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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 01, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 113.0

calories = 1350

exercise = 170 minutes (2 hr, 50 min)

Had a concert tonight...it was ok. nothing great, nothing terrible.

i guess i will add up exercise minutes for August, too!

foods today: egg whites, strawberries, plums, tomatoes, 4 red peppers, one white pepper (i had to try it...i've never had one before...not that good), some fried tofu, salad with spray dressing, a whole eggplant with garlic, 3 light yogurts, one pint of raspberries (it was a splurge cause they are expensive...), kelp noodles, mints...probably other things that i have forgotten...

I have a goal to get to my goal weight...slowly. I would like to be there by November.

Progress as of today: 0.4 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

weightlossyoyo on 08/01/2007:
way to go with the calories and exercise, wish my numbers looked like that!

mcwoo40 on 08/02/2007:
Hi,looks like you have had a good day,hope all is well with you,Julie

Donkey on 08/02/2007:
You've inspired me to start logging in my exercise minutes this month as well. I guess there's no August Challenge.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 31, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 114.8

total july exercise = 40 hr, 40 min :)

exercise = 2 hr, 10 min i wanted more cardio, but time ran out.

calories = 1240. yep, been busy.

Progress as of today: -1.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/01/2007:
You go, girl! Wow, you had an awesome day of exercise. Amazing and inspiring!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 30, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 114.8

total July exercise: 38 hrs, 30 min

exercise= 2.5 hrs


the concert i played tonight went pretty well...but i wasn't happy with how i played everything. its amazing how much time i need to put into my practicing in order to sound decent. it takes up a lot of time, especially when i have a full day of work and want to exercise also.

foods i ate today: some kind of green drink with some protein in it, an eggplant with garlic, a bag of broccoli slaw microwaved, tuna, a red pepper, strawberries, blueberries, 4 large plums, some kind of packaged fried tofu, mints

Progress as of today: -1.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 07/30/2007:
Great job on the exercise. Keep up the great work!!!

ad_vitam on 07/31/2007:
Hi!I admire you playing music, especially performing in front of the audience. What instrument do you play? I played piano for a good number of years at the musical school, and performed on occasion. It was so rewarding. Funny that you thought I were a man because of my nick :))) 'ad vitam' means 'for life' in Latin. I am fond of Latin phrases, tend yo refer to the them quite often. Have a good day!

harleygirl79 on 07/31/2007:
Yumm, I love eggplant. My husband hates the smell and taste, so it is a dirty word in our house. I only get it when we are eating out somewhere. Have a great day!

Donkey on 07/31/2007:
The important thing is that the paper is finished and you can have some of your life back. 2.5 hours of exercise is awesome!

Love eggplant with garlic too!!!!

greengirl on 07/31/2007:
OMG HoP your exercise total is amazing!!!You must be as fit as a flea!!! :o)

maria777 on 07/31/2007:
I see I'm ot the only one that loves fruits!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 29, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 114.8

total exercise: 20 min....i waited till the end of the night, when i finally finished my paper!!! It took soooo long! I will not meet my planned 50 exercise hours. it was too much, considering the work i had to finish.

total calories: 900

hi. so, although yesterday and the day before were bad eating days, today has been a great one. I am going to try eating all veggies again (with protein before concerts)

2 pints of tomatoes, large salad and vinegar, 11 great brussel sprouts (one of my favorite vegetables when cooked till almost crispy), kelp noodles, one cup of tomato sauce.

total calories so far: 515

calorie update: 845...added some tofu and peppers.

Progress as of today: -1.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

ad_vitam on 07/29/2007:
Good start! Funny that I like brussel sprouts cooked the same way. Make sure you wash them thurouly under the upper leaves - I usually find some tiny bugs there. What are kelp noodles? Never heard of them.

Donkey on 07/29/2007:
Can't go wrong with vegetables. I would put a bit of protein with every meal. The protein will sustain you and keep you away from binges. How do you cook brussel sprouts until the are almost crispy? You mean frying them? I steam mine in the microwave -- YUM!!

MyJuneWedding on 07/30/2007:
I love brussel sprouts and now so do my hubby and ndew kids!! I bake/broil mine in a LOT of garlic and some olive oil... how do you do yours???

ad_vitam on 07/30/2007:
I boil or steam my brussel sprouts and dress them either with flax oil or light natural yogurt. Adding garlic is an idea!

ad_vitam on 07/30/2007:
Congratulations on your paper being done! What a relief. Now you've cleared out place for something new in your life.

ms317537ann on 07/30/2007:
Hi. Thanks for comment and encouragement. Congrats on finishing your paper! Brussel Sprouts seem to be the "in" veggie - showing up on commericals as well as cooking shows. Have a great week..

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 27, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 114.8

total saturday calories: 3970 I'm going to do everything in my power to get this paper done...so i can relax a little...take care of my body...and loose some pounds.

obviously life cannot get much worse in terms of it being summer...and the fact that i haven't seen the sun! calories for today are just wrong. They are wore than yesterday. I am trying to finish this paper...its LONG.

i skipped yoga so i can finish my paper...i should really finish it today. I'll try hard...i don't want to think about it again!

late morning edit: the vegetable fast is over. i've already eaten 1625 calories and its before noon on saturday. i couldn't do it. binged on crackers. i should have known from past experiences that it wouldn't work.


saturday morning edit: for the next week, i'm trying a daytime vegetable fast...with protein at night on days where i have a concert...possibly protein every night after the second day... This is because i've regained back the two lbs i had lost and i feel gross.


I definitely need to do my research on nursing...because more and more everyday I feel the need to get out of the field i am in. tonight i had a concert and didn't feel any gratification or happiness at any one moment during the hour and a half.I like music, i don't love it. I have passion for music, not necessarily for playing it.

calories today were horrible. i was stressed to do my paper. stressed about certain things.

calories = 3250

exercise = 1 hr, 30 min

total July minutes = 35 hrs, 40 min

Progress as of today: -1.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

mcwoo40 on 07/28/2007:
Hi,hope you will feel less stressed soon,there is nothing worse as it does lead to emotional eating.I know it is'nt the same as working in a hospital,but i worked in an old folks home for 14yrs as a junior carer and working my way up to a deputy care manager.You need lots of patience in the caring proffession.I left soon after my mum died as the old folks used to get me down moaning,and i felt bitter as my mum had died young and they where still alive and still moaning!!My sister is a blood nurse(now on maternity leave)and she loves it.She gets blood from patients for testing for cancer etc.Here in England they don't get paid enough so there is a shortage as they are leaving.Anyway good luck whatever you decide,catch up soon,Julie

ad_vitam on 07/28/2007:
I wish you luck with veggie fasting. Combined with occasional protein it will bring you good results. Are you planning to eat raw veggies? any dressing, seasonings to it? Salt free menu gives the best results. Good luck!

Donkey on 07/28/2007:
I can only imagine how relieved and GOOD you will feel when this paper is finished. Hang in there, and get 'er DONE. You know, I've always felt that I could do anything for a short period of time. You will get through this paper, yes, it will be hard, yes you may eat a lot, but you will get through it. And when you are done, you will feel so good that it is done.

weightlossyoyo on 07/29/2007:
Hope you get to de-stress soon! Everytime I start school and end school, things get a little stressful and my diet gets a little off. Let us know how the veggie fast works.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jul 26, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 114.8

in an effort to finish my term paper, which is still not finished, i have consumed 2805 calories and it isn't even noon.

Friday edit: I am so angry and upset. Living with my mom in the same house is really getting ridiculous! she is so rude and mean to me. she makes me feel horrible and offers no genuine feedback, only criticism and nasty replies. I can't move out, i don't have a job. I don't need to become homeless as well! My dad is ultra supportive. I'm so fed up with it all. I would like to look into nursing more...if anyone here has any advice about it, i'd love to hear. But, i still am working on a term paper and doing rehearsals/performances lately. that takes a big chunck of my time. i will not stop exercising. also, i am still interviewing when they come up. therefore, when the paper is done...like a week or so, i'll look a little more into nursing. right now, one thing at a time...


Thursday entry:

...more and more i've been thinking about becoming a nurse...I really think it may happen. I'm almost crossing my fingers for bad luck finding a job...maybe i've gone nuts.

total calories: 1540

total July exercise: 34 hrs, 10 min

total exercise: 140 min or 2 hrs, 20 min(elliptical, bike, yoga)

Progress as of today: -1.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

petaldew on 07/26/2007:
I am about to go into nursing, you should listen to your gut instincts about what to be in life, just ask yourself this: Is it something that makes you happy?

harleygirl79 on 07/27/2007:
I don't know if this is available where you live, but here, Hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital (i think) have a program where you can go to nursing school and then commit to working for them for a period of time and they will pay for it as they are desperate for nurses. Good luck to you and I know what you mean about living with a unsuportive parent. My mother was never supportive of my efforts. I moved out at 17 and lived with my father. Good luck

ad_vitam on 07/27/2007:
I wish you all the luck with your career decision. Hopefully things will be better for you and you can move out from your Mom. It's either this or to hope that she'll change, which is unlikely. It's great that your Dad is supportive.

Donkey on 07/27/2007:
I do not want to discourage you from pursuing nursing. However, you have just finished, what? 7? years of school. Do you want to put in another 2-3 years of school? I am guessing you would have to take pre-requirements in math and science (since most of your schooling has been towards the arts) before getting into the actual nursing part of it.

I have been advised to take microbiology and anatomy in separate semesters, and as your only class, too, if possible, because there is so much memorization. Your math would have to be as high as college algebra (after trig), although maybe this has changed since I've looked into programs.

I don't know if embarking on another program is the answer for you. I'm thinking right now, the answer is to get a job and get out of the house. Perhaps you could check around and see what apartments cost to rent. Then figure out how much you would have to earn to be able to afford to move out. Then start exploring other job opportunities, not necessarily in music.

I don't mean to sound negative. I don't think biscottibody means to be negative either, but rather cautious and prudent. Look at it this way, if you are to go to nursing school, that would mean another 2 years at home. Is that the answer to the problem?

As to dealing with your mom, *sigh*. I feel for you, HoP. It is very difficult to live with an unhappy parent. My mom and I were headed down that path. Things got much better once I was on my own. I'd be interested to know if she has any solutions to your "catch 22" situation. It's not like she can just go out there and get a job for you so that you can move out and you won't be around to bother her any more. If she could, then what the hell is she waiting for?

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 25, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 114.8

interview was fine. not bad. it is quite far, just over an hour away. i wish it were more what i'm looking for. the pay would be per day, $100.

exercise: 1.5 hours (weights, elliptical) i was planning on yoga, but didn't want to devote so much time with it tonight. I may do it twice tomorrow in an attempt to really reach 50 workout hours by the end of July.

Total July exercise: 31 hrs, 50min

Total calories today were actually good considering I ate a bit much too early in the day, again. 1560 total.

if the teaching doesn't work out how i would like it to by the end of the summer, i will seriously consider becoming a nurse. Being a nurse is in the health fields, something i enjoy. I don't know about the pay though. However, if to me it is less stressful to be a nurse, it'll be worth it. I just need to make sure that I can make a living on the salary. I know i'm not getting married anytime soon...so i need to be able to support myself...for a long, long time.

Progress as of today: -1.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.8 lbs to go!

GG on 07/26/2007:
Ok so you know how you said you love brussel sprouts well OMG, do you have a Whole Foods near you?? In the winter months...probably Late October to Late March or something, in their prepared food section they have roated brussel sprouts with garlic and HOLY MOLY they are SOOOO good! I get a quart and eat the whole thing in ONE SITTING!....Some times the aftermath is not so good, especially if you want to have a social life: thank god my roomie had a boyfriend when this happened so she could sleep in his room, because MAN WAS "my horn tooting!" hahahahaha! Slightly embarassing...but in the end sooooo WORTH IT! Of course I do not eat the whole quart...just a pint (2 cups) now so things in the "tooting" department are a little better although my diet is not exactly a "FART STOPPER" hahahahahahah- To say it lightly. Wow, I giveyou a lot of credit for wanting to be a nurse, putting someone else's life in my hands just doesn't sound like a good idea! hahaha! I am glad you are not thinking about marriage anytime soon: your way to young: me too for that matter! haha! I dont feel like I ever will in the long run though because I am too much my own person and like my solitude...oh well, isnt there someone out there for everyone? haha! Have a good day, and keep eating kelp noodles! Ps. Yesterday I got a huge shipment from my North Star Bison supplier and they now have ostrich there too, I tried it for lunch yesterday and DIED! AMAZING let me tell you! Google them and see for yourself...and if you dont eat meat: your loss! hahah!

Donkey on 07/26/2007:
Nurses are so high in demand and they make a lot of money. It's not easy being a nurse though. The schooling alone is very taxing. But you would have job security like you wouldn't believe. And maybe you'd score a cute doctor :-)

Could you stand being in school for another 2-3 years?

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 24, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 113.2

1990 calories. crappy.

total July exercise:30 hrs, 20 min.

today's exercise 2.5 hours (10 bike, 50 elliptical, 90 yoga.)

i'm doing ok. tomorrow i have an interview, for something i really don't want...that sounds promising, huh!?

haha. goodnight.

Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

gerri on 07/24/2007:
i would bet money that if you measured yourself instead of weighing you will have lost inches .. you can't be doing all that excerise and not be building muscle and everyone knows muscle weighs more then fat ... keep it up ...it seems to come easier to you then most , i think if you focus on the excercise your doing youll have more positive thoughts ....

Donkey on 07/25/2007:
Let us know how the interview went!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 23, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 113.2

total cal: 1520. good.

total july exercise: 27hrs, 50 min...i'm getting closer...

total exercise today: 170 min or 2 hours and 50 min! (90yoga, 50elliptical, 30weights) I will count yoga as 90 for the rest of the month in my efforts to reach 50 exercise hours. usually i just count it as 60, but the class really is 90 min long.

Life ISN'T good. I'm so busy...and i'm not even working!

Today i caught up on some phone calls, bills, went to the bank. Practiced my instrument, worked out, went to the library to find books for my term paper and came home, ate, and now it's 10:16. I'm going to practice more now. Probably for about an hour. Then, probably bed.

From all my worrying last week, my skin isn't good. I tend to get really patchy, dry skin around my forehead when i'm nervous and my face actually has a few blemishes! arg! I thought those were gone for good!

Tomorrow, I have practicing to do...and a rehearsal. I also have to prepare for an interview on Wednesday. I would also have to do the paper, but it has to be approved first! So, now I get to sit back and wait till the professor emails me back! I guess that's a good thing. I also want to be able to exercise as well as do yoga.

Wednesday I might be able to start my paper which i need to do so that if and when i get a job, the paper will be done. I definitely need to practice more...and i have an interview in a school district about an hour away. The job is sorta what i'm looking for...but it's a leave position and only for 4 months. I have my fingers crossed that a better opportunity will come my way....especially after all of this work that i'm doing!

i also need to buy dvds so that i can put my final exam for my other class on them. the final is a videotape of myself conducting music that adds up to about 90 minutes worth. NOT EASY. It took all weekend. Saturday and Sunday. I wrote that I exercised yesterday, but, in fact i didn't.

i'm getting really frustrated because it's summer and i have no life.

Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/24/2007:
That's one of the things I hate about summer. It's so warm and all you want to do is enjoy the weather, but summer has to be the busiest time of year for me!

You need to relax, girl. I hope things get better for you but until then, just take it one day at a time.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 22, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 113.2

I am making a conceived effort to eat better and exercise more.

total cal: 1950

total exercise: 0 min. (i'm getting back on track tomorrow, for sure! :))

despite my almost 3000 calorie binge yesterday, i had a large lunch today as well. this just demonstrates how I must finish this conducting videotape ASAP so that i don't have to feel stressed for an ongoing number of days. i am really trying to rid myself of binge behavior, even though i've been totally unsuccessful these past two days.

breakfast calories = 380

Lunch calories = 1100 in one sitting yikes.

I want to be at about 1900 for today's total...ok, back to work...

Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

GG on 07/23/2007:
You already eat great & exercise a lot: but continue making an effort! haha! How is everything going!? Long time no talk!! You can vent to me about your "hang-ups" haha!

Donkey on 07/23/2007:
You know, I kind of look at it like this: If I'm having a particularly difficult time getting through something that is just temporary, I don't beat myself up for eating more (bingeing) as it serves no other purpose other than to bring me further down. It is not healing to do that. And what you need in times of heavy stress is a lot of healing, fortification, and nurturing. So it won't always have to be like this for you. This is temporary. It is not who you are.

And believe me, once you are gainfully employed and living on your own, things will improve for you so much, as you will have control over what is in the home and what you do with your time, food, and space.

BTW, my cousin received his bachelor's degree last year to teach band in grade school (up to before high school level). He looked for a teaching job - even part-time for a whole year. He recently got a job doing some kind of computer stuff, second shift. So his job has nothing to do with his formal education. The job has allowed him to get out of his parents' house (my aunt who is the b****) and get a condo of his own. Last I saw him, he said he hasn't practiced his instruments in quite a while.

My point is, get through this class, get through to your degree, and then see what comes along, music or otherwise.

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