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happy-1 - Monday Mar 13, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Oh man... my favorite little diet meal pickup place "My Fit Foods" is out of business. They closed and left a lot of people who prepaid for meals to get the discount high and dry. No easy button this week :-(

BUT!!!!  I found this video on 5 min meal prep from Trader Joes from a video blogger on Youtube:




Probably high in sodium but yum.

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/13/2017:
sorry about your store, I also rely on stores in community and not only my own cooking...so sorry that's stinky! hopefully there are one or two others stores that are similar nearby?

happy-1 on 03/13/2017:
I dunno. I think I will be doing the Trader Joes meal prep thing.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2017:
TJ's IS good...lots of tasty frozen things ... just maybe a hair salt? but good idea, YES!

happy-1 on 03/13/2017:
yeah. it looks like there are a couple of services that deliver. I'm going to try them and see if it reduces my impulse buying and costs less overall also. They also go to Costco!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2017:
OH NICE! the services go to costo? hmmm...would be good if you are sharing with family (big portions!!!) nice...let us know Happy Lady.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2017:
your comment on chicken fried steak made me laugh, no....i had never considered or even heard of it! wow....way to ruin a good steak indeed!

happy-1 - Saturday Mar 11, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Met Jared Spool in person!!!!!  So exciting. He was pitching his new $60k 2 year unacredited program for team design. Augh. If I win the lotto maybe.

Got a hotel room last night with the plan of doing homework but mostly slept. I'm seriously sleep deprived.  I try to go to bed at 11, but my parents go to bed about 2am. Ugh.

At least I had a successful trip to the 99cent store and got lots of canned sardines and a few cans of salmon packaged in ok countries for my poor phosphorus deficient dog.

30 min late to class.

B: bagel / cream cheese

L: MP sandwich

What will I do with all the food in the fridge that isn't on the diet for the fitness program I am doing? Ugh.  Mostly grains and dairy. And peanut butter!!!!  How am I supposed to live without peanut butter????

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

mylilsista on 03/12/2017:
I tried to go without bread. But in time, I felt very deprived. Eventually I fell into binge eating & gained back the weight I had previously lost. So, this time, I gave myself the gift of 35 calorie bread; it's delicious and I do not feel deprived.

I eat it (almost) daily and have averaged losing 3 lbs a week just by counting calories and incorporating lower-calorie versions of foods that I actually enjoy, into my weight loss plan. That is just MY experience..Perhaps you enjoy your Paleo & bean diet and it works well for you :)

Either way, good luck. You've already lost nearly 62 lbs! That is AMAZING!

Hugs! Lisa

happy-1 on 03/12/2017:
Yeah I don't think anything extreme ever works, but I want to reach my goal and be in good shape so I can do the pct but also have more fun... all the good stuff reuires a min level of fitness

Horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2017:
If you like peanut butter, include it in your diet!

In the end, it's you in charge of YOU!

happy-1 on 03/12/2017:
Good point! I'm not going to make any extreme changes... just going to try to see if I can come up with some recipes that fit the diet. He has greek yogurt in there so it isn't strictly paleo. Makes it harder because I can't just google "paleo meal prep" andstay on target... I'll see what I can come up with.

happy-1 - Friday Mar 10, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

In my typical overreaction to things.... I decided to conquer hypothermia and the general feeling of being at the mercy of a cold cruel world with an agressive plan to toughen up. I signed up for a 3 day backpacking trip with REI for the PCT called "Into the Wild". Someone clearly did their maket research and I fell neatly into the snare. Since I cannot even keep up on a level 2 Sierra Club hike, I have decided to go to a fitness bootcamp organized by my old boss who did a career change and is now a fitness trainer. I went to the first one last night, didn't die, and then today I signed up for 69 more... every workout on my schedule between now and the departure date. 

The nutrition plan looks disgusting. He really needs to make it more appealing, maybe with some recipes. Pretty sure my current meal prep and half n half with my coffee doesn't fit a "Paleo with Beans" diet.

Plus I really want a brownie.


Just blew $150 at Old Navy for some tall size workout wear. Running last night was really hard... my fancy Lucy gear fro REI was a Fail. The shirt kept riding up and my yoga pants kept falling down.  AAAARGH.  I bought 3 sets of tall size workout clothes all in black since there is a sale plus a discount code (ENJOY)... 3 workouts a week means 3 sets of clothes if I only want one laundry day. Anything that doesn't fit I will just return. I also bought some running shorts since I don't have any quick dry shorts for summer right now. REMOVE ALL BARRIERS!!!!!



Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

mylilsista on 03/10/2017:
Wow...I admire your commitment to workout until your departure date but you are right, the nutrition plan sounds unappealing.

happy-1 on 03/10/2017:
Yeah, I figure I will put together some recipes and meal prep packing plans... See how it goes and then give them to him as a gift at the end. Maybe treat him to some branded meal prep lunch bags. He needs some information architecture and user experience work on his site to make it easier for people.

Donkey on 03/11/2017:
New workout clothes are so motivating! This sounds like an exciting new adventure. I look forward to reading about your preparation and execution of your new goal!

happy-1 on 03/11/2017:
Thanks for the encouragement! I love how supportive this community is.

happy-1 - Wednesday Mar 08, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

Found my apple watch!

And TMI WARNING ---> Figured out how to reseal the base of my toilet <------ END OF TMI WARNING.

Very proud.

Went to Vons on the way home and tried to pick up some healthier things to space out the prepared foods. Salad, veggies and 60 cal a slice high fiber bread. 

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2017:
Yeah heard great things about Trader Joe's and easy to heat up their foods!

Resealing base of toilet must have been GROSS ??

Yes, salad and veggies will lighten up the prepared foods...that's what i do too...balance "real food" lol with tons of veggies (also real but the base to my meals as well).

happy-1 on 03/08/2017:
Yeah. Super frustrated about how fast things go bad when you buy them in convenience packaging. I had some butternut squash cubes I bought last week and I steamed and mashed it. I tried it before I cooked it and thought it was fine but today it was vinegary so I think it spoiled :-(.

Donkey on 03/09/2017:
Did you need to replace the wax ring? Or did you caulk around the base? I'm not so sure that fixing a toilet is a gross as having to clean one... That's about as far as I get.

happy-1 on 03/10/2017:
Somehow half the original caulking crumbled away and the toilet was moving back and forth... threatening to break the wax seal. I got some mighty putty to fill in the missing caulk and create a new watertight seal. There wasn't really a way to strip out the old caulk... it wasn't strippable. I don't think it was caulk.

I'll have to fix it correctly someday, but for now no danger of breaking the wax seal.

happy-1 - Tuesday Mar 07, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

Bouncing back from hypothermia. Nothing like almost losing a few brain cells or a finger or two to give you renewed dedication to your health.

And missing out a super hot guy that your friend backstabs you to get to. But I digress.

To make sure I get back on the horse, I signed up for a 3 day backpacking trip on the PCT with REI for October. That's my training goal and timeline.

Next I signed up to go to a test class for my old boss' small business... a meetup bootcamp training session. I expect to be abused mentally and physically, cry like a little girl, and puke a lot... but ultimately be a better human.

March 24 I am going to get my car evaluated at Carmax and see what I have to work with to get a 4x4 vehicle.

And to kick off the whole thing I crunched the numbers on my meal prep today. Apparently I thought I was roughly in the ball park... but was nowhere near what I actually need to be just to keep walking around on this planet for any length of time. OH MY FING GOD WHAT HAVE I BEEN THINKING??????? The sodium levels alone must be turning me into a salt lick.


Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 03/07/2017:
Link to view in gory detail:


grannyannie on 03/08/2017:
Hypothermia?! That can be bad! You sound very motivated. Go for it!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2017:
So how'd you get the hypothermia??? glad you are ok!

Guys are the end all to us women right!? UGH MEN! How they mess with our emotions and sanity! LOL...

Sodium is easy to go over...probably can prevent it by cooking and preparing like you usually do your own food...lately i cook more too...finally baked my cabbage in oven and was SO TASTY...planning to roast / bake more veggies on the weekend or next week :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/08/2017:
also, besides veggies, i'm starting to cook my own meat and hopefully white (light) fish types soon...no fish yet.....

and i also am cooking carbs....like potatoes, cooking bananas, rice & couscous! I feel so cool that I can fully cook :-) and know it's all cheaper and everything! Planning to cook turkey burgers again tonight :)

happy-1 on 03/08/2017:
Yum! I was picking up prepackaged stuff at Trader Joes to make meal prep easier

happy-1 - Friday Mar 03, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2


Ate a ton yesterday.  Like 5 dinners.  Emotional? Exhaustion? 

I dunno. Woke up cranky, and got mad at my dog for knocking big water bottles out of the way to sleep in the dirt.  YUCK.  Need to prioritize a rug cleaner for sure.

Proud of myself for mailing in my boots as a defective product. It's hard to find good quality boots in plus sizes. These were fancy quality boots but they made the heel cups out of cardboard and they tore out. Unrepairable. So mad.


Every day I am closer to being less of a hot mess. My taxes are filed, my dog is licensed...  my car tags came in the mail today...




Diet coke

1/2 a turkey burger

1/2 fries


hummus cup

pita chips


Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/03/2017:
LOL to your 5 dinners.

Tonight my plan is to RELAX. and to eat the Cod fish! that i picked up at the local small supermarket! I was soooo surprised to walk there & find such a healthy find! And instead of fried, it was totally rubbed with herbs and spices. They had tons, all freshly made!!!

Next, they also had freshly made roasted veggies...oh...how tasty indeed! So fresh and even including mushrooms....i love when mushrooms are included bc i feel that not many places waste time slicing mushrooms up to add into veggie dishes! so i like mushrooms, bc everyone always skimps on them in their dishes....even at restuarants...never enough mushrooms!

I hope you get money back for your boots! you do right!?

happy-1 on 03/03/2017:
We'll see. They might consider cheaping on the heel cup part of the design.

I love sliced mushrooms too! I get bagfuls at trader joes and use a bag per recipe.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/03/2017:
oh....lately i am making turkey burgers too!

I tried stove top = too smokey....

so now i do it under the broiler and there's no smoke...they get puffy and retain their moisture better too ;) when broiled!

I am enjoying learning to cook!

Donkey on 03/03/2017:
"Less of a hot mess" --- I liked this :-) Keeping on keeping on!

happy-1 on 03/04/2017:
LOL. My project plan says that I will no longer be a "hot mess". Yeah, I'll still be a mess... but not a "hot mess".

Ultimately, I want to be bad ass with my **** together.

Crawl then walk.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/04/2017:
i also eat a lot when fully exhausted which is def why i try to sleep more and stuff...especially when i have the opportunity like after work on friday nights. !

happy-1 - Wednesday Mar 01, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

Doh! Forgot my errand box and my wallet at home this morning when I doubled back to grab my lunch.

At least I got a little sleep, have good hair and am only 1lb up from lowest. I will burn it down. I will burn it down. I will burn it down.

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/01/2017:

happy-1 on 03/01/2017:
LOL ty

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/01/2017:
I hate forgetting things also...btw...whenever we rush it happens MORE.

congrats on your weight being down....like i said before.

I wish my hair was easier to maintain....ugh! wish to cut it all off so badly.

happy-1 on 03/01/2017:
I did. All the red dye killed it. Plus I read while it processes and left it on too long last time. So now it is just to my collar!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2017:
Do you like it that short? Whenever i cut mine short like that, it doesn't flatter me at all :-(

Last time was 2yrs ago, my stylist screwed up!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2017:
So....I never went back again!

happy-1 on 03/03/2017:
I wouldn't either! I only have ever had one good haircut and she was fired so I can't find her again.

happy-1 - Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

Up 5 lbs but survived a rough week and filed my taxes, got a haircut, did some retirement stuff, and my key trackrs came today... no more lost keys. Took my parents to dinner, but it was difficult. Have been trying to sleep for 3 hours... and my dog just put her paw and chin on my toes to say "there there". Love my dog.

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 02/28/2017:
Animals are the best! Good luck to you.

happy-1 on 02/28/2017:
Aw, ty

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2017:
sorry for your lack of sleep, i'm sure you'll find a catch up day soon...we all do!

happy-1 on 02/28/2017:
Aw, ty...

happy-1 - Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

Half dead from exhaustion. Parents kept waking me up... they were restless and active because I took them to dinner and perked them up. Guess that backfired on me. So tired. Kind of spacey and forgetting stuff. Might get a hotel room tonight.

B - Mc Donalds for an egg mc muffin with hashbrown and oj. Morale boost

S - Coffee, half n half, soy millk, high fiber cereal

I think I am extra hungry from the sleep deprivation.

L - 1 piece sourdough, 2 slices bacon, 1 serving turkey, 1 serving avocado, tomato, lettuce, water

(and 2 bites of an enchilada meal from Trader Joes that tasted like feet and was bad enough I want my money back)

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 - Thursday Feb 16, 2017
(Trying to do meal prep for the week as POLR)
Weight: 246.2

Celebrated my weight loss plateau breakthrough yesterday  by drinking free beer and eating 4 costco cookies. I followed that up with an extra egg mc muffin and a bagel today. Doh!!!!!!! 

On the topic of poor life choices... Can I get a time machine and go back to elementary school and choose to not go into the magnet program and just go to my local schools? Can I go on adderall as a kid and maybe go into nursing after college as part of the military, build skills, fitness, and self-reliance? Can I not have dated anyone I ever dated and just sign up for a matchmaking service that does background checks first?

Can I get a complete do-over on my life?


First round of most recent orders of personal organization supplies arrived today. Some burner covers for our gas stove and some file folders for color-coded organizing. Key trackers will take two weeks to engrave :(. 


Stayed up too late watching Homeland on Hulu... 1:30am. Crawled out of bed this morning. Got a creepy note on my dad’s car from a neighbor who wrote “[Dad's Name] - I’ll buy your car as is. 424-###-####” No name. Would that freak you out? I feel like our house is being watched by a creepy neighbor.


Breakfast 1

TJ's Force Primeval bar, cream cheese

Breakfast 2

diet coke

2 egg mc muffins

Breakfast 3

bagel and cream cheese

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2017:
I sometimes have feelings of regret and a desire to do over - but i have moved past that. I feel that life is learning and not always easy....i am thankful for all my experiences. and thankful for all i have learned....trust me, my life has had it's share of lemons too - just continue to make lemonade Happy!

Maybe if your father doesn't drive the car, he should sell! haha, yeah, a little creepy for a note out of nowhere but maybe someone sees it's always there, not being driven.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2017:
Thinking about your desire to "redo life." I have had plenty of heartbreak lately and i realize instead of it upsetting me anymore, it's necessary to grow and learn and get something healthier the next time around :-D

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