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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 60

breakfast healthy wrap and coffee 350

snack: almonds 100

lunch: need to pick up a protein at buffet, but i have veggies cooked from home :) around 600 - veggies, seafood, chips.

snack: almonds / plum 100

late dinner: blueberries 180, plum 50, yogurt 170. 400. forgot the craisins 100

1700 total

5day: 1970

exercise: maybe walking of 1 mile, but nothing overdone today is a rest day / early to bed.  just commute walking, walking at lunch as usual and a mile after work.


tonight i will prob stop at 2 places on the way home - fruit stand for plums and any other fruit that looks good as well as buying some amino protein powder of a new flavor since mine are almost used up. 


I am contemplating changing my working hours from a start at 8:30am to a start at 7:30am! The reason is because with school starting, my commute is going to start getting longer with more traffic on the road. I KNOW i can shorten my commute if i start an hour earlier though i KNOW it will be hard for getting up so much earlier (though i realize i can get used to this again). 

I also figure that when Winter comes, it will be nice to leave work at 4pm and not 5pm and i can get started a bit earlier on my workout when i get home, too, as well as (hopefully) going to bed earlier. 

For some reason, i feel traffic will be better at laest in the morning and i'll just have to get used to leaving earlier. It means i'll be leaving home somtime between 6:30-6:40 or possibly even 6:45am to get to work by 7:30am. we'll see how that works. Currently, i have to leave a bit over an hour to get to work, but if i start earlier, it will prob just take 45min to get to work....might be worth it. i already discussed it iwth my boss who is fine with it. so i'll start this in September.

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

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Changing your hours sounds like a good plan - and leaving earlier in the day is always nice.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
i have a hard time waking up, but it seems the better option right now. the bus and train will also be a little less crowded and easier for me to find a good spot to sit/stand and read my book. lately, it's so crowded i cannot read at the train all days of the week...so it seems the better option to get things done.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
thinking i may not change my hours after all....

Donkey on 08/21/2019:
I think that's a wonderful idea to change your work hours, for all the reasons you mentioned. I don't know if I'd go back to regular hours in the summer, even.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
yes, i think of i have to bite the bullet and just get up early. i can still sleep the same hours, but it might shave time off my commute and help me to change up my focus / refocus. things are getting sort of dull and it seems i need to shake it up to progress.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
thinking i may not change my hours after all....

innerpeace on 08/21/2019:
No joke! today was the first day back to school for the girl and most other schools in the area and it took me an extra 15 minutes to get to work. Maybe because it was the first day, I sure hope its not this crowded everyday. I don't remember it being so bad before...I guess I just got used to it. Have a great day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
yes, that's what i'm afraid of!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
thinking i may not change my hours after all....

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Got to get all of the fresh produce in now...because it will be down to just apples, pears and squash in the fall soon.......enjoy well you can!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
loving the fresh produce! always been a lover of plums.

legcramps on 08/21/2019:
Having to work at an earlier time sounds nice, but it can get hard. I've toyed with the idea myself, just so I can get off earlier and do more things. But i'm not sure I would accomplish anything more, since I would be even more tired at night than I already am - I would go to bed much earlier, and struggle to find energy to workout. It's a dangerous balance for sure! Often you won't know if something works until you try it out for a bit! Will boss let you give it a go for a couple of weeks?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
i have tried it last year...and i did feel not so hot so early in the morning. i think i will just keep it as i am - and realize i do not need the challenge of getting up early right now. i can always try it and see how it goes....i'm sorta under the radar at work and it will not bother my boss to try it, etc.

perhaps it's better i get my sleep and wake up in normal hours and not on the early schedule...i'll give it more thought during the next couple weeks before school starts here which is the beginning of september.

Donkey on 08/22/2019:
It's OK to change your mind about working earlier. I'm sure it would be beneficial, traffic-wise, for all the reasons you stated, but if it doesn't work for you personally, then it's definitely not a good idea.

Could you try to start your own day at home earlier? Just to see how that works for you, but leave the apartment at your regular time? That way, you could see how it would feel to get started earlier.

Just an idea, but I think it's fine to stay with a schedule that works for you.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Stopping at a fruit stand... what a nice treat

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

wrap and egg with avo and spices 300, coffee 50

snack almonds 100, black pepper peanuts 100 (appetite has come back!)

lunch: all leftovers/seared tuna 150 from buffet yesterday and my home cooked veggies 150 which taste very nice from last night's cooking, also avocado 100, chips 100, 50 extra.550-600

snack: almonds/plum

before exercise plum and iced coffee 100, pb on cracker 100 and another 100 and aminos 50, and more PB

1900 total 

4day 2040.


tonight is strength routine.

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

innerpeace on 08/20/2019:
We had avocado, but I had to throw two out that went bad before we can eat them. DH is in the habit of shopping at Sams and he buys a bag of 8 and these last two we couldn't eat fast enough. I prefer just getting one or two at a time...for reasons I hate buying in bulk.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
yes i agree that avos are a pain in the neck as when they ripen there isn't many days that good by before they spoil and it's hard to eat them constantly..it sometimes takes me a few days to finish one as i put only pieces of it in my wraps, etc.

yes, i'm not a fan of bulk grocery shopping either as the food does generally spoil. only thing i usually have some luck with is fruit...but this time around i even lost the battle with 2 whole pounds of strawberries :( so sad.

i do prefer paper towels and toilet paper in bulk though! haha!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
and the avocados are so pricey these days...when they are the 50 cents deal, i don't feel bad if one spoils...

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Yea, you really need to buy just a couple of avocadoes at a time. My dh sometimes buy a bag of them and ripen at the same time.

HOP, good plans as always.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
I'm with you regarding the avos. i prefer to buy the smaller size since it's only me eating them...and i tend to buy a few and then refridgerate them when they are ripe and hope for the best ;)

thank you!

BearCountryGG on 08/20/2019:
I have thrown out more avocados than I have ever eaten.......I really don't think I know how to guage when they are ready.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/20/2019:
i'm not sure if you are asking for advice, but, it is a learned process for sure knowing when they are good...

lately the ones i buy are poor quality so some of them have dark spots and aren't perfect on the inside, but good enough for the price.

happy-1 on 08/20/2019:
i made guac and the garlic turned overnight :( so sad

Horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2019:
yes, it goes bad in just one day :( so sad!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha...wrap with egg and homemade guacamole, coffee...450...

snack: almonds 100 (small appetite)

1pm lunch: will buy a protein (3 shrimp/little bit of seared tuna) 200 to go with my veggies 150 (diced cucumber and tomato with light dressing), guacamole too 150,...i don't trust my shrimp were frozen over the weekend...since the other container had liquid that wasn't frozen...and a lot of veggies i brought from home. and goldfish crackers chedder 150. 650.

4-4:30pmsnacks: plum 50, almonds 100

6pm snacks before short bike ride: large apple 120, whipped cream (1/4 container) 120, iced coffee little bit with lots of almond milk 40. 300 approx.

8:30pm dinner: TBD thinking maybe my last micowavable protein muffin 260 with extra Lily's choc chips 100 added in for good measure. and a few craisins 90. 450.

2000 ;)

3day 2085 per day


Back to work, happy...most things going as planned, some changes. 

i didn't cook the bok choy over the weekend from misfits so i had to throw most of it away (the leaves were very dried out and not looking good at all) but i saved some of the stalk to cook tonight along with green peppers. i may just cook those veggies in broth and olive oil with some seasoings tonight. light and tasty to eat tomorrow / Wednesday. 

i'm going to bike tonight a little bit for like 20-30 min. then cook. bed soon after is my plan..

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

grannyannie on 08/19/2019:
Have a good day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2019:
it will be, Annie!

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
Nice that you were able to salvage at least part of the bok choy......I don't believe I have ever had that.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2019:
it's very popular in supermarkets here. i believe it's Asian and we have lots of Asian people here in Queens too...it's great and low cal. it's perfect to cook up instead of cabbage. very tasty. i'm sorry you haven't had the opportunity! being in a big city here, i have that advantage of being able to try a lot of different foods. i'm sorry you haven't had the chance, yet..

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
Your plans for the bok choy sound so yummy!!! I hope it turns out!

And what a nice thing - the bike ride - end the day :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2019:
bike ride ended up being a little longer and was great...bok choy got cooked with green peppers and an eggplant :) good eats now!

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
Bok choy is yummy. I’ll have to go do an asian market run next month.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2019:
it is very good and healthy...seems it's the month for it to be harvested here!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2019:
the bok choy is amazingly in all supermarkets by me, not just he asian ones!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

8:30am-9am Oatmeal with almond milk 170, sweetened with stevia as usual, dash of saffron on a bit of it for health, and i tried a coconut yogurt that was dairy free to which i also added steiva. it was good that way but i will stick to my regular yogurts in the future bc it was low on protein but only high in fat not sugar. a nice yogurt for people who can't have dairy. 150. 320. and iced coffee 30. 

11am -12pm pb on cracker 100 x2 = 200, a marshmallow coated in chocolate candy i had at home i brought from work ;) 100

during workout which lasted longer than expected, was on phone, so taking lots of breaks in workout - 1pm 2 med plums 100, aminos drinks 50, chips 150...workout got stretched long..even made guacaole during it lol...egg 100 and guacamole 200,  chips 100....

light 5pm dinner: salad and dressing 150, tortilla lime flavor chips 150, last of my chicken meatballs with some sauce 150 maybe more. maybe 500 total.

close to 9pm snack: chocolate sugar free Lily's chips 150


2day: 2125 per day


last night i took a sleeping pill because after the rather active afternoon, i wasn't inclined to do anything at home productively and i was constantly reaching for food. so i decided around 7pm to take something and i guess i went to bed shortly afterwards. i slept around 12 hours, till around 8am. 

today is a day mostly that i will spend at home. i'm temped to start laundry, but first will start my strength exercises.

i have a lot of food leftovers from last week...i should freeze some of the mashed carrot/potato that i made instead of throwing it out...


cleaned my shower and the hamster cage. i didn't cook....ran out of time and i want to go to bed now...all in all i got a lot done today.

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

Donkey on 08/18/2019:
You will thank yourself later if you freeze the mashed vegetables today. What a nice thing to reach for when time is tight or ambition is low. (I'm thinking on a cold winter night.)

That's very interesting about the coconut yogurt. If I ever decide to go dairy-free -- or reduce dairy intake -- I might give it a try. May I ask what brand?

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
the yogurt is a cashew based yogurt with coconut flavor...Forager is the brand. i did like the consistency. it was like a thin pudding a little. not greek or thick though.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
yes, i didn't stick them in the freezer yet, but will do it before i go to bed so they aren't wasted!

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
We sometimes have leftovers when we have visitors and I've discovered there is a lot I can freeze.

Coconut yogurt is the only kind my husband likes - he had it in Australia and I can't find it here.

I use soy yogurt and mix with fresh fruit. Also use Stevia.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
yes, i must freeze the food i didn't eat this week tonight..

i love the liquid stevia bc it's so versatile. i use it daily.

Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Good to have premade meals frozen...that way if you don't feel like cooking, just take it out, microwave it and enjoy!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
yes, i must freeze it soon before bed. good to have these options, and it costs me relatively nothing!

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
Frozen veggies turn into awesome soups too!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
that is true...i've been enjoying adding a soup bullion packet to them also..

happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
Oooh mashed carrots. I’ll make that. Good idea!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
they are good on their own...must boil them and make sure they are soft first!...i could have cooked these down a little more before mashing in my blender. still good ;)

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
I steamed some in my instant pot tonight. I will mash them tomorrow

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/19/2019:
great idea with use of instant pot. i just have a slow cooker right now. happy with it...i hear nice things about instant pot, but i do not cook enough yet to get one! nice job, happy.

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
If u spring for one get the Ninja Foodi!!!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

7:30am breakfast (a bit earlier than i'd wanted and preferred to sleep in really...) oatmeal with almond milk 170, 2% greek yogurt siggi's 150, kombucha 60. total here 380

snack: 2 medium plums 100, iced coffee 50.

11:15am small lunch before biking: wrap egg seasoning and avo 250

snack: apple 100

3pm meal 600 very healthy balanced at the Meatball Shoppe. just 2 meatballs made of chicken, pesto sauce and some tomato sauce also, over kale and mushrooms and with a side of a bread sorta inbetween italian/garlic bread style. it was light and tasty, 2 pieces.

snack plum 50

close to 6pm dinner chips 150, more chips 150, meatball and sauce 150.450 Back at home and very snacky.

Whipped cream 1/2 tub 250




I had a dr appt today to which the dr didn't show up at 8:30am. so i guess he was trying to refill my rx without me seeing him and that might be why cvs was calling me (constantly) to tell me i had a rx ready. in the past, they have filled it even when my insurance wasn't covering it - to make more money i presume. insurance limits what's covered over a specific period of time, but cvs will gladly fill rx without insurance for more money...so i thought it was this type of "scamming" by cvs but now it SEEMS my dr placed an order as well...as he wasn't there today and i guess he was making sure i was covered. then again, i'll have to go to cvs to see what's up. either way, dr never told me he wanted to cancel. i'd have slept in a bit more as the only reason i woke up early today was for the appt, that i admit being 10min late for!

even though i didn't go to dr, i went to bank nearby to get some cash, bought some tomatoes/plums at the fruit/veggie stand for a discount price, got a haircut at my fave barbershop with my favorite barber!...and soaking my feet in epsom salt bath now....all before 10:30am!..

soon off for biking with Ricky...we are going back to central park area for biking as well as possibly stopping by a fair called "city streets" where they close roads for bikers and walkers in the blocks directly below central park. should be nice. we'll be having Meatballs for dinner ...and it should be AWESOME.


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

grannyannie on 08/17/2019:
Sounds like a productive day!

horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2019:
A nice day and very relaxed evening.

Maria7 on 08/17/2019:
Sounds like you've got a good day planned. Fresh tomatoes and plums sounds real good, too!

horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2019:
A really nice and active day. Can’t ask for more very happy.

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
Bike ride sounds nice.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
it was perfect. we took breaks along the way and rode thru most of central park. with lots of stops and breaks :)

Donkey on 08/17/2019:
Oh what a lovely day! I hope the weather cooperated. I see on the Today Show that the East Coast is due for some hot temperatures!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
it was a nice day just really humid. believe it or not, temps only got to low 80's, but, the humidity was very high. lots of shade in the park and a great day.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2


100 candy

grapes and strawberries 100, cucumbers 100

wrap 300, 100


big dinner: roasted very oily but good Brussel sprouts 350, salad and dressing 100, tortilla chips 200, wrap 100, meat 150. Diet Coke 900?

around 2100, good

weekly 2040, excellent

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

grannyannie on 08/16/2019:
Have a great day!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/17/2019:
it was :)

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50

wrap and coffee 350

chocolate 120, almonds 100

lunch cucumbers from home & rest from nearby buffet: dressing 50, veggies 150, turkey 100, shrimp 100, goldfish crackers 150...550

4pm plum 50

6pm Raspberries, 120, strawberries 100, iced coffee 30, cookie 50. 300. chips 150 (truth be told i would rather sleep than work out tonight - but i also don't want to skip it....so reaching for energy (carbs lol)...more chips 50, pb 100

after workout: whipped cream 120 and yogurt 170. 300

2150...good :)

weights / strength tonight...went well. just a long workout. but i cannot fathom leaving any more moves out (already shortened a lot of this workout earlier this year and i have lost some strength because of it).

then again -i certainly realize that my goals need to inlcude working out "smarter" not harder or longer ;)

anyways, i'm off tomorrow and looking forward to a different Friday from the typical one which would be a work Friday. :)

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

grannyannie on 08/15/2019:
Have a great day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
thanks Annie, you too!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
Have a good one.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
thanks BCGG!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
I also posted to your yesterday post about job changes.......unfortunately law enforcement is not being respected like theyn used to be,....it's a tough time to be in their shoes.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
yes, all careers and ways of life have a pattern of changing and not being how they used to. i totally agree.

I'll have to continue seeing how i feel and not forgetting about my fitness training. i have a year left of it for this process. we'll see where i am at....!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
i did read those comments, thank you. yes, i have seen court officers in action - they do sometimes seem to not be moving that much and standing for long periods.

Maria7 on 08/16/2019:
Hoping you are enjoying your Friday off. Have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2019:
Going well .....

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

On the way home, i bought fruit at the fruit/veggie stand near the train and here's how much i saved:

2 combined dry pints of raspberries: $3 ---- supermarket would be like $8

3lbs of strawberries for $3 total ---- in store would be at least $5 or much more if no sale since lately there's a sale of 3 for $5...but sometimes they are like $5 each!

1 dry pint of blueberries $1.50 ---- in store at least $2.50-$4.00

5 avocados for $2.50 (50 cents each!) ---- in store they are currently $2.99ea so 5 of them would have been $15!!! 

so, i saved at least we can easily say around $25!!!!!

i should have bought the cherry tomatoes for $1.50 - in the store they were $2.99 - i went to the store to buy cucumbers for the beach so i can cut them up as i actually didn't have enough veggies to cut up for the beach, LOL. I didn't buy the tomatoes since i know i can get them at the stand for a better value next week or tomorrow.


kombucha 50

breakfast: wrap and egg, spices, avo, coffee 350.

snack: not sure, prob salt and pepper peanuts 130

(out of almonds at the moment) chocolate 120

lunch: very similar to yesterday, with a bit of tofu as i only have 2 fried shrimp left 200 as well as tons of veggies 250 - will add some dressing and goldfish crackers 200

snack: plum, maybe more peanuts  candy 30

dinner: small plum and a ton of raspberries 200; extra moist dbl chocolate warm protein muffin 250 with whole milk greek yogurt 150. i added extra chocolate chips in and they melted perfectly. kombucha. yup, a sweet tooth decided on my dinner ;)


and a wrap 


5day avg: 2000 per day, very good.

exercise: not much planned, rest day...bed early on purpose - busy week/weekend ahead until Sunday which will be very, very relaxed LOL. Friday and Saturday  I have major plans (fun) but plans, so Sunday i'll spend quietly at home.

I do need to pick up fruit on the way home. preferably a lot of it...plums, strawberries, apricots...we'll see what the selection is.

(thru Tuesday - 1985 4-day avg)


thoughts regarding being a peace officer (court officer) - not sure i can reach the goals. i probably have around a YEAR still i can be preparing until any sort of physical test presuming i can pass the written portion and get a high enough score that i am contacted. supposedly info for the test is coming out in December. it has been very difficult for me to change my level of fitness, though i am not in a mood to quit now. i just see that i have been at this point several times before and i see it might be a dream and that's it. the test is far easier than being a cop for the new york city PD. i don't necessarily want to waste my time training for something i cannot pass anyway, but, perhaps i have to continue to train smart? really, i SHOULD be able to  do this - it's 4 tests only - situps (i'm near the top score, but not there yet) , pushups (i have reached top score already), and two running tests. i will begin AGAIN training for these two running cardio elements after the summer simply because i cannot balance it with my daily schedule and weekend plans right now. i WILL injure myself if i have to both train now doing extra hardcore cardio and keep the plans i have with friends. the plans involve cardio and i cannot simply mix walking at a water park barefoot with additional training, it's just too much and will cause injury.

so, i still have time. i'm really trying to have a life balance here. this is why i am not doing cardio training. it's not that i'm not doing any cardio - i'm fitting it in as i can, but i cannot double up - like double the training. like, if i'm biking on the weekend with a friend, i cannot just also practice running. it's just too much and i already know what will happen.

my legs and ankles are a LOT better compared to last month at this time when i skipped a 5k. because i have rested.

so, i'm going to have to listen to my body. who wants to be in a lot of pain and not do anything?

i am able to continuously do more, it's just a pattern of needing breaks more often and time off more often when training than i like to when it comes to cardio / legs.

simply, the reason court officer still looks favorable is mostly a new job atmosphere and good salary. honestly, if i knew how the industry i am in would play out, i'd probably just stay here...but i really don't know.  i guess i can guess - i'll live like i do now for life. not necessarily bad, not great. one thing is i will not have put basically any of my higher education to benefit me. but even as a court officer, it doesn't require a master's degree.

there are a lot of unknowns. i really don't want to think about being in this industry for life though it is a bit tearing at me lately that this will be the case if my fitness doesn't improve. i will know this very, very soon. Come next summer, things will actually be pretty darn apparent, i'd say...



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

grannyannie on 08/14/2019:
Good luck with career plans. And, yes, listen to your body! I ignored the shoulder pain I had and really injured it more.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2019:
yeah, i must admit that listening to my body has been one thing i have learned and that i do a little better now - but i could do it even more and it wouldn't hurt!

legcramps on 08/14/2019:
Life balance is important! Do what's right for you. And, if court officer is no longer your dream, it's ok for that to be your reality. Dreams change!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2019:
the dream i still would like, but if my body cannot do it in the end,i will have to accept it. i will try hard. i looked at the website, the written test will be given this Spring. so i guess it will be around one year before the physical test. like you said, it's ok if my reality has to change.

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Like Legcramps above stated...dreams do change...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/14/2019:
yeah she's right. i hope i can still make this one work, but, if my body isn't up to it then it's just not up to it. i'll decide after one more year. i'd like to turn things around very much this year. things have been improving for me for awhile now. :)

Donkey on 08/15/2019:
It's ok to change goals. If you decide to let go of the court officer goal, that's ok. However, if you're undecided, I would suggest to continue to prepare for it. You can always decline to participate in the testing when the time comes, if you are prepared. However, if you are not prepared, then that choice is no longer available.

But it is ok to give yourself permission to let go of this goal, and adjust your training for a different goal/dream.

One thing I noticed is that you wrote that one of the appealing aspects of court officer is a new job scene. Believe me, that will fade really fast. All new jobs are bright and shiny until reality and routine set in. This statement is not to discourage you in any way. Just keeping it real. I hope that's ok.

I mean, if you want a new job scene, couldn't you ask for a transfer or new assignment with your current employer?

IDK, I understand your desire for something new and challenging. I truly do.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
i value what you wrote that all jobs do get old and i'd have to totally agree with you that this one would feel that way, too, once working it a few years. you are totally 100% accurate here.

the pay would be better overall and i feel greater job security as court officer too....assuming i could handle it...

Donkey on 08/15/2019:
Way to go on the fresh produce!!! That was a score, wasn't it?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
unbelievable really! makes me realize just how great it is for my budget to stop by the fruit stand on the way home!!! amazing!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
Life changes, things change...what we thought we wanted sometimes doesn't look as a appealing later....it's okay to change your mind.....When I had jury duty....I noticed the officer that had to stand next to the jury box for the entire time. Basically he did only a few things.....he repeatedly opened and closed the jury box door as people came in and left....he told the DEFENDANT...that she could NOT bring her breakfast into the courtroom...and sent her out. And someone asked to go to the bathroom twice and he okayed that. Other than that...he just had to stand there all day. I'm sure you have considered the possibility...that a defendant could try to escape the courtroom...and it would be your job to stop him or her....I know that at no time in my adulthood would I have been able to fight a grown male criminal......of course you would have a gun...but you would also have a room full of other people..and you would have to prevent the defendant from getting your gun away from you..that would definately be a change of scenery.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
thank you for your insightful comments...i def have considered it...when i went for jury duty, the court officers did seem bored.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 60 but my schedule is sorta off so it didn't exactly work but was so tasty

breakfast: wrap and egg with tons of seasoning and avocado 300, coffee 50. so bored of this breakfast, despite the flavor and health.

snack: almonds 100 (need to buy / bring more)

lunch: i have a very large tomato/cucumber salad with olive oil and italian seasoning 250 plus i have a lime to squeeze over it also! i have to buy some meat at lunch, craving it and lately i do not eat a lot of it. not sure what i'll buy, but i know it will be satisfying....i also have goldfish crackers, my new favorite "chip." and some fried shrimp/fried calamari and goldfish crackers. 650 total.

snacks large plum, peanuts 200

before / during workout / after: small homemade oatmeal raisin cookie 100, iced coffee 50, whole pint blueberries 200, kombucha 50, pb on cracker x2, 200, one more pb on cracker 100, aminos 50






TOM is here and this time there's a bit of pain with it. nothing that isn't managable though. just my typical right thigh pain that i get time to time. I'm taking advil to counteract it. Biking last night was good and probably good for me, too!  I'm lucky TOM is here now...and that it'll be mostly gone on Friday - that's a beach day for me! !!! A far beach, including a Ferry with my friend Christine, my coworker/boss and her 10 yr old cute daugher. :) 

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

grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
How long have you been on maintenance?

I do NOT miss TOM. Been 27 years since I finished!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2019:
Since my sister was married, give or take 5 lbs here and there, April 2016 so over 3 years :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2019:
I quickly gained a few lbs after her wedding and realized then that it was maintenance i wanted, not another lose/gain cycle as i cannot bear the thought of needing to lose 20 lbs as i do not think i would want to engage in that again...it is very hard work, plus, uncomfortable to me (like you mentioned in your entry) to keep having different sized clothes and not feel like myself in a bathing suit, etc...it's simply too much stress for me to have to do it again - my life is easy right now to be in maintenance mode.

if things change with my career, i have some confidence that i have a lot of tools to keep maintaining, but i do admit my life is perfect for maintenance as i have a very routine life for the most part at this time.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2019:
wow you finished TOM at 40? was it by choice?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2019:
my mom will turn 67 this year as well :) talk more soon!

innerpeace on 08/13/2019:
I love gold fish crackers!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
they are so flavorful!!!

grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
I went through menopause at age 40. Yea, I was surprised!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
well, you are fine now ... i know someone else dealing with it sorta early 2 years before 40 :(

happy-1 on 08/13/2019:
Beach day! Yay! I haven't been to the beach yet this summer. Kind of a mental block on going late. I always think of the beach as a dawn thing.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
totally understand!!! i have been to the beach 1x during the heat of summer for sunbathing. the other times were earlier and for other activities besides sitting in the sand! and short periods of time...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
it's difficult for me this year to want to spend a whole day at the beach bc it tires me out and then i'm not motivated to do anything else and do less even the next day....!...that's why it's scheduled for a FRIDAY. still have the whole weekend ;)

Donkey on 08/13/2019:
Your lunch salad sounds so yummy! I bet it was beautiful to look at as well.

Ah Beach Day ... that sounds lovely!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
lunch was very nice, especially eating fresh food yes!

and beach day will be relaxing...right now the weather is cloudy and 79F...but i like i said, it will be relaxing. :)

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Beach day Friday sounds like fun! Hoping you are feeling better today.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
feeling much better as the week goes on! :)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 116.2

kombucha 50 but didn't work...TOM is coming soon...and here by 3:30pm LOL LOL LOL. TMI!

breakfast: wrap and egg and avo with coffee 350 - getting bored of this... 

11am snack almonds 100

lunch: from home, tofu 200, mashed potato and carrots 200, avocado 100. 500. dressing 50.

3pm and almost 5pm snacks: fruit/tea 50, and almonds 100.

before biking fruit and coffee 150

after biking fries and also a yogurt small amounts 350, chocolate 60

1750 :-)

1930 3-day avg :-) 

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

legcramps on 08/12/2019:
Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, aside from the concert :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/12/2019:
haha, yes and i got some biking in...some more biking tonight too!

lately i am balancing the weekend enough so i get thru the week / weekend without leaving myself exhausted. more rest this summer than several years prior.

Maria7 on 08/12/2019:
Hope you are having a wonderful day, HOP!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/12/2019:
aside from TOM, it's going quite well ;)

BearCountryGG on 08/12/2019:
Boy I miss avocados...my country bumpkin store rarely has them...except that one day where they had a huge mountain of them with a really rotten gross one sitting on the top...one truly did not dare to disloge any of them because they were all dependant on holding each other up...LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/12/2019:
this is the funniest thing i have heard all day!!! PS - i am truly sorry you don't get them at your stores :( there has been a big price increase over here with them.

grannyannie on 08/13/2019:
Sounds like you've been doing well, as usual.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2019:
awww, thank you!

Maria7 on 08/13/2019:
Good calories total! Wishing you a good day today, HOP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2019:
yes, i was pleasantly surprised by it too!

happy-1 on 08/13/2019:
Fun weekend! Good energy!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2019:
thanks Happy :) good to hear from you!

Donkey on 08/13/2019:
Don't even get me started on TOM... At least yours are short. Mine are very difficult.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
yes, for the past couple years at least mine are rather short.

this time around, it's messy though! LOL no more info needed.

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