo soup 200 so good! Fried shrimp 150, fries 300. 650 and water 

5pm Snack 300 fruit, whipped cream iced coffee

7pm chips and guacamole 200, English muffin, egg, butter 300



ricky and I are driving to a couple festivals today. one is with the union and the event is in the bronx about 30-40min away with good food / beer. The other is an Asian event closer to us, 15-20 min with crappy parking but we are interested to see the food. lol, he told me that he intends to indulge today. lol, as always, i try to be moderate ;).  ricky has a very fast metabolism, never fat and small boned. very thin guy.

I aid in bed for like 45 min this morning (from like 8am when i got up without an alarm until -8:45am)- not worth it. Afterwards, finally took a 10min walk and did abs. My routine now inludes a need to wake up one of the weekend days to do abs / light cardio. Felt good...i most def need to keep getting up for the walk, i noticed i am in a big habit on the weekend of wanting to get up and eat right away....a mental thing. 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/14/2019:
It's really nice to read your weekend plans. I'm such a homebody - which sometimes is OK, but sometimes a bit boring or sad. I hope you will post recaps on the foods you tried!

I do not like to linger in bed, but I do, trying to grab more sleep. It's so much better to get up and get started, and then go to bed earlier. I must remember this.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2019:
yes, lingering in bed is not good for me on weekend especially, if i am waking up naturally i might as well get up when i wake up. right.

it's nice to have plans, but a little tiring of course...

BearCountryGG on 09/14/2019:
Not 1 festival but 2...sounds like a fun day!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2019:
First festival was crowded and not my style bc the food was poor quality in my opinion but ricky liked it - not my type though. but second festival food was amazing and had a pretty good time watching a keg toss ;) competition:-)

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2019:
Ricky likes dumplings but I don’t as much :)

Maria7 on 09/14/2019:
Festivals sound like fun!

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2019:
The second one we much better than the first ;) great gumbo soup and fried shrimp :-)

grannyannie on 09/15/2019:
Sounds yummy!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Am walk and pushups

banana and kombucha 200

breakfast eng muffin 150, butter 100, egg 70, coffee 80

snack almonds 50

lunch out for my bday but healthy - but i do plan on a rice indulgence ;)....or whatever carbs are an option, they will be included (thank gosh no chips..those are getting so old in terms of what my taste buds want these days, my taste is def sorta over some of my old go-to's!)  fish 150, salad with little dressing 150, tomato salad 100, cooked broccoli seasoned 100, bread with hummus 200. 700

snack apple, almonds 100

before leg/ strength / 5min stepper  - few sips of wine on way home samples 50, almond milk with drop iced coffee, fruit 150. 200.

Dinner tbd  fish, english muffin 400, chocolate 100

2150, decent.

prob stopping at supermarket on way home bc I’m out of any bread, fruit and want to buy some lox smoked salmon 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/13/2019:
Today your birthday? Happy birthday!

I bought myself some smoked salmon today as well. I'll have scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for lunch Sunday.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
it was Monday, but we planned to go out today for lunch :)

Donkey on 09/13/2019:
Have a great work celebration today!

I am familiar with the Sunny brand. I looked into their rowers, actually, for myself. Good choice! I hope the bike helps you!

I think you'll really appreciate it in the winter!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
i would have even used it last night - it was drizzly so i skipped the bike ride. not raining, but, drizzly. i took it as an opportunity to get extra sleep, LOL. i'm glad to hear you say the brand is favorable.

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2019:
Never had lox...is it cooked or raw?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
it is smoked lightly, practically raw...see the link here as to what it looks like (not what i am getting, i just wanted to show you a picture):


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
it's a bit pricey, salty, but low calorie and very tasty. i've been eating it my whole life and love it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
looked this up for us:

Cold Smoke Process

Brining Before the actual smoking of the salmon sides are done a brining process is required. The proteins in the fish are modified (denatured) by the salt, which enables the flesh of the salmon to hold moisture better than it would if not brined. In the United States, the FDA regulates the addition of salt as it is a major processing aid to ensure the safety of the product.

There are two main curing methods that are typically used to cure salmon prior to smoking:

1. Wet brining: Brining in a solution containing water, salt, sugar and many times other selected spices for up to 24 Hrs.

2. Dry curing: This method is a method often used in Europe, in which salmon fillets are covered with a mix of salt, sugar, and sometimes other spices (traditional London Cure smoked salmon uses salt only). Dry curing tends to be faster than wet brining, as the salt tends to draw out moisture from the fish during the curing process and less drying time is needed in the smokehouse. Smoking Once the Salmon Sides are wet or dry-brined they are smoked at no higher than 80°F for between 10 and 15 hours, depending on the smoker, and the size and type of salmon and this is where the art of smoking comes in. Cold-smoking is a style where the burning wood and smoke are somewhere else and get blown over the salmon from afar over a long period of time. Cold smoking does not cook the fish, resulting in a delicate texture. Although some smoke houses go for a deliberately 'oaky' style with prolonged exposure to smoke from oak chips, industrial production favors less exposure to smoke and a blander style which gives a softer silkier taste and feel.

Originally, prepared fish was upside hung in lines on racks, or tenters, within the kiln. Workers would climb up and straddle the racks while hanging the individual lines in ascending order. Small circular wood chip fires would be lit at floor level and allowed to smoke slowly throughout the night. The wood fire was damped with sawdust to create smoke; this was constantly tended as naked flames would cook the fish rather than smoke it. The required duration of smoking has always been gauged by a skilled or 'master smoker' who manually checks for optimum smoking conditions.

BearCountryGG on 09/13/2019:
Interesting...I never see it here but have heard of lox and bagels....I see what you mean about lind of raw...but kind of cooked....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
yes, i grew up with lox on bagels ;)

Maria7 on 09/13/2019:
Enjoy your birthday lunch!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2019:
It went well, coworkers liked the place :)

happy-1 on 09/13/2019:
Happy Birthday!!!!!!! I like the lox instead of cake!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2019:
ohhh, me too!!!! :)

i didn't see any lox at this particular (crappy) supermarket...so, it's still on my mind ;)

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

AM: 10 min walk, abs...

kombucha 80

breakfast: egg 70 with butter 100 on an english muffin 150, coffee 50, chocolate 80. 

snack: almonds, one candy 50

lunch: leftovers of the indian palak - not much left 100?, tofu 100, chicken noodle soup 200, garlic bread 300? 700 some roasted veggies, poporn...

snacks: peach/almonds 150

PM mile walk commute

snack: almond milk with splash coffee, fruit 100

PM Bike ride  rain

PM 5 min Stepper

Dinner/Snack: chips 220, chicken nuggets 250, ketchup 30. 500 whipped cream 200





I am still waiting on the stationary bike because it's a gift from my dad and he was away a few days. he chose the bike, it was $149 on Amazon. And he asked if i might like that one, to which i agreed it looks good. It's the recumbent type of bike, if you google that you'll see what i mean. I am not sure if he ordered it yet, because he was away on vaca/work with my mom for a few days.

So in the meantime, i'm walking in the mornings. I am more eager actually to bike because it's dark already in the AM and i prefer to watch TV and be home exercising early in the morning, especially as the weather shifts to Winter. I may do walking some days / switching with bike in AM. It's been good to get moving when my body is not used to it.  My body is quite tight in the AM, i have enjoyed pushing it.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/12/2019:
I totally get where you're coming from on the winter darkness. Having my bike is really the only way I've been able to maintain consistent exercise. The treadmill (my mom's old one) is too loud.

May I ask which brand of bike you are getting? Both of mine are Schwinns, an excellent brand by reputation, but I have no particular allegiance. I'm just curious. :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
It's the Sunny brand...same as the stepper i got which has met my expectations :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
i'll send you a link when i have it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
it's recumbent like yours.

grannyannie on 09/12/2019:
I like the recumbent bike as you can do it for a long time and even read or be on your phone, but still get a good workout.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
i thought it might be better than the other option too. and it could be nice to be on the phone and on the bike, yes...i DO plan to use it in this way to catch up with my friend C and be on the bike on the weekends especially.

Maria7 on 09/12/2019:
How SWEET of your Daddy to order that for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
yeah, i have a very sweet dad! :)

BearCountryGG on 09/12/2019:
You will enjoy the bike I'm sure....I love mine. This is the third one we have had over the years.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
what brand is yours?

grannyannie on 09/13/2019:
I have a stationary upright bike and don't like to do it for long. I find my back starts to hurt - fine with my real bike outside but not on one of these. So I love the recumbent bike. At my gym you can choose a bike ride to watch all of which are in France.

horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2019:
Good to know my choice was a good one ....rather my dad’s choice !

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Boss / Coworker out for Jury Duty so this day should be simple at the office.

AM: 10-15min walk, pushups, stretching

kombucha and 1/2 cup coconut water 100

Breakfast: english muffin 150, butter 100, egg 100, coffee 50, chocolate 50. 

snack: almonds, 2 almond hershey kisses, 150

lunch: from home - purdue chicken nuggets 200, roasted veggies 150, popcorn 150 if needed too. 500....chocolate 50

snacks: peach, almonds 50

snack at home: fruit / almond milk with a little coffee 100

after exercise - bar 300, pb 150

1850 toal 

PM: 1 mile walk home, snack, 5 min stepper, leg strength exercises

food after exercise: maybe last bit of tofu, palak spinach, on rice crackers

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 09/11/2019:
Hope you have a good day at the office.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2019:
you know it! it did include researching an inexpensive place to go with coworkers at lunch friday for my bday celebration :) lots of veggies :)

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2019:
Nice to have the office to yourself eh?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2019:
yeah, but i will admit to not working as fast today lol.

grannyannie on 09/11/2019:
Doing great as usual!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2019:
Thank you, Annie!!

Donkey on 09/11/2019:
How did the cardio go?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/12/2019:
All the cardio i am have planned, i am sticking with. It's just a little, at various times of the day. I admit my left ankle (the one i broke awhile ago, and lower leg it's tied to) does bother me a little bit, but, it's not getting worse.

I'm trying to just go with the plan. And keep on. I want to try to push thru this initial early phase in hopes that i will increase my endurance a little come Columbus Day weekend, the end goal right now.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Morning 10 min walk, ab work, kombucha 90

breakfast: butter 100 and egg 70 on english muffin 100.  coffee 50, 1 chocolate 80

snack: almonds 1 piece of apple cake someone brought in, nice and light. 200

lunch: leftover tofu 100, indian palak 200, english muffin 100, popcorn 150, cauliflower 50. 600-650, some caffeine in a bai drink flavor strawberry lemonade.

snack: apple, almonds

walk 1 mile on commute home, (snack after i get home) then, biking outside followed by 5 min stepper.

evening snacks: home fruit/whipped cream/iced coffee 200 

dinner: might buy some lox to eat on another english muffin or so..not sure. eng muffin 150 with a little ketchup and chicken nuggets i baked up in oven (they were on sale and i was craving them) 250. 400.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 09/10/2019:
Nice plan today! You're going to get a lot of activity in; you should sleep well :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/10/2019:
yes, upping the cardio slowly has so far proven to be working alright. Past few days, i know to get out of bed once my alarm goes off, i have more energy on my second walk to the bus. it DOES feel better to be a bit more active, so far.

grannyannie on 09/10/2019:
You're doing great!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/10/2019:
thank you, Annie...i'm nervous it's overdoing, but, trying my best to keep on and pushing my body to change...

happy-1 on 09/10/2019:
yum! apple cake

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/10/2019:
it was so light and moist :)

BearCountryGG on 09/10/2019:
The cake sounds delish!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/10/2019:
this one i don't regret eating bc it was light, not like eating icing or just pure sugar :)

Donkey on 09/10/2019:
A very good day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2019:

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 09, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy 37th Birthday to me !

DAILY MORNING: (walk or bike, pushups daily) started the day with a 10-15min walk followed by 150 pushups done in a few sets. (1 set of 40, and 6 sets of 10-12 pushups)  (also during week i'll walk home 1 mile of the commute in afternoons when weather is suitable).

kombucha 60 - might need somethng more in mornings before breafast at work.

breakfast (more hungry than usual) english muffin 100 with butter 100, egg 70, coffee 50. total here 320, 1 truffle 80. 400. 

snack: almonds.. 140, chocolates 50

lunch: from home i hope (i think we're going out friday for my bday when someone else is visiting) tofu 100, indian palak spinach spread 250, popcorn 50, english muffin 100. 500


snacks: almonds / apple 100

whipped cream / strawberries 160, sushi with ricky for bday at my apt he brought it over ;) 400? 


before exercise:  

EXERCISE: 5 min stepper (need to get used to it, daily), leg strength exercises, abs

Afternoon sessions:

3x per week: Leg strength days, Abs in afternoon with 5 min stepper

1x per week based on weather ladder outside (no stepper)

2x a week is stepper & bike

after exercise: small sandwich? or bar.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/09/2019:
Doing great! Well done on the push ups! Do you do full or knees pushups?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i do full ones. i think daily will actually, eventually, get me stronger after doing it daily for several months. right now it's only 3x per week, but i think an overall increase to daily is a good idea.

grannyannie on 09/09/2019:
I've never been able to do more than 3 full pushups, even when I had very strong upper body strength. I could do a lot on knees.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i always found it easier to work my upper body than my lower.

happy-1 on 09/09/2019:
OMG I remember being able to do push-ups. I will get back there.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
when i first started on my pushups, i was horrible. i only got better with practice :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
and lots of practice!

legcramps on 09/09/2019:
Happy BDAY!!

Sounds like you have quite the plan moving forward! If I may interject with a few tips?

Certain upper body exercises can help you achieve stronger and faster push ups - straight arm planks, bear crawls, banded push ups, push ups with elevated feet. The overhead press targets a lot of the same muscle groups! If you increase resistance when doing push ups(i.e. by elevating your feet), you will gain strength a lot faster. Think about giving yourself some recovery time as well rather than doing push ups over and over every single day.

Also - if you are planning on doing sets of push ups, I would not do a big set of 40 and then move on to smaller sets. I would continue to do small sets of push ups, and simply decrease the rest time between sets as you progress.

Looks like you are getting in a lot more time on the bike - that's fantastic! Are you enjoying your bike rides?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
thank you for the tips...i may change up the mornings, not sure, as you suggested. the reason for the big chunk of 40 is that's what i can get up to now, and i like to check it before continuing on and completing the other sets...lol.

i may do opposite mornings of plank/situps from the pushup day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i will listen to your advice and want to hear it. so please, do not ever hold back!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
ok, so opposite days, i want to work on planks / pushups.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
oops, planks/situps on opposite days of pushups.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i know planks are similar to pushups, but, i will see how its works out..

grannyannie on 09/09/2019:
Oh, and happy birthday, kiddo!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
than k you, Annie :)

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2019:
Happy Birthday!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
thank you, Bear!

Maria7 on 09/09/2019:
Happy Birthday to you!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
thank you, Maria!!

legcramps on 09/09/2019:
So if you do the small sets of push ups only 3x/week in the AM, that will give more time in between for muscle recovery. Then, opposite days in the PM, do some other upper body stuff. Maybe something like this:

A good warm up before upper body is the bear hold - you could do this 3 x 30 seconds. Another good one is the A Frame stretch.

Monday AM - 10 x 10 push ups with 1 minute rest Tuesday PM - 3 x 1 minute plank; 3 x 10 overhead press with resistance (add in with other evening exercise) Wednesday AM - 10 x 10 push ups with 1 minute rest Thursday PM - 3 x 10 push ups with feet elevated; 3 x 10 overhead press with resistance (add in with other evening exercise) Friday AM - 10 push ups AMRAP (as many rounds [of 10 reps] as possible) Saturday PM - 3 x 1 minute plank; If you have resistance bands, you could try 3 x 10 banded push ups Sunday - REST

I really think this would give you a better chance of gaining strength in your push ups, and then the extra cardio that you want to start doing will increase your endurance and speed with the push ups as well.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
I'm going to save what you wrote here in an email to myself so i do not lose it...

and i will look up the exercises you mention.

i do the overhead press, so that's good i guess to continue...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
please don't be offended if i don't take your advice right away....i am just really eager to skip a lot of upper body right now and just work on lower body.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
the bear hold and stretch are appealing.

legcramps on 09/09/2019:
You don't have to take any of my advice, and that would be ok LOL ;) Everyone needs to come to their own result in their own way!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
please don't let it completely stop you from trying occasionally i need to hear it...and get the help. just starting out so i am starting simply..

Donkey on 09/09/2019:
Happy birthday! Love your plan!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/10/2019:
thank you, Donk! :) i'm still adjusting details, but it's def new :)

happy-1 on 09/09/2019:
Happy birthday (pile on)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/10/2019:
Thanks Happy!!! :)

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

breakfast: yogurt 120 pumpkin spice greek, iced coffee 50, oatmeal with almond milk and cinnamon, litlte bit of saffron in a couple bites. 170. 350. 1/2 chocolate brownie 120. 450.

10:30cliff protein bar 260

tofu 100, Indian palak spinach 400, English muffin 100. 600

4pm snack tastes of my roasted leeks/green peppers 150, strawberries 100 250, tastes of the roasted cauliflower i made 50

light dinner - whipped cream 100, choc chips 100, protein muffin 250.


exercise - hour bike ride, bed early tonight.

2 day = 2050.


well, i've come to the conclusion that with how i like to manage things and time-wise, i gotta stop my weights routine for now. YES...but i just can't. i don't do that much anyways....i really don't want to take it out of my routine....BUT THE TRUTH IS I HAVE TO RIGHT NOW.

i have to reformulate my workout and "train for the test." and it's not going to be exactly what i want it to be.

so, all arm workouts are OUT. the only thing i will be doing is lots of leg workouts, adding two more in, in addition to squats workouts. and my situps/abs and pushups.

for the test, it includes only: situps, pushups and running. So, arms are OUT. at least it's Winter...long sleeves are in lol.

i just have to move on, and start working on the things that need to improve and not worry about maintaining things that don't even need maintanance for anything except my personal physique/enjoyment. so arms = done for now. i can't keep working them and not working something else. i cannot just fit it all in. I have to workout for the test.


my coworker told me i like to "do the work" but that i'm not planning things right and if i cannot plan what i need to do with start/end dates and a plan inbetween, it will not work for me. she keeps telling me to stop with the weights because it's slowing me down. she's right...no doubt i should not be doing things that aren't going to help me.


I'll be ordering an indoor stationary bike in the next few days (my father said he'd get it for me for my bday when i told him i was looking to get one - yes, he's extremely, utterly, the best huh!?). there are some cheaper ones on Amazon.

Ihave my stepper. Now,, i have to write myself a new routine for the next month. and then i have to keep assessing it...to keep changing what doesn't work and keep consistantly shifting things. my thoughts are a little cloudy right now but i guess i just have to start and then keep assessing until later. i'm going to shower and start laundry, then come back to write myself my new workout schedule for the next month. then also start cooking some things for the week.


yesterday's walk went OK. i'm not in shape for much. it's really something i have to plan now to improve on.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
I have to confess that your entry today and Friday's have got me thinking hard, not so much for your situation (sorry) but also for mine and what I'm needing or lacking or wanting. At least you have a definitive goal; I have been trying to find something to strive for and feel very lost, like I'm wandering.

If you continue to train for push-ups, which you should do, that will provide you with a nice comprehensive upper body workout. I LOVED the results I achieved with doing push-ups over the summer.

What your co-worker said to you -- that is what I have been trying to say, but haven't been able to find the right words. I kept suggesting getting a trainer, but what I really meant to say is, that while you're doing good work with the upper body weights, and setting up 5K's and biking and running, it's not a plan. It's not a definitive plan, with steps and mini-goals to achieve the big goal.

I think I keep pushing a trainer because we found it so helpful for my son to achieve his physical fitness goals in order to re-enter the Air Force. He was kind of doing his own thing, but not doing specifically what he needed to build up the required strength to pass his test.

Meeting with PT Donna (who is the same lady who teaches Veterans Chair Yoga!) 2-3 times a week helped him establish a routine, so that he could eventually finish his training on his own.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
i very much appreciate your comments...in the planning process (i am not sure i can reach the level, but mentally, i'm ready to try...)

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
I'm still not saying properly what I want to say. What I really want to say is that if court officer is something that you seriously want, that you want a serious chance of achieving, then you will need to be more serious about your preparation and training.

And also what I really want to say is, that it is OK if you change your mind about the court officer goal. Work is work, no matter how one defines it. There is much living outside of one's job to find one's passion. (And that's where I'm really struggling with right now.)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i will obviously change my mind if i cannot work it, but i'll try as hard as i can.

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
I guess what my main fear for you is that the testing date will come up and you will feel like you are not prepared. That is an awful feeling. So I fall back on the old saying, Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
absolutely right. i want your criticism. even if i fail, i'd rather hear it straight.

BearCountryGG on 09/08/2019:
I agree with Donkey.......if you are serious about applying for the job...you do need to build the strength/skills/etc that they will be looking for....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
thank you.....i have a lot of work to do....

happy-1 on 09/08/2019:
Aldi's is supposed to have indoor bike trainer racks for only $49 next week. I have to try it at that price...

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2019:
that's a good price. i got a bike on amazon for i think just under $150. bday gift from my dad, actually...

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
^^ I will be shopping at Aldi after Wednesday (lol).

Horn, I must apologize. While I still think hiring a trainer or coach is the way to go, it was terribly inconsiderate to not realize that this may not be in your budget or what would work for you. I call these financial fancies "lottery dreams" - if money were no object, so to speak.

I hope that you will feel comfortable sharing some of your plans and progress with us. I will be cheering you ON!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2019:
actually, i could "budget" a trainer if i wanted to, Jdonk. it's more the time aspect to get to the gym. i feel i can keep doing some of the things i am doing at home plus a few more exercises to get there. no, please keep pointing it out to me and everything else. right now i'm changing my mindset again that this is possible? i have work to do.

i need your input and i need your insight. if you think i'm going wrong, well, it's ok. it's ok to tell me. i will share some of the changes in my planning...i changed it around last night on the phone with female friend Christine, actually. i had some of it in mind, but she def helped me write it down a little faster and get it on paper. i will be doing the new plan through columbus day,unless i change it a little earlier if i find some things need to change quicker in this month. the bike should arrive in 1-2 weeks depending when my father orders it....he said he wants to do it, for my bday.

because of public transportation, i'm trying to do most of the working out close to home to save time. i like my sleep and time at home....and i am trying to make it convenient. but you are right, i might need a trainer later. right now, i do have some tools....i now have a stepper and like i said the bike is coming.

upper body weights are out for now as i cannot balance them into my workout equation. it's just too much for me to do right now.i dont' want to think about that.

instead of every other day, pushups are now everyday in the mornings, along with either a walk outside or bike.

evenings are leg stepper and leg strength exercises afterwards and on the other days... will try for leg stepper everyday...

i know what i wrote is confusing, will discuss more.

happy-1 on 09/09/2019:
AAAAAAAAW good daddy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i got lucky ;) very, very lucky with my dad.

happy-1 on 09/09/2019:
And I don’t blame you for not wanting to disrupt your routine. There are trainers who will come to you. Maybe look at Thumbtack? If they come to you, ask them to provide proof of liability insurance (it’s a certificate) to protect yourself from workman’s comp claims. Some of those trainers also have virtual online live workout apps that you can use to stay with them while traveling.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
okay, i'll keep that in mind about thumtack...for now, no trainer though...

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Busy good morning in city :) with Labor Day parade

kombucha 100

coffee and candy 100

lunch healthy tofu 150, rice 300, veggies 300, dessert chocolate pudding tart (celebrated my bday that comes on Monday with family) 450. 1200

tofu /eggplant from lunch 200,200. 2 lg peaches 200. 600-650


walked in labor day parade. was a little beat during it bc i didn't have breakfast...i was thinking that there'd be snacks but there wasn't any this year because we went on early :) that's ok...i made up the calories in the excellent chocolate dessert.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/07/2019:

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
very much so! today had lots of good treats in store at every meal <3

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

breakfast: eng muffin light 100, 1/2 avo 150, egg with seasoning 100, coffee 50. cappucino truffle (really don't care to stop splurging right now on sweets after breakfast) 80...480-500

almonds 100

lunch: salad/yesterday's lunch that i left here for today - TOMATOES AND cucumbers 200 with dressing 50, fried rice 250, tofu 100. 550

snack: apple/almonds 100


maybe no extra exercise - if weather isn't raining (anticipated rain), i may walk a mile of my commute

putting together my stepper with Ricky tonight...still also going to find a home/indoor bike

around 2000 cal.



I had coupons combined with rewards for a free pair of jeans at Express clothing store that i used yesterday. Bought a size bigger than usual, a 4 instead of a 2. Still small, but i also bought them so i can wear jeans at a more relaxed fit as my other jeans are all very tight. so these are a lean/narrow fit, but a hair looser on me if that makes sense (but i am def up a size i think).  after wearing loose clothes all summer, i don't want to wear such tight jeans right now...

also, this is a reminder that maintenance requires making good choices haha.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/06/2019:
Good job. Glad you have Ricky

happy-1 on 09/06/2019:
Love a friend who puts stuff together!

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2019:
It's so convenient to have the workout equipment at home...huge time saver...and you an get other things done at the same time.

Donkey on 09/07/2019:
As my body changes, I want the fit of my clothing to change as well. This is not necessarily age related, but more about what my daily tasks are, my back issues (no stiff waistbands any more), muscles, flab, etc.

Besides, women's clothing sizes are kind of a joke - there is no real consistency between the different brands/makers.

Ooo, a stepper! I'm happy for you!

Donkey on 09/07/2019:
Since you already have a bike, you could invest in a bike trainer, which would convert your regular bike into an indoor bike. Some are noisy, so it's worth it to spend a little more to get something that is quieter.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
i will get an actual indoor stationary bike so i can leave my other bike outside in my garage. also, as my dad said he's happy to get it for me as a bday gift (yup, nice gift huh!?), i'm going to def get the whole bike if you know what i mean. he was happy to do it...interestingly. very nice from him. big gift as i'm an adult now. and already owe him so much!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

I'm on the hunt for an indoor bike. I see the weather already changing and getting dark during the week means i need to have an alternative to walking/stepping/jogging close - and that means a seated indoor bike...will try to search for a used one as i'm looking for savings.

home kombucha 60

breakfast: english muffin (going back to flats or wraps...they are so messy, the english muffins) 150, 1/2 avo 150, seasonings, egg 80, 1 lindt truffle 80. 460 and coffee 50

early noon lunch: leftovers and some fresh veggies 100 from misfits with dressing 100 over them. also fried rice 300 tops with my own added tofu 100.  600.  out for someone's back to work party after shoulder surgery and resurgery bc it got infected! sushi lunch...i'll order a seaweed salad with it or soup....lunch was pretty terrible tasting as i ordered things that were not popular on menu - raw tuna (was ok) 250 on salad, light dressing 100, side of nasty brussel sprouts 150...3 truffles back at office 250. total here: 750? maybe less. it was a really junky lunch. horrible tasting. 

snack: i have an apple from misfits 100, almonds 100

before exercise weights: iced coffee, couple larger plums - probably. 200.

during exercise: pb 100, aminos

after exercise: tbd - probably snack food almost 300 bar natural type

2050, good.

6 day - 2210, decent

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 09/05/2019:
Good for you for looking for some more indoor fitness options! Now you'll have your strength AND cardio ready to go, at all times.

You're right about BF's surgery, I think it will be fairly easy for him to recover and get back into his fitness routine. You'd have to hold the guy down physically to stop him from working out LOL.

Enjoy your weight routine tonight! I have switched up my strength routine for the fall months, maybe i'll talk about it more in some future posts.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/05/2019:
most spring / summers i increase my cardio output and this is the first year in the past few that i haven't improved over the summer (bc i put it on hold to go out more and do other physical activities with friends)...so i am a little bewildered and i know i have to find a way to keep improving over fall / winter.

yes, feel free to tell us about your routines.

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