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Donkey - Monday Dec 31, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 128.0

The last day of 2007. I am happy to say that my car is working again, albeit somewhat reluctantly, so I was able to make it to the gym this morning. Life goes so much better when I can take care of myself FIRST, even if it means waking up at the ungodly hour of 4:30a to do so.

Which means that I will be asleep by 9:30p for sure. No midnight toasting for me!

I know that my weigh in tomorrow will not be a true reflection of my efforts in 2007, sadly. I did so much better than the past 3 days have put back on. But that just gives me more reason and motivation to get back on track.

I see now that I must find a happy medium in my eating patterns, because it seems to me that when I do very well, Horn of Plenty suffers. And when I do very poorly, Born to Cry does not fare as well. My wish for all is to find a happy medium of optimum health.

And to the person who thinks I do not enjoy my cats at all: This is not true, but I sure do get damn tired of cleaning up sh*t, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, vomit, and hairballs every GGG DDDD day. Ya know? It gets a bit old after the 68th time. You tell me I should find homes for my cats. Oh yes, like there's such a high demand for old cats with these "character" traits. Not to mention the $ that I shell out in food and litter very month. Thanks Nerak, I really needed your comments yesterday like a kick in the head.

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only -2 lbs to go!

shadetree on 12/31/2007:
Glad your car is working and that you were able to get to the gym. I'm sure I'll be in bed before midnight as well - can't remember the last time I made it to see the ball drop!

I think you hit it on the head - that we all need to find that happy medium.

Hope you have a happy, healthy, peaceful new year!


timeforachange on 12/31/2007:
Morning workouts are the best. I agree that it's nice to take care of yourself first before anything else in the day. In answer to your question I do own an elliptical. Well my parents own it, and I utilize it since I'm staying with them until next September. My parents also have a Bowflew, buttt I haven't gotten into the habit of using that yet. My husband and I own a treadmill that's in storage right now. Haha it was my birthday present last year. I had a membership to Lady Of America gym last year, but it's hard to keep a membership when you are military and move a lot....it's a pain to sign contracts and break them. Anyway, have a good New Year!!!!!! And I agree with you about the cat thing. Yes you may get frustrated with them from time to time, but that doens't mean that you love them any less!


timeforachange on 12/31/2007:
*Bowflex...no there isn't a cheaper 'generic' version of it called Bowflew....I just can't spell =P


nerak on 12/31/2007:
I am sorry about the comment. I did not mean to upset you. It was just an opservation based on what you said.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/31/2007:
yeah, balance in life, balance in eating. when there's balance, there's a sense that you can accomplish all of your goals. Although my own future is up in the air, I have learned that many people face this in life and that for right now, I should not worry so much because there's NO way I can get certain answers anytime sooner than by waiting. why wreck my dreams and goals of staying in shape and having a ncie physique because I want all the answers to my life now!? it makes no sense.

Look at your overall progress from April through December of this year! That's success! Good Job! :) Maintenance is difficult, but can be done. Weight does fluctuate between a few pounds, its expected. I also HATE knowing the number just for that reason. there are so many factors that contribute to what our weight is from one week to the next.


applemarket on 01/01/2008:
Good for you, have a great new year and send kisses to your cats for me! Don't feel too bad about your weight not reflecting your hard work. I went through a crazy yo-yo dieting phase where I lost 12 lbs in 3wks then gained back 16 lbs in a week an a half! I felt so crappy after having working really hard to lose that much to begin with...



Donkey - Sunday Dec 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 128.0

I am so utterly discouraged and defeated this morning. I had another awful binge last night. Just horrible.

And today I cannot get to the gym because my car won't start. Dh left the key in the ignition all night, and I think it has run down my battery. The engine won't turn. It's either that or there's some moisture/corrosion on the battery electrodes, because it seems as though there's not enough juice getting into the engine to make "catch".

And it is not even 9a yet, and I have already had to clean up a hairball and a diarrhea (with hemorrhoids) from one of the cats already. I have 4 cats. One is deathly thin. One is getting deathly thin. The other two are fat. So I've been feeding the very thin one special canned food. Not only is it disgusting, but it makes her stink and it gives her diarrhea (but not the one with the hemorrhoids, that's someone else). Of course, she wants to sleep on my head every night. PU! Then the cat that is approaching deathly thin craps on the floor every night with his hemorrhoidal poop because he is upset. Or sick. Or something. The fat one coughs up the hairballs. I do not have the money to be taking them to the vet. Oh I just want to throw them all out the window.

I found out last night that dh has to work New Years Eve AND New Years Day. I thought we'd be able to have our celebration on Eve. Alas no. The house is a mess, and I have this stupid impending job starting next week.

Alls that I ask is that I be able to go workout. And I can't even do that. Last year for Christmas I was promised an elliptical and a treadmill. I am still waiting for my gifts. I got nothing last year. And here I am a year later, still waiting.

This is not going to be a good day, I can tell this already... Now I am off to wash 2 blankets that had hairballs on them, thanks to my fatty cat.

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only -2 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 12/30/2007:
ew, what a mess to wake up to. I know how you feel about your husband having to work the holiday. Brian was supposed to get off work at 6PM tomorrow and we were going to watch movies and relax and enjoy each others company..now he won't get off work until 11 and by the time he makes it to my house it will be 11:30 and he has to leave at 12:30 to pick up his daughter. While it doesn't seem like much, because at least I get to spend some time with him, this constant change in his schedule is always taking time away from US and it frustrates me and depresses me at times. It also makes me think stupid thoughts and I have to work very hard not to express those things AT him because I realize he has no control over his work schedule and how things happen all the time.

I also hate car problems, I flip out when I have them. If it wasn't so blasted expensive to get them fixed, it wouldn't be a big deal. *sigh*

I hope your day brightens and that you connect with that natural strength you have and are able to accomplish the things in your immediate area that need your attention so that you can lessen the load on your heart.


greengirl on 12/30/2007:
Donkey, take a few deep breaths and try to calm down. I have no doubt that the binge was horrible, and you are disgusted with yourself, but it is not the end of the world. You are STRONG and can overcome all these problems. I cant advise you about the car stuff as I am clueless about them, but I bet it is the battery. I'm sorry you are unable to exercise and understand that this is frustrating for you. Forget about the house being a mess!!! In fact, you should see the current state of my kitchen. It is a complete tip. I think your real problems are hubby having to work all New Year, and the impending job. Now if it was me, I would go and lock myself in the bathroom, curse until the air is blue, shed the odd tear or two, run a bath (I usually shower) and spend an hour lying in it, reading a good book. At the end of that I would try to worry less about the impending job. There's nothing to be gained from worrying about it today!

Are the thin cats elderly?? Sometimes kidney problems manifest in this way.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/30/2007:
holy! i didn't know you had 4 cats! wowsers! that must take some time making sure you have everything they need...at least they're not dogs, which i believe require even more care - walking them and everything. sorry to hear life is a bit tricky - i can see why you binged but you do not have to. there are other ways to deal with the stress including reading or just giving yourself a peptalk. I keep telling myself that i will do this but haven't gotten around to it. also, even though this New Year is not starting the ideal way you would like it to, it does NOT mean that the whole year is a wash out. You have done really well for yourself, especially within the last couple months reaching your goal. Sometimes people say maintenance is most challenging. you are there and doing it!

haha, we ARE such opposites on here!


biscottibody59 on 12/31/2007:
Take the cats sledding next time???

(And maybe the car and your husband as well--assuming he's the gift giver you're referring to!)

Alot to have to put up with--I'd probably be running away right about now;-)


applemarket on 12/31/2007:
you poor thing, what a horrible mess to be stuck in the middle of. and i totally understand. my husband has to work new year's eve and won't be home until the wee hours of the morning, so i'm stuck at home with my remote control and the refrigerator for company. at least you have your cats, regardless of their special needs, to play with!! haha to throwing them out the window!! i know you're frustrated but that one line made my day :)

And as for your binge, forget about it. it's one binge. you have to consume 3500 calories to gain 1 lb. Since you've already lost 16lbs (which is so awesome, congrats!) and have 2 to go, you're doing so well so don't give up!!

if you can't get to gym, do your own workout at home: jumping jacks (200 or more) and jogging on the spot or jump rope for your cardio, then do simple resistance training with arms, abs, legs, butt (basic things like sit-ups and squats will take up to 45 minutes if you do 3 reps of say 25). and that's gonna be a good hour's worth or more of exercise!


shadetree on 12/31/2007:
I guess I will count my blessings that I have just one psychotic cat! nothing worse than walking into the kitchen barefoot to find a hairball!

Does your dh have another wife, cause he sure sounds like mine! That's why I do my own shopping - although I do feel a bit guilty about spending that kind of money on myself....Mine gave me 'permission' to get a rebounder - like I needed his ok??? It's still in the box, as I just got it last night (from his daughter for Christmas). Tomorrow will be a better day to get it out and use it. (I'm a wee bit hungover this morning...)

I think you need to run a hot bath, light a few scented candles, lock the door and read a good book. Tomorrow is another day - a new year and a new start.



Donkey - Saturday Dec 29, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 128.0

Let me just confess to you now how much I ate yesterday. I am SURE that my calories exceeded 3000, although not all in one sitting. My calories were pretty high throughout the day. (One of those "hungry days" -- hmm, must be time to ovulate) >:-(

After a hefty Italian beef dinner, I had numerous - NUMEROUS - cookies, then corn chips, then ice cream. I didn't feel all that sick or anything. I mean, I was full, but satisfied.

Today was a sloth day, because I do not go to the gym on Saturdays. Curses! I hate being old that I cannot workout every day. But this near-40 body needs a day off or my joints start hurting really bad. So I took the kids sledding today. I spent an hour standing out in the cold, but I admit Donkey went down the hill 2 or 3 times with the kids. I only fell on my donkey twice, so that wasn't too bad.

I am ok with the eating, I just don't want to destroy my numbers for the start of the year. Well, if they are a little higher on Jan. 1, then I just need to remember that they will look GREAT come next Dec. 31st (2008) when I do my final weigh-in for the upcoming year.

BAH to Donkey! :-(

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only -2 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 12/29/2007:
Oh you have sweets and salts going at the same time...love it! lol

Sledding is great fun! I wish I had folks here who still enjoyed it, but my kids don't like it anymore. It is so very cool that you are below your goal..you did great!



Donkey - Friday Dec 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 128.0

Well, I decided to go ahead and weigh in today. Might as well face the truth. So I was very pleased to see that i have essentially maintained my weight loss even with the cookie fiasco on Christmas Day. (I gained 0.5lb.)

This is my final weigh-in for 2007. I started this year out at 136.4, but as you can see from my ticker, I gained weight up to 144.0 at my highest weight this year. The stress of moving and not having a gym are probably the big reasons behind that number.

So whether you want to say that I lost 8.4lbs or 16lbs is up to you. Gee, I guess I never thought of it that way. I feel that I am at a very comfortable, healthy, maintainable weight right now.

Peace.

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only -2 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 12/28/2007:
What a great way to end this year. Keep up the great work!


dearerdiarist on 12/28/2007:
"Disasterous encounter" and "Cookie fiasco"... So darned cute! (Not the actual fact, but the clever way that you worded it!) You are just doing so great. I am inspired now to go back and read your history here so that I can know where the move you mention was from and to...


workingit2 on 12/28/2007:
Great job! Keep up the great work, Lord KNOWS you've worked hard to get here!


greengirl on 12/28/2007:
I am proud of you Donkey. You have been a great example for a lot of us this year. Next year I hope to follow that example :o)


timeforachange on 12/28/2007:
Awesome job this year! I hope this coming New Year brings you the same satisfaction. You really did great!


shadetree on 12/29/2007:
Three pounds from goal. That's awesome! Have a great weekend!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/29/2007:
either way, you had a successful year and you should be proud of your efforts! Aren't you glad you weigh just under ten pounds less this year than you did last year!?


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/29/2007:
Thanks for that motivational comment about not lowering calories too much. I know it, in the back of my mind, and its so true. I'm better off eating a few more calories and not binging in the AM! :)



Donkey - Thursday Dec 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Tomorrow is weigh-in, but I'm not so sure I will do so. I had that disastrous encounter with those cookies on Christmas Day. Just not sure I'm ready to face the music.

I might wait until New Years Day to weigh in, so that I have a reference point for anything that happens next year. I started 2007 out at 136.4. If I had a starting weight, then I should at least have an ending weight for 2007, too, don't you think? So I should probably weigh in tomorrow. Ugh... I know it will be bad.

Then I will weigh in on New Year's Day as well, for 2008.

...yuck, I don't know what I will do. Maybe I will just forget to weigh in tomorrow, lol ....

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

fritters on 12/27/2007:
Go for it! You might be plesantly surprised. when it comes to weigh ins, it is best to face the music and just be done with it. Then you know - one way or the other. I hope if you do weith, that it is good news.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
i like your suggestion of the importance of weighing in...its like admitting to the fact...or simply not denying the truth. you know? however, i can understand if you don't weigh in tomorrow bc new years is not too far away. however, if you're not weighing in so that you can continue to eat bad for a week, i'd say weigh in tomorrow also!

as for me, i like that idea of doing a weight comparison...but i think it may impede my progress...that's what's happened in the past with me. so, i think i will continue to eat well and exercise. oh, the weight i will record for the New Year will be a weight I know I am hopefully around by then take 1 or 2 lbs...125. I will use that as my baseline for Jan. 1st.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
oh, last new years, i was aroud 106! haha


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
it was my lowest weight of the year i think


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
ok, done with commenting for now...


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
:)


kyrin on 12/28/2007:
Hey, Donkey! It sounds as if quite a few of us are waiting until New Year's Day to do their weigh ins. I probably would have too, but I want to have atleast a week's worth of work behind me when I do my first weigh-in for BL's new season. (Biggest Loser's newest season starts on Jan 1.) I'm doing my weigh-ins in show days...trying to use the excitment for contestant's progress as a bit of motivation for my own workouts.

I'm cheering for your continued losses! Go, Don-key! Go, Don-key!

Hugs!



Donkey - Tuesday Dec 25, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Merry Christmas!!

Survived the Christmas party last night. Ate sparingly of the meal because I knew there would be cannoli for dessert. I had one -- oh it was so good! Then I had a homemade anise cookie. Then I grabbed 3 cookies on my plate and started nibbling -- so I put a piece of gum in my mouth. Had like 4 cups of coffee, and 2 Liters (8 cups) of water. Bringing my own water bottle saved me, that's for sure! I will never go to another party without my own water bottle.

Only one person asked if I had lost weight, and I hadn't seen Uncle Joe in over 10 years. I think that I actually weigh the same as I did last time I saw him (possibly even weigh more now), but I'm older, and it shows in my face. I've seen pictures taken of me lately. I'm not sure I like how I look. Maybe I do look too thin in the face. (Or maybe it's age; I'm almost 40.) Too bad my hips and thighs don't look as thin (old) as my face does. Ick.

May check in later; not much planned for the rest of the day except Mass.

EVENING EDIT: Well, the cookies got the best of me this morning. I've learned a couple of things: For one thing, I've got it through my thick head that regardless of whether I exercise or not, I've got to make breakfast more substantial than a bowl of cereal. So from now on, I'm having my slice of peanut butter toast no matter what. (The protein holds me well.)

I still think that with the amount of exercise I do and the way I eat normally (i.e. not so many cookies), having a day of cookies will not change my results all that much. That is to say, it will work itself out by week's end or so.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

kyrin on 12/25/2007:
Hi, there! Congratulations on the three pound loss this week. Way to go, Donkey!

I hope that you have a lovely day with your family. ...Sending you Christmas hugs!!


workingit2 on 12/25/2007:
Merry Christmas!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/25/2007:
Yes, i'm sooo happy about this yoga pass.

You sound like you are being extra hard on yourself and how you look in this entry. Honestly, i think the family stress of this get together got you feeling frazzled and you are punishing yourself with a lot of negative talk. You've been exercising and doing most things right, so don't judge yourself so much on the holidays! I understand well how a new job can be stressful and certainly this time of year. Be proud of your achievments. :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/26/2007:
No, one night of cookies CANNOT ruin your overall success! LOL, it takes a lot more than that! take it from the official calorie counter herself!


Moody2 on 12/26/2007:
LOL ..had to laugh at "too bad my hips dont look at old as my face"..I totally get what you mean!

And listen to what HOP said!! She knows!


greengirl on 12/26/2007:
You are doing great Donkey. I hope you have a wonderful New Year. Good luck and best wishes for 2008. I have a feeling that it will be your year !!! ***HUGS*** winging their way to you from across the Atlantic with my best wishes and high regard :O)


shadetree on 12/26/2007:
OOOOOOH! Cannoli! It's been YEARS since I've had cannoli - there's no place around here that makes them - there's this Italian bakery in Balitmore that makes the BEST!

sorry, I digress! You're doing great, are down under 130 - almost to 125! You can do it! 2008 will be your year!



Donkey - Monday Dec 24, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Just checking in really quick. I have some company due in about 30-60 minutes. I wanted to notate my weigh-in for today. Normally I don't weigh-in on any other day other than Fridays, but I weighed in today because I was involved with a Christmas Challenge on another message board, and today was the final weigh-in.

As you can see, my overindulging on Saturday (and then Sunday and Tuesday) has been rectified. I am much relieved and happy to be motivated. Enjoying the momentum!

Tonight is the last holiday obstacle that I can foresee. We are going to my stepfather's family's party tonight. They are Italian, so the cooking is to be outstanding. I think cookies will be my downfall, if anything. But this should be the last family gathering. We are making our own beef roast for Christmas Day. Then I have my anniversary, New Years Eve (which we don't normally do anything for) and New Years Day (which we don't do anything for either). So hopefully I will be set after I get through today.

No gym tomorrow, because it's closed. But I'll be here, hopefully logging in on what a successful time I had with tonight's celebration.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/24/2007:
congrats on your awesome weigh in!!! like you, i am also limiting my celebrations this year! i have nothing planned for new years, either.

thanks for acknowledging the fact that i am not the only antisocial person on the planet! LOL


shadetree on 12/25/2007:
Congrats on breaking 130! When is your anniversary? Mine is the 28th I'm pretty sure (neither of us can really keep track of it - it was one of those last minute, tax purposes kind of things...I know, I'm an anal accountant...) We usually celebrate on New Year's Eve anyway.

Merry Christmas & happy anniversary!



Donkey - Sunday Dec 23, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

It's official: I have a cold/sinus infection. It's driving me nuts. It's hard enough to get up in the morning and go exercise, but when I have a cold, it's like twice as difficult, because of all the mucus in my chest/nose/sinuses. But since the gym is closed on Tuesday for Christmas, I skipped my Day of Rest on Saturday and just kept on going. I can really feel the heaviness in my legs, but Tuesday I will get to relax.

The weather has turned cold and icy. Not very cooperative for my walk after dinner. Not conducive to doing anything outdoors, actually. But perhaps this is a good thing, because it will keep me indoors and resting with this sickness. It's just very inconvenient to have.

I've been doing well on the calories and exercise. There is a family party on Christmas Eve that will be a challenge, and then we are making a roast for Christmas Day, but that will not be a challenge, I think.

Since dh is not really good at buying me practical presents that I can use, I decided to treat myself to a couple of presents ahead of time. I got myself a big jar of multi-vitamins and another big jar of calcium citrate (a calcium supplement). Plus I got a new workout shirt that was on sale for $9. So this way, I won't be disappointed with nothing under the tree for me again (like it was last year).

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

fritters on 12/23/2007:
Congratulations on wroking through the cold crud! What a trooper. You did good with your gifts-very practical!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2007:
awwwwwww, feel better donkey!!!! I have been pushing my yoga practice also, knowing that there'll be no classes on Christmas! I am now trying to see how i will keep myself busy on Christmas (since i celebrate Chanukah!) maybe a movie!

but really, feel better. It's pretty cool to see you getting in physical fitness despite feeling sick. Bikram, a well known yoga instructor, says there are never excuses about exercise. The more you work through the pain, the more benefits you'll recieve.


shadetree on 12/23/2007:
I always save my husband from buying me disappointing gifts by shopping for myself- this year he got me a wonderful new robe, new gloves, a few other things...I haven't decided yet what he's getting me for our anniversary! (It works for us...saves an arguement.)

Hope you get to feeling better! Have a good Christmas!



Donkey - Friday Dec 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Look at that weigh-in!!!!!! I can't believe that after that binge on Tuesday night (Fritos and cream cheese, and then cinnamon cookies, which are almost solid butter) that my weight could still be around my goal weight. Just imagine where I would be if I hadn't allowed myself to derail like I did, after the Christmas party on Saturday.

I am much relieved. This is just what I needed from my body to show me that maintenance with me really is a possibility.

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

crategrl on 12/21/2007:
Happy holidays Donkey!!!


jmarie60 on 12/21/2007:
Look at you with your great weigh in! way to go!!!!!!!!

Happy Holidays and keep up the good work!!!!!


hollybelle on 12/21/2007:
I used t imagine that every bite of foods that weren't entirely healthy went straight to my middle. It's good to know that they don't and we can endulge "some" without disasterous results. Of course endulging for day on end is not going to get us where we want to go, eihter. Good job "pacing yourself".


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/21/2007:
It's not a possibility...it's DEFINITELY POSSIBLE!!! :P :P :P

Donkey, you are doing good this time of year! :)


jon'smom on 12/21/2007:
Congrats! Keep up the great work:)


fritters on 12/21/2007:
You are doing great. A slight de-rail is not only ok - it is sometimes necessary!



Donkey - Wednesday Dec 19, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Just a quick note here to confess my eating "sins" again last night. Ugh, it was horrible. My tongue feels so gross, from eating so much salty foods. I couldn't even run today because I was so bloated and gassy. I did the elliptical, took the resistance level WAY DOWN and it was STILL so difficult. It should not have been; I am better than that, when I'm eating correctly.

So that just proves to me that junk food is just poisoning my body. I've got a game plan in store for tonight, so you may be hearing from me again, if I start to feel anxious, edgy, or munchie. After today's dismal workout failure, I realize that IT STOPS NOW. I'm not going to let myself throw away my successes, my goals, my hard work.

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2007:
yes, let it rip! lol, get on here if you feel any urge!!!!! its sooooo true....that food poison is a total KILLER. so bad for the body. I think that's why i've been having such trouble at work in the morning...i think my body goes through sugar withdrawal! haha, actually i'm not kidding! I think it takes a long time for our bodies to get adjusted to new ways of eating...and i also believe that just like riding a bike, our bodies NEVER learn to loose the bad habits, they're ingrained. so, we can only work on bettering ourselves and learning to eat better, although we may never loose our memories of the past!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2007:
yes, that was me rambling.


fritters on 12/20/2007:
You sound very determined. Junk food is poisin to our bodies. If I eat very much sugar, my whole body bloats and my hands swell and get hot. It can't be good!! I hope your determination stays with you.



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