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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 29, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

no kombucha ;) but still very stuffed up. sorry tmi.

breakfast: english muffin 150, lox 50, avocado 150. coffee 50. 400

snacks: chocolate 100 / almonds 100 / few sweet potato chips close to noon 50

lunch: leftovers  buffet tofu large piece and sauce 200, seaweed salad 150, tomato and cucumber salad 100, chips higher cal brand and 2 servings 250 700.

snack: fruit 100

6:30pm snack before weights (skipping bike for tomorrow) muffin, yogurt, iced coffee 400, during: aminos and peanut butter 150

after workout splurge - cocoa nut butter 300. def off track, but still close..

2400 total.

(2160 5day wednesday)

6day - back up to 2200/day


bike riding tonight. 

fitness update: i gotta say, skipping any real cardio training this month has left me feeling like something is missing. i feel most definitely like something in my life is missing. and i am def ready to train more next month. over the past couple months, i feel myself drifting a bit. i need to sit down and do some of my own planning and get back to some cardio training by asking R for his help, yes, i need his help because he helped me design something to help practice the cardio agility and with his help i will have better direction to set it up quickly and efficiently....i will be starting the plan for this and doing it after my bday....around september 14th weekend.

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

legcramps on 08/29/2019:
Did you try water and baking soda? Or a little active exercise might help too. It's an uncomfortable feeling; I hope you get it squared away soon!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
well, i didn't try the water / baking soda because it's an issue lower down than my esophagus/stomach/upper intestine.

I feel it'll go away by the weekend / on the weekend when my schedule is more open without such an early morning.

BearCountryGG on 08/29/2019:
Too many meats and veg do that to me sometimes....carbs do help....how about some fresh cherries?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
yes, this is the reason...

and once the week starts up, i usually have a problem getting regular again until the weekend once i have this issue going on. so, i guess i'll have to bear with it. also, i think i need to wake up earlier out of bed again...my rushing in the morning is adding to this issue. like you say in your entries, i need more structure.

Maria7 on 08/29/2019:
Hope you have a good day, HOP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
It should be, Maria.

happy-1 on 08/29/2019:
Feel better!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2019:
thank you...it's totally my own doing.

happy-1 on 08/29/2019:
From your vocabulary comment on BC’s post... There was some SNL or MadTV skit where a woman was mad for a guy because she just loved him for his big dictionary and his vocabulary drove her wild... I’ll track it down eventually... couldn’t find it online

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2019:
i'd prob fall in lust with a guy for that reason !!!! that is hilarious! if you find it, i'll certainly watch it!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 28, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Kombucha 50

english muffin 150, avo 80, egg 70, coffee 50. 350.

snack: almonds or peanuts 100

lunch: out to lunch for someone's bday....mexican food taco with vegan chorizo 300, corn with seasonings200, cauliflower with seasonings 150. 650. black coffee also with stevia.

almonds 100

dinner - pizza few bites 150, egg with seasonings 100, too many chips 350-400...650




tonight i will bike (if it doesn't rain which it prob is) a little, no weights, bed on the early side again.

i also am leaving work 15min early to get to a dr. appt that i had to keep rescheduling (dr actually originally forgot to cancel it with me so dr actually didn't show up the first time....then i couldn't make it the following weekend due to going out to the water park all day...so now i'm going today and the only option is to leave work a little early, but i already made up the 15min time this past Monday actually in advance!)

lately most things are routine. my energy is down a bit, so i'm going to take a rest tonight unless the weather is nice...or if my mood changes, i might do weights. prob not though. extra rest is always taken on my end when i feel it i know to listen to my body...so yeah...it seems getting extra rest is my best choice tonight.




Horrible bloating this week mostly my fault as i keep drinking kombucha in mornings when it's apparent i shouldn't have this week bc i wake up bloated....but i like it and it's relaxing to me to drink it...so i guess i have to deal with it.  it's because i started the week on Sunday too late in the day eating a large volume of spinach and it's just been too much to digest - for lunch today i need some carbs to solidy everything....and maybe a banana later. 

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

Donkey on 08/28/2019:
I feel the same way about drinking coffee, so I know what you mean. I don't have bloating, but too much coffee will give me the jitters.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
yes, it's like i drink it when i don't need it and suffer despite knowing in advance that it would have been better to avoid! exactly.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:
the reason i like the kombucha so much is it's sweet and satisfying and filling. it helps me relax and wake up, but isn't good to have when you are already screwed up in your intestinal track!

legcramps on 08/28/2019:
That's like me and ice cream ;) ;) ;)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2019:

Maria7 on 08/28/2019:
What is kombucha coffee? Sounds like it is good.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
it's a fermented drink sorta like beer, but the flavors are generally sweet and there's very low or extremely minimal alcohol and you def do NOT get drunk. it's carbonated and low calories, but not a coffee unless it's flavored coffee, but most a fruit or flower flavors like elderberry / lavender or fruit flavors like i mentioned. the flavors are a huge variety, just like yogurts come in so many flavors. the calories are low, they fill you from the carbonation and are very tasty. usually the bottle has 2 servings - 2 cups amount. it's very tasty to me in the morning when i'm just getting up to drink a sweet, aquired taste, fermented drink. it's liquidy like water consistency. you can google them, i like the Synergy brand.

happy-1 on 08/28/2019:
Kombucha + mexican food ='s farts or bloating. Have some water and baking soda.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2019:
i really screwed myself this week eating too much volume sunday night :)

ty for the advice!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
my coworker has an acid reflux problem and your tip is what she uses when she needs to combat burping / burning.

Donkey on 08/29/2019:
Did you get a bike ride in?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2019:
it was raining, so that will be for tonight.

past two weeks i have "purposely" skipped a weights session each week. (meaning, it is fully because i chose to do this and not due to any serious conflicts). i have done weights only 2x per week instead of 3x for these two weeks, as a way to not break myself down as i am known to do at the end of the summer. it's also been a way for me to get a little more rest and also some other exercise in. tonight, my choice is biking and since i get out of work very early Friday, i'm pushing my second workout to Friday instead of tonight so that tonight i can get good sleep and end the week in a more energetic way and start the weekend fresh and not tired.

but last night, after a crappy appt with a psych dr (he's a meds pusher and i have to ignore his critiques/views because they are just to help him make $ - i got to him for his location and he carries my insurance but that's all), i got home on the late side, had dinner with R, and just relaxed until bed. it did rain.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 27, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 60

breakfast - had to stop with the muffins(they aren't filling and lead me to be too hungry at work and they weren't even that tasty). - english muffin 150 with 1/4 avo 80, egg 70. 300 and coffee 50. 350.

snack: black pepper peanuts 200

lunch: from home - 2 meatballs with sauce 250 over greens - some of the greens were heavily in butter but most not 200 (and i think that's it for today - low carb meal i think will be just fine!), and chips 200. 650...still liking my chips lol. would have been a good day for rice....but still liking my chips. / crackers. i do better with carbs, not sure why i even debated not having them.

snack: plum 60, almonds 100

dinner -i have a union meeting at 6pm-7pm and sometimes they give out hot dogs that are grilled...if so, i'll probably enjoy one before walking home (i live only 10min walk from union hall) to bed early. there were no hotdogs...so i had half a garlic bagel 200 with a good amount of whipped cream cheese 200 and a cinnamon muffin for dessert too lol. 300? total around 700. i actually took this home from the meeting and thoroughly enjoyed it all.and almond milk with a drip of coffee and stevia. 30.

2150...a tasty day, i'll tell you that much!

4 day total: 2200 (high cal week so far...)

exercise: just normal commute and walking at lunch

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

Donkey on 08/27/2019:
Long day today!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2019:
long but not too long - i used to go to the gym after meetings back in the day! thank gosh i am not doing that any more! i realize now there's a limit and that sleep is necessary, not optional! :) and i'm thankful for meetings only 6 times per year (and only when i can make it - i had to skip 2 this year because i was on vacation during both of them!)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2019:
the union meeting doesn't involve more involvement than being present and listening.

BearCountryGG on 08/27/2019:
Maybe some protein with the muffin?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2019:
they are not as good as i'd wanted them to be and sorta high cal because the almond flour is packed densely. 250 cal for a small muffin. not cool. LOL. yes, it'd be good to have one with yogurt. maybe i'll do that for dinner one night.

grannyannie on 08/27/2019:
I find porridge with fruit sticks with me the longest.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2019:
for some reason, if i don't have avocado and at least an egg if not another protein, i'm hungry soon after. even if i have oatmeal! but lately, my oatmeal with yogurt has been satisfying on weekends at home too.

happy-1 on 08/27/2019:
your logs make me really hungry

Horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2019:
yes, there's def no shortage of eating for me. from when i get up till i go to bed...plenty of eating going on! ;)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 26, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Breakfast The choc chip muffins i made are very nice. not sweet at all, but wholesome tasting and thank gosh for chocolate chips because otherwise they wouldn't have been that good. so i'll eat these for breakfast all week :) 250 and coffee 50. 300.

snack: almonds then peanuts (muffin didn't keep me satisfied for long!) 200

lunch: leftovers - very tasty - from last night's dinner - seared tuna with lots of toasted sesame seeds 200-250 dipped into a sweet sauce, sauteed spinach in a lot of oil 200 (really tasty), some lettuce/tomato, half a roll 250 with butter...700 tops.

snack: plums 100 /almonds 100

before workout another muffin, iced coffee 300 and nut butter 200/ during workout: weights tonight (skipped on purpose yesterday to free up time and relax, no regrets)

after workout: tbd also - maybe i'll have lox and avocado on an english muffin (taking some weeks away from wraps now)nut butter

2250, good.

3day 2216 per day 


weights tonight...good day so far. prepared. everything is going ok. should be a good week and a FAST week...i have something scheduled everyday after work...tomorrow a union meeting, Wednesday a quick dr appt and i have to leave work early....so i will stay a little late tonight.


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

BearCountryGG on 08/26/2019:
After so many years of sweets...it is extra nice to know that we can still have things and cut way down on the sweetness...and they can still be satisfying.......maybe even more so!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/26/2019:
yes, i liked being able to eat something different for a change. i will say the recipe is NOT perfect though. there's actually very little fat (not even any butter, just a little bit of oil) in the recipe and the muffin is quite dense (which i like). but i don't think i'll make this exact recipe again, though i'll say it was soooo easy to make! of course the muffins aren't as filling as an egg and avocado wrap, lol....

but it's nice to eat something like a pastry for breakfast again...i agree with you! :) i still need to work on "the perfect sweet" breakfast for work....my brownies that i made last year that were flavored with coconut oil were much better...and so was my pumpkin pie cheesecake.

happy-1 on 08/26/2019:
Choc chip muffins... yum! I’ll have to order some 70% dark ones online.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2019:
on amazon, i found a healthier brownie mix...cannot wait to try it when it comes at the end of this month!

grannyannie on 08/26/2019:
Yum! Sounds like a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/26/2019:
definitely! i wish muffins kept me full in mornings but i gotta say there's nothing like egg/avocado on a wrap or bread.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Hi All! I slept well after yesterday's full day at Splish Splash.

Breakfast: 1/2 cup dry of the strawberries and cream keto cereal cooked with 1/2 cup almond milk 260. very filling this time for a 1/2 cup serving! with a key lime 2% chobani yogurt 140. 400 filling breakfast this time! i really like this keto brand, there's at least 4 flavors of options and it's a new product. I may go back to the store I got it, or, buy it on Amazon.

snack kombucha 60, tastes of muffin mix 40

lunch: leftover Asian style green beans 200, meatball heavy with extra sauce 250 in a wrap 150. 600 very tasty.

snacks: fruit 100

Dinner salad 50, a lot of bread 300 with butter 50, sautéed spinach 150, and tuna 200 750


2050 total  


I made 5 choc chip almond flour cupcakes for breakfast this week. The recipe is small which is nice and then I can just eat them up myself since it’s a small amount and I am not sure Ricky will like them. 


I Got home actually on the early side last night around 9pm (bc we didn't stop for any dinner) and had a snackat home before bed just so i could sleep since i do not like going to bed hungry, relaxed a bit, slept well last night. Glad to have today off work also and will be productive with laundry, reading, and some bike riding...and even going over to Ricky's apt for a movie later. I'm skipping my weights workout purposely and doing it tomorrow so that today can be freed up and more relaxed to do other things (watch a movie, bike ride). 

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

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2019:
Does your store carry it? What type of store is it?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
One of the bigger supermarkets by me, 15min away or so by car, carries this new cereal. it's a huge store, called Stop and Shop. none of the other supermarkets would carry it. it was in the baking isle.

Donkey on 08/25/2019:
Sounds like a lovely weekend day!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
yeah, this summer season i did not push myself or run myself down thankfully.

happy-1 on 08/25/2019:
I ordered Laird Superfood Creamer on Amazon today. I really like it as a substitute for milk or half n half.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
i'm not big on cream so i will not use anything like it enough to buy on Amazon like you...but the recipe did call for cream for my cupcakes...but i just bought the smallest, cheapest container at the store because it's not something i want to spend extra on! lol, and you know i spend a lot on some types of food!

Donkey on 08/26/2019:
^^Thank you, Happy - I've been looking for an alternative to heavy whipping cream or half-half for my coffee!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 24, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Good Morning!

Breakfast: this new keto oatmeal, amazingly good bc it's made from all these ground nuts and seeds, very tasty...THE BRAND IS HIGH KEY tand he flavor i bought was strawberries and cream..only issue is i wanted a bigger serving than recommended serving size, next time i'll take a little more. with allmond milk. 180 mixed with a pumpkin flavor chobani yogurt 120 (very good). iced coffee. 50. 350.

Snack: wrap 120, egg 80, avo and spices 100. 300.

2:30/3pm lunch: tbd - fast food at water park, change of pace! entire tasty large hamburger really tasty with def extra butter 500-600? on bun along with a large serving fries 500? that comes with it. was hungry, so ate a lot. with a seltzer instead of diet coke like in the past, i figured it was the healthier choice...stick with water. glad i did. 1100-1200?

snack: ? plum and later a lollipop bc i was getting carsick on the part of the drive home where i wasn't driving lol. 120-150

dinner: lots of choices which do include veggies of restaurants near the water park, stopping before we drive home (2 hour drive so you want your body to be fueled!) we decided not to stop for dinner, drive straight home....at home a made a protein muffin and added extra chocolate chips (great choice!) 350.

2350, success.


I set my clock to wake up and think i may have woken up right before it went off...for around 7am. not that early, not that late :) Today, i'm off to a water park out on Long Island. my friend from Westchester is driving to me, then we are driving out to pick up a few other people and we are off! The water park is 2 hours from me and an added 45 min from my friend!  She's a good sport to come out for the day!  I will prob be back home around 10pm.


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

Donkey on 08/24/2019:
Have a good time at the water park!

And thank you for mentioning the brand name of the keto oatmeal - it's like you are reading my mind, or something ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2019:
i figured you'd want to know! this flavor was good, i like it very much and the ingredients are natural, not artificial. next, the serving size was to use 1/3 cup with 1/3 cup almond milk and i found the portion cooked up to be on the small side. the calories for just the cereal was 160 for 1/3 cup and nice amount of fat/protein. next time i make it, i'll def use 1/2 cup because i felt the other portion was just too small.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2019:
at the water park this year, we got in more than one water slide (last year we seriously just went on one slide due to rain and other craziness!) so it was a success. and the types of rides we did varied a lot so that was good ;)...nothing too crazy like super vertical straight ones though!

happy-1 on 08/24/2019:
Lots of happiness here

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2019:
a nice day overall!

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2019:
Hope it was a nice day!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2019:
worked out perfectly well.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

edit: it was a simple  day, i was able to sleep in. after lunch, i was sleepy after reading and totally fell asleep for another half hour in the afternoon. all good. it was a nice day off and not rushed.


slept till about 7:30am which was a good amount of sleep especially after my workout last night :)

8:30am Breakfast: oatmeal with almond milk and some stevia/cinnamon/pinch of saffron 170, siggis yogurt 140, kombucha 60. 370...

10:30am snack: peanut butter 150

11:30am lunch: i have leftovers - my own wrap 150, sausage200 /peppers/onions/leeks 150 small amount from buffet yesterday that i bought specifically to eatat home today. 500 and chips 150

snacks: raspberries 100, water

5pm dinner: tastes of my sauteed greens 100, sauteed string beans 100, an egg/avo wrap i had already prepared in fridge 300. 500 total. healthy.

exercise: i make take it mostly as a rest day, aside from biking later, but may also decide to walk a little bit. not sure. i have a lot of errands to do and possible dr appt...so we'll see.

after exercise later this evening: plum 50

not sure, but quite possibly a protein muffin in microwave since i bought two at the supermarket today.we'll see....they also have quite a bit of sugar in them - not a great brand but i like how easy they are to make just at 1/4 cup water and mix. 270cal

2120 :)



I was supposed to go to Splish Splash water park  today but the weather is forecasted for possible rain.  so, we changed the day to Saturday. but, i am still taking a sick day as planned bc i had it in my head all week i was taking one and really don't want to go in after knowing i was going to sleep in tomorrow and planning on exercising till late tonight, which i did. 

so at home today, i of course have things i can do. i'm glad i got the workout out the of the way though last night and it feels so good to have slept in today.

i want to cook, put $ on my laundry card, possible dr appt since now i have to cancel it for Saturday bc of change of plans, possibly cooking muffins...completely realizing i could go to work...but taking a slow day.

i could also pick up groceries at the supermarket, as well as detergent/fabric softener as well as yogurts and seltzer.

later i'll bike with ricky. sounds like enough to me, plus reading.

cooking greens and an asian string bean recipe. 

i want to make a cupcake recipe soon - i think on Sunday - i'll be skipping my weights workout this Sunday to free up some time... 

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

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
Enjoy your day off. I hope the weather cooperates, but who cares? because you have the DAY OFF!! (insert Donkey Dance here)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
it was a cooler weather, calm day. a nice day off. somewhat productive but mostly just relaxed and restful.

grannyannie on 08/23/2019:
Hope the weather improves and you can go to the water park. I make my porridge pretty much the same as you - almond milk, cinnamon, stevia. Haven't tried saffron.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
the saffron is somewhat spicy...i take a bit of it like the size of a small teaspoon but not packed, put it in one part of the oatmeal and eat it towards the beginning that part...saffron is said to have anti depressive qualities and that's why i take it and i find oatmeal a good base to stick it in. i don't eat it with the entire bowl of oatmeal, just a spoonful or two.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
Your breakfast wraps always sound so good...yet I never think of that in the morning...need to leave myself a note I guess.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
and, they can be made ahead of time too. you can take it out of the fridge for an hour in the morning to get it to room temp...maybe it'd help you eat one if you didn't have to make it early? then again, you are sometimes eating full cooked breakfasts in the morning..

i love my wraps bc they are quite healthy and portable.

happy-1 on 08/23/2019:
Sounds like a recipe for happiness.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/24/2019:
it is!!!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

I was supposed to go to Splish Splash water park  tomorrow but the weather is forecasted for possible rain.  so, we changed the day to Saturday. but, i am still taking a sick day as planned bc i had it in my head all week i was taking one and really don't want to go in after knowing i was going to sleep in tomorrow and planning on exercising till late tonight, which i did. 

so at home tomorrow, i of course have things i can do. i'm glad i got the workout out the of the way though...

i want to sleep in, cook, put $ on my laundry card, possible dr appt since now i have to cancel it for Saturday bc of change of plans, possibly cooking muffins...completely realizing i could go to work...but taking a slow day. i could also pick up meat at the supermarket, as well as detergent/fabric softener as well as yogurts and seltzer. later i'll bike with ricky. sounds like enough to me, plus reading. 

someone at work was shocked i'd still take the day off and even though i love the lady, she said the thing i dislike said to me which is "you have no kids, you aren't married, you have no responsibilities....i don't get why you have to take days off like this!"....LOL. it is also relaxing me before 2 hours each way of driving Saturday to a water park and busy day on Saturday. for this reason is the biggest reason i'm still taking Friday off. it's a way to lower stress before a longer day. i know it's a good choice and good way to end the summer. In total, i took no days in July and 3 in August, so i'm not guilty of taking days off all summer.  i'm not mad, at all, of the woman who said it because she didn't mean it to upset me, but she just really thinks that way just like many people do. but really to me, more when men say it, i find it rude and not understanding that we all do not have to feel / act the same as other people all the time. It's my choice to not have kids and kids shouldn't be the only excuse why someone needs to go home on time / not work OT...etc. I used to work a ton of hours, and people would feel i could stay later than everyone bc i didn't have kids...it would truly upset me to hear men talk like that around me....anyways, i'm just glad i will stay home tomrrow, after thinking that was the story all week i wasn't about to change things.



 Good Morning!

kombucha (been drinking but haven't really used the bathroom now in almost 2 days yuck!) 60

breakfast wrap/egg/avo/coffee 350

snack: lily's sugar free dark choc 120, almonds 100

lunch: leftovers, plus possibly extra veggies from buffet - chips/fried shrimp/extra veggies 550

snack: plum / almonds 150

Before workout / During Workout: plums 100, pb on cracker 100, coffee 50 pb on cracker100, aminos 50

After Workout: bar

1950 total

6 day 1965, pretty awesome ;)



Tonight is strength workout....i will refrain from writing more until what i have to say is finalized.

also, i have decided to stick with my typical hours as i do like waking up at a normal hour and do not need any stressors that aren't necessary. i am better right now and feel better right now with the hours i have. so keeping my schedule and not going earlier anytime soon.  maybe i'll change hours at another point, but not now.


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

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
I've never been much of a morning person either, so I understand your choice. Have a good workout tonight.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
it would have been nice if i enjoyed waking up early in the morning...but i tend to love to sleep in - and i figure since i like to exercise that most of the healing occurs during sleep - some science proving that the sleep we get at the later part of the morning hours being very beneficial.

Donkey on 08/22/2019:
Oops, I posted another comment on yesterday's entry, about working hours. It applies to your entry today, as well: what works for you.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
yeah, in the end i think i wouldn't be very happy with the early rise. it's kinda nice to get ready at my pace in the morning, time for stretching or to massage my feet before work...i do not want to rush my mornings.

like you said, i can always do more in the morning before work - i can even do a little walk, etc.

legcramps on 08/22/2019:
Exactly; whatever works for you! I have never been a morning person either, and there have been many, MANY people who have judged me because of it. Successful people aren't always the ones who are up at the crack of dawn getting things done! Sometimes, they are the ones who work well mid-morning, or mid-afternoon, or at night. Geez! LOL see, it gets me worked up!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
yeah, i have tried the earlier mornings and looking back on how i felt, i felt very rotten. so, i guess i'll keep my hours as the difference isn't substantially going to help me timewise to do the earlier work hours.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Do you make your own breakfast wrap?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
Yes. I hard boil eggs several at the beginning of the week or whenever i need to. Then, each night or morning (and sometimes i'll make more than one wrap and leave it in the fridge for the next day), i'll take a whole wheat wrap (around 120-130 cal), and i'll spread 1/4 avocado (used to be half an avo but i've learned to use just 1/4), i mash it with a fork on the wrap, then i use everything bagel seasoning and mix a lot of it into the avocado, then i take a hard boiled egg, slice it in half and place the halves face down on the avocado and roll up the wrap. it tastes very satisfying and filling with a cup of coffee that i get from the work keurig, free. it's a simple breakfast that i love but i sometimes get sick of it because i rely on eating it every day at work...i guess i can further change up the seasonings i use...but soon i'll take a break from this breakfast, even though it's super healthy.

i do not like a breakfast that has too much liquid/fiber (like oatmeal) at work, bc i'll have bathroom issues. i prefer something not too big to eat with coffee that has both protein and fat and some carbs :)

excellent question.

i wouldn't be buying wraps as they'd be huge, and easily double the calories if i bought the sandwiches made in the city.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
I have to try the everything seasoing on avo and eggs!!! that sounds good

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2019:
very, very good! i hope you like it!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2019:
let me know :)

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
I have to try the everything seasoing on avo and eggs!!! that sounds good

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
I have to try the everything seasoing on avo and eggs!!! that sounds good

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
So jealous of your day off -- and yet, I have time off to take as well. If I didn't work in a den of wolves, it would be easier to discern whether or not to allow myself to take time off. Sounds like you have a lot planned.

I fail to understand why having kids is a requirement to taking time off.... just shakin' my head. I'm sure that your co-worker's comment had more to do with HER situation rather than YOU taking time off. I'm pretty sure of this.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
good point and yes it has to do with her situation ;) i could only laugh when she said it.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 60

breakfast healthy wrap and coffee 350

snack: almonds 100

lunch: need to pick up a protein at buffet, but i have veggies cooked from home :) around 600 - veggies, seafood, chips.

snack: almonds / plum 100

late dinner: blueberries 180, plum 50, yogurt 170. 400. forgot the craisins 100

1700 total

5day: 1970

exercise: maybe walking of 1 mile, but nothing overdone today is a rest day / early to bed.  just commute walking, walking at lunch as usual and a mile after work.


tonight i will prob stop at 2 places on the way home - fruit stand for plums and any other fruit that looks good as well as buying some amino protein powder of a new flavor since mine are almost used up. 


I am contemplating changing my working hours from a start at 8:30am to a start at 7:30am! The reason is because with school starting, my commute is going to start getting longer with more traffic on the road. I KNOW i can shorten my commute if i start an hour earlier though i KNOW it will be hard for getting up so much earlier (though i realize i can get used to this again). 

I also figure that when Winter comes, it will be nice to leave work at 4pm and not 5pm and i can get started a bit earlier on my workout when i get home, too, as well as (hopefully) going to bed earlier. 

For some reason, i feel traffic will be better at laest in the morning and i'll just have to get used to leaving earlier. It means i'll be leaving home somtime between 6:30-6:40 or possibly even 6:45am to get to work by 7:30am. we'll see how that works. Currently, i have to leave a bit over an hour to get to work, but if i start earlier, it will prob just take 45min to get to work....might be worth it. i already discussed it iwth my boss who is fine with it. so i'll start this in September.

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

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Changing your hours sounds like a good plan - and leaving earlier in the day is always nice.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
i have a hard time waking up, but it seems the better option right now. the bus and train will also be a little less crowded and easier for me to find a good spot to sit/stand and read my book. lately, it's so crowded i cannot read at the train all days of the week...so it seems the better option to get things done.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
thinking i may not change my hours after all....

Donkey on 08/21/2019:
I think that's a wonderful idea to change your work hours, for all the reasons you mentioned. I don't know if I'd go back to regular hours in the summer, even.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
yes, i think of i have to bite the bullet and just get up early. i can still sleep the same hours, but it might shave time off my commute and help me to change up my focus / refocus. things are getting sort of dull and it seems i need to shake it up to progress.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
thinking i may not change my hours after all....

innerpeace on 08/21/2019:
No joke! today was the first day back to school for the girl and most other schools in the area and it took me an extra 15 minutes to get to work. Maybe because it was the first day, I sure hope its not this crowded everyday. I don't remember it being so bad before...I guess I just got used to it. Have a great day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
yes, that's what i'm afraid of!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
thinking i may not change my hours after all....

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Got to get all of the fresh produce in now...because it will be down to just apples, pears and squash in the fall soon.......enjoy well you can!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
loving the fresh produce! always been a lover of plums.

legcramps on 08/21/2019:
Having to work at an earlier time sounds nice, but it can get hard. I've toyed with the idea myself, just so I can get off earlier and do more things. But i'm not sure I would accomplish anything more, since I would be even more tired at night than I already am - I would go to bed much earlier, and struggle to find energy to workout. It's a dangerous balance for sure! Often you won't know if something works until you try it out for a bit! Will boss let you give it a go for a couple of weeks?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
i have tried it last year...and i did feel not so hot so early in the morning. i think i will just keep it as i am - and realize i do not need the challenge of getting up early right now. i can always try it and see how it goes....i'm sorta under the radar at work and it will not bother my boss to try it, etc.

perhaps it's better i get my sleep and wake up in normal hours and not on the early schedule...i'll give it more thought during the next couple weeks before school starts here which is the beginning of september.

Donkey on 08/22/2019:
It's OK to change your mind about working earlier. I'm sure it would be beneficial, traffic-wise, for all the reasons you stated, but if it doesn't work for you personally, then it's definitely not a good idea.

Could you try to start your own day at home earlier? Just to see how that works for you, but leave the apartment at your regular time? That way, you could see how it would feel to get started earlier.

Just an idea, but I think it's fine to stay with a schedule that works for you.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Stopping at a fruit stand... what a nice treat

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

wrap and egg with avo and spices 300, coffee 50

snack almonds 100, black pepper peanuts 100 (appetite has come back!)

lunch: all leftovers/seared tuna 150 from buffet yesterday and my home cooked veggies 150 which taste very nice from last night's cooking, also avocado 100, chips 100, 50 extra.550-600

snack: almonds/plum

before exercise plum and iced coffee 100, pb on cracker 100 and another 100 and aminos 50, and more PB

1900 total 

4day 2040.


tonight is strength routine.

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

innerpeace on 08/20/2019:
We had avocado, but I had to throw two out that went bad before we can eat them. DH is in the habit of shopping at Sams and he buys a bag of 8 and these last two we couldn't eat fast enough. I prefer just getting one or two at a time...for reasons I hate buying in bulk.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
yes i agree that avos are a pain in the neck as when they ripen there isn't many days that good by before they spoil and it's hard to eat them constantly..it sometimes takes me a few days to finish one as i put only pieces of it in my wraps, etc.

yes, i'm not a fan of bulk grocery shopping either as the food does generally spoil. only thing i usually have some luck with is fruit...but this time around i even lost the battle with 2 whole pounds of strawberries :( so sad.

i do prefer paper towels and toilet paper in bulk though! haha!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
and the avocados are so pricey these days...when they are the 50 cents deal, i don't feel bad if one spoils...

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Yea, you really need to buy just a couple of avocadoes at a time. My dh sometimes buy a bag of them and ripen at the same time.

HOP, good plans as always.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
I'm with you regarding the avos. i prefer to buy the smaller size since it's only me eating them...and i tend to buy a few and then refridgerate them when they are ripe and hope for the best ;)

thank you!

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
I have thrown out more avocados than I have ever eaten.......I really don't think I know how to guage when they are ready.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
i'm not sure if you are asking for advice, but, it is a learned process for sure knowing when they are good...

lately the ones i buy are poor quality so some of them have dark spots and aren't perfect on the inside, but good enough for the price.

happy-1 on 08/20/2019:
i made guac and the garlic turned overnight :( so sad

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
yes, it goes bad in just one day :( so sad!

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