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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

breakfast: yogurt 120 pumpkin spice greek, iced coffee 50, oatmeal with almond milk and cinnamon, litlte bit of saffron in a couple bites. 170. 350. 1/2 chocolate brownie 120. 450.

10:30cliff protein bar 260

tofu 100, Indian palak spinach 400, English muffin 100. 600

4pm snack tastes of my roasted leeks/green peppers 150, strawberries 100 250, tastes of the roasted cauliflower i made 50

light dinner - whipped cream 100, choc chips 100, protein muffin 250.


exercise - hour bike ride, bed early tonight.

2 day = 2050.


well, i've come to the conclusion that with how i like to manage things and time-wise, i gotta stop my weights routine for now. YES...but i just can't. i don't do that much anyways....i really don't want to take it out of my routine....BUT THE TRUTH IS I HAVE TO RIGHT NOW.

i have to reformulate my workout and "train for the test." and it's not going to be exactly what i want it to be.

so, all arm workouts are OUT. the only thing i will be doing is lots of leg workouts, adding two more in, in addition to squats workouts. and my situps/abs and pushups.

for the test, it includes only: situps, pushups and running. So, arms are OUT. at least it's Winter...long sleeves are in lol.

i just have to move on, and start working on the things that need to improve and not worry about maintaining things that don't even need maintanance for anything except my personal physique/enjoyment. so arms = done for now. i can't keep working them and not working something else. i cannot just fit it all in. I have to workout for the test.


my coworker told me i like to "do the work" but that i'm not planning things right and if i cannot plan what i need to do with start/end dates and a plan inbetween, it will not work for me. she keeps telling me to stop with the weights because it's slowing me down. she's right...no doubt i should not be doing things that aren't going to help me.


I'll be ordering an indoor stationary bike in the next few days (my father said he'd get it for me for my bday when i told him i was looking to get one - yes, he's extremely, utterly, the best huh!?). there are some cheaper ones on Amazon.

Ihave my stepper. Now,, i have to write myself a new routine for the next month. and then i have to keep assessing it...to keep changing what doesn't work and keep consistantly shifting things. my thoughts are a little cloudy right now but i guess i just have to start and then keep assessing until later. i'm going to shower and start laundry, then come back to write myself my new workout schedule for the next month. then also start cooking some things for the week.


yesterday's walk went OK. i'm not in shape for much. it's really something i have to plan now to improve on.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
I have to confess that your entry today and Friday's have got me thinking hard, not so much for your situation (sorry) but also for mine and what I'm needing or lacking or wanting. At least you have a definitive goal; I have been trying to find something to strive for and feel very lost, like I'm wandering.

If you continue to train for push-ups, which you should do, that will provide you with a nice comprehensive upper body workout. I LOVED the results I achieved with doing push-ups over the summer.

What your co-worker said to you -- that is what I have been trying to say, but haven't been able to find the right words. I kept suggesting getting a trainer, but what I really meant to say is, that while you're doing good work with the upper body weights, and setting up 5K's and biking and running, it's not a plan. It's not a definitive plan, with steps and mini-goals to achieve the big goal.

I think I keep pushing a trainer because we found it so helpful for my son to achieve his physical fitness goals in order to re-enter the Air Force. He was kind of doing his own thing, but not doing specifically what he needed to build up the required strength to pass his test.

Meeting with PT Donna (who is the same lady who teaches Veterans Chair Yoga!) 2-3 times a week helped him establish a routine, so that he could eventually finish his training on his own.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
i very much appreciate your comments...in the planning process (i am not sure i can reach the level, but mentally, i'm ready to try...)

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
I'm still not saying properly what I want to say. What I really want to say is that if court officer is something that you seriously want, that you want a serious chance of achieving, then you will need to be more serious about your preparation and training.

And also what I really want to say is, that it is OK if you change your mind about the court officer goal. Work is work, no matter how one defines it. There is much living outside of one's job to find one's passion. (And that's where I'm really struggling with right now.)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i will obviously change my mind if i cannot work it, but i'll try as hard as i can.

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
I guess what my main fear for you is that the testing date will come up and you will feel like you are not prepared. That is an awful feeling. So I fall back on the old saying, Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
absolutely right. i want your criticism. even if i fail, i'd rather hear it straight.

BearCountryGG on 09/08/2019:
I agree with Donkey.......if you are serious about applying for the job...you do need to build the strength/skills/etc that they will be looking for....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
thank you.....i have a lot of work to do....

happy-1 on 09/08/2019:
Aldi's is supposed to have indoor bike trainer racks for only $49 next week. I have to try it at that price...

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2019:
that's a good price. i got a bike on amazon for i think just under $150. bday gift from my dad, actually...

Donkey on 09/08/2019:
^^ I will be shopping at Aldi after Wednesday (lol).

Horn, I must apologize. While I still think hiring a trainer or coach is the way to go, it was terribly inconsiderate to not realize that this may not be in your budget or what would work for you. I call these financial fancies "lottery dreams" - if money were no object, so to speak.

I hope that you will feel comfortable sharing some of your plans and progress with us. I will be cheering you ON!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2019:
actually, i could "budget" a trainer if i wanted to, Jdonk. it's more the time aspect to get to the gym. i feel i can keep doing some of the things i am doing at home plus a few more exercises to get there. no, please keep pointing it out to me and everything else. right now i'm changing my mindset again that this is possible? i have work to do.

i need your input and i need your insight. if you think i'm going wrong, well, it's ok. it's ok to tell me. i will share some of the changes in my planning...i changed it around last night on the phone with female friend Christine, actually. i had some of it in mind, but she def helped me write it down a little faster and get it on paper. i will be doing the new plan through columbus day,unless i change it a little earlier if i find some things need to change quicker in this month. the bike should arrive in 1-2 weeks depending when my father orders it....he said he wants to do it, for my bday.

because of public transportation, i'm trying to do most of the working out close to home to save time. i like my sleep and time at home....and i am trying to make it convenient. but you are right, i might need a trainer later. right now, i do have some tools....i now have a stepper and like i said the bike is coming.

upper body weights are out for now as i cannot balance them into my workout equation. it's just too much for me to do right now.i dont' want to think about that.

instead of every other day, pushups are now everyday in the mornings, along with either a walk outside or bike.

evenings are leg stepper and leg strength exercises afterwards and on the other days... will try for leg stepper everyday...

i know what i wrote is confusing, will discuss more.

happy-1 on 09/09/2019:
AAAAAAAAW good daddy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
i got lucky ;) very, very lucky with my dad.

happy-1 on 09/09/2019:
And I don’t blame you for not wanting to disrupt your routine. There are trainers who will come to you. Maybe look at Thumbtack? If they come to you, ask them to provide proof of liability insurance (it’s a certificate) to protect yourself from workman’s comp claims. Some of those trainers also have virtual online live workout apps that you can use to stay with them while traveling.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2019:
okay, i'll keep that in mind about thumtack...for now, no trainer though...

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Busy good morning in city :) with Labor Day parade

kombucha 100

coffee and candy 100

lunch healthy tofu 150, rice 300, veggies 300, dessert chocolate pudding tart (celebrated my bday that comes on Monday with family) 450. 1200

tofu /eggplant from lunch 200,200. 2 lg peaches 200. 600-650


walked in labor day parade. was a little beat during it bc i didn't have breakfast...i was thinking that there'd be snacks but there wasn't any this year because we went on early :) that's ok...i made up the calories in the excellent chocolate dessert.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/07/2019:

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
very much so! today had lots of good treats in store at every meal <3

horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

breakfast: eng muffin light 100, 1/2 avo 150, egg with seasoning 100, coffee 50. cappucino truffle (really don't care to stop splurging right now on sweets after breakfast) 80...480-500

almonds 100

lunch: salad/yesterday's lunch that i left here for today - TOMATOES AND cucumbers 200 with dressing 50, fried rice 250, tofu 100. 550

snack: apple/almonds 100


maybe no extra exercise - if weather isn't raining (anticipated rain), i may walk a mile of my commute

putting together my stepper with Ricky tonight...still also going to find a home/indoor bike

around 2000 cal.



I had coupons combined with rewards for a free pair of jeans at Express clothing store that i used yesterday. Bought a size bigger than usual, a 4 instead of a 2. Still small, but i also bought them so i can wear jeans at a more relaxed fit as my other jeans are all very tight. so these are a lean/narrow fit, but a hair looser on me if that makes sense (but i am def up a size i think).  after wearing loose clothes all summer, i don't want to wear such tight jeans right now...

also, this is a reminder that maintenance requires making good choices haha.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/06/2019:
Good job. Glad you have Ricky

happy-1 on 09/06/2019:
Love a friend who puts stuff together!

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2019:
It's so convenient to have the workout equipment at home...huge time saver...and you an get other things done at the same time.

Donkey on 09/07/2019:
As my body changes, I want the fit of my clothing to change as well. This is not necessarily age related, but more about what my daily tasks are, my back issues (no stiff waistbands any more), muscles, flab, etc.

Besides, women's clothing sizes are kind of a joke - there is no real consistency between the different brands/makers.

Ooo, a stepper! I'm happy for you!

Donkey on 09/07/2019:
Since you already have a bike, you could invest in a bike trainer, which would convert your regular bike into an indoor bike. Some are noisy, so it's worth it to spend a little more to get something that is quieter.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2019:
i will get an actual indoor stationary bike so i can leave my other bike outside in my garage. also, as my dad said he's happy to get it for me as a bday gift (yup, nice gift huh!?), i'm going to def get the whole bike if you know what i mean. he was happy to do it...interestingly. very nice from him. big gift as i'm an adult now. and already owe him so much!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

I'm on the hunt for an indoor bike. I see the weather already changing and getting dark during the week means i need to have an alternative to walking/stepping/jogging close - and that means a seated indoor bike...will try to search for a used one as i'm looking for savings.

home kombucha 60

breakfast: english muffin (going back to flats or wraps...they are so messy, the english muffins) 150, 1/2 avo 150, seasonings, egg 80, 1 lindt truffle 80. 460 and coffee 50

early noon lunch: leftovers and some fresh veggies 100 from misfits with dressing 100 over them. also fried rice 300 tops with my own added tofu 100.  600.  out for someone's back to work party after shoulder surgery and resurgery bc it got infected! sushi lunch...i'll order a seaweed salad with it or soup....lunch was pretty terrible tasting as i ordered things that were not popular on menu - raw tuna (was ok) 250 on salad, light dressing 100, side of nasty brussel sprouts 150...3 truffles back at office 250. total here: 750? maybe less. it was a really junky lunch. horrible tasting. 

snack: i have an apple from misfits 100, almonds 100

before exercise weights: iced coffee, couple larger plums - probably. 200.

during exercise: pb 100, aminos

after exercise: tbd - probably snack food almost 300 bar natural type

2050, good.

6 day - 2210, decent

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 09/05/2019:
Good for you for looking for some more indoor fitness options! Now you'll have your strength AND cardio ready to go, at all times.

You're right about BF's surgery, I think it will be fairly easy for him to recover and get back into his fitness routine. You'd have to hold the guy down physically to stop him from working out LOL.

Enjoy your weight routine tonight! I have switched up my strength routine for the fall months, maybe i'll talk about it more in some future posts.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/05/2019:
most spring / summers i increase my cardio output and this is the first year in the past few that i haven't improved over the summer (bc i put it on hold to go out more and do other physical activities with friends)...so i am a little bewildered and i know i have to find a way to keep improving over fall / winter.

yes, feel free to tell us about your routines.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

Breakfast coffee 50, english muffin 150, avocado 150, egg 100, truffles 100. 

snack: almonds 100

lunch: 1/2 avo 150, chicken 150, cooked veg 100, popcorn 150. 550.

snack: apple 100, almonds 100

before bike ride: tbd.starbucks egg bites ham and cheddar and iced tea on way home 250

8:30pm snack: fruit and keto brownie 350, after bike ride for a half hour. the sun is setting earlier and i realize i need a bike at  home like donkey...i will speak to my parents on Saturday to see if they use theirs, but i'll prob need to buy a used one from somewhere.

it's scary how my legs get tired so easily, i do not think i'll make court officer even if i try because just having a desk job for over 7 years has really changed me, despite the exercise i put in in the early years, then the injuries, i'd rather not think about it...i will just keep trying till i just know it's not possible. ah well....i am not giving up, but the reality doesn't really look strong.



There was a sale on chocolates at Lindt on 5th ave near my work and at lunch i bought some. they are amazing. no boring flavors and not even dark chocolate....i bought everything you can only get from Lindt - like a spring flavor where the inside is a mix tasting like either marshmallow/white chocolate, a mango flavor, a coconut flavor, a citrus and white chocolate flavor....you'll see a lot of mention on lindt truffles now. this is because i work with women who always have chocolate and i wanted flavors that are good to give them as i cannot just take their stuff and never treat them! lol. and i will enjoy my own stuff now...

if the weather holds, tonight is a bike ride.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 09/04/2019:
Love Lindt! That's nice that you want to treat your coworkers :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/04/2019:
and they are sooo sweet also.

happy-1 on 09/04/2019:
Mmmm chocolate

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/04/2019:
YES! too tempting not to have any this morning....so...at least i stopped at 2...i have approximately 130 pieces still with me!

Donkey on 09/06/2019:
I would still encourage you to find a trainer that can help you meet your goals.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/06/2019:
i feel i have no time...but i guess i do....i may take this idea up...i have to give it a lot of thought. thank you for helping me think outside the box...you may be right. i think in my head, i'm discouraged and i think it's over really with thinking of court officer as a possibility....

i have still about a year on the physical aspect...please continue to help me think outside the box. i appreciate this comment.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 03, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy Tuesday, 1st day of school for nyc and surrounding area kids!

Kombucha 60

Breakfast: keto brownie 250, coffee 50, more chocolate 60...nothing tastes as good as a real breakfast sandwich with salmon/egg...that will be for breakfast tomorrow or dinner tonight!   360...

snack: russian strawberry yogurt chocolate 100  / almonds 100-200

lunch: from home - leftovers and freshly cooked veggies from last night: grilled chicken 250, veggies 100, fried rice 250. 600-650.

snack: peach 100, Almonds 100

before workout: possibly a sandwich - my leftover lox 70 & egg chicken 130on an english muffin 150with a little butter 50OR avocado.400 and iced coffee 50


during workout: aminos

after workout: tbd, maybe peanut butter ? or protein muffin with extra chocolate or a bar....depends how many calories i have left...



one of the books i am reading i am returning to the library before finishing it. the guy was a spy that was imprisoned and by no means a writer. he is very detailed but it can get very boring as he mentions many names of people / places that i do not know and also it's not a story but a chronoligical diary of around 5 years. it's become repetitive in nature and i do not have much more to learn from it. so, after reading about 2/3 of the book, i cannot read anymore. the next book i'm reading will also not be read till the end - it is long and unless i become interested, my idea was just to gather a glimpse of the book and not the entire read.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/03/2019:
If I am not hooked in the first 3 pages, I don't borrow the book.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2019:
good deal...!

happy-1 on 09/03/2019:
And I bet your brownies are fantastic

Horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2019:
they are not :( ....they are store-bought mix, not homemade, a keto mix....too much fiber and artificial taste...is it because i used coconut oil and not butter? they don't taste like brownies :(

Donkey on 09/04/2019:
I found that I was in the habit of not finishing books, and thought that maybe it was ME that had an attention issue. So I plodded through 2 WW2 books - specifically focused on the German side. So boring...

However, I finished the Going Gray book which I found easy to do. So go figure!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/04/2019:
i am now reading the 3rd Reich book....by Albert Speer. just started it yesterday from the library. it's really long, but the intro was good and so far it is alright...but bc of the length, i might cut it short.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 02, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

R slept over so i did wake up on and off during the night...but i also woke up because i was drinking lots of fluids before bed and needed to use the bathroom 2x throughout the night..

8am breakfast: 1/2 keto brownie (not the best flavor - i don't really recommend / and also lots of fiber ) 100 cal, oatmeal with almond milk 170, pumpkin blended yogurt 120, iced coffee 50. total - 450.

snack: i have a new flavor bar to try 200 - tasty jif pb bar

12:30pm chicken 300 and salad with olive oil and vinegar 200, 2 garlic knots 300. total 800

3:30pm peach 100

5:15pm strawberries 100, 50

DINNER: small amount,but a full meal of leftover chinese fried rice, some tofu, some chicken, some veggies. 550. small meal, but def enough.


2285 3-day....decent...indulged a bit :)

 morning was a short bike ride, not too intense, just enough. legs are sore, but biking doesn't work the same mucles as walking/jogging.



going to shower quick, go for a shorter bike ride, stop by a store with R, take older cousin (he's 61 i think?) but acts younger (has a lot of energy)- out to lunch for pizza as he lives only a 5min drive away....Ricky will come because it's easier for me to relax this way...i'll prob order a salad...prob spend up to 2 hours with cousin from noon-2pm...then get my rx at drug store also by him...cousin has MS since birth....didn't realize ever what it was before Cynthia, his friend/caregiver told me at lunch exactly what it is.   it was because the umbilical cord stangled his neck at birth.

home by 3-3:30pm,...after all this, i'll come back home to cook a little bit (the rest of the veggies from Mifits last week - peppers, eggplant, anything else), and do laundry before going to bed early (or that's my plan, at least!)

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/02/2019:
Sounds like a lovely day - It's my plan to go to bed early tonight as well.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/02/2019:
yes, let's do that! just a little veggie cooking for me and bed :)

have a nice week, Donkey. wishing you a good week. thankfully we aren't in the eye of the storm. wishing Maria warm thoughts.

happy-1 on 09/03/2019:
I love that you get to take your cousins out and about. I miss my family.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2019:
yes, it was a good day to have lunch :) with my cousin.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 01, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

6:30am keto brownie (no protein but high fat) and kombucha - quickly got outta bed and out of apt by 7am....350

10am fruit after race watermelon and tangerine 150

noon panera bread for lunch - 900 extra sourdough bread, BLT WITH Cheese and chicken soup, coffee 50 

3:30-4:30- fruit 50, peanut butter 150, aminos 50

7pm dinner: 550


going in a 5mi walk in nearby park :) finished it - long walk!!!

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/01/2019:
Wow, 5 miles!!!! That's awesome!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2019:
yes, this was a 5mile/10mile race that i signed myself and Ricky up for. MOST of the attendees were RUNNERS! actually, they ALL were! R & I started walking, as i knew 5mi is no joke and i hadn't been running. R quit after one lap, 2.5 miles. I continued. Because there were plenty of racers running a 10mile race, i finished with the end of the 10K runners, LOL. I did some jogging and was happy to feel good at the end. I felt my breathing was shallow and i could work on more training for cardio/breathing/leg strength but it was good to see this race - the male winner of the 10 miles ran in minimalist sandals! also, the racers were a diverse crowd and it was nice to see people of all races and ethnicities all taking part in health. i was super impressed by the runners, this was a super experienced crowd of all ages and most of HIGH running ability. i finished next to last, with just a slightly overweight woman a bit older than me finishing last. like i said, this was an "elite" group. LOL. talk about a wakeup call. i don't feel bad - i haven't trained. it's good i could finish.

Donkey on 09/01/2019:
Let us know how the walk went!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2019:
the course had slight hills (small, not like a mountain or anything), so there were times when i stopped jogging (i walked fully the 1st half or 2.5mi)...to walk slightly on an incline because you could feel the extra intensity of a slight incline hill. but in general, i'd call the course mostly flat. it was good to do, we were done by 9:30am and it started at 8am! these runs are amazing bc they start so early and you have a whole day left afterwards.

BearCountryGG on 09/01/2019:
The walk sounds awesome!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2019:
it was long and a good experience. i was walking most of it alongside extremely experienced runners. there was a race at the end, just a mile long, and the winner won it in under 6minutes for the entire mile! Actually, he ran it in 5min 14 seconds! amazing!

happy-1 on 09/01/2019:
You must have boundless energy!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/02/2019:
well, if i had a body battery, it would show a high percentage for yesterday! :)

but i think in general i will be pushing myself to do more...i've spent so much time on the couch....you should have seen these people running 10miles! HOLY!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 31, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Good Morning!

9am Breakfast after 20min walk: oatmeal 150 with almond milk 20, 2% light mango blended yogurt 120, Lily's chocolate chips 60, bit of oatmeal with saffron for health benefits, cinnamon, iced coffee with almond milk 50. 400.

Early lunch: english muffin with butter, egg, lox: 400.

snacks: lots of celery,leftover from last night tasty salad with shrimp: 300

ice cream, unplanned, and bigger than i thought it would be :( 6oz vanilla and fudge sundae it was called..

snack: fruit - apple 100

dinner: probably a veggie tofu soup 150?, rice 100 other sauteed veggies 100? - thai takeout. with my own tofu 100 that i have in my fridge waiting to be used :) two small spring rolls 150? 600...and tastes of brownie batter 100. 700

went over in calories bc i really hadn't planned on the Garber's ice cream 6oz cup with fudge. :( ...next time i will prob have an ice pop, but the vanilla ice cream just sounded so good. and tasted good.

2300, at least healthy food was included all day.






Today is the last beach day of the season! I'm pretty happy about it as it's a whole day adventure and i'm glad to move from beach season to more local activities. I am also glad to soak in some sun for the last time with my friend and eat some good food for dinner too!

I took a short 20 min walk very shortly after i got out of bed, instead of directly going to eat and sit on the couch :) I am going to try to do this type of thing on weekends and possibly during the week for now on.  Like Donkey and many here (Legs, Annie - those of you that mention fitness in their diaries) - i totally need to reestablish a new plan now for this fall season. I totally need to make changes and work once again on improving my cardio (and also situps). i do need to order an elliptical i think to have inside my apt for rainy / poor weather. and i do need better planning and much more time managment (less time off couch). my cooking scenarios may fall to the wayside and i may even start to order food more, if it means more attention to being active moving on the weekend....things to think about.  i have to reset my priorities.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/31/2019:
Are you still having beach weather? Here I need a fleece jacket, which I'm fine with. Ah to soak up the sun - do it while you can. All that wonderful vitamin D!

Reading your post today was an alarming wake-up call to me, because although I have spoken about setting up something for September, going into the colder weather, I hadn't REALLY thought it through.

If you are going to purchase cardio equipment for home, I urge you to try it out at a shop first - especially with ellipticals. Not all ellipticals are created equally, and you don't want one that won't work for you, or you won't use it. You may have better luck with a recumbent bike - just a suggestion. I know I'm biased ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
the suggestion is really helpful to me - to try it out somewhere first. thank you for the suggestion. i will prob have to do a LOT of research before getting anything besides the stepper that my friend has.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
the stepper is only a little over $100 and very good for a short, intense workout. i figure i could start with that.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
also, i may try to purchase equipment and submit it for health reimbursement with my own money....with a dr's note...just saying. :)

Donkey on 08/31/2019:
Could you do a winter gym membership just for the cardio?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
it's too out of the way so my friend christine told me about her stepper...i'll get one of those for now...and consider another piece of equipment later in the fall. the gym is just too much of a waste of my time (during the week) to go to. and if i could have a piece of machinery at home....wow...convenience.

Donkey on 08/31/2019:
^^Got it. It is very convenient, I'll admit that!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 30, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

 kombucha 70

breakfast: coffee 50,english muffin 150, lox 50, butter 100, egg 100. total 450

snack: almonds, 1 chocolaate 150

early easy lunch: leftovers just to save $ i'll eat them (not the best leftovers). 600 2  servings chips 300 right there, with egg/egg white, tomato, cooked greens

snack: plum 50,small banana 100 with nut butter 100, small iced coffee 50 back at home.300

dinner: light salad topped with a tomato cucumber salad in dressing 200, shrimp 150, peach 100, later chips 150 , plum 650




We will leave work early today at 1:30pm...last night i did weights so today is a bike ride, dinner, and getting to bed at a decent hour in preparation for a day at the beach tomorrow :)

also on the way home - picking up plums / fruit. - picked up peaches and avocado. plums were too soft / spoiled.

got home at 3:30pm. even stopped at library to get a movie for the weekend on Monday.

off for some biking soon with Ricky...just had a snack first and of course my stomach cleared itself up once i was back in my apt!!!!!!!!!

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/30/2019:
Glad you are feeling better now...enjoy your weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
yes, feeling much better :)

Maria7 on 08/30/2019:
Your picking up plums reminded me of today when I was in the grocery store looking at a container of scupponong grapes and trying to decide whether to buy them or not. It is the once a year season that we have them in and they have always been my happy yearly favorite... However this year, I seem to have lost my desire to eat them...bought some recently and did not especially enjoy them as I usually do, so I put the container back. I guess our tastes sometimes change for different things.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
yes, and sometimes we have to change even our own habits when what we like isn't available or a good choice :) and it's good we try something new anyways :)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/31/2019:
i don't think i've ever tasted those grapes - they look so delicious.

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