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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jun 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.5

slept in a little bit, felt great to do so.

Banana around 5:30am 120 and headed back to bed!

9am breakfast oatmeal with almond milk and stevia and a little saffron in one part of it only (because i like to use oatmeal as a way to get saffron in, so i put it in a little bit of the oatmeal so it softens up!) 180, yogurt 120, iced coffee with almond milk and stevia 40. later a tablespoon of nut butter 100. 440. 

almost noon nutritious meal: some of the below greens from the photo 150, wrap with mustard 100-150 and half of a cured pork sausage (small amount) 150 tops. 450. peach 100

1100 so tasty...just gotta watch cals because eating takeout later, just prob getting veg/tofu soup with rice.

bar200, fries 150

dinner white rice 350, shrimp battered 250, veggies in sauce 250. 850?

2300, fine ;)


I will do ladder workout Tomorrow morning not today...just reading and relaxing now, showering & getting ready to leave by 2pm for beach minigolf with friends!


spent an hour or so in the morning cooking up my greens using a collard greens vegan recipe (didn't want to put any meat in it)

Progress as of today: -2.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/08/2019:
Pure nutrition...BEAUTIFUL!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
and, the taste was amazing. something to make again and again...and you can always mix up the exact types of greens you are using. i like that it's a low fat recipe. planning to be doing MUCH MORE cooking this year.

Donkey on 06/09/2019:
Oh I see my confusion -- this is where you said ladder workout in the morning. NEVERMIND! (lol)

The vegetables look so beautiful - and tasty! How was beach mini-golf?

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
minigolf was REALLY nice. perfect use of time and sunny weather! :)

yeah, i'm glad my agreement with myself was ladder 2x a week now and nothing more :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jun 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.5

I want to start off today just mentioning how thankful i am for my life and the opportunities i have been provided with since birth. I know i am very lucky & blessed. <3

Several people in my office were laid off today. The project will be winding down. I will probably be amongst the last in this case to remain on the project.


Home: kombucha 50

1st snack: sf chocolate 60, coffee 40.

breakfast: wrap and egg with seasoning and half avo 150. 350 total. 

11am snack: chocolate wafers :) 150

late 1:30pm lunch: all my good leftovers from this week. very happy. romaine salad, seaweed salad 150?,tofu 100 and 2x chips 260:) clementine 550 tops, hot tea.

snacks:  almonds 100, later granola bar 100

before strength workout: strawberries, iced coffee, couple munchkins 200 here with almond milk, then small banana 100...got home later so snacked on commute followed by a banana back at home  so i can start my workout right away now around 7:30pm

during strength workout: coconut water, amino drinks, etc and nut butter

after workout: TBD :) maybe a sausage again! in a wrap! with mustard.   stuck with a protein bar. so glad it has been a wonderful calorie day for me.  200

2050 total. 

2070 7 day weekly average is much improvement from all the recent weeks before this one!


I am working out tonight. and i hope to cook up a few of my vegggies tomorrow morning :) planning the time to cook veggies will be something i DO actually need to consider now. :) being that the veggies are ugly, i prefer eating them cooked. but they do taste wonderful :) and are organic!


There's a picture in my below entry of my order from Misfits Market. I like that a good percentarge of the produce is Greens. That is what i lacked in my diet and only very recently (like last few weeks) have been making sure that greens (not just any veggie, but lettuce/leafs) are part of my weekly diet, almost daily. I will def be cooking them all up soon. I realize if i have a problem, can't eat it all, i can freeze the food after I cook it. :)  


I get a letter in the mail from the union saying there's been a seat held for me for the Intro to Project Managment course held for 5 weeks, only Saturdays, from 9:00am-2:30pm starting June 15. I decided it's valuable enough that i WANT to take it, so i accepted the seat. It's a free course. It's only a ten minute walk from my apt. So, i'm attending as i'm working in the PM field now and the course is totally valuable towards what i'm doing now. 

Since the course is 5 weeks, one week is a skipped week, so it ends July 20, i realize i will have less "exciting" weekend plans for half the summer. I"m totally OK with this as training for the court officer exam can still be done easily on days I have this course and i can easily skip other more adventurous things....i'm glad to stay close to home actually. 

My friend who loves the beach will DEF be disappointed when i tell her i have a class on Saturdays, but, she'll def understand as she was taking classes all school year on Saturdays lol.

This is one of several classes i have taken, for free, at the union. It's great i can do this continueed education at this point in my life. It's good every now and then to take part in an organized educational opportunity. I don't feel it will create too many planning problems and i'm much better at organizing my time than in the past.  Working out at home has been invaluable to me, especially, as you see i do have obligations that come up time to time besides my regular job. 


All in all, things are going well for me at this current time & I do expect that this year will be following that pattern.  After that, it will be slightly up in the air again, but for this time now and for this whole year ahead of me, I'm def staying positive and proactive.

Progress as of today: -2.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/07/2019:
Good idea taking the class.....maybe there will be some good info there.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2019:
yes, it's a good thing for me not to skip out on. since i'm single and have the time, i know it'll be valuable to attend the class. indeed.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2019:
one of the walks i signed up for is on the first class day...so, i'll skip the walk. Ricky may walk still...and he may wear BOTH our name tags to track our times :)...like i was there !

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
That's too bad about your co-workers. Do take every opportunity you can to grow in your job, even if it's not your passion. It will suck that Saturdays are consumed with classes over the summer, but I bet you'll find something positive in it as well.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2019:
yes, there's something positive to taking part in proactive learning :)

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jun 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.5



kombucha 50

lighter breakfast to start (trying to change up my eating / calories to change things up / break up all the eating i do) coffee 50, chocolate 50. 

mid morning; wrap with egg 200, seasoning, avocado 150.  350.

Healthy lunch:  tofu approx 150, seaweed salad with lettuce too 150? avocado half 150, chips 150. clementine 50. 500

snacks: almonds 100 (such a better day, eating a late breakfast at 10am is the way to go for me right now!)

Dinner: to be healthy and to be determined! but i think i might eat another cured pork sausage!!!!!!!! or half of one! YUM! Pork sausage smaller piece 250, chips 160, veggies 100. 500

snack:misfits large tasty peach 100

1700....this is more like it! need a few more days here and there like this one.

6day avg: 2083...thanks more like it, getting closer to what i think is best, around 2000 cal-2050 cal per week.


Instead of working out tonight,  i think i'll do it Friday night instead, and get sleep tonight...this would suit me better and also calories should be better if i stick to it and stick to an early bedtime :) That's the plan, a rest night!

Also, my veggies should arrive tonight from Misfits Market! super excited. i'll post a photo here when i get around to it!

Really looking forward to sleeping tonight :) And a lower calorie day would be good, too.

I'm thinking that keeping Thursdays for rest and Workouts Fridays might be better for summer. we'll see. it's a good option bc for me it's difficult to workout tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays in a row like that! So tonight is def off, Friday i'll do it (which means Sunday night is my next weights routine to follow).

Progress as of today: -2.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/06/2019:
I'm looking forward to seeing that picture...I know someone who gets those boxes in the Boston area and they really love it.....sometimes the things are funny looking and they have tried a lot of new things that they had never bought before.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2019:
i'm very happy with the TASTE of the produce. it's better quality taste than in the supermarket!

however, of course they don't LOOK as nice as in the supermarket. these are the products that don't make it to the supermarkets bc they are misfits.

if i can make sure to eat most of what i order and not waste it within these two weeks, i'll be trying to keep ordering from misfits.

happy-1 on 06/06/2019:
I'm right there with you on an early bedtime trumping everything else. I'm trying to stick to a schedule and just do the thing at the time I am supposed to do it and skip anything for which the window has passed.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/07/2019:
last night worked out for more sleep, i'm MORE ready to work out tonight :)

sticking to a schedule is very important indeed, and it's a mental victory. i like your idea of getting the thing done at the time it's scheduled. this has been my typical approach too!

BearCountryGG on 06/07/2019:
Loved the veggies...they all look really nice.....if you think you may not be able to use them up in time then soup is always an option and it freezes well too......looks like fun...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2019:
you are right, i was thinking also today before i read this comment of yours to do crock pot soups...and freeze. def a GREAT idea.

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
Beautiful picture!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jun 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Great Articles about the Misfits company.  Seems it's a pretty honest, human approach!

i think this company services areas of NYC, NY, Pennsylvania and NJ.



kombucha 50

8:45am Breakfast wrap and egg 200, avo 150, spices, coffee 50. sf chocolate 60

10am snack Dang bar chocolate sea salt 210, almonds 30

12:45pm lunch: sauteed veggies 200?, tofu 100, chips 200, seaweed salad 50?, clementine 550-600

3pm snack: will be fruit 50 and almonds, so snacky, just going with it. 100

6:30pm strawberries100, whipped cream 120, iced coffee 30. 250 before exercise ladder

Heavy duty cured pork sausage - very fatty, VERY TASTY (SO GOOD!) 350? and popcorn 100. 450?


2150 5day which is good :)




 my coworker / supervisor is at a class today...i will leave as soon as possible as well as take a nice, long lunch today! as long as it doesn't rain!


 I have a ladder workout planned for tonight. Weather looks similar to last week, wth rain forcasted. this time, instead of working out in the lobby, i'm going to workout in the front of the elevator, unfortunately, in the space between the four apts on my floor. i'd rather have worked out in the lobby...but, i'll see only my immediate neighbors if i work out only on the 9th floor (4 apts total on each floor). i have decent neighbors who i think will be agreeable and not be frustrated with my doing this workout at the hallway between apts. YES, its tighter area. Yes, the lobby is a better place to do it.

YES, I REALLY DON'T WANT TO SET UP A LADDER WORKOUT IN MY OWN APT where i have things all over and the potential of tripping is there. i just cannot deal with complaining neighbors :( like last time the one woman who was sooo annoying in the lobby when she saw me working out last week.


I'm trying a new VEGETABLE (i think fruit too but mostly veggies) delivery service! Every 2 weeks, MisFit market sends me "misfit" and regular looking 10lbs of food. :) Similar price to shopping in supermarket and savings bc some food will "look funny." I like the idea of mixing up my veggie consumption since i tend to buy always the same stuff.

Plus, i like that it's delivered to my door (less supermarket shopping on weekends, especially in the summer). Since it's only every 2 weeks and i chose not to do it every week, i'll supplement by still going to supermarket but i'm trying to change over some of my shoppinng needs ;) I think the package comes today. sould be interesting to see what arrives as it's different every week and up to Misfits Market.  

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/05/2019:
Really! PLEASE write about your experience with MisFit. I've been thinking of doing something similar. I get ads for Imperfect which is the same concept.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/05/2019:
i'll let you know what i think. i sorta liked alleviating part of my food shopping as well as getting different varieties of produce as a surprise and a decent price. so it appealed to me! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2019:
i added a link at the top of my entry with a few articles on the business. seems they are good, honest, "human" caring approach.

happy-1 on 06/05/2019:
I've been looking at the same kind of service out here called Imperfect produce. I like the idea of not having to go out and buy veg with the very little spare time I have.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2019:
i'll let you know how i like it. seems like a really good company. i have a link now at the top of this entry with some articles about it.

happy-1 on 06/05/2019:
And also GOOD JOB on the home workouts. I have such a mental barrier about them.. I could totally do them, but don't.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2019:
i enjoy home workouts now bc my commute is on the long side, over an hour each way and i just can't fathom coming home just to leave again to go to a gym. the timing is good to work out at home now. my gym membership is done on June 8th, but i don't go anymore anyways :) i do get distracted in my apt, and do wayyyy better with my outdoor workouts using the agility ladder. but either way, home workouts are my only way to go while i have this type of commute.

Donkey on 06/06/2019:
I will check out the link when I'm on my laptop. Might not be until the weekend. Thanks!

I completely support you on your home workouts. The time spent on commuting (for anyone) doesn't make a gym membership effective at this time. That was a really good idea to exercise on your floor rather than in the lobby. I agree that your immediate neighbors might be more understanding that offer busybodies that live in your building. GOOD!

horn_of_plenty on 06/06/2019:
Thanks for supporting me on the home workouts ! It def works out best for me at the moment :) could be different if I ever started driving again for commuting. But my commute should be the same for around another year at least.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Kombucha 60 

Breakfast: wrap 130, avo 170, little bit not that great texture pork roast yucko last bit 100? , seasoning, coffee 50. bit of chocolate sf lilys 60.

keto bar 210

LUNCH 550 in fried cauliflower rice, sauteed sausage and peppers, sausage, chips.

snack: apple very crisp! 100

snack before exercise & during :iced coffee, bar 150; fruit 50, whipped cream 120, pb on rice cake100.  300. chocolate protein nut butter 100.

After exercise: will be a protein bar :) 200

around 2250 total.

4day: 2140/day - good!

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/04/2019:
Yum. Pork roast! I can't do pork right now. Trying to cut cholesterol.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/04/2019:
it wasn't very good this time around :(

Donkey on 06/04/2019:
Yucko pork roast -- I think I would have tossed it out after the first bite. Too old or just not cooked right?

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2019:
coworker gave it to me. it was maybe too old...yes. i opened it Saturday, so, maybe too old :( but really it was mostly fatty and just not good. not sure!?

happy-1 on 06/04/2019:
Maybe she wants to take you out, lol!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2019:
ohhhh, this pork roast was done by a MALE coworker. but, i bought a lot of sausage from him - cured pork sausage. so he was trying his scarps of pork roast on me ;) hahahaha

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jun 03, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 60

8:45am breakfast (glad to get some healthy avocado in me!) 150, wrap and egg 200, leftover small amount of pork 100 (lower fat part) , coffee

10am already snacky!? some of Lily's dark chocolate bar 120. glad i ordered them, they are great.

11am dark choc dusted almonds :) 100

1pm LUNCH: small portion of my homecooked corned beef 250, lettuce, greens, veggies sauteed 150-200. 450. low carbed it as i got full and decided to try without grains. little tired by 3pm though. and craving carbs at 3pm, but trying to just work and forget about it. would be good to have more low cal days during the week to moderate my weight a little better. shoud actually be easier this month. tea and stevia

3pm blackberries 50 tea and stevia

4:30 more dark choc dusted almonds 100...very healthy day at office. feeling the need to keep it like this, more often! lots of health here!


dinner plan: enjoy some of my cauliflower fried rice 50 maybe mixed with indian okra (craving veggies even though i did already have some for lunch!) half avo  150, egg and egg white  100, chips 3 servings 400.  650.

2100, good

3day 2100, good.hands got caught in the chips bag!

.not exactly sure on dinner, but the options in my fridge are VERY good! i actually would love another 1950 or so calorie day for today, totally possible :)



i wore fashionable slides / comfortable shoes to work, not sneakers, so my goal is to leave work 10 min late because i arrived late this AM & then go directly home. maybe take the slow train to read. i can walk a little but nothing major of course. yeah. i should try to walk a little as i don't feel sore in my legs today,maybe they are tired, but  not sore. and, i did the ladder workout yesterday quite well. i noticed i can go a little faster, toO! 

i want to go to bed early tonight, around 8pm, as i could use some more rest to continue to feel ok throughout this week! :)  Last night i was working out with breaks until 9pm so i could use an early night again tonight. i love early nights!

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 06/03/2019:
Sounds like you had a really nice weekend! Glad to hear that the ladder workouts are getting quicker for you - I bet they will make a huge impact on your speed too for when you start your run training :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2019:
I think you are so right regarding running speed :) I think in once September hits, shortly after i'll start training for the beep test run and the cone agility test run. I have a perfect amount of time to train with ladder moves until then.

The reason i decided on after summer is that summer is a time of year to go out, enjoy the weather, take walks, go to beach. and i figure the ladder workouts are an appropriate amount of training but not overboard in the summer.

Maria7 on 06/03/2019:
Sounds like you had a good day!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2019:
Yes, indeed!

happy-1 on 06/03/2019:
I'm snacky too today. Something in the air in spring!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2019:
Yes, i was so snacky! especially on Mondays, when i snack all weekend at home, i find the first day of a week at work i'm so tempted ;)

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jun 02, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

8:30 oatmeal with almond milk 170, cinnamon/stevia, chobani honeyand cream whole milk yogurt 160, iced coffee 30. 400. kombucha 50i like this breakfast on the weekend bc it's high volume, sweet, and filling. it wouldn't be good for work. too much volume in the morning.

10:30 dang bar keto toasted coconut 210

almost noon wrap & chicken sausage, ketchup. 200

more coconut water, sausage ,peppers 400, more peppers & part of a mango!

5:30pm early dinner: wrap 130, egg 70, veggies 50 sauteed 

during workout: blackberries 50, while making sandwiches for part of the week, indulged in leftover pork 150, more blackberries 50 (not the best day with food planning!)

after workout i tried to limit calories as i ate more than planned already. i did good. just a tbsp of chocolate protein spread. 100


2day avg: 2100, decent. 

i was very active over this weekend :) great weekend!






Today's plan is to cook a cauliflower fried "rice" from pack i have in my freezer :) DONE!

Also in the morning early afternoon i'll do my ladder workout outside in my bldg playground :) just eating breakfast and reading a little bit before i go out, going out even before a shower of course since it's a fast, sweaty exercise. DONE!

my leg, right side, has been tight in the hip and thigh for a few days. so frustrating. it can be from the desk job perhaps. maybe it's sciatica? either way, i'm rolling it out. 

i think i'm going to review the air massagers...i'm going to buy them in the month of July. i'll do the work and paperwork to make sure i get fully reimbursed for them with my funds in my health reimbursement account so it's not a big bang to my budget.

Following that, i'll rest, but then head into a weights workout.soon....decided to do it in early evening after enjoying the street fair and watching a netflix show for an hour with ricky......LAST is the workout :)

There's a street fair which i may go to with Ricky on his block.it may rain, so i'm not so sure i'll actually spend time at this street fair which actually ends on my block. it's right here.  we'll see. of course the exercise is more important. DONE!

Maybe watch a movie tonight with him at his apt. DONE!

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
Sounds like a lovely day to chill out. I imagine you're getting the rain we had yesterday. Today, here, is cooler, but no rain. Might need to turn on the furnace tonight though with a low of 49!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
i wish to honestly relax all day.. but know that i need to get on with the workout really...because i know tomorrow will not be any easier..!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
yes, only light rain showers predicted around 4-6pm...then cooler the rest of the week :)

BearCountryGG on 06/02/2019:
The street fair sounds like fun...glad that you are able to exercise outside today...that has to be more fun anyway.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
not sure i'll see much of the fair even though it's right here lol. sometimes i prefer not to be so close amongst my neighbors and would rather be in the quiet of my appt. Ricky sent me a photo of sauteed onions and peppers they are selling with or without sausage. i'll just go and buy those :)

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jun 01, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

7:30-8am oatmeal with almond milk 170, banana whole milk chobani yogurt 140, iced coffee 30 with almond milk.350.

10am bar, 210 keto type.

lunch, snacks - all healthy! (grapes, wrap with egg  and avocado and everything spices, chips bigger serving after exercise 250)

4pm strawberries and iced coffee

5pm cup of light ice cream 200

dinner at home, healthy: cured pork meat, going to cook the fried "cauli" rice!!! maybe some chips or a wrap or rice cakes...? tea? maybe just the meat and cauliflower :)

bed early i think :)

rice cakes 60 and spinach 60 some oil 40, pork roast 250, ice cream 100. 500

2050 :)




I'm off with Ricky to the beach today to be active. walk on boardwalk and play shuffleboard. it'll be around 65F there which is nice!  We played 2 long games of shuffleboard, each well over a half hour. and also relaxed. 2 hours approx spent only near shuffleboard area! we didn't walk that much on boardwalk, but my legs are quite sore so that's fine :)

I think i'm going to buy the leg massagers that Legs has mentioned. 

Got back home around 4pm from beach visit and now having an iced coffee with strawberries, included in totals :), and then laundry / cleaning hamster cage :) DONE!

tomorrow, assuming my legs are better and less sore which i am sure will be the case, I'll do ladder in the morning and full weights routine sometime after that!

Also, i'm going to cook up some cauliflower fried rice and other food for the week ahead at work. Seems i do way better at calories when i bring my lunch and go heavy on the vegetables.


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
That sounds like a lovely day, and off to a great start with a yummy breakfast!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2019:
yes, a totally lovely day and productive too :) and burning calories by spending the day outdoors :)

BearCountryGG on 06/01/2019:
I love shuffleboard........Sounds like a really fun day!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2019:
seriously a perfect day. and it's $2 to play! So worth it. Definitely more exercise than sitting on a couch!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday May 31, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Kombucha 50

8:30AM Breakfast: coffee 50, wrap 100, egg 80, spices, avo 1/2 150. 

9:45AM snack: 1/2 Leftover tasty bar keto type 100 - feeling soooo snacky! my gosh! i think i'm tired.

10:30am chocolate cacao keto bar 210 omg so good.

1pm satisfying lunch: fried chicken with a tad of cheese (leftovers from work lunch) big portion too. 450?, sauteed garlic and spinach 150?, tomatoes 50, baked potato 100. ? 750, filling - a bit much, but, at least i'm getting balanced nutrition.

RED VELVET CHEESECAKE ! someone's bday, it was fresh from a great, well known place called Junior's. totally wrecked my calories for today...500...bc it was SOOOO GOOD, i did eat the whole piece i was served. really, really great.

(i will work out tonight and will probably avg around 2500 cals today, oh well!) but will do better in June. i can do this!

1 candy, strawberries and no cal drinks  tofu seaweed salad150, strawberries 50, chips 150

2370-2400 total

7day: 2185...well, it's below 2200 :) and that's good!


Feeling a bit tired (more emotionally than anything)...

So, for tonight, i'd like to get my weights strength workout in so that i don't have to think about it again until either Sunday or Monday. That'd free up my weekend plenty.

also, i'll walk a bit at lunch as well as planning to do partial walk home, like 1 mile tonight.

Next time for Ladder workout is Sunday morning, to be done outside of course weather permitting.

Ladder and weights are both scheduled for Sunday, gonna take the night off & rest :)


I'm def gaining weight on stomach, so, will continue doing better with calories in June.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 05/31/2019:
Good thing it's friday!!! I looked up the ladder workouts....they lookinteresting...somehow I had imagined you climbing a ladder....and then when you said you were doing that in the foyer of your building...I just had to look them up...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
yeah, i didn't want to skip it...next time i may have to do it in the hallway that is shared between my apt and 4 other apts. hopefully i wont be too loud :( ...would rather have done it in the lobby, but, maybe i could just use the hallway up by my bldg in the case of rain. i can't be skipping workouts bc of weather.

legcramps on 05/31/2019:
Nice job on getting in your workout last night with the ladder, even though it was raining out. I always find it hard to get in a workout when the weather is terrible - I don't even like driving to the gym when it's crappy out! But you persevered and got through it, and in a creative way too! Good job!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
Thanks Legs! Tonight i'm settling on resting :)

Seems next time i'll just have to set the ladder up inside my apt :(

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
Thanks Legs! Tonight i'm settling on resting :)

Seems next time i'll just have to set the ladder up inside my apt :(

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
2 female coworkers told me i need to buck down and just do it in my own home :( ....they are somewhat right in this instance grrrrr....so much easier where there's no furniture and stuff around to do it in the lobby.

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
I have to admit.... If the lobby-ladder thing happened to me, I'd keep the workouts confined to my apartment, if I couldn't do them outside. But DON'T listen to me, because in addition to being a big Donkey, I'm also a chicken-butt.

One observation: you could take your ladder to the gym and do your work there. I don't think it's worth the price of a membership, but just pointing that out, especially since you still have some time left on your membership. Just throwing options out there.

I'm not sure what to say about the weight gain and calories. One thing that I do truly admire IS the variety of foods that you eat and that you don't restrict, but work to achieve a balance. THAT is healthy. So much better from your entries years ago when you were on that rollercoaster of restricting and then overeating.

I know that to build significant muscle, one must eat more. That's what I've been reading on these bodybuilder groups I belong to on FB. They talk about cutting (calories) to get that really lean, muscular look right before competitions. But I've heard other folks talk about stepping it up to the next phase of eating more and building more muscle. I wish more people would talk about THAT rather than vanity photos of butts and pecs.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday May 30, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

2150, 6day. decent compared to other recent weeks. but still i am trying to watch calories again (i really love to eat! LOL)...because i am gaining and it doesn't feel great on my stomach area and inner thighs.

Edit: it was pouring outside. so i did the ladder exercises (12min in all) in the lobby of my apt building bc it's large and i had space where people don't walk to do it. most people either walked by without saying anything or said hi. one woman goes "Are you exercising in the lobby!? I don't think building management will approve!" ...gotta say, some people are a$$$-wipes! i can't wait to know when they'll send out letters saying "no exercising in the lobby!" good news is i got in done tonight and i certainly will keep it as an option for rainy days. i'd rather do it there than my apt...bc my apt is full of stuff, but, if i have to i'll do it up in my apt and pray i don't fall over something.


kombucha 80 :)

Breakfast: keto bar Vanilla Almond 220, coffee 50 - worked hard this morning so worked fast and accomplished a lot :) didn't waste time this AM at my desk at work, that's for sure!

Snacks: perfectly ripe banana 120

Snack: almonds? 100 or wrap 100, half avo 150, egg 80, seasonings. (save for tomorrow) and part of a bar bc hungry and delayed in going out to lunch lol.

Lunch: all healthy, mostly from home and with Fried Chicken :) leftovers from work meeting :) fried chicken large portion 350? sauteed spinach and onions and peppers 200?, chips 150. 700 at least.

snacks: almonds 150, chocolate 50

snack on the way home, right before exercise: iced coffee, granola bar or banana150

Dinner: big serving bean chips 250, seaweed salad from buffet (good price for the amount i can get) 100-150?, tofu 150. 500-550. not concentrating i guess, overate on the chips, the end of the meal.

2250 perhaps.




Fast-paced morning at work. working and busy from 8:30-10:30am :) now just settling in at desk at 10:30am and getting everything in order :) feeling good.

i'm really motivated to actually work my body to pass a court officer test. we shall see how i progress, especially over the summer.



Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/30/2019:
When do you test for court officer? Perhaps set yourself with a self-evaluation date. I'm not sure if I mean just to check in with yourself or if I mean concrete goals, e.g. 12 minute mile or something like that.

WTF with people complaining? As long as you were out of people's ways... It will be interesting to see if she complains to the management board. Some folks are all talk and no action.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
yes, i was totally out of the walkway. the room is large enough to fit the full ladder and not have to move or get out of anyone's way. the path is fully clear.

she's one of those people who are just not positive. maybe she was caught off-guard seeing me workout. it's not like i WANT to be in the lobby, i'd have gone outside if i could! it was 7:30pm when i went down there, i'm just trying to get it done :) it's frustrating as it seems a decent option for a rainy day - of course the bldg wouldn't want me injured and then sueing lol, but that's not the goal here!

you have a point for court officer. i'm guessing the written (not physical) test is anywhere around january thru june of next year 2020. the physical, if i did well on the written which i think i should be fine on it, could be anywhere between 6mo to 1 year later. i have some time, but this is all a guestimate. the dates aren't out just yet in public.

yes, i guess the self evaluation date should be sometime before winter starts. the goal would be getting very close to passing the running portions or just passing the running portions..then i'll still have a little more time to improve, but basically be there.

i will not have to run far, so i'll just be testing myself on their actual courses that i'll set up. I do hope to rely only partially on ricky to help me train and set these courses up...though i know in the long run i'm having to do this training by myself.

the ladder has been good for getting a quick sweat and for training muscles for agility. i do feel it the next day still.

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