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Donkey - Sunday May 06, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.5

DAY 1: It's Crunch Time. (No, not the candy bar.)

My aunts & mother are having a party for my grandparents in June. These are family members who have never thought well of me to begin with (including my grandmother who pretty much made my childhood very hellish). But last summer they really got me good by excluding me from a cousin's wedding.

So I don't particularly want to go to this, but the party is at a really good seafood restaurant. And while I may or may not go, I'd like to have the option of attending. And if I attend, I want to look my best. My aunts are very large, unhappy women (not that being large makes them unhappy but they happen to be both). I would love to show up look trim and toned. Of course, they would probably ignore me and my family even more so, but I would have the satisfaction of knowing that I got to them.

And since I have been struggling to get back on track since moving, I am hoping that this will be the impetus I need to start losing weight again. I have 50 days until the date of the party.

Weight loss should always be for yourself, not for anyone else. I acknowledge this, and I think for me it still holds true. However, a little revenge in my motives wouldn't hurt, either, especially if it does get my numbers moving in the "down" direction again.

Progress as of today: 3.5 lbs lost so far, only 15.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 05/06/2007:
Well, you know what I always say: there's nothing like a petty childhood grudge to get you going. Seriously, I am all in favour of this plan. I know, I know, fitness and weight loss should be about ourselves and no-one else. But surely we'd be lying if we claimed that the way others see us doesn't affect us at all? Also, it will be good for you to look and feel your best at this event, not just to arouse the envy of your relatives, but also so that you'll be confident and self-assured enough to deal with their barbs. I find that when I'm around my relatives I feel just like a teenager again - and it's not a good feeling. Once I left home, I always dreamed that I'd return too cool for school - free at last from the inadequacies of youth. So far that hasn't happened but this summer it looks like I'll be going back after a 5-year absence, and hopefully things will be different this time!


girliegirl6486 on 05/07/2007:
I'm all in favor of this plan too : )

Yes, I told the annoying roommate about my internship but she fired back with how her PAID internship just moved her from part time to full time. I wanted to smack her.


geevee on 05/07/2007:
I know EXACTLY what you're saying!

For me, it was a high school reunion. Every couple of months I'd get an annoying call from a girl who used to be my best friend and was fortunate enough to stay slim all her life, unlike me.

Well, that was what got me to join DD's and lose 40 lbs.

End result: No, I never went to the reunion. The price was outrageous and most of the people there I didn't know. So, the question was WHY?

My friend never relented and insisted upon meeting even though I wasn't going to go. At that point I was about ten pounds above high school weight, so I felt that was acceptable. You know what? I'll never forget my friend's comment: "Why, you look just like Gail!" It was as if the few times she had seen me over the years when I was FAT disappeared, and for me, not going to the Reunion for the reasons I stated, made sense. It wasn't because I was too fat!

It sounds crazy, but that's really the way it is.

SO, you have all the motivation in the world that you need to lose weight. You CAN do it!



Donkey - Wednesday May 02, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 141.5

I would have done fantastic yesterday, except that I kept adding snacks/desserts after dinner. I was at around 1400 calories. But then I added 1/2 cup of plain, fat-free yogurt. Then I finished off about 35 grapes that were sitting out in the kitchen. And then I had a small peppermint patty candy. So that added about 300 calories to my day. I still stayed within range, but geez, it could have been so much better.

Today and tomorrow my Husband has off of work. He's driving me nuts already. He's a great guy, but he just has a totally different agenda than I do. I try to be patient because I know his job is very stressful. But it's like, we got a ton of stuff that needs to get done, that I can't do alone.

I often eat out of my frustrations with him. Sometimes I think marriages were only meant to last about 7 years or so. Then it's time to move on. Of course, I'm sure it's no picnic for him to be stuck with me too (PMS, crabbiness, and just my usual Donkey self are enough to drive anyone nuts, myself included!).

Progress as of today: -3 lbs lost so far, only 16.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 05/02/2007:
Hmm, I have been with my husband for just over 7 years. I think there may be something to your theory...


hollybelle on 05/03/2007:
I think I eat out of the same reasons yoy named, sometimes, too. There is so much that we need to do to house etc. that I can't get done on my own, but I don't want to stress husband out anymore. I just find that I tell myself - what will it matter in 25 years! But that goes against my nature, too. Also ditto for me on PMS and crabbiness and driving everyone including self crazy!

I don't think you ate so badly yesterday. Keep at it. You can do it.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/05/2007:
you can blame your extra eating on it being Friday night. lol. the weekend. the weekend is much more devastating for me...but i'm working on fixing that! lol, and these past couple weeks, it's been the opposite, with bad food days during the week. oh well!

although you and your husband and been struggling, it sounds that you are both gonna be ok. for some reason, you come off relaxed in your journal entry. or, like know that all these things that need to get done will have to wait. whatever the case, don't stress too much...we only live life once!



Donkey - Tuesday May 01, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 141.5

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: 65 minutes crosstrainer + 18 minutes stair stepping machine + 20 minutes weight training + 25 more minutes on crosstrainer (differen program, different resistance) +

I'm starting to update now so that I don't lose track of my activities today, although this may be it for today.

EVENING UPDATE: I see now (foolishly) that I lost track of time, and it is no longer April so we no longer have an April Challenge - Joke's on me! Too bad too, because I had a 55 minute walk, 10 minutes of crunches and push-ups and stretching, 20 minutes of housework, oh my... That would have been 213 minutes for today. Whew!

So it's probably just as well that the challenge is over. (Thanks Biscotti! BTW, when I was looking at your "name", I started thinking how nice a biscotti (or 20) would be with a cup of coffee...)

Progress as of today: -3 lbs lost so far, only 16.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 05/01/2007:
I guess your totals for April will emerge soon--you've done a spectacular job on your working out--Good for you!


GG on 05/01/2007:
Happy MAY CHALLENGE!!!



Donkey - Monday Apr 30, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 144.0

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: 65 minutes on crosstrainer + 60 minutes pitching & coaching girls' softball + 15 minutes of weight training at home = 140 minutes (And this was good, but I had a piece of key lime pie when I got home... OMG 410 calories for a tiny little slice??? WTF?!?!?)

OK,I'm going to be honest with you all -- and with myself -- I am up to 144.0 lbs this morning. I would like to think that most of that is due to PMS bloating (which means it will stay with me for the next 2 weeks until TOM) (lovely, just lovely). My abdomen is totally distended.

My daughter was still sick today, so I went to the gym while she was sleeping. She obviously will not be playing softball this evening, but I think I will still go to coach (and hopefully pitch). I'm not sure what the protocol is with this.

I have come to the decision that if I'm going to workout at the gym, that I really need to go earlier in the morning, before the kids are up and before Husband leaves for work. Otherwise, it is can be too uncertain if I will get the workout into the day. Also, it takes up a large portion of the morning, and it would be nice to have that time either available for errands or another workout. (I hope that doesn't sound too insane.) I will have to exercise early anyway, once the kids are out of school.

In order to really do this effectively, I know I am going to have to retire to bed earlier. This is something I should do anyway. Ideally, I would be in bed by 9a, possibly stay up for the news. My problem is that all the good TV comes on at 10p. I could easily stay up until Midnight each night watching reruns of I Love Lucy, Honeymooners, etc. It's like my warm fuzzy in life, to watch old time TV.

So this is something I'd have to be disciplined about. I guess, though, if I want it badly enough, I'd do it.

Progress as of today: -5.5 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

borntocry on 04/30/2007:
Hmm, that is kind of a dilemma. I must say, two workouts in one day does sound kind of insane. Not so insane that I haven't thought of doing it myself, but way too insane for me to actually ever have done it. But I remember when I first started running I did sacrifice my daily soap opera. It was hard at first, particularly because that was also my "downtime" which I felt I needed to relax and unwind after work. But after a few weeks I didn't even miss it.


weightlossyoyo on 04/30/2007:
Great work on the exercise! Amazing how 1 piece of pie can cost so many calories isn't it.


sweetpea1977 on 05/01/2007:
I definitely like the idea of working out first thing in the morning. It will insure that some exercise will get done for the day. Plus, it will prepare you for your early morning workouts once the kids are out of school for the summer. As for another workout in the same day, would you be doing the same thing as you did in the morning or something else? I'd go with the latter, just to give your body more variety. Oh, and I do something less intense, so that you dont completely wear yourself out.

I love old tv shows. My all-time favorite is I Love Lucy. My husband got me two seasons on DVD for Christmas (and is planning on getting the rest eventually), so now I can watch them any time I want (and in order!)!!



Donkey - Sunday Apr 29, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES:

For Saturday: 150 minutes of coaching/pitching girls' softball (including warm-up).

For Sunday: Probably not much, but I will update more.

My daughter (7) is sick today. No appetite, stomach feels odd, low-grade temperature. My husband has to work 12 hours today, so absolutely no gym time for me. But since it is a very nice day outside today, I hope to take the kids to the ballpark to watch baseball games.

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 04/29/2007:
I hope your daughter begins to feel better soon. Take care!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/29/2007:
great job with your exercise today!

thanks for all the reminders not to binge!! after friday, the weekend miraculously did remain free from high calories!

i hope your daughter feels better!



Donkey - Friday Apr 27, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: 25 minute jog after taking daughter to bus stop + 65 minutes elliptical crosstrainer + 20 minutes weight training = 110 minutes

I actually felt kind of guilty for not doing some of the stair stepper machine at the gym, but I was getting kind of hungry and I had things to do in the afternoon.

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

jshawstad on 04/27/2007:
65 MINUTES ON THE ELLIPTICAL!!?!?!? Woooow...I probably can't even do 6.5! :) Good for you!! Thanks for the comment on my blog the other day, just wanted to let you know that I replied to you, but in my comments, in case you'd like to read it. Have a good day!


greengirl on 04/28/2007:
You are doing so well with the exercise, I cant believe you are feeling guilty about not doing more. You are making me feel tired by just looking at what you have done!!!



Donkey - Thursday Apr 26, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: (really pressed for time today!)

40 minute walk outside after dropping daughter off at bus stop + 65 minutes on crosstrainer + 23 minutes weight training

= 128 minutes

I know that I should get into the habit of taking that walk after taking daughter to the bus stop. Ideally, I'd like to go for a jog instead. Ironically, I would probably burn more calories going for the jog but it helps me more Challenge-wise to go for the walk because it takes longer (hence, more minutes).

I think after this Challenge is over, I am going to take a break from weight training my upper body. My right shoulder has been hurting just enough to make me want to stop doing weights. It's an old injury, but I don't know if it's the weight training or the pitching (very slow pitch) for girls' softball. Either way, when it hurts, that means I should rest it. Eh, I don't know. It's hard to stop an exercise once it becomes a habit.

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/27/2007:
Good exercise minutes, Donkey!



Donkey - Wednesday Apr 25, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: 65 minutes crosstrainer + 25 minutes weight training + 20 more minutes crosstrainer = 110 minutes.

I doubt I will add more onto that, but if I do, I'll update at the end of the day.

I was doing so well today until after lunch. The Sugar Monster took over and I had 3 Peppermint Patties and 6 egg-shaped Nestle Crunch Easter candies. WHY oh WHY do I sabotage my efforts like this??? Totally self-defeating behavior. The only slight positive is that this happened earlier in the day rather than later at night. What is WRONG with me???

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/25/2007:
You still have Easter candy left? Mine was gone within two days!!! :o)

By the way, nothing is wrong with you. These types of things happen to the best of us. And like you said, it happened early in the day, so there's still hope to salvage the day. Make it a personal challenge to get through today without anymore mistakes!!

BTW, good job on the exercise! You are rockin'!


greengirl on 04/25/2007:
It happened to me yesterday for no good reason. I dont even have a sweet tooth but every now and then the sugar craving monster takes over. There is nothing wrong with you, everyone does this at times. Chin up!!!


Justine6Robert3 on 04/25/2007:
I did the same thing today Donkey!! I had 10 little chocolate eggs that are still sitting in my fridge from easter!!! I guess we have to give in to our cravings sometimes, don't worry to much about it.

Thank-you for your comments. I am planning to send a card and flowers to our friends. Kirt will definetly be attending the service. We are also going to give them some money because Trevor has missed some time at work with everything that has been going on and ofcourse the cost of the funeral doesn't come cheap either. They obviously didn't have insurance on the little one so I think they would appreciate some help from their friends by way of a helping hand with money right now. My husband has been friends with Trevor since they were kids, they go way back and he is such an amazing friend to everybody, he's an absolute sweetheart and I think alot of us are going to try to pull together to help them out with the costs of everything right now as well as just be there for the two of them. I'm not sure if I'll be able to slip out from the shower. Its kind of tough since its going to be in my house and I am also supposed to be hosting it. Just bad timing, maybe I can figure something out.

Great job on your exercise again today!!!



Donkey - Tuesday Apr 24, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.5

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: 65 minutes crosstrainer + 13 minutes on stair stepper + 25 minutes weight training = 103 minutes.

I did not get a chance to run outside today, unfortunately. The day just got away from me, understandably, since Husband is off of work today and tomorrow (Tues/Wed).

Now, if you are reading this and you are not sitting down, then sit down. And if you are sitting down, make sure you are holding on to your chair, because today.....

Husband went to the gym today for the FIRST TIME!!! And of course, he comes home and goes on and on about what a fun time he had. Of course, it's FUN, that's why I've been wanting him to go so badly. I knew that once he went the first time, he would want to go back again. He was very enthusiastic about getting back into shape. So I really hope that this sticks with him. Tomorrow we are planning on going to the gym together, although separately, because I like to do more cardio than he does. What an understanding hubby I have.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 15.5 lbs to go!

sharklover on 04/24/2007:
Great exercise today!

Hoohoo! The hubby is getting on board! That's great! Its great that you guys can go to the gym together now! Its always nice having someone to go with, expecially someone who will support you and you support them. :-)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/24/2007:
i'm glad your husband enjoyed the gym...maybe he would support the other one...when he sees it fits your schedule better!!! also, great job with your minutes!

thanks for wishing me good luck at the interview!


borntocry on 04/25/2007:
Ohh, how cute that your husband had fun at the gym. You're probably better off going at separate times, because you don't want to feel rushed with him hanging around waiting for you after he's done. Or perhaps you could go together and leave separately?

Thanks for the comment you left me. I know, I can usually get rid of a side stitch by regulating my breathing, but it didn't work this time. And I'm used to eating right before I run, too. I'm thinking perhaps I'm not getting enough oxygen because of my asthma/bronchitis?

Believe it or not, my husband has watched Super Size Me. He had been avoiding it for fear that it might put him off fast food forever, but then we watched it on T.V. and surprisingly it left us both craving cheeseburgers in a big way...


Justine6Robert3 on 04/25/2007:
Alright, good for your hubby!! That will be so nice for you to have your spouse joining you on your trips to the gym! You are doing excellent with your exercises Donkey, Great job!!!!


sweetpea1977 on 04/25/2007:
Yay for hubby! Im so happy for the both of you! Keep us posted on his progress as well as yours. :o)



Donkey - Monday Apr 23, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.5

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: (I'm ready for this challenge to be over...)

65 minutes crosstrainer + 20 minutes weight training + 18 minutes stair stepper + 20 minute jog outside + 20 minutes pitching girls' softball = 143 minutes

And this would have been really impressive had I not had 5 squares of pizza for dinner. UGH! But I was hungry, and I still had softball to do as well, after dinner.

When I get to softball, we had a practice game tonight. So I've been pitching to the girls all this time. Well, Coach decides HE"S going to pitch to the girls tonight. He's NEVER pitched to them before. I had nothing to do. I was sitting there at 3rd base wishing I had brought a cup of coffee, feeling foolish and useless. Needless to say, he's pitching to the girls way over their heads...

We only played 2 innings, and the second inning, Coach said I could pitch and he would work with the girls running the bases. YAY! But now I know, so next time, I won't refuel at dinner like I did tonight because I won't count on having to pitch. And I will bring a cup of coffee, for sure.

Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 15.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 04/24/2007:
Hi Donkey! I hate not knowing exactly what I'm going to be doing later in the day, so I can plan out my "fuel" accordingly. This happens to me often when I meet my husband for lunch. Sometimes he wants to walk around shopping for an hour before we eat, and if that happens I have to eat something beforehand, because I don't have breakfast and just don't have the energy. Maybe from now on, instead of eating extra at dinner, you could take an emergency energy bar or something with you in case you have to pitch the whole time and run out of steam!

And it sounds like you have quite a dilemma with the one outdoorsy child and the other stay-at-home child, too. What does the stay-at-home child like to do? Anything that could be done outdoors as well (reading, those hand-held video game things)? If he's anything like my brother (it's your son, isn't it, who likes to stay home?) then wild horses couldn't drag him outside, but I hope it's not that bad!

Anyway, thank you so much for the comment you left me. It is really nice to know I'm not alone (both in the "no control around nuts" sense and in the "social misfit" sense). You did make some reference to the cashew incident(s) once or twice but never went into specifics. Believe it or not, I have also finished a whole pound of peanuts on more than one occasion, starting from the tender age of 10 or 12, when my mother brought home a bag of freshly-roasted peanuts for the family, only to find it empty half an hour later. I felt so guilty I vowed never to repeat that behaviour - ha ha ha! Oh, and 1 kilo is actually 2.2 pounds, not the other way around. I was never too familiar with kilos myself until I moved to Europe, but my scale is in kilos so I've had to get used to the conversion!


greengirl on 04/24/2007:
Great job on the exercise!!!



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