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Donkey - Sunday Jan 27, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 126.5

Last night was my first attempt at making a keto pizza, and I think it went pretty well.  My daughter and my husband said that I should have used more sauce, but I thought it was just fine the way it was.  I would definitely make that again.  Everyone was happy and satisfied with Family Pizza Night.

However... then "something bad" happened.  Not really bad, but definitely not ideal.  As you may recall, Saturdays have been my "relax" day - not cheat, but just increased carbs if you will.  In the freezer, I had a bag of frozen banana slices that's been sitting in there for a few months.  Bananas are really high in carbs, but my daughter eats them regularly in her meals.  However, if they get "too brown" in her sensitive opinion (I think - LOL), I slice them up and freeze them to use at a later date, either as a substitute for oil in making a boxed cake mix or in the summertime, blending them up to make "ice cream".  They can also be used in my daughter's smoothies, if she could get past the "too brown".

Anyway, so I've had this bag in the freezer that this weekend had been calling my name.  After dinner, I sat down to watch TV with my daughter before going out to shovel AGAIN -- and ate the whole bag!  Yikes!  There were at least 3 bananas, maybe 4.  Talk about carb overload!  Might as well have had a small chocolate milkshake from McDonalds - YES!

The thing with working a keto plan though is that once your blood sugar levels spike like that, you have to work to get back into the metabolic ketosis state again, which can be difficult.  I'm feeling it this morning.  Very difficult to prolong any kind of overnight fasting, cravings, etc.  So I'm back on track today, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about the bananas.  "Planned binge"?  Probably.  Don't like it when any type of excessive eating happens. 

You may think I'm being too hard on myself.  After all, "cheating" with bananas?  That's a valid argument to make, I think.  I could rationalize it by saying that it's not "that bad" because bananas have additional nutritional value, so this wasn't the  same as eating complete junk.  I would admit that there's truth to that as well.  And on the PLUS side, any and all bathroom issues reconciled, which is always a wonderful thing.

So anyway, that was Saturday night.  Today is Sunday, back on track.  Hopefully, I will feel motivated enough to try the heavier weights today.  In fact, that's what I'll do right now is set those up.

EVENING EDIT:  Probably not a good idea to do a heavier weights workout the day before a huge snow storm.  My muscles have been feeling fatigue for most of the day.  I've struggled with appetite, between the fatigue and coldness in the house.  

Ate what was probably too many nuts today again, but not a binge.  Just more than I should have had.

Going to do my best to get to bed early tonight, as I will set an earlier alarm to allow for shoveling time tomorrow morning.

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only -10 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/27/2019:
A happy digestive state is worth a couple of bannanas.

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
I'll give a big AMEN to that - It's very uncomfortable when I'm off.

happy-1 on 01/27/2019:
And as my nutritionist would say, if you are hungry enough to eat a bag of bananas, you were actually hungry and your body is telling you it needs more food/calories than you are giving it.

Donkey on 01/27/2019:

happy-1 on 01/27/2019:
And she’d applaud you for eating an unprocessed food. Look how far you have come... you thought nothing of eating ice cream cake leftovers that had been in the fridge forever, but instead you treated yourself well and had a favorite frozen treat

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
Well, there's that truth too. Thank you for helping me see the glass as "half full". It is my regret that I couldn't do that on my own initiative, so I appreciate you steering me in the right direction. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
i agree with what you wrote on happy's diary entry about ok to cheat on keto / diets...lol....you are either following it or not...i cannot cheat either. i prefer it to be my lifestyle and that's it...not one day this and one day that...!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
well, now the bananas are now in the past!!! in the future, you can also have some other fruit mixed with the bananas...or a greek yogurt iwth bannaas....

instead of eating all of one thing, try to say, ok, i'm having some of that banana...and mix it with some things...

or have a decaf coffee or two with the bananas...you were probably hungry and tired from all the shoveling...i totally can see that. it's hard when doing that type of exercise in winter!

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
Those are options to think about. I didn't even think to consider mixing up the frozen bananas with something else. I could have put the bananas in a bowl (portion control) rather than eat them out of the bag.

Truth is, I think I wanted them to be gone, more than anything else. I mean, I had a craving, but I didn't want to revisit that again.

The cold weather is really playing with me. I gotta be stronger than this. I *AM* stronger than this. I'd suck as a pioneer...

Donkey - Saturday Jan 26, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 126.5

Weigh-in Thoughts:  Once again, it happened:  stopped working out with weights, weight goes down.  I got my "wish" to lose that little bit of weight to make it an even "60 pounds lost" on my stats - which makes my OCD-self happy.  Logical Donkey has mixed feelings though.

At this age in my life, I truly believe that some kind of weight-training NEEDS to be incorporated into my life, because I'm getting older (almost 50) and am at that point where I need to be preserving bone and muscle mass.  Plus, increased muscle mass will help with keeping my metabolism higher, fight against sagging skin, etc.  Lots of benefits - at the expense of seeing higher numbers on the scale.  I gotta keep working on this in my head, because it's hard to accept.

Because weights are really non-negotiable, though, my plan is to start weights again, with higher weights.  I can't do as many reps though, and frankly, using a higher weight taxes my joints to the point where form is compromised.  Any thoughts or input?

  • Even increasing from 8lb dumbbells to 10lb dumbbells causes problems.

Tried a 90-Second Keto bread recipe this morning which was actually OK.  This was my breakfast, but I shared some of it with my husband, to try, to see if he liked it too.  He did like it, but wanted to sweeten it up with syrup, which defeats the whole "keto" thing.  Might be able to add some Swerve and cinnamon and/or nutmeg.  Haven't tried the Walden brand maple syrup because I've heard mixed reviews.  Gains says it's pretty good...  I keep forgetting to look for it in the store.

Both kids are home tonight, so we're having pizza for dinner.  I bought a take-n-bake cheese pizza from Aldi and pepperoni, so that some of it can have meat, and some can be vegetarian.  I planned to have this over the weekend anyway, so that I would have time to make my own keto pizza with "fathead dough".  This will be my first try at making a keto-friendly pizza, so I'm looking forward to this.

This year is the Year of My Remodel, an idea which I borrowed from the office manager who works for the clinic of the 1st floor of my office.  She had weight loss surgery a year or so ago and mentioned this year, she would be working on toning up before she made any further decisions about skin removal.  

I kind of envy her because she is essentially forced to eat properly, because of the surgery.  If she does not eat correctly, she gets very sick.  IDK where I'm going with this, but sometimes I get so sick of the struggle to eat in a balanced way that it would be nice to have the eating struggle taken out of the equation.  

This got me to thinking how I STILL struggle - mentally, emotionally - with my numbers even now.  I want to be under 130.  I want to lose a nice round number of pounds, e.g. "60 pounds lost".  I want thin thighs.  I want to be able to lift weights and still see a pleasing number on the scale.  Crazy Donkey wishes she was reckless enough to get liposuction to remove some of the inner thigh fat - part of her German heritage, thank you Nana B.  On the other hand, Logical Donkey does her bookkeeping and realizes what a superficial use of her family's financial resources this would be.  PLUS, then I hear about things going really wrong, and I think, "Oh my, all for the sake of vanity!"

EVENING EDIT:  Decided to hold off on a real edit until tomorrow, so I wrote some comments below.  Going to go to bed at a decent hour tonight, instead of indulging in watching the old Perry Mason mysteries.  Shoveled TWICE this evening and it's still snowing...  And this isn't even the Big Snow we're supposed to wake up to on Monday morning...

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only -10 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2019:
I commented below on your last couple entries....and since this entry is asking for specific advice and input, my plan is to work that out later for you! :)

Donkey on 01/26/2019:
Queen Bee always seems to go on a diet when she has a vacation coming up. We'll see how long this one lasts.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2019:
if using a higher weight is compromising your form, in general you should continue the lower weight.

i have a few exercises where i prefer to compromise my form, but, in general the more logical way is to keep your form, not just up the weight.

there are better sugar free maple syrups from amazon. you can also make your own sweeteners / syrups from sites like that woman i follow...Maya...i forget the name of her keto page.

i found an "Oprah" cauliflower pizza in the freezer isle and bought it, although, i'm not impressed with the calories. it's a large size that you cannot eat all at once. I plan to make it tomorrow and bring it to work i guess for a few days next week.

i know i can also make the pizza all on my own...

i can't wait to see how yours turns out!

you can always keep forging ahead and doing your best. you should work to love yourself and all you have already achieved.

part of "the struggle" is finding distractions and other things in life to want to achieve so that those become the focus and the food thing goes to a more of a backburner approach.

i think i got to my goal weight a hair before you did, so i think i've been working at maintenance longer.

i have to tell you, i still rely on veggies for the times i want to feel really full.

i also have to tell you that i def eat more veggies in comparison to the regular person and it's my diet and type of eating i've learned which keeps me at this weight.

i'm not this weight without practice and learning.

just keep it interesting, so you don't get bored.

stay happy...that's most important and realize that life is short, so, try to stop wishing for things that may not be for you...and be happy with the things you have achieved so far.

you are, by looks and weight, in a better place from when you started.

but those are just the outer dimension of yourself. being a peace with yourself and having a positive self image is on the inside and that's an emotional thing to work on :)

the obsession and ocd with a number on the scale is just a habit you go to, to think about, to take your mind off of other things...

Donkey on 01/26/2019:
I did not get a chance to do weights today, so I will try again tomorrow. I truly am going to give the heavier weights a shot.

Yes, you're right about the scales and the numbers --- I think I write about them here so that I do not have to carry around those thoughts with me. Does that make sense?

A LOT of people doing keto don't lose weight -- or it takes FOREVER but they lose inches. I think it will give me a leaner appearance, which was the whole point to begin with :)

happy-1 on 01/26/2019:
Reading this, I want to make you come with me to this nudist trailer resort out here. A couple of weeks in the sun and feeling good in your body and you will never look at anything in your life the same way again.

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
I think warm sun fixes everything... Why am I still living in Illinois?

I think you're right about such an experience being life-changing.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
Happy's comment = 100% accurate :)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
oh, and i've forcasted queen bee's diet to end once she's on vaca :)

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
RIGHT????? I wish she'd just stop this half-assed craziness and love herself the way she is.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
it's fine you share the scale here :) i TOTALLY understand what you mean by getting it out, sharing it somewhere, so it's not just stuck all day in your head! yes, i get it!!!

don't be afraid to use the higher weights. it will feel hard at first, but as long as you can get in 8 reps, stick with it.

also, if you do the 3 sets, you can do 2 sets higher weights with the third set the lower weight....until you are more comfortable.

just mix and match.

as for going up in weights, i generally have been at the same levels all year. right now i'm at the very weak end myself, def still just trying to lift my usual weights and with some challenges at the moment.

don't be afraid of the weights. stick to your diet, do not increase food just because you are lifting. more water, more light drinks will help you feel full, herbal teas, decaf coffee.

after a year of weights, you will automatically look a little better from where you started <3

my generation knows weights are good. my mom's generation (20 years older than you), for the most part didn't learn it...too bad on her, as she used to be afraid and tell me i was looking to big...but in my head before i reached where i am now, because of all the women i followed and research i did online, i knew one day i would be capable of getting to where i am now, and not look anything like a man :) since it's not possible based on chemistry of a woman. :)

Donkey on 01/27/2019:
Very good advice which I plan on taking! One concern is that using the higher weight brings about muscle fatigue which can sometimes trigger a larger appetite. It's a mixed signal in my brain, to combat the fatigue with food. So I will be mindful to keep my intake consistent.

However, even with my light weights, I was brushing my teeth the other day, and happened to have my arm flexed at a 90-degree angle, and I was like, "Whoa, really NICE muscle definition there!"

So it's happening.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/27/2019:
do you have any advice on the streaming? and you don't have cable because you share from your phone??? how does internet work at your home? or, do you pay for internet only, just no tv??

Donkey - Friday Jan 25, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Quite tired today.  I had enough work to keep me working throughout the day, with about 3 things -- all to be done by the end of business today -- coming in right before 5pm.  Isn't that nice?  People are so freakin' rude.  Not just clients - although this was one of them.  Too rich and too young to have consideration for other people's work schedules - even the Associate Attorney said that.  But today I was getting grief from other attorneys' offices too.  And don't even get me started on lenders.  I swear, it felt like I had been arguing with people via email all. day. long. 

Then somehow I started getting drawn into it with Queen Bee and Male Co-Worker.  Oh no, I'm not going down that path again.  Stood up for myself to Male Co-Worker and stopped talking to Queen Bee.

So glad it's Friday...  I'm apprehensive -- too much so, perhaps -- about tomorrow's weigh-in.  Haven't been walking as much during the day because of the really cold temperatures.  "Feels like -28F" this morning.  How the heck do we know what -28F feels like or should feel like?  I think it was -1F when I went outside at around 2pm, just to go around the block.  Yes it was cold.

Because of the cold, I don't have much planned to do outside of the house, but I do have some more keto recipes to try.  One is for 90-second bread.  The other is to make a keto pizza, with a fathead pizza crust.  However, I do not do well with unstructured time.  I suppose what I should do is try to tackle some of those decluttering projects.  Oh my...  Actually one of the things I was going to do was to start up a new weight training circuit with the heavier weights and an extra set.  

Well, I will think about that tomorrow.  I'm getting ready for bed and going to curl up with Harry Potter #3 until it's lights out. 

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

happy-1 on 01/26/2019:
Or just take a nap...

Horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2019:
Yes, my neighbor told me how cold it is today in Chicago-land! i can't believe the weather you are getting this winter! so much snow and cold that has mysteriously and miraculously stayed out of NYC!?

I'm glad it's friday too! :)

i would also stay in if it were that cold. take your rest and watch Harry Potter. sounds like a plan!

and if you are tired, I think Happy's advice works well, too.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 24, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

 Logging in on my phone...

Fasting for blood work this morning was not painless but not impossible.   On the way home,  I toyed with the idea of prolonging the fast to see how long I could go,  but as soon as I got to work,  I made myself a coffee with heavy cream and had my delicious breakfast bar. 

I would very much like to eat now,  at the end of the day,  but this is more munchies than actual hunger.  As I was filling up my water bottle,  I thought,  Life is too short to fast.  Why not eat something (now)?  Why am I still doing this? Who cares if I'm fat or fit?  I quickly left the kitchen and came upstairs to get ready for bed - YIKES!

As I was in the shower,  I thought,  It is probably a good thing I took this week off from weight training because my arm is sore from the tetanus shot I got from this morning.  I plan to resume this weekend,  when it's too cold to do anything else,  and take up the advice I received from legcramps. 

Of course,  the REALLY big news today is that Queen Bee has joined Weight Watchers....

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

Horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2019:
how on earth am i sooo behind on your entries!? sorry!

you will feel better soon from that shot! :) maybe also take a pain killer so it's not such a nuisance!

next, queen bee is not on WW!? wow. she's a Pro-Dieter...as in, she's just always on a new plan, huh!? i see failure in her future! lol

Donkey - Wednesday Jan 23, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Woke up super early so that I'd have enough time to shovel after riding my bike.  Oh my, there was like 6 inches of snow and this time it was heavier and wetter than the snow we had over the weekend.  I'm running out of room to putt the extra snow, so not only was I pushing the snow to the sides, but then I had to lift and throw it.  That was like a whole 2nd workout - and when I stopped, it was still snowing out, so the kids had to shovel again around noon when the snow finally stopped.

When I woke up, I couldn't believe that I "felt" hungry -- after all those almonds and cashews???  But that went away quickly, so I don't think it was true hunger.  The extra calories didn't bother me because of the energy I exerted while shoveling.  I think though that, like Gains mentioned, nuts are going to be something that I just can't keep in the house in bulk.  IDK, I have bags of unsalted almonds and then walnuts, and those I haven't been eating very often - mostly because of bathroom issues -- but this cannister of salted almonds, etc., is just too hard to resist.  The fact that it came from my mom probably has something to do with it as well.

So even though I'm in maintenance - sort of - I'm still a train wreck when it comes to food issues.

Tomorrow morning, it's plain water and black coffee until I get blood drawn.  Yuck... that's going to be difficult.

One last thing -  If I could please just maintain at one pound LESS, so that I've lost an even 60 pounds, rather than this "59" thing that's just hanging out there.  Gotta keep trying...

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

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
maybe plan to have some pick me up after the appointment. like something that will help you...nothing too big...then a bigger meal later after that. when i wait very long periods to eat and then i eat big, i get very, very tired. try to plan to make it work out best :)

even if in maintenance, we still have to try and plan for the difficult days. it's Winter, lots of snow...more to take care of lately.

i know what you mean about it not being true hunger. today i think i was hungrier than usual, also because of being tired but not actually hungry.

yeah, i know what you mean with the nuts. i had days where even around peanut butter was a disaster. I'm so glad i've improved myself to overcome temptation by having so many options around that work in my plan!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2019:
good luck today with your blood work! take it easy and remember that you'll be extra hungry afterwards!

interestingly, by me, we don't have to completely fast anymore for the blood work! they say a light meal is ok at my dr's! interesting, right!?

talk soon! :) you can do this. i know the doctors are stressing you! you'll feel better when it's all done xo

legcramps on 01/24/2019:
I hear lots of places are getting or have gotten a good dump of snow lately. Thankfully, we haven't here YET. I'm sure it is only a matter of time, but i'll be thankful if it stays away until the weekend, when I might actually have some extra time to clean it up. I hope your appointment goes well today!

Donkey - Tuesday Jan 22, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

I came home early today, because they were forecasting icy roads, possibly snow, etc.  So I left work at 3pm-ish, got home at 3:30p, only to find that the driveway was an ice rink and nobody bothered to put ice on the driveway.  Great.  So when I finally came inside, I was a little crabbier than I would have liked.

So there was nothing to do... and I think I was feeling a little guilty for leaving work early, but I had just had it, and there was very little left for me to do.  I will be busy or busier tomorrow, and that's actually probaby a good thing.  My plan was to come home and walk on the treadmill, since I didn't take a lunch, but rather tacked on my hour lunchtime onto the end of the day, so that I'm only out 1 hour, instead of 2.  Plus I didn't want to walk on the icy roads/sidewalks PLUS at 12:30p, I found that I was the only person left in the office!  People either left or hadn't come in at all!  So I stayed indoors.

Came home, crabby, as I said above, and couldn't get motivated to get on that treadmill.  So what did I do?  I ate a bunch of salted almonds and cashews that my mom got us in this HUGE tin container for Christmas.  (Yes, still working away at that.)   Ate way too many, but didn't realize it until after the fact, when I started drinking water.  Oof! 

Got on the treadmill though and did a great 60 minutes.  I wish I could do that every day.

So now it's dinnertime and my tummy feels so gross.  And I imagine that I will have some bathroom issues to come...  It makes me think that I should have just stayed at work.  VERY SAD.

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

happy-1 on 01/22/2019:
Hugs. Sounds like you need some fun and to get the household to pitch in. If momma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy.

graindart on 01/23/2019:
Nuts. They're on my list of things I have to avoid buying in bulk. I have no desire to eat a normal portion size of roasted nuts. "My" portion size for nuts is usually 4 or 5 times the suggested portion size. I've tried buying the packages with single serving 100 calorie bags in them, but it's depressing. I don't know the exact number, but it seems like each 100 calorie bag contains like 5 nuts.......

Donkey on 01/23/2019:
Yep, this is going to have to be me too. Not good.

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
so now i'm caught up on all your entries! lots of nice reading on your diary entries, J donk! so positive. you seem to have broken out of any rut and you are doing really well! I'm proud and happy for you.

don't feel guilty going home early. ...you work a ton ;)

even though you indulged, it's nice to read you got on the treadmill and got the exercise in! that's good...it means you can get your mind off the indulgence. it's a HUGE improvement to the days when a binge would totally crush you (or me).

As a reminder, J donk, you indulged bc of unstructured time and emotions. That's something i have trouble with too.

Next time, try to plan for it better...have veggies or pick them up...have seltzer...have a snack planned so you don't want to eat so many nuts...

instead of just saying "VERY SAD," know in your head that you can use this to do better NEXT TIME.

i wasn't perfect on my vaca....but i also didn't let one bad day turn into a loss for the rest of the trip.

it's important for you to remember where you came from, that you DO know how to plan and make good choices.

remember that you are now more at maintenance than struggling and that hating yourself for making one mistake is hurtful.

remember to LOVE YOURSELF :)

you just had an excellent dr appt a few days ago ;) it's not all "VERY SAD!"

<3 xoxo

Donkey on 01/23/2019:
Yes 100% correct. I even knew when I typed "VERY SAD" that this is not what I wanted to say -- sounds too much like someone ELSE who posts too often on Twitter. You're correct - NEXT TIME.

And actually, as it turned out, it wasn't such a bad thing this time either. I'll write a little bit about this tonight.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
who's the negative twitter person? i hope not you?!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
i also used to have a huge problem with nuts. but doing far better with these issues lately!

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.

happy-1 on 01/23/2019:
Hugs. You're my hero.

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
How did you make the kale? sauteed?


one of my coworkers is doing a routine i gave her...love hearing women doing weights.

oh, it's soooo worth it!

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!

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.

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
yeah! i cannot believe how cold it got here as of the weekend!

try to help your daughter along not to get like i was ...too restrictive and lost my period for a couple years. so unhealthy. lost calcium i'm sure.

at her age, "kids" do like to experiment and grow and learn....omg i learned for YEARS.

aren't you glad you have some good experience on you already in terms of eating and diet?!

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!

legcramps on 01/22/2019:
First, nice job! Kudos for putting in the weight work!! I know it is not well-liked by most, but I love working with weights!

Your upper body workout is already well-defined. My suggestions for upper body: do all 3 sets AND add more weight. You can move the reps from 15 to 10. Those chest presses could use A LOT more weight. Do you have weightier dumbbells handy? I would START you with 15lb dumbbells, and work your way up from there! You can do it. Same thing with the shoulder press, you can definitely do more than 5 or 8lbs, and once you do this for 4-6 weeks you'll see more definition in your upper body for sure.

I would also add weight to your lower body workout and lower your reps. Check out how to do a goblet squat with a dumbbell, and add that to your workout instead of regular squats. Another one I would start doing, with weight, is the reverse lunge or forward lunge. I like the reverse lunge better because it's much easier on the knees. You can hold a dumbbell in each hand, or you can hold one dumbbell goblet-style. If your knees can handle it, I would also add in lateral lunges. Google it so you know what it should look like. The only other lower body exercise I would add in right now is a deadlift. You can do this with dumbbells in each hand - careful with this one if you have any lower back issues - make sure your form is bang on!

My opinion - add that stuff, work on it for 4-6 weeks, then see if it makes any changes (it will) and slowly progress from there. I would love to hear if you end up making any of these changes!

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
Loving that you wrote out your routine. Loving the variety and amount of different types of exercises. Loving that you do two types of triceps moves because triceps are so hard to train and form, i totally think it's good to do the 2 types of exercises, yes!

Loving the two types of squats (my routine has 3 different squat exercises i do, so, yeah, keep on with that!) squats are major for shaping your body and keeping the important musclces for posture and to help you when you do cardio.

I wish you did 3 sets of upper body, also.

i def recommend a 3rd set for the upper body because that's the general recommendation that everyone follows. i really do feel you should add the 3rd set in.

i think that your exercises are all good and are all the best ones to be doing. i have nothing to critique negatively only to suggest you do the 3rd upper body set when you feel you have the time to put it in.

remember, to save time, you can do your whole 5 upper body exercises, 3 times in a row the whole series if you wanted...

i like to do a mix of two exercises at once: like biceps move, then a leg move...3 times in a row...instead of 3x biceps and then 3x legs...it saves me less resting time. i still do rest betweeen exercises especially during the second half, more tired, part of my workouts, but, i like to do at least alternating two moves as a way to save time and rest my muscles. not sure if i'm explaining this right.

i will say that i think your workout weights routine is excellent and to keep following thru. NICELY DONE.

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!

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.

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2019:
well, well! congrats on a well done dr's appt! and on being taller ;)

lots of people do lots of things to look younger. she has money, probably, as a dr.

try not to compare yourself too much, focus more on continuing to work on yourself :) remember also you know your weight...so the scale is just saying what you know...maintenance stuff i mean...keep the perspective that you are in charge, not the scale :) the scale is a result of your work or unworking.!

you are getting LOTS of snow in Chicago. NY has been escaping it, as it keeps turning to rain.

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