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Donkey - Sunday Jun 17, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 137.0

Day 43: I took a look at my food log for this past week. I see that I generally average 50g of fiber a day. It is rare for me to be under 50g. I do reach 70g on occassion, but then, those are the days when I eat more. So there's a trade-off there.

On my average 50g fiber day, I usually start off my day with high fiber cereal (All-Bran or Fiber One), one cup, with a cup of soy milk. Right there is 20-28g of fiber, in my breakfast alone.

For lunch I will have a vegetable wrap made with a high fiber tortilla from La Tortilla Factory. Those average 12-14g of fiber. My wraps usually have eggplant (more fiber) and or lots of lettuce. If I have eggplant in the wrap, then I will have a salad and a piece of fruit on the side.

My snacks consist of fruit (now that it is very hot here) or cold leftover vegetables from the night before. If I'm lucky enough to have a Fiber One Oats & Chocolate bar in the house, I will have that. I usually have a cup of coffee in the afternoon too, to help pick me up.

For dinner, I will have a serving of protein (meat, unfortunately) and then 2 side dishes of vegetables, or a vegetable and a salad, or a vegetable and a fruit.

Sometimes for my evening snack, I will have a serving of high fiber cereal with some yogurt. Or just dry. Sometimes I also splurge on some sherbert, which is not low calorie and very dangerous to overindulge.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2007:
i like how you discuss your fiber. i eat a LOT like this, too. i love the all bran cereal with the extra fiber...did you ever have that one? only 50 calories per half cup. sometimes, i'll have two cups of it, with one cup lite soy milk. it ends up adding up to 270 calories!! what a deal! but, then my body gets used to it...when i have it too much...and i end up eating even more breakfasts foods after the cereal (even though my stomach has had enough.). i don't really know how healthy veggie burgers are....when i had three the other day, it meant i had 50% of the advised sodium intake!! it was the veggieburger morningstar farms brand. i love them. but i'm addicted...and its hard for me to stop at one! LOL.

i love high fiber breads/tortillas. Have you ever had the brand Morton's? they cell these rolls that are made of whole wheat and potato. only 80 calories, 4 grams fiber. its a good deal for a roll. they taste great and are chewy...and a bit more satisfying than bread.

MyJuneWedding on 06/18/2007:
Hugs Donkey!! I had a busy weekend but I had to swing by and say my Monday 'Hello!'

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2007:
well, it's not a fat "burner," it's a fat blocker, actually. it blocks like 25-30 percent of the fat you consume at each meal. but, if you have too much fat at a meal, you can get really bad side effects because it would lead your body to have to eliminate a lot of fat! so far, no side effects, and i'm very careful about what i eat if i take it. i've only taken it 2x. tonight i'll take another. so, one yesterday, two today. you're supposed to have one pill three times a day, with your larger meals. if you eat something with no fat, you shouldn't take the pill because it only works in your digestion of fat. there will be no effect if you take it with fruit/vegetables/no fat cookies for instance. i'll give you an update once i take it regularly.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 16, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 137.0

Day 42: Ugh, up one pound. I'm not sure why. I've been eating less and thought I was active enough, even though 2 of my workouts were shortened because I didn't get up early enough to make it to the gym. I guess not. Well, it's very hot and humid here so perhaps I'm retaining water.

Today was the girls' softball All-Star game. It was enjoyable. It was the first time that I didn't feel totally railroaded by my fellow male coaches. Maybe it was because it didn't count. Or maybe it was because we were so bad. (We seemed to get all the weaker players from the other teams. My daughter's team was awesome, thankfully.)

My Husband was so nice today. Even though he is very tired, he came home after work and took my bike to the bike shop to get the chain fixed. So now I can take evening bike rides with my daughter. (I would take them with my son or husband, but my son doesn't know how to ride a bike and Husband doesn't exercise.)

Next Saturday at this time, I will be driving to my dysfunctional family reunion dinner thing. At least it is at a seafood restaurant so hopefully we can dine healthy. For tonight, I made a huge green salad, sauted zucchini and summer squash w/garlic (and olive oil), and then we will just have leftover pork chops and chicken breasts. Nice and light for such a hot day. Fresh fruit for dessert.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

WorkingIt2 on 06/16/2007:
I think the body is very reluctant to let go of the last 20lbs, for me I know this is the lowest I've weighed in a while and I think my body is scared to be any less LOL. Stress, being unhappy, depression, lack of good sleep...all those things can also make us retain body weight..any kind of stressor will make the body hunker down for a potential crisis...finding a way to release that stress outside of exercising more, might be something to try.

I LOVE the zucchini/squash addition to a meal..so tasty!

flam1ngogirl on 06/16/2007:
70 grams of fiber EACH DAY?!?! How do you do that? What is a sample menu for you? Seems like it's working for you though! Great job, I want to be your weight!! =)

Donkey - Thursday Jun 14, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 40: Today was pretty good exercise-wise. I had 50 minutes on the elliptical. I tried something different. I usually go slow with a high resistance. Today I went faster and a slightly lower resistance. I think it was harder than going slow!

Then I came home and ran for 20 minutes with dd (she rode her bike). I just returned home from coaching girls' softball. We lost, but I'm almost happy about it. I am so disgusted with the male coaches on our team. They go around like they are so great, so when the girls fall flat, I'll be darned if I'll be the one to pick the team up. They're so great, let THEM do it. Well, I apologize to you for my poor "team spirit" but I am *tired* of being the token woman, the potted plant of the coaches. I swear, a mushroom could do what they give me to do.

So all I have to get through is the stupid All-Star game on Saturday morning (thank GOD it's early so we can get it done and over with), and then the last game on Wednesday. Then I can purge myself of this "bad karma".

I hope to have an official weigh-in very soon.

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

hollybelle on 06/15/2007:
Well, I'd like to know what you call a a great day of exercise if 50 minutes of ET and 20 min running is "pretty good". That's great! I know what you mean about going faster with less resistence on ET. I think that's harder, too. It's good to do both ways, though. Mix it up. Also - I hear you on the male coach situation. I am glad I don't have kids who play sports (my d dances)from all the horror stories I have heard about the coaches on these teams! LOL on the mushroom comment. Hang in there - this too shall pass.....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/15/2007:
i definitely like going faster rather than slower on the elliptical! There's nothing wrong with that...and it gets your limbs moving faster...more like running. I think it does a body good...that's why I like the elliptical...the ease of going fast! typically, i walk rather than run. so, the elliptical gives me a chance to move my body a bit faster!

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 13, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 39: My unofficial weigh in is 137.5. I'll be contrite and chalk it up to TOM. I don't think that's what's really behind it, but I'm so down today, I need the excuse because otherwise I will feel so horrible about myself and my lack of whatever it is that I need to reach my goal.

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

starfish on 06/13/2007:
Maybe it is TOM. I always retain a little extra water around then and the week before (which is NOW for me) I just feel extra hungry and in no mood for exercise! haha! I'm sorry you feel down.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2007:
eh...it MUST be TOM. you have been doing so well....everyday is different...and if you are down today, chances are you'll feel better tomorrow! weight is only a number...maybe you have more muscle?!

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 12, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 38: Today we are going to the pool! Finally got our pool passes. Then we had a nice lunch at Culver's with the kids, as they had coupons for free kids' meals. I opted for a turkey sandwich and did not eat my fries, except for maybe 4 of them. I finished the very last of my son's vanilla custard cone.

I did not wake up early today so I only did an hour on the elliptical. I really want to start running again. I need to figure out a time to do that where it's not so beastly hot outside AND not stuffed from the previous meal. AND that I can do with the kids occupied. I realized this morning that I am *wasting* these beautiful summer mornings where I could running outside or at least at the gym so that I could run afterwards when I got home.

I'm wasting my time! And last night I realized that I'm wasting your time as well, readers and friends. For some reason, I just cannot get myself to stay focused on my goals. I'm sorry, I apologize for that.

UPDATE: I found out on www.calorieking.com that my supposive "healthy" choice of turkey sandwich at Culver's had 480+ calories in it. Heck I could have had a hamburger for that amount of calories! I really should have planned ahead and searched for healthy choices. Even though it's hot outside, I should have gotten soup. But I wanted to order something that my son would eat should he be unsatisfied with his kids' meal portion. Can't make everyone happy, so Donkey loses in the end.

Better choices next time... It really does pay to plan ahead at these things. Damn...

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

MyJuneWedding on 06/12/2007:
~~hugs!~~ you are not wasting time, time with you is always time well spent

starfish on 06/12/2007:
great job eating healthy at Culvers

biscottibody59 on 06/12/2007:
Congrats on the sale of the house! You're doing great with your exercise despite not getting up when you wanted to--try again tomorrow!

Donkey - Monday Jun 11, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 37 continued...

I already wrote an entry for today, but I received such good news that I felt it deserved an entry of its own.

We finally sold our old house! Seriously, I thought it would take over a year to sell, and today the people who came to look at it on Saturday put in an offer, and a good offer at that. I had nightmares that we'd be getting these horribly low offers if we got any offers at all! But we are happy with the offer and hopefully by the end of August, as the kids head back to school, we will be done with that chapter in our lives.

And we don't have to worry about upkeep on the old house any more either. It's not an old house (only 12 yrs old) but we don't live there any more. I was worried about having to winterize the plumbing and the snow removal next winter, etc. No more long road trips either (45 minutes but a PITA to get there).

What a huge relief this is!!!

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

starfish on 06/11/2007:
congratulations on the sale of your house! and great job going to the gym :)

Donkey - Monday Jun 11, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 37: An interesting day to say the least.

Donkey failed to wake up early enough to get in her full workout at the gym, but rather than give up, I decided to just go and see what I could do. I only managed 30 minutes (35 in total) on the elliptical crosstrainer, but I got a lot out of those 30 minutes. I did more in 30 minutes than I usually do half way through a 60 minute workout. I think when I do the longer workouts, I pace myself differently. Since I didn't have so long to go, I could afford to work a little harder in a shorter period of time.

This is actually enlightening, because I will do this to fight boredom or to bust through a plateau.

Then I proceeded to do lower body weight training. Yes, the Cardio Queen actually opted for weight training over more cardio. I thought it was better to keep up with the weight training.

Eating went reasonably well until I had some (ok a lot) of popcorn with butter on it. I did not weigh in this morning. I am toying with the idea of not weighing in any more, for a while. In a way, that could really backfire, but on the other hand, I know what it takes to lose weight. I certainly don't reach my goal by having buttered popcorn or dishes of sherbert after dinner, do I? NO!

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

Donkey - Sunday Jun 10, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 36: Failed miserably yesterday. Well, not miserably but had 2 Crunch bars after dinner, and that put me way over on calories. Not good.

I found out that we may not be having this stupid dysfunctional family reunion on Day 50 because my grandfather broke his pelvis. He's very old. I don't know if he'll feel up to it. Right now he's walking around with a walker but he's going to see the orthopedic guy this week, so we shall see.

I am only too eager to quit counting. Although I have not made as much progress as I could have or would have liked, I did manage to get back into the 130s and feel good and comfortable about it.

I'm not sure how productive (active) I will be today. I don't have a plan, and as the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail." So I'm sure today will not be so great either. And it's not even 10a yet. Great, something to look forward to...

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

Soon2BThin on 06/10/2007:
Well, I hope your day turned out better than you thought it would! We all have "those" days, just feeling down and not wanting to do anything. Maybe tomorrow will be better. I'm pulling for you! Have a good week!

starfish on 06/10/2007:
hi, thanks for the comment today :) I hope your grandpa gets better quick. and I think it's great you got back into the 130's. I think you're a little too hard on yourself some times.

MyJuneWedding on 06/11/2007:
My Donkey buddy, what is up??? I love unplanned days, at least 'work' wise.

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa, I hope everything goes well for him.

As for you, don't you give up or get glum on us!!! We all have an off day, but don't let that get you down. Sometimes we really need that break and then we get going again and find out that break was what we needed to push to that next goal!!! ~hugs!~

Donkey - Saturday Jun 09, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 35: Probably not a good idea to drink a beer before logging on to Diet Diaries but I was so disgusted with the girls' softball coaches after the game that I felt it best in everyone's interest if I had something that would take the edge off of my mood. Of course, now I'm ready for a nap...

Funny thing is that before the game, I could feel the anxiety starting to build and I really had to try hard not to eat out of anxiety. Of course I did a little bit, but it was a real battle. And then after the game, I wanted to come home and eat for comfort. Hence the beer. I had some broccoli. I never realized that broccoli has that many calories in it. Oof!

Praise God that I have only 2 more days left of this softball insanity (Thursday and then the 20th of June). And then I hope to God that I never ever see any of these men ever again.

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

Soon2BThin on 06/09/2007:
Wow, you sound stressed!! I hope the beer helped. Good for you for not eating for comfort. I fall into that habit too. Have a relaxing Sunday!

Donkey - Friday Jun 08, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Day 34: Donkey did it. She got up early to workout, now that the kids are off of school. It was NOT easy I tell you, to do the elliptical crosstrainer at resistance level 15 (out of 20) at 6am. But I did it. And I did the whole 60 minutes, even though I felt like quitting half way through. And then I did weight training on my lower body (damn legs) even though I had told myself on the elliptical that all I had to do is finish the cardio and then I could go home.

At the gym today was a woman with the most amazing legs. You could see every muscle fiber in them. And they were so nicely thin. She looked like a runner, but she went on a crosstrainer too. I could hardly stop staring at her legs while she was working out. Just watching the muscles flex and the tendons on the sides of her knees. She has that little bone from her shin bone sticking out on the side below the knee too. Really motivating to watch. Not that Donkey will ever EVER have legs like that on her own, no matter how hard she tries.

But I digress. Now we have a very tired Donkey with a long day ahead of her.

NOTE: Today's weight is correct. Donkey weighed in today at 136.0 lb.

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

halley on 06/08/2007:
I had a similar experience today with a girl that I run with - well - we start at the same time, but she's superfast, sub 7 minute miles, anyway, she has the best abs I've ever seen in person on a girl. It's hard not to look just to watch them working. Very cool!

MyJuneWedding on 06/08/2007:
Good Morning Donkey (lol I have to admit I bounce between Shrek clips and that new commercial with the chick at the drive through ordering po-donkey-butt and a side of flabby thighs. Please don�t take that badly, that commercial cracks me up!!! Anyway, that being said, I always smile when I start reading your daily log!)

Martial Arts, we are a tae kwon doo/tang soo do martial arts school (Pak�s Martial Arts) based on Korean martial Arts. Our main school is in Jacksonville Florida (that�s were Grandmaster Pak teaches) My school is locally here in South Georgia, but we are only an hour from the main school.

Regarding reading non Buddhism, a lot of the literature I have is written by HH the Dalia Lama or Thich Nhat Hanh. For me they were good starting points. I�ll look some more over the weekend when I get home. There are also a couple magazines out there you may be interested in looking at, one of them is Tricycle (the Buddhists review) Again I�ll look more at length when I get home.:-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

biscottibody59 on 06/08/2007:
I think Oprah either did Medist or Optifast when she brought the wheelbarrow full of fat (or fake fat) onto the set. I only saw the spoof from Saturday Night Live.

greengirl on 06/08/2007:
Well done on the early morning start!! You said you were going to do it, and you did!!! Keep up the good work, Donkey!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/08/2007:
yay! finally back down to 136! thanks for rooting for me! i tried working out in the morning earlier this year....haha, but it was just too early. plus, i was going to bed too late and my sleeping was being hindered. but, if it works for you, it's a good plan...because you know that you've accomplished your workout and can go ahead and do whatever you want the rest of the day! I might take this approach this summer, actually!

starfish on 06/09/2007:
WTG on exercise! keep up the good work :)

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