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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 31, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Total cal. 1700 today. success. 1875 4-day avg

been far more busy than usual but not too much, will catch up with everyone here i think this afternoon if my work gets done :-D 

and no i didn't forget about you Donkey :-D !!!


Home: ACV and seltzer perfecto.

Breakfast: reg banana 120, wrap 60 with sf blueberry preserves 20, peanut butter 200 (also some honey but not counting too minimal). 400 :-) green tea 2 cups

Snack: protein bar 150

Lunch: little bit of soy meat but hardly 150 tops, lots of cabbage 50, tons of brown rice two large servings 310 - 510-550. healthy.

100 extra i forgot to count from the other day...oops.

before gym: caffeine and a bar: 100 with extra added stevia to my drink mix

400 cal cookie protein cookie after gym - easy and on way home so i wouldn't have to think about eating when home. worked out quite nicely.


Long Weekend Plans!

Thursday: full day of fun - heading into NYC on Express Bus from Queens at 2pm with my friend / coworker for a meal at 3:30 with friends (5 once everyone shows up) and then a concert with 4 of them that starts at 6pm!...home prob around midnight.

Friday: MASSAGE at noon and also gym afterwards, maybe laundry after that?

Saturday: over at a friend's for dinner and house party watching wrestling!

Sunday: sleep in? Groceries / cook the kale chips finally???, gym


For Donkey and to be added onto later:


My Workout Routine, to be revised to add exact exercises I do with  names of machines and for which body parts…this is a task I want to write out so that it can be written out always!....as challenged by Donkey for me to do!


Overall – I work out 3x per week.  Each workout is at least 48hrs apart as recommended when doing weights so that muscles have time to grow in between the workouts.


I specifically choose to do a longer workout, working my full body each time, because I like being able to go to the gym 3 days per week for approx. 1.5-2hrs and get it all done and not have to go to gym more often than the 3 times.


Body workouts include: upper body exercises (shoulders, arms / back / chest), abs exercises, and lower body (legs) exercises. I start off using dumbells and doing pushups, I always do “circuit” style training so I alternate between at least two exercises at a time and do not rest a ton at the beginnings of my workouts.  After doing some arm stuff, I move to leg stuff to take a break from tired arms. After that I do some abs, go back to arms or legs and sometimes go back to abs. Whenever arms or legs get tired, I simply switch to the next body part and this is a successful way for me to work my whole body during all my gym workouts. My workouts are always the same, the order can change that I do the exercises, but – I am always trying to increase weights. Once in awhile I do add in an extra exercise or take one out.


I do several exercises that only include dumbells which I will share with you Donkey so you can do all the ones I do – which use the dumbells since I do quite a bit with them.  Definitely:

1. tricep press laying down (I do not do these but it’s a good one),lying triceps press is ok - Row 3, 9th picture from end

2. bicep curls: i do them mostly standing, row #4, #5 Across i do one arm at a time...


I also lay on my back using them and for the chest flies.

3. bench chest flies on bench..will show an image. ROW #1, last picture in row

4. triceps press (for the triceps).  It’s an exercise over your head for the triceps. FOURTH ROW, #8 ACROSS

5. planks are very good for women to do

6. squats are very good to do

7. 3 rounds of situps (or crunches is what i do) / or not going all the way up but similar to sit up. - CRUNCHES.

For all these exercises aboe I use the same weight – around 30lbs…for the press over my head holding one weight with both hands, it’s only 30lbs total over my head, not both weights…I’ll be posting a photo of these exercises. All can be done either standing or seated / laying down depending on the exercise (chest press is laying down on back). This is FOUR exercises right here that I’m coming up with quickly. Another great exercise for you to do is planks (this doesn’t involve weights). Try to do a plank for starting 30 seconds at a time, keeping your abs engaged. Do the 30 second plank 3 times, resting for 30 seconds to one full minute between sets.


All exercises should be able to be done for 3 sets.  For each set, the repetitions should be done 10-12 times.  Then u rest around 30 seconds to 1 minute. Or you can do a biceps set then do triceps then biceps, then triceps, then biceps, then triceps!  Then, after completing 3 sets for each, move onto the Bench chest flies (I don’t usually alternate an exercise with these).

So in addition to the 4 arms exercises, I have mentioned planks.  If your knees are good and legs, feel free to also add in 3 sets of squats. My legs are weak and I’m still doing squats without weights added. Just my own body weight is more than enough.


I have given you six exercises. I’ll actually give you links to videos to show you what I do…sometime within this week! happy to help and advise you! feel free to ask questions as you go! I enjoy helping and assisting you!



I do way more exercises than these, but these are the dumbbell ones and also two body weight ones for you.! : !  

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/31/2017:
You are maintaining very well.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
Yeah, i find it amazing...it's due to being able to add in more cardio and no setbacks! thank you!!! it takes some work.

also, i live on my own, so almost everything i eat is my own decisions always....so....it's easy to adjust my calories always...not like cooking for a family and/or eating what and when they eat!

jayhawkjen on 01/31/2017:
Oh I hate planks, but I need to do them. I think I am more fit just by looking at your blog, lol.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/01/2017:
yes planks are good for shaping your shoulders / upper body...good for evening out a pear shape.

grannyannie on 01/31/2017:
You are doing great! Great chart!

Jay, I do planks but can only do 20 seconds at a time, so do it 3 times.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 30, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: tons of ACV in seltzer but didn't work bc i rushed. NO CAL.

Work: green tea, then a later & big breakfast at 9:30am - huge banana 170?, wrap 60 with sf jelly 20, cream cheese 80, peanut butter 160 around 500 total. good. 

snack: almonds lightly salted 100 cal.

Lunch: vegetarian, healthy - quinoa 100, veggies in way too much damn oil lol 250? - depends how much i eat of this, 2 falafel chickpea fried balls 150? around 550-600...maybe a kiwi

stayed late at work till almost 6pm instead of 4:30 trying to finish something which is almost done, but still needing work Tuesday morning!, had a bar at 5:30pm 150

dinner: my own roasted squash 200 and 2 med eggs 150. 350 :-D

1700 & healthy!

3-day avg: 1930 :-)

Dinner: is needing to be healthy...and looking forward to reading a book tonight, romance novel about a Firefighter & a News Researcher haha... :)

I took a one-mile walk tonight......yay!


NO GYM - body sore, not a good idea to go today at all. going tomorrow which is my usual day, and then Friday instead of Thursday since i have the concert on Thursday! :) off friday so it works out just fine!


I rushed in AM before work, showered in AM because i was very tired last night and just went to bed early...but slept, again, thru alarm = not a problem. still basically on time to work (5 min late but i will make it up later and leave a little after 4:30pm).

I am not sure about gym tonight as i'm sore, i will prob go to gym tomorrow, YES. not tonight.  I cannot force myself and more sore body to do a workout. It really needs to wait. I had planned for Mon & Wednesday this week, but Tuesday is fine, then Friday (i'm off work) and Sunday. It still works.

...And i can do the workouts earlier in the day Friday and Sunday so it's not late Sunday night...I can do afternoon workouts. fair. I'm actually looking forward to going home, reading, early to bed again tonight.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 29, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2050 2-day avg.

Monday AM weekend recap: 

It was a productive weekend.

saw family Sunday including visint grandma with dad and then lunch with my folks, did some extra laundry there so it's going to be a great week... got the best message i ever got in my entire life on saturday and gym saturday and walking saturday!, did a few errands but nothing unnecessary, and gave myself a gift of a nice car wash...well i guess i gave my car the gift! and it looks beautiful!

butt still sore from Saturday, but planning on gym tonight & wednesday night so that i don't have to go last minute sunday night, but anytime the whole weekend...

i did have time to relax on weekend as well :-)

Got great sleep on Sunday into Monday. Sleeping pill i took at 5, wanted to take it at 4, so i have some leftover drowsiness now at work (Monday).



Not a lot of sleep, but i was at gym and had an amazing workout.  One of my top workouts and def the top workout this month.

Big Breakfast: strawberries 50, oatmeal 150 with a vanilla protein powder (got a lot still at home to use...) 100, almond milk 30, cocoa powder 30, banana 120, 480-500 oh....right, and peanut butter 150.

Lunch will be higher cal, having bagels and lox at my parents, also doing laundry there (just a little bit as i did most on Friday :-)...just wanna read before heading out....reading even 10 min should be good!

50 cal candy snacking before lunch, no other snacking in AM.

700 Big falafel bread 300 sandwich 2 balls 100?, cooked veggies 150, hummus 30, eggplants salad 100, small bites of corn salad yuck 30 around 850 oh a cookie 50 and small amount fries 100 1000 ugh. 1700 so far not that great .....

2250 today. Tomorrow is a new day!  Dinner was balanced & healthy. lighter and a great way to end the day.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/30/2017:
Mmmm dinner sounds really good. Did you cook?

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 28, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

My weight this morning was only 115. And yes, i did feel nice and light this AM!  Weight control has been very good as i start to add some cardio days! it's been far easier to keep my weight consistant.

My skin has been CONSTANTLY improving. My sleep is better than ever.  I'm really proud of myself.  All in all, it's been a great winter and the best part is that there's still TWO MORE months left for self improvement. 

My goal for NYPD has been shifted to the last possible time - to enter the NYPD Academy in January 2018 which is the last possible date for me before I am disqualified bc my hold will expire. I am happy to wait.  Now i don't have to rush the running!

I am feeling great. Health is so much better than even last year this time or even last month. Clearing skin feels just AMAZING.  I didn't realize this but i can be fit, lean and have the clear skin too :-D


8:30am-9am HEALTHY Breakfast:  oatmeal 150, vanilla natural protein powder 200, cocoa powder 40, banana 120, stevia, and some lightly salted almonds. total 650, very healthy :-D Healthy carbs, protein, fats.

Snack since I was cooking : roasted squash in peanut oil with salt, garlic, pepper 100 :-) Lunch 300 healthy 1050 all healthy. and nice crackers 100. 1150

snack after 2.5mi walk: halo top ice cream, whole pint but the lower calorie one. 250.


snack before gym: will be a bar and caffine drink.

after gym: thinking of eating at subway and early to bed

1850 cal today :-) great day so happy with the way my life is going!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/28/2017:
Perhaps the extra time will allow for continued healing and slow adjustment (on your ankle's part) to running.

Kudos to your efforts for better skin and better sleep.

Can you tell me what your schedule is for weight training? Like what days of the week you train what areas?

Horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2017:
I will write back to you on your queestions...i haven't forgotten at all...

grannyannie on 01/28/2017:
You are doing fantastic! You should be proud!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2017:
I am proud, thank you Annie. It's mind over matter. I learned the trick and solution to life!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 27, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Weekly avg is below 2,000 amazing haha: 1990.

Despite higher calories, my weight is STILL STABLE at 115.6 lately.


Sleep last night was on & off.  Sometimes i wake up for like an hour during the night. Then i am actually able to fall back to sleep and when the alarm wakes me, i wish i could continue sleeping. No worries, i'll be doing that Friday night into Saturday morning.

It's a nice weekend, good plans and not doing too much (seeing family but not friends and no other social activities just more "me" activities and gym and laundry and small food shopping - things that are easily managable when not doing crazy late night social activities....that's next weekend!)

First weekend in February is really exciting..lots of friends with plans but i will not overdo it.  I'll make sure to schedule in time for my personal needs as well, unlike in the past.

A restful weekend really...looking forward to seeing my family as well on Sunday.


Home: seltzer and acv wtih stevia - 0 cal.

Work Breakfast: sf blueberry jelly and peanut butter 200 on a wrap 70. 270 tops. oh and a banana 120. 400.

Snack: not sure...possibly almonds or maybe a bar as a change of pace from all the nuts 150 most of the bar.

550 :-D feeling good, appetite is managable, feeling happier than usual & realizing I AM WORTH IT. - I am worth holding my head up, dressing nice, sitting up straight at my desk and presenting my best self - it's worth it BECAUSE I AM WORTH IT!

Lunch: very healthy - lighter on the carbs but still home as i write this and i think i'll add some carbs in...yup...gonna bring some chips in addition...! no need to skimp on carbs anymore. 

TOO LARGE Lunch: bit of a plantain 50-100, eggplant salad with some oil def 150?, greens sauteed in some oil 150,  CHIPS 150-200, chicken 200? - 750...

1350 hopefully not 1400 but it could be, lunch was far too much...

2000 cal today, good.

weekly avg is decent: 1990


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/27/2017:
Hope you get a good sound sleep. Have a great weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
I will tonight, enjoy your day & weekend as well!

puddles on 01/27/2017:
Have a great weekend J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
I plan to do exactly that and already have a lot of plans in store for the next couple - i love to make plans and know what i'm doing ahead of time :-D

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 26, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Morning - overslept by one hour but got wonderful sleep & will still be on time to work...glad i showered last night!!

even though i am tired to start the day because of the sleeping pill, over the counter type but it's very strong called Sleepinol, I am very glad i took it.  I am feeling, overall, better and better since the year 2015 and especially this Fall & Winter. The extra sleep last night to balance out my sleep all week is good for my body for rest and recovery especially with my fitness plans. All is good. :-D

Home: local honey 30, acv in seltzer, stevia....1/2 banana counted below and i had just enough time to actually relax while drinking the acv and it worked... i'm off to a great start this AM.

Work: wrap 60, other half banana 120, peanut butter a little extra i think 200 380, coffee extra milk 60 and NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER. and one coffee with milk and 1 SPLENDA..it's ok...forgot i could have used my stevia ooops i did bring it.. 

Snack: almonds 100 cal pack probably :-D lightly salted

650 before lunch, very healthy: will be a mix of soy "chicken", rice, veggies, kiwi: 550 or so...most. and small chips.

1250 after lunch...

before gym: bar and caffeine drink, natural, added stevia - 100

1800 thurs night



gonna save time and go to gym next door to work today after work.  was late to work by 20 min so going next door to work is quite nice... :-D  And i am beginning to enjoy the gym next door when i see friends i make there as I go more often I have become friendly with a couple women and one guy. They are so nice, it's great to see them there!


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/26/2017:
Good on the gym...have a good day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2017:
thank you Maria...yes, i am pretty focused on getting to the gym 3x per week :-D

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

5day avg: 2030, good.

i did walk to the store, but that's the only exercise. very tired at end of the day and very happy to go home and nap.


My mood is 100% positive today.  Better sleep and eating is catching up and it feels awesome.

It's true - more sleep and better eating is amazing.  It's true it works.

Approx 6.5hrs sleep. - Prob will get extra tonight :-D Feeling good, no worries. learning to get the balance 

I now treat sleeping like calories - try to get a weekly balance :-D


Home: kombucha in an awesome new flavor: Habarnero Mango and it was so cool, like a spicy sweet mango! 70 cal. wish it had less sugar but still it's not the worst!

Breakfast: nice banana 120, wrap 60 with cream cheese 100, turkey pepperoni 100 - all tasty. 380. GREEN TEA.  coffee is soooo not my friend these days.

Snack: will be almonds 100 cal pack later.

550 before lunch, might have an early lunch again.

Lunch: all healthy, vegetarian:  will include shredded cabbage (microwaved) mixed into a dish of cashews and tofu and veggie lightly sauteed with some potato and rice, dessert is an apple,  I'll determine calories later after i see the portions again at lunch. I also have soy chicken in it, almost forgot that part!  It's really good, marinated a bit.

Lunch: cabbage 50, cashew / tofu / diced veg 250?, soy chicken 150?, rice 50?, potato 100 apple 100.  700 tops.

1250, excellent...

Picked up some carribbean food after lunch for dinner, it's 3 blocks from work...i'll be eating pumpkin tonight...a lot of it, some other veg, i think yogurt along with it. that's it, trying for sleeping pill and bed early...really want to take a sleeping pill tonight if i get home early enough.

 Dinner was massive as i ate a ton of that carribbean food...at least 800 cal.

Today is 2050, fine...hopefully not more? i'll say 2100. it was a big dinner, but no added sugars to my knowledge (might have been added into the pumpkin)...it was all kinds of sauteed veggies in oil and a pumpkin dish and small piece of chicken. lotta volume and some added oils, etc.


All in all this Winter, I'm feeling better & better - simply amazing.

I'm going to keep rocking on...see how far i get fitness-wise by April....and take the NYPD academy from there. If i feel great, i'll enter, if not, I'll wait till January & do it then. Perfect timing. I am not worried anymore.

Feeling so good today.


And to close - I am soooo NOT UPSET in the least about any of the recent guy stuff (the cop not texting me back) and also the final resolution and closure of the unequal and hurtful relationship i once had with Paul.  It's all done, book closed, moving on.

 I doubt Paul would ever want to contact me again, for any reason, but if by chance he did i would not be very inclined to even answer his call / text.

I do now realize that no guy is worth me chasing, even in 2017.  Wait for them to show interest.  Wait for the guy to show me that HE FEELS i am worth his time & NEVER the other way around. 

I am too good to let any man walk all over me.  No man is worth putting myself second in any relationship for. 

It took me a really long time to realize this, but it feels so good to know this & have finally realized it for myself.

I don't know why i let it go so long - probably bc i wasn't feeling my best for a long time.

Now that my health is improving more rapidly, skin is clearing, getting constantly stronger & learning more how to manage my time & life - I am beginning to see what I overlooked for so long.

I need to take care of me & nobody else until they show their interest.  If they aren't interested, it's so simple - wait for the next man or next opportunity to come around.

There's no rush and no limit in life - there's opportunities and more opportunity.

Never feel like one guy is the last guy.

It's not the right man if you have to work so hard and gain nothing in return.

Thank you, BiscottiBody especially, for always looking out for me. YOU WERE RIGHT.  I just had to learn it on my own, my own pace, for myself. I needed to reach the bottom (in this relationship) to realize there was not going to ever be any future in it.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/25/2017:
Love mango!! Glad you are feeling so balanced and healthy now.

True that there are plenty of fish in the sea! Never settle for any man.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2017:
Thank you Annie, def plenty of options and never settle for less than my / our worth :-D

Enjoy your day!!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 24, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: a nice kombucha, worked like a charm 70 (i think this contains caffeine)

Breakfast: banana 120, wrap 60, peanut butter 200, cooked cranberries 30. not in mood for any caffeine -having water right now.  

snack: 100 cal nuts package, not in mood for a bar, nope...just nuts with some salt.  i am getting sick of the processed junk. for dessert, after lunch, i have a nice kiwi - def don't want chips again!

600 and HEALTHY before lunch....

Healthy lunch: some cabbage (not counting it), chickpeas 100, potato 150, little bit of rice also 100, soy meat 100? - not much of it left, and a kiwi! 50: 500-550

4pm before gym (next door to work!) : caffeine and a bar 100

LIGHT MEAL AFTER GYM: maybe a protein muffin and some of that squash and a little ice cream ;) lately I am craving REAL food. i had veggies, lightly sauteed, 200 at MOST maybe less, 2 pieces of fried plantain (but not much) 100, some bacon jerky but not much 100, some ice cream but not much 100. 500 and healthy.

total today is so healthy: 1750.

4day avg: 2012, excellent.

goodnight, all.



work is slow....i cannot be upset about it...i'll keep myself occupied, on here, reading, that's all.  I cannot complain, no, and i must work to stay healthy and happy. i'm doing it. feeling better than ever.  I CAN and WILL get to NYPD. gotta relax now, as i have been, and just go with it...work on my goals within reason and they will work out :-D.  

I have a ways to go before running and starting to think i might have to wait until Jan '18 for running in nypd instead of doing it this summer '17....i'm just nervous that i will not be able to withstand the academy training...i'll work my hardest and see what happens, within reason, by April...I do not think i'm ready for it...i honestly think i'll wait (still less than a year) and enter in January '18 instead of this summer? I think so...............anyone have advice on this?  The deadline for me is January '18 (can't push it longer than that).  anyone have advice? 

I might actually wait as long as I was given - the entire FOUR YEARS...that would mean i could enjoy this summer again, not studying for academy....but really i don't care one way or the other!.......?  It doesn't matter, i'm only going to base my decision on my ability to run each day....that's all. I CAN DO IT, I'm giong to get there...my health has gotten better and better since 2015....i'm doing it...I'm staying positive. It's either this summer or winter '18. Two choices left.  If i want to do summer, I have to notify them early in April / May, which is why i KNOW i may have to wait till winter 2018.

Lunch: very healthy including brown rice with a few veggies in it, i think some potato too roasted with some tumeric, extra veggies, and veggie soy "chicken" - happy being healthier and excited to have fruit for dessert. i really am turning over a new life this winter. i do feel better when i eat better. seems i do enjoy sleeping more too....it's all working out.



in more for healthy foods lately...starting to crave healthier options..really! tastebuds changing i think. body wants to be healthier. skin is enjoying (and i am enjoying) being relatively so much clearer. I also am eager for  NYPD....doing the right things.

that cop wasn't interested in dating. maybe he's already daying or married. i am not sure.

I know i always write about me, me & me...but...maybe one day I would be able to balance a relationship too, we'll see. it's not urgent so i'm going to lay off for now.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/24/2017:
Healthy foods!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2017:
It's good to eat healthy and then feel healthy...

I feel like i need more in my life than what it is, but i must remember that my goal is for more - and to take it easy right now :)

innerpeace on 01/24/2017:
The only advice I can offer - when I joined the military I joined to go to basic training in the fall because I didn't want to be too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter during training. We had to do lots of training outdoors and it was pleasant during the end of summer and early fall. I graduated right at Christmas and never had to endure any extreme heat or cold and i wouldn't have changed that for anything.

I don't know if your hand gun training is done indoors or out but I would take whatever training and how much will be done outdoors - will it be hot in the summer? Cold in the winter? what can you handle better? Just something to consider.

Good luck with your decision. It is do or die time, now...you can't procrastinate if you push it until the winter.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2017:
I may wait to be in best shape in my legs possible...and not push it....and just wait it out, do it at last opportunity. spoke to a very smart and kind superior at work (he's an important manager, actually) and he suggested to wait the longest possible time so i can keep on doing the right thing and getting stronger on my own until then.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2017:
thank you for your support and advice. i didn't want to do it in winter, but may wait till then - after summer and just spend summer enjoying life more....we'll see.

it's really about my legs :-D

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 23, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: a nice flavor (sorta new i think i only tried it 1x and so good) of kombucha , 2 servings (2 cups) 70. it does have caffeine / sugar, so i may try to ease off sugar tonight (dinner) completely i'd say...i'll have one of the meals i already pre-packaged myself...i already orgainized healthy & balanced meals in my fridge - around 4 of them left? i forget.  i bought a lot of premade food and divided them up (contains potato, rice, beans, veggies, and soy meats)..good tasting and totally healthy stuff....

Breakfast at work, healthy mix: banana 120, wrap 50, cooked cranberries 50, cream cheese 50, peanut butter 150: 420, green tea.

Snack: small bar 150.

(650 before lunch) feeling extra thirsty, all morning.

Healthy lunch, vegetarian: all natural, rice, veggies,tofu duck 650 or so...AND CHIPS. in an eating mood for sure. 120.

1420...healthy most importantly...working on my health, my skin is actually getting SO MUCH BETTER! 

dinner: tons of brussel sprouts in oil and garlic with some onion like 200 at least cals, egg whites 30 and an egg 70, strawberries 50, ice cream 150, add 50 cal more to be safe: 600 or so.

total today 2000, healthy.

2100 3-day avg.


I don't eat much meat anymore...and i'm working on shifting off the pepperoni and salami so i'm not eating it all the time for breakfast. today's breakfast left me too hungry - too many carbs.


I stepped on scale and how nice!...weight is STill 115.6! AMAZNG. Maintenance has been good to me!!


Planning on a VERY early bedtime tonight as I haven't really slept great in two days, and i prefer to sleep extra tonight as tomorrow is a gym day and it's a full week for me at work :) 

Also with an increase in exercise, i am trying to prevent injury and continue getting stronger to be able to do more cardio and eventually jogging later on...so the extra sleep is necessary. 

my skin is improving big time - my face is starting to actually feel radiant, slowly.  i got a fourth and final, for now and for a long time moving forward, treatment done for electrolysis so i may break out slightly one more time - but it honestly looks as though my skin is making it thru 100% better than it did for the past 3 treatments. I've learned a TON regarding my skin...less chemicals makes a huge difference.

laying lower on sugar and refraining from those chemical-laden Monster drinks has really given new life to my skin :-)

I am also starting the week off very happy.

I want to date a cop i know, i have his phone number and we text a little bit. i know he is attracted to me...he's cute. He's really tall (i like that) and he's a year older than me...and he has a nice smile. he's Spanish.  I am white & jewishso this is a major change....i have to see if he's in fact single and if he's interested :-) maybe yes!

update: he may not be interested at all, i do not know.... :-( ....i am texting him too much, so now i'll just wait...be extra patient...i don't want the same thing happening that happened last time with P (where i gave my all for nothing in return...so....just gonna wait it out now.)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 01/23/2017:
Chance meetings. Great job on the maintenance. My face is breaking out again and I too have lowered my sugar in take...I guess I will try something else.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/23/2017:
also caffeine and dairy are major culprits.

and lack of sleep.

sugar, dairy, caffeine, lack of sleep oh....and chemical laden foods ... oh and salt. try to reduce those...

i just reduced, not even eating perfect at all, and my skin has improved greatly!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/23/2017:
acne is the worst when you are an adult, so embarassing - but you CAN fix it....def involves a TON of changes.

like, those diet sodas and energy drinks - i cannot do them if i want clear skin.

i can do seltzer with stevia though.

and suprisngly, my period was very easy this month, and quick...it was like my hormones were more in balance.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
shoot. i think i freaked the cop out - i didn't over-text like crazy, but texted like 3 times - 3 sentences. nothing nutz, but maybe nuts to him it sucks. i may have destroyed my chance. if that's so - it's ok.

grannyannie on 01/24/2017:
Awesome how you maintain your weight so well!

I had more pimples in my 40's than ever before that. I guess it was payback for rarely having any in my teens.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2017:
Do you know why all of a sudden you are more pimples?

Mine are finally clearing up...lately i'm back having kombucha in the morning bc it works so well, but a little nervous that i'm going to break out from the extra sugar in mornings...

but either way, the healthier choices of food i make, the more my skin is starting to actually feel smoother and supple and glow when i get up in the morning! this is exciting.

for too long i was eating REALLY poorly...like most of my adult life.

and the acne really caught up with me during this particular job (6 years at it). i think it's due to less sleep also and time to relax and for my body to be able to rest as this job requires more hours than i ever spent working in my life - but now that i have more balance, my skin is improving greatly.

also - no monster energy drinks - and think that this was a major, MAJOR culprit with my acne.

it's so amazing how much better my skin is!

and thanks for the compliment on my weight. I will have to keep calories lower soon bc i have been eating more this winter.

but, it seems i'm burning what i eat mostly since i'm doing more cardio.

i maintain my weight by actually figuring out what calories approx i need to maintain. Last year with my sister's wedding, i was able to concentrate and lose the exact weight i wanted to lose.

Last year in the Fall, Winter & Spring, after being home sick for a month, i realized that anything i want in life is STILL REACHABLE. that nothing was out of my control like i thought it was!

even writing that above paragraph to you reminds me to think this way - think the positive.

but after i lose the weight for the last time last year in the Spring, i vowed to maintain it.

I have add two periods of my life when i was 10-20 lbs heavier than i am now - i didn't want a third time like that. So i do try hard to keep my weight down as the stress of going up and down in weight i would prefer to not deal with - maintainenance is hard, but for me getting off track and back on track is even harder.

grannyannie on 01/24/2017:
No idea why I got more pimples in my 40's. Stress? I was starting to eat healthier as well. Started working out.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 22, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2-day avg: 2150, fine.

8:30am nice big breakfast: oatmeal 150 made with almond milk 30, another herbalife protein cookies and cream packet 150 (now i have 1 left and many shakeology packets to use!) , cinnamon, banana 120, cooked cranberries 50, peanut butter 150.   650 .

11am ice cream but not a lot ... 120 cal

1:30pm Boston Market kids meal healthy rotisserie turkey 150-200 with mashed potatoes 300?and veggies around 550 total

1350 healthy! (during my walk at park i decided to eat lunch ight outside the park & then resumed walking)

snack after getting home from walk & picking up some food for most of the week (might need to get more around wed, prob not) bar and lousy caffeine drink 150, and diet tonic i think.

1500 before workout which will end maybe later than expected so no sleeping pill...

Dinner was way bigger than expected. sorta pigged out (chips after a healthy dinner) but prob burned it all today. I did a two mile walk in afternoon and an intense gym session.

Overall eating was healthy today and balanced. I am proud of myself.Just a hair too much caffeine in evening at gym which led to me being overly hungry after the workout and slightly shaky. so i indulged in some carbs, extra carbs. all is GOOD!

2250 today. but i'm proud of myself for eating lots of healthy food. All 3 main meals were healthy: breakfast, lunch, dinner. no ice cream as a meal. I really did great.



Good Plans for today: laundry was all done YESTERDAY yay!. No huge food shopping until maybe tomorrow or today but not a ton. ...

1A. read an oprah article on mental illness..

1. Get last electrolysis appt done at 12:30pm...and tell him to stay away from any area of my face that looks irritated...because my face is finally clearing up...and i really don't want to deal with painful and irritated breakouts again...my face is doing much better because i'm eating better and sleeping more. it's amazing.!

2. Walk at the nearby park...but get some food first - maybe a Wendy's chilli :)

3. head back home here and go to the gym after having a snack: granola bar / caffeine

4. pick up some food, YES but not a lot, and head home for an early evening :-)





slept 6 hrs which is fine bc the night before i slept around 11. planning on an early bedtime tonight again, so i have a great start to the work week. I'll definitely take a sleeping pill one more time tonight. (didn't take one last night because i went to bed at 2am...and woke around 8am couldn't sleep that well as i had coffee at my friend's house later at night). it was a nice time out with my friends, totally worth it.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/23/2017:
Doing well. You always make up for eating any junk.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/23/2017:
yes....now that i'm trying to be healthier, i am tending to eat slightly higher calories, but working on it.

also, yes, i like to balance the week so i can have some high cal days....i am getting used to the balancing act over the course of a week.!!

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