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Donkey - Thursday Dec 13, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

How nice it is that we have Moody back now too :-) Scruffy, where are you?

Tomorrow is weigh-in. I don't have much to say tonight, except to say that I did not run at all this week. My mornings seem to be consumed by running errands, which stinks. I could have pushed myself to run this afternoon, but for once I just wanted to rest. I've been wanting to rest during the day all week because AF is here. But suffice it to say that it would not have been a good day to run. Running errands today was bad enough.

So I have not done all that I could before weigh-in, but oh well too bad.

On Saturday, a few of the neighbors are having a house to house party, where all the guests go from house to house and stay for about 30 minutes and sampe the food and drink, and then move on to the next house (houses of those guests participating; no strangers). I received the menu today. There are 6 houses. Oh. My. Gosh. I... I don't know how I"m going to survive this. Fattening foods, alcohol out the ears, chocolate and cheesecake.

I know I can tell you guys this here but I am DREADING this party. I didn't want to do it in the first place, but then I thought I was being anti-social, and being relatively new to the neighborhood and having been invited to OTHER people's parties, I thought we should do this. But I'm quite shy and retiring. I don't really drink liquor unless I'm sick or ready to sleep. (If you want me to be the "life of the party", give me a cup of coffee to pep me up, not booze, which makes me quieter and more sleepy.) So this has disaster written all over it, in more than one way. I know I should be more positive about it. I should. I should hold my head up high and go in there with confidence. Well, my house is the first house, but you know what I mean.


Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

mylifechanges on 12/13/2007:
oh donkey...i hope that the party goes well for you. I too always try to skip social functions out of fear of overdoing it...but then I have to remind myself that sometimes i just have to step it up in my self-control so I don't stop living my life out of fear. But is SO hard!! Please let us know how it goes. :(

fritters on 12/13/2007:
Your house hopping party sounds like a lot of fun - I know that eating will be hard - but it still sounds like fun! Try to enjoy yourself.

hollybelle on 12/14/2007:
i used to hate all the food being around, too. I have found some things that help. I need to remind myself of them, too, this year before our parties start: Plan, plan plan-decide how you want to eat at the party before you go and plan your eating day around it. Eat healthy stuff before you go so you aren't starving when you get there. Once there pick the healthiest stuff available and eat in moderation. As for alcohol - I never feel obligated to drink. I am almost a T totaller-I enjoy a beer once in a while. It rubs some folks the wrong way. I have even been accused of acting "holier than thou" although I never think I act that way at all - but eventually everyone just accepts the fact that I am not a drinker. One of my favorite lines when challenged or put down about this is "I don't mind if you drink, why do you mind if I don't"? I find that simply saying "I'm good with my coffee, (or my whatever), thanks" works with most people, though. Stick to your gun about your food choices and your drinking choices - you have every right be be an individual-it's nobody's business but your own!

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 11, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

I didn't get in my run today because the kids were home from school because of the ice storm advisories in the area. However, all it did was rain. Hey, if Donkey thinks the roads aren't bad, then trust me, they ain't bad. So I couldn't get my running time in at the gym because I didn't have my running shoes with me when I went in the early morning, and because the kids were home, that meant no second session (treadmill running stinks).

On the other hand, it is supposed to get frigid tonight, so all those wet roads are sure to be nice and icy tomorrow morning. I am figuring another day with the kids home from school. Hopefully though I can make it to the gym in the early morning. With the kids home all day and Husband working 12 hours, I'm gonna need something to save my sanity.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2007:
sorry donkey...i also DESPISE that cooped up feeling when forced to stay indoors!!! :) i would suggest getting a couple blockbuster tapes!!! that would occupy you and the kiddies. also, you can put it on for them and go exercise on the treadmill...and they'd know where you are if they need you.

Donkey - Monday Dec 10, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

I found out some very disappointing news today. I won't start my job training until after the New Year. So that means I won't be bringing in a paycheck until at least February. This bites.

On the other hand, now I have time to keep up with my running program through the holidays.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

Donkey - Sunday Dec 09, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5


Now I know why yesterday was so hard eating-wise: TOM is here and much to my relief. For ONCE in my life it is cooperating with me in life. On Thursday, I'm starting job training and I cannot be having one of those heavy days where I am in the bathroom every hour. (Yes, even with double protection.)

So of course, today, I was a total *****. I can't believe that Husband is always this annoying, and that I just normally let it slide. My goodness, every little thing he did today just drove me NUTS. Fortunately, he does realize why this happens, but it does not make for a happy day, for either of us. :-(

Well, maybe the cramps won't be so bad...

Regardless, I feel like a total failure today, as far as weight-loss is concerned. I do not know why. I feel like I ate too much, didn't exercise enough, blah blah blah. Maybe I'm just bloated, or maybe I'm now annoyed with myself, now that I'm through harassing Husband (poor man).

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/10/2007:
hey, life can get messy at times! lol. but you'll always get through it!

i think my head has been on another planet, because i only recently looked at some of your comments on my journal for this past week. first, i do like the pumpkin and yogurt mixture because i add a TON of cinnamon and the overall taste is a sweet one! If I had to choose between oversensitive or undersensitive, i'd say that everything i taste tastes stronger to me. meaning, one bite and i want more more more. I think that my taste buds are pretty strong and everything is just 100% tastier than it should be, lol.

I did have a happy chanukah, although we really didn't celebrate. we didn't light candles or anything together. then again, chanukah is not supposed to be considered one of the biggest jewish holidays. however, i do think it would be nice if my family did a card exchange or something. we're all busy, sorta in our own worlds.

vent all you want. that's what a diary is for. i certainly have been venting lol. i know my entries lately have certainly some degree of insanity. :)

Donkey - Saturday Dec 08, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

UGH!!!!! I am REALLY STRUGGLING with my hunger today. I don't know if it's PMS or because I didn't work out today or what. I feel like I could eat several jars of peanut butter right now.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 12/08/2007:
what IS it about peanut butter that makes us want to just chow down on it like it is going out of style? I just bought two jars today to tide me over for my recovery...I sure could dive into one right now! Hold on, Donkey!

Soon2BThin on 12/09/2007:
Maybe if you go do some exercise the hungries will go away. Anyway, that's what "they" say. I know, I don't feel like exercising either. So it's up to you. Weigh your options. And if you decide not to exercise, that's okay too. But stay far away from the peanut butter, haha! Have a great week!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2007:
umm, i feel your pain. PMS can definitely do it to you! Try to get outside and exercise! :)

Donkey - Friday Dec 07, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

I waited until my Weigh-In Day to make an entry for the beginning of the month. I would say I have been fairly successful in maintaining since my American Thanksgiving Day weigh-in and have managed to lose a little more for "insurance". Actually that was a fluke, but it just goes to show what measuring out your portions can do for you. Portion control is everything for my success (weight-loss speaking ONLY, of course).

I managed to pass a class for certification for my new job. It was a 2 night class and of course, they had coffee and two packs of the most delicious store-bought chocolate cookies. The first was chocolate stuffed Oreos. The second was those vanilla cookies that have a chocolate coating on one side and chocolate fudge stripes on the other side. *sigh* That was really hard to pass up, but I knew that cookies and stressful situation wouldn't mix well together. So I just had coffee. Then I had a healthy snack when I got home (because I hate going to bed hungry and or waking up hungry or even worse -- having dreams about being hungry or eating).

Like BornToCry, I have managed to keep up a base running (on the treadmill) mileage of anywhere from 9-10 miles. I still do the elliptical 6 days a week, and every night now, I take a walk after dinner around the neighborhood, which is anywhere from 0.8-1.2 miles. (I'm sorry I don't know the metric conversion.) This is no small feat with all the cold, snow and ice that Chicago has had lately.

Once I start job training, I'll still be able to maintain my exercise, but once I start working (probably some time in January) it will be harder to get in my exercise time. I concede right now that the first thing to go will be the running. My hour on the elliptical always comes first. I can do weight training at home, which I've already been doing for a week. I much prefer the machines at the gym, but it's good to try something different for a few weeks.

All of this coming at the time when the gym will be PACKED with newbies signing up for the new year (with all the weight loss resolutions). That should last until February at most. Actually, some places, the New Years gym rush only lasts a couple of weeks. Then people give up.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 12/07/2007:
Congratulations on surpassing your goal! Great work!

biscottibody59 on 12/07/2007:
Maybe a certain donkey can ask Santa for a treadmill for Christmas;-) She's certainly been an unnaughty donkey whether she gets it or not--keep on truckin' girl!

greengirl on 12/07/2007:
I am so proud of you!!! Look at you go!!! :o)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/08/2007:
yay!! when they give up, lol, it's better for us! :)

borntocry on 12/08/2007:
So how are those chocolate-stuffed Oreos? Oh, wait, you didn't have them. Good for you!

Thanks for your comment. I have to admit, I've been using quite a high-calorie crust lately. I just discovered this recipe lately and can't get enough of it. But I rolled it really thin for my sweet potato pie, and didn't do a top crust. So it wasn't too bad. In the past, I used a reduced-fat crust - about a quarter cup butter for a cup of flour. I also sometimes use a biscuit crust. Those have less fat, but then they're usually thicker. I'm also going to try what looks like a really great relatively healthy crust recipe here:


And thanks for your advice about cutting down on my running to shock my metabolism into dropping a few pounds. I totally believe that myself - that's why I used to keep nagging Runner to quit (or cut down on) running for a bit. But having said that, I must sheepishly confess that I'm not planning to do that myself at the moment. The reason being that I'm actually feeling quite motivated again right now, and that never lasts long for me. Also, who knows for how much longer the weather will hold out here? If it starts snowing and the roads ice over, I'll be forced to cut back on my mileage (or join a gym!).

Donkey - Friday Nov 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Today's weigh-in was 130.5, so I think that I have successfully maintained my weight through Thanksgiving (and the weekend afterwards). I expected it to be a little higher today because of PMS. I tend to retain a few extra pounds until TOM is over. But even so, I am happy with my progress.

I will update with my test results later on today, when I return from testing.

AFTERNOON: I passed my test so now I can proceed with job training. Dh and I went out to lunch after my test. He had a honkin' huge plate of food, but I did very well with soup and salad.

Working hard today to keep my calories at a moderate level. Sometimes after weigh-in days, I tend to eat a little more.

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/30/2007:
There you go! Congrats!

geevee on 11/30/2007:
Oh, for the days of weighing 130 again!

starfish on 11/30/2007:
Congrats on passing your test. I know what you mean about eating more after weigh in. It's because I know I don't have to weigh in for another week so I figure if I'm a little bad for a couple days I can fix it in the next 5 days after! LOL! but yeah I'm trying not to do that!

mylifechanges on 12/01/2007:
you're doing great! keep it up! ~Michelle

MeAgain on 12/01/2007:
OMG you are soooo at the foot of your goal weight!!!! You have obviously done a FANTASTIC job!!!! You are about to WIN this race!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2007:
soup and salad is good. I'm fond of vegetable and bean soups :) congrats on passing your test! :)

meagain on 12/02/2007:
What up Donkey?! I love that name ... how'd you come up with THAT????

WOW you are AT your goal weight!!!! How cool is that! Congrats!!!!

workingit2 on 12/06/2007:
Thank you for the positive support on my diary! LOL If I had any more vicodin I'd gladly send them your way! Surgery is scheduled for the 13th of this month...only eight days away! YAY!!

I hope everything is going great for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/06/2007:
we actually didn't even light a real menorah, only the electric one in the window. nobody was home at the same time and everyone is busy...although if we had planned to, we could have found the time to celebrate together and give each other a card in my family. not this year. chanukah is not a big holiday once you grow up...for kids it is...but a card is a nice thought. i think my lonliness has gotten the best of me. i feel like a big potato sucked into small clothes right now!

greengirl on 12/06/2007:
Well done, Donkey. You have worked so hard this year that you deserve this success. Well done on maintaining during the holiday season. Good luck with the job training. I bet you are full of confidence and looking good :o)

Donkey - Thursday Nov 29, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

OK, I have a big test for the job tomorrow, weigh in day is tomorrow, and my son and Husband are arguing about son's math test (grade D).

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

fritters on 11/29/2007:
WOW - You have really got a lot going on! Good luck with the test and weeigh in.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
ahhhh, lots to do! I know you will get through it! :)

Teriyaki on 11/29/2007:
Have a good day tomorrow....ace the test....win the weigh in...


starfish on 11/29/2007:
good luck tomorrow :)

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

I am sorry that I have not written more regularly lately. Most of my time has been consumed with this new job thing. I have to take several tests to get licensed and so not only am I trying to keep up with everything as usual (e.g. laundry, errands, etc.) but I'm also studying my brains out, except for today, when I had a fit of laziness come over me, and opted to watch TV instead of study or going to the gym to run (or writing on Diet Diaries).

Besides, I felt that I had nothing to say until I weigh in on Friday (my normal weigh-in day) to assess the damage that I did over Thanksgiving. PMS hit today, so I'm sure I'll be retaining some kind of water for the next 2 weeks until TOM. Greeeaaat.

However, I did want to write and say how touched and grateful I am for all the support I received in your comments, congratulating me on achieving my weight loss goal. Thank you so much -- I really appreciate it, more than you'll know. :-)

I did have a dream last night that I weighed in and my weight on an incorrect scale was 132, so I knew that in reality, on my correct scale, I was under 130 (!!), but --- in my dream --- when I stepped on the scale I could not read the number. So we shall see on Friday if dreams come true (ha ha).

At least it wasn't an eating dream. Oh boy I hate dreaming about eating. Yuck!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/28/2007:
I read in prevention magazine that as long as you don't go 5lbs over or under your 'target' weight that you should be able to consider yourself as maintaining. So, don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff LOL. It is nice to see someone else reach their goal weight! So far i've seen harleygirl, maria and you! Have a great evening!

hollybelle on 11/29/2007:
A change in schedules does upset the applecart, so to speak. Congratulations on meeting your goal wieght! from 180 - that's so impressive. I started out just a little under that (I'm 5'5") but I can't seem to get under 155!

borntocry on 11/29/2007:
Funny... I love those dreams where I'm eating like there's no tomorrow! Sometimes I even wake up pleasantly full from my unconscious feast!

greengirl on 11/29/2007:
Donkey I am so pleased to see you reach your target weight!! I couldnt be more pleased if it was me that had done it!! (actually that might be a slight exaggeration!!). Well done, you deserve if for all the hard work you have put in !! *****celebratory hugs to you******

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
yuck...dreaming about eating is not good at all lol!!! after all, if you're anything like me and consumed with thoughts of food during the day, it's the last thing i would want to think about at night! :) haha.

Donkey - Thursday Nov 22, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Just wanted to take time to announce that I officially reached my goal weight today. I didn't have a chance to update my DD until this evening, but I weighed in early in the morning before hitting the gym.

It's a great feeling. I actually started my weight loss at 180lb after my daughter was born. And here I am at the end of my journey (again) and this time, my goal is to maintain this weight. Amen!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/22/2007:
wow!!! congrats Donkey!!! Nobody would ever think that you would reach a goal on Thanksgiving no less! haha! That definitely puts on the pressure to eat healthy on this holiday! :)

biscottibody59 on 11/23/2007:
Good for you!

shadetree on 11/23/2007:
I know you were at times wondering if you would make it to your goal - perserverance pays off! Congratulations!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/23/2007:
leg magic is available in some sporting goods stores and also online and on tv infomercials. I bought "Red" which is an ab exerciser and I have also bought the ab lounge. I like both of those. Leg Magic works your inner thighs. It's a little odd and you have to get used to it. The good thing is that if you don't like it, there's a 30 day return policy. I paid 150 dollars for it. Then, I went to the mall the other day and saw it there for 130. oh well, i can't do anything about it now. In the past 3 years, these are the purchases i've made. I will not be purchasing anything else for at least one year! :)

starfish on 11/23/2007:
WOW!!! GREAT JOB! :) How wonderful for you!

starfish on 11/23/2007:
It is so inspiring to see someone reach their goal

biscottibody59 on 11/24/2007:
Hey, just saw your last comment--thanks for your vote of confidence:-)! Also, it's JShawstad's loss (haha) that she's not here to share your joy in hitting goal!

I really was astonished at her reply--and for the record I'm often wrong as well--at least in the fact that I should have "said" NOTHING. That was a perfect example.

signed, biscottibody59 (wondering what happened to my "keep my head down" policy--yikes!)

workingit2 on 11/25/2007:

borntocry on 11/26/2007:
Hey there, Donkey! Congratulations!! I take it you didn't eat the whole pie, then? Wish I could say the same! :(

legcramps on 11/26/2007:
Way to go Donkey!!! Keep us posted on the maintaining part of your lifestyle change - it will be great to follow all your efforts!

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