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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 04, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Made to the gym and not totally overdoing it....

1500 before gym - perfect.

Bar after 200.

1700 great. And some of my mom's homemade applesauce 50?


Trying for balance. Yesterday was great. Still having bars at times more than 1 per day but also getting better overall with food choices. More potatoes...more carbs.

Anyways, I am doing great.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/05/2015:
Have a great evening.

OhioRaven on 11/05/2015:
Sounds Great, HP.

grannyannie on 11/05/2015:
Sounds good.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 03, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

today was pretty good.

pretty healthy.

once again, I decided on no planned exercise. but ended up walking between 20-30 minutes today. good.

skipped gym tonight as I still have a sore throat.

tomorrow i'll probably go to the gym...unless I start to feel sicker.

I want to get a weights workout in on Wednesday night so that I can do one more on Saturday.  Sunday will be very busy as I have a brunch to go to in NYC...and it'll take awhile to get there because its extremely downtown, lower east side.  I am meeting someone also, on the way there.

It will take me around 1.5-2 hours to get there one-way on Sunday. so, i'll probably leave here before 10am Sunday and will probably get home around 6pm...that's why I need to get everything done Saturday...Luckily it's a short week next week (Wednesday we have off for Veteran's Day!)

Today I had around 1250 cals before dinner. And dinner was around 500-550 at most.

Total cals today: around 1750-1800. Excellent. and even more important, pretty healthy (had some caffeine) but overall food was pretty balanced.

I am tempted to not go to the gym tomorrow either....to get fully better....and eat healthier this week...I will see how i'm feeling in the morning I guess.


Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/04/2015:
That's good that you got a walk in and I hope your throat is feeling better today!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 01, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Monday's Calorie Plan:

Early morning: Kombucha? 70 and also an effervescent tablet.

Breakfast: oatmeal with banana and almond milk, peanut butter 400

Snack: small chocolate bar 150

Lunch: maybe just an egg sandwich I think and some popcorn. 400

snack: apple 100

dinner: veggies, corn veggie mix, chicken with skin...I did eat a lot for dinner. mostly veggies, some corn. big portions though. very big. mushrooms / onions around 100. then a corn thing around 150?..cooked spinach def around 100 (had a ton), cauliflower around 50?...too much...and chicken around...I think 250. total: 650, decent.

total: 1800, very good.

exercise: none planned, but took a half hour walk. need to rest / stretch legs and use some cold to relax them further now. feeling good.

I ate while on the phone, that's why things got funky with portions...but, everything was very tasty and I had lots of veggies to choose from. tomorrow i'll have some potato I think at lunch :-D that should be satisfying.


throat isn't getting worse, i'm helping it get better. I may need to skip gym tomorrow...but doubt I will. :-D maybe i'll just keep it short.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/01/2015:
Now what in the world is an effervescent tablet, and what does it do for you ?

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2015:

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2015:
It's an immune support booster that u take when u feel a cold coming on - at first signs of a cold. Effervescent just means it fizzes when I drop it in the water.. It has vitamin c and zinc and 5 calories which is why I like them.

horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2015:
And u can take I think 3-4 tablets a day - like every 4 hours for a few days.

OhioRaven on 11/02/2015:
Ok, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks, HP.

Maria7 on 11/02/2015:
Hoping you have a good day! :-D

livinglight on 11/02/2015:
Hope it all goes well and you keep feeling better!

Umpqua on 11/03/2015:
I hope you are able to fight off an ailments, there's lots going around this time of year! Thanks for your long comment and advice too. Unfortunately what I've been struggling with is just a plain old bug (virus maybe?) and not related to stress or anything else going on as far as I can tell. It's mostly gone now and I think time was the main thing to get it out of my system. I did switch to milder and more carby foods (the 3-bean chili I had mid week was a big mistake, doh!)

Interestingly, the apple cider vinegar helped a lot and my husband also picked up kombucha for both of us on Friday. I had half a bottle and that really helped quite a bit, although I didn't care for it much. Very sour and reminded me of a less concentrated version of the apple cider vinegar. It's GT's organic in gingerade. He got bilberry which was a little better. So I've finally tried the stuff! I would try it again, I know you made some brand recommendations a while back and I'm open to different flavors too. Anyway, thanks!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/03/2015:
yeah....based on the ones you just tried, I can tell you those are pretty strong flavors. There are others that are more mild. And a half bottle is a good amount to have in one sitting. I am bad though - and have had up to two bottles worth when i'm in need of a very gentle laxative lol.

lately I drink around 1/2-1 bottle in morning before anything else. depending on the type / brand / ingredients. sometimes a bit more if I need it to...make me go....sorry tmi!

thinkpositive on 11/03/2015:
Hope you are successful in keeping a cold away!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 01, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Early 7am: Kevita apple cider drink with turmeric & ginger...wow...strong. 50.

8am Breakfast: oatmeal with almond milk and a banana 300, peanut butter on top 150. pumpkin spice black tea with stevia.

10am: pumpkin spice siggi's yogurt. 130

11:30am - middle of workout: small nut & dried fruit bar 140

1pm-1:30pm after gym: 1 munchkin 60, coffee 60, light ice cream 60...180still 1:30pm - chips: 2.5 servings 350 cals...yeah, gave in to them :) is ok, not feeling great, little under the weather I think.1300...and a natural bar, 2pm. no worries.

was gonna have an egg sandwich for dinner but bought a lot of cooked veggies...some tofu pepper steak (will not buy this one again...) and beans...and more veggies. and had a smallish chocolate bar afterwards.

prob around 2250.

not a horrible weekend. fine weekend. ready for a new week.

no activities planned for after work tomorrow. looking forward to coming home and relaxing.

sore throat is a bit bothersome, but I think I can get rid of it.

bought some airborne effervescent tablets, some lozenges, some sore throat spray.


plan is to put away laundry, read & relax, grocery shop, pick up airborne if I don't find any at home - getting a sore throat.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/01/2015:
Have a great day.

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 31, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Saturday Entry!

9am: Kombucha 70...just gonna say 100.

10am Breakfast: oat bran with almond milk 150, a yogurt flavored red velvet! 80, peanut butter 100, banana 120. 450.

11:30am snack: chips 130, candy 20

2pm late lunch: lots of veggies around 150 at most, vegetarian chicken 250 at most, and toast with butter 200 600. is ok.

Dinner: Pita, salad with dressing, shrimp, and some sautéed broccoli. more than expected but I do NOT regret it - at all! Healthy food. I needed this.

2,000 cal.

exercise: 1 mi in early afternoon and then mall. Excellent!

Perhaps tomorrow I try to have that low cal day that i'm trying to hard to reproduce! Goal for tomorrow is once again 1500. I think I may go to the gym in the AM instead of the PM on Sunday...and maybe get a manicure in the PM!

And diners have been the best way for me lately - I get a nice salad, grilled shrimp..and sometimes extra cooked veggies. Any leftovers, I eat the next few days. Diners are also relatively cheap for all the food you get for the $.

Planning a late lunch around 2pm - probably eggs. Then off to mall later with friend.  Planning to get new concealer / foundation at Sephora. I haven't bought a new one in around 1-2 years! Really! I don't wear makeup everyday.

going to keep calories low today because I want to keep working on my weight thru April. My goal is to settle in at the lower weight so that it's easy to maintain. As my legs get stronger and I can do more cardio, it will get easier.

I want to be able to maintain a weight around 115 with ease. Right now, I am still around 120. I have not stepped on the scale this week because I could feel my body remaining very bloated bc of hormones and TOM.  It's a little too much flux in hormones so I may consider going on the pill...maybe...to get my body a bit under control.

I'm not in a rush to go on the pill though because I really am not eager to go to any more dr's right now.  You have to go to the dr to get a prescription for the pill...I may though...closer to sister's wedding maybe...if acne remains bad for the next couple months i'd go to the dr around January. 

I don't think acne is going to stay this bad...as i'm trying different skin care products and going to work less and also take a little better care of my skin in an attempt to make it better on my own.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 31, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

I can't  believe I didn't make an entry for Friday 10-30-15!

Here's Friday: great calories - around 1400 before dinner.

I overeat some "vegetarian pork" with tons of veggies...but overate still for dinner. so instead of being like 2000 cal at most, I may have had closer to 2150-2200 cals last night.  It was a good change of pace though. And did hit the spot. And I did sleep a bit better.

Still waking up at night, but not obsessing & realizing i'll get over it, actually! (meaning, sleeping pills are really not an option right now...i'm already on anti-anxiety stuff....but, i'm considering going on the pill to even at my hormones a bit so that TOM doesn't give me such bad acne the week before & during...too much lately. - SORRY OHIO R!)

exercise: around a half hour walking.

Calories past 7 days are slightly under 2,000/day.  Decent. But I will admit, I am not happy with this number. It was a stressful week, and hormones out of whack, I know I can do better than this.  I want to do better than this.  I had a few small binges on junk. One night of chips and even last night I overdid it on the servings of vegetarian pork (which was very good!)...I ate like 3 servings of the pork instead of 1.

So I can do better with calories, if it's truly what I want to do - and it is.


Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 29, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Seems a lot of the DDers are busy with life lately - fewer posts. I can understand completely.

Thank you all for your support when I was going thru that really rough time.

I am thru that dark period.  And everyone's helpful comments here added to the support I received from family and the limited friends I told about my panic attacks to.  It's not something you can open up to the world about. Not everyone understands.  But i'm thru it. Learning from it.  Moving on.  Seeing a therapist and still psychiatrist. Doing what I have to do to stay healthy mentally.

As expected, it's more difficult to watch calories when i'm working. Duh. Long days and all, up more hours, hungrier. But, it's not impossible. Last night was poor planning that lead to a small binge on chips. But, I am doing far better than previous months.  Losing a few pounds on my month off from work was great, I don't want to gain them back.  So I won't. :-D  I'm doing great.

Calories today were around 1700. Very good. Pretty healthy. Maybe high on caffeine.

and I went to the gym and did a good workout.

Work has been good. I'm occupied and doing the same exact thing all day long (8am-5pm) but it feels good because what i'm doing actually counts. It's a real job that's due and has a deadline which is time well spent for me, instead of doing less important tasks that aren't urgent. The urgency fuels me!

Calories for the week since Sunday, past 6 days, are around 1950. Decent. It should work decently for maintenance.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/29/2015:
I admire your ability to be honest with us- your DD buddies- during your difficult time. So glad that you are feeling better about life and able to handle the day to day problems.

OhioRaven on 10/30/2015:
Hey, I'm all ears. You can talk to me about anything... except for T. O. M. I'll let the girls handle that one.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/31/2015:
i'm glad you got the abbreviation! Actually, it took m awhile to pick up on it too - I learned it from an older member here :) She doesn't post right now.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Oct 28, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Stayed at work late. over an hour. so essentially I made up the time from Monday...now I don't need to have that hanging over my head.

When I got home I took a short walk & my foot / ankle generally felt better but it's still healing!

exercise: around half hour today.

I overate on chips (400 cal just for them) tonight. Dinner otherwise was healthy - toast with butter, egg & egg white, lots of steamed broccoli raab and also an eggplant salsa side that I had at home.

Calories must be at least 2300. Would have been better if I didn't reach for the chips. But now i'm satisified & carbed up...maybe it'll help me for gym tomorrow...as well as eating in general tomorrow. at least I got some good nutrition in (lol, not talking about the chips!)

The whole time I was eating the chips, I was sorta thinking about him.  On purpose and also bc I needed a break, I didn't contact him today. too much is no good!


It's been a good week so far. Busy. Happy to be coming home after work.  Need the night off for sure.  I may decide to do laundry tonight, a little bit, so I have less on the weekend. We'll see. I am happy to have an evening off midway thru the week.

Still crazy bloated. Had a kombucha this AM...because even though having more probiotics seems like a bad idea, yesterday morning they helped a little bit. So i'm doing the same thing today.


Wishing you all a good day.

Already looking towards the weekend, it'll be more laid back this time. No big plans, low key.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 10/29/2015:
Those chips can sneak up on us. Hard to eat just a few- for me anyway.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/29/2015:
usually i'm ok - but yesterday it was emotional eating that took over. I was tired and also thinking about emotional stuff...oh well. today's a new day.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Oct 27, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

Before the gym tonight I had a short convo on the phone with the guy...! It was great. We get along well. Easy communication.  I will be a little more patient with things.  Tomorrow I don't plan on asking him to call me again after work like I did on Monday last week. Things are going well. Maybe i'll let everything sink in for him and me a little bit. But so far, it's great getting to talk with him more & not texting as much. More phone, less texts.  I really like him. Glad (for the moment) that I didn't listen to my friends (not my best friend - she likes this drama!)  about never contacting him again after he didn't come to my party. I like him a lot...he's a good guy.


Early morning: kombucha 70.

Lately i'm really bloated since like Saturday / Sunday...must be TOM approaching! ugh. Bad acne, worse than usual again and sorta all over my chin area. It could be that I've had more sugar lately - but the real reason is pretty easy to figure out - TOM approaching. lol. sorry Ohioraven,, i'm sure you are very interested in reading that!


Today I have an option of going to a union meeting after work. Pretty sure i'm skipping that & only going to the gym. Last night was already busy...busy week. Hoping to talk to "my guy" (and he's not my guy yet or now or yeah you get it) tomorrow night. We've been staying in touch by texting...but I am looking forward to another chat with him.

1500 before gym...

bar after gym: 1700 total. perfect in terms of calories. decent in terms of health.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/27/2015:
Interesting write up Horn. Life's ups and downs that make it all worthwhile. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/27/2015:
I appreciate your take on my entry. You give good advice in your comment!

OhioRaven on 10/27/2015:
I kinda just scan past and go to the next paragraph. I guess I can share info on my Groin Pull sometime. Have a great day, HP. Good luck with your guy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/27/2015:
yes, I guess if I am sharing my crazy stuff...you may as well share yours! lol!

biscottibody59 on 10/27/2015:
Hang in there with your busy week!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/27/2015:
Thanks BB...that is exactly what i'm doing. trying for some balance.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Oct 26, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 119.0

1250 cal till before dinner.

no exercise.

went to therapy, left work early at 3:30pm...

Dinner: chips 230, soy chicken 250?, lots of cooked veggies (even though I am already bloated) 250-300. total here: 730 or so. good. and lots of garlic.

total today: 1950 or so. good.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

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