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horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 01, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Happy December! 

8am Breakfast banana and apple 200, pumpkin brownie and caffeine natural drink 450

10:30 at parents house a very high quality bar of mine and seltzer 250

lunch at parent's: lox 50, cream cheese 100, toast 200, sweet potato chips 100, coffee 50, and a horrible stale girl scout cookie 70 550

3:30pm back at my apt and relaxing the rest of today: snack: greek yogurt with chai stevia and pinch of dried saffron - it's easy to be healthier!, 150, raspberries 100 , drink ...250 total,

5-6pmlater more raspberries 50 (yes, really, bought a big container at Target), orange pepper 50

Dinner butternut squash ravioli lean cuisine meal, with bok choy heated up from last weekend :)


2250 total


9:30am -10am ran errand to coworkers house to drop off fundraiser cookie dough from other coworker as a nice favor and enjoyed doing it Bc hadn't been to that town in queens and it was so nice !

10:30am-12:30pm Now at my own parents cleaning up the rest of my clothes :) for cleanup as my mom needed my help to do since it's my stuff ;)....got it all done :)

1-3pm light food shopping and other shopping from 1pm-3pm when i got back home to my place.

laundry done too :)


December on my end is jam-packed with the following outside of work hours: 2 dr appts (one - GYN which i haven't been to in prob 5 years is scheduled for a Monday night, the other dermatologist appt is not scheduled yet but will be on a weekend Saturday), a Thursday night work holiday party next week, a Tuesday night union meeting the week after, and the addditional 11.5hrs Overrtime, all activities here will be done by Friday, December 21!

Aside from the Mandatory stuff above, i'll be sticking pretty much (except the week of the holiday party) to my typical workouts. I'll have to skip one day next week, which is fine, since my overall strength hasn't yet been compromised this year as i'm pretty regular in terms of working out! :)

And, after all is said and done, there's a cherry on top of the cake: i have a two week vacation planned right outside Miami for Mid January. I have to look into some plans, but i realize if i don't plan anything, i can plan the trip while i'm out there! :) I'll be staying free of charge at a friend's apt with her husband in my own room. They should be working during the week and i'll have tons of time to relax...so, that being side, i''m not gonna research the trip like crazy but more get to know where things in general are, so when she's at work, i can get some food, beach and workouts! 

The miami trip is not to party as much as get some sun and rest to keep on in the New Year when i return and i'm back to routine! :)

My couple vacations were last year, fall of 2017, each under a week to both Medellin, Colombia in late September and then to Las Vegas, Nevada in Mid-October! Colombia was sorta rushed (a long weekend) and Las Vegas (also a long weekend) was party central. So, Miami this year i am in need of some rest and relaxation...and continued workouts at a cheap gym whatever is close to her apt.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 12/01/2018:
The first day of a new month and my thoughts also turn instantly to a countdown of all the things I need to get completed prior to vacation. Dental appointments, Orthodontist (daughter's braces being removed), 3 Christmas parties that I know of, getting work stuff in order so that I can take the last 10 days of the month off, etc. I wasn't really fixated on that stuff the past few days, but now that the calendar officially says December my mind has switched into Christmas vacation mode.....

Note to self, need to add Florida to my bucket list.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2018:
Me and you....we are both definitely on a countdown to holiday / relaxation time. vegging time for me!

YES, Florida has a lot of spots ... Disney (Orlando?), Miami, Key West...and many others!

BearCountryGG on 12/01/2018:
Working those loooong hours yesterday must have taken a load off your mind...I know it would have made me feel good.........on to the festivities.......The first day of a month is always so much fun.......I love it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2018:
it feels very good to bang out the hours. better to be there with someone who's also banging them out...good to go out to get food with her as a break...and have someone also happy to get it done!

i'm as excited to start December as to Finish it!

it'll be really great having a four day weekend for Christmastime and for the New Year. that's the point of this OT...to not have to come in on the Mondays...i'd say it's worth it..4 days off in a row is relaxing and de-stressing.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2018:
i highly doubt most people will be honest in making up 16 hours tho....it is not easy with a commute by public transportation and long work hours already.

some people with families cannot even do it...so they'll lose the 2 day offer.

Donkey on 12/01/2018:
I'm quite impressed with the OT you have and will put in to achieve the time off you want in the future. I didn't comment again on yesterday's entry, but 4 hours OT is an accomplishment. I personally feel like running out of the office, screaming after about 2-3 hours, LOL...

Nothing wrong with a "do nothing" vacay, especially in Miami in the winter. If you get bored, you can go to a museum or find a music venue. Personally, though, nothing wrong with chilling out at the beach, watching the waves.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2018:
With "OT" looming over my head until it's done, i'm a person who takes a challenge like this and gets it done.

Some people in the office won't do any...and some will "BS" their way thru it and not make up all 16 hours. However, i try to be honest and do whatever challenge is placed on my desk...!

Next, in terms of the vacation, that's exactly my plans. I do hope to go to a museum or two. I will also have a friend there close by that moved down to FL from NY. She performs in a musical group, i'll hope to see her a couple times as she plays the French horn...and i know her bc of my French horn endevors back in High School. She's very good and a very nice person :) so i'll meet her up with down there as well.

but yes, i am not pushing for extensive and crazy plans on the miami trip. it's simply a good break from life up here in NY and to get as far away from work and usual life as possible! probably will not even use an alarm clock everyday down there!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2018:
speaking of work, i'll be moving out of the "noisy room" into a private room with the person i assist...so any commotion at work is over ;)....although the move is frustrating as i gotta move my crud! lol....always something is up right!

so it's good tho....i'm moving out of all spotlight...again! so work is going to calm down completely. and i'll be working better with less distractions. a good thing also to plan miami and later my short trip to France / London in April...maybe i can find small drabs of time at work to just google stuff to get ideas.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2018:
sorry so many messages, you prob think i'm rich all these trips!...i'm also staying mostly with a friend in France...we are not sure where we are staying in London....i may have to even go alone. I'm hoping for a hostel.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 30, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

kombucha 50

pump brownie 250, whipped cream 120, larger coffee 80

10am choc covered raisins and rest of my coffee 50, clementines 50, bar 170

lunch: - healhty - salmon from takeout 250, salad 200, couscous 100, tomato and cucumber salad 100, choc covered raisins 100. 750.

snack: Granola bar and coffee 200

dinner at work: some sushi 450?

2 laffy taffys 50, chocolate little bar 50, choc, candy

2400....trying to hold strong...final.

7day:2270, decent considering all!

i may have to eat a little extra tonight or just hopefully not be hungry when i get home tonight and go right to bed....

...checking in from work, it's now 7:50pm and we are GOING STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...getting a lot of work done but also counting down the time now...8:40pm

staying at work till at least 9:00pm tonight...4 hours...decided with my friend coworker :)


We will stay tonight 4 HOURS OT until 9pm (because i hear my fave female coworker is doing it...a nice one...so it'd be nice to stay today late as i was planing to stay extra anyways) to make up time because i have still 15.5 hours of time to make up in order to get an extra 2 days off.... :) 

if i stay 4 hours, my new total to make up will reduce to 11.5 hours :) very good!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/30/2018:
15.5......yup....good night to stay late!

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2018:
yes now staying at least 3 hours because my friend will be here...we will make sure to walk at lunch and to go and get ourselves dinner :)

BearCountryGG on 11/30/2018:
Sounds like a good plan!!!

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2018:
xoxoxoxo :)

legcramps on 11/30/2018:
Three extra hours is a lot, but at least you'll be doing it with someone you consider a friend :) that will make the time pass a little more quickly.

Have a great weekend :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2018:
Yes, it should go well and we will make sure to go out to walk around dinnertime :) she's very nice in the office.

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2018:
Yes, it should go well and we will make sure to go out to walk around dinnertime :) she's very nice in the office.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 29, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0


later breakfast, 9:15am: coffee 50, pump brownie 250 and whipped cream (starting to get sick of whipped cream, thank gosh!) 120. total here  420

Snackd: atkins coconut and chocolate bar 170, also a chocolate coconut snack from coworker a little over the 50 cal.

Lunch: i think i'll not eat what i brought & head out to buy some salmon for lunch :) with some grains and veggies....a full, balanced meal. No time to go out for lunch, so ate my good meal that i brought. a good amount of corned beef brisket 350? fries from a coworker (yum!) 250, and my cooked cabbage 100 at least bc cooked with the tasty fat of the beef. total here: 700, tasty!

4pm snack 50 chocolate 

coffee and granola bar 200, later blueberries 100

1750...will be a late night but better to exercise tonight....

worked an hour OT. getting home around 7:30pm and will start exercise around 8pm

during workout: 2 bananas 250

after workout: cauliflower crust 250

2250, fine!

6 day: 2250, fine!..nothing i can do right now but ride these high cal days thru with walking and keeping up the exercise, been busy and higher stress / higher eating. very busy month this will be...nothing i can do but try my best.

....at least it was a balanced lunch tho now i want a diet coke, but, will not be getting that outside the office!


I will begin changing up my breakfasts perhaps even before the new year. I'm eager to incorporate healthier choices into my diet as i feel it'll actally help a LOT with my mood, physical exercise ability, strength, and weight maintenance to name just a few things! i will be eating fish, salmon, 2x per week takeout from the buffet (they charge by weight so it's a good deal to take the fish there) or i'll even cook it myself...a small piece each week, we'll see. but, for sure, i'm going to be amping up my diet because it's definitely far from perfect!!!!

As i'm reading this book and thinking about my health and fitness goals, I have been very inspired to make changes my current diet as the way i currently eat is NOT going to get me the results that i was hoping it to. The only way to get results is to plan for them; and after maintaining my weight and learning so much already, i'm in a VERY GOOD PLACE to now up my intake of healhier foods, as i am a calorie counter, but i'm so good that i do not need to rely on packages to tell me calorie counts...and now is the time for me to delve into a lifestyle of eating MORE WHOLE FOODS and LESS PROCESSED ones.  I have a feeling that if i can improve my diet, a lot, I may be feeling much better and be able to conquer my goals way better. i will begin today to work on incorporating the dietician's tips from the book into my eating habits, by choosing a balanced, healthy lunch, of foods that she recommends: salmon, fresh veggies, and squash/pumpkin/sweet potato (whatever i can find at the buffet).

Planning to NOT work any OT today but leave directly at 5pm because i want to get exercise out of the way tonight (not wait until Friday night), so that when Sunday comes i can exercise whenever i want & not have to wait all the way till Sunday night to exercise.   You see, if i skip exercise tonight and do it friday night, i'd have to wait the 48hrs until Sunday night to exercise again - the same muscles again  - and it's very stressful to start a week on less sleep bc i'm up exercising Sunday night!) So, if i exercise tonight, 48 hrs later is Saturday night and i plan to wait until Sunday for the exercse and it can be done any time :) A better plan, indeed :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:
I do think it is an old bad habit of mine and a lot of people I have known in the past to think that waiting for the fist day of the new year is the thing to do....but what they ( I) really meant was..."I'm just going to have a hay day with the food...and then fix it all on January 1st"........Fixing things as we see them and desire to fi them....doesn't need to wait......recognising that we need to change is the main thing!!! I'm planning on cooking some salmon today too.

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2018:
Salmon is probably the #1 mentioned food in the book. It's health benefits are so substantial that if you do not eat it, she adamantly recommends the use of a supplement on fish oil / Omega 3. and between 200mg all the way up to 900mg. she is a very practiced dietician, writing the book when she was around 60yrs old. the book is excellent.

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:
After saying that above...I did decide to have a month of no counting because I like where I am right now...and this cold is making me crave soups and cereal......so I'm going to experiment with soups tomorrow.....and with so many things going on in december...I want to work on just keeping my meals to 3 a day...and having a lot of soups.....I'm thinking some chowder or fish soup may be interesting too.....

Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2018:
great idea on soups...just realize that if they are balanced with the carbs/fat/protein...life if you can turn the whole meal into a balanced one with soup...well then you are set!!!!!!

i like your idea very much for soup. liquds are filling with food, too...and usually there are so many ways to make soups even healthier - like spices. i've already started experimenting with 1-2 small pinches of saffron daily since it's said to combat depression possibly better than prozac! i feel i could totally use a boost this time of year!

ty for the tips on ordering from there...i have some things to think about...about being able to shop differently / get what i need for better health. probably just continue at the store and freeze berries in my freezer or something!

Donkey on 11/30/2018:
Glad that you are getting so much information from the book you are reading. I look forward to this next stage and seeing the nutritional changes you make.

And good for you for getting in a workout today - even with the OT!

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2018:
thank you....it will be a challenge and up to me to stay on track doing OT and exercise :) i will make it happen!

next, there are definite nutritional changes to be made for the better. i was also thinking of you as i read the book.

there are ways, laid out in the book, to improve mood and emotions thru diet. it's spelled out. we just have to do it! :-P i am going to put it in the forefront as a good challenge to myself and my body. whipped cream, as i finish it, will not continue as often. i still have 3 tubs left lol to finish ;)

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 28, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha 50

9amWhipped Cream 120, pump brownie 250, coffee 50.

11am Snack: atkins coconut bar choc covered 170

noon: rum chocolate 50

Lunch: Corned Beef 350, cabbage 200, pretzel 100...650

3:30pm pick me up granola bar, earlier coffee 150, clementine 50

5pm Snack:100 cal beef jerky, almond cauliflower crackers 100

Dinner: celeste (microwavable meal) breadsticks 360, tomatoes 40, apple 80, yogurt with stevia 140. 620

2370, fine

5day: 2242, GOOD.

2mi walk coming home the rest on the bus.


Tonight i'm working an hour OT...I have two hours to make up still for leaving early yesterday. :) Then, no extra exercise after work and early to bed. I'll take the slower LOCAL (not express) train home and also read on my commute home :) I'm loving this new diet book.


just wanna sleep.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/28/2018:
Ready for the stupid pun / joke of the day? Yes, it will make you groan.

Like you noted in your post..... When it comes to weightloss efforts, I'm also on the "LO-CAL" train and it's definitely not the express either......

(I told you it was bad.)

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2018:

Donkey on 11/29/2018:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2018:

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2018:

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 27, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0


8:30am pump brownie 250 and whipped cream (lower sugar ) 120, coffee 50 - after new year, i'm making a commitment to healthier eating...more fish...etc...but will enjoy my breakfasts however i like till i want to change.

10am snack: Atkins coconut bar choc covered 170, bite of rum chocolate 50

noon lunch: smaller, with a hot decaf green tea (love they have this free at work!)...my corned beef 200 cal? not too much but sooo good, small amount veggies 100, some crisps 150 450.

left work at 1pm to go to bris only 40 or so minutes away:

After the bris, there was food, around 3:30pm i think it was: 1/4 bagel 100, little whitefish salad 50, piece of smoked sable (better than lox, very soft white fish that is soo delicate and tasty!) 50, too much smoked salmon (not lox, but actual salmon) 200???, 2 tomato slices, seltzer. 400

5:30pm snack on bus home: coffee and fiber one peanut butter bar 200-250

6:30banana 100

after workout: cauliflower crust :) 300 loving these after exercise.

2200, perfecto. 

4 day: 2210, good!


A lot of thoughts rolling in my head over the past couple weeks. Mostly unfortunately negative - Not about me though.  I want to write about them now - hopefully i can do that and not be late for work!  The experiences are what have been negative and i've been thinking about these experiences. However, about myself, i can honestly say i'm feeling pretty positive and proactive. Try that for an oxymoron!

1st topic - my male coworker

Last week Wednesday before we left for Thanksgiving holiday weekend, i work in a room of 5 people. 2 weren't in the room. And the only guy in my room of 4 women said to me in front of another coworker:

"all i hear all day is your voice....just jacke jackie jackie....i was so distracted i had my headphones in this morning...YOU WILL BE FIRED BEFORE EMILIA...."

(and female other coworker in the room agreed, tho not with adding in more of her thoughts, just saying "yeah")

(he meant it as a threat not reality i'm getting fired - but it hit me extremely hard as i've had some really brutal (and i mean BRUTAL) times at this company with the words "fired, let go, termination." i couldn't take it lightly. i was shaken to know i actually distrubed his work.)

but the point is the way he asked me to "shut up" wasn't exactly professional, curteous or kind. he's 30 years old. I feel he spoke WITHOUT his usual better taste and usually way better style. he spoke up, which is fine. and i do not hold what he said against hiim but it shook me to the bone. it was on my mind some of the weekend - as he's comparing me not only to this lady emilia, also 30, but she's my NIEGHBOR below my apt right underneath and her parents live right across from my door to my apt. As in, i exit my apt and open my door, and her parent's door is facing me. I ran into her in the laundry room Saturday night and told her i'd be focusing more on work and talking less....

i didn't tell her what he said, at first.

i told her yesterday in front of the woman who heard him saying it to me who was in the room that day - last wednesday. 

when i told emilia, she took it all wrong. she asked why i didnt' tell her earlier and that it was directed towards her too...i explained it's a threat, not actually happening, and that he said it to me so i'd stop talking and was just making a poor comparison tho it's not meant for her to do anything with this statement or speak up about it. not sure i can trust her. but i don't care....

this is one of the experiences, very negative, i've been thinking about. i'm not a huge talker. tho last week i was talking about the birth of my sister's baby and the experience where the friend visited me unexpectedly...and about family stuff. i admit to talking more last week than usual. but i'm nnot to blame, i know this and i'm being honest, for the majority of the commotion in the room!!!!!! so that's why the comment wasn't so great to be said to me by my coworker. talking about being fired and comparing coworkers is pretty low, in my opinion, to go.


2nd topic: my parents - 

my dad starts the conversation on the phone by telling me that during the "bris" i am NOT to comment on what it looks like or the anatomy of the baby.

my mom goes on to say that "the balls are big for a baby and that the P is small and please do not comment on the looks"

so there you go, i call my parents to discuss what my outfit will be (making sure it's not too fancy) but before i even can ask my question, they are telling me how to behave like i'm 5 and YES, i HAVE been to a bris once before...

but just the way my parents said this to me, like i'm 5, like i'm going to embarass myself and them.........UGH!

I told my dad never to speak to me that way again. and i cut my mom off...saying GOODNIGHT!

Way to go for my parents to start up a conversation with orders on my behavior and lack of their confidence that i won't act like an adult / mature at this bris!!! way to go parents! for your lack of confidence in my character!!!!!!!!!!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/27/2018:
I'm thinking about your post... Just who is this guy that he can say the pecking order of who gets fired first? Management supports these threats? And the witnessing female co-worker who said "yeah" - now she knows that you've told Emilia what was said - and she STILL had no comment?

Wow, now you know who NOT to go for to watch your back.

horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
the witness said it was harsh...yes, she agrees...and mentioned someting i didn't know...and uppper boss had mentioned to the guy who said it to me that there was too much talking coming out of our room...hmmm...

still, no good. maybe that upper boss had said that statement first, i can almost think that way...that the upper boss said it about me? hmmm....

either way, we can (me and you) agree that the statement was way inappropriate.

horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
the witness won't stand up for me to him or to bosses, but she didn't discount my feelings. she's OK. just she has no say or power in the office ;)...

but yeah, he's not my friend. with the guy...i have that relevation, that i do not need to give any cares for him anymore.

innerpeace on 11/27/2018:
Five people in a room, are you never supposed to talk? I don't think I would like working in this environment. And he sounds a little too sensitive for me to work with.

Good luck I hope everything works out.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
usually he isn't sensitive. it was a cruddy week....

of course i do not want to screw his work up...that's not cool. he is a "superior" of mine.

It will work out, but i'm changing my ways. no talking when he's in the room.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
he has meetings and times he's out of office in the field, so this seems the right approach. i no longer am interested in his very private life or him as a friend.

BearCountryGG on 11/27/2018:
It's difficult to work in an enviornment where there is dissension....Hope things settle down a bit.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
they will, it'll take awhile.

i respect he needs to do work, and i do know i am responsible for distracting him if he said it, it's obvious.

however, he said it wrong and asked me to not talk, so that's what i'll do.

he cannot have it "both ways." so, i'm not there to chat with him any longer.

graindart on 11/27/2018:
I see the workplace drama from a different perspective. Fuel for your fitness fire. This job is temporary and just a placeholder until your court career. Is there a date set yet for the next fitness qualification test?

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
it does inspire me to challenge myself and make this kind of life change career wise.

I'm not a "shoe-in"...i have to improve my cardio only. weights are good. situps could be a hair better. pushups are perfect and need no improvement.

the test will probably not be before 2020 which gives me some time...like i said it's not a definite either.

but i'd enjoy more doing something that i did for myself.

however, there's a moderate chance i'll wind up in the place (what i'm doing now) i am or similar for life. perhaps even with LESS pay (doing similar job to what i have no with no change)...scary thing to acknowledge.

happy-1 on 11/27/2018:
Hugs. That guy is a jerk. Graindart is right on target.

Parents are... well... parents. They forget we aren’t 5. My mom still tells me to use the bathroom before we leave.

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2018:
yEAH, I agree also with Grains. It is definite motivation.

yeah, parents are nutz. jajaja

happy-1 on 11/27/2018:
Hugs. That guy is a jerk. Graindart is right on target.

Parents are... well... parents. They forget we aren’t 5. My mom still tells me to use the bathroom before we leave.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 26, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

6:30am Morning: kombucha 70

9am Pumpkin brownie 250,whiped cream 130, coffee 50

10:30am snack: TBD. Atkins coconut choc covered bar and bite of pretzel, almonds 50

12:30pm Lunch MY CORNED BEEF 300, veggies nicely cooked 200, pretzel 50. 550

2pm Gifts going around...Rum Fudge!!!!!!! wow. 150, choc/vanilla/caramel popcorn 50

3:30 2 small clementines 50

5pm 100 cal almonds salt and vinegar 


Dinner: 550 all healthy

2200 :)

3day: 2210

exercise: will see, if it stops raining i'll walk the 3 mi home from the subway. otherwise, i'll skip exercise...no need to torture myself and walk in the rainy mess.


yes, will work till 6pm, not 5pm, as i'm making up my time  (owing 3 more hours to leave early tomorrow, but maybe less if i come back to work tomorrow after the Bris - we'll see if it's worth it, or just plain tiring. once tomorrow comes...)


I will be STAYING at least one hour late tonight as i will soon owe a LOT of time back to this company....grrrr....in all, right now, i have to make up 19 hours, done on OT. 3 hours bc of my own needs tomorrow to leave early for baby celebration Bris but then 16 hours in order to get the Mondays before Christmas and New years off...it's worth it...but a LOT of hours to schedule in!


 i was reading a great book, highly recommend...i'll write about it soon in my own diary:

"Eat your Way to Sexy," By Elizabeth Somer, Experienced Dietician

This book has so much info, i'll be highlighted sections as reminders of things to add into my diet and why

it gives some great advice regarding food choices, depression and anxiety, happy feelings...and the interconnect between these things. it has enlightened my thinking. 

for instance, regarding the book, i realize that staying away from red meat was stupid (for me), especially as a woman, and to include it now. and also stupid of me - to not eat enough fish. by eating salmon, specifically, i can change my levels of feel good hormones drastically.

something else, sorta expensive but worth adding the small serving size amounts (a pinch - small pinch is the serving size) - SAFRON...this herb is so potent and powerful that 2 servings a day in one study proved better than PROZAC for depression. i ordered some Safron and plan to have it semi-regularly.

also with Safron, it combats inflammation / high blood pressure. it's a VERY special herb.

so the book is great.

just by adding some things to your diet, you can change a lot of your health. it's written by a dietician practicing around 20-30 years now. great read. tho it's a pink cover lol...but it's for men and women with info for both.


Happy Monday :)

I have to leave work early tomorrow. Very early. For this Bris Ceremony for my sister's baby boy. He'll be 7 days old or something like that :)

I'll come to work NORMAL time, 8:30, tomorrow. Then, I'll eat a small lunch at leave at 1pm. Then, my plan is to actually possibly come back to work, to stay late and make up for the time I was out. 

I have already stayed an hour late last Wednesday...so, I have like 3 hours to make up and want them made up by the end of this week and possibly made up by tomorrow :) .... I may even make the time up tonight...i just want it out of the way and not to owe any more time.

Soon enough, in order to get the Mondays off before Christmas and New Years, there's a possibility we just need to work 16hrs of overtime. So, soon after i make up the time for this Tuesday, i'll have to begin making up 16 more hours...it's worth it, to get the long weekends, 4 days each weekend at the end of December / New Year :) 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 11/26/2018:
I love flexible schedules. I still end up putting in the same amount of work hours, but love being able to bend them around the parts of my life that are much more important.

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
yes, the worst has got to be coporate stupid hours. really takes away too much personal / family time. not a fan. lol.

if you can work your way, it's WAY more a productive work environment and lifestyle :)

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
Beef is a great source of iron. I just found out that there is boron in nuts and it helps arthritic joints......I'm not redy to drink it in water...but I am going to add a little to bathwater ( soak 20 minutes)......also epsom salts in the tub adds magnesium....and just before bed helps you sleep sounder.

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
damn...i forgot about the magnesium in the epsom salts...YES...and magnesium is super important to anxiety and depression!!!!!!!!!! thank you for that....i will actually start up with the baths...and to keep my tub cleaner...and tell my friend ... :) magnesium is depleted from stress and other things...

legcramps on 11/26/2018:
That sounds like a great read; you can really go nuts over all the information people put out around food and the effects of food on the body. If you think about it as being fuel, it does change your perspective quite a lot i've found. I always eat red meat and salmon; I try to squeeze it in at least once every week or every two weeks - red meat I eat way more often than salmon, but I love both!

horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
yeah a great read indeed, so insightful. in the new year, i'm going to make a lot of changes. i know my skin will get MUCH better. i could even improve on basic things: 1. eat fish 2. eat HEALTHY whole grains 3. eat MUCH more leafy greens (i dont eat them all the time, veggies yes, but leafy salad greens - no).

if i do those things, i'll be eating much healthier.

happy-1 on 11/26/2018:
I’m trying to eat more salmon too.

horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2018:
it's SO HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 25, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Fruit raspberries and banana and pumpkin lower sugar brownie 500, kombucha 50

thai lunch white rice 300, callamari 200, sauce and veggies 200, salad / edamame 150 - all for $13!!!!!! and $16 after tip! thats a good deal in NYC! 850...and if we had done takeout, it would have been $13 thanks to the lunch deal.

before exercise muffin 250, coffee 50, other drinks 0 cal: 300, later an apple 100, tastes of corned beef 50 as i was putting some away to freeze...i'm gonna have a really tasty Winter. lucky me, wanting to cook myself has been soooo amazing and beneficial. such a turn to my self esteem too. it's been a great year and for that i am so thankful.

banana during workout 100

after workout: 400 mostly in cauliflower pizza crust. yum!

2250, will have to start managing calories again soon, but any weight gain is very minimal. and if i can continue to burn a higher amount, i'd prefer to of course eat more than less if it means i can - without gaining weight. so, we'll see!

my corned beef is Perfect!

2 day: 2225, decent....! 


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/25/2018:
Hope you are having a good day, HOP.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
perfect day!!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 11/25/2018:
Thai food....never had that.....sounds good though. I think it is necessary to live in an area where there is a diverse group of people...because we have never lived anywhere that the more exotic restaurants were.......we only have stick to the ribs american food places here....i would love to try foods from other cultures...D...not so much...he's a steak and potato kind of guy.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
I'm sorry you don't have the variety by you - i know i'm really, really lucky. there's never a reason for me to be bored with food choices. tho, with all the choices, i'm glad i'm starting to cook on my own....

especially desserts as stores / companies have not come out with desserts as healthy as the recipes i have found! :)

thai in my opinion is the healthiest of all cuisines. they use a LOT of veggies.

the place by me uses a VERY lite sauce and EXTRA types of veggies and seasonings. not like chinese, surgery / syrupy sauces at all!

Thai basically uses a lot of ingredients like: Basil leaves, fresh ginger slices and garlic as well as other extremely healthy spices in their food. top notch!

graindart on 11/25/2018:
Like Bear was saying, we have mostly straight-forward american food places around here. Whenever we head off on vacation, most of my thoughts go towards all of the different "ethnic" types of food places that I can fit into the trip. The vast majority of the food that I ate on the cruise this past summer was centered around other types of food that are atypical around here. Would love to live in an area with a wider range of food type options.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
thai in my opinion is the healthiest of all cuisines. they use a LOT of veggies.

the place by me uses a VERY lite sauce and EXTRA types of veggies and seasonings. not like chinese, surgery / syrupy sauces at all!

Thai basically uses a lot of ingredients like: Basil leaves, fresh ginger slices and garlic as well as other extremely healthy spices in their food. top notch!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
it's nice to be able to try so many different foods. my mind is wide open regarding trying new things. especially new seasonings.

my parents hate Indian type food. It is sorta sad. the only reason they don't like it, in my opinion, is they don't know how to eat it and order it...Indian can be full of different sauces and creams...to mix with rice or a bread. of course i'd try to limit how much. but my parents really don't know it...and the flavors are so good! so healthy even if you order the "right" things. because indian can also been one of the most fattening foods if you order it that way...

Donkey on 11/25/2018:
Oh how lovely - I've had Thai only once or twice, and I think I got the same thing each time. When I worked in Chicago and had more diverse friends, we would go out to different neighborhoods, different ethnic restaurants. We have a very good Thai restaurant here in town, but haven't gone there yet...

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
thai in my opinion is the healthiest of all cuisines.

they use a LOT of veggies.

the place by me uses a VERY lite sauce and EXTRA types of veggies and seasonings. not like chinese, surgery / syrupy sauces at all!

Thai basically uses a lot of ingredients like: Basil leaves, fresh ginger slices and garlic as well as other extremely healthy spices in their food. top notch!

Donkey on 11/25/2018:
It's a nice feeling to cook something delicious for oneself. Yes, you will have a tasty winter indeed!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
it's the best feeling :) to not really on anyone as much anymore. and to possibly save money if i keep doing it...right now it's costing a lot as i always seem to be missing stock items to have at home - like spices and other necessary items that are not on sale ever...and i'm also choosing pricey items to make, like the corned beef.

it'll be good if NONE goes to waste :) hence, the freezer :)

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 24, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

7:30am Breakfast banana and raspberries 200, coconut yogurt 150, coffee 50

9:30am Atkins coconut choc covered bar 170  - 

11:30 protein bar which is a choc rice krispie treat - tasty 300...was gonna have only half, but it's good, lol...and almond milk with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and stevia :) 30

1pm snack: wafers, supposedly only 110 cals for these 4 of them, sorta thin and very little cream inside, given to me from Columbian friend, its a Colombian snack. 

now around 1:30-2pm i'll go out sorta fast for fast errands - not gonna pick up too much today, just not in mood, although i seem to be eating tons of fruit lately so i keep finding myself low on fruit lol...ah, i should buy CRANBERRIES :) ok....i didn't see cranberries!?!?

3:30-5:30 snacks: persimmon very ripe and tasty 120, tuna and ritz crackers snack pack 130 250 :), popcorn 100, roasted veggies 150, apple 100, small rice krispie treat 50

brownie tasting 250, cauliflower crust 300

2200, decent :)

i found a corned beef brisket at supermarket, so i'll be putting that in the slow cooker tonight!


 Thankful to be home as I've been in and out of the bathroom all mornings - seriously a bad round of Time of the Month! Bad thigh pain and lower back pain and taking aspirin today. 

I have already cleaned the hamser cage and both of the balls it rolls around in...good...will be putting away laundry and washing my sheets and maybe a couple small loads, we'll see...since i just did laundry but the sheets need washing before the long week ahead and tomorrow i am busy :) 

soon to cleaners to pick up 2 items and drop off a comforter that i will store away after it's cleaned.  i don't wanna do too much since it's a pleasant day indoors!, but i should do a few errands which will make the week easier ahead. :) I'll also cook up some kinda sausage & veggies dish in the slow cooker...which reminds me, i should buy more slow cooker liner bags :) and pumpkin brownies are on the list to bake before the week ahead!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/24/2018:
Same!!! Except that every month is like this, for me...

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2018:
it was a bad one. with constipation and just feeling cruddy for a few days even before it came just gross. i'm almost feeling back to normal now :)

BearCountryGG on 11/24/2018:
A day at home is usually nice.....just a relaxing kick back day.....

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2018:
i made plans to see a movie and lunch with a friend tomorrow, so, today is also a day to get ready for the week as tomorrow is pretty planned out with her and then exercise...two nice days i guess!!!!!!!!!! today to chill and prep and tomorrow to play and exercise :)

horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 23, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Slept over parents' house...


8am breakfast oatmeal 150, milk 50, dried cranberries 150, granola 200. ...550

followed up with kombucha / coffee .... 100.

2 candies 50

lunch 2 slices cheddar cheese 200, chicken 200, English muffin 150, heavier salad 250 800

1500...  ouch, higher due to nice and heavier type meals, tho tasty!

during workout - up to 2 smallish bananas 250

1750, good...

dinner: back at my apt: thinking cooked leftover veggies and a cauliflower pizza crust.


7day: 2315.


This am (10am-1pm) till early afternoon I'm doing some errands involving driving to a coworker for a little while (i went there to pick up some things i ordered from her daughter's school fundraiser and also volunteered to help her with bringing in the items for coworkers at work bc it's a lot for her to do and it doesn't bother me to help her out...i also gave her daughter the trumpet lesson i've been wanting to give and YES, i totally got her daughter playing a bit better than when the lesson started :)...so, i knew i could probably help her daughter and i happily did...then i played some Super Nintendo with her daughter LOL .... 

Additionally my mom wants me to (quickly!) clean out my old clothes so now I can take go home as quickly as I planned lol...i didn't get to really do this because i got home late from my coworker's (staying an hour extra than planned), so i came home and had lunch with parents but then just told them to take the already filled up bag of clothes and consider them all clothes i'm dumping...and that anything else hanging in the closet and my shoes will need to be sorted the next time (tho everything is old and she can, if she wanted to, dump it all and i wouldn't notice).

Parents wanted to leave the house and i don't have a key, so i was rushed to go home so i couldn't finish the cleaning, tho, it should only take up to ONE HOUR of my time to clean my entire clothes out of my room...so, whenever i do it, it won't take long...possibly even a half hour the next time i go home.

 Then my plan is get to the gym around 4pm for a good workout...just caffinating up first, while my car is parked in visitor parking...i should have parked in my spot...but i'll leave shortly and pray for no ticket / notice, etc. ...



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/23/2018:
Something to be said for having all of your clothes at your place.....When I moved out I didn't have that much...so nothing got left behind other than some old outgrown toys.......and when I saw that my mom had kept the HEAD from my old doll ( the body was made of rubber that rotted over the years)...because it looked like me as a baby....I quickly removed everything and got rid of that creepy head...LOL

Donkey on 11/23/2018:
Sounds like a lovely day! And a gym workout to boot!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2018:
best day....gym workouts = :)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 22, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

2 small bananas middlle of night 200

8am cold cereal 240, almond milk 30, greek yogurt with chai latte spice 140, a small brownie 100 

1:30pm lunch: pita bread 240, egg 70, tofu 100, avocado 100, smoked sea salt: 510

small banana and coffee and popcorn mostly on drive home to parents 200 

1400-1450 before dinner 

bigger dinner:

Roasted brussels and asparagus 250, chicken 200, squash 250, bread 200, soup 50, cheesecake 250 small piece , some chicken skin 50 1250

2700 total 



I woke up & did laundry around 8:30am, feel back to sleep when it was done, around 10am-1:00pm

TOok a bit over an hour to get to parents house ....I really wanted to stay home alone today bc I am feeling quite tired and cramping / PMSing but my mom wanted me to come over.  Traffic was there but luckily no accidents so it was just a high traffic drive but it was moving.  I'll sleep over since I am not in a mood to do the drive home in traffic and would rather wait until tomorrow to do it again and maybe pick up some fruit / veggies at store   


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/22/2018:
Are you going to your parents for dinner...or are this years plans changing because of the happy event? Congrats Auntie!!

horn_of_plenty on 11/22/2018:
I wanted to be home alone but my mom really wanted me to come over to eat with her and my dad so I went :)

Donkey on 11/22/2018:
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Yes, I was kind of wanting to know if you were going to your folks, or maybe having a dinner with friends... (I admit I was afraid to ask... I don't know why.)

One year, I spent Thanksgiving alone. I just needed a break from everything and everyone. That can be nice too.

horn_of_plenty on 11/22/2018:
Trust me I don't think you'll ever ask a bad question !

I did want to be alone today but my mom really wanted me to come over so I did eventually drive over :)

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