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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Oct 02, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombuca 50

wrap and avo 300, egg 100, seasonings always, tea, chocolate 100. 50 coffee


lunch: leftovers healthy from home with  more veggies 100 than yesterday because yesterday i was VERY HUNGRY shortly after lunch and determined i didn't have enough veggies like i usualy do! AND some chinese noodles 350 (extra) with a little shrimp and beef 250. 700, 2 small clementines 50

few fries 50

snack: fruit / almonds

dinner: indian paneer palak 350, rice cakes 50, big apple 150. 500. and chocolate 100. sugar free type.



tonight: not sure of my plan. if i wanted, i could do weights again, but i'll save that for tomorrow night instead.   i'll prob just go to bed early tonight...i want a haircut, but realize my guy is off today...so maybe i will left weights (since my routine is short now around a half hour) & get a haircut tomorrow instead :)

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
How did the leg exercises go last night?

Oh how I hate not having enough vegetables for the afternoon munchies at work. It makes reaching for those potato chips far too easy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
lately i'm lower on the veg and it's easier to digest and i haven't had stomach issues for awhile...but i do sometimes like a much fuller feeling to get me thru work. but this seems healthier...and i have no stomach issues lately! so it's good, but i'm still not used to eating a higher carb volume at lunch.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2019:
exercises went ok...i didn't push too hard. still i have some leg pain and it seems to be healing, but slow. i don't think the exercises further hurt my legs though.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2019:
exercises went ok...i didn't push too hard. still i have some leg pain and it seems to be healing, but slow. i don't think the exercises further hurt my legs though.

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
Yup...eat up those leftovers...you paid good money for those....good choice.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
for sure...and they actually tasted really good...i had frozen them on friday at work since i didn't eat them :)

legcramps on 10/02/2019:
I always have to consciously choose a vegetable at meals. Even while being aware of needing my veggies, I still have trouble choosing to eat them. My family has never been much for eating huge amounts of veggies - we were primarily meat and potato people, LOL, but I do love vegetables - I just love meat more!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
growing up my parents were very into health and veggies so it's been easy for me...except NOW i will have to make a conscious choice at the supermarket to buy them bc i am no longer doing misfits...i was beginning to get too many of things and it wasn't a balanced order in my opinion.

grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
My husband is the cook in our house and he is very big on veggies!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
lucky lady...love all those veggie meals that you eat.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

eng muffin 100 with avo 150 egg 100, tea. chocolate 100. 450

lunch:  kasha grain 200, like a serving, potato 100, beef 200. 500. chocolate 100. 600.

snack: apple/ 100 almonds 100 / small coffee 50

home: huge apple 150, lots of indian palak 400 with a little cheese and rice cakes 100.  650.

chocolate 50

2050, good.


tonight:  take down recyclables, clean hamster cage DEFINITE!, put away laundry, some leg exercises.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
You just remined me that I have an avocado in the fridfe...do you keep yours out or refrigerated?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
once the avocado is ripe (darkened skin, and you can push it and it will push in a little bit), i move it/them to the fridge until i'm ready to eat them. only put the Ripened avocado in the fridge or it will not ripen correctly. once i eat some, i stick the rest in the fridge and it will only stay for 24hrs more once cut.

if it's not ripe, it can take several days to ripen. i eat them often, so i kinda have a knack and knowing when they are ready...etc.

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
thank you .....I didn't know that about avocados...I have always put them in the fridge and half the time I forget about them.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
welcome!!!! they are really healthy and i try to buy them regularly, sometimes i get sick of them though and take a break.

Grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
I keep avocados on the window sill. Never thought about putting ripe ones fridge.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2019:
it lengthens the ability to use them for perhaps another whole week.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 30, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Oatmeal with milk 250, pineapple cottage cheese 100, granola 100. 450..

 Big lunch: piece of  gefilte jellied  fish 50, yuck lol, chicken soup with chicken 150, noodles 200, soup 50?, root veggies 150-200, challah egg bread 100, 1 chocolate 100...850

blueberries 150

choc 100

fruit before exercise 150, then aminos drinks 50

late snack after doing a few weights exercises: pb on a light eng muffin 300



Watching new year services at home .. 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
Nice that you have the day off to celebrate your new year!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
Yes I took a day to spend mostly with family - but I will get some things done before I go home.

horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
Yes nice to be off :)

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Hope your day today is fantastic! Good to see you back!

horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
Thanks legs. Sometimes I think I’m wasting my time on here :( that’s what R tells me :(

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
It all depends on what you're hoping to get out of it, I guess! I come here because I like the community, but i'm sure there are millions of message boards/forums that a person could join. I feel a sense of family here though, loyalty. I always come back even if I need to leave for awhile to re-group :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
i like to come here, i like the familiarity we all share. i just do a lot of things that are not for profit / career growth, but that i like to take part in, like this.

i'm glad there are others in this group that are working day to day...and that it's a mix of us here. i do like the support.

Donkey on 09/30/2019:
Happy New Year!

I'm sorry to hear that Ricky thinks your time spent here is wasted. :-( I like reading your posts - so your entries are never "time wasted" to me. However, if you find that posting here is not helpful, then that's different.

I hope you will continue to post.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
thanks for the happy new year! i wrote more to legs, above, it's a great group here and even better that we are a mixed group. i may have to pull back a little from coming on so often or writing so much, but i'm glad to have the support and support others here. it's just too bad that these types of involvements are helpful mentally, but do nothing to help us financially...not that i ever cared, it's just an obvious logical statement. money isn't everything, and i never wanted anything of the sort from the group...but with my career stress, R mentinoed it's not helping me, only reasnon he knows is because sometimes when i'm hanging with him i tell him i'm going on here to write what i ate or that i'm commenting ;)

Donkey on 09/30/2019:
Well, this is how I see it: Diet Diaries is a LOT cheaper than therapy - so in a way, you ARE saving HUGE money! (ha ha ha ha ha) Not that you need therapy - I'm saying, even preventatively, DD is a great way to unload and sort things out. And it's FREE!

One thing I have been wanting to mention: You were kind of down on yourself, for having a lot of education that you are not using for a career. I get what you're saying, but I am also a firm believe that education for learning's sake - and not for a career - is a noble thing too.

One of my friends from high school, went to college and got a degree in Early Childhood Education. Since then, she's earned several more degrees in math and science. What is her career? She's an artist living in England!

My point is: I think it's great that you have all of this education. OK, so careers didn't come out of any of them - yet - but so what? It's made you a smarter, wiser person. That is to say, you know more now than you did before you had your degrees. I hope that if you love to learn, that you will continue to do so.

(I once had a secret ambition to learn nursing, but around here, they won't let you enter a nursing program unless you do plan to use it as a career, unfortunately.)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
i def value my education though i do admit to not always studying or taking my potential as far as i could have gone. i enjoyed learning a little bit about xray and observing doctors at the hospital. i have def seen a lot. at least i have had those opportunities.

part of the reason for the career issue is i did NOT push myself enough. if you were my mom...oh boy...you'd be cringing and upset!

anyways, i have had many opportunities and it seems i will be ok for awhile still. i will def be looking into the next court exam for the court assistant (though it will not come out again for 2-3 years) which is kinda good timing as the project i am on will take around 1-2 years anyways. and with that test, there's no age limit or fitness test.

too bad about the court officer one, though it's obvious i had to let it go.

you are right about this being a therapy site and it sure does help.

Donkey on 09/30/2019:
And I see what Ricky is saying to you about your time here. Very much a male-oriented comment. He sees that you are stressed about job security, finances, etc. So why would you spend time, effort, and energy that isn't helping you reach that goal? I get it. He's not hating on DD, but rather trying to help you find a solution, I think.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
yes, if i were successful and on here, Ricky prob wouldn't have been able to mention it like he does bc of my other predicaments. LOL true.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 29, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

oatmeal with almond milk 170, pineapple yogurt 130, coffee 50. 350. 

 Pb on rice cake 200

egg 100 avo 150 on eng muffin 150 and huge apple 150 550





there was an opening to sign up for "court asssistant" open exam in new york state to take the test this year. of course, i hadn't considered it before and missed that deadline this past summer. oh well.

as i consider my legs and look further at options, starting at court assistant, lower pay than i have now, but then moving my way up a little bit, i felt it was a fine option for work and a career / job that i know has longevity as long as i do the job. they only hire who they need for the courts.

i don't like the idea of not knowing where i'll work or it i'll work or if my job won't be needed. i need more job security to feel better.

the union has great benefits and salary and yes i'd leave it if i could, knowing i was leaving it for something more reliable in terms of a reliable career that i'd know i'd be working in and not risk losing my job for life.

but i missed the opportunity to sign up for the exam because i wasn't considering it. the exam comes again in 4 years for the court assistant. and i may just look into it then, again.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2019:
Job satisfaction and job security and so important. Hope you find both!

horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
I crave much more job security

Donkey on 09/29/2019:
One of my co-workers left our firm and when to work in the county court system. She couldn't be happier. And pretty much job security for life.

horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
I crave the job security

BearCountryGG on 09/29/2019:
It is always optimal to enjoy your job....and security is everything when it comes to making career choices. Keping an eye on future hirings/exams will be something to look forward to and to prepare for....no harm in that for sure.

horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
Yeah I will keep my eye on other exams not officer / physically related.

I crave more job security

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 28, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

1650, good eating (out to eat and enjoyed a heavy lunch thankful it was a light breakfast)

200 snack of fruit and light ice cream


total 2250.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 27, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 100

egg/avo/eng muffin, tea, chocolate 400

almonds 100

lunch from home - need to by a protein (fish or turkey) though at the buffet (maybe will freeze this food for next week)

birthday lunch for coworker fries 250, salad with some dressing and beans 250, tuna salad (so good!) 150, croutons 100, 1 twizzler candy 50

snack: lg orange 150


after work:maybe the other portion of the tuna salad...unless i meet R and he comes to the city...just not sure right now ...



a couple months ago, i paid for an organ concert at 7pm tonight it starts, by work. so i'm going to that.

i am meeting R at 5:30pm to shop at Express by my work bc he needs some new clothes for work. then we'll eat. then, i think i'm going to the concert without him bc he'll get bored and i don't want him with me anyways if he isn't going to enjoy. so, i'm looking forward to attending on my own to this concert, which is close to work.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/27/2019:
Enjoy the concert!

You seem to do a lot with Ricky; it's nice to have a buddy to do things with. :-)

Donkey on 09/27/2019:
(But he shouldn't go to the concert if he won't enjoy it!!! That's for sure!)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2019:
that's for sure! :)

BearCountryGG on 09/27/2019:
Have fun at the concert...and agreed...if R wouldn't enjoy it then it would just ruin it for you. D and I do things separately often just for that reason....the one NOT having fun ruins it......took a us a few years to figure out what things we could do together and still both have fun.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2019:
yes, def better off going alone to this.

grannyannie on 09/27/2019:
Enjoy the concert. I have booked one for myself in Nov while husband is away.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2019:
nice to go alone if i have to ;)

Maria7 on 09/27/2019:
The concert sounds very nice and I hope you have a good time!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2019:
it was wonderful, but the last piece was very slow and actually boring!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 26, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2


wrap,egg,avo..1 chocolate. tea.


burger half on english muffin, some salad and cooked veggies, 1 chocolate

big orange

large apple, almnd milk splash of coffee

 pb, protein muffin, extra choc  chips 


doing a lot of paperwork for the job. formality type of submissions.


Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2019:
I've been thinking about burgers a lot lately too.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
it's very satisfying as i eat them from the fridge, so they are a tougher consistency which helps fill me up at work for lunchtime.

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
A few times a year I've got to have a cheeseburger!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
no cheese, but i did top it with ketchup which was very delightful to take the dryness out of it, since it was a leftover burger....very satisfying..half the burger on a light english muffin with ketchup!

Donkey on 09/27/2019:
Glad to have you back!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2019:
thanks ;)

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

Feeling a bit better but not into logging food this week. hope you all are doing good too! 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
Glad you're feeling better.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
i'm glad i'm not as down as i was last week. i felt absolutely terrible.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
emotionally, i mean.

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2019:
Happy that you are feeling better!

Donkey on 09/26/2019:
I'm glad you're feeling better. It's good to step back, once in a while.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
i may need more steps back, yes ;)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

i am taking a bit of a hiatus right now...to get myself in a better place :) 

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/23/2019:
Understand. Good luck.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2019:
Thanks so much!

BearCountryGG on 09/23/2019:
You will figure it out, good luck.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2019:

Donkey on 09/24/2019:
Thinking of you!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2019:
thanks for thinking of me!!!

innerpeace on 09/24/2019:
Good luck to you my dear. Please remember to not compare yourself to others. Take care of yourself.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2019:
thanks, that is great advice!!!!

legcramps on 09/24/2019:
Feel better!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2019:
thanks, LEGS!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

8am small rice krispie treat with added pb on top. 250. 




went to the awards dinner. lots of female electricans there. i didn't really fit in. felt awkward at the social event. my dad went also, i talked to him and got emotional so we went outside to chat. i explained how i made a lot of unwise choices in life, running from careers, now stuck due to my own poor judgement. i don't want advice on this...it is what it is.

i have shin splints that will heal i am sure. but it's aggrivating. 

i went to school for a masters and it's in the garbage (not going back).

i went to xray school and got a certificate which is also in the garbage (not going back).

i tried to train myself to be a court officer, but my body couldn't hold up.

now i have pain just doing daily walking / chores and i feel so weak...but it should get better if i work on it i guess.

4 years in teaching. 2 years studying xray. and 8.5 years in the electrical industry. It all goes by so fast, it frightens me, but at the same time it's going by so slow that i am so nervous of what's to come / change in this industry...feeling like it's changing so fast in the blink of an eye that technology won't even keep up and i will not follow it fast enough.

i really f'ed up my life. i kNOW i can change it. i know that.  i know i can change it at least a little bit. at least i have a job for now...for awhile.

Progress as of today: -2.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/22/2019:
Sorry you feel this way. Many people can't figure out where they fit. You may stumble it on one day. Keep looking. Hugs.

BearCountryGG on 09/22/2019:
I guess we all question things we have done and why we did them, you will figure it out. Thankfully you have a job that you can live on.....

Donkey on 09/22/2019:
Well, if nothing else, you showed up for dad, and had the opportunity to speak with him. And that is something to be treasured.

I don't want to say any more lest I sound like I'm giving advice. As a word of encouragement, though, I do want to add that as long as you haven't killed anyone or aren't going to jail, you haven't hit rock-bottom, even if it feels that way.


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