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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Oct 22, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.2


Total calories: 1500!!!!! thankfully! I am very happy about that!

there was no food anywhere to be had at the rehearsal and concert. so, i decided to eat something light and fulfilling for dinner to actually stay within the calorie range! it may not be 1200, like I wanted, but it is between 1400-1500. That's all I'm asking of myself.

biscottibody, thanks for all the info on the vitamin B...I love all the info I can get, no matter how descriptive! haha ________________________________________________________________________

day 53, sunday...not as planned.

I had a good breakfast of 300 calories. then, I binged on 960 more about 3 hours later. I think i'm gonna throw out all of the sugar-free/aspartame products because they are so unhealthy and I believe they make me binge more.

so far today (11 am)I have had 1260 calories.

Now i'm off to a rehearsal/concert...

Progress as of today: 0.6 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

Moody on 10/22/2006:
What kind of sugar free/aspartame things are you eating? Is it mostly breakfast foods? I totally believe there are things that trigger binges.

Hope that your rehearsal/concert went well!!

WorkingIt on 10/22/2006:
I have read that they do trigger the hunger in some folks! Let us know how it works out for you!

maria777 on 10/22/2006:
I quit with that stuff a l-o-n-gggg time ago! I think they increase appetite, too!

weightlossyoyo on 10/22/2006:
Way to go on your 1500 kcals today!

Runner on 10/22/2006:
You're doing so well! My hat's off to you! :)

WorkingIt on 10/23/2006:

geevee on 10/23/2006:
A friend of mine swears that the diet sodas cause her to gain weight. She does much better with regular soda.

I have so little sweetner that I usually use regular sugar. One or two tsp. don't have that many calories.

maria777 on 10/23/2006:
Good for you on throwing out that stuff!!!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Oct 21, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.2

day 54 - saturday, 2600 calories.

i am planning on 1200 tomorrow. I haven't done that in awhile. The middle of the day is when I have a rehearsal/concert. Therefore, 1200 should be doable, as long as I don't eat too much right when I get up. I'm thinking of having one of those Amy's veggie burgers with squash.

Goodnight everyone! Better tomorrow!

to clarify, Friday was 1460 calories.

Progress as of today: 0.6 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

stringbean on 10/21/2006:
good luck with your 1200 plan!

The free pumpkin farm is a privately owned farm that some guy started like 60 years ago. he just grows pumpkins then gives them out. Sadly, he died a couple years ago, and this year is the first in 3 that it's been up again. They even put a statue of him up at a park in Colorado Springs! They called him "the pumpkin man". It was really nice, and my kids loved picking their own pumpkin!

maria777 on 10/21/2006:
Good plan!

As for me, Hubby and I usually eat out at the Golden Corral Restaurant after church on Sundays....so I'm really looking forward to that! Well....I've been real good for days, so it's time to have a 'more' day...not overeat, though!

I hope you have a good evening! Big Smile!

geevee on 10/21/2006:
If you combine FF yogurt w/any kind of fresh fruit, you can avoid those nasty artificial sugars. The natural sweetness of fruit with yogurt, cottage cheese or sour cream is perfect. No additional sugar is needed. To me it's like a rich dessert. Try it and let me know.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Oct 20, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 111.8

update 3: if I eat 2600 calories today and 1200 tomorrow, the average will be 1900 for two days. Not terrible. I'm a little upset I haven't kept my promise of 65 days, 1400-1500 everyday. However, my challenge isn't over. After today and tomorrow, I have 51 (52 including Thanksgiving) days left.

udate 2: it's 9am Saturday morning: already had two bagels along with other things, Calories: 1800 calories...I'm thinking I might as well eat 3000 calories today! NOT a great food day! oops!

update:Saturday morning: very bingy...500 calories for breakfast before 6am...8:30: 410 more calories, 9:00 410 more calories...total: 1320 so far. Not a 1500 calorie day on Saturday :( it's okay. I'll get back to it tomorrow! actually, to be safe, I'm allotting 2500 calories today. I'm splurging.

DAY 55!!! whew!!!! yay, it's the weekend!

I'm back from giving a horn lesson and a rehearsal! Glad to be home. Today I splurged on breakfast, I'm pretty sure it was due to lack of sleep and my body really wanting energy. It turned out being a little under 600 calories. Surprisingly, my day was actually below 1500 today!!!

1460 calories today! No exercise. :( I'm not doing now, when it's after 11 at night!

Next weekend all these long rehearsals will pretty much be over. Maybe i'll get in more "me" time. I'm gonna wait to do yoga till next weekend i think. If i do it this weekend, it's gonna take away too much time from my day. Also, the studio is adding more classes starting next weekend. I'll wait till then.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

maria777 on 10/20/2006:
I used to teach piano.

Good for you staying within your calories budget. You did real well!

geevee on 10/21/2006:
Your calorie budget sounds very much like mine, but you seem to be able to handle them better than I do. If I ate bagels so early in the day, my entire day would be ruined. It's as if the eating is non-stop once I start, so for me, the later the better. Have you tried those square Thomas' bagels? I really like them toasted, but they're so high in calories!

Moody on 10/21/2006:
You're probably right about being so hungry having something to do with the lack of sleep. And you are getting up SO early that it would seem easy to pack in alot of calories by noon; figuring that you've already been up for 7 and half hours at that point! You did great considering how long and busy your day was! Good for you! Thanks for all the great info yesterday btw!!

WorkingIt on 10/21/2006:
Being really sleepy makes my body crave more energy from food since I starved it of rest. I believe you are correct! You are still doing good!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 19, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.4

day 56...1500 calories...

thanks, btc, for your advice on a skin care product...i think i may try it!

I was hoping for something closer to 1400, but i'm not pressing my luck. I had to be up and running for more hours due to the Thursday night band rehearsals, so I made sure I could get through them! The sell some snacks that I love at a campus eatery near rehearsal and during the break I always like to go and see what they have.

I bought some pita chips that surprisingly have 3 grams of fiber per serving even along with a little protein. I bought two bags, but ended up only eating one. Tomorrow morning, I'm having the other in cereal with soy milk and bran cereal. haha, it sounds gross, but i've tried it and like it! I can make any grain/bread product can be made into cereal!

I am very excited for the weekend. My day on Saturday is pretty free and I hope it is beautiful outside. If not, I will have to make other plans. I want to go to the park, and, fix my bike!!!!! Yeah, i still have to do that!

I can't believe how fast this school year is moving along!!! In only a couple of months, it'll be December break! wow! time moves so fast!

i'm tired, but will probably comment on a few diaries, since I don't think i can fall asleep just yet!

Progress as of today: 0.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

smiley2 on 10/20/2006:
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Take some time out and do something special for yourself..you deserve it after all your hard work!

sam1109 on 10/20/2006:
You have been doing great sticking to your cal range! I agree about the fat free creamcheese, I stick with philadelphia!

greengirl on 10/20/2006:
Try and relax, you have been so busy!!! I also checked out the skincare product as my daughter could do with it (age 15 and upset by acne). I hope it is available here in the UK. Hope you manage to get your bike fixed. Good luck with that!!

moody on 10/20/2006:
Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get your bike fixed! You need and deserve some R&R after you incredibly hectic schedule! Great job keeping in your calorie range btw! Good for you!

WorkingIt on 10/20/2006:
Pita chips are great stuff! Hopefully you will have a beautiful weekend!

maria777 on 10/20/2006:
Good for you on saving one of the pitas for breakfast today! Good planning!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Oct 18, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.8

Day 57...1500 calories.

thank you for all of your suggestions and feedback!

rjf...I'm not sure I want to forever teach and live where I am. Until I finish my degree, I can't leave. Then, we'll see. I'll probably try to get tenure in a school district (work 3 years in the same place) before possibly relocating or just ending up living around wherever I end up getting a more permanent job! I just want a permanent job, that's what is more important!

Today was alright. I came to school a little later than I would have liked to! I'm either going to have to speed up the morning process or wake up earlier! I wasn't late at all, but I feel like I should be arriving a little earlier so I can organize myself more.

I'm still procrastinating at night, not practicing conducting or my instrument. I will tonight, maybe only 20 min on both. Hey, it's something. I attended a class after school and it ended a bit after 5pm. I stopped by the supermarket across the street after to pick up apples and tomatoes. I got home around 6, got ready to go for a walk, came back around 7:40. Ate. Now, its 8:35 lol! Time goes by too fast! Then, I'll shower, before I know it...time for bed! If i didn't go to the supermarket, which i have to say i enjoy and need to do bc i like having all those veggies and fruits in the house, i would have saved some time.

Everyday this week, I've wasted time. Going to the mall yesterday, to fix my watch. And, I never stay on task...I ended up looking in a few other stores, buying shampoo and 2 100 calorie balance bars, and a drink. I always am buying food/drinks when I'm shopping and doing errands!

I'm looking foward to this weekend. I hope it's nice out because I'll spend it (saturday) outside in the lovely fall weather. Otherwise, I'll go shopping. I don't enjoy clothing shopping, but I think i need a few things like sweaters and a fall jacket since I have a lunch duty where I spend time outside.

Thanks for your wonderful comments.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 10/19/2006:
I know what you mean about those detours in our day! Man is it hard to get on track when other things enter the picture LOL

Have a great day!

geevee on 10/19/2006:
Until I read your entry from yesterday, I always thought that my mother was unusual. Now I know better!

When I first started teaching, I wasn't in any hurry to leave home and cotinued to live with my paarents. However, after the first year, the situation deteriorated to the point that every single day was occasion for a huge blow up and Id leave for school in tears. And yes, my parents would constantly remind me about how much it cost to be on my own, but after awhile, I was so tired of the fighting that I decided it just wasn't worth the trouble to stay at home, so within a couple of weeks I found an apartment very close to where I was teaching. It was THE BEST decision of my life. My parents were totally surprised that I did that,and I was very happy that I moved.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Oct 17, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.8

Thank you for your comments!

day 58...1490 cals! (my mind keeps going for the upper limits of 1400-1500 by the end of the day. I believe this will be the case throughout this diet, but i am following the calorie limit i said i would!) This is not easy, by any means!

I'm not on oral contraceptives and don't really like to be. I was once on them for about 2-3 years. I like being very natural and not on any type of medicine if it't not necessary. However, if my face does not improve (I don't have terrible acne, just usually a few spots around my mouth and chin area) I will go on the pill again!

I do live at home because this is my 3rd year in the workforce and I do not want to splurge on an apartment or house in the area and surrounding neighborhoods. It's expensive and I feel it is a waste of my money as long as I can still live at home. I would say that's what a majority of people do around here.

However, my mom can drive me nuts at times. My friends sometimes advise me to move out. Everything has been fine till just recently, like yesterday. My mom will fight with me so that I don't get the last word...haha, that's absolutely fine with me! The problem is that fighting is something she will do every day. She just picks arguments with people. I personally don't always have that sort of mental energy to spend on her and she really annoys me, to put it mildly.

Then, she will use threatening phrases like "I can't wait for you to move out," or "you'll see what it's like," to torture me when I'm not sure if she means them. She knows it's very expensive to live on your own in the Northeast part of the US where I am from. She says these things without a worry or care in her voice. It actually does frighten me.

I'll tell you why: MY MOTHER HAS NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER WITH ANYONE IN HER ENTIRE SIDE OF THE FAMILY. If it was possible, she wouldn't spend time with my dad's parents either. I have no contact with my mom's family as well. So, there you have it...she is setting me up and annoying me be talking like she wants me out of the house. I don't want it to happen, but sometimes I can't take her saying those things. It's frustrating and simply wrong.

Anyways, the meeting with the music chairperson went very well. She said that she would help me by keeping a lookout of jobs availible in the spring....other leave replacements for band teachers. The job I have now is only a leave position....the teacher is coming back after Christmas break! how sad for me and happy for her!

Goodnight...weight actually was up today and yesterday!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

smiley2 on 10/18/2006:
Im sorry to hear about your mother. Maybe you should try and have a "civilized" discussion with her about your fears and dreams, as well as hers. Maybe there is miscommunication and if both of you knows what the other wants, needs and expects, maybe you can come to an compromise or solution. Eg she must stop picking fights with you and then you will make a plan to move out by next year sometime. How old are you? Sometimes mothers just worry, but it helps to talk and get things out into the open!

borntocry on 10/18/2006:
I can't understand why your mother would treat you like this. Perhaps once you do move out she will appreciate you more. I had a very stormy relationship with my parents all the while I lived with them. Things improved when I left for university but we still fought all the time when I was back. It was only when I moved out for good that our relationship really got better. Now my parents adore me and it almost seems like there is nothing I can say or do to upset them. When I visit them, they welcome me like royalty!

I have also noticed a few small spots since I went off the pill a couple of months ago. When I originally went on the pill, I had terrible acne. My face was covered with fountains of pus - literally. I had one of those faces which people cringe to look at. It was so horrible. I felt like a leper. My doctor suggested that I go on the pill and that was like a miracle for me. I actually started getting compliments on what clear skin I had! I used to laugh and roll my eyes because I still couldn't imagine anyone making that comment sincerely. Of course, you aren't in such a bad way so you needn't go to such drastic measures. The only thing which ever really worked for me before the pill was <a href="http://www.clinique.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY4913&PRODUCT_ID=PROD722" target="_blank">this skincare product</a> by Clinique. It doesn't work very well on the cystic acne I used to have but it's great for small spots and blemishes. I introduced my husband to it and he thinks it's great too.

WorkingIt on 10/18/2006:
I know what you mean about going for the higher end of the calories! I do that also lol. Sorry that your mom holds herself away from everyone. It is very difficult to love anyone who thinks they don't need anyone to love them. Eventually one just gives up on them and moves on without them. :(

You are doing great with your eating by staying in your calorie range! YAY!

Moody on 10/18/2006:
Sorry things are like that with your mom. That has to be tough. I came from a situation like BTC, only it was my father who made me feel like he didn't really like me. After I moved out, it was a totally different situation and now I am extremely close to both my parents. It's weird!

You are doing great staying within your calorie range! Good for you!! You know you can do this!

rjf on 10/18/2006:
I lived with my parents once during my adult life and I know what you are going through. My only advice is to be patient and when you get that full time permanent job.....MOVE....even if you have to eat only romen nooddles for a year!!! I'm joking but I do know how hard it is for adult children to live at home. My sister is a music teacher so I've heard her say some of what you are saying. There are jobs out there....are you sure you want to stay where you are? I know a big move is scary but I know there are openings all over the US. I'm just rambling cause I don't know your exact situation. All I can say is good luck and just keep on keeping on!! *smiles*

lexyd! on 10/18/2006:
oh sorry to her about you and your mom, my best friend suffered from terrible acne too and it mega gets her down but she went on the pill and it made such a difference, the problem with these things (i suffer from terrible ezcema)is that stress can cause them cant it, but how the hell are you supposed to not be stressed when you dont look your best,its a sucky situation you have my sympathy, hope your day tommorrow is lovely and chilled!

mattscat3295 on 10/18/2006:
So sorry to hear about what is going on with your mom. I hope things get better for you. You are doing a great job with your caloric intake, keep up the good work. Take care of yourself. ****HUGS****

horn_of_plenty - Monday Oct 16, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.8

day 59 - 1500 calories.

i went to the dermatologist today because i am seriously tired of this acne i've been having. hopefully this face wash he prescribed will help...i am a bit opposed to oral pills as well as creams. lol. they never seem to work so i've stopped trying. he also told me that my insurance covers "glycolic peels" which i'm gonna try in about two weeks. Hopefully, it really does work and he's just not trying to make more money. we shall see. I'm willing to try it a few times.

my mom really got on my bad side yesterday. she came into my room after i fell asleep, waking me up to tell me how i didn't put the house alarm on or lock the door. haha, that's odd! I always lock the door! The alarm i forget sometimes. But, did she really have to wake me up, after i already had a lack of sleep all week and weekend!? arg! I told her that this morning and all she did was yell more. I tell you, a lot of my bad eating has to do with her. she is a major stress factor in my life and family!

tomorrow should be a good day, kinda like parts of today. I have a meeting about last week when i was observed. I am looking foward to what the chairperson of music has to say!

then, i may get the bike fixed (it didn't happen today bc i decided to make that dermatologist appt.). I also plan on working out of course!

time for a shower! have a wonderful evening!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

smiley2 on 10/17/2006:
Are you taking oral contraceptives? I had really bad acne and it cured mine in a few months.

WorkingIt on 10/17/2006:
Let us know how the glycolic peels work! I'd be interested to know for sure!

Sorry to hear about your mom, sounds like she is having a crabby day lol.

Good luck with your review! Have a great day!

Moody on 10/17/2006:
I hope everything goes well with the peel..let us know.

Do you live at home? I didn't realize that..sorry mom got onto you yesterday! I am sure that is the last thing you needed or wanted to hear; especially being awakened by it!

Good luck with the review, I'm sure you did great!

borntocry on 10/17/2006:
Go on the pill - works like a charm. Oh wait, you said you were opposed to oral pills. Well, that was the only thing that worked for me, and I tried everything... except Accutane.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Oct 15, 2006
(My 65 day plan!!! 1400-1500 cals a day! Yeah!)
Weight: 112.8

Day 60!!!! 1490 calories.

Cornucopia = Horn of Plenty!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, Horn_Of_Plenty will be my new nickname, instead of Cornucopia, the one I will be ending soon. I was using something that I feel was too personal and feared having an employer read everything i write here! Not that I write anything bad!!!! :)

It was difficult to not surpass 1500 calories, but I did it. I had an emotionally frustrating day. My class this evening started late and ended late. I was supposed to have an hour and a half break to plan my day tomorrow but that amount of time got shortened to just under an hour. Then, that rehearsal ended late. I got home around 9:30pm.

Tomorrow should be a good day. If I decide to do something for me after school, I will get my bike fixed! I need a new tube for the tire. I'd rather not wait until the weekend. Therefore, my goal is to be home by 3:45, which is REALLY early, to get it done. If I am not done doing work planning for tomorrow in school, I'll take it home. But, I want to be out of the school by 3:15, which is about an hour and a half after my last class. That should leave me ample time to do work, which somehow I usually use VERY poorly.

Ok, goodnight.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 10/15/2006:
LOL Welcome HOP!

Moody on 10/15/2006:
LOL..I love it!

mattscat3295 on 10/16/2006:
Love the new name. Good luck with the bike, I love to ride mine but kind of cold here for riding right now so sticking to the treadmill and aerobics and exercise bike. Have fun and a wonderful evening.

maria777 on 10/16/2006:
Good for you on staying within the 1500 cals!

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