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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 31, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

6-day average: 2185

Home: kombucha 70

Work Breakfast: banana 120, coffee with milk / stevia 50, wrap 130 with extra chocolate protein spread 170: 470

snack: salted cashews (no more almonds for a long while, sick of them!) 120 and some hard candies

NOON Lunch: because too hungry. tofu, chips, veggies 500.

Snack: plum maybe? 50

On drive to NYC after work for a FREE BROADWAY SHOW i got tickets for as a generous offer! (for BANDSTAND!) granola bar 100

Before show dinner: probably at a bar with a drink and appetizer to share with friend Ricky

Home around 11pm, work tomorrow yes...lol...hoping to get out early at 2pm and then have an appt tomorrow after work AND either jog or GYM (might save gym for SATURDAY since jogging is MORE IMPORTANT!) 

2250 calories :-P

Dinner was a big beer, taste of whiskey, lots of pita chips with guacamole, salsa ,and some mango salsa, and two really tasted cooked shrimp in the best sauce ever! :)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 08/31/2017:
I finally got brave enough to try kombucha. It's not bad! Have you ever tried making it? I heard it's not difficult.

horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2017:
I have heard the opposite that it's difficult...but...lately i see better ways to maybe drink something for the gut in the morning....they sell products that are CONCENTRATED gut shots ...so i can buy one container with like 8 servings in it and try again adding it to water so i don't have to shop for so many bottles?! i need to find a better way to solve my desire of loving to drink something slightly sweet, carbonated, and probiotic each morning...

i love kombucha but get nervous for always needing to buy 16 oz bottles...need to delve into gut shots.

I heard the opposite that kombucha is SMELLY & DIFFICULT to make...i haven't delved into it...i don't even see myself delving anytime soon. Also, i once saw a class being given, but it was too far a drive away (2 hours) and i wasn't up for the long drive by myself.

bearcountrygg on 08/31/2017:
Cashews are great aren't they?

horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2017:
loving these lightly salted ones....so much better than the almonds right now!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: strong Cherry flavor kombucha from Kevita my fave brand (it was with caffeine though!) 80

Work: decaf coffee but strong 50, small banana 120, wrap 100, with extra spread 200: 470....

Healthy snack: almonds 150


Big but tasty lunch: chips i went overboard 300 calories at least oopsie, eggplant spread tasted a bit sweet like too much sugar lol 200, egg and egg white 100, veg 50? total here: 650

1350 so far.....

snacks: 200


dinner: 550 approox

2150, 2170 5day avg (high but no worries right now....enough other stuff to think about)

2 mi mostly jogging at track :)


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/30/2017:
Thanks for your comment on my entry the other day! Hope you have been doing well lately? And enjoying your summer?

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2017:
I LIKE caffeine....no I LOVE caffeine!

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 29, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2175 4-day average thru Tuesday - a bit high but i am rolling with the punches right now bc i've had a really active social life / new experiences and it meant being very tired on Monday/Tuesday (i may have been hungover Monday).  Now that it's Wednesday, I'm FINALLY feeling much better....I DID GO TO THE GYM TUESDAY! IT WAS GOOD! I DID GO TO BED EARLY TUESDAY NIGHT, but woke up for only an hour from 2am-3am...then went back to sleep :)

EDIT: not feeling energized therefore skipping the gym to go home to sleep early again tonight. not feeling great, need rest.

Home: kombucha 70

Work Breakfast: extra spread 250 on wrap 100, FORGOT MY BANANA so i'll def have one tonight, coffee with milk 50 400.

Snack - almonds :) : 140 and MORE almonds. 70

Lunch: chicken and veg 300, veggies 250, roti 200 750, plum 50


Carbs before gym:150

After gym:600

Bed as early as i possibly can...which will not be very early! LOL...

Hamster's eye is still infected but now the infection is more in one place just like a human stye in the eye....I see the visible infection and i think it's clearing up..like when i get a stye in my own eye. 

1650 before gym, 350 after 2000 and will have a banana and on 2250 today

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2017:
did he go to the vet?

horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2017:
YES...and i'm supposed to give it the eye ointment everyday, 2x a day for TEN days....I'm now onto DAY 12 today....the infection is now visible like a stye when i open the eye...it just needs to ERUPT or go away. It's white visible puss filled spot. Maybe i bring back to the vet if it looks like it can be removed via the vet just like the doctor sometimes slashes off a stye? What do you think????

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2017:
Would he let you put a tiny warm compress on it for a minute? I mean on the outside of his eye area. Nothing of course that could burn...maybe it would burst,,,also make sure you disinfect your hands before and after looking at it if you are going to touch around his eye...for your safety and his. But all in all...if there is improvement I'd keep an eye on it for a few days.

horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2017:
i was thinking this....for the same reason ok....i'll keep an eye on it...and maybe it'll burst with compress...the hamster may not allow a compress...it may fight me...i'll keep watching and treating it!

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2017:
Could you possibly warm a wash cloth and hold it on the side of his face...maybe he would like that.

horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2017:
will try this....but with a small cotton round :) same approach, yes. I will try to do it so the warm round touches the white infection at the eyelid right when i open the eye i see it.

innerpeace on 08/29/2017:
I hope your hamster gets better. I know about being tired. I took a 35 minute nap last night after I got home. I was falling asleep in the the recliner and just took a nap with DH when he went to bed. I did feel much better.

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2017:
Poor little guy....hope he feels better

horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2017:
Your suggestion is working - he let me do it to him :) still working at clearing it up

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2017:
Oh Good! Like a tiny mini heating pad.

horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2017:
:-) Hamster is dealing well with it :-) But it sorta cools off too fast....but it's all working out :)

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 28, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2150 3-day average = pretty darn good :) 

2450 today by accident.

I THINK I AM HUNGOVER TODAY? I have a headache, extremely lethargic and sore (but sore from exercise on Saturday afternoon).

I wish i could skip even the dentist today...but, will obviously go to my appointment...and then to BED. exhausted.


Home 6:30am: kombucha 70.

Breakfast at work: wrap 100, cream cheese 100, salami 100, banana 120, coffee 50.

Snack: an expired cookie which had bugs in it so darn gross so i threw it out once i saw what was going on of course! 100 though...disgusting. 150 even. and cheez-its from coworker 250. 400 yuck. need to bring some almonds.

I am feeling gross too - from all the caffeine i had and junk.

Lunch: will be healthy, i am prepared this week 700 big lunch but tons of veggies, good carbs, and protein.

1650 after healthy eating...it's ok nothing more i can do but breeze thru today and SLEEP EARLY tonight

trying to save plum for after work, 50: 

1700 before dinner. I AM taking sleeping pill so that i can sleep pretty much as soon as i get home after dentist. I am really, really tired.


Dentist tonight followed by gym of which i hope to feel less sore by then....body is a bit tired today.  but really trying to go for gym (but i can skip today if i want to, actually! and just go tomorrow, so that is good!). 

Was a REALLY good weekend, but wish i would be feeling a little less tired now at work?? lol, maybe needed an hour or so more sleep?

lately i get so tired that i fall asleep still sitting on the couch in my living room!  I find myself waking up HOURS later and sometimes all the way at 6am and walking into my bedroom to my bed.

Last night i feel asleep around 10:30 on couch waking back up at midnight to walk to my bedroom! SO CRAZY! so sleepy the past month this has been happening!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/28/2017:
I'm sleeping a lot too...I thought it was out of boredom..but I don't think that I the problem with you..maybe you are just sleep deprived.

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2017:
yes, with the increase and emphasis on trying to get better at jogging i find myself needing a lot of actual sleep ! LOL... i will take note and realize i DO need to set aside a little more time for sleep, especially today. i'll be doing no exercise later, i def need more sleep.

idk, as i've gotten older, seems i do enjoy my sleep if i also want to stay LEAN....i eat a lot less when i sleep well! it's true for me - when they say if you get good sleep you do not want to overeat, true for me.

i also get wayyyy less anxious if i sleep more / relax more at home!

anyways, thank you. i agree it's a slight bit of sleep deprivation haha. but nothing major thankfully!

but i do not think you sleep 7-8 hours or do you?

bearcountrygg on 08/28/2017:
I sleep about 5 hours a night and I also take 1 or 2 one hour naps during the day...so I total about 7..but it's broken up into 2 or 3 times

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2017:
7 is still slightly under recommended also...so, once in awhile you may need more also :) if i only sleep 7 hours and not more, i tend to still want a little more after a week of 7hr nights!

bearcountrygg on 08/28/2017:
oh every once in awhile I have sleepy days where I literally sleep off and on all day and still sleep at night And then I'm over it till the next time.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2017:
similar thing over here :-)

Donkey on 08/28/2017:
Definitely sounds like a hangover to me! Oh well, if you had a good time, it was well worth it. Cheers!

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 26, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0


2-day weekend average: 2000 per day :) excellent!!!!

7:30am-10:30am Home: kale chips that got of course a little less like a chip due to the moisture in container after cooking but still tasty! 150, plum 50, wrap with 2 eggs and one white 160, kombucha 40, chips 260, banana 120 780-800. good.

Fell back to sleep for an hour after breakfast and only woke bc I set an alarm lol.... Snacking during oil change - free coffee at repair shop and candies 100 900 just need to get waters and food then gym - no time to clean hamster cage today. Doing it tomorrow.



Today is a day to get prioities done including an oil change and free car wash!

Quick food shopping to get some bananas, eggs, fruit and maybe little bit cooked veggies from specialty (not expensive) food store..buy also some seltzers and maybe another type of canned nuts because i'm SICK of snacking on almonds at work!! That's all I need food-wise.

Pharmacy to pick up bottled water bottles that I drink only for when i'm not home (bring to work and gym) and outside apt activities :) 

Later when i'm back with food - cleaning hamster cage...then the GYM.


Free concert tonight :) at a VERY beautiful park! That really only the wealthy town residents can access but i know people in the band....so i'm getting in anyway with my friend Ricky!

1900 total Saturday. 2100 total Sunday.



Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/26/2017:
Have fun at the concert. I love kale chips too

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2017:
Concert was good, i am mad at myself for not being able to listen as much as i was able to talk lol during the concert!

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 25, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Friday, I keep thinking it's Saturday!


Breakfast and snacks around apt: plums 100, kombucha 100, ice cream (yes) 200, kale chips that i just made! 50?, and egg/egg whites 120: 600 tops. good!

Soon off the the Bronx Zoo..picking up my friend at 12:30pm coming in from NYC to the zoo at a nearby subway close to it and then parking together.

I think i'll pack my lunch to eat before zoo, because i really do not want to buy anything...? Subway sandwiches for lunch (heavier type with veggie patty and guacamole too!)  with bites of cookie 650?

Dinner, sorta heavy bc lots of fatty pastrami, at a Jewish Kosher Deli that we drove to, not far from the zoo actually!  Like 2 miles away. So a different community, since Bronx is not very Jewish anymore, but this part was. Half a large pastrami sandwich 400?, some of my friend's potato pancake 200?, lots of veggies in marinated salads 100 700.

 Total Friday: 1950, excellent!

Weekly average way better than expected! 7day: 2040 = perfect.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/26/2017:
Very nice!

My nasty co-worker is taking off the next 3 or 4 Fridays, so that pretty much screws any plans I had for extended weekends to relax.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2017:
That's not fair and i do believe 100% that if you want to take ONE friday or even TWO fridays, that you should be able to also because it's the summer and you have the right to also enjoy long weekends. Do not let her plans make it so that you cannot have your own relaxation and happiness too!

I definitely feel that way 100% and feel you deserve it!

Have a nice weekend J-Donkey...my life is will sound like a party for the next TWO MONTHS until pretty much the end of OCTOBER.

bearcountrygg on 08/26/2017:
When you have a chance o eat some good pastrami...you cannot turn that down!

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 24, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha and it worked great yay. 70

Breakfast at work: banana 120, coffee 50, wrap 100, choc spread 200: 480 approx.

Snack: had the almonds 150

1pm bigger lunch than expected: big roti homemade bread from coworker again 300?, tofu 100, and TONS of eggplant spread (lots of oil) 250? 650-700.

Snack in afternoon: plum 50.

1450 before dinner...

Early dinner at a Japanese Retaurant (Natsumi) in NYC at 5:15 before seeing a Broadway show tonight at 7pm!

Total cal is 2000

6day 2055 :-)


Leaving work at 3pm to drive into the city (only way to get there by 4:30pm without being late if i go straight from work - definitely not going home or anything - just straight from work to city).  Parking in a Garage I prepaid for ($19) at 4:30 and walking over to my friend to meet her by the box office to pick up our show tickets. 

Then walking with her around 10 min to the restaurant for an early dinner before the show.

Show will last till around 10:30-11 and then i'll walk to my car in the garage a couple blocks from the show and drive back home to Queens (shouldn't take more than 45 min at 11pm)

Cool day! Figuring out exact directions between all these stops today...work to garage, garage to theater, theater to restaurant.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 08/24/2017:
Have a good time! It is fun to get out and enjoy life.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2017:
I've been enjoying life more than i ever have this year!

happy-1 on 08/24/2017:
Fun! Hugs

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2017:
so much fun <3

bearcountrygg on 08/24/2017:
Sounds like a fun day!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2017:
I am very lucky to be able to do these nice things lately!

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 23, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: Tasty kombucha 70

Work 120 banana, wrap 100 with choc spread 150 and honey 50, coffee 50: 470 and candies 500

Snack: 50 cal fried chip (larger size and thicker) from coworker homemade with Indian Spices! and almonds 100

lunch: healthy of course....includes a large meatball 250  this time i picked up from deli counter yesterday at supermarket! nice! popcorn 100 too...and lots of veggies 250...600.

snack: i have a nice plum! 50 and a chocolate 50. 80


snack before gym: carbs and light drink of course!



After gym:

Protein cookie and later chips 450

2000 perfect

5day average = 2065


Tonight i'll be at gym, ankle is still sore :( and calf muscle - only on left leg though, right leg is PERFECT. 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2017:
Meatball sounds good!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/23/2017:
it was cold, i didn't heat it....so not as good as it could have been...but i'm glad i finally got some meat in me.

bearcountrygg on 08/23/2017:
Yup...need protein...especially if you run

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/23/2017:
yeah and when i don't have enough or what i usually have...i start to crave it...and also i hadn't had meat in awhile, so i craved it! it hits the spot!

happy-1 on 08/24/2017:
OMG... did your meatball include flakey white rolls with provolone on top? I miss NY food.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 22, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast: wrap 100, lox 50, cream cheese 100, coffee 50, banana 120.  420.

snack: maybe not. 50 cal nice chip from coworker...really cool from India. speciatly blend of spices....it was AWESOME. i'll have an early lunch today at noon probably. and almonds 150.

lunch: healthy...with eggs fresh from farm! 100, veg, a roti homebaked by coworker's wife! 300, lil other veg and bites of potato 150. 

snack later: small plums 50 and a KIND bar that i've had many months waiting for me to eat, 200 cal.

1500 before meeting. noshing all day.

dinner: after meeting, probably.

1950 today.

2080 4day avg


went food shopping at lunch and i'll bring groceries home today. After work, i'll buy kombucha. I will go to the union meeting tonight from around 6pm-7pm (it's 5 min drive from my apt, not in a walking mood, but we'll see).

snack before gym is my plan:

after gym:

SKIPPING GYM TONIGHT TO REST AND BED EARLY!  GYM WILL BE TOMORROW AND I"M JOGGING ONLY 1x THIS WEEK BC yesterday was intense and i don't need more right now. I need to recover and rest sore ankle and calf. i'll be fine, but resting tonight!


My ankle is a little sore from 2mi straight jogging, but not in pain, just a little stiff really.  I hope for it to be a little improved by 5:30pm toay when i am parking to go into gym. I do not want to skip one of my 2 gym workouts this week - i feel that i'll be OK. 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/22/2017:
The one and only time I jogged I got an ingrunial hernia and that stopped the jogging once and for all...nothing like dragging a leg all the way home.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/23/2017:
ahhh, that would phase me too!

I did have very bad injuries that really affected my mental ability to think i could ever run again and i'm frustrated that my left ankle is weak, but, i keep forging ahead bc i have NO CHOICE!

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 21, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

4am couple smallish plums 50

6:30am: kombucha 80

Breakfast at work: banana 120, coffee 50, wrap 100, cream cheese 100, lox 50: 420

Snack: 200 in a cookie and almonds

12:30pm lunch: tons of potato in sauce yea 400? egg and egg white 100, bit of other veg in sauce 150. 650, tops.

later a plum 50.


2150 today. Decent.

2120 3 day average

Jogging was good - did a straight 2mi but now sure of the pace.

GOING JOGGING TODAY, not gym, as i need to emphasize my jogging training even though i like the gym better! LOL.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/21/2017:
Plums sound good...Haven't had one of those this summer yet. Jogging for 2 miles...wow...I never could do that, even when I was young.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2017:
i love plums and they are easy to buy around this neck of the woods (Queens, NYC, Long Island...etc etc) Stores are just FULL of plums in summertime!

As a kid, i never, ever, jogged 2mi. It's an accomplishment though now my left ankle / leg is sore, but not in pain, just very sore. It should get better... :) as usual!

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