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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 15, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

10?breakfast: oats and coco almond milk 200, raisins/vitamins 100. 300. later komucha 60

12pm: 2 bigger strawberry cheesecake cookies that i bought today (pepperidge farm i think) 280 (while starting / working on an assignment), small coffee 50

1:30 spiked seltzer 100

2:30 lunch finally a flatbread 260, chicken sausage 110. 370; blue corn chips bc still hungry 150, few negligable blueberries..(appetite is BACK...doing work always does this to me!)

4:30 have the munchies, still at the beginning of the memo...this is going slowly today...gummy fish and seltzer]

6:30, still heavily into the memo, but getting to the end (it's long) ..had a healthy banana 120 with more seltzer..

 8pm: another flatbread 260, with palak spead on 50. 300, eating before a workout dont want to skip it...blueberries 100


 it took me around 5 hours to do the memo, the last 4 hours were heavily involved. nice to be done.


my best bet is to still work out and exercise tonight (upper body weights) and not wait for tomorrow because tomorrow at 9:30 i have a phone call with another recruiter and i may have to discuss going for an interview next monday....obviously i should work if i can get work (and if i get unemployed, i may still get the benefits, so i may as well try to look for work...and i am just about done with this darn half the course anyways....so i am going to be more "free." tomorrow is going to be a bit busier than today...


my appetite is still pretty low and i'm getting full easily these days. ...until i start my work! LOL ....appetite changed after i had breakfast!...


i'm going out this AM to a local supermarket for: seltzer, low cal drinks, fruit, cereal, craisins, couple yogurts, bread, protein. = this i did :)

i have 2 assignments left for the paralegal. and (tomorrow i have to do some reading / work for Proj Man course) before it meets again. ONLY 1 ASSIGNMENT IS GETTING DONE TODAY.....AND THE OTHER ONE (DANG EXTRA CREDIT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT UNTIL THIS WEEK!) MAY HAVE TO WAIT TILL EITHER TOMORROW EVENING OR FRIDAY....NO MORE TIME LEFT RIGHT NOW.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

weights i'll do in afternoon OR TONIGHT - sometime after dinner or just after i finish this memo #2, maybe during a court tv show :)

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 07/15/2020:
I tried a spiked seltzer & didn’t care for it. Maybe t was the stevia in it which I don’t like. What kind do you like?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
I will say the "truly" brand wasn't sweet and i had t add my own stevia to sweeten it.

i recently found one brand that is much better than the rest: Cape Line is the name and they are better than everything else!: take a look -


bearcountrygg on 07/15/2020:
Those cookies sound amazing!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
they weren't good! don't buy these, they don't taste like strawberries or cheesecake!

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
So all you have left is the extra credit assignment?

Good luck this morning on the interview!

Working is a double edged sword when it comes to eating. In the morning, I eat and then stop because I get busy. Good.

In the afternoon, I get anxious and I want to eat every chip in the building. Bad. (lol)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
totally there with you on the food situation with work! lol. def an emotional issue for me.

yes, just the extra credit is left. I will do it TOMORROW. i'm not allowing myself to look at it today bc what i really need to do is work for the PM course now as i haven't done any reading like i should be and need to put together some work that's already due for the course tonight at this week's session 2!

i'm so glad i finished the work for the first session of paralegal! i will start up again in mid-august.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
actually, it's done! i finished that paralegal stuff bc it was easier than expected...now doing PM assignment due today! LOL and now i will be reading the paralegal material a lot as well.

NO MORE paralegal for at least 3 weeks time starting now!

grannyannie on 07/16/2020:
Good luck on interview. You're making good progress. I like stevia - use it on my porridge and berries, and some in my coffee.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
thanks...no interview yet but should be sometime AFTER Monday next week :)

i made sure to explain i cannot do Monday's interview and it needs to be another day!

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 14, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

9:30am-10am: english muffin 150, with palak / saag 200, small coffee 50. 400. having the spinach in the morning filled me up really well!

snack: drink 50

12:30pm lunch rice 200, okra 200, one small piece chicken 100., kombucha 50

almost 2pm not hungry just snacky while doing work: 100c - gummies, cookies 100 (procrastination at its best..)

4pm did slow indoor biking while on therapy call...

5pm chocolates and seltzer right before class (PM) starts for FOUR hours tonight...200 cal of the really sweet stuff i have.  I did NOT to the readings that i could have done prior to the start of the class tonight, because my only focus was paralegal work, not project managment....bc i know i can do the readings later this week for this new course....

i don't want too much overlap in these courses or i'll go insane!

finished all of week 6 paralegal, aside from a document memo (which will take time - will finish that TOMORROW!) so i'm in really, really good shape for the class i'm taking for paralegal.

dinner rice 200, lentils 150, palak 150...550....so filling....


exercise was light and slow indoor biking while on phone, hour.





slept in a little again this AM. did set clock but laid in bed awhile. really, i AM going to work on this habit, but also i've been staying up later so that's why i've allowed myself to sleep in as of late.


believe it or not, there was no "new" readings for week 6 but just to review the chapter's i've already read! so, i'm working on the week 6 assignments. they should be done by 3:30pm or so today.

the only thing i have left to do is another Memo, which tends to take a LONG time, so that's what i'm working on tomorrow for paralegal.

then, i didn't know, but there's also extra credit / extra assignment for week 7, so i may potentially do that, this week, as well.

then, i'm onto this current class that starts today, Project Managment (advanced PM) 

then, i'm going to relax quite a bit from paralegal and only go back to doing it when the course starts up again for the second half in mid-August, i think...unless something changes.

i'm glad i am not working, because it wouldn't be any type of joyful experience at all to do all this and work. it wouldn't work well in a schedule especially since i love to exercise too and it all takes time....

so this is a blessing to do the work, while still receiving unemployment right now. i am very lucky right now!

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/14/2020:
Do let us know how the project management class went!

Is the PM class only once a week? Sorry, I can't remember.

Yes tomorrow you can wish on the paralegal memo and then go back to read for PM, perhaps?

Oh this is very exciting!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
the PM class is actually 2x per week (tues and thurs) from 5-8pm (not 9pm as i had originally written !)

the teacher is EXCELLENT. i am thankful. my project is AN ONLINE health and wellness interactive website! (sorta like this one!) and hopefully you and maybe some others here will interact with me on it just for the project for the class, then i don't plan to continue it. of course, it's not a paying site or anything! duh. i'm doing a non-profit project!

yes i have some kind of appeals memo for tomorrow as well as an extra-credit assignment that i was just given to research using Westlaw.

and then i'm off from paralegal, yes.

grannyannie on 07/15/2020:
4 hour class?! Sounds like you've found your match for a career.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
haha....it's actually 3 hours, i was wrong :) LOL.

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 13, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

10-noon kombucha in AM 100 - woke  up a little late, relaxed, went to visit ricky to get my fixed bike...easy easy morning. no rush. no studying yet.

12:00-12:45pm lunch  indian saag / palak 250, other veggies in sauce 150, chips 300. 700. i was gonna have turkey slices but i tried a bite and it didnt taste right...and a low cal margarita 120 with a tad of stevia also added in.

4:30 snack of 2 large clementines 100, gummies 100

3:30-5:30 did upper body weights, no rush, while doing some laundry. i don't seem to have lost any muscle from skipping a day  each week for the past two weeks. this week though and the next few i am prioritizing a little more movement in my day. can't walk too much, toe is still painful when i wear a shoe and when active on it. i will be biking!

6pm choc snack :) 150 it's by hersheys and it's white chocolate surrounding some type of wafer...cookie's and cream drops. very sugary and sweet!  and a small serving of stevia sweetened black coffee. ...

finally sitting down to do some reading / review for the course at 6:30pm and planning to do it for a little while tonight as well.

dinner lentils and potatoes 250 small amount, sauteed okra 150-200, rice 150.600 another drink 120

2020, good!



 after my exercises, i'm onto reading for WEEK 6 :)...i admit i just laid on the couch almost  all morning into the afternoon.

 some of my grades i have recieved back today from the course and i'm doing ok :) just have to push myself today and tomorrow to finish the week 6 readings and start on those assignments. i'd like to finish everything by this Friday :)


ricky actually stopped his own work,  he works from home, to fix my tire / tube this morning around 10am. i went there to watch him do it. and then i rode home around 11am. just was sipping kombucha since i got up..just relaxing. taking some time today not to rush. i'll do weights sometime after lunch.

after finishing my work late last night, it took me awhile to wind down until 1am reading articles and searching the web. i slept until around 9am today. and i feel relaxed and i am relaxing!  i am so glad i have finished most of the first half of the course.  i'm trying my best, will not be getting perfect grades, but doing alright. week 2 assignments were due last night & i am now starting week 6 over here. i'm just so glad i took the time to get most of this half done because tomorrow my next course will start...

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/13/2020:
Mmm.. low cal margarita! Well done on the coursework!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2020:
this new box of spiked drinks is amazingly good! the margarita ones contain pieces of lemon in them! so good and not many ingredients!

bearcountrygg on 07/13/2020:
Looks like a really good morning........and finding that you are doing the course work good I'm sure spurs you on to finish that........so worth the effort!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2020:
yeah, i am motivated to finish...now they've added on extra credit that is optional more work lol...i guess i shall do it to learn.

Donkey on 07/14/2020:
Well done! Now, does your other class start tonight?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
YES LOL. just glad i am NOT working right now.

legcramps on 07/14/2020:
Loving hearing about your days! They are getting interesting with all the courses you will be taking, and getting in bike rides and walks and everything. You are definitely keeping busy!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
thanks Legs. I am keeping busy though not very physically active...the broken toe has me NOT wanting to walk much!

but i am staying focused and pretty busy. and i'm glad my rambling on and on about the courses is OK!

do some extra gravel rides for me: i had my own gravel ride last night - a street is being repaved so i ended up having to ride on it (all ridged up) and uneven ...for a few minutes :) thought of you and how a gravel path must feel!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 12, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Sunday! Another sunny, hot day here :)

Breakfast: kombucha 50, oats 160, currants which i'm running low on 160, coconut almond milk 50. 450.

11:30am fell asleep during some reading (i read comfortable stretched out on my couch and am not changing this any time soon!!!), but only for 15 min so woke up and had some stevia mixed into black cold coffee...

12:30 gummies 100

1pm lunch last of the fried tofu 300, small salad,  ltalian bread 200, blackberry mojito cocktail low calories and good 100 (while i work at home, i'm premitting drinks to be in my diet 100% right now, especially any that are new to try and low calorie)

3:30 another spiked drink, sorry to the people who are abstinant to drinking...i'm not trying to promote it. 120

5pm couple chocolates, seltzer 50.

fried bread 100 veggie dish in red sauce 100, spinach dish 150, okra dish 150, chicken small bit 100. 600.


Dinner is Indian takeout...i will order a bit extra so i have a lot of leftovers for this week's meals mostly just veggies as i have some meat (chicken sausages, burgers, other meats also) at home i can cook to go along with the indian veggies :)




I'm going to try to work pretty steady until 6pm, at least 6.5 hours on this course before doing too much else today.  If i do not finish the assignments before 4pm, i will be spending time tonight to work further on Week 5 as I want Week 5 done today...if week 5 isn't done, i'll finish it Monday but trying to not wait that long on this assignment...edit: i finished week five at almost 11pm. i spent at least a full 8 hours on the work today (with a break here and there of course!) i skipped weights because i really wanted to get the work done and weights will be done early, tomorrow morning, after i sit on my recumbent indoor bike for a few minutes and before i do any more work tomorrow!



Because it's going to be so hot in the afternoon, I took 15 minutes this morning to go outside to walk around 9am before the major heat comes in as well as to wake my body up.  I'm going to start doing a short walk every morning mostly (like 10-15min) as a way to wake up, i think, for the next few weeks (i know i'll be unemployed basically thru this entire month) so i can get used to more activity, walking in the AM again. 

Later today around 6pm when it's still practically 90F, Ricky and I are driving to another town in queens approx. 20 min away for some Indian takeout.  we may eat it outside at a park, but we'll see. i'd rather take it home, honestly, so i have other things i may add to the meal at my apt..but whatever ricky wants i'm not going to stop him :)

i may be paying for the Indian food tonight for both of us...Ricky sould be fixing my bike TODAY :) We bought two new tubes for my bike yesterday as luckily one of the stores nearby had them in stock! And i went ahead and ordered new tires that i'll put on my bike at the end of the season - tires were very expensive, around $35-40 each! but they will be used for several years to come. Tires will prob get here in 1.5 weeks which is why i'm asking him to put the tires on LATER, like end of season or next year. it's just good to have them. I prob shouldn't have even bought them now....now that i think about it!

I'm trying to save money, but also it seems some "somewhat necessary" spending is happening here. I wonder if i'll still be able to collect an extra benefit like i was through this month with unemployment...hopefully so...either way, i'm using the time very wisely now, taking two classes (the other one is starting on Tuesday night, 4 hours online, and it's 2x a week, 4 hours each night, for 6 weeks...i'm glad not to balance my courses with work at the moment!

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
Good luck getting your bike sorted! I love my bike. My hubby takes care of all my bike stuff so I'm lazy - I just ride it. Good luck with your courses!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
haha, same thing with me! ricky does it all for my bike! and yup, i'm very lazy too with the maintenance. if i didn't have ricky, i'd have to pay at lot of $$$$ for work on my bike!

i'm glad we both have people close to us that can manage our bikes hahaha

do you like Indian food? i will be having some tonight! mostly veggies in different sauces...

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
Yes, I do like Indian food as well, and Chinese. And Vietnamese.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
ME TOO! but i don't love chinese as much because the sauce is usually so sweet and thick! (here in the US)

Donkey on 07/12/2020:
Ah so now you have the really hot weather I was sweating through earlier last week. It's not fun. So it's a good idea that you went out early for a walk. Plus, that's a good way to get into a routine, so that the first morning commute doesn't come as such a shock.

Oh my word - an evening class that goes for 4 hours??? Who wants to do that? So is it like 6p-10p?

I agree that you are using your time very wisely. In fact, you're in high gear now, as far as time utilization, but I think you've done outstanding in this category during the shelter-down. You remained quite productive - even if it didn't always feel like it. From what I've read, I'm quite impressed.

Enjoy the Indian food! It may be too hot outside to eat out. IDK, when we had our last warm spell, it was just unbearable until around 9p. Then, it was still very warm, but at least you could breathe.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
yup, the course is 5-9 both tuesdays and thursday for 6 weeks. glad i am NOT working at this moment in time.

i don't wanna eat it outside but for some reason as of now ricky is insistant! but he may change his mind once we are OUTSIDE hahaha.

yes, i do need to move around in the mornings so it doesn't come as a shock! because right now, i am NOT used to moving in the mornings and fell asleep after i had breakfast after the walk ! LOL only 15min nap this time as i set my alarm as i got sleepy!

Donkey on 07/12/2020:
PS I asked my biking friend about a patch kit, and she said just replace the tires. Patching is quite tedious and she no longer does it. I know years ago, she did do that. I wonder what she does when she goes on the 20+ mile bike rides... Hm...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
yeah...so about that...i'm thinking to keep my rides in circular paths that i can repeat a few times and never be too far away from home so i can always walk it...then again, i can always bring some money and call a taxi!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
i think i'll rely mostly on a taxi if it happens again! i can afford that if its a rare occurance!

bearcountrygg on 07/12/2020:
Good job with the class work.......You are surely staying focused on that well!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
sort of...yesterday i decided to take a bit of a break from it :)

i'm trying my best to get the first half the class done fast.

after i finish the first half, we'll see what happens :) thanks BEAR!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 11, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

9am breakfast: oats 150, almond milk 50, currants 150, kombucha 50. 400

11am snacks coconut water 50, chocolates 80. 150 approx.

1pm lunch: leftovers fried tofu 200, rice 150, veggies in sauce 200, spiked drink 120. 650

Totally fell asleep for like an hour when I should have been studying ! The guinea pig and book was on my lap too! It was around like 2:30-3:30!

4:30 some regular sweetened seltzer, gummies, a chocolate 100

5:30 some more sweetener reg seltzer and a cookie 50 getting hungry 

6:30 dinner healthy more thai leftovers and salad 550

9pm too many cookies oops 200

2100 total. a couple high days going on now! at least they are healthy!


I went out for a bike ride and the tube got flat from a metal piece that pierced it...so had to walk the bike home (only like 20 min walk) with Ricky and I will go out to the store to buy new tubes and bike tires as mine are pretty worn.

we are going to the store because amazon / ebay / facebook didn't have good shipping...then i'll do reading for the course later. i'd rather go out and not start reading right away today. glad i did weights yesterday :) 

washing guinea fleeces today :)

starting my work at 2pm :)...but shortly after fell asleep!

worked really only from 4-5:30, 7:45-9:45 with a couple breaks in there. so, 3 hours today, (today was only reading, not working on assignments) decent for a weekend.  a majority of the reading is done, but a few more things need to be reviewed still! i will move onto the assignments tomorrow.

Tomorrow i will be much more focused again on my work. much more than today! and i must do my upper body weights and a little cardio,maybe just do the cardio at home in my apt on the bike is good enough / or bike ride once my flat is fixed tomorrow evening would be good.....

but firstly, i will attempt to finish most of the assignments of week 5 as well as i can on Sunday!

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/11/2020:
Flat tires are such an annoyance!

horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
Have you experienced it ? What did you do?? Every get a ride from a taxi or friend ?

Donkey on 07/11/2020:
My friend, who is a serious biker, has a small portable patch kit that she takes with her for tire and tube repairs. Comes with a little hand pump. Clips on to her bike.

horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
I may consider this !!!! Thank you! Can you possibly ask her which one she has ?

horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
I went over a metal thin wire of some sort and it poked thru the tire into the tube and when I got home it was still sticking out of the tire - didn’t notice it till I got home and was relaxed with Ricky looking at what happneee! I heard the tube pop !

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
I've never changed a flat, but hubby will. Had to walk back to a ferry once when he got a flat on an island and we had no spare!

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
We do carry a patch kit now.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
yes! i may be getting a kit very soon!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
OR, i will just bike within a reasonable walking distance :)

legcramps on 07/14/2020:

A kit like this would be good to have clipped to your bike at all times!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 10, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

good morning all!

9am breakfast: medium banana 150, life cereal 150, some almond milk 50. 350. some kombucha 50.

11am snack pb 100 on cookie 50

1pm lunch 2 hard boiled eggs 150, chips 300...450...maybe spiked seltzer 100

 2pm or so took a break from work to exercise upper body so i can still do it sunday without waiting till the end of the night today or sunday... 

2:30 clementine 50, chocolates 100, 50

7:30-8pm eating dinner:  takeout -  thai food , you can bet i'll order veggies...veggie soup 100 cal, fried tofu 200?, veggies in basil sauce including my favorite eggplant ! 300? and some rice 100 or so. 700 prob not any more than that!

few chocolates 60

2060 -  very good! 

DONE - Week #4 assignments i'm just finishing up around 10pm and sending them in to be graded! I stuck with my goal to be done by today with those!

tomorrow will be a new day starting with a bike ride :) then, back to work where i'll be starting the reading for Week #5 & assignments!


back to reading and assignments for week #4. my plan is to FINISH these assignments today. yesterday after around 5pm i didn't do much more work for the course but i'm still on track to complete this week today which was my goal!  then, tomorrow is onto week #5. 

it's rainy today so no outdoor exercise and i'll get on my stationary bike to get more exercise in today. OH!...i just realized i FORGOT to lift weights yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shoot! i will lift them today, after my assignments. LOL.

worked from around 10am-1pm, 3:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm..., 8pm till this Test 4 is done...taking awhile but not too  hard. ended work at 10pm ..approx total hours worked today: 8 hours! (thank gosh i am not working at a job yet!?)

went on stationary bike so far just 20 minutes DONE

did upper body workout as well as a leg workout because my body was getting really tired of sitting around 5:30pm DONE!

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/11/2020:
Sounds like a good day! Good to see someone else likes tofu - cooked properly. Ever had Thai Green Curry (as a soup) with fried tofu in it? One of my faves.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
no, never that soup! sounds great!

the tofu in my dish was also fried...i do prefer it not fried...but it was really satsifying!!!!

i was totally craving a non-meat last night and tofu was perfect!

Donkey on 07/11/2020:
I really admire your ambitiousness! I notice your comment about how you spent 8 hours working on this, which again, I admire your ability to focus and stick with it for that long, but then again, we work 8-hour shifts, so why not? Keep at it! You're ahead of the game!

That take-out dinner sounds SO yummy!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
dinner was really, really good! this thai veggie soup is way better than most Asian veggie soups!

yes, it was 8 hours which is a normal workday (but i admit i don't always work as fast or hard at work LOL!)

grannyannie on 07/11/2020:
Try a green curry sometime. Hubby makes it sometimes and I eat it often in Thailand. Has green veggies in a green sauce. Tofu or chicken is how I like it.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
ok, i will try it from the thai place

grannyannie on 07/11/2020:
I've noticed Thai places in the US and UK use a lot less veggies and a lot more meat. In Thailand they are mainly veggies with small bits of meat.

horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
Yup too much tofu and not enough veggies last night ! Now I have tons of leftover tofu but I ate all the veggies between last night and lunch today lol good I have my own lettuce peppers and tomatoes that I can eat with the fried tofu :) totally agree with you

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jul 09, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

up sorta late, slept in after my alarm..

10 breakfast: life cereal one cup 160 with coconut milk 50. 210. stomach is still upset from the allulose in the low cal ice cream. will be throwing them all out because the ice cream i tried really upset my stomach all night and that isn't healthy for digestion.  The ice cream was called "z0cal" meaning like zero calories!

12:30 lunch: salad 50, over a cup of stewed eggplant, lots of sauce 300? very tasty, chips 150, kombucha!! 60 560 finally im eating some more veggies!!!!!!

3:15pm turkey, tortilla chips 200, gummies 100

 dinner salad 100, burger 250, chips 300 650


 went bike riding in evening.



decided to go out and get some kombucha before lunch, also bought a small mainated salad and stewed eggplant.


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/09/2020:
That ice cream sounds horrible; i'm sorry you had such trouble after eating it.

I don't know if there are any gravel roads near you :) but gravel riding is a lot of fun - though much more difficult as compared to riding on the road or pathways. If you have a mountain bike or a bike with fatter tires, you've got the perfect vehicle for gravel!

grannyannie on 07/09/2020:
Hope you're feeling better!

bearcountrygg on 07/09/2020:
Artificial sweeteners are often a problem for me too......i would never eat them anywhere but home if you get my drift.

Donkey on 07/09/2020:
^ what Bear said. Those artificial sweeteners can wreck havoc. I kind of wish I had that issue... only recently has malitol in the protein shakes cause me bloating and discomfort. But that's it.

Constipation is my destiny....

Donkey on 07/09/2020:
Nice to see you come back to vegetables!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 08, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Good Morning!

9am breakfast: blueberries 120, life cereal 160, coconut milk 50. 350.

11am snack cookies 150, spiked seltzer (ran out of kombucha so will buy some prob today) 100

12:30pm lunch: lots of (frozen) breaded shrimp (not the best, not the worst) 300, side of veggies 50. 350 total

2:30 small glass sangria (like i said, it should be kombucha, will buy some today!) 150

this very low cal ice cream that later did a number on me, 3 numbers on me- might have to throw the rest of the pints I bought away bc the side effects are too much to deal with and not good to be eliminating so much so fast 100  sorry tmi!

dinner half burger 250, eng muffin with olive oil 250 clementine 50. No veggies as my stomach has already emptied itself 3 times in 2 hours. 550.





Goals for today in terms of assignments:

1. read ch 3 & 4 of doc prep book and write memo, try to finish this by 2pm. NOPE, wasted some time in morning and i'm just beginning the memo at 1:30pm. the goal is to finish the memo by...4pm...finally finished at 5pm.

2. delve into ch 8 & 9 of Statsky - possibly start week 4 assignments


I actually quite quickly did a scrubbing of my shower today because boy did it need it! other than that, i'm staying home, skipping leg strength exercises due to the ankle and toe issues of wanting to rest them more and not overkill.

I may do another low key bike ride tonight in order to get outside, or, i may just ride my indoor stationary bike 2-3 times today at short intervals, we'll see.

tomorrow ricky and i plan to eat thai food, so, once again, i think my goal today should be the coursework, not going out to get takeout or anything else that is somewhat distracting...so, aside from some internet browsing distractions, i will limit outside errands and stay HOME!


On another note, my hair is growing longer and driving me insane. although i'm not working, i'm thinking to get it semi-permanently straightened by someone who i know who does it by word of mouth from another friend.  I'll do it once i finish the first half to this course, most probably, or i'll wait a little longer... 

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/08/2020:
You sure are making great headway with the homework!!!! I know it gets tedious but it will really pay off in the end! Thai food sounds delish...ENJOY!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/08/2020:
exactly the same thoughts as you all around...especially on TEDIOUS. i'm sooo looking forward to getting takeout SOON!

grannyannie on 07/08/2020:
Take care of your ankle! You don't want to make things worse.

What is your favourite Thai food?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/08/2020:
usually i don't get the curries, but get dishes of veggies and protein in one of the following sauces: garlic sauce, basil sauce, ... and now i forget the other two options for sauces on the menu! and rice comes on the side. it's so healthy for the veggies and the sauces aren't too thick or sweet!

legcramps on 07/08/2020:
Sounds like a great day!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/08/2020:
yes indeed no worries at all!

grannyannie on 07/09/2020:
I like medium or mild Thai foods. Curries can be mild.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2020:
yes once in awhile i get curry too!

grannyannie on 07/09/2020:
Too much artificial sugar does a number on me! I'm okay with diet pop but something like hard candy with artifcial sugar is like taking a laxative!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2020:
yeah...i'm going to have to throw out the ice cream - like 5 pints - bc i cannot ship them back for a reasonable price. they have a newer type of artificial sugar in them and it caused real problems for me! diarhea 4 times during the night. so i know that's not healthy....so i will throw the rest of what i ordered away.

grannyannie on 07/09/2020:
What kind of sugar was it?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2020:

grannyannie on 07/09/2020:
I'll keep an eye out for it. Haven't heard of it. I use Stevia in coffee etc. And then aspartame in diet pop which I wish they'd change.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2020:
i use stevia too. i also wish diet pop would switch to something better like stevia.

grannyannie on 07/09/2020:
I wish diet pop would switch as well. Don't know why they don't. Cost maybe?

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jul 07, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

hi! up reading week 3 assignments & finishing up laundry! 

10am breakfast kombucha 50, eng muffin 150, pb 200, honey 50.

noon snacks: strawberries 50, medium banana 150

2pm staying home, doing work, doing my best, Spiked Seltzer 100 with stevia (i'm n ot getting drunk off it, just continuing to keep myself in position, doing this homework, finishing all of the 3rd week today (trying to make it take 3 days and not longer so i can move forward)...

3:15pm late lunch flatbread 250, olive oil 100, hot dog 200 550. finished everything in week 3 except the Memo which i need to read further about before doing...hope to finish the Memo tonight and move onto Week 4 reading. for now, taking a break to relax until 4pm, maybe start a workout before the call and finish it quickly after the therapy call....cookies 150

6pm after workout raspberries (not great) and blueberries total 250

8-9pm: chocolate 100, turkey slices 50, leftover sweet potato chips 100, regular tortilla chips 200. 450

2150, fine.

was able to go out biking and do weights. nervous though about living up to my expectations of when i want these assignments DONE :)




FINISH the week 3 test by 3pm or earlier, DONE!

4pm i have the therapist phone call till 4:45

start the memo assignment...not yet, need to do some more readings...


7pm: bike ride outdoors with Ricky

after 7pm - probably reading for my class OR FINISH memo assignment which is a very important assignment..seems Memo #1 can be submitted after week 3, so i might move onto reading for week 4...

goals: finish week 3 test = DONE!

 start week 4 work and do memo after (probably)


Paralegal Study Plan:

get week 4 finished in 3 days - Wed to Friday,  July 10th on that. (memo and week 4)

get week 5 finished in 3 days  - Sat July 11 to Monday, July 13.

Get week 6 finished in 3-5 days, try to finish by July 18th. 

then, there'll be a break for like a month for paralegal, while i take the union PM course.


the union class may start on Tuesday the 14th, but, I will have ONLY 1 more week of the first half of paralegal to do and i may just try to finish it up..

next, i'll then be able to STOP working on the paralegal course until the second half resumes later on...i will happy STOP working on it while i take the union PM course...


Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/07/2020:
Good job getting the work done!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
i need the support from you all!

Maria7 on 07/07/2020:
You are so smart! Have a happy day. Love, Maria

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
thank you for the support Maria!

grannyannie on 07/07/2020:
So much energy!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
Working on it, Annie!

legcramps on 07/07/2020:
Up and at 'em! Happy Tuesday :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
you too, legs :)

Donkey on 07/07/2020:
Wow! Way to go to finish week 3! I'm quite impressed wth your ability to focus and get it done!

So next is reading for week 4 and start writing the memo (maybe?) - is that where you're at? (I feel like I'm living this vicariously, lol)

What an EXCELLENT plan to work on paralegal now, and then take a break for the project management course when that starts.

Are you a notary public?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/08/2020:
lol donkey. thanks for reading into my situation, i hope it's not stressing you out to pay such close attention to what i'm doing ?

yes, you are right i'm now on week 4 and really, really, want to finish week 4 by Friday.

yes, hoping to not be doing two classes during the exact same weeks...want to limit the stress and the paralegal is good and all, but i don't want to have to read for it when i need to do another class! you got it.

Donkey on 07/07/2020:
^ I can't edit my comment, but I think I remember that you are, because you had to test for that. Am I correct or am I losing it?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/08/2020:
LOL you got that 100% accurately, i did take a test (which i actually took 2x the same day in case i failed once, which i did once and passed the other time)...you are def not losing it!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 06, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 happy monday...trying to not get too distracted and finish most of the week 3 assignments today...

9:30 breakfast pb on an english muffin 350. some kombucha 50. 400.

12pm cookies 150, my appetite is a bit off.

1pm lunch: hot dog 170, chips 200, spiked seltzer with stevia 100 (doing this hw....) 500

2:45pm gummies 100

5:30 early light dinner: rest of the frank from lunch on a wrap 260 with some butter 40.

8pm raspberries pint, large clementine 150

9pm dark chocolate 100

1800. good!



ankle is weak, toe still hurts, so not much on the exercise front but i may go for a bike ride later tonight. :)

home for all of today...really need to finish most of paralegal week 3 today :)

it's 5pm and i have completed approx 40% of the work to be done for week 3, got a lot left to do, will prob try to complete almost the rest of the second assignments out of 3 assignments...sorry i need to write this here....lol...every time i start to work on these assignments, i'm shocked how long they are and how long it takes to complete them!

the assignments take a VERY long time :( .... and i'm nervous because there's another class i need to take for my industry starting in a week. - but good news is this might change / shift.

took a half hour walk around 7pm back and forth to supermarket to pick up some veggies / fruit and to get out of the apt / take a break

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/06/2020:
I know that toe pain...yours looks exacly like mine did...and it took longer to heal that time...also had the bruising on the top of my foot like you....it will be awhile......my ankle didn't hurt though...so you may have twisted yours.....I hit the toe...jumped up and would have fallen if the dresser wasn't there to catch myself.....when you fell that probably made it worse...((HUGS))

Horn_of_plenty on 07/06/2020:
my ankle hurts because it's the other foot's ankle...and that ankle is weak in general. after i hurt my toe, i think i was overcompensating when i walked....and i was overcompensating with my weak ankle...

so the other ankle is just a side note...and makes me realize i cannot just keep walking right now like i want to, while the other toe is so injured! lol

thanks for understanding, it's def a pain!...at least i should be home anyways now, doing my work!

Donkey on 07/07/2020:
Wait until you get into legal research. Talk about time consuming!

You are doing well to get a head start on the assignments.

As long as you are not working, handling another class MIGHT be manageable... I suppose look at it as being back in college full time -?

Resting your foot now will help you heal faster in the long run.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
yes to everything...

i am actually trying to finish as much as i can with the paralegal course so perhaps i can just concentrate on the Project management class when it starts in 8 days. i'm actually trying to finish at least two weeks more of work so i can perhaps just do the PM course...or just do little bits of paralegal during the PM course time...

but yes, while not working, it can be done, especially because i know the first 7 weeks of the paralegal assignments and i'm trying my best to complete them mostly before the Proj man class starts in a week lol lol

thanks Donkey.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
i really want that paralegal certificate !

Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
also, i want that certificate ON MY LINKED IN PROFILE...and i will keep it up in general when i get it. i cannot wait to say i have a paralegal certificate.

when i'm done with my courses, perhaps i can find somewhere to volunteer at for awhile...like a law firm or like what you do...that would be 2021 goals though, not now at all. or after covid goals.

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