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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 !

horn_of_plenty - Friday Feb 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8

Happy Friday to everyone!

Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast: coffee 50, wrap 80, egg 70, half avocado 150, reese's homemade sf cup 200.  ...everything is so low carb...i actually have been starting to crave more healthy carbs for breakfast and will prob change this up, soon, to making healthy carb breakfasts - like bars and other treats. we'll see.

Snack: ATKINS coconut coated chocolate 170

Lunch: leftovers from home (and walking to get Indian while at lunch today to bring home for dinner and this weekend!) chinese veggie leftovers i cooked 150, chicken sausage 100, fried potato indian patty 200?, some indian palak spinach 150. 600 tops. too much fiber....

snack clementine 50. so much stomach bloating. i hope i go back to my normal digestion next week. and some cashews 100, Granola bar 100

dinner:leftovers i grabbed from work of lots of grilled eggplant and veggies (LARGE PORTION) 250? and a portion of baked ziti! change of pace huh!? 350? possibly more due to cheese. 600 indian and tofu and rice cakes?...sounds good! with strawberries dessert probably

2250 :)

7 day is approx 2160, decent for sure. nice to end with carbs. i'm taking a sleeping pill and plan to sleep thru the night  now.


exercise today: my 5k commuter walk home from subway :) as it will rain all weekend so today is the only good day to get in an outdoors 3mi (5k!) walk!  this will be a new way for me to enter my walking distances.

One day, I hope to be able to do a 10k walk again. When i was in my mid-20's, i had worked my way all the way up to being able to walk 8 miles at a time with very minimal rest throughout. It'd be nice to eventually at least get to 6miles again which is a 10k.  

Of course though, my main goal IS NOT distance but cardio strength. Therefore, come spring time (SOON!), it'll be BACK TO JOGGING TRAINING. with the dark evenings and cold temps, i have skipped all jogging this winter as i'd rather sleep and stay healthy these months. MAY 2019 - back to jogging training.



My plan for resuming jogging is in MID SPRING, after my Paris trip. I figure it's enough to get myself ready for the trip, feeling good to walk around all of Paris, and to resume training for jogging when I am home. 

Over the summer, I am NOT doing any traveling. 

I have gone thru the trip options and eliminated all but 2.

I'd like to do one fall weekend trip if possible (New Orleans) and an Egypt (Cairo) trip in the New Year 2020. 

The rest of this year May until December, I'm home and working on cardio goals.  This will be the big push. Then, from Fall '19 THRU Winter '20, I plan to mostly be HOME, not traveling next winter, and working on cardio.  Next winter 2020, i'm going to be KEEPING cardio in the winter, and lowering my weights routine to a faster workout - eliminating some exercises....

This will be a final push for Court Officer goals. So, After Paris, I'm going to start planning how to make the court officer thing POSSIBLE and not just a dream like the NYPD cop thing turned out to be bc i was unprepared physically.


feeling much better than i did last weekend and this whole week. must have been hormones mostly.

didn't sleep much last night, so i'm really, really looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow - possible sleeping pill tonight. 

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

legcramps on 02/22/2019:
That's an awesome walk! Enjoy!

Yeah, TOM is here for me, and I think it is greatly affecting my hormones. Ugh. Why can't life just be easy?! LOL, just kidding, it's just those hormones kicking in.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2019:
TOM is annoying and after your years of preventing it, i'm sure it's something to get used to again!

good thing to think is how most women are in your boat, too...and try to work to get used to it again.

all i know is that it's good we continue to exercise during it...unlike any women who make the excuse not to.

it helps it along, the exercise! :) and makes symptoms pass easier.

legcramps on 02/22/2019:
P.S. How are you liking your peanut butter cups? If you don't mind sharing the recipe, I would like to try making them! They look delicious! And I LOVE peanut butter cups!!

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2019:
they were tasty but HIGH CALORIES, no fiber. they are nice taste, taste is like an adult treat bc i made them with dark chocolate. so it's a rich taste. not low calorie for the size at all. very dense. the taste is very nice.


recipe at link above.

Donkey on 02/23/2019:
I *loved* reading about your goals. Do you have to take a shooting test for court officer?

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8


snack / breakfast: reese's pb cup sugar free 200, coffee 50

breakfast: wrap, egg, 1/4 avocado: 250

other snack: cashews 200

lunch: from home, similar to yesterday chinese mix veggies big amount 250?, chicken sausage 100, popcorn 100. later part of clementine. 500

3:30-4pm almonds. 100. of course my stomach is screwed up after too many veggies i guess after lunch??? still bathroom issues big time! you know, i think it's the popcorn! 

overflowing over 2 cups blueberries and iced coffee 300, pretzels too. 100.

8pm-11pm probably (really slow workout) during (the start really still) of my workout just go too hungry and had whipped peanut butter a serving 150, coconut water 120

11pm after workout: wrap and egg 150, half avocado 150. 300.


6day:  2140, good.


Something i DO look forward to (and leaving at 4:45pm because i got into work early - doesn't mean i actually got to work early, but i was here...) i'll be a good person and leave at 5pm or 5min before but not any earlier...since i took a lot of time outside at lunch! - STRONG WEIGHTS ROUTINE TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! :) and my iced coffee :) wooohoooo

Friday plan - starting to crave Indian, so, buying it at lunch to take home for the weekend, probably. 

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

Donkey on 02/21/2019:
I think it's the hormones that are still messing with your stomach. Too many vegetables can do it, too, though. I hope you feel better soon.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2019:
i do think my stomach is worse 75% due to hormones, yes, i think you are very right this time around was weird! as it was no pain really. just lethargic, VERY MOODY before, during & after, and stomach issues.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Feb 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8


Above tonight I made the sugar free peanut butter cups! You make each layer and freeze for 10 minutes before adding the next. Then you freeze the whole thing for a half hour before putting into the fridge! Great and very tasty recipe ! It's 3 layers: chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate. everything mixed with coconut oil and a few other ingredients! very decadent. higher cal, but only sugar is what was in the peanut butter which is a low amount of course! keto style.

1900 total cals today after taste testing the recipe !

2100 5day avg, good.

Will do around 5 minutes of stair climbing in my apt bldg stairwell (just walking from 9th floor up to the 22nd and back down in the elevator)...i want to add this weekly at least.

Lately, i'm having an issue with moodiness and feeling sad. i think it's just trying to forget about this guy Jason as since the lunch dates and communication was over a slightly long period of time for me, i'm every once in awhile reminded of the situation. but it is 75% forgotten already. but as you see, i just remembered now at work and that's why i wrote about it.

Edit at 9:45am: Paris library travel book is on request...i'll get it later this week probably  :)

Kombucha 50 

Dark choc coffered espresso beans lol from another coworker (this was nice!) 100, Cliff Bar 250, Coffee 50. (was in the mood, still, for sweets).

Snack: wrap 80, 1/4 avocado 80, egg 80, smoked salt and black pepper. 250. Bar 200


Lunch: I made it! woohoo. chicken sausage 100, stir fried asian eggplant and green veggies. YUM! 200? and popcorn 100. apple 100 450-500.

snacks: almonds salted cashews / apple 200

Dinner: TBD. 5% fat overflowing cup greek yogurt with stevia 250, cooked cranberries 50 and 1 last cup i had in my fridge of sugar free jello negligible cals. 300...

Bedtime will be earlier :) 


Stomach is still not great at all! For some reason my whole routine is off and i'm using the bathroom in the night and evening aside from in the morning. eh, it'll switch itself back.


Our weather is going to be messy I believe on the commute home, so i'm going to wear my rain/snow boots and just take it easy tonight. No plans for a long walk or extra exercise. I will def enjoy a nice, earlier bedtime compared to last night!  I always tend to go to bed late on my weights nights. It's a long routine, with rests, around 3 hours, but I enjoy it and do NOT want to change it. I do snack during the routine and drink lots of fluids.

With taxes done, I really am eager to start delving into reading about Paris. I'll actually take a book out of the library to look at during my commute. 

I still have the other book, Colin Powell's autobiography, and i didn't want to stop reading it without finishing it :( I have around 200 pages left out of over 600. I'm going to try to finish it by the end of this weekend. I'd rather finish it before getting the book on Paris. 


I went to bed around 11pm after a good workout. A lot of the workout went very efficiently and at a good pace. I do stop to do little tasks (since i am home!) during my workout. For instance, I may clean up the kitchen or clean up papers.  And last night I decided, near the end of my workout when i want little breaks anyways, to send in my taxes!!!!

I had the taxes already completed and ready to send, so i just had to fill out a few quick answers to prove my identify with Turbo Tax and then around 15 min later after going thru their questions and information, off my taxes went! Woohoo. This year, i'm getting around $1k back of which will go to my savings. :)  Basically, it's not extra, it's more like i'm paying back what i've borrowed from that account this year! I'm very happy to get anything back! 


I have been, here and there, able to forget about Jason. It's a good thing of that. 

I'm a single person and prob will be that way for a long time to come. I had no plans to be dating now and i'm happy i'm not.

I figure maybe i'll be 40 and start dating. I'm still in the process of increasing fitness.

I also realize that some of the traveling is distracting. I have to be able to improve fitness and travel, not travel and lose fitness. 

So, i'm thinking about it. 

I will have shorter travels this / next year overall with Paris being the longest trip, probably, unless there' s a better flight deal.

Believe it or not, I've started to think about other trip options for the fall: New Orleans or Nashville (both are just maybe's).  And for the New Year, there's an option for Cairo, Egypt. Lastly, Peru is an option too. The latter two would be with Rosie, the one I stayed with in Florida and who i went to both Israel and Columbia with! 

I'm trying to travel because i feel safe enough at my job, if that makes sense. I feel security enough to enjoy life moreso than the past outside of work. Be able to travel and come back to a job and nice people.


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

Donkey on 02/20/2019:
We ended up having to pay taxes this year - bigly. Not happy about that. It's hard to come up with a large, unexpected sum of money like that.

I hope your stomach problems resolve themselves. Some months are different, and this may be a month where the hormones are affecting your digestive system more so than other months. I tend to agree with you that this will reconcile itself. It's just uncomfortable getting to that point, right?

I see where you are coming from with this guy, now, and I completely agree. I think you have other things in life to focus on that WILL come to fruition. Don't need to waste any more time on something that ends in frustration or goes nowhere. Got it.

Are you supposed to rest between sets for long periods of time? I could never figure that out. There's so much conflicting information out there.

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2019:
No, you do NOT need to rest long periods at all. I only start resting longer the more into the long workout i get...but your workout is not 3 hours, like mine is ;)

I like to switch exercises, like do a set of biceps and then a set of triceps. and i do that pattern 3 times, for 3 sets. You need less rest when you switch between muscle groups so they can rest a little as you transfer to the next exercise on the opposite / different body part.

for instance, i'll do lunge type exercise for my legs, but then switch to abs. then i'll do these two exercises back to back (sometimes yes with rest - but not much) 3x for the 3 sets.

by swapping between muscle groups, you can save yourself some rest.

some exercises though, i do the 3 sets in a row, especially towards the end of my workout, then i rest more. for instance, i do overhead chest press with heavier weights (30lbs is my limit for many years i keep getting stronger but then i get weaker, and i'm always on the 30# weights for this) laying down on the bench, i do the 3 sets in a row, with extra rest inbetween each (sometimes more than 2min for sure inbetween).

also, doing bicep curls i do each arm at a time and need to rest before continuing to the other arm for a minute or so to get my oxygen fully back to do a good set of biceps on the opposite arm (the second arm lol).

i rest less at the beginning of the workout. but, i do not just do my weights routine like a cardio routine without rest.

however, for many months i've gotten distracted a little bit, and start to research or do little things as the workout progresses into the night. i don't recommend this, but, i'll say the exercise and more oxygen to the brain has me more alert than when i'm just relaxing home on the couch and sometimes it leads to me thinking about things in a positive way or wanting to get things done at home...like my taxes to finally get them in last night.

i've decided that on these days where i have the late nights exercising, i'm bound to be up later and maybe progress during the workout to thinking about other things going on in my life and i welcome (to a limited degree) these distractions...

you want to have good reps. so, if you need to rest after something for a minute or so (i'm never watching the clock for exact rest, no way! i just do what i feel...), do it.

you want a good set each time you are lifting. strong reps to start.

however, there are times when i try to do a set when i'm not completely rested for the "best"...it's when i'm really trying to increase strength on my abs and pushups...

but most exercises, i want to go into each set STRONG and end where i can't do much more (or anymore without chance of injury....)

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2019:
PS - sorry you owed taxes, that's quite a frustrating thing when you least expect it!

legcramps on 02/20/2019:
Sorry to hear about your tummy troubles! Hopefully they pass soon. Great job on the weights workout!

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2019:
yeah, for some reason my digestive system is opposite the way it usually is. i keep needing the bathroom after work and during work, with extra bloating, instead of more in the morning!

I am almost back to regular and the weights once again are improving...i feel the strength coming back again!

Donkey on 02/21/2019:
Again, hormones may have to do with the moodiness. I encourage you to try to ride it out at least until TOM is over, be kind to yourself, maybe pamper yourself a little. If you're still feeling out of sorts when the hormones have settled down, then maybe take a step further.

Some months are really, really rough with the hormones. The good part is, though, that if it's hormones, it will pass. If it's depression, then that can be more difficult to navigate.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2019:
such a good tip from you regarding hormones. i do think that's 99% of it this time around. and the winter weather / lack of sun.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.8

Morning: kombucha 50

Work breakfast: coffee 50, Quest Hero Bar (in the mood for sweets / sweet tasting breakfast) 170. apporx 250 

Snack / 2nd breakfast: wrap 80, egg 80, 1/4 avocado 80, salt and pepper. 250.

11am really tired, dragging. reese's chocolate bar thing 100 half of it. (really feeling down today, dragging...) even my stomach, still a major issue, bloating and stuff for a week., the rest the chocolate after lunch 120

Lunch: chicken soup from coworker 400, chips 100. 500

almonds 100 and candies 50

6:30 before workout nature valley cocoa almond butter cookie package, iced coffee at home 250, blueberries 100, zevia drink, coconut water during 150

after exercise: natural type of protein bar 250. :)


4day: 2150, good!


In all honesty, i def woke up on the WRONG side of the bed and i'm feeling quite tired since getting out of bed. Slept poorly bc i woke up a few times with stomach troubles during the night.  

also, honestly, i'm just annoyed about the guy - Jason - situation. I had never wanted to date him in the first place. It's like i had a gut feeling against it many months ago. Then, i date him and it's going ok, but he then pulls back by texting less. I'm just annoyed that it couldn't work out because it's obvious right now and also the fact of how much i'd like a guy to like me, but personally it'd be better if i liked the guy also outright from the start. I'm just annoyed that something that could have been good with maybe a different man if he was a different man!?, it could have had opportunity to grow. but it really seems this is not the man to even try with due to the fact he shows no attempt to try himself. eh, i just want to erase it from my mind. I don't need it now. 

I could still use everyone on DD's advice here, even if it doesn't agree with my thinking:

I have my trips, my friends. My court officer / physical goals. 

I'm done with trying to have a serious relationship. I don't think having a less serious relationship with jason is good either. i just wish to forget him...which will work as long as he doesn't text me. Also, against my will, if he does text me, I will try my best to take always 24hours or more to get back to him.  This needs to pass. I don't want him. I don't want a relationship especially with him. I'm sooo done!


Plan is for weights tonight.

It's def a tired day as my sleep last night was good when i slept, but partially interrupted with stomach issues.  With TOM and all ending this week, I have a feeling stomach should be back to normal midweek. I'm glad i wasn't in much pain this TOM and also my skin was rather clear for the past 2 TOMS due to my healthier eating and better ways of dealing with stress / less stress!

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

legcramps on 02/19/2019:
You should ALWAYS do what you think is best for YOU! Who knows where Jason is coming from or why he's not texting you back right away, but, really - who cares either! If he's not able to communicate with you the way you'd like him to, then I would let him know that and be on your way :) PERIOD. Then, whatever happens after that, at least you know you were completely honest and open with him, and he knew what you needed from him.

I got some crappy sleep last night too, which is not a good way to start off the next couple of really busy weeks. Oi vey!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
yeah, i just don't have time for "games" and it's just weird to me to wait hours to reply to someone. that's a game to me because it's annoying and frustrating. i never really found him appealing, so, that's it i guess. i just liked that he liked me...lol. time for me to move forward.

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
Are you annoyed with yourself? Or at the situation? Or perhaps your expectations? I don't know that this thing is worth that much of your energy, to warrant annoyance or frustration. (((hugs)))

The way I see this is, he's a nice guy, which is great, and you've had a couple of nice lunches, which is also great, but I don't think this will develop into anything more than this. [If I'm wrong, that's completely fine by me.] Rather than texting or trying to flesh out the relationship, I say accept it for what it is - an occasional lunch buddy - or move on. And if you think it's healthier for you to just move on, then do it.

Glad to read that you're still aiming for court officer. It's been a while since you've spoken about it, and I thought maybe your goals had changed.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
yeah, it is all frustrating. i don't want to think about him anymore if there's nothing to think about. i don't date often, so, it was my goal to "make it work." but, it doesn't seem there's really anything to "work" out. so, i'd like to forget and just go back to my usual life...rather than keep thinking he's interested or not and keep debating things. ...i'd like it to be done i guess so i am not distracted any further as it seems to be a waste.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
i'll write only about the court officer thing if something changes / comes of it / applications come out :)

thinkpositive on 02/19/2019:
If your instincts are right, it sounds like things have cooled between both of you. If that’s right you can choose whether to continue or cut it off. Disappointing when things don’t work out as you hoped.Always keep the door open to other possible relationships.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
Thanks Thinkie I appreciate it. I just have had enough of the emotions that come with dating and wondering when I will actually receive a text back how many hours after I sent it :) now I can refocus and keep the door open to other people and situations as you’ve said :)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Happy MONDAY :) totally still feels like a Sunday :)

Breakfast: english muffin 150, half large avocado 150, egg 80, salt and pepper, kombucha 50, small bag of fun size m&m's 50. water. 500. small sips of coffee, included in total.

snacks before lunch 250

bigger lunch: fried small meat cigars 300? Fries 200? Salad with light dressing 150?, bread 150.800.

dinner half avocado 150 wrap 100 chicken sausage 100, some sautéed veggies 150 500


3day = 2133




Off in a little bit to go to NJ for lunch. the NJ is right across the bridge so it will be very easy drive, under an hour :)Having lunch with great aunt, and 2 second cousins. 

Errands after include going to drug store to pick up monthly Rx and supermarket for yesterday's items as well as bread/wraps. Almond Milk, Milk, 2 Cartons Eggs, greek yogurt, Iced Coffee, Salami or Lox   for some reason i cannot unstrike it when copying and pasting lol.

 so this new guy jason is entirely annoying and unreachable. he texts back hours later. I'm still not going to just "not text" him because i'm being me. i'm not changing myself. we'll see how it goes.

ricky is coming over to help me set up my tv antenna so i can cancel my cable tv service this week, saving around $35 a month. every bit helps! and i hardly watch TV,so this is  a no-brainer. it helps offset the costs of my high phone bill (new phone, and higher service fee since i'm not part of family plan anymore).




Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
You make a good point about this guy not being the right guy for you because he doesn't communicate the way you need him to. So... good guy friend for lunch buddy but I see now that this probably won't evolve beyond that.

Lunch with the extended family sounds like it went well! I hope you enjoyed your visit.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
lol, i got a little blunt and on Monday when he texted me back over an hour later after i initially texted him, i wrote "you are soooo unreachable! lol".....i don't have time for it now...it's annoying to me :)

it's all good, at least i got the experience of 3 lunch dates.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
also, while he's fun and easy going, he hasn't really "taught" me much...i'd rather critique it now.

he'd have to try much harder if he'd be interested in another date.

I will TURN DOWN any next offer he makes. I don't have time for this kinda thing of unknowing.

all weekend, i'm texting everyone else, no issue except for him. I'm not taking that :) Nobody else takes hours to reply. That's his life, but i'm not open to it at all and that's ok! i've been single a long time and this is not the right guy.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Edit: so the guy, he's not really trying at all. For all good intentions, he may just be deciding to pull back and not pursue anything with me right now. i'll have to see him at a union meeting in a couple weeks....not happy about that....because i'd rather it be really separate i guess from union / work / business. actually, i don't even care anymore!

i'm just glad that my life is at a generally slow pace right now, i can exercise, workout, and things are slow...it's a blessing in disguise and i might just need to nudge myself that things are so good.


Good Morning. Naturally up early. Good sleeping.

Woke up with a huge appetite. luckily, i had some things laying around in my fridge to satisfy completely!

8:30am Breakfast: half large wheat bagel still very tasty 200, 1/4 avocado 80, leftover corned beef! 200 so good!, smoked salt and some pepper, drink. 500. iced coffee soon too. 550.

10:45am bar 200

1pm-2pm  lunch: leftover bacon Brussels sprouts and chicken 300, chips and crackers 300. 600., dessert of keto choc chips by Lily's 50.

3pm snack: more water, more chocolate 50 cals

4:30: cranberry preserves with stevia and pinch saffron, whole milk greek yogurt 250

6:30 during workout: 2 cups coconut water 150, tiny apple also., candy. 50

9:30pm After workout - a pretty tasty bar, chocolate raspberry truffle by Think Thin. better than most of what that company offers :) approx 250

2150, excellent. 

2day: 2175. good!

Looking forward to tomorrow and a change of pace that it'll be. Maybe a little more reading tonight of My American Journey (autobiography of Colin Powell). 

he gives so much detail about many, many decisions he had to make in all his different positions that this book offers a lot that i can relate to and use at work. Obviously my position is not his, but, it's good to listen to a brilliant man's literary discussion of how business / military / work happens and how you work best with people. there's so much good info, that's why i'm still reading the book although i'm now at page 400 and have over 200 more to go. otherwise, if i wasn't reading it, i'd be possibly researching Paris. but, that can wait :)


Maybe i will make the Reese’s Keto cups today :-) (MAYBE)....I’m thinking to make them on the large size to enjoy as a full snack or small breakfast at work this week with coffee 

 Def feeling low energy with some minor thigh pain.  Feeling notaglic to the days i used to binge and eat all day. Almost feel that desire, but i know better. so, drinking my seltzer and stevia and trying to read.

Later, i'll go out to do errands (drug store and quick supermarket trip for Almond Milk, Milk, 2 Cartons Eggs, greek yogurt, Iced Coffee, Salami or Lox or another meat!, maybe another pepper or two), before going to gym prob around 4:30pm-5pm starting the gym. Right now it's 2pm, at least i already showered earlier, so really whenever i want to get up and go, i can. 

and honestly, i'll settle into a home workout tonight instead, we'll see how i feel.  






TOM is here, thankfully but annoyingly. but mostly thankfully bc it seems that when i'm traveling at the end of April, i will not have this TOM which is a great thing!....! 

I'm a little lower energy today, just wanna relax and read my book and maybe make a bigger dent in it. When i'm done with this book (still only about halfway thru and it's long), i'm switching gears. I will be reading and reading on Paris so i can have it all planned a month before the trip which is set for the last few days of April into May. I want most of the plans (each day planned in advance!), a month before or so that i actually go on the trip. I don't want it planned last minute and my host will appreciate having the plans, too. In fact, i'm emailing her of my goal - that by end of March, the trip is planned each day.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
I think we will have very similar days today :)

horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
I’m really not in the mood to do anything today - and not feeling too bad about that !

But I will make it out to the supermarket and gym later ;)

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
Except TOM - just finished up, don't need to go there again any time soon.

horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
Yeah Tom ugh ! Making me low energy

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
I won't pry to ask if anything specific happened with the guy. However, I want to encourage you to hold your head up high when you go to that union meeting. You're a fantastic person, fun to be with and good-hearted. So you just let that shine through so that he (and the world) know it.

And life is wonderful for you - you have Paris coming up! And for now, things might seem slow but that doesn't mean that nothing's happening: planning, thinking, dreaming, working out.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
Of course you can ask! No, he just is LESS available on weekends and doesn't text back EVER in reasonable times aside from Valentines after i thanked him...

It's a bit too uncommunicative and i like texting. I PREFER it to a phone call as a way to keep up with someone during the week.

And being that my DAD is by far the busiest man i know, i don't really feel this guy Jason is trying anymore and that's fine.

i was very honest with him the whole time on the "lunch dates." Nothing specific at all, just, he is busy and it's quite annoying on the weekend with the lack of returning texts on weekend in a timely manner as i do not trust that he doesn't see the text right way on his phone and is ignoring which isn't cool, that's all.

i appreciate your advice in regards to the slow feel right now. Really i do have enough to do!!! I have an entire trip of Paris to think about and plan as the girl i'm visiting is wanting me to plan it first and then she'll give input which is also am thankful for - i DO want to do MY research first! that's how you get extra excited and how you have a good trip!!!! :)

so i do have a lot to do, don't need a boyfriend that hounds me at all and really don't need anything in regards to a new relationship or any changes in my current ones....

dating him was a nice distraction and challenge since i don't date often that why i say it like that...a challenge to spend time with a new man.

i'd almost, if he does come back interested, i'd probably just go for the experience if he asks for another date...

but, i'm going to have to PULL BACK COMPLETELY.

i have chased men (Paul and one other) in the past. I have provided (paid) for Ricky in the past. I'd treat Ricky with little things (nothing expensive).

But lessons learned: every time i gave too much of myself to a man, it was NOT helpful at ALL!

therefore, i know better and i don't even have a "crush" on this current guy...so, there's just no reason for me to push or text him anymore i don't think aside from texting back...

I have to "give him a taste of his medicine" and actually wait hours or a day to reply. because it's annoying for someone to do that to someone, so i'll have to do it - if he even texts me back!

and it's just annoying, but i'm not angry or anything :) no biggie :)

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

I woke up before my alarm but got a really great amount of sleep from prob 9pm until 7:30am today :) Needed that!..Hoping this will be how the weekend is for me! The LONG weekend, as I'm off for President's Day on Monday woohoo!

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: english muffin whole wheat 150, 1/4 avocado 70, egg 80, smoked sea salt and pepper, iced coffee 50. 350 and VERY tasty. 

bsr and drink 200

1pm Boston market bowl: bacon Brussels & chicken so tasty chicken 150? and lots of tasty brussel sprouts with bacon 250? 400. 

3pm snack: blueberries 100

Almost 4pm Lily’s choc stevia sweetened chocolate chips and iced coffee 250

1250 wish I took a nap but no time for it, had some coffee instead, soon leaving to go to friends house for party...would rather sleep now lol. I got good exercise in morning and had a successful Saturday!!

Overall a good eating day, not more than 2200, great choices at the party and some dessert. glad i brought my veggies! otherwise, it wouldn't have been good.

eats at the party: half a large pita 200, meat 50 (not much), fried falafels 200?, veggies galore 100, pretzels 50, fruit 50, half brownie 100, shortbread cookie 150, alcohol 100. total approx: 900 or so.



Today I am going to the bank, leaving here around 9:20am to get there by 10am to get a better deal on my matured CD. I really wanted to transfer the CD from Sterling to Citibank with my other accounts, but, the percentage is actually higher at Sterling. Plus, I made an appointment so if i do not have to wait long, I'll just simply renew the account at the higher percentage there and not move the CD from one bank to another yet :).  

Sterling bank is official awful though! Besides a good rate, they have closed the branch right within my neighborhood. And the next closest branch is CLOSED on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!  So, instead of driving, I will take public transporation today to the NEXT closest bank after the one that is closed Saturdays. It's located close to the subway and i'd rather not deal with parking :) Then, i have an appointment for dr at 11:30am that will be fast at the location where i also wanted to go to the Sterling bank today which is closed today...so i will take the train heading right back to my appt which is also right by the subway! then, i'll head back home.

After the dr at around 12pm, I'll take the check i get from Sterling to Citibank which is located a couple blocks from the Dr, at put the money in a new CD at Citibank. YES.

Really, i had wanted to take the money from Sterling to Citibank, which is located right by the doctor. ....I may just do this, as Sterling is a pain in the neck and the Citibank rate is slightly lower, but similar. I think Sterling is a pain, so i will try to still pull my money out.  citibank is convenient and located everywhere, so, might as well move my money today while time is on my side (while i have time to run these types of errands). who knows when all of Sterling will be defunct!

The reason i decided on public trans today for the bank and errand is because everything is located straight up from the subway, so it's rather simple and i get some walking in between these activities.


I'll be heading back to my apt by around 2pm quickly pick up some veggies (and peanut butter powder or dry pb to make the reese's keto cups!) from the supermarket after getting these errands done, as i'm bringing veggies to the party tonight. then, resting home for the rest of today before heading out around 4:00 :) 


I wasn't in mood to sit around the entire long weekend, as you can see! So i was proactive in making plans.

Tomorrow's a gym day / laundry day / clean hamster cage type of day. I was possibly going to train my coworker at the gym, but she didn't contact me about it. with my weekend booked up, i can wait to train her another time !

Monday I have really great lunch plans, located a bit farther away in Englewood, NJ, with somewhat distant but loving family of 1 or 2 older women and my older male cousin. We see each other only relatively small amount of time each year, so i'm glad i made the plans as a welcome change for the long weekend with these very pleasant folks!!!!! <3 and family they are!  (they are cousins and Aunt but not first cousins or direct aunt, it's down the line if that makes sense).

And the reese's, i may wait until later on Monday to make those! :)




Tonight i'm going to see a friend's new apt before we go together (since it's a rather long drive) to another friend's house bc we are celebrating her hubby's birthday :)

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/16/2019:
Sounds like a really nice day ahead of you! Isn't it a good feeling to get financial things cleaned up a little? I hope you were able to accomplish that. (I tend to be skeptical when it comes to ALL things lender-bank related - I'm so jaded from my job, LOL...)

I have to thank you for the comment you made on my entry the other night - how we would BOTH be working out that night. Wow, that REALLY helped me SO much - to know that someone else was working out too. It helped me get started and see the workout through, because I knew you were doing it too.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2019:
I def made the right choice to get my money all in one place :) and it pushed me to into a new category at Citibank where i'll always get free checks and more priority service :)

i'm glad my comment helped you...it's def helpful when we realize that there's a lot of people in our boat, doing things to better ourselves! and that we choose to spend some time on it so we can feel better about ourselves emotionally, physically, mentally! it's worth it!!!!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Feb 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 120, egg 80, half avocado 150, 2 chocolates 100 at most, starbucks nitro brew for my expensive taste (wow the caffeine is sky-high in it! as i am drinking it!) 50; 6 fruit mentos aroud 10am. 60.

10:30am snacks:almond 100

12:30 Lunch: from home: microvable frozen 3 Italian cheese cauliflower cooked the cauliflower and it didn't go with the chinese, additionally i forgot my tubberware, just threw the cheesy cauliflower out unfortunately... frozen tasty Chinese fish 200 and veggie leftovers (tasty) 150. i also brought some of a bagel 200 for carbs...will walk after lunch to buy powdered peanut flour / butter for a keto pb cup recipe i'm making this weekend! 550.

 3:00-3:30pm apple 50 followed later by real white chocolate coated reese's i found on sale at rite aid during lunch. 200.

Snacks: almonds before walk home :) 50

Dinner: tasty wrap 120, with half avocado 150, spread 100, egg 100. so far: 450, still hungry though maybe some yogurt / blueberries! 250

2250, good.

7day avg: 2200 - prob a hair over my maintenance numbers, yes, but at least eating was done in moderation overall :)


thinking for it to be a veggie type of meal, not sure...this week i didn't eat as healthy as i usually do, skipping almonds and eating the atkins pb cups instead which really weren't as good as i remembered them being the last time i bought them!


After work plan: walk to nearby New York City (Manhattan) Library to read there until library closes, then take subway home & also do the 3mi walk....then early to bed.


Tomorrow i have good errands to take money from one CD account in one bank (Sterling which i haven't enjoyed banking with due to few locations and long wait times to get anything done) and transfer the money to my regular bank for everything (citibank) which i LOVE. Banks are open tomorrow and I have to get this done tomorrow. I have only a window of one week to get the funds outta one bank and into the other before the CD renews, so, tomorrow will be the DAY!

Then tomorrow, I'm driving to a friend's place in the afternoon to see his new Co-op. just a friend, for sure on this one. then me and him are going to a bday party that is around 45 minutes away. I'm glad to drive with him, than do the 45 minute drive there and back alone!

Sunday plans are TBD. I plan on a big workout and possibly making Keto Resse's cups.

Monday I'm off for President's Day. I will be picking up my older 2nd cousin or so and take him and possibly his sister to visit their Aunt (like my 2nd Great Aunt or something) in NJ for lunch! haven't seen them since late spring / summer so should be nice and do an nice change of pace drive to NJ when it's not very crowded on the roads :)


I won't lie, it's a little of a mood downer that J isn't able to do the lunch date today (but he's really not to blame as the plans were made quite quickly and spontaneously yesterday on my end, and only after knowing he'd wished me a Happy V-day lol...). so, he's busy. 

He (Jason) is one of those "actually busy," busy guys. I'm not sure it could work at all. We are DEF at diff points in our lives. Supriringly, although he's only 46, he actually (in his face only) looks OLDER. he's been working a LOT, had a "heartbreak" it seems from his first marriage.

Jason is a good dad to his kids and works a full time job as an electrical company project manger and also does work part time as a lawyer (that's his degree) on the side.  It should be good for me to find a man busier than me (opposite of Ricky who needed me to "be complete"), but, because i can still do all my goals and more. So, although it's a downer, it really is a blessing in disguise. Patience will be a virtue in dealing with this new guy Jason.

this is a good thing, i just need to remain patient. 


he had canelled early into my workout, so then i proceeded to somehow take even longer getting the workout done, and going to bed even later, around Midnight. ...

Tonight i'll make up some sleep, i can tell my negative mood is mostly due to being tired.

Any advice on the site, i'd appreciate.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

legcramps on 02/15/2019:
It's a bit different to date when you are older, later in life. People have their own routines, their own independence. Having to learn to live on your own, it can change people - in the best ways! Jason is likely still feeling his way through this new relationship with you, as you are with him, and it will take some compromise and patience to get through this first part while you are still getting to know each other. He had a life that you weren't part of, for a long time, and that part needs to be adjusted - and it will take time.

In my relationship with an older guy that has four kids and has lived an entire life separate from mine, I still have to keep reminding myself that we don't know all the ins and outs of each other, like we would if we were high school sweethearts or simply had known each other a little earlier in life. My frame of mind - the place i'm at in life - is much different than his. I'm actually much more selfish and unwilling to compromise and I like to get my way - I think it's because I haven't had kids, and I haven't had to compromise with other people for a long time LOL.

Navigating through a new relationship is not supposed to be easy! But, it SHOULD be fun, so make sure to enjoy being with this guy when you ARE together, and let the rest go for now.

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
great advice and it's well received. i do not really know him well at all...it wasn't "LOVE" at first sight on my end...but i don't want to run from him either before checking it out, plus, i am suddenly attracted to him more than i was...this whole week that way feeling that way...

Donkey on 02/15/2019:
I can't wait to hear about your keto PB cups! Hope they turn out!

Oh how nice it would be to go to the library on a Friday night. I remember as a kid, going to the library with my Grandpa on Friday nights and how wonderful that was.

Now my library closes at 5pm on Fridays :(

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
library there is open till 6pm and i get out at 5pm, with a 20 minute walk to the library, would be nice to read over there for a little bit tonight, but, will probably skip it as i'm getting tired and i can just read on the commute instead...and then do the hour walk home...that should be enough.

i think the library would be good if we GOT OUT EARLY on occasion when we do.

Donkey on 02/15/2019:
Regarding advice: stay busy, do your own thing. It's OK to be disappointed but not to the degree where "I was counting on this and now you canceled!" Keep it light and easy and happy.

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
i completely need all the advice you can give and yes this isn't the scenario where i can go and get angry that mr. busy has WORK to do and not wanna play games all day ;) yes, agree fully there.

also read my comment back to Legs, above, as it's meant for you also.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 50

Morning: part of a walnut cranberry muffin 200-250? from work in honor of Valentine's Day and coffee50: cals TBD (i had also brought an egg and avocado wrap but was tempted by this tasty muffin and it's good!) 250?

snack:TBD also ..maybe that healthy wrap i was going to have for breakfast, yeah, gotta get some nutrition in after both dinner and this morning were empty cals.wrap 120, egg, 80, avocado 150. 350.

Lunch: corned beef small amount 200 and garlic and peppers 150, half large bagel 200, atkins pb cup (shouldn't buy more, causes wayyyy too much gas...should make my own like donkey did) 100. 650.

5:30pm at home: toasted half wheat bagel (got extras from work, yum!) 200with full serving tasty cream cheese 100, 300 and an iced coffee 50. 350.

during workout: small container blueberries 100, 2 cups lower cal coconut water 150

blueberries and a bar 300.

total 2250, great :)

my workout somehow still took forever (took a few phone callls from family / friend), but i'm glad i got it done right :)



Leaving at 4pm wooohooo!  (instead of 5pm)  and HOME WORKOUT TONIGHT :) 

And the guy i am seeing wished me a Happy Valentine's Day :) so i'm happy.  

guy cancelled on date for friday bc he has a conference all at 1pm...work does come first...no worries.

i'LL be meeting him for lunch tomorrow since my coworkers will ALL be out except for a few and the guy cannot meet after work as he's driving to New Jersey after work to see his son's swim meet...so instead of waiting a week, i decided to ask him about lunch tomorrow, date #4.

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
That was very thoughtful of your guy to wish you a happy Valentine's Day :)

Oh how I wish I could leave early... every day.

horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
yes, the thought counts so much :)

yes, it should be a shorter workday so we could exercise and get sleep and prep food, etc. and RELAX.

legcramps on 02/14/2019:
Nice, leaving early feels awesome - enjoy your day! And your workout!

horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
i cannot wait to leave work! for some reason, i've been incredibly tired all week!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
The Adkins cups have malitol in them, which is why you're gettin' the gas. They are yummy but can cause digestive problems -- especially if you eat additional fiber-y food, too.

Another lunch date tomorrow - fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
Yes, I've decided those atkins cups are really worse than i ever remembered them and not very good for work, at all...

What i really should do is find the time, maybe Monday later afternoon, and make my own! :-)

i have to say, for all the nice packaging and everything, it's sad that Atkins hasn't sprung into the Stevia appeal...still all their products are full of gas causing ingredients :(

i don't get the problem as much with the coconut bars, never having more than one.

but these pb cups, i can't handle them.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
I finished the small box of those cups, can't bring to work again!

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