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Donkey - Monday Jul 23, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

I managed to get in a second workout today by going on a family bike ride. This would have been much better if we had been on bike trails in the country. What we rode on were paths that ride along the road. This is all and fine, except that very often, the trail just stops. (Ran out of funding to continue the path, I suppose.) So we would have to switch to sidewalk or road riding. This is not a problem for me or for Husband, but it made me a bit nervous to do with the kids. We all survived though.

I stayed up late reading Harry Potter 7 last night (I'm almost at the end!) so I had absolutely NO motivation to get up early and go to the gym this morning. I finally made it in around 9a, which is my usual time during the school year.

I have not made mention of this but the man at the front desk in the early morning kind of creeps me out. I'm sure he's only trying to be friendly, but he always calls me by my full first name. (For example, if my name were MaryAnn, but I preferred to be called Mary.) He'd be like, "Bye MaryAnn, take care!" I just cringe at my full name. Nobody but family calls me by it. Not even my Husband -- unless he's being a total donkey.

I mean, I'd even prefer this guy to say, "Hi Donkey!" Of course then people around us would think he was nuts, but I digress.

So now I've come to rather dread walking in/out of the gym when I go in early. He leaves at 9a. I can't complain to the manager, because I believe that this guy IS the manager. Perhaps I should redress the situation with him but I'd rather have as little to do with him as possible. Besides, Donkey is not particularly conversational before 9a anyway.

At any rate, I am wondering if this is the reason why I have not been very motivated to go to the gym earlier in the mornings now.

I hope to have a weigh in for tomorrow, although I had pasta for dinner, so I will probably be retaining a bit of water.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 07/24/2007:
I'm somewhat familiar with Asperger's--I hope it's a situation for you where knowing what's going on helps more than not knowing.

Putting a plan (minutes/miles/days between jogging/running/walking) in a little notebook and then posting my progress in accomplishing the plan worked for me when I started out toward the goal of going from walking to jogging a full 20 min. Some days I just had to make myself go and it paid off.

Maybe the guy is calling out your name from your membership info and just doesn't know what to call you???

Have a good one!



Donkey - Saturday Jul 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Just random thoughts tonight...

I don't know why I'm having a hard time maintaining a regular running program. Born To Cry, where are you? I need your running stories to get me motivated! (Actually, I just miss reading your entries. I hope all is well with you.)

My goal for the next 2 weeks is to get in a second workout at least 3 days a week.

Having trouble drinking 8 glasses of water a day minimum. I like to aim for 3 Liters a day; not happening. This is not good because when I don't drink enough water, everything else seems to fall apart.

I felt totally unmotivated to get up this morning. This has been an ongoing problem. I do not know if I am truly tired or if it's a depression issue. I just have an incredible time getting up out of bed. Cannot face the day. Feel tired.

Because I did not get out of bed on time, I missed my morning opportunity to go to the gym. I decided to mow the lawn and then do some pruning. I could have gone in the afternoon after Husband got home from work, but I opted to take my son for a bike ride outside instead. That was nice. He has improved SO MUCH with his bike riding skills. I'm proud of him.

In regards to the diagnosis of my son's assessment this week, I had not said much about it, as most of it we felt was poppycock due to the people doing the assessment. Most of what they have to say, I do not agree with, but I do agree with the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.

Tomorrow is the church picnic. Food food food....

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/23/2007:
I think its great you opted to go bike riding with your son: bonding time! I feel that unless adults have a early morning running schedule, it is difficult to get it in place because we always get bombarded with so much during the day. REally, the only people i know whos running schedules don't get interrupted are those who do it in the early morning. Personally, i couldn't do that unless i went to bed many hours earlier! Maybe it will fit into your schedule.


MyJuneWedding on 07/23/2007:
Donkey Donkey!!! First of tall thank you for your wonderful comment!! I love hearing from you!! Coolies about the bike ride, hubby and I are gearing up and it is steadily becoming a passion for us, that is a good thing!! Hope you had a good time at the picnic, lookig forward to hearing the update! Hugs!~



Donkey - Friday Jul 20, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

I realized yesterday that I have less than 10lb to go until I reach my goal (assuming I don't go and change my goal; you know how THAT goes...). However, today I ate more than I usually do, thanks to a dish (or two) of ice cream when we came home this evening.

So I have a mini-goal in mind for myself, to stay on track for the weekend and still have "less than 10lb" to lose come Monday morning.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/21/2007:
Hey Donkey Donkey!!!!!!!!!! :)

You are so good to me. How come you always know exactly how to respond to my diary entries!? what you said yesterday knocked some good sense into me. thank you. I have learned from my experiences this week that hard work is what gets you someplace and that we always judge ourselves more than others do. however, it's true, i'm not the most talented when it comes to conducting.

sometimes i find you are too hard, negative, on yourself if you feel you committed some kind of terrible food sin. However, today, you made a good goal to counteract the ice cream you had. that is a good goal. this is the kind of thinking that will warrant you success. if we always think negatively about ourselves and our actions, we will begin to seriously feel that way. when that happens, we begin to care less about ourselves, our appearance, and the way we maintain our looks and bodies as well as the food we eat.


maria777 on 07/21/2007:
Wow! You are very close! Have a good day!



Donkey - Thursday Jul 19, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Only good news to report tonight!

Not only did I manage to lose my vacation weight but also a couple of more pounds!

I/we survived the meeting with the assessment coordinator regarding my son's issues. I didn't hear anything that I didn't already know. But after making us wait for over 40 minutes to meet with the coordinator, we will NOT be doing ANY treatments through THAT organization, that's for sure!

I made it to the gym, and although I didn't have enough time to do weights, I got in an awesome workout on the elliptical.

Now I am going to enjoy a dinner with my little family and then maybe go down to the public library with my son for Chess Club. I plan on sleeping well tonight.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

petaldew on 07/19/2007:
Im glad you made it through your meeting, you sounded like you were not looking foward to it.


hollybelle on 07/20/2007:
Glad you got through meeting. Good for you - not doing more those that organization. Look for someone you feel supported - not confronted - by!


biscottibody59 on 07/20/2007:
Congrats to you losing some more--keep up the good work!



Donkey - Wednesday Jul 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

No workout today. As a consolation, no lunch today either. Well, that's not entirely true. I had lunch but it ended up being a snack at 3p.

My schedule was completely thrown out the window today because I had to deal with my old house (that we have a contingency to sell at the end of August). I won't bore you with details but needless to say, it took up most of my day.

I could not exercise tonight because of the terrible rain storms we are experiencing at the moment. Otherwise, I would not be writing to you; I would be out riding my bike (I like to think, although dinner is sitting heavy in my stomach at the moment so I'm not so sure about what I'd actually be doing).

So my hope for tomorrow is plenty of exercise before taking the kids to yet another karate class at 10a. They test for the next level of belt on Friday night, so since we've been on vacation, we're trying to squeeze in as much practice as possible.

Tomorrow promises to be very stressful. After morning martial arts classes for the kids, we (Husband and I) have a concluding meeting with the people who assessed my son for learning disabilities way back in May. That process was completely devastating to me (to all of us, actually), and so I have no desire to hear what they have to say. Not that I don't have an open mind but rather that my son has made significant improvements in some aspects of his life, and so I don't think that what we contributed before necessarily holds true now. I also have severe reservations about the validity of the tests (i.e. they were not taken in their proper context) and I have a personal dislike for the people doing the assessing.

I apologize if I sound defensive. And I also apologize for going on and on about this. As you might guess, it weighs heavily on my mind and my heart. Normally, I might eat myself silly from the moment we got home (Sunday) until the day of the test. But I have managed not to do so, so far.

At any rate, I won't dwell on what "might happen" tomorrow and just live each moment as it comes. Perhaps I will arm myself with a Diet Coke before the meeting to help calm my nerves while listening to the testing lady tell me how crazy my son is and how awful it must be to live in my family. (I kid you not.)

I look forward to a calm evening tomorrow taking my son to Chess Club at our local public library.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/19/2007:
I remember when you were going through that evaluation stuff in May. It's hard to know what to do when something like that happens. We hae gone through something like that in our home, too. I found in our situation seeking other professionals with (it turns out) differing opinions helped-and they are out there. The evaluators in some situation have one agenda and often it is not the child or the family, but the school or the system of some type. Don't know if you feel like going in another direction - but don't let so called experts decide when you're "done". Fight it. It's awful to have a child negatively labeled and it happens all too often. There are many types of "learners" - but our systems don't accomodate them. Some learn differently than "average" and average is all that our systems seem to be able to work with. I hope you find some peace with whatever happens. I will be thinking of you.



Donkey - Tuesday Jul 17, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Now I feel like I have truly returned home. The airport FINALLY delivered our lost luggage at 12:01a, according to Husband. I didn't hear a thing, but he said that the doorbell rang and there were our bags. He stayed up to open up the bags to see if anything was "missing" or broken (like those bottles of whiskey that he purchased, ha ha).

I've had 2 great days at the gym, going back to longer workouts with less resistance (on the elliptical). I've also resumed my weight training, drinking more water, eating LOTS of FRESH fruits and vegetables (things I desperately missed while traveling).

And I dropped the 2lb that I gained while abroad. I think most of that was due to excess salt and curtailed water intake. I didn't imbibe in alcohol all that much, although one night, I had several glasses of wine, and one evening, I had a lovely pint of some delicious light ale (light = not dark, not light = reduced calories).

So before I end this entry, I just want to say again how glad I am to be home, and back on Diet Diaries with you all.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

MyJuneWedding on 07/17/2007:
((Donkey)) It's always nice to check in and see a comment, but it was especially neat to see one from you!!

Me quitting my job... hum... let's see, once the wedding bills are paid off would I rather work mon-fri including every home football game (high school) during season which is basically 5pm -11/12 am each friday, work the festivals all weekend, plan meetings at night after work to deal with our latest grant project, juggle work committees and sitting as a board member for CASA and probably Camden House and CCAR in the near future OR stay home, be able to do all the projects I want to do (like scrapbooking all the pictures, cleaning my own house and having the laundry done during the day) be able to workout each day like I want to (bike ride, martial arts class and weights all in one day without sacraficing sleep or family time) being able to plan and cook nice dinners for the family every day, even ones that take longer than 30 minutes to whip together, work in my yard, be there for ALL the kids events at school, be able to drive the kids instead of sticking them on the bus, be able to wind down with my baby when he gets home instead of looking at the to-do lists and figuring out what we have time to do.... HUM hard choice!!!

I do enjoy my job, I love getting out with people and going to the schools, I actually greatly enjoy the admin. part of my job but given the choice between the job and time with my family, there is no choice!!!

I am so glad to see you are back, stay strong and I'll be watching you!!! ~wink!~


greengirl on 07/17/2007:
Hi Donkey. I know it's nice to be home and I can't believe I'm doing it all again on Saturday. This time it will be just me, my 16yr old daughter and her friend for a week at a much more commercial resort, you know the sort of place - seaside, fairs and amusements!!! I must be mad. Its on the coast of Wales again but nowhere near as far away from home, just about 80 miles away. My eldest son is running us there so we should be ok. To be truthful I will be glad when its all over!! I was really bad about my water consumption last week and now Ive got water retention in my fingers and ankles again. Iwill be better about it next week!! We are taking a laptop with us but wont have internet access so I will be incommunicado for another week. I miss DD !!!


lafemme_loca on 07/18/2007:
I am so sorry that your holiday wasn't as good as you wanted it to be. :-( But it is good to see you back here ! :-)



Donkey - Sunday Jul 15, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I am home. This is the one place that I feel I can be honest, and quite honestly, I did not enjoy my trip to the UK. I do not travel well. I missed my kids, missed my workouts. I felt very uncomfortable being a stranger in a foreign land. There are no adequate words to describe how much that bothered me. I also get car sick, and that does not bode well for a 10 day bus tour.

There were several times that I didn't eat dinner because I was either misunderstood in my order or outright ignored. Hated eating out for everything. Absolutely detested being offered a huge breakfast every morning and then stopping for a snack an hour later because lunch would be late. Then lunch would be a big meal, which meant that dinner would be eaten very late. Way too much eating.

I had no idea how much my Husband ate until this vacation. OMGosh is all I can say. He is straight on his way to a heart attack.

One thing that did impress me while traveling was how everyone took great effort to have a beautiful garden. Even the smallest plot of land -- some folks just had flower boxes -- were beautifully tended to with flowers and a trim lawn. After my visit, I have decided to put more time and effort into my yard. It's a great way to burn calories too.

I also got a kick out of watching British game shows and BBC news on TV. It's interesting to see America through the eyes of someone else.

Now we are struggling to recover our luggage from the flight(s). Somehow it is detained and nobody can seem to find it. Needless to say, it is upsetting my Husband and he's driving me crazy.

It is good to be back home and I look forward to resuming my routine.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

GG on 07/15/2007:
EK!!! A bus tour for 10 days! I would have died! No exercise, no movement: Oh man, you are most def. allowed to complain about your trip!!! Ugh, and the food issues you had sound just like the ones I would have had if I were in your position: if I dont get what I want I either dont eat it or send it back, that is why I modify my menu selections so much because I really do want to eat but if it is NOT RIGHt then forget it!! My sister went on an Alaska cruise a couple weeks back on a very small boat and she was shocked at how much food & eating there was too, she gained about 10 pounds in 8 days: is that possible!!!Eh, I guess it is for people who do not have will power: but she must have eaten a lot because she does not eat anything except meat & vegetables: but who knows she could have snuck something... Well, I hope it is relatively easy for you to jump back into your routine! As much as I love travelingat times, I do hate departing from my routine at home: thats for sure!! Good luck and I am sure you will be able to "get back into it" in no time!!


petaldew on 07/15/2007:
Im glad you made it home safe, and are happy to be home.


MyJuneWedding on 07/16/2007:
Welcome home Donkey!!!! ((HUGS!!))


hollybelle on 07/17/2007:
Sorry your trip didn't do you good. I saw where Greengirl aplogized to you for the bad weather in the UK on behalf of all of England! Bless her heart. I don't think her holiday was perfect, either. I, on the other hand had to go to "hillbilly heaven" for a dance competition (Gatlinburg, TN - no offence to Tennesseeans you know it's true)! No wonderful either - on medicine that made me CRAZY - prescribed by dr. by the way! I think what we should do is organize a DD member weekend get away somewhere we can all agree on going where the weather is always wonderful and there is lots of healthy food and activities all the time! Maybe something to shoot for in the future. Tee-Hee! Hang in there. Remember the lovely gardens!



Donkey - Wednesday Jul 04, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Tonight I leave for vacation, so I thought I would weigh in this morning, since my goal is to lose weight while on vacation. I certainly do not want to be like the person who went on vacation and came back 8lb heavier!

As you can see, my weight has stayed the same. I did not take the time to measure myself. My plan to lose weight while on vacation is the basic things that one needs to do to lose weight: I plan to drink 1L of water a day; I plan to make good choices on the menus; I plan to walk as much as I can, plus do crunches and push-ups in the hotel room. I plan to keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum.

I want to wish you all the best of luck in your weight loss journeys while I am gone.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

greengirl on 07/04/2007:
Hope you have a lovely time. Good luck!!!


Justine6Robert3 on 07/04/2007:
Hope you enjoy your vacation Donkey! Sounds like you have a good plan to keep yourself in check while away! Good luck with staying on track but make sure you are also enjoying yourself while away!!! Can't wait to hear about your vacation when you get back :0)


crategrl on 07/05/2007:
Have a great vacation!


MyJuneWedding on 07/09/2007:
Hugs Donkey!! I hope you have an awesome time!!



Donkey - Friday Jun 29, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I am finally back down to my weight before the whole Oreos & beer night. It's maddening how I can put on 4lb in 2 days (two episodes of 9 Oreos each), but it takes me nearly a week to get those 4lb off.

At any rate, I am back down to 136.0 and now I'm ready to start losing towards my goal weight. However, I leave for a 10 day vacation in less than a week. Is it realistic to have a goal to lose weight while on vacation? Or is that too much? Can a person lose weight on vacation?

Recently, someone who criticized the diet advice I gave a while back came back from vacation and gained 5lb. I do not want that to be me.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 06/29/2007:
Great job on losing those 4lbs. You can lose weight on vacation if you put your mind to it.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2007:
actually, it IS realistic to have a goal to loose weight on vacation, as long as LOTS of walking is involved and you have the opportunity to have very healthy food: salad bars, grilled meats and vegetables, no sauces, soups. if you did this, you'd easily loose weight on vacation...lol, but obviously there are many tempting things. Even if you splurged on a dessert for a couple days at one meal a day, you may be able to loose wegiht as long as you are walking around. I lost weight on a cruise, actually! LOL


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2007:
oh, you are very good to me with helping me stick to my goals. i see that you will not let the "9 oreo day" be forgotten. if you try to let it go a little, i think it'll help you think more of your goals ahead.


greengirl on 06/29/2007:
You just have to be disciplined to lose weight while you are away. I'm sure you could do it, you seem pretty strong willed when you put your mind to it !!! My sister has managed to do it in the past but me, I'm weak willed and if I only put a pound or two on I count it as a success. I wish you good luck!!! Oh and I hope you have a great time :o)


fullofchubs on 06/29/2007:
Congrats on losing those 4 lb. I'm new, so have no input about dieting while on vacation, but have a great time!!!


halley on 06/30/2007:
I think if you are active enough, and you eat completely different foods than you are used to you may lose weight. DOn't forget to drink water - it will really help. Have a great time!


GG on 06/30/2007:
U can have a goal for your vacation! Hope your staying at a hotel with a nice gym! You can certainly loose weight on a vaca! I have faith in you!!! Just try and gain some will power if you can...lock the mini bar at the hotel...by pass the pastrys at the buffet breakfast and opt for scrambled egg whites (light on the oil & milk if they mix it in the eggs) or fill omlettes with tons of different veggies!!! Go site seeing too and you will walk alot which is great for you too!!! WHere are you going by the way?


hollybelle on 07/03/2007:
YES, YES, YES I know you can lose or at least maintain weight while on vacation. I did it recently and have done it before, too. Just eat healthy and walk everywhere you can. I always say "I" am going on vacation - my diet isn't!!! or I am taking a vacation from my everyday life - not from my healthy eating pattern. Why come back after a good time and have it dampened by an unnecessary weight gain?


yamahaflutist on 07/03/2007:
Thanks for the comment - and yes I did take Alli beforehand - not convinced it is doing anything but we'll see. I know what you mean about the cigs. Since my relatives have addictive tendencies toward gambling and smoking, I avoid the two altogether. At the moment, I am feeling pretty good and though I still think about food a lot, I think about healthy food. That has to be a step in the right direction. Each day is a little bit easier for me. Maybe I carried the rant about my nutritionist a little too far, but my point was less about her and more about me. Sometimes it's just helpful to vent.



Donkey - Thursday Jun 28, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Last time I wrote about how I was struggling to fit in an additional session of cardio if it's not on the crosstrainer.

Yesterday I did an hour of cardio (and lower body weight training) at the gym (crosstrainer, treadmill w/incline), and basically did nothing after that. (A big issue was the weather which was very hot and humid, so I was not motivated to do much of anything outside.)

Today I did my usual 35 minutes on the crosstrainer (I am almost ready to move up to resistance level 16) and upper body weight training. Then I did 15 minutes on the stair-stepper. It is a perfect day for running if the rain stays away. I just remembered that the kids have martial arts this afternoon, so I will have to fit in a run around 2 or 3p. But I may end up bike riding instead, as we are encouraging Son to learn how to ride a bike. (He is 9yrs old, and if he doesn't learn soon, it will only get harder and more embarrassing for him.) Actually, if he still needs help, I may be running behind him riding his bike, and that would solve both problems.

While I was on the crosstrainer, I noticed a cut -- a muscle cut (i.e. definition) in my legs that has become more pronounced. The "cut" started out about an inch long, but today I noticed that the muscle mark is now about 3 inches long. So at least that shows me that using a higher resistance on the crosstrainer is changing the shape of my legs.

It's time for another weigh-in, but this morning I woke up with an upset stomach and didn't feel up to stepping on the scale. I almost backed out of going to the gym, but figured that not exercising wouldn't make me feel any better, so might as well go ahead and do it.

UPDATE: My Husband really honked me off by discouraging me from going out on an afternoon run. First he tells me to be afraid of getting hurt on the path. Then he says, "It looks like it might rain." As if I would melt in the rain. Now I am more determined than EVER to get my run in today.

SECOND UPDATE: I went and ran 3.8 mi in 35 minutes. Running with my daughter riding her bike really pushed me to run faster! On my own, it takes me about 40-45 minutes because I"m not as pushed to run so fast.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 06/28/2007:
Good news on the muscle definition :o) As regards your husband, what can I say - he's a man !!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/28/2007:
that's great mileage in that amount of time!!! I guess I need to find a biker to speed me up! Also, its good to spend some time with your daughter!


starfish on 06/29/2007:
great job on the run! Keep up the good work!



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