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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 30, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

4 day 2085.

Home: tea and honey 50

Breakfast: wrap with salami and mustard 200, banana 150, tea, chocolate 150: 

1250 after lunch...

there's a bday, and i'm actually going to have a slice of cake...mouth is WATERING for it! had a LARGE slice...it was extra wet somehow!? icing was goood. at least 500 cal i'd say?

1750 after the cake....but you know, it wasn't satisfying really....so there we go again...carbs are so quickly ingested and then....was it worth it!?

 

2050 after chickpeas small dinner at class

Today was an indulgence 2350 total

 

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(I had too much free time today....so here come a pair of guinea pigs soon....)...i just don't wanna wait to get them. I'm happy when home and i cannot wait to hear these little guys' sounds everyday!!!! They are known for their sounds, unlike my hamster which doesn't make sounds often...he's relatively quiet and i don't even hear him daily).  

Preparing to buy two guinea pigs (they don't like living alone) and all the necessary prep work also. I'm sick of waiting to get them for when time is right.  If I need to hand them over to anyone bc of anything down the road in the next 7 years, i'll figure it out then.

I'm exciting to hear their sounds and come home to them and wake up to these cute creatures. I hope to buy them sometime in FEBRUARY :) As soon as I get all the materials.  Guinea pigs are usually talkative and make a variety of different sounds.

I have spent my $$$ and ordered basically everything i need for the two Guinea Pigs...i can probably get them either this or next weekend.

 

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/30/2018:
My goodness! You are going to have a lot of guinea pigs!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
just two :) my other is a hamster!


bearcountrygg on 01/30/2018:
We had one once...he was pretty cute...but he would bite us......pick wisely...

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
I'll try my darndest to create a good relationship with the two piggies and myself :)

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
how long did yours live? i hear they can live up to 7 years...!


bearcountrygg on 01/30/2018:
I want to say about 4 yrs...but I don't know how old he was when we got him

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
ok


graindart on 01/30/2018:
Sweet treats are almost always a disappointment for me lately. Before the diet, I could eat anything anytime, so the quality of each individual item really wasn't all that important. Now that I have a set number of calories, I expect more out of my food and often find that the thing I was desiring wasn't actually all that good tasting.

I saved up some calories a few days ago for my daughter's birthday party. Was craving a delicious looking cupcake with icing and chocolate shavings. Took one bite and was immediately let-down. The cake was ok, the icing consistency was too hard, the flavor was ok. Stopped and thought about throwing the rest away, but ended up finishing it anyways (hoping the next bite or two would be better). There wasn't anything wrong with the cupcake, but it definitely wasn't worth the calories it cost.

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
Same with me - the sweet treats are only good the few minutes they are in your mouth - the cake today was total letdown - I mostly agree with you - I actually prefer small bites of treats like my small chocolates and 100 calorie granola bars - for same reason you say that don't take all your calories and also the darn taste you only need the two bites and not a huge thing and I have bad portion control and emotions and all - wanting and eating the cake did absolutely nothing for me - you are right - id be better with a roasted sweet potato


innerpeace on 01/31/2018:
Nope, nope, nope! No rodent like pets for me. I hope you enjoy them though! Male and female - won't they mate? and then you will have more pigs soon.

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2018:
i have a hammy (hamster now) and i'm getting two "cavvies" or guinea pigs in a separate cage together. not with the hamster bc they will not do well together.

but the 2 guineas will be SAME sex so that they do not mate and i prefer to get females bc i hear they may be a little calmer than two males. and perhaps smell less.

i also learned that female hamsters smell MORE than male ones, and i have a male so i guess i got lucky - my hamster doesn't smell at all and i hope this will be the case with the guinea pigs as long as i clean up well weekly like i do with the hamster...

so boy hamster will not be around the 2 female guinea pigs.


Donkey on 01/31/2018:
Won't Hammy be jealous? Anyway, that's so cool. :-)

PS I hear you on the sweet things, and not that I don't disagree, but why can't I be logical in my choices then? That is to say, Why can't I think, "This isn't really worth it" and not have cake?



horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 29, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

2 day avg 2125...

Message to all of us here who sometimes struggle with positivity motivation and or depression anxiety: keep on - just keep on, don't doubt yourself or your plans - your goals are possible and what you do now is possible - that last part about work now and life now is for Donkey !!!

Home kombucha 100..no pooping tho...but i 'll be fine it seems today.

Bfast: tea, banana 120, wrap 100, pb 200: 420., coffee with almond milk/stevia

Snack: almonds 150

Lunch: from home salmon 200?, veg 50-100, and ordered shrimp from food truck with coworkers (saving salmon for tomorrow) a little bit of sauce too 200 chips 150, orange 50: 350.

Snack: yogurt from coworker! 150? fruit on bottom greek type...

1200 before dinner...

dinner: Got to dentist too early so went around corner to eat sushi avocado and salmon cucumber roll and miso soup total around 500 1700 need to clean up apt bc having it cleaned really tomorrrow when I am not home .....and then early to bed.

total 1750. excellent.

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New exercise plan = hard as F*ck!  I think i can keep attempting and get better, but right now i'd fail it if you were testing me. I'll be practicing it for ONE YEAR until 2019...in January 2019, or december into it, i'll reconvene and assess if it's doable or not to be a court officer.

one of the exercises, called a split squat, i could only do FOUR reps in each set...not the recommended 8-12 reps. so i'm really under par. I also need to improve my situps to triple what i can do now...like be able to do 38, not my current 15. LOL...on pushups, i'm practically there at the best rating - best rating means you can do 30 pushups or more, i can do this as long as i maintain my current level of training. because i made it my best exercise (pushups) as i excelled quite fast in them over 10 years ago and at one point i could do 70 lousy form ones all at once though - which is quite impressive. no reason why i can't also make situps better, right!?  Now my top number is right around 30 pushups, but i need to make the last ones stronger and keep good form - just needs continued practice, but not really any extra effort, thankfully!

i did practice setting up the cones for the running aspects of the fitness test on sunday, i hope to practice right now on weekends that are at least 40 degrees outside.  There are two running portions.

if i can be a court officer, i will do it despite salary cut because i feel it's a simpler job with less "reasoning / deciphering / figuring out" and more "action" duties...i am going to make the attempt to get it, that's all i can do. ONE YEAR, if my progress is not substantial, i'll have to reconsider my goal of being a court officer.  Also, i want to do it for job stability as i feel once i get into academy, the job is mine to keep as long as i follow directions.

There was a time in my ADULT life i couldn't do ONE standard pushup, had to start on my news with "girl" pushups. There was a time I could only lift 10 lb weights for bicep curls (i've gotten up to at my best 35lb bicep curls and now not practicing them bc the court officer guide doesn't recommend it, only to train triceps).

There was a time after injury that  i couldn't run or even walk without pain - and i taught myself to run again after an injury.

So perhaps the "impossible" is seriously STILL POSSIBLE. I'm just not giving up yet. I just can't just yet. Before doing more running, i'm just following the legs exercises (i believe it's just 4 of them) that are advised by the court officer training guide.

Seems once we have jobs, it's hard to become really good at anything else...the effort for me is just to maintain a proper practice schedule despite some distractions...

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2018:
Hope you have better luck with the site today!

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
LOL yes, BCGG....i left off on your entry this AM...i always work up from the bottom on the left side of all the members till i reach the most recent entry lol...i have you and Happy to write back to!


Maria7 on 01/29/2018:
Hope you are having a good day today.

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
its very slow, but nothing to worry about...

but it's so slow, that i end up worrying...

i'm gonna work on slowing my mind. lately i wake up with dreams about what i'm worrying about. not scary, but, gotta work on relaxing.


graindart on 01/29/2018:
My job pays well, has flexible hours, and allows me to work from home. On paper, I should love it. In reality I've mildly hated it since about year 2 or 3. I really didn't intend to still be doing this job 16 years later. It pays well and it doesn't take any real effort to just "continue" with what I know. Of course I'd much rather be doing something that I enjoy, but there's not really any other job / career that I can name that I'd actually enjoy doing. I've thought about just taking a week or two off and sit around brainstorming what I really would enjoy doing for a job. If I were to do that, I envision myself getting bored and falling back to watching TV or surfing the internet, thereby just wasting a week or two without pay. So while your job change goal is a little ways away, I envy the fact that you have something picked out that you'd like to do.

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
And hopefully I can advance in it I feel it works out - it starts low for NYC standards around 50k which will mean little savings for a few years. Hopefully it can all work out...

For now it means I need to push myslef to make sure I am physically practicing the exercises - it still excites me that I can do it I feel I work on it.


Donkey on 01/29/2018:
I think that's a good idea to train for a year and then re-assess. I didn't know what a split squat was, so I Googled it. Oh my, my knees hurt just watching the video. With your ankle/leg issues, please train wisely. I'm cheering you on, though. You got this!

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
yes, i'm trying to hold back...as my butt has been sore since yesterday.

the new exercises are actually way different than before, no biceps - but extra triceps and it's just totally different where i'm using much lower weights because i do not have the strength yet to do these new exercises like the ones i used to do before. It's a good change...but i must remember to also rest and not go to crazy.

yeah, with the split squat its one knee to the ground - really different.


happy-1 on 01/30/2018:
As a fellow anxiety/depression sufferer I feel you. You impress me daily.

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
thank you...lately i am more anxious than normal but moving on.

I seriously had no idea i impress you, thank you :)

I'm just going to keep on and think positive that the exercises and focus i maintain will WORK for me this time around.

Anxiety sure can complicate things...but i guess we recognize it and work to move past it..


bearcountrygg on 01/30/2018:
Meditation...it works!



horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 28, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

450...

1500 before gym

DD wasn't letting me post earlier

2150 gotta watch my legs and lay a bit low on cardio till the year feel better

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/28/2018:
Hope you have a good day today.

horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2018:
Yes it was !


bearcountrygg on 01/28/2018:
I'm not having a problem with DD today.

horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2018:
Yeah I kept getting an error message when I clicked to submit my post !


Donkey on 01/28/2018:
I was not having a problem either... Hmm.. Well, at least you were able to get on eventually. Hope you had a nice Sunday...

horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2018:
Something in my apt ...on my phone it kept saying error when I Tried to post - will read up on your entries tomorrow :)


Donkey on 01/28/2018:
Sorry to hear about your legs giving you problems again. How frustrating... I'm sorry :-(

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
they are ok, i just have to make sure i do not OVERDO.

last week was walking tons compared to all past weeks...


happy-1 on 01/28/2018:
Hugs. Feel better.



horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 27, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Slept 12 hrs 8pm to around 8am....body seems to really want it.

8am 420 cal breakfast mostly sweet very tasty.

10am chips 150, small wrap 100 with turkey sausage 100. Banana 120 470

900

1pm before ice skating (semi nervous about it lol) McDonald's thinking small fries and hamburgers

2100 and at 7pm thinking to go back to bed for tonight until tomorrow

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/27/2018:
Sleepy around here to today!

horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2018:
Feeling like all winter it's all I wanna do !


Donkey on 01/27/2018:
I hope you had a good time ice skating!

You have a good idea there -- I think I might try going to bed early tonight too...


Donkey on 01/27/2018:
I wish I could edit my comments... I feel guilty and anxious when I have quiet days with not much to do. I feel guilty for just watching TV, which is why I try to ride my bike or walk on the treadmill while watching TV -- but then that's not a quiet/resting day, is it?



horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 26, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: kombucha worked in record time yay 50

Work 1st breakfast: banana 120, coffee 20, chocolate 70

Work 2nd Breakfast: tea, wrap 100 with turkey sausage small 70

total above: 430

Snack if hungry: half chocolate glazed donut, 170 or so cal!

Healthy lunch: leftovers of egg/white 100, my roasted potatoes 200, broccoli 50, clementine 50, pretzels 100: 500...and chocolate of course...not gonna keep going with it? or will i!? (talking about chocolate)

1150 after lunch..

snack before going home: possible chocolate

dinner: i have tons of tasty healthy things, can't wait to use my homemade salad dressing and have a very large salad with tofu, maybe small serving butter popcorn also. 

1250 before dinner

Dinner approx 650

Total is great, 1900.

Weekly avg is very good around 2070.

Walked a lot this week!

Today I walked at lunch 15-20min And I walked after work half hour I walked total 20min to and from bus And couple errands.

Grand total time walking over an hour - pays to fit it in over the course of the day!

So I shouldn't push the jogging training bc the walking is really adding up nicely first off.

I am also a tad sore from my new workout routine that should help me to be a court officer

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2018:
Off to a good start today.....

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2018:
...and coworker that comes in 2hrs after me....just brought in Dunkin Donuts! I'll DEFINITELY be taking half of one of them. not denying myself temptations...


bearcountrygg on 01/26/2018:
That's right....life is to live.

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2018:
yeah :)


happy-1 on 01/26/2018:
Sounds like a good day!!! Hugs.

horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2018:
Yes fitness wise it was



horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 25, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

6 day avg: 2085, very good.

 

GM! Whether i like it or not, tonight is the gym after work. Last night i was in bed before 8pm, been very tired this Winter.

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Home: kombucha and it worked 40 cal

Breakfast at work: wrap 100 with one small turkey sausage 50, banana 120, coffee with almond milk 20. total above 330 approx. and 1 piece white/dark chocolate i brought some into work to eat - maybe the limit should be 2-3 per day? lol. 

snack: TBD - almonds 150

Healthy Lunch: egg/egg white 120, potatoes 200, veg 100, clementine 50. approx 500. still ate to past full but normal portions, extra veggies.

Late afternoon snack before going home: one chocolate

before gym: thinking yogurt and sweet potato? i ate dinner after getting off the bus and before walking home - worked like a charm so i just came in to pick up my things and leave for gym. this can work :)

dinner: sushi and miso soup 550

after gym: rest of that sushi, chips and blueberries 300, chocolate bc i have it now at home and work and still on a kick for chocolate lol.

total is awesome 2050, still gotta work on health :)

 

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I walked a tiny bit extra this AM to one farther bus stop (maybe includes walking 2-3 minutes more) and because i left early, got to work too early so didn't go right in, but walked extra (even tho very cold).  So already today, i've walked around 30 minutes in the morning. Very cool. Good exercise...might as well keep this up so that i can go home and not worry that i need to exercise when i get home...except only around 1 night per week this winter when i do weights during the weekdays....i am not ever giving it up - weights have been so good to my body!

Oh, getting into work after so much walking in AM...sparksmy appetite so much...i eat as soon as i get into work (as most people do in this industry with desk jobs).

 

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2018:
YAY for the walking....

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2018:
yes, 1 or 1.5mi before 7:30am is pretty good, I'd say.

I've had better luck just adding in the exercise before the end of the workday...than going out into the cold once i get home when i'm both hungry and tired.

this new commute i'm still getting used to - it's been over one month of this new job, almost 6 weeks already!...my legs are stronger than how they were when i started...must keep on!



horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 24, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

2050 today

2090 5day, good

Indulged at dinner but not in mood to write it as it accidentally got deleted

Up & at work. Arrived early so did an extra walk around a whole block before walking into work.  Seems a good idea to walk extra if i'm early to work in morning...gets more steps in. something to continue.

6am Home: honey and tea 20,

7:30am Work banana 120 and chocolate 70. salt and vinegar almonds 50 total here: 260.

Breakfast: wrap 100, cashew butter, blackberries 350.

good lunch: huge, but good. gotta work i think on smaller portions or stopping when full, still i can't. 650.

3pm snack: dark chocolate

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and 1350 before dinner...

No gym today bc i want a night early at home after last night's being home late. being out many nights in a row is stressful to me and i tend to get sick after running around many days in a row. it seems this Winter will include mostly 2x a week workouts except for a couple weeks in March and one week in February = good enough.

and as for my cardio - gonna try for one session on weekend (walking / maybe jogging also - not for improvement, just for maintenance right now of what i can do). in spring i'm taking a break from taking any classes (except for a 5 week jury duty class if it's offered bc it means if you go to jury duty you can be paid 80% of your salary and not just $40 a day - making jury duty worth it for me to attend!)

in spring is when i want to make advancements in my cardio...and my gym workout will be changing to include only the weights / strength exercises on the court officer training guide (since they wrote one) and will make my weight training exercises much less...but planning to do more for legs, less for arms.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2018:
Jury duty class sounds interesting...we don't have those here...but I'm sure you will find that interesting.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2018:
It's called a citizenship class especially for union members...i do not think it's available in many places even in NYC except for my union...it's like a really nice opportunity to not just make $40 when you can't work bc of jury duty. and for only 5 weeks, once a week for 2 hours...total of 10 hours, i know it'll be at least interesting topic of our rights / obligations as citizens and i don't mind going there, eating dinner there, for 5 weeks, once a week, and i'd actually HOPE to be selected for jury duty afterwards!

it's a class to take, doesn't mean you'll be selected for jury duty - but if you EVER are after taking the class, it's very beneficial not to only make $40 each day, but more like probably $100 each day. then i don't mind missing even a week of work for JD! LOL. good change of pace.


bearcountrygg on 01/24/2018:
That's interesting....I don't know if it's the same everywhere or not...but in Michigan they randomly pick jurors from people with drivers licenses....I've been called to jury duty 2 times....of course last fall for 3 months was my last time...but the first time was when we were an emergency foster home and they let me off because of that.....here you can also be excused if you have served as a juror in the last year or are 70 or over....there are some other reasons also that didn't apply to us......but there is also Federal jury Duty which Denny had a couple of years ago....that was more involved...and a higher crime. A lot of people love it and are eager to go.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2018:
Our NYC rules are slightly different but people here usually hate it except I don't mind a break from a typical work schedule if I'm getting paid similarly to what I usually get !


Maria7 on 01/24/2018:
Hope you are having a good day. Been on jury duty before...was not fun.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2018:
Yeah that's how people around here feel but I don't mind a break from my typical work schedule :)


Donkey on 01/24/2018:
Hey, I'll sit in a jury pool or on a jury if it means I get paid to not go to work!

I like your fitness plan for winter-into-spring. And I thought that was very wise of you to realize the gym wasn't going to happen tonight so that you can REST (to prevent getting sick). This is *brilliant* thinking!

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2018:
yes, cannot be making myself sick if it can be partly prevented...but tonight i am going bc i don't wanna wait till last minute so then friday night and sunday night...better to go tonight, even if i'm tired.

yes, 80% of salary pay for jury duty is ok with me!


happy-1 on 01/25/2018:
REST... Does that include sitting around on DD all night? LOL.

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2018:
i was in bed before 8pm...waking a couple times to pee...but man was i beat...i think the big dinner didn't help...it def got me sleeping being as full as i was lol.



horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 23, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home kombucha (prob shouldn't have had it) and a little dab of honey 80

Breakfast wrap of almond butter and a few blackberries 320 and tea - taking a coffee break today 400 and donut 100 (only 1/4 of a donut and NO, not worth it...2 bites and just under 100 cal!)

Snack chocolate 70

550...before lunch...lunch healthy but big 750

1350 after clementine...

1800 fine. Ate light tonight bc of class. Very thankful red already and it's only Tuesday. Teacher was good and kept the class moving. It wasn't boring or too long - just time spent out. I should be ok.

4day avg: 2100 per day

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Class tonight 5-7 Need to also return/renew books at library next door and drop off the health reimbursement funds that I forgot to do yesterday since going home I like to skip walking by that office.

Everything located in same building. I'll pick up something to drink / eat while in class tonight

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2018:
Nice to start with a new class....loved that first day...always a fresh new start.....( I always think of that old saying that goes something like......A bouquet of freshly sharpened yellow pencils)not sure if that was from the movie YOU'VE GOT MAIL or not...but I love the saying. Hope you enjoy it and learn a lot of new things!!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2018:
Ty bcgg....will clear my mind to learn


innerpeace on 01/23/2018:
Good luck! take a notebook. I told DH to take a notebook for his first day, but he didn't. He took one for the second day though. He couldn't remember everything.

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2018:
Taking a small pad of paper it's seriously a mini not legal size and I took it from the work storage bc it fits in my bag so I'll prob keep it in my bag for the entire 10 weeks of this course


Donkey on 01/23/2018:
I would DEFINITELY stop for something to eat before class. Eating during class helps you concentrate and retain better. And conversely, being hungry during class can be a HUGE distraction.

Good luck! I hope it goes well!

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2018:
Yes I'll prob have time to eat quick at a fast food sushi inexpensive type place ! Right ....like who needs to be hungry for 2 hours 5-7 and then just after find food!? Not me!!


bearcountrygg on 01/24/2018:
Happy to hear that the class wasn't too bad....



horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 22, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Home: tea, herbal, very tasty

Larger than expected breakfast at work: half a really fatty donut that coworker brought in 150 (calories on the box), banana 150, coffee w/ almond milk (calories already included), and 2 sausages 130 in a wrap 100. total here: 530-550, still decent. glad i had only half a donut. wasn't even that good - extremely fatty tasting. like fried dough. and lately i'm breaking out, prob too much sugar...

snack:yes, salted smoked almonds 150 - gonna have to lay off the sugars bc it's getting to be a TON...or one chocolate...but i cannot be eating chocolate as breakfast anymore - was a nice month like that but trying to get back on track...

Lunch: from home and i have tons of food this week, so i shouldn't really have to order a thing...1 egg, 1 egg white 100, lots of cabbage, pretzels 450

snack: clementine 50

1200 after lunch, plus TWO chocolates

1350 before dinner :)

Dinner at home: i want to include the broccoli that i steamed nicely in microwave last night and also i want to roast the sweet potatoes tonight...maybe have some of that with dinner since they'll be nice and warm.

Dinner is going amazingly ! Had kombucha snack and peppers diced in the dressing I made myself 150 so far , later will be roasted peppers and a yogurt with some fruit at bottom

Total today extremely tasty with one portion (3 total pieces) of chocolate.

Total is healthy at 2050.

3day is 2200 per day - decent

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i don't think i'll find peace within myself until i hopefully get the opportunity to train and work as a court officer. additionally, i don't think i'll find peace within myself if i STOP exercising. That being said, i'll try to talk about court officer less as the opportunity to be chosen will not arise for approx 3 years. With that being said, i will continue to train, read, and do things to help myself. I'm not a big social person, so i'll continue to improve upon myself, especially weekends, and work on what i know is probably best for me. being at current job is weird and strange, as usual, because i'm always confused of what i'm doing. anyways, like i said, i know it's on the backburner, but i'm not quitting on my ability to attempt to usually very well fit in exercise and fitness and healthy eating on my "off hours" when i'm not at work. I'm going to continue. It may not be the highest paying job, but it will put me at peace knowing you cannot get fired so easily (like a cop) and that i'm on a pay schedule, work schedule - all the things i freak about now (stability of having a job) wouldn't necessarily be a stress as a court officer, once again IF i were to have the opportunity to be one. part of why i train so hard is bc i want my training to be related to my work. it's a desire of mine to LINK exercise with a job somehow. This would be that way....pay would be low like 5 years...but i do feel i'd be at peace with myself and not feel so anxious about keeping a job / having to rely on my dad. it's very upsetting feelings so...so this is why i keep this in the back of my head.

my course every tuesday for 10 (really 11) weeks starts tomorrow, 5-7pm, basic estimating. i'm debating bringing (buying something to eat at the class after i walk off the bus that lets me out over there where i live and where the course is given - there's a shopping center across the street with fast food choices) dinner, but we'll see. it'll be hard to focus if i'm hungry those two hours. my friend ricky told me i was nuts to think about food if i'm taking a course, but i think he's somtimes nuts to criticize what i do think about and why. there's a reason i weigh a certain amount right now and it has to do with my planning and being conscientous of eating. duh.

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exercise was great yesterday, should have filled the humidfier fully bc it helps me breathe at night with the heat on...especially important after the days i exercise for at night to have easy breathing...will do that tonight too.

lastly, i must remember to drop off my health reimbursement papers to the union after i step off the bus (it is on the walk home so, yes, it's easy).

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/22/2018:
I've been wondering about the chocolate for breakfast, lol...

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
yeah, prob not the smartest thing...lots of sweets in this trailer and time for me to get on track, especially bc i have broken out now on my face...but could be hormonal too..although sugar in excess never is helpful either...lol.

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
i don't think the idea of eating chocolate for a meal is healthy, so i'll scale back and make sure that i'm eating some kinda breakfast everyday at work, not just chocolate. my coworkers tend to eat lots of sweets, and they aren't fitness minded. some are health minded yes, actually i take back that nobody is fitness minded....but the sweets that come into the office are seriously too much. so if there is temptation, it seems i do better to take a little and be satisfied - for now this is working, but i'm also gonna make sure i eat some protein and healthier things to make sure i am being somewhat health conscious....i do realize it's a pick and choose and that portions are important...less is more on the sweets..and to make sure not to continue it all day long...meaning other snacks / meals need to be more nutritious if others are not previously in the day..


graindart on 01/22/2018:
Having an all or none type personality, eating half a donut would probably be harder for me than not eating it at all. If I take that initial bite, I'm probably eating the whole thing. I guess if there was a knife sitting next to the donut box, I might be able to cut it in half and scurry off with just half......

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
i cut the donut in the container it was in....i only took HALF to my plate :) that's how i was able to do that...i have the same personality as you with all or none...


graindart on 01/22/2018:
I've been trying to keep chocolate out of the house and avoid it since I love it so much. Avoiding chocolate hasn't made the desire go away. It just gets replaced with other temptations. My new "vice" is my daily chewable gummy vitamins. They're effectively candy, but I rationalize them because they're vitamins....... Eating them is one of my first thoughts after waking up. At 20 calories total daily they're not a caloric issue, but they've become a sweet habit that I might have to look at breaking down the road.

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
yes, i have had in particular one instance myself where i bought omega chewable gummies...i ate them all in practically one day and decided i cannot buy them again.

so i do understand where you are coming from and how hard it is...one of my first thoughts upon waking up is that i'll have tea (herbal and it's pretty sweet especially when i add in stevia) and relax on my couch before leaving my apt for the day (workdays). and lately i also start with a little honey since it's good for you in small portions i discount that it's sugar...i count the calories, but i think the benefits outweigh the cons of honey.

i also need to go back to eating more protein snacks...like almonds and not chocolate.

i did buy some more chocolate but hope for it to last a little longer - and not for it to be eaten as quickly as i have been...but will still allow myself some right now - as a snack, not a meal.


graindart on 01/22/2018:
Thinking about it some more, I might add "moderation" to my list of future goals. Something to strive for once I get done with my losing weight phase and get to the maintaining stage. Right now it's easier for me to just not have something in the house. In the future it would be much more beneficial to just be able to not obsess over it and have it as an occasional treat. I wish I was able to successfully change a bunch of stuff all at the same time, but from past experience that just overwhelms me and I end up failing at everything. So I'll have to settle for being successful at one thing at a time right now.

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
yes, it's a one-step-at-a-time process. it was for me also.

i still think about food more than most, but, i am also able to be more moderate.

the more i exercise, the more moderate as well....not extra exercise, just as long as i maintain what i've already gotten to fitness wise.

i am not in a weightloss phase anymore so after it, i have been doing what you say your next step is, moderation, after you reach your goal. this is what i did for myself - same as what you are doing.

to lose my "last 10" before i have been satisfied, it took one year including my sister's wedding.

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
Part of maintenance for me was experimenting how to be moderate

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
By introducing more foods back in ! Ok talk later


bearcountrygg on 01/22/2018:
What Donkey said...I was wondering about the chocolate too....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
Yes definitely really not healthy and not gonna keep me healthy to eat this way forever ! Forcing myself back on the healthier wagon! My office has the worst temptations! But as long as I ate least also eat healthy food I'll be ok. So less junk and more real food.


bearcountrygg on 01/23/2018:
Dark chocolate is very good for you...lots of antioxidants....apparently....it is hard to resist when it's in your face all day....it's a challenge...

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2018:
So might as well take a piece ;) but try to moderate it :) kinda fun tasting all these sugary treats but I DO NOTICE how they def spike my blood sugar leading to a bigger crash and more carb cravings ! But in moderation, at least it prevents bingeing bc I've had my fill whenever I want it, lol...



horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 21, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 112.0

Breakfast after a nice long sleep: fiber one and almond milk 200, chocolates 170. 370.

Snack: few salami slices, 1.5 servings pop chips, naval orange. 380

750, decently healthy...

Granola bar doing errands 100

Healthy lunch 1/2 burger and seaweed chips 250, regular potato chips 250, bean salad 100. Total 550

Laundry done :-)

Snack before gym granola bars and some energy drink 200

1650..... Gearing up to read and gym, laundry later and some cooking later but not going crazy doing lots

Grand total 2150. Excellent !

2275 2 day not bad! .......

I have sweet potatoes to roast, spaghetti squash to cook, a chicken to buy, fruit to buy, bananas, de more veggies to buy, more salami to buy bc it lasts a long time, and maybe start making dressing soon....yes gonna make a dressing so I'll make sure I have all the ingredients - Ricky's had given me the recipe and i can use it for beans and veggies and it tastes great - instead of vinegar it uses lemon juice :)

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/21/2018:
Roasted sweet potatoes are soooo good. :-)

horn_of_plenty on 01/21/2018:
Yes I must do it - already have the sweet potatoes :)

horn_of_plenty on 01/21/2018:
Maybe I'll save one to slice as chips later in week ! I have a slicer that cuts chips !


happy-1 on 01/22/2018:
Yum. Look at you cooking for the week.

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
and now starting the day with more temptations from coworkers...this time a donut!


bearcountrygg on 01/22/2018:
Salami is wonderful.....I ordered some roasted sweet potatoes from schwans....they are very good....but I think I like baking fresh ones even more....very good for you!

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
yes, always better made at home...once you get the knack of it and get them tasting good :) ....always nice right outta the oven!



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