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

Breakfast oatmeal 150, almond milk 20, yogurt 80, stevia and cinnamon, iced coffee 40...

morning strength workout - snacking on strawberries 100, aminos drinks, on whipped cream chocolate chip desserts I made 100, choc protein nut butter 100, more nut butter 100

Late 1:30 lunch crackers and veggies 150, wrap and avocado 230, whole small cured pork sausage 300? 700 tops 

1400 good balance 

iced coffee blueberries 250


protein bites that I made 250, apple 100, half a leftover sf cake 100. 450


2day 2050 ! Good!



i might be replacing my laptop soon - the screen doesn’t light up - yesterday was good but today it didn’t light up. It was an HP and 4.5 years old. My previous Toshiba lasted 3 years. Both were cheap models so I guess I got what I paid for. Instead of paying in pull for my next device, I may choose to finance it in some way or just use my credit card and pay it off little by  little ...

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

Donkey on 06/30/2019:
I had an Acer and it lasted about 5 years as well. I think you actually got a great deal. Sad to say but these things aren't really meant to last that long. Technology upgrades so quickly that it's hard to keep up.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
I prob could have saved my laptop before this one bc I realize I think it was probably the screen for that one too :( wish I realized it then !

Glad I didn’t have to spend big bucks and only $110 for screen - it’s still at the shop till Wednesday when the screen comes in

BearCountryGG on 06/30/2019:
I'm using an acer right now too...I've had others ( toshiba, HP, Gateway...etc..) and they all last about that long too.....I usually baby them along for swhile if I can...and then finally get disgusted and buy a new one.....

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
For me it seems the screens all die! I learned it’s easy to replace them :) and cheaper than getting a new one ! Wish I knew that with my previous laptop before I bought this HP !

happy-1 on 06/30/2019:
mac powerbook

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
For the future :)

happy-1 on 06/30/2019:
and if you are just doing email/web/movies... go cheap as possible.


horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
You are right to go cheap! I did good with the last two ones - just have to replace the screen now :) so glad !

happy-1 on 06/30/2019:
There is nothing on the market right now worth spending over $500.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
Right !

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

Good Morning,Happy Saturday off work for i think everyone here...except Legs who is doing some gym training for some folks - but that's active work and healthy and fun for her :) I'm proud of you, Legs.  You continue to inspire me to schedule in more fitness and plan better to achieve bigger fitness goals. :)

9am breakfast: oatmeal 150 with a little saffron just in one spot to soak it in and quickly eat that bite!, stevia / cinnamon with almond milk 20, yogurt 80, iced coffee 40. total  300

11-12pm snacks: blackberries 100, couple candies 50

then went to get my hair colored dark and cut - i'll be dying my hair at home for now on to save my $ and time :)

3pm late lunch, healhy: small piece of turkey 100, the rest of yesterday's mashed cauliflower (seems very heavy due to lots of either cheese / cream added but also very filling and tasty!) 300, salad and leftover grilled veggies 100. everything so tasty & filling. 500. Cake low sugar thing very good 100

wine 150

mcdonalds 750

2000 total :)





I'm basically dying my hair back to brown today. maybe very subtle highlights almost like the brown it is because i've decided to save both  my TIME and my MONEY and dye my hair at home going forward, except maybe once in a while getting SUBTLE brown highlights on my dark brown hair. I prefer to not have this expense on both my weekend TIME and my budget anymore :) and also, when fitting in fitness, sitting going over to the next town with lots of traffic and parking problems and then getting my hair done as a weekend activity doesn't really coincide with fitness plans very well. so, it's off my list of activities for this year. if i am keen on court officer stuff, and my schedule is "busy," there's no need to be scheduling in more hair appts. I'm simply going back to basics.  this prob also has to do with the dermatologist visit and in my head i'm just trying to get to my goals, and stop getting distracted by anything / everything. highlighting the hair is an example of something that is "fun and playful and games," and it's just wasting my precious time, money, energy. i'll still have to touch up the few grays at home, but with store-bought dye. and that'll be just fine!

so,today i'm cooking. probably ladder in a bit after i set up the veggies in the slow cooker - doing hair.

later, Ricky and I are going to another FREE, community event. this one is awesome ! It's a walking tour of Downtown Flushing Chinatown neighborhood.!!! it's actually where i'm going for my hair at 1pm! so, i'm going there twice today. it's very local - like a neighborhood away. and i am super happy about a walking tour - HELLO FITNESS! :) and it's free. 6pm is when it starts.

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

Donkey on 06/29/2019:
Count me in as one of those DD'ers really happy not to be at work today! Your plans for today sound like a really nice day to spend a Saturday.

I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on your hair. That must sound weird, right? But I like the "back to basics" and the desire to become more focused on what you want for yourself, and not to be distracted by the stuff that's not helping you in the direction you want to go at this time.

(That's not a diss against anyone who has their hair done or nails or anything like that. Those things can be self-nurturing, fun, relaxing, uplifting -- to try and do, too. I hope anyone that reads this can see what I'm trying to say.)

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
I can’t believe that I stopped the highlights as soon as I did - just like a year of highlights after other coloring attempts the year before! But it’s such a waste of my time and money. Plus this stylist doesn’t cut short hair very well so I’m really glad to be done with him! Plus he always changed the price on me and this time he actually lowered it at last minute but such stupidity! Glad to not be going there ever again :)

happy-1 on 06/29/2019:
I like the new cool tones from Loreal Excellence. Trying this one next week... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0185LCA0I/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2019:
Thank you for the advice ! I def need it bc I will def be doing my hair at home from now on :)

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

Good Morning Everyone, Happy Friday :)

8am breakfast: cinnamon spice oats package 160 with almond milk 20, yogurt 80, iced coffee 40. 300

11am Hemp Bar brownie chip flavor...amazingly nice taste. love this new bar i found!

1pm lunch salad with dressing 150, wrap 130, egg 70, spices, half avocado 150. 500. butter popcorn 80.

 during exercise: fluids / drinks 100, candy 50

7pm dinner is healthy - from a  place that has homestyle american food - but also good healthy options! mashed cauliflower i had a lot 400?, small roll 50, and some turkey slices (thick ones) 300?..

11:30pm .later i had a snack 200 right before bed.950 i think, tops. good. maybe less.

2150, tops. :) did fine.

weekly average:2120, good.

exercise - a little walking at beach, some shuffleboard playing. and my strength workout earlier in the day from aroudn 1pm-4pm on and off.





I have my errands to do today - but first enjoying breakfast & the couch....

& a shower followed by getting all my laundry washed while i do my strength workout..doing things at home now...cleaning closets a little bit. 

I'm definitely taking this day at my own pace & looking very forward to the beach and a concert tonight. Weather has been fabulous this week.


This is a little "heavy" but at the dermatologist what i thought was one thing was another and it was a slight punch in my gut as it was unexpected and very unexpected after this busy week my head wasn't ready to hear it..i thought i would go into this weekend relaxed after that appt but it left me realizing health is important and to always air on the side of caution. i can't discuss this further, i'm fine, but it's realization that the older you get,the more experiences you have, the more you are at risk for. so be careful. are on the side of caution. and keep positive, keep on with my journey, and i shall keep on with my positive goals and challenges this year as fun and games don't lead to anything positiveat all and sometimes come back to haunt you. i shall be fine. but it's one more thing i wish has never happened - but i'll keep going thru life because you cannot change the past but only look forward. i am fine, i'll be fine.  All the choices we make have consequences.  and somtimes you don't know of that consequence till many years later.  I have only shared this important stuff with one person, R, and decided i will not talk about it to anyone else.  it's not the worst thing in the world, but would have been better if avoided. now gotta live with it.

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

BearCountryGG on 06/28/2019:
Hope you are fine!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2019:
I am :) just something unwelcome has made its way into my life. ah well.

thank you for the positive words. :)

BearCountryGG on 06/28/2019:
Take care, and know that we care about you.....and want you to be well and happy and healthy.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2019:
thank you so much, xo. :-D i'm thankful for all of you guys here. :)

Donkey on 06/28/2019:
Let me tell ya a story: Back when I was 7 or 8 years old, I kissed another little boy. And now.. for the rest of my life, I get cold sores. We all know what cold sores are. This only happens when my immune system is lowered, which is usually during the winter and right before TOM comes (that is to say, TOM in the winter months). While cold sores can be very clustered, I guess I'm fortunate that I usually only get one large sore, but it's quite noticeable when it's there.

There is stuff called Abreva, but that is like $30 for this teeny tiny little tube. I can't afford that! Sometimes I can ward them off - i.e. lessen them - if I start loading up on zinc. If I feel a tingle on my lip, if I use Carmex, that sometimes helps.

But this isn't something that goes away, and it's annoying and painful and embarrassing. I'll forget the day that Queen Bee announced it to the whole office that I had a cold sore. And all because of something very foolish that I did when I was 7 years old and couldn't possibly know any better.

So there you go. Whatever it is that you're dealing with, I'm glad you saw a doctor about it. Do what you have to do to manage it. Don't let it define you. And whatever it is, you're not alone.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2019:
yep, similar situation here but a tad more upsetting. very similar. it's good that there's a vaccine out now to prevent a lot of this. I was too old for that vaccine when it came out.

there's a high percentage of people that get all these different viruses and it's too bad we have to deal with them for life. that's the really bad part.

i appreciate your thoughtful response and suggestions.

Donkey on 06/28/2019:
^^^One more thing, my story also points out that if there are things that you can do to take care of yourself to lessen your burden -- like with me, I take zinc, I use topical Carmex, do what I can to keep my immune system healthy and strong -- do it! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2019:
yes, i do realize that i can probably try to do things like keep my stress levels manageable and take care of my health to keep my immune system up to try to prevent future issues as much as possible. i wonder what my scenario will entail...ugh.

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


Home Kombucha for the win! 60, candies on the train 40.

9am Breakfast: coffee 50, wrap 130 with avo 100, egg 80, spices. chocolate 60.  420.

10am snacks: KIND peanut butter dark choc bar 200

Lunch: salad with Italian dressing 100, the other hot dog on potato bun 350 with lots of spicy mustard.  450.

3 & 4pm snacks: almonds / apple 150 / black coffee

snack 7pm granola bar on ride home from dr appt 100

7:30pm dinner: seriously craving more veggies, some tofu 200- i may buy dinner at lunch from  the buffet as they do have a very good selection of fresh both raw and cooked veggies 350tops. total 550.

2000, nice.

6 day:2116,very good. going strong :)


I admit that the extra OT and not sleeping as much has def left me quite anxious and tired. I am so ready to sleep in tomorrow. No extra exercise will be done today besides walking at lunch. I have a breakout on my face i think because of this. it's ok, i know i did the OT and i'm happy now. :) And i know the weekend will be good, too. I have yet to finalize any plans on weekend, probably bc in my head i know i want to sleep in quite a bit :)

I have a lot of plans on my agenda for tomorrow, my day off, but i realize that it's not really a rush to finish them all and if i don't i'll just do them later in the weekend. 


Plans for tomorrow include: 

1- Whenever i wake up (i am looking to sleep in a bit after not sleeping that great this week, i just want to sleep extra tomorrow as much as i want to!), after breakfast: Strength workout first- definite

2- Oil Change - possibility - better to do Friday (less of a wait / less customers) than Saturday

3- kombcha nah, can wait till next weekend, when i eat some of these veggies in my fridge.

4- Add money to laundry card at housing office 

5- If time permits after everything listed above: Ladder Workout outside - there's an i want to do this Saturday, i can wait...i think i'll sleep in Friday enough to not have time for more exercise. maybe i'll cook in the afternoon, if time permits! i'd like to make some keto stuff and/or cook up my new food order that ships today from Misfits!

6- around 5/6pm go out to Rolling Stones tribute band concert (free) at beach with Ricky - :) - and dinner there / shuffleboard game if we want to


There were LONG train delays this AM. i left my own apt 5 min late, but was delayed by 35 min (of which luckily i was already on the train just sitting there in AC) in getting to work! but i will NOT be making up ANY time :) i'm so over that!  I have worked 8hrs OT which i completed last night and that's that! train delays ...are train delays :) LOL.


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

happy-1 on 06/27/2019:
Augh train delays... I feel you.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
out of nowhere! everything's been so great...and then BOOM!

happy-1 on 06/27/2019:
Just bought Rules for a Knight on Audible ;-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
It's very good. I am still in the process of reading it. I have to reread many paragraphs to get a better meaning from them. this book seriously makes you THINK!

also, this book is a GREAT reminder to be HUMBLE and thankful and remember that in order to get things, i must work for them. good things comes to those who work for it. :)

Let me know what you think of this book. i have enjoyed it so much. it's short, but, a thoughtful read so it's taking me a little longer than usual to finish it since it's relatively a short book.

Maria7 on 06/27/2019:
Hope you get caught up on your rest.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/27/2019:
thank you, it's about the one thing i am most looking forward to at this moment tonight.

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

2140 5 day - higher than i want, but my workdays were also longer than planned. so, giving myself the green light to realize i have done pretty well this week, on everything. calories included.


Happy Wednesday :) (My Thursday since i am off Friday, YAY!)

Home and at work: kombucha 80 (brought it to work) approx 100.

Breakfast: wrap 130, avo 100, everything seasoning, egg 70. 300. laying off coffee for now...

snacks: chocolate 60, coffee 60, a bar 200 as i picked up two new flavors from Duane Reade this morning when i saw them :), almonds 30

Lunch: leftover tasty frank with potato bun 350 from last evening's meeting YUM. and i have TONS of salad greens i bought and i have a little Ialian dressing for it 100...should be a nice meal for lunch.

I may also do this for dinner, with my other frank, actually. ! I have two. i'm just missing mustard...i think i'll buy some at lunch to keep at work.....!...totally went into a burger place and asked for a few packets of spicy mustard LOL (duane reade store didn't have spicy mustard lol lol lol..just the yellow mustard and i wasn't buying it) chips 150. ..total 600.

3pm pear 100, apple 100, almonds 100

dinner: the other frank and also the salad greens again with dressing..hot teas at work   starbucks egg white and turkey bacon on english muffin, starbucks iced hisbiscus tea! 350

at home: probably nothing, just hit the hay   bar, strawberries, candies 300

2300. total. decent. did the hour walk home. 

2140 5 day 

I should be home around 9pm-10pm.  I may walk some of the way, to get in some exercise tonight after work.


I woke up before my alarm clock today and decided to get out of bed and go to work as early as i could without rushing. i arrived 1hr 15min early. today i'm going to make up the rest of my 3 hours of OT and also make up the hour of work for tomorrow when i need to leave early for the dr. that's 4 hrs OT today, working from 7:15am-7:45pm.  getting it done, so it's OFF my mind :)  I really didn't expect to come early today, only doing it because i woke up before my alarm and decided to just go to work early.

I was also in bed a tad late last night as i did my workout after the union meeting, ending the workout a little bit after 10pm. not too terrible and sleep is stil decent . Tonight I will sleep well, I am quite sure...

It will be a long day today, BUT, work is rather easy right now - the pace is very, very slow for me and i'm working totally at my own pace - there really isn't a rush. yes, there's deadlines, but really, it doesn't matter if i get these things in tomorrow or by next Wednesday. So, looking on the bright side to get thru this short but long week! all is seriously good!

also, i'm still not done with some other adjustments i'd like to make to my resume...so i will do that tonight.


i have so many things on my mind to do as of late. Another thing i'm adding to my mental list is to make a somewhat sugar free/keto (Lekach) HONEY CAKE! it's a jewish type of recipe that someone at work wanted me to make MONTHS ago. i never got around to it because the internet doesn't have a good keto version, so i have to do the math to convert measurements and alternatives into my own keto version.

last time i did that, to try to make a honey cake before, it didn't come out well. i guess this is why i haven't done it again since. it involves a bit of math and calculations and quite a few ingredients. i think i'll be baking it on the 4th of July weekend, quite possibly, or sooner!


I really want to clean up my closets again this weekend or soon. they are jam-packed with clothes so everything that's hanging gets fully wrinkled even though they are hanging up and are supposed to come out of the closet looking fresh! i want to get rid of a LOT of my clothes soon, so that i can take things out of the closet, and have them look fresh and smooth, not a mess and wrinkled. after all, we never wear like even 50% of the clothes in our closets - OR IS THIS JUST ME!?  I have so much to give away. older clothes i haven't worn in a few years. shirts that just don't fit right...time to clean up again. dresses that are not flattering...list goes on and on. cardigans that are an ugly color that i don't even like to look at let alone wear...pants that don't fit...

....some pants i like to save especially dress pants bc it's expensive to buy new. but, for shirts & dresses, i plan to get rid of a LOT. 

also, i want to clean my socks drawers. they are overflowing, but some of the socks don't have any elasticity anymore and are quite annoying to wear. and i have bought new to replace them with. 

i cannot wait to declutter. I may do a little bit of decluttering on Friday when i'm home from work.

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

legcramps on 06/26/2019:
Wow! You really did wake up before your alarm clock today :)

Glad to see that everything is going well and YAY today is your Thursday! Gotta love a short work week LOL!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2019:
I am so so so glad to get this OT done for a LONG time after today. It's good to knock it out, go into the weekend, enjoy and REST...and know that next week will NOT be like this- and neither will summer be like this :)

As you can see, my mind wants the OT done too!

Yay for a short week.

Like you, i'm looking to get in some good fitness on the days off!

Donkey on 06/27/2019:
Friday off = JEALOUS

Yes, purge your closet. You will love it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
i cannot wait to do this....i need to at least go through it and sort the winter stuff to back and all summer stuff in front. i have so many clothes and don't wear like any of them! yes, i'm totally going to purge on the weekend :) cheers!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
i am sure one of these days you'll get your own friday off xo

happy-1 on 06/27/2019:
Yum, honey cake. Also love halva.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2019:
omg HALVA...killer good. so dense.

i hope this honey cake turns out ok. the last one was like an egg souflee which is def not how a honey cake should look or taste! i need to bring it to work for my coworkers (only if it comes out right!)

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

2:30am apricots 80, seltzer (busy week, so sleep is going to be off - my brain wasn't ready to shut down), kombucha 50.

Breakfast: healthy avo 100, wrap 130, everything seasoning, egg 80. 310. coffee 50.

snacks: TBD almonds probably 200

healthy lunch: rest of the zucchini & veggies in tomato sauce leftovers 200, tofu 100, clementine (counted below) chips 300., cookie 100

3-4pm snacks: clementines 100, chocolate 100

7pm Dinner: not sure if i'll have a hot dog at the meeting? maybe a granola bar / coffee? not sure? hot dog in martin's potato roll 350 tops with mustard, and a salad 150 wtih dressing. big. 500, healthy!

8:30-10pm during exercise: aminos...drinks....apricot 50, chocolate protein nut butter 100, coconut water 50

10:15pm after exercise: also TBD. Bob's Red Mill PB Coconut Oats granola bar 230.

2230, decent for a longer type day.

2100 4day - 


rainy day, there was a bus delay due to traffic and then the trains were packed. got to work 15 min late, but, nobody really knows and i have to leave on time (actually 10min or so early) to get to a union meeting after work back in my home neighborhood at 6, so i'll be leaving 10 to 5 for that. 


I do still plan to take a lunch, hopefully it's not raining, to return a piece of clothing i bought the other day. it's linen pants - and it'll always need ironing - so i'm returning them before i even remove the tag. They were from H&M - they fit really well, but, the material is a waste to buy since i'm not big on ironing!


After the meeting this evening, i'm sticking with my goals, skipping voting for the primaries (priorities point towards not having three obligations tonight all taking up time), and going to work out at home. i should get home between 7-7:30 and should be able to get a workout in and completed, if i don't get derailed by other things, by 9:30pm which is decent of course and not the latest hour in the world :)


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

Donkey on 06/25/2019:
I too had interrupted sleep last night. Not pleasant and thus had problems getting up today.

Well, you should sleep better tonight, hopefully!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
i hope to keep getting at least a minimum sleep - and plan to enjoy some sleeping in on Fri, Sat, and Sun :)

legcramps on 06/25/2019:
I hate ironing too! I try very hard not to buy any clothes that need to be ironed :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
same - they had really nice wide leg no need to iron pants on sale, so i returned the linen, got two pairs of pants in its place and a dollar back! :)

happy-1 on 06/25/2019:
I want linen wide leg pants too but I hear you on the ironing.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
yeah, i do not like extra chores!

BearCountryGG on 06/25/2019:
No ironing for me either....I let the dryer do that!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2019:
same!!! i try to hang my shirts as soon as i take them out of the dryer! :)

now, i just need to clean all my closets again & throw out a LOT of things so my shirts can hang and not get wrinkled bc the space is so tight! right now, everything in my closets is jam packed and creating a huge mess! not sure when, but, i'm eager to see what i have!

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

update: at 5pm, i went downstairs quickly to starbucks & got some dinner to eat later AT WORK! - planning to leave at 7pm and go home and do the ladder - it will still be light out just enough:)  banging out 2hrs OT. getting it done - so i'm not doing this OT much longer thru July :)


Good Morning! Despite a little soreness, i do FEEL VERY GOOD today.

kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 130, egg 80, half avo 150, coffee 30.  tasty!

snacks: Lily's sf chocolate 60, bar 210

lunch: my butternut squash soup 150 with 1/4 avo 100 and tofu 100 ...possibly chips 150 along with it. very satisfied. total 500. .

snacks: i have some clementines 100 , almonds 100, few more almonds 30...hungry so a little more Lily's 60

6:30-7pm light dinner before going home around 6:30pm: starbucks light egg/turkey bacon/cheese english muffin 250, iced hibiscus tea with stevia. chips 100

2150 today, success.

3day: 2050,excellent...tomorrow will be a CHALLENGE again.

before ladder: TBD, maybe dinner before going home - starbucks wrap -  maybe a granola bar and starbucks tea (indulgence! again!) - we'll see...

ladder workout: to do around 8pm - nice i can do it in my "backyard"...and not drive anywhere! :)

after ladder: maybe a wrap and fruit / tbd



I woke up and laid in bed a little later than usual but was at work on time. it was a good morning. I'm prepared for the week, too, with lunches. it's a short week for me, 4 days, so i'd like to actually make them more productive. 

I decided on a short week because i have extra commitments for these 4 days..i'll write about those day by day as i do them!


My plan is to work a simple half hour OT, not too much and not too little, then go home and do a quick ladder workout. :) i should be able to easily fit these two things in :)

At first, i had planned on "no OT" this week because it's involved enough, but, with supervisor in my room away, the ability to take a longer lunch, i'm thinking i should do at least a half hour or hour whenever i can :) over these next 2 weeks before she gets back and things are busier or feel busier at least with both of us working together again! :)

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

legcramps on 06/24/2019:
I have a short workweek as well this week, i'm so happy about that :) :)

Yeah, might as well get as much OT in now as you can, while you can take longer lunches. I say just get it over with and then you don't have to stress about taking it later :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
I totally agree with you regarding the OT...but, there's one stipulation - i don't want it affecting my fitness progress after work. That's why i'm not doing that much today - i want enough energy later to do a ladder workout, not overeat, and go to bed in a timely manner!

so, yes, i'm getting the OT done earlier, but also not pushing my "more important" fitness plans to the side :) but you are right, i should get it done as quick as possible before she gets bacK!...i'll try to take really LONG lunches LOL to make it easier.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:

legcramps on 06/24/2019:
LOL, absolutely! Everything in moderation, right?!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
i did two hours! a lot longer than my planned 30min bc it is quiet, i do have monotonous work....and i got to get it done bc i cannot have a lot of weeks like this :)

BearCountryGG on 06/24/2019:
I need to find that Lily's chocolate...I'm hearing =so much about it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
on amazon i bought it. i like the chocolate chips in a big or the chocolate bars. both are good. chocolate bars are a little sweeter than the baking chocolate, but i eat those baking chips too.

legcramps on 06/25/2019:
Nice job on the overtime!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2019:
TY LEGS! :) just saw this comment now...hoping to bang more out, so i can have an easier week next week and not drag this annoying thing out!

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

Happy Sunday. Luckily, here in NYC areas, we're having wonderful Sunny weather all weekend, around 75F-80F. just perfect.

8am Breakfast: oatmeal cinnamon and spice packet (coworker left them at work, didn't want them so i took a few home) 160, raspberry flavored yogurt 120, tasted one of my peanut butter whipped cream desserts 50, iced coffee 40.  370

STRENGTH WORKOUT will take place soon, this morning / early afternoon:)

10:30-11:30pm Snack: whipped pb on snall rice cracker 150, chips 200

1pm snack: chocolate nut spread 100, lower cal drinks 50, 50

2pm lunch: wrap 130, mustard, sausage 120. soup 50.  300

dinner: salad, grilled shrimp, light balsamic dressing, bread with butter (YUM), half a bud light lime flavor and later on a big thing of strawberries. 700

1950, wonderful day.

2 day avg is 2000 - i KNOW i can do really well this week with calories :)

wasn't that active at all, but did do a strength workout and got some light walking in. also watched a good movie :)


Snack before going out to a food fair with Ricky (unless plans changed LOL) we are just gonna watch a movie at his place and walk to a close dinner at the bar. we want to take it easy today! :)

FAIR for afternoon...

Earlyish dinner at a very close, walkable, neighborhood bar with GREAT food (like grilled shrimp (with lots of flavor) salads that are big and tasty!))


Maybe some movie / Netflix show watching using my Amazon prime account tonight after our dinner.

It's Ricky's 59th bday....I SHOULD TEXT HIM!!! :) 

On Sparkpeople site, I'm saving TONS of recipes for future use. Lots of veggie recipes and even a curry recipe for veggies. I'm going to have TONS of options for slow cooking my veggies!  Also saving some slow cooker oatmeal recipes and dessert recipes.


I was 15 min late yesterday to pick R up for the beach to go to the concert (we wouldn't have been late at all, but he wanted to leave at a certain time and i was late). he was textting me a lot while i was in the shower and unable to respond ASAP back. he got angry and decided to drive there without me & i decided to not drive there alone (and then have to drive back alone) as the beach is NOT close, it's around 45 minutes away and an hour if there's traffic (which there was - i saw on the road). So instead of going there, in separate cars, paying separate parking fees, going home then alone, i stayed back. I did apologize by text that i was sorry i was late. i am typically around 5-10 min late all the time with him. very typical of me!

he had invited a couple other people, so, he wasn't going there to be alone. another reason i didn't feel bad to stay home. 

so i drove to the park and walked a couple miles & did more cooking last night. And i called my female friend, Christine, and we caught up a bit over a longer phone call. And that was nice.

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

Donkey on 06/23/2019:
Good plans for today! I guess it's too bad that last night didn't work out. Probably just wasn't meant to be...

Who would have thought to find recipes on Sparkpeople? Wow! But now that you mention that, I do recall that they have a LOT of recipes there. What a great idea!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2019:
yeah, it's ok about last night. and today's plans changed slightly too, but, we did watch a movie later in the afternoon followed by a good dinner at the bar by us which is also a VERY good restaurant. HIGH quality food there! yum!

Some of the recipes on Sparkpeople are repetitive but there are some REALLY good ideas and also good desserts and some sugar free things.

happy-1 on 06/23/2019:
Hugs. Good for you for maintaining long friendships.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
YES...thank gosh - doing better at this now than in my earlier years.

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

Good Morning :)

7:30am Quaker cinnamon and spice oatmeal 160 with almond milk 20, yogurt 80, and kombucha 60. 320. thinking to go back to sleep...

10am wrap 130 and pb 150 280, whipped cream 100

noon pear 50, strawberries 100, iced coffee 30, Stroopwaffle pasty 150

3pm egg with salt / pepper 

4pm sausage 100, cooked veggies 50, peanut butter later on 100

6:45pm strawberries 150 (yes, an entire quart)

8pm peanut butter 100, some whipped cream / peanut butter 100, chocolate chips 50

9pm light dinner: wrap 130 with mustard and egg white 20 and small amount cured sausage 100. total 250 :) and some seltzer mixed with cherry juice 50.

2050 :)

and since plans changed for today, i also got a walk in at the park, 2 miles.


 Just relaxing today...for most of the day...

I went on the Sparkpeople nutirition / weight loss / recipe online site and am loving the recipes. I am now getting motivated to cook and also make some of the easy recipes I found!  I found a peanut butter cool whip recipe to make :)

Right now cooking a butternut squash soup in slow cooker, later to blend in my Nitro blender!


Nice plans for later include going out to a Hibachi Dinner the night before Ricky's bday. Luckily, i have a $25 off coupon i got from going with another friend and we haven't used it in over 2 years...so i'm using it with Ricky. :) It'll cover half the meal!  Then, we are headed to a free concert on the beach, Bob Marley tribute band.


It's really an easy day and laundry was done Thursday evening already.

To-Do List to be prepared for next week:

4pm Going out now to do! Ladder Workout - shoud def get it done today although my legs are a little sore? ...we'll see how i feel in a bit - really should do it. - really the only must.

DONE! Get kombucha to get me thru 2 weeks (but this can def wait until next friday also..)

DONE !Cook/Buy Veggies so i don't have to buy lunch when i make my own just as well :)...figure out what veggies are left, get a recipe & make it (i may not go out today at all to supermarket)


Last night working late at work, I revamped my OLD 2011 resume and made it suitable for future use now. Just to have as it really sucks when you need to produce a resume and you have to do it from scratch! I changed most things, but it was nice to have a format going for me and not do it 100% from scratch.


Also since coworker is away, another thing I am working on is planning & setting up my calendars going all the way into and past January 2020. I am a BIG planner. I told Ricky I'd go with him to Vegas in the winter since i have JetBlue credit card points and it will cover a good percentage of the flight. we'll also stay in a VERY cheap place, like a hostel, so this vacation is not wrecking our bank accounts. I'll review to make sure where we stay is clean.  Ricky and I need to decide if we will go in January/February or March. I prefer later in the Winter or MidWinter - we will see.



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

Donkey on 06/22/2019:
I hope you get your ladder workout in today.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2019:
it's prob the only thing i do of that list. really relaxed day, resting & sleeping :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2019:
and a little cooking and recipe searching for more new, fun treats i can make at home! i just love being able to cook whatever i want and for it to be turning out better and better :) and not have to rely on restaurants or takeout as much anymore!

BearCountryGG on 06/22/2019:
It's always good to keep that resume ready and up to date......one of those things that so often get forgotten!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2019:
yes, i may need it in a year or need it for something else entirely. good to have it. i still need to make a few changes in the structure to make it more reader-friendly: list my two electrical field jobs together with skills combined below them both instead of skills below each similar job separately....well, maybe. now that i write this, the skills i listed for each job were different, so, maybe i'll just leave it as it is.

Donkey on 06/23/2019:
You might be able to find some cheap hotel deals. You'll start getting promos and deals like you wouldn't believe. Some nice hiking up at Red Rock!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2019:
Yes, i'll take suggestions since you have gone to Vegas a lot, right? We'll take it easy IF we go - we both tend to be "downers" in the wintertime so we'll see how R feels about planning a trip at the end of the summer for Winter. I'll take any suggestions you have. it'll be a relaxed trip, not a party :) he just wants to gamble playing craps...and i just want some nice weather :) thanks!

happy-1 on 06/23/2019:
Look at express deals on Priceline and hot rates on Hotwire... but you know that!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/24/2019:
i don't know that - thank you for reminders...please remind me AGAIN in the fall! :)

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

Happy Friday :)

kombucha 60

8:45am breakfast at work: wrap and egg white 150, sausage 100, mustard, coffee 30, Lily's chocolate 60. 

snacks: bar & almonds 300

lunch: from home - leftover bbq frank 150, veggies in tomato sauce big amount 200, chips 200.  350....

snack from coworker: tasty cookies...yup! 150

4 & 5pm snacks cherries 100, almonds 100, blackberries from stand 100

6:30pm  dinner before heading home: starbucks egg white wrap 300 with a decaf coffee i think :) 50

home: blackberries, yogurt, pb 

2100 tops

7day: 2130 - very good!


snacks: fruit (maybe extra) and almonds, maybe a sweetened starbucks tea (going all out, maybe staying even later than expected till 6:30PM tonight)


I'm feeling good this Friday. I stayed up a little late because i chose to do laundry and do my exercise. But i am happy with my decisions. 

Today I'm working till 6pm, an hour OT - and maybe even going until 6:30pm - gotta knock out these hours!)  I'll take a lengthy lunch to get me into that mood ;)

and then, maybe i'll do a bit of walking home if i feel like it to get some cardio in today :)

if i also take slow train, to read, i may get home anywhere between 7:30-8:30.


For now, i do not have plans tomorrow morning & laundry is DONE....i look forward to sleeping in tomorrow.



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

legcramps on 06/21/2019:
Yum, starbucks tea sounds amazing :) I might pick something up from starbucks tonight after my coaching session to treat myself :)

Enjoy your weekend!

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