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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 24, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

breakfast: wrap and egg 200, 1/4 avocado 100, coffee 50. chocolate 50

snack: nuts?200

lunch: more food from home AND coworker! Half avo 200, tofu 50, greens 200, cake 250-300. 550

snack: forgot my fruit again :( ..maybe buy at lunch, probably not. 50 and chocolate 

dinner: something healthy, something not to big on volume 250 saag, wrap 150, 400, almond milk too.


5day: 2040, excellent.


Will do small walk home, but not overboard!

That's today's plans! 

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/24/2019:
I have wraps but I keep forgetting about them....really good cals on those!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2019:
i used to have wraps that were much lower cals but they screwed with my digestion....now i have other wraps that are still good calories and very tasty!

legcramps on 04/24/2019:
I wish I liked cauliflower more, but it's a very gassy food and my stomach revolts when I try to eat it. Though, I haven't tried in awhile...

Have a good one today!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2019:
yes, cauliflower is so filling....it gives me gas too but i deal with it...but i TOTALLY get you!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

breakfast: coffee 50, wrap and egg 200, 1/4 tasty avocado and sea sallt 100. 

100 in the most lovely dark chocoalte omg!, later honey roasted almonds 150

lunch: all from home good and healthy and 1/4 avocado to clean up my skin 100 / help me feel good with healthy fats, sauteed kale 100, tofu 100, chips 200, tomatoes 50.  550.

snacks: clementines, more nuts 100

preworkout: strawberries 100 / iced coffee 30, bulletproof lemon cookie bar 220. 350.

during strength workout: coconut water / aminos / chocolate 150-200

after workout: bar? 200

2050, tops, excellent.

4day: 2110, good.

exercise was pretty good, situps were weak though and i may have to fix that by adjusting my exercises again, but not right now.


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/23/2019:
Lots of fruit!!!! GOOD!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
yes, i've been including veggies and nice amounts of fruit especially at home, more fruit lately! :)

Donkey on 04/24/2019:
Well done day! May I ask what brand of dark chocolate was so yummy? Asking for a friend...

horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2019:
I HAVE a couple brands i've been enjoying.

one brand is called Nib Mor and the flavor is extreme dark chocolate with chocolate nibs. i had just tried it and liked it, sorta pricey but you know me with food ;) ... link below to show you the package: https://www.instacart.com/shopping/products/19489673-nibmor-organic-dark-chocolate-with-cocoa-nibs-candy-3.55-oz?rid=649&utm_source=instacart_google&utm_medium=sem_shopping&utm_campaign=ad_demand_prospecting_shopping&device_id=Cj0KCQjwkoDmBRCcARIsAG3xzl8-Zhb002rdII1PkM5ARl2ZOu782jGhHgGrtVLkUs3ztatpAxUYrfUaAsnAEALw_wcB&utm_source=instacart_google&utm_medium=paid_search_nonbrand&utm_campaign=ad_demand_shopping_food_ny_nyc_newengen?ko_click_id=ko_7feb5cc059b19728a&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_source=instacart_google&utm_campaign=ad_demand_prospecting&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkoDmBRCcARIsAG3xzl8-Zhb002rdII1PkM5ARl2ZOu782jGhHgGrtVLkUs3ztatpAxUYrfUaAsnAEALw_wcB

other brand i like is Lily's Dark Chocolate, i've been trynig their bars and the calories are rather low compared to other chocolate bc Lily's is sugar free / no sugar added. There's a lot of fiber in them, but they aren't causing problems like the old horrible sugar free malitol used to...they have better things in them - stevia lol, not that you'd like it.

i like other chocolates too, but the one above has a sweet and bittery taste, which leaves you more satisfied and not wanting more.

i like a little bitter taste in my chocolate, as it prevents me from eating the whole thing....

PS - i have a drink after it / with it or iced coffee or tea, so i can have a bit of chocolate, then fill my stomach with something else.

horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2019:
BRINGING my own lunch and more veggies has helped with calories. also less snacking in the afternoon at work...

horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 130, egg 70, 1/4 avocado 80. coffee 50. 

Snack: either honey almonds 220

lunch: totally from home! cooked kale and a little garlic and oil, tofu 100, 1/2 avo BIG 200, and either chips or some kinda snack crackers 150, tomatoes 50. 500 so nice and filling.

snack: accidentally forgot fruit so we'll see...100

dinner: Snacks - tasty 450

exercise: shorter walk, but including a walk indeed!

Will be getting a LOT of rest, or at least trying to, before this trip as i am choosing not to take thursday off but go to work as not to blow so many vacation days at once. Thursday my flight is at 7:30pm so i'll be leaving work early, but coming in, so as to save that vacation day for future use! 

1700 tops.

3day: 2130, good.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/22/2019:
Those Atkins bars are amazing....so pricey though...I get them for D......I hear that there is another bar called build...or built ( not the cliff bar)...is just like a 3 muskateers)bar and 100 cals...I will look it up and be back.

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2019:
100 cals sounds good and they are tasting like the coconut ones? i may have to give these a try!

BearCountryGG on 04/22/2019:
They are Built bars...and they come in several flavors...but they are $2.00 each through amazon...so no $ savings I guess but I hear they are amazing too.

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2019:
i'll look at the 100 cal flavors. ty!

Donkey on 04/23/2019:
Isn't kale wonderful?

I admire you for going into work on Thursday. I also completely understand why you are doing so. Actually, it's probably a good thing to do, to keep you busy while you wait.

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
I am leaving work really early around 1:30pm that day I’m lucky I can do this. Sleep on flight ;)

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
with sleeping pill bc i really do want to sleep, but i do also know that i'll be groggy the next day....grrr. but it's worth the sleep, i think. i just want to sleep thru the entire flight.

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
bc then i wont be up eating, etc, after being up early for work. for real lol, i want to be knocked out. !

legcramps on 04/23/2019:
Good plan for the week! How long is your flight going to be? Depending on who is sitting next to me, I have no problems sleeping during flights - my Mother trained me well LOL to leave her alone during car trips she would tell me to go to sleep LOL. So now I am a really good sleeper during trips :) :) :)

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2019:
it's around 7 hours but i don't want to waste time awake, lol. so, i will have to take a sleeping pill and right now i know there's two strengths so i'm going to make sure i have the lower strength one at home...or i'll be buying it.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Donkey - you hit it on the head - the running goal is definitely a practicality and not a passion. if i can pass the test, i will go back to walking / biking. i def will not continue running past when i need to as i'd rather just live life and not schedule runs in - and yes, i'll go back to weights mostly.  perahps get a dog ;)  there's more to life for me than runs ;)...but for now, it is life!

I slept well and starting in a relaxed way at home this morning. 

8am Breakfast: 2 cups shredded wheat onyxorgum 400, few craisins 70, almond milk 30, stevia and a little cinnamon. 500, kombucha 80.  

snacks: nut butter, some chocolate 200

Noon healthy lunch: leftovers small bit of tomato and cucumber salad and sauteed eggplant 100, half avocado 150,and from coworker really tasty breaded and some parm cheese chicken breast larger piece 300? 550...maybe some popcorn 100

2pm dark chocolate 50, mostly done packing, might take a nap

3pm chocolate and coffee 150

6pm-6:30 before workout: few cookies and aminos 150, coconut water and more chcolate - i like it lately) 100

After exercise thinking veggis would be good, but don't want too high volume, so, we'll seee!!350

2250, good!

2day: 2350


I will start packing after i relax a bit more this morning - read some of my book, just relax, then i'll pack for upcoming trip

also decided on an extra load of laundry so it's not waiting for me when i get home from the trip in May!!!!! May is coming!

Later, i'll do my weights routine....i should also take a short walk but my legs are not really in the mood?.....a little walk doesn't hurt anyone, will check weather and see what i can do!

i think i have enough food to last thru this trip and may not need to stop by the supermarket today! i have a spaghetti squash i'm cooking and if my kale is still good, i'll be sauteeing it up! and i have enough meat to last...i have kombucha (already bought a ton in advance 2 weeks ago!), i have iced coffee....the only thing i'm short on is bread / wraps which i think i'll walk to pick up later - otherwise i'll buy it tomorrow on my way home as wraps will last till when i come back so i'll be prepared when i'm home and hungry after the trip! -i go right back to work for a Friday when i come back...so just get thru that day and it's the weekend again ;)


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/21/2019:
So excited for your upcoming trip!!!! Oh my!

I'm glad that you have found my input about running to be constructive. Let's see how it goes. Usually, I would say that goals can be flexible and changeable, depending on where one's journey takes them. However, this is a different experience, because you have a specific time/date/objective goal to reach (passing that test!). So rather than a winding path, this will be more of a straight line journey for you. I'm so excited to read what happens!

Freeze - or at least refrigerate - or throw out anything you don't eat before you leave. If it has enough salt or fat, it might be OK when you get back. But nobody wants to come back to a mold garden in one's kitchen ;) (or worse - creepy crawlies!)

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2019:

happy-1 on 04/21/2019:
Goals feel good!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2019:
oh yeah ;)

BearCountryGG on 04/21/2019:
It sounds like a nice day, I'm sure you are really getting excited for your trip.

horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2019:
YES, very excited to make my way to Europe!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

slept in and boyyy did that feel good! would have slept even more, but have to be at parent's place around 11am today, so need to leave my place around 10:30am which is much better than the workweek 7:20am leaving home!

9:15am breakfast: nice and filling! homemade by coworker cured pork sausage (yeah i eat everything - no restrictions even for this holiday!) 150 tops very fatty and very good. toast 100 with LOTS of saag and i even ate some of the creamed spinach on its own a few spoonfulls just yum 300. total here: 550, will have an iced coffee too, 50. 600 total :)

Healthy lunch with salmon 600

snaco chocolate and coffee 100

dinner: large amount pickled cucumber salad and other veggies 200, small amount potato 100,couple meat balls small 100, small amount meat brisket 100, cooked carrots roasted 200 asparagus 100, chocolate 100, little more chocolate 100, wine 150...1150 tops 

2450, fine - pretty good eats today ;)


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/20/2019:
I slept in too -- I'm always conflicted about sleeping in on my days off. I feel like I've missed time to "seize the day" by sleeping in, but I know that for today, especially, I needed the extra rest.

I hope you have a good visit with your folks. Is this specifically to observe Passover? It's so nice to have family to spend holidays with. I'm trying to get my little family on board with doing something for Easter -- with the key word being "trying".

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2019:
yes, it was in observance of passover but since my mom is still recovering from the accident and ribs healing, she did still cook but also because new baby in family, we didn't do the holiday prep / holiday traditional meal but instead just enjoyed some time together and home cooked regular meal :) it was great and went well luckily!!!!! really well, actually! and the baby is a good baby but when they left he was CRYING and CRYING! lol sleepy baby didn't want to sleep!

i always enjoy sleeping in and don't get conflicted much at all. i have coworkers that feel your way....but i just like my sleep - and growing up even in high school i didn't get enough. i didn't sleep well in college either or until after 30. and now i do like my sleep!

BearCountryGG on 04/20/2019:
I will have to look saag up. Sounds like it may be spinach......did you know that if you eat spinach daily for an extended period of time it may cause kidney stones......just a heads up.

horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2019:
Yes it’s an Indian way of preparing spinach ....!

I should eat more spinach lol def don’t eat enough salad greens ;) thank you for the info that’s good to know !

happy-1 on 04/21/2019:
oooooh brisket

horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

7 day = 2175 or so. good.

kombucha 50

breakfast: toast 100, egg 100, butter 100, coffee 50

keto vanilla shortbread flavored bar, decent but not great 250, chocolate 100

Noonish: coworker gave me a nice breaded chicken she didn't want yesterday 250 really good, cauliflower rice so good (made by coworker again!) 100, veggie salad 50, pepper 50. total here: 450. nice.

3pm snack back at home - feeling i want a nap but will probably have coffee instead strawberries 70, 2 cookies 80 and iced coffee made with almond milk 50. 200 nut butter 100, apple 50

healthy and tasty dinner: small piece of sausage 100 made by coworker homemade! so good!, half avocado 150 on 2 rice cakes 50. 300

during and after workout: aminos, coconut water, chocolate 150,more choc 50, nut butter 100

2150,excellent. and got a little walk in, laundry and NEW strength / weights routine. ok...

with family most of the day tomorrow...! talk to everyone later!



laundry went on after snacking, but first i relaxed a read a book and that felt good, now just had a light dinner while clothes are drying and also exercising :)  


Def leaving work at 1pm to get home, do a short walk, and LAUNDRY before i do ANYTHING Else....that'll be it with laundry until after the trip (aside from a load i do in Paris halfway thru the trip lol)!

after laundry is done, it's off the agenda for the weekend. i might even be able to pack on Saturday instead of Sunday, we'll see. and i plan to do the new workout routine tonight to check it out (see below).


THANK YOU to everyone for the input as of late. i'm anxious for the trip, and even more anxious about my changing workout routine. I'm specifically changing it as a plan to reach a change of career goal i have. if i don't shift my workouts, i will not make Court Officer no matter what. so right now, i've decided that when i get back from my trip, the majority of my exercise is going to cater towards passing the test which the only trouble i'm having is the cardio elements (very good with pushups, and pretty good with situps). 

i don't have a lot of free time during the week and need to sleep regular hours (not at all planning to slack on sleep just to train more = no way!).  so, because time is limited, i feel i need to PICK AND CHOOSE which workouts are priority and which i can skip for the time being until my cardio is WAY BETTER which could take over a year.

MY Planning this AM, at work & future action plans to be taken really soon:

as a working person, with an hour commute approx each direction (2hour commute) for each day, on top of working a schedule of 8:30-5pm, it's just not possible for me to feel RELAXED all week AND train everything i want. 

and being that this is going to be a LONG process, where i NEED to feel somewhat good in the LONG RUN, i am going to forego most of my upper body routine aside from just 3-4 exercises. Of course, i'll keep pushups & situps (as they are needed for the test). I'm going to skip off on Planks for now - go back to the later as they are really similar to pushups which i'd rather just concentrate on only. YES. 2 exercises.

Leg exercises: all 4 i'm keeping, they are all variations on a squat (3 types of exercises) as well as heal raises plus i'm adding in one other stretch / strength builder for the front muscle of my shins! 5 exercises.

so, counting all above, i will combine both lower and upper body again since i'm shortening the upper body so i can do it with the lower in a good amount of time on strength building days. this is a count of 7 exercises. i feel i can add two more: biceps and chest press (i prefer not to lose the strength i have gained using very heavy weights for those exercises.

so, 9 exercises for strength days which is PLENTY. PLENTY!

as the other days i'll do cardio and that's all i have time for. I will email this to myself, as this is my new weights/strength routine and it does feel a little too much, so, i may switch off on leg exercises, not always doing all 5 at each session, i think! i may do a chart where one day is 2 leg exercises and the other day 3, etc. 

by getting strength done, 3 days a week, i have time to concentrate on my agility / cardio. i'll start by figuring out a certain distance, working on sprints inbetween the selected distance....i'm going to google exercises that help agility / jogging...i haven't come up with a cardio plan just yet. this is for the opposite days.


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/19/2019:
I'm sure your trip will be wonderful....France is so very different.....I had a French grandma who often spoke french and I think it is the most beautiful language to listen to.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:

Donkey on 04/19/2019:
Please consider hiring a running coach, specifically for the court officer test.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
yes, i am going to need help and a coach i know this....and will look into this when i get back from this trip i will being this research for one month i'll give myself. someone who will teach me agility exercises? i def need help...please give me any and all advice and do not feel like you will upset me.

i'm walking into uncharted territories and am going to need some help with the cardio part, yes. i feel i will only have time for training the running part by exercising on the grass next to where i live, i'm going to try to make the cardio part as local and convenient to my apt as possible...this is going to prove challenging, but i do think i can do it - with a trainer!... i am going to use your advice and i respect it.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5


Breakfast: toast 100, egg 100, butter 100, coffee 50, chocolates 50

snacking: bar HEALTHY TYPE 230

more snacking, huge appetite 100 cals in honey roasted almonds so good

lunch: leftovers ;) small pepper and tomatoes 50, chips 250, chicken sausage 250 500-600


total 2250 and no additional exercise and bed early 


earlyish to bed before Friday which is a SHORT DAY...will leave at 1pm or 2pm, i've totally decided to do this. go home tomorrow and do a walk home again so get home around 4pm if weather is ok, then do laundry ending around 6pm too before the weekend, possibly start to pack for my trip on Friday night after laundry & work :)










Once again, i have come to a realization that i have to make further bigger changes to my workouts in order to make them sustainable and also to make my cardio goals sustainable. So long to the LONG NIGHTS of upper body cardio.I'm going to once again combine leg and upper body days, by shortening the upper body part down so that the workout is no longer more than 1 or 1.5 hours with combined upper and lower in one night. that will be 3 nights per week. then, i am going to make sure to put in time for cardio, which will also be 3 days per week. so, six days a week training with weekends possibly optional weights and cardio in one day? still thinking about. it's a lot more training time than i do now, so i'll implement little by little for the next couple months. 

It's TOM and i'm really happy about that....before i go on my trip and not during, thank GOSH!

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 04/18/2019:
Have a great trip! I hope you didn't have the Natre Dame cathedral on your list of to dos...I guess you can see the remains.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
Believe it or NOT, i had planned only to spend 2 hours or so there...not a LARGE amount of the day...and i was sad not to be able to see / walk more around the Seine or over a bridge...so, i'll see the remains from afar or what we are able and then possibly walk a bridge, or just end that day early ;) and get laundry done for the rest of the trip (packing so light on purpose!)

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
Have fun on your trip, when do you leave? And what IP said....so sad about the fire!

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
i leave NEXT THURSDAY evening! ahhhh!

yeah, the fire is crazy bc i don't think anyone ever thought that notre dame would ever fall down after 850years standing!

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Get some rest tonight.

RE: dropping the weight routine. Would you re-consider? I see you've stroked out that paragraph, does that mean you've already re-considered and changed your mind? I'm just mentioning it because weight-training can be extremely beneficial when training for a cardio endurance event/test. During exercise, oxygen that reaches your muscles is converted into energy. Improving the flow of oxygen to your muscles improves your athletic performance and stamina/endurance. Developing lean muscle mass will actually improve speed and endurance rather than slow you down.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
Resting tonight. I just don’t have enough time to train as much as I’d like - I have the limitation of time and know I do need my rest so won’t be losing sleep to exercise.

I’ll do some weights but way less I think. There’s just no more hours in the day :/

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
I think in order to pass the running tests I have to just forego some of my weights routine bc it’s just too much training to do both well. It’s the time issue and I know I’ll go back to weights but maybe never the way I do now - perhaps when this is all over I’ll just be happy to live life and less concentration on fitness I think and more on life goals. Like I’ll do what it takes to pass a test but then I’ll do what I want for life.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5



home kombucha 50

8:30am breakfast toast 100, egg 100, butter 100, iced coffee change of pace from starbucks (small size!) 50. 

9am snack1: it was a nice lady's bday and i enjoyed most of the piece of cake she gave me :) it tasted very much and strawberry and the cake was nice and moist and the cream not too heavy. really nice! not more than 150-200 cals. smaller type of slice. yum.

snack2 pistachios 150, and a little more 50

Lunch: from home: chicken sausage 200, tomatoes 50, and maybe some chips 250(on a chip kick!)550 TOPS...shortly after 3 smallish clementines 100 and a black coffee with steiva

snacks: CHOCOLATE FROM COWORKER 50, almonds 100, last clementine 50 (i can tell TOM is coming! huge appetite!)


2250 total, 3 mi walk :)

dinner: not sure, i think it'll include avocado - eating healthy fats will help my skin along as it's already better compared to last week! and i did try to be healthier over the weekend, and not drink too much alcohol or caffeine!

exercise: will walk home partial, just enough to call it exercise, bed early :) 


Starting to feel cramps coming on...hope for all of TOM to start and be done before my trip next week ;)

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
I see that you have been having problems with coffee...me too...I've been sticking to just one cup a day because it was making me jittery too. I don't know why it happened so suddenly but it started with a brand of K cups by Community............

horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
yeah, i ordered a medium iced (instead of sticking with a small) and i drank it so fast it hit me, the caffeine that is.

it's not a good feeling when the caffeine hits so hard that you get anxious. it's been awhile since i last felt it, so i also need to be more careful. maybe water down those k cups, spill some out and just use hot water for some of it. they obviously have a higher caffeine count.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha and bite cookie 100

too strong coffee yuck and shaky (next time a smaller coffee!) 50, toast 100, butter 100, egg 100, chocolate 100: 

bar 150

snack crackers 200

Lunch from home: sausage (chicken) 250 and cabbage 100, chips probably too100, SEAWEED SALAD 100. 600 :) 

snack: pistachios 100, it's a higher cal day but i'm trying to stay healthy. i had too much caffeine in the morning which sorta hurt me.

Pm pre workout snack at home: strawberries 100, nut butter 100, iced coffee 50. 250.

1850, good, ....time to start up this workout....

during workout: coconut water, aminos drinks, peanut butter total 150

after workout: TBD - small peanut butter on toast :) 300 (two tablespoons, one slice, folded in half!) SO GOOD.

2300 :)

2145 per day,4day, ok!


tonight is upper body and proud of myself for doing legs last night. lately getting good sleep, too!

doing well and keeping some boundaries set so i can go into this Paris trip feeling ok.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 04/16/2019:
Oh I hate it when I get shaky after having too much caffeine! It's such a horrible feeling. Your lunch sounds yummy.

When are you going to be taking your run test? You should give a trainer 12 weeks leading up to it so they can give you the proper programming and support you need to smash your goals. I'd at least start networking now to see if you can find a trainer that you can mesh with and work together with. It's one thing to just give you a program to follow, but if you're hiring a trainer, you're hiring them to support you in a lot of different aspects of training, not just the programming.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
yeah, after the Paris trip, i'm going to start looking and thinking seriously about it...thank you for explaining to me how important it is. i hadn't really considered it until i wrote it here that ricky thought it would be a good idea...and now that both you and donkey are telling me it's important also, well, i know i need one.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
i'm going to find a couple trainers...see how i mesh with them, start with them by mid summer i think...it will take a LONG time for me to get better with the two tests i have to pass, but i think it's very possible if i get help.

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Shakes from the coffee are not a good thing.

I am glad that you have considered using a trainer. I was afraid that you might have been offended at the suggestion. And of course, I meant after Paris :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
NEVER offended.

it's basically up to me whether i want to regard this court officer possibility as a "DREAM" or a "GOAL."

time is ticking and i have time to shape my future, it's up to me if i want to take it more seriously and more logically this time - focus to pass the physical test bc this time i KNOW what the test is and can practice it (unlike my former failure at police exam.)

i will be forgoing health insurance for life by leaving this industry. BUT, by leaving this industry, if hired and passing both the written and physical tests for the court officer, i'd have a job for LIFE as long as i don't do stupid things.

so, court officer opportunity gives me a career path whereas that's what i don't have now. that's enough for me to feel good about my future.

court officer, first, involes a written test. i don't know the date, it's bound to be either this year or next: definitely before 2021.

the physical could come soon after or a few months after. so, i have time to do this right this time.

sorry for this long entry...

if i want to change my life one last time, i can if i get a trainer and do this right. i even have a slight connection in the world of court officers who is related to my sister's husband. she might be able to help me (but i have to pass things on my own of course). i'd use her as a reference and see where that would go.

of course, this is all a dream for me, but it could work if i put in time.

no vacations are planned after Paris aside from an overnight. i'll try to remind myself of the real goal now and for awhile.

i have gotten very strong in my upper body routine by not skipping and can do more than i have been doing in maybe the last couple years.

i'll have to build back up after paris.

it's time to focus :)

thank you, for listening.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5


Breakfast: toast 100 with leftover guacamole made so nicely by diner ! 100, egg 100. , iced coffee for change of pace from starbucks lol 50

Bulletproof Bar 250 (keto), later pistachios toasted with salt 100

noon chocolate 50

lunch: 600 chicken sausage, cabbage, bag potato chips 

wrap 150, remains of my egg diner veggie egg white omelette150, half avocado 150 450, popcorn 100, clementine 50

2000, feels good to eat healthy chocolates 100


3day: 2090


actually i want to work my legs out tonight, my mostly 3 types of squats routine and also calf raises...after i relax a little bit, i'll put the tv on and do my leg routine since i'm home rather early tonight.!!!!


Tonight i have no fitness planned. I wore boots to work bc of rain, so i will not be doing extra walking either.

I'm looking forward to another night of restful sleep and then doing my workout tomorrow night (upper body!)

It was a REALLY good, productive weekend. and i got good sleep throughout.

Waking up early to exercise worked out really well, basically bc i went to bed early the night before. 


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Oh my, your lunch sounds like it was delicious!

How was your legs workout? I'd like to lean out my thick legs. Low weights, high reps, and diet. <<none of that is easy!

More comments in previous entries...

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
legs workout was a bit weak, but, i got it done and i can tell it was worth it. i'm attempting a goal of just 2x a week and it seems worthwhile and enough. :) my legs are also thick, i find cardio has helped me more to lean them out in the past, actually, but i find a need more to work on my strength using the squats.

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Commenting on your comment on another diary:

I would strongly recommend that you get a running coach- trainer sooner rather than later. They can get you on a good plan that you can work after your sessions have ended. Then, closer to the test, you can hire again for a few more sessions.

This is the approach my son used to prepare for his re-entry. After his PT sessions were done, he continued to use what he learned to build up even more.

Don't wait until too close to the test. Time is the best tool you have.

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
once again this is valuable insight and now i have backing from Ricky, You, and Legcramps all telling me it is advisable to look into a trainer. I shall be doing this, after my trip once again :) ....i'll be here and listening activiely to you and legs and any advice. i do hope to crush this goal and it is necessary i get outside help in additional to my internal motivation to win. THANK YOU.

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