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Donkey - Friday May 11, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Thank goodness this work week is over!  Yes, it's been very busy because real estate is busy, but for me personally, I think the one thing that made this week especially hard was that I was wiped out from last weekend.  I REALLY need my weekends to decompress.

This weekend is calm, but next weekend is going to be VERY BUSY... now I'm wondering if I should take Monday off -- May 21st -- to have that day to decompress.  I'll have to check to see how much time off I have left.  

There was another lunch party that I wasn't aware was being planned for today.  So I just told my co-workers that I was sorry, I didn't know this had been planned, and I had stuff I had to get done. Not really, so I came home for lunch. This means I missed my lunch walk but I think I was going to miss it anyway - either by attending the party or because the weather was not great (cold and rainy).  I'm proud of myself for thinking of this on the fly (completely unplanned because this was so unexpected) and that I made myself a priority.

Food at the party was Carb City:  deep fried taquitos stuffed with mashed potatoes (it's a Mexican thing, apparently), white rice, anglefood cake.  No protein whatsoever.  Not a green vegetable in sight.  So glad I passed!  And with weigh-in tomorrow?  No thanks!

Drinking-water-during-dinner habit:  not so good tonight.  I had turned off the heat a couple of weeks ago because the weather was so warm.  Well, right now it's in the 40s, and the house was at a chilly 63 degrees.  I could not drink any cold water beyond my first glass.  I still felt, though, that I ate sufficientlyl slow.  I doubled up my green salad and cut my pork chop in half.  That was just right. 

Here's where it gets a little wah-wah:  had 2 cups of decaf with creamer after dinner, to warm me up.  I have these 2 big frosted cookies from the title company that I really would love to eat, but instead compromised with 10 dark chocolate chips which is 50 calories.  It would have been better if I had only 1 cup of decaf, or better yet, no chips, but I dunno, I just needed a little "celebration" for the end of a hard week.

We'll see what the scale has to say about that tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/11/2018:
Lol, you're in the same place I am... hiding from partying so I stay on track. I still go off the deep end though... mmm pizza

Donkey on 05/12/2018:

happy-1 on 05/11/2018:
Get some maca, ginger, stevia, and almond milk for a healthy no caff late night latte that fights hormones and cancer. Dark chocolate is a good choice!

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
I have never heard of maca before, but after reading about what this is, I'm going to check it out. It looks to me like it could help me in other areas, e.g. memory improvement, too. Thank you!!!

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2018:
Sounds like the right party to avoid.......even the carb lover in me is horrified at the party fare!!!! I get turning off the heat...we did too...this time of year is always so mixed up.....They say dark chocolate is good for you!!!

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
All those carbs and eating in a stressful situation (Queen Bee & co-workers) -- recipe for disaster. I'm so glad I missed out on this.

graindart on 05/12/2018:
Same problem here. Turned off the supplemental gas fireplace in the living room for the year and now the temperatures have dropped into the 30's at night / 50's during the day. Just bundling up in layers as I'm too lazy to go through the hassle of resetting the fireplace stuff just for another week or two.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
I find days off to decompress to be helpful...i like it better than rushing around always. Now, i'm just trying to get better with how i use the days off...seems i'm pretty good at turning them into errand days which is i guess alright? time goes by so fast. but i try to do something i want during the day...today is a jog, although once again i'm a bit late on the timing and scheduling..

Donkey - Friday May 11, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Attended the last band concert... my daughter graduates this year and she's my younger (of 2), so no more concerts. At least not as a mom.

So I rushed home from work, because we're had to leave on time, and for some reason, my husband did not have dinner ready. It seems with him, the higher the expectation, the lower he performs.

Dinner was tense, or rather testy, and I struggled to get in even 2 glasses of water while eating. Ideally, I should have excused myself, gone into another room, and calmed myself down. But we were on a time crunch. I hate that.

Stayed up too late. Very hard to get out of bed this morning. At least it's Friday...

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/11/2018:
Hubby may be resisting expectations? We have been talking about these kinds of things here lately where we are eating or finding other things to do to resist doing what we know we have to do...like work. I know I am a sick puppy......I do it too.

Donkey on 05/11/2018:
Perhaps... He's getting better overall about it. One of the most frustrating things is that I leave work with work still left to do, because I think that dinner is waiting, getting cold, family is hungry. Then I get home and nothing's ready.

Well, I could have stayed at work and gotten more of it finished!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2018:
with hubby, i can relate as I myself have issues with performing well when expectations are sometimes more than i "think" i can handle...next time though maybe text him to have dinner ready? did he not remember / know??

you are doing good...remember that at the end of the day, all your rushing and testy dinner was for good reason: you got to attend your daughter's last concert. you had to do more in order to go...but at least you got to attend :) trying to shed a positive light on it.

seems the more we want in life, the more we have to give! like in order to receive good things, we must get to do more to receive :) as i see.

Donkey on 05/11/2018:
I text him when I leave, but sometimes he's too absorbed in his computer to pay attention. He's getting better about it -- except this one time when we had a DEADLINE, which is my point. I think it's passive-aggressive rebelling.

Donkey - Wednesday May 09, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Drinking-water-during-dinner habit:  Did well tonight.  2 glasses of water, took an appropriate amount of meat loaf and dinner salad. OK, I snuck a couple of extra leaves of lettuce at the end.  I have found that with drinking more water at dinner, I wake up in the morning feeling almost hungry.  Early on in establishing this habit, I did wake up hungry in the morning - that went away as soon as I had my coffee and started exercising (while drinking the coffee).  The other days, I probably could have eaten but again, after I started exercising, that feeling went away.

With mixed feelings, I've started wearing colors to work again. This is because of the warmer weather - my spring and summer clothes are more comfortable.  All my navy/grey/black is pretty much for winter.  I had been wearing dark colors up until part of last week, and now fully this week I am into color again. *sigh*

Wearing dark colors has its advantages:

  • Less selection makes getting dressed much quicker in the morning.
  • All of my dark clothing is very comfortable.
  • Maybe helps me look slender. 
  • Accurately reflects my level of joy at work.  

Dark clothes disadvantage:

  • Not suitable for hot summer weather - especially in the sun, during my lunchtime walks.
  • The dark colors were affecting my mood, almost making me feel sad or down.  IDK just something uplifting about wearing a nice bright pink, red, or yellow

Anyway, I'm not going to buy dark summer clothes as I have enough clothes now, but I had been wanting to write about the effect the darker colors were having on me emotionallly.  

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2018:
The dark clothes and dark feelings make a lot of sense....one of those AHA moments!

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2018:
sounds like you don't even want to buy dark summer clothes! i'd say keep doing what you are doing...and wear the nice colors! i have been starting to take a closer look at what people wear in NYC...still i can't come up with any good advice or even fashion sense...seems women are all different in what they wear - that's a good thing! so i'm sure your clothes are fine...you can always buy 1 new top if what you want is something new :)

Donkey - Tuesday May 08, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

I didn't have time to post much yesterday, just to vent about lunch (lol), so no more about that.

Drinking-water-during-dinner Status:  Yesterday I did pretty well.  I think I got in the 3 glasses of water.  Took too much meat for my chicken Caesar salad, so I gave my husband some of it.  Tonight I only got in 2 glasses but I did much better with my portions.  I finished dinner before I could get that third glass in.  That happens.

Tonight, though, I found myself at the table really trying hard to just slow it down.  All I wanted to do was eat food.  I didn't want to stop and sip water.  I didn't want to stop and pause and talk. All I really wanted to do was shove food into my mouth.  Maybe that's why I only got in the 2 glasses -- because I ate faster even though I tried to slow it down.  Not sure.  

During the day, it's go, go, go!  Gotta get the emails answered, gotta send out the docs, gotta crunch the numbers, etc.  Especially during the 4pm hour when I'm rushing to get as much as possible done before I leave for the day.  I have a 15 minute drive home, which is somewhat relaxing, but when I get home, I'm still in "go, go, go!" mode, and it's hard to turn that off, especially if it's late, if I'm hungry, if I'm both.  This only happens during the working week.  On weekends, it's completely different.

I was thinking to myself at dinner that my husband and I should have a cocktail hour before dinner.  Just to sit together, chill out, get away from the "go, go, go" and calm down.  Great idea in theory but in the real world it wouldn't work.  For one, I don't drink any more.  For another, then we'd be eating dinner at like 7:30p which is just too late considering I go to sleep at 9:30p.  It's bad enough already that I usually don't get home until 6p, and sometimes it's more like 6:30p.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
I think you are on to something with the water...I'm going to give that a try....I do need to slow down.

horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2018:
I also try to walk before eating not after - seems to work better even hunger wise ...thank you for feedback on my entry.

horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2018:
You can still have a cocktail hour over TEA?? herbal without caffeine..and maybe share a piece of fruit with it!!! i think this would be nice before dinner and there's so many Herbal Tea flavors to try...? just a suggestion (lol - not trying to be PUSHY OR DEMANDING! haha)

Donkey on 05/09/2018:
THAT is a GREAT idea... Maybe once the kids leave... Or if Son gets a job in the evening...

Donkey - Monday May 07, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5


Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
Just yell "SERENITY NOW"... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_s6EqOxqY

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
LOL!!! "Hoochie Mama!" I think it's most effective with the hand gestures :-)

graindart on 05/07/2018:
ME TOO!!!!! (and I work by myself)

Donkey on 05/08/2018:

bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2018:
lol, you can walk outside and then eat at your desk, Jdonk.

if they say anything, say you like to walk outside. yes?

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
USUALLY, I can do what I want, and ever since they all stabbed me in the back, I go for walks during lunch and then eat at my desk.

But this was the first cookout of the year, and they said they would get veggie burgers especially for me if I joined them. So how could I say no to that?

I just finished as soon as I could and went back upstairs to work. Thankfully, I went for my walk while the boss and Queen Bee were grocery shopping...

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2018:
i don't think you have to eat with them...but also, don't take any of them to heart...

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
B*tches. All of them.

Donkey - Sunday May 06, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Yesterday was exhausting.  Woke up this morning feeling almost "hung over" even though I had nothing to drink.  I was so tired I could feel it in my muscles and eyeballs.  I finally felt rested after watching TV for an hour at 4pm.  Until then, I was pretty much on the go all day.

Took my mother-in-law to lunch for her birthday today.  Unfortunately, the service was very poor, and the food was only OK.  She cannot see and does not hear very well, so it was quite an odd experience, but I'm so proud of my son -- he did so well with her and kept the conversation going, because I didn't have much to say.

I ate dinner alone tonight, but continued with my drinking-water-during-dinner routine, and got in 3 glasses.  I wanted second helpings on the baked eggplant, but I decided that I was already full, so I wasn't going to eat more, even though I know the eggplant wouldn't have done much damage calorie-wise.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2018:
That was quite a trip......sounds like you are worn out but you kept on track anyway....GREAT JOB!!

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
Hugs. I felt that way yesterday and today.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2018:
yes, i find that delaying breakfast till arriving at work is the only way...and that i do think the later start time is going to be better as i do like to eat as soon as i get into work and with only 4 hours until lunch, i plan not to snack too much after my breakfast anymore! i have to work on not delaying things by eating...i do this even at home...thanks for those thoughtful comments like 2 days ago or so on my entry. i was so sick of the 7am and getting up so majorly early...i'm happy to change it, i think it'll give my mind some ease if anything - to get what i want and not keep thinking in my head how it could be better. so glad to make positive change.

i do think that earlier start times can lead to weight gain for some people. ... anyways, the later start time is happily welcomed into my life :)

Donkey - Saturday May 05, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Oh YES, look at that weigh-in today - BOOM!  Lol, actually, I'm just glad to see new numbers, in the right direction...

Today is definitely out of my routine.  Daughter has a band concert down at the University of Illinois, so we're driving down to watch the performance this evening.  So 3 hours in the car down, dinner, sitting at the concer, then 3 hour drive back home.  Way past Donkey's bedtime, but this is something I *really* want to see/hear.  Her band this year is really, really good, and this is the last year we get to do school stuff, because she's graduating this month... *sigh*

So this will be a forced relaxation day, with all the sitting I have to do, which is fine by me.  I will be active up until we leave.

One thing I realized yesterday was that this week, with the warmer weather, I've been wearing capri pants to work, which are smaller than my usual baggy pants (but pretty much the same size of the new pants I bought recently - does this make sense?), and the capris still fit pretty much the same that they did last summer.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  LOL, I guess it's a good thing, because I don't have to buy a new summer wardrobe for work.  BUT it does mean that there hasn't been many changes physically in a year.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing, too?  And I'm thinking this is also a good thing, because it means that I've mastered maintenance for a year, albeit not quite at the numbers at which I would like to be, but so be it.


Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
Good Job!!!!! Have fun at the concert!!

graindart on 05/05/2018:
Congrats on the change in number. Now don't do what I've done in the past and "celebrate" the loss by eating junk or eating in excess.

Maria7 on 05/05/2018:
I know you are enjoying the band music. What does your Daughter do or play in the band? My Daughter was also in the band at school, a drummer.

Donkey on 05/06/2018:
She plays the French horn.

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
We had a drummer at our house too Maria!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2018:
the closer and closer you get to goal, the harder and harder it is to maintain...be thankful you are around the same size, i'd say :)...it means you are maintaining and isn't that your goal, sorta?????

also, enjoy the concert...you could walk around the campus for a little before you drive back, unless it's late...and i think it will be...at least you are active until the concert. i miss watching band concerts!

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
The only way to really know is to take a naked pic of yourself in the mirror and compare.

Donkey - Friday May 04, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.5

I'm so glad that I finally have time and enough energy to post here!  Yowza, yesterday and today were so busy - yikes!  And I woke up with no energy.  I'm supposed to start at 9am, and I'd be ready to leave at 7:45a, so I thought, Oh I should post in DD -- but then I wouldn't because it's better to just get to work early to get more done.

I'm getting the hang of this drink-water-during-dinner thing, and I don't know if it's going to affect the number on the scale this week, but this is something that I want to keep doing anyway.  Like Gains and his 4-week plans, this is a habit that I'd like to do for 4 weeks and see if it affects the scale, so that I have an average from 4 weigh-ins, not just a single weigh-in.

THURSDAY REPORT:  Had the 3 glasses of ice water.  Had salad w/dressing, a side of baked peppers, and a burger (no bun) w/steak sauce.  Could not finish the burger so -- and this is so bad ***see below***-- I asked my husband if he wanted it, and he did, so he finished it.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  But then I woke up hungry this morning.  Still -- did not vary my routine, but had coffee and flavored water until I got to work and had breakfast (oatmeal) and 2nd breakfast (protein shake).

FRIDAY REPORT:  so I woke up hungry but did pretty well throughout the day. The d*mn title company stopped by with pastries and fruit.  I ended up having some of the fruit after lunch.  At dinner:  had only 2 glasses of water, but was very mindful of the portions I took, and this time, they were smaller than the last time I had the same meal.  I wish I would have remembered Happy's recommendation to spice up my food, because then I might have gotten in a 3rd glass of water, but that's OK.

The weather has been much warmer here this week, and I've noticed that my water consumption has increased dramatically.  Whereas I was only getting about 80 ounces a day, now I'm well into the 110-120 ounce range.  (8 ounces is 1 cup)

I'm not sure thought that ANY  of this will help me with the scale. My body is one of those where I do the right thing, and I gain weight.  Eat ice cream, drop 2 pounds.  But IDK I guess I look at it as a game, a challenge - and that's what I like.

***My husband has to lose a LOT more weight than I do --- 75 pounds at least  --- so having him eat what I can't finish isn't helping him any.  Had he said no, though, I would have definitely put the remainder of the burger in a container for today's lunch.


Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
You are doing great at looking and using other options......Great carrying through.....tweeking it here and there as you go will get you where you want to be,,,,,GREAT Donkey!

Donkey on 05/05/2018:
Thank you!

graindart on 05/05/2018:
The 4 week plans have really helped me stay focused. As long as I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I can do almost anything for 28 days. It also allows enough time for me to see if the plan is beneficial. I've been drinking more water over the past few months. Was religious about drinking 128 oz per day for awhile, but have now relaxed and am not really tracking daily amounts anymore.

Donkey on 05/05/2018:
Now I'm thinking that maybe it's a good idea to mix things up every 4 weeks any way...to keep the metabolism guessing and to keep from getting bored. You're right - I could do anything for 28 days, right? Right!

Donkey - Wednesday May 02, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.5

Tonight's drinking-water-during-dinner challenge went well -- and no ice cream cake afterwards, as long as I go right upstairs after I'm done writing here.  Tonight, I had only 2 glasses of water (2 cups) because I finished before I needed a third.  This doesn't mean that I ate quickly, in my opinion, but just that I took less food.  

BUT here is my problem:  I got full and I still had food on my plate.  What to do???  I feel that I cannot resign my lifelong membership at the Clean Plate Club (lol) -- especially with meat.  With meat, I'm ever aware that an animal suffered and died so that I could have meat at my meal.  So to throw out good meat is a sin.  This is my strong belief.  

Same thing happened at lunch, but I just put it back in the container I brought it in for tomorrow's lunch.  I guess tonight's meat wasn't enough to really save.  I suppose I could have put it in a small container to join with more meat for another meal...  But at the time, I panicked. I didn't think this through, and I'm at the table with my husband and son, feeling very full and thinking, "Oh my gosh, what do I do with this meat???" 

What I *SHOULD* have done is gotten up to have another glass of water.

It was literally a few more bites, so I just finished what was on my plate.  Right now, about an hour later, I feel very comfortable - not stuffed or overfilled at all.  BUT I think in the future, I will just put any leftover in a container for me to take to work the next day, even if I have to add to it, which is fine by me.

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Leftovers get joined by 2 cups of spinach, kale or broccoli to be a power snack here... or they go to a much-appreciative senior doggie.

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
Yes, good idea. (This is where cats are pretty useless, I admit...)

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
At El Pollo Loco doing paperwork and drinking water. I had their superfood power bowl earlier and poured on the avocado salsa, hot sauce and jalapenos. THAT will make you drink some water!!!!

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
THAT is a wonderful idea - I never thought to make my food spicier so that I drink more water in reaction. And I LOVE spicy food, so it wouldn't be a punitive thing for me. GREAT IDEA!!!

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2018:
I get the clean plate club...and I even take it a step further...( cleaning out the fridge) and calling myself the human garbage can.....I get it......I can look back to my sophomore year in high school when I decided to lose weight ( didn't need to)...just decided to.....and when I sat down at the table and took 1 Tablespoon of each food and put it on my plate...maybe you ( and I) could take less to start with....and then if we needed more...we could take another tiny portion..if not...then no guilt.

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
I'll write more about this in my own entry tonight, about portions, but your comment about the garbage can made me chuckle - thank you :-D

horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2018:
your solution for the future is good to save it rather than eating it right there and then.

i am also a member of the clean plate club which is not the weight loss club lol. the weightloss club would be the "mindful eaters" rather than "clean plate club..." i wouldn't worry about the animal suffering, etc....worry more about YOU :) if YOU are full, it's ok to stop... :)

it's so hard to break habits!

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
IDK if I can break myself away from feeling that way about discarding meat, but you are absolutely 100% correct that it is OK to STOP -- and not feel guilty about it.

I foresee me using a lot of containers in the future, as I try to slip into this new habit. (smaller portions)

Maria7 on 05/04/2018:
Hope you are having a good day. :-)

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
I gotta tell ya, Maria -- I've been so busy at work, it's hard to tell whether it's a good day or not. I do my best though to remain cheerful or at least positive. That has helped me A LOT to get through my workday and dealing with difficult clients and/or co-workers.

Donkey on 05/04/2018:
Oh, and yes -- looking back, I think it mostly HAS been good days :-)

Donkey - Tuesday May 01, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.5

Happy May!  Yes, I weighed in today just to monitor my weight throughout the month.  I have another challenge going on in Gmail.  I don't really fit in with the group, but the homework assignments make me think.  Anyway, today's weigh-in was the same as it was on Saturday:  133.5 --- So I won't chanage my tracker.


Very warm here in Chicagoland -- yes, even us way out in the northwest suburbs!  

Establishing the drinking-ice-water-during-dinner habit went much better today.  In fact, it would have been perfect had we not been celebrating, belatedly, my son's birthday, with Oreo Blizzard ice cream cake for dessert.

I almost forgot the water at dinner, but got up and made myself an 8 ounce glass with ice.  Drank that, filled it up again.  Got towards the end of the meal and stretched it out by getting up for another cup, which I finished with the last bites of my meal.  No seconds, felt full, well done.

But then came the cake, and of course I had to have a slice - yes, I did.  I know it wasn't really an obligation, and my choice, but I was prepared for this all day, so be it.

I seem to do OK with ice cream indulgences, believe it or not.  The scale either doesn't move or actually goes down. Go figure, right?  So I've given up trying to understand ice cream.

Went for a brief walk outside after dinner -- 25 minutes?  That's another habit I'm trying to (re-)establish this month.

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only -3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/01/2018:
It got warm here today too....great walking weather right now!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2018:
happy belated bday to your son...!

weather is nice and sun is out longer...wonderful. i've been adding in the walking also :) i wanted to get involved more with running but just doing more walking has proved most beneficial at the moment!

The running i'm working on but still not in my work week routine...soon..

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
What kind of challenge? Happy belated birthday

Donkey on 05/02/2018:
I'm not sure -- and I'm not even sure how long it's for. It's hosted by a lady who sells Advocare products. It's supposed to be accountability, recipes, goal sharing, etc. Today is day 2 and I think the leader has already run out of steam.

happy-1 on 05/02/2018:
Augh.... MLM healthcare products...

Ironically people do lose weight because their distributor takes so much time and energy to support them to keep them buying... just don't sign up or buy the business to "save money" on product. I'll go in on a lifestyle blog with you before I would see you do that. Please, please, please. I've seen the inside of these companies.

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