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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 21, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Today's plan is 2050.

9pm 250. Late night fruit and whipped cream sf

7:30am 330 whipped cream and protein muffin 250 blueberries pint

9:30am Almonds 180

12:30 plum, whipped cream, peanut butter 250


1350 before 2mi jog walk in warm sun at a track at another much nicer college - this one if private and the other is public and there's a huge difference aesthetically with a better maintained running track! Picking up some veggies and going jogging after !

After jog was a huge meal of mostly veggies but huge serving.

Cabbage cold salad 50 Cooked green beans 100 Cauliflower risotto with cheese 250 Eggplant dish 100 500

1850. And later in evening I broiled sausages.

2000- very good - perhaps tomorrow I'll try for even lower calories - really I wish to not have to lower them - hopefully extra cardio will start to show!!

Relaxing tonight instead of the gym.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
You can do it!!!!

Donkey on 04/21/2018:
Hope you have a good jog today! :-) Food choices look pretty good. Question: Is that actual whipped cream or is it that Cool-Whip stuff? (HUGE taste difference in my opinion... so just wondering)

horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2018:
It is sugar free cool whip as lately I am craving it - it'll lesson up :)

happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
Mmmm whipped cream

happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
Maybe switch to whipped coconut cream with stevia and areowroot for the fat burn and brain function support?

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2018:
Good ideas - I could try to make my own :)

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2018:
Good ideas - I could try to make my own :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 20, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

250 sat

Happy Friday!

Home: kombucha 50

7:30 Work: banana 120, cookie 80, coffee 50 

300..these girl scout cookies are simply amazing...the have crunch and two layers of cream in the middle...science has proven that the best treats are crunchy and soft in the middle..now i see why.

9:30 Breakfast: wrap 60, avocado 160, egg 80: 300..healthy..perhaps one two more cookie. 150..450

late 1pm Lunch: protein and veggies: nice salad 150-200, 3 halves of rice paper filled with veggies, avocado, protein 500? not more than 700 total. and 1 cookie. 800

1550, indulgent but decided the week would still be perfect with 2050 cal today...!

Walking 1.5mi home today from bus :) to jog tomorrow at noon.

Dinner: leftover fried tofu 150, wrap 60,peppers 100, mayce 1/2 pint of light ice

dinner was peppers (a ton!) 100, wrap 60 with mustard and salami 110, ice cream 170, and whipped cream 130: 570.


7day: 2070 which is good!

stick-to-it attitude can bring me back...and help me lose 5lbs!..still sticking with it, but a 2050 type of day.

now that ricky is giving me hell and told me not to ever call him lol...it doesn't bother me but i miss having this close friend to hang out with (he was annoyed i didn't want to be a girlfriend / didn't do certain things he wanted....not important right now...)


anyways, now that i'm fully single, on weekends i plan to pay closer attention to what i'm eating and stay on track...i want to actually have a little bit of a deficit both tomorrow and sunday as well as next weekend of which i'm taking a 3 day weekend at the end of next week...Friday off to get some things done. last time i did this was just a month ago and it feels REALLY GOOD to have another day off just a month later..so i plan to stick to this, it seems to work right now. gives me an opportunity to make sure i try to also fit in exercise around the times i take off...moving forward...

so for tomorrow & sunday, for calories i have a goal of 1800 per day...let's see how i hold up....! slowly but surely i am getting back on track.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
No girl scouts to buy from this year......that may be a first.

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
they have gotten better at producing cookies you'll crave!

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2018:
oh oh...that's not good!

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
yes, very hard to stop at one, especially when it says that 2 are a serving size lol.

Donkey on 04/20/2018:
I stay away from Girl Scout cookies - oh way too easy to eat too many.

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
yes, they are def designed that way purposely!

graindart on 04/20/2018:
Used to eat a box of Thin Mints in a couple hours. The box of Samoas might've lasted a couple days. I think cookies are the one food I have almost no portion control over. I either eat none or the entire container, there is no middle ground for me.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
yeah,they are NO GOOD!

Donkey on 04/20/2018:
I'm sorry to hear about Ricky... I know you said that you're not worried about it, so I won't either. Well, sometimes these rocky relationships give us just the PUSH we need.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2018:
Sorry that you and Ricky are on the outs...but if it isn't working than it isn't working...life goes on and new opportunities come up. At any rate...it gives you precious time to concentrate on yourself.

happy-1 on 04/21/2018:
Aaaaaaaaaaw.... I feel you. Wish I hadn't gone there with my ex.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 19, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

kombucha 30

banana and coffee 170

8:30am/9am Wrap 60, avocado 160, egg 80 300, 2 smores girl scout cookies 150...strong craving for sugar...maybe this is just OK! not trying to do any heavy dieting here...trying to be moderate..

LUNCH: salad greens/meat/small amount grains/starch - moderation :) need to work on moderation. something called a poke bowl..very good. sushi grade tuna in it..400 and an apple 100.

i need to keep lunch at lower cals again..so it doesn't ruin calories for the rest of the day...

I would prefer not to diet under 2000 per day...i am hoping that by adding in jogging / walking 2x per week, the weight will come off. I am soooo not ready or wanting a full fledged diet...or a big change. Like Graindart, i have a month goal too - to see where i'm at in one month, see if by adding 2x a week of cardio that i start to lose weight...i'll know easily in the morning...see if the scale overall changes a bit from the 112-114 range to 110-112 range!


afternoon Snack: coffee and 1 cookie! 100

1250 :)

i need to work on the next portion of the day - what happens after work needs work:

snack 2: granola bar type thing 200 ?

Dinner: Dunkin donuts egg and cheese on an english muffin with ketchup or light ice cream :)

1850, tops, excellent..if i stick to eating less, i can do it!...

6day: 2060 - excellent..



I do attribute part of my weight gain this year to changes in my job, schedule, sleep and activity. I'm now getting up over close to 1.5-2hrs earlier than i used to a few months ago.  I am changing my eating plan to work with my new schedule by trying to wait to have my breakfast sandwich till 9am at work, not around 7am when i first get in.  When i first get in, i'll stick with a nice sized cup of coffee with milk and a banana or other simple carb.  This way, it's like a full breakfast but broken into two separate meals and times to eat which should curb my hunger and also allow me to eat often still...when i eat everything all together, i'm still hungry 2 hours later, so, i might as well eat a little bit and then eat the other stuff at 9am...rather than eat it all and then eat MORE and other things at 9...it's simply turned into wayyy too much eating and calories.  and it's tiring me out and slowing me down. i need to make these changes.

as well, for lunch, i am going to go back to veggies and protein, and allow myself a carb snack in the afternoon - for now. like an apple, etc..trying for fruit approach would be best.

Now, for gym and exercise, i'll put my clothes in my car for all weekdays and NOT have to stop back home anymore...i'm going to make this change and it will solve many issues...going up to my apt before exercise isn't working out well at all..and hasn't since end of December when i started doing it bc i now take public transportation so i have to get my car no matter what - but it doesn't mean i have to stop home for full blown meal!

Before the gym or exercise, i'll probably opt for a sweet snack like cookies/bars, etc. carbs.


Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/19/2018:
Good idea...clothes in the car help stop you from changing your mind ..Probably not a good idea to eat too much before exercising anyway is it?

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
no...it's not a good idea to eat a big volume meal.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
i need to eat something to have the energy to workout....but also want to have something after and it's always a mess with calories because i have already eaten a lot before the end of the day...trying to just lower calories during the 1st half the day so i can eat more in the second half the day, i guess!

graindart on 04/19/2018:
Ok, got off my butt and did my exercises today. Changed stuff up and am going for less reps on each exercise, but with less assistance on the bodyweight stuff. (my goal isn't endurance, but rather muscle size / strength)

I had some open time around noon today and got the exercises completed. I can feel that I pushed it more from the beginning of good soreness that I can feel in the muscles.

Like you suggested, I think doing the exercises before my one meal a day was the smart move. I may have been down a little on energy, but I wasn't feeling full and sluggish like after I've just consumed 1800+ calories at once. Ideally in the future, I think I'd like to do the exercises right before dinner (today that wasn't an option).

Feeling good now that the first day of the new exercise regimen is out of the way.

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
very good job at sticking to the exercise plan and doing it even at a time that wasn't the most convenient :)

sticking to it is what the pros do best.

Maria7 on 04/19/2018:
Glad you have had a good day, HOP. Calories look good, too. Like you, I am finding it difficult to try to lower my calories and don't know if it would be for the best right now. I just have to try to be careful to not go overboard, ha!

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2018:
Yes, it's harder to dial it back a notch!

Have a good day, Maria :)

Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 18, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

kombucha 30

Breakfast: coffee 50, wrap 60 with avocado 160 and salami 100, banana 120: 

Snack: part of a scone, from coworker 150 small piece. and some clementine.

Lunch: chinese sidewalk noodles large serving 500, small amount calamari 100, roasted cauliflower 150, salad 50-100, coffee 50: 900

Snack/ dinner TBD - i think the rest of the whipped cream 120, strawberries 50, tofu 150, avocado 150, wrap 60: 500, good...eating a lot of fat has been good, but really, i'm gaining weight...i know i need to dial it down...but it's been really enjoyable lately eating most anything and everything i want!...and some ice cream: 170. total: 700.

2300 today.

2150 5day...

i'm in a rut and only i can get myself out of it! :)


Plan is to do a little jogging tonight when i get home, right around my community (not at a park or anywhere but locally right outside my apt..). at the college track -  i will drive there. - and only do ONE MILE...walk half and jog half.

not in exercise mood.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2018:
The right fats are needed by the body...our brains need fat and carbs.....joints need the right fats...A friends father who was a doctor...told me that we should eat everything in moderation...because the body has uses and needs for all of it...and limiting ourselves to just a few foods...is starving the body of necessary nutrients. The hospital had a wonderful salad bar....and I noticed that the doctors and nurses were mainly eating from that. There was a BIG bowl of guacamole...that was delicious....but the sections that were running out were beets,and beans...they were very popular....I made up a snmall really nice salad and had a turkey bacon wrap...and it kept me going all day....there are so many things in each of those....

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
yeah, i agree 100%.

i have now to go back to work on my portion control.

i have NO desire to skip carbs or have any real restriction - but i'm going back to mostly veggies at lunch with just a little meat and grains...and watching the size of all portions once again...and trying to not eat a big breakfast right away when i get to work anymore:

first a banana and coffee...and i plan to try to wait until 9am for my wrap with egg/avocado...trying to space out my meals...not eat the whole meal at once because i'm up so early...i realize i'm getting hungry more often...and if i can space everything out, i can continue to eat often, but i have to break up my meals more...so i'm not just eating tons all day.

Donkey on 04/18/2018:
I'm sorry the jog did not materialize, but if you ain't in the mood, probably better to skip it. I give you a thumbs up.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
yeah, i have time still to work it out...and figure out what i'm doing wrong and fix it. i have contemplated some things, and i'm in the mood to make changes again. no need to be specific here in my response...but i do have to work on portion control again.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
basically it has to do with portion control and making one meal into two:

watching the size of all portions once again...and trying to not eat a big breakfast right away when i get to work anymore:

first a banana and coffee...and i plan to try to wait until 9am for my wrap with egg/avocado...trying to space out my meals...not eat the whole meal at once because i'm up so early...i realize i'm getting hungry more often...and if i can space everything out, i can continue to eat often, but i have to break up my meals more...so i'm not just eating tons all day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
i am going back to trying to not just indulge in at every whim...but to have better planning and stick to it attitude. i was beginning to just eat too much and too often (like even every hour at times at work..) so i need to dial it back, and re-do some of my meal planning.

graindart on 04/19/2018:
I'm definitely not in exercise mode myself. After taking the past week and a half off, tonight is my scheduled time to start it up again. Definitely not looking forward to it, but I need to get off my butt before my prior gains fade away. Since I'm trying the one meal a day, I don't know whether to do the exercise plan before or after dinner. Before, I'm lower on energy. After, I'm feeling full and just want to relax.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2018:
i think most people do it before and then eat after...

i hate when i get like this...but i haven't been on track jogging since the fall and i didn't walk so much in my commute then...i'm still navigating all the changes that have occurred in my life since the fall..

also, this is the reason i cannot fast...i get too low energy and unmotivated completely...i don't mean to derail you, but i just know it won't work for me...

however, i DO know that i need to be more moderate with my meals...and to not have to fill myself up to the brim if i'm a little hungry...i'm going back to portion control and making one meal into 2...seeing how it works for me that way - especially breakfast at work the plan is only a banana and coffee..and to wait some time before eating the rest..holding off is always something that worked for me - grazing....but it requires lower cal meals, somehow.

graindart on 04/19/2018:
I doubt that eating one meal per day will turn into a way of life for me. I definitely prefer eating something every couple of hours. Of course if I end up seeing positive results at the end of this 4 week trial period, I might have to consider continuing with it.

If I was already effectively at goal weight like you, I highly doubt I'd be trying the intermittent fasting at all.

I'm leaning towards doing my exercising before dinner tonight, maybe this afternoon since I've got some spare time open.

Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 17, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Home / Breakfast: banana 120, whole grain cream of wheat 150, peanut butter 100, some milk 50. coffee 50.  470, satisfying.

Snack: small piece of a "healthy" ..healthiest i've ever had of cake! it was basically lots of nuts and raisins!!!! so tasty. 200-250 at most. great change of pace...later half a container of blackberries. 50.


Lunch: TBD right now..STILL craving fats and carbs...going with it. i know i need protein, so i'll get some, but still craving other things.

Good size piece for f baked salmon 450?, roasted cauliflower 150? Salad 50, garlic bread 200, 850. 1600, healthy and def not hungry.. Whipped cream sf and jello 250 1850... going up to 2250 today probably ..

Dinner before workout: TBD -

Not sure - chocolate I think and a drink

Snack: TBD   

bar? 250



I have more energy today than i have in awhile despite some interrupted sleep.. Tonight the gym is planned for my evening..looking very forward!

Tomorrow I do plan to go to the track in the evening and jog - pretty much one of the first times i'll go during the work week trying it out to start up again the during the week running training.  I just have to make sure not to stress over it..

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/17/2018:
I hope you had a nice gym workout :-) Ooo, I hope you get the chance to jog tomorrow. We're getting snow, but we're about a day ahead of you weather-wise. GOALS!

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2018:
I did have a good gym workout Jdonk...that you, lady!

Lately your weather is very different from mine!!

bearcountrygg on 04/19/2018:
Salmon sounds good...and excellent source of good fats.

Horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 16, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

breakfast: wrap 60, avocado 160, salami 100, coffee 50: 370

8:30 and 10am Snacks: protein bar 210 Banana 140..330

Lunch: choosing something more high fat...roasted potatoes medium serving 350? and a nice, fatty Italian sausage 300, not too much else...just little nuts / etc. 650-700. and a coffee 50.  i am satisfied after this lunch compared to a lot of veggies.

Chocolate 100 1550... Dinner: I fried some tofu for the 1st time in sesame oil 350 tops and jello and whipped cream 150. 2050 today - excellent and more satisfying with all the fat :)

Afternoon Snacking: i brought blackberries to work to share with coworker

Dinner: i will fry my tofu up at home, all of it so it doesn't spoil, and eat some with curry veggies (i ordered curry jackfruit a few packages online) is my plan...

2060 3 day


return movie to a redbox after work -mwalking to one located in NYC and then taking the subway home from near that redbox - YES.

Tonight i'm going to hard boil some eggs for the week...


I got up sorta late from bed i don't think i even woke up at first from my alarm but i did the best i could, really! was on time to the bus thankfully, not having any time even to drink kombucha and i'm glad i packed my breakfast the night before.


Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 04/16/2018:
Boiled eggs are always a good choice. Hope you have a wonderful day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2018:
yes, very convenient to have whenever i want without having to wait on them once they are already made :)

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2018:
We do about a dozen at a time...they keep for a week boiled...and they are so versatile.

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2018:
Yes, agreed! i love them in wraps and sandwiches.

happy-1 on 04/16/2018:
What movie?

horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2018:
It was called Moonlight. won many awards. Independent film i think...good movie...a gay film of a boy growing up in Miami slums, raised partially by a drug dealer. gives insight into how it was to grow up there...the lives of the people there in neighborhood called Liberty City. Sad movie. very well acted. teaches a few lessons.

Donkey on 04/16/2018:
Eggs are one of those things that I have to have in my refrigerator or I start to panic. Something comforting in knowing there's a carton of eggs in the frig. They are in so many recipes and very versatile to eat on their own - I think that's a big part of it. WTG!

horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2018:
yes, they are good...i also like to have eggs in my fridge. they are so easy to make, healthy, good nutrition, good source of protein...yep. a perfect and fresh food that stays good for a long time...why can't everything be easy to cook as eggs? haha.

graindart on 04/17/2018:
Have gone through different times where I love eating eggs and others where I'm just not a fan. Lately I've been enjoying eggs again. Love hard boiled with freshly ground salt/pepper. Also love deviled eggs. Haven't had deviled eggs for awhile due to potential calorie count, but they will fit in nicely with my new LCHF plan for the next few weeks.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2018:
i hope you enjoyed the deviled eggs.

Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 15, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

8am Breakfast kiwi 50, cream of wheat and almond milk 200, stevia, cocoa powder 50, dried cranberries 100. 400.

10am snack banana 120 and peanut butter 200, little kombucha 60. 400 800..

12pm lunch wrap 60, avocado 160, egg/egg white100, pepperoni 110, handful of spinach, plum 50. 500

Snack before gym: planning on coffee and cookie/bar 220.

after gym: still craving tons of fat...so probably the other half of the avocado, tuna, wrap 300 and popcorn 200.

2050 wonderful.

weekend 2 day excellent avg: 2000 per day.


Being productive with laundry, errands like food shopping and some cleaning and gym in afternoon before dinner so I can be in bed at an early hour. Maybe watching some tv tonight

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/15/2018:
Love avocados...but they sure don't keep well...if you know any secrets about that...please let me know...I'm the only one here that will eat them...but the calories...very healthy though

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2018:
when you slice if in half, the side with the pit in is the side you keep for later, keeping the pit in till you use it.

you can also put some lemon juice on it to preserve, but it'll change the taste slightly.

Donkey on 04/15/2018:
Early bed sounds wonderful, but I don't think that's going to happen to me tonight. Weekends are just too darn short. I really need a day off. I took April 23rd off because it's a school day off, and I thought it would be nice to be home when my daughter is home, but she will sleep half of the day. And she may have to work, as well, so maybe not...

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2018:
early bed didn't happen, but, i got the gym in and that is a wonderful thing...as i was thinking to skip it...thank gosh i stuck to my plans!

yes, weekends should be 3 days haha.

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2018:
Thanks for the avocado advice...I do keep the pit in...but never tried the lemon juice...I will do that.

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2018:
or light vinegar can work...but of course it'll change the taste, also it could make you poop more because the vinegar / lemon juice might do that...but you are only using a little bit obviously for preserving the avocado and you can wash it off before eating :) you are welcome.

the same trick with vinegar / lemon juice works on fruit like raspberries and blackberries.

Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 14, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Breakfast 500

Lunch 550

Snack 200


Drove to a friend's house get together ...

Vegetables 100, burger didn't eat a bun 250, honey wheat pretzels 250, fruit 50, chocolate 50. Drank only Diet Coke and water.

1950-2000 - excellent !!!

Also great exercise

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 04/14/2018:
Good job!

horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2018:
Ty :-)

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2018:
Numbers are good!

horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2018:
This is def what is my concern lately !!

Maria7 on 04/14/2018:
Hope you are doing well today and having a nice day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2018:
Yes I did :)

Horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 13, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

5:45am kombucha 30

7am breakfast wrap 60, avocado 160, egg 80, banana 120. 420, coffee 50.

9:30am Snack: bar 150

11:30am Snack: fruit

Lunch: 3 large chicken dumplings with a little sauce 400, my own roasted veg 200-250. 650.

Snack: coffee 50 before i leave i think! yup and almonds 50.

Snack:chocolate 50

Dinner: started with about 1/3 container of cool whip 160 and sf jello 40. 200. followed by some roasted veggies 150. followed by one of those cauliflower pizza crusts that say they are 200 cals per pizza but i have a very hard time believing it...200. 550 total if they aren't lying, but they are...huge filling dinner...having a ton of trouble with self control ... feeling like all of the food universe is around me and hard to stop. also, i will go to bed rather early and start a new day tomorrow. no extra exercise today and got off the bus early. just tired. tomorrow i'll jog.

2050...not sure about this.

 around a 2100 7-day total. okay.





I weighed 114 this AM and haven't seen a weight so high in perhaps 1 year in the morning - but just satisfied right now to keep on eating calories same as i am and increasing cardio by continuing to get off the bus early / jog on weekend - 1x a week for now.

The reason for weight gain is simple...i've def had more calories all Winter till now!  I used to get up late and eat less on weekends, now i just get up late and eat more. i guess i'll have to work on it...again!

2100 6-day

I'm totally up to see if i can do the running, situps and pushups...i think i can :)

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2018:
It's normal....the scale is only a snapshot in time.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
it makes sense. cardio ended in winter and my fitness exercises are different. as well, i've eaten more calories all winter! so the scale reflects the truth.

Maria7 on 04/13/2018:
Hope you are having a good day. As for fried bread, mix water with self-rising flour, stir til consistancy is not soupy but not real thick either, and heat a little oil on medium-high in pan and drop by big spoonfulls into the hot oil, flipping the fried bread over a couple times til brown both sides and take up from pan.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
sort of like a pancake??

Maria7 on 04/13/2018:
Yes, but about the size of the palm of your hand.

happy-1 on 04/13/2018:
Look at it this way, maybe you gained it in your boobs.

horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2018:

jayhawkjen on 04/14/2018:
It’s the never-ending struggle. Keep fighting the good fight!! You’ve got this.

Donkey on 04/14/2018:
IDK about the weigh-in. I'm with BearCounty on this one -- it's just a snapshot in time. I bet I fluctuate 3-4 pounds (upward) within any given day. As you can see from my weekly weigh-ins (when I remember, LOL) that my weight changes constantly.... Can't tell you how frustrated that makes me.

I'm wondering if there's something going on with your thyroid levels.

Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 12, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast: wrap 100, avocado 150, egg 80, coffee 50

Snack: almonds 150

Lunch: Mc donalds cheeseburger and fries and a plum 700. hit the spot. lately i am craving fat. and more almonds later on as a snack and stayed away from the coffee.


dinner: sushi california roll again - but sorta just want a toasted bagel with butter...which i might just do. or toast and butter with a fried egg.

Ended up with toasted bagel and butter 450 1800, good....

total around 2050.


I was late to work today - almost 15min - basically bc i didn't choose to get ready on time to leave my place for the day. No good excuse. A reminder to get focused and remain in the game of life... 


I am giving myself a few requirements for giving myself permission to skip the Advanced Estimating Course in September:

1) be able to run 2mi in under 22 minutes (this will be a challenge i think)

2) be able to do 36 situps in one set - i have upped my gym goals to 150 situps per gym session, not 100. standing by this goal.

3) be able to do 35 pushups in one set, i have upped my pushup requirement to 150 per session, not 100. standing by this goal.

I am unable to do these goals yet - so it forces me to improve.  i changed my pushup and situp requirements at the gym bc i have not gotten better at all doing what i currently do, since January...and compared to last year, i've gotten worse.....all other exercises at gym.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/12/2018:
We all have those days where it's hard to get started... Lunch sounds yummy!

horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2018:
Lunch was tasty lol....

i even showered last night, telling myself that i didn't need to shower today...seems it still didn't help me actually doing what i had to in order to leave on time...i just was slow to do everything.

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
Depressed? Sometimes we just get bummed.....you will feel better.

horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2018:
probably a little bit...i know i'll feel a bit better as the weather progresses...it's the sleep thing which is nuts. I lowered the temp a little bit and my thermometer read 76 degrees in my room this AM.

trishpiglet3 on 04/12/2018:
My timekeeping is generally terrible and pretty much for the same reason you were late today. I'm also bad at estimating how long things take, especially travel.

Thinking about your gym progress a different way... you have kept going and kept exercising. Lots of people join a gym and only go for a month and you're way ahead of all of them.

Maria7 on 04/12/2018:
Hope you are having a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
pretty good, yes.

happy-1 on 04/12/2018:
What's your secret for looking forward to going to the gym?

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
once i'm there, i do enjoy it. I like to view my progress as i look in the mirror, for sure...

With the gym, as long as i'm not sick or extremely overtired, it's become a habit that i don't enjoy the feeling of knowing i skipped or missed it. This is how i continue to go.

Cardio is new to me, so it's not as routine yet - at all - because my legs and ankles are tired when i get home after just walking 1.5mi and i don't want to hurt myself by further exercising after that. i figure just increasing my walking right now is good..

Donkey on 04/12/2018:
I've gone through stages where I felt like I could not eat enough almonds, nuts, nut butter, etc. Right now, though, I'm into walnuts. Not so much the almonds, due to a recent, bad experience.

I thought that the dumplings sounded yummy. Lunch at McDonalds, not so much, but hey, if that's what you were having a hankering for, then I'm glad you went.

So am I understanding your goal correctly? If you make your physical goals, you will allow yourself to opt out of the advanced class in September. Am I on the right track?

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
I am craving big time the fats and carbs. I have been gaining weight, but kinda trying not to worry as i'm doing more walking than i used to.

Yes, i'd love to opt out of that September class if i can increase my level of fitness enough...we'll see.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
as long as someone is teaching it, i'd be able to take it a different time...but not always does someone teach it...i just really don't want to go for 10 weeks straight in the fall. we'll see how my fitness goes this time around.

i can do the 150 pushups in one night, but situps were harder to get to 150. i stopped at 100 and then did 50 later in the evening..

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