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Donkey - Tuesday Jun 05, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 31: No weigh in today. Woke up feeling "heavy" in the stomach. I was mad at Husband last night so I put a LOT of raw garlic on my dinner salad. He ate half a pizza; I had one slice and a big garden salad (with the garlic). Donkey needs not fear any vampires, that's for sure. Of course, with breath like that, Donkey can hardly stand smelling her own breath.

Garlic is one of those flavors (onion too) that "causes" me to eat more because I'm trying to get the taste of the garlic out of my mouth. Coffee seems to be the only effective thing I have found. But last night, I enjoyed the taste of garlic (repeatedly) in my mouth, and then used the coffee "mouthwash" this morning. Enough is enough, after all.

I had a great workout at the gym, but the rain showers that we've had in IL are keeping me from seeking a second workout outdoors. I haven't given up on being a regular runner yet!

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

mcwoo40 on 06/05/2007:
Hi, i love garlic but it does'nt like me!!Gives me cronic heartburn.It is worse if only one of you has had the garlic as you don't want to get too close.The weather here in England is improving, but it can quickly change.Bye 4 now,Julie

greengirl on 06/05/2007:
Mmmm garlic. Can we take it that Mr Donkey is a vampire?? My hubby is not keen on it either so I have been there, done that when I have been annoyed with him, too!!!

Scruffy on 06/06/2007:
Scruff dropped by :)

Donkey - Monday Jun 04, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 30 --- Husband's day off and he's driving me nuts. I gotta try really hard not to eat in reaction. Ergh....

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/04/2007:
i know the feeling! thank you so much for the encouraging comments. i also eat in reaction...and i learned that my 67 year old colleague does it too. i always thought she had NO food issues...well, i was wrong. its something we can work on!

Donkey - Sunday Jun 03, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 29 --- somewhere I lost count and today is the REAL "Day 29"

I find that on days that I have to wake up early (because I don't get up early unless I have to), I want to eat more. I'm not sure if this is because I am tired or because the day is longer or what. Both Saturday and Sunday (today), I had to wake up and get going earlier than usual (for a weekday, and much more so for a weekEND).

Saturday I went to watch my friend run a race. Sunday I worked at a ministry table at church for the earliest Mass. Had more coffee than usual too, but I find myself fighting the "munchies".

That's ok though because I am determined to stay on track and committed to my diet and weight loss program. So far, I'm still within calorie range for being after lunch and so if dinner is reasonable, which it should be, then I should be just fine.

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

greengirl on 06/03/2007:
Keep strong Donkey. To your own self be true !!!!

MyJuneWedding on 06/04/2007:
When you get up early do you start off with something for breakfast first or just head out? I've found easpecially on my days when my morning will be long and possibly tempting, starting my day off with oatmeal and something and having my balanced breakfast really helps me say no (especially to donuts omg I love chocolate cake donuts!) I also bring my mid snacks with me and take bee pollen int he a.m. which is suppose to help with appitite supression I've read. :-)

Donkey - Saturday Jun 02, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 29: You know, I may not even go to that stupid dysfunctional family reunion on Day 50, but I continue to count down anyway...

Had a great game today at girls' softball! It was so hard at the end, hot and tired, and the girls get those Hostess cupcakes (and a juice box) for their treat. Oh my, I can't even remember the last time I had a Hostess cupcake. So I came home and had a Fiber One bar instead. Probably about the same amount of calories, maybe a little less, but the FO bar has 9g of fiber! BornToCry would be proud. *sigh* I miss her here on Diet Diaries.

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

greengirl on 06/02/2007:
I miss her too!!! Sounds like you had a good time at softball!! Keep up the good work!

Donkey - Friday Jun 01, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 28: Totally feel back on track and super motivated to STAY on track. Focusing on vegetables and fruit and fiber.

I see that gas prices will be affecting the price of milk (all dairy products) and meat soon, so I may be switching to vegetarianism just because that's what we can afford to eat!

Exercising is going so well. I've been focusing on doing slower workouts with more resistance on the elliptical, to get those super toned (skinnier) legs that I so long for.

AND I started weight training my upper body again! Yesterday was the first day since the April challenge ended. I've been having some shoulder/arm aches so I stopped doing that for a while. But now thanks to my new close and personal friend, Tylenol, I'm able to do some weight training with light(er) weights.

Rock on, Donkey!

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

jshawstad on 06/01/2007:
I left you a reply on my journal, please feel free to check it out.

hollybelle on 06/02/2007:
Good being back on track. I understand about the aches and pains - at 52, I am wondering if it is just going to be a fact of life from now on! Ah, my squandered youth! LOL

Soon2BThin on 06/02/2007:
Yes, rock on, Donkey!! The weights really help develop those muscles and help burn more fat. So keep it up. You're doing great!

biscottibody59 on 06/02/2007:
Oh, I love the little dramas that happen on here;-) In your defense I don't think you're too harsh--just realistic--and most of all genuine. You go Donkey! And keep up the good work!

maria777 on 06/02/2007:
Good on being on track! YAAAAYYYY!

Donkey - Thursday May 31, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 26: I did pretty good yesterday until after dinner when I had a dish of sherbert. I'm thinking about cutting out sugars like that altogether. Seems as though many people dieting do that, the all-or-nothing routine. And I think this might work better for me because having sugar in moderation just doesn't seem to to work.

The weight is still coming down from my visit with my mom. Just not as quickly as I packed it on. I'm just not feeling as motivated as I have been in the past. I don't know why. I'm wondering if it's because I am unable to maintain my losses. So eventually it becomes "why bother?" because somewhere in my mind I "know" it will come right back on.

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

denashope on 05/31/2007:
I know how you feel about the motivation problem. Just think of how good it will feel to get to your goal weight! You can do it!

Donkey - Tuesday May 29, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 24: Up, down, up, down... that's how my weight goes.

I went to my mother's over Memorial Day weekend and I swear, the minute I walked in the door, I started to eat and I could not stop. So I essentially put on everything I worked so hard to get off. However, I'm giving myself a week to recover (weight-wise, emotionally) to weigh in again.

My daughter was sick with a fever all weekend long. Very frustrating.

I felt all out of sorts until I went to the gym this morning. That really seemed to set things "straight" in their place (my routine) and now I feel much stronger and back on track. I can't continue to let myself get derailed by changes in routine. That's part of life, so why do I have such a hard time dealing with change?

I also realize I need to be more vigilant with my Diet Diary. I can't believe I went a whole 7 days without an entry. That's bad. If I'm serious about losing weight, then I need to be accountable and that's why I'm here in the first place!

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

greengirl on 05/29/2007:
Hey Donkey. I'm exactly the same. If I am off work, and out of my usual routine everything goes of track. I know I've said this before but we definately are creatures of habit. Hope you get back in the swing if things soon. Also hope your daughter is feeling better too, there's always something to worry about isnt there?? Kids!!!

maria777 on 05/29/2007:
Glad to see you back!

Donkey - Tuesday May 22, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 17: I am back down to my "current weight" after Sunday's Day of Eating.

Donkey is having a great day today!

I have decided to take Borntocry's advice and steer myself towards more fruits and vegetables and then to moderate and measure the other food groups. Can't really go wrong with eating more fruits and vegetables - especially the vegetables.

After my Day of Eating on Sunday, my appetite seems to be back to normal. I try to focus on being aware of hunger. And if I ask myself "Do I feel hungry?" I'm surprised to find that I am often not hungry. I've gotten into such a habit of eating and eating and eating and given times throughout the day. But am I feeling hungry? Not necessarily (though sometimes yes).

Should we eat when we are not hungry?

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

borntocry on 05/22/2007:
Another interesting question from Donkey! I believe the answer is "no". But it's complicated. When I was growing up, we had fixed meal times and everyone had to sit at the table and eat something, hungry or not. I remember crying and complaining that I wasn't hungry, and not being allowed to leave the table until I had finished what was on my plate. I always envied my friends who had more "relaxed" households where everyone was expected to just go into the kitchen and fix themselves a snack whenever they wanted. I always thought that's how things would be in MY household. But now of course now I see the value of family meals and how my friends missed out on that. And to be honest, today, those friends are all struggling to lose weight. So they can't be all that much more attuned to their bodies' hunger signals than I am.

Maybe a good compromise would have been for my parents to insist on everyone's presence at the table without necessarily forcing us all to eat whatever was on the table, too. Because I still think it doesn't make sense to eat when you're not hungry. I used to think that it helped ward off hunger pangs later, but it doesn't. You digest the food at the same rate whether you're hungry or not. And it tastes better when you're hungry.

greengirl on 05/22/2007:
i always do better if I fill up on the vegetables!!! I dont think I always eat when I am hungry. I have to fit in eating with my daily routine at work. I know that I'm not always hungry when I actually overeat in the evening. It's just eating for the sake of it at times. I think I will just eat when I am hungry at weekends to see if it makes an overall difference to what I normally consume. OOH an experiment!!!

sweetpea1977 on 05/23/2007:
Great question! I totally agree with every single word that BTC said about her fixed meal dilemma and her solution. I also agree with her and you on filling up on fruits and veggies while moderating the other food groups. Its a great way to fill yourself up without going crazy on the calories.

Donkey - Monday May 21, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 16: I must have forgotten about my mean family (aunts, grandmother) and the upcoming reunion yesterday. I made a conscious decision to eat more yesterday but I went a bit overboard as the night progressed. Therefore, no official weigh-in today (or yesterday).

I'd been eating lower in my calorie range all throughout the week, with the exception of one day and then yesterday. I don't think it's a good idea to eat the same calorie level every day. Maybe I'm just making excuses and feel free to call me on that. So I think 4 days of lower calories and then 2 days of higher calories (but not 2 days in a row).

I dunno. Maybe I'm thinking about this too much and should just focus more overall health. Donkey must think this over...

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

borntocry on 05/21/2007:
No, no, I think you're absolutely right. I don't think one can or should stick to a really low calorie limit day after day after day. I never actively plan on higher-calorie days, but that's only because I know that some days will inevitably be harder than others (meals out, stress, etc.) so I prefer to let circumstance dictate which day is which. I try to stick to 1200 calories every day, but at the back of my mind the aim is for each week to balance out with 4 days at 1200 calories, 2 at 1500 and 1 at 1800.

In my opinion, focusing on your overall health is obviously the best thing to do for your health, but not necessarily the most effective way to lose weight, and I think geevee and Umpqua (two people with very healthy diets) will back me up on this. A few healthy lifestyle changes can be a great way to jumpstart the process for people who have a lot of weight to lose, but for someone like you, who is already in the healthy range, I fear it won't be enough.

I suppose what you could do is go for a healthy, low-carbish diet. If you concentrate on filling up on fruits and vegetables, you can't go wrong. It's just that for me, I can so easily overdo it on "healthy" foods like nuts, whole grains, etc. that I can't give myself the green light to eat anything I want as long as it's healthy!

GG on 05/21/2007:
No, its good to vary your calories every day because it keeps your metabolism guessing! I read that somewhere but I live by that because I know my calories vary from day to day! there are so many different foods out there with different calorie counts, how can you eat the same amount every day unless you eat the same thing over and over again?!

maria777 on 05/21/2007:
Yeah, I heard it's good to mix up the calories range some days...

weightlossyoyo on 05/21/2007:
You are doing great! A few days low and the 1 or 2 in the higher range mixes it up, it is awesome!

foreverfrosting on 05/21/2007:
Thanks for your comment on my diary. I read yours with great interest since we have the same goal weight, are about the same height and current weight. I really look forward to reading more of your diary entries. Keep up the great work!! P.S. I too have heard alot about mixing up your calories every day--keeps your body guessing and your metabolism moving. GG had a great point--the only way it could ever be exactly the same is to eat exactly the same foods every single day and how boring would that be? I liked borntocry's advice too--4 days at 1200, 2 at 1500 and you know maybe that one day at 1800. Excellent advice that I will use myself.

hollybelle on 05/22/2007:
Good advice above on focus on health not so much food and "the numbers". I believe if we do that our goals will happen. Also - I read what you wrote about not liking tight clothes. Me, either! Also I really related to the fact that you weren't sure exactly how much they "didn't fit" before. I think once we lose weight, after awhile, we forget the old self and get use to the new size pretty quickly. I know I used to be much bigger but I "feel" big now. It helps to sometimes put on an old pair of pants or something to remind me how far I've come otherwise I become very discontent very fast. Just an observation.

Donkey - Saturday May 19, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 14: Doing very well with the diet and exercise. Most of my summer clothes fit now. I don't like my clothes to fit tightly. I wonder if it's a sensory issue. One of the problems with this is that baggy clothes make me look bigger than I am (shapeless). So I am wondering... when I felt that my clothes did not fit me before, did they REALLY not fit me, or was it just that they were snug, and tighter than I like but that they "fit" by society norms?

Did that make sense?

Anyway right now, I"m kind of pissed off (pardon my vernacular usage of language here). I had thought that we'd take the kids out for an informal dinner (and probably not too nutritious either), but I found out that Husband took the kids out for ice cream on his afternoon errands. Without me! :-( Not that I really *wanted* Dairy Queen, but I feel very left out. So of course, I did not want to go out to dinner with him. So we had tacos for dinner instead. I could not finish mine, because I realized that we could have been having a nice evening out, but instead had to settle for Husband's crappy tacos.

I hope the scale will reward me tomorrow.

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

borntocry on 05/19/2007:
That's funny - I find that baggy clothes make me look thinner. I guess mainly because they make me look flat-chested. And hide my hips a bit.

Maybe you husband was trying to be considerate and helping you avoid temptation by taking the kids out for ice-cream without you? Not very likely, huh?

Thanks for your comment. I guess the binge started because I was just really hungry. But after realising that a mere two bowls of cereal had already put me at 800 calories for the day, I gave up and thought I might as well indulge in a whole bunch of cookies as well. (My brother gave me a hamper of gourmet treats for my birthday - my fault, I asked him to get me something to eat for my birthday!)

Good luck on the scale tomorrow!

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