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horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 06, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

I have 9 months from now till end of December. 2x per week cardio training sessions from here on out. I will see how i improve from now until then.  After doing Cardio 2x, it is my goal to switch up from 2x to 3x every once in awhile...like 2 weeks per month do it 3x a week! 

I have decided to skip vacations this year...use the days, once again, for training purposes and not trips to Florida as originally i was planning to do in January. NO. If i want to see how much I progress, cardio improvement will have to be 1st on my agenda again. No trips, at all. I coud make an exception for a one-nighter, but no traveling vacations...as i tend to always backtrack after them and it takes me a month to get to where i was at before the trip.

Oh, and i have an additional plan to start using the stairs in my apt, instead of the elevator. Except if carrying more than my bag :)

So, attempting a no elevator approach :) I have to make changes or things will not improve for me....

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So today is Friday and that means I am off to the gym after work..looking forward to doing something that keeps me on track :-)

Lately i see it's going to take more effort to continue the gym. Luckily, my class is OVER so it frees up my Tuesday nights.  I'm going back to working out Tuesdays and Thursdays which i liked much better than Mondays and Wednesdays.  

I look forward to these workouts bc i do progress when i do them regularly, 3x a week.

Now for cardio, I get off the bus early.  I am trying to do it everyday. Yesterday was a bit much, 1.6mi seemed a lot i do NOT know why...but today i'll get off to walk a mile or so home. I'm not up to jog just yet i do not think during the week???? I'm debating what to do with the cardio part of my training...

When i get home around 4:30pm earliest from work i am very tired and hungry.  Going back out to exercise is hard which is why tonight i am eating something fast and quick before going home. This will have to be my approach with also if i want to implement jogging. Because i get distracted otherwise being home to eat before going back out.

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Home: kombucha 50

Office: protein bar 170, peanut butter 100, small banana 50, coffee 50: 400.

snack: Almonds and clementine

Lunch: leftovers :) ...wrap with mustard and ketchup 100, 2 turkey franks 150, spinach 50, leftover other greens 100 400, maybe a coffee also..AND LEFTOVER PASSOVER COOKED MATZAH STUFF. 200

snacks: clementines 100

more snacking: 1 granola bar 3 hours after lunch. 100cal. i like these burts of sugar...sorta before i leave work to go home..

1450, fine :)

Dinner: miso soup and sushi... 550. Went out after lunch and for $10 bought what i wanted: roasted turkey, tons of cooked cabbage in a nice flavor, some chinese noodles and shrimp in sauce.Could be 500 cal idk...having trouble eating low cal and low volume these days. i guess i am bored.

1900

after workout: thinking to have light ice cream and call it a night! YES. the ice cream is a defininte.

2250 tops.

Weekly avg is 2110. 2140 I have been gaining weight still. But really slowly. I am def working on increasing cardio to counteract it as well as keeping calories moderate but not really low.  I don't think i want to keep my calories low. just keep on moving and hopefully lose some pounds.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/06/2018:
Next week when it's "class time" and you realize you don't have to go, you will feel so incredible with the extra time.

When you get off the train early to do some extra walking, are you wearing good sneakers? Just want to be sure that's not the cause of leg distress. If 1.5 miles is too much, right now, then cut it down like you did today. You'll get there -- and why press it now when the weather is crappy? Save your legs for when the morning weather is *beautiful* and you really WANT to be outside as long as possible before work :-)

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
Yes...i agree that if it feels too much to do less.

It can also be that i am always standing on the 15min subway portion of the ride home and have my bag with me. It wasn't even a heavy bag yesterday.

The shoes are ok - not the worst, not the best. They are a very casual and comfortable sneaker. I don't wear dress shoes much at work...and will have to stick to the comfortable footwear.

I have found it distressing to have to change sneakers to shoes, etc., and i think it's too much fuss so i just wear the same shoes at work mostly as i do on my commute...

yes, i'll be happy next week not going to class...

and then in 2 weeks after i have one of my 6 times a year union meetings, haha...it's ok...

anyways, i'm working to do something about my cardio. i'll just keep on doing it. not quitting.


bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
So happy for you that the classes are over!! There is a lot of power in setting a goal and sticking with it rather we want to or not...not an overwhelming goal...but a do able one. Also...don't forget....while you are still young...I vividly remember being in my mid thirties when I realized that my age was creeping up on me...and somethings are just nature taking it's course....and they were stopping and holding me back at times....you are still young enough to turn it around right now...but some things just happen unfortunately...and we either give into them..or we hold them off longer. Technically we are at our potentially highest strength in our late teens and early twenties...after that...we get roadblocks thrown in front of us just because our bodies are going backwards...

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
yes, i know this...i have noticed what you are saying with the gym. I do not build muscle as easily as i once did...and i was saying to myself how helpful it would be to actually take something to help me ...like small dose of steroids but i know in my heart this is not a good idea. but the thought did pass my mind as i have DEFINITELY noticed a big difference in my ability to get stronger and retain the strength. i have noticed a difference in all of this - this year in particular (35). but it doesn't mean i have to give up just yet...

in my head, i have also started to debate if it's worth it to continue to train for the court officer thing...i am not sure why i continue as i don't even love the type of training it is...but in my heart deep down i still want to see how well i can improve on the goal to pass the test.

i feel i can still try.

you are right as bodies do change. as your hubby faces things that just need to be fixed as the body wears down. I want to try so badly to get over my issues of poor leg strength. I am so close with my pushups and situps to the highest scores i need...it's just my legs.

i'll keep trying. and i'll have to see where i am at, by the end of this year, to see if i've made great improvements or not..particularly in running. If not, i may just need to move on.


bearcountrygg on 04/06/2018:
It's great to get physically strong..and stay physically strong....that in itself is the reward. Attainable goals are wonderful....unattainable goals are frustrating....You ARE physically strong right now...and the older you get...the harder it becomes to just stay there...I guess we all have to decide how much of our lives we are willing to spend on it all. It is definitely possible...it just takes more and more work as the years go by to maintain it. When we are young...it's just easier. And PLEASE say no to steroids!!!!! They are NOT worth the damage they do to the body!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
lol, ok...i wonder if there's anything. i probably just need to continue sleeping lots. the more i train, the more i sleep!


Maria7 on 04/06/2018:
Hope you have a happy day. :-)

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
lol....yes....


graindart on 04/06/2018:
So do you have a specific cardio goal you're working towards? Like a certain distance in a certain amount of time or ?

I hate cardio. I'd much rather work on strength training personally, but have incorporated a 3 mile daily walk into my routine right now so that I'm ready for the cruise and some summer hikes I'd like to do with the girls.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
I would say one cardio goal is to run 2 miles.

I have the cardio in mind bc i have a goal to possibly go for a court officer position. but i am under par in the cardio parts...so 2 miles is one goal, but they also include a speed element. so i train on a track and i can also do short sprints and walk inbetween.

its specific tests - i tried one and failed it completely...but that's before any training and a winter completely off of cardio.

i am not sure i am physically fit for the cardio parts, but giving it a try anyways until January. the test for the court officer position doesn't even come out this year...either 2019 or 2020. so i can train and stay positive for now..there is no age cut-off.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
i may even skip out of taking an advanced estimating course from september till november if i feel my training getting better, i may just continue to go for the court officer...if i really am getting better in 6 months, i'll try to emphasize the cardio aspect and not put it off to take a class again. but we will see. one day at a time.

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2018:
sorry for so many comments...but all in all, if i do NOT change my lifestyle, the fitness simply can't happen....so i have to change my focus a bit, not skip exercise routines, and once again give the jogging and entire exercise plan one last big try...and can only do this by putting social life and vacationing completely on the side. i'll give it one more try..


happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
I'm doing the same thing. Turning down two trips this month and next to stay at home and stay on track.


graindart on 04/06/2018:
Wish I had a year-round sport or hobby that required exercise. I ride dirtbikes in the mountains with friends for several hours weekly. The terrain and pace that we ride makes it a good workout for one day per week. In years past we've ridden weekly for about 7 months out of the year and once a month for the other 5 months due to snow and weather. Unfortunately this year's winter has been brutal. It's been 6-1/2 months since I've ridden the dirtbike and with the amount of snow the mountains have received this year it's looking like another month or so before we can startup again. I guess it's not cardio that I despise, but rather the monotony of my cardio option at present (walking on treadmill). If we lived in the mountains I think I'd actually semi-enjoy taking the dirt-bike out for a daily ride, but with the trails 45-60 minutes away that's just not an option more than once per week.

As far as the treadmill walking, I do 3 miles per day at a brisk walking pace. I haven't proceeded to a jogging pace yet for more than a minute or so per session. I really don't have a desire to jog or run, but would love it if the 3 miles were completed quicker than the current 50 minutes they take. I really don't understand the mentality of people that go out and run 3-5 miles every day.......and say they enjoy it.



horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 05, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

So yesterday's calories were good but after dinner i was tired and was out at activities after work both on Monday and Tuesday and have a dinner planned for tonight with a friend so i just skipped out  on the gym and was in bed by like 7pm. I rarely skip the gym but was feeling low energy and decided i'd rather be in bed. I plan to make up for the missed session though - by going Friday after work and Sunday eve. Two rather challenging times to go to gym - but it was nice being home last night in bed...

It's not always easy for me to be on the go always having an activity after work each night.  It tends to drain me.  So last night I just decided to take a more relaxing approach. And i did sleep long through the night, so I must have needed it.

but with that said, taking last night's easy approach cannot always be done as it would mean tons of skipping gym sessions...pick and choose...this time though, i can make it up Friday without missing any of my 3 weekly sessions.

....Today is a new day....

I got off bus extra early today for a 1.5 mi walk home. I'm not sure why it feels so difficult still!? Anyways, that's good and it was nice and sunny.

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Home: kombucha small amount 50

Work: peanut butter 100, protein bar and coffee 300

Bar 200

Lunch: didn't bring all of it - 2 turkey hot dogs 150 in a wrap with ketchup and mustard 100, veggies from out at a nearby store 250?, matzah 100 600.

Snack: apple 100

Snack 2 when at home: pretzels 120

1450-1500, perfect before dinner. I am going to do the right thing at dinner.

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Dinner: out to dinner, may eat some veggies at home beforehand, it's at nearby Applebee's bc they are doing a promotion that 10% proceeds go to Autism Awareness Research ....i promised a friend i'd go, otherwise, i'd be at the gym tonight. Will probably eat a salad or other healthier item...or maybe even indulge as all i can think of this week is more bread all of a sudden.

Bed soon after :)

Total around 2100, good.

6day 2120.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

graindart on 04/05/2018:
Applebee's tends to be one of our weekly date night spots. I tend to go easy during the day and order the bourbon street chicken & shrimp or bourbon street steak options. Each are supposedly less than 700 calories as served with potatoes / onions / mushrooms / herbed butter.

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
the choices at this place do suck...!

not a lot of veggie sides...and so many temptations!

i'll try to behave :) as i'm sick of weighing more than i want to.

oh, thank you for the tips. i may just get the chicken and shrimp. i could use some extra protein.

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
i was also thinking tomato soup...but that dish does look good...bourbon chicken and shrimp!


bearcountrygg on 04/05/2018:
I love Applebees Asian chicken salad....I always swore I was going to try something different the next time...but I always ended up ordering the Asian chicken salad again...what can I say...it was that good....no applebees around here anymore..I miss them!

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
there's so many unhealthy temptations on the menu...so not fair! i'll just order healthy so that i can eat a lot is what i'm thinking..a soup and the shrimp salad is that i'm thinking...sorta really want chicken but the other option seems better. i may even order a side of extra veggies and just eat till i can't eat anymore! :)


graindart on 04/05/2018:
Like BearCountrygg, I used to LOVE the asian chicken salad and I'd add an extra side of blue cheese dressing to it also. Went to order it about a year ago when my diet started (because a salad is healthy) and found out why I liked it so much. It has 1400 calories before I added another 300 calories of blue cheese dressing. So I was eating 1700 calories plus 200 calories for a pop each time. Bare minimum of 1900 calories that salad meal was costing me and that's if I didn't get an appetizer. But, like I said, I do LOVE it.....

Horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
you know that will not be in my order...haha


bearcountrygg on 04/05/2018:
There is something really special about that Asian salad...I don't know what they do to it....but...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
must be something in the dressing ;)


happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
Sodium bomb. Stick $5 in the donation bucket and order a club soda.



horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 04, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Today I craved chips since after lunch, all during my walk after lunch, until like a half hour after that walk.

I didn't buy them...really bc i didn't see a basic deli, just fancy food shops and a Japanese deli that actually didn't have anything buT Japanese items.  So, it worked out and I realized the bigger cravings this week and little indulgences are due to hormones and that i'm doing pretty darn well considering this.  Next week and the next 3 weeks should be a lot easier...and that makes me smile also. I am so glad i didn't buy the bag of chips and destroy my food plan for the day. 

I can do this :)

I am sick of waiting till "tomorrow" to lose the few pounds I have gained.

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Still cals are too high - but - i am starting to increase activity again so maybe some weight will drop - very slowly - as I increase my cardio again. So i'm ok as long as I continue without huge binges, so, all in all, things are ok.

Although i woke up feeling slightly unrested, i am going forward with my original plan for gym tonight rather than tomorrow night bc it makes my weekend much more flexible.

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Home: kombucha and sm banana 100

Breakfast: half roll 100 (yes, broke rules totally now for Passover haha) with turkey, mustard, butter 150.  coffee 50. small banana 50, few almonds...

Snack: high protein bar 200

Lunch: other half sandwich no butter 200, salad 50 with roasted eggplant 150, clementine 450

Snack: plum 50 - and will try to steer clear of coffee after lunch - too much caffeine lately

Dinner: sushi did me really well last time (Monday) so i'll do it again...400 for a california roll, small banana 50 small wrap 100 with an egg and ketchup/mustard 100, red pepper 50, popcorn 200. 450..some cooked cranberries 50. 500.

1650

After gym: high fat yogurt and cooked cranberries up to 300

1900 today. Excellent..

Decided to skip gym after dinner and just go to bed.

5day avg: 2124 - MUCH BETTER....getting there :)...just need to get back into the 2000's.

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I did sleep a lot, it was just very interrupted with many bathroom breaks and craving to a small snack before i went to bed bc i had such trouble even falling asleep.

I had caffeine before bed last night, so for the first time in a long time i couldn't sleep well and woke up several times during the night. it was a diet coke. so, now i realize that i must be a little more mindful...and stick to healthier ways. i was out, the diet coke was free and available. i was trying to save cals, but get full. moving onwards!

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Very tired, slow, hungry day. but just keeping on...bc i do love how i feel at the gym and after accomplishing a successful workout....and i like how i feel in a nice dress at a wedding time to time...i'm saying that i'm going to continue on being good today because it feels SO GOOD when doing the right things finally PAYS OFF.

I have a wedding to attend late August...perfect time of year...after a warm summer, after being outside more, a little tan, when people are usually their leanest....

Anyways, my goal for this wedding is to look as good as i can :) ...

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/04/2018:
I've had similar issues with Diet Coke too late in the day. Very frustrating, but I bet you sleep well tonight.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
i haven't had this kind of sleep problem in months - and the caffeine and interrupted sleep thing has caused me to feel so tired today.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
so much it makes me want to skip the gym, but i can't, or it'll mess up my plans going forward later in week lol.


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Caffeine doesn't affect me as far as sleeping goes...but I do take more bathroom trips with evening liquids...and that basically does cut into REM sleep.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
it really, really sucked. even though i was in bed most of the night, i feel like i didn't sleep at all.


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Well...ok then....you have a firm goal and a good reason to work towards it!!! Go get em girl!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
lol


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2018:
Maybe you were craving chips because you need the salt?

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
i think more the fat this time...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
i was craving fried fatty chips like a bag of lay's


graindart on 04/04/2018:
Good job on passing the chips. They're one of my weaknesses and once I start I don't stop until I hit the bottom of the bag......


Donkey on 04/04/2018:
If I didn't imagine it- today was such a blur - you had written more about attending the wedding and how that fit into your goals. I was too busy to respond at the time, but had you left your entry unedited, I would have given you an ATTA GIRL! Show them ******* who's BOSS! Keep that in mind the next time the willpower is a little weak ;-)

I wish I had planned better for my niece's wedding in May, 6 weeks and 2 days from today. I won't know that many people there, and with the exception of my daughter & Houseguest and Mr. Donkey, I don't like any of the few others that I do know who will attend. I guess 6 weeks isn't too short of time to make a noticeable difference in myself...

horn_of_plenty on 04/05/2018:
it's a perfect amount of time...it's a short time so you can make a change quite easily. Even with a month before...or a week before, you could do low carb.



horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 03, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Morning: kombucha 50, mini banana (needing extra today bc have leg thigh cramps bc hormones!) 100

Breakfast: organic choc cookie dough bar wowwww good. 200, coffee 50. 

Snack: peanut butter tbsp 100

maybe another bar and small banana 250 tops

Lunch: Leftovers from home: my roasted eggplant 100, spinach 50, soy duck 200, matzah farfel thing my mom made 200. 550.

snacks: small banana, 50, plum 50, clementine 50. 150 tops 

Dinner: thinking not - maybe just miso soup or something - i have my last of the 10 estimating classes i took this Winter on Tuesdays. 5-7pm

1550

snack at home: berries and yogurt again i think?

1850...this is good...food was offered at my class...it was a healthy half a deli turkey sandwich...but i came home and still ate. 2050 cal today, at least. well, not as low as planned. nothing new, here.

4day avg: 2180 - this is also better... i do need to continue to be diligent...it can get better if i watch my calories better

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/03/2018:
Lots of fruit...and lots of nutrients....good

horn_of_plenty on 04/03/2018:
yeah...and seriously craving protein bars! so strange! i guess i'm sick of my egg / pepperoni on a wrap that i was doing...taking a break :)


happy-1 on 04/03/2018:
Mmm... healthy and yummy.

horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2018:
def working on getting more on track, more moderate calories in 2000's and not 2100/2200.



horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 02, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

HI All! It was a busy weekend away from the screen - yay - I will catch up more later today!  I hope everyone who celebrated holidays that they had an extra exciting, happy weekend!

Home: kombucha 70

Breakfast: atkins bar (i am craving more protein stuff but sweet right now) 170, banana 130, coffee 50 . 350.

Snack: another bar type thing...i am craving manufactured / protein bars. haven't had them in awhile and all of a sudden i am buying them again and enjoying the more natural ones....i have those too. 230

Almonds also 100

Lunch: from home, maybe coffee after :).... 450 tops

Snacks: plum, clementines: up to around 100 cal-150 cal.

Before gym: dinner at home (i have plenty of options of veggies / protein / carbs), peppers, an egg / white, pretzels ? 400 tops

After gym: yogurt and cooked cranberries around 250 tops

2050 total.

Gym tonight. Followed by HOMEWORK which i didn't do yesterday....not a smart move by me to save it for late tonight, but i'll want to finish fast since it's last minute !

2220 3 day avg, decent.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/02/2018:
I like the bars too.....they usually have enough nutrition to make them worthwhile...while also giving me the dessert feeling. The cliff nut butter bars are pure dessert.....again....may be too tempting.....there is one thing about the old fashioned quaker hard granola bar 2 pack...at least they had to be chewed...and they took awhile to eat.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2018:
...They are at least better than a cupcake haha.


graindart on 04/02/2018:
Love me some Clif Bars, but that's probably because the nutritional stats on several of them aren't much different than eating a Snickers bar. I avoid them currently, but would love to eat several per day if there weren't any consequences.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2018:
Agreed...they are very high sugar bars. Only difference is also some protein, but Cliff bars like you say have like the lowest amount of decent protein. It's decent but really low end. Anyways, i have them usually after a heavy duty, long workout when it's late and i'd rather eat something in my car so when i get home i can just go to bed. And i sleep well and don't wake up hungry thru the night. I find higher carbs get me thru the night and help me sleep after workout.


Donkey on 04/02/2018:
Good to hear reviews on the Clif Bars here, LOL -- I might pick one up as a healthy dessert on my "relax" day... or maybe "in case of emergency" :-D

Horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2018:
cliff bars are very sugary but after a good weights routine or cardio i like it because i'm in need of the glucose fast! I prefer the regular Cliff bars, not the nut butter ones like BCGG because they are usually stale here - the nut butter ones.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2018:
cliff bars a probably a "perfect" emergency food when you are crashing!


bearcountrygg on 04/03/2018:
Cliff bars do work as well as candy to bring up the glucose.....but at least they do contain some nutrition. If you are really interested in fresh ones...I have ordered them by the case from amazon and they were fresh...of course that does put a lot of them in the house at one time. They are handy and fast in the car and purse.

horn_of_plenty on 04/03/2018:
yes, that's right - amazon is pretty good in terms of freshness :)



horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 01, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Up in good time around 7:30am. Laundry already done, other things done...makes for an easier sunday.  Planning to pick up a few groceries, hang pictures / wall art with Ricky, jog/walk, clean up a hair more around here, do a simple hw assignment, and maybe that'll be just about it. maybe some cooking but very light on that...probably just some cabbage - we'll see!

Breakfast nice and healthy: cream of whole wheat 150, nuts 150, and dried cranberries 100, almond milk 50: 450.

Snack before walk/jog: granola bar 100, peanut butter 150: 250

Lunch around noon:  chickpea pasta i made (not fully observing the "no bread" rule for the week 200, veggies 100, soy duck 200, asian pear 100: and later coffee 50: 650. very filling.

1350

Snack raisins 150

1500 :)

Around 2050 today which is quite excellent

2day avg: 2300

Ricky gave his fries from arbys to me so I will eat them tonight I think with egg whites and veggies

So that's right donkey about following the rules but I will bring a box of matzah and I do know my Italian coworker likes it

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/01/2018:
Your seder dinner sounded delicious with lots of interesting foods!

I would say that the cream of wheat violates the "no bread" rule rather than the chickpea pasta does... I would like to try the pasta - thank you for mentioning this, as I had not heard of this alternative.

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2018:
Thank you so much for the kindest words both yesterday and today. The brand of chickpea pasta was banza. I don't like its taste as much as another brand I bought and tried a few weeks ago. However you can use the chickpea pasta with a meat sauce or any flavoring and it has tons more fiber and will fill you up faster than spaghetti but beware you will also get more gas - it's chickpea pasta afterall!

And you are right the cream of wheat is prob a violation ! Really most things are unless their packaging actually says kosher for Passover as really it should be potatoes and matzah matzah matzah all week - as you see I'm not following so traditionally. But do partake in customary traditional family meals and prayer for this holiday. This method is good for me :)

My mom is a healthy and tasty food cook! Ricky brought the less healthy food haha


bearcountrygg on 04/01/2018:
What is soy duck?

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2018:
There's a vegetarian market by me and they make fo meat that looks and is flavored to look like real meat. Their meatless products are made in market with sauce and other ingredients and they make things like meatless duck with chives I believe in a nice sauce, cashews and diced veggies, meatless chicken and vegetables all with Asian flavorings, meatless fish - I usually do not order It bc it's deep fried ! And other items ! They also serve wheat gluten otherwise known as seitan which is the protein of the wheat ! It's man made.


bearcountrygg on 04/01/2018:
That is so interesting!



horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 31, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Having small meals until Passover holiday dinner tonight. It'll be tons of food...and that's why i'm trying to curb my eating now...i was debating fasting but knew it wouldn't work if i'm going to be home most of the day until this afternoon....that's why at noon i'll be watching a movie with Ricky at his apt.

Light meals/snacks during morning: banana 120, kombucha 60, light ice cream 150, then turned to some protein pepperoni 100 and a roasted turkey dog  that tasted terrible that i made a packet of 100. total here: 500-550. good. i really want to save up calories...

600...

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I did eat a lot of healthy things at dinner, trying to remember everything:

Moscato wine around 150 cal?

Tastes of Matzah and other things 100

Small piece of brisket 150?

2 servings roasted green beans 200?

2 servings roasted asparagus 150?

Farfel with mushroom dish small amount 150?

Wayy too sweet dish my friend bought made out of egg / sugar / potato / pineapple 200?

another dish same friend brought of sweet potato pudding thing 150?

am i missing anything??? hmmm....? my mom made potatoes but i didn't take bc i took all the other sweet things already. i think this is it! ...

oh....and a soup made out of squash my mom made which was nice and light but also added roasted pumpkin seeds on top, nice serving of it...250?

total above: 1500

Dessert: 4-5 jell rings, i lost count 200, one jell moon thing 100, and fresh fruit 150. total here: 450.

total for dinner: 1950, with 600 cal earlier in day: 2550 - very decent.

so, 2550 for Saturday. not bad, no exercise though.

 so really, the reason i overeat was sweets of things my friend brought and dessert. my mom usually makes really healthy dinners, as you see.

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/31/2018:
Enjoy the holiday.....sounds like you have a plan!

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2018:
Thank you so much - I'd say the plan worked pretty well for me :)


graindart on 03/31/2018:
Dinner with friends / family is always the most tempting time for me to overeat. I often times do the same as you, which is eat less during the day leading up to it. It limits the damage for the day, but sometimes backfires because I'm extra hungry by the time the temptation rolls around.

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2018:
I am glad I stuck to low calories as the meal itself was large with many servings / elements !


Donkey on 03/31/2018:
Happy Passover - was thinking of you last night :-)

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2018:
You are the sweetest , J !!



horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 30, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

So...those baby bananas that look like 3" that are sometimes sold in supermarkets taste very different from regular bananas....and they are GREAT! i shall buy baby bananas now. :)

Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast: coffee 50, 2 baby bananas 120, 2 tbsp pb 200 and granola bar 100

Snack: wrap, 100, potato 100, turkey pepperoni 50

Lunch: brought from again good job to me! veggies in a little sauce 150-200, some nuts & protein in there 100, egg 100, and pretzels 120: 520.

Snacks: clementines 50, bigger plum 100. total 150

Dinner: prob something on way home....or i can pick up some stuff while on my lunch break (not a fan of the things i already have at home...although..i just came up with something that could work! soy duck leftovers 200, in a wrap 100, with a red pepper 50..350....and fruit if i need it...

snack after workout...possibly ice cream or possibly yogurt and cranberries..tbd.

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total was 2250, really hungry day. i'm glad i didn't skip my workout and i also got tons of cardio in today by walking extra and getting off the bus earlier than my stop while coming home! now i know a good location to get off so i have just over a mile (like just over 20min) to walk home. perfect.  it's a good location bc this bus stop is always annouced so it's hard to miss it!

weekly average: 2080- seems ok.

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/30/2018:
I see those little bananas on the internet...but not in our stores.....I think they are a good idea....bananas can slow down weight loss...in fact the main 2 things years ago that did affect mine was bananas slow losses down...and any kind of coffee creamer would stop it all together.

horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2018:
bananas do spike my blood sugar and get me really hungry an hour after eating one....but their potassium keeps me coming back for more as well as how it really helps my digestion.

horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2018:
they are very smooth and get rid of gas / help me at work.


happy-1 on 03/30/2018:
Good job HoP! Great meal planning and prep! Money in your pocket and room for it on your hips ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/31/2018:
thanks Happy, I'm trying to curb it a little bit. seems food options are endless these days!...and i'm tempted everywhere and by everything...so sticking to most of my plans everyday...helps curb my eating somewhat. waking up earlier has caused me to be definitely hungrier during the morning.


Donkey on 03/30/2018:
Bananas are also an excellent source of fiber :-)


Donkey on 03/30/2018:
I have to have creamer in my coffee. I usually have a cup of decaf at night with a flavored creamer to satisfy the craving for dessert. Hmm...

Horn_of_plenty on 03/31/2018:
yes, great idea for an evening snack! very light!



horn_of_plenty - Thursday Mar 29, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Hi BISCOTTI BODY!

home kombucha 50

work nuts 150 banana 120, coffee 50

Snack: wrap, potato and turkey pepperoni 250

lunch:  veg great selection 200, egg 100, pretzels 150 450

snacks: bar, up to 2 clementines 150

1250

dinner: leftovers at home - today i vow not to buy any food items :) whole red pepper, some other veg and cashews, and i don't know what else..maybe high protein pasta?????? can't wait to cook it! yes......! i prefer popcorn instead of the pasta tonight. making that change now. :)

total cal should not exceed 1950.

6day total: 2050 - will try to keep it around here tomorrow.

EARLY TO BED around 7-8pm...looking forward to a whole night of sleep to end the week well and go to gym tomorrow after work as Saturday my family is celebrating holidays.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/29/2018:
Doesn't it empower you when you make a decision and stick with it??? I know it makes me feel good!

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2018:
so my goal should be to cook those protein noodles and not divert from my plan...yes it shows some resolve and personal strength if i stick with it :)

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2018:
i may still cook the noodles, but having popcorn instead tonight lol...


Maria7 on 03/29/2018:
Hope you are having a nice evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2018:
you bet - nice and quiet - early to bed :)



horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 28, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Home: kombucha 60

Breakfast: banana 120, peanuts 150, coffee 50: 320.

snack wrap 100, potato mix 100 most, turkey pepperoni 50. 250. and a cinnamon brown sugar special k bar package...body just craving for sugar  /  slightly shaky 

Lunch: I packed all lunches for the rest of the week!

1 Egg 80, cabbage mix roasted leftovers 100, eggplant mix 100, pretzels 120 400...

Snacks: up to 2 clementines 100 in PM and grapes 50, coffee with milk 50

Dinner before gym: thinking food at home: seafood with saffron rice 300 and lots of bok choy 150 and some sauce included. 450-500

1850..

after gym: possibly ice cream or yogurt with maybe oatmeal or cream of WHOLE wheat 300

2150, good, at most.

2070, 5day avg.

perhaps with my activity and early hours, eating below this amount doesn't seem as easy as it used to be.

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/28/2018:
I'm wondering why this is so hard for all of us...we all seem so tormented by it.

horn_of_plenty on 03/28/2018:
i used to not be as bad as i am now....i think my nerves are up due to job changes so often this winter...i'm def working to fix this though. ...we should realize there's "always tomorrow"


bearcountrygg on 03/28/2018:
I think we walk such a fine line between what we should do..and what we want to do....do we give in to the moment..or do we wait for the greater good. Somehow the happiness in the moment just seems right, but then we also know that we will feel miserable afterwards. I think that one thing I am not doing is setting a short term goal...something that makes me work towards a specific thing over just a few days....not endless...but short term.

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2018:
yes, same here...it's fine line...and i'm sorta sick of my pants getting too tight...we need to bite the bullet or we will not make progress...i think all of us on DD are struggling to actually make any changes right now...i've just about had enough and i'm really wanting to lose weight now....being up so many hours is now the difficult part bc i feel very hungry at work in the mornings bc i start work at 7...but if other people can do it...i know i MUST CHANGE by patterns.


Maria7 on 03/28/2018:
Hope you are having a good evening...

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2018:
yes, it went alright :)


Donkey on 03/28/2018:
I hate that sugar-shaky feeling! If I don't address that like right away, it usually results in off the deep end for me.

It could very well be that the increased activity -- including your commuting and your anxiety -- require a higher calorie intake.

horn_of_plenty on 03/29/2018:
yes, the different commute from driving seems my body is still adjusting.

i also go off the deep end with the sugar lows, etc. and that's why i like some carbs in my life...and why low carb didn't fully work for me.

have a good day, Jdonk.



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