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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 11, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

2am marshmallows 120

8am plum, choc nut butter higher protein 300 total, coffee 30.

10:30am salami 100, corn cracker 50, cauliflower bread 100 250

Shrimp grilled 100, salad with dressing 200, garlic bread with a little butter 350

fruit 100

chicken bratwurst in wrap 250, veggies 30, goldfish muktigrain crackers 120. 400 :) ice cream 100


4day: 2140 per day, excellent!!!!!!!


today is time for time alone. for quiet. i still have to finish up some errands and cleaning. but all in all i will relax. 

today i'm skipping gym and moving that session for tomorrow instead of today.

my body needs some downtime.

it's bad weather to bike, so i'm not missing out on biking there today :)


i hope to do a few productive tasks with Ricky today.

we're hanging a wall painting in my kitchen 

he's also showing me how to access all my free Amazon prime movies so i no longer need to go to library to rent them :) unless i want to for fun ... we actually already added my prime to his tv months ago lol....but he did it and so i need his help to add it to mine! lol...

not gonna do too much today, i'm needed some alone time and rest and early bedtime. need a little space from the world even right now this morning :)

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

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
My first thought about your 2 am marshmallows was the old joke about the person who dreamed that they were eating marshmallows and woke up with their pillow in their mouth........guess yours had calories...so I guess you really did eat marshmallows in the middle of the night...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 09/12/2018:
lol i never did have the marshmallow dream! that's hilarious! i'm happy that marshmallows aren't the worst in terms of calories...and now they are luckily all eaten up!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 10, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

3am Marshmallows 100 lol.

10am-11am Plums 100 and kombucha 100

Noon lunch: corn tostados 140, half avo 160, salami 100. 400 and coffee at home, negligible calories bc i use almond milk :)

700 - perfecto...gearing up to finally shower bc i must lol and get out of apt to library, etc...quick supermarket too..must put clothes away...lol spinning head lots to do today :) must take breath and slow down :)

1pm after lunch snack: Atkins small bar 150

850 :) i'm happy but also feel like this day is flying lol...and that nothing's getting done.


Chocolate 100 950 1800 total :-) 3 day: 2200/day :) gooood!


Calorie goals for today are 1800-2000. since my weekly avg specifically due to eating cake last night which tasted BAD is 2400 per day - not terrible tho!


no exercise today. day off. but errands galore :) It is the Jewish New Year and I did take the day off...but I have been so busy that I have decided to do personal errands on this day instead of home with parents watching the services. I needed to take the time to finish / take care of things that are semi-time sensitive:

DONE - LAUNDRY is going now & i got lucky nobody is down there :) - DONE!

DONE - Registering for MDA Muscular Dystropy walk fundraiser and Kidney Foundation Walks - one is in October and one is in November :)..SIGNUPS ONLINE and i wanted to do this at work, but work has been busy and i keep taking too much time away from work lately, so this is a big time waster so i decided to do signups at home, especially because i'm signing up two friends along with me as well! - DONE!

1. Pull $100 from my secondary back account that i don't use and the $100 is just sitting there for over a year when i could make use of that money better in my primary account right now!...and looking later on this year into transferring all the CD account from the secondary bank to my primary bank so once again i am banking in ONE bank, not two.

2. Drive to UPS & Library since my printer isn't hooked up i'll use the libary's - Returning amazon 30lb foam coated weighted rod for weightlifting because it is so much heavier feeling than the 30lb barbell at gym! I have to also print the return stickers at the library...and go to UPS to affix them on there...and fix up the packaging which got semi-destroyed when it was originally shipped to me....I ORDERED 20LB WEIGHTED BAR INSTEAD :) TO COME SOON!

3. Return another Amazon package - same as Item #2, just another small package!  which didn't work out also - also involving weightlifting - rubber grips for the handles...but when i put the grips on the handles, they become way to big in circumferance for my small hands so i'll use the dumbells without the grips...just my own gloves will do...

3A. also at library, print tickets for Nelson Mandela Grandson speaking event at local library, FREE!

4. Pick up the photos that were developed at CVS from my disposable camera - they called a day ago only that the photos are ready :)

5. Hang my last wall mural in my kitchen :) finally, with Ricky

DONE 6. figure out prices and buy groupons for visiting Ground Zero / One World Observatory...i have a friend from Australia, female, coming to stay in NYC..and i'm meeting her for a day of tourism!!!!! She gladly accepted my offer to see this site and I'm gladly finally seeing it with her...she will be really great company! :) :) :) I haven't seen her since i was 20 and we were music camp counselors in upstate NY....i'm lucky for FB. DONE...looked at the 2 options and left it up to her :) one includes a full tour, which i particularly like guided tours and planned events...and the other is tickets to the observatory and we could walk around ourselves...left her with the options :) DONE.


Other items for tomorrow include:

tomorrow is a HUGE gym day, so i don't want a thousand other activities going on...because i plan on it being very big with snacks (i eat up to two bananas usually on days where i spend extra time at the gym) at gym and probably over 3 hours working out if i can ride to gym on bike - unless it rains. then, my gym workout i plan to spend 2.5-3 hours there without biking.

cooking some cauliflower fried rice - this is a definite!!!!!!!!!!!

researching a good slow cooker cabbage recipe

looking into cooking bags for my slow cooker (gift from friend) to get new cooking bags so i don't have to clean it much every time i use it!

cleaning the hamster cage either today or tomorrow - this is a MUST!

adding money to my laundry card at housing office - can wait till next week if i want...but need to get on top of this :)


I feel as though i'm forgetting so many things, but the awesome thing is that i have some time next week to also prepare things


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

happy-1 on 09/10/2018:
Check the minimum deposit for the other account so that you don’t get charged fees

Horn_of_plenty on 09/10/2018:
thank you...i will review again with them ty...and i also need to see about getting my money all around out of that bank.

happy-1 on 09/10/2018:
And you can wrap the dumbbells with bike handlebar tape.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/10/2018:
great suggestion, ty!..will look into options if the weights start to cut into my thin workout gloves.

Donkey on 09/10/2018:
Happy Rosh!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
TY J Donk! the new year has come in with a big fat SLAM! this year in my mind!

I also wrote you back on my entry for yesterday :) thank you for the warm thoughts!

BearCountryGG on 09/11/2018:
You accomplished a lot!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
most got done...the items for UPS are in my car, all packed up, so all i gotta do is drop them off. they were a challenge to repack, glad Ricky helped me with it last night...i ran outta time and they closed before i could get there.

glad i have the time off right now.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 09, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

2 day - 2400 per day

Plum and Kombucha 100 :) 

Avocado on corn crisps with egg 350, salami 100, coffee - i bought the foldier's bagged coffee that you simply microwave in the cup...it's in a tea bag!  with almond milk negliable cals :)

small banana100, 

650 :)


Huge 2 plates salad with some dressing 300

Bread 100

Potato 100

Small amount chicken with skin 250

Kale 100

Sweet roasted carrots 150

Other veg 100

Kasha 100

Cake 500

Plums 150

Approx total 3000 omg!


I am gearing up for a gym workout...it will be on the lighter side, i'm sore in my lower half from yesterday's parade. afterwards, i'm going home to celebrate the New Year holiday with my family and my bday...a rush of a day, but it is what it is and thankful for it...i just gotta get out of this apt or i'll have to rush everything before seeing my parents, needing to get there around 3pm..which is quite early.

I turned 36 today and feel good about it. Overall, 35 had major challenges and changes regarding working and commutes and new coworkers and offices. It became VERY difficult with exercise and cardio and for awhile i was stuck and constantly falling behind due to scheduling issues and getting pretty sick in January.  In the end though, I finished the year strong and caught up to where I pretty much was this time last year!!!I Cardio is pretty decent now.

I see 36 as more straighforward. I think my opportunity to grow and become stronger will stay attainable all year long :)

I had a good, but extremely tiring, day yesterday walking in the Labor Day Parade...it's a big change to sitting at a desk all day...being up on feet from around 11-3pm straight...it's good for me, glad i went...and reinforces the importance to keep working out!

1150 before dinner


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

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
Happy Birthday!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
thank you, BCGG! i'm settling in before i get in a bday workout at the gym...i will not post in on fb tho...bc i'm enjoying all the bday messages and don't want to post and interfere with the nice messages i'm receiving!!

BearCountryGG on 09/09/2018:
Well...I sent you birthday wishes there too.....hope you have a great day!!! I do remember that being 36 was a very good year for me...and I'm sure it will be for you too.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
thank you, i do agree <3

Donkey on 09/09/2018:
Happy birthday! You have a whole new year to give it your all! Both physically and religiously!

I do not know the rules that you may follow. Will you be allowed to log in on the computer on Rosh Hashanah? My new refrigerator has a Shabbot mode -- how cool is that?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2018:
thank you J donk for the bday wishes...my mind lately is swamped sorry not to reply other than my own mind is wacky lately! nothing on your post that was wrong, no worries!!!!!

i do not follow many rules, especially not this year as i have been very swamped with activities and knew that i needed at least yesterday to get things done that needed to be done at a certain time frame. sometimes i go to celebrate with my parents and watch the services on TV, not this year as i feel i needed to use the days doing tasks which worked out well but today i just need to also make sure i am rested for work tomorrow.!!!! i'm glad i had the time off.

yes, totally logging into DD and even putting in my timesheet using the work program from home! awesome. i took sick days, which can only be inserted into the program on the day you take them or after. if i waited sometimes till going back to work to enter them, i'd have to wait for separate checks...not good if you wanna be paid normally on friday! so i'm glad that's fixed....

....yes, very cool on your fridge!!! a lot of folks by me i am SURE have that mode...we've got a lot of Orthodox jews around here that do follow the customs.

happy-1 on 09/09/2018:
Happy Birthday! You never waste a day and have a lot to celebrate.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/10/2018:
<3 thank you so much Happy <3

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 08, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Saturday i was out all day....celebrating and Marching with the electrical union of NYC in the NYC Labor Day Parade. it was cool coincidence because of all the subways and stops we could get off, my typical work route was the way we took to get to the parade, getting off at the same exact subway stop (there's so many in NYC) that i get off everyday for work. The parade happens to be right near Rockefeller Center and that's also where i work!

I've not been commenting as much bc it's been a very fast paced couple weeks & will stay that way until this coming Monday, tomorrow!


Kombucha 100 Small pb and jelly 300 Half large turkey sandwich 400 mushrooms and pickle Coffee with cream pumpkin spice 200 Banana 150, seltzer with stevia 1150-1200 Other half sandwich 400 1600 Fruit 100 and beef stick 100 1800 Marched in Labor Day parade :-)

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

horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 07, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha 50

2 cookies 70, bar 170, coffee 50. 

Snack: egg/avo/eng muffin: 300, big banana 150 - needed this.

Lunch: HEALTHY FROM HOME - had just enough food this week, went perfectly...350 in salad, tofu, and muffin, but also fries 250, cookies shoot forgot about them before lucnh just saying 50

1550 after late lunch..

1600 after snacks

2300 today..

7 day is fine:

Dinner: TBD maybe picking up food at lunch specifically for dinner :)

BED sorta early....parade tomorrow...

maybe going thru my fitness packages at home, setting up my weights.


 An article i came across this morning, my way of eating:






How Eating More Food Can Actually Help You Burn Fat





“Everyone wants to lose weight quickly, and many people make the mistake of being too restrictive,” explains Torey Armul, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

True fat loss generally occurs at a rate of between 0.5 and two pounds per week. Any weight lost faster than that is either coming from water weight or muscle mass—especially if you’re seriously cutting calories. “The body finds fuel where it can,” explains Armul. “When there aren’t enough calories coming in, the body can actually break down muscle tissue for energy.”

When this happens, your metabolism takes a hit, explains Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University and author of The Portion Teller Plan. Muscle helps you burn more calories at rest, so when you lose that lean tissue, your weight loss can screech to a halt.

Not to mention, when you drastically cut calories, you’re more likely to feel deprived and end up overeating when you do treat yourself—which can lead to weight gain if it becomes a pattern.

Sound familiar? If so, eating more—more of the right foods, that is—may be exactly what you need to finally start seeing the results you crave and drop fat for good.

“You shouldn’t be hungry when you’re trying to lose weight, and if you are, you’re not going to sustain it,” says Young. If you feel hungry throughout the day, you’re either not eating enough of the right foods, or enough calories overall.

“You need a certain amount of calories every day just to live, breathe, move, and support every cell and function in your body,” says Armul. Eating enough of the right foods helps you work better, sleep more soundly, crush stress, and burn more calories when you work out—all good things for your waistline.

Now, there’s no way around the fact that you still need to be in a caloric deficit to shed pounds—but if you load up on foods that are high in filling nutrients but low in calories, you can achieve that calorie deficit and reach your goals without stress or calorie-counting.

Of course, certain foods will have to go. Sugary breakfast cereals, frozen pizzas, chips, and fried foods, which are high in calories but provide little nutritional value and don’t fill you up, are off the menu. Think of it this way: You want as many forkfuls (or volume) as possible for as few calories as possible—and you can’t do that eating Hot Pockets.

Now, the fun part: Fruits and vegetables, which contain lots of water and fiber (fiber is super-filling and keeps you satisfied between meals), provide tons of nutrition for very few calories—so you can load up on things like veggie-based soups, leafy greens, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and more without the possibility of going overboard on calories 

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

Donkey on 09/07/2018:
This article describes pretty much what I've been doing. Lots of vegetables, with hummus, full fat dressing or dip, butter with cooked vegetables.

It's worked for me.

horn_of_plenty on 09/07/2018:
yes, i think it's a well-written, helpful article especially to those who are not as "seasoned and experienced" as you and me!

happy-1 on 09/07/2018:
yeah that’s basically what the nutritionist is helping me with. like I avoid salads because iceberg lettuce has zero nutritional value... but nutritionist says I need to add it in to trick the stretch receptors in my tummy to feel full.

horn_of_plenty on 09/08/2018:

graindart on 09/08/2018:
Was curious what parade you were going to, so I googled parades in your general area and came up with a list. Looks like a Labor Day parade scheduled for today?

Unrelated, but directly below that listing is a parade scheduled for tomorrow Sept 9th: Cinco De Mayo Parade. Thought it was a bit weird to have the parade 4 months and 4 days after the 5th of May.......

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
Yes, the NYC Labor Day Parade near Rockefeller Center was the location!

that is so weird for cinco de mayo...i'd like to think it's a mistake!

Maria7 on 09/08/2018:
Good article!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2018:
i loved it too, it recommends everything we know :)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 06, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

have a coworker that will not shut the F up today...she was away since last Thursday and she just wont stop talking...it's so distracting!


Kombucha 80

Bar and coffee 220, big banana 150

Snack: egg and avo 150, muffin 100. 250.

Lunch: bok choy with tofu 300 and light sauce with ginger, muffin 100 with avocado 100, bite of sushi literally 30, and tomatoes 30. 600. coffee 50. chocolates 100

feeling just so sluggish. tonight will be a good push to the gym...need to first run an errand that is important to both myself and my dad.


2200 total, excellent. gym workout was very strong, i used some caffeine.

6day: 2165...ok :)


I want progress on Fitness in September, but instead it might just turn to maintenance as the last couple weeks i've only been to the gym 2x instead of 3x due to my own choice mostly.

It's been a VERY busy week - activities every single night and home around 8pm every single night, i'm glad that i have tons of leftovers and food at home so that i have been not using additional money on lunches here at work.

For a week that was supposed to be easy with gym days, i've been so distracted with other events that were both optional and necessary, that i've skipped the gym since the weekend. I have definitely had one less gym day this week. but that's in the past. and i can only go to the gym tonight at my earliest convenience, before i drop off old license plates at my dad's work so he receives them from me tomorrow!...of course another errand before gym this week!...and just keep on.

Nothing is perfect. Life is not always as planned. Things come up.  That's the theme of this week.

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

graindart on 09/06/2018:
That's the way many of my weeks go. I end up running so many small errands throughout the week that I don't end up getting many of the things accomplished that I'd like to. And unlike you this week, I've often used that hurried schedule as an excuse for over-eating junk.

My life did slow down a bit over the last weekend, but instead of doing something productive, I just wanted to sit in front of the TV and vegetate.....

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
sometimes you need to veg, but there needs to be a plan for when you aren't going to...haha...i wish i didn't skip gym again this week...it makes me lethargic and sluggish and upset when i don't plan right. just a tiring week.

it's the worst when all the day's activities prevent a good workout or you're left sitting on your a** bc all the activities you go to are that way...that's been my week. lol...next week should be better.

BearCountryGG on 09/06/2018:
Nerve wracking when someone won't hut up!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
grrrrr....needing some space this week lol.

happy-1 on 09/06/2018:
Sounds like a lot of coworkers are bugging you... Hugs.

horn_of_plenty on 09/06/2018:
It's the same one that I have been complaining about just one thankfully !!!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 05, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha 50

bar and coffee 250, chocolates 150

snack: cauliflower cake with salami was tasty. 300 and helped me use the bathroom woohoo...tmi :)

lunch: the rest of the 4 cauliflower cakes at 50 cal each...200 :) with an egg 100, cooked bok choy 150 and a plum 50. 500 i'll say. coffee too.

snack: ready for sleep, will run outta here as soon as possible, perhaps getting a haircut before i go home. ended up getting haircut instead of gym...but really it's ok as i was going to get the haircut thursday...i fell to temptation...but, it's my life. at least i have a few really great gym sessions to come..tomorrow will be GREAT. and i can put all my new weightlifting stuff together with R this coming week...ah well, another skipped session this week. too many distractions.

Peanuts 150 

8pm Snack 1: choc cherry 80, dark chocolate protein bar that is more natural than anything thankfully 240. 320

 too late for gym... was going...going...and thought some more and will just have to skip because it's not fun getting very little sleep and heading into a very busy weekend. just cannot.

8:30pm snack2 after a nice shower: banana and pb 200, wrap 100. 300 approx.

2050 total...i can't believe i haven't been to gym since freaking Saturday. not cool.

5day: 2155, good.


gym tonight. last night i ended up at a meeting that ended after 7pm, home around 8pm too much on a night i was hoping to be home early, i don't wanna explain right now.  we aren't always "free" in our lives. if you can understand that. meaning, as long as i rely on my dad and others, i'm not "free" to always do as i want...that is life. but it sucked last night.

i am quite tired already. and gym tonight. tomorrow will have to be an early night.

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

BearCountryGG on 09/05/2018:
What you said is so true...we aren't always free in our lives.....parts of our lives do end up being something we do for others…..but that isn't necessarily a bad thing...….just a part of the give and take side life.

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
yeah, you said it with an even better tone. i'm still frustrated with it...but i know it's part of life.

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
especially now. but i will pull back when i can. and not say "yes" to everything. i'll try to maintain personal limits so i do not get overwhelmed as i have in the past...i will not allow it making me sick.

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
Cauliflower cakes?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
yeah, bought them online....they are really "cauliflower wraps" made by Outer Aisle. very good. 50 cal each!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 04, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

kombucha 50

bar and coffee 220

snack 1 chocolates 150 - 1 serving of dessert

snack 2: cauliflower bread 50 with salami 150

Lunch: Cauli bread w avocado 150, egg 100, yellow pepper 50. 300..,a russian plum chocolate covered thing! 100 :) - another serving of a dessert treat ;)

Dinner: hot dog 200 and bun 150, beans 100, tomatoes and sourkraut 100. 600. cookies 100

2 plums 100

1850 :)

2180 4day....


GYM TONIGHT although i'm tired...

I decided on gym for Wednesday instead :) very good decision on my part...i reviewed my schedule..so emphasis can be more on cardio & works better with all the activities i have thru this weekend.

Bed whenever :)   at a more reasonable hour tonight :)

Wednesday will be A GOOD GYM DAY!


I am working to CONTINUE making MAJOR changes in my life this year. It WILL require that I remember i need to schedule ample time to attain certain goals. With a new start of school year in my area and my bday approaching, my mind jumps to my own progress and goals. I am now able to run a mile decently. The only goal i have is to get BETTER at it. FASTER. I know how. I'm doing well. All i have to do is keep practicing. For this first time in many years, I'm really improving without having major setbacks...it feels wonderful.


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

BearCountryGG on 09/04/2018:
Seems like a good time to make new commitments.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
100% yes you got me!

happy-1 on 09/04/2018:
I’m liking the goal/habit tracking apps. restarting it all today.

horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
the apps are too much work...i try to make things simple..either schedule it or don't....i'm not savvy enough for apps. lol. but thank you!

Donkey on 09/05/2018:
Stay focused on your goals - you can do this!

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
thank you, i appreciate it...last night was a reality shock for me...not good...

graindart on 09/05/2018:
Good job on the lower calorie day evening out the higher prior day.

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
working on it, yeah...sometimes, even in maintenance, the high cal weeks don't result in weight gain till later noticing after like 3 weeks...so it's not an immediate gain.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 03, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Happy Labor Day :-P

Skipped breakfast bc wasn't really hungry at all and figured i really splurged yesterday anyway!

Morning Snacks coffee and churro marshmallow treats i found bc got ravenous so had a few before driving home 200, plum 50

11am Brunch: English Muffin 100, 1/4 avocado 100, salami 100 sooo darn good. 300 needed this mix of carbs, fat & protein :) hits the spot, you know!? small bag lays chips 200

snack: whipped cream (back on the kick for awhile, yes) and sf jello 150. 

Plans for eating at the party: mostly veggies, a frank if they cook them...diet soda / water...i could always have a small serving of chips, but that's it...not overdoing it there as my cals for the week are already higher than i'd like...!

 before jog and bike..did this when i got home around 7pm...worked out so well!

cauliflower bread 100 with avocado 100 and chicken 200, plum 50. 450...craving ice cream..100.

2200, excellent




Up and at 'em early...went for a MAJOR food shopping around 9am and home by 10:30am :) Went to a larger supermarket and loaded up on my favorites, snacks, fruits, veggies, and a package of ground chicken to make some healthy burgers for this week.

I am in the midst of having another busy few weeks in September before my birthday which is Sept. 9th so i bought enough things so that i only need to shop now for perishables each week...basically. loaded up on "fun items and snacks" so i'm good for awhile now..until the weekend surely.


I haven't had enough recovery time from my last workout this past Saturday so i'm going to do CARDIO today. which is even more important :) there will be an emphasis on CARDIO this month especially thru the New Year. :)  


Seller on EBAY doesn't want to sell me the $30 workout bench lol bc they said it's not good enough anymore to sell !? so i'll have to look again on both AMAZON and facebook deals that are local :) I also will need to buy more workout equipment, gradually.. i need the longer weight bar in addition to the dumbells...the BARBELL so i can also squat at home with weights. i'm splurging a bit as of late and will hvae to go into my savings to cover the purchases...i may have to change how i'm saving my funds to 401k so that my paycheck is a little bigger so i can perhaps add to my current savings that i draw from...i should increase the money in the account i think...but for now i think i'll just pull from it to cover some purchases...and NEXT YEAR maybe i'll lessen my 401k contributions...we'll see...it's better to save now but lately i am DEF spending more than i have in my checking to cover..not a big deal...but i have to decide to either spend less or make up for it a different way. 


around 2:30, i'm going to a bbq...not staying crazy long and bringing loads of veggies. tomorrow is a new week & weekend is going to be busy coming up...so i'd like to start this week tomorrow on a positive note :) 

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

BearCountryGG on 09/03/2018:
Never heard pf churro marshmallow treats.... If the seller says it's not good enough...then you don't want it!!!!! Love your idea of work out equipment at home......

Horn_of_plenty on 09/04/2018:
they are really good, i guess they have cinnamon and extra sugar on top :) and a little oil i guess. they are good before a workout or for a sugar high lol...

i think the seller is playing games. i went back online to see the product they are no longer selling...they had raised the price from $30 to $55....i think the just want us to pay more for the same thing...either way, i bought one from Amazon instead...no games for me!

Donkey on 09/03/2018:
Cheering you on with the cardio! Yesterday, I was getting ready to mow the front yard (can't do the whole thing because of my back), and I put on my running shoes as "junky" shoes... Thing is, they aren't junky; they are still in very good condition - it was the last pair I owned before hurting my foot. The last time I wore them, was when I tried to resume running and hurt my back.

A big part of me still wishes I were a runner -- or rather, that I ran regularly. I just don't know if my back will let me fulfill that desire any more... but I wasn't ready to give up my running dream by ruining my shoes quite yet.

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2018:
thanks donkey...it seems that i have other obstacles this year that i'll hurdle around ... learning to prioritize training for jogging.

i am sooo happy that i am getting physically so much better now and it seems like it's a goal worth reaching for...

i know what you mean by saving things...like the sneakers...however, i'm glad you are wearing them now...don't save...live your life now as you can...what i mean is, do what you are capable of now...and try not to "save things" for later for when you can...

happy-1 on 09/05/2018:
good job on the home gym! I need to buy a bike trainer for sure this year

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 02, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Breakfast: cauli wraps 200, kombucha soon... :)

Candies 150

Chips 300 yellow peppers 100 croissant With bacon and egg 600 coffee 50

Orange and candies and tomAtoes 150

1650.....too much lol big eating day it's perfectly ok tho

dinner: tofu 160, rice 250, veggies in sauce 250?...650

dessert later on: 250

2550. yup.

2day 2325...yuck!

tomorrow i'm going to a bbq but plan to stay only a short, brief time to come home & go to bed early tomorrow night. i also don't want to eat all day there. lastly, i'll pick up veggies to bring and make a veggie tray so we have food to fill up on that is not high calorie.


I ordered this cool thing on Amazon. It's a wrap made of cauliflower and egg/cheese. Great taste. good purchase. each one is only 50 cal, they are small. good ratio of fats/carbs/proteins. i had 4 of them for a tasty breakfast. like panakes.


Off to beach with C...just need to shower and shave first....getting a move on...she'll be here in around 25min!


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

Donkey on 09/02/2018:
Have a nice time at the beach! Oh that sounds like fun!

horn_of_plenty on 09/02/2018:
Ty we lucked out with perfect weather ;) I accidentally didn't apply sunblock easily

graindart on 09/03/2018:
Going to the ocean / beach is a once every couple year event for us. The closest coastal area is approximately 10 hours driving away, so the kids have only been seashell hunting a handful of times. While the beach is fun, the thing I look forward to most on those trips is the fresh seafood. Being a couple states away from the coast, any seafood that's served around here was definitely frozen.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
wowwww...what a difference between my life and yours!

...my parents are members of a beach club and go almost every single weekend, many times both days, in the summertime! they both still work, so it's weekends only for them.

i don't go near as often as they do. they are much closer to the beach, around 20-25 minutes away whereas it takes me closer to an hour.

BearCountryGG on 09/03/2018:
Cauliflower wraps sound VERY interesting...what brand?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
they are good, but a little plain. they cool thing is they are the size of a smallish pancake and go good with toppings. very low calorie. the flavor is light...let me check the brand now...


i believe the brand is "OUTER AISLE"

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