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horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 26, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Finally I cooked a protein pancake like i've been wanting to do for so long!  Happy Friday & day off!  I posted a photo of my breakfast below. 

Here's how I made my breakfast (it was big!) - 1/3 cup of oat bran 160, little less than 2/3 cup water, 1/2 cup egg whites 60, topped with 2 tbsps peanut butter 200, and 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese (so good, it feels and tastes like ricotta!) 100 and lots of cinnamon.  I mixed the bran and egg mixture together and then sprayed a pot and cooked it in there till the bottom was nice and compact...then flipped it over so the top half had the same pancake-like consistency. It was tasty...still it could be better if I make it more moist (maybe add banana next time blended or apple sauce blended in...to be tried again!).  520, plus the cooking spray which I'm not counting. and some kombucha and liquid glucosamine vitamin this morning. so, at least 550 (not counting any more than this because I'm giving my head a mental break - and more calories to spare for later.

Off for a quick shower before a hardcore weights before I'm hungry again lol!


At gym: small banana and coconut water around 150 Lunch so far tons of cooked greens 150....to be followed up when I get home - ate the greens in my car over 4 cups kale, spinach, cabbage all cooked. Rest of lunch was more cabbage salads and turkey on a wrap with a little spread Total lunch was 650

Snack: 1/4 cup cashews and a big plum. I am so darn binge-y!

1600 cals so far.

Snack: kombucha 100, cottage cheese 100....later cooked cabbage, spinach, and broccoli 350, but def not more

1900 :)

snack in evening:


I have the breakfast plate on my lap & I'm wearing pjs:

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

Destiny65 on 09/26/2014:
Looks delicious! Have a good work out!

OhioRaven on 09/26/2014:
I wonder if I could use this as a pizza crust.

museumgirl on 09/26/2014:
Sounds great!

puddles on 09/26/2014:
Looks good. Great job. Have a good day.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 25, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

Total Thursday was 2650 bc I had an early but big dinner with my folks and then drove home on the late side. I went to bed but while laying there before falling asleep I decided I was hungry. And are a 400 calorie snack of these BBQ lower cal chips, a large plum, and some kombucha. Sucks but this usually happens. At least it wasn't an all out binge, ya know.


Good morning....happy holidays to any Jewish folks :) off today and tomorrow. Couldn't sleep last night so I had a snack around 200 around 4-5am.

8am More snacking in AM: kombucha guava flavor, 4 cashews, more slaw salad, few craisins - hopefully not more than 200!

9am healthy breakfast: hot oat bran 120, half banana 60, Greek yogurt 100, a nut butter mixed with coconut spread two tbsps 200 because I need the fat and crave fats lately. Around 500.

900. Snacking 50

Total after lunch and snack: 1300-1350, good!

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

puddles on 09/25/2014:
Have a great day.

museumgirl on 09/25/2014:
Happy Holidays, have a great day!

OhioRaven on 09/25/2014:
I know SuperCheese is Jewish, but I ain't heard from her lately. The Military has her too busy I guess.

Destiny65 on 09/25/2014:
Enjoy your days off!

biscottibody59 on 09/25/2014:
Have a safe and happy long weekend!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 24, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

total calories today: 2250 = success, for sure.

total exercise: around a half hour walk.

got out an hour and a half early, so I went to do an errand & drove to several of my favorite food shops on the way home.  I actually picked up too many vegetables. I was hungry & happy that today is the last day of the work week for me - so I totally bought too much food.  eating, well, I ate a huge volume of food for dinner (much more than two heaping plates of prepared veggies and other items).

dinner: all types of prepared cooked veggies (atypical, Asian varieties - ie: cooked daikon - it's a huge radish over a foot long) in an Asian sauce with celery and some kind of ****acki style mushroom; another dish was a cooked cucumber-hijiki seaweed dish which was awesome!....another sampling I got was a mushroom dish in some kinda sauce....and I got more...the other plateful of food was an assortment of cabbage salads - not typical at all....I got lucky on what they had available today! - it's always a different menu)  I had a little more vegetables than listed above, but these are the most exotic. 

I live in a big city, Queens, NY...right near an Asian area...so I get a lot of good food.  I also live near an Orthodox Jewish area, so I get great food all around!! It's not like the country or even small suburbs where the nearest supermarket may be 20 min away.  I have literally over 5 supermarkets less than 10 minutes away.  And most are above average on what they offer.  I just got very lucky on my location!  I don't even live in a wealthy area...I got lucky!  and for a foodie like me, it's great!

ok, so for the vegetables - 500-600. hopefully not more followed by a large plum 50. and some egg white corn chips bbq flavor and they were great. 200. total here: 850 or so, hopefully not too much more LOL. well, that's low calories for all that food = awesome.

 I only eat like this on days when I do NOT have work the next day because of obvious problems regarding fullness...

FIGHTER DIET...that is SOOOO for someone like me. I can't really do it now - maybe I can...but probably not since I'm looking to stay away from stevia - and she uses it a lot because it sweetens bland things like wheat bran cereal. will look into it. 

I have been reading a lot of Pauline Nordin and her Fighter Diet program. I love vegetables just like she does, LOL. and we eat similiarly, without me even knowing who she was until recently.

Legs aren't hurting that much today. I will try to take a short walk outside soon.  At work I worked straight from 8-3:45, no breaks other than lunch at my desk, so it will be good to get up and walk a lil bit.  especially with all this bulk in my stomach!

calories so far: 1950. if I'm hungry, I plan on a yogurt & maybe a kombucha too.

I skipped PT because I plan to go tomorrow.


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

museumgirl on 09/24/2014:
Sounds like great healthy food. I love living in an area where we have access to interesting and healthy fresh foods. I visited NYC this summer, but didn't get out of Manhattan. We loved it!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 23, 2014
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.2

2050. Legs hurt minor amounts but during the day. Actually, only the left leg. Right leg has been putting up with everything better and better.

Mile walk at lunch. Upper body and abs at gym.

Successful, healthy day.

I added a Rice Krispie treat in before gym and had a chocolate truffle with my Greek yogurt after. Lately I am constantly craving carbs and fats. Probably not having enough fat.

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

puddles on 09/23/2014:
You sound better glad to hear that. Have a great day.

Destiny65 on 09/24/2014:
Sounds like things are going much better. That's great!

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.

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