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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8

Morning: kombucha 50

Work breakfast: coffee 50, Quest Hero Bar (in the mood for sweets / sweet tasting breakfast) 170. apporx 250 

Snack / 2nd breakfast: wrap 80, egg 80, 1/4 avocado 80, salt and pepper. 250.

11am really tired, dragging. reese's chocolate bar thing 100 half of it. (really feeling down today, dragging...) even my stomach, still a major issue, bloating and stuff for a week., the rest the chocolate after lunch 120

Lunch: chicken soup from coworker 400, chips 100. 500

almonds 100 and candies 50

6:30 before workout nature valley cocoa almond butter cookie package, iced coffee at home 250, blueberries 100, zevia drink, coconut water during 150

after exercise: natural type of protein bar 250. :)


4day: 2150, good!


In all honesty, i def woke up on the WRONG side of the bed and i'm feeling quite tired since getting out of bed. Slept poorly bc i woke up a few times with stomach troubles during the night.  

also, honestly, i'm just annoyed about the guy - Jason - situation. I had never wanted to date him in the first place. It's like i had a gut feeling against it many months ago. Then, i date him and it's going ok, but he then pulls back by texting less. I'm just annoyed that it couldn't work out because it's obvious right now and also the fact of how much i'd like a guy to like me, but personally it'd be better if i liked the guy also outright from the start. I'm just annoyed that something that could have been good with maybe a different man if he was a different man!?, it could have had opportunity to grow. but it really seems this is not the man to even try with due to the fact he shows no attempt to try himself. eh, i just want to erase it from my mind. I don't need it now. 

I could still use everyone on DD's advice here, even if it doesn't agree with my thinking:

I have my trips, my friends. My court officer / physical goals. 

I'm done with trying to have a serious relationship. I don't think having a less serious relationship with jason is good either. i just wish to forget him...which will work as long as he doesn't text me. Also, against my will, if he does text me, I will try my best to take always 24hours or more to get back to him.  This needs to pass. I don't want him. I don't want a relationship especially with him. I'm sooo done!


Plan is for weights tonight.

It's def a tired day as my sleep last night was good when i slept, but partially interrupted with stomach issues.  With TOM and all ending this week, I have a feeling stomach should be back to normal midweek. I'm glad i wasn't in much pain this TOM and also my skin was rather clear for the past 2 TOMS due to my healthier eating and better ways of dealing with stress / less stress!

Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

legcramps on 02/19/2019:
You should ALWAYS do what you think is best for YOU! Who knows where Jason is coming from or why he's not texting you back right away, but, really - who cares either! If he's not able to communicate with you the way you'd like him to, then I would let him know that and be on your way :) PERIOD. Then, whatever happens after that, at least you know you were completely honest and open with him, and he knew what you needed from him.

I got some crappy sleep last night too, which is not a good way to start off the next couple of really busy weeks. Oi vey!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
yeah, i just don't have time for "games" and it's just weird to me to wait hours to reply to someone. that's a game to me because it's annoying and frustrating. i never really found him appealing, so, that's it i guess. i just liked that he liked me...lol. time for me to move forward.

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
Are you annoyed with yourself? Or at the situation? Or perhaps your expectations? I don't know that this thing is worth that much of your energy, to warrant annoyance or frustration. (((hugs)))

The way I see this is, he's a nice guy, which is great, and you've had a couple of nice lunches, which is also great, but I don't think this will develop into anything more than this. [If I'm wrong, that's completely fine by me.] Rather than texting or trying to flesh out the relationship, I say accept it for what it is - an occasional lunch buddy - or move on. And if you think it's healthier for you to just move on, then do it.

Glad to read that you're still aiming for court officer. It's been a while since you've spoken about it, and I thought maybe your goals had changed.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
yeah, it is all frustrating. i don't want to think about him anymore if there's nothing to think about. i don't date often, so, it was my goal to "make it work." but, it doesn't seem there's really anything to "work" out. so, i'd like to forget and just go back to my usual life...rather than keep thinking he's interested or not and keep debating things. ...i'd like it to be done i guess so i am not distracted any further as it seems to be a waste.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
i'll write only about the court officer thing if something changes / comes of it / applications come out :)

thinkpositive on 02/19/2019:
If your instincts are right, it sounds like things have cooled between both of you. If that’s right you can choose whether to continue or cut it off. Disappointing when things don’t work out as you hoped.Always keep the door open to other possible relationships.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
Thanks Thinkie I appreciate it. I just have had enough of the emotions that come with dating and wondering when I will actually receive a text back how many hours after I sent it :) now I can refocus and keep the door open to other people and situations as you’ve said :)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Happy MONDAY :) totally still feels like a Sunday :)

Breakfast: english muffin 150, half large avocado 150, egg 80, salt and pepper, kombucha 50, small bag of fun size m&m's 50. water. 500. small sips of coffee, included in total.

snacks before lunch 250

bigger lunch: fried small meat cigars 300? Fries 200? Salad with light dressing 150?, bread 150.800.

dinner half avocado 150 wrap 100 chicken sausage 100, some sautéed veggies 150 500


3day = 2133




Off in a little bit to go to NJ for lunch. the NJ is right across the bridge so it will be very easy drive, under an hour :)Having lunch with great aunt, and 2 second cousins. 

Errands after include going to drug store to pick up monthly Rx and supermarket for yesterday's items as well as bread/wraps. Almond Milk, Milk, 2 Cartons Eggs, greek yogurt, Iced Coffee, Salami or Lox   for some reason i cannot unstrike it when copying and pasting lol.

 so this new guy jason is entirely annoying and unreachable. he texts back hours later. I'm still not going to just "not text" him because i'm being me. i'm not changing myself. we'll see how it goes.

ricky is coming over to help me set up my tv antenna so i can cancel my cable tv service this week, saving around $35 a month. every bit helps! and i hardly watch TV,so this is  a no-brainer. it helps offset the costs of my high phone bill (new phone, and higher service fee since i'm not part of family plan anymore).




Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
You make a good point about this guy not being the right guy for you because he doesn't communicate the way you need him to. So... good guy friend for lunch buddy but I see now that this probably won't evolve beyond that.

Lunch with the extended family sounds like it went well! I hope you enjoyed your visit.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
lol, i got a little blunt and on Monday when he texted me back over an hour later after i initially texted him, i wrote "you are soooo unreachable! lol".....i don't have time for it now...it's annoying to me :)

it's all good, at least i got the experience of 3 lunch dates.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
also, while he's fun and easy going, he hasn't really "taught" me much...i'd rather critique it now.

he'd have to try much harder if he'd be interested in another date.

I will TURN DOWN any next offer he makes. I don't have time for this kinda thing of unknowing.

all weekend, i'm texting everyone else, no issue except for him. I'm not taking that :) Nobody else takes hours to reply. That's his life, but i'm not open to it at all and that's ok! i've been single a long time and this is not the right guy.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Edit: so the guy, he's not really trying at all. For all good intentions, he may just be deciding to pull back and not pursue anything with me right now. i'll have to see him at a union meeting in a couple weeks....not happy about that....because i'd rather it be really separate i guess from union / work / business. actually, i don't even care anymore!

i'm just glad that my life is at a generally slow pace right now, i can exercise, workout, and things are slow...it's a blessing in disguise and i might just need to nudge myself that things are so good.


Good Morning. Naturally up early. Good sleeping.

Woke up with a huge appetite. luckily, i had some things laying around in my fridge to satisfy completely!

8:30am Breakfast: half large wheat bagel still very tasty 200, 1/4 avocado 80, leftover corned beef! 200 so good!, smoked salt and some pepper, drink. 500. iced coffee soon too. 550.

10:45am bar 200

1pm-2pm  lunch: leftover bacon Brussels sprouts and chicken 300, chips and crackers 300. 600., dessert of keto choc chips by Lily's 50.

3pm snack: more water, more chocolate 50 cals

4:30: cranberry preserves with stevia and pinch saffron, whole milk greek yogurt 250

6:30 during workout: 2 cups coconut water 150, tiny apple also., candy. 50

9:30pm After workout - a pretty tasty bar, chocolate raspberry truffle by Think Thin. better than most of what that company offers :) approx 250

2150, excellent. 

2day: 2175. good!

Looking forward to tomorrow and a change of pace that it'll be. Maybe a little more reading tonight of My American Journey (autobiography of Colin Powell). 

he gives so much detail about many, many decisions he had to make in all his different positions that this book offers a lot that i can relate to and use at work. Obviously my position is not his, but, it's good to listen to a brilliant man's literary discussion of how business / military / work happens and how you work best with people. there's so much good info, that's why i'm still reading the book although i'm now at page 400 and have over 200 more to go. otherwise, if i wasn't reading it, i'd be possibly researching Paris. but, that can wait :)


Maybe i will make the Reese’s Keto cups today :-) (MAYBE)....I’m thinking to make them on the large size to enjoy as a full snack or small breakfast at work this week with coffee 

 Def feeling low energy with some minor thigh pain.  Feeling notaglic to the days i used to binge and eat all day. Almost feel that desire, but i know better. so, drinking my seltzer and stevia and trying to read.

Later, i'll go out to do errands (drug store and quick supermarket trip for Almond Milk, Milk, 2 Cartons Eggs, greek yogurt, Iced Coffee, Salami or Lox or another meat!, maybe another pepper or two), before going to gym prob around 4:30pm-5pm starting the gym. Right now it's 2pm, at least i already showered earlier, so really whenever i want to get up and go, i can. 

and honestly, i'll settle into a home workout tonight instead, we'll see how i feel.  






TOM is here, thankfully but annoyingly. but mostly thankfully bc it seems that when i'm traveling at the end of April, i will not have this TOM which is a great thing!....! 

I'm a little lower energy today, just wanna relax and read my book and maybe make a bigger dent in it. When i'm done with this book (still only about halfway thru and it's long), i'm switching gears. I will be reading and reading on Paris so i can have it all planned a month before the trip which is set for the last few days of April into May. I want most of the plans (each day planned in advance!), a month before or so that i actually go on the trip. I don't want it planned last minute and my host will appreciate having the plans, too. In fact, i'm emailing her of my goal - that by end of March, the trip is planned each day.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
I think we will have very similar days today :)

horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
I’m really not in the mood to do anything today - and not feeling too bad about that !

But I will make it out to the supermarket and gym later ;)

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
Except TOM - just finished up, don't need to go there again any time soon.

horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
Yeah Tom ugh ! Making me low energy

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
I won't pry to ask if anything specific happened with the guy. However, I want to encourage you to hold your head up high when you go to that union meeting. You're a fantastic person, fun to be with and good-hearted. So you just let that shine through so that he (and the world) know it.

And life is wonderful for you - you have Paris coming up! And for now, things might seem slow but that doesn't mean that nothing's happening: planning, thinking, dreaming, working out.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
Of course you can ask! No, he just is LESS available on weekends and doesn't text back EVER in reasonable times aside from Valentines after i thanked him...

It's a bit too uncommunicative and i like texting. I PREFER it to a phone call as a way to keep up with someone during the week.

And being that my DAD is by far the busiest man i know, i don't really feel this guy Jason is trying anymore and that's fine.

i was very honest with him the whole time on the "lunch dates." Nothing specific at all, just, he is busy and it's quite annoying on the weekend with the lack of returning texts on weekend in a timely manner as i do not trust that he doesn't see the text right way on his phone and is ignoring which isn't cool, that's all.

i appreciate your advice in regards to the slow feel right now. Really i do have enough to do!!! I have an entire trip of Paris to think about and plan as the girl i'm visiting is wanting me to plan it first and then she'll give input which is also am thankful for - i DO want to do MY research first! that's how you get extra excited and how you have a good trip!!!! :)

so i do have a lot to do, don't need a boyfriend that hounds me at all and really don't need anything in regards to a new relationship or any changes in my current ones....

dating him was a nice distraction and challenge since i don't date often that why i say it like that...a challenge to spend time with a new man.

i'd almost, if he does come back interested, i'd probably just go for the experience if he asks for another date...

but, i'm going to have to PULL BACK COMPLETELY.

i have chased men (Paul and one other) in the past. I have provided (paid) for Ricky in the past. I'd treat Ricky with little things (nothing expensive).

But lessons learned: every time i gave too much of myself to a man, it was NOT helpful at ALL!

therefore, i know better and i don't even have a "crush" on this current guy...so, there's just no reason for me to push or text him anymore i don't think aside from texting back...

I have to "give him a taste of his medicine" and actually wait hours or a day to reply. because it's annoying for someone to do that to someone, so i'll have to do it - if he even texts me back!

and it's just annoying, but i'm not angry or anything :) no biggie :)

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

I woke up before my alarm but got a really great amount of sleep from prob 9pm until 7:30am today :) Needed that!..Hoping this will be how the weekend is for me! The LONG weekend, as I'm off for President's Day on Monday woohoo!

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: english muffin whole wheat 150, 1/4 avocado 70, egg 80, smoked sea salt and pepper, iced coffee 50. 350 and VERY tasty. 

bsr and drink 200

1pm Boston market bowl: bacon Brussels & chicken so tasty chicken 150? and lots of tasty brussel sprouts with bacon 250? 400. 

3pm snack: blueberries 100

Almost 4pm Lily’s choc stevia sweetened chocolate chips and iced coffee 250

1250 wish I took a nap but no time for it, had some coffee instead, soon leaving to go to friends house for party...would rather sleep now lol. I got good exercise in morning and had a successful Saturday!!

Overall a good eating day, not more than 2200, great choices at the party and some dessert. glad i brought my veggies! otherwise, it wouldn't have been good.

eats at the party: half a large pita 200, meat 50 (not much), fried falafels 200?, veggies galore 100, pretzels 50, fruit 50, half brownie 100, shortbread cookie 150, alcohol 100. total approx: 900 or so.



Today I am going to the bank, leaving here around 9:20am to get there by 10am to get a better deal on my matured CD. I really wanted to transfer the CD from Sterling to Citibank with my other accounts, but, the percentage is actually higher at Sterling. Plus, I made an appointment so if i do not have to wait long, I'll just simply renew the account at the higher percentage there and not move the CD from one bank to another yet :).  

Sterling bank is official awful though! Besides a good rate, they have closed the branch right within my neighborhood. And the next closest branch is CLOSED on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!  So, instead of driving, I will take public transporation today to the NEXT closest bank after the one that is closed Saturdays. It's located close to the subway and i'd rather not deal with parking :) Then, i have an appointment for dr at 11:30am that will be fast at the location where i also wanted to go to the Sterling bank today which is closed today...so i will take the train heading right back to my appt which is also right by the subway! then, i'll head back home.

After the dr at around 12pm, I'll take the check i get from Sterling to Citibank which is located a couple blocks from the Dr, at put the money in a new CD at Citibank. YES.

Really, i had wanted to take the money from Sterling to Citibank, which is located right by the doctor. ....I may just do this, as Sterling is a pain in the neck and the Citibank rate is slightly lower, but similar. I think Sterling is a pain, so i will try to still pull my money out.  citibank is convenient and located everywhere, so, might as well move my money today while time is on my side (while i have time to run these types of errands). who knows when all of Sterling will be defunct!

The reason i decided on public trans today for the bank and errand is because everything is located straight up from the subway, so it's rather simple and i get some walking in between these activities.


I'll be heading back to my apt by around 2pm quickly pick up some veggies (and peanut butter powder or dry pb to make the reese's keto cups!) from the supermarket after getting these errands done, as i'm bringing veggies to the party tonight. then, resting home for the rest of today before heading out around 4:00 :) 


I wasn't in mood to sit around the entire long weekend, as you can see! So i was proactive in making plans.

Tomorrow's a gym day / laundry day / clean hamster cage type of day. I was possibly going to train my coworker at the gym, but she didn't contact me about it. with my weekend booked up, i can wait to train her another time !

Monday I have really great lunch plans, located a bit farther away in Englewood, NJ, with somewhat distant but loving family of 1 or 2 older women and my older male cousin. We see each other only relatively small amount of time each year, so i'm glad i made the plans as a welcome change for the long weekend with these very pleasant folks!!!!! <3 and family they are!  (they are cousins and Aunt but not first cousins or direct aunt, it's down the line if that makes sense).

And the reese's, i may wait until later on Monday to make those! :)




Tonight i'm going to see a friend's new apt before we go together (since it's a rather long drive) to another friend's house bc we are celebrating her hubby's birthday :)

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/16/2019:
Sounds like a really nice day ahead of you! Isn't it a good feeling to get financial things cleaned up a little? I hope you were able to accomplish that. (I tend to be skeptical when it comes to ALL things lender-bank related - I'm so jaded from my job, LOL...)

I have to thank you for the comment you made on my entry the other night - how we would BOTH be working out that night. Wow, that REALLY helped me SO much - to know that someone else was working out too. It helped me get started and see the workout through, because I knew you were doing it too.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2019:
I def made the right choice to get my money all in one place :) and it pushed me to into a new category at Citibank where i'll always get free checks and more priority service :)

i'm glad my comment helped you...it's def helpful when we realize that there's a lot of people in our boat, doing things to better ourselves! and that we choose to spend some time on it so we can feel better about ourselves emotionally, physically, mentally! it's worth it!!!!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Feb 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 120, egg 80, half avocado 150, 2 chocolates 100 at most, starbucks nitro brew for my expensive taste (wow the caffeine is sky-high in it! as i am drinking it!) 50; 6 fruit mentos aroud 10am. 60.

10:30am snacks:almond 100

12:30 Lunch: from home: microvable frozen 3 Italian cheese cauliflower cooked the cauliflower and it didn't go with the chinese, additionally i forgot my tubberware, just threw the cheesy cauliflower out unfortunately... frozen tasty Chinese fish 200 and veggie leftovers (tasty) 150. i also brought some of a bagel 200 for carbs...will walk after lunch to buy powdered peanut flour / butter for a keto pb cup recipe i'm making this weekend! 550.

 3:00-3:30pm apple 50 followed later by real white chocolate coated reese's i found on sale at rite aid during lunch. 200.

Snacks: almonds before walk home :) 50

Dinner: tasty wrap 120, with half avocado 150, spread 100, egg 100. so far: 450, still hungry though maybe some yogurt / blueberries! 250

2250, good.

7day avg: 2200 - prob a hair over my maintenance numbers, yes, but at least eating was done in moderation overall :)


thinking for it to be a veggie type of meal, not sure...this week i didn't eat as healthy as i usually do, skipping almonds and eating the atkins pb cups instead which really weren't as good as i remembered them being the last time i bought them!


After work plan: walk to nearby New York City (Manhattan) Library to read there until library closes, then take subway home & also do the 3mi walk....then early to bed.


Tomorrow i have good errands to take money from one CD account in one bank (Sterling which i haven't enjoyed banking with due to few locations and long wait times to get anything done) and transfer the money to my regular bank for everything (citibank) which i LOVE. Banks are open tomorrow and I have to get this done tomorrow. I have only a window of one week to get the funds outta one bank and into the other before the CD renews, so, tomorrow will be the DAY!

Then tomorrow, I'm driving to a friend's place in the afternoon to see his new Co-op. just a friend, for sure on this one. then me and him are going to a bday party that is around 45 minutes away. I'm glad to drive with him, than do the 45 minute drive there and back alone!

Sunday plans are TBD. I plan on a big workout and possibly making Keto Resse's cups.

Monday I'm off for President's Day. I will be picking up my older 2nd cousin or so and take him and possibly his sister to visit their Aunt (like my 2nd Great Aunt or something) in NJ for lunch! haven't seen them since late spring / summer so should be nice and do an nice change of pace drive to NJ when it's not very crowded on the roads :)


I won't lie, it's a little of a mood downer that J isn't able to do the lunch date today (but he's really not to blame as the plans were made quite quickly and spontaneously yesterday on my end, and only after knowing he'd wished me a Happy V-day lol...). so, he's busy. 

He (Jason) is one of those "actually busy," busy guys. I'm not sure it could work at all. We are DEF at diff points in our lives. Supriringly, although he's only 46, he actually (in his face only) looks OLDER. he's been working a LOT, had a "heartbreak" it seems from his first marriage.

Jason is a good dad to his kids and works a full time job as an electrical company project manger and also does work part time as a lawyer (that's his degree) on the side.  It should be good for me to find a man busier than me (opposite of Ricky who needed me to "be complete"), but, because i can still do all my goals and more. So, although it's a downer, it really is a blessing in disguise. Patience will be a virtue in dealing with this new guy Jason.

this is a good thing, i just need to remain patient. 


he had canelled early into my workout, so then i proceeded to somehow take even longer getting the workout done, and going to bed even later, around Midnight. ...

Tonight i'll make up some sleep, i can tell my negative mood is mostly due to being tired.

Any advice on the site, i'd appreciate.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

legcramps on 02/15/2019:
It's a bit different to date when you are older, later in life. People have their own routines, their own independence. Having to learn to live on your own, it can change people - in the best ways! Jason is likely still feeling his way through this new relationship with you, as you are with him, and it will take some compromise and patience to get through this first part while you are still getting to know each other. He had a life that you weren't part of, for a long time, and that part needs to be adjusted - and it will take time.

In my relationship with an older guy that has four kids and has lived an entire life separate from mine, I still have to keep reminding myself that we don't know all the ins and outs of each other, like we would if we were high school sweethearts or simply had known each other a little earlier in life. My frame of mind - the place i'm at in life - is much different than his. I'm actually much more selfish and unwilling to compromise and I like to get my way - I think it's because I haven't had kids, and I haven't had to compromise with other people for a long time LOL.

Navigating through a new relationship is not supposed to be easy! But, it SHOULD be fun, so make sure to enjoy being with this guy when you ARE together, and let the rest go for now.

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
great advice and it's well received. i do not really know him well at all...it wasn't "LOVE" at first sight on my end...but i don't want to run from him either before checking it out, plus, i am suddenly attracted to him more than i was...this whole week that way feeling that way...

Donkey on 02/15/2019:
I can't wait to hear about your keto PB cups! Hope they turn out!

Oh how nice it would be to go to the library on a Friday night. I remember as a kid, going to the library with my Grandpa on Friday nights and how wonderful that was.

Now my library closes at 5pm on Fridays :(

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
library there is open till 6pm and i get out at 5pm, with a 20 minute walk to the library, would be nice to read over there for a little bit tonight, but, will probably skip it as i'm getting tired and i can just read on the commute instead...and then do the hour walk home...that should be enough.

i think the library would be good if we GOT OUT EARLY on occasion when we do.

Donkey on 02/15/2019:
Regarding advice: stay busy, do your own thing. It's OK to be disappointed but not to the degree where "I was counting on this and now you canceled!" Keep it light and easy and happy.

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
i completely need all the advice you can give and yes this isn't the scenario where i can go and get angry that mr. busy has WORK to do and not wanna play games all day ;) yes, agree fully there.

also read my comment back to Legs, above, as it's meant for you also.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 50

Morning: part of a walnut cranberry muffin 200-250? from work in honor of Valentine's Day and coffee50: cals TBD (i had also brought an egg and avocado wrap but was tempted by this tasty muffin and it's good!) 250?

snack:TBD also ..maybe that healthy wrap i was going to have for breakfast, yeah, gotta get some nutrition in after both dinner and this morning were empty cals.wrap 120, egg, 80, avocado 150. 350.

Lunch: corned beef small amount 200 and garlic and peppers 150, half large bagel 200, atkins pb cup (shouldn't buy more, causes wayyyy too much gas...should make my own like donkey did) 100. 650.

5:30pm at home: toasted half wheat bagel (got extras from work, yum!) 200with full serving tasty cream cheese 100, 300 and an iced coffee 50. 350.

during workout: small container blueberries 100, 2 cups lower cal coconut water 150

blueberries and a bar 300.

total 2250, great :)

my workout somehow still took forever (took a few phone callls from family / friend), but i'm glad i got it done right :)



Leaving at 4pm wooohooo!  (instead of 5pm)  and HOME WORKOUT TONIGHT :) 

And the guy i am seeing wished me a Happy Valentine's Day :) so i'm happy.  

guy cancelled on date for friday bc he has a conference all at 1pm...work does come first...no worries.

i'LL be meeting him for lunch tomorrow since my coworkers will ALL be out except for a few and the guy cannot meet after work as he's driving to New Jersey after work to see his son's swim meet...so instead of waiting a week, i decided to ask him about lunch tomorrow, date #4.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
That was very thoughtful of your guy to wish you a happy Valentine's Day :)

Oh how I wish I could leave early... every day.

horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
yes, the thought counts so much :)

yes, it should be a shorter workday so we could exercise and get sleep and prep food, etc. and RELAX.

legcramps on 02/14/2019:
Nice, leaving early feels awesome - enjoy your day! And your workout!

horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
i cannot wait to leave work! for some reason, i've been incredibly tired all week!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
The Adkins cups have malitol in them, which is why you're gettin' the gas. They are yummy but can cause digestive problems -- especially if you eat additional fiber-y food, too.

Another lunch date tomorrow - fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
Yes, I've decided those atkins cups are really worse than i ever remembered them and not very good for work, at all...

What i really should do is find the time, maybe Monday later afternoon, and make my own! :-)

i have to say, for all the nice packaging and everything, it's sad that Atkins hasn't sprung into the Stevia appeal...still all their products are full of gas causing ingredients :(

i don't get the problem as much with the coconut bars, never having more than one.

but these pb cups, i can't handle them.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
I finished the small box of those cups, can't bring to work again!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

kombucha 50, stomach still has some issues as of late, just more gas and stuff.

breakfast: banana to the rescue 120, wrap 120, egg 80, Avocado 150., milk & Matcha 50. total here: 520.

Snack: rest of the wrap above. and two chocolates atkins pb cups 160

Lunch: corned beef 200, roasted yellow peppers with garlic and oil 200, chips 150. 550.  stomach still very uncomfortable with gas and bloating and needed to use the bathroom after lunch. :(

4:30pm snacks knowing i'm staying at work until 6pm:  2 more of the Atkins Peanut butter cups (but they aren't really helping my gas situation lol) as they have lots of fiber..and these two tiny apples. total around 250, but not higher :)

excellent...I'll be home around 7:30pm tonight in time to sleep well :) 

8pm dinner: cup and a half of ice cream 300 , whole fat yogurt a cup with cooked cranberries 250. 550.

2100, decent.

5day: 2180 per day. good.


Because i am still low energy and can tell my cold may come back, tonight i'll be going to bed early again. Workout will resume for Thursday. My workouts are almost 3hours long (with breaks here and there and home distractions), but it's not something i want to do tonight. Just resting tonight!

AND even cooler, i'm working an hour late which i'm happy about as i'm not tired and got a second wind in to leave at 6pm instead of 5pm... in order to leave at 4pm tomorrow to get a head start on my workout tomorrow eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!




Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/13/2019:
Yes, rest up! I thought of you last night, as I decided to turn out the lights, rather than start another chapter in the book I'm reading. I too am sensing some "vulnerability" to germs/virus, so I'll be taking precautions today as well.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
vulnerability is exactly the word, will enjoy another night of sleep tonight :)

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
Feel better!

I have been feeling 'blah' all week too; I sure hope it's just mental and not that i'm fighting another virus :(

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
yeah, i'm not energized. tired. so i'll just rest more while i can :-)

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
We are all tired of this weather and to be sick too, is awful.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
luckily i'm preventing it as long as i keep resting...everyone at work is getting something this Winter.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Home: some kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 120, with some of my corned beef extra fatty 250? it seems i shoulda waited till it cooled to drain some fat, i'll prob use hot water to melt some off the meat. coffee 50. TASTY. satisfying. lately very hungry, must be bc leading into a week before TOM..weird month i'll tell you., and one of the Atkins Peanut Butter Cups (YUM) i brought to the office 80.

2 more of the peanut choc things. 150

Lunch: a little big, but healthy: leftover chinese fish and shrimp with a few veggies 250, seaweed salad 100, large serving of chips 250, some tasty dessert crackers 50. 650. just too much though. 

3:45pm snacks: roasted salted almonds and small apple. 150

chocolate 100, some corned beef as i was putting it away lol into the freezer 100?, 1/2 avocado 150, wrap 120, drink 30, 2 egg whites just made so tasty 50. total here: 550, better than expected actually!

2050. i think.

4day: 2200.


My plan is to go home and sleep early. Cannot wait. We have a storm, so it's icy / rainy...and after I pay back the store ownder for the coffee, I'll be in BED (after i also freeze the corned beef leftovers so it doesn't go to waste!!!)


Happy Tuesday, with a workout already done last night, tonight's forecast is snowy mix so i'm really happy to go home, no extra walking as i'm wearing boots for snow, and sleep EARLY. need this sleep or i'll be sick again.

I just have to swing by the Deli right near my bus stop at home, as i asked for an iced coffee last night explaining i was out of cash and i'd pay her back today!!!!!! MUST DO THIS TODAY! $2.25.  I was looking everywhere in the stores at the outdoor strip mall last night.  Nobody was selling plain iced coffee! just this one spot.!!!!! Not even in the supermarket. I guess i'm once again getting PICKY. haha


Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
Corned beef is just a fatty meat. Tasty though.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
yeah...it's very fatty especially bc all the fat in the broth it was cooking on has solidified around and on top of it! :( it's very tasty though, even this smaller amount in a breakfast wrap! yum.

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
If it's refrigerated you might just be able to lift the fat off.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
yes, some i can, the rest totally solidied everywhere between the meat, i'll use hot water i think.

Donkey on 02/12/2019:
TOM has kicked my diet donkey this week as well. Craziness, cravings, emotions, etc.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
me too....i'm increasingly up and down right now with emotions!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 80

My digestion is off....and feeling dehydrated after the kombucha and morning with more traffic and congestion on both the bus and subway. I picked up a banana to smooth things. 120, also whole milk in matcha tea. 80.

English muffin 150, butter 50, cooked chinese white type of fish 100, couple chocolates 100

Almonds 50

Lunch was cooked by coworker fish (nice and light) 200 and a few brussel sprouts 100, and squash soup 200. 500. 

snacks: small apple 50,almonds 100

160, granola bar 100, coffee 40, drink 50...350, coconut water during exercise (hungry night) 150, few bites of corned beef (not good, it needed to be cooked with sweet carrots i forgot those!...like i forgot all the carrots in general!) it's not horrible, just very garlicly. 150-200

after exercise: TBD, really hungry tonight...just pulling thru and dealing ;) ended up with a little more corned beef 200 - hopefully not more.(extra fatty bc of how it ended up in fridge...will fix it tomorrow probably...in a wrap 150. 350.

2450, fine. - high but at least i'll not be starving tomorrow morning due to only eating carbs all night!

3day:2250, not too bad :)

I WILL EXERCISE TONIGHT :) and bed... yeah, about that exercise, it can wait...??? debate is up about whether i'll do it tonight. feeling rather tired today. but also the work is so tedious. would be better to get the workouts done on Mon/Wed so if i do go out with the guy friday, it's not after being up late thursday night exercising..we'll see.


I was going to do a home exercise tonight, but, we'll see how i feel later. It would be kinda good to do it tonight for many reasons, but we'll see. 

Hungry day. cravings. feeling dehydrated. that's another reason for the banana. 

i'd like to work out tonight, if i feel up to it later.

tired day at work as i was up multiple times last night. 

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

SilverySparkles on 02/11/2019:
bananas seem to regulate things for me too.

horn_of_plenty on 02/11/2019:
yeah. i needed it bad! my stomach was squishing all over the place lol...

thinkpositive on 02/11/2019:
Sounds like you are still not feeling 100%. Hope you felel better soon.

horn_of_plenty on 02/11/2019:
yeah, i agree...i think i will try to workout tonight, anyways....i am almost all better :)

just tired !

have a good day, think!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Good Morning & Happy Sunday!

7:30am Breakfast: small amount finishing off my oatmeal (gotta buy more!) 80, almond milk 20, stevia and pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 of my cooked cranberries 50, whole milk yogurt 1/2 cup 80. 230. will have the rest of my cold brew coffee (which i really liked, will buy more!) 70. 

10:00am Snack mini crunch bar :) the chocolate bar. 60

Ricky came over to give me some of my stuff i had left at his apt (since our relationship is no longer the same as it was).  and the visit was longer bc of course i asked him for his help on a few things and to order a TV antenna bc i'm ending my cable TV soon. I'll only keep the cable internet for now...hoping to end it if my internet wifi situation via using a hot spot gets better...he was over around 1.5 hours...so no snacking :) 

12:45pm lunch: english muffin 150 with cream cheese 100, then healthier leftovers: tofu 80, veggies in some sauces 2 types weird to mix ugh 250. total here 600-650

granola bar and coffee 150 before taking a 30-45 min walk which was nice at the warmest part of the day :)

5:30pm early healthy dinner: chinese food: a light fish 150 and veggies 50, shrimp and veggies 200 also. craving carbs almost wish there was rice...will eat something carby now...maybe fruit. 400. fruit 200

3:30am hungry - english muffin and pb 300

2050 :)

2day 2150.


I  Picked up some fruit and veggies in downtown flushing, where i was after the concert, and some takeout chinese food. it's all asian there and i did that instead of going to a supermarket for stuff by me.

I have so much cooked food, i'll have to freeze some of it either tonight or tomorrow - so it doesn't go to waste!


 Things on fast shopping trip today: avocados, tomatoes/other veggies, wraps, oatmeal, cold brew coffee, almond milk, and a few yogurts, salami if there's any sales..  that's it! i have still a full fridge with all the tasty food i've made :) as well as leftovers! 


At 8am, I have a corned beef in the slow cooker and i'm cooking veggies (roasted peppers and garlic) in the oven also.

Yesterday, I slow cooked some tasty squash. lots of good, homemade eats for this week! the squash is a bit on the very healthy side. very little seasoning, so, i may add some sauce when i eat it during the week (ie - indian dish to add directly on top of the squash). 

Before 10am, my clothes are in the washer and everything is cleaned up!

Very productive and long morning to get things done :) 

Today i'm off to watch a Flamenco Dancing concert which starts early at 2pm. The concert lasts around one hour at the library and free. After the concert, i'm going to take a walk outside :)

Yesterday's Bollywood and other Indian dance concert was very enjoyable. Glad i went. It was also motivating for me, to make sure i got the gym in and did my best there. And surprisingly, yesterday's gym workout was STRONG!? even after a week off, it was wayyy better than expected (except for push-ups, but they'll improve as usual!)

I've been waking up early all weekend, prob bc i slept TONS last week. On average, it was probably 10hrs per night.  I was taking cold meds and they were knocking me out every night. :) def helped me feel better. I still need to take some meds for easier breathing, it seems, particularlly at night. but overall, i'm in a much better position now than i was on Monday morning when i initially felt sick.


Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 02/10/2019:
Happy Sunday to you too!! My oh my you have been so diligent and your health must be fantastic!! Keep up the good work. It is nice to see an old friend still posting on here!!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2019:
thanks, c-mom! so glad to have you back with us right now!

and yes, i've been diligent and doing quite well right now!!!! thank you!!!

Donkey on 02/10/2019:
I hope you enjoyed today's concert as well! How nice to have these free cultural experiences so close for you to experience.

Oh I bet your place is going to smell so good as the corned beef comes to completion! We were just talking about that at dinner last night because St. Patrick's day is coming up.

I'm so happy to hear that you had a really nice workout at the gym yesterday. Do you still have multiple memberships, now that you workout at home too?

Horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2019:
yes, i am VERY lucky with these free cultural events at the libraries. Yesterday's library was prob just under a half hour away with a little traffic. Today's event was 20minutes away and would have been faster if no traffic. easy! And i like that they are only around 1hr! easy to get to, easy to fit into the afternoon! and FREE but usually with talent (and hard work!).

Corned Beef does smell great!

i ended up, btw, picking up Chinese since i was in a PURELY Chinese part of Queens. It's seriously ONLY Asian. It's like you are in China. Hardly anymore walking around isn't. So, now i have wayyyyy tooo much food and must freeze some.

I am only a member of the one gym right now that is quite expensive and a yearly membership. When i bought the membership, last Spring, it was BEFORE i bought all my exercise equipment for my apartment. I will definitely still rejoin a gym when the membership is up because it's nice to get out of the apartment especially on a weekend if i have the time - but not rejoin this particular gym as it's the MOST expensive one. It's also the closest, but i do have another option with decent parking just a little farther which is fine for my weekends only. Plus, the other gym is $200 LESS per year ;) I'll also check if there's any other options.

Unfortunately, i cannot join a place like Planet Fitness or Blink in Queens because they are TOO CROWDED and there's wait time to use benches and equipment which is not convenient for regular gym-goers! So, I DO have to pay a little more, depending what gym I choose, for decent equipment and a little less of a crowd!

SilverySparkles on 02/10/2019:
We are working on adding to our home gym because there aren't any nearby.

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