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Donkey - Saturday Nov 07, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 151.0

Pretty much status quo. :-(

Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/07/2009:
Good to see you check in! As for me: One big "Ugh!" Letting myself off the hook a little too often.

needs_this22 on 11/07/2009:
almost thirty pounds gone, congrats!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/09/2009:
hey donkey. lately, i feel a tad overworked and stressed out. It really affected my weekend. So, I'm trying to do unstress today. I was doing good, too! :-) So, now i'll continue that way. My advice is take one day at a time. try not to let bad days consume you. :-)

Donkey - Saturday Oct 31, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 151.5

Weighed in today.  I pretty much guessed the number before I stepped on the scale.

Progress as of today: 28.5 lbs lost so far, only 21.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/31/2009:
hello donkey! :-) happy halloween to you.i hope all the kiddies ate the rest of your candy supply! :-)

belly on 11/04/2009:
I'm eating both my kid's candy. And my daughter is 4. That takes the cake for worst mom of the year. Hope you got rid of yours! ;)

Donkey - Monday Oct 26, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 147.0

I keep eating Halloween candy.  This is not good.

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/27/2009:
it may not be good. but it sure tastes good. buy something else to have as tasty alternative in your house!!! :-) feel better...

hollybelle on 10/27/2009:
I am hiding my halloween candy at the office - downstairs in the kitchen and won't take it home until Friday. Maybe I can resist 24 hours! I usually don't buy until last minute, but there was a good sale.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/30/2009:
haha, that is funny. hollybelle is hiding her candy but she KNOWS exactly where it is. a good plan for some of us. not i!

Donkey - Sunday Oct 25, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 147.0

I ate a bunch of Halloween candy today.

I also managed to do some errands that I have been putting off.  Unfortunately, I just remembered a few more I have to do, so this will be short.

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

Donkey - Saturday Oct 24, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 147.0

I am slowly making the adjustment to my husband's schedule.  I sleep better at night since his snoring doesn't wake me up.  Sometimes, I sleep until noon so that I have some time with my husband, even if it's spent sleeping.

I now knit in front of my computer while I watch DVD's during the day.

I started my tutor training for ESL instruction (learning how to be an "English as a Second Language" instructor).  It is not all that I had hoped it would be, from what I can tell.  I start my actual "hands on" training on Tuesday(s), so I will have a better idea if this is something I can actually do.

I have not been exercising, tracking calories or drinking enough water.  I now realize that losing weight will not bring me the relief from grief or happiness or satisfaction of accomplishment that I need.

Maybe I will start going to the gym again in November.  It won't help but ... well.. whatever.

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

Donkey - Monday Oct 05, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 148.0

I'm coming clean here....

I have slacked off on addressing my eating issues this past week, and it shows on the scale.  But scale aside, I can feel it too.  My body aches, my sleep is off, my mood is not so great... 

I am not taking advantage of October like I wanted to.  So that is what this week is dedicated to:  Getting back on track with the food.

I'm also trying a new weight lifting routine, to see how it goes.  Not necessarily new exercises but working muscle groups on different days, 4 days a week.  Still trying to walk 5 days a week. 

My husband is going to the night shift in a couple of days, which will change my entire routine.  This would not have been my first choice, but this means promotion and more money coming in.  Although the money is the bottom line, it's the promotion that was the reason. 

It'll be interesting to see where he sleeps during the day, because I spend a lot of time in our room, which has the master bath as well.  I shower after my workouts.  I can no longer do early morning workouts (before husband gets home) because my son gets off to school so early.  So I go after the kids are off to school -- and most days, after my walk.

But if my husband is sleeping, then ... I would essentially have to move everything to the kids' bathroom.  or shower at the gym (yuck).  Besides, I fold laundry in our room, I knit in our room, I relax and watch TV in our room ---- all of that will be changing. :-(  I would like him to sleep in our son's room, quite frankly.

We'll see how it works.  The kids have a 4 day weekend coming up.  Just in time to be home and be very quiet all day, right?  Ugh...

Try not to stress eat after all of that. 

Progress as of today: 32 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

horn_of_Plenty on 10/05/2009:
no need to be home and all quiet all day on a 4 day off vacation! why don't you and the kids pack up and go walking at a park or go do some other nature activity. DON'T stay home, unless you need the rest of course. you can rent a movie, if that's the case. have the kids hlep you do some work around the house? maybe have them help with laundry? or maybe that is not a possibility! haha.

as far as weight, whenever i gain as much as a couple pounds, my body feels it right away. bc, for me, a couple pounds can result from just a few days at hardcore binging. and then, that is a lot of new weight for the body to absorb at once! it was soooo difficult walking this sunday morning. i felt like i was YEARS beyond my age. but despite how i felt, i kept on for what i could and then walked again that evening. stastick at it, dont' stop. i am back to trying to get in more cardio...

Donkey - Thursday Oct 01, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 145.0

Happy October....

My weight is up but I'm OK with that.  I'm really looking forward to this month. 

My weight is up but I've stopped binge eating, for the most part.  I've had a couple of emotional eating episodes, where I caught myself eating for reasons other than hunger --- and associated with negative feelings.  That is to say, it's not like I"m catching myself having a piece of birthday cake at a party.  No, it's more like I find myself anxious and eating extra cookies.  Or feeling worthless and having a dish of ice cream.

So it's progress, but there's still a ways to go.

This is the month that I should start seeing visable changes in my body (upper body) with the weight training.  I HOPE!!!  I think THIS is what I am really anticipating more than anything else on the diet/exercise spectrum.


This month I continue to improve myself.  I hope to start some new knitting projects.  I want to start another blog and set up a Facebook page for myself.  I may take a tutorial in Power Point too, at the public library.

I am also very excited to start a new endeavor by becoming an "English as a Second Language" instructor.  My classes to begin this certification process start this month, towards the latter half.  I'm not so sure I want to be a classroom instructor, but I'd love to work with a small group or 1-on-1 (1-on-2), to work on conversational and practical English language applications.  (e.g. "How are you today?" "What is for lunch?") 

My kids have quite a few activities this month too that I am really looking forward to.  There are many, but 2 of the highlights are:

1.  My son's first band concert!!! (He plays clarinet)

2. My kids testing for their black belts in Tae Kwon Do!!! (no more TKD - yay!!!)

And let us not forget anything and everything about HALLOWEEN!!!  Can't wait to carve pumpkins, even if it means dealing with the temptation of roasted pumpkin seeds.

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2009:
wow, your kids are advanced in tae kwon do! i know a little something about the clarinet - a few words of advice: make sure he DOES practice most days of the week at least 20-30 min...and don't buy a reed softer than a 2 for him. it'll be difficult at first but a harder reed makes for a better sound. and if he sticks to regular practicing, a reed of that thickness should not be a problem at all. i learned this from an exceptional elementary band teacher i worked with a few years ago. and soon a 2.5 reed would be a good choice. don't buy 1 or 1.5. (i was a music education major and taught a few years.)

kudos to you on feeling better. i'm all about the gym too, loving the weights!

horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2009:
oh, and if you join fb, let me know bc i am on there, and so is rlovell and grumpy and jen.

Donkey - Wednesday Sep 23, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 142.5

Don't be fooled by the number in the "Current Weight" box. 

Starting up the weight training again.  Trying to pick up the pieces and move forward.

Knitting is going well.  I'm working on a poncho for my daughter and trying to master a decent mitten, which eventually I plan on making for my son.

Progress as of today: 37.5 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2009:
wow, nice idea to knit a poncho! and weight training helps a TON with weightloss! that is why i'm continuing with it no matter what!!!! :) thanks for your words of kindness on my entry...hopefully my metabolism will pick up the bulk of what i give it!

glycrina on 09/23/2009:
Hey donks -- glad you are back to working out again. Congrats!

legcramps on 09/25/2009:
I knitted myself a hat once - it's crooked and the ear flaps don't even reach the bottoms of my ears, but I like it. I made it a number of years ago and I still have it, so I must like it! Have a great weekend! :)

biscottibody59 on 09/28/2009:
Good going with the knitting! Hope your week goes well for you!

grumpy on 09/29/2009:
good job on getting back on track and a mitten? that would be awesome!

Donkey - Saturday Sep 19, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 145.0

Up and down, up and down, up and down.....

I am tired.  I am sore.  My back hurts.  I have cramps.  I feel anxious.  I feel sad.  I feel worn down.


Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

mskitty on 09/19/2009:
All us girls could out to a field and mimic the scene from Office Space where they take a baseball bat and kick the crap outta a fax mashine. But replace the printer with a pile of our scales. I can hear the gangsta music now... if you haven't watched it... you should and when it comes to that scene just VISUALIZE BABY.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/19/2009:
i agree with kitty! no more scales for you! take a break bc you know what you need to eat/not eat to lose weight, maintain, gain. let your clothing tell you how you're doing. forget the scales bc they just set you up for anxiety.

biscottibody59 on 09/19/2009:
I never answered your comment on "Biggest Loser"--if you and your daughter get "quality time" out of watching it together and it prompts discussion, it's a good thing. Home exercise for me has to include TV or music at the least. I myself don't have a symphony playing in my head at all times--haha:-)

Keep on pushing or nursing your back if you have to. If you're like me, you've tried pelvic tilts--for me they actually work when I'm having spasms/pain--I just loathe them as an exercise.

Also, when you get to a point of no pain, you've been cleared by the doctor that nothing serious is happening with it, start doing some deadlifts--I swear by them to keep those muscles strong and prevent possible relapsing.

Keep your chin up!

Donkey - Wednesday Sep 16, 2009
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 143.0

I am not sure of what I weigh, as I have not weighed in the past 2 days.  Which is probably just as well.

My back has been feeling somewhat better.  The jabs of pain are not quite as frequent.  Yet, I am reminded quite often of how I still need to be careful.  I almost tried running this morning, but decided not to tempt fate.

Perhaps it is not meant to be.

I have been walking every day except Garbage Day Pick-Up Day (for the obvious reason).  And then I go to the gym later and do the bike and/or the elliptical.  I don't know how long I will be able to sustain the walking, with the colder weather approaching the Chicago area.

I try to keep busy during my days as well.  I have yardwork to do that keeps getting put off, for one reason or another.  I am knitting a lot these days too.  I am not knitting anything specific, but rather, trying different patterns of stitches to make sample swatches.  I am thinking that perhaps I could piece these swatches together and make a tote bag for my knitting supplies :-)

I have not tried to apply at any further places of employment right now.  This pains me greatly, but for right now, this is not a battle I can engage in. 

Progress as of today: 37 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

grumpy on 09/16/2009:
Yes, all emotional here too... Feel better! And knit nice scarves, I think they look so great and add some happiness to the look if you have a bright color on! :)

glycrina on 09/17/2009:
Knitting keeps you from mindless eating, or so I hear. keep your head up.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/19/2009:
so you are making all good decisions right now, and i'm glad to hear this. Don't try running now. Your back is bothering you. WAIT until your back feels FULLY better. Whenever i try to run, after i just ran the day before, my ankle is in pain for days after. It's not really worth it.

So my doctor put me on 10 mg celexa. It usually works fully at maximum better after 4 weeks but i think i am already feeling a difference since Thursday morning. I hope it's not the placebo effect, and that it's the pill that i'm paying for. it's not perfect though, and i think I will need a slightly higher dose, 20 mg in the end. I get far less anxious and i start to block the anxiety now, before it continues. Like i start to feel it, and then it subsides. I will admit i took 20mg this saturday morning, as weekends are tougher and i have a special dinner to attend tonight. (i promise not to become a drug addict, lol). i should probably have not done that, but it's only 20mg, and that is the "lowest therapeutic dose." I'll probably contact the doctor after a month and have him raise the prescription to 20mg. I wish i didn't have to wait so long to do that...

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