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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 09, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0


I have a very tight schedule and very stressful week to be extra careful of my actions. trust me. not simple as it seems. 

6am Home: kombucha and banana 160

8am Work: coffee 50, wrap 100, pb 200, honey 50 400.

noon snack: Almonds 140

2pm lunch: Turkey burger 100, Brussels roasted 200, potato 250 1300 Cookie 120 1420 before gym

5pm snack on way to NEW & only gym closest to me (10 min or less)

8pm after gym: 480

1900 total, excellent !


like i said previously, my workplace is not a healthy atmosphere. people are concerned for their jobs and everyone is making an effort to keep their jobs. lots of layoffs. lots of issues. too many people in upper management. too many workers also.

life has turned to everything being more precise. learning and keeping things efficient in my days and effective. ... life turning to more regimented routines of showing up at work even earlier, before 8am, to know what is going on & stay on the tips of my toes.


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

Maria7 on 05/09/2017:
Routine...that's what it is a lot of times...but sometimes we gotta break out of routines and take a little break... Your work routines sound very productive.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2017:
thank you Maria - yeah...these next 6 months are going to be about creating and perfecting a routine that gets me into running fully :-)

I will have to do less weights to fit in running...i'm currently working out what i need to do.

and for work, i'm also figuring out how to be less stressed there. and have less issues at work by being early, etc., so i see what's going on around me more often.

horn_of_plenty - Monday May 08, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

450 cal in morning including snack before lunch. pretty healthy.

2pm late lunch: pulled pork not much 200?, rice not much and corn 200?, lots of guac 200? and some squash i cooked, but needed to be cooked more 100. total here 700 tops.

1150 after healthy lunch, had some caffeine too.

1250 after snack bar...

healthy dinner: little bit of leftover chipotle pulled pork: 150?, mushrooms 50, roasted brussel sprouts bc of oil - 200?, roasted potatoes  big serving 300-350?, 750 and small plum 50. 800.

2050, good. 

1680 3-day average




The thing i've been doing well is sleeping, i have been getting mentally extremely exhausted bc of the work stress and stuff. It's caused me to sleep around 10 hours per night at least, without any sleeping pills. my body is seriously exhausted over thinking about this work stress.

High stress week. have to behave like an angel, but even better. prob shouldn't even log in here, but i am.

WORKED HOUR OVERTIME - NO EXTRA PAY. its ok - glad to have a job as my company is in total turmoil.

the environment at my work is not healthy. people are scared / anxious to even speak to one another. I cannot hardly get outta my seat without worry. it's sad.  it's like we're back in the triangle shirt factory historical times when workers have no rights except to shut up and work.

it's horrible. even the bosses walk around angry...i'm thinking of one in particular - he never smiles, lol. and his face is always red and flushed, lol. 


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

horn_of_plenty - Sunday May 07, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Breakfast yogurt 120 Greek type and kombucha 80.  Dairy / protein.

Snacking: chips 200, banana 120, orange 80: 400. 2 servings carbs and 2 fruit servings.

600. good. healthy stuff. not interested in vegetables right now. my body is not wanting it - bloated sorta even without. 

Noon Lunch: wrap: 200 egg, wrap 100, avocado 150 - but only ate half. 250


Snack of drink and bite of friend's muffin 150

Big dinner at chipotle healthy stuff big portions 600? And chips 300?

1900 total at most.

2day average: 1500/day.



Got a lot of cleaning done this Sunday AM and laundry. Also some bills.

Yesterday My training at park was good. I ran/walked 2mi. I'll keep doing this couple times per week and I am thinking to reduce weights right now to 2 days / week actually. Yes. I'll keep my weekly weights of Tuesday and Wednesday and concentrate on jogging practice on the weekends and try for other days during week to at least walk like one day during the work week. In total, 4 days exercise per week with 2 weights and 2 cardio.

That's my limits of what I know I can handle for now. I'm confident I can do this type of training schedule.

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

horn_of_plenty - Saturday May 06, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

kombucha 70, cookie 130 later on. 200.

lunch: 1/2 acovado 150, wrap 100, salami 150, small orange 60: 460.

total so far: 660.

Cookie before park 120

Chips and crackers 100

No appetite and feeling sick. And banana

Total Saturday was only 1000 cal.

I didn't really have breakfast or dinner was feeling horribly last night bc of all the current stresses and my stomach and body actually had no desire to eat.

My training at park was good. I ran/walked 2mi. I'll keep doing this couple times per week and I am thinking to reduce weights right now to 2 days / week actually. Yes. I'll keep my weekly weights of Tuesday and Wednesday and concentrate on jogging practice on the weekends and try for other days during week to at least walk like one day during the work week. In total, 4 days exercise per week with 2 weights and 2 cardio. That's my limits of what I know I can handle.


going to park for my 2nd ever jogging training with walking. gym is going to be skipped this weekend on purpose.  i am taking a much needed rest - and choosing the park over the gym instead of jogging / walking and gym.

I need the rest....need to feel good after a very, very difficult week, again. 

 i went by a bank that was open to desposit a large refund check that couldn't be done digitally (had to be done in person at bank) and then i went to pay for a new gym in full that is close to home because i am no longer, stopping cold, going to any gyms by work because i want nothing bad associated with me - i used to park in work parking lot in evening, i was allowed, and went to gym near work but now i'm afraid to call any attention at all to myself. so, instead of having my 1 gym near work, i've chosen to go to only (1) gym and it to be close to myself. I also indulged in my choice of gym and chose the most expensive and closest one to where i live.  I needed a break from the one that was 15-20 away (that one's price was around $380) and now go to one that is only 10min away with great parking options around. 

I needed a break. I needed something new and fresh - and the was in a gym. I paid on a credit card, $575 and will have to pay it back.  with no other money problems currently, it should be ok.  Plus, i have access to 3 gyms (this new gym $575 has 3 locations), one being near where I might be working starting January (NYPD) which is the goal because after Jan I'm out of the running - application expires.

The gym by work was only going to be less than $200 per year, a Blink Fitness.  but, like i said, i don't want to do anything (including going to a gym) near my work. I am simply looking to leave work ASAP every day. and not leave my car in the work parking lot after hours. nobody told me to stop, but i am on my own stopping with gyms by work. so, expensive gym here i come.

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

jabockov on 05/06/2017:
Took your advice about roasting veggies. Made them tonight for supper and, WOW, they were terrific! I took a 9x13 pan and added some frozen Asparagus Spears, a large coarsely chopped Vadalia Onion, 3 minced cloves Garlic, and tossed it all with 2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned it with Garlic Herb Seasoning Mix. I moved the sweet potatoes to the top layer and baked it in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Then I moved the veggies to the side and placed 2 small Flounder fillets, seasoned with a little salt and Old Bay, in the dish and put it back in the oven for 10 more minutes. It was fabulous and very reasonable in calories! THANK YOU for the suggestion

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2017:
I am so glad you enjoyed it ! Roasted veg are my favorite way to prep them - and thank you for the recipe and good ideas you left me in this comment - I will take a screen shot photo of your comment above so I can make something similar - good ideas thank you very much !!!! :-) veg are way low cal and the perfect way to fill up on less cal! You won't ever go hungry :-)

Donkey on 05/07/2017:
(I sent you a PM on FB.) I like your approach to a new gym. I can totally see why you'd want to keep Work separated from EVERYTHING, and especially your Gym time.

I'm reading "expensive" to mean "fancy" or "bells and whistles" which is really nice to have for yourself.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2017:
I will def read your fb messages later today - once again I am taking time away from fb bc of everything going on I am def a little anxious to say the wrong things in every area of my life including fb...

The expensive gym actually has NO amenities aside from a sauna! And it's small and I am not even going to use it - never did but maybe I'll start - prob not.

There are no gyms in my community so they charge high rates. No amenities but equipment is new and nice as they just renovated it last year. It is nice the gym is only 10 minutes away :-)

It's good for now - but no amenities and can u believe it's $600/year!?

I will read your fb comments. I've been feeling quite anxious regarding work lately. I am trying to relax and take a breather instead of opening my mouth. It will be a challenging week bc the person I am assigned to assist specifically told me he doesn't want to be in charge of any projects ! And he hasn't been directing which is why I opened my mouth Friday.

Me and him have a project due and our boss is on vacation this week in Turks &Caicos ! And the other boss is headed for vaca on Wednesday with our project due Friday. We will prob have to rush to finish it now by Wednesday but I do not think the person I assist is at all capable of steering this project correctly. I will only work under him anyways and not direct anyone else. But this week I still def headed for disaster.

I think my boss wants to fire the person I am to assist. I also think my boss didn't want me at my job this coming week for the specific reason that he wants a staff where the full staff is capable of finishing projects on their own - not people like me who can only assist and people like the guy I need to assist but he isn't capable of directing (he has some social issues / anxiety stuff). So bc out sept is rather small, smallest it's been in 7 years since I have been here, the boss wants only people he can give a project to and not expect them to ask him any questions. He doesn't want to administrate he wants us to get the work done and not need to deligate. I do understand and realize the dept is not where I want to be for the long run as the atmosphere has changed and the boss' desires are diff from the previous boss.. no longer does the current boss want helpers like me. He wants only seasoned pro's who can do the whole thing on their own. It makes sense with the climate of my office and industry and another reason for me to keep my personal focus on the jogging and you know what for January. My workplace is like a war zone each week.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday May 04, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha with extra kombucha 100

8am Breakfast: wrap 100, pb 200, honey 50: 350, coffee 50.  400.

almost 11am Snack: egg and cookie large 200

oh wow 700...starting to eat more ...maybe watch it, not sure.

Lunch: very small orange 50, half avocado 150, potatoes cooked by my coworker's indian wife SOOOOO GOOOOD with TONS of spices 200 i think, egg / egg white 100, and sauteed veg 100 to be safe.

before gym: caffeine and cookie 100

busy day in office, which was good, no troubles for me...! just very busy, finally?!

350, 200, 50

2000 total.

2140 6-day average...sorta high but not so terrible. I will plan to eat lower cals this coming week.

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

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday May 03, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha and honey 100

Breakfast: wrap 80, sweet potato 100, pb 200. coffee 50. 430. snack of an egg and couple candies 100

Work lunch so good: huge salad 100, olives big ones 100, egg and egg whites 150, roasted veg from office 150? not too much, pasta a la vodka small amount 100 600 tops. filling

3pm snack crunchy choc chip cookie fiber one so tasty!!!!



2150 total for Wednesday.

5day average: 2170, higher than usual, but weight is staying in range for now. i will need to watch cals though, as i'm not ready to be having cals this high every week.

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

mylilsista on 05/03/2017:
I really love the Fiber One bars but I haven't tried the cookies yet. How many calories for the crunchy Choc' chip?

You listed PB for breakfast. Have you tried the whipped JIF peanut butter? Yummy!

Do you know what day it is? Do you KNOW what day it is?! HUMMMPP DAY!!! :P

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/03/2017:
YES!!!!!!! Happy HUMP!

also, they also have chewy choc chip which are WAYYYY better...i always like something chewy - and less messy than the crumbs from crunchy....only 120 cal for a large cookie....so tasty tastes really, really good! you'll see!!!!!!!!!!

mylilsista on 05/03/2017:
Oh...the whipped JIF peanut butter is only 140 calories for 2 tablespoons (in case you're interested).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/03/2017:
YES, i used the whipped specifically!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it! i use a bit extra.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 02, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2172 4-day.

Home: kombucha 80

Work: coffee and bar 200. And candies, cals included.

almonds 120,cookie 120 cookies are becoming a habit lol...i'll have to reign this in a bit... lol....they taste SO GOOD!

1pm lunch: need this! 1/2 avocado 150, 2 pcs matzah crackers 200, soy chicken 300? and not really any extra veg - not in mood. bite of fried plantain also 50. 650-700.

1250 after healthy lunch :)

1400 before gym

1750...2000. very good.


Work bar was a very healthy natural bar. lazy to make breakfast. expensive like $5 bar!!! it's called Gary-Null CoCo Magic Bar. high fat, some protein, some carbs. takes away appetite really well, actually. change of pace and rewarded myself last friday when i picked these up...after a month and a half of work BS...i have been treating myself really well buying those bars and kombucha instead of ACV in seltzer drinks in AM. :-)

20 min stroll after parking at work - got my cardio in before work - nice...needed to stretch legs!

Work has been good all week so far. I don't expect it to go downhill this week, at all.

I did speak to my boss, the nice one,about OT and how if I do work it, I need to have it pre-approved (and i don't plan to work it unless it's an emergency). hardly anyone, on their own free will, will give extra work with no extra pay. that's stupid.  NOBODY in their right mind is going to waste extra time at work for NO PAY. so if they want me working late, i'll ask if i will be paid for it when they ask me to stay late.

after 1.5mo of b-****, work has settled down for me in terms of the b-**** thank gosh! i'm a happy lady.

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

horn_of_plenty - Monday May 01, 2017
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

2230 3-day average.

Home: kombucha 60

Natural Bar (was rushing and just grabbed it)  and coffee: 330.

Snack: ? egg, large ww oatmeal raisin cookie 150, some candies 50

Lunch: will be very healthy - it was, just a hair big on bread / protein portions. 700.

1300, healthy day so far:

Snack: ? maybe not. 100

dinner: TBD...sorta high like 700 but healthy and a little ice cream for desert

2100. decent.

Happy May 1 :-)  

I will ALWAYS SHOW UP ON TIME TO WORK....YES! I was on time today, 8am (actually more like 7:45am i pulled into the work parking lot bc i focused on my driving LOL...and did excellent despite some traffic!)...nobody else was on time :-D

I am starting this week fresh. I looked up in my union agreement manual - says no matter what if you make over 45k, you should be compensated for your hours. So, even if salay worker as I was told i am starting this past Friday, any overtime should be compensated for, according to the handbook. EXCELLENT.  I will use this document to my benefit as soon as someone (like my bosses) feel the need to bring up the topic, again.

We are now really in Spring, in my opinion :-)

Need to pick up extra veg on way home...maybe also turkey meat. not enough food as my ground turkey spoiled and had to throw out last night.

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

mylilsista on 05/01/2017:
Yes, we are really into spring. Random thunderstorms, hot days, cold days, beautiful flowers, birds singing, bees buzzing (I've already gotten stung this year) & grilling out!

It's good that you are a union member. I certainly hope you're compensated for ALL the hours you work!

Happy Monday! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/01/2017:
i probably will :-) yes. so nutty.

innerpeace on 05/01/2017:
Awesome! documentation is fabulous. I just had somoeone at work get their travel pay garnished. Pulling out regulations and it states travel pay, per diem and mileage is not garnishable. So the feds mess up too. I hope the man gets his money back.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/01/2017:
It's awesome to catch a bigger guy's mistake ;-) i hope the man gets his $ back too.

innerpeace on 05/01/2017:
Awesome! documentation is fabulous. I just had somoeone at work get their travel pay garnished. Pulling out regulations and it states travel pay, per diem and mileage is not garnishable. So the feds mess up too. I hope the man gets his money back.

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

I will not lie I am more relaxed but work thoughts have been unsettling this weekend. Breakfast: fiber one cereal 200, almond milk 30, dried berries 70, cinnamon and stevia .300.

200 , banana / few chips

drinks 400 food = 150, grilled cheese 400 ??horrible taste  = 1150? 1450 ohhh bacon i forgot...300?1750..

dinner wrap 80, egg whites mostly 100, soy stuff 100? veg 100? sweet potato 100 500, chips 150 650.

total today: 2400.

2day 2300, good.

today i did some nice walking, so good, in city and enjoyed a really funny "Drag Brunch" show. i think it was extra funny bc we had drinks...but it was still a nice time out in city and also nice time out at the High Line which is a city park built over an old railroad overhead line. really a wonderful day with a nice guy. i just wish he were closer to my age. there's no way i can date him. i would if he was 22 years older. it's just too much for me. plus he smokes and drinks quite a bit...but otherwise he's quite healthy. he's a weird mix, sorta like myself. that's why i like the dude. but no dating, i'm not interested in that kinda element, sadly. because if i were to pick someone, they'd be similiar to him...life is funny sometimes. hopefully things will work out one day for me, with someone. 

full day in city, bit tired now, reason why i may not comment more on people's entries until tomorrow or so.

back to work tomorrow, glad i have no plans except for work and then home. i may cook up some turkey burgers tomorrow night. we'll see.



Reading this wonderful book on habits ...later a really cool brunch in the city!

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

cybermom4 on 05/01/2017:
Hello Coach!! Great Travel Tips!! You are doing a great job with your daily activity and eating - You are so disciplined!! Every time I see a tray of Veggies I think of 'Coach!' - Now all I have to do is start eating them. :)

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2017:
You are so sweet :-) mom :-)

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

Happy Weekend. Upon waking, i did start thinking about my boss and work since so much has been going on. but i'm relaxing - just like i did after work yesterday. I'm now slowly getting into jogging. I am def a beginner and cannot do much right now.  I've settled on just doing 1.5 miles of jog / walk 1x per week or so for now, for THIS month. I may add another day here or there, but i don't think so. Yes, just 1x per week and the rest of the time will be spent walking when i can. Life is VERY busy & it's simply hard to fit things in - especially when my boss doesn't know my own hours and now wants to make me work late (not happening, i am sorry, i'm not going to all of a sudden work longer).

I jogged yesterday so i don't want to do it today...seems i have little plans for today - just gym in the evening. i don't want to walk more, as my legs need rest because tomorrow will involve some walking...i will do the laundry that i planned to do tomorrow today instead.gonna relax and read now.

tomorrow will be a fun day in NYC at a comedy "Drag Brunch."  My dad was pissed i'm going because he thought all the audience would be drag - oh no!!! it's an entertainment thing, i bought it on Groupon!


Breakfast:  banana and honey 150, oatmeal 150, protein powder 100, almond milk 30, peanut butter 200: 600 approx.

snack bar 230

lunch: fried wheat gluten 450?, rice 100, chips 150 700. (not in a veggie mood. fine to splurge sometimes on somthing different - it was all food i picked up last night so that i would have food specifically at home today!)

snack: strawberries 100

dinner :protein cookie but my leg is throbbing from needing potassium so then a banana in a pumpernickel wrap. 550.

gym tonight.

total cal is pretty good for a whole day at home and just the gym in the eve: 2200. GOOD.


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

Donkey on 04/29/2017:
Good for you for starting your running program. "Slow" will be your key to progressing. It's a building process, so I applaud you for resting. Remember: if you are increasing time/distance/speed/incline, to do so one at a time. So if you are going longer, do not go faster. I encourage you to approach running with a Zen-state of mind. :-)

I have been reading your comments about work. I was going to caution you to be careful, but after reading what your dad told you, and considering you are union, then you will probably be OK. Can't help though feeling like you have a target on your back for your boss. WTH???

You know, some people just need a scapegoat in their lives to make themselves happy. I work with someone like that. Must be very careful around them...

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