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Donkey - Thursday Jun 28, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

I realized after reading Gains comment that I was being completely unfair to myself in making comparisons of my life to a television show.  Talk about impossible standards for oneself!  And I realized that I *DO* have passions in life that bring me joy.  They are not all-consuming of my time, which is fine for now.   Little slices of joy.

At my first real, full-time job, I worked with a much older man (in his 50s to my 22 yrs old) who was kind of who we all aspired to be, because his life seemed so different - although I'm not sure any of us really knew what his life was like, as he was an intensely private person.  He spoke & read 3 or 4 languages fluently, unmarried, and baked as one of his hobbies.  Often he would bring in one of his masterpiece desserts that he made over the weekend.  I gained 30 pounds at this job, and lost 25 of it by the time I left. 

I don't think anything food related would be a good passion for me because of the issues I have with food.  So I'll just enjoy the fruits of others' passion in cooking and baking -- maybe  since I'm sticking with the low-carb eating - because if I want to keep the weight off, that's what I have to do like 95% of the time, really.  That's my reality.

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2018:
Have you ever considered delving into low carb baking!? Do you like stevia / other natural sweeteners like erythritol and swerve? on sites (more like apps) like Pinterest, you can see there's completely delicious desserts that are low carb (but still have calories) ! i'm just saying it's something different for you to delve into but i doubt it would help with weight loss !!!! since food is food.

lol you can compare life to tv shows...i get sad when you think what you say doesn't seem to matter! what i mean is, you are allowed your views and standards for what you want in life. the man that was single - he had a lot, but he didn't have family to take care of!

He was private which i can relate to so much - and by being private he had more time to himself to delve into his own passions...i'm guessing he was less social????? also, perhaps he had a photographic memory or good memory for language? perhaps he grew up already knowing 2 lanuguages!? that's so interesting & useful to be fluent in so many languages! were they similar like english/spanish/italian/french? or drastically different ones???

When you are a more private person, it's def possible to have more time to delve into your own passions. This is a reminder to me: if i want to run, i best keep scheduling it at times instead of being social! lol.

if you want to - you can experiment like i said earlier with low carb recipes especially for treats. see if you like a chocolate low carb cake. i want to invite you to a group that i'm in on facebook ....it's also for fasting, but i don't do that...i just like what my friend posts in terms of food and desserts that are "LCHF" low carb high fat. she's an inspiration to me - like that man you spoke of she's VERY creative and passionate. very much more than myself. she inspires me. she's also pretty big on exercise.

i agree that if you like to eat your desserts, it's prob not the best for weightloss. you can def maybe delve into something a little new, for new knowledge. you can probably bake the same exact items as you do now, and switch out the sugar for the equivalent in swerve or another ingredient that is lower calories. if i were you, it's something i'd do right away - to not by sugar anymore and use a "healthy" substitute that doesn't cause gas or bloating! stevia doens't bloat. i don't think swerve or erythritol do either. but def research that.

these are only suggestions :-P

but perhaps you can "improve" your dessert recipes to make them better...better for your lifestyle?! and when you bake a cake for a family celebration, try the new version....i hope it turns out right the first time , lol!!! you never know with first attempts!

but back to your first sentence above: we all make comparisons and relate each others' entries and experiences to things...don't feel bad with your standards. having standards, on your part, is a good thing. you inspire me..to do better.

in terms of standards, i am wanting to improve my own - basically my ideals about cardio. and to make it more regular. my class ended this week. so i have once again an extra free night during the weekdays. but next week, that night is used on the 4th...and i agree it's awesome to have that day off :) and i'll use it like a vacation...and not worry about my "cardio standards" till next week is over :-) like you said - passions and joy are so important, though being obsessive can hurt us in the long run.

btw, you have lots of passions! fitness is huge. you bake. don't you crochet?? sewing?? you read! ... and i thought you garden??? and i know i didn't list everything. oh, you are passionate in helping others...then the church! volunteering! you do a lot.

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
I'm trying to remember my former co-worker. I know he was fluent in English (of course), French, and German, but I believe there was one more language that he was at least fluent enough to apply to translating legal texts (for the university law library - which cannot be an easy thing to do). I want to say it was Russian.

Thank you for the LCHF invite on FB! Somehow I ended up "joining" -- I can see why you like this page. I'm going to continue to follow this.

I haven't given much thought to getting seriously involved in LCHF or low carb cooking, since I have other family members' diets to consider at this time. However, there are a couple of things that I'd like to try to incorporate or try or master: spicy firm tofu and black bean brownies -- although the low-carb brownies posted on the FB page sound like they'd be more in line with what I'm trying to accomplish. (Beans have a LOT of carbs.)

I don't know that I really enjoy cooking. Frankly, because I work and my husband doesn't, I've gotten quite lazy in meal preparing because he does it. My husband enjoys cooking for the most part. Right now, I do not share that enthusiasm. However, at some point, I could see the possibility for me to develop this as an interest/hobby/passion. :-)

horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2018:
OMG - an 8hr plank! holy crap. he cannot also work....!

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
I think he's one of those "early retirement" dudes. The news story said he's 60. Dang, he's in good shape. But IDK about the amount of time that he devotes to this endeavor. I refer back to Gains' realtor friend (& and realtor's wife) who spends so much time at the gym.... That's a serious chunk of one's life!

horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2018:
lol - Do NOT go to work this coming Wednesday!

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
LOL - right?

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 27, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

I took a little break.

Monday was insane.  I have 2 co-workers dealing with their own crap at work that was causing me to be very anxious and aggitated just listening to them.  One lady was dealing with a lost cell phone for a whole day.  The other associate attorney would NOT stop TALKING about a problem on a file.  STOP TALKING AND DO SOMETHING.  All the talking isn't going to get anything done.  That was Monday.  I was a wreck by the end of the day.

Tuesday was awful.  I was dealing with some physical problems that put me 10 steps behind the whole day.  

Today was somewhat bearable.  Everyone trying to finish up things before next week when the holiday is causing people to make mistakes.  So instead of getting 1 final, corrrect, approved statement, I'm getting 3 or 4 statements, each one having to be corrected and sent back for approval, and then they're still wrong, so they have to be corrected and sent back for approval, and then they're still wrong...  That was essentially my day in a nutshell.

The only thing I have to look forward to these days is coming home and watching Great British Baking Show and riding my bike after dinner.  That show has me totally rethinking my low carb approach.  I don't know if results are worth it.  Oh how I wish I had a passion in life like these contestants....

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

graindart on 06/27/2018:
Pertaining to GBBS and other tv, it's easy to appear like you have passion for something when all that gets broadcast is small snippets of the best scenes for TV.

If you followed me around for a week and video taped it all, you would have plenty of footage to fill 1/2 hour of TV.

Depending on the clips chosen, I could be portrayed as having the best life ever (dirt biking in the pristine mountains / woods, kayaking, camping with the family, playing recreational softball, etc).

Or I could be portrayed as having the most boring life ever (working extended hours several days per week just sitting in front of the computer, chugging energy drinks and stuffing donuts in my face just to make the work bearable, driving for hours on end for work appointments, struggling with weight issues for decades).

Donkey on 06/28/2018:
You're absolutely right - thank you for pointing this out. I will comment more in my new entry. But I really appreciate the reality check!

horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2018:
I'm sorry that others' stresses got to you Monday. only tip i have is realize that you don't have those issues and that you can be happy without a lost phone and happy that the mistakes on the file were (hopefully) not yours :) I do agree it can be annoying to listen to any ongoing thing for a full day ! try next time to smile on the inside that you aren't facing those problems yourself and try not to take seriously and to heart their issues ....you don't need their stress...though i know this is part of your personality and you tend to "feel" for people.

Lately i find exercise easier after a full meal and after i have digested somewhat...it seems my bike/jog is done better that way rather than coming back for a big meal afterwards.

Soon the weekend will be here...soon we'll all have Wednesday off :)

Donkey on 06/28/2018:
I think more than anything else, Monday was a re-affirmation that my workplace can be toxic if I let it get to me.

You know, it didn't even really hit me that we have Wednesday off until I read your comment. I don't know that it's still hit me yet... I'll probably show up at work by mistake!

Donkey - Sunday Jun 24, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Yesterday went pretty well.  Had chocolate chips after dinner, but I do get to relax on Saturdays.  I was sorely tempted to have ice cream with those chips - or instead of those chips - but then I figured the chips would be enough.  They weren't though, and I ended up having a cup of decaf coffee with the chocolate creamer. 

So far, so good today, I think.  I've been busy this morning, but now it's time for me to go out to do the yard work that I set for myself... and I'd rather not.  It's breaking up or chopping up twigs and branches.  Bleah.  Mosquitos are starting to get pretty bad, so I might start up the fire pit, to burn what I chop up and then the rest of it can go out by the curbside for city pick-up.

I plan on writing more today, but I'd better get started on the project, as I've run out of excuses... er, chores, to do before starting.  And then, of course, I had to have lunch first, right? ;-)

AFTERNOON EDIT:  Mission accomplished - and then some! - with my backyard yardwork.  I couldn't get the fire pit started, so I ended up chopping up huge branches that have fallen during storms, some from this year, some from even last year!  This was very hard work, to take an axe and chop these **'s up into logs (seriously) that yardwaste pick-up will accept.  

The stupid town I live in has a million and one rules & ordinances to follow. Apparently, they don't pick up branches.  You have to trim them, and bundle them with special twine, and the bundles must be only so thick and so heavy.  Well, screw that and screw them.  I chopped up these branches into log sizes that will fit in my "yard waste" can.  So every week, my yardwaste can is going to the curb until I'm out of logs.

Do I sound PO'ed?  I am a little.  I have to watch myself when I do these sorts of chores because I become very resentful that my husband can't do this **** any more.  I suppose my son could have done it, and he would have, had I asked, but I wanted it done my way (so that the logs will fit in the can)-- PLUS I don't know that it is fair to ask anyone to do a chore that I want/need done - especially one that leaves huge blisters on one's hands. 

So I took out all of my grief, sadness, anger, frustration, resentfulness -- negative feelings & thoughts - you name it! -- out on those branches.  I feel a lot better now, and I got something accomplished.  I did not intend to do all of the branches, but here we are -- and this is a good thing.

Now I'm sore and hungry -- even though I had a snack.  Dinner can't come soon enough for me!

EVENING EDIT:  In honor of all the hamburger talk on diet entries today, for dinner, I had a hamburger!  My husband grilled out and I had a hard time choosing between a hamburger or a fat hot dog -- because to be honest with you, I wanted both -- but then I thought of my fellow DD'ers having burgers lately, so that's what I went with.  It was a good choice!

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/24/2018:
Lots to do outside now.....I'm the same way....summer is work!!!

bearcountrygg on 06/24/2018:
Yeah for sunday burgers.....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2018:
Hi J Donk!

Your great idea of coffee as a dessert is classic – love it! Yesterday I had a big serving of ice cream – wasn’t even hungry…lead to bad eating the rest of the night – should have went outside and taken a walk but chose to take it easy…perhaps taking it easy is not the worst thing in the world on a Sunday night…tho easy to me is seriously easy since I have no kids to take care of, no dogs to walk, nothing much to clean…easy to me is VERY easy !

Wow you certainly did some hard manual labor yesterday! Good stuff I tell ya! I sorta wish I was down by you doing some chopping alongside ya! I actually think that your son should help you, J donk! I think you are hurting yourself making yourself do it on your own when you can get a second hand of help alongside you….it only makes sense….also it’ll get done faster. Why don’t you buy work gloves to prevent blisters! They sell special heavy duty types…

Lately, I’m SOOOOOO enjoying the taste of beef burgers…!!!!!!!! I had these small ones, just around 1.5” or so….perfect size in place of an egg (slightly more cals though) so I don’t have to waste all the burgers I made…I even eat them in a wrap for breakfast over the weekend. Very satisfying taste. It was a good brand of beef.

happy-1 on 06/25/2018:
Sounds like you need a summer lakeside bonfire.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 23, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

I could just tell that today was going to be a higher number - and no amount of visualization was going to help. Just feeling more bloated - probably hormonal related and then the extra food yesterday.  I'm not freaking out about this.  Again, all part of maintenance.

I just finished up a challenge on Facebook - through my FB friend who sells Advocare products.  I lost 3 pounds over Spring - yay!  (Had Summer come a week sooner, it would have been more, LOL...)  I know that I have said that I'm really maintaining -- and this is true -- but I would like to have my set-point maintenance number -- AND the maintenance range (i.e. +/- 2pounds) remain solely in the 120s.  Wanna kiss those 130s good-bye. 

This weekend promises to have beautiful weather -- hang in there, Bear, it's coming your way soon!  Today is starting out just lovely, so I'm about to leave for a walk and contemplate my strategy for handling Fridays so that I have, hopefully, more successful weigh-ins on Saturdays.  I'm actually thinking about incorporating Maria's strategy of a fudgcicle or yogurt pop, perhaps.  But Happy had a very good suggestion of some kind of non-food reward to look forward to on Fridays to keep me on track.  This shall be a topic for future discussion & research.

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/23/2018:
It will be fine....the ebbs and flows of life. And I hope the nice weather is coming....it's a wet one here today!

Donkey on 06/23/2018:
We had the "wet" over here Thursday and Friday... Sure did make getting out of bed difficult!

graindart on 06/23/2018:
I really need to figure out a "reward" system that doesn't include food also. My rewards have always revolved around food as far back as I can remember.

Donkey on 06/24/2018:
Food works best for me, I admit...

horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2018:
I'm also looking to lower down my maintenance # just slightly. I was more comfortable hovering around 112...i don't have a lot of muscle in my lower body, so, this is partially the reason i think for the lower weight..now i weigh more around 115-116 and dresses and things don't look as nice on me as they did last late summer / fall...

I think your goal to lose is good. it's so much easier to maintain a lower weight in this season with more walking and better weather for outdoor activity. you can def pull it off.

i also like happy's idea for non food rewards...another good idea for myself, too.

Donkey - Friday Jun 22, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Logging in from work on my phone because I am SO hungry... just trying to keep myself from going off the deep end. I'm not so sure if it's true hunger or just work anxiety... Difficult day.

EVENING EDIT:  It was kind of an eating day today.  I split my lunch into 2 smaller meals so that I had half for lunch - after my walk - and then the other half for afternoon snack -- tea hour at around 3:30p if you will.  The snack was all vegetables.  The lunch was vegetables and a sausage.

It would have been better if I had been able to limit myself to just 1 lunch (LOL), but I thought that dinner was going to be breakfast, which never seems to hold me, so I thought having more vegetables would be fine.  Turns out I had broiled bbq chicken and salad.

So I'm not really sure how weigh-in will go tomorrow... probably not too well, LOL.  The problem with a Saturday morning weigh-in is that it is REALLY HARD to hold out on Fridays.  Usually by Friday, I'm done low-carbing, I'm done limiting.  I want to come home and eat and have a sweet.  But that's what Saturday's are for.

And I think it wise to keep my weigh day as it is, to keep me from going off the deep end at work with food on Friday, e.g. title company goodies, etc.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2018:
i'm SURE it's not true hunger if you ate breakfast. I eat breakfast and get full always from my wrap and coffee that follows...but then i'm hungry an hour and a half later...but it just can't be true hunger, can it!? I try to wait 2 hours till after i eat...and have almonds with salt.

Donkey on 06/22/2018:
That is a good idea to try to wait the 2 hours. If I wasn't obligated to be at my desk, a 15 minute walk would have helped --- that's exactly what would have helped.

Instead I had raw vegetables w/ranch dressing. Ran out of ranch dressing before I ate all of the vegetables, so then I drank water. Finished the raw veggies in the afternoon :-)

bearcountrygg on 06/22/2018:
I want to eat sometimes when I get bored.

Donkey on 06/22/2018:
The day started out bored (which yes, then I tend to "feel" hungry), but then I started feeling very anxious about my files. I sometimes feel that way when there are letters that have to be written but the attorney is out of the office.

So I love it when the attorney isn't in the office because it's quieter, but I hate it because the letters don't get written.

I could try to write drafts for him (or even for myself, just to feel better that there's a letter in the file), but I'm not sure that's the correct thing to do.

happy-1 on 06/22/2018:
I feel you on the OMG I want a treat on Friday night and having to hold out for Saturday. I'm holding out for Sunday.

Donkey on 06/23/2018:
Sometimes my "relax" day -- which is Saturday after weigh-in -- bleeds into Sunday. But always, Monday is back-on-track.

At least I now know it's not just me. Thank you for the words of encouragement. Hang in there!

happy-1 on 06/22/2018:
Maybe find another way to feel good on the way home? Cheap mani pedi? Massage at a massage school?

Donkey on 06/23/2018:
THIS is spot on, solid advice. You're right: I need SOMETHING to motivate me to stay on track on Fridays.

I love Fridays, but it brings unique challenges both at work and home. Believe it or not, Fridays are usually the most stressful days at work -- next to Mondays -- because of everyone (including myself) trying to get things sent out or tied up before the weekend.

So I need a 2-pronged method of attack: at work and at home.

I shall contemplate that this weekend.

Donkey - Thursday Jun 21, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Today -- I did better!  I did not give up on myself this week, but made a conscious effort to do better at dinner, and I'm happy to say that I did it.  I had a can of lime seltzer water, poured into a glass with ice, and then some lime wedges.  I drank throughout dinner.  I finished dinner and wanted chocolate chips, but I still had some water to finish, so instead, I finished my water, and now -- skipping the chips -- I'm enjoying a cup of decaf coffee with creamer.

For the first day of summer, it was cold, wet, and windy.  I needed a fleece jacket outside.  It is raining again, and my husband is in the basement where the exercise bikes are, so no added workout tonight.  I'm OK with that, as I have already reached my step goal (thank you, Fitbit!) -- so even if my numbers are a little lower today, that's OK.  Sometimes life happens.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/21/2018:
Good Job!!!!

happy-1 on 06/21/2018:
Like water on stone you persist. Good job!

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2018:
possibly your boss' allergies around you and your daughter being sick further pulled on your immune system this time around.

for the muscle cramps...i'm going to try weekly soaks in my tub with Epsom salts...i fully recommend it to you...20 min they say.

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2018:
What are you usual / typical step goals? One of my coworkers' regular day is around 11000 steps and active day she said is around 14000 steps!

i think mine wouldn't even start at 10000...i don't have a fitbit yet.

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 20, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

First -- not in the best of moods tonight so bear with me...

 Woke up this morning and my upper lip was very swollen, even though I took steps last night to drain and draw out the blister that had formed.  Right now, the swelling isn't as bad as it was this morning.  But I'm definitely fighting something --- I think this might be related to hormones.  I should know in the next few days.

My daughter left for Denver (to meet up with the boyfriend) Monday, but tonight she has left for Switzerland via Iceland.  So she's on her way to Iceland for a one-hour layover and then off to Switzerland.  I have to say, it would be so nice to be away from everything right now, but that wouldn't fix what's broken here.

Felt a little out of control at dinner, which was just sandwiches, but I also finished up the grilled eggplant from Sunday and then ate ALL of the green beans.  I also felt myself gulping down my food -- that is, swallowing just a little too soon before I should have.  The whole point of the drinking-water-during-dinner challenge is to get me to slow down, not have seconds, and prolong the dinner hour.  Tonight it didn't work.

So like I said last night, Tomorrow I will do better.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/20/2018:
Well..I hope the blister heals quickly. At least what you ate was healthy stuff.....What will your daughter do in Switzerland...will she be staying long?

Donkey on 06/21/2018:
I honestly have no idea. My daughter is at the mercy of her traveling companions and the host family.

happy-1 on 06/20/2018:
I feel like this post should be deleted since it talks about travel plans and that's a bad idea to post online

Donkey on 06/21/2018:
I never even thought about that! Thank you for saying something! As she is at her destination, I'll keep the entry up, but I will DEFINITELY be more careful in the future!

horn_of_plenty on 06/21/2018:
I also eat too fast and then i'm not satisfied. YOu are smart to keep the drinking habit and keep working on it. Makes me want to work on that at work for lunch.

FEEL BETTER. seems things are going around.

Donkey on 06/21/2018:
Each day, I feel a little better. This is definitely hormones. Sometimes my cycle challenges my immune system and I get so fatigued, muscle soreness in my legs, and the almighty cold sores. Not every month, but some. Enough in a year to say that this isn't much of a surprise. If it hadn't been for my boss' allergies or my daughter's cold, I wouldn't have doubted the cause for a minute.

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 19, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

I thought I would have more time to write this morning, but then saw a bill that has to get paid ASAP, so that took up about half of the time I had to write.  Then, of course, I had to comment on entries :-)

Pretty much doing the same thing, although last night, instead of having chocolate chips, I ran the new exercise bike (the one with real resistance) for about 30 minutes.  I have a series on Netflix to watch now as an incentive to exercise in the evening.... although I'm not sure that watching Great British Baking Show is the best thing for someone limiting her carbs and sweets, LOL...

EVENING EDIT:  Pork chop dinner is sitting a little heavy with me this evening, so I think I will opt for a walk rather than riding my bike and watching the British Baking Show (GBBS).

I had seltzer water with dinner -- what I like about that is that it's 12 ounces whether I drink it during dinner (which is the goal) or after.  Hmm... Come to think of it, that's not really productive because then I don't drink as much during dinner to fill me up -- which was the intention of the challenge to begin with.  OK, I'll do better tomorrow.

In fact, it is rather a fail, because I had small seconds on the green salad (which isn't too bad except that there's salad dressing and some croutons.  Oof!).

I think my immune system is fighting something off.  My lip is tingly -- cold sore?  Ugh, I hope not... And now, my throat is feeling kind of tingly, but not enough to be called sore.  So I may be fighting a bug or this may be hormonal-related.  Hoping for the best!

OK, now off for my walk!

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2018:
...lol must have been a BIGGGGGG bill, taking that long to write! haha ;) jk....

we sure like your comments :) thank you :)

i'm thinking to get a fitbit to count steps :)...new coworker in my room is having a good affect on me!!!

well, you like to bake, so i'm sure you aquire a LOT of good ideas :) watch what you like :)

Donkey on 06/19/2018:
I like to bake more than I like to cook. But I think what I really like about the show is that the contestants are ordinary folks and THEY really LOVE to cook. I'd love to have a hobby like that.

Kind of like that movie "Julie/Julia" where the lady blogs about making every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook.

MY problem is that I would eat everything I made. One of the judges is this teeny, tiny lady -- and she's older so it's not like she has a superduper metabolism either. *sigh*

bearcountrygg on 06/19/2018:
yeahh...all those zeros......must have been a doozie...LOL...but...bills...they must be paid. ;(

Maybe I shouldn't ask this...but you know me....I'm asking anyway...LOL...Have you tried the cake in a cup mixes?...There are also recipes online to do cake in a cup from scratch and from small amounts of boxed mixes...….life may just be too short to not have cake.....I'v e also seen some healthy recipes on the dr oz show.

Donkey on 06/19/2018:
My daughter has recipes for do-it-yourself cup mixes. And I have seen them in the store. IDK why I haven't explored this -- I guess if I knew how to make the do-it-yourself kind, I'd want one every night.

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
Good job! Whatever gets you on the bike. And look at it as raising your standards for your simple carbs.

Donkey on 06/19/2018:
Hmm, I hadn't considered that I was raising my standards, but I suppose I am. And I'm very OK with that. In fact, I consider that an accomplishment for myself. Thank you!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2018:
i got the sore throat too...but it didn't get worse. i think the humidfier yesterday got me sick. maybe they don't clean it well!...feel better....salad is not the worst for seconds :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2018:
yeah, it's sooo funny to me when i see eating contest winners (like there's one lady who's asian and seriously not more than 110 lbs who does the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island every summer!)....and then there's another great cook/personality/author/businesswoman known as Bethenny Frankel (had to google her name can't believe i forgot it for a second here!)..she created those Skinnygirl products and all she does it cook....

i think these folks are sooooo immersed in what they do, that eating MIGHT come secondary to them...not sure...

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
I've been cooking obsessed like that in the past. Mostly for indian and vegan food. Once I mastered it I completely lost all interest.

Donkey on 06/20/2018:
That's interesting -- that once you mastered it, then it was time to move on. Hmm...

bearcountrygg on 06/20/2018:
Back in my skinny days I made doughnuts for D and the kids more than once a week...…..and I ate 1...and didn't covet them or pig out...and weighed 104.......Jada Delaurentis says she just tastes things....back in the day...before you guys/gals..there was a tv personality called Dinah Shore.....she had just a taste of everything...and kept her figure....I did that in my teens....and had the same result...…..for years...I just tasted....and never really ate like a longshoreman.....UGH

innerpeace on 06/20/2018:
I just had a cold sore, I used tea tree oil on it and it was fabulous, definately recommend using.

Donkey on 06/20/2018:
Thank you for the recommendation -- I believe my daughter has some of that in her room. I will go look when I log off.

Donkey - Sunday Jun 17, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Happy Father's Day to Gains -- if/when he checks in, and to any other male members that I'm not acquainted with yet.

This is the first Father's Day where I didn't have to mail out cards...  My step-father died this year, and my father-in-law died last year.  Grandpa (my mother's father) has been gone for about 10+ years...

Impossibly HOT and HUMID today in Chicagoland...  I went out at 6am and it was already muggy, but not hot.  The AC had kicked on before 9am, and when I went outside at around 11am, it was already brutal --- and it's going to get hotter!

My husband, God bless him, cooked on the grill for our main meal today.  Daughter has to work 3p-10p, so we celebrated together early.  Husband and I might go out later, but I'm so full right now, I can't even think about that.

So not much doing today, trying to keep all electricity usage down to a minimum.  (I'm working off of my laptop's battery right now.  I will charge it tonight when the rates are lower.)  I do have a few errands to run, but then that's it.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
Yes, Happy Father's Day to your hubby! I'm missing Gains too! I wonder when his return is, i'm sure we could figure it out if we go to his entries :)

Here in NYC it's hot too! I'm glad to have went to the beach on the cooler day, actually, and not have gotten soaked with sweat today haha.

nice you all celebrated together early, i should really call my dad, maybe briefly tonight.

i'm glad you will have more time with you hubby today. and you are smart to watch your electrical usuage! my bill does not change ever as it's included with the rental fee, but otherwise i'd be in your boat and i'm sure watching things more carefully. when i keep my blinds closed, the temps usually stay so comfortable that i do not need the AC for the summer...just once in awhile, not 24/7 at all. right now it's off :) it doesn't even reach 80 in my apt with the blinds mostly closed.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
you have a wonderful perspective and such good insight on my situation...i think psychology would have been a good career for you, for real, if you hadn't done what you do now (which i also know you are very good at!!). I could have seen you as a Dr. / Psych.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
and that's a compliment...saying you are much more keen and aware on how the affect people have on each other than the average person. you have a special skill i believe that most people do not have and that's why at work you feel sometimes so sensitive to others' actions - because i think you are more capable than most people to read thru certain people. something to that affect...

horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
I want to thank you again for your invaluable insight. It's been an upsetting 24hrs for my entire family and I do wish yesterday never happened. I do wish I said less last night and stopped voixinf my opinion before my dad got so upset. It was not a good night for my whole family. We have apologized but it's very sad it ever happened bc even I could have done better than leave my house like that :(. Ah well.

horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
Your insight has helped me to see that not voicing all opinions is a lot simpler than upsetting people and myself - it would have been a better solution to quit while I was ahead in this instance bc I have thought about it and it would have just been the best decision for a lot of reasons. Thank you for all advice from my heart.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 16, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

I had anticipated a higher weigh-in and I was right.  Something about very hot/humid weather brings out weight gain.  Probably water retention... might be some bathroom issues going on too.  Still within maintenance range and techically in a number range that I like to be in.

I decided to start the amino acid experiment today.  We'll where I am in 90 days.

Today I had legal clinic in the morning.  It's funny - clinic is the only time that we see each other, and yet, we've become very good friends.

This afternoon, I spent trying to repot my sister's avocado tree -- I've become its guardian now -- which also had a small oak tree growing in the same pot.  NOT AS EASY AS I HAD THOUGHT OR HOPED IT WOULD BE.  Very hard on my back.  I can tell that I'm going to have problems later on, which is why I'm glad I did it today -- so that I have all day tomorrow to rest my back.  We'll see how it goes.  It was a traumatic experience for both trees.  


Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
I do want to know what you think about the amino acids as you use them. I do believe some supplements can assist in attaining better results. I'm beginning to think i should be drinking more than plain water during my long gym sessions (2hours) of weightlifting (i was thinking some kind of potassium / sodium / electroltye thing). i am not ready to change to anything new yet, it'll take some research!

Legal clinic? the only time you see who? i can understand becoming good friends with people you see in moderation - just enough but not too much that it's so everyday that it wears on you....it sure wears on me to be in the same office as everyone day in and day out...i love my space :)

I wish the trees a good recovery from the replanting....and moreover i wish your back some rest :) i guess you mean it'll get rest bc you'll be sitting at work tomorrow?

that's so cool you have an avocado tree...you just reminded me that's one of the things i wanted to buy today at the supermarket...but perhaps i'll just eat saag in my wrap instead tomorrow morning and buy avocados after work haha. i welcome some oil to my wraps...whether it be avocado, butter, saag which is that indian spinach blend more like a paste or creamed spinach tho the one i bought recently i like better bc it seems it may only be oil in the stewed? spinach. ...otherwise, it's such a boring wrap just low carbs and protein and not satisfying to eat.

who ate the rest of the cake?

keep on with your maintenance, mine is going well but lately i know i have to watch it as i'm a bit over my maintenance number now.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
ty for the advice on my entry, it was very helpful. i am in the same boat as you as everything i do say will have me looking like that bad/mean/crazy lady with family. it's too bad.

i'm not sure what my mom says to her friend/friends of the family either, bc they sure act like they're totally uninterested in me as well....for that upcoming wedding, i plan to drive myself, stay a short period, leave early. i realize that these people are who they are, and there's just NO POINT anymore to even try with them.

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