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Donkey - Thursday Sep 20, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5


Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer + 35 min running; Weight training: None; Calories: 1900 (damn ice cream)

The ice cream happened after I returned home from "Curriculum Night" at the kids' schools. That's where the teachers basically outline what they will be covering over the year. It's a good idea because it lets you know if they are trying something new or what to do if your child is struggling in a particular area.

I met one of my son's classmates, and she said, "Oh he's being bullied on the school bus." Great. So of course, I was in high anxiety by the time I got home. I was so tired and I was low on calories so I knew a dish of ice cream was in my future anyway (I had planned this). Unfortunately, I did not plan on eating as much ice cream as I did (~2 cups?).

I compensated by drinking another 4 glasses of water. It was hot and humid; I was thirsty anyway (which is probably why I ate so much ice cream). I thought the next day (today) was weigh in day, but then I realized that I was ahead by one day. So I have a day to work through the ice cream before weighing in. :-/

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Donkey - Tuesday Sep 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (interval); Weight training: 25 min lower body (machines); Calories: Approx 1500 (once I have my frozen strawberries for dessert)

I am so busy, I have very little time for a good entry. The gym was so HOT today. Ugh, if it continues to be that hot when I go at 9a, I will start going super duper early when it is cooler out (and still dark).

Now I must listen to my son read a story and answer the questions at the end of the story. UGH!!! I so want to dive into a big dish of ice cream....

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/19/2007:
hey DONK!

What a great mother you are...overseeing your son do his HW!

ewww...the gym was hot? that's gross!

borntocry on 09/19/2007:
Hi Donkey! It's great to catch up with you! I'm glad to see you're doing so well. Running 6 miles is tremendous! I think that's a great distance. I've made that my "long" distance as well. I used to run up to 12 miles on the weekends when I was training for half-marathons, but I think that at some point, the extra mileage seems to do more harm than good. I was always really tired and hungry and I always ran really slowly because I was afraid that if I expended too much energy I wouldn't be able to finish. Whereas 6 miles is long enough to really work your endurance but not so long that you need several days to recover!

And you shouldn't put much stock in your husband commenting that you look "slow". When I watch long distance runners on T.V. they always look relatively slow to me. I mean, they look like they're running at about the same speed as me, whereas they're actually running 5 minute miles or something even more ludicrous. So sometimes it's just hard to judge people's speed, especially when they're running at an even pace. The fact that you seemed slow to your husband probably just means you have good form.

Well, good luck in your quest for "skinny runner's legs"! I must say, I hope you have better luck than I do because while my thighs seem a lot slimmer (and less cottage-cheesy!) to me, my calves are still as thick as ever. Must be genetic...

Donkey - Monday Sep 17, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (single hill) + 30 min running; Weight training: 25 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1510

While I was on the crosstrainer this morning, I came to the realization that I probably need to cut back on my time on the crosstrainer and increase the resistance. I will do this when September is over, because I am doing an online "minutes" challenge for this month. So cutting back on minutes now would not be good for that. I can hardly wait until September is over so I can leave that online group.

That way, with less time on the crosstrainer, hopefully I will have more time and energy for running, although the weather will probably be too cold to run outside comfortably by then. Oh the ironies of life. With the increased resistance, and the increased running, I should have some great looking legs soon enough!


Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 09/17/2007:
Hope your sinus thing is getting better--have a good one!

shadetree on 09/17/2007:
Great looking legs in time to cover them up with eskimo-wear ...but think of how much better they will look come spring!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/17/2007:
I guess its always nice to do things that involve the support of others - like your september group. i always like added motivation, especially online. you see, i don't like competing against people i know or feeling like i'm in competition with friends that i know and see. I'd rather be online in that case.

so, no worries, stick to your sept plan and now you know what'll be come october! and, it's almost here!!!

oh, i know this eating is CRAZY. i'm beyond happy that today went well!

biscottibody59 on 09/18/2007:
Thanks for your support anyway!

Another great run--good going!

greengirl on 09/18/2007:
You are an example to us all Donkey, and a great support too. If you have to cover up for the winter, imagine how great your legs will be next spring when they are back out in the sunshine :o)

Donkey - Sunday Sep 16, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (gluteal program) + 45 min mowing the lawn; Weight training: None; Calories: 1640 (going to have a Fiber One bar, I think)

I think I may be getting sick or something. I went to the gym this morning and did the elliptical. My legs felt so heavy and it took me a long time to feel "warmed up" and at my usual pace. I thought that it was a mistake for me to workout today because maybe I need 2 days of rest now to recover from running and working out during the week.

But I felt pretty good at the end of the workout and came home with plans of mowing the lawn and doing something active with the kids. Well, I get into church and I start feeling like I got a headache or something. Now we are home and I feel completely drained. I don't know if I will even get to the lawn today. I could use a long nap instead, I feel like!

I plan to take a decongestant and see if that helps ward off any sinus infections lurking in the back of my sinus cavity.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/16/2007:
feel better. of course i wasn't hungry. it was that annoying shakey head hunger that i get...when i can't get food off my mind...it's definitely like a drug to me.

Donkey - Saturday Sep 15, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: None; Weight training: None; Calories: Around 1500 unless I have something else to eat.

***I realized this evening that I am running out of time if I want to reach my goal weight by Halloween (Oct. 31st).***

Gotta love those Days of Rest. Now that I am in my late 30s I find that I need a day off to let everything rest. Otherwise I burn out by the end of the next week, and I don't want to do that.

That's not to say that I wasn't busy. I had errands to run this morning, cleaned out the cat boxes (empty, wash, refill with sand when dry), and had the kids because Husband is working all day today. Then he will come home and sit his butt in front of the TV to watch the baseball game.

I tried to take the kids to a country farm where they sell fresh produce and have this amazing maze & fort made out of hay that the kids can play on (climb, run, slide, etc.). Well, because of the rain this summer, they didn't have the hay nor the time to construct the fort. The produce selection was not that bountyful as well, although maybe that's because it's early in the season?? We had our first frost here, so I'm thinking that the cold weather has me thinking that the fall harvests should be in, when actually, the farmers are just starting to bring in the crops.

Hey, I lived in the middle of a frickin' corn field for the past 7 years. I definitely know way more about farms and cows and corn than I think is healthy to know for a suburbanite.

So the farm was a bust. I did get some fresh apples. I opened up the windows in the basement of the old house again, because it still smells musty down there. This means that I will have to trek up there on Monday to close them up. *sigh*

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Donkey - Friday Sep 14, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (single hill) + 43 min running; Weight training: None; Calories: 2100 -- and I'm totally OK with that.

Weighed in this morning, and despite my encounters with too much ice cream and cookies last week (the ice cream on Friday night and Sunday night; the cookies on Monday and Tuesday night), I still managed to maintain my weight this week. I believe that this is due to running. If I had not done my running this week, I surely would have gained.

And I'm happy and proud to report that I ran 4 miles today. I did not know this, but Husband was coming home just as I started out on my run, so he got to see me running from behind.

((I always feel very sorry for people who have to witness my running from my behind viewpoint.))

Anyway, he said that I looked like I was going very slow, almost a fast walking. I thought I was doing well. I do know that I go slow, especially starting out. It was "nice" of him to point that out to me though....

EVENING EDIT: Had a very satisfying dinner, with wine and dessert. My calories are high, but I'm happy with it. Sometimes I wonder if I don't eat enough, and then that sets me up for bingeing on the ice cream or cookies later on, when times get stressful.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 09/14/2007:
He's a typical man. Let's face it, tact isnt usually their strong point!!! Good week for you, Donkey. Well done and let's have another next week :o)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/15/2007:
lol....you'd think i would be in the bathroom a lot...but due to the fact that i eat the food so quickly...i am more constipated than anything else! lol.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/15/2007:
great 4 mile run!!! I never even knew you were a runner up until you started posting all of your amazing runs!

shadetree on 09/15/2007:
Four miles is great! That's four miles further than I ran today!

Donkey - Thursday Sep 13, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (interval program); Weight training: 20 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1660

Another busy busy day. Any time I have to go up to the old house it will be busy because the drive alone sucks up about 1.5 hours alone (round trip).

I think those of you who guessed that this house thing is stressing me out more than I think it does are right. That is to say, you are right, I'm really stressed out about this house not selling and now it's stinky and now we're heading into the "off" season for real estate.... Ugh, I want to be rid of this house so badly.

I went to the house and closed up windows because they were forecasting rain tonight (which I guess they are no longer forecasting now). I also put some air fresheners in the upstairs ("Hawaiian breeze"), 2 on the main level ("Vanilla") and 3 in the stanky basement ("Clean Linen"). I also took mildew remover and sprayed the floor (like you would with Febreeze) of the basement. Then I took the mildew spray and scrubbed the stairs with it, to clean them off. So when you go downstairs into the basement, you are hit with the clean smell of bleach and "Clean Linen".

Yes, I gather by the amount of space I took up writing about the house, that most of my thoughts are consumed with it.

Back on subject, then.... I realized today for the first time, that I may have to be counting calories for the rest of my life. That while healthy eating choices does come very naturally to me, that portion control (or lack thereof) may be an issue with me that never resolves itself.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/14/2007:
i have the same issues with portion control...haha,and lately i haven't been making very good food choices, either. lol.

but, as a calorie counter for the past 5 years, it's been almost impossible for me to not do it. interestingly, though, what i ate today for breakfast is impossible to really count the calories very accurately for. there were NO nutrition facts on the rich bread or on the sweet marble cake. I had a lot of both and didn't measure out the peanut butter that i put on the bread. I ate it all...even though i could have left some over. i threw it away...and since nothing was in the garbage bag yet, i took it back out! ew. haha. I still have trouble throwiing things away...i think that is because my brain thinks that i will deny it food later if i eat a lot in one sitting.

hollybelle on 09/14/2007:
Wish I ate healthier more "naturally". Sometimes I really do and sometimes I REALLY don't! Finding that balance is hard for me. I am mostly an "all or nothing" person but have found more balance in recent years. Guess there is no way around counting calories for most of us - I think "being aware" of what we are eating (at all times??)may be another way to think of it. Regarding the house thing - it's bound to be nerve - racking. Hope there is an end in sight.

Donkey - Wednesday Sep 12, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer + 65 min running (!!!); Weight training: 25 minutes lower body (machines); Calories: TBD


Look at that running time! I ran 6 miles today! Yowza! I ran up to the kids' schools and back. It was so hard to get myself motivated and out the door, but once I started, I knew that was where I was going to go. I wish BornToCry was still reading/posting here. I would love to swap our running stories! ("So what did you step in today on your run?")

I took biscotti's words to heart and realized that I gotta get down to business. I'm losing focus, and if I want to reach my goals, I've got to put my head down and really work at it.

Now I must cut this short because I have to return to the old house (boo, hiss) and check on the progress of the stanky basement.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 09/12/2007:
Kudos to you Donkey !!! You will be running like a thoroughbred before you know it . Well done !!! :o)

greengirl on 09/12/2007:
Kudos to you Donkey !!! You will be running like a thoroughbred before you know it . Well done !!! :o)

Trying_Again_41 on 09/12/2007:
Hey Donkey! Being the visual person I am as I read your note I actually pictured you running to the school and felt your sense of triumph! Good for you .... if it's o.k. though I'll lose the visual of the stanky basement though! Ha! UGH! That too, shall pass ......... congrats on your run today!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2007:
wow you really are doing fantastically! I think you may have the most exercise this month out of all DDers! Keep up the good work! :)

biscottibody59 on 09/13/2007:
Wow--excellent run! You're doing great!

Yeah, where is that BTC???

Donkey - Tuesday Sep 11, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 minutes crosstrainer (single hill); Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1925 (something like that)

A very busy day. Got up super early to workout at the gym, because I had to go up to the old house and take care of that water in the basement mildew problem, which I did. I have to up there again tomorrow to see if the fans, dehumidifier and open windows are making a difference in drying it out. Plus, I cleaned the entire floor with bleach + water to kill the smell.

I have a confession to make. I have not been doing as well with eating as I have been reporting. Last night, I went totally overboard with some Girl Scout cookies. Last Friday and Sunday nights, I went overboard with the ice cream. So I don't expect anything positive out of this week's weigh-in, if I decide to weigh in.

I'm at a loss for words :-(

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

GG on 09/11/2007:
I have a feeling why you've been going over board has something to do with the stress of selling your house! It happens to all of us and we all deal with stress differently! I wish you the best of luck on selling your house and making it look spic-and-span! My family and I just went through the process of selling out house (it was on the market for 5 years) and it finally sold on Aug. 2...it does take time, but I am sure you will have a LOT better luck then us!!! Dont get too down on splurging on some goodies: it is not the end of the world!

biscottibody59 on 09/12/2007:
Under the circumstances--the house and stuff--you did pretty well with the cookies/ice cream. It happens! Pick yourself back up and move on as best you can!

a_v probably should have left that comment to me on MY diary. I wish she had, but be that as it may, I'm moving forward and as I said, will try to keep my head down and stick to the subject.

Hope you have a good day:-)

Sandra aka Soul on 09/12/2007:
I am finding it very helpful not to weigh myself anymore, use other indicators as a guide that you are losing weight, how do your clothes feel or how do you personally feel...that's more important than a number. Don't beat yourself up about the binge, they happen...time to move on to better days.

I'm curious why the nick "donkey"?

Donkey - Monday Sep 10, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer + 30 min running; Weight training: 20 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1742 (2 above my limit, and I'll probably have a few more beyond this as well)

Had an awesome run this morning. Yes, even though my Husband was home, I was determined to get a run in outdoors after coming home from the gym.

I opted twice to take longer routes during my run. However, I was disappointed to see that my running time was still 30 min at best (probably closer to 25 min actually; I forgot to look at the clock before I left the house). So either I ran faster or my routes were not significantly longer (which I know NOT to be true). I'm not sure, but I'm very pleased.

Getting the kids bowling balls after school today. Hopefully my athletic daughter will not get so discouraged when she has a ball that is the appropriate weight for her age (7).

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Trying_Again_41 on 09/10/2007:
Give up on you????? Nope! No can do! What kind of support would we all be to each other if we gave up on one another that easily???? So you passed on the beer and wine but not on the ice cream ... you need to look at the positive and not the negative ... you could have totally blown it all and had all three things but you didn't! We are all a work in progress. You didn't fail me .... I thought of you this weekend when I made my food choices and if you had not participated in the weekend challenge I'm not so sure that I would have thought about those things ... so in the end, your participation provided support to me so I would say that we both had some wins over the weekend! Anyway, have a good day and kudos to you for your run today. AWESOME!

greengirl on 09/10/2007:
You are doing so well with the exercise !! Have fun with the kids :o)

ad_vitam on 09/10/2007:
I am so grateful for your continuing support and encouraging words! I needed them. I have the SB cookbook, thanks, and even a SB guide on what to eat at the restaurants, ha-ha, so I'm well-equipped:) Also I've always admired your consistency in working out, that's why I am making regular workouts an essential part of my weight loss process. I always think: if a mother of 2 small kids can do it daily, shame on you if you can't:) Keep it up and good luck with selling the house (here in Fl the real estate market is way down, not a good time to sell).

biscottibody59 on 09/11/2007:
I'm not going to quit supporting you Donkey--I just found nothing to add either on her (ad_vitam's) latest comment or the one you left. I'm not interested so much in fighting about all this as I am in enlightening the next unsuspecting soul who sees how much someone has lost in such a short time and wants to do the same. If you haven't read WorkingIt2's comment on the South Beach forum entry, please do so. Her's is definitely the cautionary tale. I don't have such a tale. I never actually TRIED to lose weight until I started here and I guess I should just keep my head down and get to my own point whilst supporting others:-)

RYC: I think thoughtful people can agree to disagree and that's probably what's happened. I left her a comment a little while ago and at that time her pounds lost per day were nearly 1/day. That's tapered off now to, by her own numbers 5 pounds/week since starting. I don't know about you, but the only way you do that (on a self-directed diet) is by eating a very-low calorie diet, probably below 1000 at the beginning. There's really not enough information in her diary to figure out the calories, but someone's not going to lose 0.7#/day by eating 1200 calories/day.

No I don't think there's any reason to correlate losing alot of weight with how bad your diet/lifestyle WAS and then picking up a healthy lifestyle. You asked her at some point how many calories she was taking in. She claimed not to be into counting calories. In my experience here, people either count or they don't count calories, WW points, portion sizes--something to make sure they are getting some semblance of proper nutrition while trying to lose weight. Or they sort of eat the same things within the realm of 1200 cals for awhile, incorporate exercise and generally lose 2 maybe 3 pounds per week. And they keep it off. If you haven't read Halley--she is a great example, though initially she was using some diet pills along with Slim-Fast and exercise. I don't think she did any fasting or skipping of meals.

Also, it may look like I'm picking on ad_vitam--she's pretty much made her choice re: her health. My last comments on her diary were actually for others who may be blown away by her "success" and want to duplicate it. Many people who find DDs may be absolutely clueless and simply know that they want to lose weight, but have no idea how to do it. Much less how to do it safely.

Hell, I've never tried Slim-Fast, but I'd rather see someone do that plan as intended than to see someone lose more than a pound a week (beyond the first couple weeks).

Hate to keep bringing up old diaries all the time, but there was a person who was completely transparent about her very low-calorie diet. She lost weight, was happy, etc. She then gained it all back. I haven't looked back at it in awhile, but I think she finally realized she needed to eat rather than starve herself.

You may want to go back and read my comments in the Forums sections: "South Beach Diet" and "What is your eating plan/lifestyle?"

That's about it--have a good day Donkey!!!

ps No need to apologize about disagreeing with me. Don't ever let that get you down. That's just life!

ad_vitam on 09/11/2007:
Sorry, Donkey to do it in your diary but I am stunned of what I just read in biscottibody59�s entry: I thought my weight-loss plan has been restlessly criticized by a person who was advocating healthy weight loss, I was honestly trying to find some sense in her arguments. But I�m really glad biscotibody59 revealed to me her understanding of what healthy loss is: diet based on chemicals, 100% artificial ingredients (SlimFast and the like) seems more sensible to her than eating natural foods even below 1200cal a day. By following healthy-in �the-can/ meal-replacement diets which consist of low-fat milk, sugar, fructose (sugar again), cocoa, synthetic vitamins and minerals (which are scientifically proven bogus) one has 100% guarantee to fail once he starts eating real meals. I thought nowadays only someone without clue about basic dieting fundamentals doesn�t know that SlimFast Diet and the like are seriously, fundamentally flawed. I not only disagree with this position I find it plain wrong and demonstrating little understanding of what �healthy� is. Sorry, what I said is harsh but that�s what I really think, you were very outspoken about my plan, biscottibody59, well, I can be too. With all my respect to you personally and the achievement you made, your expertise on healthy weight loss looks very questionable to me now. I�m not surprised any more that we have polar views on what healthy weight loss is. You can continue undermining my success (yes, without ��) as you did so far wherever you go, I can't care less for the reason I just lined up. I might copy this comment in my next entry in case some �unsuspecting soul� will drop by making her choice between fake and real:) That�s my position and from now on I will be staying aside from any debates on this subject, I'd rather get busy losing weight that's why I'm here. You�re right about one thing: I did make my choice re: health. Have a good one!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2007:
hello donk donk. I am very impressed by your workout minutes!!!!! you've also been busy! running and the gym! go you!

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