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Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jun 26, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

2140 5 day - higher than i want, but my workdays were also longer than planned. so, giving myself the green light to realize i have done pretty well this week, on everything. calories included.


Happy Wednesday :) (My Thursday since i am off Friday, YAY!)

Home and at work: kombucha 80 (brought it to work) approx 100.

Breakfast: wrap 130, avo 100, everything seasoning, egg 70. 300. laying off coffee for now...

snacks: chocolate 60, coffee 60, a bar 200 as i picked up two new flavors from Duane Reade this morning when i saw them :), almonds 30

Lunch: leftover tasty frank with potato bun 350 from last evening's meeting YUM. and i have TONS of salad greens i bought and i have a little Ialian dressing for it 100...should be a nice meal for lunch.

I may also do this for dinner, with my other frank, actually. ! I have two. i'm just missing mustard...i think i'll buy some at lunch to keep at work.....!...totally went into a burger place and asked for a few packets of spicy mustard LOL (duane reade store didn't have spicy mustard lol lol lol..just the yellow mustard and i wasn't buying it) chips 150. ..total 600.

3pm pear 100, apple 100, almonds 100

dinner: the other frank and also the salad greens again with dressing..hot teas at work   starbucks egg white and turkey bacon on english muffin, starbucks iced hisbiscus tea! 350

at home: probably nothing, just hit the hay   bar, strawberries, candies 300

2300. total. decent. did the hour walk home. 

2140 5 day 

I should be home around 9pm-10pm.  I may walk some of the way, to get in some exercise tonight after work.


I woke up before my alarm clock today and decided to get out of bed and go to work as early as i could without rushing. i arrived 1hr 15min early. today i'm going to make up the rest of my 3 hours of OT and also make up the hour of work for tomorrow when i need to leave early for the dr. that's 4 hrs OT today, working from 7:15am-7:45pm.  getting it done, so it's OFF my mind :)  I really didn't expect to come early today, only doing it because i woke up before my alarm and decided to just go to work early.

I was also in bed a tad late last night as i did my workout after the union meeting, ending the workout a little bit after 10pm. not too terrible and sleep is stil decent . Tonight I will sleep well, I am quite sure...

It will be a long day today, BUT, work is rather easy right now - the pace is very, very slow for me and i'm working totally at my own pace - there really isn't a rush. yes, there's deadlines, but really, it doesn't matter if i get these things in tomorrow or by next Wednesday. So, looking on the bright side to get thru this short but long week! all is seriously good!

also, i'm still not done with some other adjustments i'd like to make to my resume...so i will do that tonight.


i have so many things on my mind to do as of late. Another thing i'm adding to my mental list is to make a somewhat sugar free/keto (Lekach) HONEY CAKE! it's a jewish type of recipe that someone at work wanted me to make MONTHS ago. i never got around to it because the internet doesn't have a good keto version, so i have to do the math to convert measurements and alternatives into my own keto version.

last time i did that, to try to make a honey cake before, it didn't come out well. i guess this is why i haven't done it again since. it involves a bit of math and calculations and quite a few ingredients. i think i'll be baking it on the 4th of July weekend, quite possibly, or sooner!


I really want to clean up my closets again this weekend or soon. they are jam-packed with clothes so everything that's hanging gets fully wrinkled even though they are hanging up and are supposed to come out of the closet looking fresh! i want to get rid of a LOT of my clothes soon, so that i can take things out of the closet, and have them look fresh and smooth, not a mess and wrinkled. after all, we never wear like even 50% of the clothes in our closets - OR IS THIS JUST ME!?  I have so much to give away. older clothes i haven't worn in a few years. shirts that just don't fit right...time to clean up again. dresses that are not flattering...list goes on and on. cardigans that are an ugly color that i don't even like to look at let alone wear...pants that don't fit...

....some pants i like to save especially dress pants bc it's expensive to buy new. but, for shirts & dresses, i plan to get rid of a LOT. 

also, i want to clean my socks drawers. they are overflowing, but some of the socks don't have any elasticity anymore and are quite annoying to wear. and i have bought new to replace them with. 

i cannot wait to declutter. I may do a little bit of decluttering on Friday when i'm home from work.

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

legcramps on 06/26/2019:
Wow! You really did wake up before your alarm clock today :)

Glad to see that everything is going well and YAY today is your Thursday! Gotta love a short work week LOL!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2019:
I am so so so glad to get this OT done for a LONG time after today. It's good to knock it out, go into the weekend, enjoy and REST...and know that next week will NOT be like this- and neither will summer be like this :)

As you can see, my mind wants the OT done too!

Yay for a short week.

Like you, i'm looking to get in some good fitness on the days off!

Donkey on 06/27/2019:
Friday off = JEALOUS

Yes, purge your closet. You will love it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
i cannot wait to do this....i need to at least go through it and sort the winter stuff to back and all summer stuff in front. i have so many clothes and don't wear like any of them! yes, i'm totally going to purge on the weekend :) cheers!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
i am sure one of these days you'll get your own friday off xo

happy-1 on 06/27/2019:
Yum, honey cake. Also love halva.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
omg HALVA...killer good. so dense.

i hope this honey cake turns out ok. the last one was like an egg souflee which is def not how a honey cake should look or taste! i need to bring it to work for my coworkers (only if it comes out right!)

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

2:30am apricots 80, seltzer (busy week, so sleep is going to be off - my brain wasn't ready to shut down), kombucha 50.

Breakfast: healthy avo 100, wrap 130, everything seasoning, egg 80. 310. coffee 50.

snacks: TBD almonds probably 200

healthy lunch: rest of the zucchini & veggies in tomato sauce leftovers 200, tofu 100, clementine (counted below) chips 300., cookie 100

3-4pm snacks: clementines 100, chocolate 100

7pm Dinner: not sure if i'll have a hot dog at the meeting? maybe a granola bar / coffee? not sure? hot dog in martin's potato roll 350 tops with mustard, and a salad 150 wtih dressing. big. 500, healthy!

8:30-10pm during exercise: aminos...drinks....apricot 50, chocolate protein nut butter 100, coconut water 50

10:15pm after exercise: also TBD. Bob's Red Mill PB Coconut Oats granola bar 230.

2230, decent for a longer type day.

2100 4day - 


rainy day, there was a bus delay due to traffic and then the trains were packed. got to work 15 min late, but, nobody really knows and i have to leave on time (actually 10min or so early) to get to a union meeting after work back in my home neighborhood at 6, so i'll be leaving 10 to 5 for that. 


I do still plan to take a lunch, hopefully it's not raining, to return a piece of clothing i bought the other day. it's linen pants - and it'll always need ironing - so i'm returning them before i even remove the tag. They were from H&M - they fit really well, but, the material is a waste to buy since i'm not big on ironing!


After the meeting this evening, i'm sticking with my goals, skipping voting for the primaries (priorities point towards not having three obligations tonight all taking up time), and going to work out at home. i should get home between 7-7:30 and should be able to get a workout in and completed, if i don't get derailed by other things, by 9:30pm which is decent of course and not the latest hour in the world :)


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

Donkey on 06/25/2019:
I too had interrupted sleep last night. Not pleasant and thus had problems getting up today.

Well, you should sleep better tonight, hopefully!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
i hope to keep getting at least a minimum sleep - and plan to enjoy some sleeping in on Fri, Sat, and Sun :)

legcramps on 06/25/2019:
I hate ironing too! I try very hard not to buy any clothes that need to be ironed :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
same - they had really nice wide leg no need to iron pants on sale, so i returned the linen, got two pairs of pants in its place and a dollar back! :)

happy-1 on 06/25/2019:
I want linen wide leg pants too but I hear you on the ironing.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
yeah, i do not like extra chores!

BearCountryGG on 06/25/2019:
No ironing for me either....I let the dryer do that!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2019:
same!!! i try to hang my shirts as soon as i take them out of the dryer! :)

now, i just need to clean all my closets again & throw out a LOT of things so my shirts can hang and not get wrinkled bc the space is so tight! right now, everything in my closets is jam packed and creating a huge mess! not sure when, but, i'm eager to see what i have!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jun 24, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

update: at 5pm, i went downstairs quickly to starbucks & got some dinner to eat later AT WORK! - planning to leave at 7pm and go home and do the ladder - it will still be light out just enough:)  banging out 2hrs OT. getting it done - so i'm not doing this OT much longer thru July :)


Good Morning! Despite a little soreness, i do FEEL VERY GOOD today.

kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 130, egg 80, half avo 150, coffee 30.  tasty!

snacks: Lily's sf chocolate 60, bar 210

lunch: my butternut squash soup 150 with 1/4 avo 100 and tofu 100 ...possibly chips 150 along with it. very satisfied. total 500. .

snacks: i have some clementines 100 , almonds 100, few more almonds 30...hungry so a little more Lily's 60

6:30-7pm light dinner before going home around 6:30pm: starbucks light egg/turkey bacon/cheese english muffin 250, iced hibiscus tea with stevia. chips 100

2150 today, success.

3day: 2050,excellent...tomorrow will be a CHALLENGE again.

before ladder: TBD, maybe dinner before going home - starbucks wrap -  maybe a granola bar and starbucks tea (indulgence! again!) - we'll see...

ladder workout: to do around 8pm - nice i can do it in my "backyard"...and not drive anywhere! :)

after ladder: maybe a wrap and fruit / tbd



I woke up and laid in bed a little later than usual but was at work on time. it was a good morning. I'm prepared for the week, too, with lunches. it's a short week for me, 4 days, so i'd like to actually make them more productive. 

I decided on a short week because i have extra commitments for these 4 days..i'll write about those day by day as i do them!


My plan is to work a simple half hour OT, not too much and not too little, then go home and do a quick ladder workout. :) i should be able to easily fit these two things in :)

At first, i had planned on "no OT" this week because it's involved enough, but, with supervisor in my room away, the ability to take a longer lunch, i'm thinking i should do at least a half hour or hour whenever i can :) over these next 2 weeks before she gets back and things are busier or feel busier at least with both of us working together again! :)

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

legcramps on 06/24/2019:
I have a short workweek as well this week, i'm so happy about that :) :)

Yeah, might as well get as much OT in now as you can, while you can take longer lunches. I say just get it over with and then you don't have to stress about taking it later :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
I totally agree with you regarding the OT...but, there's one stipulation - i don't want it affecting my fitness progress after work. That's why i'm not doing that much today - i want enough energy later to do a ladder workout, not overeat, and go to bed in a timely manner!

so, yes, i'm getting the OT done earlier, but also not pushing my "more important" fitness plans to the side :) but you are right, i should get it done as quick as possible before she gets bacK!...i'll try to take really LONG lunches LOL to make it easier.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:

legcramps on 06/24/2019:
LOL, absolutely! Everything in moderation, right?!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
i did two hours! a lot longer than my planned 30min bc it is quiet, i do have monotonous work....and i got to get it done bc i cannot have a lot of weeks like this :)

BearCountryGG on 06/24/2019:
I need to find that Lily's chocolate...I'm hearing =so much about it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
on amazon i bought it. i like the chocolate chips in a big or the chocolate bars. both are good. chocolate bars are a little sweeter than the baking chocolate, but i eat those baking chips too.

legcramps on 06/25/2019:
Nice job on the overtime!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2019:
TY LEGS! :) just saw this comment now...hoping to bang more out, so i can have an easier week next week and not drag this annoying thing out!

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jun 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy Sunday. Luckily, here in NYC areas, we're having wonderful Sunny weather all weekend, around 75F-80F. just perfect.

8am Breakfast: oatmeal cinnamon and spice packet (coworker left them at work, didn't want them so i took a few home) 160, raspberry flavored yogurt 120, tasted one of my peanut butter whipped cream desserts 50, iced coffee 40.  370

STRENGTH WORKOUT will take place soon, this morning / early afternoon:)

10:30-11:30pm Snack: whipped pb on snall rice cracker 150, chips 200

1pm snack: chocolate nut spread 100, lower cal drinks 50, 50

2pm lunch: wrap 130, mustard, sausage 120. soup 50.  300

dinner: salad, grilled shrimp, light balsamic dressing, bread with butter (YUM), half a bud light lime flavor and later on a big thing of strawberries. 700

1950, wonderful day.

2 day avg is 2000 - i KNOW i can do really well this week with calories :)

wasn't that active at all, but did do a strength workout and got some light walking in. also watched a good movie :)


Snack before going out to a food fair with Ricky (unless plans changed LOL) we are just gonna watch a movie at his place and walk to a close dinner at the bar. we want to take it easy today! :)

FAIR for afternoon...

Earlyish dinner at a very close, walkable, neighborhood bar with GREAT food (like grilled shrimp (with lots of flavor) salads that are big and tasty!))


Maybe some movie / Netflix show watching using my Amazon prime account tonight after our dinner.

It's Ricky's 59th bday....I SHOULD TEXT HIM!!! :) 

On Sparkpeople site, I'm saving TONS of recipes for future use. Lots of veggie recipes and even a curry recipe for veggies. I'm going to have TONS of options for slow cooking my veggies!  Also saving some slow cooker oatmeal recipes and dessert recipes.


I was 15 min late yesterday to pick R up for the beach to go to the concert (we wouldn't have been late at all, but he wanted to leave at a certain time and i was late). he was textting me a lot while i was in the shower and unable to respond ASAP back. he got angry and decided to drive there without me & i decided to not drive there alone (and then have to drive back alone) as the beach is NOT close, it's around 45 minutes away and an hour if there's traffic (which there was - i saw on the road). So instead of going there, in separate cars, paying separate parking fees, going home then alone, i stayed back. I did apologize by text that i was sorry i was late. i am typically around 5-10 min late all the time with him. very typical of me!

he had invited a couple other people, so, he wasn't going there to be alone. another reason i didn't feel bad to stay home. 

so i drove to the park and walked a couple miles & did more cooking last night. And i called my female friend, Christine, and we caught up a bit over a longer phone call. And that was nice.

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

Donkey on 06/23/2019:
Good plans for today! I guess it's too bad that last night didn't work out. Probably just wasn't meant to be...

Who would have thought to find recipes on Sparkpeople? Wow! But now that you mention that, I do recall that they have a LOT of recipes there. What a great idea!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2019:
yeah, it's ok about last night. and today's plans changed slightly too, but, we did watch a movie later in the afternoon followed by a good dinner at the bar by us which is also a VERY good restaurant. HIGH quality food there! yum!

Some of the recipes on Sparkpeople are repetitive but there are some REALLY good ideas and also good desserts and some sugar free things.

happy-1 on 06/23/2019:
Hugs. Good for you for maintaining long friendships.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
YES...thank gosh - doing better at this now than in my earlier years.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jun 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Good Morning :)

7:30am Quaker cinnamon and spice oatmeal 160 with almond milk 20, yogurt 80, and kombucha 60. 320. thinking to go back to sleep...

10am wrap 130 and pb 150 280, whipped cream 100

noon pear 50, strawberries 100, iced coffee 30, Stroopwaffle pasty 150

3pm egg with salt / pepper 

4pm sausage 100, cooked veggies 50, peanut butter later on 100

6:45pm strawberries 150 (yes, an entire quart)

8pm peanut butter 100, some whipped cream / peanut butter 100, chocolate chips 50

9pm light dinner: wrap 130 with mustard and egg white 20 and small amount cured sausage 100. total 250 :) and some seltzer mixed with cherry juice 50.

2050 :)

and since plans changed for today, i also got a walk in at the park, 2 miles.


 Just relaxing today...for most of the day...

I went on the Sparkpeople nutirition / weight loss / recipe online site and am loving the recipes. I am now getting motivated to cook and also make some of the easy recipes I found!  I found a peanut butter cool whip recipe to make :)

Right now cooking a butternut squash soup in slow cooker, later to blend in my Nitro blender!


Nice plans for later include going out to a Hibachi Dinner the night before Ricky's bday. Luckily, i have a $25 off coupon i got from going with another friend and we haven't used it in over 2 years...so i'm using it with Ricky. :) It'll cover half the meal!  Then, we are headed to a free concert on the beach, Bob Marley tribute band.


It's really an easy day and laundry was done Thursday evening already.

To-Do List to be prepared for next week:

4pm Going out now to do! Ladder Workout - shoud def get it done today although my legs are a little sore? ...we'll see how i feel in a bit - really should do it. - really the only must.

DONE! Get kombucha to get me thru 2 weeks (but this can def wait until next friday also..)

DONE !Cook/Buy Veggies so i don't have to buy lunch when i make my own just as well :)...figure out what veggies are left, get a recipe & make it (i may not go out today at all to supermarket)


Last night working late at work, I revamped my OLD 2011 resume and made it suitable for future use now. Just to have as it really sucks when you need to produce a resume and you have to do it from scratch! I changed most things, but it was nice to have a format going for me and not do it 100% from scratch.


Also since coworker is away, another thing I am working on is planning & setting up my calendars going all the way into and past January 2020. I am a BIG planner. I told Ricky I'd go with him to Vegas in the winter since i have JetBlue credit card points and it will cover a good percentage of the flight. we'll also stay in a VERY cheap place, like a hostel, so this vacation is not wrecking our bank accounts. I'll review to make sure where we stay is clean.  Ricky and I need to decide if we will go in January/February or March. I prefer later in the Winter or MidWinter - we will see.



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

Donkey on 06/22/2019:
I hope you get your ladder workout in today.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2019:
it's prob the only thing i do of that list. really relaxed day, resting & sleeping :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2019:
and a little cooking and recipe searching for more new, fun treats i can make at home! i just love being able to cook whatever i want and for it to be turning out better and better :) and not have to rely on restaurants or takeout as much anymore!

BearCountryGG on 06/22/2019:
It's always good to keep that resume ready and up to date......one of those things that so often get forgotten!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2019:
yes, i may need it in a year or need it for something else entirely. good to have it. i still need to make a few changes in the structure to make it more reader-friendly: list my two electrical field jobs together with skills combined below them both instead of skills below each similar job separately....well, maybe. now that i write this, the skills i listed for each job were different, so, maybe i'll just leave it as it is.

Donkey on 06/23/2019:
You might be able to find some cheap hotel deals. You'll start getting promos and deals like you wouldn't believe. Some nice hiking up at Red Rock!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2019:
Yes, i'll take suggestions since you have gone to Vegas a lot, right? We'll take it easy IF we go - we both tend to be "downers" in the wintertime so we'll see how R feels about planning a trip at the end of the summer for Winter. I'll take any suggestions you have. it'll be a relaxed trip, not a party :) he just wants to gamble playing craps...and i just want some nice weather :) thanks!

happy-1 on 06/23/2019:
Look at express deals on Priceline and hot rates on Hotwire... but you know that!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/24/2019:
i don't know that - thank you for reminders...please remind me AGAIN in the fall! :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jun 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy Friday :)

kombucha 60

8:45am breakfast at work: wrap and egg white 150, sausage 100, mustard, coffee 30, Lily's chocolate 60. 

snacks: bar & almonds 300

lunch: from home - leftover bbq frank 150, veggies in tomato sauce big amount 200, chips 200.  350....

snack from coworker: tasty cookies...yup! 150

4 & 5pm snacks cherries 100, almonds 100, blackberries from stand 100

6:30pm  dinner before heading home: starbucks egg white wrap 300 with a decaf coffee i think :) 50

home: blackberries, yogurt, pb 

2100 tops

7day: 2130 - very good!


snacks: fruit (maybe extra) and almonds, maybe a sweetened starbucks tea (going all out, maybe staying even later than expected till 6:30PM tonight)


I'm feeling good this Friday. I stayed up a little late because i chose to do laundry and do my exercise. But i am happy with my decisions. 

Today I'm working till 6pm, an hour OT - and maybe even going until 6:30pm - gotta knock out these hours!)  I'll take a lengthy lunch to get me into that mood ;)

and then, maybe i'll do a bit of walking home if i feel like it to get some cardio in today :)

if i also take slow train, to read, i may get home anywhere between 7:30-8:30.


For now, i do not have plans tomorrow morning & laundry is DONE....i look forward to sleeping in tomorrow.



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

legcramps on 06/21/2019:
Yum, starbucks tea sounds amazing :) I might pick something up from starbucks tonight after my coaching session to treat myself :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jun 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2


Kombucha 50

I accidentally forgot my breakfast wrap, so, coffee 30, Dang bar 210, sf chocolate 60. 300 total.

snacks: almonds, also another bar 300

lunch: healthy from home, frank 150 and cooked veggies 200, probably some chips which i admit to getting a little bored of...but not fully! 150 500.

out to lunch: shrimp 100, 2 battered/fried shrimp 100-150, seaweed salad 100, grilled eggplant and peppers 200, tomato and cucumber salad 50 - 600

snack: cherries / almonds 100

snack before workout: at home - berries and whipped cream 200, maybe a lighter iced coffee with more almond milk 50   granola bar and iced coffee on way home 200

during workout: aminos / maybe also coconut water 1 cup 50, maybe more fruit 50, 50, yogurt 100 (workout went really late, decided to do laundry during it!) 

after workout: TBD - maybe the wrap that i didn't eat this morning :) 250 bar 200


6day is good: 2135



Right off the bat, i woke up excited (quite literally actually!) for a STRENGTH WORKOUT tonight. Each strength workout i accomplish is one more step TOWARDS my court officer goal. The date of the online test will be announced this late 2019/2020. It's been listed that way on the site, that updates will come late 2019/2020. So, that's that!

I realize i will have to plan much more, review much more, detail my workouts much more to pass the physical test.

My strength workout, if anyone didn't know here, is tailored to the practice program the NYS court officer program lists on their site. Most of my moves are taken from their site, in addition to a few moves i do because i don't want to lose certain strength of muscles so i keep with 2 of my own moves, too.


This week has been fast and efficient and some changes in assignment at work - nothing big but enough to keep it interesting, actually!


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

legcramps on 06/20/2019:
Sounds like it's been a fantastic week! Kill that workout tonight, and enjoy knowing that you're progressing towards your goals!

If you want, I would enjoy hearing about some of the specific moves that you are working on during your strength workouts, what muscles you're targeting, what weight you're using, etc.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
The exercises included in the program are: Chest Press Shoulder Press (not currently doing) Triceps (doing chair dips only, not doing more than one triceps exercise) Chair Dips Pushups Plank (not currently doing) Sit ups Lunge Steps Chair Squats (doing with weighted bar regular squats) Calf Raises Split Squats

I have added BICEPS! - i couldn't believe it wasn't on their list!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
The exercises included in the program are: Chest Press Shoulder Press (not currently doing) Triceps (doing chair dips only, not doing more than one triceps exercise) Chair Dips Pushups Plank (not currently doing) Sit ups Lunge Steps Chair Squats (doing with weighted bar regular squats) Calf Raises Split Squats

I have added BICEPS! - i couldn't believe it wasn't on their list!

Donkey on 06/21/2019:
Good calories day!

It's been a while since I've woken up excited about anything, much less working out. That is to say, I have to work up to it. I do get there.

I presume that you change up the exercises that you train with, whether you pull from a particular list or somewhere else :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2019:
I've been using the current exercises for a year, dropping some also that weren't on the list when i changed up the weights routine recently to save time.

In terms of the ladder, my plan is to use some of the same and some different exercises each month changing it up, yes.

I do not change up my weights routine much, however, i have noticed a lack of decent progress in my situps - right now i can slug thru 30 in a minute but getting to their 38 or more number for the highest rating (which i need because my running will not be high ratings and it must balance out to get me passing the fitness test) - so i noticed that i may need to regroup and do something extra to improve my abs. not only situps. so there will be, not yet but it will come - a change in ab work to help me progress more by doing something else to help these situps improve at a faster rate :)

i really love the court officer leg work - all types of squats. love it. i find myself still improving and they are still challenging. when i get better, i just try to do more reps than previously.

most of my changing up of routine will be monthly and with the agility / cardio aspect of training. and also abs as i mentioned...

Pushups are chugging along just fine.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2019:
to reiterate, i will only be tested on FOUR things: situps (i'm decent, but need the highest rating)

pushups (i'm at the highest rating!)

beep test (i'd fail right now - working on it) (constant 65 ft run back and forth getting to the end always before a beep that keeps speeding up)

illinois agility test (i'd fail right now, working on it)(agility fast, short run under a minute, more like 30 seconds of running around cones at different angles)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jun 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Good Morning & Happy Hump Day!

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: coffee with ALMOND milk now 30, wrap 130 with egg white 20, sausage 100, mustard. 300. sf Lily's chocolate 60.

snacks: almonds and/or bar 210, fruit 40. 250

lunch: from home - zucchini tomato stew with mixed veggies 150, frankfurter 150, maybe some avocado 150, chips 150. 600. decent and balanced.

snacks: tea, fruit / almonds 150

before workout: bar/iced coffee 200

during workout: nothing :)

after workout: TBD thinking a protein muffin and yogurt and fruit. 400

2050 and a good workout !

2150 5day :-)



Some good things: 

I am listening to my body and if my legs are ready, my plan is to do a nice ladder workout tonight and stay on track with my training :)

The food I cooked on Monday night is pretty good and I now have food for the entire week and I do not have to spend extra money for lunch at all :)

My strength workout last night felt good and i am happy I made a good choice to eat light afterwards. Ended the day with a super calorie intake.

I am reminding myself to be attuned to my supervisor because it's her last week before her 2 week VACATION :) & to rememeber my work is not time sensitive. I will help her and do for her in whatever she needs....

I have a planned walk to return my dad's father's day gift at lunch because he didn't want the $88 shirt which is very fine by me :) he doesn't like extravagence and prefered i save my cash! I am glad to have a plan for a walk at lunch :) I like a destination & not just strolling the city blocks all the time.

Tonight Ricky will be here for dinner, i'll make something for him to eat. Probably a hot dog wrap. I have avocado i can add in. :) I also get to give him mangos that came in my Misfits order as I prefer to give them away and/or have a little of one tonight.  I like to give food away, not throw it away. 


My supervisor and I were given a NEW Fridge! in our room. It's a really nice-sized mini fridge and now we can be MORE PREPARED at work :) cheers! Now, we can bring more things that need refrigeration - like almond milk! I was using the regular milk which is 2% and much more calories in my coffee each day. Now, i can have a lighter coffee - instead of 50-60 cals, it's not more than 20 cals. That's a good savings because it all adds up. At home, I already use only almond milk & stopped buying milk except if it's in a recipe.  We'll be able to have more fruit and keep it at work in the fridge. It's more convenient and awesome :)

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

Donkey on 06/19/2019:
Did I read that correctly? The week she's leaving, they give her and you a mini-fridge?? A little late for her, I'd say.

Keep on being positive! Enjoy your dinner with R tonight!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/19/2019:
ohhhh! right! it's her last week before her 2 week VACATION...then, THANKFULLY, she's BACK! :) i get ALL my work thru her so it'd be sad if she left!

you as well, have a good day :)

legcramps on 06/19/2019:
All good things happening for you! We have a mini fridge at work as well, and I love it. I don't use it often, because I go home for lunch almost every day (because I can, I don't live far from the office), but I do use it for my protein creamer that I put in my coffee, and for fruit snacks. It certainly does help us stay on track doesn't it!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
yes, the mini fridge is wonderful already making a difference in what i'm having at work and now i'll buy more fruit from the corner guy so that i can bring it home after work. it's great.

enjoy your day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
yes, the mini fridge is wonderful already making a difference in what i'm having at work and now i'll buy more fruit from the corner guy so that i can bring it home after work. it's great.

enjoy your day!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy Tuesday!

kombucha 50

Breakfast :delish coffee 50!, wrap 130 with egg white 20, and cured sausage (eating the whole package i opened is the reason you will see this a lot on my menu this week!) 100. 300. mustard. sf lily's choclate 50.

 snack: probably a bar or almonds: 200

lunch: from home - leftover bbq salmon! 250-300, salad with italian dressing 200, and some cooked veggies 50 if still hungry or a few chips....little taste of potato 60

3:30 snacks: fruit 100 / almonds 100 

Before exercise: most prob a granola bar 150 and an iced coffee 50 on the trip back home so i can get to my workout when i walk in the door :)200

during workout: aminos / seltzer drinks, i also have strawberries...100, nut butter 100

after workout: TBD, maybe protein muffin and a yogurt ! 400 or a bar 200. we'll see!

2000 :) perfect!!!!!!!

4day: 2170, good!



Some positives: 

Work is good right now, i'm able to focus on just a couple tasks and get them done. The next 2.5 weeks should be like that also. Coworker will soon be on vacation for 2 weeks.

i was able to come home and cook up the rest of my veggies last night! So i have a nice mix now of mushrooms / spinach / onion/ green peppers / zucchini / diced tomatoes with Italian herbs in the slow cooker. It's enough for the rest of the week!

I get to do my strength workout tonight :)

I get to read my book today because my dad brought them back to me after i left them at his house and this book is better than a magazine since it's fully about success and that's my goal right now - to keep reading reminders about that..

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

Donkey on 06/18/2019:
That was nice of your dad. Glad that worked out. And that's nice that work is a good place now. I hope your day continues to be positive!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2019:
yes, my dad is the BEST! it would be stinky to have to drive home on the weekend to get the books and luckily he works right where my bus home drops me off. so he left the books for me at the security desk :) how nice of him!

yes, i'm going to stay on the positive.

still, calories have been high, but i keep realizing when i think about it, that i just have to keep positive and keep my fitness and exercise going. it will eventually work itself out - that's my feeling. both the high cal days will get lower and also just staying active will happen. :)

thanks for your comments!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jun 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Hi All :)

kombucha 60

breakfast: Lily's sf chocolate 120, coffee 50, wrap 130 egg white 20, 2 pieces cured sausage 100? mustard. total here 420

snack:choc dusted almonds 100, 50

lunch: last week's final cabbage leftovers 150 from home with cured sausage  350 , chips 500

3pm snack banana 150

4pm almonds 100

5pm Dang Keto bar lemon flavor 210, earlier a drink 20

dinner: little bigger than planned, but i got a lot of things done :)

2230 total.

3day: 2225 :)


A few positives for today:

I am working an hour OT so that I can have 7/5 off and I planned it so doing OT is very doable and less impact on the rest of the week.

My exercise was done yesterday so i can relax after work today.

If i have time, i'll be able to cook up a new recipe so I have tasty eats for the rest of the week :)

I am going to hopefully give R some of the corned beef and potatoes I made on Saturday evening for his dinner / lunch tomorrow if he wants it.


Last night i came home and cleaned the hamster cage even before my workout even though it was late, i was motivated to get it cleaned up.  I ended my workout, with breaks including making breakfast sandwiches for the week and getting my lunch for today together, around 10pm. It's the latest i have had in awhile and it's because i should have done it before I saw my family, but i slept in instead.  It's a reminder that i could have planned better and not to rely on doing much on days where i am going to my parents / family for a get together/holiday. all is good. 

I didn't look around when i left my parents, so i accidentally left all my books at my parents house (2 i brought with me and 1 i was taking from my parents). i know, weird! My dad will hopefully bring them to work and leave them at the front desk for me to take much later tonight (there's security there till around 9pm so i have time to get the them!)

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

Donkey on 06/17/2019:
I have to work July 5th, but I'm hoping it will be quiet and maybe I can go home at 3p...

I was sort of the opposite of you yesterday. Got everything out of the way earlier in the day... which was nice for me for a change.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2019:
yes, of course it's better to knock things out earlier before the day unravels! i just knew i wasn't wanting to do weights in the morning, even the day before i knew that weights in the morning weren't happening.

my mom was very "hard on me." she was like, "i don't care about your workout!" haha. she wasn't mean but she was her typical self.

i actually went food shopping after helping my parents set up a little bit - setting the table, etc. i went food shopping before my sister came. so that was good that i did it and was able to go directly home after..there's no planning on these family days.

like you said- things have to get done beforehand.

i hope you can go home early that day on July 5th. you think customers will be around that day? i would think so...

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