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


Kombucha 50

I accidentally forgot my breakfast wrap, so, coffee 30, Dang bar 210, sf chocolate 60. 300 total.

snacks: almonds, also another bar 300

lunch: healthy from home, frank 150 and cooked veggies 200, probably some chips which i admit to getting a little bored of...but not fully! 150 500.

out to lunch: shrimp 100, 2 battered/fried shrimp 100-150, seaweed salad 100, grilled eggplant and peppers 200, tomato and cucumber salad 50 - 600

snack: cherries / almonds 100

snack before workout: at home - berries and whipped cream 200, maybe a lighter iced coffee with more almond milk 50   granola bar and iced coffee on way home 200

during workout: aminos / maybe also coconut water 1 cup 50, maybe more fruit 50, 50, yogurt 100 (workout went really late, decided to do laundry during it!) 

after workout: TBD - maybe the wrap that i didn't eat this morning :) 250 bar 200


6day is good: 2135



Right off the bat, i woke up excited (quite literally actually!) for a STRENGTH WORKOUT tonight. Each strength workout i accomplish is one more step TOWARDS my court officer goal. The date of the online test will be announced this late 2019/2020. It's been listed that way on the site, that updates will come late 2019/2020. So, that's that!

I realize i will have to plan much more, review much more, detail my workouts much more to pass the physical test.

My strength workout, if anyone didn't know here, is tailored to the practice program the NYS court officer program lists on their site. Most of my moves are taken from their site, in addition to a few moves i do because i don't want to lose certain strength of muscles so i keep with 2 of my own moves, too.


This week has been fast and efficient and some changes in assignment at work - nothing big but enough to keep it interesting, actually!


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

legcramps on 06/20/2019:
Sounds like it's been a fantastic week! Kill that workout tonight, and enjoy knowing that you're progressing towards your goals!

If you want, I would enjoy hearing about some of the specific moves that you are working on during your strength workouts, what muscles you're targeting, what weight you're using, etc.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
The exercises included in the program are: Chest Press Shoulder Press (not currently doing) Triceps (doing chair dips only, not doing more than one triceps exercise) Chair Dips Pushups Plank (not currently doing) Sit ups Lunge Steps Chair Squats (doing with weighted bar regular squats) Calf Raises Split Squats

I have added BICEPS! - i couldn't believe it wasn't on their list!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
The exercises included in the program are: Chest Press Shoulder Press (not currently doing) Triceps (doing chair dips only, not doing more than one triceps exercise) Chair Dips Pushups Plank (not currently doing) Sit ups Lunge Steps Chair Squats (doing with weighted bar regular squats) Calf Raises Split Squats

I have added BICEPS! - i couldn't believe it wasn't on their list!

Donkey on 06/21/2019:
Good calories day!

It's been a while since I've woken up excited about anything, much less working out. That is to say, I have to work up to it. I do get there.

I presume that you change up the exercises that you train with, whether you pull from a particular list or somewhere else :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2019:
I've been using the current exercises for a year, dropping some also that weren't on the list when i changed up the weights routine recently to save time.

In terms of the ladder, my plan is to use some of the same and some different exercises each month changing it up, yes.

I do not change up my weights routine much, however, i have noticed a lack of decent progress in my situps - right now i can slug thru 30 in a minute but getting to their 38 or more number for the highest rating (which i need because my running will not be high ratings and it must balance out to get me passing the fitness test) - so i noticed that i may need to regroup and do something extra to improve my abs. not only situps. so there will be, not yet but it will come - a change in ab work to help me progress more by doing something else to help these situps improve at a faster rate :)

i really love the court officer leg work - all types of squats. love it. i find myself still improving and they are still challenging. when i get better, i just try to do more reps than previously.

most of my changing up of routine will be monthly and with the agility / cardio aspect of training. and also abs as i mentioned...

Pushups are chugging along just fine.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/21/2019:
to reiterate, i will only be tested on FOUR things: situps (i'm decent, but need the highest rating)

pushups (i'm at the highest rating!)

beep test (i'd fail right now - working on it) (constant 65 ft run back and forth getting to the end always before a beep that keeps speeding up)

illinois agility test (i'd fail right now, working on it)(agility fast, short run under a minute, more like 30 seconds of running around cones at different angles)

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jun 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Good Morning & Happy Hump Day!

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: coffee with ALMOND milk now 30, wrap 130 with egg white 20, sausage 100, mustard. 300. sf Lily's chocolate 60.

snacks: almonds and/or bar 210, fruit 40. 250

lunch: from home - zucchini tomato stew with mixed veggies 150, frankfurter 150, maybe some avocado 150, chips 150. 600. decent and balanced.

snacks: tea, fruit / almonds 150

before workout: bar/iced coffee 200

during workout: nothing :)

after workout: TBD thinking a protein muffin and yogurt and fruit. 400

2050 and a good workout !

2150 5day :-)



Some good things: 

I am listening to my body and if my legs are ready, my plan is to do a nice ladder workout tonight and stay on track with my training :)

The food I cooked on Monday night is pretty good and I now have food for the entire week and I do not have to spend extra money for lunch at all :)

My strength workout last night felt good and i am happy I made a good choice to eat light afterwards. Ended the day with a super calorie intake.

I am reminding myself to be attuned to my supervisor because it's her last week before her 2 week VACATION :) & to rememeber my work is not time sensitive. I will help her and do for her in whatever she needs....

I have a planned walk to return my dad's father's day gift at lunch because he didn't want the $88 shirt which is very fine by me :) he doesn't like extravagence and prefered i save my cash! I am glad to have a plan for a walk at lunch :) I like a destination & not just strolling the city blocks all the time.

Tonight Ricky will be here for dinner, i'll make something for him to eat. Probably a hot dog wrap. I have avocado i can add in. :) I also get to give him mangos that came in my Misfits order as I prefer to give them away and/or have a little of one tonight.  I like to give food away, not throw it away. 


My supervisor and I were given a NEW Fridge! in our room. It's a really nice-sized mini fridge and now we can be MORE PREPARED at work :) cheers! Now, we can bring more things that need refrigeration - like almond milk! I was using the regular milk which is 2% and much more calories in my coffee each day. Now, i can have a lighter coffee - instead of 50-60 cals, it's not more than 20 cals. That's a good savings because it all adds up. At home, I already use only almond milk & stopped buying milk except if it's in a recipe.  We'll be able to have more fruit and keep it at work in the fridge. It's more convenient and awesome :)

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

Donkey on 06/19/2019:
Did I read that correctly? The week she's leaving, they give her and you a mini-fridge?? A little late for her, I'd say.

Keep on being positive! Enjoy your dinner with R tonight!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/19/2019:
ohhhh! right! it's her last week before her 2 week VACATION...then, THANKFULLY, she's BACK! :) i get ALL my work thru her so it'd be sad if she left!

you as well, have a good day :)

legcramps on 06/19/2019:
All good things happening for you! We have a mini fridge at work as well, and I love it. I don't use it often, because I go home for lunch almost every day (because I can, I don't live far from the office), but I do use it for my protein creamer that I put in my coffee, and for fruit snacks. It certainly does help us stay on track doesn't it!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
yes, the mini fridge is wonderful already making a difference in what i'm having at work and now i'll buy more fruit from the corner guy so that i can bring it home after work. it's great.

enjoy your day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
yes, the mini fridge is wonderful already making a difference in what i'm having at work and now i'll buy more fruit from the corner guy so that i can bring it home after work. it's great.

enjoy your day!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Happy Tuesday!

kombucha 50

Breakfast :delish coffee 50!, wrap 130 with egg white 20, and cured sausage (eating the whole package i opened is the reason you will see this a lot on my menu this week!) 100. 300. mustard. sf lily's choclate 50.

 snack: probably a bar or almonds: 200

lunch: from home - leftover bbq salmon! 250-300, salad with italian dressing 200, and some cooked veggies 50 if still hungry or a few chips....little taste of potato 60

3:30 snacks: fruit 100 / almonds 100 

Before exercise: most prob a granola bar 150 and an iced coffee 50 on the trip back home so i can get to my workout when i walk in the door :)200

during workout: aminos / seltzer drinks, i also have strawberries...100, nut butter 100

after workout: TBD, maybe protein muffin and a yogurt ! 400 or a bar 200. we'll see!

2000 :) perfect!!!!!!!

4day: 2170, good!



Some positives: 

Work is good right now, i'm able to focus on just a couple tasks and get them done. The next 2.5 weeks should be like that also. Coworker will soon be on vacation for 2 weeks.

i was able to come home and cook up the rest of my veggies last night! So i have a nice mix now of mushrooms / spinach / onion/ green peppers / zucchini / diced tomatoes with Italian herbs in the slow cooker. It's enough for the rest of the week!

I get to do my strength workout tonight :)

I get to read my book today because my dad brought them back to me after i left them at his house and this book is better than a magazine since it's fully about success and that's my goal right now - to keep reading reminders about that..

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

Donkey on 06/18/2019:
That was nice of your dad. Glad that worked out. And that's nice that work is a good place now. I hope your day continues to be positive!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2019:
yes, my dad is the BEST! it would be stinky to have to drive home on the weekend to get the books and luckily he works right where my bus home drops me off. so he left the books for me at the security desk :) how nice of him!

yes, i'm going to stay on the positive.

still, calories have been high, but i keep realizing when i think about it, that i just have to keep positive and keep my fitness and exercise going. it will eventually work itself out - that's my feeling. both the high cal days will get lower and also just staying active will happen. :)

thanks for your comments!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jun 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Hi All :)

kombucha 60

breakfast: Lily's sf chocolate 120, coffee 50, wrap 130 egg white 20, 2 pieces cured sausage 100? mustard. total here 420

snack:choc dusted almonds 100, 50

lunch: last week's final cabbage leftovers 150 from home with cured sausage  350 , chips 500

3pm snack banana 150

4pm almonds 100

5pm Dang Keto bar lemon flavor 210, earlier a drink 20

dinner: little bigger than planned, but i got a lot of things done :)

2230 total.

3day: 2225 :)


A few positives for today:

I am working an hour OT so that I can have 7/5 off and I planned it so doing OT is very doable and less impact on the rest of the week.

My exercise was done yesterday so i can relax after work today.

If i have time, i'll be able to cook up a new recipe so I have tasty eats for the rest of the week :)

I am going to hopefully give R some of the corned beef and potatoes I made on Saturday evening for his dinner / lunch tomorrow if he wants it.


Last night i came home and cleaned the hamster cage even before my workout even though it was late, i was motivated to get it cleaned up.  I ended my workout, with breaks including making breakfast sandwiches for the week and getting my lunch for today together, around 10pm. It's the latest i have had in awhile and it's because i should have done it before I saw my family, but i slept in instead.  It's a reminder that i could have planned better and not to rely on doing much on days where i am going to my parents / family for a get together/holiday. all is good. 

I didn't look around when i left my parents, so i accidentally left all my books at my parents house (2 i brought with me and 1 i was taking from my parents). i know, weird! My dad will hopefully bring them to work and leave them at the front desk for me to take much later tonight (there's security there till around 9pm so i have time to get the them!)

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

Donkey on 06/17/2019:
I have to work July 5th, but I'm hoping it will be quiet and maybe I can go home at 3p...

I was sort of the opposite of you yesterday. Got everything out of the way earlier in the day... which was nice for me for a change.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2019:
yes, of course it's better to knock things out earlier before the day unravels! i just knew i wasn't wanting to do weights in the morning, even the day before i knew that weights in the morning weren't happening.

my mom was very "hard on me." she was like, "i don't care about your workout!" haha. she wasn't mean but she was her typical self.

i actually went food shopping after helping my parents set up a little bit - setting the table, etc. i went food shopping before my sister came. so that was good that i did it and was able to go directly home after..there's no planning on these family days.

like you said- things have to get done beforehand.

i hope you can go home early that day on July 5th. you think customers will be around that day? i would think so...

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jun 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

7:45am breakfast: cinnamon spice oatmeal packet 160, almond milk 20, whipped cream (ran outta oatmeal!) 130, iced coffee 30. 350

Then, i fell back to sleep until around 11am :)

11:15am Dang keto protein bar 210, iced coffee with almond milk/stevia 30. 250.

Nut butter 100

4pm early dinner cucumber salad 100, pepper salad 100, potatoes 250, kale salad 150, small piece steak 100, chicken 100, salmon 200, frank 100...1100, watermelon 50

started workout around 8pm

8:30pm during workout -apricot 50

10:30pm (very late and latest workout night in a long time due to family obligations - they weren't keen on me leaving earlier so the clock kept ticking and when my sister said she was going to give her baby a bath, i finally left! haha) after workout: bar 200

total today is GREAT 2100 - VERY glad i only had tea and watermelon and no pie or other desserts bc i ate well, enjoyed plenty of food AND have good calories at the end of the day !

2day avg: 2225

 i didn't get around to cooking veggies this weekend - hoping to do it tomorrow after work, but we'll see - i am working an hour late tomorrow & really there's no need to be up later than expected two nights in a row.. part of the reason i didn't cook is bc i slept in today. i'm glad i did since i am up late anyways working out! anyways, a good day even if plans were a bit of a mess.



Supermarket items to pick up today: seltzers, wraps, kombucha, yogurt, berries, italian seasoning

Seeing parents for BBQ today - not sure if i'll swing by supermarket before or after it.

My strength workout will happen tonight, when i get home, after bbq, around 5pm is my goal.  I may have to leave the BBQ early - as i'm arriving at noon, but my sister may not arrive with her baby / husband at that time.

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

Donkey on 06/16/2019:
BBQ sounds fun - and yummy!

Keep working those weights!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/16/2019:
i did upper body but rested for lower body since i am a little sore from the 5k. extra rest has never hurt me, personally :)

it was a good day overall..

BearCountryGG on 06/16/2019:
Have a great day with the fam!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/16/2019:
ty :) enjoy dinner with D!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jun 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 60

Pre-race: wrap with egg and butter: 300 coffee 50

half banana and protein shake samples 150

10:45am brunch at a place similar to Subway, but, like a cut above with slightly better cold cuts ;) almost the same but very popular now on Long Island (forgot the name!). I got a mini sandwich with a lot of turkey and some cheese and mustard. they warmed the meat and cheese and it was very nice. 550. it's called JERSEY MIKE'S!

1-2:45pm caffeine, apricot 50, strawberries 100, whipped cream 120. 270, 2 hard boiled eggs 150

5pm early dinner leftovers from thursday's takout at buffet in the city: leftover seaweed salad 100? small but full serving of salmon 250?, roasted veggies not too much 100-150?. total here: 500 or so.i am actually still hungry, but, i know i'll have to wait this night out, maybe have a protein bar later and call it a day.

6pm-6:30pm snack orange 50, lg apricot 50

later snack ?: protein bar 200, almond milk 50

2350, good. longer day.


most of the day just relaxed after the race. we were quite tired and just wanted to be home after we got home around 11:30am! i did get laundry done and put a corned beef with onions and potatoes into the slow cooker for next week though!



Charity Race #3 so far that i've been a part of:

Up early for a walk/jog event. I am planning to both walk and jog it. :) and see how i do when mixing the two compared to the race where i only jogged around a month ago.

I have plans to do these races once a month, to see how i improve in general throughout the summer until October. They're just another form of planned fitness in my lifestyle.

JULY Next race is mid-July.

After that, decided to skip August due to other commitments on weekends and seeing other friends.

SEPTEMBER Next, September I have one scheduled the first weekend and  i also am walking in the Labor Day Parade the second week of September.

OCTOBER After that, I have another walk scheduled for early October. 


Then, the weather will be shifting. I may try to do a couple more walks in November and December if there are any available. But, after October i may change up my routines again due to it being close to Winter and seeing what's going on with court officer stuff. I may be doing even more agility / personal cardio stuff to get ready for the beep test in the Fall. Not sure.


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

Donkey on 06/15/2019:
Have fun at the race! I can't wait to hear all about it!

PS I commented on your entry from Thursday. Could you take a look?

Horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2019:
Interesting questions from Thursday :) it's not what i was expecting! :)

The race was super. the weather was great, the course was winding and interesting as it wasn't just boring and straight. there was even a little hill at one point. (mostly flat though!).

got a lot of freebies there, some caffeine drinks just to try even though i do not drink many energy drinks at all anymore bc they cause me to break out due to the aritificial ingredients. there was tons of cool things. even free waters - they gave me like 4.

I paid $25 per person for R and I to do this walk (he has now started to tell me that he'll do the walk free / no shirt and just join me....so we might try this if i sign up for a November race lol. anyways, i got so many freebies, it def added up to at least $25 :)

i'm really glad i'm not in the class today.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2019:
back to your other questions, court officer attracts me bc they only hire what they need. and once you are hired, you have a job as long as you can fulfill the requirements. that's another reason it appeals to me. i don't like in the industry i am in, it feels like so much change and constant change happening rapidly. nothing stays the same. i don't like the pace of change - like knowing in 1-2 years i am not sure where i'll be. i want something more steady. so that's another "why" for why i exercise, change my routine, looking to Court Officer as my goal.

I realize in the past my goals weren't focused enough (cop) and that i didn't prepare well enough for that physical. so, i have to def plan more and better and practice better and more disciplined to the tests this time around :)

BearCountryGG on 06/15/2019:
Hope you have good weather for the race today!!! Have fun!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2019:
The weather was PERFECT. very sunny, low wind, 70's.

Donkey on 06/15/2019:
Woo hoo on the race! Good idea to chill out and relax afterwards, although preparing a roast and laundry is quite ambitious!

Thank you for answering my question; it helped me see the entire situation and how this fits into your training strategy -- and frankly, also for your plans for the future.

Just from my personal experience and an observation from this corner of DD, if you felt immediate relief from dropping the class, and that you have no regrets, tells me that this is right decision at this time. Where I'm coming from is this: have you seen someone try to force a situation? I'm not talking about putting forth effort or working hard, but rather, trying too hard to make something work that just wasn't meant to be? Or just wasn't the right fit? As I see it, THAT is what you have avoided here. Perhaps you can take it again at some other time in the future.... or maybe not. But that's OK too.

horn_of_plenty on 06/16/2019:
I felt that way about it yes - the class I mean - def wouldn’t have been good to be taking it at this time

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jun 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Tomorrow, the weather is going to be AWEOME and I am not taking the class this time around. Instead, i'm happy to say i can do the walk with R that we signed up for at a large, beautiful park around a half hour away. This walk i think will have a large attendance and also more giveaways and snacks than typical. should be wonderful.

i do not regret not taking the class as at the time my goal is needing simplification - stay in tune with cardio / more exercise opportunities. the class would not be a good idea at this time. it will still be around in the future as it's offered frequently.


AMEN, it's FRIDAY!...and...lol, it's that TOM right now! hahaha....better today to start than as a surprise during the walk tomorrow!

Kombucha 50

8:45-9am Coffee 50, wrap with egg, butter 300. chocolate yogurt filling 100. (craving sweet & have calories to spare).

10am Dang Protein bar :) 210

12:30pm out to lunch, basically really healthy, decent servings and portions, mexican food, avocado/chips/salsa/tastes of flan dessert but not much, shrimp. really nice 750 tops. espresso also...omg strong!

4:30pm snack apricot 

5:30pm-7:30pmon the way home / snacks before cleaning bathroom around 8pm: multiple drinks bc not eating much and strawberries 100, lg apricot 50

Light dinner: chocolate protein muffin in microwave with whipped cream. 350.totally feeling like i forgot to list something earlier today?

total i think: 2000, AWESOME!

7day is pretty good: 2140 (but can still be improved a little bit)

 There was some extra walking throughout the day today. a great day overall!


out to lunch for my supervisor / office mate / coworker's bday today. she's just about a year older than me, turning ripe young age of 38 :)  i will find veggies on the menu ;) 


Looking forward to going on the 5k i signed up for early tomorrow morning. It starts i believe at 9, so we'll be leaving at 7:45 to get there in time to register and get our walking time tracking tags. Super excited to keep on with my most important journey - cardio.

I am super excited for the weekend, in general. 

Lots of free time to do things and make sure I plan these in:

FRIDAY EVENING- clean bathroom shower / tiles - priority - maybe tonight!!!!

SATURDAY afternoon - do a bigger laundry including sheets saturday afternoon?, iron a pair of pants to wear next week. also cook veggies in slow cooker recipe 1

SUNDAY MORNING - cook veggies in slow cooker recipe 2- because i got another shipment in from Misfits Market - - i have so much! / ladder workout

SUNDAY EVENING - weights workouts sunday evening (both scheduled for SUNDAY) and prep some wraps for the week as well as meals 




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

legcramps on 06/14/2019:
TGIF! Thank goodness!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/14/2019:
yes, thank gosh!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jun 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2


it feels like a whirlwind today at work....EVERYONE is anxious. 5 people laid off / quit on Friday and the project is winding down in a year...everyone is nervous - who will be fired next?!  

 not me - but, the atmosphere is not good in the office.


Today i used over an hour helping my coworker move her stuff. she's really my supervisor actually. it's emotionally draining - but i have enough energy right now to say i'm LOOKING FORWARD TO MY WEIGHTS ROUTINE TONIGHT and then getting to bed as early as is manageable. 


Despite a restless sleep, i feel ok this AM and am looking forward to getting my weights workout in tonight. I was going to do it Friday night, but, I really want to get it done so i have more options of when to do my weekend weights workout (and not be forced to do it Sunday night)...Now that i'm getting busier throughout the week, I'm feeling that need for more prioritizing. There's a concert tonight at a park by me, but, weights are more important than being out late to watch it. It's too much and weights are priority right now.


Midnight woke up a bit restless. large, fresh apricots approx 60. 

kombucha 70

8:45am breakfast 8:30pm wrap and egg 200 and butter 100. coffee 50. 350.

10:30am snack: not sure, feeling like a nice keto bar :) 200 (the brand i tried for the first time, not impressed at all with the consistancy. will not order again after i finish this box).

11:30am dark choc dusted almonds a little over 50 cal

lunch: little seaweed salad, cooked cabbage dish with beef leftovers from freezer- i've actually almost used my leftovers up - time to cook another corned beef i'd say!), maybe chips (not sick of them yet!) 600

snacks: almonds / large apricot 150

BEFORE STRENGTH: too much milk iced coffee 100 and granola bar 150. strawberries 100. nut butter 100. had a different times. 

DURING STRENGTH:aminos, nut butter 100

AFTER STRENGTH: probaby protein bar..200


6day 2160, good.


I'm taking lots of success / motivation / guidance types of books out of the library and they are really opening my mind even more: I will only get what i want by doing more and MORE correct / positive actions and breaking away from more and MORE old habits. 

A big habit for me to work on breaking is to end my strength workouts earlier, so i can go to bed even eariler on those nights.

Another big habit of mine is to get more balance going thru the workweek so i am NOT mentally drained / exhasuted going into the weekend. 

Basically, I want to always be on a MORE EVEN KEEL. i want to feel good all month...by always planning and prioritizing so that i can do more :)

I'll write about it here and there, those goals above.

With the court officer running projects (beep test training and illinois agility run) i have, (ladder right now), my goal is to not be doing the same things for more than a MONTH! meaning, ladder workouts or any workout, there must be changes each month or less.  I am much better at the ladder moves, soon to be changing some up i think for new ones!  The idea is to KEEP PROGRESSING FORWARD.




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

Donkey on 06/13/2019:
This is going to be an interesting, exciting summer for you, even if it might not feel like it. I agree that prioritizing your time will be paramount. However, do not get to the point where you feel resentful, because you feel that you're missing out on other activities. You are the master of your time and energies. You got this! Proud of you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
Yes, i am not resentful at all. for the concert i had the opportunity to attend tonight (which might even get rained out) - it's just not a priority. I must realize that i have to refocus this year - on constantly changing and improving for the court officer tests. there will be no emphasis on traveling or other distractions (unless ricky begs me to go on vacation, but it will be an easy thing to plan). otherwise, the emphasis is on how to do better with the court officer exam,thru constant re-prioritizing.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
i decided to drop the class. i cannot balance anything by taking it. too many stressors. too many distractions.

legcramps on 06/13/2019:
Gotta love forward-progress!!

I think you are doing an awesome job of prioritizing and making any necessary changes to your routine so that you can focus on what's most important. It's been really cool to read through your days and see the balance you are achieving (even if it feels slow-coming!)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
thank you for your support. I'm a bit anxious that all my commitments are going to derail me.

this time around, i'll just work on NOT exhausting myself. i can do this. i'll just have to say NO to anything else that comes up and is more than i can handle...thank you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
i decided to drop the class. i cannot balance anything by taking it. too many stressors. too many distractions.

Donkey on 06/15/2019:
So how do you know you won't be one of the people to get fired?

Losing one's job is traumatic, but it occurred to me last night that it can be quite stressful to not get laid off, too, watching repeatedly happening to other people around you...

Horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2019:
I still have some connections in this industry is the reason. I have security at this time. I don't know 100% down the line though, especially with less electrical work going to the union these days and a lot of work being awarded to non union companies it's a scary time for union workers in nyc.

but for the short time ahead (1-2 years), i can say i'll be OK. i think i'll be on the job i am on for at least one more year if not a little bit more.

Yes, i do believe there's going to be even more changes in the personnel on the job, indeed in this next year. i do think people will quit or be laid off additionally after what has already gone on.

it's something that is sad to witness, but seeing it is a learning experience as to what is happening right now in this industry and also what goes on to people when there's just not enough work. it has to do with so many things.

the people who last are usually the best of the bunch (i'm saying overall, the ones the remain are usually in my honest opinion the best workers - aside from anyone there bc of connections).

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jun 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.5

This year is going to prove to be emotionally challenging. with too many changes and a time sensitive project i'm part of at work, things will be constantly changing around me. I'm taking the union class, like i've mentioned, but, i'm not planning to put a lot of work into it...my goal remains to spend my energy on getting better at cardio...staying positive. I CAN DO THIS.!!!


It's a fine morning, Just overwhelmed because life is a little busier than i like it to be. 

kombucha 50

sf dark choco 120 coffee 80

wrap and egg, butter 100. 300. rest of the week is butter - i'm out of fresh avocados :)  but did pick some up today!

11am roasted, dark choc dusted almonds 100

Noon lunch corned beef small amount 150, potato small amount 150, seaweed salad 150.  squash small amount 50 500. also caffeine drink. around 30.

1:30 a small swiss fudge cookie yummy :) 100

snacks: apple, almonds 200

5:30pm iced coffee and granola bar 150

Light tasty dinner: mango yogurt and raspberries 250, peanut butter 150. 400

2000 :)

5day: around 2140/day


 Ladder Workout tonight.

During lunch i have the time for myself, and less people here to watch how i spend it or how long i go out, so,  i'm going to H&M to see about any good deals...i don't have a lot ot spend, but, i could also use some flowy office pants instead of all the tight ones i wear....something that gives.


I'm reading a new book that i HIGHLY recommend. It's called The Compound Effect and it's about small actions everyday either bringing you towards or away from success. It's a short, easy read by Darren Hardy. Good Book for people that need a kick in the buttocks to move forward and not remain stagnant. i'm going to keep on with books like this throughout the year.

I have a long commute, so i'm able to read a LOT. (many days it's over an hour of reading time, some days even more)

One of the first things recommended in the book is to CHART / TRACK everything! Like we all do here, planning food to remain of a certain weight / health, planning / charting workouts / planning financially is what the book is about. If you take no action, there will not be success. 

So for all of us on DD, that track our progress and plan in a way to grow successfully, the book is showing we are doing it right.


Moving offices again today (4th move in since i got here to this location 1.5 years ago), just across the hall. i'd be happy staying here, but it's a bigger room and more spacious since my current room is def very crowded with two people (i think it's meant to be a single person rm).  After i have my coffee and do my time, i'll recruit someone to help me move my computer...not gonna do this rushed first thing...coffee and time first. as well as log in here. my mind and body will not rush any faster than this today...

The move took me around an hour and a half to move things and set up computer (luckily a male coworker helped with it). took from around 9:30-11am...now resettled, threw out a lot of junk!, and relaxed at new desk :).  glad to throw out a lot of old stuff and have a clean setting again. 

Now, i have to concentrate on getting some work done today!  a lot of dust has been dusted and cleaned off. good to be in a bigger, more spacious room. i was previously in a room fit for ONE person, not the two of us. so now, we'll be in a bigger room, meant for 2-3 people :)


In some ways, i could have skipped out on this offering of the Saturday Proj Man class. but i'm sticking to my decision and taking it - I only signed up for the Saturday course beause it's helpful and a good learning experience

but i cannot deny it's holding me from using the time to help me with the fitness goals and this class, working extra hours, and a union meeting upcoming this month is definitely more than i'd like. I also scheduled two drs appts for the dermatologist for skin tags and also a hyperhydrosis botox treatment (excessive underarm sweating) both appts are in the next month. I've been waiting, so it's not like they can be delayed longer. 

the more a person balances in life and day to day, the less involved they can be on every activity they balance...

Progress as of today: -2.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 06/12/2019:
Yes, definitely the more you add to your life, the less balance and engagement you'll get. It's important to be able to focus on priorities, but I totally understand your desire to also be true to your other goals - such as the project management classes. It's hard sometimes!

I am in the same boat. I have taken on 2-3 days coaching as well as my full time job; I try my best to get in 6-7 workouts each week; I have also been taking training through work to progress towards leadership, even though right now I have no desire to be in a leadership role there! I'll graduate June 20th (I started in September last year). After that, i'm taking a break for the summer and then i'm sure someone will find something else for me to do LOL.

Some months or weeks are always going to feel a lot harder than others, but you know we still get through them. Try to keep the stress low and the happy high!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
wow, i didn't know you were involved with a year long class! yes, i see how your situation is similar to mine.

my situation went from NO PLANS for summer to lots of extra stuff thrown in for the next 6 weeks. funny how that happens?!

I'll make the most of it! :) you gave good advice.

Maria7 on 06/12/2019:
Glad you took some time for yourself and got some shopping in today.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
thank you, it helped me get thru the day better indeed!

Donkey on 06/13/2019:
The way I see it is that you are approaching choppy waters. Will you feel like you're overwhelmed by the waves of change? Or will you enjoy the ride on your inflatable raft?

While some days may seem long and tiresome, overall, at the end of summer, I think you'll look back and be quite pleased with your efforts.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
I really love how your comparison and you are so totally right! Yes, i'll get on my raft and plow thru this!

also, i will just make sure my priorities are always in check...and to really not give up the bigger focus which is primarily to keep on with the workouts, all workouts, and not get behind.

i'll take days as necessary.

and i've decided that in September i usually take 3 days or whatever week days we have off for Jewish Holidays but this year i'll probably work them as I will not have enough days left for Winter...prioritizing.

first time ever in 8 years i'll work on a Jewish Major Holiday. but, gotta do what works for me - my dad will be angry - it's totally not up to him though.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jun 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.5

Good morning, i'm off to a great start :)

kombucha 50

8:45am sf lily's choc 120, coffee 80

10am breakfast: wrap and egg 200, half avocado and seasonings 150. 350...

noon almonds 50

Lunch: again from home with half an already small cured sausage :) 150, cooked greens in collard green recipe / some extra cabbage if i need it 200, chips 210  550

snacks: powdered dark chocolate almonds, fresh apple :)

before workout: TBD maybe something filling, like a sandwich - snacked at home something nice and cool: granola bar 100, yogurt flavored and with some sf whipped cream 210. total here 350 with a drink.  def in a sweets mood and very satisfied now, sipping my aminos drink that i also bought from Vitamin Shoppe on the way home...working out soon :) and pb on a small rice cracker right before workout 150

during workout: TBD pb on cracker :) 100, strawberries 50

workout was from around 7:30-little after 9:30

close to 10pm After workout: TBD protein bar. thinking just pb on a cracker, less calories than a 200 bar. 100

2150 total = good!

4day 2150.

Progress as of today: -2.5 lbs lost so far, only 3.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/12/2019:
Looks like a good day on paper! And at least you got your workout in, which is more than I can say.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/12/2019:
overall, yes, it was a fine day indeed :)

you will do better, don't get down on yourself...pick up where you left off :)

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