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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 19, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 19.25 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  complete.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - complete.
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment - in progress...might be an easier chapter, we'll see..

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.

So, at the farm, most of the people the volunteers work with are seasonal. so there's a lot of turnover since most people want to work more than 2-3 seasons out of the year, ya know!? so, last year, i must say, i really enjoyed the workers we were with. they were mostly in their mid-late 20's maybe even one was 30.  they were SMART. the were NICE. they talked, they TAUGHT.

well, this year i've been there twice and with two different workers. they are just not as good as last year's! and someone isn't telling them that volunteers should get some free food also. it's not the level of the food sold, but it's free and organic. last year, i always got food. a lot of it. and this time, they don't even offer it. 

My first time this year, i asked and she said not to tell her boss; and she came out (she - the worker) wih a few bouquets (little) of green onions/scallions of which i gave some away to people at the farm bc it was too much for me to eat.  This time, this woman who is hardly friendly and is the worker we were with, prob around 26, wears a thin tank top and no bra, asian no less (usually they seem more conservative, has very short hair lots of piercings...but really, mostly, not talkative and a bit stern! i ask her and she says "there may be none left." i was like, what!?

so that's why i picked the weeds. edible weeds. there was NO WAY i was going home with NOTHING! after volunteering 3 hours and surrounded by organic food!

then, i'm passing by the station where all the workers are and near the small refrigerator room. there's TONS of food scraps in buckets. I say to another coworker, what is all this!? She says, "for composting." I was like "can i take some home for my guinea pigs?" She said, sure.

So there were bucketfulls, like I said. there were Rainbow Chard pieces, but i left it as it's not the best for guinea pigs. there was a huge bucketful of fennel, so i took a few handfuls for the pigs as they love it and it's great for them. Honestly, the fennel wasn't even in such poor shape. It was dirty and in pieces, but, honestly, i should prob have taken even more for myself to eat.  I may even eat some of it. I also took some carrot heads (the greens) for the pigs as they LOVE it. some of the greens are dried/on the go but overall it's edible espiecally by my guinea pigs.

It's like, if you have volunteers work on your farm and it's not many volunteers, and you have extra food you aren't selling...how can you not offer it to them before using the rest to compost. 

I have to say, shame on the farm this year.  I am not impressed.  I will prob leave them a message about it. How can people volunteer around all the organic food and you will not offer things that cannot be sold to them?! 

I think the workers on the farm, the ones there a long time, have forgotten generosity all together - to not continue the system of treats. 

Additinoally, the two times i volunteered, there were noticeably less than last year. perhaps others are horified at who is working there this year. i'm not horrified, but i feel the leaders at the farm haven't done a great job training this year's staff that work with the volunteers. it's sad. why should i go to the supermarket to buy food for my pigs if there's free food waste to grab at the farm. doesn't work for me, but i'll still go for exercise. and i will still leave with food, EVERY TIME i go! :)


Monday, 7/19/21

Half a red velvet and sugar icing donut - someone brought them in, hard to turn down. 200. banana 120, coffee 30.

snacks: cashews 100, dark choc 120. and a pecan. 30.

lunch: half burger 200, squash stewed 150 tops, toasted hot dog bun 150. 500.

7pm-7:45pm dinner: poke bowl sughi grade fish not too much 150, salad with dressing 150, wanton and other chips 300 tops, dried jackfruit 110/ vitamin gummies 20, haribo berry gummies 150. 900. indulgently good! (i knew i had cals to spare) but i did almost go over tonight. i stopped just in time...prob a little too indulgent for 900 cals so much is sugar, but it was tasty. and not the worst. like a dessert.

hour exercise around the park by work. did some new adventuring to places i hadn't gone. was GREAT! 

2000.


Tuesday, 7/20/21

At work 10min late due to preparing a salad for coworkers...with the weeds,above mixed with butter lettuce and some olive oil/vinegar salt/pepper...we'll see if they eat it. ha!

breakfast: 1/2 another donut, 1/2 banana 300, coffee 50.

350.

 

 


Wednesday, 7/21/21

Thursday 7/22/21

Friday, 7/23/21


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.

oil change??


Sunday, 7/25/21

(farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour) CANCEL FARM if i decide not to go - so someone can go in my place.


Friday, July 30th - 

 


Saturday, 7/31

 


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

I can go to Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4

check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/19/2021:
Hmm... How do you feel about people bringing in things like donuts to the office?

I read in a previous comment that you're going to try to hold off on getting the mouth guard - did I read that correctly? I hope that you can successfully train your jaw to sit right; it would be nice to avoid that $1400 expense right now. I was able to do something similar in my 30's, with yoga and relaxation. I'm not sure what happened, but I was able to stop clenching my jaw during the night for quite a few years.

horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2021:
yeah, he said it may always "click." so, since he didn't seem to say it's a "big problem," just that it can be frustrating if there's pain...i said to myself that most people wouldn't pay for such an expense and i should learn to work with it...hopefully i can always work with it. i need to not spend my money always on everything. i'd rather save it or put it towards a trip, you know? he never said it's necessary to have the mouthguard. he did tell me the process will be stopped for now - listened to my request and supported my decision without any problems.


Donkey on 07/19/2021:
Did you bring home a bounty of vegetables from the farm yesterday?

horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2021:
funny scenario. will write about it tonight i think :) ...the farm leaders/workers are not as helpful/knowledgable/friendly as least year. but yesterday worked out to my benefit...:)



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 18, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 18.00 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  complete.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - complete.
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment - in progress...might be an easier chapter, we'll see..

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.


Sunday, 7/18/21 

breakfast light (was thinking to skip eating before weights - helps me get them done! - but fell for temptation!) kombucha 50, animal crackers 200.

11am still in the exercise, ended up not rushing it, haribo gummy berries 2 servings 220. (freshly opened package - sweet, soft and tasty!)

12:30 lunch: toasted eng muffin 150, 1 egg and butter 100, some wayyy too marinated tomato slices i bought 50 (should seriously spend the few minutes and make my own next time...), stacy's pita chips garlic parm flavor 150. 500

4:15pm chia bar 100 snack after farm :) before leaving so that i could go quickly to supermarket to pick up minmal things for the week.

6pm once home, decided on a SNACK, not dinner yet. blueberries quite a bit 150, one soft baked fiber one choc chip cookie 150, some light rice pudding 125 for 1/4 of it; and a bad-tasting just bought tortilla. 150.

Will def have salad and prob with a pan fried to heat it up turkey burger or two, since they are small.

1650....


Lift weights, semi efficiently as to not take all morning, in the morning. BOTH upper and lower body. DONE!

any extra time before farm: take notes in accounting, new chapter 10 i'm starting..might be a little shorter/easier than the other two chapters for this current exam. (may not have much extra time)


Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm - chances of rain, but i'll go as i'll be rested and do not mind a little rain as long as it's not a downpour!...and part of the reason i go to the farm, a big part, is the outdoor exercise. - Was great, should have worn sunblock. thought it'd be cloudy but got quite sunny!

freeze leftover turkey meatballs - to use for future meal planning. DONE!

decide what to eat for lunch tomorrow...turkey burger and squash, chips (bring in more chips to work...)

clean gp cages & any extra laundry that needs washing :)..should do this...DONE!

note taking of the new chapter, just a little bit tonight...didn't get to it earlier today...in progress...


Monday, 7/19/21

Tuesday, 7/20/21

Wednesday, 7/21/21

Thursday 7/22/21

Friday, 7/23/21


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.

oil change??


Sunday, 7/25/21

(farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour) CANCEL FARM if i decide not to go - so someone can go in my place.


Friday, July 30th - 

 


Saturday, 7/31

 


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

I can go to Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4

check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 07/18/2021:
How long have you had that TMJ? Hope the appliances (think that’s what they call them) works well for you.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2021:
i have felt the jaw clicking for years. but this year, it decided to get stuck on me. the dentist showed me how if i manipulate my jaw, i can get it to open a bit more. still uncomfortable, but i'm holding off on the appliance right now. i want to see if i can learn to relax my jaw a bit and peraps skip the 1400 bill.


Donkey on 07/18/2021:
I hope your farm day goes well!!! Good for you for doing weights beforehand - I hope they don't wipe you out before you get to the farm!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2021:
i didn't end up doing hardcore, speedy weights. just did everything, but totally at a slower pace while doing some other things. so, luckily, no it didn't affect me at the farm. Plus, i had a nice lunch right before leaving for the farm. it worked out great!



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 17, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 15.00 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  complete.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - complete.
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment - in progress...might be an easier chapter, we'll see..

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.


Saturday 7/17/21  

10am-11am Sweet breakfast: lots of blueberries almost the full pint 150, banana 120, coffee 50, fluffy buttermilk pancake 170 with some syrup not much sf 10. 500. good. some of those sour jack gummies lol 130. kombucha maybe 70.

1:45-2pm lunch: toasted wrap 130 filled with leftovers of baked beens not a lot 70, half large burger 200. 2.5 servings stacy's pita chips garlic parm flavor. 350...750 didn't realize it was this much till my last crunch of a chip lol..will be thankful to fill up and eat a lot of squash later...need the bulk and filling feeling. will def be cooking more veggies - taking a look in freezer to see what i have later.

4pm-4:30pm snacks: most of a quart of strawberries that i bought like a week ago, at least. glad they are still good :) 100 will have the rest either tonight or tomorrow. dried jackfruit (sometimes they are very hard, like in this bag of them!)...like them better when they are chewier and not as hard. Dr said chewing is actually good for the jaw, not to worry about chewing hard foods.

5pm light part of dinner: stewed zucchini 100, some rice krisps dark chocolates 150...250.

7pm snack: last pack i think of pb on cheese crackers by kellogs. 200

brushed teeth as i realized i really didnt have an appetite anymore and i was sick of tastes of all the foods i was eating in my mouth!...

9-10pm kombucha sipping 50

2150

home study accounting...goal this weekend is finish the 1.5 chapters i have left...if i do not get around to the test, i can take it next weekend (with study time during the week - reason to take public trans)...but it's best to try at least one test attempt this weekend; if i can get thru the material. I was going to study yesterday, but i stayed out a bit longer and wasn't in the mindframe for any concentration (although i tried) once i got home. by trying, i meant i ate carbs and thought i'd be able to concentrate and stop thinking about more food; but i was wrong lol. so i just relaxed and got some good rest last night.

zucchini cooking :) I already sliced them all up a couple days ago - just need to get them cooking.  will decide on how i will cook (stovetop vs crockpot) later. early afternoon? just finishing up cooking at 5pm...DONE!

Rice pudding cooking - used pretty old but not smelly leftover white rice from thai takeout to make homemade rice pudding. used almond milk instead of milk. we'll see how it turns out. i found the recipe in a "cooking for one" facebook group posted by this older woman (older than EVERYONE here) who is a good cook. i figure her recipe has got to be good. it has like two eggs, some cornstarch, nutmeg, sweetener (i used stevia)..and she was very clear to add just a little hot to cold items before to ready them before transfering (for instance, eggs), into the hot pot. we'll see what happens. easy recipe. i hope it's good. i threw out the rest of the rice. may have already started to go bad, but didn't look bad. so let me forget about that - and try the rice pudding tomorrow for breakfast. maybe with a pancake. DONE!

Bran Muffin cooking - either today or tomorrow...may even bring to work for myself only, i think...since i'm only making a small amount of them.

upper body weights, rest day for strength train lower body, later in afternoon at some point...tomorrow AM...


Sunday, 7/18/21 

Will set alarms to go off around 8/8:30am today. that will also help me get out of bed.

Lift weights, semi efficiently as to not take all morning, in the morning. otherwise, it's going to be A HUGE PAIN to do after volunteering. (because i'll be pretty tired). 

Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm - chances of rain, but i'll go as i'll be rested and do not mind a little rain as long as it's not a downpour!...and part of the reason i go to the farm, a big part, is the outdoor exercise.

freeze leftover turkey meatballs - to use for future meal planning.

decide what to eat for lunch tomorrow...thinking tofu and squash, chips from the work fridge - then throw them out bc i realize (and dad said to me!), that i know the coworkers i have now are super concerned about food left in the fridge too long and have asked why my chips are in there (bc once you put them in, you don't want to keep them out - they'll prob spoil right away) and i had originally htought i needed to bc of rats. so i'll eat the chips one last time Monday and throw them out after that...to be on good terms with coworkers...and throw the chips out as it's been in there at least 3 weeks. Next chips, i'll just keep by my desk so that i'm not feeding the whole office. People bring things in for the kitchen area, but i'm not up to that point yet. i don't make their salaries.

 take more notes...on the next chapter finally starting it.

purposely limiting my plans because if i don't i'll be up late / stressed and i have a week's worth of regular working schedule ahead of me. i want to feel somewhat refreshed on Monday..


Monday, 7/19/21

clean gp cages & laundry after work? 

Tuesday, 7/20/21

Wednesday, 7/21/21

Thursday 7/22/21

Friday, 7/23/21


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.

oil change??


Sunday, 7/25/21

(farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour) CANCEL FARM if i decide not to go - so someone can go in my place.


Friday, July 30th - VACATION DAY #6 -

Back to TMJ dentist.He will probably give me the night brace and fit it on me, etc. He's already taken my teeth impressions on Friday, the 16th. I believe i'll have to pay for the appointment, around $150. I'll use my health card which has enough funds as it's usually topped off around 5k. It will now take awhile i guess to replenish as I work more and more money gets added quickly (not sure how much each week.)  i've spend around 2000 of the 5000 already. that's fine. it has enough on it to not have worries.

Depending on weather, possible visit / use tram to either go or come back from "Roosevelt Island" right near Manhattan. 

I invited friend to meet up with me in city for a nice day - to visit Roosevelt Island just to walk around together - although she doesn't love walking around as much as I but it would be a nice experience, i'd think?....she's the unvaccinated one and says she'd rather not go into the city with Covid around..."

Hearing that is fine, but I KNOW Covid is def staying around, but it reminds me that i need to do for me this Summer and not care how much (or how little) i do with her as she has a lot of things she's not going to do...and i should just finish my courses, get my own exercise.

...and take advantage of a summer that is more low key and fits my needs...I have offered quite a few times to do things with her; she has turned them all down. So it means i have to keep on doing what i'm doing; and know that i did try with her; and now rest easy trying. and just do for me now; especially with really needing to finish this accounting and start the other course on time (it's not a flexible start date). 

it's just so frustrating that this "good friend" turns down everything because it limits me. yes, it does. i would be nice to have a friend to do things with. i do have only one more friend locally to ask to do these things and she has not been able to do them lately due to her schedule simply not meshing with mine. i could ask friends i'm not as close with; but my schedule is somewhat how i like it right now...so i'd rather just sign up for walks and volunteer things...rather than plan against someone else's schedule (which is harder).

 


Saturday, 7/31

 


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

I can go to Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4

check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/17/2021:
It seems to me as though the priority is to just get through the accounting class. As much of a struggle as this appears to be, from your diary, I consider it a success in that it helped you make some decisions. GOOD! Keep this in mind, no matter what.

I hear you about snacking (possibly carb loading) to get more energy (more motivation?) to study. And then not being able to concentrate on the studying -- oh that sounds SO much like me!! Especially when the course I've been studying isn't really my cup of tea, or if it's really, REALLY demanding.

Did you find this kind of struggle to study any of your paralegal classes? I don't recall the struggle being that strong during your legal classes. I sympathize with you if accounting isn't your thing.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
almost all the other classes were either at least started or totally finished by when i stared working. so it is hard to compare.

i will say accounting was a tiny bit harder, possibly.

but i had all the time in the world for all the other classes i took bc i wasn't really working during any of them...except maybe one paralegal advanced course which i still think i may have started before i started working.

accounting isn't my thing (and you are right, i should remember i do not need any more of a masters degree or anything). i should just do more cardio and strengthen my legs when i'm done with these courses, is prob what i need most.

also, leading back to not needing a masters, you are right this is a sign not to take anymore classes past the business law...to concentrate again on cooking and other things. it's a time to delve into other interests, i am thinking, as it hasn't been easy to get this course done while working and i shouldn't be tormenting myself continuously.


Donkey on 07/17/2021:
PS if you need a diversion or a break from studying, feel free to read about my work drama from yesterday (Friday). I kept asking myself yesterday, How did we ever get to this point? LOL...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
i'm def going to read your entry and respond...


bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
Well...zucchini in the crock pot is fast and will save you a lot of time that can be put to reading. You could set a timer for 15 minutes and start reading....you just might find that you are enjoying it...if not....set it again for 15 and take a little break...then reset again...on and on.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
i did it in crockpot and it's cooking now. very simple recipe as i didn't want a tomato/sauce/type of ingredient included and had no cheese. i prob could have done a light casserole like no cheese just butter and some panko topping - next time?

i just added a little water, salt/pepper, little olive oil, small onion and that was it. :) easiest recipe out there. should be good to indulge on later...and i will have a lot of it later! craving a light hot veggie dish and this will be it.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
i have such trouble concentrating on this course. i guess i'm "over it."

but i will finish.



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 16, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 15.00 July Sunshine Hours.

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist

9am breakfast: pancake 160, light syrup 40 (used a little too much and pancake was too soggy!) iced coffee 50, banana 150...400

10:45am snack before leaving: pb choc nut combo butter 100

1pmish Small meal before walking around park ice cream sandwich ($5 for ONE!) because it was bought from a vendor in NYC near touristy Central Park! LOL i cannot believe it's only 200 cal. ??? 300.

3pm? snack later: stuck with my own foods that i brought chia bar 100 with water.

found a water fountain at central park, GREAT! and didn't need to buy a bottle of water! saw someone else using it to refill and i thought that was a good deal to use it too!

4:30pm late snack before going home, very hungry and low sugar feeling: sour patch kids from another street vendor in queens, more normal price, $1.50 for one pack, more reasonable price on the street...200 cal

5pm-6:30pm i did buy a local iced coffee, 2.50 to drink on the 10 min walk home after i got off the bus around 4:50pm so that i could wake up and not be so tired once getting home 100...and had a ton of blueberries with it...like a full point 250...and a small corn bread! 150, raspberry flavor yogurt 100

 7:30pm kelloggs cheese crackers with pb filling. 200. today is full of snacks. (despite having coffee at the end of the day while walking home, of course all i wanted to do was relax....hard to push it after a full day out, LOL). not used to being so active, but it was GOOD FOR ME. and i'm glad to have this time off, to break away from the routine. it's worked out well.

not the best eats. problem is i wasn't in the mood for veggies at first, so just snacked all night as i burned a lot of cals so i was both tired and hungry...but mostly eating, i think, because i was tired. well, i enjoyed it. garlic parm stacy's pitas. 250 cal. kombucha. 50.

2200.


appt was litterally next to Central Park, prob the biggest park in the 5 buroughs, maybe most of NY? not sure but it's big. I walked only in a small portion of it, nice views. may post later for you all to see the view i saw almost just as i entered the park.  You can enter the park basically anywhere as it's not gated. The whole middle of manhattan is all park, if you look at a map you'll see it's a good portion of Manhattan (the park is). 

I just had breakfast before my noon appt, so after, i was happy to see there was tons of "cheaper" food trucks around Central Park. bought an ice cream as i didn't want to buy a huge meal before walking around. it was either ice cream, fruit smoothies, hot dogs, or fries/fried food larger portions. so i chose the easiest, a serving of ice cream sandwich. and calories of course are on it.

i walked a little but also sat a lot at the park, read some of my book but mostly just people-watched and pet some doggies.

The dentist was good. His assistant already took impressions of my teeth to be fitted for a night brace as well as a day brace to wear 1-2 hours per day to help add some presssure to move more jaw into a better place to prevent it locking. only will wear the "day brace" up to like 6 months he said; and night brace for longer.  each appt for 15 min is 150 bucks going forward, if you see him longer, it's like $250! ouch! those are the prices going forward. Today was $300 initial appt and 1400 for the nightbrace (no extra for the day brace for an hour per day).  Need to take off in two weeks from work - have to go back to him to pick up applicances, be fitted exactly!

Will put in most of my hours in the sun today, for exercise "hours in sun," although i didn't walk for all of it at all, but because it was hot and i tried i will add in a good amount, 3 hours, i sat a lot at the park, and would have walked more but ankle/leg were getting tired especialyl bc i walked a lot yesterday at beach. :) so today was more good cardio.

 

 

 


my jaw, right side only is the issue, cannot even open all the way now. so glad the appointment to assess the issue is today.

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will Definitely take public trans (as added exercise, and not having to pay for any parking spots or bridge tolls!).

The cost of even a consultation, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300.I have decided not to look for another less costly specialist; and to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem as best as possible now. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my regular bank checking account, at least. 

after dentist, my plan is to explore a nearby park that is close to where the dental appt is, so my trip into the city is not just for a dental visit, but to enjoy the day as it's a "vacation day."  I will come up with which park i will visit on Thursday the day before..

 cooking - stewed yellow zucchini....


Saturday 7/17  

home, study 

oil change..


Sunday, 7/18 

Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21

(farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour)


Friday, July 30th - VACATION DAY #6 - Back to TMJ dentist. Depending on weather, possible visit / use tram to either go or come back from "Roosevelt Island" right near Manhattan.

Saturday, 7/31

Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 August Already!!! 

home/laundry/study?


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4

check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2021:
Good progress with the dr.....I love Central park...we took a carriage ride into the park when we were there....Always a great vacay when there.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
yes, they still have those carriage rides...although i wasn't in the part of the park where they are all lined up yesterday.

so beautiful to see them! I'm glad you enjoyed the park too.


Donkey on 07/17/2021:
What a great day! Well, except for maybe the snacky foods, but hey, sometimes you need to mix it up, and like you said, you just weren't in the mood for vegetables.

I would suggest that when you are done with your day splint, that you keep it handy in case you should start to feel the need to wear it again in the future. (What I'm envisioning is that if you have a stressful change in life - even a good one - you may find the tension returning). I'm glad to hear that they got started right away on making measurements and such. What input did the specialist have to say? (If you don't want to answer that, it's OK.)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
i enjoyed the ice cream and all snacks while out...but felt i could have done better with my choices back at home. however, i had no cooked veggies ready and didn't want to cook once at home....i would have prefered veggies if i had them ready at home. AND, i hadn't done good planning to get them on the way home...AND, two places i had tried to go to - WERE CLOSED! they were both jewish, so, hence, it's shabbat. i could have ordered veggies from thai, but didn't plan it in time to do so...

it's ok. i stayed within calories generally...that is still most important to me when looking at one day in time. I will cook some veggies today :)


Donkey on 07/17/2021:
I see you are planning the farm on Sunday - will you be taking Monday off too? Just curious :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
i'll write on the above later but this question is easier ;)

no, no Monday off because i had these many days off. I'm planning to "lay low" today so that i'll be "rested" for Sunday and therefore can go into Monday feeling "ok!"

If i had a family, i'd always be running around....

so it's more "Monday off" for when it's a regular weekend...

However, it could have been a good "Monday off," to study this time around....but i took enough days off in one shot and will save them for next time :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2021:
the dentist def knew what he was doing and spends almost no time wasted in the consultation. but he was thorough just efficient. he explained the 3 reasons....to answer your question above i'll keep writing here:

basically, the 3 reasons are similar and it's that the back neck of the mandible is getting stuck going around the cartilage in the area where it should usually glide around, it's getting stuck because either the bone is slightly longer; or the jaw is out of place, etc. (i forget the last reason). but by moving my jaw slightly forward, he showed me that it helped me open my mouth more.

i told him i really like to chew my food, i'm not a shake person...and that i like some dried jackfruit and other things that are harder to chew....

he said "GOOD!" surprisingly, chewing helps and doesn't hurt my condition!

basically, my jaw needs to be "retrained" to set itself at a better placement so that it doesn't get stuck.

he had an anatomic piece to show me of the jaw bones, and described what he was saying.

he is thorough and efficient and QUICK.

he actually charges on price going forward for 15 min appt...and if you go over, it's $100 MORE. (150 for 15 min, 250 for more). so you do not want to waste this man's time.

he doesn't make you feel like he's rushing you. and he's good. so i'm happy. the idea is to get this fixed.

good advice to keep it handy for future.



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jul 15, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 12.00 July Sunshine Hours.

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.


Thurs 7/15/21 Vacation Day 4 

Beach with parents, sister, toddler nephew, dinner with them. Full day plans. Will include cardio of walking at beach. :)

turns out sister and baby couldn't make it today so it's just with my parents which makes things a bit easier at the beach although I would have went in pool with the baby is he was coming. They had a busy day yesterday. So I left a bit late from my apt and a lot of traffic but being that it's just me abs my parents it will be very relaxed today overall :) that's good !!

Breakfast 1/2 pint blueberries 120, small banana 100, coffee 30, soft and fluffy pancake! 150. 400...

snack: 1 choc 50 (I do find chocs do me a good snack.) especially small sizes that are reasonable calories.

lunch: chicken 250, salad with dressing and olives 200, pretzels 200

snack:pretzel smallish and 2 clementine 150, later one choc back at home 50

dinner: bbq with parents ....mix of tastes of frankfurter and sausages 250, toasted bun 150, fried peppers in oil 200, tomato 50

 sparkling juice drink 50.

2000.

 


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist

my jaw, right side only is the issue, cannot even open all the way now. so glad the appointment to assess the issue is today.

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will Definitely take public trans (as added exercise, and not having to pay for any parking spots or bridge tolls!).

The cost of even a consultation, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300.I have decided not to look for another less costly specialist; and to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem as best as possible now. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my regular bank checking account, at least. 

after dentist, my plan is to explore a nearby park that is close to where the dental appt is, so my trip into the city is not just for a dental visit, but to enjoy the day as it's a "vacation day."  I will come up with which park i will visit on Thursday the day before..

 cooking - stewed yellow zucchini....


Saturday 7/17  

home, study 

oil change..


Sunday, 7/18 

Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21

(farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour)


Saturday, 7/31

Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 August Already!!! 

home/laundry/study?


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4

check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/15/2021:
Hope you had a good day at the beach.

horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2021:
It worked out wonderfully with lots of walking thank you !!


happy-1 on 07/15/2021:
Do you have FSA through work? Dental is paid for through that.

horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2021:
I paid using my health reimbursement card which is funds set aside only for medical. Glad the card went thru and that I didn’t have to use a credit card and put in for reimbursement later ! Better not to have to pay it off and have it taken straight thru my account.

I paid $1700 today !!! $300 for consultation and $1400 for nightbrace / hour daytime applicable combo ! Omg !


Donkey on 07/16/2021:
Oh sounds like a lovely day with the parents! Sounds like your time off is serving you well.

You know, I just realized that I got my mouth guard from my dentist (at the time). Also, my current dentist makes mouth guards. BUT it does sound like your case is farther along than where I was when I got my guard, so you may need to see a specialist. I had jaw and neck pain/tension, but the real reason was because I was wearing away the enamel in my back teeth from grinding. I guess I'm more shocked by the $300 consultation fee! I mean, I saw the fee, but didn't realize that it was for the consultation only.

Well, as I mentioned to you previously, your mouth guard will be worth every penny spent. You cannot continue with jaw pain, and your teeth will eventually suffer.

Enjoy the park today, after the consult. You are getting lots of sunshine hours!



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 14, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 10.50 July Sunshine Hours.

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.

I had time so i was going back in my journal entries today, 7/14.  Very interestingly, i had many years of stable weights where it was mostly maintenance. for instance, i was basically 125lbs from turning 30 until I was 35. The reason i finally dropped the last 9-10 lbs in 2016 was for my sister's wedding. And surprisingly, i was able to mostly totally maintain it all off, maintaining 115lbs since Mid-2016. And, only last year in 2020 did i drop to around 113 lbs last summer, it was a steady couple pounds loss (meaning my avg weights were always under 115 for sure and more around 113).

Then, as summer progressed last year of 2020; and I stayed out of work; and then went back to work and had a nice commute with lots of walking i could add in...and then the steady somewhat frustrating work stresses in terms of people interractions and getting used to the early wakeups, I have begun in JUST THIS YEAR, to maintain around 110lbs. So, it is still pretty new.

so, as you see, it has taken me a long time to move from maintenance of weight to a new weight maintenance.

the longer i have taken to lose weight, the easier it has been to maintain it. :)

it's sorta a little stressful to realize i have only been at my current weight for like 1/2 year and that it's still new to me - meaning i could easily gain it if i am not careful or pay attention to any creeping up. 

So far, i have been able to maintain more easily than in the past. 

Looking thru my entries from my early 30's till now, i see a pattern of good eats. more veggies. and many similar items i have had in my early 30's still till now. it shows many things have worked.

thought you all miight find interest in this.

and to lose the weight finally from being in the 130's until i got to 125 took several years also. it took me around 4 years to lose around 10-15lbs also from high 130s to 125 (from around the age of 26 to 29) those were harder. i had to lessen my binging habit and get back into the gym. i had to make a lot more changes then. 






Wed 7/14/21

Vacation Day 3. Thankful for some scheduled time off work. I slept in big-time and today is for relaxing :)

10am late breakfast: coffee 50, pancake 160 with stevia in mix, lots of apricot jelly so tasty 100, med banana 140. 450. :)

1pm snack: blueberries 1/2 pint 100

1:30pm tasty, protein rich, lunch: wrap 130, 2 slices cheese 120, most of a chicken sausage spicy flavor 100, garlic powder; stevia sweetened seltzer (almost everyday i drink it, just decided to write it here). 350. and sour gummies 120. tastes of freshly coated mini diced up butternut squash (was in a package of very small cubes, very tasty that way as every side can be coated with flavoring and less oil used). 30

4pm chocolates 110 - still trying to finish this chapter....,

4:30 stopped studying for a light meal, will do weights after it. the roasted butternut squash tiny cubed pieces 200 tops maybe less with salt and pepper , rest of the chicken sausage 50. , healthier chip variety 200.

1600...


 first i'll take some notes on accounting and try to finsh the chapter 6. I'd like to finish the next chapter also, over this weekend. And possibly take the test for this 3 chapter section this weekend (but i know that maybe it (taking the exam) will need to wait until next weekend). starting after lunch - the morning was restful. ...3:30pm-ish start time - in progress...first study session was an hour from 3:30-4:30, broke for light dinner, will do weights now...not done with chapter today which is ok

 weights upper & lower - will do later today at some point - not rushing to it - evening will do...almost at 7:30pm DONE!

sornt time outdoors 30-45 min 

cooking of turkey meatballs, definite - prob much later today. but is defrosted in fridge ready for prep with panko breadcrumbs that i bought specifically to use with this...later evening....really will do this because i will have to throw out the turkey if i don't....to do this evening...DONE!!!

cooking of at least one veggie dish, definite also - all sliced up and ready to go, cooking two diff recipes, one roasted butternut squash - done! lol, didn't make much as the squash shrinks SO MUCH. :) but i'll enjoy it over this weekend, then, not save it for next week :) DONE!

catching up on odds and ends of laundry (sheets, throw blanket for couch, clothes, etc). DONE!






Thurs 7/15/21 Vacation Day 4 

Beach with parents, dinner with them. Full day plans, so anything i want to do needs to be done outside of today..


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist

my jaw, right side only is the issue, cannot even open all the way now. so glad the appointment to assess the issue is today.

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will Definitely take public trans (as added exercise, and not having to pay for any parking spots or bridge tolls!).

The cost of even a consultation, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300.I have decided not to look for another less costly specialist; and to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem as best as possible now. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my regular bank checking account, at least. 

after dentist, my plan is to explore a nearby park that is close to where the dental appt is, so my trip into the city is not just for a dental visit, but to enjoy the day as it's a "vacation day."  I will come up with which park i will visit on Thursday the day before..

 cooking - stewed yellow zucchini....


Saturday 7/17  

home, study 

oil change..


Sunday, 7/18 

Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21

(farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour)


Saturday, 7/31

Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 August Already!!! 

home/laundry/study?


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4

check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/14/2021:
They say the slower it comes off the better...I would say that is working for you...good job!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2021:
yes, it was SO HARD for me at the beginning! thank you. as the years and time goes by as well as more experience with what it takes to maintain, i have gotten a bit better at it.

i hope to be able to work on my weight thru all life circumstances. it's my goals to be happy with my weight always. i know life can get in the way sometimes, but i hope it's something i can maintain for life with only slight variable in my weight.


Jacky82020 on 07/14/2021:
That’s interesting, but I do things a lot differently., lost ~1 pd week, so ~25 in ~6 month. If I’m going to suffer, might as well get it over fast! LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2021:
totally understand. i have had experiences in the past where i did it faster.

when i was in my junior year of college, i lost all my weight from upper 130's to under 110 in ONE YEAR. Lost my period for years. prob hurt myself a lot with that. my body couldn't get used to the weight loss that fast.

that was the first time i lost weight.

the second time i did it in increments. losing 10,then lots of maintenance, then 5 more...then maintenance. i had to get used to eating to have the weightloss last. i am still learning. this is what works for me, i do not like drastic changes.


Jacky82020 on 07/14/2021:
Whatever works! For me a pound a week is good. I’d have to starve myself to lose more. The PCP said don’t lose more than 2 a week. As if I could.

horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2021:
Makes sense !


Donkey on 07/15/2021:
Sounds like you had a good day off! And you still have 2 more days off plus the weekend!

I hope you have an enjoyable day at the beach!

That's very interesting to read about your weight loss journey. I agree that the longer it takes, the more likely it will stay off. And the longer journey helps avoid sagging skin. As we get older, the skin isn't as adaptable, unfortunately. Sounds like you're very content at this lower weight.

I will be very happy for you when you are done with accounting. It sounds like this chapter is uninspired (lol).

horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2021:
Super thankful for time away from work, yes!

You are so right about the skin. Believe it or not, I think I had a little little bit extra skin too, around my abdomen. Someone I follow on Instagram, I can send you photos another time soon, around my age slightly younger lost around 100 pounds and she is very fit exercises a lot…:she had the 360 tummy tuck and her abs are flat - if I had money and was rich it would be cool to do - lol - I shall not ever ever be getting those - I’m pretty happy with myself - just saying you prob have some extra skin too. But we do what we can !!!


Donkey on 07/15/2021:
Am I interpreting correctly that you consider the farm on Sundays to be very therapeutic? Hence, taking Mondays off?

horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2021:
Yes and awesome exercise there. It’s great yes. Plus some free veggies are like a cherry on top of the day - it’s not guaranteed but usually works out and they are organic and which I never buy for cost savings so it’s nice !!!

Oh the reason I would take Mondays off is Sundays at farm can be a physical challenge leaving me pretty tired to do much more the rest of the day and leaves me very tired sometimes on Monday …. So I would take the Monday off knowing I could really enjoy Sunday without the challenge of an early wake up the next day….and it’s easier to take a Monday def than a Tuesday to go to farm - you know, just extending the weekend is more simple…. Just trying to make life balanced :) with adding in exercise etc. when I finish the business law I think I’ll be concentrating on reading in general for pleasure possibly and doing more - a little more - cardio bc it’s been very low these days with driving so I should try do better for myself and relax in winter without courses


happy-1 on 07/15/2021:
It’s a million micro habits to maintain weight loss, for sure

horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2021:
Totally well said right there ! Touché



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

9.75 July Sunshine Hours.

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - on chapters above tbd..

August:  take the time off as i need it / want it.  I need to just make it to the farm on Sundays...and then i could take off Mondays if i want to, that's all. Or, I could do farm Tuesdays if i want easier parking / traffic, etc...will decide later. it's also good exercise for a Tuesday morning leaving the rest of the day free...



Tuesday 7/13 - 

weights upper/lower tonight (but i may skip and do on Wednesday if I prefer, we'll see)..

walked 10-15 min before work, already added into total.

 breakfast: banana 150, waffle with pb 200, coffee 50. 

snacks: chocs and cashews 150 not much.

lunch: vegetarian for a change (and based on leftovers that are filling) white rice with really tasty spanish style large either red or pinto type beans in a sauce 200 / 200 / and veggies light sauce almost none 50. 500 tops. and will have a black coffee prob after. 

snack after leaving work around 30 min later bc i wanted to finish something since i don't have a lot of work and want to prove a little selflessness since i'm quite new. so that was good i could finish something for someone so they don't have to do it also tomorrow. and lucky for me, traffic was very tolerable going home :) 1 dbl stuffed oreo at work before leaving 100

then i stopped while back near home at a gas station to finally use the vacuum to clean the inside of my car for 5min which made me very happy!...

picked up the rx i ordered :) also very close to home...

fun snack : gummy fish 130, gummy vitmains 20, light kombucha mixed with a light drink 50. 200 fits in! weights i'll do tomorrow, both upper/lower - and it would be better if i did them in the AM..

dinner: still before walking as i had tge fun snack and was going to go walking but came on here to bfollow up, then had dinner: two yolky soft boiled eggs 150, over the other half the light caeser salad 150. Will also toast a wrap 150. and have that. then go out walking for not too long - or use

stepper for 20 min before a nice shower!!!! :)  

so no shower, didn't get sweaty. but 20 min stepper and some stretches. will put it down as a half hour. rounding up. glad i did some exercise tonight!

1800....


Wed 7/14/21 - Vacation Day 3 

my jaw, right side only is the issue, cannot even open all the way now. so glad the appointment to assess the issue is this FRIDAY! so glad!

weights upper/lower?

sleep in & study accounting - Finish ch 6 today...seeing if i can almost finish course by Aug 9th. studying during the week and even finishing a whole chapter on weekends has been slacking / challenging to actually live up to - and that's OK. 

cooking of turkey meatballs, definite.

cooking of at least one veggie dish, definite also.


Thurs 7/15/21 - Vacation Day 4 

Beach with parents, dinner with them.


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist.

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will Definitely take public trans (as added exercise, and not having to pay for any parking spots or bridge tolls!).

The cost of even a consultation, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300.

I have decided not to look for another less cotsly specialist; and to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem as best as possible now. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my regular bank checking account, at least. 

Oil Change later in day, most prob, unless i decide to do this on Wed (if it rains and i do not go to beach, or thursday since i am home all day that day as well).

 


Saturday 7/17 home study / tbd 


Sunday, 7/18 Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 - another attempt at the Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21 - farm? (farm only if Saturday weather is a wash-out for the tour)


Saturday, 7/31 -Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 AUGUST! - rest up...home/laundry/study?


Monday 8/2 - 


Tuesday, 8/3 - 


Wed - 8/4...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 07/13/2021:
Your posts look exactly the same everyday! Am I missing anything?

horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
LOL i told you....read only the day that i'm posting for! LOL. that's my life yeah, basically the same but different.

so for today, it's the 13th...i will update the 13th as the day goes by with food updates, etc.

the rest of my post if mostly the same and only gets updated if my future plans change.

so just cut to the basic post which is for today the current date of the 13th. it gets longer as the day goes on, at least adding food snacks/meals.


Donkey on 07/13/2021:
Oh good, you decided to take ALL of the time off after all! And is it me or did Beach Day move to Thursday?

That would be great if you could finish the accounting class this month. That would give you a nice break before Business Law starts in August.

After my rest day yesterday, I am appreciating rest and time off even more. I'll write about my own perspectives in today's entry, but I applaud you for taking the time off.

horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
you have an eye for detail. yes, totally changed the dates with my parents. didn't want to rush tomorrow (also cloudy weather tomorrow) after rushing tonight with no downtime before the beach. need more rest time / alone time lately craving it. also weather is far better thursday, yes. :) will write more, not forgetting to write you back on anything...


Jacky82020 on 07/13/2021:
Still a lot to wade through because you’re planning way ahead!

horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
i have to in order to get anything done, with my working hours / commute. otherwise, and it works great to do that planning here :) after being home a bit during Covid, my journals become even more in terms of planning.

horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
a long time ago, i'd do some tallies in terms of calories per day and streaks where i would go for like 3 months low carb or 3 months at under 1500 per day; things like that. or planning before events. now, it's just more of an everyday plan.

also in the past, i'd do weekly averages for calories, but that was to try to bring high calorie days down by doing lower cal days and it was bc i was bingeing. now that i eat more regular, i do not average days and i try to make everyday a good one :)


Jacky82020 on 07/13/2021:
Not much planning needed for me. Do the same things everyday: watch the stock market, read. & as little cooking/housework as possible. Just sold all my shares of Wendy’s. Have in order to buy DOGE (crypto coin) if it dips a little lower. Reminds me, someone on Twitter saying yesterday Wendy’s has a terrific spicy chicken sandwich.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
is Wendy's doing poorly? why'd you sell? what caused the change in Wendy's stock?


bearcountrygg on 07/13/2021:
I keep a running list of future plans....on my desk........I find it easier to just deal with one day at a time.....When I think of veggies i think of you .

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2021:
awwww thanks for thinking of me that means so much to me!

also, there needs to be a running list of plans, for me also, because it's something that keeps me on track. when i do not plan, i'm not able to see into the future and for me it's important to be logical with what is in store and what i need to get ready for. I cannot function without knowing my plans. i also find it easy to deal with the one day at a time in terms of eating and when things are really busy, but i like to know the near future.



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 12, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

9.00 July Sunshine Hours; 25.75 June Sunshine Hours; 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress:

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - on chapters above tbd..

August: At this point in my life, and like my friend Renee the nurse said to me today (7/10/21), i have to take care of myself and not let happen again what happened in the past - and take the time off as i need it / want it.  I need to just make it to the farm on Sundays...and then i could take off Mondays if i want to, that's all.




 

Monday, 7/12 -

may walk after work if it's not raining by work (easy as i can leave my car and pick it up whenever i want as the gate to enter and leave work is always open - so it's easy to exercise, when weather cooperates, right at work after work!) there's a chance of rain - i may do a very short walk after work (better than nothing) of 10 min back and forth which is like a mile; then drive home :)...walked around 35 min after work. walked around 10 min before work. a nice 45 min. legs still tired from a faster walk this weekend with friends. my legs don't feel strong right now, but i hope to feel better later in week :)

so glad i did both upper and lower last night! :)

breakfast: banana 120, half muffin with pb 300, coffee 30. 450.

snacks: cashews 100 chocs 100, many many tic tacs maybe even more but 50 cal documented.

late 1pm lunch: healthy - wrap 130 toasted with melted cheese 120; veggies 100, rice also 150 with a little sauce 50. extremely filling/satisfying. 550. coffee

snacks: few chocs in car to satisfy hunger after walk, didn't drink anything bc i hate that i keep opening new bottles of water on the way home and will try to lose that habit. yes, really. i don't want to buy more water bottles or have to pee. 60

 dinner: needed more protein. hard boiled eggs but they were nice and soft and not at all fully hardened. so nice. 150 in a wrap 150. with half a light bagged ceaser salad 150. 450 so good.will have blueberries...150. 600 and maybe a drink of some sort.

1910.

Pick up rx on way home...closes at 7pm hopefully that means the rx area too. :)...TOTALLY FORGOT. will do TOMORROW, tuesday!

 


Tues 7/13 - 

weights upper/lower

 


Wed 7/14/21 - Vacation Day 3 (weather permitting, otherwise i'm going to work)

Beach with parents, dinner with them.


Thurs 7/15/21 - Vacation Day 4 

weights upper/lower

sleep in & study accounting...seeing if i can almost finish course by end of this month possibly. studying during the week and even finishing a whole chapter on weekends has been slacking / challenging to actually live up to - and that's OK. 


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist.

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will Definitely take public trans (as added exercise, and not having to pay for any parking spots or bridge tolls!).

The cost of even a consultation, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300.

I have decided not to look for another less cotsly specialist; and to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem as best as possible now. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my regular bank checking account, at least. 

Oil Change later in day, most prob, unless i decide to do this on Wed (if it rains and i do not go to beach, or thursday since i am home all day that day as well).

 


Saturday 7/17 home study / tbd 


Sunday, 7/18 Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 - another attempt at the Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21 - farm?


Saturday, 7/31 -Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 AUGUST! - rest up...home/laundry/study?


Monday 8/2 - 


Tuesday, 8/3 - 


Wed - 8/4...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/12/2021:
Hey, good for you for getting in both upper and lower body weights yesterday!!! Well done! I'm curious to know what is the heaviest weight (dumbbell, plate, or bar) you own. Just curious - because both you and I know that there are other ways to weight training that can also bring on results, too.

Also, when you have time, and if you are inclined to share, I *would* be very interested to hear your neighbor's perspective on taking days off. If you don't have time, or would prefer to keep that private, that's fine too.

horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2021:
i will def answer all questions. i just need to be relaxed and not worried about people catching me typing. as for the neighbor thing, i have to word it right so it makes sense...

i am inclined to share all. it involves not being lazy and writing it all. i may write it all straight as a comment to you, we'll see.

i will also make a comment about the dumbells now, saying i like my "heavy weights" and i could do lighter and move of a move / full movement. but i do not like losing strength on the heacy weight so i choose to stick with the heavy / less full movement which isn't optimal but i have decided it's "my choice..."

horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2021:
i did the whole workout while on phone with friend living a little north of me. hilarious. don't know how i managed the entire thing. good to know i can do it while on phone.


bearcountrygg on 07/12/2021:
Good job getting your exercise in last night.

horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2021:
thank you! you wouldn't believe it, i did it while on a phone call on speaker phone! it was....i never thought i could manage it.



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 11, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 8.25 July Sunshine Hours; 25.75 June Sunshine Hours; 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress:

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - on chapters above tbd..

August: At this point in my life, and like my friend Renee the nurse said to me today (7/10/21), i have to take care of myself and not let happen again what happened in the past - and take the time off as i need it / want it.  I need to just make it to the farm on Sundays...and then i could take off Mondays if i want to, that's all.




Sunday, 7/11/21 

7:45-8am Breakfast: half a toasted "bran muffin" 210 with some butter 40, coffee 50. and a smallish banana 100.  

10:45am-11am snacks: kombucha, 2 apricots 100; indulgence in very tasty casava/cauliflower chips nacho flavor more natural ingredients 150 x 2 = 300 found at supermarket near friend on the way home yesterday. brand is "ground up"

1pm having an "off start" to my eating, but getting back on track. light snack of a couple chocs with rasp filling. 100

2pm Chocs, coffee 100, plain tortilla 150, bbq chicken sausage 100

3pm I guess you can say it's a very snacky day... sour apple sour jacks gummies 100

light dinner 5pm rice krispie treat, yogurt 200, choc nut butter mix 100, some nasty hard seltzer that's better to drink while i'm eating so much as it will cut my appetite (will not buy this seltzer hard brand again! - i forgot the brand right now but it's not a popular brand).

100 in chocs later in evening.

1850....

forecast shows rain, skipping the volunteer event this AM. already feel relieved not to go! At least i'm showered now. LOL. was nice to do that, thinking i was leaving for the event! but upon checking the weather, i decided to stay home at the last minute....and then promptly fell asleep for half an hour lol on the couch with gp.

  1. just studying accounting IN PROGRESS..goal is to finish this chapter 6, start the final chapter before i take the next test.  then i have 1/4 of the course left after that test...didn't finish this chapter...will finish mid-week.
  2. all laundry later DONE!
  3. clean gp cages after work / laundry for GP fleeces DONE!
  4. weights workout - upper only AND LOWER DONE!
  5. organize work lunches for Mon/tues/maybe wednesday DONE!
  6. cardio rest day :) DONE!

Monday, 7/12 -

Pick up rx on way home...

 


Tues 7/13 - 

weights upper/lower

 


Wed 7/14/21 - Vacation Day 3 (weather permitting, otherwise i'm going to work)

Beach with parents, dinner with them.


Thurs 7/15/21 - Vacation Day 4 

weights upper/lower

sleep in & study accounting...seeing if i can almost finish course by end of this month possibly. studying during the week and even finishing a whole chapter on weekends has been slacking / challenging to actually live up to - and that's OK. 


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist.

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will Definitely take public trans (as added exercise, and not having to pay for any parking spots or bridge tolls!).

The cost of even a consultation, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300.

I have decided not to look for another less cotsly specialist; and to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem as best as possible now. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my regular bank checking account, at least. 

Oil Change later in day, most prob, unless i decide to do this on Wed (if it rains and i do not go to beach, or thursday since i am home all day that day as well).

 


Saturday 7/17 home study / tbd 


Sunday, 7/18 Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 - another attempt at the Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21 - farm?


Saturday, 7/31 -Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 AUGUST! - rest up...home/laundry/study?


Monday 8/2 - 


Tuesday, 8/3 - 


Wed - 8/4...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Rest & study sounds good! Don’t want to overdo and aggravate your legs. Etc.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
Yes, absolutely! :) happy to be home, really. hope you are having a nice weekend too!


Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Weekends are always somewhat of a relief because the stock market is closed. Crypto still trades, but I’m not big on it

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
it's nice you can also break on the weekend!


Donkey on 07/11/2021:
Probably for the best, if you are feeling relief, that you canceled the landscaping event.

I wish you could hear the conversation we've had at work about vacations & taking time off. It seems as though Mistakes Girl has gotten herself a reputation for taking lots of vacations. She and her husband own a camper trailer thing, so in the summer, they like to go camping. Also, her husband is one of those spontaneous travelers: "I'm tired of being in the house, let's to go Colorado" sort of thing.

Male Co-Worker also likes to take vacations over the summer. The Boss has often asked him not to go or to reschedule for different dates. MCW said, "(MG) and I are seasonal vacationers. We want to take our time off in the summer." I have to think that then they are in the wrong business, because real estate is busy in the summer, and slower in the cooler months. And then I get left not doing ANYTHING over the summer, while those 2 take vacations out the wahzoo. Queen Bee was the EXACT same way, leaving all the work for Mistakes Girl to do, while she took time off and earned a much higher salary.

My points are that (1) you are not alone in wanting to take time off during the summer to enjoy the outdoors and regroup, mentally & physically, and (2) be aware of what other co-workers might be feeling or thinking, although it's probably different in your office due to the nature of the work and how the workload is organized.

BUT - having said all of that, as your friend, I 100% agree with Renee that you need to take care of yourself FIRST. And that is exactly why, although there is some resentment in my heart, I do not begrudge my co-workers taking time off. Deep in my heart, I really don't.


bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
That is one thing about volunteering...it's something you choose to do...unlike a job that there are obligations to. If you aren't feeling the volunteering than there is no need to force yourself to do it.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
...this is VERY TRUE..especially regarding not wanting to do something due to weather. (and it was a light rain, if i had really wanted to - i'd have went.)


Donkey on 07/11/2021:
I think I may have been a bit harsh about my own work situation. It's really no reflection on what's best for you. So I don't even know why I went there.

On the positive side, though, now you have me thinking about not only taking a little time off in September, but possibly October as well. I like taking long weekends (more locally) rather than big trips :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
believe me, you weren't harsh and i gave some more thought to it. additionally, i considered the possibility that the farm runs until either Nov 1 or Nov 30th so i can do it in the fall when it's even nicer out instead of sweating it out in summer when i can be at work with less traffic LOL.

but really, you gave me food for thought and I will write more about that and what a neighbor in my industry doing similar work as me at another company had to say when i posed her the same question about taking days in summer..she had the opposite answer to yours...will talk later when i'm up to writing it.



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 10, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

8.25 July Sunshine Hours; 25.75 June Sunshine Hours; 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

  • Business Law - Sesson 5 - 8/23/21 thru 10/8/21; then break from studies.

Current Accounting 1 Progress:

  • Topic 8 - Chapter 9 - Accounting for Receivables -  completed.
  • Topic 9 - Chapter 6 - Inventory Valuation - in progress...almost halfway thru...
  • Topic 10 - Chapter 10 - Acquisition of Property, Plant, Equipment 

Exam 3 - on chapters above tbd..

August: I may take off a Tuesday (at least 1) to Volunteer on the farm, considering it may also include a little free food too that they give to volunteers to really make it worth it - taking off a day off work (like a mini vacation)...I realize i cannot just take a day off each week, i don't think?, so I will probably group the days into a Mon/Tues off or a longer Fri, Mon, Tues type of thing, in August. OR, i may just take Tuesdays off to go to farm. IDK. thinking about the possibilities. At this point in my life, and like my friend Renee the nurse said to me today (7/10/21), i have to take care of myself and not let happen again what happened in the past - and take the time off as i need it / want it.




Saturday, 7/10/21 

Thought you all might LOVE this:

Quintessentially, the reason why the large "honey bran" muffins I had bought were so low in fiber: sugar was the first ingredient, regular flour was the next ingredient, other ingredients followed, with bran being almost the last ingredient. So, they were not full of bran at all. I may make my own bran muffins as i have an old container of bran at home that i may use if it looks ok....but these muffins were hardly bran muffins at all. next time, i'll read the ingredients - because, at over $1 per muffin as was the price of this pack of 4, these were tasty but also a waste of money and calories and nutrition.  Next time i am debating picking up a random container of bran muffins, you can bet i'll check the label to see if it's just sugar and flour or an actual bran muffin worth paying for.  the reason i had bought these "honey bran" muffins is for the fiber and benefits. Otherwise, i'd have picked up regular muffins....but iwas fooled by the label! ha!

9am breakfast: toasted large "bran" muffin with butter 450, coffee 50. 500. not exactly the most satisfying. but don't want to throw the muffins out either. they are good, but not so filling. they aren't bad tasting either!

snack? setlzer/juice drink 50

bbq lunch at friends, with my veggies (i will just cut them up at her house! - as i'm trying to study now...) she's easygoing, she will not mind :)

veggies 100, roasted veggies 100, chips 150, hot dog 150, bun 150, corn 50 700

snacks: after walk with friend, watermelon only 100. water.

8pm late snacking half a bottle kombucha on ride home (stopped at a very discounted grocery store that isn't here in queens, but very close to the friend - kombucha was like $2 instead of $3.50 lately here), 50, and then i reached for garbage as i got home at 8:00pm - 1 choclate 50 and too many gummies 300. 400  total. eh.

1750..

dinner: I have my leftovers from the supermarket; i also have my own leftover cooked veggies :) will enjoy everything tonight / tomorrow.

Planning for next week: I am only planned to work either 2 or 3 days, based on the weather. For the day I am working, all the frozen food should fit the bill. I will try to conserve some money by eating frozen foods I already have for the next 1-2 weeks of work...but when i'm home, I will pay for / prepare fresh.


Noon visit to friend with newborn and her hubbie :) - visit was great, had an hour of exercise but also moved around a bit and helped out a bit, so will include 15 more minutes over the hour for today.  Veggies worked out GREAT on the grill.

Veggie situation for friend - Use whatever i have left in the fridge and make do for my friend.... i have enough to cut up and bring to her, without shopping - bc i bought things early this week and it fits the bill enough to not have to go to the supermarket again before seeing her.  I also ordered 1 baby onsie as gift to her (it was less than $8! from Old Navy and a cute blue shark onsie that I ordered with my rewards) for the baby :-D

 The rest of today i'm still deciding on. I slept in till 8:30 or possibly later. Had breakfast a little after 9am.  May just relax in the morning before going to friend, study my notes would be a great idea (no exercise this AM that means)...and exercise by walking maybe later tonight. Or use the stepper as I had wanted to Thursday eve. We'll see. The rest of the weekend is more low key, besides the 2hr stint volunteering tomorrow which ends at noon. Happy to not have any more plans than this for the weekend. 


Sunday, 7/11/21 nyc h20 volunteer landscaping 10am-12pm at Ridgewood Reservoir :) doing this 2 hour closer to home activity instead of being home ALL DAY. figured some exercise in the morning and come home for the rest of the day, after that.  Would have prefered the farm, but it's 3 hours, all afternoon, and will literally feel like the whole day was at the farm and not home. so farm is being skipped.  I miss getting veggies free from the farm like I did last year when i had so many! ah well! i am enjoying the changes of activities this summer of course :)

Pick up rx on way home.

no cooking; just studying

but told my friend i'd talk to her on phone? will have to not have a long call tomorrow..would prefer no phone call, maybe try to skip it tomorrow - tell her i can talk a diff day tomorrow...,yes.

weights workout - upper only?


Monday, 7/12 -

do laundry here instead of Sunday.


Tues 7/13 - weights upper/lower

 


Wed 7/14/21 - Vacation Day 3 (weather permitting, otherwise i'm going to work)

Beach with parents, dinner with them.


Thurs 7/15/21 Vacation Day 4 

weights upper/lower

sleep in & study accounting...seeing if i can almost finish course by end of this month possibly. studying during the week and even finishing a whole chapter on weekends has been slacking / challenging to actually live up to - and that's OK. 


Fri 7/16/21 Vacation Day 5 - TMJ Dental Specialist.

Do a weights workout in PM?

Made a TMJ disorder dental appt with a specialist for 12pm, located in Manhattan, will prob take public trans as a change of pace. The cost, since my insurance doesn't cover, is $300. I have decided not to look for a further specialist, to go to him as he was refered to me, and fix the problem. Yes, expensive. But i can use my union card to cover the payment with money that is deducted each week from my check, only for medical appts. So, it's not a loss from my checking account, at least. 

Oil Change later in day, most prob...

 


Saturday 7/17 - home study / tbd 


Sunday, 7/18 Volunteer at FARM :) 1-4pm


Monday, 7/19


Saturday, 7/24/21 - another attempt at the Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read in my car if i'm early.


Sunday, 7/25/21 - farm?


Saturday, 7/31 -Volunteer for Queens Bayswater Park Restoration, 9:30am-Noon.

Meet at Seagirt between Beach 38 St and Bay 32 street, this is sorta far even though it is my borough, review the route so i'm not late!


Sunday 8/1 AUGUST! - rest up...home/laundry/study?


Monday 8/2


Tuesday, 8/3 - Possibly a day off for the Farm Volunteering 10am-12pm.???


Wed - 8/4...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/10/2021:
I just answered today on your yesterdays post...about potty training for working adults.....LOL.....won't repost that here....see there if interested.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/10/2021:
yes, i liked your comment, just read it. I used to get up early enough to do that awhile back but now i get up so early, i cannot fathom eating or drinking or doing so much at home before leaving for work...but yes, that is a good way to get into pooping before work...yea. i just will not get up earlier...and do not think i could ever get up early enough to actually get my body pooping as i do not feel like my body is moving at all so early...but your advice is sound!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/10/2021:
...relaxing this AM will do the trick :) no plans for the AM...except to be home LOL! thanks bear. in the past i did wake up to poop. now it's just too early, my body isn't ready to so early during the week. but if i had less veggies the night that i overate on them, i'd have been less uncomfortable. something to think about.


Donkey on 07/10/2021:
Oh yes, those "bran muffins" -- most of them are NOT high in fiber. If you get a box of high fiber bran cereal, they usually have recipes for real bran muffins. For me, in order to be a "helpful" bran muffin, we need to be looking at double digits per serving in the fiber department.

I hope you have a lovely time at your party/visit this afternoon!

I was quite surprised to read about your change in plans for Sunday, but that sounds great too! GREAT!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/10/2021:
yeah....i love the farm but it takes up too much time lol...so i am doing this "quicker" session in the morning. we'll see if it's good...many times this group encourages lots of teens...so then i feel weird there and also it's not as good usually as nyc parks in terms of locations. i've been to this location and hope it's a decent time. it's essentially garbage picking. i hope to have a picker so that i will not be bending...just a way to get exercise :)

although i had a GREAT walk with my friend and her hubby. one hour and i haven't done that in a long time! feeling it! it was a good day!


Jacky82020 on 07/10/2021:
Used to make bran muffins. Lots of oil & sugar & very little fiber/bran. But they were big & juicy & delicious . & hi calorie. Haven’t made or purchased for years, No muffins at all anymore .

Horn_of_plenty on 07/10/2021:
yeah, muffins aren't usually so healthy but now i go back and forth, trying things. i will need to make a better bran muffin with the remaining amount of bran i have at home. i have had some REALLY good bran muffins that almost have all bran in them and hardly anything else...i want something like that! will possibly make them very soon on a day off or so.


Donkey on 07/10/2021:
So glad you had a good time!

Yeah, I don't know about a day off every week, but maybe you could do a more reasonable variation? For example, every 20 days take a day off? I do think your friend is right, though... and if it needs to be a day off a week, then I guess do it...? Every 3 weeks? Well, you know your situation best; trust yourself and go with your heart.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2021:
oh, i was talking only about the summertime and making sure i enjoy the weather/farm! not all year :)

but since i'm with this crew only since June, what they see is only summer with me so far!

...i have to see..


Jacky82020 on 07/11/2021:
Yeah, muffins aren’t the healthiest thing, but beats Cinnabons & Bear Claws!



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