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happy-1 - Thursday Jun 09, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

B - Skipped
S1 - Cup of noodles
L - Skipped
S2 - Pastrami on rye with 1 slice of cheese and sauerkraut. juice box.  
D - Potato chips. Peanut butter cups. 2 juice boxes
S3 - Protein shake. last orange. water. ice
S4 - Chips, Salsa

Taking the morning off to lurch around like a zombie. Not strep, but definitely a sucky head cold. I tried to talk in the staff meeting this morning and all that came out was croaks. I don't think it is strep. Maybe laryngitis. My guy had allergies? My butt. He had a cold and gave it to me. 

I re-joined betterhelp.com last night with the Groupon.  First counselor wasn't appropriate. second counselor sounds ok. 

This is all I accomplished today. I am a snot zombie. I can't even take cold medicine because of the drug interactiions.


Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2016:
Dang girlfriend! I hope you feel better soon. OMG...i have a guy coming to stay with me in one month and right now he has some kinda bronchial issues where he was asked to actually get X-rays. I swear, i will not kiss him if he's sick and i may even force him to change his flight to a later date.

It would be totally inappropriate for him to come here & get me sick!!!!!!!!!

so betterhelp, it's online counseling!? sounds interesting...

Were you craving salt today? i see a lot of salty things listed...sometimes i actually crave salt. Sauerkraut is good! Or do you like these foods because you can freeze them / have them on hand and they don't spoil easily?

happy-1 on 06/10/2016:
OMG. Have him reschedule now. Snotty makeout sessions are gross.

Basically that's what survived the cooler this week. I bought a bunch of salads at Trader Joes but they spoiled overnight the first night and am just kind of stuck with what's here yesterday and today. Not feeling well enough to drive.

I bought healthy pastrami because I had sauerkraut already :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2016:
oh, are you enjoying the kombucha?

happy-1 on 06/10/2016:
The kombucha was REALLY good. I drink but don't like soda because I like the bubbles and some flavor but it is too sweet. Kombucha is only slightly sweet and yummy. I think I have a new expensive habit!

happy-1 - Wednesday Jun 08, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

B - 2 scoops  chai latte mix with coffee concentrate, frozen egg muffin

S1 -  Skipped

L - Kombucha, last of the chicken and rice casserole

S2 -  4 thumbprint cookies, for morale 

D - Chicken soup

S3 - coleslaw, cheese quesedilla with 2 cheese slices

Working from home today. Had a slight sore throat last night. Today I have a fever and a sore throat. Super hoping I didn't catch strep throat from my friend and her kid this weekend :(. I'm ok to work but I don't want to give it to the whole office if I have it and make myself super popular.


Aw, the two guys with newborns I work with both sent me notes to thank me for working from home today. 


Ran out to get throat lozenges and a few other essentials and splurged on chicken soup from el pollo loco. Gotta get rid of this sore throat! Chicken soup cures everything.


Was inspired by MyGiftedLife to sign up again for online therapy. Hopefully the counselor can help me get my homework done.

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 - Tuesday Jun 07, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

B - 4 sausages, 2 pancakes, a couple of sips of coffee and creamer. Can't seem to make a good cup today.

S1 - Skipped

L - Chicken casserole (round 4, still yummy), Orange, Vitamin Water

S2 - Fun size almond joy, mini cup of cottage cheese, a 1/4 cup of leftover apple crisp. I definietly need to make that again. Vitamin Water

D - In and out Double Double with firies, ketchup, light lemonade

S3 - Kombucha, 1/2 a pastrami sandwich with a slice of cheese

Voted today. Feel the Bern. My guy said "Oh really?  I didn't know you were a communist." Whatever. I hope he fights on.


Having a case f the blahs today. Not hungry, but I feel like eating. Not tired, but I feel like sleeping. Mostly want to get a bunch of movie tickets and tune out for a few hours. 


Went to Walmart and Petco to do errands. Took me 4 hours!!!!!! So much for homework. Starving and kind of out of it so I went to In and Out. Yum. 


Super sore throat starting. How do I not have throat/cough drops when I'm actually sick but I always have them when other people are sick?

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2016:
Do you make your breakfast or you buy it?

happy-1 on 06/07/2016:
Made it! Leftovers though... yum! :)

Haven't responded to all your wonderful comments yet... Will dig in soon!

MyGiftedLife on 06/07/2016:
Hi!!! Sounds like you ate very well today!! Good job!! Keep up the work!! I'm tired too -- sleep is important..Let's all try to get enough zzz's tonight.. I'd love to go to the movies too.. Maybe this weekend.. Have a good night, and be good to yourself!! :)

happy-1 - Monday Jun 06, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

Making up a post from yesterday (Monday).

Can't remember what I ate exactly but everything was more or less on track, except for a cake pop and some extra potato c

Did a grocery run so that I have lots of healthy non-restaraunt food in my cooler and returned stuff to pep boys. Was delighted to discover that for $20 you can get a device that pulls the codes from your car before you go to the mechanic. So doing that.


Returned a phone call from a guy in my camping group. He was all flirty and I got the feeling he wanted to more about me than the camping trip next week. Nice guy so I just straight out said, "I find you attractive and your personality appealing too and would have given it a shot a couple of weeks ago, but I just got back together with my ex and I think I should give that till August at least to see what's there. Can we pick this back up after Catalina in September?" Silence. Then he just said "Ok" and hung up. I think I got it horribly wrong... Awkward. Crap. I liked him too. He is a construction manager from Idaho with great backcountry skills and likes to read a lot and explains various economic, political, and historical happenings with a simplicity and detail on a par with NPR. Looks like a degenerate tough guy biker and sounds like he went to Harvard even if he never finished high school. 


Awesome campervan on craigslist in my price range, but the base vehicle isn't a tall one so you can't stand up straight in it. I want a Ford Transit with a tall top for my base vehicle and his is a Chevy Astro. I'm amazed he only marked it up by $800. Incognito http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/5621339090.html


Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 - Sunday Jun 05, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

Making up a post from Sunday.

Can't remember what I ate, but it was more or less on track. May have been a couple of extra meals in there, but more or less OK.

Saw my guy on Sunday. Fun discovery that he was a competitive spicy eater and an amateur competitive bodybuilder in his youth. I want to see photos of him when he was young. I bet he was trouble. All those twinkly eyes, muscles, and a uniform. Still has the eyes. He wants to come camping... or at least come to my tent at night. I was like well... we'll see.

Did a little homework. Tried to take dog to vet but we waited 4 hours and they still had 5 people ahead of us, and my dog was getting too upset so I bailed. Will try again on Wednesday. 

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 - Saturday Jun 04, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

B - 1 pancake, 2 eggs, 3 turkey sausages

S1 - Skipped

L Skipped

S2 - Spinach salad from trader joes

D - 2 burritos, enchillada sauce, cheese, 2 bites of potato salad

S3 - a little bread, margerine, chicken/green bean/rice/cheese/cream of mushroom soup/mayo casserole

Late night - healthy apple crisp with cottage cheese

Trying to get chores out of the way this morning so I can have my mnd at peace and do homework. 

  • Make dog food
  • Wash two sinks of dishes for parents
  • Cook up all the food I bought that is about to spoil so I don't lose my $
  • Setup meds and vitamins
  • Try to get a samlple from dog
  • Try to find receipts for returns
  • Take stuff to storage and look for interview clothes.
  • Repack work bag
  • Repack car and cooler 


H is sending me pics of the camping trip I said no to. They are on the beach, with good waves. F@#k. Stupid homework.


Caught a price drop on the bed and made Walmart give me a credit! $86 off makes it a $91 bedframe. What a big improvement when you are watching every penny.


Seeing my guy tomorrow.... Hopefully I don't have to cancel. Maybe I'll get lucky and he'll cancel... Dying to see him but I have so much homework. If he cancels, I'm not the flake. Hope he feels better. He says it is cat dander from the previous tenants, but I think he's really run down and caught a cold and won't admit it because he's a tough guy. 


9pm and just starting homework. Dog has peed everywhere in the house. I hate to shut her up in the kitchen but I have to. Looks like a more pricey vet visit nd a rug doctor rental for me tomorrow and no date.

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2016:
I am gonna relax now...and comment on all your entries below...and then come back and comment more on this one! I am having a super-relaxing morning. And happy to spend some time alone and on here...

happy-1 on 06/07/2016:
Aaaaaaw... thank you.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2016:
I left a lot of comments below on your previous entries & will write more later on this one. I'm enjoying giving you feedback :) it's sorta a relaxation thing for me, really! in general, this site seems to have a calming effect on me..

happy-1 on 06/07/2016:
Me too. I write, clear my head and get to move on with my day.

happy-1 - Saturday Jun 04, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

Not really sure what I ate. I think:

  • 2 burritos with enchillada sauce and cheese
  • chicken tikka masala meal
  • bag of snap peas
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • water 

Went down to parents place to work from home and wait for the bed to be delivered. I expected a full size adjustable bed. Instead I got a toddler bed!!!!!! So upset. So much for my big plan to organize my stuff and clean up the living room.

Worked all day, with a few too many breaks and ended up working late. Bah, working from home.

Afterwards, I fixed two faucets (all by myself), pulled stuff together for storage, and made dog food for the week. She doesn't seem to be sick. I don't know why she is peeing everywhere. I don't know how I am going to get a urine sample for her on my own. Last time Mi and I worked as a team to get a sample. I don't have anyone to buddy up with for this.

I also tried on interview suits I had stashed in my mom's closet for safekeeping when I outgrew them. I have a great black suit in size 16 that I can get into, but it is too tight to wear without damaging it. Almost there though.  The last time I was a size 16 I think I was like 225? I'm 247 at weigh in last week. Maybe I have more muscle now?  I dunno.  I think I am maybe 10lbs away from fitting it. My friend M was hounding me to invest more in my wardrobe, but I can't get a stable size... I just expand and contract every year.

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2016:
You do have TOTAL CONTROL over your body & your weight. the key to weight is calories. Less calories in = weightloss. More calories in than you need = weightgain...

you just need to find a way to eat to get to a lower weight but not always be hungry...perhaps you can substitute some of the higher cal things you like with ones with lower calories. i can give you tips when i read your foods...

nice job on a snap pea snack! very filled with fiber and healthy.

with the rotisserie, did you eat the entire chicken? half the chicken? maybe next time just eat 1/4 of the bird and the rest of the meal have veggies. like, eat the chicken 1/4 of it and have the bag of snap peas, as one meal.

chicken tikka meal sounds like the microwave types...they have such cool things these days :) you can always add veggies to it, if you aren't full.

ok, so the burritos = nice! just try to maybe have ONE. and if you need something to fill you up, why not a decaf or regular coffee with the burrito or after it? that's what i do. less volume, but add a low calorie drink.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2016:
i think you eat well and fine choices really. maybe try to eat one of things, instead of 2 or 3. and then, to fill yourself up, you can have low cal waters, seltzers, diet drinks, etc. coffee, teas. You do NOT have to change your food choices, just eat a little less of them, more of the low cal stuff with them.

happy-1 - Thursday Jun 02, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

B - egg muffin, protein shake

S1 - Skipped

L - 2 bulk chicken burritos, 1 greek yogurt muffin

S2 - 

D - 

S3 - 

Worked super late last night and left laptop and phone at home today after using it for an early call with offshore team. Doh! 

No homework was done last night. Leaving early today to get time back for it.

Bed arrives tomorrow.




Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2016:
ohhh, so are you happy with your bed!?

i always would leave homework till sorta last minute...with pressure, i was always able to do a better job than when i had ample time..

happy-1 - Wednesday Jun 01, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

6AM B - Skipped

9AM S1 - Breakfast egg muffin

12PM L - Turkey sandwich with 2 slices cheese, mayo on half a slice of lavash bread, baglet of chips, honest grape drink

3PM S2 - Orange, greek yogurt mini muffin, seltzer 

6PM D - 2 chicken bulk burritos, hot sauce, vitamin water

9pm S3 - Missed, worked late

12pm - Midnight dinner. Bag of frozen chicken pasta veggie thing, 2 tortillas, 4 pieces of cheese, 2 oranges.

I guess I overeat when I miss meal slots. Need to record times more.

Overslept till 8, left the house at 8:30... traffic was super bad and got here at 9:45... over an hour to go 8 miles. So need to test out my bike. I bet I can just go down sidewalks. The trip home after dark is hard though. Dangerous to go under the bridges here and all the drivers are texting.


Rumor mill has it that there are huge layoffs tomorrow. HR needs to step up his game. Nobody is getting much done.


Sierra Club is promoting their Wilderness Travel Course and Wilderness First Aid Course again. They both look amazing. Wish my CPR cert wasn't expired. I'd totally sign up. Three more things to add to the wishlist.

At least the REI classes are free!





Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/02/2016:
Where on earth do you live. It doesn't sound at all like my commute or NYC at all. I live in Queens. We have traffic, but i guess we have more lanes.

But actually, my commute is similar to yours. just around 8 miles too probably & yes around 45 minutes usually...so not as bad as yours, but similar.

Rush hour is the worst haha.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/02/2016:
what's a greek yogurt mini muffin? calories?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/02/2016:
and good job with the calorie-free seltzer...filling and no cals, excellent!!!!

happy-1 - Tuesday May 31, 2016
(Planned meal plan with only 3 meals out a week)
Weight: 247.2

B - 2 fried eggs, 3 turkey sausages,  sweet potato

S1 - Coffee, 6 creamers

L - Turkey sandwich on lavash with 2 slices provolone and mayo

S2 - one fun size kit kat, protein shake

D - late... 9ish... a chicken salad at Wendy's. Too hungry to keep going. Surpisingly, a good spot to do homework in a pinch.

S3 - cheap chicken burrito from bulk at Smart and Final

Seeing my ex was uneventful... Which was really nice!  No news is good news. Just hung out and had some lunch. So we'll see.


Texted him today that I am ok, and that I will 


Got paid today (thank god). There won't be any layoffs this week. It looks like they will continue to trickle fund the company.

A little upset  because people got so freaked out that they might not get paid that they took monitors and printers home over the weekend... essentially anything saleable. I am a little annoyed, because it made it hard to get started this morning and also worried about what that does to our overall internal management practices... and how we keep moving forward!


Camping table I ordered on sale with my dividend and 20% off coupon at REI is awesome. Finally have a coffee table/cook table for camping and a desk to do homework on.


One completed homework assignment, courtesy of the new desk! Also completely setup meds and vitamins for the week on it. I can't believe I finished another Costco bottle of fish oil. Man I'm getting old.


Super glad the company isn't closing because this little fragile bubble of life phase I have now is kind of awesome... Sure things are really, really, really hard right now, but so many things are going right... a job I like, volunteer work that matters to me, better health, time with my family, more time outdoors, and now the love of my life back in the picture. I can't believe that I get to spend another month on this streak...  Thank you God and family and friends and everyone around here.



Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2016:
I enjoyed reading this long post, especially the last paragraph regarding the good things you are thankful for & will post more when i have more time to think about what i want to say! ...getting ready for work, i love to check on DD & comment a little bit now.

OhioRaven on 06/01/2016:
I like your attitude, Hap. I'm getting old too. I'm glad you've got a job that you like. I like the fact you're eating sweet potatoes for breakfast. I like that you're a volunteer. I re-married my ex-wife once. And then divored her again. Good Post today. Thanks for sharing.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2016:
So...I am glad seeing your ex was uneventful. Now i'm back to annoying guy problems with the one i like (the one i saw last week!). He's pulling away slightly - busy week back to work i know, i'm not worried actually. I hope to call him & leave him a message on Friday. I miss him already. ... haha

Lol, i've never done HW at Wendy's, but at 9pm i'm sure it was pretty quiet in there.

What's going on in your company...how frustrating. I'd probably be crying myself to sleep if it were me. Good job holding up. Good job going in. Glad you got paid.

Once again, hold your head up. You are doing great...I also take fish oil, especially with meals where i know there's hardly a bit of fat, i take the fish oil..

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