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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 17, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

evening edit: tomorrow will be better. plus, i have a new date on Friday night. and yes, i'd rather not be dating per se, but rather in a relationship. but i guess i have to do the work first??? i have never went out with this guy before and i hope it works out this time...



pretty good breakfast, 360

snack: fruit: 60

LUNCH: 1/2 bagel with salmon salad spread, microwave pizza, bbq chicken, small salad, cream cheese on rye bread, 2 servings chips, banana, pineapple cottage cheese, lots of raisinettes, four granola bars.

total for today so far: 3350 approx. ouch. perhaps i should stop! stopping.

exercise: short bike ride, yoga, and i will definitely walk but not yet...

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

Agent_Guber on 08/17/2008:
Your lunch sounds SO SO good!!!

thinnside40 on 08/17/2008:
Hard to STOP sometimes...I know.....Get yer exercise!

maria777 on 08/17/2008:
Good on the exercise. I love raisins!

Jen40 on 08/17/2008:
I was just telling Thinnside40 that I can feel I am about to freak out soon and lose my mind, consuming everything I can. I can just tell it's coming if I dont get a grip. Good for you on the exercise, that IS really good.

selina on 08/18/2008:
HI HOP! Your lunch made me really hungry!!!!

YAYYY on the new date! I love it - enjoy! Being in a relashionship is great but dating is wonderful!

selina on 08/18/2008:
Me in the kitchen - I LOVE cooking!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 16, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

sunday AM entry: big filling breakfast. 2 cups fiber one, 2 cups almond milk, plum: around 360 calories.


sat evening entry:

better eating in the second half the day aka dinner. very healthy although huge portions at a family bbq. many veggies. so, i can realistically say i probably didn't eat over 2200 today. exercise includes minimal weights (but that's a start!), short bike ride, yoga, 20 min elliptical and 1.5 mi walk. interesting mix, huh!? goodnight. better days to come.

going to drive my uncle to the airport in the morning. then YOGA. i'm actually going to go straight there i think from the airport. it'll be perfect timing!


afternoon entry:

ehhh, i'm writing as i eat a tad too much sugar.

breakfast: cereal/fruit/milk: 210

snack: plum/few cherries: 60

very sugary lunch: bran cereal,2 cups almond milk, 1/4 cup sf jelly, nasty soft tofu, cinnamon, FOUR granola bars boy are they GOOD, 1/2 cup dark chocolate raisinetts: 950 yuckie calories.

total: around 1220 now. and big bbq for dinner tonight. i'll aim for 2200 calories today.

bike to and from yoga and 6 mi walk...considering i had enough sugar to feed a starving country. i may try to just have protein/veggies at dinner bc i do feel bad for my body right now!

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

WI3 on 08/16/2008:
Hope you had a great ending to the day!

thinnside40 on 08/16/2008:
Yes, evening was better than the day beginning.... Good Job!

selina on 08/17/2008:
Busy day! Stay well!

grumpy on 08/17/2008:
that's a lot of working out., i love it!

WI3 on 08/17/2008:
Wow that IS quite the filling breakfast! Good for you! And way to go on dinner last night. Have a wonderful day!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 15, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

before i go to bed i need to write how i had the BEST dinner all year tonight with two of my friends. it was a bit pricey but all worthwhile. there was even a belly dancer!! haha!

i may have definitely gone above calories. i'm putting down 2500 for today.

exercise: 2 mi during day and some bowling at night. all in good company.


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

selina on 08/16/2008:
HOP, I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with your friends. Good company, good food, good entertainment, what else can we wish for??? Have a wonderful weekend!

WI3 on 08/16/2008:
WOOO HOOO on having a great night! YAY!

Agent_Guber on 08/16/2008:
I want that dinner!! lol It sounds like you had SO MUCH FUN!!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 14, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

good day today although less exercise.

exercise: 2 mi during work. then it poured and dinner ended up being later than expected with my uncle. i will not even go into how my MOTHER is to blame for the late dinner that was intentionally planned between my uncle and myself. somehow she got into the mix...and i will say no more. please don't even comment about this, but it felt good to write it down!

calories before dinner: 1150 :)

calories including dinner: not more than 2,000!! :) good. healthy.

had another seaweed salad and then chicken with mixed vegetables (a lot!!!) and a little soup. i have enough food for lunch tomorrow which is great!

other than that, bad rain storms again. terrible driving conditions but everyone is home and safe.

goodnight all...and thanks for your cool comments on yesterday's entry!

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

maria777 on 08/14/2008:
Glad you DID get to have dinner with your uncle...As for rain, we got a LOT of rain yesterday...thank the Lord, we really needed it. REAL GOOD on the 2 mi walk! Yayyyy!!!!

Beth201P on 08/14/2008:
I am so glad everyone made it home safely. Those storms can get really bad. Have a great Friday.

selina on 08/15/2008:
Hi HOP! I do agree that we love the same type of foods! That seaweed salad must have been wonderful! I was rained on during my walk yesterday evening.... Iguess it's been raining everywhere...

Jen40 on 08/15/2008:
Will the rain ever stop???! Ugh, we've had so much of it things are starting to mildew on my patio, and that includes the plants!

bankingplanes on 08/15/2008:
2 mile walk sounds pretty good to me! As for rain, my part of the country hasn't been seeing too much of it, we could use some. Send it our way please!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 13, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

eating today was pretty good.

breakfast: cereal and fruit

snack: large organic protein bar

snack: coffee

lunch: salad, finally :) with grilled chicken and tons of salsa

snack: atkins tasty protein bar

snack: pink lemonade fiber drink

DINNER: out to eat with my uncle. AWESOME food. I orderred Hijaki or something...it's a lightly cooked seaweed with sesame seeds. then, i got a regular seaweed salad...and then a seared tuna salad with some kind of chopped salmon salad in the middle. awesome! lots of food, but pretty healthy and tasty. iced coffee as we walked home. there and back was around 4 miles :)

exercise: around 5 mi

total calories: not more than 2,000 :)

tomorrow i'm going out to eat AGAIN. looking foward to it bc i have control over where we go and what i order ;)

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

grumpy on 08/13/2008:
good for you, seems like another good day. yea, i am pretty in control now, but i think some days i have been eating too little. today for example, thats all i had, 980 calories. I know i cant do that too many days in a roll, i am keeping at 1200 most times, but i am afraid that my body will get used to it and then i wont be able to lose weight at this calorie range anymore... Hmmm.. well, i haven't been exercising much, thats why i lowered the calories, i can have up to 1500 if I am...

sweetpea1977 on 08/13/2008:
Wow, thats a great menu. Your dinner sounds wonderful and very healthy!

selina on 08/14/2008:
Hi HOP! Great walking and calories! and I love that dinner - Japanese is my favorite kind of food, along with middle eastern food.... I love hijiki(BTW) with sesame seeds! Once I saw some local people harvesting hijiki along the seashore when I was vacationing south of Tokyo. They are orange/olive greenish when they are fresh, it's weird they turn black when they are dried...

Jen40 on 08/14/2008:
What a great day! :O) Great entry.

hollybelle on 08/14/2008:
Hi - catching up with you - finally! I had to laugh at the too much sex talk story! Good for you - and it's not just me - sometimes I think the whole wold is sex-crazed or something. People can be just stupid about these things. Looks like you are doing pretty well - tell me, again, what program you are getting in - is it the radiology thing? I wish my daughter would be interested in health care of some type for college - so many jobs - anywhere in the country you would want....very promising future and flexibility......God bless. Holly

omahagrl on 08/14/2008:
Great menu and exercise!

thinnside40 on 08/14/2008:
RE: Fake Pecans ~ O.K. I can't remember what they are called, but I got them at the health food store the other day.... I have seen them used on top of salads, like croutons and thought they were just part of some salad topping mix....These said "pecan substitute" and the bulk barrel...When hubby saw them he said "hey those ore those good tasting things they put on salad sometimes"..... I have looked online for them, but can't find them yet.... Next time I go get some honey, I will check the name...They are good!

WI3 on 08/14/2008:
So happy to see that you got your seaweed back! I know how you like that stuff! YAY!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 12, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

eating was so-so.not bad not great but satisfactory enough to call it a good day.

calories: around 1970.

i walked 2mi throughout work and now I'm going out for a walk this evening. how could i not?

tomorrow i'm taking a 1/2 day so i can do errands that MUST be done before i enter my program. That includes handing in my health forms, registering for a hospital badge, parking permit, buying the uniform (just shirts), asking about what types of white pants are acceptable (we only wear white pants for 2 years straight and the pants cannot be scrubs!!!), and i think that's it! I must dress nice because I'll be seeing all the program administrators tommorow.

I hope everything goes smoothly so that I can breath easy and go back to work without worries in the afternoon! Things actually didn't go smoothly Monday when I meant to take the whole day off to do these things. They wouldn't accept the tuberculosis test i had done last september which was frustrating bc the form specifically said "done in the last 12 months." I don't know about them, but the last 12 months definitely includes September. I was very upset and decided to go back to work and not take the day because all the other errands that needed to be done were only allowed to be done if my health forms were handed in properly! I was very angry to say the least!

but, today is a new day and was a good day. now, out for a walk so i can come back, read, comment on your entries, and get to bed EARLY!

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

grumpy on 08/12/2008:
Hey girl, glad to see things going your way. That sucks about the test, so annoying, but tomorrow you'll solve it all. good luck!

grumpy on 08/12/2008:
hehe, actually i think i started getting better at my eating when i saw my cholesterol was high, started taking my meridia again and also after that DUI nightmare was over. whew!

WI3 on 08/13/2008:
Good luck with everything!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 11, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

evening edit: GREAT exercise. 20 min on bike and then an hour walk! very, very good!

1770 calories. not too bad! :) and healthy, lots of fiber.


i will add to this entry but for now calories before dinner are 1450. a bit high but not too much. I will probably end around 1750 calories. we'll see.

exercise: none during day. Major hail and ice storm which was scary to drive through! will try to do a walk and bike ride this evening! :)

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

Donkey on 08/11/2008:
Ice and hail storm? What month is it over on the East Coast? Wowza, who would expect THAT in August?!? I'm glad you are ok; sounds like a good day to stay inside and do push-ups and crunches ;-)

I think you are on track for your calories. Even going as high as 1900 would be just fine, as long as your choices are healthy.

thinnside40 on 08/11/2008:
Ice?.....Thats nuts!.... We had severe thunderstorms this weekend here.....

grumpy on 08/11/2008:
that's not bad at all. under control. xo

loveray on 08/11/2008:
nice work, lady! i miss you.

WI3 on 08/11/2008:
Congratulations!! Good for you! YAY! =) We had some very cold weather blow through here yesterday as well..my son said he thought he saw some snow LOL. Have a wonderful evening!

grumpy on 08/11/2008:
good ending to your day! im proud. xo

lafemme_loca on 08/11/2008:
Haha want to do some exercise for me ??? :-) I was hoping that watching the olympics will burn some of my calories for me. but i don't think it is working. :) have a great day !

selina on 08/12/2008:
Hi HOP! It was very sweet your comment on my entry the other day, thanks! You always inspire me to keep going and eat the right things, and I'm very appreciative of that. I hope you are having a great day!

Photography: I have another one for you guys!

thinnside40 on 08/12/2008:
Sounds like you are doing great...Keep it up!

Jen40 on 08/12/2008:
Great exercise!!!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 10, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

I'm a very funny girl.

2550 calories today. big cookie binge (around 1600) at grandma's. she was annoying me (I love her always) bc sometimes she will not stop talking and even listen to me for a second!!! I love her very much but you all know how it can be! especially because it was raining so we couldn't go for our walk which usually takes an hour and breaks up the day!

healthy eating: 900 approx. calories

4pm binge: cookies 1650 or so.


exercise: bike, yoga, weights, elliptical, walking at gym. some good exercise. it really feels good to make sure i get it in, everyday! I even enjoyed doing the weights at the gym and i will keep it up that way. I was using dumbbells and working my arms. no other weights. also did some pushups (thank you Donkey I will never stop!!!! :) and did some ab work. I have very LOOSE abs! so, hopefully one day i will say i have a six pack! that would be sooo cool. and i can say i am being proactive to get there. however long it takes! :)

to a good day tomorrow! :)

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

grumpy on 08/10/2008:
Damage control. All in all it wasnt bad today, 2550 is acceptable. And you have been having good days. Dont worry about it. xoxo

maria777 on 08/10/2008:
I have kins folks who talk mostly non-stop a lot...BUT...you DID visit your Grandma and I really, really COMMEND you on that...apparently she was excited and happy to see you and have you visit her. Good Granddaughter you are to visit and spend time with your Grandma. My Grandma used to make such delicious cookies, too, I remember...nothing like cookies homebaked by your own Grandma...no store-boughts can compare! Yayyyy! Big smile to you!

Jen40 on 08/11/2008:
Good damage control! Lol, I wish my granny was still living, I'd eat her cookies too!

balloonlady on 08/11/2008:
complete damage control... so... how were the cookies : )~

grumpy on 08/11/2008:
1750 is good! xoxo

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 09, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

Sunday Morning:

cereal/milk/plum: 225.

snack: fruit 60

snack: coconut juice 60

lunch: tofu, beans, veggies, dressing 290

snack: iced decaf, bar 250?

dinner: large salad, microwavable meal?

I am going to yoga today, yay. I will also do yoga tomorrow, Monday, since I am taking off from work to get a lot of important errands for my radiography program finished. This includes stopping by the hospital's health office and handing in health forms, getting parking permits, ordering the uniform (shirts), etc. No big deal but it all must be done during the workday so tomorrow it is! :) So I go back to work on Tuesday this week.

So, I ended up being blessed with TOM on the first day of Hershey actually. haha, not really such a blessing but it did happen at an ok time. Unfortunately, I did pack stuff but then I realized I had no place to put it when walking around the park and that I needed smaller items. UGH. so we all had to stop at a CVS and I was kinda tortured a bit but thankfully that ended sorta quickly. I really didn't want to have to make these guys I was with aware of all of that but life happens.

The two guys that came along (3 girls, 2 guys) talked and made so many references to sex I could practically not take it any longer by the end of the trip. At first, I would join in the conversation but then it got old, by the third day! Too much sex talk! I think they need girlfriends. and i'm not saying I want to go out with either of them!

so i've been doing some online dating. not the dates lately, but going on and chatting with some guys and i might have a date this friday evening. looking foward to that. he's very sporty/athletic and plays on a number of teams. I like that in a guy. :) So, we'll see what's to come! :)


Saturday Entry:

i am back from Hershey Park, PA. I had a great time with a good friend from college and 3 other people. One I didn't know beforehand but it was a good time. We went on many roller coasters including the new Farenheit which came out around Memorial Day.

I look foward to having the chance now to read all of your diaries. :)

thurs: 2200 cal approx.

fri: 1650 cal approx.

sat: 1450 cal approx.

all in all, caloriewise i did very nicely during the trip. even fit in some goodies, but not too much.

i binged a LOT before this trip as many of you know, so i have gained around 3 lbs anyway that i need to get off.

in terms of usual dieting for August, I am thinking that my body would possibly do better on a 1600-1690 calorie range instead of eating in the 1500s. It sounds like a lot but i think that possibly I may be able to lose weight faster as long as I keep exercise up. and, just to recap, if i hadn't binged so much last week, I would have been around 5 lbs lower at this point in the summer. but why fixate on the past!?

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

maria777 on 08/09/2008:
Your trip sounds like fun...that is, minus the roller coaster (just not into them but glad you liked them and enjoyed them!)...hehehe! Fantastic on the calories...guess what? This is 'weird' but I am finding that I lose weight EASIER EATING MORE calories!!! For real! You know, I really wanted to get down to 140 a few months ago...then after Hubby threw away my scale, I decided I'd just be fine with 150 where I've been a little while...but now that I've been eating MORE CALORIES, GUESS WHAT? Scale is going back down again! Go figure, huh? Who'd a-know'd it?????

Jen40 on 08/09/2008:
Sounds like a great trip!

Donkey on 08/10/2008:
I had a good friend who met her future husband on match.com. He wasn't the first guy she met, so she just had a good time going out and meeting people that she wouldn't otherwise have a chance to meet. And then she met her Mr. Wonderful and they lived happily ever after.

WI3 on 08/10/2008:
Glad to read that you had a great time! TOM is like Murphy's law, isn't it? LOL Guys and sex talk...*sigh*...they can get a little overboard on the subject. Cool about the date, and I bet when you start working at the hospital more often, you will meet some really nice guys there as well. Have a wonderful day!

grumpy on 08/10/2008:
I see you had a great weekend! Good. xoxo

beth201P on 08/10/2008:
Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Enjoy the day. :)

thinnside40 on 08/10/2008:
Have a great Sunday!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 06, 2008
(count calories/exercise/relaxing thoughts!)
Weight: 122.5

1720. obviously bad by no means. I wanted a bit lower but who cares anymore as long as I am eating in a good range each day and enough to still lose weight. that's really all i canre about.

2 mi walk during day. bike ride at night! :)

hope you all had a good day too.

I'm going on a mini vacation to hershey park and the poconos tomorrow through the weekend so I'll be sure to visit back here when i return!

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

WI3 on 08/06/2008:
Have fun =)

Jen40 on 08/06/2008:
Have a wonderful, safe trip!!!

selina on 08/06/2008:
have a great time, you deserve it!

selina on 08/07/2008:
You are welcome! Thank you for being one of my first audiences of my new passion of photography!

loveray on 08/07/2008:
hope youre days continue to get better. thanks for your support and cannot wait to hear about your trip!! xo

grumpy on 08/07/2008:
yes, that was a good day and your mini vacation should be great. enjoy!

balloonlady on 08/07/2008:
have a great trip.. you are doing so great...

jolt on 08/09/2008:
Have a great trip :)

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