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horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Lately, i am having hungry days and starting with M&M's isn't the smartest as my morning does get hungrier, lol...must remember this tidbit!

3:30am shredded wheat onyorgum cereal sooo good with almond milk 200. woke up a couple times during night and this last time i had a snack as i had a small appetite.

Kombucha 50

8:45am Work 1st breakfast: white chocolate coated peanut M&Ms 200, coffee 50

9:45am Work 2nd breakfast wrap 80, saag spinach 150, egg 70: 300

11&12pm: cashews and pistachios 150

Lunch: TASTY higher cal leftovers from yesterday's lunch with dad...perfect for a snowy day...rice 200?, sauteed eggplant 150?, fried tofu 200?, and some cherry tomatoes 50. total here: 600 (hopefully not more, a lot of sauce somewhat!)

...fine..it will end up a slightly higher cal, around 2200-2300 day)

snacks: i have a dark chocolate cherry and a drink to carry me over..100 i think. and around 50 cal cashews. feeling nauseous like i wanna leave! LOL...just an hour left :)

5pm - staying an hour or so until 6pm (since i don't have sneakers so the commute home will be simple and without exercise so i have an hour to spare!) to research Paris!!! 70 calories of caramel hershey's kisses; and 3more regular kisses 70...chocolates while i research!

dinner: TBD, thinking yogurt and cranberries...or a bar....we'll see.!!! sorpressa pork sausage 100, egg white 20, saag 150 and a piece cheese 30, toasted wrap so good 80. still hungry, but total here: 380., apple 100


3day: 2226

early bedtime i'm thining, since i don't have any exercise goals at all for today :) 


Evening plans: early to bed...cannot seem to get enough sleep lately it's ALL I WANT?!

It snowed, but will warm up and melt easily so i could have walked home tonight the 2.5mi, but i don't have appropriate walking shoes to do the long commute walk..when i get home i do plan on doing the stairs, one time, from my 9th floor up to the 23rd. ...so, 15 flights. it leaves me so winded...the plan is to just do this to raise my heart rate some days of the week ...and try to continue this habit.

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

legcramps on 03/04/2019:
Stair climbing is a great option to work in some extra cardio! And it gets my heart rate climbing pretty fast too - way more than just walking would. Have a great day!

horn_of_plenty on 03/04/2019:
yes - it was always a goal to incorporate it since my apt bldg makes it so easy to do ...with the huge stairwell 23 floors total....and there's a (young-er and fitter than most) retired guy who does them most days...his doing them inspired me to really start getting into it...just starting with 15 floors at first :) my floor 9-23 and take the elevator back down ;)

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 03, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Kombucha 80

Breakfast: pb and candy 120

lunch wrap 80 egg 70 avocado 100. 250, popcorn 100

550 candy 50

early dinner: with dad bc he had a groupon he meant to use and mom will not be able to go with him at any time soon: early 3pm dinner: rice 100, fried tofu 250 and eggplant 150 in sauce hopefully not too much more, naturu roll which was reallly tasty and wrapped in cucumber 150?, and a seaweed salad 150 (we ordered a lot of food bc the groupon was $50) total here approx: 800-1000 ??

5:45 2 cups blueberries 200 (big sale!)

7pm bulletproof high quality collagen protein bar 230

2000, good.

2day 2150

feeling like i may have gained a pound since being back from Florida, but def not worried as also i have been more sedentary on weekends and also at times skipping a  workout during the week...overall, feeling good about weight / calories. 

more important to become more active again on weekends...soon :) 






I keep making a list on my phone then i cannot find it...it's like the app keeps disappearing!?

1. To buy at the supermarket: avocados, veg & fruit, eggs, yogurt, cranberries if available, chicken sausage if availlable, seltzer, kombucha either at supermarket or another location if need be...

2. pick up aminos drinks from Vitamin shop with coupon


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

Donkey on 03/03/2019:
I'm trying to avoid going to the market today. Went yesterday on the way home. Didn't realize we needed eggs and milk. *sigh*

Horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2019:
luckily the supermarket was quicker than usual. i was actually with my dad as we went there since the restaurant was closed for a little bit between lunch and after lunch hours! LOL...so i got the errands done fast in the half hour before eating with him :)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2019:
weirdly enough, the lines were short around 2:30pm in the afternoon!

Donkey on 03/03/2019:
Dinner sounds delish - nice time with your dad. How's your mom coming along? Feeling any pain relief? Will she do any physical therapy?

horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2019:
She is still on a lot of pain meds and able to move around a little bit but not much. She IS thinking more clearly and sitting up wayyyy better than before - she is going to be fine luckily ..... now just the insurance stuff and dealing with the driver’s insurance of woman they hit her. Weirdly that woman did NOT file an accident report yet !

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 02, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

12:30 am 2 corn cakes 150

9am fun size small  mounds candy bar 100

10am breakfast: wheat bran cereal 150 with almond milk 20, Stevia sweetened dark chocolate chips 50, craisins 80, small side of whole milk yogurt 100 also with powdered stevia on top. total here: 400. very tasty. 

11:30am sorpressa salami and a drink 150

12:30: leftover wrap, SO GOOD!, from a coworker wrap 150?, lots of chicken deli meat so tasty 150?, some spicy mayo not much tho 100, avocado 100, and a few veggies in it. 500

3:45-4pm snack: iced coffee and entenman's cookie bar total 200, also my amino drink. 

6pm-6:30pm before workout: wrap 80, one piece of the sorpressa salami 20, 1/4 lg avocado 100. 200 :) and smoked salt :) couple clementines 50

during workout Coconut water 150, getting too hungry so peanut butter 100, more coconut water 50

after workout: protein bar really good one by Bulletproof i found at the store. 250

2300, excellent.


gym or maybe just apt workout, soon....want to get out of apt but debating just working out at home, AGAIN! lol home workouts are soooo convenient.  i've been very sleepy today bc really didn't sleep great this week, or enough for me personally, so, just laying around and got laundry done, called Spectrum to remove cable TV, and signed up for a walk on the airport runway with my friend Jen and her daughter and mom for April mid month before my trip! can't wait!  I think i'm taking off my last work sick day around this time. so it's easier to do this morning walk and since it's also close to my Paris trip!  The other sick day will be the week following this one, but it's booked with a lot of dr appts (yearly physicals and optical).

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

Donkey on 03/02/2019:
It's too bad that you can't have a gym membership that charges by the use, rather than a monthly fee, as it seems you are doing more of your workouts at home! I had a similar thought for myself - having a punch-card rather than a membership - for my next step in weight training adventures!!! (lol)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/02/2019:
i have been thinking how i will not join a gym again...and just pay per day when i do go!!! :)

some gyms let you pay per use...and since i hardly go, this could save me money!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/02/2019:
punch cards would be awesome! :)

horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 01, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: bag of white chocolate peanut butter M&M's 200, wrap 80, half avocado 150, egg 70, smoked salt, coffee 50. 

snack: first a bar 170 then salted cashews 200 total.

Lunch 600-650 lunch was good, leftovers, very filling..now sleepy.

5pm-6:45pm (staying at work to research Paris for an hour tonight) snacks: clementine..cashews 50, drinks 50, chocolate 100, more cashews 50, before leaving office a brown rice krispie treat 100


Dinner: TBD 250

2050 total

 Middle of night: corn cakes 150



I went to bed prob around 10:30 and up around 5:30...later than expected but a VERY deep sleep last night!  around 7 hours, but i do prefer 8-9 hours.  very tired today after this crazy week since several nights were shorter sleep / interrupted sleep.



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

legcramps on 03/01/2019:
I hope you get to catch up on some sleep this weekend! I want to as well, I can already tell that i'm just not up to par at work anymore - glad it's Friday!

horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2019:
SAME HERE, I'M FALLING ASLEEP IN MY SEAT THIS AFTERNOON. not a good feeling to be this tired...

Donkey on 03/01/2019:
It's been a stressful week for you for sure. It really does take a toll. Look at me, I had to get away just so that I could relax and THINK.

horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2019:
i'm right there with you...now staying at work to research Paris for a little bit with some tasty low cal drinks i just went out for :)

Donkey on 03/01/2019:
PS I'm in Madison, Wisconsin...

horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2019:
oh....will you eat cheese?! LOL...enjoy!!!! i'm sure that's a nice place to stay!!!!

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 28, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

very sleepy since after lunch. didn't go outside today for lunch so just extra tired.

but stayed at work late bc i came late and now staying to look into one more arrondissement of Paris...bc i haven't done ANY research this week...gotta do something for myself now!

exerise 2.5mi walk home from train.


Kombucha 50

Breakfast def wrap and egg...250, COFFEE 50, and i went looking for carbs - small pasty around 100 cal i think. 

snacks: either cashews or a bar

Lunch: corned beef again 200, pepper 50, half bagel 200, indian eggplant 150

snacks: crackers so tired 120, later a clementine, more tea, almonds 150 more

6pm more almonds, tea, granola bar at work 250

dinner: TBD - i want to take some of the indian food home that i didn't even eat yet - creamed spinach (palak)    yogurt and cooked cranberries and prob with the last protein muffin i have at home :) 400


2120 6day avg

really want to sleep earlier tonight. no plans for extra exercise tonight after work.


went to bed after midnight and slept till around 6:30-6:45. got a decent workout in and cleaned up around the apt too as i was working out. i do enjoy these home workouts in that i usually get some other stuff done as i'm working out that wouldn't be done if i went to the gym.




It's 8am...Gotta leave apt really soon...i was able to sleep in a bit. woke up before alarm though...i guess i have one thing in particular on my mind that i must fix today...maybe discuss later if i am up to writing about it...bit of a nuissance.


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

Maria7 on 02/28/2019:
Hope you have a nice day, HOP!

horn_of_plenty on 02/28/2019:
thank you....i will when my head hits the pillow tonight!!!!!!!!!!!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Feb 27, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

worked out, with some distractions (good ones) from 8:30-11:45pm.

I'm thinking the next workout should be Saturday, not Friday night...this is up for debate. I skipped, again, a workout this week.


evening bigger edit:

Bus delays gettinng home and i was also slightly delayed leaving the office due to family / personal reasons today of needing to go back to try to get something out of the mail - to do that tomorrow morning. talk about it another time bc i have no energy for nuissance type things like this!

i got home late, close to 7pm....i'll be going in an hour late tomorrow but my PLAN was to be home around 6:30 not 7pm! grrrrr! ah well! 

workout soon....need to rest on the couch first, as i stood most of the commute and need to recoop with a snack and coffee.


kombucha 50

8:30am-9am Breakfast: toasted wrap new thing i'm doing on the oven 80, avocado 100, salt and pepper, egg 70. 250, coffee 50, and then i wanted sugar source and had the last package of reese's pieces real peanut butter cups not my sugar free version 200. 

snack: need to get back onto the health swing of things or my skin is gonna break out...hence the importance of having avocado...snack probably salted cashews. 200

lunch: more corned beef from my freezer 200!, half bagel 200 i'd like to toast if possible, indian food eggplant 200, orange pepper 50. 650

snacks: clementine / more nuts 100

before exercise: iced coffee / bar (simply must continue this, cannot go to see my mom again tonight....just can't be done as i have to do certain things for myself to keep myself ok...sorry..) 200 and banana and starting an amino drink...just relaxing a bit...

exercise....getting there.....

during exercise: have a couple bananas at home, will pick up a couple very strong flavored drinks that are aminos but no caffeine on the way home maybe!...trying to get home so i can start up that workout...BUT ALSO BE ABLE TO DO THE WORKOUT WITH ENOUGH DRINKS AND OPTIONS...YES, REALLY. another banana 100, peanut butter 100

after exercise: possibly a wrap and avocado with egg...not sure.   protein muffin, yogurt, cooked cranberries. 350

2400, fine ! 

5day avg: 2100, good




I'll do a home weights routine tonight. really wanted it done Tuesday of this week, as to not start skipping workouts again just when i was starting to improve again, but, had no idea what the week would entail.


Edit no walk or workout last night (Tuesday)- stayed at work a hair later and rushed home to get car and go to mom. Left a lot later from mom and home at 10pm so workout tomorrow. And going to work usual time Wednesday morning so i can leave on time - since I’ll be exercising today Wednesday and last thing i want to do is start the exercise LATE! So, on time today... 

sleep all week is going to be rough.  i'm not sure what i'm doing on the weekend, but i'm going to stick with weights routines both tonight and friday night would be the smarter thing to do...but i'm considering just working out on Saturday...not sure...i prefer to see my mom on Sunday, but, will have to see what dad has to say but i'm not going to be going back to hospital during this week ....too much traveling with the city commute...it's rough for my dad, very sorry...he has a meeting to go to today in the city in the morning but will be with my mom after that - he has a little more "flex" than i do as i have very set schedule as most people do at work. and mom will be OK so that's why i am going to work.  she's just in a lot of pain with 7 ribs broken.

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

legcramps on 02/27/2019:
Take care of yourself right now; it's hard when you're thinking of your Mom, but you need to make sure you're doing ok too! It will be tough for your Dad, but he will make it work.

Great eats! I love bagels, but I tend to overdo it if I have them available at home. So they are now a treat every once in awhile instead.

I dropped off the avocado wagon and should get back on it.

horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
YOU SAID IT BEST. yes, my dad is making it work...i just wish to send him some sleep! he's def not sleeping :(

same thing with bagels...just a treat. i don't digest them that well i don't think!?

avocado's are a blessing to my skin, i'll tell you that!

Donkey on 02/28/2019:
When my husband fell and was in the hospital for 5 days, it was quite difficult to visit him. I shortened my workday, grabbed fast food, had to drive to pick up the kids and then go to the hospital in the opposite direction... it was really hard.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/28/2019:
yes, i can see how difficult it must have been. too much indeed.

this must have happened when your kids were a bit younger?

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Edit no walk or workout - stayed at work a hair later and rushed home to get car and go to mom. Left a lot later from mom and home at 10pm so workout tomorrow. And going to work usual tine tomorrow since I’ll be exercising tomorrow not tonight 

sleep all week is going to be rough.  i'm not sure what i'm doing on the weekend, but i'm going to stick with weights routines both tonight and friday night would be the smarter thing to do...but i'm considering just working out on Saturday...not sure...i prefer to see my mom on Sunday, but, will have to see what dad has to say but i'm not going to be going back to hospital during this week ....too much traveling with the city commute...it's rough for my dad, very sorry...he has a meeting to go to today in the city in the morning but will be with my mom after that - he has a little more "flex" than i do as i have very set schedule as most people do at work. and mom will be OK so that's why i am going to work.  she's just in a lot of pain with 7 ribs broken.

 4day avg: 2020


Middle of night: hard corn tortilla 50

Morning: kombucha 50

Breakfast: Coffee 50, wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avocado with smoked salt and pepper 100. 

bar 200

Lunch: from home corned beef i made, along with indian food here, leftovers:  corned beef 150? half lg bagel 200, lots of indian eggplant sauteed spread 200, cherry tomatoes negligible.  550.

Snack: TBD apple. 100

Wrap 80 avocado 80 egg 70.250 zevia drink

9pm cliff bar on way home from mom and decaf in car 300



Edit later morning Plan for today: leave work after lunch (1pm or so), go home (maybe do some of walk - not all but might as well walk in the sun a portion if boss is letting me out i might as well walk for even 20 min as part of my commute home -) get car and drive to visit mom in hospital wth broken ribs as she was hit by car...stay with her till dad gets home later around 7:30pm? 

then, exercise tonight.

luckily, i will come to work later tomorrow, an hour late, clocks are already set to sleep in an extra hour.


sleep not the best but not the worst. I slept like 9:30-midnight and 1:30am-5:30am...7.5 hours, not that bad, actually, just a little interrupted.  seems that i prefer over 8 hours average in general and many times i do better with 9! not kidding...


Last night i went to bed shortly after 9pm but didn't stay asleep. At midnight i woke up to get a drink / use the bathroom but realized when i looked at my phone i had several missed calls from dad and my sister even texted me to call her. I texted my dad i was asleep and he called to say my mom had several broken ribs and some stitches in her head bc she was hit my a car :-( ....

so my sister was very upset and crying over it bc my mom had visited her and her baby all day, and she was hit after getting off the train around 7pm last night walking to her car she parked at the train station. also my mom was spending lots of time with the new baby, my sister's baby, so, he was even ahead of the milestones for his month, displaying extra abilities that a month older baby would have! so, my sister is sad that my mom cannot be there right now, for awhile, helping her with her baby.

...So i spoke to my sister on the phone a half hour or so then my dad as i called to ask if i should come to the hospital today as i think she'll be there for a few days.  She is alert and no broken bones thank gosh except the ribs which heal on their own.

She is on lots of pain meds, at least last night, and very weak, but alert. She will be ok...she has had a VERY BAD year, my mom. So, i might go visit her tonight in the hospital, but my dad said i should go to work. He isn't and will stay with her. He has a meeting tonight that he is in charge of and speaks at, his meetiing, so he may go and then i may go to see my mom while he's away....so i'll skip my own union meeting....then, i was still thinking ot exercise....lucky i can go into work an hour late tomorrow....crazy!

I know i don't sound very upset about my mom - i am just thankful it's not any worse and i feel she will get better. We don't have police report yet to know what happened. in some ways, i'd almost rather NOT know the reasons...but yes, i am interested, just sometimes it's better to not know how it happened. 

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

legcramps on 02/26/2019:
Oh my goodness, that's terrible, i'm sorry to hear about your Mom! Speedy recovery to her!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
Thank you so much, legs! She was a bit out of it in pain and not feeling good....but the great thing is she is going to be very ok in a couple months :)

Donkey on 02/26/2019:
Logging in from my phone to let you know how sorry I am to hear that this happened to your mom. I'm glad you took time to be with her. I hope she heals quickly!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
Thank you so much for the kind words! :) we are all very grateful that she will be ok in the end !!!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8

Edit: I am coming into work an hour late wednesday (as i will be up late working out) and i'm staying an hour late after work to make up for it on that same day :) that's the best solution to going to both a meeting and working out afterwards!


Happy Monday...starting the day off right with a good breakfast and decent sleep. kombucha 100

Breakfast: english muffin 150, avocado 80, egg 70, salt and pepper, coffee 50. 

snacks:  or other bar 200

Lunch: leftovers :) salad with a few croutons 150 and small pieces of roasted peppers, tofu 100, fried potato indian aloo tiki tasty and just the right size! 200, 1/4 avocado 80. total here: 550.

Snacks: cashews 150, decaf hot green tea from work

candies on walk 50

GOT A HAIRCUT at 7pm and picked up kombucha locally as i was in shock there was a great variety in the first store i tried, a fancy pharmacy, right next to the barbershop by my bus stop :)

dinner:...not exactly sure! maybe another frozen cauliflower crust :) and with yogurt for dessert is what i'm thinking!..    i found protein muffins (microwavable) at the fancy pharmacy (and it's opposite a NYC low income housing many using food stamps, but it's like the BEST pharmacy in queens!?)  anyways, had a blueberry microwavable muffin 250 and whole milk greek yogurt 250 with stevia. and tea....still a little hungry but holding off i think.

1900 before bed. :)

3day avg: 2075, good!

Tuesday, tomorrow, is a very long day. work, union meeting from 6-7pm and workout that evening. after tuesday, i'm home free until one more workout on Thursday evening :) Next workout will be happily Sunday, maybe at the gym this weekend :)

I am glad i asked my supervisor if it was ok to come an hour late Wednesday, i'll sleep in a little bit after the workout which is after the meeting... :) i'll stay late, no biggie, to make up - which will be good, i plan to maybe also do further Paris research for the last half hour or something. ;)...or just do work...but today i haven't even thought about Paris...so, must finish this research by April 1st...i do NOT want to be planning Paris the same month i have the trip!



I've decided not to take a day Wednesday as the weather is cold. I'll have to just deal with less sleep this week or a skipped workout, haven't decided yet. Either one is not best, but, a working person doesn't always have all the freedom we'd like to have each week. I might change my mind and take Wednesaday, but it would be a waste unless i was heading into a busy weekend or something. So, i'm sucking it up and taking this week as it comes ;) 

It's due to a union meeting that ends at 7pm that i wanted to take Wednesday. Instead, I'll just keep on. I'll do my workout on Wednesday, not Tuesday after that meeting. That would be too many scheduled things and lead me to be very stressed. 


Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

silverysparkles on 02/25/2019:
Some coffee brand that is new to me has been making me anxious and making heart palpitations....they are k cups put out by a brand called COMMUNITY. I switched back to my favorite PANERA HAZELNUT brand and it all stopped. I love my coffee but not when it makes me feel like that.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2019:
it must have a LOT of caffeine, i wonder what the dose is per cup for that other brand!?

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 24, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8

2165 2day 

yup, seriously debating a sick day for Wednesday so i can work out, hard, after the union meeting tuesday night and sleep in....this might just happen!


it also means i can go walking and do whatever i want to do that day. it's a possibility.  i think i'll base it on the weather. otherwise, i might just have to skip a day again this week of working out as it's not worth just running ragged with working out and a union meeting in the same night....we shall see.

taking a sick day on wednesday means there's no option to do it in April, and that was really my plan...so, a full week this week...and it can be done!!! :)


Hey Everyone :)

9:30am Earlier morning drinks: iced coffee 50, kombucha 50. 100

11am Breakfast: granola bar 130, wrap 100, whipped peanut butter 120, half lg apple 50. 400

1pm wrap 80, tofu 90, half avocado 150, smoked salt, small salad and roasted veggies 50.  370, popcorn 100

3-3:30pm snacks granola bar and rest of the iced coffee 130....been a lazy weekend, out to gym soon although I think I’d rather workout at home ?! Home workout.  Rice cracker with peanut butter 150 and a little more 100

definitely a home workout - didn’t leave my apt the entire weekend, just relaxing :)

started workout just before 5, so hope to be done around 8pm...i will then go out for a drive to buy some kombucha as i've been home all weekend & want to just get outside for a little bit tonight....MAYBE...this can change ;)

during workout: coconut water 150, water, zevia drinks

after workout 8pm dinner: cauliflower pizza crust 350, 2 egg whites 50, tofu 100. 500.

2000, excellent.


I'm contemplating dating my 2nd to last sick day (they renew may 1st), on Wednesday. If i do that, i can finish this walk, relax, go to bed have a busy monday and tuesday and workout again at the gym Wednesday during the day...i'm almost positive that's what i'm doing...my other "sick day" involves a lot of appts in a few more weeks from tomorrow...


i was gonna save a sick day for April, before i go away to Paris, but, i'm feeling like i need it now.

or, i can just keep my head up, relax, and realize i CAN DO this...and it's not important right now to keep my strength and fitness "all star calliber" and that if i start to miss here and there, i'll get back on track....!

this is the thing important for the rest of 2019 after Paris, it's to IMPROVE fitness, not just maintain (did a great job maintaining this year, but, i'm going to try to improve it next year - less trips - more single days off...and making it easier not to get overwhelmed and exhausted by weekends.


I've successfully connected my cable box from my Tv and hooked up the antenna. Plan now is to return the cable box to the Spectrum store next weekend (totally not into doing any trips there today!) It will add to monthly savings of $35 to remove TV from my cable bill, sounds good!

Ricky was the one who came over and happily helped me set it up...was very simple for him!


gym this afternoon, also need to get kombucha



Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

silverysparkles on 02/24/2019:
Is there a big difference in the programs you get now?

Horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2019:
YES...i liked it better before but never really took advantage of those channels. I don't watch much TV. So, i decided it's not worth me paying $35/month to not use the service :) so, if i want to watch the news when i'm getting ready in the morning, i should be able to find news on the antenna in the morning! :) it's a good savings over the course of a year, i feel.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2019:
$35x12 = 420 which can be used in other ways, for instance, most of a flight somewhere.

silverysparkles on 02/24/2019:
If you don't use it then that was a good choice. Better the $ be in your pocket then theirs.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2019:
yeah, this is why...

I'm just lazy even turning on the tv...except i do watch news as i get ready in the mornings :)

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8

Good Morning :) I slept really well and even with a sleeping pill, i got out of bed before 9am.

9am breakfast, indulgent: final cup of Grain Berry cereal with almond milk & stevia 150, 1 cup chobani 5% whole milk Greek yogurt 250, with Lily's dark chocolate chips 100.  Soon kombucha / iced coffee also!!  total here: 550-600.

12pm lunch: indian Aloo Tikki (like a fried potato patty very much seasoned so you don't eat more than 1 bc it's nice and spicy!) 200, palak creamed spinach 150, tofu 100. 450. yum.

1:30-2:30 Snacking lots of fruit 200 (big apple, lots of strawberries)

4pm: ice cream, entire smallish pint 300

6pm  Almond keto bread 300, sausage 100, wrap 50 with indian spread 150

Snack cooked cranberries 50, more cran 50, yogurt 80.

2330 :)



I might do my gym workout this evening because I have a union meeting this coming Tuesday and if i want to workout Monday night after work, it means i have to workout tonight so i have the appropriate rest days inbetween...it would be good for me to stay on track as i've just begun to gain back a lot of the strength i've lost since the first half of Winter!

GYM TOMORROW - prefer a day fully at home today. will do laundry and clean hamster cage, maybe cook. totally a rest day...reading. want to finish this book so badly but have a lot more to go! i love all the learning experiences Powell writes about. he mentions mistakes and lessons learned, just an overall excellent book for any working person who deals with people on a daily basis :)

Now less confusing things, I want to do all my laundry, especially my bedding since i didn't wash it for i think 3 weeks oops due to trying to save a lot of time the past two weekends lol. and i also want to clean the hamster cage. this will all be done before i leave my apt today. also, i want to keep reading this Colin Powell book.

I have started researching Paris.  There are 20 districts - in French they are called Arrondissements. It's so hard for me to remember this word so i've been typing it a LOT when i email and research these 20 areas / neighborhoods / districts of Paris. By researching each one, i'm deciding if it's worthwhile to stop in that place as well as what i want to see while there!!  

It's nice to have a system of researching Paris. It all started with my coworker asking me if i have researched the neighborhoods of which she said there was 12...but we took a look together and noticed there were 20! She gave me the hint, about the arrondissements as i didn't know about them at all...to get me into a frame of mind to start researching. now, i've researched half of them, the ones farther from the center of Paris, arrondissements 10-20. The more challenging ones will be the first 10, as they are closer to the center (district 1) of Paris!

Progress as of today: 0.2 lbs lost so far, only 1.8 lbs to go!

silverysparkles on 02/23/2019:
An apple here today too. It's easy to forget how tasty simple fruit is.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2019:
you are sooo right! there were times i hardly ate any fruit...what a waste as you are right it's so tasty and inexpensive really.

Donkey on 02/23/2019:
I knew that Paris had districts and that the lower the number, the more expensive the cost of real estate becomes - thank you, House Hunters International (lol). May I recommend that you look into what Rick Steves recommends? He has a travel show on PBS (don't know if you've ever watched it), and he often recommends ideas that are not as mainstream but yet authentic and interesting (and often lower budget). He has a website and videos. I believe he has travel books too. :)

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2019:
Yes I came across his books but library doesn’t have his - I’ll look online !

I could have done research today but just relaxed instead lol

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2019:
And yes I plan not to do everything touristy there - I want to go off the beaten path a little bit indeed !

Donkey on 02/23/2019:
How nice to have a "totally at home" day. I so understand that! That's why I was worried about last night and then going to the movies, but I think I'll have enough time tomorrow, at home, to recharge.

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2019:
Lately I am needing these types of days. It’s a bit of a waste here at home I don’t even want to be productive.

Last night walking home I had some heavier things with me for the 3 miles, so, I think when I got up today I was feeling sore and that really made me want to be home - I’m sure the sleeping pill also from last night didn’t help things today.

Now I’m complaining ! It’s nice to be home all day !

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