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horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 09, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Might be as high as 2200 bc I had a late dinner after not eating around 7 hours so I was hungry. But it was tasty :) and mostly healthy!

Dinner: sautéed cabbage 150, sautéed mushrooms and spinach 150? (Very oily), egg and egg whites 150, 2 bars 350: 800 at least. One bar natural one bar more of the protein artificial type.

Work was pretty good. Worked from 8am till 7pm. Tomorrow is dentist, relaxing, and gym. Maybe laundry. And some good eating. It's gonna be a nice, relaxing weekend!

thinkpositive on 01/10/2015:
Have a great weekend. That is a long work day! You deserve a relaxing weekend.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 08, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Good day back at work after yesterday's day off. No exercise other than abs. Around 2200-2300, good.

My mood was good too :)

2015 is gonna be a good year for me.

puddles on 01/08/2015:
Keep your spirits up and have a great evening.

museumgirl on 01/09/2015:
Happy you are in a better place. I do hope 2015 is a good year.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 07, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Evening Edit: 

The dr went well. he was very calm and patient with me & all my questions. He said continue on these anti inflammatory and muscle relaxer meds for another 6 weeks when I will go back to him.  he feels I am having progress and I do agree.  it's slow, but it's there. day off was wonderful. 

I got a lot of important phone calls and finance-related paperwork sorted and questions answered. I now know I can transfer all my teacher retirement system money (must take it out or transfer it because my membership automatically ceases after not working in the field 5 years now) to my current retirement system! Wonderful. So now I can skip out on the 20% tax penalty as well as the 10%penalty for getting the money in a check direct to myself. Basically, I don't lose anything, 100% of the money stays mine instead of going to taxes and state.

How much does that save me?! Well over $1,000 dollars that will stay in my retirement fund instead of being deducted for penalty. wonderful. glad to keep all my money!  Now I just have to get all the paperwork done and choose the funds to invest my money in...will try to figure out which funds are doing the best currently...I may not really be able to figure that one out, but I do have a coworker I could ask since he has a friend as a financial planner and he told me he discussed it with the planner...

I also dealt with other medical phone calls. lots of phone time, but seemed to get done faster than usual with minimal waiting...

best of all, I did get a haircut, cut a ton off. and it feels so much healthier! lastly, I went to the gym and had a nice upper body weights workout. I am using slightly lower weights than i was up to 2.5 months ago. It feels GREAT to do be starting to recover and feeling better all over.

calories after small coffee and protein shake: 1200...

calories for dinner: around 450?

total: 1650, all healthy. good.

total cals these past 2 days: 2075. good enough. moving onwards to tomorrow!

(I still have a few vaca days remaining, to be spaced out so I can have a few more days like this one in the next few months).  On the next day I take, it'll be easier because it's during a week that a lot of people take off, President's Week in February.  I have actually scheduled both a gyno apt and my leg follow up apt on the same day. so a good use of the day. also, i'll prob get a workout in.)  in order to somehow increase my fitness and health, it's going to involve spacing vacation days out rather than using them all together. It'll also mean not truly going on vacation, aside from the summer at the beach.  Works for me.  Luckily growing up, I did get the chance to travel a bit with my family and experience some nice things.  Even as a younger adult, I did have a few great travel experiences.  Now is not the time for that.  And I am thankful I did do those things earlier.


Having a slight fast till after my dr. apt, or what i'd really like is to make it to Noon or later actually.  Let's see if I can reach this goal today :) I will maybe splurge on a haircut to even out the back with the front....it will also help pass time if I can get it in in the later morning!  Tonight I'll cook some veggies.


If I can get the haircut in, i'd come home after to eat afterwards before gym.  Planning on bran cereal and high fiber carbs, maybe some fruit.  And maybe a little coffee before gym. After gym, I would get a protein shake. Dinner will then be veggies and some kind of meat, and maybe squash as a carb. still Deciding...also I have canned pumpkin, so maybe with dinner canned pumpkin and a higher fat yogurt....decisions, decisions :) Calorie goal for today is 1400-1600 (1200 would be good, also).

Breakfast: lemon and turmeric spice blend in warm water with stevia: 50.

Big Meal at noon: soup, even broth with a bone base!, and ham/kale soup 150, then TONS of cooked cabbage with oil 500 at least probably, and yogurt with cranberry 200.

total around 900, good!

puddles on 01/07/2015:
Good luck at the Dr. today and please let us know how it goes. Your day sounds like it is well planned. Wishing you all the best.

skinnygrlwithin on 01/07/2015:
Great job on planning out your day! It always helps to keep you on track. I hope all goes well at the doctors office.

museumgirl on 01/07/2015:
Good luck at the doctor!

Umpqua on 01/07/2015:
Good plan for the day and I hope you're enjoying a day off!

thinkpositive on 01/07/2015:
Sounds like a good day.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 06, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Got around 8hrs sleep but could have seriously used one more hour to make up for Sunday nights lack of it completely. Feeling a lil better but glad I am taking Wednesday fully off. My body is still sore today so tomorrow will be a great weights workout back at the gym after the dr. Sometime in the earlier afternoon! As for today, nothing planned but I will use the roller on my legs and do some stretching before work this morning. Also gonna force myself to take the gross gelatin collagen in my water this morning...will take 2x a day :( for now.

overate a little bit at dinner, but at least it was tasty. 

calories around 2500 today, but worth it.  lately I've been having a lot more salt and it almost makes me feel better??

tomorrow's plan: fasting in morning (no real breakfast). come home, eat, go to gym after dr appt. get a shake after working out and come home and cook all the nice veggies I bought. and maybe pick up some cooked chicken from supermarket. we'll see...

I had the two servings of gelatin....it is so gross I almost wanna spit it out when I drink it. smells and tastes awful!

Worked 8am-7pm..,.made more money :)

puddles on 01/06/2015:
You seem to be in a better place lately. Wishing you all the best at your Dr. tomorrow. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 01/06/2015:
Good luck at the dr. Have a good day today.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 05, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

food: some healthy, some not. Around 3.5 servings of chips in there (but that's because most of the grain carbs I had were from chips, not also breads.  Sometimes I prefer chips to bread or rice. wouldn't you!?

550 + 850 lunch = 1400....good :) Did abs in morning...

2250, good.

was up a lot during the night with things on my mind and also very strong winds kept waking me.  tonight I hope to get better sleep :)

I was very sore in an area where I probably lost a bit of muscle today from my workout last night. It felt great to know I worked my muscles :) but now I just have to get rid of my leg pain so I can really forge ahead with my dreams.

I have begun to take collagen. It's a pure protein powder and it smells and tastes horrible.  it's made from animal parts (bones and hoofs - I should read the label so I can tell you more...I will...). there's a lot left in the bottle and I am going to take it religiously.  it says to take some in the morning (tablespoon) and another at night. that's the recommended dose and it equals about 100 calories this way.

Collagen is perfect for the repair of joints and soft tissue. That is the problem I am having with my legs. so if i'm not up to making a bone broth soup yet (takes awhile and I need to buy the bones), I will take this collagen.  I really only want to take it once a day...but perhaps I should test it twice first? to see if it does anything? I really want to nip this leg problem a bit more....I did a pretty good job being happy today at work too...and I am going to remember that...how important it is to maintain a positive outlook.

Maintaining a positive perspective helps me :) It feels really good to feel good, you know? So like I said, I did a great job today doing that. And tomorrow I feel I will also do a good job because I am taking the next day, Wednesday, fully off: to go to the dr in morning about my legs (follow-up) and then I will work out later in the afternoon, similar to the workout I did yesterday. This way, I have an extra day recovery after not working out for almost 3 months. And that's good because I am not sure I would be ready to workout tomorrow, I think I am still going to be sore! Feels good because I know it means my muscles are growing and repairing (upper body) and also that means I should let them recover, not force another workout (lesson learned from my legs...).

anyways, 2015 started off nicely. and I am looking to keep it that way :)

I think the collagen is going to help me greatly....and anyways, I will experiment until the container is done!

museumgirl on 01/05/2015:
Have a great day! I need to do abs....if I can find them....

thinnside40 on 01/05/2015:
Happy New Year! :)

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 04, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Just rediscovered a bottle of gelatin that I bought. It's so healthy (but smells & tastes plain awful!).  It can be added to foods, sneaked in!, and it's very healthy especially for someone like me who needs all the soft tissue repair she can get. Will be using it daily, even though it's gross stuff lol, for the next two weeks, no matter what, to see if I notice any changes in my body (and if my legs feel better after two straight weeks on it).  It's the perfect stuff for your ligaments / tendons.  If I do feel a difference, I will start incorporating this product somewhat regularly, cycling it, in my diet.

1200, I can do it :)

So glad I did my laundry yesterday because I live in an apt and today I am SURE lots of people will be getting back from vacation and doing last minute laundry before the work week! Now, I am already set and that's a task I don't have to think about. Best decision ever.  Also, I am up and relaxing, purposely, till around noon.  Then, i'll have lunch and go exercise at the gym. After that, time to pick up food for the week.  I am going to refrain from buying too many cooked veggies, cook my own again this afternoon.  But I will pick up some because they come as part of a full dish with meat for a decent deal at a nearby health food store. They give so much meat (whatever you want - chicken, sometimes mealballs, turkey, sometimes pork it always varies a ton - that the meat lasts me a full three days!) But in general, I am going to cook most of my own veggies this week....because I have the time to do it & it's cheaper :)

I don't have to pick up too much at the store: almond milk, fruit (I made a ton of cooked cranberries so maybe just a couple oranges, grapefruits), veggies - I am thinking kale and other dark greens, (I already have yogurts, wraps, peanut butter lol which I am so glad I am finishing the last of the jars I had bought months ago - of course I will replenish but this time I think slower so I don't have so much in the house at once, no reason to waste money unless it's on sale, what else do I already have - nuts and seeds (I should start the sunflower seeds and other seeds I bought before going to the store to stock up on almonds - will try to not waste more money until I finish off some things), also I have some tuna fish that I can use so as not to have to buy meat later in the week if I want, maybe I will make the easy quinoa that's been sitting around for such a long time!..

Snacking / Breakfast: 300 or so...

Snack: 250

total: 550. (if need be, I will go up to 1300-1400 today because what can I do!? I want to enjoy this day....)

tasty, fantastic lunch: egg and egg white omelette (big) with lots of sautéed cabbage inside (cabbage cooked in peanut and toasted sesame oil w/ onion & garlic)...and half a grapefruit...around 450 we'll say.

1,000 so far, good...what can I do LOL.

did a full weights workout, like I used to. I decided last minute to go to my regular gym. it felt so good (but legs still sore...) so I did get a smoothie there because I needed some endurance. I was there for 1.5 hours ;) nothing feels better and I vow to get back to my regular self in 2015 :)shake around 250.

dinner was bigger, but healthy pretty much: half avocado 150, turkey/chicken burger 250??, salad & other half the grapefruit 50, veggie chips 150: 600, fine.

1850, good.


puddles on 01/04/2015:
Sounds like you have a good plan in place. Have a great day.

SkinInTheGame on 01/04/2015:
You can do it Plenty - stick to your plans today!!

Umpqua on 01/05/2015:
Thanks for your comment and words of encouragement, I sure appreciated it :) Excellent plan for the week and your foods sound yummy. I hope you have a fantastic day!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 03, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Starting the day off happy. :) 50.

Realizing how lucky I am do have this day to myself.  Nobody to listen to or tell me what to do.  Relaxing, home. No plans, no obligations.  One of the luxuries of being single and living alone.  Of course, it can get lonely and things of the like, but for me, I am very content.

Being content is what works for me.  When I am relaxed, my eating is always better.  And I am going to use the couple days just as planned, to relax and let me body breathe a little bit, not indulge in so much food like I have in the days before. Let me body have a break....

And even though it sounds very selfish / self-indulgent, I have a dr apt on Wedesday this week and I may just take that whole day off work (instead of coming in late in the morning).  that way, after the dr, I can exercise and even do laundry (if I decide I don't want to do it tomorrow).  Just wanna relax, every day, all day. I know I sound funny, but that's all I want to do...and it feels great.



800 + 800 = 1600 today, fine. tomorrow I only have 1200 cals left...for Sunday. lol too much borrowing & divvying and math....must do better and actually create a deficit. I can do it on Wednesday if I take that day off...

1200 planned for Sunday's calories. (no weight loss this weekend, just glad I was able to maintain...) that was hard enough!

puddles on 01/03/2015:
Have a great day.

SkinInTheGame on 01/03/2015:
Happy for you! Nice post!!

Jezebel on 01/03/2015:
I love living alone. I accept that most people feel a sort of cocky pity for single people. But once you embrace the truth that you can always count on yourself and can ENJOY your own company, there's a special kind of security and comfort in being alone that those people will never know.

museumgirl on 01/03/2015:
I've never lived alone, but I have always thought I would like it, for a while, to just do what I want and make my own decisions.....but now, I am so used to having someone here, I would not know what to do with myself!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 02, 2015
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Weight: 0.0

Calories low but still around 1400 of tomorrow's allowance used....this is really for my Info only and to keep track.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 01, 2015
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Mixed emotions on the 1st of the new year.

But at the end of the day, I am looking forward second chances and the challenges that 2015 will bring. I am looking to get stronger again and reclaim my health, little by little and day by day. By 2016, I want to say I made this a good year.

I may have to work on standing up for myself at work even more and working only the minimum hours when I want to. No overtime every day of the week. Will work on creating more of a balance.

museumgirl on 01/01/2015:
Sounds like a good plan of action for the year. Best wishes!

Umpqua on 01/01/2015:
Happy New Year Horn! You are a trooper and you have been a fixture on the DD through all these years. I greatly admire your dedication to your health and fitness and improving your life overall!

puddles on 01/01/2015:
Challenges can be great motivators. I know how hard you work at this and it will pay off. Have a great evening

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 31, 2014
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Weight: 0.0

Happy NYE everyone :)

Overall, 2014 is a year I wish to forget (mainly bc of the constant pain and tendonitis in my legs everyday) and I vow for 2015 to be better. There are some changes in my legs and I pray that they will continue to recover now. Going back to the dr next week on Wednesday and praying it's going to start getting more and more under control. And maybe if I can't get rid of all pain, I hope to manage with it, get stronger, and start preparing my mind and body to enter the NYPD in either winter 2016 or summer 2016. Pray for me please. I want to move forward with my life this year :) 2014 was very stagnant and did not include an ounce of growth in my opinion.

I may be negative but I find it hard not to be. I should have been in the NYPD class that just graduated a few days ago from the academy. I will be working on feeling better and resuming exercise as life allows in the year ahead, 2015. I want more than I have now. I am so ready to achieve bigger things in life. I know I can do better. I never settle. But this year, I had to.

Calories during workday: 750 Calories at home: around 550 prob at most. 1300, good. Going to a party tonight and what I really want is desserts :) and I know there will be some! Hopefully a big brownie! I am bringing the veggie tray!

We were told to wear dresses (my friend planned a skit we are going to perform lol) but I am wearing lounge pants and a fleece. I am done, fried, and plan to relax with my friends not dress up as if I were going to a wedding! Hellz to the NO!

Calories: 4500-5000....plus Thursday breakfast 600. Around 5500....actually, 5700. Fine!

2000 / 2200. 2000 / 2200 2000 / 2200 500. Darn that is a lot of food.

museumgirl on 12/31/2014:
Some years are best put in the past, aren't they? I have two years like that. This was a good one for me - I hope 2015 brings you better things and lets you get your life back, too. Wishing the best for you. Have a happy New Year's Eve!

puddles on 12/31/2014:
I am glad that things are starting to turn for you for the best. I wish you all good things for the new year but most of all I wish you health and happiness. May your days be filled with joy and contentment in 2015.

SkinInTheGame on 01/01/2015:
You are going to have a great 2015! It starts tomorrow!!

Go get those dreams!

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