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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 29, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

i would definitely say today was better than yesterday and hopefully tomorrow i will feel even better. i was tired at work. i did wake up throughout the night again because i'm anxious/thinking about this guy. lol. so this time i didn't look at the clock and i also tried to ignore my thoughts and not think about them in the middle of the night when i should be sleeping. it worked somewhat better than the other past couple nights.

bad eating lately...lot's of processed bars but i do try to get in a good amount of fruits/veggies.

total calories: about 1580. lots of almond milk both unsweetened chocolate and plain throughout the day. many fruits. dinner was about 550 calories.

exercise: 2 mi at work and a short 25 minute bike ride at home. i was too hungry to ride more once i reached my block the first time around my community!

so on sunday this guy asked if i wanted to go out during this week. i wonder when he will call??

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 07/29/2008:
It's just Tuesday.....RELAX!!!!! There are more days in this week than not.....(((((HUMMMMM))))) I am crossing my legs and channeling for you now.....HA HA! NOT!...I still can't cross my legs Indian style...

Good walking/bike riding....Keep it up!

loveray on 07/29/2008:
you are really hanging tough. relationships with men and in general make me batty! just try to breathe, hang in there and live your life to the fullest. do NOT be scared of your own capacity to be whole, wonderful and powerful: because you are. xoxo

Donkey on 07/29/2008:
How about dropping him an email? It's not like you have to sit around waiting for a man. You have a calendar to fill up too, you know.

WI3 on 07/29/2008:
So glad you had a better day! LOL I've had plenty of awake nights lately puzzling over a man, I feel you! Have a great day tomorrow as well!

selina on 07/30/2008:
Enjoy your dating and being anxious about your dating, and waking up in the middle of the night thinking of your date! Why not? All of it is part of the "dating/being young/living life fully" package! Have fun getting to know your dates, puzzling over them, enjoying their company, finding out what makes them what they are, feeling heartbroken at times, being thrilled when they call, anxious when they don't! There are so many wonderful people/men out there worth checking out! Have fun!

Jen40 on 07/30/2008:
I'm with Selina, lol!

Donkey on 07/30/2008:
Hey, Horn -- what was your lowest adult weight, like since being on Diet Diaries? Just curious...

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 28, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

thank you for all of your tips, they mean an awful lot. :) i am once again falling behind in commenting on your diaries. tomorrow...

a little depressed today, didn't feel great. lack of sleep probably dampened my mood.

went for a nice 3 mi walk after work and then out to dinner. i'm feeling as fat and flabby as ever and just not happy with myself today.

i wish i were more confident and experienced with dating. i was talking with two of my friends at dinner and their dates seemed so much more involved and sophisticated than mine. i don't envy that, but i feel a bit insecure with myself right now.

i feel like i've been given everything and i just throw all of what i can become away. like i haven't reached any potential and never will. not sure why i feel this negative. i'm upset that i don't know enough or sometimes care enough to learn more about world events. and why i am so lazy.

ugh. feeling low.

1550 calories.

probably walked a total of 5 mi throughout the day.

hoping for a much better day tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

WI3 on 07/28/2008:
Horn...you get down on yourself every time you start actively dating again. And you say the same things about yourself. Stop measuring yourself against everyone else! If the guy didn't want to go out with you again, he wouldn't have called =) You beat yourself up far too much!

thinnside40 on 07/28/2008:
Not everybody is the same...Maybe you are just a easily pleased/laid back person in a relationship and enjoy different things than your friends do.....

5 miles is great AND make your day better tomorrow.....

Moody2 on 07/29/2008:
Yep what WI3 said..if the guy wasn't interested he wouldn't call you and want to see you again! Put the thoughts of what you consider "sophisticated or involved" away and simply ENJOY yourself!!! Relax and enjoy~~~~

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 27, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

Monday morning edit: i'm going to be tired today...well, hopefully not. i'll try not to think about it. does anyone else get dating anxiety??? i couldn't sleep well last night again! sheesh! i was tossing and turning between 4-6am! I bet guys hardly get like that!

calories yesterday worked out better than expected :). They were around 1775 despite my 1250 calorie breakfast.


late night edit: date went well! we went to a very relaxed dinner at panera bread which is fine by me. my sister teased me that it wasn't a dinner but a lunch restaurant. i can see both sides of the coin with that. didn't end up going to a bar after but a movie instead. i liked it...the one with angelina jolie - Wasted.

the night didn't really call for a kiss goodbye. it would be way too premature. he's a good guy and easy to talk to. we'll probably go out again this week. i enjoy doing active things like dinner and walking around. we'll see. we'd like to challenge each other to a game of ping pong except i don't think there are any places with ping pong tables around. haha. goodnight all.

are there any rules with dating like there should be a kiss by the third date? what do you all think? i know really it just depends on the two people so we'll see if we continue to click. we definitely get along well.

thank you for the good date wishes. :)


today has gone NOT as well as i would have liked. i'm not very upset over it, but my progress will also not be as fast because of conscious impulsive decisions in the morning.

i gave in and had around 1250 cal for breakfast. all because of my nerves for a date tonight. it's pouring, we were supposed to go for ices, but now we're going out to dinner. therefore, higher calories than just if i had ices. also, we will go to the bar after. i'll have a glass of healthy wine...beer is weird on a date for a girl...or maybe not. but i'll stick with the wine. i don't even like beer that much (and never more than a glass of wine bc i don't drink often lol).

snack: coconut juice 60

snack: 2 small plums, cereal, milk (i cannot starve myself before a date and be sick and tired that would be terrible!) so this is pretty low cal enough. and i did hot yoga so i need something after!

dinner: panera bread (probably a salad/soup combo or something)

after dinner:wine

calories before dinner: 1550. good, but i didn't have dinner yet. although, calories for today should end up being much above 2200. so that's what i'll say even before dinner. not terrible, but i will admit i binged this morning and that is unfortunate. oh well, moving on.

as for tomorrow, i'm going out to eat with friends to a place called Ben's Deli. it's a kosher jewish restaurant. VERY good food, usually high in calories. however, soup is good there and i LOVE LOVE LOVE good half sour jewish pickles. although they're high in salt, i always give in. I will have MANY of them. when i say MANY i mean about at least 5-10 pickles with dinner. i'll be full and satisfied and bloated for awhile. haha. craziness.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 07/27/2008:
I love pickles too!.....Have to be very careful when I open a jar.....

Have fun on your date....

TOmama on 07/27/2008:
You know they say that having a big breakfast gets your metabolism going, so it's not neccessarily a bad thing, just make low calorie choices for the rest of the day. AT leats pickles are low cal, you can always drink extra water to get rid of the sodium :)

grumpy on 07/27/2008:
i didn't realize you had a date tonight.. nice! you went to hot yoga, just there you burned at least 400-500 calories. So it's not that bad, the calories themselves. What's more concerning is why you binge and get anxious in these situations and maybe come up with a list of things you could do instead? A good thing for me when I am anxious is to write my feelings. Sometimes i write them in form of a letter i will never send, or on DD, or on a notebook. But you may find other things that work for you, a long bath, a walk, call a loved one, etc.

I hope you have fun on your date. And by the way, you can have anything you want on your date. A beer is fine, a glass of cranberry juice is fine too. Up to you. Just be yourself, always. xoxo

loveray on 07/27/2008:
i cannot wait to hear about this date!! looking forward to the aftermath. also, please get some good matzoh ball soup and eat a lot of those pickles for me! my mommy used to make the BEST mb soup ever!!

weightlossyoyo on 07/27/2008:
Hope the date goes well!

thinnside40 on 07/27/2008:
Whenever it feels natural...No time frame!

lafemme_loca on 07/28/2008:
The date sounds good. Don't rush. All is good. :-) Have a great night and morning.

loveray on 07/28/2008:
sounds like all is well in dating land: i know how hard it can be, but do your best to "just relax." consider: things will be happening the same way if you stress about them or not!! so, you could be totally cool and just let things happen and you might find your eating patterns to clear up as well. to answer your question, when i relate most of my binge patterns, they are either related to a close family conflict or an issue with a male: conscious or subconscious, it really seems to affect me. i have to do a really definitive job of opening up those emotional stores so that this does not happen. something that helped in the past was upon coming home, making myself meditate for 10 minutes in my room rather than just going about the house. there is something about clearing the mind that allows you to be more mindful about choices during the day, regarding food and all else for that matter! the kissing thing: if you want to kiss him, kiss him!! you only have one life to life honey- do it up!! love you.

Jen40 on 07/28/2008:
Glad the date went well!

grumpy on 07/28/2008:
I am glad the date went well and you like this guy. Movie sounds good too. I don't really believe in any rules for dating, even though some people do. I think common sense works, which means being yourself and respecting the other person's timing too. As for the kiss... there's no rule either, and some situations are not good for a kiss, but it's my experience that if it takes too long you may get into this limbo when you're not friends but you're not more than that either. maybe it's just me, but i tend to get into that kinds of situations. So just enjoy it and go with the flow. And i don't have date anxiety, I have anxiety when i don't have dates. hahahaha. Actually i mean it, with J for example, i was anxious for the dates, as in looking forward to it but never in a bad way, now when i don't know when i'll see him or what's going on, ewwww, than it hits me. xoxo

Donkey on 07/28/2008:
I don't think there's a rule about when to kiss, except don't do anything that YOU don't want to do. If you want to kiss, then kiss. But don't do it because you think you're supposed to or it's "expected" of you.

Incidently, I gave my Husband a killer liplock (well, ok, maybe lips not so locked) on our first date, which essentially was just a long drive home. :-)

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 26, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

Sunday Morning: I didn't sleep as well as I would have liked to last night. I think I am anxious about my "date" tonight to get ices with the guy I went out with 2 weeks ago. I am definitely a bit nervous and I realize I need to relax in order to have a successful day in general.

Breakfast: cereal and fruit...and yogurts, 4 granola bars...two pieces mandel bread (really like a pastry) almond milk, 1250



Saturday evening:

i am sooo eager to be under 120 if i stick to a good routine by summer's end. the sooner the better but i must have patience. i am having a string of good days and i will work hard to remain positive and proactive.

a very successful day today!

for one, i slept so late for me at least! till almost 9 which gave me around 10 hrs of sleep. and i felt really good all day because of it. i'm relaxing this weekend - relaxing tonight. :)

bike ride to and from yoga this morning. walk in afternoon with grandma. i will do weights tonight a bit while watching tv. tomorrow evening i'm going for ices with that guy i went on a date with two weeks ago! he actually called today to ask if i wanted to go out tonight or tomorrow night. i'm pretty excited that he did in fact call. i guess he really did have a good time.

food was good today!

breakfast: cereal, fruit, milk: 230

snack: some drink powder mix i forgot the name, few plums

lunch: yogurts, a good tasting package of sugar free cookies at my grandmother's, and 2 plums (HUNGRY!) i almost went to take other sugar cookies but remembered today i was trying to be primarily healthy!

snack: medium iced decaf: 60

dinner: BIG and TASTY. salad with lt dressing. then, a mix of 2 whole cucumbers, tomato, peppers, 1/2 block of tofu, 1/2 cup beans, and light dressing. then, a cup of raspberries and almond milk for dessert! i can fit a lot into my stomach and i'm very satisfied. total dinner calories: around 600.

total calories for today: 1340 :)

i will definitely do yoga tomorrow as i had planned to before i knew i had a date in the evening. also, i plan to get some walking in. however, i will not tire myself out like i did last weekend when i went out with a friend and felt sick all night because i was too hungry and tired.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

loveray on 07/26/2008:
good for you HOP! you are so brave and honest to share everything with us. i am impressed that you honor your cravings for fast food and move on. you are whooping some DD butt! xoxo

thinnside40 on 07/26/2008:
Your day looks so good...YEA!!!!!!!!!!

As for Smart Balance P.B. ~ Love it!... I think it satisfy's because it is so much thicker/stickier than other brands, plus it IS more healthy too....High in calories, but good ones for sure and I can hardly eat 2 TBS for a serving size suggestion....... We use the Smart Balance Spread and oil. If I can find it...the spray (hard to find)...They also have popcorn, but it is hard to find also... Pricey, but worth the health benefits I guess... I believe everything the selling points say....

Have a good evening!

WI3 on 07/27/2008:
Congrats on the great day yesterday! And have fun on your date =)

Moody2 on 07/27/2008:
You're doing so well!! Tonight sounds like fun~enjoy yourself!!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 25, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

was it worth it? not sure. BUT, it did taste good:

late afternoon snack: small mcdonald's fries i'm saying 300 bc they always give a little extra.

dinner: taco bell grilled stuffed beef burrito i'll say 800 (the calculations that restaurants give are usually not right), large salad, 2 whole cucumbers with dressing, lg plum. :) 200 for salad/fruit.

this is what i've wanted for awhile now. and it all tasted GREAT, especially the fries and the middle of the burrito! haha.

dinner calories: 1,000 not too bad, right!? haha.

now, the daily total is alright! 1900. i do plan on some exercise pretty soon. it'll be a walk probably. i also walked 2 mi at work.

i know i was saying that i wanted to have fast food each day of the weekend, but if i do that it may not set me back but it will also not set me foward. i know i'm going out to eat monday night with friends. therefore, i plan on having a light day tomorrow and on Sunday I'm not sure if I will have another treat or not. right now, i'm thinking yes.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Wi3 on 07/25/2008:
Sometimes I really really do crave fast food. The convenience of it, the way it smells and tastes. Especially those McDonald's fries! They are tasty. On purpose, devil fries LOL

Have a great evening!

thinnside40 on 07/25/2008:
Your just fine!...... My favorite Taco Bell (haven't eaten there in over a year) burrito is the "Burrito Supreme" minus onion & red sauce....YUMMY!!!!....I used to like their Tater Crisps too....I ate some fast food yesterday and it didn't put this day off, so I am thankful I didn't just say "heck with it" and keep going...Usually I would of in the past, but this time around is so different and I don't have the "guilt" factors, cause determination is this IS the rest of my life, not just til I get goal and I need to enjoy some "junk" occasionally.....

Great Weekend to you!

loveray on 07/25/2008:
not bad for some fast food eating! and so glad you enjoyed it fully without a binge! you are doing really well this week. xo

Donkey on 07/25/2008:
See, for me, this crap fast food isn't even an option. It doesn't exist for me. I can't imagine putting that garbage in my body. I'd rather save my cash, too. Why would I pay some corporation to make my body fat(ter)?

grumpy on 07/25/2008:
you gotta do what you feel like you want, you planned it and it was under control. 1900 is not the end of the world. you're fine. now i lost control a little tonight, and thats why i am going out now and i will try to dance my butt off, at least for some compensation. xoxo

selina on 07/25/2008:
I haven't had fast food in a long time, at least 5 years. I find the smell of the greasy food appealing, any longer. Having said that, I loved Big Mac's and fries when I was your age! Enjoy it!

maria777 on 07/26/2008:
Looks like you had a real good day yesterday! Hope you likewise are having a wonderful day today!!!

jon'smom on 07/26/2008:
Enjoy the food and the weekend. You are doing great!!

Beth201P on 07/26/2008:
Hey sometimes you just need to have that fast food. Have a great weekend. ((Hugs)) I love Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cones. :)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jul 24, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

i cannot say i am the healthiest person bc i am NOT. but, i like my plan and the food i eat and i plan to primarily stick with it to a degree.

breakfast at work: yogurts

snacks in morning: 2 decaf coffees, special k bar, plum

lunch: cereal/milk

snack in pm: zone bar

snack later: diet drink...then later a small joy bar!! good good good!

dinner: LARGE but healthy so i'm ok with overeating on that. It had: lettuce with dressing, and then a mixture of two cucumbers, tomato, red beans, and sardines, dressing: 400. for desert, a plum and almond milk (another 80 cal). good dinner. i wouldn't change a thing.

total cal for today: about 1530-1550. yay to that! better than having taco bell or mcdonalds and having higher calories.

although my weight is completely weird mainly due to binging episodes through this month, i can tell my body is definitely more fit than before. my capri pants are fitting better and so are all my clothes. :)

i am also so glad to have cleaned out my closets and drawers because i found some clothes that i bought last year/2 years ago that work well for work! so now i really DON'T need to go shopping and i won't because i'd rather spend my money in other ways.

exercise: 2 mi during work (thank god for no rain during lunch) and then a WONDERFUL bike ride. i haven't exercised in 3 days (mon, tues, wed) after work and i was seriously pumped up with endorphins after that bike ride.

have a good day everyone.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

grumpy on 07/24/2008:
Sounds like a good day all around. And it's okay that you had cereal for lunch because you had a great healthy dinner. Good deal with the bike ride too. I had ice cream for dinner, but it wasn't big. The cereal and milk i had as a snack and that were enough for me. I came home from dance class at 9 and i am not hungry at all. Good calories too. I didn't get all the cardio I wanted (I took a stretch class instead of cardio belly dance) but we did a lot of abs work so was good for me. I think it's okay to add something 'unhealthy' to your diet every now and then, because you lead a more 'normal' life that way and don't feel like you're missing out on anything. that helps us to keep going. xoxo.

bankingplanes on 07/24/2008:
Thanks for the words of kindness, its strange how just a few "you go girls" can keep a persons head held high. As for biking, I LOVE to bike! I was going for 5 miles rides for a long time but as I had said stopped for some reason. Maybe I will go tomorrow after work. We have amazing trails where I live. Keep up the good work!

maria777 on 07/24/2008:
Glad you've had a good day and hope you are having a good evening. Good on the 2 miles walk!

selina on 07/24/2008:
I'm thrilled to see you are doing so well! I love it when clothes fit nicely, and of course, who wouldn't! Have a great day today, and stay well!

lafemme_loca on 07/25/2008:
Mmmmm... fruit ! =) and veggies !! I am glad it is working for you and that you are fitting into you clothing better. I pray that you have an awesome day.

WI3 on 07/25/2008:
How cool that everything is fitting better! Good for you! YAY! And that has to feel so freeing to have cleaned out that closet, congratulations! Have a great day =)

legcramps on 07/25/2008:
I like your plan, too, and I think you're doing a great job following it. Nothing wrong with that!! :) Have an awesome weekend!

mcwoo40 on 07/25/2008:
Hiya HOP,just passing through to say 'hello',have a good weekend Julie

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 23, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

weight today:

thursday am edit:

Update: i have three HUGE black garbage bags full of clothes. I have a feeling that if i really wanted to, I could fill a fourth garbage bag. However, I am done for now. enough cleaning. I have room in my closet and that's the important thing. Room. I still might clean out more of my drawers but I already feel a lot better!

weight update, I weighed yesterday and was a horrible 125 still! But then again, my eating hasn't helped that! I woke up early today and wanting something bad to eat like mcdonalds...but there's really no health value. hmmm, we'll see.



was good today but i did feel bouts of sadness? there was much traffic on the way home, it took 1.5 hours. ew. i wanted to ride my bike but the weather is NOT agreeable. people at work are great, most of them. but the people i eat with are much to be desired. it's just a strange group of people who don't have much in common. oh well. it's only 2 months and then i'm done!

breakfast at work: yogurts, 150

snack: coffee, bar: 230

snack: coffee 30

lunch: cereal/milk: 220

snack: bar 180

snack: peach 60

total before dinner: 870

dinner: BIG salad lettuce, tomato, and spray dressing: 100; and then a mix of cucumber, tofu, red kidney beans with the same asian dressing: 325. dessert: plum and almond milk, 100. total: 525.

once again, i seriously debated going for taco bell for dinner, especially bc i was getting home later than expected and i was passing it as i drove! even the light changed to red up ahead and traffic slowed so much i could have easily turned right into the parking lot for taco bell. i am actually very happy i didn't because i got in a TON of veggies and i feel healthy! but, in the back of my head, i have a small urge and craving for a huge taco bell stuffed burrito!

total calories today: about 1400. good day.

exercise: 2 mi during work. i wanted to bike ride but once again they weather will not cooperate! :( i could go on the treadmill or drive the 10-15 min to the gym, but i am too lazy for that one! I want to read and get a good night's sleep.

one thing i will do in a little bit: clean out more of my clothes. i want to get rid of all the clothes i don't wear. It'll add up to AT LEAST 10 shopping bag's worth of clothes. and i'm talking those big department store shopping bags with the plastic handles. the ones you get only when you are buying a load of clothes at once!

they say that your mind is as organized as your closet. my closet was getting to the point of being unable to close! i need to fix that! :)

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

TOmama on 07/23/2008:
Good for you for not giving in!! Just take it one day at a time.

The closet, it hurts to get rid of clothes, especially the skinny ones! I have two pair of beautiful white pants, size 11, I got them on sale for 10 each (bought two pair) last year and only wore them once. Now I'm too big but they aren't going anywhere. I am determined to wear them by September!

grumpy on 07/23/2008:
great day for you today! as for me, i guess i cant be satisfied with a drink for dinner either, because i went to starbucks and had a frapuccino and a piece of cake, total 460 (ouch), but still ended my day at 1520 which is good. xo

maria777 on 07/23/2008:
Sounds like you are getting your closet in order for sure!!! Good on the 1400 cals and 2 miles...yayyyy!!!

thinnside40 on 07/23/2008:
My closet is almost empty....I need to go clothes shopping...... Best of luck on getting things in order...

selina on 07/24/2008:
Hi! Good job cleaning up the closet! I have to do that everytime just before we move(about once in 4 years) because we must pay for excess bagagge. Cleaning out closets is not fun but the results can be very satisfying!

My daughter likes to read the DD entries with me sometimes, when she is hanging out in my office. Today, I read out your comment to her and she said that she does like the exercise and spending time with me. Gotta love mama girls! Mommy girls, that is. Have a good day!

abdab74 on 07/24/2008:
I love that organized feeling after a good closet clean out. Good job on avoiding taco bell and the like!

omahagrl on 07/24/2008:
I love the closet and mind reference and mine is so cluttered. In fact last night as I was putting away laundry I just stood back and reminded myself that I have to get it cleaned out. I will add it to my list tonight to at least make a start. Have a good day.

rae_regenbogen on 07/24/2008:
I'm sorry, but I had to "laugh" at the "horrible 125!" It's interesting what is horrible to one and a dream to another. Just so you know, I'm not joking about your pain. I'm sure it's just as difficult for you to see a higher number on the scale as it is for me (probably even harder since you are so close to your goal). When you put the work in, you want to see some kind of result, and not that one! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it's only a water related fluctuation!

I'm proud of you for not caving into the Taco Bell craving. I would have taken the red light as a sign from "God" that I really deserved a taco. Humm...perhaps that is why you weigh in the 120's and I'm closer to the 220's! Epiphany!

hollybelle on 07/24/2008:
Oh I love to clean out closets and drawers. Give me the illusion I have control of things! it really does help simplify life to be able to find things, to organize easier, and to have room!

maria777 on 07/24/2008:
Sounds like you have gotten a lot accomplished! YAYYY!!!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 22, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

breakfast at work: yogurts 150

snack: zone bar 200, coffee 30

lunch: cereal and lots of milk

snack: somebody put kashi tlc bars in the cafeteria for us to take so i had one. VERY good. a tad low in protein but it was tasty and free. 120

snack: peach on ride home from work

snack: salad and large tomato 100

total before dinner: 940

dinner: veggies, beans, tofu, spray dressing, plum: 395 :) sum gum later on..

total: around 1360 which is superb.

exercise: 2 mi at work.

i have been a bit busier than i would have thought and it's a little difficult to get everything in including commenting on diaries and even writing in my own about more than just food. it's ok though, for now.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 07/22/2008:
Have a great evening....I am hit/miss right now with phone troubles and being dropped every 5-10 minutes.... Can't get DSL, so pooehy!!!!

Have a great evening!

maria777 on 07/22/2008:
Wonderful menu!!! Have a good evening!

loveray on 07/22/2008:
2 days of greatness! good work. xoxo

maria777 on 07/22/2008:
My curiosity is up now...different in what ways?

Princessa24 on 07/22/2008:
Hey there! I'm 5'2 too :)

grumpy on 07/22/2008:
Good for you, what an awesome day.. now mine.. not so much. Uff... tomorrow, my dear, tomorrow.

thinnside40 on 07/22/2008:
No not upgrading the internet (can't ~ we live too far out in the country still).I was talking about upgrading my cell...The one I got yesterday is like the ones they give you when you get the "free" phone with a 2 year contract...I had to pay $39.99 for it, plus shipping (total of $60)..I don't have insurance! AHHH!!! I like the looks and the size of it so may keep it instead of upgrading like I wanted to when I am eligable in September...Don't NEED a camera I guess....

legcramps on 07/23/2008:
You know what else about being busy is good????

You're not left on the couch wondering what to do and deciding that you'll just have one sandwich while you think about what you're going to do, then realizing that you inhaled said sandwich before you even finished making it.

Sometimes, being busy is really, really good. Often, going to sleep early helps too. There was sarcasm there, did you catch that?!!

Have a great day today!

Umpqua on 07/23/2008:
I understand about being busy! Good job with your foods and getting calories in early in the day!!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 21, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

calories: 1350 :) good.

i've been having fiber one for lunch. i think everyone at work thinks i'm nuts. but that's ok! it fills me up and gives me energy. (although i do get hungry not too long after but then i have a zone or protein bar).

exercise: 2 mi during work, walk tonight. it's so late i can hardly fit everything in along with reading/relaxation. ugh!

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 07/21/2008:
Are you eating Fiber one ceral for lunch or the bars or yogurt?

grumpy on 07/21/2008:
sounds like a good day. i would totally go for fiber 1 for lunch, haha, but i always need a 'meal' at lunch, so i don't eat my whole house for dinner. :)

lafemme_loca on 07/21/2008:
I had the same questions as above ... :-) What fiber one are you eating ? And is it just plain ? I hear you on trying to fit everything in. I am actually going to try to get to bed in a few minutes. So, I hope you have a great day ! And good job for taking a walk during work and after work ! Take care !

hollybelle on 07/22/2008:
I love the Fiber One bars - yummy! I also have found the Special K Protein bars - the ones with 110 cals to be a nice treat in the afternoons.....I like getting the protein in. They have a meal replacement bar, too, but the ones I mean are the snack bars.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 20, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

the unfortunate: my calories for the past two days and the way i have dealt with my emotions (eating).

the positive: keeping up with exercise and using most of my time wisely.

i actually made it to yoga today. :) 8am-9:30am. also a 20 minute bike ride and a 6 mi walk. :)

then i got ready for the bridal shower which was pretty good actually. the mother was very creative and it was a good time considering i really didn't know many people there.

i ate pretty well up to and even during the shower but i gave in when i got home. i'll be back on track tomorrow.

breakfast: coconut water (right before yoga) 60

later breakfast: 1/2 pear, fiber one, milk 250

shower: salad with dressing, steamed broccoli, eggplant parmisean 900?? and coffee...930

after shower/dinner: 2 plums 80, the rest of the seared tuna from yesterday 450?, 1/4 of a pound cake 450, yogurt 70, milk 60, 3 granola bars 420, and chocolate candies with marzipan and coconut in them 350.

3200 would be an approximate for today. :(

it's due to what workingit said, my social anxieties causing me to eat before, during, and after them.

Progress as of today: 2.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

selina on 07/20/2008:
Hi HOP! Sounds like you had a great party, yay! i love that eggplant dish and the seared tuna, leftover or not!

maria777 on 07/20/2008:
Hang in there, Friend.

thinnside40 on 07/20/2008:
Oh poop!..... Sorry...... I am the opposite and am not hungry when it comes to social events or stress..... So that tells you that my struggle with food is pretty much ALL the time, especially when things are going smoothly...I love to eat at night!

peaceelovee on 07/20/2008:
Its okay. I ate really really bad yesterday and that just made me want to eat even better today. I know you can do it. I'm glad the shower was nice...ive never been to one!

grumpy on 07/20/2008:
hey dear, i was thinking to myself, why would she have social anxieties, being that she's such a smart and talented girl (dont think i forget about the carnegie hall!) and she's so close to her goal weight. when i am bummed about going somewhere it's usually because of my weight, and i am not anymore, even though i am still far from my ideal weight. anyway, i know this is not racional, i am not either when it comes to my anxieties, but i agree with what WI3 said, you're handling it well. I thought to myself the other day how brave and honest you are posting all your cals even on your worst days. I learn a lot from you. xoxo

selina on 07/21/2008:
Hey HOP, I guess my early comment was BEFORE you added an update... I know what you mean, I see myself doing the same - doing very well at the party and seeing a total meltdown when I get home and relax. It's almost always like that. But, once you know your tendencies, it's easier to manage. Next time, I have to remind myself to go for a walk just after I come back home and relax, before I attack the fridge or the cupboard. I still like your eggplant and tuna... Hang in there.

WI3 on 07/21/2008:
There is help for social anxiety. You don't have to struggle with the things you've been struggling with. Counseling, anxiety medications, joining a speaking group like Toastmasters can also help with social anxiety. You may have a negative opinion of yourself and be fearful that you won't measure up to the people in the room...so rather than face their rejection, you reject yourself first by sabatoging your own plans, goals and dreams of your personal self. If you can be upset with you, you can focus that frustration instead of the fear and frustration of social situations...not to mention you can hurt yourself because of those negative feelings about yourself, before anyone else can hurt you with theirs.

I think often it is easy for us to write off our out of control days, as 'emotional' eating..which, is true in a sense...but if there is an underlying real issue (like a social fear) that is systematic and constant, it may mean that we need just a little more help than someone else who may have an off day every few weeks.

I hope I am not being inappropriate and I am really not trying to suggest anything..I guess I'm just saying that if you feel it is more than an emotional thing, I'm in your corner. Of course, I am in your corner anyway =)

Sorry if I went too far.

Have a fantastic day!

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