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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 30, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 139.0

i'm beyond happy - i'm ecstatic at how well i did. i stuck it out and followed a plan to not overindulge in snacking. and it worked.

dinner after yoga: small apple, orange, cell-nique. 250 total.

total today: 1050! listen, it makes up for yesterday, sorta. :)  happiness. and my two day average is 2075. better, better. plan for tomorrow is 1500.

yoga was GREAT tonight.  there was a HOT teacher, so i tried extra hard. it was my best class i did since the summer!


yoga in the morning...then preparing for NYE with a small group of good friends! I hope you all enjoy your NYE too.


wow! thanks for all your great comments. It seems that you guys are all back from your holidays on DD.

So I slept late today and missed the morning yoga class. That's actually ok though for mutliple reasons. First, I value sleep on a vacation more than waking up on time for yoga.  Next, I need to buy a casual but new outfit to wear on NYE. It's nothing fancy, I'll probably wear jeans, but it was to look good. So, nothing expensive as I put the majority of my money into yoga/food, I'll go to Old Navy. And, if that doesn't work out, Kmart.  I cannot spend a lot for clothes. and i'm ok with this because clothes are clothes! it's hard for people to tell what is cheap or if you bought something in kmart rather than macy's.  I used to go to Express, Gap, and Ann Taylor Loft a lot for work. but now thankfully i can wear scrubs.

moving on.

I made sure to have liquids after yoga last night so that i wouldn't wake up extra dehydrated and famished this morning. It worked, thankfully.

9:30 Breakfast: Grapefruit, Cell-Nique drink :) 180

lunch: big healthy 400

snack 1: small coffee 30

snack 2: special k protein bar 180

it's gonna be a GREAT day after all. thank god i stuck to my plans and gut. didn't overeat again. :)  so far, around 800 cal. today will totally be 1200! making my 2 day average 2150 which is acceptable for two days. i'm waaaay proud.

and i'm going to try really hard tomorrow not to have more than 1500. I KNOW i can do it - I KNOW i will NOT give into what my friends want me to eat, either. i will make good choices!

snack 3 after yoga: Cell-nique drink...

dinner: not sure. something light.

 2.5 mi walk outside and hot yoga tonight at 6:30 pm! yay!

Progress as of today: -14 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

starfish on 12/30/2008:
Great start! You can do it!

loveray on 12/30/2008:
happy day!! nice work getting to yoga again. love you

legcramps on 12/30/2008:
Hey! You're lucky you get to wear scrubs. I wish I had to wear scrubs or some other kind of uniform - it would make things so much easier, because I too try not to spend a lot of money on clothes. My reason for that right now is because I keep gaining weight! Ack!

Anyways, thanks for all of your comments all the time - you are one of the only people who still comments on my entries and I really do appreciate it. Hopefully someday I will be able to journal more frequently and comment on other's journals more frequently too. Maybe I should quit my job and do nothing but journal on dietdiaries all day. I think everyone'd get pretty sick of me after a while!!!

Take care and have fun on NYE!!

omahagrl on 12/30/2008:

skinnyjeans on 12/31/2008:
You did GREAT!!!! I'm so happy for you! And I love hot workout instructors, too...makes working out more fun! :)

sweetpea1977 on 12/31/2008:

Have a wonderful NYE celebration with your friends!

greengirl on 12/31/2008:
Best wishes for the New Year HoP. Let it be a healthy one for us all :)

Jen40 on 12/31/2008:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have fun, be safe.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 29, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 137.0

past 30 days i've had 16 binge days. still in the red zone! yuck!

10:20pm edit.

so i went to yoga for an 8pm class and put my whole heart into it. and it was a GREAT practice. i really put everything in!

and today's calories are 3100, not 3200. lol, it matters to me to change that. I might be able to do 1200 tomorrow, but prob not. So i might just try sticking to the 1500s. we'll see.



forgive me, please! i binged! yes, even though it's vacation. hmmm, i was doing schoolwork and took a break and there were brownies, ice cream, two bagels with butter, cake involved. so, there you go. i'm actually not very mad at myself as i've been doing a good job being my own cheerleader lately.  meaning, i still have my confidence.

total calories today will be 3200.

and i may still go to yoga today a second time, although it'll be late if i go. 8pm probably. then, lots of fluids so i make it in the morning. if i don't go to yoga later, i'll go to the gym and use the elliptical this evening.

on a good note, i weighed myself this morning before breakfast/after using the bathroom  haha....and i weighed 137. down from 145 when i was really full and bloated at the beginning of this break.




It's 1pm and the day is going well, except that my mom is royally pissed at my for cooking a stirfry so there is oil splatter that i need to clean up, obviously.

breakfast: banana 110, puffed rice, milk 300

9:30am: yoga

snack: green drink after yoga.

large lunch: stir fry: oil 250??, 10 brussel sprouts 80, 20 asparagus 60, 2 yellow peppers 40, tofu 50...side of blueberries 80  Total: around 600

total so far: 900

yoga at 5pm. maybe a green drink before it or a fruit.



Progress as of today: -12 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 12/29/2008:
Sorry!... That stinks...... At least you are doing well and this day is looking successful for you...

: o )

hanna_llll on 12/29/2008:

thinnside40 on 12/29/2008:
Stay H_O_P..... You are who you are! : o ) You know that already!

Just came back to see how the remainder of your day has went and see not so well, but you are LOOKING TO THE + SIDE OF THE #'s.....

Maybe tomorrow will be better when hopefully it isn't started off in a tiff with yer mom...

thinnside40 on 12/29/2008:
Not sure whats up, but just a tad "odd" in today's post & comment.... Maybe some point in time a past comment was taken wrong (everything before today has been deleted !?!?!?!?!?!?), but always know that your comments and suggestions are well intended and only meant to help....

Good Night's sleep & finger cross for me Tuesday to stay 100% true to my eating healthy... I went off the wrong way after the boys went home, but know that it could of been way worse too had I not caught myself and stopped when I did....

starfish on 12/29/2008:
sounds like yoga was great. I know you will do well on calories tomorrow :-)

skinnyjeans on 12/30/2008:
Hi HOP!!! Just get back on the horse today and you will succeed! :)

jolt on 12/30/2008:
Hey you,

I know food/binging was/is a serious issue for me thats for sure. I took all of 2008 dealing with it and am proud to say I am winning. Its not always easy though is it? In reality we cannot change what we have already done, but we can change how we do things in the future.

If binge eating is something you are looking at taking control of a couple of things that worked for me were... Thinking before I ate, if I wanted I waited 10 minutes and asked myself why I wanted it, and adding extra exercise into the day. If I want a brownie and its an extra 30 minutes of walking. Sometimes when you add time to a food it loses its value for you.

Keep up the excellent work :)

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 28, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 145.0

today was a wonderful day, lots of progress made :)

breakfast: green/protein drink, orange. 170

snack: drink 80

lunch: large but so good. package of green beans (6 servings i think) sauteed in olive oil with a bit of scallion, 2 green peppers, tofu....apple for dessert. 600

dinner with grandma at her place good stuff: flounder (which i usually HATE but it was cooked and seasoned way different than i usually have it so it was great), veggies, salad, soup, fruit. only around 450. small portions! they don't want the old folks getting fat! :)

snacK on the way home i got antsy: medium dunkin donuts iced coffee w. equal, skim milk. i'm trying NOT to have too much artificial sugar because i tend to get dry skin/breakouts. yup! so i won't do that again for the next 2 days. not sure about how NYE will be though...since i'll be around lots of people most of the day i cannot limit too much.

later snack: peanut butter, 2 tablespoons 200

total today is about 1560. i'm pleased. tomorrow will be a little harder and so will tuesday as i have less plans. haha.

today i went to yoga in the AM. and a nice walk with grandma. :)


Progress as of today: -20 lbs lost so far, only 30 lbs to go!

hanna_llll on 12/28/2008:

Jen40 on 12/29/2008:
Great day!

hopinforachange on 12/29/2008:
You are doing good! Keep it up.

loveray on 12/29/2008:
looks like you have had a great week! i miss you and hope you are well today. xoxo

skinnyjeans on 12/29/2008:
EXCELLENT!!! You are doing GREAT!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 27, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 145.0

breakfast: apple and green drink: 220

9:30 yoga :)

snack: green drink 90

small lunch: lara bar 180

dinner: with family, grandma's over...a salad 40, green beans 40, brisket (beef with a wonderful sauce my mom made) 500?

glad i didn't have the brownies.

snack after dinner: bran crackers w. banana and yogurt, an orange. 280

total: 1360 good. :)

30 min walk on treadmill tonight

have a good day everyone. i know i have! :)


Progress as of today: -20 lbs lost so far, only 30 lbs to go!

hanna_llll on 12/28/2008:
although i glanced your post once or two, but please now from this post iam sure you don't know how to write good or make a regime. shwoooooooooooo

teriyaki on 12/28/2008:
What green drink do you take?

skinnyjeans on 12/28/2008:
Hi chica!!! Cals are looking fabulous! You are doing great!

balloonlady on 12/28/2008:
wow... the ability to pass on brownies... you are a soldier!!!

hanna_llll on 12/31/2008:
i drank and ate some of your choices. i thought you a person i know, iam sorry. thanks for being supportive and a friend, and i hope we all improve our habits

horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 26, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 145.0

today was my first day back to yoga in perhaps half a month.  it went terribly to say the least, but when that happens it pushes me to improve and want to go more. so no worries, and i'll be going back tonight. i went to yoga 2x today.

breakfast: 250 - apple, peanut butter

9:30am yoga :)

lunch: green drink earlier...then stir fry using olive oil - lots of green beans, tofu, scallion, and 2 peppers. 600

snack: bean dip/bran crackers, orange: 320

5pm: yoga

Dinner: nutrition drink, apple: 300 great day!

1470!  i do so much better under NO stress! i love vacation!

yoga at 5pm :) i did MUCH better in the evening class! yay for getting back into it. tomorrow i'll probably go only in the morning because i believe my grandmother is coming over for dinner.  and sunday i'll probably only go 1x because i may be visiting my grandmother - actually that would be a good day. so i'll probably visit her.



Progress as of today: -20 lbs lost so far, only 30 lbs to go!

hopinforachange on 12/27/2008:
Good job for the day yesterday. One day at a time. You can do this. :)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 25, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 145.0

late edit: around 2100 today.

just found out i'm going to a wedding come mid April. It would be a MAJOR reunion with many many people from childhood. if this is not a motivator, nothing is. four months....main goal is to look HOT on that night. with a lovely dress. the end.  (or i can even use a dress i bought for a christmas party not too long ago and just take it in if need be - spend less $ which is good, too!


Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating today!

breakfast big sandwich on a long roll 450 with pb200, greek yogurt50, banana100...green drink100  total: 900 followed by granola w. milk 550

total: 1450

holy ----! i just stepped on the scale...11:45am. and it says i weight a whopping 145 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! holy mother! omg! The most i ever weighed in my life was 135...and the scale said 145 this morning. oh wow.

that did motivate me....and take away my appetite just now. sheesh!

so now i've looked at my monthly averages in terms of weight on here. i was doing pretty well it seems, in July and August. if only I had kept that up! Right now, 123 would be amazing. 

could you believe i have gained that much weight since the summer? 20 lbs!?

i don't even see it. i'm blind to this weight. my eyes are not noticing it as much as it is truly there.

and yes, i'm still on that journey to stop binging. i figure that this morning wasn't a binge per se.  My goal is to NOT ever eat over 2,000 during my break. which i'm still doing well on despite a huge breakfast.

more of my thinking out loud:

turn my food obsession into an obsession on my body through yoga.  6 months till summer. one pound a week approx, 24 weeks = around 25 lbs. So I know i'm bloated now (hopefully!). so starting this morning, i've been on a journey to lose around 25 lbs by the end of june. i've got to remember it's not that far away! 145-25 = 120.  and then by summer, 115.  and i guess, if i'm SMART, i'll try to maintain the 115 for awhile.  because going any lower might just put me in some sort of upward spiral again.

so, now to reiterate, my calories will be 1400-1500 on most days with yoga most days as well. If i get myself to go - to stick with it - I'll reach my goal. basically that means no more stress eating because of a test or exam or whatever you want to call it. I must stop now. This is a great time to stop, as I'm on my break. There's no yoga today so I will begin tomorrow - and I will go 2X per day as much as I can except for like new years.

i need to follow through, to acknowledge that I can and will succeed. but i need to try, not just say i will - but actually do it.

Progress as of today: -20 lbs lost so far, only 30 lbs to go!

teriyaki on 12/25/2008:
What a wakeup call! Hears to looking hot in April :)

You can do it

Jen40 on 12/26/2008:
Well, youve certainly got great motivation! I had not thought about summer coming up, but it really is!!! I want to get the rest of this junk outa my trunk and I do have the time to do it starting right now. Let's both just DO IT.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 24, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 130.0

merry christmas eve and thank you to everyone that celebrates Christmas because that gives me some days off!!!! :) haha

loads of calories today too. around 4000.

exercise: not sure.

now i'm on break. started it out with a binge which is the usual of how i react when i'm exhausted and sleep deprived. and alone.

i will make sure that these next 10 days do NOT include a binge. that is my first goal for my days off. I will NOT be drinking on New Year's Eve because i seriously need to watch what i'm consuming each and every day.  I will try the lower carb approach. not necessarily too low carb, but enough.  i'll stay away from grains and milk/yogurt products this week. these shouldn't be too hard for me since i'll be off from work. now i just have to stick to it.

once returning to work, i'm going to try to stick with this plan. and if i do, i can be a lot healthier come spring time. but that means i have to start now...and not continue to binge.

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

teriyaki on 12/24/2008:
Hope your next ten day go well. It helps to have a specific goal like that.

thinnside40 on 12/24/2008:
Thank You for the wishes......

Keep the positive thoughts up for this time of break & take care!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 23, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 130.0

binged after work.

total cal: 4000-5000 calories today.

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

selina on 12/24/2008:
Don't give up, HoP! Warm hugs and positive thoughts to you!

starfish on 12/24/2008:
It's ok sweetie. Back on track. Be gentle with yourself.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 21, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 130.0

monday: breakfast: cookies 400 lol (when i came home today after work, after much debate, the rest of the mostly full package went down the sink drain...)

snack: green drink 100

lunch: out for a primarily healthy chinese: part of an egg roll, seaweed salad, raw fish assortment. 700

snack: powerbar w. extra protein 250

dinner: will be healthy because my body NEEDS it! salsa appetizer. 50 green beens, greens, tofu: 250

(in the past approx. 37 days, i've binged approx. 21 of them)

total cal: 1750 or so.

exercise: short walk on treadmill...




sunday: breakfast: cookies. 850 cal.

it may sound like i have lost it. but i'm still going.  i have 3 days of school this week and 3 finals. 2 of them are not even a big deal. it's just one that i'm worried about. after school, Wednesday, I will make sure to go to yoga EVERYDAY (if not twice a day). i need to stimulate my weightloss during this break so i can come back stronger than when i start vacation this thursday.  so yoga it is. Christmas day will be hard...i'll probably go to the movies. and rent a movie. lol, there's not much to do on that day...(if you don't celebrate it.)

5000-6000 cal sunday



sat = 5,000 cal at least.


still binging at least half the time...

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

loveray on 12/21/2008:
im so sad. i am praying we can get our acts together soon. best to you, xoxo

loveray on 12/21/2008:
thank you so much for your comment- i am going to try to muster up some confidence and see if i look good in anything enough to go. xoxo

teriyaki on 12/21/2008:
Hope finals go okay. Have fun with yoga. There's lots of good videos out right now, so enjoy...

grumpy on 12/21/2008:
Doesn't your yoga studio have the 30 day challenge, where they give free classes to people who go everyday? If they do, that would be a cool idea to get you motivated. If they don't, suggest it to them! Sorry about the binging. It's so hard to break bad habits, especially those that are our escape from facing the hard stuff. I would say my toxic relationship with J, where I have the guy I am in love with in some level, but he doesn't really offer me what I need, is like binging. We do need to get stronger. Yoga may really help you. I need to exercise more too. I am leaving to Brazil for a week tomorrow for xmas, but when I get back, I need to go to lots of dance classes like I did earlier this year. Xo.

loveray on 12/22/2008:
i went to drop in to the parties! a big feat for me...thanks for your help and hope you have a good week- i know what you mean with the non-celebratory xmas...get some steamed chinese food and go to a movie or 2!! xo

skinnyjeans on 12/22/2008:
Good luck with finals and enjoy yoga!! :)

Donkey on 12/22/2008:
I can't imagine the stress that you are under. i have been reading your blogs. I know you have been struggling, but it looks promising for today. Did your family celebrate Hanuka? I know not everyone celebrates Christmas. I don't go to Mass on Christmas Day (nor Easter Sunday) because I REFUSE to sit in a traffic jam, swearing at all the dumb-donkey drivers and then go into church and pray. That seems counterproductive to me. I love Loveray's suggestion. I would do that if I could, but I am hosting my family here, which means lots of food, unfortunately. KEEP TRYING!

thinnside40 on 12/22/2008:
I think that once you are on break and get into doing all the things you WANT to do, it is going to help get you back on track and keep going when you see your success in ALL areas..... Take much advantage of this free time to strengthen your confidence of knowing you CAN stick with what you set out to..... YOU CAN!..Well ALL can....Just if we would!

Good Evening!

hopinforachange on 12/22/2008:
I hope that this day is finding you doing well. Keep your chin up you will get past this. :)

horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 19, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 130.0

3100 cal today.  i have had some set backs today, yesterday, and wednesday.  i do have a goal which is to get through the weekend and the 3 days of school next week. then, i will delve into yoga big time during my break. i plan to go twice each day and focus on weight loss. i plan to come back to school in a better mindset and rested compared to where i'm at now.

so it snowed. and you guessed it, i got stressed (lack of sleep, tests, snow) and binged. yeah, again.

breakfast: 200

snacks: coffee, apple, 150.

lunch: 300 lots of diet coke.

SNACKS galore: tofu/veggies (300), chocolate (500), popcorn (250), yogurt (150), cookies (450), more cookies (200), multigrain pilaf thing (450).  crackers (150) pretty bad. (total: 

i cannot believe i am struggling this much. :(

i can only say that i need to let stress and food not be intertwined somehow.  as you can see, this is a pretty bad habit that is not easy for me to break.


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

petaldew on 12/19/2008:
Im sorry you had a bad day today with your snacks. Just remember to pick yourself backup and keep going. Take care. Praying about issues like this, no matter how minute they are, reall helps.

loveray on 12/20/2008:
im sorry you had a tough day, my friend! i know how it is with the lack of sleep- makes you crazy and makes you crave food to keep you going. i love what you said on my diary...so poignant! love to you my friend.

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