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horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

breakfast: good fats bar and mocha coffee 300

midmorning: wrap 80, egg 70, avo 100. 250. noon - snacked on a few almonds 50

lunch: good leftovers: roasted veg 250, salmon (small piece)150, mushroom barley too 200! full meal! Calories: 600

snacks: plum 50, almonds

dinner: TBD - 650 was it?

2000, excellent.

3day: 2100.

good walk, somehow my legs are SO SORE from the squats i did on sunday wow.


exercise: planning to walk halfway home at least like one mile, not the full way i don't think. then somewhat early to bed i'm thinking. 


I have almost planned 4 complete days in paris, 2 days left to make plans. i have to start now booking tickets and stuff for those days...but prefer to book tickets when i have all 6 days planned so i don't forget something or want to change my mind and cannot if a ticket is booked...prefer to pay after i see the 6 days written down :)

I'll start paying either this week (for like Disney - pray for no rain that day it's almost a $200 day because we got the FAST PAST to get thru every ride / experience!!!) ...and pay for Versailles as those are set days and do not interfere with Paris scheduled things.

Maybe i'll pay for Disney/Versailles TONIGHT after work - stay here an extra half hour to pay for those days online (she's splitting her costs with me of course!)

So out of 6 days, two outside Paris are planned and so is one day and most another in Paris. I have 2+  days left to plan...and for the total of 4 in Paris days, I am planning to pay for all those tickets at the same time, once the 4 days in Paris are set up. I'd hate to make plans for one day in Paris, to realize i'd prefer to do a timed / set schedule paid ticket on one day just to realize i should have bought that dated ticket for another! LOL...I'm getting there.  Also, there are special passes and i have to see if i prefer a 2 or 4-day special pass instead of paying for all the paris museums/monuments separately. (probably just pay separately though bc the prices are so similar).

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

Donkey on 03/26/2019:
How exciting to see your plans come together! I completely understand why you're waiting to pay. Makes sense to me!

Hope your walk went well. Gotta strengthen your legs for all the walking you'll be doing in Paris!

horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2019:
yeah, it's been on my mind that my legs are going to "die" in paris!

there is certainly going to be a ton of walking that i'm not used to :/ ...of which i'm happy about...it's just i do not walk so much daily and it's nerve wracking knowing i will be...(it's due to my past and injuries that i get overly nervous about it).

yes, i'm really debating skipping the louvre in order to spend time doing other slightly less touristy things.

the lady i'm staying with i don't think wants to run around nonstop without sleep and that's actually fine with me...i hope to come back from the trip and go deep into "Spring training"

I don't plan on taking any more trips aside from an overnight one possibly at some point until next year or maybe even later.

my plan is to actually go back to "improving my fitness" instead of staying the same.

for instance, my goal for this year (until December) is to actually pass the two running tests for court officer. i'm going to stay motivated and start planning to pass the test.

in the past, i was just "running up to 2 miles" for distance, but now i'm interested to "train for the test". like, to do the training that will get me in...i actaully feel it's 100% possible if i do the training.

as i do that training, i might skimp a hair on weights and just seriously start to take my training to a new goal which is "train for the court officer exam".

i actually do see this happening sooner rather than later...

but overall, it seems i'm going to have to spend MORE TIME training overall, not less, to pass this test...

lots of words...

horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2019:
If i can manage it, i'm happy to leave this current type of job for court officer. I'm going to put that work in

the only thing i won't get with court officer is health insurance for life. union gives health insurance for life after 20 years of service...but i don't know what i'll be doing in this union or how long my jobs will last...so who knows!

happy-1 on 03/27/2019:
Ooooh... Paris...

Horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
yes, yes...i'll feel SO MUCH BETTER when my plans are SET!...like i know which part of paris i'm headed to each day ;)

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

Good Morning ! 

8:00 am breakfast: onyxorgum shredded wheat, craisins, and almond milk 400. iced coffee 50. and...sugar rush! LOL.

10:30am: good fats bar cookie dough flavor, pretty nice. and more seltzer and stevia 200

lunch: cooked veggies large amount 150?, barley and mushrooms bigger amount 200, salmon nice size piece 300? 700 tops - might have overestimated  a hair but that’s better than underestimating !

snack half orange 50

before gym seltzer with stevia and a cookie 150  and during gym with be a bigger serving of coconut water 150 ...might skip something here ?! 

after gym to be determined - a real meal. 500 or so.a cauliflower crust 200, 2 kebabs of tasty and so garlickly shrimp! 250, and a plum 50. 

2200, excellent.

2 day: 2150, fine.


My planning for Paris is going slowly because i get anxious and start to do everything but plan for Paris. Before I drive to vvisit my mom around noon today, I'm hoping to plan 2 more days, so that i've planned at least 3/6 days...!  If i work harder, i could probably even plan 4/6 days before noon today...let  me get to work! Well, now i just spoke to mymom and i have to have to leave more around 11:30 which gives me just under 2 hours to plan...i'll be lucky if i can plan 2 days...

picking up some food & seeing mom for lunch ...followed by a HOME workout - i think gym is not a good idea...still need to write more Paris plans at home...grrrr! and gym will just waste the day away.

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

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
Oh dear, I do not like the idea of planning making you anxious! This is supposed to be fun! But I confess that the same thing can happen to me, especially if there is so much I want to do in a short period of time.

I'm sure you want to do it all, but would it be possible to plan some things as "for sure to do/see" and then have a subset of "maybe do if time or want to"? I remember when my mom took the kids to Washington DC, that was her approach, and I think it worked out well, because there IS so much to see and do.

My Male Co-Worker went to Paris as a day trip (or maybe it was one night) when he went to England/London. His main memory of Paris is that he was constantly being told: No, Monsieur! No matter where he went, he'd always run into someone telling him no. Ha ha ha! I do not think Paris was a good fit for him.

But you are so lucky that you will have a trusted guide/friend to go with you!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
yes i am in agreement with you on all!

the problem is i don't know the area well enough and i scheduled a few things and i'm trying to do a "half day" thing on the day i go...and realized that i didn't give enough time to get from Eiffel tower back to a short fashion show at a store....so now i have to think about the plan again! grrr hahaha...

i did plan the days we are in Disney (france's labor day May 1st), Versailles which is on the last day of April, and also i did plans for the sunday i am there. 1/2 the trip is planned, but the easier part! still have to pay for everything so far LOL.

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
PS I hope you have a pleasant visit with your mom. I hope that she continues to heal. I suppose being older, it's taking her longer? I hope not.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
it was very nice...she sometimes gets so serious though! grrr....it is taking quite long for 7 ribs to heal, she's doing much better, but it's taking it's time. i think bones generally are healed in 6 weeks and she's halfway thru...

happy-1 on 03/27/2019:

Horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2019:
oh yes ;)

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

7pm Edit: very anxious and stressed as i write the daily plans (hard to do when you don't know the area so have to search and make sense of it all....good to do, but it's VERY STRESSFUL for me as i'm not a great planner....doing it...but i just took a generic 1/8 xanax (i've had the same pills home had only 2-3 pills since Spring 2016 lol) because i am seriously starting to go nuts...really just started the plans at 6pm today lol...was cleaning and cooking all up until then....i'm a GREAT procrastinator!)


Good Morning ! 

8:00 am breakfast: onyxorgum shredded wheat, craisins, and almond milk 400. iced coffee 50.

snack: chocolate 200 (should have tried the sugar free stuff i bought but had regular - forgot i have to try the other stuff!)

12pm-1pm lunch: egg freshly hard boiled /and a tablespoon nut spread 200 (got hungry and was cooking lots of things for the whole weekend/week ahead), cauliflower rice with pesto sauce 150. 350. 1/2 cauliflower crust 100 (since i am home today i've been cooking up a lot of frozen items to have ready for this weekend and next week). blueberries 50

4:30-5:30pm  - 2 smallish plums 50, tried REALLY, REALLY dark chocolate 98% cacao omg!? crazy stuff! 100, ice cream 150

7:30 good dinner at home: garlic/black pepper shrimp250 from frozen, i made ealier in oven and still have a few kabobs left (they were actuallly frozen on the kabob!) , avocado 120, wrap 80. 450 satisfying. and a drink 50...now back to planning...i don't think i'm going to finish all of Paris today, i think i'll need one more day or so...like my day off in April...

snack: more regular ghardinelli chocolates 150

2100, good.


9:30 or so and i already showered and put the laundry in...i need to figure out my Paris schedule TODAY. i've researched the areas and now have to make a 6day schedule. it's sorta easy as 2 of the days are "excursions" outside paris and will take longer just to get there so the only plan mostly is where we are going: one day is Disney (outside Paris) and the other day is Versailles. Disney doesn't need too much planning other than picking up a schedule for the day when we get to Disney. Versailles does include some planning - need to see what kinda tour we want....i need English, but maybe we'll just get an automated tour. i'm not sure if i want a tour guide or device to listen to. I do prefer guides, but, they are MUCH MORE expensive. Anyways, then i have 4 more days of Paris to plan...so i'm getting started. Like i said, the research is done, now i just have to put my notes into a plan. I also need to research the "cheaper" concerts. We've decided NOT to attend a dinner/show at Moulin Rouge - only to walk by / into it briefly. Instead, there are other cheaper shows and events available, which is fine with me...i just like performances in general. And i know from going to events totally free at libraries that it's not always the price that determines the calibre...you can get high calibre for inexpensive price if you are open to it! :)

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

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
I have not been to Paris, so let me qualify my next advice. However, I have had friends who have been to Paris. I would gently suggest that you allow for wait times or crowd times when making your plans. Especially for Versailles and the Louvre. After all, who wants to feel rushed at the Louvre - right? :)

I'm curious as to how Disney made it on your Paris list. I mean, after all, there is Disney here in the states. Just curious, no judgment at all.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
I was looking at a "Paris Bucket List" and asking what have you done on it type of thing i found online. It wasn't a concise list or fully engaging with every part of Paris. But, it listed Disney on it.

Including a day of Disney makes planning for me easier because we simply get to the park and spend all day there - and i do not have to plan so much in advance - just show up and see what's going on at the park. I've not been to Disney in many years and figure i might as well go for a fun day. I can be so much like a child and enjoy fun little shows. Maybe there is a Safari / zoo section? i have to check. I'd go and see what it's about. It's just a low-key day and to get away from "museums" and "must-do's" in Paris.

At the Louvre, i'm hoping for an English tour, i don't htink my friend wants to pay for guide-tours. maybe we'll just do another automated tour (headphones).

some passes, a lot, can be bought ahead of time to skip lines mostly...i have to try to do this - after i plan the days i'm going to these places lol.

yes, Louvre and Versailles are mostly two days within themselves.

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
Also, and maybe I should have mentioned this in your previous entry: Your average calorie total was lower this week (yay!). Can you feel a difference?

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
The difference is miniscule, but YES, i'll say it makes a difference. Mentally, first off, it's nice to say i've had a far better week than i have in several of the previous weeks. and obviously it's going to take me more than one week to make up for so many weeks of 2200 type of averages. For me, 2050 a day is perfect and i won't gain weight. But a few weeks here and there over that amount also won't kill me, as is the case right now...coming off that...it feels good to eat a little less. i was bloated this week because of TOM and issues like yours though, so it wasn't noticeable till around friday i did feeel slimmer.

Maria7 on 03/23/2019:
I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. So happy for you!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
thank you :) i'm staying with a female friend, so my budget should be okay in the end....or should i say wallet!?

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
A few things:

Yes, I can see the advantages of going to Disney Paris. It's kind of funny, because one of the things I loved at Disney was Epcot, where you get to go "visit" different European countries. So in Disney Paris, I suppose they don't have any of that - LOL!

YES -- pre-pay for as much as you can to avoid lines!!! This is true and it works! And I would opt for an automated tour myself, especially if it saves you money. I think it ends up being better than being with a guide. I mean to say, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, but the automated tour could work just fine and save money and perhaps give you more flexibility if you wanted to stop in front of certain artwork a little longer (?).

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

kombucha 50

Breakfast: Good Fats bar and mocha coffee 300


Midmorning: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avo 100. 250.

Lunch: all healthy, bought it yesterday and forgot to take it home for dinner last night / weekend too so i'll eat that today...wish i remembered to take that food yesterday bc i'm not going directly home tonight and so i'm not sure i want to have food in my backpack for like 4-5hours until 9pm...we'll see...and it's too much to eat only for lunch. maybe i leave part of the cooked veggies for Monday for work (i don't like wasting things i pay for!) light shrimp/fish 150?, lots of roasted yellow peppers oily 250. 400. fruit 50.

snacks: almonds 50

dinner: TBD...i'm going to an event that has White Castle (well, maybe i'll just eat one slider!?) and beer. it's boxing tournament held annually by the Sportman's Club of my union and a 10 min walk from my apt...it starts at 7pm but i plan to get there around 6pm and i'll eat then...Ricky is supposedly saving me a seat very close to the boxing ring...fingers crossed! 550 cal beer, one slider, 1 diet coke, snack bar after the event.

total friday cals: 1800 tops, excellent !!

7day avg is going to be GREAT: 2070 FANTASTIC!!!!!!!


i'm excited to see a boxing tournament tonight, starts at 7pm, going straight from  work.

I am leaving my cooked veggies i bought yesterday for lunch monday / tuesday at work next week as i don't want to carry the veggies home, i don't think!


Planning to sleep in tomorrow, do laundry, make corned beef and cabbage in slow cooker, and if weather is nice enough to do a walk :) maybe in Valley Stream (town where i grew up) as a change o fpace i'll drive there.

I keep switching my decision about my hair. I prefer it with blonde, despite the price. i'm just not ready to go back to brown pixie cut. At least my haircuts are rather cheap (since i get them done at a barbershop!). I've decided to keep the highlights. I almost want to go get them done this weekend, but it's too soon because i have my trip in one month...the highlights will have grown out by then and look bad in Paris photos LOL, so i'll wait 2-3 more weeks on the highlights. 

 but then again, making the appointments is so inconvenient and annoying, that i should just touch up grays myself and dye it back! yeah, its not the money that's the issue but the making appointments and wasting time getting hair done. i'll have to go back to brown eventually.

highlights are just really inconvenient for me....BUT I REALLY LIKE THEM....!? ...GRRRR.


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

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
Boxing is not really my thing, but if you enjoy it, I say go for it. It's good to get out at least.

I would think that time at the beauty shop getting highlights would be something you look forward to as a "pampering" luxury, and not a burden on your time. I love having my hair worked on, but don't really do this any more, initially because I didn't have the finances, and now, more so, because I do not have a lot of hair, so I really need to be careful with what I have left.

(I am at the point where I have given some thought to shaving my head - starting over - and getting a really nice wig in the meantime.)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
yeah, i'm glad my hair is still a decent amount as my coworker's hair has thinned a lot and she's just a year older than me...

i do not feel pampered when i go get beauty luxuries done like nails and hair. I become very impatient and do not enjoy spending time in the salons. it's like my attention span cannot take it, lol. that's a major reason i don't get nails done. but also, my nails seem super sensitive and they tend to thin out and get very brittle from polish anyways.

i just get very impatient at the salon.

i have been looking at photos, and i find the blonde color to add a lightness and "fun" quality to my appearance. i realize i need to just relax when the roots show, as it's better if i just space it out and deal with roots as my hair really is mostly brown so a few grays in the roots is really not noticeable enough at the moment and when it starts to become noticeable i can change up from the blonde.

i think i wanna keep getting highlights approx every 2.5-3 months for the next couple years if possible as i do like the blonde look and find, like i said a moment ago, that it adds a certain "fun quality" to my overall look.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
because i don't wear makeup to work and don't have long hair, i feel it's a statement with the highlights. and i do like them a lot.

also when my hair is messy, i feel it still looks great when it's highlighted.

but when my hair is just brown and messy, i don't like it as much.

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
I should correct myself: watching boxing is not really my thing. However, I was really excited to hear that researchers found that shadowboxing can help with Parkinson's! Wow!

Also, I enjoyed the boxing program on Wii Sports.

They've opened up a studio called I Love Kickboxing here in my town, which I did give some consideration in joining. I feel like I need something extra - more challenging and more social. However, joining this studio would be totally out of my comfort zone. Joining a gym or a yoga studio is more my style and that's hard enough for me to do! (obviously because I haven't done even that!) (yet)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i have heard of I love Kickboxing, yes.

please don't feel like things are out of your comfort zone...and let that feeling prevent you from joining things.

for the I LOVE kickboxing, there's probably a trial. you can do that to see if you like it before actually joininng / buying a package.

kickboxing is nice if you want a different kind of class. i have done a different brand, Tiger Shulman kickboxing, it was rather hard for me...very much legs involved...a good workout, but not up my ally. you will burn tons of calories.

you can try new things, many people are in your boat and everyone is a beginner at something at some point. the only way you can break thru the feeling of not being in your comfort zone is to start up the new things.

at the gym, there are great classes but that also depends on the gym! ...and depends on the actual instructors!

yoga studios also vary in the type of yoga, how challenging, and length of class as well as type of instructor. you can probably find that many studios may offer a one pay class feature like you had wanted...see what's out there. maybe try a few things, if you have the oppportunity / time, before making a full decision for the long run...i have done this in the past...but now i am sort of set for awhile in what i like to do / exercise i do / gyms i belong to...

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

Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast "good fats" bar and mocha 300

mid morning: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avo 100. 250. salt/pepper.

cheesecake thing 150

lunch: the rest of that indian :) big portion of the saag with mushrooms 300? (lots of cream), rice 150, tofu 100, tomatoes. 550-600

snacks: apple/almonds 200, CHOC 50

Pre-exercise: not sure. thinking to have somethign more like a meal...thinking veggies & to get some at lunch for both today & tomorrow...iced coffee, blueberries, yogurt 250

during exercise: coconut water 100

Post exercise: not sure.trying another "good fats" flavor bar probably...we'll see...or a higher carb thing...not sure.200 for that bar :)

2150, excellent.

6day: 2110 or so, excellent also.


For anyone feeling like they have too much going on / hard to keep head above water right now: i'm in your boat!


last night i had dinner, exercised, and had a drink/piece of chocolate and it was enough. i may start trying this out, now that the routines are getting shorter (exercise routines) thankfully...i still have to amp up cardio again. I have mostly stopped the evening walks because my ankle was getting beat up from longer walks lately on the weekend. working on balance.

Very long, rough week over here. Lots of extra errands thrown into the mix but glad i went to bed on the early side last night. Tonight i have upper body but it's a lot shorter now that i do legs mostly separately on a separate night!  I still plan to get decent sleep tonight!  As well, I am Still eager to sleep in come Saturday.  I feel very drained.  If i did have sick days, i'd have taken one today! Ah, and i do have one, but i'm saving it for the month of April for close to before i'm going on vacation in France.  It's my last sick day of "this year" and i want to use it very close to that trip, since it'll be good to have a short week close to going on the trip as it will be stressful going away after several straight, full, busy weeks of work.

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

legcramps on 03/21/2019:
Sounds like a busy week - it's so hard to find that balance all the time! Some days it's just going to be busier and we have to find a way to deal with it without completing exhausting ourselves. Hope the last couple of days of your week are good ones!

horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
Seems that the beginning of the week’s rush got better by Friday oh thank gosh !!!! Much better day today !

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




LUNCH: FROM HOME: tofu 100, indian spinach lots cream bigger portion 250?, rice 200. 600 tops.

Apple100, later almonds 100

after moving my car to a better spot which i found on the quick side thankfully, i got home at 7pm to eat a tasty indian dinner (leftovers yum!)

dinner: saag big portion 300?, wrap 100, rice100, berry yogurt 100. 600. so tasty!

after workout: chocolate

2100 :)

5day is 2100 too.

 leg workout & bed :)




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

legcramps on 03/20/2019:
That really sucks about your parking situation and how they can just boot you the night before without any more notice than that. Do you pay extra to park in the garage? Will you get reimbursed at all?

Way to still get in a workout last night, even though it went a lot later than you wanted it to! Hope you are able to catch up on sleep tonight - I need to catch up as well.

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
I was VERY surprised i hadn't gotten any notes sooner. I think they forgot about the people that use those garages but do not live in the "housing #" that goes along with those garages. Meaning, i have a garage in housing #2, but i live in housing #5...i think they forgot to send an earlier note to people living outside of housing #2....like me in #5...!

I pay a very CHEAP sum compared to other places: $46 per month.

In the fall, they were paving and it took 2 whole months to rip up the old and pave new. We were reimbursed for 2 whole months but it was def annoying to find spots and i hardly ever moved my car.

Additinally, my car was scratched badly when i had left it for a week in front of someone's house.

i'm going to move my car tonight to a street spot, it's prob not good to leave my car overnight at the college...but the $40 is not going to waste - i like to exercise at that school & plan to park there for certain training sessions i'll do at the track over there.

so tonight, i'll still deal with my car, need to find a street spot and get it out of the college facility overnight....! parking is a major pain in queens as it's pretty crowded!

i'm also GLAD i didn't skip my workout last night :) in the home stretch with little days off, just gotta try to get sleep as keep a routine as much as possible, despite the AMPLE distractions along the way!

Donkey on 03/21/2019:
What was wrong with your breakfast wrap?

Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
too much salami...too strong a taste...and i think the salami is slightly not fresh...

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

evening edit:  seriously came home to a note that said i should move my car out of my garage for a continuous length of time while the garage roofs are replaced....i had thought if i ever had to do this again, to pay for parking at the nearby college tennis center...so instead of starting an earlier workout, i got ricky to drive with me over there around 7pm so i could pay the $40 for 6 months of parking there and he could drive me home....i will now walk the 2mi to get my car when i need it ;)...will not be needing it much i guess until the roofs are over (probably 3-4weeks of garage non-use!) no biggie. i cannot believe they let us know the NIGHT BEFORE we had to move our cars...at least i had a good option instead of horrible street parking finding spots all week ....i hope my car doesn't get "booted" at the college for leaving in mostly in the same place every 3-4 days...they told me that it usually isn't enforced...we shall see....


TOM is finally here, i feel like crud for sure. leg crumps and very tired...this too shall pass!


Sleep: wayyyy better. around 8hrs, slightly getting used to the time change, still a little more groggy than usual though in the mornings.

Kombucha 50

Snack at work: mocha coffee 100 and bar 200 and a piece of less sweet (different chef this time but i loved it) caraway seed Irish Soda Bread. yum! 150 (could be more) 

Breakfast: wrap 80, avo 100, salami 100. 300.    more soda bread, butter :) SO GOOD.

lunch: very tasty offerings, from home: chicken thigh from friend from weekend so good 150, okra small amount 100, chips 150, tomatoes 50. 450. 

4:30pm almonds 100, chocolate 50. half apple 50

dinner: wrap 80, egg 70, very creamy saag and mushrooms 200?350, iced coffee 50

coconut water during exercise 150

11pm bar after exercise, higher in carbs 250

2200. good.




After a whole week of sensing it's arrival, TOM finally is here. Ah thankfully bc it needs to come back next month and leave before Paris on the 26th! LOL.


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

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
I love Irish soda bread - that's one of the breads where I cannot get enough. That is to say, any ol' loaf of bread, I can definitely pass up, or be OK with just a slice. But when it comes to Irish soda bread - I have to eat the whole loaf. I just love it.

horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
i'm behaving. it tastes good both ways the sweet way yesterday and caraway seed version today.

legcramps on 03/19/2019:
Great job on your sleep!

horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
seems though i needed more lol....not used to time change yet! :( otherwise though, i do feel better than yesterday!

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

kombucha - not working tho 50

breakfast: coffee and hot choc mix 100, bar 210

snack wap 80, av0 80, salami 50. 210

Lunch: tofu 2 pcs 200, lots of indian okra 250?, irish soda bread (cake) (coworker baked it and it was GREAT!) 200 small pc. 650.

snack: i have an apple and a tasty drink 150 total, later almonds 100

snack blueberries and drink 150

dinner: chicken thigh 150 tops and cauliflower big pizza crust not more than 300 though. 

2100, tops. probably less!

dinner: i'll try to exercise earlier with my leg routine and get to bed early as in at 8:30pm...if possible, that is.

in the mood for a light dinner, really...liquidy prefered like a yogurt..

evening remarks: came home walking in the sunshine - time change is good for a mood boost ;) ... and i was home early around 6:15pm! couldn't believe it. had some blueberries and low cal drinks and started leg work early so that i'll be DONE around 7:30pm...must remember to do this on Leg Days :) EARLY START TIME :) 

so bed will be nice and early tonight.

3day: 2060, excellent.

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

legcramps on 03/18/2019:
I'm so glad you had a good weekend! It looked like it was the perfect mix of relaxing and activity; good for you :)

Irish soda bread cake sounds so delicious - was it special for St. Patrick's Day?

Bed early sounds good to me LOL!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
yes, she made it homemade and special for Saint Patrick's! it was AMAZINGLY good but i didn't have too much as i've been gaining and i'm more careful right now!

bed early shall be GREAT! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
yes, she made it homemade and special for Saint Patrick's! it was AMAZINGLY good but i didn't have too much as i've been gaining and i'm more careful right now!

bed early shall be GREAT! :)

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

So far weekend is going well :)

Snack: chocolate 80, kombucha 70. 150., 2 more chocolates 150

1pm taco bell 400, 100. 500. diet mountain dew to help fill up / caffeine up after long walk :)

3pm chocolate, nuts, grapes 100

late snack, 6pm, on drive home: fiber one chocolate chip bar 150, iced coffee to get ready for workout but still relaxed at home in the end until 8pm to start working out...decent still...50,

at home at 7:15pm plums 100, 100 cal pb 

during workout (the pb was really during, and okra indian food 200)

after workout: the sea salt pop chips a bit over 2 servings. 250 piece salami.

1820. satisfied. ;)

2day avg: 2050. perfect.


I am only doing upper and abs tonight, skipping legs (they had enough anyways as i did a full 90minutes tour today so much fun and free!)

In a long time, this was a great weekend because i did things but also had enough time to sleep in a little and relax. first good weekend in awhile, i hope to make more of it this Spring!


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

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

Slept in a little bit, nice!  Great sleep & good plans for this weekend!

Snack: dark chocolate and stevia 80.

Breakfast: cold oats and almond milk with stevia 180, big cup of blueberries 100.

360. probably a coffee 50

410...still feeling a bit tired / cramps / but TOM not here. last couple times have been weird with symptoms a full week before PMSing. i hope they die down soon bc i feel like i'm being a little more rude to people in the midst of all of this!

small, healthy lunch: roll 120 with avo 80 and egg 70, smoked salt (love this). 270, something to drink also. 

Snacking: one more chocolate 80 after the concert, followed at close to 5pm by iced coffee back at home 50, protein bar back at home 200. 350. (trying to save room for a dinner, later!) ...gonna research the 19/20 districts i have researched now...then i'll just have one left to go...maybe i can finish both of them today :) then i just need to start buying tickets to things!

1050, good...

spiked seltzer and added extra stevia lol 100 cal, salad 50, awesome mushroom dish 50, awesome carrot with breadcrumbs and garlic dish 100! so good!...followed by a few roasted potatoes 100-150 (not much), wonderful chicken thigh 250?, and some chips though not a ton 150-200. big bite (literally) of tres leches cake (very tasty) 100 or less, later on a cookie 100, and lots of fruit 100. total here: 1150-1200.

2250, EXCELLENT and satisfying. healthy.

bc i kept portions regular, and didn't overindulge, calories worked out! but i'm still gaining weight,, so, must eat closer to 2000 per day trying harder during the week.



First on my plan is laundry and organizing. 11-1pm  DONE!

then going to a free concert 2-3pm at a long island library, not in queens as usual, should be an hour of folk guitar / jazz! Once there after the concert, i plan to research paris (maybe) as i won't be alone after the concert so this may not happen. otherwise, i may try to research at home :( i wish our libraries would be open later ...depending on the time, i may stop by my own library to do research, depends on timing as the library will only be open till 5pm, not 6pm like would be more convenient for me today lol. DONE!

I have to pick up seltzers before a get together at my friend's apt tonight, DONE!

starts around 7pm...i've decided to bring Seltzers, many (i was gonna do fruit, but someone asked me to switch and she is already having salad...so i've decided on several setlzers).


Tomorrow i also have a full day of good plans.

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

Donkey on 03/16/2019:
Sounds like a wonderful, fun day! (Except for those darn cramps!) I started to notice that PMS got to be a real issue when I turned 36.

Seltzer water sounds lovely for a party!

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2019:
Yes PMS started for me at 36 happening for a full week before

Donkey on 03/17/2019:
How do you know you are gaining weight?

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2019:
Little extra padding on my waist. Pants are tighter for sure. Scale is a little up even on days when I feel light / not bloated it stays above 115 instead of 114 and the previous 112/114 around when I was going to Florida. Def like 3 lb gain which is a lot - not water fluctuation but actual gain / fat on abdomen / thighs

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