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Donkey - Saturday Sep 22, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: None (Day of Rest - ha ha); Weight training: None; Calories: 1870 (I caved and had a dish of ice cream).

Today is supposed to be my rest day, yet I am exhausted after a day full of errands. I didn't get that much accomplished either. At least it feels that way.

Took the kids to the library and spent too much time there browsing. Went shopping at Target for much needed things including batteries. At 2:30a the smoke detector decided it had had enough of its battery and started beeping every 3 minutes. My Husband - God love him - says, "All you have to do is take the battery out." Oh YEAH??? I told him I was too short and that HE"D have to get OUT OF BED and take care of it. After all, I got zilcho sleep the night before.

Anyway, if you wish to read about my shopping excursion, please read my comments to Shadetree here on Diet Diaries.

Come home and make lunch, which we didn't eat until 2p! Cleaned up from that, then decided to wash my car and do a little weeding. So it HAS been an active day.

One thing I'm *tickled* about is that I bought new insoles for my gym shoes. Lately, they've been feeling a bit flat, and to extend the life of my shoes (because I like to save $$ on shoes), I replace the insoles once or twice before I stop wearing a shoe for workouts. So I am REALLY looking forward to my next gym workout with new bouncy insoles in my shoes :-)

But on a more serious note, I am trying really hard to stay on track this weekend. Really really really want to reach my goal weight soon. So badly I can taste it.

Progress as of today: 11.5 lbs lost so far, only 2.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 09/22/2007:
Come on Donkey!!! You are right down to the last push !!! You will be at your goal well before Halloween if you keep up the good work. I wish you all the best of luck in this :o)

shadetree on 09/22/2007:
I hope I didn't offend - I understand what it's like to take children (12YO son and 5YO granddaughter) to the store especially around Halloween and Christmas. I made a clariying statement on my entry...

Keep up your hard work - only 2.5 pounds to go! Over 3/4 of the way there!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2007:
hey!!! Those insoles work wonders! I bought them for my shoes as well. the good thing is that the ones i bought can be used for dress shoes/work shoes too!! So, when i needed to wear fancy shoes yesterday, i put the insoles inside and it was soooo much easier to walk around! :)

haha, now they're back in my sneakers! :)

Donkey - Friday Sep 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (intervals) + 50 min running + 5 min cooldown walk; Weight Training: None; Calories: 1770 (a bit high but considering we had pizza tonight, I did very well)

Go ahead and look at that weight! :-) Lost 3lbs! YAY!!!! I couldn't believe it, I had to weigh myself twice.

Since some of us have become quite "personal" with details, let me just say I was particularly pleased to have my Daily Donkey Dump occur before the weigh in, as opposed to after my first cup of coffee.

You see, I have been awake since 2a when the cats knocked down a dish downstairs. It was then that I realized that I had forgotten to clear all of the table after dinner last night! I had to throw out marinara, pasta, 2 beautiful chicken breasts -- Ugh, broke my heart :-( I think that I so dread washing dishes at night --- especially when I have labored to fix the dinner as well, that I just forgot to clear away the rest of the dinner. Throwing away that chicken made me mad.

So after cleaning up the mess and returning to bed at 2:33a, I could not get back to sleep. I tossed and turned until 4:49a. I must have dozed off right about then because when Husband's alarm clock went off at 5:15a, I was in the middle of a terrible dream (any dream about mass transit public transportation canNOT be good). Then Husband announces that he needs money. So I had to drag my Donkey out of bed anyway. I figured I might as well stay up.

Apparently, smelling coffee has the same affect as drinking coffee, as far as "personal" details are concerned. Took a little longer for it to come about, but when I weighed in this morning, I was pretty much empty.

For today: I can foresee that today is going to be a HOT HOT HOT day. So I am taking my running shoes and an extra shirt to the gym with me. I will run on the treadmill today, after I do the elliptical. No excuses not to run today!!!

Progress as of today: 11.5 lbs lost so far, only 2.5 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 09/21/2007:
Great job with the weight loss! I hope all goes well at the gym today!

biscottibody59 on 09/21/2007:
Congrats on your pounds down--you're doing a great job Donkey!

Have a good one!

Sandra aka Soul on 09/21/2007:
ba ha ha ha, daily donkey dump....I LOVE IT !! thanks for the morning laugh. When I compulsively weighed myself (long time ago) I would always do it after my daily dump as well, I figured it was good for a pound or two.

Have a great HOT day

mcwoo40 on 09/21/2007:
Hi,thanks for your comment you left me.yes we have not really had a summer in England(although it is lovely today)i have just bought myself 2 new umberellas better to be safe than sorry hey!!Where did you go in England when you came??Glad the weather was good to you.Well done on the weightloss too,catch up soon Julie.

shadetree on 09/21/2007:
Congratulations on the three pounds! I know how exciting that is to see the numbers go down! keep up the hard work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/22/2007:
sorry about the lack of sleep. For some reason, the same thing has happened with me this week!!! One day i couldn't sleep...and the next day, my sister woke me up! it was her bday and she went out, getting home around 3am. She was really loud and kept the door in the bathroom open while the light was on and stuff like that. arg! i hope your house is back to normal and your cats aren't being any more trouble to you! :)

Workingit2 on 09/22/2007:
(((((((((Donkey)))))))))))))) thank you so much for all your support and kindness!

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

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (steep hill); Weight training: 30 min upper & lower body (machines); Calories: 1660 (Could have been better)

Hopefully they will have sufficient towels at the gym today. Tuesday, the gym was too hot (AC not working properly). Wednesday, they ran out of towels. I wonder what today (Thursday) will bring...

AFTERNOON EDIT: I am thoroughly frustrated. We're stuck with this house that won't sell, so I wanted to take a class at the community college about becoming a landlord. I'm all set and registered and ready to go. Husband calls me from work to say that he does NOT have Saturday off of work even though he was told that it would be OK.

I cannot tell you how many times this happens. We make plans and get all excited and then Husband has to work, and everything needs to be canceled or rearranged. Such as TONIGHT, which is one of the busiest nights, because the kids have martial arts and son has Chess Club at the library. We're on the go from 4p until 8p.

But Husband calls up and says he has to work mandatory overtime tonight. So everything needs to get rearranged. I tell you, when I got off the phone with him, I just wanted to dive into that package of Oreo cookies in the pantry. Donkey will not do this, but she really wanted to.

No chance of watching Survivor -- I live for that show -- and the cliffhanger of CSI tonight either. I don't ask much out of life, but these are 2 shows that I really really REALLY enjoy. 2 hours out of the week is all I ask. But this week I don't get them. :-(

Tomorrow is weigh-in day! I will remember this, so that I stay away from Oreos and ice cream (together or separately).

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

MyJuneWedding on 09/20/2007:
Woman you crack me up!!! Actually I have 2 girls of my own (now 11 & 15) plus we have 5 cats!! =0) (and 3 dogs, a turtle and a frog at last count...Christmas is coming, maybe we'll ask Santa for a partridge and a pear tree!!!)

The detox has had no big change on me, aside from my depositing a few more times a day (as of 1:16 today I'm up to 2) but I would have probably peed during that trip to the bathroom anyway!! Just a few more minutes to sit and read! =0)

Sandra aka Soul on 09/20/2007:

Thank you for finding the website, that is exactly what I have been looking for. Once I have saved up enough money I will get them...thanks again. In the meantime someone suggested chopsticks so I will use them until then.

Thursday will bring an absolutely beautiful day filled with joy, just keep saying that over and over.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/20/2007:
I'm sorry that your plans got a little whacko today. you are dealing very nicely. you know...sometimes the best thing to do, when things go wary, is to just laugh it off! haha,i can't believe what i'm writing on people's entries today because i feel like a different person right now. I'm just saying light-hearted, strange things!

the person i assist at work always reminds me that she may work really hard...but when things get tough, she just laughs and takes everything lightly. that's what she said to me. and you know, IT WORKS. she is a good person...and she's rubbing off on me, in a GOOD way. I'm lucky to work with her.

you are taking the right path...i'm happy for you today. times are tough, but you are doing good. and you will be happy because of it! make the best of your situations, you will be proud of yourself.

borntocry on 09/21/2007:
No!! Don't break into the Oreos!! You never know when you might need an emergency cookie crust for a cheesecake or something. At least that's what I keep telling myself!

Thanks for your comment on my picture. Yes, I have thought before that we seem to be similar in many ways. The funny thing is that I do actually wear quite a bit of make-up on a daily basis compared to people here. I used to have really severe cystic acne as a teenager, so I wear foundation to cover up the scars. And I never leave the house without eye-liner. And yet these girls in Pakistan are always so dolled up! Eye shadow, mascara, rouge - the works!! And I don't see how people manage to keep their hair so immaculate. Mine is always messy.

jon'smom on 09/21/2007:
Sorry about the change in plans. That happens alot around here too. I am so glad you didn't eat the Oreos. Good luck on your weigh in!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/19/2007:
hey DONK!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another great run--good going!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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