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horn_of_plenty - Saturday May 05, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Saturday!

Easy breakfast: protein cookie and Diet Coke 360 - will shower and go out to jog soon at the track.

Snacks before lunch and all healthy 200, peanut butter and samples in supermarket

Healthy lunch at home with parents: big piece salmon 550?, chips 100, cooked kale 100, cabbage salad 50. 800 I think.

1350 and all healthy...

300 granola bar and coffee and later before gym banana

1650 will keep today around 2000-2050.

2200 lol this must be why I am gaining !

I just slept and slept last night - seems the older I get, the more important sleep is! I didn't get good sleep Thursday into Friday and really suffered at work bc of it - also I am considering starting work at 8 instead of 7 bc I am not sure 7am is doing me any good...

Saving jog for Sunday and was productive Saturday doing errands before seeing parents and gym will be later this afternoon.

Jogging is still not an ingrained activity at all but I have been at least doing it on the weekends :)

Progress as of today: -1 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

graindart on 05/05/2018:
Have someone to jog with? or just slap on some headphones?

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
It's more that it's a long day for me and I lack the energy to jog after work :/ I have to do better.

Donkey on 05/05/2018:
Could you try a later start time at work on a temporary basis, say, for a week, maybe, and see how that works for you?

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
I might have to....as I think this might me part of the weight gain problem also...and I am just too tired in the early morning I think.

Donkey on 05/05/2018:
Have a good jog - looks like beautiful weather in your area this morning!

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
It was beautiful today :) jog will be tomorrow :)

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
What brand of Protein cookies do you like???

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
They are big so sorta high in cals but tasty also sorta high in sugar but not overboard ....Len and larrys I think

Maria7 on 05/05/2018:
That is good that you are able to sleep well.

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
yes it felt great!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
I have those cookies...but I'm not fond of the taste....I think they are 2 servings aren't they?

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
Yeah but who could open it and eat half !? I eat the whole thing.

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
I know....just their way of making the calories look acceptable at a glance....an advertising ploy!

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2018:
Agreed !!!!

horn_of_plenty - Friday May 04, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

6am Home: finished off a kombucha 30

7:30am Breakfast: banana 120, coffee 80,...wrap 70, 2 eggs 150, some cooked roasted squash leftovers 100.

9:40am Snack:protein bar 210, 2 girl scout trefoil cookies...i guess i'm tired. just so hungry. oh and had another coffee...that's probably the problem here!


Lunch: from home: wrap 70, roasted squash 100, frank 150, celery 50: 400.



Dinner: TBD ...craving a big veggie meal...we'll see....ah yes, i have veggies at home, will make a dressing at home, with some popcorn and some lox on an english muffin with butter and jello for dessert. done.

Around 2200 bc ice cream def had lots of extra pecans !

Weekly avg: 2110 very little exercise bc came home and didn't go back out


My weight on the scale this AM was once again higher than it's been in perhaps a YEAR. 115 right in the morning. no good. def gained like 5 lbs now...been very hard getting it off.

i def need my averages i guess to be lower, not more than 2000 cal a week. also, my stomach is showing gains too...hopefully hormones will be back in check also in a couple days or less...bloating has been very bad this time around!

lately i wonder how to change back to lower cals...and also i don't think starting work at 7am has been good for me...that i'd rather start at 8...considering this...but that also means that i'll be getting out later, which may not be such a bad thing.

honestly, i'm not even functional the first hour at work, at all, unless you consider drinking coffee and going online productive - really...but then again, getting out of work early is great.

Progress as of today: -1 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
We are having franks today too.......we get the Kogel franks...but that may only be a Michigan thing.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
yes, i haven't heard of those!

graindart on 05/04/2018:
I prefer starting work earlier because there's less distraction for me with fewer phone calls and fewer emails that need answering.

Calorie-wise, maybe just switch up a few items that you're eating daily to lower calorie equivalents. For example when I was craving hotdogs awhile ago, I went with Hebrew National 97% fat-free without a bun since they're only 45 calories each.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
i guess you are totally right. lately, i'm having these high fat cravings. for avocado and fatty meats. i don't know why...but i guess it could help me to just have less, again.

i guess i have to find it in me to be satisfied on less somehow...i'm thinking delay my breakfast, somehow.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
but i am just not a fan of delay...lol.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
but i guess to get what a person wants, there has to be some give and take...i can't i guess have everything i want (weigh less) and not give up something for it.

graindart on 05/04/2018:
I'd love to go back to eating pizza 2 or 3 times per week and drinking regular Mtn Dew daily again. I'd love to go to a buffet again and "get my money's worth". There's a bunch of things I'd love to do if they didn't have consequences. In the future I very well may choose food over health again, but for now my decision is to pursue a decent level of healthiness.

For me, I have to have a black and white plan set out to be successful. My food intake has specific rules that I try to adhere to daily. The plans change, but I've been trying to give a plan 4 weeks in a row to see if they're worth continuing. My workout plan is written out and I do certain things in a certain order on certain days. While I'm working towards a goal currently, my food & exercise are more robotic than fun (thankfully the rest of my life doesn't have to be that way).

Maybe consider setting up a strict daily plan of what and when you're going to eat and drink for the next week while at work. Drop the simple sugars for a week? (banana, cookies, protein bar unless it's extremely low sugar)

I usually try not to mention specific foods, since everyone is different, so please don't take offense by any specifics I mention here. Some people do fine with carbs (my wife). Other people fall off the wagon when they just catch a glimpse of a cookie (me).

So if I was HOP, my at-work plan for next week would be:

* no coffee or any other beverage other than plain regular water throughout the work day

6am - kombucha

8am - wrap, 2 eggs, squash or other lower-sugar vegetable

10am - 100 calorie bag of microwave popcorn

lunch - wrap, meat and/or cheese of some sort, lower-sugar vegetable

2pm - 4 different flavors of sugarfree jello

end of work - pop another 100 calorie bag of popcorn and a coffee to go for the ride home (if that works on public transportation)

dinner - whatever you want to eat / drink as long as you end the day around 1900 calories (I'd still skip the bananas, granola bars, cookies, and other sugary carbs.)

Again, the above is just the plan that I'd try for a week. The first few days of change for me usually suck, but then you adjust.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
yes, i think i need to eliminate the bananas again...and thank you for the suggestions, they are very good..

the popcorn will derail me, but great idea for the sf jello to maybe bring to work as snacks.

overall, i DO need a revised plan for weightloss bc the current one is not working out!

and yes, the coffee is screwing with my appetite i think, but maybe i can try decaf. we'll see..i need a slight overhaul.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
and i do need like a 1900 cal food plan instead of today which is going to be 2200 based on my morning appetite.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
actually, maybe i can fix my totals today....and end around 2000-2050 :-) !!!!

thanks again, Gains. seems i need some little fixes!

graindart on 05/04/2018:
Yep, everyone has different foods that work or don't work for them. What may work for some, may be a trigger food for others to go off the deep end.....

happy-1 on 05/04/2018:
"7:30am Breakfast: banana 120, coffee 80,...wrap 70, 2 eggs 150, some cooked roasted squash leftovers 100."

You are hungry in the am because you don't get enough fiber. Try my overnight power oats:

1/3 cup steel cut oats 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tbsp maca 1 tbsp flax meal 1 tbsp chia 1 tbsp hemp hearts 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp fresh shredded ginger (i make bulk ice cubes in trays) Add water and cover the night before. Becomes probiotic. Stir and nuke 1 min in the morning. You will force yourself to eat the rest of the day and poop enough to break the plumbing.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
but doesn't the banana, the squash, and the high fiber wrap have fiber? i will say though that my food lacks VOLUME...perhaps i need to eat different stuff...thank you for the tips..

the oatmeal sounds good...it's nice it is not meat based as most of my breakfasts are these days..either eggs, lox, sausage, salami. maybe i need a more liquidy meal like oatmeal...

happy-1 on 05/04/2018:
The coconut oil first thing in the am triggers your body to burn fat all day and kills fat cravings. I've cut out cheese entirely except when I am falling off the wagon.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
ok, thank you for good advice! i will look into using coconut oil :)

happy-1 on 05/04/2018:
The caffeine in your coffee is an atioxidant and triggers fat burn. Switch to coconut oil, cinnamon and stevia as your creamer and see the difference

happy-1 on 05/04/2018:
The wraps I buy in the market have fiber but not a lot of water volume so they don't have the same satisfaction feeling for me as the oatmeal. And I dunno why but oats that have soaked overnight are more filling than oats I make on the stove in the morning. I can only guess that those little molecules open up more and get more gluey???? Slide into those little cillia fibers lining my stomach and say shut up, you're not hungry.

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
yes, i MUST do something to feel less hungry in mornings at work.

Maria7 on 05/04/2018:
Hope you have a good day. :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/04/2018:
What food do you hate the most that is portable? When you are hungry between meals...then allow yourself to have that and only that....you may just decide you are not that hungry after all....and don't forget...when you are hungry...you are burning fat!

horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2018:
Good tip - I have to overcome this :)....I def need to change things - also thinking no more kombucha for now

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
I was going to mention the bananas too. You've gotten some really good ideas from others, as far as nuts-and-bolts, so I'm going to just mention to think about the emotional part of your morning hunger. A couple of things to think about (observations from an online diary, so take it for what it's worth...):

I think you did do better when you had a later starting time to your workday. So make sure you're not eating because you're actually tired. If you're going to stay with your early start time, then keep in mind that it does take time to adjust, especially if you're more of an afternoon or evening person.

Also, you had mentioned a week or two ago that you found yourself using food as a delay tactic at work. So just make sure the "morning hunger" isn't that.

I start my day at around 5:30a but start work at 9am. I don't eat breakfast until I'm at work, but I do have coffee w/cream and water (I aim for 24 ounces - 3 cups) before then. The coffee gets me started (in more ways than one) and the water keeps me full until I can eat at work. Maybe you could drink on your way to work, so that you arrive fuller? IDK...

Alls I'm saying by what I do is that I delay eating as long as I can.

Oh, and I have oatmeal as my breakfast most days. In a container I can cover: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1 TBSP of dried cranberries. Put in the microwave for a minute. Cover, and take it with me, so that the oatmeal continues to cook, while covered. When I get to work, pop it in the weak microwave oven we have at work for another minute or so, just so it's hot, and eat.

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
I've been thinking more about your earlier starting time. Made me remember that when I had a job where the commute was at least an hour, I gained about 15 pounds. Of course, the job was also much more stressful than where I work now, too -- I wasn't happy with the work I was doing.

I remember when I went to interview at the place I am now, I had gotten to the point where it was very hard to wear my interview suit for too long because it was too tight. My wedding ring was also too tight -- I could only wear the ring, not the engagement ring too -- so thankfully the interview was only 20 minutes or so. Ugh....

I started the unhappy job at around 135 and left it just under 150.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday May 03, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

New Day!

2150 grand total. 2095 6day

Home: nothing...def wasn't in mood for kombucha bc my stomach is still working itself out right now and i do not need any help with digestion right now!

Work: banana 120, coffee 80, mix of lightly salted almonds and peanuts 200. 400

snack: had half of an orange.

Breakfast around 9am: wrap 70, lox 50, avocado 160. garlic and pepper. 280-300.

12:30pm Lunch: from home :) wrap 70, frank 140, avocado 160,  celery sticks 450 tops

2pm almonds 100 or so. and a coffee at 3pm. was faling asleep, quite literally.

Doing well after lunch and praying i feel less hungry after this week...!

Dinner: eating before i stop home to get my gym clothes - thinking subway 400.

snack: whole pint, 400 cal, because i didn't want to put it down of really good chocolate brownie ice cream...which did i think give me gas this AM (FRIDAY)...lol TMI i know


Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/03/2018:
Feel better!

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
stomach almost all better...all better i'd say, actually :)

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
Maybe chewing gum would help the hunger....I keep forgetting that.

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
it does help and i have been doing it lately :)

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
Of course maybe the gas is from the gum??????

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
oh def some of it !!! :)

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday May 02, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

home: drank kombucha at like 4am as i felt so bloated bc i hadn't used the bathroom since Sunday and wasn't going to work today like that...it fixed a lot of my issue thankfully. 70

Breakfast: coffee 50 (shouldn't right now but it's filling in the morning - it's bad for cramps and stuff), avocado with added pepper and garlic 160 on english muffin 150 with egg/egg white 100

Snack: TBD, i think a protein bar and banana...not a day or week to really limit myself.330

Lunch: really tasty and healthy :) very happy. some salad with a light balsamic dressing 150-200, salmon 250-300, piece of cheese and couple small cheese tortellini 100: 600 tops and i feel good though tired (but i feel that everyday after lunch no matter what i eat lol). 

Snack: half orange 50

1500...really tired, i'm happy to take the bus, get off early, walk, and go to bed very early tonight...like possibly right after dinner.

Dinner: i think food at home..i have tasty squash and all kinds of things...maybe mashed cauliflower and my squash and a little protein (frozen but it's quite tasty with a little added flavor). i'd like to go to bed early and limit the eating once i get home...have another good day for this week under my belt :)...i may just have jello and whipped cream. tired.jello and whipped cream habit will die down eventually........at least the rest of the day was healthy.

Went overboard at dinner 775 cals

Total cals today is 2275.

5day: 2083




Overall i'm doing good, just a little low energy / body aches due to hormones. I have lots of bloating and thigh cramps right now...would rather be home sleeping / pooping honestly. stomach is out of whack. it's hormones. i'll be far better by Friday. Happy to get extra sleep tonight as last night was not that great. I took two tylenol to alleviate most of the pain.

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/02/2018:
Oh...thigh cramps are the worst.....More liquids...will help it all.....feel better

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Feel better! Hugs. I know the feeling.

graindart on 05/02/2018:
Got on a squash kick a month or two ago and was enjoying them almost nightly. Acorn is probably my favorite, followed by spaghetti. Butternut is a distant 3rd.

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
Delicata is awesome - it's easy to cut even raw and you can totally cut it up and slather a bit of oil around each piece and every for awhile like 45 min till browning - like fries!

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
But not high cal like potato

Donkey on 05/02/2018:
Ah those hormones... right there with you.

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
this round wasn't the best and wasn't the worst. low energy this round.

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
I refer to PMS as "channelling satan" because that's what I feel like. The last 2 cycles have been a lot less psycho. I think it's the maca powder I'm putting in my oatmeal every morning.

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
Left all that behind at 48 with a total hysterectomy....which comes with it's own problems...

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 01, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

Slept an hour later which was AWESOME! :)

7am Breakfast: extra dunkin donuts sandwich from last night egg and cheese on english muffin. with ketchup and extra black pepper. 360. kombucha 40. 400.

9am at work: banana 120 and coffee 80. 200

Snack: possibly a protein bar 200


Lunch: from home: english muffin 150, avocado 160, lox 50, red pepper 50, matzah 120: 550.


total 2200.

4day 2035.




 On another note, i can relate to all the folks that feel they are doing good but that the scale isn't moving...like you, i feel i have been doing good, but the scale shows i must do better as it's moving slow...and today, after a very low cal night, it actually went up too! so, goes to show that just one good day doesn't change a scale...takes much more than one good day or week...takes weeks and months to turn the scale around.


I went to drop off my car at planned time for the airbag recall before work at new place sort of by the train (the car dealership service is around a mile from the train) that goes into city to my job area....they didn't have the part!!!!!!!

Even though i'm late to work, I can leave on time because i already made up 2 hours of time knowing i was going to be late today by 2 hours. so this is good that i can leave ON TIME.

So, when i leave, i have to go get my car which should take at least 20-30 minutes walk from the closest train to that area and luckily it's also the train i use to go home so it's on the way.... then i'm driving straight to the gym for a workout and snacking on the way in my car on the drive as i used to always when i drove after work lol....hoping to be at gym around 6pm.

I have been working to get this recal done for 2 months now...pretty funny how long it takes to schedule and actually get a recall fixed at Poniac/GMC/Cadillac dealerships! Scheduling isn't the best with them...so now i'm waiting, still, for a phone call telling me that they have the part...then, no matter what, i have to call them to confirm they have the part the day before i actually get the service done, so that i dont go there for nothing, again. So far, it's happened twice now...once at a dealership with both poor service and poor attitudes. Now, it's happened again at this place, but at least customers are treated respectfully.

...it's sorta all a big joke as you can see! I'll be happy to just get it done.  Waiting on their phone call that they have the part, to schedule AGAIN to get the recall done lol.


hamster finally let me pet her last night...she actually stood still for several minutes at a time, a first for her as she's HYPERACTIVE let me tell you!  however she was in a weird postiion, like she though i was a male hamster coming up behind her :(  ah well. she enjoyed being pet and a little massage and that's all that matters. also the first time i put her in the ball...and man is she fast...the ball was seriously bouncing loudly off my walls lol. today different from the previous hamster. it's good a have a good cage that she can't chew through bc she def would have escaped already!  i also fed her part of a carrot...she's a good girl!  still i haven't held her for more than a second as i believe she's still a little scared of that...but things are getting much more comfortable with my girl Teddy Bear as i named her.


Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

graindart on 05/01/2018:
When I was super obese I never really understood slimmer people having a problem losing that "last xx number of pounds". I figured they just weren't trying hard enough. When I weighed 260+, I could drop 10 lbs in a few weeks if I wanted to. And shedding my initial 100 lbs over the past year was fairly straight forward. I followed a plan and I saw weekly results. Seeing the fairly quick results kept me motivated.

Now that I'm down to only needing to lose that final 10-15 lbs of fat, it's become extremely difficult. I guess I now understand people saying that losing the last few pounds is the hardest.

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
I'm happy to hear that the little miss is settling in.....I'm sure she will be lots of fun!

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
yeah, she has a big personality! she seems to get what she wants. i pet her and sometimes she'll totally show me she wants me to stop it! quite funny!!

Donkey on 05/01/2018:
I really enjoyed reading about your hammy... She sounds so cute. She'll come around with time. Keep working on her.

Exactly what you said about the scale: do the right thing, gain weight. Have dessert, lose 2 pounds. Slow burn....

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
and now, def due a lot to hormones right now, i'm up 2 lbs from a few days ago...that's just how it works i guess!

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Aaaaw happy hamster!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 30, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

Doing good...happy for a new week.

Kombucha 50.

Breakfast: coffee 50, avocado 160, wrap 60, egg 80, garlic, pepper, salt, hour later a banana

snack: protein bar 180

Lunch: brought from home :) english muffin 150, avocado 160, lox 50...red pepper 50. 410. and matzah 120


Dinner: TBD...i don't really have enough food at home for this week..but will make an effort to eat lightly tonight...craving to make grilled cheese with a side / topping of a tomato salad.  i am still craving fats...so strange. Dinner will be a sandwich from Dunkin Donuts - egg and cheese. 350 and pepper and some ketchup.


3day: 1980


Eager to eat dinner tonight earlyish, get to appointment, come back home and be sleeping early so i can resume the gym tomorrow. bit of a sleepy day today.

I was contemplating going to gym before appt but based on my activity level on weekend, i'm better off not doing any more straining on my body until TOMORROW :)

I have big plans coming up in the next couple weeks, may have to skip a gym session ...really want to try not to, though...as i'm finally progressing very well.

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/30/2018:
It's a lot easier to stay committed to the exercise when you're seeing progress. Good job.

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2018:
yes, indeed, and i totally don't wanna fall back on it again like what happened this Winter! it took me all Winter to get back to where I was when i fell off the wagon in January!...thank you!!

and now the eating is making slight progress as well...the weight loss, i mean...slow progress, but going.

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2018:
Lookin good!

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
OH YES...today was EXCELLENT.

horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2018:
i like having a light day here and there, like this.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 29, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

Thank you all for being so supportive I will reply when I am home this afternoon :)

8:30am Cliff bar before jog - 250

10:30 after jog grapefruit 100 and strawberries 100


Noon Brunch with a few friends I see occasionally: probably to include potatoes :) and healthy food but satisfying

Then home ad I want to do some extra laundry..did it yesterday but I have more and also need to fix a comforter cover and sew on buttons...I want to be home this afternoon

6:15pm Then a movie out east a bit - I didn't know she'd pick such a late time - but hey should be fun :)

2100 today amazingly even with overeating...sorta a day of doing things with friends but not really feeling connected all day with them as I don't know them as well....but happy to be invited... Usually I am not out too late Sundays with work Monday but it really shouldn't be too late :)

2100 2day avg.

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/29/2018:
Ooo sounds like a fun, filled day. Tell us what movie you saw when you get the chance!

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Avengers .... wow it's going to be almost 3 hours !!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
I really went to the movie to be social lol to do something with friends - but - actually here writing to you during it since nobody is in back of me my phone light isn't that disturbing :). I'd rather be productive here and use this time wisely than try to watch the entire 3 hour Movie lol :) still sorta happy to be out and do some driving actually !!

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
About the friend stuff I appreciate your kind words on my earlier entry :) now that I realize that Ricky isn't going to be a friend I can see much anymore due to us not meshing well anymore and his wanting to control most things and me - seems it will be a year of me being more open to going out with friends I may not be as close with and / or a year(s) ahead of possibly meeting someone new to do things with - preferably a man to share more than just outdoor activities with - I do long for a man in my life - so we'll see :)

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
lol I watched maybe half the movie tops makes no sense to me these cartoons lol I prefer a good drama or comedy :) still sorta happy I made the effort to drive out here and accept the invite ! I think this will be a year of accepting more invites....

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2018:
My mending never seems to end either.

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Still need to mend it....needs more buttons back on the comforter cover....so comforter doesn't come out of it...

graindart on 04/29/2018:
I used to love movies and still enjoy taking my girls to the movie theater on occasion because they seem to enjoy it as an occasional "treat". But now my attention span just doesn't last past around 45 minutes for movies or tv shows. Even if it's a really good movie I was looking forward to, 45 minutes in my mind starts to wander to other things. That works fine when I'm at home and can just pause it and come back at a later time or different day, but not so much in the theater.

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2018:
it's nice to watch a movie at home and get up for pee breaks, etc.

this movie, avengers, isn't my taste in movies but i decided to go out since i had been invited to go as a way to see my friends at bit more - i feel my relationships are strained and that need to make an effort to see friends more. i watched a most half the movie, spent the rest of the time on my phone bc i was in the corner with nobody in back of me, lol.

graindart on 04/29/2018:
Getting together with less close friends that you normally wouldn't is often a good way to meet new people. That's actually how I met my wife. A friend invited me to her birthday party get-together. We weren't real close friends and I wasn't overly interested in the birthday party, but decided to be polite and drop by for a little bit. That's the night I met my future wife. She was just back from college and wasn't overly interested in going to the party, but just went to be polite. That was almost 20 years ago, how time flies......

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2018:
that's a really nice story...it's my goal to meet some new people and see friends i haven't seen in awhile this year...need to make some grand changes in my relationships.

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 28, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

Breakfast and snacks 600

Lunch wrap 60, avocado with pepper and garlic 160, frank 140, ketchup 20, egg 80. 460, kombucha 60


4:30 early dinner: tons of roasted delicata squash with oil 300, chocolate pudding 150, peanut butter 100. 550


At 2pm I'm walking over to the union bldg where community artsists are putting on a play about my neighborhood should be at least an hour and a half. It's free. Then gym after and coming home early tonight because tomorrow is a busier day !

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2018:
Your neighborhood must have an interesting history?

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Yes, very !!!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 27, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.5

Home kombucha and banana 150

Breakfast: coffee 50, small piece muffin 100, wrap 50, avocado 160, salami 100. peanuts.

Lunch: buying it - will be good whatever it is :) huge tasty salad with a small serving of roasted rib 700 or so.

Snack:trying to keep it lighter, going to be a later night out...100 cal for fruit / coffee

4:30pm light meal: protein bar 200 

1700  before leaving work around 6pm...:-), very good!

Snacking probably the rest of the night and probably on lighter / chocolate / candy items / light beer.


Bought a ticket to see a broadway show tonight after work, just me, it was a deal.  Will update when i find out which show :) 


Also, I am happy because the next month, May and even June, looks to be active and busy with lovely and fun plans :) yup, already. Welcome, SPRING!


and the cast is mostly Men...liking that!...takes place in like 15th Century France...i'm liking all of it !...It's the Story of Joan of Arc :) very cool.

i'm going alone to the show specifically bc i asked friends multiple times if they were interested / free on certain dates and they weren't and i just wanna do something i've wanted to do...without having to wait for a future opporutnity. so instead of always waiting, i'm ready to do things myself these days. half the weekend will go like this, too...Sunday is with friends.

too many times i don't do things because of dependency on others...i'm going to start doing more by myself so i can enjoy more...it'd be nice to do it with someone, but that opportunity isn't always available for a single person.

Around 2200.

Weekly Avg is good around 2140 per day and lots of good walking after work on Friday going to the theater and then a little walk home from the bus and weather was decent not too cold !

Progress as of today: 1.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2018:
Show sounds like fun....have a nice evening!!!

happy-1 on 04/27/2018:
Fun! What a story!

Donkey on 04/27/2018:
I hope you had a good time! I can relate to feeling like there's nobody to do anything with. I've always kept to myself, so I didn't have a large pool of people to draw from. I had a hard time doing things by myself (young, lack of confidence, lack of money, etc.), so I got married. Fast forward 23 years and I still have trouble finding people to do things with. My husband and I don't have many likes in common and with his health, his participation in many things is quite limited now :-(

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Yeah I've always enjoyed having one or two close friends ....

Today I went jogging and had brunch - total overeating fest - and a movie with people - seems fun but at the same time lately I wish for someone to feel closer with - to be intimate with - a friend and lover - who also likes some space like I enjoy mine - I hope to continue thru life and enjoy the ups and downs and meet more people and friends and a man still that is a compliment to myself :)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 26, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Keeping on :)

Home: kombucha 30

AM1: cookie 100, banana 120, coffee 50

AM2:  DD egg sandwich since he gave me an extra last night with ketchup 350-400, fruit if i want it

Lunch: tomato broth based vegetable soup with tons veggies and some potato 200?, sausage 150, pretzels 150. 550.

PM: coffee ?  and bar.


Snack: IDK

Dinner: TBD


1950 total.

.....2050 today. Close!

6day: 2095 - excellent - i want this!

Not too bad.


Things to do: hardboil eggs tonight...

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/26/2018:
Looks like you have cut your quantities quite a lot.

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2018:
lately still averaging 2050 or more calories per week, but seriously trying to snack less and eat more at specified times than all morning or all day...it feels much better too :)

1500 is not the total ;) for today!

but boy does it feel better to not eat always to the point of bloating...this was a great week overall!

Maria7 on 04/26/2018:
Coffee? Yes, of course!

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2018:
it's available 24/7 at work with milk pretty much always there too....i call that a GOOD DEAL!!!!! yes, please!

Donkey on 04/26/2018:
I boiled eggs this morning, after reading your post (and after donkey daughter said she just took the last egg)!

Looks like a good day!

horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2018:

LOL, i learned a lesson, no more putting eggs in freezer bc i seem to forget to take them out after a few minutes! lol!

and guess what, i left late purposely so i had time to boil more again this morning <3

great minds think alike :)

enjoy your day, Jdonk!

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