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horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 22, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Calories through end of workday 1350 or so. Dinner 600 Late snack 250 at most.


Still high but I did some walking, a leg workout and 10 minutes of a more hardcore elliptical workout. Still my damn legs are bothering me, but able to do more.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 21, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Morning light foods a couple hours before breakfast around 7-8 am: fruit & a bottle of two servings kombucha (the brand is Kombucha Wonder Drink) and the flavor was out of this world awesome: Pear & Ginger.  Kombucha has a lot of probiotics and I noticed my digestion was...well...in full swing - glad I have some downtime at home this morning & do not have to rush anywhere. 200 Cals

9:30am Breakfast: Oat bran cooked with 1/2 coconut water and 1/2 water & cinnamon 180, cashews 50, taste of coconut butter 20, 2 tablespoons of Smart Balance nut butter 200, and greek yogurt 2% 110 (was craving so much fat this AM - not sure why but gave into it because I knew it was the healthy types that I was going to be eating!) 560 and really, really good for me.  noticing a major change in my bowels this AM (sorry everyone!) because of the probiotics in the drink above & yogurt and the fiber in the oat bran. 

760..(would love to eat a little lower cals today as I've been eating too much for a couple weeks now). 900 cals before lunch.

lunch: around 550...and a 100 cal snack later on.


well, dinner is probably not more than 700.

total today: probably around 2250. there was a little cardio doing a few errands & a great upper body & abs workout at the gym!

And it's a change for the better, I feel my body feeling better, not worse. I may still opt for the lox on a wrap...for breakfast the 3 days I am at work this week...but the other days will be breakfasts similar to this one when I am home.


The plan for today is a mighty upper body & abs workout at the gym! just need a quick shower...

Glad my laundry is done.  I even caught up on my health reimbursement bills for insurance..i'll be getting back the $348 I spent on copays & acupuncture over the past 2 months! AWESOME!

also a liquid vitamin of Glucosamine.  Later on, I am planning to do a detox cleanse (like a 7 or 14 day that is sold in a box at the nutrition store - they are basically herbal or a mix of vitamins that may not be fully herbal...either way, I am going to be buying one shortly) not a fruit or drink based, but with herbs or vitamins that you take a specific times.  and eating as I normally do. I would have liked to start now..like Wednesday of work but it interferes with some other plans I have this coming week.  I will maybe start the Friday of Columbus Day weekend.  Reason I want to start on a Friday is because I just have to get through one day of work on it...Maybe starting on a Saturday is better.

I am eating better.  Of course, no artificial sugars and no caffeinated teas right now (probably mostly forever too - but I still have so many different types of tea at home, work, and Dunkin Donuts money to spend - I could get a natural hot green tea).

I'm eating better. Yesterday, I went to the mall for around 2-3 hours on my feet.  I also did laundry & did a leg workout at physical therapy in the morning.  I saw a definite increase in my endurance to be on my feet for a longer portion of the day. But, I did still experience weakness while at the mall and later part of the day because my body is definitely NOT USED to being used this way!  It's sad, but I will work on it.  I'll teach my body to once again tolerate being more active & on my feet.  I will "make it happen" - same slogan as the company I work for! 

At 32, there is no reason I cannot help my body be the best it can be.  I'm a work in progress - and, yes, it's time to get the ball rolling again.  I have work to do. 

I have been going to bed and putting my legs up on the headboard so they can drain for 10-30 minutes depending on how much time I have.  I have noticed a slight backache after & in morning.  I contribute it to a detox from aspartame / artificial sugars and I figure it can take me a couple months even. By end of September, like a week from now, I figure my leg endurance will be even better than it is today.

I have patience, but it's definitely something that is not a strong point of mine in general.  I want to be able to run now - but I know I need to wait.  Maybe come the New Year. (or earlier if I feel better). 

According to my PT, I need to wait around 2 pain-free months before I start to train.  I must listen to that - and maybe wait a little extra time.  I can't mess up this time - as I have valuable time now - my entrance to the police academy is resting on my ability to heal my own body.  The sooner I heal, the sooner I will get in.  I will be skipping entrance for January (this coming one) because I am not well enough in my legs.  But by summer, July, that's a lot of time.  I have loads of improvement before then, but my plan is to make it there. In February, I plant to call the NYPD & reinstate my application (it's on hold now on notice that I didn't want to leave my job - lol, that's certainly NOT the case.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/21/2014:
Things seem to be looking up for you. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 09/21/2014:
You've accomplished a lot. Sounds like you are making progress, have a great day!

Destiny65 on 09/22/2014:
Things are looking up! Happy for you!

biscottibody59 on 09/22/2014:
Have a good week!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 20, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Happy Saturday! :) Good Morning.

Planning to comment on your diaries later today :) off to physical therapy as I skipped it last night in order to come home & relax (which I did!). I also got a massage (which I will be completely reimbursed for!!!...it's done at an acupuncture place & they give me a receipt saying it was acupuncture. I then submit it to my insurance & money is taken (my money) from my health fund and a check is made out to me for the whole amount!) I can do this with all prescription & medical co-pays as well as acupuncture. Also, this place is only 5-10 minutes away from me. so, it was out really well. I can get massage & acupuncture for free (as I am reimbursed with my own money but it's money I wouldn't have access to right now unless I was reimbursed, if that makes sense to you). it's great.

breakfast, 650, was a plum, some cashews, a banana, creamy oat cereal with almond milk, cinnamon, a tablespoon or so of pumpkin butter, and a greek yogurt. and amazingly, I am satisfied and not hungry!

Around 2250, awesome.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 09/20/2014:
Have a wonderful day, massages are so helpful!

OhioRaven on 09/20/2014:
Great breakfast AND a massage. I need me some of that.

thinkpositive on 09/20/2014:
Pumpkin butter!! Sounds wonderful The acupuncture & massage sound wonderful. Hope it helps,

horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 19, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Happy Friday! Much less pain in back and neck, legs burning still at night/morning.  I put my feet against the bed backboard (like putting them up against the wall while laying on your back) for almost 30 min yesterday & I think it brought on some back pain (as whatever toxins are in my legs moved up to my back...yes, seriously) neck pain is very very minimal, so thankful! It was last week Friday that I started eating cleaner - no artificial sugars & I finally am feeling a little bit better today.  Legs still have progress, but I'm definitely better.  Digestion is a little better too.

I woke up in the middle of the night hungry and restless. At first I did go back to sleep but then woke up again. I had two plums and water and then went back to sleep & could have slept much more if not for my alarm clock.  I guess a yogurt and coconut water after working out last night wasn't enough? who knows!

Breakfast (counting one of the plums from last night) banana, whole lemon (juice in hot water & I eat the rest) 200.

around 2200 healthy calories today. overate veggies sautéed in a bit of oil in the evening, but who cares. I made it through a week without coffee and diet sugars. it's pretty easy, as long as i have lots of other food on hand...

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/19/2014:
Sometimes normal is pretty darn good !

museumgirl on 09/19/2014:
I had strange sleep patterns when I was first doing this too, and I blamed it on de-tox (I had been drinking a LOT). It took a couple weeks, but I am finally sleeping better. Sounds like you are making progress too. You are not alone!

Destiny65 on 09/19/2014:
Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better today!

thinkpositive on 09/19/2014:
Would a massage help?

puddles on 09/19/2014:
Hoping you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 18, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Happy Thursday! Substantially less pain in lower back and neck this AM. Went for Accupuncture and 15 min massage before physical therapy last night bc I felt so exhausted and back/neck/legs were getting too painful.

My legs burn a little this AM as I lie here in bed but way less. Been getting good sleep so far this week too. Today hopefully is a turning point with less pain. I have been leaving work at 5pm most days this week and last week.

1300 before end of day all healthy. Before gym: 600 at most. After gym around 150 2050 excellent.

more around 2100, good! all healthy.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/18/2014:
Have a good day, HP.

museumgirl on 09/18/2014:
I hope that is a turning point, glad you feel better!

puddles on 09/18/2014:
Wishing you a better day today.

thinkpositive on 09/18/2014:
Glad you are at a turning point.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 17, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Happy hump day!

Still waking up with leg, back & neck pain. It's gotta be the detox bc overall my legs feel better and the pain seems worst in the mornings since I stopped the artificial sweeteners. Before stopping with them, pain was least in the morning. I know a lot of the body's detox can occur overnight. Hopefully all pain will be gone after one month from the day I stopped. Either way, I will be happy whenever the day comes that I feel no pain.

Holy cow did I hurt myself so badly eating fake crap , praying to be out of pain and then I can begin training for the NYPD academy. It's up to my body and god right how. Praying I get a second chance.

Around 1650 maybe 1700...

And a yogurt 1800.

I chose to eat some cooked veggies sautéed when I got home so calories are up again around 1900, good still.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/17/2014:
Did the Doctor tell you that he artificial sweeteners was the cause of all your pain. I have always use these and at 61 do not feel any residue of having used or is it that it affect certain people and not others. Definitely an unusual side effect. Wishing you feel better soon.

Destiny65 on 09/17/2014:
Prayers your way for second chance.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 16, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Good morning :)

Physical therapy was much easier for me last night than usual. Probably bc I didn't have any caffeine or decaf coffee in me :) in general I feel my body is getting stronger through this detox.

Unfortunately, I am still waking up with neck, back, and leg pain moe than usual. It's got to be the detox bc I never ever had symptoms of the neck at the base of my skull and lower back pain. These are new pains starting the morning I woke up on the 2nd day of detoxing off the fake stuff.

Breakfast: banana and hot lemon water 150

Around 2000 cal. Mile walk at lunch, full weights, back, abs

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/16/2014:
Happy you are feeling stronger. Have a great day.

OhioRaven on 09/16/2014:
HaveaHealthyDay, HP

Destiny65 on 09/17/2014:
Glad to hear your physical therapy went well!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 15, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Happy Monday. Day 4 no artificial sugars. Less pain this am. Basically no lower backache. I do have some pain at the back of my neck. Legs still burn but a lot less. I might have been sweating a little at night. Facial skin feels a little better. I am bloated bc I overate last night.

1st breakfast - hot water with lemon and a banana. 150

2nd breakfast - lox in wrap with a little spread 250

Snack - pb and some pumpkin spread on wrap 300, tea

Lunch- fish and potatoes 450?  1200?

Dinner - broccoli and chicken on wrap? Fruit. 300 prob at most. 1500

Snack: yogurt? Tea? Around 1750 somebody gave me a small amount of salmon salad. it wasn't a lot, but you know it's heavy. I also had a plum around 350 possibly.

1850, good.

exercise: walked about one mile, less leg pain. leg pt. less leg pain overall but lots of back pain and a new type of pain at the base of my skull (back of neck)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/15/2014:
HaveaHealthyDay !

museumgirl on 09/15/2014:
Glad there's progress, have a great day!

puddles on 09/15/2014:
Glad to hear you are feeling better. Have a great week.

Destiny65 on 09/15/2014:
Hope you feel completely better soon.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 14, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

I did overeat and didn't even feel good about it, still need to focus even on this. 3300 cal today, not great, but not so bad. it's been awhile, I think, since I've had above a 3,000 cal day. this week I just need to get through without any bars - of any type.

exercise today: 30 min walk maybe & full weights & abs routine.

Thanks everyone for the well wishes.  This may sound obnoxious and greedy, but I wish I could take some time away from work so that I could learn more about what to do right for my body and get rid of all pain before going back to work!!!  but, alas, Monday I am back there.  (last Thursday I took off meaning to prepare for an interview which I cancelled on Friday knowing that it wasn't a good time to head back into teaching band after not doing it for 8 years and without any kind of studying / catching up on my part before just heading into the classroom as a teacher for a year).

anyways, I am waking up with nasty leg pain & lower back pain (I never have had lower back pain in my life aside from a few bad periods here and there - as in PMS like 5 times most in my life).  so, this new back pain phenomenon is new and I hope it ends soon. My legs are also on fire in a different way than the old pain. It comes and goes. and it doesn't only come when I am on them - it also manifests itself right when I get up - waking up - when I am still laying in bed. I am going to attribute all of this to a detox.  I've had lots of stevia / aspartame / artificial sugars (besides trying to quit once around 1-1.5 years ago I forget exactly when) for years. OVER TEN YEARS. and in the last few years, I've probably had at least one of these artificial substances at least once a day. so I definitely could be going through a minor detox.

I am not getting headaches or night sweats or anything like that. just a continued body weakness, sore & painful lower back, and the burning in my shins.  I have found I CAN walk more on my legs, that I have more of a bounce to my step (many of you know that I have been suffering with chronic tendonitis / shin splints in my legs for over 1.5 years).  and to realize something positive is occurring with my legs gives me hope that I can work through this & my body can recover enough to become the NYPD officer & healthy person that I know I can be.

I am far from recovered right now. my body (lower body especially) is still MAJORLY week. I am not in good health for the academy or to be a cop right now.  I can only heal myself...and with the help from god.  This may sound wacky and insane, but after 1.5 years of my life being extremely miserable with chronic pain most days, it would make sense that I feel this way.

I usually wouldn't "hope and pray" and look to outside sources as ways to help myself, but this time, I feel I need it.

it's been a dream to be a cop and if I can restore my health (by removing these horrible chemicals from my diet that have been there since I was around 19/20 years old) I will certainly become one.  I did the entire process. I just have the physical test left (which I could pass now if I wanted to!) but I have to be healthy for the academy as well as the job.  I could not do the academy in the poor health my legs are in & would never be able to stand all day on the job at this point in time.  It is quite a sad thing to have to write this - about myself - and how poor my health really is at this point in time!

Like I said, I have to fix this problem if I am going to move forward in the world. I am in such a bad place right now, but I have all the resources I need to get better. I have to work for it & work harder (smarter) than I have done for the previous 10 years. 

We never know how detrimental our mistakes are, until we experience the devastating consequences later. If I can get though this, and heal well, I will definitely speak out against the poisons of aspartame & artificial sugars.  I have the strength to get through this detox and I only hope that is what it is.

Breakfast: fruit and some almond milk - around 150, lox on a wrap with some spread 250...so far, 400 cal today.

snack: pb on wrap, yogurt, some pumpkin spread 350

other snacking at gym: 2 bananas & coconut water 300


lunch: guess is 650? and then ate some more (all healthy but overdid it) 300?

around 2100, too much, but, no fake sugars and I'm pretty much almost out of pain. legs are better than they've been in a long time, just need to adapt my portions now and eat better still. we're getting there.

it was a later lunch...so maybe a light dinner.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Destiny65 on 09/14/2014:
Hoping your feel better soon.

puddles on 09/14/2014:
Wow what a posting. I can't even imagine what you go through. Will keep you in my prayers.

OhioRaven on 09/15/2014:
Great Post today HP. Starting today I'm going to cut back or out those powdered chemicals I put in my coffee every day. I'm praying for some peace in your life. Thanks for sharing. Have a Great Day !

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 13, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Praying I am going thru some sort of detox. Feeling bad. Legs hurt and overall I feel bad. Legs feel like they are on fire. Felt much better after initial wake up this morning. In bed now it's around 11pm. Legs still feel some pain but minor. Hoping all pain will be gone at the end if the week or month. Praying god can do the rest. I have cut out diet sugars, god will help me restore my body.

probably around 2300, good.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/13/2014:
Oh, Crap ! Praying for you, HP.

museumgirl on 09/13/2014:
Be kind to yourself, detox takes a lot out of you. Good luck!

thinkpositive on 09/13/2014:
Is that what detox should feel like?

puddles on 09/13/2014:
Hope your feeling better soon. Take care of yourself.

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