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Donkey - Monday May 14, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

One day down, 6 more to go...  Just have to get over the wedding on Sunday.  Then I think I'll be fine for Daughter's graduation the following weekend -- but at least it's a long weekend because of the Memorial Day weekend.

On Sunday, after I posted, I realized that I hadn't made much of my goal to look fantastic at the wedding.  I didn't even get the time to go get a (second-hand) new dress for the occassion. I have some good stand-bys in my closet that will do just fine - and they're free because I already own them, LOL.

I had hoped, though, that I would have been motivated to build up my arms, or tone up the legs -- heck even a lower number on the scale (beyond the maintenance +/- 5 pounds), and then show it off with a new (used) dress.  None of that happened.,

IDK... too tired... too busy at work... too discouraged.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/14/2018:
Meh. Just let your daughter dress you.

Donkey on 05/15/2018:
LOL - right? I should see if she has any dresses she doesn't wear any more. Or maybe I'll wear her old prom dress from last year! HA!


bearcountrygg on 05/14/2018:
You will do just fine......more than likely they all gained weight...LOL

Donkey on 05/15/2018:
ROFL! I know that my sister-in-law, the bride (of course), and her sister (niece-in-law) are all trying to lose weight for the wedding. I got a sneak peak of the bride's dress and unless she's changed her mind between the shower and the wedding, she will be so beautiful.

Regardless, I know that their weight-loss is most likely to be only temporary. Mine could be too, now that I think about it....


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
Donkey...remember how far you have come and maintained! Remember that you do look good and you do work on yourself! Do not be negative...be your best at the wedding!

also, good job with all the events as of late. try to use them as opportunities right now to present your best self. truly proud of you, lady...come on....show everyone who's boss.

Donkey on 05/15/2018:
Yes, you are right (of course).



Donkey - Sunday May 13, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Happy Mother's Day --- whether you're a mom-mom, a foster mom, a dog mom, a cat mom -- have a wonderful day!

I hurt my back this morning.  I was twisting around to see the fat on the back of my knees and I heard a little *pop* and then some dull pain.  It wasn't as bad as, say, a knuckle pop, but more like an old-age crick, but whatever it was, now my back is so sore... very achy.  I took 2 Aleve (anti-inflammatory) about an hour ago and that hasn't helped one bit.  I have to be really careful today with what I do.  But of course, I want to do everything, right?  I think after writing this, I will go upstairs and lie down flat on my back for a while.  That often helps.  I was going to ride the newer execise bike later on, to get in exercise with some resistance, to work my legs (the ones I was looking at fat on), but I think I'd better pass on that.  I still might be able to walk with my daughter this afternoon... things are still kind of wet outside.  Walking is usually OK to do as it helps stretch things out.

Oh what a dumb thing to do, for a very dumb reason...


This week is incredibly busy and WAY out of my routine -- which translates to STRESS in Donkey's little world. 

  • My daughter's boyfriend arrives very early Friday morning and will be with us for 10 days. He's a good kid, but having a long-term house guest always takes some adjustment.  
  • After what promises to be another very busy, stressful week at work...
  • Saturday I have legal clinic, but before that, I want to get up early and watch The Wedding --- Harry and Meaghan -- if I can... Legal clinic will be short-handed, which makes things a little busier.  So it will be a long day, but fun.
  • The hard work comes on Sunday, when - except for my son, because we weren't expecting his return -- will be attending the wedding for my husband's niece.  She's alright, and so is her sister, but the rest of my inlaws are just AWFUL.  And my sister-in-law and brother-in-law are divorced and don't get along.  Throw in there the groom's HUGE Italian family -- happy and loud - and it's just WAY too much for this quiet Donkey.  (NOTE:  We could have gotten a seating for my son, but he said he didn't want to go and have to explain to everyone, multiple times, why he's home and no longer in the Air Force.  I don't blame him. I said I'd give him my seat and stay home, but then my daughter said that if I didn't go, she and Boyfriend weren't going to go... My husband was like, "I'm not going to this alone!")

SERENITY NOW!!!!


EVENING EDIT:  Kind of took a day off from the drinking-water-during-dinner challenge.  We had take-out Mexican for my Mother's Day meal, and while I had only 1 taco (double corn-tortilla -  delicious, but not good on the carb count), and filled up on raw vegetables, I did have too many tortilla chips with guacamole.  I can tell by the way my stomach is feeling right now.... Way too many carbs tonight.

However, on the bright side, I have no desire for dessert.

I think I'll go for a walk around the neighborhood to help ease the fullness feeling.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

graindart on 05/13/2018:
I hope to hear in a week about the "feats of strength" competition after a group of relatives gets liquoured-up at the wedding.

Stay on plan and don't stress-eat.

Has the son continued working on his exercises so that he can re-apply?

Donkey on 05/13/2018:
Good advice for the wedding - and the week.

Son joined a gym and is working out 6 days a week for about 1-1.5 hours. He says he's keeping up with his running and doing upper body weights, but hasn't been doing push-ups, nor has he been working on his sit-ups. The sit-ups will help him with his push-ups (core muscles) because -- and I just learned this -- the push-ups must be done with a straight & rigid back. If your back sags, the push-up doesn't count.

I advised that he start up again with the sit-ups. I should mention that he should test himself with push-ups at least once a week, too, as a way of monitoring his progress.


bearcountrygg on 05/13/2018:
To begin with you do not have fat on the back of your knees...it is fluff!!!!!! And...you were not supposed to look at said fluff...and your back let you know that. Maybe if you turn the other way and look at said fluff...things will go back to where they were......did you learn anything....do NOT LOOK AT FLUFF!!!!

Donkey on 05/13/2018:
Yes, I learned my lessons. Of all reasons to hurt my back, this one was the most vain and foolish.


happy-1 on 05/13/2018:
Sounds like you need cbd oil.

Donkey on 05/13/2018:
LOL - I agree!


happy-1 on 05/13/2018:
Maybe bring some knitting or crochet so you can keep your hands busy and maintain sanity.

Donkey on 05/13/2018:
That's actually a pretty good idea. Thank you! I'm going to do some planning. This hadn't occurred to me -- and I'd better have a plan, because when I'm caught off-guard, that's when things tend to go south real quick. Especially when there's cake involved...


happy-1 on 05/13/2018:
Yeah, I hate arts and crafts but I make friendship bracelets and lanyards when I need to let my brain go. I give them away as camping gifts. I'd like to learn needlepoint.


happy-1 on 05/13/2018:
Helps w the anxiety/depression spin cycle. Plus there's bound to be kids there and I bet they'd have fun doing it w you

Donkey on 05/14/2018:
Um, no. Not hanging out with any kids except my own. This isn't my family. It's my inlaws. All the real kids are from the groom's side.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2018:
i hope your back feels better....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! !!!!

i will write much more soon! :)

Donkey on 05/14/2018:
I think it does, although this morning, the crookedness of my stature was so obvious. Everything slopes to one side.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
Happy Mother's Day J donk! I'm going to comment on all your entries that i missed today!

Firstly, remember not to be too hard on yourself. I am sure you see your legs differently than the rest of the world :) Like Maria was saying, be happy with your progress! Is your goal now to maintain and/or improve on your fitness now? That is my goal..except at this point i also need to lose a little or my maintanence will become a gain...grrr!

10 days is quite a long visit from your daughter's boyfriend. Try to remember that it's your house and that he must be a hair out of his element (perhaps) too. I say this because there's a few people that don't really get uncomfortable socially or with new experiences. Oh, how i wish i were one of those folks! But try to remember it's new for all, and even if you feel some expectations, it's ok to also be yourself and do your own workouts and have some of your own space even with guests...i remembered that this weekend when i luckily had an hour of free time to exercise while away, thank gosh! it meant i didn't have to skip a workout....i felt much better after completing it :) and i recommend the same for you, to do for you also...don't totally put your needs on the wayside...

Donkey on 05/14/2018:
I'm not sure that it's me being hard on myself but rather being completely dissatisfied with the body I was given. I sometimes think that if I had plastic surgery, would that solve my issues or would something else crop up?

I too wish I could be more socially adept. I'm too much of an introvert, I'm afraid. The older I get, the more I'm OK with that, especially as I become more disappointed with the behaviors, actions and words, of my fellow human beings.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
i hope you had a nice walk, J donk!

Donkey on 05/14/2018:
I did -- thank you!



Donkey - Saturday May 12, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

My efforts have paid off with this week's weigh-in.  Emotionally/mentally, I feel better in this range of numbers.  Physically, though, I'm wondering if some of my fatigue this week was due to reduced calories, which happens to me sometimes.  But I didn't get real crabby, which is what often happens with reduced calories, so I don't know.  All the way around, I do like and will continue to establish my drinking-water-during-dinner habit until it becomes much stronger and engrained.  I recognize that right now, it's a fragile habit -- I'm not even sure it's a habit yet, because I do have to put effort and thought into practicing the behavior deliberately.  

I've gone back to previous entries and see that my weight has vascillated between 128.0 and 133.5, which is a range of 5.5 pounds.  This is maintenance.  I'm glad I realize this just now because this tells me that my weigh-in isn't really weight-loss but just part of the maintenance journey - a helpful and healthy perspective.

I have errands to run that need to get done by noon -- post office & bank -- but I'm waiting for the home health nurse to stop by. My husband is starting a new medication for his auto-immune disease, and part of the program has a nurse coming over to help him with his first shot.  It's not a regular shot, but one of those epi-pen contraptions, which my husband used with the last biologic drug he used.  What a waste of money, but I still want to be here.  We're hoping this one will help him...

Hubby is taking the kids to the movies this afternoon -- movies are not my thing so I get alone time, which I'm really looking forward to!


EVENING EDIT:  I had a very nice "alone time" and the hubsband and kids had a good time at the movies.  

I didn't run all of my errands today, so that I have something to get me up and out tomorrow, but my daughter surprised me today and said she wanted to walk with me tomorrow, if the weather permits.  I mentioned I wanted to try some gelato at a local shop that I've been wanting to try for quite some time.  So we'll see how much of that actually comes to fruition.  If neither works out, that's OK too.  (I no longer set expectations but rather "go with the flow" when it comes to holidays.)

Expanding on what Maria7 said in her entry today -- and I thought about this on Thursday during my lunchtime walk too -- now that I am at maintenance, it's time that I enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Just be happy with where I'm at, number-wise and start focusing on other types of goals for myself.

I know that I can relax a little bit more with the eating, or lessen up on the exercise, but both of these things I actually enjoy doing as established habits.  My body doesn't feel right if I eat badly or don't start with exercise in the morning. 

Right now, I'm focusing on my drinking-water-during-dinner habit.  I find this to be a satisfying process and goal to work towards; I know it will take me some time to get this habit down SOLID - which is fine because I do not know what I would try next.

I've tried establishing weight training as a habit.  I suppose I could try to run a 5k, but with my history of back/knee/foot problems, I'm not sure that's in my best interest.  So I don't know. 

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

graindart on 05/12/2018:
Glad to see the number drop. It's always a huge boost to my motivation when I see it drop into a new set of 10's. The weight "129.5" just sounds so much lighter than "130".

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
Wow I didn't even realize I was in a new set of numbers (again; I've been here before). Cool!


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2018:
Congrats on the new numbers.....and happy to hear that you will get some alone time...we all need that from time to time. The water sure seems to be helping...it can't hurt!!!

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
I'll comment more about the water in my update tonight! And thank you!


Maria7 on 05/12/2018:
Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your free time this afternoon.

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
I did - it was quite nice :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
I love alone time also, not exactly sure why except that i enjoy a slower pace and time with my own thoughts.



Donkey - Friday May 11, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Thank goodness this work week is over!  Yes, it's been very busy because real estate is busy, but for me personally, I think the one thing that made this week especially hard was that I was wiped out from last weekend.  I REALLY need my weekends to decompress.

This weekend is calm, but next weekend is going to be VERY BUSY... now I'm wondering if I should take Monday off -- May 21st -- to have that day to decompress.  I'll have to check to see how much time off I have left.  

There was another lunch party that I wasn't aware was being planned for today.  So I just told my co-workers that I was sorry, I didn't know this had been planned, and I had stuff I had to get done. Not really, so I came home for lunch. This means I missed my lunch walk but I think I was going to miss it anyway - either by attending the party or because the weather was not great (cold and rainy).  I'm proud of myself for thinking of this on the fly (completely unplanned because this was so unexpected) and that I made myself a priority.

Food at the party was Carb City:  deep fried taquitos stuffed with mashed potatoes (it's a Mexican thing, apparently), white rice, anglefood cake.  No protein whatsoever.  Not a green vegetable in sight.  So glad I passed!  And with weigh-in tomorrow?  No thanks!

Drinking-water-during-dinner habit:  not so good tonight.  I had turned off the heat a couple of weeks ago because the weather was so warm.  Well, right now it's in the 40s, and the house was at a chilly 63 degrees.  I could not drink any cold water beyond my first glass.  I still felt, though, that I ate sufficientlyl slow.  I doubled up my green salad and cut my pork chop in half.  That was just right. 

Here's where it gets a little wah-wah:  had 2 cups of decaf with creamer after dinner, to warm me up.  I have these 2 big frosted cookies from the title company that I really would love to eat, but instead compromised with 10 dark chocolate chips which is 50 calories.  It would have been better if I had only 1 cup of decaf, or better yet, no chips, but I dunno, I just needed a little "celebration" for the end of a hard week.

We'll see what the scale has to say about that tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/11/2018:
Lol, you're in the same place I am... hiding from partying so I stay on track. I still go off the deep end though... mmm pizza

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
:-)


happy-1 on 05/11/2018:
Get some maca, ginger, stevia, and almond milk for a healthy no caff late night latte that fights hormones and cancer. Dark chocolate is a good choice!

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
I have never heard of maca before, but after reading about what this is, I'm going to check it out. It looks to me like it could help me in other areas, e.g. memory improvement, too. Thank you!!!


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2018:
Sounds like the right party to avoid.......even the carb lover in me is horrified at the party fare!!!! I get turning off the heat...we did too...this time of year is always so mixed up.....They say dark chocolate is good for you!!!

Donkey on 05/12/2018:
All those carbs and eating in a stressful situation (Queen Bee & co-workers) -- recipe for disaster. I'm so glad I missed out on this.


graindart on 05/12/2018:
Same problem here. Turned off the supplemental gas fireplace in the living room for the year and now the temperatures have dropped into the 30's at night / 50's during the day. Just bundling up in layers as I'm too lazy to go through the hassle of resetting the fireplace stuff just for another week or two.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2018:
I find days off to decompress to be helpful...i like it better than rushing around always. Now, i'm just trying to get better with how i use the days off...seems i'm pretty good at turning them into errand days which is i guess alright? time goes by so fast. but i try to do something i want during the day...today is a jog, although once again i'm a bit late on the timing and scheduling..



Donkey - Friday May 11, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Attended the last band concert... my daughter graduates this year and she's my younger (of 2), so no more concerts. At least not as a mom.

So I rushed home from work, because we're had to leave on time, and for some reason, my husband did not have dinner ready. It seems with him, the higher the expectation, the lower he performs.

Dinner was tense, or rather testy, and I struggled to get in even 2 glasses of water while eating. Ideally, I should have excused myself, gone into another room, and calmed myself down. But we were on a time crunch. I hate that.

Stayed up too late. Very hard to get out of bed this morning. At least it's Friday...

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/11/2018:
Hubby may be resisting expectations? We have been talking about these kinds of things here lately where we are eating or finding other things to do to resist doing what we know we have to do...like work. I know I am a sick puppy......I do it too.

Donkey on 05/11/2018:
Perhaps... He's getting better overall about it. One of the most frustrating things is that I leave work with work still left to do, because I think that dinner is waiting, getting cold, family is hungry. Then I get home and nothing's ready.

Well, I could have stayed at work and gotten more of it finished!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2018:
with hubby, i can relate as I myself have issues with performing well when expectations are sometimes more than i "think" i can handle...next time though maybe text him to have dinner ready? did he not remember / know??

you are doing good...remember that at the end of the day, all your rushing and testy dinner was for good reason: you got to attend your daughter's last concert. you had to do more in order to go...but at least you got to attend :) trying to shed a positive light on it.

seems the more we want in life, the more we have to give! like in order to receive good things, we must get to do more to receive :) as i see.

Donkey on 05/11/2018:
I text him when I leave, but sometimes he's too absorbed in his computer to pay attention. He's getting better about it -- except this one time when we had a DEADLINE, which is my point. I think it's passive-aggressive rebelling.



Donkey - Wednesday May 09, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Drinking-water-during-dinner habit:  Did well tonight.  2 glasses of water, took an appropriate amount of meat loaf and dinner salad. OK, I snuck a couple of extra leaves of lettuce at the end.  I have found that with drinking more water at dinner, I wake up in the morning feeling almost hungry.  Early on in establishing this habit, I did wake up hungry in the morning - that went away as soon as I had my coffee and started exercising (while drinking the coffee).  The other days, I probably could have eaten but again, after I started exercising, that feeling went away.

With mixed feelings, I've started wearing colors to work again. This is because of the warmer weather - my spring and summer clothes are more comfortable.  All my navy/grey/black is pretty much for winter.  I had been wearing dark colors up until part of last week, and now fully this week I am into color again. *sigh*

Wearing dark colors has its advantages:

  • Less selection makes getting dressed much quicker in the morning.
  • All of my dark clothing is very comfortable.
  • Maybe helps me look slender. 
  • Accurately reflects my level of joy at work.  

Dark clothes disadvantage:

  • Not suitable for hot summer weather - especially in the sun, during my lunchtime walks.
  • The dark colors were affecting my mood, almost making me feel sad or down.  IDK just something uplifting about wearing a nice bright pink, red, or yellow

Anyway, I'm not going to buy dark summer clothes as I have enough clothes now, but I had been wanting to write about the effect the darker colors were having on me emotionallly.  

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/09/2018:
The dark clothes and dark feelings make a lot of sense....one of those AHA moments!


horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2018:
sounds like you don't even want to buy dark summer clothes! i'd say keep doing what you are doing...and wear the nice colors! i have been starting to take a closer look at what people wear in NYC...still i can't come up with any good advice or even fashion sense...seems women are all different in what they wear - that's a good thing! so i'm sure your clothes are fine...you can always buy 1 new top if what you want is something new :)



Donkey - Tuesday May 08, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

I didn't have time to post much yesterday, just to vent about lunch (lol), so no more about that.

Drinking-water-during-dinner Status:  Yesterday I did pretty well.  I think I got in the 3 glasses of water.  Took too much meat for my chicken Caesar salad, so I gave my husband some of it.  Tonight I only got in 2 glasses but I did much better with my portions.  I finished dinner before I could get that third glass in.  That happens.

Tonight, though, I found myself at the table really trying hard to just slow it down.  All I wanted to do was eat food.  I didn't want to stop and sip water.  I didn't want to stop and pause and talk. All I really wanted to do was shove food into my mouth.  Maybe that's why I only got in the 2 glasses -- because I ate faster even though I tried to slow it down.  Not sure.  

During the day, it's go, go, go!  Gotta get the emails answered, gotta send out the docs, gotta crunch the numbers, etc.  Especially during the 4pm hour when I'm rushing to get as much as possible done before I leave for the day.  I have a 15 minute drive home, which is somewhat relaxing, but when I get home, I'm still in "go, go, go!" mode, and it's hard to turn that off, especially if it's late, if I'm hungry, if I'm both.  This only happens during the working week.  On weekends, it's completely different.

I was thinking to myself at dinner that my husband and I should have a cocktail hour before dinner.  Just to sit together, chill out, get away from the "go, go, go" and calm down.  Great idea in theory but in the real world it wouldn't work.  For one, I don't drink any more.  For another, then we'd be eating dinner at like 7:30p which is just too late considering I go to sleep at 9:30p.  It's bad enough already that I usually don't get home until 6p, and sometimes it's more like 6:30p.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2018:
I think you are on to something with the water...I'm going to give that a try....I do need to slow down.


horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2018:
I also try to walk before eating not after - seems to work better even hunger wise ...thank you for feedback on my entry.


horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2018:
You can still have a cocktail hour over TEA?? herbal without caffeine..and maybe share a piece of fruit with it!!! i think this would be nice before dinner and there's so many Herbal Tea flavors to try...? just a suggestion (lol - not trying to be PUSHY OR DEMANDING! haha)

Donkey on 05/09/2018:
THAT is a GREAT idea... Maybe once the kids leave... Or if Son gets a job in the evening...



Donkey - Monday May 07, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

I ABSOLUTELY HATE EATING LUNCH WITH MY COWORKERS.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
Just yell "SERENITY NOW"... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_s6EqOxqY

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
LOL!!! "Hoochie Mama!" I think it's most effective with the hand gestures :-)


graindart on 05/07/2018:
ME TOO!!!!! (and I work by myself)

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
LOL!!!!


bearcountrygg on 05/07/2018:
YOU GUYS ARE TOO FUNNY!!!!


horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2018:
lol, you can walk outside and then eat at your desk, Jdonk.

if they say anything, say you like to walk outside. yes?

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
USUALLY, I can do what I want, and ever since they all stabbed me in the back, I go for walks during lunch and then eat at my desk.

But this was the first cookout of the year, and they said they would get veggie burgers especially for me if I joined them. So how could I say no to that?

I just finished as soon as I could and went back upstairs to work. Thankfully, I went for my walk while the boss and Queen Bee were grocery shopping...


horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2018:
i don't think you have to eat with them...but also, don't take any of them to heart...

Donkey on 05/08/2018:
B*tches. All of them.



Donkey - Sunday May 06, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Yesterday was exhausting.  Woke up this morning feeling almost "hung over" even though I had nothing to drink.  I was so tired I could feel it in my muscles and eyeballs.  I finally felt rested after watching TV for an hour at 4pm.  Until then, I was pretty much on the go all day.

Took my mother-in-law to lunch for her birthday today.  Unfortunately, the service was very poor, and the food was only OK.  She cannot see and does not hear very well, so it was quite an odd experience, but I'm so proud of my son -- he did so well with her and kept the conversation going, because I didn't have much to say.

I ate dinner alone tonight, but continued with my drinking-water-during-dinner routine, and got in 3 glasses.  I wanted second helpings on the baked eggplant, but I decided that I was already full, so I wasn't going to eat more, even though I know the eggplant wouldn't have done much damage calorie-wise.

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/06/2018:
That was quite a trip......sounds like you are worn out but you kept on track anyway....GREAT JOB!!


happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
Hugs. I felt that way yesterday and today.


horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2018:
yes, i find that delaying breakfast till arriving at work is the only way...and that i do think the later start time is going to be better as i do like to eat as soon as i get into work and with only 4 hours until lunch, i plan not to snack too much after my breakfast anymore! i have to work on not delaying things by eating...i do this even at home...thanks for those thoughtful comments like 2 days ago or so on my entry. i was so sick of the 7am and getting up so majorly early...i'm happy to change it, i think it'll give my mind some ease if anything - to get what i want and not keep thinking in my head how it could be better. so glad to make positive change.

i do think that earlier start times can lead to weight gain for some people. ... anyways, the later start time is happily welcomed into my life :)



Donkey - Saturday May 05, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Oh YES, look at that weigh-in today - BOOM!  Lol, actually, I'm just glad to see new numbers, in the right direction...

Today is definitely out of my routine.  Daughter has a band concert down at the University of Illinois, so we're driving down to watch the performance this evening.  So 3 hours in the car down, dinner, sitting at the concer, then 3 hour drive back home.  Way past Donkey's bedtime, but this is something I *really* want to see/hear.  Her band this year is really, really good, and this is the last year we get to do school stuff, because she's graduating this month... *sigh*

So this will be a forced relaxation day, with all the sitting I have to do, which is fine by me.  I will be active up until we leave.

One thing I realized yesterday was that this week, with the warmer weather, I've been wearing capri pants to work, which are smaller than my usual baggy pants (but pretty much the same size of the new pants I bought recently - does this make sense?), and the capris still fit pretty much the same that they did last summer.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  LOL, I guess it's a good thing, because I don't have to buy a new summer wardrobe for work.  BUT it does mean that there hasn't been many changes physically in a year.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing, too?  And I'm thinking this is also a good thing, because it means that I've mastered maintenance for a year, albeit not quite at the numbers at which I would like to be, but so be it.

 

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only -5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
Good Job!!!!! Have fun at the concert!!


graindart on 05/05/2018:
Congrats on the change in number. Now don't do what I've done in the past and "celebrate" the loss by eating junk or eating in excess.


Maria7 on 05/05/2018:
I know you are enjoying the band music. What does your Daughter do or play in the band? My Daughter was also in the band at school, a drummer.

Donkey on 05/06/2018:
She plays the French horn.


bearcountrygg on 05/05/2018:
We had a drummer at our house too Maria!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2018:
the closer and closer you get to goal, the harder and harder it is to maintain...be thankful you are around the same size, i'd say :)...it means you are maintaining and isn't that your goal, sorta?????

also, enjoy the concert...you could walk around the campus for a little before you drive back, unless it's late...and i think it will be...at least you are active until the concert. i miss watching band concerts!


happy-1 on 05/07/2018:
The only way to really know is to take a naked pic of yourself in the mirror and compare.



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