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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Oct 06, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9am breakfast: oats, 150, big banana 150...i'm not even sure i drank anything..just ran out the door to get to the farm for Tuesday morning Volunteering for a couple hours. Was WONDERFUL.  Saw some regulars that come on Tuesday mornings...such nice people that I met earlier in the Summer. 300.

11am-12pm snacking at farm/on way home from farm: small reeces cups 200 total. 

1pm healthy lunch: small amount of baked chicken (SO GOOD!) 200, on an english muffin with some spread 200., coffee 50. 450.

3:30 carbs / snack: crackers... 350...sour gummies 120...other gummies 100

1520.. today might be slightly higher calorie....

ratatoulle cooked by...me! was good! 200, spiked seltzer 50



Today - Tuesday:

Farm volunteering (picking sungold small tomatoes & beans!) 10-12pm - DONE

i have an interview in a little while later today for a Matrimonial Paralegal job...sounds very intriguing (especially if they offer medical insurance...i have to ask) DONE

I have been applying to some jobs online...will apply to a few more today...mostly DONE

I plan on weights today...i will be home most of the rest of today (1pm onwards)..

dyed my small amount of gray roots!!! :) ... found a good product that i may even be able to reuse the leftovers for next month or 2!!! DONE!

I also plan to study PMP using only the app on my phone


Tomorrow - Wednesday:

I go out early to pick up my dad's bday present from former High School friend who works to design masks and shirts...i pick it up from her house which is on the close side to where i live (half hour without traffic)

And make sure I have a card for my dad as well. He turns 68 Thursday and he just retired a week ago also.

After going to pick up dad's gifts, I will be coming back home to study a bit

I will also get good cardio in tomorrow (either bike or walking)...maybe do the walk i have been doing a couple times already...in a different direction that still feels new and unique.

i want to cook ratatoille (veggie dish) ...i have a ton of great ingredients from it - mostly from the farm!..free.


Later in Week:

Dad's Bday is Thursday...i will prob visit him on that day and/or the weekend also...

On weekend may go apple picking upstate (Sunday?) wtih friend who lives halfway upstate....i drive to her and we go together the rest of the way :)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
How does the job market look?

Happy birthday to your dad!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
i just had an interview for a spot to be a paralegal for a law firm in NYC that would be relatively simple to go to...we'll see if that could work out for me, it'd be a good idea to take the chance to move over to a slightly diff career now.

the job market is still a challenge, but, i guess the more resumes i put out, the better my chances.

i haven't heard anything from the electrical union for jobs...thinking it is very slim pickings right now....

it'd be good for me to pick up some skills as a paralegal...maybe use them to move into the New York State courts / New York City courts..

bearcountrygg on 10/06/2020:
Good news that you are getting called in for interviews...that's a good sign.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
yes, it's a start!

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
Good luck on the interview! Sounds good. All your studying would pay off.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
Yes, and that would feel good too.

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
I know you enjoyed your farm job.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
i enjoy it soooo soooo much! you are right. plus it burns calories...and the weather has been very warm still so it feels good to be outside.

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
How did the interview go?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
pretty good, he sounded confident i could pick up the tasks...

horn_of_plenty - Monday Oct 05, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

10am breakfast:  plum 50, toaster streudels 400 (not great), iced coffee 50...500 

1:30pm snack - Cliff Bar choc chip banana 260

choc during walk 100

850... 5pm early dinner lots of these funyuns (at the entire small/med bag of mult servings chips)450, most of a piece of chicken breast 250?, some sauce 50?, veggies 100...850

part of a spiked drink, not much 50, cookies 100



Received a phone call from a general construction company...not sure they want me for the job because they'd have to train me. though, i asked for significantly lower salary because of it.

i also have an interview tomorrow afternoon for a matrimonial law firm :)

Still trying to study for the exam - only using my phone app....

walked maybe 1.5 hours

got a hair trim in back

did absentee voting, dropped it off at post office

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/05/2020:
Have a great day!

bearcountrygg on 10/05/2020:
Not liking toaster strudels????? We love the fruit ones...but the breakfast egg types are totally a salt situation and we don't like those)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
they just taste really fake - cream cheese flavor

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Good breakfast!

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
Good luck choosing the job you want!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Yes, go on as many interviews as possible. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
I appreciate it so much <3

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Oct 04, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

photos from walk around my parents' community a few days ago:

Mushrooms ! 

Bunny rabbit 

10am breakfast  oats, golden raisins, almond milk, kombucha, coffee 400

snack 2 chocolates 100

healthy lunch: just baked chicken small amount 150, on english muffin with some spread 200. 350.

Chocolate snacks after volunteering and before deciding to walk at nearby park 300

dinner: poke bowl (coupon for $5 off $10) fish 300, dressing light 50, over salad, mix-ins 150 tops, rest of a coffee from earlier, gummy worms 100. 600...time for a shower after working hard at the farm and an extra 1.5mi walk after :)

1750...and a granola bar 

1900 total good. 


Finalized my own gift to my dad...personalized mask & shirt..for his bday and retirement...with former High School classmate that does this and advertises on facebook...if it all works out, i'll be picking them up from here early this coming week!, in time for dad's bday on October 8! amazing. DONE...

going to farm from 1-4pm for volunteering, leaving SOON. DONE

did leg exercises this AM. DONE

cooked my other meal, chicken is soooo moist, before going to farm also. DONE

farm was great, saw my sister who came with her baby and husband! ...then i walked for 1.5 extra miles for the day at a park on the way home. glad to get some extra walking in and not rush home tonight. DONE

studying in PM.....GETTING THERE.....


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Happy birthday and retirement to your Dad. My Hubby's bd is in Oct. also, and he retired the same month.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
seems they think alike, these men :) xo

grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
Happy birthday and retirement to your dad. Retirement is awesome!

You're doing well as usual. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
i'm really excited for him...no work, finally, and a birthday.

he's prob stressing TONS with me not working though.

bearcountrygg on 10/04/2020:
Nice birthday and retirements gifts for your Dad HOP.....You are making me crave oatmeal!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
i'm glad you crave it...i eat so many sweet things these days!

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
Great birthday idea for your dad! (This reminds me, I must send out birthday cards for newphews' b-day on Oct 12 - I am late every year.)

I hope you had a lovely time on the farm!

Enjoy your studying! If I opt to read this evening, I will think of you, too, reading.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
thank you for the warm thoughts for tonight xoxo

the farm was AMAZING.

thinkpositive on 10/05/2020:
Nice idea for your father. What do you do for your volunteer work on the farm?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
at the farm, i was picking veggies earlier in the summer...now it's mostly lots of weeding.

Coffee&Calories on 10/05/2020:
Happy Birthday to your dad <3 The farm sounds so nice.

legcramps on 10/05/2020:
What a neat idea for a gift for Dad!

Jacky82020 on 10/05/2020:
Cool mushrooms! Never saw any like that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
neither did I!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 03, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9am oats, raisins, kombucha 350...

11am snack: chocolates 100

1:30pm lunch back at home: tofu 100, cooked veggies with very light sauce (from mom) 150 - so good, i should cook this..., crackers 250...500, small coffee and cookies 150

7:15pm dinner some of a drink 100, veggies in broth 150, last of the bbq ribs from neighbor 200. 450.

white chocolate 130



 saturday:  -

errands in AM with cousin & his friend..from 9:30am-1pm...DONE 

I got some walking in while cousin / friend ordered his bike...i prob walked at least half an hour, actuallly.

study using App only..

upper body weights in PM or do them Sunday AM.

 cook other meal on SundayOR Monday...?

Sunday / soon - dye my hair on my own (for practice and to cover relatively few grays)...but it's cheap product ($5) and i want to see if it's a good, reliable product to get more of as well.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
Is your cousin getting a new bike or another one to redo?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2020:
he is getting a trike so he doesn't have to balance on a regular bike anymore :) he was beginning to have balance issues on his regular bike which is why he got rid of the two of his bicycles. the trike is for him to enjoy.

coffee&calories on 10/04/2020:
You are always so productive! I admire that. What is your calorie range for maintenance?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
ty... around +-2000!

grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
I started dyeing my hair at 14 when it turned from blonde to boring. I stopped about 5 or 6 years and now am mostly grey. But I'm fine with that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
yeah....i'm too young to be gray for now! lol

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
Once I am completely gray, I hope to start dying my hair really funky colors, like purple or blue!

A trike is a good idea! I wouldn't mind having one of those for myself, actually! There is a guy that has a recumbent trike. He has a long loop driveway. One day on my work walk, I passed him doing loops in his driveway, out to the street, and back into the driveway's other entrance. I thought that was a great idea, actually.

I need to dye my hair again soon, too. It is starting to wash out and the gray in front is coming back. Last time, the box I picked said "lightest brown" but it was way too dark for what I wanted. Now, as the weather gets cooler and the days get darker, I like to have a lighter hair color. Being the procrastinating Donkey that I am, I'll probably have to think about this for 3 more weeks before taking any action.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
same here, i constantly put off doing things like doing hair, nails...beauty routine things for the most part!

i love your hair, whenever you dye it...i'm trying to find some basics now that i can rely on to keep my hair looking "fresh" that aren't expensive. the one i have now was only like $5 on Amazon. I want to see if it's good enough to rely on whenever i want to dye my hair.

yes, i see some people on Trikes. it will be really healthy for him to use, good exercise can be done riding one!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Oct 02, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Few sips of kombucha...then left and forgot to take it with me for the morning ;) (which was a good idea bc there was nowhere to use a bathroom for most of the morning!)

10:30am tea and dark choc espresso beans while doing errands 300

12:30 lunch tofu 100, rest of the small amount of corn chowder that i saved for myself 200(gave some to neighbor and she gave me 2 bbq ribs!) , ...chocolate 100

a sweet sugary fig bar at parents' house 200
soup 100, veggies 150, noodles 150, chicken 250, salad with dressing 150...800





Dermatologist 9AM, (waited for this appt over a month, glad i still have health insurance for at least 2 more months before anything happens - hoping to stay working in the union) DONE

car inspection after dr, DONE

I decided to do all laundry, (including bath mats which i almost never do, bed sheets also, guinea pig fleeces...it was surprisingly busy in the laundry room!...but now i'm happy bc it's done and i don't need to think about doing it on the weekend which lately involves an extremely busy laundry room!) almost DONE

Parents in late morning, early afternoon (around 2-3pm arrival there) - for a visit (i'm lonely), for a leisurely walk perhaps since the weather is improving, for dinner, maybe watch a movie (some kinda of legal movie my dad suggested bc he knew i was studying) with them after dinner...then home :)

Drive to former coworker tonight to get my disk which should be finished transferring :)



saturday:  -

errands in AM with cousin & his friend

 cook other meal


upper body weights in PM or do them Sunday AM.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
Busy day for you too!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
busy with "errands" but not with "work" :)

i'm glad not to be home all day today. it was getting to be a little dull.. although i should study, i cannot study all day.

grannyannie on 10/02/2020:
I love tofu properly cooked.

Were you eating chocolate covered coffee beans? Love those! I could eat so many of those I wouldn't be able to sleep for a week.

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
Yes that’s what I was eating from Starbucks. I had some money left in my account now no more :) was nice while running errands

Donkey on 10/02/2020:
Oh I've had those beans from Starbucks - those are delicious!

New Guy told me that he studied 8-10 hours a day for the Bar exam. He'd pack his meals and go to the library to study. He come home to shower and sleep.

You've spent a lot of time studying for paralegal. So I'm wondering, are you burnt out on studying? Or maybe just not that motivated on the subject matter?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
this test is not for the proj man. PMP.

and i'm not burned out, but, i just don't want to study many hours at a time. I think it's because i have a notion that it's not fully for me? it'd be good to pass, but, i am not sure i could pull off the position at a job..although, i like being an ASSISTANT PM.

anyways, in the back of my head, i do still want to work for either NYC or NYS in the legal field, in the future.

as of now, just studying a little bit, seeing if i can do better on the app...

will not be studying as much as your new colleague. i do not have that kind of attention span or ability to withhold that much knowledge in my brain per day - that will not work for me.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
lately i'm a little pissed off at my former choices to drop teaching (REALLY NOT going back into that field now, still hard to get back in / my degrees also are prob not up to date with continuing educaiton and i don't think it'd be healthy for me to re-enter the field ever again).

but i'm still annoyed at myself for going as far as getting a masters degree never to use it again. Teachers make good money here. After 10-15 years, they make 100G. $100,000.- minimum! in most public schools in my area.

i just effed up, to put it mildly. but i do not need to make the money they do...i need to make enough to be happy in my own right. even having a job that mostly pays $50G could be enough for single me. I just need to get that, for LIFE. not for a few years, but continuing on with some kind of certainty so i don't need to be in this predicament AGAIN of no job / not strong enough skills.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
i know it's no need to keep anger or bad feelings inside about myself, but it's really showing now how when you do not get into a career path, how your friends start to succeed more as my own path becomes more of a struggle.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
ooh, i meant this test IS FOR PMP.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
not using my music certification is sickening to think about the waste of schooling / education ... i just never really understood what i was throwing away. but now, it's been far too long to go back. i have forgotten a lot and i admit it's not something i want to do.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
and it's hard for me to see all the types of people around me with jobs and just wonder: "how are they all keeping their jobs....why can't i hold a job?"...but the skills part is the big issue. i just didn't take the right path for me. and i guess i didn't grow up fast enough to see how important study / work is when i was younger.

eh. sorry so many comments. i also realize i still have a shot, STILL!, with the nyc / nys (city and state) legal positions.

Donkey on 10/03/2020:
Would having the PMP certificate impair your ability to be an Assistant PM? Would having that certification make you overqualified, or a threat to some PM who is hiring for an Assistant?

IDK, it seemed from here that your heart was really into the paralegal stuff, so you got it done, but there's something holding you back for studying for the PMP test, and this could be completely on a subconscious level. Just make sure it's not fear that's holding you back.

I'm glad you vented about your frustration with choices you've made in the past. It's good to get that all out and said. Try not to carry that with you too much. I've had similar regrets in my life as well.

You may look back and wish you had taken other paths, but who knows how that would have ended up for you? You could have stayed in teaching and been a complete mental wreck, for example.

It *is* difficult to see your peers succeeding while you feel like you're flailing and floating around. I try not to focus on that too much. Facebook makes this so painfully obvious, though, seeing what people I went to school with are doing with their lives, and where I've failed miserably in mine.

Donkey on 10/03/2020:
Oh PS, I didn't mean to imply that I was comparing your situation to New Guy's studying for the Bar exam! I just threw that out there to show the extremes that some folks go. And his situation is not unique. I've had to take a state certification test for loan originator, and yes, I studied, but not like THAT.

Maria7 on 10/03/2020:
Always makes one feel good to have their laundry caught up.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 01, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9:30am oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50, kombucha 50-100, 

1pm small bowl chowder 300, gummy worms 100

3pm grapes 100

5pm white chocolate during weights 110

6pm pb on cracker 100

late 8pm dinner: one bbq rib from neighbor (GREAT change of pace!) 200, salad with olive oil 100, crackers 150, spiked drink 150.....600

1800, great.


slept in past alarm...lol... not working has me sleeping for AGES. literally. crazy!


biked slow while on phone with french friend over an hour! DONE

studying for an hour now...i keep falling asleep while studying....

lunch after, with leg strength exercises DONE 

4pm (maybe wait for judge judy to do upper body exercises.... DONE

take a look at my emails - organized my emails DONE, apply to some jobs, study

maybe bike outdors, short ride / walk ?..walked, DONE


friday - dr in AM, car inspection after, Parents in late morning, early afternoon.

saturday eve - errands in AM, cook other meal?

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
How was the first meal?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
chowder, from Home Chef, is great!

grannyannie on 10/01/2020:
You've had a busy and constructive day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
ty...i need to study more / get a job soon...bc i am sleeping for such a long time at night and easily falling asleep while studying during the day..

Donkey on 10/02/2020:
Whoa, why all the sleepiness lately? This seems to be more than usual.

Apparently, studying for big exams on a phone app is the thing to do. New Guy said that he did all of his prep for the bar exam through an app!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
i think the slow pace of my life...sitting on the couch when i study...it's just making me sleepy (dull, slow pace of life right now).

i cannot believe he also used an app...seems this is the thing to do! i bet even High School and College kids are using it, for tests like the SAT and others! how interesting how fast life is changing. Scary to me, but it is what it is ;)

Stay Happy, Stay Strong, take breaks when you need Donkey, and keep working. I support your mental strength. and you do have it, you do!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

corn and scallop chowder:


Well! Good Morning!

9:15am started the day with grapes that accidentally have seeds (i guess more fiber for me!) 200...oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50..550.

Noon light snack butter cookies & pb 200

4pm early dinner tofu 100, cooked veggies 100, chips 150, mixed drink 150..500

more of a drink 100, small bowl of corn & scallop chowder at 8pm to taste! 300...450 tops



.... and fell asleep studying! ugh!.....

6:45pm: Deciding to cook now, cook one of the meals from the meal service, instead of walking...which i can do later...it's corn and scallop chowder!


I set my clock, but totally slept in today.  especially after yesterday's great day and farm volunteering. Now I'm def up and ready to get this day on the go. So a quick shower as i never showered after the farm yesterday (bc i didn't get sweaty and showered just before) and i'm all kinds of itchy on my arms from the plants....so let me do that....


So, today, it's about studying / reading.  I've decided no exercise as it's late enough right now in the morning, 10am, so it's a shower and reading / studying for the morning...didn't do a ton of studying, but i am "starting..."

After lunch i May take a walk outside,HOUR WALK, nice, felt like a workouta short one, half hour, or just exercise indoors on my bike which seems more efficient to save time...

Then study / use phone app...

I can walk outside tonight if I want to. nothing too much. even a half hour should do it! 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

legcramps on 09/30/2020:
Nice day! Enjoy the middle of week, hope your weather has been nice enough for outside walks!

grannyannie on 09/30/2020:
Sounds like a good day. Enjoy your walk.

grannyannie on 10/01/2020:
Chowder looks yummy.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
it is...it's such a strong taste though - i should freeze some before going to bed - so i don't have to finish it all this week!

Donkey on 10/01/2020:
That chowder looks amazing! Did it taste as good as the picture looks?

I cannot imagine having to study using a phone app. Is that where we're at now? I see myself falling so far behind in technology... *sigh*

Is it difficult to find motivation to study right now?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
yes, it's great chowder!

yes, having some trouble studying !

Jacky82020 on 10/01/2020:
Looks good, HoP! Ima drooling

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Hi all! :)

9:45am breakast: oats 150, almond milk 50, raisins 150. 350. kombucha 5. 400.

upper body workout - DONE, which feels wonderful to have a workout completed so early in the day, no studying in AM (couldn't fit it in as i slept in after going to bed late). 

noon lunch:  1/2 flatbread 100, egg 100, butter 20...chips 200...450.

chocolates 200 after farm

dinner: lots of veggies, extra, 300 with light sauce, crackers 250, small strawberry margarita 8oz can 200 (higher sugar than the spiked seltzers). 750







10am - weights workout quick during tv show....

studying what i can / reading...

1pm-4pm farm...friend jen may WILL come !!!...we shall see ;)


then, picking up some INSTANT coffee (cheaper and does the same thing as starbucks iced coffee!) , at the store..maybe also dried fruit for cereal, but reallly not much more than that...? running low on kombucha but thinking to do something different - hot water with stevia / lemon for a few days (cheaper alternative...)...

 studying. - i'm on chapter 1 - fundamentals of PM...will need to check out and start using the PMP study apps on my phone, TONIGHT.


 as far as yesterday, i did get some studying done, but not as much as i could have. i drifted on facebook and the web a bit too much...but i'll be working more today to get MORE done. and i will...especially tonight, after the farm.



Last night I was out very late. After seeing my family, i drove to my former coworker's home to pick up my disk that should have been finished. But it wasn't fniished downloading bc her computer shut down while data was transfering. So, I tried to get it done while I visited her, but there were a few more complications and I didn't want to stay past 10:30pm (there since close to 9pm). plus, she has work today and her father is flying in from Colombia (the country!).  so she's pretty busy. I tried again to get it done. I will stop by again in a week or less to hopefully pick up the finished thumb drive. :) I also have something to get from my family that i forgot as well as drop something off at another friend's house out on the island so it will be good to do all these things the next time I take the drive.... 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Busy day! You still have studying to do?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
Yes. there's an INTERNATIONAL Project Manager Professional exam. I learned about it thru the proj man. classes i was taking and review sessions.

It looks excellent on a resume. 30% of applicants pass it the first time. it is hard. I may not pass. I will try my best and put studying in.

now that i am home, it'd be great to take a stab at the test. If i cannot pass it, I will move forward without it. I'm giving myself until end of december. the test is online, similar to an SAT or other hard test that takes 4 hours.

in January, the test is being altered greatly and a lot of the studying / prep will not be relevant anymore.

so that's why now is the time to study, while unemployed, to try to pass that and get it on my resume as it is a great asset if i can pass it, but give up after i try if i do not pass because the test is changing greatly in the new year. i have 3 chances to pass, i believe.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Have you ever tried mixed seeds and raisins on cereal?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i really should upgrade what's been a really sweet, sugary, breakfast soon. i was loving it while home lol.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
You still did do a lot yesterday!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:

legcramps on 09/29/2020:
Sounds like you set yourself up for a great week!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i do think so xoxo

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Exam sounds like a great idea. Good luck with it!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
thank you, Annie..

Donkey on 09/30/2020:
Oh my, so you could do all that prep, take the test in December, and if you don't pass, you'd have to prep all over again because the test will be completely different? UGH!

Well, IF I am understanding that correctly, then there's your motivation to study now.

I was happy to read about your upper body workout!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2020:
yeah, that's how it is! :)

I will only study these couple months and see how it goes...after that, I will prob move on, i think.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2020:
i think i can take up to 3 tests in around the same time frame. so, i have the opportunity to take the test 3x before ending my attempts. I'll work on this...

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

very late, 10:30am Breakfast: oats 150, almond milk 50, raisins 150, craisins also 150. 500. wanted sweet. 

snacking kombucha 100

2:45pm Lunch:  light butter popcorn 150, egg 100 250.

4pm black coffee, chocolate 150

6:30pm dinner: 2 pieces of a larger, tasty slice of bread 250, soup chicken 200, broth 50, veggies 50, noodles 250, fruit 100, 900 prob less.

spiked drink 50

1950 tops


I will "break the fast" i'm personally not fasting, tonight with parents. My mom cooked a chicken soup and it should be AMAZING (with veggies). I was going to fast and spend the day with parents, but, i decided that I could attempt being more productive here at home. I'll do an edit later today/tonight on what i was able to review for the PMP (this is how i'll be refering to the Proj. Management Professional test)


I got another totally 100% free trial for another meal service (a good one) called HOME CHEF. i ordered two meals that i would never in a million years think to cook myself at home. I'll post photos when i cook them. Seems i'm going to have LOTS of food at home these next couple weeks because I'm sure my mom will give me some chicken soup, then i have these two meals of 2-3 servings each, and i have some thai veggies that i haven't even eaten yet. so much food. nice to not have to think about needing anymore! Plus, with volunteering at the farm, I've been lucky lately and have received some greens when i go (spinach / kale) and really I do not need to shop for the guinea pigs either right now. I've been saving some, definitely...maybe as much as $15 per week the past couple weeks? plus the farm is fun!  and the free meals would have probably been around $65 at least. so, these couple weeks there's a savings of approx $100, at least! :)


Today is usually a very special (holy) day of fasting / atonement. but i am not fasting because i didn't feel I would be productive that way (and since i haven't been studying for the past couple days, i didn't want to prolong that anymore), so i'm eating, but slept in, and getting down to some review. :)


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Sounds like you will be well fed for a long time!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
yes i do think so!!!! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and the food will be of such high quality...lucky me :) I can't wait to share what i cook up...and i will do the cooking soon...!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and prob freeze what my mom gives me (the soup!).

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Mmm....mom's homemade chicken soup!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
I cannot wait :)

innerpeace on 09/28/2020:
Free food is the best and it always tastes better too! Have fun working on the farm. Study hard!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
can't agree more on the food...thank u for the reminder to study harder.

Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Let us know your reviews of the new food service! That sounds exciting!

I hope you had a good Yom Kippur. You have a lot of possibilities ahead of you.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
I will def review the food...i have so much food now (from leftover thai veggies)...i will just have to cook these dishes so that the veggies that came with them do not spoil :)

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

let's see if I can remember, this morning was basicallly a quick shower and out the door ;)

Breakfast: pb cheese crackers (kelloggs) 200, kombucha 100...on  ride to former coworker (friend's) house 300.

snack: couple cookies at friend's house 150 (stayed there a couple hours, so, did what i needed in order to feel decent after a sorta rushed (but not stressed) morning. 150

lunch: was supposed to come home between friend and farm, but the time spead up and i ended up NOT coming home to change for farm....so i went to mcdonalds for a fast takeout and enjoyed it for 20 minutes or so in my car before going to farm. diet coke, small fries 300, 4 nuggets 200. 500.

during farm: few chocolates 50 (small)

(had a couple leftover crackers from the morning in car while deciding what to get for dinner (with another awesome coupon - $10 off of $15! these delivery services love when i choose that i will "pickup" my order and are giving TONS of coupons especially to the restaurants i have gone to in the past. awesome!)

dinner: thai shrimp lemongrass soup (was spicy!) 300 lots of veggies in there and health. also i added a bit of white rice to it 250. 550. very satisfying.

....prob going to enjoy some kind of snack at home after the soup ;)...and bed early would prob good as i'm getting up REALLY late these past few days and waking up even later as well because of it...i want to get back to waking up and out of bed by 8am which i do not do at all lately. it's become 9am which isn't early in the least in terms of waking up.

snack: tonic soda mixed with half a hard seltzer :) 150 oh and gummmies 100


 exercise: farm work and sweat :) really nice. plus almost a mile walk after that :)

tomorrow I could do weights, but, I will skip them until Tuesday and do them prior to going back to the farm.

For tomorrow, my goal is to make a study plan...or just start studying for that matter.


I wrote the below (very bottom last piece of my entry) as a comment back to Donkey, but these are my thoughts on an exam I hadn't even heard of until I took a couple Project Management courses this year in 2020.  I'm glad I took them and one required quite a bit of work from me, though we did a LOT of the work during class, but I also spent some time on it on my own. ..anyways, the courses I took, provided free thru the Union i'm in!, were good and I just wanted to take the courses as I've been in the union 9+ years and i thought it would be "good" and "insightful" to take them. Well, then I learned about a certain test that the courses can motivate and help sometime to prepare for. The Project Management Professional, national, exam. It actually might be international, I have to check. 

anyways, it's something i never thought or knew about. and now i do. and since i'm not "going back to school" for another career degree any time soon, and while I may still rely on the union for future work, my best bet is to TRY. To TRY and STUDY for this exam. and see if i can pass it in November / DECEMBER. it's a $500 test.  I have money saved, that isn't the problem right now. The problem is I don't do well on these types of "scenario" exams or long-winded exams. I am an average student...so this test might be a leap for me in terms of passing. I'll try. Since i'm not working, I may try extra hard to study for this exam and actually not be looking "very" hard for jobs as I feel I might be able to count on the union, still, to get another job at another union company. I have that chance due to some connections, let's say...It's been a long 9 years in the union so far, lots of ups & downs. Lots of stress at times and also sliding at other times when things were just swell (literally, good)...so...let's see what then next 2-3 years look like. I can't really imagine them right now.


with the studying that i haven't really delved into after the classes ended for PMP, since i'm at the very beginning of this study "plan," i'm not used to it and have done what i've done in the past which was procrastinate most of Saturday. i'm not proud but i sometimes STILL resort to this method on certain things i'm not accustomed to doing.

it would be great if i passed the exam (this is a long shot right now), because it would indeed be GREAT on my resume...

since i'm not going back to school any time in the near future (last resort is to go back to school fully - i have a master's so...yeah)...it would be good to prove to myself that passing the PMP is possible.

and it may be...and it may not be. but truth is, i should try to take it, and try to pass, and give myself up to 3 tries before leaving it in the dust.


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Lots of possibilities to think about there.......

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
oh yeah.

i wish i stuck to teaching / got a different masters to teach special ed...or interviewed with the city. I have lost out on this and it costs both money and time to go back to school for time...in some ways it is not worth it...especially since i cannot guarantee myself a job in anything just by going back to school.

i hope to work for the city or state in the future. we'll see what happens in the next few years as people finally all go back to work, hopefully corona is in the past, and i can see what the future holds for state / city jobs that are available to me based on my education and skills (without spending any $ for further education) as the problem is getting the job...not spending more. i hope this scenario works out for me.

Donkey on 09/28/2020:
What a lovely, busy day! I'm so glad that you have this opportunity to work on the farm! How rewarding that must feel at the end of the day.

I completely agree that you should try at least once for the PMP test. I did not see taking Saturday off as procrastination, but you know yourself. I did think there was some hesitation in getting started - overwhelming task, perhaps? - which is why I suggested a day off or 2 before starting up again.

Don't spend too much time planning. Studying is like weight loss: you can plan all you want, but you have to actually DO it for results.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
i totally agree about the "planning" i am with my head in now, starting up again today, studying for the test. thank you. excellent advice and i appreciate you taking the time to give me this advice about studying.

Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Also, I agree, let's see what happens after this darn virus is under control.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and yes, it was overwhelming for me to start the PMP study.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I totally agree with Donkey about doing a lot of planning.....plans often fall through...but goals remain...and working towards a goal leaves possibilities open....and allow us to bend to fit the outcomes.....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
I totally appreciate your input here. i am getting my head into the study. and will do as advised from BOTH of you.

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