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Donkey - Monday Oct 01, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 35 min crosstrainer (resistance level 14) + 41 min running; Weight training: 25 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1470 but will probably be a little higher as I want to have some frozen fruit later on.

With the new month come new changes.

Today was the first day that I scaled back on the elliptical AND increased the resistance level. I have decided that on non-running days, I will go for the whole hour. It just doesn't feel right to do less than an hour. However, for the sake of running, I will only do half on running days. And on days that I go the full hour on the elliptical, I will do a resistance level of 10 or 12, instead of my usual 8. I will try for level 12 tomorrow.

I used an online map-mile website to figure out how far I'm running. (www.mapmyrun.com) Imagine my disappointment when I found out that I have not been running as far as I thought I was. But I mapped out quite a few routes, some that I haven't tried yet, so that I will be able to know how far I am running. This was mostly inspired by a mileage challenge I am involved in (quite similar to the minutes challenge I was involved with last month).

One more note, on my way home from the gym, I was observing a white van parking on the shoulder of the road I wanted to run on Sunday morning (but did not do). You can imagine my surprise when a bunch of questionable young men got out of the back of the van with orange jumpsuits with big letters saying "COUNTY JAIL" on the back of them. Yikes! Good thing I didn't plan on running that route today! I'm sure they are doing trash pick-up, so the route will be clean for me on Sunday :-)

(Weigh-in on Friday)

EVENING EDIT: Experienced some horrible, awful anxiety this afternoon. Felt as though I hadn't accomplished anything and felt terribly guilty because my Husband would be coming home from work. Really felt awful. Have not felt this horrible in a long time.

Sandra aka Soul on 10/01/2007:
Excellent job on the elliptical, that is my goal to work up to what you are doing now. 7.0 or 7.5 is the optimum pH level for human bodies.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/01/2007:
haha, they were out doing community service...yeah, stay away! haha

donkey, i'm proud of you and your goals. why can't I get some standard goals in place!!?!?

workingit2 on 10/01/2007:
Such fantastic exercise! Thank you for the advice on Brian. He is so different from any man I've ever dated that I find myself being curious more often lol. Thanks! Take good care of yourself and I hope you don't have any more anxious days!

hollybelle on 10/01/2007:
Great exercise. I hope you didn't spend too much time feeling anxious about not accomplishing very much today. Just think how many days you have "over-achieved" - it all evens out.

mcwoo40 on 10/02/2007:
Hi,Thanks for the comments you have left me recently.I've been too busy to go on the computer lately.Great job on the exercise,you put me to shame!!Take care,Julie

crategrl on 10/02/2007:
This morning I saw a bumper sticker and thought of you. "I'm not judgin, I am just saying". :-) Good job on your goals.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2007:
stop feeling so guilty! you did accomplish things today so why do you feel that way! maybe its because you want to do something for you and you can't because your husband is coming home? is that why?

you have no idea how much your feedback is helpful when i feel the way i have been. I really hope to make a change in my lifestyle these months leading up to the New Year. I'm always making changes and I never keep diet or anything the same. I guess I get bored. I hope to have some really great updates these few months! :)

Donkey - Sunday Sep 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.0


Exercise: 20 min walking + 40 min putting up Halloween decorations; Weight training: None; Calories 2360


Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (single hill); Weight training: 10 min legs (machines); Calories: 1460

I can't believe I forgot to post yesterday! My calories were really good until we went out for dinner, which was late because Husband had to work 12 hours and didn't get off until 7p. I had a good dinner, but came home and had 2 dishes of ice cream. OMGosh what WAS I thinking??!!

I did not get up early to run this morning, and my daughter is feeling ill today, so I have very little hope of running today. So much for converting to my running schedule of Wed/Fri/Sun. I'll be back to Mon/Wed/Fri and running among strange landscaper men. Oh well, that's what I get for slacking off for a day.

It's funny how one bad meal can really derail a person's best effort.

EVENING EDIT: Say good-bye to those 65 minute workouts on the elliptical. For the month of October, I plan on increasing the resistance and decreasing my time on the crosstrainer so that I have more time available for running. All in all, it was a good day, it was a good month. I look forward to reaching my goal weight in October!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

GG on 09/30/2007:
Ugh, I hate eating dinner late, but I guess under the circumstances that is alright! What did you have for dinner? Obviously something not too filling, to have you come home and eat some ice cream! it is sad, whenever I go out to dinner I always come home hungry: it is so funny cause everyone is saying that the portion sizes at restaurants have GROWN over the years and I personally think they have SHRUNK: because the meals I make for myself at home are GINORMOUS! haha! I think the routine of running M, W & F is better than W, F and Sunday because who wants to run on the weekends when they can spend time with their family (especially if you daughter feels ill!!) I do hope you daughter feels better and that you have a great sunday!!!

Workingit2 on 09/30/2007:
Ice cream, once it is in my house, is a food that I cannot resist! Especially if I've had a late dinner and want that little bit of comfort before I go to sleep *sigh*.

I hope your daughter feels better and that you get some good exercise in!

shadetree on 09/30/2007:
I was worried when I started this that I would miss chocolate - that was always my crutch. Stressed at work? Have a candy bar. Depressed about nothing? have some M&M's. Celebrating? have a brownie. I make sure now that I have sugar free fudgsicles in the freezer at all times. 40 calories, and it's just enough to curb my cravings. Serving size is already done for you, and if you eat two (which I haven't had to do yet) it's 80 calories, still not bad. I know it's nothing like a heaping bowl of Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch, but it does seem to satisfy me. Maybe that's an option?

hollybelle on 09/30/2007:
My daughter made home-made choc chip cookies - from scratch. How could I say no. I didn't. Oh well......we all will do better tomorrow.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/30/2007:
well, i remember you saying how your were craving some ice cream ealier this week before weigh in! lol, i guess your craving wanted to be filled. however, all in all, this shouldn't set you back too much at all! just remember that!

Donkey - Friday Sep 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.0

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (gluteal) + 58 min running; Weight training: 15 min lower body (machines); Calories: Let's say 1700 (my counter shows a little less, but that's OK)

If you will notice, I weighed in today and my weight has gone up 1.5lb. Needless to say, I was not very happy about this, on top of the crushing depression that I was feeling from our house selling problems.

WARNING: The following 2 paragraphs have TMI that is of a personal nature. If you are easily offended, I suggest you skip them and read my concluding remarks instead.

I came to the conclusion that there are 2 reasons why my weight was "up". One of them has to do with hormonal cycles, so I won't go into that, except to say that 2x a month, I tend to put on a little water weight. I also have to fight cravings 2x a month as well, but I have been doing well with that. (On the plus side, I feel very romantic around this time of the cycle, iykwim.)

The second reason why my weight is "up" is that last week I managed to weigh in after a Daily Donkey Dump. Today, that was not the case. Of course, after I had had my morning's cup of coffee, we were at DDD x2 (YES, I said "2" and boy were they GREAT). I am sure this had some influence on the numbers.

So I am trying to remain optimistic. You can see that I had a great run today. Once again, I ran to the kids' school and back, but this time I shaved 7 minutes off my time. So I must be running faster although I cannot tell this when I run. (I feel so slow.)

I am also thinking positive about my house situation as well. So today, after I get cleaned up from running, I am going to the store to buy autumn decorations for the old house, to show people that it is a loved house and it decorates very well. When the house sells, I can use these decorations for my current dwelling, so it is not money wasted. I know my son wishes that I did more holiday decorating. Well, I do but it's just not at the house that we live in. Next year, I'm sure it will be :-)

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2007:
you're doing great...i wouldn't be ultra worried about the numbers on the scale. more important is that run and shaving a full 7 minutes off! i still have yet to start running...i know that if i did that now, i'd totally destroy my healing ankle :)

Workingit2 on 09/29/2007:
Girl, after all the TMI messages I've posted lately, I sure can read yours LOL. Enjoy your loving feelings, that is the ONLY benefit to the pesky TOM thing!

Holy COW you are a powerhouse workout diva! I am so very impressed!

My sister had her house on the market for almost a full year and gave up on ever selling it, and suddenly one day someone just decided that yes, they wanted it. They had to hurry up and pack and buy a new house in 30 days. Just when it looks bleak, that is usually when it happens. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

shadetree on 09/30/2007:
My husband and I watch all those home improvement and flipping shows, and if there's one thing that we've learned, "Staging is everything." So I think you may be on the right track with the decorations - that may be just the right trick to make if feel homey enough for someone else.

As for the weight, I wouldn't be terribly concerned about it as you've been kicking butt with your exercise. Keep up the running and the elliptical and it's got to start going down again.

Donkey - Thursday Sep 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (intervals); Weight training: 15 min upper body (machines -- only 3 exercises) :-(; Calories: 1540

I am feeling really tired today. This is almost like TOM/AF/PMS kind of tired, except that it's not time for that. I hate it when I want to do so much at the gym and my body craps out on me like that. Oh manure! :-(

And especially since tomorrow is weigh-in day. Ugh, I'd like to squeeze in as much as I can. I said in a previous entry that I'm rather nervous about this week's weigh in. Oh well, let's not get carried away, and keep things in their proper perspective.

EVENING EDIT: I'm a defeated Donkey tonight. Today we found out that the people who wanted to buy our house in June (but couldn't sell their house first) have sold their house but no longer want to buy our house. :-( They want to spend more money on a new house with bling-bling. Nevermind that our house is a good house with tons of room for upgrading (huge fenced in backyard). Oh well.... This really hit me hard in the heart. I felt like diving into some peanut butter or cheese all afternoon long.

Now I am off to the library with my son for the quarterly meeting of Yu-Gi-OH! Club. He *loves* this -- the game, the cards, being with other kids that love Yu-Gi-OH! I would rather stay home and watch Survivor and CSI. The things a mom does....

I just hope I don't console myself after the meeting with a ton of ice cream. That would be so bad. I must remember that weigh-in is tomorrow.

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

Sandra aka Soul on 09/27/2007:
Hey D,

You're right, keeping things in their proper perspective is imperative...it is just a number and you are more than that. Your minutes on the elliptical are impressive, I am gonna have to up my time to catch you.

shadetree on 09/27/2007:
Thanks for the input! I was planning on reverting back to phase I to get back on track. I wish I had a decent grocery store...I live in a RURAL area, and while we do have a good size grocery store, they cater to the majority, which means the produce section is really small, healthier options are very hard to find. (The ice cream section alone is bigger than the produce section.) There is a health food store about an hour away, other grocery stores same distance...I guess I'll have to make a trip this weekend.

Weigh in tomorrow - you don't really need that ice cream tonight, do you?:)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2007:
yo. thanks for your support. too many ups and downs for me. i'm the highest weight i've been in about 5-6 years....gotta do something now! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2007:
yeah, you're right...we must keep everything in perspective when we are weighing in. no obsession. i'm feeling sorry for myself though. you see, i KNOW what it takes to loose weight. I know VERY well. I'm so educated and knowledgable in it. but i'm stabbing myself in the back. for no reason.

jon'smom on 09/28/2007:
Hang in there! I'm sorry the house deal did not go through. Something better will come along. Think positive thoughts! Great job with the elliptical!!

biscottibody59 on 09/28/2007:
Hope you have a great day--maybe take a break soon? Your exercise is exemplary--no one can fault you on that and you can always get back to it tomorrow!

borntocry on 09/28/2007:
Oh, my little nephew loves Yu-Gi-OH too! I didn't recognise it at first because I didn't know that's how it's spelled. But he's always talking about it. I didn't know they had clubs!

Hey, well done on that weight loss! Don't be alarmed if the scale fluctuates a little. The fact that you saw that weight means that at the very least it's just around the corner, if it isn't already here to stay. Know what I mean?

Donkey - Wednesday Sep 26, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 50 min running + 65 min elliptical (double hill); Weight Training: None; Calories: 1540 -- I had a yogurt snack last night.

Today I ran first before going to the gym. I did not want to watch today's Oprah, which I would be forced to do as the crosstrainers are right in front of 2 TV screens tuned in to her show at 9a. So I ran instead.

This was helpful on 2 levels. First of all, it forced me to change to my W/F/Su schedule NOW instead of waiting until Friday to do so. Secondly, because I ran first, I was able to go further (not much) than had I done it afterwards. However, several times during the run, I could feel myself slowing down considerably. But conversely there were times I sped up a lot as well (such as to avoid the landscaping guy with the mower).

Going to the gym afterwards was interesting. It was almost empty. By the time I left, there was one older woman doing the weight machines and that was it! Towards the locker rooms, there were 2 elderly gentlemen stretching. I thought it would be hard to motivate myself to go to the gym after already running, but it was not so bad. I had new music to listen to, so that really helped.

One thing I did notice when I was at the gym is why do I feel the need to do 2 workouts? It seemed a little ridiculous to me. I know why I did today, because I am involved in an online challenge that counts the minutes that participants exercise for the month of September. And we've done that challenge here too, before, and it didn't bother me. But today it bothered me. I think it would have been more beneficial to do weight training at the gym instead of the elliptical, but I'm not ready to give up that addiction yet. I feel incomplete if I do not do my daily elliptical. But on the other hand, I'm feeling uneasy about the direction I could be headed.

Which leads me to say that I am already getting nervous about this week's weigh in. I lost 3lb last week, and I do not want to gain that back. "135" is one of those "set-points" where my body is comfortable. So if I slide back up, I will have to work on breaking through the same plateau AGAIN. Don't want to do that!!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2007:
I have found that i definitely have some "set points" were my body is comfortable as well. Even if i eat really large amounts, with a few good days, i'm back to that set point...but not lower, where i'd like to be.

i feel that gaining lean muscle, which means you are better fit and can burn more calories, helps with breaking through your set point.

biscottibody59 on 09/27/2007:
Your having to dodge the mower guy reminded me of the time on a jog a few years ago someone in a pickup truck ran over a toad and some of the juice landed on my brand new shoes--double ick!

Have a good one!

Donkey - Tuesday Sep 25, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical + 20 min running; Weight training: None; Calories: 1620 -- unless I don't eat the Fiber One bar for dessert

A number of things did not happen to make my run as good as it could have been: 1. The weather did not cool off, because it did not rain as they had promised. 2. The humidity did not dissipate as promised. 3. I forgot today was Garbage Day and the smells were quite awful. 4. My stomach still felt bloated and sour from last night's dinner (way too oily/fatty).

Hopefully Thursday's run will be much better. I am thinking of switching to a W/F/Su running schedule, since Mondays and Tuesdays are not good (landscapers, garbage men).

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/25/2007:
gosh, what was for dinner? you never usually complain about what you eat - that's why i ask! i'm sure the next garbage day will be around soon! :)

i think i might need a break from exercise today as my body is still tired...but not really achey...from the substantial exercise it's been getting. I believe that our bodies do need to rest sometimes...don't we all!?

maria777 on 09/25/2007:
Good for you on the exercise!

crategrl on 09/26/2007:
Good job on the exercise!!!

Donkey - Monday Sep 24, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer + 30 min cleaning the bathroom; Weight training: 35 min upper/lower body (machines); Calories: 1680

No running today. It was too hot and too sunny out this morning after the gym, and I wanted to get in a little cleaning (as I promised you) before I have to leave for the old house to put out more moldy/mildew-y garbage for the garbage collection tomorrow. UGH -- driving up to the old house consumes too much of my time!

But I discovered that anytime I want a little extra workout, all I have to do is get on my hands and knees and clean a floor or a bathroom. The floors and baseboard trim are filthy and so I did not complete the one bathroom I was working on. I cleaned the outside of the toilet, the floors and the baseboard trim. I still have to do the vanity and the tub surfaces.

Then I still have 2 more bathrooms to clean, although one is just a powder room (toilet and vanity sink). So I have additional "activity" just waiting for me around the house. I hope to do a little (30 min) at a time and after a week, everything should be clean.

Hard cleaning really gives a good workout!

EVENING EDIT: Just too darn busy! It is so humid here today. Unbearable...

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

Sandra aka Soul on 09/24/2007:
Amen to that...did some hard cleaning yesterday myself and considered it my workout.

Donkey - Sunday Sep 23, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical + 20 min pruning the vines; Weight training: None; Calories: 1650

Still trying to hang in there over the weekend. I am feeling anxious this morning. I am pretty sure it is because I did not go to the gym like I had planned on doing. I was very tired, after 2 nights of not much sleep. I will see if it will be feasible for me to workout when Husband comes home from work.

Otherwise, it's a day of cleaning for me. Scrubbing down the bathrooms and then I have some vines to trim outside.

EVENING EDIT: I did the trimming of the vines outside. Ouch, my arms were actually trembling afterwards. I definitely need to step up my upper body weight training. What a whimpy. I did NOT get to the bathrooms, despite all of the encouragement from the rest of you. So I will be doing that tomorrow, I promise!

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

workingit2 on 09/23/2007:
I also have housework to do today...and the chore I don't like the most which is the bathroom lol. I hope you get to do your workout today! Oh, the boiled kale....I buy fresh kale and pull the leaves away from the stem and put them in bite size pieces, and then put them in the boiling water for about 5 minutes...then I spray a pan with cooking spray (butter flavored if I have it) and fry it up for about five minutes with some onion or mushroom (or both). The boiling takes away that starchy aftertaste and the frying helps crisp it back up. I also LOVE to fry it up and then put it in salads because it has such a great texture with the other lettuce. Have a great day!

cutiee23 on 09/23/2007:
i also feel bad too when i don't workout when i'm suppose to, but we can only do so much. you should still be proud of all the stuff u do to lose weight =)you're also doing cleaning, and thats somewhat like an exercise. you have to exert some energy to clean. hopefully you're day turns out better.

Sandra aka Soul on 09/23/2007:
Give yourself credit for the workout you had, I consider cleaning house and yardwork a workout. Better than sitting in front of the tv all day, which I have been known to do. Be good to yourself, pamper yourself...your inner discipline will return faster when you are not so hard on yourself.

greengirl on 09/23/2007:
Scrubbing down the bathroom uses muscles that you dont even realise you have. Its as good as a workout. Have a great day, and cut yourself some slack!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2007:
i don't know about you...but housework is a great exercise activity! however, i'm always procrastinating and putting it off!!! I must clean my bathroom today because i meant to do it last weekend! haha

GG on 09/23/2007:
What a coincidence: I cleaned my apartment today too! Cleaning floors, toilets, etc....I do all the cleaning and my roomie just comes back and messes it all up! HA! I guess thats life? Good Luck on Sleep tonight!!!

MyJuneWedding on 09/24/2007:
What an awesome Donkey! My weekend was not nearly so productive, thouugh I did manage to get some laundry done and we got a bike ride in that is always a plus!!! Hugs donkey!!

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!

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