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Donkey - Monday Sep 03, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 65 minutes crosstrainer (manual program, ramp level 1, resistance level 13); Weight training: Lower body (machines); Calories: 1330.


Today was my Husband's day off, and for once, I can say that he did not drive me nuts. I missed him so much after this weekend (after working 2 straight days of 12 hour shifts). We went bowling as a family and had a great time. He bought a large popcorn (no butter) and a pepperoni pizza for lunch, but I didn't have any. I planned ahead and brought a Fiber One bar with me to tide me over until we got home, when I could have some fruit and or vegetables instead. And I managed to resist all temptations!

When we got home, I was going to have a dish of watermelon chunks, but then I realized that I should freeze this watermelon to eat as a dessert -- INSTEAD OF ICE CREAM. I realized that at least for the summer, I need to have a cold sweat dessert to eat after dinner. So I had better come up with something more nutritious and low calorie than ice cream.

Yes, it is better to change the behavior, but if one cannot change her behavior, then next best thing is to find a better vice.

My exercise was great too. I had a good time at the gym, even though it wasn't the regular crowd (and staff) because of the holiday. I did not run today, as we went bowling instead. I have my day tomorrow to go running, although the weather will not be very cooperative (too humid).

Weigh-in on Friday.

GG on 09/03/2007:
I have read places that if you put bananas in a blender and mix them until a smooth consistency and then pour into a container and stick in a freezer for awhile: it turns to an "ice cream" like concoction?! Maybe you should try that, or with any type of fruit for that matter, just puree and freeze: probably pretty good! Or you know, you can always eat some cheezey chicken cutlets for dinner and after those....you will be too stuffed to eat dessert! HAHAHAHA: does that bring back memories?

ad_vitam on 09/04/2007:
Good idea by GG, I second that. Make yourself a sorbet w/ fresh fruit and honey for sweetness, if you like it - freeze it and enjoy. Or even simlier - peel the banana and freeze it, I heard this receipt at one diet forum.

ad_vitam on 09/04/2007:
Donkey: I never count calories, I don't believe in it plus it's boring. For me food is either healthy or not. I.e. high-fat, sugary or proccessed food can't be considered healthy (for me) and neither fat-free, sugar-subs food. I read listed ingredients carefully and then say my verdict:):) It takes time, yes. I like SB approach, it worked well for me in the past, and it's similar to what I do now.

greengirl on 09/04/2007:
Glad you had a better day. When you find a vice that is really good , let us know what it is. I could do with a vice that is good for me LOL !! I make sort of smoothies with frozen berries and low-fat vanilla yogurt. As vices go its not too bad :o) I defrost the berries first but not too much so it is still chilled

WorkingIt2 on 09/04/2007:
How great that you had such a good time with your family! And the frozen watermellon sounds delish!

Donkey - Sunday Sep 02, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 30 minute walk (to the stupid carnival); Weight training: NONE; Calories:1900

OK, so I didn't do so well on the calories. It was a bad BAD BAAAAD day :-( Nothing tragic, just a very off day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/02/2007:
:) hello Donkey. I understand how you feel. We must forge ahead...and remember we are doing this for our health...and not dieting in order to deny ourselves!!! That's the whole thing: once you start thinking you're being denied of something, you want it so bad and then when you eat it...you have a lot! However, a carnival is another story indeed!

Workingit2 on 09/03/2007:
I hope your day went better for you today! I couldn't go to the carnival...I'd be eating those elephant ears with powdered sugar LOL.

Donkey - Saturday Sep 01, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: None; Weight Training: None; Calories: 1700

I'm writing my entry now because it is not even 9:30a yet and I have already had 2 breakfasts. The kids had scrambled eggs and toast and I finished up what they didn't eat, which equaled 1 egg and about 1 piece of toast (w/butter).

I"m mentioning this because if you will recall, last night I stated that my September goal here would be to stay within my calorie range every day this month. Well, Donkey's off to a great start, doncha think??? NOT.

Now I have a stupid parade to go and watch. I hear they throw a ton of candy at the kids. Hopefully nobody will throw anything chocolate, in the state that I am in today.

I will update this towards the end of the day and let you know how I did. And no weigh-in this morning because I had to get up early to take care of some stuff for Husband. I was so tired that I just rushed for that cup of coffee. Then realized that I forgot to weigh in. So tomorrow or Monday, I think.

AFTERNOON EDIT: Thank you all for your comments. Actually staying within my calorie goal is NOT a vague goal to have. SparkPeople says in order to reach my goal by Oct 31, my calories should be between 1390-1740, so that's pretty specific. I use their online food tracker to track my calories throughout the day, so I know exactly where I am before every food choice I make.

Another thing, after my "second breakfast", I already had 31 grams of fiber in me. The recommended daily intake of fiber is 25-35 grams of fiber. My first breakfast was Fiber One and light soy milk. "Fluffy not Stuffy" :-)

At the parade: I *did* get hit quite a few times with candy. I got whacked in the head by a chocolate Tootsie roll (those little things hurt!) and stung in the toe by a Brach's red & white round peppermint (they ain't kidding when they say "hard candy"). And then I was whipped in the arm by a Laffy Taffy. Next time I shall wear a construction helmet and a padded jacket with long sleeves. Perhaps I should bring one of those nets to catch butterflies to field flying candies.

After the parade was lunch, and again, I felt that I ate too much, but my calories are around 1000, so I can still have a manageable dinner and stay within range. I ran errands this afternoon, which essentially eliminated my afternoon snack. So I should be OK.

ad_vitam on 09/01/2007:
Hope you day will pick up. Do you have nice weather for the parade? I got my 8-9 am walk and it was getting steamy. Your Sep. goals are very realistic, you can do it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2007:
:) Donkey, lets help each other...we both have a goal to slim down...and soon! so, i want to read progress, hear me!?!? haha. I'll try to give you some motivation too...and not the starving kind. i'll probably write lots of healthy tips this month! i cannot believe it is SEPTEMBER! lol, were you here when BornToCry was writing on DD? She was turning thirty. I'm turning 25...big milestone..i know in the back of my head that reaching this age makes me want to change for the better!

GG on 09/01/2007:
you know, if you set goals for yourself that are so vauge like "staying within your calorie range" it is hard to actually stick with it because in your mind you are thinking "oh my goodness i need to eat food even though i have told myself to lessen my calorie intake"-- its like you are setting yourself up for failure or something (sorry if that did not make any sense) Your approch to September should be to eat nutritiously and incorporate as much vegetables as possible (and lean meats too of course). The egg you had is a good start...and lets hope that piece of toast was...whole wheat? You should try to feed your children whole wheat toast anyways to get them started on the road to healthy living!! Dont get down on yourself already, it has only been Sept. 1 for a couple hours!! haha!!

Workingit2 on 09/01/2007:
I like your goals! I also like the advice the GG gave with regard to the veggies. I am 100% understanding about the chocolate thing! I am totally in the mood for chocolate today! But I'm also in a bigger mood to be smaller by the end of the year. I like your calorie range, btw. Very doable!

greengirl on 09/01/2007:
I know I'm awful but I cracked up laughing reading this, especially the bit starting 'Now I have a stupid parade to go and watch....'. Please tell me you wrote that bit tongue in cheek !! I could just see you trying to catch the chocolate in your mouth as they were throwing it !!! I'm sorry I'm easily amused :o)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2007:
i agree with WI, the calorie range is good because it also gives you some leaveway....and less of the feeling of being totally locked into one thing....which can lead to binging.

workingit2 on 09/02/2007:
LOL Great job on surving the candy assault at the parade!

GG on 09/02/2007:
AHAHAHAHHAHA wanna get some scooby snacks?!?!?! They sound delicious!!! Hm, we should compare our fiber intakes and see who really is the QUEEN of fiber! hahahahah! I have a feeling I mayy.....just beat you! LOL!

Donkey - Friday Aug 31, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Exercise: 65 minute crosstrainer (interval); Weight training: NONE -- ran out of time at the gym because of my dentist appointment!; Calories: 1732 -- 8 short of my limit.

My challenge for the weekend (besides eating, because that's ALWAYS a challenge for me, not just on the weekends) is to go running either day. I'm too tired right now to decide which day would be better for me, schedule-wise to run.

My goal for September is to stay within in calorie range (high and low) every day for the month. My range is 1390-1740 to reach my weight loss goal of 130 by October 31st. Now you know, you can hold me accountable.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2007:
hmmm...i like your plan and really can't find anything wrong with it!!! the exercise is what will really make the difference in weight loss and that's what you're doing!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2007:
I live right outside New York City on Long Island...and its easier to get a job in the city...since a lot of places are not exactly the most pleasant to work in...but, there are also many good schools...and there are so many students that they need a lot of teachers. he was saying to apply as a band teacher.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2007:
i'm not going to apply now...its far too late! and i'm not about to make life for myself hell on earth just to understand and get into a new job so late in the game!

Donkey - Thursday Aug 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer, 25 min running; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1851 -- just over the high range for my calories; I just ruined my daily caloric intake with some "innocent" M&Ms. That'll be enough of THEM!

I was really unmotivated to run this morning, but I thought about it and pushed myself to go. I purposely did not run yesterday because I knew that today's weather would be much kinder. And it was. But I was tired, and lazy and really didn't want to do it. But the minimum requirement for me trying to become a runner is to run for a minimum of 20min 3x a week. So I did that.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/31/2007:
Why is it activity breeds activity and inactivity breeds inactivity? I know if I force myself to "just do it" I will feel so much better, more energetic and be so glad I did. The weather here is better. Hope your Labor Day Weekend is good!

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 29, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (double hill); Weight training: Upper body (machines); Calories: 1332.

I'm keeping this short and sweet because it has been one of those days that is just better forgotten.

I did not run today, as I was waiting for cooler, less humid weather to come. It has come so hopefully it will happen tomorrow. (Husband has the day off though so I don't know WHAT will happen.)

I could tell that my legs were tired, because the crosstrainer was harder than usual, even though I was on a lighter resistance level (10). So I think I will not be doing higher resistances but rather concentrate on the running.

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2007:
i think its good to have a plan to mix up the exercises...so that your legs can feel stronger again! :) GREAT calories and exercise!!! Have a great day :)

greengirl on 08/30/2007:
I think you are doing incredibly well with the exercise. I'm not surprised your legs are feeling tired !!! We've already got the cooler weather here and I wish it was a bit warmer!! We are never satisfied, are we ???

Workingit2 on 08/30/2007:
Good job! Sorry about the day, I hate it when those days happen..the best part about them is they end LOL. Take care of yourself!

Donkey - Tuesday Aug 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical; Weight training: 25 min lower body; Calories: 1670

All in all not too bad of a day, but now it is hot and humid once again and I feel very unmotivated to do anything.

I could have gotten up early to go to the gym, but I opted to turn off my alarm and sleep in. Then I went after my daughter left on the school bus. Problem is, damn bus was 15 minutes late! So I didn't get to the gym until after 9a.

It's nicer to get up early and exercise because it is significantly cooler. Plus, then I have more of my day available to me. However, physically speaking it is *very* *difficult* *to* *do*.

I hope I don't regret working my legs so much tomorrow. They already ache a little bit more than I would like. If I do decide to run tomorrow... well, the ache could get in the way of a good run (if there is such a thing as a "good run" LOL).

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2007:
ahhh, you're doing wonderfully! great decision to go back to school. i know people who are billers and that is a good way to make some extra money!

i am nervous that i'm not going to get into a radiography program!!!! :( they are sooooo small. like 10 students in each class! and, there are only 4 schools in my county...i'd rather not have to apply to schools in NYC or another county. I'd work in the city...but i don't have the cash to spend commuting there when i'm in school! you know how it is, i need those extra dimes and nickels...it would be so much effort just to go to school. LOL, but if i have to, maybe I will...

i shouldn't put such restrictions on things! I think my chances are good...but how good!? will my references pay off??? will they say the appropriate things to land me into radiological tech school???? or will i be in bigger trouble by the middle of this year...when i'm not accepted AND i can't play music! ooohh, i'd be in SUCH BIG trouble...its not even funny!

losingitagain on 08/29/2007:
Dang girl u are good to look all that way back in april.. i figured the name was gone... OMG girl 65 min on the eleptical machine gosh i dont think i will ever get back up to that again

greengirl on 08/29/2007:
Your body will have appreciated the unexpected sleep-in !! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you dont have any ill effects with your legs tomorrow. Keep up the good work ;o)

Donkey - Monday Aug 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical crosstrainer, 45 min running; Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1730.

I will have an edit towards the end of the day to report final calories. If you will notice 2 things: I weighed in this morning and have recorded an accurate weight in the weight tracker, and I went running this morning after the kids went to school.

My goal is to run 3x a week, for a minimum of 20 minutes, although I PLAN to follow a 10k training program, which usually entails 40 minutes of running 3-4 days a week.

I felt very positive about sending the kids off to school this year. I heard a couple of good things about my son's class, that is teacher is "very good" (this opinion from the lady who said that his last year's teacher was "very good" and she was) AND that he might have 2 friends from the neighborhood in his class too. So he already knows a third of the class! So hopefully he will not isolate himself so much this year (a main sign of Asperger's). But I was really glad to hear that this neighbor lady thought that his teacher was VERY good. Because my other neighbor said the teacher was STRICT :-( and not fun. Well, come to think of it, that "other neighbor" is kind of a snot, whereas the lady I spoke to today is a nice person.

I just hope the kids come home today feeling good about school.

I also wanted to mention that being inspired by Horn Of Plenty to pursue radiology studies, I am contemplating taking coursework to become either a medical transcriptionist or something with medical billing. Thanks HOP!!

EVENING EDIT: Both kids had great days at school! :-)

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 08/27/2007:
Nice exercise plan. Hope it works out for you :o). We do worry about our kids, dont we. I will keep my fingers crossed that your son fits in nicely and likes his teacher. Its great that you are contemplating some further education, with a medical slant. Go for it :o)

WorkingIt2 on 08/27/2007:
HEY YAY! Congrats on it NOT being the 138 you were dreading!

ad_vitam on 08/27/2007:
Hi! Your last entries are full of good news: your new more comfortable weight goal, interest to career change and kids having a great day at new school! Really glad for your progress: you're right - setting comfortable goals is a part of success in reaching them without stress and then you can move further more if you wish. Answering your question about my weight goal: I used to be 110 lb as an adult for a while and I was happy and comfortable, I was MYSELF in that weight. It may look so far away but this number is like an engine to me: never lets me relax, pushing me forward. Thanks for your continuing support!

Soon2BThin on 08/28/2007:
I'm glad your kids had a good day at school. I hope the year goes well for them and you. Great job on the exercise! And good luck with the job pursuits. My Sis is a medical transcriptionist and she works at home. Wouldn't that be great?! Have a really nice day!

Soon2BThin on 08/28/2007:
I agree with your thoughts on walking a little to help the back problem. I'm planning on probably Friday to get some in again. Only because I will be kind of busy the next few days. So thanks.

Donkey - Sunday Aug 26, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 45 minutes mowing the lawn; Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1487

I made some changes in my goals today. I decided that my Goal Weight will now be 130.0, and that once I reach my goal, I will have to maintain it for at least 3 months (preferably 6 months) before I decide if I want to lose more weight after that or not.

Since I increased my Goal Weight, I also decided that I want to reach this weight (of 130) by Oct. 31 (2007). I actually have until the end of this year to reach my goal, but since there are holidays and temptations towards the end of the year, I thought it would be best to try my hardest to reach my goal BEFORE the holidays.

To be accurate about my goals, then, I will weigh in tomorrow morning and change my weight tracker to reflect my Current Weight -- which I'm afraid will be somewhere around 138.

So that's the short story. If you want to know my justifications for these changes, please continue to read...

I changed my goal weight because I needed something that was a little more realistic for me to attain. I have to work very hard to get down to 125. I believe 130 to be more manageable. Keep in mind that I weighed 130 in 7th or 8th grade, and when I graduated high school, I weighed 155. So even though I am short, this is still an accomplishment.

I set my time goal because I do not want to start 2008 STILL trying to lose weight. I have to have a goal that I can reach by the end of the year. I need to get my focus off of losing weight and more towards other goals, whether that be maintaining, or running a 5k, or trying a new sport or whatever.

It is self-defeating to have a goal weight that one cannot reach.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Workingit2 on 08/26/2007:
What a great idea! I agree, setting real goals is far better for us.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2007:
donkey, your goals are realistic and logical. good thinking. today was also a great day for you! congrats!

Donkey - Saturday Aug 25, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 35 minutes elliptical crosstrainer (resistance level 14, ramp level 1); Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1550

The scale said 138.5 again. I may have to change my weight tracker here AGAIN to reflect my weight more accurately if it doesn't continue to go down soon.

Made it to the gym today! YAY! I tried going back to a harder resistance for a shorter period of time. This might be something that I do every other day. Tomorrow is a rest day for cardio. That's what happens when you get past a certain age. you have to start taking "rest days". Eventually, I will need to take 2 days off. I already do that sometimes, especially if Husband has to work over the weekends (which he usually does). But I can still get away with working out 6 days a week.

Today was a birthday party, and get this: I was able to STOP eating birthday cake after ONE SLICE. I was hanging around to scrape the remains of frosting and cake on the cake sheet. There was quite a bit, as the lady cutting the cake was doing a horrible job. So I'm sitting there waiting, but secretly I'm battling my willpower to walk away because I didn't need to have those extra calories. I know how easily something like birthday cake can RUIN a calorie count. And so I walked away from the table, threw away my plate and decided if I needed something else to fill me, I could have another Diet Pepsi.

(This reminds me that I also managed to get through the day/party and not have a beer.)

That was a HUGE thing for me to do. And that's not to say that it will be like that every time, but when it happens, it's kind of nice to acknowledge that.

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

WorkingIt2 on 08/26/2007:
Congrats on not eating the birthday cake remnants! Cake is a HUGE problem for me, I love it! And congrats on not having the beer! YAY! Pat yourself on the back for me!

greengirl on 08/26/2007:
Hey Donkey, well done on resisting the twin temptations of beer and cake. My problem is that once I start drinking beer, I cant say no to anything else so thats when I lose all inhibitions about what I eat.

GG on 08/26/2007:
Wahoo! You made it to the gym: that rocks! I love going to the gym it makes me feel SO much better afterward. This whole summer I had work out equipment in the room right next door to me but now being back at school I have to walk two blocks to the gym...but I am really excited to start my membership at this new gym I just signed up for yesterday: it seems amazing, and the people there are all so level headed...probably because they all work out a lot too! haha! Oh no no no, you dont need rest days! Never!! haha! Just drink some caffiene and go for it: unless of course you dont consume caffiene, then never mind!! Congrats on being able to stop after one slice of b-day cake! I am just like you though, when there are scraps on a pan or something, I am always there waiting until people are not looking so I can lick them off! hahahaha! But congrats on NOT scraping the rest of the cake off the pan!!! I love when that happens! hahaha! :) Oh and by the way, thank you so much for all your comments, I really appreciate them!!

hollybelle on 08/26/2007:
Good job on walking away from the cake. My FAVORITE part is the crumbs left over - not sue why - I guess I feel like it's not a "real" serviing - but that can't be right because it causes "real" weight gain! Ha-ha

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