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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.

Donkey - Wednesday Sep 12, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer + 65 min running (!!!); Weight training: 25 minutes lower body (machines); Calories: TBD


Look at that running time! I ran 6 miles today! Yowza! I ran up to the kids' schools and back. It was so hard to get myself motivated and out the door, but once I started, I knew that was where I was going to go. I wish BornToCry was still reading/posting here. I would love to swap our running stories! ("So what did you step in today on your run?")

I took biscotti's words to heart and realized that I gotta get down to business. I'm losing focus, and if I want to reach my goals, I've got to put my head down and really work at it.

Now I must cut this short because I have to return to the old house (boo, hiss) and check on the progress of the stanky basement.

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

greengirl on 09/12/2007:
Kudos to you Donkey !!! You will be running like a thoroughbred before you know it . Well done !!! :o)

greengirl on 09/12/2007:
Kudos to you Donkey !!! You will be running like a thoroughbred before you know it . Well done !!! :o)

Trying_Again_41 on 09/12/2007:
Hey Donkey! Being the visual person I am as I read your note I actually pictured you running to the school and felt your sense of triumph! Good for you .... if it's o.k. though I'll lose the visual of the stanky basement though! Ha! UGH! That too, shall pass ......... congrats on your run today!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2007:
wow you really are doing fantastically! I think you may have the most exercise this month out of all DDers! Keep up the good work! :)

biscottibody59 on 09/13/2007:
Wow--excellent run! You're doing great!

Yeah, where is that BTC???

Donkey - Tuesday Sep 11, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 minutes crosstrainer (single hill); Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1925 (something like that)

A very busy day. Got up super early to workout at the gym, because I had to go up to the old house and take care of that water in the basement mildew problem, which I did. I have to up there again tomorrow to see if the fans, dehumidifier and open windows are making a difference in drying it out. Plus, I cleaned the entire floor with bleach + water to kill the smell.

I have a confession to make. I have not been doing as well with eating as I have been reporting. Last night, I went totally overboard with some Girl Scout cookies. Last Friday and Sunday nights, I went overboard with the ice cream. So I don't expect anything positive out of this week's weigh-in, if I decide to weigh in.

I'm at a loss for words :-(

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

GG on 09/11/2007:
I have a feeling why you've been going over board has something to do with the stress of selling your house! It happens to all of us and we all deal with stress differently! I wish you the best of luck on selling your house and making it look spic-and-span! My family and I just went through the process of selling out house (it was on the market for 5 years) and it finally sold on Aug. 2...it does take time, but I am sure you will have a LOT better luck then us!!! Dont get too down on splurging on some goodies: it is not the end of the world!

biscottibody59 on 09/12/2007:
Under the circumstances--the house and stuff--you did pretty well with the cookies/ice cream. It happens! Pick yourself back up and move on as best you can!

a_v probably should have left that comment to me on MY diary. I wish she had, but be that as it may, I'm moving forward and as I said, will try to keep my head down and stick to the subject.

Hope you have a good day:-)

Sandra aka Soul on 09/12/2007:
I am finding it very helpful not to weigh myself anymore, use other indicators as a guide that you are losing weight, how do your clothes feel or how do you personally feel...that's more important than a number. Don't beat yourself up about the binge, they happen...time to move on to better days.

I'm curious why the nick "donkey"?

Donkey - Monday Sep 10, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer + 30 min running; Weight training: 20 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1742 (2 above my limit, and I'll probably have a few more beyond this as well)

Had an awesome run this morning. Yes, even though my Husband was home, I was determined to get a run in outdoors after coming home from the gym.

I opted twice to take longer routes during my run. However, I was disappointed to see that my running time was still 30 min at best (probably closer to 25 min actually; I forgot to look at the clock before I left the house). So either I ran faster or my routes were not significantly longer (which I know NOT to be true). I'm not sure, but I'm very pleased.

Getting the kids bowling balls after school today. Hopefully my athletic daughter will not get so discouraged when she has a ball that is the appropriate weight for her age (7).

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

Trying_Again_41 on 09/10/2007:
Give up on you????? Nope! No can do! What kind of support would we all be to each other if we gave up on one another that easily???? So you passed on the beer and wine but not on the ice cream ... you need to look at the positive and not the negative ... you could have totally blown it all and had all three things but you didn't! We are all a work in progress. You didn't fail me .... I thought of you this weekend when I made my food choices and if you had not participated in the weekend challenge I'm not so sure that I would have thought about those things ... so in the end, your participation provided support to me so I would say that we both had some wins over the weekend! Anyway, have a good day and kudos to you for your run today. AWESOME!

greengirl on 09/10/2007:
You are doing so well with the exercise !! Have fun with the kids :o)

ad_vitam on 09/10/2007:
I am so grateful for your continuing support and encouraging words! I needed them. I have the SB cookbook, thanks, and even a SB guide on what to eat at the restaurants, ha-ha, so I'm well-equipped:) Also I've always admired your consistency in working out, that's why I am making regular workouts an essential part of my weight loss process. I always think: if a mother of 2 small kids can do it daily, shame on you if you can't:) Keep it up and good luck with selling the house (here in Fl the real estate market is way down, not a good time to sell).

biscottibody59 on 09/11/2007:
I'm not going to quit supporting you Donkey--I just found nothing to add either on her (ad_vitam's) latest comment or the one you left. I'm not interested so much in fighting about all this as I am in enlightening the next unsuspecting soul who sees how much someone has lost in such a short time and wants to do the same. If you haven't read WorkingIt2's comment on the South Beach forum entry, please do so. Her's is definitely the cautionary tale. I don't have such a tale. I never actually TRIED to lose weight until I started here and I guess I should just keep my head down and get to my own point whilst supporting others:-)

RYC: I think thoughtful people can agree to disagree and that's probably what's happened. I left her a comment a little while ago and at that time her pounds lost per day were nearly 1/day. That's tapered off now to, by her own numbers 5 pounds/week since starting. I don't know about you, but the only way you do that (on a self-directed diet) is by eating a very-low calorie diet, probably below 1000 at the beginning. There's really not enough information in her diary to figure out the calories, but someone's not going to lose 0.7#/day by eating 1200 calories/day.

No I don't think there's any reason to correlate losing alot of weight with how bad your diet/lifestyle WAS and then picking up a healthy lifestyle. You asked her at some point how many calories she was taking in. She claimed not to be into counting calories. In my experience here, people either count or they don't count calories, WW points, portion sizes--something to make sure they are getting some semblance of proper nutrition while trying to lose weight. Or they sort of eat the same things within the realm of 1200 cals for awhile, incorporate exercise and generally lose 2 maybe 3 pounds per week. And they keep it off. If you haven't read Halley--she is a great example, though initially she was using some diet pills along with Slim-Fast and exercise. I don't think she did any fasting or skipping of meals.

Also, it may look like I'm picking on ad_vitam--she's pretty much made her choice re: her health. My last comments on her diary were actually for others who may be blown away by her "success" and want to duplicate it. Many people who find DDs may be absolutely clueless and simply know that they want to lose weight, but have no idea how to do it. Much less how to do it safely.

Hell, I've never tried Slim-Fast, but I'd rather see someone do that plan as intended than to see someone lose more than a pound a week (beyond the first couple weeks).

Hate to keep bringing up old diaries all the time, but there was a person who was completely transparent about her very low-calorie diet. She lost weight, was happy, etc. She then gained it all back. I haven't looked back at it in awhile, but I think she finally realized she needed to eat rather than starve herself.

You may want to go back and read my comments in the Forums sections: "South Beach Diet" and "What is your eating plan/lifestyle?"

That's about it--have a good day Donkey!!!

ps No need to apologize about disagreeing with me. Don't ever let that get you down. That's just life!

ad_vitam on 09/11/2007:
Sorry, Donkey to do it in your diary but I am stunned of what I just read in biscottibody59�s entry: I thought my weight-loss plan has been restlessly criticized by a person who was advocating healthy weight loss, I was honestly trying to find some sense in her arguments. But I�m really glad biscotibody59 revealed to me her understanding of what healthy loss is: diet based on chemicals, 100% artificial ingredients (SlimFast and the like) seems more sensible to her than eating natural foods even below 1200cal a day. By following healthy-in �the-can/ meal-replacement diets which consist of low-fat milk, sugar, fructose (sugar again), cocoa, synthetic vitamins and minerals (which are scientifically proven bogus) one has 100% guarantee to fail once he starts eating real meals. I thought nowadays only someone without clue about basic dieting fundamentals doesn�t know that SlimFast Diet and the like are seriously, fundamentally flawed. I not only disagree with this position I find it plain wrong and demonstrating little understanding of what �healthy� is. Sorry, what I said is harsh but that�s what I really think, you were very outspoken about my plan, biscottibody59, well, I can be too. With all my respect to you personally and the achievement you made, your expertise on healthy weight loss looks very questionable to me now. I�m not surprised any more that we have polar views on what healthy weight loss is. You can continue undermining my success (yes, without ��) as you did so far wherever you go, I can't care less for the reason I just lined up. I might copy this comment in my next entry in case some �unsuspecting soul� will drop by making her choice between fake and real:) That�s my position and from now on I will be staying aside from any debates on this subject, I'd rather get busy losing weight that's why I'm here. You�re right about one thing: I did make my choice re: health. Have a good one!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/11/2007:
hello donk donk. I am very impressed by your workout minutes!!!!! you've also been busy! running and the gym! go you!

Donkey - Sunday Sep 09, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (gluteal); Weight training: 25 min lower body (machines); Calories: 1560 if I can limit myself to 1 dish of ice cream)

Thoroughly discouraged Donkey today.

The ONLY good thing today was that I got to go to the gym this afternoon because Husband was home. He finally realized that he did not feel well enough to go to work. Gee, why didn't I think of that?....

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

Trying_Again_41 on 09/10/2007:
Sorry to hear about your basement problems this weekend Donkey. That's enough to frustrate and drive anyone insane.... that kind of stuff drives me crazy too. Glad to hear about your mearsurements though! Great for you!

Donkey - Saturday Sep 08, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 60 minutes heavy cleaning (?); Weight Training: NONE (but worked my arms carrying sopping wet carpet); Calories: 1540

I'm logging in early because I wanted to share with you that I took measurements today. I've lost nearly another inch since my last measurement, and so that makes nearly 2 inches since the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, my hips have stayed at the same measurement, and thus, I have only lost 0.5 inches off my donkey.

So I have a 28.25 inch waist and a 39.5 inch waist. Am I a Big Butt Donkey or WHAT?? And believe it or not, I am actually smaller at my hips than I am a little further down because my thighs are so big. I humored myself and measured my left thigh, and it came out to 24.5.

(And none of this would be so bad if I had a 38 chest, but sadly, I forgot to measure my chest. Last measurement of chest was 35 inches.) :-(

Let me share a Donkey story with you: I have always been a Big Butt Donkey. I remember in 8th grade (13 yrs old), I was in the school musical, and we had to make (sew) our costumes. It was a skirt and top. Well, my mother and I know squat about sewing, so we took the pattern and the material to my Grandma (yes, my Wicked Step-Grandmother of dysfunctional holiday notoriety), because Grandma can sew. She truly is the Ultimate Homemaker.

I remember that the three of us were in the Grandma's living room, by the organ, and she was taking my measurements to adjust the pattern to fit my shape. I remember so vividly how she gasped and said with HORROR on her face and in her voice: "40 INCHES -- OH MY!!" Well, guess what? Here I am, 24 years later and I still have 40 inch hips. OK, well, 39.5, but essentially the same thing. I pretty much weigh the same as I did when I was in 8th grade too.

It's been a great Donkey life.

EVENING EDIT: I get a call from the realtor that is selling our old house that we have a showing tomorrow at noon. So I quickly grab the kids together and we drive the 45 minutes up to the town where our old house is.

I stop at Walmart to pick up some cleaning supplies and decorations. I head to the house because I figure all I have to do is sweep and wipe off the kitchen/bath surfaces.

OMG. See, a couple of weeks ago when we had really bad storms, our sump pump in the old house failed to function. I don't know if that's because we lost power or because the guys that sealed up the sump (for radon gas purposes) messed up with the pump. So we had "a little" water in the basement per my Husband who went to check it last week.

OMG. I get to the house this evening, and save the basement for last. Well, friends, now we not only STILL have a water problem (because the throw rugs were still sopping wet), but now we probably have a mold and mildew problem as well. BECAUSE HUSBAND DID NOT TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM THE RIGHT WAY THE FIRST TIME!!!

So I'm dragging sopping wet rugs up the stairs and through the newly floored kitchen out to the garage. Then I load them into my trunk. Then I wipe dry the kitchen floor because it is very important NOT to damage that with water. Then I go downstairs and sweep the water on the floor into the drain. Then I wipe the water that dripped out of the rugs that fell onto the stairs leading FROM the basement to the first floor. There was so much water on the stairs that I could afford to give them a good scrubbing.

I am SURE that the basement and stairs will still be wet tomorrow for the showing. If it were not for the basement, the house would be immaculate.

I am so angry with Husband for not taking care of this problem the right way when he was up there. Could have been dried and not stank so much. Instead, the basement stinks, there's mold/mildew and it's still wet down there (from the rugs). And **I** got stuck doing all the work!!!

But I can't be mad at Husband because he is a 911 dispatcher and his job is stressful enough. He's been working 12 hour shifts (overtime) because we need the money. He's not feeling good. He's neglecting his house and family at home. But then he goes and does something like this.

I am SO DONE with that house.

So we come home at 8:00 famished. I eat a ton of food. I'm stuffed. I'm gassy. I find that I've offended GG. AAAAAACCCCKKKKK!!!!!

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

biscottibody59 on 09/08/2007:
RYC: Oh well, I guess we all have to do what works. I suppose if you wanna blame me, I'll let it slide this time haha! GG's a big girl, even though she weighs 95 pounds or so:-)

biscottibody59 on 09/08/2007:
ps if you really are upset, I AM sorry. This is a Dieting Support site and I don't think you were out of line, someone would have told you so I think. All you did was point out something that was completely overlooked in light of GG's arguably extreme diet. In fact when I first read it I thought the abcdef of it was ALLOWED, then I went back and I wondered if she could possibly be classified as malnourished by a registered dietician. GG's 20 and bulletproof--she's not going to let a little osteoporosis bother her by god!

Again, I'm sorry.

Hope you have a good day!

WorkingIt2 on 09/09/2007:
awww man sorry to hear about the water damage! I have a couple friends who are 911 dispatchers and they are always stressed out and always working mega hours. There isn't enough money in the world to pay me to do that job. I'd go insane. I take my hat off to you for being the wife of someone in emergency services, STRESSFUL for you as well!

Currently my hips are 40"...they used to be 52"...and they've been holding steady at 40" for a while now lol. The women in my family all hold our weight in our lower bodies and the men hold it in their waistlines. They have nice broad chests, nice legs, and wide centers lol. While the women have nice upper bodies and wide bottom halves. *sigh* ***Hugs*** hope you have a better day and I hope that your old house sells!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2007:
hello donk donk. you weigh the same as you did in 8th grade! wow! I certainly don't. I was one of those thin, little girls that never looked her age...always a little younger - at least based on my body. In 8th grade I weighed around 85 lbs! LOL

congrats on the .5 loss in measurements! go u!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/09/2007:
why? I'm writing that in reference to what you wrote on Biscotti's post. I LIKE it when people write about my diet...or when they challenge my in my opinions. I like this site because people share their insights and views. I can go to people who are not my friends if I want to hear that I'm doing great and i should have no worries. I think its great to have people on here constantly trying to knock sense into you! I love this site and all the comments i get.

GG on 09/09/2007:
What would make you think that you offended me? All you have been doing for me is giving me really helpful and kind advice that I appreciate to the ut-most!

GG on 09/09/2007:
Please dont be down on yourself thinking you offended me, I do not get offended easily so you really dont have to worry about that! Once again I really do appreciate your comments whether you are giving me stern and serious ones, or light and fluffy ones! The only reason I continue on the diet I am on is because it makes me feel really good (except when I eat to much at dinner) and my mother and sister follow the same regime, plus it is engrained in my brain not to change and since I have been doing it for about 5 years now, I dont know any better! haha!

Donkey - Friday Sep 07, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer; Weight Training: Upper AND Lower Body (machines); Calories: 1739 (top limit of my range, but that's ok)

As you can see, I have weighed in this morning. I also checked my Body Fat % and that is accurate, at 25.5%. I realized that I need to adjust my age on my Tanita scale, it's been so long since I checked my body fat %.

I'm posting early because I wanted to vent that it's a dirty shame that I can't leave my garage door open to even walk my daughter 2 blocks to the bus stop because I'm worried about vendors going door to door around here. Thank God it's raining today. It keeps those door-to-door salespeople A-WAY. But what a pity that I have to DRIVE 2 blocks to the bus stop. No wonder we're all fat here in America.

EVENING EDIT: Just came back from TKD belt testing. I am now the proud parent of 2 camo (dark green) belts :-)

Today was a hungry day. Some days I am hungrier than others, and today was one of those where I was hungrier. I think, without TMI, that cramps probably had to do a lot with it.

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

MyJuneWedding on 09/07/2007:
still with the door to door guys huh??? Maybe a large dog would work, or and electric fence around the front door!!! lol!! HUGS!!

Sandra aka Soul on 09/07/2007:
Hey, thanks for the comment. Yes my skin is looking better each day. I am 100% raw now, almost three weeks this time. I have no patience for door-to-door salesmen/women. I am not rude but firm and only have to tell them once, it must be the look on my face that I am serious or something. It's the same face I put on when disciplining my boys, lol.

Trying_Again_41 on 09/07/2007:
Hi Donkey, Found your note on my posting ----- I'm in! Not only will I stay on program for the weekend, but I will also NOT smoke!!! No beer or ice cream for you either! Will connect with you on Monday! Have a great weekend!

greengirl on 09/07/2007:
Good on the exercise Donkey !!! What is a Tanita scale?? Ive never heard of one before. I hate salespeople who pester you unsolicited. Im usually downright rude to them but once, one ended up kicking my door and I had to call the police to get rid of him!!!

Workingit2 on 09/07/2007:
Telemarketers tick me off...door-to-door's even more! Especially the vacuum cleaner guys lol. Looks like you had some great exercise!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/08/2007:
congrats to your two "karate kids."

Thanks for your feedback this week!

GG on 09/08/2007:
What kind of vendors do you have coming to your door? What are they trying to sell? I hope nothing "raunchy" - haha! That would not be good for the kids to see! LOL! That is a shame you cannot walk your kids to school, it is so nice to be able to do that, I think that if the vendors are really a big problem, you and a couple neighbors should try and do something about it...? Oh and by the way: you were SOOO right, it was salmon I had last night: haha! What else is new: I could eat that fish EVERY day and never get sick of it! And I to think I used to HATE that fish when I was little! I remember running away from home because my mom was trying to force me to eat it! So if your daughter does not like fish right now, just wait, she will when she gets older, trust me! haha! When I was younger all I ate was pasta & butter & bread...but I think that is the staple in all young kids lives...but who knows your daughter may be a veggie eatting queen! HA! How old is she?! And how are you doing on your fiber count!? I wish I could calculate my fiber intake so I could compare it to yours but I dont really measure out my vegetable servings...but I think I might try sometime: it will be sort of like a science experiment! haha! Today I amgoing to goto a farmers market: I will think of you! hahah!

Donkey - Thursday Sep 06, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (single hill program) + 50 min running; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1309.

Today I had the best run outside ever of my life (4+ miles!!). A great feeling of accomplishment.

EVENING EDIT: I have to admit that the past 2 days or so, my calories have been higher than what I reported, by about 100 calories. When I start tallying up the foods for the next day, I will remember that I forgot to add a snack (usually it's my afternoon snack that I forget to add, because I have it right when the kids get home from school and it's crazy here when they get home). So omission was not intentional, nor did I plan to deceive anyone. Today is the first day that my calories are accurate, so it is a low calorie day for me. Tomorrow, the calories will be back in my range.

My calories were low because I was just crazy busy today. My Husband was not home for dinner, so dinner was not only rushed but mine was vegetarian which helped cut down the calories dramatically. I also chose NOT to resort to an alcoholic beverage to up my numbers either. Not healthy and when I drink, my "discipline" tends to disappear and I am more inclined to reach for more food.

I think it better to go to bed content or a little hungry rather than stuffed. That is a most unpleasant feeling, going to bed stuffed. I can feel my metabolism kick into high gear when that happens, literally, because I get very hot and sweaty. Gross!

I must remember to weigh in tomorrow!

greengirl on 09/06/2007:
Isnt it great when you get that feeling of accomplishment?? Well done on your exercise :o)

jon'smom on 09/06/2007:
Great job with the exercise!! Keep it up!!

biscottibody59 on 09/06/2007:
That's a great run--good for you!

I may be the only one to tell you, but the comment you left in the forum section was perfect--of course I appreciate truth in advertising:-)

WorkingIt2 on 09/06/2007:
Hooray for you!! I agree, I'd rather go to bed a little under than over! Have a great evening =)

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