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

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

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


Good Morning. Naturally up early. Good sleeping.

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

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

10:45am bar 200

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

3pm snack: more water, more chocolate 50 cals

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

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

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

2150, excellent. 

2day: 2175. good!

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

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


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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Donkey - Sunday Feb 17, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

It is snowing yet again.  We are expecting 3-4 inches today.  It will snow on and off throughout most of the day.  It looks like it's lightening up a bit, so I am working up to getting out there.  

Just so you know that it ain't easy for me either, I did struggle again last night.  Sugar free chocolate I made with baker's chocolate, coconut oil, and Swerve.  

I made peach flavored gummies last night, and today I plan to make another full batch of stewed cranberries.  The cranberries often take the edge off of the sweets craving at the end of the day.  I am toying with makimg a keto chocolate cake, but I think with the way I've been struggling, I'd better hold off another week. 

I've also been struggling at work, so I decided that I need a mini-vacation from work.  My husband is looking into a bed-and-breakfast, and frankly, this whole process is stressing me out - LOL! 

I volunteered at the legal clinic on Saturday, and again - struggling.  Hard to find joy, short on patience.

Plans for today:  Shovel, read, make cranberries, fold laundry, make fathead dough batch, upper body weight training.

EVENING EDIT:  Struggled at lunch, after shoveling.  Finished off the sugar free chocolate - due to a stressful conversation with my husband.  Yes, completely stress eating.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS.  However, afterward I had had the chocolate, and then a proper lunch (in that order), I actually felt full.  I don't often feel full after I eat.  Hmm...

I went out and shoveled again at around 2:30p, when it had finally stopped snowing.  It started up again this evening, though, and I could go back out there again to shovel if I was so inclined.  I am not, because I want to get in my upper body weights and then get ready for bed.

It's a little later right now, because I decided to make the cranberries after all.  That is the only thing I did not get done, and then I decided that I would like to have this as an available dessert after all.

My conversation with my husband was stressful and discouraging, but aftewards, I realized that everything will be OK, whether I stress about it or not.  So that helped me not stress about it any more.  

Tomorrow is a bank and mail holiday, so it should be fairly quiet.  Queen Bee is taking the day off (because it's a school holiday too).  Wednesday is my follow-up doctor's appointment at 3:15p.  I think I will try to leave work at 1pm if I can.  I want to see if it's being at work that's causing me to feel burned out, or if it's just this never-ending winter weather.

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
regarding your comment below - i was going to hold back, but decided to just say it: even with ketosis, weight gain happens if calories in are higher than your calorie expenditure. and i feel that the keto diet does make it EASIER to go above calories as the food is still high in cals, just not carbs (aside from veggies)....

I am so sorry you got the snow again! holy cow!...i'll write more later, but i gotta tell you, I'm feeling like i want to just be home today too.

PS - i also made cranberries!!!! i have one more bag left in my freezer! If i see any at the store today or tomorrow, i might buy some more! they were so tasty all season. lately i enjoy them with full fat greek yogurt. so good.

the fathead dough - which recipe? can you send it or give me a link to that one?

oh and your sugar free chocolate recipe is similar to the one i saw for the reese's cups and interestingly, the chocolate chips i have that are made with stevia have an even simpler recipe, melting them, adding pb, and adding more melted choc on top. too simple i think to be great, so i'll use the recipe that includes coconut oil and some sweetener too.

today i'm light on plans, so yeah, it's been a nice day home - but i'm glad i have several low cal options here at home. ..like have a few chocolate chips (stevia) and other options rather than eat a whole thing of cookies. i have options = easier to follow thru. I understand how you feel. also the labor of the shoveling may induce some hunger!

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
Fathead dough recipe:


I usually add onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning or oregano to the mixture, if I am making this savory. Maybe top with chia seeds, sesame seeds? I recently bought "Everything But The Bagel" seasoning - the toppings on those "everything bagels" - and that's delicious!

If I were making this sweet, I suppose you could add something like cinnamon.

I use this as flatbread -- only made pizza once. My daughter dips this in her hummus. I could see spreading cream cheese on this. Perhaps peanut butter if you made a sweet version.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
also a tip, it's winter and a hard season especially with your snow you have been getting, but it will end :) and Spring will come!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2019:
I do not think it's work donkey! I think it's the weather.

Try to keep on with the job and to keep your life interesting to a degree outside work!

With the burnout feeling, try to keep your passions. like your cooking and preparing new and typical things you like :)

i think that everyone is a little fed up with the Winter season and i do feel that people are not as positive this time of year....

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

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

Kombucha 50

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

bsr and drink 200

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

3pm snack: blueberries 100

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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Donkey - Saturday Feb 16, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

This is not working.  Whatever I'm doing - it is not working.  I've gained beyond the parameter (limit) I set for myself for "winter weight".  My pants are starting to feel too tight and don't fit me properly.  Hormones and cravings were crazy this week.  Funny how I woke up on Friday and felt like I was starting to feel back to myself -- like a wearwolf turning back into a human, almost.  Hard to explain, I guess more like a tornado starting to dissolve back into a whiff of air, maybe.  

So here's looking ahead to a more normal week.  I can only hope that the scale follows suit.

I told myself that I would stick with the heavier weights through the end of February.  I'm committed to doing that, so that will not change for now.

I'm re-evaluating the keto thing. I did better on a low carb/healthy fat/lean protein diet than I'm doing on keto -- at least as far as numbers on the scale went.  I'm not ready to switch off of keto, but definitely doing some soul searching to see if this is the right thing for me.  Kind of along the lines of the self-discovery I made about intermittent fasting - if a cup of coffee with cream in it will keep me from eating longer, then USE IT as a tool -- who cares if it's not "technically" fasting.  

This whole week might just be a blip in the journey - hormones, miserable weather, bloating, work drama, my kids' futures -- in which case, it would be hasty to make changes right now.

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2019:
In a world as full of choices as ours in the USA with SO MANY options available, i'm 100% supportive of using a wide array of all the choices rather than be "only keto" or only one thing in general. Use all the tools available, all the things you've learned, to be your best.!!!

i am supportive of the intermittent fasting / prolonging breakfast ideas. yes.

use everything you learned to make things best for YOU!

Donkey on 02/17/2019:
The thing with keto is that it doesn't work if you're not in a ketosis. So eating high fat foods - even if they are healthy fats - will cause weight gain if I eat them with carbs.

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

 Home: kombucha 50

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

10:30am snacks:almond 100

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

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

Snacks: almonds before walk home :) 50

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

2250, good.

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Any advice on the site, i'd appreciate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now my library closes at 5pm on Fridays :(

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

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

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

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

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

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legcramps - Friday Feb 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 17 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:00-8:00; 6 hours, 22 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 7 hours, 43 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

SATURDAY - Work 8-1; Workout 1-2;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

Ahhh, Friday. It's felt like a long week, even though I took Monday and half of Tuesday off. I think it's going to feel good once i'm done work tomorrow and can just relax for the rest of the weekend. I truly am lazy at heart LOL.

Yesterday after work, I ran some errands and got groceries for the weekend. When I got back home and unpacked my food, I shoveled the deck and back pathway to the garage. It probably took about 20 minutes, but man was I COLD after that. It went straight through to my bones. Got changed quick and headed to the gym, where the treadmills were all taken . Since it was RUN day, I pouted for a few minutes, then got warmed up with some dynamic stretching, and jumped on the powermill for a bit. I figured that was the best alternative to the treadmill. Five minutes later, two treadmills opened up, sweet! I tackled one for myself, and got on with my run. It hurt. A lot at the beginning, and then not as much by the end. Elevated and iced my various leg parts as soon as I got home, and threw on some compression socks for the night (I still have them on today). 

Eh, some workouts are just going to suck. I knew it wasn't going to be fun, running is never fun or easy for me.

Supper was chicken, potatoes and brussel sprouts, and I get to have the leftovers for lunch today. I am planning on making a rice dish tonight, with chopped veggies, ham, and pepperoni. I'm looking forward to it!

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
Great job on your sleep. You def beat me last night! However, I do plan on making up for that tonight!

I am truly lazy at heart! OMG! love relaxing lol.

Nice job in taking care of your legs after the workout and after the shoveling. i know it's important to take care of your body as an athlete.

Running is hard for me too as i'm not a born runner and lack the extra muscle that adult prior athletes have (like when they were kids / teens playing sports of which i didn't do!)...but it doesn't mean we can't train and do it now!

rice dish with the mix of those two meats = amazing!

I'm craving a lot of veggies for dinner. not sure where i'll get something that actually tastes good after work lol...

Donkey on 02/16/2019:
I do not know what a powermill is. When I did a Google, a bunch of computer parts came up. I guess it's a computer cooling component? LOL!

Anyway, with the exception of one short day, your sleep looks AMAZING for the week - I'm envious, but I know that with some planning, that could be my life as well.

PS Running is never easy for me either.

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

Kombucha 50

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

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

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

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

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

blueberries and a bar 300.

total 2250, great :)

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another lunch date tomorrow - fun!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Donkey - Thursday Feb 14, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Happy Valentine's Day!!  Trying hard to stay positive today.  My FitBit says that I got enough sleep but I am really feeling TIRED this morning.  I really must try much harder tonight to get to bed earlier.

My rings are tight this morning - so retaining water or gaining weight.  My dress pants for work are starting to feel too tight for my comfort level, but I have sensory issues... so it may be that either the pants are actually fitting the way they are supposed to (quite often the case with me) or it could be an underwear issue.  Or I'm gaining weight - LOL.

Just gotta keep where I'm at until Spring arrives.  Today is supposed to be a warmer day at 46F, so I hope to get in a nice walk at lunchtime.

AFTERNOON EDIT:  Breaking my rule again about logging in at work... because the boss has gone home early, and I have pretty much nothing to do. I will be leaving soon myself.

I've been craving sugar big-time today.  And I have upper body workout tonight - UGH. We'll see how the evening plays out - whatever happens, I truly do want to keep my food in check and get to bed early.  Both of those would be great Valentine's Day gifts to myself.

Progress as of today: 56.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

legcramps on 02/14/2019:
I'm doing my best to stay positive too - what the heck, there must be something in the water ;)

Donkey on 02/16/2019:
What an awful week this has been. So glad to put it behind me.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
I think in Winter sleep is underrated. I've been feeling the same way as you and i think it's just because we do need more sleep this time of year, still.

Finally it's warmer by you! We also reached just around your temp today, but colder than that for most of the day (around 40F here).

I'm also working on maintaining till Spring. Like you, my goal is more to "lean up" thru developing more muscle / retaining my muscle / working on gaining strength!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
It was nice today - felt like Spring. Tomorrow, it's back to freezing, over the weekend, until it snows again. Cruel!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

Some of my coworkers weren't in great moods today. Either due to memories of divorce or that the guy one is seeing hasn't been as loving as he has used to be...for once, i'm in a good position myself (actually semi dating someone). so, it's a nice change :)

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
i am not sure if this guy i'm seeing will last, but, it's been ok as it's been going. it's good to do something different and get to know him.

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
I wouldn't worry about anything in the long-term for now. This is a "live in the moment" relationship. It might be nice to say that you enjoy these outings, but I wouldn't even say something as pressured as "I look forward to these lunches"... or worse - "I look forward to OUR lunches". No, no, no...

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
ty for the advice, i'll mention that it's fun to do this as it's out of the ordinary and fun to look forward to with him! :)

also, with the chocolate / sugar craving you are mentioning, remember, a little taste can go a long way. meaning, a little taste (i tend to even buy single servings of truffles at a deli for like 50 cents, and have it with coffee). or the cooked cranberries do work with a keto chocolate and coffee, etc. try to listen to your body a little, it will probably help you out. just my advice based on past experiences going too long carb for my body...

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
oh, like you, i left at a good time (seems today is not a "work late" day in the united states if we can help it!!).

like you, the goal for me is for decent sleep :)

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
PS - we are both doing weights tonight :)

Donkey on 02/16/2019:
THIS helped me SO much - together!

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
how are you doing jdonk? busy lady ;)

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innerpeace - Thursday Feb 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0

I made dinner...

chili cheese tots, home made version which I made with fat free chili and low fat cheese. Ended the day with 1488 calories. I'm ok with this.

DH gets home by 10:30 so we are in bed by 11:00, just to be back awake about 2:00 because it was cold. I usually sleep with the fan on, but this was unusual cold. I got up to turn the fan on and snuggled back into the covers with the two dogs and DH. At 5:30 when I got up for work it was frigid, especialy when I got out of the shower.

DH went and checked the furnace, it was not coming on, the breaker box wasn't tripped. DH changed the filer but didn't know of anything else to do, so we called the repair man. It was 58 in the house. The repair man at first said he couldn't get over until tomorrow, but made it over by 9:30. DH was happy, as he is usually at home until 12:00 when he goes to work. He did start a fire this morning to take the chill out of the house while we were eating breakfast.

B: Carnationa instant breakfast with PB fit.

S: belvita

L: left over chili cheese tots, clementines

S: balanced breaks.

D: white chicken chili, DH put this together before I left for work and the girl likes it so he made this. Maybe got the idea from my chili cheese tots. i don't know, can you ever eat enough chili?

Today is my mom's birthday, I will call her later.

The girl who gave me chocoloate every day, brought a red velvet cake to work. I called her Satan, in jest of course. I will have to go in the breakroom and eat up my lunch. I am digging deep down for the will power to just walk away.

Hope you all have an enjoyable Valentine's Evening.

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
I hear you on willpower. Oh my goodness, I think today is the worst struggle yet. I can't believe how addicted I am to sugar.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
Chili Cheese Tots = YUM! what a cool dish! I'd like it, with a salad :) sounds very tasty, your meal!

I'm glad he did something to make your home more bareable! that is cold inside for a home! let us know what happens with your boiler...

chili is good, so is the idea for white chicken chili! i like some real meat with the chili, makes it more satisfying!

Happy Bday to your mom! what a fun day to have it!

it's ok to have a few bites of the cake. a few bites is moderate :)

enjoy your day!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
oh, how old is your mom today?

legcramps on 02/15/2019:
Oh boy! Stay warm!

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legcramps - Thursday Feb 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 17 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:00-8:00; 6 hours, 22 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 7 hours, 43 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Work 8-2; Workout 1-2;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

 Happy Valentine's Day Everyone 

Just plugging through the week. My head has been foggy, but this morning it was much better - probably from a good sleep. The weekend is almost here!

I am picking up lots of shifts at the gym over the next couple of weeks, which will make things a lot busier for me. But, I feel if I help out my co-workers right now, they will owe me some shifts later :) The thing about working part of the weekend is never feeling like I get a break, even though I love the gym. I actually NEVER feel lazy anymore LOL.

I got into my evening meeting yesterday with only seconds to spare before it started, and completely forgot to eat! So I had to make something when I got home; eggs and waffles it was! That's what happens when I don't have a plan LOL. Tonight I am planning on making a Hello Fresh meal (which reminds me I have to take chicken out of the freezer at lunchtime).

I switched my workouts yesterday because I couldn't fathom getting my butt to the gym to run for half an hour after the long day at work. So I jumped on the bike trainer at home for an hour instead. I know, I actually worked out longer than I would have had I gone to the gym. But it was the 'leaving the house' part that I couldn't deal with. Winter sucks! And I still have to shovel. Anyways, the bike sucked the last bit of energy I had; I couldn't believe how difficult it was for me to stay on that thing for an hour! I really struggled, but I got it done.

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
Being busy is good. At least it's less time to think about food - LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
Happy Valentine's Day to you too <3 I'm liking the mood here on DD!

Nice job on your sleep so far this week! I'm sure it IS helping you feel better...something to consider keeping in your life!

I hope to also make it to the gym again, possibly a new one bc my friend gave me a trial membership to her gym and i told her i'd train her there for an hour Sunday if she wants! :) otherwise,if she can't find the time to meet, i'll just go to my own gym and train her another time!

I think it's great to have a similar workout to a gym workout at home...i also cannot fathom leaving my apt anymore in Winter, plus, i always find myself relaxing on the couch (at least an hour or so with a snack and iced coffee lately!) before i begin these home workouts lol.

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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

kombucha 50, stomach still has some issues as of late, just more gas and stuff.

breakfast: banana to the rescue 120, wrap 120, egg 80, Avocado 150., milk & Matcha 50. total here: 520.

Snack: rest of the wrap above. and two chocolates atkins pb cups 160

Lunch: corned beef 200, roasted yellow peppers with garlic and oil 200, chips 150. 550.  stomach still very uncomfortable with gas and bloating and needed to use the bathroom after lunch. :(

4:30pm snacks knowing i'm staying at work until 6pm:  2 more of the Atkins Peanut butter cups (but they aren't really helping my gas situation lol) as they have lots of fiber..and these two tiny apples. total around 250, but not higher :)

excellent...I'll be home around 7:30pm tonight in time to sleep well :) 

8pm dinner: cup and a half of ice cream 300 , whole fat yogurt a cup with cooked cranberries 250. 550.

2100, decent.

5day: 2180 per day. good.


Because i am still low energy and can tell my cold may come back, tonight i'll be going to bed early again. Workout will resume for Thursday. My workouts are almost 3hours long (with breaks here and there and home distractions), but it's not something i want to do tonight. Just resting tonight!

AND even cooler, i'm working an hour late which i'm happy about as i'm not tired and got a second wind in to leave at 6pm instead of 5pm... in order to leave at 4pm tomorrow to get a head start on my workout tomorrow eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!




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

Donkey on 02/13/2019:
Yes, rest up! I thought of you last night, as I decided to turn out the lights, rather than start another chapter in the book I'm reading. I too am sensing some "vulnerability" to germs/virus, so I'll be taking precautions today as well.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
vulnerability is exactly the word, will enjoy another night of sleep tonight :)

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
Feel better!

I have been feeling 'blah' all week too; I sure hope it's just mental and not that i'm fighting another virus :(

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
yeah, i'm not energized. tired. so i'll just rest more while i can :-)

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
We are all tired of this weather and to be sick too, is awful.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
luckily i'm preventing it as long as i keep resting...everyone at work is getting something this Winter.

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innerpeace - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday was a good day for a Tuesday.

I picked up the girl and get home. Cooked dinner, unloaded the dishwasher.


Loaded the dishwaher and prepared lunch for today.

Puppy didn't have an accident.

D: 5 oz salisbury steak patty (Hamburger meat with seasoning) mushroom and onions with onion gravy, 3/4 cup of mashed potatos and brocolli.

I did eat another package of Belvita because I got hungry about 7:30. The girl left at 8:00.

Finished the day with 1387 calories.

DH said he was working late, so I go to bed about 11:10, only to get back up because of...skunk! The two dogs ran in from outside along with skunk. I grabbed them because I didn't know which one was sprayed. It wasn't the puppy so I let him down, I gave Steve a bath...but I actually don't think he was sprayed either. The smell eventually went away, so it must of just blown into the house when they ran in. I didn't smell it this morning either AND I have a clean dog. With all the shenanigans I didn't get back to bed until about 1:20, so a bit tired this morning.

Had a pretty big project this morning and I have a few things to do today. Just hoping I can work again next week.

B: Carnation instant breaktast with PBFit and banana

L: left over salisbury steak, mashed potatos

S: belvita and clemintines (at seperate times)

D: TBD -

Have a great evening! IP

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
it does sound that there will not be another government shutdown...i wonder what will happen with agreeing on who will fund the wall!

innerpeace on 02/14/2019:
no just the breakfast drink and PB fit, I ate the banana on the side.

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
Lucky that the skunk didn't run in too.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
your breakfast sounds VERY GOOD!

nice idea to add some pb fit to it. did you blend it all including the banana?

legcramps on 02/14/2019:
Oh boy! I'm sorry to hear you didn't get much sleep; hopefully you'll be able to get in a early bedtime tonight and catch up a little bit.

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SilverySparkles - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019
(Counting calories)
Weight: 247.7

Getting a late start today, snow all over and the phone started ringing early.

cereal, milk, muffins, coffee

Having quite the snow storm, schools all closed or closing, power outages . I'm wondering how long we will have power. 

Trying to get as much laundry done as I can and some cooking ahead.  Power outages can last for days this time of year.  Just had friends get their power back on after about 4 days.  I'm wondering how it will go for them this time around.



Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 127.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/13/2019:
Ugh, please don't call me until after 10am. Sometimes, I walk into the office and the phone is already starting to ring. I'm like, Not the best idea, People!

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
It was way too early today.

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
Snowing here too! I am so done with winter!

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
Spring can arrive anytime here too.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
seems it snowed for Donkey, Me, and you!

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
Reaching right acrossed the midwest and New England states

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legcramps - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 6 hours, 22 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:30-8:00; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout 2-3;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

I have really been feeling 'off' this week. I had Monday off work, and slept in a lot that morning. Yesterday, I couldn't even get through the workday. I took the afternoon off, and just zombied-out at home. I was not looking forward to coaching last evening, at all, and just wanted to cancel and stay at home. The 45 minute drive was almost unbearable, but I made it. Coaching was fine, it was a great session even, but man i've been dragging my butt everywhere lately! I was in bed by 9:45, but didn't fall asleep right away, and had to get up early this morning to drive home. That's where the 6 hours of sleep comes in. 

The drive home this morning was horrible! I basically drove the whole way in a snowstorm. I wanted to stop and turn around a couple of times, but I felt that I would get stuck for sure if I stopped, so I just kept plowing on through the snow. It was awful and so stressful!

I know i'm not very 'sunshine and rainbows' today, but i'm honestly not miserable, I promise! Just feeling rough lately, and I don't have a reason for it, which is really frustrating. Maybe I just have too much on my mind.

I have to work late tonight, but i'm still planning on getting in my run later at the gym. It's possible that two rest days in a row is NOT working for me, and I need to move my bum a little more.

I will also have a lot of lovely shovelling to do in my near future. Yay.

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
I think we have all had it with winter now.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
yeah...Spring is very welcome now!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
This week has been a rough week, hasn't it? Not just weather and health-wise, but also morale. Kind of hard to keep positive lately, even though things could be much worse.

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Donkey - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Thought I'd log in this morning from home, rather than try to get to work early - what for?  Feeling kind of down this morning, but that could be due to a number of things:

I know I'll be OK, though, and can ride this out. 

I came to the realization Monday night that I need to work a plan that works for me.  I've been trying to get into this intermittent fasting thing, where I fast for 16 hours and then have a window of eating for 8 hours - in any given 24 hour period - but running into problems with needing a cup of coffee in the morning (with creamer) and artificial sweetener.  I've also been trying to follow keto rules, which have been conflicting with flavor packets that I put in my water. I've been trying to follow the suggestions for weight training, but not so happy with the number on the scale.

What brought me to the realization that I need to do what works for me is a video that someone posted on a keto Facebook page talking about how this doctor (Dr. Berg) sometimes has his morning coffee with cream in it to help him prolong his morning fast.  So that's not really fasting, but the point is that he has a little "something with substance" (i.e. the cream in his coffee) to help him not eat until later in the day.  THIS is what I was doing until I was lectured that this is not fasting.  True, this is not fasting, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have benefits.  Not only for myself but also for society as a whole, because if you know me, I MUST have my coffee in the morning or I cannot function in society as a productive member.  (Perhaps as a destructive or non-productive member of society --- and I kid you not: BAD THINGS happen when I do not or cannot have coffee in the morning!!!)

Last night I did my lower body workout, but left out a couple of exercises.  I just got to the point where I was tired, it was getting late, I wanted to get ready for bed -- I'm like, that's it, no more, I've done enough for today.  I *DO* like the alternate days of weights though.  It shortens the time for each session - LOL!  Can you tell that I just do not like weight training?  Oh dear... another miserable failure. 

This morning, in the natural daylight, I looked in the full-length mirror that we have -- I do this regularly to check on the status of my fat knees and upper inner-thigh fat that I HATE.  Knees and thighs show no improvement, but I noticed that my calves are getting little lines that define the muscles.  That's kind of cool!  Wish I could see that in my shoulder/bicep/tricep area.  Not seeing any ab action either.  Sometimes I see the lines on the side - the obliques?  But I'd like to see some of the six-pack muscles start to show themselves.  Not sure if that's possible with all the extra skin from 2 huge babies and protruding uterine fibroids in the lower abdomen.  *sigh*

Progress as of today: 56.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
You're having a down day - let it pass. I bet you'll feel better about things again soon enough. Believe me, we all have these days. Stop beating yourself down - you're doing the best you can - we all are - and that's absolutely NOTHING to be miserable about!

Also - you are NOT FAILING. You are SUCCEEDING at determining what's important to your health and your routine. This is how it's done!

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
yes, you have to find what works for you before anyone else can tell you what's best. That's why the world has so many people with different opinions and diet plans. That's why there's even such variation on keto plans. You do you! I agree how a little of something, especially your coffee which you LOVE, can help you further your keto plans!

I don't see how it's a failure to do part of the weights routine. it's just recently that you started adding weights in...you are still getting used to it - not even half the month has passed yet! KEEP ON!

I do exercises for my calves at each weights workout. Toe stands / raises. I do it at least 20 reps in a row, 3 sets...or i do what i can and what i feel like (# of reps varies) at my 3 sets.

I don't love my legs either. They aren't very muscular. However, they have improved overall especially over these past 2 years with increased walks home (this year) and increased lunge/squat routines (past 2 years). the difference is VERY noticable. same for my calves. BIG improvement from the time they shriveled up to nothing after a year of doing not too much due to the shin splints. it takes work to have these changes, but if you KEEP DOING the activity, changes will come there's no getting around it!!! :)

I also like a defined calf muscle look over that skinny calf look.

you have uterine fibroids? can it be taken care of?

next, anything is possible if you keep on you keep seeing more changes. your body will change as you continue your exercises.

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
We do all react a little differntly. What works for you is what you should do.

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SilverySparkles - Tuesday Feb 12, 2019
(Counting calories)
Weight: 246.6

I was shocked at the scales this morning.  Still weighing in dressed so it wasn't that.  I'm thinking the quantity of food I'm eating is so low that now it's finally catching up with me.  I feel like I'm fine cutting quantity way back because I'm already used to it ( I hope that continues).  I stopped counting calories a few days ago because that makes me think about food too much.  Right now, the less I think about food the better.  The kettle bells arrived and we will unbox them this morning and start working with them.  I think they will make a good addition to our home gym.  I don't have any idea how many calories I'm eating each day but I'm feeling good so I'm continuing that until  something different happens, I'm just happy to not be obsessing about food.  Right now I'm not even considering the idea of 3 meals a day because when I did that I ate because it was time, not because I was hungry.  I'm also taking vitamins every day to cover any missed nutrition.

Multi Vitamin, vitamin D gummy, vitamin c, omegas, probiotic, evening primrose oil, turmeric

coffee, cereal,mini muffins, milk

hot dog, bread, mustard

v8 vegetable juice, soup, kettle chips, crackers



Progress as of today: 4.4 lbs lost so far, only 126.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
yay.....! good job, Silvers!! :)

Proud of you - good job on making the home gym - CONVENIENCE is EVERYTHING in terms on sticking with a routine. THE MORE CONVENIENT, the better a change you'll be able to stick with it! that's also the FULL reason for my home gym!

:P, yes, listen to you body.

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
I agree. It just got easier.

Donkey on 02/12/2019:
Sounds like you've got a good thing going!

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
It's working for now

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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!

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innerpeace - Tuesday Feb 12, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Monday was...well Monday. I hate being the the one to call vendors and telling them...we didn't pay our bill due to the fulough, please don't disconnect our service. The government is a big bully and shouldn't be given any special consideration because bills weren't paid because adults are being childness in political positions.  They all make me sick!

Monday was...great on the food side. I ended the day with 1382 calories. I didn't move around as planned, will have to work on this activity. Morning is by far the easiest for me to do activity/exercise, just have to wake up early enough, today...I overslept about 30 minutes (I seem to get the best sleep in 9 minute snooze intervals.

Today I am feeling bloated and gassy..must be all the vegetables I ate yesterday.

B: carnation instant breakfast, 1 cup of milk and 1TBSP of PB fit, banana

S: Belvita

L: Spring mix salad greens, carrot, tomato, broiled chicken and 2 TBSP shredded cheese, 2 TBSP ranch dressing and grapes.

D: salisbury steak, salad, mashed potatos, (brocolli or brussel sprouts) this is what the girl wanted for dinner and I can make it work for me.

A lady at work always gave me Ghiraradelli chocolate, at least two pieces a day. This day...Tuesday February 12, 2019...I told her no thank you. That I apapreciate her offer, but she mustn't bring me chocolate anymore. She then asked how can she support me....just don't offer me chocolate anymore. So we have terms now....

Have a great evening!! IP

 Where is BearCountryGG? Did I miss something? I miss reading her posts.



SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
It's good you could stop the chocolate gifts.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
my mom loves those Belvita crackers....i can't do them...they don't keep me satisfied for long but they do taste nice!

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
Nice that she is wanting to support you - you don't always find that kind of support in an office setting.

I believe BearCountryGG went offline for a while.

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innerpeace - Monday Dec 31, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Things have been okay but I only expect them to get worse as the new year rolls in.

Christmas Eve was nice the girl, the YA and his stinky GF were over. I think they had fun, we opened presents and played games. Oh and the two grand dogs were over and ran in and out of the house. I tolerate this.

Backstory - I lived alone for over 15 years. I had no problem living alone. I had a sister and three nephews who were all homeless at one point and time. They did not live with me. They have an extrovert lifestyle where they always need to be the center of attention and always be around people. This is not me. I would rather be alone. It has taken me half of my life to learn that this is OK. I am an introvert and I enjoy being alone, doing my thing.

So now...the YA has asked my DH if he could live with us for a few months...while they save money and buy a house. Are you freakin' kidding me. I...just NO. This is not going to work in my eyes. I had to show W2s and pay stubs for two consecutive years or longer to get a house. This YA does not have a pay check, he works for his mother who may or may not pay him and his stinky GF who gets SSI for something (she seems just fine to me). She gets about 750 a month plus 190 in food stamps. They will gladly pay one utility and offer up the food stamps if they can stay. WTF!! It's not a money thing, its a sanity thing plus with two dogs running in and out thay may or may not be potty trained. I just can't have this chaos, constant chatter and noise around me. And then to come home after work and see them laying around, doing nothing with dirty dishes in the sink would absolutely make me explode. This, this will have to be worked out...without either my DH or me feeling like a total ass with the outcome.

I didn't drive to Georgia to see my son, I just felt I couldn't make the trip by myself. The girl was going to drive down with me, but she can't help drive and I just didn't want to venture out on my own, for safety reasons. We may attempt this during spring break in March.

Still no word on my job. I have to go in Wednesday for 4 hours and shut things down, but I can't stay longer than four hours. This is worrisome. We have money in savings, however, I didn't want to use savings money for monthly bills. We will have to tighten down the budget until this bullsh!t is resolved with the 'wall'.

I have been snacking a lot, that's expected during the holidays, but I have been extremely stressed.

My team lost which blows.

My professional team lost also blows.

No if only I can lose as well!! haha.

DH made prime rib for Christmas dinner, mashed potatoes, sweett potato casserole, dinner rolls, green been casserole and brussel sprouts. It was all tasty.

Christmas DH and I had left overs.

Wednesday I get the girl, we go shopping and I made dinner, but I cannot remember what the hell I cooked. I also had chocoloate covered mini donuts - too many

Thursday - salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, brocoli - chex mix

Friday - pizza, chicken fingers, salad - there was mozzerella sticks, but I did not eat these

Saturday - we were out and ate at a sandwich shop - 1/2 Monte Cristo and 1/3 of my fries

Sunday - 1/2 Monte Cristo, pulled pork sandwich, chips and dip - too many

So now it is Monday the start of something constant:

B- maple cheerios

L: chex mix

D: Chinese Food - chicken and brocolli, rice, peanut chicken and whatever DH decides he will get.

We have also taken down all the Christmas decorations and moved the family room around for - exercise. The TV was moved to the top of the mantal, so we have lots of space now..

No plans for New Year's Eve - hope it comes in softly with the wind and rain.

Happy New Year to all of the DDer's. May this year bring you success, inspriation, motivation and continous loss.



Where is BearCountryGG - Did I miss something? Miss her.

graindart on 12/31/2018:
Would hate to be in your situation.

This is the start to a bad movie. The way this movie plays out is the people moving in never leave and never contribute anything except additional burden / anxiety. The ending to this movie is that the real owners finally just move away because they realize that the freeloaders will never leave.....

Thankfully a movie only lasts 2 hours. I'm guessing your real life house guests will be there a good deal longer.....

Donkey on 01/01/2019:
I echo the observations above ^^^. (Gains' analogy to a 2-hour movie made me chuckle.) First, yes, what Bear said, they would not be able to qualify for any mortgage, at least from what I see/know from my job, so BUYING a house isn't really in the cards for an endgoal. Second, while there may be good intentions going into such an arrangement, I see those "let's save money" intentions falling by the wayside quite rapidly and evolves into "we have extra money, let's spend it."

graindart on 01/01/2019:
After reading Donkey's note above, maybe there's a solution that would work for everyone. If you're pretty sure that them moving in is going to happen with or without your complete blessing, maybe you can convince your DH to set some requirements / boundaries that must be complied with prior to the move-in? I'm thinking they need to let you see a written plan of how much they intend to save and for how long of a time period. In writing. If they need $5k for a downpayment and are only planning on saving $200 per month, that'll take over 2 years to accomplish (much longer than my level of patience would last). If a written plan and time-table was reasonable and attainable, I'd push for all of the savings to be put in an account controlled by you & DH monthly so you knew that it was actually happening and also wasn't going to suddenly disappear.

I'm all for helping family / friends better themselves. But part of the process is setting realistic goals that are attainable over a reasonable time period. If they can't make up a simple written plan that includes savings and a defined time period, I guarantee they can't handle buying and maintaining a house of their own.

Donkey - Tuesday Feb 12, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Breaking my own rule by logging in at work.  I think I'm getting a new computer relatively soon, so I'm not as bothered by the whole issue.  

Last night, I was still struggling with eating. Overdid it with "dessert" and now I have no more fat bombs left.  However, in thinking this through, I know what I did wrong and I know what I did right.

WRONG:  didn't have any fat/protein for my afternoon snack.  Came home starving for dinner.  This approach sets me up to be vulnerable.

RIGHT:  used fat to reach my point of satiety, which is exactly what to do on keto, in spite of the extra calories.  Seems weird, but it's how the science behind the diet works.

Found out that my son is leaving on Monday for boot camp.  This came about unexpectedly sooner than we all thought would happen.  Wow.  I think that's what just pushed me over the edge - once again - with desserts.  

Woke up today, though, not feeling wonderful -- I blame mostly hormones, but it might have been the fat too.  Did my cardio, and then went outside to shovel an inch of ice (with a dusting of snow) on the driveway.  I had to have my son's help, it was so heavy.  Now my back is killing me.  I do not know what we will do about snow removal next winter, if we are still here in Illinois, which I think we will be here for one more winter after we finish this one.  It is becoming much clearer to me now that we cannot manage this property for much longer.  I had a wonderful, honest talk with my daughter, and she has encouraged us to move as well.  She will not be as helpful to us in maintaining the property, which is because she has her own life to live, and I agree with that.  That is to say, I can ask her for help, and if she can, I'm sure she will, but this cannot be her main focus.  This only worked for my son because he had nothing else going on -- and that's not good for him either!

Time was short last night, so I only did an upper body weight training session. I will do lower body tonight.  Wednesday will be the night off, and then I will start up again with Thursday and Friday.  It was SO HARD to motivate myself to weight training, but I did it.  I'm sticking to this part of the experiment.... for now.



Progress as of today: 56.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
I don't think I could control myself around the fat bombs.

Donkey on 02/13/2019:
They are supposed to be a "sweet treat" to get you through a sugar craving. Usually, I'm able to stick to that, but lately,... that has not been the case. I had 92% chocolate last night. I'm holding off on making a new batch of bombs for now.

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
i ALWAYS log in at work...listen, work is more concerned that you don't visit OTHER sites...not really concerned if we are on this one ;)

Donkey on 02/13/2019:
If I'm on this site, it's obvious that I'm not working. However, yesterday, I had nothing to do so I figured the boss would want to hear me typing, LOL...

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
i also overeat if vulnerable due to being overhungry!

sorry about the snow...that's nuts!

Donkey on 02/13/2019:
It was snowing again last night. I just about nearly gave up. I was relieved this morning to see that much of it stayed off the driveway - so I WON"T be shoveling. BUT the driveway looks like a sheet of ice. Great.

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