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horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 22, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 107.8

Edit: I had a massive dinner...like a package and a half of tofu, a little olive oil, a larger amount of vinegar, 30 cherry tomatoes, a package and a half of lettuce, and 4 small red peppers (I sound like GG). The tofu and was overdoing it, 300 calories just in light tofu. But, now I can concentrate on packing...We're leaving saturday at 4am or so.

I finally read the asst principals oberservation report and it was the most detailed thing ever! No wonder why it took her sooo long to do it! I appreciate her taking her time because it was nicely written!

I was sooo busy (and tired) yesterday night that I actually didn't make a journal entry at all! I think that's the first time since I joined DDs in August! LOL. While I was working at school, i was actually too involved with it being my last day and such to ever come on here! I am sooo happy all is ready and organized for their teacher to come back! I left school really late, after 9pm to finish cleaning and putting everything in order! Because my schedule was CRAZY yesterday....I stayed at school till 4:15, went to teach a music lesson, stopped at starbucks after for a breather, came back to the school st 7:15pm...I actually had little time for eating. Well, it worked out nice, because I am leaving for the cruise really early tomorrow morning.

Calories yesterday wee probably under 1000. I have that they were 960 (similiar to your's BTC!!!) hehe. of course, I couldn't make that a pattern, but it was interesting to see such a low count! And, I had a nice piece of tofu with salad when I got home, before going to bed.

Have a lovely day everyone. Enjoy your holidays! I may come on here on the cruise or may not. Not if I have to pay for internet. See you all on my return!


Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only -0.2 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/22/2006:
Where are you going on your cruise? Hope you have a WONDERFUL time!!!

greengirl on 12/22/2006:
Enjoy your cruise. You have been so busy that you deserve a break!! Have a great Christmas holiday

hippygal on 12/23/2006:
Ooh enjoy your cruise - it sounds like you could do with the break! x

borntocry on 12/23/2006:
Oh, have fun!

smiley2 on 12/26/2006:
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy your cruise, have loads of fun!

tourguidebarbie on 12/26/2006:
Have funo on the cruise!!!!!!! ~*Renee*~

WorkingIt on 12/26/2006:
Hope you are enjoying your cruise!!!

maria777 on 12/26/2006:
Hey there! Hope you are having a wonderful time on your cruise!!! Miss ya!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 20, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 108.8

Weight back down a little, ahhh.

so today was another busy day. I thought I'd leave work no later than 2:30, BUT ended up leaving at 4:30! Just enough time to go pick up the chocolate music notes, guitars, theatre tickets that I orderred for people at work. I got home, had a "bingy" large dinner instead of eating half my evening calories and saving the rest for later in the evening. It was already around 6, that's why I did that. At least it was good food!

I don't enter my calories into any sort of counter. I know what the calories are and I do a running total on a sheet of paper all day. I would say i'm pretty accurate; and sometimes I do a google search on a specific item if I'm not sure what it's calories are.

It seems everyone's having a really difficult time right now keeping things in order. I will probably videotape myself tonight conducting. It's almost 8pm, though. arg!

Tomorrow is my LAST day of work. They might present me with something at the staff holiday party. However, I'm having a band party for the kids at the same time. I told the asst principal that "i'd somehow come to both!" LOL.

Speaking of the asst. principal, I can't wait to read her observation report of my teaching. she never did give it to me, although she observed me over two weeks ago! No rush, as long as I get it!

Thanks for your comments, they mean a lot. I've been looking at your entries as well! We are all so busy! :)

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 0.8 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/20/2006:
You are a good worker and I hope you get a good report cause you deserve it!

Wow, you are really good at keeping tabs on your cals, too!

Have a good evening!

Moody on 12/20/2006:
Woohoo, last day of school!!!! Gotta be excited about THAT!

I am sure that your observation/evaluation will be great! Let us know!!

borntocry on 12/21/2006:
Dude, I am so jealous of you! I had a dream last night where we were all at some kind of weight-loss seminar. WorkingIt was there and so were you, only you weren't a music teacher - you were a model! Somehow in my dream you were seven feet tall (don't know how my mind came up with that absurd height!) but you were really beautiful and my goal was to be just like you!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 19, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 109.4

Taking a half hour walk...can't look at this score another second. I will probably videotape myself tomorrow instead of Thursday so that I don't have to think about it for another day! I've completely had enough!Then, I can start getting ready for my trip!

now 1650...

Edit 2: well, I was going to end the day at 1290, but 3 more tablespoons of peanut butter and one apple increased the total to 1610.

Edit: I am home to have a snack and ended up eating much more (all healthy, but a lot more food). so, I figure since I finished eating a tremendous about at 5pm, that I will hold out till tomorrow morning, for breakfast... I'll try to be in bed by 9:30. Perhaps a little snack if necessary!

My weight is creeping up! ahhhh! I guess it's a pay-off after my two binges last week and higher calories on the weekend.

Now, I'm just trying to get EVERYTHING done before Friday....

We'll see how that goes...

I'll update later!

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 1.4 lbs to go!

Moody on 12/19/2006:
Hope you are having a great day!

maria777 on 12/19/2006:
Don't feel bad...I had a binge last nite and the nite before...the first nite, I was angry and had a food binge...the second time, last nite, Hubby had said he was hungry after he went to bed and I allowed that to become a 'trigger'...

Anyway, I've thrown out the reachable (which doesn't include frozen goodies reserved for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) goodies until I get back to 152.0 where I was, hehehe!!!

Have a good evening!

maria777 on 12/19/2006:
Real good plan!!! Don't forget water!

golden on 12/19/2006:
Hey have fun on your CRUISE!! merry christmas

maria777 on 12/20/2006:
Hope you're having a wonderful day today! Big Smile!

GG on 12/20/2006:
Dude I feel your pain about the weight "creeping up": I think this is what we call the "winter pounds" because since we cover up more with sweatshirts, we eat more because we dont have to show our bloated bellies! haha! But atleast we still make it to the gym and such(walking...) At least we both sort of know WHY we are gaining a tiny bit of weight: extra food: when good food is around: I cannot stop myself! ha ha, granted I dont eat cookies and cakes: but I do eat like 2 pounds of salmon in one sitting: yes yes crazy I know! haha! You ended @ a pretty good calorie intake though for eating 3 tbs of peanut butter! Do you record you calories into an on-line data base to get these amounts, or are you just really good at math? ha ha!

greengirl on 12/20/2006:
Its definately the time of year that encourages the binges. I have just had my first binge in four months and now I feel uncomfortable and annoyed with myself. I had decided to eat anything I fancied over the actual time I am on holiday from work but I couldnt even manage that. Today i have stuffed myself with chocolates at work!!!! So dont worry about a little overeating. It sounds like you have plenty of company ;(

horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 18, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 109.2

The concert was fabulous! Now, I just need to learn this score...ahhh! ugh.

Hi Everyone!

I have my last school concert tonight! We were really good today...so I know we'll be good tonight!!! :)

Then, more concentrating on my OTHER conducting score....ahhhh!

Progress as of today: 4.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.2 lbs to go!

Moody on 12/18/2006:
Wow your last concert! I'm sure it will go great!

WorkingIt on 12/19/2006:
Congrats on a fabulous concert!!! YAY!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 17, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 108.6

Hey everyone!

Not a big entry.

I'm going to take a half hour walk, then have dinner, then do some studying and preparing for tomorrow - my school's concert! I have lots of work to do before the Holiday for my grad class!

also, i have to order chocolate music notes for my co-workers and principal as a "goodbye" and holiday gift! Personally, I wouldn't want this gift, but, chocolate music notes are cool anyway!


Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/17/2006:
Looks like you're busy...good on the walking!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 16, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 108.6

Today started off great. Then, I ran into some little problems: I didn't have any more blank mini video tapes to record myself with for conducting. After much deliberation in general to decide how my schedule would be today, in terms of taping myself conducting, I found myself snacking. I ate a lot, more than 1000 calories, before 11am.

Luckily, I found the tapes at an Eckerd and I was able to begin my project. However, I was supposed to go the the Dermatologist. I didn't want to go because I knew how long it might take to do the conducting. I ended up cancelling my appt and hopefully I'll get one real early tomorrow. It took me till 5pm today to finish the conducting, with some breaks at home in the house throughout the day! I was so glad to be done! However, I still have another whole piece to do. I can't do anymore right now, the brain is fried!

I met with the "health guru" today at the nutrition store and she motivated me to stay on track. She told me that its alright to be different when going out to eat and not to worry so much on this cruise what others may think of me just because I have my own food preferences. I believe she is right and that she did give me good advice; and not just because she works there or is a health nut herself!

I'm so tired. I have a lot to do this week and it's hard to think about!

ohhh, I had some diet snapple, a jazz drink, and sprite zero today. NOT good. I did't have soda since Thanksgiving! However, I may for now give myself the option of having what I want to drink on the weekend, although it's not healthy.

goodnight all!

Progress as of today: 4.8 lbs lost so far, only 0.6 lbs to go!

maria777 on 12/16/2006:
I see you're down, too!!!

Glad you found your tapes at Eckerd.

How tall are you?

WorkingIt on 12/17/2006:
Congrats on dropping! Lately I seem to be drinking soda on the weekends and no water! That is just wrong LOL.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 15, 2006
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 110.4

Edit: Cool, now I can have a nice background, thanks to reading Tourguidebarbie's entries!!! my weight was back down to 108.6 today, no complaints. I had a rather large, but satisfying and binge-free breakfast. Off to videotape myself conducting...I was once again too tired last night! ahhh.

by the way, breakfast was 2 eggs with salad inside 2 dried nori seaweed sheets with olive oil and a whole grapefruit (about 400 cal.) I just had a snack of PB and an apple. I will not binge!

edit: I had a really good dinner tonight! Salad greens with one small spaghetti squash mixed in and a double amount of tofu. I sprinkled papricka and pizza spices on top and had a whole grapefruit for dessert. VERY filling. in all, just under 500 calories. I can't stop counting calories! ahhh, this is bad! lol.


Yeah, my weight is up - I had a minor binge last night, but nothing compared to the weekend :) but I am very motivated to keep it low, especially because my average for this month is lower than today's weight!

We had a really good concert in front of the kindergarden and 1st grade! Next monday will be for the rest of the school and the parents in the evening! The kids impressed me and I'm happy for them!

I will be starting my next job in the 2nd half of January...which makes for a good rest after coming back from the Cruise and my responsibilities at this current job. I feel much better now!

Things are currently looking up! (even my weight, lol!) But, I feel good in general!

I'll probably update one more time tonight!

Good Day!

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 12/15/2006:
Your dinner sounds YUMMY!!! The spaghetti squash is so tasty and versatile! Thanks for the tip on the tofu =)

WorkingIt on 12/16/2006:
Have a GREAT day!!!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 14, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Friday, day 0! My countdown is OVER. Weight: 110.4, due to the excessive eating yesterday, I presume.

Weight is lower than the starting weight, though. That's good.

Because I binged yesterday, my eyes were all red and I was too groggy to videotape myself conducting for a class. I'm going to try to do that this Friday evening. Then, I will not have to worry about the first piece and I can concentrate on learning the other one...and just videotaping it! ahhh. too much!

Thursday, day 1.

I overate today at dinner, but not as much as Sunday. I presume today was over 2000, probably around 2260 or so. Not great, but also not 3000! Thankfully.

yeah, if I can't get vegetables for breakfast on vacation, I'll settle with an egg white omelette with veggies in it or something.Or just eggs, if need be!

Busy day at work today. Tomorrow is one concert.

I have a job almost planned up for January, at a different elementary school in the district! I'm excited and nervous all at the same time! I'll be "starting over" and continuing in someone else's footsteps. I don't want to mess up and I hope that he has set the music aside that he plans on using in the spring concert, because I don't think i'll be there all the way through June. The teacher is having some sort of surgery after the new year. I will discuss with him further tomorrow.

Alright everyone, I'll respond to your diaries shortly, but for now I need to do some work before bed!


Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 12/15/2006:
Your weight being lower than your starting weight is fantastic! YAY!

Moody on 12/15/2006:
Yay! Congrats on your weight being lower than when you started! WTG!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 13, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Wednesday, day 2.

Good evening and thank you for the awesome comments today. BTC, you said it very well, to try to establish a balance on this cruise. I don't want to frustrate myself, but I fear that may happen a little. I've been eating vegetables with olive oil and an egg for breakfast and I'm unsure if i'm gonna be able to get the on the cruise. I'm not going to drive the staff crazy if I can't get vegetables in the morning, though. It would be nice!

Mattscat, tofu has a smooth texture and the best tasting kind of my preference is the most firm there is. If you look at the label, there are many consistencies, soft, firm, extra firm. I like the firmest, the light tofu that is firm is also good. You may want to start by stir-frying it with veggies and see how you like it. Tofu is very bland and takes on the tastes of the food/spices/sauces it's cooked in. Some people do not like tofu cold/uncooked/unseasoned. I do. They also sell seasoned tofu, which contains some salt, and I do NOT care for it at all! It tastes pretty nasty to me! Also, before you try cooking it yourself, you may want to order some if you go out to eat. Chinese always offers tofu dishes. Some good ones are: cabbage and tofu soup, tofu with mixed vegetables, tofu and mixed vegetable soup. Workingit, you may want to try that as well.

Moody, the reason I didn't want to have the PB sunday is because I wasn't sure if I would be able to stick to a reasonable amount, like I do when I'm working at school. Thank you for your help and advice. Maybe I should "make sure" I have PB every day. That might work to an advantage. Goodnight!

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

borntocry on 12/14/2006:
Hi babe,

If you can't get vegetables for breakfast on the cruise, maybe you could just make do with eggs. That should make a nice, filling breakfast for you. And you might even be able to have some tomatoes or mushrooms on the side.

And I think that's good advice on the tofu - it can be a good idea to try something in a restaurant first so one knows what it's like. Recently I've been experimenting with a lot of new stuff which I haven't ever tried before and sometimes I have absolutely no idea what it's supposed to look/taste like! I've had tofu before and I like it, but I've never cooked it at home. I just bought some for the first time last week and I'm still trying to decide how to make it. Apparently if it's frozen first and then thawed, it takes on a chewy, meat-like texture. Being vegetarian, that's quite intriguing to me, so I may try that!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 12, 2006
(still counting down 65 days...)
Weight: 109.0

Wednesday, day 2. 109.

Hey Moody - actually, peanut butter is something I eat every weekday here at school in the morning as a snack. However, on Sunday, I was trying to not have it that particular day last week, and that is what may have caused the binge.

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a good day today. I'm happy that it is warmer again, especially because I have to stand outside at lunch duty!

Tonight I played in a concert at a community college...a few of us were payed a little bit to perform with them. The orchestra actually sounded very good! I was very impressed by what a community college orchestra could produce!

Tomorrow's another day at school. Giving lessons and preparing for the concert. It's getting real close! I'm making an announcement over the loudspeakers in the morning to tell all Jazz band students with solos to practice every day until the concert on Monday! Anyone have any advice on getting kids to practice even more!?

Sadly, fitness is not something I was able to concentrate on recently. too bad I won't look my best on this trip. some other time I will!

Tonight I had an entire eggplant cooked over a little lettuce with olive oil. I also had a "tofu steak" which is a really firm piece of tofu that is quite large and that's what the package calls them. They are very hearty and satisfying, unlike the usual tofu you find in the store. Dinner was great and I had a small apple after. It got me all the way from 5pm till bedtime.

Goodnight all!

Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Moody on 12/12/2006:
Well it looks like you had a great day! Yay!!

I wasn't surprised when you commented to me about having peanut butter on the brain before you binged..I noticed from your past entries that peanut butter is something you really seem to enjoy and then it was suddenly cut out of your diet, so I wasn't surprised that it was something that you really caved in on.

What to do about it? I am not really sure..I have certain foods that are like you and peanut butter. The best thing I guess would be to allow that food into your diet in small amounts so you don't feel like you are deprived of it..you may not even realize you are feeling deprived but your subconscious knows better!!

borntocry on 12/13/2006:
I can't remember when you're leaving for your cruise, and I've never been on a cruise so I have no idea what the food is like, but in all such situations I think you just have to try to strike a balance so that you don't feel too deprived to have a good time, but don't overdo it so much that you end up regretting it and ruining your nice memories of the trip. Since you do seem to like healthy food maybe now that you aren't counting calories as strictly as before, you can try to fill up on healthy options and then you won't have to worry so much about overdoing it on dessert.

Moody on 12/13/2006:
OH! I didn't know you were still having PB in the mornings!! Maybe you should just allow yourself to have it daily then and see what happens! Time will tell! It's all about trial and error and seeing how your body reacts!

jolt on 12/13/2006:
Keep up the good work, it will all come together in time. One day and one step at a time.



WorkingIt on 12/13/2006:
All this talk about tofu has almost convinced me to try it LOL

mattscat3295 on 12/13/2006:
I have never had tofu in my life, what does it taste like? I am curious and trying to think of some new things to make. As far as getting kids to practice, I never really had a hard time dealing with it, my daughter just always loved playing and was always wanting it to sound perfect when having a recital. I think a reminder will do just fine though. Have a great evening.

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