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Donkey - Saturday Jan 28, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 147.0

Well, my plan to try to eat less totally backfired, as my weight is up a pound. 

I know that's not much, but kind of discouraging.  Hormonal shifts might have something to do with it.  (Ovulation, O how I both love and hate Thee...)  Also, I was hungry Friday and had a BIG salad for a late dinner (date night with the husband which I wasn't in the mood for, but for morality's sake I agreed to go), and maybe that wasn't so great for a Saturday morning weigh-in.  It was as though I had hit the end of my rope for my "eating less (carbs)" plan and could not hold on one more day for my "eating splurge day" (which is less restrictive).

Took a positive step with our financial situation and submitted all of the paperwork to the guy who is going to work with us to refinance the house.  I told him that we need to know ASAP if this is going to work or not, so that we can approach mitigation with our current lender if it doesn't.  Either way, we're really screwed, but if refinancing works, then we know we'll keep our house - at least until we can sell it in a couple of years.

Going to spend some time this weekend doing some research on upper body weight training.  I loved the YouTube suggestion, so that's where I'll start.

Still trying to find some inner peace...  The state of affairs in the US and how it is affecting other peoples has me feeling just sad.  I don't even know where to go with any of the other emotions (anger, frustration, shock, etc.), so I'm channeling them all into an overall feeling of sadness :-(

My boss comes back this week from a month-long vacation in Florida (where it's nice and warm and sunny -- all the things that Illinois is not, this time of year).  And while I'm glad he'll be back, in a way, it was kind of nice not having him around too.  Still, it's better that he'll be back.

They did a fashion intervention with me on Friday at work.  I will be going shopping with one of the  ladies I work with so that she can find an outfit for me that will fit me properly.  I would rather not do this, but when she suggested that we go to the thrift shop to start, then I was on board.  I don't like to spend a lot of money, especially on clothes.  I do not want to do this, but I want advice from my co-worker on a different matter altogether, so I'm hoping that this will be an opportunity where I can talk with her about it. 

So my focus this week will be weight training, getting readjusted to having the boss back, and cleaning the house for the upcoming appraisal.  The last one will be the hardest.

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/28/2017:
The scale can easily go up or down with fluid changes. Don't worry!

I am very stressed out by what is happening in the US. Every day it seems a new horror story. I dread getting up in the morning and getting online to see what disaster has developed. Makes me want to drink even more beer!!!

happy-1 on 01/28/2017:
Hugs! There is always a bright lining.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
I am going to write to you regarding fitness after I comment on your entry here! :) Sorry it took so long, i need to be in the right mindset. And lately too busy and then totally distracted - I know you get me...anyways, let me comment away!

First, you know that a pound of fluctuation should be taken with a grain of salt. Even now that my weight is staying lower than expected, I take it with a grain of salt too knowing that it's because i'm eating lighter at night and it's after i drink the Apple Cider Vinegar drink in the AM which takes everything out of me - lol - liquids and all...!!!

So my point - don't let a lb of fluctuation kill you....it could also be hormones and water weight - especially if you had more salts or something? Never let the # on the scale discourage you though - discourage you from continuing the healthy habits that you have committed to so far. Remember to keep up your head and lately i repeat this kind of thing "I am worth it - I am worth sitting up straight at my desk at work and holding my body up and tall and not slouching or walking around with my head to the ground..." You are worth the changes you have made...so don't let the # on the scale derail you.

Oh, I also lately have been eating more. Even if one week is slightly up, you can do well the following couple weeks and you know it balances out :-D

I am hoping for good things for you and your house. You work hard and you mean always well - you deserve the good to come back to you!

Try not to make the weight training complicated at first...remember that if something is EASY it means you will probably continue to do it...make things too challenging or too much of a change at first and it will be hard to stay committed. That's what i do with my routine. I have decided for a long time now - weights routines are not an option but a standard. It's not a choice but mandatory that i keep my 3x a week goal (full body all 3 days - same routine all 3 days). and by committing to doing this routine and taking the "choice" out of it, it gets done. It's not a choice anymore that is yes / no - but part of my job. it's a committment. I do not skip unless i am very sick (or sore or something along the lines where exercising will actually hurt and not help).

Yes - politics. I agree. I will not say any more or say my opinions - but only that whatever side everyone has chosen to stay on - nobody seems to have changed their opinions and everyone is angry at the side that they are not with. A very divided country. Scary times also regarding this...

WOW...a month! In my industry, those types of vacations are not allowed. In my industry, generally, it's shorter trips, more often, so that your face is seen in the office here and there and not continually out. nice that he was able to go.

How nice the ladies are giving you a fashion "treat!"....and i like how it involves low cost to go along with your beliefs.!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
I will write you about my workout probably tonight, but not now at work....trust me you aren't forgotten..

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
My Workout Routine, to be revised to add exact exercises I do with names of machines and for which body parts…this is a task I want to write out so that it can be written out always!....as challenged by Donkey for me to do!

Overall – I work out 3x per week. Each workout is at least 48hrs apart as recommended when doing weights so that muscles have time to grow in between the workouts.

I specifically choose to do a longer workout, working my full body each time, because I like being able to go to the gym 3 days per week for approx. 1.5-2hrs and get it all done and not have to go to gym more often than the 3 times.

Body workouts include: upper body exercises (shoulders, arms / back / chest), abs exercises, and lower body (legs) exercises. I start off using dumbells and doing pushups, I always do “circuit” style training so I alternate between at least two exercises at a time and do not rest a ton at the beginnings of my workouts. After doing some arm stuff, I move to leg stuff to take a break from tired arms. After that I do some abs, go back to arms or legs and sometimes go back to abs. Whenever arms or legs get tired, I simply switch to the next body part and this is a successful way for me to work my whole body during all my gym workouts. My workouts are always the same, the order can change that I do the exercises, but – I am always trying to increase weights. Once in awhile I do add in an extra exercise or take one out.

I do several exercises that only include dumbells which I will share with you Donkey so you can do all the ones I do – which use the dumbells since I do quite a bit with them. Definitely: 1. tricep curls (I do not do these but it’s a good one), 2. bicep curls, I also lay on my back using them and 3. bench chest flies..will show an image. 4. triceps press (for the triceps). It’s an exercise over your head for the triceps.

For all these exercises aboe I use the same weight – around 30lbs…for the press over my head holding one weight with both hands, it’s only 30lbs total over my head, not both weights…I’ll be posting a photo of these exercises. All can be done either standing or seated / laying down depending on the exercise (chest press is laying down on back). This is FOUR exercises right here that I’m coming up with quickly. Another great exercise for you to do is planks (this doesn’t involve weights). Try to do a plank for starting 30 seconds at a time, keeping your abs engaged. Do the 30 second plank 3 times, resting for 30 seconds to one full minute between sets.

All exercises should be able to be done for 3 sets. For each set, the repetitions should be done 10-12 times. Then u rest around 30 seconds to 1 minute. Or you can do a biceps set then do triceps then biceps, then triceps, then biceps, then triceps! Then, after completing 3 sets for each, move onto the Bench chest flies (I don’t usually alternate an exercise with these). So in addition to the 4 arms exercises, I have mentioned planks. If your knees are good and legs, feel free to also add in 3 sets of squats. My legs are weak and I’m still doing squats without weights added. Just my own body weight is more than enough.

I have given you six exercises. I’ll actually give you links to videos to show you what I do…sometime within this week! happy to help and advise you! feel free to ask questions as you go! I enjoy helping and assisting you!

I do way more exercises than these, but these are the dumbbell ones and also two body weight ones for you.! : !

Horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2017:
i hope i didn't go overboard...also, i didn't grammar check or proofread...sorry about that!

Donkey - Thursday Jan 26, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 146.0

It has been an interesting week, and I'm really interested to see how this week's changes will affect Saturday's weigh-in.

I planned to write a new entry several times this week only to run out of time or forget to follow through completely, but I'm excited about the changes I've incorporated into my routine -- or am trying to incorporate.  I'm such a creature of habit that it's hard, when introducing something new, to make it stick long-term.

Anyway, I did set up my weight bench in the basement and brought down my 5lb dumbbells at the suggestion of Horn of Plenty to get started.  Yesterday was my first day and I did bicep and tricep.  Tomorrow will be another weight day.  Starting very minimally at first -- mostly due to lack of creativity and time.  I didn't think I did much but I can feel the dull ache in my arms today.  So I did do something.  I'd like to do more though exercises for chest and back too.  Have to be careful with shoulder exercises due to an old injury.  (Probably from careless weight traning in earlier days...)

Secondly, I have tried very hard this week to eat less.  I have found my endeavors make me laugh sometimes during the day.  I don't know how successful I've been with this.  I don't think I've been eating less, just less carbs, and oh boy can I really tell.  I found that I must have almonds at around 11am -- this does not change.  Around 3pm I feel like a mouse looking for the cheese the cravings get quite strong.

I'm not sure I should even be cutting back on anything, since I have still been losing weight without these changes.  Oh well, the scale and time will tell.

Wedding ring still too tight.  I fit into the professional wardrobe I was working towards initially, but you know, pantsuits just aren't my thing.  I think I need to get into a new mindset about taking the time and putting forth effort on my appearance.  I'm too casual -- but very comfortable.  And grateful that my boss doesn't say something, although I think he would probably like me to dress up a little more. :-/  He's too much of a gentleman to say anything about it though.

My dear fellow DD's, mark this week in my diary as the week that I came to realize that we're heading into the real estate season again, already.  Earlier in January, I would run out of work to do, and come to work with not that many emails.  Now I receive multiple contracts over the weekend, my email load is getting higher (although it's still quite manageable), and this week was the first week that I had to stay late a few days to get things done.

So now is the time to get a game plan in place for a better work-life balance.  And I think that one of the things I'm going to stick to is to work no later than 6pm, even if it means having to come in on the weekend for half a day.


Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/27/2017:
Good plans. I look up videos on Youtube on how to work different muscles properly. Very helpful.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
yes, if anything hurts like your shoulder, do NOT exercise thru pain - that will only hurt you more :-D glad you know that...

proud of you for not settling and continuing to care about the work / life balance. proud of you.

and yes, start with the two exercises and when those become a habit, you can definitely add in more exercises. you rock.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
Having time off work is a must and time to rest and time away is definitely necessary.

It's not good to work until you are sick...so i am proud of you for your ability to shift away from that.

remember to care for you - our work coworkers will never tell us that. it's up to us as adults to manage it.

Maria7 on 01/27/2017:
Congrats on your progress.

Donkey - Sunday Jan 22, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 146.0

Got my old weight bench set up downstairs this afternoon!!!!  Now I just have to find my dumbbells.  I have from 3lbs up to 20lbs, and then I think I have a curling (short) bar and plates of various weights, but initially, my plan will be dumbbells.

Look out Donkey fans -- I may have to change my name to "Muscle-Mama" (lol)  :-)

Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/23/2017:
Well done Muscle Mama! Now find those dumbells! Good to start out with dumbells before using any bars.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
I like that name, Muscle Mama. :-)

In terms of implementing the dumbbells, if you want to make it as simple as possible to start and keep up, go for 3 sets bicep curls and 3 sets tricep exercise (each set between 10-12 reps) of a weight that works for being able to do it that many times. My guess is that a weight of 5-10 lbs somewhere in that range is good for you.

I want to hear more once you begin.

So start with those two exercises, i can then give you more :-) that you can do with dumbells. I have a t least 4 exercises i do with dumb bells only.

so start with at least these two...i'd say do those two moves for 2-3 weeks before adding another one into the mix. I promise you this is great for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2017:
I hope you are having a good week, J-Donkey xoxo. I am feeling so good, i want to spread it to you!

Donkey - Saturday Jan 21, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 146.0

I am 4 pounds away from what I weighed when I got married and I still cannot fit into my wedding ring.  One of my co-workers suggested that perhaps the joints in my fingers have changed since 21 years ago.  If that is the case, or if I have indeed accumulated excess skin/flab from this last weight gain, then I may just have to decide to have my ring resized.  Or forget it.

I should be able to set up my weight bench this weekend, but need to think about actually implementing weight training. 

Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/22/2017:
Loose skin is a problem when you lose. I've got lots of it and I hate it. I love weight training! And love seeing muscles getting bigger. So many benefits to having muscle.

Donkey - Saturday Jan 14, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 148.0

This past week in one word:  DISCOURAGED

What an awful week.  And I'm up 0.5 a pound but I know that's basically staying at the same weight, especially when you throw hormone fluctuations into the mix of things.

So although I still have traces of the sinus infection/whatever, I did start to really feel back to "normal" this week, only to have my son come down with a stomach virus.  High temperature, weakness, "digestive issues" in the bathroom (to put it politely, but let's just say it's not the kind you sit down for), etc.  He starts to feel better and my daughter comes home and says, "My throat feels like it's on fire."  Just great.

And the whole time, I'm praying that my husband -- who has an autoimmune disorder so he's very vulnerable to getting sick and then has the hardest time getting over it -- doesn't catch what these kids or myself has. 

Still dealing with the looming financial stress, but at least we've made a decision on what course we're going to try.  Now we just have to do it. **Thank you again, Biscotti, for pointing me in the right direction (applause, applause)

The weather is supposed to be warming up this week, so I hope to be walking outside more than just stuck in the basement riding the stationary bike.  Also, in the spirit of things, I am resolved - somehow - to get my weight bench moved to the basement so that I can start working out with weights again. ***Here I would need to acknowledge the support from and example set by Horn of Plenty (applause, applause).

And I still would love to incorporate yoga and jogging into my activities.  Then all of my problems would go away and life would be good.

Last night, I put on both my engagement ring (which fits fine) and my wedding band, which fits tightly, and unfortunately there's a piece of flab/skin that gets "caught" between the two rings, making it an uncomfortable fit and rather unsightly (not that anyone but me would notice).  I hope that with my last weight gain, that I didn't gain so much as to add the "loose skin" to my FINGERS of all places!  :-(  

Oh well, at least now I have a goal for Valentines Day (Feb. 14th):  to be able to weight an amount that would afford me to wear both rings comfortably.  I CAN DO IT - WOOT!


Progress as of today: 38.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/14/2017:
Persistence one day at a time.

Donkey on 01/14/2017:
Amen - and thank you :-) We'll see where it takes me.

grannyannie on 01/15/2017:
Hang in there and I hope all of you feel better soon. My sinuses have stopped aching but still blowing my nose.

Yes you CAN meet your goal!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2017:
I do know it's been a tough week for you in general these past couple weeks (fb) I was reminded of all the sickness and stuff going around by you - sooo sorry J-Donk!

I suggest to you to try to do a little less & rest a little more - sorta suggest this for anyone in your household who is sick. I hate the feeling of being sick & it's easy to be in the winter. The only advice i have is to rest much, much more. Lately, I have been sleeping more than EVER. And i'm not thinking it's wrong - seems it's necessary right now. Feeling the best I have in YEARS still.

I am glad that Biscotti gave you some good advice and also that you've been working on it yourself and that you do sound to know what the right path is. Some things cannot be corrected in one day, but, little by little it will be fixed. Try to take it day by day...so you don't worry to much about the long run - if you can, otherwise maybe my advice isn't good. ! I like Puddy's advice bc it's the truth.

I know you are not particularly fond of the weights....you can start with as little as 5-10 minutes for 3x a week...just some bicep curls do 3 sets and 10-12 reps per set for biceps and also triceps. That would be a good start. If you have any questions feel free to ask me! Glad i had a positive influence on you there! :-)

Donkey - Saturday Jan 07, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 147.5

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly....

The Good - and there's a lot of it!: 

  • Lost a little more weight this week. 
  • Kept up with the exercise for the most part, in spite of obstacles. 
  • Best news is though that my wedding ring finally fits entirely on my ring finger!  I can't wear it for long, because it's still a little too tight, but I can get it all the way down and admire it for a few minutes before taking it off.

The Bad:

  • Still sick with my 4th cold/sinus infection.  Today (Saturday) is the first day that I really feel good, but I still have a stuffy  nose and some of the congestion has moved down to my chest, so I'm still coughing, but now it's different and productive.  Not just a dry cough.
  • It has been brutally cold here this week.  So bad that I almost put this under "the Ugly" category. I haven't been able to walk outside at all.  Thank goodness I have my stationary bike which I've been using.  I ride the bike when I watch the news or a TV series on DVD that I've been wanting to watch, but wasn't able to when it was actually on TV because I don't have cable.

The Ugly:

  • Realized after my last post that I'm still stuck.  Made the same resolutions I've been making for years: new job, learn Spanish, learn Quickbooks.  After I posted that, I went for a walk and realized, "Oh my goodness, this is me being stuck yet AGAIN!"  I know I have the power to do make the changes that I want to make, but I don't think these are goals that I truly want for myself, and therefore, they stay perpetually as "goals" or "resolutions" or "wishes".  This is self-defeating and non-productive.
  • My one chance this week to eat vegetarian and I blew it by serving a side dish of bacon and then eating quite a few pieces.  I am motivated to make this change to my diet for environmental reasons more than anything else, but I can see that this is going to be harder than I thought!

Changes and Challenges:

  • My husband is switching from working nights to the day shift this week.  I encouraged him to do this because of his health, but now I realize that this will bring about quite a few changes, some good but some not so good.  It will be an adjustment for sure.
  • Need to make some difficult financial decisions soon.  If not this week, then soon because we're running out of time.  Neither one of us knows what to do, because none of the choices are good.  May try to get more information this week.

Progress as of today: 39 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 01/07/2017:
Look up Dave Ramsey and baby steps. Or check out "Total Money Makeover" from the library. His radio show is available in podcast form in many places including his website.


Donkey on 01/08/2017:
Don't have to because I've already drunk the Kool-Aid! I LOVE Dave Ramsey. I have followed his steps to get us out of debt except for the house. Dave does have a recommendation for our situation -- it's just a little scary to take that step. But pointing that out to me is probably reaffirming that this is the action to take. THANK YOU!!!!

innerpeace on 01/07/2017:
Good luck with your decisions. I too have tried to do vegetarian but it is very difficult when your SO thinks they cannot live a day without some kind of meat! I hope your financial issues are resolved. It has been brutally cold where I am as well (NE Ohio) so I can relate to not being about to go out. My dog can too! Have a great day.

Donkey on 01/08/2017:
Thank you! I'm in the Chicago area, for a point of reference. We're supposed to be warming up here this week. Unfortunately, woke up to -1F this morning :-(

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2017:
I am glad you have done some research on your own - looking at BB's comment and your reply above - to help yourself financially.

Remember to give yourself the credit where you deserve it. Change doesn't happen overnight & financial stuff can be a huge hurdle I am quite positive of that.

Remember that you are a very intelligent woman. That you do reach many of your goals.

Do not forget how far you've come this time around. Remember to eat plenty of veggies...haha....i hvae a story about that for another time on my journal. It's interesting to say the least about older people than myself (which isn't old!!!) now more than a couple that i know - that swear by eating nothing buy veggies for their last meal of the day (i don't think i particularly like this approach as it's not satisfying to me - and i wouldn't digest the volume in time for morning...so i'd be bloated the next day - no good...) but the evidence is in - "Eat Your Veggies" as the cancer research mailing label says on the outside of it's envelopes!

hmm...you MUST get more sleep. Try to take some sorta vitamin to help you get some more nutrition in - like a multi or even those small powder packets / effervescent tablets that you drop into water....but you must give yourself rest...and if you need to lay off exercise for a week, you should if it's to knock the cold out...but...as i remember well from last winter, once i got a cold / virus, i did have it for 2-4 weeks.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/08/2017:
I saw your comment to MsKay about being hit or miss...i'm that way also...

lately, in order to eat healthy all week, I actually need to order / buy / plan to have EXTRA food in my fridge so it actually lasts me all week into the next weekend...I've been doing better when i plan for a little extra it seems :-)

Donkey - Saturday Dec 31, 2016
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 149.5

I am pleased with where I have ended 2016.  I reached my initial weight-loss goal this year and met it.  I accomplished one of the 3 personal goals I set for myself this year:  lose weight, become fluent in Spanish, learn Quickbooks. 

I am considering leaning towards a more vegetarian lifestyle next year.  Doing some reading and research into easy recipes.  Since I live with devoted meat-eaters, I will still have to include meat in the menu, but then I would just eat less or none of the meat.  I am hoping to increase consumption of vegetables and fruit.

I do need to devote this year to finding a new job.  I love my job but there are inequities which are so frustrating, plus no benefits, although I do have a very generous boss when it comes to leaves of absences, especially for family reasons.  For example, when my husband fell and was in the hospital, my boss said to not worry about working, to be with him and do whatever I needed to do for my family, and I still collected my base salary.  I also got a nice bonus this year.  And I enjoy the work that I do.  But I need insurance coverage.  And I need a job that stays at the job, and doesn't creep into the weekends.

For today though, I will be going for my long walk shortly, then to the grocery store, then back home to read and/or ride my stationary bike.  My husband has to work tonight, and my daughter is going over to a friend's house for New Years Eve celebrations ( a long-standing tradition she has with her best friend), so it will just be myself and my 18-yr old son.  We might play some Wii games, but just in case he prefers to play his own computer games, I have a movie for myself to watch, and then off to probably an early bedtime. 

Happy New Year!


Edit:  I wanted to add that I still cannot fit into my wedding band -- at only 7lbs away from what I weighed when the ring fit!  One way I could tell I was gaining a lot of weight last year was when I started making so many typos because my fingers were getting fat!

Progress as of today: 37 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/31/2016:
Congrats on accomplishing your personal goals for this year and wishing you much success in your 2017 goals. Have a great day.

Donkey on 12/31/2016:
Well, I only accomplished 1 of the 3 goals I had for myself. Perhaps it's time to shelve the other 2 goals and go in a different directly. Hmm...

grannyannie on 01/01/2017:
Well done!! Good luck on the job.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2017:
Helloooo JDonk!

I was reading above with you & Puddy and i see saying you only accomplished the one goal. I think that is very good! After all, most of us only make 1 New Year Resolution, right? So you did accomplish 1 and that's nothing to smirk at...if that's the right word. You did good. Learning another language is time-consuming and so is your goal to learn Quickbooks and so is weightloss. Maybe you have another goal entirely, like you said, for 2017. So go for it! 2016 has passed and you do get to start fresh.

I do not eat enough legumes (hardly at all) to go entirely veg. I find myself getting hungry when i eat far less protein - but - starting to get used to some meals being less protein also! Do you ever crave meat once in while? Last night after gym I was craving grilled chicken. So bought it since i was conveniently at the supermarket lol.

No job is a perfect job. Everything sounds great about your job you have, really. Why does it creep into weekends? YOu sometimes have to go there on wknds? Really maybe set a limit like you will NOT go on weekends. It may cause you to work slower, but maybe you'll still work better at the job. It's that life and work balance. I am luckier i'd say than most that i can work at a pretty darn slow pace and still have my job. Not saying this is the approach you should take - but if you can prevent working on weekends it sounds good...also, can you purchase insurance through your job or can you ask your employer for insurance coverage? why don't you get insurance? I am sorta amazed that your job doesn't offer such minimal things like the benefits? why is that!? i am almost shocked this is allowed? i agree, that if that's the case, a new job might be a must...i hope you will find a job good for the long run? I hate seeing you have to job hop...when you seem to be good at what you are doing right now? any way the boss can give you the things you don't get now?

I hope you had a great long walk and that you are doing well on day #2 of the New Year my friend!

Much love as I said on fb too, i mean it. I love having good friends all over the US and the world!

Donkey - Thursday Dec 29, 2016
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 149.0

So I almost posted earlier this week about feeling bad/anxious/concerned/whatever that I am eating too much this week.  Then I got hit with some kind of stomach thing --- no symptoms other than being really tired, feeling really bloated and being hungry but not being able to eat much.  So much for our anniversary dinner (21 years with Mr. Donkey), but at least I kept the calories in check.  I think I would have rather have felt better and eaten too much.

As I mentioned to Horn of Plenty, I started responding to one of her comments, but then realized that I wanted to keep the comments for my own diary.  She had mentioned to someone here (sorry, can't remember who) that she is focusing on maintenance now and really loves where she's at with it.

THAT is what I want for myself.  I am not there yet -- I'd like to lose a little more weight, but when I get to my ultimate goal -- thinking around 135-138, I want to BE there and LOVE it and take PRIDE in maintaining.

I don't want to feel frustrated that I'm not losing, or worried about eating too much, or feeling forced to exercise.  Right now, the only issue I struggle with is feeling like I might be eating too much.  Some weeks I don't lose weight, and while I admit that I'm a little disappointed, I don't let that get me down.  I guess sometimes I feel LIMITED in my exercise option because of the weather but I try to keep things in perspective that this is a habit that I'm still establishing, not a chore.

I'm posting tonight because I came home early from work.  It was slow, I did all my tasks, and my tummy wasn't feeling good. (Plus I had a couple of things to get out of the way before the holiday weekend, just in case I don't get to leave early tomorrow.)  It was nice to be home.


Progress as of today: 37.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Donkey - Saturday Dec 24, 2016
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 149.0

In a new set of numbers this week!  I've also received a couple of compliments at work, from co-workers. I admit though that it's getting really difficult to stick to a consistent exercise program -- I should be exercising now, but here I am on DD, lol....  And I've had a few nibbles of the chocolate goodies that have come into the office. *sigh*

This week's struggles had me thinking again about my self-imposed sobriety.  I have a new-found respect for anyone who MUST be sober.  IT IS HARD - and it bothers me to say this.  Why is denying myself alcohol so difficult?  I don't need alcohol to live, yet I find myself really struggling at times.  There are folks out there who, by choice, abstain from vegetables, and a body needs vegetables! and they don't have a problem with not eating vegetables.  So why do I have a problem with not having a drink?  And an occassional drink at that!

I know that I could drink -- everything in moderation, a treat, yadda yadda -- but I'm using this time as a trial to learn more about myself, to see what it's like to have to be sober, to test my own dependencies, addictive tendencies, etc.  Like I said above, it BOTHERS me that I find this hard to do at times.  That doesn't seem right to me.

Anyway, feeling much better and healthier this week.  Just about over the cold that I had.  The only problem is that my sense of taste has returned so now things actually taste good -- just in time for the holiday week.  Oh well, that's what it's all about.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah -- and most important, peace and love to you all!

Progress as of today: 37.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/24/2016:
Congrats on the new numbers good job. I am sure that 37 lbs should show and people would start to notice. Drinking is addictive and some people enjoy it more then others. Being sober and staying sober is probably easier in the long run then trying to control it. Having an addictive nature myself I prefer not eating and even bringing my drug of choice (some food) into my house because I know that I will not be able to stop once I open that back of chips and that is why I am an addict when it comes to some item I can no longer indulge in. If I do indulge I will spend the next few weeks craving it so much that I could and have gone out and gotten just to satisfy myself. My solution is just to stay away from it. We are all different and you will figure it out if you can be a social drinker or if it will make your cravings worst. I will end with wishing you a Merry Christmas and have a great weekend.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2016:
Sending you so much love and peace also :-)

Congrats on making your goal and now setting a new goal. I understand that it's becoming more difficult to keep the weight off / make good choices. However, that's maintenance for me. It's a constant need to readjust and learn week to week of what's working and what's not.

It is okay to plateau every once in awhile as you will be able to learn what works for you, calorie-wise, at that weight.

I am not a moderate person. I like things all or nothing. So I do understand you not wanting to drink right now. I think it's saving you tons of calories and sugar rushes.

Stay happy - you've done so well.

Also, thank you for your comments, I've been meaning to write you on FB as well.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/28/2016:
Are you working this off ? Off ?

Either way, I wish you a really happy end of the year and so many good thoughts for you always!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/28/2016:
I wrote a bit about P today. Not too much work going on, so i decided to give it some more thought.

Donkey on 12/29/2016:

Donkey - Saturday Dec 17, 2016
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 150.5

Maintained this week, staying steady at 150.5 and that's fine by me!

Around the middle of November, I was battling a sinus infection that developed into chest congestion.  Took me 3 weeks to get over that and then I immediately started up with a cold -- sneezing, stuffy nose, etc.  Today is the first day that I don't really feel any sort of congestion, although still sneezing and blowing my nose on occassion.

The weather has not been cooperating as far as exercising outside, so I've been riding my stationery bike inside most mornings, sometimes doubling up at night - just to help dinner digest.  But a few nights, I just went to bed after dinner.  Some of that was being sick -- and some of it was being sick and tired of my family, who can act like real donkeys at times. 

I'll be scrambling around this week to finish up Christmas gifts for the family!

Progress as of today: 36 lbs lost so far, only -4.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/17/2016:
Congrats on the maintenance. Week before xmas we all have lots to get ready for. Hope you will be feeling better soon.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2016:
So glad you are feeling so much better and congrats on the maintenance. :)

I am glad you are sticking to keeping some exercise in your routine. It's very important that we do this!

grannyannie on 12/18/2016:
Sorry you're sick! Seems like all my friends on FB are posting that they are sick. Well done on NOT gaining!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2016:
I want to remind you that you are doing well!...get fully better soon! :)

museumgirl on 12/19/2016:
Hope you feel better!

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