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happy-1 - Thursday Mar 23, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Dear Trader Joes Trail Mix,

I know we have had a long history together. Any time I am a little down, you are there to pick me up again with your dark chocolate, dried cherries and pistachios... All that fruity, salty, nutty goodness.  We had to separate for a while... I couldn't control myself and you were so calorie dense that I'd consume a week of calories in a sitting. When you were released in "Just a Handful" packets I thought maybe this was the change I had been waiting for... that we could finally be together again... but no... Old habits have reemerged and instead I just eat multiple packs. Also... you looked like 100 calorie packs... but I just looked at the label and you are really 400 calorie packs. There are 10 packs in a bag. Last night after dinner I consumed an extra 1300 calories without realizing it. These 6 extra lbs I gained the past 3 weeks are my badge of shame. I will go to crossfit tonight and try to save my BMI, if not my very soul.

Goodbye. Know that I will think about you all the time and miss you terribly.

We will always have my college metabolism.




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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/23/2017:
SO SORRY you read the package wrong. Sometimes, not often, I don't even believe the package like in snack bags of chips where some are filled to the brim and others hardly filled but of course the outside says the same exact calories!? Anyways, maybe that didn't even make sense to you... but it does to me ;)

lol a 400 cal pack is def way more than a 100 cal pack...you really had me laughing at this entry...glad you will NOT be buying them anymore because that's a serious waste of calories ... i'm sure it wasn't even that big a pack!

I buy tons of almonds and got used to eating them - i do not binge on them anymore as i've been getting used to them as a steady part of my diet. All food that i eat regularly I generally don't binge on - it's only when something is new that i occasionally fall to the trap but seriously learning not to anymore and really getting quite good at not binging.

anyways, the point should be about you - i am so glad you won't be buying them anymore..the only good thing was that they were really in smaller packages already...lol...but 400 anyways is sorta big for a snack!

happy-1 on 03/23/2017:
OMG... It's as bad as any breakup with a guy!!!!!!

museumgirl on 03/24/2017:
That post made my day! Oh, don't feel ashamed, food is seductive and we are, after all, only human! Your post made me smile, but I feel you! I have that problem with nuts...any kind of nuts. We just have a dysfunctional relationship and its best we don't see each other any more :) Have a great day!

happy-1 on 03/24/2017:
LOL. Those nuts... they are all alike.

happy-1 on 03/24/2017:
I am still working my way through the stockpile I bought... Still snacking even after the breakup... I know I should make a clean break an be done with it... it would be better for both of us... But I just can't stop. Trader Joe's Trail Mix is soooooo good.

happy-1 - Thursday Mar 23, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Less than 5 hours of sleep. A little tired. After work I ran errands (kneepads for crossfit and supplements, then ice for cooler). Then I was up doing laundry (washing new gym clothes for crosfit) and trying to fix my heart rate monitor (also for crossfit) and then I took a stab at my land nav homework, and trying to fix my fitbit. Also, my mom gave my dog a BOWL OF PURE CHICKEN FAT I had been saving to mix with sweet potatoes and veggies for her dinner, so I had to get up and walk her every 20 minutes. Lots of pumpkin for that dog tonight.

Since I have hidden calories, I need to start logging every bite again:

M1 - Chia sweet potato pudding

M2 - Egg white bowl, hash brown, diet coke from McDonalds

M3 - Chicken cous cous salad frm Trader Joes. Mixed in steamed lentils and blueberries. Crazy good. Also almond milk with chia seeds

M4 - ONE PACKET of Trader Joe's trail mix.

Today I did a little internet stalking and turned up the Facebook profile for the guy off Farmersonly. Can't wipe comments you left on other people's feeds pre update from 2 years ago and I found his wife's Facebook profile. She hasn't changed her status from married and to him. LOL!  If he texts me again I'll tell him I'll drop a fb message to his wife and meet up with him if she says it's ok.


Crossfit workout


Broiled pork ribs, bbq sauce. Normal servings.

Up all night till 4AM, had TWO PACKETS of Trader Joes Trail Mix. Apparently goin anerobic creates insomnia.


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/24/2017:
lol...i thought i wrote to you...where did my comments go!?

lol sorry your dog got what seems like diarrhea from the fat right? that's what would happen i assume?

how'd you decide on the chia sweet potato pudding? sounds cool! and filling?

egg white bowl from McD's has me intrigued...!

your meals sound tasty....maybe a lil more veggies will keep you full more...i would need to eat more veggies to be satisfied...

but those meal's to sound very TASTY!

so you are saying you caught a guy cheating on his wife?? not getting it, i'm slow!

happy-1 - Tuesday Mar 21, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

My friend said he had a dream about me. It was probably dirty,so I said "Was it a dream where I get into the best shape of my life, buy a jeep, go on the pct trip, start having awesome adventures, buy a place somewhere green and start a foster family?"

Feels a million miles away right now. Having a hard time staying focused on tasks. Super tired all the time... I need to have more fun. Give myself a boost. And a hot guy to huggle.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2017:
I feel you. Been feeling the exact same way as you.

Pretty bored although doing fun things but craving a man and the emotional connection of a man that i personally connect with on both that emotional and physical level...haven't found it yet. And really nervous thinking it doesn't exist for me out there...but know it'll come with patience.

Stay happy and always hold your head up! I've been reminding myself of this too...also, be sure to TRY to sleep when you can at least on weekends more. Let your body rest.

happy-1 on 03/21/2017:
Yeah, I couldn't sleep last night so I trolled FarmersOnly... Found a nice guy I was super interested in until he was all "and my divorce will be final soon, just a formality". Am I being too rigid? I feel like you don't touch the married ones till the ink is dry.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2017:
i agree, do not touch ... there's more fish in the large sea!

happy-1 - Tuesday Mar 21, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

I need an infusion of happy.  Can someone pass me some? 

I've got a case of "fix my life" burnout... Where I know what I need to do but it all takes me so freaking long to do it, I am losing energy and momentum.


I'm not sure this is helping... but I am definitely in a better mood. You too can have some tough-sounding black guys tell you to get off your ass.


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2017:
me too, i need some too, wherever you get it from...let's make an emphasis to both sleep more and to stay more positive!

happy-1 on 03/21/2017:
LOL. Today I am getting it from some motivational tapes. https://open.spotify.com/artist/1FhamVtJlNqaekPnwxQpbk

... and I guess from a workout I will be doing in the rain in a Venice park with tons of dog poop... because I cannot have my old boss think I am an even bigger wimp than he already does, lol.

Grrr... Let's get all the Diet Diaries folks to do some super discount all inclusive resort vacation over the Thanksgiving holidays. Every time we break our diets we throw into the general activity pool. Maybe enough for us all to go hangliding, lol.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2017:
LOL...i wish ;)

happy-1 - Monday Mar 20, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2


Ok. Starting over again.  I didn't mean to go ff the rails on the diet over the weekend, but I was so run down and hungry I just ate what was there. Lastnight I had half a roll at dinner and two things of cup of noodles from my camping box. This morning I forgot to get the kale bowl at mc donalds and had an egg mcmuffin meal instead. Oops.


Went to buy some of the supplements in the program and after I put in the address for delivery, I got the State of California warning about birth defects. Yikes! 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/20/2017:

Egg McMuffin is still small...don't worry...you are ok...The Cup Noodles, one, has same calories as the egg Mcmuffin i bet you...

either way, happy that you are content to start over...that is the only way so i'm happy that you are happy and working on your goals.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/20/2017:
and cup noodles have a lotta salt which might be why your weight is up just retaining some water xoxoxoxoxoxo !!!

happy-1 - Saturday Mar 18, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Ok... first week on the diet, got a little derailed... Had a bad run in with a coworker and stress ate a pice of roll, a piece of pita bread, and a cup of noodles last night. More about that later.

Also, the stuff from Trader Joes, even though it follows the plan.. I'd have to be a football player to consume all of that!!!!  Barely through 2 days of the meals in 4 days. I feel a little better about my spend though.

I need to plan some grab and go breakfasts to eat in the car without heating them up.

Got 2 hours of sleep last night, didn't do homework but I did make it to class on time.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/20/2017:
LOL me and you having "run-ins" with coworkers. I learned better to just say nothing. Keep mouth shut. OR, if you really have a problem with someone and feel they are in the wrong, tell a superior, rather than that person if you think that person will react poorly and place you in jeopardy...

That's so good it's taking you extra long to consume the food...that's savings, right!?

Have you tried the Rose flavored Kombucha!??!! it's the one by Synergy = AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy-1 - Thursday Mar 16, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Got home a little before midnight, stayed up till 2AM setting up meals last night... Mostly due to interruptions. Next time I do this I'm using a stopwatch and clocking how long this actually takes me without distractions.

4 days of food was super pricey. I've been trying to do meals on $7 a day and hovering around 10, but this was over 17 before delivery... largely due to buying 2 prepared salads a day.  I'm shooting for 4 days because I end up eating out a couple of meals a week and then I just move the prepacked stuff over to the 5th day.

Still need to do the nutritional information and photos to go with it. Looking forward to making this a gift.

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

Horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2017:
Keep up the good work - it looks very organized and thought out!

Donkey on 03/17/2017:
This idea of shopping online and then just picking up was a huge lightbulb moment for me. This never occurred to me, but it makes sense because a lot of times I'll go shopping for 10 things and come out with a cart full of food. I could see where it might be advantageous to approach grocery shopping and meal prep in this fashion -- especially towards one's budget, even though I'd be paying extra for the services.

I spend so much of my free time on weekends food shopping, too. I must explore and rethinking this option. thank you very much for bringing this to my attention!

happy-1 on 03/17/2017:
Sam's club has free in store pickup, as do some Ralphs and Vons. We can all thank the baby boomers for aging as a group and requiring changes to services.

happy-1 - Wednesday Mar 15, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

Ow. Just Ow. OMG.

Did my second workout with the boot camp last night. It was insane. I have no idea how my body kept moving the whole time... must be the "herd" thing. I just about cried walking up the parking ramp... The guy at reception was like "Are you ok?" All I could say was "Squats, so many squats." He just laughed his ass off. I got two cups of coffee at the same time this morning so I wouldn't have to stand up to walk back for the second cup. 

Cleaned out the fridge when I got home after the workout. I was in so much pain but weirdly active. I took all my remaining prepped meals and put them in my dad's section of the fridge, which made him obnoxiously happy. They were all grain-based which isn't the menu plan for the bootcamp. I even cooked dinner and took my dog on a run, which shocked her. I never run when I walk her.

Got the breakdown from the delivery service today... They posted a refund for the difference between what I was billed and my total. I signed up with a 30 day free trial, so after this month I will be charged $19.99/mo for the service if I keep going. Here is what it cost me:

Groceries from Trader Joe's - $129.53 (No markup)
10% of bill as Service Fee - $12.95
Flat Delivery Charge - $12.00
Gratuity - $18.00 (I should have added another 1.35 to make it 18% but I did the math wrong in my head)
1/4 of subscription fee, if you assume I get 1 grocery delivery a week= $5.00 (waived in 30 day trial)

So the total additional cost for using delivery was $47.95... But really $49.30 if I had done the math right. Interestingly, one of their competitors that will do a Costco run for you runs about the same without a monthly fee but doesn't offer Trader Joes.

Not terribly cost effective over the long term... Or really this week even... But for just getting setup and started and not tempted off track... a good experiment.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/16/2017:
Yes i think taking classes SURELY makes us think we can do more bc we feel we can when part of that group atmosphere. i would always get most sore after those group classes when i did take them in the past in college (over 10yrs ago). They def worked but i guess we should keep in mind that it's OK to go at our own pace? LOL...

Many times i really do workouts that use up like ALL of my energy - i come home and head straight for the couch LOL...sometimes it's good and i sleep SO WELL also.

That's a HIGH cost for delivery, approx $50...it sounds NOT REASONABLE to me as I could never afford such a high markup / additional fee. I agree with you that it's completely not cost effective but maybe if those stores had something you love that can last a long time (like a special ice cream i like thats not available everywhere), it could be worth it as a gift to yourself if you place a huge order...otherwise, yeah i agree with ya! too much dinero!

happy-1 - Tuesday Mar 14, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

I’m a little sleep deprived and this morning I lost in sequence my id badge, car keys, wallet and phone. The trackers I bought as part of my hot mess project located them in seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There is an end in sight!

Also... The delivery lady was super nice and it was really easy to get a delivery done. I just waited down in the parking lot and she drove right in and followed me down to my car. I got everything into the cooler... It barely fit! I am super glad I deleted all the extra refrigerated items... only the lunch I was planning on eating today didn't fit. I added a little cash to bring the standard tip up to 15%. I am looking forward to checking stuff off my list and then seeing how I was billed for it. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2017:
Glad you found everything! So all is good in the end !

Glad the delivery worked out as well! Sounds like a productive day for you, Happy!

happy-1 on 03/15/2017:
Hugs! Yes!

happy-1 - Tuesday Mar 14, 2017
(Paleo + beans diet and a 3x a week bootcamp)
Weight: 246.2

great idea: everytime you buy something, you put away cash in a fund and once a year buy stock in that company for the same amount. Like a bulk purchase on scottrade. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2017:
LOL...not a bad idea ;) But I am way too lazy to do it.

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