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Donkey - Monday Aug 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical crosstrainer, 45 min running; Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1730.

I will have an edit towards the end of the day to report final calories. If you will notice 2 things: I weighed in this morning and have recorded an accurate weight in the weight tracker, and I went running this morning after the kids went to school.

My goal is to run 3x a week, for a minimum of 20 minutes, although I PLAN to follow a 10k training program, which usually entails 40 minutes of running 3-4 days a week.

I felt very positive about sending the kids off to school this year. I heard a couple of good things about my son's class, that is teacher is "very good" (this opinion from the lady who said that his last year's teacher was "very good" and she was) AND that he might have 2 friends from the neighborhood in his class too. So he already knows a third of the class! So hopefully he will not isolate himself so much this year (a main sign of Asperger's). But I was really glad to hear that this neighbor lady thought that his teacher was VERY good. Because my other neighbor said the teacher was STRICT :-( and not fun. Well, come to think of it, that "other neighbor" is kind of a snot, whereas the lady I spoke to today is a nice person.

I just hope the kids come home today feeling good about school.

I also wanted to mention that being inspired by Horn Of Plenty to pursue radiology studies, I am contemplating taking coursework to become either a medical transcriptionist or something with medical billing. Thanks HOP!!

EVENING EDIT: Both kids had great days at school! :-)

Progress as of today: 7.5 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 08/27/2007:
Nice exercise plan. Hope it works out for you :o). We do worry about our kids, dont we. I will keep my fingers crossed that your son fits in nicely and likes his teacher. Its great that you are contemplating some further education, with a medical slant. Go for it :o)

WorkingIt2 on 08/27/2007:
HEY YAY! Congrats on it NOT being the 138 you were dreading!

ad_vitam on 08/27/2007:
Hi! Your last entries are full of good news: your new more comfortable weight goal, interest to career change and kids having a great day at new school! Really glad for your progress: you're right - setting comfortable goals is a part of success in reaching them without stress and then you can move further more if you wish. Answering your question about my weight goal: I used to be 110 lb as an adult for a while and I was happy and comfortable, I was MYSELF in that weight. It may look so far away but this number is like an engine to me: never lets me relax, pushing me forward. Thanks for your continuing support!

Soon2BThin on 08/28/2007:
I'm glad your kids had a good day at school. I hope the year goes well for them and you. Great job on the exercise! And good luck with the job pursuits. My Sis is a medical transcriptionist and she works at home. Wouldn't that be great?! Have a really nice day!

Soon2BThin on 08/28/2007:
I agree with your thoughts on walking a little to help the back problem. I'm planning on probably Friday to get some in again. Only because I will be kind of busy the next few days. So thanks.

Donkey - Sunday Aug 26, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 45 minutes mowing the lawn; Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1487

I made some changes in my goals today. I decided that my Goal Weight will now be 130.0, and that once I reach my goal, I will have to maintain it for at least 3 months (preferably 6 months) before I decide if I want to lose more weight after that or not.

Since I increased my Goal Weight, I also decided that I want to reach this weight (of 130) by Oct. 31 (2007). I actually have until the end of this year to reach my goal, but since there are holidays and temptations towards the end of the year, I thought it would be best to try my hardest to reach my goal BEFORE the holidays.

To be accurate about my goals, then, I will weigh in tomorrow morning and change my weight tracker to reflect my Current Weight -- which I'm afraid will be somewhere around 138.

So that's the short story. If you want to know my justifications for these changes, please continue to read...

I changed my goal weight because I needed something that was a little more realistic for me to attain. I have to work very hard to get down to 125. I believe 130 to be more manageable. Keep in mind that I weighed 130 in 7th or 8th grade, and when I graduated high school, I weighed 155. So even though I am short, this is still an accomplishment.

I set my time goal because I do not want to start 2008 STILL trying to lose weight. I have to have a goal that I can reach by the end of the year. I need to get my focus off of losing weight and more towards other goals, whether that be maintaining, or running a 5k, or trying a new sport or whatever.

It is self-defeating to have a goal weight that one cannot reach.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Workingit2 on 08/26/2007:
What a great idea! I agree, setting real goals is far better for us.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2007:
donkey, your goals are realistic and logical. good thinking. today was also a great day for you! congrats!

Donkey - Saturday Aug 25, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 35 minutes elliptical crosstrainer (resistance level 14, ramp level 1); Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1550

The scale said 138.5 again. I may have to change my weight tracker here AGAIN to reflect my weight more accurately if it doesn't continue to go down soon.

Made it to the gym today! YAY! I tried going back to a harder resistance for a shorter period of time. This might be something that I do every other day. Tomorrow is a rest day for cardio. That's what happens when you get past a certain age. you have to start taking "rest days". Eventually, I will need to take 2 days off. I already do that sometimes, especially if Husband has to work over the weekends (which he usually does). But I can still get away with working out 6 days a week.

Today was a birthday party, and get this: I was able to STOP eating birthday cake after ONE SLICE. I was hanging around to scrape the remains of frosting and cake on the cake sheet. There was quite a bit, as the lady cutting the cake was doing a horrible job. So I'm sitting there waiting, but secretly I'm battling my willpower to walk away because I didn't need to have those extra calories. I know how easily something like birthday cake can RUIN a calorie count. And so I walked away from the table, threw away my plate and decided if I needed something else to fill me, I could have another Diet Pepsi.

(This reminds me that I also managed to get through the day/party and not have a beer.)

That was a HUGE thing for me to do. And that's not to say that it will be like that every time, but when it happens, it's kind of nice to acknowledge that.

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

WorkingIt2 on 08/26/2007:
Congrats on not eating the birthday cake remnants! Cake is a HUGE problem for me, I love it! And congrats on not having the beer! YAY! Pat yourself on the back for me!

greengirl on 08/26/2007:
Hey Donkey, well done on resisting the twin temptations of beer and cake. My problem is that once I start drinking beer, I cant say no to anything else so thats when I lose all inhibitions about what I eat.

GG on 08/26/2007:
Wahoo! You made it to the gym: that rocks! I love going to the gym it makes me feel SO much better afterward. This whole summer I had work out equipment in the room right next door to me but now being back at school I have to walk two blocks to the gym...but I am really excited to start my membership at this new gym I just signed up for yesterday: it seems amazing, and the people there are all so level headed...probably because they all work out a lot too! haha! Oh no no no, you dont need rest days! Never!! haha! Just drink some caffiene and go for it: unless of course you dont consume caffiene, then never mind!! Congrats on being able to stop after one slice of b-day cake! I am just like you though, when there are scraps on a pan or something, I am always there waiting until people are not looking so I can lick them off! hahahaha! But congrats on NOT scraping the rest of the cake off the pan!!! I love when that happens! hahaha! :) Oh and by the way, thank you so much for all your comments, I really appreciate them!!

hollybelle on 08/26/2007:
Good job on walking away from the cake. My FAVORITE part is the crumbs left over - not sue why - I guess I feel like it's not a "real" serviing - but that can't be right because it causes "real" weight gain! Ha-ha

Donkey - Friday Aug 24, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 65 minute crosstrainer (single hill); Weight training: NONE -- but can I add 4 hours of school shopping as more cardio?; Calories: 1550 (I decided to have a dish of ice cream instead of a fiber bar; how bad is THAT??).

I made an error in yesterday's exercise report. I did intervals instead of a hill program. Today I did the hill program, and I don't know what happened, but oh man, I totally exceeded calories burned, strides, and mileage. So I think it's time to increase the resistance a notch to make it more challenging.

Husband is home today and this weekend. He is already driving me nuts, but he is out getting his errands done FIRST, which is all I asked of him in the first place (to get stuff done FIRST and then relax AFTER).

Wet and rainy here today. Probably no outdoor activities... Weight is down to 138.5, so I'm slowly losing what I put on from my pizza fest the other day. Might have been better but we went out for Mexican food last night. Oof!

EVENING EDIT: What an awesome day! I'm not very pleased at all the money I spent today for the kids to go back to school, but what had to be done, had to be done. I am glad that I got it done and over with and now I can put it behind me -- at least until the credit card bill shows up (ha ha). But I'm keeping track of what I'm spending, and that's a good thing.

Today we signed papers that declare that the offer on our old house we were selling has fallen through. So we did not sell our house (not the one we are living in now, the one I moved from in Feb.). We are now thinking that maybe we should rent out the empty house, since we really don't want it to be vacant, and the selling market is so bad right now. If we can do this, it would be great because then our old house becomes an investment, not a burden. I have to do more research on this before plunging into it. In the meantime, our house stays on the market for sale. :-(

In spite all of this stress, I did really well eating wise. I am so proud of myself!!! It is not often that I feel this good about myself or my efforts, but I did good.

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

greengirl on 08/24/2007:
Sounds like you are doing a great job with the exercise. My sympathies on the having to relose weight gained inadvertantly!! I have been losing, gaining and losing again the same five pounds for weeks!!! Time to make a big effort I think :o)

workingit2 on 08/24/2007:
Pizza and Mexican food...my two BIGGEST downfalls! Keep up the great work on the exercise!

hollybelle on 08/24/2007:
You are SO consistent with the exercise. I am envious! Good for you.

mylifechanges on 08/24/2007:
thank you so much for your encouragement!! I just arrived on Guam and it is beautiful! We have a lot to do as we settle in, but I'm excited!! I'll keep you posted!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2007:
yuckie clothing shopping..not a favorite of mine! haha

you had a pizza fest...and i had a pizza fest...on leftover cold pizza! i didn't know i'd like it that way! craziness. i guess good pizza is good pizza!

you definitely offer some good advice...and i will apply to the job...after hearing your comments and listening to others all tell me the same thing. There are many people out there that may have already applied...as it was posted thursday. LOL. so, i should have just applied...i will not miss the radiography observation, NO MATTER what. too bad my suits don't fit!!!! I'd have to buy one...and return it!?...eh.

i see you are back to exercising!!! wahoo! It's good to hear you are doing better!!! ahhh, i'm sure intervals and hills are similiar! It's great to mix it up! go u!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2007:
nope it won't solve your problems!! do we ever learn!? YES! we do learn! and we are improving our health everyday, despite these "minor" setbacks! thanks for all the kind words!

Soon2BThin on 08/24/2007:
Gosh, your exercise is awesome! You're doing great! Have a nice weekend.

Donkey - Thursday Aug 23, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 65 minutes elliptical crosstrainer (interval); Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1610.

Believe it or not, after everything that prevented me from exercising... Today on the way to the gym, I found out that the main road to the gym was flooded, and hence closed. So I had to take a detour. It's like God doesn't want me to workout any more, I swear. Well, ok, no offense, but sometimes it seems as though the cards are stacked against me.

So I had a wonderful cardio workout at the gym. No time for weight training, but that's ok. I think I may resume that on Monday. I'm just so happy I have a functioning vehicle back and I can go to the gym. This morning, I weighed in at 139.5, thanks to eating too much pizza last night. Now isn't that just what Donkey does? She breaks through her plateau of 136 and then bounces right back up to nearly 140. UGH, how SELF-DEFEATING!!!

Tonight we met the kids' teachers for the year. I like my son's teacher a lot. I do not like my daughter's teacher at all. But first impressions can be incorrect. I feel it was important to get a good impression of my son's teacher, since I will be working closely with her at the beginning of the year to address any concerns she has about my son's Asperger behaviors. I think he will like his class though. I did notice that he did seem a little nervous (finger flapping). I have to wonder if school isn't just overwhelming for him, not academically but everything else: social, stimuli, etc. OK, I must remain optimistic, so enough about that.

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

legcramps on 08/23/2007:
I always feel like i've overcome tremendous obstacles when i'm able to exercise on a day when it's just not in the cards for me. So you should feel very proud of yourself for getting there and getting it done!!

workingit2 on 08/23/2007:
Oh YAY on getting your car back! That is a load off your mind! And great time at the gym! thx for the advice on the fixing of the treadmill, I appreciate it!

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 22, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 40 min bike ride w/kids; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 2100

Yes, Donkey finally got off her fat donkey and got some exercise, can you believe it??!! We had storms this morning that kept me up half the night, so no chance of me getting up early for a jog or a walk. Since my son fouled up the settings on the tv downstairs that the kids watch, there was no tv today for them. So I decided we would all go on a bike ride instead.

Good thing we went when we did, because as we were coming home, even with the breeze that comes from riding a bike, it was already starting to get hot and humid and sticky and icky.

The best news is that I got my car back!!! So I am going to the gym tomorrow that is for sure!!! (Now watch the gym be closed due to flooding or an electrical outage or something. That's what you call Donkey Luck, friends.)

I am sure by now that my weight is back up to 136 or worse. I do not know if I will start up with weight training too, right away, or just focus on cardio or what to do. I will think about this tonight and see how it goes tomorrow.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2007:
great getting back some exercise..and your car! sorry about calories...could be FAR worse! great job...and calories are still in the "normal" range!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/23/2007:
Nah, the gym is up and running and waiting for YOU! have a good day....and try to get some gymming in!!! I hope to get the MRI results today!

Donkey - Tuesday Aug 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1650.

So now that it has stopped raining, it is completely hot and humid outside. Miserable, but I'll be durned if I'm turning that AC on again.

I will not get my car back until tomorrow afternoon, after Husband is done with work. So probably no gym for me tomorrow. Funny thing, now that I'm not exercising, I'm getting all these aches and pains in my hamstring (left) and in my knee (right). And this is without doing anything!

I miss the gym. Even that kinda-creepy guy at the front desk that calls me by my full name.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2007:
i should be finding out about the mri results any day now...i'm very curious about them myself. :)

i think i can go observe really soon....i plan to go next week if possible to observe radiology...I'm calling up again later today.

i changed my mind on nursing because i think that radiology is a less-stressful job and, for some reason, my mom supports it 100% more than nursing. also, i see that if i work many hours, i could potentially make more money than teaching in the long run. of course, i'll need experience first. also, it would be more hours than teaching...i wouldn't be off in the summer, for example. also, i like that it's a two year educational program...and that all the schools are close by...and not very expensive. under 10,000 dollars for the two years...which really isn't bad.

you may be getting aches due to not moving around...this happens to be frequently when i take a few days off. I will start to feel tight due to lack of muscle movement!!! yuck. and, there is the opposite effect...when i start to exercise mutliple times per day, i start to feel extra flexible...which i love!

Donkey - Monday Aug 20, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 2450.

EVENING EDIT: I'm taking my car in to get fixed. I'm really nervous about doing this, for some reason. Hence the high calorie intake. Damn, I can kiss that 134.5 good-bye. :-(

Yesterday I found out that the transmission in my car is dying. I can no longer get the car into gear without playing with the clutch pedal (I have a stick-shift, so if you drive an automatic, this may seem very strange to you). I did not think it safe to go to the gym this morning with an unreliable vehicle. So even though I am feeling great now, I still cannot make it to the gym. I am taking the car to the shop this evening and will be without a vehicle tomorrow.

I fought off a binge all day yesterday until nighttime. It wasn't so bad but I'm sure I ruined my great weigh-in of 134.5 on Sunday morning. I knew I wouldn't chance it at the gym this morning and was frustrated from that.

I will do better today. Hopefully I can stay at 134.5. I'm tired of being stuck at 136.

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

love9621 on 08/20/2007:
thanks for the comment. its hard, i dont know what to do. good luck with the car!

Soon2BThin on 08/20/2007:
Good luck with your car. And the 134.5 too. You're doing great!

WorkingIt2 on 08/20/2007:
I KNOW what you mean about the car problems. My car has over 300,000 miles on it and is ready to die. I wish I had lots of money to get a new car, but I don't. Have to buy a used car one of these days. I totally stress when I have car problems, that is one of my huge stressors. I know what you mean about being stuck at a weight...I can't seem to drop below 160.4 LOL. One of these days, one of these days. Best wishes!

ad_vitam on 08/20/2007:
Try to get rid of that water pounds ASAP tomorrow so it wouldn't stick to you and you'll see your 134.5 the day after. I'm happy for you that you're half way done on your weight loss bar!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2007:
ehhh...so the car got to you!!! i agree with ad-vitam...drink lots of water! that should help!

i know what you mean by letting the stress get to you! next time, i suggest trying to read a good book...maybe meditating. just try to get the though of food out. or, go over to your husband and talk/be with him.

MyJuneWedding on 08/21/2007:
LMAO well you made me realise our festival isn't so bad, and football games we deal mainly with traffic control so, long boring hours but hey, it's over time!!! Thanks for the comment

Donkey - Saturday Aug 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1450 (if I eat everything I said I would eat)

Not much happening here today. Cool and rainy outside, still sick, although each day is a little better than the day before. Not much of an appetite today. This will backfire on me if I don't eat more tomorrow. But I don't want to eat too much tomorrow because I want to weigh in on Monday. Well, why don't I just weigh in tomorrow morning instead? Maybe I will do that.

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

toady on 08/18/2007:
I hope that you feel better soon. Thanks for welcoming me back. I wish you luck on your weigh in.

Donkey - Friday Aug 17, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

FRIDAY's Exercise: NONE; Weight Training: NONE; Calories 1890 (top end of my range)

I should be over this cold by Monday. I am really looking forward to giving it 100% when I get back into the gym. We're getting ready for the kids to go back to school. I'll be completely honest here and say that I am really anxious for my son to have a positive school experience this year. He's a great kid; I hope he can find his place in class. Luckily, he has one of the smaller classes (only 21 kids, as opposed to 26), and his teacher sounds very organized!

The heat and humidity have gone away for a while, so I am much relieved. I think turning off the AC helped my cold go away. Yuck.

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

Workingit2 on 08/18/2007:
Hey Donkey! Thank you for the entry in my diary! Sorry to read that you've been so sick. :(

I hope your son has a much, much better year this year.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/18/2007:
i agree with WI....i hope your son does have a good year. If it starts at all rocky, i'd suggest maybe some counciling or extra help right away. lol, what i mean is, try to do everything and anything to prevent any negativity before it actually happens. Your son as every right as the next kid to a good year.

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