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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Mar 22, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

Evening update: such a good jog outside...and such a great dinner after! I had a tremendous amount of noodles (no calorie from miraclenoodle.com) mixed in with a new double the vegetables lean cuisine of chicken primavera in a VERY tasty sauce! i also had a plum, and a banana with the no cal chocolate and caramel dipping sauces! so, so good!

Total cals: 1150!

I have finally evened out the close to 5,000 calorie binge I had last Saturday! ahhh. I now am at about 1762 per day. hopefully, that kind of number wouldn't still equal weight gain! however, my stomach has recently not felt bloated, but rather felt like I have excess fat on it. so, i'll have to eat better..not food choices, but caloric choices throughout each day! now, i will watch myself! it should be easy with my recent noodles purchase! these noodles - NO CALORIE - are very good. they are clear and and take up the flavorings of any dish and sauces!!! I love mixing them in with microwavable foods...like mac and cheese and lean cuisines with tasty sauces and noodles already in them so that I can have an extra abundance of noodles! It's great! (They are pricey!) Shipping takes about a week!

that's all I have to say!


WI points: 2...

more updates tonight, but for now:

food calories are VERY good so far! (as well as my food choices!)

breakfast: 2 large plums, egg, tofu.

snack: none.

Lunch: egg, tofu, tomato, carrots

Snack: kelp noodles with garlic and salt, salad, 4 rice cakes topped with greek yogurt and sugar free/calorie free caramel and chocolate sauces, plum.

Dinner: to be determined...looks like low cal noodles with a lean cuisine...probably a pizza or other noodles microwavable meal and a plum or two.

goodnight for now...today is my day off from obligations...i've been making phone calls and cleaning up...its 6:35 and i'm heading outside for a walk...

GG on 03/22/2007:
Oh, a walk sounds nice, considering the sun stays up a lot longer now! I think I am going to do that too! Your day of eating sounds good, even if it is your day off from obligations! Try and stick with it, DO NOT SUBMIT YOURSELF to the peer pressure trans-fats and junk food may be screaming: its not worth it!!! suck on an ice cube if you have to: hahaha!

sharklover on 03/22/2007:
those are great foods! good job!

borntocry on 03/23/2007:
Wow - I wish I could get those noodles here!! I think the one place which might have them is the Asian supermarket here... I will have to check it out this weekend.

Thanks so much for the comment you left me! I was really happy that you noticed that I gave myself the "green light" for one of my high-calorie days this week - I don't think anyone else did. I've decided to aim for 2100 calorie days on my trips to visit my family next month. Even if it is a little high, it shouldn't set me back too much, and it will be too tough for me to stay any lower than that with all the restaurant meals and my mother's famous desserts! This way at least I have something attainable to strive for on such occasions, rather than just writing off the entire trip and using it as an excuse to pig out like there's no tomorrow!

And I agree, a few extra minutes spent on our appearance can make us feel so much better about ourselves. And in my case I think that this boost in my confidence helps me make better decisions throughout the day as well.

Well, I'm glad your jogging has been going so well! If you're interested in races, perhaps you could start with a "fun run". Those tend to be untimed races, so they are not very competitive, and you see all kinds of people, including little kids and people who are just getting into running for the first time. I think it's a great atmosphere! Of all the races I've done, I think the one I liked most was the "breakfast run" before the marathon last year. It was advertised as a warm-up jog through the city for the marathon runners and their friends and families, as well as "all lovers of running" (hence my decision to participate!). There were people running with cameras and stopping to snap pictures of all the sights! And afterwards we all got a huge breakfast - that was the best part! (No, actually the best part was lying in bed the next morning watching the marathon on TV!!)

WorkingIt2 on 03/23/2007:
YAY I know you have to be feeling better now that you worked through your high calorie day! Congrats!! And THANK YOU for the advice on eating higher calories to get off the plateau...it worked! =)

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 21, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

rehearsal was fun last night. it turns out i will definitely have to have my wisdom teeth out, because now I have a swollen gum around one of my lower back teeth! So, i will hopefully be making an appointment today!

edit: 1665....i ended up having two sugary power bars after dinner. perhaps for fear of not having enough energy to get through rehearsal? I was definitely full when I had them.

my average calories are still too high since my major binge a week and a half ago!

WI Points: 2!

calories: 1205.

i may update again tonight...hopefully...or I may just pass out into bed!

WorkingIt2 on 03/21/2007:
Great job on the exercise! YAY!

borntocry on 03/22/2007:
I don't know... I think you are doing quite well! Keep the calories on the low side and you'll make up for the binge with time, rather than trying to make up for it quickly and just setting yourself up for another one!

Donkey on 03/22/2007:
I agree with BTC, that binge happened 1.5 weeks ago, it is HISTORY. Keeping your calories too low NOW will only set you up for bingeing again.

Have you tried brushing your teeth before you binge? I got a tip from someone that if you rinse your mouth out with Crest Pro-Health mouthwash, that it changes the taste in food in your mouth for like the next hour or so, so that food doesn't taste good. I think a diversion like teeth burshing or mouth rinsing, followed by drinking a glass of water might be enough to stop a binge. sometimes I feel like I'm "automatic" when I start a binge, if that makes sense. Well, it's worth a try. In fact, my husband said he'd pick up a big bottle of the Pro Health today.

I loved having my wisdom teeth removed. They put you out and then they give you some really good drugs afterwards. Of course, eventually the prescription runs out, ha ha.

WorkingIt2 on 03/22/2007:
Just don't suck on straws or anything after you have your teeth pulled! So sorry to read that your teeth need to be pulled...I had mine pulled and it was ok until I sucked on a straw and got a dry socket lol. I hope you get that infection cleared up SOON...and your mouth may have been infected longer than you know which might also be why your body wants you to eat so much...give it energy to keep fighting that infection. Never know! I hope everything feels better soon =)

hollybelle on 03/22/2007:
Oh HOP! I feel bad putting all that stuff about my daughter's wisdom tooth experience on my posts. Try not to worry too much as we have know more people who didn't have problems with it than those who did! Good luck. P.S. I liked Donkey's idea about the tooth brushing when you feel a binge coming on. Why didn't I think of that? I'll be having a good thought for you and your teeth!

greengirl on 03/22/2007:
I hope your dental problems are soo sorted out. Your average calories look really good for someone who is maintaining. Well done :)

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Mar 20, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

2 WI Points. 1,000 calories.


horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 19, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

2805 calories today.

no points today.

have a goodnight!

oh, really good binge foods! tam tam everything flavored crackers, two oatmeal raisin powerbars, 1/2 an apple nut pound cake!, advantage peanut butter chocolate bar, 14 ounces tofu with flavored spreads sugar free on top, potato chips. nothing's better than that, seriously.

i'll have to watch myself later this week. probably nothing below 1200 per day, though.

WorkingIt2 on 03/19/2007:
Hello! Just read your entries for the past couple of days...I must say that I was thinking about Yoga today..that and Pilates...I want to do something on my 'off' days that is more low impact and body shaping without hitting weights...and I'm thinking I will find a nice easy intro yoga dvd and a nice easy intro pilates and switch them between the two off days. I have such limited flexibility! Were you naturally flexible when you started Yoga? I'll probably ask you a LOT of yoga questions, hope you don't mind! Have a good night and take very good care of yourself!

WorkingIt2 on 03/19/2007:
PS. I just read this and HAD to post it to you!


sasyredneckgirl on 03/19/2007:
Hope you have a good week :)

sharklover on 03/19/2007:
Hey, if you're gonna binge, you might as well do it right! :-)

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 18, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

2 WI Points! No yoga, not enough time in order to get everything else done without being rushed around on a Sunday!

Food was good, a little more than I planned, but its ok! I'll make up for it this week.

calories: 1590. I was planning on 1500, but had an apple after dinner.

Lots of kelp noodles today. I also had a really good Lean Cuisine Panini!! you've got to try those. However, you need to eat them with a large salad or another type of filling food. I wouldn't be satisfied with it if I didn't have the salad and TWO kelp noodles packages! LOL. then, i went on to have some tofu and rice cakes with some sugar free spreads. they weren't too good, but the caramel flavored one was ok. however, the store will not accept opened products, so i think i will definitely continue using the chocolate and marshmellow calorie free spreads. they taste quite fake, though.

I'm so glad I got a decent amount of exercise in today: 1 hour. However, as I did some jogging, I could tell my body couldn't even do what I was able to do last Sunday! I'm gonna have to sit around less at the computer...and move around more!

The image of myself in my head is not the same image I actually portray. I do not behave how I imagine I could. I see myself being a successful school administrator (an elementary principal) and I do not believe I'm doing everything in my power to get there! Of course, I need to teach a few more years first...in a steady job.. so, this dream of mine isn't anything more than that, just a dream right now. But, i can see it. this is what I really want!

Also, i want to be more fit. I cannot believe I am a teacher who can't find the time to exercise! Finally, my mom told me that maybe I do plan too many things sometimes...like practicing with too many groups in the evenings. This may be the case, I'm not sure. However, if I don't play in orchestras/bands I will not get experience. for what, I'm not sure.

there's a lot that I am still working out.


oh, and calorie-wise, I have not balanced out the major binge I had just yet. After Monday, as long as my calories are what I have planned around, calories will have been balanced. That will mean it took 10 days.

Justine6Robert3 on 03/18/2007:
That's great that you have set goals for yourself. An elementary principal, that's a great thing to aim for. My daughters principal is female and I think she is wonderful with the kids. She is friendly and positive, yet stern, if that makes any sense. My daughter loves her, once she seen Jennifer Lopez in a business suit (can't remember wich movie I had flicked by on T.V.) but she said, that looks like my principal. That's quite a compliment to her principal, ha, ha! I think it was the pant suit that reminded her of her principal and apparently she thinks she is "pretty" also.

You sound like your in good spirits today! Great job on your calories and getting an hour of exercise in!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 17, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

Edit: 2 points for exercise! Calories = 2060 today. i was surprisingly not hungry after my concert. i ate too much earlier. but, calories are in the "normal" range for an active person. I doubt I was active enough to burn all of that, though. But, I'm happy the calories didn't end up reaching 2500. Now, less work to balance high calories out

Its strange, whenever I overeat, I work to balance out calories. Once they are balanced, I feel no pressure to continue eating so carefully and I binge, and then repeat the cycle. Sometimes, I'm able to hold on a little longer, like when I'm under pressure. Usually not. This is my life.


WI Points: it will be 2, even if I have to stay up to do the walking! everything was delayed and my schedule changed dramatically since the morning.

Today will not be the 1750 day I planned. It'll be more around 2500.

I splurged on both a breakfast snack and my late lunch at 4. I will have something to eat after the concert; and whatever i'm in the mood for, I'll have! I have 2050 calories now. This leaves plenty of room, if necessary!

i'm still in a sour state of mind....trying to improve it...

when i went to yoga, i didn't do well. the reason is because I haven't done it for 2 months (aside from a month ago when i went one time!). I like it, but am upset that i have gotten so much worse at it!!! it makes me want to go more...but i can't! I do not have the patience nor motiavation to do the yoga at home. I ONLY would do it at the studio!

goodnight all!

GG on 03/17/2007:
these noodles you speak of, shiraki, are they tofu?? Tofu does not settle well in my stomach which stinks because I have seen these noodles everywhere and with zero calories, I would go crazy and eat em constantly!! You're lucky you can stomach them! haha! Good job on going to Yoga, if you have not done it for a while dont expect your self to do an awesome job, it takes time to build it back up! Personally I cant stand YOGA because it is so slow and kinda boring and I do not think to THINK all that much! haha, treadmils are where its at! haha!

WorkingIt2 on 03/17/2007:
I hope your mood improves so that you can feel better and be happy! Like Hollybelle is my step aerobic inspiration, you are becoming my yoga inspiration! I would love to start yoga and your motivation and love of the sport is very encouraging!

borntocry on 03/18/2007:
Hi HoP! I know what you mean about the yoga. I feel the same way about running, and weight-lifting. It isn't fun when you haven't done it for a while and feel that you're no good at it any more. That's why I try to keep it up even when I don't feel like it.

I am also interested in yoga, but fear that I wouldn't have the motivation to do it at home!

Oh, and thanks for reminding me that I haven't been eating enough vegetables lately. I used to have much more of them, but then I was diagnosed with this horrible health condition and I had to cut down on fruits and vegetables. But now it seems I am better so I should go back to it. After reading your comment I went out and stocked up on some vegetables (I didn't have any yesterday, though!).

Donkey on 03/18/2007:
I"ve been in the same boat. I exercise to eat. Then I wonder why I can't reach my goal weight.

geevee on 03/18/2007:
I know how you feel about being out of condition doing yoga. I hadn't done it for something like 18 years and then went back when I joined the Biltmore. I could remember how easy it had been to do all the postures yet how poorly I was doing at first. The funny thing was how quickly it all came back! Really, in no time at all I was doing as well as I had years earlier. The body's muscles do have a memory.

Now, it's been a good year plus since I've been to yoga and I'm faced with the same situation all over again, but now I'm not concerned because I know I'll snap back in no time.

What I love about yoga is the slowness and how you can feel your body adapting and getting better at stretching into new asanas. I think the biggest plus in doing yoga for me is how I lose my appetite and always start losing weight when I do it.

Like you, I am totally unmotivated when it comes to doing it at home. Even though there are two yoga classes a day on TV, and they're even repeated later in the day in case you missed the first one, I just can't do it alone. I need to be in a class.

WorkingIt2 on 03/18/2007:
Great job! I am so happy for you!!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 16, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

Edit: saturday: I've done everything in my power to eat so that I am satisfied and full...especially because yesterday was such a low cal day. I did end up getting quite hungry after i cleaned the ice off my car.

so far: egg and apple for breakfast...4 cups of bran cereal with 2 cups of soy milk (this all equalled two bowls of bran) and followed by a cup of pineapple flavored cottage cheese.

total cal - 950.

I would like to eat up to around 1750 today. that would be the goal.


WI points: ZERO...

995 cal. not easy! not again tomorrow, don't worry!

i woke up and was surprisinly not as hungry as I thought I'd be. I think eating right before bed did the trick last evening! I stuck to just an egg and an apple for breakfast. Later, a snack of another hard-boiled egg midmorning. I was very hungry, more than usual, by lunch. It was low cal, carrots, tomato and tofu.

My rehearsal tonight is cancelled due to the "ice" storm. Its terrible weather out there! I'm glad, because i'm just vegging out...next week will be busy and certainly next weekend! I have a much to be desired break here! I hope to use it wisely...and not binge and ruin it for myself.

I am trying to have a very low calorie day...because I wanted to somewhat even out my calories in seven days based on last Saturday's 4790 day...which has been on my mind a lot this week. somewhat obsessed, i suppose.

last night at rehearsal, i was having an AWEFUL time. at first, I was trying really hard and actually enjoying playing the music that was sounding nice coming out of my horn! however, all of a sudden i felt i wasn't doing well...and lost ALL momentum. I was spent, drained, from lack of sleep all week...although I did lie down in my bed for about 10 minutes that afternoon...which I do believe helps. I sat there feeling upset, depressed, anxious, and wanting to leave!!! Of course, that's not allowed!!! I felt this way for at least the last hour and a half of the 4 1/2 hour rehearsal. Luckily my mood improved over the day today.

thanks for your comments, even though i have not been able to comment on your entries as much within the last couple of days!

I may even update later more!

Goodnight all!

sasyredneckgirl on 03/16/2007:
Can you belive this crazy weather???

borntocry on 03/17/2007:
Oh gosh, I'm sorry you had such a miserable rehearsal. Reminds me of those days when I go running and all of a sudden just fizzle out of energy and have to walk home! (In fact, I kind of feel like I'm going to have one of those days today!) I think you need to catch up on your sleep. I was in a severely sleep-deprived state yesterday and I could barely function. We shouldn't underestimate the importance of a good night's rest!

smiley2 on 03/17/2007:
Wow a hour and a half practice session, that is not for the faint hearted! I hope you guys get breaks inbetween, otherwise its enough to break any person psychologically!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Mar 15, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

I was hoping for another 1200 day, but I guess lack of sleep and already having a few low days wasn't going to help me get another today! It looks like I'll be needing about 3 more days of 1500. I can't think about eating only 1200 anytime soon again...for the time being!



WI points: none. this is the least I have exercised in months!

total cal: 1735.

edit: calories so far: 1445. It's only 5pm...and I have rehearsal till 10:15pm. I don't plan on eating anything there and hopefully I will not get too hungry. I would like to just come home and then go to bed...without a snack. Otherwise, calories may go up to another hundred or so.


today I had a VERY large breakfast...i couldn't sleep well last night and woke up early in the morning. I resorted to food for fear I wouldn't be able to get through the day?! hmmm. but, the rest of the day has been ok. I'm trying to take a little nap before my rehearsal...so that i can come home late and still make it through the day tomorrow...and evening, when i have another rehearsal!

Large breakfast = 840 cal.

I'm still working off of last saturdays "master binge!"

monet0239 on 03/15/2007:
just a quick hello hun.. have a great rehearsal :)

Justine6Robert3 on 03/15/2007:
It must be frustrating for you to want to exercise but you are so busy right now!! I'm sure your burning alot of calories just running around all of the time and being on your feet!! Take care and make sure your getting enough sleep. We all know being tired seems to make us eat more!

I hope your rehearsal went well!

borntocry on 03/16/2007:
I think you're doing the right thing - I also shift my calorie limit up to 1500 or even 1800 if I think I need to. No point setting yourself up for failure!

WorkingIt2 on 03/16/2007:
1200 calories a day is so difficult sometimes! I hope you get some good rest soon..I know it is difficult, but you've also been much busier this month!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 14, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

WI points. none. not enough time, really.

calories: 1095. ahh, practically 1100.

goodnight everyone....thanks for the continued support!

WorkingIt2 on 03/14/2007:
Great day with the calories!!! You are on your feet most of the day aren't you? That burns way more calories in your day than I do at mine sitting at my desk! Have a great evening, rest well!

Donkey on 03/15/2007:
I"m glad that you're still able to check in here. Good for you for running yesterday (I'm sorry I did not comment yesterday)!! You are doing well, it seems. Keeping busy seems to agree with you :)

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Mar 13, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

WI points: 2...I made sure I got in 30 minutes...and I jogged for 20 of those minutes...and it was outside!!!! ahhh, spring...although it was just below 50 degrees! LOL!

calories: 1040. I ate very healthy, actually. calories are just fine for the moment! haha.


WorkingIt2 on 03/13/2007:
OH HOORAY!!! YAY! I am happy for you that you had a great day! the weather was just fantastic!

smiley2 on 03/14/2007:
I also love jogging, especially outside. I have found that depression leads me to bingeing, dont know if its the same for you..

borntocry on 03/14/2007:
Well, great! I'm glad at least one of us has gotten back on track!!

greengirl on 03/14/2007:
Well done HOP. A good day for you!!! How nice to be able to get some exercise outdoors. Make the most of the nice weather :)

hollybelle on 03/14/2007:
YEA! Good day!

tourguidebarbie on 03/14/2007:
I think this weather is helping everyone! Congrats!

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