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horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 30, 2007

Weight: 120.0

oh my! I could have had as little as 1300 cal today without a problem. however, even though i was not starving by any means, i gorged when i got home today. after my dinner, I had FIVE english muffins, one with peanut butter and 3 servings of crackers!

total cal = 2140.

is that total terrible? no. i shouldn't even be upset! so, i'm not. as long as my totals are not astromonically high, they should be easily offset by even one lower calorie day.

exercise was pretty good. 1 hr, 10 min. total for November: 32 hrs, 15 min.

my comment on November exercise: at least it totals up to an avg of 1 hr per day! :) my goals: continue with my successful early morning walking!...

i still have my date on Sunday which I am looking foward to even though there's a 5 year age difference and it seems we may be pretty different! It still intrigues me...

today was good. first day of volunteering went VERY well! :)


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

mylifechanges on 12/01/2007:
Hi HoPy! I always feel like calling you that whenever I write to you- I thought I'd actually do it today! :) Haha. Thank you for your comment on my post. I think that you're doing great! I can't even imagine being 10 pounds from goal! Think of how exciting that is!!

Please definitely keep us posted on your date! I don't think a five year age difference is all that big. I'm actually interested in someone who is five years older than myself right now too! Haha. I've always been attracted to older men though. Maturity seems to be more level....keep us posted on how thing go on Sunday!

shadetree on 12/01/2007:
Glad the volunteering went well! I know you've been very excited about it.

five year difference is nothing when it comes to men...(Or is he younger??? But even then, while it may not be a long-term thing, it can be fun...when I was in college I went out with a guy for quite some time that, as I stop to think about it now, was five years younger, and we had THE MOST fun! Up until then I had always dated older - a lot older...Even now, my husband is almost 20 years older than me...but he acts like he's younger than me...I am always wishing he would grow up!:) So I guess I'm just saying that age is just a number, so don't put much into it. Have fun - that's all that matters!

Donkey on 12/01/2007:
Calories today and yesterday are not so bad. Actually, ok for maintaining. I guess what bothers me more is that the eating seems uncontrolled. If you had just had a big dessert or a large lunch, that's one thing. But to engage in an eating frenzy right after dinner seems a little... disordered.

I am SO GLAD that volunteering went well for you!!! That is a really good sign that your change in career direction is the right one for you.

Good luck on the date! Older or younger doesn't matter. What's important is what's inside. Really, now it might matter, but as you get older, it doesn't. We all end up old in the end.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 29, 2007

Weight: 120.0

cruddy: you would think i would really be watching calories, especially because i want to look my best on Sunday when i go on the date!

but, no. I had 2200 calories. Thank god i stopped there!

The last bit of calories was just before 5pm, a binge of 1300 cal.

Perhaps if I actually go to the gym and exercise I can actually burn that many. Probably not.

exercise: I want it to be at least 1.5 hours...update to come...

31 hrs, 5 min.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

greengirl on 11/29/2007:
Ooooh!!! A date! Must tell us more :o) Enjoy your exercise :)

fritters on 11/29/2007:
I don't think that you can affect your appearance much on Thursday for a Sunday date!! I am sure you will look fine even if you over ate a bit. I think I need to talk my husband in to a date. After 34 years of marriage the romance is going!! I hope you have a really good time.

Teriyaki on 11/29/2007:
Average between yesterday and today is 1860, which is perfectly normal for maintaining...Keep up the good work!

starfish on 11/29/2007:
don't beat yourself up. you are only 10 pounds from your goal weight. That is wonderful :)

borntocry on 11/30/2007:
Hi HoP!

If your date's on Sunday it's probably better for you to eat a little more now, so that it's easier for you to eat less on Saturday. That should get you looking your best on Sunday. At least that's how it always works for me!

Thanks for the comment you left me. You remembered that my brother hardly eats anything! Unfortunately I think he seems to have some sort of eating disorder, like me. Sometimes he seems practically anorexic, at other times he seems to be on an eating spree which can last for days or weeks. Sound familiar?! At the moment he seems to be in more of the eating spree mode, which doesn't bode well for me, haha! But I'm only going to be there for one day. How much damage can I do in 24 hours?!

And thanks for your advice - I think I will buy some more nuts online. The 200 packets of almonds were a special deal which I don't think I'll find again, but I did find an online store which sells boxes of nuts in serving-sized packets, and they were really nice when I wrote to them a while back, so I think it's time to contact them again! Although I kind of have this vague plan to finish off all the other food lying around at home first. I seem to have accumulated a lot of stuff which I guess I don't like so much and haven't been eating, and I don't want it all to go to waste. (Does this sound really crazy? If it does, just tell me - I need to know!)

workingit2 on 11/30/2007:
Do you know, last night on my way home from work....I was soooooooooo tempted to chuck my diet and go to Burger King. The reason was that I had a very stressful day, it was very cold outside, I was in pain and my throat hurt. I had to mash on the gas to drive past the BK and get home. I thought that the chocolate I had over lunch had blown my calories for the day...but it turns out that I had calculated things wrong and I was actually sitting at my goal for the day. Had I eaten that whopper, I would have ruined an otherwise good day for my health!

Oh, remember when you did your juice fast? I was reading in prevention magazine where the doctor said it was actually a good idea to fast once in a while to give the pancreas and other organs a break. So, I may do a one-day fast this weekend. Probably Sunday. But I thought about you when I read the article.

I do appreciate how you open up about your day and I totally cannot wait to read about your date!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 28, 2007

Weight: 120.0

i have a date on Sunday for lunch...more details (good or bad) to come Sunday evening.

today's calories almost got out of hand...but they are ok. 1530.

exercise: one hour.

total November: 29 hrs, 35 min. I jogged on Monday night...I'm gonna try to do some jogging tomorrow as well! :)

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/29/2007:
WOW - great day. Keep us posted about Sunday's date....now that I'm married (for 18 years) I like hearing about other people's dates!

workingit2 on 11/29/2007:
ohhhhhh a date! How exciting! DETAILS! hehe

Congratulations on a great day! Add it to your list!

mcwoo40 on 11/29/2007:
Hiya,gosh i can't wait to here about your date,great stuff i love a little romance,for me all that went out of the window years ago ** sigh** Stick at it,Julie

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

Weight: 120.0

the good part of the day: 1.5 hours exercise :)

total exercise: 28 hrs, 35 min :) I will NOT beat October's splendid exercise total of 37 hrs, 25 min :(. My goal for November WAS 40 hours but that is undoable now! But what is done is done.

I may join yoga sooner than expected. I think it'll be worth the money, even though I thought it was sooo important to save it. I think it will help me in my efforts to loose weight, gain muscle, and have a healthy mindset. Instead of coming home and binging, I'd have somewhere to be. Is this not a good reason? Also, I'd try to do, starting around December???, to do one hour cardio in the morning and not have to commit to it for the rest of the day. This would be the weekday goal. I'm not sure on this, but this is something i've brainstormed. I could do yoga in the late afternoon. I really like this idea. If i do spend the money, I feel it would be majorly important to watch what i eat since yoga is like a gift that I feel I should only have if I prove to myself I deserve it. lol. That's how my mind thinks.

so, what to do: look into yoga, see when the classes are offered. I would probably sign up for unlimited yoga and do it at least 4 days a week. i'm going to do the calculations and see if its worth it...

3500 calories.

biscotti, the foods were still in my house...now some aren't! lol.

bad day today. i chose to binge...lots of sugar, candy, starchy carbs. i don't even wanna stop now...i realized its 6pm and i've been eating since 4:30. not a healthy mentality.

at lunch, i bought stuff from the vending machine: peanut m&ms and a large almond joy! I'm just being a pig, all day! mad.

and i can't stop thinking about peanut butter so i just went to get some!!!...some meaning too much, my mom just got home. arg.

in the past 5 years, but not this current one, I was always able to limit my intake better than i have been now. why?

i'm seriously half afraid to diet. and, when i think i'm giving myself a break and eat something that's tempting, i go on and on...eating more.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Teriyaki on 11/27/2007:
Good for you on getting in 1 1/2 hours of exercise. That's alot! Hope you enjoy the yoga classes. It's supposed to be so good for you. I found when I was taking some personal training at the gym and she always had me doing lots of stretching at the end of my workout it really helped with my migraines...Stretching has so many benefits...

starfish on 11/27/2007:
Hi :) I'm planning to start yoga soon too. There is a yoga studio just a few minutes away from me. I looked them up and the first week for new people is only $15 for unlimited yoga. After that I think it's like $65 for every 5 classes. I'm thinking about starting on monday :)

borntocry on 11/28/2007:
Well, you know, the more you diet, the harder it gets. Your body gets used to it and starts to expect it. So when you do something like get candy from the vending machine, that triggers your body into thinking that it's time to binge, and store up as much food as possible before the next diet phase begins.

Obviously I don't know the solution to this problem, otherwise I wouldn't have it myself. But one thing which helps me is to allow myself a little bit of the foods I find tempting on a daily basis. That takes a while to work, but eventually, it does. For instance, I always used to binge on nuts. I could eat a pound of nuts in one day. So I used to try to avoid them completely, but that kind of sucks because nuts are actually pretty healthy. So I ordered 200 1/2-oz packets of almonds on eBay. Every day I take one packet with me to work. At the beginning, the temptation was strong to just eat all 200 packets in one day, haha! But eventually I got used to having one a day and now sometimes I find that I don't even feel like it at all.

The only problem now is that I only have 12 packets left. What am I going to do when they run out?!

geevee on 11/28/2007:
Yoga is a GREAT idea! As you know I used to take a class almost every day but had to stop because my sciatica on both legs started acting up which made doing a number of positions difficult to impossible to do.

Each time I restart yoga I lose weight naturally without thinking about it. I can't explain this, but it's true. Without weight lifting or doing any other sort of exercise or conditioning my body firms up beautifully. When I leave a session I am so relaxed and feel so good. The funniest part is that doing yoga kills my appetite. What is better than that?

One of the best arguments for me is having to wear tights which shows up everything I want to hide. I know, many now wear "yoga" pants which I can't stand. All that loose material. No, not for me.

You can buy discounted yoga mats at TJMAXX and Marshall's for around $10-11 dollars.

workingit2 on 11/28/2007:
You always did enjoy your Yoga classes, so cool! I agree with Biscotti, you have resisted for a longer period of time so you should give yourself a pat on the back.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 26, 2007

Weight: 120.0

...as WorkingIt put it, I've been having a sorta good spell. LOL. I do feel the need to get into better physical shape...I want to walk longer periods in the morning. Today, even though this month is "25 minute month in the AM," I walked 30 min. Actually, I now want to do at least 30 and that is what i'll do! :)

calorie wise, i had a heavy heavy snack after school. Lots of bulk to it. It was a zucchini souffle and a large butternut squash souffle. I really hope the calorie count is accurate from what the package says. I did even weigh the products. They weigh more than the package says, so I upped the calories. Still, I'm nervous!

calories: hopefully i'm right and it's 1480 :) that's fine by me.

yes, i did have veggie burgers today. I will probably do the same tomorrow as I don't want to use the george foreman to grill any turkey burgers tonight... I could have cottage cheese and pumpkin for lunch, but we'll see...

exercise = 1.5 hours :)

27 hrs, 5 min :)

I have realized that as long as I stay happy and self confident, i do in fact eat better. Not kidding one bit. After having a wonderful Friday night, I felt like I had to do everything right for myself on Saturday. Sunday this changed a bit and thankfully I had some things to do which took my mind off of food!


Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/26/2007:
Veggie burgers do sound good lol. I am so happy for you!

starfish on 11/26/2007:
Looking good with calories and exercise! Keep up the good work :)

mcwoo40 on 11/27/2007:
Hiya,you seem in a very upbeat mood than previous entries,keep it up girl!!A good day for you,stick at it,Julie

hollybelle on 11/27/2007:
YAY for good days! Staying positive is a VERY BIG part of my own food success-good that you have found your key. Even so it's not possible to be positive ALL the time or to eat PERFECTLY all the time. So what's wrong with 90-95% of the time - nothing. :o) Holly

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 25, 2007

Weight: 120.0

so far, 1300 cal.

eating was not so great today. lot's of processed foods, although they didn't have much sugar. the plan for later is some cottage cheese made with some good fiber, cinnamon, and sweet and low in it. I will have it with pumpkin. weird but good.

around 1550 cal for the day.

exercise 1.5 hours.

25 hrs, 35 min :) better.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/25/2007:
Hey there! Looks like you are having one of your good spells right now, cool! Did you go out on that date with your friend? Have a great week!

borntocry on 11/26/2007:
Hi HoP!

You must be the only person who's actually done better than usual these last few days! How are you avoiding all the holiday food? You must have a lot of will-power!

Thanks for the comments you left me. Yeah, I know I need to start eating more vegetables again. I just got lazy and forgot about making healthy snacks in favour of more convenient options!

My husband and I have no choice but to celebrate Thanksgiving alone, because we have no friends or family, haha! At least, not here in France. You know, if you want to get away from your family, that's the best way to do it - move to a foreign country! My husband's parents sent him an e-mail telling him the best time to call them to wish them a happy Thanksgiving. They're filthy rich, but they never call us because it's too expensive. Well, isn't it just as expensive for us to call them?!

Yeah, my husband is the same age as me - just a few months older. We also met online, you know! It wasn't a dating service - it was a chat room for a band we both like (The Smiths). We were just friends at first. He was in America while I had just moved to France, and anyway, he had a live-in girlfriend at the time!! He's Jewish too, by the way.

The transportation strike here is over now so I don't have to run to work any more. It was kind of a problem getting "ready to start the day", as you put it, because there aren't any showers here. Luckily I don't sweat much, especially in the winter, but I still had to run with my work clothes in a backpack and then change into them in the toilets when I got to work. I also washed up a bit at the sink and fixed my hair, make-up, etc. I did see another girl doing the same the same thing, though, so it can't be that crazy!

legcramps on 11/26/2007:
I wish I could eat cottage cheese, that would just make my life so much easier. I just can't handle the consistency of it, though. Blugh... But, hey, you go girl!!!! Eat it up for me!!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 24, 2007

Weight: 120.0

Both the prepared souflees that I bought weigh more than they say they do because I checked. Much more. 280 calories more!

total calories: 1545. could have been worse! :)

total exercise: 2 hrs. (it's probably a little under 2 hours, but I'm being nice to myself and counting it as 2 hours!)

total = 24 hrs, 5 min ... getting better :)

bad eating schedule.

I did have some salt/processed foods but they did have some health value to them. I had a who zucchini soufflee and a butternut squash souffle. lol. some poached salmon. two small hamburgers. pumpkin. coffee. two plum tomatoes. what a mix!

You know what I'd rather be doing? I'd rather be with my friend from Florida who is here. He's the one I saw last night at the bar. I KNOW it would have been a good time if I got to go out with him tonight...to like dinner and a movie. We get along well.

It's been a good 3 days off so far. I've hang out with several friends and it's been a good time! :)

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 11/24/2007:
Congrats on the low calorie intake. Have a fun weekend!

starfish on 11/24/2007:
Great job on calories and exercise!

MsKitty on 11/26/2007:
wow another 5 pounds down outta no where good for you girl

horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 23, 2007

Weight: 120.0

edit: 2650 calories (I had a beer.)

exercise: 1 hr, 40 min. :)

total: 22 hrs, 5 min. eeesh. not even one hour per day.

edit: and I binged. 2550 today. still low carb though. but crap!

hello everyone. so, i guess we all survived Thanksgiving!

I'm looking foward to a nice, long stroll around the park today. I've been sitting around so much and i know how important it is to get more exercise in so I can feel better about myself. So, today I'll be doing some exercise, possibly reading, and going to the supermarket to pick up some things that will prevent carb cravings. Online, I was looking at a site that listed oatmeal substitutes. I thought that this was great: cottage cheese with cinnamon and splenda/equal/sweet n low. then, microwave it!!! It has the same consistancy is oatmeal! how cool!

I also made myself something really cool this morning. 3/4 cup egg whites mixed with one scoop of chocolate protein powder. Microwave for one minute, mix. Microwave about 1 1/4 minutes longer, it should get REALLY fluffy and rise as its cooking. Take it out of the microwave and you get a huge puff that is full of protein and can taste like whatever protein powder you used! LOL. I ate this on a turkey burger. I've been eating so strange lately. But, it was all protein.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/23/2007:
Make sure that with the high protein diet that you are drinking plenty of water to flush out your system. What the heck is "leg magic"? My legs could use some magic, I tell ya...

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 22, 2007

Weight: 125.0

This entry is really for yesterday. my computer was sick with a nasty virus...but i think it may be all better! :)

yesterday's exercise: 1 hr.

total: only 20 hrs, 25 min.

this has not been a great exercise month. but, there's still room for improvement. I think I may increase my morning exercise and try to go to bed earlier so I'm not as tired as I have been over the past couple of weeks. as far as these 4 days are concerned, I plan on going to the gym everyday except today because it's closed. also, if the weather is nice...and it is today, I ought to take a walk outside! :) Now, I need to not get so nervous about this. for some reason, i sometimes get nervous and overeat when i'm thinking about exercise or increasing exercise. not sure why.

My plan is to wake up at 6am for now on. walk a 45 minutes or mix walking with my "leg magic." Then, stretching/abs for 15 min. 7am shower and breakfast. I'm going to try having breakfast after working out again.

yesterday's calories: 2060. satisfying, lower carb. :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 22, 2007

Weight: 125.0

edit: I found the low glycemic (but high carb) cookies in my house and of course I ate them. lol. so, 400 more calories than i thought. today's cals were: 2700. oh well. I almost went for other high calorie stuff just now but I stopped myself. :)

exercise: 1 hour. gotta burn off some of those carbs...i ate those cookies at 10 pm!

total exercise: 21hrs, 25 min.


I feel like whenever I go low carb, it's so easy to stay that way once I've been doing it a few days or a week. My body gets used to the less refined carbs (even though I do still have fruit/some starchy veggies) and I'm able to get through my days well. But, if I take a day off, it's all downhill and I forget that drive I have to succeed at eating this selective way.

I want to go to school on Monday a couple pounds lighter. This can happen if I stay away from most salt, some is okay, and I stick to low carb. I want to begin to feel better in my clothes. Like I said, I will be buying litte as it's a big money waster and I don't have extra to spend frivolously this year. In the past couple years, all I did was drop money on clothes, beauty pampering stuff, nails, waxing, and the dry cleaners. I must say, at that time, it felt great to be able to do all those things. You know, if I had the money now, I'd probably be doing the same thing. Sadly, I'm on a budget now. And, most of my clothes are too small and can't be worn!! I want to fit into those smaller ones! :)

I need to go to the store, before it's too late and I get a craving that can't be subsided!!!, to get some healthy alternatives. I've been mixing chocolate protein powder into yogurt. It's tasty. like chocolate pudding/yogurt! I need to buy some other things. FAST! :)

total cal: i wouldn't believe if it was more than 2500!! :) today was a good day. I did have some sweet potatoes/potatoes...but no processed carbs! I'm proud of that! :) :) :) My plan is, for at least 2 months, to stick to eating NO processed carbs.

You may laugh, but I can up with a good idea. I know it would taste good. I make many turkey burgers/hamburgers/any burger! on the George Foreman Grill. Then, I store them in tubberware in the fridge. I take one out and top it however I like! I tell you, you can make believe it's dough!!! You can make a pizza on it! Cheese and sauce. Sometimes, I top with yogurt. LOL. It makes something very satisfying. I know this is definitely unusual, but it works!

I really want to buy myself some fish. I'm going to have to buy cooked fish because my mom will not let me make any. I'd like to buy salmon or some other FATTY fish that has good oils in it because I think it'll help my skin. I'm trying to think of other fish that might be good...white fish sounds tasty. I'll see what the selection is when I go. I will NOT buy shrimp/scallops because I don't find them filling...and they're expensive!!!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

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