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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Home: some kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 120, with some of my corned beef extra fatty 250? it seems i shoulda waited till it cooled to drain some fat, i'll prob use hot water to melt some off the meat. coffee 50. TASTY. satisfying. lately very hungry, must be bc leading into a week before TOM..weird month i'll tell you., and one of the Atkins Peanut Butter Cups (YUM) i brought to the office 80.

2 more of the peanut choc things. 150

Lunch: a little big, but healthy: leftover chinese fish and shrimp with a few veggies 250, seaweed salad 100, large serving of chips 250, some tasty dessert crackers 50. 650. just too much though. 

3:45pm snacks: roasted salted almonds and small apple. 150

chocolate 100, some corned beef as i was putting it away lol into the freezer 100?, 1/2 avocado 150, wrap 120, drink 30, 2 egg whites just made so tasty 50. total here: 550, better than expected actually!

2050. i think.

4day: 2200.


My plan is to go home and sleep early. Cannot wait. We have a storm, so it's icy / rainy...and after I pay back the store ownder for the coffee, I'll be in BED (after i also freeze the corned beef leftovers so it doesn't go to waste!!!)


Happy Tuesday, with a workout already done last night, tonight's forecast is snowy mix so i'm really happy to go home, no extra walking as i'm wearing boots for snow, and sleep EARLY. need this sleep or i'll be sick again.

I just have to swing by the Deli right near my bus stop at home, as i asked for an iced coffee last night explaining i was out of cash and i'd pay her back today!!!!!! MUST DO THIS TODAY! $2.25.  I was looking everywhere in the stores at the outdoor strip mall last night.  Nobody was selling plain iced coffee! just this one spot.!!!!! Not even in the supermarket. I guess i'm once again getting PICKY. haha


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

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
Corned beef is just a fatty meat. Tasty though.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
yeah...it's very fatty especially bc all the fat in the broth it was cooking on has solidified around and on top of it! :( it's very tasty though, even this smaller amount in a breakfast wrap! yum.

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
If it's refrigerated you might just be able to lift the fat off.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
yes, some i can, the rest totally solidied everywhere between the meat, i'll use hot water i think.

Donkey on 02/12/2019:
TOM has kicked my diet donkey this week as well. Craziness, cravings, emotions, etc.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
me too....i'm increasingly up and down right now with emotions!

horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 11, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 80

My digestion is off....and feeling dehydrated after the kombucha and morning with more traffic and congestion on both the bus and subway. I picked up a banana to smooth things. 120, also whole milk in matcha tea. 80.

English muffin 150, butter 50, cooked chinese white type of fish 100, couple chocolates 100

Almonds 50

Lunch was cooked by coworker fish (nice and light) 200 and a few brussel sprouts 100, and squash soup 200. 500. 

snacks: small apple 50,almonds 100

160, granola bar 100, coffee 40, drink 50...350, coconut water during exercise (hungry night) 150, few bites of corned beef (not good, it needed to be cooked with sweet carrots i forgot those!...like i forgot all the carrots in general!) it's not horrible, just very garlicly. 150-200

after exercise: TBD, really hungry tonight...just pulling thru and dealing ;) ended up with a little more corned beef 200 - hopefully not more.(extra fatty bc of how it ended up in fridge...will fix it tomorrow probably...in a wrap 150. 350.

2450, fine. - high but at least i'll not be starving tomorrow morning due to only eating carbs all night!

3day:2250, not too bad :)

I WILL EXERCISE TONIGHT :) and bed... yeah, about that exercise, it can wait...??? debate is up about whether i'll do it tonight. feeling rather tired today. but also the work is so tedious. would be better to get the workouts done on Mon/Wed so if i do go out with the guy friday, it's not after being up late thursday night exercising..we'll see.


I was going to do a home exercise tonight, but, we'll see how i feel later. It would be kinda good to do it tonight for many reasons, but we'll see. 

Hungry day. cravings. feeling dehydrated. that's another reason for the banana. 

i'd like to work out tonight, if i feel up to it later.

tired day at work as i was up multiple times last night. 

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

SilverySparkles on 02/11/2019:
bananas seem to regulate things for me too.

horn_of_plenty on 02/11/2019:
yeah. i needed it bad! my stomach was squishing all over the place lol...

thinkpositive on 02/11/2019:
Sounds like you are still not feeling 100%. Hope you felel better soon.

horn_of_plenty on 02/11/2019:
yeah, i agree...i think i will try to workout tonight, anyways....i am almost all better :)

just tired !

have a good day, think!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 10, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Good Morning & Happy Sunday!

7:30am Breakfast: small amount finishing off my oatmeal (gotta buy more!) 80, almond milk 20, stevia and pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 of my cooked cranberries 50, whole milk yogurt 1/2 cup 80. 230. will have the rest of my cold brew coffee (which i really liked, will buy more!) 70. 

10:00am Snack mini crunch bar :) the chocolate bar. 60

Ricky came over to give me some of my stuff i had left at his apt (since our relationship is no longer the same as it was).  and the visit was longer bc of course i asked him for his help on a few things and to order a TV antenna bc i'm ending my cable TV soon. I'll only keep the cable internet for now...hoping to end it if my internet wifi situation via using a hot spot gets better...he was over around 1.5 hours...so no snacking :) 

12:45pm lunch: english muffin 150 with cream cheese 100, then healthier leftovers: tofu 80, veggies in some sauces 2 types weird to mix ugh 250. total here 600-650

granola bar and coffee 150 before taking a 30-45 min walk which was nice at the warmest part of the day :)

5:30pm early healthy dinner: chinese food: a light fish 150 and veggies 50, shrimp and veggies 200 also. craving carbs almost wish there was rice...will eat something carby now...maybe fruit. 400. fruit 200

3:30am hungry - english muffin and pb 300

2050 :)

2day 2150.


I  Picked up some fruit and veggies in downtown flushing, where i was after the concert, and some takeout chinese food. it's all asian there and i did that instead of going to a supermarket for stuff by me.

I have so much cooked food, i'll have to freeze some of it either tonight or tomorrow - so it doesn't go to waste!


 Things on fast shopping trip today: avocados, tomatoes/other veggies, wraps, oatmeal, cold brew coffee, almond milk, and a few yogurts, salami if there's any sales..  that's it! i have still a full fridge with all the tasty food i've made :) as well as leftovers! 


At 8am, I have a corned beef in the slow cooker and i'm cooking veggies (roasted peppers and garlic) in the oven also.

Yesterday, I slow cooked some tasty squash. lots of good, homemade eats for this week! the squash is a bit on the very healthy side. very little seasoning, so, i may add some sauce when i eat it during the week (ie - indian dish to add directly on top of the squash). 

Before 10am, my clothes are in the washer and everything is cleaned up!

Very productive and long morning to get things done :) 

Today i'm off to watch a Flamenco Dancing concert which starts early at 2pm. The concert lasts around one hour at the library and free. After the concert, i'm going to take a walk outside :)

Yesterday's Bollywood and other Indian dance concert was very enjoyable. Glad i went. It was also motivating for me, to make sure i got the gym in and did my best there. And surprisingly, yesterday's gym workout was STRONG!? even after a week off, it was wayyy better than expected (except for push-ups, but they'll improve as usual!)

I've been waking up early all weekend, prob bc i slept TONS last week. On average, it was probably 10hrs per night.  I was taking cold meds and they were knocking me out every night. :) def helped me feel better. I still need to take some meds for easier breathing, it seems, particularlly at night. but overall, i'm in a much better position now than i was on Monday morning when i initially felt sick.


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

cybermom4 on 02/10/2019:
Happy Sunday to you too!! My oh my you have been so diligent and your health must be fantastic!! Keep up the good work. It is nice to see an old friend still posting on here!!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2019:
thanks, c-mom! so glad to have you back with us right now!

and yes, i've been diligent and doing quite well right now!!!! thank you!!!

Donkey on 02/10/2019:
I hope you enjoyed today's concert as well! How nice to have these free cultural experiences so close for you to experience.

Oh I bet your place is going to smell so good as the corned beef comes to completion! We were just talking about that at dinner last night because St. Patrick's day is coming up.

I'm so happy to hear that you had a really nice workout at the gym yesterday. Do you still have multiple memberships, now that you workout at home too?

Horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2019:
yes, i am VERY lucky with these free cultural events at the libraries. Yesterday's library was prob just under a half hour away with a little traffic. Today's event was 20minutes away and would have been faster if no traffic. easy! And i like that they are only around 1hr! easy to get to, easy to fit into the afternoon! and FREE but usually with talent (and hard work!).

Corned Beef does smell great!

i ended up, btw, picking up Chinese since i was in a PURELY Chinese part of Queens. It's seriously ONLY Asian. It's like you are in China. Hardly anymore walking around isn't. So, now i have wayyyyy tooo much food and must freeze some.

I am only a member of the one gym right now that is quite expensive and a yearly membership. When i bought the membership, last Spring, it was BEFORE i bought all my exercise equipment for my apartment. I will definitely still rejoin a gym when the membership is up because it's nice to get out of the apartment especially on a weekend if i have the time - but not rejoin this particular gym as it's the MOST expensive one. It's also the closest, but i do have another option with decent parking just a little farther which is fine for my weekends only. Plus, the other gym is $200 LESS per year ;) I'll also check if there's any other options.

Unfortunately, i cannot join a place like Planet Fitness or Blink in Queens because they are TOO CROWDED and there's wait time to use benches and equipment which is not convenient for regular gym-goers! So, I DO have to pay a little more, depending what gym I choose, for decent equipment and a little less of a crowd!

SilverySparkles on 02/10/2019:
We are working on adding to our home gym because there aren't any nearby.

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 09, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0



7am Breakfast: oatmeal 150 with almond milk 30, and dark chocolate sf chips 50. cold brew coffee with milk 50. 300 :)

9am Quest Hero Bar 200

10am: wrap 60, mostly egg white 30, spread 100, grilled veggies 100. 300.

1pm lunch: pepperoni jerky 70, 1/2 avocado 160 with garlic, salt, pepper, wrap 60. 300, cauliflower crackers with nacho cheese flavor 120, tea drink.

shower soon and reading at library i think, i'll just get there early so i'm not rushing and read

coffee and bar, coconut water total here 300, banana 120

dinner: a full meal, so tasty, wrap 120, avocado 160, salt and pepper, egg white only 20, and grilled veggies in some oil and balsamic 150, chips 150. 600

total around 2250, fine! healthy eats!


Off to watch a free library dance performance later today starting at 3pm for an hour, then i am off to the gym!  Same tomorrow, my plan is to go to another free library dance perforamance and tomorrow it's in a really nice library full size auditorium. Today, it'll be my first time at this particular library, so i do not know what to expect or what kind of performance room this show will be held in...but i like the town it's being held. It's called Sunnyside, in Queens. Tomorrow i'll be closer to home, in Flushing, Queens  (which is my zip code, so definitely closer).

Today's performance is Bollywood Dance. And tomorrow's performance is Flamenco dance.

Using my slow cooker this afternoon to cook some big halves of Kabocha squash i had bought (also called spanish pumpkin, low calorie thing). i'm flavoring it as dessert with cinnamon and butter mix. and sf granular sugar. recipe calls for cooking on low 6-8 hours - should taste awesome later after all that time cooking!


Happy Saturday! Woke up really early, 7am! Ready to be productive at least right now finishing up my taxes and waiting to see if any other docs come in the mail before i submit my taxes, nice and early ahead of the mid-April deadline :) Also seeing about opening another PayPal Account as i learned of a really great way to add points to my credit card by transferring funds between Credit Card and Paypal accounts. That's my advice, if you want more credit card points :)  Going thru my credit cards, choosing the one i will mostly use this year and putting the others away for an emergency (no emergencies though!). 

I've input all my tax info to Turbo Tax online, ready to file. Overpaid to use Turbo Tax accidentally.  I should have bought the tools on Amazon for 49.99 with PC online Install. Instead, I paid on the Turbo Tax Intuit site separately by accident for Federal and state, each 39.99. so i paid $80 instead of $50. and i do not want to do it all again after doing it a couple hours last night already. So, instead of deleting all my info and starting again, I'm paying the $80. I'll still wait till March until I actually send this in, in case i receive any last minute tax documents in the mail :)


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

Donkey on 02/09/2019:
In reading your entries this week, I am wondering if where I'm going wrong is not eating enough. How the hell does someone figure that out?

Sounds like your lunch date went really well, menu-wise! Delicious!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2019:
the menu was awesome. he enjoyed it, too.

you can always eat more (veggies) haha. :) if you are constantly having a raging appetite, eat more. one meal a day at least should be very satisfying.

Donkey on 02/09/2019:
PS I commented on some of your comments to me yesterday :)

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2019:
i enjoyed the comments back!

SilverySparkles on 02/09/2019:
I'm wanting to get taxes behind me too but still waiting for a couple of things first. I think they have until the end of Feb to mail them. I usually end up doing ours in March.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2019:
yes, that's right! i do believe that's the deadline for us to receive our docs! :)

i'm happy i at least have what i need ready to send out, i'll work to send them out at the end of February, too.

SilverySparkles on 02/09/2019:
I order the Turbo Tax CD Deluxe which comes with federal and 1 state, instead of a download. I file the Cd along with my files for the year every year and that way if we ever get audited I can recheck it myself before the audit. I love working with turbo tax, we have never been audited. But I like the CD in my posession and in my files. I pay between 45$ and 50$ yearly from Amazon.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2019:
i did bad this year :( for not purchasing it on Amazon. next year i'll make it right :) i'm just glad they are done. now just double checking i don't receive anything extra in the mail this month :)

Maria7 on 02/09/2019:
Re: Slow cooker...reminds me that I want to use mine again soon. Hope you are having a good evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2019:
and mine is on again this AM...i've got corned beef slow cooking for 11 hours on low today :) love a slow cooker bc the food is extra flavorful!

horn_of_plenty - Friday Feb 08, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

kombucha 50

wrap 60, half avocado (heavier on fats in AM i like, unlike LEGCRAMPS! haha) 150, 3 thin slices salami 50, smoked salt. unlike some people, i like to add some salt. it makes me feel good and has health benefits. I am NOT salt free :) coffee 50. 

snack: prob the coconut chocolate bar from atkins :P or a Quest Hero bar, but it causes gas which could be bad before a date, LOL. 250

lunch: out and paid for by J. GREAT lunch tofu 100, greens, some parm cheese again!, dried cranberries, some squash, some kale. all good. 500 total and

3pm a snack of 2 chocolates 100, 100 in almonds, clementine 50

coffee on walk home :) 50

dinner: wrap 60, tofu 100, leftover grilled veggies takeout 200, from coworker: hummus spread - SO GOOD! 50?. total here: 450, tasty! and a small yogurt with cooked cranberries 100. 550 total :)

2050 :) very successful day, healthy week food-wise.



I have a third lunch date with this guy. I get to choose the restaurant every single time. He likes HEALTHY! Today, we are going to a cute place called The Little Beet. Tons of veggies and roasted ones!  I have a feeling he'll like it.  The other two times out we first went to a buffet and second time was a bar with good salads. so this time is a mix, sorta in the middle, and no wait time for service since it's Chipotle style...and seated afterwards.

Woke up with still a hair of congestion.  Bc i took PM cold meds, i could have slept longer and was still tired waking up.  I'm glad i did NOT exercise last night. :)  

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

Donkey on 02/08/2019:
Lunch place sounds delicious. Have fun!

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2019:
Thank you so much :-D

SilverySparkles on 02/08/2019:
Atkins coconut bars are amazing!

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2019:
yes, my favorite! i also love their peanut butter cups -the atkins brand. just like reese's minus the sugar...like a "fat bomb"...i'm going to start bringing them to the office for a an afternoon treat.

legcramps on 02/08/2019:
:) :)

I don't mind adding avocado as a fat, but I was feeling sluggish from bacon fat. I must admit there were a couple of days there were I added both fats to the same meal, so maybe that had something to do with it too!

Have an awesome lunch date!

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2019:
it's true, doesn't need to be a lot of fat extra or a lot of protein in meals. lately, i'm skipping the egg in my breakfast and just keeping extra avocado with a little, LITTLE, serving of salami. less is more these days for me, too.

yeah, maybe you needed LESS on the bacon. just a little bit not a whole serving.

thank you on the good thoughts for this lunch date.

thinkpositive on 02/09/2019:
Have fun on your lunch date. LOve the name of the restaurant!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2019:
:-) i think he liked the restaurant a lot :)

it was nice, the date. no sparks though, just a friendship it seems.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2019:
like, it's more an adult type of dating, not the sparks first. seems sparks later type of thing.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 07, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha, not much, 50 cal but really not even that much :)

Breakfast: wrap 60, half avocado 160, 2 thin slices salami 40, smoked salt and pepper. matcha and milk, stevia, 50. 310...and some really taste cake from Ukraine that is very dry like a merangue and amazing with a few nuts. it's called Kiev, like the place it's from in Ukraine. 100-150. the cake looks like this, but no chocolate topping, it was all white/light color with small hazelnuts, photo here.  it's like a fancy merangue cookie with some hazelnut frosting. amazing.


Snack: have one of those new Quest Hero bars that i ike a lot and are surprisingly just under 200 cal. highly recommend this protein bar. but it does cause more gas, this bar...something to keep in mind, a little bit.

Lunch: from home, same as all week which is veggies with a little pesto (smaller serving) and tofu (also smaller serving). total here: 400., tomatoes 50. 450..

snacks: clementine very ripe 50, pitachios 150, chocolate 100. 300.

Dinner: yogurt and cranberries 200, spread 150 and crackers 170. 520...and more crackers. 600


6day 2086

no exercise tonight i've decided to keep the resting and sleep early....at least i did the cardio all week. 

Planning to take maybe the slow local train home (based on how crowed the express train is)...because i am enjoying this book and just want to relax...outta the office, away from the computer.


I'll get a really good exercise session in Saturday, to get a  head start on the exercise and not have to wait until Sunday since i will not be working out at all this week...really may change my mind though, I"M THINKING TO EXERCISE TONIGHT! :) 

If i can continue to feel better as the day goes on...

Last night i slept thru the night but my nose was clogged in the morning and the back of my throat was a bit mucosy...but now all better...i am sleeping lots of really don't wanna skip tonight's workout. 

Once again, it's how i feel...really not in the mood to keep skipping. but working out when sick is also not a good idea...

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

legcramps on 02/07/2019:
That cake does sound delicious!

I hear you about maybe changing your mind about exercising tonight; I am doing the same thing right now. I think we must be in the same boat - clogged sinuses is where it's at LOL.

Hope you're feeling better soon!

horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2019:
yeah...do you think we should both cool it and wait until the weekend?? I'm def on the mend but still with a cold, for sure.

horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2019:
yeah, i'm still taking this night off to relax.

i figure it'll be good to get to bed early again and just end the week on a strong note.

horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2019:
it's been a real struggle to maintain using the same weights and not lighter ones since December it's been a challenge, but i guess i'll just work on it like i always do...and things will get better as Spring arrives :)

at least i was looking super in Miami and got all the photos i could ever want of myself then :-) ....things will improve for both of us when Spring arrives.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Feb 06, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 60

Breakfast: wrap 60, 1/2 avocado 150, 2 thin salami slices 50, smoked salt. Matcha with milk 50. chocolate. 40.

10am almonds 90

11am atkins chocolate covered coconut bar, my favorite still. approx 200

Snacks - had them at lunch and lunch will be later at like 2 or 3pm: I will eat my grapefuit 100- coworker not here and a slow day so i'll have time to peel it and eat it thru the afternoon :); almonds 100 

2pm Lunch: healthy from home: leftover veggies more along the lines of peas/beans/corn bigger serving at least a cup 200, and tofu 150 (more than one serving) and some pesto 100? to cover the poor flavor of the veggies. approx 500 and really healthy.

3pm snack 1 milky way dark 50 smallest size

4pm 100 cal salted almonds, yum.

 1550...until home :) 

Dinner: still light - hankering for cooked cranberries (maybe half a package) 100 and yogurt..decided on a full meal for dinner 600.

2150 healthy Cals today and the 3mi walk home :)

no real exercise besides my commute and possible walking at lunch. - walked at commute and lunch....starting to consider walking after work for part of the commute...and buying a decaf coffee to enjoy on the walk :) yeah.....starting to feel a little bit better and prefer to move around than be sitting all commute...i'll update to say if i've done part of the commute long walk from subway...air isn't too cold out, like 40F, which is why i'm not wanting to stop the fitness completely, plus it burns calories!



Thankfully, I was able to sleep deeply thru the night and would have kept sleeping if not for my alarm!  I'm gald i didn't wake up like the night before to blow my nose for an hour. Still, i am sick and realize i will not be doing any exercise yet and allowing myself instead to sleep early again tonight so i can get rid of this cold.  I took a better medicine last night to counteract the sneezing and runny nose which weren't symptoms the other medicine was covering the night before - oops!  At least i'm on the right track now!

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

Donkey on 02/06/2019:
I had cooked cranberries tonight as well! I think they helped top off the meal since they are "sweet" (even though mine are sugar free).

horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2019:
very sweet i make them...and of course mine of sugar free too :)

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 05, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

2am: plant tonic drinks. really good and healthy 50. 

6:30am kombucha 100

Breakfast: wrap 60, 1/2 avocado (focusing on adding enough health into meals right now) 150, 2 thin salami slices 50, smoked salt and pepper. 260. coworker gave me a bag of matcha powder to make teas. I'll be using this instead of coffee until i finish the bag. with stevia and milk :) 50. 310, one chocolate 50., and another matcha with milk 50.

snack: very tasty strawberry granola pure protein bar breakfast square. so good.! 200

lunch: healthy, from home: tofu 150, veggies 150, pesto 150, salt and vinegar chips 200. 650.

snack: grapefruit that needs eating!; almonds: 100

Dinner: will be lighter side and bed early - some tofu but not too much 50?, 1/4 cauliflower crust 50, ginger drink 20, other plant drink 30...feel like i'm forgetting something? what did i miss writing here?..250 tops, it seems. also popcorn chips.

1800 :) 

4 day: 2080 per day. EXCELLENT.


Glad i had cold meds for daytime and nightime in my apt and i was able to use them as soon as i felt sick yesterday...makes the healing process easier.


 Had trouble sleeping due to a cold and blowing my nose all night... I really didn't think i'd wake up Monday with a cold since i slept so much on weekend (although didn't sleep great last week). i guess so many factors play in when you get sick!  at least for now it's only a cold. no workout Tonight, that's for sure.

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

Donkey on 02/05/2019:
I hope you feel better soon. Please focus on that until you get rid of the congestion. Please try to stay warm. I feel like breathing in the cold air makes things worse. (That's probably not true, now that I think about it.)

horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
YES, this is the same way i got sick last year. After a week of the drastically cold "tundra" weather, i got sick. Last year it was early January. So i'm glad this year i made it to February before getting sick at all. So i guess Florida was worth it for that!

Yeah, not doing a workout tonight, it would be very stupid as i'm sick and i know, from experience, it makes things worse :(

thank you for the tips.

today it's going to be 60F in New York!

Donkey on 02/05/2019:
Um... We're getting icy mix tonight, with a winter weather advisory issued. I think Wednesday is a high of 7F. "F" is right - and I ain't talkin' Fahrenheit!

horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
lol, yeah, we haven't had to deal with the prolonged tundra temps like you in Chicago. you have my blessings ! keep on, it's been very difficult for you Chicago folks! i know it!

Maria7 on 02/05/2019:
Hope you feel better. Take good care of yourself.

horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
thank you - definitely realizing i need to stay away from working out and conserve my energy to fight the cold :)

legcramps on 02/05/2019:
Take it easy and feel better soon!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
thank you, def no gym / workout for me.

SilverySparkles on 02/05/2019:
What brand of kombucha do you like best?

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
I like several.

One brand is always on sale, in dark brown bottles by me, called Kevita Kombucha. I like the price. it has stevia and is super flavorful, but also has caffeine.

I have always loved Synergy brand / GT's kombucha brand. they have so many flavors and definitely watch the sugar in them. this brand is probably the most natural of them all and been around one of the longest.

those above are my two favorites and to stop the boredom i do try other brands when i can. some other brands are just overpriced so i don't try them as often.

I also like Dr. Brew flavors, but, the top doesn't seal back on so if you don't finish the drink in one sitting is gets annoying to seal it tightly again in the fridge!

SilverySparkles on 02/05/2019:
There is so much flu going around here now that the hospitals are limiting visitors.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
yeah, people are now getting sick after the tundra cold!

thinkpositive on 02/05/2019:
Your food always sounds super healthy. Hope your cold symptoms go away so you can have a peaceful sleep.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/05/2019:
thanks, Think! :)

i like to mix it up but still enjoy the "forbidden foods" in moderation for sure :)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 04, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 60, 1/4 large avocado 100, egg 80, salt, 1 slice salami 20, coffee 50, 3 milky way minis 120. total here: 450.

10am almonds 50

snack: TBD, prob protein bar. bhu fit tasty apple cinnamon and nutmeg bar pretty natural 200

lunch: leftovers, tasty: tofu 150, veggies (lima beans, peas, carrots, corn 250?) with pesto sauce 150. clementine 50. 600

snacks: i have these too ripe fruits with me, a grapefruit and a clementine. i'll eat them both this afternoon; grapefruit 100, almonds 50, 2 cough drops 50.

Decaf coffee on walk - did most of it but used the bus towards the end )

Light dinner toight and early bed.6oz blackberries around 100, protein bar 230, and unsweetened almond milk with pumpkin pie spice and stevia. around 350, perfect.

1950, execellent. took some liquid cold medicine, bed soon :) around 8-8:30pm.

3day: 2166, much better.


Exercise Thoughts based on how i am feeling later today and tomorrow:

I have a cold with irritation in my throat and sneezing / minor congestion.

Looking to nip it in the bud so i can continue with weight training tomorrow night...if i am feeling at all sicker or even still with this cold, i will have to skip the exercise tomororw night...And take a day off this week to rest and get this cold out of the way.

If i feel ok tonight, i'll still do the hour walk home from the subway because temps have warmed and i haven't done any walking / cardio since Friday...this i plan to keep in the mix for tonight.

The worst is trying to stay on top of fitness but getting sicker. Then in the end, you end up missing more gym and being more sick - so trying to make good, MODERATE choices.


Woke up with a cold, but, was eager for some reason to get outta bed and i did a quick cleaning of my shower / tub and bathroom sink before i showered and got ready for the day!!!! success! it feels SO GOOD to have cleaned it!  It was on the backburner too long and I feel so much better now having it cleaned for the next month or so, lol. 

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

legcramps on 02/04/2019:
Don't be like me and continue working out when you really should be resting instead. I know it's hard, but you won't lose any fitness by taking an extra rest day this week.

And now, I should listen to my own advice LOL

horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2019:
thank you for giving me the extra push to rest. If i still have a cold, i'm not exercising. seems colds may last a week :( if i have to take a week off, i guess i have to.

SilverySparkles on 02/04/2019:
Love pesto.

horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2019:
Def makes badly cooked veggies into something wonderful and I don’t use a ton as calories do add up quickly ! But it’s such great flavor !!!

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 03, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Good Morning! Up by 7am but in bed around 10pm. nice sleep for me!!

Breakfast: Onyxorgum cold cereal 2 cups 240, with craisins 130, and almond milk 300, stevia and cinnamon. total here: 400. Protein bar 220 (wasn't great) and an iced coffee 50.

10:30 - 11am snacks - half cauliflower crust 90 with good serving of parm pesto 100. 200; no cal drinks...hamster cage is done, some cleaning done, next is some reading. i always have trouble focusing on reading at home since i do it so well now on my commutes, but this Colin Powell Autobiograhy is sooo long (over 600 pages) that i'm having trouble even reaching page 300 and i want to get onto a another book sometime soon (by the end of this month!) :) his book is great, highly recommend! 80 cal drink and cauliflower crust 80

noon: wrap 90 with 1/4 lg avocado 100, salt/pepper, 1/2 can sardines 80. 270, apple 100.

before gym and at gym: 400 healthy ones 

dinner after gym: veggies with pesto  = perfect 200, and a small wrap with 1/2 can sardines, mustard and ketchup 200. 400. and a small snack of half a low cal bread. 60.

2150 :)

2day 2270/day


Really not too much in store today besides:

 putting my laundry away - DONE :),

cleaning the hamster cage - DONE :),

quick cleaning of bathtub (maybe), - not sure this will happen today. - NEXT WEEKEND or maybe Wednesday night.

reading..a little bit, yes.

and going OUT to the gym...success!

I was thinking to do some outdoor cardio, also, but changed my mind as i'm feeling a bit tired and will just rest most of today.

Today's only focus is the gym.

I'm going to plan for gym as my afternoon plan, shortly after lunch, around 1:00pm i 'll go so that i can come back early tonight from there and get to bed early again = good start to this week!

No cardio today. Another rest day with cardio happening tomorrow after work, my typical hour (3mi) walk home. :-P and it'll be much warmer :)

Also, i'm going to "plan" my meals for the week better by making all my wraps TODAY for breakfasts and also thinking about my lunches.  I have to throw some food out today because i had too much laying around last week and didn't finish it all (poor planning but also several unplanned coworker/date/meeting lunches at work - 3 to be exact out of the 5 days so food got wasted of my own since they all involved eating what was catered or going out to a restaurant which was enjoyable, no doubt!).


So the 46yo Jason that i've been on two lunch dates with - they've both gone well, but, it seems he's very preoccupied on weekends and doesn't text at all. It's kinda actually a good thing, although it bothers me, because i'm still getting acclimated myself after this trip.  I am not even going to superbowl with friends bc my bigger priority is for an excellent workout session and without having to rush from that to them (they live like 45 min away so it's not so easy to just go!).  So, it's good he's not texting as i am preoccupied too, but, anyhow, it's nice to get a text and i wonder if he's thinking of me at all...or if he's interested to date again. Of course, i would date again as it's a great experience and he's a nice guy.  I'd get to know him more.  I don't think it'd ever become serious with him, though.

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

Donkey on 02/03/2019:
What brand of onyx sorgum cereal are you using? Grain Berry? Kashi?

I kind of like that you're focused on getting a great gym workout today. That just sounds really ... IDK... inspirational.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2019:
Grain Berry! i was craving carbs this AM and thought i had Fiber one but none left! The Onyxorgum is similiar calories anyways per cup.

thanks for the positive energy :) the gym actually worked out really well, saw many "regulars" that have been there for YEARS!

SilverySparkles on 02/03/2019:
Good day for laundry here too.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2019:
love it when all clothes are clean!

legcramps on 02/04/2019:
I hate doing laundry, but I love everything being clean so it's a 'suck and it up and do it' kind of task for me :)

One of the things I was and am still really grateful for with BF, is we always text each other good morning. Nothing wrong with sending him one text over the weekend to let him know you are thinking of him! In my opinion, whether one is preoccupied or not - taking a few seconds to text or connect with someone you're interested in or dating - should be something you (or he) wouldn't have a problem taking the time to do.

horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2019:
yes, laundry is the same way for me. each week, i suck it up and do it. many times i do it early in the weekend so it's done and not looming over my head as a task that i know i have to do and just procrastinating towards doing.

yeah, i'm wondering what has him so preoccupied on the weekend. and he hasn't texted me today - i'm thinking it wasn't a match meant to be at all. :) which is sooo totally ok :)

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