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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

coffee extra whole milk 100, 3 dark chocolates 150 (thinking to start delaying breakfast and just begin the day for awhile now with a sweet and coffee - trying to think of a way to feel more satisfied and less snacky all morning at work - or go back to my bars which are a mix of proteins/carbs/fats...) 

Mid morning: wrap and lox and cream cheese: 300

Lunch: must include extra, extra veg...i have tons of leftovers, so, it's no problem...and also coworker gave me TONS of food, not really on the veg side, but things like homemade eggplant rollettes! and a shredded chicken dish with rice from slow cooker AND cauliflower rice - and THAT's a mighty fine veggie that i should eat later this week!!! she cooked so much lately...i've got TONS!...i overate and the rollettes were greasy. 700 cal for lunch.

1600 before late workout bc got out a little late again today I wanted to leave on time and ended up excusing myself bc I cant do long hours. (i simply said i was sorry, but i had to go...)

got home, started to make breakfast wraps, and ended up having some lox 50as well as my oiled, seasoned eggplant...at least 150,

during exercise wrap bread 150, strawberries 50

 before exercise, starting around 7:30 and my goal is to end it by 8:30...starting now! seems current workout is approx 1.5 hours, that's ok. ended a little after 9pm. 1.5 hours is doable.

peanut butter bar and almond milk 250

2250, excellent.

4day: decent - 2185

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

Donkey on 05/08/2019:
I usually avoid eating anything until at least 9am. However, I still take in calories with the cream in my coffee(s) before I eat. Just what I do. Your commute and work is different than mine, so no real sense in comparing.

You're doing fantastic getting your workouts in. I seem to only do weights on Saturdays... wah wah. Glad I'm keeping up with the push-ups!

Some days, I too put limits on how late I will stay. Sorry, gotta go - and that's it. On days that I have chair yoga, I let the attorneys know, I need all outgoing letters by 4:30 because I'm out at 5p. It just has to be that way sometimes.

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2019:
what i've learned in my current last 8 years at this job in this field is that as an adult, nobody will care for me (especially coworkers), except for myself! therefore, as adults it's good to sometimes set our limits for our own health / wellbeing. sometimes, the job has it's limits and hours, sometimes not. yesterday i wasn't a main contributor to the conversation and that's another reason i left. we aren't paid to work extra either, but, like you said there needs to be some limit.

there were times i didn't listen to my body. once, i was rushing around, really tired, and fell at the upper part of the escalator in a mall after work on a day i left early but not as early as others. now, i realize i could have walked out also earlier since everyone was (it was an easter friday / passover first night combined holiday a few years ago on a friday).

so i fell, really hurt my knee and it was painful for a little while but luckily it did heal just fine.

no longer am i always trying to be the one with the smallest backbone and most patience. it serves me in a healthier way to sometimes just not be that person.

i know i could wait longer like you at work to eat, but, i'm unable to wait. the idea to have sweets for breakfast didn't work well yesterday and i realized it's better to have coffee and my small sandwich right away, to start on a good note with the first real sustainance i get in...it was worth the experiement yesterday !

Horn_of_plenty - Monday May 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

at work breakfast: one lemony shortbread cookie from paris for my coworkers and i ! 100, wrap with cream cheese and lox 250, coffee 50, chocolates 50

snack: TBD, carbs are my craving since Saturday morning. Had nicely salted sea salt almonds so good! 100

Noon early lunch: spaghetti squash with olive oil and spices 150, leftover saag and cheese in it (might as well eat the cheese and stop throwing it out like i used to!) 250, chips 150. 550.

got really hungry after not enough maybe protein in lunch or just anxiety so had a collagen lemony protein bar 200

4-4:30 black coffee, chocolate, almonds 100 total, later on walk a couple candies 50

healthy dinner: wrap and egg 200, 1/2 avocado 150, 1 large piece of baked eggplant with some oil 50-100. 450. blue tea.

1950, perfect.

2166 3day :) 

did the full 2.5 mi walk home and it was easier than usual - paris was a good start to increasing my fitness abilities!!!!!!!

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

Donkey on 05/07/2019:
Looks like a really good day, at least in writing!

Where did you find your trainer? When do you start with him?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2019:
i was thinking to start with him on Memorial Day weekend / slightly after.Around that time frame.

Before i had the major leg tendonitis and pain, i was taking a bootcamp around 40 minutes away that i'd drive to on weekends. he was one of the marine trainers. they hired retired and active US Marines to teach the hour long group classes.

I've stayed in touch with him all these years on facebook, he's always supporting my fitness and happy to follow me. he's still very much coaching others.

i'm thinking to bite the bullet, start with him even before setting myself up with any cardio of my choice. i'd rather just follow his routine, half hour 2-3x a week and call it a day.

he lives far, but, that'd be part of the day on whatever weekends i catch up with him, approx 1x a month for several months. just to tweak and add exercises / delete exercises for a half hour routine. I don't want longer than that - the important thing is to do it, not to waste time either. get it in,get it done!

Donkey on 05/08/2019:
Got it! Well, cool!!! I'm so excited for you in this next step! Thank you for sharing!

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2019:
Thank you! i've been attemting to set a date for training with him....it's been a bit hairy...but i'm being patient that setting the date will work out soon (he's changing his training space / gym...and looking for new work himself is why...)

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

6:30am (still getting used to NYC time, slept a ton this weekend)..big serving of fresh strawberries 100, 2 cups cheerio-like Onyxorgum 250, almond milk 50. 400. tasty. may go back to bed for a bit. 

yup, went back to bed for 2 1/2 hours!

Snack: 2 small rice cakes 50, with a good amount of palak spread 150 and an egg 80. 280. and strawberries 70

Light snack at noon before upper body workout / legs if i feel up to it: entenman's cookie bar and an iced coffee 200, chocolate protein nut butter 100,

during workout (took my time with it over couple hours): salami 100, indian masala chips 200, clementines 50, salami 150, 100 chocolate 100

dinner: spag squash and roasted eggplant 200, popcorn  chicken 200, chips 150. 550

2300 :)

2day 2275 cal per day.

Today: I'm doing the new strength routine that i started before i left for trip, luckily it's all written down and i'm ready to open that email i wrote and get started again! woohoo!

Cardio: I've contacted the marine in the reserves that i'm using as my trainer for cardio! we are in the midst of planning a session for the end of this month!! he lives quite a hike away, it'll take most of a "day" to go there and come back for the hour session, but, i trust him and it's going to be a big part of my life (cardio training) this year. for now, i'll plan to see him 1x a month (he said $75 which is VERY reasonable) for a routine. then i'll practice it over the month until the following month's session with him! I plan to do the cardio 2-3x per week now - the routine will start up therefore in May so this month i have a couple walks scheduled and other good plans on the horizon before locking down this routine commitment. it's not gonna be fun & games i do realize i'm going to have to place it as a priority in my already busy schedue....but, if i can do it, i can start a new career at some point as a court officer...so, i'm going to give it a last attmept throughout this year.


enjoying the time alone at home, really the only plan today is to get food possibly in Flushing if Rosie makes her way here with her husband. the woman i stayed with in Florida came for the weekend, last minute bday trip to her husband. they are staying at a hotel and i'm recovering from jet lag. If they can make it to the Chinatown by me, i'll take Ricky and meet them for a meal. really i don't care either way, because i'm rather exhausted and my body is very sore from the week of extensive walking. my legs are very weak feeling and a bit inflamed. they'll be fine but the rest is very important right now. 

my plans with Rosie were cancelled as they want to sightsee much more of nyc today and not come to queens....that is good! i'll see her the next time she's in NYC. no worries. it was too much to see her after this trip as i'm quite pooped and needed to take a lot of this weekend to prepare myself for this coming full week. and the weeks will be full, aside from Memorial Day weekend which i look forward to!

I don't plan to take many days until summer comes, when i'll take a day here and there to balance out bigger weekend plans.


the hamster cage really wreaks...so, i'm going to clean it, now....before i take my own shower. it's been about one month and it's totally time!  yup, now it's nice & clean!! :)

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

Donkey on 05/05/2019:
Yes, rest up as much as you can.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
all i want to do today is eat and sleep. lol...definitely needing a lot of rest.

BearCountryGG on 05/05/2019:
It's hard to get back to time changes like that...sleeping them away i think works the best.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
def works best indeed...need a few more days of sleep, honestly.

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

i idn't end up exercising and was home from around 1:30pm until nighttime. it was nice to spend the day at home. i wish i could also do this tomorrow, but i'm meeting up with a friend for real chinese prepared food (we may be cooking it ourselves actually) in the Queens Chinatown which is really close to me, thankfully!)


Slept well, legs a bit sore so thinking i should roll them out later :)

Sleep is just a hair off but i'm not complaining as it's quite nice to be up so early at 6am and looking to start today early and be finished early!

6am-6:30am Breakfast: oatmeal 150 with almond milk 30, salt, stevia, greek whole milk flavored coconut yogurt 160, kombucha 50. 400.

8am lily's stevia dark chocolate 200, coffee50,candy 50

1pm full lunch: popcorn chicken a bit over one serving 350, lettuce, indian veggies with sauce including potato 150, indian saag one serving or so 150, popcorn 150, tea. 800, 2 egg whites oops forgot that 50

fell asleep after lunch for about an hour...

3:45pm snack of a large apple and 2 clementines 150

5:30pm chips salami and tomato 250

was thinking to do my upper body exercises, but i think i may just wait until tomorrow...

9pm later at night after company left (Ricky came over) yogurt and a cereal type natural bar. 300

2250 and calling it a night.




Plans for today:

Maybe head back to sleep for a little after breakfast. also need to foam roll my legs before going out today

Head out to parent's to get Hamster back with cage and all the food, etc.

Shop at large supermarket near parents to get a decent amount of fruit/veggies/wraps/eggs/kombucha/almond milk/spaghetti squash or 2...loaded up on so many things, tons of seltzer too...set for a couple weeks on a lot of food, actually.

Come home to prep foods for upcoming work week and/or read a new book

do upper body workout only (legs need to recover!), 

tomorrow i'd have relaxed too....but my friend from Florida that i stayed with this past January near Miami booked a last minute flight with her hubby to NYC for the weekend and i am meeting her (near me!) for Chinese in the Queens Chinatown in Flushing...so i'd like to get my upper body workout done today.

it's kinda good i'm meeting her, my body (legs) are sore and i don't need to do any cardio, just care for myself and heal properly before starting the cardio training later this month that i've been planning to START.

...and i think my stomach is mostly back to normal now (more my bowls actually lol!) took a couple days ;) (would have taken shorter i'm sure if didn't go to work friday, so now that i've had some time at home to relax i'm doing well again!)

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

Donkey on 05/04/2019:
If your legs are sore, they could be sore from the sudden lack of walking. In addition to the leg roll, I would encourage you to do a short light walk if you can.

I remember coming back from the UK (many years ago) and it taking a couple of days to get back to a regular sleep schedule. That's OK, you can get a lot done while you're awake, and then go to bed early.

Do you think that, if money were no object, that you would like to live in Paris? How is your American friend feeling about living in Paris?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
legs are more tired than anything. definitely from overdoing everything, walking everywhere, on vaca.

i did get to move around a hair yesterday, shopping in a large supermarket...but that was it. i am doing the foam rolling and will start to lay down with my legs up against a wall daily now. I had been doing it some nights in Paris too and last night here which helps blood flow and circulation...

it's been pretty decent getting back to sleep schedule as now i'm up on the weekend at 5:30-6 lol which will do me GREAT tomorrow for work! :)

yes, i've been sleeping TONS. very tired, low energy right now. wishing i could stay home a few days more before going back to work...but....this'll do.

also wishing to take more time off before going back to exercising my upper body...but, i have most of the day today at home so might as well start it up.

no, i like NYC better than Paris. Paris feels claustrophoic and the buildings care in a design where everything is crowded. food options are more over here. i can get more things here. plus, my family is here. i do like living in Queens. even compared to Long Island, where my parents live, i feel i am a Queens girl at heart. More city-like and not like these more "family centered" folks on the island. more free, more able to live freely with my own rules and nobody else's. i felt this at the supermarket yesterday on long island...

i find that in Queens people do more things with their hair styles - dying it, and more intricate cuts and fashion. on Long Island, i tend to feel people are more routine and regular, feeling the need to fit in...and less-so to stand out.

BearCountryGG on 05/04/2019:
There's no place like home!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
right on!!!!!!!

Donkey on 05/05/2019:
Didn't mean to sound preachy above! ^

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2019:
i like your comments! you know that! :)

i just needed to be in the right mindset as you asked me quite a bit !...let me get to answering the above now!

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

Happy Friday!!! Relaxing at home drinking my kombucha before i leave for work on this Friday!!!!! Back from Paris!

Kombucha 100 

Breakfast: egg on wrap 200, butter 100, coffee 50.

snacking: atkins choco coco bar and fruit tea with some sugar 250, later a choc 50, other choc

lunch: from buffet near work :) will be healthy maybe seared tuna 2 portions around 250 cal , salad light dressing 100, serving butternut squash 150, serving grilled eggplant 100. total around 600

snacking: apple 100, NUTS 50

dinner: good question! maybe i'll pick up something at lunch for dinner ;) more healthy food and veggies sounds good at this point!  OR, i'll pick up indian food on the way home from work in NYC on the way to the subway, YES!

2100 tops 

7day 2130


 I'll write little excerpts about Paris as the weekend continues ... was very busy and tired at nights, so was enough just to log calories and be done with it while i was on vacation! 

In Paris, they do not snack like we do - especially on the go. it's more on healthy things like fruits. and they don't walk around on the streets with drinks, coffee, or food. they sit and eat properly. such a difference from the states! and yes, they were much thinner, way more than me!  especially their legs, leaner - more lean muscle. overall the men especially are thinner, the older men do not have "bellies" like in the US at all.

Even in Disney outside Paris, much less snacks were available there and there weren't food stands everywhere to buy food, just more restaurants. i think that was great, as less temptations and thoughts about food, and more enjoyment just for the park and surroundings!

(I meant to delete some of my comment i wrote above here to BCGG and just post it here, sorry BCGG... )

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

Donkey on 05/03/2019:
Welcome home! So glad you're back home safe and sound!

I'm really glad you made these Paris comparisons on your entry, too. That's very interesting. I know that the French do make more of a meal and walk more, but I didn't realize that they didn't snack, etc. I met an American woman who lives in France and she says that the every day pace is much more relaxed and slower. Americans are much more stressed and work more intensely.

I had pointed out to Male Co-worker this eek that the stress I'm under now is exactly how and why I got fat working here in the first place. Get stressed out, want to eat --- rather than eliminating the real cause of the stress.

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2019:
will write back more, but, they DO SNACK, but do NOT snack "on the run."

they'll eat snacks at their desks or while sitting, not as they are moving along or on a commute or outside standing on the street....

and i think snacks are more like fruit and natural (not workout bars etc).

BearCountryGG on 05/03/2019:
My French Grandma made a huge inpact on my life in many ways...we have the same patience and demeanor....but unfortunately her way of eating just flew right by me.....I do remember savoring food....very slowly......chatting and nibbling.....it's a wonderful slow way of life...very relaxed.

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2019:
yes, that's totally what i noticed while there in Paris, exactly as you said.

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

1850.....just landed at 4pm which is good enough to go to work tomorrow for sure !!

1950 after fruit...doing all my laundry so i don't have to do it on the weekend :)

more fruit, egg with salt, egg whites total 150

yogurt 100

laundry is getting done so thats off the list for this weekend thankfully and I’ll be able to really prepare well for next week. 

I think 2400 after another snack bar.

6 day: 2140 - at least I walked a ton all week! It probably is less than all the calories I burned!


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

Maria7 on 05/02/2019:
Happy that you had a wonderful trip!

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2019:
Thanks Maria, I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time at 36! Now I can say I have been to Europe:)

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

Wednesday 2300.good! 

2090 5day 

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

Donkey on 05/02/2019:
Welcome home soon!

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2019:
Just landed J donk!!!!! Ty so much !!!!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 29, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

2040 4 day average 

2350 Monday with tea and scone for dinner with butter and jam. Thought I ate less but things added up a hair. I had a very tasty lunch of pan fried tuna over a salad with egg whites and anchovies and avocado with a glass of wine and tried my friend’s potatoes 

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

legcramps on 04/30/2019:
Yum! Hope you're having fun!

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2019:
Very much and hope to write to you all soon just not a lot of internet time to comment right now on your entries - happy to get home to routine and have some time alone again though !!!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 29, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

2040 4 day avg....

Tuesday banana in middle of night 100 

350 breakfast 100 snack, 200 sautéed eggplant, 100 yellow raisins big serving, bread 200, part of friends sausage 150, salad 150...1300.champagne 200, cake 100. 1600. Melon 50, egg with salt 100, blueberries 50, raspberries 150, small piece lox less than 50. Total 2050! 

And with banana in middle of night around 2150,

been having toast with butter and egg with coffee everyday which hits the spot for breakfast ! Last day is tomorrow in Disney!

weve done a lot and been to a few places several times as we pass them on the way to some activities.

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

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 28, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Sunday 1900.

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

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