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horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 23, 2007

Weight: 120.0

edit: 2650 calories (I had a beer.)

exercise: 1 hr, 40 min. :)

total: 22 hrs, 5 min. eeesh. not even one hour per day.

edit: and I binged. 2550 today. still low carb though. but crap!

hello everyone. so, i guess we all survived Thanksgiving!

I'm looking foward to a nice, long stroll around the park today. I've been sitting around so much and i know how important it is to get more exercise in so I can feel better about myself. So, today I'll be doing some exercise, possibly reading, and going to the supermarket to pick up some things that will prevent carb cravings. Online, I was looking at a site that listed oatmeal substitutes. I thought that this was great: cottage cheese with cinnamon and splenda/equal/sweet n low. then, microwave it!!! It has the same consistancy is oatmeal! how cool!

I also made myself something really cool this morning. 3/4 cup egg whites mixed with one scoop of chocolate protein powder. Microwave for one minute, mix. Microwave about 1 1/4 minutes longer, it should get REALLY fluffy and rise as its cooking. Take it out of the microwave and you get a huge puff that is full of protein and can taste like whatever protein powder you used! LOL. I ate this on a turkey burger. I've been eating so strange lately. But, it was all protein.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/23/2007:
Make sure that with the high protein diet that you are drinking plenty of water to flush out your system. What the heck is "leg magic"? My legs could use some magic, I tell ya...

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 22, 2007

Weight: 125.0

This entry is really for yesterday. my computer was sick with a nasty virus...but i think it may be all better! :)

yesterday's exercise: 1 hr.

total: only 20 hrs, 25 min.

this has not been a great exercise month. but, there's still room for improvement. I think I may increase my morning exercise and try to go to bed earlier so I'm not as tired as I have been over the past couple of weeks. as far as these 4 days are concerned, I plan on going to the gym everyday except today because it's closed. also, if the weather is nice...and it is today, I ought to take a walk outside! :) Now, I need to not get so nervous about this. for some reason, i sometimes get nervous and overeat when i'm thinking about exercise or increasing exercise. not sure why.

My plan is to wake up at 6am for now on. walk a 45 minutes or mix walking with my "leg magic." Then, stretching/abs for 15 min. 7am shower and breakfast. I'm going to try having breakfast after working out again.

yesterday's calories: 2060. satisfying, lower carb. :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 22, 2007

Weight: 125.0

edit: I found the low glycemic (but high carb) cookies in my house and of course I ate them. lol. so, 400 more calories than i thought. today's cals were: 2700. oh well. I almost went for other high calorie stuff just now but I stopped myself. :)

exercise: 1 hour. gotta burn off some of those carbs...i ate those cookies at 10 pm!

total exercise: 21hrs, 25 min.


I feel like whenever I go low carb, it's so easy to stay that way once I've been doing it a few days or a week. My body gets used to the less refined carbs (even though I do still have fruit/some starchy veggies) and I'm able to get through my days well. But, if I take a day off, it's all downhill and I forget that drive I have to succeed at eating this selective way.

I want to go to school on Monday a couple pounds lighter. This can happen if I stay away from most salt, some is okay, and I stick to low carb. I want to begin to feel better in my clothes. Like I said, I will be buying litte as it's a big money waster and I don't have extra to spend frivolously this year. In the past couple years, all I did was drop money on clothes, beauty pampering stuff, nails, waxing, and the dry cleaners. I must say, at that time, it felt great to be able to do all those things. You know, if I had the money now, I'd probably be doing the same thing. Sadly, I'm on a budget now. And, most of my clothes are too small and can't be worn!! I want to fit into those smaller ones! :)

I need to go to the store, before it's too late and I get a craving that can't be subsided!!!, to get some healthy alternatives. I've been mixing chocolate protein powder into yogurt. It's tasty. like chocolate pudding/yogurt! I need to buy some other things. FAST! :)

total cal: i wouldn't believe if it was more than 2500!! :) today was a good day. I did have some sweet potatoes/potatoes...but no processed carbs! I'm proud of that! :) :) :) My plan is, for at least 2 months, to stick to eating NO processed carbs.

You may laugh, but I can up with a good idea. I know it would taste good. I make many turkey burgers/hamburgers/any burger! on the George Foreman Grill. Then, I store them in tubberware in the fridge. I take one out and top it however I like! I tell you, you can make believe it's dough!!! You can make a pizza on it! Cheese and sauce. Sometimes, I top with yogurt. LOL. It makes something very satisfying. I know this is definitely unusual, but it works!

I really want to buy myself some fish. I'm going to have to buy cooked fish because my mom will not let me make any. I'd like to buy salmon or some other FATTY fish that has good oils in it because I think it'll help my skin. I'm trying to think of other fish that might be good...white fish sounds tasty. I'll see what the selection is when I go. I will NOT buy shrimp/scallops because I don't find them filling...and they're expensive!!!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 20, 2007

Weight: 125.0

a good, low carb day. 1500 cal. i feel good because i ate good.

first time i had meat, if you consider chopped meat for a hamburger good meat, in a long time!!! It feels good to get that iron and solid food in me, rather than soy stuff.

i also bought a lot of spaghetti squash. i plan on eating it often for a couple weeks at least.

exercise could have been better. I'm giving myself 1 hr, although most was on a bike and I even counted some ab work.

19 hrs, 25 min.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 19, 2007

Weight: 125.0

i totall f---ed up, to put it mildly...

i ate REALLY well, all day.

then, i came home, started off healthfully, then ate two apples, TONS of peanut butter, two sugary yogurts, 1/4 of a pumpkin pie, 1/5 of a pecan pie.

total cal: 4,000. arg.

exercise: 30 min.

my plan for exercise is to do at least one hour this evening (I did 20 min this morning, should have been 25 though)

18 hrs, 35 min.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

mylifechanges on 11/19/2007:
:( i'm sorry HoP. I know what it's like to have those difficult days, but you can totally start over. Tomorrow is a completely new day, with no mistakes in it. Take care of yourself and remember we're pulling for you!

kyrin on 11/19/2007:
Oh, {{Hugs}}. The winter months and holidays always seem harder on us dieters. Those darned desserts and snacks seem to have an emotional connection for most of us.

Don't beat yourself up over the slip. We've all done it. Jump back in with both feet. Grab your water bottle. Slide into those trainers. Get moving. It will make it easier to make it through the holidays if you get through this one event and make a plan to enjoy dinner and (of course) have dessert with your meal and then find something else to do besides eat.

I know that you can do this. We all can.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 18, 2007

Weight: 125.0

overall, the day ended up being a good one and I had a great time meeting up with my friend in New Jersey! We really enjoyed each other's company very much! I have known her since 2000 when we started college together.

food was good, especially since it was 1350 cal and I don't think I went overboard with the salt either.

I'm going to be limiting my salt intake (but not worrying about it on holidays like thanksgiving). I will finish the crab and scallop cakes that i have that do have salt. But, other than that, I will be staying away from all prepared meals and veggie burgers etc. I will be eating more grilled poultry, fish, and meat. I want to loose some water weight and then loose more weight from there. My first goal is 110. It is my goal to reach that number by February 1st. I think I do have a good shot. My objective is to not get disappointed and give up because of feeling fat or overwhelmed! Very doable, i say! :) oh, and exercise will NOT fall by the wayside.

goodnight all, enjoy these 3 days before the deadly Thanksgiving! just kidding!

17 hrs, 45 min exercise.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

harleygirl79 on 11/19/2007:
Good for you on the calories. It's hard when you eat out and around the holidays. Salt isn't a big issue for me as I drink alot of water to flush it out. Hope your holiday is nice.

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 17, 2007

Weight: 125.0

Sunday entry:

breakfast was slightly larger than expected. When i woke up, i could feel the nasty effects of all the sugar and sodium. My body is swollen and shakey. after eating it got better.

i had 380 cal. (a crab cake that i cooked last night with the burgers - yes it is a processed food but i wanted to use them since they've been in my freezer for at least 6 months and they were expensive, with pumpkin, a tomato, and an additional chicken burger that i had. I can say I'm definitely satisfied now.

have a good day all.

Saturday Entry:

4350 cals.

tomorrow i'm going to NJ to see a friend who lives in that state. we're gonna meet for lunch and a movie. of course, meeting for lunch has me all antsy....because i DON'T like going out to eat.

interestingly, i was looking online at the requirements to by a NY police officer and I actually weigh too much!!!! yeah! that's right! for my height, 124/125 or whatever it is that I weight now, is too much! I'm all the way at the high end! worse, my weight is fat, not muscle! I wouldn't become a cop anyway, but I'm sad that my weight has changed so drastically.

i miss my days of childhood intuition eating. i stopped when satisfied and i didn't binge.

The only way i know how to loose weight is to diet. and everytime i'm successful, i ruin my progress with a couple binges. If only i can be satisfied without stuffing myself. I have got to eat less volume, then i would have such an easy time controlling calories. now, i eat the right foods, usually! but i eat like 3 servings at a time.

I just need to curb my appetite. I need to eat less. I should find eating 1200 cals a day easy, considering all the low cal food i eat. this is plain pathetic, i tell ya.

alright, i do have a plan, although making one after a binge usually doesn't ever work. no processed meals. more meat and veggies. I am going to eat more high quality proteins (chicken/turkey burgers, fish, and meat like hamburgers (I know the exact calorie info of a burger) I think the addition of meat will help me with the binging. I think the extra iron will be helpful.

haha, no veggie burgers! yes, i've said it. until i loose 15 pounds i'm going to lay off all processed meals and veggie burgers. that way, i'll be having much less sodium and the "quick" weight loss at the beginning will keep me motivated till the end of this 15 pound weight loss journey. Now, I have to plan my goals...

truth is, by the end of January, I should be able to weigh 110 without any drastic measures.

I need to reapply fitness to my routine as I am getting lazy with evening workouts. I will also commit myself further to the gym.

i'm going to cook chicken and turkey burgers to have for the week and head off to the gym...

btw, i didn't get anything done today. not one thing.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

fritters on 11/17/2007:
A lot of us seem to be really struggling. I hope that your 'plan' works for you.

mcwoo40 on 11/18/2007:
Hi,best of luck in your new regime.I need to start too,my body is telling me now,with the aching that's all over my body,and the heartburn it's no good.Let's spur each other on.Have a great day with your friend,bye 4 now,Julie

mylifechanges on 11/18/2007:
i agree with fritters, i don't know what it is about this season, but we all seem to be struggling. Let's stick together, you can do this HoP! Oh, and I'm AMAZED that your current weight is too heavy for the NYPD. Even at 5'2, 125 doesn't seem too heavy to me. What is their target weight? Just curious!

I hope today is great for you! Remember, one day at a time...

horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 16, 2007

Weight: 124.0

Sat morning: binge. (apple oatmeal, yogurts, this heavy cranberry bread, regular bread, potato chips, peanut butter, nachos) 2020 cal. + more binging on 1/2 a pumpkin pie and some pecan pie (talk about calories!) 880 calories right there.

total for one hour on morning: 2900...3040...3230

later on, ate more...now 3410 + 470 = 3880.


instead of 1500 calories, i had 2240. tomorrow i need 1500. my clothes are fitting soo bad. arg. i feel out of my skin.

observing went well enough. one person told me the job market for radiation therapists isn't good....and that scares me to bits! arg. whatever though. if i could get a job somewhere else, then i would. if i don't get into a radiation therapy program, i hope to get into radiography, as i planned.

no exercise.

tomorrow's plan: exchange an old navy shirt with a hole in it, use my The Limited 15 dollar gift card to buy something that is 15 dollars or less, exercise in the morning, see a movie, exercise at hofstra, do laundry, and read the chemistry book. i will probably not do all these things. haha. who knows!

Donkey on 11/16/2007:
That's not what I heard! I heard that the job prognosis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that RT's will have an increased demand. What, with all those cancer centers -- that is big bucks that hospitals have invested in cancer care. Maybe that person just doesn't know where to look... Hmm... If it's what you want to do, don't let one person's opinion scare you off.

fritters on 11/16/2007:
I hope you aren't discouraged - check into it further before you make a decision. You have a busy day planned. Hope you saved time for a little fun!! Happy weekend

kyrin on 11/17/2007:
So, did you buy something nice? ...I hope that it gives you a good boost. And, that your perky self will show up tomorrow for exercise. I will if you will.


shadetree on 11/17/2007:
That binge is this morning? And it's only 8am? Are you upset (maybe you don't even realize it) about that person's comment about the job market? I wouldn't put much stock into that comment. Bottom line is, the average life span is increasing, baby boomers are getting older - and with that cancer develops...Healthcare is one of the most secure fields you could hope to be in. Especially in light of the fact that there are so few instructors, so there aren't enough graduating. There might not be a big demand in your specific town, but there are cancer centers opening left and right, and somebody's got to do it. So don't let that one person's comment scare you off. I just can't imagine why someone would make a comment like that...

workingit2 on 11/17/2007:
A friend of mine said his mother made raisin bread yesterday but used some really old yeast. It was delicious but very small and heavy LOL.

The field of medicine is the ONLY field that has any stability right now. I say GO FOR IT. Those who say it is doomed are ill informed. Medicine and undertaking, folks always need to get better and folks always die.

As far as your binging, we all know I am no doctor and we all know about my struggles AND my weight regain. *sigh*...but an interesting thing..I was talking to a woman at work the other day who said that her lack of iron made her chew ice constantly..and now that she has had her blood tested and is on treatment, she eats maybe a cup of ice a day as her iron levels are increasing. Not saying that you have low iron, but saying that I honestly think that perhaps your issue with food may be to some sort of imbalance in your chemical makeup that might be easily corrected with treatment. Sometimes I don't think things are all psychological or 'emotional'. Especially not lately since I found out the very real impact that hormones have on our bodies and how one piece of an unhealthy puzzle can throw our systems into chaos. I know we talked about all of this before but I am not sure I read your follow-up regarding getting a complete physical and blood work. It isn't any of my business and you don't have to share any health information...but I would hate for anyone to walk around torturing themselves thinking they are doing something wrong or that they aren't strong enough, when it very well could have a simple medical reason behind it.

OK sorry to butt in. Just know that I support you 100% and always, always wish you nothing but the very best. You are our HOP, and you've been so sweet, kind and helpful to everyone here..and I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you. Have a good day today and ease up on yourself a little. =)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 15, 2007

Weight: 124.0

hey everyone.

1 hr, 5 min exercise today.

total= 16 hrs, 45 min exercise.

1500 calories.

I cooked a nice blended mix of 3 squashes: acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. I cut each (small size) squash in half. Then, depending on the size of each half, I microwaved each one separately for 2.5 up to 6 minutes. Then, I would add each half into the bowl and mix them together. All I added was cinnamon and pumpkin spice. It looks good. LOL, almost like mock stuffing! not really. but, it could work. If I were head of the household, that would probably be our stuffing at Thanksgiving. Hmm, you can probably add bread into it. who knows!

Lately, I've been making a lot with pumpkin. I've made yogurt, by mixing it with plain yogurt and adding spices (I don't even add the splenda anymore!). I sometimes make egg whites (or you can do eggs) and eat it with them. I eat it mixed with protein powder and sometimes I put it as a spread on bread. The options are endless. You can probably even mix the pumpkin with oatmeal or flour and make some kinda pancake. Once again, spices are necessary and maybe sweetner. Canned pumpkin needs at least some spices added to make it taste good. I'm not in love with the taste of it on its own.

Now that I have cooked fresh squash, it'll be a good alternative to the canned pumpkin I've been having a lot of.

I didn't clean the bathroom the other night...and it is not standing up too well right now! so, it must be done!

Last but not least, I'm sooooooo excited! Tomorrow I will be taking a half day and I cannot wait until I go to observe radiography!

workingit2 on 11/15/2007:
I like the idea of the pumpkin pancakes...if I were brave, I might try it LOL. I am doing some tai chi and another form of it called qigong (chee gong)that I read about in Prevention magazine. It is really relaxing and I can't really do much aggressive exercise right now.

I am so happy for you that you will go to observe tomorrow! Have fun!

kyrin on 11/16/2007:
Isn't it fun exploring the many ways that we can eat fruits and veggies??? Keep letting us know what's new. :-)

hollybelle on 11/16/2007:
OOOOOOH - pumpkins waffles - this weekend - I'm doing it! YUM!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

Weight: 124.0

so far, so good.

i will have 1500 cal by the end of tonight. pretty healthy eating today. salt, yes.

i'm excited about Friday. Supposedly, unless something changes, I'll be taking a half day at work and then going to the hospital to observe the Radiation Therapy program. (in August I observed a similiar program, called Radiography.) I must do this in order to apply to an education program to become a Radiation Therapist. I'm excited because I cannot wait to get at least one foot in the door. I feel like I've been trying to get my full applications in and start volunteering since September with no luck. After I observe, almost everything I need to do will be done! Finally. I want to confirm on Friday my feeling of Radiation Therapy truly being something I will be content doing the rest of my life - and I know it is! But, like I said, the program demands we observe a half day of it.

I must walk more today. will do that after I clean my nasty bathroom! Sometimes I wait a few days too long. But it does get cleaned!

ummm, arg. I just found out that we might be going to eat something for my mom's bday. I really don't want to! when do i enjoy going out to eat? never because it really makes me anxious. I would only get a very large salad with vinegar and a coffee. Hopefully we don't go. arg. celebrations revolving around food are not my thing. this is a bit of a problem because so much celebrating revolves around it!!!!! :(

edit: only 20 min exercise today. went out for my mom's bday. i'm tired...goodnight! :)

fritters on 11/14/2007:
Congratulations on a day of NO BINGING!! That is huge for you.

borntocry on 11/15/2007:
Hi HoP! I am still trying to get caught up on your past entries. Seems like a lot has been going on with you!

Hope things went well on your mom's birthday outing. I am also rather anxious about eating out. Just today my co-workers said that they might call me to go out to eat with them if there was nothing good at the cafeteria. I was hoping and hoping that they wouldn't call! It's just that restaurant food is so high-calorie, it really has to be fantastic to make it worthwhile. And if it isn't, that just sends me on a spiral of out-of-control eating for the rest of the day, week, month, or however long it takes for me to pull myself together!

Anyway, thanks for your advice on my entry yesterday. I have been doing as you suggested and trying to keep my mind off food by concentrating on several little projects instead. Some of those projects do involve cooking (sadly that's one of my main hobbies!) but at least thinking about them still does help to distract me from mindless snacking!

workingit2 on 11/15/2007:
How exciting to be getting your foot in the door! Good for you! Take deep breaths and do some calming exercise like tai chi to focus your mood on something other than worry about the celebrations. Just to give you peace of mind. I am in your corner as well! =)

mylifechanges on 11/15/2007:
Hi HoP! You're doing great! Congrats on doing well today. :) I'm excited for you and your opportunity to observe in the radiation department! It's always exciting to experience something new.

And thanks (a ton) for your comments on my site. I needed it! :) Doing better, taking it a day at a time! keep up the great work!

fuggaboutit on 11/15/2007:
thank you

maria777 on 11/15/2007:
1500 cals for a day is fantastic in getting to your goal, that is!

Donkey on 11/15/2007:
I did a little research on Radiation Therapist, and I think you will find it VERY rewarding. I hope your orientation confirms my opinion :-) Do let us know how it goes!!!!

PS Whatever career path you decide on for now, it may or may not be something that you do "the rest of (your) life", btw. Just keep that in mind :-)

tourguidebarbie on 11/15/2007:
Hey! Thanks for the comment! I really don't want to live my life on Bars and Shakes... lol so i guess it's good not to get started on them. My friend gave me one to try and it was so freaking gross!! YUCK! She already cheated on the diet too. I hope (for her sake) she loses at least a couple of lbs since it cost her like $200 for everything. I can imagine spending that much! Food holidays are everywhere! (take thanksgiving! lol) but you can do it! Good luck!

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