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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Oct 23, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Very small Banana 100

Coffee 50, low cal frozen yogurt baby Ruth flavor 150

Mints 100

Half bagel 200 with cream cheese 150 and lox 100


Last day of our Texas trip and in Austin Traveling home all day tomorrow.

Snacking before dinner - drinks 250?


Big dinner some Chips 150 and guacamole 50, tons of sautéed peppers and onions 300,, salad with some dressing 350 and shrimp 200?


2350 2-day

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 22, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Today was 1200 prob before dinner ...

Dinner prob at least 1,000 or more

Not more than 2500?

Tons of exercise

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 on 10/23/2016:
You are inspiring! I am looking forward to exercising more :)

horn_of_plenty - Friday Oct 21, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Big breakfast small amount oatmeal 150, sf syrup, egg whites 100, sausage 250???, English muffin 150, coffee 50 700?

Snacking 500-550 in beer and snacks and decaf coffee while doing so much and now ...

Mexican dinner around 10-10:30pm :-)

1250-1350 before large but lots of veggies with dinner ....

Not more than 2500.

And not more than a 1900 7-day avg!!!

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 20, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

hello all :)

Woke up 4am for my trip...since last night i ended up going to bed around 8 (although i seriously believe it was more like 7:30?) and wanting a little alone time, drink my kombucha, relax & finish packing before trip :)

Getting picked up by car to airport at 7:10am....

Flight at 8:50am!


Definitely some kombucha this AM...and seltzer with stevia..


Thankful that I had my "woman's thing" start on Monday and night today or anything else. Much easier for traveling & especially the hiking and walking around a lot is not good on the heavy days...so now i'm really good to go! :) all is good. so happy for some new experiences. !!!


I'll be in Texas from today till Monday morning when we leave & back here Monday 5:30pm landing.


I am not sure if i will post here, maybe not. I may still count calories, but maybe not....i will maybe track somewhere on my phone but just looking to have a good trip.


Much love to this site & will prob not comment on your entries till I'm back! 

1825 6 day

2500 today.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 10/20/2016:
So happy you are getting to go on your trip! Have lots of fun and talk to us when you get back!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Oct 19, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Home: 30 cal (sparkling probiotic vinegar drink)

Work: wrap 100, cream cheese 100, salami 100. banana 120. 420.  Monster energy drink.

Bar.150 tasty. had it for awhile glad to have it....was in my desk like...many months! maybe even 6 mos!


1pm lunch: around 500 and decently balanced. 

1100 before going home. I really want to go to bed early & maybe just pack in the morning. really. i'm tired. I may go to bed exceedingly early and just wake up mad early to pack...nah....i'll get it done tonight...and BEFORE dinner no matter what.

450 dinner.

1550, really tired. mostly packed....

going to bed early, NOW....not even 7pm.  I'll wake up early to pack the rest.

Calorie Avg: 1690 5-day.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

I am still upset by my best friend & that we aren't anymore, despite that it was my own doing in ending it and it must feel worse on her end than mine. it's so sad.  I feel quite a bit like a piece of myself is gone. but it is what it is....life does go on....and i only have the option to go up from here...only up.   



I woke up a bit earlier to relax and have the kombcuha = GREAT idea. 60 cal.

Work: bigger banana 150, decaf with milk i think...

wrap with cream cheese and salami 300...not so hungry really for food right now. 

BAR 150




total - 1650 :) great :)

1720 4-day..

BED WHENEVER I DO. PACKING TOMORROW AFTER WORK - LEAVING EARLY AT 3PM. WHICH IS HELPING ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MAKING IT TO THE GYM TONIGHT...OTHERWISE, (SORRY ABOUT CAPS, I WAS USING THEM AT WORK...)...anyways, i was starting to feel extremely anxious about my schedule from work to packing to being picked up at 7am by taxi and now i feel a TON better by getting out of work 3pm instead of 4:30 tomorrow. i can pack when i get home, have dinner, go to bed....looking to get sleep before the trip....if i can. and if i don't - so be it :)


Little anxious for my trip....sorta wishing to leave early tomorrow from work, which i just may have to? i dont feel right about going home, rushing to pack and rushing to bed...but then again, i guess it's my job to be at work....during work hours...i'll just have to put up with it...

very rushed way of going on trip, but then again, i could have packed more on weekend! LOL...i guess....but who does this, not I!

i will be taking a taxi to the airport at 7am on Thursday morning. flight is at 8:50am. I'm 10 min only from the airport! = awesome.

I may ask to leave at 3pm tomorrow...as i really don't want to rush like a freaking maniac before this trip....i will be asking later today to leave tomorrow at 3pm. It will be a MAJOR help so that i can pack & go to bed early before getting up extra early Thursday. I need to do this, i will feel better about the whole thing.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/18/2016:
Your holiday will do you a world of good. As for your friend you are right things can only go up from here. Being positive always is the best road to take. Don't worry so much you will go grey before your time.....lol Enjoy J.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/18/2016:
thank you...this trip and everything in my life is happening at the right time right now :)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Oct 17, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Looking forward to Texas trip - leaving Thursday morning.

Kombucha and seltzer with stevia 60 

Work: banana 120, green tea, wrap 100 with salami 100, cream cheese 100. Coffee 50

approx 250.

snack: Bar 200. mostly protein, didn't love it.  lately, not enjoying my bars as much as i used to at work...may be finally time for change. ?

I am trying to stay light on cals before trip. or at least today.

lunch: sorta big, good though. some heavy cream sauce but not much ... 150 tops? over cauliflower rice 100 tops, salami 100 tops, cooked veggies light sauce 100-150tops.  500-550 of stuff...excellent.

1,000.- so far before leaving work.

today's plan after work: drop off health forms at union hall near my place, pick up Rx, home after. :-D

snack on way home: plum 50.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/17/2016:
Have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/17/2016:
Thank you so much F !!! xo

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Oct 16, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

I wrote something about a high possibility of losing a major friendship i have had with what used to be my best friend of 12 years.  getting thru it. very sad.  I honestly would rather not have any "hate" for her. I don't. If my friends invite both her and i out, i will still go...my previous entry if you want to read / give any advice. it's pulling a bit at my heart and it is sad for me.



9am late breakfast: 500.

snacking: strawberries 150 (entire quart) they were getting old, had them probably 2 weeks in back of my fridge.  :) still tasted great though.

650...trying to remember if i ate something else but no, i don't think so...

 Snack before gym 300 950

Big but balanced dinner: probably 700 tops.

1650 today, excellent.

2-day average: 1850


i have already done laundry and starting to think about my trip more. i don't need to go food shopping at all - got enough for these 3 days till i go on the trip i'd say..maybe some extra cooked veggies (but seasoned / sauced) might be nice though. i may get a minimal amount, yes. but that's it. and possibly some strong kombucha - for the morning before i go on this trip...but this is it. no major food shopping. some bananas could be nice also lol...so i guess a small food shopping today could be good...maybe on way home from gym, we'll see. plans are minimal this weekend on purpose. i wanted to relax before this trip since after it i'll be taking one day off & then back to work as scheduled for most of the winter. so just resting and relaxing as i had intended and it feels good...



Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/16/2016:
You seem to be organized in getting all your stuff done for home/work/holiday. Always nice to have plans ahead. I find that I love having things to look forward to it always keep me motivated on my journey the thing that we call living our life. Have a great day J.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2016:
yes, it's nice to have plans & to have things to look forward to. ...thank you for all the advice and comments. will be back to commenting soon myself.

hollybelle on 10/17/2016:
When do you leave for your trip and how long will you be gone? I leave Saturday for 8 days.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/17/2016:
Leaving Thursday and we are staying till Monday. It's around 3.5 days to spend in Texas doing things. Perfect amount of time, super excited.

It will be my first "longer trip" since 2012. LOL. I am so thankful & happy with the direction of my life.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/17/2016:
It is 5 nights.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/18/2016:
oops...4 nights!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 15, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

late 9am breakfast - 550 cal.

snacking: banana, chips 250.

late 2:30pm lunch: wrap 100 with lox 50, cream cheese 100, some marinated veggies 100 max. total here (man that lox is so gross, trying not to buy that brand again!) 350.


100 cal apple


Actually around 2050 today. Good.

Was on phone with my friend Renee and we planned the rest of our Texas trip for next week. 


On a sad side note, after 12 years, I have ended my friendship with my best friend. We had a big argument to end it yesterday. Lately, I was feeling too responsible for her life, etc, and there were arguments more and more. I was starting to view her as being too negative, etc. I am no longer friends with this person, who used to hold a huge importance and value in my life. It's a void now that isn't full yet....

I had told her that i felt she was thinking too negatively...i said it bluntly in a text and over a message and i didn't sugar coat how i felt. 

Her response was that i need to get off my high horse, back down to reality. See all my failures, failure at teaching (which i truly don't like thinking about - and it hurts for her to remind me!), told me i'm not grateful for everything my father has given to me (he gave me a car, helped me out immensely with my apt, and helped me get a job)...she told me i am ungrateful for this...she told me I embarass my father at every chance i get...that i live in a fantasy world.

I decided that if she is my friend, she couldn't possibly say those things to me when i am simply telling her that life isn't all lemons (meaning her life has good in it that she is overlooking!)....she totally opened my life up to me telling me all that was / is wrong in my own life! (this was how she responded to me)

I don't know why except to make herself feel better? 

I think that what used to be my best friend is simply not a good person. I don't even think she really is that nice at all?

I had shared a ton with her, gave her all new experiences. She gave me nothing really. 

Maybe we grew apart?

I am not saying that everything i said to her was great, or that i never complained to her, no, but....i don't know if being friends with someone who views me as unable to take care of myself is the type of friend i ever need to have again.

she told me that i'll get what i want now...to be alone, miserable, and a hermit.

Her words were stone cold. So strong and mean. I don't owe her my friendship...and certainly not to someone who doesn't want the best for me. It seems that she wants me to join her in her struggles? so confused.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/15/2016:
Wow quite an emotional day for you. Shedding negative people around you is good do not feel bad. Friends you pick family you have to keep. Live your life the way you want to live your life and look forward and not backward. Have a good evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2016:
you have always given me such good advice. especially here about moving forward and not backward. As for that Physical Therapy guy i had been chasing, that too is OVER for GOOD. I have chosen to make changes in my life, for the better. thank you <3

hollybelle on 10/15/2016:
Oh my! I am sorry you had to go through this. It sounds like your friend lashed out at you for your comments about the attitude you have noticed in her lately. To say such hateful things is really shocking. What Puddles said above is good. Sometimes it is time to let people go. Since I have been back on this site I have noticed that you are quite positive and it's wonderful to see/hear that in you! No one's life is "rosy" all the time, but it never pays to focus on the negative. One of the reasons I quit my job when I did and because I could was because I had become too negative in that environment. Usually I can function in a negative workplace because I am typically pretty positive and kind of march to the beat of my own drum, anyway, but I couldn't there. If I couldn't have quit when I did, I would have just found another job before I left, but I would have left, anyway. It is taking me a little while, but I am getting more positive again!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2016:
thank you. it's so easy for some of us (myself included) to get on a negative spiral...my job has actually in some ways helped me to see how to overcome it - when i see women with so many problems in their families / life, but they are HAPPY. Or they are thankful for what they do have. I have learned from what I have witnessed around me..I didn't really say it very well in my comment back to you, but i'm trying to only say that it's our choice how we want to look at life. Half empty or half full (when we are just involved in our everyday lives we live...not talking about when difficulties to strike...) i am not sure i'm making any sense.

Donkey on 10/16/2016:
That is very sad, and yet, we have discussed the topic of toxic people and how sometimes you just have to let them go until they can make positive decisions in their lives to change things. I don't doubt that things might be tough for your friend, but what she doesn't see is that things could be much worse! (They can always be worse, which is why we must always be grateful for what we have.)

Perhaps she is resentful of your blessings, but you can't help how she feels. That's up to her to decide if she can look past that and appreciate your friendship for what it is or not. Apparently, at this time she cannot, as evidenced by what she said to you.

So you've struggled to figure out what path to take in life, and you've been blessed enough to have a parent who is able to and does help you out. I don't believe for one minute that you aren't grateful for your blessings.

Give it some time and see if things will heal over. It might be that this friendship has come to a natural end and it's time to move on.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2016:
thank you for the thoughtful comment, i do agree it and think you described the situation well.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Oct 14, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

I forgot most of my lunch at home bc i didn't pack it lol...at least i packed breakfast! and caffeine!

Home in morning early: cranberry kombucha & some leftover seltzer with stevia that was sitting out. 60.

Breakfast at work: coffee 50, wrap 100 with cream cheese 100 and lox 50. 300.

350 or so. good!

snack: ? bigger banana 150.

2nd snack at noon: cupcake flavor high protein bar, actually a decent flavor. 150

650. excellent.

lunch: not sure - Indian & leftovers. (ordered with a coworker and even trying a new dish - fenugreek leaves). little too creamy, but good food. 200 for the Shrimp dish and 300 at least for the cream dish ugh...and some veggies 50. gonna estimate lunch was 700 tops. and there was a hair of rice too. 100.

1350, decent.

dinner: out & not sure? friend cancelled and very happy about it because it was a last minute thing anyways and i wanted to go home after work. yay to easier day!  going on vacation next week so i wasn't in mood to party at all this weekend. dinner will be LIGHT. so FULL!

evening at home: food that i have at home. no need to buy anything.

so happy i'm not going out tonight to the bar!!!!! so happy. still need to plan a few things with the trip.


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/15/2016:
Have a great weekend. Enjoy planning your trip.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2016:
You know my best friend that i used to complain here about, fighting sometimes at end of nights after going out with friends, the one i feel that i was somehow "responsible for" ?....i ended the friendship.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2016:
12 years since we were 22 approx till 34years old...my BEST friend.

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