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horn_of_plenty - Friday Apr 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

breakfast: toast 100, egg 100, butter 100, coffee 50

keto vanilla shortbread flavored bar, decent but not great 250, chocolate 100

Noonish: coworker gave me a nice breaded chicken she didn't want yesterday 250 really good, cauliflower rice so good (made by coworker again!) 100, veggie salad 50, pepper 50. total here: 450. nice.

3pm snack back at home - feeling i want a nap but will probably have coffee instead strawberries 70, 2 cookies 80 and iced coffee made with almond milk 50. 200


after snacking i'm gonna exercise (laundry really can wait till sunday at this point...just gonna relax / exercise / bed tonoight - just glad to have left work early and be home by 3pm and already got a nice walk in, too, on the way home for about half hour)




Def leaving work at 1pm to get home, do a short walk, and LAUNDRY before i do ANYTHING Else....that'll be it with laundry until after the trip (aside from a load i do in Paris halfway thru the trip lol)!

after laundry is done, it's off the agenda for the weekend. i might even be able to pack on Saturday instead of Sunday, we'll see. and i plan to do the new workout routine tonight to check it out (see below).


THANK YOU to everyone for the input as of late. i'm anxious for the trip, and even more anxious about my changing workout routine. I'm specifically changing it as a plan to reach a change of career goal i have. if i don't shift my workouts, i will not make Court Officer no matter what. so right now, i've decided that when i get back from my trip, the majority of my exercise is going to cater towards passing the test which the only trouble i'm having is the cardio elements (very good with pushups, and pretty good with situps). 

i don't have a lot of free time during the week and need to sleep regular hours (not at all planning to slack on sleep just to train more = no way!).  so, because time is limited, i feel i need to PICK AND CHOOSE which workouts are priority and which i can skip for the time being until my cardio is WAY BETTER which could take over a year.

MY Planning this AM, at work & future action plans to be taken really soon:

as a working person, with an hour commute approx each direction (2hour commute) for each day, on top of working a schedule of 8:30-5pm, it's just not possible for me to feel RELAXED all week AND train everything i want. 

and being that this is going to be a LONG process, where i NEED to feel somewhat good in the LONG RUN, i am going to forego most of my upper body routine aside from just 3-4 exercises. Of course, i'll keep pushups & situps (as they are needed for the test). I'm going to skip off on Planks for now - go back to the later as they are really similar to pushups which i'd rather just concentrate on only. YES. 2 exercises.

Leg exercises: all 4 i'm keeping, they are all variations on a squat (3 types of exercises) as well as heal raises plus i'm adding in one other stretch / strength builder for the front muscle of my shins! 5 exercises.

so, counting all above, i will combine both lower and upper body again since i'm shortening the upper body so i can do it with the lower in a good amount of time on strength building days. this is a count of 7 exercises. i feel i can add two more: biceps and chest press (i prefer not to lose the strength i have gained using very heavy weights for those exercises.

so, 9 exercises for strength days which is PLENTY. PLENTY!

as the other days i'll do cardio and that's all i have time for. I will email this to myself, as this is my new weights/strength routine and it does feel a little too much, so, i may switch off on leg exercises, not always doing all 5 at each session, i think! i may do a chart where one day is 2 leg exercises and the other day 3, etc. 

by getting strength done, 3 days a week, i have time to concentrate on my agility / cardio. i'll start by figuring out a certain distance, working on sprints inbetween the selected distance....i'm going to google exercises that help agility / jogging...i haven't come up with a cardio plan just yet. this is for the opposite days.


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/19/2019:
I'm sure your trip will be wonderful....France is so very different.....I had a French grandma who often spoke french and I think it is the most beautiful language to listen to.

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BearCountryGG - Friday Apr 19, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Up early and waiting for the gutter guys to come and work on the house..........

Since counting calories ( loosely)...the last couple of days I can see that it is too easy for me to have days less than 1,200....Not eating breakfast is what is making that possible.....I know from past experience that not eating breakfast makes it easier for me to eat less in a day......but it may be too much less.......so I'm eating breakfast today to see how that goes........It is frustrating to me that I seem to move between 2 extremes...eithier I'm over eating or under eating..........correcting this needs to be a new habit to work on.

Digging through old stuff in the basement that belongs to my Grandparents and parents has apparently stirred up some old dust....and my dust allergies are out in full force....so between coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes and runny nose....I'm feeling a bit crummy.

Decided to take benedryl which I know will knock me out so in the meantime I'm cutting out coupons, cleaning out my purse and filing some papers.  Got the bed made

Ate so far today

1 coffee, 2 toast with butter and peanut butter, 1 small slice pizza, 1 large orange, 2 mini pks mini muffins, 1 Jimmy Dean egg/cheese/sausage breakfast sandwich

Definately eating breakfast starts a hunger fest.  2 meals down and I still want to eat....but not allowing it.......it's amazing how skipping breakfast makes me so much less hungry..............not counting today.

The benedryl knocked me out for almost 3 hours and I'm still sleepy.


horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
yes, it's allergy season. i know, it's a fine line between not eating breakfast and then being starving later before bed ;) haha i know it!

BearCountryGG on 04/19/2019:
It seems that once I start eating I just want more food......If I don't eat at all it's easy to resist it....story of my life.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
sometimes not enough calories can cause eating too much later...and that's the fine line for me! ;)

enjoy your day, BCGG!!!!!!!!!!

BearCountryGG on 04/19/2019:
That could be my problem too.

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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Apr 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5


Breakfast: toast 100, egg 100, butter 100, coffee 50, chocolates 50

snacking: bar HEALTHY TYPE 230

more snacking, huge appetite 100 cals in honey roasted almonds so good

lunch: leftovers ;) small pepper and tomatoes 50, chips 250, chicken sausage 250 500-600


total 2250 and no additional exercise and bed early 


earlyish to bed before Friday which is a SHORT DAY...will leave at 1pm or 2pm, i've totally decided to do this. go home tomorrow and do a walk home again so get home around 4pm if weather is ok, then do laundry ending around 6pm too before the weekend, possibly start to pack for my trip on Friday night after laundry & work :)










Once again, i have come to a realization that i have to make further bigger changes to my workouts in order to make them sustainable and also to make my cardio goals sustainable. So long to the LONG NIGHTS of upper body cardio.I'm going to once again combine leg and upper body days, by shortening the upper body part down so that the workout is no longer more than 1 or 1.5 hours with combined upper and lower in one night. that will be 3 nights per week. then, i am going to make sure to put in time for cardio, which will also be 3 days per week. so, six days a week training with weekends possibly optional weights and cardio in one day? still thinking about. it's a lot more training time than i do now, so i'll implement little by little for the next couple months. 

It's TOM and i'm really happy about that....before i go on my trip and not during, thank GOSH!

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 04/18/2019:
Have a great trip! I hope you didn't have the Natre Dame cathedral on your list of to dos...I guess you can see the remains.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
Believe it or NOT, i had planned only to spend 2 hours or so there...not a LARGE amount of the day...and i was sad not to be able to see / walk more around the Seine or over a bridge...so, i'll see the remains from afar or what we are able and then possibly walk a bridge, or just end that day early ;) and get laundry done for the rest of the trip (packing so light on purpose!)

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
Have fun on your trip, when do you leave? And what IP said....so sad about the fire!

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
i leave NEXT THURSDAY evening! ahhhh!

yeah, the fire is crazy bc i don't think anyone ever thought that notre dame would ever fall down after 850years standing!

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Get some rest tonight.

RE: dropping the weight routine. Would you re-consider? I see you've stroked out that paragraph, does that mean you've already re-considered and changed your mind? I'm just mentioning it because weight-training can be extremely beneficial when training for a cardio endurance event/test. During exercise, oxygen that reaches your muscles is converted into energy. Improving the flow of oxygen to your muscles improves your athletic performance and stamina/endurance. Developing lean muscle mass will actually improve speed and endurance rather than slow you down.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
Resting tonight. I just don’t have enough time to train as much as I’d like - I have the limitation of time and know I do need my rest so won’t be losing sleep to exercise.

I’ll do some weights but way less I think. There’s just no more hours in the day :/

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
I think in order to pass the running tests I have to just forego some of my weights routine bc it’s just too much training to do both well. It’s the time issue and I know I’ll go back to weights but maybe never the way I do now - perhaps when this is all over I’ll just be happy to live life and less concentration on fitness I think and more on life goals. Like I’ll do what it takes to pass a test but then I’ll do what I want for life.

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BearCountryGG - Thursday Apr 18, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

It looks like a full day and I'm getting an early start......tweeking my new habits so that I am doing things  on purpose just to break up the old routines.  As the years go by it gets easier and easier to just sit down and put things off until tomorrow yet tomorrow never comes.  Just shaking things up and doing different actions is kind of interesting.  Last night I went to the basement and brought a bin up to sort through. 

This morning I'm drinking my coffee and sorting through the bin.....I think there is plenty in there to just throw away.  If there is one thing I have learned, it's that saving things just makes a huge mess to clean up years down the road because 99% of that stuff is unwanted later.

Walking the walk is getting easier and easier.

Heading to town when the post office opens and then getting some more errands done while I'm there is on the agenda for today.......no breakfast yesterday helped a lot with the calories.  Still need to do a better job on food choices but that will happen in time....

Back home before lunch, post office and 3 stores and I'm tired.......stuck pizza in the oven and never did have breakfast.

breakfast = coffee

Lunch = chicken and garlic pizza and ice cream bar....maybe that is why I have a stomachache.

Nap, boy did I need that...not sure why so tired but back is acting up and I just feel kind of blah.....did get that bin emptied and tossed most of it....found a bag of things from my parents straight from their kitchen junk drawer...gardening gloves, antique bottle opener, marbles, paperclips, shriveled rubber bands, small tools, note pads and pens, a teeny tiny green plastic giraffe.  The little things we leave behind when we die, that someone else will have to deal with, one way or another.

930 cals so far today

cereal and almond milk to reach at least 1,200 cals

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
i think Spring is time for new beginnings, i've got a similar mindset to you....a need to change my routines.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
I get off track...I get lazy...and once it starts it is tough to stop sometimes....

innerpeace on 04/18/2019:
I'm glad to see you back! I missed your posts. I know about that dark web stuff, I had my SSN and everything stolen, it took me almost three years to get everything straightened out. I still have pass words on my bank, even if I'm personally in there they ask me a code word.

I hope you get everything straightened out.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
It is difficult, I have a feeling its not over yet. We changed passwords allover the place and removed ourselves from a lot of sites....closed a credit card and basically just mainly used Facebook for family. It has been a huge mess.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
I missed you guys too...it is good to be back.

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Welcome back! Chicken and garlic pizza sounds yummy.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
It was tasty until I got a stomachache...LOL

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legcramps - Thursday Apr 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5:30-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 5 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Workout 6-7; OFF; TATTOO! 5 hours, 40 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6-7; Pension Presentation; REST;

FRIDAY - OFF; Workout; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;

Mar     18-24 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3; average sleep 7 hours, 1 minute

Mar     25-31 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 8 hours, 18 minutes

Apr         1-7 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 7 hours, 52 minutes

Apr       8-14 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 7 hours, 27 minutes

Apr     15-21 - STRENGTH 2

Here is the new tattoo that I got:

I love it, just a slight amount of colour in the eyes, and the white highlights which HURT A LOT but was so worth it!

We got another strength workout in before we left for the city yesterday. I think I will be taking a rest day today; I want to sit in on a pension presentation tonight at work, and then get my butt to BF's for the weekend, so there won't be a lot of time for a workout, plus my tattoed leg is a little sore so I want to take it easy until tomorrow anyways. Lots of different plans for the weekend so I will still get in a good number of workouts this week.

I will definitely be trying to catch up on sleep this weekend - this week and last week haven't been the best for getting enough rest, so I really want to try and re-set for the next couple of weeks leading up to the duathlon. Just SO grateful to have some days off :) so absolutely grateful!

We ate out last night at a buffet restaurant. Very high-end for a buffet; I had a lot of protein/meat. Shrimp, sirloin steak, ribs, brisket, and salmon. Yes, all on the same plate LOL. Followed that up with a couple different types of salad, and a small serving of rice. But, yeah, mostly meat! It was delicious.

Today I have already overdone it on breakfast. I was super hungry. Hopefully lunch will be a little more reasonable than breakfast was; planning for some leftover potatoes and pork roast, but might throw that in the freezer for next week and have plain rice and eggs instead. We'll see how much time I have.

RE: the pension presentation: it's always good to know what my options are should I ever decide to move/take another position somewhere else. I've already put 18 years of my life into healthcare, and have been paying into a pension for most of those years. It absolutely will play into what I do for the next 10 to 12 years career-wise, before retirement.

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
YEAH for pensions......so worth it. D retired just before his 49th birthday and is now 70....21 years worth of pension is a lot more than he paid in...we are so grateful for that...then at 62 social security kicked in for both of us too and we have lived very nicely on it all. We didn't have this option but anyone that has the ability to pay into a 401K with matching employer pay in is throwing away free money if they don't take advantage of that. I love your tattoo...did you get it done all in one day?

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Yes, it took him about three hours altogether!

I almost pretended that I had to pee just to get an extra break at the end LOL; I really had to suck up some pain at that point.

horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2019:
first, that tattoo is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Thank you!

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
3 hours is a LONG time to get a tattoo. mine took ONE hour and i'd just about had it with the patience of sitting still and the piercing of the needle! but i'll agree 100%, the tattoo you have is really, really nice! i just love the design! very artistic and beautiful. you choose it well!...plus, you make me want to get another someday, like for my 40th bday or maybe earlier....i'd get it as a reward for passing the court officer test if i do - if i pass that test, there'd be a huge celebration, let me tell you! (the test is not any time soon!)

dang that meat sounds delish! that is tasty...and i like how there was a variety of salads, too!

WOW, that is SO AWESOME that you've been at the same pension / career for 18 years. I have to tell you, if you put in 20 years into my union, you get free healthcare for LIFE until you die. I only have 8.5 years in which is why i am not so set on staying on my path. i feel i could just survive on what the majority of the country gets when they retire. it's not special but i'd get by.

this union that i work for is one of the only unions providing a health care plan even after you retire and only after 20 solid years working. it's good for so many, but, for me i'd take the chance to change careers and lose the healthcare upon retirement (court officers do NOT get health care when they retire....you get the country's medicaid/medicare whatever they call it that seniors get...)

i'd totally try to do what you can for your pension, that free money you get based on your years you put in. i know it's hard, but if i were you, i'd try to stick it out...and retire later rather than earlier, then you could just do personal training / gym group training later on.

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innerpeace - Thursday Apr 18, 2019

Weight: 335.1

Day 2

Did not go to work this day...mental health day for me.

I baked tilapia that was in the oven and made a tilapia fish salad - it was ok. But I found a smoked chicken breast that I thawed out and ate 1/2 of. It was moist and delicious. I left the talapia for DH.

I picked up a book and could not put it down - murder mystery/whodunit...I read until almost midnight until I just had to go to sleep.

Day 3

DH put a chuck roast with potatoes and carrots in the crock pot.

I picked up the girl, she was happy and giddy...she is a 'girlfriend now' aww the trill of puppy love and the agony of the 'crush'!

B: mini bagel with cream cheese and a banana

L: 1/2 smoked chicken breast and grapes

D: chuck roast with potato and carrots

S: balanced breaks and pineapple for dessert

It was a good day.

Day 4

DH picked up the honey baked ham and smoked turkey. We are really not doing anything for Easter and i think the girl is even leaving early on Sunday to be with her mother and that family.

Tomorrow I took off for Good Friday and we have the concert to go to downtown Cleveland.

I got the girl a new bed/sheet/comforter set and curtains for her bedroom instead of an Easter basket. DH got her an iTunes card, she should be happy.

B: mini bagel with cream cheese and banana

L: left over roast beef sandwich, clementines

S: granola cups

D: smoked turkey

Doing better but trust when I say it is easier to have a mental health day than be here at work.

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: -13.5 lbs lost so far, only 125.1 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/18/2019:
Your eating looks good...I guess I can say that I am still committed to eating EVERYTHING...but just in smaller quantities. I know that I would never be able to stick to a diet that banned anything.....I would feel too restricted...and there are people that like that...but I'm not one of them.....I just know that somewhere I lost track of the notion about portion control....with that...we can do anything.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
both the tilapia and the smoked chicken breast sound AMAZING! good eats, i'm loving those !

i also have a great book i'm reading...about the cowboys and settlers out west in the 1800s! loving it! it's well written story that is funny and captivating!

wow, she has a boyfriend!? how exciting!!! i hope she stays in the happy and giddy stage for awhile....that is such a nice feeling to have, i miss it so much (didn't quite get to have that feeling many times in my life, almost never, actually!)

loving reading all these smoked meats, like the turkey yum!

lol, i love a mental health day too....i didn't have any more days left of i'd have taken one today.

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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Apr 17, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5



home kombucha 50

8:30am breakfast toast 100, egg 100, butter 100, iced coffee change of pace from starbucks (small size!) 50. 

9am snack1: it was a nice lady's bday and i enjoyed most of the piece of cake she gave me :) it tasted very much and strawberry and the cake was nice and moist and the cream not too heavy. really nice! not more than 150-200 cals. smaller type of slice. yum.

snack2 pistachios 150, and a little more 50

Lunch: from home: chicken sausage 200, tomatoes 50, and maybe some chips 250(on a chip kick!)550 TOPS...shortly after 3 smallish clementines 100 and a black coffee with steiva

snacks: CHOCOLATE FROM COWORKER 50, almonds 100, last clementine 50 (i can tell TOM is coming! huge appetite!)


2250 total, 3 mi walk :)

dinner: not sure, i think it'll include avocado - eating healthy fats will help my skin along as it's already better compared to last week! and i did try to be healthier over the weekend, and not drink too much alcohol or caffeine!

exercise: will walk home partial, just enough to call it exercise, bed early :) 


Starting to feel cramps coming on...hope for all of TOM to start and be done before my trip next week ;)

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
I see that you have been having problems with coffee...me too...I've been sticking to just one cup a day because it was making me jittery too. I don't know why it happened so suddenly but it started with a brand of K cups by Community............

horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
yeah, i ordered a medium iced (instead of sticking with a small) and i drank it so fast it hit me, the caffeine that is.

it's not a good feeling when the caffeine hits so hard that you get anxious. it's been awhile since i last felt it, so i also need to be more careful. maybe water down those k cups, spill some out and just use hot water for some of it. they obviously have a higher caffeine count.

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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Apr 17, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Glad to be back and get working on routines again. 

I got up a little later than usual and sat down for a cup of coffee with D...which turned into some news and a little bit of a National Geographic documentary.  Decided to get moving and get the dailies/weeklies done.

Putting off breakfast because it just helps me stay away from food easier.

Washing bedding today and putting away yesterdays weekly laundry.  I need to stick with it on Tuesdays laundry days but because I don't like putting it away, it's too easy to just put it off.....need to correct that.

Spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon packing things to send my 91 year old aunt and sorthing pictures for other family members.  I never did get to breakfast and that is NOT a bad thing.

1 o clock and  finally set down to some carrot ginger soup and a pkg of tuna salad and crackers.

Worked a quick nap in and then now waiting for the rain gutter guy.

We are talking today about the fact that D had his knee replacement exactly a year ago today.....and we are both shocked at how fast that year really was.  Truly....a year is almost nothing.  Time for me to wake up and spend my time more wisely because it goes by way too fast.

About 5 o clock, I had an orange, cheese and crackers and a special k meal bar...so I've had about 800 cals today.

Paid some bills and balanced some bank books, gutter guy is still here...guess we will be getting new gutters from him.  Today has flown by and it's almost evening.  Wrapping up some loose ends now and it would be great if I don't eat anymore but not sure about that so will see this evening.  Will sit down now and watch some tv or a movie.

Ended up eating more cheese and crackers and a fiber one bar  to bring the days calories closer to 1,200....did end up with 1,100 and I'm fine with that....eating too little is as bad as eating too much because it does slow my metabolism down.....so I'm good for the night now.


horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
Routines are the life stabilizer! hahaha, for REAL!

i have an upcoming trip...and lately i think how my routine will not be taking place then, that when i come back i will get back to the routine and it's usually difficult after an adventure to come up with the energy to keep my exercise plan after a trip ends! then, i have been also thinking how my routine has to CHANGE to adapt to my new goals (passing two types of shorter, agility running tests). i shall be talking about it in my entry later this Spring!

i also like to put off breakfast a little bit (i eat it at work, on workdays, not at home!)

i also like getting up a little later which helps me with eating better during the day LOL, another FOR REALZ!

I love your lunch, how nice! filling, satisfying too! i remember you had some really good meals in your entries especially by the time you left us they were healthy and tasty.

i cannot believe it's been a year either with his surgery, it did go fast! it's amazing to see time go by, even here on DD, we become like life-long friends bc time is flying and we keep sharing the journey!

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
I was shocked that a year has passed so quickly and it was a good reminder to make good use of my time.

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Donkey - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.5

So a couple of thoughts that need their own entry:

Tonight, I was not so strong about resisting the cake.  My daughter had a dish of leftover cake & ice cream that she could not finish on Sunday, so she stuck it in the freezer.  It's been there for a couple of days.  For some reason, not only was this dessert calling my name for what it is (cake & ice cream), but this bowl of leftovers triggered my OCD tendencies. It just BOTHERED me that here is this unfinished dish in the freezer!  Last night, I was able to resist, but tonight -- no such luck.  

This struggle -- despite the fact that I had a very filling, satisfying dinner (again, ate too much at dinner - another one of my struggles), was a losing battle tonight.  Actually, that's not 100% true.  I consciously decided that I wanted a carb re-set, and that finishing this dish would satisfy me in both capacities.  And it did, except that then... I had an extra piece of cake.

Even though I truly believe that keto has a LOT of benefits health-wise, I'm afraid that it's just not for me - at least not right now.

I have to do what works for me, and right now, for where I'm at, the last 2 months of keto haven't been working for me.

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
100% with you and got you completely. i know you are you and i am me, but, i also couldn't get Keto to work for me. i didn't have energy and replaced carbs with caffeine. skin was horrid. then, after days low on carbs, i'd go overboard with them. that's why i also watch carbs, but eat them in moderation and why i don't do keto either. it doesn't work for me. also, i love veggies and fruit. a little sugar in a decaf coffee is good, sugar goes a long way, it also balances your sugar levels. do your thing. it's actually i think even cooler to do what you do, based on doing research. to involve many aspects of what you have learned, to make them part of your own diet. that's what i do.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
also, the majority of athletes i'd presume would NOT do keto. i know there are a few that do, especially in weightloss community, but i don't think that's the popular approach for athletes. and there's a reason why!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
additionally, keto to start you'll lose the water weight. afterwards, you'll be lean without the water weight i'd say. but, "lean look" is only accomplished by the growth of more lean muscle taking over the place where fat was. it's not like me and you are so lean we need keto bc we are heading into a physique body contest, you know? keto can be maybe short term, i'm not sure about sustainable for MOST people.

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
I read back a few days ago and see that your son is in the service now.....I'm happy to see that it all worked out for him....maybe those extra months at home were a good thing. At that age a few months equals a lot of maturing.

horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
i agree with BCGG.

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2019:
Happy Easter to you! :)

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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha and bite cookie 100

too strong coffee yuck and shaky (next time a smaller coffee!) 50, toast 100, butter 100, egg 100, chocolate 100: 

bar 150

snack crackers 200

Lunch from home: sausage (chicken) 250 and cabbage 100, chips probably too100, SEAWEED SALAD 100. 600 :) 

snack: pistachios 100, it's a higher cal day but i'm trying to stay healthy. i had too much caffeine in the morning which sorta hurt me.

Pm pre workout snack at home: strawberries 100, nut butter 100, iced coffee 50. 250.

1850, good, ....time to start up this workout....

during workout: coconut water, aminos drinks, peanut butter total 150

after workout: TBD - small peanut butter on toast :) 300 (two tablespoons, one slice, folded in half!) SO GOOD.

2300 :)

2145 per day,4day, ok!


tonight is upper body and proud of myself for doing legs last night. lately getting good sleep, too!

doing well and keeping some boundaries set so i can go into this Paris trip feeling ok.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 04/16/2019:
Oh I hate it when I get shaky after having too much caffeine! It's such a horrible feeling. Your lunch sounds yummy.

When are you going to be taking your run test? You should give a trainer 12 weeks leading up to it so they can give you the proper programming and support you need to smash your goals. I'd at least start networking now to see if you can find a trainer that you can mesh with and work together with. It's one thing to just give you a program to follow, but if you're hiring a trainer, you're hiring them to support you in a lot of different aspects of training, not just the programming.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
yeah, after the Paris trip, i'm going to start looking and thinking seriously about it...thank you for explaining to me how important it is. i hadn't really considered it until i wrote it here that ricky thought it would be a good idea...and now that both you and donkey are telling me it's important also, well, i know i need one.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
i'm going to find a couple trainers...see how i mesh with them, start with them by mid summer i think...it will take a LONG time for me to get better with the two tests i have to pass, but i think it's very possible if i get help.

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Shakes from the coffee are not a good thing.

I am glad that you have considered using a trainer. I was afraid that you might have been offended at the suggestion. And of course, I meant after Paris :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2019:
NEVER offended.

it's basically up to me whether i want to regard this court officer possibility as a "DREAM" or a "GOAL."

time is ticking and i have time to shape my future, it's up to me if i want to take it more seriously and more logically this time - focus to pass the physical test bc this time i KNOW what the test is and can practice it (unlike my former failure at police exam.)

i will be forgoing health insurance for life by leaving this industry. BUT, by leaving this industry, if hired and passing both the written and physical tests for the court officer, i'd have a job for LIFE as long as i don't do stupid things.

so, court officer opportunity gives me a career path whereas that's what i don't have now. that's enough for me to feel good about my future.

court officer, first, involes a written test. i don't know the date, it's bound to be either this year or next: definitely before 2021.

the physical could come soon after or a few months after. so, i have time to do this right this time.

sorry for this long entry...

if i want to change my life one last time, i can if i get a trainer and do this right. i even have a slight connection in the world of court officers who is related to my sister's husband. she might be able to help me (but i have to pass things on my own of course). i'd use her as a reference and see where that would go.

of course, this is all a dream for me, but it could work if i put in time.

no vacations are planned after Paris aside from an overnight. i'll try to remind myself of the real goal now and for awhile.

i have gotten very strong in my upper body routine by not skipping and can do more than i have been doing in maybe the last couple years.

i'll have to build back up after paris.

it's time to focus :)

thank you, for listening.

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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019
(Working on New Habits)
Weight: 0.0

Well...I must say it's good to be back.  Still working on the weight but basically going by how clothes fit and not stressing about the scales.  I can see that I need to break some old bad habits yet and the only way I know how to do that is to replace them with some new habits.

I've noticed that over the last few days I've been basically eating snack foods and ignoring real meals and my pants are getting tight again so I need to create some new habits again. 

I'm also really busy completely reorganizing the entire house.  After moving in 4 years ago  and then the addition basically doubling the size, 3 years ago, I have struggled with making it all work together and I have been working on it but I need a better routine, so I hope to get accountable here again.

We have had another problem with the hacker from a year ago....apparently our info hit the dark web and caused a huge mess.  We cut our online use back drastically a few months ago and hopefully cleared things up......

At any rate I'm hoping to get back into food logs and also exercise and my organizing habits again......I'm looking forward to posting again tomorrow.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
Welcome back, BCGG! I hope that the past is the last of your online hacker trouble for a LONG TIME if not ever!

it sounds like you have a few different things on your to-do list which is awesome bc your mind will be less idle and you can stay on track better.

your entry hits important things that maintainers and health conscious people like to focus on - like creating good habits, replacing less healthy habits with healthier ones (a good thing!), better routines, organizing your life / house and eating healthier, more nutritious food! good stuff!

BearCountryGG on 04/17/2019:
Hackers are brutal!!!! We wiped out as much online as we could and reduced our Facebook to mostly family and friends and it seems that it helped a lot. Once info goes to the dark web now though it can really mess with you. Working now on reinforcing some new habits....it is still so easy to fall off the wagon.

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legcramps - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5:30-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 5 minutes


THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6-7; 

FRIDAY - OFF; Workout; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;

Mar     18-24 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3; average sleep 7 hours, 1 minute

Mar     25-31 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 8 hours, 18 minutes

Apr         1-7 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 7 hours, 52 minutes

Apr       8-14 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 7 hours, 27 minutes

Apr     15-21 - STRENGTH 1

Strength session yesterday went alright in the end but I sure didn't feel great during it. If I would have pushed through it I probably would have lost my cookies at some point! But I made sure to take the breaks I needed even though it made it an 'easier' workout than I was hoping for. That's OK. I had a snack before the workout, which in retrospect was a mistake. A snack before a workout is usually OK if it's outside of two hours, but for whatever reason my body didn't digest it within that time frame so it wanted to come right back up. Not a great feeling.

I recovered like a boss afterwards; took a salt bath and put on my air socks. Got all my stuff packed up for the rest of the week. I'm heading to BF's after work today; I have a couple sessions to coach tonight and then we're off to the city tomorrow to get tattoos.

After today I only have one more day of work - Thursday. Just going to take it one day at a time, and get through it so I can really relax for four whole days! I can't wait!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
i was talking to something and sometimes THEY TOLD ME that vomit feeling is bc you are pushing your body to a limit? do you think this is true?

those King air socks look good. I cannot afford them right now, but, may ask for doctor's note to recommend them and see if i can get reimbursed later on in the Spring / Summer :)...yes, gonna try!

i'm excited to hear about the tattoos?! will it be your first? i am happy about my tattoo and wouldn't change a thing! i got it in a place that is wrinkled when i sit, but, i love it very much (Rosie the Riveter on my lower hip). will yours be black and white or with a little color? cool!

i THINK you mean you have thursday off and work tomorrow!? was that a brain fart? LOL. i'm mean!

legcramps on 04/18/2019:
Yes, feeling the need to vomit while working out could definitely be because you're pushing your body to the limit! But in this instance, my heart rate was not very high. My perceived level of effort was not even that high - I could physically feel the undigested food coming back up. Yuck LOL.

I did actually lose my cookies a few times in the past during a workout, and it was totally because I was pushing myself right to the limit. These days, i'm much better at moderating my limits and not going ALL OUT - i'll leave that for the extremists LOL, I don't need to feel totally expended to know that I had a good workout :)

I really like my air socks :)

I'll see if I can post a picture of my new tattoo in my post today; it is not my first one, and it is actually a cover-up over my very first tattoo I got probably 18 years ago.

Nope, I had Wednesday off, I work today, and then i'm off for four days :) I know, why didn't I just take today off too? Meh, I should have, but I didn't!

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Ooo tattoos! You're brave! I've toyed with the thought of getting one but have not been brave enough to do so. I might go the piercing route instead (LOL)...

Look at all those days off this week - how lovely!

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horn_of_plenty - Monday Apr 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5


Breakfast: toast 100 with leftover guacamole made so nicely by diner ! 100, egg 100. , iced coffee for change of pace from starbucks lol 50

Bulletproof Bar 250 (keto), later pistachios toasted with salt 100

noon chocolate 50

lunch: 600 chicken sausage, cabbage, bag potato chips 

wrap 150, remains of my egg diner veggie egg white omelette150, half avocado 150 450, popcorn 100, clementine 50

2000, feels good to eat healthy chocolates 100


3day: 2090


actually i want to work my legs out tonight, my mostly 3 types of squats routine and also calf raises...after i relax a little bit, i'll put the tv on and do my leg routine since i'm home rather early tonight.!!!!


Tonight i have no fitness planned. I wore boots to work bc of rain, so i will not be doing extra walking either.

I'm looking forward to another night of restful sleep and then doing my workout tomorrow night (upper body!)

It was a REALLY good, productive weekend. and i got good sleep throughout.

Waking up early to exercise worked out really well, basically bc i went to bed early the night before. 


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Oh my, your lunch sounds like it was delicious!

How was your legs workout? I'd like to lean out my thick legs. Low weights, high reps, and diet. <<none of that is easy!

More comments in previous entries...

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
legs workout was a bit weak, but, i got it done and i can tell it was worth it. i'm attempting a goal of just 2x a week and it seems worthwhile and enough. :) my legs are also thick, i find cardio has helped me more to lean them out in the past, actually, but i find a need more to work on my strength using the squats.

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Commenting on your comment on another diary:

I would strongly recommend that you get a running coach- trainer sooner rather than later. They can get you on a good plan that you can work after your sessions have ended. Then, closer to the test, you can hire again for a few more sessions.

This is the approach my son used to prepare for his re-entry. After his PT sessions were done, he continued to use what he learned to build up even more.

Don't wait until too close to the test. Time is the best tool you have.

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
once again this is valuable insight and now i have backing from Ricky, You, and Legcramps all telling me it is advisable to look into a trainer. I shall be doing this, after my trip once again :) ....i'll be here and listening activiely to you and legs and any advice. i do hope to crush this goal and it is necessary i get outside help in additional to my internal motivation to win. THANK YOU.

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Donkey - Tuesday Apr 16, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.5

I did ok until dinner,  where I feel that I ate too much.  Wanted to finish up some chicken that was almost at the end.   I hate wasting food,  but especially meat.  Morally,  that's just wrong in my book (for me).  I've struggled with dinner before,  and here I am again. 

It may not seem like it but I truly am struggling with food lately. 

Sunday was weights,  still doing my pushups.  Looked at my upper arms last night.  The pushups are paying off.  Very solid with some bulk.  Unfortunately,  no definition,  and that's what I really want. 

I'm wondering if I should be aiming for 8 hours of sleep,  rather than 7.

 EDIT:  wanted to add that the leftover birthday cake was really calling my name last night.   Really struggling...

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost and already at goal!

legcramps on 04/16/2019:
I can't waste food either. I've actually gotten food poisoning before because I was too stubborn to throw out food!

8 hours of sleep or more is what I aspire to; i'm not getting it, but i'm trying my best! Good sleep leads to good recovery leads to killing your workouts.

I'm sorry you're struggling right now with food - are you craving things in particular? Is it because of the cake?

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Your experience with food poisoning sounds exactly like something that *would* happen to me - except that it hasn't happened yet. I really push the limits, though.

I think the cake has brought the struggle to the forefront. I plan to write more about this, so I won't expand my thoughts here, but I did want to thank you for your comment/question, because it forced me to get real with myself.

horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2019:
Weekends off is nice, as long as you take care of yourself and don't go overboard getting into trouble. gives your son time to see around / keep training / make friends / see the area, i would guess!

Re Bulk vs. Tone: i had to do weight training for YEARS before there was ANY TONE. i looked sorta like a hulk until i lost a little bulk and this lasted for a LONG TIME. although change is gradual, it does happen. the only thing preventing it is giving up ;)

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
That's helpful to know. I thought that by going keto, cutting out more carbs than ever -- but still probably a little too high to be correctly keto -- I would lean out. That hasn't happened. In fact, my numbers on the scale are higher now than they were before Christmas.

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legcramps - Monday Apr 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 5:30-8:30; REST; 


THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6-7; 

FRIDAY - OFF; Workout; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;

Mar     18-24 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3; average sleep 7 hours, 1 minute

Mar     25-31 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 8 hours, 18 minutes

Apr         1-7 - RUN 2 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 7 hours, 52 minutes

Apr       8-14 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 3 / SWIM 1; average sleep 7 hours, 27 minutes

Finished off another good week of workouts; I did some tire flips on Saturday in preparation for the Femsport competition in August - really wanted to see where I was at - and I have some work to do. I can flip the smaller tire - around 180lbs? - easily, but I think they flip tires that weigh around 260lbs. I tried to flip one that's probably over 300lbs and I did it twice, but super slow and you have to do six flips total in under three minutes. 

Eating was good, too. I upped my egg game, but missed the carbs that I had been taking in. I did notice that I lost a pound of weight; not sure if that was from cutting the carbs or overall over the last month, since I weigh so infrequently, but it could have been a mixture of both.

I'm really looking forward to this week - four days off out of seven! That's incredible! I should be able to catch up on EVERYTHING this week, LOL.

This morning I had eggs for breakfast, with a slice of toast and peanut butter. I just can't cut out my carbs!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2019:
toast is not bad for you! lately, i'm toasting bread for all my breakfasts. it tastes so much better toasted than not!

that's totally awesome that you are practicing for the tire flips! you have a good amount of time to perfect the flip and even better that you have a cheerleader on your side doing it with you. i wish i had someone, a trainer, to help me with the jogging! i need to jog to beat a test, not concerned with anything more than the beep test and another agility run involved - i may hire a trainer later on.

have a wonderful week! i'm having a good week too! sleep helps! this productive weekend has set me in the right tone for the week!

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Whoa, 4 days off! Jealous! You've got me thinking that I might do better trying to get 8 hours of sleep rather than 7. Hmmm...

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innerpeace - Monday Apr 15, 2019

Weight: 335.1

Day 12 - did not finish tracking

Dinner was a Jersey Mike's Sub and I don't remember anything else I hate - just know it was a lot.

Did not track food

I had a terrible migraine headache all day I couldn't move. Steve's barking was at my tolerance level and I couldn't stand him barking. The light, bright light aggravated the issue so I stayed indoors out of the light. I was nausous and everything else that comes iwth the migraine. Saturday pretty much shot.

I don't even remember what we ate.

Did not track food

Dh was sick on this day. Stomach virus or something. He slept most of the day.

Finally about 6:30 we decide to go grocery shopping. There was hardly nothing left on the shelves - I guess you go early at this Wal-mart.

We had brisket for dinner - it was just ok (it was frozen from once upon a time)

Alas again...Day 1

DH is still sick, he is staying home from work

B: mini bagel with cream cheese, banana - 300 calories

L: turkey wrap on tomato basil with lettuce and tomato, 2 cuties, gogurt  - 307 calories

S: balanced breaks - meta orange appetite control drink - 195 calories

D: chicken fajitas with onions and bell peppers and avocado, cheese, sour cream - 687 - total 1484 for the day


Progress as of today: -13.5 lbs lost so far, only 125.1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2019:
I'm sorry to hear you all have had a few rough days! :(

but your Day 1 sounds very nice! fajitas are great!!!! : so is everything on your menU!

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
Fall down seven, stand up eight.

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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Apr 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

550 up to lunch

lunch egg whites and veggies 200, toast 200 with butter 100, tons of sautéed broccoli 300, little guacamole 50, 

fruit and girl scout cookies 150

dinner: more egg white omelette 100, veggies, lots of guacamole 200, indian chips 150.  450-500

snack: dark choc and yogurt 200


bed early :)

2day 2075 ;)



Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

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Donkey - Sunday Apr 14, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.5

When I went downstairs for my morning bike ride, there were a few tiny snowflakes in the air.  When I came upstairs, there was snow coverage on the ground.  Now it's pretty much a white-out, and I may have to shovel, unless I decide to let Mother Nature take care of the snow removal later this week as the temperatures go back up.

Today we are celebrating my daughter's birthday, which was earlier this week, but she had to work, so we could not have a birthday dinner.  I had suggested hiking with her at a local forest preserve, but with the snow, she has opted to stay at home and just relax, which is 100% fine with me as well. 

She has requested egg salad and my pasta salad (with olive oil; not creamy) for dinner, as well as a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  And with cake comes ice cream.  The egg salad is low carb, but not the pasta salad.  My recipe makes a huge batch, so I will make half a batch, for her and my husband to eat.  The chocolate cake is going to be a challenge.  No way around that, unless I do not participate at all.... She would understand, but that seems wrong to me.  So I will have a small slice, as it's not a very big cake anyway.  My husband bought 2 kinds of regular ice cream, and I bought a small pint of low carb, keto-friendly for myself (HoP:  Halo Birthday Cake flavor).

I did all of my tasks yesterday, including going out to shop with my husband TWICE, in anticipation of today's snow storm.  (So glad we did.)  I did not weight train, I'm sorry to say.  I could say that the logistics didn't work out to get this done, and that is true, BUT that is also an excuse. If it were REALLY important to me, I would have found a way to make it happen.  And I didn't.

I baked a decent keto-friendly bread loaf yesterday.  This is a perfect example of my dilema:

Anyway, it's a decent loaf and pretty easy to make.  I'm not sure I'd have it regularly.  I made it so that I could have an egg salad sandwich for our birthday celebration and still be pretty "normal".  I might just have it in a lettuce wrap anyway.  Not sure.

Heard from our son yesterday, as we were driving home from the 1st store run.  He did 40 push-ups, 42 push-ups, and a 12-minute mile run.  (I think they have to run 1.5 or 2 miles.)  Turns out though that instead of expecting home at the end of September or early October, it's probably going to be more like early November.  

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2019:
Happy Bday to your daughter! is she 19?

You are so thoughtful to bake her a cake! my mom wasn't that much of a baker to do this. she enjoys cooking though and has made me nice things also (all sorts of sauteed veggies and extra veggies at meals thinking of me!) your daughter will realize how much you thought of her and i'm sure it will be her happy as well as you happy ;)

Is this your first time trying a halo top? that's nice your hubby got it for you and it's true that it's a LOT lighter than regular ice cream! it's amazing how many calories you save eating it! have you noticed i don't eat it as much? i was so addicted a couple years back. eating it for dinner multiple nights a week! i didn't do my skin any justice to eat that like a meal LOL but it's a great snack! i was reading how you mentioned me at work and started chuckling. my coworker / supervisor wanted to know what's so funny but i couldn't bring her to tell how you "called me out in your diary telling me what ice cream flavor you are trying and how i loved it so much getting such details thrown my way that it made me laugh!" i didn't tell her!

i agree that in terms of logistics and weight training it's hard to tell when it's an excuse and it's seriously logistics. i skipped a session myself this weekend on purpose. i knew i wouldn't be in the mood to do weights after the morning heavy walk. i decided one workout would be enough. i'm glad i made the decision because i felt better than usual after lunch today at work :) it's my less is more approach as i don't want to go on vacation already beat up! LOL.

bread isn't bad for you in moderation! but you have to consider the calories and use the keto bread the same way you'd eat regular bread. ;) that's my opinion on things, anyways!

i think you said you agree somewhat, but i do find eating keto to be lots of dense food (even the salads are "heavy" and i find it easy to indulge) when eating keto.

but i do still like the taste of many things keto and like that it doesn't cause a sugar rush at work...it does kinda help me with hunger thru the mornings.

I'm so glad you heard from your son! why will he stay longer? I'm proud of him and hope you are too! :)remember to tell him that!

Donkey on 04/16/2019:
I find that most people are either bakers or cookers, but not both. I'm a baker, love to bake, but cook... not so much. Fortunately, I married someone who likes to cook.

Boot camp is structured completely different this time around. This really surprised me to learn. My son will be delayed because during his 2nd round if training, he gets weekends off, so those days don't count.

Yes, this was my first Halo experience. Folks on FB are dissing it because it still has sugar in it. :(

I'm still not convinced keto is for me. I love carrots too much to give up.

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happy-1 - Sunday Apr 14, 2019
(Slow Carb + Yoga. Track fasting sugar.)
Weight: 216.3


Inching back to fitness in the middle of a 3-way family crisis. Progress:

  1. I drew a hardline on doing caregiving for two critically ill parents without backup and got my dad to sign a contract with a caregiving agency. 1 day a week someone else will come and deal with any crisises. I can get my business done and have a date night. It may include a hot kickboxer who has discovered that walks around historic sites are cool. It may be with myself. But one day a week I only worry about myself and my dog. And I get coverage for Labor Day Weekend.
  2. I refilled meds and packed prescriptions. Made an appointment with my gp. 
  3. I made a travel pouch with my daily skincare regimen. I will look amazing. 
  4. I finally got my hair color right.
  5. I packed a healthy cooler grab bag and assembled my next sams club order.
  6. I made dinner. chicken pot pie soup with sourdough toast. Yum!
  7. I have yoga tomorrow. a studio in long beach off class pass. they have showers. I’ll get to wash up and put on makeup 

onwards and upwards.

Progress as of today: 100.7 lbs lost so far, only 56.3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 04/14/2019:
Really good plan! Glad you are taking care of you!

Donkey on 04/14/2019:
I'm glad you got some help with the caretaking. Everyone needs a day off... maybe even 2?

horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2019:
I am so glad your parents will be getting additional help! this is definitely a lifesaver for you!

Happy, lovely progress!!!! :) you are prepared for awhile and did a lot of really nice self-help things!

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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Apr 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5


promise to write to everyone tomorrow...very sleepy and have to be out of my place around 7am tomorrow....


8am 2 small pcs leftover fried tofu 100,toast with butter 200, 2 pieces dark choc no sugar added 50, iced coffee 50. 400 :) kombucha 50

egg and later more dark chocolate 150

egg and a chip 100

tasty lunch chicken salad from coworker 150, chips Indian flavored 150, cauliflower and a little potato 100, dessert 150  550

snacking: string cheese small piece 50, later tons of strawberries 150

dinner: wrap 150, half fresh avocado 150 (gotta eat better), 3 pcs salami 100, and rose sparkling drink with alcohol 100. total here 500

1950, excellent.

exercise: 45 minute walk at park between errands :)

and watched the movie gangs of new york which is very long...and was good!


Before 8am i've been up, showered, prepped some breakfast, hard boiling some eggs. I plan to eat & relax on couch, do my leg exercises before around 9am when Ricky comes over.  He's doing his laundry at my apt bc his machines at his apt are broken. So, we'll go down together and get both of our laundry done down there in the laundry room. Additionally, i borrowed a movie from the library, Gangs of NY, and we'll watch that while laundry is going.

I'm not sure what else i'm doing today? I know i should clean the hamster cage, clean hamster cafe tomorrow,  too...and  a LARGER food shopping for this week ahead and possibly even prep by food for the week because tomorrow, sunday, i've signed up for a 5k walk and it's going to be tiring and i won't be in the mood to do things after it tomorrow.

i think i just want to use today to get organized!  It's nice and warm, but quite foggy. i'd go walking, but i'm doing that tomorrow and am not in any mood to overdo!

another thing i can do is write up my health reimbursement form of all the copays and rx reciepts i have paid with proof so i can be reimbursed from my fund...that'd be nice to get done before i go away as it's extra money i will get into my checking account (not sure how much at all...gotta do the math...it should be at least $100)refund i checked is only under $100, so i have to wait before submitting as it's too low an amount.


Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/13/2019:
Sounds like a lovely weekend! Wow, a 5k! I hope it goes well. Please be careful with your ankles.

A nice little check from your health reimbursement would be nice! I don't envy you having to do the paperwork, but it will be worth it. Get it done :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2019:
the 5k went great! yes, all our feet hurt towards the end, but yes, it was so worth it! and nice it ended quite early!

i ended up doing the paperwork, and it was just over a hundred, so i sent it in! always nice to get a $100 around just after a vacation!

Donkey on 04/13/2019:
PS I will comment more on your previous entries - check it out :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2019:
i did read your comments and i appreciate it so much...i am feeling SO MUCH BETTER about all these things today!

Maria7 on 04/14/2019:
Hope you have a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2019:

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