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Donkey - Friday Nov 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Today's weigh-in was 130.5, so I think that I have successfully maintained my weight through Thanksgiving (and the weekend afterwards). I expected it to be a little higher today because of PMS. I tend to retain a few extra pounds until TOM is over. But even so, I am happy with my progress.

I will update with my test results later on today, when I return from testing.

AFTERNOON: I passed my test so now I can proceed with job training. Dh and I went out to lunch after my test. He had a honkin' huge plate of food, but I did very well with soup and salad.

Working hard today to keep my calories at a moderate level. Sometimes after weigh-in days, I tend to eat a little more.

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/30/2007:
There you go! Congrats!

geevee on 11/30/2007:
Oh, for the days of weighing 130 again!

starfish on 11/30/2007:
Congrats on passing your test. I know what you mean about eating more after weigh in. It's because I know I don't have to weigh in for another week so I figure if I'm a little bad for a couple days I can fix it in the next 5 days after! LOL! but yeah I'm trying not to do that!

mylifechanges on 12/01/2007:
you're doing great! keep it up! ~Michelle

MeAgain on 12/01/2007:
OMG you are soooo at the foot of your goal weight!!!! You have obviously done a FANTASTIC job!!!! You are about to WIN this race!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2007:
soup and salad is good. I'm fond of vegetable and bean soups :) congrats on passing your test! :)

meagain on 12/02/2007:
What up Donkey?! I love that name ... how'd you come up with THAT????

WOW you are AT your goal weight!!!! How cool is that! Congrats!!!!

workingit2 on 12/06/2007:
Thank you for the positive support on my diary! LOL If I had any more vicodin I'd gladly send them your way! Surgery is scheduled for the 13th of this month...only eight days away! YAY!!

I hope everything is going great for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/06/2007:
we actually didn't even light a real menorah, only the electric one in the window. nobody was home at the same time and everyone is busy...although if we had planned to, we could have found the time to celebrate together and give each other a card in my family. not this year. chanukah is not a big holiday once you grow up...for kids it is...but a card is a nice thought. i think my lonliness has gotten the best of me. i feel like a big potato sucked into small clothes right now!

greengirl on 12/06/2007:
Well done, Donkey. You have worked so hard this year that you deserve this success. Well done on maintaining during the holiday season. Good luck with the job training. I bet you are full of confidence and looking good :o)

Donkey - Thursday Nov 29, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

OK, I have a big test for the job tomorrow, weigh in day is tomorrow, and my son and Husband are arguing about son's math test (grade D).

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

fritters on 11/29/2007:
WOW - You have really got a lot going on! Good luck with the test and weeigh in.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
ahhhh, lots to do! I know you will get through it! :)

Teriyaki on 11/29/2007:
Have a good day tomorrow....ace the test....win the weigh in...


starfish on 11/29/2007:
good luck tomorrow :)

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

I am sorry that I have not written more regularly lately. Most of my time has been consumed with this new job thing. I have to take several tests to get licensed and so not only am I trying to keep up with everything as usual (e.g. laundry, errands, etc.) but I'm also studying my brains out, except for today, when I had a fit of laziness come over me, and opted to watch TV instead of study or going to the gym to run (or writing on Diet Diaries).

Besides, I felt that I had nothing to say until I weigh in on Friday (my normal weigh-in day) to assess the damage that I did over Thanksgiving. PMS hit today, so I'm sure I'll be retaining some kind of water for the next 2 weeks until TOM. Greeeaaat.

However, I did want to write and say how touched and grateful I am for all the support I received in your comments, congratulating me on achieving my weight loss goal. Thank you so much -- I really appreciate it, more than you'll know. :-)

I did have a dream last night that I weighed in and my weight on an incorrect scale was 132, so I knew that in reality, on my correct scale, I was under 130 (!!), but --- in my dream --- when I stepped on the scale I could not read the number. So we shall see on Friday if dreams come true (ha ha).

At least it wasn't an eating dream. Oh boy I hate dreaming about eating. Yuck!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/28/2007:
I read in prevention magazine that as long as you don't go 5lbs over or under your 'target' weight that you should be able to consider yourself as maintaining. So, don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff LOL. It is nice to see someone else reach their goal weight! So far i've seen harleygirl, maria and you! Have a great evening!

hollybelle on 11/29/2007:
A change in schedules does upset the applecart, so to speak. Congratulations on meeting your goal wieght! from 180 - that's so impressive. I started out just a little under that (I'm 5'5") but I can't seem to get under 155!

borntocry on 11/29/2007:
Funny... I love those dreams where I'm eating like there's no tomorrow! Sometimes I even wake up pleasantly full from my unconscious feast!

greengirl on 11/29/2007:
Donkey I am so pleased to see you reach your target weight!! I couldnt be more pleased if it was me that had done it!! (actually that might be a slight exaggeration!!). Well done, you deserve if for all the hard work you have put in !! *****celebratory hugs to you******

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
yuck...dreaming about eating is not good at all lol!!! after all, if you're anything like me and consumed with thoughts of food during the day, it's the last thing i would want to think about at night! :) haha.

Donkey - Thursday Nov 22, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Just wanted to take time to announce that I officially reached my goal weight today. I didn't have a chance to update my DD until this evening, but I weighed in early in the morning before hitting the gym.

It's a great feeling. I actually started my weight loss at 180lb after my daughter was born. And here I am at the end of my journey (again) and this time, my goal is to maintain this weight. Amen!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/22/2007:
wow!!! congrats Donkey!!! Nobody would ever think that you would reach a goal on Thanksgiving no less! haha! That definitely puts on the pressure to eat healthy on this holiday! :)

biscottibody59 on 11/23/2007:
Good for you!

shadetree on 11/23/2007:
I know you were at times wondering if you would make it to your goal - perserverance pays off! Congratulations!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/23/2007:
leg magic is available in some sporting goods stores and also online and on tv infomercials. I bought "Red" which is an ab exerciser and I have also bought the ab lounge. I like both of those. Leg Magic works your inner thighs. It's a little odd and you have to get used to it. The good thing is that if you don't like it, there's a 30 day return policy. I paid 150 dollars for it. Then, I went to the mall the other day and saw it there for 130. oh well, i can't do anything about it now. In the past 3 years, these are the purchases i've made. I will not be purchasing anything else for at least one year! :)

starfish on 11/23/2007:
WOW!!! GREAT JOB! :) How wonderful for you!

starfish on 11/23/2007:
It is so inspiring to see someone reach their goal

biscottibody59 on 11/24/2007:
Hey, just saw your last comment--thanks for your vote of confidence:-)! Also, it's JShawstad's loss (haha) that she's not here to share your joy in hitting goal!

I really was astonished at her reply--and for the record I'm often wrong as well--at least in the fact that I should have "said" NOTHING. That was a perfect example.

signed, biscottibody59 (wondering what happened to my "keep my head down" policy--yikes!)

workingit2 on 11/25/2007:

borntocry on 11/26/2007:
Hey there, Donkey! Congratulations!! I take it you didn't eat the whole pie, then? Wish I could say the same! :(

legcramps on 11/26/2007:
Way to go Donkey!!! Keep us posted on the maintaining part of your lifestyle change - it will be great to follow all your efforts!

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I go and have bacon for dinner tonight. So I will have major water retention tomorrow. DOH! I must remember this when I see the number on the scale and not get discouraged.

I got a phone call today about the job I applied for. I am not going into detail about the job yet because if I don't pass training, then I don't have a job, and so why make a big deal out of something that hasn't happened yet.

But anyway, I get this phone call and on Monday morning, things are going to start happening. I have a study class, then I take a state certification test (on my own time), and then I return for the practical (hands on) training.

Great that I get this exciting/stressful news the day before like the biggest eating holiday in the U.S. I hope I don't try to drown my anxiety and worries in a pumpkin pie (yes, the whole pie).

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 11/22/2007:
Eeek! I share your fears. In particular because I made this pumpkin pie, and I think I may have left it in the oven too long, so now if it sucks I'll feel obliged to finish it!

I wish I had some good advice for you, but all I can say is, try not to worry too much about the training. I'm sure you will pass it - why wouldn't you? And maybe you can try to fill up on vegetables (and lots and lots of water) at the meal itself - perhaps then you will be too full to eat a whole pie? Actually, I should probably try that myself...

workingit2 on 11/22/2007:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/22/2007:
make sure you offer the pie to everyone before you take a piece. and like BTC said, fill up on major heaping amounts of veggies. and, the protein of the bird also is very satisfying. I think i may be anti-thanksgiving today. I have decided to eat only veggies and turkey...and a baked apple for dessert. so, veggies, apple, fruit at the Thanksgiving meal. Even if calories are still high, they will be lower carb. I'm gonna stick with this for at least one month.

Donkey - Monday Nov 19, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

So my family has known for WEEKS that I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner. WEEKS. My grandparents were going to go to one of my (step) grandma's daughter's house for Thanksgiving dinner. FINE.

Today I find out -- from my brother nonetheless -- that my Grandfather has invited himself over to our party instead of with his WIFE (where he should be, I feel) and her family. Just invites himself over.

The man is 96 years old, uses a walker, and says he'll drop Grandma off at her place and then drive on up to my place. NOT. So now one of us has to take the time to drive the hour to go get him and then drive the hour back to my house. My brother said he and my stepfather would do it when they got here. Oh sure, after 3.5 hours driving to my house, they are going to hop in the car and drive another 2 hours to go get Grandpa.

This is just INSANE.

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

kyrin on 11/19/2007:
You're going to be busy with dinner. Let them go get Grampa. What else do guys have to do while the women cook? ...B-r-e-a-t-h-e. It will be fine. You don't personally have to solve all of the family problems. You're probably another nurturer (like me), and feel responsible to make everything run smoothly. Everything will work out if you let other family members be responsible too.

I'm wishing you peace for this holiday. {{Hugs}}

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/20/2007:
that's kinda odd. i agree. why isn't he going with his wife!? i guess that's what a 96 year old brain does to a person. my grandfather is 96 and he cannot make it to our thanksgiving. he's in a wheelchair and is in a nursing home. my dad loves his parents and does everything for them, but cannot take the responsibility of moving an imobile man around. its way too much physical stress on my dad. so his wife will be joining us...she's in better health and 86.

Donkey - Sunday Nov 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

All in all, I survived the weekend. It's ironic that I did better food-wise on my NON exercise day than I did on the day that I exercised at the gym, but I still stayed within calorie limits.

Now starts the preparation week for Thanksgiving. I am thankful that my gym is open on Thanksgiving day, LOL!

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey - Friday Nov 16, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

It's been about a week since I've written an entry. I had a good weigh-in today, so I feel like I'm back on track. I realize that I may never reach my goal weight but I'll keep on trying.

I haven't started my new job yet. Training is supposed to start the week after Thanksgiving. So when it starts, things will move rather quickly, and my life (daily schedule) will change a LOT. So right now, I'm trying to maintain my cardio and I'm taking a rest from my weight training program, and looking for a new weight training program to start, because it's good to mix things up every 4-6 weeks with weight training.

My running has taken a hit because it is bitterly cold outside. I hate running on the treadmill. I also hate going to the gym 2x a day in order to get in the running workout. This probably won't be possible once I start working anyway, and it's just not practical. Life is not a day in the gym.

One positive thing about going back to work is that if I am busy and away from the house, my eating should become more organized. If I'm away from the house (refrigerator), then I won't eat as much. And I will have my food planned and organized ahead of time if I take my lunch. The eating/dieting part of weight loss is my major challenge so this would be a huge positive, in my opinion.

Next week is Thanksgiving. That should be interesting....

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 11/16/2007:
Good luck with the new job. Have a great weekend!!

hollybelle on 11/16/2007:
What's your new job?

borntocry on 11/16/2007:
Oh gosh, yeah. I eat at least twice as much on days spent at home as I do when I'm at work. After all, I can hardly sit at my desk munching away all day long without anyone noticing.

So you hate running on the treadmill. That's funny because I yearn to join a gym. But I just can't justify the expense, especially as here it's rarely too cold to run outside. Also, gyms here have the most inconvenient opening hours, so there's really no point. What don't you like about the treadmill - too monotonous? I kind of like how I can just zone out and watch the numbers go by. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side!

I definitely think weight loss has more to do with diet than exercise, though. At least for people our size. I love the feeling of fitness I get from running, but I honestly don't think it does much for weight loss. It doesn't raise your metabolism like weight-lifting, so the only way to really burn lots of calories is to run long distance, and that generally spikes your appetite so you offset those calories anyway by eating more.

fritters on 11/16/2007:
I hope you enjoy your new job. What will you be doing? I don't care for a treadmill, but I really miss the cross trainer that I used at the ymca.. The kind where your legs and arms both work, you can set tension, incline.. all that good stuff. In fact I miss it so much that I have given thought to giving up curves to get it back - cost is about the same. BUT I love curves and the friendships that I have there and I know that I am getting a good work out.

kyrin on 11/17/2007:
Hey! Congratulations on the new job! ...I also start training for a new job on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I'm excited and am looking forward to starting a job with steady hours, so that I can get on a regular eating schedule.

Here's to both of us being successful in our newest challenges.


workingit2 on 11/17/2007:
Congratulations on being where you want to be with your weight. Good luck with the new job!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/17/2007:
i agree, working definitely has helped to control appetite. weekends are by far the WORST. friday nights included, haha.

Donkey - Friday Nov 09, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

This just ain't good. My weight is going up and up and up. The harder I work at it, the more it goes up.

Don't tell me that I'm gaining muscle. I don't CARE if I'm gaining muscle. I still wear a size 12 (I'm 5'3"). I can't wear a ladies' Medium without feeling it's too small. I HATE BEING SHORT YET BIG!!! What the hell good is muscle if it makes you big?

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

fritters on 11/09/2007:
If you are gaining muscle, you should still lose in inches. Muscle weighs more than fat s0 - say 5# of muscle is going to take up less space than 5# of fat so your clothes would fit looser. Are you logging everything that you eat? Every bite and swallow? You may be getting more calories than you think if you aren't. How did the interview go??

jon'smom on 11/09/2007:
I know muscle is important, but I agree with you. It doesn't look good on all of us. For some people muscle tones them up, but for the rest of us it makes us look like we have tree stumps for legs. Hang in there, we will figure something out:)

Maria7 on 11/09/2007:
Usually exercise is slimming unless 'bulking' exercises are done.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/10/2007:
hmmm. this is strange. how are your calories? do you watch them carefully and calculate EVERYTHING you eat and DRINK? also, in order to stretch your muscles and joints or maybe just to take a break from what you've been doing, you may want to try something like pilates or yoga. This might help you refocus into weight loss. If not that, try weight training. Women who weight train usually have a easier time maintaining and loosing weight.

greengirl on 11/10/2007:
Donkey, I cant explain what is happening to you but I know sometimes life just aint fair. Its a bummer.Try to keep your spirits up, girl. You have been so good :)

hollybelle on 11/11/2007:
Keep on doing the right things and you will get the desired results. Unless ou are really doing some weight trainig you probably aren't building that much muscle. It may be temporary water weight????Which can come from so many sources. How was the interview?

workingit2 on 11/14/2007:
Maybe go to the doctor for a checkup? God knows I sure found out more than I bargined for but it did answer a lot of questions. Not saying there is anything wrong with you, it may very well be just a normal period of water retention as a result of the increased fitness and maybe decreased hydration. Whatever it is,I hope you find peace soon because I know how maddning it can be to the mind. :(

borntocry on 11/14/2007:
Hmm. How do you know it's muscle? Could you be pregnant?! Have you been keeping track of your calories and if so, what's your average calorie intake per day? You shouldn't be getting too bulky, even if you're weight training intensively. Are you? I don't remember exactly what your workout routine is but I seem to remember more cardio than weight-lifting, and that really shouldn't cause you to bulk up.

Donkey - Tuesday Nov 06, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.0

I had a job interview today. So one would hope that my morning would be as stress-free as possible so that I would be calm and collected for the interview. NOT. My mp3 player didn't work, so I was late to the gym because I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what was wrong with it. I get to the gym, and the TV is set to an informercial about a steam cleaner vacuum cleaner. So I had to get the guy at the front desk and ask him to change the channel. Then, because I had no music of my own, I had to spend 65 minutes listening to big hair metal bands on the overhead music that the gym pipes in.

Get home from the gym to shower. Hubby is in the shower. Great. Kids are bickering, etc. Oh yes, nothing like a nice calm morning before a job interview.

Now I am going to "relax" by going over to the grade school and volunteer for an hour with the second grade class. (I totally forgot that I was signed up to help today, so my daughter doesn't know I'm coming today!!! I love to surprise her like this!!!) :-)

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

crategrl on 11/07/2007:
Good luck with the job interview!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/08/2007:
yeah, gotta love family stress - even when they don't mean to stress you!! Awww, I'm sure your daughter will LOVE your visit! :)

I like that you went to the gym and worked through the craziness...especially on your interview day! :)

your tips on the past few comments have been helpful! :)

i've been applying at getting my butt in gear to plan for September 2008.

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