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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 :)

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Feb 02, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0


9am Light Breakfast: 6 oz blackberries 80 and the rest of a no calorie amino acid drink Bang - no caffeine cotton candy flavor. :)  - chocolate 50

10:30am veggies not the best quality precooked at supermarket but very inexpensive - I’ll put a save in them - maybe some Indian if I swing by to get it later 100, wrap 120, egg 80, salami 50, mustard ..small fruit chew and iced coffee at home - gonna read and relax and forget about chores like laundry and buying kombucha. Rest day right now.

Noon almond joy and seltzer 100, ice cream 100

3pm meal before driving to parent's to see them, sister and her hubby and baby, full meal: heated up cauliflower crust 200, with half avocado 160 and some pesto sauce 100. total here: 450 in tasty health. and one salami 20. 500. and a fancy low cal drink.

Cookie 200, taco shells 200, meat 250, avocado 100, oil 50, beans 100, veggies 200. 1100

2400...oops !!

i thought i'd be more around 2250-2300...but didn't really watch close enough. at least the food was tasty and mostly in moderation.



ok by noon and after my shower I am feeling better :) laundry is in the washers and I am still reading. Will run a few errands when laundry is drying to pick up kombucha and drop off one of my winter jackets to be fixed and buy Stamps :)




Slept in till around 9am, may go back to bed after a snack :) not rushing thru this weekend, just minimal tasks & i'm happy...today i'm going to see my parents and my sister/husband and the baby. so, that's the big event. no super bowl party as today is the social activity and tomorrow is laundry and gym...less is more this weekend! 

I do need to pick up some kombucha this weekend though. 

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

Donkey on 02/02/2019:
Not watching the Superbowl this year. Just feel like the whole thing is a fraud, and I'm so sick of Tom Brady. Not even the commercials or half-time show can entice me this year.

Oh enjoy the new baby today!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2019:
New baby was very cute....yup, no superbowl this year!

Maria7 on 02/03/2019:
Hope you had good day. What kind of ice cream do you like that is 100 calories?

Horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2019:
there are 3 kinds i like that are around 100 cal per half cup:


Halo Top

And a new one, called...

Horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2019:
Last brand i like is called Chilly Cow. Very nice flavors and one whole container only contains a cup instead of 2 cups...so it's easier to stay within calories...because the containers are half the size of a pint.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Feb 01, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 50

Big Wrap Breakfast: wrap 120, 1/2 a nicely ripened avocado (must be a couple more as the health benefits are so vast and important especially right now with Winter!) 160, egg 70, 1 pc salami 20, coffee 50. 420.

Snack: bar of some sort...200...soooo good the new Quest Hero ! Blueberry cobbler. very nice consistancy like a dessert.

Lunch:  550 very balanced, even some feta cheese, salad, grilled shrimp, some bread. olives. good stuff,

later 4 mentos candies 40, almonds 60 (pretty good date)

Dinner: I have so many leftovers still, i defrosted a veggie soup i made on Sunday and STILL haven't tried it...that's for tonight...coworker also gave me a dinner i might have tonight...or save for Monday's lunch!   apple 100, Onyxorgum cereal with cinnamon and stevia in almond milk 250. quest protein bar 200. 550.

1900, good!

7 day: 2110, VERY GOOD AVERAGE :) good for weight maintenance.

Probably early to bed and sleep most of tomorrow morning as my sleep hasn't been enough & i don't want to be getting sick. I may take a sleeping pill to knock out, as i've been doing it seems weekly...yup took it :)



Prepared today to do the walk home in the 20F weather, i brought in my bag two packages both of the hand warmers and foot warmers. Those pads you stick in your gloves and shoes that last like 8 hours.  I'll be using them for my hour walk home tonight :) As i DO want to get the long walk in. Hving those warmers, the walk shouldn't be very difficult tonight at all. :)  If i didn't have the warmers, there's little chance i'd opt to walk 3mi in the 20F weather after work today.

Also today, I'm meetng that man for a lunch date again. His name is Jason. He's 46 and i'm 36. I want to defitely know how many kids he has, if it's more than the two i know of. And their names.

lunch date, i want to either order a salad somewhere OR go to buffet again (since it'll be like 18 degrees, i can sorta forecase that we'll do the same thing as last week - but this time he's paying for drinks (at a buffet where there's no free water) and i will not take waters out from work for him and myself lol)....although, if it weren't a date, i totally would do it again bc that's me...REALLY FRUGAL.

Also for the lunch date, i have a pimple on my chin so i did bring makeup to apply before we meet, later. 

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

legcramps on 02/01/2019:
Egads, that's going to be a cold walk home later! But with your hand and foot warmers, at least you'll be toasty there :)

Sounds like a lovely lunch date :) and I would probably be frugal with the water too! Actually, I probably wouldn't even go to a restaurant that doesn't serve free water, but that's partly because there's no such thing where I live 8D

My BF has FOUR kids! He was a busy boy back in the day!!! LOL

Donkey on 02/02/2019:
Did you get to bed early as planned? I went to bed SO late last night, and yet managed to be only 10 minutes short of my daily sleep goal, waking up at my normal time.

Glad you had a nice date :)

Horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2019:
yeah, i was in bed well before 9pm and def got around 12 hours of sound sleeping. didn't even need to go back to bed / sleep more after that :) feeling great today.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2019:
and i did the hour walk with foot and hand warmers. did the trick :) amazing how it works and makes you feel a bit warmer on the extremities that are usually freezing.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jan 31, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 50

Breakfast wrap 120, half avocado (craving the higher fat and health benefits right now) 160, egg 70, pepperoni 50, coffee 50. total here: 450.

snack: def a bar ...i have a LOT of interesting new flavors and brands i picked up last night at Duane Reade pharmacy before taking transportation home :) treated myself ;) haha :) New type of Quest Bar, called QUEST HERO. 200.

Lunch: more leftovers from both yesterday and today :) i think i forgot the meat part...but i do have a beef jerky :) so we're good...600 very large volume and healthy / balanced with really tasty things and coworker gave me pinapple...but this lunch truly upset my stomach...thankful to go home early and use the bathroom

snacks: snickers really small piece and lifesavers 50, another bite size snickers 50

On my way home: coffee (to go cup from work!)  and a snack bar - prob the last of my not so great brown rice krispie treats: it was so cold so i just went straight home - after stopping by a supermarket for some coconut water that's $1 per large can. protein / superfoods bar 260 and coffee 40. 300.

during workout: coconut water or i'll pick up bananas, not sure which....!!....must do this at lunch i'll get a banana?...so far clementines and cooked cranberries 100, coconut water 2 large cups 150, large apple 100

after workout: TBD...bar, 250.

2300 total

6day: 2145, good.

workout took around 3 hours but i did some cleaning during it, so that's good...wasn't an uninterrupted workout, seems better this way, actually.


 leaving work early at 4pm...because i stayed late yesterday (no OT payments anymore)...WORKOUT TONIGHT :) and i'll end early since i'm starting it early!!!

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

legcramps on 01/31/2019:
Sounds like a great day! Hope you got your workout in; I had a hard time with mine yesterday - my calves are super sore from a brick workout I did a couple days ago!

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2019:
i've been extremely tired, i think bc my lunch was too big volume. has me so sleepy all afternoon...but i'll feel better once i am outta the office.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 30, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Kombucha 50

Breakfast: wrap 120, half avocado 160, 1 pc salami 20, egg 80, smoked salt: 380, coffee 50. approx 450.

snack: Pure Protein Blueberry Breakfast Bar = AMAZING taste. 200 - may order these on Amazon.

650 lunch, - we went out to lunch and i found GREAT options in terms of cooked veggies!..even some white rice...and some pork!

4pm almonds 100

6:30pm late to leave office, so i had some almonds for a good (and not hungry!) commute home :) 100

Satisfying 8pm full dinner, on the very healthy side: wrap 120, half avocado 160, pepperoni 50 (not much) and egg white 20, 350...and an apple bigger side 100. so, 450-500., large tea :)

2050 today, really excellent. I got home around 7:45pm and prob bed around 9pm.  Feeling good & thinking i'll leave work early tomorrow since i stayed till just after 6pm today...i plan to leave at 4pm instead of 5pm tomorrow which will also make it easier to do my home workout tomorrow night!

5day avg: 2114, good.

and relaxing with a nice face mask after i washed my face :) a wonderful night, pleasantly home warming up!


Workout ended after 10pm last night but it was more focused than my other few preceeding it at home. so, i'll just keep on!  I'm glad i did it. Tonight, the goal is just to catch up on some sleep. I'll probably be in bed by latest 8pm. :)

Thank you to Donkey for your help regarding my situation with this new man - I feel so much better already. 

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

legcramps on 01/30/2019:
I read your last post, and I agree with Donkey as well :)

My BF has been married, has children, has had many different experiences and is also older than I am. At the end of the day, we just really like to spend time together, and that's all it needs to be about, really. Take it one day at a time, get to know each other, and the rest will just...happen, as it should.

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2019:
thanks for the good advice...yeah, he's not texting all day long :) i definitely notice it now. just standard times like morning, or afternoon. but not all day long...better for him - less distraction at work !

legcramps on 01/30/2019:
Oh, AND, I obsessed over the whole texting thing too! Like, WHY can't he just reply right now?! Turned out, not everyone has their phone glued to their palm the way I do ;)

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2019:
yeah, it must be the "decade" gap or so between us and them! :) ....thank you for this kind advice, will reply more later too.

Donkey on 01/30/2019:
You are welcome!

I need to catch up on sleep, too. Past 2 days have been increased caloric output, not enough sleep input.

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2019:
same here, tonight i leave an hour early...to get this workout on...omg....i should have been gone 5min ago!

Donkey on 01/30/2019:
It is 6:28p here and after I finish here, I am getting ready for bed. As soon as phone & FitBit are charged, good night!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2019:
gonna catch up with you and legs above soon...just saying, i walked home in approx 10F with high winds...and almost froze after 10minutes! it was icy out as it snowed for like an hour, so, just ice and salted roads and high winds. holy cold! i cannot even imagine walking in chicago temps!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2019:
sweet dreams, J donk!

happy-1 on 01/31/2019:
Mmmm skincare. Best non-food reward.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2019:
yeah, these masks were on sale, $1 from Victoria's Secret, i was in florida when i bought like 20 of them. I wish to find them again on sale, maybe online, I'd totally invest in like 100 of them to last over a year.

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 29, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

so, if i really wanna date this 46 year old guy, or at least seem like a woman and not a little girl to him, i must try harder to control my actions in a more positive way. too many texts and expecting him to reply right back = i'll fail before i even have lunch again with him this friday....we are def in two different places in our lives right now, so, just something that's very apparent right now. plus, he def has two kids...now i wonder if any more? no clue what to discuss friday with him, but, that's a good start....if friday even happens. starting to be sick over this man because it's showing me how different our stages of life are even though it's only a 10 year difference.  and he seems really comfortable and able to text back and just happy when it's convenient for him but i'm sorta silently suffering right now of my OWN DOING because first i'm not used to dating and secondly i'm def not used to dating older men!

i see i have several options and/or maybe 2 & 3 mixed together...why not.

1- cancel friday since he gets me very anxious / nervous (not sure if good or bad)

2- just stop texting him unless he texts me till then (kinda like i'm playing a game, but i have, HAVE,...MUST learn patience in texting

3- speak to him about it...this being new to me...i just might have to..it's gonna come out i just will not be able to stop it...i'll just have to bring up we are different places. sorry. not gonna feel comfortable till i do.



kombucha but didn't work bc i ate a larger volume meal late at night...and it's the only large volume as of late so digestive system is a bit slow.. 50

breakfast: wrap 120, cream cheese 100, lox 80. 300 and coffee 50.

Snack: bar, not that good, but different. 230. cookies and cream flavor but colors weird. 

Noon almonds, all healthy.

2pm Lunch: leftovers from work, free, premade salad mostly chicken/chips/avocado and some of my tofu. 600?

4pm snacks roasted salted almonds and half large orange, around 150 saying., teas with stevia hot at work

7pm pre workout: large apple, fiber one chocolate chip cookie 250 total here, then peanut butter 100 and an iced coffee all at home 50. 400

during workout: large coconut water, 170

After workout: TBD atkins coconut bar 170 :)

2300 :)

4day: 2130

there was traffic getting home and i took a late train so home just before 7pm...just relaxing before starting up a workout.


I fixed phone thankfully and got it to show my typical phone number again and not the new temp #, so, just a workout tonight and no stopping at the T Mobile phone store...i can do this!



Since i got up today i've been rather tired almost to the point of feeling under the weather...even with slight body aches...I may have to skip out on a workout tonight...although, i'm NOT sick yet, so, maybe i'll just push thrrough?

just my throat remains a bit "prickly" and slight body aches. no fever or cough. just very tired.


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

Donkey on 01/29/2019:
I'd talk to him about the texting thing, but not too much. Some folks aren't big on the whole texting thing. I find this so true at my job, except the other way around. Unfortunately, I do not have an office cell office and I refuse to use my personal phone. So you either have to answer my calls or check your emails every day.

Anyway, just see what his take on texting is and then pull way back on your expectations. Like some of my clients, he might prefer to call/talk.

Give this a chance. Please don't blow that might have possibilities for YOU just because of a miscommunication.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2019:
good advice, thank you.

also, i just know he's had a lot of experiences i haven't had - a previous marriage, kids..a career...

so i'm not sure if it's worth even pursuing since what can he see in me aside from youth?

however, it would be good to just delve into it - and realizing at this moment that i shouldn't stress it - just as he's not stressing it. to be me. and not really care too much about this rest of it. i suddenly feel so much better after writing this last part to you!

i think i've figured it out a little bit.

that if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be. and to not give it any more thoughts right now, especially any negative ones :)

Donkey on 01/30/2019:
^^ Yes, this 100%. See you figured it out all by yourself. Just relax and enjoy the company. Live in the moment with this.

I'm not sure what your hesitation is with the age difference, because Ricky was much older than 10 years' difference, wasn't he?

I wouldn't let the fact that this guy (I'll call him Red) has had more experiences -- or should I say, different experiences -- in life than you have. Who is to say where YOU will be in 10 years? Ya know, we're all on a journey in this life, and what's nice about forming relationships with other people -- like even here! -- is that you get to hear about other people's adventures on their life-trip: what they've learned, what they've seen and done. IDK, I think it's kind of exciting, myself.

You've got this - now just enjoy :)

horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 28, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

3:30am hunger pangs: Banana 120, Low cal herbal drink with stevia, lots of chips. 250. 400 total.

6:30am kombucha 50

8:30am & 10:30am BREAKFAST & snacks:  pizza leftovers 400 / cabbage pancake from coworker 100. 500, almonds 50

Noon: Not a volumetric or filling Lunch: from home, lots of filling veggies & eggs, very hungry day over here at work, many cravings (pizza was a cruddy breakfast - it was the Oprah brand crust is regular but infused 1/3 with pureed cauliflower but overall nutrition isn't better than pizza at all so will not buy again!) went to a random meeting at lunch: half a turkey sandwich50 turkey, 200 bread,  with a little cheese and chips 100. 350?-400?.  no veggies but satisfying quantities and like half a diet coke, threw the rest out as it just leaves me feeling horrible from the caffeine and destroys my skin, so, that was a good move!

2:45pm Snack: balanced, natural type protein : bar 250...very hungry day...not gonna bring pizza again as my breakfast, that's for sure!

4:45pm: few almonds 50

2400 total. with a healthy ending of night and a small kit kat 2 piece size. good way to end the day, no bingeing, just a healthy way and a 3mi walk home. the whole dinner consisted of heavily roasted veggies, tofu, a wrap and the kit kat with really nice tonic only 30calories. filling and extremely satisfying, approx 600 cal dinner. I needed the veggies and health. instead of a protein bar and unsweetened almond milk.


2075 3-day, very good!



 if goes to 2500; 3 day is still 2075....so, i know i'm hungry...dealing as best i can at end of workday...will try to take it easy tonight. maybe clean hamster cage. maybe walk home, but if i do, prob eat more :)



Lately, my weight is nice, on the lower side, this could be adding to the "hunger pains" at night...last night only...really bad sleep and hunger in early morning around 3am...just not sleeping well....i'm sure tonight will be better :)

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

Donkey on 01/28/2019:
Cabbage pancake? That sounds interesting!

You woke up to hunger pangs? Wow! Well, weight-training will do that to a body -- especially since I know you lift heavy. What is your heaviest dumbbell weight that you have at home?

horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2019:
Heaviest right now is the bicep curls and laying on the bench chest press. 30lbs...but right now it's very difficult, especially chest press as i have gradually lost a little strength since December missing 3-4 workouts overall. it's ok! getting back on track now.

for the bicep curls, i don't use correct form at all. i use a modified posture that helps me lift and i do each arm in separate sets from the other arm with rest inbetween - meaning, i am at the heaviest possible before any injuries and slightly modified form (i don't recommend this, but it's a habit for me) on the bicep curls.

the other weights exercises i do are much lighter weights, ranging 10-15lbs.

just my pushups, biceps, and chest press are at the higher weights.

i also do 3 types of squats for lower body :) i use a #30 bar for the regular squats, but the other two types are only using body weight since i'm still having trouble with the number of reps on those are do not need to add any more weight, yet.

horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2019:
yeah, it really was mostly i think an egg and flour mix, with a little cabbage...prob more calories than i guessed it at...it was tasty. i wish i knew the recipe as it was VERY tasty for breakfast!

legcramps on 01/28/2019:
I hate waking up to hunger pangs :( no fun; hopefully you can get some sleep tonight.

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2019:
it was better could have slept a couple more hours, too!

Donkey on 01/29/2019:
So... if your weight is on the lower side, why not update your graph?

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2019:
hmmm, maybe i should :) maybe i didn't even expect it to stay...?

good point...i'll update it.

it was around 112.something...but i know it'll go up a hair once i start eating more volume meals...lately not enough veggies.

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2019:
see...this just shows that the "weight" number and measure is not what i'm after right now, except for maintenance :) and that the issue more is on MAINTENANCE of course...and strength / cardio building as my main goal.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 27, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Happy Sunday! The weather is quite warm around 40F which is very warm for January in NYC. 

9am-10am: grapefruit and a kombucha 200

10:30am brunch at home: my last wrap in this apt! 120 with tuna salad 130? leftovers free from work :) mustard. 250 :), and tons of these veggie chips, much more than one serving. 300. 550 :), now, a nice stevia soda. i ordered two huge shipments of them on amazon insteaad of one, by accident, two deliveries just a week apart, so i'll be drinking well these next few weeks!

couple candies also and been drinking coconut water a big can since last night and will finish it during my workout later. 200.

1:30 Cookie 100..walked into diner to use bathroom and came out with a sample cookie hahaha..yup.

3pm back at home, walked around 2.5-3mi at the park, between errands.

3pm snack: two fiber one cookies (should have done a mix of with a protein bar, but oh well!) 240 and cold brew coffee 60. 300...50

....turns out i'll do a home workout as i'd rather be home now (3pm) and not venture out again until tomorrow morning. so i'll relax a bit, then start up a workout around 4pm.

throat feels a little prickly so sleep is important this week, including tonight!

snacks during workout: sorta wanna keep it to one banana and the already accounted for coconut water...120, candies 

dinner: trying to save room for the frozen pepperoni Oprah Cauliflower crust pizza i bought...to eat all this week :) calories are a bit high on it, so it can't be eaten all in 1,2 or even 3 sittings. more like 4 meals with it :)  per 4 big slices, it's 400 cal per slice which is a good amount - thinking maybe even to eat it for breakfast at work! 400. (plus a couple additional pepperoni off the other slices but not counting that lol), and will have a yogurt with cranberry preserves too. 150. 550.

2100, good!

2 day avg: 1900...excellent.



I may try to go out for a small walk at the park, between errands. Gym is my plan for this evening. I prefer going out to it, rather than doing a home workout. I prefer to be in public and not home all day!! So, once laundry is done, i'll get a move on! 

I will swing by the supermarket to pick up staples: eggs, fruit, avocado, veggies, wraps, couple yogurts since i still have some :)

I had no major plans this weekend which was good.  I was able to walk to a nearby store around 1 mi away to get a new iphone which was necessary as my former one kept freezing and breaking down. :) so this is good! 

Without major plans, i've been able to catch up on sleep and not rush around which was important to me for this weekend just coming back after a couple weeks away. 

Soon i'll have to clean the bathroom tub a little bit...also the hamster cage, but, all in all, everything is back to the routine here!

Lastly, i haven't driven my car in about 3 weeks, so it's important i do some driving today! another reason i might as well go to the supermarket, i'll go to one which needs a drive there and takes still only around 10-15 minutes to get to...good for the car, too, to be driving it!  It's a good thing i replaced my car battery this year - i am pretty sure my car is fine and will start up :)


I Slept in till about 8:30am, could have kept on sleeping since i'm still feeling tired, but i got up and got my laundry outta the way! And, lucky for me, the laundry room was basically empty so it was a breeze. now everything is drying :) so glad my laundry is done. It wasn't even that much. I'm very back on top of things and pretty much back to the grind, since getting back home last Tuesday :)  I cannot even believe i've already been home almost a week since then! Time flies! 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
What a lovely weekend for you! At my house, everyone wanted to do laundry this weekend. I'm still in the middle of rotating loads between washer, air-drying racks, and the dryer.

It's so cold here that I'm keeping the curtains drawn to keep out the coldness, rather than letting in the sun. And it's going to get even colder by Wednesday. Ridiculous.

So enjoy getting out and running errands :)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
sorry for your cold over there! i've heard, it is ridiculous indeed with all the cold AND SNOW! but it will end...only a matter of time!

if it were that cold here, i'd have different priorities, indeed. even my neighbor agreed to get out and take advantage of this new york "warmth"

happy-1 on 01/27/2019:
Trade you. In the 90s here. So hot and dry.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
90's...we can trade, sure! at least it's not humid by you :)

i could def take some more heat right now!

the park was nice at 40, but very Windy. so i had to bundle up!

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
If your throat is feeling a little tingly tonight, you did the right thing by STAYING HOME. Going to the gym - full of germs. Breathing in the cooler air - not good.

By being home, you can clean up easily and get to bed earlier.

horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2019:
yes.....glad i didn't go out!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 26, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Sunday plans:

1. drive (use car after around 3 weeks of no use!!!) to supermarket for veggies, avocado, fruit, eggs, and wraps!

2. gym

3. laundry 


Woke up around 10:30, still a little groggy, but i slept around 12 hours :) and that is wonderful! i was really lacking on sleep the last half week of my Florida stay and also didn't sleep much the past couple nights, so, i'm happy logging in more hours this weekend.  It helps prevent any colds from forming. I can totally tell when i'm getting run down and sleep is what that dr has ordered! :)

10:301st snack: granola bar chocolate and nut bar 150

11:30 2nd meal: drinks - bang no caffeine amino sour heads drink, also an iced coffee from fridge with little milk 50, two of my "honey egg cake" breakfasts from freezer nicely heated up tasted like an egg cake breakfast 200 at most, small slices. 

Noon lunch: lox and cream cheese on a wrap 300, banana oat granola bar 100candy 50

5:30pm dinner: seaweed salad 150 that i bought at a takeout place while leaving supermarket, pint of cherry tomatoes 50, then leftovers some fried rice little bit 100, some indian saag 100 maybe a hair more, leftover indian bindhi with light veggie noodles 100...total here: 500...maybe a fruit :) dessert of yogurt and cranberries 200. all with stevia.

1550...gonna do some reading & bed early. low cal day, too :)

7:45pm snack: fiber one chewy chocolate chip cookie :) yum! 120

1700 total today :) excellent. just some reading and early to bed :)

I was gonna do laundry, but, have decided to do it tomorrow morning and just go to bed majorly early again tonight since i'm still a tad tired. glad i got the phone taken care of - iphone xr. lowest amount of memory which is 64gb ...way better than my old iphone 5c which only had 14gb! 


my iphone 5C hasn't been working right for the past few months because it's old and has horrible storage. I was paying on my parent's plan also and they are eager for me to move off it....which makes full sense for me at 36 years old to do!

Today i'm walking over to nearby Tmobile where i'll subscribe to a new iphone and phone plan.  There's plans for $0 down and then 36 months payment plan of around $20 per month for new iphone X. that's my plan to get today. and i will sign up obviously with Tmobile, moving off my parent's Verizon plan. I'm glad Tmobile is in walking distance, very close, so i'll be going over there in the early afternoon after i shower & clean up a little around here. That's the big plan for today. 

I hope that by Feb 1st, i have the new iphone and tmobile plan. 

my iphone 5c is so old that some apps are not compatible with it, since the 5c cannot be update anymore to the newest iOS update, i couldn't even use the app to get into Rosie's appt in Florida and instead of my phone, i had to use a manual key.  I'm saying some apps don't even work on my outdated iphone 5c. Additionally, the phone freezes everyday on me. It's time, i've waited as long as possible, for an upgrade :)  At least it's no money down, so no big $200-$300 payment today. Thankfully! So this is a SUPER plus!


I'm Super Thankful to those people who suggested that i freeze all leftovers so i have food to come back to after staying in FL for two weeks! so happy! tons of leftovers that i'm loving right now! I even have soup frozen so i really don't have to cook this weekend if i do not want to - but, i do have a Corned Beef that will expire soon if i do not make it, so, i plan to put it in the crock pot later today or tomorrow! I'm just so happy i have so many options in my freezer / fridge now that i don't have to buy anything right now except produce of fruit/veggies/eggs/wraps! nicely done for this trip!  Thank you to Donkey, BCGG and everyone who suggested i save all food! And my friend Christine who's not here on DD!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/26/2019:
I'm so glad that you decided to wait to do laundry and go to bed early instead. That is the RIGHT decision. Me -- IDK, tonight is usually the night I allow myself to stay up later and watch TV, but I think I'm going to start getting ready for bed and read.

Also glad to hear that you took care of your phone situation. You've definitely waited long enough. We all recently switched to Sprint to save us money. We had Verizon, which I *love* but it was just too darn expensive. Kind of like cable -- love it, but just too expensive to justify spending THAT much money on something like that. Much happier with streaming and antenna TV.

So if I ever win the lottery, I'm moving to a modest ranch in a warmer climate, but I'll have cable TV and Verizon phone service - LOL!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
you just reminded me, next on my priorities should be to stream TV. I'm going to get rid of my cable bill this year, sometime between now & end of summer. thank you for the reminder.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
and yea, it was better to wake up and do laundry and relax last night.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Jan 25, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0


wrap and cream cheese and lox 300, coffee 50, 1 Chocolate. 80.

10am snack bar 200 "no cow blueberry cobbler" not in love with the brand but a good change of pace...and a little extra coffee...

Lunch: moderate piece of salmon 300?, veggie salad small 50, roasted cauliflower 150 and other veggies 50. 550, later candies 60.


Snacks: almonds, orange...chocolate 150, one more coconut thing 60

Dinner: leftovers from lunch..200, clementine and apple 100, popcorn 150. 450 :)


7 day: around 2090, very successful and with a 3mi walk today :) in the very cold, could have used some hand warmers tonight for the walk!


Lunch date went really well. turns out he's only 46. only 10 years older than me which is a slight miracle.  I like a 10 yr difference, it's pretty perfect.  He's nice and easy to talk to. Very easy going man. Originally from Kansas! A redhead. Divorced with older daughter in college. I'd date him again, yeah... :-)


Noon: i have a "lunch date" with someone from the union that i know. he's been wanting to have lunch with me for around 3-4 months. lol. i told him we could do it after i get back from vacation :)...we're going to the usual buffet i go to...where i'll indulge in warm food and veggies :) 

Weather is good tonight to do my walk home from the subway station. As long as i'm feeling good, i'll walk the 3 miles home, then planning on eating something,then sleeping early. i might take a sleeping pill.  i plan to sleep a lot into Saturday as i'm looking to rest.  As of late, I do not take a sleeping pill more than 1x per week. I'll lessen it as i get back into NYC swing. right now though, i'm def tired and overtired, so, i'm looking forward to sleeping a lot tomorrow...

I have few plans this weekend other than a food shopping, taking note of what's in my freezer and defrosting some things for next week...I also may cook another corned beef that's frozen in my freezer and freeze it / eat it next week & month.

I don't have much to buy at the supermarket: eggs, avocados, veggies & fruit. i even have some yogurt in my fridge to last me one more week. 

i'm trying to be budget friendly thru the end of this month and thru March. 

Low key is how i'd like the Winter to go.

I am traveling to France end of April. Until then, I'm looking to get into my weights more.

My workout was WEAK last night...but, that only means i have tons of room for improvement, right!?



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/25/2019:
So nice to hear that the lunch date went well! It's nice to have someone to hang out with.

I don't have any plans this weekend, and with the cold, may not do much of anything outside, which means plenty of time to do keto baking inside! Looking to try 90-second keto bread and make a fatdough pizza for dinner too.

Frugality, weights -- sounds good to me!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2019:
your weekend plans, especially all the keto treats/baked items, sounds wonderful!!!

i'm also going to be relaxing a lot of this weekend. Frugality, weights it is! Cheers!

I cannot wait to just sleep as i know any less sleep would make me start to get sick :) and i will not be wanting that!

happy-1 on 01/26/2019:
Oooooh! A hot redhead! Love that.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2019:
yeah, i'm happy to hang out with him again :) he's growing on me, exponentially. I like his personality.

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