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horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 30, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Early at home: kombucha it will be. 30 cal. everything worked out more than perfectly! stomach fully emptied! yes!

Work: wrap with cream cheese and lox 300. banana 120.

snack: bar? May skip it. not hungry...so much...

lunch: healthy - 450 and extremely healthy.

900 after lunch. LOW CAL DAY. no matter what. only coffee decaf later.

snacks at his retirement party def not more than 100...

550 cal for dinner and also a plum after work. around 600 more after work.

total today is AWESOME 1600 :-D

 1880-7 day average = I ROCK!

speech soon.

No matter what - I'm planning a calorie total in the 1800's for the week's average...so much better than this week started!!!!!!! wow!

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My retirement speech for my boss:

Sam, you took me under your wings & into the Five Star Electric Estimating Department just under 6 years ago. 

It was you who introduced me to the world of Electrical Estimating.  You challenged me to work my hardest here.  And I value all that I learned from you my boss for the past Five Years, Eight Months.

Sam, you are very disciplined in your life and your work.  Your zest for achievement and passion to do great work is unmatched by most.  And these are only a few reasons why you will be so missed here at Five Star.

I wish you success in your next endeavor – whatever it is you choose to do.  And I also wish you continued happiness for the rest of your life!

On a side note now…What a coincidence that you & I share the same Love of Vegetables!?

And it just so happens that you are an excellent chef who always cooks up the most delicious food!

How lucky I have been to eat all of your fabulous dishes at work - from that captivating pickled eggplant with herbs and garlic to your awesome okra & lamb in tomato sauce to your sautéed egg, tomato, pepper and onion masterpiece!

Maybe you will go on to open the best Israeli restaurant in all of Israel? Or maybe you will open shop closer to home upstate in Buffalo? Whatever it is you choose, I do hope you will at least continue cooking at home because you are so skilled at it!!!

That is why I got you this gift. Thank you for being the best boss! 

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4:25am. Woke around 4am or slightly before. My mind woke me up...I needed time to perfect my speech that i'll give today at my boss' retirement party at work. It's a short speech.  Some words about him taking me under his wing, some words about his worth ethic, some funny words at the end about his cooking. I will write the speech here, maybe during work or maybe later after work. It's a good speech. .... Now I will also do a good job delivering it later today!!!!!!!! 

And now i'll go back to sleep for an hour or so. I will wake up early and get ready extra nicely...wear makeup and do my hair. The whole company will be present at Sam's retirement party today at work. Everyone (I think so) was invited. It can be around 100-150 people present. I am glad i went over what i'm going to say...I will need to hold a paper because I didn't memorize it. I am happy with what I wrote for him.  I don't like to have to memorize. I feel better having it in front of me.

Drinking some seltzer now. Also making sure to wake up with enough time to relax again later & use the bathroom. This whole week has been off for me with the bathroom because of the stress (i guess?) of my boss' impending retirement. Also, I have partially chosen to and also partially dealt with due to necessary engagements also - to have a very busy week since Sunday. So digestion has been off for all these reasons. But today, Friday, is going to be a wonderful day. I ordered his gift about 1 month ago & wrapped it around 2 weeks ago.  I'm glad that I was prepared for my boss' retirement party. And glad to be able to say good words on his behalf. And to hopefully make everyone laugh a bit also :)

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/30/2016:
Good luck with the delivery of your speech J. Enjoy your day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/30/2016:
I have posted the speech here now! :) thank you Fran!


grannyannie on 09/30/2016:
Good speech! Have a great day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/30/2016:
thank you!!!! I plan to hold the paper and read a lot off it :) it's ok..


grannyannie on 09/30/2016:
Good luck. You'll do fine. I'm not a speechmaker.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/30/2016:
Thank you Annie :)


hollybelle on 09/30/2016:
What a heart-felt toast to your boss. Have a great farewell day. Goodbyes aren't easy.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2016:
It went well...i will miss him when i am back to work on Wednesday.


innerpeace on 09/30/2016:
Great note to your boss! Good luck with the speech.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2016:
It went super well :-D


Donkey on 10/01/2016:
Very nice speech!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2016:
Thank you Jul...!



horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 29, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

1930 - 6day Average.

Morning, rushing again so it surely didn't work but also isn't the best, Obi Probiotic Soda. 20 cal.

8:30am while work & late by 10 min: coffee with 2 splenda & milk 50, wrap with cream cheese & salami 300.

Snack: 200

Lunch: healthy 500 cal and good. tuna, small amount potato, some cabbage, and some sauteed / salad veggies. 

afternoon snack: granola bar and caffeine 100 and fruit 150

After gym: 300 cals.sf jello and light ice cream.

1650, PERFECT.

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I'll be back on the right track come October. Looking forward to sleeping in and less stress for especially the first two weeks of October.  

All of my Mon-Fri work weeks in October are 3 days long due to Jewish Holidays (3 days) / National Holiday (1 day for Columbus Day)  and then my trip (4 days off from work) during the second half of October.  

Looking forward to the trip but can't really think about it now.  

At this moment i am looking forward to resting up a bit. I know i need some rest at home.  Once I get thru this week here (just tomorrow is left) and once this long weekend and Jewish New Year passes, I'll be less stressed. Looking forward to not being at work on Monday / Tuesday. Needed it.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2016:
Sounds like good plans! It'll be nice to have less stress next month.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2016:
yeah, really looking forward to a change in pace in general like different plans and a whole change for the entire month. it will be good to get my head outta work for awhile.


puddles on 09/29/2016:
You are sounding real good J. Oct. will be good for you. Might as well take advantage of it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2016:
Thank you Fran. I am a bit beat at the moment and so I guess October will be good for me - some rest the first half the month before a trip :)

I may be tired after the trip - but at least i'll be able to rest up a little bit before it :)

Plus - I am getting a massage on this long weekend.....!


happy-1 on 09/29/2016:
Rest is good! So is chocolate.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2016:
yes, both. Agreed. But only 1 keeps the weight off !!! haha...stay Happy, Happy!



horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Done being stupid and pigging out. Feeling better, much better, than yesterday. not bloated anymore.

Home: kombucha and seltzer with stevia 60

Work: wrap 100 with cream cheese 100 and salami 100 - 300. no coffee. i think it makes me break out? 

360.

1120 after lunch :)

i want a light dinner...picking up a lot of ready made jello and having it with pudding and a protein muffin. BED EARLY i must so tired. haven't slept will since the weekend - last night of decent sleep was only friday night.

1250 including a banana. was yawning too much.

1650. total.

1990 5-day 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
Well done. You'll feel much better now. Never heard of coffee making you break out?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
lol i break out from anything & everything....all is good.

i think it's the milk in the coffee or just the acidity.


puddles on 09/28/2016:
So what is bothering you to be doing that? I know that if I binge it is usually because something is getting to me. Hope thing will settle down for you and have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
Just a bit overtired and stuff...looking forward to some days to sleep in coming in October.

Boss is retiring on Friday.

I think this is the majority of stuff going on...

and the bridal shower on Sunday was busy for me...along with just a busy week. so glad i'm feeling better.

i think run down also causing binging looking for fast energy.


grannyannie on 09/28/2016:
I have binged when I've been tired and looking for energy as well.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2016:
yeah...i am looking forward to this week over and sleeping in several days in a row coming up :)


hollybelle on 09/28/2016:
Glad you are feeling better. Get some sleep tonight, if you can! My longer walks are making me tired and I have been sleeping better.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2016:
i love being able to fall asleep easily...especially after a walk earlier in the day. yes, you are having a good balance that's what it sounds like! proud of you. Keep making your good lifestyle choices!

I think a large portion of my problem stems from drinking too much caffeine, but i'm managing it with days where i do get the extra sleep.

anyways, talk more later Holly :)



horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 27, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Too rushed to use bathroom again. ehhh. nothing since Sunday = ugh! lol....no good...it'll work out though, trying not to hound the thought in my mind...so telling all of you instead!

Home: kombucha 60, water, seltzer...so much trying to move this darn crap through me...

Work: coffee 50, wrap with salami and extra cream cheese 300

snack bar 190 protein fiber not too tasty.

I halfway fixed my problema around 11:30am....won't stop home i doubt before gym tonight.

lunch: PIGGED OUT. EXTRA RICE 400, CHICKEN WITH SKIN 400, FRITOS 300 & TAFFY 50 - 1150-1200.

1750, ...FEELING OFF.

before gym 100 cal bar and same caffeine

after gym: ice cream 300

total: 2150, fine :)

2075 4-day. ok.

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/27/2016:
Something as to give soon J. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2016:
yeah...yucky.

when at work and not relaxed, it's like flight or fight syndrome with me...and digestion stops. and muscles do not relax. in my gut.


grannyannie on 09/27/2016:
Oh sorry. You'll do better tomorrow.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
much better today...


hollybelle on 09/27/2016:
Take it easy - hope you feel better tonight.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2016:
doing far better :)



horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 26, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

50 cal in probiotics in AM...didn't work bc i ate too late and so i am a bit bloated today at work bc couldn't take care of business lol....its fine.

400 cal in small banana & wrap at work. energy drink mixed with green tea.

11am HUNGRY AFTER A LOT OF CAFFEINE, HAD A BAR 200

1300 after a really healthy lunch of leftover salmon, greens, chips.

dinner TBD (light ice cream i think)

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lunch at my desk. leaving early at 3pm for therapy appt (1x per month) and psych for anti-anxiety. yes, i do take...

Around 2000 tops today. Ok.

2050 3day

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/26/2016:
Hate that bloated feeling. Hope you feel better.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/26/2016:
luckily it's not bad...i should be able to fix things tomorrow AM! :)


puddles on 09/26/2016:
Hope your problem will be solved tomorrow. Have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/26/2016:
for sure :-D...thanks for your support.

I am happy that this Fall season is going to be busy because it will take my mind off of the stressors at work like my boss' retirement this Friday. So many changes at work but i will be ok because i will be preoccupied with other things going on in my life thankfully. this is how my life should have always been i think...really working on balancing life with work these days :) it's better. seeing friends more, etc.


hollybelle on 09/27/2016:
Yep, it's a constant balancing act, HOP! Push a little here, pull a little there. One thing goes well, another one - not so much (or is awful). Just getting through is success, sometimes. Getting through with as good a mind set as possible is definitely success. Through it all - do it your way and hang in there.



horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 25, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Today is my good friend's Surprise Bridal Shower :) at 12:30 so i'll leave here around 11:30-11:45am to go :)

Plum in middle of night (50)...poor sleep last night but it's because i had caffeine.

9am Breakfast: bigger banana 150, Think Thin Protein & Fiber hot oatmeal Honey Peanut Butter flavor 200 (nice & high fiber, filling...good change of pace from the protein muffin!), lots of cinnamon, stevia, some vanilla pudding i threw in also 100. total here: 450 :)

500, good..I sorta want to get my nails done before the event, just depends if I can get ready earlier. then i will!

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As soon as I use the bathroom, lol, I'll wrap her gifts. Then take a shower & get ready. If time permits, i'll get a manicure.

big party lunch: small piece salmon 300 tops prob less, bread 300 tops, pasta 400 tops, salad 100, chocolates 50, diet soda...1150 tops

big dinner back at home: shrimp leftovers 100?, lots of veggies sauteed 400 tops, chips 150, ice cream 60: 710..

2360, not the great! hopefully less ugh!

weekend avg: 2080.

 

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/25/2016:
Fun day! I am putting off getting a pedicure until before we leave for vacation - how sad is that?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2016:
not sad at all!!!!!!! :-)


grannyannie on 09/26/2016:
Hope you had fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2016:
it was a lot of fun !!! Very loving and kind group :)



horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 24, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

9:30 breakfast: plum 100 & seltzer with stevia

snacking: ice cream 400

1pm lunch: pumpkin with oil / spices 300?, wrap and salami 100, chips 150

snacking in afternoon / before gym: chips and two sf jellos, energy drink: 300 cals

1350, good...will aim for a low cal type of day - below 1800 is the goal to start the (calorie counting) week off RIGHT!!!!!!!   :)

 after gym: subway sandwich with egg white and veggies / pickled peppers, some chips, and a 60 cal wrap at home. around 450.

around 1800 total. excellent :)

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/24/2016:
Have a great weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2016:
you too :)


Donkey on 09/24/2016:
Hope your day is going well :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2016:
pretty perfect.


hollybelle on 09/24/2016:
Have a great weekend!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2016:
I am :)



horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 23, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha Chai Tea flavor! yes! 60. 2 cups.

Work: wrap 100 with cc 100 and small piece lox 50. banana 120

430 :)

snack: bar 130

550 or so

lunch: mostly going to be soy bean sprouts in sauce, a little chicken too. not more than 550.

1100. excellent. 50 on way home in pineapple :)

huge dinner but healthy: tons of sauteed greens....wish it wasn't more than 200 but i think more like 300, followed by pumpkin probably around 100? and ice cream 300 most. so around 700

1850 most. 

total this week just around 1800, perfect (and extremely close to the 1700's - very satisfied with the average!)

snack after work: pineapple (but not even in mood for it, at all)...looking to meet my dad & change the reg sticker on my car...go home and relax. no exercise tonight. looking forward to the COUCH. that's it. and bumming it.

early dinner, sleeping early and long: (will be a light meal on purpose - keeping this week's calories FOR SURE in the 1700's...so happy with the total so far this week!)

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After work i'm meeting my dad fast where i live (he works 5 min away) and he's giving me the new registration for my car and helping me put it on.  who doesn't love their Daddy!?  Meeting him a little bit after 5pm.

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

puddles on 09/23/2016:
Yes dads are special... Have a great day J.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2016:
Thank you Effie :)


grannyannie on 09/23/2016:
Yes, dads are great! Have a great weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2016:
will do :)



horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 22, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Hi :)

Kombcuha 30

Breakfast: wrap 100, cream cheese 100, lox 100. banana 120

snack: NONE :)

lunch: healthy... chips 250, veggies with some vinagrette 200 most, little bit of chicken but not much 150 tops. 600 tops.

5pm before gym: pinapple, granola bar, energy drink 200

1250 before gym.

400after gym

1650 :) perfecto. This week was SO MUCH BETTER. 

1790 6-day = EXCELLENT because i want this week to be finally back in the 1700's!

Will try to keep it within 1700 tomorrow.

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/22/2016:
Have a great day!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2016:
I did :)


hollybelle on 09/23/2016:
You did have a great day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2016:
yes indeed :)

i hope you have a nice day too Holly!



horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 21, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha Lavender! 60 cal.

Work: wrap 100, cream cheese 100, lox 100, small banana 120: 420

Snack: 150 coconut whey protein bar

Lunch: 600 most all healthy. - white meat chicken with a little skin, balsamic dressing over cooked cabbage, some chips. overall it's healthy mix of protein, fats, carbs.

1250 before dinner...can't wait for sleep...i am so tired after lunch.

Dinner out with my parents for my bday, meeting up with them after work: probably a GOOD diner, maybe shrimp or fish?

1900 was Wednesday's total.

 

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I am feeling in a very positive & good mood this morning.

Why? Well, I had a good workout. Sleep wasn't the worst at all. Did wake up a couple times but I'm very content overall.  I had a chat with my "Aussie Friend" (different man - yes, he lives in AUSTRALIA). what are we? we are friends, known each other 7-8 years.  We did meet online on quite a "risque site."  But we have become friends with benefits in the digital age & i see myself as his friend maybe even for life.

We are the same age, I'm older by only a few months or so. So we had a hot chat. Was nice. Texting usually. Lots of photos we send of us, also of our surroudings, things we see, our environments. Nice man. He has a really interesting job. It's offshore. He works on like an oil rig in the middle of the ocean. Sleeps there. really different type of job. Good pay.

So he may work weeks or like a month straight, then weeks or month off. Very interesting job. Demanding job when he is working. He also takes classes & studies quite a bit when he isn't working. He already has two homes, couple cars.  His other home when he isn't living in Western Australia is Bali. Yep, he's a cool guy. :)  LIke i've said, we've known each other maybe 8 years now...i know a lot about him.

 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/21/2016:
Sounds good! Good luck with your Aussie friend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/21/2016:
lol thank you Annie. it's always a good time with him...it works out well as the hour difference is 12hrs.

so...if it's 7am here, it's 7pm there...good time for texting

noon here is midnight there.

8am here is 8pm there..good time for texting...

the times really are great for keeping in touch!


grannyannie on 09/21/2016:
He must be western Australia? I have inlaws there and sometimes we skype. When we are in Thailand in the winter I Skype my granddaughters and it's 12 hours difference.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/22/2016:
YES. he is in Western Australia. He also has a house in Bali! :-D Time difference is perfect but...seasons are funny as it's winter there :/


hollybelle on 09/22/2016:
Hope your dinner with parents was good. Interesting relationship with the Aussie???



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