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Donkey - Monday Jan 21, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Good morning to all -- very cold here this morning, which I suspect is the main reason for lack of any motivation to go to work this morning, but I am ever so grateful that I seem to be feeling more myself this morning.  One problem with keto is that it can play with one's digestive system, and it's been a rough couple of weeks.  Ah I bet it was the kale I ate yesterday!

My morning cardio was not as brisk as usual.  I seem to be dragging.  I think this week, I will set my bike on an easier level, all this week.  Glad I did weights (upper and lower body) yestserday. 

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/21/2019:
Cold here today. Will probably only venture out for a little bit to do the weekly grocery shopping. Other than that, just planning on enjoying a down day with the family.


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Donkey - Sunday Jan 20, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Same here with not too much to report today.  I do not think I will make any significant progress with decluttering today.  I took one look at the pantry this morning and said, "Nope."  Going to be a bit self-indulgent today and focus on relaxing and staying warm.

I am still holding onto extra water as my wedding band was still tight.  Last night's dinner was very salty, although I am now wondering if this weight gain is in my fingers.  According to FitBit, I am now back at where I started, in July, at 127.5.  *sigh*

Just because my focus today is staying warm, I still want to go outside and trudge through some snow.  I have to fill up one of my feeders in the backyard.  If I'm brave enough, I'll just keep walking.  We'll see. It's sunny outside which makes it enticing to be outside, but at "feels like 1F" I'm pretty sure I won't last too long.  Just gotta get my outdoors fix of fresh air, I suppose. 


LATE AFTERNOON EDIT:  Logging on here to prevent myself from eating more nuts.  I've had a generous portion already.

Had fun walking out in the cold and snow.  Because the walking path on the main road isn't cleared by the village yet, I had fun breaking a path.  It was hard work!  The walk was good - no, it was GREAT!  So glad I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine.  Checked on my one feeder, added food to my other feeder in the backyard.  


My daughter is delving into vegetarianism with a slant towards the vegan, so I've been reading up on some tofu recipes to help her.  Interesting -- I think I could help her with this.  I'm not so sure I'd want this exclusively for myself, but of course, I will take tastes to see what it's like, especially if it's something that I make for her, so that all she has to do is reheat when she gets home from work at midnight.  Good for her if that's what she wants to do -- and I might learn a thing or 2 too.

I never did find that 150 veggie burger recipe book when I went back to Goodwill.  I should have grabbed it the first time I saw it.

 

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/20/2019:
It is so cold here...that I can't seem to get warm....It's frotbite time...be careful! I've been moving around all day with my hands in my pockets...wearing a hoodie...and I'm tempted to put the hood on in the house...LOL

Donkey on 01/20/2019:
After the walk outside, my house felt much warmer - LOL!


happy-1 on 01/20/2019:
Sounds like you need lots of peppermint tea to help you stay hydrated/warm and flush out salt/toxins.

Donkey on 01/20/2019:
That is a good idea - and I happen to have peppermint tea on hand. I will have a cup tonight.


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Donkey - Saturday Jan 19, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Weight routine for legcramps, Horn, or anyone else to comment on:

Upper body, 2 sets (sometimes 3 but not usually) of 15 reps, first set using 5lb dumbbells, 2nd set using 8lb dumbbells:

  • Shoulder press
  • Hammer curls
  • Tricep kickbacks
  • Tricep rows
  • Incline chest press on the bench (using 10lb dumbbells)

Lower body, 3 sets, 20 reps each, no weights:

  • Plie squats (standing)
  • Regular squats (standing)
  • Standing side-leg lifts - can only go to about 45 degrees without rotating my hip
  • Lying side leg lifts
  • Lying inner thigh lifts - I've seen these called side sweeps, but my upper leg is over the leg I'm lifting, not behind

Usually do one or the other, so that each (upper and lower) gets worked out for 3x a week.  

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

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Donkey - Saturday Jan 19, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

So many mixed emotions this morning, I do not even know where to begin. OK, let's begin with the number on the scale.  Up 0.5 lb;  the fancy Ironman scale had me at 129.6 this week, as well.  At least it's under 130, so that's good, but still a little disappointing.  As a "sanity check", I put on my wedding band this morning, and it was quite tight, so I'm retaining water, probably from too much salt and not hormones.  Not sure.  I do not blame the pepperoni incident one bit for any of this.  Bone density measurement on the Ironman scale is at 5.0 which is always good to see.

I weighed in at the doctor's office.  I had shut my eyes, as I told you all I would do, but the nurse taking my vitals was announcing everything to me aloud, so no escaping it.  The good news is that I'm taller than I thought!  I've always thought I was 5'3" standing up straight -- 5'2" if I relaxed in my normal state, or maybe part of "old lady shrinking".  Turns out I'm almost 5'4"!  She put me down as a SOLID 5'3.5".  Woo-hoo - on a couple of levels.  1)  I'm taller! and 2) I'm not shrinking yet!  YAY!!!!  (Bone health is very important to me.)

I have to go back on Thursday for fasting bloodwork, which means a morning of black coffee and plain water. Bleah.  The bloodwork will be able to tell the doctor a better picture of my health, but she said I was doing very well.

Two things I took from the appointment:

  • I weighed in on the doctor's scale at 132.0, which the doctor said is within normal range for my height. (Good!)  But after I went to the bathroom, I snuck back on the scale, waiting for the doctor to come back, and I was down to 129.5.  UH-HUH!
  • The doctor told me that she's the same age as me!  But she has no grey hair and her skin looked so much better than mine.  Less wrinkles, no brown patches, less wrinkled on the cheeks.  I wonder if she's vegetarian.  It may be that she gets facials and her hair done.  (I stopped dying my hair for a while.)  Sadly, it may just be genetics, too.  I'm really glad she told me that though.  I felt like she could really relate to me, then.  

All of my events were canceled due to the impending snow.  Church ladies could have happened last night, sadly, as the majority of the snow didn't come until after 10p; church building closes at 9pm.  There had been a dusting of snow around 4p and then it stopped.  So that was too bad.  But I'm quite relieved that legal clinic - my favorite thing I do - was canceled, because there was 8 inches of snow on the driveway.  I think the kids shoveled last night - probably after midnight - because both good shovels had been moved.  I shoveled about half of the driveway and then one of my neighbors - bless him - offered to snowblow the rest.  I took him up on that offer.  There's nothing so good in the world than good neighbors, that's for sure.

In order to shovel this deep snow, I put on a pair of windbreaker running pants from YEARS ago when I was running.  The thing is, these are a size Men's Small, because I got them on sale at such a good price.  I've been able to fit into them before, but they were always a little snug across the hips - not uncomfortably so, but just enough to notice, especially since my hips are not narrow.  Well today, they are completely 100% comfortablely loose.  So that is a non-scale victory there!

 

 

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/19/2019:
YEAH for non scale victories.....!!!! We got snow too.....all over everything...not nice roads this morning....

Donkey on 01/20/2019:
Went out around 3pm after our cul-de-sac had finally been plowed. Main roads had been cleared and salted pretty well by then -- except for left-hand turn lanes for some reason - YIKES!


graindart on 01/19/2019:
Good job on another week of maintaining!

I'm always excited for any signs of progress. The scale is the easiest to see since they measure in such small amounts (tenths of a lb). It's been awhile since I've had a non-scale change that I've noticed. The one that I keep waiting to see move is my belt notch. It seems like I've been stuck in notch #6 for the past few months. It's slowly getting to the point of being between notch #6 and #7, but hasn't quite moved to where #7 feels comfortable. It will be a happy day when #7 becomes the new normal......

Donkey on 01/20/2019:
I play this game with my FitBit wrist strap. When I first got it, last summer, I had the band at notch 4 - a comfortable, loose setting (i.e. not tight). (FitBits are not supposed to be tight on the wrist but rather slightly loose so that they do a little sliding.) Then notch 3 became a "tight fit" - so I stayed on 4. Now 3 is where I'm at at "slightly loose" and notch 2 is a tight fit.


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Donkey - Friday Jan 18, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Yesterday afternoon, for my 3pm snack, I ate an entire package of pepperoni.  Yep.  No shame.  Not a binge.  Just putting that out there to stay accountable.


So I am enjoying a "relaxing" morning before my doctor's appointment.  I was  anxious about this appointment yesterday.  Today, though, I feel strangely calm.  One thing that helped was that my daughter - who sees the same doctor - said that if they do bloodwork, they take it right there.  For some strange reason, that helped.  It is completely illogical that I am this stressed about the appointment.  I don't dread a weigh-in (I'll keep my eyes shut), I am in pretty good health, this is a wellness exam, I know this doctor (from my daughter's appointments).  It should be fine.

Then I'll come home, have lunch, change clothes for work and go to work  -- because, as I commented on legcramp's diary -- I am a slave to emails.  


I'm a little nervous about the impending snow storm we'll be getting here.  Depending on which source I check in with, the snow should start anywhere from 3pm to 6pm, with definite snow by 8pm.  I just wish my car handled the snow better.  If I had 4-wheel drive, like a Jeep, I would be unstoppable, LOL.  


Back to yesterday and eating observations, it was an odd or off day.  I was definitely hungrier in the morning.  This has been a struggle with me all week, actually, at work.  I try hard to keep my overnight fast until 9:30am but that has not been easy to do this week.  In fact, I'm having a protein bar right now and it's only 8:30a...

One thing positive to note though was that yesterday morning, I had very good weight training workout.  I scheduled myself to go into work at 9:30a, which allowed me the time to do weights.  I did upper and lower body, and the upper body session was very good -- I could really feel that I was challenging my muscles.  However, I am not in the least bit sore this morning.  Not sure if that's a good thing or not, LOL...

Revisiting the pepperoni:  my meals and snacks for the workweek have NOT been on target - they seem skewed and off-balanced. The pepperoni incident is probably just this imbalance catching up with me.  It was just such an odd occurance.  I don't ever eat like that at work.

 

 

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost so far, only -9.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/18/2019:
Good luck at the doctors.......You sound pretty happy this morning...great positive attiude. Maybe you needed something that was in the pepperoni....besides...it's GOOD! I have an Chevy Equinox all wheel drive...and I really happy with it....it's my third one...and when it's time to turn it in ( we lease).....I will most likely get another......D has a 4 wheel drive, I had one once and liked it....got myself out of lots of driveway issues back in the day.....but through most of my working years I had malibu's....small and scary in the winter..I agree....


legcramps on 01/18/2019:
Can I ask what weights you are using during your workout and how many reps and sets you are doing?

Donkey on 01/19/2019:
Yes, I will post this independently, for your comments. It's really not much that I do -- and I'm sure I do it all wrong too.


graindart on 01/18/2019:
Love pepperoni slices fried (or on top of pizza of course).

We got our snow yesterday and this morning, but was only a few inches total. Tomorrow's supposed to be right back to 50 for a high, so just a little blip in this otherwise very mild Winter here. Wife has an all-wheel-drive, similar to Bear's and it's great in the snow. But with so little snow this year, hasn't really mattered.....

I dislike any dentist / doctor appointments and tend to get nervous about them a few days in advance. There's rarely a rational reason for my nervousness, but it just happens. As soon as the appointment's over, I'm instantly back to normal.

Donkey on 01/19/2019:
I'm the same way about appointments! Not sure why either because my teeth are really good and I'm in pretty good health.

Growing up, though, my experiences with the doctor were less than pleasant.


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Donkey - Wednesday Jan 16, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

I do NOT know where the love has gone, but it is not here.  Feeling so unmotivated, so unspecial.  I had that "special" feeling last week where I felt good about working a plan.  Today would have been the opposite of that feeling, although, do not get me wrong:  I still work the plan, I still exercise, but I'm just not feeling it.  That's OK, because I'll just fake it until I make it.  It could be seasonal, hormonal...

Actually, I tell you what a HUGE part of what's got me down is -- once again, no surprise here -- work.  So my boss is out of the office this month, and I feel like morale is just at an all-time low.  I was speaking to Male Co-Worker about this while everyone was out at lunch.  I was mostly listening, but turns out Male Co-Worker is feeling this too, and he has relayed this to the boss.  (HIm and the boss go way back, so Male Co-Worker can say things like that to the boss.  If I say it, I'm just being negative and not a team player.)  I'm at the point where if I thought my boss wasn't coming back, I'd start making other plans for myself.  In past years, he's come back, and everything is happy again - at least for a while.  The sad thing is that this year, I don't think the boss' return is going to make things better around the office.  CHAOS.

Or maybe it's the impending doctor's appointment I have Friday morning that I'm dreading.  Just going in for vitals and to request blood work.  Seems like a waste of time, but I have to have this "wellness" appointment to establish this doctor as my primary care doctor, so that when something DOES go wrong, like my back or cancer, I will have a doctor who can refer me to a specialist.  MADNESS.

Or maybe I'm somehow stressing out about the potentially big snow Friday into Saturday.  Had plans on Friday night with my church ladies -- not sure that's going to happen.  Have legal clinic on Saturday morning -- that will be really hard to miss, so I won't miss it but then that means death-defying driving to the clinic location.  If you drive in snowy or icy weather, do NOT get a Prius.  That's all I'm saying.  INSANITY.

Going to get ready for bed.  At least, hopefully that will be one thing that goes right for me.  SMART.


EDIT:  Oh and while I'm at it, would it be too much to ask to lose 0.5 pounds this week, so that I'm at an even 60 pounds gone?  Is that too much to ask???

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost so far, only -9.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/17/2019:
Awww.....Hope things get better....work is unfortunately work but that doesn't mean that it can't be enjoyable...I hope that changes for you. I get you on the awful weather....it's here too...and treacherous....Had my years of having to drive in it...I know the dread. Hope that half pound went away this morning.

Donkey on 01/17/2019:
I think I must just reconcile myself to snow, and not let it stop me from living life. (Although... having a car accident because of the snow could certainly stop me from living life, figuratively AND literally - so there's that.)

I have to figure out how to deal with work. I am grateful for a job that pays and has health insurance. If I didn't need insurance, i.e. if we had single-payer in this country, then I would have more freedom.


graindart on 01/17/2019:
I agree, 60 does look so much better than 59.5.

I've been struggling with motivation / direction for the past couple weeks myself.

Donkey on 01/18/2019:
EXACTLY - YOU GET IT! HUGE difference, right?


horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2019:
It's a very difficult season - harsh winter - that could be part of the low morale and also at all work morale goes down when some people are off but not everyone .... it will change again back you will see. Remember work everyone gets monotonous and I like your saying fake it till you make it. It's ok to feel down a little some days


horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2019:
I have the whole workup dr Appt in February - haven't been in 3-4 years so it's time -

Sounds like you have a few Appts and events in the future which is on your mind - one day at a time - try to prep some healthy food for storm !

You got this !!


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Donkey - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Today was so mind-numbing -- the weather, the job, my mood, my physical self (still feels like I'm fighting something, may be hormonally linked) -- even my clothese were grey today.

But I did manage to do some things for myself that were good.  I did the mouthwash thing again after lunch.  Also practiced portion control with the ranch salad dressing for my afternoon vegetables snack.  I don't measure, but it was just a little bit over 1 TBSP.  

One thing that I'm especially proud of happened Monday night.  After I rode my bike, I took off my FitBit.  Got distracted... then did a bunch of walking around the house to clean up before bed. Upstairs, downstairs, upstairs, downstairs, back and forth.  Then when I was upstairs for good, I realized that none of those steps counted because I had left the FitBit in the basement.  UGH!!!  I had a moment where I was quite distraught and discouraged -- mostly discouraged -- but then I realized that the important thing is that I was doing the walking, not whether or not FitBit was counting those steps or not.  So I calmed myself down and took pride in knowing that exercise still counts, even if it's not being counted (by the FitBit).  

I'm hoping to get to bed early tonight.  Not sure if it's the feeling blah, feeling tired, tired of feeling blah, or the blahness of feeling tired.

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost so far, only -9.5 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/15/2019:
But you made your weight goal, so everything is supposed to be perfect and easy now.

Obviously just kidding. But that's what we're lead to believe, right? Deep down we know it's not true, but we still hope that it will magically make everything better......

Good job on getting the exercise in and not obsessing about getting FitBit "credit" for doing it.

Donkey on 01/16/2019:
LOL - I have to say, of the most unmotivated days in the World of Maintenance, today was the unmotivated-est. Suffering from a serious case of the Blahs. It WILL pass, but it's so boring.


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
It's nice how the exercise counts rather fitbit knows it or not......fitbit doesn't really need to know.

Donkey on 01/16/2019:
Ha ha ha -- your comment got me to thinking about "other things" that my FitBit doesn't need to know! If I hide my FitBit in a drawer, will it know I've eaten a whole package of Oreos?

On a similar but more serious note, you can use FitBit to track your food intake. I'm so glad I don't do that!


horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2019:
Yes !!!!! The important thing Is you did the walking and even if you don't have the measurement by a piece of electronic equipment - you know you did it.

Keep on stay positive it's the winter season :-)

Donkey on 01/16/2019:
Trying to -- trying hard. I'll write about this in my entry.


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Donkey - Monday Jan 14, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Rather frustrated with myself this morning.  After having "nothing to do" yesterday, of course I thought of a million things I should have done and, thus, really wanted to get them done TODAY -- the only problem being that I had to work today. 

I managed to get most done, in spite of it being a workday.  Right now, I am waiting for my baked eggplant to finish in the oven.  Then I will go downstairs to ride the bike to decompress.

It was *wonderful* going to bed early last night. I  would have gone to *sleep* earlier but stayed up 20 minutes extra trying to get my dumb FitBit to sync with my phone in order to update my stats.  I still got over 8 hours of sleep -- despite the fact that someone had a loud late night snack and then the smoke detector batteries downstairs decided now would be a good time to expire.  

I think I did well food-wise as well.  Had lunch late, so I didn't have to deal with that 1p-2:30p uncertain time, because I was finishing up lunch at around 2:15p.  One thing that I'm going to try next time is swishing my mouth out with minty mouthwash.  I did that one day, and I had no problems.  Killed my craving for munchies for about an hour, maybe even a little longer.  I was also proud of myself today for limiting the amount of ranch salad dressing I used for my raw vegetable snack.  Sometimes I use too much of that.  I'd like to stop doing that.

Hoping for an early bedtime tonight as well!

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost so far, only -9.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
AHHhh I must make more eggplant this year yes yes yes !!!!

Smoke detectors have the most annoying chirps ;)

Can you pour out a certain amount of dressing to use and put the bottle away so you don't overindulge ???

You sound good, stay focused and healthy !!

Donkey on 01/15/2019:
I always put away the bottle, but it doesn't help if I pour too much or if I go back for 2nds. Portion control is definitely needed here.


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Mouthwash, brush teeth, work well.......I haven't done that to stop eating in a long time but the reminders are good to remember.

Donkey on 01/15/2019:
When I find a "sore spot", I like to have a bag of "tricks" to go to, for a quick fix-it-up. I like the mouthwash better than coffee, because it has no calories. And sometimes I don't really need another cup of coffee.... Oh who am I kidding, I always need another cup of coffee, but I don't always need the calories that go with it.


OhioRaven on 01/15/2019:
I gave up on my fitbit. A sore developed on my wrist. I dont know it it was the rubber strap or what...

Donkey on 01/15/2019:
FitBit was a birthday gift from my daughter, so that's not an option for me at this time.


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Donkey - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Not feeling very motivated to do anything today.  Since yesterday, I've been out to shovel 3 times, 2x yesterday and then 1 more time this morning to get rid of what fell overnight.  News says just barely under 2 inches, but from I had to shovel each time, I'm sure we got closer to 3 inches.

I'm feeling those Sunday symptoms again where it's hard to enjoy the day in anticipation of Monday.  However, yesterday, I did some research online and found a whole bunch of YouTube videos for things like Chair Yoga, Sit and Be Fit, etc., that I could do at work.  I hate that I have the front desk, and not a more private office area like EVERYONE ELSE in the office has.  Most folks coming in think I'm the receiptionist, when really, I handle a high load of files.  So I could not do Sit and Be Fit if anyone comes in, or if my boss is around.  However, I am glad that I found these tools to use, perhaps occasionally if nothing else -- that is, if I can *remember* to use these and not fall into the trap of trying to work harder to get ahead and then totally stress out.


EVENING EDIT:  So I did a couple of things to help my anxiety.  I had a high fat/protein snack and I took a nap.  Both of those things helped.  I'm rather proud of myself for the nap.  You see, the new kitty is still rather skittish around me.  (She adores the kids and my husband.)  But she cuddled up next to me and had a nap of her own.  My Fitbit signaled to me that it was time to get up and get in some steps for the hour - 250 steps an hour, for 12 hours, are the parameters I have set up for minimal activity - but I opted to let the hour pass, so that I could continue to sit with Miss Kitty instead.

I am pretty much ready for bed at 6:45p.  I plan to read and go to sleep early.  Maybe I'm coming down with something... 

 

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost so far, only -9.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
OR...you could enjoy today because it IS NOT MONDAY!!!

Donkey on 01/13/2019:
My anxiety doesn't work like that. Nothing to do today... so nothing to enjoy, I guess. I took a nap.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Naps are great sometimes !!!!!


graindart on 01/14/2019:
Our winter has been weird this year. Got much colder than normal in November, but was a very mild December / January so far. Only used the snow shovel a few times to just clear an inch or two at a time. Haven't even touched the snowblower for the year yet. It's getting my hopes up for a mild February. Typically we get a week or two run in February where the highs are all below zero (without any "windchill" magic calculations). Would love to skip that this year. Less snow so far also has me looking forward to possibly getting an earlier start to dirt-biking this year.


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Donkey - Saturday Jan 12, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Just a quick check-in this morning, because I want to do my shopping early on before it gets busy - and frankly, before it starts to snow.  On my there or back, I plan to stop off at the library.

Weigh-in today was perplexing.  My regular 0.5 scale weighed me in at the same number as last week.  I consider this a victory, even if the numbers didn't go down.  Feeling good, good energy levels, bloating & hormones kept in check.

My fancy Ironman scale (which weighs on the 0.2 - and which usually weighs me 1.6 heavier) weighed me in at 127.6.  So the fancy scale dropped but the regular scale has me maintaining.  That's an even bigger victory (in my mind) because if things follow as they have in the past, my 0.5 scale should have me dropping next week too.

What was even nicer was to see that the muscle number went up a  little bit.  So did bone density.  As a woman in early middle-age (OK, middle middle-age - almost 50), this is what I want to be seeing now.


EVENING EDIT:  One thing that shifting towards a keto plan is that it has me cooking and baking more -- especially on the weekends.  I think my husband was happy that I made dinner, and he got a break today, and that actually kind of made me feel good.

Made meatloaf, low-carb biscuits, bosco breadsticks (for anyone not watching their carbs and if the biscuits don't turn out), green beans, and green salad.

In preparing this meal, I kind of have the feeling like we're celebrating -- OK, I'm celebrating everyone being home for dinner.  My daughter, when she was in high school, told me that most of her friends do not eat dinner with their families.  Either parent or parents aren't home, or they'd rather eat up in their rooms alone - probably watching TV or something on the computer.  Kind of sad...

But what has me startled is that this relates to the discussion of using food as a reward.  Not necessarily a reward, but in a celebration.  Thanksgiving?  We're cooking!  Birthday?  Big cake!  Anniversary?  Fancy dinner!  Heck, when the kids would accomplish something at school or got hired at a job or something special, what would we do?  Go out to eat!

So I can completely understand the temptation to celebrate weight-loss with food.  After all, there is much to celebrate, right?  I get it.

This ties in, somehow, with my journey into maintenance.  I'm still using food to celebrate holidays, traditions, accomplishments.  Life is to be celebrated!   

(Not sure where I'm going with this and my keto biscuits are done, so I must leave the contemplation for later, LOL.)

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost so far, only -9.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/12/2019:
Congratulations! You are doing FANTASTIC!

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
Thank you!! :)


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
GREAT,......Isn't it nice to know that you can relax some and not feel bad about it? Great numbers.......

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
Thank you! However, I have to say that it doesn't really feel like relaxing all that much - just a shift in plan. Hmm... I had not considered the "relaxing" part... That is something to be worked on.


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
I'm also glad that you will be having a meal tonight at the table with the family.......some really good conversations come out of that...and the kids grow up.....and remember it...even more importantly!!!

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
I hope so. What I seriously try to avoid is having the dinner table become a battlefield. I have read books on eating issues, where dinnertime was war.


horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Food is used to celebrate and I don't see anything wrong with that !

Also your meal sounds so good. So cool to use low carb rolls!

Nice job on the scale - - glad you are maintaining !


graindart on 01/13/2019:
Breakfast is usually an everyone-for-themselves affair here. Lunch is usually similar, especially with me not eating much of a lunch. But dinner is a family sit-down affair 99% of the time. Eating meals in bedrooms isn't allowed and eating dinner in front of the TV usually only happens a couple times per year.

Glad to see the scale is cooperating even with your new plan of attack.

Donkey on 01/13/2019:
Eating in front of the TV for dinner is usually limited to major sporting events - especially if a Chicago team is involved. Even if a member is not particularly interested in that sport, he or she still eats with the family and then is excused to do his/her own thing.



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