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Donkey - Friday Aug 03, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Today's Exercise: 65 minutes crosstrainer (gluteal program - high hill); 25 minutes lower body weight training (machines)

Well, it happened again. In spite of my efforts to get to the gym early this morning -- and I did go in early --- whoever is coming around ringing my doorbell yesterday morning did it again. (Read yesterday's entry to see where I'm coming from.)

I got back from the gym at 8:40a, and whoever it was had been here already. My Daughter (7yrs old) said that she looked out the window from upstairs and that it was one of the 2 men that was here yesterday. The vehicle was different this time. She said she waited until they were gone and then went back to bed and fell asleep. My Son (9yrs old) did not hear anything.

So --- I guess that does it for ANY morning workouts until I find out WTF this is all about. I am NOT happy about that. Who the hell rings the doorbell of a house before 9a is what I want to know? And if I catch who this is, I'm bringing the phone with me and I'm telling them that if they don't go away, I'm calling 911. After I write down their plate number.

Just a side note: My gym has daycare, but it is really for babies and toddlers. My Daughter would be fine with it, because she loves to take care of younger ones, but my Son would probably not be able to tolerate it for more than 10 minutes. My workouts are too long for them to stand it, I believe. And I'd have to pay extra for the daycare.

Note to MyJuneWedding: Back in March, when I was trying to decide which gym to sign up for, this was one of the "bones" of contention. I could sign up at the gym for $30/month (includes a membership for dh, which he never uses!) or I could go to the Fancy Gym for $120/month but that includes daycare, which at the Fancy Gym is outstanding, even for bigger kids. The drawback was that Fancy Gym has an initiation fee of either $200 or $300 (I can't remember which). So that was pretty much a no-brainer.

But now I'm having this problem. I don't know what to do!!! I have to talk this over with Husband and see what he says. I can't really workout in the afternoons/evenings. I wouldn't do it; I'm a morning exerciser. I'm new to the area, so I have no one to watch my Son (with the Asperger's, he doesn't have many friends). This is just maddening...

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

MyJuneWedding on 08/03/2007:
Well Donkey I would contact you police department to start. I don't know what it's like were you live, but I would ask about them driving through your area regarding these guys, that sounds fishy. In our city you have to have a permit to solicit door to door.... But them coming before 9 sends a big red flag to me...give them a description and both vehicle descriptions... for workouts maybe you could try a video from home or jumping rope etc which you could do at the house...

ad_vitam on 08/03/2007:
Your early morning visitors seem very suspicious. To stay home in the mornings and find out what's going on is what I would do. Meanwhile working out with a tape at home in the mornings could be a solution. If you don't have any workout tape at home and are not willing to buy them, check them at any library, they usually have plenty workout tapes for all tastes. Good luck to solve this problem with morning visitors, keep up updated. And yes, call the police right away even if you're slightly suspicious. That doesn't look normal at all.

ad_vitam on 08/03/2007:
Also check the TV guide for workout programs. As I recall they have lots of them from 6am to 9am. Denise Austin is on Lifetime Real Women or something like that every morning.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/03/2007:
good luck with the doorbell issue...i hope it gets resolved soon! are there any activities/places where children with aspergers can go in your community? i know that on long island i knew this family whose son had asbergers and they signed him up at a place where other children with aspbergers took classes and workshops and sports. things like that

biscottibody59 on 08/03/2007:
Yep, I'd call the police and request that they come over and talk to you and your kids about what happened. It may be inocuous, but it may also be someone who had second thoughts after your kids opened the door in the first place AND told them you weren't home. Incredibly scary. My anger wouldn't be contained quickly if they had been my children. It just takes so much for some things to sink in with children. So let the police talk to them. Don't take no for an answer--the coming back is a signal of brazenness don'tcha think??? Sure they may not come back, but I wouldn't take a chance. You have every reason to be defensive in my opinion!

As for going early to work out, once you get this squared away, the fact that you want to go early is your best indication that YOU CAN DO IT--I know how good I feel to get my workout in--first thing--it just paints a good feeling onto your whole day! And I think once you get there, say 3 times, you will begin to establish a habit! Don't give up on it if you know it's what you want! I hope it eventually works out for you, even if you have to switch gyms. Obviously this is something you need--working out is a mom's god-given right--RIGHT!?!

It's like this thing with my bicycle. I could kick myself for not having a bike for so long. Even if I only ride it here and there. You don't know you miss something until you realize how good you feel WITH THAT THING as opposed to WITHOUT THAT THING--does that make sense? I hope so!

ps I personally hate videos--and Denise Austin is about goofy--sorry, but I'd rather jog in place around the house (and did so, early on) for a few minutes.

Donkey - Thursday Aug 02, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Today's Exercise: 65 minutes on crosstrainer (double hills); 25 minutes upper body weight training (machines); I never did my dumbbell workout! :-(

Well, having the house air conditioned did nothing to curb my appetite for ice cream.:-( Am I even TRYING to lose weight?!?!

I've GOT to start getting up early to exercise before Husband goes to work. This morning I got off to a late start, both kids were already awake. So I told them to watch TV, make their beds and get dressed and I would be home around 10a. I stressed to them: DO NOT ANSWER THE DOOR FOR ANYONE!

I get home only to find out that while I was gone, some sales person did indeed come to the door (this area is notorious for getting solicitors), and some man came and rang the doorbell. Daughter went up to the window but did not answer the door. Son goes ahead, answers the door, and tells the man I am not home.

We are so fortunate that something *really bad* did not happen. I've been exercising on borrowed time, and today stops the late workouts. Either I get up early to do it, or I don't get to do it.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

MyJuneWedding on 08/02/2007:
WOW!! GLad nothing bad happened!! My heart goes out to you! Is there no way to bring the kids with you??? Other choice, a park or someplace close by they canplay while you jog, bike, or roller blade?? Getting up early is such a challange!!! Stay strong girl!!!

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 01, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Today's exercise: 65 minutes on crosstrainer (intervals); 25 minutes lower body weight training (machines)

Here I start another month with my weight still at the same point. Gosh, that is just so frustrating. I actually thought that my weight was going to be higher, like around 140, with all the ice cream that I've been eating. So it really surprised me when I got on the scale this morning and saw that I was "down" to where I started on Jan. 1st, 2007. Go figure....

I did my additional upper body weight training program that I am doing as part of a challenge. Then I decided to cave in and turn on the AC because it is so hot and humid out, and this was at night when things were supposed to cool off a bit. When I got home from the gym at 10a, it was already 91 degrees outside. And that doesn't take into account the humidity factor.

So why am I discussing something as mundane as AC? I'm hoping that with indoor living conditions more comfortable, that I won't be so tempted to eat so much ice cream at night!

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/02/2007:
ouch! that's hot....for just 10am! It's supposed to be quite hot here as well! A heat wave! however, remember those years when it reached in the 100s!? It hasn't done that here in NY for a long time!

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 31, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 137.5

Thank you all for warm birthday wishes :-) That was really nice! (even though I don't like to make a big deal out of my b-day)

How am I doing so far? Well, I have one piece of birthday ice cream cake to finish. :-/ So I have not been doing so well on my diet since my birthday. My workouts have been going well though, back to doing 1 hour on the crosstrainer and weight training.

As I was doing my upper body workout, I looked at my arms and realized that they would look *so good* if I were a little leaner. Not even "skinny" but just down to say, 130lb.

TODAY I start doing extra upper body weight training, 2x a day, 3x a week. I can do the 2nd workout in my bedroom with my exercise ball and dumbbells. I am telling you this TODAY so that I will actually follow through and have to let you know that, yes, indeed, I did dumbbells today. So hold me to that!

This week promises to be hot and humid. Not very conducive to doing second cardio workouts outside. The problem is that at dusk, I'm getting into my bedtime routine and that's when it cools off outside. The ideal thing to do is to get up early and go outside for a walk, run or bike ride, before hitting the gym. But I still can't get out of bed before 7a! THAT MAKES ME SO MAD!!!

OK, I will check back in here, after I have completed my 2nd upper body weight workout.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 07/31/2007:
Hey Donkey, Belated Birthday Wishes to you girl and lets hope you have many of them :o) Your upper body workout sounds good. I know I should do something about my batwings but I hate doing weights (even the little dumbbells). I will definately make the effort tho. Good luck with rest of the workout. Take care :o)

Donkey - Sunday Jul 29, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 137.5

Today is my birthday. I weighed in at 137.5. That is one pound more than what I weighed on New Year's Day. I have not made much progress at all this year, so far.

Well, to be fair to myself, I *have* made progress, but then I just go right back up in numbers again.

It's time for a change, to get going. I don't want another New Year's Day to come around and still be 136. I don't want my Diet Diary anniversary to come around and show no progress. I don't another birthday to come around... well, I'm not having any more birthdays any more!

(Just kidding --- I love my cake too much to give up having birthdays! This year, it is a low fat ice cream cake, if you can believe that!)

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/29/2007:
i microwave them as well!

MyJuneWedding on 07/30/2007:
Happy Birthday to Donkey!! Happy Birthday to Donkey!! Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to Donkey!!

Happy Birthday hugs!!!!! Hope you had a great one!!!

biscottibody59 on 07/30/2007:
Happy Belated Birthday--sounds like it was pretty nice!

Have a good day!

Donkey - Saturday Jul 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 139.0

I survived my company: my mom and my sister and then my inlaws -- all at the same time. And not only that, but Husband wasn't home because he had unplanned overtime at work. (Which left ME alone to entertain his folks AND mine.)

I survived pizza, birthday cake and now I'm having a small glass of red wine to relax. I can't believe that I walked away from this experience and didn't feel more dysfunctional than I usually do.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/28/2007:
I believe the reason for your success was that you knew what to expect. you went into the situation ready...possibly prepared for the worst. Because you didn't go in with unusually high hopes is why it worked out so well. It is good to be logical, which you were in this case...

I appreciate you also trying to be logical with me! I think my plan to go back to school to be a nurse is probably a good one...i've been speaking to some friends that are nurses. I am enjoying performing...well, not enjoying performing in the orchestra that i play with. It's been seven years...i can't say that all this education is a waste...it was a learning experience...where i have learned that it is ok to choose a different path. I think. ?

Donkey - Friday Jul 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 139.0

My weight is up again, and my motivation is down. I've decided to try something new to "mix it up" a bit, and see how it goes.

I've decided to start eating every 2 hours. It will keep my metabolism stoked and hopefully it will keep overeating away, because there's no need to overeat at one meal, because there will be a snack in 2 hours.

I decided to try this, rather than to change up my cardio. I'm pretty happy with my cardio right now, considering that I am limited by time and weather. I'm going to add a little more upper body weight training too. But after 2 days of big dinners, I've decided that something's got to change.

So we'll see how it goes!

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

lafemme_loca on 07/27/2007:
Thanks for the advice... to answer your question... he doesn't put himself in my inbox... only the computer does... so I don't know if he has checked his email or not or stopped using the service or if he just isn't interested in me... *sigh* but I just sent him an email asking about if ppl meet up for dinner before going to the dance hall... so we will see if he responds... :-) *fingers crossed*

Donkey - Thursday Jul 26, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Well, I have not been doing too well with my goal of getting in 2 workouts 3x a week. In fact, as I mentioned in a previous post, I do not seem to be very serious about losing weight at all!

I think I need a change, in both workout and diet. Maybe my lack of motivation comes from a need for change.

I would like to start a personal challenge for myself, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. What would my challenge/goal be? See, I'm just feeling a little directionless right now.

Well, OK, how's this for a challenge? Not only do I have my own dysfunctional family coming to visit me on Saturday (mom, stepfather, half-sister), but Husband goes and invites HIS folks over for dinner that very same day! So not only do I have to deal with my own family manure, but the Inlaws' manure as well. Oh my but Donkey will need a drink. Fortunately, she has a nice bottle of red wine waiting for before, during and after.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/27/2007:
whenever i am completely unmotivated or bored...i know it's time for a change! I don't know if i could do 2-3 more years in school just because it would be a ton of loans to pay back. I have no loans for all of my schooling up till now because my grandparents had a fund for both my sister and myself. My mom is truly unsupportive of any career change in anyway and has been even ruder and nastier than ever to me. i am completely lost and confused in this matter.

it seems we have similiar family situations!!!!! I wish you the very best tomorrow when family comes. If i leave any advice, it would be to not take anything personally and try to have fun.

MyJuneWedding on 07/27/2007:
stay strong Donkey, change is good, sometimes that unplanned break works well too! My motivation, I registered for our first ride and paid our entry fees, a tad under $100.00 for the two of us. I already planned out our long rides to build our milage, adding 10% to our long rides each Sunday up to the Sunday before ride day. We know in order for us to do this ride, we have to do those long rides to build our endurance. The registration is none refundable and who wants to throw $$$ away??? Oh yeah and I still owe hubby sit-ups for this week... UGH!!!

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 25, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

I realize now that I have wasted more than half a year with nothing to show for it. I'm essentially where I was in January, and I'm sick of it. Am I serious about losing weight or what? This is ridiculous, up/down, up/down, the same 5lb (give or take) over and over again.

Donkey must really get her act organized and decide IF she wants to achieve her goal and if so, WHAT she must do to get there.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

MyJuneWedding on 07/26/2007:
I hear you girl, I can talk the talk, but when it comes to follow up with the proper eating actions I am not making the grade... hugs girlie, we will get there!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/26/2007:
yup, i'm feeling your pain....i also feel like i have not progressed near as much as i wanted to in my overal physique and fitness. However, instead of being over just a half year's time like you, i've been keeping tabs on myself since probably the beginning of the school year at least. I'm working on it...let's support each other!!

biscottibody59 on 07/26/2007:
You at least are maintaining at a narrow range--not easy for me. But I know you're frustrated. Pick yourself up and see what you can change or how you can be a little more consistent and try again--I know you're not going to give up:-)

Since you asked, I'm going to start the countdown tomorrow or the next day--I just have to see where I'm at average-wise at this point and then make a/some goal/goals. I just got really fed up with how I make such awful choices--someone else should choose my food--haha! I can't seem to be very responsible. And alot of it comes down to sheer laziness. I'm out to change that!

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 24, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

I regret to say that I forgot to weigh in this morning. I got off to a late start --- once again, I could not get my butt out of bed early to get to the gym, so I was in bit of a rush to get going when I finally did get up.

I just finished a rather large dinner (I feel, although the only thing of real caloric value was the 8oz of salmon I had). The kids want to roast marshmallows and make 'Smores (graham cracker, piece of chocolate bar and marshmallow all squished together) in the fire pit tonight. My daughter likes to MAKE the 'smores but she doesn't like to EAT the 'smores. Ugh, what to do. I think I will put the ones she makes on a sheet of wax paper and freeze them. That way, I can enjoy them in moderation.

"In moderation" - ha ha ha!!! That's a good one, Donkey!

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

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