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horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 07, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

1816 3-day avg.

probiotic soda and seltzer with steiva 20

wrap 60 with farmer's cheese 50 and salami 100, banana 120., tea with milk 50.

400 :)...really craving the caffeine that i left at home (half a monster drink). 

bar 130

550 before lunch.

Lunch: sorta too big. shrimp from Friday but seem ok since fridge here wasn't opened all weekend! lol. 150-200, sauteed cabbage 150 and also sauteed other stuff 150 and chips 100! 600.



600 with apple and dinner. 1800 tops :)

 Planning to begin a couch to 5k running program in February and do it twice as slow, taking 18 weeks (4.5 months) instead of 9 weeks to get myself back into jogging before NYPD academy.  Ankle still sucks, but, I'll just "do it." my body IS getting stronger & stronger and i plan to be stronger by February, when i begin this program. And if i feel like it, I'll start in march, no worries.


I am finally moving away from my whipped fave cream cheese and onto farmer's cheese - I tried it today for the first time - and it's great on a wrap as a substitute to cream cheese. and half the calories!  I will throw out the weight watchers brand of whipped cream cheese i bought - it's terrible! but other brands of whipped cream cheese i do like! - but Farmer's cheese is the healthier option and tasty too! It has a nice ricotta flavor and smooth texture...good for wraps / sandwiches.  Only 40 cal per two tablespoons. Whipped cream cheese has 80 cal for 2 tablespoons. BIG difference. - one is close to 50cal, the other close to 100.

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

happy-1 on 11/08/2016:
I so want to do a couch to 5k program... where did you find yours? I don't see any in my area.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/08/2016:
oh, not a program in the area - an app on my cell phone!!! :) I want to train myself starting around Feb or March.

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 06, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Morning eating: islandic style yogurt flavored so some sugar 100, with my own cooked cranberries and stevia 50 also had seltzer with stevia followed by some beef jerky 100. Later followed by ice cream light variety 150. 400. Trying to save calories as I am going to a big brunch in the village (NYC) today for a lovely friend's birthday....

Date last night went well he is a nice guy. I am attracted to his personality more than his look at this point is beyond unreasonable to even say here but it's how I feel. I am glad we didn't kiss yet (only on cheek goodbye) Bc I wasn't feeling it, yet. Also maybe I was anxious about today. No clue.

He was dressed really well and so clean cut which I loved. I really wish it was how I usually am and I just see him for his looks but it's the complete opposite this time around....I notice his intelligence and a d ability to have balance in life and all but for some reason I don't feel completely attracted right off the bat? I did have a good time.

Brunch was large. First some crackers 100 before brunch. Portabella mushroom burger with a large bun with some butter but extremely light on butter 500 for that, sautéed spinach 150, bites but many of a sweet pancake 150?, some bites of icing and chocolate brownie 100 more. 1000.


Dinner light meal back at home: another portabella with veggies and Jello. Around 300 cal?

1800 today. Excellent. Goodnight :)

1825 2-day avg.

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

trishpiglet3 on 11/06/2016:
Sometimes we don't initially find someone attractive at the start but it comes along later on. Good luck with however this goes xxx

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
I am thinking i should give it a much bigger chance :)

puddles on 11/06/2016:
Hi J. My dad told me a long time ago that the person we meet that is usually a keeper is the person that after 20 years of being together once the initial beauty of youth is gone is the person that you can still have a conversation with siting across the table from you. He was right. Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
I want to give it a huge chance...he is so nice...

Donkey on 11/06/2016:
I say just enjoy yourself with this guy in the moment. It's nice to have someone to do things with around town and such.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
this is a good point. you see, after losing my best friend to arguments and life changes it seems & losing all the guys that aren't options anyways, i am at a point where i want to make it work...but also don't want to use him...but it would be good to do things together.

hollybelle on 11/07/2016:
Glad your date was enjoyable. See how it goes......

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
Thanks Holly...will go out again with him!

horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 05, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Happy Weekend!

It's 11:40am, my clothes are in the dryer, and I'm feeling good about this weekend. Boy was I stressing this week. Trying to get the gym in (successfully) on Mon, Wed & Friday evening so that I wouldn't have to think about the gym for this weekend. And now I don't have to worry about it at all. I sorta like this gym approach, though, NOT every week. I don't think I'd want to be going to the gym on Friday nights every week!

Anyways, I was stressing for the weekend because this weekend is going to be BUSY but in the best ways: Today I'm going on a date (first time in FOREVER amost!) and it's a REAL date. No other friends invited or anything. He's my age, 34. We are friends on fb maybe like 3 years and known each other maybe 5 years. When i used to live with my parents, and went to a gym on Long Island where i used to live with them, he went there too. He was always there, but of course we never spo.............DANG it....i deleted half of what i jsut wrote..............!

anyways, i have a date today that i'm really lookng foward to & also a brunch tomorrow in the Village in NYC (should last the whole day)....so i'm prepared - already went food shopping & everything for next week.....

around 1pm...finally stepping into the shower. will be ready by 2:30pm lol when my date picks me up :) 

Morning food & drink: probiotic soda and some sips of a leftover kombucha, a lot of sf jello 100 calories. followed by entire pint of Vanilla Halo Top. 250 cal. total 350 cal.

1pm chips 150.

total so far: 500 cal.

need some protein though, before he picks me up i'll have something. wrap with olive oil & lox 200.


800 before bigger dinner:

Dinner appetizers chicken kebab 150 tops, 2 very fried things with curry and potato 150 each? 450.!! And my meal of calamari and veggies 400 in sauce and some rice 200 1050.

1850, success. Bed early Bc I am tired.

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

Donkey on 11/05/2016:
Hope you have fun tonight!

I often feel the same way about my walking as you do about the gym. I feel obligated to walk while the weather is nice out because I KNOW that winter will soon be here and it will be all that much harder.

Usually I'm happy that I went walking, but sometimes it's really hard to drag my butt out of bed in the morning to do so...

horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 04, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

The coworker that was intentionally ignoring me - I just told him off.  I am sorta annoyed / surprised it came to this -but I just couldn't take his rude behavior anymore and ignoring is rude if it's a man that sits directly next to me at work. I told him it's rude to ignore and even ruder to teach his kid to do it (he once brought his 5-yr old to work & same issue - he had specifically told his kid not to speak to me!). So that's done.  I told him that from now going forward the only reason I would speak to him is work related & that's it. Done with his atiitude. And as far as bosses ignoring me, same thing. Going to ignore the 1 boss who also ignores me (1 out of so many bosses!) and there's one coworker also that ignores me (1 out of like 150 coworkers). So for these 3 people outta like 150 people at the office, i feel it's fine to ignore them....I don't like doing it, as it's not in my personality, but, if they haven't changed by now, I'll give them what they want and not deal with being ignored when i do try to speak with them.  ...

pure stupidity i tell you on the whole above issue!

Home: kombucha 80...

Breakfast: small banana 120, tea, wrap with lox and nasty weight watchers cream cheese 250. 

snack: some kinda bar...170 last of those tasty brownie bars. will def order again!

NO COFFEE as it had a horribe effect on my stomach yesterday.

lunch was great but i ate too much...700 probably.

around 150 before gym.

after gym: around 400-450.

total today is still ok at 1950 :)

avg for the week: 1780, EXCELLENT.

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

innerpeace on 11/04/2016:
work turbulence causes tress! We have a few a$$hats in my office, no matter what kind of stupid things are said, I am always polite. Kill them with kindness. I may have to grit my teeth sometimes, but I am always polite.

I hope you have a better day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/04/2016:
yeah, i was being kind since April when i first noticed his change of attitude. Couldn't do it another month or day more :)...

I don't wish him anything bad but also i cannot apologize for my actions that may have turned him off, especially since i'm not sure which actions or why although i can guess - but what my guess is, i am not sorry for doing the job my boss gave me...which was to take this coworker's work and log it in the computer...so it was like he did the work and i finalized it...that was my job.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 03, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

Home: kombucha 60

work: wrap 60 with lox 110, cream cheese 80 250. and huge banana 150.

amost noon, but had a snack anyways....: 150 bar...tasty...i should buy more of these type...it's like a peanut butter chocolate chip taste....will buy on amazon down the road.

oh, an coffee 40.

650 before lunch = decent for sure!

Lunch: potato around 150 i think, eggplant roasted around 150 i think, sauce around 50 additional, other veg 50, and tofu "pork" around 150-200 i think. total = 600, TOPS.

1250, excellent.

on way home: apple 50

1300-1350, had a few nice candies. felt really awake today after lunch = GREAT feeling. did have some caffeine, but i also took a walk and was definitely more alert after it! short walk for like 10 minutes around the building and chatting with receptionist...i guess taking a break is healthy!

Light Dinner & bed early tonight i think: jello i think in combo with extra cocoa powder in a protein mighty muffin..........! YES. dinner around 700. satisfying! also had some of the veggies and soy meat i bought for the weekend lol.

Will be making some jello tonight also, for the weekend...

2050 most. good :) 

1750 6-day = excellent.

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

hollybelle on 11/03/2016:
I have been wondering about the Halo Top Ice Cream. What are your favorite flavors? I like ice cream with nuts and I like chocolate or caramel flavors. You had a great day yesterday.

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 02, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

1688 5-day avg = ROCKING!

Strong kombucha 70, little bit seltzer with stevia. fine :)

Breakfast: wrap 60 with cream cheese 80 & salami 120 260. huge banana 150.

snack; tons of teas, energy drink, glad i brough my stevia sweetener, maybe no other snack other than lunch, not sure. Yes, also a brownie bar. very good highly recommend zero sugar! 170




1400...before gym :)........!

AFTER GYM: THINKING ICE CREAM. AND / OR JELLO OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT! only ice cream and then i was full and relaxed! 250 cal only (but it's a pint and tastes GOOD!) vanilla flavor.  BRAND IS HALO TOP - LOOK IT UP! HARD TO FIND AND ACTUALLY TASTES EXCELLENT!



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

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 01, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

 6am: Kombucha – strong brand, new citrus flavor, higher sugar overall but worked fabulously 70.

8:30am: At work: wrap 100 with extra cream cheese 150, salami 100 350.  Banana maybe later (I do need the extra potassium…maybe I can take a pill instead of bananas?)?....but then again bananas do me good overall in terms of digestion and calming it…so bananas are fine then I guess…and I have been enjoying potatoes. For the same reason.

Snack: probably extra or not, we’ll see. Maybe just an Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie bar! You must try these. Especially when they are fresh. 170 calories of brownie goodness.

...had the banana too :) 

750 before..excellent and the late lunch at 1pm it will be.

Lunch: “Lean Pockets” i forget the exact flavor but it might have to do with pizza pepperoni.  bought it on a splurge on Sunday bc they were on sale!  300 cal with extra, extra veggies. 500 at most.


…I will be going to bed EXTRA early. prob got around 5 hours last night and it's not working for me....but it does work that i can make up for it on nights that i don't work out...i sorta like it this way. so def a sleeping pill around 5pm and i'll probably be in bed no later than 8pm, waking up around 5:30am.

Just decided right now – banana is for with my dinner most probably. Early to bed. Sleeping pill probably on the extra early side around 5pm. Dinner is most probably same as I had last night – jello, protein pancake & also a bigger banana tonight.

TTYL.1800 most.

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

hollybelle on 11/01/2016:
Glad your trip to TX was great! More later.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2016:
Welcome home & i will read up on your entry later on...(it's a break at work!)...

horn_of_plenty - Monday Oct 31, 2016
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 115.0

1680 3-day avg = superb.

we can do anything we put our minds to.




Home: 4 servings (32 oz) of kombucha 130 and seltzer with stevia.

Breakfast at work: wrap with cream cheese and salami 300 most and small banana 100.

snack: definite, atkins bar 170 chocolate brownie or something.

Lunch: 150 in chips, veggies 50 not much, 200 in a wrap. 400 cal.

before gym: possibly small apple 50, also energy drink / diet coke and a small bar 100.

snack in evening: may contain probiotics probably...probably jello and probiotic muffin. yup. the muffin around 250 and tons of jello. total 300.

total today is excellent: 1550.

UPDATE AT ALMOST 2PM AFTER LUNCH: feeling not so well. tired and cold....i will prob take off the monday after next weekend bc just not feeling well about these two weeks. too busy and no rest isn't good to me lol....


Good thing is I went to bed early & got some nice, extra sleep. Bad thing is that the side effects of the pill are still lingering a hair lol...but i'm trying to just feel the tired feeling without reaching for any sugar free Monster just yet as I have the gym tonight also & will be drinking it then...


I may just eat LUNCH at my desk.  I am going to be considerably busy from now until Veteran's Day when I'm off......if i need to take a sick day next Monday after this coming busy weekend, I will.





Ate a huge volume a bit late yesterday around 4:30-5pm so a bit bloated today but it's my own doing. I had extra kombucha  this AM but it didn't work because veggies take time to be digested and not enough hours to move them through this AM yet....learning the lesson more & more that it's not worth overdoing / overeating so late in day because...well we know why. And maybe i'll just have to stick with more liquidy things like Jello and not as many veggies if it's later in the afternoon? .... lol. 

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

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

1750 2-day avg = excellent.

Morning all...off to a special scholarship breakfast at the Union.  It's a big event where i think 2-3 high school seniors are awarded partial scholarships based on their applications they sent to the scholarship committee. Good food there. bagels. I do plan to enjoy one. There's also LOX! yum! I see myself having some tasty stuff!

Breakfast begins at 9:30am and i must leave soon! (maybe i should hop in the shower!)

At home: selzter with stevia and a banana 150. 

breakfast: 750

afternoon snack: small apple 50...


huge dinner, balanced but big potions: potato 150-200, veggie pork dish 250?, tons of cooked veggies 200, cucumber salad 150. dessert 200 1000.

1950 today, fine :)



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

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

Saturday morning 9am Breakfast: banana 160, low cal ice cream 240. 400. good.

 1:30pm vegan lunch of leftovers / veggies i picked up yesterday from southern / carribbean / Trinidad restaurants! = kale / onion mix, eggplant mix, okra mix total here around 400 cal, followed by a couple large fried plaintain pieces 150, and some sauteed pumpkin mix 100? total is higher because i ate a large volume of everything. total around 650-700.

1050 so far. decent. will be working to lower calories, but being kind to myself right now. tomorrow i have a breakfast to attend, also high calorie...but will have food in my place to help me along & going to bed early tomorrow night. trying to rest up before a long week / weekend to come next weekend! 

Life is busy now & exciting. Happy about it. But finding balance isn't as easy as it was - which is fine. but life for me lately is either very busy or not busy at all.

before gym fiber 1 bar and sf energy drink 100

1150, very tired, but going to gym!

late dinner after gym around 8:00-9pm: jello 30, protein muffin with extra cocoa pwdr added in and stevia 250 tops, small banana 120: 400 or so.

1550 = excellent cals, done good!

Plan is to do well this week, I feel back on track :)

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

trishpiglet3 on 10/29/2016:
Yay low cal ice cream for breakfast is a great idea :)

Good luck with finding your balance. Is something I've been thinking about for further in the future - I know overeating and I know being very careful but the balance thing? I don't envy people who are underweight but I sometimes envy people whose weight stays the same and they stay happy with it (regardless of what that weight is) - ditto activity levels, being involved in things etc.

Sounds like you have some awesome restaurants near you :)

More power to you, lovely person xx

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